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Advertisements for tho Masonic De- TAlitment, to (secure their insertion, roost bo ret in by TWO O’CLOCK. R M„ Friday. A MASONIC CONGKESS. Under thia caption we published some few weeks since an article in which we took ground against this or any similar gathering. But as we wrote then on information and belief, we deem it fair to publish the official call, which wo have just received, that our readers may see for themselves precisely what is expected to be accomplished: GENERAL MASONIC CONVENTION. FROM THE GRAND EAST OF THE Most Worshipful Grand Lodges, A. F. and A. Masons, OF THE STATES OF MINNESOTA, ILLINOIS, OHIO, IOWA AND INDIAN TERRITORY. To the Present and Past Most Worshipful Grand Masters of Masons in the United States of America, the Territories thereof t the District of Columbia, Canada, Quebec, Prince Ed uard's Island, Manitoba, British Columbia, Eova Scotia and New Brunswick: Greeting: Health, Peace and Prosperity. Most Worshipful Brethren— ln November last the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Minnesota addressed letters to all the Grand Masters in the above named Grand Jurisdic tions, making inquiries of them as to their views on ’be subject of a General Masonic Convention for tho purpose of consultation and advioo on subjects oi general interest to the craft whereso ever dispersed. From the nearly unanimous favorable response to such interrogatory, and from the very great importance of such meeting, it has been thought to be wise and prudent to call such convention—not for the purpose of legislation, nor for the purpose of forming a General Grand Lodge, as may be feared, but s’mply and solely for the purpose of consulta tion and advice. The undersigned Grand Masters are jealous of the rights, integrity and perpetuity of inde pendent sovereign Grand Lodges, as the only taw.ul governing bodies over Ancient Cra.'t Ma sonry, and under no circumstances would either eonsent that such lawful authority should be divorced from its proper source. It is well known that there are associations, other than Independent Sovereign Grand Lodges, claiming the right to establish lodges and exercise authority over the first three de grees of Freemasonry, viz: Entered Appren tice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason, and this, too, in total disregard of the fact that Grand Lodges, the only lawful source of authority, already exercise jurisdiction over the territory in which it is proposed to establish such unlaw fully organized bodies. This and many other subjects of general in terest, including jurisprudence and Grand Representatives, may properly be discussed. }n :act it is intended that the discussion shall take a wide range, and cover any and all sub jects of general interest to tho craft. It has been deemed best to fraternally invite you to attend such convention for the purposes specified, to be held in the city of Chicago, Illinois, commencing on Wednesday, the 22nd day of June. A. D. 1887 t A. L. 5887, at ten o'clock A. M., and to continue in session at least three days, including the Festival of St. John the Baptist, June 24th. The convention to be governed by such rules and regulations as it may see proper to adopt. Now wo do most cordially and fraternally in vite you to be present to assist with your coun sel and advice to the end that-great good may be accomplished, a better understanding of many vexed questions arrived at and closer fraternal relations established. It is very de sirable that all the American Grand Lodges bo fully represented. In order that hotel and other accommodations may be provided lor all those who attend, you arc requested to advise M. W. Alex. T. Darrah, Bloomington, Illinois, on or before the first ot May, ot your intention, or otherwise, to attend. (Signed) Alex. T. Darrah, G. M. of Masons in Illinois. 8. Stacker Williams, G. M. of Masons m Ohio. William P. Allen, G. M. of Masons in lowa. Florian H. Nash, G. M. of Masons iu Indian Territory. A. H. Gove, G. M. of Masons in Minnesota. Those who recall our remarks in the former article will find that the grounds of opposition then stated were not far out of the way, and that wo were right in concluding that no possi ble advantage to the craft could be expected to grow out of the meeting. The proposition to form a General Grand Lodge needs no consultation; it is so dead that its very bones have vanished into thin air. The spirit of independent sovereignty is as thor oughly grounded in our Masonic governments and brethren as is the National independence in the hearts of the people. It is always well to provide as far as possible against a probable danger, but the general and jealous watchful ness of the craft in behalf of the rights of their respective Grand Lodges is a bulwark so thor oughly steel-clad that it can never be punc tured while the fraternity remains true to its present organization and sense of duty. con vention to emphasize these facts would be as useful as a meeting of college professors to re assert the multiplication table. Masonic Jurisprudence is not yet what it should fie, but it is in far better shape than it was twenty years ago, and the same agencies which have brought about so much agreement on essential points are still at work, and will accomplish better and better results in educat ing the craft than any isolated effort could pos sibly achieve. To our mind, however, there is one danger likely to grow out of a congress or convention which can hardly be over-estimated, and that is, that in coming years, when the participants have gathered up their working tools and laid them down to the final rest, the result of their cogitations will be quoted as law, and Grand Lodges be vexed and hindered in their labors by reference to authority which wo know in ad vance cannot be any authority whatever. The Representative system, as long as it is kept where its founders intended it to bo, sim ply an interchange of fraternal regard by a per son, instead of in words alone, comes under the head of “well enough/’ and as far as the ground is visible, needs no repairs. With every possible deference to the Grand Lodges and distinguished brethren promoters of tho convention, we are firm iu the belief that the best moans of consultation are the Press and tho Post Offices. Their capabilities are end less ; tho benefits they have already conferred, innumerable. With these potent engines at hand, it will be folly to expect that tho consulta tions of individuals, however distinguished, can either promote or stay tho healthful, steady, on ward progress o-f the fraternity. We trust that all concerned will think better and more thoroughly of the hopeless nature of the proposed undertaking and wisely resolve to stay at home. VARIETIES. In the current issue of the Liberal Freema son, we find a very full report ot a compliment ary banquet tended to M. E. Comp. Alfred F. Chapman, Fast General Grand High Priest, by the companions of . Boston. It was a splendid affair, worthy alike of the givers and the re cipient, and we heartily congratulate him upon this pleasant crowning of a lengthy and most ac ceptable career as an officer and worker in the Royal Art. If they wait to give us a banquet till we are done working, they will have to spread the tables over our grave. Reception.—Clinton Commandery has fol lowed our advice and decided to give a recep tion at the Palace Rink, Clermont avenue, Fri day evening, 18th inst. That it will be a brilliant affair goes without saying, and if the winds will only sing them selves to sleep for a day or two, we shall take our helpmate and best girl under our wing, and open out on the boys in full, feather. Adytum Lodge, No. 640.—At the com munieation of this lodge, of which we gave special notice in our last issue, there was a very large attendance of brethren, including R. W. Bros. Richardson, Fuller, Wight and Robt. Black, with many Masters and Past Masters of other lodges. R. W. Theo. A. Taylor paid his official visit, and after the close of labor a bountiful collation was served to the delectation of all present. At the next meeting, Tuesday, the Bth inst., the Second Degree will be conferred. Brethren are cordially invited. Benevolent Lodge, No. 28, will hold their next communication on Wednesday even ing, 9th inst., in the German Masonic Temple, on which occasion the Second Degree will be conferred. A well-known S. D. will assist in the M. C. W. Bro. Hillson extends a cordial in vitation to all to visit him on this occasion. Orescent Lodge. No. 402, will meet in the Austin Room, Masonic Temple, Thurs day evening, February IGtb, at eight o’clock. The Second Degree will be conferred. Visitors are cordially invited to be present. Citizen’s Lodge, No, 628, will confer the First Degree on Friday evening, February 11th, at Livingston rooms, Masonic Temple Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. Independent Lodge, No. 185, will meet to-morrow evening, February 7, and confer the Second Degree. Visiting brethren will be cordially welcomed as usual. Thanks.— To lonic Lodge, No. 486, and Independent Lodge, No. 185, for copies of their lodge sards. LEXINGTON LODGE, NO. 310. On the seventh page of the Dispatch of last Sunday, January HO, was printed an article headed, “ A New Word Wanted/’ That is just the position we are in at this time—wo are at a loss for an adjective that will adequately ex press our meaning in what wo are about to de scribe. The best thing we can do is to fall back on an old stand-by, and say that Monday, January 31, 1887, should be recorded in the annals of Lexington Lodge as a Red Letter Day. The immediate occasion was the official visita tion of the District Deputy Grand Master of the Third Masonic District, and it will long be re membered by all who were so fortunate aa to participate. There were present seven Grand Lodge officers, nineteen Masters and Past Mas ters, and nearly three hundred brethren ot va rious lodges, some of which sent large dele gations. A notable feature was the entrance of a delegation of twenty-two members of Brook lyn Lodge, No. 288, escorting W. Bro. Charles M. Stafford, the Master ot the lodge, the dele gation being in two sections, headed respectively by Bros. James Mitchell and Harry Smith, those two stalwart disciples of “ Old Tubal Cain, the man of might” R. W. Bro. Theodore A. Taylor, D. D, G. M., was announced and received with the honors due his station, by R. W. Bro. John Miller, the Master of Lexington Lodge, who welcomed him not only as the presiding officer of the “ banner district ” of the Empire State, but also as a member of tho “banner lodge” oi that district. Bro. Taylor responded in an eloquent address, in the course of which he congratulated Lex ington Lodge on having paid their quota of the Hall and Asylum Fund, and he offered a hand some tribute to the fervency and zeal displayed in the cause by his immediate predecessor, R. W. Bro. John Kendall Dunn, P. D. D. G. M. of the district and chairman of the H. and A. com mittee of the lodge. Bro. Taylor then made the official announcement of tho appointment of R. W. Bro. John Miller as Representative of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina near tho Grand Lodge of New York, and received him with the honors duo his station. Bro. Taylor stated, with a justifiable degree of pride, that there are only two lodges in his district that have not paid their quota, and those two will complete tho record before the next session of tho Grand Lodge. After the lodge closed, the brethren assem bled informally in the lodge room and enjoyed an intellectual’treat in the shape of recitations and vocal and instrumental music. Bro. Jarnos H. Warwick, the veteran elocutionist, showed that he has lost none of the fire of youth, and displayed the versatility of bis talent by his admirable rendition of “BantyTim,” “Whoa, Nebuchadnezzar/’ and “Robert of Sicily.” Bro. Fred Preston presided at tho organ, and in his rich tenor voice sang “ Mary of Argyle ” in exquisite style. Bro. Breen sang a Scotch song; Bro. McMullen sang “Tom Bowling,” and Bro. John Smith rendered an aria from Italian opera, and being encored, sang the dole ful ditty of “ A Poor Married Man.” Bro. Miller, the Master, was unremitting in his efforts to make every one happy, in which he succeeded to the satisfaction of all. Among tho distinguished brethren present were R. VV. Bros. Henry J. Smith, Grand Stew ard ; Reuben Riley, Past Grand Steward ; J. Kendall Dunn, J. B. Jones, and F. H. Wight, Past District Deputy Grand Masters. Also, W. Bros. Walters and Schofield, of Delta ; Gill and Craig, of Fortitude ; Bohen, Olarko and Morn’s, of Long Island ; William Smith, of Lexington ; John W. Evans, G. F. E. Pearsal and J. T. Palmer, of Commonwealth ; Charles N. Elliott, of Cove nant; William A. Bennett, of Zeredatha; Wil liam Beatty, ol Hohenlinden; MacKellar, of Minerva; George H. Reed, of Crystal Wave ; A. W. Murray, John C. Lang and John Taylor, of Star of Bethlehem; Bro. Crandall, “ the child’s benefactorßro. Albert F. Geerken, of the /knnex Hotel, and a number of others whose names it was impossible to obtain. The com pany dispersed at a seasonable hour, and it is safe to say that none went away dissatisfied. ARCANA NO. 243. Ono of tho most agreeable communications it has been our pleasure to attend, was that of this lodge, on the evening of the Ist inst. The F. C. Degree was conferred on three candi dates. The M. C. work was rendered by W. Bro. John T. Logan, and it was artistic in every particular. We noticed present many dis tinguished brethren. The 15th inst., it is ex pected, will be a gala night. The M. M. Degree will be conferred on five. The East will be oc cupied by W. R. Bro. Wright D. Pownall, D. D. G. M. of the Fifth Masonic District, and he will be assisted by some of the most celebrated and accomplished members ot the Grand Lodge. The W. M.» Wardens, and members of Saga more Lodge, No. 371, delegations from Piatt Lodge and others will be present. A cordial invitation is extended to all to visit Arcana on that evening. BEETHOVEN LODGE, No. 661. An unusually interesting communication was held last Tuesday in this lokge, working in the German language, and according to tho old country rites. The W. M., Bro. Kahn, worked the M. M. degree for the first time, and it was acknowledged that he did justice to the high station he occupies. Five Fellow Crafts were raised, but the feature of the evening was W. Bro. Latz, a Past Master of Darcy Lodge and honorary member of this lodge,* assisting in the work in Gorman for the first time, he trans lating his part from the English in the course of delivery. No less than twenty-five Masters and Past Masters from the German districts visited the lodge, and the Masonic L edertafel Society took part in the solemnity of the work by singing several choice pieces. After fhe work, this really hospitable lodge entertained their own and the visiting brothers in the re freshment hall, where banqueting and speech making was indulged in till early morn. This lodge contemplates holding a lodge of sorrow in memory of the brethren who have departed this life and gone to the Great East since its existence of twenty years. BROOKLYN LODGE, NO. 283. This lodge held a regular communication on Friday, 28th ult., and had a goodly attendance ot members and visiting brethren. Among those present beside the regular officers were: R. W. Bro. Henry J. Smith, Grand Steward; W. Bros. Wm. McCoombs, J. H. Dykeman and M. D. Moxley, Past Masters of Brooklyn Lodge: W. Bro. Charles N. Elliott, Master of Covenant Lodge, and W. Bro. Berry, P. M. of Zeredatha. The Second Degree was conferred in full form on five candidates, W. Bro. Chas. M. Stafford, the Master, presiding, and W. Bro. Charles N. Elliott conducting the M. C. work in most ex cellent style. Next Friday, February 11th, the Third De groe will be conferred on five candidates, and as an evidence of the popularity ol the lodge, a number of brethren residing on Staten Island have chartered a small steamer to bring them up and take them home again, in order that thej* may be sure to be present on the occasion. The lodge has completed arrangements for a grand reception at Everett Hall on Wednesday evening, February 16th. Tickets are not for sale, but can be obtained from the members of the lodge. At the door a nominal sum will be charged for a hat check. The music will be furnished by Bro. Deverell’s First Regiment Band, and an enjoyable time may be confident ly expected. COPESTONE LODGE ASSOCIATION. The preparations for the grand reception and ball of this live body of Masons are nearly com pleted, and are progressing toward completion very rapidly and very favorably, with a single exception, and that is in the matter of tickets. These are iu such great demand that a very animated discussion took place at the last meeting of the association as to the advisability oi buying a large Hoe printing press to supply the increasing demand-. W. Bro. Tom Moore, ever on the lookout for “economizing,” said that all tickets could be printed on an ordinary largo printing press if the men would only work nights. W. Bro. McFaul objected to paying for overwork/ It was finally agreed to’give the contract of printing out in sections. We advise our readers to apply early for tickets. Another mysterious matter in this connection is the ru mor that some great surprise is in store for the members; we tried to “pump” a number of the boys, but ignominiously failed to find out anything. We shall put “ Nigg,” the office cat, on the track, the greatest “noser” known. Shall report results next Sunday. COVENANT LODGE, No. 758. Notwithstanding the fierce storm of snow, rain and sleet which prevailed last Wednesday evening, 2d inst., there was a goodly attend ance of the brethren at the meeting of thia lodge. The Second Degree was conferred in full form. W. Bro. Charles N. Elliott, the Mas ter, presided, and was ably assisted by Bro. John Chadwick, tho 8. W. of Anthon Lodge, who acted as 8. D. and performed the M. C. work in a manner that stamped him as not only an earnest and zealous Masonic student, but, also, as an educated gentleman who knew what he was talking about. There were present W. Bros. Fred. Walker and John W. Reed, P. M.’s, to whom, together with Bro. Elliott, the Master: Bro. E. D. Davis, tho Secretary; Bro. James Shultis, the Chaplain; Bro. Chadwick, of Anthon Lodge, and Bro. A. J. Driver, the J. D. of Mistletoe Lodge, the Dispatch representative is indebted for special courtesies. At the next meeting of tho lodge, on the 16th inst., the Third Degree will be conferred and a number of distinguished brethren will be present. COMMONWEALTH LODGE, NO. 409. This lodge met on Tuesday last, the Ist inst, and conferred the First Degree. We are free to say, and we say it boldly, that in a Masonic ex perience ol a great many years we have never seen a degree conferred in a more pleasing manner or with a more perfect knowledge ot tho work than was displayed by W. Bro. John W. Evans, the Master, an*d Bro. R. Waycott, the Senior Deacon. This is not to bo wondered at, however, when we reflect that Commonwealth Lodge bears.the reputation of being the “Ban ner Lodge of the Third District,” and includes in its membership such distinguished craftsmen as R. W. Bros. E. W. Richardson, the S. G. D., and Theodore A. Taylor, the D. D. G. M. Both of these brethren were present, as were also W. Bros. J. M. Fuller, J. T. i aimer and G. F. E. i earsail, P. M’s. of Commonwealth; T. March ant, ot Minerva, and VV. Carter, of Mechanics Lodge. Commonwealth Lodge was the first lodge in tho Third Masonic District to pay into Mie Hall and Asylum f und the per capita tax provided lor at the last session of tbo.Grand Lod fc ,e. NEW YORK FEBRUARY 6, 188 ROYAL ARCH ITEMS. We cordially call the attention of High Priests a-nd Sec retaries and oompanions from everywhere, to this col umn, and respectfully and fraternally invite them to send us notice of work on hand, or any items of especial interest to Royal Arch Masons. THE GRAND CHAPTER OF NEW YORK. The ninetieth annual convocation of thia august body occurred on last Tuesday at the city of Albany, M. E. Richard H. Huntington in the East, his full staff of officers present, to gether with the life members and representa tives of one hundred and ninety-four subordi nate chapters. The Grand Chapter was opened in due and ample form, and with prayer by the Grand Chaplain, Rev. Byron Murray. The annual address of the Grand High Priest was then read, and listened to by the assembled companions with marked attention. It is a thorough business paper, without “floral deco rations.” The address goes right to the point, and recites the doings of the Royal Craft throughout the State. The decision of the Grand High Priest, given on various points, as brought before him, were sustained by the Grand Chapter. We quote only a few points at this date, but shall refer to the address and proceedings at some future day. ADDRESS. Companions: On this dav as we meet in the Nintieth Annual Convocation ot the Grand Chapter of the State of New York, I bid you all a brotherly welcome. We have already, by the appropriate ceremonies of our order, recognized our dependence upon and trust in the Great I Am, who knows our every thought, movement and action, whose all-seeing eye penetrates the deepest and innermost recesses of our hearts. We have besought His guidance and super vision of the work we are about to commence and place our dependence upon Him alone. Let us remember that to Him only belongs all due praise that so many of us have been spared another year, that by His kind hand wo have been safely guided over tho rough paths that present themselves on all sides while journey ing through this world of troubles and tribula tions, and that we are still in the enjoyment of life and health, and indebted to Him only, for the many comforts and blessings that He in His infinite mercy sees fit to bestow upon us. As I look around me and see the familiar faces of my companions hero assembled, it seems but as yesterday since last we met in this home of Royal Arch Masonry, but, alas, how many changes have occurred; how many sor rows and affiictions have wo beop called upon to endure during tho past year; how many of our most loudly cherished hopes have been frustrated; how many of our plans and expecta tions have we failed to carry into effect? We miss the familiar faces of some who in former years were privileged to meet with us: death, that great destroyer, has terminated their earthly career. Their seats are vacant, their lights extinguished and their voices will be heard no more in our council chambers. They have passed the vail that interposes between this lite and the life to come, and have gone to try the realities of life eternal, and to receive the reward that is promised to the faithful. “ Passing away,” is written on all earthly ob jects, and year after year wo miss some com panions, with whom we have held sweet com munion. Companions, we have this day clasped bands around our sacred altar and have joined in adoration to Him who is our Great High PriGHf. have formed a living chain, the symbol of Royal Arch Masonry, which links the companions together wheresoever dispersed upon the face ot this terrestrial globe. But there are links missing in our chain since we last met in annual convocation, and they very forcibly re mind us that we are all traveling “ to that un discovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns,” and in the years to come the companions who survive us will with pleasure recall those pleasant associations, only to be mingled with sorrowful emotions for those who have fallen as the leaves fall. Leaves have their time to fall, And flowera to wither at the North wind’s breath. And stars to set, but all. Thou host all seasons for thine own, O Death. DISPENSATIONS. As required by resolution adopted by the Grand Chapter, at the last annual convocation,on Februsry 9,1886,1 issued my letter of Dispensa tion to M. E. James E. Morrison, Fast Grand High Priest, empowering him as my proxy to install Comp. William Sherer, Deputy Grand High Priest-elect, he being necessarily absent from the Grand Chapter at the time of installa tion of other grand officers. Returns were made to me that on February 20, at a convocation of Constellation Chapter, No. 209, in the City of Brooklyn, in the presence of the representatives o ' twenty chapters, this ceremony was duly performed. GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER. The Twenty-sixth Triennial Convocation of the General Grand Chapter of the United States was held at Washington, D. C., commencing September 23, 1886, and continued four days. The Grand Chapter of New York was fully rep resented by M. E. Richard H. Huntington, Grand High Priest; M. E. William Sherer, D. G. H. P.; R. E. George McGown, proxy for G. K., and'R. E. J. Leavitt Lambert., G. 8. There were also present from this jurisdiction M. E. Darius A. Ogden, P. G. H. P. ; M. E. James E. Morrison, P. G. H. P.; 11. E. William J. Mc- Donald, G. O. of the H. ; M. E. Frank Magee, and M. E. John W. Coburn. The hospitality of the Grand Chapter of the District of Columbia was unbounded and lavishly displayed, making our visit to the capital of the nation an occasion long to be remembered. The next Triennial Convocation will be held at Atlanta, Ga., 1889. SISTER GRAND CHAPTERS.’ From the reports of the proceedings of the various Grand Chapters which I have had the pleasure to examine, I find that Capitular Ma sonry is in a prosperous and flourishing condi tion, and that our Grand Chapter remains in undisturbed harmony with ail our sister Grand jurisdictions. RITUAL. After the close of the last annual convocation of this Grand Chapter, R. E. George McGown, Grand Lecturer, to hold conventions for exemplification ahd instruction in the stand ard work, wherever and whenever he could con veniently do so for the best interests of the sub ordinate chapters. For a more extended ac count I refer you to his annual report. GRAND REPRESENTATIVES. February 8, 1886, 1 received from R. E. Chris topher G. l ox, Grand Secretary, a commission from the Grand Chapter of Nebraska, appoint ing Comp. John H. Wood, of New York, as Rep resentative of the Grand Chapter of Nebraska, near this Grand Chapter. March 23, 1886, I received from R. E. Thomas J. Wilder, Grand Secretary of the Grand Chap ter of Dakota, a commission appointing M. E. Comp. Emanuel Loewenstein, of the city of New York, vs the Representative of the Grand Chap ter of Dakota, near the Grand Chapter of New York. These appointments having been made by M. E. Jae. E. Morrison, during bis term as Grand High Priest, and the commissions not having been returned until alter the last annual convo cation of the Grand Chapter, I most cheerfully approved the same, forwarding them to the companions as above named, and their receipt was duly acknowledged. February 24, 1886, 1 received a communica tion from M. E. William Blatt, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Dakota, asking for the appointment ot a Representative near the Grand Chapter of Dakota, for the Grand Chapter of New York, in which he gave me the name of M. E. Sj’lvester J. Hill, of Fargo, Dakota, and suggested his appointment, in forming me that Comp. Hill hailed from New York, where he received Masonic light before removing to that Territory ; that he was well known and highly esteemed by his Masonic friends. 1, therefore, on March 4th, forwarded to M. E. William Blatt the commission appoint ing M. E. Sylvester J. Hill, as our representative near the Grand Chapter of Dakota. Under date of March 12th, 1886, M. E. Comp. Hill advised me of the receipt of bis commission from the Grand High Priest of Dakota, thanking me for the honor conferred, and, as he said, “prizing it more highly, as iu the grand old State of New- York I first saw Masonic light, and, now as its chosen representative, it requires an additional inducement on my part to endeavor to promote the growth of friendship and draw closer the bond of love between one ot the oldest and one of, if not, indeed, the youngest Grand Chapters in the land.” March 19th, 1886, I was advised by R. E. Christopher G. Fox that by the deaths of R. E. Comp. John 8. Dickerman and Comp. John 8. Bowen, vacancies existed in the Representation of the Grand Chapters of West Virginia and Canada, near our Grand Chapter, and on March 22d, 1886, I wrote M. E. Odell 8. Long, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of West Vir ginia, regarding the same, expressing the hope that the friendly relations which now existed between the Grand Chapter of Now York and that of West Virginia might long continue, and presented the name of Comp. George O. Baker, of Clyde. In reply to the above, on June 18th, 1886, I received the commission, approved ot the ap pointment, and forwarded, it to Comp. Baker, the receipt of which was acknowledged. March 22d, 1886, I wrote to M. E. Thomas Sargeant, Grand of tho Grand Chapter of Canada, in orming him of the death of Comp. John 8. Bowen, and the vacancy of the Repre sentative of the Grand Chapter of Canada, near the Grand Chapter of New York, asking that he commission Comp. Horace G. Hopkins, of Wil lard, as the Representative of the Grand Chap ter of Canada, near this Grand Chapter. On March 27th, 1886, the commission was recieved, duly approved and forwarded to Comp. Hop kins and its receipt duly acknowledged. October stb. 1886, I wrote M. E. Charles Eelcher, Jr., Grand High Priest of New Jersey, that by the death of M. E. Past Grand High Priest William T. Woodruff, the Grand Chapter of New Jersey was not represented near the Grand Chapter of New York, and desiring that Manhattan Chapter of New York might still re tain the representative, I asked that M> E. Frank Magee, a member of that chapter, be appointed such representative. I received the commis sion, approved it and forwarded it to Comp. Magee, the receipt ol which was acknowledged. November 1 th, 1886, 1 received from R. E. John H. Brown, Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter of Kansas, a communication informing me that the Grand Chapter of Kansas, at its annual convocation, held February, 1834, adopted the three-ycar term of office of Grand Representatives, and that the terra of office of those then commissioned, would expire October ! gie-t, .18?;.and every three years thereafter. I In accordance with the icregoing rule, the commission of the Representative of the Grand Chapter of Kansas, near the Grand Chapter of New York, had expired as above stated ; and being desirous of continuing the friendly rela tions which have so long existed between our Grand Chapters, requested me to name a com panion to whom a commission as their Grand Representative, near our Grand Chapter, might be issued for the triennial term from date of commission. I, therefore, forwarded the name of R. E. William J. McDonald, of New York, and in due time received the commission, approved of same, and delivered* it to Comp. McDonald. The same communication asked for the ap pointment of M. E. Erasmus T. Carr as our Grand Representative, near the Grand Chapter of Kansas, which request was complied with, and November 17th, 1886, the commission for warded, and its receipt duly acknowledged. November 15th, 1886, I received a communi cation from the M. E. Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of the State of lowa, informing me that by a resolution adopted by the above mentioned Grand Chapter, a vacancy occurs in the office of Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of lowa, near our jurisdiction. And that in future all such representatives will be appointed only for the triennial period of the General Grand Chapter, and asking me to name a companion to fill the vacancy. On examining the list, I could not, in my own judgment, sug gest a more competent and efficient companion, one who I felt had the interest of the Masonic fraternity more at heart, devoting his time and labors to Masonry, than tho one who has so creditably filled the position up to the time that the resolution was adopted, than M. E. Edward M. L. Eblers, the Grand Secretary oi the Grand Lodge of F. and A. Masons of the State of New York. I therefore asked that he be recommis sioned by tho Grand Chapter of lowa as their Representative near this Grand Chapter. De cember 22, 1886, I received the commission, ap proved, and forwarded it to Comp. E. M. L. Eh lers, who duly acknowledged the same. November iJtb, 1886, communication from Geo. W. Curtis, the M. E. Grand High Priest of tho Grand Chapter of Illinois, advised mo that the Grand Chapter of Illinois has also adopted the resolution that the commissions of Grand Rep resentatives . near their own and other Grand Chapters should expire with the date of each triennial convocation of the General Grand Chapter. That, accordingly, the commission issued to M. E. Comp. James F. Ferguson, M. D., as their representative near cur Grand Chapter, had expired, and expressing his satis faction with the services of Comp. Ferguson, asking that I recommend the name of some companion to whom he may issue commission as representative near our Grand Chapter. I, therefore, by return mail, asked that M. E. James F. Ferguson, M. D., of the city of New York, be re-commissioned as such representa tive. November 30th, 1886, the commission was received, approved and forwarded to M. E. Comp. Ferguson, and its receipt acknowledged. He also advised me that under the same stand ing regulation, the commission of our repre sentative near the Grand Lodge of Illinois, had also expired, and assuring me of the pleasure it would be not only to himself, but tho Royal Arch Craft of the Grand Ju risdiction of Illinois, to have M. E. Companion DeWitt C. Cregier, of Chicago, appointed as the Grand Representative of our Grand .Chapter near the Grand Chapter of Illinois. I, there fore, under date of December Ist, approved and dnly forwarded the commission of M. E. Comp. Cregier, which was acknowledged. November 30, 1885, I received, approved and forwarded to M. E. John W. Simons, of New York city, commission as Representative of the Grand Chapter of Maryland near this Grand Chapter, which was acknowledged. CONSTITUTION OF PULASKI CHAPTER. February 22, 1886, at Pulaski, N. Y., I consti tuted Pulaski Chapter, No. 279, and installed its officers. In the discharge of’this pleasant duty I was aLly assisted by B. E. J. Leavitt Lambert, Grand Scribe; R. E. John L. Norton, M. E. Alanson W. Kilby, M. E. Timothy W. Skinner, and officers and companions of Adams and Mexico Chapters. PRESENTATION. Agreeably to the instructions of the Grand Chapter, the committee appointed at the last annual convocation, procuied a suitable me morial token and presented it toM. E. James E. Morrison, Past Grand High Priest, as an expres sion of the fraternal good fooling, esteem and respect of his companions. Tho ceremony of presentation took place at a regular convocation of Union Chapter, No. 180, at their Tabernacle, turner Eighteenth street and Eighth avenue in the city of New York, on the evening of March 13, 1886. Among those present with me on the occasion as Representatives of this Grand Chapter were: M. E. Wm. Sherer, Deputy Grand High Priest; R. E. Herman H. liuss, Grand Treasurer; R. F. Wm. J. McDonald, Grand Captain of the Host; R. E. Erskine Dickey, Grand Principal Sojourn er; R. E. Ulysses Baker, Grand Royal Arch Captain; M. E. Thomas C. Cassidy, Past Grand High Priest, together with the High Priests of twenty-four chapters, also the members of Union Chapter, and other visiting companions. The occasion was one of pleasant festivity in honor of our esteemed Past Grand High Priest James E. Morrison, assuring him, as it did, that, for his many years of ardent and zealous services in the cause.of Royal Arch Masonry, he was worthy, and fully entitled to this expression of recognition, and the token presented to him on this occasion from his companions oi the Royal Craft, which he now wears. The large hearted hospitality, so lavishly bestowed by Union Chapter ou’this occasion, rendered tho convocation a season of enjoyment to those whose privilege it was to be present. VISITATION. Carrying out the instructions contained in the resolution adopted at the last annual convoca tion, “requiring the Grand High Priest and the officers of the Grand Council to devise and carry into effect a system of visitation by them of the subordinate chapters of this jurisdic tion,” I convened the officers ot the Grand Council and the Grand Lecturer, iu New York, in June last, for the purpose of consulting with them in regard to this matter. The resolution adopted by the Grand Chapter regarding this matter, literally construed, limited the visita tion to the Grand Council, but as that could hardly have been the intention of the commit tee, the only lair construction to be placed upon the resolution is a request for the *Grand High Priest and other officers of the Grand Council “to devise and carry into effect a system ot vis itation by the officers of the Grand Chapter to tho subordinate chapters of this jurisdiction.” After a careful consideration of the matter, it ■was found that any system to be complete and effective, should be confined to a certain positive number of officials chosen from the present offi cers of the Grand Chapter. Excluding the Grand High Priest, Treasurer, Secretary, Chap lain and Grand Lecturer, we have the eymbollic number “ Nine,” available active line officers, and this suggested that as an appropriate number of districts. The question then arose in regard to tho formation of districts, so as to be convenient to the residences of the officers. It was found practically impossible to devise a plan that would be perfectly convenient for all, and accordingly arranged the nine districts, and assigned the several officers to poaitions in charge. My own view of the matter is that an officer in charge of a district should be the representative oi the Grand High Priest, authorized to exercise a general supervision over the several Chapters, visiting them when necessary, or when invited, install officers if de sired, and, by advice and assistance, to aid and encourage those in need thereof. The Grand High Priest should not be among the available officers for ti.e charge of a part, when tho whole is under his care and supervision. The Treasurer, Secretary and Chaplain are not usually considered eligible for such serv ice, and the nature of the Grand Lecturer’s du ties is such that it would not be advisable to confine his attention to any one locality in pref erence to others. I, therefore, in October, issued a circular letter to the subordinate chapters, and advised the officers of this Grand Chapter of the districts assigned to them, as designated therein. • In per.ecting this plan and many of the sug gestions therein contained, I am largely indebt ed to R. E. George McGown, Grand Lecturer, lor his valuable aid and assistance, and the Grand High Priest and other officers of the Grand Council, to whom this duty was as signed, now submit the above action, trusting it will meet your approval. The expenses ot the Grand Officers incurred in the performance of this duty, I consider, should be reimbursed to them at this annual convocation. CONCLUSION. And now, companions, after a representation of eighteen years in this Grand ( hapter, ten of which, by your suffrages, have exalted me far beyond my highest expectations by annually re turning mo to a seat in the grand council, dur ing which time the highest honor at your dis posal has been conferred upon me, I feel that I should now lay aside the emblems of authority and again take my place as a craftsman on the floor, ready and willing to work in the quarries; returning and expressing to you, one and all, my grateful acknowledgements for the contin ued confidence and honors you have so willingly bestowed upon me; hoping and trusting that you generously believe that any error I may have committed in endeavoring to discharge the high responsibilities of tho trusts and duties imposed on me have been those of the head rather than of the heart, hoping and believing that you will cover the same with the broad mantle of charity and brotherly love. I trust that the same confidence you have placed in me since I first entered this grand body, and espe cially during the years of my official responsi bility, may still be continued and transferred to my suc?essor in office, and while I am permit ted by the Great I Am to continue with you at your annual convocations, or while called from labor to refreshment, may my love and interest in Royal Arch Masonry never waver or lesson. From the reports about to be presented to you from my associate grand officers and the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, I leave you at peace with all the Grand Chapters, brotherly love and harmony prevailing. At this time I desire to return to my associate grand officers and the officers and members of subordinate chapters with whom it has been my duty and pleasure to meet, my hearty thanks for the many kindnesses and courtesies which they have at* all times extended to me, both so cially and in the performance of the responsible duties placed upon me as your chief officer. To our Grand Secretary, not only myself, but one and all, are greatly indebted for his watch ful eye and willing hand. He has done much to aid me and lessen the cares of my official po sition, always on the alert, ready and willing, in fact doing more than could reasonably be re quired from him. May he.long be spared to give us his valuable services, and in this I know I speak the wishes and desires of all my com panions. The business of our ninetieth convocation is now at your disposal. Tho following are the names of the officers of the Grand Chapter for the year 1887: M. E. William Sherer, Grand High Priest, Brooklyn. R. E. Richard H. Parker, Deputy Grand H. P., Syracuse. R. E. J. Leavitt Lambert, Grand King, Hoosic Falls. R. E. Marwin F. Greenwood, Grand Scribe, Newark. R. E. Herman H. Russ, Grand Treasurer, Al bany. R. E. Christopher G. Fox, Grand Secretary, Buffalo. R. E. Rev. James B. Murray, Grand Chaplain, Waverly. R. E. Wm. J. McDonald, Grand C. of H.» New York. R. E. Erskine H. Dickey, Grand P. S., Brook lyn. R. E. Ulysses Baker, Grand R. A. C., New York. R. E. Willard 8. Bradt, Grand Master 3d Vail, Rochester. R. E. Andrew Tromblee, Grand Master 2d Vail, Port Henry. R. E. Philip Nast, Jr., Grand Master Ist Vail, Hornells ville. R. E. William H. Gladding, Grand Tyler, Al bany. R. E. George McGown, Grand Lecturer, Pal myra. Darius A. Ogden, ) Committee E. Loewenstein, > on Cbas. W. Carpenter,) For. Correspondence. The election was most satisfactory to every body, as was shown by the unanimity with which each officer was elected. The Grand Chapter closed on Wednesday afternoon, after a very harmonious and pleasant session. In con clusion we desire to say that we hope the Grand Chapter will return to the practice of holding three days’ sessions. The hurly-burly of the closing hour is not healthy or pleasant to the many, and certainly not conducive to good legislation. CONSTITUTION, NO. 230. We had the good fortune to be present at Constitution Chapter, on Tuesday evening, the Ist inst., and notwithstanding the annual convo cation of the Grand Chapter at Albany, and the absence of so many bright lights of the craft, we have never met a more jolly company. In the absence ol the fl. Priest, Ex. Comp. C. D. Disosway, King of the Chapter, assisted by many members of the craft, opened the chapter at 8 o’clock sharp, and proceeded to work the Royal Arch Degree. Among those present and assisting in the work we noticed, Adams, oi La fayette; Fitch, oi Metropolitan; Davis, o' Mount Zion; Keller, of Phcenix;. Delo, Yaeger, Colby, Maxfield, Goerck, Leggett, Kirk and Blumenthal, ot Constitution. We have seldom seen the degree conferred better. It is almost unnecessary to inform our readers that the chapter closed in time to give all the companions an opportunity to reach home before"lo o’clock, even alter the usual symposium. This chapter is progressing and advancing, and we doubt not the return of the newly elected High Priest, M. E. Comp. Taylor, will be signalized by a renewed effort of all the companions, especially after all tho wisdom he drank in, in Albany. We met M. E. Comp. Taylor on the train and again in Albany, and can say for him he was A. R. and S, - EMPIRE CHAPTER, NO. 170. The Royal Arch Degree will be conferred here on next Thursday by the newly-elected Grand High Priest, M. E. Wm. Sherer. This will be the first chapter tho distinguished com panion visits in his official capacity as tho head of the Royal cralt in this city, and we doubt not that a most hearty welcome awaits the compan ion as well as all Royal Arch Masons who may visit Empire on that evening. CRESCENT, NO. 220. This chapter will convene on Tuesday even ing next, February Bth, at half-past seven o’clock, for the purpose of conferring the Royal Arch Degree, and other important business. Companions are cordially invited to attend. TEMPLAR NOTES. DE WITT CLINTON, NO. 27. On Thursday evening, February 17th, De Witt Clinton Commandery, No. 27, will hold a full dress reception in connection with Co. K., Forty-seventh Regiment, N. G. S. N. Y., at the new armory, Marcy avenue and Lynch street, Brooklyn. Knowing the Dewitt Clinton fraters as wo do, we are sure a very enjoyable entertainment may be expected, and in conversation with one of its members we were informed there will be no ex pense spared to make it the event of the season in the E. D., of Brooklyn. The Dispatch will be there, even if we are too old to trip it on the “lightfantastic too.” ADELPHIC, NO. 59 (Mounted), will commence thoir mounted drills at Dur land's Riding Academy, corner of Fifty-ninth street and Eighth avenue, on Monday evening, Feb. 7th, at eight o’clock. Sir Knights intending to ride will please com municate with Em. Sir Chas. J. Bliven, Inspect or of Cavalry. No. 146 West Thirty-fourth street, or report to nim at the Academy that evening at eight o’clock sharp, in order that suitable horses may bo provided. A meeting will be held in private office at ten o’clock. City. Lodgtt, No. 408.—Last Wednes day, tho 2d, this lodge conferred the Second Degree on three candidates, under the able leadership of W. Bro. Hartenstein, the present Master. This Worshipful Brother dotes on the correctness of bis work, and it was indeed very ably exemplified. Since W. Bro. Hartenstein has ascended to the East, the lodge shows signs of great improvement. There was present W. Bro. Albert Stevens, Master of Justice: W. Bro. . George Lawrence, Master of lonic ; W. Bro. M. Frankel, Master of Darcy Lodge, and many other distinguished brethren. LABOR EXCHANGE. A M. M., thorough book-keeper and correspondent in English, French and Spanish, is iu a great need of a situation. Best references. Address P. M., N. Y. Dispatch. Tenth Annual RECEPTION AMD DRILL OF York Commandery, KNIGHTS ’ TEMPLAR, AT COSMOPOLITAN HALL, Bread way and 41st Ft., MONDAY EVENING. FEB. Slit., (Washington’s Birthday Eve). Sir Knights and Military guests are requested to appear in uniform. Tickets, $2.00, to be obtained from any member of the Commandery. William H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY AN) DIAMONDS. Masonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 31 PARK ROTT, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Office; and NEW No. 2 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street. STAMTOS & WfiEUH SELL CLOTHING ON CREDIT TO MEN .AIN'T) BOYS, AT CASH IPItICtES. SMALL WEEKLY OR MONTHLY PAYMENTS TAKEN. Men’s Suits, - - $5 to S3O. Boys’ Suits, - - s2to sls. Overcoats, - - - $3 to S3O. We are the Only Practical Credit Clothiers in tiie City. STAUNTON & WHELAN 26 FOURTH AVENUE, OPPOSITE COOPER INSTITUTE. OPEN EVENINGS UNTI.L 10. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOSS. TOE ST./ITES, C. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS & BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 102 BROADWAY. House ; No. 131 East 127th st., cor. Lexington ave. NEW YORK CITY. WAROG & HUBBARD, NO. 22 FOURTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY. KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, PATRIARCHS’ MILITANT and other Society Uniforms a specialty. COATS EMBLEMATICALLY TRIMMED, sl2 to S2O. _C APES, $8 to sl6. ~ JAMES AWKESI, MANUFACTURER OF KMGHTS J’ ILMP r.AH’S, MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, No. 133 GRAND STREET. CORN £l4 OF CROSBY. MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YORK. ACAOIA, No. 327, meets first and third Tues days, Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Adam (i. Vail, M. George D. Sauer, Treas. James D. Out water, S.W, Frank A. Hovey, Sec. Wm. H. Ferre, J. W. ADiiLPJEIIU, JSo. 348.—rvguJ.ar commu nications are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each mouth, at 8 o’clock, P. M., in lonic Room, Mason c Temple. Wm. Wallace Walker, M J. W. Sandford, Treas. 11. J. Emerson, S. W. Wm H. li.net, Sec. R. 11. Foote, J. W. AMERIGO’S, No. 535, meets first and third Thursday evenings ot each month, in Tuscan Room, Masonic Temjle, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third st Daniel T. Samson. Tie ;s. James S. Fraser. M. ’ William R. Reljea, Sec., Samuel Pickfoid S W- No. 3 Willett st., City. L. H. Decker, J. W. ARCTURUS, No. 274.—Regular communi cations of Arcturus Lodge are held at Miller’s Hall, No. 202 E. 86th st., S. E. cor. 3d avenue, on the first ami third Tuesdays ot each monCh. C.hus. a. Stevens M Albion T. Stevens. Treas. Ben;. F. Ferris. S. w. ’ John J Becker, Sec., Bernard W. Hough, j W. Residence, 1,293 3d avenue, city. BUNTING, No. 655, meets first and third Mondays ei each month, corner 124ih street and Tim! avenue, Harlem. Theodoie A. Ja>per M CyrusO. Hubbell,Treas. Geo. D. l.cecl>, s. W.’ Z. T. Benson, Sec. Hubert Alullany. j. \v. COPESTONE, No. 641, meets second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at Corinthian Roqms, Masonic'Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. McFaul, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. Wm J. MatlrewaS. W, H. T. Gibson. Sec., .Joseph J. Moen, J. W, Residence, No. 203 West 48th street CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, at BP. M. Fred. K. Van Court, M. Geo. Stone, Treas. Thomas Bonner, 8. W- Geo. F. Thornton, Sec. Alonzo M. Robertson, 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 cor dially invited. Edward B. Harper, M. Julius W. Krafft, Treas. F. H. Wall, S. W. Jas. H. Bailey, Sec. Chia. B. Pearse, J- W. DARCY, No. 187, meets second find fourth Mondays of each nibnth, at German Masonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. Max Frankel, M. Berthold Lipman, Treaa. Geo. W. Boskowitz, S. W. M. Kolasky, Sec. Dr. A. M. Lesser, J. W. • Residence: 945 First avenue. DIRIGO, No. 80, meets second and fourth Mon days of each month, in Composite Rooms. Masonic Temple. Sixth avenue and 23d street. Moritz N. Silberstein, Treas. Aaron Morris, M. William R. Oldroyd, Sec., L. Jacobson, 8. W. No. 67 Charlton st. A. Crozier. J. W EASTERN STAB, No. 227, meets on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month, on N. E corner of Third avenue and Seventh street. E. Loewenstein, Treas. Samuel K. Johnson, M. John H. Meyerholz, BAc..8 A c.. Joseph Frankfort, S. W. 410 E. 791 h street Van Wyck Crozier, J. W EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdays each month, at Koster <t Bial*B Hall, No-117 West Twenty-third street. Jere. H. Goldman, M. M. Lask’, Treas. Henry H. Wilzin, 8. W. Leonard Le serohn Sec. Win. M. Watson. 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, Treaa John G. Hoffman, M. John Foster, Sec., DeForrest Niehols, S. W. Res., No. 608 Tenth are. Dr Molesworth, J. W. GIB ABD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Peter G. Arnott, M. Thos. P. Clench, Sec. E. 8. King. S. W. J. Blankenstein, Treas. U. L. Washburn, J. W. HIRAM, No. 449, meets first and third Fri days of each mouth, at Clinton Rooms, M isonic Ttm pie, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. C. A. Winch, M. J. E. Connor, Treas. G. H. Rudolph, 8. W. J. Farrell, »ec. F. J. Feeney, J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and third Mondays of e ich month, at German Masonic Tem ple, East Fifteenth street. C. B. Parker, M. Lemuel Russell. S. W. W. Lindemeyer, Treas. Geo. B. Hebard, J. W. E. R. Brown, See., P. O. Box 3,551. KANE, No. 454.—Regular of Kane Lodge will be held on the first, third and filth Tuesdays In Austin Room, Masonic Temple. • T.ios. E. Stewart, M. Chas. A. Whitney. Treas. Charles F. Ulrich, 8. W. Henry W. Penoyer, Sec. Rollin M. Morgan, J. W. MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in the Doric Room, Masonic Temple, every first and third Monday evenings, at 7:30 o’clock. F. O. Woodruff, Treaa W. P. Worst**, M. D. M. F. W. McGowen, Sec., J. Wesley Smith, S. W. Box No. 68, Masonic Temple. Thos. J. Pardy, J. W. MUNN, No. IVO, meets on the second and four h Thursday evenings, at Livingston Room, Ma son c Temple. Joseph Abraham, .M. U. F. Huntemann, Treas. W. E. Harwood, 6. W. Ezra B. Stockvis, Sec. Jas. A. Delehey, J. W. No. 413 West 18th street. MYSTIC TIE, No. 272, moots first, third and fifth Tuesdays, at Eastern Star Hall, cor. Seventh street and Third avenue. Henry G. Edwards. M. Chas. W. Kattel, Tre.as. Henry C. Dougherty, S. W. Geo. Smith, Jr.. Sec. James P. Styles, J. W. Residence, 354 Second av. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, 23d street and 6th avenue, seooud and fourth Fridays each month. Davia Newmark, M. J. L.Voorhees. Treas. Wm Schlesinger, B.W. E. Percival. Fee., Ben Van Lecnwen, J.W. Residence, No. 304 E. 85th street. NEW YORK, No. 330, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, Tuscan Room, Tem ple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. John J. Brogan, M. W. M. Thomas, Treaa. G. W. Anderson, S. W. J. J. Fox, Sec. Wm. H. Smith, J- W. PACIFIC, No. 233, meets first and third Thursdays of each month, in the lonic Room, Masonic Hall, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. W. John Pullman M. Francis McMulkin, Treas. William J. Conway, 8. W. James Hyde, Sec., William Irvine, J. W. Address, No. 869 Green ave., Brooklyn. PARK, No. 516, meets first and third Tues days, N. W. corner of Seventh avenue and Forty-ninth street., William W. Seymour, M. Charles Lehritter, Treas. James Ferguson, S. W. Horatio Sands'Sec. John H. Bellas, J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursdays, in the Doric Room. German Ma sonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. Moses Greenbaum, M. L. Greenbanm, Treas. Henry Willson, S. W. 8. Bibo, Sec. Henry Konig, J. W. PQLAR STAR, No. 245, meets first and third Wednesdays of each months, in lonic Room, German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. George A. Harkness, M. Guy Culgin, Treas. Wm. H. Miller, Jr. B.W. W. 8. Lightbody, Sec. B. A. Carlan, J. W. SHAKESPEARE LODGE, No. 750, meets first and third Thursdays in each month, at Composite Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. 8. J. Brown, Treaa Moses Harlam, M. Ed. Gottlieb, See., Chas. Rosenthal, S. W. 104 Second street, city. ’ Asher Morris, 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 welcome. Myron A. Decker, M. Martin Papst, Treas. John E. Morse, S. W. Lawrence O’Reilly, Sec. Wm. H. Livingston, J. W. STRICT OBSERVANCE, No. 94, meets first, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month, at No. 953 Third avenue, corner of Fifty seventh street. James F. Bragg, Treas. Sylvester D. Smith, M. Jackson Bell, Sec.. Robert Kopp, 8. W. Address, 1035 Third av. Wallace Duryea, J. W. 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. Helms, M. Edgar Kirby, Sec. Chas. Davis, 8. W. For. Dept. N. Y. P. O. T. F. Russell. J. W. TECUMSEH, No. 487, meets first and third Thursdays of each month, at Eastern Star Hall, Third avenue and Seventh street. Joseph Hoffman, M. James Stone, Treas. J. Theodore Tunstall, S. W. F. E. Davis, Sec., Chas. A. Lieb, J. W. No 207 East Nineteenth street. TEMPLAR, No. 203, meets first, third and filth Friday evenings, at No. 161 Eighth avenue, corner of Eighteenth street. George Banfield, Treas. Robert-Graham, M. James S. .Stitt. Sec., W. J. L. Maxwell. S. W. No. 421 West 19th st. Robert S. Graham, J.W. Thomas Loughrey, Tyler, No. 447*q West 17th st. VERITAS, No. 734, meets every second and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Sth ave. Jgmes N. Johnston, M. Richard Koch, Treas. Dan. C. Springsteel, S. W. P. M. John W. Sokel, See. Dunham Emery, J. W. WASHINGTON, No. 21, meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at No. 289 Bleecker street (Dixon’s Building). Jos. Morrison, Treas. Irving Hazelton, M. Jas. S, Foote, Sec., J. H. Malees, S. W. 74 Broadway. H. J. Freeman, J. W. CHAPTERS. ADELPHIC, No. 158, meets 2d and 4th Wednesdays of each month, in Egyptian Room, Ma sonic Temple. P. C. Benjamin, H. P J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. 8. Larason, K. Wm. H Innet, Sec., H. J. Emerson, Scribe. Res., 102 Sixth aventie. AMERICUS, No. 215, meets the third Tuesday of each month, in the Egyptian Rooms, Ma sonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. H. Adams, Treas. Christopher Johnson, H. P. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, Sec., Barnard A. Carlan, L. 162 William street. Fred. D. Clapp, 8. MANHATTAN, No. 184, meets first and third Wednesdays of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street end Sixth avenue. Wm. Henry Smith. H. P, F. Oscar Woodruff, Treas. Sam’l M. Perkins, K. Frank Magee, Sec., Miles W. Goodyear, s, 238 Greenwich street. NASSAU, No. 109, meets first, third and filth Wednesdays of each month, at Masonic Hall, 304 and 306 Fulton street, Brooklyn. P. Fred. Lenhart, H. P. Robert Black, Treas. Wm. A. Bennet, K. C. P. Marrat, Bec., P. A. J. Rusreli, B.' 26 Vesey st., N. Y. STANDARD, No. 252, meets first, third and fifth Saturday of each month, at Decker Building, No 33 Union Square. J, P. Clark, King. E. Ringer, H. P. Wm. Stoll, Scribe. A. P. Lockwood, Sec., Residence, No. 719 Fifth st., city COMMANDSRIES. ADELPHIC, No. 59 (mounted), meets in con clave second Thursday of each month, at Masonic Tem ple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wallace. Walker, 0. J. W. Sanford. Treas. J. O’Neil, G. W. H. Innet. Rec. V. Molt, C. G. CONSTANTINE, No. 48, assembles in stated conclave the fourth Tuesday of each month, at their asylum, 130th street and Third avenue. William H. De Graaf, C. A. M. Underhill, Treas. W. L. Che ter, G. J. T. Conklin, Jr., Recorder- J B. Lawreaee, C. G. CvEUll DE LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave Second Friday of each month, at Masonic Temple Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Otis Munroe, C. Edwin R. McCarty, Treas. Thomai B. Innes's, G. Charles W. Sy. R-.c. Ccre’.ius Waydell, C. G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Friday each month, bank building, Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue H. S. Sanderson, E. C. E. C. IJaiwood, M. D., Q Joseph F. Waring, Q, Q, William H. Peckham, Treas. William S. Hemming, Rec., No. 77 E. 86<h street. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays of each month, at the asylum. Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenuu. ■ JamefiWFowdon.Com. W. R. Carr, Treas Chas. H. Gillespie, Gen. C. S. Champlin, Rec. Chas. E. Lansing. C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the first Tuesday of every month, at 8 P. M. Chas. 8. Ward, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins, M. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Geo. W. Van Buskirk, fl. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., Geo. H. Fitzwllson, J. W. No. 100 Read 3 street. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERUSA SALEM OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the third Saturday at 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 BOSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consislorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at 3 p. M. George W. Millar, M. G. W. Van Buskirk, Orator. Jamez, McGee, S. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. John S. King, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson, See., 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. McClenaehan, Cam. Charles H. Heyzer, Ist L. C. George W. Millar, 2d L. 0. Joseph M. Levey, Treas. Wm. D. Garrison, M. State Wm. S. I‘alerson, Sec., No. 100 Reade street. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its sessions at Masonic Temple, New York city, on the feast day of every Mohammedan month, of which due notice wiU be given. Waiter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters, Chief Kabban. Philip C. Benjamin. Assistant Rabban. Charles H. Heyzer, High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. Wm. S. Paterson, Grand Recorder, No. 108 Readeat i>ROOK L Y N . COMMANDERIES. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in as- F. on ti e second, fourth, and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 89 and 91 Broadway. Brook lyn E. D. Juan B, Arci, C. T j. Scharfenberg, Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. S. T. Waterhouse, Rqc. Geo. B. Claflin, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFEC TION, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Brook lyn. Regular communications are held on the second Friday of each month at Nos. 38 and 40 Court street Wayland Trask. T. P. G. M. John W. Richardson, Deciitv Mark Mayer. Treas. E. D. Washburn, S. W. G. li. Kocnecke, Sec., Rev. Warren O. Hubbard. J.W Ao. 4j2 Dean street FROM “ UNCLE JOHN,” Up in the Mountain, ( February 2, 1887. J Dear Dispatch: We are having another changd in the weather; it snowe—not the common every-day snow with, flakes as big ae flap-jaeke, accompanied by gales sufficient to take the curls off a bronze statue, and screaming through the air like a pack of demons making New Year ealls; no, nothing of that kind, but a high-toned, genteel, kid gloved article, suitable fer a parlor, with flakes about like sand, and fall ing gently as the shades of a Svmmer evening, aa if Coney Island had been luted spin the air and were treating us to a detachment of its shores through a silken sifter. Watching it for a time has a decidedly somnolent effect, and you feel unequal to work, as ••When Ajax strives some rock’s vast weight to throw, The line too labors and the words move slow.” If th© mental strain were not so great, I should feel inclined to pity yen city folks, who know that if it snows over so slowly you can only see a mitigated slice ot it at a time, your vision being limited by the six story walls across the way, while here the eye looks for miles till its vision rests upon the everlast ing hills which surround us, and from which anon will descend April showers and May flowers, and the green fields whorein we get our wealth. Don’t speak all at once, but now really wouldn’t you li*ke to be here ? Had a pleasant experience the other day. It was a brief period of sunshine and I thought it would be a good plan to stretch my logs and take a dose of fresh air. Let me remark just here that our style does not permit ua to say “ roads ” or “streets ” any more than it would sanction ‘‘boiled shirts” or swallow tail coats. Our principal thoroughfare is Tho Boulevard and the lesser avenues are lanes, tho first being considered exceedingly bonq ton and the other sweetly bucolic. Weil, sauntering along tho Boulevard I saw a lady—l knew sho was a lady because she had a package under her arm and"! have never seen a more woman do that in my life —and as wo met she looked at me with & smile seven-eighths honey and the rest chewing gum, and she said: “Excuse me, sir, but— “ Yes’m/’ said I; “you are excused, this is & free country.” “But I wanted to show fi “ Yes’m,” 1 again interrupted, “wo have a Jialj in this place, and if your show is truly moral and no intoxicating——” “I wanted to show yon ” “Madam, I can be seen at any rea sonable hour and my fee is ” “You misun- derstand me, sir; I want to show you the latest work on applied science as regards buttejj color.” Thj mystery was out; I knew she was a book agent, and she began to undo the package previously noticed. “Pardon me, madam,” I said, “ I am in the business myself, and I don’t allow any color to be used .in my foun-dry, not even rouge on my wife’s cheeks, for she is just too handsome without it, and s© tf my butter* Good day, marm.” a And then she called mo a white-headed/’ knock-kneed, splay-footed, hnmp-backed,croßß - stub-nosed old country bumpkin. Think of that for a lady I 1 looked as solemn as a judge and passed on, ssailiag as a basket of chips, > The Boss and I are having it hot and heavy on a question of bucolic economy. Sho wants, as soon as this storm is over, to dig up a patch and plant string beans. Beans, she says, ara early birds. I advise delay for a month or two, and she rejoins that delays are dangerous. I am inclined to let her have her own way, on condition that when the beans are ready for the table, she wakes me in the morning early, moth er deaj. Whatdoyou J. W. S. PERSONAL. Bro. itotfiir R. Burkf, ot Keystone Lodge, will permit us to congratulate him upon the mar riage of his lovely and accomplished daughter, Adeline, to the gallant James H. Shevlin, at St. Alphonseje Church, on the 12th ult. Tho wed ding reception supplimonted the marriage cere monial, at the splendid residence ©f Bro. 8., at which Bro. James J. Jordan, of Munn Lodge, the festive husband of “Lizzie,” an elder sister of the bride, officiated aa “ besi man,” and did tho honors at the hospitable table, which groan ed with the choicest of solids and fluids that tend to make this life enjoyable. It was in deed ' “A feast of joy and flow of souk” The Dispatch was not omitted on this festal occasion, and in addition to sweetest answering smiles from the gentler sex, w’as not forgotten when “ the cake” and sparkling champagne were disposed. 111. Bro. Harry Jewett Richardson, 32°, the popular commercial tourist, and a promi nent member of Boston Consistory, A. A. S. R., and of Aleppo Temple A. A. O. N. M. 8. of Bos ton, visited our sanctum last week, (accom panied by his friend W. Bro. David M. Drury, P. M., ef Progressive Lodge of Brooklyn,) and cast a beam of sunshine in our den. A contem porary has well said of him, “his face is sun shine itself.” Bro. Harry has just recovered from a severe illness, but will soon buckle on' his armor again, by going on the road. He will be beat remembered as “Happy Harry,” the “No chestnut man,” that accompanied De Witt Clinton Commandery of Brooklyn on their pil grimage to Rochester, October, 1885. Come again frater Richardson, and we will bespeak thee a kind greeting. Bro. Oran W. Gross, Senior Deacon of Eure ka Lodge, has more than justified our anticipa tions. At the last communication of this popu lar lodge, ho flushed his maiden sword and ac quitted himself with all the grace of a veteran ritualist. R. W. Pownall complimented Bro. G. upon his splendid success, an-d remarked that in all his experience he had never seen a better rendering of the role. Bro. William S. Clin hugh, also of this lodge, the well-known drama tist, is credited with e caching the new Senior Deacon, and should likewise not be forgotten, when compliments are in order. M. E. Christopher Johnson, High Priest of Americus Chapter, has tempted us from the walks of sobriety with a very liberal sample of “ Old Monongahela,” which camo just in season to meet our appreciation, and lend its spiritual influence to “Drive dull enre away.” We beg to return our kindly thanks for the timely and thoughtful remembrance, and cor dially tender to Companion J. and his associate “merry-cusses” our best wishes, and express the hope that Americus Chapter may continue iu her present unexampled prosperity. MASONIC DESTINY. Great and momentous revolutions, full of des tiny, are going on around us. In these silent, powerful conflicts what part does Masonry per form ? Is Masonry a real, living, active power, whose influence is felt in shaping and control* ling these revolutions, in whose wtfmb sleep the destinies of generations yet unborn? What afe we doing, as an institution, to control and prop erly direct tho still, broad, deep current of human destiny which is swiftly flowing past us ? Out upon the plains of Egypt, anchored to a granite foundation, built with a mathematical skill, demonstrating an accurate knowledge of astronomy, stands, in all its magnificent, unap proachable grandeur, the great Pyramid, the first of the “ seven wonders of the world.” For ■ more than four thousand years tho storms of sand and dust and heat have beat about its base in vain ; for more than four thousand years it has stood a silent spectator of the conflicts of the ages, and looked down with an undisturbed serenity upon the rise and fall of Nations, Em pires and Kingdoms. Although of origin so remote as to be uncertain, yet the skill and accuracy displayed in its erection, surpass the skill and accuracy of the best work of bur day. There it stand:), coming up out of an unknown past, hoary with age, yet fresh with beauty, venerated for its antiquity, yet new in its accu racy and skill; a study of to-day; a model of architecture ; a monument of genius ; firm, im movable, abiding forever. So, brethren, out upon the plains of this active, restless, changeful, dangerous age, there arises, amid this unrest, doubt, perplexity and Agnosticism, like the groat Pyramid, the Ma sonic order, built upen the idea of a Supreme Ruler, beginning and ending in the Great Archi tect of the Universe, coming up out of the deep unknown past, hoary with age, yet new and fresh with thought and principle ; eonservativ-e, yet progressive; old, yet always young with truth ; formal, yet vital; profound, yet simple ; symbolic, yet clear; silent, yet speaking with power, in and through all the avenues of thought and feeling—permanent, changeless, abiding forever. Against its foundations tile waves of Atheism are broken and dashed back into a sea of confusion, like the waves of the Levant when they strike the immovable granite of Gibraltar. Amid this wild storm ot change, when everv ship upon life's sea is hard pressed,when every little batteau, with its precious freight, is.swing mg up and down upon the wavelets which roll beneath it—ah I when amid all this prest-uro upon the weary, anxious' toil-worn hurried hu man heart and brain, a morbid desire fox ex citement usurps the place of duty, when liberty is fast drifting into license, when sober reflec tion is about to cease, when character is be coming weak and plastic, when love of money roots out the love of truth, when dissipation be comes tho alternative to labor, when this lever of modern life is praying upon modern integri ty, then, as if built lor the hour, as if predes tined for the times, and foreordained to cope with these evils, the Masonic temple rises in its stately beauty and grandeur, bright, calm and serene, reflecting the iridescent rays of her Great Light, buttressed upon the existence of the “ one true and living God,” and girded with the iron girders of truth to the eternal princi ples of right. These waves of sacreligious change fall harm less at its base; these storms of mutability roar around its columns without effect; the mutter ings of Agnosticism die away in its corridors, without a resounding echo in its halls. The flood-tide of these new, false, destructive ideas, doctrines and teachings is stayed against this barrier. Masonry is indeed one of the great conservative forces ot our times; not only mold ing the character and lives other members, but exerting a world-wide influence promotive of the welfare of millions of our race who never saw its “light” And thus has Masonry stood, powerful and conservative, checking the wildest passions of men in the darkest hours ot the most fearful revolutions of the past; thus Masonry stands to-day, holding, or helping to hold, in check the evil tendencies of our times; making men more thoughtful, earnest and true; binding them with her beautiful symbolic cords to that which is changeless; projecting their lives out' on the basis of an immortality; teaching, at all times, benevolence and charity; fraternity and fidelity. —Jf, James IF. 3