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i Sunday Edition. January 8.
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To Masonic Advertisers. Adver
> tisements to appear under the Masonic heading must
be handed in before six o’clock on Saturday evening,
as th© rapid increase oi the circulation oi the Des
patch compels us to put the page on which the Ma
sonic matter appears to press at a much earlier hour
than heretofore.
H. W. JGEii W. SIMOSS. P. G. H., Editor.
R EJF OHM.
FROM A POEM BY JAMES DUKE,
Being of God, the everlasting good,
The rock on which Freemasonry withstood
The test of time, and blind fanatics’ storm,
And modern thirst for penny-wise reform.
God, the Grand Master, wields supreme control,
And deigns to bless the true Masonic soul,
Imparting to his breast a sense of right
Who seeks in faith the everlasting light.
I would suggest to those who plead reform,
Masonic truth has one established form;
Our ancient laws will not with change agree—
Reformed, it would no more be Masonry.
A Good Beginning.
The excitement attendant upon the process of se
lecting the office-bearers of lodges for the current
year is now over, and in most, if not all, cases they
are quietly in possession of their stations and in the
discharge of duty.
Of the six hundred and odd brethren now presid
ing in our lodges there are a great many who wield
the gavel of command for the first time, and who
look forward with some anxiety to the path before
them, with not a little trepidation lest some unfore
seen and unexpected accident should occur to make
the sailing anything but plain. The same thoughts
and anxieties will occur to the thousands of Ward
ens, and other officers, or at least to such of them as
have accepted their positions as imposing duties as
well as conferring honors, and these, let us hope, for
the honor of Masonry and the credit of the brethren
themselves, are largely in the majority. In the case
of Masters, Wardens, and subordinate officers, a
good beginning, a prefer understanding of the situa
tion, and a fraternal desire to do the right, and that
continually, is more than half the battle. It his oc
curred to us, therefore, that a few words of encour
agement and advice at this time might not be inap
propriate nor unacceptable.
The Master of a Masonic lodge is invested with
powers autocratical in their nature, and, so far as
the lodge is concerned, almost without bounds, and
yet it is not only possible, but absolutely required,
that these powers shall be exercised with a most
scrupulous regard for the rights of the governed as
well as the maintenance of that discipline which is
at once the pride and the safeguard of the fraternity.
It is not given to every man to comprehend this ap
parent contradiction, and to wield the authority
placed in his hands that his constituents shall clear
ly recognize the Master cognizant of the work to be
done, and unswervingly exact in requiring obedience
to the designs laid down by him, and, at the same
time, intuitively look to him as a friend and counsel
lor. Some Masters become, so to speak, intoxicated
with a sense of power, and forgetting everything
else in a determination to use it, enforce order at the
point of the bayonet, and exhibit all the phases of
petty tyranny, the maneuvers of ; persons clothed
with a little brief authority, and fearful lest their
lease should expire before they have fully exhibited
their capacity to rule. Others, again, never appear
to understand their own importance or the just pow
ers of the office with which they haVe bean invested,
and so drag through their term without any self-as
sertion and without any clear appreciation of the
powers of the office they represent but do not fill.
A just medium between these extremes should be
the aim of the brother who wishes to discharge his
duty with the spirit and the understanding, and
those only will be able to do so who will take the
trouble to measure the extent of their own know
ledge, imbue themselves with the spirit of the insti
tution, and by learning to govern themselves, at the
the same time arrive at th© art of governing others.
Human nature is aptly illustrated in the old saying
about leading a horse to the water; any one can do
it, but being there, the united strength of a hundred,
or, for the matter of that, a thousand men cannot
make him drink. A firm and yet discreet Master
will seek to lead his lodge in the correct line of duty
and always endeavor to avoid the exercise of a force
likely to engender opposition, and hence bad blood
and ill-feeling, and he will find his account in the
harmony and peace of the brethren, and in the sub
stantial progress of his lodge.
He will understand that it is his business to set th
craft at labor; to give them good and wholesome in
struction; and he will prepare himself for this pur
pose with a reason for his faith and a sure guide to
his actions, that he may neither exact labor where
none is due, nor yet fail to pay all the wages earned.
In knowledge he will endeavor to be what his official
title implies, while in power he will be as one who
holds the lighted match, but does not apply it to the
powder unless at the command of absolute necessity.
If he rise to the true level of his office, he will not
build wiser than he knows, and will find his high
est guerdon in being the “loving Master of a loving
lodge.”
The Wardens who wish to discharge the duties
which inhere to their stations, will not be satisfied
with simply being prepared to answer such questions
as may be asked them, but will understand that oc
casion arising, they are to assume the East, and that
therefore they should be unremitting in their en
deavors to prepare for such an event, to the end that
being called, they may answer with credit to them
selves and without detriment to the interests of the
lodge. As the name of the office implies, they are
overseers of Lie work, and should therefore be com
petent to judge of the labor being performed under
their inspection. Being conscientious, they will not,
as is sometimes done, regard the station as one that
must be filled ex necessitate, and therefore one of
mere routine, but rather esteem it an opportunity
afforded them to make suitable preparation for the
more responsible station to which they are justified
in looking, when, by careful discharge’of their appro
priate functions, they shall have convinced the breth
ren that preferment ought to follow their labor. In
the various matters of business coming before the
lodge or requiring attention during recess, they are
of right the natural counsellors of the Master, and
there should always exist between that officer and
his Wardens a cordial understanding and a disposi
tion to advise with each other, to the end of magni
fying the trust committed to their keeping.
Of the Treasurer, nothing need here be said beyond
a reference to the many worthy brethren who for
years have, by their faithful attention to duty, com
manded as well as merited the esteem and confidence
of the brethren. The new beginner need not go far
to find such a pattern, and, having found him, let it
be his endeavor to follow the path he will at the same
time discover.
To the Secretary we can hardly give a better text
for his government than h© will find in Sec. 82, of the
Constitution; but we may add that neatness and sys
tem are quite as important as any other qualification.
No Secretary will allow his final record to be soiled
with blots, interlineations or erasures. He will avpid
useless repetitions, and endeavor to use clear and
forcible language in recording the acts of the lodge.
All Secretaries do not write copper-plate hands, but
even ordinary writing can be made clear and easily
legible if the writer will take pains to make it so.
Flourishes and ornamentations should form no part
of the book of records, which is the history of the
lodge, appealing for approval by its correctness
rather than by graceful chirography, which is as
much out of place in a minute-book as it would be in
a merchant’s ledger. Make it a rule to receive no
money without giving a receipt and making an entry
on the spot, and in like manner be careful to pay
none without a voucher. Strive in all such matters
to be literally correct, and you can leave your books
when you go out of office, with the certainty of hav
ing merited the approbation of the brethren.
To the Deacons, while reminding them of the tra
ditional duties of the office, we would present as an
ever present necessity of their stations, the exercise
of that courtesy which costs so little, and yet which
goes so far in making intercourse with strangers
pleasant. We have already said many times what
will bear repeating many more, that among Ameri
cans, that independence of spirit which we learn in
our relations with the outer world, too frequently
marks all our actions, and keeps us from the doing
of acts of civility, which men of other nationalties
not being on all occasions permeated with the De
claration of Independence, find it proper to indulge
in. Put an American m the way of earning four dol
lars a week, and he will imagine himself at the head
of an establishment, and very cavalierly allow the
world to take cure of itself. The same spirit too
often appears in our social relations, and thus it is
that when a strange brother visits our lodges, we ap
pear to assume that, being admitted, he can take
care of himself. They generally can, or at all events
do, though there can be no doubt but that the doing
would be more pleasant if a little grain of courtesy
were mixed with it like sugar in lemonade. This'
pleasant duty falls especially to the share of the Dea
cons, and they should not let it grow rusty in their
hands for want of practice. Some men—we will not
say that any of them are at present Deacons—but
some men would appear the better almost anywhere
if courtesy were admitted among the liberal arts, and
they obliged to it.
The Masters of Ceremonies arc an anomaly in Ma
sonry, and the fact that the office exists, and is recog
l nized is a curious commentary on the axiom that
It is not in the power of any man or body of men
to make innovations in the body of Masonry.” it is
within the memory of men now living when the of
fice was not known, and it has undoubtedly grown
out of the changes which have takea place jn the |
ritual under the guidance of the never to be la
mented Webb et als. As it is, the brethren who hold
this office, are, as a part of their duties, the first to
come in contact with aspirants for a knowledge of
our mysteries, and they should especially see to it
that no light action or unconsidercd word on their
part be the means of creating an impression liable to
destroy the serious effect of the ceremonies.
The Stewards still retained in many lodges, carry
us back in imagination to the land from whence we
derive our title to Masonry. John Bull has always
had a liking for his dinner, and to this day he will
persist in believing that the nearest road to a man’s
heart runs through his stomach; and so in England
tho Stewards, grand and subordinate, are officers
who have something to do, and that frequently.
With us, however, the office is merely nominal, ex
cept on those rare occasions when lodges unbend for
a few moments, and recognize the fact that Masons
are men by seasons of refreshment. With our pres
ent method of doing business, their most onerous
duties are connected with the labor of wearing the
appropriate jewel of the office.]
Let us hope that the many brethren who now wear
the honors of official station, will constantly keep in
mind the corresponding weight of duty, and by earn
est and unselfish devotion prove not only the wis
dom of the brethren in selecting them, but their
own sense of right, and of the claims Masonry has
upon them as examples for their less favored breth
ren. As we have already said, a good beginning is
half the battle; being in the right path, the succes
ful issue of the remainder will depend upon a care
ful following of the straight road of duty to the end.
A Specimen Reformer.—That model
of modern reformers and peripetatic gas-bag, Findel
of the Bauhutte, whose self-sufficiency, like a dog’s
tail, curls up so tight, that his hind feet refuse to
touch th© ground, thus grandiloquently disposes of
American Masonry:
We should be satisfied with our labor in reviewing
Masonry in America could wo refer to anything new.
Except the increase in numbers, in comparison with
the increase in population in the United States, and
the enlargement of expenses, Masonry in America
is the same to-day as to-morrow, last year as well as
this, and likely to be so next year. Lodges grow,
entirely independent of their 'Grand Lodges, in
membership—for what purpose it is hard to tell. A
lodge once founded seems to have no other object
but “to make Masons.”
It is asserted that Frederic the Great, an eminent
Mason, when once asked what is Masonry, said,
“ a grand nothing.” Now, had he lived to-day, and
instead of having been King of Prussia had been a
citizen of the United States, he would have had
no. reason to change his views. It is supposed that
at present about one-half million of men belong
to the order, and that each of them pays about $5,
some ot them, probably, $lO, into the treasury per
annum. If we take a medium sum, it may not be
too much to say that about four millions of dollars
are expended, averaging about $lO for every mem
ber. Four millions, of course, are not so much as
the national debt; but, nevertheless'; it is a respect
able sum, and we ask, wna't advantages derives
humanity therefrom ? Is on 7 y ten per cene. thereof
expended for subsisting, clothing, or educating men,
women, or children ? What'benefit is it to the thirty
or forty millions living on the continent of America?
Our conservative brethren who laugh when we pro
nounce centralization the tumor of American
Masonry, may answer our questions, if they can.
Condescendingly, they might ask wiiat money
should be seat tor otuef purposes of humanity, to
outsiders." It may be justifiable to say that other
societies spend large sums, and ask what do they
gam by it? But this is dpubtfuL We are of the
opinion that among American Christians no more ex
pensive association exists which annually uses so
much money for its own benefit, neglecting even its
own memoers, and not thinking of suffering hu
manity.
it is a fact, and should never be lost sight of, that,
wlule every association of any pretension has some
object, m view' for which Ihey work and pay, Masonry
in America has no aim or object. No crevice is filled,
no demand is responded to, no lone place is turned
into a garden, no flower caused to spring up in the
desert of this wond. T.,e entire thing has only
a negative nature, and, to speak with Frederic the
Great, is nothing more nor less than a “ a grand
nothing.”
In the course of time, several Grand Lodges have
begun to build 4 • Temples.” Some of them already
begun; others about to begin, if the necessary
“ wherewith” can be raised. If the finish it is not
their concern. All Grand Lodges bold annual com
munication. Is such closed, and the printed records
in the hands oi the readers, so may the book be
turned, leaf by leaf, from beginning to end, and not
a single deed is found worthy of record. The trans
actions ot all Grand Lodges ior 1868-69, from th©
one at New York, the most expensive, to the one at
Idaho, there is not a sublime thought, not a grand
idea, not a single noble deed, which even an inferior
mind would bo capable of entertaining or executing.
This is Masonry in the nineteenth century in Ame
rica.
In order to appreciate the richness of the forego,
ing, it should be remembered that its writer is the
author of a history of Masonry, who is constantly
paraded before us as one specially sent, born, so to
speak, in the purple of ample and extended knowl
edge, to dazzle the world with his appreciation of
Masonry; the only man, in fact, who has ever ar
rived at the facts of the case, or been able to write a
history worthy the attention of philosophical minds.
The facts in the foregoing are a fair sample of Fin
del’s erudition, and, at the same time, of his absolute
ignorance of the subject on which he writes. Hide
your diminished heads, O! Masons of America.
Stop the meetings of your Grand Lodges, and cease
the publication of your transactions, for the auto
crat of Masonic literature has spoken. He has
judged you at a glance, has written “bosh” across
your foreheads, and it becomes you to fall in your
native dust and acknowledge the superior wisdom
of your boss. The fact that you know your own
business, and are not under bonds to go to Leipzig
for instructions how to transact- it, wi‘l avail you
nothing—the Gyascuticus has elevated his horn, and
you must keep still. The fact that you have raised
and given away more money every year in deeds of
pure beneficence than all the Grand Lodges of this
Truthful James ever owned—that you have raised
and contribuiea in this State alone half a million as
the beginning of an endowment for the widow and
fatherless; that your lafch-strings are always out,
and the board ever spread, that no one who is hun
gry or thirsty, or wounded or naked, may go away
without being cared for—goes for nothing. Findel
has blown the hugag, and silence, as of right, per
vades the temple. But mark you, men and breth
ren, this is the style of the Masonic reformer; this is
the manner of man who is going to set you right—
reform all your antiquated notions—explode all your
cherished theories—teach you Masonry, in short.
Are you anxious to learn this new dispensation ?
Do you want to bo hitched to the modern car of
progress ? Do you want to tear down and cast aside
the materials of the walls you and your fathers have
so patiently erected ? Do you feel as if the oid house
ought to be deserted and the furniture carted into
the domain of this peerless dispenser of second
hand wisdom ? If, on so serious a subject, we might
be indulged in the slightest degree of levity, we
should say, in the words oi Mrs. Gamp, “ Which it
is not.”
Whether Masonry has an object or not, whether
the transactions of our Grand Bodies contain any
sublime thoughts, or any thoughts at all, this per
son is not competent to judge, seeing that all he
knows of one or reads of the other is retailed out to
him by parties on this side of the water interested
in misrepresenting us. Consider how slender is the
capital of this reformer, and yet he is at the head of
the list of those who are going to set before us the
shining light of reform. Figs 1
The Brooklyn Call.—We again re
mind our readers that tho first of a series of enter
tainments, given by the craft in Brooklyn to increase
the Hall and Asylum Fund, will take place on Tues
day evening next, on which occasion, Rev. C. Dewitt
Talmage will deliver his lecture, entitled “ Rocks on
which we Split,” at th© New Brooklyn Tabernacle.
The price of tickets is merely nominal, and yet—the
large building in question filled—there will result a
handsom© sum to the Fund. We hope to meet a
large delegation of the brethren, and speak for a
front seat.
Continental Lodge, No. 287, had a
public installation of officers on the 4th inst., which
was a very gratifying success. The room was filled
to its utmost extent by an intelligent and apprecia
tive audience, a laicge proportion being, as usual on
such occasions, ladies. R. W. Elwood E. Thorne,
D. D. G. M.» installed the officers, W. Bro. Herman
G. Carter pronounced a deeply interesting lecture on
“Lebanon,” and the whole was interspersed with
good music. We cannot too cordially express our
approval cf such festivities. They leave a pleasant
impression on the minds of the profane, unite the
brethren more closely, and are beneficial in every
sense.
Kane Lodge, No. 454.—The annual
installation of officers of this prosperous lodge took
place at the stated meeting on Tuesday last, when
the room was crowded with members and visiting
brethren. R. W. Charles Roome, D. D. G. M., the
retiring Master, presided, and installed his success
or, W. Robt. H. Thomas, and the associate officers,
in his usual impressive manner, assisted by W.
Henry D. Walker, Master of No. 2. At the close of
labor, substantial refreshment was offered, and a
brief enjoyment of the good things, closed the even
ing’s labor.
“Masonic Trials.”—We are in
debted to the Masonic Publishing Company, Broome
street, for a copy of their latest’publication, which
bears the foregoing title, and is from the pen of H.
M. Look, of Michigan. The paper, typography, and
general mechanical execution, as in the case of all
tho issues oi this house, are first-rate. The contents
brethren will judge for themselves, on examina
tion.
The Masonic Tidings commences a
new volume with the current number, and starts
the new year with flying colors. Its irrepressible
correspondent, “Slope Up,” is around, as usual,
and there is a mint of good reading in each issue.-
Every one should take it, and enjoy its pleasant com
panionship.
In Ample Form. —On Thursday
evening last the officers-elect of Independent Royal
Arch Lodge, No. 2, headed by the genial and court
eous Henry D. Walker, were installed in ample form
by M. W. John H. Anthon, Grand Master. R. W.
Charles Roome acted as Grand Marshal, and a volun
teer quartette, under direction of Bro. E. Mills,
organist of the lodge, relieved the ceremony by
choice selections of music.
After the usual proclamation, the Grand Master,
addressing W. Charles A. Budd, who retires after
four years’ faithful service, presented him, in behalf
of the brethren, with' a series oi resolutions, hand
somely engrossed and bound in an album, the lodge
Past Master’s jewel, which is of silver, but exquisite
ly wrought and ornamented, and finally, with a Jules
Jergensen chronometer and establishment. Th©
speeches on the occasion were very noteworthy, not
because one of them was mad© by the Grand Master,
but because there was no attempt at oratorical dis
play, but only the simple, heartfelt words that rise
to the Ups when warm friends and brethren com
mune. The organist, who, for many years past, has
very faithfully and efficiently served the lodge, was
made the recipient of a gold jewel in the form of a
lyre, a few considerate words from Bro. Anthon ac
companying the gift, and evoking a suitable reply.
A splendid collation awaited the brethren at the
close of labor, our share of which we were regretfully ,
obliged to forego on account of the lateness of the
hour. We do not, however, entertain any doubt but
that it Was enjoyed by those who could remain, and
that it helped to wreathe a pleasant memory around
the installation night.
At a regular communication of
Neptune Lodge, No. 817, held on the evening of Dec.
23d, 1870, at their room, Irving Building, the follow
ing named brethren were elected officers for the en
suing year: Master, Frederick Gugel, Jr.; Senior
Warden, Joseph Kaiser; Junior Warden, John R.
Knox; Treasurer, William D. Bigelow; Secretary,
John Nixon; Senior Deacon, Hugh P. O’Neil; Junior
Deacon, James Dudgeon; Tiler, David Knott; after
which the officers were duly installed by R. W. Bro.
Banks, assisted by W. Bro. Martin England as Mar
shal; after which they adjourned to the ante-rooms
and enjoyed a bounteous repast. There were pres
ent R. W. Bro. Boyd, W. Bros. Davis, Thurber, How
ard, Keys, Corgan, and numerous visiting brethren.
Doric Lodge, No. 280.—The annual
reunion of this harmonious and prosperous lodge
came off on the sth inst., at the Teutonia Assembly
Rooms, and was, as usual, a very successful and
pleasant affair. The committee meeting, which
always illuminates these gatherings, was extremely
genial, and well attended. Among the guests, we
noticed Grand Secretary Austin, F. W. Herring, R.
G. Millard, the representative of Mount Moriah
Lodge, Philadelphia, Bro. E. J. Hinckon, of the Phil
adelphia Sunday Dispatch, and W. Bro.
Hopkins presided acceptably, jolly old Harry Bremer
led the choir with more than his usual enthusiasm,
and the retiring Master, W. Bro. Schafer, looked
after everybody, and materially assisted in promot
ing the general comfort.
Office of Grand High Priest, New
York, Jan. 5, 1871.—Notice is hereby given that the
order of High Priesthood will be conferred on High
Priests elect, and Past High Priests entitled to re
ceive it, ou Thursday evening, 19th inst., at the
rooms of Mount Zion Chapter, No. 231, corner of
Bleeckcr and Morton streets. High Priests will need
a certificate of election. AU Present and Past High
Priests are cordially invited to be present.
John W. Simons, G. H. P.
Star of Bethlehem Lodge, No. 322,
will hold their third annual ball on Tuesday evening
next, at Brooklyn Hall, Myrtle avenue, near Fulton
street. All Brooklyn and the /est of mankind will
be there. We wish them a happy time.
Amity Lodge Association have an
annual reception, at Apollo Hall, on the 17th inst.
They will accept our thanks for a very cordial invita
tion to be present.
Hudson River Lodge, No. 607, at
Newburgh, had a grand demonstration at their pub
lic installation last week. The hall was crowded
with the lady friends of the brethren, and the occa
sion was honored by the presence of a large number
of visiting brethren of distinction, among whom may
b© named M. W. Richard Vaux, P. G. M. of Pennsyl
vania, who conducted the ceremonies of installation in
a most impressive manner, assisted by R. W. A. E.
Sufferns, as Grand Marshal. At the close of the
ceremonies, M. W. Bro. Vaux delivered one of his
brilliant extempore addresses, in the course of which
he explained to the ladies the difference between a
rose leaf and a snow flake, and their relation to the
hidden secrets of Masonry. A splendid banquet fol
lowed, at which a number of excellent addresses
were made, and a delegation from Mozart Lodge
furnished some exquisite music.
We select the sixth regular toast and its response
as a sample of the whole:
VI. Freemasonry— The relation it to Chris
tianity and to Society. Response by Rev/ Br. H. H.
Birkins.
In responding to the sixth regular toast, Rev. Bro.
Birkins spoke as follows: I am very much pleased
with the sentiment of the toast assigned to me. I
think it is not an assumption merely that Masonry
does bear important relations to society. Social life,
cither in its stern, practical aspects, or in its highest
forms of refinement, ciaims no richer contributions,
either oi heart or intellect, than those furnished by
the Masonic fraternity. The loneliness-of many a
heart and home is banished before the beautiful un
ioldings of its “faith, hope and charity.” It I mis
take not, the very genius of society pervades all its
movements. If I ask, where does it fiud its mem
bers, I seem to hear the response coming something
like thia: It takes them from social circles, leads
them to th© doors of its mystical temples, guides
them safely through a well-appointed course of
friendship, introduces them to the mysteries of the
fellow-craft’s position, raises them to the sublime
degree of Master Mason, and then, after receiving
them upon th© customary points of fellowship, sends
them out from the precincts of its sacred temple
more profoundly impressed than ever with the value
of social obligations. I hesitate not to say, here or
elsewhere, that if every man in the universe would
become a true Mason, society would thrill at once
with loftier impulses, and would at once exhibit
greater purity and power.
But I am reminded by the language of the toast
assigned me that Free Masonry sustains important
relations to Cnristianlty. Here may I just say that
no idea is more erroneous than the popular impres
sion that Masonry is actually substituted for Chris
tianity. The distinction between the two is nowhere
more clearly and rigidly preserved than in the well
instructed Masonic mind. Masonry never yet pro
fessed to be Christianity. It is altogether too wise
and nonest to profess to be what it is not. And yet
the gentle,, loving spirit of true religion flows through
all its beautiful forms, and glows in all its nobl© ac
tivities. Th© one does- not antagonize the other;
both stand upon the eternal principles of truth, and
form together the grandest refining and elevating
forces in the universe. No Christian conscience need
shrink back from a single article in the Masonic
creed. If the elements of Christianity are eternal,
then Masonry, imbued with these divine principles,
shall live to unify and bless our humanity. I say
here, and I doubt not I only utter a sentiment prom
inent in the minds of my Masonic brethren From
every high uplifted tower let Christianity wave its
old triumphant banners; but just beneath them let
the beautiful emblems of our Masonic faith blaze on
in all their glory. [Applause].
The Funeral Bell.—We are in
debted for the following beautiful tribute, as we are
also for the quotation from the Bahutta, in another
article, to the Evergreen, the closing number of
which, under its present editor, is one of the very
best h© has ever issued:
Some months since—it was not many—in a certain
city, one day, as we passed along, jostled and being
jostled by the eager devotees ot trade, suddenly there
rang through the monotonous hum of business tho
touching baritone of a remote funeral bell, slowly,
solemnly, and warningly came to our ear the melan
choly complaining of that sublime piece of mechan
ism, which, in the words of Schiller,
Swings aloft, the thunder’s neighbor.
And borders on the world of light.
It has been truthfully said that there is no solitude
so profound as that which surrounds a stranger in a
great city. In that solitude, one’s soul is peculiarly
receptive to those impressions which lead it away
from the living, material present to the afar and im
material unknown. Hence, as the mournful and
even tolling of the “ Passing Bell” struck upon our
charmed ear, we involuntarily paused to listen and
to count the strokes, yielding ourself fully to the in
fluences they begot. Anon, impelled by an impulse
we did not seek to disobey, we turned and followed
the sound to a rare old architectural pile of brick
and mortar. As we came in sight of the church, a
long procession of Masons, cla£ in funeral costume,
and following a coffined hearse, passed into the open
portal. Hat in hand, reverently we followed, and in
the pauses of the solemn ceremonial, whose impr,ess
iveness was deepened and adorned by occasional
wailing interludes from a melodious organ, we had,
from oue of the sad-laced craftsmen, the history of a
series of noble Masonic acts, of which the one then
transpiring was the last and chiefcst. It was a story
ot a brother who was tried and true. From affluence,
a sudden turn of fortune s wheel hurled him into the
deepest depths ot Poverty’s “Slough of Despond.”
sickness, long and painful, followed. High-spirited,
and loth to acquaint his fe'lowa with the strait in
which he was placed, his family and himself strove
to make headway against a *• sea of troubles;” but
all In vain. A Masonic Good Samaritan, who had
known the deceased in happier times, in another
city—for the city in which he died had not long been
his home —sought him out, and soou became ap
prised of the necessities of the sorrowing ones. True
to the teachings of Masonry, the faithful brethren of
tae nearest lodge, at once the case became known to
them, adopted the sick man and his family as their
own. With unwearied patience and marked liber
ality, they cared for the dying and the living, and
when the supreme hour came, Mason hands rever
ently arrayed the dead brother in the habiliments of
the grave, and then, in due time, Mason hands bore
his remains to the last sad place appointed for all
the living—all their acts being marked with the ten
derest sympathy. They did not rest hore; for we
were told that they had amply provided for the wid
ow and orphans, and soon would send them back to
the honje and friends they had left but a little while
before, in the hope of retrieving their fortunes.
Coming away from that solemn scene, we blessed
God for such an order, and we learned to entertain
a deeper regard for the noble Masons of that city
where episodes of such a character are not unite
quent. We honor them all the more that even in
the case of a stranger craftsman they did not forget
to keep up the old-time custom, which has sadly fall
en into disuse, of marking the journey of the corpse
to the equal grave by the solemn and suggestive toll
ing of the 44 Passing Bell.” We do not rightly, else,
bury our beloved deed from sight.
NEW YORK DISPATCH.
Questions—Thoughts—ldeas*
Under this caption we shall, hereafter, in order to
economize space, and prevent, as far as possible, disap
pointment to correspondents.''insert questions on Ma
sonic law, and other matters that may oesent us, ns well
as suggestions, brief excerpts, etc., and we take occasion
to invite a free correspondence on all subjects of in
terest to the craft, requesting that, to insure prompt at
tention, they be sent to us on or before Thursday oi each
week.
Student.—l see that in your last paper you again
repeat a decision which I contend is wrong. For my
authority I will quote from Woodruff’s Cod© and
from Transactions of th© Grand Lodge, Jun© 7, 1870:
Ist. Woodrafi’s Code, page 117—“ Relative to Sum
mons,” That the Master may in person summon the
members of the lodge verbally; but when served by
a third person, a summons must be iu writing, and
signed by the Master, or by the Secretary, attested
by the seal of the lodge, pages 26 and 164—1864. 2d.
June 7, 1870, The Committee on Constitution and
By-laws, page 208, render a report (three resolutions)
which was received and recommendations adopted.
The first of these resolutions is as follows:
Resolved, That it is an edict of this Grand Lodge
“ That no document shall be considered a summons,
unless signed either by printing or writing thereon
the signature of the Master and the Secretary of the
lodge t o issuing it, with the seal also of such lodge
attached.” This resolution being adopted, I hold,
supersedes that of 1864, and if I am correct, then
your decision is wrong. How about that ?
Answer.—lf Student will read the report on page
208, with care, he will find that the subject passed on
by the Grand Lodge was that contained in the third
resolution, which ia, that failure to comply with a
summons does not justify the suspension without
further proceedings. The matter of the two first
resolutions was only quoted incidentally, and formed
no part of the decision. The resolution of 1864*
therefore, stands good.
Kbyhole.—Suppose that a person is proposed,
elected, and initiated in a lodge in Pennsylvania;
before advancing any further, he removes to New
York, where he remains some three years; he then
applies to a lodge in New York for tho remaining de
grees; the New York lodge asks and obtains consent
of the Pennsylvania lodge, and then i)roceeds to bal
lot, which results in a rejection. Can tne candidate
now return to the Pennsylvania lodge and obtain the
remaining degrees ?
Answer. —No. When the candidate obtained a resi
dence in New York, the Pennsylvania lodge lost ter
ritorial jurisdiction over him; and when it gave con
sent to the advancement, it waived personal jurisdic
tion, and placed the candidate altogether in the
hands of the New York lodge. If now the candidate
should move back to his former Pennsylvania resi.
dence, and remain there long enough to become a
citizen and voter, or, in other words, to have acquired
a legal residence there, he could'not be passed and
raised Without the consent of the New York lodge,
which now holds the jurisdiction previously vested
in Pennsylvania, but waived by that act of giving
consent.
Paul.—Charges having been preferred in a lodge
against a brother whose conduct he 3 provoked a de
gree ot enmity which leads many of the members to
believe that an unbiased decision will be a matter of
great difficulty, would it be lawful to pass a resolu
tion inviting some other lodge to try the case, apd by
putting it thus into their hands, demonstrate our
wish to give the accused a fair chance ?
Answer. —No. Jurisdiction in case of trial is not
thus lightly to be disposed of, The accused is iu
possession of all his rights, among which is the
right to be tried by his own lodge for an offense com
mitted within its jurisdiction. Unless he concur in
the change he would be forcibly deprived of a Ma
sonic right without trial, which can never be. If,
however, Le were willing to be tried elsewhere—as
under the circumstances stated we might suppose he
would be—then the case would have to be placed in
the hands of the District Deputy, who would appoint
a commission to try it.
Carlicues.—Will you please inform me 'whether,
at the election of the officers of a lodge, the Master
elect, having informed the members and visiting
brethren that a supper is prepared for them at a cer
tain place, they, the said members and visiting breth
ren, are in duty bound to pay two dollars each? ,The
above actually look place in Lodge, No. —.
Answer.— Unless it was distinctly announced, in
advance, that each brother would be expected to pay
his shot, we are of opinion that participants would
be entitled to consider it a free lunch, and refuse
payment accordingly. We judge, however, that
there must have been some understanding in ad
vance, or else the brethren would not have paid
without enthusing the atmosphere by protesting.
W. J. M.—The Hague street explosion occurred
February 4, 1850. Seventy-five persons were killed.
Reason, firing up a steam-boiler without any water
in it. The party in question is very sick,
Dogberry. —We should think Rochelle salts
might do.
Sound Doctrine.—We have been
favored with a copy of the annual address delivered
before King Solomon’s Primitive Lodge, No. 91, Troy,
by R. W. Jesee B. Anthony, and commend the fol
lowing extracts as worthy of acceptation:
COMMITTEES OF INVESTIGATION.
You will pardon my calling your attention to this
subject. It is owing to the dereliction oi duty on the
part of these committees, that lodges oftentimes re
ceive candidates, that never ought to be allowed to
enter even the vestibule of our Masonic Temple,
much less the porch and sanctum-sanctorum.
It is owing to their neglect oi duty that almost all
the complaints arise from invasion of jurisdictional
rights between subordinate and Grand Lodges.
Every year do we find instances of the most annoy
ing character, and I am glad that during the past
year the committee in this State have been held to a
strict accountability, and made to suffer for any ne
glect.
It is one of the most important Masonic duties, for
it is to the committee that the majority of the mem
bers look as to how to vote. To them we look for a
report as to the candidates* fitness to come into the
lodge and also become one of the great Brotherhood
of Masons, and if their report is favorable, most of
the brethren, unless knowing the candidate person
ally, ballot accordingly. Brethren appointed on such
committees should discharge their duties faithfully,
thoroughly, and conscientiously. It should not be
the test that he is a good fellow, and nothing very
bad about him, but it .should be—will he add honor
to our institution ? Is he fit associate for the home
circle, as well as the lodge? Is he one whom we
would be proud to call' brother under any and all
eircumstauces? Is he moral and upright before
God, and ot good repute before the world ? These
are but a few of the requisite requirements, but in
ail, pur institution should be the gainer in its repu
tation, in return for the light that it gives the ini
tiate. z
You cannot be too particular. Every dollar te
ceived now from anyone who, from an unworthy
motive, joins the order, will cost you ten-fold in the
years to come; but greater yet will be the injury to
the fraternity. 1 trust that every brother who acts
on committees of investigation will adopt every
available means to find out (as to a candidate) before
initiation, and that the Masters m the years to come
will see that such committees bold to the regulations
adopted by you, of having a meeting between the
committee and the petitioner before any action
whatever is had. While I hold that regulation as of
great advantage, I would go still further, and wish
that the whole, lodge could have an opportunity of
seeing the candidate personally in our rooms before
acting on any petition. First impressions are gen
erally reliable and a good test. We are about to act
as to receiving him into our circle, and yet it seems
to me that we sometimes, in vulgar parlance, go it
blind
ON THE BALLOT.
In all organizations, on the question of accepting
new material, there are often cases of rejection.
The response is heard of not clear in the South,
West and' East, and the candidate cannot be re
ceived.
The cause of this rejection is often myterious and
unaccountable to some of the members, especially to
the brother recommending the petitioner. Very
often after a rejection we hear remarks as to the
cause, sometimes attributing it to a certain member.
Sometimes the feeling runs high, and causes trouble
in the lodge; and, in extreme cases, some brother
feeling himself particularly aggrieved by the rejec
tion of some friend, retaliates on some other petition
out of spite. In tact, I have known the entire work
of a lodge to be stopped from this very cause. Of
course, you do not need to be iaiormed that all such
practices are wrong and unmasonic.
The ballot for a candidate in a Masonic lodge is
unavoidably secret, and no brother has a right to
inquire how another voted; nor should any brother
avow how he voted. Suffer and allow inquiry to be
made and confession to be indulged in, and you lift
the vail of secrecy and destroy one of the great vital
elements’ of our existence, tor it has been well said,
“ that in the secrecy of the ballot is the only hope of
Masonry.” Let us endeavor by every means in our
power to preserve it in its purity, ever recollecting
that it is a duty the performance of which is as a se
cret between God and the individual brother, while
cases of rejection occur which seem hard, and pos
sibly some are wrong, yet oftentimes some brother
knows more of the candidate than you do, and con
scientiously deposits the black cube. I have known,
in my own limited experience, where time has
proved the correctness of a rejection, which at the
time it occurred was thought to have been done
through prejudice or spite. It is better to reject ten
good men than to receive one bad one.
The fact of the rejection of a candidate, or the re
port of the Investigating Committee, are also to be
made known only within the lodge, and no brother
should so far forget his first instructions, “to be
cautious over all his words and actions, especially
on the subject of Masonry, when in the presence of
its enemies,” as to make public anything which has
occurred oi a Masonic nature, within the tiled limits
of the lodge room. This is very often done through
carelessness, and a word of caution may not prove
amiss. Masonry is not for the accommodation of
tho profane; it is for the benefit of the master Ma
son, and we should be as closely tiled in making
outside remarks as the lodge is during symbolic
work. Being governed by this principle, then, all
Committees of Investigation could report in a con
scientious manner, which would be just as they
would bailot.
OBEDIENCE TO ASUMMONS.
From the neglect and carelessness in obeying a
summons, it really seems to me that some need in
structions as to their duty. You havg all taken a
solemn obligation to answer and obey all due signs
and regular summons, if within your power, and you
are afrmuch bound to obey a summons as you are to
keep any engagement that you have solemnly cove
nanted to do. It is a law of our jurisdiction, as also
one of the.elements of Masonic jurisprudence, that
a Mason who neglects to obey a summons can (and
should) be punished therefore.
In our lodge I have refrained from summoning un
less obliged to do so, as the common practice of issu
ing a summons on all occasions is one great reason
why they have got to be looked upon'lightly. In
obedience to a summons on the part oi the members
of this lodge, there has been a good attendance, but
still there are some who apparently pay no attention
whatever to the order. Such an evil must be cor
rected; if we are Masons, let us show that we respect
the order of which we are members, by complying
with its laws and regulations.
. WALL AND ASYLUM.
During the past Masonic year we have been called
on to resyond to a call of the M. W. Grand Master in
aid of the Hall and Asylum Fund. This lodge in an
swer to that appeal “did nobly,” being the banner
lodge, outside oi New York city, in the amount oi
contributions.
Id gathering the money together, I called to my
assistance a committee of ten, consisting of Wor
shipful Brothers Alexander B. King and George B.
Smith, and Bros. F. A. Andros, Charles W. Peoble,
C. H. Swartwout, Paul Albertson, H. Stowell, E. B.
Cox, P. Powers, and George Brock, and to them
I desire at this time to express my acknowledge
ments,. as well as to you, brethren, who have con
tributed, for by your liberality you have rendered
a pleasure, what is, at most times, an unpleasant
task.
In asking brethren to contribute, we found some
objectors (as you will in all good work), who refused
to give anything. Of course, this was a call for each
to settle in accordance with the dictates of his own
conscience—no compulsion on any one; and, as one
of the contributors, I am proud to have added my
mite, to have been permitted, on the Bth of June
last, to assist in laying the corner-stone of the new
Masonic temple—to have beheld that army of Ma
sons, 15,000 strong, marching onward in the cause of
charity and brotherly love—an event that comes but
once in a lifetime, and is an epoch in Masonic his
tory.
To build, the fraternity needs money, and some
will stand idly by and retuse to add of their abund
ance to the common good. But, brethren, when we
see the widow and the orphan adding their rings and
jewels; when vqj see the poor and needy coming for
ward after that ceremony, and laying their voluntary
contributions on that corner-stone, unseen by any
one but the Supreme Architect of the Universe, can
we any longer raise any petty questions as to its suc
cess ? I tell you, brethren, those offerings were as a
baptism, and sanctified the undertaking in the sight
of Him who reigneth over all.
IN CONCLUSION.
Expressing my acknowledgments to the officers
and members of my own lodge, it is but fitting that
I also say a word in regard to the Worshipful
Masters of our Sister Lodges. Three years ago,
Worshipful Brother Robert B. Ran ken, of Apollo
Lodge, Henry M. Heller, of Mount Zion Lodge, and
myself—were elected as Masters of the Masonic
Lodges here. Being new at the business, we have
endeavored to support one another. Together we
have labored as a unit; nothing has occurred to dis
turb the harmony or friendship that existed between
us; but instead, our friendship has grown with our
term of office—and, like a three-fold cord, I trust it
may never be broken. While the trio will now be
broken by the retirement of Worshipful Brother
Heller and myself, I can only hope that the coming
three may work as well together as we have done
during the past three years.
I lay down this gavel cheerfully and willingly, of
my own free will and accord: and let me entreat of
you that in your new choice you may act as seems
best for the welfare of our lodge. Above all, let no
unseemly strife of any position ever be indulged;
and whoever is the Master elect, let one and all give
him your continued support and countenance, for
from the experience of the past I can bear testimony
that he will need it. Having it, he wi:l be enabled
not only to do justice to himself, but also to you as
brethren, to you as a lodge, and to the Masonic
fraternity as an institution—the perpetuity of which
depends solely upon the wisdom and brotherly love
of its disciples. I would endeavor to
“Impress upon each Mason’s heart-
Let whatsoe’er befall,
To act, the true, fraternal part—
For we are Brothers, all.’’
Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 272.—0 n
Tuesday evening the officers of Mystic Tie Lodge
were duly installed by M. W. Bro. John H. Anthon.
R." W. Bro. J. H. Toone as Grand Marshal. A largo
number of visiting brethren were present. Among
the Past Masters in the East, we noticed B. W. Bro.
Walter S. Pinckney. During the evening, the Grand
Master delivered an eloquent address, reminding the
brethren of the duties they owed to the Lodge. The
address was listened to with profound attention,
and we trust that the wise suggestions and brotherly
advice given by the M. W. Bro. will not be forgotten,
but that the peace, prosperity, and usefulness of the
Lodge may in the future as in the past, grow.bright
er and brighter as the brethren, treasuring in thei r
hearts the words of the Grand Master, endeavor to
Jive up to the standard set before them.
W. Bro. Kent, the Master elect, on assuming the
gavel, returned his thanks to the. Lodge for the hon
or conferred, in a neat speech, at the same time re
minding the brethren of their duty to sustain him
in the position to which, by their voluntary suffrage,
they had elected him.
Crowded Out.—Our list of newly
elected officers and other interesting matters. They
will appear next week.
MASONIC DIRECTORY.
GRAMEBCY R. C. CHAPI’EB, No. 1, A. AND
P. R., of Memphis, meets firsthand third Friday of
every month at ho. 594 Broadway. Degrees worked
every Conclave.
W. H. VAN EVERY, 33d, M. W.
Wm. Johnston, Jr.. Archivist.
PRIMITIVE BOSE CBOIX CHAPTER, No. 5,
Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry, meet on second
and fourth Fridays, at Encampment Room, Odd Fel
lows’ Hall, cor. Grand and Centre streets. Decrees
exemplified every conclave.
• JOHN G. CORBY, M. W.
Wm. Scott, Archivist, Box 616, P. O.
COPESTONE CHAPTER, NO. 203, R. A. M.,
meets on the 2d and 4th MONDAY of every month at
No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street. Members of other
Chapters are cordially invited to be present.
LODGE OF STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 94,
F. andnA. M., meets on the second and fourth Tues
day evenings of each month, at sonic Hall, No. 275
Bleecker street. THO FARSON, M.
S. M. Undebhill, Sec.
MUNN LODGE, No. 190.—REGULAR COM
MUNICATION Ist and 3d Thursday of each month,
Masonic Temple, cor. Broome and Crosby streets.
JOHN F. SCHLICHTING. M.
Charles N. Ahlsteom. Sec’v
PACIFIC LODGE, No. 233, F. and A. M.,
meets on the first and third Thursday evenings of each
month, at the lodge rooms over Booth’s Theatre.
JOHN PULLMAN, M.
Horace Forbush, Sec
GLOBE LODGE, No. 588, F. and A. M.—
Regular communications on first and third Tuesdays
of each month, at No. 594 Broadway. The fraternity
are cordially invited to attend.
REGINALD T. HAZELL, M.
William King, Sec.
gg” Third Annual Ball
OF
STAR OF BETHLEHEM LODGE, No. 322,
F. AND A. M.,
BROOKLYN HALL,
MYRTLE AVENUE. NEAR COURT STREET,
ON TUESDAY EVENING, JAN. 10, 1871.
TICKETS. ONE DOLLAR,
Admitting Gentleman and Ladies.
The Members of Mystic Tie □, Ko.
272, are hereby summoned to attend’a special communi
cation to be held at the rooms, on Sunday, the Bth inst.,
atl o’clock, and attend the funeral of our late Brother,
Joseph Kush. Brothers of sister lodges are respectfully
invited to attend. By order,
ED. H. KENT, M.
Julius Fuld, Secretary.
Americus Lodge,
No. 535, F. AND A. M.
The members of this lodge are’notified to attend an
emergent communication at the lodge room,
On SUNDAY,
At Twelve O’clock, Noon,
for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late
brother,
MARK KENNEDY.
The fraternity are respectfully invited to participate.
Funeral services will be held in the lodge room, be
ginning at half-past twelve o’clock precisely.
By order of the M.
H* Olay Lantos, Seo.
££F The Sir Knights of
Palestine Commandery, No. 18,
Knights Templar,
are hereby commanded to assemble (in uniform) at the
Asylum, corner of Grand and Centre sts., on Sunday, at
twelve o’clock, noon, for the purpose of attending the
funeral of our late Sir Knight,
MARK KENNEDY.
Sir Knights of other Commanderies are respectfully
invited to participate with us.
By order of the Commander.
' •THOMAS S. CRUMP,’ Recorder.
Americus Chapter, No. 215, R. A. Hl*
THE COMPANIONS OF THIS CHAPTER
are hereby notified to attend
A SPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE CHAPTER
On SUNDAY,
At Twelve o’clock Noon,
for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late com
panion,
MARK KENNEDY.
By order.
GEORGE A. PHELAN, H. P.
H, Clay Lanius, Secretary,
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OF
CORINTHIAN LODGE, No. 488,
F. AND A. M.,
ON THURSDAY EVENING,
JANUARY 19, 1871.
AT LYRIC HALL,
SIXTH AVENUE, between 41st and 42d streets.
TICKETS, ONE DOLLAR.
To be had of the Members of the Lodge.
MUSIC BY O’BRIEN
E. LEECH, Chairman.
I. Pitt, Secretary.
W. Nicholls, Treasurer.
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A THRILLING SKETCH.
It was a most desolate spot. A curse seemed
to hang over it. It was where a deep railway
cutting terminated somewhat abruptly on the
fens. The railway—intended for communica
tion between two towns, which bore each other
that bitter hate existing, even in these more
enlightened days, in many adjacent towns with
conflicting rival interests, in England—had
never prospered, chiefly from causes arising
from these same jealousies. The directors,
composed mostly of denizens of these two
towns, and the neighboring landed aristocrats,
had quarreled furiously among themselves.
The affairs of the company had fallen into the
hands of the law. A stoppage came to all
traffic. For more than a year the railway had
been deserted, and there it lay, like a long dead
snake, festering in the corruption of its disso
lution. The shelving banks of the cutting
were covered with rank weeds ; landslips, here
and there, presented an aspect of jagged ruin.
The lines of rails below, encumbered at inter
vals with rubbish, looked like the moss-grown
vertebras of the defunct monster. The track of
the deserted railway across the fens, flat, mo
notonous. and wearisome to the eye as it might
be, was less painful, however, to the spectator,
than the shattered cutting to which it led. At
all events, dreary as were the fens, they looked
open and frank, and free from that strange
mystery of horror which hung over the mold
ering cutting. Pollard willows studded the
line, across the fens, at regular intervale. They
conveyed, it is true, the idea of a long line of
straggling pall-bearers at the railway’s funeral,
but they saddened, without giving that shud
dering feeling of strange fright which over
came the wanderers who might look down on
that weird, deserted hollow.
Two laborers, returning from their work at
nightlull were passing on the small viaduct
which crossed the cutting near its extremity,
and connected two country roads. They seemed
as terror-stricken as the country bumpkins or
dinarily show themselves when traversing a
churchyard in the mystery-fraught gloom of
night.
“ Yes,” said one, in a hollow whisper, point
ing at the shelving bank by the side of the
bridge, “that’s the very place, there, down the
cutting, where old Avonhurst fell, and was run
over by the train, the very last time it ran. He
was far gone in his cups, they say. Ah, well!
ah, well! the rich go as well as the poor.”
“Wliat’s that?” said the other, starting.
“It sounded like a groan. Come away, man ;
come away.”
“ It will be a bleak night,” said the first, lis
tening to the rising wind.
Both the men shook off the spell which seemed
to bind them, and traversed the viaduct with
quickened step. But they suddenly stopped
—one pointed—the other whispered hoarsely:
“What is it?”
Two figures, ghostly in the gloom, were
emerging from the mist, which lay on the road
before them. The men held their breath as
the figures approached.
“If it isn’t Squire Hinton and his daugh
ter 1” said one man, at last.
The other gave vent to a long breath of re
lief. The two figures drew nearer still. The
one was that of a tall, spare man, with grizzled
hair, enveloped in a long greatcoat; the other
was that of a fair, pale pale girl, shrouded in
a thick shawl from the chill of the late Autumn
evening.
The girl, turning to the gentleman, seized
his arm, and said, in anxious, frightened tones:
“ Come back, father 1 do come back! We
have gone far enough 1”
“No!” said Hinton, with resolution, his
whole expression changing, and with a cold
gray fire in his eyes. “No, Ada, it will come
to-night—l know it will come ; and I must see
itl I must defy it, and bid it go back to that
hell of horrors from which it proceeds. It is
coming, it is coming now!” cried the excited
man, pointing with outstretched hands, “the
Phantom Train is coming I”
In truth the driving mist, as it now ad
vanced rapidly under the influence of the
wind toward the cutting, gave a sort of
resemblance of a ghostly train. The dark
Sollard willows, as the mist rushed past them,
estowed the weird aspect of a long line of
railway carriages, and seemed themselves to
be moving onward with celerity. The
pale moon lighted up the' higher flakes of
mist with a strange gleam not Unlike the
fire from the engine. . The rising wind now
soughed like the rumble of a railway
train, now shrieked like an unearthly
whistle. The vision rushed on and on, nearer
and nearer, with fitful rapidity. An eccentric
and distorted imagination might well realize,
in that strange sight, a Phantom Train.
The old man stretched forth his arms, as if
to defy and conjure back the spectral form;
but it passed on and on, driving nearer and
nearer to the cutting. It rushed impetuously
into the hollow, increasing in the narrow space
in thickness of material form and fierce in
tensity.
•‘Back, back!” cried Hinton, frantically. It
still passed on. ‘‘Hark! did you not hear
that shriek I” he howled again ; and then, sud
denly coilapsing from the wild energy of his
manner, he crouched behind the parapet of the
viaduct. “It is done—it is done now!” lie
groaned and fell back senseless. The af
frighted daughter, who had hidden her face in
her hands during the passage of the Phantom
Train, had started up at the yell of her half
maddened father. She now knelt by his side,
chafing his hands and his cold, sweat-bedewed
forehead, and breathing her sweet breath on
his 'deathlike face.
******
Squire Hinton sat in an arm-chair by the
open window, reading his paper.
. A servant entered. A young gentleman had
called, he said, and. wished to see the Squire.
He handed a card to his master on a salver.
The old man started then as with a spasm, and
suddenly grew deadly pale. But the effect was
momentary. He banded the card to his daugh
ter, who read, “Lieutenant Avonhurst. 11. N.”
“Arthur Avonhurst,” she said, with a look
of pleasure. “ His ship, then, has returned at
last.”
“I will see him,”said Mr. Hinton, composed
ly, and the servant left the room.
“Squire,” said Arthur, seating himself oppo
site Hinton at the window. “My first visit
since my sad return home has been to you.
You were my poor father’s dearest friend. He
was reported to have a decent fortune. I find
bis affairs in disorder. At his hanker’s he has
only a trifling sum. Nothing leads me to a
discovery of invested money. Can you not ex
plain all this, my dear old friend? Cannot
you, his next at heart after his son, help me
to unravel the mystery of his affairs?”
know nothing of the atjauritl’B aff&jjß,”
said Hinton, letting his words drop slowly from
his mouth.
“ That is strange 1” said Arthur, wondering
lyl thought you my father’s confidant in
“On matters of business he was silent even
to me,” answered the squire.
“Then the mystery of my father’s affairs
must remain still a mystery, I suppose ?” mur
mured Arihur Avonhurst, with a sigh.
After some conversation on other matters,
the young man rose to leave the house. Ha
pressed with warmth the hand of the squire,
which remained passive in his. and gave a ling
ering clasp to that of Ada. The faiT girl fol
lowed him to the door with her eyes, which
seemed not unwilling to dwell on his attractive
form. Then sho roused herself and went to
her father. To her terror, he was rigid—mo
tionless ; his face was ashy pale; his eyes were
closed, He had fainted in his chair.
*■**»•»
Lawyer Atkins sat in the private room of his
office, situated in the High etreet of the town
of Conisbury. Nibbs, the clerk, showed his
head, and asked whether his master would seo
Lieutenant Avonhurst.
“ Yes, yes, yes I by all means, yes 1”
As Arthur Avonhurst entered, the lawyer
folded together his papers, and rose briskly to
receive him.
“ Glad to see you, sir; yes, yes, yes, glad to
see you ; good news—yes, good news,” he said,
smiiling.
“ Good news for me ?” asked Arthur Avon
burst, eagerly. <
“Well, well, not exactly—not exactly—but
for the public in general—yes, yes, yes, for the
public,” chuckled Lawyer Atkins. “Those
confounded railway affairs are settled at last
all my doing, sir; all my doing. A victory for
me—yes, yes, yes, a victory 1 They have even
fixed a day for the re-opening of the line—the
13th of November, sir—the 13th of Novemberl”
cud the little lawyer again scratched his pate
under the facile wig with renewed complacency,
and sat down with a triumphant air.
Questioned by Arthur as to his father’s af
fairs, Lawyer Atkins said :
"The Admiral, your poor father, was a
strange man—pardon me—yes, a strange man ;
kind-hearted to.,a fault, but obstinate, and in
clined to be choleric—yes, yes, yes—dused
choleric at times ; you won’t mind me, young
man, if I say so. He lent £20,1)00 on mortgage
—a large sum—an imprudent sum—yes, yes,
yes—confoundedly imprudent 1 I drew up the
mortgage deed for him. But he insisted on
the name of the morgagee being left in blank—
a matter of delicacy which I could but consider
out of place—yes, yes, yes—false delicacy—
false delicacy. His will was simple ; all had
been left to, you, his only son, his only child.”
“And that all?” interrupted the young man,
bitterly.
“Well! well! well! Yes. No account of
the manner in which his fortune had disap
peared—sad—yes, yes, yes—very sad.”
“I thought Mr.' Hinton, of Cranston, my
father’s most intimate friend, might havo
helped me in this emergency ; but he declared
his utter ignorance of my poor father’s affairs.
I see no necessity for concealing that I love
Ada Hinton. Before I last joined my ship
there seemed to be a tacit understanding be
tween our fathers that we should make a match
of it. This prospect was the hope—the joy of
my life. And 1 am sure Ada loved me. But
now all is changed. I am a pariah in the
house—looked on as an intrusive beggar, may
be. I can only attribute the change to Mr.
Hinton’s resolution not to give his daughter
to one whose prospects are so doubtful.”
“Possible! probable!” repeated Lawyer At
kins ; “ Abel Hinton, of Craiiston, is not above
worldly considerations, sir ; no, no, no, not
above worldly considerations—hollo I what are.
you doing here ?” he exclaimed, changing his
tone of complacent sententiousness to one of
peevish vexation.
“ What are doing here again?”
His eye had just fallen suddenly on the form
of an old woman who was leaning on the win
dow sill from tho street without.
“What do you want', you impudent woman ?
Yes, yes, yes, what do you want?, eavesdrop
ping here at the window of my sanctum 1 Go
away 1 I’ve given you your weekly allowance.
Go away! and don’t come here again till Mon
day. Go away! yes, yes, yes, go away!”
And, as the old woman did not stir, Lawyer
Atkins got up to shut the window pettishly.
“Didn’t you recognize her?” said the law
yer. “To be sure, she is much changed ; drink,
sir, drink I yes, yes, yes, drink's done it. Whv,
that’s old Mrs. Marsh, who was once Hinton’s
housekeeper. He bore with her long, but dis
missed her about a year or so ago for drunken
ness and a long series of peculations. A weekly
pension is paid her through my hands. But
she is a worthless old crone ; and she is an
awful'bother to me.”
After further conversation about his embar
rassed affairs, Lieut. Avonhurst left the office.
He turned out of the town to take the shortest
way across the fields to his solitary home, and
was so absorbed in conflicting thoughts of
Ada’s loving presence, and yet his determina
tion to leave the country forever, that he came
on the form of an old woman, who squatted by
by a stile, which he was about to cross, with a
start. He recognized at once the degraded old
housekeeper whom he had seen at the window
of the lawyer’s office, and was about topass
on, when she suddenly rose and confronted
him.
“ You shall hear me,” cried the ex-house
keeper, griping his arm with a resolute hand,
“you must hear me. 1 have waited long for
this; and it has come at last. You think your
father died by accident—he was murdered—
murdered by Abel Hinton.”
“ You are mad I” exclaimed the young man,
trying to shake her off.
“Not yet, Arthur Avonhurst, not yet; al
though the time may come. Abel Hmtbn bor
rowed money of your lather—some, enormous
sums—l don’t know what. Weary of long
broken promises, your father threatened him.
I heard them quarrel at their last meeting at
the Hall. I did not understand it all, but I
understood this much, as I listened at tho
half-opened door—that your father had Abel
Hinton in his power, ana might have beggar
ed him with a word. They had drank deeply a,t
their last meeting—ah, yes! there are people
who can drink, and nobody calls them ‘ drunk
ard!’ They left flic house together. Your fa
ther died that night, by an accident, it was
said. He fell near the railway bridge, and was
run over by the train. But who gave tiio blow
which made him fall ?—who ?”
“ What do you mean ?”
“I have seen—l have heard—l know,” cried
the old woman. “ Conscience takes droll
forms, it seems. Only tell .him of the Phan
tom Train.”
Arthur Avonhurst broke away from the ex
cited woman without another word, fully con
vinced that drink and ungratified malice com
bined haff made her mad.
»**»»»
It happened to be on the 13th of November
following, that Arthur Avonhurst determined
to leave bis desolate home, give up his pros
pects in the navy, and start for Australia, to
seek a new country and new fortunes. His de
parture was to take place on the morrow ; but
he was resolved to go over to Cranston Hall
that night, see Ada Hinton, if it were possible,
for the last time, and bid her farewell forever.
As Arthur Avonhurst approached the rail
way viaduct—which it was necessary for him
to cross in ordqr to roach Cranston Hall—his
heart beat heavily. It was on that spot his
father died.
To his surprise, as he reached the other ex
tremity of the bridge, he found the figures of
Abel Hinton and his daughter standing before
him. So spectral-like was the sudden appari
tion of the two, that he almost doubted the
evidence of his own eyes. Ada seemed to per
ceive him first, and as her eyes fell on him she
made a gesture of alarm, and shrinking back,
hid her face in her hands.
Wholly unprepared for the reception, the
young man stood motionless. A stifled groan
struck his ear. Abel Hinton was gazing on
him with staring eyes and fallen jaw.
“ You, too, here to warn me that it comes I”
gasped forth the old man, at last. “I have
long expected you, Bichard Ayonhurst, and
you are here! Too late—too late! You can
not terrify me now I This night I defy you and
your Phantom Train!”
“Good God! does he take me for my father ?”
murmured the young man. He attempted to
speak, but Abel Hinton raved on :
“Ha, ha! you cannot produce that paper
now, you cannot threaten me again, and wave
it in my face—it is mine now, and I defy you.”
Ada had seized her father by the arm, and
endeavored to drag him away ; but the old man
shook her off.
“Do not heed what he says,” said the poor
frightened girl to Arthur Avonhurst.
“Yes, I defy you, demons all!” shrieked tho
old man. “Hark! ’tis coming now—that
Phantom Train—’tie coming now! Look!
look!”
The semblance of a train was approaching
through the mist, along the fens, still weird
and spectre like in that strange ghostly Ight.
Steam from the engine seemed to float along
the air, and fire to be picked out by moonlight
gleams.
“ There I there! it comes—the Phantom
Train!” raved Abel Hinton still. “But it
shall come no more. I will deliver myself from
the accursed vision forever now. Back ! back!
I bid you disappearl”
With a yell the old man rnshed down the
slope of the cutting, on the spot where Rich
ard Avonhurst had fallen, and waved his arms
frantically against the coining vision.
“God of Heaven—'tis the real train!” cried
Arthur, with a cry of despair.
“Father!” screamed Ada, rushing toward
the cutting.
“ Too late!” shouted the young man, and
caught the poor girl in arms, on the very
brink.
The train rolled on impetuously. In a mo
ment Abel Hinton was a mangled corpse on
the spot where once another lay 1 Was tha
catastrophe the retribution of Heaven on tha
guilty head of Abel Hinton ? None could know
precisely; and the secret of Hinton of Crans
ton, if such there were, was buried in his grave.
The mortgage deed was found among the pa
pers in the strong box of the victim of his delu
sion. Arthur Avonhurst camo into tho pos
session of the sum once lent to his father’s
friend.
“ Your father’s brain was turned by distress
of mind,” said the young man to Ada, some
months afterward. “I cannot—will not—do
not believe him guilty of that deed. His solo
accuser—and who can credit the words of that
drunken, malicious, maddened woman ?—is no
more. Become my wife. Ada, and these crqtl
mtwa wiU eWM&mar I”
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