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North-Eastern Daily Gazette Monday 2 July 1900

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                 MR A. E. PEASE, M.P.
On Saturday the memorial stones of the Prim-
tive Methodist Chapel now in the course of construc-
tion at Normanby were formally laid. Amongst
the company were Mr and Mrs A. E. Pease,
Mr Wm. Douglas, Mr W Codd, and Revs. E.
Phillipson, W. A. French. and J. Davidson
the present minister. A deputation, accompanied
by the Eston Miners' Old Brass Band, met Mr.
and Mrs A. E. Pease at Normanby and the
party proceeded to the site of the new chapel
where a short devotional service was held. The
minister (the Rev. J. Davidson) read a letter
from Mr J. J. Swan regretting that neither he
nor Mrs Swan oould attend. He enclosed a con-
tribution of £2 2s on behalf of Mrs Swan and
a further sum of £5 as a donation from himself
and concluded by wishing the church and its
members every happiness and success in there new
venture. Mr Pease was then asked to lay the first
stone, for which purpose he was presented with a
handsome silver trowel bearing the following
inscription : "Presented to A. E. Pease Esq,
M. P., by the trustees of the Normanby Primitive
Methodist Church at the foundation stone laying,
June 30th, 1900." — After laying the stone Mr.
Pease said it was indeed a great pleasure to him-
self and Mrs Pease to pay a visit to their friends
at Normanby. He was told he ought not
undertake a public duty of this kind, but he
thought he could safely spend a quiet Saturday
afternoon at Normanby, where there would be
no great crowd to speak to --- at any rate it would
do him no harm. However he hardly expected
to be welcomed by the Eston Band, and the
crowd present also greatly exceeded his expecta-
tions. He supposed that, like himself, there were
many present who were not Primitive Metho-
dists, but be sincerely hoped that they all
felt as warmly as he towards them. There was,
of oourse. various points of difference, but after
all their creeds were very similar and it there-
fore was necessary that they should undertake
to assist each other whenever the opportunity
presented itself. His grandfather, who was a
very strict Quaker, had not only helped the Non-
conformists in the districts, but was not back-
ward in helping the Established Church as well.
It had always seemed to him that they had all
been comrades in arms, and although they had
fought the battle for civil and religious rights
and helped their countrymen to be true
patriots as well as Christians, they must always
be on the watch to guard against any of their
rights and liberties being infringed. They should
always be ready to help bodies like the Primitive
Methodists, who had to find the means for build-
ing their chapels and schools from pockets any-
thing but well-filled. He thought it spoke?
very well for such a small chapel that
they had already been able to raise
nearly half the amount required. Al-
though be had laid many foundation-stones
this was the first occasion he had been presented
with a silver trowel. The country was beginning
to realise the vast amount of good done by the
churches. What better example of this could
there have than the conduct of the troops during
the present war. Comparing the conduct of the
soldiers now to the soldiers of Wellington's times
they found that Wellington then reported his
men to be "the scum of the earth, and capable
and willing to commit every kind of crime."
Whilst, on the other hand, Lord Roberts
reported that crime was practically unknown.
This was a splendid testimonial to the
influence of the churches. This chapel
he sincerely hoped would be a success and provide
a never-failing source of comfort to the people
of the neighbourhood. He would like to say
he had proved it a great hardship during the
past few years to give up public life, and he
wished to thank them all for the many kindnesses
showered on him. -— Stones were also laid by Mrs.
Pease, Mr J. Hammerston, the Sunday Seniors and
the choir, and three stones by young people
connected with the ohurch. -— At the conclusion
of the ceremony a public tea was held in an
adjoining field
, and later in the evening a public
meeting was held, Dr. Fulton presiding. --- Yes-
terday, special commemoration services were held
the choir rendering a service of songs entitled
"Led by a Child", whilst in the evening Mr A.
Appleyard, of Middlesbrough, delivered an address.

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