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Ox tho last day of the recent sitting of the Presbyterian Goneral Pertinent Assembly in Dune-din two Questions, questions of more than ordinary interest were raised. The Kev. .Tamos I. Clarko (Wyndham) asked by wlmt authority tho inconio of the Otago Jubilee Fund had been transferred to the Church Extension Fund; in other words, why a fund held in trust for Otago and Southland had been used for tho benefit of the Church gonerally all over New Zealand, and that, too, without consultation with or authority from tho Synod of Otago and Southland. The answer given by the treasurer was evidently deemed tho reverse of satisfactory, and the Rev. A. Cameron informed the Assembly that representatives of the Synod had had a conference with tho church property trustees, the outcome of which was that they had agreed to prepare a statement of a caso for a friendly suit in the Supreme Court. Tho second question was raised by the Rev. James H. MacKenzie (clerk of the Assembly), who asserted that the .Synod of Otago and Southland were not tho Synod that the Act of Union required, and that would be considered In the administration in tho Act of Parliament. But exactly what the rev. clerk meant by his cryptic remark was not made plain. Tho Synod of Otago and Southland, up to tho time of the union, were a supremo church court; since union they have continued, as provided by the Act of Union, to be a supremo court in relation to their trust fujvpJs g«d all property held by fchejn, but »re g, subordinate court in relation to ecclesiastical affairs generally. No doubt the Rev. Mr MacKenzio*s question haw basis in the condition of things, but the best Informed of Otago synodsmen do not share in the doubts raised by the clerk of Assembly. Tho position is clearly stated in the "Bails of Union," " Uniting Act," etc. : and when the j friendly case above referred lo is submitted to a Judgo of the Supremo Court ' the only question that will then be raised I will bo the control and use of what is known as the "Otago Jnbileo Fund."

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914