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Sunday Edition. July 2
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fl, W. Join W. SIMONS, P. C. fl., 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
x*AiCH compels us to put the page on which the Ma
sonic matter appears to press at a much earlier hour
than heretofore.
The Corner-Stone.
The notable Masonic event of tho past week,
find, for the matter of that, for the year to
oomo, has been the laying of the corner-stone
of the new capitol building at Albany, by tho
Grand Master, assisted by a very large repre
sentation of brethren from the various lodges
in the jurisdiction. Before proceeding to re
cord the event itself we desire to say a word or
two on the subject, in answer to various stric
tures of the press, which wo have thus far al
lowed to pass in silence because of tho under
stood wishes of Masonic authority, and because
Wo deemed it wise to say nothing until the
ceremony had been performed, and we should
be enabled to speak of an accomplished fact.
Several of the leading dailies have not only
expressed opinions adverse to the proposed
participation of the fraternity in the ceremony
of placing the corner-stone, but they have
given place to the communications of parties
who deemed this a fitting opportunity to ven
tilate their adverse opinions of the institution
generally; and the main ground of argument
has been that tho building, being the property
of the whole people of the State, there was no
reason why an association, representing only a
small minority of the said people, should be
allowed to take a prominent part in the pro
ceedings of the day.
In putting forth this ground of argument,
the writers of the many articles referred to
appear to have entirely overlooked the fact
that the Masonic fraternity, more than any
other institution known of men, represents the
people at large. Knowing no creed in religious
matters, no party in politics, none of the di
viding lines which separate men in the world,
it gathers within its fold, and promotes union,
peace and harmony among those who might
otherwise have remained at a perpetual dis
tance. Among its eighty thousand members
in this State are the immediate representatives
of every profession, calling and estate in the
realm ; among them are men of every known
religious preference, and of every possible
shade of political affinity. The bench, the
bar, the pulpit, and the rostrum ; the farmer,
tho mechanic, and the merchant; the wealthy
and tho poor; men of national fame and im
portance, and the hewers of wood and the
drawers of water, all alike find their repre
sentatives in tho ranks of the craft, and it is a
noticeable fact that the very men who, if they
had power equal to thoir will, would annihilate
every vestige of Masonry and its belongings,
nro united by the strong ties of a common sen
timent, religious or political, with other men,
who are devoted and zealous members of tho
fraternity. While, therefore, our opponents
represent extreme ideas upon certain topics,
they cannot, or, at least, very certainly do not,
represent the very general sentiment of the
community, for, if they did, we should long ago
have ceased to exist as an organization. On
the other hand, our society, by tho very nature
and terms of its formation, represents the
general community more fully than any other
merely human institution possibly can do.
Under our laws, the Governor of the State,
once elected and inaugurated in office, is the
official representative of all the people; but
everyone knows that there are infinitely more
persons who would, the opportunity being pre
sented, unite in voting him out of office, or
attempting to do so, than could be got
together in opposition to the society
Which seeks to unite men regardless
of the dividing influences to which they volun
tarily subject themselves. When, therefore,
the Grand Master of Masons in the State of
New York, in the performance of an act like
that of laying the corner-stone of a public edi
fice, speaks, he enunciates the approving sen
timent of more of the general community than
it is possible for any other single individual to
do. On this ground, we assume that tho more
public and general tho interest in any occasion
like that under discussion, the greater the
reason why the body having within itself the
largest representation of that sentiment should
be invited and expected to participate.
We pass by the fact that the men whose
names and deeds have been inscribed in the
highest place in our National and State his
tories have on similar occasions invested
themselves with the insignia of our brother
hood, and commemorated the beginning of
enterprises of great pith and moment, whose
currents have never since gone astray, nor
lost the name of action, as facts of which every
man may judge for himself, and prefer to rest
our case on the argument we have advanced,
and on that ground we feel certain that every
unprejudiced mind will be with us.
Among the lodges in this part of the State
desirous of responding to the invitation of tho
Grand Master, and of thus demonstating their
wish to assist him in all his official labors, was
Commonwealth, No. 409, of Brooklyn. Having
secured abundant accommodations on a special
steamer, for themselves and such as might be
Induced to accompany them, they sent us a
special and cordial invitation to bo their guest
—an invitation which we gladly accepted, and
for which wo take occasion hero to express
our renewed thanks.
Shortly after six o’clock on tho 23d inst., the
lodge, numbering something over one hundred
Master Masons, in uniform clothing, left the
lodge-room, and, preceded by the American
Brass Band of Brooklyn, took its way to the
steamer in waiting, which was soon on its way
up the river. Rooms having been speedily
assigned and a fine supper dispatched, the
brethren separated into groups for tho enjoy
ment usual to such occasions, among which
we may properly mention a first-class concert,
given by the band, tickets free. And we fur
ther take occasion to compliment the musi
cians, most of whom are Masons, upon their
spirit of self-sacrifice and accommodation,
which we know was largely appreciated. At a
reasonable hour quiet reignod, and the pil
grims betook themselves to rest to find them
selves next morning at Catskill, in the pres
ence of a rain storm that would do honor to
the tropics. At this point another lodge em
barked, and tho general opinion was that it
would clear up after breakfast, but it did not,
and we arrived at Albany amid a down-pour
that would put Niagara Falls to the blush.
Here we took leave of our hospitable enter
tainers, and we desire to thank R. W. Bro.
Fuller, W. Bro. Rowan, Bros. Jones, Read,
Barbare, and, in fact, all tho brethren, for a
degree of kindness which can only be com
pared to that displayed by a young man for a
pretty maiden—which wo are not, by consider
able.
At Albany extensive preparations had been
made for a display such as had never been
seen west of New York city ; and had the day
been fine, it would, doubtless, have exceeded
the expectations of the most sanguine; but
the ram continued without intermission, and
all hope of clearing off having been aban
doned, the procession was formed at
■shortly after midday, and proceeded to
tho ground. About ono thousand Templars
from various localities—Norwich, Utica, and
Troy, furnishing each about ono hundred and
fifty—were m attendance, but as they could
not well carry umbrellas, and the alternative
was a drenching to the very bones, they wisely
declined to parade. At the site of the building
the view was extremely curious. The vast
platform calculated for the occupancy of thou
sands, was tenantless, save by a stray police
man or so, or an occasional citizen who, by
deftly maneuvering his umbrella, succeeded in
keeping his hat dry. Then the Governor and
staff arrived and took their places under a
canopy about twice as large as an ordinary
parasol, and finally the brethren, preceded by
Temple Commandery. They opened to the
right and left, and the Grand Master, robed in
water-proof, but otherwise taking the full ben
efit of the storm, proceeded to his place, and
was speedily followed by the representatives
of the Grand Lodge. Amid a silence and de
corum rendered, if possible, more imposing by
bo tropical intensity of tho storm and tho
steady reverberation of the rain upon twenty
thousand umbrellas, the ceremony proceeded
with the same calm and dignity that would
have obtained had the day been aa fine as
could have been desired.
After the preliminary forms had been com
pleted, and the Governor had delivered hie
address, Hamilton Harris, Esq., of the Capitol
Commissioners, formally invited tho Grand
Master to lay tho corner-stone with the ancient
forms of tho Masonic institution, and received
the following exceedingly appropriate reply:
“From time immemorial it has been the cus
tom of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity
of Free and Accepted Masons to lay, when re
quested so to do, with their ancient forms, the
corner-stone of buildings erected for the wor
ship of God, for charitable objects, or for the
purposes of the administration of justice, and
free government, and of no other buildings.
“This corner-stone, therefore, we may lay
in accordance with onr law, and gladly do so,
testifying thereby our obedience to the law
and our desire to show publicly our respect for
the government under which we live.”
And then tho ceremony was carried forward
to the end without confusion, and with the ut
most dignity and propriety. We of course
sympathize with the authorities and the breth
ren in the disappointment of their hopes of a
brilliant display; but we feel, nevertheless,
that they have great cause for pride in the
general and generous response made to their
invitation, and the assurance they thus have
that had the day been fine, they would have
rejoiced over ono of the finest displays ever
seen in this country.
The Grand Marshal, Bro. Robert H. Water
man, deserves infinite credit for his untiring
assiduity, and for proving that, under certain
circumstances, there is something in a name;
for, despising all attempts at shelter, he stood
out in front, and took his ducking like a man.
Ho was ably assisted in the discharge of his
duties by his assistant Marshals, J. H. Chase,
E. L. Gaul, and others, and in future days may
reflect with groat satisfaction upon his share
in the ceremony of laying tho cornor-stone.
Ridgewood.—ln making up our pa
per last week, we accidentally omitted mention
of the dedication, constitution, and installa
tion of this new and thriving lodge, as well as
the dedication of its hall, which, with com
mendable enterprise, the brethren have fitted
up and paid for. The ceremony was performed
in ample form by M. W. John H. Anthon, Grand
Master, assisted by R. W. Enoch George, Jud
son Curtiss, Jr., George H. Raymond, and oth
ers, and in the presence of as many brethren
as could be possibly crowded into the room.
At the conclusion of tho ceremonies an ample
collation was served in an adjoining apartment,
and the brethren enjoyed a brief season of re
freshment in social interchange of courtesy.
We need not wish the new undertaking suc
cess, because its future is already assured.
Its foundation was carefully laid, and every
step since has been maturely considered and
deliberately taken. In fact, the selection of
R. W. Henry W. Turner, as the first Master,
was in itself sufficient to shut off all argument
as to the fact that the lodge would at once as
sume its place in the very centre of the fore
most rank. Nevertheless we do most sincerely
wish the brethren every reasonable prosperity
and “many happy returns.”
t
On tee Fly. —As we have hinted
in another article, the weather in Albany on
Saturday last was decidedly moist, in fact what
the late A. Ward called “a damp, wet "day,”
and having left New York where there is con
siderable water for a dryer atmosphere and a
day or two of relief from business, we adopted
the suggestion of a friend, and took the cars
West. Arrived at Syracuse, we were obliged
to halt from sheer fatigue, and we fell into the
arms of some of the choicest spirits of the
State. At the Vanderbilt House the best room
and the choicest seat at table were placed
at our disposal, and a waiter detailed to follow
us around with a box of cigars. Abel G. Cook,
Orrin Welch, Mead Belden, Austin H. Wood,
and others gripped us with hooks of steel, and
never let our feet touch ground. Judge Cor
bett gave us a scat on the bench of his court,
and we assisted in passing sentence on de
linquents who appeared before us. Seymour
H. Stone did the agreeable in most courteous
and gratifying style, while the reporters of the
local press—learning our connection with the
Dispatch—gave us the right hand of fellowship
in royal style. This jaunt, though brief, has
done us a world of good, giving ns, as
it were, a new lease of life, and made us
feel how sad will be the parting when
at last we must-bid adieu to tho hosts of friends,
who, in every place we visit make us feel how
sacred are the ties of the brotherhood, and how
pleasant tho communion of kindred spirits
brought together under its influences.
St. John’s Day.
ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVEUSABV OF UNION LODGE
OF NANTUCKET—INTERESTING CEREMONIES.
Nantucket, June 27—The grand Masonic
celebration of St. John’s Day at this place has
been one of the most interesting festivals held
by the Masonic fraternity of New England for
many years. The germ of the affair was the
proposed celebration by the Union Lodge of
Nantucket of its one hundredth anniversary,
it having received its charter from the Grand
Lodge of Scotland in May, 1771, four years pri
or to the war of the Revolution. At a conven
tion of the Masonic bodies of the 15th District, ■
held at Hyannis, Cape Cod, it was decided to
join the Nantucket Lodge; and subsequently
tho well-known Do Molay Commandery of
Knights Templar, of Boston, (with Gilmore’s
band,) and Sutton Commandery, of New Bed
ford, (with the New Bedford brass Band,) sig
nified their intention to join the festivities.
The above-named Commanderies arrived here
last evening by steamer from New Bedford.
The members of tho following bodies arrived
this morning by steamer from Hyannis, viz.:
Orient Royal Arch Chapter, of Hyannis ; So
cial Harmony Lodge, of Wareham; Marion
Lodge, of Falmouth; James Otis Lodge, of
Barnstable ; Fraternal Lodge, of Hyannis;
Mariners' Lodge, of Cotuit; Howard Lodge, of
South Yarmouth ; Paul Revero Lodge, of North
Bridgewater ; Pilgrim Lodge, of South Har
wick, and Adams Lodge, of Wellfleet. Beside
these, the Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapter,
of Nantucket, was fully represented in all the
exercises.
The visiting brethren numbered about five
hundred persons, and with their lady friends
and a very large number of persons attracted
by the pleasure of a visit to this charming lit
tle sea-girt isle, augmented the number of vis
itors to about two thousand. Both the Ocean
and Adams hotels were crowded, and hun
dreds of the wealthiest citizens extended their
hospitality to the visitors. A mammoth tent
was erected on North Beach street, near Broad,
for the purposes of the celebration, and last
night the proceedings were inaugurated with
the ceremony of the “Lodge of Sorrow,” in
honor of the members of Union Lodge of Nan
tucket who died during the past century, and
whose names are on the records of that lodge.
Lodges of Sorrow, though frequently held in
Europe, are of comparatively rare occurrence
in this country, and are therefore events of
more than ordinary interest to brethren of the
Masonic fraternity. The spacious tent was
arranged as a lodge room for tho occasion, and
adorned with appropriate emblems of mourn
ing. A catafalque or rectangular platform was
raised in the centre of the tent, and on this
were two smaller platforms, representing steps.
From the upper or third platform rose a fu
neral altar, upon which was an urn, and over
all a canopy heavily draped in mourning. At
the three sides of the catafalque were rows of
lighted candles, and opposite were three
thrones, draped in mourning, intended to be
occupied by the several officers. The entire
ceremony, presenting, as it did, the solemn
lesson of death and the resurrection of the
body, was deeply impressive. Tho dim lights
ca- ting a funereal gloom over tho opening cer
emonies, the low sad strains of music, tho sol
emn responses, the slow and solemn proces
sion around the catafalque, the sprig of acacia
and beautiful floral offerings, the “passing
bell,” with its low and impressive tones, all
combined to render the ceremony touchingly
beautiful and grand. The Rev. F. C. Ewer, D.
D., Grand Chaplain for the State of New York,
presided, and' imparted to all the ceremonies
the weight and dignity of his high office.
The ceremonies of to-day were inaugurated
by a grand dinner at one o’clock, at which
nearly 1,000 persons were seated. Afterward
a procession was formed, with the members in
regalia, and the orator of the day, Joseph
8. G. Cobb, of Providence, was escorted to the
Methodist Church. The oration, which occu
pied about an hour in its delivery, was of deep
interest, especially to tho members of the
fraternity. Following this, a centennial ode,
writton by Dr. Jenks, of Nantucket, was sung
by a quartette choir. The festivities of the
day closed with a grand centennial ball in the
mammoth tent, commencing at half-past
eight o’clock. ’The interior was handsomely
decorated with the national colors, and the
music was furnished by a detachment of
twenty-five pieces of Gilmore’s Band. Two
hundred couples, and even a greater number
at times, were upon the floor, and in the dis
play, not only of handsome toilets but of beau
tiful ladies, assemblages at even our most
fashionable seaside resorts could justly lay
claim to little, if any, superiority, in fuct, it
Is generally admitted by visitors that the Nan
tucket ladies rank high among the American
Bisters for their charming personal attractions.
At a late hour this evening there was every in
dication that the ball would close barely in
time in the morning to enable the visitors to
reach the early boat to the mainland. In re
viewing the events of tho visit, not only the
members of the Masonic fraternity, but their
accompanying friends, unanimously agree
that the trip has been most enjoyable.—Al K
Tribune, June 30.
Syracuse.—Brethren having occa
sion to visit the Central City, and desirous of
seeing it to tho best advantage, should by all
means endeavor to make the acquaintance of
Mr. John Greenway, the eminent brewer of
that locality, as well as of malt wino in its va
rious phases. Being self-made, Mr. G. is nec
essarily an excellent specimen of a real gentle
man, and does the honors of his immense es
tablishment with a suavity beyond all praise.
From the roof may be seen, as though at the
beholder’s feet, the city, the salt works, Onon
daga lake, and the surrounding country for
many miles in extent. Sc.entists may here be
gratified with a view of a new style of light
ning rod, which is arranged so as to have the
electric fluid enter at the bottom and spread
itself out like a fan from tho top. The advan
tages of this system are so numerous that we
have not space to explain them, but any one
interested in the subject can view them for
himself ou application. We desire to express
very sincere acknowledgments for the courtesy
shown us, including a ride in the proprietor's
buggy, and to assert that the beverage made
here is beyond doubt the same as that -former
ly in use among the denizens of Olympus.
Hail to the Chief.—During our
recent sojourn in Syracuse, to which reference
is had in another article, we were made the
subject of special and most kind attention by
Thomas Davis, Esq., Chief of Police. It will,
we trust, be understood that this distinguished
functionary did not take us in his official
charge, and place us under lock and key, but
that he very kindly, and with considerable ap
preciation of our ignorance of the ways of the
world, took us under his wing, and enabled us
to see how the old thing works in Syracuse.
The best thing we can wish for a friend is,
that he may succeed in cultivating the ac
quaintance of the Syracuse Chief.
A grand christening took place at
the residence of J. E. Fuller, Worthy Patron
of Olive Branch, No. 7, Order of tho Eastern
Star, in Brooklyn, yesterday evening. His
infant daughter was christened S. Olive Fuller.
She was elfegantly attired in robes, etc., tho
gifts of the ladies of that chapter. The
parlors were elegantly decorated with floral
stars and other emblems of the order.
Questions—Thoughts—lfleas.
Under thia 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 be sent us, as 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 bo sent to us on or before Thursday of each
week.
Subscriber.—Please state in your paper what
action I ought to take in regard to tho follow
ing: In January and February, '65, I received
first and second degrees of Masonry in New
York witbin a period of three wooks. ” As I was
going to Europe, the third I received imme
diately after, through dispensation. Thus in
New York I was hurried through last, and was
pretty ignorant of my duties. After returning
from my trip, I attended one meeting of my
lodge in which tho third degree was being
worked. Met with disappointments afterward,
got careless, neglected attending lodge and
paying dues ; signed no lodge books that I re
member. Wrote two letters to Secretary, stat
ing facts of my case; if any action had been
taken in my case ; how much in debt to lodge :
if in good standing, &c., he. Received no re
ply. During my absence from lodge never re
ceived written or verbal communication from
there, having moved my place of residence,
which I neglected to notify them of.
Answer.— Two things are probable in your
case. One is that your name has long since
been stricken from the roll; the other, that
your letters failed to reach the lodge. Write
us privately, with full particulars, name of
lodge, etc., and we will endeavor to straighten
the matter out for you.
Past Master.—lf, on motion, the lodge agrees
to lay a report on the table—say a report on
charges against a brother—has the Master a
right to take it from the table again without
consent of the lodge ?
Answer.—lt is the duty of the Master to
supervise and direct the labors of tho lodge
and, in the exercise of his discretion, he might
do this as well as many other apparently an
omalous things. The safety of the lodge and
of any brother who may feel aggrieved by such
action lies in the right of appeal to the Grand
Lodge where any injustice or irregularity can
and will be corrected.
Old Subscriber The rule is, that a candi-
date for Masonry must bo hale and sound at
the time of making, and it follows that a strict
application of it would debar a person in the
condition you mention.
D. E. B.—The meetings of the chapter dur
ing the interregnum, will be special, and no
ballot can be taken.
Masonic Hours.—The wisdom and
moderation exemplified by Freemasons in their
choice and apportionment of the time which
they devote to craft purposes, are worthy of
commendation. And, curiously enough, this
Masonic virtue has been, through the slanders
of the enemies of Masoniy, clothed in the guise
of a vice, so that it is one of the commonest ob
jections urged by them against the order that
it requires the sacrifice to it alone, not only of
every evening of the week, but of all the hours
of each evening; even into the small hours of
the morning. Every brother knows that this
is false ; but among the ignorant and envious
who oppose Masonic truth, truth and falsehood
are convertible terms, and since it is just as
easy to tell a large lie as a small one, our vir
tues are termed vices, and these vices are then
loathed. It is a device as old as the age of the
human family, and running back to the time
of Adam in the garden of Eden, to call good
evil, and evil good, and then to argue from
these false'premises. The devil, who was the
first enemy of Masonic truth, thus placed a
dishonest oonstructioh on the language of the
Grand Architect of tho Universe, and led to the
great transgression. God said : “Of the fruit
of the tree, which is in the midst of the gar
den, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye
touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said un
to the woman : Ye shall not surely die.” But
they did surely die, and to this day the craft
commemorates the penalty which they invoked
upon themselves by their disobedience, and be
queathed a sad legacy to the unversai human
race. We never hoar a lie cast into the teeth
of Freemasonry that we do not fancy we see
tho slimy figure of the old snake in the person
of the individual who emulates his ancestor’s
ability to call light darkness, and good evil.
Before wo say more about lodge hours, let us
notice High and Low Twelve. High Twelve is
an hour of rejoicing and refreshment—tho
hour when we perform our most imposing Ma
sonic ceremonies. The workmen then cease to
delve in the quarries, the Junior Warden’s col
umn is erect, and from tho South comes the
signal for the cessation of labor. The origin
of the custom of performing the solemn duty
of laying corner-stones by the craft at High
Twelve is doubtless derived from the tradition
al habit of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff.
Not only at the opening and closing of each
day did he retire to the Temple to consecrate
his duties by solemn prayer, and to draw fresh
designs upon the Tressel Board, but also at
the hour of High Twelve, when the brethren
were at refreshment, bo likewise occupied him
self in these important duties. And tradition
further informs us that on the completion of
the Temple, and the very day set apart lor
celebrating the Copestone or Keystone—the
last laid in the building—he retired, as usual,
at the hour of High Twelve, and never re
turned alive. The deep sorrow winch his death
occasioned is known to every Mason.
Low Twelve ia the signal ior the separation
of the craft. Among the Druids of Britain and
Gaul, in the celebration of their mysteries,
their principal initiations were performed at
this hour—literally the dead of night. Wo do
not follow their example. It is very rarely
that this hour -ever finds Masons congregated
at all. Only at our annual festivities, near St.
John’s Day, and on a few other rare occasions,
do even our unalloyed joys allow us to forget
that the hours have wings.
Now, as to lodge hours proper. Our Ahiman
Rezon provides that “a lodge should assemble
for work at least once m every calendar
month.” It is the almost universal custom of
lodges in this jurisdiction to meet only once a
month; hence, no Master Mason is required to
be absent from his home, as a rule, oftener
than this. Instead of his lodge meeting every
night in the week, it meets but once in thirty
nights. There is a slight difference between
the two, it must be admitted. And next, as to
the time involved in these meetings. Let us
again see what tho Abiman Rezon says. On
March 4th, 1867, the Grand Lodge of Pennsyl
vania adopted the following resolution: “ That
the time for closing all lodges meeting in this
hall (Philadelphia) shall notlbe later than half
past ten o’clock, P. M., from the 25th of Sep
tember to the 25th of March ; and not later
than eleven o’clock from the 25th of March to
the 25th of Septemberand this resolution ia
NEW YORK DISPATCH.
enforced by the exaction of a fine for its In
fraction. These are the maximum hours.
Now what are the minimum, and the average ?
We attended a regular lodge meeting, a few
evenings ago, which occupied just thirteen
minutes, after which tho brethren departed:
it closed its doors at seven o'clock, and opened
them again at thirteen minutes after seven.
The absence of work which caused this brief
session was not desirable, but it was a fact.
And it is also a fact that tho average length of
the large majority of lodge meetings falls
far short of the maximum time permitted by
the Grand Lodge. If brethren do not return
to their homes at timely hours, Freemasonry
is not to blame for it. Other business or
pleasure is engrossing them, with which the
craft has no connection. These facts are no
part of the secrets of the order, and they
ought to be known Keystone.
Extract from address of John Col
lins McCabe, D. D. Grand Master of Delaware,
at the laying of the corner stone of the new
Temple in Wilmington, April 20, 1871.
Why your literary and scientific institutions;
your social and benevolent, and charitable as
sociations ; your learned professions, the desk,
the bar, the pulpit, and tlie medical hall; your
public offices, from the city or borough magis
trate to the high and distinguished Chair of
the Union—the most honorable and exalted po
litical station on earth—have all been, at times,
and many of them are at this moment filled by
true and trusty companions, worthy brethren
of the mystic tie. And why not? from the
most liberal, learned and wise princes, noble
men and gentlemen, statesmen, philosophers
and divines; m its monuments of art, taste
and grandeur, in its indellible impress, civiliza
tion, science andrefiinement, wherever its foot
steps can be traced, in tho mysterious muni
ments of its preservation, that have guarded
its existence from early time through all rav
ages and devastations of war, rapine and bar
barity ; through all these trials, tribulations,
triumphs and deliverances, through good and
through evil report, Masonry owes its distinc
tion to science, to literature, and to its own
beauty. When the mind would ponder the
progress of the order in modern times, and
trace amid the homes of its members those
whose memories the world has apotheosised,
and time not willingly let die, I find myself
surrounded, as it were, by a great cloud of wit
nesses, and overcome with the august pres
ence of tne canonized dead, I can only point
you to that hill in Massachusetts, whose sum
mit, crowned by the lofty column which tapers
away to the skies, remind you that the blood of
Joseph Warren, the chivalric and noble mar
tyr of freedom, one of the earliest Grand Mas
ters of Masons in North America, baptised the
soil of Bunker Hill, and consecrated it an altar
to Liberty forever. I can only point to you
that young and gallant Frenchman, upon whose
knightly ear rose the cry of the virgin Free
dom in her distress ; and who, leaving the
luscious vintage of the lovely hills of his beau
tiful France to be pressed by other hands, gave
up home, friends, family, “ the shining ranks
of a proud nobility,” aye, all, and in the cause
of American Independence bared his lofty brow
and manly breast to the storms of wan—Gilbert
Motier De Lafayette—and while the name of
Bunker Hill is forever associated with that of
Joseph Warren, Yorktown is indellibly inter
woven with that of Lafayette. These were Ma
sons.
He, who in the strong figure of poetic license,
may be said to have drawn down the lightning
from heaven, and laid it in cradled quietness
at his feet—who was at once philosopher and
diplomatist, Benjamin Franklin, was Grand
Master of Masons in Pennsylvania. He, who
for thirty-four years (even until his death)
wore the judicial ermine, unspotted and un
stained, and whose decisions in the Supremo
Court of the United States were never chal
lenged, and who seemed to stand before the
whole country as tho God-ordained High Priest
of Justice, and whose memory is still invested
with a sacred charm, and who, in dying, com
mitted himself fearlessly into the hands of his
Father axd his God—l mean Chief Justice
Marshall, of the Supreme Court of the United
States—was Grand Master of Masons in Vir
ginia.
And last, but not least, go and look upon
that monument which a sister State has reared
m her great and prosperous city—a noble citv
and adorned with noble monuments—the city
of monuments, and from thence go and look
upon thatpi/e which shall yet be completed at
the seat or this great government, in the erec
tion of which, each State has laid a stone, and
to which almost every civilized nation has sent
its tribute of bronze, or brass, or marble, or
granite, till, when finished, it shall be a grand
composite indeed—grander than the world has
ever seen—a memorial shaft, whose moral
grandeur shall pierce the sides; anl then
mute and uncovered read the name of him who
was “first in war, first in peace, and first in
the hearts of his countrymen,” and forget not
that, he was a Mason, “ true and trusty,” and
remember, that amid the wail of a whole na
tion at his grave, to Masonic hands was com
mitted the last sad office of planting the sprig
of accassia at the grave of the Immortal Wash
ington, a true brother of the mystic tie, from
the day of his initiation, in his early youth,
until the period when ins heart beat itself to
rest. And he has left this testimony among
many others, in his letter of 1798 to the Grand
Lodge of Maryland: “So far as I am ac
quainted with the principles and doctrines of
Freemasonry, I conceive them to be founded
on benevolence, and to be exercised only for
the good of mankind.”
And, fellow-citizens I hold it to bo no small
tribute to Masonic worth and integrity, that
her Bnttamo Majesty’s Government in sending
out the High Commission on her part, for the .
settlement of the “Alabama” Fishery and
other international claims, has selected as the
head and front of that august and able body of
gentlemen, the Earl DeGrey and Ripon, Grand
Master of Masons in England, and that the
Secretary of that Commission, one of the most
accomplished and learned noblemen of his age,
Lord Tenterden, Grand Master of Harmony
Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of England.
This reminds us brethren of the old Entered
Apprentice’s song :
“Great Kings, Dukes and Lords, have laid by their
swords.
Our myster, to put a good grace on;
And ne’er been ashamed to hear themselves named,
With a Free and Accepted Mason.**
From all these considerations, then, we be
speak a favorable reception of the institution,
in the regards of those who have honored us
with their presence to-day, and from the com
munities in which our respective lodges may
be located ; and from these premises, we may
well urge upon each individual member of the
craft to see that by his life and conduct, where
ever he may be placed, wherever he may so
journ, with whomsoever he may be brought in
contact, in social or busmes relations, he exem
plify those principles which we have enunciated
this day, as being those by which our vener
able and venerated order is governed.
We live in an age when all systems are being
tested and tried upon their own intrinsic
merits, and not by the procrustean bed of sect
or party.
Masonry, like every other organization, must
be brought to the crucible to be tried ; only the
pure gold can bear the ordeal.
In the great march of reform, only truth can
withstand the shock of conflict.
Orders of Chivalry.—The connec
tion of Freemasonry with chivalry may bo in
terpreted in more than one sense. Even those
matter-of-fact thinkers who resolutely deny
that any of the present Masonic chivalric de
grees are derived, however remotely, from the
ancient orders, will admit that an ideal affinity,
a kinsman of noble aims, unites the modern
Masonic “institutions with the heroic confrater
nities of the past. To a romantic ear there is
a fascination in tho very word “knight,” and
■with the adjective “knightly” we are wont to
associate everything that is good and true and
honorable. To succor the weak, to defend the
oppressed, to do battle for the faith, for one’s
country, or one’s friends—such was the glori
ous programme of the knights of old, and
more especially of those who devoted them
selves to the rescue of the Holy Land from the
destroying hands of the infidels. The origin
and history of the first great Knightly Order of
Palestine—the Templars—are so well known to
all readers, that it becomes unneessary to dwell
upon the subject here. But one great moral
to be gathered from the record must not be
forgotten; like the rivulet which swells into
the river, like the aeorn which expands into
the oak, like the mustard seed whose growth
overspreads the soil—even so arose those great
orders of chivalry from small beginnings to
wealth, power, and fame. We may, in like
manner, safely conclude that Masonry itself
was originally, and probably for many years, a
pigmy which attracted but little notice, until,
by degrees, it attained its present form, and
now rejoices in the exercise of giant's strength.
But to return to the consideration of the cliiv
alric orders. Of these we have in England
only two, with thoir auxiliary or subsidiary de
grees, and both are expressly tolerated, it not
recognized, by the articles of union between
the two Grand Lodges in 1813. We mean the
Knights of the Temple, with the appendant
Order of Malta, and the Knights of the Red
Cross of Constantine, with the complimentary
Order of the Holy Sepulchre. As it is our in
tention to give a full account of these chivaT.c
degrees upon a future occasion, similar to
those already given of the grades belonging to
the Ancient and Accepted Rite, we do not pur
pose entering into particulars now ; but it may
be said that all these orders, so far as Masonry
is concerned, are, if not universal, at least pe
culiarly English in thoir genius and character.
They are not the offspring of the Masonic ad
venturers of the eighteenth, or earlier part of
the nineteenth, centuries—they were net
hatched in the fertile brains of a Cagliostro, a
Schroeder, or a Zinnendorf. The Grand Mas
ters of tho Craft, or other eminent brethren
holding high office under the Grand Lodge of
England, have for many years presided over,
or patronized, the mysteries of those orders ;
and this fact in itself bespeaks for them the
kindly feeling and respect of all true Masons.
Chivalry is but the helmet which completes
the panoply of the Masonic soldier ; without it
he is none the less a soldier, but with it he can
go forth into the battle of life with greater
confidence, and animated by a surer hope.
The only argument which can be used against
the knightly orders is, that they are essentially
Christian in their inception and scope. This
is true, and it arises from circumstances which
aro iwiy inseparably interwoven with tho
world’s history, and which, therefore, cannot
be annulled.
All the memories of the past cling to that
central idea—the triumph of the cross; and
those brethren who now, in a greatly altered
state of human affairs, choose to commemorate
the deeds of old, must adhere to the pact for
merly sealed in blood, amid the din of arms
and the shout of victory. Fortunately we have
no sentimental grievances upon this point
among the Freemasons of England ; no mem
ber'of the ancient faith of Israel feels himself
an outcast because Knights Templar exist, or
because the Red Cross banner is being un
furled day after day throughout the length and
breadth of the land. We know that many of
our friends of the Hebrew race—the true lin
eage of kings and princes—are good and faith
ful Masons; we appreciate their worth and
honor their principles. Whenever the call of
charity is heard, they are ever ready with their
contributions, and outside the pale of Mason
ry, although a lodge bears his name, if we de
sire to mention a true philanthropist, what
name is more universally appreciated than that
of Sir Moses Monteflore?
Orders of Chivalry have their advantages,
inasmuch as they cultivate and preserve that
nice sense of hofior, that delicate perception of
the true and the beautiful, which is the attri
bute of all noble minds. While Freemasonry
teaches justice, benevolence, and good-will,
chivalry exhorts us to the practice of self-de
nial and courtesy in every relation of life.
There can be no doubt that the Masonic Or
ders of Chivalry now flourishing in England,
preserve the essential characteristics of the
ancient knightly fraternities, and we need not,
perhaps, pry too archaiologlcally into their
precise origin. It is at least certain that sev
eral English royal princes, including two who
were afterward kings, took a leading part in the
organizations of both the Red Cross and Tem
plar degrees, and as the Constantinian Order
has now been so firmly re-established in Eng
land, let us hope that the two great bodies of
chivalry will forever distinguish themselves
among Masons by the exercise of those rare
but invaluable qualities which ought, to be the
peculiar characteristics of Christian Knight
Masons.— London Freemason.
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HUMORS OF THE POLICE.
BREAKS IN THE FORCE.
If fines and dismissals for violations of the rules
of the department will make an efficient police, then
we ought to have it. There were no less than eight
during the past week, and one man came near it for
talking when on duty, because it was the third com
plaint of the same character. The first on the list of
breaks was Breakell, of the Third Precinct. Rounds
man Pettet charged him with failing to perform his
duties when he stepped up to him and said he didn’t
care for a “ terrier like him.” This disrespectful
language to a superior lost him his shield. The case
of Henry Stringham, of the Fifth Precinct, was so
clear that is is strange that he should have stood tri
al. He entered the station-house under the influence
of liquor, and reported himself as sick. Captain
Petty told him to go in the back room till the ser
geant made out a sick card. In the back room there
was a lost child aged, about four years. It was crying,
and Instead of sympathizing with the little thing, he
struck it twice, and told it to “shut up." Officer
Harrison, who was present, said he ought to be
ashamed of himself to hit a child, when Stringham
made for him, and proposed going down to the dry
ing room, or up to the sleeping room, and there have
a regular bout After he had proposed to enter the
P. R. with a brother officer, he came back to the cap
tain for his sick card, which it is usual to get to call
or send for the police surgeon. The captain refused
it, and said he was drunk. He said he guessed.he
would go and see the doctor anyhow. He left with
out a sick card, was absent five days, without leave,
but said he was all that ttme under the care of a po
lice surgeon. He said that, but did not prove it.
If Captain Petty or any other captain on the
police should refuse a sick card to any officer, and it
was proven that the man was sick, be would not be
twenty-four hours in the department. If there was
any foundation lor his assertion, he should have
proven it, as he had the means at his command;
failing to do it, it is reasonable to suppose that he
was not only drunk, as charged, but to retain his
position he committed the gravest ofieuse of perjury,
slandering others to save himself.
UNFORTUNATE.
James Dainty, of the Seventeenth Procinct, was
also dismissed for intoxication. He had been a year
on the police, and heretofore had borne an excellent
character. Somehow,.while on duty, he permitted
himself to be overcome with liquor. It might have
been with one glass drugged; it might have been a
dozen square drinks. He made do explanation of
the matter. From appearances it was what is called
a “ put up job.” He was drunk; that is, ho had all
the appearauces of a drunken man; his breath
smelled of liquor, he staggered and went to the
slation-houso before his relieving time. There is a
mystery about this case that should have been ex
plained. It is a very easy matter to fix off in this
way an efficient policeman, who has made himself
obnoxious to somebody, if he is uot shrewd enough
to look out for such contingences. This appears to
have been the case with Dainty’, who admitted the
charge, gave no explanation, but threw himself on
his character. He could not expect anything else
but a dismissal from the departmen t.
GROSS NEGLECT OF DUTY.
Robert Carr, of the Twenty-first Precinct, was dis
missed from the department for failing to try his
doors for over an hour. Burglaries, it is well known,
are committed chiefly in the morning on the last
tour of an officer. About five o’clock in the morn
ing the patrolman generally becomes sleepy and neg
lectful, and just about that time the roundsmen are
around to see if they do their duty. In this case
Carr did not try a door on an important block from
five to six in the morning. In defense he proved
that he was on his post. That was not questioned,
but he did not do his duty. Failing in that defence
he claimed that he was put on another platoon so
that Roundsman McArthur might break him. He
did not prove that point, but McArthur did break
him.
SNOOZING ON A STOOP.
They shirk duty in the Twelfth Precinct as well as
the First. In the First Precinct they are in the habit
of giving a call rap to the side partner to get a ehew
of tobacco; in the Twelfth Precinct, away up among
the hundred streets, they lay off on verandahs,
stoops and out houses. Warren was found laid out
like a spread eagle on the stoop of a lager bier sa
loon.
“Was he sound asleep?” asked Mr. Manierre.
“O, no,” replied Roundsman Reynolds, “he was
leaning on his elbow, and says I, ‘ Warren, is that
you?’ He said yes, and made no excuse.”
The only defense was that the stoop was his post.
It is not now, as he was dismissed from the depart
ment.
WATCHING THIEVES.
The complaint against John Zair, of the Twenty
ninth Precinct, was similar to that against Warren,
but the defense was not exactly the same. Zair was
laying off on a verandah. He claimed that he was
watching the movements of a suspicious character.
The suspicious person that he watched an hour was
the roundsman, who was timing him taking it easy.
Such a man, even on his own showing, was not fit to
be on the police, and he isn’t. He has been dis
missed.
LAGER, GALLAGHER’S DEATH.
John Gallagher, of the Fourth Precinct, loves
lager. He drank a wies beer glass of lager—a stone
cutter’s pony—in the presence of Roundsman Peter
Mdlly, and the result was dismissal. The roundsman
stood some distance off, and, judging from the move
ments of [Gallagher that he was about to have a
drink, he watched him; saw him take the glass and
drain it. He got up in time to take the glass from
the bar-tender and taste of the dregs, which enabled
him to swear what the liquor was.
“I wish,” said Gallagher, “that you would hear
the men that got me in this snap.”
They were heard, but they did not help him any.
Mr. Smith said he brought the drink to the door.
Mr. Hopper said he saw the roundsman take the
glass out of Smith’s hand, and Mr. Dyer said he saw
the tumbler in the hand of the barkeeper. Gallagher
was dismissed from the department. The decision
was hardly fair, as he is about the first man we have
seen with such a charge preferred that did not
suborn or commit perjury himself. His honesty
should have saved him.
THE BLIND STAGGERS.
Peter Hager, of the Thirty-flrst Precinct, was also
dismissed from the depaatment for intoxication. The
evidences of being drunk were that he staggered,
and his language was not the thing. He had been
up for trial, a week or two ago, and played off the
ague. Pretty nearly everybody in Bloomingdale has
got the Spring fever, and the police have got a touch
of it. Hager had had a touch of it, and when he
didn’t have it, he told Dr. Raborg that he did, and
he, on the strength of what was told him, gave Hager
a sick card. This certificate he used at his last trial
to get out of a charge of being late at roll-call. The
doctor felt sore about this sharp practice, and being
in the station-house on the night that the complaint
was lodged, he called Hager to get an explanation.
When he camo down, he was found to be too drunk
to make it. The most coherent sentence that he
could utter was that it was a put-up job. It is no
unusual thing for a man to go to bed drunk, but to
get out of it drunk, as Hagar did, is rather out of the
way. The Commissioners dismissed him the same
day of trial.
TALKING PROPENSITIES.
Half of the complaints preferred against police
men are made for idling their time away talking to
each other, as well as to citizens. The Commission
ers are particularly severe on charges of this char
acter, and try every means to break it up by trans
fer and fine. They are at their wits’ end on this
subject. They don’t like to dismiss a man who
otherwise may be a very good officer, for talking ten
or fifteen minutes; but to fine him nearly half a
month’s pay doos not seem to cure the evil. They
havo often threatened to make an example by dis
missal, to see if that will not stop the talkative pro
clivities of the men. Patrick Kennedy, of the Fif
teenth Precinct, had the narrowest escape that ever
man had. He was up the third time on the charge
of talking—this time, however, only ten minutes.
Commissioners Bosworth and Manierre wished to
put it to a vote on dismissal, to make an example, so
that the force would know the severity of the pun
nishment that would be inflicted for this offense.
They held that talking could only be stopped by
making several dismissals. President Smith moved
to send the case to the Board,which was tantamount
to a line; he believed in giving the man another
trial. Judge Bosworth, however, said that another
charge brought againt Kennedy for talking, if
proven, he would be dismissed immediately after
trial.
His Honor said that this talking proclivity on the
part of the men must be stopped. The only way to
do it, however, is to dismiss, and that the Board
hates to do, as some of the greatest “ talkists” are
very good officers. While their tongues are wagging,
their eyes are wide awake. But the men may de
pend upon it, that somebody will be dismissed ere
long for talking, as a warning to stop it. In many
the excuses lor talking are very frivolous. For ex
ample, Officers Donnelly and Murphy were timed
talking ten minutes. All they talked about was an
arrest that Murphy had made the day previous.
Tully, of the Nineteenth, in conversation with a pri
vate watchman, said he was getting “pints,” what
ever that is. O’Hare and Nelson, of the Third Pre
cinct, talked over ten minutes about a lady that had
been followed and insulted, instead of hunting up
the scamp. All the talking that is done, at least be
tween officers, might as well take place in the station
house when on reserve. As to conversation with a
citizen, if an officer can’t enlighten any citizen in five
minutes, he can’t in fifty. The Commissioners have
tried to stop this propensity to talking by fines, and
heavy fines at that—three and five days—for ten and
fifteen minutes’ conversation, which is equal to ten
and fifteen dollars fine, and yet it does not stop it.
Dismissal from the department is now to be the de
cision of the Board for this offense. There are a
thousand applicants a day for the positions on the
po.ice, and why, under these circumstances, will so
many members of the force, who had great difficulty
to get appointed, openly court dismissal ?
A FIREMAN’S ASSAULT ON AN OFFICER.
The trial of Officer Horbelt, of the Third District
Court, charged with assaulting John Dougherty, a
member of the Fire Department, was partially heard
last Friday, and will be continued to-morrow. His
story, which is not corroborated by any one, is, that
on Saturday, the 24th trit, he saw Officer Meilis ly
ing on the ground, in Grand street, and a man on
top of him, endeavoring to take his club. He wont
to the assistance of Meilis, and while trying to get
the man off the officer, Horbelt, who was in citizen’s
c.otbos, came up and took the club from Meilis, and
let Dougher.y nave a stunner on tiie head. Be was
arres ed, as well as the two men that assaulted the
officer. He was locked up over night, taken to
court, and held to bail for; assaulting Meilis, tried,
and acquitted. The Fire Commissioners, who had
preferred charges against Dougherty, withdrew
them, because he was acquitted in the Special Ses
sions. That is Dougherty’s story, that wnile aiding
an officer to make an arrest he was unmercifully
c.ubbed. '1 he other side tells quite a different story.
Meilis says that he was pretty roughly handled by
two fighters, who got him down and were trying to
take his club from him. When down, the fireman
came up, and he asked him to assist him. Instead
of giving him help, he gave the officer a kick in the
side. Just then Horbelt came up and took the club
from the prostrate officer and leveled Dougherty. A
call rap brought several officers, and all three were
arrested. Other officers and citizens testify that
Dougherty kicked Meilis when he was down; that he
was drunk, and even in the morning he was under
the influence of liquor; also, that ho broke away
from the officers three times, and the last run he
plunged head foremost into a pile of bricks. With
t .e strongest proof of the assault and the intoxica
tion, it is impossible to see how .10 was not sent to
the Penitentiary, instead of being retained in the
Fire Department.
ISN’T A HORSE.
Keane, of the Second Precinct, was charged with
being asleep on post, and leaning against a show
window. Roundsman Rogers shook and spoke to
him twice before he awoke. Keane denied being
asleep. He said: “I suppose 1 was leaning—l was
thinking about Eometcing, and the roundsman gave
my arm a shake, and surprised me, and I feit kind
of beat at his coming on me. I am sure I ain’t a
horse; I can’t stand up, and sleep; a man’s legs will
gm way. When I got to this bow window, it was
raining very hard, and I was considering whether 1
should go in for my rubber, and I stood there, thinly
Ing. I generally shut my eyes when thinking.
Mr. Manierre—ln deep meditation on personal
matters ? •
Officer Keane—Yes, sir. t
Mr. Manierre—And, when thinking on imported
matters, you close your eyes ?
Officer Keane—Yes, sir.
The case was referred.
ALL FOR LOVE.
A VAIN LOVE MAKES A. MAN A
MAVDUN IDIOT.
(From the Detroit Free Press.)
One morning last week, a man named Palme
ester, residing near Lansing, lowa, passed
through tho city on his way East, over ths
Great Western Railroad, having in charge hii
brother, Benjamin, whom he was conveying ta
an Eastern Asylum. Tho look and carriage o|
the patient, as he was being transferred from
the cars to the ferry boat, created considerable
attention and wonder from the other travel*
ers, and while waiting tor the boat to leave the
dock, a sketch of hie history was given to some
anxious inquirers.
The mams age was four and twenty, although
every one declared that he looked like a man
near fifty. His head was almost snow-white,
his thin and scattering whiskers were of the
same color, he was much deformed, his feet
badly twisted, and he Kept up an incessant
sing-song, which put one much in mind of thq
chattering of apes. About four years ago,
while tho two were traveling in Kentucky, they
stopped for a night at Maysville, and among
other travelers was a handsome and brilliant
young lady, who at once attracted the bro
ther, he being then of good form, good-look*
ing, and having a great pride in dress. In the
morning, when tho lady departed Southward,
Benjamin followed after, paying no heed to the
words of his brother, who put it down as a case
of love at first sight, and each went his way.
It seems that the moonstruck fellow followed
the girl to her home m Central Kentucky, and
after some delay, succeeded in procuring an
introduction, and learned that she was en
gaged, and soon to bo married. Like other
foolish young men, similarly situated, ho
sought to drown his disappointment in liquor,
and went on a spree, which did not end until
he was locked up to save him what little brains
and money he had left. He was then in such ft
state that the brother had to go from Illinois,
and take him home. His love-passion had re
solved itself into a song, which he constantly
sang all day long in a monotonous voice, and
sat most of the time on the floor, head bowed
over, and limbs bent under him. He scarcely
recognized his brother, but after a day or two,
his condition grew somewhat better, and thq
two started on their journey back. The first
night, the man jumped from a stage-coach,
and was not found again for two days, and then
he was running in the woods like a wild beasti
having torn everv shred of his clothing off, and
was so violent that be had to be handcuffed
when pursuing the journey.
Getting tho lunatic home, a physician con
sidered his case several months without mak
ing any change, and, as a last expedient, it
was thought best to pander to his hobby. Ho
was accordingly informed that the lady had
concluded to marry him, and a letter to that
effect, purporting to come from her, was read
to him. In one way, the scheme had a good
effect, as he began to mend ; but he talked ol
her ao continually, and wrote her 00 many let
ters each day, that his mind was gradually
weakened, and in a month his condition was
worse than ever. A room was then prepared.
for him, and he has since.been treated as a pa«
tient, physicians having asserted that his rea
son will never be restored. From sitting
cramped up on the floor bo continually, the
man’s limbs are almost useless, and he cannot
raise his head to look a person in the face.
He has several times escaped from his friends,
as they have not treated him as such cases are
sometimes treated, but indulged him in all hia
whims, and always held a faint hope that hia
intellect would some day brighten. Escaping
from the house one night, the man made his
way for thirty miles without being recaptured,
and when the pursuers camo up they found
that a couple farmers, with their dogs, had
driven the lunatic up a tree, and were debat
ing whether it was not best to shoot him.
Having sold his property, and being about to
move further West, the brother was taking
the idiot back to an asylum in his native State
for care and treatment. It may not have been
the passion of love entirely which degraded
the young man’s intellect, as he debauched
most shamefully for many days, and met with
many bruises, but the physicians who attended
him give it as their opinion that his passion
became a monomania, and constant thinking
soon blotted out his reason.
“AN ORDER f6rTHE~PLAY.”
THE MOST ABSORBING PASSION.
A writer in London Society tells the follow*
ing anecdote of Charles Dickens :
Singularly enough, one of the topics of the
month now passing away, was alluded to by
Charles Dickens at the last public dinner, that
of the Newsvenders’ Benevolent Society, at
which he presided. He said :
I was once present at a social discussion,
which originated by chance. The subject was,
what was the most absorbing and longest
lived passion in the human breast ? What
was the passion so powerful that it would al
most induce the generous to be mean, the
careless to bo cautious, the guileless to be
deeply designing, the dove to emulate tho ser
pen’t ? A daily editor, of vast experience and
great acuteness, who was one of the company,
considerably surprised those present by say
ing, with the greatest confidence, that the
passion unquestionably was the passion of get
ting orders for the play. There had recently
been a great and terrible shipwreck, and a
very few of the surviving sailors had escaped
in an open boat. One of these, a young man,
on making land, came straight to London, and
straight to the newspaper office, with his verb
al account of how he had seen the ship go
down before his eyes. That young man had
witnessed the most fearful contentions be
tween the powers of fire and water, for the de
struction of the sliip. He had rowed away
among tho floating dying and the sinking
dead; he had blistered all day, and he had
frozen by night, with no shelter and no food|
As he told this dismal tale, he rolled his hago
gard eyes around him, and when he had fin*
ished it, and.it had been taken down from his
lips, he was cheered and refreshed, and asked
if anything could be done for him. Even then
the vaster passion was so strong within him
that he faintly replied that he would like an
order for the play. My friend the editor ad
mitted that this was certainly a strong case ;
but he said that during his many years’ ex
perience he had constantly witnessed an in
credible amount of self-prostration and abase
ment, having no other object, and that almost
invariably on the part of persons who could
well afford to pay 1”
A FIGHTMOTHER.
(From the Bloomington, 111., Leader.)
About a week ago, m the south part of town,
in the timber, were camped two wagon loads of
gipsys, about sixteen in number. Amonsr
them was a beautiful girl, neatly attired i®
gipsy costume, with black flowing tresses.
Our informant obtained the information from
her mother, and it cau be relied upon as being
correct. The party had lived in
Ohio, and a young man of that place had be
come enamored of this young girl, and sought
her hand in marriage, which the mother ob
jected to, and in company with this party was
traveling to the far West for the purpose of
getting away from this young man. He had
received the sympathy of her stepfather, whom
the mother refused to live with. The story ia
that the young girl is an heiress, and thq
young man is in rather poor circumstances,
and hence the objection. The young man and
his associate made their appearance at the
company ground in this city, and sought ta
force the girl to accompany him. The mother
interfered, and a war of words ensued. A
proposition was made that if the mother would
agree in writing that when the lover had acj
quired some means he should have the prize a
and he would not give her further trouble.
This she refused to agree to. The girl was in
clined to go, but her parent would not alloyf
her to do so. The young man drew a knife t
and the mother a pistoi, and were about to en
gage m mortal combat, when the daughter
spi ang between them. The pistol was snapped
twice, but failed to go off. The lover and tha
stepfather left immediately, and nothing more
of interest transpired at that time. Tha
mother told our informant that they had re
peatedly tried to get her child away, and that
ehe would shoot him the next time without
saying a word.
Romantic Result of a Stare.
(Greenfield, Ohio, Correspondence of the Chlh
licothe Ilegister.)
A beautiful and wealthy young lady, at a
social party, took offense at what she supposed
to be the impertinent gaze of a gentleman
present, who was a stranger to her, but a
friend of the lady of tho house. The young
beauty demanded his expulsion as a condition
of lira remaining. Explanations ensued. The
gentleman was not looking at her, thougU
beautiful enough to attract and fasten the
attention of any one.” He was looking at ®
tine and costly chain that encircled the fain
one’s neek—just such a one as he had pur.
chased for his sister—in one of the links of
which (having a secret opening) he had put
his photograph. But, some months since, and
before ho had an opportunity to present if
to his sister, it was stolen from him. Upon
examining the lady’s chain he touched a spring
(to the little beauty unknown), and 10, and
behold! there was his photograph. jt
I leave you to judge’ of tho confusion of the
fair one. Slse immediately offered to return
the piece of jewelry, which was politely de*,
dined, for the time, and it is said by knowing
ones that she has concluded to accept of
the young man’s hand and heart, in order thaf(
being tho possessor of one she may bo per.
mitted to retain the other. It is but justice to
remark that the young lady bought the chain
of a traveling peddler, who had stopped ab
her father’s house, for about one-half of its
original cost. .
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