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PRESBYTERIAN ASSMBLY

Sixth Dat.— Torso at. The General Assembly resumed «t 3 pkVa. in Burns Ball, the Rev. A. (Moderator), prodding. —St. Margaret’s "Residential College.— The report stated that.at the beginning o! session 1914 the council had regretfully to decline many applications for admission. To enable the council to meet the demand for admission to- the college J?* 1 * dnico money had been advanced -to them, partly on the security of the property and portly in dependence on the honor of the Church, ana they have thus been enabled to erect a portion of the proposed college buildings, which, with the original building, will accommodate about 40 residents. The building is now aporoaohing completion, and will be found welt adapted to the purposes for which it is designed. Mr AA'. S. Fit/gerald moved that tho report be adopted, and express appreciation of the work of St. Margaret’s College Council on behalf of women students, and commend their cause to the liberality of the friends of education in the Church. This was seconded by Rev. R. M. RyLuvn and carried. ... —Colomba College. — The Rev. Alex. Whyte read’the report of the Council of Colomba College, which described the negotiations leading up to the establishment of the institution, as described in the ‘Star’ of Saturday. lu moving the adoption of the report Air Whyte referred to the financial aspect of tlie undertaking, which was most satisfactory. The Rev. AV. Gray Dixon seconded tho report, and in doing so eulogised tho work done by the Rev. Alex. AVhyte. I Rots'. W. Scorgio and H. AA’. Burxidgo and Miss Frances J. Ross (principal of the college' also spoke. Mr H. H. Campbell, as a practical builder; siiid he was asked to’ give ’an opinion as to the suitability of the_ building for the purpose for which it was secured, and he had no hesitation in saving it. was admirably adapted for the purpose. ■ • ■ Tlve( motion was carried. Tho Moderator convoyed to Miss Ross the appreciation of the Assembly of her very, excellent address. ■ —Auckland Presbyterian Ladies' College.— The Rev. 1. Jolly moved the adoption of tbp report of the above college, which was .recently purchased from the Aliases Rewa, and is situated in the Mount Eden district. A company with a capital of £12,000 lias been floated, of which £IO,OOO has been subscribed, and ho anticipated that only 2s 6d would be called up. Provision huA been made for the concern being taken over. AA T hilst it was termed the “Presbyterian Ladies' College, ’’ it did not follow that it would be devoted exclusively to Presbyterian ladies. The Presbyterian students would receive instruction in the doctrines of the Presbyterian Church. This was seconded by Rev. R, Al. burn.The Revs. Dixon and Paterson having spoken, the motion was carried. —Fire Insurance.— *■ The Fire Insurance Committee reported that the insurances in force on August 18 amounted to £218,857. These were distributed over 215 churches and their contents. 127 manses and outbuildings, and 66 schoolrooms and halls and their contents, the property of 168 congregations. Levies unpaid at 18th August amounted to £6B 6s sd. The amount to the credit of the fund is how £977 5s 6d. The Treasurer reported that the replies to his inquiry regarding the insurance of church properties were so incomplete as to be of little value, more than one-third of the congregations having failed to’ make any return. Several cases had been brought to light where- buildings had not been insured. Tito committee recvjmmended that the treasurer be directed to continue the inquiry into the insurance of church properties, and that all congregations be enjoined to see that their buildings are covered against risk of fire. The Hon. J. G. AV. Aitken moved the adoption of the report, and this was seconded by Afr Allan and carried. —Now Century Fund.— The committee reported that loans had been granted as follows ; —Kelbunte £ICO, Automata £225. Otorohanga £l5O, Seatouu £l5O, To Kuiti £9O 15s sd; total, £715 15s sd. A large amount had been prumi.-ed to various congregations, to ho paid when funds wore available. Tho present unsettled state of affairs made it more than usually difficult to deal with these matters. i’iie Hon. J. (!. AV. Aitken, in moving the adoption of the report, said the committee could do with three or four times tho amount that they had in hand. ’The adoption of tho report was carried. —Maori Mission Committee.— Iho committee reported that the work" had been extended during the year. Sister Jessie, who wan ordained at last Assembly, was sent U> work at Nuhaka, a township the East- Coast, between Gisborne and AVairoa. The, committee find that a l’i esbytery does not make a good committee. Presbytery work takes up most of the time. The business is usually left to the executive to transact. Tho committee recommend a change this year, so that the work entrusted to them may receive fuller attention. Hie Rev. Geo. Budd, in moving the adoption of the report, moved that the following recommendations be agreed to. —(1) That £3OO, if necessary, be transferred from the general fund to the Alaori Girls’ School fund. (2) That the expenses of the Boys’ farm iu the meantime be paid out of the general fund. (3) That the Church be urged to remember tile special *iteds of :ho Turakina Girls’ School and the Alanumti Boys’ Farm. (4) That every encouragement bo offered to Aliss Annie Henry, who has volunteered for work as deaconess: and that, if necessary, the committee ba authorised to assist "her in obtaining her fraining, tho amount so to be expended not to exceed £26 for this year. (5) That Mias Edith Walker l>e appointed for one year to assist Sister Jessie. (6) That, ministers of Hie Church i*e, urged to make reference to the lauding of Alarsden on December 20. (7) That tho thanks of tho Assembly be given to Mrs Venables for her valued services in tho Alaori Mission Birthday League; to the European congregation of Taumarunui for the work done on the mission pioperty ; U- the editor of the ‘ Break of Pay'" for the generous help given to Sister Alison through his paper; to the donors of special gifts for Sister Jessie; and to all who have given materials and medicines. Air Budd referred to the good work done among tho Maoris, and especially among '.he Maori girls. He was hoping for still gieater things from Alaori missions in tho near future. r The Rev. J. D. Al’Kenzie (Wanganui), in seconding the resolution, said he thoroughly approved of tho recommendation for tlie change of management from the Wanganui Presbytery to the committee named. The trouble was tho difficulty in getting the members of the Presbytery together, when business connected with the college hud to bo dealt with. In answer to tbo Rev. Dr Gibb, P"v, Mr Budd said there were very few uoys in residence at the boys’ farm. ,-MtJAl o ncrieff, speaking .on. this question, said’, it,-was extieinely difficult to keep native boys on the farm’. They w-iv frequently; called away V> attend native lan J 'T6uris.~ and were dilatory ini' returning. • •The’Rev- A. Doull (Palmerston North), in referring to the special needs of the 'Turakina Girls’ School and the Minium! Hoys’ Farm, mode .a special appeal for financial assistance. The Rev. J. Asher (Napier) referred to the difficulties Sluter Jess* had to contend with. Mormbniam w* rife at NuUaka, where sh* labored, eeen»d to find favor with Natives. Tho Rev. J. Paterson corroborated Mr Asker’s remark* with rsiewmea to tho growth of Monnonism. The ,R«r..;-X, .jJolly> Tr%» the pulpit of dclivwd historical adilMM -ea thodife 'of Morydafi, whose-.cen-tenary it was intended (e celebrate on Sand aft Dfumbug {ft

The Rev. AV. Gray Dixon also addressed the Assembly from the pulpit on this subject! Votes o[ thanks were accorded to both speakers. Tho motion _lor tho adoption of report waa then carried. -rrPreabytemu Social Service Aasocia- - tion.— The report of tho Presbyterian Social Service Association stated that during the year the young people in the care of the association numbered 421, of whom 214 were living in the homes of the association in Dunedip, Christchurch, and AA’ellington, while the. Leslie Orphanage in Auckland cared for 29 children.. The report ww adopted.

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PRESBYTERIAN ASSMBLY, Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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PRESBYTERIAN ASSMBLY Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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