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IS MASONRY DECLINING ?
\ An Argument in Favor of Peace and Haimony , AN EDICT AGAINST SPANISH MASONS , Tlio Coriipau Win- Carried Into Spain Ktnollon ol' OIllucrH , Institution of Camps , Cnstles anil Divis ions In VnrloiiH IMnccH. Cnmtnuiifrafnl. All human Institutions nro necessarily more oi1 less Imperfect and t > erlshablo , In the pro cession of the ages empires , kingdoms and republics have arisen , nourished and passed away. Nineveh , Habylon , Thebes , I'nlmyra , Carthage and Tyro are inero reminiscences , The pyramids of Egypt , that havehouscd the aiumillcd remains of the Pharaohs and out lived forty centuries , are crumbling away. The grandest and noblest works of art that human brain and hand Imvo wraught are embedded In the ruins of Athens and Homo. Will ancinit craft Masonry , that most re- rored of Institutions , withstand the ruthless t'niiiges ' of timol This Is tlio problem that confronts us now. Nowhere , is the decay of this time-honored Institution becoming more I'HIblo than In America , where it has nourished most vigorously and prosperously. Wisdom , Strength mid Ueauty nro the pil lars upon whleh Masonry rests , but truth , benevolence anil brotherly love are the basis of our order , and when those ancient land marks are obliterated In discord and strife the whole structure Is In peril. No true Mason who is devoted to the prin ciples and tenetof ) the order can remain iu- ilitlcrent over the deplorable conflict bo- Iween the two factions of the Scot tish rite , to whom I desire to ad dress a fraternal appeal for harmony. . Whether will this quarrel lend ? What can you expect from this dissension ? What are you to gain from denouncing each other ? When the strong has subjected the weak to Ills opinion by force , has ho thereby aided the cause of truth ! Oh , brother Masons take counsel of pour own wisdom. When disputes nriso between members of tbo same family do not the laws of nature dictate concession and conciliation ? And why should this quarrel between brother Masons who belong to fac tions of n foreign fraternal order with which ivc , as York Masons , have no connection , bo allowed to disturb the harmony that lias heretofore prevailed Incur blue lodges ! And what good can possibly come of tills bit ter feud among members of the craft ? Is not this a contest of vanity rather than who should best work and can best ngreo. Where will those unseemly disputes , this intolerance and discord end ? Must our lodges become hotbeds of contention und spltef ulnes I Cornenu AVar Carried Into Spain. The Indefatigable Albert 1'lke , conceiving hims lf to bo the Ponlifex Maximus of Masonry tne world over , says the New York Mercury , bat , from the "Old Men's Homo" lit Wn.shlngton.presumptivclyabencvolent in stitution supported by Masoniocontributions , inaugirirated a war upon the National Grand Orient of Spain , which ho declares to be , on Ills individual authority , mi Irregular and clandestine body , although its origin dates back ns far as the year irSO. This mavtial information comes to us hero In America in a roundabout manner , so much so that we con ceive it was never intended to bo known in this section of tlio country , the intention of Pike , in hurling bis llrchand , being undoubt- ubly to brood dissensions among the Spanish Masons in Cuba , Porto Hleo and upon the Spanish main , where the National Grand Orient of Spain possesses subordinate lodges , while It exercises a powerful inllueiice upon Masonry in Central and' South America , In the lust published "official bulletin of the supreme council of Colon ( Island of Cuba ) " can bo found a transcript of this bellicose document , addressed not to It , inasmuch ns the council of Colon is not , upon speaking terms with the the dictatorial Albert , but to the secretary of , the supreme council of Cen tral America , whoso existence is rather upon paper than upon solid ground , there being In reality hut ono powerful supreme council in Spanish-speaking America , that of HiMzil , whleh was organized in ISUti by David Jewett , "general of the armada ot ttio empire , " under constitutional patents from the Cenicau body of New York city. After recital and repudiation of all the his torical facts , set forth by thoSpanish masons themselves , touching their own history and replacing them with assumptions of his own fabrications , Piho set forth the cause for the National Grand Orient's clamlcstinlsm. lie .states that , some time since , that body , which has a supreme council of tlio Thfrty-third within its bosom , entered into relations of amity with the supreme councilor the United States of America , of which John J. Gorman is nt present the grand commander , ex changed representatives , "guarantees of friendships. " and oven went so fai ns to elect Gorman and other members of his council honorary members of the supreme premo council of Spain. For this deed of dreadful note , constituting tlio veteran coun- ell the solo American organization In amicable relations with the great body of Masons In Spain , the potent Pike declares to the Mason- ie world , that "in the recognition und entry into relations of amity with tlio National Grand Orient of Spain. 'ally of the Gorman Cernenu council , ' it Is impossible for us not to see an act of hostility toward us and a formal declaration of no desire to maintain further relations of amity with us. If any other reg ular council of the world does the same their relations will bo terminated thereby. " Tims salth the Mighty Thunder and It is to bo pre sumed that the Grand Orient of Spain will tremble and obey the shako of ambrosial locks. The most edifying and amusing portion of this declaration of war against Spain is to ns- certnin from Pike's own lips the actual di mensions of the proxy ho has selected for the combat. The supreme council of C'ostn HI en WIIK discovered by the Pontlfex Maximus In tbo year 1870 , having been constituted nt San Jose by tlio supreme council of Grenada - ada , ut which place resided an Amer- can , Urothor A. 1C. Osborne , whom Pike commissioned ns his grand rep resentative with orders to run the machine in Ills own way. This ho probably did , although the Washington potentate in an official dis course delivered m 1KSO , declares that noth ing was heard of the council of the grand representative for -'more than three years. Since then , " adds Albert , "I huvolearneil that Hrother Osborno , 'unnidcd and alone , ' has continued the existence of the supreme coun cil. ' " Then the southern jurisdiction con sented to tvcogni/e this potent concentration of ono man , provided ho reorganized himself into a .supremo council for Central America , to grasp live republics within his arms. The task was accomplished with results described by Pike in nn allocution to his council de- .HverpjllnOotober , 1SS ) . "No doubt tt con tinues to exist , though Inactive , as a supreme council for Costa Wen ; for most of them as sist Hrothcr Osborno , none , at least , of the native born Costa Kieim members ; so that the body has become Insignificant. " ( See S. J. , Translations , IbMl.J In Atheism to Ho Tolerated V ' Wo have already called tbo attention of American Masons to the Insidious endeavors of the leaders or those Scottish rlto Masons , gathered into the supreme council of the northern Jurisdiction , to administer the fr.i- tcrnlty In this republic IIIHIII strictly mon archical principles , as Is the rule of their own government , says Colonel Thomas Plcton , an emlniuent Masonic writer in the Now York Mercury. Wo now call attention to a still morn startling fact , that both the supreme councils of the northern and southern Jut Is- dlctlons , proclaimed by some grand lodges to bo the only legitimate- regular bodies with which York rite Masons can lawfully affiliate , are In accord , eorre.s | > oiiileiieo and alliance with ICnropcnn us oduto supreme councils who now , and for years past , have stricken the name of the Great Architect of the uni verse from their proceedings and who hold under their obedience numerous lodges com posed of atheists. When Albert Pike fulmi nates a devreo against anything or anybody ho addresses it , by their titles , to tuiulry supreme councils , whom ho calls Iho solo k'K'ltlnmto In the world , comiioslng -vat k huowu us the Luusauuo confcdcni- tic n , In tlio formation of which Albert Pike xviis a moving spirit. It was n convention of delegates from the various supreme councils of the tuitions held In Switzerland , something after tlio manner of the one held nt I'.irU In 1H , when a conference was entered Into by the councils of Kniticc , Urnzil , Helgium mid America , from which wo receded and repudi ated Its dogmas. Among the llrst nets of this congress of Lrui.mimic was tbc substitution for the word "God" the phrases "Superior Force" and "Creative Principle , " and this declaration of faith was rnt forth to the world us the car dinal dogma of Scottish rlto Masonry. The supreme council of England and Wales took alarm and Issued a manifesto declaring that It found Itself comiwllod to announce to Its confederates that the condition of Its remainIng - Ing a member of the confederation would de pend upon the adoption by the other councils of the declaration of n belief In the being of God and on the Immortality of the soul. Switzerland and Uelgium adopted the resolutions and Franco sold It had no objections. "I never doubted , " says Albert In nn allocution , "that the supreme council of Franco desired to Imvo the phrnso 'Principle Createur' substituted for the word 'Dleu , ' at Lmisaimc , In order that thi'ro might bo nothing in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite In France to Impede the ad mission of avowed atheists In the lodges. " And , consequently , the change was madc.and so remains despite protest of England , we- se.nting the singular contradiction exhibited by some grand lodge legislation In this coun try in recognizing as legitimate a .supremo council In ojioii nlflllation with a confederate tolerating lodges wherein atheists uro ail milled while proscribing another for having accidentally o | > ened correspondence with the Grand Orient of France , which advocates tliu snmo religious Ideas. This subject Is of vital Importance to American Masons , who have been taught to bellovo that the three degrees of York Ma sonry supply the foundation for the upper structure known as the higher degrees. No theory or statement can bo mom erroneous and It 1ms only been tolerated In this country through Ignorance engendered by the ingen uity displayed by the Scottish rite leaders in refusal to confer the lowermost tluvo degrees according to their ritual used In France and countries of Latin origin upon candidates in places whcro a York grand lodge was in ex istence. Were they to act otherwise the delu sion as to the Identity of the rites would boat once dispelled. Our American Masons are imbued with nn Impression that our grand lodges severed fraternal relations with the grand orient of Franco on account of this hit ter's suppression of reverence for the Deity. Nothing of the kind. It was because the grand orient recognized the so-called Lausalnno supreme council , with which Tike was at the timeand he used the grand lodge as placid tools to accomplish his prescriptive work. Then ho employed the phrase Foulhouztism so cover the motive and the object of his at tack and was successful in the assault , as few Masons comprehended the real merits of thu controversy. At present ho Is howling about Ccnieuulsm for prostration of a prosperous rival , unmindful of the fact Unit Scottish rlto Masonry , as enacted by the confederation Lausanne , propagates atheism and other moral scandals. MASONIC KICMCS. Some of Those Which Still Itcmliitl One of Gen. George. "Washington. Equally interesting ns a rello Is the trowel with which Washington , as president of the United States and ns a master mason , laid the comer stone of the capitol in Washington on September 18 , 179 : ! , with Masonic cere monies. It is very small , scarcely six inches in length , with a blade of silver and handle of ivory. Washington's Masonic apron is also preserved in a case built in the wall of the lodge room and its history is told in the card which accompanies it : "Tl\is apron and sash , the handiwork of Mrs. General Lafayette , were presented to our worthy In-other , G'inrgo Washington , by Lafayette , when ho visited Mount Vernon in 17S-1. They were presented to lodge No.J by Major Lawrence. Lewis , a nephew of Washington , in behalf of his son , Master Lorenzo Lewis , .Tune III , 181- , with the box made in France. The apron and sash were worn at the laying of the corner stone ut Yorktown - town by Ponton S. Coles , grand master of Masons in Virginia , also by Frank E. Car- belt , master of this lodge , at the dedication of the Washington monument , Saturday , February Bl , 18S. i , and by him tendered to Myron M. Parker , grand master of the Dis trict of Columbia , who were the apron dur ing the ceremonies performed by him on that accaslou. " Tlio apron , which is of white satin , with diamonds and rubles set in the embroidered emblems of the craft , is the center of a case lllled with other relics of Washington , Among thcso nro white kid gloves worn by him at the wedding , his farm spurs , the straps of a pair of his boots , the gloves worn by him at his mother's funeral , his pruning kniff , a piece of the mahogany coflln which contained his remains and of the cloth which covered it : a nlcco of cloth from the tent ho occupied at the Heighths of Dorchester in I7.V > . ami at the surrender of Lord Cornwall ! * InI7Slhis ; Held compass , a piece of cloth from the coat worn by him at ISraddorlt's defeat , a Isnlfo presented to him by his mother when ho wasjwelvo years old , and which , after parrying for Hfty-six years , ho presented to his nephew , the last bit of sealing wax which ho used before Ids death , and two buttons bearing his name , of a Iciml which were in great demand on the day of his inauguration in 1770. Over in a comer of the lodge room , on n high shelf , stands the clock which was for merly In tLo hall at Mount Vernon , Just outside - side of the room in which Washington died. When ho bresthcd his last , at 10:110 : o'clock , Dr. Klisha Cullen Dick , then worshipful master - tor of Alexandria lodgOj and Washington's physician , stepped out into the hall and cut tlio cord which was attached to the weignts of thu clock. From that moment to this the hands on the face of the ancient timepiece have remained undisturbed , and by their im pressive silence recall the sad event which a whole country mourned. All of thcso relics nro authenticated , and strenuous efforts were nuulo to secure them for exhibition during the recent centennial in New York , but the lodge declined to allow their removal. Many attempts have been made by photographers from time to time to talto views of them , but the lodge some time ago passed a resolution to the effect that no photographs or pictures should over bo taken of them for purely money-mnkhig purposes. Ily a Hro in 1871 , which destroyed the old ledge room , many valuable mementos of Washington were either burned or were stolen by some ono in the crowd which helped to save the contents of the room. Among the treasures thus lost were the bier upon which the remains of Washington wereborno to the tomb mid thu crape that draped thu door Imndlu at Mount Vornoii whllo no lay dead within Its walls , Ills military saddle , his card tables , madu of mahogany and richly carved , many of his original letters in frames , and a portrait of himself and his wife. Quito a number of other relics , not connected with Washington , worn also de stroyed. The portraits of Washington which the ledge possesses are extremely valuable , hav ing been taken from life. The place of honor on the east wall , upon each side of the mas ter's chair , which ho once occupied , by two oil portraits. Tim llrst , painted by Williams of Philadelphia in 171H , represents Washing ton at the ago of sixty-four years in full Ma sonic dress. This was painted for -the ledge whllo Washington was president of the United States , and Mr. Grigg says that ftO.HK ( ) has been offered for it. Thu other portrait shows Washington when n young man of nineteen wearing thu uniform of an ortli'cr In the continental army. This was ulso painted from life. There is a full-length portrait of Washington in thu room , but this Is simply a copy of Stuart's famous painting. There are several old engravings of washington - ton , ono of them certlllcd to by George Wash ington Pnrko Curtis. It would talto considerable space to detail all thu relics of all Idnds which the lodge pos sesses , hut among the must inti're.sting Is ono of tlu IIvo Itoysuf liastllo and the remnant of a completeburvlcu of ' . ' .fiOO pieces of cut glass , engraved with Masonic emblems. Tills glassware has a history. In the early part of the century the ledge showed some kindness to a man who had been shipwrecked and who , being a .Mason , appealed toll for assistance. Hu was sent to his homo In England , where upon his father , a lord of high degree , pre sented to thu ledge this handsome service. Air. Grlgg , thu tylerof the ledge , and who conducts visitors through the room. Is said to Do the oldest living Knight Templar In Vir ginia , Maryland or the District of Columbia. Ho was knighted In Washington coinmnndcry In IS-47. Ho Is an enthusiastic. Mason and has la his possession u constitution and ritual of Freemasonry printed In 17 l , and dedicated to the duke ut Montague. It is lu a remarka bly peed state of preservation , Is printed In very black and am lent tyi * ? , and in Iti lan guage. U the exact counterpart of the Masonic ritual and constitution of today. K. or P. Past Grand Chancellor , E. J. Dowdnll , who died Saturday , April B , at Ills home , Colum bus , O. , was burled at that city Tuesday , the several order * of which ho was an honored member , Knights of Pythias , Masons , In dependent Order of Oddfellows and Hed Men , participating In the ceremonies , which were elaborate. The wondrous growth of the order In Iowa Is shown by the fact that In 1S75 there was a membership of 500 and In ISM ) a membership of nearly 11,000. In 1873 the grand ledge was In debt some f 100 , and In 1WJ ( he grand lodge was out of debt and . * - , ( Kj In the tivnsury. loin Lodge , No. S-'l of Dayton , O. , according to Uratul Keeper of Records and Seal Court , does the best work of any lodge in the world. At the Initiatory exercises they placed forty- live men on the llonr to confer the rank. Chicago Is coming to the front with a mounted division of the Uniform Kank , and Itanner Is to bo its name , says the Pythian Knight. Fifty names nro already on the charter list , and llftv more will probably I > o added before the division Is formally Insti tuted. This bodv when organized will bo the most showy in the order , and will bo used ns a body guard for Major General Carnamin. Colonel Harry F. Downs , First regiment of Nebraska , has notillcd Colonel llnlsoy that ho will enter his regiment as a battalion for the prize colors drill at the coming encamp ment. This Is the llrst formal entry that the committee has received. Grand Vlco Chancellor Christie of Sterling was unnblu to Institute thu new ledge at Crab Orchard on May 10 , but the lodge was duly organized on Friday last. The ledge will bo known as Gethseumne , No. 1-1. Instead of Crab Orchard lodge , No. 13'J. The number 1'JI was to have been assigned to North Star Jodge , which was to have been Instituted in tills city , but which failed to materialize. A number of lodges in the state Imvo asked i ruling from the grand chancellor on Iho question whether they can wear their regalia on public occasions , such as memorial day , etc. The grand chancellor says that the law of the order will not permit regalia to bo worn In any place except the lodge room. This prohibits tlio won ring of collars or Jewels i public nt any time. A new division of Iho Uniform Hank will bo instituted at Hooper this week by Fre mont division. The uniforms of the new di vision have been received and a grand time is anticipated , The present grand chancellor Is mailing a record for instituting new lodges which bids fair to far outstrip all previous administra tions. The lodge nt Crab Orchard , which will bo instituted during the coming week , will bring the list of lodges instituted thus far in G. C. Maefarland's term up to ten. There are nine more which will bo instituted during the next two months , making nine teen now lodges within the space of about eight months. At this rate , the number will have increased to thirty nt the end of the present grand chancellor's term. When it is remembered that the charter fee for member ship has invariably been lixed at0 instead of $10 , as during the two previous adminis trations , it will bo seen that the result is uiueh greater. By keeping the charter fee at a moderately high llgure , the better class of members uro secured , who are more likely to retain their membership and interest than men who are led to join on iifcount of the low fco and immediately drop out. Tlio new lodges , including the one to bo instituted at Crab Orchard , are as follows : Loyal No. I'-W at KearnoyFrankliii No. 1'ill at Omahn.Geth- scmano No. IB I at Crab Orchard , Logan No. 1B. > at Armada , Kathbonu No. 1BU at Omaha , Monte Cristo No. 1J7 ! at Peuder , Waldomar No. IBS at Central City , Plato No. IB ! ) at Elm Creek , Mars No. I.'iO at Fort Omaha , Mount Calvary No. iil : at Clnvlts. Humphrey No. l.'IB nt IlHinphroy , and a ledge at East Lincoln which has not yet been named , but which will bo No. I.'CI , wj ll IM ) instituted very soon. New lodges uro in prospect , at North Head , Gibbon , Mludcu , Gothenburg , Tekanmh , Oseeola and Harwell. Trojan division No. IS lias been rejuvenated and is now in as good condition as any divis ion in the city. A number of members who were derelict in their duties liavo been dropped and new names added to the roster , there being now twenty-two members in good stiinding. At thu regular mooting Tuesday night new officers were elected as follows : George. Esmond , captain ; II. A. Porter , lieu tenant ; W. F. Stoetzel , herald ; C. E. Car rier , right guide ; C. Cahibreeze. left guide ; W. F. liecliel , treasurer ; F. A. Squires , sec retary. The division has money in thu tivas- ury add is in bettor shape than ever before. It has been decided to go to Milwaukee with at least sixteen men. The credit for this great change in the division is due to II. A. Potter , who has been untiring in his efforts to prevent thu division from becoming de funct. A. O. U. W. North Omaha lodge , No. lr 7 , wilt give nn entertainment at the ledge room in Goodrich hall on May. 111. The following information , in a letter from II. C. Sessions , grand receiver of Dakota , to the grand recorder of Michigan , will bo In teresting to the members of thu order in this state , bearing as it duos upon the distribution of the "Dakota Appeal Fund : " ' 'Wo have receive. ! ? " > , tK"i up to the pivsent time , and have purchased seed wheat applied for by 17.1 nrothers , not to exceed seventy- llvo bushels to any ono man , and I can assure you , the help has been timely , ami greatly appreciated , moving many brothers to tears of gratitude. We have helped brothers of some Jurisdiction in excess of what we Imvo received from the jurisdiction to which they belonged. Allow me to thank the good brothers of Michigan for their Kindness and promptness until thu grand lodge can moru suitably do so. " The "rebel" grand ledge of Iowa held its annual session in Council Bluffs during thrco days of hist week. This ledge seceded from thu jurisdiction of the supreme lodgu about eight years ago because the latter passed a law providing for the levying of "relief calls" during an epidemic in any particular section. The supreme lodgu Issuiul a ivllof call under this law for the assistance of oneof thu south- urn states which had been swept by an epi demic of yellow fuvur. Thu Iowa lodges re fused to pay this relief call mid were expelled bodily. At that time these lodges in Iowa had u membership of about eight thousand , which had boon steadily decreasing until tlu'ro is only about half that number at pres ent. Tlio "rebels. " are leaving their lodges in great numbers and are joining the "loyal" lodges. Several applications from these Iowa "decoders" Imvo boon received by the lodges In this city. The only way in , which a mem ber of the "rebel" faction can iiecomo a mem ber of thu legitimate body Is by renouncing completely all allegiance to the seceding body and going through tlio samu forms and cere mony us ono who had never belonged to the order. O. 10. H. The ofllccrs of the grand chapter Order of Eastern Star went to Oseeola on Wednesday of last week in rcsK > nso to an invitation from Oseeola chapter to come mid witness a special feature In the degree work. 1 ho work was ably ampllllud by tlio chapter and an ad dition to the third degree was shown. This addition was called thu "Jloral ceremony" and was verv beautiful and appropriate , It was presented with the Idea ot having it incorporated In the degree work by thu giand chapter at its next meeting. The work was followed by u pleasant reception and ban quet. The following grand otllcers were pivsent : W. G. M. , Mrs. II. A. Scott ; A. S. G. M. , Mrs. J. B. limner , Omaha ; P. G. P. , .7. B. Bruner , Omaha ; W. ( i. P. , W. E. Nason , Omaha ; W. G. S. , Huv. Guild of Lin coln ; W. til. , Mrs. Davis , Lincoln and P , W. G. M. , Mrs. L. L. Snyiler. Members of chap ters from different parts of the stale were also present. The llfteenth annual communication of the grand chapter of Nebraska , Order of the Eastern Star , will occur In thocitv of Omaha , on Tuesday , .liino 17 , WO , at h o'clock p. m. It Is earnestly requested that every chapter In this jurisdiction bo fully represented. SIK > - clal efforts will bu made to render the session unusually interesting and profitable. I. O. O. ! ' . The grand loJgo and grand encampment of Oddfellows of the D.ikutas held their annual session at Deadwood last week. Delegates were present from North and South Dakota us this was the llrst session since the state was admitted to the union. The delegates were escorted to the city hall by canton Excelsior , where an address of welcome was delivered by the mayor. The si ituu eou- t hided with n banquet Tlio following ofll ccrs were elected for the ensuing year. Onind lodge O. E , Ha sfonl , Kedtlcld , grand grand treasurer ; A. G. Rmlth , Lead City , representative to sovereign grand lodge. Olllcors of grand cncainjimMIl George W. Mathews , Sioux Falls , O. ,1' , . : O. Stephens , Watcrtown , G. II. P. ; A. O. White Aber deen , ( } . S. W. ; E. Flaw , Doadwood. G. .1. W. H. H. Brlggs , Sloilx Falls , ' G..S. ; George W. Shaw , Sprlnglleld , O. T. The next session of the grand ledge will bo held la Ynnhton. " M. W. ( M * A. The Modern Woodmen of tUls city will run nn excursion through the tnoctjlnlns early In July which will eclipse an tlut'ig ever before attempted by a secret society In this section. The excursion will bo given for the double purpose of enabling member * of the order to take the famous "Pike's Peak degree , " which Is a prominent feature of this frater nity , and also for the purpose of exploring the mountains. The party will leave Omaha July 3 , and will go direct to Denver , thence lo Colorado Springs and Pike's Peak. A night will bo spent on the mountain for the purpose of conferring the Pike's Peak degree on those who Imvo not received this honor. All the points of Interest in this neighbor hood will be visited imd the pnvty will then go to Pueblo , thence to Lendvillo and baek to Denver. returning to Omaha about the 7th. Those who do.-dro to do so will continue north through thu mountains from Denver to Golden , Idaho Springs , Sil ver Plume and other points of Interest. Lodges of the order in nelghbnrliig cities will be invited to loin in the excursion and n meet ing was held in Goodrich hull Thursday evenIng - Ing for the purpose of disensslug this and kindred subjects. Already a largo numburof members have signified their Intention of going and a high old time is anticipated. I. O. F. Court Nebraska No. 310 , I. O. F. , the youngest court In the city , will give an ex cursion and picnic on June I. The affair Is given for the purpose of raising funds for the new lodge ami will be attended by mem bers of the Court Eclipse and Court Tuutonln of this city and Court Magic City of South Omaha. K. a. i : . Deputy Supreme Chief M. 1C. Over has re turned from Lincoln , where he instituted Elite Castle No. ' . ) . Ho reports that Lincoln will have ono of the strongest eustles in the state. _ A MECCA roil aiuumjiiKiis. Missouri Hnukwoodsincn "Who Have IjOlH of l'llllVilll illlltllCC. The litllo town of Savanah , situated ten miles cast of hero , has recently leaped into notoriety by reason of the re- marUablo sentences inflicted on prison ers by farmer juries at the last term of the criminal court held at that place , says a SI. Joseph ( Mo. ) correspondent of the San Francisco Examiner. The criminal code of Texas which heldthathor.se Htealin < r was a graver crime than milrder , has been thrown completely in the shade. Savannah is the county seat of Andruw county and has a population of 800 , the residents beinp } , mostly rich farmers. The sleepy litllo villahas hereloforo had nothing more exciting to awake it from its lethargy than a church fair or an ice cream social. There is not a hoiiM.1 in the town that does not antedalo the war , the court hou o bein ; an an cient and rickety structure , with moss- covered steps and a wide chimney , in which myriads of swallowd have taken up their residence , * and surrounded by u wooden railing to which are hitched vehicles of a description , never seen out side a Missouri backwoods town. Since the war the town has been sound asleep and it only w'olij ; ' when two mur derers of St. Sosoph $ achanf \ , b of venue to this county for trial. , ' Tlio announce ment that the old court-house was to see a murder trial crcalcd a sensation and on the lirst day the little town was packed wilh farmers , their wives and whole troops and batallions of children. The old court house was taxed to its utmost toaccoinmodnto them at Iho hour set for the trial , Tlio lirst prisoner brought in was Louis Bulling , charged with murder in the lirst degree , lie had murdered a hand some young girl only eighteen years of age , who found out that ho was a drunken brute. After standing his brutality as long as possible she left him and started out to earn her own living. Ho followed her , and on her refusal to again live with him shot her down , llring the second shot as she knelt before him pleading for mercy. The jury in this case was composed solely of farmers. All the evidence was sadly against the prisoner , and the jury after being out ten minutes brought in a verdict of not guilty. The judge nearly fell off the bench , and the prosecuting attorney simply swore until ho was threatened with apoplexy , the intelligent jury all the while looking on in innocent sur prise. After their discharge one of them , an old mossback from the banks of Iho Nodawny river , was asked why they had acquitted the prisoner , and in response said : "Well , durn it all , that feller that talked so nice about him said that he was craxy when ho done it , and wo mis didn't calkerlato tor hang a crany feller. " The next case called was that of A. H. Luke , a typical Missouri tough. Luke had picked a quarrel with an old man over a drink , and because his victim would not light hiid brutally murdered him by braining him witli a chair. The jury in this case was an almost exact re petition. of the other , with the firmly expressed determination to "show thorn fellers we uns comes a right smart ways from bein' like you uns. " There was no dilliculty in proving the crime. Tlio sil ver-tongued aUorneyhowovorhad again gotlen in his work cm , the impressiona ble backwoodsmen , and to the rage of the prosecution the jury , after a absence of a half hour , brought in a verdict of manslaughter in Iho iirsl degree and af fixed the punishment at six months in the county jail. The blessing that that jury got fairly lifted them out of their seats , oven their personal friends joining in "cussln' the duriied fools. " The next case was that of an unfortun ate named James Lpwis. Lewis had broken Into a slore in a ill of overpower ing hunger and stimuli ; i ham , but the jury , mindful of i tlio disgrace that the two previous juries < had fallen into , promptly sentenced him to llfteen years in Iho penitentiary. The next case 911 tho.doekot was that of Joseph Hannah , who was charged with entering u store and stealing a suit of clothes. This ; jury was also mindful of the disgrace that hml fallen on sneh of their deighbors as had served in the llrst two juries nnd.'dlfln't propose to fol low their example. They would make a record for themselves , and they did. It took them just 11 vo minutes to make up their minds to send the prisoner to the penitentiary for twenty years. " Just four Hies have been knocked over the fence at DCS Moines. "Bag" Holliday hit ono of them oat of the lot , Whiteloy and Veac-h two others , and the last player to ac complish the feat was Bobby Black of the Sioux Cltys. Poet Burns says that when the Cowboys get back on their o\\n cellar door and rest up they'll strike n winning streak that will para lyze all thu other teams In the association. He says Kansas City hus been funny long enough and it Is pretty nearly time for them to play lull. The pw.t ID coiTOCt. GRCESOJIK TALES ARE THESE , Strnngo Occurrences Not Accounted Tor in Our Everyday Philosophy. WIBED WARNING OP A OLOOK , Queer llDsfon Time I'lcuo Which Koroti'llH Drath ImiiKlcy'N I'ltohei1 A Drcnin M Murder. "Wo Imvo not oxiu-tly iv Bnnshoo In our fnmil.r whoforululltt by her wntllng nn approaching- death , " said a lady to the writer yesterday , "butvo have had inyotorloim warning of such glvo us tliuo and time again by an old clock , which lias boon In our fainllv for the last 1-0 years,1' writes a Boston correspondent of the St. Louts GlobeDemocrat. . The works were ruined by a shot lired by iv Ui'Itish soldier during the revolu tionary war at my greal-jjrand father , which shot , passing entirely through Ills body , killed him instantly , and then broke the glass door , penetrat ing the works and stopping them for ever , for though iimumerablo attempts have boon madu to repair thorn , it seemed that sotno unknown power kept the clock silent except when death llappod his black wings over the house hold , so it was banished to the garrot. "Tho lirst instance of its warning was when my grandfather died. He had been very ill , but the physicians had at last pronounced him out of danger , and his family were just congratulating themselves on this news wheh the loud tones of a clock striking 1 , slowly and solemnly , like the tolling of a bull , was heard. 'Why , what is that ? ' said my grandmother. There was but one other cloak in the house , which was in full view , so it was evident that it was not tlfat one. 'It is my father's clock , ' said her husband. 'It has struck the close of my day , ' and before - fore they could reach him ho was dead , just as the last stroke died quivering away. "This occurrence was repeated when my grandmother her.-elf lay ( lying. The old clock struck 12 just as she drew her last breath , and my father at last be lieving that there was s-omething super natural in the all'air. had the old works removed , leaving only the hollow case , but a few years after , when my brother was brought homo dangerously wounded after the battle of Chancellorville , the long , slow , solemn tones of the old clock was heard as before , the poor Leon's life went out as they died on the air. They struck for m.y father and for my little child , who died last year. The clock warned me , too , when my sister died in Japan. I had just gotten a loiter from her , in which she had spoken of feeling very well , when I heard the old clock which was in a re mote store room strike so rapidly that the notes almost mingled , and then be gan blowly to strike another twelve strokes. 'My sister is dead , ' I said to my husband , 'and has died very sud denly , but who the other strokes are for I cannot imagine. ' My husband tried to reason and then to ridicule the idea , but I mourned for my sister as earnestly as though I had seen her die , and when , as I knew I should. I heard the news of her sudden death , I found it had taken place on the sumo day and at the same hour as that on which the clock struck , allowing for the dill'ereuco of time be tween Japan and Boston. Her baby , a few hours old , died a few minutes affer the mother. ' ' The Spcetro 1'ilolinr. Says the Atlanta Journal : If you over pass over the South Carolina railway , between Augusta and Charleston , some one will perhaps ask you as you draw near the little village of Langlo.y : "Have you seen the spectre pitcher ? " Perhaps the 'conductor will ask you , if you are a lady , for the conductors are prodigiously courteous to the sex , and will want to show you everything , oven the particular spook which only his road can bonht. Hut if ho doesn't the train hand may , or the news butcher or some passenger. You will hardly pass Langley - ley without having the spectre pitcher pointed out to you. Is it a real pitcher ? is the first ques tion you aslc , as you see it standing there on the post at the well. And then , in your nineteenth century doubt as to all things superstitious , you aslc , has it been there as many years as you are told to believe ? and is it true thai no one has tried to move it ? If you inquire you will fiiul that a great many bulievo the pitcher isuhnined to the snot by some mysterious power , some enchantment , and all will toll you , with slight variations , the following story : Some years ago , in a little cottage near by , lived a family that got their daily supply of water from the well , and earned it away in a little pitcher , the one that stands on the post now. One night , it is said , the supply of water gave out. A thunder storm was raging with out , tint water was needed. Who would go to the well and draw it amid the lightning Hashes as the thunder bolts beat upon the earth , as in the battle of the Titans ? "I'll go , ' ' said the sturdy farmer , " "I'm not afraid of the lightning. " ' And ho went out into the storm. The wife and daughter within the cottage heard the creak of the windlass as the bucket was lowered into the well , and again as it was drawn up. Then came a louder peal and a brighter flash , and then a rapid , whirling sound as if the windlass had slipped from the hands of the drawer and the bucket was rushing down to the bottom. The two women hurried to the door. All was black , Hut another Hash lighted the gloom , and there at the well lay the man who had dulled the storm. The women rushed towards him , groped in the darkness , found his face and breast witli their shivering lingers ho was dead. The pitcher the next morning was found on the post. One of the neighbors who had come to bury the dead tried to lift It. It seemed glued. Ho tried again and his arm dropped palsied to his side. Kvor since then the pitcher has been let alone. It is said that the best marks man can not shoot true enough to hit the pitcher or post. The cottage has been deserted , the well has caved in and the per > t has fallen over towards the gaping hole , where the fresh , cool water of the well once lay gleaming so near to the top. But on the slanting edge the pitcher stands as securely as if it had been carved there. No one Is bold enough to attempt to take the "upectro pitcher'1 from Us lightning-guarded porch. A Dream Discovers a Murderer. Too little attention is paid to dreams. In many instances they doubtless point out circumstances , which , if investi gated , would prove of vast important. * ; , baysthe Cincinnati Hnquirer. My grand father often referred to the fullutyiiiff In- ' cidunt , which occurred in his nuifhuor- I hood when ho WIH u bov , living near ] I Cwmamman , Brecknock , wales : I A gentleman of some note had been foully murdered , but , no clew could bo obtained to direct Inquiry as to his fter n month passed in vain conjecture ( in old lady residing near by dreamed that the deed was commit ted by thrco men , but the face of ono , whom nho had never HCOII , was alone disclosed In the vision. His name and residence were indicated , The woman related her vision to n magis trate , and , upon Inquiry , It was learned that such u man lived at the place pointed out at the time of the murder , but had gone away. Soon perhaps the next night she dreamed ho was at Ystradgynals , and upon being U en there by'an olllcer she found and pointed him out , and ho was apprehended , In jail next day he confessed that ho was an accessory to the crime , but that two others were the principals , whom ho named , and they were arrested , Upon being told that he who was llrst in cus tody had told the whole story , they ac knowledged guilty participation , and all wore put to trial , convicted and exe cuted. Ghost * Play This community is greatly excited over the story of a haunted house near Jackson Centre , about live miles north east of this place , and hundreds of people ple have visited the spot. Jesse Harrison , owner of the farm , died about two months ago , leaving his wife , son and two daughters living in the house , says a Mercer , Pa. , dispatch to the Pittsburg Dispatch. About a week ago strange noises were heard about the house , sometimes sounding as if some one would walk down stairs , when the sounds would cease and no one appear. On Wednesday evening the supper table started oil' without any apparent , cause , and didn't stop until it reached tlio corner of the room. . Miss Roberts , Mr. Shannon and Mr ? . Harrison left the room for a few min utes , and on returning found the clock , vases and everything on the mantel piled on the lloor and all the furniture upset. Shannon put the cfock back , and on turning around a moment after found it again on the lloor. The coal in a hod Ivhiad the stove. Hew around pro miscuously without any visible cause. Stones without number have been thrown into the house and against the house and barn , and all watching has failed to discover the thrower. Mrs , Itunklo , a neighbor , who hooted at the manifestations at Hrst , now fully believes that Harrison is back in the spirit , while James and John MeKlra , brothers of Mrs. Harrison , have been present three or four days watching events , but claim to bo entirely at a loss to account for the strange proceedings. The Spooler Door of Wnlden The mountain people on Walden's Rid- } , ! ' , within llftcon miles of Chatta nooga , tire coiivineoil that a specter door protects tlio living ones , says tlio Grif fin ( Ga. ) ( . 'all. There are still a largo number of doer to bo found on tlio moun tains , and parties frequently go from the city on hunting expeditions' . They sel dom fail to got within sight of game , but very frequently return without any. Tlio reason for thin is explained by'ono of tlio natives of the ridge in ' ti'mo.st singular way. "I know , " he said , "that there is a specter door oil the mountain. I have scon it , and so Imvo a great many other people. Now I can hit a top of a cap-box at 100 yards , ami ] never missed a door in my lifo whun it was an actual llesh and blood door. Hut often , when I go hunting , I jump half a do/.en doer tit a time ; ono of them will stop within a few foot , with his side to inc. ] shoot at it ami it never moves , and I load and lire again. Then I know that it is the specter door , and there is no use in my hunting any inure that day ; I would never see another door. Halo Hound n Minister's Countenance. The wife of Rov. Thomas May-Masters , iv retired elder of the Methodist Kpis- eopnl church of Glens Palls , N. V. , states that her husband came into the hoiipc about S o'clock the other evening feeling quite well , apparently , and sat down on the bed "preparatory to retiring , when he was stricken with paralysis , says the Rochester Democrat. Almost immediately ho began to laugh IIH if ecstatically happy , and there came about liis head a halo which trans- ligured his countenance. Tlio circum stance of the halo is corroborated by the younger Mrs. MacMablors , who further' says that it lasted ono hour and a half , and was like a luminous cloud about the old man's head. A IM/j'H / Queer Hiding I'laoo. Mr. Knoch W. Jordan , a prominent farmer of Leo county , lolls the following ; lie was walking over his plantation when ho came to u sow which had had a line litter of pigs , lie found ono absent , says the Macon ( Ga. ) Telegraph. Going a short distance further he over took a lingo rattlesnake , which lie promptly despatched , lie noticed that it seemed very largo , and was apparently gorged. Cutting it open , , out jumped the missing pig , which as BOOH as re leased from its close quarters , look to its heels and ran homo. The Gander Slow the Murderer. A geese on the Linglo farm hatched out a line family of goslings last week , says a letter in the Now York Sun. She and her mate , an imported gander , have been assiduous in their attentions to the downy , little- yellow things , but in spite of that a big Norway rat , hordes of whoso kind infest the outbuildings on the farm , WIIB smart enough to elude the watchful eyes of the old geese and gander , and a day or so ngocaptured ono of the goslings and dragged it to his lair under the barn. A few feet from the barn is a low horse-trough , which is kept constantly full of water. Tlioro is a hole tlireo inches In circumference under the foundation of the barn which is a runway for rats , and it was into this that the rat dragged the gosling. ' The two old gceso indulged in noisy lamentations for some time over the loss of their little one , and then an Irtriv seemed to strike the gander. Ho and his mate held a sortof confab la subdued tones , and then they both became quiet. The gander waddled up to the rat liulo under the foundation of Iho barn and took a position ut ono side of it , Ho stood there motionless and patient , with ills eye fixed on the hole. Ho had stood ton minutes or more when the head of a rat was poked out as far as the shoulders. Quick as a Hash the ganeor hurled Ills head against the rat's and his strong hill closed over Us neck. The rat squealed and struggled , but ho couldn't get away. The mother goo.se not up a vociferous anil triumphant squawking , and the gander waddled IIH fast as could to the horse-trough. Ho shoved the rat under the water and hold him there until ho was drowned. Then the gander throw the carcasi on on the ground and Iho two old geeno jiickcd and tore It until it was scattered in bits about the barnyard. Whether the rat was the ono that kidnapped the gosling is of course not known , but the geoho were satislled with their vim- geaiice , and after timi'lng the dead rat to pieces joyfully conducted their family of goslings to the duck pond nndgavo them their llrst exercise In swimming. Kansas City has been taken oil the maps. Poet Hums' head has licon reduced to Its normal sUo. Two vlcUirliw out of nine gami-a wiw thu potent hUH that accomplished this wui.derful feat. So satisfactory were our last week's sales on Men's Suits that we will continue the same for a n o t h c r week , offering many new attractions which equal if not excel anything - thing previously shown. REPORT OF THE CONDITION OK TIII : Of Omaha In the. state of Nebraska , : it the elose of busi ness , May i'lh lb0. ! KKSOUUUL'S. Lou ni mill dlM'nimls. . . . Overdrafts , seen red anil UIISI'l'IIIVll . UiVJ.55 : U.S. bonds tosi'cuiu cir culation . MIKH.00 ) US. bonds to sueuredu- poslts . IT. S. bonds on band. . . . Ktnel ; .sccuriiles , judg ments. elalms.ete . 8 00.00 line from appioved ru- serve iments . if''l 1,431.07 Due fioin other na tional iHinkt . 19,01X10 Duo from state banks and bankers . 1SU1.33 ! ! 27.-.77 ! > .7 < J llimkinK house , fuinl- tme and llxtnrrs . Other lenl estate and inortKHKes \vneil \ . .M13.KI Curient. expenses and taxes palcf . 1'renilnin-ion IT.S. bunds ObeeU and oilier easli Items . fiO.llS.Jr KxchiuiBCS for olearlns house . 2I.II7IU8 Hills of other hanks. . . . L'.VilU.OO Kiaetlonal paper enr- leney , nickels and eent-i . UH.V10 Specie . IM.fiHUO Li-Rill tender notes . -I'J.OJO.UO ' U. S. cei-lllleatcH of de posit forleiial tenders Redemption fulid with U. S. Ueasiirer ( .1 per cent of circulation. . 2,250.00 Duo from U. H. treas urer , cither than fl per cunt redemption fund Total .3L'isirir,2.33 : MAIIIUTIKS. Capitol Block paid In. . . t Min.ooo.oo Surplus fund . lUMKKI-U ) Undivided profits . National bunk notes 45,000.00 State bank notes out standing . Dividends nniald | . Individual deposits' .subject toeheolc . JSOl.r.01.37 Demand eeit Ideates of deposit . r > , on.r.o : Time certificates of de posit . : JWII4.4' ( ) Cui tilled checks . 2.12-i.UO Cashier's checks out standing . , )3.07 ) United States dcposliH. Deposits- U. S. dls- Due to other national banks I43,2IU1 ! Duo to.stale banks and banners ' - uHi.tSO.ai 1.700,473.60 Notes and bills rudls- coiinted * Hills payable - Total W.iWl.tSS.XJ . STATI : op NIIIHASKA : , i ItOUNTVOK DOIIIIIiAS , f I , Hen II , Wood , cashier of tbn above named bank , do holemly Kwear t bat tlio above stato- nielit Is trno to tlio first of my knowledge and belliif. IIKN II. WJOI ) , Caslilur. Subscribed and sworn to lie fore me lilK'.UtU ) day or .May , 1IW I'KANK CUAIIAM , Notary 1'nUllo. Correct Attest : WCANK MIMH'IIY , JOHN K I'OAI ) . I.UTIIint OKAKR , Directors. Lovers of Iho wood mil Hurt lliH Comfort ntf Oucilucku A Cci.'x t'luur Store , llnrkur Illoi k IMIi it , Nolli'o to ContrnctorH. j Illds will le ) received for thu elect ( on of n Mx-Mory mid baseinent liioun hloiic ollleo building , fUixfiM , coiner I'onilh anil , l.iel . > hiiit htii'i-iH , riluux City , Iowa. Plans ami Himrill- catliiiiH can III' seen at Ibo nllleo of I-inhi > r < u KIISM > | | , nn'hltccts , hlonx ( ! lty , Iowa , iifloe .May "Ith. Illds will bu opened Tin sday Jnuo UK ) . Certified eheel ; In nn amount of J.'i.OfiO us ail evidence of go < id faith , must nci'innpany all liroioslllons | Thu light lesi-rvwl ti ltiji' 6 tiny and all bids. KTATI : IUNK HUIMHNU COMI-ANV. JAMI-.S K Tor , Tu-ns. n.-'idiot ' Notion to ( 'iinirniitnrH , Hnuled propmaN will Im iceel iuntil | the 2Hlh of Slay , IS'.m , fm tlio ( nrnlNliInx "f imilur- lalsjind la'lior iciiillred In tliu ere.-n..ii and compliillon of u thieo xlnry MOIIC and ini'fcM'd , IniK | hank and nlllcti linlldliik' . fci Uio l'lrxi Niillonal bank o ( Lexington , Nubrunka Haul hjicelllcalloiin can lie seen ut the 'lint National I'anli of LexliiKtim at till ! office of tin * nichtlc"U , MendeKM.lii , , I oihor ft l.awile , I'HYlon hlncli. iimalia. The rl ht l ri > er > c-d tuiujovt unj' < n u l I'ldsi in li d I" t in & u. FEMALE BEANS AtcKjIiilclr riIUtlriiftlr ( MfD.niokt | j rrfiilfinio ] < rcLTiiUtorKnown , never full. | 4 a | K I. | Mi tinli1 | onu UVA ufllckul. AiMrcw I.ION lihl'H en. , liutfiilu , N V. tuia ij UOUWUN DitCa ca _ _