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to do very much good. That it was thoroughly English in its character and constitution he could prove from the following statistics:-In England thero 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 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 98., 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, 1818, 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 affairs.
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 45. 2d., being an increase during the last ten months of £12 Ils. 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.
GRANTIAM.--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 Sócretary. 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 P.S. Hull. About 50 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.
ILK ESTON, 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 lite-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 Kev. 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 Old-fellows' Hall, Lancaster, on Wednesday evening, the 18th of August, for the purpose of presenting to their late secretary, P.G. William King, a testiinonial 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
son, Esq., occupied the chair, and made the presentation. In doing so, he alluded in the warmest terms to the valuable services rendered to the lodge by P.G. King, passing a high eulogium on his assiduity, business aptitude, and social and moral worth. Mr. King's sphere of usefulness in connexion with the lodge was not restricted to the functions of his office, for on all matters affecting the interests of the Order his counsel and energy had always been exerted to promote its prosperity. The tea-pot bore the following inscription:-“Presented by the members of the Loyal King William the Fourth Lodge, of the Independent Order of Odd-fellows, Lancaster district, to P.G. William King, late secretary, as a mark of esteem for his valuable services, August 1858.” P.G. King having replied in appropriate terms, the accordance of votes of thanks to the committee and chairman brought the interesting proceedings to a termination.
LEYLAND District.- Monday, September 27, being the anniversary of the St. Michael's Lodge, at Croston, the society met in the morning, and afterwards formed a procession, headed by the Third Royal Lancashire band, to meet the Hearts of Oak Sick Society, led by Mr. Ellis's band, when the members of both clubs joined in procession to the rectory. The Rev. S. Master, the Rev. W.R. P. Waudby, and Lieutenant-colonel R. A. Master, then joined them and proceeded to the church, where an excellent and appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. W. R. P. Waudby, from Galatians, c. vi. v. 2: “ Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” They afterwards returned to Mr. William Cottom's, the Horse Shoe Inn, when upwards of eighty sat down to a sumptuous repast. In the afternoon the societies again formed in procession to the rectory, where a very large concourse of people were assembled to hear the lively strains of the bands, when some very beautiful pieces of music were performed. The members then paraded the principal parts of the village, and afterwards the members of each society returned to their respective lodge-houses.
NEWTON-LE-WILLOWS.-Recently the members of the Good Intent Lodge, No. 685, presented a handsome silver snuff-box to Henry Appleton, as a slight testimony of their appreciation of his valuable services as permanent secretary for upwards of fourteen years.
North London DISTRICT.—The Loyal Queen Victoria Lodge, No. 1295, held their twenty-first anniversary dinner at the lodge-house, Host Beli's, Nottingham Arms, Nottingham-street, Marylebone, on Monday the 27th of September. The chair was very ably filled by P.G. R. Robertson, and the vice-chair by P.G. Thom. After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, the chairman showed that the lodge was going on in a very prosperous state, and in the name of the members presented P.G. John Lockett and P.G. William Rogers each with a handsome silver lever watch, bearing suitable inscriptions, as a mark of respect from their brethren for their past services in promoting and furthering the interests of the lodge. On the health of the G.M. and Board of Directors being proposed, P.G.M. Roe, the respected C.S. of the district and one of the directors, responded in a very able speech, and spoke at some length on the merits of the Order, and the advantages and privileges derived from the Manchester Unity above other benefit 80cieties. The various toasts of the evening were interspersed with some excellent songs, and altogether a most harmonious and pleasant evening was passed.
North London DISTRICT.-On Tuesday evening, November 9th, the members of the Loyal Haggerston Lodge assembled at their lodge-house, King's Head, Orchard Place, Kingsland Road, to present P.G. William Powley with a handsome chased silver tea-pot. The arrangements for the presentation were conducted by P.G. George T. Abbott, L.S. Charles Earl, and P.8. J. W. Abbott. The cost of the testimonial was defrayed by voluntary subscriptions of the members, and bears the following inscription: “Presented to Mr. William Powley by the members of the Loyal Haggerston Lodge I.O. of O.F.M.U., as a mark of esteem. Dated the 9th day of November, 1858."
NORWICH.-The twenty-third anniversary dinner of the Travellers' Rest Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Odd-fellows, the oldest lodge of the Norwich district, on Tuesday evening, 2nd November, collected together & numerous party of the brethren of the lodge and of the Order. The dinner was served in the new and commodious lodge-room, at the Crown and Angel, St. Stephen's, which was gaily and very appropriately decorated. Mr. Fox, P.P.G.M., filled the chair, supported by A. A. H. Beck with, Esq., Mr. D. Barnard, Mr. Crook, Mr. S. Daynes, C.S., the Grand Master and Deputy. Grand Master (Messrs. Piggott and Calver), and many other officers and past officers of the Order. In responding to the toast of “ Prosperity to the Travellers' Rest Lodge,” Mr. Daynes gave a history of its progress since he became a member of it in 1841. In September, 1842, the first balance sheet was published. It then possessed a capital of £270 1s. 5d., and had 180 subscribing members; in September, 1858, the last balancesheet showed that their members had increased to 415, and their capital to £3,589 188.4., showing a gain in the sixteen years of £3,319 6s. 11d. During that period they had paid to sick members £1,740 193.5d.; for the burial of members and their wives, £491; and for medical attendance on sick members, £587 1s., making a total expenditure of £2819 Os. 5d. He believed he might predict that in January, 1860, the lodge would commence the year with a capital of £4,000. Mr. Daynes was, however, far from thinking that the Travellers' Rest Lodge had reached its culminating point, or that it was to look for its decay because it had reached that period of existence which was asserted by Mr. Neison, and other actuaries, to be the average duration of Friendly Societies; but that it was entering on a course of still greater prosperity. When age crept upon them (and they had no member that had yet reached seventy), and they were compelled to come for aid to the lodge, they would not do so without receiving that relief which the lodge would be proud to afford them. He believed the condition of the funds would be such as to enable them honestly to meet such claims as might then come upon them, and when that time came and they were enabled to point out many aged men walking about the streets of Norwich in comfort, through the aid of this lodge, he believed there would be few people who would not acknowledge the merits of such an institution, and become supporters of it. They had had already to rejoice in this city at finding the heads of society, members of the corporation, magistrates, and men of benevolence, sagacity, and talent, gradu. ally, from time to time, adopting their principles, and enrolling themselves amongst their warmest supporters, and he was confident that when twenty years more had rolled over their heads, their lodges would be found to comprise in them all that was worth obtaining in the good old city of Norwich. The other toasts of the evening, were treated with more or less ability by the various speakers--but in all were observable that unanimity of sentiment and goodness of feeling which are the characteristics of the principles of our order. Glees and songs, from professional and amateur vocalists, filled up the periods between the toasts, and added to the pleasures of the evening.
Preston.-On Tuesday, September 28th, the members of the Industrious Bee Lodge, held their twenty-second annual celebration at their lodge house, Mr. Thomas Smith's, the Bee Hive Inn, Marsh Lane. A goodly number of members, their wives, and friends, sat down to a plentiful repast. On the removal of the cloth, Mr. Peter Eckersly, P. Prov. G. M. was called to the chair. The customary loyal toasts were given and warmly received,