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Advertisements for the Masonic De partment. to secure their insertion, must bo rent in by TWO O’CLOCK, P. M., Friday. IMMORTALITY. BY LYDIA M. FAVOR. Are they looking down upon ns, Loved ones who have gone before 7 In a world of light and glory Do they love us as of yore ? Are the bright eyes, closed in slumber, Oped and gazing from on high, Beaming with clearer vision, Watching o’er us, yea, for aye? Do they know our thoughts and feelings, Know our inmost hearts to read ? Do they mourn when we are tempted? When we fail to sow good seed ? Are they watching, are they waiting. For the coming of our feet ? Will the same tond hearts receive us? Will the same sweet voices greet ? Who shall say they are not with us? Men of science and of lore, Can you tell us. with your wisdom, As you o’er your verfumes pore, If the heavens are far beyond us—■ If those realms are high above? Or a region all around us, Where God's messengers of love Aro uplifting human creature?. Helping them each day and hour Better to sustain their burdens. Better yet to know His power? Or is it a world of glory. All divided from our own, Where no influence can mingle With the trials earth hath kuown ? Ob, for hope that comes to gladden I Oh, for faith that doth assure That our loved ones have not left us. Though immortal now, and pure, They are still beside us walking, Though unseen by mortal eye; They are working in his vineyard, They are with the Father nigh. WHAT MAKES A MASON 1 We have been requested to give an answer to the above question, which we could do in one line, but we prefer to somewhat extend the re sponse for the benefit of those who take things as they find them, and imagine that the forms and customs of to-day have beeii the sama in the indefinite past, so far back that the mem ory of man runneth not to the contrary. Though we cannot expect to condense all that might well be said on the subject in a single article, we trust to bo able to somewhat widen the ideas of those who have thought but little, if at all, on tho matter. The scope of- the present inquiry does not in volve a statement oi the qualities of mind and character expected in those who desire admis sion to the craft, for about them there is no dis sension, but what it is that makes one who is in possession of those qualities a Mason, and a short review of known and admitted facts will determine the issue. It is known that previous to the revival of 1717, there were Masons and assemblies of Ma sons, sometimes hold by permission and under sanction of tho civil authorities, sometimes by a permanent organization, as in the case of the “Four old lodges,” in London. In 1717 the Grand Lodge was formed, in 1723 Dr. Ander son published the ancient charges, to which aro appended tho XXXIX. articles of Geo. Payne’s, compiled in 1720. These two docu ments aro the foundatiou of all Masonic law on this side of the Atlantic, as we are the descend ants of the organization that first adopted them, and, although various modifications have been made in them from time to time, their general principles permeate and dominate to this day our system of Masonic jurisprudence. Those who want to know, whether young be ginners or otherwise, will find it interesting to examine these documents and note for them selves the changes that have taken place in the course of less than two centuries, and to be convinced, as they must be, that while in many particulars the outside and visible form of the institution has undergone a practical revolution, the underlying principles remain now as they were in the beginning. Among the changes will be found those relat ing to membership, which is now confined to Master Masons, while for at least a century and in some cases more, apprentices composed the membership and conducted the business of the lodges, from which we deduce the idea that the Second and Third Degrees were not in the orig inal plan of Masonry and only came into the lodges after first being possessed and conferred by the Grand Lodge and afterward by it ceded to the custody and practice of the subordinates, as we have it now. In the Fourth of the XXXIX Articles it is pro vided that no lodge shall make more than five new brethren at one time; the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Articles all are to the effect that an En tered Apprentice is a brother, the latter begin ning: “Every new brother at bis making,” etc., all of which goes to show that making an Apprentice is making a brother, and conse quently a Mason. Hence, what makes a Mason is the promise given at the beginning. An En tered Apprentice is therefore a Mason, but a member of a lodge under our present regula tions must be one who has attained the Third Degree. The distinction is obvious and we trust that we have made it clear to the reader. FOURTH MASONIC DISTRICT ASSOCIATION. This association was formed several months ago by R. W. Bro. John F. Collins, who was then D. D. G. M., and was the pioneer in a movement which might be followed with ad vantage by other districts. The association is composed of the Masters of the twenty-four lodges in the district, together with such other officers and lay brethren as may feel an inter est therein. The object of the association is to bring the brethren together for the purpose of becoming better acquainted, for discussing matters of Masonic interest, and for social en joyment. The D. D. G. M. is the nominal head of the association, but the meetings are presid ed over in rotation by the Masters m the nu merical order of their lodges. The meetings are held on the third Saturday in each month, in one of the lodge-rooms in the Temple, with the door open. The meeting on Saturday evoning, the 17th inst., was an exceedingly pleasant affair. R. W. Bro. John F. Collins was present, as was also his successor, R. W. Bro. Chas. A. Benedict, the present D. D. G. M. of the Fourth District. W. Bro. Thomas Hillson, the Master of Benevo lent Lodge, No. 28, presided, and the following Masters were also present: W. Bros. A. J. Agate, of St. Johns, No. 1; W. E. Bergman, of Antiquity, No. 11; J. B. Taylor, of Prince of Orange, No. 16; M. D. Eger, of Adelphi, No. 23, and J. B. Clark, of Lafayette, No. 64, together with a number of other prominent and well known brethren. The discussion of subjects of Masonio inter est was interspersed with addresses, recita tions, songs and general social intercourse. Bros. Collins and Benedict addressed the meet ing in eloquent terms, and were listened to with marked attention, Bro. Richard Senior— the only Senior—sang “The Village Black smith ;” Bro. Dann, J.W. of Concord Lodge, re cited the legend of “ The Organ Builder ” and told the story of the poor woman who was trou bled with too many degrees on her husband’s part; Bro. Surre, of Benevolent, sang the old song, “My dear old Wife and I;” Bro. Reed re cited “The Henpecked Husband” and sang the pathetic baliad of “Little Ah Sid.” Re marks were made by other brethren 'present, and all seemed to enjoy the occasion. After tho meeting adjourned, a pleasant hour was passed in a neighboring caravansary, where W. Bro. Hillson and the other members of tho as sociation dispensed their hospitalities to their guests, among whom was the representative of the Dispatch, who takes this opportunity of returning thanks for special courtesies extended to him. The next meeting of the assoc -‘ion will be held on tho third Saturday in October, on which occasion some interesting subjects will bo brought up for discussion. WILLIAMSBURGH MASONIO BOARD OF Relief.—lt has been the custom of the Wil liamsburgh Masonio Board of Relief to hold memorial services in remembrance of the fra ternal dead who have found a final resting place in their burial plot. Tho exorcises this year will take place this afternoon, September 25th, at three o’clock, at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Section 17, and the fra ternity at large is invited. De Witt Clinton Commandery will act as es cort. Line will be formed at 2:45, at the main entrance of the Cypress Hills Cemetery Flank Road. The exercises consist of singing, prayer, an them, etc.. THE SUPREME COUNCIL. The annual session of tho Supreme Council, 33°, for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States was held in the city of Provi dence, R. 1., beginning on tho 20th inst. The attendance was unusually large, though no matters of special importance were expected to invito attention. , At roll call, the list of Grand Officers, active and Emeritus members, was found lacking scarcely an absentee. Before proceeding to business, tho 111. Bro. Newton B. Arnold, Deputy for Rhode Island, extended a royal welcome to tho Supremo Connoil, and suitable response was made by Grand Commander .Henry L. Palmer. The annual address, as is usual with this dis tinguished brother, was a lengthy paper, giv ing in ample detail the history of the year un der review. It will be readily understood that our space does not permit its reproduction, nor even a synopsis; suffice it to say that it fairly states all matters Of interest, gives kind ly remembrance of the dead, and such recom mendations as appeared to the author best suited to the present state of the Rite, which is shown to bo in possession of the throe great requisites—Health, Stability, Power. The reports of tho accounting officers were found to be most satisfactory and the financial status entirely sound. In the afternoon, the Snpremo Council, with a large delegation of honorary members and ladies, accepted the invitation of the local brethren to a sail down the bay and an old fashioned Rhode Island clambake. Needless to say that all the details were carried out with genuine New England hospitality, and the large company returned to the city at sundown, evidently delighted with the trip. In the evening the Supreme Council resumed labor and conferred the degree of Grand In spector-General on a large class of postulants from the several States. SECOND DAY. The Supreme Council assembled promptly at the hour named and proceeded with business. Among the matters of special interest was th® femembranes of the union of 1868, which is celebrated once in ten years by calling the roll of the participants. This year, twenty-seven answered to their names, The original num ber was sixty-one, of whom twenty-two aro dead, thus leaving thirty-nine still in the land of the living. We know little of vital statistics, bnt this seems to us a good record. The oldest of the number, 111. Bro. Paige, now in his eighty-sixth year, addressed a few tender words to his associates on this occasion. The following 111.. Brothers, Representatives near this Supreme Council of the Foreign Su preme Connells named, were formally present ed by Gr. Mas. Gen, of C., 111. Bro, McClena chan, and the customary fraternal honors and courtesies extended them ■ 111. Anthony E. Stocker for France ; 111, Clinton F. Paige for England and for New Granada; 111, Charles Levi Woodbury for Scotland ; 111. Benjamin Dean for Ireland; 111. Lucius R. Paige for Bel gium ; 111. Hemau Ely for Brazil; 111. John W. Simons for Italy; 111. Joseph D. Evans,, for Mexico; 111. Charles W. Carter for Chili; 111. George W. Deering for Greece; 111. D. Burn ham Tracy for Canada; 111. Albert P. Moriarty for Cuba; 111. Hosmer A. Johnson for Switzer land, and 111. Daniel Sickels for Egypt; also 111. Thomas E. Hatch, Representative of this Supreme Council near the Southern Supreme Council. 111. and Rev. Lucius R. Paige, the Senior Grand Representative, in behalf of the Grand Representatives of the Foreign Supreme Coun cils, returned thanks for the courtesies ex tended, and assured the WBpreme Council of the desire for the continuance of the fraternal relations which had always existed, and gave the further assurance that the Supreme Coun cils represented by them recognized no other authority over the A. A. Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic jurisdiction of the United States other than that exercised by this Supreme Council. - The Committee on Entertainment on the part of the Scottish Rite bodies of this city, to-day devoted special attention to the pleasure of the ladies who were present with the members of the Supremo Councif. At nine o’clock about sixty of the ladies were conveyed under escort of the committee, 111. J. G. Massey in charge, to the steamer “Newport,” when they embarked for the city of Newport. Arriving at Newport, carriages were taken and the ocean drive en joyed, also a dinner at the Aquidnick House. They arrived back to this city from this most entertaining excursion about half-past six o’clock, loudly praising the attentions of 111. Bro. Massey, his wife and the other Providence ladies accompanying the party. MEMORIAL SERVICES BY RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX. Rhode Island Chapter of Rose Croix, A. A. S. Rite, conducted a very impressive and interest ing memorial service in St. Mary’s Chapel, in Freemasons’ Hall, this evening, in the presence of the members of the Supreme Council of the Rite and their ladies and a large number of the fraternity and their ladies, the assembly filling every seat in the spacious hall. The stations of tho officers were handsomely decorated with jacqueminot roses and pot plants. The exer cises were conducted by the Master of the chapter, 111. George H. Lincoln, 32°; 111. George H. Kenyon, M. D., 32°, Grand Orator, assisted by 111. Bros. Joseph 0. Earle, 33°, and William E. Husband, 32°, Deacons; George L. Shepiey, 32°, and Vernon 0. Taylor, M. D., 32°, War dens ; Edgar G. Windsor, 32°, M. of 0., and Horatio C. White, 32°, 0. of the G., each of whom appeared in new and appropriate vest ments. The service, which was finely said by the Grand Orator, 111. Bro. Kenyon, was in special memory of the late 111. Bro. Thomas A. Doyle, 33°, and of Albert G. Goodall, 33°, and Rufus W. Landon, 33°. A eulogistic address in memory of the de ceased 111. Brothers above named, particularly in memory of 111. Bro. Doyle, who, at the time of his death, was at the head of the A. A. 8. Rite in Rhode Island, was also delivered by 111. George M. Carpenter, 33°. The incidental music was very finely render ed by the Temple Quartette, consisting of Bro. Fred 8. Gardner, first tenor; 111. Andrew B. Eddy, 32°, second tenor; Bro. D. C, H. Tinkam, first base, and 111. J. E. Williams, 32°, second bass; Bro. H. C. McDougal, officiating at the organ, all under the direction of 111. Bro. Eddy. The service, which occupied an hour, was grand and impressive throughout, and its ren dering was conducted in such a perfect manner as to reflect unstinted credit upon Rhode Island Chapter of Rose Croix. A fine collation was served at the close of the service. THIRD DAY. The session was devoted to closing the busi ness of the Supreme Council. Among other items may be mentioned the election of a number of brethren of the Thirty second Degree as Inspectors-General 33°, and Honorary Members of the Supreme Council, several of them being from New York. The Grand Commander was specially author ized to confer the 33° on M. W. Frank R. Law rence, Grand Master of Masons in New York. This is a distinguished honor, and may be ac cepted as a pleasant tribute to the general ap preciation of our Chief Officer and hie labors. 111. Bro. Henry C. Banks, 33°, offered the fol lowing resolutions which were unanimously adopted: Whereas, The glad welcome extended to the Supreme Council, and hospitable courtesies to those of the gentler sex who have accompanied its members, by the distinguished Deputy tor Rhode Island and his resident associaties, de mand some expression of appreciation of this generous, kindly and thoughtful attention, therefore: Resolved, That the cordial thanks and grateful acknowledgements of tho membership of the Scottish Rite now assembled in Annual Session in the ancient city of Providence, are hereby ex tended to 111. Brethren Newton D. Arnold, Geo. M. Carpenter, and Wm. B. Blanding, whose joint and individual efforts have so happily con tributed to the enjoyment of this brief but moat pleasant visit to the “ land of steady habits.” The Supreme Council was then closed, to meet next year in Boston, when the tri-ennial election will take place. The brethren of little Rhody have an elegant temple, in which commodious apartments are arranged for the use of the several bodies of Freemasonry, and many quaint relics are dis persed on its walls and otherwise, among which may be mentioned rough and perfect ashlars from the rock on which Roger Williams stepped NEW YORK DISPATCH, SEPTEMBER 25, 1887. in 1632 and received the Indian salutation “What Cheer;” the original records of St. John’s Lodge from 1757; gavel still in use, jewels and Bible and a series of portraits reaching back to the beginning, among which are Thomas Smith Webb, John Carlisle,'Charles R. Cutler, Thomas A. Doyle, James Hutchinson, Oliver Johnson, Ariel Ballou, Lloyd Morton, N. Van Slyek, Jabez Bowen, Lyman Klapp, Moses Richardson and Jarvis J. Smith, Past Grand Masters. The building itself is neat in appearance and decidedly creditable to the city in which it stands. AMERICUB LODGE. NO. 535. We paid a visit to Americus Lodge at their last communication and iound handsome Jim Fraser in the East, with a galaxy of prominent Masons surrounding him. The First Degree was conferred by W. Bro. Postley, an honorary member ol Americus. The apron was presented by E. Loewenstein, and the working tools by W. Bro. Hall, of Pyramid. There were also in the East R. W. Bro. McDonald, Grand Representa tive of the Grand Lodge of Illinois; W. Bro. Lawrence, of lonic Lodge; Brown, of Pyramid, and Davis, of Tecumseh. Several propositions were received, and twenty-five dollars voted to the Morrison Memorial Fund. On Thursday, October 6th, the Second Degree will be conferred, with Wm. R. Relyea, the Sec retary, as 8. D. Thie, with the fact that a visit to Americus Lodge is always a pleasure, will no doubt fill the house and keep the Stewards busy bringing in campstools. Please come early. No reserved seats. October 6th—Amer icus Thursday. CITY LODGE, NO. 408. This lodge, which is under the able leader ship of W. Bro. Fred. Hartenstein, resumed labor in the Second Degree, last Wednesday, and the large room in the Decker Building, Union Square, was crowded, showing conclu sively that our distinguished brother is regard ed with esteem, not only by hi® own members, but by the many who came there to show their respects to one who is known to be so indefatig ftbjo a worker in tho quarries ol our noble craft. W. Bro. Charles Emmett, who also has earned an enviable reputation as a good, virtuous and courteous Master, came there with his faithful brethren—a delegation numbering twenty-two, from Piatt Lodge. In the work, the Master rendered it with precision. W. Bro. Joseph Abrams, Master of Munn Lodge, presented the tools; Bro. Moody worked the M. C., during which W. Bro. Emmett presided. Present in the East, and kindly received,were W. Bro. Greenbaum, Master of Perfect Ashlar; Geo. Lawrance, of lonic; Wettern, of Lebanon, Bugbee, of Piatt; Roy, of Cork, Ireland; Hopkins, of Puritan, and of their own Past Masters, W. Bros. Copeland and Muller, of whom tho Master ia Justly proud for their steady support. This lodge will in a body reciprocate the visit ot Piatt Lodge on Thursday, October 6, when a great time is expected, ot which the Dispatch will have something to' say later on. After partaking of the hospitality furnished by the generous brethren of City Lodge in the shape of liquids and solids, and the usual en joyments and anecdotes, the brethren departed, well pleased and satisfied. COPESTONE LODGE, No. 641. Copestone will confer the Third degree on several candidates next Wednesday evening, at the Masonic Temple, on which occasion their new costumes will be aired tor the first time this season. Every lodge in the Seventh Masonic District has been invited to attend, and several have already expressed their intention to do so. It is also expected that R. W. Bro. Cregier will attend and participate in the ceremonies. They anticipate having a rousing time; in fact, a regular old time Copestone ovation. The ladies of the fair association will hold a regular meeting on Thursday evening, 29th inst., in the committee room of the Grand Lodge room, to discuss matters connected with the coming fair. If ladies of other lodges would only arouse themselves and work as do the ladies of Copestone, the success of the great un dertaking would be assured. The columns of the Dispatch are open for any announcement or notice they wish to send us. EVANGELIST LODGE, NO. 600. On last Tuesday, J. M. Layman, W. Master, with bis benign countenance, beamed happily upon the large audience, hut more so upon his Senior Warden, Bro. Wm. P. Mitchell, whom he had by hie side as acting Master. The Entered Apprentice in waiting to be ad vanced passed a very creditable examination in open lodge, and Bro. Mitchell then exemplified the work in the Second degree. Although it was his first attempt, he showed, without doubt, that he is thoroughly posted in the ritual and is a good worker. Present were R. W. Stewart R. Bradburn, Grand Junior Deacon; R. W. J. F. Baldwin, P. D. D. G. M., and George Burnham, Jr., Master of Excelsior Lodge. EMPIRE CITY LODGE, NO. 206. On Wednesday, the 21st, Wor. Bro. William Fisher, the Master of this well-known lodge, conferred the Second Degree upon two can didates, it being the first work after the Sum mer vacation. The Master presided and workedjwith great precision, W. Bro. Geo. Burnham, Jr., Master of Excelsior Lodge, No. 195, presenting the tools in a very impressive Way. Bro. Oren W. Gross, of Eureka Lodge, ren dered the M. C. elegantly and with rhetoric em phasis and in a manner seldom heard in the metropolitan lodges. This brother deserves great credit for giving this beautiful lecture in eo interesting a manner, as, when properly ren dered it will invariably keep the brethren in their seats and from leaving the lodge with empty benches. Present in the East W. Bro. M. Frankel, of Darcy, accompanied by his 8. W, Bro. G. W. Boskowitz and W. Bro. Newritter. The lodge, after discussing plans for their entertainment for the coming season, closed at an early hour. HIRAM LODGE, NO. 449. This lodge went to work in earnest on last Friday. (Several propositions were received, others acted upon, tho charity committee re ported some good work, and altogether it looks as if Hiram is entering upon a very prosperous career, as it deserves to do. The Master, W. Brother Winch, ie very zealous and earnest in the good work. Hiram will take part in the coming fair. A committee is now at work and the ladies of the lodge will shortly hold a meeting to make neces sary arrangements. There were many visitors, but we did not take down the names of any. However we could not help seeing the stalwart form of W. Brother Hall. Next communication October 7tb, when the First Degree will be conferred, and W. Brother Winch requests a full attendence of members, and cordially invites visitors. KANE LODGE, NO. 454. The first real good work, inaugurating the Autumn season in this highly and much re spected lodge, was done last Tuesday, the First Degree being conferred on four candidates, seeking light. W. Bro. Thomas E. Stewart, the Master, in his clear and ringing voice, made a very favorable impression, and especially when he explained the purposes and aims of Free masonry to the newly-initiated. W. Bro Geo. Lawrence, Master of lonic, who was accom panied by the Entered Apprentices from Key stone Lodge, presented the tools. There were also present in the East, R. W. Bro. J. J. Little, P. D. D. G. IL, Sixth District; George Burnham, Past Master of Excelsior; Miles W. Goodyear, Master of United States, and Frankel, of Darcy. The brethren of Kane Lodge showed great ac tivity in the affairs ot the lodge, and the Fair matters and other topics were freely discussed, and judging by these unmistakable signs, this lodge will be one of the foremost in the coming great event. Darcy Lodge, No. 187, will work the Second Degree on two candidates next Monday, 26th inst. The Senior Warden, Bro. George W. Boskowitz, will preside in the East during this ' work. Bro. Thomas O’Brien will deliver the M. ' C. work. Brethren aro always welcome, EUCLID LODGE, NO. 656. The regular communication of this lodge, on the 20th inst., was a very enjoyable affair. W. Bro. J. G. Herold, the Master, presided, and there were a number of distinguished brethren present, among whom were R. W. Bro. John Miller, Master of Lexington Lodge, and repre sentative of the Grand Lodge of South Caro lina; W. Bros. John Laird and James Pritch ard, P. M.S of Euclid ; W. Bro. George Lowes, Master of Anthon Lodge; W. Bro. West, of Star of Bethlehem; Bro. B. de la Rionda, of La Universal; Bro. Dick Senior, of Antiquity; Bro. John Mullenhauer, a veteran brother of Euclid ; Dr. Ehberth, Bro. C. Peters, and rep resentatives ol several lodges. Business of im portance was transacted, and it was announced that at the next communication, on the 4th of October, the First degree will be conferred. After the lodge closed, the brethren proceed ed to see Peters at his inn, where an hour or two was passed in social intercourse, toasts, songs, sentiments, recitations, addresses, &c., participated in by the assembled company. It was unanimously agreed that the brethren of Euclid know how to enjoy themselves, and also how to make their guests feel that they are welcome. ST. CECILE LODGE, NO. 588. On Tuesday last this lodge met for the first communication since vacation, and was well attended. The W. M. Bro. Decker, congratu lated the members on its prosperity and stated that no sickness or distress had been reported. Among the numerous visitors present were W. Bro. Brown, of Fountain Lodge, No. 60, Indi ana ; Bro. Kay, of Scotia ; Bro. Lucken, o! Cres cent, and a delegation from Copestone Lodge. Although there was no work done, the lodge was well entertained. Bro. Humphries sang two beautiful ballads; W Bro. Allen recited the “Lifeboat;” W. Bro. Jacoby gave a viola solo; Bro. Morgan some selections on the piano, and Bro. Perpignan related some funny stories. A letter w»s received from Atlantic Lodge thanking St. Cecile for music rendered at the funeral of the late R. W. Bro. Morrison. A do nation of $25 was ordered to bo sent to the Mor rison memorial fund. On Wednesday evening next, St. Cecile will, in a body, visit Copestone Lodge, by invitation, to witness the Third Degree in costume. On Tuesday, October 4th, the Second Degree will be conlerred at 1:30 P. M. in Tuscan room, Masonic Temple. All aro welcome. THE READING ROOM AND LIBRARY. A circular letter has been sent to the lodges from the committee having charge of thia very useful appendage to the Temple, asking for support in even ever so small sums. Will not the craft respond ? To those who have worked and delved in Masonic literature, a place like our Masonic Library is like a banquet to a hungry man, and to those who have been engaged or who aided the Masonic press in this city and State, it is not surprising that the committee is obliged to send out for small voluntary contributions, and we trust, now that the brethren have a splendid and well stocked library ready to hand and pleasant surroundings (withall, they will wake up and contribute liberally to the good cause. THE ROYAL ORDER OF SCOTLAND. TENTH ANNUAL MEETING IN MASONIO TEMPLE --LIST OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS. Last week the tenth annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the United States, of the Royal Order of Scotland, was hold in the Masonic Temple, in Providence, B. t. Order was called by Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Josiah H. Drummond, in the unavoidable ab eence of Provincial Grand Master Albert Pike, who could not be present because of sickness. The Provincial Grand Lodge of the United States is limited in membership, the limitation being placed at 150. It was instituted in the year 1878, and has held its meetings annually ever since. Its meetings are held every alter nate year in Washington, D. C., and the alter nate year to that sees the meeting held wherever the Supreme Council may happen to meet. This is done for the accommodation of the members, many of whom are memtiers of the Supreme Council as well; and the fact that this Council meets each alternate year in Washington, D. C., explains why the Provin cial Grand Lodge does so. Two years ago the Provincial Grand Lodge held its meeting in Boston. All the diplomas of this Grand Lodge are issued from Edinburgh, Scotland, and nominally the King of Scotland is tho Grand Master of the order. Inasmuch as there is no King of Scotland, the honor of that position falls to the King of England, if he is a Mason ; and as there is no King of England, the mantle of Grand Master is worn by the Earl of Roslin. The membership in the United States is divided equally between the North and South jurisdictions. The following named are the officers of the Provincial Grand Lodge : Albert Pike, Provincial Grand Master; Josiah H. Drummond, Deputy Provincial Grand Mas ter; John L. Stettinius, Junior Provincial Ward en; William Oscar Rooms, Provincial Grand Secretary; Robert M. C. Graham, Provincial Grand Treasurer; John Christie, Provincial Sword Bearer; Vincent L. Hurlbut, Provincial Grand Banner Bearer; John Wilson, Provincial Grand Marshal; John L. Roper, Provincial Grand Guarder, and Charles Roome, James C. Batchelor, Charles E. Meyer arfd William 8. Rose, Provincial Stewards. Instituted nearly six hundred years ago by a king of Scotland, who wished to show his ap preciation of the services ol numbers of Knights Templar who had assisted him in his wars against the enemies of his country, and for gen erations having its membership confined solely to persons of royal blood, it.is no wonder that the present members in that country of the Royal Order of Scotland should have, on their annual meetings,’banquets that could scarcely be excelled even by royalty. Such is the case, and the banquet served in the parlors of the Narragansett Hotel will long beTemombered by those whose fortune it was to be present, as be ing one of the finest that could be served. Four tables were set, with plates for between eighty and ninety. The arrangement of the tables was a work of art in itself. Every inch of space not occupied by the; necessary dishes was covered with flowers, while the interstices were filled with the trailing smilax. At various places on the tables were huge banks of flowers, of varie ties rich and rare, while at frequent intervals were set fairy lamps which added increased ef fect to the whole undertaking. Deputy Grand Master Drummond officiated as Master of Ceremonies, and called upon the Rev. Bro. Fisher to offer prayer, which being done, word was given to fall to, and it was obeyed with true Masonic decorum. For nearly an hour and a half were the successive courses discuss ed, and at the end of that time Deputy Grand Master Drummond knocked on the table and called the assemblage to order for the post prandial exercises, which he explained would be of the briefest possible kind. The first toast was drunk standing, and was to the health and happiness of Provincial Grand Master Pike, who, on account of sickness, was unable to be present. The next toast was to the " Royal Order of Scotland,” which was appropriately re sponded to by Bro. the Rev. F. 8. Fisher. After this came the toast to the ladies. “ You cannot live with or without her,” as the brother who responded (Brother McCurdy, of Michigan,) facetiously remarked as he closed his response. Then followed the toast to the “ City of Provi dence,” which was briefly, but eloquently, re sponded to by Colonel Nicholas Van Slyck, a guest ol the lodge. The responses were brief, but they were to the point, and immediately after Brother Van Slyek had finished, the Master of Ceremonies declared the meeting over, and the company dispersed.— Providence Journal, Eastern Star Lodge, No. 227.—This lodge met last Wednesday, and there was a very good attendance of members and many visitors. The First Degree was conferred, W. Bro. Johnson, the Master, in the East. W. Bro. Loewenstein presented the apron, and W. Bro. Davis the working tools; W. Bro. Kelly presided at the organ. At the next communi cation the Second Degree will be conferred. Brethren are cordially Invited to attend. Package Party. —Thera will be a “package party” on Saturday evening next, at Masonic Temple, for the benefit of Alpha Chap ter, O. E. 8., on which occasion Professor (Bro.) Ransom, the eminent magician and sleight of hand performer will entertain the audience. The Dispatch has been complimented with an invitation, and proposes to participate, ROYAL ARCH ITEMS. MORRISON MEMORIAL COMMITTEE. This Committee met last Monday evening in the lonic Hoorn, Masonio Temple, Bro. Wm. J. McDonald in the chair, Bro. John R. Pope treas urer and Bro. E. Loewenstein secretary. There were many distinguished craftsmen present, among them Bros. Wm. Sherer, E. M. L. Eblers, John Stewart, Wm. N. Penny, Zack. Dederiek, Fred. E. Davis, Brown, Hall, Magee, and many others. An earnest and animated discussion was held and the sum of $3,000 was settled upon as the amount to be raised lor the purpose ol erecting a monument over the remains of our late brother, James E. Morrison. Many reports were read and over S3OO were paid to the secretary. Pyramid Lodge sent SSO, Americus $25, St. Cecile $25, beside personal contributions of the members of these lodges. Scotia appointed a committee to raise funds, also Atlantic, Pacific and Montgomery Lodges. From everywhere come reports that are very encouraging, and there is no doubt that belore the anniversary ol the death of onr beloved Bro. Morrison, a mon ument worthy the man and worthy of the craft will mark the spot where his remains are at rest. Mrs. Morrison has received resolutions which were passed at a general meeting of the Ma sonic fraternity of Albany, held shortly after the death ot Brother Morrison. At thia meeting all the Masonic bodies in Albany were represent ed, and the resolutions, which are elegantly mounted and beautifully engrossed in the best caligraphic style, bear the emblem of each dis tinct body. In the lower left corner are in blue the square and compass, next the keystone in red, the color of the chapter; then the Knights Templar emblem and the crown cross on top. On the right are the various emblems of theScot tishßite bodies; of all ot which Bro. Morrison was an honored member. The words in the body of the resolutions are expressive of the sorrow felt by the brethren of Albany at the great loss sustained by th® fraternity and of sympathy with the widow and relatives. The resolutions also bears the names of all tho officers of the lodge, chapter, commandery, do. Among them appears many well known names. By all the the brethren in Albany Bro. Morrison was held in the highest esteem. The resolutions were accompanied by a per sonal letter from ths secretary of the general meeting, Brother W. G. James. Brother Herman H. Russ is on the Committee of the Morrison Memorial Fund, and is the Rep resentative ot this Committee in Albany. STANDARD, NO. 252. This chapter meets next Saturday, October 1, but we are not informed of what is going on in Standard, and why is this thus? Has the High Priest, M. E. Comp. Ringer forgotten us, or has the cruise in his elegant yacht disabled him? and where is M. E’s. Clark, Black, Lock wood, Jahn®, and all the other sturdy old standbys. Let us hear from you and wo will reciprocate. ANCIENT CHAPTER, NO. 1, will give a social entertainment, Thursday evening next, which will undoubtedly .be a very pleasant affair. Tickets have been sent ns, and wo shall endeavor to put in an appearance. BANNER, NO. 214. This chapter will resume labor next Wednes day, September 18th, and will confer one or more degrees. M. E. Comp. M. J. Harrington, tho H. P., extends a cordial invitation to visit ors. EVENING STAR, NO. 225, will meet next Thursday evening, 29th inst. The degrees of P. M. and M, E. M., will be con ferred. Visitors are courteously invited to be present. RIDGEWOOD, Nt). 263. This chapter held a regular convocation on Friday, 16th inst. The degree of Mark Master was conferred in full form and excellent style. M. E. Comp. Andrew B. Martin, the H. P., pre sided, and there were present a number of well known companions, among whom were M. E. Comps. O. Harned and Geo. Brown, P. H. P.’s of Ridgewood; Roland 8. Wickett, P. H. P. of Nassau, and others. The usual social hour fol lowed the closing of the chapter. Next Friday evening, Sept. 30th, the degrees of P. M. and M. E. M. will be conferred. A number of distinguished companions will be present, among them It. E. Comp. John B. Har ris, P. G. P. 8. of the Grand Chapter of the State of New York. Companions who have not signed the Mark Book, are requested to be present and do so on next Friday evening, as it is very important that this should be done, NASSAU, NO. 109. This chapter held a regular convocation last Wednesday evening, 21st inst., with a goodly attendance of members and visiting brethren, and M. E. Comp. P. Fred Lenhart, the H. P., presiding. Business of importance was trans acted and matters of general interest discussed. A handsome donation was made to the “ Morri son Memorial Fund,” and a special committee, previously appointed for the purpose, presented a magnificently engrossed set of resolutions which had been passed by the chapter, aud will be presented to the family of the distinguished companion. Among those present were Profes sors Richard Senior and William Jutsun, those eminent musicians whose merits are so well known to tho Masonic fraternity hereabouts as to need no special recommendation from us, and whose musical renditions added greatly to the enjoyment of the occasion. At the next convo cation of the chapter, oh the sth of October, the degrees of P. M. and M. E. M. will probably be conlerred. M. E. Comp. Lenhart extends a cor dial invitation to visiting companions. Republic Lodge, No. 690, resumed labor on Friday evening, September 16th, when the Third Degree was conferred. R. W. Bro. J. L. Reid, as Senior Deacon, was an able assist ant to W. Bro. George. Among the visiting brethren were W. Bro. Holjean, of York Lodge ; W. Bro. Hotmer, of Copestone Lodge, and Bro. Gompers, of Justice Lodge, who also aided in the work of the evening. Republic’s next regu lar communication will be held Friday, October 7th, in the Doric room, Masonio Temple. Breth ren are cordially invited. Adytum Lodge, No. 640.—Next Tues day evening, September 27th, this lodge will resume labor, alter'the Summer vacation, at their rooms in the Masonio Hall, Nos. 304-306 Fulton street, Brooklyn. Visiting brethren may always be sure of a cordial welcome from the courteous and hospitable Master and brethren of this gallant lodges LABOR KXCIIANGII, Position wanted by an able-bodied and well educated man; best references. Address H. Gib bons, M. M., “ Dispatch ” office, JAMESXiUKER, manufacturer of KNIGHTS TEMPLAR’S, MASONIC, AND ALL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, NO 133 GRAND STREET. CORNER OF CROSBY. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOR ,111 THE STATES, Henry C. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS i BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 182 BROADWAY. House; No. 181 East 127th st., cor. Lexington ave., NEW YORK CITY. DU. B. H. DUFIG3TAU, FRENCH DENTIST, No. 159 BOWERY. 45 YEARS’ ACTIVE PRACTICE AT DENTISTRY. Gas, 50c.; children’s teeth extracted, 25c.; sets on rub ber plate, $6 and upward; repairing, $1 and upward gold, platinum and silver fillings a specialty, $1 and up ward; polishing teeth, s'Jc. Silver, platina and gold plates bought. Open evenings aud Sundays, Lady in attendance. WARING & 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. MASONIC DIRECTORY. NEW YORK. ACACIA, No. 327, meets first and third Tues days, Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty.third street and Sixth avenue, Adam G. Vail, M. George D. Sauer, Treas, James D. Cutwater, S, W< Frank A. Hovey, Sec, Wm. H, Ferre, J. \Y, ADELPHIU, No. 348. —The regular commu nications are held on the third Tuesday of each month at S o'clock, I*. M., in lonic Room, Masonic Temple. * Wm. Wallace Walker. M. J. W. Sandford, Treas. H. J. Emerson, S. W. Wm H. Innet, Sec. R. H. Foote, J. w. AMERICUS, No. 535, meets first and third Thursday evenings of each month, in Tuscan Room. Masonic Temple, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third st Daniel T. Samson. Ti e is. James S. 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 ot each month. Chas. A. Stevens. M. Albion T. Stevens. Treas. Ben;. F. Ferris, S. W. John J Becker, Sec., • Bernard W. Hough, J. W, Residence, JSf. 20 East 134 street. 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 Mullauy, J. W. CITY, No. 408, meets first and third Wed nesdays of each month, at No. .33 Union Square (Decker Building) H. P. Muller, Treas. Fred. Hartenstein, M. Francis Clery, Sec., M. Dittenhoeier, S. W. 52 East 30th street. Simon Bower, J. W. COPESTONE, No. 641, meets second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at Corinthian Rooms, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. Wm. McFaul, M. Martin Kalb, Treas. Wm J. Mathews, S. W. H. T. Gibson, Sec., Joseph J. Moen, J. W. Residence, No. 203 West 48th street. CORINTHIAN, No. 488, meets second and fourth Thursdays, at Grand Opera House, 23d street and Bth avenue, at BP. M. Fred. K. Van Court, M. Geo. Stone, Treas. Thomas Bonner, S. W. Geo. F. Thornton, Sec. AlonzoM. Robertson J.W CRESCENT, No. 402, meets 'second and fourth Thursdays, in Austm Room. Masonic Temple Strangers in the city and others of the craft are cor dially invited. Edward B. Harner, M. Julius W. Krafft, Treas, F. H. Wall, S. W. Jas. H. Bailey, Sec. Chas. B. Pearse, J W 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 DARCY, No. 187, meets second and fourth Mondays of each month, at German Masonic "cmule, Fifteenth street, east oi Thi d avenve. Max Fran! el, M Berthold Lipman, Treas. Geo. W. E >s..(.witz, SW. M. Kolasky, Sec., Dr. a. M. Lesser, u w. > Residence, 915 First avenue. 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, Treae. Samuel K. Johnson, M. John H. Meyerholz, See.. 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 <4 Bial's Hull, No 117 West Twenty-third street Jere. H. Goldman, M. M. Laski, Treas. Henry 11. Wilzin, S. W. Leonard Le Sec. Win. 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. Gamier, Sec. J. Oscar Morgan, J. W. Address, 263 West 17th street. FRANKLIN, No. 447, meets first and third Mondays of each month, at Liv.ngston Roomr, Masonic Temple. Julius Bartl m r, M. Marcu- Warsop, Treas. Henry L. Maras. S. W. Philip Marg)of, Sec., M. Solineck, J. W. Residence, a3 Reade street. GIRARD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Peter G. Arnott, M. Tims. P. Clench, See. E. S. King. S. W. J. Blankenstein Treas. U. L. Washburn, J. W. HIRAM, No. 449, meets first and third Fri days of each month, at Clinton Rooms, Masonic Tem ple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. C. A. Winch. M. J. E. Connor. Treas. G 11. Rudolph, 8. W. J. Farrell, sec. F. j. Feeney. J. W. INDEPENDENT, No. 185, meets first and third Mondays of each month, at German Masonic Tem ple, East Fifteenth street. C. B. Parker, M. Lemuel Russell. 8. W. W Lfndemeyer. Treas. Geo. B. He bard, J. W. E. R. Brown. Sec.. P. O. Box 3,551. KANE, No. 454.—Regular communications of Kane Lodge will be held on the first, third and filth Tuesdays in Austin Room, Masonic Temple. Toomas 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 McKolsev, 8. W. No. 73 East 124th st. Philip Bardons, 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, 8. W. Ezra B, Stockvis, Sec. Jas. A. Dclehey, J. W. No. 413 Wert 18th street. NATIONAL, No. 209, moots 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. Pec., Ben VanLeenwen, 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. 11. Smith, J W. No. 3 Jacob street, New York. PACIFIC, No. 233, meets first and third Thursdays of each month, in the lonic Room, Masonic Hall, Sixth avenue and Twenty-third street. W. John Pullman M. Francis McMulkin, Treas. William J. Conway, S. W. James Hyde, Sec., William Irvine, J. W. Address, No. 66 Lynch streo , 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 • Lehrltter, Treas. James Ferguson. S. W. Horatio Sands, Sec. John H. Bollas, J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursdays, in the Doric Room, German Ma sonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east of Third avenue. Moses Greenbaum, .AL L. Greenbanm, Treas. Henry Wil;son, S. W. S. Bibo. Sec. Henry Konig, J. W. POLAR STAR, No. 245, meets first and third Wednesdays of each month, in Tonic Room, German Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. George A. Harkness, M. Guy Culgln, Treas. W in. H. Miller, Jr., S. W. W. 8. Lightbody, Sec. B A. Carlan, J. W. SHAKESPEARE LODGE, No. 750, meets first and third Thursdays in each month, at Composite Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. 8. J. Brown, 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 filth 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. 933 Third avenue, corner of Fifty seventh street. James F. Bragg, Treas. Sylvester D. Smith, M. Jackson Bell, Sec.. Robert Kopp, S. W. Address, 10-35 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. Richard Koch, Treas. Dan. C. Springsteel, 8. W. P. M. John W. Sokel, See. Dunham Emery, J. W. WASHINGTON, No. 21, meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at No. 289 Bleecker street (Dixon’s Building). Job. Morrison, Treas. Irving Hazelton, M. Jas. S. Foote, Sec., J. H. Malees, S. W. 74 Broadway. H. J. Freeman, J. W. WORTH, No. 210, meets second and fourth Mondays of each month, in Doric Room, German Ma sonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. John J. Burchell, M. Edward J. Fearon, Treas Thomas P. Bolles, S. W. Geo. W. Connor, Sec., Elmer E. Feistel, J. W. Care of Fearon & 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. Benjamin, H. P J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. 8. Larason, K. Wm. H Innet, Sec., H. 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. Chnstopher Johnson, H. P. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, Sec., Bernard A. Callan, 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, S, 238 Greenwich street. 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. Hall, 11. P. John Hoole, Sec , Alex W. Murray, K. No. 63 Bleecker street George Miller, 8. COMMANDERIE3. 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, Treas. J. H. Downs, G. W. H. Innet, Rec. Geo. W. Corliss, C. G. CCEUR DE LION, No. 23, assembles in con clave second Friday of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. William Otis Munroe, C. Edwin R. McCarty. Treas. Cornelius Waydell, G. George W. Thorn, Rec. Claudius M. Roome, C. G. CONSTANTINE, No. 48, assembles in stated conclave on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at their asylum, 130th street and Third avenue. W. L. Chester, E. C. A. C. Marsh, Treas. A. M. Underhill, G. J. I. Conklin, Jr., Recorder. L. S. King, C. G. IVANHOE, No. 36, assembles in conclave third Friday each month, bank building, Fourteenth street and Fourth avenue. E. C. Harwood. M. D., E. C. Harvey Benjamin, Generalissimo, H. D. Menzies, C. G. William H. Peckham, Treas. William S. Hemming, Rec., No. 77 E. 86th street. YORK COMMANDERY, No. 55, K. T., assembles in regular conclave, fourth Wednesday o', each month, at their Asylum, Mas onic Temple, corner Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. James s. Manning, Com. Henry Hutchison, Treas. James S. Fraser, Gen. Alexander W. Murray, Rec., Geo. B. French. Capt. Gen. 259 Humboldt street. Brooklyn, N. Y. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. (Four Bodies.) THE LODGE OF PERFECTION OF NEW YORK CITY, meets at Consistorial Chambers, Masonic Temple, on the first Tuesday of every month, at 8 P. M. G. H. Fltzwilson, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins, M. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Geo. W. Van Buskirk, S. W. Wm. & Paterson, Sec., Charles A. Benedict, J. W. No. 100 Reade street. THE COUNCIL OF PRINCES OF JERU SALEM OF NEW YORK CITY, meets at Consistorial Chambers, 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 Wood, S. W. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., G. W. Van Buskirk, J. W. No. 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, at BP. 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 Eonic Temple, when specially convened. Charles H. Heyzer, Ist L. C. C. T. McClenachan, Com. Joseph M. Levey, Treas. Geo. W. Millar, 2d L. O. Wm. S. Paterson, Sec., Wm. D. Garrison, M. S. No. 100 Reade st. NOBLES OF HE MYSTIC SHRINE. MECCA TEMPLE, A, A. 0., holds its ses sions at Masonic Temple, New York city, on the feast day of every Mohammedan month, of which due notice will be given. Walter M. Fleming, Grand Potentate. A. W. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Benjamin, Assistant Rabban. Charles H. Heyzer, High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins. Director. AWm. S. Paterson, Giand 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 Oflice. Theo. a. 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 first, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month, at Masonic Hall, 304 and 306 Fulton street, Brooklyn. p. Fred. Lenhart, 11. P. Robert Black, Treas. Wm. A. Bennet, K. C. P. Marrat, Sec., I’. A. J. Russell, S. * 26 Vesey st., N. Y. COMM AN DERIES. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in as spmblv. on the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 89 and 91 Broadway, Brooklyn, E p Juan B. Arci. C. James 8. Fairbrother. Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. S T. Waterhou e, Rec. Geo. B. Claflin, C. G. ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH BITE. AURORA GRATA LODGE OF PERFEO TION, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Brook lyn. Regular communications are held-on the secind Friday of each mouth, at Nos. 38 and 40 Court street. * Wayland Trask, T. P. G. M. Mark Mayer, Treas. John W. Richardson, Deputy. Frank B. Jackson, Sep., Edwin Knowles. S. W. 126 Pearl st., N. Y. city. James Stuart Gillen, J. W. DUM VIVIMUS VIVAMUS. A well known brother has the following sen timent, handsomely printed and framed, posted in a conspicuous position in his place ot busi ness, where every one may see it. It is so thoroughly and emphatically Masonic that we take pleasure in publishing it. Brethren, let us live while we live: “Do iiot keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving and cheering words while their ears can hoar them and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier by them. The kind words you mean to say alter they are gone, say befo e c/iey go. The flowers you mean to send for the'r c'tfim-, send to brighten and sweeten their hours ?c/a ; e living. Posthumous kindness does not cheer the burdened spirit. Flowers on ; the co .in cast no fragrance over the weary way. i Belter a pl m cofl.n without a flower and a fu j nera! w.ihout a eulogy than a •/.? without the i fiwoetneee of love and sympathy.” PERSONAL. Bro. Samuel Terhune, of Chancellor Waf< worth Lodge, the celebrated caterer, lately ha» provided the different bodies meeting in tbe upper floors of the Masonic Temple with re freshments, to the satisfaction ot all who had occasion to partake of the good things he so bountifully furnished, and while there is no doubt thai it is a great accommodation to be served so well in their own home, the geniality of “mine host” has also become proverbial* The polite attention of his assistants and the display in ornamentation deserves special and favorable mention, and we wish our good broth* er continued success, and thank him for payina such graceful and kindly attention on several occasions to the representative of the Dispatch. Frank A. Davis.—This genial brother met ng on Myrtle avenue, in Brooklyn, a few days ago, and was looking so well that wo hardly recog* nized him. In response to our inquiries he in formed us that he is engaged in the laundry business in Nostrand avenue. As it is said that “ cleanliness is next to godliness,” it may ba that the cleanly nature of Bro. Frank’s business is the cause of his good health. At any rate, his many friends wish him a continuance of his good health, with all the prosperity that he can ever attain ; for, if any man deserves good for tune, he does. La Place—-Hibbs.—Brooklyn, September 2T, 8 P. M., Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church, Edward J. La Place, manager of H. B. Herts & Sons, to Eva, only daughter of P. F, D. Hibbs. The above from a daily paper reminded us of a very pleasing invitation we had received, but in the multitude of cares and business, could not attend, much to our regret. We wish newly married couple all sorts of good things, health and happiness, and above all complete harmony and union in the new household. “ Little ” Eva was always one of our pets, but ’tis the way of the world, now she has grown up to become some body else’s pet. To the happy father and mother of the bride we extend our most hearty congratulations, and hope they will live to rock their great grandchildren to sleep and thus be reminded of their youthful days and live them over again with tho young*' stars. Commodore Mark Stevens—he of Staton ’stand- has been made happy by the arrival of a sou and heir, and great is the rejoicing thereat. Bro. Stevens has a bevy of young and handsome daughters, but a son, a boy who could, like his sire, walk the quarterdeck, and command a groat big steamer, was what was wanted to complete the happiness of our com panion, and now lie is planning where to put the little fellow when his lather is on the “ briny.” We are told that Mark did not al ways have command of steamers. He com menced with schooners; and from what we have often seen of Bro. Mark, we can testi.y that ho st 11 knows how to handle a schooner. But the funny part of all is when we think that, in his old days, lie may now walk the fluor with a spoon :or his compass, a bottle of paregorict instead "*of a trumpet, and squalls —oh I such squalls ! But never mind, Bro. Mark : wo con gratulate you most heartily, and we will coma over soon to inspect the youngster and measure his dimensions. BOOKS. Our future men and women of influence and flfa tinction are coining from those families that are WjII supplied with uaalul and attractive books. —Emerson. I pity the man who Is too poor and moan to buy books for his children. He might as well them bread and meat. —J. G. Calhoun. My opportunities in youth for acquiring an edu cation were limited, but I had the great good for tune of being well supplied with useful books, and these gave me my success in life.—Pantei Webster. A wise mother and good books enabled me to sue. ceed in life. She was very poor, but not too poor to buy books for her children. It is a mean sort ol pov erty that starves the mind to leed the body. —Henry Clay. No one can be truly educated or successful in Ufa unless he is a reader of books.— Benj. EYanklin. Educate I Educato! Educate! Send booka throughout the land, educate the people and w© can bid defiance to the schemes of tyrauts. —Patrick Henry. None can be truly educated unless he reads and thinks. — Thomas Jejjerson, Books are each a world, aud books we know Are a substantial world, both pure and good. Round these with tendrils strong as flesh aud bloofl c Our pastime and our happiness will grow. But a few years ago the literature of Freema sonry was confined to the “ monitor ” and as occasional address, which, delivered on some Masonic occasion, was published at the reqnest and expense of the personal friends of th® speaker. The history of the order was confiueil to tho rehearsal of mythical narratives of the origin of the institution and its preservation from tho most remote antiquity, tales founded on tho symbolic language of the ritual accepted) as statements ot facts, and parables taken from the Hebrew Talmud. Some of the earlier his tories ot tbe craft gravely recounted the pro gress of the institution from its foundation in the Garden of Eden to tho present time, not omitting to dsvote a chapter or so to a full account of tho “ Lodge of Enoch,” the “ Grand Lodge ot Noah,” opened on tho top of Ararat, and greatly enlarge and give ths details of the formation of that renowned lodge at Jerusalem, presided over by King Solomon, And all this was accepted by the great mass of the craft as veritable history. Masons no longer care to hear these "Jack and-the-Beanetalk ’ tales—they know that the order, as it now appears, is of comparatively moders origin; that its descent from remote times cannot by any means ba proven; that its value does not depend on its reputed antiquity, but rather upon its present influence upon tho lives and actions of its meiubeis, aud through them upon society, Masonry has a literature, high and exalted In its character, rich with the best thoughts of philosophers, savans and poets. The science, philosophy and history of Freemasonry are the topics which the ablest minds of the present . time are investigating, and the result of their labors is no longer hidden from view, but pro mulgated to the world, that all who wish may read. Ho who desires to understand the harmonious and beautiful proportions of Freemasonry must read, study and reflect. The true Mason is a seeker after knowledge, and he well knows ths more that is written and published coneerning the teachings of Masonry, and promulgated to the world at large, the more will the value of the institution be appreciated by all right thinking men. It has been well said that "books represent an influence which acts upon society to bring about many new departures and wonderful changes. They impel great public movements, point tbe way to revolutions, civil and religious, incite to the overthrow of systems and dynas ties, help to the establishment of better institu tions and governments, while they exert a mighty influence in the way of educating the people and directing tbe general sentiment.'’ The individual Mason is a representative of the order, and it is his duty to, as far as in him lies, fully inform himself of all that pertains to , tho institution, not to merely obtain a knowl edge of the ritual, but also its science, philoso phy and history. Ho should study its leading principles, and its system of ethics, that, hav ing a knowledge of all its teachings, he may bo better able to apply them to hie daily practice. He is a poor Mason whose sole knowledge of Masonry is the " correct ” work, He is indeed . in possession of the envelope which contains the pearl of groat price, but which to him is valueless, as it has no meaning, and it is only by reading that the meaning of the ritualistic forms and ceremonies can be made clear to the seeker after Masonic light. Freemasonry has a noble periodical literature, devoted to the dissemination of useful knowl edge among the craft, generally published at a financial loss to the proprietor. It should be not only the duty, but the pride of every Mason to aid in the diffusion of knowledge, not only among the members of tbe order, but also to lei the world at large have the means ot obtaining a correct knowledge of the principles by which, as Masons, we profess to be governed. A reputable Masonic journal should not b<3 permitted to eke out a miserable, starving ex istence, but should be liberally supported by the craft, not only by subscriptions, but by con tributions of items ot general interest to the fraternity. - Light. Mount Neboh Lodge, No, 257.—Next Monday (to-morrow) R. W. Levi Samuels, D. D. G. M. Fifth Masonic District, will visit this (his own) lodge officially, the first he makes since his appointment. Mount Nebob Lodge will cel ebrate this event with an entertainment, and has issued invitations, one of which the Dispatch has received and will be represented on the oc cas'on. The insignia of tbe office, furnished by the members upon subscription, will be pre sented to R. W. Bro. Levi Samuels on this ever, ing. We understand that a good many of the staff of the Grand Master, also most of the members of tbe Fifth District, will be on hand. W. Bro. Henry S. Herrman presides as Master in Mount Neboh at present-. Unit’d States Lodge, No. 207.— Miles W. Goodyear, Master, will on Wednesday, the 28th inst, work the First Degree. Our wor shipful brother and friend is a good worker and we admire his good fellowship. Visitors receive a pleasant and cordial welcome here. They meet now corner Twenty-fitth street and Sixth avenue. Excelsior Lodge, Ne. 195, will on Monday, the 26th inst., confer the Second De gree on several candidates. W. Bro. George Burnham, Jr., their well known and conscien tious Master deserves to bo recognized, and we reoommend a visit to his lodge. Fsnecially are the corps of officers efficient and well trained. Architect Lodge, No. 519, will con fer the Third Degree at its next regular com munication, Wednesday evening next, 28th inst. A number of distinguished brethren of the order will be present, and good work may be expected, Visiting brethren will be made welcome. ______ Commonwealth Lodge, No. 409, will resume labor next Tuesday, September 27th, at their lodge rooms, No. 317 Washington street, Brooklyn, and the brethren will be fraternally greeted by the Master, W. Bro. John W. Evans.. Visitors are invited to be present. ; Tabernacle Lodge, No. 598.—The next stated communication of this lodge will bs held Thursday, September 2'Jth, when the First Degree will be conferred. W. Bro. Edward liefd extends a eordial invitation to vwitmjS brethren. 3