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The report stated that the total number of members in the district on the 1st of January, 1858, was 3,666. There had joined, by entrance, 221; by clearance, 10; by card, 1: total, 232. Thirty-nine members had died, entitled to funeral donations, and 2 suspended; 188 had left by non-payment, 5 by card, and 12 by clearance; leaving the total number of members, 3,652. Of the members joining, 57 were under 21 years of age, 107 under 25, 52 under 30, and 16 under 34. The sickness returns showed the number of days' sickness to be 1,966 days at 2s. per day; 25,016 days at 1s. 8d. per day; half pay, 318 days at 1s.; 8,046 at 10d., and 1,116 days at sums from 6d. to 8d. per day, these persons being allowed to follow a light occupation. The total number of days were-full pay, 26,952; reduced pay, 9,162 days, Sundays not included, 6,077; making the total sickness experience, 42,359 days, spread over 795 members out of the 3,652 members, an average of 11 days 15 hours on the whole number, being considerably heavier than the experience of any tables published for the average age of the members. The number of deaths had been-males, 41; females, 34. The receipts for sick fund had been-contributions and entrances, £3,890 2s. 7d.; interest on capital, £942 7s. 11d.; and the payments for sickness had been £2,662 17s. 4d.; funerals, £567; leaving a surplus to be carried to capital account of £1,383 12s. 6d.; and making the total reserve capital in sick and funeral fund of lodges, £28,508 12s. 11d.; management fund, £469 3s. 11d. The report then alluded to the amount of sickness and mortality experienced by the older lodges, whose experience was considerably increased by having members entirely incapacitated from labour, and showed that the reduced sick pay fund of the district, from which all half-pay members were paid, had been of great service in equalising these liabilities. The highest sickness experienced of a lodge had been 33 days 2 hours per member; while, in another with the same number of members, it had been 2 days 3 hours, showing the difference where the liabilities were only spread over a small number, while the lowest experience in the oldest lodge during the last seven years had been 19 days; the highest 23 days. The report, after calling attention to the careful investment of funds, and various other matters of interest, concluded by an expression of thanks to the secretary for his attention to the business of the district. The following is the statement of the reserve capital:

To balance in hand of Sick and Funeral Fund of 58 Lodges, 3,652 Members

To balance in hand of Incidental Fund of Lodges and District... do. Funeral and Reduced Sick Fund of District.

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To Hall, Property, Money Invested

Library and Funds

Widow and Orphans' Fund, 500 Members......

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28,508 12 11

615 0 9 860 16 8 2,971 9 6

52 7 8 2,069 10 9

£35,077 18 3

INAUGURATION OF A MONUMENT TO THE LATE RICHARD KIRKBRIDE, C.S. OF THE CARLISLE DISTRICT

On Saturday, January 1st, 1859, the inauguration of a monument to the memory of the late Richard Kirkbride, P.P.G.M. and C.S., took place at Carlisle. A large number of members and friends met at the City of Carlisle Lodge Room, and after forming a procession, proceeded to the Cemetery,

headed by the district officers, where an appropriate address was delivered by Prov. G.M. David Latimer, who expatiated at considerable length on the usefulness of the deceased brother, both as a lodge, district, and Unity member. The late Richard Kirkbride was initiated as member of the City of Carlisle Lodge on the 8th day of March, 1841, and on the election night following, was appointed to the office of secretary, and afterwards passed through the offices of V.G., N.G., and G.M. of the lodge. At the election of district officers in December, 1843, he was elected to the office of G.M., and the following year was chosen as C.S., which office he held up to the time of his decease. As a proof of the satisfactory manner in which he discharged his duties as a district officer, and the esteem in which he was held by the various lodges in the district, he was presented (on Easter Monday, 1849) with a gold lever watch and appendages, value £22. He represented the Carlisle district at the A.M.C.s., held at Newcastle-uponTyne, Bristol, Southampton, Blackburn, Halifax, Dublin, Preston, South London, Durham, and Norwich. At the Halifax, Dublin, and South London A.M.C.s., he was appointed one of the Board of Directors. The monument is of the Gothic order, and consists of a square base, with chastely-cut panels and inscription; a square centre piece, with a tablet representing a hand and heart, encircled with a neatly-chiselled wreath, as emblematic of the principles of the Order; and a square tapering pillar. The entire erection is 12 feet high, and is of the hardest class of white Prudham stone. It was both designed and executed by Mr. Raper, and is a highly-creditable specimen of artistic talent and exquisite workmanship. It bears the following inscription :-"Erected to the memory of Richard Kirkbride, of Carlisle, by the members of the Independent Order of Odd-fellows Manchester Unity, and friends, as a mark of respect for his valuable services rendered in the cause of Odd-fellowship. Born January 12th, 1805. Died November 19th, 1857."

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WOOLWICH.-WOOLWICH DISTRICT MEETING.-A general meeting of the members of the Woolwich District was held on Monday, February 28th, at the Town Hall, to consider the practicability of erecting an Odd-fellows' Hall. The meeting was presided over by Prov. G.M. Wilson, supported by the P. D. G. M. and the P. C. S. Palmer, the members of the hall committee, and officers and brothers of the Order. president briefly explained to the meeting what steps had been taken in the district during the last two years to advance the object in view, and read the clause of the Friendly Societies' Act, which gives the society power to invest their funds in a building for the meetings of the society. It is intended to erect a hall capable of holding 1,000 persons, with two or three rooms, for the use of lodges and committees, and any other purposes for which they may be required during the day-such as a school for the children of Odd-fellows and others, and the occasional use of other friendly societies. A series of resolutions were passed in favour of the scheme, and several excellent speeches were delivered by officers, past officers, and members of the Order, strongly urging the desirability of the carrying out the proposed project. A committee was appointed, consisting of the district officers and other members, to carry out the resolutions, and take other necessary steps to bring the matter to a successful issue; and, after a vote of thanks to the presiding officer, the meeting closed.

PARTICULARS REQUIRED FROM PROPOSED MEMBERS.

The following form is in use in several London lodges, and is proposed for the adoption of the Order generally :—

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Have you had the Small Pox, Cow Pox, or been Vaccinated?

Have you ever been afflicted with Rheumatism, Rupture, Fits or Convulsions, Habitual Cough, Asthma, Insanity, Spitting of Blood, or any Chronic Disease?

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Are you of temperate habits?

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Are you now afflicted with any disease or disorder tending to hinder you from business or to shorten life?

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I hereby declare that the foregoing Statements and Answers are true in substance and fact, and that nothing is concealed or omitted affecting mine or my wife's health or constitution. And I agree that this declaration shall be the basis of the contract between me and the above Society, under its General Laws, and that if any fraudulent or untrue averment is contained therein, or in the Answers, all monies to be paid the abote Lodge or any other on account of benefits, shall be forfeited.

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METROPOLITAN DISTRICTS.-CRYSTAL PALACE EXCURSION. The committee of the Metropolitan Districts have made arrangements to celebrate the Crystal Palace Demonstrations on Monday and Tuesday, the 1st and 2nd of August next. The success which attended the excursion to this delightful place of recreation last year induces the promoters to hope for a full attendance of members and friends on the forthcoming occasion. It may be interesting to our readers to state that the net profit arising from the excursions on the 2nd and 3rd of August last was £258 10s. 7d.; which was thus apportioned: The Metropolitan District Fund of the North London District, £115 9s. 2d.; ditto, South London, £110 12s. 11d.; ditto, Pimlico, £32 10s. 7d. It will thus be seen that, while the visitors to the People's Palace at Sydenham partook fully of all the amusements and delights of that charming place, they were doing real good in augmenting the funds of the Metropolitan Districts, and assisting to relieve the widows and orphans of their deceased brethren. This year increased attractions will be provided; the great fountains will play, and several military bands will be in attendance. Arrangements are being made whereby Country members may reach the Crystal Palace without inconvenience, and it is hoped that the friends of the Order resident in the provinces will render their cordial aid to their metropolitan brethren. Any information, relative to these excursions, will be readily given by the secretary, Mr. V. R. Burgess (South London District), Mr. J. Harris (North London District), or any of the committee. Our editorial friends of the London and provincial press will do good service to the Order by a brief notice of the Crystal Palace Excursions in their several journals.

PRESENTATIONS, ANNIVERSARIES, &c.

AUSTRALIA. We have received the Newcastle Chronicle of October 30th, containing a full and interesting account of the laying of the foundation stone of an Odd-fellows' Hall,i n Newcastle, Australia. From the address of James Hannell, Esq., Justice of the Peace, we learn that Odd-fellowship in Australia is everywhere flourishing, and that the principles of our Order are fully carried out and appreciated by our brethren across the seas. We regret that we cannot find space for the admirable speech of this gentleman, one of the oldest Odd-fellows in the colony.

BARNARD CASTLE UNITED BROTHERS' LODGE.-The members of the above lodge held a public tea party at the house of Mr. Robert Borrow. dale, Bridgegate, on Friday, the 31st of December, 1858. The soirée was for the benefit of the Children's Funeral Fund connected with the society; and the occasion had also been selected by the members to present their secretary, Mr. John Gibbon, with a pair of silver spectacles. The tea and its concomitants were all that could be desired, and reflected the highest credit upon the ladies who had provided the repast. After tea J. C. Cust, Esq., was unanimously called to the chair, and various speeches were made by members and others on the advantages derived from Odd-fellowship. Want of space compels us to omit the very full and interesting report with which we have been furnished.

BOSTON. HEARTS OF OAK LODGE.-In 1837, a few respectable mechanics, anxious to provide against those temporary causes which too often paralyse all subsequent efforts, conceived the idea of following in the wake of many large towns, by the establishment of an Odd-fellows' Lodge; the principle had been fairly tested in the manufacturing districts, and it was justly argued that an institution in Boston, under proper management, must be productive of equally good results. The movement was countenanced by several intelligent tradesmen, the preliminaries were duly arranged, and in the month of April, 1538, the "Hearts of Oak" Lodge opened under excellent auspices, officered by men of business habits, and conducted with economy, gradually extended in numbers, obtained from several residents in the borough substantial support in the form of honorary members, became an institution of some magnitude for an agricultural district, and extended its branches in various directions. The lodge now numbers 124 members. The following is the state of its funds-Sick and Funeral Fund, £1,076 Gs. Sd.; Incidental Fund, £4 19s. 4 d.; Widows' and Orphans' Fund, £4 19s. ed.; total, £1,086 5s. 04d. This very flourishing state of things has been brought about by continued good management, by carefully protecting the funds from superfluous expenditure, and by invariably keeping faith with the public, largely augmenting the number of members. Notwithstanding the past year has been much more expensive than the average, we find that there has been an increase over 1857 of £40 19s. 54d. No fewer than 32 members received sick pay during the paste twelve months.

BRISTOL.-The Loyal Benevolent Lodge held their sixteenth anniversary in the lodge room, Limekiln Lane, on Tuesday, February 22nd, when about 50 of the members partook of an excellent dinner. The chairs were taken by the N.G. and V.G. of the lodge-Mr. John Silley, N.G., and Mr. Francis Wood, V.G. W. D. Bigwood presided at the piano. After the usual loyal and lodge toasts, a very handsome silver snuff-box was presented to one of the past officers, bearing the following inscription: Presented by the members of the Benevolent Lodge to P.G. Richard Derham, as a token of respect for his long and faithful services. 1858."

CAMBRIDGE. On Tuesday evening, January 25th, a large number of the members of the Earl Fitzwilliam Lodge met for the purpose of presenting a testimonial to P.P.G.M. Cursley, as a recognition of his services as cashier, and for his energetic exertions in promoting the prosperity of Odd-fellowship. The testimonial consisted of a handsome and valuable silver watch, and was presented to Mr. Cursley by Mr. Ginn, who in an appropriate speech alluded to the zeal and energy evinced by Mr. Cursley for the welfare of the lodge, and also to his benevolent disposition, and to the general respect the members had for him. Mr. Cursley, in acknowledging the compliment, referred to his connection with that and other lodges during a period of eighteen years, and said that he should never part with such a handsome mark of esteem. A few remarks from the Chairinan of the Committee followed. In the lodge room was placed an emblem containing the following inscription: "In commemoration of the presentation of a testimonial to P.P.G.M. George William Cursley, by the members of the Earl Fitzwilliam Lodge, in approbation of his zeal and diligence in the performance of his duties as cashier of the lodge, and in appreciation of his general perseverance in the cause of Odd-fellowship. The following members comprised the committee to carry out the intentions of the subscribers, and the testimonial was a handsome silver watch of the value of £5. P.G. Barrell, P.G. J. Hempstead, P.G. Peters, P.G. Tuxford, N.G. Fulcher, P.G. Willmott, Bro. Denis, Bro. D. Gatwood. January 25, 1959."

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DEWSBURY. A grand soirée took place at the Public Hall, Dewsbury, on the 28th of December last, at which about four hundred persons were present. The hall was decorated with drapery and flags bearing appropriate mottoes, such as, "The Independent Order of Odd-fellows, M.U.," "Welcome Alexander, G.M. of the Order," "Knowledge is Power," "Union is Strength," &c. Among the guests present were the Rev. James Dixon, of Hanging Heaton; Rev. Dr. Hook, vicar of Leeds; Rev. J. Taylor, Dewsbury; Rev. J. Ogden; Rev. J. Mc.Callum; Mr. Wm. Alexander, G.M. of the Order; Mr. J. Schofield, of Bradford, P.G M.; W. Aitken, Esq., of Ashton-under-Lyne; and other gentlemen of influence. Ossett Apollo Glee Club was in attendance, and contributed greatly to the pleasure of the evening, by the excellent manner in which they rendered a number of songs, glees, &c.-Lapse of time prevents our inserting a more extended notice of this interesting meeting; we cannot, however, resist making a short extract from the speech of our friend and Grand Master, Mr. Alexander, in reference to the recent attack of the Times :"While we are using every exertion in our power to make our members better men and better citizens, we do not deserve the castigation of the Times, in calling us swindlers, &c. Odd-fellowship has brought many from the brink of ruin, and thousands have lived to bless the day they joined our Order."

HEREFORD.-The musical soirée, for the benefit of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund, of the Manchester Unity of Odd-fellows, took place at the Corn Exchange, in this city, on Monday evening, January 3rd, 1859. His worship the Mayor (E. Abley, Esq.) was kind enough to preside; and a highly respectable company, numbering nearly 400, assembled at the appointed time. Tea, with its usual concomitants, was served in excellent style, after which the Mayor, in a brief address, congratulated the audience upon the suitable and spacious room in which they were assembled, and the large numbers and great respectability of the company present. The object which brought them together was most laudable, and he not only expressed his coincidence with the principles of the institution, but announced his intention to join it as a member. He felt it a pleasure and an honour to preside over such a

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