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RECORD IN MASONIC CHARITY.

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RECORD IN MASONIC CHARITY. The Prince of Wales, Most Worshipful Grand Master and President of the Institution, was in the chair at the centenary festival dinner of the Royal Masonic Institution for Boy», which took place at the Royal Albert Hall, at Kensington, on Friday of last week. Over 2500 vouchers had been issued for the gathering. The numerous applications for tickets which had been received from all parts of the country were most satisfactorily met, the amphitheatre, the private boxes, and the grand tier boxes all being utilised to accom- modate the vast assembly. All the chairs in the arena of the hall had, of course, been put on one side, the tables in this part of the building being placed longitudinally. In the amphitheatre each other row of seats had been removed, and tables put in their place, while the private boxes, immediately behind the amphitheatre, each provided seats for four persons, eight diners being accommodated in each of the grand tier boxes. The boxes round the uppe* tier and the .balcony were occupied by ladies. Merfi- bers of the craft, to the number of nearly 1000, Who had previously dined in the Freemasons' Hall, als" occupied seats in the balcony. The Prince of Wales, who was accompanied b} Major-General Sir Stanley Clarke, was received at th# Royal entrance to the building by Earl Amherst and a large body of rulers," including Lord Leigh, the Earl of Dartmouth, Lord Harlech, the Marquis of Zetland, Brother Richard- Eve (chairman of the Board of Management), Brother Letchworth (the Grand Secretary), Brother Charles E. Keyser (the treasurer), Brother J. Morrison M'Leod (hon. secre- tary to the Board of Stewards), Brother thomae Fenn (Acting Grand director of Ceremonies), and others. All the brethren appeared in evening dresa with full Masonic craft clothing. Grand and Pro- vincial Grand Officers were in full dress, while masters, past-masters, wardens, and officers of lodges wore the collars and jewels of their respective offices. The scene was a brilliant one. The Prince of Wales first gave the toast "The Queen and Craft," the organist playing the first half of the National Anthem, at the conclusion of which the whole com- pany joined in. The Earl of Amherst,; Deputy Grand Master, next rose and gave His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Most Worshipful Grand Master, president of the institution and chair- man of the centenary festival." It was needless for him, he said, to dilate upon the benefits that hnd come upon them since the Prince of Wales had been Grand Master. It was the reign of the best Grand Master in their history. God bless the Prince of Wales was sung by the whole assembly, and deaf- ening cheers followed. The Princ3 of Wales, in reply, said: I am not likely to forget the reception that I met with in coming into this vast hall, or the way in which you have receiveathe.toa*t nf xoy health. lit Is now 30 years since I was initiated into the craft, and I have been yonr Grand Master for 24 years.. We hav6 reason to congratulate ourselves on the large body we now are. When I was elected to your chair there were 306 lodges in this country. At the present time the roll of grand lodges is 2270. Freemasonry flourishes in all countries, but in no country more than our own. The Prince next gave Success to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys," remarking that lie had little doubt that they would considerably in- crease their funds that night, and he hoped a record would be established. Brother Charles E. Keyser had given 5000 guineas towards the fund, and he hoped 940,000 more would, be raised that evening. He asked them to support an institution that- was; highly appreciated, and one that was a credit to the cotiiitry, Brother Charles E. Keyser, treaeurer of the institution, having replied, Mr. J. M. M Leod (hOn. secretary) announced that the subscription list '000 amounted to £ 134;000. — ——

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