The monthly meeting of tho Dunedin Presbytery was held Oils morning, tho Bov. B. Scott Allan (Moderator) presiding
over a good attendance of members. —Office of Moderator.— The Rev. A M. I’inlays on drew attention to the fact that the present Moderator's term of office had expired, and after some discussion it was agreed that the Rev. H. H- Barton, who, it was pointed out, was next in rotation for office, should move a motion bearing on the subject, of which ho had given notice. —Mr Barton moved as follows; —"That whereas the present rotation for the appointment of Moderator results in the chair being constantly occupied by junior members of the Presbytery, the procedure be altered .mi that for every alternate sis months tho Moderator he appointed by a fresh rotation, commencing with tho senior member of the Presbytery, tho present rotation bo fololwod alternately ; the first appointment in accordance with tho new rotation to bo at the end of the present Moderator’s office." —A discussion followed, some amendments were moved, and finally the Rev. Mr Barton accepted a suggestion by the Rev. J. Aitken that the new rotation lake effect in May, 1915, and the motion, with this alteration, was curried by 14 votes to 15. Tho Rev. If. H. Barton was then appointed to the Moderator's office for the ensuing six months, and took the chair. —Sale of Chalmers Church.— The Rev. A. Don, secretary of the Foreign Missions Committee, wrote staling that in a letter to the Rev. W. J. Comtie, Messrs Smith, MacGregor, and Sinclair stated that tho action Jamieson and Chalmers Church had now finally come to an cud, the plaintiff having abandoned tho appeal proposed by him from tho recent judgment of Mr Justice Sim, and the costa had all been taxed by tho Registrar here, and paid to the various solicitors interested in tho terms of tho judgment. They enclosed a etaternout showing how tho moneys received from tho recent salo of iho church property bad been disposed of. The statement showed a balance against them (Smith, MacGregor, and Ramsay) of £BO 2a Id, for which they enclosed their cheque in his favor as the general treasurer of tho Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. In terms of tho conveyance of tlio church property, the proceeds of the sale, after payment of ail debts and liabilities, wore to l>a divided equally between tlio foreign missions of tlio Presbyterian Church of Otago and Southland and tho Presbyteraiu Church of New Zealand respectively. Tho statement enclosed showed : Tho Chalmers Church Trustees, in account with Smith. MacGregor, and Ramsay, 1913, April 23, by proceeds of sale of church properly by tho mortgagee, £709 16s lid ; April 24, to paid mortgages principal and interest, £319 15s: April 25, to Park, Reynolds, commission, etc . £29 5s ; (May 19. to costs of sale to Smith. MacGregor, and Ramsay, £2l 2s Id : May 26, to mortgage tax, interest, and telegram to mortgagee, £1 6s Id; August 8, to rates, corporation, £lO 2a lOd; 1914, August 14, to defendants’ solicitors’ taxed costs, £174 12s 10.d : »Septernber 21, to Fraser and Woodhouse, Attorney-General's costs, etc.. £to 16s; October 7. to Moore, Moore, and Nidml’s costs, £52 17s; to balance, £BO 2s Id.— Received. —Business for Symtd.— It was agreed, on the motion of the Rev. R. R. M. .Sutherland, to ask the Moderator of Synod to call a pro re rata meeting of Synod, with tho view of passing an interim Act authorising grants for churches out of tho ecclesiastical fund and an amendment of tho rule for grants for manses in church extension charges, also to deal with an application from the 'i'heological Committee for a grant from tho ecclesiastical fund. -—The Tram wavs Union Case.—
The Rev. R. Inglis, secretary of tho Lord’s Day Alliance. Auckland, wrote stating that lie had been instructed to ask the clerk to bring under the notice, of tho Dunedin Presbytery a, copy of tho recent judgment by .Air 17. Y. AViddowson, S.M., whereby union meetings on Sunday had been held to ho legal and a member who had objected to attending on principle had been fined.—The matter was referred to tho Sabbath Observance Committee.
—New So.nct ioned Charge.—
Tho committee appointed to report on Seacliif and Warrington reported that there was a strong desire in tho Seacliff district to have cither AVarrington or Merton, and also Tuketcraki. joined witli Seacliff. to form a Mill ministerial charge. The committee were of opinion that such an arrangement was both practicable and necessary, and accordingly recommended the Presbytery to tako immediate steps to have a sanctioned charge formed, with Seacliff as the contie.
The recommendation w;m agreed to, and a committee was formed to visit the district.
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DUNEDIN PRESBYTERY, Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914
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