The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 38
Tea Meeting.—On Saturday evening, Feb. 15th, the members of No. 31, David Tent, No. 9, Bolton District, held their anniversary in the Temperance Hall, when a large number partook of tea A public meeting was afterwards held, under the presidency of Bro. Thomas Cunliffe, High Chief Ruler of the Order, who said that the David Tent now possessed 116 members, and the sick fund amounted to £938 4s 10d, or £8 1s 10d per member, which, with £1 9s 8d each member was worth in the funeral fund, made £9 8s 6d per member. The evidence given before the Friendly Societies Commission was that members in ordinary friendly societies were worth from £3 to £4 each, so that the members of the David Tent were worth twice as much as members of societies which met at public-Louses and allowed their members intoxicating drinks.—After an overture on the piano and violin by Miss Settle and Mr. Laitliwaite, a reading by Bro. Holmes, and "Let the hills resound" by the choir, Bro. Dimond said one of the objects of the Order was to promote the principles of total abstinence. The Order was a result of the Temperance reformation, and was able to present facts and statistics which had startled the general public. The Order had 33,000 members, with £186,000 in funds. During the past week he had visited several Tents in No. 7 Bolton District, and at Bury he found the members were worth £16 10s 8d each in the sick and funeral funds. During the cotton famine the Bury Tent suspended contributions, but gave sick pay, and yet had been able to save money. During the past year the receipts of Bury Tent from the money invested had been double the amount spent in sick pay. The speaker earnestly exhorted the audience to assist them in extending Rechabite principles.—Miss Blackmore sang "Within a mile of Edinboro' town" in good style, and Miss Settle and Mrs. Moore with excellent taste rendered the duet "O'er hill, o'er dale."—After a duet on the piano and violin, Bro. Ellis, of Manchester, one of the Trustees of the Older, said all the influences connected with Rechabitism were in favour of morality and religion.—Mr. Town-son sang with great vigour "The Call to Freedom," being the Marseillaise Hymn set to temperance words.-Bro. 11. Roper, of Mnnchester, also a Trustee of the Order, called attention to the Juvenile Order of Recha-bites, which numbered over 10,000 young persons, who in course of time would be added to the Adult Order.-Mr. Graham gave "The Death of Nelson." Messrs. Townson, Graham, and Wright rendered the glee, "To all you ladies," after which Bro. Hopkins sang "Hearts of Oak," which was encored, when he gave "Life is a River."—Bro. Charles Lowe, of Salford, moved vote of thanks to the deputation from the Board of Directors, which was seconded by Bro. Thomas Jones, and carried with acclamation.—Mrs. Moore sang "Come back to Erin;" Mr. Townson, "The pure crystal wine," being "The good Rhine wine" to temperance words; and Miss Blackmore, "Oh pretty red-lipped daisy." During the evening Miss M E. Settle, assisted by Mr. E. Smith, presided at the piano.—Bro. Maxwell, secretary Primrose Tent, moved, and Bro. Heald, secretary Rose of England Tent, seconded, a vote of thanks to the choir, which was carried, and acknowledged by Bro. Leigh, who moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was seconded by Bro. E. Roth well, secretary David Tent, and agreed to.—The proceedings concluded with the usual Rechabite hymn and the benediction.