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BENEFIT EISTEDDFOD AT BARRY…

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BARRY CARPENTERS AND JOINERS.

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FREE GARDENERY AT BARRY. DINNER OF THE "WHITE HEATHER" LODGE. The White Heather" Lodge of Free Gar- deners, opened only six months ago at the Castle Hotel, Barry Dock, has made very rapid strides, and is one of the most flourishing in the district, taking its age into account. To celebrate the arrival of the period when the majority of the members came into full benefit a banquet was held on Saturday evening at the Castle Hotel, presided over by Mr W. Graham, of the Tyne Engineering Works. There was a large attendance, and the spacious room was well filled, the proceedings being very enthu- siastic and enjoyable. Mr and Mrs Farmer, the genial host and hostess, had prepared a sumptuous meal, to which ample justice wa- done. The chairoian was supported at the cros, table by Mr J H. Gardner, Gilfach Goch, District Secretary and P.G.M. of the Order; Mr J. A. Blackmore, W.M. Mr E. M. Dlivips, P.W.M. Mr G. orge Varian, D.M. and Mi Sandison. Letters of apolrgy for inability to attend were real from Councillor A. T. White and Mr A. Seaton, the latter enclosing one guinea towards the banner fund of the Lodg. Subsequently the evening was spent in a pleasant manner in honouring several appro- priate toasts, and also going through a pro- gramme of musical and elocutionary selections. The Chairman gave the toast of The Queen and Royal Family" in an appropriate manner, and it was drunk, accompanied by the hearty singing of the National Anthem. The toast of "Our Fighting Forces" was given by Mr W. M. Davies, of the South Wales Daily Neiva, who recited an appropriate poem, called "Sergeant, call the Roll," by Mr Smedley Norton. Mr Macdonald, one of the Sub-marine Miners, responded in choice terms. Mr E. M. Davies proposed the toast of The British Order of Ancient Gardenerp," and after expressing pleasure at the rapid progress made by the local lodge hoped that those who had not yet joined any friendly society weuld do so as eariy as possible, and thus provide for sickness and death. Mr J. H. Gardner, in response, said that when he bad the pleasure of opening the Lodge, six months ago, he never anticipated that they would have been so successful, or that they would have been able to enjoy such a splandiri festival as that held that evening. Personally, he felt in the same position, when requested to respond to the toast, as did a young man who, in the course of the marriage ceremony, was asked if he would have that woman to be his beloved wife and replied Well, that's what I'm here for." (Laughter.) As for their Society, it varied from others in that it paid funeral benefit for children up to the age of 16 years, without giving enough to encourage any attempt at trafficking in human lives. A very flourishing institution in Scotland, the North of England and Ireland, the Order had only established itself in Wales five years ago, where to-day they had 25 Lodges, while others would shortly be opened in Cardiff and neighbour- hood. It was practically new as far as Barry Dock was concerned, and while they bad suffered through the great coal strike, be hoped the Order would flourish here by reason of the present boom in the coal trade. He appealed to everyone not already connected with a friendly society to join one, in order to be prepared for a time of sickness and misfortune, and remain independent of cold-handed charity or parochial reli- f. He was sceptical enough himself, also, to believe that in any scheme of old age pensions, friendly societies would play an active part in the distribution of any reliet afforded by the State; therefore, it behoved everyone to become a member of some society. All the sound societies were founded on a good commercial basis, and gave as liberally as the subscriptions of members would permit; and be believed it would be the duty of the Govern- ment, in the face of what was recently takiny place, to prevent any society existing that did not take from its members sufficient to keep up the benefits, (Cheers.) The Chairman gave the toast of "The White Heather Lodgn." At the outset he remarked upon the strange customs in connection with toasts. It was always the land lubber who was asked to propose "The Navy," the sailor to propose "The Army." a layman to propo-e "The Ministers of Religion," a bachelor to propose The Ladies "—on the principle that be knew least about them. (Laughter.) Carry- ing that same principle further, he had been asUed as an outsider to propose that toast. okii g up history, he saw that it was in the latter part of the 17th centuiy that friendly soiieti* bf gan to tai<e form. It was in the y.,tr 1793 thet friendly societies tirst received iecognition from Parliament. f-ince then several Acts had been passed, and to-day Parliament took quite a fatherly and friendly interest in these societies. Those of them who went to church or chapel had heard the preacher say that the cardinal sin of this age is self-indifference. What they had to battle with was the carelessness and indifference of people to their own social welfare. (Hear, hear.) There was not a man in the country but who bad a perfect horror of the workhouse. Yet they must feel proud, after all, that there were such institutions at which these who could not take care of themselves were cared for. They could not resist the conclusion, however, that there was something wrong—very much wrong. Looking at the leaflet setting forth the advan- tages the Fi-ee Gardeners Society off,-red, he confessed to being very much surprised at the table of benefits offered for such a small sub- scription. While he was glad to see the Barry lodge making such good progress, he was also surl,rised that, with such a scale of benefits, there were not a good many more members. They might look forward to the time of old age pensions; but was it not more manly, more dignified, and more in accordance with the traditions of the Britisher to depend on himself and make provision for old age and for sickness, than to depend on the Government ? He believed it was. It was all very well when they were prosperous, when the sun was shining*; they thought this kind of thing was going on for ever. Was it not Pope who told them that "into each life some rain must fall ? and what could they have better than an association of this kind, that provided for the rainy day, which would inevitat ly come ? (Cheers.) Mr J. A. Blackmore, the Worthy Master of the lodge, in responding to the toast, dwel upon the position it bad already attained, and declared that he considered friendly societies the most glorious of Hritish institutions; and were it not for these there would be at the present time a very much higher percentage of poverty and pauperism. (Hear, hear.) Other toasts included "Kindred Societies," proposed by Mr Blackmore and responded to by Mr Giles; The Chairman," submitted by Mr J. H. Gardner, and The Hoat and Hosress." A musical programme of a varied, interest- ing. and enjoyable character was gone through, among those who contributed being MisóJ Clarissa Hobbs, whose two songs (including the well-known "Dolly solo) created a furore of delight; Miss Wilts, Bariy Island, o played a pianoforte solo; Messrs Joe Williams, the celebrated "extravaganzaist"; Stephenson, Percy Wilts, Macdonald, Sandison, DiiiSBelrj (who recited incidents of the Jameson raid), Tom Plice, &c., &c. No OR YiEs ?-It is not pleasant 10 feel despon-1 dent and low-spirited, n, r to teel bilious and have pains in the back. Is th,re a way to move this unpleasant ft-eliig? YES, there is; experience t acl.e- that OVVKM'S CERTAIN PILLS will totaliy n luove ahi v- coii'plrtin's suiely and effectually. Have you tr.ed t, iii ?-Delibt OWEN, Cheuust. C*du*bOD.

BARRY DEBATING SOCIETY.

WELSHMEN AND EDUCATION.

ROUGH CUSTOMERS.

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