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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
Sixth Dat.— Tuesday. The General Assembly sat in Bums Hall at 10 a.m., the Rev. A. Grant (Moderator) in the chair. It was decided to shorten the time limit fur speakers, so as to get through quicker. —Theological Committee.— Debate resumed on the report of this committee. Rev. H. H. Barton seconded the adoption of the deliverance as moved the previous day by Rev. G. 11. Balfour. Ho said in the course of his remarks that no part of the Assembly’s work touched so nearly the heart of the Church as the work of the Theological Hall. Congratulations could be safely tendered in respect to the quality of the students who went forth. The Church had everv reason to be proud of the ball, the protessors, and the students. Dr Dunlop was a great gift to the hall, and they had in Professor Dickie one who was in the evangelical succession. These men and Dr Watt left their impression on the students. Some congregations and some persons proved their faith in their college by subscribing liberally. The Church as a whole did not. The congregational subscriptions from Auckland to the Bluff amounted to the beggarly sum of £196.
Rev. Oscar Blundell (Waikato), speaking as one who had gone through the Theological College, referred to an argument heard the previous day to the effect that the curriculum was being made too hard, and said it would be by no moans a kindness to young men to send them forth into the world without the equipment to enable them to carry on their work. The general clause of the deliverance was then adopted. The recommendations as to certain applicants for admission to the hall were discussed in private. On resuming in public the Assembly adopted theso recommendations: —That the following bo added to the student regulations : “ Every student shall remain under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery which granted him his certificate as a student for tho ministry unless ho is transferred by his Presbytery to another Presbytery. That the committee be authorised to make such arrangements as their funds may warrant for tutorial assistance during the current year. That ministers bo asked to urge the claims of the ministry as a calling upon the young men of our congregations. Anew commend the scholarship fund to tho liberality of congregations and individuals, and the work generally to tho prayerful sympathy of the Church.” —Regulations for Licence.— Rev. Graham H. Balfour, in moving iho adoption of the report of Theological Committee on regulations for license, said there were a number of suggested alterations in the existing regulations, principally in connection with tho granting of licenses to theological students. The adoption of the report was agreed to. —Report of Knox College.— Tho report stated, inter alia, that during the past year the accommodation in the college lias been increased by the addition, of nine beautiful study bedrooms. Tho cost and furnishing, amounting to £1.273, was borne entirely’ by Mr J. Ross, whose total contributions to the college now amount to £18,273 —a truly noble gift, for which tho council is profoundly thankful. Tho session opened with 93 students in residence; 12 of the students joined tho Expeditionary Forces, tho session closing with 83 men in tho college. £IOO has been eet aside to tho credit of a depreciation fund. During the year £SOO was received for tho building fund from the estate ox tho late G. F. Bulhm, of Kaikoura, wihich reduced tho debt on the south wing to £1,552 12s 5(1. A strong plea was made for the strengthening of the endowment fund, which was necessary to develop the tutorial work in the college. The fund stood at £3.010 15s Bd, whereas the council thought tne credit should be £15,000. Many congregations had failed to realise their responsibilities in regard to the college collection. The council desire again to express their appreciation of the valuable and faithful services rendered to the whole church and college by the Master, Professor Hewitson. The following members of council retire by effluxion of time : —Messrs Malcolm, Gow, and Cameron. They are recommended for reappointment. Rev. A. Cameron moved—“ That Mr Rosa bo thanked for his abounding liberality to tho college, in adding to his previous gifts the erecting and furnishing of attic rooms hi the north} appoint Messrs Cameron and Gow and Dr Malcolm to tho council, and commend the college to the prayers and liberality of the people.” Ho said that the building programme was now completed for some tune. It was very gratifying to know that the coat of the additions recently completed was borne entirely by Mr J. Ross. With regard to the endowment fund, tho committee- aimed at getting £15,00 to its credit. Ho regretted that the annual collection on behalf of Knox College was so small. Jn 1909 the amount received by way of collection was £240, in 1910 £365, in 1911 £292, in 1912 £529, hi 1913 £272. Ho thought this poor response was due to a misapprehension. People who would otherwise contribute thought the money was to be devoted to the housekeeping expenses The money was really required, and was devoted to the payment of salaries of teachers of the Theological College. He purposed moving an audition to tno deliverance that tho collection, as a collection for Knox College, bo abolished, and that in future a collection bo taken up towards tho payment of tho salaries of teachers in tho Theological College. Rev. 0. K. Aitken (Christchurch), in seconding tho motion, said there was no disputing the benefits accruing from tho college. Tlie establishment of Knox College had brought about that communal life so essential In the career of a theological student. Tho motion for the adoption of the report and the addition of the woxda suggested by tho mover was carried. —lona College.— Rev. A. Grant submitted the report of lona College, which building was formally opened by tho Prime Minister on February 24, 1914 Tho executive had a satisfactory measure of financial success, and had good hopes of increasing usefulness for the future. The dobt is heavy, but ,it is behaved that each year will do something to lighten the burden. Good progress has been made in planting and faying out the grounds, upd in a few years lona should become one of tho beauty-spots of Hawke’s Bay. He moved the constitution of the college. This was seconded by Rev Jas. Paterae*) (Christchurch) and earned.
PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
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