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Jtt. W. JOHN W. SIMONS. P. G. M., Editor. Apvkbtikemekts for the TiTasonic I)r- XAiiTNBUT, to recurc their insertion, must bo tent in by TWO O’CLOCK. P. M., Friday. TRUST. BY BRO. GEORGE KLINGLE. We do not see, It was not meant for you and me To look beyond tbe near, dim West, Dividing the present from the rest— From the to come, Just one by one Tbe steps we take; Just one by one tho clories wake Or Tempest beat. We go Nearer and nearer to tbe setting sun, and know But this, whatever is, is best — Sweetest of words confessed By love's warm breath In life or death, We go Led by His shielding band and know Ho will not make Except for love s sweet sake, A single day Shadowed along life’s bitter way. When It is night We rest in this—He leadeth toward the light. A KNOTTY QUESTION. Under the foregoing heading, the London Freemason has the following: In tho Report on Correspondence—Comp. Henry Robertson, chairman—appended to the proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Canada tor 1887, we find reference under the head ol “ Maine” to certain views expressed by Comp. Josiah Drummond on the subject of “ honorary - jnembership in Grand Chapter.” It appears that the Grand Chapter of Georgia has adopted a regulation by which •' companions of emi nence and ability, coming from other jurisdic tions, who have rendered service to the craft, and who are residents within this jurisdiction, may, by a two-thirds vote of this Grand Chap ter, be constituted members thereof, with such rank and distinction as may be thought proper, not exceeding the rank in the jurisdiction from which they come.” Under this regulation, Comp. Lansing Burrows, a Past Grand King o the Grand Chapter of Kentucky, has been elected a member of the Grand Chapter of Georgia, with the rank of Past Grand King. But Comp. Drummond, of Maine, in criticizing the proceedings of the Grand Chapter ot Georgia, holds that the above regulation is “ not in accordance with the Constitution ot the General Grand Chapter,” under whose system “ Masonic rank acquired in one jurisdiction ought to follow a Royal Arch Mason when he becomes a member ot a chapter in another jurisdiction.” Consequently, he contends that •‘if Comp. Burrows had become a member of a chapter in George, we hold that he at the same time, by virtue of his rank, became a member ot the Grand Chapter, and if he had not become a member of a Georgia chapter, he ought not to become a member of the Grand Chapter.” Without committing ourselves to an opinion as regards Comp. Drummond’s judgment in this particular case, we take the opportunity of pointing out that much depends on the kind of honorary membership which has been conferred by tbe Grand Chapter of Georgia to Comp. Bur rows, a Past G. K. of Kentucky. If Comp. Bur rows has been made an honorary member of the said Grand Chapter of Georgia in the sense in which we use the term—that is to Bay, if be may attend its meetings, participate in its cere monies and banquets, but have no share in the transactions of its business —then it occurs to Us that there is no need for him to become first of all a member of a private chapter in Georgia. On the other hand, if it is intended that he shall be at liberty to take part in the business pro ceeding of tbe Grand Chapters, precisely as it he bad held the office of Grand King in it, then it seems no more than just that he should first ..have himself enrolled a member of a private > chapter. In whatever State may be his domi cile, we presume Comp. Burrows will remain for the rest of his life Past Grand King ot tbe Grand Chapter ot Kentucky. If the Grand Chapter of the State in which he resides is anxious to pay him a compliment, we see no objection to their doing so, by conferring upon him a titular distinction, as is often done, of a Past Grand Officer. But if it desires to have tbe benefit of his assistance in the transaction ot business, as it has in the case of its own Past Grand Kings, and for that reason confers on him the rank and distinction of one, then he should be subjected to the same conditions as have been required of them. Perhaps, some ol our readers may feel inclined to discuss eo ki • ty a question. Those who keep the run of things as we do, know that in this country we regard honorary membership in exactly the same light as that set forth in our contemporary, namely, that primarily it is simply an honor conferred on an individual for general or special services ren dered, but carrying with it no powers or privi leges except the courtesy implied in the act it self. Thus we are Honorary Grand Master of Cnba, and have a very handsome parchment to that effect, and while exceedingly proud of the compliment, do not for a moment suppose that it was ever intended we should exercise any powers whatever. So in the case of the Grand Chapter of Georgia—the rules are the same in all the grades—the fact of conferring Honorary Membership would argue a compliment only, because as once a Mason always a Mason, so once a Past Grand Officer of a legitimate Grand Body so always a Past Grand Officer, and as Comp. Drummond justly remarks, the party named being a Past Grand King, his affiliation with a subordinate chapter would carry him in to the Grand Chapter without any action on its part, and the intended compliment would be no compliment at all. But if there is a law of the Grand Chapter confining the privileges the Past rank to of ficers of its own jurisdiction only, then affilia tion in a subordinate, nor vote of the Grand Chapter could give those privileges without a due election to and service in the office named, in that State. This is the whole matter in a nutshell, and is just what we imagine the Grand Chapter in tended to do, namely, to confer Honorary rank Without powers or prerogatives. IMPORTANT. Libbaby and Reading-Room,! Masonic Hall, L New Yobk, Sept. 20, 1887.) To the Worshipful Masters, Wardens and Breth ren of lodges in New York and Brooklyn : Greeting : At a meeting of the Reading room Committee, at which the -Grand Master presided, the undersigned were appointed a sub-committee, to issue a circular to the various lodges in New York and Brooklyn not repre sented at said meeting. We desire to direct your special attention to the fact that the Library and Reading-Room is .Tortile use and benefit of each and every mom / ber of tbe craft, and for that purpose it is open every afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30, and every evening from 7 to 10:30 (Sundays and holidays excepted). Any brother desirous of improving himself, or ol consulting books ot referenee, will here find the means at hand. In addition to the val uable Grand Lodge Library tho Reading-Room is supplied with a very complete assortment of periodicals aud newspapers—secular as well as Masonic. It is also supplied with stationery, and during the hours above stated is constantly attended by the Grand Librarian, or his assist ant, who is glad to welcome and, if need be, ad vise any brother seeking information. The Reading-Room was established and opened in connection with the Grand Lodge Library, Jan. 1, 1885, and is absolutely free for tbe use of tho fraternity. However, it cannot to mamtained without funds, which up to this t mo have been supplied by contributions of in dividual Masons and a few lodges. Its affairs have been administered with great care aud economy. It seems to your committee, and to all Masons who have given it proper considera tion, that it ought to become a permanent fea ture of our honored institution. Those only who visit tho reading-room can appreciate tho great value to the craft ol having tide splendid collection of Masonic literature thus brought within the reach of all seeking knowledge; and the more freely the privilege is embraced the more useful will the library and reading-room become as a means of refinement and culture among the craft. Have the members of your lodge visited the library and reading-room ? Have you any suggestions to offer to the com mittee that will tend to improve it or make it of greater service to the fraternity ? Is there any further information you desire regarding it ? Has your lodge contributed to its support 1 Is your lodge willing to make a small annual contribution-say from $5 to s2o—for the pur pose ot improving and keeping open the library and reading-room ? If so, have the Secretary notify the committee of the amount, and during what month ot the year the contribution may be expected. In any case will you have the Secretary of your lodge acknowledge the receipt of this circular, and state what action is taken in regard to it ? By so doing you will assist and encourage the committee. Fraternally and sincerely yours, R, W. Joseph J. Little, 1 R. W. John F. Collins, W. C. Godfbey Pattebton, f committee. W. William A. Bennet, J R. W. William H, Andkews, Secretary. We take great pleasure in giving the fore going the benefit of our extended circulation, aud very cheerfully add the expression of our strong desire that the brethren might be awak ened to the unspeakable value of the splendid literary collection to be found in our Grand Lodge library, and the inexpressible import ance of inducing the brethren to know what has been done and is doing in tbe world of letters for the upbuilding of the cra't and a correct knowledge of its doctrines and their practical i application. In this, as in all other things, New York should be worthy of its cognomen as the Em pire State, and its seventy thousand Masons should consider what a slight effort is required on their part to keep open this perennial spring where all may freely drink. Brethren, we must keep to tho front, for we cannot do otherwise without foregoing I lie benefit of the work already done, nor witho it derogating from tho high standard wo hare assisted to raise, and which we should not i.l low to I:e lowered while there is a tithe of Ma sonic ambition in our minds or a dollar in our pockets. Read the circular again, and let each, according to his means, take hold and help. HIGHER DEGREES. Judging from the number of millinery stores in prosperous circumstances, and the great va riety of shapes, colors and sizes of the head dresses of the gentler sex, there must be a very great amount of money spent for personal adornment. A new hat is a treasure to the fe male mind, and the bill for it a plague and ter ror to the male pocketbook. It is a natural thing for ladies to desire to dress well, and a showy attire is to be expected, provided the funds are within reach. We like to see a well dressed lady. W’ho don’t? The man who can look upon the "Female form divine,” dressed up as the “artists ”of to-day decorate them, and not be filled with delight, is certainly devoid of much that goes to make up a high toned gentleman. It is natural, we say, for the female portion of humanity to be attracted to a new bonnet, but to find that man, tlie staid old codger, who must work from morning till night for the mouthful he eats, is proud of a feather and a baldric, is certainly a matter ot surprise. To see the president of a bank, or a railroad com pany, or some other institution, strutting like a peacock with tail-feathers well up, is certainly a sight for sober-minded people to wonder at. But such is the case in Masonry. The showy costumes of the commandery and other higher bodies, seem to attract the mind Masonic far more than the tessellated floor or middle chamber. And this sort of thing is growing, until every side show of Masonry must have an addenda of a plumed knight. Thus the Knights of Pythias, with their uni formed rank, the Odd Fellows, Patriarchs Mil itant, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Nobles of the Mystic Bhrine, and now the Knights of Honor add a degree that requires the plumed chappeau, the sword, baldric and all the trappings for show only. And eo the mind of man seems to glory in the tinsel of gaudy uniforms. We beard a prominent Mason—a Noble of tbe Mystic Shrine—boast the other day, that his Temple had as fine robes for officers as any in the country, except one. He seemed to regard it as a virtue that the Temple had spent $630 or robes alone. (Aside.) How much for charity? Whisper it low. How much to relieve the distresses of those whose feet arc blistered Irom tbe desert sands of affliction ? How many mouthfuls ol food from the table of plenty to the hungry travelers over the rough and rugged roads of this world’s trials, beset by ruffianly Arabs, who would rob them ot their very existence ? We once saw the conferring ot a degree in one of the higher bodies. There were a large number of officers, decked with kingly crowns, priestly robes and costly diadems. It was grand. The spectacle was gorgeous and the work was admirably done. The lessons intend ed to be taught were sublime, and, if followed, would make better men of every participant; but the truths intended for the heart were daz zled out of sight by gold and silver robes, and spears, and armor, and clouded by the costly incense from golden censors. “The paraphernalia on the floor to-night,” remarked one of tho gilded actors to me, “ cost us fifteen thousand dollars.” At the very same time, the craft, tbe founda tion of this upper order, was struggling with debt, and a cry was coming up from every part of the jurisdiction, against a per capita tax of ff.y cents ;to help pay the debt. Among the robed actives were bank officials, insurance men, stock board officers, and other staid old citizens. We do not say a word against these things, if there is consistency with it But to spend such large sums of money forjthe show of the “ higher degrees,” and complain of a small donation lor charity, is certainly foreign to the fundamental principles ot Freemasonry. The true spirit and genius of Masonry is found in the first degrees, and there is enough in the lodge and chapter to make the man who takes the degrees better and more useful. A leathered chapeau, or a gilded sword does not add one jot to the heart’s affection, or strengthen the bond that should bind brothers together. The attachment that exists between comrades who have fought side by side in battle is said to be very strong, and the exposure to like dangers in company makes the fellow-feeling very tender and affectionate. If the time should come, when the swords of the Templars were needed to be drawn in de fense of right, then the clash of the Knightly blade would sound like music, that would make the defenders of tho faith glory in their strength. As it is, the sword is but a symbol-a beautiful one to be sure—but not half so impressive as the common gavel, which is to teach us to break off the evil habits that chain us to a world of sin, and fit us for the duties of life. Let us pay more attention to the degrees of lodge and chapter, learn well tho lessons there, and then the higher degrees will be a pleasure and recreation. Spend the same money in the lodge and chapter that is spent in .the com mandery and consistory, and there will be such a (revolution in Masonry as would make the “oldest inhabitant” open his eyes in woder ment. Everybody would praise the white gloves and aprons, and “ the swords would be beaten into plowshares, and tho spears into pruning hooks,” and the good deeds of the fra ternity wouid fill the world with its glory. The universe would see with pleasure the work of charity carried on in the world, and angels would shout hallelujahs through the courts and camps of Heaven. Make the lodge and chapter the " higher de grees.” Jacques. [Note.—Agreeing with our distinguished cor respondent in the matter, aud believing that un happily “ fuss and feathers” have much to do with modern demonstrations of craft Masonry, we can not consider that while the appetite says: " All is vanity and vexation of spirit,” the divine essence of charity is altogether ig nored in the fraternity.—Ed.] ST, CECILE LODGE, NO. SSB. On Tuesday last the Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple, was fairly filled by its members and. many visiting brethren, notably among whom were W. Bro. Brown, of Fountain Lodge, No. 60, Indiana; Bro. Henry Davis, 8. D., of Zere datha, and several other well known craftsmen. A little disappointment was evinced at the non-arrival of the expected candidates for the F. C. Degree, as announced, but this soon changed to pleasure on the part of the visitors, when W. Bro. Decker announced the names of brethren of the lodge who were ready to pro vide entertainment for the afternoon. Bro. G. W. Morgan gave one of his piano solos in his inimitable style, Bro. Govan recited two very fine pieces, Bro. Weeks sang “ Days of My Childhood,” and responded to an encore with a new song, “ Robin’s Letter to Me.” Then W. Bro. Jacoby played a delicious morceau on the viola, which was followed by Bro. Chase with two songs, •• Sister Savais ” and Schubert’s “ Serenade.” A fetter from Copestone Lodge, thanking St. Cecile for musical assistance on their last com munication, was received. The lodge then donated $lO as the annual subscription to tho Grand Lodge Library and Reading Room Fund, which will probably be augmented by indi vidual subscriptions, as members of this lodge seem to take great interest in the object. On Tuesday, October 18, tlie First Degree will be conferred, at 1:30 P. M., in Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple. All are welcome. Bro. Frank R. Lawrence, Grand Master of Masons of New York, the famous debt-reducer of his Grand Lodge, is very hand somely represented by an engraving in'the Ju bilee issue of the London Freemason. Bro. Law rence was made a Mason in Excelsior Lod°-e No. 195, of New York, in 1874, and is now serv ing for the third year as Grand Master of Ma sons an unusual honor, justly accorded him i by his brethren,— Keystone. NEW YORK DISPATCH, OCTOBER 9, 1887. SORROW. Masonic Hall, 1 New York City, Sept. 30, 1887.1 Tho Right Worshipful and Reverend John G. Webster, Grand Chaplain, departed this 11 e at Greenbush, New York, on tho morning of Sep tember 2, th, 18: ; 7. At the tone of bis death Brother Webster was the Senior Chaplain of tbe Grand Lodge, Chap lain ot tho Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, Prelate of tho Grand Commandery, and Prelate of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar ol the United States. Nearly forty years this good man was an ex emplar of Freemasonry. H:s Masonic life, like the pro ession he adorned, was perfect and com plete. Truthlulness, fidelity and honor v/ero hie ascribed characteristics. Ho was a devoted friend, a loyal Mason, beloved and respected at home and abroad. In manifestation of our sorrow at his death, and in honor of his memory, the jewels of the officers of the Grand Lodge will bo draped with the badge of mourning for the space of sixty days. Fraternally, FRANK R. LAWRENCE, E. M. L. Ehlers, Grand Master. Grand Secretary. After many years of friendship with and warm personal admiration for the lamented dead, we desire to second the kindly words of our re spected Grand Master. Rev. Bro. W’ebster was an exceptional man, firm as a rock when principle was concerned, he was as courteous as a belted knight where the amenities of life required it, and gentle and ten der as a woman when ministering to the way worn and afflicted. We never took his honest hand without esteeming it a privilege, for there was no guile in his manly heart, and his hand grasp covered no deceit. Going in and out be fore his people with the calmness that becomes a servant of tho Lord, his words of admonition or sympathy bore more weight than the loftiest flights of oratory, and all who knew him were bound to him as with hooks of steel. We shall never cease to regret his loss nor to pay tho highest honor to his memory. Thinking of him, we join most fervently in the following by Stephen Berry, of Maine: “ Beati mortal in Domlne morienles." "The good Knight sleeps where the daisies nod, And the clover hangs its head; Where the wild bird comes and the wild bee hums Above his lowly bed. He fought the fight, he kept the faith. His fame shines bright and clear, And hie memory lives in loving hearts Which will hold it ever dear. The good Knight sleeps. "The Winter snow shall wrap his couch In a manlie broad and while; A spotlees robe for a spotless soul, Who has kept his armor bright. And the burning stare, which nightly watch And keep ward over all. Shall keep the grave where the good Knight waits To rise at the Master’s call. The good Knight sleeps.” PIATT LODGE, NO. 194. Well—within the last nine months we have witnessed tho gatherings of such lodges as Chancellor Walworth, Copestone, Dar cy, Crescent, etc., hut never did we observe such an extraordinary surging throng as last Thursday in Piatt. To give it in number, we should say there wore more than 350 present, and we beg to accord our good friend aud brother, Charles Emmett, the palm ot having reached the pinnacle as regards numbers. igFive candidates for the Third Degree, with that great “Trump-Card,” R. W. Bro. Ehlers, in his greatly appreciated and highly instruct ing lecture. The visit ot other shining lights of the Grand Master’s staff helped to bring out the great number, but we think his amiable ways and the regard in which Bro. Emmett is held and the wish to show him good will and reciprocation was probably also a great in centive for their attendance. The lodge room had a fine floral decoration. Around the lesser lights garlands of evergreen were wound, and in the East bouquets and pieces made from choice flowers adorned the trestle board and steps. Tho work proceeding, W. Bro. Emmett con ferred the first portion very fluently, and could stand beside any present working Master were it not lor this only impediment, the foreign ac cent. In tho second section the Grand Secreta ry presided, aided by R. W. Bro. John Stewart in the West. It is needless to applaud the work of R. W. Bro. Ehlers; our readers know that he has no superior, and that between him or R. W. Bro. Stewart the term excellent should only be used. R. W. Stewart R. Bradburn, G. J. Deacon, R. W. John R. Pope, D. D. G. M. of the Sixth District, were present and were accorded the grand honors duo their privileged station in the craft. Letters of regret from the Grand Marshal, 11, W. Pownall, and the District Dep uty of the Fifth District, R. W. Bro. Samuels, the latter of whom has suffered the calamity of a death in his family, were read and regretfully recorded. The Senior Deacon, Bro. Robert J. Lusk, a very young Mason, but extraordinarily bright, was very good m the performance of his work and deserves indeed great praise, and those as sisting on the floor, such as W. Bros. Madara, P. M. ot Sylvan Grove; Bngbee, Gus. Baum, P. M. Emanuel; Burnham, Jr., Master of Excelsior. W. Bro. J. W. Jenkins, Master of Chancellor Walworth, did nicely, and when all was over and previous to closing the lodge the Master rose, with flushed cheeks and satisfaction and joy depicted on his benevolent countenance, and said he would ever remember this evening and in hie career as a Mason (he would be sixty years old in a few days) ho never felt so thor oughly happy as on this occasion. It is, as he verily expressed it, “A big feather in the Mas ter’s hat.” Aside irom those we have previously men tioned present, were the following: W. M. John Pullman, of Pacific, with his Senior and Junior Wardens and about seven brethren; W. Bros. Fred. Hartenstein, with all his officers and a delegation or twenty; George Lawrance, of lonic, with fourteen members; Irving Hazelton, of Washington, No. 21, with twelve members: Stevens, of Arcturus; Bloch, of Maimonides; M. Frankel, of Darcy; William Helms, of Sylvan Grove; Seymour, ol Park; Aleck McGrath, of Concord; Joseph Abrams, of Munn,, also with a delegation of ten; Harlam, of Shakespeare, with several brethren, and W. Bro. Goldman, of Emanuel, The Past Masters present were W. Bros. Rus sell, of Pioneer, Hackensack, New Jersey; Kirby, Sylvan Grove; Cohen, of Emanuel; Hookvis and Harwood Sr., of Munn; Lip. Weiss, of Darcy; Giblin, of an East India lodge; A. A. Wellington, ot Oswego Lodge, Oswego, N. Y.; Barber, of Ancient Landmark, of Buffalo; Copelaud, of City; Reilly Sr., of lonic; Forsyth, ot Washing ton, and a good many more who unobserved skipped in. When the brethren proceeded to Bode’s, the regular feasting station, there were not seats enough to accommodate all. Standing room was made use of, and the feasting, singing and reci tations began. W. Bro. Burnham congratulated tbe Master upon his great success. Bros. Gold water and McGrath sang, the former about the letter that never reached him, the latter about the saurkraut he loves eo well, and W. Bro. Collins, of Jersey City, told a funny telephone story. The representative ot the Dis patch, who departed at 1:30 A. M., was deferentially and pleasingly taken care of by the good looking Junior Warden, Bro. Michels, when tbe brethren were continuing their en joyment and hilarity. The venerable Bro. W. J. Jessup, the life-long and good Secretary, has our heartfelt thanks for his expression and deeds of kindness always shown us, but more especially on this memo rable communication. CHY LODGE, NO. 408. The work on the evening of last Wednesday was the Third Degree, on which occasion W. Bro. Fred Hartenstein, the Master, was sur rounded by a number of his members and a great many visitors, among whom was W. Bro. Wm. Fowler, P. M. Metropolitan Lodge; W. B*ro. Julius Barthman, Master of Franklin; W. Bro. Wm. Helms, Master of Sylvan Grove; W. Bro. M. Frankel, Master of Darcy; W. Bro. Wettern, P. M. ot Lebanon; W. Bros. Loyd and Hilton, P.M.’s of Merchants; W. Bro. Sherman, P.M. of Justice; also the irresistible Bro. Hollander, whose stately demeanor always leads the Ty lers in mistaking him as “Worshipful” a Bro.S. Bibo, Secretary of Perfect Ashlar, most all tak ing part in the work, which is here done strict ly according to standard rules, not even an “iota” being either altered or appended, and reflects the greatest credit' upon the minute and studious care the W. Master takes in espe cially conducting the work in this lodge. W. Bros. Copeland and Muller, the sterling ! Past Masters of this lodge, as well as Brother Moody, the 8. D., and Bro. Clery, the Secretary par ho-ieur, addedto a great extent to make this evening’s work a decided success. Of course, our old and good friend and broth er, William. Fowler, who again did his ac customed share, does not need to be mentioned —the same as the well-known Goodwin, which needs “ no bush.” Being invited to participate in refreshments after closing, we were prevented Irom making use of the knives by an irresistible desire for rest, but were informed since then that the brethren of City Lodge had a jolly, good, old time. BENEVOLENT LODGE, NO. 28. The next stated communication ol this lodge will be held in their rooms, in the German Ma sonic Temple, on Wednesday evening next, 12th inst., on which occasion the First Degree will be conferred. W. Bro. Thos._Hillson, in behalf of the lodge, extends a most hearty invitation to tbe craft to visit them on this occasion. Active preparations are already being made by this old lodge for one big gala night in the near future. As the boys don’t do things by halves, a big time may be anticipated. Our advice is to keep a sharp lookout for them. EUREKA LODGE, No. 243. The Third degree in this lodge and a full bouse are synonymous terms. W. Bro. George Baker, the widely-known and greatly-appre ciated Master, was pleasantly surprised to greet W. Bro. William Fowler, P. M. of Metro politan Lodge, who, with his usual vigor, took a prominent part in the work. W. Bro. Max Frankel, Master of Darcy, presented the tools. R. W. Bro. Samuel Jones, Representative of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba ; W. Bro. W. H. Crans ton, P. M. of Darcy, and many visitors from the same and other lodges, were also present. Bro. Philip Franklin acted as 8. D. in the ab sence of Bro. Oren W. Gross, and the work, as a whole, was commendably done; and when, after labor, the brethren enjoyed refreshments, a very friendly and fraternal intercourse pre vailed until their departure, at a late hour, to their respective domiciles. PARK LODGE, NO. 516. On Tuesday evening last, the regular commu nication was held, on which occasion the lodge was honored by the presence of a large number ol Golden Rule Lodge, No. 770, who came for the purpose of presenting Bro. Edward T. Wright, of Park Lodge, with a handsome set of resolutions for the kind and tender care that he took of W. Bro. Louis P. Long, of said lodge, who. while sojourning at his country seat and among strangers, died, after a few hours’ ill ness. We commend Bro. Wright for his Ma sonic bearing and tbe excellent qualities which characterize him as a man and brother. Would there were more like him. ROYAL ARCH ITEMS. We cordially call the attention of High Priests and Sec retaries and companions from everywhere, to this col umn, and respectfully and fraternally invite them to send us notice of work on hand, or any items of especial interest to Royal Arch Masons. THE MORRISON MEMORIAL FUND. The Executive Committee of this lund report very satisfactory progress, and say that excel lent work is being done by the many brethren who are engaged in this good work. Wherever they go they find ready responses and willing hands and open purses, for every Mason was a friend of our late Brother Morrison, and all are desirous and anxious to do honor to his memo ry. In this city alone, considerable has already been collected. Pyramid Lodge gave SSO, be side $l5O from its members, and more to hear from; Americus, $25; St. Cecile, $25; Union Chapter, $25; Steuben Chapter, S2O ; Mt. Zion, Hope, Adelphic and Nassau Chapters, are all in line, as well as Scotia Lodge, Jamaica, Silentia, York, Pacific, Atlantic and Hornellsville Lodge. Temple Chapter, No. 5, of Albany, sent SSO, and so the good work is progressing, and before long a sufficient sum will be in the hands of the committee to warrant them in looking about lor plans, estimates and all the other details neces sary ; but first, brethren, keep right on, tire not ot well doing. Three thousand dollars seems a large sum to collect, but it is insignificant when divided among the thousands and thousands of brethren who knew and loved Brother Morri son and who now have a chance to show their esteem and devotion to our fallen chief, who was cut off from us in the prime of life. Let us all come forward and lay our mite upon the altar, to the memory of our beloved brother, James E. Morrison. EMPIRE, NO. 170. On next Thursday, 13th inst., tbe Mark Degree will be conferred in Empire, to which compan ions are cordially and fraternally invited. Em pire shares in the general prosperity which seems to attend upon Capitular Masonry just now, and expects to have work enough to keep busy all Winter. Visitors never go away from this chapter dissatisfied. Their Masonic home in the “chimney corner ’ is the snug rendezvous of companions from evorywhere. STANDARD, NO. 252. The M. E. High Priest, Ringer, conferred the Mark Degree on last Saturday evening. And while he followed the ritual fairly well, he beau tifully expressed many original thoughts upon the subject of Masonry in general, and the de gree on band. Especially fine were his passages in presenting the working tools. Next Saturday the Mark again. STEUBEN, NO. 101. At the request of M. E. H. O. Fay, the High Priest, R, E. Comp. Nast conferred the Mark Master s Degree upon throe candidates. A large number of companions were present, also visi tors from Elmira, Corning and Cuba Chapters. Nine petitions have been presented, and old Steuben has a splendid outlook by adding ex cellent material to the ranks. It has been resolved to invite M. E. William Sherer, G. H. P., and all the Grand Officers of the Grand Chapter to visit this chapter, and it is earnestly hoped that the invitation will be ac cepted. Upon solicitation this chapter donated S2O for the Morrison Memorial Fund, which amount was forwarded to R. E. Comp. McDon ald, chairman. CRESCENT, NO. 220. On the 11th inst., next Tuesday, this chapter meets, and the Mark, Paet and M. E. Master’s Degrees is announced. It is desired that mem bers and visitors be on hand early, as all the degrees will be worked in lull, and the M. E. High Priest, Barber, invites companions to at tend; as an especial order of business the Morri son Memorial Fund will be brought up, and action taken thereon, and we doubt not that Crescent Chapter will come to the front in this laudable undertaking, as Crescent never lacks patriotic ang true Masonic feeling whenever called upon for any good purpose. CONSTITUTION, NO. 230. This chapter mot last Tuesday, M. E. Com panion Taylor in the East, and while there was no work, there was a very pleasant gathering of congenial spirits, who all spent a very pleasant hour with the companions ol Constitution Chap ter. GATE OF THE TEMPLE. The Degree of P. M. will be conferred at the next regular convocation ot this chapter, to be held at eight o’clock on Monday evening, tho 10th inst. Royal Arch Masons of sister chapters are cordially invited to be present. AN IMPORTANT SALE. On November 10th and 11th a sale ot rare Masonic books will take place in this city—one ot the oldest and most intelligently gathered libraries will be offered to the Masonic fratern ity. Among others we find, for instance: A discourse delivered before the Grand Lodge of Connecticut in 1797 ; another from the year 1774, and “ System ot Freemasonry,” Philadel phia, 1794. It embraces books ot all grades, rites and systems ot English, French and Ger man Masonry. We eball refer to this sale again, but we call the attention ot the brethren to it now so they may be prepared for it in time. Fbanklin Lodge, No. 447.—The Sec ond Degree was conferred last Monday in this lodge. W. Bro. J. Barthman, who has but re cently returned from Europe, whence he had taken a voyage to recuperate his health, occu pied the chair, seemingly well and hearty. Bro. A. Hollander rendered the M. C. work, although somewhat abbreviated, but in a fine, graceful snd comprehensive manner, W. Bro. Fred Hartenstein, of City Lodge, in his usual happy s;yle, also assisting. Franklin Lodge will con fer tbe Third Degree on Monday, the 17th inst., of which we will remind our readers again a week hence. TEMPLAH NOTES. AN INTERESTING EVENT. Friday evening next, the 14th inst., in Coenr de Lion Commandery, No. 23, at the Masonic Hall in this city, M. E. Sir Charles Roomo, Grand Master of Knights Templar in the United States, will, in person, confer the Order of the Temple on his youngest son, Wm. Harris Rooms. Thia will be not only an interesting, but a notable event, for the M. E. Grand Master will thus demonstrate that while exercising the wide supervision entrusted to him by the Grand En campment, and ever alive to the interests of his vast constituency, he is still able to illustrate the beauties of the ritual with the hand ot a skilled workman and under circumstances peculiarly touching to the heart of a parent. That he will have a large and sympathetic audience goes without saying, and we shall leave our mountain fastness to participate in the brilliant scene and give welcome to the order one we have known from his boyhood. We learn that invitations have been sent to the officers of the Grand Commandery and the principal officers of the Commanderies in New York and Brooklyn, and all we need add is the advice: Go early. A TOUCHING EPISODE. At the annual conclave of the Grand Com mandery of Kentucky, in May last, the following touching episode occurred: The Grand Generalissimo, having become blind, resigned his office, which was accepted by the Grand Commander and an appointment made. The Jurisprudence Committee reported that the resignation was void and of no effect. Concurred in by the Grand Commandery, and he was subsequently elected Deputy Grand Commander. Sir Knight Gilbert, of lowa, was present at the e'ection, and in an address to the Grand Body said: In all my varied Masonic experience, I have never witnessed a more pathetic scene than this; nor have I ever been cognizant of a Grand Body episode which so fully exemplifies what is taught ns at the Triangle. The audible sobs of the dear fratre whom you have just shown, that|in the Grand Commandery ol Kentucky blindness in itself is no bar to de served promotion; the tear-bedimmed faces which I see around me—my own emotion—all combine to make me say to you, that nobler act than this never was done by a Grand Masonic Body. May the Adorable Master, whose creed you have this day put into your deed, abundantly bless you, for your unparalleled magnanimity. Perhaps, a year hence, it will be found that this act of yours has so infused our afflicted fratre with hope, so renewed the failing springs of action in hfs nervous organism, as that the scales may have dropped from his eyes, and he be permitted joyfully to say: •* Whereas I was blind now I see." May He “whose eyes behold and whose eye lids try the children of men" so order it in His infinite compassion. ASCENSION DAY. For the uses of antiquity Templars profess respect and reverence. Now, Ascension day is not a time to remember the dead, not of sad ness. It is a bright festival, on which there was joy and gladness. It was the return of the living Redeemer to the throne o' the Father, where He ever liveth to receive all who ha e received Him by their righteousness. As well might we on Ascension day commemorate the birth in Bethlehem and death on Calvary. There is a day which has been kept for centu ries to commemorate the loved and faithful departed—All Saints’ day. Now, no Grand Commandery is obliged lo keep any day of the church of Christ; yet we hold and'maintain that if it selects a day to commemorate, it is obliged to keep it in the intent and purposes with which the church keeps it. No Grand Commander is obliged to quote Scripture, but if he does quote it in all honesty, he is obliged to quote it correctly. Ascension day is not a day of the dead, and nobody can so pervert it. All Saints’ day is not the Ascension, but the day to remember the departed, as we visit their last visible resting-place Jiec. F. S. Fisher. COMPARISONS. We would have all Masonic allusions of every kind eliminated from the Red Cross and Tem plar rituals—there is no intimate connection, for instance, between these magnanimous orders and ancient craft Masonry, and there is no shadow of evidence that the wise King of Israel either instituted or presided over any degrees whatever. With the rituals of the order properly corrected, the disciplinary power of the lodge and chapter over command ery members would be loosed, and could then very easily be restricted or annulled. The commandery should strike off the dis ciplinary shackles that bind it to the lodge and chapter, and should assert and establish an in dependence that it owes to its members who have paid their money and devoted their ser vices to its welfare. There is no occasion to institute comparisons between the commandery and the lodge in this discussion, as the questions are raised only for the best interests and dignity of the command ery. The lodge is an institution that needs no encomiums, and those who possess and have studied the mysteries and lessons of its ancient and wonderful degrees, cannot be allured away from it by any rivals. It is complete within itself—unique, unapproachable, inimitable and majestic. “As some tall cliff, that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head." —Chas. J?, Woodruff. Corinthian Lodgb, No. 488, will hold their next regular communication in their lodge rooms Thursday evening, October 13. The work for the evening will be the Second Degree, in which Worshipful Bro. Oscar G. Ahlstrom, P. M., will render the S. D. lecture of the second section in bis able and elegant manner. All are cordially and fraternally invited to attend. Masonic Veterans, Attention !—The first meeting of the association, a r ter the sum mer vacation, will be held at the Temple, on Tuesday evening, 11th inst. Come one 1 come all I 1 Coffee and pipes I And an unusual en tertainment. Excei.siob Lodge, No. 195.—At its next regular communication, to be held on Mon day, the 10th inst., Excelsior will raise three F. Cs. to the Sublime Degree. It is expected that It. W. E. M. L. Ehlers will give the historical account. St. John’s Lodge, No. 1, will work the First degree, in the lonic Room, on Thurs day, the 13th inst., at eight o’clock P. M. Brethren of sister lodge are always welcome. 3JSL 3. H. DWWAC, 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, 5 jc. Silver, platina and gold plates bought. Open evenings and Sundays. Lady in at tendance. JAMES LUKER, MANUFACTURER OF KNIG MASONIC, AND ILL KINDS OF SOCIETY GOODS, NO 133 GRAND STREET, CORNER OF CROSBY. NOTARY AND COMMISSIONER FOR .ILL TISE STATES, He nr y C. Banks. LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICES of BANKS & BANKS Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY. House ; No. 181 East 127th st., cor. Lexington aye. »BW YORK dITY. masonic” directory NEW YORK. ACACIA, No. 327, moots first and third Tues days, Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty* third street and Sixth avenue, Adam G. Vail, M. George D. Sauer, Trea* James D. Oatwater, S, W. Frank A. Hovey, 800, Wux H. Ferre, J. \y. ADELPHIC, No. 348.—The regular commu nicat'-onsare held on the third Tuesday of each mouth at 8 o'clock, P. M., in lonic Room, Masonic 1 emple * m Wm. Wallace Walker,’M. ■J. W. Sandford, Treas. 11. 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. Tre is. James 8. Eraser, M William R. Relyea, Sec., Samuel Pickford, B.’ W. No. 3 VVilleU st., City. L. H. Decker, J. W. ARCTORUS, No. 274.—Regular communi cations of Arcturus Lodge are held at Miller's Hall No 2U2 E. 86th st., S. K. cor. 3d avenue, on the first ’ and third Tuesdays oi each month. Chas. A. Stevens, M Albion T. Stevens, Treas. Benj. F. Ferris. S. W. John J.. Becker, Sec., Bernard W. Hough, J. W. Residence, No. 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, 8. W. Z. T. Benson. Sec. Hubert Mullany, J. W. CITY, No. 408, meets first and third Wed nesdays of each month, at No. 33 Union Square (Decker Building) H. P. Muller, Treas. Fred. Hartenstein, M. Francis Clery, Sec., M. Dittenhoefer, 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, 8. W. Geo. F. Thornton, Sec. Alonzo M. Robertson J.W CRESCENT, No. 402, meets second and fourth Thursdays, in Austin Room, Masonic Temple Strangers in the city and others of the craft are cor dially invited. Edward B. Harper, M. Julius W. Krafft, Treas. F. H. Wall, S. W. Jas. H. Bailey, Sec. Chas. B. Pearse. J w DIHIGO, 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, See., 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 Temple Fifteenth street, east ol Third avenve. Max Frank el. M Berthold Lipman, Trea«. Go. W. Boskowitz, SW. M. Kolasky, Sec., Dr. a. M. Lesser, J. W. Residence, 9i5 First avenue. EASTERN ST AR, No. 227, meets on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month, on N. E. corner of Third avenue and Seventh street. E. Loewenstein, Treas. Samuel K. Johnson, M. John H. Meyerholz, Sec.. Joseph Frank lort, S W 410 E. 79th street. Van Wyck Crozier, j. wl EMANUEL, No. 654, meets second and fourth Thursdays each month, at Koster & Bial's Hall, No 117 West Twenty-third street. Jere. H. Goldman, M. M. Laski, Treas. Henry H. Wllzln, S. W. Leonard Leisersohn, Sec. Wm. M. Watson, J. W. EVANGELIST, No. 600, meets first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Masonic Temple, Twenty third street and Sixth avenue J. M. Layman. M. Mitchell Halliday, Treas. Wm. P. Mitchell, 8. W. Wm. J. Gamier, Sec. J. Oscar Morgan, J. W. Address, 263 West 17th street. FRANKLIN, No. 447, meets first and third M mdi'j’S ol each month, at Livingston Rooms, Masonic 'lemple. Julius Barr. I. m .r, M. Marcus Warsop, Treas. Henry L. Marks. S. W. Philip Margi of, Sec., M. Soli neck, J. W. 1 esideoce. S 3 Reade street. GIRARD, No. 631, meets first Friday in each month, Livingston Room, Masonic Temple. Peter G. Arnott, M. Thon. P. Clench, Sec. E. S. King, 8. 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. H. Rudolph, S. 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. Lindemeyer. Treas. Geo. B. II eb a rd, 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 fifth 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 S.xth avenue. F. Ackerman, Treas. Jas. P. Clark. M. F. J. Milligan, Sec., David McKelfey, S. 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. J as. A. Delehey, J. W. No. 413 West 18th street. NATIONAL, No. 209, meets in Clinton Room, Masonic Temple, 23d street and 6th avenue, second and fourth Fridays each month. David Newmark, M. J. L.Voorhees, Treas. Wm. Schlesinger, K.W. E. Percival. Sec., Ben Van Leenwen, J.W. Residence, No. 304 F„ 85th street. NEW YORK, No. 330, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, Tuscan Room, Tem ple, Twenty-third street and Sixth avenue. John J. Brogan, M. W. M. Thomas, Treas. G. W. Anderson, S. W. J. J. Fox, Sec , Wm. H. Smith, J W. N<>. 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 McMnlkln, Treas. William J. Conway, 8. W. James Hyde, Sec., William Irvine, J. W. Address, No. 66 Lynch stree , Brooklyn. PARK, No. 516, meets first and third Tues days, N. W. corner of Seventh avenue and Forty-ninth street. William W. Seymour, M. Charie ; Leh fitter, Treas. James Ferguson, S. W. Horatio Sands. Sec. John 11. Bellas J. W. PERFECT ASHLAR, No. 604, meets first and third Thursdays, in the Doric Room, German Ma sonic Temple, Fifteenth street, east otThird avenue. Moses Greenbaum. M. L. Greenbanm, Treas. Henry WlLson, S. W. S. Bibo, Sec. Henry Konlg, J. W. POLAR STAR, No. 245, meets first and third Wednesdays of each month, in lonic Room, Germa: Masonic Temple, No. 220 East Fifteenth street. George A. Harkness, M. Guy Culgln, Treas. u Ul . ji. Miller, Jr., 8. W. W. S. Lightbody, Sec. B 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 fifth Tuesday afternoons each month, at 1:30 P.M., at Tuscan Room, Masonic Temple. Visitors are always welcome. Myron A. Decker, M. Martin Fapst, Treas. John I?. 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, 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. Richard Koch, Treas. Dan. C. Springsteel, S. W. P. M. John W. Sokol, Sec. Dunham Emery, J. W. WASHINGTON, No. 21, meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at No. 289 Bleeckcr street (Dixon’s Building). Jos. Morrison, Treas. Irving Hazelton, M. Jas. S. Foote, Sec., J. H. Malees, S. W. 74 Brbadwav. 11. 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 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. Benjamin, H. P J. V. Kirby, Treas. R. S. Larason, K. Wm. H Innet, Sec., H. J. Emersou, Scribe. Res., I<>2 Sixth avenue. AMERICUS, No. 215, meets the third Tuesday ol 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, S. 238 Greenwich street UNION CHAPTER, No. 180, stated convo cations second and fourth Saturdays, at the Taber nacle, No. 161 Eighth avenue, northeast corner ol Eighteenth street. Wm.gJ. McDonald, Treas. Wm. Hall, H. P. John Hoole, Sec , 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, Treas. J. H. Downs, G. W. 11. In net. 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. Fdwln 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 ot each month at their asylum, 13Uth 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. IV AIS HOE, 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 H. Peckham, Treas. William 8. Hemming, Rec., No. 77 E. 86th street. YORK COMMANDERY, No. 55, K. T., assembles in regular conclave, fourth Wednesday of each month, at their Asylum, Masonic Temple, corner Twenty-third street and Si\th 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. Fitzwilson, D. M. Joseph B. Eakins, M. N. Ponce de Leon, Treas. Geo. W. Van Buskirk, S W Wm. 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 BP. 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 8 P. M. James W. Bowden. M. Charles A. Benedict, Orator. John S. 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 sonic Temple, when specially convened. Charles H. Heyzer, IstL. C. C. T. McClenachan, Com. Joseph M. Levey, Treas. Geo. W. Millar, 2d L. C. m. S. Paterson, Sec., Wm. D. Garrison, M. 8. No. 100 Reade st. NOBLES OF HE MYSTIC SIIRIN-E. MECCA TEMPLE, A. A, 0., holds its ses sions at Masonic Temple, New York city, on the feast day ol every Mohammedan month, of which due notice will be given. Walter M. Fleming, Grund Potentate, A. W. Peters, Chief Rabban. Philip C. Beniamin, Assistant Rabban. Charles H. Heyzer, High Priest. Joseph B. Eakins, Director. [Wm. S. Paterson, Grand Recorder, No. 100 Reade st. BROOK L Y N. COMMONWEALTH, No. 409, meets every Tuesday, at eight o’c.ock. at. Commonwealth Hail, No. 317 Was..ingion street, over the Brooklyn I'o.-t cilice, 'liieo. >. Taylor, Treas. Joan 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 filth Wednesdays ot each month, at Masonic Hail, 304 and 306 Fulton street, Brooklyn. P. Fred. Lenhart, H. P. Robert Black, Treas. Wm. A. Bennet, K. C. P. Marrat, Sec., P. A. J. Russell, 3.! 26 Vesey st., N. Y. COMMANDERIES. DE WITT CLINTON, No. 27, meets in as sembly. on the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of each month, at Nos. 87, 89 and 91 Broadway, Brooklyn, E. D. Juan B. Arci. C. James S. Fairbrother, Treas. Wm. H. Bryant, G. S. T. Waterhouse, Rec. Geo. B. Claflin, C. G, ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE. AUROR A GRATA LODGE OF PERFEC- TION, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Brook lyn. Regular communications are held on the second Friday of each month, at Nos. 38 and 49 Court street. Wayland Trask, T. P. G. M. Mark Mayer. Treas. John W. Richardson, Deputy. Frank B. Jackson, Sec., Edwin Knowles, S. W. 126 Pearl st., N. Y. city. James Stuart Gillen, J. W. LATE HOURS AND HURRY, It will materially damage, if it does not finally kill, any Masonic lodge or chapter to commence halt an hour or more after the time specified for opening. ’The hour having been announced, the Master has no right to keep the brethren waiting lor some laggard. The prompt will conclude that it is useless to waste their time in that way, and will soon become careless. 8o the disease spreads until it is next to impossible to secure a quorum ata reasonable hour; the interest lags and the lodge barely survives. Late openings necessitate late closings, and men whose business require that their faculties shall be active and strong, find out sooner or later that this sort ot thing impairs their effici ency, and, after a while, drop out ot the list of regular attendants, then cease to go except on rare occasions. To overcome these impediments, the work is “ cut short” or hurried, which divests it of its impressiveness, and members find no pleasure 1 in it. They wonder where the beauty is, and why they over saw anything to admire in it.— 1 EVANGELIST LODGE, No. 600. W. Bro. Layman, the Master, opened thia lodge last Tuesday evening in full expectation of being crowded out—crowded out from hie seat in the East—and if he was not, it was be cause of the extreme of the m ny R. W.’s and W.’s who came to honor the popular Master of this popular lodge. There wore R. W.’s George Cregier, Benedict, Walker, bob Roberts, and ever so many Masters and Past Masters—W. Bros. Hall and Brown, ot Pyramid ; Loewen stein, of Eastern Star, Baldwin, and so many more it is impossible to name them all. The Third degree was con r erred, everybody assist ing, and after the closing of the lodge the breth ren enjoyed the hospitality of Mat. Layman, and those who had that pleasure will fully appreci ate all that implies, “we have been there.” Evangelist was never in better hands than un* der the regime of W. Bro. Matt. WORTH LODGE, NO. 210. The last communication of this lodge was a very pleasant affair. W. Bro. John J. Burchell, the Master, presided, and every o I’cer was at his post. The First Degree was conferred in full form and excellent style, which, by the way, was nothing new, for all the officers of Worth Lodge are well posted. To-morrow evening, October 10th, the Second Begro ■ will be confer red. Visiting brethren are cordially invited to be present. PERSONAL. Bro. Wright, ot the “ Wright .hic Pub lishing C 0.,” will kindly oblige by calling—oi sending—his address to the Masonic lilor, ai his earliest convenience. W. Bro. “Mort” J. Lighten; .b •, the popu lar presiding officer of True Craftin -.-fa > odgo, has been presented by his charming wife with a chubby girl-baby. The little princess weighs fifteen pounds, two ounces and a fraction. She is named “Frankie Cleveland,” after the first and loveliest lady in the land. “ Where did you come from baby dear < “ " Out of the everywhere into here. “ Whore did-you get your Hyes ko blue ?”■ ** Out of the sky as I came through." •’ Where did you get that little tear?" •• I found it waiting when I got here." “ Where did you get this little ear ?” “God spoke, and it came out to hear." “ Whence the three-cornered smile of bliss?” - “ Three angels gave me at once a kiss." “ But how did you come to ns. my dear?” “ God thought of you, an i so I am here. ’ M. E. Comp. Ayers, the photographic artist ot Jersey City, has presented us with a large-sized cabinet picture of our M. E. High Priest, the late William T. Woodruff, of wnich Bro. Ayers has the negative. Beside 1 eing a speaking like ness, it is a most art stically liiiished photo, and those who desire a lac simile of the late great Masonic jurist bad better apply in time to the artist, M. E. Comp. Ayers, of Jersey City. CONDOLENCE. We offer our condolence to R. W. Levi Samuels, D. D. G. M. of the Fifth District, upon the unexpected death of his mother, which oc curred last Wednesday. We are sure the loss of a beloved mother is irreparable, and hope Bro. Samuels will find consolation in the indis putable fact which, Masonically, we are taught, that sooner or later we must go to that undis covered country from whose bourne no traveler returns. We are also sorry that this calamity will pre vent our R. W. Brother from attending to his du • t ; es as deputy for the present. BUXTEHUDE. This association, which is composed mainly of members of Brooklyn Lodge, No. 285, and other lodges in Brooklyn, went on an excursion a few days ago, and had a very en oyable time. The Annex Hotel, of which Bros. A. F. Geerken and William Meyer are the proprietors, is the headquarters of the association, which is officered as follows: 8. V. Brower, President; William Meyer, Vice-President; Charles 0. Thorn, Secretary; AlbertF. Geerken,Treasurer; E.F. Kelly, H. 0. Simonson and .. M. Esta brook, Committee of Arrangements. The com pany, numbering one hundred, left the Annex Hotel about half-past nine and boarded the steamer “ Sylvan Dell,” which they found well supplied with everything necessary for the inner man, and proceeded to Point View Island. The sail up the Sound was so appetizing that the excursionists were enabled to do mil ustice to the breaklast which they found awaiting them. The time between breakfast and dinner was passed in various ways by the di.ierent members of the company, and at five o’clock they sat down to a dinner which was enough to make the heart of an epicure re oice. Bro. Wm. Tompkins, of Hohenlinden Lodge, and his un rivaled brass and string band, accompanied the excursionists and discoursed sweet music, and ‘all went merry as a marriage bell.’’ ihe in evitable cast-iron punch-bowl was brought into requisition and| full justice was done to its contents. The brethren returned home at a seasonable hour, well pleased with the day’s enjoyment. ONE DIFFERENCE AT LEAST. The London Freemasons f informs us that “ there is a very wide difference be tween English Freemasonry and Freemasonry as practiced in the United' States, Canada and other countries outside of our tight little island.” We believe it, for the Americana have long since discarded all the characteristic practices in vogue as among their colonial pro genitors. with whom the punch bowl was as much of a lodge necessity as the blazing star, and refreshment was more oftentimes called for than labor summoned. To the present hour the English lodges assemble in buildings used for hotels and taverns, and in one of Hogarth’s engravings, “Night,” we have, in the represen tion of a servant helping home his master, and that ot a lodge, as appeared by the jewel sus pended from the ribbon around bis neck, as thoroughly “ tight ” as any “ little island,” con temporaneous evidence as to observance of these ancient landmarks. As far back as 1778, some Masons m New England determined that “ the lodge should be no longer subjected to the caprices of a land lord and the inconvenience of a public inn.” This early precedent has been so industriously followed that, in an overwhelming majority of localities, wherein Masons congregate, should a lodge member desire refreshment, he finds himself compelled to take a tramp “to see the man around the corner.” Hence “going to the lodge ” conveys nowadays no such sentiment of apprehension to the loving spouse of a habitual lodge attendant, as it was wont to do in the days of yore, when the zealous brother might have departed “on the square,” but rarely returned “ on the level.”— Neco Zealand .Freemason, LEADING PRINCIPLES OF MASONRY. Belief in God, who will reward virtue and punish vice. Fraternity, or the brotherhood of men. The obligation resting upon all men to obey the moral law. The exercise of that toleration which grants to others the same right to entertain and express opinions which we claim for ourselves. The equality of all men before God and in natural right and in the eye of the law, and the exercise of that liberty ot action, opinion and speech which, regulated by wise laws, is neces sary to the pursuit of happiness. The promotion of peace and the amicable ad justment by arbitration ot all difficult es, State or individual, where possible, by mutual friends instead of a resort to law or to arms. Respect for and obedience to the civil govern ment and the laws under which wo live. The cultivation and practical application of that broad charity which “ thinketh no evil,” and bestows upon the needy with open hand. On such principles, all men disposed to be just and inclined to peace, may unite and to gether work for the good of all. This institu tion does not build its platform of principles so high that none but such as are already saints having wings can get up to it, nor so narrow that few can stand upon it when they get there; but it is made for mortal men, full of infirmi ties, and is broad and strong, and may be reached by “all sorts and conditons of men” who are worthy and desire to be ma’de wiser and better and to do good to others.—J’. Keister. The Fair and Copest ne Lodge.—A meeting was held by the ladies of Copestone Lodge, Sept. 28th, at 8 o’clock P. M., in tho Committee Room of the Grand Lodge, Masonic Temple. A number of ladies attended; all seemed very enthusiastic in the cause. They have been promised many things, have re ceived more, and hope there is more to follow. The subscription books of the ladies are a great success, one collecting sl2 in one day. They have quite an amount of money in the treasury already. Copestone will not be be hind in the general scramble for the honors at the coming Fair. Tom Moore may be left out in the cold, W. Bro. McFaul and his big Secretary, Bro. Gib son, may shiver without an overcoat; but when the ladies of Copestone are left out in the cold an extra iceberg will start from the North I‘ole. It has not started yet, and the Dear’s mean to keep right on and work to keep themselves warm, and they will succeed too. Dirigo Lodge, No. 30, will celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary on next Tuesday evening, Oct. 11, by an entertainment and ball at Tammany Hall, Fourteenth street and Third avenue. Tickets may be obtained from W. Bro. George Frederick, of the “Dirigo,” in Fulton street, and other members of the lodge. A mere nominal sum will be charged for hat checks. From our personal knowledge of the brethren having charge of the affair we have no hesitation in predicting that all who partici pain will have a pleasant time. It is expected th t there will be present a number of distinguished brethren, among whom will be the representa tive of the Dispatch. Adytum Lodge, No. 640, will hold a regular communication on next Tuesday even ing, October 11. Brethren of other lodges aio cordially invited to attend. (( You don’t say that. Tom Russell i>. going to marry Mollie Penderby •• Yea, that r. what they say." “Why, she ea pe.cnct noodi-’; hasn’t a mind of her own!" • ! i.. ; o ju;d L:a reason he’s going to marry her :k- ovet> quint life, and, as she hasn't a mind o own, - '-<■ ' bo always giving him a piece o: 3