ASHFIELD LITERARY ASSOCIATION.
An entertainment consisting of songs, recitations, and a debate was given by members of the Ashfield Literary Association in the Presbyterian Church last evening. There was a fair attendance, the majority of those present being ladies. The chair was occupied by the Rev. John Auld, M.A., who opened the proceedings by delivering an address, in the course of which he gave a short history of the work of the association since its formation. The society was formed on the 2nd July last with a membership of 13; at the present time the total number of names enrolled is 53, with an average attendance at the weekly meetings of 23. The Rev. John Auld, M.A., is the president of the association, and the office of secretary is filled by Mr. Bar- bour. A considerable amount of interest is evinced in the proceedings of the society by many of the young men of Ashfield, and the association is making steady progress. The entertainment provided by the mem- bers and friends last evening proved highly enjoyable to all present. The subject chosen for the debate was
Should a tax be imposed on bachelors ?" The following ladies and gentlemen took part in the entertainment: — The Misses M. and S. Drake, and Messrs. J. A. Aitken, A. H. Kellett, R. Dougan, sen., R. Barbour, J. Vicars, R. A. Pyman, J. M'Gredie, and S. Moss. Miss Kate Credie officiated as accompanist.