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CHURCH OF ENGLAND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY. .v .ciiig of tlliz Society was held on Mondav evening at the Savings Bank, Hope-strfet, when anaddr? v-a?dehvered by ?r Lucas r.S.-n?Ls. Lnerpool Borough Police Court. The c.c.Hent address -iven by th? gentleman on a previous oc- casion caused a crowded meeting on Mondav lOV"I\- ing, many not being ahle to obtain seats. The meeting was opened by the snging of the hymn There is a gate that stands ajar followed by prayer. The Chairman (the Vicar) thought he had scarcely any need to introduce the speaker to them. He had just asked him if lie could speak from the put- pit (referring to the small pulpit in the room) and he said he was sometimes in the pulpit two or three times a week. He thought the pulpit could not be put to a better purpose, and that if it had in times past been so used a little more, they would have been a great difference in the present state of the country. He then called upon Mr Lucas P. Stubbs, who said that nov he was in the pulpit they would expect a sermon—from a layman. Preaching was a curious thing. Talking one day to a celebrated rev. doctor in Liverpool, he gave him a hint about preaching he said that a good sermon was like kissing-it was two heads and •111 n T.1 X r <1IU "l'l'Ul;¡ll-lOll. ^augnter.) it he was going to preach a sermon, then he must take a text, but it would not be found in the Scriptures. They would find it m the proverbs, not in the Proverbs of Solomon, but in the modern I)t-o,et-bs-" As the old cock crows the young ones learn. (Hear, hear, and laughter.) The young ones copy their seniors and learn a good deal from them, sometimes more than the seniors would wish them to. He remembered seeing two pictures, one was a boy in an arm chair, with a newspaper in his hand and he believed his grandfather's slippers dantrling from his toes, and underneath it—" Now I'm grand- father." The other was a little girl with her grandmother's knitting in her hand, and no doubt dropping a few stitches for her, and uwIerncath- "Now I'm grandmuther." (Laughter.) He re- membered one thing he used to sell his grandfather with a nice bright box. He was nl ways so careful in opening it, he wouldn't let him see it, and often taking something out he would put it into his mouth and begin to lick his lips as if it was toffy. (Laughter.) However, he asked him for a bit, but no, he wouldn't give him any. At last he asked someone else what it was his grandfather had in that br-v, and they told him it was tobacco. "hn went to his iii,tlier one day and asked her for a penny, which she gave him. He went into a shop in L-.ndon-road, in Liverpool, and asked for a penn'orth of 'bacca i like people put in their mouth." He got it. Then I he thought himself oh'Ii a man lie h-id got some of the very oaeea that his <^ran*lfather used. So he put a bit in his mouth—but oil -he took it out (i'liickly. (Laughter.) He thought it strange his grandfather took it, why shouhhi'L h.? He tried aglin, but stiii worse he begail to bj very ill, and went home. His mother asked him what was the matter, and he told her, as best he could, that he had been buying some tobacco like his grandfather, and put some in his mouth, which made him sick. However, she tuld him he should always ask him- self whether it was wise to do what he saw others do before he did it himself. Thus elders should be very careful what they did before children. He then went on to dilate upon the drinking customs of the country, which fosters the continual crop of drunkards. The young man drinks because others drink—its custom, and he thinks lie must follow it. But were those customs healthful ? If they would open their eyes and look around them they would see that there was nothing to be gained by drink but everything to be gained by abstaining from it. (Hear, hear.) He didn't wish anyone to I become an abstainer until he or she thought they should be, and he thought if they would consider the question fairly they would come to the same con- clusion as he did—that they should become ab- stainers. We laughed at other nations following old customs. In China, for instance, young girls who were intended to be ladies had their feet fastened in a peculiar manner, which prevented the foot from growing, so that when they grew up to womanhood they rather hobbled than walked, like I a boy on stilts, and this custom had prevailed for hundreds and thousands of years. Yes, but they I would say, We don't do that in England "— but we do quite as bad. He had seen men as well as women whose feet would not carry them across the street without landing them in the gutter. (Hear, hear.) Again, in the Caribbean Islands, they had a custom of tying the head be- tween two boards-back and front-to make them 0.. 0- handsome in their estimation—tnat unless a man had a square head he was looked upon as anything but handsome. They didn't mind the child crying, it was to make him handsome. But they didn't do so in England, they would say. At any rate, if they didn't make square heads, they made some 'juare (oueer) ones. (Hear, hear, and laughter.) He thought they should consider whether it was wise to put into their heads that which made such fools of themselves. He thought it very serious to take anything that would injure his constitution. Then again, in North America, the natives painted and tattooed their faces. The tattooing being done by a knife or hot iron in stars, curves, flowers, and so on, and without the aid of Madame Rachel, made themselves beautiful for ever." (Laughter.) "Pretty Jemima," with a star on her forehead, a rose on each cheek, or some pretty curves. (Renewed laughter.) And so the people of this country would condemn them for following so ridiculous a custom, without asking whether they had anything like it themselves. But if they would come over to Liverpool any Monday morning he could show them some tatooed faces, but not quite so artistic as the North American Indians— done with sticks, stones and fists. There they could see a perennial autumn, for the bloom was I always on the (i) r (e)ye!" (Laughter and ap- plause.) He dared say they could see plenty of it in Wrexham without going to Liverpool. (Hear, hear.) But no one would ever think of following the example of a drunkard. No one ever com- menced to take drink with the intention of be- coming a drunkard. It was the example of the moderate man that was followed, and not being able to resist the pernicious influence of strong drink be- came drunkards, and at last fills an untimely grave, for "it stingeth like an adder and biteth like a ser- pent. It was because it was deceitful he wished to warn them against it. He could name a number of people whom he had known in Liverpool in good positions, apparently prosperous, but the jolly, jovial, friendly glass proved too much for them, and some of them came to very untimely ends. Of course he was an abstainer, and cHild see these tilings with a keeness of perception not al ways found in a man who was not an abstainer. (Hear, hear.) The speaker concluded an admirable ad- dress by urging those who were strong enough to resist the temptation to become a drunkard to set a good example to those who were not—their weak brethren -and to always bear in mind what a bad example may lead to, and sat down amid a hearty round of applause. The Chairman then called upon Dr. Eyton-Jones, who said he came there to listen how the Cock crowed" from Liverpool, and he thought he had crowed pretty well. He thought that Mr Stubbs experience in Liverpool must be a great experience. He stated that research had proved that alcohol was not necessary to sustain health, and very little in disease, but even then it was not required to repeat the dose every day. (H ear, hear.) The Chairman, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Stubbs, remarked that during the late excite- ment in town, with electioneering, those whom he was most afraid of falling away had been most faithful to their pledge, while others who had been most assiduous and energetic in the welfare of the Society had, lie was sorry to say, fallen away. He felt keenly and acutely the mortideation of the fact. Still, on the other hand, he had been greatly cncour&ged in other ways. He urged upon those who had fallen away not to remain in the camp of the defeated, but to try again. He aiso made some ieditw allusions to the death of Mr Grossmith awl one or two others well-known in tlu town. The proposition was seconded by Mr Rawl^ ins, who, after making some remarks upon the increase in the e- insumption of tea, cofree and cocoa, and the decrease in spirituous liquors, said he admired the keen perception of Mr Stubbs, and that he wondered it was not dulled by what he saw every day in Liverpool. The meeting was brought to a conclusion by singing the Doxology, after which about a (lozen signed the pledge book.

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