The ordinary meeting of the  Great Clifton Temperance Society was held in
the new school room on Wednesday  evening last. The president having opened
the meeting, the secretary read the  report, which showed a large increase in
members since the visit of Mr. SMITH,  29, having joined during the two last
meetings; several others are also expected  to join at the next meeting.
    The president delivered a short  address, in which he urged them to
resist all temptations and to stand firm to  their pledge, after which readings and
recitations were given by Bros. IRELAND  and CRAGG.
    The Wesleyan Choir also sang  several hymns in a pleasing manner. The
very enjoyable meeting was drawn to a  close with singing and prayer.
    On Thursday evening, Mr. Geo.  SUART read a paper on "Newspapers" before
the members of the Parish Church Young  Men's Society. The meeting was held in
the Bell Street Mission Room, and was  well attended.  Mr. BOWNESS, one of
the vice  presidents of the Society, took the chair.
        The  paper sketched the rise and growth of newspapers, and gave some
interesting  particulars of the newspaper press and those associated with it.
On the  conclusion of the paper a discussion was opened by Mr. WHITESIDE, and
continued  by the Rev. Mr. ANDERSON, Mr. PYLE, and the Chairman, Mr. SUART
replying to the  various points raised.
    A vote of thanks concluded the  meeting. It was announced that Mr. J. C.
THOMPSON would give a paper on "Labour"  at the next meeting of the Society.