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--------THE ALMA LODGE G.…


THE ALMA LODGE G. U. 0. ODDFELLOWS. A supper to inaugurate the removal of the above lodge from the Carnarvon Castle to the Black Lion Inn, Hope-street, and to celebrate a presentation to the Secretary of the Lodge, was held in a lar-e and com- modious room at the Black Lion on Monday evening last. An excellent supper was placed on the tables in a most praiseworthy manner by Host Price, and amongst the large number who sat down were Mr. Evan Morris and Thomas Bury, who acted as chairmen Mr. G. Thompson, and the following :—Past officers of the lodge P.G.M.'s. Thos. Bates, J. Lupton, R. Williams, J. Poole, S. Coombes, and T. Davies pre- sent officers — Mitchell, president; J. Bate, vice- president J. Eaborn, assistant secretary; J. Barker, secretary and — Cutler, one of the trustees. Visitors Messrs. W. J. Sidders (Court KentA.O.F.), J. Lloyd (Oak Tree), W. Proffit, G. Hubbard, Lee, and others. After supper, bowls of punch, &c., were distributed, and other matters having been attended to, a short toast list was proceeded with. After the loyal toasts had been drunk, I Mr. EVAX MoRiussaid he had much pleasure in being amongst them. He had rarely met a better lut cf fellows' and he did not think they were odd allows at all! (Laughter). The object of the club was one which should be encouraged. There was nothing more noble or honourable than to band together to be independent of relief and outside assistance. (Hear, hear). He was glad to be amongst them because he felt that any little help he could give should be given in such directions as that. He was surprised to see that, notwithstanding the hard times, thay had paid £1(j2 5s. 0d. in sick pay. I He would ask what would have become of those re- cipients if they had not had the support of that club: (Hear, hear, and applause). They had been the means of saying £162 of the rates of the country, and those recipients were independent men instead of paupers. (Cheers). He hoped the tide of prosperity whidi now seemed shadowed forth, would enable the members to draw less in the future than in the past, and that in the coming year they would recoup their loss and have art overplus. (Hear, hear). One good thin r was to chose as .new members young men Wio would not be a burden to them for many years, and, further, such would teach the young men to make provision for their old age. (Cheers). He had much pleasure in giving the toast of "The Alma Lodge." It was the til-at time he had been amongst them, but he hoped it would not be the last. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. Bates. Mr. BATES, in responding, endorsed what Mr. Evan Morris had said. The large amount spent during the year for the relief of members out of work showed^vhat a large amount of distress there had been in the neigh- bourhood. A large number had applied to him for assistance, and by the fund they had been enabled to travel from tOiyn tntown without their becoming paupers. r He thought all friendly societies were doing a good work, and lie was glad to see that the higher classes of society looked uuon those clubs in a proper light. They had extended their borders much lately, and had established lodges in the Cape of Good Hope, Australia, I and other parts. (Applause). Mr. T. Eun: said lie thought these club, were of the greatest importance to the eountiy at large. As had been pointed out the money spent by these dubs was spent when it was urgently needed, and many would have had to go to some charitable fund had they not had the club as a resource. (Hear, hear). He was glad to be present to congratulate them upon the very excellent room which they there had for the purpose of their business, and the excellent attention which seemed to be given to them by the landlord, Mr. Price, and he wished them every success. (Hear, hear, and applause). He was much struck with the sentiment of the song they had just heard, in which occurred the words "Care for them who cared and clung for us when we were young," and he thought the gentlemen who had taken "care°of that society when it was young were those in whom they could implicitly trust. They had not worked for any advantage of their own, but for the weal of all (hear, hear)—and it was a great deal to know that next to a man's private affairs he watched over the welfare of his lodge, and took a personal interest and pride in it. (Applause). It must have been a great responsi- bility upon those who had cared and dung" for them whilst they were young as a lodge. Amongst those was ] the gentleman who stood on his left, Mr. Lupton. (Loud applause). He had been deputed to the proud privilege of presently asking his acceptance of a beau- ] tiful present prepared for him by the district omcers, i and the members of the lodge, and many friends. He was sure that he could say of Mr. Lupton that as a high-class artisan there was no man in Wrexham who did his work better, or worked harder, than Mr. c Lupton. (Hear, hear, and applause). In addition, he £ took great interest in that society, and he hoped he may be long spared to look upon the beautiful pictures of himself and his wife, which were to be presented to l iiim—(hear, hear)—and that they would be handed down r to his sons, and sons' sons, as a memento of the fact • that their ancestor was respected by all classes, and his labours appreciated by his lodge. (Hear, hear). The photographs were then brought into the room a md presented to Mr. Lupton by Mr. T. Bury in a few impropriate terms. Mr. LUPTON, in responding, said he was thankful to ,hem for the present which he had received that evening. + rhey had a great many young members, and he hoped I ;hey would endeavour to deserve a similar testimonial. Hear, hear). Of course he had worked hard since he be- f onged to the society, and perhaps by his own merits he lad gained what they had just presented to him. (Hear, t lear). He hoped that every one of their younger jrotheio would work as he had, and he hoped they vould deserve and get a similar recognition of their abours. (Applause). A Mr. Evan Morris and Mr. T. Bury had to leave at his stage of the proceedings. Before leaving the room, i lowever, Mr. Evan Morris announced that he would f ubscribe £11s. to the sick funds of the society. Loud v iheers were then given for both gentlemen. C Mr. J. Thompson was then voted to the chair Mr ee occupying the vice-chair. h The CHAIRMAN proposed The Town and Trade of iVrexham," which was responded toby Mr. BATES. Mr. W. J. SIDDERS, in responding to the toast of 'Kindred Societies," said he could not pride himself as lelonging to their Order of Oddfellows, but he had had 1 3 years experience in connection with a kindred society, 11 hrough whose various offices he had been fortunate to lass, and he was always glad to meet the members of d ,ny other society. When he joined the Foresters he tc ound a kind of antipathy existing between the various s1 rders, but he was glad to say that now such feeling had u lassed away. (Hear, hear, and applause). In regard sl o the objects of such societies, he was sure no words of is were needed, as they had been well laid before them h y the chairman and others, and he hoped those objects rould be appreciated by the inhabitants at large, to b they were of the greatest importance. (Hear, 0 ear). There was one thing he should like to mention, M nd that was in regard to the action of Government in jference to Friendly Societies. A short time ago it Tas feared by Friendly Societies that an effort would be lade by the Government to take into their own hands he conduct of those societies. Some time ago there p Tas, perhaps, some reason for Government contemplat- a, Ig such an action, but now the societies had made a c; love onward and shown with what efficiency they could j, lanage their own affairs. (Hear, hear). He hoped the 01 ay was far distant when Government would attempt Ir ) take out of their hands the control of their own a! icieties. (Hear, hear). He thought that they as working cij ten were better able to conduct their own business lan a class of highly paid men, who could know but p: ttle, if anything, about such matters. (Hear, hear and pplause). sa The Press and a few other toasts having been L>, isposed of, the "Host and Hostess" was most cordially runk, and a very pleasant meeting terminated. Some very good songs were sung during the evening. The photographs presented to Mr. Lupton were the ork of Messrs. Brown, Barnes, and Bell, and at the >ot of the photograph of Mr. Lupton were the ords "Presented by the Wrexham District G.U.O. Odd-Fellows to P.G.M. John Lupton, as a ibute of respect for past services as district master, OT." A summary of the club's accounts showed Cash in tl ank Jan. 1st, 1879, £180 10s. 21: out on interest, 160; in treasurer's hands, 0. 10.1. at