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PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD.

At yesterday afternoon’s sitting the Rev. W. G. M’Lareu’fl motion re tho sustentation fond was put and negatived after discussion. MISSIONS RETORT. Rev. \V, Bannerman brought up Ike following report The Committee deem it unnecessary to report at any length on tho New Hebrides mission conducted by this church in union with other Presbyterian churches, as the convenor, who lias lately visited these islands, has had the opportunity of reporting fully to the Synod what he has seen and learned of the mission Mure. Tim Commute content themselves with recording their satisfaction at the favorable report givin thtiu by tho convener of the slice- hh that haa followed, and apparently is still following, the labors of Messrs Milne and Michelsen. The o brethren have had added to their number a fellow-laborer in the person of Rev. Thomas Smaill, 8.A., a licentiate of this church appointed by tho Committee in accordance with the function given by last .Synod to tho appointment of a third misrionary to the New Hebrides group, Mr Sraaill will be near neighbor to Mr Miohelsen on one side, as Mr Milne is neighbor to Mr Mich risen on the other. Our three missionaries arc so situated as to be easily in touch with each other, and available to occupy each othei’s field in case of any of them being absent on furlough or laid aside by illness.

The appointment of Mr Smaill was welcomed by tic Synod as a further indication of the interest iu this mission taken by the church, a m ist the smallest connected with the mission, and as calculated to stir up the other churches to add to tho number of their missionaries, aud so provide for the fu.l occupation of the group, Too Dayspiing will (D.V.) visit Dunedin iu January next, bringing Mr Milne and his fam'dy, that his children may be placed at school, and that Mr Milne may have translations of several portions of Scripture printed for the use of his own and ihe Natives of our other missionaries. For thii end the Mission Synod has granted Mr Milne furlough due to him at the close of his second ten years of service as a missionary in tho New Hebrides.

The Her. A. Don, our mws’onaiy to the Chinese within tho bounds, has removed to Dunedin, and the catechist, Mr Kwok Hai Shang, has burn transferred to Lawrence to take up tho work carried on there for some time by Mr Don. Residing not far from the Chinese (.'amp, Lawrence, 'he cvtcchist extends his labors to Adams Flat, Tuapeka Mouth, Waitahuna, and Bungtown at regular intervals, and ecca-ioiiill'y to Beaumont and Waipori. Hr Don informs the Committee that on a rece nt visit ti tho Tuapeka district ‘‘he was much pleased with, the appearance of the work.” Mr Don’s last annual up-country tour occupied fifty-eight days, during which he came into personal contact with 3,150 Chinese; thirty-five rrretiugs having been held, with an attendance just under 500. The Committee regret that it has no egent to continue regularly the work at Round Hill. Mr Don will visit it as opportunity allows. The anangements for carrying oa tho work among tho Chinese in and a ound Dunedin on the part of Mr Don are of a highly satisfactory kind. They include, in addition to a regular Sabbath service in tho Mission Ball, classes for teaching English, on the roll of which stand thirty names; a ror.ding-room, on the table of which arc placed several Chinese journals ; and tho circulation of sev- ral Chinese periodicals, for one of which there arc now seventy subscribers, an 1 fur another ton. These periodica s are conducted by eminent Christian men in China. Mr Don extends his services to the hospital, tho Benevolent Institution, and Seacliff Asylum, visiting the Chinese in these institutions, Mr Don has h?eu a sided in conduct irg the classes for teaching English by members of St. Andrew’s Young Men’s Society and Mr R. Chisholm’s class, to whom the thanks of the Committee and of the Synod are due. The church has much cause to blo=s God for the work which Ho is enabling our missionaries to accomplish, and the highest encouragement to deepen i‘s interest in and to increase its efforts in the conversion to God of tho heathen iu the Now Hebrides and of the Chinese in our midst. Tne Committee would suggest th it tho Syiud appoint a special mission Sabbath, when prayers for our own and other missi naties and for the conversion of tho heathen should bo specially offered, an 1 a sermon preached on the relation of the Christian Church to the conversion ol the heathen, aud its obligor ion to seek that c mverrion. As the Rev. Mr Don (the missionary to the Chinese) wan not present, consideration of this report was deferred. STATISTICS. Rev. J. H, Mackenzie brought up tho report of the Statistics Committee, which recommended the adoption of a series of annual queries, and gave the following

After discussion, a deliverance adopting the series of questions, receiving the report, and thanking tin;convener ot the Coni.nitiee was agreed to, on the motion of Mr Bunn; Toni', The Synod adjourned at ."•.HO p.io. I'b KNINC Suor.Ri N'T. I.'ONI’E.SSION’ 01 IA ITU.. Rev. A. M, Finlayhon moved the additional of the following names to the Committee on the Confession of Faith Revs. Dr Stuart, Dr Macgregor, Clark, and Cameron (ministers), and Messrs K. Ramsay and W, D. Stewart (elders). The mover related the action the Synod had taken in allowing his motion and allowing Dr Macgregor to withdraw his motion. He showed that the understanding on which Dr Macgregor withdrew his motion was that the Committee should be “ representative,” and argued that Dr Macgregor himself should be put on the Committee. He said that he would on no account propose nor agree to a committee to upset the work of the previous Committee. Mr Aha.m seconded the motion. Rev. J. H. Mackiwzie moved as an amendment that the names to be added be the Revs. Dr Stuart, G. Clark, and A. Cameron (ministers), and Messrs K. Ramsay and W. D. Stewart (elders). The list, he said, was the same as that laid on the table by the Rev. Mr Finlayson, with the exception that the name of Dr Macgregor was omitted. The followers of the Rev. Mr Will had been accused of dissimulation. That accusation was in the newspapers the other day over the signature of “J. Macgregor,” and they had been accused of wearing a mask, of showing a false face, and these seeds of doubt with regard to his brethren had been sown broadcast throughout the church by the gentleman proposed by the Rev, Mr Finlajson to be put on this Committee, and to whose name he objected. The reason why the name of the Rev. Dr Macgregor should uot be on the Committee was that he did not enjoy the confidence of this church.

The Moderator said that in the absence of Dr Macgregor such a statement ought not to be made.

The Rev. Mr Mackenzie withdrew the statement. If Dr Macgregor reckoned himself an important member of the Synod, he outffit to be present at the discussion of so important a matter, for what lay behind this Committee was the question of the bond by which the office-bearers had places in the church, and to deal with that which was the symbol that was set before other churches and the world as their understanding of God’s Holy Word. Rev. J. Gibson Smith had great pleasure in seconding the motion. Rev. J. Clark would assert that anyone who knew the career of Dr Macgregor as a man, his great and acknowledged literary ability, must know his qualification for this work, and that those who did not know these,things must be a very small minority. That being so, what was the objection ? It must be purely personal,

Rev. W. Wiu. objected to tho appointment of a member who had over and over again declared that the Confession of Faith needed no declaration of its meaning, that tho meaning was plain and clear, and that men who desired such declaration were opposed to tho Confession out aud out in its whole system of doctrine. An extreme man like that was not fitted to act on a committee the object of which was to remove difficulties which were conscientiously felt. If he (the Rev. Mr Will) acted on the Committee with the Rev. Dr Macgregor, it would bn only after Ur Macgregor had been appointed to the Committee by the direct vote of the Synod. Mr A. C. Regg, the Rev. Mr Baunerman, the Rev. Mr Chisholm, and the Rev. W. J. Steven spoke strongly in favor of the Rev. Mr Finlayaon’a motion. Mr K. Ramsay said that while none would deny Dr Macgregor’s great ability, yet Dr Macgregor had spoken in such terms of the Committee and of its work that he (Mr Ramsay) felt bound to object to his appointment. On a vote being taken the amendment was lost, and the motion including Dr Macgregor as one of the Committee was carried by a large majority. The voting was for the amendment 19, and for tho motion 44. SABBATH SCHOOLS. Mr W. S. Fitzcekalu brought up the report from tho Sabbath Schools Committee, from which wo make the following extracts;— The Sabbath schools and Bib’e classes continue to increase in number and to improve in attendance; that the teaching staff, though diminished by ten, is still in very fair proportion to the number of scholars; an 1 that of the 1,293 teachers, 1,040 arc members of the church in full communion, and 245 arc officebearers. They regret that durii g the year the church has felt the exodus of young men. Tho schools of the Dunedin Presbytery lost 111, Clutha seven, and Dunstan three ; but South land gainc d twenty-nine, and Oamaru eighteen. When these return theirscrvices should bo r.gain seemed. Tho young women of the church have partly filled the vacancies, their number having been increased by sixty-five. Bible classes have increased by twelve, hut that is due to the large increase in Southland and Oamaiu Presbyteries, the others having lost five classes during tho y.ar. Such loss should only be femporaty. Bible classes in State schools are reported by Mosgiel, Northeast Valley, Port Chalmers, West and North Taieti, Tokornairiro, Stewart Island, St, Paul’s ( amaru), and Palmerston, the whole having an average attendance of SGO With few exceptions, congregations assLt the Sabbath schools with money. Dunedin Prcsbjteiy gives L 348 13 1 ; Clutha, L9l 15s 91; Southland, L 125 16a 21; Oamaru, 147 11a 4:1 ; and Dunstan, L 33. The total amount (L 648 IGsSd) compares favorably with L5(19 17s 2d, the amount reported iu 1867, when first ti is return was called for.

The amount collected for missions (L4Bl Gs lUd) is less than that reported last year, but this return has never b:cn reliable, many of the boxes not being opened till Christmas, aud their contents being confessedly guessed at. It is of more importance to note that ef our 181 schools only eighteen do not report mission collections, and some of these arc known to bo deeply interested in mission work.

Tho church continues to attach high importance to tho Sabbath school library, and your Committee note with sati faction that over 4,0.0 new volumes were put into circulation last year, Though now libraries have been formed, the total number reported—lo6, with 26,805 volumes—shows no increase. This is caused by schools of a parish uniting their libraries, dividing the whole into sections, one for each school, and changing these at stated intervals. Only eight of our schools are now without libraries. Your Committee n mind the teachers that the church has L 79 17s Id in the hands of the managers of the Bible and Tract Depot, Dunedin, and that they supply books for our libraries on very favorable terms. It would he wcU to know the extent to which the schools profit by this loan to tho depot. The Shorter Catechism scheme has now been in operation for two years; but, as its authors anticipated whin proposing it, the successful candidates are but few. The first year gave 13 successful candidates from two publics; this year gives us only 8, and these from tho Native school at the Neck, Ktew.irt Island. There are 4 boys and 4 girls, the youngest boy, Henry Wesley, being only 10 years and 11 months of age; the youngest girl, Mary Ami Thaekava, 11 years and 9 moirha ; and all might have taken another year for preparation and still have been within tho prescribed ago. The following have fulfilled tin* examination conditions,and arerecommcudo.! f rrewards; — Mary Ann ThaoVara, Ei ily Newton, .Sarah King, Bone Clarke, Henry Wes’ev, Henry Geiuge Fife, Thomas Bragg, J> sr.ph Joss.

On the motion of Mr D. Wrh.ht a deliverance was adopted receiving tho report, thanking the Committee ami its convener, and adopting the various recommendations in the report. The Synod adjourned until ten o’clock this morning.

Lord’s Sapper. i 1 Baptism. Received. Removed Presbyteries. ' S c *« Communion Roll. a c S a <3 O y certificate. y certificate. . i £ I a *o I E •= CQ £Q a o _ Dunedin 5 423 223 255 160 ! 43 58 c i ~ Southland .. 8 322 2,697 142 73 69 23 SI 2 iClutha 1 201 2,182 112 57 53 19 ' 34 a Oauiaru 170 1,317 56 04 65 12 19 ~4. 87 OSH 16 15 10 3 i 1 ■ u -1,200 11,754 549 4(>4 357 100 ]y3 ■g ! Last year, IS33 .. 6 1,070 11,138 473 458 379 [)> 231

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PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD. Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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