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RELIGION AND TEMPERANCE.
The usual weeklymeetingof the DefenceLodge, No. 7, was held on Thursday evening in the Temperance Hall, Edward-street, Bro. A. A. Shewan, CT., presiding. Three ladies were initiated. It being the first night in the quarter the reports of the retiring officers were read. The secretary's report showed that there were ninety-four membeis in good standing, being an increase on last year's returns. The S.J.T. then read a report of the Young Defence Temple, which showed that the number of juveniles attending were 171. Bro. W. L. Duncan and Bro. T. M. Moore were elected to represent the lodge at the Grand Lodge Sittings to be held at Easter at Maryborough, and Sister Paul and Bro. H. Drinkwater were to be their alternates. Bro. A. A. Shewan was elected L.D. for the ensuing year. After a vote of thanks to the visitors the lodge was closed.
After a recgss of two months the W.C.T. Union held the first of its weekly meotings on Thursday afternoon in the Temperance Hall. The superintendent of Sabbath school work read an interesting report, which showed the good done by the distribution of tracts amongthe children. The report of the superintendent of railways was also read. It was announced that a social would he held on the 19th instant.
On Wednesday evening last the annual meeting of the Mowbraytown Presbyterian Churoh was held, Thoie was a good at- tendance, and the proceedings were enlivened by select pieces of music rendered by the ohoir and friends. The reports of the various institu tion& of the church were read and oidered to be -printed. Though the losses.', sustained through tho year had been considerable, the total income amounted to £517 4s. 10d., and the expenditure to £509 19s. 6d. t The roll of membership had increased by twerily-eight, and
the Sabbath school roll contained 247 names. The attendance at the weekly prayer meeting had considerably improved. The Young Men's Guild promised well. The Band of Hope had prospered more than ou any previous year, and had, by services of song and other earnest efforts, raised more than £28.
Some interesting art sales took place in Paris in December. The Fernandez sole attracted an unusual number of ladies to the Hotel Drouot, as it contained a number of bubts of the last century, much in request just now, more for the sake of the times they illustrate than the artistic value of the works. Ono of a lady of the Court of Marie Antoinette fetched nearly £100; whilo another, of Princesso Polignac, went for £48. More than 1600 letters by well
known personages were sold about the same timo, bringing in something over £250. The longebt price, 120fr., was paid for a letter of Catherine de Mediéis; a letter of Marie de Mediéis reached lOOf r.; one of Anne of Austria, BOfr.; another of Jeanne do France, the first wife of Louis X11,, 75fr.; and others of Mar- guerite de Valois, Maria Theresa, and Maria Leczinska were sold respectively for 32fi\, 15f r., and 25fr.; 32fr. was paid for a letter written by
the mother of Napoleon I. Letters of Mme. de Maintenon, Pompadour, and Montespan fetched 80fr., lOOfr., and 96fr. each ; one of the friend of Voltaire-the Marquise de Chastellct-78fr., and those of Mme. Boland, Mme. do Staël, and Mme. Tallien about 50fr. each.
The Bed Cross Hall, established by Miss Octavia Hill in one of the poorest parts of Southwark, is being decorated under the super- vision of Mr. Walter Crane. Mr. Crane has himself just finished a panel to form one of a set illustrative of "Deeds of HeroÍBm in
Humble Ljfe," dealing with the "bravery of Alice Ayres, the servant who lost hor own lije in saVing two of her employer's children from death by burning.