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There was a very large attendance of tho public at the Gardens yosterday, when the Caversham Band provided an excellent programme. A happy innovation was the introduction of part singing by Messrs Cameron, Eagar, Grace, and Ibbotson, who rendered) the Belgians' battle prayer and the Druids' Hymn of Praise, both items being much enjoyed. The now kiosk proved a capital place for singing. The opening of the new Presbyteria.n Church at Anderson Bay yesterday was largely a district affair. Many residents who "are not distinctively Presbyterians attended one or more of the services as an act of friendliness. Others came from far afield—men and women who at one timo were bovs and girls at "the Bay," and retain "pleasant recollections of Mr M'Naughton, or Mr Ross, or tho present pastor, Mr Cameron. Ono way and another there wore very largo congregations. Piofessor Dickie conducted tho morning service. In the afternoon the children's servico was in the hands of the Rev. E. A Axelsen and Dr Bowie. In tho evening Dr Bowie preached. The collections in aid of tho building fund realised about £75. Tho musical arrangements, controlled by Mr H. B. Austing, were such as to adequately reinforce the services. A choir ot about 30 sang tho anthems and the 'Te Deum' from Jackson's ' Service iri F,' and Miss White took tho organ when Mr Austing had to step to the front and conduct. The opening functions will be continued on Friday, when there is to be an old-time tea meeting, then an organ recital by Mr Austing, and a congregational meeting to follow.

The following further amounts in connection with the Hospital Saturday collection have reached the seci-etary (Mr E. S. Wilson) :—High School £3, Sa-ndymount 03, Green Island 17s ckl, Saddle Hill district £1 163 6d, Waikouaiti 6s. Leith Valley School 8s sd, Crookston School 7s, Lawrence (per Mr J. J. Wood) £54, Winton (per P. H. Martin) £lO 15s od. A Wellington message states that a public meeting held last nig/ht passed resolutions expressing satisfaction at the last Parliament in defending the national schools from clerical domination, and remindiii«T the electors that if the proposals of the Bible-in-Schools League are adopted justice demands denominational grants for those churches which cannot accept the league's scheme.

In referenco to an Oamaru Press Association meesago published by us on Saturday questioning the accuracy of some figures used by the opponents of Prohibition in a pamphlet they have issued, our attention has been directed to the followin? statement compiled from the Government statistics :—From 1900 to IGCS, under License, in Oamaru, the savings bank deposits increased £4O,COC (in place of £53,000 as stated), and from 1905 to 1911, under No-license, they decreased by £949. Against these figures were placed those dealing with a license district. Xew Plymouth, where the increase in deposits was continuous throughout the 10-year period (1901-1911). the figures being £136,570 and £301,693 respectively, or an increase of £165.123. The point of the statement is not, therefore, materially affected by the mistake in taking the total credits at the end of the year for the deposits during the year.

It is always a more or less difficult matter to fix a suitable date for a flower show, and this year more than the usual number of difficulties have confronted the Dunedin Horticulaural Society, who have had the General Election and numerous other, functions, which moans the engagement of all tho suitable halls, to contend with. The committee have decided to hold their summer show on Tuesday week, and the Early Settlers' Hall will be the location of the exhibition. It was decided to donate tho surplus profits to the Belgian relief fund, and in connection therewith to have a special stall in the hall for the sale of cut flowers and pol plans. The society placed on record the following minute :—" That this society appreciate tho action of their old committeeman, Mr R. R. Moss, in volunteering to go to the front, and wish him good "luck, God-spocd, and ft safe and speedy return." Mr Paulin's forecast:—Squally gales, N.W. to S.W. 5 and heavy thunder showers.

The attention of tho electors of Dunedin Xorth is drawn to a change in the place of Mr Andrew Walker's meeting tomorrow evening. Tho meeting will b3 held in the Union Street School Gymnasium Hall instead of the Albany Street Oddfellows' Hall.

A Blenheim message states that the Supreme Court opened to-dav before the Chief Justice, who, in his charge to the grand jury, said tho general crime of the community was decreasing. He had only one serious charge to investigate. Sexual crimes unfortunately wero showing a slight increase in the community, owing, probably, amongst other causes, to juries not taking so serious a view as they should of such cases. A 15-year-old boy was arrested this afternoon on a charge of stealing an accumulator, valued at £2, from a motor car. A hurricane of almost unprecedented violence visited the City last evening just, before dusk, and continued through the night at intervals. Cloud 3of dust were swept along the principal streets, adding to the discomfort of pedestrians. Fences were blown over, orchard and shelter trees broken, and considerable damage done generally to gardens. Roofs of houses also suffered, sheets of iron being lifted and hurled long distances in some instances. The roofing of a portion of Mr Garrick's house in Delta street, Roslyn, was lifted clean away, and the galvanised iron of tho verandah was flung over the house with such violence as to demolish two chimneys. The gale continued with, unabated fury to-day. On the electric car line, Roslyn, approaching the old Council Cham'bers, the rails became so clogged with dust that the circuit of the current was interrupted until tho dust and grit had bean removed. On the High street cable car lino the cars had to he brought to a standstill on se\ Teral occasions to permit of such articles as rubbish tins and branches of trees being removed from the line. The usual weekly washing was not immune from the ravages of the gale either, some of the articles, whilst undergoing tho drying process, being hoisted into the air and carried long distances.

New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s. Send your order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, "Dunedin. 'Phone 1,144. -[Advt.]

The opening of the Big Hill-Beaumont section is further postponed until Tuesday, 15th December*

Dunedin Choral Society will hold a. full practice at St. Matthew's Schoolroom tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Watson's No. 10. is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] A unique programme will bo staged at the Dowling Street Salvation Army Hall tomorrow night by the young people of that body. The proceeds will bo devoted to tho relief of tho Belgian children. The. stage will be specially arranged for the convenience of the performers. There will be selected dialogues, three tableaux, drills, action songs, recitation, also the distribution of some 80 rewards to the children of the Sunday School. Major Toomer will be in command, and sixpence is being charged for admission. There should be a full house for this worthy object. Rkeumntic patients should take Broadway's Rheumatic Cure, price 3s 6d; gives immediate relief. Wilkinson and Son, prescription chemists.—[Advt.J The Boys and Girls' High Schools break up this week. Particulars will be found in our advertising columns. " Have one with me." " Thanks, I wi'l. I'll have Watson's No. 10, please."—[Advt.] A notice to occupiers of shops and factories re holiday on election day appears in our advertising columns. A glass of Speight's beer at lunch and supper is better than all tho tea in China—[Advt.] All railway wharves and goods sheds will be closed from noon on Thursday (election day).

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Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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