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Advertisements for the Masonic De partment to secure their insertion, must be tent in by TWO O’CLOCK. P. M., Friday. SHARP-SHOOTING. A question of law originating in an occurrence which took place in Kansas has led to some dis cussion, and may be stated thus: “ A is elected in a lodge at B, and receives his first degree. Moving out of the jurisdiction of lodge B, ho asks and obtains permission from it to receive tee remaining degrees at C, but his application there is rejected. He now lives at D, and again asks the first lodge for permission to receive the degrees there. The question is, what has lodge CIo say as matters now stand ?” The Grand Lodge of Kansas decided that the jurisdiction remained in lodge B, and that C had no rights in the matter. On this Texas remarks that the decision was wrong; that, having granted a waiver to C, lodge B became wholly dispossessed of any right or title in the matter; that the rejection of lodge C of the waiver granted by B invested C with the . right to any further disposition of the matter, and that hence that permission to the lodge at D • must begiven by 0 or not at all. In this State our law reduces the question • above stated to its simplest proportions by de claring t-bat no Entered Apprentice can be passed or raised in a lodge in this jurisdiction without the consent of the initiating lodge. But, as will be seen, the Texas objector assumes that tiie initiating lodge by giving consent to another one to pass and raise the candidate, discharges itself from all further right in the proceedings, and future jurisdiction of the candidate inured to lodge 0. This is the mistake which upsets the Texas reasoning. It will be seen that the first lodge granted permission to one of its Appren tices to seek the remaining degrees in a named lodge, and that the application to that lodge was rejected. Evidently that was the end of the con nection of lodge C with the case, because refusing to accept permission to do certain acts named did not, nor could it, by any possibility, give it juris diction over the person of the applicant. For like reason, the initiating lodge did not lose any right in the premises, which it would nave dons had the degrees been actually conferred, when the second lodge would have been dealing with a Master Mason who could, if he chose, have affiliated with either the new or the old lodge. Naturally, then, the right of jurisdic ton remained with the first lodge, and any further proceedings must have its authority, no matter where the candidate lives. This may seem a good deal of talk over a small matter, but it has at least this importance, that it demonstrates that the transference of jurisdiction from one lodge to another, cannot bo effected by merely refusing an offered per mission. It is the getting these questions on a right basis that will, it is hoped, some day, give us a uniform system of practice, at least in the United States, and to some extent in the Domin ion of Canada, which is gradually accepting the American idea and conforming its practice thereto. Auent ail of which we remark that in our ear ly days there were not a few brethren who looked upon the Press as an adjunct to Masonic teaching and progress with a feeling somewhere between indignation and dismay; and yet its tireless labors have wrought much good in making crooked things straight and darkness light. Accepted and recognized now, its work will continue and the craft will find it a servant faithful to the end. OFFICIAL VISITATION. M. W. Frank R. Lawrence, Grand Master of Masons, State ol Now York, will make an official visit to the lodges of the Seventh Masonic Dis trict on Wednesday evening, April 20tb, 1887, at a special communication of Copestone Lodge, No. 641, to be held m the Commandery Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty third street. There appears to be a deeply-laid plot in the seventh district to outdo all others in these official visitations. The Dispatch is beginning to bo interested in the matter. Ergo, look out; we shall investigate and report anon. THIRD MASONIC DISTRICT. This district, of which R. W, Bro. Theodore A. Taylor is the D. D. G. M., contains thirty one lodges, with a total membership of 3,977. Their quota of the H. and A. Fund, at six dol lars per member, would bo $23,862, but they have paid $24,298, being an excess of $436 over tee required amount. This success has been mainly due to the untiring efforts of Bro. Tay lor and his fellow-members of Commonwealth Lodge, all of whom deserve great credit for the fervency and zeal which they have displayed in the cause. EUREKA LODGE, NO. 243. This popular lodge, under the gavel of W, Geo. Baker, will confer the Third Degree to-morrow Etonday) evening. A gala time is expectej ■ jWte i. Talge Attendance of yjjjtiig brethren from ind sister Jurisdictions. FROM “TOOLE JOHN.” Up in the Mountains, 1 March 16, 1887. ( Dear Dispatch : We had the first blue bird yesterday, and ho was doubtless a former resi dent, for be spent some time examining the premises, apparently recollecting that it is not all to find the bush in which to build the nest, but that the feathers and down and moss must bo carried to it, and that it would be as well to establish a basis of supplies before arriving at a conclusion. I was greatly pleased with his business-like methods, and trust he will elect to remain with us -no shooting allowed on this farm —but my wife was perfectly delighted, and imagining that Spring would definitely sot in bo "ore sundown, she wanted me to buslie around and get the gardening tools together. I looked over my specs with magisterial gravity and said: “My dear child, one swallow don’t mako a summer, nor one blue bird insure the prompt and permanent advent of the halcyon days of Spring. There is still music, perhaps snow, in the air; you had better wait a time with patience until the proper authorities are informed of your desire and tho sun gets a few degrees further North. In the meantime, sup pose you overhaul tire buckwheat bag and the sausage bin, for it will be colder in the morn ing. And, true as I spoke, the thermometer went down to zero last night, and the wind blew a howling gale, but ior some occult rea son I didnt get the buckwheat cakes, and had to put up with cold beans and weak tea instead. Nover mind, "Faint heart never won fair lady,” and I shall pursue my scientific investigations of weather probabilities nntil the weather gets old enough to take care of itself. I have received various communioations ask ing information of a bucolic nature, but as they are bar-sinistered with destfuamous anoney mity, I am compelled to say tnat space will not permit of insertion or reply. What I know about farming will appear in these letters from time to time, not in solid chunks, but like the dew of Eermou, penetrating and fattening tho land; but I know enough to avoid patent hen per suaders and turning down beans after they eome up, or buying sunflower seed for Egyp tian wheat. Had a Dall here last night—our people being high toned, they called it a social party—and it was real social. I broke through my regulation eostume with a white shirt, had my hair “iled” with mutton tallow and my boots greased with the same, but my underpinnings gave out and 1 couldn’t sashay lor a cent and had to let another fellow take my share of the feed,which was real nice. Well, time will tell sooner or la ter; later in my case. Glad I left New York before the Cleary case same on, for it looks as if they would have had jno on the jury. Deaf as a post, unable to see a barn door without an opera glass, I think I could bavefilled the bill with transcendental in einoration. My landlord is going to build me a now chick en coop, and has just sent the architect with tho plans for my approval; consider me therefore as a mass meeting, and will report later. J. W. 8. St. John’s Lodge, No. I.—Visiting brethren are given a fraternal invitation to be present at the next regular communication ol this lodge, at Masonic Hall, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue, on Thurday, March 2 th The First Degree will bo conferred BROOKLYN LODGE, NO. 288. At the last communication of this lodge, on tho 11th inst., there was an attendance of over three hundred members and visiting brethren, among whom were R. W, Bros. Frederick A. Burnham and John Kendall Dunn, Commis sioners of Appeals; Theodore A. Taylor, D. D. G. M. of the Third District; E. W. Richardson, G. 8. D.; Henry J. Smith, G. Steward; W. Bro. Crask and a delegation from Central Lodge; W. Bro. Remsen and a delegation from Nassau Lodge; W. Bro. Fieldrio and a delegation from Star of Hope Lodge; W. Bro. Chamberlain and a delegation from New Jersey; R. W. Bro. Joseph B. Jones, of Central Lodge; W. Bros. MeElvory, ot Kings County Lodge; Beattie, of Hohenlin den; Lowes, ot Anthon; McCausland, of Ron dout; Marratt, ot Zeredatha; Past Masters Mo- Coombs, Wilkinson, Moxley, Dykeman and Ri ker, of Brooklyn Lodge, and many others whose names were not obtained. The Third Degree was conferred on four can didates, and as B. W. Bro. Frederick A. Burn ham presided in the East, it is unnecessary to say that the work was done in a perfect manner. At the next communication, on March 25th, there will be no work, as the Grand Master and other Grahd/Lodge officers will make an official visitation to the Third Masonic District on that evening, and Brooklyn Lodge has been selected as the place for assembling the brethren of the various lodges in tho district. The Brooklyn Quartette will furnish choice music on the oc casion. In order to accommodate ths large number of brethren who are expected to bo present, tho communication will be held at Historical Hall, corner of Clinton and Pierrepont streets. BEETHOVEN LODGE, NO. 661. Last Tuesday there was again one of these social and highly elevating communications of which our German lodges can rightfully boast. Conferring the M. M. Degree in that peculiar and attractive rite of almost a century ago, and the overwhelmingly friendly and brotherly ex pressions of love for each other, were the features of the evening. W. Bro. Oscar Cahn, the master, was at his best, and seldom did we we see better and smoother work than on this occasion. The lodge was honored with a great many visitors from the German as well as English-speaking lodges, among whom we rec ognized our old friend Solomon Latz, Past Master of Darcy; Littenberg, of Zerrubabel; Herrlick, of Radiant, and the Masters of Herr man, Zchokke and Germania Lodges. The brethren adjourned at a timely hour to the Cafe Kauders, where they indulged in refresh ments in that substantial and animating way German brethren well know how to enjoy. COMMONWEALTH LODGE, NO. 409. At the regular communication of this lodge, on Tuesday last, the 15th inst, there was a large attendance of members and visiting brethren, among whom were B. W. Bro. Theo dore A. Taylor, D. D. G. M.; B. W. Bro. E. W. Riohardson, G. 8. D.; M. W. Bro. Murray, of Maine; B. W. Bros. J. M. Fuller and Ru.'us Griggs, P. D. D. G. M., and W. Bros. Craig, Palmer, Pearsall, Agate and Grinnell. B. W. Bro. Taylor, who is a member of Common wealth, being about to make an official visit to another lodge, W; Bro. John W. Evans, the Master, closed the lodge, and the brethren, to the number of about forty, headed by their officers, as a personal compliment to Bro. Tay lor, accompanied him on his visit. On next Tuesday, March 22, Commonwealth Lodge will confer the First Degree, and R. W. Bro. Taylor will preside. POLAR STAR LODGE, NO. 245. At the regular communication of this lodge on the 16th inst., there was an unusually large attendance of the members and visiting breth ren. The reason for this large attendance we are not at liberty to state at present, but we may be able to do so before the next communi cation. The visitors were cordially welcomed by W. Bro. George A. Harkness, the Master, and courteously provided for by Bro. Harry B. Dallimore, the Senior Deacon, and consequently every visiting brother w. s made to feel at home. The Third Degree was conferred in the excel lent style for which this lodge is distinguished, the various positions being filled by prominent brethren who are well known as good workers, among whom were present and past officers and delegations from several lodges in New York, Brooklyn and other localities. At the next com munication the First Degree will be conferred, and a number of prominent brethren will be present. WORTH LODGE, NO. 210. At the regular communication of this lodge, on thd 14th inst., the Second Degree was con ferred in full form. The Master, W. Bro. John J. Burohol, being absent on account of sickness, Bro. Thomas J. Boiles, the Senior Warden, pre sided, with W. Bro. Jacob Frey, P. M., acting as 8. W., and Bro. Elmet E. Feistel the J. W* and T. A. 0. Cristensen the 8. D., iq respective stations, The work dq' 8 j. n excellent style, C.urtvlthsUnamg the fact that this was the first experience of Bro. Bolles as presiding officer and of Bro. Christenson in the M. C. work. W. Bro. Bowen, of Emanuel Lodge, presented the W. T. in eloquent terms. After the lodge closed, the usual hour of so cial enjoyment was passed by the brethren, among whom were Bros. George W. Connor, E. Hemtrie, T. A. C. Cristensen, William H. Jenks, John H. Prigge, J. Waite, J. Angue, H. Hoyns, T. A. Podeste, Peter Hoyus, T. Tracy, Edward Hagen, Ralph Clark, J. Stokey, and E. J. Fear on. At the next communication, on March 28, the Third Degree will be conferred; and as the candidate is a prominent member of the Fulton Fish Market Association, it is expected that a number of members of that association will be present. MASONIC HALL DEDICATION. We are indebted to Bro. O. B. Brown, of Mal den, Mass., for copies of the Malden Afirror, containing a full description of the services at tending the dedication of a new Masonic hall in the beautiful and flourishing town of Malden, on Washington’s birthday. The papers contain views ot the new temple, which is a very hand some and commodious one, together with por traits and lists of officers and members of the various Masonic bodies, among whom we recog nize the names of several old acquaintances. The hall is occupied by Mount Vernon Lodge, Converse Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle, Melrose of Royal and Se lect Masters, and Beauseant Commandery ot Knights Templar. The dedication services were conducted by M. W. Bro. Henry Endicott, Grand Master, and the other officers of the Grand Lodge of Massa chusetts, and were very elaborate and im pressive. They were followed by a banquet and entertainment in the banquet hall. The occasion was one which will long be remem bered by all who participated therein. QUESTIONS—THOUGHTS—IDEAS. A correspondent who signs himself •' Con stant Reader” is informed that we do not an swer anonymous communications in this de partment. The name of the writer must be given—not necessarily lor publication, but as a guarantee of good faith. Mechanic Lodge Association.—The preparations for the grand concert to be held next Wednesday, at the Temple, under the aus pices of Mechanic Lodge, No. 31, are progress ing yery favorably, and so much so that suffi cient money is already in the treasurer’s hands to pay all costs, and ever so many “counties ” to hear from yet; and, aside from the financial success of the affair, tho concert itself promises to be on a grand scale, as the best of taient has been secured, and the Grand Master himself and R. Wor. Bro. Collins will address the audi ence, all of which will contribute to and assure the success of the concert. Auboba Grata Lodge, No. 756.-—At the neift regular communication of this lodge, March 23, tho Third Degree will be conferred. R. W. Theo. A. Taylor will preside, and be as sisted in the work by the Past District Deputies ot the Third District. It is also expected that R. W. John W. Vrooman, Deputy Grand Master, will be present. Members of sister lodges are cordially invited. Copestone Lodge, No. 641, will work the Third Degree on next Wednesday evening, at tho Temple. The W. M., Wm. McFaul, in vites visiting brethren to attend. This is the lodge selected by the Gram! Jx'aster for his official visit to the Seventh District, and prep arations are already in progress to make this visitation an uncommon success. Hahdem. Lodge, No. 457, will work the Third Degree, in costume, on Thursday even ng next, 2ith inst., at their rooms, corner ot Third avenue and : tli street. Brethren of sister lodges are cordially invited. NEW YORK DISPATCH, MARCH 20, 1887. BOY AL ARCH ITEMS. We cordially call the attention of High Priests and Sec retaries and companions from everywhere, to this col umn, and respectmlly and fraternally Invite them to send us notice of work on hand, or ady items of especial interest to Royal Arch Masons. THE GRAND HIGH PRIEST AT HOME. The reception given by Constellation Chapter, No. 209, to M. E. William Shefer, the Grand High Priest of the State, on Monday evening, was more in the nature of an ovation than aught else, for more than thirty High Priests, Grand Officers and Past High Priests were present to do honor Jp their chief, and Con stellation turned out in full force to receive the numerous guests who assembled at their invi tation. M. E. Perry Dean, the young and bril liant High Priest, acted the host well, and had a Kind word for each. To R. E. Comp. William McDonald, Grand C. of H., he expressed the thanks ot tho companions for former visits, and hoped that he would often honor Constella tion Chapter with his presence. To. R. E. Philip M.. Nast, Grand Master ot the First Vail, who came all the way irom Hornellsville to honor the Grand High Priest, he paid a high compliment for his devotion and zeal, thanking him for the visit, and then all the distinguished craftsmen were admitted in a body, and a fine and intelligent body of brethren they were, too. We trust to be forgiven it some of these are left out of this short notice, as our space would not permit to mention even half of those who repre sented their various chapters from Brooklyn and New York. There were the versatile Bar ker, ot Crescent; the stately Carpenter, of Pro gressive; the gentlemanly Salisbury, ol Brook lyn, No. 148; Wm. Spence, of Zetland; quiet and staid Livermore, of old Jerusalem, No. 8; An drew B. Martin, reserved and pohte; Charley Lansing, of Amity, good-looking, but awfully noisy; Theo. Thiels, of Gate ot tho Temple; Robert J. Dickey, of De Witt Clinton, No. 142; John Laird, of Evening Star; Davis and Loew enstein, of Empire, No. 170; J. Crandall, of Ridgewood. Of Coestellation there were es pecially our esteemed friendsjjobn W. Richard son; M. E. Comp. Griggs; Mitchell; the im- Btu Poet, Philip H. Bowne; M. E. Comps, is and W. H. White, and Harry White,who said anybody can be High Priest, if they only wait long enough. A costly and beautiful basket of flowers was then presented to M. E..Comp, Wm. Sherer, to bring home to his good wife—not as a “paci fier,” but to show her that there are others be side herself who hold him in high esteem and love, for what he is to them. When the honored guest of the evening en tered he was received not only with the honors due his exalted station, but with hearty feelings of love and esteem due to his personality. The remarks of M. E. Comp. Dean upon wel coming the Grand High Priest were well and fitting the occasion, as was that distinguished companion s reply thereto. We regret that we cannot reproduce all these gems verbatim. M. E. Comp. Dean spoke of the brother’s first entry into Masonry, and more especially his entrance into Constellation Chapter ; spoke of his many and varied services in Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter, and how, step by step, he had ascended the mystic ladder, until to-night he is received by the companions of-his own chapter as the presiding officer of the Senate of Masonry. M. E. Cotap. Sherer replied with much feeling, emphasizing the fact that it was through the kindness of the companions of Con stellation Chapter that he was first enabled to enter the Grand Chapter, as their High Priest, and has ever since made the annual pilgrimage to the city of Albany. The address was received with hearty and prolonged applause. Other speakers were called upon—R. E. Comp. Mc- Donald, R. E. Philip Nast, E. Loewenstein, Mitchell, Ruggles and others spoke. Tiie companions then proceeded to the ban quetting hall, where a most substantial repast was enjoyed by all. Many thanks are also due to Comp. Mark Mayer, the Treasurer of Con stellation; and to all the companions we extend our thanks lor courtesies, wishing them every suuccess in all their undertakings, Masonioally and otherwise. THE “ MERRY-CUSSES.” Americus Chapter, No. 215, held their regular convocation on Tuesday evening last, and con ferred the Royaf Arch Degree on four pestulants. We are pleased to notice how well this body is advancing to the front rank in Capitular Ma sonry, not only in good and impressive work, but in social intercourse with those fraters who are fortunate enough te find themselves within the circle of the “ Merry-Cusses,” as the pres ent High Priest, Most Excellent Companion Christopher Johnson, has pleasantly styled them. The members wore agreeably surprised to find in their midst unannounced, the Most Excellent Grand High Priest ol the Grand Chap ter of the State of New York, William Sherer, who, on being recognized, was immediately called to the East and received with the grand honors due his exalted station. He then, after a few interesting and impressive remarks on the progress of Capitular Masonry in this State, complimented this chapter on its work and at tendance, and at the urgent request of the High Priest, conferred the Royal Arch Degree, with that earnestness and'care as to details for which he is so justly recognized. During the evening there was a further surprise by a visit from Most Excellent Companion Richard H, Hunt ington, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter; Right Excellent Companion Wm. J. M’Donald, Grand Captain of the Host, and Phil. A. Nast, Grand Master of the Ist Vail; M. E. Comp. Adam, of Lafayette, and Excellent Comp. Fitch, of Metropolitan, also a number of past and present High Priests. At the close of tho chapter tho goodly com panions proceeded to a neighboring hostelry and spent an hour or two in listening to side splitting stories and pleasant words from Com panions Weigle, Tony, Ahletrom, M’Donald, Huntington and several others. Interesting reminiscences were given of by-gone days, among the devotees ot the royal art. We must not fail to mention Comp, William Price, Cap tain of the Host, and Comp. John P. Dall more, Principal Sojourner ot Americus, for the able manner in which each performed their respec tive parts, EVENING STAR, NO. 225. This chapter is the only one in that particular part of the city known as East Brooklyn, and although small in numbers, it is in a flourishing condition, having a considerable amount of work on hand at the present time. Comp. John Laird, the H. P., is a faithful and energetic officer, and is backed up by E. Comp. Frank T. Nolan. P. _H. P., as P. 8., and J. G. Herold as C. H., and other companions who are equally good workers in the quarries. At the last con vocation there was a goodly attendance and a very pleasant time was passed by those present. At the convocation of March Slot, the M. E. M. Degree will be conferred. Visitors will bo cor dially welcomed, and those companions who reside within a reasonable distance of the cor ner of Myrtle and Kent avenues, will find this chapter a pleasant place in WKeh te pass an evening. EMPIRE, NO. 170. On next Thursday this chapter will hold an important business meeting; there will be no work, but very interesting and important dis cussions will take place. Every member h>s been summoned, and we doubt not, teat every member will be present. Many companions will remember with pleas ure as one of the pleasant episodes of their lives the annual excursions of Empire, which were held some years ago, at the time the companions owned their beautiful little steam yacht; it is now proposed first, to revive these pleasant ex cursions and, it possible, to repurchase and renovate and refit the steam yacht. It is ex pected by the council and members of Empire, that the convocation ot next Thursday will be fully attended, and that every member will answer “hero” when his name is called. Em pire usually “ shows up ” well when anything important is going on, and next i hursday will be no exception. Let every member of Empire be on hand on next Thursday. AMITY. The lecture delivered by M. E. James E. Morrison, at tho above chapter, was a master piece of composition, and, it is needless to say, was given with the elocutionary skill and force so eminently hie own. M. E. Comp. Morrison is one of the finest speakers iu thia city, in Ma sonry oroutof it. We shall refer to his lecture and to Amity Chapter in next Sunday’s Dis patch, meantime apelogiziug to him and them for not giving a more extended notice at this time; but we hope to make up Mext week for our present apparent neglect, SUMMARY. The past week has been one of festivities in Royal Arch circles. Monday night the recep tion to the Grand High Priest in Constellation Chapel; Wednesday night Manhattan Chapter was refulgent with glory, rays of which will shine in next Sunday’s Dispatch. Friday night the paternal visit of Crescent to Jerusalem, an account of which will also appear in next Sun day’s issue, as well as other interesting and entertaining Royal Arch items. Thursday night Ancient Chapter, No. 1, had a gala night, work ing tho Royal Arch in full form. Amity also comes in for a share of praise. DE WITT CLINTON meets next Friday, and companions arecordialiy invited to attend. This is a good working chapter and it will pay to visit there. THE DAY STAR. “We have not time to dwell upon the lan guage and poetry, nor how onr culture has en riched both. Suffice it te say that the German, Italian and English tongues owe much to the Bible and its literature. Dante, in the ‘Divine Comedy;’ Milton, in ‘ Paradise Lost,’ with its fruits and flowers, its vernal landscapes, voiced with melody and diademmed with beauty; and Long ellow and Bryant—our own immortals— ranged themeelves in line and sympathy with Biblical culture. Reading them, we feel the ancient breath of the upper world stirring our temples and hearts. “it affords me pleasure to say that from 'time immemorial’ Masons have been the hearty, cheerful patrons ot Biblicabculture; and that they believe in God, in the State, in family lile, in the arts and sciences, in music and song, in language and poetry. But, above all, they believe in the personal immortality of the soul a ter death—not tho unsubstantial 'immortali ties, of race, or thought, or fame. “ We find it taught in that great light of Free masonry—the Holy Bible. Tnere it is, an un dertone that rises and swells and breaks in every heart. We see it living in the white tents ol patriarchs, in the temple, and in the ‘Macca bean age.’ We hear it trilled on the strings of harps in the hands of Jewish bards, and in prophecies stretching from tiie gates ot Eden, to the ‘Renodiotue o: Zacbariah..’ It is a thought that has lived through all time and all extent The polished and erudite Greek dreamed of it in his ‘Hesperian Gardens’ and Elysian fields of fruits and flowers, and the sun-tanned children of the woods, as they wandered amid the pomp of nature, rehearsed it in their legends ot dis tant smiling seas and ‘lslands of the Blest’ “ The evergreen that marks the last resting place of one illustrious in Masonry tells its own story. You and I shall live—live long after these bodies shall have gone to the grave; long after these hills shall have passed away; long after these star-fires shall have expired on Heaven’s high archway. Ah, the few years given us here are but a halt at the gate of eter nity, and true wisdom consists iu preparing therefor.”— Rev. T. B. Ai.ierion. VARIETIES. We notice with regret that the brethren in the city of Buffalo have met with the loss of their temple by the calamity of fire, through no fault of their own. It seems, from the brief ac counts reaching' us, that they are hot only for the time being out in the cold, but that their books and paraphernalia are also destroyed. The loss will be somewhat mitigated by insur ance, but it will take sbme time to rebuild and refit. They have Our heartfelt sympathy, but if we know them as we think we do, they will manfully set at work to retrieve their disaster. Memorial.—We have received a copy of the memorial address of W. Bro. Clifford P. Mc- Calla before Concordia Lodge, No. 67, Philadel phia, on the death of the Ute W. Bro. George C. Wood, who died in Office as Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge, in which position he had served for many previous years. It is a noble effort to celebrate the memory of a craftsman, who, living, had no nded to be ashamed of his work, and whose good name wilt be a sacred trust. Senior Grand Warden.—Some- discussion has been awakened as to whether it should be written as above or “Grand Senior Warden.” We are clearly of opinion that the latter is cor rect by analogy, and makes tho proper distinc tion between the Senior Warden of a lodge and the Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge. Louisiana.—We are indebted to Bro. R. Lam bert for copies of the Transactions of the Grand Chapter and the Grand Commandery of Louisi ana, to which more extended reference will be made in a future issue. Kane Lodge, No. 454, meets first, third and fifth Tuesdays, Austin Room, Masonic Temple. The next meeting will be on the 29th inst. No tice of the last meeting reached us too late, and thus we take the next by the forelock. Whether mentioned here or not, there is always a cordial welcome for the brethren. Lecture Convention.—We cheerfully give place to tho following: New York, March 1, 1887. To the W. Master, Wardens and Deacons of each lodge in tho Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Sev enth and Eighth Masonic Districts: Brethren—You are hereby fraternally noti fied that a convention ior the exemplification of the Work will be held, under the direction ot B. W. George H. Raymond, Grand Lecturer, in the Commandery Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue, April 28 and 29. Thursday evening, April 28, at eight o clock—First and Second Degrees. Friday evening, April 29 -Third Degree. As such conventions are held under the aus pices of the Grand Lodge, for the instruction of the craft in the Standard Work, in this jurisdic tion, we sincerely hope you will in this instance manifest, by your presence, your personal in terest in the object had in view, viz.: The uni formity and perfection of our ceremonial. Cordially and fraternally, John F. Collins, D. D. G. M., Fourth District. Wright D. Pownall, D, D. G. M., Filth District, Joseph J. Little, D. D. G. M., Sixth District. GDorge W. Orbgier, D. D. G. M., Seventh District, George Hayes, D. D. G. M., Eighth District. It was the maxim of a king of Spain that dead counsellors are safest, and the thought applies well to Masonic students. For the grave puts an end to all flattery and artifice, and the infor mation we receive Irom books is free from in terest, fear or ambition. Dead counsellora’s be iia’s are more instructive, because they are heard with patience and reverence. We are not unwilling to believe that man, wiser than our selves, from whose abilities we may receive ad vantages without any danger of rivalry or oppo sition, and who affords us the light of bis expe rience without hurting our eyes with flattery or insolence. As A benevolent association, Masonry differs from most organizations established for a like purpose. It strives to prevent the needs of charities by teaching man how to live and be self-supporting. It teaches its members to be prudent in expending, and assists them to be aggressive and prudent in acquiring. It does not, however, neglect those whom the fatalities of life render helpless, but ministers to their needs with a liberal hand. This is true benevo lence. It is not true charity to eucourage negli gence by fostering it. It is no true benevolence to care for the physical wants of those who do not try to take care of themselves. A correspondent asks why we denotmention the Queen’s Jubilee, and we answer, because it is a matter that does not concern tho citizens of this country. We “sing the Jubilee ” on the Fourth of July every year, and while we have the greatest respect for the lady who presides over the British natian, we like our way best, which tee same it is plain. t French Masons in a London Lodge.—There is a lodge in London composed entirely of French Masons, admitting and proclaiming faith in tho Grand Architect. This lodge was formed for the purpose of securing to the French Freemasons resident in England the privilege of visiting English lodges, England having de clared “ non-intercourse” with the members of the Grand Orient of France. On the 15th of November, nit., this lodge installed its third Master in the presence ol a large number of brethren, including Colonel Shadwell H. Clerke, Grand Secretary of England, and nine other Grand Officers ot the Grand Lodge of England, all understanding and speaking the French lan guage Masonic News. TEMPLAR NOTES. MASSACHUSETTS. Boston Commandery celebrated its eighty filth anniversary on the 11th inst. by a grand reception anti entertainment, at which there were present the officers of the Grand Comman dory and a targe number of distinguished fra ters and their families. The affair was charac terized by interesting historical reminiscences, literary and musical exercises, and concluded with a grand sunper and ball. It was a very enjoyable occasion to all who were present. Saint Omer Commandery, of South Boston, will hold a stated conclave to-morrow evening, March 21, and will receive the officers of the Grand Commandery and also confer the Order ot the Red Cross. From the preparations which it is understood are being made, it will doubt less be a fine affair. The general order issued for the occasion is a handsome specimen of the typographical art. Hugh de Payens, of Melrose, held its an nual reception on Friday evening, the 11th. It was the most brilliant gathering held un der its auspices for several years, and the company there assembled included not only the Sir Knights of Hugh Do Payens, but manv vis iting Sir Knights and their ladies. Among the distinguished guests were Em. Sir F. J. Foss, Commander, and Em. Sir Chas. L. Davenport, Generalissimo, of Beauseant Commandery, of Malden. The reception was followed by a ban quet and concluded with dancing. ADELPHIC, NO. 59 (Mounted). A mounted Templar drill will take place to morrow (Monday) evening, 21st, at the corner ot Fifty-ninth street and Eighth avenue, at eight o’clock. Sir Knights of all other com manderies, who are interested in riding, are courteously invited to participate. « ST. ELMO, NO. 57. A regular conclave of the above-named com mandery was held in the asylum, Manhattan, corner Meeerole avenue, Brooklyn, E. D., on Wednesday evening, the Itth inst, Eminent Sir Valentine Hamtnann, the Commander, officiating. Delegations from Palestine, No. 18; Clinton, No. 14; Manhattan, No. 31: Constan tine, No. 48 and Geneva, No. 29, were present. After the regular routine, labor was suspended in the commandery, and a Council of the Knights of the Bed Cross opened, when two companions were created Knights of the Illus trious Order ot the Red Cross in full form, by Eminent Sir Valentine Hammann, acting as Sovereign Master; Eminent Sir Charles E. Stockford, as Prince Chancellor; Sir Knight William J. Anderson, as Master of the Palace: Sir Knight J. F. Valentine, as Master ofCavalry; Sir Knight Paul Kies, as Master ot Infantry; James Cluett, as Warder and William Tracy,’ as Most Excellent High Priest. Other parts were assigned to Em’nent Sir Andrew E. Walker, Sir Knights Simonson, McDonald, Whitehorns, Ashmall, Barr, Robinson, Donald son, Howell, and Keller, which were crditably perlormed. Eminent Sir John B. Hill, of Con stantine Commandery, delivered the historical lecture. A banquet, under the direction of the Commissary, Sir Knight George W. Mead, fol lowed. ANCIENT CRAFT MASONRY. BY JACQUES. As we look back through the vista of years the childhood of Masonry is lost in a mist of an tiquity, and no man can tell when or where it was born. One author claims to find traces of it eleven thousand five hundred years ago. Some find its history among the people who served the ancient Memnon and Barneses, and still others see its birth at the building of the temple of Solomon. None are free from doubt. Only one thing do we know certainly—it is an cient. By the records of the past, that have come down to us from the ages, we can find traces—signs and landmarks—that prove the existence of societies, whose objects were the relief of their members in times of need. In eome there was exemplified an affection so great that the world itself looked on admir ingly, and said: "Behold how those brethren I love.” From these mints of ths p.et, Ancient Cr&ft Meeonry has coma to ns freighted with the fragrance of antiquity and the beauty of its pure teachings. They sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight; they glitter like gems in a coronet; they shine like stars on the brow of night, and dazzle the eyes of.beholders. As diamonds are precious, so are the truths of Masonry; and as diamonds are rare, so is the pratice of Masonic virtue. Because a crust may hide the beauty of a diamond, is no proof there is no hidden glory or sparkle beneath. Because clouds over cast the sky, is not conclusive evidence that there are no stars. Because the practice of Masonic teachings is so neglected, is no reason why we should believe they have no existence. •‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.” The crust will be removed by effort, the clouds will disappear at Nature s command, and the beauty of Masonry will be seen in its practical workings. " Tears steal Fire from the mind as vigor from the limb; And life's enchanted cup but sparlkes near the brim.” ] The tenets of Ancient Craft Masonry sparkle as brightly now as in the past. It is full of beauty, but “ beauty unaccompanied by virtue is as a flower without perfume.” He who lives up to the full measure of the teachings of his lodge will bo an upright man—“ the noblest work of God.” He will reverence his Maker; deal justly, show mercy, love his fellows, and lead a blameless life—a blessing to the world. PERSONAL Bro. Geo. H. Milled, of Americus Lodge, is the genial conductor of one of the "owl” trains on the New York and New Haven railroad. Bro. George is a very enthusiastic Mason, and his wife religiously reads for him every Sunday the Masonic matters on this pag'e. Bro. David M. Drury, of the “William Cabble Wire Manufacturing Co.” has presented us with a handsome wire basket. We have lined it with moss and filled It with flowers, . and it adorns our parlor window, where it is a con stant reminder ot this good brother, and also a proof of the poets assertion that “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” W. Bro. J. G. Herold, the Master of Euclid Lodge, N 0.656, and C. H. of Evening Star Chap ter, has been called upon to mourn the loss of his mother, who departed this life during the past week. Although our esteemed brother is himself a busband and father, yet, as wo all know, the loss of a mother is one that cannot bo repaired. “In tha sickness of our childhood. The perils of qur prime, The sorrows of onr riper years, The tolls of every time,” the love of a Mother is one that never dies. As Bro. Ernest Leslie, in his famous song ot “Bock Me to Sleep, Mother,” says: " Over my heart, in the days that are gone. No love like Afofher-love ever has shown." We tender our sincere sympathies to our es teemed brother, and would remind him that the separation of loved ones in this world is on ly temporary, and that they shall meet again in “ another and a better world,” where parting is no more. Evangelist Lodge, No. 600: — A very large attendance greeted the many visitors on last Tuesday evening in this lodge. The First degree was conferred, and It. W. Bro. Cregier, Robert Roberts, the “ only ” W. James Frazer, the big Master of Americus Lodge, assisted, among other distinguished brethren present. W. Bro. Layman knows how to do it, and is do ing it all the time. Evangelist is booming. Sylvan Gbove Lodge, No. 275.—At the regular communication of above ledge, Tuesday evening, March 22, the Third Degree will bo conferred, and for want of room the Dorio Room will be engaged. Sylvan Grove Lodge is booming under the care of the new Master. W. Bro. Helms extends a welcome to visitors. Come early to get a seat. Independent Lodge, No. 185, will meet to-morrow evening, March 21st, and con fer the first Degree. A number of distinguished craftsmen will be present, and visiting breth ren will be cordially welcomed by the genial and ever courteous Master, W. Bro. Cornelius B. Parker, and the hospitable brethren of this gallant old lodge. Daniel Caupbntf.k Lodge, No. 643.— The Third Degree will be conferred here next Thursday, 24th inst., and R. W. Bro. E. L. M. Ehlers is booked to deliver the historical lec ture of the degree, and this great and good brother can do full justice to everything be un dertakes. Visiting brethren are cordially in vited, and will find a hearty welcome. Grand Lodge libraries in several ju risdictions have attained honorable distinction. lowa may well be proud of its Grand Lodge library. Bro. Parvin, who has labored in sea son and out of season to obtain funds and books, has been rewarded with a large measure ol success. New York has a valuable library formed by the fostering care of the Grand Lodge of that State, and latterly very much in creased in its means of usefulness. R. W. Bro. Herman G. Carter, in charge ot the library, is heartily and intelligently devoted to its inter ests. A free reading-room in connection there with is open afternoon and evening, and breth ren may engage at their will in the perusal of magazines, periodicals and papers, covering a wide range of subjects. Ot course, an abun dant supply of Masonic publications is fur nished. — depository, LABOR exchange. An F. A. M., in good standing, also an I. O. O. F., desires & position as porter, watchman, or any thing that enables him to suppoit a family. Good refer ence as to honesty, sobriety, etc. Address G. W. S.. care ol Mrs. Hughes, No. 535 Greenwich street, city. JAMESZiV3£SR, MANUFACTURES OF KNIGHTS TTtMl’izAß's, MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, No. 133 GRAND STREET, CORNER OF CROSBY. William H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY ANJ DIAMONDS. Masonic Jewelry a Specialty. No. 31 PARK ROW, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Office) and NEW NO. 2 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street STADNTON & WHELAN SELL CLOTHING ON CREDIT TO MEN AND BOYS, AT CASH PBICES, ' 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. 29 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 your Tyler for it SOTABY AND COMMISSIONER FOR .FEE THE STATES, Henry <D. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS A BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House. No. 131 Ea.-it 127th st., cor. Lexington are., NEW YORK CITY. WARING A 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. db. b. h. DUFXGCTAC, FRENCH DENTIST’, Ko. 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 filling:; a specialty, $1 and up ward ; polishing teeth, 5*.«. Silver, platina and gold plates nought. Open evenings and Sundays. Lady in at te u dance. Lodge Rooms To Let. EASTERN STAR HALL, cor. 7th street and 3d avenue. Inquire of H, V, Sigler, Janitor and Tyler, any evening. MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YORK. ACACIA, No. 327, moots first and third Tues days, Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty.thj rd street and Sixth avenue, Adam G. Vail, M. George D. Sauer, Trews, James D. Outwater. S. W. Frank A. Hovey, Seo. 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.® Temple. Wm. Wallace Walker, M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. H. J. Emerson, S. W. Wm H. Innet, Sec. R. H. Foote, J. W. No. 535. meets first and third Thursday evenlnxs of each month, in Tuscan Room Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third st ‘ Dauiel T. Samson. Tre is. James 9. Fraser. M William R. Relyea, Sec., Samuel Pickford, 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 and third Tuesdays ol each month. Chas. A. Stevens M Albion T. Stevens, Treas. Ben|. F. Ferris, 8. 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. Leech, S. W. Z. T. Benson, Sec. Hubert Mullaay, J. W. CITY, No. 408, meets first and third Wed nesdays of each mouth, at No. 33 Union Square (Decker Building) H. P. Muller, Treas. Fred. Hartenstcin, M. Francis Clery, Sec., M. Dittenhoefer, 8. W. 52 East 30th street. Simon Bower, J. W. COPESTONE, No. 641. meets second and luurth Wednesdays of each month, at Corinthian Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and sixth • avenue. Wm. Mcranl, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. Wm J. Mathews, 9. W H, T. Gibson. Sec., Joseph J. Moen, J w Residence, No. 203 West 48tb 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, S. 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, 8. 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. Boskowitz, 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. Silberstein, -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. K. 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 & Rial's Hall, No 117 West Twenty-third street. Jere. ,H. Goldman, M. M. Laski, Treas. Henry H. Wilzin, S. W. Leonard Leisersohn, 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. Wm. J. Camier, Sec. J. Oscar Morgan, J. W. GIRARD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. _ v Peter G. Arnott, M. Thes. P. Clench, Sec. E. S. King, S. W. J. Blankenstein. Treas. ‘ U. L. Washburn, J. W. HIRAM, No. 449, meets first and third Fri days ot each month, at Clinton Rooms, Masonic Tem ple, Twenty-third streec'and Sixth avenue. - . C. A. Winch, M. J. E. Connor. Treas. G. H. Rudolph, S. W. J. Farrell, bee. F. J. Feeney, J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and third Mondays of each month, at German Masonic Ttm ple, East Fifteenth street. C. B. Parker, M. ... , , • - Lemuel Russell, S. W. W. Llndemeyer, Treas. Geo. B. Hebard, J. W. E. R. Brown, Sec., P. O. Box 8,551. KANE, Nc«. 454,—Regular communications of Kane Lodge will be held on the f'rsr., third and fifth Tuesdays in Austin Room, Masonic Temple. . Thomas E. Stewart, M. Chas. A. Whitney, Treas. Charles F. Ulrich, S. W. Henry W, Penoyar, Sec. Rollin M. Morgan, J. W. LAFAYETTE LODGE, No. 64, meets sec ond and fourth Mondays of each month. In Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. F. Ackerman, Treas. ’ Jas. P. Clark. M. F. J.,Milligan, Sec., David-McK else v. 8. W. No. 73 East 124th st. Philip Bardons, J. W. MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in the Dorie Room, Masonic Temple, every first and third Monday evenings, at 7:30 o’clock. F. O. Woodruff, Treas, W. P. Worster, M. D. M. F. W. McGowen, Seo., J. Wesley Smith, 8. W. Box Na 68, Masonic Temple. Thos. J. Pardy, J. W. MUNN, No. 190, meets on the second and fourth Thursday evenings, at Livingston Room, Ma sonic Temple. Joseph Abraham, M H. F. Huntemann, Treas. W. E. Harwood, S. W. Ezra B. Stockvis, Sec. Jas. A. Delehey, J. W. No. 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. Sec., Ben Van Leenwen, 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, 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 MeMulkin, Treas. William J. Conway, S. W, James Hyde, Sec., William Irvine, J. W. Address, Na 830 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 Greenbaam, M. L. Greenbanm, Treas. Henry Wil fob, 8. W. S. .Bibo, Sec. Henry Konig, J. W. POLAR 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. S.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 street and Sixth avenue. S. J. Brown, Treas. Moses Ilarlam, 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 1:3O P.M., at Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple. Visitors are always welcome. Myron A. Decker, M. Martin Papst, Treas. John E. Morse, 8. 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. S. 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. 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 8. Stitt, Sec., W. J. L. Maxwell. S. W. No. 424 West 19th st. Robert S. Graham, J.W. Thomas Loughrey, Tyler, No. 447J£ West 17th st. VERITAS, No. 734, meets every second and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and bth ave. James N. Johnston, M. Richard Koch, Treas. Dan. C. Springsteel, 8. W. P. M. John W. Sokel, Sec. 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. 8. Foote, Sec., J. H. Malees, 8. 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. Holies, S. W Geo. W. Connor, Sec., Elmer E. FeisieL J. W. No. 158 South street. CHAPTERS. ADELPHIC, No. 158, meets 2d awd 4th Wednesdays of each month, in Egyptian Hoeai, Ma sonic Temple. P. C. Benjamin, H. P J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. S. Larason, k. Wm. H Innet, Sec., H. J. Emersou, Scribe. Res., 102 Sixth .avenue. AMERICUS, No. 215, meets the third Tuesday ot each month, in the Egyptian Reams, Ma sonic Temple, Twenty-third street apd 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 finst and third Wednesdays of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Henry Snsirfa. H. P, F. Oscar Woodruff, Treas. Sam’l M. Perkins, K. Frank Magee, Sec., Miles W. Goeiyear, 8. 238 Greenwich street. NASSAU, No. 109, meets first, third and frith Wednesdays of each month, at Mar<aio 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. 8. 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, Sea. R. J. black, Treas. No. 719 Filth st., city. COMMANDERIES. ADELPHIC, No. 59 (mounted), meets in con clave second Thursday of each month, at Masonic Tem ple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Wai lace. Walker, 0. J. W. Sanford, Treas. J. O’Neil, G. W. H. Innet, Rec. V. Mott, G 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. 0. A. M. Underhill, Treas. W. L. Che ter, G. J. I. Conklin, Jr., Recorder- J. B. Lawrence, C. G. CCEUIi DE LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave Second Friday of each month, at Ma-sonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Otis Munroe. C. Edwin R. McCarty, Treas. Thomas B. Innesa, G. Charles W. Sy, R< c. Cbrelius Waydell, 0, G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Friday each month, bank building, Fourteenth street aud Fourth avenue H. S. Saadereoa, E. G E. C. Harwood, M. D., G Joseph F. Waring, 0. G, William H. Peckham, Treas. William S. Hemming, Rec., No. 77 E. 86th street. PALESTINE, No. 18, assembles in conclave first and third Mondays of each month, at the aFC'lu.m, Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixth avenuu. w ~ „ James W. Bowden, Com. W. R. Carr, Treas Chas. H. Gillespie, Gen. C, S. Champlin, Rec. Chas. E. Laaslng, 0. 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 mouth, at 8 P. M G. H. Fltzwllson, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins, M. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Geo. W. Va« Buskirk, S. W. Wm. 8. Paterson, Sec., Charles A. Beaedict, J. W. . No. 100 Reade street. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERU SALEM OF NEW YORK CITY, meets nt Ceasisterial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the third Saturday ef every month, at BP. M. E. Porter Cooley, D. M. Stephen D. Affleck, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. George Wood, S. W. Wm. S. I’aterson.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 Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, atßp. M. James W. Bowden, M. Charles A. Benedict, Orator. John S. King, S. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Thomae Moere, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec.,No. 100 Reade street. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY. S. P. R. S., meets at Consistent ! Chambers, Ma sonic Temple, when specially convened. Charles H. Heyzer, IstL. C. C. T. McClenaolt&a, Cena. Joseph M. Levey, Treas. Gea W. MiHar, 2dL. 0. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., Wm. D. Garrison, M 8. No. 100 Reade st. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds itg sesstoaa at Masonic Temple, New York eity, on the feast day of every Mohammedan month, of which doe notice will be given. Walter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Benjamin, Assistant Rabbaa, Charles H. Heyzer, High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. Win. 8. Paterson. Grand Recorder, No. 100 Readeat BROOKLYN. COMMANDBBIBS. 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. T J Scbarfenberg, Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. S. T. Waterhou. e, Rec. Geo. B. Claflin, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH KITE. AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFEC TION, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley oi B.cok )]D. Regular communications are held on the second Friday of each month, at No< 38 and -in Court street. Wieland Trask-, T. p. G. M. Mark Mayer. 'lreas. John W.. Richardson Deputy. Frank B.‘Jacks-on, sec., Edwin Knowles, 8. W. 1'26 Pearl fit., N.Y.Cwy. James Stuart Gi.len, J. W. THE MISSION QF THE CRAFT. Do ‘ P r °f es3 to make men saints, ine Church does that. She ie the preceptress, the mother, tha alma mater of the saints. But Masonry can and does profess to inculcate that morality—not the cold ethical abstractions of the philosopher—but that evangelical morality; that glowing religioua morality—R I may use a term like that—which will prepare men for JS o’® 0 ’® J^ n ? forming V! a aanctiiymg powers of t 0 co “ e * which the Church will bring to bear upon them. Masonry does a prepara tory work m bringing men into a stale wherein they will be wore readily susceptible to the mo tives of the Spirit of the Lord, and the animo the.spintual and supernatural life. Addressing us then, in such prophetic guise, m such prophetic speech, we next inquire, whence came this. Prophet, dealing so aptly with the,steyn.realities ot.tha life that now is, and so earnestly predicting that which is to come ? What is its nativity ? Masonry is ot ancient and venerable extrac !i??: ls . tru ly an offspring and descendant of the instincts and strivings of the human mind. Its lineage is most honorable, representing men s best, most upward, and most enlightened tendencies. The probabilities of its origin de clare how men began to esteem the triumphs oi intellectual power above brute force, mere possession or animal gratifications. In reflec tion and invention they found something to charm them, something really to take pride in. 1 nzing their ingenuity and skill, and making the ¥l4° j u as artificers and attests, they shielded the processes of their achievements and acquisitions as secrets from the vulgar gaze and from idle curiosity. They kt pt their arts to themselves out of honor to their avoca tions, and for the protection et their interests, lhe reputation which they sought, and the fame which they held dear, were b .sed upon the ex cellence of the work which they produced. Masonry, in itg inception, was the nobility, the knighthood of skilled aud proficient labor ers. Men treasured the conceptions of their minds, fertile in design, and their handiwork of rare and exquisite execution. Not every one could carve the column or lay the wall, or plan the roof, or cause the metal to bloom into life fiehneations fit to cover the breast oi an Achilles. Not every one could do these things, -these were the arcana, the mysteries, the her of precious knowledge, belonging only to the few, and they were things, too, only to ba acquired by persevering and severe apprentice -These organizations ol the higher grades of labor, perhaps, were not the direct ancestors of our order, but they were its historical prece dents and analogies, and they furnished tho suggestion, the similitude and the image of tho as ft exists to-day. They were the roots of Masonry, deep down in the past, from which th l .® wide-spreading aud iruit-laden tree of philanthropy and benevolence has grown. The associative instinct is no new faculty, and its instances, always abundant and innumera ble, are found in large proportions in the sphere of the constructive arts. There was art and science and organized employment among the builders who did their work in the forenoon of the world. In Assyria, in Bashan, in Egypt, they have left memorials of their marvellous ability. The building ol the Ark, the erection of the Tower of Babel, the orderly array ot Tyrian and Jewish workmen on the Temple at Jerusalem, the Homan Gm'egia of Guilds—all these, apart from each other in time and place, were monuments, which, though not concerted or unified, were so many protoplasms of their later Masonic life. BOARDS OF RELIEF. In the present situation of Masonry, haying upon the rolls of membership of her lodges hundreds of thousands of brethren scattered ever the entire habitable, world, and engaged in almost all the pursuits of lile known to men, the calls for help are frequent, and the demands lor charity require large appropriations of time and money. The open-handedness of Masonry has a tendency to make these demands larger and much more frequent than they otherwise would be. It also presents an opportunity for and impostors to ply thbir nefarious vocation of living upon others by concealing their true character. It io a well established fact that a large proportion of what bss been given as Masonic charity, in the past, has gone into the hands of those not entitled to.receive it. It was thus worse than thrown away, for iT has kept upon the road a vast hoade of travel ing impostors, who have lived upon this bounty, while n<edy brethren, or their widows and orphans, in many instances, have been left to suffer for a want of even the necessities oi life. The worst feature of this whole business is that these scoundrels, who are thus defrauding worthy Masons and their widows aud orphans, are but seldom punished lor the crime. The footpad who robs upon the highway is arrested and sent to prison, there to expiate his crime in nenal servitude, clothed in a convict’s garb. I’he fraud who robs a Mason, or a Masonic lodge, is no less a criminal and should be made to suffer in like manner. He is a worse crim inal than.the highwayman, forjthe latter selects for his victims those to whom the loss of a purse is but a trifle, while he robs the poor as well as the rich. This condition of affairs makes it the inopera tive duty of Masons and Masonic lodges to pro tect themselves, so far as is possible, against unworthy applicants for Masonic chanty. The exigency of the case demands their most serious consideration and united co-operation. In the smaller towns, where there’is but one lodge, the usual plan of constituting the Worshipful Master and Wardens a committee on cbaritv, with authority to draw from the funds of the lodge, is perhaps as good a plan as they can adopt. But from a lack ot proper facilities for detecting impostors, it is hero that they are generally most successful in accomplishing their purpose. If these officers would be more vigilant, and withhold relief until they can obtain some proof of the worthiness of the applicant, there would soon be but lew frauds on* the road. In large cities, the general plan of having a Masonic Relief Board, to which all applicants for assist ance are sent, has been worked very success fully in many of them. These Boards are gen erally composed of the Worshipful Masters ol the several lodges of the city. Here, brethren of experience employ every means possible to dispense charity in a* systematic manner. The Board selects some brother for his peculiar fitness for the place, and makes it his duty to investigate all applications for relief and the applicant is temporarily provided lor, if neces sary, until he is satisfied whether help should be extended or not. The charity fund is cre ated by a small assessment per wpita on the membership of each lodge, made quarterly or semi-annually, as the funds may be required. In this way the burden is protested among tne lodges and each bears its proportionate share. No better plan for helping the worthy needy brother, detecting the unworthy, and distrib uting the burden so that each lodge shall con tribute its just share, could be devised.—Afa sonic Advocate. UNANIMOUS ELECTION. “.On reading that the entire list given had enjoyed the privilege of being ‘ unanimously elected,’ some curiosity was awakened in our mind. The thought arose, hoio could all be ‘ unanimously elected,’ when all were not in the line of promotion ? It is quite common in Ma sonic Grand Bodies to advance to higher sta tions those that are in the lino ; but we never saw anyone ‘ unanimously elected,’ even though in the line ol promotion—some ballots- always being cast for others than those who were on the way to the Grand East. And when these were pushedup a step, one place has to be filled from the floor—the station of Junior Grand Warden. We never knew of anyone being ‘ unanimously elected ’ to that station, by ballot. It often re quires several ballots to secure an election and never unanimous in. our Grand Lodge. By bal let ! Is the unanimity mentioned above secured ‘ by ballot ?’ With nearly one thousand votes cast in the Grand Lodge of New York, unanunfti/ oj ballot would be a strange result in electing six officers. Perhaps Jthe large number of voters 'present at their annual elections caused our Now York brethren to do away with the ballot, and adopt the viva voce method. That would necessitate nominations. This would invite speeches in favor of the nominees. Glorification would follow. The ‘good fellows’ and manipulators would flourish like the managers of political meetings and conventions. Merit would silently look on and worth would be eschewed.”— M7 P. Innes. In New York we have nominations and speeches (which we abhor), the rule being that where there is but one candidate in nomina tion the vote may be taken by acclamation. Now we are a flock of pet lambs and when an occasion oi this kind arises there happens to be here and there a contrary hand, we pay no attention and the vote is recorded as unani mous. 0. we know how to keep the peace. FRIENDSHIP. Man’s greatest need on earth is friendship, constant, true and helpful. Masonry multiplies friendships. Thereby we tread the way of life with lighter steps, and find our pathway toward the imperceptible boundary line where we step across into “ the undiscovered country,” blessed with flowers of charity and love. The quality of sweet Friendship, like that of her sister, Mercy, “is not strained.” “It blesseth him who gives and him who takes.” Like a gentle Summer’s breeze from heaven, it soothes the tired and fevered brow. It sustains a weary soul in dire distress, and oomferts one “in doubtful time of troublous need.” It helps a man to know he is not a marionette, and involves his life with others in mutual hopes and aims that make it noble and exalted. “ Lite is the web, and we fill in the woef that make the warp and weft for eternity.” With golden threads of friendship we weave in the fabric pictures that make up a beauteous and harmonious robe, fit lor “nature’s noblemen.” Let our aim and efforts ever be to establish and maintain true, abiding friendships, and life will teem with richer blessings. hanks to Heaven, whence it conies, for that friendship, tried and true, which bolds a friend, present or absent, against every question and aspers on, to be honest, just and* right umil be m proven wrong. The institution of Freemasonry is a source of light and heat, where germs ot sincere tr end ship grow, “ and no fairer blossoms ever bloom ed in kindly soil.” Masonry inspires a hope of never-ending-lile, end points “.rom Aato.re up to Nature’s God.” It lias been blessed of Heav en and has ennobled man. it is the ” handmaid of religion;” the sister ot virtue, an 1 t c mother of a precious faith. “All hail, Masonry divme 1* —AZ. IF. Jus. IK. Co gJ-tu 3