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year was £27 12s. 6d. The present favourable position of the Lodge may be ascribed to two causes: first, good management; and secondly, to the important fact, that for the first ten years of its existence no death occurred among its members, and only about £83 was expended in sick money.

TROWBRIDGE DISTRICT.-On Tuesday, February 14, the members of the Mount Ararat Lodge, assembled for the purpose of initiating as honorary members the following gentlemen :-W. Stancomb, Esq., J.P.; J. P. Stancomb, Esq., J.P.; T. Clark, Esq.; M. Palmer, Esq.; A. Stancomb, Esq.; G. N. Haden, Esq.; and J. G. Foley, Esq. The usual place of meeting being too small, the Lodge adjourned to the Court Hall, where the chair was filled by P.P.G.M. James, N.G. of the Lodge; and the vice-chair by V.G. Hibberd. P.G.M. Jones, the lecture master of the Lodge, occupied the G.M.'s chair, and delivered the charge. The Secretary, P.G. Tabor, presented each of the newlymade members with a neatly-bound copy of the General District Lodge Laws. The surgeons and visiting officers reported the condition of the sick members, and the secretary stated, that since the formation of the Lodge, twenty-eight years ago, it had been joined by 239 persons. Of the seven individuals by whom the Lodge had been originally constituted, two only were now alive, and one of those revered members, had never received a single penny from the funds. Another old and respected member, who joined the Lodge shortly after its constitution, had received for sickness alone, the sum of £133 11s. 1d., and two other members, father and son, had received £172 4s.-The N.G. said, that the esteemed brother who, in consequence of sickness, had received the large sum named by the worthy secretary, was equally entitled to fraternal respect and regard with the brother whose robust health had happily obviated the necessity of an application to the exchequer of the Lodge. He congratulated those brethren, who, blessed by Divine Providence, had not required the assistance upon which they had an honourable and legitimate claim; and he also congratulated those who had received sick relief on the results of the provident care which had led to their having such a resource to fall back upon in the hour of suffering and necessity.-The brethren generally expressed their hearty concurrence in the sentiments of the N.G., after which he called upon brother J. W. Stapleton to address the newly-initiated honorary members.― Mr. Stapleton addressed the members in a long, eloquent, and interesting address; and concluded by wishing the worthy chief magistrate to preside at the next banquet of the Lodge.-P.G. Hibberd proposed a vote of thanks to those gentlemen who had honoured the Lodge by becoming honorary members, and, taking into consideration their influential social position, augured important results from the enrolment of their names among the members of the Order. The proposal was enthusiastically carried, with Lodge honours.-The newlyinitiated members then severally returned thanks.-In commemoration of the above event, the members of the Lodge have resolved, that a donation of five guineas be given towards the erection of proposed alms-houses for aged clothworkers of this town.

ANOTHER LEGISLATOR MADE AN ODD-FELLOW.-The brethren of the Bruce Lodge, Aberdare District, having presented an address to Henry A. Bruce, Esq., M.P., soliciting him to become a member of their Lodge, and to which he unhesitatingly assented, a large and influential meeting was convened at the Bruce Arms Inn, Mountain Ash, when the honourable gentleman was duly initiated. P.P.G.M. the Rev. Thomas Price having presented the honourable member with a handsomely-bound copy of the General and District Laws, and a list of the Lodges composing the Unity, Mr. Bruce most cloquently returned thanks.

Events in the Future.


ADVANTAGE has been taken of the liberal subscription for a Testimonial to Past Provincial Grand Master Filsell, of the North London District, to inaugurate a Metropolitan Demonstration on a scale sufficiently large to attract public attention. On the 11th of April, the members of the several London Districts will unite in giving prominence to a Public Soirée and Ball at the Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen Street, Holborn. Acton Smee Ayrton, Esq., M.P. for the Tower Hamlets, has kindly consented to preside, and it is fully expected that Edwin James, Esq,. M.P., will support him. Both these gentlemen were initiated members of the Order in the Marc Antony Lodge, in May last, and both have taken great interest in the working of Friendly Societies. Invitations have also been forwarded to Lord Ebury, Lord Claude Hamilton, the Solicitor General, and several other noblemen and gentlemen. The musical and other arrangements are of the completest character, and everything that is calculated to give éclat to the gathering will be warmly acceded to by the com mittee. Though this Demonstration was originated by a few members in the North London District, it is understood that the officers of the North and South London, Pimlico, and Stepney Districts, are extremely favourable to it, and promise their individual support. The prices of admission have been so arranged as to permit a very full attendance of members and friends-gentlemen's tickets being two shillings, and ladies' tickets, one shilling and sixpence. The order of the programme will be something like this:-Tea and coffee, with vocal and instrumental music, from six to seven; the chair will be taken at eight, when Mr. Ayrton will present to P.P.G.M. Filsell, a purse of gold, together with a silver snuff-box, an embroidered sash, and an engrossed memorial in a handsome frame. Other testimonials will then be presented; addresses will be given by several public and literary men; and at ten o'clock the ball will commence.-Freemasons' Hall is known to be one of the most elegant and commodious rooms in London; and, at the time we write, there is promise of a very full and enthusiastic meeting.


THE joint committee for promoting the Annual Festival at the Crystal Palace, or elsewhere, has held two meetings, and the greatest enthusiasm with regard to coming arrangements is manifested by all the members. It is understood, we believe, that the Fête will this year be confined to one instead of two days; it being thought that, in the event of the Crystal Palace being selected, better terms may thus be made with the Company. When the Crystal Palace Company offered facilities for the visits of large numbers, the Foresters promptly availed themselves of the proposal and numbered very strongly, as the following figures will show :—

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It will be seen that, in the matter of out-door fêtes, the Foresters have completely outstripped us; but if we all put our shoulders to the wheel, we think there is a chance of reversing the figures. It must never be forgotten, however, that owing to causes not necessary to advert to here, but which are well enough understood-the Foresters far out-number the members of the Manchester Unity in the Metropolis. But then it must also be remembered, that the Order of Ancient Foresters is not split up into a dozen separate Unities, as with the Odd-fellows; though perhaps it would be as well if à distinction were made in that Order between the Courts green with financial wealth and Courts green with financial canker and rottenness.

Toasts for Lodge Meetings.

HAVING been requested to give a few Toasts and Sentiments appropriate to the principles of our Order, we cheerfully submit the following:

A full Lodge, and good harmony.

A sound conscience and a kindly word-the best safeguard for a broken fortune.

Ability to serve a friend, and honour to conceal it.

Constancy in Love, sincerity in Friendship.

Concord, Peace, and Harmony, wedded to Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Drink with me, brothers! While a relic of Truth
Is in man or in woman, this prayer shall be mine:
That the sunshine of Love may illumine our youth,
And the moonlight of Friendship console our decline.

Death to ingratitude, and resurrection to Friendship.

Friendship among brethren, Love for our homes, and Truth universal.

Farewell to noise and nonsense in all our social gatherings.

Friendship without interest, and Love without deceit.

Friendship without formality, Love without flattery, and Truth without reservation.

Health, Wealth, Peace, and Plenty.

Hearts to sympathise and hands to give.

Let us enjoy all we can while we may,

Let Love crown the night, and Friendship the day.
Let Honour and Friendship eternally reign,
And faithful Odd-fellows their secrets maintain;
Law, Order, Religion, be strictly defended,
And Love with our harmony ever be blended.

Lodges in Unity, and Unity in Lodges.

Love to one, Friendship to many, Goodwill to all.

Let our conversation and lives teach youth perseverance, women modesty, old age respect, and all the world respect.

May every good Odd-fellow be slow to censure his brother, quick to defend the absent, and ready at all times to give the cold shoulder to slander and prejudice.

May the heart that sympathizes in the distresses of others, never sorrow over its own misfortunes.

May our Lodge Meetings be instructed by Experience, enlivened by GoodHumour and Harmony, but never wounded by Rancour or Sarcasm.

Open hands and honest hearts in every lodge and every clime.

The three H's-Health, Honesty, and Happiness.

Though wine and good fellowship make us light-hearted,
May Prudence and Merriment never be parted.

The faults we can excuse in ourselves, let us not condemn in a brother. Virtue to direct us, Justice to govern us, Love to influence us, Friendship and Charity to make us brothers all over the world.

When we finally make up our accounts, may all errors be excepted.—A Secretary's toast.

When Bacchus presides, may Reason and Prudence be his right and left supporters.

Wine to enliven the heart, and Friendship to uncork the bottle.


On Monday, March 5th, 1860, at Birkenhead, aged 61 years, died P.P.G.M. James Stanton. The deceased was a member of the Loyal Britons' Pride Lodge, Birkenhead District, having been initiated into that lodge in 1839, soon after its opening, and continued an active and persevering member up to the time of his last illness, which only extended over a few days. Deceased has frequently filled the chairs of his lodge, and in December, 1857, was elected, at the Quarterly Committee, to fill the office of Deputy Grand Master in the District, and in the following December, was unanimously chosen to fill the Grand Master's chair for the ensuing twelve months, which office he filled with credit to himself and advantage to the Birkenhead District. Mr. Stanton was a man of a quiet, peaceable character, one who was always ready to help a brother in distress, and who thought no trouble too much in promoting the good and welfare of Odd-fellowship and its members. If space would permit, numberless instances could be adduced to prove the goodness of his heart to his fellow-men. As a proof of the respect and esteem in which deceased was held, upwards of 200 members met to follow his remains to the grave. Members from every lodge in the district united together to do honour to his memory, which will long live in the hearts of his brethren; and though we feel his loss, we console ourselves in the reflection that "our loss will be his gain."

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