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The last meeting of the Loyal _ Roxburgh Lodge was the occasion of the periodical ” ladies’ evening,” and these functions are always appreciated by them. The evening was occupied in progressive euchre, supper, and a dance. Between 50 and 60 ladies and gentlemen were present, and a most enjoyable time was spent. The Port Chalmers, Middlemarch, and Dunedin lodges were represented by Bros. Laloli, Turnbull, and Rigby respectively. Last Monday being a holiday, the meeting of the Valley Lodge lapsed for want of a quorum. N.G. Bro- Longworth presided over the meeting last wees of the Loyal Centenary Lodge, but the attendance was only moderate. P.G. Bro. M'Connell gave a report of the meeting of the Handbook Committee. The following were appointed to represent the lodge in the annual debate with the Caver sham' Lodge:—Bros. M'Connell, Longworth, Tait, and Palmer. The recess was devoted to progressive euchre, and the trophy was won by T.G. Bro. Smithson (Caversham), who, with N.G. Bro. Anderson (Albion), acknowledged the customary courtesy. There was an excellent attendance of members and visitors at the meeting of the Caversham Lodge on Wednesday, when an official visit was paid by N.G. Bro. ShepEerd and officers and members of the oyal Dunedin Lodge. .After the routine business was finished, N.G. Bro. List adjourned the lodge to permit P.G. Bro. Bond to provide the syllabus item—viz., a smokers’ night. Twenty-three brethren sat down to trv their luck, and a peculiar thing is that the competition was won by a non-smoker—Bro. Brook (Caversham). Responses to the toast were given by Bros. Longworth (Centenary), Shepperd (Dunedin), and W. Eosevear (Hand and Heart. Next lodge night a debate with the Centenary Lodge will be held on ‘ls National Prohibition Desirable?’ the Caversham representatives—Bros. Souness, Bond, Cole, and last—taking the negative side. The Mosgiel Lodge’s meeting was presided over oy N.G. Bro. Alexander, and the attendance was good. The Middlemarch Lodge sent a couple of complimentary tickets to their annual ball, and E-S. Bro. O'Brien and BrO. Owens were elected to represent the lodge thereat. After the business was over a card match, Married v. Single, was held, and the former, by virtue of their longer experience, had a fairly easy win. The Albion Lodge oh Thursday evening received a letter from P.P.G.M. Bro. A. R. La wry congratulating them on attaining their jubilee, and wishing them further prosperity. Arrangements were put in hand for .the official visit to' the Outram Lodge, and it was also decided to pay an official visit to the Centenary Lodge at an early date. These visits are absolutely necessary in view of tho shield competition, and N.G. Bro. Anderson and other officers made a special appeal to members to bestir themselves, especially in the matter of bringing in new members. The evening was sot down on the handbook as “ grumblers’ night,” and as tho lodge possesses a few grumblers a .good deal of good-natured banter was exchanged, mostly resulting in a hearty laugh. The visitors included the N.G.s of the Caversham and Dunedin Lodges, and of the district executive Bros. Smith and Coughlan were present and spoke at length on district . matters. P.G. Bro. Redman, who returned the next day to his home in Adelaide, was accorded a hearty send oH. At the meeting of'the Loyal Maniototo Lodge last week, P.G.s Bros. Screen and Molnolland conferred degrees on several eligible brethren, Bros. Forrester and Hanrahan assisting. The matter of an official visit was left in the hands of the secretary to arrange. This lodge is represented in the Expeditionary Forces by Bros. Kerr, Shaw, Jopson, Gossage, Duncan, Morgan, and M'Kone. The last-named, who went with the force to Samoa, is now on furlough, and gave the lodge some most interesting details of his travels and experiences. A couple of cases of distress were reported to the last meeting of the Middlemarch Lodge. One brother, who has been on tho funds for a long time, was granted leave to do light work on reduced sick pay, and consideration of the .other case was deferred. P.P.G.M. Bro. R. S. Black was present, and gave a full report of what transpired at the district meeting at Oamaru. It was decided to hold a card tournament and social dance (the proceeds to go to the patriotic fund}* and also a church parade, and these events were duly held on Friday and yesterday respectively. Up to the present five members of this lodge have gone to the front. Last Wednesday the Alexandra Lodge met, N.G. Bro. R. Ledingham presiding, but there was very little business. Bro. A. Kilgour was appointed Press reporter. A candidate was initiated by L.M. Bro. A. M. Wylie and P.G. Bro. A. Ingles. The P.C.S. wrote expressing regret at the loss the lodge had sustained by the death of one and tho resignation, of another trustee, and Mrs Hay forwarded a message of thanks to the lodge for their message of svmpathy. At the close of the business a degree meeting was held, when two members were given tho white and one the blue degree. In the death of P.G. Bro. W. Hay and the resignation of P.G. Bro. James Paterson, sen., the lodge have lost two trustees who have rendered valuable service. These two were members of the committee appointed to make arrangements for tho establishment of the lodge in 1869, and they have taken a keen interest in its welfare through all its vicissitudes. Bro. Paterson was the first V.G., and Bro. Hay was his R.S. The following term he was appointed N.G., and Bro. Hay was again Ms R.S. His name appears second on the Merit Board, and Bro. Hay's appears fifth. Bro. Paterson was one of the first trustees appointed, and has held office continuously until his retirement. Bro. Hay was appointed trustee a few years later, and he also hold office continuously until his death. While holding office these two members carried out their duties faithfully, and they could claim during their trusteeship that not a single shilling, either in principal or interest, had been lost. Although, owing to increasing age, they have not been frequent afctendcra at lodge meetings, still they always were interested in any matters affecting tho welfare of the lodge, and were willing to assist with their matured advice. In P.G. Bro. James Wright and Bro. M. T. Jackman, who have been appointed trustees to fill the vacancies, the lodge feel that they have members who will endeavor to faithfully carry on the good work done by their esteemed predecessors.

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THE MANCHESTER UNITY, Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914

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THE MANCHESTER UNITY Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914