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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT.

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him (Mr Coad) her blind daughter, and her own arms covered with bruises received while attempting to shield her child from his cruel blows. He was converted; he attended the meeting and decided to lead a temperate life. Some timeafterwards he met tiie woman and her husband, and ah! they were so happy. T ! ie little p'ri. lifting up her sightless »ji/i.-w 'mi him, gr.ve him th;? hook mark v i>.•'.•!i he held i\\ his baud, and thnsikod Gel tiut hftr father did not strike mother then —he. kissed her. Was not tho man who bore the expenses of that mission repaid for his work ?—(Applause.) The saving of these drunkards was the work they were engaged in, aud those whose sympathies were with them should pray to God to make them earnest and sincere. They must help them to prevent there being any drunken husbands. There were many excellent women sufferingonaccountof drunken husbandswho made no sign; these women would rather suffer in silence than make their husbands' faults public. There was a lot of that kind of thing in this colony. At a revival meeting in a Cornish village—hold in the anteroom of a public house, in consequence of the walls of the church falling in a brutal looking man had signed the pledge amidst the applause of those who knew his character. His wife came forward, and said that she, too, would sign the pledge, and that she would live with him again if he adhered to his promise. They had been separated—the husband had been sentenced to two years' imprisonment for attempting to murder her by trying to cut her throat. Twelve months later he was taken to an old fashioned country cottage, with a nice garden in front of the house, and beautiful creepers lining the walls, while the inside of the cottage was very clean, and contained handsome furniture, In that cottage lived the man who said that he had kept his pledge, but that sometimes he would cry, tor although God had forgiven him for injuring his wife, and although she too had forgiven him, he could not forgive himself when he saw the scar on her neck and thought of what he had done. He was, however, trying to make up in kindness for the wrong he had done his wife. That was the sort of work the temperance people were doing. Did they approve of that?—(Applause.) Then let them try to make husbands and wives keep sober. Children wanted sober and Christian parents by reason, if for nothing else, of the sufferings and hardships they were forced to endure, which were sometimes beyond description. The temperanoe cause carried joy and peace along with it, and they were asked to approve of that.—(Applause.) Well, if they approved of that, let them don the bit of blue, for if they did not it was hypoorisy. Although the temperance cause claimed many parsons amongst its advocates, there were plenty of women—in Burnley (England), in particular—who were working for the cause of temperance. Several of these women, who were wives of ministers of the Gospel, preached while their husbands stayed at home, in many caseß the wife was a better preacher than the husband. Mr Coad then referred to instances where persons who had been reformed by the influence of temperance workers had bettered their positions, and made their homes comfortable, themselves, their wives, and their children happy. He created considerable merriment amongst the audience by giving a humorous account, which contained its good lesson however, of thQ taetios adopted by a widow in indigent circumstances to obtain lodging money from her drunken, gambling lodgers. Regarding this, he said that it was hard for children to be brought up iu houses where bad language could be heard, while it was nothing short of a calamity for them to be near intemperance. All nodded assent with their heads, but where were their hearts ? Were their hearts represented ia the threepenny pieces which it was. tiio custom to put on the plate? H,e, h,a,d seen a large number of threepenny pieces lately (laughter) but why did they not spend threepence in the Devil's oause and a pound in the cause of God ? Gambling in this oolony was not supported by threepenny pieces. In connection with the voting system he was of opinion that each distriot should have a vote on the question of the liquor traffic, but that where a district was plucky enough to intimate by their votes that the liquor traffic should be suppressed the vote of the people should be effective, and tho question decided by the vote of tho people. It was not a deoent thing to ask a number of business men to sit as members of a licensing committee and carry out the wishes of the people. These men would suffer in the matter of business, and would have to bear on their shoulders what should be borne by the people. They should vote by ballot, and then the responsibility would be spread over the shoulders of all. Another thing was that if they could not get the members of Parliament to carry out their wishes regarding this matter, they should send up men who would do sq.—(Applause.) He was delighted to think that there was every indication of women being allowed to vote. When they did, the liquor traffic would be doomed. The liquor sellers of England had recognised this, and had called on each other to oppose women being granted votes, and in doing so had paid the highest tribute possible to their opponents. He (Mr Coad) would like to see every woman above tho age of twenty, if not seventeen years, possessing a vote, and, if that were so, Prohibition would be the order of the day. There were, however, 2,500 towns, villages, ani hamlets in England under Prohibition, and in some' of these places a man had not been seen drunk for fifty years, while for a number of years not a single person had appeared before the magistrates.—(Applause.) At Qckt (England) there were originally sis liquor ahops and one oburph, but the last of the first mentioned places had been closed long ago, and a brewer's cart had not passed through the town for years. The hearts of tho young men there were given to God, and they had deoided to maintain the poor widows of the town to prevent them going on the parish.— (Applause,) Mr Coad then referred to a great revival meeting held at this town, and which lasted for eight days and nights. They could suppress the liquor traffic in Dunedin if they liked, for it was a shame that in a splendid place like this there was drunkenness going on, which resulted in crime and lunacy. The less drink consumed the better the people would become. They should fight hard against the evil, and they would soon reap the benefits of following in the path of righteousness. They should pray in their hearts for converts to be secured to the temperance cause," and should endeavor to get the people to attend the meetings. But thej should not go a solemn, mournful look—they should go with love in their hearts, for \t Op a bless-, ing to jioejpa' to b,e Instrumental in getting people tp attpad. Re had conpluded a. most successful mission at Chrjstohurch, hut had been led to believe that that would be exoeeded here—that Dunedin would show its pre-eminence in this as in all other matters.—(Loud and continued applause.) The Trinity Church choir, under the con : ductorship of Mr G, H. Marsd?fl. aftug several authamt), and the meeting closed with the pronouncing p,f the benediction hy the Pyev. Mr Ryley.

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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT., Issue 8048, 26 October 1889

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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT. Issue 8048, 26 October 1889

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