Wellington, New Zealand.—Bliss Knapp, a member of the board of lectureship of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, U. S. A., The Mother Church of the denomination, on his way round the world on a lecture tour, reached Wellington from Auckland on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 3, and went south by steamer the next day.

Mr. Knapp told a New Zealand Times representative yesterday that his tour was the outcome of a decision by the board of lectureship that one of its members should go round the world every year, visiting all the churches of the denomination that might invite his presence. He left Boston, their headquarters, on June 9 last, and sailed from San Francisco a week later. At the first stop, Honolulu, he found a strong group of Christian Scientists with a regular congregation of about one hundred. Vigorous groups of Scientists were also found at his succeeding stoppingplaces—Yokohama, Kobe, Shanghai, Hongkong, Manila, Townsville, Brisbane, and Sydney. At each place he delivered lectures to large audiences. At Sydney, where he lectured twice, he had an audience of fifteen hundred in the city and one of six hundred and fifty in a suburban hall. Last Sunday he was in Auckland and attended the services of the group there, and on Monday he left for Wellington. On Friday night he was to lecture for the Scientists in Christchurch, after which he would take ship for Australia, going via Bluff. He was to lecture at Melbourne and Ballarat, and then he would pay a farewell visit to Sydney before catching a steamer for Europe. After lecturing in various Continental countries and in England, he would return to America, and reach Boston, he hoped, in January.

November 9, 1912

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