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F R E E M A SON S' DIN N E R, Tuesday last being the anniversary of St. John, the masonic body of the town assembled at the Westgate bofcel to pay the cúiltOluary honours to the occasion. Shortly before five o'clock the brethren began to at-riveand immediately after that hour, the chair having been taken by the W.M.. and the brethren being attired in their aprons aod mystic regalia of the ancient and honourable order, they sat down to an admiiable dinner, prepared by brother Hallen. The cloth having been removed and grace pronounced bv the Rev. Chaplain, the W.M. briefly reminded the brethren of the occasion which had called them together, and expressed his gratification at seeing, not only so many of the members of the Silurian lodge present, but also the large number of visiting brethren who had come to pay their tribute of respect on the solemn occasion. The W.M. then called upon the brethren to fill their glasses, and in announcing the first toast, said-" Brother masons, 1 believe you to be loyal subjects, and as such, I call for your enthusiastic response to the health of the sovereign. (Cheers.) Masonry, as you are all aware, and as our bitterest aspersers have not attempted to deny, is the essence of subordination— subordination, not only to the sacred injunctions which the illustrious institution itself imposes, but to the laws of the state, and to the rights, authorities, ard privileges of those charged with the administration of such laws. Alike the friend of mankind generally, and the equaliser of all classes within its own pale, it yet inculcates unqualified obedience to consti- tuted authority, and its highest boast is, that, while cultivating all ihe ennobling viitues which form its essence, and charac- terise its constitution, it spurns sycophancy on the one hand, and political collusion on the other. (Cheers.) r, therefore, without further preface, give you the health of our gracious Queen, and may she long live to enjoy the confidence and es- teem of a happy and devoted people." Drank with all the honours. Air, "God save the Queen," by the whole company. Toast, "Prince Albert and the rest of the royal family." Drank with the usual honours. Air, Hail, Star of Brunswick." The toast having been disposed of, the W.M. again called for a bumper, and in introducing the next toast, remarked, Brethren, the preliminary toasts of the evening being drank, I have now to call for a bumper to a pledge to which I am sure every member of the craft will do honour. I have to give you the illustrious head of our institution in England, Grand Master the Earl of Zetland. (Enthusiastic cheering.) Re. markable for the great and dignified position which he occu- pies in the order, for his excellence as a mason, and for the many virtues which adorn his private character, he has not only won for himself the love and admiration of every mem- ber of the craft in these realms, but the esteem of thousands who have not the great privilege of enjoying our confraternity. Allow' me, therefore, to call upon you for a cordial recepiion of the toast." Drank with full masonic honours. Glee, Prosper the art," by Brothers Cayallini, Moreton, and Hill. The W.M. again rose and said, Brother masons, I find the next toast on my list is one which commends itself to our fraternal favour this evening in a very eminent decree. It is no less than the health of our esteemed P.G.JVJ. Col. Tynte. I need not dilate upon stfeli a toast as this, 3js the worth ot that truly estimable, gentleman is known to, dlatii sure highly appreciated, by every brother in the province. I beg to express the high sense which I entertain, in common with all here, of the honour that has been conferred upon the pro- vince by Col. Tynte's acceptance of the dignified office which he holds, and of the distinguished advantages which the insti. tution generally must derive from the active co-operation of that esteemed officer. Drank with masonic honours. Song, "Entered Apprentice's song," by the W.M. The W.M., in proposing the next toast, said it was one which naturally followed the last, inasmuch as it was the health of the next senior officer, the D. P. G. M., Brother De Bernardy. The btethrcn of the Silurian lodge were well aware of the lively interest taken by that gentleman in every thing relating to the institution, and in an especial degree to the prosperiiy of their own lodge and he anticipated great things for the province at large from the accession of an officer so highly and deservedly esteemed. Drank with masonic honours. Song, "Fidelity," by Brother Macdonald. The proxy of the S. W. here stood up to propose the health of the W. M., and delivered himself at considerable length upon the character and exertions of that officer. He spoke in flattering terms of his labours for the general promotion of masonic interests, and of the deep concern which he at all times felt for the success of hi^Wvn lodge. He concluded by observing that the institution was highly favoured by the skill, industry, and talents of such an officer, and hoped that he would long be an ornament and aid to the best interest of t!:e order.—Drank with masonic honours. Song, Master's Song," by Brother Wall. The W. M. followed by proposing The Health of the Bro- ther who officiated as S. W.. and the Officers ot the Lodge;" to which those gentlemen replied in appropriate terms. Song, Senior Warden's Song," by Brother Alexander. The festivities of the evening were diversified by appropriate songs and recitations the healths were dtank of numerous members of the order, including the Rev. Chaplain, Brothers Bell, Nicholas, Shorthouse, Edwards, W. W. Morgan, _&e.; which were severally acknowledged in brief, but suitable addresses. After an evening spent in the enjoyment of true masonic unanimity, the brethren separated, highly gratified with the occasion.



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