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Buffaloes Annual Banquet at Cwmsyfiog. INTERESTING SPEECHES. The annual banquet of the Queen Victoria and Primrose Lodges of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes was held at the Queen's Hotel, Cwmsyfiog, on. Thursday evening. Bro. J. E. Jones, Dynevor Hotel, Tirphil, presided. Several visitors from other local lodges were pressni:, and also the "Righ £ Hon." Roger H. Thomas, Absrdare. About 115 guests eat down to the sumptuous repast. The evening was whiled away with song and speech. Mr. Alfred Craig gave an overture on the piano, and songs were rendered by Bros. Peters, Dan Jones, T. Lewis, Teddy Thomas, David Lewis, and others. The Chairman (Bro. J. E. Jones), in opening tho subsequent proceedings, said he felt hon- oured in presiding over that, the first annual dinner held at the Queen's Hotel, of tho Queen Victoria and Primrose Lodges of the R.A.O.B. He congratulated the two lodges that such har- mony prevailed between the mothar and the daughter, as shown by the fact that this ban- quet was a sort of re-union of the members of the two lodges (appiausa). In proposing the loyal toasts, the Cnairman said that no coun- try had baen ruled more constitutionally than Britain by King Edward VII., and sinc6 his accession things had worked very harmoniously so far as the peace of the world was concerned. They could all bei proud of King Edward VII., who had well merited the title of the "Peace- maker." After a capital song by Bro. Dan Jones, Bro. C. Butterworth proposed "The Forces—Spirit- ual and Temporal." and in the course of his remarks said that he wished that both tha spiritual and the temporal principles of their own Order of Buffa.loes were better known and understood, and then he was sure that a larger number would become members of it (applau,-e).-Coun. Brq. Rees Davies, in re- sponding, thanked the Chairman for the kind references he had made to him as a member of the District Council. Taking up the subject of the spiritual side of tho Order of Buffoloes Councillor Davies said that through the foroo of their spiritual principles the lodges had raised themselves above the suspicion of out- siders that their meetings were only meetings for boozing. He was glad this was the c, and that every member would do his part to avoid giving any occasion of offence (applause). In proposing the toast of the evening, "The Order," the "Right Hon. Sid. Morgan said there was not, in his opinion, a bett-er Order than 6 the "Buffs," and he much appreciated the hon- our of having to propose this toast. There were several things connected with the Order which he hoped Bro. Roger H. Thomas, oj Aberdare (whose name, with that of Bro. Wm. Jones, he coupled with the toast), would be able to touch upon, viz.: Its objects and aims, and the orphanage. The orphanage, he knew, wapgoverned by a Board of Directors, of whom Bro. Thomas was one, and also a member of the Grand Lodge of Eng\and (ap- plause). On rising to respond, the "Right Hon." R. H. Thomas said he was very pleased to be amongst them, and to respond to the toast proposed. As every member, he supposed, was aware their Order was a. brotherhood in which each member pledged himself to succour and defend a weaker brother than himself. The idea of the broth-erl-ood was a chain, and the chain extended all round the world. As they were all aware, the strength of a chain was only the strength of its weakest link, and there- fore all good brothers were prepared to go out of their way, twenty miles, if need be, to de- fend the weakest link in the chain (applause). He would be ashamed to think that any brother had ever done an injury to a weaker brother than himself. In times of sickness and unemployment, they could render some help inside their lodges, and also help the widows and orphans of their members, for whom a fund was established eight years ago, and had given about £ 200 a year to the widows of deceased brothers (applause). The contribution to this fund wag only a halfpenny on each lodge night, and yet the Merthyr Province had something like a thousand pounds ir hand ready to be; spent in the succouring of any brother's widow or child (applause). They did not want men to neglect their homes to come to the lodges, but to use the lodges as a home from home, and to come to the lodges with the sole idea of do- ing good and employing themselves usefully; and when they left the lodges, they wanted their relatives and friends to feel satisfied that thev were hotter men on lodgpe nights than any night in the week—not excepting the Sabbath. He did not think that reflection could be cast upon their lodges. No brother left the lodge- room under the influence of drink, if not ad. mitted under the influence of drink; aqd if the clergy and ministers only knew what a band of human workmen they were turning their back upon by not joining the Order, th,ey would, he believed, seek admission to it immediately. There was hardly a brother connected with the cause who could not call himself a Christ- ian. They could be Christians without being "Buffs," but they could not be 'Buffs" in heart without being Christians. And he only wished the clergy and ministers would find this out for themselves by "Coming amongst them. In connection with the Order, there was an orphanage, of which he was a director. Every time a member entered his lodgo, a halfpenny was contributed towards its maintenance, and in all the lodges thia contribution amounted to sibout 21,500 a year, and this was spent in look- ing after the children of deceased brothers. There were at present 35 children in the Insti- tution, who, when he visited, the orphanage a few weeks ago, were a picture which any parent might envy. Bro. Wm. Jones also responded, and said that the funds of the lodge of which he waa a secretary were more flourishing than they had been for five years, and everything was look- ing more healthy. He had found the Order in regard to himself to be an educational one, and he was glad he had joined it. Knight Hairy Morgan, secretary. of the Prim- rose Lodge, said he had been connected with the Order for eleven or twelve yeans. The Tir. phil Lodge WQS, at one time, one of the finest lodges in the province of Merthyr, but, un- fortunately, from some cause or other, it woot down a little, and now had been shifted to Brithdir, and could now hold up it head again, so far aa funds were concerned (applause). The Gli airman (Bro. J. E. Jones, Tirphil) said ho would like to associate himself with every- thing that had been said, and he feltdclighd to be in the presence of brothers like Mr. R. H. Thomas, for when men of his ability came amongst them, they wero much benefited and strengthened in the cause.

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