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question. For many reasons, it is very desirable to provide (safely) extended benefits. Members would be saved joining other societies, and be more likely to devote greater attention to the affairs of their lodges ; whilst the profits they contribute to assurance companies and other societies, would be secured to the Order.

MR. BRIGHT AND THE “TIMES."-We beg to direct the attention of our readers to a pamphlet, now ready, by Mr. C. Hardwick, on the subject of the recent scandals of the leading journal in regard to Friendly Societies. It is published by Messrs. Diprose and Bateman, Portugal Street, Lin. coln's Inn; and may be had of the C.S. of the Order and all secretaries of districts ; price twopence. The pamphlet consists of the several articles, by Mr. Hardwick, that have appeared in the Magazine, with such additions and corrections as circumstances rendered necessary. The Editor will be happy to forward it to any direction, on receipt of three postage stamps.

LECTURE ON BENEFIT SOCIETIES.- We beg to call the attention of our readers to a very practical Lecture, by the Rev. T. Allen. P.G.M., late Curate of Long Sutton, and a Director of the Manchester Unity for the present year, delivered to the members of the different lodges in the neighbourhood of Long Sutton, Holbeach, and Wisbeach-the lecture includes benefit societies of the present century - labours of Dr. Price, the Rev. Mr. Beacher, Mr. Henry Ratcliffe, Cs., Messrs. Neison and Finlaison - objections to lodges being held in public houses answered-graduated scales of payments extension of the present bases of the Manchester Unity-advantages to the public from benefit societies-appeal to ratepayers, &c.—This Lecture is pub. lished at Threepence, and may be obtained from the Rev. T. Allen, care of Mr. John Swain, Printer, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire.

STEPNEY DISTRICT.-This branch of the Manchester Unity, following the example of larger districts, has published a statement of experience for 1859 in regard to its sick and funeral funds. The receipts amounted to £1,994. 93. 10d. ; the sick pay to members, £769. 18s.; and funeral levies, £146. At the close of the year the twenty-four lodges had 1,389 members, and £12,027 surplus funds. In the next sheet, to make it thoroughly useful, the ages of all members and wives will have to be inserted.

South LONDON DISTRICT.-The usual balance sheet of this district, for the year 1858, has just been issued. It appears that, out of 3,895 members, there were sick 772, who received sick pay amounting to £2,045. Fifty. three members died, besides 28 wives and widows of members. A pithy table contains an account of the sickness and mortality experienced during the past seven years, and the total shown to have been paid for sickness, funerals, and to widows and orphans, in that time, is £29,976. The statement is highly creditable to the district, which is in a flourishing statehaving now 4,023 members (average age 35 years), and a surplus capital of £33,521, of which about £463 only belongs to the Distress Fund. From all other funds members claim benefits as a right, but this is intended to relieve extraordinary cases.

METROPOLITAN DISTRICTS' ANNUAL EXCURSION TO THE CRYSTAL PALACE. The members of the Metropolitan Districts hold their annual festival on the 1st and 2nd of August, for the benefit of the Widow and Orphan Fund of the North and South London and Pimlico Districts. On this interesting occasion the usual attractions will be enhanced by a special popular outdoor entertainment, under the direction of Mr. Nelson Lee, the well-known manager. Madame Pauline Violante, “the celebrated ascensionist on the

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Atlantic wire," will pass over the Great Basin during the time that the fountains are playing; the Jameison family, the brothers St. Leon, and " the renowned Sam Collins, the great delineator of Irish character," with various other entertainers, will appear. A tent for dancing will be erected, and a double military band will be in attendance. Arrangements have been made with the various railway companies to run special trains on both days, and what with the fountains, the foot-races, the cricket-matches, and the additional music, we doubt not the entertainments will prove highly attractive, and leave a large surplus for the widows and orphans in whose behalf they have been provided.

NORTH LONDON DISTRICT.- COLONEL DICKSON AN ODD-Fellow.-On Tuesday evening, the 28th of June, Colonel Dickson, who distinguished himself in the late war, was initiated by G.M. Pardon, in the Marc Antony Lodge, “Earl Cathcart,” Munster Square, Regent's Park. After the usual ceremony Prov. G.M. Filsell ably proposed the health of the newly initiated member. The gallant colonel in acknowledging the compliment expressed his pleasure at the reception given him by so large a number of members, and at all times considering it his duty to assist his brethren and aid the working classes in their own social advancement. Prov. D.G.M. Carter, trusted that the Order might count upon the support of this newly initiated brother to obtain the repeal of the obnoxious Friendly Societies' Act, which was passed last session, for which purpose a Bill was shortly to be introduced into the Commons. G.M. Pardon gave in his report as delegate to the committee of the North London District, which now consists of more than 7,000 members, having about £47,000 Surplus Funds.-On the following lodge night, G.M. Pardon presented to P.G. Attwood, the emblems of the Order, and invested him with the sash of a past officer, in token of the appreciation of his fellow members, for his long and faithful services.

ABERAVON DISTRICT, SOUTH WALES.- A lecture on Odd-fellowship, its principles and practice, was delivered at the Baptist Chapel, Aberavon, on Wednesday, March 30th, by Mr. Edward Jones, Prov.D.G.M.; the Rev. David Evans, Vicar of Aberavon, in the chair. The lodges comprising the district formed in procession, headed by the Aberavon brass band and the beautiful banners of the district, and proceeded through the principal streets to the Chapel. The spacious Chapel was well filled. Mr. Jones in his lecture, which lasted an hour and ten minutes, ably pointed out the principles, practices, and advantages of the Manchester Unity. He then proceeded to enforce the claims of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund on the attention of his audience in a clear and argumenta. tive manner, concluding with an eloquent peroration. The Rev. Cornelius Griffiths, minister of the Chapel and a member of the district, recapitulated the more prominent points of the lecture in the Welsh language. The Rev. David Evans then proposed, and Rev. Cornelius Griffiths seconded, a vote of thanks to the lecturer, to which Mr. Jones briefly and eloquently responded. The whole of the proceeds of the lecturo were devoted to the Aberavon District Widows' and Orphans' Fund.

TAVISTOCK.-OPENING OF A NEW LODGE.-On Monday, April 11, a new Lodge, in connection with the Manchester Unity, was opened at the Market House Inn, where eighteen new members were initiated.' There were present the District Officers, Prov. G.M. James Pope, D. Prov. G.M. Browning, Prov. C. S. James Spry, P. Prov.G.M. Witeridge, and several officers and members of lodges at Plymouth, Devonport, and Dartmoor. The lodge, called the “ Bedford,” No. 4762, having been opened in due form, and the new brothers admitted, the following were elected the Officers of the Lodge :

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N.G., P.G. W. Isaac ; V.G., Brother E. Richards ; and Secretary, Brother G. H. Smith. The lodge business having been completed the members and friends sat down to partake of an excellent dinner provided by Host Ellis. Prov. G.M. James Pope presided, and the vice-chair was occupied by D. Prov. G. M. W. Browning.

HEREFORD.—LAYING THE FOUNDATION OF THE ODD-FELLOWS' HALL. This interesting ceremony took place on the 28th April last; Col. Clifford, M.P., and George Clive, Esq., M.P., officiating. The parchment, which, together with a number of the present coins of the realm, was deposited in a cavity of the foundation stone, bore the following inscription :-" The first stone of this building was laid by Lieut.-Colonel Henry Morgan Clifford, M.P. for the city of Hereford, on the 28th day of April, in the year of our Lord 1859, and the 22nd year of the reign of her most gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, the premises being the property of Mr. Henry Butt, and in the occupation of Mr. William Smith. This building is erected for the purpose of providing accommodation for the meeting together of the officers and members of the Virtute Securus Lodge, of the Independent Order of Odd-fellows, which society at the present date consists of 265 members, and is in possession of funds to the amount of £1,681 Is. Il}d., invested in the names of six trustees. The above lodge belongs to the Hereford District, and is a branch of the Manchester Unity."

ANNIVERSARIES, PRESENTATIONS, &c.

AUSTRALIA.-We have been favoured with several newspapers containing long reports of anniversaries and presentations in the lodges of this great and flourishing colony. Want of space, however, obliges us to omit many interesting details. We hope, however, soon to present our readers with an article on Odd-Fellowship in Australia.

BANBURY.-On Monday, the 23rd of May, the officers and brethren of the British Queen Lodge met in their lodge room to present to Mr. J. Herbert, their warden, a token of respect, consisting of

a beautifully coloured emblem of the Order, in a rich gold frame.—Sir C. Douglas, M.P., the newly-elected member for the borough, and J. Gazey, Esq., were then proposed as honorary members.

Beeston CASTLE, CHESHIRE.—The annual festival took place on Monday and Tuesday, the 20th and 21st days of June, on the picturesque and romantic heights of Beeston Castle, in aid of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund, of the Peckforton District, when a very numerous and respectable company assembled to enjoy the festivities of the occasion. Several additional marquees had been erected amid the ruins of the fine old castle, and every accommodation had been provided for supplying refreshments and for the amusement and entertainment of the visitors. Horabin's, of Manchester, and the Nantwich military and quadrille bands were stationed on the lawn. About 3,300 visitors were present on the first day, and amongst the company present were J. Tollemache, Esq., M.P. for South Cheshire, and the proprietor of the enchanting domain, with his amiable lady, both of whom appeared to participate in the enjoyments which they had been the means of conferring on the multitude around them. The receipts for admission on the first day amounted to €164 10s., whilst the total receipts, including tea tickets, amounted to £259 10s. The number of visitors on the present occasion exceeds that of last year by upwards of 500. For this salutary addition to the funds of the charity the district is mainly indebted to the excellent arrangements of Mr. Cawley, of Priestland; Mr. Davenport, of the Oaklands; Mr. John Cawley, Burwardsley; and Mr. Jones, Wardle Hall;-the managing committee.

BARNSLEY.-On Monday April 25, the members of the Welcome Friend Lodge of Odd Fellows, of the Manchester Unity, held at the house of Mr. Thomas Harrop, Six Ringer's Inn, Silkstone, had their annual club feast, when between 60 and 70 members sat down to an excellent dinner. After the cloth was removed, a number of loyal and patriotic toasts were given, and the evening was spent in a very pleasing manner.-On the same day the members of the Good Intent Lodge, met together at the White Hart Inn, and partook of an excellent dinner in celebration of their anniversary meeting. A report of the position of the society and its affairs was read by Mr. Wray, which showed a considerable increase in members during the year.

BELPER.—The twenty-first anniversary of “The Fountain of Friendship Lodge," 1360, of the M.U., was lately celebrated, when about 100 members and friends sat down to supper in the lodge-room, at the house of Mr. William Eden, Bridge-street; Mr. Edwin Noon, P.P.G.M., in the chair, and W. Lomas, Esq., in the vice-chair. After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, those peculiar to our Order were given, and responded to by W. Lomas, Esq., R. R. Allen, Esq., and others, the Chairman then proposed the health of one of the oldest members of the lodge, who had for many years filled with integrity and faithfulness one of the

most important offices in the lodge. He was sure he had only to mention the name of James Tomlinson, P.P.G.M., the treasurer. Addressing P.P.G.M. Tomlinson, the Chairman proceeded. “I am proud indeed in being the humble instrument of the members of the lodge in now asking you to do us the honour of receiving this slight memento of our high appreciation of your services. It is far, very far from being commensurate with your services ; but I believe you will prize it as you would a jewel of ten thousand times its Falue; and when it shall please the Almighty to call you hence, may it descend to some one of your family, and prove an incentive to follow in the footsteps of their good and revered father.” The Chairman here handed the testimonial to Mr. Tomlinson, which consisted of a pair of excellent pebble spectacles mounted in massive gold frames, and enclosed in a superb silver case, richly chased. The case bore the following inscription :

" Presented to Mr. James Tomlinson, P.P.G.M., by the members of the Fountain of Friendship Lodge, 1,360, M.U., as a token of their esteem, and to mark their appreciation of his services as treasurer of the lodge.”

Mr. Tomlinson, in rising, was received with loud and continued cheering; He thanked the brethren for their handsome and valuable gift, and assured them that he duly esteemed the kind feeling they had manifested towards him, and hoped that God would vouchsafe to them his blessings, and that they would ever remain true to the principles of Odd Fellowship.-The evening's enjoyment was considerably enhanced by an abundance of good speaking and singing.

BUNBURY, CHESHIRE.-On Whit Monday the members of the Prince Albert Lodge, celebrated their anniversary by a procession to the fine old village church, when an appropriate address was delivered by the Rev. W. B. Garnett, who afterwards accompanied the members to the lodge house, where a most excellent dinner was provided by P.D.G.M. Fern. The chair was taken by Brother W. B. Garnett, who soon after unfortu. nately had to leave, when Brother Cawley, of Priestland, the treasurer to

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the lodge, was appointed to the chair, and addressed the company at great length on the benefits of Odd Fellows' Societies over the old dividend clubs, and the great desirability of young men joining such self-helping societies, and also the many blessings conferred on the widow and the orphan. The sick and funeral fund of the lodge amounts to more than £500.

Devises. — The twenty-ninth Anniversary of the Loyal Independent Lodge (389) was lately held, Darley Griffith, Esq., M.P., who is an Odd Fellow, occupying the chair, and P.P.G.M. Adlam, the vice-chair. In the course of the evening, Brother G. T. Gregory stated that the Lodge now consisted of 125 members. Eighteen years ago this lodge had only about 30 members, with a fund of perhaps £50 ; their capital was now upwards of £1,100. The contributions, initiations, interest, &c., during the year amounted to £184 17s. 1d. The expenditure for sick pay had been £73 13s. 6d. and the payments for deaths, surgeon's, and secretary's salary, &c, brought the expenses up to £138 12s. 10d., leaving a balance of £46 4s. for the year. Among the members present on this interesting occasion, were Mr. Edward Wayled, Mr. E. Guy, and Mr. G. White, gentlemen of wealth and influence in the district.

East Norton.—The members of the Lord Berner's Lodge held their anniversary on Monday, June 6th. The members went in procession to church, headed by the Great Glenn band, when a most appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. T. Norris ; after which the members partook of an excellent dinner. The chair was taken by the Rev. Thomas Norris, the vice-chair being filled by the D.G.M. of the district, Jonathan Corbitt; after the usual toasts, the members again formed in procession and went round the whole village, stopping about two hours at the house of John Haycock, Esq. Mr. Henry Haycock, a honorary member of the lodge, gave them liberally of the contents of the cellar, and also invited the party to have a dance on the lawn. The members and their friends, with their wives and sweethearts, gladly responded to the invitation ; after which the members returned in the same order to the lodge-room, when the permanent secre. tary of the lodge, P.D.G.M. Corbitt was called to the chair. During the evening the chairman made a statement respecting the Order in general, beginning with some good remarks upon the attack made by the Times newpaper upon Friendly Societies, reading some extracts from the same ; but particularly wishing the members to read the second article in the Magazine, called " Another Clap of Thunder," by Mr. Charles Hardwick, P.G.M. The Chairman then quoted from the April Quarterly Report the number of initiations, the number of lodges opened and closed, the number of deaths and the amount paid as funeral gift, the number of sick and the amount, &c., asking after each if they did not think that a society that was doing so much to relieve the sick and

distressed “was not a standing scandal and a great calamity to the country?" He next referred to what he called the bankruptcy side of the question, stating the amount received as contributions, &c., showing a good balance in favour of the society. He then gave a very favourable account of the lodge, and finished by proposing the M.U. Mr. William Harrison, of the Fountain of Friendship

Lodge, in responding to the honorary members, spoke very highly of the Order, saying he was proud to say he was a honorary member of so valuable an institution. With song, glee, and the band, the members passed a very happy day.

GREAT BERKAMSTEAD.-A grand day and evening festival was held on Monday, June 27th, in the ancient castle grounds at great Berkamstead, by permission of the Right Hon. Lady Marianne Alford, and Earl Brownlow. The proceeds were devoted to the widow and orphan fund of the district,

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