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BtTKHTa DAT.—WUurasnA*. Th® G«n«r*t Assembly sat in Burns Hell at 10 a.m., the Moderator (Rev. A. Grant) presiding. —Mr John Roes.— Before the general business was proceeded with Professor Dickie brought forward a motion. It was a coincidence that the Knox College report should be prof«V«d {yesterday) on tho birthday of Mr job? Rose, whoso xirincely liberality had to largely helped to erect Knox College, and ho moved that the Assembly forward hearty birthday congratulations io Mr Rossi* The Church, had never bad, and it was questionable whether it ever would have, a more generous and openhanded friend—one, it might be added, -whose modesty had prevented hia becoming an officer of the Church. Rev. A. M. Finlaysou seconded the motion, and it was carried in an enthusiastic manner. —Church Property.— Mr James M’Kcrrow (Wellington) presented the report of the Church Property Committee. It showed that 49 transfers of properties were executed; 27 titles were received for safe-keeping. The sum of £21,330 was invested in 20 securities, and £7.260 was received in repayment of seven investments. Fifteen congregations borrowed on mortgage £10,150, and five congregations received £2,776 for sale of old manses and sites. The trustees reported the reeeior of donations of £SOO from Mr Walter Macfarlane, £123 6a 8d from an anonymous friend, and i!S(X) fiom * Sym* pathiscr” for missions. Tho following legacies had been received : —Executors of Mr G. F. Billion, of Knikoura, £SOO for Knox College building fund; executors of the late Win. Fraser, of Fairhe, £4,097 6s Rd for orphan children; executors oi tho late J. W. Merrick, of Cambridge, £l5O for foreign missions and £l5O _ tor Maori missions in the Auckland district. Rev. James Paterson (Wellington) seconded tho motion for tho adoption of the report. . ~ Rev. W. J. Gomxie, tne treasurer, said that legacies and gifts were sometimes not formally acknowledged or reported to the A'’»mwv lor awhile. The explanation was" that delays often took place in perfecting property transactions, awl tne hoard could only report as to transactions actually completed. He ako with gratitude and respect of the Rev. Dr Sidev. who died in July last. . One of the principal questions arising out of the report was as to the Fraser bequest of £4,000 odd. The Auckland orphanage was from the beginning a separate institution. and as such it was not within the terms of the bequest. Mr >1 Kerrow moved a motion to cure this and allow Auckland to participatc.-Rev. G. B. Munro (Auckland) said that he was chairman of the trustees of the Leslie orphanage in Auckland, and the trustees, who were appointed by the donor, were emphatic that tho deeds of that £14,000 property would be handed over to the Assemblv only on condition that that orphanage was carried on as at present, as a separate institution, with proper caro to keep out criminal children. —Rev. A. E. Axelsen staled emphatically that children known to have a criminal taint were not received into the Dunedin orphanages. No child of criminal tendency had ever been sent forth from those schools.—ln the course of the protracted argument Mr Munro said the trustees would not hand over the deeds except on certain conditions. would not hand it over to the Social Service Association until that association had proved itself a permanent body, which it had not vet proved, because it was financially behindhand.—Ultimately, after many members had failed to shed any light on the question, it was resolved, on the motion ot Mr Comrie. that the trustees be empowered to take over the Leslie orphanage on conditions to be arranged to the satisfaction of the Presbytery and tho trustees. The report was adopted. —Publications Committee.— Rev. J. Aitkcn (Mosgiel) presented this renovt. It stated that there had tho last two years, of which £l2l 8s Id had fce-'u received by tho convener. Mr Aitken explained that this sum was riot all clear profit. Certain expenses had to come out of it. Still, it was satisfactory to know that the paper was no longer a !<•?«. Tho Church was under great oblications to Mr A. H. Grinling, the editor, For his able work, and the deliverance suggested expressed appreciation of Air Grinling’s .services. Rev. J. Camming (Wellington) seconW-i, and the report was adopted after a few words about the form of the baptismal certificate, which could (in the opinion of one member) be improved by making it clear that the parents are married. —Applications. — The report of the Committee on Applications was presented by Dr Erwin and considered in private. This business was not concluded when the Assembly adjourned at 1.20 p.m. —Tho Heresy Charge.— The afternoon sitting was occupied with the charge by the Rev. P. hj. Eraser against Professor Dickie. —Evening Sitting.— Resuming at 7 p.m., in Burns Hall, the Rev. W. M’Ara (ex-Modorator) presided. The report of the Applications Committee was further considered, and it was agreed that Mr A. F. Burchell be required to take two years at the hall. Memorial minutes were then read, the names of Dr Sidey (Hawke’s Bay), Rev. Alex. Thompson (Petoue), Rev. vvm. Wiite (Waihi), Rev. Edward O. Tennent (Martinborough), and Rev. R. M’Lean (Sumner) being honored. Rev. W. Shirer moved tho adoption of the report of the committee on chaplains’ work in the Territorial Forces.—This was seconded bv Rev. Jas. H. MacKenzie, and carried, along with the recommendations, which included one to tho effect that continual vigilance be exorcised to guard the sanctity of the Sabbath in all military arrangements. It was further resolved: “That in response to tho communication anent the promotion of the bishops of the Church of England in the ranks of chaplains, the Assembly are strongly opposed to promotion on the basis of ecclesiastical position, and altogether prefer that tho present basis of military service should be continued; at the same time, if this request is granted to the Anglican Church the Presbyterian Chnrch will expect that an equal number of senior Presbyterian chaplains will receive like promotion.” A further resolution in the same relation was as follows : “ That while fully appreciating the good work. done by tho Y.M.C.A. in providing marquees at lamps, the Assembly consider it absolutely necessary to provide marquee* specially for the work carried on in camps by the Presbyterian Church.” Mr R." Blair was reappointed as the Sunday School extension agent. Mr "Frazer Barton, who has given up the work of Bible Class travelling secretary. addressed the Assembly, and spoke of "the tangible evidences of success in that work. In compliance with a petition it was resolved to form a new Presbytery to be called the Ashburton Presbytery. The Assembly resolved to meet next year in - Auckland. The report of the Committee on Beneficiary Funds showed that the credit balance of the A. and I.M. fund 12 months ago was-£39,001 8s fid. The income has been : Interest, £1,974 12s 2d; entry monev, £l4O 12s 9d; premiums, £553 13s 4d; collections, £847 3s Id; assesswent*. £ll2 10s, royalties and donations, £39 Bs. Total, £42,769 7s lOd. The expenditure has been: Annuities, £1,629 11s Bd, refunds, £65 17s lOd; Assembly expenses, £179 14s; other expenses, £4 18s 4d. Total, £I,BBO la lOd. Leaving £1.837 17a fid to be added to capital, which now stands at £40,889 6s.—Rev. J. Camming presented the report and moved tho deliverance, and both were adopted. The business was not finished when the Assembly rose.

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PREBSYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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PREBSYTERIAN ASSEMBLY Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914