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WELSHPOOL. WELSHPOOL SECOND FRIENDLY SOCIETY. On Tuesday, January 3, the members of this society, to the number of about 300, met together for their annual meeting, and after having paraded the streets they pro- ceeded to Christchurch, accompanied by the band. The lessons were read by the Rev. E. B. C. Frith, and a sermon bearing upon the necessity of unity and brotherly love was preached by the Rev. C. H. Bowman, from Hebrews, c. 13 v. 1. At the close of the service the members adjourned to the Buck Inn, where an excellent dinner was provided by Mr John Humphreys, presided over by Mr W. Withy, and there were also present, Messrs W. P. Yearsley, W. T. Parker, T. B. Jones, the Rev. C. H. Bowman, the Rev. E. B. C. Frith Messrs J. Hickman,. John Evans, John Morris, Charles Jones, William Lewis, JohnPryce, Severn Cottage; John Jones, Samuel Salter, &c., &c. After the cloth had been removed the CHAIRMAN said he rose to propose the first toast, which was one every English- man would drink with great pleasure. He ga The Queen." (Cheers.) {r The CHAIRMAN next gave "The Prince and Princesi of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family." The next toast was The Army, Navy and Volunteers," coupled with the names of Lieut. Parker and Ensign Jones, proposed by Mr YEARSLEY and responded to by Lieut. PARKER, who said he was grateful to Mr Yearsley for proposing the toast. He (Lieut. Parker) thought by being present that evening he was doing his duty by trying to bring together the members of friendly societies, and introducing them more prominently before the public. Mr YEARSLEY proposed The Bishop ond Clergy of the Diocese." They had hAd a Welsh bishop conferred upon them. This was a change from the method of the past, and very likely they would have other changes. However, changes or no changes, he was sure tho clergymen of Welshpool deserved any honour that meeting could confer upon them, as they came to their meetings out of pure kindness to give, so to spk2 a kind of head to the feast, He coupled with the toast the names of the Rev. J. E. Hill, the Rev. E. B. C. Frith, and the Rev. C. H Bowman. The Rev. E. B. C. FRITH said Mr Bowman and himself agreed that one should give the sermon in church and the other after dinner. It always gave him much pleasure to be amongst them, and he was glad, very glad, to see that the society was nearly R200 better off this year than last. He wished them every possible success, and hoped they would go on prospering (Cheers.) The CHAIRMAN- The usual loyal and patriotic toasts have now been proposed. The next thing before us is to have the statement of accounts read. Of course the offi- cers for the ensuing year have to be appointed, but the vital question for our society is, how can we manage our finances so as to get rid of a deficiency, and show a balance on the credit side in our yearly statement of accounts. Perhaps the most important duty you have to perform this evening is to elect the committee, ten in number. (Hear, hear.) A deficiency is a serious drawback to a society, and I have heard of lodges labouring under this disadvantage agreeing to pay Is. per member in addition to the usual subscription in order to liberate themselves. I am not proposing this course for your adoption; I am merely mentioning it so that when the society's financial position conies up for consideration you may be prepared. (Hear, hear.) Mr W. T. PARKER proposed the re-election of the sur- ceon, Mr E. T. I). Harrison, which was seconded by Mr PRYCE, and carried. Mr ALEXANDER GILMORE paid a tribute to the late se- cretary of the society, Mr William Williams, who had gained the respect of every member of the society. He had been a member of the society for upwards of thirty years, and his removal from among them by death, which took place on the 30th of last July, had necessitated the election of someone to fill the office Mr Williams had so ably occupied. He (Mr Gilmore) begged to propoe Mr Lloyd for the secretaryship, and said the way Mr Lloyd had fulfilled the duties of the office since July was a guarantee that he was well able to give the members satisfaction. Mr JEHU seconded the proposal, and Mr Lloyd was unanimously chosen to the office. Mr J. MORRIS, jun., proposed Mr Robert Jones as treasurer, ALich was carried with acclamation. I The following members were then elected to serve on the committee: -Messrs Beattie, Richard Pugh, A. Gilmore, D. Jehu. T. Humphreys, Thomas Pugh, John Morris, jun., William Bray, David Pugh, and John Pryce, Severn Cottage. A statement of accounts was then read, after which The CHAIRMAN saidâWe have now done with business, and all we have to do is to enjoy ourselves. The. band will, no doubt, play a tune, and you must all call for your glasses and be merry. Mr PARKER said he had been asked to propose a toast; it was the health of their solicitor, Mr Yearsley. (Cheers.) Mr YEARSLEY responded, and said he thanked Mr Parker for the way his name had been proposed. He thought the club was progressing very satisfactorily, though they did not perhaps get as many new members as they used to do in past years. Mr JOHN JONES proposed the health of the chairman, and said he was sure they had worked hard to reduce their deficiency, and they "had succeeded. (Cheers.) The CHAIRMANâGentlemen, I sincerely thank Mr Jones for the very flattering way in which he has proposed my health. I have found the meeting very considerate to me in my endeavour to conduct this evening's proceedings. (Applause.) The deficiency has been reduced by R100, and I believe next year there will be no such thing as a deficiency. These societies help to give a man indepen- dence, and when once a workman comes to my place, if he is not a member I persuade him to become one, as I think it helps him to be a better man. (Cheers.) Mr J. IORRIS gave the health of the secretary and treasurer, and Mr YEARSLEY proposed the health of the committee, who had done their work so well. He hoped the new committee would do their work as well as the old one. The CHAIRMAN proposed the health of the Earl of Powis, who was always ready to lend a helping hand to every one. He never wanted asking twice, nay, scarcely once, to do a kind action, and he hoped they would drink his health with three times three. (Drunk with three times three.) Mr HICKMAN said he had been called upon to propose the next toast, and he did so with great pleasure as it was the health of Mr Navlor. (Loud cheers.) Mr Nay lor was a gentleman who was always willing to give the most careful consideration to anything that was for the good of the town. He was an honorary member of the Foresters' Society, and he (Mr Hickman) had no doubt would become an honorary member of the Second Friendly Society if he were waited upon. (Cheers.) Mr Naylor had co-operated with the town most heartily in erecting a bridge across the Severn. (Applause.) The next toast was "The Town and Corporation of Welshpool," proposed by Mr HICKMAN and responded to by Mr PARKER, who, in the course of his remarks, said he was anxious that the members of the Second Friendly Society should do something towards erecting the bridge over Leighton Ford, if it was only half-a-day's work. After some remarks from the Chairman, Mr Pugh said the new bridge would save him C3 or £4 a year. Even the Leighton Lion had been converted and become a lamb; he had given proof of his convertion by subscribing one guinea to the bridge fund their new secretary would also subscribe a guinea. (Loud cheers.) Mr PARKER said he was anxious that meeting should pass off with great eclat. He would propose "The Working Classes." He was always happy to associate with them, for he owed his present position in a great measure to their aid, and he hoped he should never be branded as ungrateful. He begged of them not to think of any "lower" class when they thought of those who worked. Men were high or "low" according to rea- sons independent of daily toil. Mr JONES said he had received JS2 16s. in the room to- wards the bridge fund. There were several good songs sung, and the Welshpool brass band, under the leadership of Mr Baines, played selec- tions of music at intervals throughout the proceedings.






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