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Advertisements for the Masonto De r/im'irrT. to secure their insertion, must ho scut in by TWO O’CLOCK, P. M., Friday. THE RIVER OF LIFE. BY THOMAS CAMPBELL. The more we livo, morti briol' appear Our life's succeeding stages: A clay to childhood sennas a year, And years like passing ages. The gladsome currant o* our youth, Ere passion yet disorders, Steals lingering like a river smooth Along it» grassy borders. But as the careworn cheeks grow Wan, And sorrows shafts fly thicker. Ye stars that measure life to man, Why seem your courses quicker ? When joys have lost their bloom and breath, And life itself is vapid, Why, as we near the falls of Death, Find we its tide more rapid ? It may bo strange, yet who would change Time's course to slow r speeding. When one by < ne, our friends have gone And left our bosoms bleeding ? Heaven gives our years of fading strength Indemnifying fleotness ? And those of youth a seeming length Proportioned to their sweetness. WINTER WORK. Now that the Summer of 1886 has boon laid away under a blanket of snow, the Winter work may be said to have fairly begun, and officers as well as members of the various organizations of the craft may well bethink themselves of the duties and pleasures of the t mo upon which we have now entered; and, first, to make their re spective meetings sufficiently interesting to at tract their own membership as weli as visitors. Old folks know and young ones should learn, that when it is discovered that there is no work the only thing to be done is to close and go home, is not the way to make a live and pros perous lodge. Looking over, lo ! these many years, we can see that on the other hand indefinitely pro longed meetings are not in the true interest ol the fraternity, and we know, from our own ex exporionoo, that night after night spent at such gatherings does not tend to conciliate those who have a right to a portion of our leisure time, or to interest them in an association which makes such a large demand on the attention of hus band and father. Meetings prolonged into the small hours are vicious in the sense of an in temperate use of what is intended only to be good, and many a woman’s life is made unhap py because she imagines all sorts of things that do not occur, but nevertheless give rise to sus picions that the craft should use its best en deavors to avoid. When a young man marries and thus be comes responsible for the happiness of the girl who forsakes father and mother to cling to him, she should be his first care, other consid erations to the contrary notwithstanding, and, as many such are in our ranks, we ought to consider the claims, of the wife and family and refuse to prolong the meetings beyond such an hour as will allow the brethren to reach their families in reputable hours, and it may be said that every Mason who really loves the craft will feel it a matter of personal honor not to trans gress this rule, but, on the reverse, to use his influence lor its enforcement. One of the things growing out of late meetings is the rather excusable habit of indulging in a dish of talk after the close of the lodge. Men moot then in private committee and talk over the news of the day or any other subject that may be uppermost in their minds at the moment, and thus an hour innocently, but inapprecia bly, slips by, charged to the wrong side of the account at homo. We remember many haul inga over the coals in our own household, but finally cured it by persuading the dear wife to attend a Masonic celebration, in which she be came interested, in spite of herself, and at the close fell into conversation with a number of ladies present. Of course, the writer let them converse to their hearts’ content, and when at last we reached homo when the smallest nu merals would name the hours, we submitted the cnee—and we had no more curtain lectures on that subject. We venture to suppose that married men will appreoiato this over-true il lustra'ion. But we have wandered from'the subject we intended to discuss in this article, namely, tho making our meetings sufficiently interest to call out the membership at tho regular communi cations. Wo are of opinion that we cannot be too particular in our work, or too careful in guarding against innovations and changes. Under the industrious care and attention of Grand Secretary Raymond, New York has se cured a system so uniform throughout the State, as to be incredible to outsiders, but true nevertheless. Having met with a majority of the lodges, and having seen the work with our own eyes from Staten Island to Niagrara Falls, we know whereof wo speak. Now, the idea that should bo paramount in our minds, is to supple ment tho endeavors of tho Grand Lecturer by practice, even when there is no actual work to be done, and thus keep our working tools bright and sharp for the time when needed. An hour or so may bo profitably spent in the examination of tho printed transactions of the Grand Lodge and tho report on correspondence, where tho thoughts of some of tho best minds of tho craft are collected with fraternal com ment, from the perusal of which no one can be without at least food for reflection. Finally; don’t close too soon, nor yet stay too late,.and you will find your mootings growing more and more interesting, and yourself and the brotherhood benefitted thereby. So mote it be. SORROW. We record with feelings of ineffable sadness the death of M. W, Theodore T. Gurney, of Chicago, after a long illness. Bro. Gurney had been a central figure, not only in Illinois Ma sonry, but indeed of the United States, made so by his polished and interesting reports on Cor respondence. in which he discussed tho import ant questions of the day with the hand of a master and the heart of a friend. Proud to have been among bis friends, we shall keep his mem ory as one who more than deserved all the hon ors paid him in Masonic as well as in civil life. His death is indeed a loss to the craft universal and his work wiii live after him as an example and encouragement to coming generations of men and Masons. Peaceful be his rest and green his memory in tho remembrance of tho craft of which ho was a faithful servant and an honored member. CURIO. A brother in South Carolina, writes us that he has a copy of the Ode and Anthem used in the dedication of the Masonic Hall, in Columbia, in 1825, printed on satin and handsomely framed, which ho wishes to dispose of, as the earth quake knocked over his chimney and he has no means to rebuild it. It we had the money wo should be glad to possess this relic, for the purpose of adding it to the Grand Library Museum, but as we have not, we make appeal to tho brethren bettor oil than we aro to buy it for the same purpose, and thus do two good acts in one. QUESTIONS—THOUGHTS—IDEAS. Masonic Readers.—l observe on tho Masonic Department page of a Sunday paper published in this city, in the issue of November 7th, at the foot of six columns of said page, a paragraph stating that said paper is ‘‘the accepted organ of tho fraternity of this State.” Will you please inform us by what authority the paper in ques tion assumes to be the accepted organ of the fraternity? Any individual, either in his pri vate, or official, or business capacity has a right to accept, or to select, or to designate any paper as bis organ, or as a medium through which he may promulgate his individual views and opinions, and it is common to epeak of an “ ad ministration organ,” or a “court journal;” but who has the authority to select or to “accept” any particular journal as the “organ” of the Masonic fraternity of the great Empire State ? If any such authority exists, it would seem proper to select or accept a journal with some what more of a circulation than the one re ferred to. Please enlighten us and thereby confer a favor. Answer— There is no such authority, and the claim of the journal in question is simply an impertinence,which may impose on the thought less, but not on any one who thinks for him self. Tabernacle Lodge, No. 598.—At the next communication of tins lodge, on Thursday evening, November 18, R. \y, Bro George Cre gier, D. D. G. 11. of the 7th Masonic District will make his official visit. Visiting brethren will bo made welcome. CORRECTION. We stated in a recent issue our doubts as to the standing of the Grand Lodge of Porto Rico, and promised to make investigation. We have done so, and aro more than pleased to know, and therefore say, that it is of the York Rite, properly formed and entirely regular. We trust that the Grand Lodges of these United States and Canada will accord it a prompt and frater nal recognition. FROM “UNCLE JOHN.” Up in the Mountains, ) November 9, 1886. f Dear Dispatch—Last Saturday was one of the finest days of this beautiful Autumn, but some how I folt from the signs in the Western sky, that a change was imminent; and sure enough, next morning when I looked out of tho window I found that " The snow had begun in the gloaming, And busily all th ' night Had been heaping field and highway With a silence deep and white. Ev-ry pine and fir and hemlock Wore ermine too dear for au ear), And the poorest twig on the elm free Was rigid inch-deep with pearl. From sheds now roofed with Carara Came Chanticleer’s muffled crow; Tho stiff rails were softened to swan’s down, And still fluttered down the snow.” This being the first snow of the season and, of course, tho first in my country home, J felt very much delighted at the vision, and was minded to give you my well-known poem of “Beautiful Snow,” but on second thought I was afraid it might renew the discussion as to its authorship, and concluded to leave it to your memory. It would have fitted in here first rate all tho same. It lies on the ground yet, and gives you the idea of midwinter; and between you and tho lamppost, it is real nice to be alongside the stove, in which a log is hissing and spluttering, while tho embers emit the radiance of peace and quietness, with apples and hickory nuts filling up the intervals between drinks. A neighbor came to-day and invited wife and I to a ride, which extended as far as tho neigh boring town of Monroe. While the wife was busy in a neighboring dry goods store, I went to look for a wet one, but found, instead, the office of tho Monroe Herad, and of course sailed in and found the editor busily engaged in lock ing up a form. We shook and had a pleasant chat, and I mention the fact that he is the first printer 1 recollect meeting who had not at some time or other worked on the Dispatch. If I can get him to sit for his photo, I will send you a copy to place in the office museum. One of the prominent citizens of our village is Bro. Richard Ficken, of Do Witt Clinton Com mandcry, who formerly kept the Peck Slip Ho tel in Williamsburg. Bro. Ficken has a fine residence on one side of tho road, and on the opposite side be has a piece of land which he is now engaged in laying out as a park. Among the attractions of the park will be an easy-chair made from a portion of the trunk and roots of a apple tree which it was found neces sary to cut down in order to make room for the march of improvement. The chair possesses certain advantages which must be carefully ob served in order to be appreciated, and it will no longer be in the way of a free passage through’ the grounds. Come up and see it. We expect to have a barn raising next week, at which several distinguished citizens, your cor respondent among the number, are to make speeches, of which I shall give you an account. No more fishing for me. J. W. 8. ARCANA LODGE, NO. 246. This favorite and popular lodge held its regu lar communication on Tuesday, the 2d inst, on which occasion tho F. C. degree was conferred by W, Bro. Van Benschoten, assisted in the M. 0. by W. Bro. Kelly, of Concord, and W. Bro. Richard K. Cooke. Although the communication was held on the evening of a general election, there was a goodly attendance and much interest manifested. At the next communication, which will be on Tues day evening, tho 19th inst., the lodge will meet at seven o’clock sharp, for the purpose of con ferring the M. M. degree in full form, and at eight o’clock for the conferring of tho E. A. de gree on three candidates. We heartily congrat ulate our old friends of Arcana on their con tinued prosperity. A kindly and fraternal welcome is extended to brethren of sister lodges to visit them. W. Bro. Van Benschoten will give you a hearty greeting. On the 19th the Master will be assisted by W. Bros. Logan, Tuthill, Banks and others, and finished work may be expected. PACIFIC LODGE, NO. 233. Wo have the pleasure of informing the craft that on Thursday evening, Nov. 18th, th s hon ored old lodge will confer tho First Degree. W. Master John T. Loe has on this occasion in vited W. Bro. Deforrcst, of Citizens Lodge, to exemplify the work. To the young Master, and his officers, too much credit cannot be given for their indefati gable labors for “ Old Pacific,” and the proud position she now occupies among her sister bodies is largely due to the energy and activity displayed by the fresh young blood that has come to the front. It is the warm wiah of the writer that Pacific Lodge may long hold its proud position—first in good work, first in fellowship and first in dis playing tho beauties of our beloved institution. L. Girard Lodge, No. 631.—At the last regular communication of the above lodge, on Friday evening, November sth, the third de gree was conferred by the W. M., Thomas W. Tames, in his usuall efficient manner, ably as sisted by tho 11. W, Bro. Andreas of York Lodge, and W. Bro. Dr. A. J. Colby, P. M. of Girard, acting as 8. D. in the second section of tho degree, which work was performed by him with his usual readiness and ability. Seated in tho Fast were R, W. Bro. Andreas of York Lodge, W. Bro. Joseph P. Smyth and W. Bro. Charles H. Luscomb, Past Masters of Girard Lodge, and W. Bro. Judge of Putnam Lodge. A large number of visiting brethren from sister lodges wore also present, and a very pleasant evening was spent. At the close ot the lodge the brethren adjourned to a collation, at which several toasts and recitations were given, and all retired with the satisfaction of having spent a most enjoyable time. Arcturus Lodge, No. 274.—0 n Tues day evening next, the ICth inst., this lodge will work tho Third Degree. Tho W. M. Goo. Camp bell will confer tho degree on two candidates. The Wro. Brother has been in continuous office ior fourteen years, and feeling that he has well earned a little relaxation, will mako this oc casion his farewell official effort, and as there are none better posted than ho, a fine rendition of the work can be looked for. Tho Wor. Brother doos not propose to entirely withdraw his in terest, but has promised to do his full duty as a Past Master, and bo always at hand with his counsel and advice, which is so often needed by the younger craftsmen ot rhe fraternity. A cord'al and fraternal invitation is extended to sister lodges and sojourning brethren to be with “ Old Arcturus ” on that evening and help make it one of the “red letter” nights of the lodge. Kane Lodge, No. 454.—This very active lodge will confer the Third Degree in tho Austin Room, Masonic Temple, on Tuesday af ternoon, the 16th inst., at half-past 3 o’clock. It will also confer the Third Degree in the same room on tho evening of the same day, that be ing the regular communication of the lodge. The Master finds it necessary to work twice in the same day to keep up with h : s work. Greeepoint Lodge,No.4o3.—The mem bers of this lodge have been summoned to at tend a stated communication, to be held Thurs day evening, Dec. 9th, when action on the Hall and Asylum bonds will be taken. Dr. J. L.Val cntjne, tho Worshipful Master, expects every brother to bo present to vote on tho question. " Oltman’s Lodge, No. 446.—0 n Fri day evening, Nov. 19th, R. W. Bro. Frederick 8. Benson, D. D. G. M. of the Second Masonic Dis trict, will make bis official visit to the above lodge. Wor. Bro. Youmans extends an invita tion to brethren of sister lodges to bo present. Washington Lodge, No. 21, on next Tuesday evening, will confer the Third Degree on several candidates. W. Bro. Hazelton ex tends a cordial invitation to visiting brethren. A hearty welcome is assured. The triennial conclave of Rochester Sov. Consistory, A. A. Scottish Rite, will be held on Monday evening, December 27th, at which time tho election of officers for the ensuing three years will be held. Euclid Lodge, DeKalb and Bedford avenues, Brooklyn.—M. W. F. R. Lawrence and staff will meet this lodge on Tuesday evening, Nov. 18. ’Work, Third Degree. All are invited. Park Lodge, No. 516.—The next reg ular .communication will be held on Tuesday evening, 1(4)1 lust. Work, First Degree. A cor dial invitation extended to visiting brethren. Continental Lodge, No. 287 On Wednesday evening, November 17th, the second degree will be couiei'red, and a cordial invita tion is extended to visiting brethren. Ni'PitjME Lodge, No. 317. at its regu lar meeting, on the lltb inst., will confer thein itiatory degree. Brethren cordially invited. NEW YORK DISPATCH. NOVEMBER 14, 1886. ROYAL ARCH ITEMS. We cor UaUy call the attention ol High Priestsand See retarics and companions from everywhere, t,p this col umn, and respectfully and fraternally invite tuem to send us notice of work on hand, or any items ol especial interest to Royal Arch Masons. PROCLAMATION. Grand Chapter of R. A. M.l State of New York, > Office of the Grand Lecturer. I By authority of the Grand High Priest, a con vention for tho exemplification of tho standard work of the Capitular Degrees, will be held ’n the Masonic Temple, New York city, on Thurs day and Friday, Nov. 18th and ISth, 1886, com mencing at 7 P. M. each day. You aro earnestly requested to attend, with as many of the officers and members ot your chapter as can possibly make it convenient to do so. Fraternally yours, George M< Gown, Grand Lecturer. ANCIENT, NO. 1. Ancient in name and ancient in fact,this chap ter prides itself as being the oldest Royal Arch body in New York. It oven claims to antedate the parent Grand Chapter. There is a dim le gend whispered about among its members that when old Hendrik Hudson first sailed up the “majestic,” he saw standing upon the rocky shores of Manhattan Island a tall and imposing figure done up in a grand robe, leaning with his left arm upon a crooked staff. In his righthand, holding high aloft, a bottle of “ Webster Punch,” and old Hendrik shouted, “Vat will’d du ?” And tho grandly robed figure replied in the purest Knickerbocker language, “ Have some ?” This, the legend goes on to say, was one William Fowler, done up as Principal So journer ot Ancient Chapter, No. 1, trying to “lead” old man Hendrik Hudson. But the wily old salt steered right on. Whether he was afraid of Captain Fowler or of the “ Webster Punch,” the legend saith not. Wo think this is all wrong and a false tale gotten up by pure jealousy, and by the old men of Ancient, who envy tho captain his youthful appearance. However, neither tho captain or his chapter show any sign of decay, but are both vigorous and healthy, and M. E. Edward P. Wilder, tho High Priest, is a worthy successor to the grand array of distinguished brethren who have oc cupied tho East of Ancient. On last Thursday tho Royal Arch Degree was conferred in full form and in true and ancient stylo, in presence of a very largo gathering of companions. The M. E. Deputy Grand High Priest, Wm. Sherer paid an official visit to tho chapter, and also paid them a compliment upon their good at tendance and their flourishing condition. With tho distinguished Grand Deputy were M. E’s. A. J. Colby, John W. Coburn, Ayers, Adams, Jack Calender, Wm. H. Barber, Albert Max field, of Constitution; Thos. Forsyth, E. Loewen stein, of Empire beside ot course, Judge Jones, Capt. Fowler and R. F. Joseph M. Levey, and many more or less “ distinguished.” M. E. Companion Wilder may well be proud of his position and of tho position Ancient Chap ter occupies in Royal Arch Masonry. Next convocation Thursday, tho 18th inst. Work: Mark and Past Master’s Degree. Com panions cordially invited. BROOKLYN, No. 148. This chapter meets to-morrow night, the 15th inst. Wo are not informed what work is on hand, but feel confident that good work is done here. M. E. Comp. Edward T. Salisbury, the High Priest, is ably assisted by such veterans as our old friend John B. Harris and Geo. W. Collins, an old all around Mason, and a very efficient corps of officers. If our Brooklyn companions will notify ns of work on hand, or of any items of interest to Royal Arch Masons, we will be pleased to give them space in this column. ,There can be no doubt it will prove beneficial to them as well as to Royal Arch Masonry at large. BREASTPLATE. A part of tb.e vestments worn by the High Priest in a Royal Arch Chapter. It was a piece of embr idery of tho same material as the Epho<t y about ten inches square, of very rich work and set with four rows of precious stones, on each of which was engraven the name of one of the tribes of Israel. It was double, or made of two pieces, forming a kind of purse or bag, in which, according to the Rabbins, the Urim and were en- closed, and was fastened at the four corners; those at the top to each shoulder, and a golden ring at the end of a wreathed chain ; those be low, to the girdle ot tho Ephod, by tour blue ribbons—two at each corner. This ornament was never to be severed from the priestly garments, and it was called “ the Memorial,” being designed to remind the priest how dear those tribes should be to him, whose names he boro upon his heart. It was also named the “ Breartplateof Judgment,” because it was believed that by it was discovered tho will of God, or because tho High Priest who were it, was revered as tho fountain of justice, and put it on when ho exercised his judicial capacity in matters of great importance, which concerned the whole nation. ADONIRAM. The chief director of the thirty thousand workmen sent by Solomon into the forest or Lebanon to cut timber for tho Temple. In tho degrees of Secret Master, Perfect Master, In - tendant of tho Biddings, Provost and Judge, and especially in tho Royal Arch, ho occupies important and interesting positions. CRESCENT, NO. 220. A full house greeted M. E. Comp. Barber, the enterprising and go-ahead High Priest of Cres cent, when he opened his chapter on last Tues day evening. The Mark degree was conferred, and the companions were all attention, listening to the eloquent works as given ia Crescent. The M. E. Deputy Grand High Priest, Wm. Shorer, paid an official visit and addressed tho compan ions upon various topics of interest to Royal Arch Masons. There were also present and seated in the sanctuary: M. E. Comp’s. Ayers, Ed. Adams, Jack Calender, D. Campbell Loew enstein and Davis, of Empire; Chas. E. Blake, of California Chapter, No. 5, Cal.; Wilson, of York Chapter, No. 148, Chicago, 111., and many others. The M. E. High Priest made a report of his trip with tho remains of Comp. Jas. 8. Collister. It seems Comp. Collister was formerly a mem ber of Crescent Chapter, but his lines of li‘o were cast in a distant city, and when hero on a visit was stricken down, and his brethren and companions nursed him until his death, and then buried him Masouically. M. E. Comp. Barber, with a delegation, went to Milford, Del., the original home of Bro. Collister, and there paid tho last tribute ot respect to the memory of their departed brother. Well done, compan ions of Crescent. CHRYSOLITE. A precious stone; one of the ornaments in the High Priest’s breast-plato. It is transparent, having the color ot gold, with a mixture of green, which displays a iino and brilliant lustre. PERSONAL. Comp. Ralph Abciiold, of Washington Chap ter, No. 212, has lately been presented by his lovely “better half ” with a splendid baby-boy which weighs, without drapery, fifteen pounds, avoirdupois. The little prince is named “Royal,” and when he gets to be Governor of the Empire State will be recognized as “ His Excellency Royal Arch Bold.” May we not hail this advent as the youngest Royal Arch on record and the latest contribution to capitular Masonry in this jurisdiction ? Mother and child are doing well. Accept our congratu lations. STANDARD, NO. 252. Standard still keeps uo its good reputation for good work, good attendance, and good fellow ship. On last Saturday evening the Craft and Most Excellent Degrees were conferred. Some ot the candidates were from Zerubbabel Chap ter, and by special invitation M. E. Companion Walgrove,’High Priest of Sylvan Chapter, No. 188, conferred the M. E. Degree, and we are in formed by our reporter, that the work was never better performed, and that this new star in the firmament of Masonry, has a specially fine way of rendering tlio beautiful ritual in this degree. Cn next Saturday tho Royal Arch will be worked, and M. E. Comp. Clark invites Royal Arch Companions, and we vouch that they will be well received and will not not go away dis satisfied, however late they may part with the companions of Standard. MANHATTAN, NO. 184. The Mark Degree was conferred by tho High Priest, M. E. William H. Smith, in his inimit able stylo. This M. E. Companion is one ot the best workers in tho above degree, and he has a well trained corps of officers who are always present and ready, and beside he has such splendid workers as his aids, as M. E. Comps. Frank Magee, Doctor Wooster, and a host of others. On next Wednesday, tb.e 17th inst., the Mark Degree will again bo worked, and Masonic stu dents who are desirous of seeing good work done by skillful craftsmen, will do well to call at Manhattan Chapter, next Wednesday evening. AMERICUS, No. 215.’ This chapter will confer the Royal Arch on next Tuesday, IGth inst., and the bran-new and elaborate rolls will then bo brought out for the first time. Several distinguished Royal Arch Masons have been invited and have accepted, and no doubt everything will work smoothly enough. M. E. Comp. Ahlstrom, tho High Priest, desires everybody to bo present, and it is well understood that everybody will obey, especially as King Frazer will appear in his ne*w kingly robes, and that alone is well worth a visit to Americus. WASHINGTON, No. 212. A very pleasant and very harmonious convo cation was held here on last Tuesday evening. Several visitors called and aided in tho work, and the members evinced renewed interest in this chapter. There is no reason in tho world why Wash ngton should not prosper, and it does. ALTAIR CHAPTER, NO. 237, met in regular convocation on Tuesday evening last. In the absence of the Most Eminent High Priest, Valentine Hammann, the Excellent King presided in the East. Announcement was made of the death of Companion Wheelock M. Gardner, ot typhoid fever, and the altar was ordered to be draped as a mark ol respect. There was no work. NASSAU, NO. 109. Tho R. E. Grand Lecturer, McGowan, will visit this chapter next Wednesnay, lltii inst., and will there excmpliiy the Capitular Degrees. This will give our Brooklyn companions a good chance to learn, observe and preserve, all tho good things found by our earnest and zealous I t.rnnd Lecturer. We hope Nassau will be well PROGRESSIVE, NO. 198. Next Friday evening tho Past and M. E. De grees will bo given here, and everybody ia in vited, M. E. Comp. Carpenter, the High Priest, is rapidly building up this chapter, and a good attendance always rewards his efforts. Noth ing so pleases a presiding officer, in lodge or chapter, as a “full house,” and Progressive al ways has thia. TEMPLAR NOTES. ROCHESTER. An invitation has.been extended to Em. Sir Edward L. Gaul, of Hudson, Grand Sword Bearer, together with several other Grand officers, to attend the next conclave of Monroe Commandcry, No. 12, Friday, November 19th, for official visitation, at which time tho Illustri ous Order of Red Cross will be conferred. The Monroe Commandery Drill Corps have taken an early start in preparation for a pil grimage to Washington, D. U., at the time of the triennial,conclave of the Grand Encampment oi Knights Templar of the United States. The corps will have the hearty co-operation of Mon roe Commandery in this enterprise, if there is any significance in the vote of the Sir Knights at the last conclave. The proposition is to pre pare for the grandest excursion ever undertaken by this famous chivalric body, and already as surances have been received that the com manderies stationed on tho route proposed to bo traversed, will assist in making this contem plated pilgrimage a triumphal march through three or four States and including the District of Columbia.— Rochester Democrat, ST. ELMO, NO. 57. The fraters of this commandery were, on Sun day morning last, called upon to pay the last tribute of respect to tho memory of Sir Knight Wheelock M. Gardner, one of its oldest mem bers. The deceased was a Past Master and one of tho charter members of Anthon Lodge, No. 769, and a member of Altair Chapter, No. 327. He had been sick three weeks, and died on the evening of tho sth inst., in the fifty-first year ot his ago. He was born in New York city, and was senior member of tho firm of Gardner & Co., photographers, Fulton street, Brsoklyn. His residence was at No. 282 Throop avenue. The interment was in Greenwood ‘Cemetery, where the officers of Anthon Lodge performed the last sad rites before committing his re mains to the earth. This death awakens A sense of sorrow in a largo circle of friends in and out of the Masonic order. The next conclave of St. Elmo will be held on Wednesday evening next, when the Order of Red Cross will be conferred. E. Sir Valentine Hammann, tho able Commander, extends the usual courteous invitation to visitors. DE WITT CLINTON, NO. 27. On Tuesday evening, the 9th inst., we visited De Witt Clinton Commandery, No. 27, stationed in Brooklyn, E. D. We witnessed what is sel dom seen in commanderies, viz: Opening in full form. E. Juan B. Arci presided, ably flanked by his council officers and the genial Prelate, Rev. C. L. Twing. The commandery did not work in conse quence of tho candidates not coming up. A large number of Sir Knights were present; among them we noticed E. Sir Knight Hill, of Manhattan ; 8. D. Affleck ol Palestine; J. Z. Johnson, B. R. Bates, David M. Drury, “Tom” Adams, James Fairbrother, “ Bob” Dickie, Geo. Shelias, Aaron Van Name, John M. Pereira, the musical “Dick” Senior, while the gonial Sam uel T. Waterhouse occupied the Recorder s desk. Masonic chivalry has a truly noble home in this ancient and prosperous body of Christian Knighthood. VISITATIONS. The commanderies in the jurisdiction of the State of New York assigned to E. Sir George T. Loder, Grand Standard Bearer, for official visi tation, are : Genesee, No. 10, at Lockport; Clin ton, No. 14, at Brooklyn; Palestine, No. 18, at New York ; Lake Erie, No. 20, at Buffalo ; Cen tral City, No. 25, at Syracuse ; Batavia, No. 34, at Batavia, and Zenobia, No. 41, at Palmyra. TIDINGS FROM THE WEST, Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 8, 1886. All-of tho Masonic bodies in this city report a great deal oi labor before them for the coming Fall and Winter months, and composed of first class material, true and square. The first of next month the Scottish Rite bodies (Southern Jurisdiction) will assemble together for work, and a very pleasant reunion will take place at that time, Bro. Samuel E. Adams, 33°, has been appointed Inspector General of the South ern Jurisdiction for the State of Minnesota—a very worthy promotion. Zurrah Temple, A. O. M. 8., together with Osman Temple, of St. Paul, will assemble for work the next feast day, in this city. Director John A. Schleuer has promised a profitable and enjoyable assembly, and all Good Nobles of Moolah are cordially invited to be present at the next/esi« of Zurrah. We are pleased with your proposed column of Royal Arch Masonry. Our next regular con vocation (St. John’s Chapter) will be herd, as usual, the third Tuesday of the month, and will be of unusual interest, as the officers 1 annual reports will be presented and read on that oc casion. Our Secretary, Comp. Geo. W. Cates, predicts a good financial statement. We are glad to note the entire recovery from a severe illness of our M. E. High Priest, Hugh Kirk wood. Sir Kirkwood was a pilgrim to St. Louis, and has many good things to relate of tho hos pitable fraters that occurred during his pro tracted sojourn in the ancient city. Several special convocations were held, last month, and on one occasion the Past and Most E. M. De crees were conferred upon eleven brethren, and the same week nine brethren wore duly made Royal Arch Masons. Comp. Kirkwood is a true and earnest ritualist, and on this occasion the ceremonies were unusually impressive. A working corps of officers is connected with this chapter. The faithful and efficient Comps. J. W. Nash, K.; James Smith, P. 8.. and J. H. Atwood, C. of H., are never absent when labor’s order calls them. The High I’rieat and King of this chapter are prominent officers in the Tem plar and Mystic Shrine bodies, and the former is an officer ot the Grand Chapter of the State oi Minnesota, viz.: 11. E. Grand King. Zion Commandery, during the coming social season in our metropolis, will inaugurate a series of receptions, the initiative of which will occur some evening before the holidays, and perhaps tho veterans of the famous Zion Drill Corps will be present to participate in the festivities of the inaugural ball. E. Com. Schleuer is mustering in every body. The Rod Cross degree was con.erred upon two com panions at a special last month, and the order of the Temple will be conferred on the 26th inst. A very pleasant affair occurred in Zion some days ago, at the residence of P. G. C., Sir A. M. Shuey. Under the guidance of Sir J. W. Nash, the members ot the drill corps, - all who participated in the St. Louis Pilgrimage, on a pleasant Mon day evening, stormed and surprised their chiv alrous captain and his family. The boys marched right by file into the happy and quiet home. How did you know I was at home? was an swered with the war cry, “Z-I-O-N! Minne apolis ! rah ! rah 1 rah ! hip I hip ! rah ! Sir J. W. Nash, as Master of Ceremonies, announced that heretofore they had met for drill, but to night they had met for pleasure, and called upon the Sir Knights to respond to toasts, as follows: “Our Drill Corns,” “Sir Sumner,” “Our Success,” “Sir Miller,” “Tho Twenty third Conclave,” “Sir Little,” “Our Captain?’ Sir Stone, who, alter a brief but eloquent speech, addressed the captain, presenting to him in behalf of the drill corps a beautiful and valuable gold watch and gold* chain, a Templar and Scottish Rite chain charm combined, and an exquisite ring with Masonic emblems. The watch boro the following inscription : “ Pre sented to Sir A. M. Shuey, P. G. C.; Captain of Zion Commandery Drill Corps, by its members, in remembrance of the Triennial Pilgrimage to St. Louis, September. Minneapolis, October 18th, 1886.” Sir Shuey was given proper time to recover his voice, which nearly left him at St. Louis, but on this occasion had departed. With feel ings of emotion and gratitude he thanked the bravo boys, hoping that the strong tie tliat bound them would ripen and strengten as time rolled by. Robertus. PERSONAL. P. G. M, William A. Brodie will continue as treasurer ©t Livingston county, having been re-elected last Tuesday week. P. G. M. James W. Husted will again have a seat in the Legislature, where he has distin guished himself in years past. Past Master David M. Drury, of Progressive Lodge, honored our sanctum on Thursday last with his genial and smiling presence, and in a few happy remarks presented us with a splen did specimen of the seductive weed. We had no small vices before this happening, but tear that Bro. D. will have much sin to answer in luring his virtuous friends from the golden paths of rectitude. DIMIIS. Bro. Josiah H. Drummond says “to hold that there is any law to prevent” a lodge from vot ing that “ the secretary issue a dimit to A. B. upon his paying his dues to date of dimit, is nonsence pure and simple.” Nevertheless, we hold that the lodge has no such right. If tho lodge can grant a conditional dimit, it may order a conditional suspension. The proceed ings of the lodge in case ot acceptance of mem bers or terminating their affiliation, ought to be pronounced in clear and unmistakable terms, that tho records may show at once and dis tinctly his exact status up to a given moment when the lodge acted, and from that moment on, so far as that particular lodge is concerned. We insist that if a brother wishes to withdraw from his lodge, the conditions precedent to such withdrawal are : Ist. Good standing, because it would be wronging the craft at large, hence unmasonic, to send a member out under color ot a just and upright man and Mason, when the reverse was true. 2d. He must be “ clear of the books,” because it is a universally recognized rule, and a good one, that a man must pay his just debts, or be forgiven them, before he can fairly or truthfully be said to be in good standing. When these conditions are fulfilled, and Dot till then, can a lodge properly permit a brother to withdraw. The permit should be distinct and positive, that it may be entered of record, and at once deter mine his status. If the matter is left to the average secretary, it is a matter of doubt whether the facts will ever be recorded at all. Even the best of secre taries may omit it. When Bro. Drummond has examined the work of 450 or 599 lodges annually for eight or ten years, as wo have done, ho may have occa sion to change his views, as wise men tjome times do such things, and conclude that it is not so foolish, simple or complex to require that membership should be definitely deter mined Cg the h 'lge t and put on record at the time,—Masonic Home Journal. QUEBEC’S POSITION AS REGARDS “CANA DA” AND ENGLAND. A slight resume ot the “ compact” by which “Canada” obtained her recognition from En gland in 1859,which compact has been, by many, considered binding upon Quebec, in terms of tier compact with “Canada.” at the time when “ Canada ” recognized her in 18 ’4, may not be unacceptable to our readers. r JLo agreement between “ Canada ” and England will bo found to be based upon a series ot letters between the Hon. Wm. Mercer Wilson, Grand Master of “ Canada,” ancktho Earl of Zetland, Grand Mas ter of England. Very early, however, in the history of the Grand Lodge of “ Canada.” we find Grand Master Wilson, recommending to the craft in Canada, which then included Que bec and Ontario, to treat the brethren holding warrants from foreign Grand Lodges in a fra ternal manner, “feeling assured that when the justice of our cause has become fully under stood, the Grand Lodge of Canada will unite under its banner the whole fraternity of the Province” (Ontario and Quebec). Thus earlj’ did tho Grand Lodge of Canada declare its adoption of the exclusive jurisdic tion principle. In 1858, the Grand Lodge of Canada, and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Canada West, the latter a body in connection with England, commenced negotiations for a union. Both these bodies laid down the prin ciple of exclusive jurisdiction as the first essen tial of Masonic order. (Sco G. L. of Canada proceedings, 1858, p. 211.) And after the union had been happily effected, the committee on the Grand Master’s address to the newly-united Grand Lodge, expressed “ much cause for con gratulation at the Masonic union recently ac complished in the State of New York, whereby the principles for which the Canadian brethren have so long contended, namely, the undivided sovereignty of the craft, in a Province, State or Territory, has been fully and satisfactorily sus tained.” Surely, nothing can more clearly show tho decided tone of the Grand Lodge ot Canada than those remarks, coming as they do from brethren of acknowledged wisdom and highest rank. In the same year the Grand Lodge of Canada unanimously resolved that “this Grand Lodge, being the supremo governing body of Canada, must consider any lodges which may be hereafter established in Canada, under any authority, illegal.” Mrk the words—“ this Grand Lodge being tho supreme governing body of Canada”—thus claiming supreme au thority over all Masonic lodges then existing in Canada, without exception. During all this time approaches were being made to England by letters and addresses to the 'Grand Master of England, but to these no an swer was returned until December, 1858, wheh the Grand Lodge of England at last recognized the Grand l odge ot Canada as a grand body, having jurisdiction over Canada West (now Ontario), but not over the Districts of Mont real, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, these being, in the opinion of England, no part of “ the Grand Lodge of Canada.” This recog nition was not accepted by the Grand Lodge of Canada, and the committee, to whom it was re ferred, again re-iteratod “ tho well recognized principle of Masonic jurisprudence, that more than one Grand Lodge cannot exist in the same kingdom, State or territory,” and Grand Master Wilson, in conveying the Grand Lodge of Can ada’s refusal to accept this resolution, admits (on his own behalf) the right ot subordidate lodges to continue under their English war rants, but suggests tho propriety ot these lodges uniting with their brethren and fellow subjects of the Grand Lodge of Canada. On the 25th of March, 1859, the Earl ot Zetland replies. He says, with reference to tho English lodges in you have fully recognized, their perfect and un doubted right to all their Masonic privileges.” Speaking of the Grand Lodge ot Canada’s refer ence to the principal of exclusive jurisdiction, ho holds that the case of the English lodges in Canada, is an exceptional one. He further says “ It is my intention, if the remaining lodges in Montreal be desirous of it, to place them under the control of the Provincial Grand Master of Quebec, if otherwise, to permit them to corre spond with the Grand Lodge of England in the same manner as the lodges now in Canada West.” Tho last letter of the series is that of Grand Master Wilson, of 23d April, 1859. In it he tells the M. W. the Grand Master of England, the Earl oi Zetland, that “the right of the Grand Lodge of Canada to Masonic juris diction in and over the whole province having now been recognized and admitted by you on behalf of the Grand Lodge ot England.” Ac. He repeats his opinion that the English lodges have a right to retain their English warrants, but he says, “From the establishment of the Grand Lodge ot Canada in 1855, the supreme authority in all matters Masonic relating to this province became, and was, vested in that body, and that, consequently, the pow’er of Grand Masters of other jurisdictions to appoint or even to continue in authority such a class as Provincial Grand Officers, then ceased and de termined forever.” This closed the negotia tions, and Canada was immediately afterward (in June following) fully recognized by England on this basis. The tones of these letters shows that Canada claimed and insisted through all the negotia tions, the right of the Grand Lodge of Canada from the hour of her formation, exclusive, un divided, and absolute sovereignty in all matters Masonic in Canada, that it looked forward to a time when the whole fraternity here would be united under the banner of the Grand Lodge of Canada. This was the position insisted upon. The right of England to maintain a Provincial Grand Lodge in the province was utterly re pudiated, the utmost concession made was that the English lodges here might continue to hold their original warrants. Nor does it appear to have been in the mind of Lord Zetland, England’s plenipotentiary, to bold other views. He merely holds that the case of the English lodges in Montreal, is “ an excep tional one.” Wo believe therefore, that the maintenance of a Provincial Grand Lodge ot England in the Province of Quebec, is a viola tion of England’s compact with Canada, and the refusal of the English lodges to submit themselves to the jurisdiction of Quebec’s Grand Lodge, is equally a violation of the agree ment for exclusive jurisdiction of a grand lodge, cannot but mean that all lodges in her jurisdic tion are subject to her regulations, no matter where they hail from, just as individual Masons hailing from foreign jurisdictions, and under similar circumstances, aro subject to her rules and regulations.— Masonic News, HOW MASONRY SAVED A LIFE. The following interesting narrative, clipped from the Jeffersonville (Indiana) News, was kindly furnished us by a brother for the benefit of our readers: Some days ago Mr. Charles Kelly, a promi nent insurance a<.eut of this city, told the News an experience of the war, which forcibly illus trates the value of our fraternity. During the war Mr. Kelly was clerk for some party who furnished army supplies. He took sick with army dysentery while thus engaged and it became necessary to send him home. While the steamer, upon which he was a pas senger, made its way up the river, it was hailed at a landing, near Duck river, by an old fellow who said he had a lot of tobacco in hogs heads on the bank which he desired to send North. The boat put in shore and landed, when the hogsheads suddenly disgorged a lot of Con federate soldiers, who took the boat and made everybody on board prisoners. They fired the boat, which was burned and sunk* and the prisoners were transported inland, all but Mr. Kelly, who was too feeble to walk or ride, and whom they believed dying. Him they left behind to shift for himself or perish as he could, It was a terrible situation for a man, sick and unable to stand up, to bo left alone at the lonely landing, and he folt very near to despair. However, Mr. Kelly had a good deal of grit, and he did not give up. Ho knew to stay at the desolate landing was death, so he dragged him self to the bank and waited until a boat should pass. Keveral came and made his heart leap with hopeful anticipation, but they passed by with out heeding his anxious hail, each captain prob ably suspecting a trap. Kelly’s courage began to fail him, when about dusk another boat hove in sight. He then bethought himself of a last measure to secure help. He was, and is, a Ma son, and now he concluded to hail the boat with a Masonic signal. This ho did, when tho steam er came near enough, and behold, to his unut terable joy, the ponderous paddle-wheels ceased churning the water, and the great structure floated idly opposite the landing. But it did not put in shore, and for over a Salt hour he lay in suspense on the bank, won ering why thev did not come to got him. At last a yawl, manned by two rowers, put off and came ashore, and he was saved, exhausted and nearer dead than alive. When he got on board he learned that the pilot, who was a Mason, had seen his signal and had prepared to run ashore, when the captain, alarmed for tho saiety of his boat, forbade it, asking why he wanted to land. The pilot re sponded that he intended to get that man, and would proceed no further until he did get him on board. The captain was no Mason, and could not un derstand the pertinacity of the pilot, but finally, after much parleying, sent the yawl ashore for Mr. Kelly, whose life was thus undoubtedly saved through tho instrumentality of Masonry. —Masonic Advocate. • MERCENARY MOTIVES. If there is any one thing that has destroyed harmony in our lodges and between members, it is the want of a sense of pecuniary oi ligation, too often found among brethren. Many th nk that it they can join the Masons they will pros per, because Masons aro bound to help each other. If such failed to support themselv< s before they were made Masons, they grew worse after joining a lodge. We have known Masons to demand a credit because they were Masons, when, if they were not Macons, they could not even ask credit tor a pipe of tobacco. Wc have heard indolent brothers complain against those who had worked hard and saved something of this world's goods, because they j refused to give credit, or divide with those ahiit lesa follows. And what forehanded Mason is there that has not met with such things ? If an applicant can not support himself, or is not doing so in some creditable occupation, when he asks to join a lodge, ho should be rejected. If ho seeks to become a Mason with the hope or expectancy that tho brethren will feed and clothe him, whether he works cr not—as no doubt some do —ho should bo referred to the aims house, for that is the place he is hunting. We havo known cases where such applicants were industrious enough to get into a lodge, but never enough so afterward to make a creditable living, but .such cases aro, fortunately, not numerous.— Proceedings Grand Lodge of Florida. TRUE MASONRY. Tho true Mason is not satisfied with simply passing through tho forms and ceremonies of its several degrees: he wll strive to fathom their interior moaning—their true significance and teaching; he is a laborer in tho Masonic vineyard, and takes an interest in unvailing tho beauty ho finds in its symbols and imparting tho lessons there taught to others. He is fervent and zealous in everything pertaining to the in terest of the craft. But how many there are who claim tho name of Mason who do no Ma sonic labor and take no interest in its beauties, or in studying its legends and history. Curiosity or some other improper motive has prompted them to seek admission; they have received tho several degrees and they aro satisfied. They are Masons,” and that suffices. What need have they to read or to make any effort to become skillful in their profession. From this class comes the Dress Parade Masons, whoso zeal is only manifested when an opportunity for dis play is presented; and it, too, is the fountain head, the prolific source from whence emanates the hordes of dead beats, pervading the coun try, endeavoring to draw their subsistence from those who, governed by true Masonic principles themselves, are unsuspecting of insincerity and fraud in others. The overseer’s square cannot be too carefully applied, nor the gavel too vigorously used upon such rough ashlar; all material piesented for the building ot our Masonic Temple to bo re jected if found wanting in all the requirements necessary lor the making of a true Mason or ac cepted when found worthy. Grand Masters and Grand Lodges of the dif ferent jurisdictions are constantly urging this upon th‘e craft, and lodges, oftentimes learning from experience of their own aro becoming more and more careful in their selections. Ignorance and unskillfulness aro no longer in favor, true merit is now more than ever the requirement; and proficiency in its proper sense is now de manded. Wo trust this will continue until tho time shall come when none but the good and true are admitted, and our ranks purged of those who would wear our livery fe.r selfish pur poses and to servo their own ends, rogardley ot right, or thoughts of others,— Masonic Th ings. DESIGNED FOR IMMORTALITY. It has been said by a great writer that “ wo let our years slip through our fingers liko water; and that, at the end ot al), nothing is to be seen but what is like a shower ot tears upon a spot of ground.” Repeat it as often as we may, that “ Death is that harbor whither God hath de signed every one, that there he may find rest from the troubles of the world,” yet death will never be to those whoso homos and hearts it desolates, anything other than death. Repeat it as we may to ourselves and others, that death is but falling asleep, yet it will always be, for us and them, death and not sleep ; for tho waking from it does not come in this world. It does not comfort us to be told that “our life here must go from us, to lay aside its thorns, and to return again, circled with a glory and a diadem.” We do not need to be told that “ mon live in their course and by turns; their light burns awhile, and then its flames become blue and faint, and men go to converse with spirits, and then they reach tho taper to another, and as the hours of yesterday can never return again, so neither can the man whose hours they were, and who lived them over once, ever come to live (them [again and live them bolter.” It doos not reconcile us to death that we know it to be inevitable. The loss of husband or fath er, of friend or brother, is none the less to us because myriads have died before them. We miss our holy dead. They aro gone away from us to come back no more. We are to sde their faces and hear their voices no more, and out of the depths into which they have gone no loving messages will ever come to us. We are to be incessantly reminded of our deprivation and have the wounds of our sorrow opened afresh by the familiar objects in our homes, that will continually remind ns of them. They are lost to us, and no eloquence can make us feel that, this irreparable loss can in any way be a gain. Yes, it is true that death has in itself some good, “ upon its proper stock”—praise and charitable judgments, higher appreciation ot excellence, greater indulgence for faults, “ a fair memory, a reverence and religion toward the dead, and the knowledge that they rest in peace and quiet from their labors and sufferings and sorrows, and are designed for immortality.”— Albert Pike. Masonic Veterans’ Association of Pennsylvania.—At their stated! meeting on Saturday evening, October 30th, ult.. the lollow ing officers were elected for the ensuing year: Bro. Edward Masson, President; Bro. Charles W. Packer, First Vice-President; Bro. Thomas J. Belville, Second Vice-President; Bro. John L. Young, Third Vice-President; Bro. M. Rich ards Muckle, Treasurer; and Bro. Dennis F. Dealy, Secretary. The veterans will hold their fourth annual reunion and dinner, on Tuesday, November EOth inst., the evening preceding the Quarterly Communication of tho Grand Lodge. Centennial celebrations are now in order. The Grand Lodge of New Jersey comes next, having arranged to hold commemorative exercises on the £sth of January next, when a historical address will be given by Past Grand Master Bro. Henry R. Cannon, and an oration by Past Grand Master Hamilton Wallis. New Jersey has a long and bright record of Masonic usefulness. Library and Reading Room, Masonic Hall.—The attendance of visitors and readers is constantly increasing, afternoons and even ings. The latest periodicals, magazines and papers are to be found, and the rooms aro at tractive and pleasant. William H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY ANJ DIAMONDS. Masonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 31 PARK HOW, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Office) and NEW No. 2 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street. DEBJTISTRi-. DR. B. H. DUPIGNAC. No. 159 BOWERY, five doors above Broome Blreet. Forty-five years of active prac tice. Extracts. Inserts, and Fills Teeth without pain. A Specialty : Artificial Teeth, $4, $6, SB, $lO, and up. Repairing, sl, and up. Go d Killing, sl, and up. Clean ing and beautifying natural teeth, 50 cents, up. Open Sundays and evenings. Lady Dentist in attendance. WARING&T HUBBARD, NO. 22 FOURTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY. KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, PATRIARCHS’ MILITANT and other Society Uniforms a specialty. COATS EMBLEMATICALLY TRIMMED, sl2 to S2O. CAPES, $8 to sl6. Clothing on Credit 1 WEEKLY OH MONTHLY PAYMENTS TAKEN. Men’s Suits, - • $5 to S3O. Boys’Suits, - - $2 to sls. Overcoats, - - - $3 to S3O, Only Practical Credit Clothiers in tune City. BTAUMOHM, 26 FOURTH AVENUE, OPPOSITE COOPER INSTITUTE. OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL 10. james avsfa, ~ MANUFACTURER OF KNIGHTS MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, NO. 133 GRAND STREET. CORNER O ■’ CROSBY. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOR .IFF THE STATES, Henry C. Bantes. I?AW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS A BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House ; No. 131 East 121th st., cor. Lexington ave., NEW-YORK. CITY. ““MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YORK. ACACIA, No. 327, meets first and third Tues days, Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty third, street and Sixth avenue. Adam G. Vail, M. George D. Sauer, Treas. James D. Outwater, S. AV. Frank A. Hovey, Sec. Wm. U. 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 ple. E. 8. Inne:, M. R. 11. Foote, Treas. AV. AV. Wal>« r, S. AV. Wm. H. Innet. sec. W. E. Marrenncr. J. W. ARCTURUS, No. 274.—Regular communications of Arcturus Lodge arc held at Miller’s Hall, No. 202 E. 86th st., S. E. cor. 3d avenue, on the first and third Tuesdays oi each month. .Geo Campbell, M. Henry H. Dabnke. Treas. William Kurz, S. W. James Ail wood, 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 s.re?c and Third av enue. Harlem. Harry C. Harney, M. Cyrus O. Hubbell, Treas. Theo tore A. Jasper. S. W. Z. T. Benson, Sec. Fred. M. Randell, J. W. CHA.'CEI.I/>K WALWORTH, Nj. meets second and fourth Wednesdays ea h month, in Au-tin and Commandery itaorn, Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenue. Wright D. Powaall, M. Geo. W. Millar, Treas., John W .lei i S. W. F. AV. Herring. Sec., Andrew 11. Kellogj, J. \V. No. 841 Broadway, N. Y . COVal.5 fjN r’, No. 611, meets every second and >our:h Wednesdays, at 8 P.M.. in the Curinihian Room, Mas., i.c Te.nyle. William M. Martin Kalb, L eas. W Liam J. Mathews, S. W. 11. . Gb -on, vc. Joseph J. Moen, J. W. CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at (Land Opera House, 23d stress and Sth avenue, at 8 P. M. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, M* Geo. Stone, Treas. Fred. K. Van Court, 8. W., Geo. F. Thornton. Pee Thomas Bonner, J. AV. ; 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, .ML Wm. 11. Francis. Treas, Wm. J. Walker, 8. WJ Jas. H. Bailey, See, F. J 3. Wall, J. W. DIRIGO, No. 30, meets second and fourth Molts days of each month, in Composite Rooms, Masonifl Temple. Sixth aven :e and 23d street. “ Moritz N. Sill entei”, Treas. Aaron Morris, J 9. j William R. Oldroyd, Sec., L. Jacobson, S. AV* No. (?7 Charlton st. A. Crozier, J. W. EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourtTl Thursdas each month, Koster & Bial’s Hall, No. 11l West Twenty-third street, Gustave Baum, M. M. Laski, Treas. Jere. H. Goldman, S.W 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 Twenty-third street. Joseph Graham, Treas. John G. Hollman, M. John Foster, Sec., DeForrest Nichols, S. AV, Res.. No. 6>B Tenth are. Dr. Moles worth, J. W. GEORGE WASHINGTON, No. 285, meets first, third and fifth Fridays o each month, at Eastern Stai Hall, corner Seventh Third avenue. Adolphus D. Papo, M, A. H. Bradley, Treas. W. P. Kent, S. W. Jared \. Timpson, Sec. Ralph Bogart, J. W. GIRARD, No. G3l, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Thos. P. Clench. See. Thon. W. James, M Chas. Clark, Treas. Peter G. Arnott, S. W. John Mead. J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and third Mondays ot vac'i month, at German Mason.c Temple East Fifteenth C. B. Parker \I W. Lindcmeyer, Treas. G. M. Johnson, S. W I-. R. Brown See. C H. Trumbull. J. AV. KANE, No. 4.s4.—Regular communications ot 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. Thos. E. Stewart, S. W. Henry W Penoyar, Sec. Charles F. Ulrich. J. W. MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in tho Dorio Room, Masonic Temple, every first and third Moada* evenings, at 7:30 o'clock. * ?• w v y,°?.' lruir ’ w. E WowtM. M. D. M, F. W. McGowen, Sec., J. Weslev Smith, 3. W. Box No. 68, Masonic Temple. Thos. J. Pardy, J. W. MUNN, No. 180, meets on the second and Iberth Thursday evenings, at Li n gstoa Room, Mason* ,? cn U’J e - Joseph Abraham, M. John MSguire, Treat*. Thus. Maguire, S. W. Ezra B. stock vis, sec. W. E. Harwood, J. W. MYSTIC TIE, No. 272, meets first, third and at Eastern Star Hall, cor Seventh street and Third avenue. Henry G. Edwards, M. Chas. W Kattel. Treas. Henry C. Dougherty, 8. WS,; Geo. Smith, Jr., Sec. James M Styles, J. VV. Rpcidence 354 Second av NATIONAL, No. 20i), meets in Clinton room. Masonic Temple. 2.3 d .-treet and 6th avenue, second and loiirth Fridays each month. David Newmark, M. J. L Voorhees, Treas. Hugh Hawthorn, S.W. E. I ercival, Sec. Max Boremsky, J. W. Residence, No. 304 E. 85th street. NEW YORK, No. 33U, meets tho second and fourth Tuesdays each month, Tuscan Room, Temple, Twenty third street, and Sixth avenue. TT • .n John Ja y Griffin, Chas Heizman, Treas. John J Brogan, S. W- E. VV Bradley, Sec. Vai Schneider. J. W. PACIFIC, No. 233, meets first and third Thurg< days of 0.-ch month, in the lonic Room, Masonic Hall. Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. „ T John T. Lee, M. Henry Lee. Irens. William J. Conway, S. WL James Hyde, See. William Irvine, J. W. Address. .\ o . 569 Oeen ave., Brooklyn. PARK, No. 510, meets first and third Tuesday* N. W. corner of Seventh avenue and Pm tv n nth • eefc „ , , . George W. Cregie •. M. Charles Lehrltter, Treoa Wm. W. Seymour, s vv v ~ E * Winterbottom. J v PERI? EC £ ASHLAR, No. 604, meets lirot an<t third Thursdays in the Doric Room, German Masu iia Temple, Fifteenth street, etut of Third avenue. ' r - v -John C. Miller, M. L. Greenbatun, TreaSb Wm. L. Darmstadt, 8. W. 1 • T>?\A°ft S er C naT> x- Chas. H. Jackson. .1 W. , 2 No. 245, meets first and third Wednesday of each month, in Tonic Room, German Ma* sonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. « » Samuel Holmes, M. George W. Moore, Treas. George A. Hark nose, S. WJ Sec - William H. Miller J- . J. UC’ ST. CECILE, No, 568, meets the first, third and fifth Tuesday afternoons each month, at 1:30 P. M, at luscan Room, Masonic Temple. Visitors are always welcome David H. Agan. M. F Martin Papst, Treas Michael Schlig, 8. W. Lawrence O’Kei.ly. Sec. John E. Morse*, J. W. STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 84, moots first third and fifth We Inosdays ot each month, at No. 953 Third avenue, corner Fifty se; enth street. > James F. Bragg, Treas. vi Gibb, M. Jac son Bell, Sec., s. D. Smith, 8. W. Aldress '<> o>, . Third av_ Robert Kopp, J. W. , SYLAAN GROVE, No. 27b, meets second anct fourth Tuesdays of each month, at eight o’clock, P M in Livingston Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty third ftreet. Theodore Reeves, Treas. Wm. Madara, M. Edgar Kirby, Sec. Wm. Helms, S. W. For. Dept. N. Y. P. O. Wm. & Merritt. J. W. , TECUMSEH, No. 487, meets first and thirlf Thursdays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue and Seventh street. Wm. Kemble Hall, it James Stone, Treas. Joseph Hoffman, S. W. F. E. Davis, Sec., J. Theodore Tunstall, J. W. No. 207 East Nineteenth street. TEMPLAR, No. ‘.03, meets first, third and flftU Friday evenings, at No. 161 Bth ,av.. corner of ISth st. W. J. L, Maxwell, M., George Banfield, Treas. 805 Broadways James S. Stitt, sec., Robert Graham, S. W. 424 West 19(h. Benjamin More, J. W. Thos*. Loughrey, Tyler. 447% West 17th. i VERITAS LODGE, No. 734, meets every second and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera House. 23d street and Sth ave. Richard Koch. M. Dennis Redmond, Treas. John C. Kcopm.in, S. W. P. M. John W. Sokol, See. Dan. C. Sprineateel, J.W. WASHINGTON, No. 21, meets on tho first and third Tuesdays of each month, at No. 289 Bleeckeu street (Dixon s Building). Irving Hazelton, M. R. B. Coppins, Treas. John J. Kelley, 8. W. J. H. Malecs, Sec. L. F. W. Seifert, J, VF. CHAPTERS. ADELPHIC, No. 158, meets 2d and 4ih Wed* nesdays of each month, in Egyptian Room, Masouid Temple. P. C. Benjamin, H. J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. G. Larason, K. Wm. H. Inner., Sec., H. J. Emcrsou, Scribd, Res., 102 Sixth avenue. AMERICUS CHAPTER, No. 215, meets tha Third Tuesday of each month, in the Egyptian Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenut, Wm. H. Adams, ireas. Oscar G. Ahlstrom. H. P. Harry G. Kimber, See., James S. Fraser. R. 221 East 52d street. Geo. W. Hallock, s. MANHATTAN CHAPTER, No. ISi, meets on the first and third Wednesdays ot each month, in the 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. 23S Greenwich st. M. AV. Goodyear." 8. STANDARD CHARTER, No. 252, meets first, third and fifth .'-a urday of each month, at Decker Building. No. 33 Union Square. James P. Clark, 11. P., 524 East 14Jst street. R. J. Black, K. A. P. Lockwood, S. AV. W. AYood, Sec. WASHINGTON, NO. 212, moats in convooa. tion the second an.l fourth Tuesdays of each month, at 289 Bleeckcr street. A. B. Haines, Treas. J. B Mockabee, H. P H. D. Seward, Sec. B. H. Dupiguac. 1<» Address, 62 Jefierson Mkt. 11-mry Wells, S. COMMANDERIES. ADELPHIC, No. 59 (mounted), meets in con* clave second Thursday of each month, at Masonic Tem» pie, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wallace.AValker, 0. J. W. San-ord. Treas. J. O’Neil, G. AV. H. Innet. Rec. V. Mott, C. G. CONSTANTINE, No. 48, assembles in stated conclave the fourth Tuesday of each month, at their asylum, 180th street and Third avenue. William H. De Graaf, C. A. M. Underhill, Treas. AV. L. Che t t. (’. J. I. Conklin, Jr., Recorder- J. B. I.: wrjnce, C. G. CCEUR DE LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave Second Friday of each month, at Masonic Temple. Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. AVm. Otis Munroe, C. Edwin R. McCarty, Treas. Thoma; B Inness, Q. Charles W. Sy. R c, Corelius Waydell, C. G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles m conclave third Friday each month, bank building, Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue 11. S. San<le: son, E. Q. E. C. Ha-wood, M. j)., G Joseph F. Waring, C. H William 11. Peekham, Treas. AVilFam S. Hemmi g, Rea, No. 77 E. 86th street. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays of each month, at the asylum. Masonic Hall, 23J street and Sixth avenuu. * James W. Bowden, Com. AV. R. Carr, Treas Chas. H. Gillespie, Gen. C. S. Champlin, Rec. Chas. E. Lan.-ing, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH HITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonia Temple, on tho first Tuesday of every month, at 8 P. M. Chas. S. AVard. D. M. Joseph B. Eakins, M. N. I’once de Leon, Treas. Geo. AV. Van Buskirk, S. AV. Wm. S. I’atcr-cn, Sec., Geo. H. Fitzwllson, J. W. No. 100 Read; .‘treet. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERUSA SALEM OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the third Saturday o( every month, at 8 P. M. E. Porter Cooley, D. M. Stephen D. Affieck, M. Martin- Kalb. Treas. George AVood, S. AV. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., G. AV. Van Buskirk, J. AV, No. 100 Reade street. THE CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets at. Consistorial Chambers, Masonia Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at 3 p M George AV. Millar, M. G. AV. A’an Buskirk, Orator. Jamez McGee S. AV. N. Ponce de 1 emi, Treas. John S. King, J. W. AVm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. 100 Reade stree-. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY, 3. P. R. S., meets at Consistorial Chambers. Masonic Temple, when speciallv convened. C. T. McClenachan, Com. Charles H. ilevzer. Ist L. C. George AV. Millar, 2d L. O. Joseph M. Levey, Treas. AVm. D. Garrison, M State AVm. S. Paterson, Sec, No. 109 Reade street. ' GUNCILS, F. S. M. ADELPHIC COUNCIL, No. 7, R. and S. M.— The regular assemblies are h. ld on the first Saturday of each" mouth, in the Council Chamber, Masonic Terns* pie Sixth ave. and 23d st. P. O. Benj min. T. I. M. Join W. Coburn, l:e-. Alex. Bntt=, D M Royal E Deane, Treas. I red Kanter P. C. AV. NOISIA.S «).•' J tl.-l ?.lYol'lU SUUINIS. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its session* at Masonic Temple. Ne.v York city, on the feast day of every Mohammedan month, of which due notice will be given. Waiter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. AV. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Benjam.n. Assistant Rabban. Charles 11. Heyzer, High Priest. Joseph B. Eak ns. Director _ Wm. S. Pate: sou Crard Recorder, No. 100 Head©«. teKOOKLYN. COMMANDERIES. de WITT CLINTON, No. 27, moots in assem bly on the seco.;J, lo’.irc'i, an! fifth Tues Jays of each raonth. at Nos. »T. S 3 and 01 Broadway. BreoUlyu, K, D Juan B. Arci, G. T. J.’scharfenberg. Treas. AVm. H. Bryant, G. 8. T. Waterho ise. il-iC. Geo. B. GM-Hn, G. G, AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFECTION. Aneient cceptcd Scottish Kite, Valley ot Brooklyn Regular cmnman cations are held < n the second Friday of each month at Nos. 38 and 40 court street. AV ay li: nd Tr isk, T. I’., G. M. John W Richardson. Deputy. Mark Mayer, Treas. ]■:. D. AVashburn, 8. W. G. 11. Koenvcke, Sec. Rev. AVarreo 9. Hubbard, J. AV. No. 492 i.e.tn street. Mast: it Guilders. -In tho earliest days of operative Masonry, tho great object ol i the master bui:ders was to erect Loziutiful and substantial e l lie* s with foundations so deeply ' laid, i nd superstructure so skilfully cemented I tdge’her. th »t the ravages of time might be i defied, and their magnificent specimens of akill, ■ surviving lor ages, should be monuments to future gr-neraiions of their genius and great ness. When speculative succeeded operativa ' Masonry, tue great and good who were ita foundt re, had a nobler end in view. Their ambition was of a loftier and more exalted typo —to elevate their race, to render ma.*, a wiser and happier being, and to inculcate ttioso sublime doctrines of Eternal Truth, a knowl edge aud practice of which would fit them as living stone; in that Spiritual Temple, that | House not made with hands, eternal in i Heavens.— Selected, • 3