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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY

Second Dat.—Thubsdat. The General Assembly eat at 10 a.m. in First Church, where the communion service was held. The attendance must. have been nigh upon 500. The Rev. A. Grant conducted the service, and the Itev. W. Gray-Dixon delivered (the address, taking as his subject 'The Cup of Blessing,' this being treated on the fines of the identification of the members of the

Church with Christ and with one anothei through partaking of the same food—thf body and the blood of Christ. BUSINESS MEETING. At 11 a.m., or shortly afterwards, tiu Assembly met in Burns Hall, the Rev. A. Grant (Moderator) presiding, supported by the Rev. James 3tLacK.enzie (clerk), the Rev. R. M. Ryburn (convener of the Bills and Business Committee), and the Bar. W. J. Comrie (treasurer). —Temperance.— Rev. Alex. Miller (Auckland), convener of the Temperance Committee, presented the report, and moved its adoption. Th« report set forth that the drink bill for New Zealand for 1913 totalled £4,137,653. This worked out at £3 14s per head of the population. The amount expended showed an increase oi £56,431, as compared with 1912. But, allowing for the increase of population, the expenditure per head of the population showed a decreate of Hid. During the past three years 11,000 persons had been convicted for drunkenness each year in New Zealand, of whom about 7)000 ranked as first offenders. This degradation of the manhood of cur Dominion tras surely sufficient to rouse every patriotic citizen to active effort that the cause of much, evil might Ik; eliminated.

The mover called attention to the need for promoting more pledge-signing. Much had been done in that way amongst the young. More might be done amongst the older psople. The great crisis was approaching. They were to have an opportunity of voting on' the continued existence of the liquor traffic. There were two issues—the local issue and the national issue. Thu Presbyterian Church stood strongly for striking out the top line on both papers, thus standing for local Nolicense and National Prohibition. (Applause.) New Zealand was the best-situ-ateu country on the face of the globe for firing National Prohibition a fair trial. It for five years we got New Zealnad clear of strong drink, so far as he could judge we had a fair chance of being clear of it for all time. (Applause.) The accompanying deliverance suggested by the committee recommended ministers and sessions to promote pledge-signing among young and old, and that a special effort of tliis kind bs made on the fourth Sunday of September, also appointing the second Sunday of November as Temperance Sunday, and urging Presbyterians to support and vote for local No-ficenso and Prohibition.

Rev. John Paterson (Christchurch) seconded the motion, and warned the Assembly that it was a mistake to suppose that the battle for temperance was won. The last stage of the battle would be the hardest.

Mr J. P. Baxter testified ae to the benefit of No-license in Invercargill, giving facts to show that there had been an increase of material prosperity, and affirming that under the new state of affairs the people at large were taking more interest in their churches.

Mr Lane (Ashburton) and Rev. F. R. Jeffreys (Auckland) supported the motion.

Rev. W. J. Comrie (Wellington) thought that the deliverance was hardly emphatic enough as to the necessity for securing members of Parliament who would vote for lessening the handicap. Mr J. Edie argued that candidates for the House should be asked for definite pledges. Mr J. R. Kirk (Gisborne) moved as an amendment to delete the clauses of the deliverance, appointing the fourth Sunday of ] September for a pledgc-eigning effort and the second Sunday of November for Tem- ! perance Sunday. * It was often said that I business man were not attending church as in the past. He believed that one ol the reasons was that they \vere getting ■ absolutely tired of hearing so much from ] the pulpit about Xo-license. The ever lasting truths fcr which the Church etood ought not to give place to No-licence and other <=idc issues. The liquor i question was before the people six days in i thfi week, and on the sevemth day they did not want to hear more about it. Whaf thev did a- e H for irac the Bread of Life* Tf a man had the prineinh-s of Jesus Chris! in his heart he <<'idd le trusted: to voti the n'eht way. without beinz told howh« should vote. The. Asfiemblv inifrht deride him if thev "liked—he "w'-d ? f " some °* | them hui'.-hini—but he didn't caie, for he I «w sneak-in? fivin his hep.rt, and what fce j was .--.''.viiiL' v.-.i* r-ally for the ministers* I if thev oniv knew ft. I ]{ev. I. K. Bertram (AneElaud) said thai V?, would seco'id ihe amendment for th< f!>ko of giving it a fair hearing. He hou- ■ orerl Mr Kir!: for his man!:;wFP. I K-;-v. A. >ii!!e: (iMiivem-rl wished to addj 'so .is to iiK j et Mr Coir.rie's suggestion, the ■ ! vevdis: "Thr.t oi:j people be advised to vote i'.r the who will support! I a Hibst.'iniial induction of the majority 1 neces-arv in carrv !c:a! Xo-liccnee ana : Prrhihition." | Mr W. S. Fitzgerald (l)unedin) moved : : io deleiei a. eminence in the icjiort about ti'opers being intoxicated. lU-v. W. Shirtr, llcv. H. Fairmaid, and Rev. ]). Dutten Mippoiied this amendment. Tho Convener s;:id tiie statement of tha repon. was true. !.;i{. he would agree lo cut. it out, swing that the Assembly seemed : about equally divided as to its being in or Or :r voic beii'.jz taken, nine voted for : Mr Kiik'n r.iv.cndnient, and it vaa lost, : and the report was adopted. The As.:eiii'jiy adjourned &i 1 p.m.

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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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