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Sunday Edition. May 16.
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at his office,
to. Gt?7 Broadway, corner FonrtJi Street.
The threat experience or Dr. SHERMAN, resulting
iVom his long and constant devotion to the treatment
and cure of this disease, assures him of his ability to re
lieve all, without regard to the age of the patient or du
ration of the infirmity, or the difficulties which they
may have heretofore encountered in seeking relief. Dr.
8., as principal of.the Rupture Curative Institute, New
Orleans, for a period of more than fifteen years, had un
der his care tlie worst cases in the country, all of which
were effectually relieved, and many, to their great joy,
restored to a sound body.
None of the pains and injuries resulting from the use
of other trusses are found in Dr. Sherman’s Appliances;
and, with a full knowledge of the assertion, he promises
greater security and comfort, with a daily improvement
in the disease, than can be obtained of any other person,
or in the inventions of any other person in the United
Prices to suit all classes. It is the only as well as the
cheapest remedy ever offered the afflicted. Photographic
likenesses of cases before and after treatment furnished
on receipt of two three-cent stamns.
This cool, collected, fatherly Commissioner (Bos
worth), has such a patriarchal way of disposing
cases, that men, knowing they will be tried and dis
missed, prefer his sternum kick going out of the de
partment to either of the other Commissioners.
There is a good deal of old Uncle Toby about him,
in liberating the imprisoned fly. When writing his
opinion, you seem to see traced, in Mumler’s photo
tographed outlines, on the back of the complaint,
when dismissal from the department is recom
mended, “Go, poor devil! leave the police; the
world is wide enough for you and I.” There is a phi
losophy in the judge’s decisions, a calm, retrospective
air to all that occurs, that those gullotined salute
their executioner as they retire, previous to the exe
cution. A quaint old arbitrator of a man’s bread and
butter is Judge Bosworth.
Judge Brennan is different. He does not laugh and
stab at the same time, nor when he means to kill, say
we will see about it, and make all that palaver, like
an urchin afraid to jump into water, but he comes
Ky out and tells the man “I don’t know what
wd will think of it, but I know how I shall
Wote.” He tells the man, like a man, that he will
vote for his dismissal from the department.
Mr. Manierre is unlike either. He is undecided.
The last witness with him kills or cures a case. K
the defendant does not clear up his case, it is an
other adjournment. He would seem to desire per
fection of the men, and if they don’t make things
straight, and promise that they think they can, then
the case goes over a week io make a muddle of it, or
procure a dismissal. Jar. Manierre grapples with de
tails, while his associates take in the whole.
Mr. Acton, retired from the Board, whom the re
porters all regret, as his wit was always ready, was
tar superior to either of the present members. He
kept the witnesses to the point at issue, and thus
gave justice to the officer, and his play upon words,
considered by some as unnecessary, was unavoidable
to a man of keen perception, and to a reporter was
regular R. R. R. Mr. Acton gave them readable
matter ready made. Reporters did not need to ca
jole their brains for items. Unless a very serious
case, he never left the officer in doubt as to the re
Of Col. Bowen, formerly in the Board, the less said
the better. Generally when he closed the case he
threw the paper aside with a sort of emission from
the thorax, which was between the grunt of a pig and
the umph of a dissatisfied man—an indescribable
taw that can’t be placed on paper. He never seemed
to be satisfied with either defense or prosecution. If
a man was tried, and proved innocent, if he dared
express himself, it would have been, “Why the d
did you bring this man up for trial?” If he was
guilty it was the same sort of choking gr-un-t, the
lips closing on the lungs’ expansion, as much as to
say, “ Why the d didn’t you submit your case ?”
The Hon. Henry Smith, our Supervisor, and new
Police Commissioner, has not yet taken his seat, but
when he does we will give his iorte in the trial of hu
man nature.
Doughty and Lockwood, of the Twenty-seventh
Precinct, were charged with clubbing, without cause,
Nicholas Aheren. The facts, after being divested
of a lot of unnecessary verbiage, are these : A Mr.
Fox, a year ago, bought a house in Washington
street, and on the first floor there was a liquor sa
loon. On buying the house there was a lease with it.
Three months afterward the liquor dealer sold the
Sace out to Aheren, with all the improvements.
oving day came, and Aheren, evidently moving
against his will, tore down a wooden partition that
he thought was a part of the fixtures belonging to
him. Tire father-in-law went in the place and had a
glass of ale, and went into the water closet, ana
found patches of plaster off in various places as large
as a gosling’s tail. He went to the station-house to
get two officers to prevent the gutting of the build
ing. Captain Steers sent Doughty and Lock wood
there to preserve the peace. Aheren said that wnat
had been torn down was his own. The owner said
he had been guilty of malicious mischief. The offi
cers sent to preserve the peace saw no disorderly
conduct till they themselves created it —saw nothing
demolished; but on the word of the landlord they
undertook to arrest Aheren for malicious mischief,
when they saw nothing of it. He resisted arrest,
when he was clubbed by both Doughty and Lock
wood. After being clubbed the prisoner was taken
out, and in dragging him his ankle was sprained.
When taken before the police court the case was dis
missed, the magistrate dismissing it. The case
properly belonged to the Civil Court, the tenant
claiming the fixtures to be his, the landlord that they
were his, and the officers didn’t know to whom they
belonged, but made the arrest on chance, instead of
Stationing themselves there to preserve the peace.
The case, with these facts before them, goes to the
Board for elucidation.
McLaren, of the Fourteenth Precinct, was charged
with coming into the station-house before he was re
lieved, going up stairs and turning into bed, and
there lying under the influence of liquor. His posi
tion prevented the Sergeant in command from notic
ing whether he staggered or rolled. The relieving
lime was six; at a few minutes before six McLaren
came in, and the Sergeant behind the desk saw him.
He thought he had business in the station-house, and
thought nothing of it Shortly after that the roll
was called, and McLaren says he answered it from
the yard, and thought the Sergeant heard his call.
But if he did, why the roll was then for the men to
go out on relief, when he should have been on his re
lieving point. No wonder, when this defence was
set up, the Sergeant wrote him down “ drunk.” The
Sergeant, when he found him in bed, said he could
not tell the extent of his drunkenness, but thought
that he looked dragged out
Bosworth—You don’t drink much ?
McLaren (with a face like a frosty moon) —0, no.
Bosworth—Nothing that night ?
McLaren—No, sir.
Bosworth—Have you taken any to-day ?
McLaren—No, sir. (Renewed laughter.)
Bosworth—So he didn’t drink anything, sergeant ?
McLaren—No, sir.
The sergeant smiled and remained silent
McLaren was fined five days. ($16.)
The charge against Bowers, of the Forty-fourth
complained of by Sergeant Wright with in
toxication, came up as a continued case. It is so
complicated, that it would be impossible almost to
form an opinion on it. No jury would be likely to
agree on a verdict Bowers was seen by several wit
nesses to stagger. He admitted that gave the cause,
and it was very plausible. He had a bronchial affec
tion, and went into an apothecary’s store to get re
lief. He got a dose of morphine, as stated in last
•week’s paper, strong enough to set to sleep half a
dozen men. It took effect shortly afterward, and he
etaggered back to the store and asked what had been
given him. He was told he would be better in a few
minutes. He left the store, staggering up toward his
relieving point, where there was a liquor store, and
mechanically walked into the back room, where he
eat for half an hour. To bring him to, he was given
a glass of soda-water, and at relieving time came out,
saw his relief, and got on the cars and went to the
Btation-irouse. The apothecary, who testified against
himself, is not fit to vent medicines; but what should
be done with the officer, who is the victim of circum
stances, is for the Board to say.
John Connors, a very healthy, well-formed man,
excepting about the “ kits,” was charged with
assaulting Richard Conroy, a very sparish, but styl
ishly-dressed young gent, who described himself as a
clerk at the Brandreth House, to whom Mr. Spencer
promised to give a dose of Brandreth pills before he
got through with him; but he didn’t. Mr. Abraham
H. Hummel appeared for Conroy, the prosecutor.
Standing on the corner of Canal and Elizabeth streets,
he said, he met a girl, Ellen King, on the curb-stone,
and shook hands with her; a girl of short acquaint
ance. Connors, the officer, who was in citizen’s
clothes, came up and asked who he was talking to,
and when he turned reund to see who was speaking
io him, he drew out and struck him over the eye
•with bis fist. The trouble brought an officer from
the Fourteenth Precinct, who arrested both and took
them to the station-house. There Connors said he
was an officer; said he belonged to the Twenty-fifth
Precinct—the Broadway squad. Now, here arises a
very curious feature in the case. There were only
two men, to be sure; but there were two prisoners
and two complainants, as counter-charges were made,
and the charge of each was entertained. Now, what
right had that sergeant of the Fourteenth Precinct to
lell Connors, who was himself a prisoner, to take the
prisoner, also a complainant against him, to head
quarters, and prefer a charge against a man who was
a complainant against the officer that had him in
charge ? This feature of the case, Mr. Hummel,
Conroy’s counsel, tried to show to Judge Bos
worth; but Mr. Spencer, sticking to the speci
fication, interposed his objection. On the way
to headquarters to Inspector Jamieson, from the
Fourteenth Precinct, Mr. Hummel proved that the
eoi-disant officer thrust his hand in under the neck
tie of the prisoner—complainant—and garoted him
a dozen times before they got to No. 300 Mulberry
street. When they came before the inspector, neither
had occasion for the use of Brandreth’s pills. Both
hod dents in their phiz, and linen handkerchiefs,
from numerous wipes, drawing up the ruby, were
•* dyed in the wool” to the cola? of an old-fashioned,
variegated, Manchester nose-blower, so fashionable
among snuff imbibers years ago. Inspector Jamie
son heard the complaint and the defence, and even
tually dismissed the complaint. The two sides of
this interesting case could not be better told than in
the language of the girl, the cause of all this trouble,
good enough for a parlor play toy, half the size of a
member of the Broadway squad, and as unattractive
fis a Brandreth pill, and Conners himself.
Miss Ellon King, on being sworn, waß asked:
•'Were you the witness Conroy referred to on the
flight of the 22th of April ?”
•• Yes.”
“ How long had yon been talking ?”
" We had just shaken hands when he struck him.”
•* What did Conroy say to the officer ?”
•'Nothing. When he turned round he was imme
fiiately struck on the eye.”
. “ Where had you come from ?”
“ I came from Robinson street, and he (Conners)
said, ' Where are you going?’ I said, up town, and
he walked up as far as Elizabeth street with me, fol
lowing me all the way to Elizabeth and Grand streets,
where I left him; and when he saw me talking to
Conroy he came up and struck him. As we were
walking up together, he said he would get me a nice
place as door-keeper in a first-class bouse of assig
Mr. Spencer objected to this testimony as being
irrelevant; it was not embraced in the specification.
Judge Bosworth said her story told, would enable
them to decide whether or not it was a enoutan-eoue
•nbniteatahdn Conners’ list.
Witness—He said, “If I ask you to go anywhere
you won’t go;” and he said '• Come into No. 69 Eliza
beth street.” We walked further oown, and I said
we won’t go any further, and I left him and met this
young man Conroy, and shook hands with him, when
Conners came up and struck him. He said after
that, if I followed to the station-house he would send
me on the Island.
Bosworth—Did you know he was an officer ?
Witness—Yes, I knew he was an officer, for when I
lived in Morris street he followed me, and to get rid
of him I had to go into policy shops, and evade him
by going around the block.
Mr. Spencer entered his protest against further
testimony of this kind gettingin as the press would be
sure to publish it, and as it was not in the charge
they had not come to refute it, the charge was as
sault and nothing more. Miss King then retired,
when Conness came forward and had his say. '• She
lived,” said Conners, “with a man named John
Riley. I met this girl and the other girl; (a witness
and street stroller without a residence.) I walked
up with them as far as Grand street, and I asked her
why she left her place. I said it was a shame to
leave a good place and go on the streets for a living.
I said if she didn’t leave the streets I would make
her, or she would have to go on the Island. He
came up (Conroy,) and heard the conversation, and
said, • that’s none of your business you ’
The [officer claimed that all he did while in citi
zens’ clothes, was to try and reform a magdalen, who
appeared to be about the age of seventeen. As it
was a question of veracity „the case goes before the
whole Board.
The case of Officers Gates and Dunn, of the Forty
sixth Precinct, was continued, and the cause by con
tinuation was made little better by examination.
Citizen Upple was conductor on a Flushing avenue
car in Brooklyn. He said that he turned in more
money than the other conductors. This displeased
his fellow craftsmen. A fire took place near the de
pot, and the car stood still, and Upple remained in
it to take charge of it. While sitting in the car,
three conductors on the road, Sullivan, Ward and
Elliot, entered the car “doused the glim” that is, put
out the lights, and passed him through a Son of
Malta’s experiences. They just ordered him to de
liver the money he had or die. They said he could
easily make it all up by knock downs. They then
said he had a beautiful ticker, (watch), he could get
another by knocking down. He begged them not to
take it as he had borrowed it of a policeman. They
said d—n policemen—they were worse than con
ductors in the Forty-sixth Precinct, they slept from
the Ist of January to the 31st of December, and
never did anything but chores at home and drew
their $1,200 a year. They took his watch and his
money, then his coat, then his vest, leaving him
with nothing but pants and suspenders. The sus
penders they took off and bound him behind by the
hands. Then they gagged his mopth, leaving him
an old to coat throw over him when found. It was
apparently a joke, and the officers were apparently
informed or aware of it. They appeared from the
evidence to know who the three conductors were that
did it, and took good care to be out of hearing when
identification followed, being in another room; and
when Sullivan threatened to mash in Upple’sjaw,
the officers quietly stepped in and told the man robbed
to go home. The conductors, finding this a serious
joke, returned all that they had taken. Upple, find
ing the Flushing road too hot for him, resigned. It
was a joke of a serious character—a joke that shows
how some railroads can’t pay dividends; how and
what sort of protection and courtesy passengers may
expect of the conductors; how an honest man may be
driven out of following an honorable calling; and
how, last of all, citizens and police engaged in this
criminal joke may escape indictment at the hands of
a Grand Jury. Mr. Upple should follow up this case.
No intimidation should deter him from this purpose.
The joke is good enough for schoolboys, but in men
it is unpardonable.
At Wednesday’s session our new Police Commis
sioner, Mr. Smith, took a seat beside the judge, and
listened carefully to all that transpired. He seems
to a stranger to be a man of keen penetration, quick
of observation, and with a slight peculiar twitching
about the eye which indicates his appreciation oi the
humorous. However, we must wait two or three ses
sions before being able to decide on what his powers
are in drawing truth out, as it were, from the well.
The rival of Mr. Smith for the commissionership,
Mr. Low, was also present for a short time, a looker
on at the position that he failed to get.
Sergeant Drake, Roundsman Phelan, Patrolmen
Doran, Smith, Carrougher and Cain, of the Forty
second Precinct, were charged by Captain Jacobs
with improperly remaining at a fire tail its close.
The facts are these: A fire occurred on the docks be
low the Hights, the fire breaking out at the extreme
end of the precinct and running into another pre
cinct. Notice of the fire was communicated to the
station-house. Sergeant Drake and Roundsmen Phe
lan, who were on patrol duty, went to the fire; so did
the three patrolmen, whose posts were halt a mile
from the scene of conflagration. As soon as intelli
gence of the fire reached the station-house, the ser
geant and roundsman and platoon on reserve hur
ried to the burning buildings. The defendants, in
stead of leaving, as Captain Jacobs said they should
have done, remained alter the reserve had arrived,
till the close of the fire. That was the offence, not
returning to their posts when the reserve platoon
came to take their place, as the absence of the patrol
men was leaving portions of the precinct entirely un
protected. Captain Jacobs said men on an adjoining
post were permitted to go to a fire and remain at it,
but not men from distant posts.
Roundsman Phelan —You have had all the men in
the precinct at a fire on one occasion—the burning of
the Empire stores. The captain sent me around to
fetch every man to the fire, and on that occasion
there was not a man left to patrol the precinct.
Jacobs—l sent him round to bring in a portion of
the men, every other mail, and the men left were to
cover tjvo posts. He made a mistake in bringing all
the men in in disobedience of orders.
The case went before the whole Board. On the
part of the men it was an error of judgment, which
they will avoid hereafter, now that they know their
duties. No blame attaches to the men; they had to
obey their superiors. But the Head Centre, Captain
Jacobs, does not seem himself to have been at the
fire, or, as the superior officer, it would then have
been his duty to send the officers back on duty,
David De Long, of the Twenty-second Precinct,
was charged with arresting citizen Richard H. Ben
ton without cause. Mr. Benton’s boy, aged seven
teen, very sickly, and then under the care of two
dqctors, went to the door on Sunday to breath the
fresh air. Another boy then came up and asked him
how he felt. Near them were a number of unruly
boys witn whom they had no connection, but who
cleared the moment the officer made his appearance.
Young Benton didn’t run into the house, nor his
friend, because they stood at their own door. De
Long thereupon took each of them by the collar, and
kicked both; a neighbor ran in and told Mr. Benton
that an officer was abusing his sick boy; he ran out
of the house somewhat excited, and asked what he
meant. The officer rejoined, “Go in the house, you
loafer, or I’ll arrest you.” Benton dared
him to arrest him; he said he would; so Benton sent
in for his coat and hat and went voluntarily to the
court-house, where he was discharged. De Long said
Benton was not in his right mind; Benton said De
Long was drunk; De Long characterized every one
he spoke of as a loafer; Benton said his acquaintances
were all-gentlemen; De Long said young Benton was
suffering from a disease produced by youthiul indis
cretion; Benton brought a doctor’s certificate that
proved quite the contrary. Both sides libeled each
other beyond any known line of latitude. The case
being complicated, went to the Board.
What shall tenements do with their old straw ?
This is a serious question, that the Board of Health
should obviate. Thousands of people -would like to
empty their ticks-; they would gladly put the straw
on the street, and set fire to it, but as that is a viola
tion of the law which them to arrest and
fine, they dare not doit; and, as the straw is not
ashes and garbage, the street contractor’s ashmen
refuse to receive it. In this dilemma, peoole who
would gladly get rid of the germs of ‘disease,
are compelled to keep it within their house. No
more important subject could be taken up by
the Health Board than this ; and no greater
boon could be conferred on the tenant population
than the Board devising a means when at stated
times ithe authorities would carry off this chaff.
Eiiza Davis had some straw in a tick that was worn
out, offensive. She wanted to renew it with fresh
straw, and took it out to the centre of the street to
set fire to it. Officer Flannery came up and said she
must pick up the straw and take it in the house
again. She asked what she should do with it. The
officer said that was none of his business. She
said then she would burn it the first opportunity,
she must get rid of it. He then arrested her and
took her to the station-house. The sergeant, how
ever, ascertaining that the accused had left at home
a baby three months old in the cradle, and several
other little children in the house, discharged her.
The case against the officer was dismissed with a
reprimand. What the reprimand was for we don’t
see; the officer either did or did not do his duty.
This subject needs no further comment.
Lester, of the Twenty-ninth Precinct, had his post
traveled over an hour without being found by Ser
geant Rorke. Finally Rorke got tired traveling and
he stood sometime by a lamp post to witness a spat
between two cats. Finally the madam cat beat a
retreat and ran down a stoop. But the run up was
as quick as the run down, so Borke supposing that
there must be something the matter, went over to
see what was under the stoop, when out stepped
Lester. He was fined three days.
The Hennessey case again came up on Friday
morning for the third time. Hennessey’s counsel,
Mr. Johnston, put in evidence to show that the post
mortem examination on Haggerty was one of the
most bungling ever made by medical men. The
conclusions arrived at were against reason, common
sense, and physiological knowledge. They claimed
that the death of Mr. Haggerty was made use of to
malign the police department. If it was, it then is
scarcely prudent to keep the case a long time before
the Commissioners for examination, for the bare
purpose of whitewashing the officer under the pre
tense of being of invaluable service to the depart
ment in vindicating its character. The proper place
to do that is before a jury, if an indictment should
be found.
Doorman Tinkey, of the Forty ■'seven th Precinct
station-house, went on duty at four in the afternoon,
and when he took charge of the cells there were two
Greenpoint men confined there on the charge of in
toxication. Between four and eight o’clock he visit
ed them several times; at twenty-five minutes past
eight he gave them water; at nine o’clock they were
gone, leaving behind in their cells chisels and other
housebreaking implements. Mr. Manierre asked if
the prisoners had been searched before being placed
in the cells.
Manierre—Why were the men not searched, they
must had these implements in their possession when
locked up ?
Steirn—They were so well known that they were
not searched.
Manierre—Don’t you always search prisoners?
Steirn—ln cases of felony and larceny we do, but
not in cases of intoxication.
Manierre—lf these men had been searched you
would have found the instruments that enabled
them to break out of prison. They cannot only es
cape, but do violence to themselves and others. I
don’t see why every prisoner should not be searched.
There is as much carelessness on the part of the ser
geant in command as there was on the part of the
doorman. You ought to search all men before you
confine them in your cells.
The case went to the Board.
Martin, of the Twenty-ninth Precinct, was placed
in an akwward position through a woman giving him
a false residence. Patroling his beat ne found a sick
lady leaning against the railing of the church of Dr.
Bellows. He went up and asked her what was the
matter, and she said, nothing, a slight sudden at
tack oi giddiness in the head, that would soon pass
away, hie asked if he should call a coach lor laer,
she said no; he then asked where she lived;
she gave her rezideufce. He then tc.'d bci to take
his arm and he would help her home. She leaned on
his arm and he walked with her to Lexington avenue
and Twenty-third street when a gentleman met them
and exclaimed, “ Why, Martha, did you leave the
house alone ?” She resigned herself to the gentle
man, and the officer then said: •• I have gone off my
beat, there may be a complaint made against me,
please give me your name and number.” They
gave a fictitious residence if they did not also give
fictitious names. At the station-house he reported
to the sergeant that he had taken a sick woman
home. The roundsman and sergeant went to the
house indicated, but they all denied that any person
in the house was sick. Martin himself was sur
prised at that, and made inquiry, and found that he
had been imposed upon. He, however, brought a
gentleman forward that saw, him taking this sick wo
man home. The case went to the Board for decision.
Thus a man does a charitable act, instead of taking
a sick woman to the station-house, which he could
have done, is rewarded by receiving a wrong address,
rendering him liable to be dismissed from the de
partment for performing a very humane act.j
The case against Keating, of the Seventh Precinct,
is not so bright. Last Saturday afternoon he entered
the photographic saloon of Mr. Corwin, No. 414 Grand
street, with his boy. He was in citizen’s clothes.
He priced half a dozen cartes de visits of his. He
changed his mind and went on ferreotypes. The boy
had three sittings before he was satisfied. He agreed
to take four likenesses of the third sitting. He says
they gave him likenesses of the first and second sit
tings for third sitting. That they deny. He abused
Mrs. Corwin, and called her worse names than fraud.
Mr. Corwin came out to see what the matter was,
and told Keating to leave. Instead of leaving, he
continued his abuse, and drew a revolver on the pho
tographer. Corwin then went into the back room,
when Keating seized him by the collar and pulled
him halfway down stairs, and then let him go. The
case went to the Board.
ROBERT D. HOLMES, P. C. Master, Editor.
Written for his Initiation Banquet by Bro. Athelson
Harvey Boys, W, M. Union Lodge (No. 127), Margate.
Come, row our lodge is over,
Let’s pass the bowl around,
And show how work and pleasure
Are in their places found;
For, meeting on the Level, t*
And acting on the Square,
Exhibit how inviolate
Masonic precepts are.
Then, at our festive gathering,
Say, who would not be gay
When feelings all fraternal
Among us hold their sway.
The outer world may wonder
At all our Mystic arts,
But let them also ponder
On what our craft imparts.
Equality our Standard,
While merit finds its place,
And Love, Relief, and sacred Truth,
Our lodge proceedings grace.
Then, at our festive gathering, &c»
We find the humble classes
Associate with the Peer,
For, as our precepts tell us,
We equal are all here;
Yet, with us, full Obedience'
To all bur laws is found,
Fidelity and Secresy
In all our craft abound.
Then, at our festive gathering,
The Masters and his Wardens,
They rule the lodge by love,
And dictates from the sacred Laws
Of Him who reigns above;
While ’mongst our poorer brethren
Our worldly gifts we share,
And may Masonic Charities
Be long our constant care.
Then, at our festive gathering, &c.
Then pass the brimming goblet,
And let us drink a toast
With hearts and minds in union,
As all our lodge can boast;
Here’s a health to all good Masons,
May they ever “ good ” remain,
Then when next we meet together
We’ll drink their health again.
Then, at our festive gathering, &c.
London Freemason,
A Convention of States.
Several National Conventions of Freemasons have
been held in this country, and thus a precedent as to
their regularity been established. A great many
eminent Masons have advocated the establishment of
a permanent body which should be purely delibera
tive in character—should only deal with such topics
as/teferred to the well-being of the craft, ifa a na
tional point of view, and not be empowered to issue
an edict,or other mandatory document, which should
be of binding force on any jurisdiction. This plan
we opposed in years gone by, and believe that we
had no inconsiderable influence in its defeat. In
saying this we do not desire to decrease the credit
due to the many able minds that thought and acted
with us; but the difference was this: many of such
could only speak against it, while we could not only
do that, but we commanded, also, a powerful press,
which made its influence strongly felt in a direction
where power resided. Our objection was not to the
plan per se, which was really a good one so long as
such a Convention could be kept within the bounds
of its proposed action; but we feared that in time it
would take, by usurpation, powers, and assume pre
rogatives, which would virtually make it a Grand
Lodge of the United States, a body that has never
been desired by the thoughtful Mason, nor needed
for the well government of the craft. The objections,
therefore, to the establishment of a permanent body
of the kind referred to are as strong now as they
were years ago. The governmental wants of the
craft do not require its existence, and there are grave
dangers to be apprehended from it.
A convention of a merely temporary character is,
however, a very different thing, and is not open to
the same objections as those that can be urged
against a permanent organization; and we think that
the time for calling together the former by a majority
of the Grand Lodges of these States has now arrived,
and we believe that if every Grand Lodge should
properly debate the questions involved, all of them
would join in sending delegates to such a body.
There are many differences as to jurisdictional
points, more especially as to candidates, which are
constantly disturbing the harmony of our lodges;
not so much because there does not exist a species of
common taw upon the subject, but for the reason
that our Grand Lodges have placed upon that law
their several constructions, and those are, conse
quently, in conflict with each other. The recom
mendations of such a convention, left to the sove
reign power of each Grand Lodge to adopt at its
pleasure, would, doubtless, be received with respect,
in view of the fact that harmony can be made to fol
low such a course. This question, however, is of
very little importance when compared to the inva
sion of our domestic jurisdictions by European Grand
Lodges through the recognition by them of lodges on
American soil that our Grand Lodges have declared
clandestine, and through the establishment of subor
dinates in our midst. France has done the former
in violation of the territorial rights and sovereignty
of Louisiana, and Hamburg now maintains two ir
regular lodges, established by her, in the State of
New York.
There can be but little doubt that the Grand Ori
ent of France will rescind her action, but if she does
it will be matter entirely within her own will and
pleasure if the dangerous precedent—persistently
and annoyingly persevered in—of the Grand Lodge
of Hamburg should be looked upon as a principle
of Masonic international law. France is a very
haughty power, even in her governmental policy in
Masonry, and if the question now presented should
not be tenderly and diplomatically handled, it may
lead to very deplorable consequences; for should
that Grand Orient be roughly dealt with and its dig
nity touched, either in reality or even in fancy, she
might strengthen Hamburg by adopting her policy
of encroachment, and a power thatjehould be our
firm and steadfast ally thus become our foe.
There is no doubt but that our domestic Grand
Lodges will unanimously standby the Grand Lodge
of Louisiana in the assertion of her rights as against
France, if the question is properly laid before them;
but individual action of Grand Lodges, meeting
months apart, diverse in its character, in some cases
not sufficiently guarded, and in others too weak—as
we have seen in the case of Hamburg—could not
have one-te nth of the force and influence that the
action of the delegates of the whole nation could
have and, indeed, must have, though the high char
acter of such a body and the unanimity of its course
in the assertion of a great leading principle of Ma
sonic law, which we have heretofore declared to be
the Monroe doctrine of the Grand Lodges of these
sovereign States.
By such a convention we should take an attitude
that would command the respect of the world, and
forever settle one of the most vexatious questions by
which we are now annoyed. Is it not worth the
trial ?
To the Masonic Editor op the N.
Y. Dispatch:—For the benefit of your readers, I
will dissect another number of the Christian (?)
Volume 1, No. 19: “Fortnightly at $1 a year.”
On the first page is a republication of Cadwallader
D. Colden’s letter on Anti-Masonry, which is so old
that it needs no comment.
A correspondent, signing himself (or herself)
“H.,”in an article entitled “Let there be light,”
reiterates all the old hackneyed, worn out platitudes
that have ever distinguished the enemies of the
Fraternity, and which such as he calls argument,
and fondly imagines they are dealing death blows to
an institution which has long withstood the malig
nant persecutions of such caluminators, and has
come off victor, with scarcely a scar to mark where
the hardest of their arguments took effect.
These two articles occupy the first page, except
the last column which is devoted to an advertise
ment of the paper, which, among k otber things, con
tains the following:
“ We printed 5,000 extra copies of number 16
for sample, and will supply this number at S2OO
per 100 (half price) m anv auantit?.”
Two hundred dollars per bundled, (and so it reads.
I don’t think I want any. Then follows a “ Special
Notice” of the annual meeting, which is to be held
at Chicago, instead of Oberlin—on Tuesday, June 8,
at 7X o’clook P. M., to continue from day to day, as
shall be deemed expedient.
The “friends of light” ar© called upon to organ
ize auxiliary societies, to organize conferences,
presbyteries, associations and churches into auxili
ary societies, not only to elect delegates but to adopt
proper financial measures. Ah 1 that’s the way the
cat jumps. I have noticed one thing about this
present anti-Masonio war: they want too much
money. They sell their paper for money, they even
sell their tracts (“firebrands” as they denominate
them) for money, and my impression is that some
body is getting rich out of the whole thing, audits
either Ezrart Cook, J, Blanchard, or J, A» Hart, or
probably all of
Down in the comer of the first page fe an extract
regarding the formation of social societies ajnong
the Chinese in California, and the editor asks if they
are secret societies. Most assuredly, and we would
advise that a missionary be immediately sent to con
vince them of the error of their ways in this respect,
and that an appeal to the faithful to come forward
with the “equivalent” to fit out said missionary
be immediately inserted in the Cynosure,
I have not time to disseet the whole paper in this
communication, neither would I do so, as I am con
stitutionally opposed to long-winded articles on any
subject. I will continue in the next paper, for there
are some glaring lies (I was going to say, untruths,
bul the plainer the better,) in the paper that may be
well to note, not that I believe they will injure Free,
masonry in tke least, but to show to such of our
brethren that do not have an opportunity to read the
anti-Masonio press, to what extreme lengths of fool
ishness these extremists will go, and how easy in
some instances they have been gulled. John Smith.
To the Masonic Editor of the N.
Y. Dispatch : The article in your last issue on
“Lodge Pride,” undoubtedly was read by a great
many Masons in this jurisdiction, and perhaps in
many others, with a great deal of pleasure and satis
faction; but the writer will ask permission to show
that a brother may have a lodge pride, and the rea
sons therefor be entirely the opposite of those ad
vanced by yourself as above named.
To me, it is a source of lodge pnde to know that
the by-laws contain no clauses in contradistinction
to any other lodge in the jurisdiction, and when
*' good men and true” are proposed, there is a prob
ability of their being initiated without having to go
through the unnecessary ordeal of being “ noticed”
two weeks prior to appointment of an investigating
committee. It is another source of lodge pride to
know that the work and lectures are rendered strict
ly in accordance with the authorized Ritual of the
Grand Lodge, each officer letter perfect in the duties
of his station, speaking the language assigned him
clearly and distinctly, with force and expression,
ever keeping in mind the absolute necessity of mak
ing a favorable impression upon all candidates.
It is a source of lodge pride to witness the crowded
state of the lodge room at each communication (espe
cially when it iskpown that a degree is to be con
ferred), and the eagerness displayed by brethren to
obtain a thorough knowledge of the correct ritual, in
contradistinction to the days when the “old Masons”
ruled and governed, when it was not made obligatory
on any officer to be at all perfect in the language of
his station so long as the Master could expatiate
upon the beauties of the Institution, without any re
gard to “ancient usages or established customs.”
It is a source of lodge pride that every candidate,
before he can receive the second degree, m.ust thor
oughly understand the lecture of the first degree,
and ore he receives the third degree, must know the
lecture of the second degree; thus, when he has been
-enrolled as a Master Mason, he can visit any lodge,
and in passing an examination, reflect honor upon
himself and the lodge from whence he hails.
You say that old Masons do not attend their lodges
with that regularity that it was once their pleasure to
do, and assign as the reason therefor that the present
system of work and lectures is not in accordance
with their ideas as to the language that should be
employed in conferring the three degrees; that it is
unpleasant to hear the same language used night
after night, without any deviation, thus rendering
all “parrots,” from the Master down to the lowest
officer. ' ij
There are but few “old Masons,” at least in this
part of the jurisdiction, who have not received high
honors at the hands of the craft of this State, and it
is but a poor evidence or exhibition of gratitude on
their part if they stay away from their lodges be
cause young Masons endeavor to carry out the laws
and regulations of the Supreme Governing Body in the
rendering of the ritual as nearly to the letter as they
can; or, in other words, making this perfection a
feature of the lodge; and that this/eaiwre is produc
tive of good results, is shown in the continued in
crease of the fraternity, in the crowds that nightly
throng the various lodge-rooms, and in the splendidly
fitted-up rooms for Masonic purposes that are spring
ing into existence in every eligible part of the city.
It is an undeniable fact that Masonry has made
great headway in this jurisdiction in the past ten
years; and the prosperity of the institution will not
be diminished in the ten years to come, if “ old Ma
sons” will throw no obstacles in the paths of the
young Masons who have long since erected their
standard, and inscribed thereon, •• The Ritual is the
Essence of the Institution.” Past Master.
To the Masonic Editor of the N.
Y. Dispatch.-— Believing that Masonic matter froVn
any source will be interesting to you, and the many
students of your valuable papfer, I beg a place in
your •' inner chamber ” of the doings of the craft
over the river on Wednesday evening, May 12. I had
the pleasure of an invitation from Harmony Chapter,
No. 9, located at Newark, N. J., to be present, the oc
casion being that of visitation of the Grand Officers
of the State. Availing myself of the kind invitation
of M. E. Comp. Batty, D. G. H. P. of the State, I
started on my journey over the plains and desert
places of New Jersey. Upon my arrival at Newark I
found myself carried captive into an unknown land
(to me); but after crossing many bridges, we finally
arrived at the Northern Lodge Rooms, located on
Broad street, when I was released and permitted to
assemble in labor with the craft. Here I found in
specting the work M. E. Comps. J. P. Case, G. H. P.;
D. S. Batty, D. G. H. P.; Marcus Higginbotham, G.K.
Rev. Wm. S. Jeffreys, G. S.; Wm. Wallace Gordinn,
P. G. H. P.; Geo. B. Edwards, P. G. H. P.; C. M.
Zey, M. D., P. G. H. P.; also, Ludlow Allen, J. H» G.
Haus, W. H. Mcllhatlney, and a large number of
Comps, of Harmony Chapter, and visiting Comps, of
sister chapter?. The R. A. Degree was worked, and
well worked. It has seldom been my privilege to
witness so correct a rendering of the beautiful work
contained in this degree, and the Comps, of Harmo
ny Chapter may feel justly proud that they have one
so eminently qualified to preside as M. E. Comp.
Campbell. Although quite a young man, he has al
ready made his mark.
The labors of the craft having terminated, the sev
eral Grand Officers, when called upon to express
themselves upon the exemplification they had wit
nessed, readily responded, bearing witness to the
pleasure of their visitation, after which the chapter
was closed, but not to go home, as immediately an
order was Issued to seize and bind any that might at
tempt to escape. Again I found myself a captive,
and was led in darkness a short distance, when I
found that extensive preparations had been made for
the inner man. The command was given to “charge,”
which was readily obeyed, as my journey over the
“salt deserts” had greatly assisted nature to be
called to the feast. And a feast it was, such as might
satisfy the most fastidious, not excluding the great
connoisseur of Bergen Hights. After the solids had
been disposed of, and the cloth removed, the “feast
of reason and flow of soul ” commenced, which was
kept up until the fingers on the dial-plate pointed
“ low twelve,” and it being necessary that I should
retrace my steps, and knowing the dangerous regions
through which I had to pass, I reluctantly hade adieu
to the many kind faces, and turned my face eastward,
took up my march, and arrived safely at my sanctum,
having the satisfaction of the sweet remembrance of
my visit unmistakably impressed upon my mind, I
was soon lost in that sweet repose known only to the
weary traveler. May the reputation of Harmony
Chapter never be less, is the fraternal wish of
A Deserving Tribute due to worth
and faithfulness wa s made on the evening of the 10th of
the present month by the members of Morton Com
mandery No. 4, to its old and reliable Sentinel, Sir
Knight Johnston Fountain, who was then made the
recipient of a beautiful watch, cased expressly for
the occasion. The presentation remarks were made
by Em. Commander Sir K’t Thomas Cassidy, who in
fitting language complimented the recipient by sim
ply reviewing the reasons which had induced the
gift, prominent among w’hich was placed the fidelity
of the recipient to the execution of his trusts. Bro.
Fountain could only find words to return his thanks,
and his emotion stood in tbe stead of elaborate elo
quence. The inscription is simply, “Presented to
Sir Knight Johnston Fountain, by the members of
Morton Commandery No. 4, K. T., as a token of re
spect and esteem for his services as Sentinel,” and a
faithful Sentinel he has been.
A Step in the Right Path—East
ern Star Progress.—The lady members of the
Order of the Eastern Star, attached to tbe chapters
of this city and Brooklyn, are about movingdn the
noble undertaking of establishing, at an early day,
an institution for the protection and support of such
widows and old ladies as may be in destitute circum
stances and unable to provide for themselves; also,
for the protection and education of tbe orphan chil
dren of deceased Master Masons,
Constitution Lodge, 241, F. and A.
M.—The members of this lodge assembled in their
new rooms, Booth’s Building, corner of Twenty-third
street and Sixth avenue, on Tuesday evening last,
and in a brief session transacted some necessary
business, at the close of which the doors were opened
for the reception of the families of the members, and
those who had been specially invited to celebrate the
event of the induction into their new rooms, which
are fitted up in a magnificent style. There was a
very large attendance, among whom were E. W, Jas.
M. Austin, Grand Secretary; R. W. John Boyd, R.
W. William T. Woodruff, R. W. Fred. G. Wiltsie, of
Newburgh, W. John Hoole, and several other Wor.
Brethren. The order of the Eastern Star was repre
sented by Mrs. Lazear, W. Matron of Delta Chapter,
No. 3. The exercises were commenced by an over
ture by Bro. G. F. Taylor, Organist, and an opening
hymn by the audienco. W. Bro. James H. Bunting,
P. M., delivered a very humorous address on the
past and present condition of the lodge. Several
beautiful glees, duets, and ballads were sung with
fine effect by Bros. If. Cushing, F. O. Woodruff, W.
Bro. Bunting, Messrs. Dr. Gammage, Die Bach,
Meigs, the Misses Bella and Lotta Simes, Gillette,
Schenck, and Fladrick. The refreshments were of a
superior quality, and were furnished by Bro. 8. Day
ton, of the Cafe de Theatre, under Booth’s Building.
Officers of the Masonic Board of
Relief.—At the Annual Meeting of the Masonic
Board of Relief, of the city of New York, held on the
3d inst., the following officers were elected, the W.
Bro. Wm. R. Huntley, who had been President for
the past three years peremptorily declining to aceept
are-election :
W. J. F. Browne, of Howard Lodge, No. 35, Presi
dent! J. F. Ferguson, M. D., of Kane Lodge, No. 454;
Rich. Carson, of Arcturus Lodge, No. 274; J. P.
Schlumpf, of La Clem. Am. Cos., No. 410; S. W. Ash*
helm, of Adelphi Lodge, No. 23; William Dreschler,
of Hermann Lodge, No. 268, Vice Presidents. Fred’k.
W. Herring, of Chan. Walworth Lodge, No. 271, Secre
tary. Royal G. Millard, of Sylvan Grove, Lodge No.
275, Treasurer. James Y. Watkins, Jr., Charter Oak
Lodge, No. 249; Geo. F, Heley, St Cecile Lodge, No.
568; Benj. Loder, Atlantic Lodge, No. 178, Finance
New York, May 13th, 1869.— M. W.
Sir: I unfortunately joined a lodge called the Ham
ilton Lodge, having received a dispensation from a
colored Grand Lodge called the United Grand Lodge
bf the State of New York. We are over fifty mem
bers, all white, and we do not admit any colored Ma
sons in our lodge. Would you have the kindness to
inform me if there is any likelihood of us getting a
warrant from the Grand Lodge of the State of New
York at their next grand communication ? By so do
ing you will oblige yours, &c., Jacob Goldfarb.
P. S.—l have been to the colored Grand Lodge,
and they showed their grand warrant from the Grand
Lodge of England, and I have heard that they are
admitted to the lodge in England. J. G.
Answer.—All that you say may be true, as to the
waarant and the Grand Lodge of England; but your
body cannot, in our judgment, be in any manner
recognized by the Grand Lodge of the State of New
York. As individual Masons, on making application
to be healed, you have no better chance of recogni -
tion. Even your colored brethren, whom you asso
ciate with in your Grand Lodge, and the colored
men, not Masons, whom you refuse to receive in
your lodge, would, we think, be looked upon with
more favor by the Grand Lodge of the State than you
would. The prejudice against them is strong, but
much stronger against you.
Milton, Ulster County, May 10.—
To the Masonic Editor of the New York Dispatch.—
Sir: I write for information, knowing that you al
ways are willing to give it if you can. I. Is there a
Grand Lodge or Council that has jurisdiction over
the Grand Lodges of* all the States? 11. How can a
Grand Master of a Grand Lodge be tried for unma
sonic conduct? 111. Can a member be in good
standing in two Blue lodges at the same time, in the
State of Virginia ? IV. And if the Constitution of
the Grand Lodge of the United States, if there is such
a lodge or Council that guides the Grand lodges of
each State, has a rule on that subject. An answer
would oblige me very much. Yours,
More Light in Masonry.
Answer.—l. No.
H. He must-be tried by some new regulation un
known to our present laws.
111. Our impression is that he can, but he cannot
be so in this State.
XV. There is no such body. See our leading article.
To the Masonic Editor of the N.
Y. Dispatch.— Dear Sir and Brother: In consequence
of the moving of lodges on or about the first of May,
it is now very difficult for a visitor to find the lodge
he wishes to visit. Could not some Masonic direc
tory be printed and sold in every lodge, so as to en
lighten the brothers in the localities of said lodges ?
Hoping that you will answer my question ihrough
the columns of your most valuable paper,
I remain faithfully and truly yours,
A Brother.
Answer.—The Grand Secretary attends to these
A Lodge of Musicians.—There was
lately established in Philadelphia a podge composed
almost exclusively of musicians and actors, called
Mozart Lodge; it being similar in many respects to
St. Cecile Lodge of this city, which has been very
successful, and we have no doubt but that its
younger sister in Philadelphia will become equally
so, and speedily. The lodge was constituted, and its
offices installed by R. W. Richard Vaux, Grand
Master, as follows: Joseph H. Livingston, M.; John
Ritter, S. W.; S. Warner Young, J. W.;N. C. Mussell
man, Treasurer; J. W. Finney, Secretary.
A very fine banquet was given at the Continental
Hotel, at which was a very large attendance, the visit
ing brothers being very numerous. We are indebted
to the Keystone for a synopsis of the speeches of the
Grand Master.
The first regular toast was:
“ The Right Worshipful, the Grand Lodge of Penn
Bro. Richard Vaux, responded as follows: "The
toasts which you have been pleased to drink in honor
ot the Supreme Masonic jurisdiction to which you
owe allegiance has been received by the brethren
present with great pleasure and satisfaction, since
amid this gushing, generous Masonic hospitality,
you have not forgotten that you are subjects of a Ma
sonic authority, which, while it rules with an arbitrary
power, is possessed of those great virtues which teach
charity, fraternity and brotherly love. We are also
honored with the company of distinguished Masonic
guests, who can carry nack with them the assurance
that in whatever latitude or longitude the fraternity
assembles, it possesses and practices virtue exempli
fied by no other brotherhood of men in so high, if in
any degree. The grand officers feel anew an earnest
devotion to the craft of which they are the constitu
ent members. They feel that all that we profess
among men we practice among ourselves. To-day
you have witnessed the sovereign Masonic authority
investing a certain number of citizens with the right
and privelcge to do that which has been provided for
every member of the common tty who seeks our light
andrites. You have called out men whose hearts
and minds have raised them above their fellows, men
whose faculties are in unison with the soul of uni
versal harmony. You have brought together those
whose spirits are attuned to melody. You have said
to them—‘ you are different from the great mass of
the million of our population; you are of the race of
those who made Olympus glorious and glad; but you
are not so elevated that Masonry has not the power
to unite you in a common brotherhood, and teach
you how to. teach its lessons by those symbols and
signs known to those alone who can comprehend and
enjoy the wonderful mysteries of music.’ There is
ample room in the crait for those so nobly born in
the realm of Music. Although we are ancient, we
are not antiquated; and we feel that the soul of
Mozart may breathe upon us, and in fee lodge we
may enjoy the highest expression and the truest
meaning of Music. The outside world, because it
has God’s sunlight and air, sometimes think it has
reached the ultima thule of perfection; but let it come
in and see this brotherhood. As it is actuated at this
moment, they can say, if they speak truly, this Is in
deed a wonderful brotherhood, an extraordinary com
bination of men; leaving behind them those things
that trouble men, we find them forgetting everything
but fraternity, unity and Masonry. Look at this
company—the social and intellectual position of its
members among men; hear them gush out their love
for that immaterial principle that binds us together.
In the Spring, with the exfoliating of the leaves of
nature, you have often heard the birds utter their
instinctive praises to the God who made them; so
now this lodge sings the praises of the Grand Master
in such away that the world cannot understand, but
so that the true Mason, with his soul attuned to har
mony, can enjoy inexpressibly. In conclusion, I
would say to Mozart Lodge, may the spirit of unity,
fraternity and harmony dwell with you and remain
with you always.”
The fourth regular toast was:
“Mozart, the name we bear.”
Right Worshipful the D. G. M. Lamberton’ re
sponded in a strikingly eloquent and feeling speech.
He said: "In the range of my acquaintance there is
a lady possessed of the highest accomplishments and
the highest culture; and yet who possesses no part of
that glorious faculty which Mozart possessed so sig
nally. Once, while Washington’s March was being
perlormed, she remarked, that she only loved one
tune—that was ‘Old Hundred’—and they are playing
it now. You are not like this lady, my brethren. You
have the taste which inspired him whose name is
written so high in the world of melody, and which
you have so appropriately brought down and linked
to that of your lodge. While the arts of sculpture
and painting have been generously brought into play
by the craft in their teachings, the sister art of music
has been almost altogether neglected. If I ihave
learned aught of Masonry, it has educated my taste;
yet how have we neglected the divine strains of
music. I shall always venerate and love Plato, for
giving us the magnificent idea of the‘music of the
Spheres’—teaching us so beautifully that the worlds
of matter, by their contact with the subtle ether,
send up a coral harmony to Him who sits upon the
great white throne, and tell us that the Hand that
made us is divine.’ After all, Masonry is the hum
ble handmaiden of religion. What is the duty, then,
of each of us? Soto cultivate that which is true,
pure and right in us, that by and by we may be
gathered to the mansions of Him which He has pre
pared for those who love him. When the requiem
of the brethren of Mozart Lodge comes to be sung, I
trust that beautiful song which has come down to us
for more than one hundred years shall be the song
of the lodge as a whole. It will no longer be the strains
‘ comfort ye my people,’ as we have to-day heard so
beautifully sung, but ‘Enter all ye blessed of the
Lord, who believe and love his holy name.’ ”
The fifth regular toast was-:
"The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of our sister
jurisdiction of New York.” 4
District Deputy Grand Master Jerome Buck, of
New York, responded, saying: "I speak for 700
lodges, and for nearly 100,000 Masons, some of which
meet in our far northern undeveloped wilderness,
and others in our commercial centres; some are our
red the forest, in Cherry valley, others
are civilized and enlightened in the highest degree.
May I not claim that the jurisdiction of New York is
aiXDOBt an eorofre of Masonry? There is scarcely a
night in the city of New York when our ceremonies
are not performed in five different languages. But
with our wealth of power and influence, we come
with generofis offering and hail our great sister juris
diction of Pennsylvania. May no rivalry ever exist
between us, except as to who can best work and best
agree, now and ever. We come to say, * Peace on
earth, good will toward all men.’ True, we have a
little larger jurisdiction than you, but we can’t help
it; were born to it. We work many of our lodges in
the Castilian tongue, but you in return can point to
Berks County, and the Pennsylvania Dutch I If I
should suggest our soft Italian, as an offset you have
the Welsh, in some of your mining districts. I have
come from New York to aid in welcoming into the
horizon of Masonry this new and vigorous Mozart
lodge—the ‘little Benjamin of our flock, the last
born, but best loved. May our spirits be so chas
tened and subdued by the strains of music that have
this day ravished our ears, that we may be lifted up
on their melody to contemplate the higher and holier
things taught in our sublime ritual.’ ”
The sixth regular toast was:
” Our visiting brethren ever welcome—to them we ex
tend the righthand of friendship and brotherly love.
Bro. John Blakely, of Mozart Lodge, responded,
saying: "This lodge owes much of the beauty and
impressiveness of its ceremonies, to-day, to its sister
Lodge, St. Cecile, of New York. It becomes us to re
main quiet listeners, surrounded as we are by such
talent and genius—some with rich gifts of speech,
others of song, and still others skilled in handling
instruments of music. We know you all, we welcome
you aIL Be of us, and with us. You have contrib
uted very much to the success of our ceremonies and
the enjoyment of these scenes. If we should meet no
more here, may we all meet in the Grand Lodge
above, a band of brothers then never to separate.
Those Heart-rending Exposures.
That organization has no connection whatever with
that of the occult Freemasonry. Carbon arism or oc
cult Freemasonry is essentially one and universal;
it has but one chief; and that chief it does not know.
Exterior Freemasonry is one and universal only in
its inmost being—in its form it is multiple. There
are about sixty different forms of Freemasonry as
suming different names. Thus, there are: the Grand,
Orient of France, the Gr.*. Or.*, of Italy, the Gr.’.
Or.*, of Spain, of Portugal, of the Netherlands, of
Saxe, of Mexico, of New Grenada, of Peru, of Hayti,
of Brazil, of the United States, &c.; there are the
Grand Lodges of Munster, of Scotland, of Denmark,
of Hamburgh, of Ireland, of New York, &c.; there
are the Scotch " Supreme Council ” of France, the
Supr.’. Cone.’, of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg,
of England, of Charleston, of New York, of Brazil,
&c.; the Swiss Supreme Directory, the Oriental of
Misraim, etc., etc.
To speak only of the Gr.’. 0r.% of France, let us
say that the Grand Master, who goes by the name it
self of Great Orient, has under his obedience the
lodges and workshops of all the Masons who do not
acknowledge either the Scotch or the Misraim rites.
He is assisted by a large number of counsellors, al
most all of them known and influential persons,
among whom shines the too famous Renan, the dar
ing blasphemer of Christianity; he is Grand Chan
cellor. The lodges and workshops are divided into
Provinces or Orients. The decrees of the Grand
Orient thus reach all the brothers in a hierarchical
But, let it be well noticed, this is only the Exterior
Freemasonry, which does not conspire and plot like
the other. Moreover, if, among the high dignitaries
of the order, some are initiated to the odious myster
ies of Carbonarism, it is without the knowledge of
Most ot the lodges have incredible names. In the
" Univeral Annuary of the French and Foreign Freema
sonry,” printed at Chalons-Sur-Marne, and published
in Paris, at Bro.’. Pinon’s, we find a lengthy enumer
ation of all those workshops, all those lodges, with
the names and addresses of the Venerables, and of
the dignitaries, high and low: Bro.’. First Overseers,
Br. ’. Introductors, Br. •. Masters of Ceremonies, Br. •.
Sacrificers, Bro.*. Orators, Br.’. Masters of Banquets,
&c. There are also the names and addresses of the
Knights Kadosch, Rosicrucians, of St. Andrew, of the
Sun, &c., with the exception, however, of a few whom
prudence has left in the shade, among others the
name of Renan.
In Paris and its liberties there are seventy-one
lodges, grouped into four sections, and almost all of
them meeting once a month, on fixed days indicated
in the Annuary.
At those meetings take place the celebrated love
feasts, the brotherly banquets, which in the ideas of
the public are all that constitutes Freemasonry.
There, also, are taken up collections in behalf of poor
members. Freemasonry highly extols its philan
thropy, a colorless caricature of true Charity. The
Church alone knows how properly to love the poor.
In the other parts of France there are two hundred
and five lodges; in Algeria and the Colonies, twenty
eight; in all, three hundred and four lodges, which
work under that one obedience, to the glory of the
Great Architect, and for the salvation of souls. The
G.’. O.’. of France is at the head, beside, of thirty
four lodges in foreign countries.
Here are some names of lodges, which, reader, may
please you much: The lodge of Admirers of the Uni
verse, Zealous Philanthropists, St. Anthony of Per
fect Con-tentedness, Triumphing Friends, Cosmopoli
tan Clement Friendship, Disciples of Memphis, Rose
of Perfect Silence, Philosophical Bee-hive, Trino
sophists of Bercy, &c. The other cities have not a
less dainty share, and in them blossom the lodges ot
Candor, Love Valley, Simplicity-Constancy, School of
Virtue, United Virtues, &c.
The Scotch and Misraim rites christen their lodges
with somewhat less ridiculous names. The Scotch
rite numbered, in 18G6, ninety-eight lodges: thirty
four in Paris, forty-three in the other cities of France,
twenty-one in Algeria and other foreign parts. The
Misraim rite seems less prosperous, at least according
to the Annuary under our eyes.
All the rites of exterior Freemasonry form, I re
peat it, but one Masonry; and in the Annuary, we
see the list of the delegates of all these Obediences
to the Supreme Council of the Grand-Orient of
France, and to that of the Scotch rite ; and it is evi
dent that all the Freemosonries of the whole Universe
thus correspond direct one with the other. It is an
immense woof filled up by chained and interchained
threads, although distinct and often at war.
" Spread all over the world,” says the Ritual, "our
Brothers nevertheless form but one community. All
are initiated to the same secrets, follow the same way,
are trained under the same rule, are inspired by the
same spirit. No matter to what acknowledged rite a
Mason may belong, he is Br . •. of all the Masons of
the world.”
We have just spoken of collections and philan
thropy; in fact Masonry has succeeded in being
everywhere considered as a charitable, good, emi
nently beneficent and philanthropic institution. The
Church calls herself the mother of the poor. I, ex
claims Masonry at every turn, I am their mother.
Does it tell the truth?
It is truthful in this no more than in anything
else; and when it speaks openly, it throws out, on
the subject of the poor, revolting acknowledgments.
Br. • . Ragon, who gives us an insight into the
genuine Masonic spirit, calls the indigent Masons
" that hideous leprosy of Masonry in France;” and he
warmly recommends to all lodges the rule of charity
laid down by Br . • . Beurnonville: "Never bring
for admission but men who can stretch out the hand
to give, not to beg.”
Another brother, himself an authority, Br.\ Bazot,
speaks of the poor with a no less evangelical feeling:
"The indigent Mason,” says he, "is at your house,
on your heels, in your lodges always; he is an evil
genius, besetting you everywhere and at all hours.
Nothing can make you shake off his importunity;
and his insolence knows no limits, no obstacles. He
is theie at your rising, at your business hours, at
your meals, at your going out. It were better to meet
him armed with a dirk; you might at least show cour
age against the murdering weapon. Protected only
by his title of Mason, he tells you: ‘ I am a Mason;
give me alms; for I am your brother, and your law
commands you to assist those in need. Give, or else
I shall everywhere publish that you are a wicked,
bad brother.’ ”
" Give, Masons,” continues the good brother, " but
be ready to give unceasingly. The ambush is perma
nently set up.” (The ambush! what word I how cyn
ical ! j
" The fault lies at the door of the lodges. Did
lodges receive in the brotherly (!) association none
but honorable men (thus to be honorable one must be
rich), enjoying an independent position through their
fortune or their industry, they and all the Masons
would have to alleviate none but transitory misfor
tunes.” This they call cordia-l love of the poor;
there is their true, genuine fraternity! Poor philan
thropy 1 thou mayest order collections and give away
money; thou art not even the shadow of Charity;
thou hast no heart!
The Way they Do Things in En
gland.—The Earl of Zetland was recently installed
as Grand Master of England for the twenty-sixth
year. After the Grand Lodge had been closed with
the ceremony usually observed, the brethren ad
journed to the banquet, which was served in the
large dining hall, where covers were laid lor nearly
300, During the procession to the dais, and until
the brethren were seated, the ladies remained in the
gallery, from which they afterward retired to the la
dies’ dining hall, aud were carefully looked after by
the stewards.
When the banquet had concluded grace was sung
by professional singers:
“ Deum laudate propter beneficia sua
Dominum jq excelsis laudate,
A men.”
The M. W. Grand Master proposed the first toast—
" The health of her most gracious majesty the
Queen.” He said the brethren would, he had no
doubt, all be prepared for the toast he had the honor
of giving, and he was sure they would drink it with
the same satisfaction they always did. There was no
order in England that would drink it with more sat
isfaction and good willlthan the Freemasons. They
had always been a loyal body, but never more Joyal
than they had been for her most gracious majesty.
He begged them to join with him in drinking the
health of the Queen.
The solo parts of the national anthem were sung by
Madame Patey and Madame Bodda-Pyne.
The M. W. Grand Master said he was sure they
would drink the next toast with the same cordiality
as they had the previous one, and was quite sure the
other members of the royal family would long enjoy
the respect they had so deservedly won. "The
health ofH. R. H. the Prince of Wales, the Princess
of Wales, and the Royal Family.”
Bro. Spencer, whose abilities as a toast-master and
general courteous conduct are worthy of notice,
sounded his gavel for silence, and the R. W., the Earl
de Grey and Ripon, rose and said :
" Officers and brethren, it is my good fortune, as
it has been on many former occasions, to propose the
toast that I am now about to ask you to drink, and I
am sure that yon will do so with as much pleasure
as it gives me whenever I have had the good fortune
to propose it. I have risen to propose to you the
health of the Right Hon. the Earl of Zetland, the
Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons. It is
with a peculiar feeling of satisfaction that I offer this
toast to you this evening, and, if I mistake not, you
will receive it with more than ordinary enthusiasm,
because we are called upon to-night to drink the
health} of our Grand Master, who has entered on the
twenty-sixth year of his administration of that office.
If it were not for his presence, I might be inclined to
dilate at length upon his peculiar merits for the high
post he occupies, but upon this occasion I can appeal
to something better than words, when I ask you to
look back at our Masonic history for the past twenty
five years, and consider the progress, the great pro
gress, that has been made in the craft, how greatly it
has been diffused, how greatly it has increased in the
number of brethren and in the number of lodges,
how steadily and surely it has risen in public esti
mation. What, I ask, has been the progress of our
Masonic charities and our charitable institutions?
We had substantial proof of that not long ago in this
very hall, when on the occasion of the Boys’ School
Festival, the largest sum (£12,500) that has ever been
collected was contributed. When we look back at
our history for a quarter of a century, and also see
the prosperity and well doing of the craft which
mainly depends upon Him who rules over us, we
ought to bear our testimony to the spirit, the ability
and the labor with which the M. W. Grand Master
has conducted the affairs. Brethren, I am confident
that on this most auspicious occasion, in this new
building inaugurated by him, you will join with me
in wishing health, happiness and prosperity to the M.
W. the Grand Master. I
The toast was received in a most worthy manner
and with loud applause.
The M. W. Grand Master, who, upon rising to T 0»
spond, was greeted with a perfect storm of applaud
said :
" Right Worshipful Sir, officers and brethren, I as
sure you, and you will believe me when I say so,
that I cannot find words to express the feeling of my
heart upon this occasion. I feel that lam unworthy
of the compliments paid me by the worshipful the
Deputy Grand Master, the Earl de Grey and Ripon 5
but I do feel your kindness very much—the kindness
which you have on all occasions shown toward me.
It is quite true that this is the twenty-sixth time that
I have been elected to fill the honorable and high of
fice of Grand Master. I can assure you that I es
teem it the highest honor that could be conferred
upon me, but it is more than twenty-six years that I
have been associated with you, for before that time X
had been Pro. Grand Master, and conducted the prin
cipal business relating to the craft, so that I may say
I have ruled the craft for thirty years. Thirty years
is along time. I assure you, I feel very grateful for
the kind manner in which I have always been re
ceived, and the assistance I have obtained from tha
brethren in times of difficulty. If I had itot had good
advisers, and called to my aid counsels from brethren
whom I could trust and who gave me their assist
ance, I should long since have given up so arduous a>
duty. I thank you, brethren, for the way in which;
you have drank my health, and I trust that my name
will go down to posterity as one who has taken a deep
interest in Freemasonry, and endeavored to fulfill
the duties committed to his care. It is true that I
do take an interest in Freemasonry—an interest in
the increased number of the craft and in the exten
sion of our charities. It is always my anxious wish.-
and earnest endeavor to make Freemasonry what ifi
is—a charitable society—and if any one, whether he
is a Mason or not, looks back at our charities, he
must feel that Freemasonry is setting an example
throughout the whole of the world. Brethren, it is
difficult for me to find words to convey my feelings,
my true feelings, for the kind manner in which you
have always received me during the time I have
ruled the craft, and on every occasion when I have
come among you. I feel more than I can express. I
thank you deeply, and shall conclude by drinking
toward all your good healths.”
The W. M. Grand Master : "The next toast I have
to give is, ‘ The Grand Lodges of Scotland and Ire
land.’ It is most gratifying to find now the amicable
terms which exist between this Grand Lodge and tha
Grand Lodges of Scotland and Ireland. The Grand
Master of Scotland did us the honor of paying us a
visit on the day of the inauguration, about a fort
night ago, and I regret that he is not with us on the
present occasion. The Grand Master of Ireland, on
all occasions, has proved a cordial friend to the
Grand Lodge of England, and I have often had op
portunities of receiving fraternal communications inc
regard to Freemasonry from the Duke of Leinster,
who is a great friend to Masonry; he has sent his
representative to this country, and who will return
thanks for this toast. The Grand Master of Ireland
was present on the occasion of laying the foundation,
stone of the new buildings, and he has often hon
ored us with his presence, and on all occasions acted
cordially and fraternally with the Grand Lodge o£
England. Brethren, I give the toast of ‘ The Grand
Lodges of Scotland and Ireland,’ coupling with tha
toast the name of Colonel Burdett.”
The toast was drunk with enthusiasm.
Arcana Lodge, No. 246, -will con
fer the First Degree, on Thursday evening, May 20,
at their rooms, corner of Fourth and Greene streets-
(gF To Advertisers.—Th® advertisements
which may appear in this department will only be
received from Masons, or they must, if not coining
from Masons, refer to Masonic subjects.
meet Ist and 3d Friday of every month, at No. 594
Broadway. N. Y. W. H. VAN EVERY, 33d, Mosh
Wise; W. F. FORD. Jr., 32d, S. Knight Warden!
J. A. CRISTADOB A, 31st, J. Knight Warden:
W. COLBURN, 32, Archivist. No. 14 Bedford street. * r
meets on the 2d and 4th MONDAY of every month au
No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street. Members of other
Chapters are cordially invited to be present.
ADELPHIC COUNCIL, No. 7 R. & 8. M.,‘
meets at their rooms, No. 68 East Broadway, on the 2<l
and 4th Friday evenings of each, month.
JOHN T. MARTIN, T. 111. Master,
P. W. VER HOE VEN, R. 111. Dep. M.
BENJ. S. HILL, P. Cond. of Work.
JOSIAH SHOVE, Treasurer.
E, M. ALFORD. Jr., Recorder,
No. 100 Greenwich street.
MUNICATION Ist and 3d Thursday of each month*
Masonic Temple, cor. Broome and Crosby streets.
Charles J. Williams Sec. 1
M. meets at the rooms No. 594 Broadway, N. Y., on
the second andjfourth Thursdays of every month, ex
cept July and August.
B. REED, M., No. 151 Orchard st.
W. 11. VAN EVERY, Sec., No. 256 Water st.
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Steamboat SAGINAW and Barge WALTER SANDS.
Which leave foot of Broome Street,*E. R., at |8 o’clock;
foot of Fulton Street, Brooklyn, at 8)4 o’clock;
and Christopher Street at 9 o’clock.
Can be had of the Members of the Lodge, or of the fol*
lowing Committee: Joseph Abrahams, Chair
man; J-ohn M. W. Jackson, Treasurer: John
F. Norton, Secretary; Thomas H. Kelly’
Chas. Vassar, James Rodney, John
H. Ghnsman John Beckman.
Hope Chapter, No. 227 R. A. M.—
The Regular Convocation of Hope Chapter will be held
in the Chapter Rooms at Odd Fellows’ Hall on Wednes
day evening next, May 19th, at 8 o’clock. Work M. El-
Degree. By order
Geo. W. Waterbury, Sec.
fg” Manhattan □, No. 62.—The mem
hers of Manhattan Lodge N 0.62 of F. and A.M., are hereby
summoned to attend the regular communication of the
Lodge on Friday evening, May 28th, 1869, at7>z o’clock, at
the corner of Sixth avenue aud Twenty-third street, to
take action upon proposed amendments to the By-Laws.
Wm. T. Woodruff, Sec.
figT Manhattan □, No. 62.—Th® reeep
tion of Manhattan Lodge, No. 62, of F. and A. M., will
take place at the new rooms of the lodge, corner of
On FRIDAY EVENING, May 21st, 1869,
atßoiclock. Tee members of the lodge, and their lady
friends, are respectfully invited to be present, without
further notice.
In consequence of the limited dimensions of the lodge
rooms no gentlemen (except members of the lodge) can
be admitted without cards. By order of the Committee.
WM. T. WOODRUFF, Chairman.
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