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ORGANIZES THREE BODIES IN 1"HE
THE CAPITAL CITY.
The Helena Independent. Montana, December
On the 23d instant there arrived in
Helena II ustrious Robert J. Fletcher,
33c, a Dcputv Grand Inspector-General
of the United Supreme Council of the
330 A. A. S. Rite for the Southern and
Western Masonic jurisdiction Grand
Orient, Washington. D. C, who is
also Imperial Deputy Grand Potentate
of the Imperial Council of the Ancient
Arar.jc Order of Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine of North and South America,
Grand Orient, Chicago, III. During
his stay he organized the following
Masonic bodies :
Helen? ConSlStorV Of 32" A A.
Rite. Henry L. Warfield, 330, illus
trious commander in chief; Alonzo
Leatherberry 330, illustrious first lieu
tenant commander; William J. Rob
inson, 320, illustrous second lieuten
ant commander; George M.Lee, 320,
illustrious grand minister of state and
grand orator; William Donnell, 320,
illustrious grand secretary; Moses H.
Bennet, 320, illustrious grand trea
surer; Wi.lis C Rose, 320, illustrious
grand keeper of the seals; George
Williams, 320, illustrous grand engi
neer; Jack V Robinson, 320, illus
trious grand hospitaller; Phillip T.
Simmons. 2. illustrious grand mas
ter nf ceiemonies; Irwin Smith, 320
illustrious grand captain of the guards ;
Christopher C. Garvey.320, illustrious
grand standard bearer ; E M. Will
iams, 320, illustrious grand tyler. The
members are Henry Maxwell, 320 ; Al
fred Deadrick, 320; Alfred J Walton,
320; H D.Stokes, 32
3?; C. C. Moore, 320
rtcmet Temple. A. A. 0. N. M S.,
Henry L. Wai field. 330 illustrious
grand potentate; William J Robinson,
320. illustrious chief rabban ; Alonzo
Leatherberry, 330. illustrious rabban ;
William Darnell, 320. illustrious high
priest and prophet; Willis C Rose,
320, illustrious oriental guide; Moses
H. Bennett, 320, illustrious treasurer;
George M. Lee, 320, illustrious re
corder; Gramille P. Nickerson, 320,
illustrious mardiall ; Phillip T. Sim
mon. 320. illustrious first ceremonial
mtpr- Hpnrv Maxwell. 32. III. cere
monial master: C. C. Moore,32e
tri.nm organist : Alfred Deadrick, 12
illustrious captain of the guards; Jack
W. Robinson. 320, outside guard. Tl e
-members are Irwin Smith, 320; Geor- e
"Williams, 320 J E- J- Walton, 320 ; H.
D. St- kes, 32 ; Willis Payne, 320 ; E.
M. Williamson. 320 ; C. C. Garvey,
-,-0 Inmec Phelns. 12
Being also deputy grand master for
the Cryptic Rite, Mr. Fletcher organ
ized Beartooth Council of Royal and
Select Masters. Cryptic Rite, with
the following officers : Henry L War
field, thrice illustrious master; W.
J. Robinson, deputy master; A. 1 eath
erberry, principal conductor of the
work; M. Lee. recorder; M. H.
Bennett, treasurer; William Darnell,
captain of the guard ; W f Rose,
coiductor; S. W. Bird, chaplain; P.
T. Simmons, marshall ; G. P. Nicker
son. steward ; Irwin Smith, sentinel.
The members were A. L. Bohon, C.
C. Gravey, W- H. Maxwell, Alonzo
Theofficers were installed Monday
evening by Mr Fletcher at G. A. R.
Hall, where the caravans of the Sons
1 of the Desert arrived, escor'ed by
Shiloh's Arabian band, foot sore and
weary from their long journey, but
after the Mostem ceremonies, re
freshed themselves at the banquet
table, which was filled with toothsome
viand?, known only to the Sons of the
Desert. The whole affair closed in a
way long to be remembered by the
colored citizens of II elena j
Previous to the installation ot officers I
ppnuty Inspector General Fletcher
delivered the following address :
U hoever accepts an important po
sition in the Masonic fraternity and
aspires to he a teacher, and an in
structor, will be requested of him to
be a faithful, diligent and a close stu
dent in the researches of Masonic his
tory and law, in order that he may be
qualified to have something instruc
tive and proper to say.
It should be the highest ambition of
every Mason to labor for the success
and good ol the order, so that his acts,
works, and deeds will not only meet
and command the approval of those
who are associated with him in his
noble work, but his efforts should be
of such a high and lasting character
that it would outlast an time, ann wnen
he is sleeping in the grave, coming
generations can point out to him with
pride and to those grand achievements
for the upbuilding, sustaining, and
perpetuating those fundamental prin
ciples, rules and regulations upon
which rests this laudible institution
for the advancement and improvement
Most of those present are probably
advised of the progress of the Mystic
Shrine of Masonry in his country. It
requires no prophetic eye to foresee
that its future is of a brilliant promise;
recent statistics gathered as to the
number of colored Masons in the
United States of America and Canada,
shows we have to-day 25,345 Master
Masons: 14,993 Royal Arch Masons;
u,4n Knights Tempter: 1,519 Scot
tish Rite Masons ; 614 Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine and Temples of tne
Mystic Shrine are now being rapidly
organized in even' section of the
country, and the day is not far distant
when there will be consistory of the
thirty-second degree and a temple of
the Mystic Shrine established in every
important city in North and South
The question has often been asked
by those who are just initiated in our
Masonic fraternity and also by some
who hae been in the order tor many
years as to what is the cause or rea
son of the separate organizations of
white ard colored Masons in the
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tme and correct answer that can be
given is not because our Masonry is
not the same as the white Masons, be
cause it originated and came from the
same source; but it h on account of
the prejudice that has been left in the
hearts and minds of the white Masons
in this country for many years.
In 1775. wheo Boston, Mass., was
garrisoned by British troops, a lodge,
called a traveling lodee, holding its
charter from the grand lodge of Eng
land, was connected with Gen. Gage's
Prince Hall, Thomas Sanderson.
BustineSIinger and several other col
ord men were initiated. Passed and
raised to the sublime degree of master
Masons at Castle Williams place, Bos
ton Harbor, now rort inaepenaen'e
bay, bv Brother Master Batt. These
colored Masons in 1784 after remaining
members of the lodge in which they
received the degrees, applied to the
grand lodge of England for a charter,
and it was granted to them and they
were designated as African Lodge No
459 Prince Hall was madeprovincial
deputy grand master of the grand
lodge of England. African lodge No
1 was established in PhilariPlr,h; p.
African lodge No 2 was established at
Providence, R. I. Vlth these three
lodges, in 1808, the grand lodge of
Massachusetts was organized and
hence originated all the colored Ma
sons of this country in a regular and
Scottish Rite Masonry wqs first es
tablished in this country at Philadel-
pnia, fa., in tne year 1850, by Dr. St
Lavine, a grand inspector general of
the supreme council of France and
the degrees were first conferred'unon
DmUr llottirl I 00.-.. . ni -i . . F.
",ul,,g' v'" . rfl rniiaceiphia,
Pa., and the King David Supreme
Council was regularly established
There are only two regular and le
gitimate supreme council of the Scot
tish Rite in the United Mates of Am
erica, one is at Philadelphia and the
otner is at vvasnington, D C.
Iustrious J. G. Jones 33 degrees, in the
city of Chicago, III., by Noble Rofelt
Pasha, a deputy and representative
from the grand council of Arabia, Asia
and assisted by three other nobles of
the Mystic Shrine from loreign coun
tries. On the 10th of June, 1893, in
Chicago, the imperial grand council
of the Mystic Shrine of free Masonry
for North and South America, was reg
ujarly and legally constituted, with
high Masonic honors, which is the
first and only one among colored Ma
sons in the world.
St. Andrews Chapter, Jan. 18.
St. Peters Chapter, Jan. 20,
Mecca Temple Jan. 27..
Kaliff Alee, Jan 25.
Prince Hall Lodge of Perfection ia
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un tne nrsi 01 June. 180?. in th ritv Jau at lT" street nortnwest.
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Ancient AraDic uider of Nobles of
the Mystic bhrine of Masonry was in
troduced and conferred upon the II-
nicago, 111., jan. 4, '97.
KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS.
W. Dempcy, grand chancellor of
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the original Grand Lodge of Knights s.eci ?n m wmcn 'l " ,ocai?ar ""ffl
of Pvthias of Illino?.: nf N ASA ' ncultural one, and the majority of its
E., A. and A., paid a visit to Shawnee-' Afro American residents are farmers.
town, II!.. on the 22d ult., and set up
a lodge of Knights of Pythias, with
the assistance of the Rev. J. W. Ed
wards and Wm Barger.
It is Douglass Lodge No 9 and is of
ficered as follows:
Horace Staples, chancellor corn-
J. J. Dial vice chancellor.
Rev. J. VV. Edwards, prelate.
Oscar Greer, master of work.
Benjamin Ellis, keeper of records
Edward E. Casey, master of finance,
M. L Hunley, master of exchequer.
Charles Jacobs, master at arms
Henry Haidin, inner guard.
Andrew Cox, outer guard.
Af er the completion of the work a
bountiful spread of good things were
enjoyed until a late hour Shawnee is
a pretty little place on lhe north bank
of the Ohio river, in the southeast Dart
of the state, in Gallatin county. The The BtE is the people's paper.
Why not have an Afro-American
Afl3e,8or to succeed Mat Trim ball '