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The Right Eon. Sir Joseph Ward (Leader of the Liberal party) must have been impressed by the perfect reception accorded him last night by a concourse of Dunedin citizens, of whom over 500 could not gain-admission to the Garrison Hall, which was crowded to the limit of regulation safety. The hall was decorated with the Hags of the Allied Forces, and the Leader of the Opposition was quick to note that fact and to speak optimistically of the operations of the nations nowjoined together against an ambitious militarism. I'he tone of the meeting represented complete and cordial friendship to the Liberal Leader, who received an ovation at the outset and an encouragement throughout which must have given him great heart to wrestle with the Reform party for administrative power. It is only in New Zealand that Pressmen are compelled to obtrude themselves into attention jn order to obtain reasonable accommodation to do their work. Last night .the accommodation- was irksomely inadequate — a relieving team of reporters having to stand like beggars at a gate. There appeared to be hundreds of energetic committeemen. but it would seem as though the Liberal party, if they get into power, will have to provide at least one more table for the Garrison Hall.

Two Prohibition meetings were held last night. At Cavorsham \1 r 11. 1). Bedford reviewed the history of the Prohibition movement and stated that the main obstacle to success was the three-fifths majority, and he trusted that the electors would see to it that candidates who supported that undemocratic majority woidd not be returned. The Rev. W. A. Hay also spoke combating the idea that it was impossible to legislate virtue into men’s lives. At the Tabernacle. Great King street, Mr Charles Watt, of Auckland, dealt with the “ Moderates ami the various statements in circulation about Prohibition in America.

At the monthly meeting of the Kensington School Committee the following members were present; Messrs Dalton (chairman), Read, Ru.ston, Shaddock, M'Lauchlan, Lambert, Mollison, and Miller. The head master’s report for the month showed that the average attendance was 325, the roll number being 340. The pen and ink money for the quarter amounted to £2 3’s 3d. Miss Aitchison, in all probability. will resume her duties in the school on the 23rd inst. A circular was received from the Overseas Club, Dunedin Branch, asking that the children of the school contribute to “The Otago School Children’s Christmas Fund for Belgian Children.” It was reported that good progress is being made with the work in connection with the playground. It was decided to distribute the prizes as usual this year; Messrs Shacklock, Lambert, and Miller to make all arrangements for the break-up. After hearing an address by Mr R. Semple on the Huntly mining disaster last evening, a very strongly-worded resolution was unanimously passed recording reprobation of the meeting, of the action of the Massey Government and party, who were condemned for their encouragement of alleged bogus unionism and for their connivance with the defeat of the mine's inspection. The Government were further condemned for their- alleged “ criminal negligence ” in this matter, wherefore the workers are called upon to vote everywhere against the Massey candidates, and to support (wherever possible) bona fide representatives of Labor and Social Democracy. The Hon. J. G. W. Aitken said at the Presbyterian Assembly this morning; “ l)e we as a church—do wo as Christians recognise our share of responsibility for the present war? I more and more realise day bj' day that if the Church of Christ had lived and was living as a church should live this war would never have taken place. (Applause.) We are frequently hearing of the responsibility of the German Emperor and the German people for bringing about this war, but I maintain that I personally and every other member of the Christian Chinch have a share in that responsibility, for if the Church throughout the world had lived up to the commands of Christ the state of affairs that led to this war would not have been possible.”

Mr L. M. Isitt, member for Christchurch North, will deliver an address at Milton on Wednesday night from the Liberal standpoint. Several bookmakers were prosecuted at Christchurch on Tuesday for illegal betting at Riccarton dining the progress of tho recent C.J.C. meeting. Edward Dollar, on a charge of frequenting tho racecourse for tho purpose of betting, was fined £SO and costs. Other fines recorded were : Christopher Higgins, £SO; William Pollock, £2O; Frank Watson, £2O; Richard Chamberlain and Gideon Scott, each £2O for frequenting, and £lO on a charge of making a bet.

The Otago Art Society's exhibition will bo over when the doors close to-morrow night. The art union was drawn last night, and winners have no time to lo*c in making their selections. Tea will bo served to-morrow afternoon.

The Annual conference of the Presbvtciian Women’s Missionary Unicai was con. tinned in Stuart Hall to-day, and there was a large attendance of delegates. The morning session was devoted to discussion on the training institute and to a mission study demonstration by Sirs Rogers and others.

ill' Paulin’s forecast:—Squally N.TV, to S.W. winds, and some rain showers.

A particularly interesting memento of Lord Robert® was on view this morning at the Presbyterian Assembly, in the shape of an autograph portrait, with the following letter addressed to the Rev. P. B. Fraser“ Englemere, Ascot, Berks! sth May, 1914.—Dear Mr Fraser, —It was very kind of you to send me a copy of ‘A Brief Statement of the Reformed Faith.’ I have read it with great interest, and am glad to have the little book by me.—Yours very truly, Roberts.” The book referred to was written by Mr Fraser, The penmanship of the letter is like that of a young man. The Auckland District Methodist Synod last night adopted a motion ‘in favor of ministers* appointments being extended

' The residents of Hokitika ere having alarming experiences, and heavy loss of property is reported. The devastation caused by the sea on the west side- of Rove 11 street, extending from Johnston and Co.’s right-of-way for a distance of about a quarter of a mile to the rforth, has been of an extensive nature during the past few days, whilst the erosion further southward, where the principal damage v/as done formerly, has been of a trifling character. The "inroads by the sea to the north have been exceptional. The damage south of Stafford street as far as Johnston and Go.’s premises has been general.

Tho mover of the vote of thanks at the Burns Club meeting on Wednesday evening, in referring to tho stirring address delivered by Mr W. B. M'Ewan, said they knew that the speaker was a busy man, but they also know that those who did tho best work in their day and generation wore busy men and women. Mr M‘Ewan was happy in the choice of his subject (“ patriotism ”) as a wave of high aouled patriotism was flowing at full tide all over the Empire. “ The great war has scotched selfish feelings in most of us and has made us more thoughtful of others. Our hearts throb when, we think of the heroism of our soldiers, who* against great odds are keeping the flag flying. They are going into the valley of the Shadow" of Death, fighting against murder and foul outrage, lighting that Belgium may not lose her name among the nations, fighting that our Empire may remain free, fighting for the liberties of the world. It is saddening to think of the loss of so many lives; there will be mourning in many homes, but all these gallant young lives are not wasted; it will be a hallowed memory, a proud heritage, and inspiration for coming generations. We are all proud of the British army, but it may be said at a Burns Club meeting that those who have Scottish blond in their veins will have a warmer thrill in their hearts when they think of what is being done by our ain folk, the Scottish regiments.”

Watson’s No. 10 is a littlo dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.j Rheumatic patients should take Broadway's Rheumatic Cure, price 3s 6d; gives immediate relief. Wilkinson and Son, prescription chemists.—[Advt.]

Two after-church No-license rallies are to be conducted on Sunday by the Temperance Committee of the Presbyterian General Assembly—oue in the Garrison Hall, presided over by the Moderator, and the other at the Town Hall, North-east Valley, Both meetings will be at 8 p.m. Some of the visiting Presbyterians will speak at the Octagon on Saturday evening. “ Have ono with me.” ” Thanks, I will. I’ll have AVatson’s No. 10, piease.”—[Advt.] A glass of Speight’s beer at lunch and supper is bettor than all the tea in China.— [Advt-.]

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Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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