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On Wednesday evening the Rakaia Oddfellows observed the ninth anniversary of their Lodge by holding a concert and dance m the Rakaia Town Hall. The audience was a good one, all parts of the house being full. Mr Hardy occupied the chair, and spoke a few words, being an odd fellow himself. The concert opened with an overture by Miss A. W. Hardy, j Mr Ward followed with the son;?, " I'll take you home again, Kathleen." Miss Henry sang very nicely " Take me home, Barney." Mr Minnis followed with a good recitation. Miss R. Bruce sang " O for the bloom of my run native heather." Master Henry gave a comic song. Miss Henry and Mr Gates sang the old duet " What are the wild waves saying." Mr Hobbs recited "In the signal box." Miss Roe sang m her usual happy style " Many a mile away." Mr W. 13. Dixon sang "Some day," and Miss Annie Gates concluded the first portion of the programme by singing " I just had a letter." After a short interval Miss Hardy played another overture The Ray. H. H. Collins sang " The leather bottel." Miss R. Bruce contributed very nicely "Maggie's secret." Mr Hobbs recited "An old actor's story." Miss Roe sang "True to the last." Master Henry danced an Irish jig. Miss A. Gates sang "Much ado about nothing." Mr W. B. Dixon sang " Tom Bowling," Miss Henry "Happy be thy dreams." The singing of the National Anthem brought the concert to a close. In concerts of this class individual praise would be invidious, and it is sufficient to say that all who took part did well, and fully satisfied an appreciative audience. Bro. C. Tucker, secretary, m proposing a hearty vote of thanks to the friends who had so ably assisted at the concert, remarked that friendly societies had been dragged before the public m a most undesirable manner of late. First by Dr Macgregor, and secondly by the Maritime Council. With regard to the misstatements of the former, Mr Tucker said that friendly societies were not desirous of boasting of what they did, bub he must state as a fact that they m New Zealand disburse over £1000 weekly m relief of members by direct payments for sick allowance, medical attendance and medicine, and general benefits. This information would probably never have been given from a public platform but for the unjust and uncalled for attack of Dr Macgregor. In reply to the threat of the Maritime Council that it would withdraw all money belonging to friendly societies front, the Banks m gold, he said that the twenty-five thousand members of friendly societies m New Zealand, who, by their self-denial and prudence, had accumulated no less than £403,000, were quite as good judges as the Maritime Council of the proper way to manage their funds, as was evidenced by the fact that the friendly societies' m New Zealand income from interest and rents alone was over £16,000 per annum. The speaker concluded by quoting some figures from the Government returns, showing the numerical and financial position of Trades Unions generally m New Zealand, the room being cleared, dancing was indulged m till late m the morning, Some ninety couples were present, and all seemed to have passed a happy time. The arrangements, although there were some disappointments at the concert of promised assistance, were admirable, and every thing passed off without a hitch.

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ODDFELLOWS' ANNIVERSARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890

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ODDFELLOWS' ANNIVERSARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890