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A r>vkrttsbments. for the Masonic De tabtmert, to (secure their insertion, must be vr.l in by TWO O’CLOCK, P. M., Friday. WHY IS IT SOI Some find work whore some find rest, . And so the weary world goes on. I sometimes wonder which is best — The answer comes when life is gone. Some eyes sleep when some eyes wake, And so the dreary night hours go; Some hearts beat where some hearts break. I often wonder why tie so. Some hands fold where other hands Are lifted bravely in the strife; And so through ages as through lands Move on the two extremes of life. Some feet halt while some feet tread, In tireless march, a thorny way; gome struggle on where some have fled; Some seek, when others shun the fray. Some sleep on while others keep The vigils of the true and brave; They will not rest till roses creep Around a name above the grave. —Selected. BE IT RESOLVED. Since reading the encyclical of Grand Master Lawrence we have felt an irrepressible longing to put on the harness we used to wear thirty years ago and go around among the lodges as we did then, to back up the inspiration of M. VV. Bro. Lawrence, and help him to make good his cheerful prophecy of rounding up the work within a year; but dimmed eyes and game legs admonish us that we are not so young as we were ; nevertheless, we mean to be in the ranks of .the workers while the lamp holds out to burn, and, with the* Dispatch as the best of stand-bys, to wrestle for the victory. The generat on of earlier workers has passed away to a great extent, but those of us who are left can be relied on as having enlisted for the war, and former triumphs will come to our memories and spur us to a final and united effort. In the beginning we had fewer lodges, fewer members, scantier means to work with, and not a little determination was required to keep the original plan from being reversed by setting up an Asylum in the city of New York, where it is not needed, and that, too, without any fixed capital to support it. The plan of the founders it is now known has been adhered to, but the coming men will never know the labors and anxieties it cost to keep the vessel in her course, and every sail made to draw, however 1 ght the breeze. What remains to be done can be measured to a fraction, and as compared to the task before the craft in 1850, it is as a sum in simple arithmetic alongside of an intricate problem in geometry. Writing now in the quietude of onr country surroundings, we look back with unmeasured delight to our share in the apparently hopeless task, and forward with a confidence born of ex perience, that our present energetic captain will lead us to the time whence can frame and hang up in the Grand Master's room a receipt in full for the last dollar of onr indebtedness. Life for ns has fewer attractions than in the heyday of youth and strength; but we pray that when the announcement is made that the debt is extinguished, we may be there to see and help make the welkin ring with rejoicing. It is to be recollected that most of the work thus far has been accomplished by young men with the help and instruction of the elders, and the young men of to-day will doubtless feel proud to emulate those who have grown gray in the service and who still have their hands on. the plow without ever thinking of looking back. Strike hands wi‘h us young men and your re ward will even be greater than that of those who have borne the heat and burden of the day, for it will be yours to enter the promised land, while to them the failing vision and trembling limbs are the admonitions of the sleep that will halt them at the boundary to which their life work has led them. Lend us now, brethren, your time, your zeal, your strength and your devotion, and the beni son ot the widow and the fatherless will remain with you when you, too, are facing the setting sun ot life. FROM “UNCLS JOHN.” Up in the Mountains, [ March 8, 1887. f Dear Dispatch: You may recollect that I told a young lady that we couldn’t expect fair weather before to-day, and here it is; sky is deeply, darkly, beautifully blue, air as sweet as new milk, and everything pointing to an early advent of Spring chickens and strawberry fix in’s. To crown it, another neighbor lent us his presence with a sleigh and and wile and I ecooted around among the hills for an hour or two with great delectation and a fearful appe tite for dinner. you think you would rather be in the city .alLthe same. Well, stick to your old town, but.wood fires and a life in the mountains for me. Speaking of country reminds me that we are not so green up here as your fancy may paint us. A young gentleman came up from Brook lyn for a visit, and I found he didn’t know buckwheat from middlings—l didn’t, either, when I lived in the city. Then I interviewed him on the subject of butter. His idea was that it is produced by straining the milk through a sieve and boiling the residue over a alow fire. I told him he was ;ust the right age to learn, and the wife, eatching the idea, slipped out and got the churn ready; then we gently led him up to his fate, and placing his hands on the dasher, bid him pump away, while I de livered a lecture on the atomic theory as ap plied to French cooking. The result was satia factory to me, but he thinks he won't need any more instruction in that line—not right away. Perhaps not; but you let your Uncle alone for keeping in smooth water about churning time. Was very much delighted and honored the other day by the antouncement of my election as honorary member of the Highland Mills Pleasure Club, which includes in its curriculum everything from penny-ante to brook trout and three-pound pickerel caught through the ice. My friend D. Talcott is president, and he tells me that at the coming reception I shall be ex pected to deliver an oration and lead the ger man. If this means escorting a pretty girl down to supper—oh, what lots of them there are in this country l—l think I can manage it; but I wish for your blessing just the same, and shall ••prey” all I can for myself. I am spending a good deal of thought and los ing some sleep in laying out my garden, and it is no waste of language to say that I expect it to blossom as the.rose. There are already about a dozen bushes, and friend Vick has a commis- Bion for a dozen more, and then the annuals and other plants will make it an Arcadia which I in vi*te you and your wife to come and see. The fun of it is that the old lady is laying out her plans all alone by herself, of which she thinks I know nothing; but she talks in her sleep, and She will wako up by and by to find me like a lion in her path; then look out for teeth and toe nails. Anything for a quiet life, but I must have my way this time. Areyouwidus? J.W.S. THIRD MASONIC DISTRICT. This district, represented by R. W. Bro. Tho dore A. Taylor, has paid its proportion of the debt on the Temple, thereby making it unani mous, and if every district would do its duty as the Third District has done (they being the first district that has paid in full), there would be no debt and we could have the Asylum. Too much praise cannot be given to the District Deputy and also to the members ot Commonwealth Lodge, who attended the different official visits of the D. D. as a delegation and personally ap pealed to the brethren ol other lodges to do their duty, and the result is that their propor tion of the debt is paid. Lebanon Lodge, No. 191.—The regu lar communication of this lodge will be held on Tuesday evening, March 15th, in their rooms eorner of Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue, •n which occasion the Third Degree will be conferred. W. Bro. Lee, the Master, extends a cordial invitation to brethren of sister lodges to attend, and will guarantee they will not go awpy dissatisfied. Commonwealth Lodge, No. 499, Brook lyn, worked the First Degree on last Tuesday, March Bth, Wor. Bro. John W. Evans presiding, and Bro. Edgar Skinner acting as Senior Dea con. There were several Past Masters of Com monwealth and other lodges present. On next Tuesday, March 15th, the First Degree will be conferred, WJSX.I-D ING. Well-doing is reflex in its benefits, reflex in its value. It benefits the well-doer, and the recipient of the well done action. It is valuable to both alike. It strengthens the well-doer, and relieves the one for whom the act is done. We are prone to think, however, that a deed of kindness has its effect immediately upon the one who does it; that he, in some way feels at once, the conscience approval that brings pleasure. This is not so. Every act of kind ness, no matter how small, requires an effort, and the effort requires the expending of mental or physical force. This expending of mental or physical force, is more or less trying on the human system, and exhausts, so that there does not immediately follow, that satisfaction that we would desire from a consciousness of having done our duty. The benefit that is de rived by the well-doer comes from a strength ing of the sympathy of our nature, the feeling more fully realized, that we are all, without a single exception in the whole world, subject to the same frailties, and need the kindly aid and consideration of our fellow beings. The whole world is kin, but we do not believe it, or if we do, we fail to make others think we do. Thus, from a failure to realize our dependent condition we do not enjoy the blessings of a realization of a well done act. The recipient is benefited by the relief that our action may afford. The expenditure by us of mental or moral force to help a fellow, is a gain to him. He may only receive a very small portion ot the good he should experience from his failure to accept it as it is given—freely and hearti’y. But his mental or physical nature will be benefitted to some extent, for no act of kindness, no deed of charity ever fell fruitless to the ground. We may not have seen its re sults—we may not have believed it accom plished its purpose-but it did, to a greater or less extent. It may not have done its full measure of good. Its fruit may have been in ferior to its possibilities, but it was good. It did bear fruit. Well-doing brings satisfaction, but if we look for satisfaction in well-doing, we will bo disap pointed, for we can never fully realize our ideal of what should come from our actions. This, of course, is not true of all, but it is of the well doer who desires to attain to the very beet re sults of his actions. Well-doing is not confined to charity, and yet charity cannot exist without well-doing. Charity, as we understand it to day, has a very narrow meaning, compared with that taught in years gone by. Now it is alms giving—then it was love. Now it is physical offering—then it was heart, soul and body going out in true sympathy and affection for others. ” Enter but his doer, Balk’d are the courts, and contest is no more. Despairing quacks, with curses, left the place. And vile attorneys, now a useless race.” Charity, in its true sense, heals all breeches, makes attorneys “ a useless race,” and changes the world of quarrels to one of peace. Charity is forgiving. Charity looks lor the good, not the bad, in human nature. Charity would ele vate mankind. Charity would purify the race. Charity leads to eternal purity. Charity is love. Charity is well-doing for ourselves and for others. Charity, in short, includes all the graces, all the virtues of heaven, and would destroy all the vices, all the evils of this world. But while well-doing, as exhibited in acts done to and for others, is good in its effect upon our selves, that well-doing for ourselves has alike its reflex benefit and value. Well-doing means the leading of such a life as will tend to bring us happiness and prosperity. Everything we do to elevate ourselves is in that direction. Eevry curbing of passion, every overcoming of appetite, every resistance of temptation, tends to bring us nearer to the line of well-doing. No man can strive bravely against the powers ot evil within him without being benefitted there by. The body becomes weak and feeble by lack of proper exercise. The mind becomes inactive and dull by indolence of thought and study. The moral nature becomes enfeebled by a failure to battle against the hourly attacks that are made upon it by the evil about us. In somuch as we overcome these evil propensities of our nature are we benefitting ounelves, and in benefiting ourselves we benefit others, and be come more and more valuable to ourselves and the community at large. We are able not only to stand ourselves, but to help others to do so. When the time comes that there are no poor, fall en brethren to help up—when all shall have been taught the lesson of well-doing, and shall heed the lesson, then will be the reigu of “Emanuel, Prince of Peace.” There is much to think and say of well-doing, both as regards ourselves and our fellows; but we leave this for the careful thought of those who have read this article. Let the suggestion of the subject be sufficient to induce a self-ex amination, and see, brethren, whether we have any of us been doing well to ourselves or any body else. Jacques. THE FIFTH DISTRICT HONORED. A VISIT BY THE GBAND MASTER. Never before in the history of Masonic gather ings, and within the walls of a lodge-room, was there seen a larger or even finer body of men than on Tuesday last, upon the occasion of the visit of the M. W. Grand Master Frank R. Law rence to his own district, represented through his own lodge. Previous to this day, the inde fatigable representative of the district, R. W. Wright D. Pownall, worked incessantly to have this reunion of all the Masons of his district to be one not yet eclipsed, and he succeeded, as sisted by the Masters, beyond his fondest hope. The Grand Lodge room being thrown open for the assembling of the different lodges, they were organized and marched in a body to the Commandery Room, where they all were cor dially received by the Master of Excelsior, W. Bro. George Burnham, jr., and the first to knock for admittance was Independent, under the guiding hand of W. Bro. Parker, its Master, and Marshal of the body, and their thirty breth ren. The next eame Darcy, mustering fifty-five, with thek Master, W. Bro. Frankel. Next Munn, with W. Bro. Abrahams and twenty-five fol lowers. Piatt, under the protecting care of that really benevolent and ever-smiling Charles Emmett, with its forty stalwart, toiling Masons; and so followed Silentia, York, Templar, Pales tine, United States, Cyrus, Empire City, all in quick succession, and filling the spacious hall to overflowing, and still not half had yet ar rived. Then Pacific turned up with sixty strong, our esteemed R. W. Bro. Bullman beaming with joy upon the long row of breth ren who showed him their allegiance in the hour of rejoicing. Eastern Stir, with its forty members and its Master, W. Bro. Johnson, and their money bag, W. Bro. Loewenstein, who looked cautious enough, as if he had something precious in his pocket. Then followed Eureka, headed by her graceful presiding officer, W. Bro. George Baker, supported by Bro. Charles B. Sellers, the handsome Senior Warden ; John D. Willard, Hope, Arcana, Charter Oak and Polar Star, the latter with as solid a looking body of fi'ty Masons as any in the room. The galleries now began to fill, and standing room was only to be had, and still the crack lodge of the district was not in yet. Then the announcement came of Chancellor Walworth having arrived. In they filed without end, reaching from the East to far beyond the outer door. At least 120 were counted inside, but many more lingering in the halls. Simply there was noteven standing room. W. B. Jenkins of course was received with marked respect as the representative of so fine a body, whereupon the D. D. Grand Master. R. W. Pownall, came to have the light thrown over him inside upon his already brightened and ex pectantly flushed countenance. The Master of Excelsior received this beloved and esteemed brother with so marked and feel ing an address, that it was shown without per adventure that he but echoed the sentiment of every one present. Then, upon assuming the chair, he addressed bis brothers at length in sympathetic and affecting phrases, dwelling upon the unity and harmony in the district, and that he was so pleased, more than could be ex pected, that so large a number had come to show the Grand Master, in his own district, the regard due him by every Mason in the State. The esteemed speaker waxed more and more eloquent upon the good work before them and received loud and cheering applause. The Masters of the several lodges were now depu tized by him to inform the Grand Master that they were ready to receive him. of which pleas- i ant duty they acqutted themselves gracefully, NEW YORK DISPATCH, MARCH 13, 1887. and, upon returning, through their spokesman, W. B. Jenkins, announced the fact to the pre siding officer that the Grand Master would com ply. Then music, and the R. W. Washington E. Connor, Grand Marshal, came and announced to the assembly that the Grand Master and his associate officers were approaching. They were then received with the usual and solemn ceremonies incident to such an occa sion. The Grand Master accompanied by the brother and learned Secretary, R. W. Ehlers, Past Grand Master J. Edward Simmons, G. H. Raymond, Grand Lecturer; George Samuels, Grand Steward; R. W. Andrews, etc; and it may bo mentioned right here, how the present in cumbent ot the office of District Deputy Grand Master of the Filth District is appreciated by all his illustrious predecessors, when hardly one was missing. There was versatile Patterson, the wise-looking Teichman, the genial Richard son, Nichols, Burnham, and not least, the Grand Master himself. R. W. Bro. Pownall then de scended from the East to the floor, and greeted the Grand Master with such a stream of elo quence, as only this well-known officers’s silver-tongued ability could bring forth. The Grand Master taking his seat, addressed the vast assemblage with great fervor. Ho stated that if his dreams could be realized to have the debt wiped out within this year, he would in deed be happy. He hoped, however, that the lodges make effort to pay up their quoat, and follow the example of districts in Brooklyn, where one and all hav.e canceled their debts to the Hall and Asylum Fund. He then granted the floor to J. Edward Simmons, Past Grand Mister, who kept the listening multitude spell bound with his narratives of hie experiences in Ireland, England, Scotland, and other foreign countries. How he was received in the dual capacity as Past Grand Master, and President of the Board ot Education. How be hurrahed when he saw the glorious flag ot our country floating in the breeze at the city ot Amsterdam, for which ot course he was duly applauded by the loyal brethren, and received such cheering and deafenning applause, indicating that al though near 12 o’clock, they wanted more, like Dickens’s hero. After him came R. W. Burnham, Chief Com missioner of Appeals, who, with his eonoise and clear voice, extolled upon the good work and at all times cheerfulness ot our Grand Master, and concluded that he had kissed the blarney-stone, which, no doubt, the previous speaker had no occasion to, although having met and dined with the Prince of Wales, Gladstone and other such dignitaries. The Grand Master called upon any one for re marks. The Master of Eastern Star Lodge, W. Bro. Johnson, rose and handed to the Grand Master the check lor their quota, which was smilingly accepted and acknowledged. The Grand Lodge Officers then took their leave in a body, and so ended one of the bright est and most harmonious fraternal assemblages that the representative of the Masonic depart ment of the Dispatch has ever had the good fortune to witness. Long life and happiness to the Fifth District, their officers and members. NYACK, N. Y. Thia beautiful town on the Hudson was the scene of a very pleasant episode on last Wed nesday evening, March 9, at the regular com munication of Rockland Lodge, No. 72?. The snug and handsomely-furnished lodge room was comfortably filled, there being a large at tendance of the members, together with dele ga lions from other lodges. Among those present were the following: Of Rockland Lodge, W. Bro. W. E. Tuttle, Master; H. E. Smith, 8. W.; Isaac 8. Lydecker, J. W.; R. 8. Curmock, Chaplain; D. De Graff, Secretary; John P. Smith, S. D.; P. B. Towner, J. D.; G. Z. Snider and C. Doersch, M. C.; O. A. Davis, Marshal; K. M. Hoffman, Tyler; 8. E. Gardner, James E. Smith, Henry Perry, Charles Haines, Past Masters, and Bros. Gesner, Brush, C. Debaum, Provost, Rose, Grant, Campbell, Gilchrist, Baldwin, Jersey, Seaman, Salsbury, Craft, C. H. Lydecker, W. W. Debaum, Fraser, Winterbottom, Oliver, Gardner, E. A. Holloway and Blauvelt: from Wawayanda Lodge, No. 315, of Piermont — W. Bros. John C. Walsh, A. G. Cook and J. E. Gillers, and Bros. Holdman, James Sherwood, C. 8. Sherwood, Comenaky, Heyn, Lawrence, Folsom, Hart, Haddock, Peterson, Ackley, Pot ter and Graham; from lonic Lodge, No. 486, of this city—W. Bro. George Lawrence, Master; from Doric Lodge, No. 86, West Hoboken—Prof. R. R. Steirly, the well known musician and or ganist of Old Independent Lodge; from Corner- Stone Lodge, No. 367, Brooklyn—Bro. Andrew Maurer, of “The Knickerbocker;” from Inde pendent Lodge, No. 185—W. Bros. Cornelius B. Parker, John D. Fosdick, William Harrison and William Hanna, and Bros. Lemuel Russell, George B. Hebard, A. B. Hebard, F. W. Fos dick and E. 11. Brown. The Third degree was con'erred in full form and in the most perfect manner. W. Bro. Tut tle, the Master, presided, and was assisted by the visiting Masters and Past Masters, and Prof. Steirly conducted the musical port on of the ceremonies. After the conclusion of the degree, W. Bro. Cornelius B. Parker, the Mas ter of Independent Lodge, called up Bro. James Winterbottom, and on behalf of Independent Lodge, in an address full of that eloquent, courteous and appropriate language for which he is distinguished, referred to Bro. Winter bottom’s long membership and faithful services as a member and officer, and presented him with a handsomely engrossed and framed series of complimentary resolutions. The venerable recipient was taken completely by surprise, and was at first overcome by bis emotions, but he responded in heartfelt and appropriate terms. After the lodge closed the brethren formed in procession, under the direction of Bro. O. A. Davis, the Marshal, and proceeded to Bro. Wil liams’s hotel, on Main street, where a sump tuous banquet had been prepared, to which ample justice was done. . During the repast W. Bro. Tuttle was presented by Mr. and Mrs. Wil liams, the host and hostess, with an immense frosted pound cake, which he received in ap propriate terms, concluding with the emphatic declaration: “1 take the cake 1” The visiting brethren were taken in charge by various mem bers ot the lodge, and comfortably lodged and fed until the next day, when they returned to their homes, filled with delightful memories of the courtesy and hospitality ot the gallant brethren of Rockland Lodge. Hiram Lodge, No. 449.—At the last communication ot this lodge there was a full at tendance. A delegation of Pyramid Lodge, R. W. Bro. Van Blaricom, W. Bros. Hall, Stengel Baldwin and others too numerous to mention, together with visiting brethren from all sec tions, crowded the little room to its fullest capacity. The Third Degree was conferred by W. Bro. C. A. Winch on four candidates, fol lowed by a collation, which lasted into the small hours. The next regular communication will bo held in the Austin Room, Friday, March 18, at 8 o’clock. Business of the evening—visita tion of M. W. Frank R. Lawrence and associate officers and presentation of lodge jewels. Americus Lodge, No. 535.—The next stated communication of this lodge will be held in the Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple, on Thursday evening, March 17th. Work—Second Degree, on which occasion W. Bro. Relyea will confer the degree, and W. Bro. Fraser will exemplify the mysteries of the “Middle Chamber.” Either of the above craftsmen would be sufficient to fill the room, for both are able workers, audit is worth a visit to Ameri cus to listen to W. Bro. Eraser in the Middle Chamber work. We have no doubt brethren will flock there next Tursday, especially as everybody knows how gladly they will be re ceived, and as heartily welcomed. Eastern Star Lodge, No. 227.—This lodge meets next Wednesday, the 16th inst., when the First Degree will be conferred on several candidates, and a very large attendance is expected. Eastern Star does not wear “lull evening suit,” but pays its quota ot the debt, takes care ot the widows, and is always open handed in the works of charity, has a close and very harmonious membership, is ever ready to extend the fraternal hand ot welcome to visit ing brethren, is second to none in the Fifth, or any other district, and is steadily pursuing and going forward in the good cause of Masonry. Republic Lodge, No, 690.—0 n Fri day evening, March 4, Republic Lodge confer red the Master Mason’s Degree upon two fel low crafts. The second section and the lecture wererimpressively and effectively rendered by the R. W. Bro. E. M. L. Ehlers. A large dele gation from Manhattan Lodge, headed by W. Bro. Warth, visited Republic in a body, and ably assisted in the work of the evening. Among the many visiting brethren were W. Bro. Van Court, P. E. Herrlich, Dr. Sailer, W. H. Fro ment, J. W. Warth, L. P. Warth, W. Bro. Terry, Thomas Moore, and W. Bro. J. McCabe, of Ris ing Star Lodge, Jersey City. Official Visitation. —W. M. Frank R. Lawrence, Grand Master of Masons, State of New York, will pay an official visit to the lodges of the Seventh Masonic District on Wed nesday evening, April 20th, 1837, at a special communication of Copestone Lodge, No. 641, to be held in the Commandery Room, Masonic Hall, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. The seventh is not backward, and deserves credit lor pushing the great and good work, and the official visit of the Grand Master will be made the occasion of showing the Seventh Dis trict in all its glory. Continental I odgf, No. 287.—The Second Degree will be conferred on Wednesday evening, March 16th. Distinguished craftsmen will take part in the ceremonies. Visitors cor cially welcomed. ROYAL ARCH ITEMS. We cordially call the attention of High Priests and Sec retaries and companions from everywhere, to this col umn, and respectfully and fraternally invite them to send us notice of work on hand, or any items of es pecial interest to Royal Arch Masons. ■ THE GRAND CHAPTER OF WISCONSIN. The Thirty-seventh Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held in the city of Mil waukee, February 16 and 17. The session was very harmonious and enjoyable. Comp. 8. H. Alban has made a very efficient Grand High Priest. His address was specially commended by the committee to whom it was referred, and was very pleasing to the brethren. The several reports of the Grand officers show a prosperous condition in the affairs ot Capitular Masonry in Wisconsin. There has been a healthy gain in membership and in interest in the constituent chapters. Two dispensations have been issued, one of which was continued at Tomah, the otitetj New London, receiving a charter. A committee was appointed to revise and cod ify the constitution. The chapters were all rep resented except Kenosha, Waupun, Ripon and Waupaca. Comp. Alban absolutely declined a re-election, mainly upon the ground that he be lieved the feeling was growing among the com panions that the honors should be passed around. Complimentary resolutions endorsing Comp. Alban’s administration were passed, and the Grand Secretary instructed to procure a Past Grand High Priest’s jewel, to be presented at the next annual convocation. The following companions were elected: N. C. Daniels, Watertown, Grand High Priest. Duncan McGregor, Platteville, Deputy Grand High Priest. Robt. Travers, Milwaukee, Grand King. M. K. Teegarden, Racine, Grand Scribe. David H. Wright, Madison, Grand Treasurer. John W. Laflin, Milwaukee, Grand Secretary. Wm. E. Wright, Wausau, Grand Chaplain. M. L. Voungs, Milwaukee, Grand Lecturer. George Smith, Kilbourn, Grand P. 8. B. F. King, Omro, Grand C. of H. A. F. Wyatt, Stevens Point, Grand R. A. 0. T. 8. Hayhurst, Waterloo, Grand M. cd Vail. P. W. Puffer, Monroe, Grand M. 2d Vail. J. 8. Pryor, Dodgeville, Grand M. let Vail. Leonard Barrett, Milwaukee, Grand Guard. R. D. Pulford, Trustee. Wm. 0. Swain, Com. on Correspondence. A GREAT NIGHT IN ANCIENT. On next Thursday evening Ancient Chapter wilt meet at the Temple at seven o’clock, when the Past and M. E. Master’s Degrees will bo conferred in “ trooly ” Ancient style. This chapter had intended to move out of the Tem ple and go back to their old quarters in Four teenth street, but the true patriotic and Ma sonic seutiment prevailed, and Ancient remains a tenant of the Trustees of the Hall and Asylum Fund, thus continuing to contribute their share to that noble work. Visiting companions will always And a re markable array of distinguished Royal Arch Masons at Ancient Chapter, and the M. E. High Priest, Edward P. Wilder, the right sort of a man to extend a hearty greeting and oheerlul welcome. At the regular convocation, later in the even ing, the Royal Arch Degree will be conferred in inll costume, and only those who have ever witnessed the work in Ancient can realize how very entertaining it is. Old hands go there to listen and enjoy themselves; the young go to learn and be instructed and to gain wisdom in Royal Arch Masonry. Ancient is always well attended, and we doubt not will have a lull house next Thursday. GATE OF THE TEMPLE will confer the degree ot Most Excellent Master on Monday evening next, March 11th, at their rooms, No. 157 Adelphi street, Brooklyn, and cordially invite companions of the order to be present. PROGRESSIVE, No. 198. On Friday, the 4th inst., we carefully and guardedly wended our way across the East river, with the intention of visiting a little chap ter in Brooklyn, E. D. We say " carefully and guardedly,” because whenever we leave this little village of New York wo feel “shaky,” unsafe and at a loss how to get back home again ; but we had taken the precaution to have the company of a young and stalwart companion, W. Bro. James F. Bragg, to be with us and see to our safety. Further, we say that it was our intention to visit a “ lit tle” chapter in Williamsburg. This is because it is hard for us to get rid of the idea that any thing outside of New York can be big; but we were, indeed, greatly surprised upon entering Progressive Chapter to And their rooms crowded with companions, and among them many well known craftsmen—M. E. Comp. Dickey, of De Witt Clinton ; Nolan and Laird, of Evening Btar; Harrington, of Banner, and Conklin, of Corin thian. De Witt Chapter had quite a large delegation present, as well as Evening Star and Banner. Empire Chapter, No. 170, was represeteed by M. E. E. Loewenstein, the High Priest: William H. Collins, the Captain of the Host, James F. Bragg and many others; Comp. Beaver, of Standard, and lagan, of Metropolitan. Pro gressive had a very large attendance of its own membership, among them M. E. Comps, Drnry and Hughes, E. Comps. A. T. Tartiss, K.; Jnan B. Arci, Ecribe ; Haswell, C. of H., and all the officers and old stand-bys. M. E. Comp. Chas. W. Carpenter, the High Priest of Progressive, acted the host to many visitors with a grace born of the gentleman. The Royal Arch degree was conferred, and all seemed to be well posted in the work. We spent a very pleasant evening among the companions of Progressive, and take the opportunity to thank the M. E. High Priest and the companions lor courtesies eutended U ns. We hope to hear from them again, and hear of their doing good work and square work, such as we need to rebuild the house ot the Lord. ADVANCED. This term is applied to the candidate when he is invested with the degree of Mark Master, that being the Arst stop in adoanee of a Master Ma son and approaching toward the Royal Arch. ACKNOWLEDGED. When a candidate is invested with the degree of the Most Excellent Master, he is said to be received and acknowledged, while in the inter mediate degree ho is said to “ pass the chair.” And when at last the candidate passes through the symbolic vails, he is Exalted to the angust degree of the Holy Royal Arch. Auq-ua', Grand, Magniflcent, Sublime—this is applied to the Royal Arch degree in consequence of the high and important character ot the ceremonies con tained therein. It is also often styled the snm mit ot Masonry. EVENING STAR, NO. 225. The M. E. High Priest, John Laird, informs us that at the next regular convocation of Even ing Star Chapter, which occurs on next Thurs day, 17th inst., the M. E. Master’s Degree will be conferred in full form. M. E. Comp. Laird is a good worker and presides over a good body ot Royal Arch Masons, and on next Thursday evening an additional incentive will be for the officers to work this beautiful degree in the presence of several distinguished companions who have been invited. Companions from everywhere are cordially invited and are always sure of Anding a good chapter, good officers and a Moat Excellent High Priest at Evening Star Chapter. CRESCENT, NO. 220, AND JERUSALEM, NO. 8. Arrangements are in progress, and no doubt will be completed before the time has arrived, lor Crescent Chapter to pay a fraternal visit to Jerusalem. This interesting affair is set down to take place on next Friday, 18th inst., and will be one of the features at the Temple on that night. Both chapters are doing well and doing good work in the quarries of Royal Arch Masonry. Nine candidates responded to the inquiry of the High Priest of Crescent, M. E. Comp. Wm. H. Barber, and a most indefatigable worker, and these nine were advanced to the honorary de gree of Mark Master, and on next Friday even ing the entire chapter, in a body, will visit Je rusalem Chapter, No. 8, and take with them thirteen candidates for the M, E. Master’s De gree. (Members of the Thirteen Club are es pecially invited.; This degree will be conferred in full form and with more than usual care and precision. M. E. Comp. Barber, beside being a good worker and a prince qf good fellows, is also a Ane ritualist, and a rare treat is in store lor all companions on next Friday. Jerusalem extends a hearty and cordial greet ing to all Royal Arch Masons in good standin" and requests the attendance of all. We are not informed who all will take part in conferring the beautiful degree of M. E. Master, but we do know that it will be well done and fully satis factory to all, either by Crescent or by Jerusa lem. These fraternal visits should be encouraged by all good Royal Arch Masons, more especially as many chapters only meet once a month now and by thus visiting each other it would All up the gap during the month, and bring the com panions closer together. We trust that this next fraternal visit will be a great success. ZETLAND, NO. 141. At the next regular convocation of this chap ter, on Thursday, March 17th, at the Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue, the Royal Arch Degree will be conferred. Visiting com panions are given a cordial invitation to bo present. LODGE DEDICATION. The dedication of Triune Lodge, No. 159, of Arlington, N. J., and the installation of its offi cers by the Grand Lodge at their lodge rooms on Friday evening, the 4th inst., was a most in teresting affair, and w-as witnessed by many of the most prominent ladies and gentlemen ot onr village. The exercises were public, and called together a large number ot Masonic brethren from different parts ot the State. The Grand Officers of the Grand Lodge, to the num ber of twenty-four, were present, and conduct ed the services in a most effective manner. Alter the dedication the following officers of the new lodge were installed: John A. Gilmore W. M.; Jonathan Woods, 8. W.; John Keynton’ J. W.:J. W. Edmonds, Tress.; I. L. Newbery’ Sec.; P. L. Barber, 8. D.; J. A. Exton, J. D.; F? Samuelson, Tyler; C. 8. Hunt and John Morris Stewards. After the installation the Grand Lodge and visitors were conducted to the supper-room where a splendid collation had been provided’ and which was most heartily enjoyed by alb The great abundance of eatables that loaded the tables soon disappeared before the on slaught made upon them, alter which the guests repaired to the lodge-room, where they listened to several able and eloquent speeches ol distinguished Masonic representatives. M, W. Grand Master Moore was most ably assisted by his Worshipful brethren, and the exercises, irom beginning to end, were of the most inter esting character. llogular meetings of the new lodge will be held on the first, third and filth Mondays in every month.— Kearny Watchman. TEMPLAR NOTES. ADELPHIC, NO. 59 (MOUNTED). The next mounted drill will take place under command of Capt.-Gen. J. H. Downes, corner Fifty-ninth street and Eighth avenue, on Mon day evening, 21st inst., at 8 o’clock. There will be five more drile during the bal ance ot the season, ending May. 16. In ord'er to give all Sir Knights, who are interested in riding, an opportunity to practice the Templar mounted drill and exorcise riding, an invitation is extended to snch members lelSngmg to flic different commanderies stationed in New York and Brooklyn to be present with Adelphio on these occasions. Arrangements having been completed for the use of horses and equipments, they will bo furnished at a verv reasonable rate. ST. ELMO, NO. 57. At the last regular conclave of the above com mandery, held in the Asylum in Greenpoint Ma sonic Hall, the commander, E. Sir Valentine Ilammann, had the pleasure ot receiving a dele gation from Manhattan Commandery, headed by Generalissimo Lewis H. Haymond and War der Garvey Donaldson. Others were present from Palestine. The evening passed pleasantly and the Sir Knights enjoyed the usual banquet. Next Wednesday the Order of lied Cross Knight will bo exemplified in full form. VIRGINIA. We are indebted to Grand Recorder Wm. B. Isaacs, for a copy of the printed Transactions or the Grand Commandery of this jurisdiction, at its annual conclave in the city oi Richmond in September last. The Grand Commander, Sir Frank A. Reed, says, in the course oi his address: “ The tendency ot the general legislation in the Grand Encampment was, I think, decidedly toward a wider scope and more extended pow ers to the several Grand Commanderies, than a strict construction of the Code of Statutes would seem to imply. The sentiment, I am sure, is dominant in the Grand Encampment that Grand Commanderies should bo allowed to adminis ter their internal affairs in their own way, pro vided they keep themselves within the pale of the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Body. Of the nntuerous amendments proposed to the Constitution and Code, none, 1 believe, were passed, it we except the question of uniform. “ This vexed and annoying question is, I trust, now once and forever settled. It was en acted that hereafter all commanderies receiving their charters direct from the Grand Encamp ment, shall wear what is known as the regula tion uniform, except Washington Commandery, No. 1, of the District of Columbia, that they he permitted to retain and wear the black uniform. That the several State Grand Commanderies be permitted to take jurisdiction oi the whole mat ter in their own territory and prescribe such uniform as their own judgment may dictate to be worn by their own subordinates. The Grand Encampment, however, still reserves the right to prescribe absolutely the insignia of rank to be worn by the officers ot all Templar bodies.” The order in Virginia is in a decidedly pros perous condition. PERSONAL. R. W. William Sinclair, Past Master of Per fect Ashlar Lodge, though his locks have whit ened and his beard is frosty, has lost none ot hie old.time love for the institution ot Masonry. Kind in his sympathies, generous in his im pulses, he looks upon life not simply as a " fleeting show,” but as a means of doing good untoothers. He is one of the class of 11 old timers ” who believe that the grandest epitaph is an unselfish life and duty nobly done. Whisht D. Pownalt, the accomplished Dis trict Deputy of the Filth District, is spoken of by his admirers for a higher position in the Grand Lodge. We must confess no one deserves an elevation better than this indefatigable worker, whose ability and many Masonic virtues entitles him to substantial recognition in the craft. Bho. Thomas Carter, the veteran Treasurer of Metropolitan Lodge, has had in charge the money bags of that popular body of symbolic craftsmen for than a quarter of a century, and is still the faithful and watchful guardian of its treasure. Bro. C., has been added to the commit tee in charge of "The musical and art enter tainment,” to be given on April 15th prox., in aid ot the widows and orphans fund ot the lodge, and will supervise the financial depart ment, and we doubt not render a most gratify ing account of his stewardship, and enjoying the proud consciousness ol a most pleasing duty performed. Ho is indeed the right man in the right place. ( Library and Reading Room, Masonic Hall.—General interest is being taken by the craft in its Library aud Free Beading Room. New Masonic works are being constantly added to its large collection, and the latest magazines and daily papers are fully supplied. Washington Lodge, No. 21.—The next regular communication of this lodge will be held at their rooms, No. 289 Bleecker street, on Tuesday evening, March Itth, at 8 P. M. Visiting brethren are fraternally invited to be present. Work : Second Degree. I.ABOH EXCHANGE. A Master Mason in good standing desires a situation as Janitor, or anything in which he can earn a l.ve.ihood. Can furnish best of reference and bonds if necessary. Address James Z. Smith, No. 409 East Seventy-second st., N. Y. TVillinm H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY ANT DIAMONDS. Masonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 31 PARK BOW, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Ollies: and NEW No. 2 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street “STAONTON & WHELAN SELL CLOTHING ON CREDIT TO MJEIV ATV.I) BOYS, AT CAKH PRICE--. 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 the City. STAUNTON & WHELAN. 28 FOURTH AVENUE, OPPOSITE COOPER INSTITUTE. OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL 10. Wright’s Masonic Directory. PRICE 25 CENTS, BY MAIL. WRIGHT PUBLISHING CO., No. 19 Murray street, N. Y. Ask yonr Tyler for it., NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER JFOjR THE STATES, Henry C. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS A BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House ; No. 131 Ear-t 127th st., cor. Lexington ave. NEW YORK CITY. WAKING & 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. DR. B. U. 9HFXGSVAC7 FRENCH DENTIST, No. 159 BOWERY. 45 YEARS’ ACTIVE PRACTICE AT DENTISTRY. Gas, 50c.; children’s teeth extracted, 25c.; sets on rub ber plate, $6 and upward; repairing, $1 and upward* gold, platinum and silver fillings a specialty. $1 and up ward ; polishing teeth, s'c. Silver, platina and gold plates bought. Open evenings and Sundays. Lady in attendance. lodge Rooms To Let. EASTERN STAR HALL, cor. 7th street and 3d avenue Inquire of H. V. Sigler, Janitor and Tyler, any evening.' JAMES IVOR, MANUFACTURER OF KNIGHTS TKMPLAR’H, MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS Of SOCIETY GOODS, No. 133 GRAND STREET, CORNER OF CROSBY. 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, tf, George D. Sauer, Treas. James D. Out water, S W. Frank A. Hovey, bee. Wm. H, Ferre, J. w. ’ ADELPHIC, No. 348.-— The regular commu nications are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at 8 o’clock, P. M., in lonic Room, Mason c Temple. Wm. Wallace Walker, M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. H. J. Emerson, S. W Wm H. Janet, Sec. R. H. Foote, J. W. AMERICUS, No. 535, meets first and third Thursday evenings of each month, in Tuscan Room Masonic Temple, Sixth a\ eaue and Twenty third st. ’ Daniel T. Samson. Tre.is. James S. Fraser. M. William R. Reiyea, Sec., Samuel Pick.ord S W- No. 3 Willett st., City. L. 11. 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'and third Tuesdays ot each month. Chas. 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 of each month, corner 124th street and Third avenue, Harlem. Theodore A. Jasper M Cyrus O. Hubbell, Treas. Geo. D. I.eech, S. w’ ’ Z. T. Benson, Sec. Hubert Mullany, J. W. CITY, No. 408, meets first and third Wed nesdays of each month, at No. 33 Union Square (Decker Building) H. F. Muller, Treas. Fred. Hartcnnein M Francis Ciery, Sec., M. Dittenhoe.er, 8 W* 52 East 30th street. Simon Bower, J. w. COPESTONE, No. 641, meets second and lourth Wednesda s of each month, at Corinth.an Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and aixth avenue. Wm. Me. aul, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. Wm J. Mathews S w H. T. Gibson. Sec., Joseph J. Moen, j W > s.dence, No. 203 West 4bth street. CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, atBP. M. Fred. K. Van Court, M. Geo. Stone, Treas. Thomas Bonner, 8. W. Geo. F. Thornton, Sec. AlonzoM. 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. Chas. B. Pearse, J. W. DARCY, No. 187, meets second and fourth Mondays of each month, at German Masonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. Max Frankel, M. Berthold Lipman, Treas. Geo. W. Boskowltz. S. W. M. Kolasky, Sec. Dr. A. M. Lesser, J. W. Residence: 945 First avenue. DIRIGO, No. 30, meets second and fourth Mon days of each month, in Composite Rooms. Masonic Temple. Sixth avenue and 23d street Moritz N. Sill er.-teir, Treas. Aaron Morris, M. William R. Oldroyd, Sec., L. Jacobson, S. W. No. 67 Charlton st. A. Crozier. J. W. EASTERN STAR, 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, Sec.. Joseph Frankfort, S. W. 410 E. 79th street. Van Wyck Crozier. J. W. EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdays each month, at Koster & Blais Hall, No 117 West Twenty-third street. Jere. H. Goldman, M. M. Laski, Treas. Henry H. Wilzin, S. W. Leonard Leisenohn, Sec. Wm. M. Watson. J. W. EVANGELIST, No. 600, meets first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue J. M. Layman. M. Mitchell Halliday, Treas. Wm. P. Mitchell, S. W. Geo. F. Thornton, Sec. J. Oscar Morgan, J. W. GIRARD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Peter G. Arnott, M. Thos. P. Clench, Sec. E. S. King, 8. W. J. Blankensteiri Treas. U. L. Washburn, J. W. HIRAM, No. 449, meets first and third Fri days of each month, at Clinton Rooms, Misonlc Tem pie, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. C. A. Winch. M. J. E. Connor. Treas. G. H. Rudolph. S. W. J. FarreN, bee. F. J. Feeney, J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and third Mondays of e ich month, at German Masonic T< m ple, East Fifteenth street. C. B. Parker, M. Lemuel Russell. S. W. W. Lindemeyer. Treas. Geo. B. Ilebard, J. W. E. R. Brown, Sec., P. O. Box 3,551. KANE, No. 454.—Regular communications of Kane Lodge will be heft! on the 1 rsr. third and filth Tuesdays in Austin Room, Masonic Temple. Thomas E. Stewart, M. Chas. A. Whitney. Treas. Charles F. Ulrich, 8. W. Henry W. Penoyar, Sec. Rollin M. Morgan, J. W. LAFAYETTE LODGE, No. 64, meets sec ond and fourth Mondays ot each month. in Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and S.xth avenue. F. Ackerman. Treas. Jas. P. Clark. M. F. J. Milligan, Sec., David McKelaer, 8. W, No. 73 East 124th st. Philip Bardons, J. W. MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in tha Doria Room, Masonic Temple, every first and third Monday evenings, at 7:30 o’clock. F. Q. Woodruff; Treas. W. P. Worster, M. IX M. f. W. McGowen, Sec., J. Wesley Smith, S. W. Box Na 68, Masonio Templet Thos. J. Fardy. J. W. MUNN, No. ICO, meets on the second and fourth Thursday evenings, at Livingston naoui. Ma sonic Temple. Joseph .Abraham, X H. F. Huntemann, Treas. W. E. Harwood, S W. Ezra B. stock vis. Sec. Jas. A. Delehey, J. W. ' Ko. 413 West 18th street. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton Room. Masonic Temple, 23d street and 6th avenue, second and fourth Fridays each month. David Newmark, M. J. L.Voorhees, Treas. Wm. Schlesinger, S.W. E. Percival Ben Van Leeutven, 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, Treas. G. W. Anderson, 8. 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. Hyde, Sec., William Irvine, J. W. Address, Na 839 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. Charle; Lehritter, Treas. James Ferguson, S. W. Horatio Sands, Sec. John H. Bellas, J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Tlmrsdays, in the Dorie Room, German Ma sonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. Moses Greenbaum. M. L. Greenbanm, Treas. Henry Willson, 8. W. S. Bibo. Sec. Henry Konig, J. W. POLAR STAR, No. 245, meets first and third Wednesdays of each months, in lonic Voom, German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. George A. Harkness, M. Guy Culgin, Treaa. Win. H. Miller, Jr. B.W. W. S. 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 fetreet aud Sixth avenue. S. J. Brown, Treas. Moses Harlam, M. Ed. Gottlieb. Sec., 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. 9.’>3 Third avenue, corner of Fifty seventh street James F. Bragg, Treas. Sylverter D. Smith, M. Jackson Bell, Sec.. Robert Kopp, 8. W. Address, 1035 Third ay. Wallace Duryea, J. W. SYLVAN GROVE, No. 275, meets second and lourth 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. TEMPLAR, No. 203, meets first, third and fifth Friday evenings, at Ko. 161 Eighth avenue, corner of Eighteenth street. George Banfield, Treas. Robert Graham, M. James S. Stitt, Seo.. W. J. L. Maxwell. S. W. No. 424 West Ifith st. RobertS. Graham, J.W. Thomas Loughrey, Tyler, No. West 17th st. VERITAS, No. 734, meets every second and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and tth ave. Janies N. Johnston. M. Richard Koch, Treas. Dan. C. Springsteel, S. W. P. M. John W. Sok el, Seo. Dunham Emery, J. W. WASHINGTON, No. 21, meets on the fii-st and third Tuesdays of each month, at No. 289 Bleecker street (Dixon’s Building). •los. Morrison, Treas. Irving Hazelton. M. Jas. 8. Foote, Sec., J. H. Malees, S. W. 74 Broadway. H. J. Freeman, J. W. WORTH, No. 210, meets second and fourth Mondays of each month, in Doric Room. German Ma sonic Temple; No. 220 East Fifteenth street. „ John J. Burchell, M. Edward J. Fearon, Treas Thomas P. Bolles, S. W Geo. W. Connor, Sec., Elmer E. Feistel, J. W. No. 158 South street. 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. S. Larason. K. Wm. H Innet, Sec., H. J. Emerson, Scribe. Res., 102 Sixth avenue. 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, S. MANHATTAN, No. 184, meets first and third Wednesdays of each month, at Masonic Temple Twenty-thiid street and Sixth avenue. ™zv L „ , „ „ Win - Henry Smith. H. P, F. Oscar Woodruff, Treas. S.im’l M. Perkins. K. Frank Magee. Sec., Miles W. Goodyear, S. 238 Greenwich stieet. NASSAU, No. 109, meets first, third and fifth Wednesdays of eaeh 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. Sec., p. a. J. Russell, S. • 26 Vesey st., N. Y. STANDARD, No. 252, meets first, third and filth Saturday of each month, at Decker Building, No 33 Union Square. J. P. Clark, King. E. Ringer, 11. P. Wm. Stoll, Scribe. A. P. Lockwood. Sec , R. J. Black, Treas. No. 719 Fifth st., city. COMMANDERIES. ADELPHIC,. No. 59 (mounted), meets in ooo clave second Thursday ef each month, at Masonic Tem ple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wallaee.Walkat 0. J. W. Sanford, Treaa J. O’Neil, G. W. H. Innet, Rec. V. Mott, C. G. CONSTANTINE, No. 48, kssemblee in stated conclave the lourth 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. I. Conklin, Jr., Recorder. J. B. Lawrence, C. G. CCEUR DE LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave Second Friday of each month, a: Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. . . „ „ „ „ Wm. Otis Munroe, a Edwin R. McCarty, Treas. Thomas B. Innesa, G. Charles W. Sy, R. c. Ccrelius Waj'dell, C. G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Friday each month, bank building, Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue H. S. Sanderson, E. 0 E. C. Harwood, M. D., G Joseph F. Waring, C. (1 William H. Peckham, Treas. William S. Hemming, Rea, No. 77 E. 86th street. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays of each month-; -at the asylum. Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenuu. „ James W. Bowden, 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 F M G. H. Fitzwilson, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins, M. N. Punce de Leon, Treas. Geo. W. Van Buskirk. S W Wm. «. Paterson, Sec., Charles A. Benedict. J W No. 100 Reade street. ’ THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERU SALEM OF NEW YORK CITY, meets at Consistorial Chambers, Maaonie Temple, on the third Saturday of every month, at 8 P. M. E. Porter Cooley, D. M. Stephen D. Affleck, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. George Wood. S. Wm. S. Paterson Sec., G. W. Van Buskirk. J. W. Na 100 Reade street. THE CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets at Consistorial Chambers Masonic Tqmple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, atoP. M. James W. Bowden. M Charles A. Bened-ict, Orator. John S. King, S W ' N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Thomas Moore, J. W Wm. 8. Paterson, Sec., No. 100 Reade street. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY. S. P. R. 8.. meets at Consistorirl Chambers Ma Eoni:: Temple, when specially convened. Charles H. Heyzer, IstL. C. C. T. McClenaohan. Com Joseph M. Levey, Treas. Geo. W. Millar, 2d L C ’ Wm. S. Pateison, Sea, Wm. D. Garrison. M 8 No. 100 Reade st. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINg. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its sessions at Masonic Temple, New York city, on the feast day «( every Mohammedan month, of which due notice will be given. Walter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Benjamin. Assistant Rabban. Charles H. Heyzer, High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. Wm. S. Paterson. Grand Recorder, No. 100 Readejt BROOKLYN. COMMANDERIES. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in as sembly on the second, fourth, and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 89 and 91 Broadway, Brook lyn, E. D. Juan B. Arci, C. f. J. Scharfenberg, Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. 8. T. Waterhen e, Rec. Geo. B. Claflin, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFEC TION, Aucienl Accep'ed S.cotli h Rite. VaEey o: B <.ok • ijn. Regular communic-tii ns ate he’d on the second ; i-siday of each month, nt Nos SS.and 4(> Court st rec-t. > Waylan.l Tras’s T. P. G. M. Mark .M-tycr. ' rea«. John W. Richardson Deputy. I trank B Jack o.i, See.. J.dwin Knt-wies.S. W. 126 1 earl st., N.Y.Ciiy. James ,-Jtuart Gi.len,W. VARIETIES. The late Mb. Beeches.—Thera is one thing connected with the death of this eminent citizen that strikes ns as peculiarly admirable, which is his wish that when his friends looked upon his face for the last time, it should not be among the funereal trappings of woe and death, but rather that the bight of his immortal spirit should be heralded by Nature's choicest gilte, bright leaves and flowers. We have long held the same opinion, in evidence of which some twenty years ago, when oue very dear to our heart was laid away, we refused' to wear any badge of mourning, and have persisted in every case since. When we, too, are called to lay down the trials of this earthly existeuce, let it i e rec ollected that it is God’s will, and however sorely the hearts of our survivors may be stricken, lot not the world be a participant in their grief, but let only kindly memories follow our remains to the narrow home, the infinite peace ot which paeseth all understanding. In the rush and whirl oi human life the l est of us are scon for gotten; the old die and the young take their places. Let there bo no crape around our memory, but once in a while when our name is mentioned, while the daisies are blooming on our grave, try to remember that amid sore trials there was an impressible vein of good nature, that for us death had no terrors and that no dire alarms can disturb the quiet of our coun try tomb. When the Several Gband Lodges Meet.— Of the fifty-five Grand Lodges now existing in the United States and Canada, seven meet in January, Connecticut, Florula, Michigan, Min nesota, New Jersey, Quebec and Utah; two meet in February, Louisiana and Manitoba: one in April, New Brunswick; four in May, Indiana, Maiue, New Hampshire and Rhode Island; twelve in June, British Columbia, Dakota, lowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Nova,Scotia, Ore gon, Prince Edward’s Island, Vermont, Wash ington and Wisconsin; one in July, Canada; two in September, Colorado and Idaho; seven in Oc tober, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentueuy, Missouri, Montano, Ohio; five in November, Arizona, Arkansas, Indian Territory, Maryland and West Virginia; seven in December, Alaba ma, District of Columbia, New Mexico, Pennsyl vania, South Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts and Virginia. Put these dates away in some convenient place for reference. — Canadian Craftsman. Lodges of Sorrow.—Speaking on this sub ject, Grand Master John S. Davidson very elo quently says : These very interesting and appropriate ex pressions of Masonio affection were solemnly impressive. I was jrevented by other engage ments from attending the one at Macon, but was so fortunate as to be present in Atlanta. They were both conducted ao as to reflect great credit upon the taste and good judgment of the members having them in charge, and there is every reason to believe that they have b?en the means of adding to the respect and reverence entertained by the body oi our people for this institution; because they were an exhibition publicly made of the fact that Masonry is so broad and catholic, so tender and regardful, so constant aud fa thiul to ail the ties which bind together in ene common brotherhood that while caring wisely and well ior the living, it doos not forget the dead. The world, with its throbbing pulses and quickening breath, passes rapidly and thoughtless.y in its efforts to advance over the graves of the departed, with scarce a glance of recognition. It does not for a moment halt to inquire if the sleeper, in his day and genera tion, added to the sum ol human happiness, or lived and died within the shadow of obscurity aud want; but Masonry, now and then, even when burdened with the weight of responsibility for its children, turns aside from the glare of the noonday sun, and in the softened light of a well remembered sorrow, with the accompaniment of sad but appropriate mnsic, aud hutier the in spiration of tender aud fitting words of eulogy, bows its head in remembrance of the faithful, whose names, though perhaps carved fdr many a year upon the tomb, are yet in the good they worked aud the examples they left as a legacy, bright jewels in the crown of Masonic glory. Emulation.—This word means a strife, but in a sense, toward goodness.. It is, indeed, an important factor of Masonry, and curries with it great significance. We admire Masonry, be cause there is in it something beneiltting totEe~“ —■ human family. In the principles we see evi dences of matter, although somewhat ol a chaotic nature, and it is by emulation that reg ularity and order Is established. It should be a strite of who best can work and who best agree. The great work of Masonry that is now in progress, is carried as through the instru mentality of this word. We care not how im portant or significant may be the object, or how many workers there may be in the field ol labor, it there is not this feeling of emulation, the pro jects will be unsuccessful. There must be some hidden power to propel the work. We are not always cognizant of what the unseen power may be, still we may be actuated all the name, and our zeal may be almost unlimited, and to all appearances we work apparently unconscious. In our fraternity there are scores of brethren who labor unceasingly, with the intent that yre have already described. We attribute emula tion to the good influence ol so vast a multitude of men who are endeavoring to ameliorate their condition by the practice of the best lessons that can be devisedtor men.— Freemason's Jow* na’. < After careful consideration the Grand Lodgd of Massachusetts has decided with substantial unanimity to retain file present rule in the' matter of waiving jurisdiction, requiring in the ease of a person wishing to apply for the de grees outside bis place ot residence that he should have not only the consent of the lodge holding jurisdiction but likewise the recom mendation ot the Wor. Master, Wardens, and two members. A proposition was made to strike out the requirement as to recommenda tion. A committee reporting upon the same ex pressed its opinion in this wise. "As this Grand Lodge requires both * consent and rec ommendation,’ we feel that the persona' recom mendation is of much greater force and much safer to the fraternity than a majority, vote oi the lodge, and much more likely to bo obtained thau .a unanimous vote. While in some lew in stances the present regulation may have operated rather severely, your committee feel that with its general workings for imsj years the craft have been well satisfied. They, there fore, recommend that the proposed amend ment be not adopted.” The committee’s reconn mendation was adopted, leaving the rule as it has been, viz: that there should be the personal recommendation joined to the consent di a lodge in any waiver of jurisdiction. Masons at Heart There are two kinds of Masons—those that are Masons indeed and those that know Masonry. There are, some brethren who know Masonry, yet lire not Masons—it is so much easier to know'a thing than to be what it implies. It is a capital thing to be a good ritualist, provided you moan what you say and practice what you teach. It is often said that a brother who con confer all the degrees with honor is a good Mason. So he is, skin deep; but he ought to be a Mason all through, and especially in his heart. There is nothing like beart-Masonry. It tells in tbA life as well as on the lips. Indeed, some .men its Masons at heart who never were initiated. They are fit to be made Masons, but never happened to petition for initiation. It is a lucky thing for the world that it has these beart-Masons in it, all unlabeled, but as surely Masons in action as though they had received the imprimatur of the craft.— The Keystone. DIMISEION. How to prevent Masons beeoming non-con tributing members of lodges lias been and still continues to puzzle the wisest Masonic, legisla tors. Grand Lodges all over the United States have formulated laws which in their wisdom have been deemed a cure-all for the evils ol membership withdrawal, but none of these laws have been productive of any positive benefit, neither have they been lectors in the solution ot the problem. New York State formerly re quired that dimission should be the joint abt of the member and his lodge; a later constitution firovided that a Mason cannot dimit from his odge without it is for the purpose of joining another. This provision we believe to be op posed to that voluntary action that is required when a profane seeks admission, and which ha must affirm as he rises grade by grade in thef different degrees. The law of New York which hampers free dimission is, in our opinion, op posed to the spirit of Freemasonry, i'he very name of Fi-ee Mason implies freedom of action, and wa say let a brother saver his connection with the lodge whenever he feels disposed, by paying up his duos and signifying his desire to withdraw. Make the law as severe as possible to non- affiliates Sunday Critique. Our long-time friend and W. Bro., L. Jacobs, of whom a multitude of New Yorkers have a kindly remembrance, will find, on looking over the Statutes of our Grand Lodge, that lie is “just a little off” in the foregoing. Article XXIII., Sec. 45, provides that a member may withdraw from membership after paying up and being free from charges, and the lodge shalt grant his request. The object of the law is to prevent men from running around for years with a dimit in their pockets, claiming the privileges of the craft and doing nothing in return. Our law is exactly right. Centennial Lodge makes rapid prog ress since W. B. Oppenheimer occupied the East, the difference of its work an previous oc casions as compared with the bee-hive like ac tivity now prevailing, is marked. There was the Third Degree work last Tuesday, but owing to our duties to the Filth Ditrict visitation, we oould not he present, but wo will soon have the oppor tunity of demonstrating what a good Master can accomplish in a good lodge. Polar Star Lodge. No. 245, will hold their next regular communication at their rooms, German Masonic Temple, No. 220 Last Fifteenth street, on W ednesday evening, March l(th, at eight o’clock. Work, Third Degree. Brethren of sister lodges are fraternally in vited. Chy Lodge, No. 408 —The next stated communication of this lodge will be hold on Wednesday evening, March D*, nt 8 o'cSork, sharp, at which the E. A. Degree will be con ferred. Visitors invited. St. Cecile Lodge, ko. 563. will con fer the Second Degree on Tuesday next at 1:30 P. M., in Tuscan Hoorn, Masoning Temple. Vitt* itors are always w Icome, 3