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TREG-YNON. THE ORDFR OF DRUIDS.—There was a good attend- ance f the members of what was formerly called The Princess Royal Friendly Society, present at a special meeting held at the Temperance Hall, on Thursday afternoon, 25th ult. on the occasion of the formal opening of the lodge in its new connection, as a branch of the Oswestry Equalised District, Order of Druids. Mr G H Ellison, P.G.M., New- town, conducted the meetings, assisted by Mr E Morgan Jones, D.C.S., Welshpool. Mr Tilsley was appointed delegate to represent the Lodge, at the District meeting, on the 8th inst., and the foliowing officers were elected and duly installed — Mr Davis Wilis, N.G.A. Mr John Owen, V.G.A. Mr Henry Corfieid, Secretary Mr Edward Thomas, Treasurer; Mr B Hudson Phillips, Guardian and Mr John Rooerts, Conductor. The Installation of the Officers afterwards to ik^place, and considerable interest and enthusiasm were manifested. Hearty votes of thanks were accorded to Mr Ellison and Mr Morgan Jones, fur their attendance. The Society has been in existence for many years, but evidently feeling the want of fellowship with one of the large Orders the meeting wisely decided to amalgamate with the Older of Druids, and a great influx of new members is anticipated. In the evening a public meeting took place in the Schoolroom, when there was a g ;od attendance. Mr G H Ellison presided,, and having explained the object of the meeting he called upon the Secretary, who read the following letter he had received from Sir Jame;" Joicey, Bart, M.P., to whom he had written asking if he would preside over the meeting ;—" My dear- sir,—In reply to your letter of the 11th iust, I beg to say that I regret I cannot preside at your meet- ing on the 25th inst, as I have an engagement iu the Nurth ou that day. Had I been at Gregyuog, i should have been glad to have met yo^r wishes. —Yours faithfully, JAMES JOICEY. :í" Henry Corfiplc1, Rock House, Bwichyffrydd."—The llev \rall<I>ti1 Joncg, vicar, s,d that he considered it absolutely nec"ikary that, every man should join a friendly society. He felt that with union they could do an enormous amount of good, and their union as a club with the Ordor of Druids would be very useful, and he thought they acted very wisely in joining such an Order. Tne sooner the better all the young men joined such a Society, because when they grew older they would become married, and have families around, and it was weli to have insti- tutions like their Lodge to look to for assistance when it was needed, and when they were members of such Societies they would feel more independent. He felt sure that the Order with which they were no -v connected must be founded on a sound basis, and their Lodge would be kept in a sound position, and he congratulated the Society on having arrang- ed terms with the Order cf Druids. He hoped they would ill share enthusiasm in their Lodge, and in- fuse it into others and thus add to the numerica! strength of their Lodge and Order (cheers).—Mr E Morgan Jones then gave some interesting statistics, as to the financial position and numerical strength of the Order and District, whicn were received with applause. — Mr D Eilis said he had been con- nected with the Society fcr 47 years, and was very pleased to find that they had taken the course^they nad in joining the Order of Druids. Mr James Evans, a trustee, gave a stirring address, and appealed to the members to exert themselves in promoting the welfare of the lodge. He believed the amalgamation was an advantage to the Order of Druids, but he believed it was a greater advantage to tuein. (cheers.) Mr B H Phillips referred to the work carried on by the old Society, and the improve- ment made from time to time in its management. He believed they had jiu; the finishing touch on their organization by joining the Order of Druids, in regard to the stability and genuineness of which there could he no question. They had started well by placing the right men in the right place as officers, and if they all tried their best to get one or two new members to join, they would be helping themselves and the Order (cheers). The Chairman said they regretted very much the absence through indisposition, of Mr R H Mason, (Mayor of Oswestry) who was a member of the Board of Management of their Order, and unfortunately the Grand Master of the district (Mr D Phillip Jones. Machynlleth) was also unable to be present. He wished to explain that they were not there to take away members from any other society, but to extend the principles of Druidism and friendly societies in general. The advantages and useful- ness of friendly societies were very great. If they looked at it from a selfish point, of view they must admit that where there are friend!v societies the rates are lower. Were it not for such societies the rates would be considerably higher. If they looked at it again from a philanthropic point of view — philanthropy, the love of mankind, self denial, love of our ftdJow-men-il, was the very essence of societies such as theirs. Some preferred one Order and some another but there were certain advant- ages COnlJeCLed with the Order of Druids which he was surprised other Orders did not carry out. The principle of equalisation was an excellent one, as it divided the outlay over a wide area instead of it being confined to one parish, and therefore it was not so keenly felt. Ifanepedemic occurred in any parish a large expenditure might be necessary to meet the claims, and it might seriously affect the financial position of a society, whereas, if the equalised system were adopted, the expenditure would be divided over the whole district, and con- sequently would not be felt so seriously. They also had a acheme of accidental compensation to which the men contributed but a very small extra sum, and in retnrn any member who might lose an arm, a leg. or an eye, by accident, vvouid receive a grant of £ 100 from the Order (cheers). He strongly urged upon them the absolute necessity of forming a juvenile branch, in order to teach the young the principles of friendly societies in their youth, and he felt sure they wou'd when they grew up become better men and nobler citizens. It was undoubtedly nn advantage to them to join an Order such as the Druids, because if isolated thev would surely come to grief, as he believed every isolated Lodge sooner or later would. In conclusion he urged upon ail present the advisability of joining some society (cheers).—On the motion of Mr B II Phillips, a heartv vote of thanks was accordfcI to the Chairman for presiding and for his excellent nUll r,"ss.


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