(From our own correspondent.)
The usual quarterly examination of St. Canice's school was held on Thursday and Friday last It was pleasing to note that the examibation was satisfactory the progress and efficiency of the pupils affording ample (iemonstratiob of the careful tuition given by the Sisters of Mercy. The school closed on the 19th inst. for the midwinter holidays. A lamentable accident, resulting in the death of Mr Thomas Lucas, aged 26, a native of Westport, occurred on tho evening of the 20th inst. It appears that deceased who had been witnessing a football match at Gram ty, left St. Helen's a little after 10 p.m. to, proceed to Seddonville, where he was residing. The night was very dark, and he had proceeded some distance on the Seddonville side of the Chasm Creek, when he fell from the road on to the railway line a distance of some 12 feet, his neck being broken by the fall. The deceased, who was highly esteemed, was a son of Mrs. V. Lucas, of Westport, and was very popular in athletic circles, being a well-known and prominent footballer. Universal sympathy has been extended to Mrs. Lucas and family in their sad bereavement.
t* a T £ c quarterly meeting of St. Canice's branch of the H.A.C.B. Society was held in St. Canice's schoolroom on the 24th inst. The president, Bro. James A. Gallagher, occupied the chair. Despite the inclement weather about 30 were present. The principal business before the meeting was a suggestion from the Charleston branch relative to an amalgamation of the two branches Several members spoke at length on the question, all agreeing that it was the duty of the Society to assist their fellow-members as far as possible, however the majority maintained that amalgamation would not be to the advantage of the local branch. One new member was elected The chaplain of the Society, the Rev Father M alloy, will deliver an address to the Debating Society, recently established in connection with St Canice's branch, on July 6 Mr. J. Colvin, M^H'.R for the Buller district, delivered a political address in the Victoria Theatre on the 19th inst He spoke at considerable length on the legislation of last session. In referring to the Stoke Orphanage, he opposed subsidising private industrial schools, giving it as his opinion that the State should not part with the training of orphans. He was in favor of State inspection of private schools. Regarding Biblereading in schools, he did not believe in it, and maintained that religious education was the duty of churches
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WESTPORT, New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXI, Issue 27, 2 July 1903
WESTPORT New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXI, Issue 27, 2 July 1903
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