Temperance meeting and Supper.
--An interesting public temperance meeting was held at Union Station
Methodist Church night before last, presenting a large and very respectable audience, including the members of the Grand Division
and visitors from resident divisions.
The meeting was called to order by G. W. P. Dr. Peterfield Trent
, who delivered an able address upon the effects of alcohol, descanting upon the customs adopted by the ancients in the making of wine, &c., and urging total abstinence as the best safeguard of individual happiness.
He refuted the argument advanced by the opposers of the temperance organization, tht it is not subordinate to the Church
; that he believed the glorious Star of Temperance had arisen high in the misty horizon, and shines with increasing brightness, though other stars have disappeared below the brightness of the heavens.
next addressed the audience, opposing those who drink moderately as well as those who drink hard.
Capt. J. Richard Lewellen
He claimed the attention of the audience by his fearless exposition of the truths of total abstinence.
He said that moderate drinkers are more to be contemned than the habitual drunkard, for who would desire to lie down with the sot in the gatter?
Yet men who stand high in society, socially and politically, indulge in moderation, regardless of his example.
The man who occupies a lofty and dignified position among his fellow-men, and who steps up to the bar and quaffs the liquid fire, is far more responsible than he who does not shine as brilliantly in the eyes of the people — more responsible to society, and more responsible for his conduct to the grantor of all favors.
The cause of temperance is the cause of woman, is the cause of our wives, our children, and — our sweethearts.
If it were not so, said the speaker, I would not lift up my voice again, before an assembly in advocating the benefits of our order.
He then presented the influence of the fair sex, their interest in the welfare of mankind and womankind, too. His next attack was upon the rulers of a people; if the ruler can't rule himself, it is impossible for him to rule others.
In closing he described the old ship of temperance as having out weathered the storm, and arisen from the mighty breakers around her, and entered a placid stream.
Even now, while she appears to sink beneath the wild fury of the howling tempest, she rides safely and securely into the harbor; while there may be seen floating above her docks, the unchanging and glorious flag, encircled with Love Purity, and Fidelty.
The Sons then formed a procession, and, in company with a good many Daughters of Temperance, retired from the church, and entered the reception room of Springfield Hall, when presently they were conducted into the room which had been previously supplied with the good things of life; and, if we were to give a description of those who collected around the festive board, we should think and judge them to be gentlemen and ladies of taste.
The remains of the bombarded soupre
being left quietly to slumber, the guests returned again to the upper part of the hall where enlivaning conversation commenced.
A very agreeable time having been thus far spent the desire of further enjoyment was rife, when, by calls made upon the different members of the Grand Division
, some very entertaining jeu desprit
was gratuitously given.
In the intervening time between the speeched, vocal music inspired the heart of the succeeding speaker.
The singing was united in by the young ladies and young gentlemen of the Hill
, whose musical falents are well known.
At a late hour the Sons and Daughters dispersed — the young men, both thoughtful and gay — to dream of the ideal image before their eyes; and the aged, with retreating thoughts of their gleeful days, did not refuse to commingle their expressions of congratulation.