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Druids generally will be interested in the following account given by P. A. Bro. Harris of the mission of the Canterbury delegates to Melbourne at the beginning of tho month: —“ He had been greatly pleased by the intelligence shown by lodges in considering tho question when it was brought before them, and they would bo as pleased as he was at tho obtaining of self-government. Tho three delegates were prepared to stonewall for a week rather than this time be defeated in their application. At the Grand Lodge’s annual meeting two important motions were moved —one referring to the opening of four new lodges, and the other recommending the granting of the charter applied for by Canterbury. Coming to his own motion, he explained that he had asked to amend it so that lodges might join the District Grand Lodge without sending their application to the Grand Lodge of Australia. This was putting the matter on the broad basis, and eventually commended itself to the good sense of the members of the lodge. That Canterbury should be the first to receive a charter was highly gratifying, Canterbury was the birthplace of Drnidism in New Zealand, and from Canterbury, no doubt, ould spring any movement for the establishment of a lodge for the whole of New Zealand. Some trouble occurred in respect to his motion by tho Grand Secretary introducing words which would prevent lodges outside of Canterbury district amalgamating with Canterbury, However, the real object had been gained, which was something indeed. Canterbury financially was in an excellent position. The balances due to the eleven lodges represented were: — Pioneer, L 287 Is; Hope of St. Albans, L 26 8; Mistletoe, L 197 6s; Star of Anglesey, L 52 10s; Perseverance, L7O 4a; Hope of Amberley (without a death), L 67 9s (id; Anchor, L 167 8a 6d; Qhoka, LSO sa; Ivy of Linwood, LIS 8s 6d. The amount due to lodges not included was L 558 18s 6d. The grand total of the whole due- then to Canterbury was L 1,833 7s up to the end of March, 1889, The position was clearly shown by the delegates to the Board, and it had its effect. For three years the Grand Lodge would pay all funeral expenses, and then hand over the balance, with three years’ interest, «o that Canterbury would be in a still more healthy position. During those three years, also, Canterbury would no making its own funeral fund. If there was any balance to incidental fund Canterbury would be entitled to that. Ho then spoke upon the question of the representation of lodges. He would like a recommendation for the District Grand Lodge to work under the Grand Lodgb laws, as better representation would thus be given. He alluded also to the New Zealand Parliamentary Friendly Societies’ Commission, and concurred in the opinion of Otago that every friendly society should be represented upon it, or else the Commission should be altogether independent of any member of a friendly society. In Otago the Druids intended making a big display during Exhibition time, and the Canterbury Druids were asked to assist. In conclusion, Bro. Harris said he had received a letter from Bro. Keith stating that thp Grand President and Grand Secretary would probably come over to be present at the opening of the District Grand Lodge.”

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DRUIDISM., Evening Star, Issue 8019, 23 September 1889

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DRUIDISM. Evening Star, Issue 8019, 23 September 1889