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The New Zealand Evangelist

Karori.—Tea Meeting

Karori.—Tea Meeting.

On Monday, the 22nd, the anniversary of the settlement was observed at Karori as usual by a Tea-Meeting. It proved one of the largest and most agreeable that has ever been held there. The chapel which has been recently much enlarged was completely filled. A number of friends were present from Wellington; and page 192 certainly those who preferred the “bush” to the “turf,” rural scenery to “rural sports,” and the sweet smiles of nature to the horrible “grinning” advertized on Te Aro, — those who preferred the beverage that “cheers but not inebriates” to those drinks that produce woe, sorrow, and babblings; or the “feast of reason and the flow of soul,” to the uproarious mirth in the neighbourhood of the “booths,” did not return home disappointed. The arrangements were well conducted, several interesting addresses were delivered, psalms and hymns were sung at intervals, and all present must have felt, that “Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”

On the day following, an equally interesting Tea-meeting was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Thorndon Flat, under the auspices of the Committee of the Evangelical Alliance. We were much pleased to see the number of young people present at both these Meetings. These are safe places for the young. The character of the amusements that men get up, or follow after, are generally a surer test of their real character than the graver pursuits of life in which they are engaged; the one is the result of choice, the other may be the force of circumstances. Nature is stronger than any accidental force. True to nature we always choose the greatest apparent good; that, which upon the whole appears to offer the greatest amount of pleasurable emotion; though many mistake glittering tinsel for yellow gold, prefer momentary mirth to endless felicity, and furnish indubitable evidence that they are “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”