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DRUIDISM., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
There was a large gathering of the brethren of Lodge Enterprise, U.A.0.D., and of visiting brethren at the lodge room, South Dunedin, last night, when P.D. Petrie and P. A. Harris (Christchurch) and P.D.P. Keith (Timaru) were welcomed with the customary honors. In the course of the addresses they delivered they gave a short history of the events that had led up to North and South Canterbury now deciding on applying for a charter for their own districts, instead of supporting tho Middle Island scheme that they had favored in the past. They had found their previous applications not considered on their merits, but were met with technical objections that had had the effect of delaying consideration until they had got heartily tired of it, and had now determined to take advantage of the constitutional laws, as they had been interpreted by the Grand Lodge, and obtain that measure of home rule which was admittedly within their rights. " In view of what had happened in the colony quite recently in regard to friendly societies generally, it behoved the Druids to set their house in order ; and to that end the representatives were going across to ask from a body of men, whom they believed to be reasonable, the privilege, if not the right, of managing their own affairs and controlling their own funds. Their simple contention was that the Order in this part of the colony was strong enough to go aloue, and should be aided by the parent society in their aspirations for home rule. As showing the difficulties in the way of extension of the Order under existing conditions, P.D.P. Keith mentioned that in South Canterbury lately an endeavor had been made to establish a new lodge, but so vigorous was the opposition to the funds being sent over to Australia that the idea had to be abandoned. P.A. Shelton, P.A. Isaacs, and P.A. Bird also addressed the meeting, and in answer to tho latter tho Canterbury representatives said tho feeling towards Otago was as strong as ever, but the desire was so keen to have some form of local government that they would not risk losing it when Otago was so divided as to what was needed. They, however, hoped that after they had got their district grand lodge for Canterbury its beneficial operations would be so manifest that there would arise in the South a desire for its extension southward. Some of the speakers emphasised the necessity that existed for the delegates übtaining definite information as to the present state of the funeral fund, and what proportion of it belonged to the Order in this coloDy. D.P. Moss welcomed the delegates, and wished them a pleasant trip. As an opponent of the district grand lodge movement, it was only natural that he should express dissent from the views put forward, and he told the delegates that their mission was not likely to be successful, because they had failed within the specified time to give the notice required by the constitutional laws. As to the financial points that had been touched on, he had received a letter
from Victoria, stating that the actuary lrad been desired by the Board of Directors to prepare a supplementary report showing how New Zealand stood in relation tp the funeral fund, and that as soon as this report was received it would be published here. P.A. Harris and the other representatives combated the D.P.'s view, and said that ample notice had been given to the G.S. The lodge decided to confirm P,A. Quirk'e appointment a* their representative, and directed him to give his warmest support to the object the delegates had in view. Bro. Harris testified to the loyal support he had received from Bro, Quirk at the last halfyearly meeting, and thanked the lodge for its action. One. new member was initiated. Visits were paid by Ivanhoe, Ocago, Linden, and West Harbor Lodges. The receipts were Lll 3s.
DRUIDISM., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
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