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The Auckland District, 1.0.0. P., M.U.. like their brethren of the Southland District, circulate a Handbook every year, and we have to thank the editors (Bro. J. Clark and J. McLeod; and the manager ('Mr. A. Lowrie) for a copy of the 1907 edition. With the covers it runs into eighty pages, and is embellished with a number of photographs of prominent members of the order in the Auckland Distinct. It. is gratifying- to note from the Handbook under notice (observes the Auckland Star) that the District, is steadily advancing - , both in membership aitd capital, and that in town and country - lodges active and intelligent interest is -being - manifest!-cl in the conduct of lodge affairs. The membership now exceeds 3000, and the accumulat'd funds are over £75,000. The last published return shows that the District paid in sick benefits the sum of £3.995 35s B cl ; in funeral claims £7-15 ; and £2430 6s s cl was paid for medical attendance and medicine, these l figures proving that the Manchester Unity is of sterling - value to its members. Perhaps the most interesting and at the same time astonishing information contained in the Handbook is that relating- to payment $ made to some 26 members in the Auckland District. This statement shows that, a member of the Charles Bruce Lodge (Thames) has received in sick benefits the large sum of £9BO 13s 4d. This member still continues to draw his weekly allowance of sick pay. The Waikato Lodge (Thames.) also had some very heavy claims made on its sick fund. One member drew £713 6s Bd, another £660 16s Bd, and another £634 IBs 4 cl ; in all some six members of this lodge drew £3280 4s 7-d.

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AUCKLAND DISTRICT HANDBOOK., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907

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AUCKLAND DISTRICT HANDBOOK. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907

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