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For six days in the middle of June last tho Annual Movable Committceof the Manchester Unity of-Oddfellows mot at Hull. The Unity, which has shown an increase of from 239,783 members in 1835, has in 18S9 638,352 members in its ranks all over the world. The officers of the Order attending tho meetings were Bro, R. T. Eastwood, G.M-, president; Bro. J. Inglis, D.G.M., vice-president ; secretary, Bro. Thomas Collins, C.S.; and Bro. G. A. Westrope, Prov. C.S., auditor; and there were 199 deputies. The Conference was opened by a reception by the mayor (Dr Sherburn), in tho Sessions Court, where addresses of welcome and congratulations were given. A sermon was preached in Holy Trinity Church to the deputies by the Archbishop of York, from the text “ Bear yo one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” In opening the business of the Committee the National Anthem was sung. During business it was stated that in addition to the number of adult members reccrded, there were 50,140 financial members of the Order. The capital of the society on January Ist, 1888, was LG,806,736 18s Id. Attention was drawn to the secession of about half the number annually initiated as members from turning apathetic, allowing arrears to accumulate, or persons who have succeeded in life, and no longer caring for sick benefits from a [society. In connection with its numerical progress, membership was decreasing in Lancashire at the rate of 6,227 in ten years, and in Manchester—the birthplace of the Order-the society was nearly obliterated, there being only eightyone members in that city at the beginning of the year. On the other hand, tho juvenile societies had vastly increased, and the capital of these had reached L 54.622. The valuation of the society showed liabilities L 16,238.487, assets L 15,474,666, and a deficiencyofL764.B2l; l,362lodgeshadasurplus, and 2,190 had a deficit; in six the assets and liabilities exactly balanced. There had been an increased deficit of L 53,305, to which attention was drawn that the adoption of certain rules would provide a remedy. Tho question of distressed districts was commended to the attention of the Committee. The directors, among other matters, reported that there was still a desire on the part of some lodges for the personal appropriation of what the members considered au excess of capital, which surplus should only be dealt with in accordance with the general rules. During the business of the week the matters dealt with in the several reports were discussed in a painstaking manner. A resolution was carried that steps should be taken as soon as possible to expel from the society all insolvent lodges which have uot complied with the rules of the society, Ipswich was fixed upon for the next A.M.C. meeting. Bro, J. Inglis was installed as (1. M, for the ensuing year, and Bro. Campkin D.G.M.

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A GREAT ORGANISATION., Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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A GREAT ORGANISATION. Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889