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Sunday Edition. November 12.
fl. W. JOHN W. SLHOSS, P. «. K.s Editor
To Masonic Advertisers. Adver
tisements to appear under the Masonic heading must
he handed in before six o'clock on Saturday evening,
as the rapid increase of the circulation of the Dis
patch compels us to put the page on which the Ma
aonic matter appears to press at a much earlier hour
than heretofore.
Late Boars.
Tn the younger days of our pilgrimage, we
attended- the public worship of a sect, the rit
ual of which, being repeated every Sunday
morning, caused the people to confess that
they had “left undone the’things they ought
to have done,” and that “they had done those
things which they ought not to have done,”
followed by some general observations as to a
deficit in the matter of health. Without, in
any degree, consenting to bo the champion of
this or of any other sect, we are free to say
that there Is a degree of truth in the assevera
tions above quoted not to be despised on ac
count of its triteness ; deserving, indeed, of
more serious attention than men are willing to
yield to it. Every one, being asked, will freely
admit both propositions ; but of the multitude,
few will seriously endeavor to so amend the
lino of conduct in which they habitually move
that they may conscientiously refuse to make
the confession which many of our readers will
recognize as one to which they frequently and
regularly give assent.
We see in ibis the key to many human acts
and habits, and the default which affects us,
not only as men in our general social relations,
but as Masons in the discharge of our duties as
craftsmen.
When first admitted to the privileges of the
fraternity, it is but fair to believe, the great
majority of neophytes intend to discharge the
duties laid upon them with freedom, fervency
and zeal; to give at least so much of their
time as shall be required for a regular attend
ance on the stated communications of their
respective lodges. But, somehow, it happens
that after a time they find excuses of- one sort
or another for absenting themselves from the
meetings, till, at last, they only feel called to
be present when there is to bs an election, a
banquet, or some other proceeding out of the
ordinary routine. At this rate, it would seem
that we have no regular attendance upon lodge
meetings, but such is not the fact. There is
another class of brethren, who are not only
prompt and regular in their attendance, who
are ready and willing to servo on committees,
and do up lodge work in the most thorough
and business like manner, but who are prac
tically too good, because they do not seem to
understand that there is, or ought to be, a
limit to their devotion. They are not only
regularly on hand at all meetings, regular and
special, but they take such delight therein
that they cannot tear themselves away until
the small hours jingle m their ears, and remind
them that if they expect to attend to business
next day, it will hardly be worth while to go to
bed at all. These are the two extremes, and
each of them can lay his hand upon his heart,
and say, with fervent truth, that he has done
those things he ought not to have done, and
left undone those things which he ought to
have done, and that his moral health is not
satisfactory.
Both of those classes offend against the law
and prescriptions of Masonry, and for the same
reason, namely, that they do not get below the
surface and understand and act up to the re
quirements of the fraternity. Both classes
see nothing in Masonry, but,the ceremonies of
the several degrees. Ono becomes dazed and
surfeited with their constant repetition ; the
other has an appetite which nothing can sat
isfy, and so one leaves the lodge to tho chances,
and the other leaves cverythiug else for the
lodge. Nevertheless Masonry is constantly re
peating to them their need of so acting in all
the relations of life that the world at large may
be convinced that tho institution has led or
confirmed them in such paths as become the
earnest seeker after truth, and the person who
is determined to do right for right’s own sake.
We might hero read tho brethren a lesson
upon tho inculcations and tenets of Masonry,
but leaving that for some future occasion, we
prefer to present some practical considerations
for them to think over.
In the first place, this. AU American com
munities, at least all where a lodge can be
creditably supported, are reading people; those
who read are apt to think, and to have opin
ions own ; thinking people will judge
of us by our action, and not only this, but they
will judge tho whole fraternity,by the actions
of such of its representatives as come under
their notice. When they find that Masons pay
no attention to their lodge meetings, or that
Masons neglect every other duty for tho sake
of attending to Masonry, they will be equally
ready to condemn the institution for the faults
of its adherents, and hence wo find difficulties
in our path for which we aro unable to account,
but which, when we come to reflect upon it,
really ensue from our own actions. The ques
tion then arises whether wo are acting so that
this opposition is without sufficient grounds.
If we have fairly and fully done our duty not
only to Masonry, but to our families and
friends, there would certainly be no foothold
for our opponents, but in the very ratio that
wo have either neglected or overdone that
which rests upon us, we have given cause for
opposition. Wo may say that tho opinion of
the outside world doos not concern us, but this
is idle talk : it does affect all our operations,
and we may be perfectly certain that if the
general public opinion were turned against us,
we should soon, not only lose our present pros
perity, but drop down to a lower level than any
of the modem associations which seek to fol
low in the path we have traced out.
In the second place we have to consider the
claims of our families. Many a good woman
whoso husband is a Mason, sits up to unwonted
hours of the night or morning, when the head
of the family is absent at lodge meeting. The
wife cannot, in tho nature of things, see her
husband coming home at midnight, or after,
with equanimity, and she naturally blames tho
cause of bis direlection rather than himself.
Thinking the matter over during his absence,
she arrives at t£e conclusion that the society
which requires so much sacrifice of time from
ts members, cannot be devoted to good pur
poses, and she jumps to tho conclusion that
not being good it must of necessity be bad.
We know, of course, that her conclusion is
incorrect, but wo do not stop to think how
much justification there is for her opinion,
how much our own acts contribute to the con
clusion at which she arrives, and in the very
measure in which we fail to recognize and un
derstand her reasoning in that measure, we
wrong ourselves, and do grievous injustice to
the association of which we are members.
Masonry requires of its adepts some sacrifice
cf time and means, but never, never at the ex
pense of those nearer and dearer ties which
the married men have taken upon themselves.
There has never been a time, and there never
will be one, when a conscientious Mason can
not discharge all his duties to the craft with
out unreasonably trenching upon the time
which he should devote to his family. No
sensible woman will expect that a man shall
never want to spend the earlier hours of an oc
casional evening away from home, neither will
she sit down contented whan her husband
spends all his leisure time abroad, and has
never a moment to give to her and tho little
ones in the quiet seclusion of the domestic
circle.
Between these extremes lies tho golden
mean which we are called upon to observe and
respect, and upon our observance of it will de
pend not only the approbation of our own
households but the good opinion of our neigh
bors and tho world in general.
Whenever, then, a Mason who respects him
self and his family, respects tho gogd opinion
of his friends, and desires that the world
should think well of the institution in which
he takes a pride, -is tempted to prolong the
hours of his stay from homo after lodge clos
ing, let him reflect that not only will there be
an accountability for his delay but that it will
be charged rather to the craft in general than
to him. His wife or his family having confi
dence in his uprightness, will say: “It is the
fault of the lodge, not his,” and so, ninety
nine times out of a hundred, his sin will rest
upon innocent shoulders, and wrong bo done
to those who have earnestly endeavored to be
right.
Wo respectfully submit that no honest man
will willingly be a party to such a fraud, and
we are therefore justified in urging that not
only should Masons go home more promptly
than usual on lodge nights, but that when de
tained on other evenings they see to it that
Masonry be not allowed, even by implication,
to bear unmerited blame for the delay.
The ladies are not always the most reason
able beings in the world, but there are few in
stances in which they will not yield to the calls
of duty, and welcome With a smile the husband
whose evening has been spent in an effort to do
good. Let us be no less reasonable, and see
to it that the evening calls upon us be not too
frequent, nor the hours of those to which we
feel called to respond, too long.
An Interval. —For some weeks
past we have maintained a discreet silence in
relation to the Sewing Machine and Sword
entrusted to us for sale in behalf of the Hall
and Asylum Fund, not because we felt any less,
interest in the object sought to bo attained, or
any less determination to persevere unto the
end, but because the fearful disaster at Chi
cago seemed for the time being to overwhelm
all other appeals, and make it our duty to
maintain silence in the presence of the major
need. The hearty response of tho brethren to
the call, we need not eulogize, but we venture
to believe that their duty in that direction has
been fully discharged, and that we may now
be allowed to press the claims of the widows
and orphans for whoso benefit the sum wo de
sire to raise is to be given. It may not be out
of place to remind those who regularly read
this part of the Dispatch, ws well as others
not so regular, of the circumstances attending
this appeal. When the Committee on the Ma
sonic Picnic, given in 1870, made their an
nouncement,various brethren voluntarily gave
articles of value to the committee, to be dis
posed of by it for the best interest of tho un
dertaking, and it was decided to offer these ar
ticles as prizes, to encourage the sale of tick
ets. Among them, a sewing machine, given
by Bro. Isaac H. Ford, was awarded to Consti
tution Lodge, No. 244; and a Templar’s sword,
from the Virgil Price Manufacturing Company,
was given to Silcntia Lodge, No. 198. Imme
diately upon the award, these lodges, with en
tire unanimity, voted the gifts to tho Masonic
editor hereof, to be disposed of lor the benefit
of the Hall and Asylum Fund, and we immedi
ately made tho proposition that so many of the
friends of the Hall and Asylum, as felt like it,
should each forward us one dollar or more, for
the purchase of the articles in question, and
when a sum equivalent to their value had been
collected, the subscribers to say how the arti
cles should be disposed of. Up to the time of
tho fire, we had received and accounted for
eighteen dollars in cash, and reported some
thirty dollars additional collected in Constitu
tion Lodge. During the recess, we have re
ceived from B. W. Isaac H. Brown, of Puritan
Lodge, five dollars; from Mrs. Eliza C. Ageus,
Newark, N. J., one dollar; and wo presume
that there aro a few more left in one place and
another, which we respectfully urge may be
sent to us to close up tho transaction, and
weave the machine and sword into tho walls of
tho Temple. It is not a very formidable un
dertaking, but we cannot possibly leave it half
done, and we therefore continue the work,
looking hopefully to the end.
Knights Templar. —The knights of
Boston Commandery, which, it may be recol
lected, passed through here in the latter part
of September, on their way to visit the Hoosac
Mountain, have issued a circular acknowledg
ing the courtesies paid them at different
points. New Yorkers will be interested in the
following:
Resolved, That we will ever retain a pleasant
recollection of the knightly reception and hon
orary escort given us on our arrival and de
parture from New York by quite a large dele
gation from commanderies in the city of New
York and Brooklyn, and desire to return our
heartiest thanks to them for their constant
and fraternal attentions to us during our short
sojourn in the Empire City.
Resolved, That the special acknowledgments
of this commandery are due, and aro hereby
tendered to Temple Commandery, No. 2, oi
Albany, Eminent Sir Townsend Eondey, Com
mander, tor the very full parade and escort
voluntarily made by them upon our arrival at
Albany, and for the knightly greeting and
civilities so kindly offered m our brief stay and
transit through that city.
Your Committee would also acknowledge the
courtesy of a salute from a delegation of Hud
son Biver Commandery, No. 35, of Newburg,
upon the arrival of tho boat at that place.
Your Committee also desire to make mention
of an official visit of Sir Knight Cuson. Emi
nent Commander of Apollo Commandery of
Troy, New York, who called to pay his respects,
during our brief stay at that city.
Virginia and Texas. —We have es
pecial need of the printed transactions of the
Grand Commanderies of these two States for
1871, and will esteem it a special favor if any
one will loan them to us for a few days.
A Mason Buried at Sea. —ln mid
ocean when death comes ’iis tangibie desola
tion—a little world’s visible depletion, without
the possibility of replenishing the number, or
filling the void, unlike a death on land, where
the surgings of humanity, like forest leaves,
cover the space of the lost. This fact became
indelibly impressed on me on the homeward
bound voyage of the ship Horatio from the East
Indies many years ago. Among the passen
gers returning to America, was a gentleman
who had contracted consumption by his busi
ness as a tea sampler or taster, which is done
by taking a small quanlity of tea in the hands
and breathing on it, and then smelling the
flavor. The fine dust being inhaled into the
lungs for any considerable length of time, in
duces disease. Ho fully realized that ho must
soon die, but thought he might reach home
for the endearing adieux of bis friends, and
more especially for that burial from the hands
of his brethren in Masonry, which would seem
the crowning act of his life’s religion. But his
vitality deceived his hopes. After passing St.
Helena ho failed rapidly, and finally, seeing
that he could not reach land, bogged the cap
tain, who was a Mason, and the few who stood
around him, to do all that could be done to
symbolize his burial as a Masonic one, the only
door through which he wished hi's body to pass
to oblivion, and his spirit to the Infinite Lodge
of tried and perfect Masons. How well wo all
fulfilled the request, our limited resources
spoke eloquently. The simple little tributes
to tho good man’s wishes were to me more im
pressive than all the gorgeous funeral trap
pings since then witnessed. In the canvass
he was sewed up in we placed his “ gold mark,”
showing the symbol he was known by in his
chapter. His lamb-skin apron and all the
leaves we could pluck from a sickly geranium
—the nearest approach we could make to the
sprig of acacia—one forecastle sailor, with di
vine tenderness of soul, presented his all (and
a God could do no more), a few twigs of willows
gathered at St. Helena beside the empty grave
of Napoleon. At the foot of this canvass cof
fin was placed a cannon shot to ensure a
speedy burial. Wo all assembled at the lee
ward side of the ship, with the body placed on
a plank poised on the rail above the bulwark.
The order was given to “back the main
yard,” which caused the ship to lose headway
and remain nearly stationary, with all sail set.
It was .like the sun standing solemnly still in
mid-he'aven to respect this small world of woe.
With tremulous voices we sang the Masonic
burial hymn, “ Solemn Strike th<f Funeral
Chime.” The captain read the Episcopal
burial service ; in place of “Ashes to ashes,”
be used the words, “We therefore commit his
body to the deeji.” As tho sentence was being
pronounced, the end of the plank was raised,
and a quick plunge entombed the remains ot
our fellow-passenger where no human eye will
ever rest on his grave while mumbling faint
praises to his virtues. Scarcely had the rising
bubbles on the water ceased to break, when
the sonorous order of “fill away” brought the
deck in noisy tumult, and we were sailing on
again to eventually all arrive bv different
routes to the same port Masonic Jewel.
Symbols. —The word symbol is com
posed of two Greek words, literally meaning
placing, or casting together, of two things in
juxtaposition for contrast. Symbols aro thus
pictorial metaphors, by which tho original
thought is rendered clearer and more at
tractive. Thus, an open ei/e represents watch
fulness and caro ; an open hand, liberality and
generosity; a serpent, subtility; and a dove,
innocence.
Symbols aro divided into Types, Emblems,
and Devices, and Signs, Marks, and Tokens.
Type is properly from a mark, from a Greek
root, signifying literally to beat, thence an im
pression made by beating at a matrix. Thus,
any pic-iuro becomes a type.
Emblems are always associated with morai
apothegms.
Tho Device is merely personal.
Signs aro recognitions perceivable through
any of the senses, while a Mark, unless deeply
incised, is confined to the sight. A sign may
be distinguished in tho dark.
Token, meaning to ken or to know, is nearly
the same as sign, except that sign is used
either oi a person signimr or of tho thing sig
nified.
What is Sectarianism ? and What
is Tolerance ? No. I.—Masonic Editor of the
Mew York Dispatch I have alluded in my
former communication to certain documents
which I denominated as “ the rituals of the old
operatives." In order to convince the intelli
gent Masonic reader that these documents
were actually the rituals, permit mo to furnish
one of them, copied from the “ Gentleman's
Magazine” (p. 489, 1815). Mr. Jas. Dowland,
the owner of tho said MS. calls it “ a curious
address respecting Freemasonry,” and said:
“It is written on a long roll of parchment, in
a very clear hand, apparently early in the
seventeenth century, and probably is copied
from a MS. of earlier date.”
I give this preference to some eight or nine
others in my possession, because this one is
pronounced by some to be the oldest of twelve
or fourteen'of similar documents scattered in
England and Scotland, some of which are in
the various collections in the British Museum,
etc.; others ar® in possession of private par
ties ; while some aro still preserved by lodges
in England and Scotland. They have nearly
all been printed except three or four, which
Bro. Hughan promised me to obtain copies of,
and print thorn also. On comparing those in
my possession with each other, I find they all
more or less vary ; but I have little doubt that
they all owo their origin to the MS. known as
the Matthew Cooke’s MS. They all, or nearly
all, give the same quotations (chapter and
vorse) from the Bible, and all repeat the same
nonsense with very littlo variation. And I
may here add that, notwithstanding tho brag
of our luminaries, “ That Masonry has a liter
ature that has come down to'us along the
ages,” etc., etc. (See London Freemason, Oct.
21, 1871, a quotation from the Freemason’s
Depository, Providence", B. I.) All the litera
ture we can find of the Masons previous to
1717, consists in the poem and in Matthew
Cooke’s MS. described in my former communi
cation, and the family of rituals, of which the
following is a fair specimen; and how Bro.
Woodbury can undertake to prove that tho
Masons of olden time were otherwise than
what they professed to be, viz.: orthodox, is
more than I can tell. As the ritual and charges
is too long for one insertion, I have divided it,
and will here only add, that the few comments
I have interspersed between brackets have not
exhausted all that can bo said. And now for
tho literature of our ancient brethren :
“The might of the Father of Kings, with
the wisdoms of his glorious grace, through
the grace of the goodness of the Holy Ghost,
there bone three persons in one Godheade, bo
with us at our beginnings, and give us grace
so to govern us here in this mortal life liveinge,
that woo may corno to his kingdome that never
shall have endinge. Amen.
“Good Breetheren and Fellowes, Our pur
pose is to tell you how and in what manner
this worthy science of Masonrye was begunne,
and afterwards how it was favoured by worthy
Kings and Princes, and many other worship
full mon. And also to those that be willinge,
wee will declare the charge that belongeth to
any true Mason to keeps for in good faith.
And yee, have goode heede thereto, it is well
worthy to be well kept for a worthy cralt, and
a curious science..
“For there be seaven liberal sciences, of which
seaven it is one of them, and the names of the
seaven Sciences bene these: First is Grammere,
and it teaches men to speak truly and write
truly. (I wish that modern Grands would
speak truly and write truly.) And’the second
is Rethoric, and teaches a man to speak faire
in subtill tearms, (of that science tho present
Grands are masters.) And the third is Dialeo
tyke, and that teaches a man for to discerno or
know truth from false, (no such discernment
in the G. L. of Mass.) And the fourth is Aritli
metieke, and that teaches a man for to reckon
and to accompto all manner of numbers. And
the fifth is called Geometric, and that teaoheth
mett and measure of earth, and of all other
things, of which science is called Masonryo.
And the sixth science is called Musicks, and
that tcaclicth a man of song and voice, of
tongue and orgino, harp and tromp. And the
seaventh science is called Astronomyo, and
tha't teaoheth a man the course of the sunn,
moono and stars. These be tho seaven liberal
Sciences, the which been all founded in one
science, that is to say, Goomterio. And this
may a man prove that tho science of the worke
is founded by Geometrie, for Geometrie teach
eth a man mott and measure, pondcratiou and
weight, of all manner,of things on earth, for
there is noe man that worketh any science but
bo worketh by some mott or some measure,
nor no man tljat buyeth or selleth, but he buy
eth or selleth by somo measure or by some
weight, and all these is Geometrie. And these
merchants, and all craftsmen, and all other of
tho seven science?, aiidin special the plowman
and tillers of all manner of grounds, graynes,
seeds, vynes, flowers, and sellers of other fruits;
for Grammero or Betricke, neither Astronomic,
nor none of all tho other soaven sciences can
no manner find mott nor measure without Ge
ometrie. Wherefore mo thinketh that the sci
ence of Geometrie is most worthy, and that
Cndetli all other.
“ How these worthy sciences wore first be
gonne, I shall toll yon. Before Noyes’ flood
there was a man called Lameche, as it is writ
ten in the Byble in the liijth chapter of Gen
esis, and this Lameche had two wives, and the
one height Ada and tho other height Solia. By
his first wife, Ada, he gott two sonnos, and
that one Jahell and thother Tuball; and by
that other wife, Solia, ho gotta sonne and a
daughter. And thoso foui- children founden
the beginning of all sciences in the world. And
.this elder son, Jahell, found the science of Ge
ometrie, and he departed flocks of sheeps and
lands in the fild, and first wrought a house of
stone and tree, as it is noted in the chapter
above said. (The chapter says nothing of the
kind ; it only says, “He, Jabal, was the father
of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have
cattle,” which may mean tho Arabs, or Tar
tars.) And his brother Tuball found the sci
ence of Musicko, songs of tonguo, harp and
orgaino. And the third brother,'Tuball Cain,
found smithcraft of gold, silver, copper, iron
and steel; and the daughter found tho craft of
weaving. And these children knew well that
God would take vengenco for synn, either by
fire or water, wherefore they writt their sci
ences that they had found in two pillars of
stone, that they might be found after Noyo’s
flood. And that ono stons was marble, for that
would not burn with fire (how very scientific.)
And that other stone was clipped laterns, and
would not drown in noe water, (how very gram
matical).
“ Our intent is to tell you trulie how and in
what manner those stones wore found (how
very truly 1) that these science were written in
the great Hermarynes that was Cuby’s son, the
which Cub Bern’s sonne that was Noye’s son (I
doubt whether Bern bad a Cub). This Horma
rynes afterwards was called Harnes, the father
of wise men, and he found one of the two pil-.
lars of Stono, and found the sciences written
there and ho taughtit to other men (how much
more information wo get from this MS. than
from that of Matthew Cooke). And at the
making of the Tower ot Babylon there was
Masonry first made much of. And the Kinge
of Babylon that height Nemrothe was a Mason
Limself; and loved well the science, as it is
said with tho master of histories (what master
of histories ?), and when the City ot Nyneve
and other Citties of the East should be made
(when should they bo made?), Namrothe, tho
King of Babilon sent thither three score
masons at the rogation of the King of Nynove
his cousin. And when he sent them forth he
gave them a charge on this manner, That they
bo true to each of them to other, that they
should love truly together, -and that they
should servo their lord truly for their pay.
Soo that the master may have worshipp, and
all that long to him. And other more
charges he gave them. And this was the first
tyme that ever Mason had any charge of his
science.
“Moreover, when Abraham and Sirah his wifo
went into Egipt, there ho taught tho seaveu
scyencos to tho Egiptians; and he had a
worthy scolar that height Ewclide, and he
learned right well and was toaster of all the
vij sciences liberal]. And in his days it befoll
that tho lord ot tho estates of tho realme had
so many sounes that they had gotten some by
their wifes and some by other Jadves of the
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realme ; for that land is a hott land and a plen
teous of generation (so we see, that tho first
Lodge organized instead of being of “ lawful
blood,” were a mixed breed). And they had
not competent livelode to find with their
children, wherefore they made much care.
And then the King of the land made a great
counsell and a parliament, to witt. how they
might find their children honestly as gentle
men. And they could find no manner of good
way, and then they did cry through all the
realme, if there were any man that could en
forme them, that he should come to them, and
he should be so rewarded for his travill, that
he should hold him pleased.
“After this cry was made, then came this
worthy clarko Enclyde, and said to tho king
and to all his great lords, ‘lf yee will take me
your children to govern, and to teach them
ono of the seaven sciences, wherewith they
might live honestly as gentlemen should,
under a condition that yea will grant mo and
them a commission, that I may have power to
rule them after the manner that the science
ought to be ruled.’ And that the kinge and all
his courftell granted him a one, and sealed
their commission. And then this worthy
doctor tooko to him these lord’s sonues, and
taught them the scyonce of geometrie in
practise, for to worko in stones all manner of
worthy work that balongeth to buildinge
churches, temples, catells, towers, and man
ners, and all other manner of buildings, and
he gave them a charge on this manner.
“ The first was, that they should be true to
the king and to the lord that they owo. And
that they ebould lovo well together, and be
true each one to other, and that they should
call each other fellows, or else brother, and
not by servant or his knave, nor none other
foule name. And that truly they should
deserve their paie of the lord, or of the master
that they servo. And that they should ordaino
the wisest of them to be master of the worke,
and nether for love, nor great lynneadge, nor
ritches, no for noe favour to lett another that
hath little conning for to be master of tho
lords worke, where, through the lord, should
be ovill served and they ashamed. And, also,
that they should call their governors of the
worke master, in the time that they work with
him. And other many mo.ro charges that
longs to tell. And to all theso charges he
made them to sweare a great oath that men
used in that time, and ordoyered for them
reasonable wages that they might live honestly
by. And also that they should come, and
scmble together every year once, how they
might work best to servo the lord for bis
profitt, and to their owno worshipp, and to
correct within themselves him that had tres
passed against tho science. And thus was the
scyence ground there, and that worthy Mr.
Euclyde gavo it the name of Geometrie, and
now it is called through all this land Masourye.
“Sythen longe after, when tho children of
Israeli wero coming into the Land of Boheast,
that is now called amongst us the country of
Jhrlm, King David begun the Temple that
they calledj'Templum D'ni, and it is named with
us tho Temple of Jerusalem. And tho same
King David loved Masons well and cherished
them much, and gave them good paie. And
he gave the charges and tho manners as lie
bad learned of Egipt given by Euclido, and
other charges moo than yeo shall hoare-aftor
wards. And after the decease of King David,
Salamon, that was David’s sonno, performed
out the temple that his father begonne ; and
sont after Masons into divers countries, and of
divers lands, and getliered them together, so
that he bad fourscore thousand workers of
etone, and were all named Masons. And he
chooso out of them three thousand that were
ordayned to and governours of his
worke. And furthermore, there was a King of
another region that men called Iram, and he
loved well King Solomon, and ho gavo him
tymbor to his worke, and he had a sonn that
height Ayuon, and he was master of geometrie,
and was chief Meister of all his Masons, and
was Master of all Ins gravings and carvings,
and all other manner of Masonrie that longed
to tho Temple; and this is witnessed by the
Bible, in libro Regum, tho third chapter. (I
Will defy any one to find in the Bible Master
Aynon, the son of Irani). And this Solomon
confirmed both charges and the manners that
his father bad given to Masons. And thus was
that worthy scienco of Jlasonrye confirmed in
the country of Jerusalem, and in many other
kingdoms.” Jacob Norton.
(To ba Continued.)
Sit Lux!—“Let there be light!”
was the grand fiat of the Almighty at the crea
tion of the world, and he demonstrated the
practical use of it by clothing ignorance and
death in darkness.
“Let there be light” is the omnific word of
Freemasonry announced at initiation and re
echoed through tho porticos of Masonic pro
gression, and it never dies away till it accom
panies the representation of tho immortal soul
winging its way to the realms where God is the
light of tho universe.
“ Let there be light,” is the undying voice of
all nature, struggling for recognition by the
intelligence of man, who is placed in the world
as the appreciative renresontative of Nature’s
God.
■‘Let there bo light,” is the password of
Eternal Truth, as«ehe seeks to demonstrate
her existence and establish her divine mission.
With such sublime reflections at our initia
tion forcing themselves upon tho Mason’s mind
it is natural that tho intelligent freemason
should bs an ardent advocate of universal edu
cation, and it is equally natural that those be
longing to all societies of whatever name, who
owe their influence and power to bigotry,
should be opposed to tho march of intellect by
throwing over it the palo of ignorance.,
As Masons, we are not confined to any par
ticular system of education, only so it bo free
from all the entangling alliances ot a faction
which tends to bend and warp the mind oi the
young to a narrow view of things, instead of
lifting it up to the broad sunlight of investi
gated and domoiiutrulcd trnr.h.
Any system that cannot stand tho tiulli Lad
better die ; the sooner it dies tho betttor for tho
human race.
Ignorance is tho giant enemy of mankind,
presenting a herculean front, and backed up
by the myrmidons ot intolerance. A free edu
cation of tho masses is the death blow to per
secutions, tor by “ education” we do not moan
merely enabling the mind to grasp the power
of letters and figures, whereby one only reads
and calculates in an elementary point of view,
but wo mean that more emphatic education
which touches the heart as well as tne brain.
This need not and should not bo confined to
ecclesiastic schools, lor the reason that eight
tenths of the children who receive education
do not find their way to the latter ; therefore,
tho publio system of education should look
well to the text books. They should not bei
confined to bloody histories ; but tno kind and
gentle amenities which should exist between
man and man—the law of love and forgiveness
—the principles of justice effecting both publio
and private relations—tho high Sense of honor
and truthfulness which every child should bo
taught to appreciate and carry into life—the
development of the reasoning faculties, where
by even the infant mind learns to judge be.
tween right and wrong, and thus understand
the necessity and beneficence of a rebuke—tho
relationship between the creature and creator,
whereby the conscience is brought to a realiz
ing sonse of the accountability of man to a
higher power, in all his actions. Those lessons
aro as important in tho advance of civilization
as any other part of tho public system, and
can be effectually executed without interfering
with tho religious or political feelings of the
parents, as the teaching of mathematics.
There are, however, unfortunately, those
who cannot appreciate the value of education
unless it advances their peculiar dogmas.
Honce thoy oppose all taxation for publio
schools that looks to a grand and universal
plan of education, whoro the mind may ba
lifted to an altitude looking forward as well as
backward over the vast field of intellectual and
scientific research. They seem afraid that
somo heretofore undiscovered secret may bo
brought to light which will conflict in somo
way with set ideas which they have believed
and taught from time immemorial.
Again we say that any idea which will not
bear the refining fires of Truth, proves itself
to bo an error, and as such, the sooner it is
exploded, the batter. The propagators of er
roneous ideas are, however, the bitter enemies
of a thorough education, and they shrink from
the Light which God commanded to shine
forth.
But, thank God, the day of intolerance and
ignorance has passed by for this ago, The war
between light and darkness has been going si
lently on for the past half century, and light is
tho victor,. To bo sura it has not yet claimed
its universal wreath of triumph, but its ene
mies aro disheartened and demoralized. They
must give way before that grand reserve force
which to-day aro laying in their ammunition in
every school-house of tiio land. In the coming
half century they and others will go forth to
tho good fight, and in this free Republic,
founded only on the intelligence of the ballot,
they will vote down the ignorant horde who
have for so many centuries shackled the mind,
and ruled the people with an iron sceptre.
On the first dawn of victory is the time to or
ganize and utilize the result. We aro opposed
to all extremes. One is as dangerous as the
other. A law which would take children from
their parents and compel education would be
almost as dangerous as the one which would
abolish the schools altogether. We are per
fectly willing to leave the result to be deter
mined by the vast superiority of education over
ignorance. Let there bo universal taxation
sufficient to educate every child, and let there
be no division at the school fund tor sectarian
purposes, but let every parent send his child
where ho pleases, and the result will demon
strate that'those who take advantages of the
facilities afforded will rise to the top, not only
in the social, but in the public spheres of life,
and those who reject will go to the bottom,
whore they properly belong. Let those who
oppose public education on the ground that it
is dangerous ior the masses, and “'leads them
to aspire to positions above tho necessary sta
tus of laborers,” hug their delusion, and we
will look to themjfor supplies in that lino. They
can hoodwink their followers, and the intelli
gent boy will grow up, and, by his superior
brain advantages, will give those blinded fol
lowers tho employment they are fit for.
We believe in the empire of blood and brains,
and that is an empire which is not determined
by the accident of birth or wealth.
If certain nations we could name had not
have perpetuated an almost superstitious op
position to a general education, they might
have stood forward in the world with repre
sentatives in all the great advancements of the
age, instead of furnishing, as they do, the
hewers of wood and drawers of water for the
rest of mankind.
It has been clearly demonstrated that Provi
dence supplies the world with a sufficient num
ber of minds capable only for certain duties,
and the supply will always be equal to the de
mand. At present it is too great, owing to the
fact that hundreds of thousands of bright in
tellects which have been crushed down by this
fanatical opposition to a system of education
which should allow a body to develop all the
powers of mind which God has given him.
There is scarcely a limit to the power of men
tal development, as the wonderful inventions
of (he century demonstrate; hence there could
always be scales of difference in the status of
mankind, and which explodes the bauble
theory that “if all are educated, who will do
the work?” Ignorance of palpable facts could
alone suggest such a question. Give the mind
its fulcrum of education, and it will lift the
vail of ignorance, and let in the broad sunlight
of God’s intelligence, wisdom, and goodness,
and then the world will bo happier and better.
We are in favor of children being educated as
much as possible in tho mechanic arts, where
by they will become thinkers and inventors,
and be prepared for usefulness in the industri
al activities of life. Also in physiology, where
by they may learn to appreciate and under
stand their dim nature and construction, thus
avoiding the thousand ills flesh is heir to, and
help them to improve the mental and physical
stamina of their race. In short, the word
““education” compasses a world of thought,
radiating its light into the thousand avenues
of life ; it is the signet of the soul, which opens
tho portals of Heaven when properly under
stood and carried into execution.
That which is good cannot be too universally
enjoyed, and as the Masonic institution was es
tablished for tho elevation of man and the
amelioration of his condition, it is proper that
it should bo the firm ally and support of public
schools.— St. Louis Freemason.
Masonic Reunion. —On Monday
evening, the 6th instant, there was a happy
reunion had at Prince of Orange Lodge,
No. 16, of which B. W. E. E. Thorne
is Master, by a visit of the Master (John
L. Heid') of'Republic Lodge, No. 690, all
the officers, and many of the members, with
P. M. G. Satterlee. They were handsomely
received and welcomed by R. W. Bro. Thorne,
in a neat address, to which W. Bro. Reid
earnestly responded. R. W. Isaac H. Brown,
Grand Steward, and B. W. C. A. Gregory,
, D. D. G. M. of the Fifth Masonic Dis trict,
were also present. The Third Degree was
conferred by R.W. Bro.E. G.Thorne. Tuorooms
were crowded and all seemed delighted, and it
was generally remarked that such friendly
visits of lodges was conducive of much good
and kindly brotherly feeling. The writer was
very glad that he was present.
Exceptions. Manhattan Com
mandery, No. 81, of New York, and Clinton,
No. 14, of Brooklyn, are making arrangements
to give receptions and soirees dansanles at the
respective Academies of Music in the two cities,
which arc expected to be exceptionally bril
liant.
Funeral of Thomas S. Sommers.—
The funeral ceremonies of a well-known and
honored resident of Ravenswood, Wor. Paet
Master Thomas S. Sommers, of Kane Lodge,
New York, were performed at St. Thomas’s
Church, Ravenswood, N. Y., on Sunday, the
22d ult., at 2 12 o’clock P. M.
The solemn burial service of the Episcopal
Church was read by the rector, Rev. Thomas
B. Newby, and a sermon, designed to convey
comfort to the bereaved family, was delivered
by him, from the text St. Matthew v., 4,
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall
bo comforted.”
A beautiful white cloth, ornamented with an
ivy vine, covered the altar, and ivy was fes
tooned very gracefully upon the chancel win
dows. The chancel rail was draped in black,
and was covered with tender, clinging vinos;
while an anchor of choice flowers, the gift of
Mrs. Rathbone, adorned the centre. The altar
chandelier was trimmed with the weeping wil
low, fit emblem of mortality.
After the church services were ended, a very
interesting Masonic ceremony was conducted
by the officers and members of Kano Lodge, of
New York. Wor. Bro. Sommers had served
this lodge, as Master, lor ten years, and was
loved and respected by all for his many esti
mable traits of character. Advance Lodge, of
Astoria, was also represented by a large dele
gation of officers and members.
The officers of Kane Lodge had on their
splendid and costly regalia, consisting of
aprons and collars of white and blue satin, em
broidered in gold and trimmed with ermine.
An elegant diamond-mounted jewel of. office
was worn by Wor. P. M. Gen. Roome.
The address and committal were read most
feelingly by the W. IL, R. H. Thomas, the
grand public honors being given by all the
Masons who were present.
In the absence of tho regular Chaplain of
the lodge, (Rev. Dr. Carter), this office was
filled by tho rector of St. Thomas’ Church, Ra
venswood, who was formerly Grand Chaplain
of New Hampshire.
The farewell was very sad and most impress
ive. Each brother, as ho passed the casket
containing the romaine, deposited a sprig oi
acacia, saying, “ Alas! my brother.” Some of
the most eminent Masons in this country were
present at these ceremonies, among others,
Bro. Robert Graham, of Astoria, a member of
the Northern Supreme Council, A. and A. S. B.
W. Bro. Thomas 3. Sommers was a man who
had a great many warm and attached friends,
and was deservedly popular, being distin
guished for urbanity of manner and uniform
benevolence. He was remarkable for an ac
curate knowledge of the law, and possessed a
sound judgment. His memory was wonder
fully correct. Last Spring he was elected a
vestryman of St, Thomas’ Church, Ravens
wood, and in this capacity his loss is deeply
felt and much lamented. May the cross of
earthly trial have been exchanged for a crown
ot heavenly joy.
Questions—Thoughts—ltieas.
G. A. H.—Can you inform me if there is a
Masonic lodge in Rome, Georgia, and give me
its name ?
Answer.— Yes. Cherokee Lodge, No. 66.
Scotia.—When is a man considered by th o
Masonic fraternity to be of lawful age to be
come a Mason in Scotland?
Answer Twenty-one years.
HenbyW.—Would gladly comply your
request, but for the fact that we should have
to do the same for fifty others, and we cannot
afford it.
Young Cbaftsman.—The disposition to cure
every evil, as well as to inaugurate all improve
ments by proposing some action in tho Grand
Lodge, is one of our weak points. There are
many improvements in lodge practice that the
lodges themselves can amend whenever they
feel so inclined; among them tho practice of
conferring a number of degrees at one meet
ing. The Grand Lodge will not allow more
than five persons to be initiated at one and tho
same time, but every lodge may resolve for
itself not to confer the initiatory degree on
more than one candidate at a time, and we are
of opinion that any lodge will be doing a good
thing for itself by making a regulation forbid
ding the conferring of more than one degree
at the same meeting.
Velveteen.—There is no regulation that wo
over heard of making it imperative that any
special material should bo used for lodge col
lars ; tho colors only are mentioned. In this
jurisdiction it is of no sort of importance, be
cause lodges are putting as: do collars alto,
gather, and adopting a general simplicity in
decoration.
Masonic Tyrants. —We have often
been asked: “ How is it that so many men of
small calibre and little culture, who have con
Jiderable self-esteem combined with dostruo ■
uveness and obstinacy, who are sure to be
come, or are, in fact, tyrants innately, have
crept into the Masonic fraternity?”
It is not our purpose to answer the above
question, but simply to acknowledge the fact
of their existence, and that every lodge ap
pears to be inflicted with them more or less.
We know of nothing so derogatory to the
well-being of an organization as a man of this
stamp. He is easily offended, and never for
gets nor forgives an offense. His egotism is
insurmountable, and he is always endeavoring
to make himself think, and others believe, that
he is tbe great I am, and that nothing can be
right unless he performed it or was the origi
nal in its inception.
Without the ability to rule, he thrusts him
self forward as a ruler, and if ho is outvoted
his temper rises, and he seeks revenge by stab
bing his lodge, whenever an opportunity pre
sents itself.
We see him in and out of the lodge, deriding
everybody and everything that is not of his
creation or suggestion; ever watching for an
opportunity to wreak a petty spite upon some
brother who has unwittingly stood m his way.
If the tyrant has money—which is very like
ly to be the case—he will risk it in revengeful
efforts to out-do his neighbors; beside the pit
iful use he will put it to, to carry his revenge
to a successful end. If lie has the gift of
speech, ho will be found always at the front,
scolding ungrammatically, and threatening
divers pains and penalties upon all those who
may be so unfortunate as to hear his execrable
English.
Tho damage that such a man can do is not
to be measured by any rule of ethics, for ho is
constantly tearing down what the combined
efforts of a whole body fail to build up, viz.:
peace and harmony. The only way to deal
with such a man, is to get rid of him at tho
earliest opportunity, and when you have done
so, keep him at a respectful distance, for you
are never safe with such an one, unless you
have a ring in his nose and he tied firmly to
the post of outraged justice.
Investigating committees should never con
sider their labor finished until ti*ey have made
minute inquiry into a candidate’s disposition,
as well as his moral and physical qualifica
tions. When they find a man who never main
tains friendly relations but for a short time
with his associates, they should give him a
wide margin, oven though he may be a saint
in moral and religious ethics. A man, per
haps, can be a moral man, a religious man—
that is to say, a feryent, prayerful man out
wardly, and still, under the garb of righteous
ness be a perlect devil—so can he be strictly a
moral man, and yet bo tho most injurious man
to the interests of a moral organization.
Tbe old ptoverb, “a little leak may sink a
ship,” is quite applicable to this class of men
whom we style Masonic tyrants. Tbe leaking
out, httle by little, of a petty tyrant’s passion
may make an entire organization unfruitful
and unhappy, beside the distress it may pro
duce in the' minds of individuals long after
society bad ceased to exist—in fact, follow them
through all their pursuits.
Brethren, each one of you can point out your
man that will answer tho character we have
here described. Let it bo your province to
chain him immediately, lost ho has you bound
hand and foot in the moshes of his tyrannical
obsequiousness, and nothing left but ruin and
ill-feeling.— Landmark.
MASONIC DIRECTORY.
UNION CHAPTER, No. 180, R. A. M., meets
every Saturday evening, at o’clock, at No. 161
Eighth avenue, corner of Eighteenth street. Visitors
are al nays welcome. JOHN SCHREYER, H. P.
COPESTONE CHAPTER, NO. 203, R. A. M.,
meets on the 2d and 4th MONDAY of every month at
No. ISS West Thirtieth street. Members of other
Chanters are cordially invited to be present.
AMERICUS CHAPTER, No. 215, R. A. M.,
meets first and. third Thursday of each month, in En
campment Room, Odd Fellows’ Hall, Grand and Cen
tre streets. The fraternity always welcome.
GEO. A. PHELAN, H. P.
H. Clay Lantus, Seo.
STANDARD CHAPTER, No. 252. R. A. M,
meets Ist, 3d and sth Saturdays, at No. 594 Broadway .
C. H. QUAIL, See.
LODGE OF STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 91,
F. and A. M.» meets on the second and fourth Tues
day evenings of each month, at Masonic Hall. No. 275
Bleecker street. THOMAS FARSON, M.
S. M. Underhill, Sec.
GLOBE LODGE, No. 588, F. and A. M.—
Regular communications on firstand third Tuesdays
of each month, at No. 594 Broadway. The fraternity
are cordially invited to attend.
REGINALD T. HAZELL. M.
William V. King, Sec.
SCOTIA LODGE, No. 634.—Regular comma
meat ions, first, third, and fifth Mondays, at No. 16
Eighth avenue, corner of Eighteenth street.
M. GRIEVES, M.
W. M. Robinson, Sec.
ggT A. R. A. M. ia good standing, end
with six years experience as clerk and bookkeeper in a
bank, is desirous of getting into soma position where
there would be a chance of advancement, is at present
employed in a bank in Wall street, where he has been
for three years, but don’t see much chance of getting
on. Has the very best of references. Has no objection
to leavo’tho city. Address
DELTA. Sunday Dispatch office.
OT I beg to inform my Ulasonie and
other friends, that my departure for Germany is irrevo
cably fixed for the 18th inst., par steamer Weser. My
time being too limited, I must relinquish the pleasure
of making personal calls, and I avail myself of this way
to bid my numerous friends a cordial and fraternal fare
well. OSCAR HUSSINAN,
Charter Oak Lodge, No. 219.
New Yobk, Nov. 11,1871.
fgF TJa® Annual Bal! eff
PARK LODGE,
No. 516, F. AND A. M.,
WILL BE HEID ON
WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOV. 29th, 1871»
AT THE
ADELPHI HALL.
Corner of Fifty-second street and Seventh avenue.
The committee will endeavor to make this one of tho
most agreeable affairs of the season.
&T Th© Second Anraia! Bal! of
TECUMSEH, LODGE, NO. 487, IN AID OF
THE HALL AND ASYLUM FUND,
AT IRVING HALL,
ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 1871.
TICKETS ONE DOLLAR.
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(gF Constitution □, So. 211, F. and A. Jf.
—Brethren: You are hereby summoned to attend the
next stated Communication of this Lodge, on Tuesday
evening, Nov. 14, at 7% o’clock, in our Rooms, Booth’s
Building, corner of Twenty-third street and Sixth
avenue, to take action on imvortaut business.
By order of
G. W. WYCKOFF, W. M.
H. C. Pabke, Seo.
gg” The Members of lUanahatta □, Ko,
489. F. and A. M., are hereby summoned to appear at
the next regular Communication, Tuesday evening, 14th
inst. Business amendments to the by-laws. By order
of the W. M,
Wm. Eyfield, Sec’y.
W Pyramid □, Ko. 499.—Brethren :
You are hereby summoned to attend a regular commu
nication to be held at the rooms corner of Eighteenth
street and Eighth avenue, on the 23d inst. Business
amendment of by-laws. By order,
WM. H. BURNAP, M.
T-hos. G. Gkounsell, Sec.
gg” Tisa members of Zeredatha □, No.
483, are hereby summoned to attend the next regular
communication, on Monday evening, 13th inst., at *l%
o’clock. Tho District Deputy Grand Master will make
his official visit. Members of sister Lodges are cordially
invited to be present.
WHIRRS RILEY. M.
H. u. j/ackand, Secretary,
. ...
KT SiußCßonso—Tis© Members ef Perse
verance Lodge, No. 652, are hereby summoned to attend
a special meeting of the Lodge, to-day, at 12 o’clock M.,
at No. 8 Union square, to pay the last sad tribute of re
spect to our late Brother, George Rogers.
Ry order of BRUNO RATH JEN, M.
Alfred J. Murray, Secretary.
ggT Empire Chapter, No. 17ft, R. A. M.—
Companions: You are hereby summoned to attend a
Secial convocation of the chapter, this day, at 12 o’clock
~ at No. 594 Broadway, for the purpose of paying the
last tribute of respect to our late Companion, George
Rogers.
Companions of sister Chapters are respectfully invited
to participate.
ROBERT BLACK, B. P.
E. Loewenstein, Secretary.
DIED*
HAUPTMAN.—On Saturday, Nov. 11, Joseph Haupt
man, aged forty-two years.
The relatives and friends are invited to attend the
funeral from his late residence. Third, avenue, between
One Hundred and Fifth and Ona Hundred and Sixth
streets, on Monday, at 12% o’clock.
gg?” Arcbiteet □, No. 519,—Brothers, you
are hereby summoned to attend a special communica
tion of Architect Lodge, No. 519, to be held at their
rooms southeast corner of Eighty-sixth street and Third
avenue, on Monday, at 12 o’clock, for the purpose of at
tending the funeral of our late Brother Joseph Haupt
man. JAMES GRIBBLE, A. M.
William A. Conklin, Sec.
fg” Craftsman’s mutual Benefit Assaeia
tion.—The Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors
C. M. B. A. are held at No. 113 Bowery, first Friday
of each month, at 8 P. M.
Thos. H. Durham, Sec’y. JAS. RUTTER, Pres.
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HUMORSJJF JTHE_POLIOE.
A MOTHER CHUCKS HER BABY AT ITS DADDY
Domestic infelicity has brought Officer Ciarkin, of
the Twenty-ninth Precinct, in trouble, arising out ot
a misunderstanding between husband and wife.
Mr. Charles Lear, who has separated from his wife,
maintains two children, and boards with his sister,
Mrs. Thompson, at No. 482 Sixth avenue. Up till
Monday, the 30th ult., she kept the youngest, a child
a year old, which she disposed of that nighs by
throwing iu the house where the father is boarding.
About twelve o’clock on tho evening m question,
when husband, brother, and sister-in-law were fast
tied up in the land of Nod, a gentle knock came to
the door of No. 482 Sixth avonuo. No attention wag
paid to it, as it had the weak, indefinite sound of
plaster falling between the walls. Another knock
came more definite, and Mrs. Thompson got out of
bed, went to the door, and said, “ Who is there ?”
Five times she repeated the important query, and no
answer was vouchsafed. Becoming alarmed, she
awakened her brother Tom, who roomed with
Charles. He got up, ready, if need be, to face the
great unknown. He didn’t wait to assr who wag
there, but chucked the door open, and instantly was
chucked in a year old humanity, which he very dex
terously caught before Jailing to the floor. Up to
this point all is clear. Eut here begins tho muddle
which involves the officer. Mrs. Lear claims that
she has a warrant for the arrest of her husband for
abandonment, so she told Ciarkin. Be says he has
a warrant fur her arrest. It does not, however, ap
pear for what. It is charged that Mrs. Lear was
very abusive when returning her last born to its
father, and out of spite she loft the hall in a condi
tion that tbe services of a sanitary corps were neces
sary to straighten up things. This appears in the
complaint, but does not come out in the evidence.
Thomas and Charles, after Mrs. Lear had left, put
on their inexpressibles and other fixings, and went
down stairs and found the lady in a liquor saloon
drinking. Both brothers asked Ciarkin, who was on
the opposite corner, to arrest her. He refused to do
it, although, as they allege, she was intoxicated and
disorderly in the tongue, abusing all hands. Mrs.
Thompson, who had stuck her head out of the wln
dow to see what was going on, says of her sister-in
law:
‘ She stood and called me every thing she could.
And she wasn’t satisfied with that, but she called my
mother out of her name, who has been dead nlna
years."
This abuse, the officer says, he heard nothing of,
though three witnesses, two brothers and a sister,
swear to it. The officer’s story is very plausible. Ha
says tho husband came to him to arrest the woman,
when the following colloquy occurred between tho
two:
“Who is she?"
“My wife. I want you to arrest her."
“ What for—what is the charge?"
“She is drunk?"
“ No more than you."
“ If she is disorderly, shouldn’t you arrest her ?’*
“How is she disorderly?"
“ She came to my house and chucked a baby in thG
door."
“Whoso baby?"
*• Mine."
“ Did she do any thing else—did she assault any
body ?"
“No."
That was what occurred between the husband and
the officer, and swearing that he saw no disorderly
conduct, heard no abusive language, and the woman
being sober; be could not make the arrest. He prom
ised to bring two witnesses that would prove Mrs.
Lear was sober that night, which brought about an
adjournment of the case.
ASSAULTING A STREET-WALKER.
Mary Johnson, an alleged street-walker, charged
Officer Martin, of the Twenty-sixth Precinct, with
committing an unprovoked assault on her. Martin
was stationed inside the Park, at the City Hall. Ac
cording to the girl’s evidence, as she was walking on
the pavement, outside of tho Park, he jumped off a
car, and kicked her on the side, told her to go home,
and then walked on. A citizen witnessed this occur
rence, but couid not swear it was a man in a police
uniform. Had the officer come out of the Park, and
assaulted the girl, it would liave looked more reason
able, but to be riding on a car outside of his post
looks rather dubious. He proves by a witness that
within ten minutes of the alleged assault he was pa
troling inside the Park. Ho also says that the girl
who complains against him, and her witness, Anne
Burke, have been P.,rk cruisers for the last three
years, and, more than likely, he has incurred theis
enmity by keeping them out of tho Park grounds.
The case was referred.
COULDN’T TALK DUTCH.
The charge against Hart, of tho Twenty-third Pre
cinct, was talking fifteen minutes to a female. Hart’s
misfortune was that he couldn’t talk Dutch. A Ger
man came to him and told him, as near as he could
make out, that he had a falling out with his neigh
bor, who had employed two fellows to smash in hig
windows. Failing to understand him, he went with
the man to tho wife, who spoke better English. Un
derstanding the case, he told thorn to get a warrant.
She said her husband had been up to Judge McQuade,
and he would not do anything for thorn. Hart said
in that case he cou ddo nothing for them. The casg
was dismissed with a reprimand.
DANGER OF A HASTY TEMPER.
Policemen, like other men, cannot always control
their tempers, and McCarthy, of tho Eighth Precinct,
is a fair sample of that assertion. Captain McDer
mott, tho complainant, said that between one and
two o’clock on Sunday afternoon, tho 29th ult., Mc-
Carthy asked him to excuse him tho afternoon tour,
to attend the funeral of an old lady who had died in
t£e house where ho boarded, at No. 18 South Fifth
avenue. He was asked if she was a relation of his.
He said “No; nothing more than sho had lived in
the house." He obtained permission, the cap
tain, returning from dinner, was surprised when in
formed by the sergeant that McCarthy had returned
io tho stalion-houso and reported that he was too
late for the funeral, and had made up bis mind not
to go. That was getting an afiernoon’s leave of ab
sence on false pretenses—so the captain thought.
He ascertained tbe name of the party said to be
buried, and, on inquiring at the Board of Vital Sta
tistics, he found that no permit to bury had boon
issued. The captain then sent a sergeant to see if
anybody had been buried from No. 18. He reported
that no death had occurred there. In the evening,
when McCarthy came in to go on duty, be was ques
tioned as to tho lady that had died. Instead of an,
swering the captain, ho became excited, and asked
him if he doubted his word. Tho captain said ho
did. Thereupon he threw down his shield and
walked out of the sta ion-house. After cogitating
the matter over for seventeen hours, ho came back
and apologized, and had his shield restored to him.
The case was referred.
RATHER A SMALL BUSINESS. '
Burns, of the Eighteenth Precinct, was up on a
charge of fibbing to Sergeants Looney and Nichol
son. It appears that Burns on his way home to
supper saw two boys firing stones at a car. He
made for them, and in the run fell and broke two
fingers. The car stopped, and the boys being out
of sight, he got on the car and rode home to supper.
Returning to the station he reported the accident,
and Sergeant Nicholson so entered it on tho blotter,
and sent him to Bellevue Hospital to have tho
fingers set. Two days afterward Roundsman
Mitchel, who has not the best of feeling toward
Burns, told Sergeant Looney that brother Burns had
rather fibbed, in stating that ho fell chasing boys; it
was running to catch the car. There were no boys
in sight. On the trial Mitchel was proven io have
fibbed. He did not see Burns fall, but saw him get
up, those that saw him fall, saw the boys. The case
was dismissed.
ASLEEP IN A BARBER’S CHAIR.
gfGitgar, of the Twenty.eighth Precinct, was de.
tailed to a registry m Hudson street. Abofit eleven
o’clock Captain McClary entered tho barber’s shop,
where they were registering, and found Gilgar lay
ing back in a barber’s chair fast asleep, his eyeg
shut and his mouth open. The captain remarked on
entering, “This is a pretty poliecman to watch.”
The inspector halloed, and Gilgar, ,afler getting
up and rubbing his eyes, said, “I ain’t asleep.”
The captain sent him to the station house, and put
another man in his place. What made sleep in
excusable was the fact that he had only been two
hours on duty, and had the privilege of a good
night’s rest. The inspector asked tho captain not to
report him, as it was a sleepy kind of day. The case
was referred.
WOULDN’T LET WELL ENOUGH ALONE.
Ostrom, of the Twentieth Precinct, was charged by
Sergeant Keapo with laying down in a registry room.
So indifferent was.he that in passing, the Sergeant
saw him from the street, down, and the cap over hig
face. As soon as Heape entered, one of tne Inspec
tor’s holloed to the officer and wakened him, but ho
did not get up even then ; he removed the cap from
his face and still lay. With plain facts like these he
attempted to get the Sergeant to say that he saw him
when he lay down, while Heape could have swore
him asleep without any great stretch of conscience.
The case was referred.
PLUNKET’S DILEMMA.
Roundsman Combes went three times over Plun
kett’s post before he saw him,and when found, it was
coming out of a hall in Hester street. His excuse
v,'as that he went in to see if everything was right;
he found the hall door open. On trial, Plunkett said
that tins hall led to a saloon, and tho door was
always shut with the exception of that night. Combeg
said the hall led to a tenement house and a saloon
by a side entrance, and was never locked. The
plaint was made Nov. 2 and was tried the 10th.
Every alternate nigbt since then he has found this
door open up to 4in the morning. P unkett tried to
convey the impression that it was locked because ha
did not see it open. He also proved by two inmateg
of the house that they would like the door locked,
and by right it should, but was often left open. Tho
defence was “too thin." and the case was referred tc
tbe Board.
ADDING INSULT TO INJURY.
A serious charge was made against Grogan, of the
Eighteenth Precinct. Mrs. Rosanna Roach residea
at No. 311 West Twenty-fourth street. On the Ist
inst. a loud of coal was dumped at her door. A num
ber of boys amused themso ves throwing, kicking,
and scattering the coal about, and the officer, who
was near by, was sent for to arrest the boys. At first
he would not come, and when he did, it was to call
her an old vagabond, and ask her what she wanted
him for. She said to put the boys away. He told
her to get in the house or he would choke her. Sho
made for the house, when he caught her by the
threat and choked her on the street, and into hes
house, and, on leaving, said he didn’t care for com
missioners. captain, or anybody e’se. Her story wag
corroborated by two witnesses. Grogan, in defense,
said some boys came to him and said that Mrs.
Roach had employed them to take in coal, and when
nearly in/she ordered them away, and would not
pay them anything. When he we»t down to put the
boys away, they were lighting fires. He took two
bo\ s in, and Mrs. Roach was mad at that, and when
became down, shs ca’led him a drunken loafer. Ta
stop her abuse, he told her to go in the house, when
she raised a shovel to strike him, and ho put hig
hand on her shoulder and gave her a shove. The
witnesses for Grogan testified to the abuse that ha
received from Mrs. Roach, but not a word was said
in reference to the ©filcer’s language. Tbe case wag
referred. E3^ assns;L2saK3BaaamHgHaaa |
“I’m thy fathers spirit,” as tho
bottle said to the little boy when he found it in tit?
wood-pile, and wondered what it was.
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