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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
LOCAL AND GENERAL
At tho Church of Christ, South Dunedin, on Tuesday evening Miss E. M. Bisson, of Manchester, England, delivered an address on 'A Peep Behind the Scenes, or tho Liquor Trade in Manchester.' The lecturer, who has recently como to New Zealand, and who is assisting in tho Prohibition campaign, spoke of the work being accomplished by the temperance workers in the slumis o"t Manchester. She said: "It is scarcely possible for a Dnnedin audience to imagine the horrors.and evils of, tho low concert liuils and drinking saloons. I have gone alone into one ot the lowest saloons in a plum quarter, and spoken to about 50 men assembled there, inviting thorn to attend a midnight mission. The mi Jnight missions are not known out hero, but they aro tho means of rescuing many of the worst drunkards in the big cities of England. The men are collected from the hotels, winch close at 11 o'clock, and are taken to the mission hall, where many are induced to sign the pledge and to give their hearts to God. Yes! Some fall back, but numbers remain faithful abstainers and good .Christians for tho rest of their lives." Miss Bissgn has had many remarkable experiences in her alum work, having gone alone into some quarters 'where the police venture only when in companies of three. Her storv is thrilling—at times most touching —and is told with the fervor of one whoso whole heart is in her work. The lecturer concluded her address with the appeal ; ' What are you going to do to prevent cuch evils, even if on a smaller scale, from coming to this fair land?" She urged everyone to work earnestly in the cause of Prohibition. The meeting was hold under tho auspices of tho Christian Women s ?f..ssionarv Society, the-chair being occupied by "the president (Mrs Bay). 'J hechurch choir rendered a number of musical items, and several friends' assisted with oongs and recitations. A collection was taken up for the No-license fighting fund. Among the applications for renewal of licenses'at the animal meeting of the I'ahiatua Licensing Committee was one from the licensee of tho Kumoroa Hotel. On May 25 the committeo had stated that they required certain improvements to bo effected at tho hotel. The committee met again on June 5, when they refused to grant a renewal of the license, but stated that if tho improvements wero effected before the next quarterly meeting they would be prepared to grant a renewal. A temporary license was granted for three months. As only portion of the improvements had been carried out at'tho quarterly meeting it was found that the committee's requisition had not been complied with owing, it was stated, to the licensee's inability to pay for them. His licon&e was extended to September 30, when the hotel was closed. Meanwhile an application for a mandamus to tho committee was brought to secure a renewal of tho license. The matter was carried before the Supremo Court at Wellington , when it was held, that the licensee's application was not fully disposed of by the refusal at the annual meeting, and his statutory right to renewal remained in force, that the further hearing of the application was properly taken on the occasion of the quarterly meeting, and that the committeo acted within their powers in denying a further adjournment and proceeding to refuse the license. The application was therefore dismissed.
The executive of tho Dunedin Chamber of Commerce met on Tuesday afternoon, those attending being Messrs G. W. Gibson (president), E. F. Duthie, F. 0. Bridgeman, W. F. Edmond, H. W. Aire.y, K. S. Ramsay, J. B. Shacklock, H. C. Campbell, J. B. Waters, T. Somerville, R. Ewing, J. A. Roberts, and W. Gow. A letter was received from Mr A. S. Malcolm, M.P., thanking the Chamber for its support in the matter of securing a caretaker For tho Catlins River siding, and promising to bring the matter again under tho notice of the Minister. Considerable gratification was cxprossed that the representations of tho deputation from the executive which had waited on the Union Company and Messrs Huddart, Parker, and Co. in regard to the intercolonial steamer service had had a good effect. It was resolved again to draw the attention of the Post and Telegraph Department to the necessity for providing facilities for telephonic communication between Dunedin and Christchurch.
The official opening of the Goodwood Dairy Factory took place on Tuesday afternoon! Tho preliminary meeting was held last July, and resulted in about 450 cows being promised. It was thereupon decided to proceed with the formation of a company, and tKis was accomplished at a I Inter date, the capital being fixed at ' £2,500. This was inHovred up by a dej cision to proceed immediately with the erection and equipping of an up-to-date factory, and this has been accomplished most expeditiously. On August 1 the architecture of the building was entrusted to Mr L. D. Coombs, and on August 14 tenders were in, and that of Mr F. Crimp (Green Island) was accepted. The excavating of the site, which was donated by Mr Lee, was commenced on August 19, and yesterday cheese was made for tho first time, the chairman (Mr R. Cameron), in tho course of a Bhort speech yesterday, said that for many years there had been "agitation for a co-nperativo factory, but it had failed until the present undertaking; was commenced. There had been a, good deal of uphill work in bringine; it to finality, and a lot. of hard work had been done, very often with few to do it, and the directors had done a big ehare of it. Ho had not the slightest doubt that co-operation was going to be a success. ['he cost of the building would work out at about £9BO ; the plant had cost- £BOO, and the residence £220. The whole outlay would amount to about £2,500, and that said a good deal for the shareholders, for thero were not nianv of them.
Th(» estates of the following persons in Otago and Southland were certified for rfamp 3utr last month:—Otago : John M'fHlivrav £3.395. Willhm Samson £2.761, Lnke Walsh £2,559, Christian Anderson £2.124, William O. Smcllie £1,950, George Derbyshire £1,896, Archibald Andrew £1,721', James Whvtock £1,311. Charles M'Phcrson £1.091. Janet Grant £i.067. William M;:in £984, Alex. Davidsou £9ll, KJleu Diehl £7lB. Mar«aT«t A. Mawhinncy £598, Helen M'Gregor £565, Jarr-es G. M'Grecor £552, Henrv G. H;mnah £536. Southland : John W. Mitch:ll £8,355, Donald Stewart £4,616. Mark Miles £3.430. Alice Ilvnd £1.944. John Hellier £1.930, Win. Forrester £1,343, John T. Trcthewav £757, James Moeley £738, George M'Chesner £589.
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
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