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The rapid and successful growth of Druidism in Canterbury induced some of its earliest supporters to move for the establishment of a District Grand Lodge. The question has been agitated and pushed for several years ; its proa and cons have been discussed at innumerable meetings, and delegates have been sent to support it at the annual meeting of tho Grand Lodge of Australia, Perseverance has been rewarded, a recent telegram announcing that the request had been granted. The delegates who supported the at the last meeting of the Grand Lodge wqtc—B?os. (Harris, No. 13; Petrie, No. 20; and Keith, 'ITo. 30 ditricts. The formation of the District Lodge' means a great deal for Druidism in Canterbury, 1 Returns to the parent society in Australia on matters financial and incidental will be less numerous, no doubt, as the District Lodge will have its own board of management. On matters appertaining to the secret working of the Order, tho parent society will still have to be consulted as regslcj'ly as hitherto. But it is in respect to the ordinary details concerning Druidism here that the advantage will be felt. The object of the District Grand Lodge is the uniting of five or mflfe lodges together, with an aggregate of not 'less than 600 members, for the purpose of spreading the payments and liabilities for funeral money ! and sickness, where provided for, over a Itigp number with a view to the greater security qf the members and better government of ouedi Iqdge. Each District Grand Lodge shall ha' governed by five officers and a committee of w&pagemnt ' composed of representatives from each lodge. It is discretionary whether the meetings are held half-yearly or yearly, and a majority of officers have power to call a special meeting. All members are bound to Abide by the decisions of the District Grand Lpdge. and fines will be inflicted for improper c&&d,uct. Lodges failing to comply with the resolutions ,?{ the District Grand Lodge may be suspend . until th ®y do comply, with power to appeal Yhe two funds of the lodge are for fumfru «,pd incidental expenses, and when the general ! fund (the latter) is less than L2OO, a levy must v be to make up the deficiency. There are several other rules for the conduct and guidance of the District Lodge, but those above summarised are the more important. The establishment of the District Grand Lodge smaller lodges will bail qq doubt with Questions relating to the welfare of the district can be discussed ,and fcdttled by men fully acquainted with Jfca requirement of each; particular lodge, ]ihei'6' will he that; absence of delay whi.ob keqegsanly occur when subjects of only loop! ance have to be forwarded to Australia »nd;( a reply received.—* Press.*

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DRUIDISM., Evening Star, Issue 8015, 18 September 1889

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DRUIDISM. Evening Star, Issue 8015, 18 September 1889