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THE MANCHESTER UNITY, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914
THE MANCHESTER UNITY
Bro. A, Fox, o£ the Hand and Heart Lodge, provided the members of the Valldy Lodge at their last meeting with an excellent gramophone entertainment. Owing to tho official visit to Outram falling on the same night, the attendance waft somewhat meagre. nevertheless those who were present were most appreciative, and the chairman, in thanking Bro. Fox. expressed the hope that he would similarly frvor tho lodge on some future occasion. The official visit of sister lodges to the Loyal Outram Lodge on Monday evening last was ono of the most enjoyable and best attended ever held there. Three motor waggons loft town at 7 p.m., containing in all 60 members, who were reinforced by a muster of over a score from the loyal Moegiel Lodge. The total attendance, including the members of the home lodge, reached nearly 100. 'Che routine work of the lodge was quickly gone through, and then N.G. Bro. Watson cordially welcomed the visitors. Ho said that the Outram Lodge looked forward with keenness to the yearly visit from town members, and would do their best to give all an enjoyable time. The usual patriotic and fraternal toasts were given very heartily, that of the Outram Lodge being proposed by P.G.M. Bro. A. W. Palmer. Eitra toasts were proposed to P.G. Bro. Grant (the popular long-service secretary) and to P.G. Bro. G. R. West (pianist). Tho meeting took the orthodox form, songs being given by Bios. A. Johnson. Sligo, Bond, Flynn, Cole, and Bragg, and recitations by Bros. Tayjor, Kennohan, and Longworth. The three members oi the District Executive present—P.G.M. Bro. A. W. Palmer. P.D.G.M. Bro. 0. W. Smith, snd P.P.G.M. Bro. G. Cough lan—each briefly addressed the meeting. The spokesmen for the visiting lodges were N.G.s Bros. List (Caversham), Longworth (Centenary), Anderson (Albion), Alexander (Mosgiel), Lyon (Hand and Heart), P.G. Bro. C. West (Dunedin), and P.G. Bro. Palmer (Valley). There was a good attendance at the meeting on Tuesday of the Centenary Lodge, South Dunedin, N.G. Bro. Longworth presiding. For a breach of the rules while in receipt of sick pay a member, who pleaded ignorance, was fined Ss. P.G. Bro! R. M'Connell was deputed to represent the lodge at the official visit, to Mosgiel next week. Reports on the visit to the Outran: Lodge were received, and one and all appeared to have had a good time. A Hand and Heart member acknowledged the usual courtesy, and tho lodge closed tL prevalent electioneering and patriotic fervor somewhat affected the attendance at the Loyal Cavcrsham Lodge on Wednesday evening, and N.G. Bro. J. List had an easy task. Tho Loyal Manawatu Ledge wrote requesting the return of the block of art union tickets, and offering ,to donate half tho proceds to the lodge's funds, but it was decided to return the whole amount, the lodge considering that the fraternal spirit of the Order could urge them to no other course. The various degrees were conferred on eligible candidates by L.M. Bro. Swinney and P.P.G.M. Bro. Cole, and P.G. Bro. W. H. Bevin gave his impressions of the manner in which the lectures were given in the Oamaru Lodge. The secretary mentioned, as an interesting feature, that the sick pay for the evening totalled only £1 15s, the smallest amount, for a long time, .and a creditable record for a lodge of over 300 members. Thursday's meet in jr of tho Loyal Albion Lodge was a memorable one, and attracted a good attendance of members and visitors. The lodge was worked throughout by Past Grands, and one and all acquitted themselves creditably, showing that the lapse of years has nob affected their keenness or dulled their memory. In these respects, in fact, they set an example to many of the present officers of ledges. The lodge was constituted as follows, the merit-board year being also given:—N.G., Bro. H. Mann (1903) ; 0.M., Bro. F. Calvert (1889) ; V. Bro. G Davie GS7B): E.S., Bro. 0. W. Smith (1880) ; warden, Bro. G. Coughia.n (1906): guardian. Bro. A. J. Smith (1881); P.S., Bro. P. Stabb (1905); treasurer, Bro. S. .Smith (1885); conductor, Bro. R. S. Black (1904) ; supporters— Bros. W. E C. Reid (1896), J. Carrington (1879), C. Davie (1890). and W. Davie (1681). These officers carried out the initiation of a candidate in good stylo. The veteran V.G. led the toast to the initiate, the conductor save a fine educative rendering of his charge, and it goes without saying that in the hands of Bro. P. Calvert (who so often has judged the yearly competition in this ceremonial) the duties of lecture-master left nothing to be desired. A member was received by clearance from the Loyal Napier Lodge, and among the visitors was P.G. Bro. Anderson, of tho Ormondville Lodge, Wellington, A sub committee was sot up to inquire into two case of distress. The meeting conicuded with a hearty vote of thanks to tho Past Grands for their attendance and work, and P.G.M. Bro. A. W. Palmer added a few appreciative sentences. A further hour was then spent in music, song, story, and refreshment, the Past Grands being lavish in their hospitality. All those city and suburban lodges who have discussed the matter heartily endorsed the action of tho District Executive in not entertaining the offer of an insurance company to take over tho liability of the lodges in regard to those members who have joined tho Expeditionary Forces. The general feeling was that the acceptance of the' proposal would be incompatible with the principles of the Order and with the directions given at tho Oamaru district meeting.
THE MANCHESTER UNITY, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914
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