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IH. W. JOHN W. SIMONS, P. G. M., Editor.
Advertisements for the Masonic De partment, to secure their insertion, must be •sent in by TWO O’CLOCK. P. M., Friday. FRAUDS. There seems to be a perpetual crop of indi viduals seeking to defraud the lodges and ■brethren in the name of charity, by persons ■who ought to be in prison. Most of them are Masons under discipline, and who have no pos sible right to the charitable gifts of the fraterni ty. We are asked almost every week to pub lish their names and thus warn the craft against them, but it will be found, on reflection, that this would be no defence, because nothing is easier than for one of these beats who finds himself denounced as Thomas Hamilton or George Baker, to change his name and become Peter Brown or Annanias Smith. Beside this, tlio Dispatch, being a secular journal, is liable to be sued tor slander by any tramp who can get a shyster to take the case on shares, hence while there would be little difficulty in making a defence, there would be the expense of coun sel and court fees, which the Dispatch does not wish to incur. For these reasons, we cannot publish the notices sent us ; but at the same time we refer the brethren to the fact that the true way to shut off these beats is to refer their cases to the Board of Relief, and furnish that body with sufficient funds to meet such worthy cases as may be presented, and depend upon its knowledge and records to defeat the people who have no legitimate claim upon the frater nity. Nine times out of ten, when a lodge gives to a stranger, it makes a mistake and gives when it ought not to; while, on the other hand, if it gave a reasonable sum annually to the Board of Relief, it could refer all applicants to that body and thus save itself from the mistake of giving to the unworthy, who defraud those having a legitimate claim upon our bounty and benevo lence. One half of the giving at lodge doors is absolute waste, and not only that, but a wrong to the really worthy, and while no one can wish to ehut our gates against the really distressed, we should endeavor to give the preference to those who come honestly entitled to kind and fraternal consideration. ■- Take, then, brethren, the advice of one who has had many years of experience, and confide your giving, out of your immediate Masonic family, to the boards of relief, who make a specialty of knowing to whom they give, and make it possi ble .’or them to attend to their self-imposed duty By strengthening their bands with reasonable donat ons to their funds. They will then warn the lodges of impostors, and make it easily pos sible for them to avoid being defrauded of the money that should go to the distressed having a proper claim to bo assisted. THE HALL AND ASYLUM FUND. We learn with great pleasure that the effort of Grand Master Lawrence to extinguish the debt upon our Temple is meeting with unexpected responses from the brethren of the jurisdiction. As one of the laborers in this work, we have given the best efforts oi a lifetime, and wo hail the work of M. W. Bro. Lawrence not only for itself, but as the crowning of our own labor. Stand up, brethren, and let our respected Grand Master find in you the natural assistants of his desire—not for himself, but for you; and when at- last the designs upon the trestle-board are turned into realities and the end has been reached, you will know that out of it will come a blessing to the widow and orphan, and to you the benediction of the All-Father to those who earnestly strive to do his work. ft is hardly to be supposed that tho whole amount can be raised, however earnestly we may strive, but we may contribute, without much stress, so much as may cover the floating debt, and trust to a refunding to enable us to reach the balance. We shall probably not be here to see the end, but we most earnestly and fraternally urge that no effort be spared to aid our chief in his de signs. _ IN REMEMBRANCE. We are called to announce tho death of an old and much-beloved friend, the R. W. Bro. Charles Ferdinand Bauer, who passed away at the age of eighty-one years, December 26th last past, and whose remains were escorted to their last resting place on the 29th oj the same month. The funeral services were held at Zion Church., and the Sanger Bund, of which be was an honorary member, assisted in tho solemn ceremony, including an impressive address by the pastor, reviewing his life in the Cid and New Worlds. At Greenwood Cemetery the Masonic services wore conducted by W. Bro. Otto Heinze, of Pythagoras Lodge, No. 86, and the D. D. G. M. of the German District, R. W. Bro. Intermam, in the presence of many personal friends of the departed, and were most impressive and affect ng. R. W. Bro. Bauer was born May 11th, 1804, in the Bavarian town of Gerolzbo'er, but while still young removed with his parents to the city of Frankfort on the Maine, where he entered into commercial business ; but, in consequence of his participation in revolutionary proceed ings in 1833 and 1831, he was obliged to leave Germany and take refuge in France. He re mained in Paris but a short time when he went to Rouen, in which latter city he received the decrees of symbolic Masonry. Leaving France, he came to New York, and in February, 1840, was affiliated in L’Union Fran caise Lodge, No. 17, and in the early part of 1841 became a member of Pythagoras Lodge, No. 86, in which lodge he held several offices, and was eight times elected its Master. When the German District was erected by the Grand Lodge of New York, Bro. Bauer was named the first District Deputy, and continued in office for eight years with such acceptability that on his retirement his brethren presented him with such an honorarim as seldom falls to the lot of ordinary mortals. Bro. Bauer was honorary member of four teen Masonic lodges in Europe and America, and kept a record Of all his visits to them. It would be a matter of interest if a copy of it could be published. Jan. 25, 1863, Pythagoras Lodge, No. 86, cel ebrated the 25th anniversary of hia initiation by a Festival lodge, when Bro. Bauer received a kindly tribute from the German and French lodges for his merits as a Mason. He was representative of the National Grand Lodge of the “ Three Globes,” at Berlin, and the Grand Lodge “ Zur Emtracht,” at Darm stadt, near the Grand Lodge of New York, and activo in his devotion to the craft until death summoned him to the silent land. In his latter days tho infirmities of old age prevented him from leaving his home, but the brethren ministered unto him, and endeavored to make the last hours as pleasant as might bo with tho devoirs of love and fraternal attach ment. An aged widow, children and grandchildren survive hijn, and unnumbered friends and brethren sympathize with them in their loss, and add to their prayers that his lofig and use ful life may be continued in the efforts of the brethren to imitate his constancy and truth. We respectfully join with them, and shall en deavor to keep his memory as of one who, though at rest, had earnestly filled the duties assigned him, and merited the Divino approval of “ Well done.” C. E 8. WELL DONE. M. E. Comp. Archibald J. Wark, Past Grand High Priest of New Jersey, has been for some time confined to his house with serious illness. In sympathy with his sufferings the companions oi his chapter adopted a series of resolutions, had them handsomely engrossed and on Christ mas morning presented them to him at his resi dence, emphasizing the ceremony with a pack age of double eagles. This is very well, and while congratulating the brethren on their kind ly deed, we trust that the recipient may soon bo restored io health. Empire Chapter, No. 170, will con vene next Thursday, 14th inst., in full form. Serious and earnest work is before tho chapter, and every member is expected to report in per son “ready ” for duty. Several distinguished Royal Arch Masons have been invited, and wiil lend lustre to the occasion by their presence. Empire will again sail on the high sea of pros perity, and carry its motto, “ Excelsior,” to tho fore. It behooves every companion to attend and man the guns. Companions, Ready | COMMANDERY NEWS. CbTnmunder.s, Recorders, or Sir Knights are requested to send their items for publication direct to the Y. Dispatch Offi.ce, indorsed: "Commandery News” Aldemar. i UTILITY. The time is fast approaching when the trien nial session of the Grand Encampment of the United States will assemble in the city of St. Louie, Mo., for the twenty-third time in its his tory. 1 In looking back over tho pages of this august ’ body of chivalry, which it has made in tho in terests of the Order of Knights Templar during this long period of time, we are surprised that so much of real good work has been accomplished, ; and still more surprised that' if all tho ills al -1 leged against that body for wrong-doing that it exists at all. Perhaps in the columns of this journal wo have said many sharp things con cerning the utility of the Grand Encampment, and may have in our zeal gone further and advocated dissolution, secession or disintegra tion when some particular measure was either neglected, omitted or partially acted upon which we thought should have been fairly met • and determined. Time worketh a wondrous change in senti ment, thought and reflection, and wo have come to the conclusion that the Grand Encamp ment, or rather the benefits derived from it as the head of the order in the United States, is of the character that a once-popular preacher said of his flock, viz. : “So stately, proud, stern, unflinching and uncompromising a sot of men does not exist anywhere upon this globe, and as such their influence permeates every family and creates emulation in every breast to maintain dignity and law.” We know that many opinions prevail. Some think it an expensive luxury, and that it would bo better to abolish it altogether, leaving the State Grand bodies with absolute powers. Thera are others who openly assert that it is only a machine to grind out triennially a cer tain number of fogies with huge titles and empty honors. Again, others think, as we have sometimes expressed it, it should not be a legislative body, but one of appellate powers only. Perhaps tho idea .as embraced in the proposition of “ its being the appellate power” does not really go far enough, for the right to legislate implies the right to change, and the right to change tho right to destroy the original and set up in its place something that is not only new, but really ridiculous in every sense of the word ; therefore, that this has not been done demonstrates the conservatism of the Grand Encampment; and we may safely say that when we come to consider that sixty-nine years have elapsed since the national body be gan its career, that it has been really the saving clause of the existence of the Order of Knights Templar in its present intelligent forms. Sir Knights, lot us go to St. Louis, and add ono more plank to tho good old ship, and call it JuxcGlsior,” ST. OMER, No. 19. This old and staid body of chivalry, stationed at Elmira, N. Y., unloosed its purse-strings, and became bold enough to assert its preroga tive in the matter of spending its money, just as it may choose without let or hindrance by any one or from any source whatever. On Friday evening, December 25, 1885, at a reception given to its many friends and mem bers, the outcropping of the foregoing expendi ture assumed a happy termination in bringing to the block the old war-horse of Southern Tier, and making him own up that silver was not the thing to carry about in his coat appendages. An elegant gold tobacco box, three by five inches in size, and made to hold one pound of honey dew, was presented to E. Sir John D. Williams, P. C., by the fraters of St. Omer. On the upper left hand corner of the box is en graved the badge of the corps, while on the lower right hand corner is imprinted by chisel the “ Cross of Rose Croix,” with a double eagle surmounting it, with a pennant flying from the beaks, containing the motto : ‘•Dies Faustus, Deus Vobiscum.” Above tho inscription is engraved a “ Crown and Cross ” of the modern pattern. The box was enclosed in a beautiful case of rosewood, lined with satin. To complete the tableaux, he had to be caned by the “ gang ” with a marvel lous piece of wood, grown somewhere in the world, which was highly polished and mounted with a massive gold head, bearing the same in scription as the box. John D. has, ever since he was born into Masonry, Chivalry in particu lar, borne a good character, and has been es teemed accordingly, and the Knights of St. Omer simply honored themselves when they honored him by those gifts. E. Sir John B. Stanchfield, the Commander, ever alert on such occasions, surprised the gal lant warrior completely, and in one of those neat and eloquent speeches for which he is so famous, brought the house down, and Sir John, withit -for the latter tried to say something but being overcome stammered : There were Williams aud Stanchfield, so quiet and still. They seemed like two mice way under a hill. Let us take an observation through the bottom of a glass, Of course they did through a field glass. PALESTINE, No. 18. Perhaps there is no social event that is looked forward to with so much of anxiety as the an nual reception given by this Commandery. The belles and their consorts are upon the tip-toe and watching with nervous calculation each change in the atmosphere as the day approach es, in order to provide for any contingency that may possibly arise, whereby the attire of fashion might not be entangled with unbecoming disa greeableness. The papa’s and mama’s are equally interested in everything pertaining to this ball, while tho rank and file of Templar Knighthood are found involuntarily, so to speak, burnishing and brushing up the trap pings so that they may present the bright side of their pictures to an admiring audience. The opening ceremonies are to be upon a new and novel plan. While the selected six of thir teen commanderies will do duty as the reception corps to the distinguished and un distinguished of the jurisdiction, the Drill Corps of Palestine propose to lay down their swords while marching and leave behind them “Palestine, 18,” in unmistakable figures, for the vast audience of tho boxes to view and ap plaud. The several committees, watchers and managers have mapped out their labors, and from a cursory glance of the elaborate pro gramme, it is evident the details are recherche in every particular. Of course, the Press Room,” under the management of Sir James A. Rich, will be a boudoir of refinement, aud tho Shim-Shi’s of tho city will duly chronicle the popping and dancing, the popping and promenade, the pop ping and menu. Choice seats, as noticed in an advertisement in another column, can still be had by an early application to Sirs Brockway and Carr. In fact, from any member of the commandcry a person may easily be satisfied as to seats, if they so desire, ifowever, no tickets can be ' purchased from speculators upon the streets. PERSONAL.’ SirFbank H.VicK.of Jlonroo,No.l2, Rochester, N.Y., always with an eye open to the courtesies of iho season, more especially to those of friends, did not forget the Dispatch. The handsome bound volumes of the “Floral Magazine,” from the press of the great seed establishment under his fostering care, lies upon our table, and it we any knowledge of the art of printing, we simply say that the work reflects credit to the head and heart of all engaged in its production. The book shall be placed in our archives, after we read it carefully, as ono of tho brightest and purest gems upon its shelves, and at least once in each year, if notoftenor.we shall “speak well” of thee, dear Frank, in our own way. God bless thee 1 If our readers would but send to Roches ter and get “Vick’s Illustrated Monthly Maga zine,” we have no doubt the receipt of the book would make the sitting-room of each house into which it entered happier and wiser than before, for nothing adds more to the charm of a house hold than a good book and pretty salutations therein. “Grand Commandery Proceedings fob 1885” are upon our table by the courtesy of E. Sir Robert Maeoy, Grand Recorder. The usual care and artistic style are presented in the com pilation, and, upon tho whole, due credit to the Grand Recorder is reflected tor his labor. Thanks. NEW YORK DISPATCH, JANUARY 10, 1886. BETWEEN OLD FRIENDS. ROB. MORRIS TO JOHN W. SIMONS. The Old Kentucky Home, LaGrange, Ky. A NEW YEARS GREETING FOR 1886. My Dear John:—l have just read your New Years Greeting and am deeply impressed by your words. You say that you have nearly reached the period when you must join with the generation going forward to the unknown, and you add with a noble confidence in Him who rules the domains of the future, “ that the final summons will be welcomed.” For one I accept “ the best wishes of an old man soon to pass to the thither shore.” For I think but few of the living know you as well as I do, and I can testify to the extent and the value of your Masonic labors. I heard you block out the purposes of your life more than thirty years ago. We were comparatively young then, or at least the period had not arrived when “the grasshopper is a burden; the almond tree flourishing, desire failing, they that look out at the windows darkened, the grinders few, the clouds returning after the rain.” None oi these lamentable signs of old age were appar ent in 1853 as we jested, and planned, and told each other what we purposed to do in the great world of Freemasonry that seemed to need men to prepare its history, its poetry, its jurispru dence, its belles-lettres. How hard we have worked to accomplish the designs marked upon our trestle-boards, we may appeal to the book shelves, the magazines, the newspapers and the memories of the few old Masons abiding, to show. Never men worked harder to benefit a great cause, and I may add, never were men more poorly paid. Your correspondent G. W. Bunker (is not Bungary meant 1) expresses in poetical form the true sentiment oi the New Year. I quote one verse: ‘•The Spring returns with verdure and with flowers, To clothe the earth when past the Wintry hours; But life's springtide to us returns no more, Nor cr.u Eternity the parting year restore.” Beautiful as these lines are, and affecting as the sentiments are, yet how trite all such wisdom is ! It occurs to us all as the years roll on and wo pause a moment to consider it and then looking forward wo drop the past with all its sorrows, with all its dead hopes, with all its unfulfilled expectations, with all that might have been but was not, and all that was and ought not to have been. Twenty-seven years ago, at this anniversary, I composed some lines to the same theme and sent them to that noble jl .son 1 hilip O. Tucker, then Grand Master of Vermont. You became acquainted with him in 1856, and in the years since 1856, you have not met a nobler exemplar of Freemasonry than Tucker. There were giants in those days and he was one. But hero are the versos:. Shall wo see it, loving brothers, Ere another New Year’s day ? Shall we join those loving others, When the past year tore away ! Shall wo change this toil and drudge, For tho bright celestial lodge, a. C. L. A. W, T, S. A, O, T, U. P.? Shall we drink th-;t last libation ? Take that last and best degree. Whose cons urn mate preparation Is to set the spirit free ? Lay our bodies off, that then Souls unburdened may go in, T. C. L. A. W. T. S. A. O. T. U. P.? Shall wo find beyond tho river, O er the sunset, o'er the tomb, Those who left us, not forever. Left us till wo too should come? Shall we learn tho long-lost word That admits a man to God, T. C. L. A. W. T. S. A. O. T. U. P.? Then be zealous, loving brothers. While your lives so swiftly tend; Emulate those faithful others In tho honors they have gained; In the mansions o’er the shore, Happy, biest, forevermore, T. C. L. A. W. T. S. A. O. T. U. P.? Tori—your wages rich and ready; Bea? —your burden all will cease; Give— however poor and needy; Pray— that God may give release, From this bitter toil and drudge. To the bright celestial lodge, T. C. L. A. W. T. S. A. O. T. U. P.? (These initials need present no difficulty to the reader. Read them, “ The Celestial Lodge Above, Where The Supreme Architect Of Tho Universe Presides.”) Well, here’s to the New Year, 1886. May all the good of 1885 be perpetuated, and all the evil forgotten. May sou's got stronger as bodies grow toeafcer. May friends grow fonder as friends become fewer. And may the tie that has united you and me so pleasantly for so inSny years never be loosened here or hereafter. ECHOES FROM THE ELECTION. St. Cecile Lodge, No. 568.—Th0 election was harmonious and full of good humor, and from the well known ability of those elected and ap pointed to fill tho role of the official character vouchsafed to it a continued prosperity and prominence. Bro. A. C. Perpignan Jr., accepted the role of Senior Deacon, and on the aiternoon of tho 29th ult., entered upon his duties in the Second De gree, aud creditably delivered the Middle Chamber work. St. Cecile has made a name of marked superi ority lor its correctness in the ritualistic work, and for the pleasant moments of culture in the recitations, music, etc., given in the interlude of the sections when at work in degree labor, by the best oi delineators in the school of mimicry. May she ever continue to speak her piece until the setting ot the sun. Illustrious Nobles. —Mecca Temple outdid itself on Tuesday evening, within their Moselem Temple. The election unanimous, tantamount to harmonious being concluded in twenty minutes, the installation was began by Noble Charles T. McClenachan, in a a serio-comic style, and to complete the fun a verse was s ing by Tony Pastor, tenor, aided by a vast chorus of Cherifa of the Sands—bs each officer was di rected to take hie place among the defeated candidates. Tho music was marvelous, “ Auld Lang Syne,” “He's a Jolly Good Fellow,” “ The Campbell’s Are Coming,” “ Coming Thro’ the Rye,” “ John Brown’s Body,” “ Down in the Coal Mine,” “ Old Dog Tray,’ “ Babies on Our Block,” “ He is an English man,” etc., were tho airs pitched, while the choruses were lull and made the welkin ring throughout the building, great in force and pathos. $4,000 were the receipts and expendi tures during the receding year SI,BOO of which was for charity. The usual banquet followed, and the Arabs of the Desert went to their fakins well sallsfled with the achievements of the harems. JAMES E. KERRIGAN. This brother was carried to his final resting place last Sunday by Putnam Lodge, No. 338. A large humber of brethren and ladies were present. 11. W. John Stuart, D. D. G. M., Wm. J. McDonald, James McGrath, of Concord; Blackburn, of Naphthali; Sailer and Barnes, of No. 62; Baldwin, of Pyramid; Davis, of Teccm sehj and many others were here and there in the audience. The ceremony took place in the Commandery Room. W. Bro. Judge presided, and W. Bro. Hibbs read the Masonic service in his usual impressive and eloquent way. The Manhattan Lodge Quartette sang beauti fully. W. Bros. Long, Russell, the Vail brothers and all sang very finely. The ceremony through out was very impressive. To the young and stricken widow we extend our sympathy, and may the Lord of Hosts pro tect and console her. Although at such times words seem idle and cold, yet she knows how well beloved was her departed dear one by all bis brethren; and may they, too, be moved to help, aid and assist her in her great grief and bereavement. Independent Lodge, No. 185.—This lodge opened the new year in a very appropri ate manner on Monday last, the 4th inst., by conferring the First Degree, under the direc tion of the newly-elected corps of officers. Notwithstanding the severe storm which was raging at tho time, there was a goodly attend ance oi the members and visiting brethren. The work was done iu a creditable manner, showing that, although some of the officers are nc-w in the harness, yet they are thoroughly posted in regard to their duties. The ufifual social hour was passed at Bro. Vooth’s, after the lo r lge closed. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS TOGETHER. Brother George Spencer, of Progressive Lodge, Brooklyn, opened his spacious parlors on the 28th ult. and received the faces of five generations who had come to congratulate him and his good wife in a silver wedding. The old lady ot eighty-six, and the babe of two years mingled their joys together,-and sighed and sobbed their sorrows in the bygones of the past and the uncertain days of the future. There was the old man, the middle-aged, and the youth crowding and jostling beyond all concep tion, little dreaming that •• Timo is fleeting, though our hearts be brave, Yet, like tho muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave.” The nuptial ceremony repeated in the life of peace and gratitude of this plain but honest pair, was a spectacle of delight, and led the way to the stomach, the home oi the modern idea of hope and realization. Costly, rich, and rare presents were deposited upon the sideboard by generous hands, but the most appreciative of all was the heirlooms of 150 years ago, in the form of a rush-bottomed chair, studded by frame and feet of birdseye maple, mounted upon the lion’s paw of the tribe ot Judah; then the old silver spoon, whose bowl was soldered to the handle thereof, and hammered upon the smith’s anvil until its shape was made to an swer the purpose of a table spoon. Who to-day can tell the history that surround these mementoes of the past? Who and what were the kind of men that made these articles, and what peculiar association is woven about the origin of these simple goods? A volume perhaps would not suffice to speak of their value or of the importance in moulding and fixing tho characters of those through which they were to pass and inherit. Among the guests we noticed W. Bro. Wm. Freeman, of Mechanics Lodge, in addition to Mr. and Mrs. E. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson, and Mr. and Mrs. Houseman, and Mrs. Mary Thompson; Mr. George Spencer, Jr., and Miss Ida Spencer; Miss Desteere, F. Wag ner, Miss M. Freeman, Mr. and Mrs. P. Stark, Mr. and Mrs. S. Welch, S. G. Reybert, Mr. and Mrs. J. \Y. Ord, Mr. and Mrs. Van Honk and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. G. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Thompson, Mr. T. Flutist and lady, Miss Haffilfinger, Mr. P. Raymond, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Kohler, .Mr. and Mrs. J. Gunning, Mr. aud Mrs. R. Bradford, Mr. J. Ryder, Mr. J. B. Hendrickson, Hr. W. Hix, Mr. and Mrs. George Grovestein, Mrs. Geo. A. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. I. l ost, Mr. F. Merkle, Mr. Holmes, J. Tiebout, Jr., VV. fiebout, Mr. and Mrs. Maguire, and W. Pettit. The good things of the land in great profusion graced the tables and to which each person bent their best energy to wipe away a* fallen tear, but our host aud hostess equal to the emergency, filled up the vacant dishes with such rapidity that the effort to reach the parlor to participate in the dance was quite as acceler ating. > QUESTIONS—THOUGHTS—IDEAS. Mrs. L. Clark,—You must see personally or by deputy the Grand Secretary, at "his office, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue where you will find the information you want. W’e should be glad to take the trouble for you, had we time. G. W. H.—The poem or acrostic you send us is p.bout one hundred years old and wo cannot spare the space for its reproduction. Charles M.—We respectfully refer you to Mackey’s Encyclopedia and other works of a similar character! or a reply to your queries, for which we have not a sufficient place. Your questions involve such a space as would require our whole issue to answer. C. G.—Can a man who has been accepted as a Mason, and who signs the constitution of a lodge but does not take any degree, recover his initia tion lee ? It so, to whom does he make applica tion ? Answer.— You evidently do not know any thing about Masonic proceedings, because a lodge has no constitution, but only by-laws, nor is a man permitted to sign the by-laws until he receives the Third Degr<?9, What you want to know is whether an applicant, having been ac cepted and neglecting to receive the degrees, can recover bis money, which is not the initiation but the proposition fee. He cannot, unless the lodge choose to give it to him; because being supposed to have applied in good faith, and his application having boon received, it remains bis option to come forward or forfeit the application fee. PERSONAL. Albert G. Goodall.—We are gratified to announce the safe arrival at homo of 111. Bro. Albert G. Goodall, of the American Bank Note Company, after a journey of fifteen thousand miles, hale, hearty and sufficiently sunburned. We feel certain that the brethren whose faithful servant be is, will unite with us in congratula tions upon his return. Caj,vt?’ 8. Stowell has our congratulations upon his appointment to bo Postmaster of Olean. He is a brother of our Frank, and, like him, has long been an ardent workman in Quarry, Hill and Temple. We heartily wish him a successful administration. It is not to be expected of Masonry that it can change the conditions of human na ture, and divest the heart wholly of its evil pas sions and tendencies; but what it can and ought to do i« to so cultivate the higher at tributes and better instincts of our nature, that we may learn to be tolerant of each other’s opin ions, forbearing of each other’s faults, forgiving of each other’s wrongs, and, above all things, to practice the great Masonic virtue of charity. Of all institutions, human or divine, Masonry is the most tolerant of freedom of opinion in all matters not- involving articles of fundamental faith and practice. In religion we exact only a belief in Deity —in politics, only allegiance and loyalty to the government. In all other matters, absolute freedom to think and"act as one’s own judgment and convictions may dictate. It is this peculiar feature that has impressed upon Ma sonry its distinct character ot universality, and given it its foremost place among all the institu tions, orders and associations that have ever been devised for the promotion of true fellow ship among men, and it is exactly in proportion to the degree with which the vital principle is recognized and en'orced m the practical work ing of Masonry, that it commends itself to the* admiration of all generous and liberal-minded men, and to the support of its most intelligent votaries. Doing Well on Staten Island.— The largest meeting of the Masonic fraternity ever held on Staten Island took place on Tues day night in Tompkins Lodge, No. 471. Grand Master Prank R. Lawrence, of the Grand Lodge of the State, with bis staff, visited the brethren of Richmond County to further the subscription fund to extinguish the debt on the Masonic Temple in New York, so that the revenue from that building could be used for the maintenance of the Masonic Asylum. Spec.al trains and special boats were run by order ot Erastus Wi man, of Beacon Light Lodge, No. 701. Installation. —The newly elected offi cers of Veritas Lodge, No. 734, will be installed at their next communication. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at their rooms in the Grand Opera House, Twenty-third street and Eighth avenue. W. B. Koch, wh© has again been chosen to preside in the East, extends a cordial invitation to bis nu merous friends in the fraternity to be present on this occasion, and, judging from our past ex perience, we can assure those who visit this en terprising lodge a right royal welcome. Standard Chapter, No. 252, will work the Past and M. E. Degrees on next Saturday evening, 16th inst. M. E. High Priest James P. Clark will welcome all Royal Arch Masons. The work will bo well done by experienced officers, and after the work -symposium in full and am ple form. Full in Latin means up to the mark and ample in ancient Greek stands for early that is, early hour at home. Radiant Lodge, No. 739.—At the re cent meeting of this lodge the Master, W. Philip Herrlich, conferred the initiatory de gree on his son and was assisted by several distinguished brethren. At the next communi cation on the 16th inst., the First Degree will be conferred and visiting brethren are cordially welcomed. Order of High Priesthood. E. James E. Morrison, Grand High Priest ■■ the Grand R. A. Chapter of this State, will, on Sat urday evening, the 16th inst., at 8 o'clock, con fer the Order of High Priest on those entitled to receive it at the Masonic Temple in this city. A full attendance of members of tho order is ex pected. Address. —Wo are indebted to Bro. Thomas A. Doyle, the chronic of Provi dence, for a copy of his eighteenth annual ad dress. It is an able and exhaustive exposition of the interests committed to hia charge, and is in itself a sufficient reason for his continued re tention in office. Long may he wave 1 Corinthian Xodge, No. 488.--The First Degree will be worked in this lodge on Thursday evening next in the Grand Opera House, Eighth avenue and Twenty-third street. All brethren are fraternally invited to be pres ent. Aurora Grata Lodge of Perfection, Brooklyn, will meet on the 13th inst. and confer the Fourteenth Degree in full form, assisted by several distinguished brethren. Brethren of the rite are cordially invited to be present. Euclid Lodge, No. 656, will confer the Third Degree, as well as receive the official visitation of F. E. Benson, D. D. G. M., on Wednesday, 13th inst. AU are cordially in vited. The installation of the officers of Manhattan Lodge, No. 62, will take place on Friday evening, January 15th. AU orethren are cordially invited. Emanuel Lodge, No. 654.—0 n Thurs day evening, the 14th ult., this lodge works the First Degree. Brethren are cordially invited. Life is a book of which we have but ono edition. Let each day’s actions, as they add their pages to the indestructible volume, be such as we shall be willing to have the as sembled world read. FREEMASONRY. The earliest lesson in Freemasonry is one of charity and toleration, and no individual tor por or demerit can long withstand the benefi cial influence of the rules of Freemasonry. It may then be safely asserted that the whole sys tem of Freemasonry is calculated and designed to inculcate and enforce the sentiments and practice of a brotherhood or fraternity. Masons are “Free and Accepted.” Free alike in the technical sense, and free also in the utmost liberality of thought and action. Free masonry requires a perfect freedom of inclina tion in every candidate tor its mysteries. It is of his own free will and accord that ho comes forward to join its ranks, and it is of his own free will that he takes upon himself the obliga tions and duties of a member of the craft. Many speculations have been indulged in as, to the why and wherefore of the terms “ free” and “ accepted.” The word “ free,” in connec tion with operative Masons, originally signified that the person so called was free of the guild or company of Masons—that is, in full member ship, and entitled to all the privileges of the soc ety, the right to do the highest class of work and to receive the highest wages. The operative Masons who were not free of the guild were not permitted to work with those who were. This distinction still exists in many parts of Europe. The term was perhaps first used in the tenth century, when the traveling Freemasons were incorporated by the Roman Pontiff. “Accepted” is equivalent to initiated. It alludes to the acceptance by the operatives of those who were not previously members of the guild or company. One writer asserts that Masons were declared “ free ” by King Solomon and termed “accepted” by Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Monarchy, the Conqueror of Babylon, through whose in strumentality the Jews were delivered from captivity and allowed to return to Jerusalem. Also, that they were invested with the privileges of bearing arms and freedom from taxation by Darius, the Mede, and Artaxerxes, the son of Xerxes. Our Masonic tradition is that after the build ing of King Solomon’s Temple, the initiated were declared “free” and exempted from all imposts, duties and taxes for them and their de scendants ; lor, as the reinnant of the Canaan ites employed as laborers and bearers of bur dens were associated with the free-born at the erection of this edifice, a distinguishing appella tion became necessary to prevent contusion, as well as peculiar privileges to excite emulation. This appellation 'was “accepted,” and the priv ileges were a perfect immunity from all contri butions to the service of the State. A similar plan was pursued by Zerubbabel at the build ing of the Second Temple, when Freemasonry was revived after the captivity in Babylon. These occurrences affixed to Masons the honor able and permanent designation of “ free and accepted?’ Lastly, the members of this fraternity are “Masons,” anciently and originally, beyond a doubt, operative mechanics, stone masons, who carried on their handicraft by manual labor and with the act .al tools and implements of their calling. Moderalj’ they are speculative Ma sons, who apply these tools as symbols of great moral truths, and who have extended the sys tem to embrace all science and art, and who have laid under contribution all operative terms as symbolical of greater realities to form a com prehensive plan of the highest morality. The word “Mason” has many fanciful deriva tions, such as the Persian “Magi,” or disciples of Zoroaster, the founder of the Parsec religion (and, by the way, the Magi had three degrees, called Disciples, Masters, and Complete Mas ters); a Hebrew word, massang or masan, sig nifying a stone quarry; a Greek word meaning a mystery, and many others. There is plenty of room lor' the inquirer to speculate to his heart’s content in this direction. It has thus been shown that the titular desig nation of Freemasonry comprises matters of the most interesting description. Much more might be said upon these various topics. Their sig nificance is capable of being greatly extended. We have, however, written simply to direct, to interest, and, if possible, to instruct. To ac quire knowledge and to impart information are duties incumbent upon every conscientious member of “The AntteiH ana Honorable Frater nity of Free and Accepted Masons.”—Henry Rob ertson, in Freemason's Repository. THE PAST MASTER’S DEGREE. Ought the Past Master’s Degree be conferred as an essential part of the installation cere monies ? We think not, because: 1. It consumes time, without profit. 2. It imparts no new lesson or secret tli&t is of any practical good. If it did, and the Master elect was thereby better qualified to preside, the Wardens ought to have the same informa tion, because it is frequently the case that they are called upon to fill the chair. 3. in the fewest instances is the degree con ferred with any approach to correctness. On the contrary, it is generally bunglingly “con ferred,” and turned into a ridiculous farce which would destroy any good there might be in it. 4. Because it cannot be properly conferred installations are often deferred, to the injury of the lodge—sometimes until the year is nearly gone. 5. It is excluding members from a degree conferred within the lodge, to which, if the aspire, they would by our laws disqualify them selves from receiving it. (Only a Master-elect can receive it, and to “ electioneer ” disquali fies.) 6. It is a fourth degree in the lodge, un authorized by the “landmarks,”charges, or old constitutions", so far as we know, as a lodge con sists of three degrees only. Its charter author izes but three, and the three degrees constitute Ancient Craft Masonry. 7. Its conference is an imposition upon mem bers, humiliating, and without a substantial reason that we know of, having an old custom alone for its tolerance at all. We are glad to know that Grand Lodges have repudiated it, and sorry that Kentucky’s Com mittee on Jurisprudence dodged action on a re solution offered by Bro. H. B. Grant, “That this Grand Lodge has jurisdiction over the de grees of E. A., F. C., and M. M., within this ter ritory, and none other.—Masonic Home Journal. A TOUGH STORY. There is a class ol Freemasons who are as great sticklers for their rituals as the Episco palians are for theirs. One of this sort, writes a correspondent of the Louisville courter- Journal, was Master of an Indiana lodge and by an over-exerc se of authority came to grief. He had trained his lodge to observe his com mands with absolute precision, and among the rest, never to take their seats in the lodge un til the gavel fell. One night he had them on the rise, performing the exercises peculiar to the era it, when suddenly he slipped, stumbled backward, broke the window-sash, fell four stories to the ground, broke his neck and died instantly. Next day the neighbors were horri fied at the discovery of his cadaver. They had a grand funeral, only it -ftas noticed that not a Mason was present. In fact, the Masons had disappeared. Their estates were settled, widows married again, and in time all were forgotten. A quarter of a century passed away, when some boys, monkeying round the upper story of the Court-house, found a skeleton. The alarmed population broke open the doors, and a sight was presented that might have been appall ing but for its whimsicalness. Thirty skele tons were standing gazing intently at the broken sash and waiting for the Master to come back and give that one knock, which would enable them to take their seats. This incident may by some be deemed incredible, but I have myself seen one of the skeletons. Wellington as a Mason.—lt is re corded that the Duke of Willington was initiated at the close of the last century, in Lodge No. ±94, on the Registry ot Ireland. Lord Comber mere, speaking of the Duke of Macclesfield, in 1852, said, “ Often, when in Spain, where Ma sonry was prohibited, he (Wellington) regretted * * * that his military duties had prevented him taking the active part his feelings dictated.” There is also a record in which the duke de clined to sanction the naming of a lodge a.'ter him, “ inasmuch as he never was inside of any lodge since the day he was made;” yet, shortly before ho died, he lost ail recollection ot ever having been initiated at all. He was a remark able man, but there is nothing m his case that might not happen to any one. It is true the rite of initiation into Freemasonry is a very solemn ceremony, and calculated to strike the mind with great force. That the duke felt the solemnity of the occasion there can be no doubt; that he subsequently desired a better acquaintance with the craft is equally true. Admitting this, it is not impossible to under stand the first impressions gained in an experi ence, it may bo of half an hour, might in the lapse ot years entirely vanish from the mind. Cases of this kind have been known.—London A -efntason r s Chronicle. Freemasonry is the grandest human institution that earth has ever seen. It towers far above mountain tops. But it makes no covenant with God for salvation. Its altars are, indeed, sacred, but they are hallowed only by the fealty of mutual human ties,and by fraternal Jpye ! which prays for and Receives tnb uleJSlStfa of the Eternal One. It is a crystallizaFion of the truth of the brotherhood of fafah, sanctified by that other truth—the fatherhood of God ; but it makes no atonement, it offers no sacrifice save that of prayer and praise; it speaks of no me diator. Its teachings elevate and strengthen ; they impart the grandest of lessons ; they take of divine things and show them to men, and the unceasing fires of our earthly' altars are lighted from the quick flame of spirit-love above. But Masonry is only the hand-maid of religion. She never dares to say “look to me and be ye saved,” but ever points upward to the heavens and to the throne, and to Him that sitteth thereon, and bids all who recognize her vows to be true and loyal servants of the Most High God.— Rec. H. 1. Widdemer. The bridegroom was very fond of nice calculations. The marriage had been ar ranged to take place on Wednesday, but he wished it changed to Monday. “ Why do you wish it changed asked his prospective moth er-in-law, suspiciously—“ Because,” said he, “I have been calculating, and I find that it it takes place on Wednesday, my silver wedding-day will fall on Friday, and that is Lodge night.” A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and ho who plants kindness gathers love. Masons Represent.—The Ma sons, as a class, represent more than any other I know of, the practical common sense of the whole community, in its most liberal aspect— solid men of judgment, selected from every interest in society. She seeks no political dis tinction, nor does she ostracize any one for his politics. We welcome good men of all parties, and think the more they meet here on the level the better they all will be for it.— R. W. Brother C. L. Woodbury. Nothing is so credulous as vanity, or so ignorant of what becomes itself, OFFICERS RECtNTLY ELECTED. LODGES. AURORA GRATA, 755. P O Anderson, M; Henry J Schenck, 8 W; Jos J Popperday, J W; JA De la Harpe, Treas; John W Nutt. Sec; James E Conor, Perry Dean, J Bennett, Trustees. COPFBTONE, 641. William McFaul, M; William J Matb<W'» SW; Joseph J Moen, J W; Martin Kalb, Treas; Harry T Gibson, Sec; Wm T Angell, SD; E R Teller, J D; E L Livermere, A Wilson, M C; Frank Dose, A C Angell, Stewards; A C Taylor, Organist; Wm Hutch inson. Tyler; It Downey, C F Hotmer, Nat Sawyer, Trustees. DARCY, 187. Wm U Cranston, M; Emanuel Porcasi, 8 W; Henry Levy, J W; Berthold Lippman, Treas; M Kolasky, Sec; L : pman Weiss, 8 D; Thos E O’Brien, JD; Fribourg and Wiishinski, Al C; Calhaugn and Me- Klwreath, Stewards; Thos McFadden, Tyler; Fred Robitscher, Chaplain; Isidor H Cohn, Fred Robit scher, L Weis*, Trustees; M Frankel, M A Adler, Max 1 ribourg. Committee on Finance; B Lippman, M A Adler, Max Fribourg, Committee on Charity. HARLEM, 457. Stophen Cramer, M; Thos W McDowell, 8 W; Henry Ungrich, J W; James Pettit, Treas; Wm A Jackson, Sec; John G Lord; S D; Geo M Walgrave, J D; Geo Padfiold, James Darraugh, M C; C R W Davis, Chaplain; Wm H Mitchell, Marshal; Geo B Mclntosh, Tyler; F Lewis Van Gilluive, Organist. MOSAIC, 418. Jos T Reod, M; Albert Men er. 8 W; Geo W Lis combe, J W; J W Holbrook, Treas; W S Juno, Sec; H C Rover, S D; Evan dor Wood, JD; Benj D Lott, Jos Saunders, M C; Jacob Bruge, Organist; John Dulcy, Asst organist; John N Briggs, Marshal; John A Platt, Tyler; Samuel B Peatman, Albert Meuer, I P St John, Advisory Committee; C A Brown, Wm N Carmichael, John T Decker, Standing Committee; H C Hover, Jas Hamel, Jno H Waydell, Trustee#. CHAPTERS. MANHATTAN, 184. -"'Wm II Smith, H P; Samuel M Perkins, K; Miles W Goodyear, S; FO Woodruff, Treas; Frank Macee, Sec; Edmund E Price, C of H; W P Wooster, P S; Curtis Betts, li A C; Irving P Dorland, M 3 V; Frank C Greenwood, M2V; James S Higgins, M 1 V; C A Stevenson, Organist; John H Salt, Tyler; William T Woodruff, John J Gorman, John G Boyd, Trustees. STANDARD, 252. Jas P Clark, H P; R J Black, K; A P Lockwood, S; E Ringer, Treas; W W Wood, Sec; F C Ringer, C of H; J Toe me v, P S; E A Lockwood, RAC; J C Claver, M 3 V; O Roak. M 2 V; R Cahill, M 1 V; Chas D Bodine, Jasper Nichols, Wm Stoll, Finance Com mittee; Al P Tillotteon, Organist; Wm H Beaver, Tyler; A Culbert, R. M Slivers, J Scarabelich, Trus tees. LABOR EXCHANGE. A F. A. M., married, needs employ ment as Collector, Janitor. Porter, Watchman, Rigp< r. “Boiler Fireman,” Laborer, or Overseer of Laborers. Willing to do anything, is strong and active, comes nc ommended for honesty and sobriety, can write German, and give security if required. Address N. Q., Dispatch Oeficb, N. Y. FOR CHOICE SEATS TO THE PMESTmE COMMANDERY BALL, JANUARY 14, apply to H. H. Brockway, Ashland House; William R. Carr, 18 Beaver st., or Metropolitan Opera House. Seats, $2 each, and Boxes $25 each. Hill Greve No. 5-10, corner Kent and Myrtle avenues, Brooklyn, will work the Third Degree to-morrow, Monday evening. Brethren of sister lodges cordially and fraternally invited to be present. William H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY AN) DIAMONDS. STasonio .Jewelry a Wpeolalty. No. 31 PARK ROW, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Office) and No. 184 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street. DR. B. H. DUPjI'GNAC, 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, sß,'slo, and no. Repairing, sl, and up. Gold Filling, sl, and up. Clean ing and beautifying natural teeth, 5u cents, up. Open Sundays and evenings. Lady Dentist in attendance. ““THE MASONIC LIFE JOURNEY.” A Most Beautiful and Artistic Picture. Nothing like it ever before offered to the Fraternity. Every Mason can appreciate it. A Brother wanted in each Masonic Lodge to take orders. Large commissions. Write to us at once, giving name and No of Lodge. Ad dress THE PETTIBONE MFG. CO., Fraternity Publishers, CINCINNATI, o. MANUFACTURER OF K.DTTG- El 'JCS T EMPU zkIVS, MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, NO. 133 GRAND STREET, CORNER OF CROSBY, WARING & HUBBARB, 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 tree on application. COATS, $15.00 to $29.00. CAPES, SIO.OO to $16.00. CYSTIC SHRINE BADGES. WILLIAM H. GAMMON, No. 43 CHATHAM STREET. (Eighty feet i orth of Bridge entrance). Price, $8 to sls, GENUINE TIGERS’ CLAWS, Warranted 14-carat gold. N. B.—Goods sent to all part s of the United States, C. O- D. Also old gold ana silver bought. AOTARHnI) COMMISSIONEB ESS SI TZ3E STATES, Henry G. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House . No. 131 Eat 127th st., cor. Lexington ave.. NEW YORK CITY. MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YORK.. ACACIA, No. 327, meets first and third Tues days. Clinton Krom, Masonic Temple, Twenty thi.d Stn er and Sixth avenue. Adam G. Vail. M. George D. au-. r. ’•'t eas. James D. Outwater, S.W. Frank A. Hovey, See. Wm. H. Ferre, J. W. ADELpHIC, No. 318.—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 pi®- P. C. Benjamin, M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. R. H. Foote, S. W. Wm. 11. Innet. Sec. W. E. Marueaner. J. W. ALBION, No. 2G, meets eecond and fourth Wedne-days in each mouth, Doric Room- Masonic Temple. John Stewart, M. Edward Taylor, P. M., Treaa E. S. Cooper, S. W. C. Van Keuren, M. D.. Sec. Jeff. E. Thum. J.W. ANCIENT, No. 724, meets second and fourth Thursdays ot each month in Tuscan Rooms. Masonic Temple. Edward S. I’ost, M. H. H. Crane. Treas. Charles T. Dunwell, S. W. Clare W. Beames, See. Rufus Smith, J. W. No. 232 East 33rd street. ARCTURUS, No. 274—Regular communications ot Arcturus Lodge are held at Miller’s Hall, No. 202 E. 86ch st., N. E. cor. 3d avenue, on the lint and third Tuesdays of each month. Geo Campbell, M. Henry 11. Dahuke, Treas. William Kura, S. W. B. W. Hough, Sec. John A. Paradise, J.W. BUNTING, No. 655, meets first and third Mon da\s id eacn month, corner 124th street and Third av enue. Harlem. Harry C. Harney M. Cyrus 0. Hubboll, Treas. Theo ore A. Jasper. S. W. Z. T. Benson, Sec. Fred. M. R indell, J.W. CHARITY, No. 727, meets first and third Fri d.i\s of each month, at the.r rooms, Boulevard and West Heventy-fou th street. Thomas Back, M. J. J. Humphrey. o , Treas. H. P. Niebuhr, S W. David Taylor, Sec.. W. G. Owens, J. W. Tenth av nue, bet. 99th and 100th sts. CHANCELLOR WALWORTH, No. 271, meets second and fourth Wednesdays ea h month, in Austin an»i Commar.dery Room, Masonic Hail, 23d st reet and Sixt avenue. Wright D. Pownall, M. Geo. W. Millar, Treas., Wm. M. Leggett, 8. w. F. W. Herring, Sec., Andrew H. Kellogg, J. W. No. 841 Broadway, N. Y. CITY, No, 408, meets second and fourth Mon days, lonic Room, Masonic Hall, Twenty-tiiird street and Sixth auenue. A. A. Cauldwell, M. 11. P. Muller, Treas. Fred. Hartenstein, S.W. Alex. Mack, Sec. M. Dittenhoefer, 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. Gibson, Sec. William J. Mathews, J. W. CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, atBP. M. Occar G. Ablstrom, M. Geo. Stone. Fred. K. Van Court, S. W, F. Thornton, Sec. Thomas Bonner, W. EIbIGO, No. 30, insets second and fourth ifon day of each mouth, at Koster and Blal’s, Sixth avenue and 23d street. Aaron Morris, M. H. H. Nestrock, Treas. John A. Sampson, S. W. William R. Oidroyd, Sec. 8. Blant, J. W. EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdas each month, Koster & Bial’s Hall, No. 117 West Twenty-third street. Gustave Baum, M. M. J a ki. Treas. Jere. H. Goldman, S.W. Leonard Lcisersohn, Sec. Edward F. Smith, J.W. ENTERPRISE, No. 228, meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Grane Opera House, corner of Eighth avenue and West Twenty-t hird street. Joseph Gra .am, Treas. John G. Hoffman, M. John Foster, Sec., DeForrest Nichols, S. W. Res., No 698 Tenth ave. Dr. Molesworth, J. W. GEORGE WASHINGTON, No. 285, meets first, tidrd and filth Fridays o', each in< ntin at Eastern Star Hall, corner Seventh street and Third avenue. Adolphus [>. Pape, M. A. 11. Bradley, Treas. W. P. Kent, S. W. Jared A. Timpson, Sec. Ralph Bogart, J. W. GIRARD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Thos. I’. Clench, Sec. Thos. W. James, M. Chas. Ciark, Treas. Peter G. Arnott, S. W. John Mead, J. W. GREENWICH, No. 467, meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Grand Opera House, Twenty-third street and Eighth avenue, (•eorge M. Skene, M. Joseph E. Muliling, Sec. E nanuel Levy, S. W. John Geagen, Treas. Melville Sutphen J. W. HOPE, No. 2il, meets first and third Tuesdays o£ each iaonth, Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty thud street and Sixth avenue. SAMUEL J. CAMPBELL, M. Wat. E. Lawrence, Treas. Alfred L. Ryer, S. W. Ulas. Mh-lek, Jr., Sec. Isaac Fromme, J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meota first and third Mondays of each month, at German Ma-omc Temple East FiDeenth street. C. B Parker. M. ’ W. Lindemeyer, Trei.s. G. M. Johnson. S. W E. R. 1 rown. Sec. C. R. Trumbull, J. W. KANE, No. 454.—Regular communications of Kane Lodge are held on the first, third and filth Tues days in Austin Room, Masonic Temple. Joseph J Little, M. Chas. A. Whitney, Treas. Tims I-.. Stewart. S. W. Henry W. Penoyar. Sec. Charts F. Ui n-h, J. W. LODGE OF ANTIQUITY, No. 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, S. W. Isaac Simonson, Sec., Wm. E. Bergmann, J. W. Room No. 65 Astor House. MAR NERs’, No. 67, meets first and third Mou da? bOf each mouth, atGe.inan Masonic lempie, No. 220 East Fl t.eenth street. Robert J. Poynter, M. K< be t W. Pain. Treas. Henry Wood, S. W Jour, W. Ferrier, Sec. Th- mas Lennox. J. W. METROPOLITAN, No. 273, meets seeond and Ibuith Thursdays of each mouth, e.xcj. c July and Au guest, Corinthian Room. Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty third street. Alfn dW, Koval. M. Thos. Carter, Treas. Harry G. English 3. W. J. B. Russell, Sec. Chas. L. Dimon, Jr., J. W. No 242 E. 25th fit MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in the Doria 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. Weslev Smith, S. W. Box No. 68, Masonic Temple. Thos. J. Pardy, J. W. MUNN, No. 190, moots 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. Stockvis, Sec Robert Neeley, 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 NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton room. Mason c Temple, 23d treet aua 6:h avenue, second and fourth Fridays each mouth. Da' i N wmark, M. J. L. Voorhees, Th as. Hugh Ha thorn, S.W. E. Percival, Sec. Mu 80. erasky, J. W. Kes. 1579 2d avei u > NAVAL, No. 69, meets on the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month at Eight, P.M. ba Clinton Room Masonic Temple. Matthew Hettrick. Treas. Washington Mullin, M. Thos. J. Keyes, Secretary, John J? Bar, S. W. No. 312 E. 46th st. Ja ues Berry, J. W. NEW YORK, No. 330, meets the first and third Wednesdays each month, Austin Room, Temple,Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. Chas. D. Shepard, Treas. E. B. Valeutiu-j, S. W. E. W. Bradley. Sec. Vai Schnel.ler, J. W. j PARK, No. 516, meets first and third Tuesdays. at Turn Hall, No. 341 West Forty-seventh street. T , George W. ('regier, M. diaries Lehritter, Treas. Wm. W. Seymour. S W 1 Horatio Sands. Sec. E. Winterbottom, J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursd-ays, in the Doric Room, German Masonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. r , John B. Hunter. M. Louts Greenbaum, Treas. W. L. Darmstadt, S. W. Henry Willson, Seo. Edward Tucker, J. W. PIATT, No. 194, meets first and third Thurs days of each month, Composite Rooms, Masonic Tem ple, 23d street and Sixth avenue. a o -r- l m George McAlear, M. Smith S. Eaton, Trc-as. Thos. R. Gray, S W. Wm. J. Jes.-up, Sec., Robert Malcolm, J. W. Residence, No. Il Norfolk st., City. PRINCE OF ORANGE, No. 16, meets second and fourth Saturdays, in Doric Room, Masonic Temple. V. m. T. Wardv ell, Treas. Lewis H. Ravmond, M. John F. Graham, S> c. James B. Taylor. S W. No. 363 Eighth ft. Richard V.W. Dußois, J.W. PRUDENCE, No. 632, meets second and fourth F. each month, German Masonic Temple. No 226 East 15th street. Hugh Dinnin, M. " A. Laube. Ti tas. Isaac Brenner, S. W. K. F. Corley, ec. Edmund E. Price, J. tfr. REPUBLIC, No. 690, meets first and third Fri days of oacb month. Doric Room, Temple, Twenty-tlnnl street and Sixth avenue, at 7:45 P M _ „ B. C. WilHams, W, B. Brown, Treas. George P. Molleson, S. W; J. n. Stopford, See. Archibald George, J. W. STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 94, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at No. 953 Third avenue, corner Fifty-seventh street. t v- tv m Gibb, M. James F Bragg, Treas. S. D. Smith, S. W. Jackson Bell, Sec., Harry Hall. J W. -Address. No ’ .035 Third av. ST, CECILE, No. 568, moots the first, third and filth Tuesday aft ern-D'us each month, at 1:30 P. M., at Tuscan Room, Mat onio Temple. Visitors are alwayi welcome. navid H. Aaan, M. Henry Tisslngton, Treas Michael fchllg, S. W. La .rence O’Reilly. Sec. John E. Morse, J.W. SYLVAN GROVE, No. 275, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of caoli mou.u, at eight o clock, P. M., m Livingston Room, MasonioTemple, Sixth avenue and. Twenty third street. Theodore Reeves, Treas. Wm. Madara. M. Edgar Kirby. Sec. Wm. Helms, S. W. I-or. Dept. N. Y. P. O. Wm. S. Merritt, J. W. TECUMSEH, No. 487, meets first and thirct Thursdays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue and Seventh street. T Wm. Kemble Hall, M. James Stone, Treas. Joseph Hoffman, S. W. F. E. Davis, Sec.. J. Theodore Tuns.all, J. W. No. 207 East Nineteenth street. TEMPLAR, No. 203, meets first, third, and fifth Fridays in each month, at No. 161 Eighth avenue, cor ner of Eighteenth street. Geo. Banfie’.d, Treas. Charles N. Jones, M. James S. Stitt, Sec. W. J. L Maxwell, S.W.. Tiios Lougbrey. Tyler. Gen. W. Heimel, J. W. UNITED STATES, No. 207, meets in Clinton Rooms, Mason cTemple, Twenty-third street and Sixtl avenue, first and third Mondays. C. S. Howell. Treas. William F. Walker, M. John 11. Salt, Sec., Miles W. Goodyear, S. W. Ros., 39 Harrison ave., Henry N. Freeman, J. W. Brooklyn E. D. VERITAS LODGE, No. 734, meets every second P. M. John W Sok el. Sec. John C. Koopnian, J. W. and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera Hou-e, 23d street and Sth avenue. Dennis Redmond, M. P. M. Rlc.iard Koch. Treas. Jas. N. Johnson, S. W. WASHINGTON, No. 21, meets on the first and third Tues lays ol each month, at No. 289 Bleeckei. street (Dixon’s Building;. Irving Hazelton, M. R. B. Cop, ins, r< as. John J. i-.elley, S. W. J. H. Malecs. Sec L. r. W. .' eifert, J, W. ZERUBBABEL, No. 329, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of < acii mo'ith. at oric nooms, Ger man Masonic Tern: le. No. 220 East Fifteenth street. Morris Kempe, Treas. Solomon Littenberg. M. Thos. Co'ly, Sec., Emanuel Pisko, S. W. No. 25 Chambers st., city. Henry Lcbowitz, J. WL CHAPTERS. ADELPHIO, No. 158, meets 2d and 4th Wed nesdays of each month, in Egyptian Room, Masouio Temple. p. c. Beniamin, H. p. J. V. Kirby, Treas. It. G. Larason, K. Wm. H. Innet, Sec., H. J. Emerson, Scribei Res., 102 Sixth avenue. AMERICUS CHAPTER, No. 215, moots tha 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 11. Ehnuss, S. WASHINGTON, NO. 212, moots in convoca-* tion the second and fourth lu.-sdajs of each month, at 289 Ble; cker street. A B. Ha nes. Treas. J. B Mockabee, 11. P. II D. Seward. Sec. B. H. Dupignac, K. Address, 62 Jefferson Mkt. Henry Weils, S. COMMANDERIES. ADELPHIC, No. 59 (mounted), meets in con c’av > second Thursday of each month, at Masonic Tem ple, Twenty third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wallace. Walk er, 0. J. W. Sanford, Treas. J. O’Neil, G. W. H. Innet, Rec. V. Mott, C. G. CONSTANTINE, No. 48, assembles in stated conclave the fourth Tuesday of each month, at their asy.um, 180th st.eet and Third avenue. William H. De Graaf, C. A. M. Underhill, Treas. James Cochrane, G. J. I. Conklin, jr., Recorder. C. P. Pierce, C. 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 W. 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. Wm. D. Peckham. Treas. John Caunr, G. Wm. H. Aimfield. Lee. H. S. Sanderson, C. G. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays.of each month, at the asylum. Masomc Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenue. ’ James W. Bowden, C. Wm. R. Carr. Treas., Wayne Litzenberg, G. C. S. Champlin, Rec., Charles H. Gillespie, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the first Tuesday of e\ ery month, at 8 r. M. Chas. S. Ward, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins. M. N. I’oace de Leon, Treas. Geo. W. Van Buskirk, S.W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., Geo. H. Fitzwllson, J. W. No. 455 F< urth avenue. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERUSA SALEM OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the third Saturday Qi every month, at 8 P. M. E. Porter Cooley, D. M. Stephen D. Affleck, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. George Wood, S. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., S. W. Van Buskirk, J. W. No. 455 Fourth avenue. THE CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, MasoniQ Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at 3 I’. M. George W. Miliar, M. G. W. Van Buskirk, Orator. Jamez McGee, 8. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Johns. King, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., Nd. 455 Fourth avenue. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY, S. P o R. S., meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, when specially convened. C. T. McClenachan, Com. Charles H. Heyzer, Ist L. C. George W. Millar, 2d L. O. Joseph M. Le\ey, Treas. Wm. D. Garrison, M. State Wm. S. Paterson, Sec , No. 455 Fourth avenue. COUNCILS, R. S M. ADHLPHIO COUNCIL, No. 7, B. and S. M— 'Hie regular assemblies are held on the first Saturday of each mouth, in the Council Chamber, Masonic Temple* Sixth ave. and 23d st. P. C. Benjamin, TIM, John W. Coburn, Rec. Alex. Butts, D. M. Royal E. Deane, Treas. Fred. Kanter, .P, C. W. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its sessions at Masonic Temple, New York city on the feast dayot every Mohammedan mouth, of which due notice will be given. Walter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. w. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Benjamin, Assistant Rabban. Charles H. Heyzer. High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. Wm. S. Paterson, Grand Recorder BROOKLYN. COMMANDERIES. f)E WITT CLINfoN, No. 27, meets in assem bly on the second, fourth, and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 83 and 91 Broadway, Brooklyn, E. d. Juan B. Arci, C. T. J. Scharfenberg. Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. S. T. Waterhouse, Rec. Geo. B. C)allin, C. G. ST. ELMO, No. 57, assembles in stated con c ave first and third Wednesdays ot each month, at Masonic Hall, corner Manhattan and Meserole avenues, E. D. Charles E. Stockford, C. Henry A. Heuschkel, Treas. Valentine Hammann, G. James H. Wbitehorne, Rec. Jas. L. Drummond, 0. & ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFECTION, Ancient Accepted Scottis: Rite. Valley of Brooklyn. Regular communications are held on the second Wednes day of each mouth at Nos 38 and 40 Court street. Wayland Trask, T. I’., G. M., John W. Richardson, Deputy. Edwin Gates, Treas. E. D. Washburn, s. W. G. H. Koenecke, Sec., Mark Mayer, J. W. No. 492 Dean street.__ ; Would that brethren might be tem perate in all things ! The keeping of too late honrs at the lodge-room is an excess that ought to be guarded against. It were better to begin at an early hour and close in good season, rather than follow the course pursued in some localities where a late commencement is made, and therefore the brethren are detained to an unreasonable limit. Masonry will be more re snected in the homo and in society, while it will be more useful to its members, if good sense be called upon to determine what the length of iis meetings shall be and brethren conform to a standard thus established. 3