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mentary remarks, presented a purse and £5 to P.P.G.M. William Fisher, as a small token of respect for his superior management of the district, while acting as their chief officer. Mr. Fisher responded briefly, but very feelingly. During the course of the evening numerous songs were sung and toasts proposed.
ATTLEBOROUGH, WARWICKSHIRE.-At the annual audit of accounts of the Loyal Howard Lodge, on the 9th of November last, the balance in favour of the lodge was found to be £1,196 19s. 114d., which, with some interest then overdue, left the capital over £2,000. ́A ́vote of thanks was unanimously accorded to Mr. William Taverner, the secretary, who on that night completed his seventh year of office We understand that a voluntary subscription is being made in the lodge for a testimonial to Mr. Taverner, for his meritorious labours in the lodge of which he has been a member for upwards of eighteen years.
BEVERLEY, YORKSHIRE. -On Wednesday evening, October 27th, about 100 members belonging to this district met in the Girl's School-room, near the Minster, for the purpose of witnessing the presentation of an emblem of the Order to the Rev. J. B. Birtwhistle, the worthy incumbent, as a token of gratitude and respect for the valuable services that gentleman had rendered. The proceedings commenced shortly after eight o'clock, and were greatly enlivened by glees and songs. The emblem was in a very handsome and costly gilt frame, the picture representing a widow and her children escaping from Poverty, whose grim hand was outstretched to grasp them, but was frustrated in his design by Charity, who extended her hand to save and protect them. At the bottom of the picture was the following inscription :-"Presented to the Rev. J. B. Birtwhistle, M.A., by the members of the Widows' and Orphans' Auxiliary, belonging to the Beverley District of Odd-fellows, M.U, October 27th, 1858." The chairman on this occasion was Mr. William Edmondson, Mr. William Carr Appleton being selected to present the emblem, while Mr. James G. Crosskill read the following address:
"TO THE REV. J. B. BIRTWHISTLE, INCUMBENT OF BEVERLEY MINSTER. "Rev. and respected Sir,-We, the Widows' and Orphans' Auxiliary, belonging to the Beverley District of Odd-fellows, Manchester Unity, beg to present you with a small token of gratitude and esteem for the kind and disinterested manner in which you have, whenever requested, assisted us by your administrations. We feel proud to think that at one time our society had the honour to number yourself as one of its members, and that in the early days of manhood you thought it not degrading to be counted a brother Odd-fellow, and sincerely do we regret that by reason of unseen and accidental circumstances, you ceased to belong to our brotherhood; yet, knowing that other and more weighty matters had a stronger claim on your time and attention, it pleases us to see that you still have the good and welfare of our society at heart, and are ready at all times to advocate its claims. We cordially congratulate ourselves that we have frequent opportunities of listening to your ministrations, and hope many of us profit by your instructions. Rev. Sir, it now remains for us to present this memento of our gratefulness; and earnestly do we wish you every earthly happiness; also, that you may long live to be a comfort and protection to your own household and a blessing to your fellow men, and when you shall have finished your course on earth, and ended a life of usefulness, may you die in peace with all mankind, enter the Grand Lodge above, and receive the gracious welcome of our Great Redeemer- Wel done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.""
The address was then handed to the Rev. J. B. Birtwhistle, after which Mr. James Carr Appleton presented the emblem in the name of, and on
behalf of, the Odd-fellows.-The Rev. J. B. Birtwhistle in a brief but effective speech thanked them for the token of respect. As a minister, he was truly thankful to learn that his ministrations had been approved of, and that by some of them they had been found profitable and instructive. After several speeches, the National Anthem was sung by the whole company.
BINGLEY, YORKSHIRE.-On Tuesday, the 12th of October, the members of the Airedale Lodge held a tea party in the Odd-Fellows' Hall, when about 120 members and friends sat down to tea. After tea, a public meeting was held on the occasion of presenting to Mr. Benjamin Beck Skirrow a splendid framed portrait of himself, valued at £15, with the following inscription:-" Presented by the Brethren of the Airedale Lodge, Bingley District, Independent Order of Odd-Fellows, Manchester Unity, to Benjamin Beck Skirrow, P.P.G.M., as a token of their esteem for his zealous and gratuitous services. October 12, 1858." P.G. Joseph Stephenson took the chair at seven, p.m.; and after a few introductory remarks, called upon P.G. Joseph Manson to make the presentation; on which he read the following address, which was neatly written on parchment, and signed by the officers and committee of the lodge, with the seal affixed thereto:-" To Benjamin Beck Skirrow. Sir,-Permit me, in the name and on behalf of the officers of our lodge, to present to you a portrait of yourself, as a memorial of our high esteem for you, and of our sincere gratitude for the zealous and gratuitous services which you have so long and faithfully rendered to our lodge. We esteem and regard our testimonial the more, because we flatter ourselves that it will be handed down to posterity as an heir-loom in your family, and thereby become a lasting memorial of the good and friendly feeling which exists between you and this lodge, whose prosperity you have so assiduously laboured to promote-with the portrait which we have the honour to present to you, and which, we sincerely hope, you and your family may live long to contemplate and admire, we beg your acceptance of our best wishes for your future welfare and happiness." BRADFORD, YORKSHIRE.-On Thursday evening, 25th November, about eighty members and friends of the Industry Lodge assembled for the purpose of presenting to P.G. George Hey, permanent secretary, a splendid electro-plated tea service, as a mark of their approbation of his conduct during a period of twenty-eight years. The lodge now possesses a surplus of £1,055. During P.G. George Hey's stewardship, the lodge had paid out upwards of £2,000 for sickness, and more than £1,000 for funeral expenses; and from the 1st May, 1858, to the present time, they had paid £40 in sick pay and other expenses, and still had a clear gain from that time of £47 3s. 1d. The toasts were interspersed with some excellent oratory and vocalization.
BURSLEM, STAFFORDSHIRE.—The members and friends of St. John's Lodge celebrated their anniversary by an excellent dinner at the Swan Inn, on Wednesday, November 17th. Prov. D.G.M. Edwin, the chairman, congratulated the company on the cheering prospects of the lodge, which had been in existence upwards of thirty years. After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, the chairman spoke in eloquent terms on the progress of Odd-Fellowship; and, in responding to the toast-"The Independent Order, Manchester Unity," Mr. Glass explained the nature and objects of our Society. Some, he said, had thought that Odd-Fellowship was born in the camp of Augustus Cæsar, and some in the Garden of Eden! but he thought, after careful research, that some fifty years ago it was introduced by some men in humble life, and they had derived the idea from the principles of "Freemasonry." It mattered little, he thought, where it came from, there could be but one opinion formed of it, and that was, that it was calculated
to do very much good. That it was thoroughly English in its character and constitution he could prove from the following statistics:-In England there were 40 counties, and Odd-Fellows were to be found in every one of them. In Wales, 11 out of 12 in Scotland, 10 out of 32; and in Ireland, 3 out of 32 counties in which they were found. In the Isle of Man there were 8 lodges; in the Isle of Wight, 5; in Guernsey, 3; and with regard to foreign countries, wherever Englishmen were found, Odd-Fellows were also sure to be found. In the Cape of Good Hope there were two lodges and 140 members; in Canada, 25 lodges; in Australia, 64; in Calcutta, 1; in California, 1; in Demerara and Barbadoes, 3; in North America, 6; in France, 1; Rouen, 1; Malta, 1; and in New Zealand, 18 lodges. Twelve years ago the Order numbered a quarter of a million, but some alteration having been made in the system, 20,000 seceded. Since that period wonderful progress had been made! and in six years the entire number of seceders was made up; and at the present time, although there were 21 lodges less, there were 51,060 members more. This was to be accounted for from the fact that small lodges had been incorporated. The annual contributions of the Order amounted to £280,000, and they were paying to the sick and for funerals £160,000 more. Here, then, was a noble institution, which none but Englishmen could work. Every seven years they were paying away something like a million of money. The St. John's Lodge numbers 160 members, with a capital of £2,553 3s. 8d. Twenty widows receive pay from its funds. The weekly sick pay is 9s., and funeral money £10.-On Thursday afternoon the Widow add Orphans' tea meeting, in connection with the lodge, took place, when upwards of sixty sat down to a comfortable tea, P.G. George Mountford in the chair.
CREWE.-On Saturday, 2nd October, the brethren and friends of the Loyal Strangers' Home Lodge met at the Adelphi Hotel, and sat down to a substantial dinner, provided by Brother John Furber, P.D.G.M. Henry Hawkins presided, and the vice-chair was filled by P.G. Joseph Cook. The Strangers' Home Lodge was opened in December, 1848, by a few members with a very small fund. It has progressed steadily and quietly, and at present numbers 53 members, and having satisfied all demands, has a balance of £230,-a proof that working men are capable of managing their own
DUBLIN DISTRICT ANNUAL BALL-On Monday, the 22nd of November, the annual ball in aid of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund took place in the Rotunda, and was most numerously and respectably attended. The entire suite of spacious rooms were thrown open, and presented a very animated appearance, being tastefully decorated with banners, flags, and evergreens, and the brethren of the different lodges appeared in regalia. The ball was got up under the superintendence of Prov. G.M. Thos. Gray, Prov. D.G.M. James A. Hyde, and C.S. John Quigley, no fewer than 1,500 persons being present.
FORDINGBRIDGE, SOUTHAMPTON DISTRICT.-The members of the Loyal New Forest Lodge wishing to present Brother J. Bonnett, P.G., with a testimonial, for his services as honorary secretary for three years, a subscription was entered into, when the sum of £5 7s. was raised, with which was purchased a handsome gold guard chain, and P.O. certificate of merit in a gilt frame. A special meeting of the members was convened on Wednesday evening, and the testimonial was presented, on behalf of the members, by the medical officer of the lodge, T. B. Rake, Esq., who made some very eulogistic observations on Brother Bonnett, who accepted the gift in a few feeling and appropriate words.
GLASGOW.-The nineteenth anniversary of the Loyal Robert Burns Lodge was celebrated upon Thursday, 18th November, 1858. Upwards of forty
members and friends of the lodge sat down to a substantial supper in P.G. George Cranston's Crow Hotel, George's Square-Brother John Mitchell, Esq., in the chair; James Melles, N.G., croupier. After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, the chairman gave the toast of the evening-" Prosperity to the Loyal Robert Burns Lodge." Brother William Crawford, Managing Secretary, replied, by stating that this lodge was opened in the year 1839, and had continued to progress. In the year 1854, their numbers were 129; in 1855, 117; in 1856, 113; in 1857, 116; and at present, 115. "By this statement there appears to be a falling off of members, but when we take into account the number of deaths and clearances drawn by members leaving the city, it will show that the members have been keeping pretty near an average during the last five years. The lodge has paid for funeral gifts, £210, being gifts for 17 males and 8 females; for sick gifts, £450. At the end of last year the balance in lodge funds was £1,129 12s. 10d., and at present, £1,142 4s. 2d., being an increase during the last ten months of £12 11s. 4d.-the funds of the lodge being worth £10 to each member at the quarterly balance of the books in October last." The lodge have their funds invested in the following manner:-In the Clyde Trust, £1,000; in the Royal Bank of Scotland, £116 12s. 8d.; in National Security Savings' Bank, £15; on hand, £10 10s. 6d.: in all, £1,142 4s. 2d. The weekly payments into this lodge are 6d. per week. The allowance, during sickness, is 10s. per week for the first six months; 7s. 6d. for second six months; 5s. for third six months; and 3s. as a permanent aliment. The funeral gift is £10 at the death of a member, and £5 at the death of a member's wife. The health of the present officers of the lodge was given by P.G. Alexander Smith, and responded to by the croupier, Brother James Melles, N.G.; followed by that of the G.M. and district officers of the Glasgow district; the past officers of the lodge; the Independent Order of Odd-fellows, M.U., and Board of Directors; the City of Glasgow, and others; when the evening's proceedings were concluded by some excellent singing by Messrs. Millar, Stevenson, Walker, Lindsay, and others of the company.
GRANTHAM.-The report of the Odd-fellows' festival at this town, held in June last, did not reach the Editor till the middle of October, when it was too late for insertion in No. VIII. We regret that its length and the lapse of time since it took place prevent its appearance in the present number. HANLEY, STAFFORDSHIRE.-On 15th November the annual gathering of the members of St. Andrew's Lodge was held at the British Flag Inn, when about forty members sat down to an excellent dinner-Prov. D.G.M. Edwin Alcock in the chair, and Mr. P. Bowers, Prov C.S., officiating as vice-chairman. After the usual toasts, the chairman gave "Prosperity to the Manchester Unity," which was suitably acknowledged by the vice-president; after which followed "Success to St. Andrew's Lodge," which was ably responded to by P. Prov. G.M. Brain, the permanent secretary, who dwelt at some length on the present prosperous condition of the lodge, and paid a high compliment to the officers for their exertions for the lodge's welfare. "Prosperity to the Widows' and Orphans' Fund" was feelingly responded to by Mr. Bradley, the treasurer. A variety of other toasts and sentiments were given and responded to. Mr. Rowe's band was present, and played a number of favourite airs. Brother Steele gave several recitations, and a number of songs were sung by the brethren.
HARTLEPOOL OPENING OF THE LOYAL HAVELOCK LODGE.-On Tuesday, October 5th, a new lodge, named the "Loyal Havelock," was opened at the Raby Hotel, Egypt, Hartlepool, and 35 members (from a list of about 60) were initiated; after which, the following officers were elected:-P.G. Edward Appleton, as Noble Grand; P.G. James Armstrong, as Vice Grand; and Brother William Brown, as Secretary. After transacting some lodge
business, they partook of supper, and the party (about 50 in number) enjoyed themselves with harmony, &c. P.G.M. Dr. Kirk occupied the chair, and Dr. Baatham the vice-chair. Numerous speeches, songs, toasts, and recitations were given during the evening. We may state that this lodge is thriving amazingly, and now numbers 50 subscribing members; and, having a long list of propositions, it is not to be doubted but that it will soon surpass some others in the neighbourhood, as it is in a locality that is rapidly increasing.
HEREFORD.-PRESENTATION OF A TESTIMONIAL TO P.D.G.M. F. J. JENNINGS. On the evening of the 25th of October, the members of the above district assembled at the Virtute Securus lodge-room for the purpose of presenting to P.D.G.M. F. J. Jennings (Permanent Secretary of the lodge) a very handsome and valuable mark of their esteem, for his untiring zeal in the cause of Odd-fellowship in the district and his general urbanity. An excellent supper was provided, which was presided over by P.P.G.M. F. T. Barrett; the vice-chair was filled by P.S. Hull. About 90 members sat down; the cloth being withdrawn, the usual loyal toasts were drank, after which P.P.G.M. Henry Magness was called upon to make the presentation, which consisted of a very handsome gold watch and guard of the value of £20, supplied by Mr. George Price of Hereford. Upon the inner case was inscribed the following:-"Presented to P.D.G.M. F. J. Jennings, by the members of the Hereford Distict, 1.0.0.F., M.U., in testimony of respect for his valuable services, October 25th, 1858." Accompanying this gift was a parchment scroll, a beautiful specimen of caligraphy, containing the whole of the subscribers' names.
ILKESTON, DERBYSHIRE.-Tuesday, October 5th, was made a memorable day for Ilkeston by the presentation to Mr. Mark Attenborough of his portrait by the members of the Rutland Lodge. The portrait, which is full life-size, does great credit to the artist, Mr. Brassington, of Derby. The arrangements of the day were ably carried out by a very efficient committee of members; and too great praise cannot be accorded to the worthy host and hostess for the choice and ample supply of good things provided for the entertainment. Among the company present were the Rev. G. Searl Ebsworth, vicar of Ilkeston; G. B. Norman, Esq.; Parker, Esq.; Revs. T. R. Stevenson and G. Haywood; Messrs. Hobson (chairman), Taylor, E. S. Whitehouse, P. Potter, J. Ball, W. Ball, Thos. Ball, H. Ash, Isaac Attenborough, sen., Fletcher, Adlington, Paling, Wilson, Noon, &c. After the usual loyal toasts, the following were given in quick succession:"The Lord-Lieutenant of the county, the Duke of Devonshire," "The Duke of Rutland," by the Rev. G. S. Ebsworth, which was duly acknowledged by the agent of the Duke-Mr. Taylor, Ilkeston Hall. Mr. Norman next presented the portrait to Mr. Attenborough, in a most feeling and able speech; and the Rev. G. S. Ebsworth, on behalf of Mr. Attenborough, said: "As the substitute for Mr. Attenborough, I return you his most hearty thanks for your noble gift. He has always regarded his services at a low rate, and this approval of them by his townsmen, when in the decline of life, is equally gratifying as unexpected. I believe he has gained the respect of all persons in the parish of every shade of party or politics, and that his character is best told in the words An honest man's the noblest work of God.'" Various sentiments and toasts followed.
LANCASTER.-The members of the Loyal King William the Fourth Lodge assembled at the Odd-fellows' Hall, Lancaster, on Wednesday evening, the 18th of August, for the purpose of presenting to their late secretary, P.G. William King, a testimonial of esteem and respect. The testimonial consisted of an elegant and chastely-wrought tea service, supplied by P.G. Edward Garduer, silversmith, of North Road, Lancaster. Metcalfe John