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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 Bell'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 promotiug 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 societies. 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.S. 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 a 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. Beckwith, Esq., Mr. D. Barnard, Mr. Crook, Mr. S. Daynes, C.S., the Grand Master and DeputyGrand 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 balance sheet 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 19s. 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 0s. 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, gradually, 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 lodgehouse, 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,

followed by those of "The G.M. and the Order in general;" "The Preston District and its Officers," to which the Grand Master of the District, Mr. James Bolton (who, with his colleagues in office, honoured the meeting with their presence), warmly responded; "The Widow and Orphan's Fund," proposed by the Prov. C. S., Mr John Dobson; and that of "The Host," by Prov. D.G.M. Thomas Davis, which was well received. Some excellent singing, by Brothers Fry, Progan, Wilkinson, and others enlivened the evening's proceedings.

PORT-GLASGOW.-The members of the Loyal Newark Lodge met on Tuesday evening, November 2, in their commodious hall, and supped with a deputation from the Greenock lodges, being the twentieth year since the lodge was first instituted. Prov. D.G.M. Grieve occupied the chair, and Prov. G.M. Kelly discharged the duties of croupier. The chairman, after the customary loyal toasts, proposed "The Grand Master and Board of Directors of the M.U." which was responded to by C.S. M'Dougall, who paid some well-merited compliments to the Executive of the Order. In replying to the toast, "Prosperity to the Newark Lodge," by N.G. Quin, the chairman congratulated the members on the flourishing condition in which the lodge was placed, and Secretary Miller read an abstract of its financial affairs, the result showing the gross income since its institution to be £2,046 18s. 6d. Gross expenditure, sick gifts, funerals, medical and incidental expenses, £1,475 1s. 104d.; balance in hand, £570168.74d., giving an average of £14 9s. 9d. to each member. "The Press," the "Banks of Clyde," "James Watt," "Highland Mary," and "Helensburgh" lodges were respectively given, coupled with the health of C.S. M'Dougall, N.G. Quin, P.G. Dow, and P. Prov. G.M. Carswell; "the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of Port-Glasgow" was next given, followed by “ P. Prov. G.M. Tierney," being now amongst the oldest members of the Greenock district, and "Brother John Heriot, the only honorary member who took an interest in Odd-fellowship in this district." The chairman, the croupier, and Brother W. Cunningham's healths were respectively drank, and the meeting separated.

STEPNEY, LONDON.-At a recent meeting of the Star of the East Lodge, the members presented P.P.G.M. Williams, their permanent secretary, with a handsome silver snuff-box and pencil-case, as a memorial of their estimation of his valuable services, as secretary, for a series of years. The presentation was made by P.P.G.M. M'Clelland, who stated that the testimonial was not presented solely on account of his services as secretary, but for their appreciation of his general conduct and indefatigable exertion for the prosperity of the lodge. P.P.G.M. Williams replied in suitable, nay eloquent terms. The usual business of the lodge was then proceeded with.-Mr. Williams was initiated in the Loyal Temple Lodge, Bridgenorth district; from thence he drew his clearance, and placed it in the Victory Lodge, Birmingham district, and afterwards placed it the Star of the East Lodge, Stepney district.

WOOLWICH.-Royal Standard Lodge. On Friday evening, November 19, at the usual meeting of the members, it was resolved "that a vote of thanks be recorded on the minutes of the lodge to P.G.M. Pender, of the Woolwich district, for the constant attention and great services rendered the lodge during his term of office as P.G.M."

WOLVERHAMPTON.-On Monday evening, October 18th, 1858, about one hundred members of the Loyal St. Andrew's Lodge, sat down to an Anniversary Dinner. Mr. E. Hyatt, P.G., in the chair; and Mr. John Campbell, P.G. in the vice-chair. John Frazer, Esq., the surgeon, and T. Walker, Esq., the solicitor to the Lodge, were also present. After dinner the usual loyal and national toasts having been given and responded

to, Mr. S. Grainger, P.G. proposed the "Manchester Unity," and hoped its prosperity might long continue-it stands out as a bold fact, showing what the Anglo-Saxon race can do, and it is the strongest testimony, that the majority of male adults in the British Nation are of provident habits. Mr. H. Buck, in responding to the toast "The Board of Directors," proposed by P.P.G.M. Collins, referred to the onerous duties which the directors were called upon to perform, that of hearing appeals from the different lodges not being the least. As a proof of the good understanding which existed among the 280,000 members of the society, the directors had, during the past year, only had one hundred appeals before them. The associations for friendly help in time of need had been very unjustly maligned, but since the plan of registering them had become general they had come to be better understood and better respected. Many other toasts and sentiments, together with some excellent music by the Working Man's Band, enlivened the evening's proceedings.

WOLVERHAMPTON. The twenty-first anniversary of the Royal Pride Lodge was celebrated on the evening of Tuesday, November 2, at the Pea cock Inn, Town Hall, when upwards of 100 members and friends sat down to an excellent dinner. After the usual loyal, complimentary and patriotic toasts, Mr. J. Jones, C.S. of the district, stated that the district numbered 1,047 members, and produced annually the handsome sum of £1,600, whilst the sum disbursed in funeral expenses amounted to £200 a-year. They subscribed sixteen guineas per annum to the South Staffordshire Hospital, and had contributed about £850 to that institution since the commencement of their subscriptions. They were also steadily progressing in numbers, and during the last two months, in three lodges alone, seven new members had been initiated. If they took the average of Friendly Societies, it would be found that this district stood above that average. Mr. Tidd Pratt had stated that there were 2,000,000 members of enrolled Friendly Societies, possessing a capital of £9,000,000, or about £4 per head. The Wolverhampton district possessed a capital of £6,000, or about £6 per head. The district was in an equally favourable position with respect to the health and age of the members, and arrangements were being made for the opening of two new lodges; one at Bilston and the other at the Whitmore Reans. Mr. J. Paulton, P.G., in the absence of the secretary, gave a very favourable account of the financial and numerical condition of the lodge, which contains 114 members, and possessed funds to the amount of £500. After several excellent speeches by Mr. Collins, P.P.G.M., Mr. Councillor Peplow, Mr. C. Walker, Mr. Bold, P.G.M., and others, the evening's proceedings were concluded by some capital singing by Messrs. Hemming, Lewis, Faulkner, Hampton, Bold, Jones, and Matthews; and recitations by the Chairman and Mr. Jones. Messrs. W. and E Gomersal of the theatre (who presented a donation of £1 to the Widow and Orphan Fund) also sang several very amusing songs.

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On the 27th of October, after a short illness, at his residence in Egremont Place, Brother Hezekiah Brooks, photographist, aged 27. The deceased, who was much respected, held the office of guardian previous to his being taken ill. He was initiated in the Victoria Lodge, No. 2085, in the Brighton district, on the 26th of October, 1857. The funeral took place on Saturday, the 30th of October. He was buried at Bersted, near Bognor. Had he died two days earlier, his widow and two children would not have been entitled to the benefits of the Brighton District Widow and Orphan Fund£14, and £1 10s. for each child.

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