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• . > I A A VOL. I. MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 1, 1868. NO. 31. CEREMONIES The list of the articles in the CEREMONIES » LAYING THE CORNER-STONE or THE TOWN HALL, Monday, July 27th, was tho day set opart for the ceremonies of laying the Corner-Stone of the Town Hall, of Mid dletown, Del. The ceremonies were con ducted (under the auspices of Union Lodge No. 5, A. F. A. M. of Middletown) by the M. W. Grand Lodge of Delaware. The day was inauspicious, ruin continu ing to fell throughout the morning. Not withstanding the unfavorable state of tho weather there was a large number of tho Fraternity present; auiong them the M. W. Grand Lodge of Delaware, and St. Johns Commandery of Knights Templar, from Wilmington, attended by Ritchie's Band; Washington Lodge, No. 1, and Lafayette Lodge No. 11, also of Wilming ton. Delegations were present from St. John's Lodge, No. 2, of New Castle; Lodge No. 19, of Delaware City; Harmony Lodge, No. 17, of Smyrna; Union Lodge, No. 7, of Dover; Eureka Lodge, No. 98, of Millington, Md. and Cecil Lodge, of Chesapeake City, Md. Union Lodge, No. 5, of Middletown, Del. was present in force, attended by the Odessa Cornet Band. R. T. Lockwood, of Union Lodge, No. 5, Chief Marshall, Thomas E. Hum, and Thomas W. Bucke, Assistants. The line was formed at 2 o'clock, 1'. M. and the prooessiou moved down Main street to Catherine, countermarched to Broad, up Broad to Lake, down Lake to Wood, down Wood to Main, and thence to the Hall. Arrived at the Hall, the Grand Lodge proceeded to open in public form, l'ust Master J. M. Cox, -of Union Lodge No. 6 of Middletown, President of the Board of Directors, on behalf of the Board, then arose and invited the M. W. Grand Mas ter to deposit the Corner-Stone in its pro per place in due Masonic form. The M. W. Grand Master then pro ceeded to lay the Corner-Stone, observing the following order of ceremonies on the occasion ; Jackson MUSIC BY THE BAND. OPENING. Jlf. W. Grand Master .—Right Worship ful Senior Grand Warden :—Tho Grand Lodge having been assembled for the pur pose of laying the Corner-Stone of this Hall here to be erected, it is my order the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge be opened for the performance of that impor tant ceremony. This my will ami plea sure you will communicate to the Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden, and he to the Brethren present, that all hav ing due notice may govern themselves ac cordingly. Senior Grand Warden. —Right Wor shipful Junior Grand Warden:—It is the order of the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Delaware, that this Corner-Stone be now laid with Masonic honors. This his will and pleasure you will proclaim to all present, that the occasion may be ob served with due order and solemnity. Junior Grand Warden. —Brethren, and all who are present, take notice, thnt the Most Worshipful Grand Master will now deposit this Foundation-Stone in Masonic form. You will observo the order and decorum becoming the important and ■solemn ceremonies iu which wc are about U> engage. now HYNM.— Tune " Dort." Father of love and might, Send forth thy holy light On us to shine ; Be thou our Sovereign Lord, And may thy Holy Word Be to us shield and sword, Master Divine. Bound in one Brotherhood, Owning one common hlood, Children of thine ; Fill us with kindliness, Prompt to relieve distress, Wearing thy true impress, Master Divine. With joyful hands, to-day. This Comer Stone we lay With Corn and Wine ; But do thou build up one, Wsojugjif in the Hying stone lOf dw true hearts alone, Master Divine. <Pwm when this house shall fall, fair front and sculptured wgll, In long decline ; May the True Temple grace Thy heavenly dwelling-place, With every stone in place, Master Divine. Savior Omnipotent, , .Crown Thou our good intent With grace of Thine ; Protect this house we rear ; And when Thou shalt appear Save us who gather here, Master Divine, PRAYER —By Bev. Mr. CROWLE, Grand Master. —Right Worshipful Bro. Grand Trea#qrer :—JTou will rca^ the list .SfUff contents of the Box The list of the articles deposited in the box was then read as follows : A History of the organization of the Middletown Hall Company ; the names of the Stockholders and officers of the Com pany ; a map of Middletown, and a busi ness directory of the town ; a copy of the first issue of the Middletown Trauscript, and a copy of each of the Wimington pa a fist of the members of Union Lodge, No. 5, A. P. A. M. of Middle town, and a list of the officers of the M.W. Grand Lodge of Deluwnre ; various coins of the United Statos ; an English Farthing of 1755, found in the old brick building whicli formerly stood upon the site of the Town Hall ; paper money—Continental, Confederate, and United States, Grand Master,— -There being no ob jection, I now order you, Brother Grand Treasurer, to deposit the Box with its contents, in the place propared for its reception. principal Architect then presents the Working Tools to the Grand Master, who directs the Grand Marshal to present them to the Deputy Grand Master, and Senior and Junior Grand Wardens. • HYMN. —Tune " Oi.d Hundred." The Rock—Great Builder of the World On which this Building's base we lay, By Thee was made of iron strength, And radiant white as glorious day. Our Jewels, too, were formed by Thee, The Square, the Level, and the Plumb : These, the Foundation,—laws of Lifo, From'Thy own Word eternal come! Thou freely gavest the things, with which To build in Soul, to build with Hand, And thus, this Corner-Stone we lay, As long as Freedom stands, to stand ! pers ; Tho The Grand Master, the De Grand Master, Grand Wardens andPast Grand Masters then descend from the platform, the Grand Master taking the Trowel, the Deputy Grand Master the Square, and the Senior Grand Warden the Level, and the Junior Grand Warden the Plumb ; the Grand Master and Past Grand Masters standing at the East of the Stone, hte Deputy on his right, the Senior Grand Warden at the West, and the Junior Grand Warden at tho South side of the Stone. The Grond Master then spreads the ce ment ; after which, ho directs the Grand Marshal to order the Craftsmen to lower the Stone. [This is done by three motions, viz :—1st, by lowering a few inches and stopping, when the public Grand Honors are given; 2d, again lowering a few in ches, and giving Grand Honors; 3d, let ting the Stone down to its place, and giving the Grand Honors, rb before. The Square, Level and Plumb, are then ap plied to the Stone by the proper Officers.] Grand Master .—Right Worshipful Dep uty Grand Master: What is tho proper Jewel of your office? Deputy Grand Master .—The Square. Grand Master. —Have you applied the Square to those parts of the Stone that should be square ? Deputy Grand Matter .—I have, Most Worshipful Grand Master, and the Crafts men have done their duty. Grand Ma te'. —Right Worshipful Se nior Grand Warden : What isthe proper Jewel of yourofliee? Senior Gr ind Warden ,—TheLevel. Grand Master .—Have you applied the Level to the Stone ? Senior Grand Warden. —I have. Most Worshipful Grand Master,and the Crafts men liavedono their duty. Grand Master .—Right Worshipful Ju nior Grand Warden : What isthe proper Jewel of your office ? Junior Grand Warden, —The Plumb. Grand Master .—Have you app'.ied the Plumb to the several edges of the Stone ? Junior Grand Warden .—I have. Most Worshipful Grand Master, and the Crafts men hnve done their duty. Grand Matter .—Having full confidence in your skill in the Royal Art, it mains with mo now to finish the work. Tho Grand Master then gives three knooks upon the Stone, saying— " Know all of you who hear me. We proclaim ourselves free nndlawful Masons, true to the laws of our country, profes sing to fear God,and confer benefits mankind. We practice universal benefi cence towards all. oealed from tho eyes of men which may not be revealed to any but Masons, and which no oowan has yet discovered; they are however, lawful and honorable. Un less our Craftwas good and our calling honest, these secrets would not have cx istedfor so many generations, nor should wo have had so many illustrious per sonages as Brethren of our Order, always ready to sanction our proceedings and contribute to our welfare. We are as sembled in the broad face of oi under the canopy of Heaven, Corner Stone of this Hall. re on Wo havo secrets con open day, to lay the of IF raise. Prayer py Rev, Joiin Patton, D. D; The Deputy from the Grand Marshal the Cornucopia containing Corn, and Bpreads the upon the Stqne, saying :— "May the health of the workmen em ployed in this undertakipg be preserved to them, and may the Supremo Grand Architect bless aud prosper their labors." Psalm. Grand Master then receives corn When once of old, in Israel, Our early Brethren wrought with toil, Jehovah's blessings on them fell of Corn and Wine and Oil. The Grand Marshal then presents the Senior Grand Warden the cup of Wine, who pours it upon the Stone, saying : In showers "May plenty be showered down u upon people of the City, and may the bles sings of the Bounteous Giver of All Things attend all their philanthropic underta kings." the When there a shrine to him alone They built, with worship sin to foil. On threshold and on oorncr-stone They poured out Cokn & Win* & Oil. The Grand Marshal presents the cup of Oil to the' Junior Grand Warden, who pours it upon the Stone, saying :— "May the Supreme Ruler of the preserve this people in Peace, and vouch safe to them the enjoyment of every bles sing." And we have come, fraternal bands, With joy and pride and To honor Him by votive With streams of Corn & Wink & Oil, World £ rosperous spoil, ands Grand Master.^-" May Corn, Wine and Oil, and all the necessaries of life, abound among men throughout the world ; and may the blessing of Almighty God bo upon this undertaking, and may the structure here to be erected be preserved to the latest ages, in order that it may promote the humane purposes for which it is designed," Tho Grand Master then presents the Implements to the Architect, saying:— "To you. Brother Architect, are con fided tho implements of operative Masonry, with the fullest confidence that by your skill and taste, a fabric shall arise, which shall add new lustre to our Town. May it endure for many ages, a monument of the liberality and bonevolenoe of its foun ders. Music, .By the Band. ORATION. By Rev. Biio. J. C. McCabe, D.'D. [Dr. McCabe being prevented, by indisposi tion. t orn delivering his Oration, It was read by H. Vanderford.] Fellow Citizens and members of the Masonic Fraternity : We have assembled to day to unite in a ceremonial, gratifying doubtless, to every individual in this audience; for in the growth and prosperity of our beautiful little town all must feel a deep and abid ing interest ; specially do we, as Masons, feel gratified thnt an opportunity is pre sented to us, in the invitation given us to conduct the work of laying the Corner Stone of your new Town-Hall, that as a fraternity, we are duly and truly prepared for the work assigned us, and, as we trust, worthy and well qualified to perform the same. The part we take to day, far back in an tiquity, was performed simply by the op erative ; for centuries, however, where speculative Masonry has been known, to her by courtesy, in many instances by authority, has been committed the special honor of superintending tho deposits in the Corner-Stones of publie edifices, and when she, on closing the aperture pro nounces that stone to be " well formed true and trusty," it may be taken for granted that the task has been executed in due and nncient form. It has also been an honored custom on such occasions, for some selected member of the order to call attention to the ob jects of the institution, and to bespeak for a short time, the patient attention of those to whom its principles are unknown, or by whom it may .be in a great degree mis understood. Honored by special invita tion entirely unsought by myself, I occu py to-day the position referred to. If Masonic tradition bo true, and who has yet disproved it, Masonry arose as organized order when rose the first tem ple. She saw that temple in its dazzling splendors crowning Mount Zion at Jeru salem. That temple was destroyed—dark ness pavilioned the city of the Great King, and the captive tribes mingled their wild wail with the waters of the Euphra tes, os they hung their tuneless harps on the weeping willows there—but Masonry survived the blow. After a long and gloomy captivity the two tribes returned by virtue of an edict of Cyrus the Per sian—but Masonry has outlived by ages tho throne that gave permission to rebuild the House of the Lord. The Empire of the Persian has dissolved like a dream, while Masonry like the unspent moves on unwearied, unwasted protege and younger sister of time. She has out lived the structures of operative work manship which her sops helped to rear, and those tfiaf still crumble apd fell and thunder to the midnight moon from out their ruins, seem in striking eloquence to remind us that the only pillars which can withstand the shocks and the storms of conturies are.those whose foundations are lpid in the word of truth—mopal and not physical. That Masonry has not gone down in the tide of timo, with the numerous other systems Which have risen and sunk in the progress of ages, and amid the conflicts and mutations which mark the birth and the burial of schemes and projects with which men have sought to perpetuate their names and their deeds, we conceive (as Christian Masons,) is owing to the marked fact that she has adopted the spirit, and has worked by the letter of that great Book of Cpnstitutions, the Bible. It is known to the intelligent membprs of the craft that many of her signs and symbols have been spggested by its perusal, have their origin and phraseology in the study and understanding of that Boo*. These facts go farther to show tfigt the Institution is not only to be venerated for its antiquity, but that if should be inspec ted, esteemed and foster«! fep the g pest I an ocean and and beautiful moral lesson which it teaches —the amelioration of human woes,—and the undeniable truth it inculcates that the pure benevolence with whicli it surrounds the objects of its sympathies, has its prin ciples deeply laid in the Bidle —a Book, be it known, wi hout which, i s man never could learn the full measure of his duty to his neighbor or his God, bo no Masonic Lodge can organize or work. In addi tion to this fact, not known perhaps to those who are not members of ble order, we may mention another—that there is no degree conferred throughout the various modes of initiating, passing and raising—the designs, duties and practical requirements of which are not enforced by precepts, rules and exhortations, from that same inspired volume ;—and still far ther, that no individual, however respec table among men, or eminent in the world, can become a member of the Masonic fra ternity, who does not emphatically de clare his triist in God, and who does not have the great duty of prayer to that God enforced in the most positive manner upon his very first entrance into a Masonic Lodge. If any man gain admission with out this full, and unequivocal acknowl edgement, it would be with a lie upon his lips, and a purjured soul before God man. Is it not evident, then, with the ceremonies initiatory into this fraternity— with high moral duties enforced by the august sanctions of the Word of God, that we have a basis upon which no other merely human association has ever stood— and that our trust evidently bolng in God, our faith is well founded ; and that in fol lowing such a conductor we need fear danger. Masonry, like patriotism, knows no north, no south, no east, no west— and thus she unites her affiliated forces with cords that cannot be broken. She utters the same words, she uses the same signs, she employs the same symbols from one end of our great country to the other ; and the Mason, impelled by honorable ad venture, or legitimate business, who passes properly accredited from his Lodge in any of our Atlantic cities, finds himself as much at home in California, as in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, or Baltimore, —In courts, or in camps, in foreign lands, however different the enstoms of nations, or however multiplied the babel tongues of earth—like nature, she speaks an uni versal language, and ' 1 whether sunned at the tropics, or chill'd at the poles," the true craftsman finds ever a brother's hand to grasp in his, and a fraternal welcome to cheer him whereever his destinies may lead. our venera and The various bodies of Christians build their platforms, adopt thoir oreed, and run their lines of dcniarkatlon—- and some are for Peter, and some for Paul, and some for Appollos. The political parties draw party-lines, adopt tests and utter party shibboloths ; aud the wildest, fier cest and darkest passions of human nature are engendered in the struggle for supre macy or ascendancy :—but Masonry toaoh es her children to leave all these passions and prejudices without the door; and when the Mason, if he be true to her principles and her teachings, crosses that inner threshold, he says to his religious peculiarities, and to his political procliv ities, as Abaraham said to the young men at the foot of tho Mount of Sacrifice, ye here, while I go up a beautiful sight to b who perhaps outsido of her precincts have wielded the keon weapons of polemical warfare, or engaged in tho fierce tournay in the political arena, bending in the act of worship, uttering the same respon ses, conforming to the same rites and emoniea, each heart-pulse beating to the same sweet measure, 1 ' truth, relief, and brotherly love." —And, yet, the thought? less, the ignorant, the prejudiced, have sought to cast poproach upon the institu tion, by a scries of conclusions that lawy era would probably term non sequxtors : —First, "that we area secret society, and therefore, cannot be a good society." They say, "if your objects are really good, you can have no good reason why the public should not know all about your proceedings." But this illogical objection is not the only one—there is another— " that tho lives of some Masons prove them to be bad men—therefore, tho insti tution is a bad one, and should not be countenanced." But here it will bo per ceived that in violation of the commonest rules of logic, they select a particular case, from which they draw a general conclu B*op, or rather thy oonfojiud the terms of the sylogism, and the result is, an absur dity. But let us examine these objections : First, it is a secret society—but if take the literal, true and obvious meaning of the term secret, this charge is untrue. Our organisation, our principles of oper ation y the names of our members and offi ces, our tenets, motives, designs and ob jects ; our censures and expulsions, aud causes for expulsions ; our funds aud means of raising funds and ttye disburse ments thereof, the times and places of meeting, of communications and cations ,—all the acts apd doings in which the world at large, or any particular com munity in which any lodge is looated, have any interest to know, are matters of record and are as public as the proceedings of any laudable or honorable institution the face of the earth. True, pur meetings for work, for the performance of partic ular duties, the reception of candidates, the institution of members, the advance ment of brethren in the light and science of the craft are exclusive , select aud secret. But, is there a government on earth, a corporation farmed far any purpose, that has not its secrets 9 \ju we, then, singu= lar, or uplike other spejetjes jp this r6 ■ * tarry and it is youder"— ehold those same écr « I ■ on speot? " But," say the objectors, "they do not impose the restrictions of inviolable secrcsy on what is said and done on occa sions of their meetings." But this objec tion nmounts to nothing—for QUf injunc tion of secresy includes only that which relates to the origin and preservation of the society, and the interesting events connected therewith ; and this it is which constitutes our mysteries / All our invis ible machinery, all our secret terror, all our creative power of mischief or evil— nut one particle of it is in the least degree connected, adversely, with the political, moral, or religious interests or wellbeing of the community, any more than a man's P rivate friendships, or private opinions. he Roman Senate enjoined secrcsy upon the sons of the Senators who attended their debates ;—our own Senate holds its exec utive sessions with closed doors. Lycur gus, it is said, taught the Spartans never to permit a word to pnss out of the door from a feast ; and we know that the con ventional usages of polite society stamp the mark of reprobation upon the individ ual who betrays the secrets of a fireside conversation. Is there a man of integrity, honor, truth, who would wantonly babble the secrets of his friend to the winds 't Why, then, should Masons be blamed, or branded ns bad men, because they have kept the beautiful mysteries of the order sacred from the rude impertinence of a vulgar and prurient curiosityf "But, the lives of many Masons arc not the lives of good, but bad men—the Institu tion itself, therefore, must be a bad one, and therefore should not be encouraged." And this wretched cant of the ignorant, the contracted bigot, or the political trick ster, has been so long echoed and re-echoed by the flippant and the prejudiced—our calm, contemptuous silence misconstrued into an admission of the charge, that it must either be refuted, or the fallacy and the falsehood must be longer endured. We grant that many Masons are bad . This is too true, and bad men are men a drawback to any society, secret or pub lic. But the fact itself does not prove the Institution a bad one. In the twelve, thero was a devil, but all the Apostles were not bad men. There are bod men in the Christian Church itself, I am sorry to tear—but is the Christian Church a bad society ? Their argument, then, is simp ly sheer nonsense. I am sorry, I say, to know and believe that we have hod, and have now, bad men in tho Masonlo frater nity. But must we tear down the temple because the sons af Belial have mingled with the worshippers ? Shall we shiver a classic column, because the crawling rep tile has slimed its capital ? No, rather let Masonry wipe out this reproach as far as she can, by perm repass, but such as moral character, and reputation of Caesar's wife, arc above sus picion. Bad men are to be found every where, in every society, under every form of government—.but would you disorgan ize society and throw it into primal chaos, because of the bad portion of its elements? Then there is no cause of complaint against the order, ss such, that will not apply to every organisation on the face of the green earth. But look on the other side of the picture, and sec the names of good men and true, who have adorned the order, and shed a lustre around the Masonic character. I will not wander back the stream of Masonic tradition—I will only point you to that spot iu Massachusetts, whoso sum mit crowned by the tall shaft that points to the skies, reminds you that the blood of Joseph Warren, the first Grand Master of Masons in North Anierloa, baptised the soil of Bunker Hill, aB a memorial of free dom. I will point you to that young aud chivalrous frenchman upon whose ear rose tho cry of the Virgin Froedom in distress, and, who leaving the luscious vintage of his lovely France to be pressed by other hands, gave up all—home, friends, family, fortune, and shining ranks of a proud no bility, and bared his lofty brow and his manly breast to the storms of war, and when men would decry Masonry, and pro nounce her sons bad men,—amid the shouts with which proud old Bunker Hill thunders tho name of Joseph Warren,— Yorktown, with a voice like the rush of many waters, will chorus thnt of Lafayette. And then think of Benj. Franklin, and Edmund Randolph, and Chief Justice Marshall, and Andrew Jackson, and of him who was " first in war, first in peace, and first iq the hearts of his countrymen"— GEORGE WASHINGTON. itting none to pass or are duly qualified by whoso lives, like the We do not propose Masonry as a substi tute for Christianity—God Forbid—but as an adjunot, a handmaiden, doing her be hests, and coveting her approving smiles. Masonry is neither religion, nor its substi tute, If she professed to be either the one or the other, I would repudiate her with scorn. She is not Christianity, she is hu man. I repeat it, she is not Christianity, or its substitute. She does not, either in her works or ways, attempt to superoede the Christian Church ; she cannot press the Divine Image on the human heart ; she oannot pluck the sting from death, or give victory over the grave. If she professed to do any of these, I would write t dying imposture " on the oolumnsof hex temples, and trample her symbols and her jewels in the dust. She is not Chris tianity, but beautifully has she carried out the beheats of Christianity's founder. She has gone to the abodes of poverty, and il lumined with her smiles the desolate hearthstones, and caused the light of joy to play upon the wan features of despair. She has held untiring vigil by the conch of pain, and like a white winged angel has fequed froqi the bregf of suffering and dis re-im pase the cold dews of death ! She has visited the hungry she has held the the lips of him who was ready to perish with thirst ; she has givon the stronger a place at her hearth ; she has clothed the naked ; she has ministered to the prisoner and the captive; she has loosened the debtor, and in carrying out the six charities enu merated by the Saviour in connexion with the "six conditions of peril and suffering wliice Ho enumerates ns "the sphere and horrizon of human ills," she hears his voice saying "inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to mu," She has mourned with the afflicted at the grave of the departed ; and turning from the cold, dark spot, in tears, she has flung her jeweled arms of beauty and of strength around the widow and orphan, and made their weal and woe her own ! We love her then, because she has thus gone forth upon her noble mission for cen turies, with, as It were, the angel-chimes of Bethlehem upon her lips—"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men," We love her for her antiquity, whioli her traditions handed down from Lodge to Lodge, (her secrets kept in fiiithful breasts,) locates amid the secret chambers of King Solomon's temple, amid the liuBh in which we are told it rose in its magnificence, so that "there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron in the house while it was building,"— the Royal Monarch, tho Tyrian Widow's Son, and another worthy, dear to masonic tradition, too soon called away by death, with his unfinished designs on his trestle board—communed to-gethor, and there taught that symbolic language, which read aright, invests silence and secrecy, with a charm and glory, that res*t not on the din of martial drum and trump, or the gor geous blazonry of an army with banners. And wo love her, because, reasoning from the past, we look upon her, as, perhaps,^ the only human monument which, haring withstood "the corroding tooth of time," shall only ceaso when time itself shall be no more. Masonry, like Religion, has suf fered much at the hands of her recreant sons ; she, too, has boon wounded in the libuse of her friends. There have been pro fessing Masons, as well as professing Chris tians, whose lives would have disgraced the Kraal of the Hottentot. But nil are not Israel, that arc of Israel, Ru it our aim, my Masonic brethren, to put to si lence those who would reproach the order by referring to tho lives of bad men who have worn, or now wear, its insignia ; and whenever the man who calls himself a Ma son (because he has received the degree) is found violating the moral regulations of society, or in bringing reproach, by an ill spent life, upon our venerated and bio Institution, cast him out, and send his name upon the lightning wing of the tele graph from State to State, and from Lodge to Lodge, that the Craft, and the world may kuow that we have no desire to hold "fellowship with the unfruitful works of dnrkness." And you, my brethren, as Masons and as men, I beseech you, in the InnguageofSt. Peter, "abstainfrom fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conversation honest amoug those who without, that whereas they speak of you as evil doers, they may by your good works which they shall behold," give due honor to our noble Craft, said of yon, " behold how good and pleas ant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." Your work, your duty, is a no ble work, a noble duty. Go then upon your mission, and eyen your enemies "shall rise up and oall you blessed." Go, hunt for the pale, pining, suffering, lonely wi dow, and dry her tears of sorrow with a brother's hand, Go, find the orphans of deceased breth ren, and bid the bright sunshine of joy fall pleasantly upon their pathway once more. Go, minister to human affliction from wliatever.spot its wail may rise. Go forth on the high and holy errand of mercy for which ye are banded together, and the two fold blessing—upon him that giveth, and him that roccivcth—shall descend like the soft showers that descend earth, and cause the "few we still inherit, to rejoice and blossom the roso. Be true to your Masonic prin ciples, duties and obligations, and fear not ! Malevolence may assail—ignorance may misinterpret—cynicism may sneer, bigotry may persecute—the order may everywhere be spoken against ; but for you thero is "a bliss beyond all that the minstrel has told a charm that the poet's song, and the ora tor's period have never awakened. The widow's benison, the orphan's prayer, the poor man's blessing, shall come up around yoiir pathway like music on the gonfle breeze of midnight; and the tears of grati tude that shall flow feelingly and fest from the eyes of those who have piirtakpq qf your bounties, and boen blessed by your benefi cence, shall sparkle as diaipouds in the crown of your rejoicing. To those who hnve this day honored our Cj-»ftby their presence we would suy, beljeyo qs to be the friends of humanity ; we have wronged nope ; our order requires uothing of her sons contra ry to tho duty he owes himself, his neigh bor, his country, or his God. Nor does Masonry os an Institution, recognise any man us worthy, whose life is not pure and peaceable. As a human organization, which she is, she is net perfect, but the it not bad. Like any other association of men, howover guarded—for she cannot the heart—like the Church itself, she has been shamefully imposed upon ; and the blow which should have stricken the worth less from her rolls, has too often fallen pp on her venerable brpig, apd her tears and her b)oqd .have boeu mingled together over and given him meat ; cup of refreshing to vencr*» are Let it ever be upon the thirsty nowers of Eden recreant sons and reckless foes, j3l;e hill) beeu banned for crimes she neves dreamed of I sh« ha« beep besten for sills not hey own ; she has beep charged with carrup? tions she would have scorned, and, tell me, if she had no* been sustained by a power above man's, cup|d she have breast; ed the storm, and out-lived the tempest, and oqt-rodc the gale i The lightniugs of a fiery persecution have biased along hey pathway, yet she lias built her Lodges on the mountains apd ill the valleys, and has smiled to hear the for-off thunders break? ing in impotent clamors, apd dying iptQ nothingness. Wfiat hotter evidenoo could we give you thnt she is all we have said of her, than when you call for her je weit, she points you to the bright display :— Washington, Warren, Franklin, Marshall, Lafayette, Andrew Jackson, apd others whose names "feme will not willingly let die'/" And, when we add to those the no* bio, apd the brave, and the good of other lands, champions of freedom, who have poured out their hearts' best blood, a rich baptism upon soils consecrated to liberty, and who, like tlieip own flashing swords have beep " well tried, true and trusty," —when we have seen ministers of the holy cross wearing her badges, apd marked the bright array of poets, and philosophers, and statesmen who have united to form the brilliant wreath that bipds her brow, around which, wrath and sunshine have alternately played,—wo ask if she is not all her friends claim her to be ? We ask if she is to bo denounced because individ ual Masons have wrought evil ? if she should not be fostered, whose great end and aim have been to check the tjdp of human sorrow and suffering ? And wc ask, hnve wc not shown her to be "a mar ? al edifice dedicated to humanity, which, while a series of ages have tested the pnriz ty of her designs, has ensured hr jtrrpe* tuity." r r DoxOLOO Y.—" Praise God from ichom & c , Benediction, nv Rev. If. Cocci,Azgp, The odes were sung Ip fine stylo by tho Choirs of the several Churches of thq town, led by Charles T. Stratton, Es«j, Wo ask What Mru Hnve Died for« Colonel Montgomery was shot in a duel abouta dog; Colonel Ramsay iuonc about a servant ; Mr. Featherstone in one about a recruit ; Sterne's father in one about It goose; and another gentleman in one about all "aero of anchoives ;" one officer was challenged for merely asking his op ponent to the second goblet ; and another was compelled to fight about, a pinch of snuff; Gen. Barry was challenged by a Captain Smith for declining whie at a din ner on a steamboat, although the General pleaded as an excuse that wine invariably made him sick ; and Lieutenant Growtber lost his life in a duel because he fused admittance to a club of pigeon shoot ers. _ In 1777 a duel occurred in New York city between Lieutenant Featherstone haugh of the Seventy-sixth, and Captain McPherson, of the Forty-second British regiment, in regard to the manner of.eat ing an ear of corn, one contending that the eating was from the cob, and the other contending that the grain should be cut off from the eob before eating, Licutou nnt Ponthcrstonohaugh lost his right n'rirt, the hall from his antagonist's pistol shnlC tering the limb dreadfully, so much so that it had to be amputated, Graham, Major Noah's assistant on tl |0 Xatioml Advocate, lost his life ill 1827, at the dueling ground at Iloboken, with the son-in-law a^^Ed ward Livingstone, in a simple nmputo about "what was trumps" iu a game of cards. was re Long Sermons. —A lawyer* who coq» sûmes three hours iu arguing a question of law relating to the ownership of a bar? rel of applea, is indignant at bis ministes for exceeding tweqty-fivo minutes in un? folding one of the great principles of mor ality, on the observance of which the tolc? rable existence of society depends. The judge who fills two hours with his "opin? ion" on the right of the counsel to chal? lenge a witness, grumbles nt bis ministe, because he has prolonged the discussion of the fundamental laws of human existence to thirty minutes. Tho physician who takes ten minutes to prepare the medicine for a headache, is nervously restive if his mhw ister spends only twice as many in atteiup* ting to relieve a chronic heartache. The belle who lias spent—how long ?—in ad? justing tho bows of her bonnet, is remorse? less in her criticisms on the minister who does not finish his meditations ou the char acter of God In fifteen minutes.' The fop who lias combed and perfumed aud waxed bis beard and moustache for 1111 hour, is mortified past endurance if tho poor min? ister is not through ids discussion of tha immortal life "inside" of twenty minutes. Some folks are prodigiously penitent over other people's sins, and seeq) to think they have a special call to confess them before tho wh°|e woijd, They wilj gouge their brother's eyes out rathe, ffiaq leave a single mote in them. At [lie sa, no time they are singularly b)iq4 perfecting their own failings. r Miss Belle Armstrong, of Columbus, O. has made eighty words out of the let ters in "oyster." Over three hundred words may be formed out of the word Bal timore. A t|pa|l town is a place whore there are many tongues to talk, ami but few heads to thiqk.