A complimentary banquet was ten-: dered to the *■'Grand . Lodge delegates jn tho Theatre*^ Royal last ey'ehing, the Worshipful Master, R. Marsden, presiding over an attendance of over 4.00! people. The chairman formally welcomed the brethren and after full justice had been done to the good things provided a toast list, interspersed with musical items was gone through. Following the royal toast P.M. Bro. G. W. Leadley proposed the "Charter" toast. In doing so, he referred to the great example set by King William the 111, whose noble deeds would remain ever fresh in the memory of Orangemen.
Rev. Bro. H. Elliott proposed the toast of "Loyal Orange Institution." He said he felt very happy to have the honour of proposing the toast, chiefly, on account of the fact that the past year had been one of the most successful in the history of the Institution in New Zealand. (Applause). Furthermore, the prospects for the future were good, and in fact, better than ever they had been. The membership last year showed an increase of about double. He dealt with the conditions in Ireland 300 years ago, the cause of the unsatisfactory state of the conditions then, he continued, being : the same as is responsible for the present state of affairs! He also referred to. misunderstandings which existed in regard to the aims of the Lodge. Some seemed to think that when the word Pope was mentioned that an Orangeman could see nothing but. red. This was quite a mistaken idea, and heTelt certain that if these people Avere really aware of what the Orange Lodge stood for they would speak differently. A number were already finding out the truth, and were enrolling rapidly. At, this" stage the health of the iPast Grand Master Hay and retiring officers was honoured.
On returning thanks, Bro. Hay em-r phasised the fact that the Institution stood out for equal rights in all things and the principles of the Lodge were such that they should commend themselves to all right-thinking Protestants.
Proposing the toast of "Our Soldier Brethren," Rev. G. K. Aitken referred to the great light .put up by the soldiers in the cause of freedom and high ideals, which every patriotic man and woman held more precious than life. If any shirkers were to be found they were , not amongst the brethren. His remarks were followed vSxXx three lusty cheers for the soldiers. . . . , Major Vine suitably responded. He testified to- the sacrifices .made.by soldier brethren and the part, they; took; in the light, to secure equal rights and liberty.
Rev. Bro. Liddell, 1.P.M.G., in proposing the toast of "Our. Hosts," said that they had not spent a more enjoyable time (as Lodge delegates) than they had experienced in Ashburton. They had had a right royal time, and in this respect much credit was due to the Ashburton brethren.
Bro. W. J. Brdlvn, in responding, said everyone had enjoyed the presence of the visitors very much. The event had been one of the greatest in Lodge history in Ashburton. _ "The Parliament of New Zealand' was briefly proposed by Bro. K. Smith, G. Chaplain, and responded to by Messrs Nosworthy and Dickson (Parnell), M.'sP. Mr Nosworthy was greeted with cheers, followed by the singing of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." He said he was not an Orangeman, but strongly upheld the principles of the Lodge, and assured his listeners that so: long as he was a memoer of Parlia-
ment he would do his very, best in the interests of the faith.» v The toast of" "The Press >'. - was proposed by Bro. R. Loy and that of f'Ladies Lodge No. 14" by Bro. W. Thompson, P.M. Musical items were contributed by Mesdames Marsden, McJarrow, and Miss Watson, and Messrs Garland, Trevurza, Craighead and Weir. Miss Gates efficiently carried out the duties of accompaniste. . A dance was held subsequently.
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DELEGATES ENTERTAINED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919
DELEGATES ENTERTAINED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919
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