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ODD FELLOWSHIP. History of the Order in Honolulu from 1846 to 185!), Narrated by Brother Parke, Past Grand. A Large Attendance and an Interest Ins Discourse. Last evening, April 23 tb, Excelsior Lodge held their weekly meeting, the officers pres ent being J. Emmelath, N. G.; E. Hughes, V. G.: M. M. Kennedy, Sec: J. J. Lecker, Treas.; T. Hughes, R. S. N. G.; S. Savidge, L. 8. -N. G.; W. M. Graham, R. 8. V. G?.; George Johnstone, L. S. V. G.; J. Hupp, I. G.; P. Butler. Warden; L. L. LaPierre, Conductor; Thomas and W Wright, 8. S.; P.ey. Alex. Mackintosh, Chaplain; W. E. Foiter at the oreran. mere was a TerT larce attenaance oi brethren to listen to an address on the local history of the Order by Brother W. C. Parke. P. D. D., G. S. The hall wat taste fully decorated. Brother Parke's Addres. After the usual routine of business, under the head of "Good of the Order," R. W. Laine, D. D. G. S., rose and introduced the orator of the evening. Brother Parke then said: Noble Grands, Chief Patriarchs, Officers and Members of the Lodges and Encamp ment of the Independent Order of Odd Fel lows in the jurisdiction of the Hawaiian Islands Brethren: The task of addressing jou on this occasion has been assigned to my humble self; and as you are well aware that my forte is neither authorship nor aratory, you will, I have ' no doubt, grant me your indulgence, and overlook all de fects. I shall now attempt to give you a few out lines of tho history of Odd Fellowship in the Hawaiian Islands, from the institution of the first lodge, in 1846, to the laying of the corner atone of the Odd Fellows' Hall, in 1859. There are many brethren connected with the Order here who could entertain you much better than I can; but. for the subjeot chosen, I think I can modestly say, "the task should be mine." No one else, now in membership here, has personal recollection of the first seven years of the order in this Kingdom; of its trials and diflculties; the removals from place to place of the first, and, at that time, the only lodge; of its long struggle for existence; the departure of most of the members for the gold fields joI California; and, later ou, the influx of siek aud distressed visiting brethren, who eatne here from the "land of promise" in search of health, and who were tenderly cared for during their sickness, those who recovered being sent on their way rejoicing, while those who died were decently laid to rest by loving hands. Of all these things I had personal ex perience. I also know how closely we felt bound to each other; our very trials and difficulties brought us closer together. Honolulu was a very quiet place in those days, with but few societies and very little excitement. The Order and the lodge were oar especial hobbies. We felt a true, brotherly regard for each other, and friend ships were formed that were life-long. On all these points I might easily dilate, and tire your patience with needless detail; but I shall spare you th infliction, and make no further reference to our charities or friendships, except where a plain statement j of facts may require it. A few years ago there were two other j brothers who could have more successfully accomplished the task that I have under taken. Both were fully conversant with all the facts of our history, having been con nected with the order from its earliest es tablishment in this jurisdiction. They were always active and zealous in the dis charge of their duties, and both had at tained the rank of P. G., P. C. P., and P. D. W. Sire. I refer to Brothers C. 8. Bartow D. N. Flitner, who have gone to their rest, but of whom we have many kindly recollections. With the exception of myself, and also of a few who withdrew, death has now claimed all who held membership dur ing the first five years of our existence. The next remaining en our rolls, after that long interval, are Brothers Abraham Fornander and George Williams, both of the rank of P. G. and P. C. P. Brethren, the old is constantly giving place to the new, and this is as tree in Odd Fellowship as in all things else. When I look around me to-night, I see the faces of many dear friends and brothers, but they are not the faces of the friends and brothers of "Auid Lang Syne." They have all passed away, and were it not that the change as been so gradual as to ba disregarded, I should feel almost as if I were an interloper, and had no business here. While I rejoice at the present prosperity of the Order, both here and elsewhere, and feel proud of the present membership, I find it to be impos sible to restrain a feoling of sadness when I think of those who have gone before. May it be many, many years ere there ja another entire change of membership; but, wh6n it does take place, let us hope that we may be teld in respectful and loving remembrance by those who take our places. Asking your indulgence for this long digression, I will now proceed to my subject. We must now travel backward in time, for more than 33 years, to a period when some of you were yet unborn; some were mere children; and few were beyond ma turity. On tho 12th day of October, A. D., 1846, the American brig Henry, Captain W. R. Kilburn, arrived from Newburyport. after a long and tedious passage around Cape Horn. Among her passengers was Brother Gilbert Watson, r. G., who was .a physician by profession, and had left home jritb the intention of residing in Oregon, but on his arrival here he concluded to re mam. The Master and Second Officer of the Henry were also Odd Fellows. Brother Watson had with him a dispensa tion to form a lodse of Odd Fellows, if Le could find sufficient brothers to do so. On making proper inquiries, he found two erotners residing here, viz.: Antuony ion Eyck, then United States Commissioner and Charles Brewer, 21; besides Brother Kennedy, at that time Master of the ship Wm. H. Harrison. After consulting with tLe above named brothers, he called a meeting on the 8th of December, when it was de cided to form a lodge, and two davs after wards (December 10th, A. D., 1810) he insti iniea .t-xcoisior i,oagc, no. l, tne name being proposed by Brother G. D. Gilman, and adopted unanimously. The following ofijeers were elected and installed, viz: An thony Ten Eyck, Noble Orand: Marshal Johnson, Vica-Grand; G. D. Gilman, Secre tary; Chas Brewer, 2d, Treasurer. From that small beginning, after passin through many struggles and difficulties, the Order here has grown and prospered, so that we now have two lodges and an encamp ment that will compare favorably with those elsewhere. As another result of that j x rf i i ... - arsi enri, see tnis suD3tantiai ana con venient hall in which we are assembled, and in which some of us have been accustomed to assemble for a quarter of a century. What a contrast it offers to the building in which the first lodge was formed I That had adobe walls and a grass roof, but I shall refer to it more fully farther on. Of the band of brothers who met on that memorable 10th of December all but one have passed away to the Silent Land. The one still living is Brother G. D. Gilman, P. O., our first Secretary, who now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is still a mem ber of the Order in good standing, and has always retained a warm interest in this old lodge, and the Order generally in these far off isles. As soon as the lodge was organised, Com- ntitteos were appointed to draft by-laws and procure regalia and a seal, to put the newly instituted body in proper working condi tion. These were rather difficult tasks, at least so far as regards regalia and seal. At that time Honolulu had but few stores, with a very limited assortment of goods, nor were there nearly a3 many skilled mechanics a3 at the present day. But where there is a will a way will be found. The committees set to work with a determination not to fail. They did the best they could under the circumstances, and in due time their work was accomplished. The by-laws were compiled, adopted and printed; very re spectable regalia and paraphernalia were prepared; and a seal was designed and en graved here, which was of the same design as the one used by Excelsior Lodge to the present day. The first meeting held by Excelsior Lodge after its organization was on the 16th ef the same month, at which time propositions for membership were received from the first two candidates, J. B. McClurg and Julius Anthon, who were initiated on the following Tuesday (December 22d). One week later propositions were received from A. P. Brins made, E. C. Webster and our late Brother C. S. Bartow, and they were initiated the same evening, so that the lodge, by its in crease in membership, might enter upon the new year in good working order. About this time, or shortly after, Brother Kennedy, who had rendered good service in assisting to organize and carry on the lodge, left in his ship, the Wm. II. Harrison, for Boston, where he held membership in one of the lodges. Through him Brother Watson forwarded his report to the Grand Lodge of the United States, giving a full account of the institution of the lodge, its condition at that time, and a complete list of its officers. In those days we had no steamers, nor was there an overland railroad. - All mail matter had to come and go by the way of Cape Horn, and at times we had to wait over a year for answers to our correspond ence. In da course of time a reply came from the Grand Lodge, approving the action of Brother Watson, and the lodge continued to work under the dispensation brought by him until the arrival of Brother Alexander Frazer, in the United States revenue cutter Lawrence, of which vessel he was com mander. He brought with him the charter under which Excelsior Lodge has worked from that time to the present, having been delegated by the Grand Lodge of the United States to perform that duty. That charter now hangs behind me, and of all the names there enrolled there are but two now living. via: iirotner j. a. spauming and tne one who now addresses you. And of all the brothers who joined the lodge during its first year of existence, so far as I know, there are but three who still survive. Among others, who afterwards connected themselves with the Order, were J. II. Wood and C. B. Bishop, who had come here as fellow passengers with Brother Watson in the brig Henry. They both rendered good services to the Order, and both attained the rank of P. Q Brother Wood becoming also a P. C. P. The form of initiation, as well as the degree work, used in those days, were quite different from what we use at the present time; but of that there is no need to speak further on this occasion. The first of our little band to be stricken down with sickness was Brother Gilbert Watson, to whom we were indebted for our existence as a lodge. His illness dated from the 30th of March, J847, and prevented him from again visiting our lodge; but he was not forgotten or neglected. In tho follow ing September, there being then no hope of his recovery, he expressed a wih to return home to die. He was without means to gratify his desire; ner was the lodge, as a body, able to do much toward that end. Its treasury was far from being as flourishing as at the present time; but the brothers were net discouraged. They started a sub scription, and, w;th the friendly contrilu butions of some of our generous citizens, cot connected wilhthe Order, thej rjade up the sum of $1,500, to enablo him to leave for home with his family, and to make them comfortable while on the voyage. During his illness here, Brother Watson resided with the family of J. O. Carter, Esq., where be received from the hands of Mrs. Carter all those kind attentions which in sickness are so doubly welcome, and which she was so well qualified to bestow. To her, kindness and sympathy in distress were natural, and her untiring attention to the sick was proverbial. Many a wanderer, stricken down with sickness, far from home and friends, could have testified to her many acts of kindness. Nor was she forgotten by the lodge, from which she received a com munication, under seal, thanking her for Ler unremitting care and . attention to Brother Watson. Mr. and Mrs. Carter were the parents of Brother J. O. Carter, P. G., who for manv vcars has been a zealous aud valued member of Excelsior Lodge. Hi respected father Las been dead many years, but his tind-nearted mother still lives, sur rounded by her children and grandchildren to whom we fervently hope she may long be spared. At the time Excelsior Lodge was insti tuted, Honolulu presented a very different appearance from what it does to-day. The the town was then composed, mostly, of grass houses and a few adobe buildings Even the stores, where the merchants trans acted a large business, with. but few excep tions were of the same material. There were a few coral stone buildings, and also some wooden ones. Nearly all the fences were adobe. But the exact figures will give you a better idea of the town at that time. There were 1.345 dwelling houses, of which 49 were stone, 36 part stone and part adobe, 40 wood, 345 adobe, and 875 grass. There were 40 stores, of which 15 were stone, 10 wood and 15 adobe. These, with but few exceptions, were plain, unpretending build ings. What a contrast to the city as it now stands, with its fine blocks of stores, and its handsome residences scattered thickly from Kapalama to the Makiki plains, and for a long distance up the Nuuanu Valley. But few landmarks are left of the old un pretending town. The foreign population of the old town was 690, including 61 ladies and 114 children. Of the ladies, 40 were American, 10 English, and 1 Danish. Our first lodge roem was in an adobe house with a grass roof, in the premises on Hotel street, known as Adams' yard. It had a verandah around it, where the Ortside Guardian had to keep constant watch on all sides while the lodgo was in session. As the building was but one story, it would not have been safe to have allowed him to come inside. You can readily imagine that on rough and stormy nights the surroundings of the Outside Guardian were not as comfortable and cheerful as they are at present. In 1847, we removed to another adobe house, near the corner of Hotel and Alakea streots, not far from the spot where the old Royal Hawaiian theater afterwaads stood. In 1848, news reached Honolulu of the discovery of gold in California, which caused quite an excitement here, as it did elsewhere. Preparations were at once made for departure, and a general stampede fol- owed. Every available little craft was at once fitted for tho voyage, and left here crowded with passengers, nearly all of whom were foreigners. There was such a general exodus that Honolulu was nearly depleted of its foreign population. Of course most of our members were borne along with the crowd, aud we had but very few left. Our meetings wore soon confined to a mere cor poral's guard. For many months there was no quorum, and we could transact no busi ness; but we still continued to meet to- , gether on Tuesday evenings, to talk over our prospects, and to ascertain if any brother needed our aid or sympathy. As our funds ' were low, with no prospect of an immediate increase, we found it necessary to reduce our expenses and give up our rooms. At that time Brother H. N. Crabbe was United States Naval Storekeeper, and occupied the wo story stons building near the corner of Fort and Merchant streets, aud in which Messrs. Ed. Hoflschlaeger & Co. for a long time did an extensive business. In our difficulty Brother Crabbe came to our aid, and at his kind invitation we removed all our paraphernalia to his premises. This was in the latter part of 1848, and we remained there nearly a year, during all which time we continued our informal Tuesday evening meetings. The old building, like most of the brethren who then met within its walls, has passed away. It was removed about two years ago, to make room for the present Campbell Block. In 1849, the tide of travel began to turn, and the foreign population was again on the increase. Our brothers were gradually re turning, and we determined to again start the lodge on its work of usefulness, as soon as we should find it possible to do so. In October of that year, we removed to an adobe building that stood back from the street, on the lot on Hotel street, near Nuuanu street, on which one of the McLean build ings now stands. We remained there only a few months, and had to leave in a hurry. It wa3 a very rainy season, and one stormy night the whole of one side of the house fell out, leaving the interior exposed to the gaze of the public and the ravages of the storm. But it was our last experience in adobe halls. A few rods from our dilapidated lodge room stood a two story wooden building, belonging .to Brother R. A. S. Wood and myself. It was 24 by 40 feet, with roofed verandahs to the upper story, running the length of the building, both front and back, and with a stairway to each outside the building. The upper story comprised a a parlor about 23x24, and two comfortable bedrooms, besides a small store room at the end of the back verandah. To these rooms we at once removed all our lodge property, and in a tkort time wo were ready to go on with our lodgo work as U3ual. The par lor wo transformed into a lodge room, and the bediooms into ante-rooms. There we were more comfortably and pleasantly es tablished than we had been theretofore, and there wo remained for more than five years. Before rehearsing the events of those five years, allow me to again refer to the visit of Brother Alex. Frazer. I have already stated that, under author ity of the Grand Lodge of the United States, he brought us the charter under which Ex celsior Lodge now works; but I made no mention of the date of that import ant event. He a"rrived here on the 11th cf September, 1849, about a month before wo left the hejter of Brother Crabbe's hos pitable roof, and nearly ihrce years after the institution of tho lodge by Brother Gil bert Watson. On receiving the charter from Brother Frazer, we surrendered the dispensation under which we had so long worked. We made tho visit of Brother prater as pleasant a3 possible, and, as it was official, it was of much value to us. Wc could receive his instructions as "by au thority," and he was always pleased, to im part instruction, being well posted in the business, laws and work of the Order. I must not forget to mention that when he entered the harbor of Honolulu, there was flying at the mast-head of his vessel (the United States revenue cutter Lawrence) , a large, blue flag, ou which was a dove with au olive branch iu its mouth, one of the ex pressive emblems of our Ordar. ' This flag he kept flying every day as long as he lay iu our port. We understood at the time that the flag was intended as a compliment and welcome to Excelsior Lod?e, No. 1; as a compliment, because, like the dove, we had found a resting place on dry land, amidst the waste of waters; and, as a welcome, be cause ours was the pineer lodge iu the far West, as well as in the Pacific. Much to our surprise, we learned, years afterwards, that the flag was in the possession ef Cali fornia Lodge, No. 1, of San Francisco. Why it should be in their possession instead of in ours, I fail to see. They have no tender and sacred memories clinging around it, as we have; and I can but think that we are entitled to it. What a graceful act it would be for the lodge that now holds it to tender it to old Excelsior. The entire Order would applaud; and we should ever hold California, No. 1, in grateful remem brance. Let us hope that our Order may yet be able to point with pride to so Ut selfish, generous and noble a deed. I will now briefly review the events of the five years that we remained in our first com paratively comfortable hall. During the first two years there was no incident of im portance that I can call to mind. The lodge went on in its quiet way, increasing in membership and conscientiously perform ing its various duties. The full of 1852 was about the most tryin time the lodge ever had; and tho sincerity and brotherly love of the members were put to a sever test. A large number of Odi Fellows arrived from San Francisco, sick and in distress, and but one visiting ca among them, moBt of them not being aware, befuro their arrival, that there was a- lodg here. They had wandered to California in search of gold, but were among the uufor tuuatte and disappointed ones. What could we do? We were convinced that they were Odd Fellows and held lodge membership We knew that they were far from home and in a strange land. We could not see them sick aud dying without administering to their wants. The lodge funds were soon exhausted, and then these heavy expenses had to be met by subscription among the numbers, for we never disregarded the com mand to "visit the sick and bury the dead." Though not quite so frequent, similar cases were not uncommon for two or three years longer. In July, 1853, we received from the Grand Lodge of the United Sfatos the sniu of $1,600, which, under its auspices, had been contributed by the various lodges in the United States for the express purpose of buildiag a hall in this city, and we vere not allowed to use it for any other purpose. Tho amount was gratefully received, but it was altogether inadequate for the purpose intended. It wa at once placed for invest ment in the hands of the Trustoes, of whem Brother J. IT Wood was Chairmaa and principal manugur. Under his able and effi cient care the littla fund proved to be a very attractive nucleus, which grew so rap idly that in a few. years we found ourselves with a building fund amounting to $7,000. But I Khali have to refer to this again further on. The year 1853 was an important and fruitful one for us. It not only brought us the fund just referred to, but it also brought us the Degree of Rebecca. Brother R. A. S. Wood had made a visit to Califor nia, and while there was invested with the degree, and he was empowered to confer the degree and to institute a Rebecca Degree Lodge in this place. The lodge was never instituted, but Brother Wood conferred the degree on most of the members who were entitled to it, and on many wives of mem bers. It has continued to be conferred by the officers of the lodge whenever required. The degree has in many cases been of great advantage to wives of Odd Fellows. I will give you an instance that came under my ewn observation here in our own little town. In the same year a whale ship arrived here from the coast of California, having on board a number of passengers from the wrecked steamer Independence. The ladies were in a pitiable condition, having lost all their baggage, and being left without a change of clothing. Among them was one who had received the Rebecca Degree. Sis ters were found who had received the degree, and they at once took the stranger under their especial care and supplied her with what she required. Nor were the other ladies neglected or forgotten the sisters, as well as other ladies in Honolulu, did all they could for them. On the 1st day of February, 1854, in com pliance with the application from a number of the members of Excelsior Lodge, Poly nesia Encampment, No. I, was instituted by Brother Dexter of California, who had been appointed by the Grand Lodge of the United States to visit Honolulu and perform that duty. The expense of thi3 visit and start ing the encampment amounted to $661 50, which.was borne, by the charter members, viz., Patriarchs W. A. Husoy, R. A. S. Wood, J. II. Wood, G. D.-Gilman, W. C. Parke, Henry Macfarlane, Michael Brown, D. N. Flitner, B. F. Hardy, R. H. Bowlen, Henry Rhodes, T. C. B. Rooke, Abraham Fornan der, Gesrge Williams, Charles Brewer, 2d, C. S. Bartew and H. Bennett. Of all these there are but five new living. On February 9, 1854. Polynesia Encampment was dis banded, aud PU the 10th of June, 1865, I, as D. D. G. Sire, took possession of the charter, as they had not had a meeting for three months, and on December 18. 1872, it wag re-organized under the same charter. Ou the 12th of Dcoember, 1834, the ladies of Uou-jIuIu held ;i fair for the benefit of sick and distressed Odd Fellows. It was a noble undertaking, and from it was real ized the handsome amount of $652 40. This was much needed, as the calls on us for assistance, already referred to, had not yet ceased. Many were the letters received from grateful brothers, thanking us for our kindness aud care during sickness. Thanks were also received from their lodges, but no money. The brothers had failed to comply with the laws and were not entitled to their aid. The logic was correct, but the charity and brotherly love were somewhat 6haky. There are many pleasant meraorios cling ing to the old hall, but I cam recall no others of great importance. When we occupied it, it stood on the lane leading from Hotel street to what is now known as Fowler's yard, but shortly after we left it, it was moved a short distance to its present site on Hotel street, where it is now occupied by Mr. Kamsey and others. It has quite a record is the meeting place of secret benev olent societies, none of which had been in troduced here at the time we occupied it. The Knights of Pythias occupied it over ten years, and, during that time, it was also I used for longer or shorter periods by the Red Men, Foresters, Good Templars and Legion of Honor; and, for a short time, by Harmony Lodge, No. 3, of our own Order. We left it in July, 1S55. At the date just mentioned, we removed to the upper or second story of the stone building, nearly opposite where we are now assembled, and which is. now occupied as the store of Henry May fc Co., and there we remained until this hall was ready for us. Its fittings and decorations were paid for by subscription, as the lodge funds W' - very low. During the time we t . that hall, there were but two events to which I think I should particularly refer. Other matters went on as usual. On the 30th of April, 1856, a lodge of Odd Fellows, under the name of Pacific Lodge, No. 2, was instituted at Lahaina, island of Maui. It was composed mostly, if not en tirely, of brothers who withdrew from Ex- cel-ior Ledge for that purpose. They felt the want of association, and had but few op portunities to visit the lodge in this place Brother C. S. Bartow had removed to La haina the year previous, having received the appointments of Collector, Postmaster and Harbormaster for that port. He, more than any of the others, would chafe at not having lodge meetings to attend. There can be no doubt that it was mainly through his efforts that the lodge was started. He was its first Noble Grand, and Brother Peter H. Treadway the first Vice Grand Both have passed awav, and so has thtir lodge. I have no record of who were its officers, what was its greatest membership, nor why or when its charter was surren dered. This I do know, that the years of its existence were not many. The foreign population of Lahaina was too small to support a lodge. The effort was a worthy one, but the material was too scant I have already stated that our little hall fund of $1,600 had been judiciously in vested and reached the sum of $7,000. With that fund we purchased the lot on which this hall now stands; and, having obtained a charter from the Government, it was de termined that we should build at once. All the other available funds of the lodge were loaned for the purpose. The deficiency was also raised by loan without difficulty. The indebtedness was afterwards paid off by the rents received from the stores below, and from the lodge itself. The corner stone of this hall was laid on the 26th of April, 1859, and for an account of the ceremonies on that occasion, I cannot do better than quote from the Polynesian, of April 30th, as follows: "One of the greatest pageants, in many respects, ever witnessed on these islands was undoubtedly the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in the United States of Amer ica, by the united action of Excelsior Lodge, No. 1, and Polynesia Encampment, No. 1. Also, the ceremony of laying the corner stone of a new hall for the use of the order; both of which occurrences took place ou the same day, the 26th instant. "At half-past 10 in the morning, Excelsior Lodge, of Honolulu, joined by the brethren resident in Lahaina, and other visitors, and by Polynesia Encampment, No. 1, formed in procession below their lodge room, on Fort street, precoded by a band of musicians, and escorted by the le Progrcs de l'Oceanic Lodge of Masons, and the Royal Arch Chapter, followed by the Mechanics' Benefit Union Society, marched to the Fort-street church, which was soon filled with a large and attentive audience, among whom we noticed His Majesty the King, the Chief Justice of the Kingdom, the Commissioners st France and the United States, and manv other gentlemen of note. "The Rev. E. Corwin, pastor of the hurch, by special request of. Excelsior Lodge, preached a sermon from Eoclesiastes, the Rev. S. C. Damon kindly omciatincr at the prayer and benediction. " The day was generally observed through out the town as a holiday, nearly ( very store being closed. In the evening, Polyaesia Encampment and Excelsior Locge gave a ball at the Bungalow, where cne of the largest and most harmonious gatherings took place that we have witnessed for some rears. " The box which was deposited in the cor ner stone, contained the following: 'A written statement of the circumstances under which the building was erected, show ing from what sources the funds were re ceived, signed by the N. G. of Excelsior Lodge. "The Holy Bible. "Copies of the diffiereut newspapers pub ished in Honolulu. "Commercial statistics of the Hawaiian islands, from 1843 to 1859, inclusive. "List of officers of Excelsior Lodge, No, 1, and of Polynesia Encampment, No. 1, at the date of their respective formations, and' at the present date. 'Statistics of the Order. "Copy of the charter by authority lot which Excelsior Lodge, No. 1, is working. "Copy of the address delivered at the ceremony, by the N. G. of Excelsior Lodge. "Comnutrcial Calendar for 185?. "Copy of the historical sketches of vol canoes on Hawaii." With this account of the ceremonies and festivities of the memorable 26th of April, 18o9, I should bring these reminiscences to a close, as I have reached the limit I pro posed to extend them ; but, with your kind permission, I will so far overstep the boundary as to refer to the valuable ser vices rendered by the Building Committee, consisting of Brothers R. A. . Wood, Wm. Ladd, Thos. Spencer, J. H. Wood and H. Lewers. Brother Ladd, who was in a store almost opposite, watched, I might almost say, every brick placed in the build ing; and all the committee took a lively in terest iu the wcrk. To their constant super vision and care are we indebted for the thorough and workmanlike manner in Inch this comfortable hall was erected., he hall is substantial, and, if not destroyed by apcident or a convulsion of nature, is calculated te outlast many generations. But it is now a familiar object and no longer new. More pretentious looking buildings have sprung Tip, with architectural effects and ornamental designs, that were not thought of here in the old days. Yet, at the time it was built, it was considered a very fine building and an ornament to the citv; and even now but few strangers can pass it without having their attention taken to the I. O. O. F. and three links, so promi nent on its front, and a secnd glauca must convince them that Odd Fellowship in Honolulu has a firm and solid foothold It is now 26 years since the corner stone of this building was laid. Many changes have taken place iu that time. Death has claimed many valued brothers and others have taken their places, as others must sooner or later take ours. We have had our days of prosperity and our nights of adver sity sunshine' and cloud as in every other class or condition of humanity. The most important events that I now call to mind were the completion and dedication of the hall, the surrender of the charter of the encampment and its subsequent restoration the institution of Harmony Lodge, No. 3, and the visits of prominent Odd Fellows. These subjects and others that I have prob ably forgotten, together with the present condition and prospects of the Order in this jurisdiction, will furnish ample material for another address or essay. We have brethren among us who are acquainted with the facts and can do justice to the subject. I com mend the matter te their serious considera tion, and hope that one may be found who is willing to undertake the work My task is nearly completed. I have placed before you the principal event of the first 12 years of oar existence here as an Order. The record is a proud one, and has been maintained through the subsequent years. Let us ardently hope that it may be as bright in the future. Let us remember, with gratitudo, the services of those who were so aetive and aealous in times past; let us hold them in veneration and emulate their examples; let us not forget that Golden Rule, that "What soever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them." Let us still continue to obey the positive command of our Order, to "visit the sick, relieve the dis tressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan." Were these commands universally fol lowed, what suffering and sadness would be averted; how much of gladness and joy would take their places! We might then Bay with the poet: '5o more shall nation against nation rise, Nor ardent warriors meet, with hateful eyes. Nor fields with gleaming steel be covered o'er; The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more; But useless lances Into scythes shall bead, And the broad falchion in a ploughshare end; No sigh, no sorrow, the wide wo.ld shall hear, From every face be wiped off every tear; AU crimes shall cease; and ancient fraud shall fall, Returning Justice lift aloft her scale; reace o'er the world her olive branch extead. And white-robed Innocence from Heaven de scend." At the conclusion of the address, which was warmly applauded, a vote of thanks was tendered the orator of the evening, and the ledge was closed in due form. Harmony Lodgre, Xe. 3 List of Mem bers. The following is a complete list of mem bers of Harmony Lodge, No. 3, I. O. O. F.: 1876 C S Bartow, R W Laine, Oeorge Williams, S Roth, A McWayne, Mark Green, F T Lenehan, G H Robertson, A Loewenberg, D N Flitner, E B Friel, Julius Hoting, P Jones, H Renjes, A Ehlers, F A Schaefer, August Bose. 1877 A McDuflf, M T Donnell, Cecil Brown, E S Cunha, E R Hendry, J H Mc Lean, W H Corn well, J H Lovejoy, A W Bush, R F Bickerton, W E Herrick, H L Chase. 1878 M Joy, Charles Koelling, W M Gib sons F P Hos tings, F H Enders, Sam Grant. 1879 William Johnson, T Robertson, G W Smith, Charles Blackburn, L Ilam- brecht, C Bolte, L W Utech, C Sarensen, II Lose, J A Palmer, J H Bruns, Jr, Phil Stien, S Selig, FDA Marques. 1880 E A Pierce, William Wagner, A C Standart, H L Meyers, G T Engling, J R Morrill, A Cryderman, S J Shaw.'LC Abies, CE Potter, A Turnbull, E C Rowe, Alex McKay, A A Shillinger, G W Pascoe, J J Williams, H L Evans, C H Woolmington, H Graham, P O Sullivan, T A Dudoit, C N Arnold, A Gilfillan, L 8 Tichenor, A W Richardson. 1881 L P Dubois, M D Monserrat. M Canavan, G D Freeth, J D Lane, G W Smith, John Lucas, E H Thatcher, J A Cruzan, S F Graham. 1882 George Lucas, G W Brown, Thomas O'Brien, S J Smith, TJ .Nagle, C Bush, A G Ellis, W G Ashley, T C Lorenzen, C O Berger, J E Wiseman Oeorge W Colby, Charles T Rodgers, W P Crooks, J Simon son, Jr., T H Burgess, S A Hart. 1883 G E Graham, C Lucas, C Wtis, M Brown, T W Willets, A C Palmer, H Davis, J Ouderkirk, II Netler, F J Higgins, JH Murray, G II Carstens. 1884 H H Williams, C J Fishel, A T Atkinson, J L Torbcrt, W II Fage, WR Lawrence. 1885 J D Arnold, G II Tuxbury 122 members in all. The present active mem bership of the lodge is about eighty. The officers for the present year are: G H Car stens, N G; R II Graham, V G; J A Palmer, Secretary; L C Abies, Treasurer; Y O'Sulli van, Warden; J II Murry, Conductor; M D Monserrat, R S N G ; C J Fishel, L S N G; J Ouderkirk, R S V G; WE Herrick, L S V G; JL Torbcrt, II S S; C Lucas, I G; II Davis, O G. The lodge dedicated their present hall January 3, 1834. Commercial Insurance ConipHuy, We direct attention to an advertisement in another part of our paper, announcing the opening of a branch agency of the Com mercial Fire and Marine Insurance Com pany of California. This is a well-established conservative company, and its advent here, under the able auspices of Mr. C. O. Berger, is a proof of the growing importance of our local and islands business. Its home management is all that could be deidrej. No more capable insuranco man. t to be found on the Famine Coast than its Secre tary, Mr. Charles 4. Lay ton; and its Presi dent, Mr. John M. Wise, is a business man of long standing and high repute. Its repre sentative hsre a too well and favorably known to uced commendation in this place. To-night there will be an iutertainment at the hotel, which will include a dancing pwty, and promises to be a nice affair. Tlte Maceration Iroeea. We have been furnished the following ex tract from a letter written by Mr. Alex ander Young, of tho Honolulu Iron Works: "The bubblo has burst. Dr. Martin, chem ist, from Sprcckelsvillo plantation, and Mr. Morrison, from Hakalau, have found the glucose scare is all a hoax. The quantity of invert sugar in second mill juice is just about half that of the first mill juice, and as the juice in second mill is diluted to about half the density of the first, it shom that no invertion of cane sugar is caused by macera tion and double crushing as carried out at the Waiakea mill." Accompanying the above extract, we have recoKed the follow ing copy of t db. martin's uefort : Analysis of cane juice from Waiakea Macer ation Mill, Hilo, by Dr. Martin, Chem ist, Spreckelsville, Maui. April 23, 1835. First experiment Invert sugar from first crushing, 3 roll mill 0.22G3 Invert sugar from second crushing, 2 roll mill 0.1176 Polarization of juice from 3 roll mill 1.82 Polarization of juice from 2 roll mill 7.2 April 24, 1885. Second experiment I Invert sugar from first crushing, 3 roll mill 0,2250 Invert sugar from second crushing. 2 roll mill 0.1142 Polarization of juice from 3 roll mill 18.8 Polarization of juice from 2 roll mill 8.15 I have made the above analysis of juice from first and second crushing milU at Wa iakea Plantation, Hilo. The bot water is applied to the trash from first mill to dilute the juice of second crush ing mill to one half the density of that of the first, and I find that the showing of in vert sugar in tiie first and second mills juice is practically the same. And I also conclude that thcro is no possibility of con verting cano sugar into invert sugar by the mode of double crushing, and the uso of hot water, as carried out at the above Waiakea Sugar Mill. (Signed) Db. Martin, Chemist, Spreckelsville Plantation, Maui. Waiake Mill, Hilo, April 25, 1885. Aside from the fact that the above report proves the glucose scare to be unfounded, it also goes far to show the importance of the planters having on the islands a first-class practical chemist especially employed in their service. Dr. Martin is a thoroughly competent man; but he has other duties to attend to, and cannot bo expected to do all that an anylist should for the sugar in dustry. Noclnl and Personal. Mr. Wm. G. Irwin entertained a party of ladies and gentlemen yesterday at his charming residence, Waikiki. Sea bathing was a feature of the day, followed by an ele gant luncheon. The following were present: Mrs. Dr. McGrew. Miss Rising, Miss Yering- ten, Mrs. Maynard, Miss Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Hastings, Miss Pottin, Miss Winter, Captain and Mrs. Morse, Mr. W. G. Irwin, Mr. W. Alfred Stephens, Dr. Henri Mo Grew, Mr. Schofield and Mr. L. Mont gomery Mather. Captain and Mrs. Morse gave a musicale on board the Alameda last night, which was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The electric lights, with which this noble vessel is fitted up, enabled the best possible effects to be produced by illumination. Professor Berger and the Royal Hawaiian band were in attendance. Tho party was a brilliant affair. The guests began to arrive about half-past 8 o'clock, and dancing was kept up to a late hour. Refreshments were served during the night. On Thursday next the band, by direction ui iuu uuYcruur ui uiuu, win uorcnaue ex- . a 1 -I, . Governor Newton Booth at the hotel. During the week a picnic party wag given at Mr. Dowsctt's place at Punloa, in honor of the Misses Rising, Ycrington and Hous ton, from California: Tho affair was a very pleasant one in every particular. BANKING NOTICE. The undersigned have formed a co partnership under the firm name of Claus Bpreckels & Co., for the purpose of carrying on a Bank of Savings and Deposits, and for trans acting a general Banking and Ex change business at Honolulu, and such other place in the Hawaiian Kingdom as may be deemed advisable. Claus Spreckels. Wm. O. Irwin. Honolulu, April 15, 18&5. Referring to tho above, we be to inform the business public that our Bankingestablishment will be opened for the transaction of t 'siness on Monday, May the 4th, wf n wo will be prepared to receive dCiits in our Saviugs Bank. "We will also be prepared to make loans, discount approved notes, and purchase exchange at best maiket rates. We will receive deposits ou open account, make collections and con duct a general Banking and Ex change business. Our arrangements have been com pleted, so that we can draw exchange on the principal parts of the world. . 105-tf Claus Bpkeckels & Co Drifted Snow Flour. (HOLLER PKOCESS.) HAVING LEASED TIIE S A LIN AW MILLS, I am now prepared to supply, m quau tides suit, all orders, with the celebrated fatally Klour, DRIFTED 8NOW, and also the A fr'O. 1 bakers' brand, RISING HUM. Please address U orders to c. L. DINOLEV, mh24-7-3m 2o 13 Steuart fit., San Francisco.