Eighth Day.—Thursday. Tho General Assembly resumed at 9 a.m. in First Church, tho Moderator (Rev. A. Grant) presiding. On the motion of Dr Gibb the Home Missions Conmitcc wore empowered to make the grants requisite for the year's work. It was resolved that Mount Albert be made a sanctioned charge. Presbyteries were empowered, with the consent of the Homo Missions Committee, to raise to sanctioned chaxgea those missions that became qualified. A grant of £4O was made to Chalmers Church, so that, it could be worked on the Otago Church extension platform. It was decided that Seacliff, Warrington, and Puketeraki lie a church, extension charge, with tho usual grant. The Assembly referred back to the Home Missions Committee tho question of granting £SO for the purpose of maintaining ; mission services at Broad Bay, the committee to have power to act. Rev. J. I. Clarke (Wyndliam) asked by what authority the income of the Otago jubilee fund was transferred to tho church I extension fund.—The Treasurer (Rev. Mr i Comrie) answered that it was done by tho 1 authority of tho trustees. —In the course I of the discussion Rev. A. Cameron said 1 it had lieen agreed that this question of j the Otago jubilee fund should bo made the ; subject of a friendly suit in tho Supreme j Court. In. tho opinion of some persons the transference of the income to tho church I extension fund was a misuse of the money, j —Dr Gibb said that lie could never understand the Otago argument to that effect.- j Rev. W. J. Comrio said that if tho dis- i mission went on lie would be bound to; answer what Mr Cameron had said. But: lie submitted that the discussion was quite out of order. A question of this sort ■ could not be brought up in such a. way.— I The Moderator ruled tho discussion out J of order. Rev. T. Miller (Rangiora) submitted an I overture bv the Christchurch Presbytery to the effect that the. Horae Mission Committee be requested to prepare an estimate of expenditure a year in advance, and let each congregation know its quota.—Resolved that the Church Extension Committee consult Presbyteries and prepare a report for discussion at next Assembly. Next business was an overture from Dunedin Presbytery in tlxL/Uiectinn of so amending the, regulations as to allow a temporary minister to be inducted without the formality of a call when tho charge is sanctioned and so as to have a double induction.—lt liecamo a question whether the overture was in order, but Rev D. K. Fisher fathered it.—After a lengthv debate, in which everybody tried (ineffectively) to put everybody else in order, the whole matter was dropped. The Assembly recorded appreciation of tho services to the youth of tho church rendered by the Rev. John Mackenzie, who is transferred to Melbourne. The Powers of Licentiates Committee recommended that a Presbytery should have power to ordain a licentiate when tie is appointed assistant or locum tenens m a sanctioned charge, or called to discharge duties such as those of a chaplaincy to tho Forces—duties necessitating the administration of the Sacraments of the Lord’s Supper.—Dr Gibb introduced the recommendation, and supported it.—Another long debate, in the course of which Rev. J. A. Brown said that he moved the same thing three years agd, when Dr Gibb opposed it. and it was ruled out. —The motion was amended as to detail j’and then adopted, with the addition of I tho words “ under the supervision of the I Moderator." i \ report on Synod practice, presented I by Dr Gibb, was as to tho legal position [ of the Otago Synod with relation to the Basis of Union. The report was in the ■ wa-v of a recommendation to leave things 1a« they are, since tho committee could i not coine to any finality.—Rev. .Jas. H. i MacKenzic expressed the. opinion that the I Otago iSvnod was not the Synod that the ' union required and that would bo oon- ’ sidered in the administration of the Acu ! of Parliament. All very well so long as I nobody objected, but some day somebody j might challenge its existence—Rev. W. J Comrie said? that the question was too big to be settled in the fag-end of a session, and lie moved that it be remitted to the next Assembly.—Carried. Tho Committee on Industrial Enronreported that tho time was inopportune for presenting any recommendation. Resolved that whore possible the first .Sunday in May be observed as Bible Society Sunday. The Assembly teudored hearty congratiihit ions to tho Otago Bible Society on tho occasion of its jubilee. The report of the Finance Committee as to the Assembly expenses fund came up next. The expenditure for the year was estimated at £2,250. To meet this it was recommended that the assessmenton funds be at tho rate of 5 per cent.— Rev. Mr Comrie said that in his judgment the method of assessment was unfair, and needed revising.—Report adopted, and committee recommended to consider tho question of revising the assessment. The question of regulations to govern the transference cf ministers was before the Assembly up to the luncheon adjourn-m-enU It seemed probable at that hour that tlie business would bo finished this afternoon.
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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914