Newspaper Page Text
M. W. JOHN W. SIMONS* P. G. M., Editor.
Advertisements for the Masonic De vahtment. to secure their insertion, must be lent in by TWO O’CLOCK. P. M., Friday. STRAY THOUGHTS. We have been greatly interested in the per nsal of a collection of thoughts, arguments and opinions, gathered from various sources in re gard to questions which have, of late years, oc cupied the attention of writers to a greater or less degree. They are generally styled “ new questions,” but this is unquestionably due to the fact that they have fora time been, by com mon consent as it were, intermitted from the field of debate until the new comers desirous of fleshing their maiden swords in the preserves of Masonic knowledge, have turned their eagle glances upon constellations which have simply been, for a time, out of sight. When, however, such enquiries aro conducted in a spirit of eendor and fairness, they can hardly fail to prove beneficial, especially to those who know nothing in reality, though deluding themselves with the idea that they know all about it. Take for instance •* Perpetual Jurisdiction;” the writer in question takes it up, shakes it, so to speu k, quotes the opinion of learned authori ties, interposes his own views through a dozen solid octave pages, and finally roaches the only possible conclusion that, until there is greater uni orinity of thought and action among law makers, the fraternity has not made up its mind end is in effect just where it was half a century ago This last proposition is not strictly true as to one phase of the regulation at least, which is, that it is now generally conceded that Grand Lodges cannot enforce legislation as to the pro ane, iurther than to determine the methods by which admission to the privileges of the cratt may be obtained; but when Masonic Jaw save to an outsider you must apply to the place nearest your residence, or not at all, it clearly oversteps its powers. Several cases in illustration have occurred when persons living ki the United States, gofng abroad, have been made Masons during their temporary absence, and on their return it has been held that they could not be recognized as regular Masons be cause they were not made Masons at the place nearest their respective dwellings. The absurd ity oi this is apparent when it is made known that Grand Lodges abroad have no restrictive rules on the eub.ect, and are quite willing that lodges in this country should give them a Ro land for their Oliver whenever desired. It will thus be seen that the law is void of every essen tial qual ty of a landmark; but in this country the necessities of our contiguous jurisdictions have made it an imperative rule that no lodge shall receive a candidate who is not a bona fide res dent of the place in which he applies—that is to a y, not a mere visitor, but one who has fixed his abode and maintained it long enough io give assurance of his future intentions. Under this arrangement a man can cross the Hudson river, establish a temporary domicile at Newark, Elizabeth, Paterson, or some other of New Jersey’s famed watering places, but he cannot lawfully be made a Ma son -not because New York says he shall not, but because New Jersey will not allow her lodges to receive him, and vice versa. One step iurther takes us to another and much more difficult phase, namely; Where a profane has petitioned and been rejected. To reach this point, all the preliminary conditions must have been fulfilled, and the candidate, of his •wn free will and accord, has placed himself under the effect of Masonic law, which says that a re.eeted candidate cannot be initiated without the consent oi the rejecting lodge. Now, taking into consideration the passions, pre udices and frailties of human nature, it would be hazardous to assume that all rejec tions are made from correct motives, and this alone introduces an element of doubt into the propriety of the regulation, and it will be ob served by students that the more thoughtful ot our Masonic publicists are one by one taking ground in favor of a modification, and it is therefore probable that in the not remote fu ture, other things being equal, a limited pro bation will be deemed sufficient to protect the fraternity, while leaving the individual free to begin again. One other proposition seems to have received general consent, which is that a Master Mason is free oi the guild, and may affiliate where he chooses, without regard to residence. It will thus be seen that ihe legal status may be likened unto putting new wine in old bottles, which may break or may lead to a higher plane. MASONIC FAIR ASSOCIATION. At the great Masonic gathering o-l the Third District, in Brooklyn, Grand Master Lawrence incidentally mentioned, as a further source of revenue, a air, which was in contemplation, the wives ol our members to be the principals in furthering this object. The pro ect has now taken a tangible orm. A committee, oonsist of Mrs. F. ii. Lawrence, who»e name appears on the head, with Mrs. E. B. Harper as the Sec reUry, has addressed a circular to the wives of the Masters of tb s city and Brooklyn, to con vene in the Austin Room, Masonic Hall, on Wednesday, May Hth, at 2 P. M., lor the pur pose oi making preliminary arrangements for the fair to bo held in the Autumn, and also to become acquainted with each other. It is re quested that each lodge will be repre sented at this meeting, and any Master unmar ried, or whose wife cannot attend, will desig nate the wi e of some officer to represent his lodge. Mrs. John Boyd, Mrs. Burnham, Mrs. Ed. Dodd, Mrs. H. J. Smith, Mrs. F. 8. Benson, Mrs. J. F. Collins, Mrs. G. W. Cregier, Mrs. Jutomann, Mrs. Wm. Sherer, Mrs J. K. Dunn, Mrs. F. P. Morr s, Mrs. Elders, Mrs. Richard son, Mrs. Levy Samuels, Mrs. G. H. Raymond, Mrs. T. A. Taylor, Mrs. J. J. Little, Mrs. Geo. Hayes, Mrs. G. F. Heidet, Mrs. W. H. Andrews and Mrs. Eliza Demarest are the members of the Executive Committee. COMMONWEALTH LODGE, NO. 409. This lodge worked the First Degree on last Tuesday, in full form, on one candidate, the Worshipful Master, Bro. John W. Evans, being in the chair. The apron was presented by K. W. Sydney F. Walker, P. D. D. G. M. of the Third District. Among the brethren present were R. \V. Bro. Theo. A. Taylor, D. D. G. M., who le t early to attend the Sixth District visita tion of the Grand Master; R. VV. Bro. James M. Fuller; W. Bros. John T. Palmer and G. Frank E. Pearsall of Commonwealth. On next Tuesday this lodge will work the Second Degree. On last Wednesday evening, at the request of the family of a deceased brother a member of Home Lodge, Chicago , the lodize performed the Masonic service at bis late residence. As mentioned some time ago. Commonwealth proposed to make alterations in its ante-room by taking down the wall between it and its par lors, and the trustees, by authority of the lodge, have hid the alterations made, and now the large parlors and nnte-r. om are as one, divided by heavy curtains, which can be opened when occasion requires. This alteration was iound necessary to give more room to the brethren when they meet on May 10th, on which date R. W. Bro. Theo. A. Taylor, District Deputy Grand Master, will officially visit Commonwealth Lodge. It is expected that it will be the largest gathering of Masons that have ever assembled in a regular lodge-room in Brooklyn. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE. Last Monday, the 24th ult, a party consisting •f over two hundred members of Mecca i'emple, No 1, oi this city, boarded a special train of parlor cars, and in due time arrived at the ancient city of Troy, where they were received by their Trojan fraters and escorted to the Troy House, where supper awaited them. After sup per the visitors proceeded to the Temple and assisted in the initiation of seventy-two' candi dates. On the conclusion of the ceremonies the Trojans and their guests repaired to Rand’s Hall, where a sumptuous banquet awaited them, to which they were formally welcomed by ill. Noble Jesse B. Anthony. After doing ample justice to the feasts which was interspersed with instrumental music, toast, sentiment and song, the guests boarded a train lor home, where they arrived in good time, much pleased with the events of the trip. Among the New Yorkers present were: Grand Potentate, Walter M. Fleming; Chief Rabban, William D. May; As sistant Kabban, Charles Benedict; High Priest Charles H. Keyser; Marshal, Edward 8. Innett; Oriental Guide, James McGee; Ceremonial Mas ters, John Thompson and Herman Emerson. Arcana Lodge, No. 246, will confer the First Degree upon three candidates on Mon day evening, May 2, at their new room, “ Clin ton ” Masonic Temple. R. Wor. Wright D. Pownall, D. D. G. M. of the Filth Masonic Dis trict, and other distinguished brethren will be present. Wor. Bro. Van Beuschoten extends a cordial invitation to all. Thanks.— We are indebted to R. W, James C. Batchelor, Grand Secretary, for a cony of the transactions ol the Brand Lodge ot Louisiana, at its late annual communication I The volume is adorned with a welt executed ! portrait ot our esteemed friend, M. W. Joaenh ' jP. Harder, the retiring Grand Master. 1 I THE GALLANT SIXTH. HONORS TO THE GRAND MASTER. The balmy Spring-like air, last Tuesday, was a potent factor ot bringing out a great number of this city’s good and faithful Masons, to d s play their enthusiasm and to show their undy ing love and devotion to him to whom they aro so greatly indebted. , The commandery rooms, with the galleries, although not as large in dimensions as the grand hall below, was hardly in proportion to hold the immense number oi brethren who ar rived, comprising the several bodies; but it ap peared gay and resplendent with light and dec orations, more like a flower garden than a place of meeting. In the East, high up above a crown, was a large seven pointed star, made of the loveliest colored buds and blossoms, displaying in big letters the word “Welcome? The altar, bedecked with maiden hair, ferns, r^ 8 ® 8 - an< * other rare flowers, which wafted an air of en trancing perfume throughout the room, looked like a grand floral monument. It was at this point when W. Bro. Helms, Master ot Sylvan Grove, did the honors to the guests. PuriUn Lodge was the first to arrive, and, with its Master, W, Bro. McMillan, was intro duced, welcomed and requested to be seated, and in the same way followed, with their re spective Masters, Acacia, W. Bro. Vail; Atlas, VV. Bro. Patterson ; Marion, W. Bro. Reed ; George Washington, W. Bro. Strickland ; Mystic Tie, W. Bro. Sayles ; Sagamore, W. Bro. Little; Lily, W. Bro. Wells; Arcturus, VV. Bro. Ste vens ; Neptune, VV. Bro. Raber; Continental, headed by their Junior Warder, Bro. Harris; City, VV. Bro. Hartenstein, to whom the Master of Sylvan Grove especially expressed his thanks for his zeal as one of the committee of arrange ments ; Putnam, VV. Bro. Mitchell; St. Nicholas, VV. Bro. Bostwick; Hiram, VV. Bro. Winch; New York, VV. Bro. Brogan ; Franklin, W. Bro. Barthmann; Dorio, W. Bro. Manners; Metro politan, W. Bro. Walton ; Zerubbabel, W. Bro. Pisko; Crescent, R. VV. Bro. Harper, the Grand Stewart; and last, but not least, Kane Lodge, with R. W. Bro. Jos. J. Little, District Deputy Grand Master of this district, and their Master, W. Bro. Thomas E. Stewart, clad with ermine edged regalias. W. Bro. Helmes welcomed the District Deputy very affectionately, had him escorted to the East, and handed him the em blem of authority. R. W. Bro. Little, assuming the gavel, spoke very feelingly, thanking all the Masters and brethren for their devotion to him, to the inter ests of the Hall and Asylum Fund, and hoping that the district may continue to prosper even after his term of office will have expired. The Grand Marshal, R. W. Bro. John A. Davis, of Rochester, acting as such, then made his ap pearance, and in a clear and ringing voice, an nounced that the Grand Master, with his staff, was without and about to enter. Amid the strains of the powerful organ, accompanied by, band music, M. VV. Bro. Frank R. Lawrence, the Grand Master, arm in arm with the Grand Mar shal, and headed by his associates officers, R. VV. Bro. Ehlers, R. VV. Bro. Richardson, R. W. Bro. Pownall, R, W. Bro. Burnham, R. VV. Bro. Taylor, R. W. Bro. Collins, R. VV. Bro. Hays, R. VV. Bro. Andrews, R. W. Bro. Carter, K. VV. Bro. Cregier, R. VV. Bro. Dr. Dodd, Grand Sword Bearer, aud W. Bro. John Poole, Grand Tyler, saluted before the altar, and were given seats in the East. R. W. Bro. Little then welcomed the Grand Master in the most flattering terms, and ex pressing to him the hope that he might feel as well disposed toward the brethren of the Sixth, as he had proven to his craftsmen from the older districts on previous occasions, assuring him that the lodges of this district are as loyal and devoted as any in the jurisdiction. The Grand Master, thereupon received the honors due his high and exalted station, and bowing assent to the tender of the gavel then addressed the brethren. He said he was sure that the great number of the sev eral bodies under the jurisdiction in this great and good State, had induced him to devise a plan to reach all; the visits by the Grand Mas ter to every lodge would have been a physical impossibility, but, since inaugurating these district visits, a spirit had devetoped which was highly gratifying to him and showed the kind disposition that the brethren had, not only to the moral teachings inculcated to them, but to that all aborbing matter, the Hall and Asylum Fund, which lie came to discuss. He then gave a lenghty account of the work entailed by him, and those immediately concerned there with, to collect little by little a sum of over a quarter million dollars, and that the Sixth done its share nobly; more so, as many lodges had not only paid their just quota, but far m excess to their liabilities. For all this he was indeed very grateful, and he was sure that in genera tions to come, the craftsmen to be will often mention these sacrifices as a historical epoch in the existence of the Masonic fraternity of the nineteenth century. After concluding these remarks, uttered in the sweetest sounding tones, without a slip of the tongue nor a break in its fluency, the as semblage enthusiastically rose and fervently applauded the gifted orator. A vocal quartet then sang : •• Raise loud on high your mingled voices, In glowing waves of joy and rhyme; The work in which our craft rejoices, The fairest blossom of all time— Masonry, the royal art of Masonry.” Which produced such an effect as to demand an cnsore, which was complied with. VV. Bro. Theodore Reeves, Treasurer of Sylvan Grove, then, upon the request of the Grand Master if any brother wished an opportunity for remarks, begged leave to present a check, being a good portion of the quota ; and he was followed by VV. Bro. Patterson, from Acacia, in behalf of an unnamed brother devoted to the fraternity, pre senting liia offering. So did Lily and Neptune Lodges, each a check ; Atlas Lodge an addition to their already paid quota, and last IL W. Bro. Harper, in behalf of Crescent Lodge, an addi tion to their quota—altogether the handsome sum of $1,2-50 added to the Fund, which the Grand Master immediately and with great sat isfaction handed to the Grand Secretary. Then came the performance ot the “Halle lu ah Chorus, 7 by orchestra and organ, the lat ter presided over by Bro. G. VV. Morgan, of St. Cecile l odge—a fine musical piece, so well ex ecuted as to deserve especial mention and praise. lhen the Grand Master turned to our be loved Bro. Killers, calling upon him to also ad dress the assemblage, which the highly appre ciated officer did in a very able manner. Among other matters, he said that it was a tact that the matter oi the Hall and Asylum Fund was with him waking and sleeping, that he dreamed oi it, and even when the Grand Master bid him to write a letter to a lodge in the country, from which he had received, beside others, the news oi the death ot a well-known brother, he inad vertently mentioned such fact, with the remark that the deceased brother, he hoped, would do h s best in aid ot the Fund, showing thereby his inmost thoughts to be inseparable to the sub ject. The next on the programme was the quar tette singing: •• Jehovah God. Thy gracious power Oa every hand we see; Ob, may the blessing of each hour Lead all our thoughts to Thee ! Oh. may we all in love abound An i charity pursue I Thus shall we be with glory crown’d, And love as angels do which was again demanded. IL VV. Bro. Burnham then made an address, giving the history and the commencement of the great labor of “ our champion debt raiser,” as mentioned before in these columns, whereup n the Grand Master returned his thanks for the kiud reception accorded hitfn, lauded the D. D. Gr. Master for this good effort, and retired with the Grand officers. D. D. G. M. Bro. Little, in turn, praised the work of the committee, thanked the Master of Byl\an Grove, and also made his exit. The lodge then closed, the remaining brethren stand ing and singing the doxology— •* Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” So ended a very pleasant reunion of a com ponent part of this large and honorable frater nity, aud it must be said, although it did not exceed numerically the gathering ot the Seventh of a week ago, it made a substantial and re markable showing as to intelligence aud out ward appearance. The brethren no doubt vied with each other to do their best. We congratulate IL VV. Bro. Little, the Sixth District and Sylvan Grove Lodge upon their un mistakable success. F. A PRAISEWORTHY EXERCISE OF AU THORITY. Grand Frank IL Lawrence, of New York, has performed many worthy acts that have been a blessing to Masonry. He is an honor to the craft, which lias conferred great honor upon him. He nas arrested the charter oi i rudence Lodge in the city ot New fork lor conferring the degrees upon some notorious characters in that city. The lodge should never be allowed to resume work. Its members knew these men, and deserve Masonic death or the stigma brought upon the cratt. These men, reeking with immorality, were rushed through the degrees and at ones exalted in Palestine Chapter. Not content, they tried Ivanhoe Com mandery. Here they met with a different re ception, and an inquiry was had which resulted in the Grand High rriest arresting the charter of Palestine Chapter. To our view this chapter, like the lodge, should die, and all ot the mem bers of these bodies that were cognizant oi the admission of such unfit material should be ex pelled, Lt will be a blessing to Masonry. Rich scoundrels will find that our ancient fraternity has no regard for the wealth of men. AH honor to the rulers of Masonry in the Empire State I— Portland Masonic Journal, Official Visit to Meridian Lodge, No. 601, Islip, L. I.—On Ust Tnesd.y evening H. W. Bro. Frederick P. Morris, the popular and esteemed bisirict Deputy Grand Master, officially visited Meridian Lodge, No. ttyi, Islip, L. 1., and as a result of thie visit this lodge at that time promised to nay the balauce ol its proportion ot the Hall and Asylum Fond debt. Tbieie good news, and again shows the untiring energy displayed by the District Deputy, whoso lodges are scattered over two counties on Loug Island ; and when he visits a lodge, lie in most cases is compelled to remain overnight but he has gone to work in a systematic manner, and when the Grand Lodge meeta in June next hie district will be one ol the beat outside of New York aud Brooklyn. Ambhictju Lodge, No. 535, will confer the First Degree at its next communication Thursday evening, May sth, Tuscan Boom’ Masonic I'emple. NEW YORK DISPATCH, MAY 1, 1887. BROOKLYN LODGE, NO. 288. On Friday, the 22d ult., thia lodge held a special communication in the afternoon and conferred the Second Degree, and at the regular communication in the evening, the Firat Degree was conferred. During the evening, Bro. Lo renz Eisenhut, in an eloquent address, full of Masonic sentiment, presented to the lodge a gavel for the use of the presiding officer, which was received by W. Bro. Stafford, the Master, in his usual happy style. The gavel is a splendid piece of workmanship, being of ebony, mounted with silver, and ot massive size, ana it forms a handsome ornament for the Master’s station. This lodge will confer the Third Degree at both of the regular communications in May. CHARTER OAK LODGE/No. 219. W. Bro. James Butter, the Master of this conservative and good lodge, had the great honor last Wednesday to receive R. W. Bro. Wright D. Pownall, District Deputy Grand Mas ter of the Fifth Masonic District, upon his offi cial visit, the same being a surprise—no pre vious notice, as usual, had been given. The Master, having the assistance of R. w. Bro. Richardson, P. D. D. G. M. of this district, a greatly honored and beloved member of Charter Oak, and upon the ceremonious entrance of the shining light in the staff our Grand Master, elo quently bid welcome to the Deputy, telling him, in all sorts of the most flattering phrases, how he is admired and esteemed by the brethren of this lodge, and, as far as his knowledge reaches, by all of the large district. Being con ducted to the East, and the Grand honors due bis high station accorded him, he spoke very fluently. We give hereby, verbatim, some of his expressions as they remained fixed in our memory: “Our beautiful rites and ceremonies are mystic symbols, and th® sublime truths enunciated in our ritual furnish us with precept upon pre cept ; and yet it is by our Masonic life and walk that we are to attest their value to the pro fane. It is not by precept alone, but by the force ot personal example, that we shall best maintain and perpetuate our beloved Institu tion. An institution, while it professes to teach no plan of salvation, yet presents a code of moral ethics that challenges the admiration of every truthful man; a structure so grand and noble in its proportions, built upon a founda tion so broad aud so deep as lor years to have resisted the malignant attacks of its determined yet misguided enemies, and to have successfully withstood the assaults of those who would have laid its fair proportions m ruins, at the feet of a religious intolerance. To you and to me is com mitted the fair fame of our fraternity. “ See to it that by no act of ours is its foun dation impaired, its symmetry marred, or its lustre dimmed, and then till time shall be no more will there exist this glorious monu ment to the brotherly love of men —a monument whose corner stone is a true and perfect man hood, whose superstructure is the universal brotherhood of men, and whose capstone and crowning glory is charity, jn the noblest and best sense ol that djvine term.” The distinguished brother was listened to with intense interest, and greatly applauded. The M. M. Degree was then conlerred on a very bright young Fellowcraft, whose previous examination showed that such is the timber ol which the coming great men of the cralt are made. The representative of the Dispatch having been very kindly received, returns thanks lor courtesies extended and the great privilege of listening to the eloquent remarks of the distin guished District Deputy. CHANCELLOR WALWORTH LODGE, NO. 271. They had a rousing time last Wednesday in this lodge. After an afternoon work in the Second Degree, the Master, W. Bro. J. W. Jenkins, held the meeting in the evening in the commandery rooms. About IdO members and visitors, with the following Right Worshipful brethren, graced this occasion with their pres ence: J. G. Cregier, D. D. G. M., Seventh Dis trict; R. W. Bro. Robert Roberts, P. D. D. G. M.; R. W. Bro. Van Blaricom, R. W. Bro. C. T. McClenachan, Grand Historian; R. W. Bro. E. B. Harper, Grand Steward; R. W. Bro. Walker, R. W. Bro. W. D. Pownall, D. D. G, M, of the Filth District; R. W. Bro. Stewart, P. D. D.G.M., who were received with distinguished honors and occupied seats in the Kast. Five fellow era ts were elevated to the Master Mason’s De gree by W. Bro. Jenkins, in his talented man ner and the tools presented by R. W. Bro. Cregier. The instrumental music and quar tette singing was unusually fine; our friend Brother Gorham, we noticed, greatly and most agreeably exerted himseli on thia occasion. R. W. Bro. W. D. Pownall assisted in the later sections. This communication reflects great credit upon this already highly-respected lodge, and the zeal with which the officers fill tneir stations and attend to their duties is worthy oi emulation and imitation by lodges who aim lor first-class distinction. DARCY LODGE, NO. 187. After two months of unexpected prosperity this lodge was somewhat retarded in its onward course, through the action oi one oi its members, and a Past Master at that En y and the “ Rule or Ruin ” sentiment, induced this individual to cast aside all true brotherly feeling, until the bounds were reached for action, and the result was the withdrawal of this unruly spirit. This cause for joy and the lecture of W. B. Henry Cooper, Past Master, ol Benevolent Lodge, No. 28, drew a comparatively large attendance to the rooms last Monday. W. B. Cooper’s de livery is unique in its details ot the sublime sub ject of which it treats, and we regret that Ma sonic law forbids the publication of its salient points. It concludes with high moral teachings, the sole composition of this distinguished brother. After the conclusion, hearty applause evidenced to the lecturer that he was highly ap preciated, and the Master expressed it so in complimentary terms. Darcy Lodge was honored with the visit of the following distinguished brethren: \V. Bro. Fisher, Master of mpire City; Lawrance, Mas ter of ionic; Emniet, Master of Piatt; Os jar Cohn, Master of Beethoven; Jacobs, P. M. of Shakespeare, and the vV. Bros. Latz, Weiss, Cohen, Michels, and Wm. A. Cranston, Past Master of this lodge. A least of re oicing fol lowed the feast of intellect, on whioh occasion congratulatory speeches were made by Bro. Dr. Geo. Boskowitz, the • Senior Warden; Bro. Thomas E. O’Brien, the Senior Deacon, and others, who predicted, now that all impedi ments are removed, a brilliant luture for the lodge. Songs and spicy anecdotes, especially those by the lecturer, W. Bro. Cooper, who a. ter his solemn words in the lodge room displayed thereby the bright s de of his forensic talent, concluded one of the most happy gatherings this lodge had in many years. LA FAYETTE LODGE, NO. 64. R. W. Bro. Collins presided in the third sec tion of the Third Degree, conferred here on last Monday evening, assisted by many talented brethren. The work was a rare treat to all who were so fortunate as to be present. R. W. Bro. Loggins, of Dalias, Texas, W. Bro. Hays, ot Dallas: Agate, of St. John; Purdy, oi Livingston, together with the Past Masters ol LaFayette, Green, Looharty, Black, Martin, Tuomey, and many brethren and vis tors. The Master, W. Bro. John P. Clark, feels proud at this very pie isant meeting, and says he means to repeat this effort in having some popular and distinguished brother confer the degree. LaFayette is very successful and pros perous. Long may she wave. PACIFIC LODGE, NO. 233. This lodge had the largest numWr of breth ren in attendance for years on Thursday, April 21; we counted over ninety. The work oi the night was the Second Degree, which was conferred on two candidates by W. Bro. Pull man, their unexcelled Master. The arrange ments ot the grand festival on next Friday, the 6th inst, in the Commandery Rooms, are all completed and tickets distributed. We are in formed that among other attraction, they will have the original “ inquisit on ” (the Goat), and a piece, acted by seven boys, called “ The Ma sonic Sign,” which, we are told, is very amus ing. On the next convocation, on Thursday, they will work the Third Degree, and we re commend our brethren to visit “ Old Pacific;” a more hospitable lodge does not exist, and W. Bro. Pullman caps the climax with a hearty squeeze and grip of his strong and sinewy hand. TECUMSEH LODGE, NO. 487. The Third Degree was conferred here on last Thursday, W. Bro. Hoffman in the East, There were also present aud assisting in the work W. Bro. Gibb, of Strict Observance; VV. Bro. Serven, W. Bro. Worthington, of Philips burg, and Past Masters Hall, Ludwig and Pratt, ol Tecumseh. The work was very neatly done. The first section was rendered very impressively by W. Bro. Hoffman, the Master; W. Bro. Loew enstein, ot Eastern Star, explained the moral oi the working tools, and W. Bro. Davis pre sided in the second section of the degree, and ' W. Bro. Hall delivered the final charge. One very interesting feature ot the evening was the fact that one of the candidates, Bro. Clarence Mortimer Davis, was the son of our es teemed friend and brother, Freddy Davis, who is well and favorably known in various rites ol the fraternity. We heartily welcome and greet this young son of our old friend, and trust be will lollow the footsteps of his honored sire in all that is good and laudable; and, like him, climb the Masonic ladder to stations of honor and distinction, and be revered and esteemed by the brethren of ths Mystic Tie, St. Cecile Lodge, No. 568. will confer ihe First Degree upon three candidates on Tuesday next at 1:30 P. M. in Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple. Those visiting brethren, who have not yet bad an opportunity of hearing the new quartette sing, should seize this oppor tunity, ns warm weather will soon be upon us, and all know what that means. This lodge is well known for its musical and Thespian talent, and those who visit it go away satisfied. All are welcome. Minerva Lodge, U. D. —The next communication of this lodge will be held at their mom, Templar Hall, 476 Fifth avenue, South Brooklyn, on Wednesday, May 4, and con.er the Kiret Degree. Visiting brethren are fraternally invited. Bunting Lodge, No. 655, will confer the Master Mason’s Degree on Monday evening, I A;av 2. Brethren cordiaEy invited to be present. ROYAL ARCH ITEMS. We cordially call the attention of High Priests and Sec retaries and companion* from everywhere, to this col umn, and respectfully and fraternally invite them to •end us potice of work on hand, or any items of e* pecial interest to Royal Arch Masons. The following i« from the very able pen of » B. E. Companion who ha, had a very wide ex perience in all the rites ot Masonry, and knows what he ie talking about. We give the article entire as a worthy contribution to the topics of the day, but are not prepared to condemn the P. M. degree altogether; but most emphatically endorse all the B. E. Companion Bays about eliminating fun and Irolio from all the solemn ceremonies of Masonry: FORMS—THE P, M. DEGREE. Standing before the capitol at Washington, wo ars filled with admiration of the magnificent structure. It rises in grandeur before us, and presents an edifice, the like of whioh ie not to be found anywhere else ou the American conti nent. Every part fits with such exact nicety and all harmonizes so beautifully, that we are reminded of the ancient temples, and especially that one in the erection of which, was not heard the sound of “ hammer or other tool of iron.” The stately wings, the broad, inviting steps and the symmetrical dome that crowns it all, call forth an exclamation of praise. Whan we enter the building, we are everywhere im pressed with the grandeur and with the “eter ternal fitness of things.” Every arch is sym metrical, every hall and room is elegant. Har mony and beauty, richness and elegance, are everywhere to be seen, and reflect great credit on the skill of the architects whose labors have done so much to give to the American people a law-maker’s house worthy so great a nation. It is a grand, stately edifice, and the American who loves his country is proud ot his national home. He is pioud of the symmetry, proud of the beauty, proud of the appropriateness of every part. Then he is proud of the history that the halls suggest. Ine echo of eloquence still lingers beneath tho dome, and the statues of the fonuders of the Republic, call to mind the days that tried men’s souls. We can but admire It and be proud. Mosonry is a grand moral edifice. Its walls are supported by “wisdom, strength and beauty.” Its foundation is firmly laid upon the undying fprinciples of charity and universal benevolence. Its crowniug dome is brotherly love. Its walls are adored by Temperance, Prudence, Fortitude ana Justice. Within its halls is to be heard the appeal for relief, which is nobly answered. There the weary pilgrim finds a resting-place, the destitute widow and helpless orphan a home, and ready, loving hands to assist and to com.ort. The beauty of the edifice is brought to view under the great light of Masonry, which sheds its hallowed rays into every corner. Every degree is in har mony with the teachings of the Grand Master’s trestle-board. Altogether, Masonry is a beau tiful structure, worthy the admiration of all, whether in the order or otherwise. A building should not be marred by anything that is of an order of architecture foreign to that which brings the whole iuto one harmoni ous m»8B. There are in Masonry some degrees that seem entirely foreign to the edifice. The most prominent, perhaps, is the Past Master s. There is much humbug in some of the degrees, and seems entirely out of place. There ie nothing whatever in the Past Master's degree to entitle it to a place among the beautiful and impressive grades of the chapter. It is an in novation. and detracte from the harmonious ed ifice of beautiful Masonry. It fails to teach any lesson, lor no man,can be expected to learn, from such senseless ridicule and want of sol emnity. It teaches no man to govern his pas sions or to control the passions ot others, and fails to prepare a brother—as its founders doubtless intended—to preside with dignity over a lodge. It is made up, as every one knows, ol folly, and should be abolished en tirely. What is the use of such a degree, filled with nonsense and lacking every element of dignity or impressiveness, upon a brother chosen to be Master of a lodge ? The use of the gavel should be known by the members of the lodge as well as the Master, else they may not obey it. The Worshipful Master should be installed, and the uses ot the working tools he will have to handle explained to the whole lodge. Then all, being familiar with them, will accord a ready obedience, and harmony will prevail. The Master is an equal of the breth ren, not above them. He is not an autocrat, or at least should not be. His word is law only as it accords to the will ol his brethren and is not contrary to the ancient landmarks or tenets of the order. One must lead. One must be the head to direct, but one must not rule arbitrar ily and hold himself as elevated above the level upon which all Masons meet. The Past Mas ter's Degree conferred upon a newly-elected Master, who is not a member ot the chapter, may cause him to think he has something more than his fellows on the door and lead him to feel above his brethren. But even in this there might be some excuse for con erring the degree i: there was anything in it that taught a single Masonic lesson. Fun and folly are entirely foreign to the beautiful and impressive cere monies of Masonry. There should be none of it. It is no more in harmony with the other de grees than would a rough wooden portico be in keeping with the beautiiul walls of the capitol at Washington. Let us away with this and any other degree that is no part of Masonry, but has been embodied in the work by some degree vender ol a few rears back. Lot the whole edi fice be harmonious and beautltul, reflecting only the wisdom, strength and beauty of the order and the glory ot the Grand Architect ol the Universe. ANCIENT, NO. 1. “ The world do move.” Even Ancient is waking up. Now, Antiquity is dear to the Masonic heart, but then the great Masonie heart cannot live on Antiquity alone; it must imbibe some of the world’s progress aud move with it, and this was fully realized by the live members of Ancient Chapter. They have rearranged the commandery room in the Temple lor the first, third and filth Thursdays of each month, and propose to de vote each fifth Thursday to a social gathering, where they can bring their wives and sisters and lady relatives together and en oy a social family reunion, and have an entertainment of singing, recitations, etc. The first of these so cial reunion* will take place on next Wednes day evening, 4th inst., owing to the fact that the filth Thursday had been spoken lor before this arrangement had been entered into by Ancient. We doubt not these gatheringswill bo pleasant, agreeable and entertaiuing, as all things are which Ancient undertakes, especially under the able guidance of Comp. Richard Fitzgerald. Admittance is of course by card only, which can be obtained of any member of the chapter. EVENING STAR, No. 225. This flourishing chapter held a regular con vocation on Thursday evening, 21st ult., and conferred the Royal Arch degree in full form and excellent style. Every officer of the chap ter was present and at his post, and there were numerous other members of the chapter pres ent, beside many visitors, among whom were R. E. Comp. John B. Harris. P. G. P. 8., and P. H. P. of Brooklyn Chapter; M. E. Comp. M. J. Harrington, H. P. of Banner Chapter ; M. E. Comp. Robert J. Dickey, H. P., and Comps. Claflin, Lockwood and Ochiltree, of De Witt Clinton Chapter ; Comp. Browne, ot Ridgewood Chapter, and others. After the chapter closed, the companions, as usual, proceeded to Comp. Charley Leopold’s hotel, and passed a social hour, such as they and their friends know how to enjoy and appreciate. RIDGEWOOD, No. 263. This chapter met last Friday, and conferred the Royal Arch degree. There were a large number of distinguished companions present, and the work was done in a perfect Being so late in the week, we are unable to give a lull account of the proceedings, but will do so iu our next. METROPOLITAN, NO. 140. A very largely attended convocation of this chapter was held in the i emple, M. E. Comp. Hunt, tho High Priest, in the chair. R. E. .Comp. Wm. J. McDonald, the Grand C. of H., was received with the grand honors, as was also R. E. Comp. E. Loewenstein, Grand Representa tive ot Dakota. A groat deal of routine business was done during tho evening; among other things was the re-engaging of the chapter rooms in the Temple. M. E. Comp. Tobias, P. H. P., acted as Secretary; M. E. Comp. Ed. Adams, of Phoenix, No. 2, as C. of H.jShaw, of Zerubbabel, as Royal Arch Captain, and many other tiuguished companions wore in attendance. Four propositions were received. Nextconvoca: tiou the Mark Degree will be conferred. " PROFANITY Is not only an ungentlemanly practice, but pecniiarlv disreputable to a Mason of the Royal Craft; and it is the duty of the chapter officers to supprets it by prompt and efficient discipline. Charges onght to be preferred and penalties in flicted.” Adopted, June 14, 18(57— P. p. 3fl, Gtraud Chapter Texas. IMPORTANCE OF CaPITULAR MASONRY. Pho chapter is not sufficiently appreciated and does not receive that consideration and at tention which its importance deserves. Too many regard it only as a passage-way and pro bationary station between the lodge and com mandery. Too many Master Masous, attracted by glittering sworda and waving plumes, bewail their lata because obliged to pass through the chapter, and do eo without any proper realiza tion of the beauty and importance of its de grees. Too many chapters are regarded as necessary nuisances which must be tolerated tor the purpose of preparing material for what they are pleased to term the higher body. This is not as it should be, and no intelligent Free mason holds such an opinion. The lodge is the source of all Masonic light, and is the trunk which supports and gives hie to the different branches ol the Masonic system; and while we acknowledge its supremacy with loyal hearts, we must not forget that ihe chap ter has an individuality of its own, a place to fill and a mission to accomplish; and that were it placed in the background, or torn bodily from the fabric, that the beautilul proportions of our majestic fraternity would be disfigured beyond repair. In richness ol ritual, Masonic significance and historical importance, the chapter degrees rank second to none but those of the lodge. The Mark Degree, in Its symbolism and teach ing, exemplifies the most beautiful trait that can animate the human mind. The Most Ex cellent Degree is the reverent celebration of the completion of the work of our ancient brethren and where can lie found the equal in sublimity of that matchless invocation, in which-Israel’s King asks the blessing ot tho Almighty upon Hie chosen people and the superb creation ot their hands 1 The Royal Arch, the crowning sheaf of Ancient Freemasonry, has an historical Import ance which cannot be estimated. What thinking Freemason ever failed to contemplate with won der and admiration that which perfects and com pletes the Master Mason’s Degree, and makes him a bettor Jfsson than be could ever be with out it ?— Keystone. PERSONAL. W. Bbo. William Hanna, P. M. of Independ ent Lodge, is one of those “general utility” men who, as Mrs. Partington would say, is " handy to have in the house.” Brother Hanna has filled every office in the lodge, from the lowest to the highest, and is au fait in all of them, and he is always ready to fill any position to which he may be assigned. But he excels more particularly in the position of 8. D. Wo recently witnessed his rendition of the M. C. work in the Second Degree, and we were much pleased at the manner in which it was worked. Instead of doing as some do who are pleased to display what they fondly imagine to be their “oratorical powers,” he did not tire his audi ence and the candidate with a recitation of the printed matter to be found in all text-books, but confined himself to the principal points, leaving ths printed matter to be road by the candidate at his leisure. This is as it should be, and we congratulate Brother Hanna on his good judgment. Warren H. Orcutt.—We are pleased to note that thia esteemed brother has been elected Eminent Commander of Washington Command ery, No. 1, Washington, D. C. Having filled nearly all ot the preceding offices—including that of Recorder, lor some fourteen or fifteen years—and retired for a couple of years, he again comes to the front and accepts the chief position. We congratulate the “Old Guard” on their selection of such an efficient, tried and true officer, and predict for them a prosperous career under his leadership. Bao. Robert Galloway, the S. M. C. of Brook lyn Lodge, No. 288, is not only a good worker in the craft, but he is also an expert artist as a photographer and portrait painter. We have seen a portrait recently executed by Bro. Gallo way, representing Bro. E. R. Browne in his po sition as Secretary, which is so accurate and lifelike that all who know the original imme diately recognize the picture, Those who wish to examine a fine collection of specimens of art istic skill can do so by visiting the studios of Bro. Galloway, at No. 779 Broadway, New York, and Nos. 318-20 Fulton street, Brooklyn, where he has on exhibition the portraits of several distinguished and well-known brethren. M. F. Ciimp. James S. Bhyant.—We caught this genial companion, the Past High Priest of Ivy Chapter, “on the fly ” the other day. He was on his wav to Virginia, where he has large mining interests he is looking after. We wish him a pleasant journey and happy return, and hope he will report all right with care, this side UP. SCOTTISH RITE NOTES. BOSTON, MASS. Mount Olivet Chanter, Rose Croix, A. A. S. R., held a regular assembly at Masonic Temple, in Boston, on the l&th ult., and conferred the Eighteenth Degree on forty candidates. There were present a large number of visitors, among whom were the following New Yorkers: ill. Bro. Albert P. Moriarty, 33°, Assistant Grand Secretary General; J. W. Bowden, 32°; George H. Fitzwilson, 32°, and Janies A. Rich, 32°. The music incidental to the exemplification 6f the degree was rendered by a choir of twelve male vo ces. Among the musical numbers sung was an Easter song, translated from an ancient Latin manuscript. The decorations of the chapter room were most elaborate, embracing a rare display ot cut flowers are rare plants. At the close of the ceremonies of exemplifica tion a distribution of the flowers was made, and an invitation extended to all to visit the banquet hall, where the tables, beautifully decorated with flowers, were found laden with plenty, with which the inner man was abundantly re freshed. Polar Stab Lodge, No. 245, will hold their next regular meeting on Wednesday even ing, May iti>, at eight o’clock, at their rooms, No. 22b East Fifteenth street, German Masonic Temple. Work, First Degree. It is expected that It. W. Bro. Wright D. Pownall, D. D. G. M., will be present at this communication. Breth ren of sister lodges are cordially invited to be present, and they may be sure ot a cordial wel come from W. Bro. George Harkness and the other courteous brethren of this gallant lodge. Independent Lodge, No. 185.—The brethren of this lodge are earnestly requested to attend the regular communication to-mor row evening, May zd, as a matter ot great im portance will be wrought to their attention. The next regular communication of Lebanon Lodge, No. 191, will be held on Tues day evening, May 3d, 1887, at eight o’clock. Work, F. C. Degree. Brethren cordially and fraternally invited to attend. City Lodge, No. 408. — The next stated communication of this lodge will be held on Wednesday evening, May 4, at eight o’clock. The E. A. Degree will be conferred. Washington Lodge, No. 21, will hold their next regular communication next Tues day, May 3, and center the Second Degree. Visitors are fraternally invited. LABOR EXCHANGE, A Masteb Mason wishes for his son, a bright, intelligent and honest lad about sixteen years old, a situation in a mercantile house, where he can in time hope to become a traveling sale-man. Address Ar thur Frankel, No. 4u2 East Seventy-ninth street, city. CANVASSERS.—I can give remuncra tive employment to several energetic and trustworthy men. JoIIN F. COLLINS, No. 224 Centre street. William H. Heathcote, WATCHES, JEWELRY AN! DIAMONDS. Masonic .Jewelry a Hpeolalty. No. 31 PARK ROW, WORLD BUILDING (opp. Post Office) and NEW No. 2 CHATHAM SQUARE, above Worth street. ITAUNTOTT WHELir SELL CLOTHING ON CREDIT TO MEN jVIND BOYS, A-TC A, is* IT UHIUE**! SMALL WEEKLY OR MONTHLY PAYMENTS TAKEN. Men’s Suits, - - $5 to S3O. Boys’ Suits, - - s2to sl-5. Overcoats, - - - $3 to S3O. We are the Only Practical Credit Clothiers in the City. STAUNTON & WHELAN. 26 FOURTH AVENUE, OPPOSITE COOPER INSTITUTE. OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL 10. Wright’s Masonic Directory. PRICE 25 CENTS, BY MAIL. WRIGHT PUBLISHING €O., No. 19 Murray street, N. Y. Ask your Tyler for it. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOR. ALL THE STATES, Henry <D. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS A BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House; No. 131 East 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,JB to sl6. DB7 b. H. DUPIGMAC, 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, sc. Silver, platina and gold plates bought. Open evenings and Sundays. Lady in attendance. JAIOS IUjKSK, — MANUFACTURER OF KNIGHTK TEMPIxAB’S, 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, M. George D. saner, Treas, James D. Outwater, 3. W. t rank A. Hovey, Sec. Wm. H. Ferre, J. w. AllruEPHiC, No. 348.— rhe regular commu nications are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each mouth, at 8 o’clock, P, M.. in lonic Room, Masonic Temple. Wih. Wallace Walker, M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. H. J. Emerson, S. W. Wm H. In net. Sec. R. H. Foote, J. W. AMERICUS, No. 535. meets first and third Thursday even intra of each month, in Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third st. Daniel T. Samson. Ti e -.s. Janies 8. Fraser. M. William R. Relyea, sec., Samuel Picklord. 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. 2u2 E. 86th st.. S. Is. cor. 3d aienue, on the first and third Tuesdays ot each month. Chas. A. Stevens, M Albion T. Stevens. Treas. Benj. F. Ferris. 8. W. John J Becker. Sec., Bernard W. Hough, J. W. Residence, 1.233 3d avenue, city. BUNTING, No. 655, meets first and third Mondays of each month, corner 1241 h street and Third avenue, Harlem. Theodore A. Jasper, M. Cyrus O. Hubbell, Treas, Geo. D. Leech, S. W Z. T. hen sod, See. Hubert Mullany, J. W. CIIY, No. 408, meets first and third Wed nesdays of each month, at No. 33 Union Square (Decker Building) M. P. Muller, Treas. Fred. Uarten<tein, M. Francis Ciery, Sec., M. Dittenhoeier, 8 W 52 East 33th street. Simon Bower, J. W. COPESTONE, No. 641, meets second and lourth Wedneada s of each month, at Corinth an Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and .-ixth avenue. Wm. Me aul, m. ‘ ' I Martin Kalb, Treas. Win J. Mathews S W H. T. Gibson, Sec., Joseph J. Mue». J W ! Residence, No. 203 West 48th street. ' | CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, at BP. M, Fred. K. Van Court, M. Geo. Stone, Treas. Thomas Bonner, 8. W. Geo. F. Thornton, See. Alonzo M. Robertson, JYw, 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. 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, Morjtz N. SiH.erstein, Treas. Aaron Morris, M. William R. Oldroyd, Sec., L. Jacobson, S. No. 67 Charlton st. ▲. 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 11. 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 A Bial's Hall, No-117 West Twenty-third street. Jere. H. Goldman, M. M. Laski, Treas. Henry H. Wilzin, S. W. Leonard Le’ser-ohn, Rec. Wm. M. Watson. J. W. EVANGELIST, No. 600, meets first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Masoaie 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. Address, 263 West 17th street. GIRARD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Peter G. Arnott, M. Thos. 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 street and Sixth avenue. C. A. Winch, M. J. E. Connor. Treas. G. H. Rudolph, 3. W. J. Farrell, bee. F. J. Feeney, J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and third Mondays of each month, at German Masonic T< tu ple, East Fifteenth street. C. B. Parker, M. W. Lindemeyer. Treas. Geo. B. Hebard, J. W. E. R. Brown, Sec., P. O Box 3.551. KANE, No. 454.—Regular communications of Kane Lodge will be held on the f rs‘. third and fifth Tuesdays in Austin Room, Masonic Tim >lo. Toomas E. stewart, M. Chas. A. Whitney, Treas. Charles F. Ulrich, 8. W. Henry W. Penoyar, Sec. Roll n 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 aad Sixth avenue. F. Ackerman, Treas. Jas. P. Clark. M. F. J. Milligan. Sec., David McKelsey, S. W. No. 73 East 124th st. Philip Bardons, J. W. MONTGOMERY, No. 68, meets in the Dorio Room, Masonic Temple, every first and third Monday evenings, at 7:30 o’clock. F. a Woodruff, Treaa W. P. Worster, M. D. X. F. W. McGowen, Sec., J. Wesley Smith, 8. W, Box Na 68, Masonic Temple. Thos, J. Pardy. J. W. MUNN, No. 160, meets on the second and fourth Thursday evenings, at Livingston Room, Ma son <c Temple. Joseph Abraham, M H. F. Huntemann, Treas. W. E. Harwood, S. W. Ezra B. Stock vis, Sec. Jas. A. Delehey, J. W. No. 418 West 18th street. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, 23d street and 6th avenue, second and lourth Fridays each month. David Newmark, M. J. L.Voorhees. Treas. Wm Schlesinger, 8. W. E. Perci val. 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 pie, 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. Frantis McMulkin, Treaa W iliam J. Conway. S. W. James Hyde, Sec., William Irvine, J. W Addre-s, No. 809 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 Thursdays, m the Doric Room, German Ma sonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of'ihird avenue. Moses Greenbaum, M. L. Greenbanm, Treas. Henry Wil bon, 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. 8. Lighthody, <ec. 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 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 fi.th 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. 903 Third avenue, corner oi’Fiity seventh street. James F. Bragg, Treas. Sylvester D. Smith, M. Jackson Bell, Sec.. Robert Kopp, 8. W. Address, 1035 Third av. Wallace Duryea, J. W. VERITAS, No. 734, meets every second and fourth Tuesdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and bth ave. James N. Johnston. M. Rio'iard Koch, Treas. Dan. C. Springs!eel, S. W. P. M. John W. Sokol. Seo. 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, 'I reas. Irving Hazelton, M. Jaa S. Foote, Sec.. J. H. Malees, 8. W. 74 Broadway. H. J. Freeman, J. W. WORTH No. 210, meets second and fourth M ndays or each month, in Dorie Room, German Ma sonic Temple, Ko. 220 East Fifteenth street. John J. Burchell, M. Edward J. Fearon, Treas Thomas P. Bolles, S. W. Geo. W. Connor, Sec., Elmer E. Fe stel, J. W, Care of Fearon A Jenks, No. 158 South street. CHAPTERS. ADELPHIC, No. 158. meets 2d and 4th Wednesdays of each month, in Egyptian Room, Ma sonic Temple. P. C. Beniamin, H. P J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. S. Larason. K. Wm. H Innet, Sec., IL J. Emerson, Scribe. Res., 102 Sixth avenue. AMERICUS, No. 215, meets the third Tuesday ot 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., Bernard A. Carlan, K. 162 William street. Fred. D. Clapp, S. MANHATTAN, No. 184, meets first and third Wednesdays of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Henry Smith. H. P, F. Oscar Woodruff, Treas. Sam’l M. Perkins, K. Frank Magee. Sec., Miles W. Goodyear, 8. 238 Greenwich street. 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. Stoil, Scribe. A. P. Lockwood, Sec., R. J. Black, Treas. No. 719 Fifth st., city. UNION CHAPTER, No. 180, stated convo cations second and fourth Saturdays, at the Taber nacle, No. 161 Eighth avenue, noitheast corner of Eighteenth street. Wm.<J. McDonald, Treas. Wm. Hal], H. P. John Hoole, Fee , Alex. W. Murray, K. No. 63 bleecker street. George Miller, S. COMMANDERIES. ADELPHIC, NO. 59, meets in conclave sec ond Thursday of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twen ty-third street and Sixth avenue, Valentine Mott, Com; J. W. Sanford, Trea% J. 11. Down.-, G. W. H In iet. Rec. Geo. W. Corliss, C. G. CONSTANTINE, No. 48, assembles in stated conclave the lourth 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. CXEUR 1)E LION, No. 23, assembles in conclave Second Friday of each month, at Masonic Temple Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. Otis Munroe, C. Edwin R. McCarty, Treas. Thoma’ B. Innesa. G. Charles W. Sy, Rec. Corelius Waydell, C. Gi IVAN HUE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Friday each month, bank building, Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue. E. C. Harwood, M. D., E. C. Harvey Beniamin. Generalissimo. H. D Menzies, C. G. William 11. Peekhnni. Treas William s. Hemming, Rec., No. 77 E. 86th street. PALESTINE, No. 18, asaemblei in conclave first and third Mondays of each month, at the asylum. Masonic Hall, 23d street and Sixtn avenuu. James W. Bowden, Com. W. R. Carr, Treas Chas. H. Gillespie, Gen. C. S. Champlin, Rec. Chas. E. Lansing, 0. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH BITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY, meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, t n the first Tuesday of every month, at 8 P M G. H. Fitzwilson, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins, M. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. <ieo. W. Van Buskirk, 8 W Win. 8. 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, Masonic 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 Weod, 8. w. Wm. 8. Paterson, Sec., G. w. Van Buskirk, J. W. No. 100 Reade street THE CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX OF NEW YORK CITY meets nt Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at 8 P. M. James w. Bowden. M. Charles A. Benedict, Orator. John 8. King, S. W. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Thomas Moore, J. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., No. 100 Reade street. THE CONSISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY. S. P. R. S., meets at Consistorial Chambers Ma tonic Temple, when specially convened. Charles H. Heyzer, IstL. C. C. T. McClenachan, Com. Joseph M. Levey, Treas. Geo. W. Millar, 2d L. C. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., Wm. D. Garrison, M. 8. No. 100 Reade st. NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINK. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A. 0., holds its ses sions at Masonic Temple, New York city, on the least day of every Mohammedan month, of which due notice will be given. Walter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters, Chief Kabban. Philip C. Beniamin, Assistant Rabban. Char'es H. Heyzer. High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Direc or. i Wm. S. Paterson, Grand Recorder, No. 100 Reade st Brooklyn. COMMONWEALTH, No. 409, meets every Tuesday, at eight o’clock, at Commonwealth Hall, No 317 Washington street, over the Brooklyn Post office. Theo. . . Taylor, Treas. John W. Evans, M. E. J. Campbell, Sec., E. F. Gordon. S. W. P. O. Box No, 161, Edwin Knowles, J.W. CHAPTERS. NASSAU, No. 109, meets firet, third and filth Wednesdays of each month, at Masonic Hall, 304 and 306 Ftflton 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. T. COMMA NDEUIES. DEWITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in as sembly on the second, fourth, and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 83 and 91 Broadway. Brook lyn, E. D. Juan B- Arci, C. T. J. fictoarfenberg, Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. 8. T. Watcrhou e, Rec. Geo. B. Claflin, C. G. ANCIEN C -'.CCEPTED SCOTTISH KITE. AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFEC TION, Ancient Accepted Scotti h Kite, Valiey oi Brook lyn. Regular comiHumc; tions are held on the second !• j iday of each month, at Nos 38 and 4<> Court street Way land Tra.«, T. P. G. M. " • Mark M.-.yer. ;reas. John W. Richardson. Deputy. f rank B. J-ck oi. Sec.. Edwin Knowles. S. W. 126 Pearl st., N- Y.CiU'. iiruart Gillen. J. W. | TEMPLAB NOTES. ST. ELMO, NO. 57. At the last regular conclave 01 this cry the following officers were elected and ap pointed: Valentine Hamman, E. C.: H. I-. Cornell, Gen.; William J. Anderson, 0. G.; H. A. Q. Heuschkel, Treas.; J. H. whiteborne, Bee.; William Tracy, Prelate; John F. Valentine, 8. W.; Paul Kies, J. W.; John B. McDonald, St. B.; A. M. Thompson, Sw. B.; G. W. Mead, W.; B. P. Findley, W. 0. Koehler, G. 11. Doreey, Guards; Alexander Barr, Sentinel. There wera present representatives from Columbian, Mor ton, Palestine, De Witt Clinton, Manhattan, and Constantine Commanderies. The officers will be installed on Wednesday evening next, tho Ith inst., m the parish bouse of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, on Java street, Green point. Literary and musical exercises will be a feature of the ceremonies. BECENT ELECTIONS. Clinton, N<V 14.—Wayland Trask, E. C.; E. T. Salesbury, Gen.; Charles W. Hubbell, C. G.; George F. Miller, Treas. ; James T. Hamil ton, Rec.; W. J. Comes, P.; N. W. Joslyn, 8. W.; Robert W. Fielding, J. W.; M. J. Hanna, St. B. ; Richard H. Sh nnon, Sw B.; F. E. Wrigley, W.; F. A. Hervell, Jr., A. H. Toppin, G. F. Koenacke, James Cooroit, 8. 8. Barber, J. D. Mitchell, Guards; P. F. J.retzeohmar, Sur., W. H. Kent, Pur.; 8. H. Ackerman, M. D.; F. Marschaik, Sent.; R. E. Robt. Black, Trustee. Constantine. N>. 48.—W. L. Chester, E. C.; A. M. Underhill, Gen.; L. 8. King, C. G.; W. 8. 8. Jarvis, 8. W.; T. N. M. Worley, J. W-; C. A. Marsh, Treas. ; J. I. Could n, Rec. Greenwood, No. 58.—Robert Brown, E. C.; 8. G. Condit, Gen.; 8. S. Hemmingway, C. G.f John Lange, 8. W.; Wm. Harper, j. W.: Frank Raymond, Treas.; T. B. Lewis, Keo,; Arthur Bindley, Prelate; W. A. Vail, st. B.: L. Pem berthy, Sw. B.; W. A. Brown, W.; R. M. Lowe, T. Minnis, J. A. Seeley, Guards ; George Hed den, Sentinel. This comnlandery has moved its asylum to Laurence Hall, in Washington street, near the City Hall square, and will hold their first meet ing there OU May 11th, at which time the in stallation will take place. The meeting nights will bo in future on tha second and fourth Wednesdays oi ttio month, instead of the first and third Mondays, as here toiore. Palestine, No. 18.—Jas. W, Bowden, E. C.; Chas. H. Gillespie, Gen., Chas. E. Lansing, Capt. Gen.; E. John F. Baldwin, Excellent Pre late; R. E. J. M Worrell, D. D., and Charles F. Deems, D. D., Associate Prelates; Mitchell Hal liday, 8. W.; John H. Wood, J. W,; William B. Carr, Treas.; Chas. 8. Champlin, Recorder; F. W. Kinsman, Jr., St. B.; Ulysses Baker, Swd. B. William H. Barber, Warder; John B. 1 Jddle, Goo. F. Bulan, Third Guards; George Michel, H. W. Scheidemantle, Second Guards; Richard L. Gibbs, Edward E. Tucker, First Guards; Alfred Taylor, Judge Advocate: 8. A. Robinson, M. D., Surgeon; H. H. Brockway, Quartermas ter; James A. Rich, Assistant Quartermaster; Francis J. Barrett, Musical Director; John H. Clark, Sentinel. THE ROYAL ORDI R OF SCOTLAND. There have been many Provincial Grand Mas ters appointed from time to time in connection with the “ lioyal Order ot Scotland,” but it seems to have been leit to one of the youngeet in that capacity, albeit a veteran Mason, to de liver an allocution at an annual meeting of tha Provincial Grand Lodge. We refer to the “Ninth Annual ” oi the 1 rovinoial Grand Ledge for the United States of America, Gen. Albert Pike being the Provincial Grand Master of the “R. 0.” and Orator on the cocas on (October 18, 1886). The remarkable address was deliv ered to “Dear Fr euds and Brethren ” who are members ot that curious degree (or degrees)— with such quaint ceremonials and customs—and who assembled in the city of Washington to greet their beloved and honored chief. Bro. Pike told hie hearers that “Our Freema sonry is not ail that it ought to be to us, or we should welcome our annual reunions with a greater gladness, be more saddened at parting from each other at their close, and permit only grave impediments to prevent our being pres ent at each.” Considering that General Pika hr.s been lor loug tho Grand Commander of tho A. and A, Rite, 3d°, lor the 8. J. oi the United States, we desire to emphasize his declaration: “We are all debtors to l- reeuiasonry. Our first allegiance is pledge at the beginning to Sym bolic Masonry, and it ab ays remains para mount. This is a truism which every one ad mits, but the conduct oi a vast number of Ma sons is inconsistent with it, and reject it. Too many forget that they are debtors bt the Sym bolic Masonry.’* We trust that the " old man eloquent” will be spared lor another year, indeed for many years, lor he promises '’that he will entrust to the keeping ot the Provincial Grand Lodge a treatise upon the Symbols of tho Blue Lodge, containing the results of his studies and reflections thereon, and so discharge in part the debt which, as a Knight ot the Rosy Crose (Loyal Order he owes to the Symbolic Masonry.” This is good news tor those who de light in the “Science of Symliolism,” oi which General Pike ie beyond question, the facile /m/iceps. The orator unhesitatingly declared that “the day will be long m coming when Masonry will be no longer needed by humanity, and the day will never come when any other order will take its place.” In his opinion the dawn of the reformation and reinvigoration of Freemasonry, will witness “ the errors and mischiefs that have grown in solent and strong shall flee away as the mists before the north wind. Fraud aud imposture, scorched by the hot flame ot its righteous indig nation, will be shrivelled up and perish, and the parasite organisms that have clung to it, and bad their life from it, will be shaken off and, leit behind to die of inanition.”— London Free-X mason. JURISDICTION. Touching jurisdiction over profanes, the New York law ie, that a candidate lor initiation must have lived in the State one year, and m the jur isdiction of the lodge to which application is made, lour months; but this may be shortened by the consent ot the lodge in the jurisdiction of which the candidate last had a legal resi dence. Whenever a similar law prevails, cur lodges will generally be found willing to cede whatever claim they may have, this to prevent jealousies and bad feelings among the oralt. Nevertheless, our person <1 opinion remains, that when a man moves out of the State, he is not obliged to consult us as to his future move ments. One other phase of the subject may b« mentioned, and that is where a person having reason to suspect an unfavorable reception to his petition lor the degrees in tlie place where he is best known, ostensibly moves into anothes State, which he can do here l.y simply crossing a river, remains there loug enough to receive the degrees, and then returns io his former residence; these things are done and generally cause a disturbance. THE BALLOT. From the excellent address of Grand Orator, Bro. R. H. Taylor, we extract the following, and most earnestly commend it to the attention oi every member ot a lodge: “And now, my brothers, in conclusion, I would warn you to carefully guard the ballot box. It is one ot our greatest dangers—one conscientiously handled will beautify, purify, and magnify the order; yet, controlled by evil passions, wrongs society and shakes our splen did temple to the very foundation. The ballot box is as a faithful Tyler guarding the outer door to keep bad mon away; but it was never intend ed as a murderous stiletto in the hands of a dark-hearted assassin. “ Fearlessly cast your voice against evil asso ciations ; but go not before the great lights, and, with seeming sanctimony, wickedly and cow ardly stab your neighbor from personal mo tives. If you know aught why the applicant should not be admitted, do not a moment hesi tate to silence him, and boldly tell your breth ren, too, that they may forbid his entrance when perchance you are gone. Through no fear or favor hesitate to speak. From my standpoint of manhood and right, I would speak if frown ing edicts piled mountain high, and all the Grand Masters from Sainted Solomon to Hon ered Clayton lifted their spiritual and living fingers in token of silence.” Ritualism, —In discussing this sub ject, R. W. Wm. R. Singleton says this: The history oi the growth of ritualism is so plain he that runneth may read. Beginning prior to 1717 with a mere word by which a Mason was to be recognized in Englsnd, Scot!-nd and Ireland, by 1729 there wm a catechism so very foolish that sensible men soon changed it to something of more consequence. Thence up to the days of Preston it wss a steady growth, when he re vised, corrected, and added to it such mattsra as would command the attention ot in ellsctual men. In the middle ot the last century Law rence Dermott, in his “ Ancient lodges,” had a ritual differing from that of Pre stou’s, or. wa should say, Hutchinson’s work. That system was brought to Pennsylvania and South Caro lina, as in those two colonies there were a large number of “ancient” lodges. Now in Penn sylvania the “work” of the "ancient*” ba* been continued to the present time. The work in England nowhere corresponds to it. We do net blame our Pennsylvania brethren for their loyalty to the old ritual; nev ertheless, as ritualism is entirely a matter of convention and growth, the world of Masonry outside of the "Celestial Empire” is entitled to make such changes as their barbarism may dictate, and to which property they are a* justly entitled as Pennsylvania is to hers ; no more, no less. When we ean get our Mason* everywhere up to the standard ot the Grand Master of Pennsylvania, just above quoted, we think we shall die happy. For this utopia we have labored, Io 1 these many years ; but nla* I that happy state is as tar from our vision as it was over lorty-three years ago, when wo united with other members of the Grand Lodge of Missouri in sending Bros. Fester and Carnegy as delegates to that famous Baltimore conven tion, when the peaceful dove became a war eagle. Impromptu.—The following, written at a banquet table by the late Bro. John G. Saxe, is worthy of a passing smile, aud WO therefore embalm it: Forever endeavor to render your lives As spotless aud lair as your—possioia widta. May you ne’er get In love or in debt with a doubt As to whether or no you will ever get out; May you ne’er have a mistress who plays tho coquette. Or a neighbor who blows en a cracked clarionet. At jovial parties mind what you are at; Beware or your bead and take care or yonr hat, Lest you flud that a favor to sou or your mother Has a one aud an ache in the other, 3