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Men & Women.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada, wiil represent the Dominion at the Imperial Conference. Although a Frenchman, and standing for a French constituency—(his election speeches are all delivered in French) —he has dominated Canadian politics for a long time, and his popularity seems to improve with time. On one occasion an elector wired :—■ “I hear you are bringing up your children to no religion. Reply prepaid.” Laurier replied : —“I have no children.” M 'At a dinner to Dr. and Mrs l Watson in Liverpool several graceful references to Mrs Watson were made by the speakers. The Rev. J. Mellis, who proposed the toast of the principal guests, said that Mrs Watson had

been a model wife to a brilliant husband. “lan Maclaren,” in his reply, said : “No words could convey what he owed in his personal and in his ministerial life to her fellowship and to her help. He was a Scot, with an infusion of Celtic blood, and, therefore, if he had had any benefits of the Celtic spirit, he had also suffered from some of its disabilities. He would not deny he had been impulsive and hot on occasions, but,” he continued, “you don’t know how ma-. ny more foolish things I might have done, and you don’t know how many more hot words I might have said, had it not been for her moderating - and her charitable, her wise and her most Christian influence and counsel.” Miss Lucie Johnstone, who, as contralto soloist, has been a member of the choir of .the City Temple for 12 years, has resigned her post. She hast done so because the teaching at present at that place of worship is opposed to her religious convictions. Miss Johnstone is a singer wellknown on the concert platform, and her services at the City Temple were given chiefly for affection. In explanation of her reason for resigning. Miss Johnstone says simply that she felt the solos she sang were in conflict ' with the sermons preached. “How can I sing with heart the solo “He was despised” after a sermon in which all the views of Christ which that anthem conveys are reversed ? I have the greatest personal liking for Mr Campbell. I think he is bravo, earnest, and sincere, but he does not teach what I think is consistent with the religions songs we sing.”

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Men & Women., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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Men & Women. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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