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LAYING THE FOUNDATION-STONE OF THE GERMAN CHURCH.

For some, time the German portion of our fellow cbtonistß have been "stwftnonelT endeavoring lo fObtaln for themeefrft » church'wherein tne service o|jwdttlps|w} be conducted in their own langaagßr&aff after their own fashion. To this fifld YOlnn» tary -were solicited from the. German residents througboiit'the'province," and also from the Settlers of other nationalities j md a Very, satisfactory earn The committee, however, found tfiat if thQ7, wished to erect a church whicif MiiH M aljjcea credit r to themselves and tbe eft/ f they would require a more 'subptttw «** tion to their lands than was promise! by vo| untary contributions, however , the appeal taiight lie TcepQfade^L'tot' M*w inglv, during last session of i fhe J BWrattfl CounciVnpplioation wasmedefoptegi^^ n aid from the f tiffde of the pnwinpe* andstw application ,wa» ! al3C«de{l t0,.( 80 soon ac we necessary funds yrere; promised, the com W«" tee set heartily to work, end the result M their labors -Kas bden'seen iifaitbe ceremony of yesterday. Th!e eMselecfed is ft'Wtts g<Wd eww at the i unction of Worcester street W«W arid Monifeil street* exactly tbe Weelevan Parsonage. Thqcostof tnebttUfling is* esiimeted, with ** «*« £ 1000. The committee, ptraiflOT 0T« J. &. Ruddenklan, requested biaHoOQrwe Superintenaent to lay the corner etonejtf the building, hia Honor, ccMfflMO. At the same time the Sev C. Bowen kmdiy •'offered;, .in the- absence of. a (Jfirip«?Lf to conduct the service, which was in wrjnw* -throughout. - ----. -r£ The npTeftr off the qerempnyj ,*4fled Mtm fineness of the day, attracted a large crowa of, spectators,; tb<m. »**?°| part in the ceremony w'erJ Superintendent ;and Mrs BoUw^* Bey the Primate, Very Bey tb&iWftlSr Mrs Jacobs, Archdeacon; Wi!«P°i BeTI Ji! Bowen and Turrell, his Honor tbe W&J?. fiaast, Ph. d:; P.R.S.,' &«., Bers 0. *J«f and A. P. Dongles (J?feabytferiaD) W. J HabensfCongrcgatioDaHst), — Mort if«? § tist), A. R* FitcHett (Wesleyari), Hassali tbe-German CsoQealr.and Mrs Haw*, hisWorefiip the Mayor of ™™to* n T/$t - Town -Glerkf-aad- the-aiembere Coutjoil, Mesara.W; &ofltgomwj/ ; AaWJ A. Dancao, J. Afid«rßon, and a host ° others. In the part of the ground set spw for the cereinotfy. a pair of B erected suspending the stone, wlme toon of flags, 'conspicuous w 3 ? was tbe red? white, and black banner (A & B German Empire, eoared over the €Tff a % l y Shortly after three o'clock hie Bnperintendent arrived, and were at once made for commenciog w ceremony. A band under Hcrr Buns ««s » attendance to lead the choral ot v Service. A number of Germans choir having circled ronnd the Rev C. Bowen, accompanied by mc flw the Superintendent, Mr J. G. K^dcokla 0 ' and the members of the committee IaTOW and commenced the. service by P«°? , j, the hymn, "A sure stronghold °«r£oa He." The service, we may say, for the convenience of visitors m u^ lm and English. This was followed WJ* cxxii., of which alternate verses were r pcated by the minister and those « Br » B ff e ing. A shojt homily by the imowter on tn giving thanks unto God on the erection W temple for Hi* worship, the Lprai w

I_-_ s_J?T£tne minister.. At the conclusion c frtiß the portion of after which a hymn was - ' J „ The "members of the committee, ; Srlrsß-ddenklau.-Gerkm, Tisch; Kruse, and the architect, Mr Jacobsen, fffn came forward, the former bearing fv. trowel, a description of which we have l«_dv given, and Mr Tisch having an ber-Ati-aHy Be- le(i hottle to be placednnder the !_»-£ containing a copy of each of thelbcal l Wgr>apers, a Prussian dollar, a silver grosser; »- d a P fennl 'g or P ennT ' and a Patient scroll bearing thefollowin? inscription, and built by the German coloNew Zealand, by volnnttrr costributions, by themselves and their ffooh'sh fellow colonists, also by a liberal fl_nt from the Provincial Government, for object of saving the Word of God •LgcbsJ.in.the German language. Thefounlaid by W, Rollestpn,,. Esq *- fyfyafoienfietit, dtf the'6th November, 1872," the reign of Queen Victoria of Great gritaip and Ireland,, and the Emperor Wil--s_a the First of Germany; Sir G. F. Bowen, I Governor of New Zealand ; J. Jacobsen, I tfchitect.; W- builder." Tlie names 1 „f given above ■' were -also I Honor the Superintendent, said — I j jj_y_ to thank jou and the other gentte'i jaea who have so zealously laboured to I nramute the good work we are this day inau- | {SraSng l for the honour you have done mc a L jgking mc to lay the foundation stone of 1 tb»c£nrcb which it is intended to .erect on; I tlu_ The occasion is one of great int'eI jqjt,, aa- it is gratifying to notice;that it is I Teopgßi- -° D 7 "- 0 man 7 different I c_twfian bodies who are. largely repreisiied among the members now assembled. A rs°dy of colonists, comparatively small jaSMaber, but conspicuous for their industry, t_?ar'perseverance, and their high character, ineiiwbb have displayed in a different ipherfi;those qualities which, have placed ! their dwhpeople among the• foremost of the ' nations of Europe, are to-day in a distant S their belief that the. work of I colonisation comprises something beyondi the 1 capacityfor farming ; 'and\ storekeeping," for I Selling, and getting, gain, their' I anviotfon "that man as a reasonable being I cuiiiot live'by bread alone,"- and. that no I body of men can hope for happiness "in the I pJU-uit of mere material progress, without I ptey.diiigjtbrbugb'tb, elevating influences of ; I and "religion for the I '.intellect and the . purification, of I t_e ' heart. The feelings which abi- | mate the promoters of this work are | sat new, in the history of colonization. I -$ejanimate^."tbe'mostsuccessfulbodies of I e_qgrants. J cehturies ,before the Christian, I era'; they' inspired those heroic, bands who I led the way for the tens'of thousands who \ uqw,people the most prosperous States of 1 and, passing to the history. of the I lot this, hemisphere, they were pos- . s b__~4 In" 1 -. 1 prominent, degree by those to, I whom we owe so rhuch as the founders of I t-JSfftflqaept. The present occasion, 1 say, ! oTapstj/pne.; New Zealand, as a whole, I a banner of colonization— I invited to flock to its I shores. Among the emblems on that j banner are the fire-- and ' the knife, I bat the altar iswanting to. point to the path \ of duty and' the* responsibilities of men to I their Creator. Our German friends are show--1 ing that they feel this want,, and are deterI mined to supply it in their own, case by I individual effort. It may be" that'religious I differences have rendered';difficult, if not I impossible, the recognition; ;by the state of I particular creeds or form's of faith ; but I I would gladly< hope l that--the assistance renI dered from public funds, and the aid which 1 individual members of all { Christian bodies I have given towards the' erection of this I church, are an earnest of the time",' "howI erex distant, when religion, ; , shall cease I to be the battle aground { conflicting I (pinion, when ChrWianfty shall risesuperior I te3b'd independent of, sectarian differences, I nd when States shall no longer §nd it con--1 Tenient or necessary—while they'claim their of .interference in matters affecting the relfltiQUS ofman toman—to confess their in-: competence in sespecfc of his higher relations: to the common Father of the human race. Ifewever this .may be, we may thank God of the old Spirit of coloaisa-. by our .German fellow-colo-_fct& ihj&.ttey are; determined to practise, in their own tongue, in which they were born, I those forms of worship wbich will bind them I b£.|he .-holiest recollections to the land of I t_ejTf«,thers, and. unite them most closely as 1 BfflibSl ß $ a Christian society, in the land of 1 their adoption.). .Before concluding, I may I take this opportunity, of -expressing a hope | thtyhesapresent,will take occasion to .ebow I -(fiftjiaterest in the undertaking by contriI b|ting. liberally towards the building fund, | farthjeh a collection is about to be made.. I diihgconclusion of the.address,. 5 stepped forward, and, ou lehalf of the German residents of the Itomce,.presented His Honor with a silver ! of the event, and i htm to lay the stone. ' ""''~'.\ I %a_fOsbß replied;'thankiug the German aetQera for their gift, and- ex pressed a! hope I that the buildj,ng_ would bean honor to the I of which they formed part, and I in which they lived. ; - ; ..".'■' 1 was then lowered into its bed, 1 and his. Honor having, in a very Workmanlike' 1 manrier spread the mortar arbimd it, declared I ifiicL,"....-.. ':;,'_;•".': . ■'• :.;' I iit^ L the ReV C. Bowen bad engaged in 1 pwer,, f the^hymn,'.'"Now. thank we.all, oxxx I C^J^^iis ; sung, and ;the proceedings' te^ T I a_ritt_i with the benediction. ' ''' I Acriftectibn was made on the ground in I aidnf the building fund, which realised £15. *J_o£ -■":■'". . y . ■: ;■•- .... I ' -s&ifc-tfii.ji _;■;, r„;. , j.-..- .. ~. ,--. . I In the eveniuga soiree tdbk place in thg. | Oddfellows' HaHi which rwas; largely atI tended, over fiOA sitting down to tea/. The I tables were presided over by the following I ladies :— Mesdames Ruddenklau, Kruse, I Bdmiidt, Tjach, Gerken, Carl, Fuch.3, BarthHansmann, Jhiele, Rofchin, and Kert. The bachelors also provided a table, »aich was, wjelipa&onisedi After all bad partaken of the many delicacies with which the tables were loaded, the concert took place, Mr Ruddenklau ocyupyiogitbe chair. After an overt«re,i & song.by iMrlJames Anthony, a dnet for clarionet wid piano by Messrs Biinz and King, and a song, " Das Alpeihorn," by Mrs Beecheyv 1.1 ■;;•'. Mr T. M. H_ss_».L,;the .German Consul at yjai-tchnrch, then came forward: and de-h»-f-d the following address :—Mr Cbair*«D, Ladies, and Gentlemen,^-1 ; have wei asked by ~the chairman of the «*n_an Church Committee -to,say; a few this evening, and. Jr. -have great plea•Otin complying with his request; ; for I 3 *--ider it ie the duty of every well-wisher % V^ ecanse ra -'P *nd religion to do j3 nwbest, however small that may:be, to not gj "UJ feel for himself, but also to impress aj "P OO others the importance of the ceremony v *mch has this day been, performed. We ' \ *et earlier in the day for tbe purpose of • s c_ m *' tl,e foa -datum stone of the first I »«naan church in this prbvinccj and Tthiuk '- yfy also say the first in the colony of New " «*la_d ;it is therefore a day that will be femembefed "bj jou all. and it will £ *™wess be one'tbat your children, will be I to commemorate. Nothing could £ J"«hrought the thought of the elder porij WW of yoar congregation back to the days I Z,* 0 * 1 * »ndof fatherland more than the 5 iwf nn Psrforaiance of the sacred service of j church in your own language, and I I rjl&ssured nothing will more tend to p to? 6 " 6 y° ur nationality or make you good I" _tt»J roßperoua -01 0 -6 tnan a diligent t S?!" 1108 n P°h all the "religious services £ your church will affoTd. 1 believe I jft-Mgbgion and true patriotism will be 1 _rfZ d m hand. I also'believe that | I religious, as well as patriotic feeling I whole German array during the , I $B^i___! aQ . war ' that tnis fcelin R flowed 1 his Imperial Majesty the Emperor , I kk li ! - *° *' ,c 6Dlsl " es t drummer boy in I _h__i St7 ' s 3erTice - 1 consider that the I Sa^ 011 of the Gcrraan troops, in the 1 . momentß of victory, and wbich 1 (th*' 1011 WaS ac^now l e dgod and wondered 1 I-snU *^ c nationß of Europe, -was the 1 T_*« -ducatiou and religion in Germany. I tiuu^T 38 a3so a marl£e d spirit of devout m ww«uiiie§s _bown by the army and its

. Iftaripra for gray Tintnry anfl i* "V'"* only have added to this thapkful spirit to have fc-it and tcnowri that; the 2 - soldiers of I France were your opponents j the great military power of Europe was aTrayed against you and although the citizen army of Germany wag completely victorious, it met a noble and oouragoous foe in the old and tried regiments of France. And now, ladies and gentlemen, to show you how attentive your countrymen were to the duties of their Church in the late campaign, or when far away from home, I I will, with your permission, just road a short paragraph from the " London Daily News" correspondent on ths war, an authority considered second to none, and the book fr.jra which I quote has been translated into the German language, and is supposed to be one j of the most authentic records of the war :— " By special request of the troops stationed at Retonfay there was Divine service this morning, in a meadow in the viciuitv of the village- The rtivisiou chaplain officiated, and: the brigadier-general was present with his;] gJaff, It was a. fine sight to see the four bat-! talions, nn'mbering 4000 men, drawn up in a holfcrtr Square, with the clergyman and the regimental band ,in, the. centre. , The-.service commenced with a hymn, in which all the ' troops joined with fervour.' This was followed by the liturgy, with full choral service. Then the minister preached akind of informal sermoer-; deselected no scripture text, but dwelt upon the duty of a Christian soldier in time of war. His words evidently came from the heart, and as evidently went to the heart. When he spoke of friends at home longing for tidings grapr x the f root, and yet half afraid to hear them lest they should learn that the loved one had fallen in battle, many were . the heads bent down on the - manly chests, and many a gallant soldier held his hand beftge jhie. , eyes to hide the, start-, ing tear!' 'It was remarkable what an effect the chaplain's words had in stimulating correspondence. When the service was over round each "feldwebel" there was quite a little crowd eager to obtain the "correspondence carte';* 1 on which' the trtfops mostly write their brief epistles, and the post corparatbad .tocarry the great bag witn which he went over to the field post in Flauville. A little after the service I WaS'Sitttngiwlt^ibepaymaster and another offireiy when a knock came to tbe door; and; there entered a great bulking fellow from sheepishly asked the paymaster to i accommodate him with, paper money for tiis bullion. How much do you thiDk he had? Whjr,-...counting , pfenning? and a queer collection of kreutzers, he could just make up one thaler, and this huge remittance the great honest manly fellow wished to send to the frau away on the shores of the Baltic. It was only three shillings, but it was the last stiver the man had, and he will have to go without his giass of beer till next pay-day comes round. Fancy an Englibh soldier coming to his officer with a handful of halfpence for eonversioTi into paper money !'But a German regiment is one great brotherhood, the paymaster pocketed the coppers and gave the man thaler, with a kindly word and look, for has he not a franoi hisj- own whose portrait lies* against v that broad chest of his. , ' I will also read you another shoit extract, touching upon , the., conduct of a < young German sdiaier to an aged French priest. •fAt present the inhabitants of the villages QCCupieTLby the.Prussians live on the frank, but necessarily casual, charity of the Prussian Soldiery. In this village i the venerable pastor lies stricken With an incurable disease. In his house are quartered several Prussian officers, and;with one of. th ese I paid-n a viei t io.the sick room, on the night of. pur 5 ' old matt, a gentlemtin and a scholar—showed ;us,- withi a blush his purse. Food, physic, money, or medical comforts he had none. They have quick Sympathies, these gallant lads of the Prussian army—out came the purse and the ihalers clinked as the pastor's empty purse grew heavier. T t hen there vras a bolt for the regimental' doctor, and in tottle of physic ; was, by the hed head and a cup of Liebeg was in the pastor's hand. The old man wept as he blessed the lad, and methought there was'water in the eyes of the latter as he bent his head, Protestant as he is, to receive;the blessing of a Catholic." Now, why should the " Daily News " correspondefltf almost express surprise at the; young German soldier bending his head to receive the blessing of the worthy French priest / Was it not because he was aware of the narrowness of our views upon matters of this nature ? Why should hot'the young German soldier feel thankful to receive the blessing of any aged Christian many be;he Catholic or Protestant ? You are aware I belong to to the c XJn,ite& Church of England ancDlreland, a church closely allied to your own ; but I dare not presume to dictate toj or find fault with, any body of Christians, who may be of a different way of_ thinking. I believe that a spirit of brotherly kindness and toleration to all will be inculcated by your worthy pastor when r he arrives, and as education. .and, r religion adyance, Catholic and Protestant, Conformist and Nonconformist will ultimately vie with each other in endeavoring to do good, and in feeling thankful to Almighty God for the many and great blessings which He has been pleased to shower down upon our peaceful and happy KeW.Zealand home. At the conclusion of Mr Hassal's speech, which was loudly? applauded, be informed -the meeting that his Honor the Superintendent regretted that another engagement prevented him from attending, at the same time he assured the meeting that bis Honor wSsJilways pleased to takeain active inieresfc on all such occasions. [Cheers.]

The remainder of the programme comprised songs by Mrs Long,. Mrs Beechey, and Mr Morgon, selections by the band, and an address in German: by ;Mr Gerken, an old settlef in, Canterbury, which copcluded/this most'successful gathering, one ttiat'will lo n g be remembered by our German fellow colonists as marking an era in the history of their progress in the great work of colonisa-

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LAYING THE FOUNDATION-STONE OF THE GERMAN CHURCH., Press, Volume XX, Issue 2969, 7 November 1872

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