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Some food for reflection is supplied in the fact that it was during the years of war, when several of the famous cathedrals of France and Belgium were wantonly destroyed, that the new cathedral in Dunedin was being built. This is a fact which may be said to possess its own significance in a religious sense. The opening of the cathedral may generally, however, be accepted as a token of the era of peace upon which this dominion, in common with the nations of the world, has happily entered, and as a sign of the power and influence of the Christian religion upon which permanent peace is founded. The successful completion of the first part of the cathedral scheme represents also, in a peculiar degree, a personal achievement. The consecration ceremony will mark the realisation of the dream of Bishop Nevill, the venerable Primate of New Zealand, whose heart was set for many years upon the erection in this city of a cathedral of worthy proportions and a suitable design, and whose enthusiasm for the project was never chilled by the public indifference and the private hostility which he encountered.
"The place was in a filthy condition and I have never seen anything like it in my life,'' said Sergeant M'Kenzie in the Juvenile Court yesterday, when giving evidence in support of a charge against the father of four children who were deemed to be not under proper control. The little children were bright and intelligent, but their mother had been dead for five years and the father was a reputed inebriate. Sergeant M'Kenzie said that when he visited the home in company with the truant officer of the Education Board the only sign of food was a small end of a loaf of bread and a dish containing some dripping. The children were in a filthy condition. The father was at present under an order to contribute 2s 6d per week in respect of the keep of an infant child, but he had not paid 10s within the past 12 months. The Rev. E. A. Axelsen said he was prepared to take charge of the eldest boy in order that he might finish his schooling. All the children were good and intelligent, the only trouble being that they were neglected by their father. The Magistrate (Mr E. D. Mosley) decided to commit three of the children to the Caversham Industrial School, to be brought up in the Anglican form of religion, and their father was ordered to pay 3s per week for the support of each of them. The oldest boy was handed over to Mr Axelsen.
About 30 ladies met in the Anderson's Bay Sunday School Hall to hear an address on prohibition by Mrs Harrison Lee Cowie. The prohibitionists had been granted the bare majority vote on a straightforward proposition undimmed by the fog of political considerations. She wished to put before them the chief reasons in favour of prohibition, so that they might pass them on to others before polling day, and so help to bring about a great reform. After seeing the State of Maine, said the speaker, she could truthfully say that prohibition in its worst form was better than license at its best. It was in America that prohibition had made such wonderful strides during the last two or three years. In the course of her remarks Mrs Cowie said that next year prohibition would become a part of the constitution of the United States by the vote of 44 States out of 48, and it would be enforced on July 1 of this year for protection during demobilisation. It was for New Zealand to follow America's example and so away with the trade.
- ODT, 12.2.1919.