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COUNCILLOR A., T. WHITS, BARRY. ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED ANCIENT ORDER OF DRUIDS EXCELLENT RECORD OF FRIENDLY SOCIETY WORK. At the Biennial Assembly of the United Ancient Order of Druids Friendly Society, held this week at Newcastle-on-Tyne, Past-Arohdruid A. T. White, the D.C.S. of the Monmouthshire and South Wales District, and one of the District Councillors at Barry, was unanimously elected President of the Order for the ensuing two years, a distinction upon which every Druid and every member of the Friendly Society Movement, and the townspeople generally of Barry, will congratulate him most heartily; and in this general expression of con- gratulation we de-sive ourselves sincerely to join. Brother White possesses an active and useful career as Druid, having occupied most of the official positions of the Lodge, District, and Order during the past 20 years and no Druid has more worthily succeeded to the presidency of the Order than has Councillor A T. White. THE NEW PRESIDENT'S CAREER. Bro. A. T. White was born atBrixham, in Devon- shire, in the year 1864, and, when only three weeks old, was taken with his parents to London, where he remained until 1884, having in the meantime been apprenticed to carpentry and joinery. In 1882 he joined the U.A.O.D., being initiated into the rites of the Order at Lodge 681, held at the Greyhound Inn, Balaam-street, Plaistow, Eessex, a branch of the London District on the borders of the great Metropolis. He soon began to take an active part in the affairs of his lodge, for on the second night after joining he was elected assistant secretary, which office he held until 1884, when he removed to Newport (Mon.), where he continued to work at his trade until 1888, then entering the employ as warehouseman of a firm of builders' merchants in that town. By his steady application to duty and reliability, his worth was quickly noted, and in March, two years after, his employers promoted him to the management of their branch business at Barry Docks, which position he held until the early part of 1.801, when he severed his connection with the firm, starting in business for himself. Bro. White, immediately after getting settled down in his new surroundings at Newport, thought there were ample opportunities for introducing Druidism in that town, although the friendly rivals, the I.O.O.F., Manchester Unity, and the A.O.F., were strongly in evidence at that time. How well and earnestly Mr White set to work is shown by the fact that within a few months after his arrival there (although under twenty years of age) he succeeded in establishing Lodge 700, the parent lodge of the Monmouthshire & South Waleg District; and also in 1886, through his untiring efforts in the cause of Druidism, Lodge 718, .which was successfully opened in the same town. Bro. White, by his removal to Barry in 1890, was successful in inaugurating the Victoria Lodge 771 at Barry Dock, which in a short time flourished so rapidly that it became the largest lodge in the M. and S.W. District (holding that position to-day, numbering over 530 members). Mr White was the first A.D. of this lodge, and he was also trea- surer of the same for eight years, which position he relinquished in 1898 through being elected secretary of the lodge, and it is satisfactory to learn that he still holds that responsible office. Bro. White was also the founder of Lodge 864, Barry, and the founders unanimously named it the "A. T. White" Lodge, in honour of and out of respect for their worthy brother, who has always been and is now ever ready to devote his time and attention to the onward march of progress so richly deserved by so noble an Order. The M. and S. W. District was not formed until the year 1888, and Mr White was then elected D.C.S., a position he has held ever since, which justly entitles him to be termed by his familiar brother Druids, the Father of the District," the membership being at the present time about 2,800. Bro. White was also the chief mover in getting together representatives of the various Friendly Societies of the Barry district, and in a short time the Barry District Friendly Societies' Council was established, and he was cordially elected the first president of that Council. The duties appertaining to that office were admirably carried out by him, with every satisfaction to his numerous fellow members. Bro. White is also a member of the. Barry District Council, being elected in 1889, to represent the electors of the West Ward. He was returned at the head of the poll, and con- sidering that he was defeated in 1897 when con- testing for a seat in the same ward, it plainly indicates that Mr White has plenty of the right-grit and determination necessary to over- come any difficulty or obstacle with which he may be confronted. As was said of him in 1899-" To have succeeded out of four candidates in the most high-class residential ward of the town is an achievement which Mr A, T. White may well feel proud of. In Mr White the Barry District Council will secure an intelligent, honest, and straight- forward member, and the town a representative 0 whom every confidence may be reposed," Al-

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