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Advertisements for the Masonic De partment, to eecnre their insertion, must be tent in by TWO O’CLOCK, P. M., Friday. INFLUENCE. We scatter seeds with careless hand, And dream we ne'er shall see them more; Bnt tor a thousand years Their fruit appears. In weeds that mar the land, Or healthful store. The deeds we do, the words we say, Inlo still air they seem to fleet; We count them ever past; But they shall lact in the dread judgment they And we shall meet. I charge thee by the years gone by. For the love of brethren dear, Keep, then, the one true way In work and play, Lest in the world their cry Of woe thou hear,— Keble. “ FOR LEGISLATION ONLY.” R. W. John Boyd, irom the Committee on Charity, presented the report of said committee which was received, and its recommendation adopted: “ To the Grand Lodge: " The Committee on Charity most respectfully report, that they have duly considered the sub ject assigned them. But one application for re lief was made, but your committee believing that this Grand Body is convened for legisla tion and not for charity, therefore: “ Resolved, That the petition and application be and hereby is, denied. “ Fraternally submitted.” The above “ Fraternally submitted,” report, we find on page 187 of the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of New York for 1886. The com mittee making the report were good brethren, well known in the Grand Lodge, and whose voices we are sure would be raised in defense and praise of the greatest principle of Free masonry. We are sure they would be ready to help, aid and assist a worthy, distressed brother, but they made a strange report, and the Grand Lodge sanctioned it, and sealed it as her own by adoption. One thing however, the committee did, if nothing more, they " duly considered the subject assigned them.” We are glad they did that, but would also like to know the manner in which they treated the “subject assigned them,” that led to the conclusioa they reached. The consideration of “ the subject assigned them,” may have lasted during the greater part of the session of the Grand Lodge, or it may have occupied but a few moments, but the result is stated. “ But one application for rebel was made.” Ah 1 yes, but <■ One more unfortunate, Rashly importunate” Mason, asked for assistance. We are not told who the applicant or what the application was, but we know that the committee “ duly con sidered the subject assigned them,” whether “Charity,” or “the applicant,”is not stated— and came to the wise conclusion that “ this Grand Body is convened for legislation, not for charity, therefore,” worthy or unworthy, de serving or undeserving, suffering or not suffer ing, needy or not needy, dead or dying, no matter what, “ Resolved, That the petition and application be and hereby is denied.” We do not know why there was “but one ap plication for relief,” but one prayer for help, unless the history of the past has taught the needy members of the craft to consider, as the committee did, “that this Grand body is con vened for legislation and not for charity.” As there was but one prayer, one humble peti tioner, there was so much more reason for stat ing that the applicant was unworthy or the cause undeserving. This would perhaps show that they had “ duly considered the subject as signed them,” but to put forth to the world a cold statement, in such a cold manner, to be read by tbe craft and those who are not Masons, seems to us not to be in keeping with the spirit of Freemasonry or the professions of the Grand Lodge of New York. This report reminds us of the story of a man who once applied for a loan at a wealthy banking-house. He presented his paper, which was accepted. The banker told the borrower that the rate of interest would be twelve per cent, per annum. The customer made some slight objection to such exorbitant chargee, when the money king turned his cold business eye upon him and said: “ My dear sir, you have made a mistake; this is not a charitable institution.” So our committee says to the “ applicant for relief,” to the world, to everybody: “ This is not a eharitable institution, but a legislative body.” We never expected to see such a frank and open expression on the page of any Ma sonic publication. Has the Grand Lodge anything to do with charity? It seems a little odd, to say the least of it, that there should be a “Committee on Charity” among the regular standing commit tees of the Grand Lodge, if that body is “ con vened for legislation and not for charity.” Why burden the proceedings, why take up the time of the committee in considering “ the subject assigned them,” or the session of the legisla tive body with the report of a committee entire ly foreign to its organization? Why have a committee on charity if there is no charity? Why have a committee on finance if there are no finances ? The Grand Lodge should legislate on charity, and should set before the craft the true teach ing of that foundation principle of the frater nity. From the Grand Lodge should emanate the brightest example of charity and brotherly love. In the Grand Lodge should be mani fested the warmest feeling for a worthy “ appli cation for relief.” If the parent is cold and un feeling, the taint is likely to be transmitted to th? children. There has been a great display of oratory, in years gone by, in proclaiming the grandeur of the Masonic fraternity. The heavens have been filled with loud anthems of praise, and the outside world has been led to join in the hallelujahs to Masonic charity. In this State much valuable breath has been expended in endeavoring to found an institution for the distressed and needy Masons. All this is worse than wasted if the Grand Lodge is not a charitable institution. The pro'essions of brotherly love are the sheerest mockery, and the great body of Masons in this State becomes a band of men whose aim is to advance the interests of each other, and tickle the van ity of each other, if the Grand Lodge has nothing to do with charity. The grandest charitable institution in the world, second only to that of the Grand Lodge of the mother country, should be the Grand Lodge of New York, and we feel sure that the great body of the craft will echo the same sentiment. The report of the Board of Relief shows that during the year there was expended for “all purposes, including charity, printing, rent of safes, salary, telegrams, postage, etc., the sum of $1,316 09,” and a balance of $937 32 remained in the hands of the treasurer; and from the report of the Committee on Charity, it was not a good year for charity applications, either. “ The Board has been more generous than for merly to applicants found to be worthy,” and the sum of $5 18 was given to each of those found worthy. There were 281 applicants, of whom 165 received help, to the extent of $5 18 each. They paid out $854 69 for charity, which cost in expenses to disburse it $461 40— rather expensive charity. The North Pole is a long way off, and very few dare approach very near to it. It may be said the Board of Relief has done well. We admit it, and praise them for the care taken to help only the worthy. Of all the de testable beggars in the world, a whining Ma sonic fraud is the worst, and he should be so branded that his vile practices, could not be con tinued. That does not account for the report of the Committee on Charity, which failed to say that the application was unworthy, or it worthy, it bad been referred to the Board of Relief, where a handsome amount was ready for the draft ot “ sweet charity.” We feel that the good name of the Grand Lodge of New York is not sustained by the report of the committee that “duly considered the subject assigned them,” and then tailed to state that in their delibera tions they found good reasons for not granting the prayer of the petitioner. The Grand Lodge in adopting the report, says to the whole world, we are convened “ ior legislation, not for char ity.” “ Don’t knock at our door, we’re out of the helping business.” This is not what was intended we know, tor we know the good breth ren ol thoT’mpiro State too well to believe they •would leave such a record undeuied- “ Fraternally submitted.” FROM “UNCLE JOHN.” Up in the Mountains, 1 July 14th, 1886. f Dear Dispatch : In the curriculum of Ameri can life there is laid down the need of occa sional change, and yet, while we believe that response to this need involves the best condi tions of our social life, its proper attainment is quite another question. Thus, for the first time since our long-gone boyhood, we are out of town simply to rest and to make the slant toward the setting sun as full of pleasant sights and quiet thoughts as the eventualities of a long and active life will permit Not many hundred miles from the sea, we are, neverthe less, many hundred feet above its level, and the view of the country in which we are located is one of transcendant beauty. Surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains, we see all around us Nature clothed in her most beau tiful garb, and fresh as when June, in all her queenly attire, blds Winter avaunt, and inau gurates the season of bloom and the premoni tion of fruits to come. Leaving behind us the never-ending noise and crowds of a great city, accepting the ad vice of a dead but wise philosopher, when we go abroad, to “sink the shop,” we look out upon the leaves and the grass, and, charmed by their beauty, mourn for those who have no banks whereon to lie, and would most gladly accept the “wild thyme,” or any other, could we make it so that at last, when we are “ eating the daisies by the roots,” those who have been kind to us may have every earthly joy and come to lie down upon mother earth with us with a plenitude of earthly joys, and grateful to the All Father who has smoothed our later pathway, and through the vistas of forest and field made the final summons but a pre lude to that beautiful life where all seasons shall be those of everlasting peace. W 8 have been somewhat surprised to find the trees exhibiting their foliage bright as in early June, and suppose it due to the extra moisture of that month, but we feel certain that for those who go into the country for the country itself, and not to exhibit the latest fashions of city life, it will be seen that however unpleasant the rainy days may have been in town there is the certainty that out in the fields they have fulfilled the assurance that seed-time and harvest shall no more fail. We mention in passing that on the lawn in front of the cottage wherein we rest, there is a grove of beautiful locust trees, lovely beyond compare, when, as now, the full orbed moon sheds its radiance upon their graceful foliage, and memory takes us back to the days when Henry Smith carried us m his arms to view the placid waters of the Hudson. Ah, friends, how swiftly glide the days and how soon will come the time when, our task ended, we shall pass away; we may be consoled by the reflection that however small our existence, if we have wiped away a tear for the sorrowing we have not lived in vain. More anon. J. W. S. OBITUARY. “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away.” Our esteemed friend and Sir Knight Wayland Trask, 32°, Generalissimo of Clinton Comman dery, No. 19, has been suddenly called upon to mourn the loss of his only son, a bright and promising boy of nine years. The blow is the more severely felt for it is rare to see a parent and child that were so completely wrapped up in one another. We can but proffer our humble words of sympathy and condolence in his be reavement, and recommend him to the care of Him who doeth all things well. XIII. The “ Thirteen Club ” enjoyed their regular monthly dinner on last Tuesday evening, 13th inst., with undiminished vim, and with all the usual and impotent auguries of ill-omen. Cof fin-shaped wine lists and the bill of fare on a tombstone-shaped card were before each plate, while everybody lit a candle as they gathered around the tables, thirteen to each table. Chief Ruler Judge McAdam welcomed all to the regular meeting, and called the attention of the meeting to the fact that after their regular dinner in July, 1885, a paper published up-town warned the members to desist in their danger ous practce of sitting thirteen at the table, and asked its readers to watch the result. The Judge said he knew not whether the readers of that paper did watch the result; but he did know that every one of those who participated in the July dinner of 1885 was not only alive, but were very much so, and m excellent health; and, as most of them are here with us to-night, to judge by the way Morelli's excellent fare dis appeared, they have lost none of their good ap petite by sitting with burning candles and thir teen at table, and he hoped they would con tinue in tbejr good work and combat supersti tion in every form. General Roeme, P. G. M., who presided at the second table, was called out and recounted in a very humorous speech the many dark su perstitions which were formerly in vogue ; but the popular Past Grand Master said there was one deeply rooted superstition which pre vailed not only in New York city, but every where in the Union, and all over the world, and he feared even some of the “ Thirteeners ” were given to the belief that the gas meters never tell the truth, that a man thinks he can shut up his house, go to the country for three months, and his little gas bill will be recorded by the meter and brought around by the col lector. The General offered to pay' for din ner for thirteen, if one of their number could prove this vile and dark superstition. He ear nestly defended the much-abused meter, and said there was not an article of commerce that was sent out into the world with greater care or more scrupulous attention than this very meter. Mr. Charles F. Wingate, the secretary of the “Twilight Club,” also addressed the members, and Dr. Charles W. Torry made several good hits. Prof. W. H. Pope, the celebrated elocu tionist, recited “ The Tramp,” and “ Roger and I.” The archivist of the club, Brother Marvin R. Clark, was very happy in bringing out the talent present. Among the members and guests present were Claudius M. Roome, Capt. Wm. Fowler, Custodian of the “Thirteen;” C. W. Alburtis, E. Loewenstein, ot the Dis patch; Mr. Fred Hamilton, Henry A. Heiser the Scribe; Mr. Richard Anderson, Chas. H. Speth, and many others. Telegrams Irom several offshoots of this pa rent club were received. The Chicago Thirteen Club who were then at dinner sent greeting to their New York brethren, also the Bridgeport and other branches. Bouquets of elegant flowers were presented to Mr. Wingate, to General Roome,etc., each recip ient replying in some happy and eloquent man ner to the presentation speech. Among other good things, the general said that this elub was closely allied to the Freemasons, the “ Sons of Light,” as the “ Thirteen ” also tried to pene trate the darkness of superstition and bring the light of education to bear upon it. He said he was intensely a religious man, but was here to testify that true religion has no hand in any of the ridiculous notions of ignorant people. The menu prepared by Mr. P. Morelli was el egant in every way, and the whole affair reflects credit upon the board of managers. The next regular dinuer occurs on Friday, August 13th, which is called the mid-Summer dinner, and an extra good time is anticipated. Delegations from several branch “ Thirteeus ” are expected, and particular attention will be paid to guests. Crescent Chapter, No. 220, met in the Chapter Rooms, at the hall, on Tuesday last, M. E. Comp. Barber in the East. Quite a sprinkling ot the zealous were present. The High Priest expected to work the mark and Past, but his candidates were not in attend ance. While they were “ deliberating upon the unhappy condition of affairs,” it was an nounced that Washington Chapter, No. 212, had been burned out at their rooms on Bleecker street, and were in waiting, and desired to have the Mark Degree conferred upon one of their candidates. A large delegation from Washing ton, including M. E. Mockabee, High Priest"; B. H. Dupignao, King, were received. The candi date was also present, and W. Bro. Barber pro ceeded to con er the Mark Degree upon him in a very creditable manner. The craft re ceived their wages and dispersed in peace and harmony, all satisfied. Normal Lodge, No. 523, met in its room at the Temple on Monday evening last. The Master, W. Bro. Wm. H. Down, was un avoidably absent, but the East was filled by R. W. Bro. George H. Raymond, Grand Lecturer of the State. The business of the meeting being over, the Third Degree was worked by Bro. Raymond on five candidates. It is useless to say the work was well done, and was made very impressive by the Master. The candidates re ceived the kind and gentle attentions of W. Bro. Hazleton at the South gate, W. Bro. Westervelt at the West, and W. Bro. Fowler at the East, and it is enough to say that “ what they pur posed they performed.” After the work the members and visitors repaired to the banquet hall, where a sumptuous repast was in waiting. This lodge is in a very thriving condition, six teen having been raised the present year. Argania Lodge, No. 246.— The next regular communication ot this lodge will be held on Tuesday evening, July zotb-, at the Grand Opera House, Twenty-third street and Eighth avenue, on which occasion the First De gree will be con erred on two candidates, Wor. Bro. John T. Logan as Senior Deacon. During the progress ol the degree some tine selections of music will be rendered by v\ or. Bro. Kelly, ol Concord, and also while at re reshment some tine recitations. Everything that can make a midsummer communication agreeable will be done. Members of sister lodges whose Masonic homes are closed tor the season are cordially welcome. NEW YORK DISPATCH, JULY 18, 1886. TEMPLAR NOTES. COLUMBIAN, NO. 1. The “ Old Guard ” are weather-proof. The heat of Summer nor the Winter’s cold prevent them from holding their regular conclaves. Cool air will be forced into the asylum from the blowers, and Tuesday evening, the 20th, the commandery room will be in a comfortable con dition to receive the many Sir Knights of this old commandery and * those fraters of sister commanderies who intend being present. E. Sir Charles A. Benedict expects to confer the Order of the Temple, ably assisted by his effi cient corps of officers. The banquet room will be in charge ol that Prince of Caterers, Sir Knight Samuel Terhune. TESTIMONIAL TO P. G. COM. CROSBY. There has been forwarded to R. E. Sir Abel A. Crosby a massive and beautiful Past Grand Commander’s Jewel of the finest workmanship together with a letter expressive ot the respect and esteem in which he is held by his fraters of the Grand Commandery of this State. This presentation was ordered at the Annual Con clave held in Rochester in October last. The design and manufacture of the jewel is from the master-hand of Sir Edward Williams, No. 196 Broadway. MORTON, NO. 4. Monday, the 12th, was a pleasant evening, therefore quite a delegation was present within the asylum of this commandery. There was no work. E. Sir Charles H. Housley inaugurated this as a social gathering. After the customary routine of business had been gone through with, a pleasant interchange of thought took place, which was enlivened by some fine singing and music by the organist, and thus several hours stole away very agreeably. There were quite a number of visiting Sir Knights from Columbian, Palestine, Manhattan, Adelphic, York, &c. ROYAL AND EXALTED ORDER OF THE AMARANTH. An order bearing the above title has been re cently established in Brooklyn, under such auspices that usefulness and prosperity are guaranteed. It is organized for the admission and benefit of man and woman upon a perfect equality. It is charitable and benevolent todhe extent of its opportunities and ability. It seeks to unfold the divine possibilities which are resident in every human soul, and affords an opportunity for woman to become conver sant with the uses of societies and fit herself for positions of honor, trust and responsibility. Membership is of two classes, beneficial and non-beneficial. The requisite qualifications for initiation and membership are good moral character, ability to gain a livelihood and some visible means of support; and for beneficial membership, sound health. Non-beneficial members enjoy all the privileges of the order, except the advantages that may arise from the beneficiary fund. This order consists of two degrees, viz.: The Good Samaritan and the Amaranth. Through this medium we propose to enforce, by our system of rituals, the chivalric methods of former times. Affectionate eulogies and ten der similies are scattered through our cere monies as gems upon a rich background. in the enlarged work of the Good Samaritan we have answered the demands of thousands of ladies, who are earnestly seeking informa tion through every medium whereby knowledge may be communicated. The same lessons of sympathy, mercy and kindness are still taught in the parable of the Good Samaritan as in the day when it was spoken in Judea. The years that have gone by have not lessened its benefi cent effect. The degree of the Amaranth is made to fill the apex of this sublime system. The original Royal and Exalted Order of the Amaranth was founded in Sweden, A. D., 1645, to honor the Lady Amaranta, a woman of rare beauty, modesty and charity, who was attached to the Court of Sweden. For a long time the order was immensely popular in Europe, and the most distinguished ladies and gentlemen considered themselves honored by being made members of it. The theory of chivalry and its orders, as ap plied to the citizens of a republican govern ment, is, in some respects, different irom that applied to the subjects of a monarchical state. This is seen in the witty observation of James 1., King of England, when asked by his nurse to make her son a gentleman, he replied : “ I will make him a baronet, but no power on earth can make him a gentleman.” In this declaration the king expressed the whole subject, as under stood in his day. But in our great republic, where the people are sovereigns, all are born equal and merit is the elevating standard of true nobility. In introducing the elegant formulas of the Amaranthine Order, our pur pose, therefore, is to inquire only for noble deeds, knowing and caring nothing ior noble birth. One prominent aim is to make the order a High Cojirt of Honor, wherein the loftiest grade of instrtfetion, culture and usefulness may be imparted. The first body under the sub-title of Mag nolia Court, No. 1, has been established in Brooklyn, its officers installed and is now in full working order. The following are a portion of its officers : Royal Matron, Annie West; Royal Patron. Henry Ransom; Prelate, S. C. McFar land; Recorder, Fred R. Orr; Treasurer, A. E. O’Neil; Conductress, Grace Forman, and As sistant Conductress, Jennie E. Smith. ~nTmT£ ANOTHER EVIDENCE OF THEIR AFFECTION. We clip from a Chicago Saturday evening pa per, of July 10, the following: “Th© Nobles of the Order of the Mystic Shrine gave a benefit for the Masonic Orphans’ Home, at the Academy of Music, Thursday night. The house was crowded, and between $2,500 and $3,50J was realized. The feature of the evening was the presentation of a diamond jewel, by Medinah Temple to Noble Dan Shel by, through the medium of Illustrious Grand Potentate James H. Thompson, who said: ‘ We wish to thank you, and you ’ and then stop- ped. Dan Shelby rushed out and asked: ‘ Are you stuck, Jim?’ (Shouts of “cow bell.”) In accepting the jewel, Mr. Shelby said: ‘ I shall ever endeavor to wear it with honor, and it any one ever wants anything ot me I’ll try and get there.’ ” That this valuable charity has made rapid strides in a very short space of time, all will admit. It was expected that at least ten years would be consumed in reaching the desired end, but in less than two land has been pur chased, and the necessary funds are now avouched for to complete the building and put everything in apple pie order. The work ot willing hearts, heads and hands. That the latter part of the foregoing article may be better understood, we rise to explain. Medinah Temple has at its head a prince of good fellows, an earnest and zealous worker in the sands and quarries. As for heart—well, if a “camel” has a heart any larger t:>an any other animal, he has one as big as a camel’s; he is possessed of great oratorio powers, but some times in his halts between sentences dwells rather long. His friends, to enable him to col lect his ideas, have a set of silver cow-bells upon which they ring the changes. When he is ready he gives the cue by a twirl of his rattle, and then proceeds. It was evident on the above occasion that some job had been set up on Noble Jim. Some one must have got away with the bells. It worked all right at Cleveland, at the banquet .given by Al Koran Temple. NEW YORK. The proceedings of the late session of the Grand Lodge of New York are on our table. A very good likeness of Grand Master Lawrence adorns the work, and one not so good of Past Grand Master Evans. IOWA. We have received the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of lowa for 1886. Thanks, Bro. Parvin. We regret that ec. nomy compelled the omission of the foreign correspondence. Architect Lodge, No. 519.—0 n the 29th inst. this lodge will go < n its annual excur sion to Roton Point, on the Sound, a place now quite famous as an ob ective point. The com mittee having the affair in charge are well posted as to their duties, and we advise all who can, to go. Roton Point, by the way, has changed hands, and is now managed by the Grummond Bros., and we are glad to say, are a decided improvement over the old management. The place will grow in popularity under Messrs. Grummond, in the same ratio as it receded un der the miserable rule which controlled it in the past. Lebanon Lodge, No. 191.—This lodge holds its annual excursion and picnic on Tues day of this week, as can be seen by reference to their advertisement in another column on this page. They anticipate having a very pleasant time, and it any of the brethren are looking around for some place to go and enjoy them selves for a day they cannot do better than at tend this excursion, as wo are assured by the committee in charge that everything is being done to make it a success. Bro. Chas. W. Rich ards, the accomplished secretary, will accept our thanks for complimentary cards. Shrine Night at St. Louis.—Wed nesday evening, September 22, has been set apart tor the coming together of Shriners from all sections of the country. This will be one of the events of triennial week. The active spir its are the members of Medinah Temple, of Chicago, 111. James H. Thompson and his co horts, together with 111. Deputy William H. Mayo for Missouri, the courteous and affable Grand Recorder of that State. The Shrine will receive a boom on that < ccasion that will be felt throughout the length and breadth of the land. The O. G.’s F. & E.—We have had an inkling that a closing so ial session will be held about the latter end of this month in the Commandery Room, of the Masonic Temple. 1: invitations are not irom this day in demand we very much miss our guess. These Princes ot Good Fellows have an immense following. What they don’t know about whooping up is not worth knowing. They have arranged with Wiggins lor a cool wave for the occasion. “On to Richmond ! ’ —A delegation from the city of Richmond, Virginia, visited our city during the past week and gave orders for a full line of the .est in the land, necessary ti thoroughly and completely fit out their Temple o! the ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. They mean biz. LETTER FROM WASHINGTON. Washington, July 11, 1886. Dear Uncle John: I arrived here several days ago, but as business demanded my atten tion ior the first part of the time, I have not been able to write you before this, although I have done considerable visiting among the va rious Masonic bodies. I find the craft gener ally in a very prosperous condition, and the va rious bodies holding their own. When I entered the train at Jersey City I was unable to find a comfortable seat—that is, com fortable according to my idea ot comfort. When the train had started and the conductor came through lor his tickets, I recognized in him that genial gentleman and prince of courteous conductors, Sir Kt. J. F. Burrage, of Damascus Commandery, Newark, N. J. Observing that I was an invalid and was not comfortably fixed, he busied himself and soon had me snugly en sconced on a couch in a parlor car, where I passed the remainder of the trip in luxurious ease. Hereafter I will not only pray for him, but I will pray for another just like him. Arriving at the Baltimore and Potomac Rail road depot, in this oity, on time, I immediately directed my steps to one of the “ institutions” of this beautiful city, viz.: “The Dunbarton,” which is one of those cosy, homelike, comforta ble hostelries which is ever welcome to a poor and weary pilgrim traveling irom afar. It is kept by Sir Knight George W. Bunker, of Washington Commandery, No. 1, who, with his estimable wife, seems to study the comfort of the guests of the house to such an extent that any one who has once stopped at the house al ways wants to stop there again. Having secured a room at “ The Dunbarton,” and per.ormed the necessary ablutions, I next wended my way to another of the “ institu tions.” which consists of an establishment known as “John’s Restaurant.” This time honored institution was inaugurated many years ago by Bro. John Buehler, of St. John’s Lodge, No. 11; and since his death, a few years ago, although it has changed ownership, yet it still maintains the original name; and, as if Bro. John’s mantle had fallen on his successors, it still maintains its reputation for being able to furnish, at the shortest notice, the choicest yiands to be found in the market. The house is chiefly noted, however, tor oysters in every style and every day in the year. The present superintendent ot the house is Sir Knight Louis Betz, of Columbia Commandery, No. 2, and what he doesn’t know about keeping a restau rant is not worth knowing. Since my last visit here, several prominent brethren and old and dear friends have depart ed to “ that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.” Still, there are quite a number yet spared to us, to continue their usefulness, and we pray that they may long be spared to us. 111. Bro. Albert Pike, 33°, is in the enjoyment of tolerably good health, while his mind is as vigorous as over, and he still reads and writes without glasses. Of the “ Scottish Rite Home,” over which he presides, I will give you a description in my next, as it is one of the “ institutions ” of the Capital City. 111. Bro. Pike is ably seconded by 111. Bro. Fred Weber, 33°, the Grand Secretary General of the Southern Jurisdiction. 111. Bro. William R. Singleton, 33°, still holds his own as Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of F. &A. M. of the District ot Columbia and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Corres pondence. He has inaugurated a scheme for the benefit of impecunious brethren, a descrip tion of which I w’ill give you in my next. 111. Bro. E. B. MaoGrotty, 33°, claims to be “getting along in years;” but when we look in his face and then examine some of the magnifi cent specimens of artistic penmanship which he is almost daily producing, we are forced to acknowledge that “he carries his age well.” I am glad to be able to state that this beloved brother is rather comfortably “ fixed,” and is surrounded by a loving and affectionate family, whose accomplishments are not only pleasing to his guests and his many friends, but are a source of sincere pleasure and comfort to him self. Sir Knights V. D. Stockbridge, W. H. Orcutt, S. H. Merrill and E. W. Griffin continue on “in the even tenor of their way.” They all claim to be “getting old” and put on a great deal of dignity; but there still remains some of the same old fire in all of them that was exhibited by them “In the days when we went gypsying, A long time ago.” In my next I will give you an account of some more of the “ institutions,” all of which have some Masonic associations connected with them. E. R. B. KENTUCKY MASONIC WIDOWS’ AND OR PHANS’ HOME. To Kentucky belongs the honor of establish ing the first Home in this country for the care of Masonic widows and orphans. This noble edifice is located in the southern part of the city of Louisville. The building is a handsome and substantial brick structure, and covers 24,600 square feet of ground. It is completed and furnished in all its apartments. It shelters about two hundred beneficiaries and clothes and educates them. A printing office, of brick, two stories high and covering about 1,450 square feet, is erected southeast ot the main building, where the boys are taught how to set type and everything pertaining to a first-class establish ment. The work done at this office will com pare favorably with that of any office in the country. From the press of the Home is pub lished the proceedings of the Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter of Kentucky, and those who have been favored with copies o‘ these reports know the magnitude and quality of the work. The Masonic Home Journal is also issued from this office. This is a branch of industry that commends itself to every thinking man as one of the best educators for the boys that could be adopted. A shoe shop or factory at the Home, with machinery of improved patern. employes some of the boys, under a competent instructor. A chair bottoming department engages other boys at odd times. There is also a stocking depart ment for the girls, and as good a school as can be found in any city. The latter is in charge of four ladies—three of whom received their edu cation at the Home. The Superintendent, Bro. Geo. S. White, is an experienced manager ot similar institutions, and thus far has verified the most flattering commendations given of him. It costs nearly SIOO for each beneficiary per annum to support this Home, or in round numbers over $15,000 a year, beside the donations in kind. Yet the brethren have not faltered, and stand nobly to the work. From the last report of the Home, we find the cost for last year was $18,261.86. The average number of beneficiaries was 188, mak ing a cost of $97.14 each. The building, furniture and the ground upon which the building stands cost $196,642.40. The following history we copy from the Ma sonic Home Journal, from which it will be seen that nearly fifty years ago, the foundation ot the institution was laid in the charter of the Grand Lodge ot Kentucky: The act incorporating the Grand Lodge in 1811 provided for “an asylum for indigent children ot both sexes, for the purpose ot nur ture and education, to be founded upon such principles and governed by such managers as said Grand Lodge shall determine.” From time to time the question was discussed in Grand Lodge and urged by brethren, but never took definite shape until November 23, 1866, when a number of brethren met at Masonic Temple, Louisville, and instituted measures that culminated in the present Home. January 15, 1867.—The Legislature of Ken tucky granted a charter to the Masonic Widows and Orphans’ Home and Infirmary, which was amended in 1871, and again in 1878. These acts provide ior fifteen directors, five of whom are elected annually in May, the Grand Master and Grand Wardens being also directors ex officio. Through active canvassing by agents sub scriptions amounting to about $50,000 were se cured, and the “Ladies’Aid Society,” of Louis ville, raised over $12,000. Bro. Thos. T. Shreve gave the Home a lot, which was increased in size by purchase, and on Oct. 24, 1869, the cor ner stone of the Home was laid by the Grand Lodge, Bro. Elisha S. Fitch, Grand Master, offi ciating. It was a stormy day, and well do we remember the eloquence of the Grand Mas ter’s pertinent allusions and impromptu appli cations. October 18, 1870. The north wing was dedi cated, with appropriate ceremonies, to the cause of Masonic charity by Grand Master Chas. Eginton. April 7,1871.—The Home was ready for its expected occupants, and on May 23d the first beneficiary was admitted. January 1, 1872.—A school was opened in the Home, the children up to that time having been sent to the city. A Sabbath-school was also es tablished, and both have been in successful operation ever since. Religious services have been regularly conducted by ministers of Chris tian denominations and by Jewish rabbis on Sunday afternoons, which many of the breth ren and other visitors esteem it a privilege to attend. Oct. 22, 1874—The Grand Lodge of Kentucky, donated $78,500 Masonic Temple Company bonds to the Endowment Fund. June 22d, 1875—The Home was completed, so far as to enclose it, but a tornado destroyed the centre building between the towers. Wonder of wonders ! There were 140 beneficaries at the Home - every one escaped without injury ! Was not the hand of Great Father of the orphans visible in this ? > » work was delayed, but the brethren increased their efforts until the noble structure was again completed. Oct. 23d, 1876—The building was dedicated by Grand Master, Campbell H. Johnson. It is lighted by gas of its own manufacture, and heated by steam furnished from the boiler house in the rear of main building. Oct. 1877—Grand Lodge ordered a per capita assessment of $1 a year for five years, which was reduced to fifty cents at the expiration of the term. Life Memberships of SIOO each entitle the holder to vote and hold office. The Home has realized, up to the last report, August 31, 1885, irom Life Memberships $166,730. There is also an Endowment Fund of $162,370.56, the revenue from which goes largely to sustaining the insti tution. The 24th of June is set apart, by reso luion of the Grand Lodge ot Kentucky, as a day to be celebrated by the craft, in the interest of the Home, and from these annual celebrations a very large sum is often realized. The most success.ul and indeed the only festival that produces very much is held at Louisville. The first one was in 1872, from which $4,302.97 was realized. The most successful festival was in 1873, when the net proceeds of the day were $14,959.62. From these celebrations the Home has realized more than $57,000. About 500 widows and orphan children of de- ceased Masons have been received into the Home since it was founded. They have been clothed, fed, sheltered and educated. There is no computing the good that has been accom plished by this institution. One of the boys taken into the Home, taught and cared for, was, at the last session of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, formally intro duced as a worthy brother, and with tears in his eyes and a tremor in his voice he thanked the brethren for the fatherly care that had saved him from a life of want and had prepared him for days of usefulness. The effect on the Grand Lodge was electrical, and a thrill passed through the entire body that will never be forgotten by those in attendance. Is it any wonder that the Home at Louisville is dear to the heart of every Kentucky Mason? At every session of the Grand Lodge, one afternoon is devoted to the presentation of the orphans, and on that occa sion the Temple is crowded to its utmost capacity, and the sight is touching and intense ly thrilling. About two hundred fatherless children looking into the faces of their bene factors. The guardians of the innocence of two hundred fatherless children looking upon their wards. To be appreciated the scene must be witnessed. Brethren of New York, “ where there’s a will there is away 1” JAPAN. In the Official Bulletin of the Southern Juris diction we find a very interesting treatise on Masonry in Japan. On February 25, 1886, the Grand Commander, 111. Bro. Albert Pike, au thorized the creation of the Grand Consistory for the Empire of Japan, to have its See at Yo kohama, also for the establishment at the same place of Des Payens Council of Kadosh. DeGroote, Minister from Belgium to Japan, states: “ There are not waning lodges in this country; the greater number work in the ports open to foreigners. But these lodges in no wise resemble those in Europe, and enjoy no consid eration. And it cannot be otherwise, since the institution is considered only as an assurance against want and a means of profit and specu lation. It is a sad thing to say, but in the ex treme East it is quite generally thus. Indeed, there are known in Japan unworthy Masons who pass for incendiaries. Here is the expla nation of this strange fact: It is agreed that a merchant who is minus in his business, or who wishes to liquidate, has nothing better to do than to overturn a petroleum lamp in his store. The insurance companies know that; they get paid accordingly, and still find their profit in it. “ When there is no fire for some months in the foreign grant at Nagasaki everyone is amazed, and the Anglo-American newspapers of the place go so far as to say that it is won derful.” Charles N. Dallas is Grand Master of this strange Masonry, who, in a letter to Bro. De Groote, gives some interesting facts respecting the craft in Japan, and from it we gather the following : “The lodges in activity in Japan are: First degree, four symbolic lodges, under the Consti tution of England, and second degree, two lodges, under the Constitution of Scotland. The representatives of the four English Lodges assemble with the brethren having the right to sit therein, in a Provincial Grand Lodge. Moreover, there is a chapter of the Royal Arch under the English Constitution. “The first Masonic meetings in Japan were held at Yokohama in 1864, by the Lodge Sphinx, an Irish lodge, existing in the Twentieth of the Line, which regiment was then here in garri son. “At that period there were among the resi dents just the seven brethren that are enough, according to our Constitution, to sign a petition for a new lodge. So, in the Autumn of the same year, we addressed apetition to the Grand Mas ter of England to establish an English lodge at Yokohama ; but, in consequence of the change of residence of the brother who had been chosen as Venerable, this petition miscarried at Hong Kong. This incident, which was not explained to the signers, caused the delay of a year. Fi nally, in the month of November, 1865, we pre pared a second petition, which was kindly re ceived, and on the 26th of June, 1836, the Lodge of Yokohama, No. 1,092, was duly inaugurated. “It commenced by having fine success. The regiment which possessed the Irish Lodge had gone away, but among the officers in garrison were found several brethren, and notably two former venerables, who gave to the new lodge a support equally solid and brilliant. It profited also by the earnest co-operation of a large num ber of brethren who happened at that time to be in the roadstead on the American fleet. We were thus enabled to offer a worthy reception to the neophytes fulfilling the required conditions, who presented themselves in quite a large number. “In the third year of the existence of the lodge, the end of 1868 and commencement of 1869, the brethren at Yokohama, found them selves powerful enough to erect a Temple. Rents at that period were excessively high, and it was thought that it would be more econom ical, and at the same time more appropriate, to own their own premises. “Thanks to the kind intervention of the English minister, (a profane) the Freemasons obtained a piece of ground gratis, as had al ready been granted to the Catholic missionaries, and they had a Temple built which deserves to be noticed as the first structure erected at Yokohama of free-stone. The building with the furniture cost us eight thousand dollars. “ In July, 1869, the second lodge was opened, Lodge 0 Teuto Sama, No. 1263—(Lodge of the Sun.) “ The Temple was inaugurated December 29, 1869, in the presence of eighty Masons. “ May, 1871, Lodge Nippon, No. 1,344, was opened at Yeddo. November, 1872, Lodge Rising Sun, No. 1,401, was opened at Kobe. “ In 1883 a Provincial Grand Master was ap pointed. The Provincial Grand Lodge meets once a year in June, “ the right of sitting there in is given to the Venerables, the Wardens, and to the former Venerable of each lodge, as well as to the brethren who shall have'performed the functions of certain offices to which the Provincial Grand Master has the right to ap point Master Masons. “ Our lodges, on an average, are composed of thirty members. The Venerable is elected every year, and by him are appointed the other officers, excepting the treasurer, who is like wise elected. In order to be eligible as Venera ble, a year of service as Warden is necessary. We avoid as much as possible re-electing a Venerable, for in this country, where the popula tion is so transient, if the Venerable were con stantly re-elected, we would be exposed, at a given moment, to lack candidates for Venerable. “ As officers, we have two Wardens, a Treas urer, a Secretary, two Deacone (Surveyors) and a .Junior Warden. “As in the other symbolical systems, we have the three degrees—Apprentice, Compan ion and Master Mason. A delay of one month is mandatory between each degree. In our ceremonial the physical ordeals are entirely abolished, and the secrets are rather those of the Scottish Rite than of the Grand Orient. “In conformity with the English constitution we require of our candidates a belief in a Supreme Being, but we do not make them state precisely their ideas on this mysterious sub ject. “ As to the growth of Freemasonry in Japan, you can naturally understand that there is no ground for ascribing to it any political motive, and in a society so cosmopolitan and so free as that of Yokohama and the other seaports, we have no longer to struggle for liberty of con science—it is entirely our own. “The position of our brethren in China is essentially the same as ours, only modified by the fact, that the principal colonies in China were founded several years before those in Japan ; that they are more wealthy and popu lous, and that Freemasony was practiced there for twenty-flve years before its introduction here.” The Eighty-eighth Anniversary of the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys was held at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England, on Wednesday, June 30th, and was a complete success, although the Freemason is disappoint ed in the amount of money raised. We quote: As regards the Boys’ School festival, we con fess we are among the disappointed ones. We looked for a result of over £13,000, and we have to content ourselves with one of about £12,300. We are somewhat at a loss, too, to account lor our miscalculation. The Board of Stewards was as nearly as possible of the same strength as that of 1884, when it was composed of 290 brethren, yet the returns are about £I,BOO less. London was certainly weaker on Wednesday, especially in the number of represented lodges; but in 1854 it returned about £7,750, while on Wednesday its total was within £5,250. The Provincial Stewards were more numerous, and the lodges they represented were distributed over a wider area; but they succeeded in ob taining no more than £7,060, as against the £6,350 of 1884. However, these are differences which are inevitable at some time or other, and if we dwelt upon them too seriously, the Chair man, the Stewards and the Executive might imagine that we considered them as being in some way or other answerable for the falling oft, whicfi is very, very far from being the case. Our former agreeable experience of Lord Suffield as a Masonic Festival Chairman was more than confirmed on Wednesday. He pleaded the cause of the institution most ably, and his Province of Norfolk, as well as his Board of Stewards and its Honorary Secretary, Bro. Binckes, laid themselves out in every possi ble way to assist his advocacy. Even the Clerk of the Weather condescended to shed a genial warmth over the proceedings, and but for the general election intervening just at the most critical time of all, we imagine our anticipations would have been more than realized and that we should have been now in a position to con gratulate Lord Suffield and those assisting him in the beneficent work, on what in every-day parlance is known as a bumper festival. But, even as it is, we venture to affirm that his lord ship and his Stewards have achieved what no other body of men outside of Masonry would have done under similarly unpropitious cir cumstances. If his and their efforts of Wednes day have been surpassed, it is only by men of the same Masonic society on whom fortune hap pened to be rather more lavish of her favors. The amount raised—£l2,3oo, or over $60,000, looks like a pretty round sum lor one institu tion, and the sum as announced for the three great Masonic institutions of England amounts to over £40,000 for this year, or over $200,000. America, arouse to your duty I Let your boasted Asylum for the oppressed of all nations, keep pace with the mother country. The Freemason of the 3d inst. is largely filled up with proceedings of the great festival and reports of the institution, showing the deep in terest manifested in the work. PERSONAL. Wiliam Hale.—We met W. Bro. Billy last week, and are pleased to record the fact that he still adheres to the solemn pledges he has taken upon himself before Pyramid Lodge excursion. Poppie Ritchie will rejoice at that. W. Bro. Hall informs us, however, that Jack Spence is thirst ing after our scalp. All right, W. Bro. Spence. If you do not thirst after anything else, we for give you, and still rejoice in your good beha vior. Charles L. Leopold.—We are pleased to re cord the convalescence of this good brother. We called upon him and found him ouf, and while we would have been pleased to see him and shake his brotherly and fraternal hand, we were still more pleased to find that he is well enough to take a short walk, and especially as it gave us a chance to have a real nice little gos sip with Mrs. Leopold. We trust Bro. Charles will continue to improve. Noble James McGee, of the Imperial Grand Council A. A. O. N. M. S., has been presented by Deputy Charles A. Davis with what Bro. Ed ward Williams, the maker, calls the finest shrine jewel that ever came from his famous atelier. It is certainly the most beautiful thing of its kind that has ever come to o’ur notice. The blade of the cimmetar is of platinum, the handle mother-of-pearl, while the hilt is studded with diamonds of the finest water, encircled with rubies that glitter like so many fire-flies. The jewel proper is of the regulation claws, con nected with the sphinx head, made of tiger-eyes stone of transparent brilliancy. When shall w e be watched, chained, jeweled, and perhaps caned as our distinguished brother ? Perhaps when we have so signally, by tireless deeds, earned such great rewards; but we entertain little hope of rivaling Bro. “Jeems” when he puts his hand to the helm. Sir Knight William V. R. Watson, of Ruth ven Commandery, Houston, Texas, paid our sanctum allying visit on Thursday last, in com pany with that “prince of good fellows” Capt. Robert B. Tal.'or, 32°, under whose protecting wing our wicked city will be “done” in the completes! sense of that slang term. Bro. W. will remain with us for a few days, and we be speak for our gallant visitor the kindest greet ings and most liberal hospitalities of the faith ful. RELIC OF THE OLDEN TIME. An interesting Masonic memento of Matthew Thornton, of New Hampshire, one of the sign ers of the Declaration of American Independ ence, has just been brought to light. As is well known, nearly all the men who affixed their names to the Declaration of 1776, were mem bers of the Masonic organization, but Judge Thornton has not been claimed among the num ber. From evidence now appearing, however, there can be no doubt of his membership in the fraternity. A silver badge belonging to him has recently been discovered, and is thus described : It is of oval shape, about 2 by 2% inches in size. Upon one side are carved all the principal em blems of the blue lodge ; in the centre, “ G. S>T LUX ET LUX FUIT ;” below it the open Bible, square and compass, and at the base the indent ed teasel and three lights. The opposite side has an engraved scroll upon the other edge, sur mounted with the double eagle, indicative of the 32° of Ancient Scottish Rite Masonry. In the centre is the Royal Arch, on the halt circle of which, divided by the keystone, is inscribed “ Holiness to the Lord,” and on the dais, ap proached by five steps, the “ Ark of the Cove nant,” behind which is the triangle. Ths in scriptions outside the archare, “Amor, Honor” on the left, and “Et Justitia” on the right (love, honor and justice); below the whole, plainly engraved in script, “M. Thornton.” The badge is now in possession of Bro. Aaron King, 33°, of Nashua, who is making an earnest effort to trace the Masonic career of the eminent patriot. Putnam Lodge, No. 338.—Thia lodge has called off for the Summer, but the mem bers are not idle. Some of them met in the office ot W. Bro. Walker, and in discussing matters Masonic, W. Bro. Hunt said Putnam ought to pay its per capita, according to the new amendments; but the question was, how to raise the funds. “ Picnic,” suggested Bro. Meister; “ Let her go,” said W. Bro. Hunt; “AU right,” chimed in W. Bro. Walker, and Henry Koch spoke up, “Conut me in every time.” Bro. Baulston was silent, which, by the way, is wonderful, for he can’t keep still, but talks by the yard, by the barrel, or any way bis customer requires it; but finally he, too, was ready to take hold, and so it was resolved, then and there, that Putnam have a picnic, have it soon and make a success of it. Official Bulletin, Southern Juris diction, A. A. S. R.—We have received the second part of this valuable publication, for which we extend our thanks, it is full of valuable information respecting the rite all over the world, and shows a master hand has com piled it. The “Bulletin” is also embelished with many beautiful and appropriate poetic pictures that add to the attractiveness of the work. The vigorous pen of 111. Bro. Gen. Albert Pike, the Grand Commander, has lost none of its former strength and beauty. Independent Lodge, No. 185.—As the first Monday in July tell on a holiday, this lodge held no meeting on that date. The regu larcommunication will be held to-morrow, July 19. The Second Degree will be conferred in lull form, and several distinguished brethren are expected to be present. It is hoped, also, that every member of the lodge will be present who can do so, as a matter ot great importance is to be discussed. Visitors are cordially in vited. Zerubbabel Association held their Summernight’s festival at Sulzer’s Harlem Riv er Casino, last Wednesday, July 14. In spite of the bad weather the affair was a grand success, both socially and financially. Lemlein’s or chestra furnished music for the occasion. A great many P. M.’s from various lodges were present. W. M. S. Littenberg presented Bros. L. B. Jacoby and S. Gottlieb with a handsome gold medal for the able services they rendered to the association. Complimentary to Grand Master Lawrence.—From a private letter of R. W. Bro. William James Hughan, the Masonic his torian ot England, to the Grand Librarian, R. W. Bro. Herman G. Carter, he says: “Your Grand Master is worthy of the name, and a rare and noble chief. lam pleased to have your ex cellent reports, and they please me very much indeed, and I most heartily congratulate you on your grand success as Librarian.” Washington Chapter, No. 212. —We regret to learn of the misfortune that has befal len this well-known body, in the burning out ot their chapter room. They are vigorously at work, and expect to be ready to re-oocupy their quarters in August. Old Washington Lodge, No. 21, will also be ior the second time tempo rarily deprived of a home by the devouring ele ment. Empire Chapter, No. 170, meets next Thursday, the 22d inst. We are not informed what degree it is intended to work, but a visit to Empire is always interesting, hence a crowded house is always found there. Go thou and do likewise. EXCHANGE. Wanted, by a young man, a position as porter. Not afraid of work, is a good cooper, and handy with all tools. Seven years’reference from la employer. Address D. E. C., Dispatch Office. Third Annual Excursion and Picnic OF Lebanon Lodge Association, I". and A_. JVI., TO IDLEWILD GROVE, TUESDAY, JULY 20th, 1886. A commodious steamer and the barge “ Walter Sands” will leave U. S. Barge Office. Battery, at 9A. M.; South Fifth street, Brooklyn, E. D., at 9:30 A. M.; and foot ot East Thirty-second st., E. R., at 10 A. M. sharp. TICKETS, FIFTY CENTS EACH. to be bad ot members of the lodge and on the dock on the morning of the excursion. William H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY AN3 DIAMONDS, masonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 31 FARE ROW, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Office) and NEW No. 2 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street. DENTISTRY. DR. B. H. DUPIGNAC, No. 159 BOWERY, five doors above Broome street. Forty-five years of active practice. Extracts, Inserts, and Fills Teeth without pain. A Specialty: Artificial Teeth. $4, $3, SB. $lO, and up. Repairing, sl, and up. Gold Filling, $-1, and up. clean ing and beautifying natural teeth, 50 cents, up. Open Sundays and evenings. Lady Dentist in attendance. JAMES IUKER, MANUFACTURER OF MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, NO. 133 GRAND STREET. CORNER OK CROSBY. WARING & HUBBARD, No. 22 FOURTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY. KNIGHTS TEMPLAR and other SOCIETY UNIFORMS a specialty. Our system of self-measurement and samples of goods sent free on application. COATS, $15.00 to $20.00. CAPES, SIO.OO to $16.00. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOR JLL THE STATES, Henry C. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS A BANKS Noe. 3 JOHN ST. and 162 BROADWAY. House ; No. 131 East 127th st., cor. Lexington ave., NEW YORK CITY. MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YORK. ACACIA, No. 327, meets first and third Tues days, Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-thud street and Sixth avenue. Adam G. Vail, M. George D. Sauer, Treas. James D. Outwater, S.W. Frank A. Hovey, Sec. Wm. H. Ferre, J. W. ADELPHIC, No. 348.—Tne regular communi cations are held on the first and Third Tuesdays of each month, at 8 o’clock, P. M., in lonic Room, Masonic Tem ple, E. 8. lune., M. r. H. Foote, Treas. W. W. WaU« r, S. W. Wm. H, Innet. Sec. W. E. Marrenner. J. W. ARCTURUS, No. 274.—Regular communications of Arcturus Lodge are held at Miller’s Hall, No. 202 E. 86th st., S. E. cor. 3d avenue, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Geo Campbell, M. Henry H. Dahnke, Treas. William Kurz, S. W. James Allwood, Sec., John A. Paradise, J.W. No. 58 Sands st., Brooklyn. BUNTING, No. 655, meets first and third Mon days of each month, corner 124th street and Third av enue. Harlem. Harry U. Harney, M. Cyrus O. Hubbell, Treas. Theodore A. Jasper. S. W, Z. T. Benson, Sec. Fred. M. Randell, J. W. CHANCELLOR WALWORTH, No. 271, meets second and fourth Wednesdays each month, in Austin and Commandery Room, Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenue. Wright D. Pownall, M. Geo. W. Millar, Treas., John W Jenkins 8. W. F. W. Herring, Sec., Andrew H. Kellogg, J. W. No. 841 Broadway, N. Y COPESTONE, No. 641. meets every second and fourth Wednesdays, at 8 P.M.. in the Corinthian Roorn» Masonic Temple. William McFaul, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. William J. Mathews, S. W. H. T. Gibson, Sec. Joseph J. Moen, J. W. CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, at 8 P. M. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, M. Geo. Stone, Treas. Fred. K. Van Court, S. W. Geo. F. Thornton, Sac. Thomas Bonner, J. W. CRESCENT, No. 402, meets second and fourth Thursdays,in Austin Room Masonic Temple. Strangers in the city, and others of the craft, are cordially invited. Edward B. Harper, M. Wm. H. Francis. Treas. Wm. J. Walker S. Wj Jas. H. Bailey, Sec, F. H. Wall, J. W. DIRIGO, No. 30, meets second and fourth Mon days of each month, in Composite Rooms. Masonio Temple, Sixth avenue and 23d street. Moritz N. Sil er.-thr, Treas. Aaron Morris, M. William R. Oldroyd, Sec., L Jacobson, S. W. No. 67Charlton st. A. Crozier, J. W EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdas each month, Koster A Bial’s Hall, No. 117 West Twenty-third street. Gustave Baum, M. M. Laski, Treas. Jere. H. Goldman, S.W. Leonard Leisersohn, 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 Twentv-third street. Joseph Graham, Treas. John G. Hoffman, M. John Foster, Sec., DeForrest Nichols, S. W. Res.. No. 608 Tenth ave. Dr. Molesworth. J. W. GEORGE WASHINGTON, No. 285, meets first, third and fifth Fridays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, corner Seventh street and Third avenue. Adolphus D. Pape, M. A. H. Bradley, Treas. 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. P. Clench, Sec. „ Thos. W. James, M Chas. Clark, Treas. Peter G. Arnott, S. W. John Mead, J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and thirdl Mondays of each month, at German Masonic Temple East Fifteenth street. C. B. Parker M W. Lindemeyer, Treas. G. M. Johnson, S. W E. R. Brown, Sec. C. R. Trumbull, J. W. KANE, No. 454.—Regular communications ot Kane Lodge are held on the first, tnird and fifth Tues days in Austin Room, Masonic Temple. Joseph J. Little, M. Chas. A. Whitney, Treas. Thos. E. Stewart, S. W. Henry W. Penoyar, Sec. Charles F. Ulrich, J. W. MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in the Dorfo Room, Masonic Temple, every first and third Monday evenings, at 7:30 o'clock. * F. O. Woodruff, Treas. W. P. Worrier, M. D. M. F. W. McGowen, Sec., J. Wesley Smith, S. W. ? Box Na 68, Masonic Temple. Thos. J. Pardy, J. W. MUNN, No. 190, meets on the second and fourth Thursday evenings, Livingston Room, Mason. t A e “P le - J >seph Abraham, M. John Maguire, Treas. Thos. Maguire, S. W. Ezra B. Stockvis, Sec. W. E. Harwood, J. W. MYSTIC TIE, No. 272, meets first, third and Tuesdays, at Eastern Star Hall, cor. Seventh street and Third avenue. Henry G. Edwards, M. Chas W Kattel. Treas. Henry C. Dougherty, S. W. Geo. Smith, Jr., Sec. Jarnos P. Styles, J. W. Residence. 354 Second av. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton room- Masonic Temple, 23d street and 6th avenue, second and fourth Fridays each month. David Newmark, M. J. L. Voorhees, Treas. Hugh Hawthorn, S.W. E. Percival, Sec. Max Boremsky, J. W. 1579 2d avenue. NEW YORK, No. 330, meets the first and third Wednesdays each month, Austin Room, Temple, Twen ty-third street and Sixth avenue. John Jay Griffin M. Chas. Heizman, Treas. John J. Brogan, S. W. E. W. Bradley, Sec. Vai Schneider, J- W. PACIFIC, No. 233, meets first and third Thurs« days of each month, in the lonic Room, Masonic HalL Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. tt t m ... John T. Lee, M. Henry-Lee, Treas. William J. Conway, S. W James Hyde, Sec. William Irvine, J. W. Address, No. 869 Green ave., Brooklyn. PARK, No. 516, meets first and third Tuesdays. N. W. corner of Seventh avenue and Fht.v-ninth stieet „ George W. Cregier, M. Charles Lehritter, Treas. Wm. W. Seymour. S. W 1 Woratio Sands Sec E. Winterbottom. J. W. PERP EOT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursdays in the Lone Room, German Masonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. T zx v m John c « Miller, M. L. Greenbaum, Treas. Wm. L. Darmstadt, S. W. 8. Bibo, Sec. Chas. H. Jackson, J. W. POLAR STAR, No. 245, meeta first and third Wednesday of each month, in lonic Room, German Ma sonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. „ „ Samuel Holmes, M. George W. Moore, Treas. George A. Harkness, 8. W. W. S. Lightbody, Sec. William H. Miller, Jr., J.W. PRINCE OF ORANGE, No. 16, meets second and fourth Saturdays, in Doric Room, Masonic Temple. Wm. T. Wardwell, Treas. Lewis H. Ravmond, M. John F. Graham, Sec. James B. Taylor, S. W No. 368 Eighth st. Richa-d V. W. Dußois, J. W. ST. CECILE, No. 568, meets the first, third and fifth Tuesday afternoons each month, at 1:30 P. M.. at Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple. Visitors are always weleome. Bavid H . Agan M Marcn Fap.f, Treas Michael Schlig, S. W. Lawrence O'Reilly, Sec. John E. Morse. J. W. STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 94, meete second and fourth Tuesdays ot each month, at No. 933 Third avenue, corner Fifty-seventh street. t rx „ „ L evi Gibb, M. James F. Bragg. Treas., S. D. Smith. S. W. Jackson Bell, Sec.. Robert Kopp, J. W. Address. No. 1,035 Third av. SYLVAN GROVE, No. 275, meets second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at eight o’clock, P. M.» in Livingston Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. Theodore Reeves, Treas. Wm. Madara, M. Edgar Kirby, Sec. Wm. Helms, S. W. For. Dept. N. Y. P. O. Wm. S. Merritt, 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, Treas. Joseph Hoffman, S. W. F. E. Davis, Sec., J. Theodore Tunstall,, J. W. No. 207 East Nineteenth street. TEMPLAR, No. 203, meets first, third and fifth Friday evenings, at No. 161 Sth av., corner of 18th st. W. J. L. Maxwell, M., George Banfleld, Treas. 805 Broadway. James S. Stitt, Sec., Robert Graham, S. W. 424 West 19th. Benjamin More, J. W. Thos. Loughrey, Tyler. 447*4 West 17th. VERITAS LODGE, No. 734, meets every second and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera House. 23d street and Bth ave. Richard Koch, M. Dennis Redmond, Treas. John C. Koopman, S. W. P. M. John W. Sokel, Sec. Dan. C. Springsteel, J.W. WASHINGTON, No. 21, meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at No. 289 Bleecker street (Dixon s Building). Irving Hazelton, M. R. B. Copi ins, Treas. John J. Kelley, S. W. J. H. Malees, Sec. L. F. W. Seifert, J, W. CHAPTERS. ADELPHIC, No. 158, meets 2d and 4th Wed nesdays of each month, in Egyptian Room, Masonic Temple. P. C. Benjamin, 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 Third Tuesday of each month, in the Egyptian Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. H. Adams, Ireas. Oscar G. Ahlstrom H. P. Harry G. Kimber, Sec., James S. Fraser. K. 221 East 52d street. Geo. W. Hallock, S. MANHATTAN CHAPTER, No. 184, meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, in tjic Egyptian Rooms, Masonic Temple, 23d st. and 6th ave» F. O. Woodruff, Treas. William H Smith, H. P. Frank Magee, Sec., S M. Perkins, K. No. 238 Greenwic'i st. M. W. Goodyear, S. WASHINGTON, NO. 212, meets in convoca tion the second and fourth Tuesdays of each monthj at 289 Bleecker street. A. B. Haines. Treas. J. B Mockabee, H. P H. D. Seward. Sec. B. H. Dupignac, K. Address, 62 Jefierson Mkt. II nry Wells, S. COMMA NDERIES. ADELPHIC, No. 59 (mounted), meets in con clave second Thursday of each month, at Masonic Tem ple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wai Ince. Walker, C. 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 asylum, 130th stieet and Third avenue. William 11. De Graaf, C. A. M. Underhill, Treas. James Cochrane, G. J. I. Conklin, jr., Recorder. C. P. Pierce, C. G. C EUR DE LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave Second Friday of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. W in. Otis Munroe, C. Edwin R. McCarty, Treas. Thoma B. Inness, G. Charles W. Sy, R c, Corel ius Way dell, C. G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Friday each month, bank building, Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue. James McGrath, E. C. Wm. D. Peckham, Treas. John Caunt, G. Wm. H. Armfield. Rec. H. S. Sanderson, C. G. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays of each month, at the Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenue. James W. Bowden, C. Wm. R. Carr, Treas., Wayne Litzenberg, G. C. S. Champlin ,Rec.. Charlbs H. Gillespie, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH HITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonio Temple, on the first Tuesday of every month, at 8 P. M. Chas. S. Ward, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins. M. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. G -o. W. Van Buskirk, S.W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., Geo. H. Fitzwilson, J. W. No. 100 Read • street. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERUSA SALEM OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the third Saturday ot 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., G. W. Van Buskirk, J. W. No. 100 Reade street. THE CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonio Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at a p 51 George W. Millar, M. G. W. Van Buskirk, Orator. Jamez McGee, 8. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. John S. King, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. 100 Reade street. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY, S. P. R. S. meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, when specially convened. C. T. McCTenachan, Com. Charles H. Heyzer. Ist L. C. George W. M liar, 2d L 0 Joseph M. Levey, Treas. ’Y,™ , D ' G“ rrls o°. M - st “ te Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. 100 Reade street. COUNCILS, R. S. M. ADELPHIC COUNCIL, No. 7, R. and S. M.— The regular assemblies are h -Id on the first Saturday of each month, in the Council Chamber, Masonic Tem ple, Sixth are. and 23d st. P. C. Benjiimm. T. I. M. Job i W. Coburn. Rec. Alex Butts, D M Royal E Deane, Treas. Fred. Kanter, P. C. W. NOBLES OK THE MYSTIC SHBINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its sessions al Masonic Temple, New York city, on the least day ot irerv Mohammedan month, of which due notice will bFafven. waner M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A W. Peters, Chief Rabban Philii) C Benjamin, Assistant Rabban. Charles H. Heyzer, High Priest. Jo wm S pSerein Grand Recorder, No. 100 Reade st. BROOKLYN. COMMANDERIES. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in assem bly on the second, iourtli, and filth Tuesdays of cacti month, at Nos. ST, 8.) and 91 Broadway, Brooklyn, re n JuarUJ. Arci, u. T. J.'Scharfenberg, Treas. WmTS- Bryant, <». S T Waterhouse, Rec. Geo. B. Claflin, c. g. ST ELMO, No. 557, assembles in stated con r ’ave first and third Wednesdays ot each month, at Masfonle Hall, corner Manhattan «d Henry A. Heuschkel, Treas. Valentine Hammann, G James H. Whitehorne. Rec. Jas. L. Drummond, L. G. ANCiiCNT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH HUE. aurora grata lodge of perfection, dafol each month at Court John W. Richardson, Deputy. Mark Mayer, Treas. E. D. Washburn, 8. W. G H Koenecke, Sec., Rev. Warren C. Hubbard, J. i ’ No. 492 Dean street 3