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I CAERLEON. Agent,—Miss M. A. Evans, Newsagent, Cross-street, Mr Hatchard, Mill Street. I ODDFELLOWS' MEETING. The half-yearly meeting of the Newport District of Oddfellows (M.U.) was held at the Red Lion Hotel, Caerleon, on Monday. Prov. G.M. J. J. Waters took the chair at 11 o'clock, the vice- chair being occupied by Prov. D.G.M. F. H. C. Greene. The returns shewed that the present membership of the district was 3,313, being a decrease of two on the haJf-year. The expulsions numbered 53, and deaths 28. The management fund shewed a balance in hand of j61 13s. 7Jd. The widows' and orphans' fund had paid away -2252, leaving a balance in hand of X295 17s., a gain on the half-year of £77 7s. The funeral fund shewed a disbursement of £438, which included the payments for 19 deceased wives of members. This fund had gained L158 4s. lOd. The district members' account shewed a balance of receipts over expenditure of J6204 5s. 7d. The capital of the district is X3,388 17". 9d. A proposition from the mother lodge, the Temple of Peace, asking the meeting to consider the advisability of forming a female branch or branches in the district was discussed. The idea met with general support, and a committee was appoiuted to deal with the subject and report at the annual meeting in December next. A vote of sympathy and condolence was passed with Per. Sec. Thomas Oakley (King Arthur Lodge, Caerleon), in the great bereavement he has experienced in losing three of his children within five months.

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