The half-yearly meeting of the Grand Lodge of Australia of tho United Ancient Order of Druids was held at Melbourne on Tuesday, 3rd inst., and was attended by 136 representatives, presided over by the president (Bro. W. Boyd), and including representatives from New Zealand, Tasmania, and the country lodges in Victoria. The auditors' report stated that the books, vouchers, etc., were correct in every particular, and kept with the usual care displayed by the grand secretary, and that the Grand Lodge funds were making steady and substantial progress. The secretary's balance-sheet showed the receipts for the half-year to have been L4.04G 15s Id, and the expenditure L 2.342 lis lid. The latter item included L 1,151 paid for funeral benefits, and L 368 183 9d interest paid to lodges for moneys deposited with the Grand Lodge. The balance to the credit of the funeral fund was L 19.753 13s 2d, and the management fund L 1,333 6s 4d. The gala reserve fund was worth L 1.020 15s 9d, and the fund for opening new lodges L9O 4s. The lodges had deposited for investment with the Grand Lodge trustees L 14,014, and the funds of lodges were worth over L 60,000. The report and balance-sheet were received and adopted. The report of the Board of Directors noted the opening of four new lodges during the half-year. They recommended the granting of a charter for tho establishment of a District Grand Lodge in Canterbury, New Zealand, and the appointment of district examiners to supervise lodge audits. They also recommended several minor alterations of laws. Their report was adopted with some slight amendments. The report of the Committee appointed to manage the annual gala reported that the last, held on Easter Monday, was the moßt successful on record. In addition to voting various sums to the benevolent funds of the lodgeß, they apportioned the sum of L 125 to the medical charities, as follows; Melbourne Hospital, Alfred Hospital, Children's Hospital, and Women's Hospital, LlO each; Eye and Ear Institute, Hospital for Incurables, Homoeopathic Hospital, Benevolent Asylum, Blind Asylum, two Orphanages, Deaf and Dumb Institute, Richmond and Collingwood Free Dispensaries, L 5 each; Jewish Philanthropic Society and Infant Asylum, L 3 each; Ballarat and Sandhurst Hospitals, L2cach; Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin Hospitals, L 5 each ; and Little Sisters of the Poor, 1.5. It was resolved, on the motion of P.P. Bro. Boyd, to convey the sympathy of tho Grand Lodge to the dock laborers on strike in London, and to forward them a donation of LSO from the Grand Lodge funds. Several alterations were made in the general laws.— ' Argus.' ______________
Tho following patents havo been applied for : —James M't>onald, of Dunedin, for improvements iu the m*nufaoturc of coment; Edward Seitz, of Melbourne, for improvements in and relating to valves for turbines and other water-wheela; F. H. Asbuiy. of Dunedin, for heating the feed water for Bteam boilers, etc. ; William Lucas, of Christchurch, for improvements in the construction of slide v?lves and cylinder ports of steam engines ; Hugh Taylor, of Inangahau Junction (NelBon), for saving life and property from burning buildings; Phineas Levi, of Wellington, for a combination filter mouthpiece and cigarette; Benjamin Goulton, of Whangaroa, for a turn-over bea box; Thomas A. Bromell, of Motupiko, for an improved plough attachment; Robert Stansfield, of Wellington, for improvements in advertising; A, H. Krause, of Dunedin, for an invention for the use of children and entitled 'The Amy Cradle'; James Hay, jun., of Oharterls Bay (Canterbury), for an improved standard and clip for wire fencing. The Persian Minister to Washington has found that America is a hard country to live in. Ho has been there only nine months; but already he has had more than enough. He says he cannot understand how any Minister can stay long after ho reads the American papers. " When I arrived in this country I came by way of New York. I Baw there a statue of Liberty enlightening the world. I was glad, and I thought that here one can live always without trouble or annoyance ; but now, after having been hero nine months, I go away as fast as I can, and like a prisoner escaping from his prison." For nine months he has been a prisoner in his house because of the disagreeable things said about him whenever he emerged from his seclusion. Hodji Hussein Ghooly Khan is a man to be pitied. The American newspapers have made fun of him from the beginning in that polite high-bred way of theirs. It seems to be the custom for European rulerß to kiss when they meet. Perhaps that explains why the other monarchs visit Queen Victoria so seldom. There is nothing in the language of flowers so eloquent as a pair of pressed tulips.
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DRUIDISM., Evening Star, Issue 8014, 17 September 1889
DRUIDISM. Evening Star, Issue 8014, 17 September 1889
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