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The Dunedin Fabian Society met last night, Mr. A. R. Barclay in the chair, when Mr O. J. Hodge gave an address on * Political Plunging,' this leading to a discussion on the subject. Mr Litolff and Mr Briggs played instrumental selections at intervals. The anniversary of the King street Congregational Church Sunday school was celebrated last evening in the Union street school hall, where about 350 scholars and friends sat down to tea. A public meeting subsequently took place in the church, where the first part of the proceedings took the form of a welcome to the Rev. G. Heighway and his family. Words of greeting to him were spoken by the Rev. Mr Saunders, the Rev. Mr North, Messrs J. Abernethy, J. H. Wilkinson, and H. Mitchell. In reply the Rev. Mr Heighway referred feelingly to the separation which had taken place between him and his recent congregation in New South Wales, and stated that he came to Dunedin firmly resolved to preach what he believed to be right without any thought of whom might be present. He also expressed his unbounded confidence as to his future labors, and thanked all for the hearty weloome extended to himself and Mrs Heighway. A cable to Mr Heighway from his late congregation was also read as follows: "'Loving greetings, richest blessing.'— Thessalouians i., 2 and 3." The annual report of the Sunday school set forth that the average attendance of Bcholats showed a decrease as compared with last year, but there was an increase in th» attendance of senior scholars. The number of teachers and officers on the roll was 24, and the average attendance 22; number of scholars on the roll, 196—average attendance 153, average attendance over fifteen years of age 47. The members of the young men and women's Bible classes had displayed.a genuine interest in . the work of the school. At a meeting of the teachers a resolution was passed recording their indebtedness to Mr C. H. Bradbury, the president, prior to his resignation. The library w«s in need of reorganisation, and a special effort to raise funds for this purpose would require to be made. There was every reason to be proud of the position occupied by the Sunday school in the Otago Sunday School Union examinations held in October, 1896. The school secured second position in competition w'ith the Ocago schools. The result 'spoke volumes for the quality of the work done by the teachers. The usual school examination was held in December, 1896, and resulted as follows: First prize, 90 per cent, and over, 5; second, 80 per cent, to 90 per cent, 3; third (in lieu of certificates), 65 per cent., 52. The annual picnic was held on Boxing Day, and proved a success. The Senior and Junior Christian Bands had successful sessions. Special thanks were due to Miss Dyer for her assistance as organist. The singing class was being weekly conducted by Mr J. Abernethy, and was well attended. The members were indebted to Miss Morgan for her services as accompanist. During the evening the choir, under the conductorship of Mr Abernethy, gave a number of action songs and hymns. Items were rendered by Misses Oliver, Mansfield, J. Wilkinson, J. Sharp, Chisholm, Freeman, and Master Chadwiok. The accompaniments were played by Misses Moore and Dyer.

The second performance of the kinderspiel 'Don Quixote' by the children of St. Martin's Church, North-east Valley, took place last evening. There was a large attendance of the public, who expressed their satisfaction by repeated rounds of applause. The principal parts in the play were sustained by Miss M. Harvey (Lady of the Lea). Miss Mary Steele (Dame Durden), Misses Umbers, E. Clark, and Lily Smith (maidens), Masters Peter O'Shea (Don Quixote), R. Moore (Sancho), H. Harvey (Rovin Robin), R. Green (captain of sailors), W. Drake (captain of soldiers). Theentertainmentwent without a hitch, and much credit is due to Mrs Strain for her careful training of the children. The stage effects by Mr Millward added greatly to the effectiveness of the representation. Miss Wright performed the duties of accompanist efficiently. The kinderspiel is to be repeated on Saturday evening. The North-east Valley Band, who kindly lent their services for the occasion, played several selections undertheconductorsbip of Bandmaster Cook.

The fifteenth anniversary of the Cargill road Wesleyan Church was the occasion of a tea meeting on Wednesday evening, the tables being plentifully supplied by ladies of the congregation. The Rev. T. G. Brooke presided at the public meeting, held afterwards, when Mr W. R. Cole, the treasurer, presented a report showing that the present membership stood at 155, the Sunday school roll at 307, and the Christian Endeavor Society at 42. On the ques-. tion of finance the report stated that the circuit debt of £26 odd existing twelve months ago had been wiped off; that, the Trinity Church subsidy having ceased, there had been a shortage of £45, towards the making up of which £l7 had been already subscribed; that £l7 had been spent in renovating the old school building. £ls in reconstructing the platform, and £2O in repairing the fences; that during the year another £SO had been paid to the loan fund in liquidation of the debt on the church, which now stands at £387 10s ; and that the* experiment of raising the revenue neoessary for carrying on the work of the trust by means-of seat rents has proved a marked success, the small sum charged having realised nearly £54. Addresses were given during the evening by the Revs. Griffon, Buttle, and Saunders. Music was provided by the choir and orchestra, under the direction of Mr Don, and solos were sung by Miss Sears, Messrs E. H. Buckingham and C. Ross.

The monthly meeting of the Otago Institute was held at the Museum of Tuesday night. Professor Shand presided, and there were about a dozen persona present. Mr Hamilton contributed some interesting notes on fl) 'Rook Bictographß,nearAlbury, South Canterbury'; (2)« A List of Foßsil Polyaoa, collected in New Zealand'j and (3), 'The Paemiornis and JJxtinct Qoos.e,'' tjhe rernajng.

of which are frequently found in bone deposits. Mr J. C. Smith and MrTennant, members of the Dunedin Field Club, read short papers on our. local flora, and illustrated their remarks with some well-mounted specimens.-"'- '. „ The concert; in aid of the High street School Cricket Club was a marked success in every way,,the friends of the school muttering strongly to hear an entertainment that give great satisfaction. Those who assisted were Misses May Black, Robin* Meek, InaGow, Iva Poole, Edith Black, M. H. Bunce.and A. Beissel, arid Messrs H. Binnie, N. Black, G. Meek, J. Harrison, T. Rowlatt, A. Harrison, and J. Flint. Mr J. W. Smith thanked Mr and the Misses Black for the' trouble.they had taken in promoting the concert. - At this week's meeting of the Benevolent Trustees a letter was received from the Diinedin Presbytery notifying the appointment of -the, Rev. Mr Dutton as Presbyterian chaplain of the Benevolent Institution. The North-east Valley Borough Council wrote with reference to recipients of outdoor relief within their borough, and asked that in future before such relief was given they (the Council) should be notified as to who had recommended the applicants. It was pointed out ihat a3 a rule applications were made in person without the intervention of any third party; but it was resolved to meet the wishes of the Borough Council by treating their cases in future as if they came from country districts and submit the applications for report. Fifty-six relief cases were then dealt with.

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LOCAL MEETINGS, Issue 10445, 15 October 1897

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LOCAL MEETINGS Issue 10445, 15 October 1897

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