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Advertisements for the Masonic D«- TABtment, to secure their insertion, must be tent in by TWO O’CLOCK, P. M., Friday. BE OURS TO-NIGHT TO SING, BY 808 MORRIS. Ee ours to-night to sing, Be ours to-night to laugh, And in these cups, no drunken bowls, The loving toast to quaff; Wo consecrate this odorous wine And drink to Zone, and Auld Lang StfM, Now raise the generous flood And drink to those who’ve gone; EeyoUd the grave, beyond the sky. They seem to beckon on: With tears of friendship we attest And drink the Memory of the Blest, Now drink to sober age, To those in life’s decline, To eyes bedimm'ed and wrinkled front Your oldest, purest wine; O Brethren, give a loving toast To Age and Worth and Honest Frost. Now drink the fond farewell, And now the Come Again: But not in song and not in speech This last and best refrain: With goblet raised toward Heaven above In silence drink— Freemasons •• Love.” CONFUSION. Just now thero seems to be going on & series of troubles which, however, have not yet reached the subordinate lodges, the true custodians of Ancient Craft Masonry. It looks to us—so to speak—as if the brethren were under the influence of sun spots, or their equivalent, tor we can hardly imagine how it is that there should be such vagaries as we know to exist at the present time. For instance, Grand Lodges, so called, are formed without the slightest possible form of regularity or compliance with the known prin ciples of Grand Lodge establishment, and yet. they are recognized by the Grand Bodies prev iously established and having a right to accord their recognition to regular or even to irregular bodies. But if this thing continues, how long will it be before wo shall throw legal formation to the winds and allow men to formulate a body without any other basis for their action than their own sweet wills, and how long before such organizations shall come to be regarded as a' part of the institution of Freemasonry? We admit that any one or more persons may formulate a rite of any kind pleasing to them selves, and that other persons may adjoin their subordinate organizations, but we submit that the regular bodies have no possible right to extend to them recognition, and we marvel that any brother, being himself in regular standing in a regular body, should allow him self to be seduced into one of these side-shows, which are in patent derogation of the admitted principles of the Masonic fraternity, and have no more real connection with it than the Order of the Eastern Star or the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Then, again, we have the Egyptian rites, in vented in Paris some few years ago and the claims of Mr. Wilson to run the machine de spite his opponents. We stand on the old ways, and, if there be a possibility, are willing to make progression; nut we immensely doubt the possibility of running these outside vagaries into the household of the craft. Mr. Wilson has told us that the Grand Lodges of this country are all irregular, because they have not secured their authority from him or from the party he represents; but he seems to have forgotten that here and there may be one of us who knows by his reading that himself »nd his party are the most unmitigated frauds ever known in the Masonic fraternity, and that the Egyptian rites (so-called) have no more right to Masonic recognition than the Order of Red Men. Our advice to the brethren is that you first look to the interest and progress of your re spective lodges. See that what depends upon you to do, is done, and let outside matters take care of themselves. Mingling in these foreign degrees cannot, by any possibility, help you in your lodge duties, nor improve the status of ancient craft Masonry. Stand by your earlier and most imperative du ties, and look upon Egypt and its followers as having no claim upon your time or attention. Whatever money you put in the coders of these modern confidence men is just so much money thrown away, doing you no good and at the same time depriving you of so much power to aid the legitimate work of the craft. The leas we have to do with or say about these excrescences the better for ourselves and our Masonic interests and the less we shall help on this modern confusion. SCOTTISH RITE NOTES. The Lodue of Sorrow at Macon, Georgia.— Macon Lodge (symbolic), No. 5, and Zerbal Lodge of Perfection, No. 3, Scottish Rite, united in the coremonies of a Lodge of Sorrow, under tlie forms peculiar to the latter rite at the Academy of Music last week, and attracted the largest audience that has ever been in a single building in Macon; more than two thousand, when the doors closed, and the overflow retired to their homes. Two hundred ladies were forced to standing room during the three hours eervico. The lodge-room scene was followed by that of the interior of a temple, and this again at the sound of low twelve by the processional bearing the casket to the tomb. Rev. Mr. Winchester delivered the orat on. The services were in commemoration of twenty-two dead. The mu sic embraced “ Hear my Prayer,” “Dead March in Saul,” “ Remember Now Thy Creator,” *De Profun dis,” “Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping,” and one or two pieces dedicated by Bro. Millard to the New York Consistory. The twenty-five flower-bearers were effective. The occasion will never be effaced from the memory of those so fortunate to gain admittance to the Academy. Consistory of the City of New York.— Preparations such as are usual immediately preceding the efforts of this Consistory in some special ease are apparent. On inquiry we find the aim is to open the new Consistorial Cham ber in the Temple with the Thirty-second de gree, in a more than sustain the reputation of this thorough-working body. The entire armorial equipment belonging to this Consistory of the Templars and the Sara cens will be brought into effective use, with ad ditions that are elegant and expensive. The revised ritual, which has been so acceptable to many of the Supreme Councils of the World, and is expected to become universal, will be produced. There is no doubt, this Consistory will score another of its special triumphs. This scenic and military degree, replete with action, will be conferred about the close of April. Rochester and Chicago.—Reports from the re-unions held by the Scottish Rite bodies m Rochester and Chicago during the past week come too late to give an extended account in this issue. The work is most highly com mended, and the number of initiates unusually large. More anon. QUESTIONS—THOUGHTS—IDEAS. E. W.—A person claiming to be a Past Master desires me to examine him. Have I, or any one else, a right to do so outside the lodge room ? Answer— You have a right to satisfy yourself it you wish to, as to the fact of the person in question being a Mason, but that does not give you a right to vouch for him. The legal and proper way is to have an order from the Master bo examine tlie strange brother, or Kwhat amounts to the same thing, have the Master himself present, and then the examination will, if satisfactory, warrant you in vouching for the stranger. We use the word “stranger” as meaning only on® whom we have not previous - iy known, because the moment he proves him self he is no longer a stranger. But the rule is ibat no private examination can give the right of avouchment. We have not time nor do wo intend to give a full explanation of this master in this place, but if you desire to get at the true inwardness go to the Grand Lodge Library any Saturday evening, and consult the works of Dr. Mackey and M. W. Bro. Simons on the “Juris prudence of Freemasonry,” and you will know. A GOOD-BY. At the close of Bro. Morris’s letter this week, the reader will see his “good-by.” He leaves for home on the 2d of April, and closes his per sonal labors in this vicinity, intending after a few weeks rest, to make a traveling visit to a considerable number of places in New York and surrounding States, to which be has been warmly invited. He has lectured before thirty four Masonic bodies in this city and Brooklyn, and feels confident that he bears away with him the warmest regards of all who have heard him. His list for orders to the splendid edi tion of his poems, while not so large as ho and hi? friends had hoped, is, nevertheless, very re spectable, considering the great depression of business, and the great number of the brethren who are out of employment. The subscriptions ordered to be filled in April, May and June, will be promptly attended to by Bro. T. G. Wilson, who has been his assistant for two months, and has made himself known to the cralt as a zealous and conscientious brother. We heartily recommend him, as we have al ready don® the book, to all our COMMANDERY NEWS. Commanders, Recorders, or Sir Knights are requested to send their items for publication direct to the N. Y. Dispatch Office, indorsed: “ Commandery News.” Aldemar. STRAY NOTES. Sir Caswell, the Grand Recorder of Cal., thus talks about the Masonic drones, in reply to an attack made upon an opinion uttered by him in his report on inter-State correspondence. “ Now, dearly beloved Frater, verily we claim to be as liberal minded as the average human; but we do not understand the word free as ap plied to Masonry, in the light in which you jDlace it. The “free spirit of the fraternity” does not exempt a Mason from those wholesome restraints that form the safeguards of society; it does not release him from obedience to the laws, regulations and usages of the fraternity, or grant him immunity from the performance'of any duty which lies within the range of his abili ties. The ancient regulations say: “It is the duty of every Mason to be a member of soma lodgeand why ? In order that he may boar bis share of the duties, burdens and responsi bilities of Masonry, as well as to reap its bene fits. We know of Masons who have lived for moro than a quarter of a century within a stone’s throw ot the lodge-room, who never affiliated, never was seen in the lodge, or in the garb ot a Mason except on some festive occasion or pro cession, where they might gorge themselves at the expense of their brethren, or show them selves in public in respectable company; who were never known to iced the hungry, clothe the naked, or contribute one cent in charity; yet when misfortune overtook them, were fast enough to claim Masonic aid, and hypocritically expatiate upon the beauties of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Away with such Masons, say we; it makes each of our few particular hairs to stand on end, like quills upon the boligerent hedge-hog, when we meet one of them. We believe in freedom; but, applied to Masonry, we have the idea, once strikingly illustrated by a good old Methodist deacon, who, at a church sociable where refreshments were served, had placards hung in conspicuous places, bearing the significant legend: *• Salvation’s free, But not the tea.” Masonry is free, but it costs money to carry out its aims and objects, and it needs warm hearts and willing hands to perform the duties it entails. The willfully non-affiliated Mason is a drone, a sluggard, a loiterer by the wayside, who sees his brother bearing the heat and bur den of the day, while he reposes in the shade of his own contemptible selfishness. E. Sir O. B. Senter, G. Swd. Br., of Ohio, speaking of the want ot consistency in Templar labor, cites the following incident as a model of ridicule and just criticism : “ The other item is of a want of thought as to the robing of officers. Not long since I visited a commandery—the Or der of Red Cross was being conferred. I sat in the Jewish council chamber and was surprised to see the Sir Knight representing an ancient Jewish High Priest clothed in a prelate’s full Christian robes, with its multitude of Christian crosses, and as the High Priest bade the Jewish Prince farewell with his parting blessing, the Prince took up his long travel to a foreign country and gained an humble admission to a gentile king’s court, and whom should he be hold, seated as a high dignitary in the enemy’s court, but the same Jewish high priest, with such an anachronism in his apparel and whom he thought he had left far behind.” R. E. Sir Meade, ot Mississippi, rises to ex plain his ideas upon the practice of subordinate commanderies spending their life blood in ban quets: “ The desire for display, costly ban quets and lavish expenditure of money gener ally exhibited by most of the subordinate oom manderies, extending to us invitations to meet with them, should have passing notice, at least. Our mootings should be for the purpose of la bor and business, interspersed with hours of pleasure and refreshment. But ‘mine host’ has made out his programme with feastings and entertainments the prominent feature, and his guests are too polite to ask a change. To en tertain one's guests in a creditable and fitting manner is very commendable; but it is not the part of wisdom to do so at the expense of your very existence. As our members increase, these meetings will be more largely attended— the expense of these entertainments will in crease—until finally bankruptcy to the subor dinate commandery will follow in our wake.” MOBTON DRILL CORPS. A number of the prominent Sir Knights of Morton Commandery, No. 4, assembled at the Gedney House on Wednesday evening last, and perfected the organization of a drill corps to be known as Morton Drill Corps. The following officers were elected: Wm. H. McDongan, Com mander; F. A. Schilling, Lieut. Commandej*; Oliver G. Brady, Drill Master; Geo. W. English, Adjutant. Judging from the evident enthusiasm manifested there is no doubt of their success, the object being for social intercourse and per fection in the Templar drill. The usual symposium followed. ADELPHIO (MOUNTED), NO. 59. On last Thursday evening in the Grand Lodge Hall, Masonic Temple, Prof. Cromwell gave one of his celebrated art lectures to a crowded house for the benefit of the funds of this Commandery. The Commandery is struggling to overcome the disaster that befell it at the late fire at the Temple, and deservedly needs the active sym pathy ot the fraters of the city and vicinity to strengthen its labors. The spirit of Prof. Cromwell was commenda ble, and evidently was appreciated by the patrons of the entertainment. RELIGIOUS SERVICES. The various commanderies of this city and Brooklyn have completed arrangements to hold divine service on Good Friday evening. The precise ni’ture ot the programmes are not at hand, but we presume they are the stereotyped usages upon such occasions, and, as such, all creeds within the ranks can be satisfied, with out splitting hairs upon the dogmas of Trinity or any other doctrinal point. Of one thing we hope, however, the several commanderies will not enter the churches in which they are to hold the religious services clothed in full toggery, with a sword dangling by their side. Fatigue dress is all that is neces sary to separate the common herd from de vout Templars. In connection with this subject, we state that St. Elmo Commandery, No. 57, assembles at Noble street Baptist Church, Brooklyn, E. D'., where Rev. A. Stewart Walsh, D. D., assisted by Rev. Bro. E. A. Hainer, and others, will offi ciate. Special musical efforts will accompany this service. De Witt Clinton, No. 27, will celebrate the event at Christ Episcopal Church, Bedford ave nue, Brooklyn, E. D. Rev. Sir C. L. Twing, the prelate of the commandery, will officiate, as sisted by the local pastor and a fine quartette c*f vocalists ; also, by Sir George Morgan, on the organ, and a noted soprano singer. This affair promises to be recherche in every particular. Clinton, No. 14, meets at St. Ann’s Church, Rev. Sir John Hall officiating. Palestine, this city, holds an excellent ser vice at the Fourth avenue M. E. P. Church, Rev. Sir O. Tiffany officiating. The programme of the exercises, we are informed, is in keeping with the known activity of this commandery and of the highest order of religious exercises. Morton, York, Oceur de Lion, Constantine, Columbian, and Ivanhoe, we presume, have ar ranged for services of some sort, but we are not advised as to their nature. REMINISCENCE. The cross of St. John was selected by Pope Innocent 11. in 1130, who appointed the banner and arms under which the Knight ever afterward fought, viz., a white cross on a field of red. The Grand Master styled himself “ the humble ser vant of Christ’s poor and guardian of the hos pital at Jerusalem.” The cross was often dyed in the blood of the infidels, and often in the blood of the Knights themselves, who wore it foremost upon the breast and wet it with their vital blood. It was a white, innocent sign, that so abhorred to dwell upon a bosom burning with evil thoughts that, it was superstitiously believed, it would fall off of its own accord ! The oath of allegiance bound the initiate to live poorly, chastely and obediently. The Knights were called the props of Malta. The three investments of a Knight were the cross, the sword and th® spurs, each of which had a symbolical meaning, very impressive. When a Knight was degraded h.s spurs were hacked from his heels by the Provost Marshal, and stuck on his forehead. —From Rob Morris's scrap book. STANDARD CHAPTER, NO. 252. A very pleasant evening was spent with the companions of this chapter on last Saturday evening; the Past and M. E. M.‘Degrees were the work on hand, and both were exemplified in true Masonic style; especially fine was the latter degree, under the able handling of M. E. Comp. James P. Clark, assisted by the King and other officers. A large number of visiting compan ions ware present, among whom we saw friend Freddy Davis and George E. Brown, both P. H. P’s, of Empire, also big “Aleck” Murray, of Union, and many others. Alter closing, the jolly companions gathered around the festive board, amply provided by Companion Immen, and after the inner man was satisfied singing and recitations were in order; but the feature of this part of the entertainment was a beautiful Idyl, a poem, composed and recited by Comp. Dr. Binger, called the “Lover’s Drive.” It was an .esthetic effusion in the doctor’s happiest vein, describ ing the transcendent delights of the lovers wandering among cowslips and daisies. Com panion David McKelsey, IN os worthy and others contributed their share toward the.evening’s entertainment. On next Saturday, April 4th, the Royal Arch Degree will be conferred in full form, and while M. E. Comp. Clark does not allow any ticket speculators in front of Decker’s building, he advises companions to come early and secure front seats, as all the camp stools have been se cured in advance. It the Dispatch is allowed to retire at ten o’clock sharp, we will look in upon the companions of Standard Chapter. Third en Robk.—On Thursday even ing, April 2, the Doric Room of the Masonic Temple, will be put to a test of capacity. Chan cellor Walworth Lodge, No. 271, confers the Degree of Master Mason upon five craftsmen. The efficient young Master Wright D. Pownall will be ably assisted in the floor work with the well-trained “we twelve.” The O. G.’s will be there in force. This lodge is one of the most successful meeting in the Temple, NEW YORK DISPATCH, MARCH 29, 1885. STRICT OBSERVANCE LODGE, No. 94. The gatherings of this old lodge are always potent and show good results in Masonic cir cles; but more especially is this the fact when an important or extraordinary occasion calls them together, as was the case last Tuesday evening, 24th inst., when several important events were to take place. Firstly, then, B. W. Bro. John Stewart, D. D. G. M. of the Fourth, was booked to make his official visit, and whenever or wherever genial Bro. John is announced to make a visit a good ly number of brethren are always on hand to greet him, and Strict Observance is never lack ing in Masonic courtesy, consequently the brethren and their friends assembled in strong force to be present and do honor to their Dis trict Deputy. Secondly, the ladies, wives and female friends of the members, were to be present, and the boys of 94 are too gallant not to turn out large ly on such strong inducements, hence every body was on hand to do honor to the sweet and pretty darlings. Thirdly and lastly, but by no means least, on the programme was that a presentation was to take place, and certainly the members of Strict Observance are too loyal not to press on when asked to do honor to one of their ablest Past Masters; hence, taking all these extra attractions combined, it is no wonder that a very large gathering of brethren assembled on Tuesday night. The District Deputy was duly received with the honors due his exalted station, and as it was not intended to do any work, the lodge closed after passing some mutual complimentary remarks, and the brethren adjourned to the hall below, where the ladies were awaiting them. Here a very interesting performance took place, consisting of singing and recitations, by Mies Dexter and Miss Ryan; a very fine cornet solo, by Mr. Harding, and very sweet music—glass music, if we are permitted to call it such--by Bro. Sylvester D. Smith, whose very efficient performance upon tumblers always elicits storms of applause. In the midst of the programme R. W. Bro. Stewart arose and spoke eloquently of the dis interested services rendered by all Masters and officers of lodges, and especially when (now addressing W. Bro. James F. Bragg), “ like in your case, these services cover years of toil in the quarry of Masonry as Junior Warden, as Senior Warden, for years as Secretary, and final ly, for several years as Master ot this lodge, we find you now still in harness as Treasurer ; still serving your lodge, still working, toiling, and never tired of well-doing. Such constant devo tion necessarily draws the attention of the craft toward you, but more so the esteem and love of your brethren, those of your own Masonic household ; they appreciate such service and desire to show their appreciation to you. Pay? Masonic work cannot be paid for; Masonic worth cannot be bought; only the priceless blessing of the widow or the silent prayer of the orphan, coupled with the grateful smile of the sick, and the thanks of the relieved poor, are the pay received or expected by the true Ma sonic craftsman. But yet to show you how well your conduct has satisfied your brethren, how highly they honor you, how fully they deem you worthy of iheir love and esteem, accept from them this token and wear it, always remember ing that as an emblem of a Past Master, it shows you the open face ot the Sun, and may the sun shine of love, the bright rays of prosperity be with you through life, and may nothing ever happen to you to dim the lustre of your good name or the lustre of this bright and shining jewel.” W. Bro. Bragg acquitted himself very credit ably, and quickly recovered from his first em barrassment, and in well-chosen and eloquent words thanked the R. W. Brother for the kind and flattering remarks and cordial manner of presenting this beautiful gift, and thanked the brethren of Strict Observance for their kind ness, and said he had never a thought of any reward; whatever services he may have ren dered the lodge was purely and solely a labor of love, and he felt amply rewarded by having been repeatedly elected Master of the lodge, an honor of which he felt justly proud, and he would wear this beautiful jewel and cherish it, as it will ever bring to his mind the kind ness and love of his brothers. The jewel is an elegant one, very heavy, and of solid eighteen-karat gold, bearing the legend: “ Presented to James F. Bragg, Past Master, by the members of Lodge of Strict Observance, No. 94. for his worth, March 24, 1885.” Among the distinguished visitors we noticed W. Bro. Howes, ot Golden Rule; W. Cunning ham and his handsome lady; W. Bro. McCaffer ty and wife; W. Levy and Ed. Gibb, both of Strict Observance, and both accompanied by their good wives, and many whose names we could not obtain. Nearly at early dawn the af fair came to a close, which will long be remem bered by all who participated in it. We congratulate W. Bro. Bragg, as well as the members ot his lodge, upon this very pleas ant episode in the history of old 94. ORIENT OF SYRACUSE. The twenty-third annual reunion of Central City bodies of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, was held March 18th and 19tb, according to programme, and invitations sent out early this month, and the Trustees feel gratified that their efforts to make this meeting a success were duly appreciated by the visiting and resident brethren, who filled our seats at the conferring of each grade. On Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock the Lodge of Perfection opened and conferred the Fourth, Sixth and Fourteenth Grades in full ceremonial form, with appropriate costumes, paraphernalia, sacred furniture, etc.. “ After a sumptuous feast in the banquet hall,” the Coun cil of Princes of Jerusalem opened at eight o’clock in the evening and conferred the Fif teenth and Sixteenth Grades with historical cor rectness of detail in costume and ritual, closing with a beautiful tableau lighted up with colored fire. Thursday afternoon at three o’clock the Chapter of Rose Croix opened, and conferred the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Grades in solemn ceremonial form, with appropriate scenery and accessories. At half past five the Consistory opened and conferred the Nineteenth Grade with a completeness of detail that is sel dom equaled in this jurisdiction. The scenery, costumes and mechanical effects were made from designs furnished by the Commander-m- Chief, who has studied the necessary require ments of this degree for the last year or more. The Consistory was then called from labor to refreshment, and the brethren repaired to the banquet hall, and satisfied 111. Bro. Brownell that “ the perfectness of his work was ap proved.” At eight o’clock the Consistory re sumed labor, and conferred the twenty-ninth grade, with Edward H. Brown, 33°, as Saladin, and Abel G. Cook, 33°, as Hugh of Tiberias, aud in the opinion of those present added new laurels to their previous efforts in this grade. The ceremonies continued with the conferring of the thirty-second grade, Sublime Prince of tho Royal Secret, in ample form, with Camp of the Grand Masonic Army, and were concluded by a beautiful and impressive charge to the aspir ants, delivered by the Commander-in-Chief, Albert Becker, Jr., to whose efforts the breth ren are deeply indebted for this successful re union. The Masonic Quartette rendered effective pieces at appropriate points in the various grades, and their services will be appreciated hereafter. Among the visiting brethren were representa tives from New York City, Albany, U,tica, Her kimer, Watertown, Rochester, and cities out side the State. Alpha. Sagamore Lodge, No. 371, will confer the Second Degree on the evening of Wednes day, April Ist. The East will be filled by the S. W., Bro. William M. Cummings, who so long and so creditably filled the position of 8. D. For the first time in many years the present 8. D.» Bro. Ulysses Baker, will lead the candidates in to the Middle Chamber. Readers of the Dis patch who recall the palmy days of Excelsior Lodge, will remember the finished work of this old and distinguished craftsman as S. D. of that lodge, and will welcome the return to active la bor in the symbolic lodge of one who has at tained so exalted a position in Capitular Mason ry. Visiting brethren cordially welcomed. St. Cecile, No. 568.—0 n Tuesday af-, ternoon, at their rooms, this lodge will be en tertained by Bob. Morris, the poet laureate,who will be assisted by a great musical feast, con sisting of choice selections from the best com posers. The brethren—particularly visiting brethren of other jurisdictions—are cordially invited to be present. Atlas Lodge, No. 316, will confer the Third Degree at the Composite Room, in the Temple, on Friday night, April 3d, when the Standard Work will be interpreted by several distinguished Masons. Brothers from sister lodges will receive a fraternal greeting by the Master. New York Lodge, No. 330, will work the First Degree on Wednesday evening, April Ist. The Second Degree will be conferred at a special communication on Friday afternoon, April 3d, at 2:30 o’clock. Members of sister lodges are cordially invited to be present. Ridgewood Lodge, No. 710.—This lodge will be favored on Thursday evening next, April 2nd, with a visit Irom Bro. William J. Morrison, of Cosmopolitan Lodge, and his staff ot Oriental Grand Masters, who will assist in conferring the Oriental Degree. Cosmopolitan Lodge, No. 585.—This popular lodge ot craftsmen, will on Tuesday evening next, March 81st, confer She Third De gree. Brethren of sister- lodges desirous of witnessing good work, should not fail So be present. Tolar Star Lodge, No. 245, will con fer the Second Degree on Wednesday evening, April Ist, at their rooms, German Masonic Tem ple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. Visiting brethren are cordially invited. Templab Lodge, No. 203, will work the Second Degree at their next regular com munication on April 3d, at No. 181 Eighth ave nne. Visiting brethren are cordially invited to attend. On Monday evening, March 30th, Pi oneer Lodge, No. 20, will confer the First De gree. All are invited, jnd will be cordially welcomed. PERSONAL. Uncle Dan Siokels.—Wednesday last came to this Nestor in Masonry his seventieth birth day. Though apparently he does not seem to be sixty, and personally he appeared to us to have enjoyed the power of stopping the flight ol time, and to be where he was when first his hairs began to whiten, and wa felt the inspira tion ol the lines: " Yet blessings on that frosty pew, John Anderson my Joe.” For more than thirty years Uncle Dan has been our chum, and we have so loved one an other that in all those years Shore has been no dispute, no jealousy, no time when we would not have given to each other all our worldly goods, need being therefor. We still cling to the old love, and, as in the nature of things, neither of us can expect long to linger, we hope hand in band to descend the hill, •' And Bleep together at the foot.” Need we say how earnestly we wish him, for the remaining days; all health and prosperity, that as sinks the declining sun in the west, there may be for him its most beneficent rays, and that at last Death’s lightest stroke may open to him the pearly gates to that rest and refresh ment it lias not entered into the heart oi man to conceive. We had the pleasure of traveling, the other day, with W. Bro. Jere Twomey, and a jolly good traveling companion he is, “ which no body can deny,” only he has acquired the bad habit ot staying out late o’ nights, but aside from this he is all right. We hope that with severe and self-denying training he will eventu ally learn to turn in early. We shall pray lor the reform of Bro. Jere the very first chance we get at praying. Bko. G. J. Elsner, of Eastern Star Lodge and Empire Chapter, this city, is temporarily so journing in New Haven, Conn. We miss the good brother here, and while we know that New Haven is not New York, we sincerely trust Bro. Elsner will enjoy himself in the Elm City, and prosper in all his undertakings there, and take this opportunity to recommend Brother and Companion Elsner to tho good care of our Con necticut brethren, assuring them that they will find him worthy of all their courtesy and Ma sonic welcome. Wh abe infobmed that M. E. Companion Jas. P. Clark is about signing a big contract for tho roofing over of part of Central Park. We trust the handsome High Priest of Standard Chapter will be careful how he undertakes such big jobs. However, no doubt he is equal to any emergency, and will fulfill any work he under takes to do. The old adage says that misfortunes never come singly, is reversed in the case ot our well known brother, Tony Pastor. With him it is good luck; successes and gratifying surprises do not come singly. In January last his well wishers in Mecca Temple of the Mystic Shrine seized his whole house, and, donning their red fez, filled it with themselves and ladies, and gave him a token of their esteem and regard in which ho is held by them. On Sunday even ing, March 22, it being the twentieth anniversary of his successful career as a theatrical manager, his courteous business manager, Noble Harry Sanderson, deeming it an occasion worthy of being celebrated, secured the Academy of Music, and being ably assisted by Noble George Thatcher and the several managers of our city and other prominent theatres, the oc casion was made one that will remain long in the memories of those fortunate in gaining ad mission. The house was literally packed. Move where you would, you were greeted with old familiar faces. AH gathered to do honor to ‘‘Charitable Tony.” It was an elegant pro gramme, opening with Mr. P. Gilmore and his orchestra of one hundred pieces. Tony was made the recipient of a handsome gold watch, beautifully inscribed with the names of twenty one donors, among whom we find Mr. Lester Wallack. The watch was a complete surprise and is valued at SI,OOO. Capt. Jack Callender.—We had the pleasure of shaking hands Friday last with our esteemed friend and brother, on the occasion of his sixty seventh birthday, and feel happy in being able to say that despite gray hairs and life’s chances and changes, ho looks good for twenty years moro. So be it, old friend, and may all tho mercies be showered on your head till at last the summons comes that will consign you to rest. Frank L. Stowell.—Our old friend sailed yesterday for a flying visit to Europe, under care of Captain Bristow, of the “ Grecian Mon arch.” He has been wrestling with gout and rheumatism until the doctors, having exhausted the pharmacopia, directed a change of climate. We sincerely hope that be may come back to us in first-class order. Rob Morris Asks Us : “ Can yon or any of your readers tell me who wrote the fol lowing lines ? I have had them lor many a year in my scrap book, but who is the author ? They are eertainly good THE EARTH IS CURSED. The earth is cursed—and yet liow fair How blest a spot the earth would be. Were o'er it, wide diffused as light Thy Heaven-lent spirit, Masonry 1 Then checked the brutal passion’s sway— No moro would war's dread note appal; For love and charity would make The aim of eac/i, the good ol all. Then hushed would be foul slander’s tongue— Revenge, reviling, discord cease; And linked by firm, fraternal ties. Earth’s children hail the reign of peace. Then burst the bonds that now enthrall. Then felled the barriers reared by pride, Nor elavo would pine, nor poor be shunned. Nor power oppress, nor rank divide. Then banished all intolerant creeds, The Christian, Jew and Turk would meet At the same shrine, and prove how good That man should mau as brother greet. Freed from its fetters, then the mind Would own this truth the earth abroad. That man should judge man’s deeds alone And leave his conscience unto God J Earth long defiled and dark with sin Would glow with primal beauty then; While Heaven in rapture, would behold A kindly Brotherhood of mon. Then speed thy Mission, Masonry— O’er earth diffuse thy mystic light; Till universal mau shall own The law of love, the law of light I CONSECRATION OF A MASONIC HALL IN SOUTH AFRICA. The foundation stone of a new hall for the Sir Charles Warren Lodge, the Diamond Fields, Souih Africa, having been laid last October and the building being completed, the impressive ceremony of consecrating it as a lodge was performed by the P. District Grand Master, B. W. Bro. Giddy, on the afternoon of Wednesday, the 4th of February. The building, which is from the design ot Bro. C. Abarrow, the W. M. of the lodge, has no pretensions to an elaborate exterior, but shows good workmanship throughout. The entrance, which is at the west end, admits yon into an ample ante-room, to tho left is a robing-room, while to tho right, through an archway, is the library, the books of which were chosen by Bro. Sir Charles Warren when the lodge was started six years ago. The lodge-room, which is capable of holding over 200, is lofty, with an arched ceiling springing from a caved cornice, under which are the small ventilating windows, admitting a subdued light through tinted glass. Tho east wall is divided into three arches, springing from columns of the Tuscan order, while a dado runs round the lodge. Ths walls and ceilings throughout are tinted pale blue, with the moldings, &e., brought out in a darker shade. The whole ot the work and fittings were entrusted to Bro. Langford, who has car ried them out in a most thoroughly workman like manner. After the brethren had assembled, and the W. M. had opened the lodge in the Three De*. grees, the P. District Grand Master addressed the brethren on the nature of the meeting,when prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The lodge was then adjourned and marshaled in procession, under the direction of Bro. Con nolly, P. M., D. C., to the Wesleyan Church, where divine service was conducted, and an ad dress given by Canon Gaul. On the return to the lodge the P. D. Grand Master continued the ceremony of consecrating the lodge, the music being presided over by Bro. Wylie, P. M. The W. M. having thanked the visiting breth ren of the Cosmopolitan, Octahedron, Richard Giddy, Peace and Harmony, Athole, and other lodges for their attendance and co-operation, the lodge was closed in due form, and'tbis in teresting meeting terminated.— JYeemason (London'), FRATERNITY, Let us, then, not forget that one of the lessons which Masonry teaches is to think better of the world in which wo live, and especially of our brethren, and so to value the one as to think it worth while to try and make it nobler and bet ter, and the others as to never be willing to have the bonds of brotherhood broken. Money can buy many things, both good and evil; but all the wealth of the world cannot buy one real genuine iriend, and could not repay us the loss of one. We are but foolish spendthrifts if wo let one iriend drop off through inattention, or let one thrust another aside, or if we hold aloof from one for petty jealousy or heedless slight. One good friend, or one true Masonic broth er, is not to be weighed against tho jewels of earth. Will you lose one because he is unkind or unjust to you ? Wiil you not remember your own failings and forgive him ? If there come coolness or unkindness between you, do not revile him behind his back, but come face to face and have an explanation. Life is too short to quarrel in or to carry black thoughts of friend or brother. Come together qnicKly, before love grows cold; clasp hands and lot the past be, for a friend or brother is too precious to be lightly thrown aside. A new one will not come for the calling, nor make up for the old one if he does come. Ezel, No. 732.—This lodge works the Third Degree to-morrow evening, with a fall cast in tho second section. The Brooklynites have a rich treat before them on this occasion, and they had better not neglect the same. Go early. Bob. Morris’s Lectures this AVeek. — Monday, Zeredatha Lodge, No. 4§3, Brooklyn; Tuesday afternoon, St. Cecile Lodge, No. 568, and evening, Evangelist Lodge, No. 600. This completes his engagements in this vicinity, BETWEEN OLD FRIENDS. MORRIS TO SIMONS. Astor House, March 26. 1885. My Dear Simons. —The enemies of Free masonry find fault with us because, upon festi val occasions, we spend the fleeting hours in song, anecdote and cheerful reminiscences. But this is no worse than others do, even those professing greater sanctity. I observe, for instance, that at a dinner given last Week by the Princeton College preachers, many of them divines of eminence—Dr. McCosb, Prof. Young, and persons of that class—the evening was largely given to college jokes, witty contests, anecdotes of doubtful character, and the retail of “chestnut's’' venerable for their age. Amidst a cloud of tobacco smoke the Glee Club sung college songs which can scarcely be equalled in English literature for inanity and dullness of jingle. The Sweet Singer of Michigan would be ashamed of them. Mr. Alexander, President of the New York Alumni Association, of Princeton College, “told many good stories and laughable jests.” Dr. McCosh, the College President, “ made many laughable remarks.” The Rev. John R. Paxton was introduced as “ the Fight ing Parson.” Mr. Depew “ convulsed the audience with laughter.” Now I,for one, haven’t the least objection to all this, but I submit that these ecclesiastical guns have no call to stigma tize our little festivals as “ drunken bouts,” though the cigars may be coarser, the wines cheaper, and the jokes not quite so convulsive as theirs. In tho proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, for 1884,1 find a poem from the hand of the Grand Secretary, Brother Fay Hempstead, worthy of quotation. This gentleman, the author of a volume of metrial pieces of merit, was one of the guard who watched over the corpse of Elbert H. English, at Little Rock, September 6th last. He wrote the verses in memory of the occasion. I give a brief extract, which you, who knew that great and good Mason so well, will be foremost to approve: Alas, ye look on all that is. Of one who filled a noble space: The strength of wisdom, and of grace, The strength of purity was his. Who held his course serene and mild Through paths that sloped to higher ground, Yet he who had his friendship foutfd Him simple as a guileless child. In my conversations with Oriental Masons at Damascus, Jerusalem, and elsewhere, I in quired whether there was any written evidences that King Solomon founded a brotherhood of men, resembling Freemasonry? Ona of them re ferred me in reply, to that portion of Solo mon's Dedication Prayer, when he supplicates the divine blessing for “ the stranger” as dis tinguished from the Jews. Here is tho pas sage from the English Bible: “Morever, con cerning the stranger that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake; (for they shall hear of thy great name and thy strong hand and thy stretched out arm) when he shall come and pray toward this house, hear thou in Heaven tby dwelling place. and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name to fear thee as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house which I have builded, is called by thy name.” (1. Kings VIII. 41-18.) The theory based upon this passage is that Masonic embassies were sent into many nations by King Solomon, to invite visitors to Jeru salem, and that there they were made Freema sons according to the impressive formulas estab lished by their founder. Then “ the stranger that came out of a far country,” approached the Temple and shared in the blessing besought in that sublime prayer. I don’t know whether you were personally acquainted with Brother Charles Mackay, the English poet, though when he was lecturing in the United States he spent some time in New York. That tuneful brother seems just now much disgruntled at the condition of political affairs in England, if the following lines truly express his views: ENGLAND. [Under the Foreign and Colonial Administration of Hr, Gladstone, Lord Granville and Lord DerDy.] Down, England, down I Thon hast fallen from thy place— Thou hast slumbered in the race; No longer art thou foremost —thou hast lest thy victor crown 1 Thine arm is set at nought, And the wrong thing may be wrought, And no one seeks thy favor, or trembles at thy frown; Mankind have learned to doubt thee, And thy hungry rivals flout thee, Crying, ‘Town with England, down 1” Down, England, down 1 Thou hast lost thy pith of old— Thou hast learned to value gold More than honor, more than virtue, mol's than an cient high renown. If thy citizens can thrive, And amuse themselves, and wive, Making cent per eent or fifty, growing fat in bower and town, What to thee are truth’s foundations, And tho scorn of hostile nations. Crying, “Down with England, down I’* Down, England, down 1 Thy statesmen fall asleep, Or go bleating like to sheep, In the warm and jnicy meadows, when the Summer leaves grow brown; And they prattle of sweet peace, And the happy world's increase, While the wolves and jackals sniff, howling, prowl ing up and down; And smile with dreary wonder At the long, low rumbling thunder, Muttering, “Down with England, down 1” Down, England, down I There is but one first place In the world’s perpetual race; Thou hadst it, noble England—thou hadst the wreath and crown; Thou hadst them and hast lost them— To the wild winds thou bast tost them. For any foe to pluck from the depths in which they drown; To wear and possess them, The whole world crying, “ Bless them,” And “Down with England, down !** Did I ever tell you of a funny thing that hap pened to me some years since, while traveling through Ohio ? It was the time, you will re member, when I was so afflicted with paralysis that I couldn’t get my hands higher than my mouth. The day was turning cold, and I tried to get my overcoat on. Got it halfway on and it stuck - couldn’t move it either way—was reg ularly handcuffed. A farmer-looking man sat near by, reading a paper. He had on his breast an immense square and compass—one of tho brass-mounted sort. Said I: “ My friend, are you a Freemason ?” “ Oh, yes,” said he, glancing with an air of pride at his Masonic jewelry. “ Been a Mason long ?” said I. “Why, yes,” he answered—“ some fifteen years.” “ Feel it your duty,” said I, “to assist a dis tressed brother?” “ W-a-a-1,” ho answered, “y-a-a-s, I suppose so, under proper circumstances.” “Will you help me on with myovercoat?” says I. “ Why, suttenly 1” he answered, jumping to his feet and almost hitting his head against tho roof. And help me he did, like a little man. And I sat down beside him, and wo talked for seven ty-five miles. And to this day he doesn’t see the joke in the affair. Do you ? The work of death is visible the past few weeks, man appalling number of cases. Your amiable Grand Master, Bro. Brodie, mourns the loss of “the wile of his youth,” the faithful helpmeet of twenty-three years. I enjoyed her hospitable attentions in past years, and can en ter into the feelings of the stricken mate. May the God of consolation be his stay and comfort until the p irted friends shall meet again. Bro. Jacob Thompson, ouce a prominent Mis sissippi politician, died last week at Memphis,- Tenn. He was made a Mason in the same lodge that initiated me,viz., Oxford, No. 33, at Oxford, Miss, and for two years I resided near him. In the assassination of President Lincoln his name was bruited about so offensively that President Johnson was slow in permitting his return to Mississippi. However, he did return, quietly, and was not molested. The members of “the Palm and Shell ’ will notice upon their diplomas the name of E. T. Rogers, of Egypt. This good Mason, of whom I purpose to write a biographical sketch ere long, is dead, but I cannot give the exact date. His place in the Oriental Order will be filled by Bro. F. F. Oddi, of Cairo, the present Grand Master of Egypt, and for many years Grand Sec retary. He is professor in one of the Khedive s high schools, a fine scholar, and most devoted Mason. In one of your city dailies a “special corre spondent” from Washington, writing of the no torious Tom Ballard, the counterfeiter, says : “He is a prominent member of the Masonic Or der 1” What ideas some people have of “prom inent members !” If a man can put “K. T.” or “32°” alter his name, he is, forsooth, a promi nent member, A correspondent writes to ask me, “What is it to be a Mason ?” I reply: “To suffer long, and yet be true and kind; To bear the slight, and yet retain the love; To hope whate er betide, and still to hope Through gloomiest days and years that life may yield; This is the love of Masons— brotherly love— This binds the old fraternity with brass and iron letters.” And now, old John, eld friend, good-by. Old veteran, John; steady, old friend; old stand-by; man of a hundred good qualities; man who will be missed when he dies, more than a score of men who think themselves a hundred times better; man whose face recalls to me many, many happy incidents and not one unhappy one; man whose purse and heart have always been open to me; man who praised me and my labors when others abused; man who never said a harsh word to me or about me in thirty five years of acquaintance; man who has given more themes for thought to other writers than tho best nine hundred and ninety-nine out ot the thousand. Good-by, John the writer; John, the eloquent speaker; John, the law expounder; John, the good fellow. I love you, and with this I say good-by. May these last days, with all their gray hairs and weakened frame and dulled senses, be your best days, and when you drop the load of flesh, may all sins and weaknesses be pardoned for His sake, who has taken our load upon Himself, and, knowing the infirm ities of our nature, has love large enough to pardon them all. Good-by. A man, as he manages himself, may die old at thirty or young at eighty. GROWING OLD. As we grow older and older, and the passing weeks and months, with ever-accelerated speed, bear us onward with them toward tho close of our day ot life; as we feel, more and mors sen sibly, the infirmities of age, and as we see, no matter how faithfully and earnestly we may have labored, how little we have been able to do for the wed-being, physical and intellectual, ot our fellow-mon, in the narrow circle within which our influences have been felt, we must be very insensible and very unthankful, if we are not grateful to that Supreme Beneficence which has been the protecting Providence of our lives, for having led us, as with a father’s hand, into the bosom of the great order of freemasonry, which has, during these last two centuries, done eo much for humanity; in which we have been able, by uniting in the common work, ourselves to do somewhat of good, and which, long after we and the children of our children shall have passed away, will still continue to be one of the great benefactors of the human race. To have contributed to its increase and ad vancement, if we have been faithful and dili gent, may well mako us content witli the work of our life, and willing that our labors should end, when, whether sooner or later, the hour for resting from them comes. If we have been true and loyal servants of the Order, th© work that we shall have done will not fail to bear good fruit. One by one, as the years pass away, our friends and brethren die, leaving*to us, as legacies be yond all price, the memories of our friendly in tercourse and communion with them, the fruits of their labors and sacrifices and their excellent examples. To us, saddened by their death, be longs the duty ot commemorating their virtues and recalling to the minds of men their good deeds ; and the higher duty, the inestimable privilege, of emulating their examples and prov ing ourselves worthy to have had their friend ship and esteem.— Albert Pike. Mecca.—This Temple of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine holds forth in regular session at Lyric Hall, Sixth avenue, between Forty-first and Forty-second streets, on Monday evening, 3L'th inst. This will undoubtedly bo tho last meeting held outside of the Temple, as the Commandery Hoorn will be completed lor oc cupancy next month. We understand there are some sixty-eight candidates in waiting for to-morrow evening. Wo know of no organiza tion that can boast of such pronounced success as the Mystic Shrine. Its meetings are always anticipated with pleasurable feelings, and the 1 continuous query is, “ When is the Shrine go ing to meet?” Humor has it that tho Prince ef Wales has invited the officers of the Imperial Council to pay Old England a visit, there to ex emplify the work in full form, in all its regal splendor, he to become a member. X.A.UOH exchange. If it is possible for any of the breth ren to employ or to obtain employment for an estimable lady as housekeeper, they will confer a favor. Address for further particulars to this office, or to W. Bra. Hen drick Haste, or to 11. T. Ketcham, No. 170 Broadway, N. Y. A gentleman 35 years of age (K. T.), wishes a situation of any kind. Speaks German, has con siderable experience as salesman, and is willing to travel. Address SITUATION, N. Y. DISPATCH. F. and A. M. -would be glad of a situa tion. Mechanic, handy man at any work—factory, hotel or elsewhere—excellent references. Can any brother help me to a situation? Address R. A. M., No. 154 West Thirty-third street, N. Y. city. Wants a Situation.—R. A. M.— Porter, Driver, Elevator Janitor, or Watchman. Will ing to make himself generally useful. Is temperate in habits; is honest, sober, and industrious. Has good reference, and also security. Call or address JAMES, No. 454 West 31st st., fourth bell. William H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY AND DIAMONDS. Masonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 81 PARK ROW, WOULD BUILDING (onp. PostOlSe.) and No. 184 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street. lodgeToliTo let“ FOR MASONIC AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS, at No. 161 Eiglitli avenue, corner of Eigh teenth street. Apply to janitor, on the premises any evening, or to R. Watts, No. 91 East Tenth street, New York City. u Bobt. Freke GoulcFs History of Fr«e- MASONRY.” The advertiser wants a brother to undertake tts.aale in New York and vicinity. I have also an opening for Balti more, etc. Address, by letter only. JNO. BEACHAME, Publisher, No. 7 Barclay street, N Y. “S&BSES IUKER, MANUFACTURER OF TEMPLAJVB, MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, No. 133 GRAND STREET, CORNER OF CROSBY. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOR THE STATES, Henry C. Hanks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS A BANKS NOB. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY,. House ; No. 131 East 127th st., cor. Lexington ave., __ NEW yOKK CITY. _____ MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YOftK. ACACIA, No. 327, moots first and Third Tues days, Cli-nton Room, Masonic Temple. Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Howell Vai], M. William Boeel-el, Treas. Henry Rabbage, S. W. Frank A. Hovey, Sec. James Guest, J. W. ADELPHIC, No. 348.—The regular communi cations are held on the first and Third Tuesdays of each month, at 8 o’clock, P. M., in lonic Room, Masonic Tem ple. P. C. Beniamin, M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. R. H. Foote, S. W. Wm. H. Innet, Sec. W. E. Marrenncr, J. W. ALBION, No. 26, meets second and fourth Wedne days in each month, Doric Room. Masonic Temple. John Stewart, M. Edward Taylor, P. M„ Treas. E. 8. Hooper, S. W. C. Van Keuren, M. D., See. Jeff. E. Thum, J.W. ANCIENT, No. 724, moots second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in Tuscan Rooms, Masonic Temple. Edward R. Post, M. IL H. Crane, Treas. Charles T. Dun well, S. W. Clare W. Beames, i ce. Rufus Smith, J. W. No. 217 East 10th street ARCTURUS, No. 274.—Regular communications of Arcturus Lodge are held at Miller’s Hall, No. 202 F. 66th street, S. E. cor. 3d avenue, on the first and thiid Tuesday ot each months. John E. Wangler. M. Chanes Kurz, Treas. William Kurz, S. W. David T. Williams, See. Charles A. Stevens, J. W. CHANCELLOR WALWORTH, N.o. 271, meets first and third Thursdays of each month, Derie Room, Masonic Hail, 23d street and Sixtn avenue. Wrigb t D. p<nvnall, M. Geo. W. Millar, Treas., Win. M. Leggett. 8. W F. W. Herring, fcec., Andrew H. Kellogg, J. W. No. 841 Broadway, N. Y CHARITY, No. 727, meets first and third Fri days ot each month, at their rooms. Boulevard and West Seventy-fourth Street. Thomas Back, M. Charles Eisemann, Treas, 11. P. Nienuhr, S. W. David Taylor, Sec., W. G. Owens, J. W. 10th ave., bet. 93th and 100th sts. CHARTER OAK LODGE, No. 249, meets sec ond and fourth Fridays, at German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. James Y. Watkins, Treas. Charles E. Howard. M. Charles V. Pace, Sec., Charles 11. Koenig, S. W. No. 206 Henry st., N. Y, Charles W. Ostcrtag, J.W. CITY, No, 408, meets second and fourth Mon days, lonic Room, Masonic Hall, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Henry Muller. M, H. P. Muller, Treas. A. A. Cauldwell, S. W. Geo. H. Stokes, Sec. Geo. 11. Pladwell, J. W. COPESTONE, No. (541, meets every second and fourth Wednesday, atß P. M., in the Corinthian Room, Masonic Temple. John 11. Grant, M. Martin Kalb, 'Treas. William McFaul, 8. W. H. T. Gibson, Sec. William J. Mathews. J. T7. CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand' Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, at 8 F. M. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, M. Geo. Stone, Ti euH. Fred. K. Van Court, S. W. Geo. F. Thornton, See. Thomas Bonner, J. W. DIRIGO, No. 30, meets the first and third Mon day of each month, German Bank Building, Fourteenth slreet and Fourth avenue. Aaron Morris, AL IT. H. Nestrock. Treas. John A. Sampson, S. W. William R. O’.droyd, See. 8. Blunt, J. W. EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdays each month, Koster & Bial'B Hall, No. 117 West Twenty-third street. Gustave Baum, M M. Laski, Treas. Myer Goodman, S.W. Leonard Leisersohn, S,ec. A. 11. Fleischer, J, W. EUREKA, No. 243, meets at Decker Rooms, No. 33 Union Square, on the first and third Mondays in each montji. at 8 o’clock, P. M. Geoige Taker, M. Philip Franklin, Treas. John S. C. Bajlev, S. W. William Squire, Sec., Frederick Voss,'J. W. No. 253 Washington st., Brooklyn. GEORGE WASHINGTON, No. 285, meets first, third and fifth Fridays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, corner Seventh street and Third avenue. Adolphus D. Pape, M. A. H. Bradley, Treas. R. Sommers, S. W. Jared A. Timpson, Sec. W. P. Kent, J. W. GIRARD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Thos. P. Clench. Sec. Chas. H. Luscomb, M. Julius Blankenstein, Treas. Peter G. Arnott, SW. Andrew Stewart, J. W. GLOBE, No. 588, meets second and fourth Saturdays in Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. James C. Hueston, Charles P. Craig, Treas. .Reginald T. Hazel!, B. W. George G. Golliiuch, Sec. George W. Knight, J. W. GREENWICH, No. 467, meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month, Grand Opera Hcwse, Twenty-third street and Eighth avenue. J< bn IL Kucher, Sec. Ralph Mayers, M. John Geagen, Treas. Geo. M. Skene. S. W. Russell G. Burroughs, J. W. HOPE, No. 244, meets first and third Tuesdays of each month, Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty third street, and Sixth avenue. SAMUEL J. CAMPBELL, M. Wm. E. Lawrence, Treas. Alfred L. Rykr, S. W. Chas. Miller. Jr.. Sec. Isaac From me. J. W. HOWARD, No. 35, meets in the Doric Room, Masonic Temple, second and fourth Fridays. Geo. H. Fitzwilaon, M. Alfred B. Price, Treas. Chas. H. Heyzer. 8. W. Horace Metcalf, i ec. Chas. S. Ward, J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and third Mondays of each month, at German Masonic Temple, East fifteenth street. Arthur Flecknoe, M. William Hanna, Treas. Isaac S. Gilbert, S. W. George M. John-on. Sec., John W. Hunt, J. W. No. 91 Bedford street. JOHN D. WILLARD, No. 250, meets first and th .rd Wedne; days of each month, Grand O; era Hcur.e, Eighth avenue and Twenty-third street. William M. White, M. William H. Hawks, Treas. Waldo H. Richai d; on, S.W. Thomas J. Drew, Sec., George A. (.'ole, J. W. No. 129 9th ave. Visiting brethren welcomed. KANE, No. 454.—Regular communications of Kane Lodge are held on the first;third and fifth Tues, days in Doric Room, Masonic Temple. Joseph J. Little. M. Chas. A. Whitney, Jr., Treas. Thos. E. Stewart, 8. W. Henry W. Penoyar, Sec. Cornelius Waydell, J. W. LA BINOEKITE, No. 373--Thia lodge, working in the French language, holds its regular communica tions on the first and third .Mondays o! each month, la Livingston Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. GEO. F. lIEIDET, M. F. Tartter. Sec., No. 682 Sixth avenue, city. LIVINGSTON, No. 657, meets first and third Mondays, at Tuscan Rooms. Masonic Temple. Music by the Livingston Lodge Vocal and Instrumental Quar tettes, J. M. Purdy, M. Wm 1 Scott. Treas. J. IL McCarthy. S.W, Wm. E. Green, See, A. M. Willis, j. W. LODGE OF ANTIQUITY, No. 11, meets thej second and fourth Thursdays each month, Clintoi Room, Masonic Hall, Twenty-third street and SixUa avenue. Adolph O. Wolf. M. ~ Francis Vogel, Treas. Henry Steffens, S. W. Isaac Simonson, Sec., Wm. E. Bergmann, J.W. i Room No. 65 Astor House. ‘ MARINERS’, No. 67, meets first and third Mon-f days eaeh month, at German Masonic Temple, No. 220, East Fifteenth street. Robert J. Poynter, M. Jacob Ewald, Treas. John \V. Ferrier, S. Wi I A. R. Wilson, Sec. Henry Hood, J. W. MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in the Dorief Room, Masonic Temple, every first and third Monday evenings, at 7:30 o'clock. ~. F. O. Woodruff, Treas. W. P. Worster, M. D. M, F. W. McGowen, Sec., J. Wesley Smith, S. W. ? Box No. 68, Masonic Temple. Thos. J. Pardy, J. W. J MUNN, No. 190, meets on tho second andf fourth Thursday evenings, at Livingston Room, ll>. sonic Temple. S. A. Harwood, M. \ John Maguire, Treas. Joseph Abrams, S. W. Ezra B. Stockvis, Sec. Robert Neeley, J. W. MYSTIC TIE, No. 272, meets first, third and fifth Tuesdays, at Eastern Star Hall, eor. Seventh streei and Third avenue. James A. Westerfield, M. ■ James P. Snyder, Treas. Henry G. Edwards, S.W. George Smith, Sec., William Lathers, J. W. No. 354 Second ave. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton room. Masonic Temple, 23d street and 6th avenue, >. cond and fourth Fridays each month. James R. Canniff, M. J. L. Voorhees, Treas. David Newmark, S. W. / E. Percival, See., Hugh Hawthox’n, J. W.l Res. 2070 3d avenue. NAVAL, No. 69, meets on the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month at Eight, P.M., in Clinton Room Masonic Temple. Matthew Hettrick. Treas. Washington Mullin. M. Thos. J. Keyes, Secretary, John J? Bar, S. W. No. 312 E. 46th St. James Berry, J. VV. NEW YORK, No. 330, meets the first and third Wednesdays each month, Doric Room. Temple, Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. John Ja r * Griffin, M. Chas. D. Shepard, Treas. E. B. Valentine, S. W. E. W. Bradley, Sec. Vai Schneider, J. W. 4 i OCEAN, No. 156, meets at No. 289 Bleecketf street, every second and fourth Thursdays of each month. H. C. Boniface, M. James Luker, Treas. Alonzo C. Brackett, S. W. Louis Fransway, Sec , P. J. Looney, J. W. No. 692 Washington street. PARK, No. 516, meets first and third Tuesdays# at Turn Hall, No. 341 West Forty- s«-venth street. , George W. Cregier, M. Charles Lehr.tter, Treas. Win. W. Sevmour. S. W. ? Horatio Sands, Sec. E. Winterbottom, J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursdays, in tho Doric R< o-h. German Masonid Temple, Fifteenth street, eatt o. r Third avenue. John B. Hunter. M. Louis Creenbaum, Treas. W. L. Darmstadt, S. W. Henry Willson, Sec. Edward Tucker, J. W. / PIATT, No. 194, meets first and third ThuraV days of eaeh month, Decker Building, No. 33 Union Square. George McAlear. M. Smith S. Fat on, Troas. A Him* Mason, S. W. Wm. J. Jessup, See., Chas. Ummett, J. W. i Residence, No. 11 Norfo’k street. City. PIONEER, No. 20, meets first, third and fifthr'' Mondays, at Eastern Star flail, Third avenue, corner ol Seventh street. John W. Rowan, M. David W. Higgins, Treaa L. W Duessing, S. W. L. Jone.? Comstock, Sec. T. F. Rudolph, J. W. PRINCE OF ORANGE, No. 16, meets second and fourth Saturdays, in Doric Room, Masonic Tem: leJ Win. T. Wardwell. Treas. I ewis H. Raymond. M. John F. Graham, Sec., Jau as B. Taylor, 8. W* No. 368 Eighth st. Garrett Roach, J. W. PRUDENCE, No. 632, moete second and fourth Fridays each month, German Masonic Temple, No. 22& East 15th street. John H. Conway, M. Henry Bopp, Treas. Thomas Tipper, S. W. B. F. Corley, Sec. Isaac Brenner, J. W. PUTNAM, No. 338, meets the first and third, Fridays of each month, in Tuscan Room. Masonie Texn , John Prentice, Mf , Joseph Applegate, Treas. Francis W. Judge, 8. W«d Robert R. Bowne. Sec, Jam«s L, Kildare, J. Wjn REPUBLIC, No. 690, meets first and third Fri- days of each month. Doric Room, Teifiple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue, at 7:45 P. M. » „ „ B. C. Wllliaml M* B. Brown. Troas. George P. Jlolleson, 8. W. J. W. Stopford, Sec. Archibald George, J. W. ROOME, No. 746, meets first and third Mon days, in lonic Rooms, Masonic Temple. « m «. m Jaa - Godfrey, M. E. T. Simes, Treas. Geo. D. Emerson, 8. W Amos Brown, Sec. Frank V. Stanford, J. W. ST, CECILE, No. 568, meets tho first, third and fifth Tuesday afternoons each month, at 1:30 P. M., atf No. 115 West Twenty-third street. Koster’s Building.* Visitors are always welcome. Allan Latham, M., Henry Tissington, Treas. David H. Agan, S.W. Laurence O’Reilly, Sec. Michael Schlig, J. W. STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 94, moots second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at No. 953 Third avenue, corner Fifty-seventh street. Levi Gibb, M. . James F. Bragg, Treas. 8. D. Smith, S. W, Jackson Bell, sec., Harry Hall, J W. Address. No. 1,035 Third av. STUYVESANT, No. 745, moots second and fourth Wednesday evenings, Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue and Seventh street. H. T. Atkinson, Treas. ARCH. T. BANNING, M. Wm. H. Leech, Sec.. Isaac Wood, S. W. No. 9 St. Mark’s Place. Richard Raleigh, J. W. SYLVAN GROVE, No. 275, moots second and fourth Tuesdays of eaeh month, at tight o’clock P. M,., in Livingston Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street Theo lore Reeves, Treas. Richard Kirby, M. Edgar Kirby, Sec. Wm. Madara, S. W. lor. Dept. N. Y. P. O. Wm. Helms, J. W. TECUMSEH, No. 487, naeots first and third Thursdays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue and Seventh street Wm. Kemble Hall, M. James Stone, Treas. JuKeph Hoffman, S. W. F. E. Davis, See., DavidK. Allen, J. W. No. 351 Second avenue. TEMPLAR, No. 203, mosts first, third, and fifth Fridays in each month, at No. 161 Eighth avenue, cor ner of Eighteenth street. Geo. Banfield, Treas. Charles N. Jones, M. James S. Stitt, Sec. W. J. L. Maxwell, S.W. Thos. Loughrey, Tyler. Gee. W. Meirnel, J. W. UNITED STATES, No. 207, meets in Clinton Rooms, Masonic Temple. Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue, first and third Mondays. C. S. Howell, Treas. Jas. C. Baldwin, M. John Sait, Sec.. Wm. F. Walker, 8. W. Res., 200 Wilson st., Miles W. Goodyear, J. W Brooklyn, E. D. VERITAS LODGE, No. 734, meets every second and fourth Mondays, at German Masonic Temple, No, 220 East Fifteenth st. Dennis Redmond. M. Richard Koch. Treas. Jas. N. Johnson, S. W. P. M. John W Sokel, See. Jehu C. Koopman, J. W. CHAPTERS. ADELPHIC, No. 158, meets 2d and 4th Wed nesdays of each month, in Egyptian Room, Masonio *lemple. p. c. Beniamin, 11. P. J. V. Kiroy, Treas. R. G. Larason, K. Wm. H. In net, Sec., H. J. Emerson, Scribe. Res., 102 Sixth avenue. AMERICUS CHAPTER, No. 215, meets the fourth Friday of each month, in the Egyptian Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third rtrket and Sixth avenue* Harry G. Kimber, Treas. (Bear G. Ahlstrom, 11. P. Anthony Yeomans, Sec', Henry Kornahrens, K. New York Post-office. John H. Khjiuss,-S. METROPOLITAN CHAPTER, No. 140, R. A. M. meets the third Monday in eaeh month, in the Egyp tian Robins, Masonic Temple. Twenty-third street and. Sixth avenue. E. Poiter Cooley, J. B. Hunter, K. M. Silbel'stein, 8. B. Pyser, Treas. Wm. I A Darmstadt, Sec... CQMMANDKRLE3. ADELPHIC, No. 59, (Mounted) fiiceta in cou?- clave first and third Thursdays, each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. EDWARD DODD. C. J. W. Sandford, Treas. Wm. Wallace WALkER, G. W. H. Innet, Rec. J. .’N’kjl, C. G. COLUMBIAN, No. 1, assembiva in conclave third Tuesday, each month, Masonic Temple, Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. W. D. MAY, C. Alfred B. Price. Treas. Chas A. Benedict, G Fred. W. Herring, Rec, Joseph E. Miller, c. G. CONSTANTINE, No. 48. assembles in conclave second and fourth Tuesdays oi each month, cor. 130th street and Third avenue, Harlem. J. R. MACGREGOR. E. C. Thomas W. Timpson, Treas. Wm. H. De Graaf, Gen. J. I. Conklin. Rec. Jamkb Cochrane. C. G. IVANHOE, No. 33, assembles in conclave third Friday each montn, bank building. Fourteenth street, and Fourth avenue. JAMES MCGRATH, E. C. Wm. H. Peckham, Treas. Joux Cacnt, G. Wm. H. Armfield, Kgc, J. M. Knabp. C. G. MANHATTAN COMMANDERY, No. 31, assem bles in regular conclave on the and fourth Wed nesdays of each month, Northeast earner of Fifty seventh street and Third avenue. CHARLES P. McFADDIN. C. Martin Kalb, Treas. John B. Hill, G. John Boole, Rec., C. V. R. ackermaN, C. G. P. O. Address. No. 43 Bleecker street. MORTON, No. 4, assembles in conclave second and fourth Mondays each mo«tth, Tuscan Room, Masonic Hall. * WM. H. MCDOUGALL, E. C. Aether Boyce, Sr., Tteas. John Low. Gen. Wm. L. Gardner, Rec. John W. Kj-jsler, Capt. Gen. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays each month. Asylum, Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. J. MARTIN LAYMAN, C. Wm. R. Carr, Treas. JAmbs W. Bowden, Gen. Citas. S. Champlin, Rce. Waynb Litzenberg, C. G. YORK COMMANDERY, No. 55, assembles in Regular Conclave on the first Wednesday of each month, at Masonie Temple, cor. Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. IL Hutchison, Treas. WILSON G. FOX. E. C. Alexander W. Murray, Ree. Gico. W. Anderson, G. Residence, No. 259 Humboldt Jab. 8. Manning. C. G. st., Brooklyn E. D. ANCIENT ACCEPTED KCOTHSH RITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CffTY meets at Consistorial Chamber, Masonio Temple, on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 p. M. Charles S. Ward, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins. M. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Geo. W. Van Bqskirk, S. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec. Geo. H. Fazwilson, J. W. No. 455 Fourth avenue. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERUSA LEM OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chamber, Masonic Temple, on the third Saturday of cv ry month t at 8 P. M- Steph. D. Affleck, D. M. Wm. J. Lawless, M. Edwin Bouton, Treas. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, S. W, Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., James M. Fuller, J. W. No. 455 Fourth evenue. THE CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX OF NEW, YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chamber, Masonid Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at 8 P. M. GWKb W. Millar, M. Seranus Bowen, Orator. Alfred B. Price, S. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Arthsß’ B. Townsend, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. 45S Fourth avenue. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY, S. P, R. S., meets at Consistorial Chamber, Masonic Temple, when ; peciallv convened. C. T. McClenachan, Com. Charles H. Heyzer, Ist L. C. George W. Millar, 2d L. C. Joseph M. Leavy, Treas. Wm. ft. Garrison, M. State. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. <55 Four.h avenue. COUNCILS, B. S M. ADELPHIC COUNCIL, No. 7, R. and S. M.— The regular assemblies are held on the first Saturday of each month, in the Council Chamber, Masonic Temple, Sixth ave. and 23d st. P. C. Benjamin, T I M. John W. Coburn, Rec. Alex. Butts, D. M. Royal E. Deane, Treas. Fred. Kanter, P. C. W. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its sessions at Masonic Temple, New York city on .'the least day of every Mohammedan month, of which due notice will be given. Walter M. Fleming. Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Benjamin, Assistant Rabban. Charles H. Heyzer. High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. Wm. 8. Paterson, Grand Recorder. BHOOKLYN. COSMOPOLITAN, No. 585, meets every Tues day evening, in Montague street, corner of Court street, Brooklyn. Thomas Penney, M. Joseph Myers, Treas. W. Irving Philips, S. W. Edward Sloggatt, Sec. C. E. Taylor, J. W. EZEL, No. 732, meets every firsts third and fifth Mondays, in Adelphi Hail, No- 157 Adelphi street, corner Myrtle avenue, Brooklyn, at 8 P. M. Geo W. Powell, Treas. HerthbertT. Ketcham, M. . R. Perrott, Sec., Henry A. Taylor, S. W. No 43 Ormond Place. A. P. Higgins, J. W. TUSCAN, No. 704. meets second and fourth Tuesdays, each month, at Ceres Hall, corner of Fulton and Troy avenues. Thomas Isted, M. George Monsees, Treas. AUgfist Stud well, 8. W. Camhie P- Gavey, Sec Willjaui Nathan, J. W command£ries. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in assem bly on tt>e second, fourth and firth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 89 and 91 Broadway, Brooklyn, E. D. J. WESLEY CAMPBELL, (X T. J. SCHARFENBERG, Treas. J UAH B. ABCI, G U, T. Watekhousk. Reo, Wm.ll. BotasrU 3