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The course of temperance lectures which Mr Goad has been delivering in this City was brought to a close last night by a monster meeting in the City Hall. Tire chair was occupied by Mr J. VV. Jngo, and there was not an inch of standing room in any part of the hall. The Chairman briefly introduced tho lecturer and his subject, and referred with pleasure to the fact that Mr Goitd Was to return to Dunedin at the end of the month for the purpose of delivering a lecture in aid of the cabmen’s shelter which is about to be erected by the Young Women’s Temperance Union. Mr Coad then took possession of the audience. Tho expression is used advisedly, for that is exactly what Mr Coad does. Before he has spoken half a doaen words everyone in the hall is listening attentively. It is impossible to go to hear Mr Coad without paying close attention to what he is saying ; and there is an amount of nervous force in his quaint sentences which compels admiration, however much one might be inclined to criticise their construction. The subject chosen by Mr Coad for his lecture last night was ‘ Billy Bray ’; but before entering upon bis main subject the lecturer made a good many preliminary remarks upon the broad subject of Christian temperance. He expressed pleasure at the very large attendance, which showed real sympathy with the object—that of assisting the work of the New Zealand Alliance. The money Was none of it going into his own pocket; he had always been able to pay his own way, having learnt when very young that it was “ more creditable to earn an honest penny than to touch the brim of your hat to tho squire for ninopencc.” In assisting the New Zealand Alliance, they should bear in mind that they were helping to give their sons a colony to live iu without any liquor shops in it. He hoped those present would consider that they had got their shilling’s worth after hearing his lecture; bub it did not much matter whether they did or not, for he had got their shillings, and it was for a good cause.—(Applause,) Speaking of the prevalence of lukewarmness in the cause amongst a good many of the churches, he said there were too many who were afraid to tackle the Devil if he was in the shape of a brew'er sitting in the pew of a church. The duty was off soap, and too much soap wan used in the churches. “ Where,” he asked, “ was the man nowa-days-outside the Salvation Army—who was ready to go to gaol for Christ’s sake ?” “ Here,” said a voice from the bottom of the hall. “That’s right,” said the lecturer; “I hope you will go there next week!” —(Uproarious laughter and applause.) Speaking of sects Mr Goad expressed himself as follows: “ The Devil take the sect.” The lecturer then devoted himself to the main subject of the lecture. Billy Bray, he said, was a Cornishman ef small stature, but of noble heart, who was horn in 1794 and died in 1868—an unusually long life fora Cornish miner. He proceeded to describe how he had been a d runkard till the age of twenty-ninobut had afterwards devoted his time and money to the cause of Chri-.t and temperance. Since his death 200.000 copies of his life had been sold In the Old Country, and the book had been translated into six foreign languages. In the course of his remarks on the subject of ‘ Billy Bray ’ and his life, which were of a remarkably discursive character, Mr Coad alluded to the late John Wesley and James Teare as having been the greatest blessings Cornwall ever had. His lecture was, of course, interspersed at frequent intervals with appeals of a forcible character against the use of strong drink and tobacco ; and in connection with the latter article of consumption he pleasantly chaffed his audience at tho unresponsive way in which they received any allusion to smoking as an evil practice. Before and after the lecture a large and strong choir, under the baton of Mr Bruntqn, gave some very enjoyable concerted music, and everyone present went away with the consciousness of having spent a very pleasant evening.

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MR COAD’S MISSION., Evening Star, Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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MR COAD’S MISSION. Evening Star, Issue 8056, 5 November 1889