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M . W. JOHN W. SIMONS, P. G. M., Editor.
Advertisements for the Masonic De partment, to secure their insertion, must be <tnt in by TWO O’CLOCK, P. M., Friday. THE CLOSING YEAR. To-morrow begins the ending of the current year, and during its course the brethren will be called to the discharge of one of the most im portant of their duties-that is, the selection of officers for the coming year. We do not pro pose to inflict a homily upon our readers, for long experience has taught us that sermonizing in this direction, however earnest the preacher, docs but little, if any good. Time out of mind the membership has been urged to select the best man for office and to discountenance the usual methods of election eers#, but all that has been said or written on the subject has not seemed to militate against the fact that personal choice overcomes the argument and tho man selected by an indi vidual is always to him, tho best man. Un'or tunatoly, theory and practice do not always travel in parallel lines, so that mistaken esti mates of character and capacity interfere with the progress of the lodge and sometimes open tho door to its downfall. It is hardly a supposablo case that any true brother would wi.Lngly and knowingly set his face against the hotter interests of the lodge ol which ho is a member, and it may, therefore, be assumed that the real cause ot vnfortunate se lections lies rather in personal preferences than in any disposition to lose sight of the general we I rare. Now, the way out of this difficulty, is not through argument with inexperienced brethren who need to learn and in time will le rn, but in tho frowning down of political methods and tho example of serious men discharging a serious duty conscientiously and with a view only to what is best lor the promotion of fraternal union and fraternal prosperity. The gratification oi merely personal ambition, though sustained by ardent friends, is, alter all, but of small account when placed in competi tion with matters that may survive the candi date and his friends and leave to tho survivors a pang of regret that it had not been given them to look upward and onward e bro taking steps which no amount of after regret can re call. Think thou brethren, before you act and act not for the present gratification of a local suc cess but rather weigh the possibilities that may come from a vote cast, not so much with a large and generous intention, which should always govern our Masonic acts, as with the transient joy of a petty, local triumph. Imagine what would be your feelings were the whole respon sibility cast u on your individual shoulders, and how seriously you ought to reflect before your participation in the ballot which for weal or woe, seals tho fate of your lodge perhaps for a year, perhaps lorever Every cra.t-man is to a certain extent tho arbiter for the good or evil future of his Masonic family. Let each one take to heart his own responsibility an I review ing the old year, hoping lor the new, trusting in that Providence which never fails to bring good out ot enlightened, thoughtful zeal. Do right AND FEAR NOT. MOVING ALONG. Wo learn with infinite gratification that the labor of M. W. Bro. Lawrence, inciting the brethren to an united effort to lessen the weight of the debt resting upon our property and arresting tho developement of tho adorable possibilities of the future is meeting with de served yet unexpected success. This fact goes to show that earnest endeavor must be re warded with success, it may not be to-day or to-morrow, but under the inflexible law ot God it will come, and though wo may, not bo spared to participate in the end, wo may like the great law giver of the Hebrews, look upon tho promised land} and from the rest we have earned, and to which we have been called, see the work of our hands and join in thanksgiving for all tho tears that will bo dried and all the joys that will come to the widow and the father less in response to our labors and sacrifices, as tho harvest comes to the husbandman even while ho rests, because the eye that never sleepeth hath looked upon and blessed his work. Have your lamps trimmed and be swift and unfailing in your duty, so that when the long rest comes last earthly thoughts may be a consolation when yon leave the dear ones, that between them and the world there is the im pregnable rampart buiided by a brotherhood earnest in every good work and faith iul unto death. A PLEASANT EVENT. The most important Masonic meeting that has been held in Brooklyn in many years convened in Covenant Lodge 409, under summons from the Grand Master, on last Wednesday evening. Luder the direction of the R. Wor. John Ken dall Dunn, Deputy of tho District, the lodge was opened in due form promptly at eight o’clock. The Most Worshipful Frank R. Lawrence, with a full representation of his official staff, with very commendable promptness, was pres ent at an early hour and was admitted and re ceived with the full honors due his exated sta tion. It was well understood that the object of the gathering was to listen to the views of the Most Worshipful upon the liquidation of the debt now standing upon the Temple. In a clear, concise and very instructive ad dress of about thirty minutes the Grand Mas ter explained the origin of the fund, its growth and continued increase, the starting and pro gross and completion of the building of the Hail and Asylum Fund. No one who heard it need be a single point in tho dark respecting the debt which now rests so heavily on the Masons ot the State of New York. After the Grand Master had finished his remarks the brethren were treated to a most in structive address from the It. Wor. * has. H. Hall, Chaplain of the Grand Lodge, on the sub ject “ What is the Special Tie that binds Ma sons so Strongly Together.'’ Tho attendance was full and represents five. We venture to say that the Most Worshipful ■will not in any other district in tho circuit of his visits receive a more loyal and hearty greeting, nor meet a larger body of Masons so fully pre pared to do him honor and, from tho expres sions which floated past us as we circled through tho room, it seems highly probable that tho Third District will be well up to the front when the time comes to count up the con tributions. Qu i. ELECTIONS. The elections for office bearers in lodges and chapters will' take place during the month about to ensue. Following tho custom of many past years, we shall publish the returns sent us, ask ing. however, that secretaries will bo careful m spelling the names right we cannot go back to correct errors—that they will write only on one side of the paper, and that the names may bo sent to tho Dispatch office at the earliest possi ble moment. The large circulation of this journal, going, as it doi>. to the uttermost ends of the earth, nMMaiii it worth while for those interested to send us an early and especially a correct report. STANDARD CHAPTER, NO. 252 This chapter had a very pleasant and enjoy able musical entertainment on last Saturday evening in their chapter roams. Everybody was called upon to say or sing something. The best part of tho programme, however, was fur nished by Companion Norseworthy, who is a i\»l musical genius. We have often heard, yet cursed, the concertina, -but in the hands of Comp. Norseworthy, who is an expert, it be came a most pleasing mus.c il instrument, and is a rare treat to hear him perform. Espe cially fine wore his imitations, also the bugle call, the mucking bird, .vc, E. Comp. Ringer delivered a nno address on Man. When Comp. Jure Twomy was called upon for his share, he rose and said ho could not sing, he could not play, but he danced a jig. which brought down the house an 1 also brought down Bro. Jere, who sank exhausted on his seat, and only through tho efforts of'Comp. Beaver and the promise of a good banquet with a—some few beers, was Bro. Jere revived, and ho did well at the festive board, around which the brethren gathered and CDjOyeU themselves until the wee small hours. Next Saturday, Dec. sth, tho Mark Decree will be worked, and M. E. Comp. Clark, the High Friost, extends a royal welcome to everybody. COMMANDERY NEWS. HUMAN PERVERSITY. The recent severe storm which has wrought upon our seacoast devestation, and made many feel the sting of loss in divers of ways, suggests thoughts full of struggles and perversity that overshadows the trifling reverses and leads us to contemplate the possible misery that may exist within our household wrapt in silence and its own dismay. How many, as they walk the street, day by day, feel the bitter sting of poverty, and murmur not except in the wishful thought that some acquaintance would dis cover their situation and extend a helping hand without humiliation ? How many more go from point to point in their daily routine of life with empty pockets and stomachs, and wonder how it is that they do not meet with sympathy and words of encouragement, let alone the ways and moans whereby they could satisfy hunger with honest employment ? Nay. How many there are with families depending on them for Bubsistance, and to all outward appearance seem to enjoy the comforts of life and have sufficient income to maintain a semblance of re spectability, when in reality the most frugal of meals, and very often nothing at all, is the lot, rather than patronize the pawn-shop, or borrow from friends suffi ient of tho filthy lucre to tide them over the unreligious last ? How many more good and true men suffer for the want oi proper < lothing and food, because they have no employment, and perverse humanity pass him by without heed of his distress, or care .‘or his unfortunate plight ? Nightfall sees his wandering stops turned to ward his cheerless home, and his good wife and little ones read in his careworn countenance the silent answer to the long wished lor question, “Have you been suecesslul to-day, James ?” No, is stamped upon every line of his manly face. It is seen in the extended pupil of the eyes in large capitals—every fibre ot the hair speak “ Ko,” in fact the smile is gone and neith er the comforting words of his wife or the prat tle of tho children can awake within him one spark of joy. How much, oh 1 how much of sorrow, distress, and unwilling poverty could be removed by a slight exertion. How much of the milk ol human kindness could 1 be distrib uted through the employment of the many whose hearts and souls are lacerated beyond endurance. How many Templars in this city and vicinity who could by a simple word furnish ameliora tion on the one hand and relief upon the other if so disposed ? How many are there who wear the garb of Christian Knighthood that could pour the bajm of Gilead into broken hearts and make the weary bright lamp in tho household, if they would but try ? But human perversity is so cancerous and destructive that the cry of the helpless, the or phan, or the widow, is not heard except in the phrase, “Get thee behind me, thou beggar,”and a copper is tossed to them as tho offering of despisonient The time Occupied ih cavilling, questioning and hesitancy when asked to aid a poor, but worthy irater, is so ineonsistant and unworthy that we sometimes think that but a few of the great number of Templars are really true in spirit and worthy of tho name ot Christian soldiers. It a true spirit existed the' call for a tithe of our plentifulness would respond immediately and without question. CHEVALIER BAYARD COMMANDERY, No. 52. Wo have been honored by an invitation to visit this Commandery at Chicago, 111., and par tike of the menu prepared on the occasion of conferring the Illustrious Order of Red Cross, on Tuesday evening, December 1, 1885. From our knowledge o the fraters of this Comman dery, the event above referred to will be a red letter day in the history of that chivalric corps. Were it not that the distance places a barrier 100 great for our solution, we should be more than gratified to shake each knight of Chevalier Bayard by the hand on that night. Sir Daniel B. Linsted will accept thanks. DE WITT CLINTON, NO. 27. On last Tuesday evening the Order of the Temple was conferred in this commandery with that ease and grace which has made the ritual istic work of this command famous, far and near. An unusual number of fraters assem bled and much enthusiasm was manifested by them during the progress of the work. E. Sir Juan B. Arci, tho Commander, assisted by an able staff of officers, rendered the several parts of the Order with excellent taste, both in lan guage and the dramatic movements of tire cere monies. At the conclusion of the labors in the asylum the commandery and guests formed in line, single file, the right hand of each resting on the right shoulder or the Knight in front, and with a lock step, proceeded to the banquet hall, on the upper floor. When each person was sealed, alter divine blessing, it was found that each plate (silver) was chained to the table. Fish chowder being the first course of the menu, was served in the silver plates—and let us here remark that the a oresaid chowder was the best we ever tasted, and no one but Sir Benj. R. Bates can make such a savory dish. Then fol lowed other delicacies suitable to the season, after which the sons, Isaac, Joseph and John, treated the Company to several pieces of music on harmouicons, with excellent accord and har mony. We noticed that, several knights were dancing a reel with considerable grace, and shortly .Milter, the boys commenced the second piece. There is one important thing to be said of this (commandery, they are sociable in a plain way, and no one visits them without beimg made at h<>me at once, and that to without the encum brance ot society airs. YORK No. 55. At the next conclave of this commandery St. .Elmo No. 57”wi1l visit in force and exchange the courtesies ot the season. E. Sir George W. An derson, the commander of York, proposes to en tertain the Brooklynites in a sumptuous man ner and make the visit memorable in every way. COLUMBIAN No. 1. Thia commandery is busily engaged in the work of aiding Coner de Lion No. 23 in forming a battalion for the triennial encampment in September next. From circumstances, at present prevailing, the project is somewhat in embroyo and cannot Le definitely settled upon until the return of Sir James McGee, who left this city on Thursday last, for St. Louis, to see what ar rangements could be made in regard to a suc cessful pilgrimage. PERSONAL. Sir Geo. AV. Dickinson, formerly of Olean, N. Y\, and late Generalissino ol St. John’s Com mandery, but now a resident ot St. Augustine, Florida, was in town a few days ago, looking as bright as a new penny just from the mint. The courteous knight has become the editor and proprietor of a sprightly journal, and proposes j to make things in newspaperdom hum in that staid and old fashioned city of Pomegranates and oranges. He purchased new presses and several fonts of type for the enterprise and, as soon as he gets to his new field of labor we may expect a new dress for his paper as well as new and sparkling humor in addition to good and substantial reading. His patrons evidently w-ill appreciate the enterprise and support accord ingly. Sir Dickinson, let us hear from you once in a while. S’R Theodore E. Haslehurst writes us that in Troy the fraters have many good things on band which demand their earliest and prompt attention. The objects for which they labor are praise worthy,and deserve the hearty commenda tion oi every true Templar, and from our per sonal knowledge of Apollo Commandery, we are certain that their efforts will culminate in suc cess. Be it so. ISLAND CHY LODGE, NO. 588. Notwithstanding the storm that raged so fiercely on last Monday evening, the rooms of this lodge were filled by the brethren and visit ors to Witness the work of the Third Degree at the hands o such skillful ritualists as W. Bro. James MoKigney and It. W. Bro. E. M. L. Ehlers. ' At the conclusion of the ceremonial part oi I the degree. Bro. Ehlers addressed the live can- I didates upon the symbols of the cralt, and . gave a very interesting history ot the origin and use of many of the figures used in the lecture. R. \V. George M. Williamson, D. D. G. M. oi the First District, was present officially, and was much pleased with the workings of the lodge. NEW YORK DISPATCH. NOVEMBER 29, 1885. W. Bro. Meinera addressed the lodge upon the topic of debt, after which the lodge and guests sat down to a sumptuous banquet and diligently worked the Thirty-fourth with infin ite gusto. Among the laborers there were del egations from several lodges, headed by their Masters. We caught sight of W. Bros. Thomas Giles, Kent and Tracy, of Greenpoint Lodge; W. Bros. Wolf and Godfrey, of Reliance; Henry Skelton, of Mizpah, and the old stand-by of Isl and City, Jacob Rockwell. Continental, Hope, Cornucopia, Corner-Stone, Cassia, Marsh, St. Cecile and Mount Moriah were represented in goodly numbers, and, as they universally ex pressed it, Island City lodge, under the care of W. Bro. James McKigney, was just tho place to spend an instructive as well as a pleasant hour. KANE LODGE NO. 454- This active and prosperous lodge, at its last meeting at the 17th inst., took bold of the en terprise of paying off the debt of the Temple with a will, W. Past Masters have alone sub scribed $1,150, and the Worshipful Master wishes to raise $5,000. The communication O: the Grand Master was read and Fast Grand Master Rome, in a brief and forcible speech, pre tho following resolutions : W/tereas, The debt now resting on the Ma sonic Hall delays the accomplishment of tho charitable object for which the Hall and Asy lum Fund was instituted ; and Whereas, The Most Worshipful Grand Mas ter Frank R. Lawrence has forcibly urged upon the fraternity the advisability of taking immediate slops to pay this debt, and to pro vide means for the erection and support of an asylum for aged and indigent masons, their' widows and orphans. Therefore be it Ilea‘iced. That Kane Lodge No. 451 most heartily agrees with tho Grand Master, that the object .or which the Hall and Asylum Fund was founded, should be completed without delay ; and be it further Jleso'ced. That the Worshipful Master be re quested to appoint a committee of forty to solicit subscriptions lor th s end, and that the said committee have power to make such additions to their number as they may deem expedient. After brief and eloquent speeches by Past Grand Master Simmons, Right Worshipful Bro. Clarkson and Senior Deacou Russell, the reso lutions were unanimously adopted, and Wor shipful Master Little, with a feeling of pride and with valuable suggestions, appointed a Committee ot Forty ot the most active mem bers to canvass the matter among the 350 mem bers o: the Lodge. Next Tuesday evening, De cember Ist, the lodge will confer the Sublime Degree of Master Master upon five candidates, one of whom is the world-renowned Dick. B. Musin, the great violinist, who has promised the Senior Deacon that he will give tho mem bers on that occasion some of his best selections on the violin-. This is the last working night of the present term and a good time is ex pected. Brothers are fraternally invited and will be cordially greeted. PERSONAL. Bro. Clarence Crysler, Past Master of Geor ;e Washington Lodge, is hard at work gathering up the details ot the history of the old lodge, with every possible success for the con summation. He lias the sympathy as well as tho co-operation of tho older and younger Past Masters, and each contributes his mite to the work with alacr.ty and ieels just as proud as he who arranges the final labors. Bro. William J. Simomson, of Amicable Lodge, Cambridge, Mass., was in the city during the past week, and spent Thanksgiving Day with his father (Aldf.mar). The brother is at pres ent engaged in the manufacture or piano actions at Ivoryton, Conn. He reports that the i roth ren in his vicinity are do.ng well, and that the lodc.e and chapter at Essex are prosperous and doing well. George Snyder, the first D. D. Grand Master of tho German lodges, dropped into the sanc tum on Friday morning last and earnestly said that the festivities oi Thanksgiving did not a;- fect his physical status one whit. Ruddy com plexion, hearty in feeling, and generally a feel ing of contentment prevail within his makeup, and, to sum up, George is just as genial as the}’ make them. Capt. Bill Fowler, of Metropolitan Lodge, called at the sanctum the morning after the holiday and desired us to say that he did not sutler pain or in any way felt the slightest in convenience from the fasting and prayer under gone. We assured him that his request would Le granted. M. W. Charles Roome, when a leisure mo ment occurs in his multidunious affairs of busi ness is devoting the same to the earnest work of removing the debt upon the Hall and Asy lum. Tho other evening he made an eloquent appeal in a lodge in behalf of M. W. Brother Lawrence's work upon this matter and urged in the strongest language the co-operation of the brethren. In connection with this subject we are informed that Commonwealth Lodge, Brook lyn, has agreed to contribute seven dollars for each member upon their roll. Bro. Harris Levy, of Lodge of Antiquity, No. 11, we understand, entertained the brethren ot that lodge at his residence, in a regal man ner—the good things ot the land were bounti fully spread before them, supplemented by speeches and toasts. His good lady received a share of the compliments and each brother de parted with a vote “ aye” upon his lips. W. Bro. Joseph H. Voss will accept our con gratulations on the marriage ot his daughter Lulu to Mr. Frank Godwin. Wo sincerely trust that the new beginners may be blessed in basket and store and live in the sunshine ot perpetual happiness. THE CONSISTORY AND TEUTONIC KNIGHT HOOD. The event of the coming week m Masonic circles, will e tho conferring tho urder of Teu tonic Knighthood on a very large number ot eligible applicants in the Consistorial Chamber, in the Masonic Temple, on Friday evening, De cember ;th. A more brilliant scene than that winch will be presented, has scarcely ever been witnessed in th s citv. The preparations have been thorough, the expenditure unstinted, and the results may be relied on. The services, independent ot the music, will be in the hands ot fiity-two well tried and successful officers, under the general supervision ol the experienced Commander oi tins old consistory, ft would be a lengthy schedule for us to present the names of all the participants, but the selections have been unique and admirable; thus the three Orders ot Chivalry are headed by Brother Charles H. Heyzer, Master oi the Teutonic Knights; Brother E. M. L. Eblers, G. Master ot the Knights Hospitaller, and Brother Charles Roome, the Deputy G. Master of the Templars oi the United states who assumes exactly the same character in the degree, Sir Alan Marcel, pending the absence of the G. Master ot the lemplars in a foreign land, a coincidence that is worthy o<t remark. Sir Knights James McGee, James W. Bowden and Joseph B. Eakins, ac company their G. Masters, and the full corps ot twelve officers of Teutonic Knights attend their Commander, Sir Knight Mccienachan. Sixteen dignitaries ol the Church are at the bid ding ot the Holy Superior, Bro. Samuel Jones, and as many o ncers of civil governments are earnestly interested in their central figure, the Emperor of Germany, sustained by A. W. Peters. The fifty and more costumes will be punctil liously correct, representing the historic event of the great convocation held at Florentino, A. D. 1,223. In the musie, the principal soloists will be Prof. Cart Bergstein and Dr. Arthur T. Hills, with a double Choir and AD-ert C. Johnson and i- Barrett, Org.tnists : Alessandro Liber al Trumpeter and Herald. The institution of tho Order of Teutonic Knights, by the Bull oi the Pope, Celestin, 3d, on the 23d ; eb. 1192, created an Order among the Germans, that was famous iu Chivalric his tory. It was the first branch oi the order of the Temple, the first G. Master being Heinrich Wolpoti. Its powers and the unquestioned character and bearing ot the Teutonic Knights has always been a subject ot admiration and great praise. The period preceding the Fifth Crusade was momentous and memorable and the degree ot Commander of the Temple, or Teutonic Knighthood, taken from the incidents oi that period of Chivalry is full oi interesting incident. On the coming Dec. 4, so great will be the pressure for space on the floor lor the proper conduct of the ceremonies of the Chapter, tliat the Brethren will be required to occupy the galleries and the fixed stalls only, which when tilled, the doors will be closed against any fur ther ingress. Empire Chapter, N<>. 170, held a very interesting meeting last Thursday evening, at which the future welfare of the chapter was dis cussed and many suggestions were made, and several plans mapped out, by which the use fulness of Empire can be still more increased. The chapter is now iu a very flourishing condi tion, but the companions have still the recollec tions in their mind when Empire owned the famous steam yacht “Crawford Maxwell, ’ and it will be their aim next year to use every effort to regain possession of that beautiful craft and all that its ownership implies, and there can be no doubt that with a united and earnest effort a great deal can be accomplished. Selah. CofsSTiruTioN Chapter, No. 230.—At its meeting Tuesday evening next, the annual election of officers will be held on which oc a sion M. E. Comp Wm. H. Devins, First High Priest of the ( hapier will preside an l M. E. Wm. I’. Woodruff, P. G. H. Priest will install the officers elect. Polar Star Lodge, No 245, will con | fer the Third Degree on Wednesday evening, , Dec. 2d, on which occasion 11. W. Bro. Wright i D. Pownall, 1). D. G. M. of the Fifth Masonic , District, will make his official visit Visiting > brethren are cordially invited. QUESTIONS—THOUGHTS—IDEAS. D.—The lodge from which I hail gives to each Entered Apprentice a new lamb-skin apron, which, when raised, he takes to his home, but before putting it away desires to have it lined and What color and style of trim mng can a M. M. put on his own private apron ? A nsu:er.~ The color belonging to a Master’s lodge is blue, hence any lining or decoration of the apron should be of that color, and the less decoration the better. The apron given an Apprentice at his initiation is pure white, as the symbol of innocence, and should have no trim ming whatever, unless tho white strings to fasten it to the body may be called trimming. Even though given to the candidate, it is always expected that he will preserve it intact, and dirocU'that at his interment it be placed in his grave. Any addition to it, of whatever name or kind, would be to sot its teaching at defiance, and reduce a beautiful idea to merchandize. Hence, while it must be admitted that a man may do what he will with his own, he cannot with any consistency set aside the lesson of the lamb skin given him at initiation. Quintuple.—l notice that in most lodges there are two sorts of ballots used, that is to say round white balls for expressing assent and black cubes th© contrary. Is there any law governing this matter. Answer,— No. It was adopted some years since as a matter of convenience as a shield to the secrecy of the ballot. The diflerence in form enables the voter to distinguish by the sense ot touch without, to use a slang term, giving himself away. Senex.—l presented my application for affilia tion to a lodge and it was received and referred to a committee. Can I under any circumstance withdraw the same before the ballot ? Ttnsioer.—Under our law (Bec. 52 and 53 of the Statutes) we are ot opinion that you can; not only because the law forbids withdrawal to petitions for initiation only, except where wrongfully received and referred, but that the ballot, oven when unfavorable in no wise effects the standing or rights of petitioner. Alter a favorable ballot it remains with the petitioner to complete the affiliation or not as may suit his own convenience. In case the vote be un favorable he is exactly in the same position as before applying, and may at once apply to the same or any other lodge as he may elect. D. C. D.—Our regulations permit lodges to make a by-law disfranchising a member at an election of officers for non-payment of dues. We are of opinion that a brother thus situated, if elected to office, could not lawfully enter upon the discharge ol his duties. Ellis.—The following, from another State, so fully answers your query, that we cepy and en dorse it: “The committee of a subordinate lodge pro pounded the following interrogatories : 1. le it lelt discretionary with a Master of a lodge to bury or refuse to bury a Mason whose life has been notoriously licentious? 2. Isa member of a lodge compelled to attend the funeral of a Mason of that kind, or can he use his discre tion ? “To the first query I answered, No. The right to a Masonic burial is one that belongs to every Master Mason who dies while in good standing. “To the second I answered that ‘I know of no authoeity which can compel a Mason to at tend the funeral ot a deceased brother ; that is to say, we have no law, rule, or regulation wbicli in terms requires him to do so.' “ Tho queries were preceded by a preamble and resolution which had been offered for adop tion in the lodge, and iu which preamble it was declared that ‘ a Masonic burial is the last and highest trit ute ot respect we can pay a deceased brother, and to perform our solemn services over the remains of one whose lile has been no toriously licentious would be hypocritical and a mere mockery, calculated to bring Masonry in to contempt.’ “ In giving my decision, 1 felt constrained to say that if a Mason is not considered too licen tious to maintain his good standing in the lodge, not too licentious to be received and ac knowledged as a brother while in life and health, he ought not to be considered (all at once) as too licentious for Masonic burial when dead. Uimiasonic conduct should and will sub ject him to suspension or expulsion, and if his brethren and lodge countenance him while liv ing, and refuse or neglect to suspend or expel him, or perhaps even attempt to do so, they should not. in eflect, do so after his death by refusing his body burial with Masonic honors. Tia no more a mockery to bury the dead who have been licentious than to maintain and uphold the living who are so. Let the war against licen tiousness and vice of every nature be made agaiut the living, and not against the dead. REES—FRANKFORT. On Wednesday evening was given in mar riage the pretty daughter of Bro. Herman l.ees, of Humboldt Lodge, to Bro. Joseph Frankfort, the Sepior Warden of Eastern Star Lodge, No. 2k7, and the son of our esteemed old friend and brother, W. Sam Frankfort, P. M. ot Dirigo Lodge. No. 30. A reception was given by the bridal party, after the ceremony, at the Cafe Lenno<, to their Iriends, which was numerously attended by a bevv or young and pretty maids. The bride, now Mrs. Frankfort, looked very sweet in white, and was the queen of the evening. Among many members ol the craft were Bros. Greenbanm. of Chicago Lodge, No. 4 7, Chicago, Ill.; W. Bro. M. Goodhardt, ot Dirigo, and lady; Bro. A. Kahn, of Greenwich, with daughter; Bro. W. E. Loewenstein, of Eastern Star, No. 2Ji, and several prominent brethren. The musie was in charge ol Pro essor A. M. Levy, ol Dirigo Lodge, and was highly artistic and very much appreciiUpd by all present, es pe Elly so the selections ;rom several popular operas, Ac. Mr. Strauss sang “ The Log Cabin on the Hill” with excellent effect. The dance and enjoyment was kept up until a late, or rather early, hour, and everybody was pleased at tho happy prospects of the young couple and the pleasant auspices under which they began their new life. ' We congratulate the newly-married pair, and wish them all possible joy and happiness. May their joys increase every year, and their sor rows bo .ew and lar between. COWRTESY. What a cheap offering at a manly shrine is the extension of a little courtesy ! How pleas ing it is when brethren meet with a courteous reception from their fellows ! And yet how often is one of the leading principles of our glorious institution violated by those who have taken an obligation to strictly adhere to the tenets of the fraternity. We are aware that it would be folly to expect a strict adherence to courteous behavior on the part ot some indi viduals: nevertheless, we have a right to expect that in a fraternity claim ng to propagate the glorious principles of morality and virtue there will be found none so devoid ot good feeling as to disregard the instructions imparted to them at their initiation. When a “ proiano” enters the portals of a Masonic lodge, to receive “light,” he cannot but be impress© I—if he pos sess manly spirit—with tli'e solemnity of" the proceedings, and no excuse can be offered lor him if he willfully disregards, in alter life, the beautiful lessons imparted to him on h s first appearance at the East. Of course, the fact that all men are not equally favored with good natural ability and pleasing manners—that some there are who cannot entirely eradicate the old leaven in their nature—must not be overlooked; still, we have a right to demand that every man who aspires to be deemed a worthy Mason—more especially when attain ing an official position in a lodge—will deport himself in a manner becoming a representative of the craft. It is the want of courtesy—the absence fof moral and intellectual refinement in some craftsmen—that occasionally tends to disturb the harmony iu Masonic circles, and officers ot lodges canuot be too anxious, in their inter course with other brethren, to adhere to the principles they have, ot their own free will, un dertaken to uphold. XVhen brethren bear oi tho prosperity of a lodge they, naturally, turn a thought to the reason of the enviable position ot that body, and there is only one conclusion they can arrive at in the case, and that is the unquestionable urbanity, gentlemanly beha vior, tact and energy oi its principal officers. Can it be expected that a discourteous man will have the power to draw around him men of in telligence? Will an uncultivated secretary be the means of improving the numerical position of a lodge he officiates for ? Certainly not. And yet there is repeatedly to be seen at the loot ot an advertisement convening a meeting of a lodge the words, “ visiting brethren cordially invited.” It is nothing better than a sham on the part ot - brethren who invite visitors to at tend their meetings and then treat them with sullen indifference. Brethren, do you wish your lodges to prosper? If so, be careful in electing your officers. It is your duty, breth ren, to elect men who give promise of a desire to “ strictly obey the moral law ” and be cour teous to those with whom they may be brought in contact. Bear this in mind, and your lodges will prosper, while Freemasonry cannot but gain an ascendancy far above the moral, social, and intellectual positions of the “profanes” whose constant aim is to seek its downfall.— Weio Zealand Ireemason. Any Order, to become prominent, must practice what they preach. Of these there can be no better choice* than the Masonic Order. We are taught to be just to all men, to do good to one another, and have a generous and due regard for the happiness and welfare of others, while seeking to promote our own. We are en joined to practice self-denial without self-abne . gation ; to relieve the without priva tion and injury to those who are dependent upon our exertions. Jn fact, the Order of Ma sonry, as the handmaid ot religion, is well de signed to assist the pilgrim of life in contend ing against the trials of mortality, and accom panies him to the very threshold of whatsoever temple he may deem best suited to the worship and praise of our Father and our God. The very basis of Masonry is brotherly love, relief and truth, and to “do unto others as we would they should do to us.” The true Mason’s trust is in God, and to the mau who finds it possible to entertain this hope how different an aspect the world wears — casting his glance forward, how wondrous a light rest upon the future, the farther he ex tends his vision the brighter the light—ani mated by a hope more sublime than wishes bounded to earth ever be ore inspired—he feels armed with the courage to oppose Surrounding prejudices and the welfare of hostile customs. No sectarian advantage, no petty benefit is before him; he sees but the regeneration of mankind. From the disease, famine and toil around him his spirit bursts into prophecy, and dwells among eternal and evenlasting ages. Then let us practice what we preach, ever bear ing in mind this, our first duty to each other, whether assembled in lodge or scattered abroad in the various walks ot life. Bro, Thua, B, Douglas, THE EDIFICE OF MASONRY. Her beauties are not to be seen as the tinsel ed ornaments of gaudy art, nor as the rosy hues of the evening clouds, but as practical exempli fication ot godly lives. Indeed, there seems to be no place or position occupied by man where she may not have a lessons of practical import ance. Even from the entering step of tho nov ice, clear through all her successive work to her highest degree, there are lesson fraught with sacred beauty. Now in poverty, without the means of provision for immediate necessity, the candidate is taught faith in God and his ability to provide for man in the hourof distress. That when earthly means have failed and he may be cast off by his fellow man, God will take him up. That we are to make a daily progress in the laws of our mental and spiritual being, and develop the sacred relations existing between God and man. That we are to hold ud the re vealed will of the Almighty as the guide and lamp to our footsteps as we pass the journey oi human life. That as we here enter the steps of life, uncouth and unpolished as the rough ash lar from the quarry, which by the hands of the workman becomes a smooth and polished stone in the temple, so we, by the preparation oi truth, are to become polished stones in the liv ing temple. That wo are not to be swayed from our noble purpose by the plausible theories oi sophistry, but to be guided by the graud power ot truth that rises all above the finest argu ments ot theory. V' e mingle in the busy crowd of men, who ought to be made better by our teaching and practice o. tho virtues taught at our altar. We ought to elevate the standard of moral purity and let our light shine as bright in the moral world as the sun does in the physical. Wo are to cling to this mystic bond of brother hood, wherein is taught that apostolic thought ot broiherly love in all its sacred purity, and remember that we are net alone in this tie, but all along Freemasonry’s history it has been the bond of men of great genius in tho world of literature and art; of the great and heroic de fenders of their country’s right; of the pure arrayed in sacerdotal robes, of princes in their realms and sceptered kings upon their thrones. That it has brought the general and the soldier, the priest and the layman, the king and the suffect, all upon the same level, where they meet around one common altar and upon the square. It teaches, again, tho high principles ot God, that in the highest realm of truth there are no distinctions among men; that there is an equality of value in the real man that oven God does not ignore; that office, position, occupation and knowledge among men are no grounds for distinction as placing one above another, but that we are to measure the real internal man, and as such meet him as a man endowed with the high qualities of soul that God gave him at his birth. As we look upon this grand edifice; as wo wander through all her apartments; as we see her beauties and her love, do we wonder that we love our Order, not for her age but for her inherent virtues ? Would the right-minded tear away a pinnacle or demolish a tower ? Would he blight a picture in her galleries or mar the beauty of her altar? No! but rather would he say, go on in your grand work. Let your organ peal forth grander tones of harmo nious music. Let your love shine with greater brightness, and let your mercy reach forth her hands to a grander work® Ah ! brother, let us cling to the beautiful ten ets ot the Order. Let us learn more of her truths and bo better, and then in meeting in the Grand Lodge on high together we shall lis ten to the chorus of the ange s sung as the glad welcome to the comin ; mill cns redeemed from the power of sm.— llec, W. 8. Ho:>i er in the Voice of Masonry. SMALL OFPORI UNITIES. In the distribution of common favors we may win a grateful smile by postponing our own gratification to . that of another. In gathering around the hearthstone, it there be one position more inviting than another, we may surrender it to a companion in the circle In grouping a out the evening light wo may be care ul that we do not intercept its beams upon the occupa tion oi those by our side. In joining su h a troup if there be a favorite easy chair especi ally grateful to a weary and languid frame, we may leave it vacant, or offer it cordially for a companion's comfort. The first reading of a popular maga;.ine, or the daily paper, we may silently or urgently commit to one whose thirst for such cheer is, at least, equal to our own. In appropriating the dainties o; the tale we may deny our own craving until the relish and choice of others are hospitably consulted. li one be lilting at some weight, an o .ermatch for his strength, we may volunteer our muscle un til the task be accomplished. So, whatever, hour by hour, or moment by moment, in all the fellowships of life, we can contribute to the wel are and enjoyment ol those with whom we walk, we may hold ourselves ready to make over to hands and hearts that are empty, or desires throbbing with fervor. Making our being thus in its relations to others a fountain instead of a reservoir, we shall real ize in tii'S minute, service, a type of character upon which shall rest the constant benediction of earth, and the constant smile of heaven. INTOLERANCE. A grave vice always opposed to the true genius and real teaching o Freemasonry. In tolerance s not confined to any one age or sect, and seems to be, alas I the common heritage ot us all alike. As i-reemasons we should always be above intolerance, and learn to be tolerant in word and deed and thought. Freemasonry has often to contend with the intolerance of a pseudo-religionism, which seems to think that orthodoxy and the true laitli are best shown forth by cursing and anathematizing those who differ from us—that awful mistake, which has led to so much su ering, sorrow, cruelty, per secution and bloodshed in the world* Tho Roman Catholic Church has always been very intolerant against Freemasonry, and some minor Protestant sects have followed suit. The Masonic body m England has always boasted of its great teaching ot Toleration as the key note oi all its public professions and practice, as well as of its inner code of ethics: and we trust that nothing will over induce it to become nseusible to the ceaseless duty ot a kindly and tolerant treatment of all men. There is a ten dency in this age, to revive intolerance in its most mourn.nl guise, persecution for conscience sake, especially on tbe part of the Ultramontaues and other ins.gnificant bodies, but as Free masons we can never allow the word Toleration to be erased from our banners.— Kenning's Cyclopaedia, Conservatism is a term applied to the tendency toward the retension of established customs in life and thought., and the reluctance to displace the old and tried with the new and untried. It views the present in the light of tho past; the future as but a repetition of what is gone. It exerts a mighty influence in guiding the momentum already acquired, though it sel dom adds momentum o itself. It is the first of our elements ot power under which duty is de fined and comprehended. Its mission is a grand one, but it is always superintending, seldom working. It plans, but never executes ; it thinks, but seldom acts ; it is de ensive, never aggressive. It thinks, reasons and judges, but always for others, never lor self. * It tells us what truth is, but never reaches after new truths. It is conviction without performance, understanding without industry, talent without tact, intellect without action. Its tendency is to stagnation and stubborn self-conceit; it is* blind to progress and improvement.. Every inven tion is coldly received, never welcomed. It whistles down the brakes in t mes of danger, and refuses to take them off to enable the train to start after all danger is averted. Like the finished engine, it stands a monument to in ventive thought, to constructive skill and me chanical combination, but cold and lifeless, un able without enthusiasm and fire to apply its own wondrous powers, it even obstructs the trails and prevent.! others from further prog ress. Thus, mighty in defense, it often be comes a positive hindrance in attack. It is sa.ety without speed, aim without persistence, judgment without energy, occupation without application—in short, conservatism is the com prehension of duty without tho ability to exe cute it.— Voice of Masoni'y. Freemasonry can be rightly under stood and practiced by those only who are ani mated by an “enthusiasm for humanity;” the very dawn of which in our being must cause us to experience a cease.ess yearning to solve the impenetrable mystery ot life and find some con soling reason ior animal suffering and human misery. No doubt when we have been ferried across the dark river and have arrived at the portals of the Grand Lodge beyond, the password to this greatest mystery will be entrusted to us; but in the meantime the unsatisfied inquiry must always bejpresenting itself to our minds and resolving itself into something akin to de spair; and it is well ior us if we can devote our selves to some practical method of “ lessening the aggregate of human misery and vice,” such as we claim Freemasonry to be; the principles ot which have always possessed for me ape -u --liar attraction, whatever I may h ive thought o. the practice. On the broad basis of Freemason ry every earnest man may find 'a resting place and an opportunity for good, even he who has been repel ed by all religions and has rejected all creeds, save a belief and a trust in one Great Architect ot the universe—and he who is laith iul to the obligation oi a Master Mason, main taining the five points of fellowship in deed as well as in word, will achieve a far nobler posi tion than any that mere wordly wealth or rank can give him.— Masonic ilecord. Visitations. —The visitations o' the Grand Master have a wonderful influence for good on lodges. It is the medic ne that brings a lodge out of its fatal sickness and makes the healthy lodge more robust and vig rous every way. Every Grand Master should start cut at the earliest moment and visit his brethren. Brothers who always have an excuse for being on a committee somewhere else lodge night, will have no excuse wh> n the Grand Master comes round Then, there are the cheer;ul en tertainments, inviting banquets, and family :•< cial greetings, when the lodge is over—all co.- spiring to make Masons feel as if they weie nearer brothers.—6. B. (Jhad oicic. Pioneer Lodge, No. 20, will confer the Ml M. Degree, in due form, on Monday evening, Nov. 30th. A number of distinguished brethren are expected, also Corner-stone Lodge will assist. Brethren of sister lodge# will re ceive a hearty welcome. The Puke of Abercorv. Grand Mar ler of Masons of Ireland, died Oct. 31st, 1885, after a service of ten years. His funeral was attended by many dignitaries of the United Kingdom, the Queen and Royal family being represented. Park Lodge, No. 51G, will confer the Third Degree at their rooms, Turn Hall, No. 341 West Forty-seventh street, on Tuesday evening next, Dec. Ist. Brethren of sister lodges cordially invited to be present. Ezel Lodge, No. 732.—T0-morrow evening this lodge works the Third Degree. Brethren of sister lodges are fraternally invited to be present and join in the ceremonies of the evening. Thanks.—Comp. J. Leavitt Lambert will accept hearty thanks for a most acceptable contribution to our Thanksgiving collection. May he ever be blessed in basket and store. St. Cecile Lodge, No. 568, will hold a stated communication Tuesday, Dec. 1. Breth ren invited. In London there are more Catholics than in Rome, more Jews than in Palestine, more Scotchmen than in Edinburg, and more Irishmen than in Dublin. LABOR, EXCHANGE. Wanted, employment for a worthy and capable brother, who is well known to the fraternity. He i nece«-itnt<-d and deserving. Address this dike, in care of ‘-AI DeMAR.” William H. IleatlMjole, WATCHES. JEWELRY AN J MANKINDS. '.Tasonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 31 PARK ROW, WORLD BUILDING (OOP. 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B.—Goods sent to al! parts ol Hie United States, C. O- 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, st. $6, SB, $ JO, and up. Repair ng, an 1 up. Gold Filling, sl, and up. Clean ing and beautifying natural teeth, 5o cents, up. Open Sundays a.id evenings. Lady Dentist in attendance. rdf AR yTn D COMM ISSIO NER EtSSI THE STATES, Henry C. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS <t BANKS Kgs. 3 .JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House . Ko. 131 E& t 127th st., cor. - Lexington ave., NEW YORK CITY. MASONIC DIRECTORY. ” NEW YORK. ACACIA, No. 327, meets first and Third Tues days, Clinton Room, Mason.c Temple. Twenty-third street arid Sixtli avenue. Howtii Vail, M. William Bore el, Treas. Henry Rabbage, S. W. Frank A. Hovey, See. James Guest, J. W. ADELPHIC, No. 348.—The regular communi cations are held on the first and Tlwrd Tuesdays of each month, at 8 o’clock. P. M., m lonic Room; Masonic Tem ple. P. C. Benjamin, M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. R. 11. Foote, S. W. Wm. 11. Innet. Sec. AV. E. Marrenner. J. W. ALBION, No. 26, meets second and fourth Wodne days m each month, Done Room. Masonic Temple. John Stewart, M. kd. va-.d Tavlor, P. M., Treas. E. S. Cooper, S. W. ('. Van Keuren, M. D.. Sec. Jeff. E. Thum. J.W. ANCIENT, No. 724, meets second and fourth Thursdays ut each month in Tuscan Rooms, Masonic Temple. Edward S. Post, M. H. H. crane, Treas. Charles T. Dunwell, S. W. Clare W Kearnes, Sec. Rufus Smith, J. W. No. 232 East 33rd street. ARCTURUS, No. 274. -Regular communications of Arctic us Lodge are held at Miller s Hall, No, 202 E. 86rh si reet, S. E. cor. 3d avenue, on the first and third Tuesday ol each months. Wangler, M. Cli.ines liirz, Treas William Kurz, S. W. David T. Williams. Sec. Cha les> a.. Stevens, J. W. BUNTING, No. 655, meats first and third Mon days ot each month, corner 124th .-tieet and Third awn ie. i’a' lem. Harry C. Barney, M. Cyrus O. Hubbell, Treas., Thomas A. Jasper, S. W. Z. T Beus n. Sec., Fred Al. Kaudoli, J W. CHANCELLOR WALWORTH, No. 271, meets fin- and third Thursdays of earn mem th, Doric Room, Masonic Ha l, 23d street and Sixth aven ie. Wright D. P- • nail, M. Geo W Millar, Treas., Wm. M. Legg tt. s. w. F. W. Herring, Sec.. Andrew H. Kellogg, J. W. Nd. K4l Broadway, N. Y CHARITY, No. 72/, meets first and third Fri day > o cac i month, at their rooms. Boulevard and Wo.:t Seventy-fourth s'reet. Thoma. Baek, M. Charles E s- ina.m. 1 teas. H P. Niebuhr. S W. David Ta\ lor, sec., W. G. <>wens, J. W. lutli ave.. bet B°th and 100th sts. CITY, No, 408, meets second ;;nd fourth Mon days, lonic Room, Masonic Hal', Tw- nty-th rd street and Sixth avenue. Henry Muller. M. H. P Muller, Treas. A. A. Cauldwell. S. W, Alex. Mack. Sec. Geo. H. Pladwell, J. W OOPESTONE, No. 641, moots every second and fourth Wednesday, atß P. M., in the Corinthian Room, Masonic Temple. John H. Giant, M. Martin Kalb, ireas. William McFaul, S. W. H. T Gibson, Sec. William J. Mathews. J. W. CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth fhutsdays, at Grand Opera Hou/e. 23d street and Bth avenue, atBP. M. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, M. Geo. Stone, Leas. Frep. K. Van Court, S. W. Geo. F. Thornton. Sec. Timinas Bonner, J. W. L'IRIGO, No. 30, meets second and lourtii Mon day ol each month, at Koster and B .-iTs. Sixth avenue and 234 street. Aaron Morris, M. H. 11. Nestrock, Treas. Joi n A. Sampson, S. W. William R. Oidroyd, Sec. S. KlnnC. j. w. EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdays each month, Komer A-. Bial s Hall, No. fl7 M est Twenty third street. -Gustave Baum, M M. Laski, Treas. Myer Goodman, S.W. Leonard Leisersohn, Sec. A. 11. Fleischer. J, W. ENTERPRISE LODGE, No. 228, meets the first an i ’hir.l i ue-days of each month, (Iran i Opera L ouse, corner ot Eighth ave. and West ’ wenty thiid sc. Jo-eph Graham. Treas. C. G. Bunell, >r , M. John Foster, Sev, Jno. G. Hoffman, s. W. Res. (itis Tenth ave. Thos. Burkhard, J. W. GEORGE WASHINGTON, No. 285, m ets first, third and filth 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 Ttmpsou, Sec. W. P Kent. 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. Andre. - Sto . art, J W. GREEN WICH, No. 457, 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, ,T. W. HOPE. N<>. 244, meets first and third Tuesdays of each month, Tuscan Room, Masouic 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 Frommi:. J. W. HOWARD, No. 33, meets in the Doric Room, Masonic Temple, second and fourth Fr days. Geo. H. Fit'zwilson, M. Alfred B. Price, Treas. Chas. H. Heyzer. S. W. Horace Metcalf, t-ec. Chas. S. Ward, J. W. INDEPENDENT, Na. 185, meets first and third Monda s oi eacn month, at German Masonic Temple, East Fifteenth street. Arthur Flecknoe, M. William Hanna. Trias. Isaac S. Gilbert, S. W. George M. Johnson, Sec., John W. Hunt. J. W. Xo. 91 Bedford street. JOHN D. WILLARD, 2so. 250, meets first and third Wednesdays of each month. Grand O; era House, Eighth avenue and Twenty-third street. William M. White, M. William H. Hawks, Treas. Waldo H. Richardson,S.W. Thomas J. Drew, Sec., George A. Cole, J. W. No. 129 9th ave. Visiting brethren welcomed. KANE, No. 401.— ileguiar communications of K. i odge ate held on the first, third and filth Tues days in Austin Room. Masonic fem pie. Joseph J Littl . M. Chas. A. Whitney, Trea:,. Thos. E. Stewart S. W. H< nrj' W. Penoyar, Sec. Cornelius Wit* d< 11, J. W. METROPOLITAN, No. 273, meets second and fourth Thursdays ot each month, (except July and Au gu>t, Corinthian Room Mlasonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. Louis Stamper. M. Thos. Carter, Treas., A. W. Royal, S. W. J. B. Russell, Sec. Jarnos F. Hughes, J. W. No. 242 E. 25th st. MONiv- /MrJ-i, No. 68, meets in the Doric Room, Masonic Temple, every first aud 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. MGix.x, N-i. lUD, meets on me second and fourth fhursday evenings, at Livingston Room, Ma sonic Tempie. S. A. Harwood, M. John M.uiu.re, Treas. Joseph Abrams, S. W. Ezra B. Stockvis, Sec Robert Neeley, J. W. LU.ik.dfi Oi'' ANi'iQUITY, No. 11, meets the second and fourth Thursdays each month, Clinton Room v Masonic Hall, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Adolph C. Wolf. M. Francis \ ogei, Treas. Henry Steffens, S. W. Isaac .S'.mou -on. Sec., Wm. E- Bergmann, J. W. Room No. 63 Astor House. MARINER / , No. 7, meets first aud third Mon days each month, at German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fitieentu street. Robert J. Poynter, M. Jaco! Ewaid, Ireas. John W. Ferrier, S. W. A. Wiison, Sec Henry Ho ,d, J. W. MYNiIC TIE, No. 272- meets first, third and 1 filth Tuesd.'irs, at Eastern Star Hall, cor. Seventh street and Third avenue. James Wo.- terfield, M. James P. Snyder, Treas. Henry G. Edwards, S.W. George Smith, Sec.. William Lathers, J. W. No. 334 Second ave NAYaL, No. , moots on the Second and Fi ii i'i Wednesdays <■!’ "ach mor.lu ai Eigiit, P.M., ia Cl.n oil (.’■ om t.sii.l' -. Temple. Valll.ew HuTtr'c';. ITeas, Washington Mullin, M. Thos. J. -Kev's, .*3 rviary, John J. Bar, S. W. No. :-.i2 E. K th '-i Ja :.-Cfe Berry, J. W. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton room. Masonic Tejnple, 23d street and 6th avenue, second and fourth Fridays each month. James R. Canniff, M. J. L. Voorhees, Treaa. David Newmark, S. W, E. Percival, Sec., Hugh Hawthorn, J. <. f Res. 157 » 2d avenue. NEW YORK, No. 330, meets the first and third Wednesdays each month, Austin Room, Temple,Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. John Jav Griffin, M. Chas. D. Shepard. Treas. E. B. Valentine, S. W. E ; W. Bradley, Sec. Vai Kchneider, J. W.< PARK, No. 516, meets first and third Tuesday#, at Turn Hall, No. 341 West Forty-seven: b street. George W. Cregier, M. Charles Lehritter, Treas. Wm. W. Sevmour, 8 W J Horatio Sands. Sec. E. Wintwliottom, J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursdays, in the Doric Room, German Masonii Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. John B. Hunter. M. Louis Greonbaum, Treas. W. L. Darmstadt, S. W. Henry Willson, Sec. Edward Tucker, J. W. PIATT, No. 194, meets first and third Thurs. days of each month, Compo i e Rooms, Masonm Teny l>le, 23d street aud Sixth avenue. _ George McAlear. M. Smiths. Eaton, Treas. Allan Mason, S. W. Wm. J. Jessup, Sec., Chas. Emmett, J. W. Residence. No. 11 Norfolk s're tCi tv. PIONEER, No. 20, meets first, third and fifth Mondays, at Eastern Star Hall, Th; d avenue, corner of Sevent.ii street. John W Rowan, M. David W. Higgins, Treaa L. W Duessing. S.W. C. E. Duganne, Sec. T. F Rudolph, J.W. Res dence, No. 42Scnmmel street PRINCE OF ORANGE, No. 16, meets second and fourth Saturdays, in Doric Room. Masonic Temple* Wm. T. Wardwell. Treas. l.e.iis H Raymond. M. John F. Graham, Sec., James B. Taylor, S. W. No. 3.:8 Eighth st. Garr-tt Roa h. J. W. PRUDENCE, No. 632, meets second and fourth Fridays each month, German Mason c Temple, No 220 East l .th street. John H. Conway, M. Henry Bopn, Treas. Thomas Tipper, S. W. B. F. Corley, Sec. Isaac Br nncr. J. W. Republic, No. 690, meets first and third Fri days of each month. Doric Room. Temple, Twentv-third street and Sixth avenue, at 7:45 P. M. , „ B. C. Williams, M, B. Brown. Treas. George P. Molieson, S. W. J. W. Stoplord. Sec. Arc’ i aid George. J. W. ST. CECILE, No. 568, meets the first, third and fifth Tuesday afternoons each month, at. 1:3O P. M., at 'lu can Loom, Masonic Temple. Visitors are al way® welcome. Alla < Latham M. Hemy Tisslngton, Treas. J hv.4 H. Agan, S.W. I. O’Reilly, Sec. Michael Schlig, J. W. STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. meets second and fourth Tuesdays of ouch m-.nth, at No. 953 Third avenue, corner street. T „ „ Levi Gibb, M. James F. Bragg, Treas. S. 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 Tuesday- of each month, a, eight o'clock P. M., in Livingston Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue auu Twenty-third street Theo lore Reeves, Treaa Richard Kirby, M. Edgar Kirby, Sec. Wm. Madara, S. W. !• or. Dept. N. Y. P. O. Wm. Helms. J. W. TECUMSEH, No. 487, meets first and third Thursdays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue and Seventh street. Wm. Kemble Hall, M. James stone, Treaa Joseph Hoffman, S. W F. E. Davis, Sec., David E. Allen, J. W. No 2;)7 East 19th street TEMPLAR, No. 203, meets first, third, and fifth Fridays in each month. at ’No. 161 Eighth avenue, cor ner ofEigh’eenlh street. Geo. Ban lie id, Treaa Charges N. Jones, M. Janies S. Stitt, Sec. W. J. L. Maxwell, S.W. Tims Loughrey. Tyler. Geo. W Heimel, J. W. UNITED STATES, No. 207, meets in Clinton Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixtli avenue, fir-t and third Mondays. C. s. Howell, Treaa Jas. 0. Baldwin, M. John Salt. Sec.. 'Wm. F. WaUer, S. W. Res., 39 Harrison av., Miles VV. Goodyear, J, W. Brooklyn, E. D. VERITAS LODGE, No. 734, meets every second P. M. John W So l el. See. John C. Koopman, J. W. and fourth Tuesdays, at G and Opera House, 23d street : nd Bth avenue. Dennis Redmond, M. P. M. He ard Koch. Treas. Jas. N. Johnson, S. W. ZERUBJEtABEL, No. 329, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at Doric Rooms, Ger man Masonic l emple. No. 220 EaM; Fifteenth street. Nathan Greenbaum, Treaa Solomon Littenberg, M. Thos. Cod}’, Sec., Isaac Greenbaum, S. W. No. 25 Chambers st., city. Abraham Dennison, J. W CH A PTEIW. ADELPHIC, No. 158, meets 2d and 4th Wed nesdays ol each month, in Egyptian Room, Masooio Temple. p. Beniamin, H. P. J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. G. Larason, K. Wm. H. Innet, Sec., H. J. Emerson, Scribe. Res., 102 sixth avenue. AMERICUS CHAPTER, No. 215, meets the fourth Friday of ea-.i month, in the Egyptian Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty third street and Sixth avenue Larry G. Kimber, Treaa Oscar G. Ahlstrom, H. P. Anthony Yeomans, tec., Henry Kornahrens, K. New York Post-office. John H. Elinuss, S. COM3I\NI>EUIE3. ADELPHIC, No. 59 (mounted), meets in con« c ave second Thursday of each month, at. Masonic Tent pie, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wail .ce.Walker, C. J. W. Sanford. Treas. J. o’Neil. G. W. JI. Irnut. Rec. V Mott, 0. G. COLUMBIAN, No. 1, aes tables in conclave third Tuesday, each month M'asunic Temple, Twenty third street and Sixtli avenue. < liarl -s A. Benedict. 0. Alfred B. Price, Treaa Jo-epii E. Miller, G. Fr: d W Herring, Rec. < bar es H. Anderson, O. G. C(EUR DE LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave second and fourth Friday-, of ea h month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street, and Sixth avenue. He'.' yF. lierkner C. Edwin R. McCarty, Treaa John Byers, G. ■ h es W. Sy, Rec. To . B !'.ness, C. G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Fiiday each month. . uuk buiidin:;, Fourteenth street aad Lounli avenue. Jai' e- McGrath, E. C. Wm. D, Peckham Treas. John Gann , G. W i H. .. rnnield. i ec. H. S. anderson, C. G. PALESTINE, No. 13, assembles in conclave firstand third Mondays of each month, at the asylum, Masoutc Hail, 23d struct and S x<b, venue. James W. Bowden, 0. Wm. R. Carr, Treas., Wayne Litzenberg, G. C. S. ( h implia, Lee., Charles ii. Gdle.-pie, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH KITE. (Four Bodu-s > THE LODGE OF liERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Con. istor al Chamber. Masonic Temple, on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 P. M. diaries S. Ward, D M. Jo-eph B Eakins. M. N. Ponce de neon, Ti eas Geo. \V. Van Buskirk, S. W. Wm. S. Paterson, See. Geo. H. Fitzwilson, J. W. No. 455 Fourth avenue. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERUSA LEM OF NEW YORK ClTi' meets at Consistorial Cbambi r, Masoidc Temple, on tne third Saturday of tv rv mouth at 8 P. M. Steph. D. Affleck. D. M. Wm. J. Lawless, M. Ed vin Bouton. Treas. Ose -r G. Ahlstrom, S. W. Wm. S l alerson. Se?.. James M. Fuller, J. W. No. 435 Fourth e - « nn? THE CHAPTER OF BOSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Cons storial chamber. Masonic- Temple, oa the fourth Saturday o ei ety month, at 8 P. G o t; W. Millar, M. Seranus Bowen, Oratnr. Aloud B. Price, S. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Trea*. -Arthur B. 1 ownsend, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson Sec., No. 4 ; i- ou ih avenue. THE CONSIST .lil’ Ci*’ A V.v; YU;.ii CITY, S. P. R. 8., meets at Con -b tor la! c». i= >• er. Masonic Temple, when specially convem d. (. < lene.ohan, Com. Charles H. Heyzer, Ist. L. C. M : iar » Joseph M Leavv, Treas. V. m. D Garriscn, Al. StatK Wm. s. Paterson, Soc, No Eounh avenue. cor ■' ii/- a. s ar. x ADELPHIC COUNCIL,* No. 7, B. and S. M.— ’i he regular assemblies are held <>n the first Saturday of each month, in the Council diaim-er, Masonic Temple, Sixth ave. and 23d st. F. c. Ben, am in, 1 I M. John \V. coburn, Rte. Alex. Butts, D. >*. Royal E. lieane, Treaa. Fred, hunter. P. C. W. NOBLES OF LHO MYSTIC SHRINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its sessions at Masonic Temple, New York c’f'v on the east day of every Mohammed m month, o winch due notice will be given. Wa'.'er M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters. Chief Kabban. Philip C. Beniamin, As istaijt Rabban. Charles H. Hevz-er. Ihgh Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. Wm. S. Paterson, Grand Recorder. BROOKLYN. E-4EL, No. 733, in -ot- every first, third and fifth Mondays, in Adelphi Hail. Xo- 17 Adelphi street, corner' Myrtle avenue, Brooklyn at BP. M. Geo. W. J owell, Treas. He. hbertT. Ketcham M. K. Ferrotr, Bee., Hoary A. Taylvr, 8. U . No. o « No,.rand ae. A. P. Higgins, J. W. COMMANDLRLES. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in assem* bly on the second, fourth, t;nd 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 Waterbo ise, Rec. Geo B. Claflin, C. G. bT. ELMO, No. 57, assembles in stated con cave first and tbitu Wednesday;- ot each month, at Ma-onic Hall, corner Manhattan and Meserole avenues, E. D Chartes E. Stockford, O. Henry A. Heuschkel, Treas. Ya'euUne Hammann, G. James H. Whitehorne. Rec. Jas. L. Drummond, C. G. ANCIENT A. -JEiTED SCOTTISH KITE. AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFECTION, Aiicienc Ac.epted scotti-m R.te, Valley of Brooklyn. Regularcnmmun'catio'is a :- held < n ‘.lit* second Wednes day ol each month at Nos -Sand ?♦ Couit street. Wayland Trask, T. P., G. M., JohnW Richardson, Deputy. Edwin Gates. Treas. E. D. W riil urn. 8. W. G. H. Koeneeke, Sec., Mark Mayer, J. W. No. 492 Dean street. Hope is the most lustrous gem in life’s store of jewels. It shines through the gloom of horror, 1 ghts up the night of woe, sheds glory over the miseries of toil. Sor row loses its sting, the unknown its ter ror, even sin its power, when God, pitying our helplessness, snts in the skies of the future this light o f hope. Without it the evils of life would overwhelm uh, and good things of the world would seem worthless. It is the food of love, man’s holiest virtue. It links the pres ent ;oys of feeling with the \isions of future frui tion. Ever flying from us. yet ever within our sight, it lures irom the finite into the infinite. For, when the whirl oi life is over, when this world’s joys no longer tempt us, nor its perils terrify us*, Hope turns our eyes to the sphere wherein the soul will find its true delight. Nor do we know even then Hope’s work is over. For, with the higher ends wo pursue, with the deeper wisdom w r e know, it wings its flight through eternity. So mysterious, so limitless is this wondrous gift of hope.— London Freema* son's Ohronicle. What it Teach r is.—Our Masonry teaches a meek and quiet spirit; charily for all unenlightened brethren ; a modest seeking to overcome, it may be, honest error ; an exempli fication in our own walk and conversation of that friendship, love and truth, so beautifully taught in our rituals : an earnest, hearty, con tinued effort, without ostentation, to benefit the human race; a looking after and alleviating distress ; a thoughts J care of orphan children ; a diligence in our respective call nge ; a liberal benevolence ; all these go to make up an unsel fish, true,’and beautiful Viasonic character. Let us emulate that pattern, so conspicuous in Masonry, whose virtuous conduct, unfeigned pietv and inflexible fidelity to his trusts, made his life-work not only a blessing to those by whom he was surrounded 4 bur a guide lor us and countless generations yet io come.— ii, M. Manson, 'No Man Liveth to Himself. —Ma- sonry seeks to bring together men of every political faith and of every religious creed, win- • ning them from their isolation, their selfishness and their sms, and learning them in work for | tiie general good. It emphasfizes the statement ' of an apostle. “No man liveth to himself,’’ and calls its members to be helpers of each other—helpers of all men—animated and filled l»y that charity which suffereth long and ia kind ; that charity which never failetb, well de clared to be the fulfillment of the law,— JK 3