THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT
MR R. COAD'S MISSION.
At the City Hall last evening Mr R. Coad, who has been delivering lectures throughout the colony in the interests of temperance under the auspices of the New Zealand Alliance, commenced an eleven days' mission. The attendance was fairly large, but the numbers increased as the evening wore on. The chair wus occupied by the Hon. Thomas Dick, while among those on the platform were Mr T. W. Glover, the Revs. Messrs Ryley, North, Praser, Hutton, Baumber, and Campbell, Messrs J. Pulton (M.H.R.), 3. W. Jago, J. A. D. Adams, R. N. Adams, and A. S. Adams.
The Chairman said that apologies for non-attendance had been received from Dr Stuart, Archdeacon Edwards, Rev. Mr Jory, Port Chalmers (who stated that he and Mr Coad had preached for some time in the same land, and that he could speak in terms of praise of his capabilities), and Mr George Penwick. In introducing Mr Coad to the audience, he said he was heartily glad to have him helping them in fighting for the temperance cause. Occasionally visitors came and held missions here, and their coming was always hailed with joy. He welcomed Mr Coad most heartily—(applause)—and hoped that his mission would be crowned with success. They had been working away here, and they had a hard battle to fight; but they were gaining ground, and they wanted men like Mr Coad to give them a push forward, and the Devil a push backward.—(Applause.) Mr Jago said that he had bean chosen, doubtless on account of his lengthy acquaintance with temperance matters here, to represent the local temperance workers, and in their name he extended a hearty welcome to Mr Coad.—(Applause.) He had a resolution to propose, and which he asked those present to adopt. It was as follows:—" That this meeting tenders to Mr R. Coad a hearty and cordial welcome to this City; congratulates him on the success of his mission in other parts of this colony, especially in the neighboring city of Christchurch; and expresses the hope that his labors here may be abundantly successful." The warm recommendations which had preceded Mr Coad made it almost certain that the success which had attended his efforts in other places would be found here. The results of his meetings at Christchurch were much more than were anticipated by the temperance friends there, and they would surely be greater and more successful here. He was not discouraged by the attendance —manifold engagements and other business kept many of the people from attending. He rejoiced to welcome Mr Coad, who came from the Old Country, and it showed that they were not standing nor fighting alone, and that .they were banded together in sincerity to put down the evils of intemperance. There was fraternity among those who were fighting for the downfall of strong drink, and they knew that in distant lands they were there fighting the foe and struggling hard to obtain the victory, never ceasing to work until they had conquered the fell destroyer, Drink.—(Applause.) Mr R. N. Adams, representing Young New Zealand, welcomed Mr Coad to Dunedin. They intended to fight against strong drink until they succeeded in gaining total prohibition. They did not want spasmodic efforts; they required a continual flogging of those who could not rise to nights of eloquence like some of their visitors. He trusted that they would do their best to make the measure a success. The motion was carried nem. dis.
Mr Glover also addressed those present. He had known Mr Coad personally for twenty years, and was delighted when he knew he was coining to New Zealand. He congratulated the people on what they had done since his departure. They had met and discussed whether they should agitate and strike for total prohibition, and they had done so. They had beaten the colony, for no city of the size of Dunedin had ever gone to the ballot on the question. The ratepayers should have the power to stop the liquor traffic without giving compensation. Earnestness would overcome all the difficulties, and they would be all right, even in Dunedin, very shortly. They wanted men in Parliament who would suppoxt the suppression of the liquor traffic, and they should only vote for these men, and try to send them to Parliament, and thus do good for themselves and for other people.—(Applause.) Mr Coad, who was received with loud and continued applause, thanked those present for the hearty manner in which they had extended a welcome to him. He thought, however, that they should have reserved their appreciation until his mission was concluded, because they might then regret according him such a cordial reception; some people having welcomed him in a hearty manner, but they had got their backs up, and he might never see them again until the resurrection morn. (Laughter.) He was very well pleased with this City; the locality was beautiful, if there was fair weather along with it,—(Laughter.) So far as he had seen, Dunedin was about the best city in New Zealand. He hoped that before his mission was concluded every seat in the hall would be full; for although there had been plenty of empty seats when he commenced his meetings in other cities, the halls were well filled towards the close. In connection with the temperance movement, he said that possibly many had pure hearts, but their heads were crammed with ignorance. People loved their children with all their hearts, but not in their heads; else they would not let them have this strong drink. At a funeral at Home a woman had said that her son had been sent to perdition by her own hands. She had given him drink time after time, and when remonstrated with would not admit that she was doing wrong. What was the consequence ? At sixteen her son had obtained a drunkard's appetite; at nineteen he died .in delirium tremens. Just before he went to eternity his mother had spoken to him of the love she bore " her lad." Her son, with his dying breath, said that he was dying and was damned, and that it was she who had given him the drink. There was love in that woman's heart, but there was terrible ignorance in her head—there was a terrible lack of judgment. Paul had said that most people bad got an excellent taste. Yes, .but some had got little judgment. One of the planks of the temperance platform was to reclaim and lead to Christ every drunkard in the Universe.—(Applause.) Many would be astonished, and would doubtless say: " What, all ? You can never do it." Then, with God's help, they would save all they could; they would do their utmost to save as many as possible. Were a number of sailors sinking and in clangor of being drowned, would they, knowing that they could not save all, not attempt to save any ? No; they would try and save as many as they could.— (Applause.) The advocates of temperance deserved to succeed, because they endeavored by prayers and legislation to save all they could. Did they approve of that?— (Applause.) During a fourteen days' mission at Liverpool 4,224 persons had joined the ranks of the temperance cause, and of these 1,000 were known to have been intemperate people. He had seen scores making their way to the front form, and the whole cost of the Oldham mission was borne by one gentleman.—(Applause.) It was easy to applaud, but it was harder to imitate, that action. During the mission the husband of a woman was described by her as being a drunkard. She showed
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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, Evening Star, Issue 8048, 26 October 1889
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