the “winter’s campaign” by a united prayer meeting in the Athenaeum,
Maryport. There was a large attendance. Last night a public meeting was held in the
same place, and was presided over by Mr. Alfred HINE. The attendance was very
large. A choir of singers under the able leadership of Mr. Thomas DOBIE sang
selections of music at intervals during the evening. The gentlemen who
occupied seats on the platform in addition to the chairman and Mr. CLOUGH, who was
announced to address the meeting were Rev. J. BUNTING and the Rev. D. EADES.
Miss CLOUGH presided at the pianoforte.
After singing of a hymn, the Rev. J. BUNTING read a portion of Scripture.
The Rev. D. EADES then engaged in prayer.
The Chairman said perhaps it might be thought necessary that he should say
something as president of the Maryport Branch of the Blue Ribbon Army; also
with regard to the movement itself, and why it had been introduced to Maryport.
The idea of forming a branch of the Blue Ribbon Army in Maryport was not a
new one by any means. Twelve months ago an effort was made by a few earnest
minded meant to form a branch. Some how or other the effort did not succeed at
that time. But they had heard recently in Maryport of the good that was
being done by the movement in other places round about, and some of them thought
if other places needed such an army, surely it was needed in Maryport.
Having thought about the matter, he conferred with a few friends - Mr.
ADAIR and others - as they were anxious to secure combination, and especially
that they should have the co-operation of all the churches and congregations in
the town. After seeing several ministers, and obtaining the promise of their
co-operation in the movement, several friends were invited to confer upon the
subject. At that meeting a committee was formed with power to add to their
number and carry on the work of the Blue Ribbon Army, and so their
preparations were going on for some little time.
Last night, as a good many may know, was really the first meeting. The
committee considered that the campaign could not be begun in a better way than by
a prayer meeting. The meaning of the Gospel Temperance Union was, he took
it, a union of the Gospel and temperance. By the word temperance they meant
total abstinence (cheers). The Chairman concluded with an earnest appeal to all
present who had not done so to sign the pledge and put on the blue ribbon.
Mr. CLOUGH, who was warmly received, then delivered an animated and
spirited address, which was well received.
Miss. CLOUGH sang and played several selections of music in excellent
style. The meeting was altogether an excellent one, and gave promise of great
success as regards the movement in Maryport.