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Sunday Edition. March 10.
Dark and heavy-bosomed elouds,
Leaning on the streams of wind,
Pressing on in frowning crowds,
Throngs before and throngs behind,
Sweep the high and empty air!
Rock nor barrier rises there.
0 descend not for the bird
That delights to ride the waves!
Have ye not already heard
Of those black and whirling graves,
Seas on gallant vessels piled,
Bcreams of fear and sorrow wild ?
O’er the deep mid-ocean parts,
Many a son and father sails;
Isle and Continent have hearts
Anxious at the growing gales.
Chain those mighty reckless wings
Which the flying Tempest swings!
Change and lie in softer light;
Drop the glittering rainbow showers;
Bring again the snowdrops white.
Maiden heralds of the flowers;
Let Spring with happy eyes
gee her own bright suns arise 1
A young girl and an aged man were sitting
together in a French cottage, which, with its
poor but carefully kept furniture, bore witness
io the constant efforts of an industrious pov
erty, Order, taste, and cleanliness imparted a
certain elegance to its humble interior. Some
pots of common flowers were placed before the
half-opened window, and filled the cottage with
their sweet scent. 1
The sun was about to set, a crimson light il
luminated the humble dwelling, casting its rays
aslant the sweet face of the young girl, and
brightening the snow-white hair of the old
man. A gray mustache concealed the half
smile that was playing around his mouth as his
gaze rested absently on the young girl. The
latter was a brunette, of about twenty, perhaps,
with a sweet but variable expression of coun
tenance, revealing her inward emotions in rap
id succession. Her pure bright face resembled
ihose-clear waters which reveal to the behold
er all that is contained in their inmost depths.
She held a newspaper in her hand, and was
reading aloud to fhe old soldier, when all at
«nce she stopped and appeared to listen for
“ What is the matter ?” said the old man.
"Nothing,” replied the girl, whose face ex
pressed the disappointment she felt.
"You thought it was Charles,” returned the
" True,” she answered, blushing slightly;
" his day’s work must be over, and this is the
time of his return.” _ >
" Ay, when he does return,” t added Vincent,
in a sorrowful tone.
Susanna was about to justify her cousin, but
her good judgment doubtless protested against
this intention, for she stopped, embarrassed,
and presentlylfell into a reverie. Vincent kept
stroking his moustaches with the hand still left
him ; it was his habit to do so when especially
“My nephew, Charles, is marching forward
on an evil road,” he resumed at length ; “he
neglects bis work te frequent public-houses.
If things go on in this wav, it will end badly
both for him and ourselves. ■
“Do not speak so, dear uncle,” replied the
girl; "it would grieve him much. It is an
evil hour,” she continued, in a sorrowful
tone, "which will, I trust, soon bo past. For
some time my cousin has had such ideas in his
head 1 He has no longer courage to work.”
“And why so ?”
"Because he says ho can hope for no future
good by doing so. ' He thinks that all the efforts
of the artisan are useless in providing for the
future, and declares that the best way is to live
from hand to mouth, without foresight or
“Ohl so this is his system,” replied the old
man. “Well, ho cannot claim the honor of
having invented it; we, too, had regiments of
men who reasoned after this fashion, and who
j.clined setting out, alleging that the journey
s too long ; so they led a wretched life in the
J “pots, while'their companions entered Madrid,
?. e erlin and Vienna. Your cousin, you see,
"ooa not know that, step by step, the shortest
, egs can reach Borno at last.”
1 “Ah 1 if you would but make him understand
that,” said Susanna, with anxious eagerness.
" Indeed, I tried to make him come over to this
opinion by counting up what I thought a good
bookbinder like him would bo able to save;
but when I had made up the sum he interrupt
ed mo, saying, with a shrug of the shoulders,
that women knew nothing about accounts.”
“And then you wore in despair, my poor
child?” continued Vincent, with a compassion
ate smile. "Now I know why your eyes are so
often red ”
“ My dear uncle, I assure you ”
"Why, you forget to water your stocks, and
why I never hear you sing as you used to do.”
“Uncle ”
Susanna, confused, kept her eyes fixed on the
ground, and went on playing with the corner
of the newspaper. The old soldier placed his
hand on her head.
“Come, do you think I am going to scold
you ?” he resumed, in a tone of blunt friendli
ness. “Is it not plain' that you take an interest
in Charles, who is your cousin, and who one
day will, I hope, be ”
The young girl made a sudden movement.
“ Well, well—no, we won’t speak of that
now,” said the old'man, interrupting himself;
" I always forget that with you girls one must
pretend to be ignorant of what, nevertheless,
ono knows as well as possible. Well, I say,
don’t let us speak of it, and let us return to
that worthless fellow for whom you entertain a
friendship (that’s the right word, is it not?),
and who, in his turn, has a friendship for you.”
Susanna shook her head.
“ That’s to say, used to have,” she said;
"but.for some time past, if you only knew how
cold he has become 1 how listless he seems 1”
“ Yes,” replied Vincent, thoughtfully, “when
once one has tasted exciting, noisy pleasures,
those of home seem dull in comparison ; ’tis
like drinking home-made wine after rich for
eign ones.”
“But he may bo reformed,” observed Su
sanna, “ and perhaps if you would speak to
him, uncle, it might be enough.”
The old man looked incredulous.
“ Words can do nothing toward curing such
faults,” he answered : “ it’s only deeds that are
of use.”
“He is come at last,” interrupted the girl,
who had heard the hasty step of her cousin on
the staircase.
“ Then silence in the ranks.” exclaimed the
old soldier, “ and don’t let us appear as if we
attended to him. Go on reading.
Susanna obeyed, but her trembling voice
would easily have revealed her emotion to an
attentive observer. While her eyes followed
the lines in the paper, and while her lips pro
nounced the words mechanically, her ear and
thoughts were entirely given to her cousin, who
had just opened the door and placed his cap
upon the table. Feeling that silence on his
part was authorized by the non-interruption of
the reading, the young man, without saying a
word either to his uncle or to his cousin, ap
proached the window, and continued leaning
against it with folded arms.
Susanna went on reading without under
standing one word she uttered. She had come
to that mosaic work of det.ached and often con
tradictory intelligence, which is collected to
gether under the head of “ Miscellaneous Oc
currences.” Charles, who had appeared absent
at first, at length, in spite of himself, gave his
attention to the paper. After several announce
ments of robberies, conflagrations, and other
accidents, the young girl came to the following
“A poor peddler of Bosancon, of the name of
Pierre Lefevre, wishing to make his fortune at
any price, conceived the idea of setting out for
India, which he had heard spoken of as the land
of gold and diamonds. He therefore disposed of
his few worldly goods, reached Bordeaux, and
embarked in the capacity of scullion on board
an American ship. Eighteen years passed, and
nothing was heard of Pierre Lefevre. At
length his relations received a letter announc
ing his speedy return, and apprising them that
the ex-peddler, after inconceivable fatigues
and the most marvelous vicissitudes of for
tune, was about to arrive in France, maimed,
and blind in one eye, but the possessor of a
fortune estimated at two millions of francs.”
Charles, who had listened to the article with
increasing attention, could not refrain from an
“Two millions 1” he said, in a tone of aston
“Which win enable him to buy a glass eye
and a false arm,” observed the old soldier,
“What happiness!” resumed the artisan,
who had not listened to the observation of his
“And which he has not obtained without
great exertion,” added the old man.
“Eighteen years of unspeakable fatigues,”
repeated Susanna, enforcing the expressions
used in the journal.
“ What matter when fortune is certain in the
end ?” replied Charles, with vivacity.
“ Thon,” returned the young girl, raising Her
eyes timidly toward her cousin, —“ then you
envy the peddler’s fate ; you would sacrifice all
the years of your youth, one of your eyes, ono
Of your hands——”
“For two millions,” interrupted Charles,
“ most certainly I Only find me a purchaser at
this price, Susanna, and I will promise you a
wedding portion.”
The young girl turned away her head in
silence; her heart was full, and a tear stood in
. her eye. Vincent was silent also, but he began
to twist his mustache afresh with an air of
There was a long silence; each of the actors
in this scene followed the course of his own
thoughts. The sound of the church clock
striking eight recalled Susanna from her rev
erie ; she rose hastily and began to lay. the
cloth for their evening meal. It was short and
sad. Charles, who had passed the latter part
of the day with his friends at the tavern, could
not eat anything. Susanna had lost her appe
tite. Vincent was the only ono who did justice
to their frugal supper, for the hardships of war
had accustomed him to preserve the privileges
of his stomach intact, whatever might be the
state of his mind; but he had soon satisfied his
wants and established himself once more in his
’ arm-chair near the window. After putting
' everything in order, Susanna, who felt the ne-
Jteeity of solitude, took a light, embraced the
old man, and retired to the little apartment
which she occupied above stairs, leaving Vin
cent and the young artisan together. The
latter was also going to wish his uncle good
night, when the old soldier made a sign to nim
to bolt the door and to draw near him.
"I wish to speak to you,” he said, in a se
rious tone. “Did you really consider what
you were saying just now? Would you really
be capable of a series of efforts in order to
make your fortune ?”
“I! how can you doubt it, uncle?” replied
Charles, astonished at the question.
“Then you would consent to be patient, to
work unceasingly, to change your habits ?”
“If all this would be of any use to me,” re
plied the young man. “ But why do you ask
such a question ?”
“ You shall know in a moment,” said the old
soldier, opening one of the drawers of a small
bureau in which he kept the newspapers lent
him by one of the lodgers. He searched among
them for some time; at length he chose one,
opened it, and showed an article to Charles,
which had been underlined. The young artisan
read it an under voice :
“Negotiations have recently been entered
into with the Spanish Government, with regard
to a treasure-chest buried on the shores of the
Duero after the battle of Salamanca. It ap
pears that during this famous retreat, a French
regiment belonging to the first division, and
which had several baggage-wagons under its
charge, was separated from the main body,
and surrounded by a regiment of the English
so far exceeding it in number that all attempt
at resistance was impossible. The command
ing officer, seeing that it was hopeless to at
tempt to eut their way through the enemy,
availed himself of the darkness of the night to
icause the treasure-chest to be buried by those
soldiers in whom he placed the greatest confi
dence. Then, having ascertained that they
were beyond the reach of discovery, he ordered
his little band to disperse, so that each one
separately might attempt his escape across the
enemy’s line. Some, in fact, did succeed in re
gaining their division: but the officer, together
with those soldiers who knew the spot where
the treasures had been buried, all perished in
the attempt. Now it is said that these wagons
contained money belonging to the main body
of the army—a sum of about three millions of
Charles stopped and looked at the old man
with sparkling eyes.
“ Was it possible you belonged to this regi
ment ?” he exclaimed.
“ I did belong to it,” replied Vincent.
“ You know of the existence of this treasure ?”
" I was one of those employed by the captain
to bury it, and the only one among them who
escaped the fire of the enemy.”
“Then you could show whereabouts it must
be ; you could help to find it ?”
“ The more easily as the captain made us take
as a guiding-point a spot where two hills and
a rock projected in a straight line. I should
know the place as well as where the table in
this room is placed.”
Charles sprang from his seat.
“But then your fortune is made!” he ex
claimed, exultingly. “Why did you never
mention it? The French Government would
have accepted your proposals.”
“Perhaps so,” said Vincent; “but any way
they would have been useless.”
“ How so?”
“Spain has refused the permission which
was solicited; just look here.”
Ho handed a second paper to the young arti
san, which, in fact, stated that the demands
relative to a search after the treasure-chest
buried by the French in 1812 on the shores of
the Duero, had been rejected by the Govern
ment of Madrid.
“But what need is there of permission ?” ob
jected Charles; “ where is necessity of attempt
ing a search officially when it can be made
without noise or disturbance? Once on the
spot, and the land purchased, who can prevent
us from digging on it ? Who would suspect
the discovery ?”
“ I have thought of this many times during
the last thirty years,” replied the soldier, “ but
where can we get the sum of money necessary
for the journey and for the purchase ?’ ’
“ Could we not speak to some one richer than
ourselves, and let him into the secret ?”
“ But how shall wo get him to believe our
tale, or how should we prevent him from abus
ing our confidence in case he believed us ? And
supposing any chance were to prevent our
succeeding ? If it should happen, as in the
fable you were reading the other day to your
cousin, that when tho moment for dividing the
spoils should come, the lion were to keep all
the prey for himself? Therefore, besides brav
ing the fatigues of the journey, and the uncer
tainty of success, one might also be exposed
to tho troubles of a law-suit. Tell me what
would bo the use of it? Would it be worth my
while exposing myself to all this • trouble when
I have so few years longer to live ? I have a
pension of more than 200 francs, and this,
thanks to my dear niece, is enough to support
us, and to buy tobacco, and for anything more
I care not twopence.”
“ Then yon will not avail yourself of this op
portunity ?” resumed Charles, with feverish ani
mation. “You reject riches?”
“For myself, I do certainly,” replied the
veteran ; “ but for you, that is another matter.
I have just seen how ambitious you are ; that
you would make any effort, could you by so
doing hope to become rich. Well, only collect
a sum sufficient to defray the expenses of the
journey, and we will set out together. You
raise 2,000 francs—at this price tho treasure is
yours. Will this suit you, eh?”
“ Will this suit me, dear uncle 1” exclaimed
Charles, exultingly. Then recovering himself,
he added: “But how is it possible to collect so
much money ? 1 shall never be able to do it.”
“ Go on working courageously, and bring me
home what you have earned at the end of qach
week, and I promise you you will get it at last.”
“■But only think, uncle, how little it is that
an artisan can save up. How many years will
be necessary ?”
“Just now you thought eighteen a light mat
ter, and the loss of an eye and an arm into the
“ Ah, if I was certain of gaining a treasure 1”
“ I swear to you you shall, on the bones of
our corporal.”
This was tho most solemn oath a soldier
could take, and Charles felt his uncle must be
in earnest. Vincent encouraged him afresh,
telling him that his future fortunes were in his
own power; and the young man retired to rest,
resolved on making every effort. When Susan
na came down stairs the next morning, she.
found he had already left for the workshop.
Vincent, who perceived her astonishment, shook
his head smilingly, but said nothing. He had
enjoined secrecy on the young man, and wished
to preserve it himself; beside, it yet remained
to be seen if Charles would persevere in his
new resolution. The first months were the
hardest; but when, at the end of each week, he
brought home his wages to his uncle, he felt
fresh courage instilled into him.
As his life became more regular, his tastes
took another direction. The unintermittent
labor of the day made him prize all the more
the repose of the evening. Now he no longer
frequented the company of his former tur
bulent companions; he cared far more for that
of his uncle and cousin. The latter had re
sumed all her former friendliness of manner.
Devoted to Vincent and to Charles, she suc
ceeded in transforming their evening reunions
into a series of fireside feles, the charges of
which fell on her alone. Each day she con
trived some pleasant surprise, some trifling at
tention, thus drawing closer and closer those
bonds of affection by which they were already
united. Charles was surprised to perceive a
thousand amiable qualities and charms in his
cousin which he had never before remarked.
By degrees she became more and more neces
sary to his happiness. Without his being
aware of it, the aim of his life was no longer
the same. The hope of obtaining the treasure
promised by Vincent was not the only motive
that animated him to exertion; the thought of
Susanna was mingled with his every action; he
desired her approbation, he longed to possess
a larger share of her affections. One evening
he was pacing up and down their little apart
ment, while Vincent and Susanna were sitting
chatting by the fire. The conversation turned
on Charles’ former master, who, after thirty
years of honest industry, had just sold his
business, in order to retire with his wife into
the country.
“ There is a couple who have made a para
dise of this earth 1” said the veteran: “ always
of one mind, always in good humor, always in
dustrious 1”
“ Yes,” answered Susanna, earnestly, “ the
richest in the land might envy them.”
Charles, who had walked up to the side of
the young girl, stopped suddenly.
“ Then you would wish your husband to love
you?” he said, looking at her.
“Yes, certainly,” replied Susanna, smiling
and coloring slightly.
“It is in your power,” replied Charles, with
increasing animation; “you need only say one
“What word, cousin?” stammered Susanna,
still more confused.
“That you will be my wife,” replied the
young man. And seeing his cousin's confusion
—“Do not let that trouble you, Susanna,” he
continued, in a tone of respectful tenderness ;
“ I have long wished to ask you this question,
but I deferred doing bo for a reason of which
my uncle is aware ; but you see it has escaped
from my heart against my will. And now treat
mo with equal frankness. Do not conceal a
thought of yonr heart from me. Mv uncle is
there to hear us, and will tell us if what we say
is wrong.”
The young man had approached his cousin,
and held one of her hands clasped in his ; his
voice trembled, and the tears stood in his eyes.
Susanna, trembling with joy, remained with her
eyes fixed on the ground, and the veteran con
templated them with a look of affection min
gled with amusement.
“Can’t you_ speak, then, my dear silent
child?” he said, drolly, pushing her toward
“ Susanna, one word, only ono word ?” im
plored the, young artisan, who still retained
his cousin's hand; “will you accept mo as
your husband ?”
Sbe concealed her face on his shoulder with
an inarticulate “Yes.”
“Come, come,” said Vincent, striking his
hands against his knees, “it’s very long com
ing out. Join hands now, I sav, and give me a
kiss. This evening you shall have to your
selves, and to-morrow we will talk of business.”
The next morning he took his nephew aside,
and told him that the sum necessary for their
journey w*a that they could now
set ont for Spain as soon as he pleased. This
piece of intelligence, which one might have
supposed would have enchanted Charles, made
him, on the contrary, feel extremely unhappy.
Then he must quit Susanna at the very mo
ment When they had confided to one another
their mutual affection. They must expose
themselves to the chances of a long, difficult
and uncertain journey, just when it would have
been so delightful to remain at home. Tho
young man began to curse the millions which
ne must seek fir at such a distance. Since the
interests of his life had changed their charac
ter, his thirst for gold had become singularly
allayed. Why was so much money necessary
to procure happiness when he found it al
ready ? However, he said nothing to his uncle,
and declared he was ready.
The veteran took upon himself the charge of
the necessary preparations, and for this pur
pose went out in Susanna’s company for sev
eral days running. At length he told Charles
everything was ready, and all that remained
was to secure their places in the stage-coach.
The young girl being absent, he begged his
nephew to accompany him on this errand; and
as his wounds were painful, owing to the
fatigues he had gone through during the last
few days, they hired a fly for this purpose.
During ono of his excursions, Vincent had
taken care to procure those newspapers which
referred to the famous treasure buried on the
shores of the Duero ; and as soon as he was
alone with Charles, he gave them to him for
his inspection, in order that he might examine
whether they contained any information likely
to prove of service to them. At first he found
details with which he was already acquainted,
then the announcement of the refusal of the
Spanish Government, and then the account of
some fruitless researches attempted by mer
chants of Barcelona, He thought he had read
all, when his eye fell on a letter signed by a
certain Pierre Dufour.
“ Pierre Dufour ?” repeated Vincent; “ that
was tho name of the sergeant of the company.”
“ That is howhe signs himself,” said Charles.
“Heaven bless me! I thought the brave fel
low was in another world 1 Well, let us hear
what ho says; he was the captain’s confidant.”
Instead of answering, Charles uttered a cry ;
ho had read the letter, and changed counten
“Well, what’s the matter?” asked Vincent,
with great composure.
“ The matter ?” repeated the young man ;
‘ ‘ the matter is that if what Dufour says is true,
tho journey is useless.”
“Why so?”
“Because the chest was not filled with
money, but with powder.”
Vincent looked at his nephew, and burst into
a fit of laughter.
“Ah! so it was powder, then?” he cried,
with a peculiar smile.
“You knew it ?” interrupted Charles.
“ Certainly, since I was present at the time,"
replied the old man good-naturedly.
“ But you have deceived me, then,” exclaim
the young man; “you never believed, then,
that millions were buried there—ana your
promise was a hoax?”
“No, it was a truth,” replied the old man,
seriously; “I promised you a treasure, and
you shall have one, only don’t let us go and
hunt for it in Spain.”
“ What do you mean ?”
“ You shall know presently.”
The fly stopped before a shop door; they got
out of the fly, and entered. Charles recognized
tho workshop of his former master ; but it was
newly decorated and furnished with all tho nec
essary implements for tho trade. He was go
ing to ask the meaning of what he had seen,
when his eye fell on the name of the proprietor
engraved in gold letters above the counter—it
was his own name ! At tho same instant the
door of tho back room opened, disclosing to
view a fire burning brightly on the hearth, the
cloth laid for dinner, and Susanna beckoning to
him with a smile to enter.
Vincent leant forward, and taking his hand,
“ Here is the treasure I promised you; a good
business, which is sufficient for your support,
and a good wife, who will render you happy.
All that you see before you is yours, for it is the
fruit of your own labor. Do ’not be angry if I
have deceived you. As you rejected the cup of
happiness, I acted like those nurses who place
honey on the edge of the bowl refused by their
nurslings. Now that you have learnt by expe
rience where true happiness is to be found, you
will, I trust, no longer be inclined to reject it.”
Mr. Beckett, the present proprietor of Point
Breese, Bordentown, the residence of Joeeph Bona
parte, when in this country, having paid the tax on
hie property under protest, carried the case before
the Supreme Court of New Jersey, which has decided
that the property of an alien is not exempt from taxa
tion. It is probable that an appeal will be at once
made to the United States Supreme Court, which will
not, however, be likely to reverse the decision of the
lower Court. This is a test case, and other aliens
will await with interest the final decision.
The citizens of Johnson County, Mo., recently
formed a Vigilance Committee, made up of men of
all political parties, for the purpose of ridding that
and adjoining counties of lawless men. One or two
desperadoes of the old bushwhacker class have al
ready beqp shot, anti two or three others driven from
the State. A notorious gambler, who is known to
have killed two men, was arrested at Warrensburgh,
and, after being tried by the Johnson County Vigi
lance Committee, was hung to a tree ~in sight of the
railroad depot at Warrensburgh, and his body was
allowed to hang several days, as a warning to all men
of his character.
The New Albany (Ind.) Ledger says that
great excitement prevailed in Greencastle last week,
over the attack of a Mrs. Ward on a lawyer namod J.
A. Scott, whom she charged with circulating slander
ous stories about 'her. Accompanied by her brother,
who held a revolver against'Scott’s head, she stopped
him in the street, dashed a bottle of vitroll in his face,
probably destroying his sight, and then cowhided
him severely. The public sympathy generally sides
with Mr. Scott, the assault being regarded as brutal
in the extreme, while it is thought that the victim is
innocent of the charge preferred against him.
The steamship Andalusia, Captain W. H.
West, of the Leary line, from New York for Charleston,
was burned at sea oft Hatteras on Sunday evening.
The steamer Manhattan was near at hand, and ren
dered valuable assistnnee. The hose carriage in
tended for presentation to the firemen of Columbia
by the firemen of New York was on board, and was
burned up. The saved arrived Charleston yesterday.
A young lady who had been visiting at Nor
wich, Conn., during the winter, disappeared mys
teriously, Wednesday night, and no trace of her has
yet been discovered. The family retired as usual in
the evening, leaving her in compaany with a friend
who had called, but the next morning her room was
found to be vacant, and letters were received saying
that she had become tired of life, and desired no
search to be made, as she was going where she could
not be found.
An unknown, well-dressed man, supposed to
be insane, occupied an uninhabited house in Port
land, Ky. a few days since, and for two days had neither
food nor fire. Some citizens becoming alarmed, re
quired a policeman to eject him. When the attempt
was made, the stranger attacked the policeman with
brickbats, whereupon he was shot and is not ex
pected to recover.
Last Sunday evening the members and adhe
rents of several fire companies in Philadelphia, got
into a street row. Bricks, spanners and other weap
ons were used, and the fighting was continued for
about fifteen minutes. Beyond a few bruised heads,
no person was injured as far as ascertained. The af
fair caused considerable excitement in the vicinity.
A season ticket to the Paris Exhibition, in
cluding admission on the day of opening, cost sixty
francs, is strictly personal, and accompanied by the
signature or photographic representation of the own
At Milwaukee on Monday the United States
Marshal sold the Milwaukee and La Grosse Railroad
at suction. It was bid off by the Milwaukee and St.
Paul Railroad Company, for $100,920 24. The sale
was made subject to liens and incumbrances to the
amount of $2,894,105, with interest.
A ‘‘misunderstanding”occurred between Mr.
J. W. Lockwod and Mr. John Solomons, residing in
the vicinity of Pine Crrek, Barnwell District, South
Carolina in the early part of last week, which result
ed in the death of the former. Mr. Lockwood was
shot by Mr. John Solomons, aad died from the effects
of the wound three days after. Both gentlemen were
of high social position. Mr. Solomons was arrested
and lodged in the jail at Waterboro.
Letters have been received by the Commis
sioner of Indian Affairs, from agents on the plains,
which contradict several reports of outrages by In
dians. The agent for the Arrapahoes, Cheyennes
and Apaches says not a single overt act has been com
mitted by those Indians. The Kiowas and Coman
ch es were much alarmed when informed that the
United States was about to make war upon them.
A new and fatal disease is prevailing among
the cattle of Wolfboro and vicinity, New Hampshire.
It usually terminates in death in three or four days
from the first attack, and the town authorities are
taking measures to check its spread by slaughtering
the diseased animals.
A crowd broke into a house at Blackstone,
•Mass., Frida, night, March 1, where an alarm of fire
had been given, and found the man and woman who
occupied it drunk and insensible, and a girl named
Catherine Gerraty dead on the bed, her head, arms
and body having been burned to a crisp.
While fifteen plasterers were at work in the
Portland Savings Bank building, on Monday last the
Staging gave way and precipitated them to the floor.
AU were aeverely though none fatally injured.
Exchanging Locks of Haib.— A Paris
correspondent writes : “I have something rich
to translate from a French paper. The gossips
tell, a funny story, in which two Russian noble
men and a favorite Farisian actress play the
principal parts. Both of the Boyards were suit
ors for the fair lady’s smiles, and both seemed
to be equally esteemed by her. It would ap
pear that in Russia, as well as in many other
countries, a lock of hair is considered a signal
pledge of the tender passion ; but, says the gos
siper, if the truth must be told, only a few of
our theatrical divinities are endowed with pro
fuse cheneleures, and if they were, the inces
sant demand for a lock of their hair would soon
exhaust the supply. Mademoiselle Alice glo
ries in the possession of auburn ringlets, and
wouldn’t part with one of them for less than a
duchy. Her Russian admirers, the Count de
L. and the Baron de M., both happen to have
hair of the same golden hue as that of their
mutual Dulcinea. Each begged for a tress of
her hair in exchange for a lock of his own, to
which the charming creature readily assented,
and without touching a single curl of her own
head, cunningly managed to effect an exchange
of parcels, by which each gentleman received a
tuft of his rival’s capillaries I The count now
wears the baron’s ‘ wool’ next his heart, end
the baron sleeps with the count’s soap-lock un
der his pillow. For brilliant strategy, com
mend me to a woman.”
CROIX, No. 2, Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry,
Rite of Memphis, meets Ist and 3d Thursdays, at Ma
sonic Temple, corner of Broome and Crosby streets.
F. T. LLOYD.JtI, 8. K. W.
Philip B. Herlick, Archivist.
Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry Rite of Memphis,
meets every Tuesday at Botanic Hall, 68 East Broad
way. JAMES MORROW, Most Wise. J? MARS
LAND, 8. K. W. A. B. BARNES, J. K. W. Taos.
T. Sottiote, Archivist.
Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry, Rite of Mem-
Shis, meets every Monday evening at Masonic Hall,
ignty-sixth street. Yorkville, at 8 'clock. JAMES
GORTON, M. W. Wm. A. Conklin, Archivist. W.
H. Marshall, S. K. W. R. J. Banfteld, J. K. W.i
Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry, Rite of Memphis,
meets first and third Fridays at hall northwest corner
ci Broadway and Thirty-fourth street.
BEN. S. HILL, Most Wise.
C. Latour, 8. Kt. W.
Geqrge Russ, Jun. Kt. W.
Henry Clay Lanius Archivist
of New York. Meets on the Ist and 3d Wednesdays of
the month in the Chapter Room, Odd FeHows’ Hall.
JOHN T. MARTIN? S?b. E Gr.'Com,
GEO. DURt EE, Knt-. Recorder, No. 11 Maxion clreet.
MYSTIC TIE LODGE, No. 272, F. and A. M.~
Regular Communication Ist, 3d and sth Tuesdays, at
Masonic Temple, at o’clock. SILVESTER SIGLER,
Sec., No. 86 Mercer street.
M., meets 2d and 4th Thursday of the month, except
July and August, at their rooms, No. 594 Broadway, N.
V. B. REED, M., No. 11l Chambers street; K. Ek
Topping, 8. W., No. 132 Nassau street; G. S. Doughty,
J. W., No. 99 Chambers street; C. T. Chickhuus, Treas.,
No. 176 Broadway; W. H. Van Every, Sec., No. 271
Water street.
AMERICUS LODGE, No. 535.—Regular Com
munications. 2d and 4th Fridays of each month, at
Corinthian Room, Odd Fellows’ Hall. REEVES E.
SELMES, M.; No. 7 City Hall. H. Clay Lanius, Sec.,
No. 1 Spruce street.
ST. CECILE LODGE, No. 568 F. and A. M.—
Regular communications, Ist, 3d and sth Tuesdays of
every month, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, at the Lodge
Room cor. Fourth and Green streets. G. F. ILSLEY,
M. David Graham. Secretary.
MANUAL LODGE, U. D.—Regular Communi
cations every Tuesday evening, at Hyatt Lodge Rooms,
corner Fourth and South Third streets, Bsooklyn. E.
Abraham B. Dupuy, Sec.
RAYMOND LODGE, U. D.—Regular commu
nications every Saturday evening, at No. 594 Broadway.
SAMUEL W. E. BECKNER, M.; John H. M’Kay,
8. W.; Samuel W. 8. Fort, J. W.; Colson C. Hamil
ton, Sec.
communications every Friday, at P. M., comer of
Christopher and Hudson streets.
J. 8. Gilmour, Sec. P. L. BUCHANAN, M.
•* Let each brother be a workman :
Higher worship there is none!
With its hymn of work devotion,
Nature is one choral tone.
** Ever working, ever doing,
Nature’s law in space and time.
See thou heed iu it thy worship,
Build thou up a life sublime.
“ Everywhere the earth-is hallowed ;
Temples rise on every soil;
In the forest, in the city!
And their priest is toil I”
The burial of the remains of Bro.
Amor J. Williamson, will probably occur on next
Sunday. We say probably, because the body has not
yet reached this city, and there is no certainty upon
what day this week it will arrive. Due notice will be
given of tho particulars of the funeral in the daily
papers, so that lodges and those of the brethren who
may wish to attend, can be informed in ample time.
Mobe Masonic Lotteries.—We are in
receipt .of another Masonic lottery circular. It is
styled the “ Georgia State Lottery, for the benefit of
the Masonic Orphans Home,” dated “ Manager’s
Office, Atlanta, 1867, signed W. W. Boyd, & Co., and
is being sent to lodges and Masons everywhere.
Now what we have to say regarding the whole brood
of legitimate and illegitimate undertakings in wtiich
it is proposed to use the Masonic Fraternity to ac
complish either a selfish or dishonest purpose, is
simply this—good Masons should and will frown upon
and repudiate them under all circumstances, no mat
ter by whom endorsed or patronized, or from whom
they come.
The late war has, among other results, shown that
the Masonic Institution in this country is a power,
and thus made managing men alive to the importance
of it to them and their schemes.
We hear of a multitude of business enterprises un
sound in principle, but backed up by Masonic posi
tion and prestige, the end of which will demonstrate
folly or fraud on the part of the proprietors—and in
either outcome bring disgrace and disastb. to Ma
Access to our lodge-rooms for business agents and
business circulars is too common and easy. It has
become of late years to be true, that a brother who is
fresh from the warm and delightful intellectual bath
of his initiation, and is, ifiever, elated, excited, anden
thusiastic in regard to Masonry, is met by hawkers
and hucksters of Masonic trash, and real Masonic im
position at every turn, he is dogged to buy this, to
subscribe for that, to give to the other, not only in
side but outside thfe lodge, till he is compelled to fly
in self protection to and act upon tho theory that the
whole matter is an organized money-getting plan,
and that the only way to be safe is to taboo all.
What right have wo to organize an enterprise
legitimate in itself, to publish a paper, for instance,
and set a lot of men upon the lodges, mousing about
to their various meetings to induce advertising, sub
scriptions or any other aid to it ? Or to establish a
store, and employ men to go from lodge to lodge, and
drum the membership into its patronage.
We have a right to publish a paper, and a right to
p establish a store, and a right to make our paper so
good that all the world will want;it, and thus make it
a great success, or to so conduct the business of our
store as that it will be patronized and even run down
by customers, further we have a perfect to right ad
vertise our business to the world, but to send our
circulars, cards and agents bearing the insignia-of Ma
sonry to the various lodges, and thus bore the mem
bership and waste the time of the lodge in that which
does not properly belong to its labors, is not right.
Is not this kind of button-holding decidedly Chatham
Btreet-ish ?
It is said that good wine needs no bush, and it is
noticed that a belt will seek the highest point on a
pully, if the machinery be properly put tip. There
fore when we see the Masonic bush hung out, wo
think tho wine is not good, or when we see the busi
ness belt kept on the pully by Masonry as a side
brace or guide we think that machine is “not in line.’*
Brethren note these tendencies and put your stamp
upon them. Masonry is Masonry, not business nor
A High Time in Baltic Lodge. —
Baltic Lodge, No. 284, held a communication on Mon
day evening, 4th inst, at their rooms, No. 145 Grand
street, Wilhamsburgh, which was very largely at
tended by the brethren, and very interesting delega
tions from Brooklyn, Fortitude, Americus, U. D.,
Strict Observance, Marsh, Hyatt, Manual, U. D., Yew
Tree, Zerubbabel, Mystic Brotherhood, Oilman’s,
George Washington, Oscar Coles, Gramercy, Leb
anon, Corner-Stone, Bedford and Charter Oak lodges
were present. Bro. Geo. Hayes, of Brooklyn Lodge,
rendering very efficient service. R. W. Bro. Wood
ruff, G. 8. D., held the gavel by request of the M. of
the lodge and the brethren. There were also seated
in the east R. W. Bro. John K. Oakley, D. D. G. M.
for tho Fourth District of New R. W. Bro. Free
man, D. D. G. Lecturer ; W. Bro. Eccleston, of Corner-
Stone Lodge; W. Bro. Huger, of Oltman’s; W. Bro.
Brinsley, of Yew Tree; W. Bro. McKay, of Hyatt; W.
Bros. Lepine, Woods and Smith, of Marsh; W. Bro.
Davis, of Cassia; W. Bro. Devins, of Oscar Coles; W.
Bro. Bonell, of Charter Oak; and W. Bro. Ewen, of
The third degree was exemplified by R. W. Bro.
Woodruff in a masterly manner, assisted by Bro. Sat
terly, of Manhattan Lodge, as S. W., and Bro. Reade,
of the same lodge, as S. D. After the working of the
degree, the Secretary of the lodge, Bro. James A.
Weston, by request of the brethren, recited an orig
inal poem on “ Charity, Friendship and Brotherly
Love,” which was well received, and dedicated to the
lodge by a unanimous vote of the brethren, after
which the Master of the lodge, W. Bro. John Holt,
was presented with a set of resolutions of congratula
tion by the brethren, for his zeal for the welfiire of
the lodge during the past Masonic year. They vwre
handsomely engrossed and framed, making a splen
did picture. They were presented to the distin
guished brother by the Secretary, Bro. Weston, in a
very affecting manner, and at the close of his address,
when he placed the picture in the'hands of his Master
and worthy recipient, very affectingly delivered the
following charge in rhyme:
M What noble principles these resolutions combine!
Conveyed to you, sir, in prose and rhyme.
They are from the heart, and if you by them live,
Craftsmen will rally around you, and a friendly greeting
And in this lodge true friends you’ll always find,
If honor keep possession of your true and lofty mind.
As Master of our lodge, praises will be sung the while
Tho chorus will be repeated around our little isle.
Your distinguished friends in the Eaet will grasp you by
the hand,
If by tlie Level and the Square you always firmly stand.
Never let vain conceit ever steal your heart away,
And from the duties of a Msson never, never go astray;
But if in an evithour temptation should cause your mind
to roam.
Remember, these resolutions admonish you to think of
the Square, the Level and the Plumb,
Bro. Holt was deeply affected, and with a tear glis
tening in hia eye, responded in a dignified and Elo
quent manner, which elicited the applause of the
brethren. The lodge was then closed. The brethren
had prepared a supper, and in a few momenta the
room was changed into a dining-room. On the tables
were placed all the delicacies of the season, which
were plentifully supplied. The whole evening’a com
munication was a feast of reason and a flow of aouL
We would say, success to Baltic Lodge under its
present charge.
The Washington Association held
their fifth soiree, or celebration of the sixty-sixth an
niversary in honor of Washington Lodge, No. 21, F.
and A. M., at Jones’ Assembly Rooms, Broadway, on
the evening of Tuesday, the sth inst. We were present,
and can safely say that the affair, as regards success,
was in no way behind its predecessors. The as
semblage, which consisted of the youth, beauty, grace
and manhood of Washington Lodge, and their friends,
enjoyed the evening’s entertainment to the satisfac
tion of themselves and the several committees, to
whom we acknowledge our indebtedness for courte
sies personally bestowed. We would be doing an in
justice were we not to acknowledge attentions re
ceived from Bro. Abram Tompkins, Vice-President
of Washington Association, who, in the absence of
the President, Bro. Forsyth, bore the honors of the
occasion with becoming and blushing dignity. The
music was of the boat, consisting of Bro, Wallace’s
Band, led by the worthy brother himself, and con
tributed largely to the enjoyment of the evening. In
fact, pleasure was depicted on the countenances of all
present. The festivities were kept up with unflag
ging interest and constantly increasing enjoyment
until a late hour in the morning, when the company,
which had gradually become reduced in numbers,
separated and retired to their several domiciles.
The Complimentary Concert to R.
W. Bro. Widdowa. recently given st Steinway Hall,
will bo repeated about tbe middle of April. The un
usual Inclemency of the evening prevented the at
tendance of many having tickets. The artists who
gave their services on that occasion will do so on the
future one, end all tickets now held will bo good
then. Wo trust that, weather permitting, tho result
will ba as It should—complimentary to Bro. Wid
Answers to Correspondents.— To the
Masonic Editor of the New York Dispatch.— Dear 8m
and Bro. : Will you please Inform me if there is not
some way to put a stop to the loose manner in which
the majority of committees on membership attend to
their duties, and to correct the evils they are daily in
flicting upon the Order.
I had been a Mason but a short time, when I found
that we had men among us—not one here and there,
but numbers of them who have peculiar notions as
regards the square and its uses. With them, it is an
instrument mado of india-rubber, with an adjustable
movement. This ingenious device is calculated to
square all irregular actions, and, in their opinion, is a
great improvement upon the old-fashioned one.
Being of an inquiring turn of mind, I have endeavored
to ascertain, by observation and inquiry, how these
men got into the order, and why we were continually
admitting them, and I have traced it (to my own sat
isfaction, at least) to the committees. The result of
my observations have been that seldom more than
two and sometimes only one of the committee take
the trouble to call on the candidate, and generally
perform their duties in this lashion: After introduc
ing themselves, they proceed to ask the necessary
questions, usually in a tone and manner which seems
to imply that it is only a formality which they are re
quired to go through; then, after a little chat and
general survey of the party and his place of business,
they take their leave and report favorable. And in
cases where only one has called, the othprs are gen
erally satisfied by being informed by him “ that he
guesses it’s all right, as the candidate seems to be a
first-rate sort of a fellow,” etc., or they go through
the three of examining the party in the ante-room.
The writer had his moral character and standing in
society investigated by two of his committee in one
of the ante-rooms of Odd Fellows’ Hall on the even*-
ing of his initiation, and has known instances where
only one of a committee having reported, and the
Master finding the others present, though not pre
pared to report, and knowing the candidate to be in
attendance, has sent them outside to enact this little
comedy. References are seldom called upon, and
when they are, the committees seem to forget that
where the referee is a stranger, it is necessary to find
out who and what he is, before any reliance can be
placed upon his testimony as to the character of the
candidate. The mere fact that a party is well dressed,
of affable manners and engaged in a respectable busi
ness, does not prove that he is worthy of Masonic
honors, in my opinion.
If not occupying too much of your valuable space,
I would like to mention two out of the very many in
stances of carelessness on the part <f committees that
have come under my notice.
Ist. A party engaged in an illegitimate business,
and of bad character, was proposed in one of our city
lodges, and reported on favorable by two of the com
mittee, and was elected, and would have received the
first degree that evening, had it not been for the ad
vent of the remaining member of the committee, who
laid this man’s true character before the lodge in
time to prevent it. He was a young man, evidently
not more than 23 or 24 years old, and probably not
being up in committee business, supposed it to be his
duty to make a strict investigation, which he did.to
the satisfaction of every one excepting his associates,
who undoubtedly wanted to go home about that time.
2d. Three friends, employed in one establishment,
were proposed in Lodge. One committee was
appointed for the three; only one of them called, and
was only able to see one of the candidates. The
writer, reasoning from his experience in the matters,
advised them to be on hand on the evening the lodge
met; but they, naturally concluding that it would be
impossible for them to be initiated until the commit
tee had concluded their investigation, did not make
their appearance, and were somewhat surprised on
being imformed that they had been elected, and
could have received the first degree had they been on
If every brother on a committee of this kind, and
who is now prepared to report favorable, was asked
this question: “Have you, in your investigation of
this man’s moral character, &c., satisfied yourself to
the extent that you would be willing to employ him
in a responsible position in your business, or intro
duce him into your family ?” I am afraid that, if hon
estly answered, the reply would be almost general,
“ That, in either case, they would like to know a
How are the mighty fallen ! Good enough to be a
Mason; but when it comes to business or family, that
is a different matter I
We often see the black ball used, but how very, very
seldom do we hear an unfavorable report from a
committee. This would prove conclusively that un
worthy men seldom apply for admission, if we did
not have the most overwhelming evidence to the con
Disguise it as we may, bad men have, and do, get
into the order by the dozen, and bring disgrace upon
the institution.
Three years experience (and it was bought and paid
for) has taught the writer to look sharp in dealing
with men who wear mammoth emblems on their
shirt-bosoms, and who are continually talking on the
square. He may have been more unfortunate in
coming in contact with this class of Masons than his
brethren, but he doubts it.
Answer.—The above is nothing new to us. From
all sides there comes up plaints such as this, and
the question.” What shall we do to be saved?” is
asked and reasked without satisfactory answer.
• There is but one answer. Let the Committees of
Investigation be held to a strict accountability ; let
them not only make thorough examination, but re
port what examination has been made by them, so
that voters can act intelligently in the use of the bal
The subject is of sufficient importance to warrant
the appointment each year of a Standing Committee
—one alive to all the dangers incident to the situa
tion as well as having a clear and distinct idea of
what kind of pbrson should be and what kind should
not bo admitted, and then the Lodge will have some
body to place the responsibility upon.
There is nothing great ever accomplished except a
design of it first exists, in other words a fixed and
distinct plan must precede the erection of a great
structure. Now where is the Lodge that has and
observes a fixed and correct standard of qualifications
for membership ? Show us that Lodge and we will
show you one in which the difficulty you speak of
does not exist.
An ordinary rule of admission is this: “We know
nothing against him.” An ordinary rule of rejection
is: “ Some one has a pique against him.” Both these
rules are established or rather acted upon without
reference to the actual fitness or unfitness of the
applicant to become a Mason.
If the question were to be resolved by us, we should
do it in this way:
Ist. Appoint a Standing Committee on Material,
composed of the best and wisest craftsmen in the
Lodge; those who are not only good judges of ma
terial, but those who, from experience know what
effect it has upon an arch to find, after the structure
is complete and unalterable, that an unsound stone
is part of it, and thus the whole arch and what it sup
ports is weakened and disturbed if not destroyed.
What would you think of a master builder who
needs and is in the market buying material for a
great structure, who should, whenever a block of
stone is brought for sale, to be used in it, send a
committee of those happening to be nearest him,
without reference to their knowledge and faithfulness,
to inspect the stone ? How much wiser to have a
competent man, honest and fearless, who, having the
whole plan in view, should accept only such stones
as were fit, and reject such as are unfit; one who
would be*just to his lord rather than generous and
mistakenly kind to the outsider ?
2d. Let the brother who intends to propose the
applicant, give in open Lodge, notice one month be
fore doing so of his intention. Thus the judges of
material being known, any one aware of any defects
in that stone which would render its use improper,
can point it out to the Committee, and if it
prove that the material is bad, the proposing broth
er can be advised to neglect to make the propbsition.
If he persists in doing that, the Lodge can refuse to
receive the petition, by a majority vote, or failing in
that, the candidate and his friend will get their de
serts and no sympathy, thus acting kindly by the
stranger and yet justly by the Lodge.
This or some similar plan will tend to prevent the
unpleasant effects of a black-ball, especially if there
be no evil minded person in the Lodge who uses a
black-ball for the purposes of stopping the work of
the Lodge and for no other purpose.
Reader says: “The kindness with which you re
ceived my communication of last week concerning
the question of the waterford (and I would hereby
state that your reasons why it should be designated
as watcr/all instead of water/ord, have fully convinced
me of your correctness), has emboldened me to ask
your opinion concerning two other subjects upon
which 1 have long been in doubt.
“ Is it not singular that we are forbidden to visit
the lodges of colored Masons ? While I was in Ja
maica I received much kindness from the blacks
when they learned that I was a Mason. A ship cap
tain once told me that he landed upon a distant island
in the Pacific Ocean, where, to all appearances, a
white man never before stepped foot, and was re
ceived by the chiefs with Masonic signs and grips;
and upon responding, was treated with the greatest
hospitality. We all know that Captain Riley, who,
many years ago, was wrecked upon the coast of Ara
bia, and carried to slavery in the interior, gained his
liberty by making himself known as a Mason. It
seems hardly right that we should accept Masonic
kindness from those of another color, and yet be de
barred from associating with them as brothers.”
Answer.—No, not at all singular. Is it singular
that we are forbidden to visit a bogus lodge of white
Masons that is known to hold meetings in the Bow
ery ? Not a bit singular. They (the white men in
the Bowery) are clandestine Masons—so are the black
men. The Bowery boys may have a Grand Lodge of
their own, if they can get it up. The black men, who
are, we think, a better class of men and Masons than
the former, have their own Grand Lodge. They go
their way, we go ours; only they are illegitimate—we
legitimate. In a word, it is a question of legitimacy
to begin with, which gives a brother character rad
standing with Masons: or, indeed it is that without
which he cannot be a Mason. You are forbidden to
visit or to hold Masonic communication with clan
destine Masons—white on the skin and black in the
hearts, or black on the skin and white in the hearts.
That’s all of it.
Your other question is not proper to ask, still less
so to answer here. So let it pass.
Wren asks: Ist. Has a Masonic Lodge a right to
vote their funds for the purpose of a jubilee in the
shape of ice creams, soda water, and other refresh
2d. Is it not improper to bring spirituous liquors
into a Masonic Lodge.
3d. Has a Master a right to interfere with a Com
mittee who are ready to report on a candidate, to put
it off to some future meeting.
Answer.—lst. A lodge should on no occasion use
its funds for any purpose except legitimate lodge ex
penses or for Masonic charity. These are the only
purposes for which lodge funds are created.
On page 137 of the Txaneactions of the Grand Lodge
of 1864, you will find the following:
JZcsolved, That, as a general rule, a lodge has no
right to appropriate its funds for the purposes of
convivial entertainment.
2d. Well, no; unless the brethren bring too much
at once. We have heard of brethren bringing in so
much as to stagger under the weight of it, and to be
come uproarious because of the pressure; indeed, we
once knew a Master who brought so much into the
lodge-room as that he was nearly an hour late in get
ting there, and opening his lodge; and during the
whole communication, he not being relieved of his
burden acted very strangely, not to say disgracefully,
to the great mortification of all right-minded breth
ren. Such doses are entirely too large.
If you mean, however, to ask whether it is proper
to bring into the lodge-room spirituous liquors to be
used there, while it is used as a lodge room we
should say that “ such conduct as those is very im
3d. Yes. A Master has the rights to refuse to re
ceive the report of a Commiitee who are ready to re
port, the same as he may refuse to confer a degree—
or to close his lodge before the usual routine of busi
nesses completed, or to vary the order of business,
or to do any thing else which seems best to him.
We say he has the right—it is more proper to say—
the prerogative or power.
If he in the exercise of this power does anything
wrong, there is a remedy, but not in the lodge.
He can do pretty much as he pleases, but is re
sponsible to a higher power for the purity of his mo
tives, and the correctness of his conduct.
The Widow’s Son. —Will you oblige “ The Widow’s
Son” by giving directions how to act in the foliowing
case: A man duly accepted as a candidate for my
lodge is found to be wholly unworthy of being made
a brother. What, under present circumstances, is
tJo proper lawftl way w Aul with him 3
Answer.—When he comes to the lodge for his de
grees, call for a new ballot and use the black-ball.
Progressive, No. 854, asks: Can a W. M. refuse to
admit a visiting brother because he is not well
dr e seed?
Answer.—Yes, he can—or for any other reason or
no reason—but if any Master should do so for the
reason you assign, he ought to be relieved of his
gavel at once. We, however, do not believe that any
Master would exclude a visiting brother who was
clothed decently, no matter how plainly or coarsely,
for the reason you assign—if there were no other.
Past Master. —Your communication is all right, ex
cept as to certain matters wherein it is all wrong.
But why don’t you give us your name ? Let us know
who you are, then we will publish the article with
proper notes and comments, not otherwise. Who
wants to shoot at a mark in the dark ? We don’t
Salvator asks: Doesit require a special dispensa
tion from the G. M. to “heal ” a brother, or can any
Master of a subordinate Lodge do so ?
Is it regular to ballot for a number of candidates
collectively, or must a separate ballot be had for each
Answer.— lst We know nothing about the “heal
ing ” business. There is but one way to become a
Mason, which is “in due and ancient form.” Let
any applicant be regularly proposed and made if he
be found worthy.
We think, however, that a Masonic physician, one
who can heal “ sore heads,” is badly needed in New
York, and would have plenty of business.
You will see what the New- York law regarding
this matter is by referring to Simons Masonic Juris
• 2d. It is regular to. ballot for several candidates
collectively by unanimous consent, but a black ball
appearing necessitates not a retaking of that ballot,
but taking ballot for the candidates separately.
S.— Your communication is erudite, philosophical,
and very interesting, but as you do not give real
name we cannot use it.
Central.—Nour poetic contributions are not such as
we can use; they have merit, but not such as would
justify space in the Masonic department of this paper.
A Past Master’s Jewel was, on
last Tuesday evening, presented by Perfect Ashlar
Lodge, No. 604, to R. W. Bro. William Sinclair, D. D.
G. Master of the Second Masonic District, Past Master,
and present Secretary of that lodge.
Happening to be present at the lodge, and Bro.
Thain, of Perfect Ashlar Lodge, who was expected to
deliver the presentation address, being absent, at re
quest of W. Bro. Marshall, we, with a few illy pre
pared remarks, in tho name and behalf of the lodge,
handed the beautiful testimonial to the R. W. Bro.,
who accepted it with that modesty which distin
guishes his every act, and responded in an address,
terse, beautiful, affecting and eloquent, perorating
in thia idea:
Worshipful Sir: I accept this testimonial of gold
and precious stones, and will cherish it till time, with
me, shall bo no more—shall cherish it, not because it
is gold and diamonds, a thing of intrinsic value, but
as an evidence of a something more valuable to me—
the respect of my brethren of the lodge; while to
look on this beautiful present in future, and recall
this happy scene, will be to stir anew, emotions of
joyous thankfulness in my heart, and to strengthen
me when else I might be weak, in the discharge of
those highly moral and Masonic duties I owe to my
self, my neighbors and my God, to the performance
of which here, before this sacred altar of Freemason
ry, I again pledge myself.
Worshipful Brother: Time has made its unsparing
ravages upon me. When He shall have wrought His
will upon and with me here, and the jewels most to
be valued shall be gathered together, and displayed,in
the Grand Lodge Supernal, then this will be as naught
to me; yet, shall it please Him to leave my seed be
hind mo, to them fl will leave it—that the
wreath, about its border may teach a lesson of im
mortality, the compasses a lesson of prudence and
circumspection, and the square, that while each par
ticular act as a stone in the rising wall of life is per
formed by it, the complete structure wiU bear the
test when
We shall stand before the Orient and Our Master will
be there,
To try the blocks we offer with His own unerring
Thus teaching to them as to the generations now
dust, to us in the- present, and to those who shah
be in future age, the rectitude of life, the secret
of true happiness, the way to Heaven.
The jewel was manufactured by the firm of Harri
son, Pridham & Co., of this city, and is very credit
able to them. Bro. Pridham is of the firm, and is a
member of Perfect Ashlar.
Lodges U. D.—The Grand Mester
has issued dispensations to seven lodges in addition
to the number already reported by us, making fifty
one in all.
Of these, three are in New York and one in Brook
lyn, and are in New York :
Emanuel.— B. Schuman, M.; R. D. Davis, S. W.;
M. A. Tynberg, J. W.
Bunting.— B. G. Lennox, M.; 0. H. Ammerman, 8.
W.; A. D. Griswold, J. W.
Livingston.—J. F. Ellery, M.; H. Reed, 8. W.; E.
Keeler, Jr. J. W.
In Brooklyn.— Euclid.— Wiliam A. Kelsey, M.; L.
A. Hall, 8. W.; J. T. Burdick, J. W.
We subjoin two important regulations which have
been adopted by the Grand Lodge and are now in
force, and which each lodge under dispensation must
comply with, if they would secure a warrant at the
next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge:
“No application for a warrant shall be entertained
by this Grand Lodge, unless the same shall be accom
panied by the certificate of the Grand Lecturer or his
assistant, that the several officers named in such ap
plication are in possession of ths work and lectures
adopted by this Grand Lodge, and ore competent to
practice and impart the same.”-(G. L. Transactions,
page 73. 1865).
“That hereafter, and before the return to this
Grand Lodge of any dispensation to form a new lodge,
and at least one month before the Annual Communi
cation of this Grand Lodge, the D. D. Grand Master of
the district in which such lodge may be located, shall
certify to the character of the proceedings of such
lodge, and instruct such lodge in the way and manner
in which an application for a warrant must be made;
that the D. D. Grand Master shall then forthwith
transmit to the Grand Master a certificate of the con
dition of the said lodge, a duplicate of which certifi
cate shall be forwarded to the Grand Secretary; in
the absence of which certificate no application for a
warrant shall be entertained by any committee on
warrants of this Grand Lodge.”—(Transactions 1'864,
P. 134).
As the time is now short until the meeting of the
Grand Lodge, and tho local Grand Officers have many
calls upon their time, lodges under dispensation in
this city and Brooklyn will see the importance/)! imme
diately notifying the Assistant Grand Lecturer and
the D. D. Grand’Master of the district in which they
are located of their time and place of meeting, and
apply to them for the necessary certificates.
On Monday evening, the 18th of
■ February last, Staten Island Chapter, No. 196, R. A.
M., located in Tottenville, S. 1., of which M. E. James
Murray is H. P., A. A. Harrison is King, and John
W. Wilbur is Scribe, was dulv constituted and the
officers regularly installed by Right E. Daniel C.
Wolff, H. P. of Ancient Chapter, No. 1, assisted by M.
E. P. H. P. Henry E. Gilbert, of Metropolitan Chap
ter, No. 140, and other Companions.
The imposing ceremonies were commenced with
the announcement that the Grand Officers were in
waiting to bo received in Staten - Island Chapter, un
der dlpensation. The Grand Officers were admitted,
and were received with the grand honors.
Right E. Danie. Wolff receiving the gavel from M.
E. James Murray, proceeded to constitute the Chapter
and installed the officers in due'and ancient form.
After the closing of the Chapter, the Companions
repaired to the dwelling of Companion Livison, where
a banquet was prepared for the entertainment of the
visiting Companions and members. Ample justice
was done to the viands and delicacies, tastily spread
out on a beautifully ornamented table, and after a
couple of hours spent in conviviality and pleasure,
the company separated, well pleased with having had
a very happy time.
Euclid Lodge, U. D., held its first
regular communication on Friday evening, March 8,
at the corner of Gates and Nostrand avenues, Brook
lyn—W. Bro. W. A. Kelsey, Master; Bro. Thomas A.
Hall, Senior Warden ; and Jas. T. Burdick, Junior
The business of the evening was conducted in a
pleasant and profitable manner.
There were a goodly number of visiting brethren
present, making the attendance quite large. We
learn that, among other bright lights in the Masonic
world, W. Bro. Thomas H. Smith, Past Master of
Eastern Star Lodge, No. 227, and W. Bro. Richard
Oliver, Past Master of Anglo-Saxon Lodge, No. 137,
were present.
A feature of the communication which will be long
remembered was an admonitory address to the offi
cers and brethren of the new Lodge by W. Bro.
Smith, pointing out to them the great fact that the
whole of Masonry is contained in its beautiful,
always existing and eternal symbolism, and that in
all trying situations of Masonic life, the plumb, the
level, tho square or tho trowel would tell them in
mute symbolic language the way of deliverance,
if they thoroughly learned the language and observed
the teachings of these emblems:.
Bso. Bishop, Chaplain of Hill Grove, No. 540, on the
part of that Lodge tendered the use of their room and
regalia to the young Euclids.
On Tuesday evening last, Central
Lodge, No. 361, presented Bro. Captain Thomas W.
Freeman with a very handsome gold medal, as an
evidence of their appreciation of his gallant conduct
in rescuing, on his last trip from Liverpool, one hun
dred and seventy passengers from a sinking ship.
We regret we are unable to reproduce Bro. Freeman’s
most happy little speech in acknowledging its receipt.
It was brief; beautiful, and pointed. Bro. Cavan pre
sented the medal*
Daniel Carpenter Lodge, U. D.,
held its first regular communication at Polar Star
lodge rooms, No. 118 Avenue D, on Thursday evening
last. A large number of visiting brethren were pres
ent, and the first degree was conferred in due and
standard form, bv W. Bro, William H. Jahne, its
Master, assisted by W. Bro. Holmes, Past Master of
Polar Star.
gr Virgil Price & Co., Ko. 114 Greene
street, New York, Manufacturers of all kinds of
Particular attention paid to Knights Templar Cos
tumes, Swords, etc
Still & Van Arsdale,
No. 305% BROADWAY,
Cor. Duane street.
JTJ- AH kinds of Chewing and Smoking Tobaooo—
Meerschaum and Brier Wood Pipes, Ac.
J. L. Still. A. Van Arsdale.
Samuel 11. Kirkham,
No. 194% BOWERY,
Three doors above Spring st., New York,
Keeps constantly on hand a large assortment of
Engraved in the Latest Style at Moderatb
American Masonic Agencv,
. . . , . , JEWELRY, ETC.
on hand and manufactured to order, for
BwSSgn^^ 8 ’ commanderies. Exo.
N o .«4 Bro . &rj&
(VT Notice.—The Members of PyramK
Lodge No. 490 F. and A. M., are hereby summoned to
attend a regular communication to be held at their rooms
corner Twenty-fifth street and Eighth avenue, on
THURSDAY EVENING, March 14. 1867. BuEine&fw.'
Amendment of By-Laws. By order of *
John P. Webster, Sec..
Eastern Star O, No. 227, F. and A.
M.—The members of thia lodge are summoned to attend!
its next Regular Communication to be held at its rooms*
No. 684 Broadway, on Wednesday evening next, Marcbj
14th. The question of removing the lodge to corner os
Seventh street and Third avenue will bepresented fog
decision. By order of WALTER H. SHUPE, M,
Thomas A. Granger, Sec.
At a meeting of the General Com
mittee of tho Sisters of the Eastern Star, held at the ref
idence of Mrs. Wm. A. Johnson, No. 16 Vandam street*
March Bth. 1867, the following resolutions were unani
mously adopted:
Resolved, That the thanks of thia Committee are herebl
tendered to L. F. Harrison. Esq., for the free use of Ir-»
ving Hall, on the occasion or the recent Reception of th®
Sisters of the Eastern Star.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Committee are ten*
dered to Geo. W. Wallace, Esq., for the splendid music
gratuitously furnished by him on that occasion.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Committee are also
tendered to Vernon Jarboe, Esq., for his kind assistance
in procuring and printing the elegant badges worn b»
the ladies and committees at the Reception.
MRS. GEO. W. DILKS, President.
Mrs. Wm. A. Johnson, Secretary.
The Companions of Corinthian Chap*
ter, No. 159, R. A. M., are hereby summoned to attend
the next Regular Convocation of the Chapter on Thurs
day evening, March 14th, at 1% o’clock to receive the re*
port of the Committee appointed to revise the by-laws, to
take action on the same. By order of
J. B. GARDEN, H. P. .
E. M. Alford, Jr., Sec.
(ST Colon Council (late Pennell), No. 2,'
R. and 8. M.—A segular assembly will be convened at
No, 161 Eighth avenue, on Monday evening, March
11th, at 1% o’clock. M. E. T. I. M.
Henry O. Parke, Recorder.
Oscar Coles o, No. 241 F. and !»’
M., No. 594 Broadway. A Special Communication will b®
convened at 5)4 o’clock, P. M., on
TUESDAY, March 12. *
Work: Third Degree. Regular Communication at 7%
o’clock, P. M. Work: First Degree. Members are re
quested to be present. W. H. DEVINS. M. ,
Henry C. Parks, Seo.
K©” Wanted—A First-Class Organist for
Lodge meeting, on Thursday evenings, in Brooklyn. J
Addresa“ PROFESSOR,’ 1 Brooklyn P. O. '
fIT To Let—Tabernacle Lodge Rooms,
No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street, every Friday night;
Rent, $450. Inquire of Joseph Mathews, 317 Fourth av.
fgT New Lodge Rooms to Let.—Tho most
commodious, comfortable and accessible suite of Rooms
for Lodge meeting purposes in this city, will be fitted
and ready for occupancy by April 15th. at corner of Sev
enth street and Third avenue, opposite Cooper Institute,
occupying tho whole of the top floor of the new fir®
proof marble building, lately erected there by the Me
tropolitan Savings Bank.
The suite consists of a parlor, tileri, examination, pre
paration and lodge or main room. The lodge room ia
52% feet long, 30% wide, and 17 feet high* with the mow
ample and complete ventilation: excelling in this re
spect any room in this city or country.
The furniture and fittings will be in keeping with the
size, proportions and surroundings of the rooms.
It is to let three evenings to good, comfortable, peace*
able lodges, and no others. Lease from one to ten
Apply to either of the following Trustees:
WALTER H. SHUPE, No. 84 Nassau street, Master
of Eastern Star Lodge, No. 227.
E. KIRK, Jr., No. 365 Grand street, Master Abram®
Lodge, No. 20.
HORACE V. SIGLER. No. 88 Mercer street, Treaa*
urer Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 272.
ALEXANDER THAIN, No. 9 Pine street, Trustee of
Perfect Ashler Lodge, No. 604.
C. B. DeBAUN. No. 284 W. 20th street. Trustee E&s®
tern Star Lodge, No, 227.
JSTTo Let.—The Rooms No. 114 and No.
116 East 13th street, for Chapters, Councils, and Com®
No. 379iBroadway.
Lithography in all its branches, Show
Publishers of M. M. Diplomas, eize 19x24, for framing)
Price, $1 00.
R. A. Chapter Diplomas, size 19x24, for framing (colo
ored). Price, $1 50.
Ancient Chart, size 24x30, for framing (colored). Price.
$1 50. '
Washington as a Mason. Price, $1 50.
A liberal discount made to Secretaries and Tiler®.
Copies by mail will be sent free of postage. All order®
must be addressed to H. C. ENO, Publisher, No. 37 Park
Row, N.Y.
financial anti tawM

Saturday, March 9, 1867.
When and how are we to get back to specie pay#
mentis, or to some permanent standard of values ? i®
the constantly recurring question among business
men. Upon the answer depends the profit or loss on
every importation of goods, every branch of mana*
facture, and every purchase of stock or real estate.
From the uncertainty in regard to it has resulted the
great dullness in trade in this city thus far this year,
complaints of which we hear from every quarter. Non
do we seem any nearer to the solution of the problem
now than we were six months ago—if, indeed, th®
subject is not still further complicated. As to the
price of gold, upon which this permanence in value®
most largely depends, we have had within the yeaf
the most promising prospects of gold steadily settling
down to par, and on the contrary, since the assem
bling of Congress, we have had an advance of
ten per cent in the price, with no effort upon th®
part of the government, through selling its large
surplus, to keep down tho price. This week
again the price has taken a long step downward
reaching as low as 133, yesterday, affecting the price
of all imported articles to a considerable extent, and
in a less degree those of home production. As to th®
other conditions affecting the permanence of prices—
the tariff law and the taxes upon internal production
—the changes have not been groat,and will not have so
much influence, altogether, as did the uncertainty,
for three months at the opening of the business sea
son, as to what the rate of taxes was to be.
Prices are steadily tending downward in the whole
sale markets for almost every article that can be
bought, and, as a consequence, men are chary of
making investments for goods to be disposed of upon
a falling market. There never were more merchant®
in the city to make purchases than are here now—
from the East, the interior of this State, the West, and
the South—all localities are represented, and yet thes*
do not “ take hold ” as our dealers would like to have
them do; and we hear complaints on every hand of
the dull season. There has been some improvement
for the past week, as purchases of goods must be
’made to some extent to supply the immediate need®
of consumers; but orders are generally given forth A
smallest amounts possible, as all private individual®
are disposed to restrict their purchases, in view oj
the probability of being able to buy cheaper in th®
course of six months or a year.
The Custom House difficulties, which have bee®
the cause of so much newspaper discussion for a long
time past, and particularly during the past week, ar®
evidently no nearer settlement than ever. There is
pretty strong confidence generally in the personal in*
tegrity of Collector Smythe, though a portion of hi®
language against the Congressional Committee i®
highly censurable. There seems to be some fund®#
mental faults in our whole system of collecting dutief,
including as it does the warehousing and storage
business, and involving bonds and drawbacks to a
large amount. We hope the subject will not be al*
lowed to rest until the commerce of this city is freedl
from many embarrassing and expensive restraint®
now needlessly imposed.
We have also noticed an order from Secretary Me*
Culloch in regard to the new tariff on wool, which
seems to complicate the subject needlessly. Duties
are to be collected as heretofore, but samples are to
be retained here, as well as sent to Washington, and
it will be several months before a decision shall be
given as to the duties which such wools are liable to
—the Government, in the meantime’, holding secur
ity for payment of the difference in duties according
to the new law.
The business of the week in the U. 8. Public Funds
and miscellaneous stocks and bonds has been small,
as for nearly every week thus far this year, and the
tendency of prices has been constantly downward.
Toward the latter part of the week there were indict*
tions of a reaction, and the opinion now prevails that
stocks generally are about as low as they can go.
For U. 8. securities we notice the following quota
tions: Sixes of 1881, 108%; Five-twenties, all ciaesel,
106)4@109; Ten-forties, 97%; Seven-thirties, 105%@
In the railway and miscellaneous stocks, N. Y. Cen
tral is selling at 102; Erie, 54%; Hudson River, 138%;
Reading, 102; Illinois Central, 114%, and Fort Wayne,
The statement of the Public Debt for the Ist of
March shows a reduction for the month of over twelve
millions, and as compared with the'March statement
of last year, a reduction of $181,086,110, or nearly two
hundred millions in one year. The total debt now
amounts to $2,690,587,289, with $159,823,399 coin
and currency in the Treasury. The appropriation®
of the last session of Congress foot up to $144,793,037.
In the dry goods trade there has been a slight in
crease in trade since the adjournment of Congress,
but the market is quiet and fully supplied for any
probable demand, notwithstanding many of th®
Eastern mills have been working short time.
The new tariff on wool has very little effect
on the market thus far. For prints there
is an active demand for the leading styles, at
previous prices. The best Brussels and Ingrain cari
pets are in good request and steady, but an advance
in prices is expected. Lowell Co’s Ingrain are
quoted at $1 40 for superfine, $1 55 for extra super
fine, and $1 95 for three-ply. Hartford Co’s, $1 40
for medium superfine; $1 55 for superfine; $1 95 for
Imperial three-ply, and $2 05 for extra three- pin
Brussels $2 35 for 3 fa.; $2 45 for 4 fa.; and $2 55 for
5 fr.; twilled Venetian $1 25 per square yard, and fine
do. slls. In foreign dry goods, black and colored
alpacas are not much wanted, and fine cloths and
cassimeres are more firmly held, and moderate sale®
are effected at prices which could not have been real
ized earlier in tho season; although there is yet no
positive advance above the recent asking rates. The
auction sales of the week have been liberally supplied
with the various British and Continental productions*
In the real estate business of the week there has
been less doing than for the previous week. In
Brooklyn the great number of lots sold at pretty
high prices induces tho belief that there will be •
great deal of building there this Summer. In rent®
there is no perceptible change, but more houses sr®
now offered to lot, and they will probably Increase
the season advances. Investors generally belief* 1
prices too high tot buying seal estate bow.

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