AUCKLAND BROTHERHOOD, AND P.S.A.
On Sunday afternoon ,in tbe Eaststreet Hall, a very interesting- meeting vnas Tield—the occasion was the distributi on of books to "subscribers of the book , fu-Qd,; TMs :one, anil j also the first of the kind, in the colony. -It is unique, because the Auckland '.jStrotherhood is not a purely local affair, i/. is merely another society working on tiie same lines as those ■ kindred societies in England, Scotlant't,. Canada, and France, ana soon Belgium. The Pleasant Sunday Afternoorhs (P.S.A.) is a very old institution in England, and out of thi ß has grown the "Men's Own" aud "Brotherhoods," etc So far nearly ove million and a qpiarter of men only meet every Sunday in the Brotherhood P.S.-4. services. One of the chief attractions is the, book fund; in nearly every society one exists. l_ast year in Eng-land-alone, more than 1,000,000 books passed into the hands of the members, to become their own property. Edinboro, writh 53 societies in 1908, received by one penny per nveek subscriptions £800, purchasing some thousands of books. The Auckland Brotherhood, in its. first vent-are, has about 400 books for subscribers.
The idea is to heJ]» members to secure a good class of read.uig in an easy way. and put good books into the homes of the worker at a small cost, thus creating a thirst for knowledge, which, eventually •benefits the bookseller by the creation of a desire.'for other works. No profit aceruesto. the Society, everything received is expended for the purpose paid
Jlr." Geo. Higgott rendemd a sol*},, ' "The Promised Land," with great success. Owing, to the late arri yal of the Sydney boat the Rev. W. G. Taylor was not present. The presentation of books was successfully carried out "by Mrs. Geo. Fowlds. At the finish of t>he distribution . the president presented Mrs. Fc*vvlds -with a beautiful volume of sights ana' scenes in Scotland, suitably inscribed and signed by officers of the I'.S.A. " Another volume, "The World's Pictures in Art," was presented to Sister Esther, to mark the appreciation of the aid rendered bj' 'her to the jR.S-A., thi? also being suitubly inscribed and signed.
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