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EXTENSION OF THE CHESTER BOUNDARIES.…

A JEW AND HIS ACCOUNTS. ———*———

GOOD TEMPLARS IN CHESTER.…

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GOOD TEMPLARS IN CHESTER. + CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT AND THE DRINK TRAFFIC. A special grand lodge session of the Chester branch of the Order of Good Templars was held on Wednesday in the Temperance Hall. There were well-attended meetings in the afternoon and evening, and tea was partaken of by a good number of members and friends. At the after- noon meeting the following resolution was passed, on the motion of Bro. the Rev. G. A. Lee (Grand Chaplain), seconded by Bro. B. Swanwick (Seacombe), That this meeting solemnly protests against the course taken by the Bishop of Chester in commending to the Chester and North Wales Co-operative Congress the idea that they should engage in the sale of intoxicating liquors under the plea of improved Regulation, and by their acquirement of the profits from such traffic. That this meeting also taks note of the fact that the co-operative movement largely originated among the early adherents of total abstinence, and that Co-operativea generally have wisely conducted their movement, free from what Lord Randolph Churchill rightly called the devilish and destructive traffic of intoxicating drinks.' And this meeting deplores the persistent blindness of the Bishop to the interests of the people in thus endeavouring to persuade Co-operators to engage iu so dangerous and demoralising a traffic, and expresses its great gratification that the Co-operative Congress had the moral courage to refrain from adopting the pernicious advice thus tendered." The officers of the lodge were appointed, and Bro. Malins (Grand Chief Templar) conferred degrees of the order on 45 members.—At the evening meeting, there was a public demonstration. Councillor W. Denson took the chair, and delivered an interesting temperance address, remarking that the quantity of beer consumed in the British Isles was ten times more than that in any other country.—Bro. the Rev. J. A. Lee next gave a stirring address, after which Bro. Joseph Malins was cordially welcomed in rising to speak. He gave an excellent address on Good Templary, and after speaking of the remarkable progress of the order, which originated in New York State in 1851, said it was now the greatest temperance organisation in the world. Its members wer9 pledged to abstinence from intoxicants. Its work was to preserve the young and reclaim the inebriate. Each Lodge was a mutual improvement society, social club, and a branch of a world-wide fraternity. The members had furnished a lifeboat, contributed 92,000 toward erecting the London Temperance Hospital, and spent L10,000 on their Orphanage. Though called a secret society, their rules and purposes were public, and they hejp over 10,000 public meetings yearly- including those at their mission vans in country -vh;le from their own printing presses they sent many millions of p3.ges of temperance literature. They had influenced the enactment of Sunday closing in Ireland and Wales; the disuse of public-nouses for elections or for pay- ment of wages; the prohibition of part-payment of wages in drink the cessation of grog rations to youths in the navy; the suppression of liquor trafficking among the fisheries; its restriction in India, and its prohibition among certain African races and tiiev had helped to J secure local option legislation in Canada, the West Indies, Cape Colony, and certain Australian Colonies, where liquor licences could net be issued if the electorate so voted-a principle which they—holding various views on other questions—also desired to see passed for this country. A collection was made in aid of the Chester United Lodges.

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