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For the month ended to-day the number of marriages registered by the Registrar (Mr H. Maxwell) was 29, the number of births 146, ana deaths 70. The figures tor .November of la A were: —Marriages 57, births 172, deaths 77. Apropos to the heresy hunt which occupied the General Presbyterian Assembly last week, the ‘Free Lance’ (Wellington) says : —To the ordinary man the incident appears altogether lamentable. Mr Fraser ia a good man of the hard type, lor him the world does not move, but religious belief is a thing for ever fixed and unadaptable. Ho ts not a man of distinction. He pretends no special grace, or charm as a shepherd of souls. lie is not u moving preacner of the Gospel. He is a valorous orthodox Presbyterian who believes that he can best serve God by sniping out heresy. Professor Dickie is altogether a different sort of man, a man of distinguished qualities, a humane man and lover of men, a minister deeply and truly and reverently tolerant. It is deplorable that a man like him should be attacked in public, and that in this enlightened age attempts should be made in a new country like New Zealand to revive the old-fashioned “heresy hunt.”

The Botanic Gardens in Dunedin are very pretty and interesting just now, even though the time is midway m the seasons. The calceolaria in the winter house are well worthy of inspection, and those who have time to walk round the paths can see something of Mr Tannock’s methods of renewing the summer borders. Ho is bringing on a splendid show of roses, absolutely free from blight, and one may n<}te the beginnings of another gorgeous bed of the sweet-williams that were so much admired in the early part of the present year. A memorial service in connection with the death of Lord Roberts was held hist evening in the Coronation Hall, Maori Bill. Mr 6. M. Thomson pice ded. Appropriate hymns were sung, under the leadership of the Maori Hill Biass Band. Mr S. A. Parry, of the Baptist Church, and the Rev. T. Millar (Rangiora) took part in the services, and an appropriate and inspiring address on Lord Roberts wae delivered by tho Rev. H. 11. Barton. Mr Barton briefly sketched the early life and military campaigns of the deceased soldier, and pointed out that competent judges placed him amongst the greatest military geniuses the world has ever seen. His high Christian rhaiautT was male the subject of special reference, and in conclusion the speaker referred to Earl Roberts’s last message to the young men of the Empire. At the rlom of the service the band played the Dead March, the audience meanwhile standing reverertly. Ths King Edward Picture Theatre, South Dunedin, will be opened on Monday next. Mr W. B. Penhey has been appointed manager.

Some heavy scores were made in senior grade cricket 'n the Noi th on Saturday. At Auckland Grafton declared at 445 for seven wickets. At W-H'ncton East Wellington knocked up 464 (Mid Lane 171, 7>..i.,. r -ii2i acrnirst (ill Boys, and North Wellington (meeting Univcrsiiy) made 436 for nine wicksts and declared, two exOlatro representatives in G'llie Wilson and Hiddlcston contributing 165 and 115 respectively. At Christchurch, West Christchurch were responsible for 498 for nine wickets at tho Kaiapoi, Butler 18 and Bryan Brown 93.

Mr Paulin's forecast:—Squally S.W, winds and rain showers.

Tho idea of establishing a municipal tramway band is likely to materialise after all. It is stated that already 16 capable instrumentalists have been discovered amongst the tramway employees.

In connection with the Junior Department of the Young Men's Christian Association inquiries have been made at 17 of the primary schools in and around Dunedin to ascertain the number of boys who will be leaving school at the conclusion of the school year. Tho head masters in each case have co-operated with the association, with the result that it has been discovered that over 200 boys will be seeking a livelihood within the next month or two. As there has been considerable scarcity of boy labor in practically every branch of trade, the association are at present in correspondence with nearly 120 firms with the object of finding out the number of positions which aro available for the boys. Efforts will be made to secure for them positions in businesses for which they have a natural aptitude or liking. The schemo is securing cordial support from a considerable number of business firms.

At a meeting of tho Patriotic and General Welfare Association this morning tho Rev. F. G. Gumming was authorised to act as Santa Claus to those dependents of tho men away with the Expeditionary Force who needed some little assistance at Christmas time. It was considered that it would be a graceful act for tho association to expend a small amount of their funds in remembering at the festive season those whose bread-winners are on active service.

It has been decided to hold a public meetin the Garrison Hall to-morrow evening. The object is to give candidates to Parliament, if they bo desire, tho opportunity of stating their position in regard to No-liocnso and National Prohibition. It is, protable that some pronouncement, will bo made as to tho attitude P- 1 ’ itionists may adopt in regard to this election. , A glass ol beer at lunoii and supper is better than all tho tea in China.— [Advt.] Tho opening of the Gatlins River Railway branch extension has been postponed till further notice.

Watson’s No. 10 is a little dearer than most whifckies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.J Wo bavo received from G.S. Bro. Wm, Reid tho sum of £ll, subesribed by lodges of tho 1.0.0. F. to the Bracken mcnioiial fund.

“ Have one with me.” “ Thanks, I wi'L IT, have Watson’s No. 10, please.”—[Advt.]

Mr George S. Thomson, Labor candidate for Chalmers, will address tho electors of Ponobcllo district to-morrow evening, * , A • t at 8 p.m., as previously auj.oiuiceO.

New season’s photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s ; Send vbur order earlv to H. J. Gill, 11 ano 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. ’Phono 1.144. —[Advt.] The annual meeting of the Otago Institute will be held in the Museum to-morrow evening. Rheumatic patients should take Broadwav’s Rheumatic Cure, price 3s 6d; gives immediate relief. Wilkinson and &on, preserljmon chemists. —[Advt.]

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Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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