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should marry for only love. Or for ambition!' she answered with a haughty smile, and these were her last words—I have never seen her
"That is an evil which time will cure!" said the Chevalier.
“Oh, no!" answered Henri. "Do you think that I have done nothing to tear this disgraceful passion from my heart? My reason and my will have been too weak for the task, and I still hang upon this cold and unfeeling soul, on this heartless beauty, with a tenacity which I cannot overcome. But for one day to call her mine, to rule over her heart, to see her tremble before me—but for one hour like this I would freely give my whole life.”
"You must travel, Henri !” said the Chevalier, laying his hand upon the young man's arm. "Oh, how fearfully is Gabrielle revenged!"
The next morning Henri had left Paris.
There can we sooth our deepest woe,
There can we find a blissful rest.
Where'er thy glorious seeds are spread,
The shelterless shall succour find,
Protected by the lame and blind;
Shall find a balm for all her fears,--
And kindness dry her burning tears.
The little helpless orphan child
That lifts its tiny hands in prayer,
Shall claim and have especial care;
And universal love shall reign,
Shall kindle into life again.
Odd-Fellowship, all hail the time!
That hastens on thy welcome course,
And godlike is thy heavenly source.
To greet thee as the friend of man,
Who is, and was, ere time began.
From the Bradford (Eng ) Saturday Observer.
MEETING OF THE ANNUAL MOVEABLE COMMITTEE
OF THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD-FELLOWS.
This body, in accordance with a resolution passed last year, at Wigan, assembled in this town on Monday morning. (June 5th, 1843.)
We will not at present attempt the antiquarian task of tracing to its first beginnings an Order which, under different shapes and names, has doubtless existed for centuries. The Order of the Manchester Unity is of comparatively recent date. It has been brought to its present prosperous condition by men who, although earning their bread by the sweat of their brow, have exhibited to the world a specimen of what such men can do. The published reports of the Order from time to time form a gratifying spectacle to the philanthropist. The prejudices which at one time enveloped the Order are passing away; it is now patronized and encouraged by persons in the highest ranks of life but to the humbler and not less usefül founders and builders of the Order, be the highest honour. The Order continues to grow; new Lodges are springing up here and there throughout the country in all directions and Odd-Fellowship, instinct with the spirit of Good-Fellowship, promises to embrace the whole country. speed to it!
The Moveable Committee is composed of representatives from different parts of the United Kingdom. According to the census just published by the Grand Master and Directors, this society is composed of 3,368 Lodges, which contained 219,000 members on January 1st, 1843, in full compliance. The Lodges are divided into 296 districts.
A good moral character is the only requisite for obtaining admission into this society. The discussion of politics and religion is entirely prohibited; nor are trade affairs allowed to be entertained. The objects are purely charitable; the promotion of morality and the cultivation of friendly and social intercourse is the principle aim. During the last twelve months the amount of £150,000, at least, has been expended among the sick and distressed members. The financial affairs of the various Lodges are conducted by its own members, all having equal votes, and no other body having the power of controlling their funds. Every Lodge pass their own laws for governing themselves, but such laws must not be contrary to the spirit of the fundamental, or as they are called, "General Laws of the Order.” Neighbouring Lodges, at convenient distances, form them. selves into districts, and every Lodge in the district has an equal number of representatives. They have four meetings in the year. At one of these meetings the representatives elect from amongst themselves three officers for governing the district, who are called provincial officers, in contra-distinction to the Officers of the Order. They remain in office twelve months. Through the medium of these officers all the business with the head office in Manchester is transacted. If a dispute arises in any Lodge, the dissatisfied party have a right to a new trial at the district meeting, and from which another trial may be had by the Appeal Committee and the Annual Moveable Committee. Both these tribunals are composed of delegates from various parts of the kingdom, and no one is allowed to judicate in a case from his own neighbourhood.
The chief officers of the Order are a Grand Master, a Deputy Grand Master, Corresponding Secretary, and eighteen gentlemen formed into a Board of Directors-none of these officers are paid except the Secretary. They are all members of the Manchester district, but every district in the Order has the power of sending one delegate to the Board, who has equal power with the Directors. The office is in Manchester. The officers are all elected at the Annual Meeting which is held this week. This meeting is composed of members from different districts and Lodges. Every district can send one delegate and an extra one for every thousand members. Every Lodge has also the privilege of sending one delegate. The Grand Master and Board of Directors in Manchester issue quarterly a report, which contains a summary of all occurrences during the quarter, including the cash received and paid. One of these reports is sent to every Lodge, for the use of its members, free of any charge; nor are the Lodges called upon for any contribution towards the management of the head office. The expense of conducting the Order by the Directors is about £1,500 per annum.
The revenue arises from the sale of goods, such as are required by the various Lodges. The Directors, by their extensive purchases and prompt payments, are enabled to sell, in many cases, at considerably less prices than could be purchased elsewhere. The Annual Meeting regulate the rate of_profit. The Directors publish quarterly a periodical called the “Odd Fellows' Magazine"-its circulation is 27,000 per quarter, the entire profit of which is distributed to such districts and Lodges as have formed a Widow and Orphans' Fund.
As stated above, the committee commenced its meetings in this town on Monday, in the Odd Fellows' Hall.
The meeting was opened by G. M. Richmond, the present Grand Master of the Order, who stated that the increase of the members of the Order for the last year was nearly 12,000, and although this number was not equal to what had taken place for some few years previous, yet from all the information he had been able to ascertain, he was happy to inform the meeting, that the increase was chiefly composed of those two classes of the community, viz: the middle and higher classes. This might arise, probably, from the great amount of distress, which for some time past had pressed so heavily upon the working population of the country; and, as a natural consequence, put it out of their power to join the Institution, a majority of whom composed the members of the Institution.
The members of the Committee would use their best exertions to promote the utility and prosperity of the body at large, by a judicious and careful performance of their various duties; and thus prove themselves worthy of the confidence the Order had reposed in them, by being called upon to represent and legislate for the numerous body of men, of which the Order is at present composed.
The routine business transacted on Thursday and Friday, was of a miscellaneous character—for the most part interesting alone to the members of the Order.
There is one particular resolution we must name, which we consider highly praiseworthy, and will show to the most sceptical, that there is not the least wish to keep in darkness or mistify their general proceedings; and that the appellation of “Secret” Order is adhered to only as we obey the first law of nature-viz: self preservation and self-protection. Unfortunately, fraud is too common in our day, and servility lacks nothing to serve a wily purpose. Honour, honesty, benevolence, truth, charity, disinterestedness may be preached, admired; but still their practical adoption is far, far from being universal. The extended privilege alluded to above is, a plan for the more general diffusion of information among this body, by the sale of the Annual and Quarterly Reports, which may in future be purchased by each member, at a very trifling cost, whilst previously, one Report only was possessed by each Lodge, and many were but imperfectly acquainted with their numerous proposals and modifications. There is little doubt but this new feature will realize a profit to the funds of the Order, and prove a general benefit to all.
Another resolution passed was, a caution to Lodges against investing too large a proportion of their funds in buildings, which practice has in some cases led to great inconvenience and injury, by reducing the said Lodges or Districts concerned to extreme privation, through thus appropriating moneys collected for other purposes, in speculations which have proved any thing but profitable.
Numerous were the proposals throughout the Unity, for the delegates to meditate and decide upon: amongst them, the equalization of travelling relief and formation of stations-regulation of appeals-the proper conducting of processions—payment of contributions—purchasing goodssettlement of disputes-enforcing the appropriation of the funds to proper purposes—an earnest wish on the part of many Lodges for a general establishment of Widow and Orphans' Funds and Infant Schools, for the instruction of Odd-Fellows' children, &c. &c. The last two subjects are, indeed, brilliant and manly contemplations, and our hearty wish is, that the delegates may live long, and succeed to their fullest wish, in carrying out the proposals of their several constituents!
Yesterday, the principal business transacted was the election of the chief and responsible officers of the Order-viz: the G. M., D. G. M., C. S., and the Board of Directors. The candidates for Grand Master, in place of Mr. Richmond, the G. M. for the past twelve months, were
D. G. M. James Mansfield.
P. D. G. M. Caldwood. The contest was a severe one, but Mr. Mansfield was declared victorious, and we learn, that he is well deserving this mark of confidence for his long and arduous exertions in behalf of the body at large. For the D. G. M. of the Order, the candidates were more numerous
P. G. Henry Whaite.
P. G. Isaac Gleave. Mr. Whaite was elected D. G. M., which office, like the first mentioned, is without salary, and very arduous.
For the C. S. of the Order, the following candidates were put in nomination
Prov. D. G. M. R. R. Elliott, proposed by the Glossop dis.
P. Prov. G. M. Wm. Ratcliffe, proposed by Chowbent dis. Mr. Wm. Ratcliffe was elected the Corresponding Secretary of the Order, by a very large majority, and it may safely be said, that the duties of this office are the most onerous and responsible connected with this large and influential body of philanthropists.
For the Board of Directors, 18 candidates were in nomination, but the following six were elected -
P. G. John Cadman.
P. G. Edward Stanley.
The next question of interest to be named is, Where shall the A. M.C. of 1844 be held? Four towns stood the poll for this privilege, (for a pri