GATHERING IN AUCKLAND.
Yesterday's proceedings in connection the session -of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templare opened with a meeting of the executive in the morning, at which routine business v.as dealt with. The rest of the day was Epent at a picnic at Lake Takapuna. In the evening a dinner and reception to the visiting delegates took place. The jiiimer was held at Buchanan's, and among those present-were the Minister" ■for Education (Hon.. George Eowlds-; /the Be v. Knowles Kemptah, and "Mr. C. DEL Poole, MJB. ' The district Chief Templar, -Bro." George Clarke, :oh hehali of the ■ Iteception. Committee,. Welcomed the Grand -Chief" Templar, "Srp._ 3: C. Cameron, and the 'Grind:".'Lodge officers and delegates." "Bro. Cameron, in response, expressed thanks. for the welcome extended. He Temarked that though the Templars were not much heard of at licensing polls—another organisation getting most, of."the, yere-Wie hardest working raid "most enthusiastic and consistent of the; temperance reformers. The time was coming when the (Bood Templars would- £ofc--he satisfied ■with what they we're riow7«iming for. They stood lor total abstinence for the people and prohibition for the State. -"No-license" was not enough. They .would not be satisfied until "No-license" meant no liquor. The time, was coming ;\vhen it iwould mean that. . In the meantime it was to be hoped that the.Government would take steps to prohibit those places that had carried" "No-license" ire-m depots, hreweries, and the locker Bvstem. (Applause.) _ ._
An adjournment was then made to the fYM-C-A. Hall, where a reception and entertainment was held.— T-he -Hon, -Mr. •Fowlds presided.
In the course of his "address, the chair-" uran said that in trying to suppress the j drink evU they to ibe~~children and young people of New Zealand a better chance of equipment for the battle of life. The Good Templars . JhacL-been caioyingih£_i>ann^r_af_tefflp.er;. ance reform through seasons of good jripute and seasons of bad repute. There ; were other orgamsatipnSj-^CThapsJTcnore . J> rominent than- i,hej; -but in-season -and -put of season-thoee connected—with, tie jOrder bad-been working steadily for the control ;-and suppression drink---jtraffic. — _t_::m_
--, The speaker hoped that the "result of Hthe meetings in Auckland would be to ~tntuse- new"Tvfe""infro thSlJnovement. It )was 16 years since the GFand Lodge bad Eet in this city,-and the"effect Of their :J)eing here now would be.; to inspire, not ."only ;the workers here Jut those who bad come from other districts.
,_Mr. C.-H._Poole, the Bey. H. Knowles _*£empton, and others gave brief ad--dresses-, and an enjoyable musical pro-gramme-was gone througfil — —
Greetings were: tendered .by delegates Xfom the A.T.A. Society dnd B.H.TJ.- (Mr. JD. G. Hill, I.QJR, (Mr." Booley), W.C.T.U. HMrs. Dewar), Auckland Provincial No,L. (Key. A. Doull), .Auckland City league (Mr. R. French)j and Mr. W. 3. Speight. :~;
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