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M. W. JOHN W. SIMONS, P. G. M., Editor.
Advertisements for the Masonic De- FAKtment, to secure their insertion, must be sent in by TWO O’CLOCK, P. M., Friday. AGNOSTICISM. The French proverb, that “The days follow, but do not resemble each other,” has almost daily exemplification in the experiences of the life of these latter days. When we were young and tender we under stood the religious principle of Freemasonry to be a full and unhesitating belief in the existence and Fatherhood of God, and nothing else, leav ing to each individual the choice of Buch dog mas as he might think proper to add to the tree of universal faith. In those days one who would not make frank acknowledgment of that simple article of faith could not be initiated, and that was all there was about it; but the world moves, and in these piping times it has come to be that many men have a religion of their own, and in many instances endeavor to make Freemasonry responsible fortheir person al ideas. Thus many insist that Masonry teaches the Divine inspiration of the Bible. There can be no possible objection to any man’s belief that such is the fact; but our institution has no dog ma of a religious nature other than the required belief of the existence of God the Creator and Buler of the Universe. Once we allow our selves to pass this limit, we venture on the illimitable ocean of modern ideas, and become partisans to the thousand-and-one new awaken ings brought forth by zealous bigotry and the perhaps not unnatural desire each zealot has to convert others to his personal belief, and to aver that all who refuse to obey his dicta or to think for themselves are on the high road to sheol, or some other place of equally uncomfortable sur roundings. We must take the brotherhood as it has been handed down to us by the fathers, and refuse to allow any one to add to or detract from its orig inal foundations one iota of belief or disbelief, for otherwise we open the door to not only the discussion but the admission of all the topics of a so-called religious nature which, being accom plished, would not only entitle us to the charge of being a sect, but put an end to the fraternal harmony we have thus far enjoyed, and to which we are indebted for the gratifying prosperity which has waited upon and encouraged our la bors and enhanced our success. An agnostic, as we understand the term, is one who is not sure of anything; there may be a God, but he has no proof, and therefore no faith, and, if he is not exactly an infidel, his course takes him so close to the borders that a Blight impetus would shoot him over the bound ary into that unutterable darkness where there is neither light nor hope. We hold that a person thus situated is not eligible to initiation, or that, h'aving been initi ated, he cannot, with any approach to consist ency, hold his membership in an institution founded on the Fatbership of God and the brotherhood of man. NEW BEGINNERS. We are in receipt of the initial numbers of the American Freemason, New York, and the lUi nois Bloomington, while we hear of another projected in Indiana. Those actually before its present evidence of careful editorial supervision, and their merits being the criterion, they ought to live ; but wiih the best of wishes we feel that they have a very discouraging work before them. It is hardly to the credit of the fraternity that such should be the case, but it is the fact, nevertheless. Stu dents or even careful readers are the exception, not the rule, and while the journals already established have to scratch for a living, the chance for newcomers is indeed precarious. However, under the maxim, “ Nothing ven tured, nothing won,” they have a right to try and at least this good may be expected to come of their labors, namely : That the brethren may see the literary possibilities of the craft and be incited to encourage the labors that they may know, and with increased knowledge be better enabled to serve the institution and spread abroad its beneficial.intentions. A JOYOUS OCCASION. On Thursday evening, the Bth inst., the resi dence of M. W. Bro. John W. Simons, P. G. M., was the scone of a quiet and pleasant gathering of the members of his family and a tew brethren and intimate friends. The occasion was the celebration of the sixty-fifth birthday of “ Uncle John,” as he is affectionately called by the brethren and all others who know him. There were four generations represented, from the venerable mother of eighty-four years to the youngest grandchild of less than one year, all of whom, with the other guests, expressed their congratulations and their wishes that he might live to enjoy 11 many more of ’em.” The even ing was passed in that informal unceremonious manner so much enjoyed by old and tried friends and loving relatives, and was inter spersed with social conversation, vocal and instrumental music, recitations, merry jests, and refreshment for the physical system. At ten o’clock the assembled company, led by Uncle John ” with his rich baritone voice, joined in full chorus in singing “ Auld Lang Syne,” after which the guests separated with wishes for •* many happy returns.” Among those present the writer noticed Messrs. James 8. and J. Linsley Simons, the sons of Bro. John W., together with their wives and children, Masters Orrin and John W. Jr., and Misses Mabel and Aggie, Uncle John’s grandchildren; B. E. Sir Frank L. Stowell, P. G. C.; Mr. and Mrs. James H. McPhail and their son, James H. Jr.; the charming Miss Mary Hickling; Bro. E. R. Brown, the hand some Misses Jennie and Katie Stark, Mr. John Kirkman, and some others whose names were not obtained. Altogether, it was one of the most enjoyable affairs in which we have ever had the pleasure of participating, And when the same Occurs again. May we be there to see I" ORIENT CHAPTER, No. 138. At the convocation of the above-named chap ter on Thursday evening last, the Mark degree was conferred by Dr. James L. Farley, the High Priest, assisted by his able corps of officers, for which Orient is noted. Of the work performed too much praise cannot be given to the M. E. H. P., who has made it his special study, and his rendition of it was most perfect and impressive. To all comnanions, lovtjfa of Capitular Masonry, frequent visitations to Old Orient, will well re pay them. It is truly a most delightful place to spend an evening of intellectual pleasure, espe cially the warm and fraternal greetings of the companione. At the next convocation, which takes place on the 22d the Mark degree will again be conferred, and a most cordial invita tion is extended to all Royal Arch Masons. Among those in attendance were M. E. Comp’s. James L. Farley, M. D., Henry Drissler, Jr., and Companions Cornelius, Pearsall, Campbell, Nutt, Van Buskirk, Ackerman, Palmer, Rich ardson and many others. AT REST- Bno. Mackay Wai.ohove, brother and long time business partner of R. E. Sir George W. Walgrove, has been called to the better life. Initiated in Continental Lodge, No. 287, his brother officiating, he remained in it to the end, becoming a privileged member after twenty-one years’ continuous service. We are not aware that he ever held or cared to hold office, prefer ring to wend his way peacefully, till finally has come the day of rest. We join with his relatives and friends in mourning his death, and trust, with them, to meet him beyond the silent river. Last Sabbath, during the severe storm, there assembled at the residence of the late Achim Johnson—Past Master of Euclid and Anthon Lodges, P. H. P. of Evening Star Chapter, R. A. M., and a member of other Masonic bodies—a goodly number of brethren to pay the last trib ute of respect to his remains. Bro. Johnson, whatever may have been his faults, was a true Masoe Mid an honest citizen,with more than the ueu«l warmth for the good of every one with he came in contact. He was interred in Cypress Hills Cemetery with Masonic honors. Among the brethren in attendance were R. W. Henry Smith, W. Bros. Gerald Walsh, Richard Shannon, John Masterson, Wm. H. James, Geo. Hadden, Thomas Taylor, Wheelock Gardner, Robert Balance, John Harold, Jr., and many others. COMMANDERY NEWS. Commanders, Recorder!, or Sir Knighis are requested to send their items for publication direct to thetl. Y. Dispatch Office, indorsed i “ Commandery News.” Aldzmas. NO TIME TO READ. As a rule, Freemasons have not the time to spare to read about Masonic matters, much less to comprehend the import of subjects that ap pear from time to time in the press. The great bulk of the membership are but casual visitors to their lodges, and, as a rule, not conversant with the labor either within or out of a lodge. A boat race, horse race, or foot race to many has more attraction, and the paper that contains an account of the affair is immediately and eagerly read to satisfy the interest taken. To another class a Masonic library or a newspaper is a dry subject, for the reason that Masonic matters in the abstract are purely metaphysical, and do not point out the way how to turn a nimble six pence into a slow shilling. Without this adden da this class of brethren find no enjoyment in poring over musty books or reading squibs of a Masonic character in the secular press. We are o ten asked why it is that a Masonic paper can not live when 80,000 Masons are registered in a single State. The questioner very often, too, is opposed to publications except when his name appears in connection therewith. The religious press is fairly maintained, say they; other soci ties maintain a magazine or a paper among them, but Freemasonry cannot support a purely Ma sonic journal. Our experience leads us to say in answer to the proposition, that two very important rea sons can be assigned. First—As a rule Free masons have no time to read. Second—Masonic reading does not offer an opening to turn an honest penny into a golden dollar in reality. The great mass are satisfied to let a few do the work and dispose of what money that reaches the coffers of the lodge, and, when it is done, to find fault with the laborers for the labor per formed. About thirty per cent, of the whole number perform the labor, that is, they read the books and papers, subscribe and pay liber ally to every project before them, conduct the lodges and other Masonic bodies, while the seventy per cent, engage in other fields of profit more congenial to their tastes. Sir Knights, we must accept the situation as it is, and not expect to revolutionize condition or tendencies. GRAND COMMANDERY. On Tuesday next, at 10 A. M., in the city of Rochester, the seventy-second annual conclave of this body of representative Templars will assemble in the asylum of Monroe Command ery. From a neat handbook, sent out by Mon roe Commandery, we learn that the following arrangements will comprise the exterior show which is to entertain and please the visiting Knights as well as the populace of the city. The address of welcome by Charles M. Wil liams, a distinguished oroter and citizen of the flower city, will awaken a zealous effort to par take of the extended hospitalities, At 8 o’clock on the morning of Tuesday, Monroe Com mandery will escort the R. E. Grand Com mander and staff and the Grand Representa tives from their headquarters (Powers Hotel) to the Asylum on Exchange street. The cour tesies of escort duty tendered to each visiting commandery on their arrival at the various depots have been arranged by creating four escorting divisions under the commands respec tively of E. Sir’s Henry M. Plant, Samuel C. Pierce, John A. Davis (Dobbs) and Sir Wm. Davis. The commanderies en route will notify Sir Thomas Glidden, the Recorder, of the route, time of arrival, etc., in order to be received by the proper escorting corps. The roster of the visiting commanderies are as follows: Colum bian, No. 1, New York, headquarters, 'Whitcomb House; Lafayette, No. 7, Hudson, National Hotel; Genesee, No. 10, Lockport, Chapman House; Apollo, No. 15, Troy, Clinton House; Salem Town, No. 16, Auburn, Whitcomb House; Jerusalem, No. 17, Penn Yan, Whitcomb House; St. Omer’s, No. 19, Elmira, Powers Hotel; Lake Erie, No. 20, Buffalo, Brackett House; Malta, No. 21, Binghamton, Whitcomb House; St. John’s, No. 24, Olean, Congress Hall; Central City, No. 25, Syracuse, Clinton House; DeWitt Clinton, No. 27, Brooklyn, E. D., New Osborn House; Hugh DePayens, No. 30, Buffalo, Brackett House; Lake Ontario, No. 32, Oswego, Brunswick; Batavia, No. 34, Batavia, New Osborn House; St. Augustine, No. 38, Ithaca, New Osborn House; Zenobia, No. 41, Palmyra, Clinton House; Poughkeepsie, No. 43, Pough keepsie, National Hotel; Rondout, No. 52, Rondout, National Hotel; Geoffrey De St. Aide mar, Toronto, Ont., New Osborn House; de tachments of Morton, No. 4, of this city, and St. Elmo, No. 57, of Brooklyn, at Brackett House and Congress Hall respectively. The following Sir Knights are stationed at the hotels as Chairmen of the Committees on Reception : Powers’s Hotel, Sir S. J. Arnold; Brackett House, Sir G. C. Sclionike; Clinton House, R. W. West; National, George Weldon; New Osborn, Charles E. Higley; Brunswick, Wm. W. Shaffer; Whitcomb, F. A. Schoeffel ; Congress Hall, John T. Roberts; Chapman, Wm. M. Clark. The decorations have been en trusted to Sir Frank H. Vick, who, from his well known taste, will discharge the duty assigned him with general satisfaction. Monroe Commandery, on the evening of Tues day, the 13th, in Powers’s Hall and Art Gallery, give a grand reception and ball to the visiting Sir Knights and ladies, at which every Sir Knight will appear in full uniform, armed and equipped as K. T., or he will not gain admis sion, as no tickets are issued. In the interims excursions to Irondequoit Bay, Sea Breeze, Genesee river to the lower falls, Niagara Falls and other interesting points in and about the city, will, no doubt, be projected and form many pleasing episodes of the visit. Excursion tickets, through the efforts of Sir James McGee, from Rochester to Niagara Falls, good on any train during the week, on the West Shore line, can be purchased for one dollar and fifty cents. The grand parade of the occasion takes place on Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting. A mounted battalion of Knights will take part in the parade. The commanderies at this end of the State who will pilgrimage to Rochester have com pleted all details and have forwarded their ros ter to the committee at] Rochester, subject to revision. Columbian, No. 1, assembles at Twenty-third street and Sixth avenve, on the morning of the 12th, at 8 o’clock, and under the escort of Pales tine, No. 18, with band, will march up Fifth avenue to Forty-second street, thence to ferry for Weehawken and Depot of West Shore Rail road. The escort and bands will cross the ferry at the expense of the railroad company. The *• Old Guard” escorts R, E. Sir Charles Roome, Acting ferand Master oi Templars of the United States; R. E. Sirs George W. Walgrove, P. G. C., and Abel A. Crosby, G. C., also V. E. Sir Peter Forrester, D. G. C., William D. May, G. 1., and E. Sirs John A. Mapes, W. Walker, C. P. Pierce, Henry Herkner. William De Graf, Henry Brockway, Thomas B. Rand, Charles Hously, John Bowden, Christopher Johnson, John Hill, Oscar L. Eastman, Cyrus O. Hubbell, James Cochran, and the E. C. with delegation of Hudson River Commandery, of Newburg. De Witt Clinton, No. 27, of Brooklyn, E. D., assembles at their asylum, No. 89 Broadway, at 8 A. M. to-morrow, and march through several of the prominent streets to the residence of R. E. Sir Charles Aikman, P. G. C., and escort him, also R. E. Sirs John W. Simons, Grand Treasurer of the Grand Encampment of the United States, and R. E. Sir Robert Black, P. G. C., together with Rev. Sir C. L. Twing, Emi nent Sirs Claudius F. Beatty, George Hardy, William Clyde, Joseph F. Waring, Groggsgard, Hindly, and Robert Macoy, the Grand Re corder. On the return home of this commandery they will be met at the foot of Broadway by the home members of the Commandery and by a battalion of the 47th Regiment and march np Broadway to Fourth street, to South Fourth to Fifth street, to Broadway to Fourth street to Morton, counter marching to Assembly Rooms and dismiss. Along this route a fine pyrotechnic display will occur as a joyous welcome to pilgrimagers. From the preparation in hand completed a little store of pleasing episodes will occur to add a savory dish to the events of the trip. The com mand will send baggage to depot, Forty-second street, direct, while the ladies accompanying, Also the Knights will cross the new lerrv ta East NEW YORK DISPATCH, OCTOBER 11, 1885. Twenty-third etreet, thence by Bireet cars direct to the depot, free of charge. The delegation of Westchester Commandery joins the train at Sing Sing. The Dispatch accepts |the courtesy oi this Commandery and will look out of the window of palace car en route to Rochester. Columbian also sent compliments, but circum stances compelled us to forgo the hospitality of these fraters. DE MOLAY COMMANDERY, BOSTON, MASS. The thirty-seventh annual conclave of De Molay Commandery was held in Gothic Hall, Masonic Temple, Wednesday evening. After acting upon the several annual reports pre sented, the following Sir Knights were elected as officers for the ensuing year : Eminent Com mander, E. Sir George T. Ambrose; Generalis simo, Sir Henry G« Jordan; Captain General, Sir William B. Fisher; Prelate,. Sir J. Frank Gammell; Senior Warden, Sir Wm. F. Chester; Junior Warden, Sir Josiah Bryant; Treasurer, Sir Joseph M. Russell; Recorder, Sir George Phippen, Jr.; Standard Bearer, Sir George W. Gay; Sword Bearer, Sir Albert N. Blodgett; Warder, Sir George M. Hosmer. All the above officers were re-electod, the Junior Warden and Warder excepted. The of ficers were installed by E. Sir J. W. Dadmun, assisted by E. Sir W. F. Davis. After the in stallation of officers the commandery repaired to the banquet hall and passed an hour of so cial enjoyment. CCEUR DE LION, NO. 23. Quite a pleasing gathering assembled at the asylum of this commandery last Friday evening to witness the inspection and work of this staid old body of chivalry. E. Sir Samuel T. Water house, the Assistant Grand Inspector, accom panied by a large delegation from De Witt Clin ton Commandery, paid his official visit, and was heartily welcomed by Eminent Henry Herkner, the commander. After the labors of the asylum were over, a brief season was spent in the ban quet hall, which was very enjoyable. PERSONAL. Zenas C. Priest, best known throughout the State as superintendent of the middle division of the New York Central Railroad, is no stranger among the Knights Templar. He is now in his eightieth year, hale and hearty, and on the Bth of October completed fifty years of service with the Central. His residence is at Little Falls, but away back in 1859 he was Eminent Commander of Utica Commandery, No. 3, and subsequently Grand Commander of this grand jurisdiction. Sir Alfred Henning, of De Witt Clinton Com mandery, isjhereby enjoined to observe the fact that next to Sir Frank Vick, of Monroe Drill Corps, he stands the best-marked guidon bearer in the State. Having some time ago received a medal as chief masher, he now wants a compet itor, not exactly in the shape of crinoline, but an exact counterpart of his weight and size. Who speaks? The columns of the Dispatch are open. PERSONAL. Bro. Richard White, of Architect Lodge, was in our sanctum a few days ago, looking very thin and pale and careworn, lu answer to our interrogations as to the cause of his de moralized appearance, he replied that he had been a “ constant reader ” of the Dispatch ever since its foundation, and in all that time he has never failed to read the “ Masonic Depart ment” “ Bpt 91 latej” he says, “ I notice with ffiuou regfet the absetide Of any intelligence from my old friend Gander Green. Hine ilia lacrymai! I have inquired of the Masonic edi tor as to the cause of this omission, and the only excuse he can offer is that there is a cer tain ‘ fleshy carrier ’ connected with the post office department, who has been accused of neglecting the delivery of letters from Gander Green, and that is all the satisfaction I can get out of him.” We heartily sympathize with Bro. White, and we will do all in our power to compel the fleshy carrier to attend to his duty, so far as Gander is concerned. Otherwise he beats all creation. Bro. S. H. Merrill, of Dawson Lodge, Co lumbia Chapter and Columbia Commandery, Washington, D. C., was in the city a few days ago on a brief vacation. Bro. Merrill is the chief of the money order department of the Washington post-office, and having worked hard for several months without any vacation, he felt the need of rest. The genial captain has hosts of friends wherever he is known, and we want, him to understand that he must never miss vis iting our sanctum whenever he comes to New York. Frank L. Stowell.—This well-known and highly esteemed brother has returned from a business trip to Washington and the South and we are pleased to state that not only were his business matters arranged to his satisfaction, but also he is much improved in health as a re sult of the trip. The genial Frank has been somewhat out of health recently and hia many friends are glad to know of hia improved con dition. W. Bro. Jack Callender, of True Craftsmen Lodge, the veteran of many years, has kindly remembered us in the thought that comfort and convenience on a journey is a desideratum worthy of consideration. Aa we look out on the phases of Autumn aa it presents itself in the sered leaf of a variegated hue, we shall think of you, dear brother, on the way that gray hair goeth, which, like the Autumn leaf o! the sturdy oak, tailing hither and thither, and knowing not where it may go. The curling amok© of the fragrant Havana, old man, closely imitates our lives, and while we shall enjoy the gift let ua pray that the end of our mortal career will be aa consoling and enjoyable to us as now. QUESTIONS—THOUGHTS—IDEAS. A. B. C.—The only relation of the Order oi Eastern Star to Masonry is that its members must be either near female relatives of Master Masons or Master Masons themselves. The work of the Stars is peculiar, and not like any thing else on the earth or under it, nor is a Master Mason in any way supposed to recog nize the lady members unless he is a member of their order. Greenhorn.—At a regular lodge night a number of the members are present, but the Master and both Wardens are absent. A Past Master opens the lodge, transacts business and confers a degree. Please state how that action places the lodge and the candidate. Answer.—The Grand Lodge has decided that a lodge having been illegally opened by a Past Master, in the absence of the Master and Wardens, could not transact business of any kind without being again and regularly opened; that the conferring of a degree in Masonry under such circumstances was illegal, and that it will be necessary again to confer said degree on the candidate before he can be acknowl edged as a regularly made Mason. Trans. 1875, p. 32. This precisely covers your case. Anglo-Saxon Lodge, No. 137. — A regular meeting of this lodge was held in its rooms Monday evening, October sth, at eight o’clock. Wor. Bro. Samuel E. Weaver, one of the most perfect ritualists, and, moreover, one of the very best workers in Brooklyn, conferred the First degree upon two gentlemen who, from their appearance, promise to confer credit upon the lodge. Wor. Bros. Penney and Gril took respectively the positions of Junior Deacon and Junior Warden, while Wor. Bro. R. F. St@bo, by special request, delivered his rendition of the apron presentation. Wor. Bro. Kenworthy pre sented the W. T.’s, and Wor. Bro. Vermeulo de livered the charge. Wor. Bro. Weaver save that Masons are always welcome at Jlje doors of Anglo-Saxon, and such has always been our ex perience, Polar Star Lodge, No. 245.—At the last communication of this lodge, on the 7th inst., there was a goodly attendance of the members and visiting brethren. The Second degree was conferred in excellent style, with W. Bro. John P. Dallimore presiding, W. Bro. Samuel Holmes acting as S. W., and Bro. Geo. A. Harkness, the S. W., acting as S. D. The usual social reunion followed the labors of the lodge. Among the brethren present were W. Bros. Miller, Hicks, Merritt, Little, Culgin, and Stone, of Polar Star ; Hanna, of Independent, and delegations from Independent, Piatt, Ze rubbabel, and other lodges. Sylvan Grove Lodge, No. 275, on Tuesday evening next, will work the Second Degree, on which occasion Bro. Theodore C. Wildman, of York Lodge, will take the part of the Senior Deacon. We would say to those who have never heard Bro. Wildman in this role not to miss the opportunity. W. Bro. Kirby, the Master, extends a hearty welcome to all who may wish to spend an agreeable even ing with the brethren, being assured that none will go away dissatisfied. Dirigo Lodge, No. 30.—T0-morrow evening this lodge will work the First Degree. The emblems of the degree are to be illustrated by stereopticon illusions. The Master, W. Bro. Morris, aided by a corps of well read ritualists, thoroughly understand the need of variation to attract yet preserve the language of the ritual intact Brethren of sister lodges are frater nally invited to join Dirigo on this occasion. Eureka Lodge, No. 39, of Newark, N. J., will hold its next communication on Tuesday evening, October 13th, at their room in the State Bank building, when the Third Degree will be conferred in full costume. All members of the fraternity are cordially invited to attend. Cambridge Lodge, No. 662, works the Second Degree on three candidates to morrow (Monday;, evening. W. Bro. Theodore Thieler, Senior Deacon of St. Cecile Lodge, has consented to deliver the M. C. lecture. KANE LODGE, NO. 454. Kane Lodge held its eight hundred and thir ty-fourth communication last Tuesday in the Austin Room, and the elegant quarters were crowded. A Bright, Worshipful Brother, from Connecticut (and who is one of the prominent ministers of that State), paid a fraternal visit, and was received in due form, and escorted to the East. It is a noted fact that when any prominent Mason from abroad or other juris dictions is in the City, if it is Kane Lodge night, they always go up and see them work. There were five candidates for the sublime de gree of Master Mason, and after an examination in open lodge before a large number of Brothers, they received the degree in full force and effect, Worshipful Master of Astor .Lodge presenting the working tools. We wish every Mason in the United States who loves the fraternity could see Kane Lodge work the degrees ; they would have an enlarged and more inspiring view of the work. Kane Lodge, since the first of the year, and before it called off for the Summer, had in itiated and affiliated forty-eight new members, and now has over 350 names upon its roll. Bro. Little and his staff deserve credit for the suc cess and spirit with which they administer its affairs. At its next meeting, on the 20th inst., the Third degree will be worked again, when it is expected that a large delegation from Peekskill Lodge will be present, and also Root Omadon Aspinwall will bo raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. He took his First and Second degrees twenty years ago in Kane, but absence from the city and pressure of business affaire have prevented him from being present. Hon. Chauncey M. Depew will probably be present. There will be a fourth degree, at which the eloquent gentleman may hold forth in his kappy, reflective way, is expected. Bro. Frank Lincoln, if iu the city, will also entertain the brothers with some of his observations during the past Summer season at the most fashion able watering places. Keep up life and interest in a lodge, and it is bound to flourish. The illustrious Arctic hero whose name the lodge commemorates, if he could learn of earthly affairs, would be proud of his namesake. We wish Kane every success in raising Kane. EZEL LODGE. Sometimes it is said that a particular lodge is favored with circumstances that possibly are denied to others, which make it a lavorite with the members of the craft, thereby creating a specialty, resulting in good attendance and re markable enthusiasm. It is not many years ago since Henry Clay Lanins, the moving spirit, established this lodge on the hill, and for a long time it was known undex’ the sobriquet of “ Buttonhole Bouquet Lodge,” as the members of that date appeared clothed with the button bouquet of flowers at each communication. Henry died, but he left a series of successors who caught his spirit of emulation and never lost sight of the fact that if a lodge desired to be known the Masonic press was the medium to accomplish that end. Ezel has been universally kept before the public by this means, and she reaps the reward—her communications are well attended and her members are public spirited. The work is well done, which gives satisfaction to all, thus attractive and pleasing. Last Mon day night, from a simple announcement in the Dispatch, a large number of brethren assem bled to witness the work of the Third Degree, which work was ifot only cleverly rendered by tho Master and his officers, but was in conse quence thereof supplemented with a banquet of no ordinary merit, at which speech ana song congratulatory in every respect, added greatly to the pleasures of the evening and the instruc tion of the brethren. AURORA GRATA’S “OPENING.” As this is the season for openings in many of the famous business houses, Aurora Grata Lodge, No. 41 Court street, of the city pf Brook lyn, desires to be in the fashion, and will, on Wednesday evening, have its opening, and such a one that it will put completely in the shade its elder sister. Everything will be brand, span new, and of the finest and latest design. Ex pense ha? not for a moment been considered, but the very best the market could produce has been provided. Wardrobe, paraphernalia and properties surpass anything we have ever wit nessed, either at home or abroad. Add to tho foregoing the crowning fact that she is officered by a bright and intelligent set of gentlemen who understand their duties. Under such auspices a bright future is in store for this lodge. Thrice potent Waylaud Trask, in his rambles about the country, lias been takin? notes, and he intends that Aurora Grata shall be in the front of the front rank and take a back seat to nono. Noth ing succeeds like success. H ; s membership heartily a-jquiesce in and applaud his every move. To make success doubly assured, he is backed up by the “O. G.s,” who will be out in full feather on Wednesday evening, for verily, be it said, “He hath asked them” MASONIC LODGES IN THE CHIEF CITIES. From the “ Masonic Directory and Cyclope dia of History of the World,” compiled by Messrs. Macoy and Simonson, wo extract the fol lowing comparative statement, which is of in terest to the craft. London, England, with four millions of inhabitants, has 321 lodges. Assum ing that the membership will average fifty to a lodge, would give a gross number of 16,050 Ma sons in that city, or about one Mason to every 250 souls of the population. Paris, France, 78 lodges of all rites, with an average membership of 150 to a lodge, or about 1 to every 170 of the population. Dublin, Ireland, 34 lodges, or 1 to every 125 of its population. Liverpool. England, 32 lodges, or Ito 446 of the population. Glasgow, Scotland, 23 lodges, or 1 to 240 of the population. Berlin, Prussia, 18 lodges, or 1 to 277 of the population. Manchester, England, 18 lodges, or 1 to every 300 ot the population. Birmingham, England, 16 lodges, or 1 to every 312 of the population. Hamburg, Germany, 14 lodges, or 1 to 360. Melbourne, Victoria, 11 lodges, or 1 to every 225. Sidney, N. 8. W., 11 lodges, or 1 to every 200. Newcastle, Eng., 10 lodges, or 1 to every 150. Madrid, Spain, 7 lodges, or 1 to every 400. Havana, Cuba, 25 lodges, or 1 to every 800. Bombay, India, 9 lodges, or 1 to every 1,000. Calcutta, India, 7 lodges, or 1 to every 715. Edinburg, Scotland, 11 lodges, or 1 to 250 of the population. Bristol, England, 8 lodges, or 1 to 200 of the population. To group these items together it would foot up 653 lodges in eighteen leading cities sustain ing a population of 13,500,000, which averages one Freemason to every 2,768 souls of that population. In contrast to the above, sixteen cities in the United States, bearing a population of 7,000,000, and having 527 lodges within their limits, with a membership of nearly 61,000, or an average of one Freemason to every 114 of the total population, viz: New York, 155 lodges, 15,500 Masons to a population of 1,500,000. Philadelphia, 57 lodges, 8,000 Masons to a population of 800,000. Brooklyn, 57 lodges, 7,000 Masons to a popu lation of 800,000. Chicago, 35 lodges, 5,000 Masons to a popula tion of 600,000. Baltimore, 30 lodges, 3,000 Masons to a popu lation of 400,000. New Orleans, 29 lodges, 2,000 Masons to a population of 300,000. Boston, 27 lodges, 3,000 Masons to a popula tion of 500,000. St. Louis, 27 lodges, 2,500 Masons to a popu lation of 600,000. Montreal, 18 lodges, 2,000 Masons to a popu lation of 200,000. Washington, D. C., 17 lodges, 2,200 Masons to a population of 200,000. Newark, N. J., 16 lodges, 2,000 Masons to a population of 150,000. San Francisco, 16 lodges, 2,500 Masons to a population of 250,000. Jersey City, 14 lodges, 2,000 Masons to a population of 180,000. Cincinnati, 13 lodges, 2,500 Masons to a popu lation of 300,000. Charleston, 11 lodges, 1,200 Masons to apopu tion of 100,000. Richmond, 10 lodges, 1,500 Masons to a popu lation of 100,000, show with what greater rapidity the craft has grown on this side of the Atlantic under the im petus of free institutions. Eastern Star Lodge, No. 227, held a very pleasant communication on last Wednes day evening. In the absence of tho Master and Senior Warden Bro. James M. Geery wielded the gavel, and as he is the Junior Warden of the lodge, he thought the brethren should enjoy all the beauties of the refreshment season. There was no work, so the evening was devoted to pleasant chatting, singing, and recitations, in which Bro. Geery took the lead. W. Bro. Meyer holz read an elaborate essay on “The Ancient Scribes.” Bro. Charles McCormack did some fine singing, while Bro. McKeon delivered a comic lecture on the advantages of early clos ing hours. Altogether it was a very pleasant affair, although entirely impromptu, and there were not as many brethren present as would have been 'had they known what was in store for them. But Eastern Star can repeat this af fair with advantage and profit. Chancellor Walworth Lodge, No. 271.—Wednesday evening, October 14, the First, or Entered Apprentice Degree, will be conferred upon five candidates. This lodge has several new and entertaining features to in troduce upon this occasion. Their regular quin tette’s services having been called into requisi tionto do up the city of Rochester during the en campment of the Conclave of the Grand Com mandery, in connection with Columbian Com mander? No. 1, K. T., to which they also are attached, the famous Knickerbocker Quar tette have volunteered to vocalize as substi tutes. It is proposed to hold special communi cations to keep up with the demands for ad mission of good men and true who are alarming their outer portals. Tecumseh Lodge, No. 487, will co.nfer the Third Degree on next Thursday evening in full form. W. Bro. Hall, the eloquent and gift ed Master, will preside, and will be assisted by several distinguished and well-known crafts men, both from Tecumseh and sister lodges. A cordial invitation is extended to all Master Ma sons,who are always sure to meet with a hearty greeting in this live lodge. THE ROMAN GUILDS. The Roman Colleges, or Guilds of Craftsmen, were part and parcel of their general and muni cipal system. They were in full vigor in Italy, and accompanied the Roman legions, and were re-developed in the Roman colonies. They seem to have existed for several purposes. As Guilds of Craftsmen (collegia opificum), they were governed by distinct laws and special en actments. They had a head who was probably elected for five years, and a large array of offi cers. whose official names are recorded in the inscription preserved by Gruter and Soon and in other works, and which it is needless to re peat here. In all state processions and proceed ings, they took a share, and may be said to have formed part in an official relationship with the great body politic of the Roman Govern ment. They also had a system of mutual relief and aid. They seem to have had colleges for the instruction of the young, and pensions for the solace of the old. They had days of regu lar meeting and special seasons of assembly and commemoration. These legal bodies, as otten happens, either by the strictness of their laws of admission or other causes, gave rise in the process of time to illegal bodies, and the Roman laws refer to tne collegia licita and illicit a as an existing fact. In Trajan’s letter to Pliny often quoted, evi dence is found of the jealousy and fear then en gendered either by the power or interference of these colleges, not only in respect of their own special work, but as a focus ol conspiracy and mutiny against the State. Originally they probably settled their own arrangements, lor labor and remuneration, and, being numerous and organized, a sort of trades union, in fact, they would be able to demand and obtain what they themselves asked for. Their meetings were apparently secret, but as nightly assem blies were forbidden by the laws, so their feasts and festivals were probably alone noc turnal. But here we stop; avail" hangs over their inner life and organization, which it seems now impossible to lift. Some rules re main, but they are principally sumptuary, pointing, indeed, to the fact of the existence of a powerful organization, but giving us no glimpses of any secret ceremonial or inner usages. We think, lor instance, they prove to day, that there were honorary and actual mem bers, a system of mutual help and pecuniary relief, attendance at funerals, and certain com pulsory assemblies for the rejoicing or recep tion of members. It has been said by others that they had ceremonies and rude forms of initiation, but no certain authority for such a statement remains. They adopted the working tools of Masonry for their tombstones, and both the Pentalpha and Hexapla have been found. . It is said that at Pompeii the square Masonic cipher is found, all apparently pointing to an esoteric system. If these rules prove, as we said before, apparently, the system of secrecy in their official gatherings, this fact has been con troverted by some, on this ground, that the se crecy was only the normal usage of similar so cieties, and the expression and representation of actual membership. If the theory be correct which represents Lombardic, Gaulish, and Teu tonic Guilds, all proceeding from a common stock, the Roman colleges, and after the fall of the Roman Empire, migrating and settling.in other localities and reproducing a system of se crecy, relief, and fraternity, it would be most interesting, if it were possible, to identify such a state of things with that of the old colleges, just as it would be important to ascertain, whether, under the influences ol Christianity, the guilds took a new departure, assumed new features, and, under the rising influence of the conventual system, then taking a great spring, adapted themselves to the needs of the times, and the new conditions of life in the world. On this point very little seems clear, and we have to rely, lor the most part, on the ingenious theo ries of able writers, or a fancy picture of what their history probably was, or ought to have been. The Roman occupation of Britain may be said to have finally ceased in the fourth century, and we know they .had colleges of craftsmen in England, traces of which have been found in Bath and Chichester, and equally too, guilds were both of Saxon and Danish use. In the seventh century Gaulish Masons, to do Roman work in the Roman way, came from Gaul, and it is probable, as has been averred, that both Augustine and Benedict Biscop and Wilfred and others brought Roman workmen also direct from Rome. But what their connec tion with the old Roman colleges was, is quod vrobandUm esf. We may believe they came from a common origin, from bodies of craftsmen or ganized and assembled in the special form of colleges, with definite laws, a legal existence and an admitted corporate constitution. But we cannot say more, and any arguments based on the continuity and perpetuity of the Roman colleges as absorbed by or transformed into the early building guilds, must be put forward cautiously, as resting for the most part only on supposition and probability. Assuming the fact of this descent and connection, a curious ques tion has always supervened here for those who have thought over the subject. How did the Roman guilds, if they had them, obtain that Hebraic coloring and those Hebraic traditions which so conspicuously mark the guild tradi tions ? Findel saw the “ crux” and, while ad mitting the similarity, claimed the twelfth cen tury for the rise of the Masonic legends, as con trolled and developed by the Monastic order and principally the Reveder force. Oliver, at an early period, had found what a difficulty ex isted—scientifically and historically—as to the connection between these sodalities and the mysteries, and so propounded his famous theory of true and spurious Freemasonry; but as he did not care apparently to decide where the true, in contradistinction to the false, was preserved and how, bis ingenious attempted solution of an admitted crux fell to the ground at once. Before the fall of the Roman Empire many forms of religion, extern to Roman mythology, had found admission and a jus vivendi at Rome. The temples of Isis and the caverns of Mithras were there amid the peregrines religlones toler ated by the State. There was a large colony of Hebrews from Palestine, and as it is more than probable that there was a meeting point as be tween Hebrew and other bodies of builders in some mysteries more than othera, which pre served more distinctly the prtnueoa religio. After the fall of Rome these bodies probably received a new direction, and adapted them selves to new conditions of teaching and object, and thus these biblical legends naturally be came, by the mere process of acceptation, adap tation and assimilation, the distinctive, if se cret, teachings of these reformed and reorgan ized colleges, guilds and confraternities. But still, as we said before, much even of this is only probability and possibility, not certainty or actuality, as demonstrable by the accurate and safer facts of actual and expert history. There is much to be said pro and co/?, and it we cannot speak aflirmatively or decidedly, with out some necessary caution and reticence, we gain another proof, if proof be required by any student, how remarkably interesting is that wide expanse over which the history of Free masonry travels, and how much there is in such considerations and studies to interest the student, the archeologist and the historian. FREEMASONRY AND FREE THOUGHT. The sacred writings of every nationality and religion are on the altars of Masonry. They are the beacon lights that lead us up to God, the ever living Father, the Grand Architect of the Universe, and points the way to Heaven. The mortality taught therein, the grand truths in them revealed, are self-evident propositions, and, like the “ axioms of Euclid ” or the multi plication table, require no argument. The sa cred writings are “fixed lights.” No Mason disagrees with another upon the main truths revealed, though widely differing in forms, cere monies, beliefs and the thousand different creeds into which mankind are led by a net-work of cir cumstances, education, surroundings, etc. As there are no two blades of grass alike and no two men alike, it is perfectly consistent that there can be a multitude of differences in the construction placed upon the sacred writings of every nation. But when we look upon it from a broad plane of thought the conclusion is irre sistible that they are but the outgrowth of the human heart, with its wants, yearnings, and as pirations to something higher, purer and holier; something affecting us in the great hereafter beyond the tomb. An old saying, “all roads lead to Rome ” illustrates the proposition that back of all and underlying every different shade of religious opinion is the hope of immortality, and the desire to find the celestial road that leads tp the higher and better life, and there it is far better to leave the subject. Masonry has existed through all the ages by the innate force of its precepts and principles. It seeks no aid, asks for no recognition from the rich, the powerful, or great, nor does it seek for converts or proselytes, but steadily perse veres in its mission of “ brotherly love, relief and truth,” uniting in a universal brotherhood “ good men and true,” among all nations, sects and climes; suffering persecution in silence from arbitrary priestcraft and kingly rule in all the ages, and even in this nineteenth century actively and secretly opposed by some of the leading denominations of the thousand sects and creeds of Christian and other religions, who from “ignorance ridicule it,” or because rich and powerful, seek to use it and compel its members to believe in their peculiar creeds. It pursues the even tenor of its way, and by its very silence has for the greater part compelled respect. Its grandest victories have been those of peace, unity and harmony. It never has in the past, nor should it now, or ever, attack any one. Let the priests and preachers wage a war of creeds against each other, tear down and de molish the different beliefs that others enter tain; persecute and denounce the sacred writ ings and beliefs of other nationalities, proclaim themselves only right, holy and pure to their hearts content, fight infidelity, agnosticism, universalism, Catholicism, or any other “ ism,” and we individuals with our own private be liefs, if so disposed, can aid the fight, (though we think the Gospel of Him of Nazareth “ peace and good will to men” far preferable), but as an institution, as a body, we say, hands off, at tend to our own business, respect the right of every Mason to worship and adore the great Creator in his own way and according to the dictates of his conscience. We are convinced that the institution will be introducing a fatal innovation when attempting to discuss any question’outside of a belief in Deity, which i< the only thing required to be believed in.—free mason t Michigan. Piatt Lodge, No. 194, will confer the I Second Degree at its next regular communic.i --’ tion, Thursday evening, October 15. Brethren j of sister lodges cordially invited. EARLY MASONS OF LIMA. The following scrap of Masonic history may be of interest: In the month of February, 1809, a dispensation was granted by the Grand Chapter to hold a Mark lodge in the town of Lima. Subsequently at the annual convocation of the Grand Chapter held at Albany, February 6th, 1810, a warrant was granted in these words: ** To Brethren Benjamin Cook, Asahel War ner and Cyrus Wells, to hold a Mark lodge at Lima, County of Ontario, by the name of Trinity Mark Lodge, No. 59.” This is the earliest Masonic body of which we have any record in this town. Its meetings were held in the lodge room in the attic of the house then occupied by Hon. Asahel Warner, now occupied by W. I. Johnson. This room has never been disturbed and remains in the same condition as when first used seventy-five years ago. Its curious construction and quaint ap pearance belong to a more primitive time, and are interesting to the visitor of to-day, as relics of the past. We have no record as to how long this lodge continued its existence, but on the 11th day of June, 1816, Union Lodge, No. 261, was instituted by Rev. Smith Weeks, Dr. Justin Smith, Hon. Asahel Warner and others. This body whose present title is Union Lodge, No. 45, has survived adversity and persecution, and from the date of its organization has preserved a continuous existence to the present time. Up ward of 350 applicants have here been initiated into the mysteries of Freemasonry and it may be truly said that the landmark which tlje fathers set, has not been removed—Lima Re corder, Washington Chapter, No. 212.—0 n Tuesday evening next the above-named chapter will hold its regular convocation at No. 2c9 Bleecker street, on which occasion the Mark Degree will be conferred on several candidates. Washington Chapter, with its able corps of officers and elegantly furnished rooms, extends to all companions a most cordial greeting and assurances of a most generous welcome. Come, see and feast. Mecca Temple, O. N. Mystio Shrine. —Commandery Room, Masonic Temple, 29th of October has been set apart for the Shrine’s first meeting. Seventy-tour candidates are in waiting lor the privilege of crossing the hot sands upon the sterile shores. Manahatta Lodge, No. 489.—This lodge will confer the First Degree on three ap plicants on Wednesday evening, October 14th. W. Bro. Sundmacher extends a hearty welcome to all who desire to honor the lodge with their presence. Council of Princes of Jerusalem.— This body will meet in Consistorial Chambers of Masonic Temple, on Saturday evening, 17th, when the Fifteenth Degree will be conferred in full form. Crescent Chapter, No. 220, on Tues day evening next, 13th instant, will work the Mark or the Royal Areh Degree. Visiting com panions are welcome. Tabernacle Lodge, No. 598, will con fer the First Degres Thursday evening next, 15th inst. Visiting brethren will be made cor dially welcome. Architect Lodge, No. 519, will confer the Second Degree on Wednesday evening next. Brethren of sister lodges are cordially invited to be present. EAUOit .EXCHANGE. Wanted.—A situation by a K. T., as salesman, collector, porter, driver, or anything to be use ful J. M., No. 665 East 141sc street. WAKING & HUBBARD, No. 22 FOURTH AVENUE. NEW YORK CITY. KNIGHTS TEMPLAR and other SOCIETY UNIFORMS a specialty. Our system of self-measurement and samples of goods sent free on application. COATS, $15,00 to $20.00. CAPES, SIO.OO to $16.00. William H. HeaUi&ote, WATCHES, JEWELRY AN J DIAMONDS. Masonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 31 PARK ROW, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Office) and No. 184 CHATHAM SQUARE, above street. MYSTIC SHRINE BADGES. WILLIAM H. GAMMON, No. 43 CHATHAM STREET, (Eighty feet north of Bridge entrance). Price, $8 to sls, GENUINE TIGERS’ CLAWS, Warranted 14-carat gold. N. B.—Goods sent to all parts of the United States, C. 0- D. Also old gold and silver bought. DR. B. H. DUPIGNAC, No. 159 BOWERY, five doors above Broome street. Forty-five years of active practice. Extracts, Inserts, and Fills Teeth without pain. A Specialty: Artificial Teeth, $4, $6, SB, $lO, and up. Repairing, sl, and up. Gold Filling, sl, and up. Clean ing and beautifying natural teeth, 50 cents, up. Open Sundays and evenings. Lady Dentist in attendance. JAMESWEEX, MANUFACTURER OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR’S, MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, No. 133 GRAND STREET, CORNER OF CROSBY. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOR JILL THE STATES, Henry C. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS & BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House ; Ko. 131 East 127th st., cor. Lexington ave., NEW YORK CITY. MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YORK.. ACACIA, No. 327, meets first and Third Tues days, Clinton Room, Masonic Temple. Twenty-third street, and Sixth avenue. Howell Vail, M. William Boeckel, Treas. Henry Rabbage, S. W. Frank A. Hovoy, 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. Benjamin, M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. R. H. Foote, S. W. Wm. H. Innet. Sec. W. E. Marrenner. 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. S. Cooper, S. W. C. Van Keuren, M. D., Sec. Jeff. E. Thum. J.W. ANCIENT, No. 724, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in Tuscan Rooms, Masonic Temple. Edward S. Post, M. H. H. Crane, Treas. Charles T. Dunwell, S. W. Clare W. Beames, Sec. Rufus Smith, J. W. No. 232 East 33rd Street ARCTURUS, No. 274.—Regular communications of Arcturus Lodge are held at Miller s Hall, No. 202 E. 86th street. S. E. cor. 3d avenue, on the first and third Tuesday of each months. John E. Wangler, M. Charles Kurz, Treas. William Kurz, S. W. David T. Williams, Sec. Charles A. Stevens, J. W. BUNTING, No. 655, meets first and third Mon days ot each month, corner 124th street and Third avenue, Harlem. Harry C. Harney, M. Cyrus O. Hubbell, Treas., Thomas A. Jasper, S. W Z. T. Benson. Sec., Fred. M. Randell, J. W. CHANCELLOR WALWORTH, No. 271, meets first and third Thursdays of each month, Doric Room, Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixtn avenue. Wright D. Pownall, M. Geo. W. Millar, Treas., Wm. M. Leggett, 8. W. F. W. Herring, Sec., Andrew H. Kellogg, J. XV. 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, H. P. Nieouhr, S W. David Taylor, Sec., W. G. Owens, J. W. 10th ave., bet. 99th and 100th sts. CITY, No. 408, meete 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, Alex. Mack, Sec. Geo. H. Pladwell, J. W, COPESTONE, No. 641, meets every second and fourth Wednesday, at 8 P. M.. in the Corinthian Room, Masonic Temple. John H. Grant, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. William McFaul, S. W H. T, Qlbpon. Sec. William J. Mathews, J. W. CORINTHfAJi, No, 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, at 8 P. M. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, M. Geo. Stone, Treas. Fred. K. Van Court, S. W. Geo. F. Thornton, Sec. Thomas Bonner, J. W. DIRIGO, No. 30, meets second and fourth Mon day of each month, at Koster and Bial’s, Sixth avenue and 23d street. Aaron Morris, M. H. H. Nestrock, Treas. John Jl Sampson, S. W. William R. Oidroyd, Sec. S. Blant, J. W. EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdays each month, Koster & Bial s Hall, No. 117 West Twenty-third street. Gustave Baum, M M. Laski, Treas. Myer Goodman, S.W. Leonard Leisersohn, Sec. A. 11. Fleischer, J, XV. ENTERPRISE LODGE, No. 228, meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Gran 1 O; era Louse, corner of Eighth ave. and West Twenty-thiid st. Joseph Graham, Treas. C. G. Bunell, Sr., M. John Foster, Sec., Jno. G. Hoffman, S. W. Res. 608 Tenth ave. Thos. Burkhard, J. W. GEORGE WASHINGTON, No. 285, meets first, third and fifth Fridays of each month, at Eastern Stax 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 iu each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Thos. P. Clench. Sec. Chas. H. Luscomb, M. Julius Blankenstein, Treas. Peter G. Arnott, BW. Andrew Stewart, J. XV. GREENWICH, No. 467, meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month, Grand Opera House, Twenty-third street and Eighth avenue. John H. Kocher, 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. Ryer, S. W. Chas. Miller. Jr.. Sec. Isaac Fromme. J. W. HOWARD, No. 35, meets in the Doric Room, Masonic Temple, second and fourth Fr days. Geo. 11. Fitzwilson, M. Alfred B. Price, Treas. Chas. H. Heyzer, S. W. Horace Metcalf, £ec. Chas. S. Ward, J. W. INDEDEa DENT, 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. Johnson, Sec., John W. Hunt, J. XV. No. 91 Bedford street. . JOHN D. WILLARD, No. 250, meets first and third Wedne-days of each month, Grand Opera House, Eighth avenue and Twenty-third street. William M. White. M. WilliamH. Hawks, Treas. Waldo H. Richaid-on, S.W. Thomas J. Drew, Sec., George A. Cole, J. W. No. 129 9th ave. Visiting brethren welcomed. KANE, No. 454. —Regular uommumcuiiona of Kane Lodge are held on the first, third and litth Tues days in Austin Room, Masonic Temple. Joseph J Little, M. Chas. A. Whitney. Treas. Thos. E. Stewart. S. W. Henry W. Penoyar, Sec. Cornelius Way dell, J. W. METROPOLITAN. No. 273, meets second and fourth Thursdays of each month, (except July and Au gust*, Corinthian Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. Louis Stamper, M. Thos. Carter, Treas., A. W. Royal, 8. W. J. B. Russell, Sec. Jamos F. Hughes, J. W. No. 242 E. 25th st, MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in the Dorie 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. MUNN, No. 190, meets on the second and fourth Thursday evenings, at Livingston Room, Ma sonic Temple. S. A. Harwood, M. John Maguire, Treas. Joseph Abrams, S. W. Ezra B. stock vis, Sec Robert Neeley, J. W. 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. i'urdy, M. Wm - Scott, Treas. J. H. McCarthy, S.W, Wm. E. Green. Sec. A. M Willis, J. W. LODGE OF ANTIQUITY, Na. 11, meets the second and fourth Thursdays each month, Clinton Room, Masonic Hall, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Adolph C. Wolf. M. Francis Vogel, Treas. Henry Steffens, 8. W. Isaac Simonson, Sec., Wm. E. Bergmann, J. W. Room No. 65 Astor House. MARINERS’, No. 67, meets first and third Mon days eaeh month, at German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. Robert J. Poynter, M. Jacob Ewald, Treas. John W. Ferrier, S. W. A. R. Wilson, Sec. Henry Hood, J. W. MYSTIC TIE, No. 272, meets first, third and fifth Tuesdays, at Eastern Star Hall, cor. Seventh street 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 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. XV. No. 312 E. 46th St. James Berry, J. W. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton room. Masonic Temple, 23d street and 6th avenue, second and fourth Fridays each month. James R. Canniff, M. J. L. Voorhees, Treas, David Newmark, S. W. E. Percival, Sec., Hugh Hawthorn, J. W. 1 Res. 1579 2d avenue. NEW YORK, No. 330, meets the first and third Wednesdays each month, Austin Room, Temple,Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. _ John Jay Griffin, M. Chas. D. Shepard, Treas. E. B. Valentine, S. W. E. W. Bradley, Sec. Vai Schneider, J. W. i PARK, No. 516, meets first and third Tuesdays. at Turn Hall, No. 341 West Forty-seventh street. _ George W. Cregier, M. Charles Lehritter, Treas. Wm. W. Seymour, 8. W. 1 Horatio Sands. Sec. E. Winterbottom, J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursdays, in the Doric Room, German Masonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. _ John B. Hunter. M. Louis Greenbaum, Treas. XV. L. Darmstadt, S. W. Henry Willson, Sec. Edward Tucker, J. W. PIATT, No. 194, meets first and third Thurs days of each month, Com posi'e Rooms, Masonic Tem ple, 23d street and Sixth avenue. ~ o r’ . m George McAlear, M. Smiths. Eaton, Treas. Allan Mason, S. W. Wm. J. Jessup, Sec., Chas. Emmett, J. XV. Residence, No. 11 Norfolk street, City. PIONEER, No. 20, meets first, third and fifth Mondays, at Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue, corner of Seventh street. John W. Rowan, M. David W. Higgins, Treas. L. W Duessing, S.W. ‘ C. E. Duganne, Sec. T. F. Rudolph, J.W.! Res dence, Np. 42 Scamm I sire it. PRINCE OF ORANGE, No. 16, meets second and fourth Saturdays, in Doric Room, Masonic Temple. XX m. T. Wardwell. Treas. Lewis H. Raymond. JC John F. Graham, Sec., James B. Taylor. S. W. No. 368 Eighth st. Garrett Roach, J. W. PRUDENCE, No. 632, meets second and fourth Fridays each month, German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East 15th street. John H. Conway, M. Henry Bopp, Treas. Thomas Tij per, S. W. B. I. Corley, Sec. Isaac Brenner, J. W. REPUBLIC, No. 690, moots first and third Fri days of each month. Doric Room. Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue, at 7:45 p. m. Z _ _ B. C. Williams, M. B. Brown. Treas. George P. Molleson, S. W. J. XV. Stopford, Sec. Archibald George. J. W. ST. CECILE, No. 568, meets the first, third and fifth Tuesday afternoons each month, at 1:30 P. M., at Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple. Visitors are always weicome. A Han Latham. M. Henry Tissington, Treas. David H. Agan, B.W. Laurence O’Reilly, Sec. Michael Schlig, J. XV. STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 94, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at No. 953 Third avenue, corner Fifty-seventh street. r „ Levi Gibb, M. James F. Bragg, Trea’. 8. D. Smith, S. W. Jackson Bell, Sec., Harry Hall, J. W. Address. No. 1.035 Third av. SYLVAN GROVE, No. 275, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, al eight o’clock P. M., hi Livingston Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street Theo.lore Reeves, Treas. Richard Kirby, M. Edgar Kirby, Sec. Wm. Madara, 8. W. For. Dept. N. Y. P. O. XVm. Helms. J. W. TECUMSEH, No. 487, meets first and third Thursdays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue and Seventh street XVm. Kemble Hall, M. James Stone, Treas. Joseph Hoffman, 8. W F. E. Davis, Sec., DavidE. Allen, J. W. No 207 East 19th street TEMPLAR, No. 203, meets 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 8. Stitt, Sec. W. J. L. Maxwell, 8. W. Thos. Loughrey, Tyler. Geo. W. Heirnel, J. XV. 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 Salt. Sec., Wm. F. Walker, 8. XV. Res., 39 Harrison av., Miles W. Goodyear, J. W. Brooklyn, E. D. VERITAS LODGE, No. 734, men's every second P. M. John XV Sok el. Sec. John C. Koopman, J. W. and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera Hoive, 23d street and Bth avenue. Dennis Redmond, M. P. M. Ric sard Koch. Treas. Jas. N. Johnson, S. W. ZERUBBABEL, -No. 329, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at Doric Rooms. Ger man Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. Nathan Greenbaum, Treas. Solomon Littenberg, M. Thos. Cody, Sec., Isaac Greenbaum, S. W. No. 25 Chambers st., city. Abraham Dennison, J. W CHAPTERS. ADELPHIC, No. 158, meets 2d and 4th Wed nesdays of each month, iu Egyptian Room, Masonic Temple. p. c. Benjamin, H. P. J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. G. Larason, K. Wm. H. Innet, Sec., H. J. Emerson, Scribei Res., 102 Sixth avenue. AMERICUS CHAPTER, No. 215, meets the fourth Friday of each month, in the Egyptian Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue Harry G. Kimber, Treas. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, H. P. Anthony Yeomans, Sec., Henry Kornahrens, K. New York Post-office, John H. Ehnuss, S. COMMANDERIES. ADELPHIC, No. 59 (mounted), meets in con clave second Thursday of each month, at Masonic Tem ple, Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wallace Walker, C. J. W. Sanford, Treas. J. O’Neil. G. • XV. H. Innet, Rec. V. Molt, C. G. COLUMBIAN, No. 1, assembles in conclave third Tuesday, each month. Masonic Temple, Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. Charles A. Benedict, 0. Alfred B. Price, Treas. Joseph E. Miller, G. Fred. W. Herring, Rec. Charles H. Anderson, 0. G. CCEUR DE LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave second and fourth Fridays of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Henry F. Herkner C. Edwin R. McCarty, Treas. John Byers, G. Charles XV. Sy, Rec. Thos. B. Inness, C. G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Friday each month, Lank building, Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue. James McGrath, E. C. XVm. D. Peckham, Treas. John Gaunt, G. Wm. H. Armfield, Rec. H. S. Sanderson, C. G. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays of each month, at the asylum. Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenue. James W. Bowden, C. Wm. R. Carr, Treas., Wayne Litzenberg, G. C. 8. Champlin, Rec., Charles H. Gillespie, C. G. YORK COMMANDERY, No. 55, assembles in regular conclave on the first Wednesday of each month, at Masonic Temple, corner Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Geo. W. Anderson, E. G. H. Hutchison, Treas. James S. Manning, G. Alexander W, Murray, Rec., Robert L. Warke, C. G. Residence, 259 Humboldt st., Brooklyn, E. D. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chamber, Masonic 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 Buskirk, S. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec. Geo. H. Fitzwilson, 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 every month at 8 P. M. Steph. D. Affleck, D. M. Wm. J. Lawless, M. Edwin Bouton, Treas. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, 8. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., James M. Fuller, J. W. No. .455 Fourth evenae. THE CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chamber, Masonic Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at 8 P. M. George W. Millar, M. Seranus Bowen, Orator. Alfred B. Price, 8. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Arthur B. Townsend, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. 455 Fourth avenue. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY, S. P. R. S., meets at Consistorial Chamber, Masonic Temple, when specially convened. C. T. McClenachan, Com. Charles H. Heyzer, Ist L. C. George W. Millar, 2d L. C. Joseph M. Leavy, Treas. XVm. D. Garrison, M. State. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. 455 Fourth avenue. COUNCILS, R. 3 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, TI M. John W. Coburn, Rec. Alex. Butts, D. M. Royal E. Deane, Treas. Fred. Kanter, P. C. XV. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its sessions at Masonic Temple, New York city on the .east day of every Mohammedan month, of which due notice wi|l be given. Walter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Benjamin, Assistant Raobau. Charles H. Heyzer, High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. XVm. S. Paterson, Grand Recorder BROOKLYN. EZEL, No. 732, meets every first, third and fifth Mondays, In Adelphi Hall, No- 157 Adelphi Btree., corner Myrtle avenue, Brooklyn, at 8 P M. Geo. W. Powell, Treas. Herthbert T. Ketcham M. R. Perrott, Sec., Henry A.. Taylor, b. W. No. t»o8 Nostrand a :e. A. P. Higgins, J W. COMMANDERIES. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in assem bly on the second, fourth, and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 8J and 91 Broadway, Brooklyn, E D. Juan B. Arci, C. T. J. Scharfenberg. Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. S. T. XVaterhouse, Rec. Geo. B. Clatliu, C. G. ST. ELMO, No. 57, assembles in stated con c ave first and third XX’ednesdays ot eaca month, at Masonic Hall, corner Manhattan and Meserule avenues, E. D Charles E. Stockford, C. Henry A. Heuschkel, Treas. Valentine Ham maun, G. James 11. Wbitehorne, Rec. Jas. L. Drummond, C. G. a, bj i fpewagnai i ■ w—w ■ ■ im ■ Advice to Masonic Obatobs.—ln pro mulgating your esoteric cogitations or articu lating your superficial sentimentalities and ami cable, philosophical, or psychological observa tions, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversational communications possess a clarified conciseness, a compact con.prehensi bleness, coalescent consistency, and a concate nated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, nd asi nine affectation. Let your extemporanc. >us de scantings and unpremeditated expatiatm is have intelligibility and veracious vivacity, without rho lomontade or thrasonical bombaci. Sedu lously avoid all polysyllabic profundity pomp . ous prolixity, peitaneous vacuity, vein ioqiual ! verbosity, and vaniloquent rapidity. Shun <’o ible entendres, prurient jocosity, a .3 pestif reous profanity, obscurant and appar it. In other words, talk plainly, briefly, natural tv, sen sibly, truthfully, purely. Keep from “slang;” don’t put on airs: say what you mean; mean ■what you say, and don’t use big words ii-a. temal Record. 3