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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
" All is vanity and vexation of spirit,”
the divine essence of charity is altogether ig
nored in the fraternity.—Ed.]
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.
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,
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.”
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
“As some tall cliff, that lifts its awful form,
Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the
Though round its breast the rolling clouds are
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
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
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.
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.
He nr y C. Banks.
Nos. 3 JOHN ST. and 192 BROADWAY.
House ; No. 181 East 127th st., cor. Lexington aye.
masonic” directory
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
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
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.
first and third Thursdays in each month, at Composite
Room, Masonic Temple, Twenty-third street and Sixth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Four Bodies.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
’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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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,
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’.
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:

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