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MEETINGS OF SOCIETIES.

The Women's Christian Temperance Union held a meeting yesterday at the Y.M.C. A rooms. Mrs Eussell read a paper on the " Eesponsibilities of Women with regard to Alcohol," by Mrs Hilton, of the East London Creche. Letters were read by Mrs Newton, Corresponding Secretary, from Mrs Holloway, Secretary to the Auckland branch ; also, from Mr F. W. Isitt, regretting that the list of new abstainers during Mr Booth's mission was not yet printed. Mrs Lodge gave a report of the Worcester street Blue Eibbon Gospel Temperance Mission, which commenced in September, 1883. They opened their hall in Worcester street at the beginning of this year, and have held daily meetings ever since, except during Mr Booth's mission, when they heartily assisted him, and also occasionally helped Mrs Leavitt. Since the beginning of the year about 850 individuals have signed the pledge, chiefly through the instrumentality of the members doing what they call button-hole work. Last Sunday Dr Eussell addressed the meeting, and was much appreciated by a good and attentive, audience; result, 10 pledges. Mrs Dudley Ward, Mrs Packe, members of the Christian Ministry, and other friends, have also addressed meetings. The hall is open every evening at 7 p.m., is warm and well lighted. All who enter receive a kind welcome, and many a poor, homeless, sorrowful heart may be seen awaiting the opening of those hospitable doors. Mrs Cunnington, Superintendent of Social Purity, reported that about 10 days ago a young girl of 19 came to ask for help in giving up her sinful life. Lodging was found for her at 12s 6d a week with a motherly woman admirably fitted for the work, who reports that the girl is well behaved in every way, clean, industrious, and in good health. She would make a most capable general servant, and it is most desirable that a situation should be found, as there are other young girls willing to take hold of the same helping hand. The meeting then considered ways and means for providing an invitation coffee supper, to be given at the Blue Eibbon Hall, Worcester street, next Tuesday. It was suggested that some notice should be taken of the very extraordinary treatment the barmaid petition received at the hands of our Legislature. Mrs Isitt, in a very able manner, set forth her opinion that concerted and unquestionably good work all over New Zealand by the Women's Christian Temperance Union would be the best answer and most effective manner of obtaining a hearing and gaining our ends in the future. Mrs Newton proposed, seconded by Mrs Cunnington members of the Union should take it in turn for a week to collect funds for the Prison Gate Mission." The motion was negatived for the present, and reserved for future discussion.

The half-yearly meeting of the Star of Anglesea Lodge, No. 110, was held in the Lodgeroom on Tuesday evening, A.D. Bro W. Bartram presiding. The balance-sheet was received and adopted. The election of officers took place, and resulted as follows :—A.D., Bro T. Broome; V.A., Bro J. Dalton ; Secretary, Bro M. S. Home (re-elected) ; Treasurer, Bro D. Broome (re-elected) ; 1.G., Bro E. Stanford; 0.G., Bro P. White; A.D.B.'s, Bros J. Blair and E. M'Lean ; Y.A.B.'s, Bros D. Smith and F. Simpson. The Lodge adjourned for harmony for a short time, after which the installation was proceeded with, when the officers were duly installed into their respective offices by D.P. Bro D. Broome, who was assisted by P.A. Bro J. Taylor. Votes of thanks were passed to the retiring officers. After some other business had been disposed of, the Lodge was closed in the usual manner by the A.D. Court Star of Canterbury, No. 2309, A.0.F., held its usual meeting at the Foresters' Hall on Monday evening. The Woodwards gave a very satisfactory report of the sick members. The officers for the ensuing term were duly installed by the Chief Banger. A vote of thanks to the past officers was duly recorded and suitably acknowledged. The Chief Banger-elect thanked ihe members for the honour conferred on him, and expressed a hope that all would combine to further the interests of the Order. The Management Committee's minutes were read, received and adopted. The report of the last district meeting was received, and a lively discussion took place upon the clause relating to the compulsory registration of Courts as branches of the district. After nearly every member had spoken upon the subject, it was resolved — " That the question be adjourned until the next meeting on August 3." The C.E closed the Court in due form. The receipts of the evening were .£127 Is 6d. At the Blue Eibbon Hall, Worcester street, on Sunday last, Dr Eussell gave an able Gospel-Temperance address, aptly illustrated from his medical experience. At the conclusion of the meeting ten adults signed the pledge. The usual monthly meeting of the Prebbleton Temperance Society was held in.the .Town Hall on Monday evening, Mr J* N. Tosswill in the chair. The Chairman apologised for the absence of the Eev E. J. Porter through illness. During the evenw ing there were songs by the choir, a piano solo by the Misses Gabbites and Annie Comerford, a duet by Master Tom and Miss Eda Prebble, a song by Mr J. Harding, a dialogue by Messrs Ellis and Sadler, and readings and recitations by Messrs Voss, Ellis, M'Meekin and Miss Polly Donald. At the "close the Chairman called for a vote of thanks to those who had kindly contributed to the evening's amusement, which was responded to in the usual way. He also invited all the young people to sign the pledge and help in a good cause. At the close, eleven names were added to the list of members.

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MEETINGS OF SOCIETIES., Lyttelton Times, Volume LXIV, Issue 7608, 23 July 1885

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MEETINGS OF SOCIETIES. Lyttelton Times, Volume LXIV, Issue 7608, 23 July 1885

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