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Sunday Edition. July 11.
I have been in love a hundred times,
With black eyes and with blue,
With fair-haired girls, and with those whose curls
Would have matched the raven’s hue.
And I’ve been in love with belles and flirts,
And in Jove with many a maid,
Whose downcast eyes and tender sighs
Her love for me betrayed.
But some fatality seems to attend
Aly loves, for they’ve faded away
Jake, the early dew, which passes from view
Before the sun’s bright ray.
So, before the heat of some other love
My old love would pine away;
And “ the Jove that’s new is the love that s true,
Was what my fancy would say.
And I’d hollow a grave for the love that was dead,
And I’d bury it out of my sight;
And ’twas dead, I’d boast, but its sheeted ghost
Would haunt me in dreams of the night.
And sometimes my mem’ry a pilgrimage makes .
To the years that forever have fled;
Then she sheds her tears as each tombstone appears,
Which marks where a love lies dead.
Lester, of the Twenty-ninth Precinct, was
charged by Sergeant Petty, of the Sixteenth
Precinct, with being asleep in a grocery store.
Petty said he found the officer asleep in the
store, corner of Nineteenth and Seventh
Lester—That is true, I went on duty twenty
minutes to one. I went in the store and asked
for a drink of water, and told them I didn’t
feel very good. They gave me a drink of milk.
I sat there a few minutes, ten or fifteen when
the sergeant came in. It was a put up thing
by MacNameo, of the Nineteenth street gang.
Commissioner Smith—How long have you
been in the department.
Lester—Eighteen months.
Smith—ln that you have been fined 42 days,
about $l5O, and two reprimands.
Lester —I swear 1 was not asleep.
Smith—lt is very singular if you were not.
That is the evidence.
Petty—lt may bo as well for me to state that
I was notified by a citizen, and I thought it
one of my own men, and when I went there, I
found him asleep behind the counter. He stated
to me that his wife had been sick, and that he
had been up all night with her, and that he
was worn out, ielt tired and sick. I have no
doubt but his story was true, as I inquired
about it. The Commissioner wrote on the back
of the complaint. “Dismiss from Department.”
Bradley, of the Fifteenth Precinct, was or
dered to sit in the sitting-room, and remain on
reserve duty. His services being required,
Sergeant Field sent out for him. He was not
there. The doorman was sent up stairs after
him, and there he found him stretched out on
the bed. He swore that he was up there fixing
a corn. Cost of corn, $6.
O’Donnell, of the same precinct, was seen
coming out of the Carlton House. That was
seventy feet from his post. He said he went
■tnere to get a drink. Mr. Smith said that was
as probable as it was possible.
“ But there was no occasion for that,” said
the roundsman.
“You mean to go off his beat to get a
“ Exactly,” replied the roundsman.
“I think so, too,” said Mr. Smith ; “but let
me hear your opinion on the subject.”
“Oh,”'replied the roundsman, “ho had to
pass a drinking fountain before he could get to
the Carlton House ; he had to pass water, yet
go and beg for it.”
“I didn’t remember that there was water
there,” said O’Donnell, wiping the corner of
bis eye with a piece of starched cambric.
“You must take a lively interest in your
post,” replied Smith. “ I think I would know
everything that was on my beat if I were a po
liceman. Fined two days.
Brady, of the Fourteenth Precinct, was ab
sent from relief when called upon to attend a
fire. His excuse was that he went to a funeral,
and that when the fire broke out he was in Cal
vary Cemetery.
“When did you go to the funeral?” asked
“ I think it was Friday,” replied Bradley.
‘•Well, if it was Saturday, what would you
say?” queried Smith.
“ Possibly it might have been Saturday!”
“ Now don’t you Know it was Thursday you
went to this funeral ?”
“ Well, really, I understand you, but I don’t
know what you mean.”
This was a tickler.to the Commissioner. It
was a reminder of Dan Bryant’s Duchisms,
and it somewhat nettled the Commissioner,
who drew the glasses from his eyes and laying
them on the table contemplated Brady for a
“Do you know who you buried ?” asked the
Commissioner rather abruptly.
Brady was stuck, he couldn’t tell the day of
the funeral or the name of the party buried.
A fine memory he had. He however got off
With one day’s fine.
Clinton, of the Fourteenth Precinct, about
relieving time, 6 o’clock, found a sick man on
his post at the corner of Elm and Howard
streets. He took the man to his home in West
Twelfth street. That was right enough, so
far, but here was the wrong on the part of the
officer. The man found on the post objecting
to being taken to the station-house, tvhere he
would have had prompt medical aid, is taken
by the officer out of his own precinct away far
into another. Had the officer notified his side
partner, or sent word to the station-house, of
his charitable mission, it would have been all
well with [him, but he didn't, and there he
erred. Again the sick man that ho took home
and aided was not present to corroborate his
statement. The man probably was drunk
and after getting this kindness done him did
not think it worth his while to appear in his
benefactor’s behalf. The case was referred to
the Board, and unless that sick man comes up
with a proper explanation the chances are that
Clinton will be dismissed from the force. It is
now before the Board.
About the funniest case of the session of
Wednesday was the charge against Dreyer, of
the Tenth Precinct. The roundsman swore
he saw the officer at the distance of a block
and a half, sitting on a box. Dreyer said it was
a flat, burglarious lie ; there was no box there
to sit on. Mr. Sipith asked the roundsman
what he had to say to that flat clincher. The
Roundsman said tie possibly spoke the truth,
but the matter required an explanation. Dreyer
|at on a box in front of a soda-water stand.
The box he threw behind the stand when the
Roundsman caine up. That accounted for the
fact of no bench or box being at the point
designated.- The balance of the testimony was
particularly spicy.
Dreyer—There is no box to sit down on as he
Smith—How do you know it ?
Dreyer—Sure, don’t I know it ? Don’t I
watch the roundsman more than he does me;
and do you think he could catch me ?
Smith—What’s your reason for watching the
roundsman ? Let’s hear it.
Dreyer—There is a little prejudice between
OB ; consequently, I patrol to look for him.
Smith—Can you patrol your post looking for
nothing but the roundsman ? Doesn’t looking
for the roundsman take up some of your time
watching for him ?
Dreyer (with a grin)—O, no !
Smith—You said there was no box to sit on ?
Dreyer—There isn’t.
Smith—And you said that the roundsman
Slight have mistaken a fireman for you ?
Dreyer—Dreyer scratched his head, stum
bled out an explanation that was uniutelligi
ble, and retired. Fined two days.
“ Hang your clothes on a hickory limb.”
. McCormick, of the Forty-ninth Precinct,
fliust have witnessed the Lydia Thompson
troupe, wherein she says:
" Mother, may I go out to swim ?”
“ Yes, dearest daughter;
Hang your clothes on a hickory limb,
But don’t go near the water.”
Mr. Wells, of Brooklyn, had the limbs o 1 ’
some trees that Lydia talks of whereon to hang
her clothes, which he wanted cut down. He
tried the feat, and he failed. Along came Mc-
Cormick, who said he would do the job for him.
With hatchet and saw in hand, he climbed up
the tree and went to work with a will. Down
went the tree, and with it went McCormick,
breaking his own limbs and closing up his day
lights. McCormick said that when ho came
along he found Mr. Wells making very little
progress with the saw. Thereupon he volun
teered to go up the tree and cut down the limb.
He cut the branch and came down with it, and
-was picked up insensible by a brother officer.
Commissioner Smith, in dismissing the com
plaint, advised McCormick hereafter to keep
on his feet.
The trial of Officer Leacraft, of the Eighth
Precinct, for failing to discover a burglary
committed at No. 481 Broadway, on the prem
ises of Mr. Wm. Eilenger, shows really that
burglary is a science. The thieves carried off
$5,000 worth of furs inside of ten minutes, right
under the nose of the policeman, who was patrol
ing the post. This is the way the robbery was
done. The thieves either secreted themselves
in the building, or got into it by some means.
Once inside they assorted the furs, those which
were valuable, packed them up, and waited the
appointed time. That was half past six in the
morning. At that time a young man came
along and opened the store, worked up the iron
shutters, and started business, as it were.
Thereafter a one-horse carpet-shaking wagon
drove to the door after after the policeman had
walked past, and out went th© stolen property.
The store had every appearance of being open
ed by the legitimate proprietor, yet it was
thieves who had assumed proprietorship, pro
lem, and the police could not detect the trick.
In fact a private watchman saw a dandified
young man in a white duster, open the store,
but he thought he was proprietor, and paid no
attention to it. This burglary although
amounting only to $5,000, was about the best
and most skillfully carried out that has taken
Place in this city for years. It should be a
warning to merchants. To prevent a case of
this kind occurring, two things are requisite :
first, that the thieves shall not very easily take
a wax impression of key or lock, and second,
that the.managers shall see to it, personally,
that there is nobody left inside secreted in the
store at closing up time. If these two precau
tions are hot exercised, a man has himself to
blame if robbed.
Carl, of the Eighth Precinct, was caught
reading a paper by Roundsman Pickett. The
roundsman would not have said a word about it
if the reading had been confined within reasona
ble time, but Carl kept standing at the paper
twenty minutes.
Smith—That is a very serious charge.
Carl—l know it.
Smith—What’s your excuse ?
Carl—l have none. I merely looked at the
Smith—What were you looking at ?
Carl—l was looking at the slaughter of the
innocents. [Laughter].
Smith—The what ?
Carl—l was reading the transfers of captains
that had been made.
Smith—Were you interested?
Carl—Not particularly. I couldn’t find Mills
there. I thought he would be there, but he
wasn’t. [Renewed laughter].
Smith—Don’t you read what the papers say
about transfers unless you are off duty.
Complaint dismissed.
Fisher, of the Ninth Precinct, has been about
as long in the department as the Stats Zeiiung
has had existence. Fisher won’t spare either
his logs, bones or brains to get along and help
the city in the same way. He saw two suspi
cious characters on his post, and he thought
he would watch them, letting his relief go to
the old boy. An hour and a half after he should
have been in the station-house, the rounds
man and doorman went out in search of him.
He was found, eventually, sitting on the door
step of No. 155 Jane street, as he said, “piping”
off what must have been phantom burglars.
The case has been referred to the Board, and
if it is proven that he devoted extra time, un
paid for the public service, he should be pro
moted, but if he gammoned the department,
then no punishment is too severe.
wouldn’t take off his patch.
Smith, of the Eleventh Precinct, was charged
with clubbing citizen Jones without cause.
Jones said he was a member of a Reform Club
in the Eleventh Ward. Overcome by the heat
he went to the door and fell asleep, when the
officer came up and clubbed him three times.
Smith said he did club once in self defence,
when his coat was torn. Smith said it was a
malicious prosecution ; he challenged Jones to
take the patch off hie head. Jones said he
wasn’t such a fool as to open up a bleed-
ing wound. Smith said the wound was as dry
as his (Jones throat), the patch.was a “ stall.”
Smith proved that Jones was so drunk that he
couldn’t take care of his hat. Jones proved
that he had friends attending to his beaver.
Smith proved that he didn’t give Jones half
enough of clubbing, Jones proved that he was
most unjustifiably clubbed by the officer. Com
missioner Smith looked at the officer, cast his
eye on the complaint, then he looked toward
the reporters, and promptly made up hie
mind. The complaint was dismissed.
• Literary Matters.
My Daughter Elinob. A Novel.
Harper & Brother.
My Daughter Elinor is the only child of a Cabinet
officer at Washington, and as may be expected, a goodly
share of the situations and personages are found at the
Federal Capitol; although truth compels us to say that
apart from some mention of familiar localities, the action
might as well have been assigned to any other capita) or
city. The writer assumes masculinity, but dwells rather
self-betrayingly upon the mysteries of feminine toilets and
the suggestiveness of babydom, so that we are inclined
to question the right (as the French have it), & porter la
culotte; particularly when we find our author talking of
United States Senators trying to catch the “ Speaker’s
eye,” shouting, “Mr. Speaker! Mr. Speaker!” when,
in point of fact, it is the Vice-President, and not a
“ Speaker,” who presides over the Senate. But with
some inaccuracies and shortcomings, and too much of
the “ caricaturama ” in such inconsequential accessories
as Mrs. Piffit, the writer,” this new novel is much above
the average of new novels, and is manifestly the produc
tion of a fruitful and vigorous talent. The character of
“My Daughter Elinor,” is a healthy and a noble one,
and that of “ the Angel,” with its meanness and falsity,
is, unhappily, too correct a type of the “young lady of
the period,” in fashionable life. Clive Farnsworth is a
genuine hero, and his matrimonial episode a better
revelation of humanity than we find in “ society novels ”
generally. Altogether, we welcome “My Daughter
Elinor ” as a good story with a good purpose, and trust it
will secure the appreciation which its author’s fresh con
ceptions and delineations really merit from a discrimin
ating public.
Stretton. A Novel. By Henry
Kingsley, author of “Hetty,” “Geoffrey Hamlyn,”
Ravenshoe,” etc. Harper & Bros.
Kingsley has given us in this story a variety of charac
ter and adventure, beginning with the private affairs of
a blue-blooded Welsh family, and closing with scenes of
stirring and romantic interest in India, during the Sepoy
rebellion. There is a deal of the author’s speculation,
which people always like, and around which he contrives
to weave so much of vivid incident and action. One of
the most candid of confessions is imbodied in the follow
ing declaration made by the writer, which comes quite
apropos to our present relations with England. “We
never truly roused to the American war,” says Kingsley;
“ which was extremely lucky, for more than one-half of this
nation teas in favor of the South.” And the writer might
have added that nine-tentWs of his own profession of
author-craft were short-sighted enough to range them
selves on the side of a fore-deemed cause, and in opposi
tion to all their previous loud professions of a love for
human liberty. But, “to err is human—to forgive di
vine;” and we “ Yankees” demonstrate our “divine” in
stincts by reading English books and extending the
reputation of English authors, without asking where
they stood in the great conflict of opinion which our Re
public decided on the battle-field.
The Newcomes. Memoirs of a Most
Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennis,
Esq. By William Makepeace Thackeray, author of
‘ Vanity Fair,” “The Virginians,” “Pendennis,”
“Adventures of Philip,” “Henry Esmond,” “Round
about Papers,” “The Four Georges,” etc. With illus
trations by tfie author. Harper & Bros.
Another of Thackeray’s novels, in the cheap and hand
some edition (octavo), which recommends itself to all
lovers of good English fiction, as well as to the million
friends of “ Pendennis,” by its clear print and capital
embellishments, on good white paper. When the issue
shall be completed, there will be a compact “ Thackeray”
for every “respectable family.” “ The Newcomes” is one
of Thackeray’s best, and to our railroad traveler or wat
ering-place sojourner who finds time hanging heavy on
his hands, we commend it, in connection with “ Vanity
Fair,” as the best running commentary he can secure on
the fashionable society he is seeking or mixing with.
Elements of Astronomy. Designed
for Academies and High Schools. By Elias Loomis,
LL.D., Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astron
omy in Yale College, and author of “A Course of
Mathematics,” Harper & Bros.
If simplicity of diction, and copiousness of illustra
tion, can impart a knowledge of astronomy, this book of
Professor Loomis ought to be a most successful medium
of instruction. It is not an abstruse work, and re
quires no deep knowledge of trigonometry, or even of
geometry and algebra, beyond the elementary [principles
of those studies, in order to make its propositions clear to
the reader. As a text-book and conpendium of discriptive
astronomy,with orjwithout globes and instruments, it will
be found a help to the starry science of genuine value to
both teachers and students.
Papers from over the Water. A se
ries of Letters from Europe, by Sinclair Tousey
France. Germany, Belgium, Italy, England, Switzer
land, Holland, Spain, Bavaria, Scotland, Ireland.
Mr. Tousey is evidently one of those travelers who
keeps his eyes and ears open while passing through
strange countries; the result whereof is a collection of a
vast amount of interesting information, in compact form
and simple diction; recommending every chapter to pe
rusal, and impressing the reader with the conviction that
the author “means what he says and says what he
means” from his landing at Brest until his embarka
tion for home.
We of the West have long prided
ourselves upon the superiority of our civiliza
tion to that of the East. We boast our mag
nificent achievements in the way of railroading,
steam navigation, architecture, etc., and yet,
in many respects, we may well hide our heads
before the superior lustre of the Orientals.
Much of breath and ink has been recently ex
pended in glorification of the Boston Coliseum
as the largest room in the world. This is far
from being the case. The largest room in the
world is to be found in Lucknow, India. The
great Imambarra was built by one of the kings
of Oude as a citadel, and one of the rooms was
set apart for the most solemn ceremonies of
the Moslem worship. The architects were re
quired, in presenting “proposals” for this
building, to stipulate that it should be no copy
of any other work, and that it should surpass
every other building in the world in beauty
and magnificence.
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A cargo of pearly 38,000 gallons of
California wine and 5,000 gallons of brandy was
receptly shipped from San Francisco to New
York. The wine and brandy product .of Cali,
forma reaches 8,000,9(10 galjope, and it is psti.
mated that in tetj yedfs’ timj the annual value
of the crop will amount to $20,000,000, and
equal in value tie present gold product,
-* ;-»■! i ■ l>y‘ A,,),
The dedication of a monument to
Halleck, the poet, took place at Guilford,
Copn., on Thursday last, with appropriate
p&temonies, an eulogium by Bayard Taylor,
and a poem by Dr. Holmes. The memorial is
an obelisk of white granite, inscribed with the
poet’s name, a harp, and two lines from the
poem of “ llarco Bozzans,”
ROBERT ». HOLMES, P. «. Master, Editor.
To Masonic Advertisers. Adver
tisements to appear under the Masonic heading must
be handed in before six o’clock on Saturday evening,
as the rapid increase of the circulation of the Dis
patch compels us to put the page on which the Ma
sonic matter appears to press at a much earlier hour
than heretofore.
The Semi-Centennial Celebration in Phila
We have heretofore referred at some length to this
imposing display of the Knights Templar, and have
paid the just meed of warm praise to the hospitality
which has ever been a feature of our brethren of the
right angular city. We regret that unkind feelings
should have been engendered on this occasion, and
think that the Sir Knights of Philadelphia will
strongly condemn the conduct of one of their num
ber to which we are about to allude. The New York
Democrat contains the following:
The Grand Commandery of the State of New York,
fully represented, duly reported on arrival, was as
signed no place in the procession, nor even recog
nized as in attendance. Right Eminent Grand Com
mander of the State, John A. Lefferts, unable to walk
from injuries received from an accident last season,
was, with no regard for the courtesy his position de
manded as the Eminent officer of the 4 Grand Com
mandery, denied a ride in line. It was asked that
he be allowed a carriage, but the New York Sir
Knights were informed that General Smith did not
deem it his duty to make room for cripples, no mat
ter how high their rank, and that no carriage could
be allowed in the line. In vain was he appealed to—
in vain was he asked to show the Grand Commandery
the attention by right it was entitled to. But the
Grand Sir Knightly Tycoon did allow carriages in
line, and occupied one himself! So much for a red
tape officer who was all right, but four sizes too large
for the occasion. As the Grand Commandery of the
State of New York, in full force and unilorm as a
body, was ignored on this occasion, it will be some
time before it will accept another invitation to visit
Philadelphia. No one is to blame in the matter—the
lack of brains and a knowledge of Sir Knigntly court
esy not being an actionable offense.
Ours being not strictly a Masonic paper, and we
having other than Masonic readers to cater for, it
will not be expected that we should give that atten
tion and detail which we should like to, and which,
if given in full, and as it ought to be given, would fill
every column of our paper. Suffice it to say, that the
celebration was a splendid success—one of which the
Sir Knights of Philadelphia may well feel proud—one
which will never be forgotten by the Sir Knights of
the country, who were so cordially invited, who so
numerously attended, and who were so kindly, court
eously and liberally entertained.
It is a matter of very sincere regret that the Grand
Commandery and Grand Commander of the State of
New York should have been treated with discourtesy,
as stated in the article from the Democrat. We have
visited a great many places, as a Mason, and in no
city were we ever more kindly, hospitably and grace
fullly received than in Philadelphia—a place that we
have learned to love.
This matter certainly needs some explanation.
Perhaps our amiable cotemporary, the Keystone, can
obtain the facts, and if it should, we earnestly hope
that they may mitigate the features of the affair which
we have quoted.
A Presentation. —Quite a large
number of the members of Richmond Lodge, No. 66,
and other Masonic brethren, assembled at their
lodge rooms, at Port Richmond, on Friday evening,
the 2d inst., for the purpose of presenting their pres
ent Master, Worshipful Isaac A. Bunn, with a testi
monial of their esteem for the earnest and faithful
manner in which he has discharged the duties of
Teacher in the School ofjnstruction which is held at
their rooms every Friday evening; also in token of
their admiration for the manner in which he has dis
charged the duties of the office of Master of the
lodge for nearly three years. «r
The stations and places were filled by the regular
members of the school. Brother W. A. Devon pre
sided in the East, and made the presentation, while
Brother Hughes acted as S. W., Brother Martindale
as J. W. Brother Eells as S. D., Brother Charl
ton as J. D., Brother Roe as Tiler. After the lodge
had been opened in duo and ancient form, the Mas
ter pro tern, summoned the Deacons to escort Wor
shipful Brother Bunn to the East, where he was re
ceived with due honor, and addressed very nearly as
follows by the presiding officer:
“Brother Bunn, I have been delegated by the
brethren to tender you our sincere and heartfelt
thanks for the fidelity and zeal which you have dis
played, not only in the discharge of your duties as
Master of our lodge, but for your patient and unre
mitting labors in our school of instruction. While
some have been anxious to hide from us the divine
light of our mystic institutions, you have been ever
found ready and willing to impart to others the sa
cred knowledge you have acquired, and the fruits of
this wise policy is seen in the high position which
Richmond Lodge now occupies among the brethren
for bright and zealous Masons.
“Like our great martyred prototype ***♦♦♦«
you have been always faithful in the discharge of
your duties as ruler and instructor, and for this rea
son the craftsmen have assembled to-night in our
school of instruction to thank you for your past
faithfulness; and well knowing that words are too
often but empty, idle sounds, the moaning of which
perish in the heart before the words are yet cold on
the lips of those who utter them, we resolved to
speak to you in deeds which will speak to your heart
through all future years, and awaken kind associa
tions and memories of the many happy hours which
we have passed together, not only as pupil and
teacher, but as friends and brothers.
I, therefore, in the name of our brethren, present
you with this magnificent watch and chain as a token
of their admiration for you as a man and a brother.
You will see that we seek to bind you closer to us by
these links of gold, but we are aware that you are
bound to us by a higher, holier and more enduring
tie—a tie that is lighter than silken bands, yet strong
er than adamant, yea, stronger than death itself—a
tie which unites the vast universe to the eternal
throne of God, and which unites us a band of broth
ers, composed of every nation, kindred and tongue.
Yes, my Brother, the sight of this gift in future
years will fill your soul with pleasant memories of
the present and the past; it may be when many of us
are divided from you by distant seas and lands, or
perchance when many of us have passed into the
the spirit-land, fond recollections will cluster round
your heart and fill it, it may be, with sad yet mourn
ful joy.
And now, my Brother, we all cordially join in the
prayer that the blessing of the Great Grand Master
of the Universe may follow you through all your fu
ture path in life. And may we, who form a band of
brotherhood below, form an unbroken circle in the
Grand Lodge above.
Worshipful Brother Bunn replied in a short but
feeling speech, thanking the brethren for their kind
ness, and expressing his determination to do all that
in him lay for the welfare of the craft.
After a few happy and well-timed remarks from
Worshipful Brother King and Brother Martindale,
the lodge was closed.
The inside case of the watch bears the following
“Presented to Worshipful Isaac A. Bunn, by a
number of the members of Richmond Lodge No. 66,
F. and A. M., and other brethren, for his fidelity and
zeal in the cause of the craft. July 2d, A. L., 5869.’*
The watch and chain was furnished by R. W. Bro
ther L, Jacobs, of 117 Broadway.
Rite of Memphis.— To the Brethren
of the and A, and P. Rite.—' The Grand Council Gen
eral 32. % degree, in and for the Valley and State of
New York, having been organized in due form, you
are hereby notified to acknowledge and respect the
following G, Officers,
Attest: T. M. Sov. G. Master Gen.
Benj. 8. Hill, 33, Gd. Secretary Gen.
111. Bros. A. M. Underhill, G. Mas. of S.; B. S.
Hill, Grand Orator; John Hannon, G. Annalist; Os
car Muesinan, G.|Treasurer; B. Reed, G. Examiner;
W. H. Jones, G. Keeper of R.; D. Hooper, G. Ceryce;
Thomas W. Eccleston, G. Mas. of O.; A. B. Barnes,
G. Conductor; H. A. Adams, G. G. of Council; G.
Fred. Wiltsee, G. Representative; W. F. Moller, and
Charles E. Cosgrove, Deputy Grand Represen
tatives; John Langtree, Assistant G. Orator; Thos.
C. Cassidy, Asst. G. Annalist; George W. Wilson,
4,65 t. G. Treasurer; J. C. Chapman, Asst. G. Exam
iner; David A. Scott, Asst. G. Keeper of R.; Wesley
B. Church, Asst. G. M. of C.; Thomas Bennett, Asst.
G. Ceryce; Louis Berger, Asst. G. Conductor; Alvin
Graff, Asst. G. G. of C.; Rev. Samuel J. Corneille
and Rev. Wm. Dymond, G. Prelates.
Good Words. —The Grand Master
of lowa, in a recent address to the Grand Lodge of
that jurisdiction, said:
Masonry, to be other than a shame and a reproach,
must be a living, vital principle, pervading our char
acter, and influencing our daily lives in all our inter
course with each other and with the world. It is so
far interwoven with religion, and partakes so much
of its character, that to profess its sublime princi
ples, and at the same time to live in practical disre
gard and contempt of them, can only be followed by
a starvation of our better natures—a sinking into a
dismal depth of practical infidelity and self con
tempt. As it has been said that no man car* serve
two opposing masters, yielding to them both an
equal obedience, and an equally faithful service, so
no man can take upon himself the vows Of a Mason,
and afterward yield himself the willing servant to
falsehood, vice and treachery, either in act or word,
without bringing down upon his own head the bitter
fruits of his own duplicity. I would therefore urge
upon you, my brethren, “ in the most friendly man
ner,” the necessity oi so living that you can feel at
all times that you are in heart and soul “ worthy
Masons,” remembering that no man can be a Fbee
mason who is the bondman of vice or immorality,
In the countries from which we ob
tained our Masonry, all of the actual labors of tne
lodges, except, of course, the conferring of the highe ?
dagrees, were performed in an E. A. lodge, and tins
custom still prevails in many European jurisdictions
Away Out in Illinois.— Dear Bro.
Holmes: The Rubicon is passed. We are “busted
up,” totally demolished, and forever ruined. No
more can we meet in our halls with the conscious
ness of security; no more can we “ take in and do
for” the unfortunates who have the temerity to apply
fcr admission among the “ Sons of Light” The
convention recently held at Chicago, and your un
fortunate but well meant endeavors to instruct our
brethren in the workings of the craft through the
columns of a public newspaper, have done for us.
We are no more to be permitted to visit the sick, re
lieve the distressed, nor bury the dead. We are no
more to divert from churches and colleges the funds
we invest in that loan denominated “ lending to the
Lord,” but promptly pay over. to Bro. Blanchard
what surplus change we have, for the benefit of
Wheaton College and the Dog’s Tail. We are to be
forever debarred from serving on juries, because we
will acquit every Mason and convict every one “as
isn’t.’* We cannot be elected judges, because we
will so instruct juries that it will be morally impossi
ble to convict a Mason. We cannot be appointed
postmasters, because we will steal from the mails the
“Minutes of the Aurora, Pittsburgh and Chicago
Conventions, and* forever put an end to the wagging
of the Dog’s Tail. We cannot serve as highway com
missioners, because we will build roads for Masons
to travel on going and returning from their noctur
nal raisings of the “ old boy.” We cannot serve as
constables and pound-keepers, because we would im
prison every anti-Masonic hog in the country,* while
every swine bearing the mystic square and compass
would be allowed to run at large. We cannot serve
as fence-viewers, for the reason that every patron of
Wheaton College and subscriber to the Dog’s Tail
would be forced to build for Masons, which would be
“ horse high, cow strong and pig tight” We can’t
get married, because no minister or justice of the
peace will be allowed to “ do up in the most approved
style the Hymenial bonds,” because we might raise
up families who would believe that “ Pap is a good
man, if he is a Mason.”
The very money of the country is denounced as be
ing under the manipulation of Masonic hands, inas
much as a Masonic apron and emblems appear upon
it. (Some men don’t know the difference, you know,
between heraldic signs and Masonic signs.) In
short, we are under a ban, a cloud, and a dim im
agining of “a fearful accounting for”—a fear
ful accounting for what ? For what we have
done—what have we done ? Visited the sick,
clothed the naked, relieved the distressed, buried
the dead. Well, perhaps we did wrong in visit*
ing the sick, because there are doctors for that
especial class of humanity; beside, it is the duty of
the Christian ministry we are interfering with when
we visit the sick. Ah! Will a Presbyterian minis
ter visit a sick Baptist ? Will a Baptist visit a sick
Methodist ? Will the ministry go to a sick man’s
house where a contagious disease prevails, and watch
night after night, and if a minister will not do this,
will the church member do it ? It’s of no use for me
to call attention, as I could, to an instance, but late
ly under my observation—nay, my own supervision
—where a brother lay sick of a malignant fever, and
died, and not a member of his church, with but
three honorable (and they are honored) exceptions,
visited him; and when, destitute of means, leaving a
widow and a family of four children, arrangements
were made, did the church of which he was a prom
inent member do this ? No! Who did ? The lodge
of which he was a member. And when, one week
after, the oldest son followed the father, who took
care of him and buried him ? The church of which
he was a member? No! Who did? The lodge
again, of which he was not a member, but an avowed
enemy. Who relieved the widow in her hour of
peril and need—she who so worried her husband
that he had not visited his lodge for three years, and
who declared that “ among all the Masons on earth
there was not an honest man, and they ought to be
expelled from the church, because none of them
could go to heaven, anyway”—the church? No!
Who did? The same body of men she so villified
and abused. And when that same widow went to
her kindred, with funds furnished by the lodge, she
acknowledged, with tears standing in her eyes, that
she had “ slandered us without good cause.”
We have no right to clothe the naked and feed the
hungry, because the country has provided for them
at the poor houses and the county jails. And in
burying the dead we offend these pious members of
the “Aurora, Pittsburgh, and Chicago Conventions,”
by disregarding the Scripture. Are we not com
manded to let the “ dead bury the dead ?” Does the
Church bury the dead who die poor, even those who
die in the Lord ? No, who does ? The Freemasons
and Odd Fellows, or the county and other associa
tions. “ What’*s everybody’s business, is nobody’s
business.” Hence the Levite “passes by on the
other side,” until the despised Samaritan comes to
the rescue. Then we are tb account for what we
have not done. That is, we have presumed to hang
on to our institution when we ought to have let it go
to;everlasting and utter darkness. Beside, we have,
by this hanging on, forced these good people to go
all the way to Chicago to denounce us. This we
had no right to do, and finally (Oh, heinous crime),
we have forgotten to contribute to Wheaton College.
What did this Chicago Convention do ? A very
few words will tell. They denounced Masons and
Masonry, they made tho same old speeches, they
made the same old exposures, now rotten with the
lies of accumulated years; they declared that the
Protestant Association, with its officers bearing the
same titles as the officers of a Masonic lodge, was
not to be classed with Masons and Odd Fellows, be
cause it was founded on Christ, thus indirectly
stamping Templar Masonry with the seal of their
approval; they passed a resolution that SIO,OOO ought
to be raised to carry, on the new persecution, and
finally (Oh, the depths of ingratitude), refused a sub
sidy of SI,OOO to support and keep in a wagging con
dition the Dog’s Tail. And then what did they do ?
Like the King of France,
“ They marched up a hill, and then marched down
What does the secular press think of this ? We
answer by inserting the following extract:
Several assemblies of religious bodies have lately
taken ground against Masonry upon the ostensible
ground that it is composed oi secret societies. If se
crecy be the principle aimed at, it is a little singular
that the Good Templars, Sons of Temperance, and
other similar organizations were not mentioned.
The resolves of a synod here and there against Ma
sonry are about as effective toward shaking it as
would be the hurling of putty pellets against the
rock of Gibraltar with the expectation of battering
down the everlasting structure. As the fly on the
horn of the ox did not disturb the latter, so will not
the hostile action of a little sect, here and there, dis
comfort an organization whose limits aro those of
the whole world.
During the late war Masonry did more to amelio
rate the horrors of imprisonment, and to mitigate
the atrocities of battle, than any agency else. To
the remark that “I am a Baptist,” or “ I am a Me
thodist,” the reply was invariably: “ That’s played
out.” The announcement of Masonic rights, on the
contrary, was never disregarged.
We think that these gentlemen who are denouncing
Masonry should not fail to notice that, whereas,
nearly or quite every Protestant sect was disrupted
before or during the war, Masonry remained, then as
now, indivisible. In this element of fraternal re
gard which no war can shake, no convulsion disrupt,
and in which no principle of discord can gain a foot
hold, the puny and discordant sectaries who are now
warring against Masonry can find something worthy
of imitation. Masonry never quarrels; never arms
brother against brother; never burned or crucified
an opponent; never bellows politics from its altar;
never distributes tracts where bread is needed; nev
er martials nation against nation. Can that Chris
tianiy organization of which these hostile little syn
ods are members say as much ? Are there any Lati
mers, or Cranmers, or Mary Stuarts in its history ?
Did it ever hang, burn, or imprison anybody because
of a difference of opinion ? Is there any blood upon
the pages of its history ? Does it meddle with poli
The record of Masonry will compare favorably with
that of any other organization. Its history is one of
peace. Its flag is white. Its mission is charity. It
teaches the beauty of fraternal Jove, and its effort is
to quiet the warring elements in humanity, and to
induce the clasping of hands by enemies. It is the
oil which calms the troubled and stormy waters of
existence. When some of these aggressive little
synods can show as good a record, then will the
world be prepared to admit their right to criticise.
Meanwhile, let the casting of the first stone be with
held until some one without gin can be found to un
dertake it.— Chicago Times of June 5.
More than all this, Masons don’t whip their wives,
and kick their daughters.
We give still another extract which goes to show
the affinity between the head of the anti-Masonic
war, and the head of “ The Church:”
“ President Blanchard, of Wheaton, is again en
deavoring to distinguish himseli by his renewed as
saults on Masonry. In 1850 he broke forth against
such as should presume to assemble in a lodge un
der his nose, in a manner not unworthy of the Car
dinal Archbishop in the ‘ Jackdaw of Rhelms.’ ”
Here are quoted the well-known curses.
ft This is the 19th century, the age when reason
has taken the place of gross superstition. Yet here
we have a man, who, from his position, is presumed
to have some education, holding himself up in non
sensical tirade, to the scandal of religion and the
laughter of its enemies. Why does not the presi
dent bid his group of fanatics to forego all dealings
with Freemasons ? If their moral system is bad, it
is an inevitable conclusion that their commercial
dealings are bad also. While we pity the servile
ravings of Oberlin as the vituperation of a poor old
man, contempt is all we have for the Wheaton Pope,
for ignorance and falsehood merit nothing less.”
The utter audacity of the man who wrote the
above, is truly sublime. To accuse President
Blanchard of ignorance—why it’s almost beyond be
lief. Once more and we are done.
Five hundred thousand Masons ! Five hundred
thousand Brothers, linked together into one com
mon bond of union, strong and firm, one and in
separable. And among this number (mark what fol
lows, ye editor of the Dog’s Tail,) are to bo found
men of every nation and religious creed; men of dif
ferent political opinions; men of every profession;
men occupying high places of trust in society, and
the civil government. And against this band, which
cannot, as a class, be outranked for intelligence,
patriotism, liberality and all Uxobo Yil'tucs
characterized the good and true; a crusade is being
(has been) inaugurated.
A black cloud, no bigger than a man’s hand, has
arisen, and threatens death and destruction to all
secret societies; a cloud full of thunder and brim
stone, which was conceived in the brains of a few old
ladies, wearing breeches, who were recently assem
bled at Pittsburgh, where they resolved that it was
advisable to put an end to all this humbuggery of
assisting brothers in distress, and “doing unto
others as you would they should do unto you.” In
fact, they are fully persuaded, in they own minds,
that if the earth shall continue to revolve on its axis,
and not in precise accordance with their views, then
the whole machinery must be stopped. All we have
to say to them is, when they succeed in overthrowing
the Masonic institution, we hope they will write us (if
they do, the postage will bo cheerfully refunded); but
we are fully persuaded it will not be while there are
“hungry ones to be fed,” “naked ones to be
clothed,” the “sick and afflicted to be attended,”
the “widow to be consoled,” and the “fatherless to
be comforted.”
Masonry has a mission to perform which will con
tinue while time shall last; a mission which will
never be ended so long as the principles inculcated
in “ The Great Light” are necessary for the welfare
and happiness of man. The storm-clouds may con
tinue to gather, the darkness thicken, and storms
beat, but the Genius Masonry will ride the storm
triumphant and unharmed, bearing foremost and
uppermost that “ Great Light” which is the anchor
of our hopes, both sure and steadfast, and “ teaches
truth which alone is unchangeable and everlasting.”
Our institution has stood the test of ages, whether
the opinion of the world has been good or bad. Em
pires and kingdoms have risen and crumbled into de
cay; secret societies have been formed, flourished for
a time, and vanished like the morning dew; yet not
withstanding all the viscissitudes and changes of
time, notwithstanding the many persecutions with
which our order has been obliged to contend, it still
lives, with principles as pure and spotless as when
founded by our fathers, and will continue until the
sun and moon shall be blotted from the blue arch of
heaven and the death angel has gathered the last
sheaf into the Grand Lodge above.
There was one objection made to Masonry at the
convention that I cannot forbear noticing, inasmuch
as it shows to what foolish lengths fanaticism will go.
A delegate stated that he objected to the Masonic
Institution because it claimed existence previous to
the birth of Christ, and Christ had declared that “ all
who were before him were thieves. Consequently
the whole Masonic Fraternity, both before and after
Christ were thieves. If the brother looks at this
declaration of our Lord and Savior, in its broadest
sense, then Moses and Melchisadec, Abraham and
Aaron, Jacob, Joshua and Joseph, and “ a th’ lave
must have been an unmitigated set of scoundrels
and vagabonds. Seriously, Bro. H, about one half of
this downfall is to be attributed to your unguarded
exposures. Fraternally, John Smith.
♦lmpossible: we could not findlprisons enough.—Ma
sonic EDITOB.
To the Ladies who abe Cbaftsmen.
—We commend to your notice tne following essay,
delivered before the members of Miriam Chapter,
No. 1, Chicago, Illinois, on adoptive Masonry, on the
occasion of their Annual Strawberry Festival, June
18,1869, by John C. W. Bailey, 32 degree.
Perhaps the most useful theme for a few thoughts
to be presented this evening before this assembly, is
to glance at Adoptive Masonry, and especially on a
festive occasion like the present of the members of
Miriam Chapter No. 1, of the Eastern Star Degrees,
and their friends.
Our first thought is that of the exalted personage
whose name has been selected for the name of this
Chapter, Miriam, the sister of Moses, the authoress
of that ever glorious song of the triumph of the chil
dren of Israel, at the overthrow of the Egyptians in
the Red Sea, when God overwhelmed them in its
waters while pursuing the fugitive Israelites.
Miriam’s song will never be forgotten, but will live
through all future ages. The overthrow of the horse
and his rider is perhaps the most sublime produc
tion of all the Hebrew poets, and celebrates one of
the most eventful periods Of Jewish history. Byron
Sound the loud timbrel o’er Egypt’s dark sea,
Jehovah has triumphed, his people are free.”
*• Sing, for the pride of the Tyrant is broken,
His chariots and horsemen all splendid and brave:
Sing, for they’ve perished beneath the dark wave.”
The name of Miriam is therefore well chosen. Its
members may sing a triumphant song of deliverance
from darkness, and entrance into Masonic light m
one of the forms of Masonry now firmly established,
no longer to be viewed as a side degree, but possess
ing its own authorized ritual, its signs, pass-words,
and established formula, well defined and understood,
and with its Grand Officers in the East, like unto all
other Masonic bodies, and before it a clear pathway
to usefulness and recognition, East, West, North and
“ Its star is triumphant,
its people are tree.”
The establishment of Adoptive Masonry had, in
truth, become a moral necessity. If it was not proper
to initiate the gentler sex into the sublime mysteries
of Ancient Craft Masonry—if its landmarks could not
be invaded—there was no sufficient reason why a
system of ritualism could not be adopted suitable for
both sexes, into which the nearest female relations of
Master Masons could be inducted, and become so
general as to be almost universally recognized by all
Master Masons, and be of as effective use to its lady
members, when needed, as the symbolism and signs
are to the craft in Ancient Craft Masonry. This has
happily been accomplished. The members of the
Eastern Star are rapidly extending, and shortly there
will be no place in our country where the signs of the
Eastern Star degrees will be unknown, and the hail
ing sign of distress responded towhen occasion justi
fies its use. So far a great advantage has been made
within the past three or four years, and to our cer
tain knowledge it is constantly increasing East and
West. Soon may it become universal, and long may
it be perpetuated.
The selection of such Scriptural names as Adah,
Jeptha’s daughter, Ruth, the Moabitess, Queen Es
ther, Martha and Electa, upon which to found the
symbols and signs of the Eastern Star degeees, was a
most happy thought, and the space they occupy in
sacred history the brightest and most beautiful that
could be selected—not to disparage many other emi
nent women of the ancient times, such as Miriam,
Deborah, the two Marys, Dorcas, and others, all of
whom are worthy of consideration; but as it was im
possible to introduce all, the selection has been judi
cious and wise.
If there be anything in society that can raise its
moral tone by a name, it is the thought or the deeds
and words of pure and noble-minded women who
lived in the ancient times, and whose actions and his
tory have penetrated the literature and hearts of a
people, and indeed the Bible women that of the hearts
of all people, seeing that they belong to the whole
human race, and will for all time to come.
Who that reads of Jeptha’s daughter but will be
penetrated with sorrow at the fulfillment of a vow,
and yet dwell with admiration on the character and
submission of the noble-minded Adah. “ Her com
panions mourned for her many days.”
Ruth, the Moabitess, from whom David, the King
of Israel, descended, and of whom Jesus came in
after times, was a true woman. Her simplicity of
character and feminine graces such as to command
the esteem of all who come after her, and her cele
brated saying will live in ad time to come, when she
said to her mother-in-law, the Jewish woman: “ Thy
people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”
The character of Queen Esther, however, stands
out the boldest of them all. King Ahasuerus had
already experienced trouble in ids family with
his first wife, and when women in those days had
not as many privileges as they have now, it was
therefore the boldest and most hazardous course
for her to decide upon, that of visiting the king
unbidden, for the purpose of eflecting the de
liverance of her people from destruction, which
had been resolved upon by Haman, the king’s prime
minister of that day. Her noble resolve found utter
ance in words whicn will be eternal, “If I perish, I
can but perish,” and, trusting in God, she proceeded
to perform her duty, and the result proved her own
and her people’s safety and deliverance. “ What wilt
thou, Queen Esther ?” and the stretching forth o
his sceptre, which she touched, secured her life and
Among the New Testament women, Martha and
her sister Mary were the most beloved of the divine
Jesus. He abode with them, and although he pre
fers Mary’s love of the truth, yet the narrative de
clares he loved them both as his devoted disciples.
Martha, however, was more matronly, and had more
care for the household. It is said some men prefer
Marthas to Marys now-a-days, especially in the mat
ter of shirt-buttons.
Electa, however, was a noble and devout Jewish
lady; a disciple of Jesus, beloved by the Apostles,
and commended by them for her love of the truth,
and also her children’s love of the truth, and follow
ing in her footsteps. She is commended as an ex
ample to be followed by other Christian women in
after ages, and becomes very properly one of the
worthies in the galaxy of worthies in the Order of
the Eastern Star. Her example is to be imitated by
the ladies of this Masonic Order, and the members of
Miriam Chapter, No. 1, of Chicago, will do well to
study the gifts and graces presented to their view by
the five representative women of their Order, whose
praise is ever-enduring and lasting.
Later times, however, have given as noble women, of
whom on occasions like this we would not be un
mindful. Let me advert to some. The name of
Florence Nightingale will never be forgotten long as
eternal ages roll, and the moral power of her charac
ter be ever-enduring to the end of time. To her in
domitable resolution, untiring efforts, and persever
ance was accomplished that proper and necessary at
tention to the wants of the sick and wounded soldiers
of the British army in the Crimea that totally revolu
tionized all former precedents, cut in twain the red
tape official organizations, and brought the whole
business of nursing under the supervision of women,
saving thousands of lives, and brought that tender
and delicate touch of a woman’s hands to the sufferer
in the dressing of wounds, that is so softening and
soothing in times of agonizing pain. This example
of Miss Nightingale— sweet and appropriate name—
produced an immense number of Florence Nightin
gales in our own army in the war of the rebellion.
Her name will, therefore, be an historical one to
future generations.
The name of Harriet Beecher Stowe, of our own
country, is a household word for the’part she took in
writing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and rousing the
Northern section of the American Union to the in
iquities of American slavery. Her work did more to
educate the public opinion of the people than all the
political harangues delivered in and out of Congress.
Her name will ever stand high in the niche of fame.
Upon the same plane, and upon the same subject,
may be mentioned the name of the Duchess of Suth
erland, who received Mrs. Stowe to her house and
heart, introducing her to British society of the high
er classes, with a view to helping on the grand object
of slave emancipation.
No record of noble and philanthropic women would
be passingly complete without mentioning that no
blest of all the true womanhood of modern times—
Mrs. Elizabeth Fry. At her touch all prison doors
flew open to admit this holy and godlike woman to
the cells of the prisoners condemned to die. To her,
more than to any other, would the hardest malefact
or bow his head, and listen to tne soft voice of this
most amiable and lovely of women. Her sympathy,
and her admonitions, and her appeals would break
down the hearts of the most hardened and stubborn,
and many a condemned criminal would bless her io
his latest moment.
But time admonishes me that I must bring these
thoughts to a close, and can I do no better’ than ty
commending the principles of the Order of the E isS
eru Star* as exhibited in the lives and conduct of the
five noble women who form the landmarks, so to
speak, or examples of the Order, to the hearty co
ooeration and adoption of all Master Masons, their ]
wives, widows, sisters, and daughters.
To set before each the standard of excellence they
displayed is a work worthy of the members of
Miriam Chapter, and if we conduct our work in the
spirit of the Order, and upon the principles we have
faintly shadowed forth, we shall, do a good work, and i
our Order will become a blessing in the community
in which we dwell.
Our subject is not exhausted, we might go on to
show what are the the proper relations and actions
of our lives to each other as members—the conduct
of wives and husbands, their duties and privileges— i
that of daughters to parents—and that of parents to
children—all proper subjects of consideration to the
enlightened and excellent of both sexes. But we
forbear now; let every true and eulighted woman
and Mason fill up the picture for themselves, under
the guidance of the Spirit of the Great Architect of
the Universe, and all will be well.— Voice.
Fourth of July on the Fifth.—
The N. Y. Sun through its accomplished City Editor,
Mr. England, has loaned us the following cut, which
appeared in that estimable journal. The Editor
It is said that the Freemasons celebrated the
Fourth in secret. The stairs leading to the third
tier of Booth’s Theatre were thronged throughout
the day. The approaches to the lodge rooms were
carefully guarded, and only Masons of long standing
and of high degree were admitted. Among those
seen on the stairs were P. G. M. Robert D. Holmes,
W. M. Charles 8. Arthur, ex-W. M. Van demark, J.
Henry Magonigle, Capt. John H. Howell, Gen D. C.
McCallum, Capt. George 8. Alexander, W. M., and
P. D. Gr. M., Fred. Herring, Gr. Sec. James M.
Austin, H. 8. H. Henry Godet, Gr. W. Gus Failing,
and hundreds of others distinguished among the fra
ternity. The utmost secrecy was maintained as to
the proceedings with
in the lodge. It has -
leaked out, however,
that the goat was very 1
unruly. He broke W/F A. !
loose during the set
vices, and created ut- a
ter consternation. The vWa
presiding officer de- V i
tailed Capt. Howell to Cs '
bring him to order,
which he did in the A
manner shown in the
What though you have made a faux pas, my young
And stand without cash, or a friend:
Don’t sit down and mope, but undo the mistake, •
It’s never too late to mend 1
Old Noah, we’re told, on a hot scorching day,
Went off, on a terrible bend;
But then took the pledge, singing out, as he signed,
It’s never too late to mend I
The Prodigal son like a fool, went it strong,-
Till his stamps all came to an end:
But then he returned to the old house at home,
It’s never too late to mend 1
We have read of a thief, who, for some great offence,
To die on a tree, was condemned:
Yet he, even he, thanks to Grace, realised
It’s never to late too mend 1
To the Masonic Editor of the N.
Y. Dispatch. — Dear Sir and Bro.'. In the Dispatch
of July 4th, appears an inquiry as follows; “if
a man resides in East New York, can he make ap
plication to a lodge in Brooklyn to be received,” and
to which you reply, “ if he lives within ten miles of
the City Hall, New York, (and in the State) he can
be proposed and received in any lodge in New York
city or Brooklyn.” Referring to the proceedings of
the Grand Lodge for 1866, it will be found that they
were asked to give construction to the language in
the Constitution, “ within ten miles of the City Hall,”
so far as applicable to the jurisdiction of city lodges
over materia'. The Grand Lodge decided that the
meaning is most evident from the plain reading of
the Constitution, that it applies only to concurrent
jurisdiction over material, by lodges in the cities of
New York and Brooklyn, provided such lodges be
within the prescribed distance from the City Hall.
This, I understand to mean, that a person residing
in Brooklyn, can be received and initiated in any
lodge in New York city, or, vice versa, provided such
lodge is within the city of New York, or Brooklyn,
and within ten miles of New York City Hall.
This does not apply to a person who resides nearer
to some town or village where there is a regular
lodge established, than he does to the New York City
Hall, even if his residence is within ten miles ot the
New York City Hall.
For instance, Newtown, West Flushing, Flushing
and College Point, on Long Island, are each within
ten miles of New York City Hall, in a direct line, yet
the lodges in New York and Brooklyn have no juris
tion over material from those places, as there are
lodges at Flushing and Astoria which cover that ter
ritory. There are a number of other places that I
could mention that are within the prescribed dis
tance from the City Hall, and from the fact that regu
lar lodges are located at, dr, very near tnese places,
residents of those places cannot be initiated in New
York or Brooklyn, without making the lodge that
thus initiates them liable to pay the initiation fee to
the lodge located nearest to the residence of the can
Several cases of this kind have occurred in which
Cornucopia Lodge, No. 563, at Flushing, Long Island,
has been interested, and in every one of them that
has been before the Grand Lodge, or a commission
appointed to investigate the matter, the fact of tne
candidate’s real residence being admitted or proved,
the decison has been in accordance with the opinion
which I have stated above.
Your decision on this point being liable to mislead
some of the New York city and Broklyn lodges as to
the right they have to material residing out of those
cities, has prompted me to send you this communi
cation. Queens County.
Answer.—We had the decision to which you refer
in view when we wrote the answer that you have
quoted. Our opinion was asked, and we gave it, and
we believe that what we then wrote was correct.
For all Masonic purposes a radius line of ten miles
from the City Hall, so far as this State is concerned,
is made to embrace one district, and within that line
geographical distinctions should not be known. The
facilities for inquiring into a man’s.’character and an
tecedents, make up the prevailing and proper prin
ciple in the matter, committee dogmatic reports in
Grand Lodge to the contrary notwithstanding. Stare
decisis is a doctrine that has not, in the eighteenth
year that we have been connected with the Grand
Lodge, been a governing principle of this jurisdiction,
and we think that if the question referred to should
be submitted to the Grand Lodge at its next annual
communication, our decision (or opinion) will be fully
and unqualifiedly sustained.
A Difficulty.— To the Masonic Ed
itor of the N.Y. Dispatch—Beam. Sir: Be kind enough
to answer the following questions:
I. Is a lodge of instruction permitted to go through
all the forms and ceremonies of opening, closing, sa
luting, and exemplifying the degrees when under the
direction of the master ?
11. With the Master’s consent, can we open the
lodge of instruction before he arrives ?
111. At our last meeting, being about to present
our Master with a token of regard, we met just in
time to have the lodge opened as he arrived, that we
might receive him with due Masonic honors. For
these acts we were censured, and told that we were
in danger of our lodge charter being taken from us.
Yours fraternally, W. A. D,
Answer—L Yes.
11. Yes; if the lodge of instruction is opened un
der the supervision of a Warden, or that of the Grand
or a Deputy Grand Lecturer. It has always been
our impression that even though a Master or Warden
may not be present, Masons have a right to assemble
for mutual instruction and rehearse the work.
111. There may be special features as to the mat
ter of which we have no knowledge, and hence deem
it right to deline answering your query specifically.
If the lodge was opened by a Warden having control
of the warrant, it was a legal lodge; if by a floor
member, it was not. The Master cannot delegate
his power to a floor member if he is not personally
present. We should like to know all of the facts be
fore deciding.
To the Masonic Editor of the N.
Y. Dispatch.— From the twelfth annual Report of
the Board of Relief, as published in your columns
last week, there is to be deduced a fact, which it
would seem ought to be explained, in justice both to
the contributors and disbusers of the fund.
It appears from the report that, of the funds con
tributed to the Board, nearly one-fifth is absorbed in
expenses ; or, in other words, that to dispense SIOO
in Masonic relief costs about $24. To the person not
familiar with the operation of the Board (in which
category I think we may place the majority of your
readers), this expense would seem excessive, and I
would respectfully suggest that some explanation of
it would not be amiss. It may be said that those
who contribute the funds understand all about it,
which is undoubtedly true; but as a Masonic organ
ization, recognized and assisted by the Grand Lodge,
it strikes me that the fraternity generally—that is of
this State—are entitled to this explanation.
I make these remarks, not in any captious spirit,
but simply to elicit the facts in the case, that all may
see that the cost of distributing this relief is money
well expended. Bay Ridge.
To the Masonic Editor of the JST
Y. Dispatch.— Dear Sir: Please inform the sub
scriber if a member of the Blue Lodge, who has
been stricken from the roll for non-payment of dues,
or is not, at the time of his application going in to
the Chapter, a member of any Blue Lodge, can be
made aR.A. M. ? I contend he must have connec
tion with some Blue Lodge before he can.
Respectfully yours, R, A. M,
Answer—You are right.
Simeon Raymond, aged 84 years 1
month and 13 days, died on July 6, 1869, of paraly
sis, being the fourth attack. On Friday the 2d inst.,
he left the residence of his son, R, W. George H.
Raymond, to visit his daughters. After reaching the
house where they resided,and on entering, he dropped
to the floor. After lingering four days he calmly
sank to lest. He was a true Christian, and for sixty
two years had been a member of the First Baptist
Church of this city, he having entered into its com
munion when only 22 years of age.
Cyrus Lodge, No. 208, will work
the first degree on Monday evening, July 12th, at
the corner of Eighteenth street and Eighth avenue,
Franklin Lodge No. 447 will, on
the evening of July 12, confer the second degree,
L. Still,
Successor to
Wholesale and Retail,
No. 307 BROaDWAY,
Second Door above Duane street,
All kinds of Chewing and Smoking Tobacco— i
Meerschaum and Brier Wood Pin«a <
J. L. STILL, i
To Advertisers.—The advertisements
which may appear in this department will only be
received from Masons, or they must, if not coming
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. Most
Wise; W. F. FORD, Jr., 32d, 8. Knight Warden:
J. A. CRISTA DORA, 81st, J. Knight Warden: (X
W. COLBURN, 32, Archivist. No. 14 Bedford street.
meets on the 2d and 4th MONDAY of every month af
No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street. Members of othei
Chapters are cordially invited to be present.
meets attheirrooms, No. 68 East Broadway, on the2a
and 4th Friday evenings of each month.
JOHN T. MARTIN, T. 111. Master,
P. W. VER HOEVEN, R. 111. Dep. M.
BEN J. S. HILL, P. Oond. 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.
M., meets at the rooms No. 594 Broadway, N. Y.» on
the second andjfourth Thursdays of every month, ex
oept July and August.
B. REED, M., No. 151 Orchard st.
W H. VAN EVERY. Sec., No. 256 Water st.
Wanted.—A Good Organist, for aR.
A Chapter. Inquire of R. LOEWENSTEIN, No. 388
Eighth avenue, between Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth sts.
Third Annual Excursion of Rich,
mond Lodge, No. 66. F. and A. M., to Newburg, on
THURSDAY, July 15, 1869. Will leave West Tenth
street, at 8:30 A. M. Tickets admitting Gentleman an(|
Lady, $2; Ladies’ extra ticket, sl.
liT An Afternoon and Evening Pic-Kic
will be held by MANITOU LODGE. No. 106, B. and A. M.,
at LION PARK, jllOth st. and Eighth ave.. ton Wednes
day. July 28, 1869, in aid of the funds required by the New
York Masonic Board of Relief to erect a monument in
the Masonic Burial Plot Rt Cypress Hills Cemetery.
Tickets, admitting gentleman and ladies, 50 cents each/
can be procured from Bro. John C. Helme, Broadway
and 86tfi st.; Bro. Thos. H. Mcßride, No. 69 Barclay st.i
and the delegates to the contributing lodges of the New
York Masonic Board of Relief.
Grand Sociable and Summer Night’s
Festival of JAMAICA LODGE, No. 540, F. and A. M,
AFTERNOON and EVENING, commencing at 2 o’clock,
July 13.
FRANK’S Twenty-eighth Regiment Brass and Cotillion
Band has been engaged for the occasion. Should the
weather prove unfavorable, the Sociable will take place
the next day. Large cars will start from th®
corner ■of Union avenue and Fulton street, Jamaica*
near the lodge room, at half-past one P. M., and at in
tervals of twenty-four minutes afterward. The last car
returning from the Grove at midnight.
Every precaution will be taken by the Committee to
render this an orderly and well conducted gathering.
Tickets for s .le at Peck’s Drug Store, the Post-office,
and of the
Charles Lewry, John O’Donnell, Jr., Robert F. Clark*
GonrctA W. Parnhall
S. S. AMAR, Secretary.
Second Annual Pic-nis
, OF
Scotia Lodge, No. 634, F. and A. NL
Tickets, admitting Gentleman and Lajly, sl.
Extra Lady’s Ticket, 50 cents.
The steamer Virginia Seymour will leave foot of Chris*
topher street at 8 o’clock A. M., and foot of Thirty-fourth
street at o’clock.’ The barge Walter Sands will lie at
the foot of Thirty-fourth street.
Tickets may be procured of any of the members of the
Lodge, or of the following Committee of Arrangements:
JOHN MACDOUG ALL, No/259 West 37th st.
WAt. INGLIS, No. 102 West 24th st.
KENNETH MACKENZIE, No. 118 Sullivan sU
MATTHEW WILSON, No. 252 West 35th st.
ALFRED JEFFERIES, No. 417 Ninth ave.
The First Annual Picnic
will take place at
Afternoon and Evening of
Admitting Gent and Ladies.
B. Reed, 33°, Chairman, No. 151 Orchard street: W. H.
Van Every, 33°. No. 8 Peck Slip and No. 182 North Sec
ond street, Brooklyn, E. D.; Jt>. Bercnbroick, 32°, Treas.,
No. 59 Pine street; V. Rousseau, No. 160 Mercer street;
C. F. Risley, No. 37 Murray street.
Tickets can be procured of the above committee, or of
any member of the Chapter, -also of the T. 111. Grant!
Master H. J. Seymour, No. 152 Canal street
ggT Copestone □, No. 641, F. and A. M>,
will hold its
ON JULY 19, 1869,
Commencing at 10 o’clock A. M.
Tickets 50 cents, admitting Gentleman and Ladies.
' Chairman of Committee.
Second Annua! Excursion and Pic-nic
12,1869, in aid of the Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund of the
Lodge. The steamer Zittamer and barge Walter Sands
have been engaged. The steamer will call aft Hamilton
avenue Ferry at BA. Al., leave Fulton Ferry. Brooklyn,
at 9A. M., calling at Spring street, N. Y., at 10 A. Al.
Tickets $1 each, admitting gentleman and lady. Extra
lady’s ticket, 50 cents.
If the weather is unfavorable the Pic-nic will be post
poned, and due notice given.
g®” The members of Yew Tree □, No.
461, are hereby summoned to attend the next regular
communication of the lodge, July 13th. Business of im
portance to be brought before the lodge. By order.
_J. C. Cabble, Sec.THOS. C. STOCKES, M._
fjF Constitution Chapter, No. 330, R.A.JI.
—The companions are hereby summoned to meet at the
Chapter room, cor. Grand and Centro streets, on Afon
day, July 12th, at 1 o’clock P. AL, for the purpose of at
tending the funeral of our lato Comp. George Russ. The
companions of Corinthian, and sister chapter?, are re
spectfully invited. H. C. PARKE, Acting H. P.
E. T. Mahon, Sec.
Constitution □, No. 241, F. and A. M.
—The members are heteby summoned to attend a Spe
cial Communication at the rooms. Booth’s Buiding,
corner of Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue, on
Alonday, July 12th, at 1 o’clock, P. AL. for the purpose o£
attending the funeral of our late brother, George Russ.
G. W. WYCKOFF, Acting H. P.
H. C. Parke, Secretary.
gST Decker & Brother, manufacturers of
the full Iron Plate Pianofortes, with Agraffe arrange-,
One block east from Broadway, New York.
Established 1854.
N. B.—We do not advertise any patent HUMBUGS for
the purpose of blinding the Public; neither have we any
connection with any house of the same name
at a more recent date.
Liberal discount to Clergymen and the Profession.
For sale at No. 62 Bleecker st., and at no other place in
the city.[
Boek & Kelleher,
No. 354 BOWERY,
Between Great Jones and Fourth streets.
New York.
fgF Wood & Waring,
No. 9$ BOWERY.
(Between Grand and Hester strests),
An extensive assortment of
for Men and Boys.
made to order. Also,
Chatterton & Williams, Manufacture
ers, No. 121 WEST BROADWAY, New York, inform
their numerous friends and patrons that they are pre
pared to furnish an improved pattern of MASONIO
COLUMNS: also,
at a less cost than can be procured at any other estab*
lishment. - *
TION ORNAMENTS, for the interior and exterior deq*.
oration of buildings, promptly attended to.
Samuel R. Kirkham,
Three doors above Spring st., New York,
Keeps constantly on hand a large assortment of
fgT American Mascnic Agency,
on hand and manufactured to order, for *
No. 434 BROADWAY, Corner of Howard street,
New Yokk
Connected with these Press-Rooms there is a large
kept for the convenience of those having Pressworlj
done at No. 11 Frankfort street.
Forms (from any part of the city) brought to the Preset
rooms and returned without charge to oust .mere.

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