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bunclay Edition. April 25.
Want sense. and the World will o’erlook it;
Want feeling—’twill find some excuse;
But if the World knows you want money,
You’re certain to get its abuse;
The wisest advice in existence.
Is ne’er on its kindness to call; .
The best way to get its assistance
i e —show you don’t need it at all I
•‘Mail’s the Gold!” said the Bard, with a feeling
That still his discretion outran;
Bor each day of our life is revealing t
The bard should have said, “ Gold is Man J
Gold is genius, and greatness, and merit;
Want gold—you want all that gold brings I
But if fortune you only inherit,
The World will excuse other things.
The session before Commissioner Bosworth was
very short, but it was long enough to pass upon a
very important ease—that of the
/©f the Fifteenth Precinct. On Tuesday, the 6th inst.,
a gentleman named Fred. Hollis, aged thirty-eight, a
native of New York, was picked up in the street in a
beastly state of intoxication, and taken to the station
house. Next morning he was taken to court and dis
charged with a reprimand. The same niffht he got
on another drunk, and had a severe fall, when he was
jearried to a hospital, where, after lingering in
agony a few days, he died. A coroner’s inquest was
held, and a morning paper censuring Captain Caffrey
for neglect of duty, he was put on trial. On the trial
lhe following facts came out: On Tuesday evening,
She 6th inst., Hollis was carried to the station-house
intoxicated. He had fallen on the pavement
xind bruised his face. When taken (to the station
house he used both hands in wiping off the blood.
T>r. Morgan, who then happened to be in the station
house, and knew Hollis, and shook hands with him,
found nothing the matter with him further than the
□lose abrasion and intoxication. He ordered the
.doorman to furnish him with a sponge and water to
■wash himself when in the cell. This was done, and
during the night the doorman frequently visited him.
At 5 o’clock in the morning Hollis had a conversation
with the doorman, and asked to get out of his cell.
3?his the doorman said ho could not permit. At 8
o’clock, as the doorman unlocked the door, Hollis
eaid to him: “My arm is dislocated.” The doorman
paid no account to what was said. He made no men
tion of It the night previous when locked up, said
nothing of it during the whole night, nothing of it at
fi o’clock in the morning, not a word of it till the of
ficer came to take him to court. There was no ap
parent injury—the simple word of the man was all
that the doorman had. If his arm was broken, why
did he not speak of it when taken in the night before,
.and why not during the night ? Even when up-stairs
giving a receipt for his property, his hand shook so
that he could not write, and his mark was accepted,
and then he did not say his arm was dislocated. He
■walked to court, was discharged, and then went to
the St. Clair House, in Broadway, and had his arm
set. The same night he got drunk again, and fell,
s,nd the splinters binding the broken arm went
through it like a lance. The injury was serious. He
was taken first to St. Luke’s Hospital, but there he
was refused. He was then conveyed to St. Vincent’s
Hospital, where, after lingering some time in great
agony, he died. The trial of Captain Caffrey arose
out of the article in a morning paper censuring him
for not sending for a surgeon to set the broken arm
of a prisoner. The proof was that he knew nothing
of it. The doorman thought it a sham, very likely;
for if the arm had been dislocated it must have oc
curred between 5 and 8 o’clock, when the deceased
gentleman, in a fit of horror at finding himself in a
cell, must have, in a sort of delirium tremens, at
tempted to take his life. The case, so far as the cap
tain is concerned, was dismissed; but the doorman
came up truthfully and testified against himself. If
he was right, then they can’t sayianything; if wrong,
then it is the duty of the Board to prefer a charge
sgainst him and put him on trial.
McKenzie, of the Twenty-eighth Precinct, was
charged with standing twenty minutes in the door
way of a lager beer saloon.
McKenzie—l saw a suspicious character in the
Btone yard, and I stood and watched him.
Bosworth—Were you afraid he would carry off the
Btone ?
McKenzie—There was an officer in this yard.
Bosworth—You stood all that time and all
that time. What was he doing ?
McKenzie—Looking suspicious.
Bosworth—Because ho stood ? On the balance of
your post they had a good chance to operate. Fined
three days.
Thomas Irwin, of the Forty-third Precinct, no re
lation of the doctor of the Sixteenth, was charged
with neglecting to take a prisoner to the Court
house. The arrest was made the night before. An
other officer took the prisoner to court, when the
Justice discharged him. The excuse that he had to
make was that he slept in at his house. His watch
was right, but his clock was wrong, and he was
guided by the wrong time piece.
Bosworth—What charge was he arrested on ?
Rhodes—Drunk and disorderly. The man was
discharged because the officer was not at court to
prefer the charge.
Bosworth—Then the man was discharged because
there was nobody to make a complaint against
him ?
Irwin—When I took him in he told me that he
wanted to be sent up; he was destitute.
Bosworth—Then you disappointed your prisoner ?
(Laughter.) Fined two days.
An attempted burglary occurred on, the post of
Officer Fackner, of the Twelfth Precinat, which
he failed to discover. The safe in a lumber yard was
blown open at three in the morning, and Fackner did
not hear the noise. The explosoin must have been
very great, at the safe was blown on its face, and if
a million dollars had been in it, it would have been
necessary to get a derrick to raise it up. Fackner
did not hear this noise, and first learned of the at
tempted robbery next morning. In defense he said
he had a post of twenty-seven blocks, which took
him two hours and thirty minutes to travel, if he
tried his sixty-three doors. The complaint was dis
Bandy, of the Twentieth Precinct, was up on two
charges. The first was failing to properly patrol his
post. That was dismissed. The second charge was
being seen coming out of a hallway. Roundsman
Westervelt said he saw him go in the hallway
alone, and come out alone. Per contra, citizen Ogle
said that on the 13th inst. he went to see some friends
in the Twentieth Ward, Coming down the Ninth
avenue, when between Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth
streets, two roughs knocked the hat over his eyes,
then he got another bang on the side of the head,
knocking his-hat off and into the street As soon as
he saw light, he ran for an officer, and met Brady.
He ran one way, the roughs another; so that when
he met Brady they were some ways off. The hat left
on the street was, however, a beacon of light, and
Ogle supposing that the assailants had gone in the
oyster saloon opposite to where the fracas occurred,
asked Brady to go in and look for them. He did so.
Ogle went with him, and swore that he came out with
him. Roundsman Westervelt swore that but one
man went in and one man came out. This conflict
ing testimony caused the case to be sent to the
Lahey, of the Fifth Precinct, pursued a very wrong
course. Roundsman Buddington made a complaint
against him. He told Buddington that he would
submit his case. He even went so far as to sign a
submittal, which, however, he afterward withdrew.
Buddington, supposing that he had submitted the
case, did not appear to prosecute. When the case
was called last week, Lahey denied the charge. Bud
dington had a charge preferred against him for non
attendance, and the case was adjourned instead of
being dismissed, as Lahey supposed. Buddington
was tried on the charge preferred when these facts
came out. Lahey’s trial then followed. The com
plaint was talking (to a citizen. The testimony will
be submitted to the Board, and a heavy fine will no
doubt be imposed.
There are some officers, it appears, who, before
the trial of their case comes off, are in the habit of
visiting the Commissioner who is to hear the case,
and try to smooth matters. It is not good policy
always to do this. In many instances it is more
hurtful than beneficial. Kennedy, of tho Fifteenth
Precinct, found this to be the case. The roundsman
sought Kennedy fifty minutes before he found him.
Kennedy went to tho Commissioner with a diagram
of his post, and showed how in some of the cross
streets Roundsman Thatcher might have missed
Thatcher—l was fifty minutes looking for him be
fore I found him; I went three times over all his
post; be nas one side of the Bowery, and no cross
Brennan—No cross streets ? I understood from the
diagram, he had cross streets and a long alley.
Thatcher—He has no cross streets. As for the
alley, I went into it twice, and rapped and whistled.
Brennan—Why did you come and misrepresent
your case to me ? How long would it take you to go
over his post ?
Thatcher—Fifteen minutes.
Brennan—You would nave done a great deal better
if you had not come to me to misrepresent things.
Fined five days pay.
Jacobs and Wilsey, of the Fifth Precinct, were
charged with failing to discover a burglary on their
post. Jacobs, when he tried the door last, found it
secure. Wilsey 6wore to the same fact He believed
that the robbery was effected through the scuttle.
They both declared that they did not know how much
had been stolen; they did not know that the goods
had been recovered and the theives arrested, nor
that had been tried, convicted, and sent to the State
Prison. It is evident that neither Jacobs or Wilsey
ever intend to make detectives of themselves. The
complaint against them was dismissed,
Thomas M. Royce, of the Fourteenth Precinct, had
three complaints against him, preferred on the same
du.v, of being off post. The first charge was being
in Earle’s Hotel. The defense was that he had taken
medicine, on his short day. The next complaint was
being in a drinking saloon next door to the Olympic
Theatre. Captain Garland said he walked down
stairs, and stood a few minutes talking to a ticket
speculator, when he found him there. Physic again
was the excuse. The third complaint was sitting in
the office of Earle’s Hotel. Physic again was the ex
cuse; be was worn out.
Brennan—They don’t employ you in Earle’s Hotel
as detective ?
Garland—A man might bo killed in Canal street
while he was sitting there, and he know nothing of
it. He had not been fifteen minutes cut of the sta
The case goes to the Board.
The charge against Breckell, of the Twenty-first
Precinct, was showing the white feather at a riot
on the Second avenue. At the commencement of the
drivers’ strike on the. Second avenue railroad, trouble
being anticipated, Captain Allaire stationed an officer
on every block, while inside the car there were two
or moie policemen. Roundsman McComb said he
got on the car at Twenty-eighth street, and rode up
on the front platform to Thirty-second street, when
the car was attacked. Breckell stood on the side
walk, and McComb asked him to come over and help
him. He remained <Jn the sidewalk, and said he
didn’t want to go over and get stoned. The men then
pulled the bolt out, and put the horses on a run up
the avenue, leaving the car standing with passen
gers. Breckell denied the charge. He said McComb
utood holding on to the dash-board, doing nothing,
when he told him to come down and,help clear the
*oob. As the police arrived after the fighting com
menced, McComb did not assume command, and
every man had to do his best alone. He assured the
«oaru that he did his ehare in quelling the riot, As
for cowardice, ho didn’t know what it was; as, for an
instance ot his pluck, all he had to do was to refer to
ths Dan Noble shooting case. If he didn’t go in on
that occasion, then his name was not Breckell, The
charge of cowardice was dismissed.
Mr. Manierre who has been up to Albany during
the last two weeks, attending to the bill for the in
crease of the police force, has returned to the city,
and resumed his duties at Police headquarters. He
presided on Friday over a calender of fourteen cases.
The roundsman on Officer Raynor’s post, situated
in the Fiftieth Precinct, Brooklyn, traveled over it,
and failed to find him. He at last surmised that he
was in an engine house in Union street, between
Fifth and Sixth avenues. The house was located in
the middle of the block, and no houses near it, so
that if once in, there was no getting out of it without
being seen. Before this house the roundsman stood
an hour and five minutes, when Raynor came out,
and saluted the roundsman. Raynor, in mitigation,
said that he thought if he went there for a little
while, being bilious, he would soon get better. He
was troubled every Spring with bilious attacks, and
at this time he was seven blocks from the station
house. When walking he was attacked with a dizzi
ness in the head that made him walk like a drunken
man. The case was referred to the Board,
Wilkins, of the Forty-ninth Precinct, was changed
with absenting himself without leave from the sta
tion-house. Captain Leich sent hint out to prevent
some property being carried away surreptitiously, on
Sunday evening, by a woman. Instead of returning
to the station-house at six and reporting himself, he
did not put in an appearance till the following day.
His excuse was that about 7 o’clock he was taken
sick suddenly with cramps, went into a grocery store
and shortly after fell asleep, and slept till nine next
morning. The evidence was that he went in the
grocery store between five and six o’clock. The case
goes to the Board.
Granger does duty in the First Ward, and lives in
Brooklyn. When he went home he changed his
clothes, and laid his shield aside. Putting on his
clothes he forgot the shield, and did not discover
that he was without it till he reached the ferry. This
compelled him to return to his home, and when he
got to the station-house he was forty-five minutes be
hind time. He was fined one day, and told by Mr.
Manierre that if he did duty in New York he must
live here. The Board had passed a resolution order
ing policemen doing duty in New York to live here,
and doing duty in Brooklyn to live there; to reside in
the county in which they did duty.
Citizen Mooney says he was walking through East
Twelfth street, when he met Officer Ryan, of the
Eighteenth Precinct. Good night,” says Mr. Ryan
to me. “It isn’t such a good night,” says I, “as
when you got $6 from my brother’s wife for arrest
ing me.” Mooney then went on to state that there
upon Ryan drew his club, and hit him under the
chin, knocking the pipe out of his mouth. He then
shoved him along and told him to go home. Ryan
swore that there wasn’t a word of truth in Mooney’s
story. He did give him a shove with his hand to
make him go home, when ho followed abusing him.
Officer Bishop corroborated Ryan, and said that the
club wasn’t raised, nor was Mooney touched with
the club. The case was dismissed.
ROBERT HOLMES, P. G. Master, Editor,
An unseen hand has swung the door,
My pilgrim feet go in,
My first step to the Master’s shrine,
Shuts out the paths of sin.
I seem to hear th’ omnific word,
That woke creation’s void,
As o’er chaotic darkness passed
The fiat of a God.
My untaught vision scarce can bear
The glory of the hour,
How bright, oh, Master, is thy face ?
I kneel before thy power.
Faint are these emblems of thy might
Which only seekers know,
In thee, oh, God, I put my trust,
And travel on below.
I struggle for that greater light
Which shot across the sphere,
And mid life’s rough and rugged road,
1 think to find it here.
But still the angel finger points
Ad own the sacred page,
I ioiiow where the guide shall lead
Upon jny pilgrimage,
A brother’s hand is near mine own,
Why should I fear the way ?
The light of love is in my path,
While still I watch and pray.
And overhead the starry sky
The Master’s power displays;
I bask amid the noon of night.
In heaven’s eternal rays.
“ Let there be light;” the great decree,
Then rolled that night away;
No longer in the Temple’s porch
My weary footsteps stray.
An unseen hand has swung the door.
My pilgrim feet go in;
My first fatep tc the Master’s shrine,
Shuts out the world of sin.
—Masonic Review,
Grand Orient of France.
Some few weeks since we published a circular from
the Grand Lodge of Louisiania, which at the time we
supposed would sufficiently explain itself. It ap
pears, however, from a number of communications
received by us, that the matter is not as clear to
other eyealas to our own, and we therefore proceed
to explain it, that others, and especially representa
tives may understand a subject upon which it is more
than probable they will be called to vote at the com
ing annual communication. Let us premise that we
do not undertake 'to forestate any official publica
tion or act; but merely to place our readers in posses
sion of the facts that there may baa proper under
standing of the position likely to be assumed by the
Grand Lodge.
Tho facts are, briefly, as follows: Some years since
there was established in the citv of New Orleans, an
organization styling itself a Supreme Council, and
professing to work in the Scottish rite. It is not re
corded that the influence exercised by this arrange
ment had any perceptible effect on the motions of the
planets, or in any way accelerated the speed of the
earth’s rotation; indeed it may be said that no one
outside of the city, chosen for its habitation, had ever
heard of it until one Foolhouse became its leading
spirit, and succeeded in making a splurge by the
publication of innumerable pamphlets, incompre
hensible to outsiders, and probably not particu
larly clear to himself. He went over to Paris, and re
ceiving the 33d degree under authority of the Grand
Orient, his name was inscribed on its book of gold,
and he came back more blatant than ever. He
finally succeeded in making such a nuisance of him
self, that the Grand Orient expelled him, and de
clared his council irregular, whereupon he subsided,
and shortly afterward the council itself made its
peace with the Supreme Council for the Southern ‘
jurisdiction, gave up its existence, and disappeared
from the records. Since then a parcel of adventurers,
under the lead of one Chassalgnac, re-established the
spurious council, and commenced operations anew.
Their success, however, appears to have been ex
tremely limited, both as regards their own increase,
or the attention paid them by regular bodies. To
overcome this difficulty, Chassaignac adopted the ad
vice given to Mrs. Dombey, and “ made an effort.”
This was the establishment of symbolic lodges
within the jurisdiction of the rightful Grand Lodge
of Louisiana, and in order to throw dust into the
eyes of the European Grand Lodges, and secure their
countenance and sympathy, colored men were se
lected as the victims, and thrown in the breach as
holding spurious’warrants from a spurious authority;
acting in a territory long since occupied by a legiti
mate organization recognized as such by every regu
lar Grand Lodge in the world.
Having succeeded in getting two or three clandes
tine lodges organized, Chassaignac appealed to the
Grand Orient of France for recognition, and the in
terchange of representatives. The appeal was referred
by the French Grand Master to his council, and on
their recommendation, the facts and the law in the
case were entirely ignored, and the schismatic body
recognized as having done a praiseworthy thing in
violating the rightful jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge
of Louisiana.
Against this act the Grand Lodge has protested by
a declaration of non-intercourse with the Grand
Orient, and closing the doors of its lodges to all Ma
sons hailing from the French jurisdiction.
A moment’s reflection upon the facts here stated,
will convince any person that the security of our
American system of Masonic government can only be
maintained by an united and thorough adherence to
the right of sole and absolute jurisdiction exercised
by the several Grand Lodges in the Territories they
respectively occupy. In maintaining this doctrine
for itself, every Grand Lodge pledges itself to main
tain it for all the others; for if we allow the Territory
of Louisiana to be invaded without protest, we at
once admit that our own may be similarly invaded,
and thus giving up the right to our Territory, we
allow the whole system to fall into confusion and the
work of so many years to come to naught. That the
Grand Lodge of New York will not submit to such
invasion is clear enough from its act in the Ham
burgh case, in which the principle involved is pre
cisely parallel; that the other Grand Lodges on this
continent will stoutly maintain their own rights in
the matter, is also clear from tho unanimity and per
sistency with which those Masonic powers have sus
tained us in opposing the violation of our jurisdic
tion by the Grand Lodge of Hamburgh. It naturally
follows that unless the Grand Orient of France with
draws its recognition of the spurious New Orleans
body, and its attempt to interfere with the domestic
affairs of American Grand Lodges, it will find the
door of every lodge on this continent closed against
its Masons, and all Masonic intercourse with this
country effectually stopped.
We assume, as a matter of course, that our Com
mittee on Foreign Correspondence will thoroughly
ventilate the whole subject, and, unless previous to
the meeting of our Grand Lodge in June, the Grand
Orient should change front, and withdraw its obnox
ious edict, there will be a cessation of Masonic rela
tions between France and the State of New York.
Similar action will follow in all the other States, and
thus the Gffihd Orient will exchange its relations as
at present existing with all the American Grand
Lodges for the bald satisfaction of sustaining s schis
matic corps without a shadow of right or principle in
its foolish attempt to imitate the well-known charge
of Don Quixotte upon the windmills.
At our time of life we prefer peace and quiet; but,
nevertheless, we are glad that this occurrence has
taken place, because it will have a tendency to open
the eyes of foreign Grand Lodges to the fact that
Masonry in this country can protect itself, and that
our Grand Lodges will not submit to any dictation in
the management of their own affairs.
More Revelations*
We give our readers, who are Masons—and we
hope that those who are not such will treat this col
umn with reticence—another installment of the dam
aging exposures which M. Segur has inflicted upon
the Masonic fraternity in the interest of the Church
of Rome. We have already given the three first de
grees, as unveiled by this gentleman, and we now
come to the higher and more recondite mysteries of
the craft, which are mercilessly unveiled to the
world, and the most sacred of our arcana made the
sport and pastime of the profane and irreverent.
Our present extracts are under the captain of " The
High Degrees of Freemasonry: *•
So are called many initiations, often independent
one from the other, varying according to places and
countries, of which some are recent, some are ex
tinct. There are Masons, among them most of the
heads of exterior Freemasonry, who deny them.
Others acknowledge, praise, and join them, yet do
not belong to the occult Freemasonry, or to the se
cret societies, properly so called.
Tho high degrees are like an efflorescence—more
and more secret and ungodly—of common Free
masonry, an initiation further advanced, though still
incomplete, toward what might be called the soul of
Freemasonry—that is, toward the ultimate aim of its
plots. This ultimate aim is universal destruction of
all royalty and of all religion; it is the universal re
bellion of the World against God and against His
Christ; it is Satan and Man who strive to reign over
the world, in the place ot God and His Christ. A part
of that infernal Secret has been unveiled, and the
half-honest Freemasons vainly deny it.
“The aim of the Order must remain its first se
cret,” said, in 1774, the Grand Lodge of Germany;
“ the world is not robust enough to bear its revela
tion.” Masons themselves, even those in the high
degrees, are not deemed “robust enough;” for, at
the initiation to one of the high degrees of the Scot
tish rite, the Master of the lodge tells the candidate:
“By means of this degree, a thick wall is raised
between us and the profane, and even between many
of our own What you have learned so fai*is
nothing compared to the secrets which shall certainly
be revealed to you in future The care we take
to hide them even from our own Brothers, has surely
given you ideas worthy of the thing” (true Masonic
In all the Masonic rites taken together, there are,
it is said, nearly one thousand degrees. In the rite
of the Gr. Or. appear thirty-three of them; in the
Scotch rite, thirty-three likewise, although but seven
are generally conferred; the others are no doubt too
sublime, and the eyes might be injured by excess of
light. The Misraim rite seems to stop at one hun
dred degrees; there, doubtless, one enjoys the clear
est light.
We should here note that, by God’s grace, all the
branches of the Masonic tree fraternally detest one
another. Their divisions are our salvation. The
same is true of Freemasonry as of Protestantism;
there is unity of name and of hatred, but endless
division between all the sects of The Sect. Division
is characteristic of the works of Satan, because unity
exists only in Truth and in Charity.
The most known among the high degrees seem to
be those of “ Judge-Philosopher-Grand-Commander-
Unknown, Elect, Senior, Knight of St. Andrew, Knight
of the Sun, Knight Kadosch, and Rosicrucian.”
When received, the Judge-Philosopher-Grand-Com
mander-Unknown is boldly toid the true and practical
meaning of Adoniram’s legend. The words are
textually recorded by Br. Ragon in his book on Ma
sonic Orthodoxy: “Do not the degrees through which
you have passed,” says the Master of the Lodge,
“ induce you to apply our legend of Adoniram’s mur
der, to the tragical and fatal end of James Molay,
Judge-Philosopher-Grand-Commander of the Order ?
Have you not prepared your heart for vengeance ? Do
you not feel the implacable hatred which we have sworn
against the three traitors on whom ive must revenge,
the death of James Molay? This is, brother, the
true Masonry, such as it has been handed down to us.”
Practically, those three traitors are: first, the Pope,
and, with him, the whole Church, the whole Christen
dom, the whole religious order; second, the King,
and, with him, the whole civil society and all govern
ments; third, the military power, which has taken
the place ot the old military-religious orders, devoted
to the defence of Faith.
The adept is now made to see. but it is as yet only
a glimpse—that Atheism, or the worship of the God
nature, is tho fundamental doctrine of Freemasonry.
“Know how to take your place, is he told, among
men whose only doctrine is: Courage and Morals.
This doctrine is the rule laid on us by our Constitu
tion.” The courage, is the blind and savage will
which Is to lead to undertake any thing, even crime
and murder; the mora •.■?, obedience to nature’s in
stincts. We shall presently see samples of it.
At last they tell him: “ Here you are now put on a
level with the zealous Masons who have devoted them
selves with us to the common vengeance. Conceal
carefully from the public the high destiny reserved
for you .... You are now, brother, one of the
eleet called to the acccomplishment of the Grand Work.
After this pious speech, the Master of the lodge
hands to the new Br.’. Judgc-Philosopher-Grand-
Commander-Unknown, the insignia of his high de
gree, and points to him his special work. The in
signia—the jewel of the adept—is a dirk; his work—
vengeance. Is all this clear ?
I do not know why the Knights Kadosch are called
Knights Kadosch. Their initiation is highly seasoned
with a strong smell of blood, murder, vengeance, re
bellion, and ungodliness. When Louis Philippe
Egalite (the only one of the Grand-Orients of France
ever admitted into the dark secrets of “ the true Ma
sonry”) was initiated to the degree of Knight
Kadosch, he was made to stretch on the floor as a
dead man, and there, to renew all the oaths which he
had already taken in the inferior degrees; then a
dirk was put in his hand, and he was commanded
to go and strike a crowned manikin, placed in
a corner of the room, near a skeleton. . . .
Some liquid of a blood-color flow from the wound on
the candidate, and covered the pavement. More
over, he was ordered to cut the head of that mani
kin, to hold it up in his right hand, and to keep the
dirk stained with blood in his left hand; and he did
it all. Then he was informed that the bones before
him were those of James Molay, Grand Master of the
Order of Templars, and that the man whose blood
he had just spilt, and whose bloody head he was hold
ing in his right hand, was Philippe-le-Bel, King of
France. (Montjoie, History of the Conjuration of
Louis Philippe of Orleans Egalite.) It is clear that,
Philippe-le-Bel having been dead nearly five hun
dred years, the oath of murder and vengeance was
not directed toward his person, but toward his roy
alty. Consequently, the new Kadosch, as [a true
knight, was one of the foremost among the assassins
of Louis the 16ih. Almost all of them were Free
masons. The Masonic Ritual expressly says that the
new Elect must avenge the condemnation of James
Moiay “either figuratively on the authors of his
punishment, or implicitly on whoever deserves it by
right.” “ Whom do you know ?” he asked. “ Two
abominable men.” “ Name them.” “Philippe le-
Bel and Bertrand de Goth” (Pepe Clement the Vth).
According to Bro. Ragon “ the sacred author,” it
is not only a crowned manikin, which a Knight Ka
dosch is now bonnd to strike on the day of his ini
tiation, it is a serpent with three heads, the first of
which wears a tiara and a key, the second a crown,
and the third a sword: emblems of Papacy, Royal tv,
a>d Military power, which united to destroy the
Order of Templars, “ This serpent with three heads
designates the evil principle,” says the same Bro.
Ragon. (A philosophical and interpretative Treatise
on Ancient and Modern Initiations.) The secret of
the sect leaks out more and more.
This Will do for the present issue. We shall give
another instalment next week, when we hope to reach
the degrees that are of interest to the ladies.
New York, April 24th, 1869.— T0
the Editor of the New York Dispatch:
“ Hint certain failings, faults before unknown;
Review forgotten l.es, and add your own.”
Ha! ha Iha 1 “ The thunders of Rome.” “Is any
body hurt?” “A funny exposure,” and “Moro to
Come.” The Parson De Bonald has denounced it.
Mr. Segur, the plain talker, has pronounced it, el tu,
Bro. Holmes has announced it “as if it were a fab
rication, or the puff of a new velocipede maker.”
We could have pardoned the parson, overlooked the
lucubrations of the “plain talker,” but we cannot
forgive a P. G. Master in lending his aid to thus pub
licly expose all the secrets of ancient F. aud A. Ma
sonry, and assisting, as he himself openly avows, to
send the “ whole fraternity to p. o. t.”
As regards the prosy pastoral of the Archbishop, it
may be set down as a conglomeration of nonsense,
strung together after the fashion of the fairy tales
concocted by antiquated maiden aunts to terrify tho
naughty urchin in petticoats. With what compla
cency and self-assurance does he inform the “ clergy
and faithful of his diocese” that “we find in all
events shaking social order, and undermining the
most holy and salutary institutions the hand of Free
masonry;” “ that one of its fundamental doctrines is
a perfect indifference in the matter of religion; it
opens the doors of its temples to all belief, to the su
perstitious of India, the shames of Paganism;” that
“ its chief desire is to sow the seeds of civilization
and progressand after charging the craft with a
cartload of other immoral practices, he concludes by
informing them that “all these immoral and im
pious practices constitute an element in the rules of
Freemasonry, and are somewhere in their ritual.”
“The Pope has spoken, and that ends tho case.”
We thus have at the end of this rigmarole De Bon
ald’s own confession that he but " saw through a
glass darkly” in his delineations of the mysteries of
the craft, and that the whole of his “thunder” was
based on a “somewhere” in their ritual and on the
ipse dixit of Pius IX. Well, then, might you ask, “Is
anybody hurt ?” Not much I
But this brings us to the “ author of Plain Talk,”
as he in his half dollar treatise of “ What they are,
what they do, and what they aim at,” so fully ex
poses all our signs, grips and words, so that “he
who runneth may read,” it only remains for us poor
deluded craftsmen to desert the sinking hulk of
Freemasonry at once. But this, many will ar
gue, is easier said than done, especially as there
are over eight millions of us on board, and if wo
believe Segur, “nearly to a man blindfolded.” Per
haps our better plan would be, seeing “wo have paid
our money and may have our choice,” to remodel
our good old bark. We would, therefore, make a few
suggestions as to what changes might be made under
a new system. Instead, therefore, of the two lights
and the Bible opened at the first Chapter of St. John,
as now the practice, let us have only one light, but
let it be a blazing sunlight, and tho Bible opened at
the first Chapter of Genesis. These changes would
be very appropriate, especially as we are set down as
worshippers of the sun, and the opening of the Bible
at the first Chapter 01 Genesis being a suggestive o 1
the sytematic manner we work, by commencing at
the beginning. We are now brought to the “ Closet
of Reflection,” and ordered to “ make our last will,”
which can be made as follows: Those who have
nothing to leave behind them but their debts, may
assign such to M. Sogur, who may, if he please, liqui
date them out of his profits on “Plain Talk,” “The
Freemason, &c.;” those fortunate enough to hold real
estate and gold-bearing bonds,[may bequeath all such
to the writer; and those who have no will of their
own at all, and never had any, need give themselves
no trouble about the matter. Leaving the closet be
hind, we will offer Brother Mild as a substitute for
the “ Terrible Brother,” and as Brother Venerable
seems to be an old fogy, and short-sighted, requir
ing specs, we will dispense with his services altoge
ther. “ The sneezing of the Master at one stage of
the proceedings,” we will retain, being unwilling to
diminish the traffic in snuff, but instead of “ prick
ing the poor candidate’s breast with Brother Terri
ble’s sword,” we will apply a patent tickling machine
to his nasal organ. We will wholly do away with
the kissing ceremony, at least on the part ef the Mas
ter, and allow the candidate the privilege of Mssing
the first pretty girl he meets after leaving the “Room
of the Centre,” if he should be lucky enough ever to
leave it. This gloomy Room of the Centre we must
also carefully overhaul. Oh! how poor Segur’s
bones must have quaked, as he first set foot across
its threshold; how his weak soul must have sunk
within him on beholding the skulls, skeletons and
the like which adorn its walls, and what must have
been bis feelings as he reflected that perhaps some
day or other his own intellectual skull might bo em
ployed as a dark lantern, by those self-same “highly
guilty, highly imprudent, and highly silly compan
ions.” The “ true coffin containing either a Master
or a Maniken in the middle of the room” also annoys
him greatly; but to honor him we will have substi
tuted a black walnut dining table, well laid out with
choice cuts of cold meats and all such delicacies, in
cluding a sufficient number of bottles, of “ Piper
Heidsieck” invitingly placed on ico.
Think, fellow-craftsmen, what “pure joys” await
you under the new regime, and thank M. Segur for
the change. We decline, however, to compile the
whole of this new Ritual, and would therefore, sug
gest, that, following the example of Pius IX. an
Ecumenical Council of the Craft be called to be held
at an early date, either on the Green Mountains of
Vermont, or the Dreamy Valley ot Sleepy Hollow,
and then and there draft new oaths, and create new
signs, grips and passwords, for nothing less will
now prevent the profane from freely entering our
sacred, or as Segur has it, “ gloomy Room of the
Centre.” Think not this exposure is of little ac
count, and can therefore be contemned. Hear the
Herald's opinion: “This is a very small volume of
only 135 pages (duodecimo), but it contains as much
nonsense as could be crowded into any octave vol
ume of 1,000 pages. It surprises us that the author
could have written such rubbish, &c.” We are in
clined to think as Byron thought of the “Editor of
the British Review,” “ The fact is, my dear Segur,
that somebody has tried to make a fool of you, and
what he did not succeed in doing, you have done
for him and for yourself.” As for you, Bro. Holmes,
in thus assisting M. Segur in the columns of the
Dispatch, to publicly expose the secrets of our
Craft, we leave you to the mercy of your own con
science, if it condemn thee not, neither do we; but
unless you devote your whole energy in assisting us to
transform the coffin and the manikin to the dining
table, and wine and cake, we will never, never for
give you. Fraternally yours,
“The Thunders of Rome.”— To the
Masonic Editor of the New York Dispatch— Dear Sir:
Your comments under the above head, in your issue
of April 4th, were admirable, and could not wound
the feelings of the most sensitive Catholic. Had they
been less high-toned, I should have been disap
pointed, knowing your purity of heart and your ele
vated charity to all.
Having this knowledge of your personal worth, I
take pleasure in giving you a Catholic’s view of the
question. I feel fully the difficulty of the undertak
ing, and would have been much relieved had some
abler Catholic replied to your oxiiicisms on the
Pope’s letter of the Archbishop of- tyons to the peo
ple of his arch-diocese.
The great point to commence from is to look on
the subject from a Catholic standpoint. In the Cath
olic Church, as in Masonry, there is no change. The
first came In its organization perfect from its divine
founder, Jesus Christ, who was both God and man;
the commission given to his disciples was both clear
and positive—Go teach all nations; and lo! I am
with you all days, even to the consummation of the
world.” And again—“He who hears you hears me,
and he who despises you despises me.” This is very
emphatic, for it embraces not only matters of faith
but of discipline. Obedience to the Church in arti
cles of faith cannot be questioned by any candid
mind, for it is necessary to unity. The lamentable
diversity of religious opinions existing in our days is
the result of resistance to the divinely commissioned
authority of the Catholic Church. The constant
jealous care with which she has always guarded her
great prerogatives over the consciences of her faith
ful children, and ever resisted innovations coming
from high or low in her ranks, is apparent on every
page ofher history. How essential this is to her
success in fulfilling this great mission on earth, no
intelligent Mason will require any more proof than to
ask, What would become of the order if every brother
was allowed to alter or change its ancient landmarks
—what would become of its unity? Is it putting
“your conscience out to wet nurse ” when you bow
to the edicts of the Grand Lodge whenever they con
flict with your individual judgments? And yet this
is only what the Catholic Church calls upon her chil
dren to do.
You may say that in articles of faith or doc
trine it is proper that she should have juris
diction; but you object to her interference
in secular affairs. The two are inseparable.
Faith and good works are necessary to salvation.'
Charity is a good work, yes, the greatest of good
works. What immense weight, and properly so, is
attached to this good work in Masonry. It is the
greatest of good works in the Catholic Church, but
there are many good works too which are essential to
salvation—a regular receptionjof the Sacraments! &c,
Much stress is placed by you on what you term
the enlightenment of tho age; this may be much
questioned, even ip arts and sciences. We are much
behind the ancients. We should have little trouble in
building a bridge over the East River from our City
Hall to the City Hall, Brooklyn, if v>e had at the pres
ent day a knowledge such as the architects of Rome
possessed who built the world renowned Acqueducts,
which have stood for centuries, and at the present
time are the great wonder of the builders of the age.
No arch so vast and so flat, could bear its own
weight, if built on our present enlightened princi
ples. Other wonders of the world might be pre
sented to prove that the ancients knew much that we
do not know, though we may know much which
they did not know, lot us not boast. Knowledge is a
dangerous thing, when not tempered by a true Chris
tian spirit. Let us never presume to be more enlight
ened than were our forefathers. We may be tempted
to deny the traditions handed down to us from the
first Christians which in the Catholic Church are of
tho same authority and or the same weight as the
Holy Scriptures.
This unwritten code is what the Savior told his
Apostles to teach; he did not tell them to hand all
nations a Bible, and let them learn his religion from
it, as our modem evaugelizers do. How is it possible
for all men to think alike on any given text? No sir,
it is not possible; the Divine Jesus knew this, and
He told His followers to obey those whom he had or
dained to preach.
Now, my dear sir, you will pardon me in going
into this subject so much; its vast importance will
be my excuse.
You will readily perceive from what I have said
that submission to the constituted authorities of the
Church must be enforced in this matter of Catholics
being Free Masons.
It is passing strange that Masons, of all others,
should object to this, for of all societies which exist,
none are so absolute, and enforce their edicts with
greater determination to have them enforced, than
do the several Grand Lodges s of Free Masons, and it
is proper that it should be so; without it unLy could
not exist.
In conclusion I would say that it would be no diffi
cult task forme to prove that the institution of Free
masonry emanated from Catholic minds and Catholic
hearts, there being such a wonderful similarity in the
teachings of the two. There is one great difference:
one, the order of Freemasonry, is the creation of
man; the other, the church, is from Almighty God.
Would that it was possible to make all men good
men; then there would be no necessity for Freema
sonry, or any other society. To Catholics who live in
accordance with the teachings of their church, there
is now no order or organization which can make
them better men or better Christians; but, unfortu
nately, there are too many who do not think of their
church or her teachings until death summons them
to leave this world; then they call upon their church
for that aid which they have so long neglected.
A Catholic who lives up to his duties as taught him
by his church would fulfill. the obligations of Ma
sonry. Every Catholic knows that he cannot be for
given the sin of fraud unless restitution is made, if
within his power. Yea, further, if he speaks ill of
his fellow man, he is bound to repair the injury done,
if possible. Is not this to do unto others as you
would they should do unto you ? That you, dear sir,
may have the happiness to see the light of the true
faith, in which only there is a peace to the troubled,
inquiring mind, amid the chaos of conflicting opin
ions, and which must and will exist so long as.liberty
of conscience is the fair garb in which the Devil con
ceals his ugliness, to lure the unwary to destruction.
Rride, too, assists in the work of Satan. Men of edu-
ca.ion resist a submission of their judgments to the
doctrines of the church, because they think they are
“putting their consciences out to wet nurse.** Yet
this abrogation of private judgment to the commands
of the church is what you, sir, and all others who ob
ject to, mainly in the Catholic Church, must allow is
an essential prerequisite to unity in all societies,
more especially in a church divinely empowered to
teach. All who will not obey cannot belong to its ju
risdiction. Non-affiliated,
Remark.—We well know the writer oi the forego
ing communication, and within the whole range of
our acquaintance cannot call to mind a man of a
purer heart or more honorable principles. Indeed,
he adorns every relation of life. We cheerfully pub
lish his communication, with this simple remark
that, aside from mere discipline, there is no moral
principle in Freemasonry which conflicts with the
most rigid rules of Roman Catholicism.
The Church of Rome versus Free-
Dogberry—Write down that they hope they serve
God: and write God first; for God defend but God should
P e * ore such villains I Masters, it is proved already
that you are little better than false knaves, and it will go
near to be thought so shortly. How answer you for your
selves ? —Much Ado About Nothing.
Whatever else may be said, it cannot be denied
that Freemasonry possesses an extraordinary amount
of vitality. It has not only been frequently exposed
and suppressed, but it has even undergone what is
termed in medicine cadaveric autopsy (I have before
me as I write a copy of the twenty-third edition of a
brochure printed in London, and entitled “Masonry
Dissected, ** in relation to which the author, Samuel
Prichard, made oath before R. Hopkins on the 13 th
day of October, 1730, that it was the VeAtable cadaver
of Masonry), and yet it still lives. Vivitf imovero
etiam in Ecclesiam Romanam venit. So the Church of
Rome addresses herself again to the Sisyphean labor
of exposing the secrets of Freemasonry, and I have
no doubt but that to a certain extent she will obtain
what the French call “wn succes d’estime.*’ For,
though she has lagged behind for centuries in the
career of mental development, and is therefore defi
cient in intellectual culture and scientific knowledge,
yet she is rich in imaginative power, and whenever a
fact is wanting to serve her purpose, if none exists,
she can invent one. Having for centuries acted the
part of an Egyptian midwife, watching the throes of
intellectual labor in Europe, in order to destroy ev
ery virile thought, she is of course enraged at any
proof that her malevolent vigilance has been eluded.
As a Freemason, I regret to be compelled to allude
to the peculiarities of any sect or creed; for, inas
much as a belief in an Inscrutable Power manifested
to us through all phenomena is a universal mode of
human consciousness, and because the certainty that
on the one hand such a Power exists, while on the
other hand its nature transcends intuition and is be
yond imagination, is the certainty toward which in
telligence has from the first been progressing, I de
sire ever to treat all manifestations of religious be
lief, if not with reverence, at least with respect.
But, unfortunately, whenever the attention of the
hierarchy of Rome happens to be or to have been
directed to Freemasonry, it straightway behaves so
unseemly that it loses, in my estimation, somewhat
of that regard which its peculiar claims, its interest
ing history, and its venerable age would otherwise
command. It vexes one to be so often reminded by
it that
” Man proud man.
Drest in a little brief authority.
Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high Heaven
As makes the angels weep.”
For surely, of all the fantastic tricks that man can
play before high Heaven, the most fantastic, not to
say damnable, is that of arrogating the prerogatives
of Him “to whom all hearts are open, all desires
known, and from whom no secrets are hid.’*
The Church of Rome! What diverse trains of
thought that phrase evokes; what memories of the sto
ried past upon whose stage of action she has for ages
a leading rdlel Infallible in doctrine, immutable in
character, the Church of Rome is always the same,
whether a Hildebrand or a Pius the Ninth sits in the
If you would be assured of her infallibility, peruse
the lives of her Pontiffs—collate the decisions of her
councils. If you desire to form an estimate of her
character, turn to the history of the religious wars in
Europe, especially during the Sixteenth Century, the
period when by the action of the Council of Trent,
which definitively closed its sessions December 3,
1563, the Roman Church became a pure autocracy,
without restraint or control. Take as an illustration
of that character her well-beloved son and zealous
advocate, Philip the Second, of Spain—the most per
fect model of a'merciless tyrant that history can pro
duce; one who it was said was never known to smile
but once, and that was when he heard of the
massacre on Saint Bartholomew’s eve. Imbued
with the doctrines of the Council of Trent, he
would willingly have made a desert of the world
so that the ideas of Rome might meet therein no
further contradiction. It is most fortunate for the
human race that no Duke of Alva can now butcher,
burn, nor bury alive eighteen thousand human vic
tims for the glory of God; first, privately burning
out their tongues that they might not make confes
sion of their faith on the scaffold, or else Pius the
Ninth, like his canonized namesake and predecessor,
Pius the Fifth, would, no doubt, write to him. “Con
tinue, dear son, to add to these praiseworthy acts as
the steps on which you shall ascend to eternal life.**
Yes, the Church of Rome is par excellence, a Church
militant ; during her palmy days, and in the plen
titude of her power she manifested her zeal in the
service of God, and exemplified her mission of
“Peace on earth, good will toward men,’* by going
to and fro the world breathing threatenings and
slaughter againat all who dissented from her dogmas
or denied her authority. By an inherent, organic
defect she is nothing if not intolerant—intolerant of
whatever she does not comprehend, or chooses to dis
approve. Because to her questioning, Fremasonry
replies, “ Sis sus, sis Rious: sum caltha, et non tibi
spiro,” the Church of Rome gnashes her teeth and
howls fearfully. She has recently undergone one of
those paroxysms superinduced by the laches of some
ot her Gallican clergy in the matter of sepultural
rites; for her hate, as extensive as a Mason's charity,
goes far beyond the grave. Her antagonist to
Freemasonry is ineveterate, irrecogcila l an an
tagonism with Which 'religion Las nothing whatever
to do, but is only put forward as a pretext to disguise
the real issue. Stripped, of its disguise, that issue
win be found to be merely a new phase of the eter
nal conflict between Error and Truth—between the
pretensions of antiquated abuse and the demands of
enlightened reform. In speaking thus freely, and I
believe fairly, of the Church of Rome, I trust I have
not violated the rule of Masonic intercouse which ig
nores differences of creed; for every intelligent crafts
man, I think, is aware that the Church of Rome is
one thing, and the Christian religion quite another.
That distinction has, at least, been constantly pres
ent to my mind; with that distinction fully in view,
I conclude that while many Freemasons arc devout
Christians, no devout Romanist can be a Freemason.
Remark.—accept our thanks for your able com
munication. Will the time never come when we can
meet upon the square ?
Letter from Gander Green.— Dear
Bro. Holmes : What on arth has got inter ye that you
should go and print all them things about Masonry ?
Why, Jemimy says when she comes up to York with
garden sass she means to go right inter the lodge and
give ’em a piece of her mind, for fooling-her all this
while with the idee that there was a great secret, and
now she can read all about it in your paper. I tell
you, Robert, I don’t understand it. But then I be
gin to think 1 haven’t understood it pooty well any
how, for what the nation is back lodges ? Are you
pokin’ fun at us Jarseyman because we don’t wear
store clothes and pay twenty-five dollars a night rent
for our lodge rooms, or do you moan lodges that
hain’t got the standard work ? If you mean to cast a
slur on us because we are back woods, countrified,
and don’t know nothing, and always did; if you think
that because you citty chaps can spend the price of a
farm every year jest for room rent; because you have
got a lot of big guns living in your seven by nine vil
lage—by the way, I see you have a man named Hoff
man for Guven or; is he the son of my old friend
Martin Hoffman ? How is the old feller, and Cadwal
lader D. Colden ? They was down here once, and
spent the night with us; but they wasn’t a bit stuck
up, and hadn’t anything to say abeut “back ” lodges
either. But that’s neither here nor there. What I
want to know is, whether, by calling us down here
back lodges, you mean to insinuate that we ain’t jest
as good as any other lodges on the face ofthis arth ?
If you do, I tell you what, Bob, much as Rethink of
you, and hard as I have studied and rubbed and fur
bished to get reddy for that visit, I won’t come—
there now! And what’s more, I will get our Master
to go down to our Grand Lodge and move a suspen
sion of hostilities with yours, and then we’ll see
whose back and who’s got his back up. I showed
your last paper to lather, but he’s got the roomattics
so he couldn’t see through anything short of a kali
derscope, and so I had to read it to him through a
speaking trumpet, for he is just a little hard of hear
ing, and he said it was a nation shame, and that you
ought to be dograbbled. I won’t go as far as that
till I hear from you; but I do hope and pray that
you’re not goin’ to pluck a feather from the eagle's
wing to guide the shaft which is to destroy an insti
tootion venerable with the weight of antiquity, glori
ous in the remembrance of its mighty dead and hon
nerable, as tending so to make all things comforma
ble to those excellent precepts that rule the day as
the moon governs the tides. Robert, don’t. I ask
it with tears, and take back them back lodges. Git
John Simons to come down to your offis and rassel
with you. He’ll never favor them back lodges.
Let me heer from you, Robert, and direct your let
ter to the care of Jenkins & Buebee, dealers in sec
ond-hand Pillers. Yours dubiously,
Gakper Gleen.
Eastern Star Degree.—The next
stated meeting of Alpha Chapter, No. 1, Sisters of
the Eastern Star, will be held at their rooms, No.
594 Broadway, on Monday, April 26th, at 2% o’clock
P. M., when the degrees will be conferred on four
lady candidates in strict accordance with the stand
ard work adopted by the Supreme Grand Chapter at
their last meeting. Master Masons in good standing,
and sisters who can be vouched for as having re
ceived the degrees will have an opportunity to wit
ness this new and beautiful work.
Obituary.—We are pained at being
called upon to record the decease of a very talented
and promising young naan, the son of Bro. Col. James
M. Turner. He was strioken down with gastric fever,
and on Thursday last hade adieu to earth, and to a
1 arge circle of devoted and admiring friends. He
was horn at Nashville, Tenn., on the 4th of July,
1849, and boro the name of his soldier-editor
father. He developed In very early life talents of an
exalted character, and hade fair to become highly
useful to society, and to adorn any position in which
he might be placed. His mother and father will re
ceive the sympathies of all who know them, and who
knew the worth and brilliant talents of the deceased,
thus early taken away,
To the MaSonic Editor of the N.
Y. Dispatch : Can you inform me if the subject of
republishing the early transactions of the Grand
Lodge of this State, was ever brought before that
body for its consideration ? If so, how was it dis
posed of? By answering tho above you will much
oblige an Enquires.
Answeb.—fre, wten Grand Master, in 1866, ap
pointed a committee for the purpose named, which
consisted of R. W. Daniel Sickels, R. W. James M.
Austin, and the Master of a lodge whose name we
cannot call to mind. They were to perform their
duties in the interest of the Grand Lodge, Why they
have not reported, we cannot tell,
A CokJeU Stone.—At Buffalo, on
the 15th inst., the corner stone of one of the most
imposing buildings in the city, designed for a Nor
mal School, was laid with Masonic ceremonies, R.
W. Christopher G. Fox, Senior Grand Warden of the
Grand Lodge of New York, officiating, by proxy of
M. W. James Gibson, as Grand Master. In the pro
cession were seven hundred brethren, representing
ten lodges. The Grand Lodge was escorted by Hugh
de Payen’s Commandery of Knights Templar. Be
fore entering upon the performance of the ceremony,
R. W. Bro. Fox delivered the following address:
Brethren; In compliance with an invitation ex
tended to the fraternity by the Commissioners under
whase direction a Normal School building is now in
course of erection on this site, we are assembled here
to-day in the character of Free and Accepted Masons
to perform the ceremony of depositing in due Ma
sonic form the corner stone, or stone of foundation.
Doubtless you share with me the emotions of a
just pride in the fact, that without solicitation on
our part the propriety of requesting the aid of the
fraternity in this important work was recognized by
the Commissioners, to whom, in obedience to a gen
eral sentiment of approval, I return hearty and sin
cere thanks for their confidence in our skill and abil
ity to accomplish the work which we are about to
undertake at their request.
From the time when Solomon, King of Israel, re
puted one of our ancient Grand Masters, at the be
nest of Infinite Wisdom, erected the Temple at Jeru
salem for the service of the Supreme Being, whom
we, as Masons, are taught to reference and serve,
down through the intervening centuries until our
craft became wholly speculative in its character and
purposes, the fraternity was engaged in the work of
building material edifices dedicated to the worship
of God, and other public structures commemorative
of worthy objects and important events in the world’s
history. In the construction of the numerous and
magnificent edifices common in the Middle Agee,
which adorn and beautify the Old World, and Which,
after the lapse of time, still bear the marks of the
different bands of workmen employed in their erec
tion, the highest condition of the ancient operative
art of building was reached in the matchless genius
of their projectors and the impressiveness of their
strength and beauty. At an early age, under the in
fluence of learned and pious men, who had been ad
mitted to the privileges of the craft of Masons, the
character of the society was gradually but surely
changed until it culminated in that system of moral
and religious instruction recognized as speculative
or Freemasonry, “ which is the scientific application
and the religious consecration of the rules and prin
ciples, the technical language and implements, and
the materials of operative masonry to the worship of
God as the Grand Architect of the Universe, and to
the purification of the heart and the inculcation of
the dogmas of a religious philosophy.**
Thus organized, by worthy men for worthy pur
poses, Freemasonry has extended over the habitable
globe, encircling with an indissoluble chain of friend
ship and brotherly love the nations of the earth, com
prising within the sacred precincts of its thousands
of lodges men of every country, sect and opinion,
who are bound together by solemn and irrevocable
ties to practice the moral and religious duties which
its symbolism inculcates, abandoning the use of the
meterial substances of which a structure is com
posed, they are still builders—moral builders; and
every brother who has faithfully served the term of
his apprenticeship, and as a craftsman learned the
symbolic use of the implements of the operative art
as applied to his profession, as a master workman, if
he has received proper instructions in the mysteries
of the craft, he will perform the duties laid down on
tho trestle-board of his hfe with fidelity and honor;
he will ever be found engaged, whether in forest or
quarry, in preparing the essential material for that
Spiritual Building, that house not made with hands,
eternal in the Heavens, which is the object and end
of Masonic instruction.
The purpose of our meeting here is yet to be ac
complished. Deeply sympathizing in every effort
having for its object the improvement of the moral
and mental condition of the human family, we have
come, at the request of the proper authority, to aid
in an humble manner in the construction of an edi
fice designed to be used for the purpose of education,
in which we, in common with our fellow citizens, feel
an abiding interest; and we trust that the building
which is to rest upon this foundation stone, when it
shall be completed, may endure for generations, a
lasting monument of a wise policy and a generous
liberality on the part of this people.
The ceremonies peculiar to our fraternity, in which
we are about to engage, attract the attention and
command the respect of all cultivated minds, from
their'solemn and impressive character, and the ex
alted sentiments of respect for lawful authority, and
the expressed desire for peace and good will among
men which are conveyed in their public administra
tion. These ceremonies have been employed from
time immemorial to celebrate undertakings of great
public interest, and we regard them as essential to a
proper inauguration of all enterprises of such a na
ture. To the initiated they convey lessons of wis
dom. “ They reveal to us important truths; they re
mind us of unchanging principles; they preach to us
a sermon, which, though not audible to other ears,
yet reaches the inmost recesses of our bouls, and
compels us to be, unless recreant to etery principle
of fraternity and equality, brethren to our fellows in
acts end words.” They teach us to pray for the
Or p&teO among the nations, and good will
Among the men of all communities.
* * That there be no war, to dye the seas
With human blood or desolate the land
With carnage; but that every people beat
Their swords to plow-shares, spears to pruning-hooks,
Till every field, by war made desolate,
Be white with cotton or green with corn.*’
And as we try this stone by the plummet, square
and level, and spread the cement which Is to unite it
to the structure, let us revert to the lessons which
they teach, and with the mystic trowel spread in our
hearts the cement of brotherly love and affection—
•* that cement which unites us into a faithful band of
friends and brethren, among whom no contention
should ever exist, save that contention or rather no
ble emulation of who best can work and best agree.”
Let us not forget “to walk uprightly in our several
stations, before God and man, squaring our actions
by the square of virtue, and ever remember that we
are traveling upon the level of time to that undiscov
ered country no traveler returns.”
Signs.—lt is well known that Ma
sonry has secret signs, which are known to tho great
brotherhod throughout the earth. These signs are
supposed to exist, by persons even who are not Ma
sons, if for no other reason, upon the broad principle
of common sense. Some, it is true, are weak enough
to except to Masonry on this account; but I dare say,
if it were well known we had no signs, these same
persons would be inquiring why we had none. As it
is, we are saved from the embarrassment of attempt
ing to explain why we have not, and find ourselves at
liberty to give some reasons why we do have them ;
1. When God made the heavens and the earth, they
were as signs of his creative energy and power; and
when he made the greater light to rule the day, and
the lesser light to rufe the night, and stars also, they
shone forth as signs of God’s glory and burning love,
• 2. When the work of creation was done, God rested
from his labors. The steps taken in creating the
universe by the Almighty, divided time Into six parts,
or six days. Then, as a sign ot this accomplishment,
another equal division was made, in which he rested,
which sign the children of men show forth to this
day, in the observance of one day in seven as a day
of rest. Nor is the observance of such a day merely
voluntary on the part of men; but it is highly obliga
tory upon all, and more especially upon Masons.
3. When Cain received this curse, he exclaimed,
“My punishment is greater than 1 can bear. Be
hold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face
of the earth; and irom thy face shall Ibe hid, and I
shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and
it shall come to pass that every one that findeth me
shall elay me. . . . And tile Lord set a mark
upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”
(Gen. iv. 13, et seq.) This proved a safe passport for
the murderer oi his brother. What the nature of
this mark was we are not informed; but wo may
reasonably infer it was such that all would recognixe
it, and feel bound to observe.
4. When the waters had decreased until tho first
day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains
were seen. In forty days afterward, Noah sent
forth a raven and dove to see if the waters had abated
from the earth. The raven did not return, but the
dove returned, as a sign that the waters were on the
face of the earth. Alter a while the dove was sent
out, and again it^returned. with an olive leaf in her
moith. Tais was a sign that the waters had abated.
Noah recognized the sign, and in seven days set the
winged messenger at liberty.
5. God entered into a covenant with Noah that he
would never drown the world again. Noah believed
his Maker, and, as to him, nothing was needed to
impress upon his mind the certainty of God’s
promises; but it pleased the Lord of heaven and
earth to grant a sign of his mercy,Jwhich was to be a
token to future generations. This sign, like the
others we have noticed, has a propriety and sublimity
which all may admire. “I do-set my bow in the
cloud, and it Shall be for a token of a covenant be.
tween me and the earth.” And when the storm is
past, and while the cloud may still hang dark iu the
skies, as if to threaten a return of the tempest, we
are permitted to see
The presence of God in symbol sublime,
His vow from the flood till the exit of time.
C. When Abraham was old and stricken in years,
he called to him his eldest servant to exact a promise
of him not to take wife from the Canaanites for his
son. The aged patriarch wished his promise to be
sacred and binding. ,To effect this object, ho had it
accompanied with a sign: “Put thy hands,” says ho,
“ under my thigh, and I will make thee swear by the
Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth,” etc.
The servant did not question the propriety, or ask
why this ceremony, as if it were understood and cus
t unary. He complied, and made the promise in the
form exacted.
7. When Moses said, “But behold, they will not
believe me, nor hearken to my voice,” it pleased Gcd
to grant unto Moses a e gn by which he might con
vince the people. Again the Lord gave aim another
sign, and said unto him: “ And it shall come to pasfr
if they will not believe theso, neither hearken to tha
voice ofethe first sign, that they will believe the voica
of the Tatter sign.”
8. The magnificent temple, completed by King
Solomon, under the supervision of the Almighty, waa
not merely io display architectural skill, but it was
“ established that thy name may be magnified for
ever. The Lord of hosts is the God of Israel.”
9. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a star TOfia
in the east, and pointed out his birthplace. When
the pharisees would doubt his authority, they called,
upon him to show them, a sign.
The scriptural examples are so numerous that hd
who will take the pains to search them, will not doubt
that they have been employed from the beginning Of
time.— Bro. Blount, Ky.
When sorrow presses down the heart,
And cares in legion swarm,
Do Thou, O God, that strength impart
That res to th in Thine arm I
When sickness makes the pillow hard,
And long the mid-night reign,
Oh 1 Great Physician, be on guard,
And cool the fever’d brain!
When death, remorseless, ope’s the door,
And beckons us away,
Then guide us to the blissful shore
Of Everlasting Day.
We again | call the attention of
lodges in want of rooms, to examine those in tho
Irwin Building, corner of Bowery and Bleecker street.
Extra rooms have been added for the better accomo
dation of the craft. They are furnished in the most
elegant manner, and the ventilation is excellent.
meet Ist and 3d Friday of every month, at No. 594
Broadway, N. Y. W. H. VAN EVERY, 33d. Most
Wise;«W. F. FORD, Jr., 82d, S. Knight Warden;
J. A, CRISTADORA, 31st, J. Knight Warden: C»
W. COLBURN, 32, Archivist, No. 14 Bedford street.
meets on the 2d and 4th MONDAY of every month afr
No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street. Members of othec
Chapters are cordially invited to be present.
meets at their rooms, No. 68 East Broadway, on the 2 J
and 4th Friday evenings of each month.
JOHN T. MARTIN, T. 111. Master,
P. W. VER HOE VEN, R. IU. Dep. M.
BENJ. S. HILL, P. Cond. of Work.
JOSIAH SHOVE, Treasurer.
E, M. ALFORD, Jr., Recorder,
No. 100 Greenwich street.
MUNICATION let and 3d Thursday of each month.
Masonic Temple, cor. Broome and Crosby streets.
Charles J. Williams Sec.
M., meets at the rooms No. 594 Broadway, N. Y., on
the second andlfourth Thursdays of every mouth, ex
cept July and August.
B. REED, M., No. 151 Orchard st.
W. H. VAN EVERY, Sec., No. 256 Water st.
Wanted.—By a Young IKan a place
as Storeman or Porter. Is of sober habits and obliging,
and is a R. A. M. in good standing. Would go to tha
country if preferred. Address R. A. M., Brooklyn P. 0.,
fiST Pacific o, No. 233.—The Members
of Pacific Lodge are hereby notified that the lodge far
about to remove from No. 8 Union Place ro the new<
Lodge Rooms in Booth’s Theatre Building, corner off
Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street, where the regiw
lar communications will be held on the first and third?
Thursdays of each month. It is expected that our first!
meeting in the new lodge room will take place on tha
evening of May 6. JAMES HYDE, Sec.
gV" La Fayette □, No. 64. F. and iTif.-li
The members of this lodge are hereby summoned to afa»
tend the next regular communication of the lodge, to be
held on Monday evening, 26th inst., in Corinthian Room,
Odd Fellows’ Hall. Business of importance.
Jn6. A. P. FISK, M. I
W. Irving Adams, Sec.
Scsostrls Senate, 2, A. and
M.—The Sr. Knights of Sesostris Senate are
notified to attend the next regular conclave to be belt!
at their rooms, corner of Grand and Seventh street,*
Brooklyn, B. D., on Thursday evening, April 29, at 8
o'clock, P. M. Business - —lnstallation of Officers. All
members of Chapters A. and P. R., are invited to be
present, and all Master Masons. By order,
Sublime Grand Commander.
giT Manhattan o, No. 62, F. and A.
The members of Manhattan Lodge, No. 62, F. and A.
M., are hereby notified that the lodge will remove itg
place of meeting from No. 594 Broadway to the
The first communicat ion of the lodge at the new rooms
will take place on Friday evening next, April 30, 1869, at
IVt o'clock.
By order of the lodge,
DENECKE—On Frsday, 23d inst., Frederick W, Don
ecke, in the 38th year of his age.
The relatives and friends, the members of Washington
Lodge. No. 21, F. and A. M., the Companions of An
cient Chapter No. 1, tho Sir Knights of Columbian
Commander, No. 1, the Members aud Ex-Members of
the Fifth Company Seventh Regiment. N. G., are re
spectfully requested to attend the funeral from his
late residence, No. 708 Third avenue, corner of Forty
eighth street, on Monday the 26th liustaut, at 1 o’clock,
P. M., without further invitation.
g®”lflas«nic Lodge Rooms (o Let.—in tbe
splendid new building, corner of Bowery and Bleecker
street, for the 2d and 4th Mondays and Ist atd 3d Friday
nights of each month. Additional rooms have been
The rooms are well ventilated, and the location most
central in the city.
For particulars, apply to
Jg" Hasonie Lodge Room to Let, for the
2d and 4th Wednesdays, cor. Eighth avonuo and Eight
eenth street. Apply to B. Shuman No. 446 West Twenty
fourth st., and J. Lazarus, No. 125 Chambers st.
Containing a complete and authentic History of the
Order from its ORIGIN, down to the present time. In
cluding its introduction into, and History in each of the
United States and Canada, followed by a CYCLOPE
Thus comprising in one volume a complete Masonia
Library, and affording a comprehensive knowledge o£
the whole subject of Freemasonry, ancient and modern,
making the most interesting and valuable work on tha
subject ever published. Printed on heavy calendered
paper, m one Large Octavo Volume of 700 pages. EM
CUTED ENGRAVINGS, from authentic sources-
Some of which Illustrate the ANCIENT MYSTERIES
giT Wood & Warteg,
No. 98 BOWERY,
(Between Grand and Hester streets),
An extensive assortment of
for Men and Boys.
made to order. Also.
g£T Chatterton & Williams, Maniifaetnr
erf, No. 121 WEST BROADWAY, New York, inloru,
their numerous friends and patrons that thev are pre
pared to furnish an improved pattern of MASONIC
COLUMNS; also,
at a Jess cost than can be procured at any other estab
TION ORNAMENTS, for the interior and exterior dec
oration of buildings, promptly attended to.
gfT Miss H. Van Bergh,
at No. 113 BROADWAY, N, Y.
Isstbtotioss Gwen in this Beautiful Abt.
Bridal Flowers, and Funeral Wreaths and Crosses mad 4
ready at short notice.
American Masenic Agency,
cn hand and manufactured to order, for
No. 434 BROADWAY, Coiner of Howard street,
Patent Agency* .
Upward of twenty years with Munn & Co., of Seientife
American, advises and transacts all business in relation to
the obtaining of Patents. Fees moderate.
Samuel R. Rirkham,
No. 19H4 BOWERY,
Three doors above .Spring st., New York,
Keeps constantly on hand a large assortment of
Successor to
Wholesale and Retail,
Second Door above Duane street,
All kinds of Chewing and Smoking Tobacco-*
Meerschaum and Brier Wood Pipes, &c.
giF James Rt Waterlow,
No. 885 Sixth Avenue, Cor. of Fiftieth street.
Houses and lots in all the principal streetsand ave
nues up town, for sale.
Special attention given to Renting and Collecting.
gfjT Roth & Relleher,
No. 351 BOWERY,
Between Great Jones and Fourth streets.
New York.
Ths colonel of an Alabama regi
ment was famous for having everything done up in
military style. Once, while field officer of the day,
and going on his tour of inspection, he came on a.
s?ntinel from the Eleventh Mississippi Regiment,
Sitting flat down at hta } wuh his gun taken en
tire yto pieces, when th ol owing dialogue took!
place: Colonel—Don’t you know that a sentinel, while
on duty, should always keep on his feet? Sentii e>
(without looking up)—That’s t ie way we used to da
when the war first began, but that’s played out long
ago. Colonel (beginning t o doubt if the man was on
<ju-y)—Are you the sentinel here? Sentinel—Well,
I'm sort of. sent’nel. Colonel—Well, I’m a sort of
obcerofthe day. Sentinel—Well, if you’ll hold ca
till I sort of git my iron together I will give you »
port of ealute.

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