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TO THK EDITOR. Sir,—Would you allow mo space to write a few words about Mr R. Goad’s temperance lecture for last evening. I should like to ask, Mr R. Goad whether he conscientiously believes he is doing good to the cause of temperance by dictating, intimidating, and making uncalled for personal insinuations to his congregation, as he did in last night’s lecture ? If that gentleman thinks he has struck tho right nail on tho head in his last night’s discourse, then it is time to say that I, for one, will give up going to these so-called temperance lectures, until I can find a more interesting, intelligent, and suitable person to advocate tho cause. The following remarks will give the reader an idea of Mr Goad’s lecture Mr Goad, in the final part of his lecture, imprudently requested of his Christian congregation—that is, those who had temperance and the love of God at heart—“if they had manly and womanly courage enough to speak a few words to the next person, or do what they could to bring as many to the penitent form as possible.” Now to ask such a question from a mixed congregation—people of all denominations—is absurd in the extreme, not to speak of tho impertinence of the man who put the question, “ But all of yon,” he said, “ that arc not Christians had better leave while the next hymn is being sung.” This was after the collection.

Fancy a man, who is advertised as a celebrated temperance lecturer, calling upon his audience to get up from their seats and go proselytsiing about tho hall for new converts—it is preposterous, to say the least of it. Then Mr Coad thought he would try the game of intimidation, in which I do not believe he was successful in one single instance; but I do know this much, that mothers left that hall with more sorrowful hearts (not intimidated, but reminded of past melancholy events to their children) than when they entered it, which speaks anything but good for the lecturer. I will conclude, Mr Editor, with a few remarks upon the insinuations thrown out by Mr Goad, lie (ays : “Mothers of New Zealand are too fond of giving away their daughters to marry low, vulgar, and gambling scoundrels of men for the sole purpose of getting hold of their money—men who may have a comfortable fortune in that respect, but not one particle of religion in their sou’s.” Allowing such to bo the case, I don’t think Mr Goad or any other person (if he has one grain of manhood left in him) ought to make such an assertion to a respectable aud in'elligent congregation as was that of last night. Tl’.e world is coming to a line pitch if parents are not allowed to give away their children to whom they like, without being questioned by a temperance lecturer such as Mr Coad. I am one who advocates true temperance, whether it be in language or the liquor traffic.— l am, etc., Observer. Dunedin, November 4.

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BUFFOON RY VERSUS TEMPERANGE., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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BUFFOON RY VERSUS TEMPERANGE. Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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