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The report of the Chaplains' Committee was presented to the Presbyterian General Assemly in Invercargill by the Rev. W. J. Comrie. The following 10 chaplains, who were present, took seats on the platform, and were very cordially welcomed: The Revs. G. T. Brown, J. E. Lopdell, A. Irvine, D. C. Herron, H. Maclean, H. Clark, W. M. M'Lean, E. J. Tipler, W. R. Hutchison, and J. D. Wilson. In presenting the report Mr Comrie said that the strength of the Church lay in service, and these chaplains had done honour to the whole Church by the magnificent way in which they had served the men of the Expeditionary Force. He paid tributes to a number of chaplains who, for various reasons, were not in the platform, mentioning specially the Revs. J. L. Robinson, D. D. Scott, D. Dutton, H. W. Burridge, J. W. Shaw, W. W. Brown, A. Hardie, and J. A. M'Kenzie. The Rev W. M'Lean said that no church had been better served by its chaplains than the Presbyterian Church, though they had sometimes felt sore at the lack of support from the home church. They were provided with the munificent sum of 4 a month to spend among about 1000 men. His experience was that the men were indifferent to religion rather than hostile to it. The war had not made them better or worse.
Taieri Show at Wingatui
The Taieri Agricultural Society's fifty-ninth annual show was held at Wingatui on Saturday. The day, in contrast to the weather during the past week was not wet enough to be uncomfortable. A show was not held last year on account of the influenza epidemic, and this year the experiment was tried of holding it on the Wingatui racecourse, which was lent for the purpose by the Dunedin Jockey Club. The trial was satisfactory in every way. The racecourse made an ideal show ground, and quite a number of visitors were attracted from the city to spend a day in the pleasant and attractive surroundings it afforded. The only thing visitors had to complain of was a piece of misleading information in the catalogue in respect to trains, which led some to sprint to the station at 6.15, only to see the express run through. In number of entries the public patronage to the show was an undoubted success as compared with former years. The total number of entries increased by over 120, and the attendance was probably better than on former occasions. A side-show, pitched with an eye to business beside the busily employed luncheon rooms, received a good measure of support from the curious minded; and, for the rest, people moved about discussing the exhibits and other matters of interest, or sat in the sun watching the jumping and listening to the strains of music supplied by the Taieri Pipe Band. The cookery exhibits were much more numerous than any other section. The ladies of the Taieri are apparently industrious bakers, and they caused the judge to think deeply and taste freely before he could arrive at his decisions.
No beer - no work
A country correspondent of the Christchurch Press writes: Shearers apparently are the latest body of workers to demand the luxuries of home while at work. A case is cited where a gang of shearers on the Peninsula struck work recently because no beer was supplied!
- ODT, 24.11.1919.