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(Per Press Association.) DUNEDIN, February 14. At a meeting of the Bible-in-State-Schools' League held here last night, the following resolution, moved by Dean Fitchett and seconded by the Rev. Mr Grant (Congregational minister), was Unanimously adopted:;— " That this meeting of the Central Committee, representing the Bible-in-State-Schools' League for the electorates of Bruce; Chalmers, Dunedin Central, Dunedin North, Dunedin South, Dunedin West, Otago Central, Oamaru, j and Wakatipu, having a written membership of 16,816, expresses the convic-1 'tim that sufficient evidence has been afforded the Government of the wishes of the people of New Zealand for the referendum asked for by the League to justify the Government in passing the necessary measure to allow the people to decide the matter for themselves. This meeting would regret- any delay in the granting of the referendum, fearing the effect of such delay would be to cause the question of religious instruction to become predominant at the next general election, to the overshadowing of party and other questions, a course which the League has sought to avoid, desiring to keep this matter free from all party issues. This meetine pledges itself to - support the executive of the League in whatever coitrse it deems necessary to carry into effect this resolution, and suggests to the executive to consider the desirableness of obtaining from among the immense, number of League members in the Dominion, signed -promises from those who are prepared to put. this question before all political issues." , The women's branch of the League in the afternoon unanimously resolved as follows:—

"That this Central Committee believes there is a growing opinion among the women members of the League that .the 37 years' agitatipn in favour of religious instruction in State schools has come to the point when any further procrastination preventing the people from settling the matter for themselves will have the effect of leaving no alternative to many women who are prepared to put the Bible and the children's interest before all party issues, but to follow that course from which they, have hitherto refrained at the request of the leaders of the movement." ■ „•■■

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BIBLE-IN-SCHOOLS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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BIBLE-IN-SCHOOLS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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