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The Rechabites' Conference.

The Rechabites have been holding an important conference in Nottingham, at which great progress was reported in the way of establishing " tents" during the past two years and otherwise organising and developing their vast campaign against the liquor traffic. Amongst items of a minor kind which will not be despised by those who know what fascination lurks in outward signs and badges, the report of the High officers notes that " an improved procession sash " has been adopted, with the emblems of the Order woven into the fabric, and that the design has been registered. The funds of the Order have steadily increased, and now reach the large amount of L 455.498. It] appears that the title of the

Order is likely to become something more than a mere name. In his addresß to "the worthy high deputy ruler, officers, sisters, and brothers," the High Ruler volunteered the curious statement that efforts had been made to open up a communication with the ancient tribe of Rechabites referred to in the Bible, which, we are told, still exist in large numbers in Moab, adhering presumptively to their ancient practice of dwelling in tents and renouncing the use of strong drinks. Mr Lethaby, a Methodist missionaryatJerusalem, considers it both practicable and desirable to establish a connection between the Order and these descendants of Jehonadab, by admitting some of them to membership. The list of recent accessions to the Rechabite ranks comprises many distinguished personages, and among others Lady Henry Somerset (who delivered a forcible speech on the temperance question). Lady Elizabeth Biddulph, Dr Bardsley, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, Principal T. C. Edwards, Prebendary Grier, the Mayor of West Hartlepool, Mr Bowen Rowlands, Q.C., M.P., MissG. E. F. Morgan, Dr J. A. Webster, Dr J. H. Rutherford, and Professor Fowler.—' Daily News.'

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The Rechabites' Conference., Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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The Rechabites' Conference. Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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