THE NAVY LEAGUE
The executive of tho Otago branch of the Navy League mot yesterday, Mr J, A. Johnstone presiding. ■The Secretary reported that he had given lantern lectures to crowded audiences on behalf of the Port Chalmers and Mornington Schools. These completed the lecture ) season for 1914. It be,gnu on March 5 (and ended bn November 11. and extended from Outram to Oaniaru. Thirty-two lectures were delivered, the aggregate attendance at which would lie come 7.0C0 adults and young people. There was nothing to rival the lantern lectures given bv the league. The pictures were specially made, and the subjects chosen held the attention of the audience to the close. Those for this year, dealing with the wars _between France and England from the time of Edward 111. up In and including a sketch of the present international war, have been exceptionally popular. The examiner (Rev. J. Aitken) had sent in his report on tho .school essays for tho year; 3,371 esaays (a recoid number) were written, and 671 were scot in for examination. Mr Aitken was especially pleased with the work of the essayists.* and expressed hia appreciation of what the league were doing in this direction. Since the last meeting there had been an addition to the branch’s membership of two life-members (ladies), 25 ordinary members (24 of whom were duo to the good services of the vice-president. Mr J. A. Johnstone), five associates., and one country school. The work of tire league, which, briefly, was the creation and fostering of an intelligent and rational patriotism, had been carried on throughout tho year in many other ways as well n,i those mentioned. unobtrusively, but effectively. It was decided to placa on tho minutes tho executive’s hifrh appreciation of the work done during the rear by tho secretary. The following resolution was approved : —“That the Otago branch of the Navy League record their deep sense of the loss sustained by the whole British nation, at Home and overseas, in the death of Fieldmarshal Earl Roberts, K.G., and their grateful admiration of the brilliant services rendered to his Sovereign and to the Empire dtrfhg his long and glorious career as a soldier, and at the devoted patriotism which prompted him, iii' advanced age, to spend his untiring energies in bringing home to his countrymen the vital necessity of securing the national safety. That the branch express their heartfelt sympathy with Lady Roberts and her family in their great sorrow."
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THE NAVY LEAGUE, Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914