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Sunday Edition. June 16
H. W. JOHN W. SIMOBIS, P. C. 8.. Editor
To Masonic Advebtisbrs. Adver-
Ueements to appear under the Masonic heading must
be handed in before six o'clock on Saturday evenlag,
its the rapid increase of the circulation of the Dis
patch compels ns to put the page on which the Ma
sonic matter appears to press at a much earlier hour
than heretofore.
Echos of the Session*
Men are most apt to talk of that which has
tnost occupied their thoughts, aud we there
fore assume that a few words in review of the
late annual session will be looked for from us
at this time. It was tn truth one of the most
remarkable hold in many years, and appears
to us to be the sanction of a new departure in
Various respects. And right here let us call
attention to an evil introduced of late years,
and seeming to grow by what It feeds upon,
Which we trust may be incontinently and per
petually abolished. We refer to the custom of
making audible and unequivocal signs of as
sent or dissent, as the case may be, in the
Bourse of the proceedings. It has always
been the boast of the Masonic institution that
its discipline, however rigid, has been cheer
fully submitted to because it has resulted from
the convictions of the brethren, and has been
the result rather of their individual apprecia
tion of duty than of any special exhibition of
power on the part of authority. It has been
often and truly said that in any regular lodge
Of Masons, the business is transacted with as
much propriety and decorum as in any other
assemblage of men, and infinitely more so
than in the various legislative balls of the
country. This being true, as it undoubtedly
is, it seems strange that in the Grand Lodge,
which should naturally be the model of all the
Masonic proprieties, there should be such a
relaxation of authority as to permit the repre
sentatives to applaud or deride after the fash
ion of a theatre or political meeting. Wo have
never witnessed such an exhibition in a Ma
sonic assembly without pain, and now, while
there is time and opportunity to think of it,
We appeal in all earnestness to the brethren,
to utterly discountenance it, and to the Grand
. Master to forbid it with all the energy of bis
high power. If wo cannot have dignity in the
Grand Lodge then it is hopeless to look for it
elsewhere, and, not only this, but the example
of disorder will be contagious, and we shall be
treated to the sad spectacle of lively debates
in subordinate lodges attended by such signs
of enthusiasm as attend a well delivered ap
peal to sentiment or sympathy on the stage or
the rostrum. • As a corrollary to this, we also
call attention to the methods of canvassing for
favorite candidates by eulogistic speeches In
their behalf at the moment the polls are about
to open. It is doubtful whether anything is
ever gained by such addresses, for at the su
preme moment when the ballot is about to be
taken it stands to reason that the voters have
fairly made up their minds, and hence the ap
peal is simply a waste of time ; but it is not
with that phase of the question we have to
deal, but rather with the fact that a discussion
pf merit should be publicly allowed in the
Grand Lodge. It makes no diffeisence how
groat or how small, how popular or unpopular
a candidate may be, the open espousal of his
cause on the floor of the Grand Lodge is to set
aside the whole theory of the institution, and
Io derogate from that decent solemnity which
Should mark the assemblies of Masons,
especially when convened in Grand Lodge. On
this point we most earnestly solicit a thorough
reform. If, in the future, the personal merit
pf a candidate, his services to the craft, bis
capacity for the office to which it is proprosed
to elect him, and the private efforts of his
friends will not suffice to secure success, then
for the sake of the fair fame of the institution,
for the preservation of that discipline which is
an essential feature of Masonry, and without
which it will lose its strongest hold on the
affection and reverence of the membership;
in behalf of the memory we owe to the efforts
and precepts of the fathers, let him fail.
Men come and go, but principles, if right,
are eternal. Lot it be so in all coming meetings
of our Grand Lodge that every member shall
school himself to subordinate his ofvn likes
and dislikes to the quiet and imposing dignity
which is the natural birthright aud appanage
Of Masonry.
Once more. The representation in Grand
Lodge, under the present system, is annually
growing larger as the natural and logical re
sult of the increase in the number of lodges,
and, so far as we can see, this is likely to con
tinue until, by the very logic of events, some
sudden remedy is applied. Those accustomed
io look forward and calculate results have long
foreseen that in the process of time something
Fill have to be done to reduce the number of
representatives, or otherwise intelligent legis
lation will bo entirely out of the question.
There is, however, an evident disposition not
io deal with the question at present, and we
need not therefore occupy time and space in
an argument likely to fall on inattentive ears,
but we make this suggestion, namely, that at
future meetings measures be adopted to the
Bnd that there shall be an entire separation be
tween the representatives and merely visiting
brethren. As long as the Grand Lodge con
tinues to bo held in the great metropolis, it is
a necessary consequence that its sessions will
be the point of attraction to a large number of
residents or transient brethren anxious to wit
ness for themselves the proceedings of the
largest Masonic body in the world, and as here
tofore no order has been taken on the subject,
there has been a promiscuous mixing up of
representatives and visitors, which fact has
greatly added to tho difficulty of making clear
any subject requiring or eliciting discussion.
Far from wishing to conceal from tho craft in
general any subject connected with the dolib
. erations of Grand Lodge, we would, on the
contrary, do all in our power to have these sub
jects discussed in lodges, and the wisdom of
the brethren at large brought to boar upon
the various questions presented, but as in
Grand Lodge only qualified brethren can vote,
and as it is eminently proper that all should
vote understandingly, and to that end have the
best possible facilities for reaching the discus
sion, and hearing what is said, wo therefore
propose that in tho new hall, where it is nojr
probable tho next annual Communication will
Be held, arrangements should bo made to se
cure all tho front seats for the special use of
representatives, and forbid any one not a mem
ber of Grand Lodge from occupying them un
der any pretext whatever. This, of course,
will not affect brethren entitled thereto from
occupying a seat in tho East, but it will have
the effect of reducing tho Grand Lodge to the
proportions of its real membership, give the
representatives ths best opportunity possible
to hear and be heard on questions at issue, and
the visitors an opportunity to look on, which,
under the rules, is all they are entitled to. As
this proposition is a really practical one, we
trust it may receive attention in the proper
quarter, and that thus our large representa
tion may be attended with the least possible
inconvenience.
The disposition of the proposed new Consti
tution is, of course, the topic of much conver
sation, aud although the result could hardly
have been satisfactory to those who labored to
make it complete, in the hope of its adoption,
reflection must, we imagine, convince all that
there was but little time during the session
when the representatives were in a proper
frame of mind to consider and adopt the many
important questions involved. The proposi
tion of a distinguished brother that it should
be adopted without material amendments, and
with as little debate as may bo trusting to the
expert mentum crims to test its value, could
hardly, in the light of the past, have been ex
pected to prevail, and there was nothing left
for it but a thorough discussion, which would
have extended the session beyond all reason
able bounds, beside involving an expense of
many thousand dollars, which, in tho present
exigencies of the fraternity, could have boon
better applied.
Withall due deference, therefore, we judge
that the course adopted on motion of Judge
Lewis—a copy of which we shall endeavor to
print in this issue—will give tho brethren the
fairest possible chance to discuss the merits of
so important a document, and in tho selection
cf delegates to represent them in the conven-
tion to which the labor of revision is now com
mitted, to choose those in whom they can con
fide their interests, and who will see to it that
the reserved rights of individuals and lodges
bo fully respected and maintained. With the
Constitution; of 1815, ’54, and the late revision
before them, it would seem as if we ought to
secure such a document as Will be a credit to
the jurisdiction and a guarantee of peace, har
mony and prosperity to the craft who are to be
governed by it.
Ono word in conclusion. The columns of
this journal will in the future, as in the past,
be devoted earnestly to the best interests of
the craft, and the new administration will find
us always ready to support them in the dis
charge of their onerous duties, without fear or
favor. * _____
Oar Foreign Relations.
The relations of Masonry on this Continent
to the craft in Europe bid fair to become in
volved in controversy to"an unpleasant extent,
and to place matters in such position that a
proper regard for the rights of tho brethren
on this side of the Atlantic will impel measures
upon which we cannot enter without a feeling
of deep reluctance. A few words defining our
position seem, therefore, to be imperative at
this time.
Ths organization of the fraternity in this
country is based upon the old. charges, consti
tutions and regulations promulgated by tho
Grand Lodge of England, from which we de
rive our Masonic existence, shortly after the
revival in that body—that is to say, in 1723.
American Masons regard thoso provisions of
law as sacred and immutable, and have always
adhered to them with greater tenacity than
even the Grand Lodge of England Itself. Un
der these sanctions it has always been the law
here that a candidate must be a man free-born,
halo aud sound, and having all his limbs as a
man should have them.
It will be seen that in this there is no all u
sion to race, color, religion, or nationality, and
there has never been a moment when a man
who could comply with the conditions above
stated could not apply to any regular lodge for
initiation. We hold, as beyond all dispute,
that there exists no power in any man, or in
any body of men, to change this law.
2. It is set forth in the old law above-men
tioned that every lodge is to be the judge of its
own membership, and that no person can be
initiated in a lodge without the unanimous
consent of all the members present when he
presents himself for the purpose ; hence, when
a candidate presents himself for initiation,
though ho were an angel, if one member ob
jects, or if one negative ballot be cast against
him, he cannot be initiated ; and this without
tho slightest reference, to race, color, religion,
or nationality.
We hold this law to be imajhtable, arid that
there is no existing power to change it; hence,
too, while American Masonry stands, the vote
of one single member will suffice to prevent
the reception of a profane against whom the
Objection or the ballot may be leveled.
3. It is the law in this country, and every
existing Grand Lodge is solemnly and immov
ably pledged to its maintenance, that where a
Grand Lodgo has been regularly established in
a given State or territory, it has sole, absolute
and complete Masonic control within tho
boundaries of said territory, and that no other
power, nor all the other powers of the world,
can lawfully make a Mason, or establish a
lodge in such territory, without its consent.
It will be well, in this place, to remark that
Grand Lodges in this country have nothing
whatever to do with any degree, grade or or
der, save tho three symbolic degrees of Appren
tice, Craftsman and Master. They do not re
cognize or have any connection or correspond
ence with governing bodies professing degrees
conferred after that of Master Mason, though
frequently the same men may be members and
officers in one or more, or all the other bodies.
On the other hand, Grand Chapters and Grand
Commandorios, as well as Supreme Councils,
scrupulously avoid any interference in the af
fairs of symbolioMasonry, never allowing their
degrees to be conferred except on persons who
have previously received the symbolic degrees
under the authority of a regular Grand Lodge.
Now it makes no difference under what pre
text a Grand Body or governing power invades
the jurisdiction of an American Grand Lodgo,
that invasion will be resisted by the entire body
of American Masonry, for the reason that wo
are all equally interested. If New York, for
example, allows the jurisdiction of New Jer
sey to be violated with impunity, she invites
by her negligence a similar invasion of her
own territory, and so of all tho rest. It may,
therefore, as a point on which dis
cussion is useless, that the American Grand
Lodges are unitedly opposed to any violation
of their rights, and that the attempt to do so
or to countenance such doing on the part of
others, will lead to unpleasant consequences.
Let us turn back a moment. We have stated
two principles in regard to the qualification
and initiation of candidates. If the reader will
examino them carefully, be will see that they
involve the fact that no legislation can alter
them, because they are what in this country we
call landmarks ; that is, foundation principles
of the craft. They contain rights reserved to
lodges and individuals from the beginning,
which no authority can take away from them,
and which, if so minded, they cannot give up
of their own accord. If, then, any European
power think proper to recognize irregular and
clandestine organizations in the territories of
one or more of the American Grand Lodges, but
one result can follow, which is, of course, the
suspension of friendly relations. Powers thus
inclined, may be certain that they will have to
choose in their action between tho half million
of regular Masons on this continent and the
attaches of the clandestine organizations with
which they may choose to link their fortunes.
Ono word more. The Grand Orient of France
has thought proper to abolish the Grand Mas
tership and govern its subordinates through a
commission termed the “Council of the Order.”
They claim tho right to manage their internal
affairs in the way most convenient to them
selves—a privilege we freely accord them—but
our laws require all bodies governing symbolic
Masonry to have a Grand Master, and there
fore, when a Masonic power, though ever so
regular, abolishes the Grand Mastership, it
ceases, according to our views, to be a Masonic
organization, and we cannot lawfully hold com
munication with it.
We have neither the right nor the disposi
tion to menace anybody nor anything, but we
feel perfectly authorized to say that so long as
the organization calling itself the Grand Orient
of France, chooses to proceed without a Grand
Master, we are bound by our most solemn obli
gations to regard it as unorganized, and there
fore, not competent to govern Masons or Ma
sonry, and therefore, not competent to enter
into or maintain relations with American Grand
Lodges.
Wo arc informed that the Inconveniences at
tending the non-intercourse maintained be
tween this country and France touching Ma
sonic matters, have led to a serious study of
the situation, and that a report will bo pre
sented on the subject at the September meet
ing. Let us hope that the Grand Mastership
may be considered, and a Masonic organiza
tion be perfected, so that relations may be re
sumed, and the present embargo remold.
We may say in closing, that the present arti
cle is written entirely with reference to'Grand
Lodges, but the principles affirmed will also bo
maintained by Supremo Councils and the other
organizations mentioned, in this country.
Very Pleasant.—The labors of the
late annual session were relieved by various
episodes of a very pleasant character, in
which, to a limited extent, our duties permit
ted us to take part. Among these may bo
mentioned the banquet of the Veterans, al
ready noticed, a dinner at the residence of
James F. Ferguson, M. D., the visit to Booth’s
Theatre, in which nearly five hundred of the
brethren participated, the courtesies of tho R.
W. Jerome Buck, and tho pleasant greetings
of many old friends at Masonic headquarters,
No. 52 Bleecker street. We cannot measure
the number of annual meetings in which wo
maybe spared to participate, but we shall al
ways remember tho kindnesses of this one
with peculiar satisfaction,
Presentation.—At a recent meet
ing of Knickerbocker Lodge, No. 612, tho late
Master, W. Anthony Yeoman,was made the re
cipient of a series of resolutions, handsomely
engrossed by John W. Simons and elegantly
framed. The presentation speech was made
by the present Master, W. Bro. Stoothoff, con
veying the kind wishes and fraternal remem
brance of the brethren, and eliciting a neat
and characteristic reply. We are happy to add
that in this lodge the tenets of the craft are
carefully observed, and that, as a conse
quence, union and harmony distinguish its
proceedings. .
The Proposed Constitution.—
There appears to be much curiosity as to the
exact manner in which the revision of the con
stitution is to be continued. Deeming the
subject of paramount importance, and desirous
to aid its prosecution to the extent of our
ability, we have been at some pains to obtain
an official copy of the resolutions adopted at
the late annual communication, and they here
follow:
M. W. John L. Lewis, P. G. M., offered tho
following resolutions which were adopted :
Resolved, That the proposed amendments to the
constitution of this Grand Lodge, reported at the
present annual communication, be referred to a
committee consisting of one delegate (who shall bo
or shall have been a member of the Grand Lodge)
from each of the Masonic districts in the jurisdic
tion, to consider and revise and to report thereon.
The said delegates shall be chosen by a plurality of
votes of the members of the lodges in tho respective
districts on or before the first day of October next,
and the result of said vote shall be certified forth
with by said lodge to the Grand Secretary. The
delegates so chosen shall assemble in convention at
such time alter the first day of January next, and at
such place as shall be appointed by the Grand Mas
ter, aud when thus met shall choose their own offi
cers and proceed to consider said proposed amend
ments, and in such revision, and continue in session
until their report be completed, not exceeding four
days, and their actual shall be paid by the
Grand Lodge. When the report shall nave been
completed, it shall be delivered to the Grand Secret
tary, who shall forthwith cause the same to be
printed, and one copy thereof sent to each member
of the Grand Lodge, and six copies to each lodge in
the State. Tho lodge shall, previous to tho next an
nual communication, proceed to vote on said pro
posed amendments, and certify their vote before
the first day thereof to the Grand Secretary, and may
propose additional amendments.
Resolved, That all previous action of tho Grand
Lodge at tho present annual communication incon
sistent herewith be and the same is hereby re
scinded.” *
As wo understand the foregoing, there will
be some difficulty in the selection of delegates.
Each district is entitled to one, but as there is
an average of thirty lodges to a district, and
each lodgo may elect a representative, it will be
troublesome to select ono and get rid of tho
other twenty-nine. In view of the grave na
ture of the subject to be treated, lot us hope
that each district may select soma good and
qualified brother to represent it, and give him
a hearty vote so that he may feel that he has
a constituency in his favor, and exert his best
ability to bring about such a solution of the
questions involved as may be for the best in
terests of all concerned. We are informed that
Brooklyn will hereafter consist of two districts,
and wo respectfully propose that W. J. J.
Couch bo named as the representative of ono
of them.
Dirigo Lodge, No. 30.—W0 were
present at a regular communication of the
above lodge, on last Tuesday evening, and wit
nessed the conferring of the third degree by
It. W. Wm. T. Woodruff, without the aid of the
promised stereopticon.
We nded not say that the degree was beauti
fully rendered, or that its symbolism was not
impressively given—even though tho costly
stereopticon was not used—for that is tho natu
ral consequence when the R. W. brother works
a degree. We noticed R. W. E, E. Thorne, D.
G. M. of Masons of the State of New York was
present, and as he justly remarked, “ the de
gree was exceedingly happily finished without
the exposure of the five hundred dollar stere
opticon.” R. W. John Gorman was also there,
and ezfdly disappointed. He admired the re
flection of the costly instrument, but thought
that the box in which it was hidden rather a
failure for exemplifying of the third degree.
R. W. Bro. Freeman was there, too, and he
was exceedingly vexed at the way this beauti
ful and costly instrument was handled. “But,”
said he, “the third degree is good enough for
me when given in the old-fashioned way,” as
was the mode in ye ancient days, when stereop
ticons wore not invented.
We noticed W. Bros. Sawtell, Kelly, Loyd,
Hilton, Boak, Hyde, Morrison, Goodhart, and
Newberger were there, and. as each congratu
lated tho other upon the successful termina
tion of the degree without a huge canvas being
stretched at one end and a camera at the oth
er, we infer that they were highly pleased.
But all singularly regretted that so costly an
instrument should be packed away in a box
when they had put themselves to so much in
convenience to'view it. We noticed some ten
or fifteen brethren from Merchants’ Lodge, who
were there to see the costly instrument, but un
fortunately failed, as the stereopticon wanted
repairing. Wo noticed that W. Bro. Michaels,
of that lodgo, and W. Bro. Evans, of Antiquity
Lodge were not there, as they had promised,
and we have no doubt were so highly impressed
with the beautiful and costly instrument, that
they felt that it would be intrusion.
The brethren of Dirigo feel mortified, and
under these painful circumstances, they have
our deepest sympathy. D. B.
Masonic Editor of the Dispatch :
In your last issue there was an error that re
quires correction. There are a great number
of Masons who pin their faith on the Masonic
Editor’s sleeve for critics to peck at. The
shrewd remark of the Indian, speaking of Wen
dell Phillips, that he was a good talker, and
people said “a honest man”—watch him well,
could do no harm. The article I refer to speaks
of age. I know this is a very delicate subject,
a fact as I knqw to my sorrow. You know, or
should know, I study the Bible, and being on a
visit to a brother Mason, who had a juvenile
sister of thirty-five or thereabout, while wait
ing in the parlor I saw a richly-bound bible on
tho centre table. I reverently opened the book
—unfortunatelyl opened the holy book at
births, marriages and deaths. I just glanced
my eyes and saw “Phcebe, born March, 1825?
At that moment, a step I heard behind me. I
turned round, and saw the face of the thirty
five-year-old lady with a face as red as a tur
key-cock, her eyes flashing- with indignation,
and her voico imitating in sweetness the de
lightful strains of that beautiful songster, tho
owl.
“Your behavior, sir, is a great piece of im
pertinence-disgusting. I wonder my brother
allows low-bred people into his house to
study the family record. Suppose lam forty
seven 1 it is none of your business.” I was re
quested to leave, and left.
I said that many brethren pinned their faith
on your knowledge of Masonic law ; they trust
your experience ; but if you gave the same
folk a package which you informed them con
tained a hundred dollars, just see if they would
take your word for it—doubting in some cases
is good and prudent. Eevenous a nos moutons.
In the article on “Masonic Veterans,” which
our youthful Brother John L. Lewis said
should be known under the distinctive title of
the “Masonic Legion of Honor,’ you say that
Bro. , of York Lodge, was the oldest Mason
present. I speak from memory. This is an
error. The venerable patriarch to whom'you
refer, and who was the first Grand Secretary
of St. John’s Grand Lodge, was initiated in
1819 in the Autumn of that year, while Bro.
John W. Tunson, tl> present secretary of
Worth Lodge, who assisted to exalt Lafayette,
was initiated in the Spring of 1819, thus out
ranking him in age as a Mason a few months;
Fraternally yours. M. J. Drummond.
Learn from youb Elders.— A bore
majori discit ar are minor. This adage (liter
erally, the young ox learns to plow from his
elder) applies with force to our young brethren
whose attention is necessarily directed to the
conduct of the older for that instruction in the
art of Masonry so rare and so valued. In writ
ing up the characteristics of the present age,
one of the most disagreeable features is the
neglect of precedent and experience. In the
conduct of many Masons there seems abso
lutely no reference to what has gone before.
And yet Freemasonry, in ail its aims and works,
is a perpetuation of past things. Throw out
the idea of antiquity, and it degenerates at
once into the poorest of modern affiliations,
and the,very fact that “its landmarks are un
changeable” is the worst feature about it.
Then “let the young ox learn to plow from the
older one,” and if “by reason of strength” tbo
juvenile can excel the old one in the amount of
work done, or the straightness of the furrows,
or the ease with which his day’s work is ac
complished, all the better for the results.
Picnic. —We are indebted to a
friend tor a lengthy account of the picnic given
by Abram’s Lodge, No. 20, but the press of
other' matter forbids its insertion. Wo arc
glad io know that tho affair was highly suc
cessful, and that all tho participants enjoyed
themselves.
Ancient York.—We are indebted
to Bro. Hynetnan for a copy of his work on the
Ancient Grand Lodge at York, which we shall
take an early opportunity to notice at length.
Jewels. —The Grand Tiler has a
small silver jewel, lost by some Junior Warden
at Booth’s Theatre, which the owner can have
by calling on him. On the other hand ho.wants
to find a small silver square, lost during the
Grand Lodge.
Puritan Lodge will confer the
Third Degree Wednesday evening,
Zschokke Lodge, No. 202, will work
the third dewee vu Ibursday eyeuimr next.
NEW YORK DISPATCH.
Serenade to Gt. M. Christopher G-.
Fox.—The members of the various lodges of
Free and Aocepted Masons in this city last
evening paid an appropriate and handsome
compliment to tho newly-elected Grand Master
of the State, Christopher G. Fox, Esq. In
honor of hie recent elevation to the head of
the Masonic fraternity of the State, it was
deemed proper to arrange a public serenade,
and for that purpose a committee of arrange
ments, consisting of Henry Smith, chairman,
James McCredio, John A. Lockwood, David F.
Day and M. L. Kenyon, were appointed. Pur
suant to call, between two ana three hundred
members of the several lodges in Buffalo as
sembled at the rooms of the “Ancient Land
marks at nine o’clock, and accompanied by the
Seventy-fourth Regiment Band, proceeded
from there to the residence of Mr. Fox, No. 298
Prospect avenue. The procession was quite a
large one, and was marshaled as follows:
Chief Marshal—Col. W. S. Bull; Assistants—
S. H. Rathbun, J. B. Sackett, W. H. Baker.
Upon arriving at the house the serenaders
met a large delegation of Hugh de Payen’s
Commandery, which had just before escorted
Grand Master Fox home. After the opening
song by a quartette composed of Messrs.
Binaemann, Adams, Bertrand and Burns, the
subject of the serenade made his appearance,
and was greeted with music, “Hail to the
Chief,’' by the band.
Right Eminent Grand Commander of the
Grand Commandery of the State, Mr. Robert
N. Brown, then stepped forward and addressed
Mr. Fox as follows ’:
Moat Worshipful Mr. Fox:
On behalf of the Masonic fraternity of this city, we
welcome you home.
We congratulate you upon your election to an
office, the duties of wlucii you are so admirably
qualified to discharge.
We salute you as our Grand Master witii feelings
of pride and gratification.
We thank our Grand Lodge for honoring us in
selecting you as its clnefiofficer.
We assure you of our beat wishes for a prosperous
and successful administration. We have no doubt
of your success. We know you too well not to know
that you not only understood the right, but also that
you will maintain it. If any doubts have existed as
to the value wnich the Masonic fraternity of your
own city have placed upon the long and faithful ser
vices you have tendered to the craft, the unparalleled
vote by which you have been placed at the head of
the fraternity in your own State must remove them.
Ihe love afid esteem wo entertain for you as a man
and a. Mason have constrained us to make you this
informal visit to congratulate you and those who
are near and dear to you upon your elevation to a
position so worthily bestowed upon you, and which
we believe that Jyou will fill with credit to yourself
anG.honor to the fraternity.
In conclusion, M. W. Grand Master, I have only to
add on behalf of all here present, ‘-God bless you.”
Mr. Fox exhibited considerable feeling and
expressed bis thanks briefly, but with much
warmth. He spoke of his election to the high
office he now fills as not an .honor to himself
individually, but a, compliment paid by the
State to the fraternity of Western New York.
He felt some misgivings as to his ability to
discharge tho very important duties of . the
position, but hoped that his best endeavors
and ths support and encouragement of tho
Masonic body of this city would enable him to
show a clear and satisfactory administration.
After the speeches there followed a pleasant
half hour of social intercourse and delightful
music. We give the names of the pieces sung
by the quartette as follows : “ Come, Brothers,
Come,” “ Hail, Masonry Divine,” and “ Sun
beams Playing.” All were rendered in splen
did style, and the instrumental selections were
equally fine and enjoyable. The closing air,
“ Home Sweet Home,” was a beautiful piece of
instrumentation.— Buffalo Express.
Questions— Thoag&ts—lfleas.
Under this caption we shall, hereafter, in order to
economize space, and prevent, as far as possible, disap
pointment to correspondents, insert questions on Ma
sonic law, and other matters that may 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 be sent to us on or before Thursday of each
week.
Baltimore.—!. Please inform me through
your answers to correspondents if there is a
reprint of the Transactions of the Grand Chap
ter of the State of New York, and if so, can it
bo purchased, and at what price ? 2. Is there
a reprint of tho transactions of the Grand
Lodge of tho State of New York, and if so,
where can it bo purchased, and at what price ?
The reprints I refer to are to bo from the or
ganization of the Grand Chapter aud Grand
Lodge.
Answer The Transactions of the Grand
Chapter, from its organization up to and in
cluding 1868, have just been published in two
beautiful volumes, which can be obtained of
the Masonic Furnishing Co.. No. 52 Bleecker
street, at cost of publication, which is, we be
lieve, five dollars for the two volumes, postage
extra. There has never been any reprint of
the Grand Lodge Transactions—indeed, it did
not commence publication until 1816. Wo can
put you in the way of getting a set from 1816
to this time at about $250.
H. G. D.—Please give me a list of the Ma
sonic papers published in this country, with
their location.
Answer The Freemason’s Magazine, Bos-
ton ; lieview, Cincinnati; Tidings, Lockport,
N. R.; Trowel, Springfield, Ill.; Freemason,
St. Louis, Mo.; Mystic Star, Voice of Masonry,
Chicago, Ill.; Michigan Freemason, Kalama
zoo ; Masonic Jewel, Memphis, Tenn.; Mason
ic Advocate, Indianapolis, Ind.; Evergreen,
Davenport, lowa ; Keystone, Philadelphia ;
Loomis' Journal, Bridgeport, Conn.; Masonic
Tablet, Jacksonville, Miss.; Masonic Monitor,
Goldsboro, N.C. Beside these, various papers
devote a column or more to Masonic matters,
prominently the N. Y. Dispatch.
Seven Oaks.—l. If I prefer charges against
a brother in a lodge, and the Master refuses to
entertain them, what is my remedy? 2. If a
brother is poor, and unable to employ counsel,
will not a member of a lodge do as well, or is
he obliged to hire a professional lawyer ?
Answer.— l. When charges are preferred,
and tho Master refuses to entertain them, tho
recourse is to the District Deputy Grand Mas
ter. 2. A brother is not obliged to have coun
sel unless he wants to, but it is better to do so
for many reasons. By the word counsel, how
ever, is not understood a professional advocate,
but any Master Mason in good standing, who
agrees' to act as such. The question of com
pensation is entirely between the employer and
employed. We may say, however, that as a
general principle, when a brother Is expected
to neglect his own affairs or convenience to at
tend to the affairs of another, he ought to be
paid for his services, unless, of course, be
chooses to do it lor nothing.
Immortality—A'n Ideal of Free
masonry.—The comprehensive and grand idea
of Goethe, in his inimitable “Faust,” inspires
the soul with a volume of thought, rich and
practical. It must stamp upon every thinking
mind tho absolute fact that every man is a co
worker with God, for
“So God created man in his own image; in the
image of God, created he him; male and female, cre
ated he them.” Gen. i., 27.
In a previous article we took the position that
there was no such thing as “ Time” apart from
“Eternity”—both were one and the same thing;
but because the human mind could not grasp
tho infinity of years, as measuronients of un
ending time, men call that which they cannot
realize, eternity. We agree with Goethe that
tho “ loom of time” is eternal in its operations,
and when God created man in His own image,
possessing the immortality of soul, He placed
him at that loom as its sole worker, above all
other created beings, and gave him, as his
highest duty, to weave in daily life by good
acts, earnest and honest thoughts, intellectual
improvement and study of the beautiful, the
pure, and the true, the living drapery of the
Godhead in exalted and perfected humanity.
Milton, appreciating this ideal, said :
“ God, who oft descends to visit men
Unseen, and through their habitations walks
To mark their doings.”
It is peculiarly a Masonic ideal that God is a
worker in this grand universe of worlds, and
that man is the co-worker according to the in
telligence with which he is endowed.
Think of it, brethren, that each and every
human being is weaving in his own person the
symbolic drapery and representation of God
Almighty 1 It is a thought worthy of the In
finite, to” know that we are a part of the God-,
head in our works of goodness and love, and
that the Infinite Mind of the Creator works
with us in our private homes, marking our do
ings, and becoming with us a sharer of our
glory in the triumphs of mind and soul.
God is symbolized in all that He has created
—He clothes Himself in the glorious perfections
of all that exists—and the nearest like Himself
is the perfection of Man, whom he has created
in Hij»wn spiritual aud soul-like image—
“ Spirit I whose life-sustaining presence Alls
Air, ocean, central depths, by man untried,
Thou for thy worshipers hast sanctified
Ah place, all time I The silence'of the hills
Breathes veneration; founts and choral rills
Of Thee are murmuring; to its inmost glade
The living forest with thy whisper thrills.
And there is holiness in every shade.”
God is everywhere ; God is everything that
exists—perfect and supreme. Man, and only
man, has to work at the “ eternal loom ol
Time” to weave the garment which bespeaks
his nativity in the Godhead : he, alone bears
tho Divine impress of inventive power. Man
alone is a worshiper. All other created beings,
of whatever nature, are merely creatures and
dependent upon laws they can neither shape,
change, or understand. Infinite Wisdom has
given to them Instinct, but to man alone—
Reason. It is in reasoning power that man
becomes God-like, and whatever system of
Ethics or Philosophy which reduces man from
tho sphere of reason to the dependency of in
stinct, brutalizes the ideal of God and puts us
down to the level of irresponsible creation.
Nothing can be improved but man. All cre
ation, animate aud inanimate, except man, is
perfect at its creation. Man has power to de
stroy the perfection of nature by abusing its
laws, but can add nothing to original perfec
tion, except to understand and preserve its
laws.
Every man, therefore, becomes a co-worker
of God, because he improves upon his original
condition. The boy who is born in a hut, and
making use of the reasoning powers which
God has given him, and arrives at the pinnacle
of science, or the chief magistracy of a nation,
and evinces, in his administration, the noble
and magnanimous characteristics of a gentle
man and a statesman, proves before the world
tjoat he has not baau an iuk worker at the
"eternal loom ” where is woven the character
istic drapery of his Creator: he is a fellow
workman of the Infinite Mind.
God works through human agencies and
natural laws only. Apart from man, it is diffi
cult to decide which is the most intelligent
part of the animal creation ; but, taking them
all, none have invented anything new, except
God himself, and He being perfect, none but
Man, by his thoughts, weaves the living drap
ery of the Father, of which the child is a part.
How glorious, then, is the ideal that wo are a
part of God—free as the mountain air—as un
restrained and boundless in the legality of our
conceptions of the Infinite and the God-hke as
God Himself 1 What a boundless field of per
spective is here opened up to every intelligent
mind. The humblest, and even the untutored
soul, can lift itself up in the sunlight of the
Grand Architect of the Universe, and exclaim,
“I am a part of Thee!”—and what nobler
prayer can any heart breathe than—“more
In the language of Congreve :
"Hi. pure thoughts were borne
Like fumes of sacred incense o'er the clouds,
And waited thence on angel's wings, thro* ways
Of Light to the bright source of all."
Every human being has an idea of the per
fections of God, and in clothing their imper
sonations, no painter has ever dared to char
acterize even angels in any drapery except
spotless white, as the emblem of purity, hence
all writers have decided that when man ap
pears before God, he must be clothed in per
fect purity, therefore when St. John in his
vision of the Revelation, says :
“ He that overcometh, the same same shall
bo clothed in white raiment; and I will not
blot out his name out of the book of life.” Here
wo have the drapery of God; and each human
being is supposed to be working at the eternal
loom, and weavingfor himself the living habili
ments fit for a heavenly home. No one of or
dinary power of reason supposes for a moment
that any of us shall appear in actual clothing,
or that God is a tangible being, hence the only
drapery here signified, is the clothing of good
works, honest heart and pure soul, all symbol
ized by white; hence, ho who shall claim the
relationship of God must bo clothed in good
works—woven upon the “ eternal loom of
Time.”— Sl. Louis Freemason.
A. and A. Rite.
The growing importance of this Rite, and the increas
ing interest felt in it by Masons everywhere, have in
duced us to seek for publication such matters as may
appear to be of general interest to its professors, and we
shall hereafter gather into one department whatever
may be offered in this line.
THE WARDS OF THE LODGE—A CONSECRA
TION OF YOUTH TO VIRTUE AND TRUTH.
A ceremony little practiced in this country
was largely attended recently in the District of
Columbia, in the Chapter Chamber, Masonic
Temple, Washington, by the brethren of the
A. and A. Rite, their wives and daughters.
This adoptive ceremony has by soma been
termed a baptism, but more properly should
bo considered as preliminary to adoption. It
consists, in its immersive form, of the dipping
of the hand in water, in token of the purity of
the intention, and as a token of innocence con
secrated. ’ t .
The ceremony in this instance was conduct
ed by the 111. Albert Pike, 33 Q , Grand Com
mander of the Southern Supreme Council, who
also occupied the same position in 1865 in this
city, when over one dozen children were pre
sented for the prayers and protection of the
brethren and the blessing of the celebrant.
On other occasions this same service has
been performed in our midst in years now
gone, and children grown to-day wear the em
blems and symbols at those times presented.
As it may be of interest to our readers, wo
give a synopsis of the ceremonial. The chil
dren were an infant son of Dr. Jos. W. Nairn,
32°, and a son of Mr. E. B. MacGrotty, 18 Q ,
Mithras Lodge of Perfection, A. and A. Rite.
The rite was performed by Thrice 111. Albert
Pike, assisted by 111. J. 0." Sinclair, S. G. W.:
L. H. Pike. J. G. W.; C. W. Bennett, Grand
Orator; Rev. Mr. Harris, Chaplain. The cere
mony has always been celebrated in the An
cient and Accepted order. It has been con
sured by many as an irreverent imitation,of
the Christian rite of baptism, but well informed
Masons know that purification by washing was
used in all the mysteries thousands of years
before our era. After the assembly had been
seated, Grand Master Pike gave a'short his
tory of the ceremony, saying that it taught
neither hatred, intolerance, nor revenge.
After a voluntary on the organ by Bro. Ser
voss, a rap was heard at the door, and infor
mation given that two children with their par
ents, desired admission, when the Master di
rected the master of ceremonies and his aids
to bring the children, their and spon
sors, into the lodge. Soon after the master of
ceremonies returned, followed by one>of hie
assistants bearing a candlestick with three
lighted candles—one white, one black, and one
red—forming a triangle. Following were two
assistants, one carrying the child of Doctor
Nairn, Robert Bruce Nairn, upon a cushion
covered with light blue silk, the other leading
the child of Mr. MacGrotty, Edward Albert
MacGrotty ; and behind these camo the par
ents of the children and the sponsors. The
sponsors for the son of Dr. Nairn were Dr. L.
B. Gibbs, 32°, and Caroline E. Davis ; for Mas
ter MacGrotty, Jerome C. Davis. 32°, and
Mrs. M. Walker. After the third circuit of the
room the procession halted, and the candle
stick was placed before the altar, and the chil
dren returned to their mothers, who, with the
sponsors, took seats in the middle of the room.
The Masonic choir then sang
“My soul doth magnify the Lord.”
After an oration by the Master, in which he
explained the duties and responsibilities which
the lodge was about to assume in conlerring
the rite, he then asked,the fathers :
“ Are yon willing that we should accept these
duties ?”
An affirmative response being given, the
Master called upon the Chaplain to invoke the
favor and assistance of God, which was done,
the brethren all kneeling. The choir then sang
the ode :
“ Rejoice, rejoice, fond mothers."
The sponsors then took seats near the pa
rents, when the Master addressed them in re
lation to the duties they were taking upon
themselves. After an invocation to the Deity,
and music, the children, parents, and sponsors
were then conducted forward to the altar, on
which water, oil, and salt were placed. The
Master then called the lodge up, descended
from his throne, and after a few words to the
group, lighted the incense on the altar. After
a chant by the choir, the Master took the
children severally in his arms, dipped their
left hands in a basin of perfumed water, and
said:
“By this symbol I devote thee—in each case
—to the service of virtue and truth. May our
Father, who is in Heaven, keep thee innocent
and pure of heart all the days of thy life.”
During this ceremony, the choir sang an ap
propriate ode. The Master then took the ves
sel of perfumed oil, dipped the little finger of
his right hand therein, and marked it with a
delta on the forehead of each child, saying :
“I set upon thy forehead the symbol of
wisdom, power and love of God. May Ho per
fect and guide thee in right courses all the
days of thy life.” The choir singing mean
while the chant:
" Blessed are the undeflled in the way.”
The Master then replaced the vessel on the
altar, and stretching out his hands toward the
children, invoked a blessing upon them. The
godmothers then placed them at the altar of
obligation ; the brethren present formed in a
circle around them, each with his left hand on
his heart 'and his right hand raised toward
heaven ; all then kneeled and repeated after
the Master the solemn vow to protect the chil
dren from all danger and temptation till their
arrival at maturity. After rising, the Master,
taking the vessel of salt in his hand, repeated
the Arab vow which sanctifies the enemy with
whom lie has tasted salt, and placing a por
tion of the salt on his tongue, said:
“.With this salt I seal my vow.”
The kersel was then passed to each brother,
who in turn repeated the vow. The children
were then invested with lambskin aprons,
PERSONAL.
111. Albert G. Mackey, 33d, Grand Secretary-
General of the Southern Jurisdiction, is stop-
Smg at the St. Dems Hotel while in the city on
lasonie business. This venerable toiler about
the temple has taken a new lease of life, and
.his step is as elastic as the tread of early man
hood.
Ven. Bro. John Mathews, 16th, has just re
turn ;d to the city after his successful south
western professional tour. He is enjoying the
lavish hospitality of that prince of entertainers,
Dr. Fleming, 32d.
Wo are aiso pleased to make mention of a
return to this city of Mr. Edward Eddy, 33d,
after a long and tedious illness during the win
ter,pending which period he made Baltimore his
home. With returning health we hail his pres
ence among the active workers of the A. and A.
Rite.
111. Bro. Albert G. Goodall, 33 Q , member of
the Supreme Council, N. Jurisdiction of the U.
8., sails on his European tour on Wednesday
next. Judging from the past, we may hope for
a most interesting report of his Masonic expe
riences from abroad. His annual narration of
the advancement and condition ot Masonry
in general in Europe is always a matter of
great interest, and looked’fbrward to with anx
iety.
Bro. Geo. H. Felt during the past week held
another interesting conversazione on the sub
ject of his discovery of the key to the Egyptian
Cabala, at which some of our most distin
guished savans were present, including promi
nent members of the clergy as well as noted
scientists. Groat interest was manifest, and
the subject will bo resumed in time for a lull
notice in our next issue.
SYRACUSE,
feeling the necessity of keeping in unison with
the other large cities of the State, finds its ac
commodations —as extensive as they are for the
use and service of the Lodge of Perfection,
Council, Chapter, and Consistory located at
that East—insufficient for the growing import
tance of the Ancient and Accepted Rite.
We are much pleased to know it has se
cured the adjoining floors, which are being
equipped and properly arranged, in order the
more completely to present the grades with
effectiveness.
The increased interest in the development
of the more abstruse grades of this Rite in the
city of Syracuse, speaks well for the Deputy of
the Distrist s» the State of New York Di. Orrin
Welch, and we trust, with the ardor evinced
by the brethren by whom ho is surrounded, we
will continually be able to report well of their
numbers and ability.
TEMPLAR LODGE OF PERFECTION
at its meeting on Friday evening, the 7tb inst.>
in the presence of a large assemblage, worked
in the 14th degree, having four candidates for
advancement. The admirable working of this
grade was remarked by all present. It is use
less in commenting upon this body of master
workmen, to individualize or make compari
son. From the first words uttered by the
Thrice Potent to the closing sentence of the
Orator (L. 8. Ballou), all attention was given,
and the instructive lessons profoundly list
ened to.
There were present visiting brethren from
Syracuse, Troy, Rochester, Corning, Albany,
and Brooklyn, of this State, and from Newark
and Jersey City, of New Jersey, and we were
heartily pleased that such was the fact, for the
brethren of New York city make an admirable
school for other subordinate bodies of the A.
and A. Rite to tone down the rough edges and
critically to talcs advantage of those finer
points of work and dramatic effects which tend
te render so much more interesting, impress
ive, and effective, the sound teachings of the
order, and the causing a practical Influence on
the minds of the novice and the members as
sembled.
This lodge will work the fourth grade on
Friday evening next, 21st inst.
GRAND EXCURSION ON ST. JOHN’S DAY.
The brethren of the A. and A. Rite antici
rftte uniting with the following lodges to cele
brate St. John’s Day, on the 24th inst.: Pales
tine Lodge, No - . 204, Hope Lodge, No. 244, La
Sincerite Lodge, No. 373, La Clemente A. C.
Lodge, No. 410, Teutonia Lodge, No. 617,
Zsohokke Lodge, No. 202. Germania Lodge,
No. 182, Beethoven Lodge, No. 661, and Har
mony Lodge, No. 199. The two fine barges
William Myers and W. H. Morton will leave
Christopher street at 7.30 A. M., and touching
at South Sixth street, Wiliiamsburgh, Broome
street, and finally Pier No. 4, this city, at nine
o’clock, start for Alderney Park, Staten Island.
The brass band of Bro. Kissenberth is engaged
for the occasion, and a quartette club will also
accompany the excursion. The committee ap
pointed are all sterling brothers, who mean to
make all comfortable and happy. The whole
excursion will be under the charge of Bro.
Capt. B. E. Meyer.
"UNFINISHED WORK OF THE DEAD I”
At the recent Sorrow Lodge holden by the
Southern Supreme Council, at Louisville, Ky.,
111. Bro. Albert Pike, orator of the occasion,
paid a most touching and beautiful tribute to
the memory of deceased members of that
obedience, and dwelt with fond sadness upon
incidents especially associated with the late
111. Giles M. Hillyer, 33°. Bro. Pike re
marked :
At our last meeting, our Illustrious Brother Hill
yer, as Grand Minister ot State, pronounced tho
opening eulogy upon tho dead for whom wo then
held Lodge ot Sorrow. No ono of us will ever forget
the first sentence that he uttered, as he stood there,
foeblo and emaciated, tho tones of his fine voico and
the exquisite beauty of its modulations and cadences
moro sadly sympathetic than ever. “It Is past the
’noon of Spring,” he said. “The clock of tlmo long
since recorded the year’s low twelve, and the months
in stately progress are approaching Its high merid
ian.” Alas I the leafless Autumn ot his life had
come; tho hand of death had already touched his
generous heart, and he had then begun to die.
He was of generous and liberal temper, and little
worldly wise. Ono could not conceive of him as
accumulating a tortuue. Of'a singularly mild and
gentle nature; a man whom those who knew him
could not help but love; his sympathies were easily
arrested, his friendship lasting, and his enmities
short-lived. Never unfair in discussion, nor resort
ing to those tricks of counterfeit logic that have been
called tho rascalities of dialectics, he could never
have argued well a proposition that he knew to be
erroneous, or managed a case ably that he know to
be unjust. He was frank and fearless, and a lover of
the truth; and cunning was as far from him as the
Antipodes.
Fortuno dwelt very hardly with him during tho
last years of his life, but ho bore her cruel buffetings
with a wonderful equanimity and patience, as he did
tho long and painful days and nights of his last sick
ness. Faithful and loyal to the end, he toi'ed when
ever he could rise from his bed, and when the harsh
est creditor could not bavo hud the heart to ask him
to do so, to complete copies of manuscripts for which
the Supreme Council had paid him in advance; but
Death claimed him before tho work was ended, and
tbe last copy was left to be finished by another
hand.
“The unfinished work of the dead:” Tho work
done in pain by the patient, feeble, toiling sufferer,
drooping with feebleness over his table; the work
done, not that ho might receive more money for it,
but that it might repay that which ho had received;
the last and holiest offering upon the altar of Mason
ry and duty—surely such a work,"’however incom
plete, ought to have a value beyond any price, and
ought to be treasured as a holy relic. For every page of
it is consecrated by his suffering, his weariness, and
his devotion, and they are tho record of many long,
sad, hopeless hours.
“However incomplete!” Nay, rather, because in
complete: for there could not be the same pathetic
interest in a work that ho bad lived to finish. He
wrestled with death to finish this, and could not
overcome. At last he could not rise from his bed,
even for a few minutes; hie nerveless fingers failed
him; his oyes could no longer see the lines; but to
the last word there is the same neatness, the same
beautitul handwriting, the same taste and love of
the beautitul displayed by the varied and gay colors
of the inks.
“The unfinished work of the dead.” Ay; all mon
leave some work unfinished. Tho fortune that was
coveted is not amassed; the place or reputation toiled
for is not attained; the love that is longed for is not
attained. The work unfinished may bo repentance
and reformation, or tho atonement tor wrong done;
duty, the repayment of a debt of gratitude. Many a
work remains unfinished because of negligence or
indolence, or wasted hours and squandered energies,
or Impatience or discontent, or bold defiance of God’s
justice. But this work was left unfinished and in
complete because of none of these,
««««**
With what a sad interest we now read his words,
spoken at our last meeting, iu memory of those
whom he was soon to follow: “ Tho tears of repent
ance," said ho, “are lor the living to shed. The
dead are in their graves. They 'live, however, in
their actions, their thoughts, their influences; and in
these respects they live for us, and forever. These
insignia of mourning is not for them; they are for
ourselves, that wo, while paying tribute to their
worth, cherishing their memory, profiting by their
example, and eulogizing their services, may take
home tho lessons of thoir lives, and so shape ours
that we may bo deemed worthy of similar honor.”
We lose those that die, and wo do not know when
and how we shall see them again; nor do wo miss
and mourn thorn less when we have ourselves grown
old, and ought to believe that in a little while—per
haps in a few months or days—we shall go to meet
thorn. Still comes from the aching heart the same
anguished cry:
“ O, tor the touch of a vanished hand.
And the sound of a voico that is still.”
THE OLD T ILER.
LINES COMPOSED AND AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED TO
BRO. AMOS HOWELL,
Grand Tiler of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, and of
all the Masonic Bodies of Trenton, N, J,
By Bro. Rob Morris.
God bless the Old Tiler ! how long he has trudged
Through sunshine and storm, with his summonses
due;
No pain nor fatigue the Old Tiler has grudged
To serve the great Order, Freemasons, and you !
God bless the Old Tiler ! how oft he has led
The funeral procession from lodge-door to grave;
How grandly that weapon has guarded the dead
To their last quiet home, where the acacia boughs
wave 1
God bless the Old Tiler ! how oft he has knocked
When, vigilant, strangers craved welcome and
rest;
How widely your portals, though guarded and
locked,
Have swung to the signal the Tiler knows best.
There’s a Lodge where the door is not guarded nor
tiled;
There's a Land without graves, without mourning
or sin;
There’s a Master most gracious, paternal, and wise,
And He waits the Old Tiler, and bids him come in.
And there the Old Tiler, no longer outside,
No longer with weapon of war in his hand,
A glorified spirit shall grandly abide,
And, close by the Master, high-honored, shall
stand!
S. T. M.—The annual meeting will
be held at Rockaway on the 4th July. Full
particulars next week. Meanwhile members
can procure bait of Crocker, Clark & Co., Nos.
81 to 85 Fulton Market; or, if they prefer, any
kind of fish without the trouble’ of catching
them—as we know.
Lecture.—Rev, Bro. D. Mitchell
will lecture before Atlas Lodge at its next
meeting. He is 4 most eloquent and polished
speaker, and his hearers will enjoy a rare
treat. Seo notice;
Important.—Something is going on
in Morton Commandery which members will
do well to look after at the special meeting to
morrow evening. If we get at it, wc will re
port in next issue.
Eastern Star.—We call attention
to the notices of Alpha Chapter in another
column. We specially hope their picnic may
be a success, because they deserve it for the
good deeds they have done.
Look at Irwin’s rooms, corner of
Bowery and Bleecker, if you want a good loca r
tion.
Fbeemasoxky in the Holy Land. —Brother
John Hoolo, Grand Tyler, has accepted the
agency for New York and Brooklyn of this ex
cellent work, and will give all the craft the op
portunity to subscribe for it.
ggf Craftsman’s Mutual Benefit Assoeia-
TION.—The regular meetings of the Board of Direct
ors for the ensuing quarter are on
FRIDAY, JUNE 7th,
FRIDAY, JULY sth,
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2nd.
in the Committee Room, Odd Fellows’ Hall, cor. Grand
and Centre streets, at 8 P. M. sharp.
JAMES RUTTER, President.
Thos. K. Durham, Sec,
fjgF Ledge Room To Let.
Lodges about moving on the east side of the city, will
find it to their advantage to call ahd examine the new
rooms of Henry Clay Lodge.
AT No. 492 GRAND STREET.
For terms and particulars, inquire of
J. A. LINCOLN,
No. 9 Sheriff street.
To Let-A Lodge Room for Masonic
PURPOSES.
FOR EVERY SATURDAY EVENING.
Apply to DECKER BROTHERS,
No. 33 UNION SQUARE.
MASONIC directory:
COPESTONE CHAPTER, NO. 203, R. A. ITJ
?? 6et * ,on .ih o 2( I «ud 4th MONDAY of every month at
No. 135 West Thirtieth street. Members of oihM
Chapters are cordially invited to be present.
AMERICUS CHAPTER, No. 215, R. A.
meets first and third Thursday of each month, in JEm
campment Room, Odd Fellows’ Hall, Grand ana Oofi’
tre streets. The fraternity always welcome.
„ „ o GEO. A. PHELAN, H. P.
H. Clav Lanius, See. <
TRIUNE CHAPTER, NO. 241, MEET SECONU
pnd fourth TUESDAYS of each month, at 1% P. Mi,
in Encampment Room, Odd Fellows’ Hall, Grano
and Centre streets. j
tv , JOSEPH F. WARING. H. P t
Fbed’k W. Herring. Sec. ,
LODGE OF STRICT OBSERVANCE, No.
F. and A. M., meets on the second and fourth Tues*
day evenings of each month, at Masonic Hall. No. 27a
Bleecker street. THOMAS FARSON. M, •
S. M. Underhill, Sec. w
PIATT LODGE, No. 194, meets Second
Fourth Tuesdays at Steuben House, No. 295 Bowery <
w „ A. S. BUGBEE, M, '
Wm. J. Jessup, Sec. ’
SILENTIA LODGE, No. 198, meets on the
socond and fourth FRIDAY EVENINGS of each
month, in tho Gothic Room, ODD FELLOWS’ HALL,
Grand and Centre streets. The fraternity are cor«
dially invited. SAM’L HAMMOND, M. »
Thos. K. Durham. Seo. M
ENTERPRISE LODGE. NO. 228, F. And A.M.7
meet first and third TUESDAYS, in Corinthiaa
Room, Odd Fellows’ Hall, Grand and Centre street®
at 7& P. M. The fraternity are cordially invited.
JOSEPH F. WARING, M/1
STANDARD CHAPTER, No. 252, R. A. M.-*
Meets first, third and fifth Saturdays, at their room®
oorner of Bowery and Bleecker street. All R. A. Ma/
sons are cordially invited. •»
W. H. JAHNE, H. P. ’
A. J. COLLING, Secretary. i,
MYSTIC TIE LODGE, No. 272, meets firsttf
third, and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at East!
ern Star Hall, eor. Seventh street and Third avenue
The fraternity cordially welcomed.
E. L. A. CHRISTIANSON, M.
Wm. L. Gardner, Sec. \
PURITAN LODGE, No. 389, F. and A.
meet first and third Wednesdays, at their rooms, No
8 Union square, at 7J2P.M. The fraternity are con
dially invited. ISAAC H. BROWN, M. ,
ST. CECILE LODGE, No. 568, meets on th<
first; third, and fifth TUESDAYS of every month, a<
No. 946 Broadway, at2J« o’clock P. M. The fraternitj
are oordiaMy invited.
MYRON A DECKER, M.
David Graham, Sec. A
ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE RITE OF MEM*
PHIS, ALPHA GRAND COUNCIL 30 Deg., meetf
at Masonic Hall, Nos. 114 and 116 East Thirteenth
street, 4th Tuesdavs.
HARRY J. SEYMOUR, 33d, B.D.
James T. Fellows, 32d, Sec. j
(jlTßaltie a Ko. 28 1.— Brethren, you art
hereby summoned to attend the next regular communis
caton, on Monday. June 17th, at 8 o’clock. Work 34
degree. By order,
EDWARD PHELAN, M.
R. Van Valkendurg, Sec.
A Regular Communication of Mer<
CHANT’S LODGE, No. 709, will be held at its nert
rooms, over Bryant’s Opera-House, No. 117 West 23d
street, on Thursday, Juno 20th, 1872, at 8 o’clock P. M.
This being the last communication previous to th<
Summer recess, a full and punctual attendance is ra<
quested.
By order. J
■CHAS. S. WRIGHT. Beofr<
Normal □, No, 523.—A Regular
Communication of this lodge will be held on Mondaj
evening, June 17th, at Elizabethan Room, Odd Fellow®
Hall, at eight o’clock.
A full attendance is desired.
By order of the M.
ROBT. STEPHENSON, Seo’y. t
fgT Alpha Chapter, No. 1, O. E, 8., will
hold a special meeting on Tuesday evening, 18th inst.,
at the rooms of Polar Star Lodge, No. 118 Avenue Dj
between Eighth and Ninth streets, at 8 o’clock. Mem
bers of sister chapters are invited.
F. E. JOHNSON, M.
O. Buttbick, Sec.
The •Fifth Annual Plenie of Alpha
Chapter will take place on Tuesday, June 25th, at Please
ant Valley. Tickets 50 cents each, which are now readv
and to be had at No. 626 Broadway, of the officers ana
committees of the Chapter.-
gW Ths members of Atlas o, No. 316,
are hereby notified to meet at their rooms, No. 941
Broadway, on Friday. Juno 21, to attend the Lecture tQ
ba delivered by Rev. Bro. David Mitchell. Subject/.
“Masonry in its Religious Aspect.”
GEORGE W. DARYEE,
Secretary.
gW Removal.—Empire Chapter, No. 170,
R. A. M., meets at Odd Fellows Hall, first and third
Friday of each month. Next convocation June 21st.
Companions oi sister Chapters cordially invited.
CHAS. L. KENT, H. P.
E. Loewenstein, Soc. ,
DIED.
WESTERVELT.—At Piermont, N. Y., on
June 12, James Westervelt.
gW Nanltou □, No. 106. Brethren;
You are hereby summoned to attend a Special Communi«
cation of the above lodge, to be held in Egyptian Room-
Odd Fellows’ Hall, on Sunday, June 16th. at 7 A. M.,
sharp, for the purpose of proceeding to Piermont to pay
the last tribute of respect to our deceased brother*
James Westebvf.lt. /
By order. THOS. H. McBRIDE, M.
John Hurd, Seo.
Trains leave Jersey City at 9 A M., foot of Chambers
street.«
gW Prince of Orange □, No. 16,—Bretts-
REN: You are hereby summoned to attend a special
communication at the lodge rooms on Monday. 17th
inst., at 1% o’clock P. M., prompt, for the purpose of
paying the last tribute of respect to our late brother.
Abraham S. Gardiner, Past Secretary. Members of
Phoenix Chapter, No. 2. Palestine Commandery, No. 18*
and brethren of other lodges, are earnestly requested to
attend. A. S. WILDMAN, M.
A. F. Puffer, Seo. '
gW Gardiner—Tho members of Phtenix
Chapter, No. 2, R. A. M„ are requested to attend the
funeral of our late companion, Abraham S. Gardiner, at
No. 50 W. Thirty-second street, on Monday, 17th inst..
at half-past 1 P. M. JOHN C. BOAK, A. H P.
gW Gardiner.—The members of Phoenix
Chapter, No. 2, R. A. M.» are requested to meet at
Booth’s Building, Twenty-third street and Sixth ave-t
nue, on Monday, the 17th inst., at half-past one o’clock,
and join Prince of Orange Lodge, No. 16, in paying
last tribute of respect to our late companion, A. H. Gan
diner. JOHN C. BOAK, A. If. P. f
gW Gardiner.—Sir Knights of Palestine
Commandery, No. 18, K. T., are requested to meet at the
rooms cf Prince of Orange Lodge, No. 16, F. and A. M.,
corner of Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street, (ovez
Booth’s Theatre), on Monday, June 17th, at half-past onoi
o’clock, (citisans dress), for the purpose of attending th«
funeral o? our late Sir Knight A. 8. Gardiner.
GEO. VAN VLIIiT, E. 0. \
gW Polar Star Mutual Benefit Association.
—The regular meetings of the Board of Trustees of the
P. S. M. B. A. are held on the last Tuesday evening of
each month at No. 51 Avenue D, where members of tho
fraternity can at all times obtain copies of By-Laws and
blanks from Bro. Louis Fessler.
WM. C. PATTERSON, Pres’t.
Smith S. Merritt, Sec.
Samuel R. Kirkham«
ENGRAVER AND PRINTER,
No. BOWERY,
Three doors above Spring st., New York,
Keeps constantly on hand the largest assortment Of
SILVER-PLATED DOORAND NUMBER PLATES
PEW-PLATES, <tc,, in the City.
WEDDING, VISITING, BUSINESS
AND ADDRESS CARDS
ENGRAVED IN THE LATEST STYLE,
AT MODERATE PRICES.
OBSERVE THE NUMBER—
Stuyvesant House*
No. 293 THIRD AVENUE,
Between Twenty-second and Twenty-third streets.
SUPERIOR LIQUORS AND CIGARS.
THOMAS RYAN,
Successor to I. B. Conover.
GIF Sturtevant House,
No. 1186 BROADWAY,
(Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth streets,)
NEW YORK.
_ With Elevator.
BOARD AND ROOMS S 3 50 PER DAY.
LEWIS & GEORGE S. LELAND, Proprietors.
gW United States Passport Bureau,
Citizens about to travel abroad may obtain Passport®
from A.C. Willmarth, Passport Agent, U. S. Court
House, No. 41 Chambers Street.'
At Edward D. Bassford’s,
COOPER INSTITUTE,
THE LARGEST AND MOST EXTENSIVE STOOBJ ’
OF HOUSE-FURNISHING GOODS, CHINA AND
GLASS WARE, IN THE CITY.
A guarantee of a saving of at least 15 per cent.
SSO 00 First-Class Decorated Dinner Set.
35 00 Full Set Kitchen Cooking Utensils.
7 00 per dozen Best English Table Knivet,
6 60 “ Pure Nickle Silver Forks.
3 50 “ “ “ Teaspoons.
5 50 for a handsome Tea Set.*
1 50 per dozen good Glass Goblets.
Silver-Plated Ware, Ironing and Kitchen Tables,
Cloth es-Wringers, Wash Tubs, &c.
Bassford’s Celebrated Nonpareil Refrigerators,
Please call and see for yourselves.
Prices of all goods marked in plain figures.
gW Wood & Waring,
*No. 98 BOWERY, N. Y.,
REGULATION
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
PRICE, $lB. COATS »
B. B. Howell & Co., ’
MANUFACTURERS of
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR SWORDS,
AND
ffl HIS M BSfflE HUS,
434 Broadway, Cor. Howard St,
FACTORY, 402, 404, 406 & 408 BLEECKER STREET,
A Brute Properly Punished.— Oft
the morning of the 11 cli inst., at Plymouth, Indiana,
a Mr. Baker, who drives a sprinkler, while getting
his water at a hydrant, near the Pittsburg and Fort
Wayne Rai'road, noticed a man loafing around on«
cf the warehouses in the vicinity. Baker had driven
about a b ock av/.iyj when, hearing cries, looked
back and beheld the man carrying the little girl un«
der tho warehouse. Mr. Baker requested a by«
standee to hold his horse, seized his whip and rushed
down, and beheld tho brute in the act of outraging
the girl. Baker brought the butt end of the whip
down upon the man’s head, stunning him. The
girl, whose name is Locke, and about ten years ot
age, was sent home. Mr. Baker waited until th®
fellow returned to consciousness, cowhided him
til there was not a tound piece of flesh in his wholq
body, aud let him go. The brute, who gives
name as English, was arrested a few hours
ward, and lodged in jail to await hia M
bail being
Cats Put to Use.—A fruit-grower
has made the discovery that cats, when properly
used, make excellent guardians of strawberry!
patches to keep away the birds. The cat is fastened
by a chain which slides on a wire extending tho
whole length of the patch, so that the animal may,
walk up and down. A knot at each end of the wir*
readily prevents the cat from twisting round ths
post which supports the wire, and a email keneej
placed in the middle of the walk affords shelter anfl
a home for her kittens. Tn large gardens a second
cat is required, and the young onee in their fre.
qiient visits to each othei greatly aeeijt iu
the birds.
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