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Orange Celebration.

THE GUNPOWDER PLOT. \ The Orangemen of Ashburton celebrated thei " anniversi*ry of the Gunpowder Plot" by a tea meeting held on Tuesday evening in the Orange Hall. An unprecedently large number of tickets had 'Ween.sold—far more than the Com-, mittee had counted upon—and, had the weather sbeen at all suitable for country people coming in, there would have been but scant accommodation for the crowd. Tea was laid on four tables in the main hall and one in the anteroom, and at these in the course ofthe evening 150 sat dow». The tables were presided over by Mesdames tylclntyre, Huston, Paget, Kerr, W. Brown, Randall, and Smith, assisted by the Misses Huston (2), Mclntyre, aiid others. The trays weremostly provided by members of the order. , After tea the after meeting took place, and the hall for this, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, was crowded. P.M. Brother Huston was Chairman, and introduced the Right W.G.M. Rev. Bro. J. G. W. Ellis, who read a portion of Scripture and the qualifications of an Orangeman. The Chairman then introduced the Rev. J.W. Sawle, who dilated on the qualifications of an Orangeman just read, and urged the members to act up to them. The other speakers were the Rev. A. Blake, who d elivered an excellent speech on education with a reference to temperance; the Rev. A. M. Beattie, M.A., who advocated the Orange principles ; and the Rev. J. G. W. Eih's, who, in a telling speech, urged all Orangemen and Protestants to support * only Parliamentary men who nledged, themselves to the maintenance of the education system, as at present, with the addition of the 5 Bible behig read in the schools. Mr Ellis said the Catholics actually boycotted the public schools, seeing that the morning and evening trains carried large numbers of Catholic children to and from places where Catholic schools were established, notwithstanding that State schools were at their own doors. ■ After an address by the Chairman, Bro. | Cockburn proposed * vote of thanks to the speakers, and Bro. Nelson a vote to the ladies who presided at the tea tables, and after singing ♦' God Save the Queen," the benediction w»s pronounced by the Rev, A. Blake, and the meeting closed »t

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2562, 5 November 1890

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Orange Celebration. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2562, 5 November 1890