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PROOEEDINGS OF'I'HE

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STATE OF MISSOURI, CONVENED IN

ST. LOUIS, OCT. 14, A. D. 1873; A L. 5873.

SAINT LOUIS: HUGH R. HILDRETH, PRINTER & STATIONER,

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PROCEEDINGS OF'rHF.

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ANNUAL 'COMMUNICATION OF THE

M.W. GRAND IJODGE A.F. & A.M. OF THE STATE OF MO. • The Most \Vorshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri, Anciellt~ Free and Accepted Masons, met in Fifty-Third Annual Communication, in Freemasons' Hall, St. Louis, commencing Tuesday morning, October 14, 1873, A. I.I. 5873, at 10 o'clock A.M. OFFICERS. SAMUEL H. OWENS, ~lf. W. Grand 1ofaster. RUFUS E. ANDERSON, as Il. w: Deputy Grand .Master. JOHN W. LUKE, R. lV. Senior G'rand Wa?·den. JAMES E. CADLE, R. w: .Tunior Grand Warden. WILLIAM N. LOKER, R. W. Grand Treasure?·. GEO. FRANK GOULEY, R. W. Grand Secretary. ALLAN IVlcDO\VELL, lV. Grand Lectu1·e1". THOS. E. SHEPHERD, W. Grand Ohaplain. JNO. D. VINCIL, W. Grand Chaplain. ELI OWEN, Tv. G1'and Chaplain. \ WESLEY J. WYAN, as W. Senio1' (J1"and Deacon. THOMAS C. HEADY, as W. Junior Grand Deacon. D. N. BURGOYNE, as W. Grand .llfarshal. J. R. TODD. 3S W. Grand Sword Rem·er. H. J. DEMMING, W. Grand&e?oard. • RUFUS E. ANDERSON, W. Grand Orator. JNO. D. VINCIL, W. Grand Orato1·. JNO. H. STOVER, as W. Grand I'u?·suivant. J AS. X. AI,LEN, G'rand Tyle?·.


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The l\fost 'Vorsbipful Grand Lodge was opened in AMPLE the Ceremonies being accompanied by the organ. and a fnll choir.

FORM,

Prayer by Most Worshipful Bro. Jno. D. Vinci!, Grand Chaplain.

CREDENTIALS.

The Grand l\faster appointed Bros. Xenophon Ryland, Jas. E. Cadle and Henry M. R.hodus a Committee on Credentials, who reported as follows: To the lIfost WQ1'ship!ul Grand Lodge of Mis'1ouri:

Your Committee on Credentials report the following Lodges represented, together with the names of the representatives, and permanent members of the Grand Lodge: [Those marked with an asterisk ('~) a,re proxies.] MISSOURI No. 1 David Goodfellow, ~L J. B. Faden, S. W.* Lewis Holden, J.W.* MERIDIAN " 2 J. G. Woorner, W. M. BEACON " 3 M. H. Wash, W. M.* A. Carr, S. W. :\1. W. Miller, J. W. UNITED " 5 Donald W. Campbell, J. W. ARK " 6 Hugh 1.'empleton, M. WILLIAMSBURG...... " 8 Thos. It. Hobson, W. M. G. WASHINGTON " 9 \V. 'V. Ehninger, W. M. Jesse L. Thomson. S. W. AUBURX " 1路1 Martin Newland, S. MEl'oIPHIS " 16 Elias Scofield, W. M. CLARKSVII,LE.................. . " 17 L. R. Dowing, W. M. PA~MyRA : " 18 R. E. Anderson, W. M. .r. C. B. Thomas, S. W. PARIS UNION " 19 Jas. S. McGee, S. 'V. ST, LOUIS " 20 J. L. Isaacs, W. M. Simon Popper, S. W. Eo F. Rehm, J. W. FLORIDA " 23 Samuel Hearennd, S. \V. WyACONDA " 24 T. E. Shepherd, W. M.* NAPTHALI " 25 P. S. Pfouts, 路W. M. S. Boehm, S. W. ST. JOHN'S " 28 James M. Morris, J. W. LIBERTY " 31 Peter B. Grant, W.1\1. LAFAyETTE " 32 James P. Hall, W. 1\1. James P. Hall, S. W.* .James Clowdsley, J. W." " 33 J. B. Vardeman, J. W. RALLS TROy " 34 IvI. M. 1\{cLellan, S. W.* COOPER " 36 T. L. O'Bryan,. J. W.

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No. 37 Joseph N. Arnest, W. N1. " 38 Jas. Lovern, W. M. I. 40 D. C. Marsh, '\T. M. D. O. Conner, S. W. ~IIDDLE GROVE " 42 S. D. Nave, '\T. M,'" E. C. Brook<o, S. '\T. JEFlfERSON .. 48 Jas. E. Carter, W. M. JACKSONVILLE " 44 S. C. Powell, W. 111. BONHOl'IItfE " 45 Will. D. Clayton, W. M. "VENTZVILLE " 46 .J. M. Wilson, W. M. Jas. A. Miller, S. W. FAyETTE " 47 Robt. C. Clark, W. M. FULTON " 48 D. D. Ford, W. M. Peter Godfrey, S. "V. HAyNESVILLE " 49 Fielding Kinlem, S. 'V.* LIVINGSTON ..路 '" " 51 J. H. Turner, W. 1\1.'" .T. H. Turner, S. W.* W AKANDA " 52 M. Leftwich, W. M. WESTOl' " 53 H. H. Hedges, S. "". TIPTOX " 56 "". H. Stenson, W. 1'1. B. Woodsurn, S. "". T. M. Hirst,.1. W. RICHMOND " 57 .Tames Smith, S. \V." MONTICELLO " 58 N. R. Walter, S. "V. CENTRALIA " 59 A. Rodensyre, S. 'V.~ N. BLOOl\IFIEI,D " 60 n. O. Austin, W. 1\1. WAVERLy 61 J.B. "Yood, W.l\I.* VrNcIL " 62 N. S. Goodrich, W. 1\1. PATTONSBURG ; 65 Joseph B. Duffey, S. ,1/. ROCHEPORT 67 Chas. Myel', S. W.'" Chas. Myer,.r. '\-V.'!' TEBO " 68 .T. G. Middlecoff, W. 1\1. SULLIVAN " 69 A. H. Ellett, "V. M. SAVANNAH " 71 N. B. Giddings, W.M.* N. B. Giddings, S. W. N. B. Uiddings, J. W. ASHLEy " 75 J. W. Bartlett, S. W. LERANOX " 77 R. M. AdItin, ViT. M. W. W. Mattox, S. W. H. Ferguson, J. W. ST. JOSEPH " 78 C. A. Hnbacher, J. W. POLAR STAR. " 79 H. M. Rhodus, \\T. M. D. W. Sadler, S. W . .r. S. Miller, .J. W. BRIDGETON " 80 J. H. Garrett, W. 1\:1. LACLEDE 83 Josiah Ivey, 'V. M. BROOKFIELD " 86 R. M. Richardson, J. 'V. WASHINGTON " 87 J. D. Parkinson, W. M. J. D. Parkinson, S. 'V." .T. D. Parkinson, J. M/' DRESDEN " 88 Dr. T. P. McCluney, \\T. M. FRIENDSHIP " 89 Alex. M. Dockery, W. M. PERSEVERANCE " 92 N. G. Edwards, .T. W. EVENING S1路AR. " 9路1 L. S. Yoder, S. W. BETHANy " 97 D. J. Heaston, W. M. J. M. Trisler, S. "V.'~ CANTON "100 S. W. B. Carnegy, W. :\I.' HEROINE....................................... "104 Henr:r P. White, W. M. CEDAR CALLAO MT. MORIAH

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MIRABIJ,E No. 166 J. W. Thompson, W. M. ORIENT FRA:NCAIS....................... " 167 J. A. Schultz, \V. 1\1. .J. A. Droz, S. W. A. Adder, J. W. UNION " 173 .J. H. PUGH, W. M. B. D. Dean, S. W.* STURGEON " 174 W. F. Roberts, J. W. TEXAS " 177 J. R. Simmons, S. W. GRISWOLD : " 178 Chas. \Vilson, S. "r.* PRIDE OF WEST " 179 John A. Sloan, ·W. M. •J. H. Jurgens, S. 'V. Wm. R. Hancock, J. W. " 181 R. Rhodes, W. M. NOVELTy CALIFORNIA " 183 John P. H. Gray, W. 1\1.* CHAMOIS " 185 D. M. Caughell, W. 1\1. MORALITy : " 186 G. A. Settle, W. 1\1. HANNIBAL ~ .. 188 A ..T. Smith, S. \V. ZEREDETHA 189 Samuel Russell, \V. M.*' PUTNAl\L " 190 W. F. D;yer, W. M. WELLSVIJ.I.E " 194. Milton Cox, W. M. BOLIVAR " 195 W. G. Weaver, W. :i\of. P. '.r. Molloy, S. W.* J. G. Simpson, J. W.'" CARTHAGE..................... .. un J. M. Robinson, W.M.'" NEW HOPE " Illll G. W. Vaughan, 'V. M. W. H. Baskett, S. ·W. .J. T. Dunn,.J. W • : " 201 .Tohn P. Hutchison, W. M. .TA2flESPORT SALISBURy " 208 F. T. Dysart, W. M. " 209 Frank M. Lawson, \V. 1\1. POPLAR BLUFFS UNIONVII.LE 210 J. G. Hart, S. W. HICKORY HILI " 211 A. A. Mahan, \Y. M. " 212 Thos. B. Turnbaugh, W. M.o!> FOUR MILE .T. K. P. Middleton, S. W . .r. K. P. Middleton, J. W." ROLLA " 213 J. C. Woody, S. W ... GRANBy " 216 'V. S. Mesplay, S. 'Y.* GOOD HOPE " 218 J. W. Baldwin, W. M. Geo. Lawson, J. 'V. KANSAS CITy " 220 Charles Brooke. W.-M." Charles Brooke, .r. W.'" MYSTIC TIE " 221 'Ym. T. "Tilson, M. HAMILTON " 224 'YilHam Wilmott, W. l\f. SALEM.................. .. 225 S. H. Ware, S. W."· SALINE : " 226 Henry H.oseman, W. M. SUEI.BINA " 228 J. Wm. Towson, S. W.o!' ST. JAMES " 230 S. H. Headlcfl, W. M. F. Goodall, S. "r.* WARRENTON " 231 James McIntyre, S. 'V. LONE .TACK " 232 W. A. Noel, S. W. IONIC " 235 D. B. West, J. W. SEDALIA " 236 Chas. G. Taylor, W .. M. LA PLATA II 237 James Hubbard, W. M. GRANVILLE " 240 T. T. Rodes, W. M. PALESTINE " 241 J. B. PritChett, J. KEySTONE " 243 Edward Spencer, W. 1\1, John Wingate, S. W. John M. Wirts, J: W.

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J. F. Tippett, W. M. .lulius Cahn, S. W."" \V. D. Lowe, W. M. J. P. Storts, S. Vol.* .1. \V. Hogge, Vol. M. J. W.Purvis, W. M. C. W. Wade, S. W. C. G. Warne, S. 'V.* E. M. Bradley, S. W. Ingham Starke~r, S. 'V.* W. II. H. Brown, S.W. E. T. Violett, S. W. J. M. Harklerodes, W. 1\1. M. Coke, S. W. S. B. Potter, J. W. Arthur BOlTon, W. M. D. T. Killam, S. W. .1. M. Fox, W. M."" Wm. D. Graham, W. M.* Wm. P. Sheldon, S. W. S. S. Burdett, J. 'W,'!: W. T. Moore, W. M. A. H. Hale, W. M. T. W. ~tone, W. M. Joseph R. Friend, W. :M. Robert Lyle, S. W. Michael Sweeny, J. W. H. J. Church, W. M. 'Villliam IIulslone, S. W.O!: N. B. Brown, J. W. E. E. Kimball, W. l\1.* S. n. Turner, S. W.* 1\:1:. N. Neihardt, W. M. W. R. McQuoid, J. W. H. H. Hudson, W. M. Charles T. Daniel, 'V. ~r. s. Allen Moody, S. W. H. S. Jacoby, S. W. W. H. Pipkin, S. W. John M. Roberts, W. M.* Asa Maddox, W. M.* Asa Maddox, S. W.* Asa Maddox, J. W.* J. A. Tyler, 'V. ::M:. T. 路H. Gardner, W. M. Ephraim Fisher, W. M. Ephraim Fisher, S. W.* Ephraim Fisher, J. W .... John J. Miller, W. M. 'Vm. G. Wainscott, J. W. T. W. Butler, S. W.* T. W. Butler, J. 'V. Joseph Truex, W. M. Joel Swope, W. M. Henry Rosenfeld, S. W. James R. Hardy, S. W. R. Barney, S. W. B. 1\'1. Roundtree, W. M.

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No. 343 .Tames H. Webster, W. l\1/: 344 Eli Owen, W. M. .r. C. Aldridge, .r. W. ARLINGTON " 346 C. F. Wolter, J. W. TyRIAN " 350 A. B. 1\faupin, 'V. M:~ MOSAIC " 351 W. H. Buford, S. W. P. Harral, J. W. FRIEND " 352 James L. Robberson, W. M. B:KIS' FRANKLIN " 353 C. C. Gee, W. M. .. 359 W. C. Montgomery, 'V. 1\1/: GARRETT................... TUSCAN 360 Thomas C. Ready, W. M. Franklin B. Hastings, S. W. L. J. Clark, J. W. FRATERNAl " 363 John M. Hacker, W. M. UNANIlIUTy " 366 Louis Georgius, S. W.* Louis Georgius, J. W. COMPOSITE : " 369 D. K. Ponder, W. 1\1:. A. K. Ponder, .r. W.* WILLIAlIfSTOWN ; : 3iO Samuel Neeper, W. M.l!' Samuel Neeper, S. W. MANDEVILLE , 373 James Stovall, M. GOLDEN RULE................. .. 374 .r. M. Foreman, W. M. KING HILL............................. .. 376 A. C. Hyde, S. RICHLAND 382 C. C. Brooks, J. 'V. ALEXANDER 385 Jos. H. Baugh, S. W.* JOB. H. Baugh, J. W.* BEE HIVE " 393 .Tames M. Morrow, "V. 1\1. James M. Morrow, S. 'V.'" James M. Morrow, J. W'/: LATHIER " 395 George Orr, S. W/' CENTRE " 401 R. P. Bland, S. 'V/: Hugh McCin, J. W. ALEXANDRIA " 404 Elijah Eggles, S. W. ITURIA " 406 Chas. H. Yancey, J. W ... •TOPPA............................................ .. 411 .r. P. Robertson, S. W. HUNNEWELL " 415 A. F. Barr, W. M. CACHE " 416 R. W. Waters, W. l\f. Geo. W. Lent, J. W. STAR 419 A. J. Crabb, 'V. M. A. J. Crabb, S. W.* A. G. Cornelius, J. 'V. ITASCA " 420 Ed. Nathan, 1\L A. Kleintopf, S. W. Julius Bruchel, J. W. EUCJ.ID " 421 J. H. Stover, W. M. J. H. Painter, S. W. J. M. Clifton, J. W. NE\VBURG " 423 J. H. Robinson, W. M. LOUI8YILl.E " 428 J. R: Tinsby, W. M. IRON MOUNTAIN " 430 W. A. Stephens, J. W. SILEN~ TEMPLE : " 433 S. J. Wllson, W. M . .r. H. Overall, J. W. ST. NICHOl.AS " 435 W. D. Delzell, S. W.* W. D. Delzell, J. W.* TUSCUMBIA " 437 T. B. Robinson, W. M. EXCELSIOR " 441 James F. Edwards, S. W.* ANCHOR ,. 443 C. C. Rainwater. W. 1\1. John S. Reed, S. W.

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Geo. L. Love, S. W. E. Clafiin, W. M. Henderson Chitwood, W. M. W. V. Van Ostern, W. M.* R. F. Wyan, S. W!~ W. F. Wyant J. W.* " 4.60 A. B. Barber, W. M. Wm. T. McCutchan, S. W.

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PAST GRAND MASTERS. Thos. E. Garrett, S. W. B. Carnegy,

PAST DEPUTY GRAND R. E. Anderson.

John H. 'l.'urner,

.Tohn D. Vincil, "Joseph Foster.

lI[ASTE~S.

John D. Daggett-the last living representative who assisted in forming the 9rand Lodge of Missouri. PAST SF.NIOR GRAND WARDENS.

Martin Collins. PAST X. Ryland, James R. Todd, J. G. Anderson, D. N. Burgoyne, J. B. Austin, L. M. Mitchell, W. A. Prall, J. A. H. Lampton, W. H. Stone, J. G. Howe, Geo. J. Goodwin, Geo. S. King. P. J. Hendg(m, W. P. Mullen, H. F. Hoppius,

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R. S. Voorhis. E. C. Breck, Wm. C. Defriez, C. W. Samuel, Geo. B. Dameron, D. W. Clouser, I .r. M. Wilson, M. R. Streeter, James Davis, Morris Jacks, H. Weigh, E. J. Williamson, Jno. A. Gilfillan, R. F. Garretson, Adolph Isaacs,

Wm. G. Lewis, C. C. Whlttlesy, .T. H. Pottinger, C. N. Garvin, Charles Thaw, Allan McDowell. John B. Maude, 'Vm. H. Muzzy, Isaiah Forbes, S. E. Licklider, J. Q. Harrison, Jobn Williamson, Judah A. Hart, Ph1ll1p Flood,

Fraternally submitted, XENOPHON RYLAND, J. E. CADLE, HENRY M. RHODUS, Committee

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ANNUAL ADDRESS.

The Grand Master delivered the following Annual Address: OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE GRAND -LODGE:

Another Annual Communication calls ns together. We come from every hamlet and neighborhood of this great and glorious State, bringing with us fraternal greetings for each other. You have met upon this great level of Charity and Truth before the Grand East, and I here extend the congratulations common to this occasion, and bid you all a hearty welcome to another annual feast of good will among the Masons of Missouri. Our Mystic Temple is still building-building throughout the globe. The structure will never be completed in this world. Master workmen have been eng~ged in building this mighty edifice in all the past ages, and we are as busy to-day in its erection as t.hey who have gone before us. Generations yet unborn will as actively engage . upon its work as we, or those who h~ve preceded us. When the world shall fall into chaos and time shall be no more, God will fit the cope-stone, and proclaim, "It is finished." Such are the enduring qualities of tbe edifice, in the erection of which, we profess to be engaged. Then let路us wisely take counsel of each other, and honestly report the progress of the work in our various localities, that the designs we ina.y draw npon the trestle-board as a guide for'our future labors, may meet the approbation of God, and redound to the honor of Freemasonry. Before proceeding with this work, let us pause a moment to drop the t<;ympathetic tear, and pay this l~t sad tribute of respect to the memory of those whom we have heretofore delighted to nonor, and 'who have since our last Annual Communication, ceased their labors here, and have gone "to their rewards in heaven. Two of our Past Grand Masters have gone home since last we met. .

MEMORIAIJ.

PAST GRAND MASTER WIJJLIAM D. MUIR, /

Was born in Dinwiddie county, Virginia, September 12th, 1825, and removed to this State in 1837. He commenced his educ1ttion at Kemper's school in Boonville, and after completing the course there graduated at Transylvania College in Kentucky. He returned from college and studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and continued in the active practice of his profession until his death, which occurred November 7th, 1872. He was made a Mason in Cooper Lodge No. 36, March 3d, 1854. and served his Lodge as Mastel' for many years. In October 1868, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master by Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Vincil, and at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in 1869, he was elected 路Grand Master of Masons in Missouri. In all the relations of life he was a man. As a citizen, a neighbor, a husband, a father, a Mfl.son, he always did his duty. His administration as Grand Master was at a time that required firmness and decision of character, blended with charity and br.otherly love. These characteristics he possessed in an


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eminent degree. Ready and willing to forgive the shortcomings of his brethren, he never hesitated to tell them of their errors and warn them against a repetition. It was this happy blending of traits in his character that caused his administration to be so great a success at a time that caused most men to shudder for the unity and well-being of Masonry in this jurisdiction. He approached his death in the manner in which he had lived. Quietly and firmly he awaited the summons. He arranged and settled ail his worldly matters, called his family about him and gave them advice and direction as to their conduct in this world, as calmly and orderly as though he were about to take a temporary journey, and then feli to sleep in death as peacefully as an infant on its mother's breast. It was my sad duty to convene the Grand Lodge, and inter his remains with all the honor due his station.' PAST GRAND MASTER .TOHN F. RYLAND,

Emigrated to Missouri before its admission to the Union, and commenced the practice of law at Old Franklin, in the year 1819. His compeers were such men as McGirk, Tompkins, Gamble, Leonard, Hayden, and a host of other names identified with the history of Missouri. John F. Ryland was the peer of the greatest, and rose rapidly to the front ranI.: of his profession. He attained the summit of professional ambition-the Supreme Bench of the State. For twenty-seven years he was a judge, and his decisions were marked with such ability and fairness that no whisper of suspicion was ever breathed against his fair name. He was an old man when I first knew him, but his kindness and fatherly maner to the young, won their hearts and affections, and in riper years they cherished the love borne him in boyhood. From 1849 to 1851 he was Grand Mastel', and although the labors of the office at that time were not as arduous as now, still the direction given then and the plans drawn atthat time upon the trestle-board, have caused the edifice 10 grow to its present proportions. He was a true Mason and citizen. His standing in his Lodge and his church were high to the day of his death. He cherished the principles 01 Masonry next to his religion, and among his last requests wal> one that his Masonic clothing should be placed upon his coffin, and borne with his mortal remains to his grave. No man wars more universally'loved than John F. Ryland, and none more worthily so. At the request of his sons, who occupy high and honorable positions in this Grand Lodge, I visited Lexington and presided at his funeral obsequies. He died on the 10th day of September, 1873, in the 76th year of his age. Thus passed away two of our most illustrious and most honored Masons. Let us hope, that as in years gone by, they bid us welcome to the halls of this Grand Lodge, so may they met us at the door of the Celestial Lodge above, alld welcome us to eternal joys.

It is ours to profit by their example.

I recommend that pages be set apart in the Journal of this Grand Lodge to the memory of the departed.

BUSINESS. The business connected with this office is great. With nearly five hundred Lodges and thirty thousand Masons in this jurisdiction, it is no small matter to fill this office. The correspondence alone requires at least one-half the time of the Grand Master, and if he attends to all the duties of his office, there is no time left him for the pursuit of his private business. I realized this fact early in my administration, and made my arrangements accordingly. Having accepted the


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onerous dllties to which I was called by your partiality, I considered it was my duty to perform them to the best of my ablllty. I have done so, and here reno del' an accoun t of my proceed~ngs as your executive head, hoping t.he same will meet with your approval.

DECISIONS. During the year I have made many rulings that cannot be considered decis-ions, as the points ruled upon had been often decided by my predecessors and affirmed by the Grand Lodge. Such, therefore, cannot be considered decisions made by me, and will not be presented again to the Grand Lodge. I have selected from the many the follo~ing for your consideration: FIRST,-PAs'r lIIAS'l'ER'S DEGREE,

A brother who has been elected Mastel' of a chartered Lodge, and wbo has never received the degree of Past Master, must receive the same at or before his installation as Master. It is that part of the ceremonies of installation known among our a,ncient brethren as the" private or secret" portion of the ceremony. In fact, our Grand Lodge seems to have considered the same necessary, and provided for the conferring thereof, (by implication at least) in the BY-Laws, Article VIII, Section 1, concerning the duties of Grand Lecturer. That law provides that he shall acquaint himself thoroughly with" the ceremonies necessary to the qualification of a presiding officer, denominated the Degree of Past Master." Therefore, if the law declare the degree necessary, there is no power save in the Grand Lodge itself, to set aside or alter the law. ~ECOND.-ELIGIRILITY TO lIIASTER'S OFFICE.

In the constitution of a new Lodge, under its charter, can a brother who has never served as \Varden in a chartered Lodge, be elected and installed Master of the new Lodge?

Answm路. Our Grand Lodge has decided that a brother must have served as Warden of a chartered Lodge before he is eligible to election and installation as Master. This decision was made by our late lamented Past Grand Master,. Muir, in reference to an old Lodge, and the Committee, in passing on the same, affirmed it as being in conformity to the old Charges and Regulations, and in the absence of any legislation of the Grand Lodge to thtl contrary. ThaL decision was not made in reference to a new Lodge, nor was the report of the committee and the action of the Grand Lodge directed to any other matter than the point decided by the Grand Master. 'We believe that an exception to that rule has always been recognized in favor of a new Lodge, and, in "ext1'a01'dinarl! cases," in old Lodges. \Ve have written anthority fOl; the exception, in Anderson's Constitution, (edition of 1738), one hundred and thirty-four years ago. In speaking of the formation of new Lodges, he says: "For these three Master Masons, though never Masters or Wardens of Lodges before, may be constituted Master and Wardens of that new Lodge." Past Grand Master Saunders, in an article published several years ago in the Trowel, thinks it never was the law in America to require service as Warden before election as Master. Past Grand Master Mitchell says as far as he has been able to learn, no Grand Lodge in the United States requires it. I have found numerous authorities for the exception from the rule, of new Lodges in their formation or constitution. From all I can learn from the written authorities and from conversing with well-informed Masons, I am of opinion that a Master Mason may be elected and installed Mas-


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tar of a new Lodge, although he may never have served as Warden of a ohartered Lodge. And further, that this decision is not in conflict with the action of the Grand Lodge on Past Grand Master Muir's deGision, before referred to. THIRD.-INSTITUTING LODGES U. D.

Can a Lodge U. D. be instituted in the absence of the Master named in the Letters of Dispensation?

Answer. The law requires the officers to be exa,mined by the nearest Lodge, as to their ability to confer the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry, as approved by this Grand Lodge. The approved form of the certificate of the Lodge to the proficiency or ability of the officers, is, "that they were placed in their several stations and exemplified the work." Thus the qualifications of the Master have been certified to, and, of course, was a principal inducement toward the granting of the Letters of Dispensation. I am, therefore, clearly of opinion that the Lodge should not be set to work in the absence of the Mastel' named In the Letters, lrOURTH.-RETURN OF PE'l'ITION AFTER U,EJEC'!'ION.

The following very singUlar practice has been reported to me : A candidate petitions a Lodge for the mysteries-the petition is received and referred to a committee of inquiry, who report unfavorably thereon and 1,he petition is rejected by ballot. It is then ordered that the "ejected petition be returned to the candidate. This is wrong. The petition is part of the records of the Lodge, and should remain on file there forever. As well might the Minutes of Proceedings in reference to the case of the rejected candidate, be torn from the record book, and be given up to him, as to give him the petition. The one is as much a record as the other, and is as much the property of the Lodge as the other. In fact it would not be as reprehensible to put him in possession of the Minutes, as to return to him the petition, because, endorsed upon the petition is the unfavorable report of the committee, signed by each member of the same. This document is placed in the hands of a man, whom the Lodge has decided is unfit to be made a Mason, and he iF! advised of all that has taken place, in reference to his case, and of the parties who were instrumental in his rejection. He is not only adt'isedo1' the same, but he has the conclusive evidence in his possession of the parties who reported against him, over their own proper signatures. Such practice cannot be approved by allY one, who will give t,he matter a. single thought. In case of the rejection of a candidate, it is the duty of the Secretary, to l'etllrn him his fee, and to inform him of the rejection of his petition. 'fhe candidate has no right to know anything else. '.rhis course is simple and can be easily followed. ~IlrTII.-CLOSING 'l'HE

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The question of proper work in the opening and closing of Lodges on t.he several degrees, has frequently been before the Grand Lodge, but the follOWing point"Cit is believed) has never before been decided: A Lodge meets in stated communication, and the Master opens on the First. Degree; attends to business of that degree and dispenses labor thereon, and opens in the Second; transacts some business pertaining to that degree, then opens on the Third Degree, and after getting through with work therein, dispenses with labor thereon,and resumes on the Second Degree. After doing some


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work In the Second Degree, the Master closes on that degree, and the brethren disperse; in other words, that is the end of labor at that communication. On this state of the case, I am asked if the proceedings are right, and is not the Master's Lodge left open 't Tne Grand Lodge in 1869 adopted the following; " Resolved, That in every degree in which work is to be done by the Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction, be required to be regularly opened with the ceremonies for that purpose, as authorized by this Grand Lodge." It follows then, as a matter of course, that the regular opening of eaeh degree In which work was to be done, was right and in strict conformity to the law of the Grand Lodge. Whatever opinion individual members of the Order may have entertained in reference to the necessity of opening on each degree hi which work was to be done, amounts to nothing in tbe face of the positive requirements of the law adopted by the Grand Lodge. 'fherefore that portion of the proceedings in the casewasright.

The only remaining point to be settled is t11is: Did closing the Second Degree close the Lodge in the degree above it? I believe it is generally conceded that when all three of the Lodges are opened, that closing on the l'hird Degree closes everything below it. The reason given for this is, that the First and Second' Degrees are necessarily included in the Third, and therefore the closing of the Third closes all below it, as being included therein. But I have never heard it contended that the closing on a lower degree, closed an upper one. The same reason does not exist for it. Certainly the Fellow Craft is not necessarily a Master Mason, but a Master Mason is necessarily a Fellow Craft. I do not believe t,hat such practice as that stated prevails to any extent in this jurisdiction. My decision is, that closing on the Second Degree does not close the Third Degree, aud in the case stated, the Master's Lodge was left open. It should have been closed. SIXTH.~JURISDIC'l'IONOVER REJEC'l'ED CANDIDATES.

A candidate residing within the jurisdiction of Lodge A, desires to petition Lodge B for the mysteries, and for this purpose he obtains from Lodge A, a waiver of jurisdiction, and permission for Lodge B to receive and act upon his petition. The petition is presented to Lodge B, is received and referred to a commitee of inquiry, whoJn due 'time report, and on the ballot being had, the petition is rejected. After the lapse of twelve months, the candidate desires to again petition for the mysteries. He has not changed his residence, but continues to reside within the jurisprudence of Lodge A. To which Lodge shall he present his petition? Or which Lodge has jurisdiction of the candidate? I cannot find that this question has ever been passed upon by our Grand Lodge, or by any of our Grand Masters. It is a singular one, and may not arise again in the next fifty years, but ha,ving been presented, it is necessary to be settled. By the application of principles already settled by the Grand Lodge, to this state of facts, I think we will find the question not difficult of solution.

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It is very evident that two Lodges cannot have jurisdiction of the candidate at the same time. If the candidate had removed to another locality, after the lapse of twelve months from the date of his rejection, he could have presented his petition to the .Lodge within whose jurisdiction he then resided, without any question in reference to the laws of jurisdiction. Our Masonic law fixes' definitely, the question of jurisdiction in the Lodge nearest the residence of the candidate. Nor does our law"like that of Texas, impose the duty upon a Lodge receiving the petition of a candidate, to obtain the consent of the Lodge which formerly rejected him, but over whom it no longer has jurisdiction. Per-


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petual jurisdiction has never been recognized in Missouri. except, in so far as it may be connected with perpetual ?'csidence. In this case the waiver of jurisdiction, and authority for Lodge B to receive and act upon the petition of the candidate, was completed by the rejection of that petition, and the question of subsequent jurisdiction would thereafter be determined by the residence of the candidate, whether such residence should be within the jurisdiction of either of the Lodges in question, or a different one altogether. Under this view of the case, it follows, that the candidate's residence being within the jurisdiction of Lodge A, he may, after the lapse of twelve months, petition that Lodge for the mysteries, or if he desires to petition any other Lodge, he must first obtain the consent of Lodge A therefor. It has always been considered by our Grand Lodge that the ?'esiclence of the candidate determined the question of Lodge ,jurisdiction over him. I can see no other mode of deciding the case presented than the above, without doing violence to this well settled principle of Masonic law. SEVEN'ÂŁH.-THE RIGllT OF OBJEC'ÂŁION.

I had thought that the right of objection had been discussed in all its bearings, and that it was so fully understood by the brethren of this jurisdiction, that I would not be called upon for a decision in this branch of our law. In this, however', I was mistaken. It seems that a question can arise on the construction of any law, and that the decisions made by Grand Masters, and affirmed by the Grand Lodge, interpreting or construing a law, will sometimes be invoked, to destroy the very ObJect for wh ch a law is enacted, or the decision is made. To the case in point: A party petitions the Lodge for the mysteries, his petition takes the usual course, he is elected and initiated. Before the candidate applies for the second degree, a member of the Lodge files with the Master his W?'itten objection to the advancement of the candidate. With this written objection in his possession, the Master receives the application of the candidate for the second degree-he is elected and the degree conferred upon him. The objecting brother at this point appeals to me'to protect him in his rights, and expresses the fear that, inasmuch as his objection was disregarded as to the second degree, he will be treated in a similar manner as to the third. I'ordered the Master to respect the objection of the lJrother (who was a member of his Lodge), and not suffer the degree to be conferred in the Lodge until the objection was withdrawn, or the objector ceased to be a member of his Lodge. And further, that he gave me a reason for disregarding the objection and donfering the second degree in the face of the same. To my utter astonishment the Master replied, invoking a decision made b:r Past Grand Master Garrett and affirmed by the Grand Lodge, in reference to verbal objections, as a full and complete reason and authority for his action_ The sole object of the decision referred to, was to make a verbal objection definite, and cause an entry of the same to be made of record-that the objection should be made in open Lodge by the objector, or some brother for him, and the Secretary enter the same of record. This gives a verbal objection tangible shape, and renders it definite, and was a very proper and important decision. It make a distinction between such formal objections, and the idle remark of "I don't want him to go any further in Masonry." In this case, the Master informed the Lodge of the written objection then in his possession, and asked if there was any brother present who would make the objection for the absent brother. I decided tqat the wl-itten objection, signed by the obje~tor, and delivered to the Master, was in the nature of a communication to the Lodge, sent through its responsible representative head, and should be respected by the Master and the Lodge. That it was the duty of the Master to order the same to be entered


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of record in the same manner as though the brother had been present in Lodge and made a verbal objection; certainly an objection in writing, filed with the Master is as formal and definite, as if made verbally in open Lodge, and is entitled to th.e same respect. The laws of Masonry are not construed with hair-splitting technicalities, but are executed and construed with a view of doing sQbstantial justice between Masons, and protecting them in all their rights. It was a very singular proceeding, to say the least, to see the Master hold in his hand the written objection of this brother, and ask if any brother present would make this objection for him, when he had solemnly made it for himself. I presume if Past Grand Master Garrett had been present in that Lodge, he would have thought his decision was being used for a very singular purpose. The decision of Most Worshipful Brother Garrett, invoked as authority in this case by the Master, does not sanction any such proceedings, and has no reference to a case of this kind.

EIGHTH.-MORE ABOUT OBJECTIONS.

Can the right of objection be exercised by a Mason, not a membe?' o/the Lodge to which a petition for initiation is presented, in atown where two or more Lodges exist? If not, then why is it made the duty of the Secretary of every Lodge to which a petition is presented, in towns where there are two or more Lodges, to inform all the other Lodges of the presentation of such petition?

I will answer the above questions in the order in which they stand. One Mason has no more rights than another, and the fact of the Masonic home of a Mason being in a town or city where there are two or more Lodges situated, confers upon him no more rights. duties or responsibilities than he would possess were his membership in a place where there was but one Lodge. Bya uniform current of decisions made by my predecessors, and am rmed by the Grand Lodge, the right of objection has ever been held as sacred as the right of ballo t. No one has ever contended that the ballot could be used by any Mason other than a member of the Lodge to which a petition was presented. An unqualified objection performs the same office as an unfavorable ballot, i. e., rejection. The two may therefore be considered in the same light, it necessarily follows that amembel' of Lodge A, has no more rights to exercise the right 0/ objection against a candidate who has petitioned Lodge B, than he would have to exercise the right of ballot. These rights can be exercised alone by the members of the Lodge. Each Lodge has the power in its Warrant or Charter to "make Masons," and this power carries with it the power to judge the material of which they are made. In answer to the second question, I will say that the ?'eason for the provision of law alluded to, is very apparent. In towns where there are two or more Lodges, there is concurrent jurisdiction, and a candidate residing in such town, may present his petition to any Lodge hEi. may select. This provision of law is intended to advise all the 1\1asons, within the jurisdiction, that the petition is presented, and if they know any reason why the candidate should not be made a Mason, such reason should be stated to the committee of inquiry, or to the Lodge. The Lodge will pass upon the reason given in the Lodge capacity, and the ballot will show the opinion the I~odge has of such objections, by the election or re,iection of the candidate. There are other good reasons for the law alluded to, butl consider itunnecessary to mention them here. . Al


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NINTH.-FUNERAL SERVICES.

I have recently heard of a practice that, it seems to me, has no sanction in law or usage. It is a pretended funeral service, performed over the grave of a deceased brother months ajte1" his burial. A Lodge applied to me t6 know if they could call a "Lodge of Sorrow," and perform the usual funeral service over the grave of a deceased brother who had been buried several months before, but, owing to the inclemency of the weather, the Lodge was unable to attend to the same at the time of his burial. We have a beautiful funeral service; but, certainly, there is nothing in" that service that is suited to any time except the time of burial. All the ceremonies are adapted to bW"ial. The coffin before you, the depositing the same In the grave, the lamb-skin apron, the evergreen, and, in fact, all the ceremonies, show conclusively that they are to be performed at the burial of the body, and at no other time. What possible good can be done, six months or a year after a brothel' has been buried, to call the Lodge around his grave, and go through the mock ceremony of again burying him, when the substantial act has already been performed? The tendency would be, to re-Iacerate the partially healed hearts of the widow and orphans of the deceased. Not only that, so far as the immediate friends ot" the deceased are concerned, but its effect upon the community, who are not Masons, wonld not be salutary. Sensible men, who are not members of the Fraternity, would ridieule the act of pretending to bury a man who was already buried; whilst the ignorant would look on with a kind of superstitious wonder, and never realize what the Lodge was about. I am fully satisfied that such proceedings are wrong. The Lodge making this application, calls such meetings and performances a .. Lodge of Sorrow." I do not understand that" Sorrow Lodges;" even in countries where the same are recognized, ever performed such ceremonies as this Lodge proposed to perform. The"principal office of a Sorrow Lodge in Germany, is to hold a meeting of the Lodge, in its hall,~in memory of the brethren who have died within the past year. At such meetings the Lodge is draped in mourning, brethren are dressed in black, a catafalque is erected in the hall, and burning candles are placed at corners of the same. Certain brethren are appointed to pronounce eulogies on the lives and virtues of the persons deceased, appropriate resolutions are adopted, and pages in the record are set apart to the memory of the departed. Such Lodges have never been held In America, so far as I am informed; though some of the most learned Masons of our country have spoken favorably of the same. They have been known in several countries in Europe for some years, though they are, without doubt, of recent date. I regard them as a modern innovation, of no great consequence, either for good or evil. I believe no American Grand Lodge has ever given such Lodges its approval. Not half as much can be said against their practice, as against the mock burial to which we have alluded. In fact, I do not know that any particular argument can be used against them, except that they are not Masonic, according to ancient usage. We have enough to do, when we circumscribe our work within the ancient land marks, and do our duty there. We should not incorporate anything into Masonry, merely because the ceremonies are pretty, and we can see no harm in it. Masonry is good enough, without improvement, so far as its ceremonies are concerned; and whenever we cut loose from our conservatism aSJdasons, and begin to adopt new things because they arepreUy, Masonry will lose its greatest feature, and soon be gone. Some time since I read of the ceremony of what the papers called a "Masonic baptism." They described the ceremonies as impressive and beautiful. No doubt they were; but we all know that it was absurd to call them" Masonic." Let us frown down every effort to "improve" Masonry, by the adoption of new things; and try to "improve ourselves" within the body of Masonry, according to the ancient land marks. Our funeral ceremonies are beautiful, impressive, useful and Masonic. Let them be attended to on all proper occasions, with due order and solemnity; but let us have no 11Wck ceremonies.


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TENTH.-LAWFUL INFORMATION.

Right Worshipful Brother Carpe'nter reports a man at Centralia, who sa~'s he is a Mason. He has never been examined and refused to submit to an examination, and no Mason there could vouch for hini. He had been gUilty of gross immoral conduct., and the Lodge thought he should be tried. I instructed them to regard him as a profane. The Lodge had no right to try a man who was not a Mason, and there was no way of ascertaining that fact except by examination or lawful information. The latter could not be had, and the former he refused to submit to. Let the world understand that he was not a Mason, and Masonry was not responsible for his conduct. ELEVENTH.-SERVICE OF SUlIIlIIONS.

There can be no const1'uctivc service of a 8wnnwns. The service of a :\1.a.<;onic summons should be actual. It is impossible for a Mason to disobey a command when no command has been made to him. If a brotrter should be tried and expelled for disobedience of a summons that had never been served upon him, and concerning which he had no actual knowledge, such action would be null and void. Our law provides for the constructive service of a notice, but there is a vast difference between a notice and a summons. You cannot expel a Mason for disobeying the command of a summons, concerning which he has no knowledge. TWELFTH.-ST. JOHN'S DAYS.

No business that the law requires to be done at a stated Communication of the Lodge, can be transacted on St. John's Day, unless the stated meeting of tbe Lodge shou)d happen to fall upon that day. St. John's Days are Masonic holydays, but they do not effect or set aside the By-Laws of a Lodge. THIRTEEN'l'H.-CIIARITY FUND.

A Lodge has the right to approve' the report of a committee on cbarity, for the item of relief to the widow of a deceased non-affiliate. This is a question for each Lodge to determine for itself. The r~odge is not legally bound so to do, but it is competent for them so to act if they see fit. The Charity Fund of a Lodge is under the control of the Lodge. FOURTEEN'1'H.

A member in good standing of Lathrop Lodge, No. 330, removed to the State of California, but retained his membership in Latbrop Lodge. He sickened in California, became iftdigent and died. The Lodge in whosejurisdictlon he died ared for him and nurse<.l him dnrio.g his sickness, and had him buried. They sent tbe bill amounting to !}72 to his Lodge, and some of the brethren thought t,hey should not pav it, because the" brother ought to have dimitted before he went away." But he did not dimH-, and WRS a member in good standing. I told the Lodge it was as much their duty to pay that bill, as if the services bad been performed in bebalfof any other member.


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FIFTEENTH.

Brother W. D. Wright, of Kearney Lodge, No. all, W9,s expelled by that Lodge, and appealed to the Grand Lodge, when the jUdgment was reversed, and a new trial ordered. Decided, that his statu.swas that of a Master Mason under charges, and the Master of Kearney Lodge must proceed to give him a new trial according to law. SIXTEENTH.-PLACE FOR J.ODGES TO MEET.

A Lodge should not be opened at a place different from that named in the Charter. The proper manner of proceeding on funeral occasions is to open the Lodge at the hall. proceed to the place of funeral, and return to the hall and close the Lodge. A residence is not a proper place to perform the opening and closing ceremonies of the Lodge.

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SEVENTEE~TH.-JURISDICTION â&#x20AC;˘

If a Lodge receives the petition of a party for the mysteries, believing at the time the petitioner resides in their jurisdiction, and the petition is referred to a committee on inquiry, who ascertain the fact of the residence of the petitioner being in the jurisdiction of another Lodge, the committee should so report, and all further proceedings be stopped. The record should show the facts, and the proceedings had be declared null and void for want of jurIsdiction. EIGHTEENTH.-TRIALS.

An accused brother should have reasonable notice of the time and place of taking testimony to be used against him. Ex parte letters and statements of other parties written and made without notice to him, are not evidence, and should not be used on trial. After the evidence is closed and the argument of counsel is concluded, the vote should be taken by ballot, and during this proceeding no discussion should be had. To avoid bias in this matter the ballot is used instead of the former provision of Grand Lodge By-Laws of beginning to vote with the youngest Mason present and vote viva voce. The whole tendency of Grand Lodge legislation seems to have been to avoid further discussion after the argument of counsel and pending the vote. NINETEENTH.-WHOLE LODGE UNDER CHARGES.

When charges are preferred against all the members of a Lodge, and a committee is appointed to investigate and report specific charges against individuals, no brother can dimit until the charges are disposed of. The whole I,odge is under charges, even the mover of the" charging" resolution. The resolution set out with" whereas, the members of this Lodge are guilty, etc.," and then caHell for the committee. The Lodge passed the resolution, and then the mover wanted to dimit. The Master very properly refused his dimit, and I sustained his action. TWENTIETH.-PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS.

Physical qualifications again up for discussion. Candidate had lost some one or two toes from one foot. Not knowing of any use to which a candidate puts his toes in the ceremonies, I decided that his physical qualifications were good.


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TWENTY-FIRST.-PRINTED PROCEEDINGS.

The printed Proceedings of the Grand Lodge are official, and should be so regarded by the Subordinate Lodges. When the printed Proceedings show that a new trial has been orde~ed, it is the duty of the Master of the partiCUlar Lodge to obey such order. 'rWENTY-SECOND.-ILLEGALLY MADE.

I was asked to grant a dispensation in the following case: A party is rejected January 27, 1872; presents his petition again December 14, 1872; elected Ja,nuary 11, 1873, and is initiated same time. Instead of dispensing with any portion of the time, I declared the whole proceedings null and void. '.rhe law declares that the petition shall not be again presented until a year has elapsed. Here the petition is again presented at a little more than ten months from the time of his rejection, takes the usual course and he is initiated two weeks before the year expires. If the Grand Master can dispense with any portion of the time, he can dispense with the whole, and make a "Mason at sight." Grand Masters in Missouri can not do that. The law forbids it. TWENTY-TRIRD.-LODGE RIGHTS.

A Lodge has the right to reject the petition of a Master Mason for member路 ship, without preferring charges against him, or giving a reason therefor. TWENTY-FOURTR.-JURISDIC'l'ION.

When a party r.esiding within the jurisdiction of a Lodge, petitions for the mysteries, and his petition is received and referred to a committee of inquiry, the Lodge has obtained lawful jurisdiction over the same, and the subsequent removal of the candidate into the territory of another Lodge, does not deprive the first Lodge of its jnrisdiciion once lawfully obtained. TWENTY-FIFTR.-TERM OF OFFICE.

A Lodge cannot by changing its By-Laws, and fixing the time of election different, thus legislate the installed officers out of office before the expiration of t he year for which they were elected and installed. TWEN'l'楼-SIXTR.-APPEALS.

An appeal must be taken within thirty days from the trial, and not afterwards. This appHes to new trials had under the order of tl1-e Grand Lodge, as well as to original trials.

r 'l'WENTY-SEVENTH.-SENIOR WARDEN.

In tbe absence of the Worsbipful Master, the Senior Warden succeeds to his place, as presiding officer of the Lodge, and during such time he has all the powers of a Master, and can perform any act the Master could perform were he present. For the time being he is Master and not Senior Wm路den. That station should be filled by him by appointment.


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TWENTY-EIGHTH.-FOREIGN MASONS.

A party holding a dimit from a Lodge in Ireland, should procure the certificate of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, under seal, to the effect that the Lodge he hails from, is a regular Lodge under its jurisdiction, before the same can be accepted by our Lodges. 'l'WENTY-NINTH.-SPECIFIC GRAND LODGES.

On the second day of July, ISi3, Brother R. D. Voorhis, on behalf of Brother Bauer, preferred charges against Right Worshipful Brother Ed. Spencer, District Deputy Grand Master of the 16th District (St. Louis), for having entertained an objection from Brother Nathan to the presence of Brother Bauer in a Grand Lodge.Right Worshipful Brother Spencer had opened for the purpose of dedicating a Masonic ball in this city. Another specification was for illegally opening the Grand Lodge of Missouri. At the same time he preferred charges against Brother Nathan for having objected to his presence. I did not consider then, nor do I consider now, that the specifications amount to a Masonic offence in either case. The same are herewith filed. On the receipt of the same, I had considerable correspondence in reference to the matter, until I fully satisfied myself of all the facts in the case. I then published the following decision in the .F'reemason, which, as far as I can learn, has met the approval of Masons generally in this State, excepting Brother Bauer and his attorney in the matter. Brother Voorhis: A question is now presented to me that is certainly a new one. I have given the matter some thought, and have interchanged opinions on the subject with several Masons, who are learne.d in Masonic law, and who are accustomed to give questions arising under our law careful consideration, and the conclusions I have come to are the result of my own investigations, aided by the light I have obtained from those brethren. The question isto define the status of a Grand Lodge opened by a District Deputy Grand Master, for the purpose of dedicating a hall set apart for Mas~nic purposes; .the powers and duties of such bodies, and the relation the Masons within such bodies bear to each other, and to the District Deputy Grand Master, who is the presiding officer, and the actual Master of the Grand Lodge thus convened. There is no dOUbt as to the power of a District Deputy Grand Master to open a Grand Lodge for such purpose. Section 4, Article VII. By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, makes it his duty to" attend in person, etc., dedicate and consecrate the halls set apart for Masonic purposes." The dedication ceremonies, as approved by the Grand Lodge, and published with the Book of Constitutions, are to'be performed by a Grand Lodge. I have no doubt, therefore, as to the power of a District Deputy Grand Master to open a Grand Lodge for such purpose. It is the universal practice under our system of District Deputy Grand Masters, and Is, in fact, authorized by the law of the Grand Lodge, and made the duty of the District Deputy to attend such ceremonies" in person." if possible. Being confident, therefore, that the DIstrict Deputy has the power, the next question is, what is such a body when opened? Our law recognizes but two, bodies capable of legislat'lng in Masonry-the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and the Subordinate Lodges under its jurisdictiou. The status, the powers, and the duties of these bodies are easily understood, and are well defined. But we also recognize two other bodies in Masonry-actual Lodges of Past Masters, and specific Grand Lodges. I use the word specific, because it is as good a t.erm to use, in relation to a Grand Lodge called tor a specific purpose, such as

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dedicating a hall, as any other. The last two have no powers of legislation, and but very little powers of any kind, and, indeed, cut a small figure in our system. Our inquiry is particularly directed to the specific Grand Lodge. It is certainly not the Grand Lodge of Missouri, as our law defines the membership in that body, names its officers, and declares what number constitutesaquorum for business. These specific Grand Lodges are composed of the District Deputy Grand Master and Master Masons in good standing. It is the duty of the District Deputy Grand Mastel' to open and preside over such Grand Lodges, and to direct the ceremonies for which such Grand Lodge is specifically convened. This duty, to preside in such a body, certainly carries with it the ordinary powers of a presiding officer, or Master, for the time being. No one can be admitted into the body without his consent, and no one can remain therein without his permission. His power to open such body carries with it the power to direct the work and to close the same at his pleasure. Actual membership in the Grand Lodge of Mi8soU1'i is not a necessary quali1ilcation to admission into such a Grand Lodge, and participation in the ceremonies and labors. Any Master Mason in good standing may be admitted into such a lJody with the consent or permission of the District Deputy Grand Master, and may remain therein during the pleasure of the Dist.rict Deputy Grand Master.

What relation do the Masons composing this body bear to each other? My answer to this question is, that they are on terms ot'perfect equality-aU in their character of Master Masons in good standiug, convened by their District Deputy Grand Master for a specific purpose, and, for the time being, under his special charge and direction. Then, can one or more of the Masons thus presen t object to the presence of another Mason? Such objection maybe made, but the District Deputy Grand Master is the sole and only judge as to who shall remain in such body of Masons. He may exclude, for the sake of harmony and good order, the brother who is objected to, or he may exclude the objector, or both. From this it will be seen, that from the view I take of this matter, the right of object'ion, in the ordinary acceptation of that term, does not exist in these specific Grand Lodges. It is the duty of the presiding officer to see that the peace and harmony of the specific Grand Lodge is not broken or disturbed, and for this purpose he may refuse admission to anyone whom he 'may believe will bring discord among the Craft; or he may cause any such to retire. If one or more of the Masons present object to another, the Dh;trict Deputy Grand Master may adopt such objection as his own, and order the brother to retire, or he may exclude the whole of the discordant element-the objectors and the objected to-and proceed with the ceremoIties for which the specific Grand Lo~ge was convened, in harmony and good order, with the remaining brethren. The law of the Grand Lodge having imposed a personal duty on the District Deputy Grand Master, to dedicate the halls set apa! t for Masonic purposes, it follows as a consequence, that he has the power and authority to see that the work is performed in peace and harmony, by those whom he may call to bis assistance. If, therefore, the District Deputy Grand Mastel' should exclude a Master Mason from such a body, when he believes his presence is an element of discord, he is acting within the scope of his power and authority under the law of the Grand Lodge, and is not subject to discipline therefor, unless this power was corruptly or maliciously abused, It would be a contradiction of Lerms to impose a duty on a District Deputy Grand Master, and then deny him the power to perform that duty, in decency and good order.

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This decision has had the effect of producing something unheard of in the history of this Grand Lodge at. least. The indefatigable attorney of Brother Bauer has prepared, and had printed at considerable expense, a voluminous compendium of quotations from the poets, and a rehash of blood and thunder rounded off into rhetorical sentences, which r presume, with all due deference , to Brother Voorhis, and with the kindest personal feelings for him, was perfectly satisfactory to his client. This pamphlet has, I understand, been sent to all the Lodges in the State. The action of Brother Voorhis in this matter is unprecedented in Masonry, and although he disclaims any aim at myself, still I think it would have been as Masonic (to say the least) for him to have awaited the reversal of the decision by the Grand Lodge before he fulminated his bull against me. He has christened the production a " Review." With due regard and much fraternal feeling for Brother Voorhis, I must l>e permitted to say that he has labored hard to produce a "man of straw," and then with one strong blow to knock him down. On page 9 he says: "The power and duty to open rests upon the Past or Present Master, commissioned by the Grand Master to convene the Lodge." This admission takes in the whole case and blows all his special pleadings to the winds. Brother Voorhis bad not looked at all the law. '['he law requires the District Deputy Grand Master to be a Past or Present Mast,er, and requires the Grand Master to commission bim.-Article VII, Section 2. So that all the qualifications for which my learned Brother contends, are actually possessed by the District Deputy Grand Master. The quotations he makes from Past Grand Master Mitchell's work are not pertinent, as he well knows the present law was not enacted or thought of at the time the same was written. With these remarks in reference to this extraordinary" session," r leave the question to the jUdgment of your Commi ttee on Jurisprudence, and through them to'the final action of the Grand Lodge. THIRTIE'l'H.-NEW TRIAL.

I have had numerous applications to order new trials after the findings by Subordinate Lodges. Adhering as I do to the rule of the Grand Lodge that a Grand Master has no right to order a new t¡rial when there is only a difference of opinion between him and the Lodge in relation to the guilt of the p~rty accused, I have in all such cases declined to interfere, and have recommended the parties aggrieved to take their appeal to the Grand Lodge.

r have, however, in several cases of trial, where the law has not been complied with, ordered new trials to be had in conformity to law. To this extent I think a Grand Master is authorized under the law to go, and no further. DISPENSATIONS FOR NEW LODGES.

Since the close of the last Communication of the Grand Lodge, I have ordered the issue of dispensations for twenty-four Lodges, upon petitions in proper form, recommended by the nearest Lodges, which examined the proposed officers in open Lodge, and certified to their proficiency. The petitions were also recommended by the District Deputy Grand Masters of the respective Districts in which the Lodges are located. 1872. Dec. 3 Nonpariel Lodge East Lynne Cass Co. Lowry City " Lowry City St. Clair Co. Dec. lO Bolckon Bolckon Andrew Co. Dec. 11.. Integrity " Spring City St. Clair Co. Dec. lO Lock Spring " Lock Spring Daviess Co. Dec. 27 Glenwood .. .. Glenwood Schuyler Co. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 28

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'fhe above twenty-four Lodges, together w~th twelve dispensations renewed by the Grand Lodge, and three granted by the Grand Lodge at its last Communication, make thirty-nine Lodges in all at work U. D. Several petitions for new Lodges which came to hand after the time I thought it proper to stop issuing dispensations, have bee~ passed into the hands of the Committee on Lodges Under Dispensation. OTHER OFFICIAL ACTS.

December 27, 1872.-0rdered commission and power of attorney issued to J. G. Simpson, of Bolivar, Polk County, to collect and dispose of the outstanding debts to late Bolivar Lodge, No. 41, as provided by Grand Lodge in 1870. SPECIAL DISPENSATIONS.

I have issued the following special dispensations during the year: November 8, 1872.-To open a Grand Lodge and dedicate the new Masonic hall in Paris, Monroe county. November ll,1872.-To Lincoln Lodge, No. 138, to appear in public procession at dedication of their n.ew hall. January 6, lS73.-To Dresden Lodge, No. 88, to hold an election of officers, at stated meeting in January, instead of December. The intense cold weather and sickness of the Master prevented a quorum being, present on the night of election. Ordered all the resident members to be notified of the same. March 19, lS73.-To Queen City Lodge, No. 380, to hold a festival on the lOth of MaY,lS73.

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May 31, lS73.-To Hannibal Lodge, No. 18S, to hold election at stated meeting in June, instead of 24th June. All resident members to be notified. June IS, lS73.-.To Florence Lodge, No. 261, to hold election in July instead of June. No quorum present at June meeting. All resident members to be notified. July 23,l873.-To Most Worshipful Jno. D. Vincil, Past Grand Master, to open a Grand Lodge at Marshall, in Saline county, and lay the corner-stone of a church, by special request.


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August 26, 1873.-To Dayton Lodge, No. 386, to appear in 'public procession, and hold a Masonic pIc-nic. December 19, 1872.-To Ionia Lodge, No. 389, to hold an election of officers on 27th December, the Master having been absent at the time election should have been held, and had the Charter with him. All resident members to be notified. August 13, 1873.-To Right Worshipful Jos. S. Browne, District Deputy Grand Master, to lay corner stone of Court House, in St. Joseph, on the 19th of August. The authorities made special request to this effect. DISPENSATIONS REFUSED.

I have during the year refused many petitions for dispensations. Some of them so ridiculous in their nature that I will not present them to the Grand Lodge. From the many I have selected the following to report: The Senior Warden of Medoc Lodge, No. 335, asked for dispensation to hold election for officers. The reasons given were that the Junior Warden was dead, and the Master resided some fifteen miles away. The Senior Warden was all right, and could govern the Lodge as well as though he were Master. I therefore declined to issue same. Potter Lodge elected a Master and Senior Warden who refused to be installed, and asked for a dispensation to hold another election. Understanding t.hat the Lodge was doing better than it had been doi ng for a long ti me under its presen t officers, I declined to grant the same, as they held over under the law until their successors were elected and installed. The Worshipful Master-of Ituria Lodge, No:406, petitioned for dispensation confer the degrees on a Dr. - - - - , in less time than the law allows. Benson, the Dr., was going to visit the Vienna Exposition in Europe-was a .. good man"-had lived in the jurisdiction of the Lodge twelve years. I declined to do so, believing I had no such authority, and would not have exercised it in sllch a case if I had. Five other petitions came in soon after the above, all asking me to allow the candidates to receive the degrees in less time than the law allowed. In order to put a stop to such petitions among Masons who would I'ead, I pUblished my views in the Ji1I路eem.ason on that subject, as follows: WANTS TO GO THROUGH QUICK.

To save the Craft the trouble of making any more applications to me for a dispensation to allow a candidate to take the degrees in less time than is prescribed in the By-Laws, and to relieve me of that much correspondence, I wish to say that, according to my views, the Grand Masler of Masons in Missouri has no right or power to issue such dispensations. The Grand Lodge, at its session in 1850, announced its opinion on that SUbject, by a resolution, which will be found on page 14, of our book of Constitutions, note 9. g. But even if the Grand Master possessed this power, I cannot conceive a case where in I would exercise it. We have, within this Grand juriSdiction, near five hundred Lodges (more than we ought to have), and these so distributed that nearly every man resides almost within the "sound of thegaveI." He never thinks of becoming a Mason until his business or pleasure calls him away from home, when suddenly he thinks it would be good to be a Mason. He has no time to wait the required time, and some enthusiastic member of the Lodge, who is a particular friend of the would-be Mason, asks the Grand Master for a dispensation. The petition

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for the dispensation never fails to inform the Grand Master of the fact that the candidate is "a good man-the very best material we can get." &c. Now all this may be true, and doubtless is true, hut he is no better than other men in the Lodge, wh'o have become Masons for the purpose of being" serviceable to their fellow man," and D,ot that it would be a letter of recommendation to them in foreign or strange communities. One party stated that the candidate wished to visit the Vienna Exposition, and had not time to wait. He also was a good man, and had resided twelve years in the jurisdiction of their Lodge. I thought he had been there long enough to have taken the degrees, without any dispensation. Notwithstanding the fact of the existence of the resolution of the Grand Lodge, above referred to, I have had six petitions for such dispensations, all of which have, of course, been refused. l"ODGE REMOVAl"S.

I have during the past year granted permission to the following Lodges to remove to other halls. In every instance, except two, the rule adopted by the Grand Lodge has been complied With, i. e.-a meeting for the purpose of considering the same, to attend which all the l:esident members had been notified, a two-third vote in favor of removal, and the proposed hall approved by the District Deputy Grand Master: Holden Lodge, No. 262; Fulton Lodge, No. 48; Granby Lodge, No. 216; Ada Lodge, No. 444, to Albany, one-half mile; Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 40; Erwin Lodge, No. 121; Itaska Lodge, No. 423; Orient Francais, No. 167; St. Joseph Lodge, No. 78; Zeredatha Lodge, No. 189; Charity Lodge, No. 331; Appleton City. Lodge, No. 412; Ancient Craft Lodge, No. 377; Edina Lodge, No. 291; Memphis Lodge, No. 16; LicIt Creek Lodge, No. 302; Gavel Lodge, No. 402; North Star Lodge, No. 157; Trenton Lodge, No.U1; OrIental Lodge, U. D. A storm having injured the hall of Silent '.remple Lodge, No. 43W, and Macon Lodge, No. 106, I gave them permission' to remove to another hall temporarily, until their former hall could be repaired. One of the exceptions referred to, in which I permitted the Lodge to remove without a literal compliance with the rule, was this: The Master informed me that the hall in which his Lodge then met was unsafe and condemned, and he could not prevail on his members to meet there and vote on the question. I had not forgotten that this Orand Lodge had excused brethren for disobeying a ~ummons commanding them to meet in a condemned hall. In other words, this Grand Lodge did not think a Master had power to command his brethren to commit suicide. . I therefore invoked tbat decision of Past Grand Master Garrett, approved by the Grand Lodge, as authority for permitting that Lodge to remove without risking their lives to vote on the question. I am assurred that instead of a twothird vote in that case, it would have been unanimous. The other case was Fulton Lodge removing to their new hall. During the rage of the Epizootic, more than half the members would have been compelled to walk several miles to attend the Lodge and vote. This would have been unreasonable, and Masonry does not require unreasonable duties of its members. More than two-thirds of the Lodge signed a petition for removal, which I took as good as a vote, and granted permission. The spirit of t.he rule was complied with if not its exact letter. CHANGES OF DEPUTY DISTRICT GRAND MASTERS.

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Right Worshipful D. P. Wall1ngford removed from his District, (the fourteenth,) to St. Louis, and tendered his resignation. I appointed and commissioned Right Worsbipful Joseph S. Browne, of St. Joseph, his successor. Right Worshipfui W. H. Carpenter, ofthe.Sixth District, tendered his resignation, on account of his private business, and I appointed and commissioned Most Worshipful John D. Vincll, P. G. M., his successor. Right Worshipful C. H. Harris of the Eighteenth District, removed from the District, but never informed me of the same. On my attention being called thereto, I appointed and commissioned Right Worshipful William Nifong his successor. COllIMITTEES.

. Knowing from experience the wisdom of the plan adopted by Past Grand Master Garrett, of appointing chairmen of the important committees,' ad interim, I have followed the example and appointed the following: JUrispruderwe.-Most Worshipful T. E. Garrett. Grievarwe.-Right Worshipful R. E. Anderson. Lodges Under Disp<msation.-Right Worshipful J. W. Luke.

These brethren have their work well advanced, and have had time to give the same the thought and attention its importance demands. It is due to Most Worshipful Brother Saunders, the veteran chairman oCthe Committee on Grievance under so many admimistrations, to say that he positively declined the labor of his old post, saying that it was due to him that he be relieved. The duties and labors of all these committees are great, and none more so than that of Grievance. I have every confidence in the judgment and Masonic learning of Right Worshipful Brother Anderson, to assure the Grand Lodge that the work of that important committee will be well and properly done.

The report of Right Worshipful Jno. W. Luke, the chairman of the Committee on Lodges Under Dispensation, will show, as in years gone by, the patient and correct work of one who knows his duty and quietly performs it. Most Worshipful Thos. E. 'Garrett, as the head of the Committee on Jurisprudence, will fully sustain the high position he has already attained, of a sound and careful thinker, and expounder of Masonic law. MASONIC HALL ASSOCIATION.

In obedience to the resolution of the Grand Lodge adopted at the last session thereof, requesting the Subordinate Lodges to loan the Grand Lodge, at least, twenty-five dollars each, I addressed a circular letter to the Lodges, under date October 21st, 1872. making the request named. Quite a number of the Lodges responded to the call, and the sum of $3,490 was obtained. The object of the loan was to enable the Masonic Hall Association to payoff the accrued interest on their bonds, and thereby prevent a suit at law against the Grand Lodge, which was at the time of the passage of the resolution above referred to, and immediately after my installation, about to be prosecuted. To carry out the object for which the above sum was obtained, I did, on the 28th day of January, i873, loan the same to the Association, taking its note therefor secured by double the amount of preferred stock of the Association as collateral. The note and stock 1 deposited with the Grand Trea.<;urer. I will here state for the information of the Grand Lodge that it was expressly and positi vely understood at the time I made the loan, that the same was not to be considered as committing the


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Grand Lodge in any manner to the payment of any indebtedness of the :Masonic Hall Association. That this was a special transaction, not connected in any manner with any former action of the Grand Lodge,in reference to the payment ofany bonds of the Associatton. The Grand Secretary's report will show the list of Lodges responding to this call, and the amount loaned to the Grand Lodge by each particular Lodge. It will be necessary for you to take proper action in reference to this loan, to the end that the Lodges responding to your resolutions may be repaid the money they have adavnced at your call. About this matter, I presume there will be no difference of opinion. â&#x20AC;˘ In obedience to another resolution adopted at the last session of the Grand I,odge, the President of the Masonic Hall Association, Brother D. J. Blanke, furn ished me with a statement'concerning the affairs of the Association, and a table showing t.he time it would require the Grand Lodge to become the sole owner of the property and franchise of the Association, by an assessment of one dollar per annum on the membership of the Lodges. This statement, with a circular letter from myself, was sent to every Lodge in thejurisdiction,and;to every District Deputy Grand Master, with a request that each Lodge take action on the subject. It is to be hoped that the delegates to this Grand L':'dge will now meet this important question and settle it wisely and finally. My individual opinion on this question is too well known by this Grand Lodge to require a repetItion here, but in my official capacity I have acted with strict impartiality, and I know that no act of mine as your Grand Master, can be invoked in support of any claim, real or supposed, against this Grand Lodge, in reference to any promise or assumption of payment of the bonds of the Association. That is a question resting solely with the Grand Lodge, the proper and wise solution of which should claim your calm and deliberate attention. There is no reason why this question should not be setUed with good feelings. Differences of opinion exist in relation to the same, and I know they are honest differences. Then let no unfriendly feeling arise in the settlement of this matter, but mee tit and do your duty as MASONS, and all will be well. Let not the motives 01 any brother be impugned. Remember that your brother has as much right to his opinion, as you have to yours. Practice the charity we profess, and abou I, which we talk so much, and do not allow a simple question of a few dollars and cents to run away with our reason, and cause us to forget the great principles . of Freemasonry. . UNPLEASANT DUTIES. I have been called upon to exercise the extraordinary power of the Gran d Master in suspending a Master from the functions of his office in several cases. In two cases the unpleasant duty was performed.

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On the 7th of January, 1873, I received charges against Brother John R. Brown. Worshipful Master of Fraternal Lodge, No. 363, charging him with drunkenness, and opening the hall of the Lodge for a public dance, against the wishes of the members, and threatening and insulting the members of hi s IJodge.who protested against the course, and having whiskey in theante-rooms of the Lodge. I directed Brother Geo. J .. Adler. a Past Master of said Lodge, to take testimony and forward to me. The testimony fUlly sustained the charge, and I ordered Brother Brown suspended from office and cited to appear before this Grand Lodge for trial. The papers in the case are herewith filed for such action as the Grand Lodge may deem proper. On the 11th of June, 1873, on the charge of drunkenness in office, and habitual drunkenness. fully sustained by the evidence taken, I ordered Brother R. H. Mason. Worshipful Master of Linn Lodge No. 66, to be suspended from office, and cited to appear before the Grand Lodge for trial. '1'he papers in his case are also submi tted.


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I regretted exceedingly, as I regret now, that the necessity arose for the of this power, but having accepted the office of Grand Master at your hands, it became my duty to fill it. No feeling of sympathy, therefore, for the weakness of these brethren could cause me to swerve from the path of my duty, or fail to execute the high trust reposed in me by you. I hope the punishment already received by these brethren may be deemed sufficiellt, and that the Grand Lodge may find their conduct since their suspension such as to warrant this Body in saying, "go my brother and sin no more." e~ercise

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Or the 27th of June, 1873, I ordered the dispensation of Proctorville Lodge, U. .D. revoked. Charges were made by the Lodge that recommended them, Lodge No. -, that they were working the worst material known in the county, and their general conduct such as to disgrace Masonry in the eyes of the world. Right Worshipful Brother.J. E. Cadle, Junior Grand Warden, investigated the case and sent me a full report thereon, and I here return him my sincere thanks for his pains. This report of Right Worshipful Brother Cadle, and the charges I forwarded to Right Worshipful Brother Irving, District Deputy Grand Master, with instruction to visit the Lodge and see for himself. Brother Irving complied with this request, and his report to me fully sustained the previous investigation. On receipt of his report I issued the order making the letters of dispensation. This, too, was an unpleasant duty that Hound I must perform in the interest of Masonry. CHARTERS SURRENDERED.

June 2,1873.-Covenant Lodge, No. 4l7;surrendered its Charter by a una,nimous vote less one. The cause was internal dissensions, to such an extent the Lodge was worthless. It was doing no good for Masonry or for itself. July 24, l873.-Clark City Lodge, No. 332, surrendered its Charter by a unanimous -qote. The cause of this action is, that the town has gone down, and most of the members have removed to Cahokia,whereHiram Lodge, No. 362, is located. This action will cause us to have one strong hea.lthy Lodge in that locality, instead of two sickly ones. Right Worshipful Brother Sbepherd, D. D. G. M., loaned the old chairs, desk and stove to Hiram Lodge, and the Grand Lodge iF; respectfully asked to donate the same, as they amount to but a few dollars in value. ILLINOIS.

In the early pal路t of my administration, I had reported to me a case that seemed, from all I could learn, was one of invasion of onr jurisdiction by Byron Lodge of Illinois. I immediately wrote to Most Worshipful James A. Hawley, Grand Master of Illinois, in reference thereto, and on investigation I found that there was no invasion at all. The facts 'Yere these, as we found by investigation at both points: Mr. Frank York, whose parents resided near Byron Lodge in Illinois, and who was a minor, was apprenticed to a party in Shelbina, where he resided until he attained his majority. On attaining his majority, hereturned to his father's, and there petitioned Byron Lodge and was initiated. He afterwards engaged to do business with the party with whom had learned his trade, and came to Shelbina with a certificate that he was an E. A., and waiving jurisdiction in favor of Shelbina Lodge. His first actual change of residence was after he had attained his majority, and removed to Missouri. He had only been

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learning a trade prior to that time, and on finishing his trade he returned to his home. Grand Master Hawley fully agreed with me in relation to the law, but the facts showed no violation. Another case is this. Marion Lodge, at Salem, Illinois, originally held its Charter from this Grand Lodge. A Brot.her Pilcher had been reported to onr Grand Lodge as .expelled by Marion Lodge, although the records of Marion Lodge show no such facts. After the organIzation 01 the Grand Lodge of Illinois, Marion Lodge received a Charter from that Grand Lodge, and surrendered the charter she held from this Grand Lodge, or at least with the consent of Missouri jurisdiction, was transferred to the Grand Lodge of Illinois, and the Grand Lodge of Missouri has since that time neither assumed or claimed jurisdiction over Marion Lodge at Salem, Illinois. Brother Pilcher is now old and feeble, and desires to be re-instated. Salem Lodge is anxious to grant his request, and has petitioned the Grand Lodge of Illinois to that effect. The Grand Master of Illinois fearing some question of jurisdiction might arise with our Grand Lodge, addressed me on the subject. I replied that Missouri had nothing more to do with the matter-that the whole question was under the control of the Grand Lodge of Illinois. It would be a singular state of affairs for a Subordinate Lodge to owe allegiance to h,,路o Grand Lodges. That when Missouri transferred Marion Lodge to the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, she made no reservation, and did no half-way business, and that Illinois might proceed to deal with the question without any fears of interference on the part of Missouri, as the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Illinois over Marion Lodge was ample and complete, MASONIC MUTUAL BENEFIT SOCIETY.

I deem it my duty to call your attention to this Society. It has, since your last meeting, been reorganized on a plan much better for good than the former one. It is intended to do good to the famllies of deceased Masons, and as such it is worthy ()f our consideration and fraternal regard. I recommend that a special committee be appointed to take into consideration the a~m and objects of this Society, and to recommend such action on the part of the Grand Lodge as may be deemed necessary. DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS' REPORTS.

I have received reports from- District Deputy Grand Masters. They generally show a fiourishing condition of Masonry in the State. Most of the District Deputies have labored with zeal and fidelity in their respective posi. tions, and merit by their labors the thanks of the Craft. For their prompt and willing aid rendered me in the discharge of many duties, I return them my sincere thanks. Some of the reports contain recommendations of importance to the Craft, and I Ruggest their reference to a committee, who may take the same into consideration, and report such action as be proper. SUBORDINATE BY-LAWS.

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Article VI of the Code of By-Laws recommended by the Grand Lodge to the Subordinate Lodges, is susceptible of various constructions. Scarcely two .Lodges construe the article in the same manner. I recommend that a special committee be appointed to consider the same and report an amendment that will make the article definite and certain and not liable to so many different constructions. Some Lodges have in'a summary manner and without trial, attempted to deprive a Mason of his rights under this article. I do not think that the article, taken as a Whole, admits of any such construction, but that such construction has been given it by some Lodges, is sutficient evidence of the necessity of amendment.


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GRAND LECTURER'S REPORT.

The report of Right Worshipful Brother McDowell, Grand Lecturer, shows the usual amount or arduous labors in that important office, and I am happy to say that the result of his labors is now being seen in the greater uniformity and proficiency in the work throughout the State, than has been known at any former period of our history. In connection with his suggestion I would recommend the appointment ofa special committee to report to t,his Grand Lodge a law requiring the recommendation of at least three of nearest Lodges to a petition for the establishment of a new Lodge; the three Lodges to be those 路whose jurisdiction would be effected by the establishment of the new Lodge. The labors of the Grand Lecturer have been great, and I hope the Grand Lod~e will show its appreciation of such faithful service by a suitable and ample appropriation. DEDICATION OF NEW HALL.

On the 24th of June I visited St. Joseph,and dedicated the new and magnificen t hall erected for th~ use of the Masonic Bodies of that flourishing city. The assembly of Masons from the Northwest and from Kansas was immense, and the general good feeling that prevailed amongst the vast assembly, was such as to make a Mason's heart feel good as he witnessed" how good and how pleasan t it. is for brethren to dwell together in unity." I delivered an address on that occasion to an assembly so great in numbers that it was impossible for half of them to hear the sound of my voice. The brethren of St. Joseph do nothing by halves. They make their Visitors feel their hospitality, and the pleasure of a Masonic re-union in St. Joseph does not pass away with the day of celebra~ion, but lives afterwards fresh and green in the me'inories of the brethren. COURTESIES.

I am indebted to many brethren throughout the State for kindness and consideration, and for valuable aid in the discharge of many official duties. Especially am I indebted to Right Worshipful Geo. Frank Gouly, Grand Secretary, for many acts of assistance on his part. His familiarity with the archives of the Grand Lodge, and with its decisions and laws, render his advice invaluable, and his prompt answers to any questions propounded him, is deserving of especial thanks. PUBLICA'EION OF DECISIONS.

Following the example of my predecessor, Most Worshipful T. E. Garrett, and to avoid correspondence on tbe same subje0t, I availed myself of the kind offer of the pUblisher of the Freernason, and published decisions on important subjects for the benefit of the Craft generally. I return to the JiTl'eernason my thanks for the courtesies thus extended. MEMPHIS IN DISTRESS.

While God has blessed us with health and strength to meet in Annual Com. munication, our brethren in our sister city of Memphis are afflict.ed with tbat most dreadful scourge, the yellow fever. The Masons of Memphis have done their whole duty, but now their means are exhausted, and the cry for aid comes to us with every throb of the electric current. Missouri Masons never turn a


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deaf ear to the cry for relief. It is meet that the first act of t11is Grand Lodge should be in response to this petItion for help from our atliicted brethren. I therefore recommend that an approprIation be made at once, without the formality of a reference to a committee, for the relief of the distressed Masons of Memphis. CONCLUSION.

Brethren: These are the worl{s I have performed in the field to which you assigned me a year ago. It is a broad field, its labors are arduous, but the results are delight: ful. With the desire to do right as God gave me to see it, I have labored in behalfof our noble institution, and whatever errors I may have committed in the discharge of the varied duties of this exalted position, is it asking too much of you, to cast over them the" broad mantle of Masonic charIty," and impute toem to the "frailties of human nature," and not to perverseness of heart. Having performed these duties and thus rendered an account of them, allow me to say that the cup of my ambition is full. 'l'hat I fnlly appreciate the great honor conferred upon me by yonI' partiality one year ago, and do not desire a repetition of the same. ' There are other brethren in your midst whose long years of service especially fit them for this high and honorable position. Devoted as they have been to the interests of Masonry, and proving their devotion by long years of labor in this Grand Lodge, it is rIght that they should be rewarded with the high 110nors that this Body alone can ~onfer. Let me hope that those who have borne the heat and burden of the day will meet tllis reward. Let" me no't therefore stand in the way of their promotion, but allow me to again assume my position on the floor of the Grand Lodge, as a co-laborer in this great worlr, as I hope to do until the summons of the Grand Master, of the Universe calls me hence. The field of our "labors is broad, the holy principles of Freemasonry are eternal, and are adapted to every condition of men. It is ours to devise the ways and means to carry them into proper effect. Let us proceed to this work with an honest determination to be true to our ourselves, to be true to our brethren. to be true to our neighbors, and to be true to the great princIples of Freemasonry. And now in connection with the pions and fervent invocation of our Reverend Grand Chaplain, I invoke upon your labors the blessings of Almighty God. SAMUEL H. OWENS,

GJ'and Master.

Which was upon motion referred to Past Grand :lVIasters Bros. Jno. D. Vincil, Thos. E. Garrett, Jno. H. Turner, S. W. B. Carnegy and Jno. Ralls. RELIEF.

On motion of Brother ThOR. E. Garrett, P. G. M., thc sum of four hundred dollars was unanimously appropriated to the l\iemphis sufferers, and OIlC hundred dollal's to Shreveport, to bedisbul'sed through the St. Louis Board of Relid to the Boards of Relicf in the cities named. A2

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EXEMPLIFICATION OF WORK.

At 12: 30 P. M. the Grand Lodge was called from labor until 7i P. 1\1., for the exemplification of the work in the First Degree by the Grand Lecturer, Brother Allan l\fcDowell.

ST. LOUIS, October 14, 1873. 71 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge was called to labor by the Grand l\1:aster. Grand officers in their several stations. The work was exemplified in the First Degree by the Grand Lect,urer. .At 9~ o'clock, P. M., the Grand Lodge was called from labor until to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, P.

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TRANSPORTATION.

I On motion of the Grand Secretary, a committee was appointed to provide transportation for the return of delegates at reduced rates. REPORT ON GRAND MASTER'S ADDRESS.

The committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

To the Most WorshiPful Grand Lodge 0/ Missouri:

The Committee to whom was referred the Grand Master's Address, submit the following Report: We recognize the fitness of the tribute which the Grand Master offers to the memory of our late Past, Grand Masters, William D. Muir and John F. Ryland, and cordially endorse his sentiments of respect. We, moreover,' recommend the adoption of his suggestion, that pages be set apart in the Journal of this Grand Lodge to the memory of the departed. We also recommend the followi.ng distri.bution of subjects to committees: That the portion of the Address embraced under the head of" Decisions," be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence. That the question of Lodges Under Dispensation, be referred to the Committee on Lodges U. D. That the subject of the" Masonic Hall Association," as introduced by the Grand Master, be referred to a Special Committee of five. The Committee fully approve of the action of the Grand Master in suspending from otfice, on charges of un-Masonic conduct, the two Masters whose cases he presents, and recommend their reference to a Special Committee. We approve of the Grand Master's action in revoking the dispensation of Prootorville Lodge. We recommend that the matter presented by the Grand Master under the head of "Illinois" go to the Committee on Jurisprudence. We advise the appointment of a Commiteee on the Masonic Mutual Benevolent Society, as recommended by the Grand Master. Also, that the matter introdnced by the Grand Master in reference to "Subordinate By-Laws," be placed in the hands of a Speciai Committee, as recommended by him. We recommend that the SUbject matter contained in the reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters and Grand Lecturers, be referred to a Special Committee. We approve of the" Special Dispensations" granted by the Grand Master, for various Masonic purposes, and l'e90mmend that the Grand Lodge contlrm these acts. We also endorse the action of the Grand Master, in several cases where hI' refused to grant special dispensations, and believe' his reasons therefor are Masonically sound.


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After a careful review of his very able and business-like Address, we cannot help taking occasion to congratulate our Grand Master upon the success whicb it proves for his administration. He has done a great deal of work and done it well; and of necessity he must have devoted much time and thought to the duties of his office. The Grand Lodge of Missouri has been peculiarly fortunate in having so able It man, and 1>0 zealous a Mason, at its head during the past year. Fraternally SUbmitted, .JOHN D. VINCIL; "TROS. E. GARRETT. .JOHN H. TURNER, S. W. B. CARNEG Y, Committee.

APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES.

The Grand Master announced the appointment of the following committees: .Tu1路isprudence-Thos. E. Garrett, Wm. H. Stone, Ryland, .J. D. Vincil.

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Grievance-R. E. Anderson, Allan McDowell, A. M. DockerY,Samuel Russell, Jno. H. Turner. Lodges U. D.-John W. Lnke, J. G. Hart, T. E. Shepherd, D. J. Heaston, Wm. Willmott. Chartered Lodges-J. E. Cadle, .B.O. Austin, Reuben Ba.rney, Arch. M. Long, .J. G. Anderson, .r. P. Hutchison, James S. McGee, P. S. Pfouts, P. B. Gra.nt, James Cloudsly. Unfinished .Rusiness-'.rhos. C. Ready, James Lovern, Robert C. Clark, J. P. H. Gray. Aqcounts-.James l<J. Carter, .James R. Hardy, James H. Baugh. Ways and 1lfearM-Allan McDowell, A. M. Dockery, W. G. Weaver. By-Laws-Thos. B. Turnbaugh, .Josiah Ivey, John D. Parkinson. D. D. Grand 1lfaster's and Lecturer's Reports-John D. Vincil, J. W. Luke, Ed. Spencer, T. T. Rodes, J. J. Dillinger. Charity:....-W. N. Loker, J. M. Fox, Wm. D. Graham.

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Masoni<, Mutual Benevolent &ciety-Ma.rtin CoUins, J. H. Pottenger, W. H. Stone. 'I'ransportation-W. W. Ehninger, J. F. Aglar, J. G. Anderson.

REPORTS OF GRAND TREASURER AND SECRETARY.

The Grand Treasurer and Secretary submitted their Annual Reports, which were referred to the Committee on Accounts. [See Appendix.]


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STATUS OF AN EXPELLED MASON UNDER APPEAL.

Brother Rufus E. Anderson-offered the following, which was referred to the Committee ,on Jurisprudence: lVhereas, A variet~' of opinion exists in this Grand .Jurisdiction as to the status of a suspended or expelled Mason who has appealed to the Grand Lodge durIng the pendency of his appeal; therefore, be it Resolved, That the Committee on .Tul'isprudence be instructed to report a rule on that subject ~or the adoption of this Grand Lodge.

DUPLICATE FORMS OF RETURNS.

Brother D. J. Heaston offered the following J which was adopted: Resolved, That hereafter there be furnished to each Lodge duplicate blanks for annual retUl'ns, one to be returned to the Grand Secretary, and the other to 1.>e similarly tilled out and filed in the Subordinate Lodge archives.

JEWELS OF LATE MIDDLEBURY LODGE, NO. 141.

On motion of Brother Wm.\Villmott, the jewels of the late Middlebury IJodge were donated to Oriental Lodge. PROPERTY OF LATE BOLIVAR LODGE, NO. 14.

Brother J. G. Simpson submitted his report, which was read, ordered filed, and the commission discharg~d, the attorney having' accomplished all that was possible. REPORT ON CHARTERED LODGES.

Committee on Chartered Adopted.

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To the Most WorshipfUL Grand Eodge of Missou,ri:

The undersigned, Committee on Chartered Lodges, would most respectfully and Fraternally submit the following report, to-wi t: That they have examined the returns of the following Lodges, and found them correct: Nos. 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15,16,18, 19,20,22.25,28,30,32,33,3.5,38, 40,41,43,44,45,46,47,48,50.51,52,53,54,57,58,59,60, 61, 62,64,66,70,73,74,77,78,85,86, 89,90,97,98, 101,102, 103,104, 105, 106,108,110, 111, 114,116, 118, 119,120,121, 122,124,125,


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123, 127, no, 131, 132, 134, 135, 136, 138, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 154, 155, 156, 157, 1~, 161, 162, 163, 16i, 166, 169, 170, 173, 178, 179, 180, 183, 185, 186, 189, 190, 194, 196, 197, 198, 199, 203, 204, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 216, 217, 218,220,221,224,226, 227, 22g, 2'30, 23t, 236, 237, 214, 24.5, 248, 249, 250, 253, 254, 25.5, 259,262, 265,267, 268, 271, 272, 274, 276, 280, 281, 282,287, 288, 289, 299, 301,303, 305, 306, 311, 312, 313, 314,315,316, 317, 318,322, 323,324, 326, 327, 328, 3ilO, 331, 333, 334,337, 339, 341, 342, 343, 345, 346, 347, 3S0, 351,352, 353, 354,855,3,58, 359, 360, 363, 364, 365, 366,367, 369,373, 375,378, q79, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 390, 393, 399, 400, 401, 40,'5. 406,409, 411,416, 420,422, 424, 426, 428, 430, 431, 433, 435, 437, 439, 440,445, 450, 452, 453, 454, 4.'56.

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The following are correct, except no seal: Nos. 12,31,34,37,42,49,65,67,73,79, 80,82, 84, 88, 93, 94, 109, 152, 168, 170, :tn, 172, 177, 182, 184, 187, 188, 193, 200, 211, 231, 232, 239, 257, 258, 260, 261, 270, 275, 277, 285, 286, 293, 302, 321, 338, 344, 348, 370, 371, 374, 388, 389, 392, 397, 404, 410, 414, 415, 418, 419, 421, 423, 441, 443, 451, 455. Not alphabetically arranged: Nos. 17, 23, 29, 63, 75, 80, 83, 92, 96,117,15.'3,194,195, 234,246,251,264,275,296,325,340,361,371, 3i6, 377, 387, 412, 436, 459. No date to Charter: Nos. 5, 69, 76, 82, 151, 181, 191, 201, 238, 291. No date to Charter and not alphabetically arranged: 107,229,242,368. Correct except not signed by W-orshipful Master, 123, 394. Correct except not signed by Worshipful Master and Secretary, and no seal, 39, 112, 113, 133, 283.

Correct except no seal, and not alphabetically arranged, 55,56, 9B7, 368, 'Z17, 438. No seal and no date to Charter, 73, 100. Not signed by Secretary, 8. No recapitUlation, 7. No. 297, no seal, not signed by Worshipful Master, not signed by SecretaryI1st of raisings not included in list of members. No. 26, no date of charter, not signed by WorshIpful Master for the year 1872, aud for the year 1873, no date to charter, not signed by Worshipful Master, no list of officers. Nos. 36, and 240, no seal and not signed by Worshipful Master. Nos. 128, 158 and 223, no seal and not sIgned by Secretary. No. 217, no date to initiations, passings and raisings. Nos. 24 and SO;not alphabetically arranged. No. 396, no seal. No. 408, returns Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts as Master Masons, and no seal. No. 160 and 442, names of officers not among members. No. 2"22, the name of Junior Warden not among the members. No. 225, the name of Senior Warden not among the members. No. 15.'5, returns names of Past Masters as Chapter Members and not as actual Past Masters. Nos. 76, 96, 291 and 300, time of meeting not stated. No. 266, affiliated members not stated in the list of members. No. 285, names and dates of death of deceased members not given. No. 269, raised members not included in list of members.

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No. 294, not alphabetically arranged, and raised members not included in list of members. I

Nos. 137,202 and 292, incorrect in several particulars. Your committee would request, that the Grand Secretary return said reports, and accompany same with new blanks, and that said Lodges make out their reports anew at the earliest practicable day. The accompanying papers and letters arc returned to the Grand Lodge, as your committee has no jurisdiction on the subject matter contained therein. The financial accoun t of each Lodge will be reported .by the Grand Secretary. Respectfully and fraternally submitted, J. E. CADLE, J.S. McGEE, J. P. HUTCHISON, B. O. AUSTIN, P. S. PFOUTS, P. B. HART, REUBEN BARNEY, JAME~ CLOUDSLY, A.M. LONG, J. G. ANDERSON, Committee.

ACCOUNTS.

Committee on Accounts reported as follows:. Adopted. To the Most W01'shipful Grand Lodge Of Missouri:

Your Committee on Accounts beg leave to report, that they have carefully examined the books, papers, and accounts of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary, from October 16,1872, until October 14,1873, an'd find the same correct; and that the Grand Secretary haC! received from all sources, as per cash book. the item of$12,042.24-for which he has receipts from Grand Treasurer-which with the balance in hand of Grand '.rreasurer of $10,401.56, makes a total of $22,443.80, The Grand Treasurer has paid out, as per receipts and vouchers, $13,070.55, leaving a balance in the Treasury of $9,373.25. Your Committee would further recommend that the amount yet due to the Lodges on the loan account, be returned to them by the Grand Secretary, or credited to them on account of annual dues. All of which is fraternally submitted, I JAMES E. CARTER, JAMES R. HARDY. JAMES H. BAUGH, Onnmittee.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.

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Your committee, to whom was referred the action of the Subordinate Lodges npon the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, and the proposed amendment to By-Laws, respectfully report, that they have carefully examined the returns made by such Lodges as have reported, and find that outof four hundred and sixty Chartered Lodges the following, viz: Nos. 1,3,8,16,20,33,51,61,75,97,147,149,160,167,168,173, 179,195,208,236,237, 243, 251, 268, 283,323,420, 421,442, 4H. 44.5, 450 and 456-total, 33 Lodges-have taken action and made report thereof, and in strict conformity to the requirements of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge. We here present a detailed account of the votes by Lodges cast for a.nd against the proposed amendments, respectively: First amendment-Lodges voting for 12 Lodges voting against 21 Second .. .. 16 " .. . 17 Third 7 ..••...•.....•.... 26 Fourth 14 19 Fraternally SUbmitted, WM. H. STONE, W.A.PRALL, ALEX. M. DOCKERY, Cl:nnmittee.

And the :M:ost Worshipful Grand Master decided that a majority of the IJodges not having voted in favor of them, they could not be entertained by the Grand Lodge, and that said propositions were rejected. MACON LODGE, NO. 106.

On motion of Brother Jno. D. Vincil, the dues of Macon Lodge, No. 106, for the year ending September 1st, 1863, wer~ remitted for causes stated in. the Memorial of said Lodge, presented by Brother Jno. Shep,herd, the Worshipful Master. /

UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

1'0 the Most Worshipful 'G?'and Lodge oj Missouri: YonI' Com~ittee on Unfinished Business respectfully report, that they find no untlnished business before this Grand Lodge.

THOS. C. R~ADY. JAS. LOVERN, R. C. CLARK, OYmmiUee.


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REPORT ON GRAND LECTURER. I

Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

To the Most W01'shipjul Grand Lodge oj Missouri:

Your Committee appointed to consider the report l'endered by our Grand Lecturer, Right Worshipful Brother Allan McDowell, would submit the following: At the commencement of the year, the Grand Lecturer drew large designs upon the trestle-board, for his labors during the ensuing Masonic year. It was his purpose to visit every District in the St.ate, which might be in particular need of his services. But it is to be regretted that he was prevented from carrying out fully his well laid plans. Owing to a serious accident which befel him, and the great difficulty in securiug transportation in portions of the State where there are no public means of travel, his purposes were greatly hindered. It is proper to say, that Brother McDowell has not been idle when it was possible for him to be at work; but he has been faithfully and energetically employed in the department of labor assigned. As this valuable and practical Report will be published in the Proceedings. we deem it sufficient to call the very especial attention of the Craft in Missouri to the same, and urge upon their consideration a strict compliance with his suggestions. The gradual improvement reported by the Grand Lecturer in every department of Masonry gives good promise for the future, and we are encouraged by the belief that the Craft in Missouri IS steadlly moving forward to â&#x20AC;˘ higher ground in every essential respect. Brother Thorp.as C. Ready, Lecturer of the 16th Masonic District, has rendered a valuable report to the Grand Lecturer, which contains many important suggestions. Should the same be published, it will furnish many useful thoughts to the Craft, and afford much food for retlection. There being no law requiring District Lecturers to report their labors, there are none in the hands of your Committee for consideration. Your Committee would offer for adoption the resolutions adopted at the last session of this Grand Lodge, and found on page 52 of the printed proce~dings: Resolved, That District Deputy Grand Masters be required to report to the next session of this Grand Lodge, the condition of the various halls in their respective Districts as to their safety and security. Resolved, Tllat the Deputies be required to urge upon all Lodges in their Districts, not otherwise provided, the securement of all necessary Lodge furniture and equipments for rendering our ceremonies impressive and instructive; and that the Deputies report to this Grand Body atits next session, the condition of saId Lodges, in all these particulars.

Very fraternally submitted, JOHN D.VINCIL, ED. SPENCER, T. T. RODES, J. J. DILLINGER, 'J. W. 'LUKE, Cbmmittee.

REPORT ON BY-LAWS.

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To the Most Worshipfnl Grand IJOdgeof Missouri:

Your Committee to whom was referred so mti.ch of the Grand Master's Address as has reference to the By-I,aws of Subordinate Lodges, beg leave to report as follows: Ji'irst.- We would recommend that Section 2, of Article VI, of uniform code of By-Laws, be stricken out, and the following substituted for it:

SECTION 2. Should any member neglect to pay his dues according to Section I of this Article, and shall refuse to pay his dues for twelve months, a summons must be delivered to him to appear and show cause for such neglect, and his excuse must be decided satisfactory or otherwise, by a majority of the members, and if satisfactory, he may be excused, granted further time, or his dues may be remitted; but if not satisfactory, the Worshipful Master shall order the Junior Warden to prefer charges against such delinquent member for viola.tion of Masonic law, [Article VI, Section I-by-Iaws] and upon due trial, had as hereinafter provided in Section 4 of this Article, he shall be suspended.

Second.-We would recommend that Article 6, of Section IV of By-Laws, be amended by striking out XVII, and inserting XVIII instead thereof. The reason your committee recommends the above changes is, that Section 2 is liable to such misconstruction that Masons were liable to be suspended or expelled withont due trial, and the amendment suggested to Section 4is merely on account of a clerical or typographical error. All of which is fraternally submitted. THOMAS B. TURNBAUGH, JOHN D. PARKINSON, Committee.

HOW TO RESTORE AN EXPELLED MASON.

Brother Jno. D. Vincil, offered the following, which was referred to the Committee on Ju:r:isprudence : Resolved, That the Committee on .Jurlsprudence be instructed to report for the consideration of this Grand Lodge a rule defining clea.rly the mode by wbich an expelled Mason may be restored to Masonic life.

PORTRAITS OF PAST GRAND MASTERS.

On motion, the last committee appointed on portraits of Past Grand Masters (viz: Brothers Thomas E. Garrett, W. C. Defriez and Jno. W. I.Juke), were ordered to procure the portraits of Brothers S. W. B. Carnegy, Joseph Foster, Thos. E. GarreU路and Samuel H. Owens. MASONIC HALL BONDS, &0.

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The committee, to whom was referred so much of tbe address of the Most W orshi pful Grand Master as relates to Masonic Hall Bonds, report:

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That they find upon such examination of the matter as their limited time has permitted, that a proper committee of this Body, charged with that duty at our last Regular Communication, duly made their report upon the question at issue, growing out of the action of the Most Worshipfnl Grand Lodge at its session in A. D. 1869; 1hat upon that report such action was had, that the whole matter was laid before the Subordinate Lodges-to the end, that, being informed of the pendency of proceedings, their representatives to this Grand Lodge, at its present session, might act advisedly upon the matter as presented by the report of the cOJPrnittee referred to. In view of this attitude of the question, your committee do not feel called upon to make further report at this time. save only to lay before the Grand Lodge the following additional statement of facts -which to them seem essential to a just and proper conclusion on the matter: The land, building, furniture, etc., cost originally $332,000. Of this amount about $112,000 was raised by stock subscriptions, and bonds of the Association to the amount of $225,000 have been issued and sold. $140,000 of these bonds were issued and sold to A. H. Lee, in June, 1869. The following is a copy of said bonds:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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MASONIC HALL ASSOCIATION-FIFTEEN ,YRAR BOND. Fifteen years after date, the Masonic Hall Association (a corporation existing under the laws of the State of Missouri), promises to pay to Abraham H. Lee, or bearer, at the National Bank of the State of Missouri, in St. Louis, the sum of One Thousand Dollars, and interest on said sum, semi-annually, at the rate of eight per. centum per annum, to wit: forty dollars on the first day of December, and the like sum of forty dollars on the first day of June in each year until maturity of said principal sum, on presentation at said National Banlr of the State of Missouri, in St. Louis, of the interest Coupons hereto annexed respectively. This is one of a series of one hundred and forty bonds of like tenor and date. numbered from one to one hundred and forty respectively all of which bonds are secured by deed of trust executed by said Masonic Hah Association to Daniel G. Taylor, James H.llritton and Calvin F. Burnes, upon thelotofland fronting one hundred and thIrty-five feet on the North Side of Market Street, and one hundred and nine feet on the west side of Seventh street, being in st. Louis city, block No. 184, and the improvements and net income thereof. This Bond, at the pleasure of the holder, is convertible into stock of said Corporation at par. In Witness Whereof, the said Masonic Hall Association has caused this Bond to be executed by its President.and Secretary, under the seal of said Corporation, at the City of St. Louis, this first day of June, A. D. 1869. The above recited deed of trust is recorded in the Recorder's Office of St. Louis County, Missouri. --.- - - - - , President. - - ----l..~ecretarJj. To which are attached thirty coupons for forty dollars'each, payable alternatelyon the first of December and the first of June"commencing Decemher 1st, 1869, and ending June 1st, 1884, when the bonds become due. In June, 1869, the Hall Association issued other bonds to the amount of $60,000, of which the following is a copy:


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MASONIC HALL ASSOCIATION-FIVE YEAR BOND. The Masonic Hall Association (a Corpomtion existing under the laws of the State of Missouri), promises to pay to John D. Vincil, or bearer, at the National Bank of the State of Missouri, in St.. Louis. on the first day of August, A.D. 1874, the sum of Fifty Dollars, and interest on said sum, semi-annually, at the rate of eight pel' centum per annum, to wit: two dollars on the first day of February, and the like sum of two dollars on the flrst day of August in each year, until mat uri ty of said principal sum, on presentation at said National Bank of the State of Missouri, in St. Louis, of the interest coupons hereto annexed respectively. '1'his is one of a series of six hundred bonds of like tenor and date numbered from one to six hundred. respectively, all of which bonds are secured by deed of trust, executed by said Masonic Hall Association, to Daniel G. Taylor, James H. Britton and Calvin F. Burnes. upon the lot of land fronting Qne hundred and thirt.y-five feet on the north side of Market street, and one hundred and nine feet on the west side of Seventh street, being in St. Louis city, block No. 184, and the improvements and net incoII!-e thereof. This bond, at the pleasure of the holder, is wnvertible into stock of . said Corporation at par. In witness whereof, the said Masonic Hall Association has caused this Bond to be executed by its President and Secretary, under the seal of said Corporation, at the City of St. Louis, this fifth day of .June, A. D.1869. The above recited deed of trust is recorded in the Recorder's office of St. Louis county, Missouri. - - - - - - - , President. - - - - - - , Secretary. To which are attached ten coupons for ~wo dollars each, payable alternately on the first day of February and the first day of August, commencing February 1st, 1870, and ending August 1st, 1874, when the bonds become due. There were also issued 300 second mortgage bonds of $100 each, of like tenor and date, with coupons attached of $4 each. These last bonds, we are informed, were sold after the action of the Grand Lodge in 1869. All these bonds are secured by deeds of trust executed by Masonic Hall Association, upon the building and grounds, with provision that if the interest be not paid at maturity, the whole debt shall become due, and the trustee may advertise and sell the property after thirty days' notice. There is now due a portion of the December, 1872, interest, together with all the June, 1873, interest on the $140,000, owned by the estate of A. H. Lee, deceased, and st'eps are now being taken to advertise and sell the building unless said interest is paid within a few days. In addition to the expenses of the building and intel'estupon bonds reported last year,we find an additional expenseof $1,650, for an insurance of $165,000 upon the building and furniture. Your Committee are further moved to this course from the fact, that after most diligent inquiry, they find themselves unable, within the time that could be given them during the continuance of the sittings of this Grand Lodge, to so investigate the various questions of .law and fact, of good or bad policy, and of alleged plighted faith, as to determine what would be for the best interests of the fraternity. And they, therefore, are not prepared to recommend that the Grand Lodge assume the indebtedness of the Masonic Hall Association. X. RYLAND, JOHN H. STOVER, JAS. E. CARTER, S. S. BURDET, S. W. B. CARNEGY, SAML. RUSSELL, D. J. HEASTON, Ctnnmittee,


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Brother S. W. B. Carnegy offered the following relative t.hereto: I

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge declines to assume the payment of any bonds issued by the Masonic Hall Association, or to take any further stock in said Association, or to procure any further interest in the Masonic Hall.

The Grand lVlaster decided that the report, on pages 63 and 64 of published Proceedings of 1872, was the proper 'question before the Grand Lodge. Upon the reconsideration of action of 1872, the merits of the resolution~ were discussed until 5:45 P. M., when the Grand I.lodge was 'called from labor until 7~ o'clock this evening. REPORT OF' 1872-MASON 10 HALL BONDS. The special committee on Masonic Hall Bonds submitted the following report: 1.'0 the lWost Worship.flLl G1'and Lodge of the State of Missouri:

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Your committee, to whom was referred the subject of the bonds to be issued for stock in the Masonic Hall Association, report as follows: ' 'Ve have made a.'3 full an examination of the subject as our time would permit, and concur in the opinion of the committee appointed at the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge in 1870, that both contracting powers transcended their legal authority in issuing and accepting stock in said Association; but aside from the legal questions inVOlved, there are certain other questions, in our opinion, involving questions of good faith, and in order to bring the matter before the Grand Lodge, we deem it expedient to give as full a statement of facts as is in the power of your committee. At the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge in 1869, action was taken, assuming the payment of certain bonds, and authorizing the taking of stock, which resolution reads as follows: Resolved, That this Grand Lodge assume the payment of the two hundred thousand dollar bonds;.. issued by the Masonic Hall Association, provided that stock is issued to the urand Lodge by said Association, to the amoun t of said assumption of payment by this Grand Lodge, as the said bonds are paid.

Sixty thousand dollars of these bonds were issued' and placed upon the market, an4 upon the faith of the action of the Grand Lodge, and the assurances of individual members of that Body, were disposed of principally to members of the Order. In one instance, at least, a member of the Order who had charge of the hard-earned funds of a widowed lady, desiring to aid the Order, and considering the investment a good one, purchased two thousand dollars of said bonds, and the remainder of the bonds were disposed of under similar assurances and inducements. We, your committee, therefore think that something more than the legal question of legality or illegality is involved. The indebtedness of the Masonic Hall Association, is as follows: First mortgage bonds $140,000 00 Six months' interest on same, now due.............................. 5,00000 Second mortgage bonds........................................ 60,000 00 Interest for si~ months. now due......................................... 2,40000 Third mortgage bonds................ 25,000 00 Six months' interest, now due............................................. 1,00000 Making a total1ndebtedness of..

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The principal of the first mortgage bonds will be due in 1884. The principal of the second mortgage bonds will be due in 1874, but being owned or controlled mainly by members of the Order, will not likely be demanded at that time, if the action of this Body is favorable to the holders of said bonds. The principal of the third mortgage will be due in 1876. The interest on all these bonds is payable semi-annually. Your committee also find that the aggregate amount of the rents for the entire bUilding amounts to the sum of $12,000. The mortgage bonds bear interest at the rate of eight per cent., making the total interest account $18,000 per annum, or leaving in excess of revenue derived from rent, the sum of $6,000. The current expenses of the building are as follows: For janitor For gas For water For coaL..... For repairs Total.

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$1,800 00 1,200 00 :. 150 00 200 00 1,100 00 $4,450 00

This amount, added to the interest account, requires $23,700, from which deducting the rents, leaves a surplUS to be provided for of $11,700. Your committee are also of the opinion that by the appointment of a special agent to look after the rental interests, the amount of revenue derived from rent8 could be greatly increased. By the act of incorporation of the Masonic Hall Association, the property is forever exempt from State, city and county taxation, a franchise considered well worth $100,ODO. The proposed changes of prejudicial property in the vicinity of the building, and the location of the custom house within two squares of the building, have already enhanced the value of said property, and' will in a short time greatly increase it. Should the building be sold at present it would bring but a small proportion of its actual, to say nothing about its prospective value, or its special value in consequence of its exemption from taxation, a franchise that could not be conferred upon its purchaser. Your committee further ascertain that the act of incorporation of the Grand Lodge has been amended so that it can now hold property to the amount of three hundred thousand dollars. Your committee would fnrther state, that if the said building should be sold, that Body would lose ten thousand dollars stock now owned by it. Notices of protest have been served upon the officers of this Body by parties holding these bonds, and the question of the responsibility of the Grand Lodge to the holders of these bonds will be tested in a legal manner, involving considerable expense in defending said suits, as well as the risk of a termination of said sui ts in favor of that Body. Your committee, therefore, while regretting the action of the Grand Lodge in 1869, yet recognizing the embarrassing position in which we are now placed as the result of said action, and in view of the fact that an issue of ., preferred stock" of the Masonic Hall Associati 011, to the amount of $150,000, would be equi valent to an issue of the whole, and the v'i1路tual t1'alls!eT 0/ the whole pl'OpeTty, would respectfully otfer the following resolutions, and reco:p;qneuu their adoption:


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Whereas, In order to secure peace and harmony to the Subordinate Lodges of the State, and to sustain the plighted faith of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri, therefore be it Resolved, That this Grand Lodge assume the payment of the two hundred thousand dollars in bonds, issued by the Masonic Hall Association, Provided, That" preferred stock" in said association be issued to the Grand Lodge by said assoCIation, to the amount of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), and that no further issue of stock, either preferred or any other kind, be ever made by said Association. . Resolved, That an assessment be levied upon Subordinate Lodges, for each member in good standing therein, of seventy-five cents per annum, to meet bonds and interest falling due. All of which is fraternally submitted. .JOHN W. LUKE, XEN. RYLAND, JAS. E. CARTER, F. C. GILLETTE, SAMUEL R. PETERS, Committee.

ST. LOUIS, Wednesday, October 15,1873. 7~

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Grand Lodge was called to labor by the. Grand Master. Grand officers in their several stations. The consideration of the MASONIC HALL BONDS

was resumed, and the report of 1872 was submitted to a vote by Lodges (Brothers W. H. Stone and D. J. Heaston acting as tellers), and decided in the negative, as follows: Ayes.-Lodges Nos. I, 2,3,5,9, 20,51, 52, 69,71,77, 79,94, 111, 131, 133, 147, 158, 159, 163, 164, 173, 179,218, 230, 243, 251, 267, 268, 216, 282, 296, 304, 3~5, 323, 350, 360, 366, 369, 416, . 419, 420, 421, 443. Lodge vote, 220. Individual vote, 88. Total, 308. /

Noes.-Lodges Nos. 6, 8.14,16,17,18,19,22,24,28, 31,32,33,36,37,38,43,44,46,47, 48,49,53, 56,58, 60, 61, 62, 65, 67, 68, 75, 78, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 92, 97, 100, 104, 105, -llO, 114, 117, 119, 124, 126, 128,130, 132, 134, 135, 136, 143, 14.5, 14.6, 149, 150, 151, 152, 154, 156, 157, 160, 161,162,166,174,177,178,181, 183,186,189, 190, 194, 195, 197, 199, 201,208,210,211,212,213, 216.220,221,223, 224, 225, 228, 231,232, 235, 236, 237, 240,246, 248, 249, 250,259, 262,266,270, :rr3, 214, 280, 283, 286, 287, 288, 291, 295,297, 298, 299, 312, 316, 331, 333, 843, 351, 352, 353, 359, 363, 370,373, 374, 376, 382, 393, 395, 401, 404, 411, 415, 430, 441, 453, 456. Lodge vote, 725. Individual vote, 157. Total, 882.


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The resolution of Brother Carnegy, already referred to, was then voted upon and adopted, by a standing vote of ayes, 139; nays, 90. .At 8: 45 the Grand Lodge was called from labor until 9 A.. M.

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Thursday, October 16,1873. 9~ o'clock A. M.

Grand Lodge called to labor by the Grand Master. Grand officers in their several stations. Prayer by Brother IJ. R. Downing, Grand Ohaplain. Record read and approved. ANNUAL ELECTION.

The hour having arrived for the annual election of officers, the Grand Lodge proceeded to the performance of that) duty with the following result: RUFUS :K ANDERSON, Palmyra, Gran({'.Ma.~te1" .JOHN W. LUKE, St. Louis, D,-,puty Gmnd Maste1' . .TAMES E. CADLE, Chillicothe, Senior Gmnd Warden. X1<~NOPHON 路RYLAND. Lexington, .Tunior Gmnd Warden. WILLIAM N. LOKER, St. Louis, Grand Treasurer. GEO. I<'RANK GOULEY, St. LoUis, Grand Secl路efarij.

CHANGES IN MASONIC DISTRICTS.

On motion of Brother Allan lVlcDowell, the counties of Linn and IJivingston were created the 46th District. Andrew and Nodaway counties were made the 47th District. Sullivan IJodge, No. 69, was restored back to the 17th Di!':\trict. Iberia Lodge, No. 410, was restored back to th~ 27th District. On motion of Brother J. H. Robertson, Plato J)odge, No, 469, was taken from 26th District and attached to 28th.


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On motion of Brother W. R. l\fcQuoid, Knox county was taken from 1st District and placed in the 8th. i

LODGES UNDER DISPENSATION.

Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

To the /f:lost Worshipful Grand Lodge A. P. and A. M. of the State of Missouri:

Your Committee on Lodges U. D., would respectfully report that they have examined the records of 3.'5 Lodges, and as the result of their labors, would recommend, that Charters be issued to the following Lodges: Lowry City Pleasant Hope Greentleld Lake Triple Tie Santa Fe Cedar City Covenant Nonpareil.. tNodaway Silver City Glenwood New Madrid

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Lowry City Pleasant Hope Greenfield Cunningham Brazeau : Santa Fe Cedar City CarroIlton East Lynne Maryville Silver City Glenwood New Madrid

St. Clair Coqnty. uPolk

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Dade Chariton Perry Monroe Callaway Carroll Cass Nodaway New Mexico. Schuyler County. New Madrid ..

The records of the following Lodges are not as perfect as they should be, as they contain more or less omissions, chiefly of the names of recommenders of petitions for degrees and membership, a point to which the attention of Lodges U. D. has been called for several years past, through the Committee of Lodges U. D., but as their records are otherwise good, your Committee does not wish to appear to be too exacting, when such omissions are doubtless owing to the negligence of Secretaries. We would therefore recommend that Charters be granted to the following Lodges, with instructions that the District Deputy's shall require aU such errors or omissions as have been marked on their records by your Committee, to be corrected, before any of these Lodges are constituted: Aullville Schell City Plato Dauphin Mineral Wheeling Fairview Oriental Valley Pickering Red Oak Center View Melville Ancient Landmark Jasper

AullviIIe Lafayette County. Schell City Vernon Plato Texas Dauphin Osage MinersvilIe Jasper Wheellng Livingston Scottsville Sullivan Trenton Grandy Bolckon : Andrew Pickering ' Nodaway near Gray's ~ummit Lawrence Center View Johnson Dadeville Dade Sebree : Howard Midwa~T Jasper

* Cedar City, with Brother R. S. Hodges as Junior Wa.rden, in place of Brother S. M. Harrison, deceased. t With the name of Brother Lafayette Hagins as Junior Warden, in place of Brother~. W. Marcey, deceased. A3


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We would recommend that dispensations be renewed to the following Lodges: Robert Burns Lakeville Camden Pittsville Integrity Montevallo

Gainsville Lakeville Camden Pittsville Spring City Montevallo

.. Stoddard County. Ray Johnson St. Clair Vernon

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Also that a Dispensation be gran ted to Everett Lodge, in place of the one lost by the Worshipful Master, prior to the month of June last, since which time that Lodge has done no worlt. â&#x20AC;˘ The following Lodges U. D. have not sent up their records, and the transcript sent up in place of them, we have not examined. We would recommend that their Dispensations be renewed: Lock Spring Herndon Border Cairo

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Lock Spring Herndon Elk Springs Cairo :

Daviess County. Sallne McDonald Randolph

We would recommend that Dispensations be granted to the following Lodges, the petitions for same being before us in regular form: Paragon Mountain Grove Kirkwood Ninevah

Green Ridge Mountain Grove Kirkwood Ninevah

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Pettis County. '\yright .. St. Louis .

We have taken no action on other petitions for Dispensations which wera before us, as they were not in proper form, or were not recommended. All of which is respectfully submitted. J. W. LUKE, T. E. SHEPHERD, WM. WILMOTT, \ D. J. HEASTON, J. G. HAItT, Cbmmittee. 7b the Mo!t Worship-rul Grand Lodge of Missouri ..

Your Committee on Lodges Under Dispensation, to whom was referred so much of the Grand Master's Address as alluded to the granting of letters of dispensation to open Lod~es U. D., would respectfully report that they have carefully examined thesame,l'lnd recommend that the action of the Most Worshipful Grand Master in granting the several Dispensations alluded to, and also in revoking the Dispensation of Proctervi1le Lodge, U. D., in Caldwell Co., Mo., be approved. But as the officers and members of Procterville Lodge, by memorial to this Grand Body, and referred to the Committee on Lodges, U. D., also by the personal testimony of the representatives of Hamilton Lodge, No. 224, and Kingst.on Lodge, No. 116, have given to the Committee their pledge that the irregularities complained of will not be repeated; and further, inasmuch as the District Deputy Grand Master of the 121.h Masonic District failed to visit Procl.erville Lodge, U. D., when ordered to do so by the Most Worshipful Grand Master; and whereas, at this session of the Grand Lodge the District Deputy of the 12th Masonic District has recommended that the Dispensation be continued with the removal oithe former Master; threfore, be it

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Resolved, That the Most Worshipful Grand Master instruct the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master of the 12th Masonic District to visit Procterville as soon as practicable after the close of this Grand Body, and ascertain the true state of the matters complained of. Resolved,' That the Dispensation be continued if the report of the District Deputy be such as the Grand Master in his wisdom may judge proper and commendable. J. W. LUKE)...

WM. J. G. T. E. D. J.

WILMuTT, HART, SHEPHERD, HEASTON,

} Committeo of Lodges U. D;'

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.

Sundry propo8ed amendments to the Constitution were read by the Grand )\{aster, 'and ordered printed with Proceedings. [See Appendix.] GRIEVANCE.

Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Of Missou,i: The number and character of cases before your committee, shows not only a great deal of ca.relessness in the inspection of "the material offered for the bulding of the Temple," but as we are glad to find a disposition on the part of the Lodges discovering its unfitness to" heave it over among the rubbish." It would be far better If this were done before it is placed in the building, for, besides the difficulty of removing it, it always leaves an unsightly spot, however carefully extracted. Its juxtaposition with other good and substantial blocks in the edifice is such as to loosen them, and weaken the superstructure wherever taken out, however skillful may he the artist who undertakes to displace it, and fill up the gap. Especially is this the case whel'e rude hands take hold and jerk out the rotten material without reference to "the how" 01' II the when." We shall always expect, however vigilant may be the sen tinel at his post, however carefully the" inner door" may be guarded, that so long as Freemasonry exists there will occur instances in which" singular form and beauty" will hide the defects under the surface, overseers will be induced" to violate a positive command," and defective material finds its way into the edifice; but in some, yea many of the cases Eubmltted to your committee, there is a degree of carelessness, if not criminal neglect, shown in the admission of material not without here and there a defect that requires close inspection and the tryers square to find it, but absolutely rotten, bleared all over, and the constant application of all the working tools known to the Craft, from now unt.il dooms-day would never smooth and polish it, or fit it for the buildei路's use. With the pI umb in one hand, and the hand-a.xe in the other, a faithful overseer would hew it all away. Money, position in society, the claims of a father who has served the Oraft faithfully, the reputation of being a "clever fellow." These are some of the inducements that oper~tte to render counterfeit or spuriotls metal current, and so long and wherever this is the case we shall always find a huddle of goats with the lambskin on. The days of miracles are passed, and Masonry can never


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metamorphose an unsound, rotten and corrupt sUbject into" a perfect ashlar," .. ready for the builder's use." God Almighty makes Masons. If the heart is right. the application of the working tools ma~r break off the rough corners, tone down the rude and imperfect places, and fit it, it may be for" the headstone of the corner," perchance" the keystone of the arch." When Lodges learn this, there will be less occasion for the enforcement of the criminal law, and your Committee on Grievance will become, as it should be, a mere nominal one. provided only for emergencies, and not have thrust upon it a long catalogue of cases embracing every species of crime known to the calendar. Trusting that every Lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction will heed these suggestions, your committee would beg leave to report, on the cases submitted to them, AS follows: NUMBER I.

PETER

A. JONES,

vs. WELLINGTON LODGE,

No. 22.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge suspending him.

Charges: Gross un-Masonic conduct. First. In using abusive and profane language towards brother Masons, while acting as Commissioner of a Court in locating a road through his place, and driving an Entered Apprentice Mason off his premises, who was simply assisting them in the discharge of their duty. Second. Saying that he would be d-"d if Brother - - - should go any further in Masonry.

There is no record of the Lodge proceedings before us; only the charges and the evidence. We think the testimony sustains the charges and specifications, and that the offending brother should be taught to circumscribe his passions, and keep them within due bounds, especially towards a brother Mason. As he does not complain in his appeal of any irregularity in the proceedings, we pre sume they were all in form, and recommend that the appeal be dismissed. NUMBER II. EDWIN HANDLEY.

vs. BEACON LODGE,

No.3.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge suspending him.

Charge: Un-Masonic Conduct. Specification, Non-payment of Dues. Among the errors complained of by appellant is that the Worshipful Master "ruled a motion to remit his dues out Qf order. Record shows that after the testimony was conclUded, Brother H. stated that he was unable to pay bis dues, by reason of having built a home for his famil~r for which he was stlll in debt. A motion was then made and seconded that his dues be remitted. This motion was, by the Worshipful Master, ruled out of order. In this we think the Worshipful Master erred. The gist of the case was, the non-payment of dues. Had the brother come forward and paid hIs dues, this wonld have entitled hIm to an acquittal. Had the Lodge remitted, it would have been equivalent to payment. On page 85, Proceedings of Grand Lodge of 1870, in Report of Committee on Jurisprudence, will be found the tollowing: .. We also concur in decision of the Grand Master that a Lodge has the right to remit the dues of any member, and this action of the Lodge may be had on proper motion; and we also consider It the duty of the Worshipful Master to entertain such a motion, properly made, and take the sense of his Lodge thereon." See also Book of Constitutions, Page 30, Section 34.


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As this error is sufficient to reverse the case, we do not propose to consider the other errors assigned, but recommend that the decision of the Lodge be reversed, and the case sent back to Beacon Lodge for new trial. I

NUMBER III.

.J AMES E.

WALLACE,

VB.

ASH GROVE LODGE, No. 348.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge acquitting Brother H. L. Hawkins.

The charge is gross un-Masonic conduct. First, In making licentious advances to the wife and daughter of a Master Mason. Second. In traducing the character of a Master Mason's wife, and impugning her virtue in presence of Masons and the profane.

The third specification we do not consider sustained by the proof, and therefore omit stating it. On the charge and specifications the Lodge found defendant and from the action of the Lodge Brother Wallace appeals.

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not guilty,"

The specifications are not sufficiently definite as to time, place aud circumstances, but to this defendant did not except, The first specification was clearly proven, not only by the lady herself, but by the admissions of defendant. His own witness, Brothel' Perryman, states that defendant acknowledged to him that he had done wrong. Upon the second specification, the proof, uncontradicted, shows that defendant, in presence of others, said to the lady things he had no right to, yet he furnishes no proof tending to throw the slightest suspicion upon her character. Yet in-the face of this proof, the Lodge refused to convict him on eitherspecification. Brother H. was .Junior Warden of the Lodge, and we doubt not, his position had something to do with screening him from a merited punishment, when it should have rendered him doubly amenable. If a Mason, much less an officer of a Lodge, is to be exonerated, nay, even tolerated in the Lodge, with such offences as these proven upon him, we had as well throw our profession to the dogs, doff the lamb-skin, and let the world understand that female virtue and character do not enter into our standard of morality. We think he ought to be punished, and reversing the decision of the Lodge, refer the case back for a new trial. NUMBER IV.

D. A.

SPICER, VB.

WHITESIDE LODGE,

No. 162.

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Oharge: Gross un-Masonic conduct.

There are five specifications; the first anll fourth of which are clearly proven, and are sufficient to warrant the verdict. They are: Fi1路st.-Divulging to different persons the private business of this Lodge, by stating to different persons in the vicinity of Flag Spring, that Mr. - - petitioned to be made a Mason in WhHesvllle Lodge, and through his (Spicer's) infiuence was black-balled.

Fburth.-Violating the principle~ of common decency and the laws of the country, by disturbing the peace in a pnblic congregation, assembled for the worship of God on the Sabbath day.


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We are glad to know that this fellow hails from another State,and that none of our Lodges are responsible for undertaking to make a "perfect ashlar" of such material. Let the appeal be dismissed and the decision of the Lodge afilrmed. NUMBER V.

T. C. HUSSEY, VS.

MT. PLEASANT LODGE. No. 312.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge suspendIng him six months.

In this case the charges are entirely too vague and indefinite, and there were errors in the trial; but as it is the sense of this Grand Lodge that the appeal did not suspend the punishment, and the time of suspension has expired, we deem no recommendation necessary, except that the accused and the accuser both study more diligently the tenets of their professon.

NUMBER VI.

.ToHN EWALT, VS.

FARMERS' LODGE,

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Appeal from action of Lodge in case of Brother A. Shaefer.

The Lodge sentenced Brother S. to be reprimanded, and the reprimand was administered. It is most too late for us to reverse the proceedings. There were ten out of fourteen present who thought the sentence was severe enough, and we doubt not there were extenuating circumstances in the case. Let the appeal be dismissed. NUMBER VII.

This purports to be a petition from the members of Point Pleasant Lodge, No. 120, and Caruthersville Lodge, U. D., asking for the restoration of George W. Hays, an expelled Mason. The recommendation should be made by resolution of the LodgtJ expelling him, at a regular communication, and certitled to by the Secretary under seal of Lodge; and in its present shape cannot be entertained. NUMllER VIII.

DUNCAN RIS~EY, t'S.

BEN'EVOLEXCE LODGE,

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Appeal from action of Lodge expelling hIm.

The charge was, Gross un-Masonic Conduct. Specification :-" Confederating with thieves, robbers and burglars to plunder from the inhabitants of the County their money and other property." . The Lodge found him gUilty and expelled him. We have no record of the proceedings. The grounds for appeal are many and "lawyer-llke." The specification was too vague and indefinite, but the defendant waived this, by going into trial and introducing testimony. It is rather late for a part~路 to say he was not sutIkienlly advised of the charges against him, and yet undertake to disprove them. 'Ve see nothing in the other objections to warrant our interference, and recommend that the appeal be dismIssed.


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NUMBER IX.

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C. A. GOSHEN, VB.

SUMMIT LODGE,

No. 263.

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Complaint of action of Lodge, refusIng to punish Brother Lucas Corlew.

The charge is gross un-Masonic conduct, in this: First. Drunkenness. Second. Disorderly conduct in the streets of the town. Third. Drawing a revolver and threatening to shoot a Master Mason and an otncer of the law.

Defendant plead guilty to the first and second specifications, and the Lodge found him guilty as to the third. The vote was then taken on expulsion, suspension and reprimand, seriative, neither of which received a two-thirds vote. A majority voted to reprimand, but the Master held that a two-thirds vote was requisite to iuftlct a reprimand. In 1867 (see Proceedings of Grand Lodge, page 30), the Grand Master says: "A Lodge in this State found an accused party guilty by a two-thirds vote, but expelled him by a majority vote. l\< I\< I\< I maintain that the same vote is necessary to inflict punishment that it requires to declare a Mason guilty." On page 5! of same" Proceedings," the Committee on Grand Master's Address says: .. Your Committee recommend the adoption of the decision, that if it requires a two-thirds vote of a Lodge to pronounce a brother guilty, it requires au equal number to assess the puniShment." Section 11, of Article XVIII of our By-Laws reads: "A reprimand may be either public in the Lodge or private by the Master, but shall not be given except by a majority vote of the members present," &c. Now, if this section refers to a reprimand, ordered upon trial anft conviction by the Lodge, the mere ipse dixit of the Grand Master, though confirmed by the Grand Lodge, could not repeal or suspend it. But if it only contemplates a reprimand administered by the Master at his own instance, without the form of charges and trial, then it is very evident, that the Grand Master, when he rendered the decision referred to, had expulsion, and no other form of punishment in his mind. Simons, in his admirable work on Masonic Jurisprudence, says: "Rep1'imand is the mildest form of Masonic punishment, and though it can only be infilcted after trial, is considered rather as an admonition to the offender, for some trifling breach of the laws,and as a notice of intention to preserve intact the dignity of onr profession." ExpUlsion is the highest grade of puniShment, and has been fitly termed "Masonic death." Certainly the same vote ought not to be required to infilct the former as the latter. In discussing the system as to what majority is necessary to suspend or expel, the same learned autl1orsays: "reasoning'by analogy, we should say, that, as in the first Grand Lodge, all qnestions were decided by a majority vote, so in the present day, the same generall'ule ought to applY,but we flnd a great diversity of opinion existing on this point. Some Grand Lodges require a two-third vote: others-New York among the number -a maJorlty. As in various other matters the decision will be governed by the regulations of the local Gmnd Lodge." Your Committee cannot find that this Grand Lodge has made any regulation, except as to expulsion, unless Section 11, above alluded to, fixes the rule as to reprimand in all cases. It is important that some definite rule should be prescribed on this SUbject, and we recommend the adoption of the following: "Hereafter a two-thirds majority shall be reqUired> ~ to expel or suspend a brother; and to reprimand, a Ulajority only of those ,;r ---present shall be necessary."

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law as interpreted by the Master of the Lodge, when they should have done 80 by a unanimous vote. This is not the first time Lodges in this jurisdiction have stultified themselves in this way, and it is time a stop was put to it. If Lodges will not enforce the law let the Charter be arrested at once. It is the merest mockery to find a party guilty, and yet refuse to infiict any punishment. Such conduct is only calculated to bring the law into contempt, and encourage offenders. In this case the majority having voted to reprimand the offender, let the Master do his duty, and make it the occasion for reminding not only the delinquent, but the brethren of the Lodge, of the sa.cred nature of our engagements, and that they cannot be violated with impunity. NUMBER X.

JOHN

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WISWELL, V8.

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U. D.

Appeal from decision of Lodge expelling him.

The only reasons assigned by appellant for a renewal in this case are:

First.-That he did not think the evidence was clear. Second.-That he was unprepared, for the reason that he had no idea that he would be handled so roughly in his own Lodge. The vote stOOd, 19 guilty, not gUilty, 1. ""Ve see no informalIty in the proceedings, and in the face of so overwhelming a vote, do not feel willing to disturb the verdict. Let the appeal be dismissed. NUMBER XI.

JOHN

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RAINES,

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No.'195.

Appeai from action of Lodge acqUitting Brother Washington Galland.

The only ground assigned for reversing the action of the Lodge is, tbatit was not in accordance with the evidence in the case. Though very VOluminous, we have examined the testimony carefully. The Lodge had the witnesses before it, and could better judge of their credibility, and the weight of thtl testimony than we, and as there is no such manifest preponderance of testimony against the defendant, as would warrant our interference with the decision, we recommend that the appeal be dismissed. NUMBER XII.

O. H. W. va.

BEAL,

GEO. WASHINGTON LODGH,

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No.9.

AEpeal from deci8ion of Lodge expell1ng im.

While there were some informalities in this trial, yet we think the finding of the Lodge was authorized by the testimony. If we were disposed to grant any relief, the record shows that the trial was had on the 15th of July, and the application for appeal filed on the 26th of August. Section 15, Article XVIII of our By-Laws, reads: "The above or similar appeal shall be signed by the appellant and filed with the Secretary of the Lodge within thirty days after the tria,} and jUdgment, and not afterward." This is peremptorY,and as the appeal was not filed within the thirty days, and no reason assigned for the neglect, we do not feel at liberty to entertain it, and recommend that it be dismisRed.

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Protesting against action of Lodge expelling him.

This is not an appeal but a memorial, and we find that the case was before this Grand Lodge at its last Communication on the same kind of document. The case was then sent back for a new trial, and on the 6th of September, 1873, complainant was trIed again, and expelled by unanimous vote of the Lodge. We see no reason for a third trial, and recommend that the action of the Lodge be confirmed. . NUMBER XIV.

GEORGE L. BURRIDGE, V8.

LODGE OF TRUTH, No.

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Appeal from action of Lodge acquItting Brother NIcolas M. Moody.

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l'he first and second specifications are fUlly sustained by the sworn statement of the lady in question. [The first specification is further sustained by the testimony of complainant.]

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[Much important testimony, not proper to be published, is here given, and therefore omitted.] . Yet in the face 'ofall this, the vote in the Lodge stood: Guilty, 19; not guilty, 10; blanks,2: and this goat with a" lamb-skin" on was declared" not guilty." We are glad there were nineteen men there who appreciate the dignity of their profession and have some respect for the chamcter and standing of the Fraternity. lfthis sort of thing is to be tolerated by Lodges, we had as well dispense with Investigating Committees, and throw open our doors to every rake that chooses to don our garb. Let the action of the Lodge be set aside and a new trial had. NUMBER FRANCIS McFAUL,

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Appeal from action of Lodge expelling him.

Of the five grounds of objection urged by the appellant, the second and fifth are the only ones that have any merit in them. They are as follows: The Worshipful Master overruled exceptions taken to the fifth specification. The vote of the Lodge was taken on the charge and specifications collectively. A~ to the first, the specifications are not as definite as to time, place and persons as they should be, but we consider this objection waived by consenting to and going Into the trial. As to the second, we think the vote should have been taken on the charge first, and then on each specification separately; but where, as in this case, the proof was ample to sllstain the charges, and the vote so decisive (28 to 5), we are not disposed to disturb the action of the Lodge on mere technical grounds, and recommend that the appeal be dismissed. NUMBER XVI.

This is a memorIal from Brother E. E. T. Hazen, of Vilisca, Montgomery county, Iowa, in behalf of J. G. Sadler, who was expelled by Milton Lodge, No.


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]61, upon an ex-parte trial. He alleges that, upon application duly made by Brother Sadler, a dimit was granted him, and the fact entered upon the records of the Lodge; but that at a subsequent meeting,路 and after Brother Sadler had removed to Iowa, the dimlt was revoked, charges preferred, and he expelled. If thIs be true, it was error. The appeal presented by Brother Hazen Is a strong one, and If the allegations therein are as he states them, Brother S. should have a hearing, and we recommend that the Secretary of Milton Lodge, No. 161, be instructed to forward a copy of the proceedings in the cause, as well as the record of the Lodge as to the issuIng of the dimit, to the Grand Master, that he may make such orders touching the premises as may seem right. NUMBER XVII.

JAMES

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ANDERSON, V8.

NEW MARKET LODGE,

No. Z74.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge suspendInghim.

There is no record of the proceedings of the Lodge in this case before us. The appeal and the testimony is all we have to look at, and as there is no objection urged to the regularity of the proceedIngs, we take it that they were In form. The objection urged is that the Lodge did not do him justice, and that hearsay evidence was taken, and legal evidence not regarded. We think there was legal testimony enough to warrant the finding, and recommend that the appeal be dismissed. NUMBER XVIII.

EDW ARD A. BARRdWS, V8.

WHITESIDE LODGE,

No. 162.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge suspending him.

There is no ground stated for appeal except that he was unable to present to the Lodge, on the day of trial, evidence of grave importance on his defense. There was no averment that he applied for and was refused a continuance, and as we see no error in the proceeding, recommend that the appeal be dismissed. NUMBER XIX.

HIRAM

W.

HARPER,

va. BIRJIUNG LODGE, N 0.150.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge susp路endlug him for two years.

The charge in this case is gross un-Masonic conduct. The specifications aro as follows:

First. Defrauding a Brother Master Mason.

Seconcl. Violating his obligations. Third. Forging his name to another man's bond. The vagueness and indefiniteness of these specifications Is sufficient ground for reversing the action of the Lodge. Besides the objection Is urged that the resident memberR were not notified of the time of the trial. The record does not show that this was either ordered by the Worshipful Muster or done without stopping 10 consider the otber objections urged by the appellant. We consider these sufficient to vitiate the proceedings of the Lodge, and recommend that the action of 路the Lodge be declared null and void.


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Appeal from decision of Lodge expelling him.

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MIRABILE LODGE,

No. 166.

The first ground of appeal is that the specifications are too vague, indefinite and uncertain. While we do not think the same preciseness that is required in an indictment nnder our common law, is necessary in framing charges against a brother, yet, where Masonic life is involved, the above are certainly too broad, vague and indefinite to put a Mason upon his trial. Again, it is 'urged, and there is some evidence tending to prove that the offence charged against the brother, if committed at all, was perpetrated before he became a Mason. If this be so, as we intend for the reason above stated to recommend a reference of the case back to the Lodge, we trust the members will consider the ruling of the Grand Lodge in 1870, found on page 31 of our Constitution and BY-Laws, marked" 31 A." Let the verdict of the Lodge be set aside and 11 new trial had. NUMBER XXI.

W. M.

DAMERON, V8.

F ARllIERS' LODGE,

No. 222.

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In this case trial was had September 2nd, 1871, and no appeal was taken. On the 7th of October, 1872, the Lodge, at the reqnest of complainant's attorney, passed a resolution directing a transcript to be sent up to the Grand Lodge. As has already been said, the law as to the time of taking an appeal is explicit and emphatic. If the Lodge thinks injustice has been done Mr. Dameron, and that he ought to be restored, let them take the proper steps to have it done. We can afford him no remedy. NUMBER XXII.

GEORGE H. LEACH, V8.

MARCUS LODGE,

No. 110.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge suspending one Sen Corolla for one year.

Had the members of Morcus Lodge read the September number of The Freemason, they would have discovered that Brother (1) C. E. De Sen Corollo was a travelling vagabond and imposter. The brother who preferred t.he charges WllS imposed upon, and Marcus Lodge badly sold. If they had suspended the scrub by the neck instead of one (y)ear, they would no doubt have done society, as well as the Craft, good service. NUMBER XXIII. AlIlosBAKER, V8.

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The charge is, Disobeying Summons. The original copy of tho Summons accompanies the Record, and is follows:

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"You are hereby summoned to attend a stated meeting of White Hall Lodge, No. 301, at their hall in Barnard, on the 15th day of March, 1873, at, 7~ o'clock, P. M., to settle your dues, by cash or note." The appellant says: "Brother Hall is and was at the time he was expelled unable to give any reason for not obeying said summons (?), he not then nor now having any distinct recollection about the matter, only claiming that if It appeared to be in contempt of the summons (?) of the Lodge he did not so intend it." This, we doubt not, is true. The mistake was in using a printed blank summous to notify a brother in arrears. We hold there is no law for issuing a summons for any such purpose. It was only a notice of arrearage, and a good brother might well have mistaken its import.• We believe in enforcing obedience to a summons, and heartily endorse the sentiments of Past Grand Master Garrett, when he says: "A summons is the autocratie sceptre of Freemasonry; and although a Master has the right to summons the Lodge or any of' its members whenever he thinks proper, he ought never to exercise the right except in' cases of extreme emergency. This charter of absolute power should never be lightly or trivially called into force, but when used the response must be a jubilee of obedience." Will it be pretended that this was a case of "extl'eme emergency?" Admit the right to summons a brother to pay dues, the gist of the summons is the payment of the dues. He appears at the Lodge, but says nothing about his dues. Has he obeyed the summons? No! He is expelled, For what'! -non-payment of dues. This, under our law, is positively prohibited. Let the action of the Lodge be declared null and void, and if the brother's dues are not paid or remitted, try and suspend him as the law direct.s. NUMBER XXIV

J ORN CARSON,

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vs. AURORA LODGE,

f.-om decl.lon of Lodge expelling

No. 267.

Oharge: Disobeying summons, I • The same state of facts exist in this case, as in the preceeding one. Tde action of the Lodge was virtually like that of White Hall Lodge, an expulsion for non-pa;yment of dues; and for the reasons therein assigned, we recommend that the action of the Lodge be declared null and void. NUMBER

D. E.

ZEl\IMERLEE,

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Appeal from decision of Lodge acquitting Brothers Noah Euloe, and Hardy McCuddy. No. 97. We see no informality in the proceedings. The Lodge thought the reasons assigned for not obeying the summons (?) sufficient. We infer that they were similar to the ones in cases XXIII and XXIV, mere notices to pay dues. Let the appeal be dismissed. va

BETHANY LODGE,

NUMBER XXVI.

S. H.

DONOHOE,

vs. CAMBRIDGE LODGE,

No. 63.

The mistake in this case was in the wording of the charges. Had defendant, Holmes, been charged with petitioning for the rights of Masonry, under an

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assumed name, and visiting the Lodge, knowing that he was" stricken from the roll," by his Lodge in New York, for non-paymeut of dues, we think the case would have been made out, but under the charges as made, we do not see how the Lodge could have done otherwise than acquit him; and we recommend that the appeal be dismissed. If Mr. H. has since visited that or any other Lodge in the State, and not paid up his dues in New York, we hope his case will be attended to. NU1tIBER XXVII.

This is a petition of Barbee Lodge, No. 217, for the restoration of B. S. Poe, an expelled Mason. As this petition is in due form, and shows the unanimous consent of the Lodge, your commIttee recommend that saId B. S. Poe be restored to all the rights and benefits of Masonry. NUMBER XXVIII.

This is a petition of Wyaconda Lodge, No. 24, for the restoration of Samuel J. Day, an expelled Mason. The petition is in due form, and your committee recommend that Samuel J. Day be restored to all the rights and benefits of Masonry. NUMBER XXIX.

This is a complaint of Brother John T. Chapman against Brother T. E. Shephered, District Deputy Grand Master, in directing the Worshipful Master of Etna Lodge not to deliver to said Chapman a warrant. We do not think the IJodge or its committee had any authority to compel Brother Chapman to pay out the money, and if he chose to do so vol1.mtarily it was his loss, but not otherwise. Lodge funds cannot be used to pay private debts with. Let the complaint be dismissed. NUMBER XXx.

This is a petition of Union Lodge, No. 173, for the restoration of .John D. Jump,an expelled Mason. The petition is in form, and we recommend that said John D. Jump be restored to all the ri~hts and privileges of Masonry. NUMBER XXXI.

This is a complaint from Cheyenne Lodge, No. 16, Wyoming Territory, stating that they had, at the request of Brother Edwin James, a member of Frankfort Lodge, No. -, who died in their midst, March 15th, 1873, buried him, and paid his funeral expenses, amounting to eighty dollars; that they had/sent the account to Frankfort Lodge for reimbursement, and they had made no response. We are of opinion that this debt ought to be paid at once, and trust Frankfort Lodge will do its duty with()ut any further suggestio~s. NUMBER XXXII.

T. J.

HOSKINSON, V8.

UNIONVILLE LODGE,

No. 210.

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Complaint of action of Lodge in case a.gainst Wm. J. Earickson.

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of the Lodge In due time, if he felt aggrieved at the decision. If a precedent Is set for entertaining these informal complaints, the labors of your committee would have no end. This disposes of all the matters referred to your Committee. Had we beeu sitting as an appellate court, with the powers usually given such tribunals, we should, in a large majority of the cases, ha,ve .. tmggested a diminution of the Record," and made a rule upon the Secretary to send up an amended transcript, in order that Secretaries may have no excuse for blunders in making up their transcripts in future. We recotnmend that the Grand Secretary and Chairman of Committee on Jurisprudence be instructed to prepare, have printed and forwarded to the Secretary of every Lodge in our jurisdiction, a blank form of transcripts, to be made out in appeal cases. Fraternally submitted, R. E. ANDERSON, JNO. H. TURNER, ALEX. M. DOCKERY, ALLAN McDOWELL, Committee.

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Thursday, October 16, 1873. 3 0' clock, P .1\1.

Grand Lodge was called to labor by the Grand Master. Grand officers in their several stations. JURISPRUDENCE.

Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

To the .i.lfost Worshipful Grand Lodge of Misssouri:

Your Committee on Jurisprudence having carefully considered the rUlings of the Grand Master, and the arguments and citations supporting them, present the folloWing report thereon:: The Grand Master has so fully and ably discussed the various questions submiLted to him for decision, and has so clearly pointed' out the logical solutions, that little remains for us to do, except endorse his opinions generally, and recommend hIs conclusions and acts for the approval of the Grand Lodge. Like most of his predecessors, he has met the storm of querIes which appears to be raised to try the mettle, and test the capaci ty of every Grand Master to weather 1t. That be got through the clouds and into the sunlight, is sufficient proof of the snccc:>ss of his administration.


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Among the hundreds of questions he was called upon to settle for the time being, there were thirty not completely covered by law and usage, and these he has presented for your consideration, in order that they may exist as stumbling blocks no more. He has already removed them out of the way, and it remains for this Grand Lodge to decide whether or not these same obstructions in our Masonic course are to occur again. The Grand Master decides: Fb'st.-That the Past Master's degree is a necessary part of our Masonic system, and is absolutely requisite as a qualification for the installation of a Master. This view is evidently correct, becanse the Grand Lodge has provided by law for the preservation and teaching of the rituals and ceremonies of the degree, which can serve no other purpose in our system than that above designated. Second.-When the Orand Lodge grants a dispensation to seven Master Masons to form a new Lodge, it does not inquire whether any of these brethren are Past Masters or Past Wardens of some Chartered Lodge. It simply reqnires the officers of the proposed new Lodge to be competent Master Masons, and sets them to work. The Grand Lodge mnst of necessity protect its own creation, and provide for the continued existence of its SUbordinate, if it proves itself worthy. The Grand Master, therefore, very properly decided that" a Master Mason may be elected and installed as Master of a new Lodge, although he may never have served as Warden of a Chartered Lodge." It follows that any member of a new Lodge at its first election under Charter, is eligible for Master. Third. That a Lodge Under Dispensation cannot be set to work in the absence of the Master named in the dispensation, is a reasonable and proper rUling. Fourth. We fully coincide with the Grand Master's views as opposed to the return of the p'etltion to an appl1cant after rejection.

Fifth. Some Worshipfui Master, who had dispensed with labor on the Third Degree and opened in the Second, seems to have thought that closing the Second Degree closed the Third, and the Lodge. The Grand Master decided t.hat closing the FIrst or Second Degree does not touch the degree above it, l.mt that closing the Third Degree may close all below it. This is in strict accordance with our law. Sixth. When a candidate for the m~Tsteries, over whom jurisdiction has been waived by one Lodge in favor of another, is rejected by the Lodge which thus acquiredjurisdictlon and received the petition, the whole act between the two Lodges is accomplished, and the waiver ceases to be in force. At the expiration of twelve months the candidate may apply for another waiver of jurisdiction, . as before, or he may petition the Lodge under whose jurisdiction he resides. This is the substance of the Grand Master's decision in sucb a case, and it is right. Seventh. The Grand Master's construction of a former decision in reference to" verbal objection" against the conferring of a degree, is correct. A written objection, signed by the objector, and presented for him by a brother, is as good . as a "verbal" one, any time; especially when the whole object is to have the objection itself in a tangible sbape to become a part of the Lodge records. Eighth. There could be no more just rUling, and no safer law, than that a member of one Lodge bas no right of objection in another. If the reverse were practiced, it would be the source of infinite confusion and discord in our Lodges. The Grand Master is !Iuite clear in his ,treatment of this quesUon. Ninth. He is also just in his remarks upon tbe impropriety, even mockery of funeral services over tbe grave of a departed brother-months after burial. We bave no services for such an occasion, and do not want any; neither have we any landmarks or regulations which would sanction Lodges of Sorrow as Masonic usage.

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Tenth. The Grand Marter's point on "lawful information" is well taken. If we have not and cannot get sufficient knowledge that a man is a Mason to

warrant us in admitting him into one of our Lodges, we have no business to try him for un-Masonic conduct. Eleventh. The decision that there can be no constructive service of summOlls, but that the service must be actual, in order to make a Masonic offence of "disobedience of summons" is correct. Twelfth. That St. John's Days are not times for stated meetings of the Craft, regardless of By-Laws, is a good decIsion. Thirteenth. The Grand Master is right when he decides that the charity fund of a Lodge Is under its own control, and that it may relieve a non-a:tnliate. It may also extend its charIty to a profane, s;hould the occasion arise, and it have the ability. Fourteenth. That it is the MasonIc duty of a Lodge to defray the funeral expenses of one of its own members, buried by another Lodge, Is too plain a proposition to requIre comment. Fifteenth. The decision that a Master Mason who has been expelled by a Lodge, appeals to the Grand Lodge, which reverses the verdict, and orders a new trial, remains a member of the Lodge until suspended or expelled, is strictly according to law. Sixteenth. We fully agree with the decision that the only place for a Lodge to meet is in its hall, and that it must not be opened at residences upon funeral occasions. Seventeenth.-When a Committee of Investigation find that an applicant for the mysteries, does not reside within the juridiction of the Lodge, the Grand Master ordered that the Committee must so report, that all proceedings in the case stop, the action of the Lodge being null and void for want of jurisdiction.A good decision. Eighteenth.-The Grand Master did rIght in deciding, that no letters or statements not taken in the presence of the accused or hIs counsel, should be used at a trial, and that all discussions are out of order while the voting is in progress. Nineteenth.-A whole Lodge under charges is a new situation, but it happened, and had to be met. A resolution was passed declaring the whole Lodge gUilty of the general charge. When the moverof the charging resolution, directly after it had passed, asked for his dimit, the Master refused to entertain his application, and the Grand Master very properly decided, that the Master was right. TwenUeth.-The decision rendered npon physical qualifications In a special case, was sensible and Masonic. Twenty-first.-The Grand Master was called upon to decide, that the printed proceedings of this Grand Lodge are o:tncial, and that Lodges are bound to obey the orders therein promulgated. '.rhe Grand Lodge fully endorses this view of the validity and force ofits own acts. Twenty-second.-A Lodge received the petition and initiated one of its own rejected candidates, without waiting the twelve months required by law to elapse, and then wanted the Grand Master to heal its hasty work. His decIsion pronouncing the work illegal, null and void, was the only one he had the authority to make. Twenty-third.-Th~decision that a Lodge bas the right to reject the petition of a Master Mason, without preferring charges against him, or giving a reason, is heartily endorsed by this Grand I.Jodge.

'.l'wenty-fourth. There is no doubt that after a petition is received and entertained by a Lodge, the removal of the applicant does not deprive the Lodge o! Jurisdiction.


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'Twenty-fifth. The Grand Master sustained the law by deciding that a Lodge, by a change of By-Laws, cannot legislate the installed omcers out of office before the expiration of the twelve months for which they were elected and installed. Twenty-sixth. The rule that appeals must be taken within thirty days, applies to new trials by order of the Grand Lodge as well as the original trial, is a good one, and is sustained. Twenty-seventh. The decision that the Senior Warden, in the absence of the Master, is invested with all the powers of the Master, and is the Master for the time being, is law. Twenty-eighth. The decision in reference to Masons from foreIgn countries, other than Canada, and their Grand Lodge certificates, is strictly in accordance with our law. Twenty-ninth. The Grand Master presents a case of unusual interest under the head of "Specific Grand Lodges." Right Worshipful Edward Spencer, D. D. Grand Master of the 16th Masonic District, opened a Lodge for the purpose of dedicating a Masonic hall. He found a discordant element among the Masons assembled, and purged the Lodge of it in order that the work in hand might proceed in harmony; He entertained the objection of a member of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, to the presence ofa brother who was not a member of it. The brother who was ordered to retire from the hall, feeling aggrieved and curtailed of his Masonic rights and privileges, preferred against Brother Spencer charges of un-Masonic condnct, for having entertained an objection to his presence in the Lodge; also for illegally, opening the Grand Lodge of Missouri. He also charged the Objector, Brother Edward Nathan, Master of Itasca Lodge, with un-Masonic conduct, for having objected to his presence in the Lodge. The Grand Master promptly and ably reviewed the whole case, as presented to him in the charges, and rendered his decisions upon the alleged violations 01 law and usnrpation of authority. We have considered the brief and pamphlet by Brother R. S. Voorhis, who was engaged as an attorney in the case, and reached the following conclusion's. It was necessary to define the composition and character of the Grand Lodge authorized to meet for the purpose of dedicating a hall, Hence," Specific Grand Lodge." Here is the authority for such a term: "The Grand Master may grant authority, if unable to attend in person, to any Past or present Master of a Lodge, to convene a Grand Lodge for the following purposes alone: To lay the foundation or corner-stone of some public edifice; to dedicate and consecrate Masonic halls; to constitute new Lodges, and install officers of chartered Lodges."-.A.rt. III, 5th clause, p. 13, Book 0/ CImstitutions.

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These are specific purposes for which a Grand Lodge may be convened, by authority from the Grand Master. The District Deputy Grand Masters, in our jurisdiction, are lawfully commissioned by the Grand Master, to perform just these duties, and act as the deputies of the Grand Master in executing the law whenever occasion may )equire. They are, under our District Deputy Grand Master system, the present or Past Masters, to whom the Grand Master may grant authority to open a Grand Lodge for the specIfic purposes designated in the law. They are not only clothed with this authority to act, but they may authorize some present or Past Master to perform these duties for them, if they are unable to officiate themselves. But Brother Edward Spencer is charged with opening the Grand Lodge of Missouri without authority.


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If the Grand Lodge of Missouri was declared opened as alleged, there ought to be some record of its session, its omcers, and its proceedings. The Grand Secretary has no minutes of a called Communication of the Grand Lodge. Your Committee can find no omcial reference to the occasion, save that in the District Deputy Grand Master's report to the Grand Master, that at such a time he dedicated the Masonic hall in question. If the District Deputy Grand Masters have supposed that the Grand Lodge they are authorized to open in the performance of their duties, is the Grand Lodge of Missouri, they have at the same time some tangible grounds for the supposItion, in the ceremonies we have adopted, for both private and public occasions, if not In our organic law Itself.

"The Grand Master" and "the Grand Lodge" are phrases used, and they come down from times when the Grand Master and Grand Lodge did, alone, perform the duties which now devolve upon the District Deputy Grand Master and a Grand Lodge, specially provided, for a specific purpose. In view of this change of the conditions, we approve of the Grand Master's definition of a "Specific Grand Lodge." To prevent any misunderstanding or confusion in the future, we would, moreover, recommend the adoption of the term "Specific Grand Lodge" for that assembly of Masons which a District Deputy Urand Master is authorized by his commission to convene for t.he specific purposes set forth in the'law, This will supply an omission that was overlooked by our law makers when the feature of District Deputy Grand Master was added to our Masonic system. In joining a new mode of trans~ actIng the business of Masonry to the old Grand Lodge usage, a chasm was left whIch is thus filled and rendered safe. The charges of un-Masonic conduct against Right Worshipful Brother Spencer and Worshipful Brother Nathan, under the Grand Master's decIsion fell to the ground. The Grand Master recognized no Masonic offence in either case, and ignored the charges as frivolous by continuing Brother Spencer in his omce, and permitting Brother Nathan to continue to exercise his functions as Master of his Lodge. The Grand Master sustained Brother Spencer in ordering out of the Lodge a brother who proved to be a dIsturbing element in it, and decided that the District Deputy Grand Master had the authority to exclUde both the objected to, and the objector if such measures were requisite to secure harmony. At t1.le same time the Grand Master deemed that any Master Mason had a right to object to the presence of any other Master Mason in suchaLodge, on the ground of membership as against non-membership, the" special" Grand Lodge having no membership at all, and being under the exclusive charge of the District Deputy Grand Master-all of which your committee endorse. Brother Vorhees issued a circular controverting the decisions ot" the Grand Master, and sent it to various Lodges, perhaps to all the Lodges, in this jurisdiction. Considering the manner and matter ot" BrotherVorhees' circular, and its indiscretions, the Grand Lodge disapproves of the course pursued by Brother Vorhees. Thirtieth.-The Grand Master expresses sound Masonic views in his decision regarding application for new trials, where the law has been strictly observed in conducting a tria1 that has passed. He utters the sentiments of thIs Grand Lodge, when he asserts that difference of opinion as to guilt are not arguments in favor of granting a new trial. The only remedy in such cases Is appeal to the Grand Lodge. This is an old and well tried law.

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In such case, a Mason who has been suspended or expelled by one form of trial, stands suspended or expelled by his Lodge, until t.ile Grand Lodge reverses the decision, places him in good Masonic standing, or sends the case back to the Lodge for a new trial. Your Committee approve of the Grand Master's arguments and decisions, under the head of " Illinois." The statements are fully and clearly made in the Address, and in our opinion, the questions of jurisdiction involved are correctly settled. Your Committee having been requested to report a rule defining how an expelled Mason may be restored to Masonic life, would recommend that where no appeal has been taken from the action of the Lodge in expelling a member, it is competent for the Lodge, upon petition, to re-instate the expelled Mason, which petition shall lie over for one month, and the members be duly notified. The vote thereon to be taken by ballot, and said petition adopted by a unanimousvote. !<'ra.ternally SUbmitted, THOS. E. GARRETT, WM.. H. STONE, JNO. D. VINCIL, J. A. H. LAMPTON, XEN. RYLAND, Ct>mmittee.

REPORT ON SUSPENDED MASTERS.

Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

To the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Wardens and Brethren of the Grand Lodge

of MissOU1'i:

Your committee, to whom was referred the cases of Brother J. R. Brown, Master of Fraternal Lodge, No. 363, and Brother R. H. Mason, Worshipful Master of Linn Lodge, No. 66, suspended by the Grand Master upon charges duly preferred against them, would respectfully beg lea.ve to report: Since tbe suspension of Brother Brown an election bas been held in his I.odge, and another Master elected. He appeared before the committee and presented a statement signed by his Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer and Senior Deacon, putting an entirely different phase on the acts alleged against him as un-Masonic. The Worshipful ~1aster a,ppeared with him and acquitted him on the indignity charged to have been offered him. The Brother now past three score years and ten, seems to feel humbled by the rod so promptly lifted over him, and in view of these facts we are not disposed to let it fall, and recommend that the charges against him be dismissed, hoping that in future he will avoid even" the appearance of evil." In the case of Brotber R. H. Mason, the charges preferred against him and fully sustained by the evidence are: Fir~t.

Being an habitual drunkard.

Presiding as Master of the Lodge on the 18th day of May, 1873, while so drunk that he did not know what he was doing. Second.

Although summoned to appear here and answer, he does not come or send any ex~use for his conduct. Section 29, of Article XVI of our By-Laws reads, .. all Lodges in this jurisdiction shall enforce tbe Masonic law in referen~e to

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all un-Masonic conduct, and more especially against habitual drunkenness, gambling, blasphemy and practices of a kindred character, and any Mason guilty of these misdemeanors shall be held liable to punishment for un-Masonio conduct." We do not believe in the Grand Lodge prescribing a law for the Subordinate Lodges, and refusing to execute it itself. We do not know what excuse the brethren of that Lodge have for electing such a man to the highest office in the Lodge. We recommend to their practice the first cardinal virtue. This is a gross violation, and believing that sedatives will do no good, recommend the use of the knife and the adoption of the following resolution: Resolved, That Brotber R. H. Mason, a member of Linn Lodge, No. 66, be and be is hereby expelled from all rigbts and priviledges of Freemasonry. Fraternally SUbmitted, R. E. ANDERSON I A. M. DOCKERY, cmnmiUee.

MASONIC MUTUAL BENEVOLENT SOCIETY.

The Special Committee reported as follows: n> the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A. F. and A. M. of the State Of Mi8sO'Uri: Your Committee, to whom was referred that portion of the Address of the Grand Master, relating to the Masonic Mutual Benevolent Society, beg leave respectfully to report: That this Grand Lodge approves of the object of this Society, and would recommend it to the attention of the fraternity, through this Grand Jurisdiction; And' as all institutions under the protection or patronage of the Grand Lodge should be under its supervision, your Committee would recommend the adoption of the following reSOlution, viz. : Whereas, Every en terprise undertaken, or associ a tion formed fortbe benefi t of Blue Lodge Masonry at large, sbould be under the supervision of the Grand Lodge, therefore be it Resolved, That a. Committee of tbree :members of this Grand Lodge be appointed at each annual session of this Body by tbe Grand Master, whose duty shall be to examine tbe accounts and records of the Masonic Mutual Benevolent Societ路~路, from time to time, during the years succeeding their appointment; report to the Grand Master on the management and busIness of the Society, as necessity may require; and on 1st October, of .each year, to make a special examinationol the affairs of the Association and report on its financial condition to this Grand Lodge. . All of which is respectfully submitted, MARTIN COLLINS, J. H. POTTENGER, WM. H. STONE, Cbmmittee.

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WAYS AND MEANS.

The Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

1b the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri:

Your Committee on Ways and Means beg leave to report, that they find in the hands of the Grand Treasurer, the sum of........................ $9,373.25 and would recommend the following appropriations: Grand Secretary for services $3,000 00 Grand Tyler . 150 00 Stationary and postage 450 00 Printing Proceedings 1,500 00 Ren t of office for Grand Secretary... 600 00 Con tingen t expenses 100 00 Care of Past Grand Master Dunscomb...................................... 40000 $6,40000 Leaving balance in,Grand Treasury......

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ALLAN McDOWELL, '楼VG. WEA\tER, ALEX. M. DOCKERY. Cbmmitlee.

PAY OF GRAND LECTURER.

Brother Jno. D. Vincil offered the following, which was adopted. Resolved, That the sum of one thousand doll:trs be appropriated out of the funds of this Grand Lodge, not otherwise disbursed, to Brother Allan McDowell. as compensation for his services dunng the past Masonic year as .Grand Lecturer.

REPORT ON DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.

Committee reported as follows:

Adopted.

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri: Your Committee, to whom were submitted for consideration the Reports of District Deputy Grand Masters, would offer the folloWing: There are forty-five Districts under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, forty-four in the State of Missouri. and one in the Territory of New Mexico. Out of this number twenty-seven have been heard from, but little over one-half of the deputies haVing complied with the law of this Grand Lodge. Section seven of Article VII of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge ?'equires .. each District' Deputy Grand Master to make an annual repm路t to the Grand Master, thirty days prior to the meeting of the Grand Lodge."


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When a Mason accepts any position at the hands of his brethren, there is a.n implied obligation, carried in the acceptance, that he will perform the duties connected with said station. It forms no part of our purpose to criticise or censure brethren who have failed to comply with the law governing them in the official positions which they have accepted and hold by commission under said law. But we cannot refrain from expressing great surprise and deep regret that so large a number of the officers appointed by our Grand Master, under the law, should have neglected entirely to discharge the obligations imposed by the . commissions they bold under the law. If the sense of moral and Masonic obligation fails to impel official brethren to meet and perform the duties devolving upon them by their commissions, no legal enactments of this body will be likely to secure a result so desirable. If the derelict Deputies could not discbarge the duties connected with their official stations, nor report what they could do or not do; they could, at least, have informed the Grand Master that they were not prepared to act. Your Committee have examined the twentyseven reports made to the Grand Master as carefully as the limited time granted us will allow. The Districts reported from are as follows: Nos. 1,4,5,7, 9, 10, 11, 13,14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30,31,32, 34, 36,37,38,39,43,45. The non-reporting Districts are as follows: Nos. 2, 6, 8,12, 18,20,21,22,23,24, 25, 33, 40, 41, 42, 44. From the reports examined we find that the Deputies have done a good work for the most part in their Districts. Some have visited every Lodge in their Districts. The Lodges are reported as doing a fair amount of work, and doing it well in many places. There is some consolation in the knowledge gained from said reports that the Lodges are not doing so much work as heretofore, and therefore going moredel1berately. We would recommend that Brother Thos. E. Shepherd, District Deputy Grand Master of the first Masonic District, be appointed to take charge of the property of the late Clark City Lodge, No. 332, whose charter was surrendered the past year, and that, after paying any claims against said Lodge, he dispose of the effects thereof as in his judgment may be deemed proper. [Your committee would recommend the following for your consideration: In view of the requirements of our law concerning the three principal officers of Lodges U. D., who must pass an examination as to proficiency in the work and lectures of the three degrees, your committee would respectfully raise the questions, whether chartered Lodges should not have some standard of qualification for the Masters and Wardens, at least equal to that by which Masters and Wardens of Lodges U. D. are measured. We therefore offer 'the following resolution: Resolved, That tbe newly elected Masters and Wardens of Chartered Lodges be reqUired to pass an examination and prove their proficiency in the work and lectures of the three degrees before their installation.] Rejected. We further recommend, that in order to secure a proper degree of uniformity in keeping the records of Lodges throughout the jurisdiction of Missouri, and to render valuable aid to that important Lodge officer, the Secretary, that the Grand Secretary prepare and furnish to:Secretaries of all Subordinate Lodges in this juriSdiction, a circular, containing the proper form of entry of all routine and incidental business. We believe this method will greatly aid many of the Secretaries in acquiring a more business-like manner of keeping the records of Lodges, and presenting a more correct and creditable history of Masonry in the various Lodges of Missouri. Your Committee find In the reports of some of the Deputies, that there had not been a compliance with the resolutions adopted by this Grand Lodge, at its last session, as follows: Resolved, That District Deputy Grand Masters be required to report to the next session of this Grand Lodge, the condition of the various halls in their respective Districts, as to their safety and security.


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Resolved, That the Deputies be required to urge upon all Lodges in their Districts, not otherwise provided, the securement of all necessary Lodge furniture and equipments, for rendering our ceremonies impressive and instructive; and that the Deputies report to this Grand Body at its next session, the condition of said Lodges in these particulars.

We desire these resolutions enforced in every District. It becomes our duty to announce the death of one of our District Deputy Grand MaRters, Right Worshipful Brother M. L. Tucker, of the 3d District.

Brother Tucker was a good man and true, an old, dilligen t and fai thful crac/'sman, who was held in high esteem by his brethren. He was a man of character, fidelity and earnest purposes. His labors were eminently efficient and acceptable. He passed from the labors of earth to the refreshments of a better life, at Clarksville, Mo., during the past Masonic year. Your Committee recommend, that a Memorial Page be set apart in the printed Proceedings in memory of Right Worshipful Brother M. L. Tucker. All of which is fraternally submitted. JOHN D. VINCIL, ED. SPENCER, T. T. RHODES, J. J. DILLINGER, Committee.

CHARITY.

Committee reported as follows:

A.dopted.

To the Most WorshiPful Grand Lodge Of Missouri:

Your Committee on Charity would respectfully recommend that the sum of two hundred dollars be appropriated to the Kansas City Board of Relief. Respectfully sUbmitted, WILLIAM M. LOKER, J. M. FOX, W. D. GRAHAM, Committee.

At 7: 15 P. M. the Grand Lodge was called from labor until to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock.

ST. LOUIS, Friday, October 17, 1873.

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Prayer by Brother T. E. Shepherd, Grand Chaplain. Record of yesterday read and approved. TRANSPORTATION.

Brother Alex. M. Dockery offered the following: Adopted. Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to make arrangements for transportation at next session of Grand Lodge. That said committee report the result to the Grand Secretary, at least one week before the Annual Communication, in order that he may have time to have all the certificates printed and fully prepared.

The Grand Master appointed Brothers W. W. Ehninger, Ed. S~encer and J. A. H. Lampton, committee. REPORT OF GRAND ORATOR.

Brother Jno. D. Vinci! submitted the following, which was accepted and ordered printed. To the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Samuel H. Owens, Esq. :

I deem it my duty to report to you concerning the labors performed the past year, as one of the Grand Orators appointed by yourself. Acting under special commissions, issued by you, for the purposes indicated, I performed various services during the year, such as dedicating halls, laying corner-stones, etc. Acting under the authority conferred by my appointment as Grand Orator, I rendered the following service: I

November 15, 1872, I delivered an address to the Masons and general public at Paris, Mo., at the dedication of the new and elegant hall erected by the fraternity in that place. The dedicatory services were ably conducted by Right Worshipful Brother R. E. Anderson, Past Deputy Grand Master of this Grand Lodge. February 6, 1873, I dedicated the new and beautiful hall of the fraternity in Fulton, Callaway county, Mo., and delivered an address on the occasion to a very large assemblage of the craft, and the citizens of that community. I was efficiently aided in the dedicatory work of the occasion by Right Worshipful Brother Thos. C. Ready. On the 8th of May, 1873, I delivered a lecture at Queen City, Mo., where an effort was successfully made to raise funds, by a festival. to relieve the Masonic Hall of its indebtedness. On the 21st of August, 1873, I laid the corner-stone of a church in Marshall, Saline county. The occasion was one of great interest to the craft in that section, ~ho convened in large numbers, with many hundred citizens, at the Fair Grounds, where I delivered an address on the" Origin, History and Design of 'Masonry." During the summer I was invited by the Masons and friends of Wyandotte, Kansas, to lay the corner-stone of a church. The work was performed under commission from the Grand Master of Kansas, and with the assistance of Wyandotte Lodge, and a short address was delivered on the occasion.


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Many calls for my services as Grand Orator have been declined, in consequence of the high and important claims of my life-work in ecclesiastical fields, and in meeting the demands of the Templar Order at various points. It was my purpose and desire to have prepared and delivered an address at this meeting of the Grand Lodge, as one of your Grand Orators. The heavy pressure of numerous engagements absolutely prevented. Thanking you for the honor of my appointment, I am ever Fraternally yours, JOHN D. VINCIL, Grand Orator.

FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES.

Right Worshipful Brothers Samuel Russell, Jno. W. Luke and C. F. Leavitt, presented their credentials in the order named, as Representatives of the Grand Lodges of Maine, New York and Ncw Jersey, which were accepted as correct, and they were welcomed as such Representatives by the Grand Master, to whom they replied in appropriate remarks. PRINTING PROOEEDINGS.

Brother D. J. Heaston offered the following, which was adopted: Resolvedl That 2,000 copies of the Proceedings be published for distribution to Grand ana Subordinate Lodges. .

THANKS FOR REDUOED FARE.

Brother Xenophon Ryland offered the following, which was adopted: 01"

1Usolved, That the thanks of this Grand IJodge be and are hereby returned to the various railroad and other transportation companies, for the red uction of fare allowed to delegates attending this body.

MERIDIAN LODGE.

Brother Thos. E. Garrett oft'ered the following, which was adopted: Resolved, That the dues collected by the Grand Secretary from the members of Meridian Lodge, No.2, while it was defunct, be returned to said Lodge, now working under its restored charter.


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FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE.

The Committee on Correspondence submitted his report, which was ordered printed with the Proceedings. [See Appendix.] INSTALLATION.

At 12: 12 P. }'vI., the Grand Lodge proceeded to the Installation of the Grand officers. Most Worshipful Brother Thos. E. Garrett, P. G. M., performed the duty, assisted by Right Worshipful Brother Ed. Spencer, acting as Grand Marshal. APPOINTMENTS.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master announced the following appointments: GRAND CHAPJ,AINS.

REV. JOHN D. VINCIL, Louisiana. REV. J. G. FACKLER, St. Joseph. REV. R. A. HOLLAND, St. I~ouis. REV. B. :McCORD ROBERTS, Springfield. REV. THOMAS E. SHEPHERD, Lagrange. REV. J. N. ARNEST, Franklin. SENIOR GRAND DEACON.

ROBERT T. WYAN, Belle Air. JUNIOR GRAND DEACON.

THOMAS C. READY, St. Louis. GRAND MARSHALS.

JOHN D. PARKlNSON, Greenfield. THOMAS L. O'BRYAN, Boonville. GRAND SWORD BEARER.

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D. J. HEASTON, Bethany. R. S, VORHIES, St. Louis. GRAND PURSUIV ANT.

HIRAM BEASON, Kahoka. GRAND 'rYLER,

JAMES X. ALLEN, St. Louis. GRAND LECTURER.'"

ALLAN McDOWELL, Greenfield. COMMITTEE ON CORRESPONDENCE.

GEO. FRANK GOULEY, St. Louis. CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON .JURISPRUDENCE.

'!'HOMAS E. GARRETT, St. Louis. CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCE.

SAMUEL H. OWENS, California. CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON LODGES U. D.

J. G. WOERNER, St. Louis. COMMITTEE ON 'rRAN8PORTATION.

W. W. EHNINGER, St. Louis. EDWARD SPENCER, St. Louis. J. A. H. LAMPTON, St. Louis. DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.

1. Lewis, (}lark and Scotland counties-Thomas E. Shepherd, of Lagrange. 2. Marion and Shelby counties-W. C: Foreman, of Hannibal. 3. Ralls, Pike and Monroe cdunties-L. R. Downing, of'Clarksville. 4. St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties-W. H. Muzzy, of Wentzville.

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Audrain and Montgomery counties-John F. Tippett, of Price's Branch. Boone and Howard counties-James A. Adams, of Columbia. Randolph, Chariton and Carroll counties-M. LeftwIch, Carrollton. Knox, Macon and Adair counties-James Lovern, of Callao. Schuyler, Sullivan and Putnam counties-J. G. Hart, of Unionville. Grundy and Mercer counties- W. H. McGrath, of Trenton. n. Harrison, Gentry and WOl路th counties-Ahira ManrIng, of Gentryville. 12. Daviess, De Kalb and Caldwell counties-W. W. Wilmott, of Hamilton. 13. Clinton, Ray and Clay counties-Po B. Grant, of Liberty, Mo. 14. Platte and Buchanan counties-Samnel Russell, of St. Joseph. 15. Holt and Atchison counties-8amllel S. Kennedy, of Maryville. 16. St. Louis county-Edward Spencer, of St. Louis. 17. Franklin county-John H. Pugh, of Union. 18. St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Madison counties-William Nifong, of Fredericktown. 19. Gape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties-William R. Wilson. of Cape Girardeau. II 20. Pemiscot, New Madrid, Mississippi and Scott counties-Robert A. Hatcher, of New Madrid. . 21. Dunklin and Stoddard counties-To B. Turnbeaugh, of Four Mile. 22. Butler, Carter, Ripley and Wayne counties-Joel Yancy, of Greenville. 23. Washington, Iron and Reynolds counties-B. Shepherd, of Ironton. 24. Gasconade, Osage and Maries counties-D. M. Caughell, of Chamois. 25. Orawford, Phelps and Dent counties, and8ullivan Lodge, No. 69-J. U. Anderson, SteelevIlle. 26. Oregon, Shannon, Texas and Howell counties-J. A. Rice, of Alton. 27. Oole, Moniteau and Millel' counties-James Johnson, Pleasant Mount. 28. Pulaski, Camden and Laclede counties, and Plato Lodge, lito. 469-Josiah Ivey, Lebanon, Mo. 29. Do'uglass, Ozark, Taney and Christian counties-James L. Robberson, of Ozark. 30. Websier, 'Wright and Greene counties-WIlliam H. Payne, of Ebenezer. 31. :lYewton, McDonald, Barry and Stone counties-James Robinson, of Neosho. 32. Lawrence and Jasper counties-G. M. Robinson, of Carthage. 83. Dade, Barton and Vernon counties-So B. Bowles, of Greenfield. 34. Polk, Dallas, Cedar and I-lickory counties-H. J. Church, of Stockton. 85. Hem'y and St. Clair counties-W. D. Graham, of Osceola. 36. Cass county-W. H. Stansbury, Harrisonville. 37. Benton and Morgancounties-J. V. Allee, of Versailles. 38. Cooper and Pettis counties-B. G. Wilkerson, Sedalia. 39. Saline and Lafayette counties-Xen. Ryland, of Lexington. 40. Jackson county-W. E. Whiting, of Kansas City. 41. New Mexico-W. W. Griffin, of Santa Fe. 42. Jeffe/'son county-R. H. McMullln, of Hillsboro. 43. Callaway county-R. H. Fowler, of Concord. 44. Johnson county-George R. Hunt, of Warrensburg. 45. Bates county-F. V. Holl.oway, of Butler. 46. Livingston and Linn counties-A. M. Dockery, M.D., of Chillicothe. 47. Nodaway and Andrew counties-8amuel Kennedy, of Maryville. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.


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There being no further business presented, the Record was read and approved. At 12 M., the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri was closed in AMPLE FORM. Prayer by Brother Jno. D. Vincil, Grand Chaplin. ATTEST:

Grand~Secretary. 1_


PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION,

F'irst.-By Brother .Jos. Foster:

Amend Section 8, of Article II, of the Constitntion, by striking out the word" five" and inserting in lieu thereof the word" ten." Second.-BY Brother '.r. E. Shepherd:

Amend Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution, by striking out the words " seven" and" Reverend" and insert the word .. one." Third.-By Brother N. B. Giddings: Resolved, That the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of A. F. and A. M. of the State of Missouri, be amended by adding the following, which, when adopted, shall become Section 8, of Article IV:

SEC 3. Each Lodge represented in the Annual Communications of the Grand Lodge, shall annually receive from the Grand Lodge, three dollars for each day the Lod~e is represented in such Annual Communication, and ten cents for every mIle from the place where the Lodge is held, to the place where the Grand Lodge is held, the distance to be determined by the nearest usual traveled route. Provided, That the amount of such mileage and pC?' diem received by the representative, does not exceed one-halt of the amount of dues paid in by said Lodge. The apportionment of mileage and per diem, and the payment of the same, to be arranged and determined by a Standing Committee, acting under such regulations as the Grand Lodge may from time to time determine by resolution. No representative shall receive any apportionment from such fund, who is not a regular attendant upon the Grand Lodge, or shall be excused by the Grand Master or Grand Lodge. Fourth.-By Brother L. R. Downing:

Amend Section 3, Article II, of Constitution, atil follows: "In all elections and questions before the Grand Lodge, the representative or representatives collectively of each Subordinate Lodge, shall be entitled to cast five votesl".all of which shall be given on the same side; and the representatives of each Lodge respectively, by a majority, shall decide on which side of the question the votes of their Lodge shall be cast; and each officer and member of the Grand Lodge present, shall be entitled to cast one vote, except the Past Masters (members of Lodges under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, and not representatives from a Subordinate Lodge), who shall be entitled to one vote collectively' Prmnded,however, that no one in his own right shall give more than one vote.'l


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PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BY .LAWS.

By Brother W. H. Stone: Amend Section 25, Article XVI, of the By-Laws, by strikIng out of said Section all after the WOI ds "are paid" in the second line of said Section, on page 26, printed copy" Book of Constitutions."


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REPORT OF THE ST. LOUIS MASONIC BOARD OF RELIEF. FOR THE YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1873. RECEIPTS.

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Balance 011 hand . West Gate Lodge. U. D., Mo . $40 90 $1.588 53 26. O'Sullivan R. A. Chapter . 1250 Nov. 2. Anonymous . 440 Dec. 14. O'Sullivan R. A. Chapter . 2500 14. Keystone Lodge, No. 243, Mo .. 10000 21. Pride of the West Lod/l:e, No. 179, Mo 4000 21. Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 40, Mo........ 55 00 21. Tranquil Lodge, No. 29, Maine-ref'd 3130 21. Wallkill Lodge, No. 627, N. Y-refn'd 1500 28. Geo. Washington Lodge, No.9, Mo ... 5000 1873. Jan. 18. Donation from Bros. Tom. White,jr. and W. S. Mason . 3000 25. Erwin Lodge. No. 121, Mo .. 100 00 Feb'y 1. Good Hope Lodge, No. 218 .. 40 ()() 8. AurQI'a Lodge, No. 267 . 200 00 15. Occidental Lodge, No.l63 .. 5000 March 8. Corpus Christi Lodge, No. 189, Texas, refund i ng 45 00 29. Cache Lodge, No. 416, Mo 35 00 April 12. Naphtali Lodge, No. 25........................ 5000 Aug. 16. Grand Lodge, N. Y., refunding........... 1750 Sept. 6. Orient Francais Lodge, No. 167, Mo:.. 100 00 , - - $1,040 70

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IN MEMORIAM.

JOHN F. RYLAND ELECTED GRAND MASTER, OF "THE

GRAND LODGE OF MO. 1849 A.ND 1850,

DIED, SEPTE:h![EER

~O, ~873,

IN THE SEVENTY-SIXTH YEAR OF HIS AGE .

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A8 a Citizen, MWlOn, Husband and Father, he was 1'ecognized as true, devoted and pu,re, and his name will ever fill a b1'ight page in the Masonic History of Missouri.


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IN MEMORIAM.

VVM. D. MUIR ELECTED GRAND MA81'ER, OF THE

GRAND LODGE OF MO. OCTOBER, 1869,

DIED,

NOVE~EER

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AGE FORTY-SEVEN YEARS.

• In every relation, of life, both as a Citizen, Hushand, • Father and Mason, he developed all the characteristics of a noble and generous manhood, respected and loved in' his life and deeply regretted at his death.


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IN MEMORIAM.

M.M.Tt7CKE:R DISTRIOT LEOTURER,

DIED IN CLARKSVILLE, PIKE COUNTY, 1878.

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He was much respected and beloved by the Craft, and this tablet page is set apart to his memory, by order of the Grand Lodge of Mis80uri.


APPENDIX.


REPORT ON CORRESPONDENCE. • To the M08t Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri:

I herewith submit my Annual Report on Foreign Correspondence, reviewing the Proceedings of the following Grand Bodies: ALABAMA, Dec. 2, 1872. ARKANSAS, Jan. 6, 1873. B~ITISH COLUMBIA, Dec. 7, 1872. CALIFc>RNIA, Oct. 8, 1872.

MISSISSIPPI, Feb. 3, 1873. MONTANA, Oct. 7, 1872. NEBRASKA, June 18,1872. NEVADA, Sept. 27, 1872.

CANADA, July 9, 1873. NEW BRUNSWICK, Sept. 26, 1872. COLORADO, Sept. 24, 1872. NEW HAMPSHIRE.* CONNECTICUT, May 14, 1873. NEW JERSEY, Jan. 2,1873. DELAWARE.'" NEW YORK, June 3, 1873. DISTRICT COLUMBIA, Nov. 13, 1872. NORTH CAROLINA, Dec. 2, 1872. FLORIDA, Feb. 11, 1873. NOVA SCOTIA.* GEORGIA, Oet. 29, Hm. OHIO, Oct. 15, 1872. IDAHO, Dec. 9, 1872. OREGON, June 9, 1873. ILLINOIS, Oct. 1, 1872.' PENNSYLVANIA, Dec. 27,1872. INDIANA, May 27, 1873. RHODE ISLAND, May 20, 1872. IOWA, June 3,1873. SOUTH CAROLINA, Dec. 10,1872.. KANSAS, Oct. 16,1872. TENNESSEE, Nov. 11, 1872. KENTUCKY, Oct. 22, 1872. TEXAS, June 4,1873. LOUISIANA, Feb. 10, 1873. UTAH, Oct. 7,1872. MAINE, May 6, 1873. VERMONT, June 12, 1872. MASSACHUSETTS, Dec.n, 1872. VIRGINIA, Dee. 9, 1872. MARYLAND, May 12, 1873. WEST VIRGINIA, Nov. 12,1872. MICHIGAN, Jan. 14, 1873. WASHINGTON TER'Y, Sept. 19, 1872. MINNESOTA.* WISCONSIN, JUDe 9,1873. Also the European Grand Bodies, from the report of the New York Committee, to whom we are indebted for valuable translations.

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ALABAMA. Grand Lodge met in Montgomery, Dec. 2, 1873. presided.

Joseph H. Johnson, G. M.,

Number of Lodges represented, not added up. The annual address is a clear business document. From it we extract as follows: The Dimit question does not seem to be understood yet by many of the Subordinate Lodges. I have had the matter submitted to me in almost innumerable shapes, and have decided in every instance according to the expressed will of the Grand I.odge at its last session. A Brother has a right to a Dimit whenever he路 applies for it, if he is in good standing and has paid all regular dues and assessments, provided his withdrawal does not impair the integrity of the Lodge; i. e., if his withdrawal does not reduce the number of members below the number required to constitute a Lodge. DECISIONS.

Held-

That the joint occupancy of a Lodge hall with any other Society is inexpedient where it can be avoided, but that there is no law on the subject, and on the other hand it is oftentimes unavoidable, and sometimes oll'ers the only possible asylum for our Order. That a member of a Lodge who dies suspended for N. P. D. should not be reported in the returns to the Grand Lodge. A Lodge has the right to make a By-Law limiting the time allowed a candidate after election to the E. A. Degree, or a F. C" after he has petitioned for advancement,.to come forward and receive the Degree. There is no law absolutely prohibiting Subordinate Lodges in this State from initiating an applicant engaged in the sale of alcoholic drinks by retail. -See Sec. 7, Art. 1, page 56, oj the Code, and the following "per contra." That habitual intemperance is un-Masonic. That in restoring a suspended Mason the vote must first be taken on restorin~ to him the rights and privileges of Masonry, which can be done by a twothuds vote; to restore to membership in the Lodge requires a unanimous vote. The above decision is rendered in accordance with the rUling af this Grand Lod,ge.-See Page 83, Proceedings of 1869. In the opinion of the writer, however, this ruling is erroneous. I have always thought so. The following, in substance extracted from Look's jl:fasonic Trials, pp. 105-6-7-8, express my views on this sUbject: Restoration is the reinstatement of a suspended or expelled Mason to his standing in the Order, either in whole or in part. The e1fect of restoration may be the re-instatement of the delinqnent, with the rights and benefits of Masonry merely, without membership in any Lodge; or its e1fects may be to renew both his general rights as a Mason and his membership in a particular Lodge, according as the nature of the case shall be. Restoration follows as the result of one of three causes, viz: 1. Act of La.w; 2. Act of the Lodge; 3. Act of the Grand Lodge. Restoration occurs by "act of law" in cases of definite suspension only. When sentence of suspension, for a fixed and determinate period is passed against a Mason, he is, upon the termination of that period, instantly restoTed to all those rights and priVileges from which he stood snspended, without. any further action, either on his own part or the part of the Lodge wherein the sentence was passed, but by mere operation of law the termination of the sentence is the termination of the suspension; and the punishment being expressly limited by the tribunal intlicting it, that punishment cannot be continued, nor any deprivation of Masonic ri~hts extended, beyond the prescribed lim it.. This restoration is both to the rIghts of Masonry and the rights of


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membership, for suspension is not a total destruction, but a temporary interruption of Masonic rights. But restoration does not restore any Masonic rights which did not exist at the time the sentence took effect. A Dimitted Mason, sojourning nnder the jurisdiction of a Lodge, may be tried and indefinitely suspended. RestoratIon of the party by the same Lodge would not restore him to member8hip in that Lodge. It restores the delinquent to his former position, and nothing more. If he holds an office at the time sentence is passed upon him, the sentence suspends him from office as from any other Masonic franchIse; and if his restoration occurs before his term of office expires, he is restored to his office as well as every other franchise which he enjoyed at the date of his suspension. If the office terminates before the sentence of suspension expires, of course there is no restoration to the office, Restoration by act of the Lodge may occur in case of definite suspension, indefinite suspension, or expulsion. If one under sentence of definite suspension shall, by good behavIor and apparen t reformation, seem to merit a remission of a part of the penalty pronounced against him, the Lodge may, at any time, restore him to all hisformer rights by a two-thinks vote. This may be done either by the voluntary motion of the Lodge, or upon petition of the brother under sentence. 'rhe effect of either mode will be precisely as if the period of his sentence had elapsed, and he had been restored by operation of law. '.rhe Lodge may restore from indefinite suspension in the same manner and for the same causes as in the case of definite suspension, and wUh like effect, the only difference between the two cases being that where sentence of indefinite suspension is passed, no restoration can ever take place except by positive action of the Lodge or Grand Lodge; whereas, restoration follows a sentence of definHe suspension Inevitably, and by force of law upon the lapse of the sentence, but may take place by act of the Lodge before the expiration of that time. The Lodge cannot restore in either case except by a two-thirds vote. The Lodge cannot restore from expUlsion except by a unanimous vote. Precisely the same steps are necessary as upon the election of a profane. An expelled Mason has no Masonic existence whatever, and his restoration is, in legal effect, the making of a new Mason. HeldThat the Lodge by a two-thirds vote has no power to overrule the decision of its Master. That the Royal Arch Chapter Degrees have nothing to do with the Blue Lodge Degrees. There Is nothing conflicting in the obligations which would prevent a Royal Arch Mason from sitting in a Lodge whose Master is not a virtual Past Master. . That one who has never served as a Warden Is not eligIble to the posi tion of Worshipful Master. That the Worshipful Master of a Lodge has no right to call the Lodge from labor to refreshment for several days, while a motion which has been seconded is pending. That to inrtict any punishment a two-thirds vote is required, and that to try a brother at all a majority of the members of the whole Lodge must be present. '.rhat a Tiler of a Lodge who, without the permission or knowledge of the Master, deserts his place and leaves the Lodge exposed to cowans and eavesdroppers, and goes to his home, Is unworthy to be a Mason, and ought to be expelled. That a ballot for passing or raising a brother must not be had before be has undergone a satisfactory examinatIon as to his proficiency in the preceding Degree. This decision was made in accordance with the report of the Committee of Masonic .Jurisprudence, adopted at the last session of the Grand Lodge. I do not agree in the opinion as thus expressed by the Committee, I se.l no good reason tor requIring Lodges on the nights of their regUlar communications, besideg all their regular business, inclUding the tedious process of balloting, to weary the patience ot its members by the examination of oftentimes five or six candidates. Complaints have bee I! made to me by the city Lodges on this score, represpnting that on this account the attendance at the regUlar meetings had fallen off to a bare Lodge. B


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It seems to me that the vote for advancement has nothing to do with proficiency. If the brother is elected to receive the Degree" at the regular communication, and a time set for conferring the Degree, and the brother comes forward, and after undergoin~ an examination-if it be satisfactory, pass him or raisphim; if not, tell him to qualify himself and come forward a second time. A brother Master of one Lodge, although he intends to dimit and ,join another Lodge after the close of his term of office, cannot be elected the Worshipful Mastel' of said other Lodge. He must he a member of the Lodge at the time of his election. That charges having been re~nlarly preferred, and the Lodge convened for "the trial of a brother, that the Worshipful Master has no right to excuse a witness from testifying and dismiss the case. That an applicant for the mysteries of Masonry eighty-four (84) years old ought not to be made a Mason. That a man must be perfect in all his member8, "as a man ought to be," before he can be made a Mason. That no one is ltuthorized or allowed to preside in a Lodge in this State except a Present Master, one of the Wardens, or a Past Master belonging to this ,jurisdiction. If a caudidate cannot legally be made a Mason. or if he is physically disqualified, the petition may be withdrawn \ViLhouta ballot. A Masou having joined a church the laws of which require a renunciation of Masonry, notwithstanding he hoids a dimit, is not entitled to its benefits, neither is the widow of such an one so entitled after his death. A Lodge has the right to prefer charges against, and if the offense merits such punishment, expel a Mason who stands suspended, notwithstanding such suspension exists. The trial must be conducted in the same manner as provided by the Constitution of the Grand Lodge for trials in other cases. That it is unbecoming a Mason to live in adultery with a Master Mason's danghter, nothwithstanding he did not know at the time that shewasa Mason's daughter. It 1s immoral and ungentlemanly, and, therefore, lmmasonic. A great many other questions were submitted to me during the year; all of them, however, have been decided over and over again, and would be of DO interest to the craft ill general. If Masters of Lodges would, from time to time, cause to be read during the year, t he decisions of the Grand Master rendered at the preceding session of the Grand Lodge, toget.her with the reports of the Committee on Jurisprudence, and the authoritative edicts of the Grand Lodge, much unnecessary trouble and valuable time would be saved, both to the Lodges and to the Grand Master, A tour la.st session this Grand Lod!!e, by resolution, formally recognized the Grand Lodge at Quebec. Since that time this snb,ject has been brought to my attention. by a. circular letter from Bro. James C. Bachelor, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, With a request, that at the earliest opportunity I would lay the subject before the Grand Lodge for such action as it may deem expedient and proper. I also received, at the same time, a letter from Most Worshipful Samuel M. Todd, Grand Master of Louisiana, accompanied with a circular letter, showing the action taken by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana,at itsannnal communication of this yea.r, upon the subject, of its relations with Foreign Grltnd Bodies of Masons. The letter concludes with the request-" Please to give this subject your earnest attention, and at the next meeting of your Grand Lodge, endeavor to obtain prompt action." I herewith submit the two communications, and ask that the subject be referred to the committee on Masonic ,JurisprUdence. For myself, I have serious doubts as to the propriety or justice of our action, in recognizing the Grand Lodge of Quebec at the time we did. The report on Foreign Correspondence by Bro. G. Frank Gouley of Missouri, treats this subject in a masterly manner, and to my mind is perfectly conclusive against the le~al足 Hy of the Grand Lodge of Quebec. I trust our very able Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence will look into this matter, and if we have, by our former action as to the matter, done wrong, let us have the manliness to retrace our steps. The following was adopted: AS TO HEPEALING; AND ADOPTING A CHART.

Resolved, That so much of the previous action of the Grand Lodge of Ala-

bama as refers to adopting Cross' Chart for the use of SUbordinate Lodges throughout this jurisdiction, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.


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Resolved, Thatr it, is hereby made the duty of the Committee on Work to report to this Grand Lodge what Cha.rt, ifany, should be adopted for the use of subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction. Bro. Richard F. Knott submitted a masterl;}' report on Correspondence and one of the best arranged that has been placed upon our table, and the only fault we have to find with it is that the original and selected matter are not properly defined by .. solid" or "leaded" composition. With this exception (no fault of committee) the report is perfect, and we regret that he did not have Missouri ob his table. Joseph M. Johnson, M. D., Talladega, G. M.; Da,niel Sayre, Montgomery, G. Sec.; Richard F. Knott, Mobile, For. Cor.

ARKANSAS. Grand Lodge met Nov. 4, 1872, S. W. Williams, G. M., presided. His address is a very interesting one and replete with valuable advice. He repol'ted having granted Dispensations for twenty-five new IJodges. DECISIONS.

1. Neither the Master or Wardens were present. A Past Master of a neigh-

boring Lodge opened and conferred the. degrees. Held, that the work was irregular, but not void; advised the Lodge that it was safer to heal the candi路 dates at a regular meeting. A Past Master may preside in a Lod~e after it is duly congregated by one of its own officers, dUly authorized-not WIthout, 2. A brother was liable to charges who belonged to one Lodge and lived within the jurisdiction of another. Held, that under the twentieth section of Masonic Regulations, Proceedings of 1866, page 189, as modified and explained by Grand Master English, 1860., found on page 59 of Proceedings of 1865, he could be tried in either Lodge. .tint the Lodge in which charges were first prcfen'ed obtained exclusive jurisdiction, and must try t.he accused, and could not transfer the trial to another Lodge, except by dismissing and preferring charges there. and that charges baving been once preferred in a Lodge haVing juriSdiction, they could not be preferred elsewhere whHe pending. That the part,y aggrieved being a member of a Lodge, did not give jurisdiction to his Lodge to receiv~ charges and transfer them to a Lodge haVing jurisdiction. Residence within the jurisdiction, or membership of a Lodge is aU that gives jurisdiction. That a Lodge has the same rights that an individual Mason has-to prefer charges and furnish information to a Lodge having jurisdiction. 3. A Petitioner applied to Fmnklin Lodge-was reject.ed; shortly afterwards moved within the ,jurisdict.1on of Ozark Lodge, about twelve months after the rejection in Franklin Lodge; he applied to Ozark Lodge. Question: Should Ozark initiate him without Lhe consent of路Franklin Lodge? Held, That Ozark Lodge had jurisdiction and right to receive and act upon the petition, but should not initiate, pass or raise when it knew the facts of the rejection, witbout consent of }<'ranklin Lodge, and t,hat such consent must be unanimously given. On page 189 of the Proceedings of 1866, is found Regulation 22, which I think in effect probi})its initiation in such cases without consent. It ought to be so. 4. In cn:se of difference between two Drothers, one n.pplied for a Dimit on account of 1.bis difference. The Lodge refused it. I was aSlted-first" did the Lodge do right; secondly, what should be done. I held that the Dimit wal'; properly refused; that a committee should be appointed to reconcile the Brothers; if they would not be recop.cUed, charges should be preferred, and infiict punishment not less than suspension on the guUty. 5. That three-folll路ths of the members of a Lodge present voting in the affirmative, decides a case to be oue of rea.l emergency, under fourth section of By-Laws. But no one but the Grand Master can dispense with examination 1n open Lodge as to proficiency under the tenth section of the By-Laws. 6. That a candidate must believe in God, and in the immortality of his own soul. But we have nothing to do with speculative opinions of anyone as to what becomes of the souls of t.he wicked. Let the wicked pass; we will not recei ve them. 7. That to refuse to obey a regUlar summons to sit up with a sick brother, without a sufficient excuse, is a Masonic offense, and subjects the offender to discipline, on charges.

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8. A Subordinate Lod"e is bound to receive the officiarvisits of a Grand officer, whether it would admit such officer as a private Mason or not. Fealty to the Grand Lodge requires this. 9. That the widow and orphans of a Master Mason might forfeit their Masonic rights by their own misconduct. 10. That a Lodge may ballot upon an application for passing or raising, at a meeting called for the purpose (differing from the ballot for initiation). But a District Deputy Grand Master had no power to dispense witll examination in open Lodge as to proficiency, having no dispensing power whateVer. 11. That on a trial upon charges the prosecutor was路 excused f!'Om voting; and the Lodge might, by vote, excuse any brotller, at his request, as decided by the Committee on Masonic Law and Usage, at the last session of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. As it requires two-thirds of all present., voting in the affirmative, to convict, the brethren who are excused from voting should either retire, or at least be regarded. for the purpose of the trial, as not present. Otherwise they would be counted always in the negative, and might prevent a just and proper conviction, although all present actually voting might vote in the affirmative. Thus, ten lnembers are present; one is the prosecutor. TIle Lodge, for good reasons, excuses three. If these four are counted as present, the remaining six might all vote for conViction) yet the accused go unpunished, because six would not be two-thirds of ten; thus demonstrating that if the brethren excused from voting are counted as present, they do vote practically every time in the negative, because their presence has to be overcome by the affirmative vote. Being convinced that such was not the intention of the framers of the By-Law, I have held that the two-thtrds present means twothirds of those actually reqUired to vote. Decided, in answer to a case propounded from Scarlet Lodge, U. D.; at Shiloh, Ark., that a Lodge under dispensation has only special powers. F'l'om necessity it must have the right to purify itself by disciplining its own members, but has not general jurisdiction over all Masons liVing wit,hin its bounds, so as to give it the authority to try a non-affiliated Mason. In such case charges should be preferred against the offender before the chartered Lodge nearest his residence. Randolph Lodge, No. 71, desires to convey real estate~ which was conveyed by deed to the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, for use of said Lodge. I am asked to decide hy what mode the conveyance should be made, and by whom. Randolph Lodge, as SUch, is not a corporation or person known to the law, and cannot hold or alienate real property. By Act approved 25th of November, 1846, the Grand Lodge was incorporated by the style of" The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Yorl{ Masons, of the State of Arkansas, and its Dubordinates and its Masonic jurisdiction." By this Act the Grand Lodge is empowered to hold real estate for itself and SUbordinates, and to alien the same, etc. The deed in this case is made to the Grand Lodge according to the provision of the Act, and could not have been otherwise tai{en. The Grand Lodge thereby became not only a mere title-holder in trust, but more: the title is in the Grand Lodge absolutely, subject to the use of the Subordinate. It follows, then, that the title must be conveyed, under its seal, by resolution of 1. he Grand Lodge. After such resolution is adopted, the Grand Masler, as its head, should sign the deed, and it shOUld be attested by the Grand Secretary, under the seal of the Grand Lodge. I advised Randolph Lodge, No. 71, to have the deed prepared-adopt a resolution describing the property to be conveyed, naming the grantee and consideration, and referring to the deed for the property, and asking the Grand Lodge to have it executed t and send a certified copy of the resolution to the Grand Lodge with the deea, and I douhtuot the Grand Lodge will order it to be executed according to the wishes of Randolph Lodge. This is n'ot a Masonic, but a legal opinion, and I am sustained by the opinions of other brethren, learned in the law. In December, 1871, after the passage of the edict of the Grand Lodge at last session, which prohibited membership in two or more Lodges, Brother Harrison, a member of Enola Lodge, was by a vote of the Lodge, elected to be a member in Green Grove Lodge, and elected Deniol' Warden. Held, that he must be a member of the Lodge to be a 'Varden, and his supposed affiliation in Green Grove being in violation of the edicts of the Grand Lodge, was VOid, and Brother Harrison was, therefore, not a Warden of Green Grove Lodge. A Brother, a.pplying for affiliation, whose Dimit has been lost, must obtain duplicate; or legal proof of its existence and loss may be sufficient. A Committee to whom charges have been referred for investigation, must


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ascertain from such pl'oof as they can obtain, whether or not there is cause to believe the brother guilty of un-Masonic conduct, and report accordingly. . An appeal was revcrsed and the cause remanded for a newtriaI. The Lodge declined to try the brother, because it was of the opinion that the brother had not been charged with the offense reported by the Grand Lodge committee, and that the committee, if it had understood the case, might have reported differently. Answer: The Lodge must obey the mandate. or its charter would be arrested. . The vote on a trial for un-Masonic conduct ought to be open, not by ballot: but the brother on ttial has no right to know how any brother voted. The E. A. and F. C, Lodges are under and dependent on tne M.'s IJodge, and the closing of the latter closes the others. Where a brother has been granted a Dimit, it makes no differencc whether the certificate thereof be under seal or not; but though Dimitted, he is stillliable for charges of un-Masonic conduct. Where an E. A. or F. C. applies for advancement, it makes no difference how good his examination maybe, he has no remedy if rejected. He may apply again, at any stated meeting, and may again be rejected, without remedy. In coming to the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, we find much local business transacted, and in this connection, while admiring an improvement in the printing, we must demur to failure of the Grand Secretary in putting SUB HEADiNGS to each new character of business. We are compelled to read every line in order to know what was done, and in order to show that we are not extra critical, we will furnish an exact sample of the matter as it appears in the Proceedings before us: "A petition from Mountain Home Lodge, No. 22,5, to remit its dues, was presented and referred to the Committee on Charters and Dispensations. '''ÂŁhe petition of Wooten Lodge, No. 145, to change its location from Stony Point to Beebe Station, was presented and referred to the Committee on Charters and Dispensations. "The preamble and resolution of Randolph Lodge, No. 71 that the Grand Lodge convey certain lands therein mentioned, conveyed to t.his Grand Lodge for the use of said Lodge, on a sale thereof and agreement to convey the same in part purchase of other lands for the use of said Lodge, and which are as follows, were referred to the Committee on Masonic Law and Usage: " The above would be proper enough if it were part of the report of a committee, but it is the routine action of Grand Lodge, and among such a mass of matter we are expected to search for and find out most important resolutions on other SUbjects. In justice to our good Bro. Barber (Grand Sec.), we will say that he does not stand alone in this delinquency, but merely cite the above as a sample of the cause of just complaint by Corresponding Committees. Each of the above items should have been spaced apart with a heading telling what the matter consists of. This would save a great deal of trouble. We would also suggest that the leaves of Proceeeings be cut or trimmed. We spent twenty minutes with the Arkansas Proceedings before we got into them. The following sound doctrine we gladly transfer to our report. It has the ring of the true metal in it, and we refer the Grand Lodge of Mississippi to t.he same relative to the "Spight Case": The Commi ttee on Masonic Law and Usage fraternally report that they have had under consideration the resolution of Bro. Brooks, relating to a cbange of trial from one Lodge to another, and that in their opinion it is not expedient to adopt the same. ' 'ÂŁbere is but one instance, since the organization of this Grand Lodge, where it bas exercised the power, on reviewing a judgment of expulsion, to remand the cause for trial in a Lodge other than the one passing the judgment of expulsion; and it is hoped that another instance may never occur where it may tind it necessary to exercise this delicate power; but should such an instance occur, it would defeat the very object of transferring the trial from the expelling Lodge to another, to allow the members of the expelling Lodge to vote on the trial in the Lodge to which the case is transferred. Moreover, it is contrary to the usages of Masonry to compel'one Lodge to allow the members of another Lodge the right of voting therein.


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â&#x20AC;˘ We are glad that the Grand Lodge of Arkansas has so emphatically put its foot down on any such innovation in the reserved rights of Subordinate Lodges.

The following we record as a matter of history relative to the first Lodge in that State: Washington Lodge, No. 82, held a Charter from the Most Worshipful Graud Lodge of Tennessee, which is dated Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 3, 18Z7, si~ned by P. Priestly, as Grand Master; H. L. White, as Grand Senior Warden; D. R. Rawlings, Grand Junior Warden. This Charter was captured by some Federal soldiers on their first entrance into Fayetteville, Ark., early in 1862. It came into the hands of a brother Mason belonging to an Iowa regiment, and was by him sent to Past Grand Secretary A. O. Sullivan, of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, on or about the first day of May, 1862. Bro. G. F. Gouley, the present Gl'and Secretary of Missouri, sent it, October 5,1866, to Bro. W. D. Bloeher, at, that time Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, and it was by him given to Bro. J. H. Van Hoose, November 14, 1866, and by him returned to the Lodge, December 7,1866. The name of the brother so thoughtful in duty, and so careful of the preservation of this ancient Charter, if it could he had, justly merits record in the annals of the Masonry of Arkansas. Surely such an example is worthy of commendation. Bro. Geo. E. Dodge submitted a most excellent and able report Oll Correspondencc, which we have read with great pleasure. He pays a high compliment to Missouri, but in one instance we cannot agree with him. He says: To convince Brother Goule:\' that we have read his report carefully, we select one solitary occasion for dissent. Texas concurs with Maine, and Brother Gouley with both, that the widow of aM. M., marrying a profane, and again becoming a widow, forfeits all claim on the Fraternity. Brother Gouley says: "We hold that it was marriage which constituted her first claim as a lIfasonic wtdow, and it was the marriage wi th a profane that constitutes her claim as such to the profane world. She ceases to be a Masonic widow by her own choice, and her second widowhood would not logically restore her to the benefits of the first." We say as a matter of opinion, that the death of her second husband left her where her second marriage found her, and if in destitution, remitted to the Masonic status of her first widowhood. The above opinion is o. K. provided it would stand the test of logic-and first, for the sake of fun, let us apply it. (,Use. Brother Dodge would say that John Smith, a Freemason, marries .Jane Jones, and she becomes Jane Smith, and as such is entitled to Masonic consideration by marriage. Smith dies, and she becomes a "Masonic Widow." She marries John Brown, a profane, and therefore loses her Masonic character: In aU of this we agree. Now, Brother Dodge says that when Brown dies she becomes MRS. SMITH and a "Masonic Widow;" but if this were true according to logic, she became at Smith's death, "Miss .Jones," and not entitled to anything at all on account of Smith's ~lasonry. Come Brother Dodge, you have lived long enough in Arkansas to know that widows never go backwards. If Brown's death left her Mrs. Smith, then Smith's death left her Miss Jones; and you cannot possibly escape this conclusion unless you go on the ground that Brown was of no account whatever, and that Mrs. Brown had her name changed to Mrs. Smith after Brown'S death in order to get relief which she justly forfeited by second marriage. He gives our Grievance Committee fits for going against the use of lawyers in Masonic trials. . After quoting the report, he says: We once heard of an apparently ast1Ue juror, who had listened in a wideawake and seemingly intelligent manner to the evidence in a case of great importance, which occupied several daYE>. After lengthy and learned arguments by the counsel 011 both sides, the jury were about to retire. Before doing so our juror desired enlightenment from the court on a single" point." He desired to know the meaning of two " technical expressions" which he had heard used frequently by tile" lawyers" during the trial-these were" plaintiff" and" defendant."


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Now it t:ather stl'Bres us that Brother Dodge has hurt his case by the illustration. Is it not, a proof that lawyers a.re apt to use phrases in Masonic trials of which the Craft are ignorant? He says so. Therefore, we rather suspect that brethren who use only the terms understood by the Craft are the best to be employed. However, all j oking asid~, we must say that from experience we have found but very few professionallawyel's ever knew anything of Masonic law. Theil' profession keeps them from attending the Lodge, and their self-sufficiency in law keeps them from understanding the very peculiar nature of Masonic trials, hence, when they appear in a case, they generally make it about four times as long as it should be; they bewilder the witnesses; confuse the Master; throw dust in the eyes of the jury and oftentimes defeat the ends of justice. This is !tIl natural enough and it generally prevails, with few exceptions; hence, we would rather have a trial conducted by the simple-minded Craft. where truth, and truth alone, is arrived at. Brother Dodge'S report, on the whole, is one of the very best we have read, and we most gladly welcome him into the list of correspondents. He has proven himself a .. good fellow "-long may he write. E. R. Du Val, Fort Smith, G. M.; Luke E. Barber, Little Rock, G. Sec.

BRITISH COLUMBIA. Grand Lodge met Dec. 7th, 1872, at Victoria. Israel Wood Powell, G. M., presided. This was the second Annual Communication, and from the Grand Master's Address we learn that all the Lodges in that jurisdiction now recognize the supreme authority of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, and from the Address we extract as follows: As Freemasons we have great reason" to be contented with our lot," and it becomes us to offer the Great Author our devout and' fervent thanks for His favors to our people, and for enabling us to participate in the general prosperit~which in His Gracious 'Visdom He has vouchsafed to aU. I I sincerely trust that the true sentiment of Fraternity will pervade all your deliberations, and that renewed life lwd healthy vigor may be given;to the Craft, for whose benefit you have assembled, and whose representatives, for the furtherance of Masonic good, you are constituted. It, is, to me, a matter of great pride and supreme gratification to refer to the very favorable criticisms with which our proceedings in the formation of this Grand Body have been reviewed by so many sister Grand Lodges. Complimentary resolutions on the regUlarity of our work, and distinguished assurances of warm welcome, reach us from all quarters, and I am i'ree to observe, if the future prosperity of the Youny Grand Lodge of Briti8h Columb'ia depends upon the good will and friendly wishes of her older and more experienced sisters, it may indeed be regarded with certainty. It would be invidious for me to attempt to distinguish among these many messages of encouragement; but I should recommend the appoint,ment at this Communication, of a Committee of Correspondence who in their Report, for the information of our own Lod~es, would embrace the opportunity of reciprocating, in fitting terms, these 1< raternal greetings, and assure the. kindred spirits" from over and beyond the border," how deeply we have reallzed from their goodness that " Kind words are 11101'e than Coronets, And simple faith than Norman Blood." I am too glad to inform you that all tile Grand Lodges of our Sister Provinces iu the Dominion, and those in the United States, so far as heard from, have, with the exception of one-the Grand Lodge of Indiana-accorded us a hearty recognition and warm welcome. This last named Grand Lodge has not positively refused to recognize us, but unlike their predecessors, " the colonists of old," will await the action of England in the matter. It is therefore a subject entirely for the development of the future, when the Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Indiana will accord us Independence. nothing having as yet come

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to us from the two former bodics. I had the honor of being ProvIncial Grand Master under the Scottish jurisdiction in this Province, for a number of years, and for two years previous to my l'esignation I found it impossible to obtain any correspondence whatever from her. As you are aware I resigned my CommIssion upon the formation of this Grand Lodge, and t i10ugh a furthel' pel'iod of some eighteen months have elapsed, I have not yet been honored with any acknowledgmeHt of my notice of resignation, and certainly I have yet to receive any words of good cheer for yourselves. However, we love our Mother Grand Lodge too well, and cling too fondly to old and highly prized associations, to question even her silence. But from our own experience we may be pardoned for inability to repress a smile in our grief, when we hear that an enterprising Sister intends keeping us out in the cold until she hears about us from that .. dear old quarter." We can assure Brother Powell that his Grand Lodge may just as likely as not wait till dooms day for a letter from l::)cotland, as they only write one in:a. hundred years to anybody, and as British Columbia is .. unoccupied territory," that Grand Lodge is all right wbether Scotland never answers at all. REPRESENTATIVES NEAR SISTER GRAND LODGES.

I bave as yet refrained from following the practice customary among Independent Grand Lodges, of appointing distinguished Brethren to represent us near Foreign Grand Lodges. In this I have been solely influenced by a desire to have the status of this Grand Body very generally acknowledged firstl, feeling certain, with the experience I have of our material, that it would only be the work of a short time until the recognized influenee for promoting Masonic go()d by The Grand Lodge of Brit-ish Columbia, would be experienced abroad as well as at home. Still a reciprocation of appointments made near this Grand Body is a distinguishing characteristic of our Society, and of that sentiment of Brotherhood which should universally pervade the counsels of the Craft, wherever situate. Should my successor sympathize with these, I doubt not that he will, with yonr approbation, cultivate the friendship already proftered us on the part of so many illustrious Grand Lodges, by soliciting and encouraging more intimate relations with them in the manner I now refer to. . Finally, my Brethren, the duty of surrendering for the first time to your keeping the sacred trust with whicb you have so highly honored me during the last year, now devolves upon me. Fortnnately the harmony wbich has prevailed generally among the Craft, has diminished very much any difficulties which might otherwise have presented themselves in my atteulpts at successful government. Added to this, ! haNe enjoyed, for which I am exceedingly gratet"ul, the cordial assistance and co-operation of my Grand Offieers, and without which, I feel that far more exalted efforts than [ am capable of putting forth in your behalf would be in vain. I trust that the same spirit of faitll and confidence reposed by the Brethren in me, may attend your chosen head during the coming year, and I have no doubt you will reap far greater fruits atits termination. I am not by any means a believer in frequent changes of Grand Mastership-on the contrary, I sincerely deprecate them, especially in a comparatively small Masonic community such as ours; but a multiplicity of other duties demanding my attention, and the knowledge that路 there are others among you more deserving, and possessed of superior capabilities for reflecting credit upon your choice, prevents my entertaining for a further period an honorable andjust aspiration to a continuance of this-the highest of ~'our favors. If I have a concluding request, it is that the broad folds of ~'our common Charity may cover my errors, though, withal, perfection is not human. The Corner Stone, however, of 0111' little Temple is, I feel, securely laitlin the hearts of faithful Craftsmen, and looking forward to the future perfectlOn of the superstructure, if I were without the hope of stii! continuing to aid in the good work, as a grateful laborer, the resignation at" my gavel would be indeed attended with sorrow and regret. We notice in the election and appointment of officers, that they follow the English and Scotch rule of appointiug the Grand Secretary, as follows: M. W. Israel Wood Powell, Grand Master elect, appointed the following Grand Lodge Officers, to wit: V. W., H. F. Heisterman, Grand Secretary; W., J. Spencer Thompson, Grand Senior Deacon; W., Charles J. Hughes, Grand Junior Deacon' W., Thos.. Trounce, Grand Superintendent of Works; W., I. Ragazzoni, Grand Director of Ceremonies; W., S. D.Levi, Grand Marshal; W., R. P. Rithet, Grand Sword Bearer; W., H. Brown, Grand Standard Hearer; W., Coote M. Chambers, Grand Organist; W., ,Y. Fraser, Grand Pursuivant; W., 1<'. Williams, Grand Steward; W., Thos. Shotbolt, Grand Steward; W., Cornelius Thorn, Grand Steward ; \Y., John Murray, Grand Steward.


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We appreciate the propriety of the appointment of all except the first named, and we cannot approve of that, for the reason that whatever electionem'ing influences which may be brought unfortunately to bear in an election, should not affect both' offices, for the reason that no man has a patent righ t to any Masonic office, and that these two-the most important of all, should be kept independent and free from each other. Such is the universal American doctrine, and we believe it to be the best. 'Ve are glad to see that Brother Heisterman was re-appointed, and that the Grand Lodge unanimously resolved to present him a gold chronometer watch as a testimonial of his eminent and faithful services. Israel W. Powel, Victoria, G. M.; H. 1". Heisterman, Victoria, G. Sec.; Robert Bnrnaby, Victoria, For. Cor.

CALIFORNIA. Grand Lodge met in San Francisco, October 8, 1872. Leonidas E. Pratt, G. M" presided. 147 Lodges reprcsented. From the Grand :Master's excellen t Address we extract as follows: Let me admonish you again to look more to quality and less to quantity; and not to forget that in the character, not in the number, of your brethren, is to be found the strength, the infiuence. and the capacity of the brotherhood. I submit to you, in illustration of this view, the simple proposition that it would be better-infinitely better, that thereshollld be but one hundred Masons in this vast commonwealth, and each one of that hundred fecI that he could repose in serene and perfect confidencc on the fidelity and truth of the other ninety-nine, than that there should be an hundred thousand, with the distrustful feeling that ten of them, in the hour of trial, might prove false. Let us know where we stand as Masons,and whether the solemn vows which we have uttered are to govern our actions, or whether they are hollow mockeries, imposIng no higher duties than those we owed before they were uttered. Let us ascertain whether Masohry is a living reality, demandln~ some sacrifice as the occasion for it may arise, or a delusion and a sham-a ChIld's rattle to be toyed with and cast ftside whenever a selfish interest may lead us away from the observance of its obligations,

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Several questions have been presented which involve the authority of suhordinate Lodges ill the control and disbursement of their funds. I confess to have experienced some ditficulty and embarrassment in disposing of tll.ese questions. On the one hand is the abstract proposition, founded apparently in justice and natural right, that each Lodge should have the power to dispose of its own aCllording to jts own judgment and discretion. But this, however, should he subject to some limitation; for a corrupt, immoral, or other absolutely un-Masonic use of fnnds would be utterly indefensihle, and, I3,pprebend, should call for prompt rebuke and discipline, Tbe difficulty is in determining in each case the propriety or impropriety of the appropriation. I have always supposed, however, that Lodge funds were provided for the purpose of meeting the expenses of the Lodge, and for uses purely, charitable ; that such funds should be carefully guarded and sacredly preserved for such purposes, and for no other; and that it was entirely compete,nt for the Grand Lodge to inquire of its subordinates at any and all times whether they have made such proper use of their funds, or otherwise. I have found, however, that some of my brethren entertain very different views upon this subject, and are disposed to regard any inquiry in that direction as unauthorized and impertinent. It would perhaps be timely and appropropriate to. have some expression upon this sUbject, in general terms at least, from the Grand Lodge itself, that there may be an end of doubt and controversy. In one instance I was informed that .some two hundred dollars had been taken from the funds of a Lodge, by no means wealthy, to pay carriage hire in transporting the brethren and their:families to a place of entertainment. Such an appropriation was, in my judgment, absolutely inexcusltble under any circumstances. There are some poor brethren in every Lodge who cannot attend, or do not care to attend, such entertainments. But they have contributed to create the Lodge fund and it is a part of their reliance if misfortune and adver-


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sity overtake them. To appropriate such fund to such purposes Is indirectly to compel these poor members to contribute to the amusement merely of their more opulent brethren. Instead of this, the fund should have been preserved to meet some call for charity. liable to occur at any time; and tinally, if not so needed, it would at least enable the Lodge to reduce its dues, and thus relieve its needy members from a part of the burden imposed upon them. In another case a Lodge had been for a long time paying a nurse for waiting on a sick brother who was himself possessed of abundant wealth. Now, the pervading spirit of Freemasonry is Chari ty. Relief-not indemnity, or insurance, or compensation. But there is no charity and no relief in giving to the man of unbounded wealth. In my jUdgment, this w:as not merely unnecessary and uncalled for, but something more. It was absolutely wrong and un-Masonic. It was taking from the poor brother to give to the rich-compelling him who toils for his daily bread to yield up a part of his hard earnings, not to relieve a sufferer, but to add still more to the wealth of one already wealthy. In another case a Lodge had donated semething over two hundred dollar~, the bulk of its available funds, to aid the organization of a concern known as the 1. O. A. R. What these formidable letters signify I have not yet inqUired. But I understand that they relate to one of the various orders of so-called side degrees of Masonry. This 1. O. A. R., whatever it is, may be a worthy and enjoyable association. I do not propose to criticise it, for I know nothing of it. But the appropriation of the funds of a Lodge to SUi'll a purpose was in my judgment so utterly wrong, that my first impUlse was to call for the charter of the Lodge. But, as the evil was already dOlle, and as your Communication was nea,r at hand when I received the first authentic information, I thought it best to content myself with simply reporting the matter for your consideration. In another case a Lodge, ill supplied with the implements and appurtenances for doing its v,'ork, and excusing its set of battered tin jewels on the ground of poverty, had borrowed one hundred dollars for the purpose, as entered on its minutes, of giving a "sumptuous collation" to its newly-installed officers. In several other cases Lodges have expended very considerable sums in the burial of brethren who died under suspension, leaving abundant means for the ~upport of those dependent upon them. I trust you will not close your labors without some unmistakl.lble declaration as to the propriety of these various appropriations. The facts above set forth have been disclosed through the system of inspection adopted two years ago; and these disclosures are in themselves a sufficient reason for continuing that system, unless some method of supervision still more efficient can be now devised. . The following question as to advancement was pr~sented for decision; A candidate had been elected to receive the three degrees in a certain Lodge, and had received the first degree therein. Removing to another part of the State, the Lodge in which he had been elected and initiated requested the Lodgc where he had gone to reside to confer the remaining degrees. The lat,ter Lodge was about to pa.<;s the candidate when a member thereof objected to his advancement. I was of the opinion that such objection should be disregarded; that it could only be made by a member of the Lodge in which he had been elected, and that its sufficiency must be tried and determined in such Lodge; and that the Lodge which had been requested merely to do the work for another, though iL might decline to do it at its option, ought not to assume to pass upon the quali ty of material which the other had already accepted. Still, it is a matter in which all Masons, as well as the members of the Lodge electing, are interested; and, perhaps, something might be said in support or such objection. _ I have also been called upon to consider whether a dimitted Mason may affiliate with a Lodge other than tbat within the jurisdiction of which he resides. I think the intendment of our Constitution to be that he should apply to the Lodge where he resides, though it is not so expressly stated, and possibly affiliation anywhere might be a compliance with its terms. The latter construction, however, might lead to curious results; for, if the applicant may go to a distant Lodge in this State for affiliation, I do not see why he may not apply to some Lodge out of the State. Indeed, in the very case presented, the brother, fearing that he would be rejected in the Lodge within wnosejurisdiction he resided, was about to send his dimit and petition to his mother Lodge in Tennessee. Without exactly deciding the question, I discouraged the enterprising brother with so much energy that he abandoned the project of affiliating in Tennessee. I should be glad, however, to have the question settled authoritatively. An impression prevails, I think, that a brother may affiliate with any Lodge he may select. I am sure that such ought not to be the rule, and I hope that it is not in this jurisdiction. We must beg to disagree with our good brother in the latter proposition. 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San l<'ranciflco for the rest of our life, and take a dimit to that effect and find, after proper effort, that we cannot be elected, we hold it to be perfectly propel' for us to be re-elected in our (tlma mater. We wa'nt to be affiliated with the Craft, and must, therefore, seek some Lodge that knows us best. Such is the universal rule, and it is a good one, As a new citizen of California, we have just as mn~h right Lo be elected in Missouri, as we have to retain our membership in it. From the report of the Grand Lecturer (Brother J. W. Shooffer), we extract as follows: In teaching, I have not cOlltined myself wholly to the recitation of the ritnal, but have endeavored also to demonstrate the proper manner of conferring the degrees, in order to make a suitable impression upon the mind of the candidate, and to illustrate the great principles of Masonry in their applica- tion to individuals and to the ~eneral conrtuct and government of the Lodges; and I have reason to believe that my efforts in this direction have not been unproductive of beneficial results. Aside from my visits to the Lodges, a great portion of my time has been ~iven to the insttu ~tion of Masters, Wardens, and other officers at' Lodges visitll1g the city for the purpose, most of whom required to be taught the entire work and lectures-a labor which in many instances required no small amount of patience and perseverance; and I have been more careful and assiduous in my instructions to those who will most probably be called to fiB the Oriental chair, in consequence of tile resolution of the Grand Lodge at its last annual communication, requiring Masters of Lodges, before their installation, to produce a certificate of their competence to confer the several degrees and deliver the lectures appertaining thereto. We are pleased to see that the Grand Lecturer of California (like our own), does not confine himself simply to a mere parrot-like recital of .the ritual. Lodges need as much tQ be taught how to do a great many things, beside that they neeq to learn how to govern and be governed-how to prepare their rooms and keep them in good working order, and how the members should behave themselves when in session. The reasons, the why's and wherefore's of the ritual should be explained, and every F'reemason should be taught that when he enters a Lodge room and stands before the grand sublime principles of our institution, he stands in the presence of God. \Vhen this lesson is once learned we shall see no more tom-foolery and nonsense in the conferring 01' degrees. Dignity, respectability and education should be indispensible qualifications in every officer of a Lodge. Brother William C. Belcher, f!'Om the Committee on Jurisprudence, presen ted the following report:To the ~Most lVal'shipful Grand Lodge of Galifarni.a:Two documents from the Grand Orient ot' France have been pJaeed in tbe hands of yom: committee for consideration, translations of which are given as follows: GRAND ORIEN'!' OF FRANCE, SUPRE2I1E COU.NCII, Ii'OR l"RA.NCE AND THE FRE.NCH POSSESSIONS. ORIENT OF P ARIS,---, -187-. To the G1'and Lodge of the State 0/ California, at the 07ient of San Francisco:VERY DEAR BRETHREN :-'!'he Council of the Order has considered with great care, as It deserved, the question raised by the recognition of the I::\upreme Council of Louisiana by the Grand Orient of France. At its session Oll the third of April last, it gave its assent to the report which we have the honor to present, and to the conclusions therein expressed. Yet, those conclusions will not be definitely adopted until the Gene'ral Assembly of the Grand Orient of France, which will meet in the month of September next, shall have given to them its sovereign sanction. Under these circumstances,! yielding to the ardent desire which we feel to see renewed, between the Grand Lodges of North America and the Grand Orient of France, the fraternal relatiolls which have existed during so many years, and convinced that a union based upon the broad principles of humanity, which are the glory of our Institution, can alone contribute efficiently to the prosperity of Freemasonry, we communicate to you the report in which are developed t.he reasons which have determined our judgment, praying you fraternally, in your wisdom, to weigh them without prejudice, and to inform us, before the meeting of the General Assembly, of the result of your consideration.


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Reassured, dear brethren, that it is our earnest desire to see harnlony established among all the Masonic powers of the earth, upon the true principles of the Institution; and be assured t also, that whatever may be your response, it will be examined and considerea with the greatest care. Aecept, dear brethren, the assurance of our most distinguished consideration and the expression of our most fraternal regards. _ DE ST. JEAN, Vice-President of the Council of the Order. Du HA1I1EL, Secretary. COpy OF THE REPORT ABOVE MENTIONED. Report presented to the Council ot the Order, at its session of the second of April, 1872, by Brother CAUBET, upon the question of the Supreme Council of Louisiana. VF.RY DEAR BRETHREN :-The subject upon which I am about to address you is one of serious importance and deserves your careful consideration. It, in effect, relates to a conflict which has led to the rupture of the fraternal relations which, during many years, have existed between the Grand Orient of France and the several Masonic Powers of the United States of America. The events through which we have lately passed have prevented its earlier consideration by the Council, and it is desirable that it should now be examined with cure, and that some definite action should be taken at this session. These are the facts. On the fifth day of November, IS68, upon the report of Brother HERlIlITTE, the Grand Mastel' of the Order recognized, by decree, the Supreme Council of the State of Louisiana, sitting at New Orleans; and declared that omcial relations should thenceforth be established between that Masonic Power and the Grand Orient of France. The reasons which induced that recognition are fully set forth in the two following paragraphs of that decree. "Wishing," said the Grand Master, "to give to the said Supreme Council some testimonial of our fraternal sympathy, and to encourage it, as much as may be within our power, in the humanitarian course upon which it has entered by opening 1.he porta-Is of its temples to all men found worthy of initiation, 1vithotlt di.stinction of nationalitY of race, (YJ' of color; and considering that, among the Masonic Powers of the g iobe, the Grand Orient of France was one of the first to become the advocate of this great act of justice, and that it has ever been forward to give encouragement and support to those Masonic Powers which have been inspired with the same sentiments and have been willing to follow in its footsteps, we have decreed and do now decree," &c. The pUblication of this deeree has produced a great sensation among American Masons The Supreme Council of Louisiana has been denounced as i1Tegular. It is asserted that the Supreme Councils of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite of Cbarleston and of Boston, alone had jurisdict.ion in the ~reat Republic of the United States, by virtue of a charter granted by Fredenc II, King of Prussia, in 1786. The Supreme Council of New Orleans is charged with haVIng conferred the symbolic degrees and having thus encroached upon the rights of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, which alone has the right, in that State, to control the first three degrees of Freemasonry. ' At the bottom of all this the resolution to admit men of color, upon the same footing as whites, controlled every other consideration. That was a new fact which violently clashed with American prejudices. Although this grievance is not frankly stated in the official documents, and although some reports on correspondence, emanating f!'Om certain of the United Stl:\otes Grand Lodges, affirm that there is nothing legally to prevent the Lodges of the Union from receiying negroes, it is evident to all who have read the journals of New York and New Orleans, which have interested themselves in this matter, that the solemn proclamation by the Supreme Council of Louisiana, of the eqnalityofwhites and blacks before the altars of Freemasonry, was considered revolutionary and an ontrage upon the traditions and landmarks of the'Order. The Grand Lodge of Texas, in its printed proceedings for the ~7ear 1867, and the Grand Lodge of Delaware, at its session on the 27th of June, 1868, thought it necessary to call attention to the fact that, in the ancient charges and regUlations of the Order, the entrance to Masonic temples was forbidden to men of color. The official act of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, declaring the l'l>lpture of friendly relations with the Grand Orient of France, dated February 15th, 1869, is less explicit, yet it contains this paragraph: "Every initiate should possess the necessary physical qtlal~ficati0118 and befree b01路n." In an address published over the signature of one of the dignitaries of the Grand Consistory of Louisiana, a further step is taken. After charging the Supreme Council of New Orleans with receiving negroes, it is also charged with receiving the halt and maimed. It is certain, then, that the reform attempted by this Masonic Power, CUlpable in the eyes of venerable prejndice, but in our opinion praiseworthy, has produced a lively impression on the minds, and has thus necessarily had great influence upon the decisions rendered by the Masonic Powers of tb,e Upit~c;l, ~tates.


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However this may be, I shall not pursue the matter furt.her than to say that I deemed it necessary to state these facts, bot,h by reason of the importance of the subject, and by reason of the terms of the decree of the 5th of November, 1868. It only remains for me to examine the other causes of complaint more frankly urged by the Masonic powerl'; which have thought it their duty to break off friendly relations with the Grand Orient of France. These Powers, according to the papers which I have examined, are flfteen in number, viz:The Supreme Councils of Charleston and of Boston, and the Grand Lodges of New York, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, Maine. Texas, Kentucky, California, Oregon, Connecticut. Tennessee, Illinois, and Michigan. The motives which have indu~ed this action are the same with all these Masonic Powers. The Supreme Council of .N ew Orleans, say they, is an irregular body, which has usurped rights belonging t·o the Graud Lod~e of Louisiana and the Supreme Councils of Charleston and Boston. I have s~l.1d above that these two Supreme Councils pretend to have the right of sole and perpetual sovereign jurisdiction over the Scottish Rite in the Unlted States, by authority of a constitution granted by Frederic II, of Prussia, in 1786, whi~h provides that there shall be only two Supreme Councils for North America. All authority over the , Scottish Rite, not derived from one of. these Powers, is by them deemed irregular. Can this position be sustained? Without attempting to contest the authenticity (which is very problematic) of this Constitution, can anyone pretend, before this great body of Frep,masons and on the free soil of the United States of America, that there is no will, no power, which can modify an arbitrary contract, the purpose and character of which could not have been other than provisional? Will anyone say now, when the population is a hundred times greater than it was at the time this constitution appears to have beeu granted-when that populatIon is steadily increasing in such proportions as no one could have foreseen-will anyone say that the conditions must rema.in the same, because such was, in the last century, the will of the King of Prussia? Tbat position cannot be maintained, and our brethren at' the United States must abandon it. Can it be necessary to demonstrate to the citizens of that great RepUblic, whose incomparable prosperity is due to its free institutions, that every exclusive and arbitrary system is fatal to progress, and, consequently, condemned to disappear? ::;ball the reproach continue against Freemasons that they maiutain an intolerance equal to any ever practiced by reli~­ ious sectaries? Surely not. There is a want of appreciation of present condltions on the part of American Masons, who have broken otI friendly relations with the Grand Orient of France, which they cannot fail Roon to realize and correct. Beyond its refusal to yield obedience to the constitution of Frederic II, is there any original blemish, any peculiar characteristic, that should place the Supreme Council of Louisiana outside the pale of the great Masonic family? .In vain have I made search in every direction-have I rummaged old documents and consulted all that has been written on the subject-for nothing, absolutely nothing, have J found which bears the semblance of irregUlarity. As I have already said, there are two points of distinction between this Supreme Council and the two authorities of the same degrees established in the United States. 1st. It admits to its Subordinate Lodges men of color.• 2d. It confers the thirty-three degrees of the Scottish Rite, as do the Grand Orient of France and the Supreme Council which sits at Paris. Do these two things constitute irregularity? Evidently not, even according to American Masonic doctrine, since several of the European Masonic Powers, the legitimacy of whose authority is not questioned by them, confer the thirty-three degrees of the Scottish Rite; and because they can not he ignoran t that there is not on this side of the Atlantic a Grand Lodge in official correspondence with them which would dare to proclaim the exclusion of men of color as one of its regulations. The opinion which I have expressed, in regard to the perpetual rights or the Supreme Councils of Charleston and Boston, applies with equal force to the Grand Lodges of the Union. They all practice the York Rttealmost exclusively. They all watch with jealous care lest any other authority should be established within their territory. To the York Rite, alonc, in tbe Unit-ed States, belongs the right to confer the tIrst three degrees of Masonry. Whatever respect I may feel for the traditions of the Order, it appears to me impossible to admit, without denying all progress, that any Masouic authority can have the right to perpetuate itself in a State, through all timc and without modification, to the exclusion of every other; as if the soil on which it has planted its standard belonged to it in fee by virtue of some divine rigbt. The opinion wbich I express is shared by a considerable number of American Masons; and the American F'reemason, at Cincinnati, has made itself the defender and interpreter ot' this opinion. In France, England and Germany several Masonic Powers exist. side by side, without eonsidering one another irregular. We may Ray that the Grand Lodges of America are almost the only ones in the' world which .sustain contra,ry pretensions, and these pretensions have not always been so absolute. 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any protest"from the Supreme Councils of Chal'leston and Boston. The Grand L.odge and Grand Consistory of Louisiana recognized it" although it practiced the Scottish Rite, just as it. is practiced here. 'l'he Grand Orient at France entered into official relations with it, which continued for nearly fifteen years, and which were carefuly maintained by reciprocal guarantees of friendship. What were the Supreme Councils of Charleston and Boston doing then? I do not know. The documents which 1 have consulted declare that the Supreme, Council of Boston, whose seat before that time had been at :New York, had ceased to exist, and that the Supreme Council ot' Charleston no longer held meetings. However this may be, the Supreme Council of the United States of America lived in peace until 1850, when a decision of the Grand Lodge of Louis.iana brought a schism which ended after numerous and long continued strifes, in a compromise between the aut ilOrity of Charleston, which had resumed activity} and the Supreme Council of the United States of America, sitting at New Orleans. '.rhis compromise accorded to the Supreme Council of Charleston all directory power. But all the members of the Supreme Council of the United States did not accept this contract. Several of them seem not to have been consulted, and their names do not appear either in the act of compromise or in the designations of the standing and titles presenred by or conferred on those who participated in the treaty. Therefore, we find the Supreme Council of New Orleans persisting in holding its assemblies and continuing its labors, notwithstanding its compromise. How did it happen that the Grand Orient of France chose to take part, in 1855, under the Grand Mastership of Prince Murat, with those who had recognized the authority of the Supreme Conncll of Charleston? I refrain from entering into details on this subject, because considerations foreign to Freemasonry seem there to have played a very considerable part. But I cannot help remarking that the unfortunate conflict, which now occupies our attention, would never have had exist路ence if the Grand Orient of France had not at that time taken part against the Supreme Council which sat at New Orleans. When, in 1868, the decree of the Grand Master renewed the relations broken off since 18.55, several of the Masonic powers ot' Europe had already solemnly reco~nized the Supreme Council of Louisiana. The Grand Orients of Italy and BelgIUm had exchanged with that power guarant.ees of friendship. The Grand Lodges of Hanover, Holland and Hamburg had already entered into correspondence with it. Nothing up to that time had excited the extreme susceptibilities which a little later be~an to manifest themselves. If the conflict could have been foreseen, it certalllly would have been avoided. The Grand Orient of France feels for its brethren and allies too strong an affection t.o expose itselt~ for any trifling cause, to ruptures with them which would be to it a source or' great sorrow. It does not ignore the importance of Aluericfl.n Masonry, 路and the interest which the Masonic powers of Europe have to continue on friendly terms with it. To-day, t,he desire to renew those interrupted relations is stronger than ever before; but questions of principle are raised, and the Grand Orient of France has been compelled to examine and answer them. Q,uestions of interest must disappear when questions of principle arise. Will the Grand Orient, ill consequence of declarations of non-intercourse, withdraw the recitals of the decree of the fifth of November, 1868, which were intended to sustain those who proclaim the equality of men, without distinctions of natiollali ty, race, or color? Will it, in the face of reason and the law of progress, l;ecognize the doctrine that any Masonic authority has or can have the sale and perpetually exclusive right to exercise all Masonic power in the State in which it is established? Will it proclaim, as an article of faith, that only one rite can be practiced in each State? '.rhese are the questions to be considered in this debate. I cannot avoid thinking that their determination has been settled in ad vance, and I have a firm hope that the Masons of America wi1l soon coincide with us in opinion. Above the constitutions attributed to the King of Prussia, above the particular organization of Grand Lodges, there is the right and the real interest of Freemasonry, which must control our minds and consciences, and which, in the Jast resort, must triumph. I conclude with the recommendation that the Grand. Orient of France express its sincere regret to the Masonic Powers which have broken offfriendly relations with it, in con seq uence of the decree of the fifth of N ovem bel', 1868; that it manifest the earnest hope that those Powers may reconsider their decisions; but that it declare that it cannot reconsider or change the conclusions of that decree. . Certified. to be a true copy by THEVENOT, Chief of the Sec1'etariat." 'rhe doctrines of the foregoing report are probably sufficiently humanitarian and progressive to suit the notions of the most zealous advocates of progress; but they are not Masonic. 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in the United States and the Dominion of Canada. If we understand correctly the pretensions of the Grand Orient of France, as set forth in this report, they are1st. That that Power will not recognize the right. of any Masonic body, under whatsoever name organized-whether Grand Lodge or Grand Orient-to maintain and exercise exclusive jurisdiction and control over the first.three degrees of Masonry within any State or Territory over which it has assumed and established its authority. 2d. That a Gmnd Lodge, within the United States, practicing the York Rite, cannot prohibit the establishment of another Masonic Power within the same territory, which may confer the symbolic decrees ae;;cording to the Scotti!';h Rite; and 3d. That whenever any Gl'and Lodge or other Masonic Power adopts regulations not in accord with the philanthropic and progressive notions of the Grand Orient of France, that body has the right to invade the territory of such Grand Lodge, and establish therein Subordinate Lodges which shall:work according to its views. The facts of the case which gave occasion to the announcement of these doctrines, briefly stated, are as follows: In 1839, a body calling itself the Supreme Council of the United States, and professing to work the Scottish Rite in all the degree!> thereof, was established at New Orleans, under the leadership of one Brother FOULIIOUZE, a member of the Grand Orient of France of the 33d degree. In 1855, a compromise was effected by which that body was merged in the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite for the Southern .JurisdIction of the United States. The Grand Orient of France, subsequent to the compromise, struck the name of Brother FOULHOUZE from its" book of gold" because he, declining to become a party to the compromise, insisted on perpetuating the spurious body of which he was the originator, under the name of the Supreme Council of Louisiana-under which name certain malcontents, with FouLHouzE at their head, organized at .New Orleans, subsequent to the compromise, and nnder which name they have since kept up a precarious existence. At a later period this so-called Supreme Council adopted as its motto" no distinction of nationality, race or color," and established certain Lodges for negroes. With this motto emblazoned upon its standard it sought recognition by the Grand bodies of Burope, and was, in 1868, recognIzed by the Grand Orients of France, Italy and Belgium, and by the Grand Lodges of Hanover, Holland and Hamburg. Until then it had not been noticed by the Grand Lod~e of Louisiana. It was known to exist, but its members had not been recoglllzed as Masons by any Masonic authority with which that Grand Lodge was in correspondence. The Grand Orient of France was, until the promUlgation of the decree in question, regarded by all American Masons with thehighest re!';pect, and was in correspondence with all, or nearly all the Grand Lodges and other Masonic bodies of America. But that decree struck at the very foundation of Grand Lodge sovereignty and authority. It not only recognized aspurions body as genuine, saying, as in the report by Brother Hermitte,. that it could not inquire into the regUlarity of the formation of the body seeking recognition, but it promulgated doctrines, as the basis of its present and future action, of so hostile and dangerous a character that no Grand Lodge or Supreme Council on this side the Atlantic could pass them unnoticed. By that decree the Grand Orient of France proclaimed itself the censor of tbe Masonic world, and assumed to itself the right to dictate to the Grand Lodges and Supreme Councils ot America as to whom they must or must not receive. It had adopted the famous motto-Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite - and had declared i tselfthe active advocate and propagandist of the doctrine that, before the altars of Masonry, there should be no distinction of nationality, race or color, and would compel all otbp.r Masonic bodies to adopt its motto and follow in its footsteps; and, to effect that object, would encourage rebellion against the constituted authorities-would recognize and foster spurious bodies wherever found-would itself invade the territory of those who did' not submit to its dictation-and would thus compel submission. The recognition by the Grand Orient of l<'t'ance gave importance to a body that before that time was hardly known to exist; and by reason of that recognition, and particularly by reason of the offensive doctrines proclaimed in the report of the Brother Hermitte, which are reiterated in that of the Brother Caubet, not only the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, but all the Grand Lodges of the United States felt that the actions and pretensions of I,he Grand Orient of France could not be passed unnoticed. It had declared open, aggt'essive hostility to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana and the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States; and had asserted that it would assume the same attitude toward all other American Grand bodies, whenever a like occasion presented itself. Nothing was left for those bodies but to breakoff friendly relations,


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The Grand bodies of Europe can exercise jurisdiction as pleases them. It. is a matter of indifterence to us whether there be one or ten governing Masonic bodies in France, or Germany, or England-whether the Grand Orient of France or the Grand Lodge of England exercises exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction over any particular district. We have established a rule, recognized throughou t the United States and British America, that only one Grand Lodge shall be established in any State or Territory, and, that, whenever one is est.ablished, it has the absolute control and government of all Masons and all Lodges of the first three degrees; and that no other Grand Lodge can in any way interferl~ with its jurisdiction, to establish new Lodges therein, or .even to maintain those already established. The territory is absolutely, exclusively and perpetually the territory of the Gmnd Lodge established over it; and the Grand Lodge of any State not. only has exclusive jurisdiction within the limits of that State, but it has full, original, and exclusive legislative, judicial, and executive power within that territory, subject only to the great landmarks of the Order. If any Grand Lodge of the United States or Europe should seek to est.ablish in California a new Lodge, or should recognize any spurious and clandestine Lodge or Lodges already therein established, this Grand Lodge would consider it an invasion of its rights and would suspend all friendly relations with the Grand Lodge so offending. The arguments in the report of Brother Caubet are specious. He assumes that the American Grand Lodges are sensitive, principally because the so-called Supreme Council of Louisiana receives negroes to its membership. In that he is entirely mistaken. The Grand Lodge of California does not inquire whether the subordinates of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana receive negroes or not. That is a matter which concerns tbem, not us. It takes note only of the fact t.hat the Grand Orient of France has unlawfully invaded the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, and is seeking to sustain therein a spurious body calling itself Masonic. The Grand Orient of France may adopt just as many new philanthropic and progressive notions as please it; we sl..1all not complain unless it attempts to force those notions upon us or upon our friends. That Grand Orient may allow the political head of the State to name its Grand Masters-may subordinate itself to the political government of the country-may determine the qualifications of its membership in accordance with the progressive ideas of the age. We can not. It may become the propagandist of jU&t such ideas as please it; we prefer to abide by the ancient landmarks and constitutions of the Order. We do not believe in Violating' or disregarding those landmarks or constitutions. If a negro who has been made a Mason in any just Lodge of Masons, holding its charter from any Grand body with which we are on terms at" amity, asks admission to our Lodges, he will be admitt.ed and will receive the same attention as any other brother. We do not regard his nationality, race or color, but only the regularity of his making. Furthermore, we regard Masonry as eminently a social institution, and we acknowledge the right of every member of a Lodge to deci(1e for himself whether he will receive to membership in his Lodge any applicant, whatever his nation. race. or color; and we do not allow any man, or body of men, to question his right, or to inquire the reasons for his action. Neither the Grand Master nor the Grand Lodge has the right .1.0 inquire of any individual Mason why he exercises his vote against the admission of any applicant for init.iation or membership. In the State of California the Scottish Rite is practiced as well as l.he York Rite, but neither can be lawfully practiced in the first three degrees except under the authority of this Grand Lodge. In Louisiana both Rites have been and are practiced under authority of the Grand Lodge of that State, and probably one-half of the Lodges holding charters from that Grand Lodge practice the Scottish Rite. From the earliest times there has been in the United States a distinct, understanding between the Grand Lodges and the governing bodies of the Scottish Rite, toot the Grand Lodgf's should have exclusive control of the first three degrees, by whatever Rite conferred; and that understanding has been faithfully observed, and will, we trust, con Linue to be so observed. As a result of this, American Masons of"all degrees, and American Grand bodies of both Rites, are in harmony. Among them, questions of jurisdiction are well settled, and the right of each Grand body to regulate its own d0J!lestic affairs is fully recognized. In conClusion, your Committee recommend that the edict of non-inter course between the Masons of this jurisdiction and those owing feality to the Grand Orient of France be continued so long as that Grand Orient shall persist in upholding the so-ca i led Supreme Council of Louisiana, and so long as it shall even claim l,he righ 1. to invade or interfere with the jurisdictional rights of any Grand Lodge on this continent. At the same time they recommend that this Grand Lodge express its deep regret at the course pursued by the Grand Orient of France, and its earnest hope that that body will reconsider its action in the matter of the edict of Nov. 5, 1868. We grieve to part with old and honored friends, but prefer to lose friends rather than our own integrity. This Grand Lodge heartily reciprocates the desire expressed by the Grand


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Orient of France for the renewal of friendly relations, but that can be only upon such terms as would be consistent with its own integrity as a Gran~ Lodge. It renews the expl'ession of its earnest hope that better and wiser counsels will direct the action of that Grand body, and cause it to recognize the rights of every Grand Lodge on this Continent to govern the Cmft within its own territorial limits in such wise as shall to it seem best adapted to promote the interests of Masonry, and to' exercise exclusive, supreme, and perpetual . control over the first three degrees of Masonry within tl:1ose limits. Upon no other condition can tl:1is Grand Lodgc desire to renew those rclations. We take great pleasure in endorsing the whole of this splendid report, and in fact, Brother Belcher scarcely ever writes a report that we do not fully endorse. We look upon him as the ablest Oommittee on Jurisprudence in the United States. NEW SEAL.

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of California:Your Committee, to whom was referred that portion of the report. of the Grand Secretary concerning t路he present condition of the seal of the Grand Lodge, and the propriety of adopting another design, after a careful consideration of the subject, report as follows: Sustaining the views of the Grand Secretary as to the necessity of substituting a new, for the existing much worn seal, and believing that the original design may be greatly improved, they have inspected the sketch for the proposed new device, and accept the same in consIderation of its beauty, suitability and significance. Your Committee therefore recommend the procurement of a new seal, devised in accordance with the recommendation of the Grand Secretary, as follows, A shield quartered; the first quartcr charged with the arms of the State of California-for the jurisdiction of our Grand Lodge; the second, wi th the arms of the Grand Lodge of England-for our descent from that progenitor of all the American Grand Lodges; the third, with the arms first used by the Freemasons at York-for the Rite which we practice; and the fourth, with the two implements of the Craft which are Its principal symbols in every land-for the universality 01 our Fraternity. Supporters: dexter, a female figure representing Faith; and sinister, a female figure reprcsenting Hope. Crest: the upper portion of a group of figures representing Charity, surmounted by the All-Seeing Eye, with diverging rays of light. Motto: "These three, but the greatest of these is Charity;" and the whole surrounded with the inscription, " Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Mnsons -California." Which report was concurred in, and the llew seal proposed was ordered to be procured. A very fine address was delivered by the Grand Orator, Brother Ed. E. W. McKinstry, and we regret that 0111' space will not permit such extended extracts as would do the speaker j~stice. QUEBEC CASE.

Brother William C. Belcher, from a majority of the Committee on Jurisprudence, presented the following report:To tlu! Most Worshipful G'rand Lodge of Califo'rnia:At the last Annual Communication, the Committee on Jurisprudence was divided on the question of the legality of the formation, and the recognition by this Grand Lodge, of the newly formed Grand Lodge of Quebec, and two reports were presented thereon. No definite act,ion was taken by the Grand Lodge on those reports. The majority of that committee arrived at the conclusion that the Grand Lodge of Q,uebec was not legally formed and ought not to be recognized, and presented their reasons at considerable length. Your committee is again divided on the same que!:'tion, and for that reason, as well as by reason of the verv grave importance of the questions presented, theunden,igned members of the Committee on Jurisprudence have' again given the whole subject their most careful consideration, and have reviewed and re-examined their report of last year, to correct its statements, if anything was there misstated, and to test again the correctness of the conclusions then arrived at. 'l.'he facts are correctly and fully stated in that report; and a re-examination of the facts ann a I'e-consideration of the law apphcable to them, lead them irresistibly to the same conBl


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elusions arrived at in their former report, and leaves them DO room to doubt as to the duty of this Grand Lodge in the premises. It is not a question of policy, but of right. The Grand Lodge of Canada had, in 1869, and 1"01' fourteen years prior thereto, a well-defined territorial jurisdiction, embracing Upper an,l Lower Canada. In that year certain Lodges of the lower Province threw off their allegiance, declared themselves indep~ndent, formed themselves into a Grand Lodge, and asked us to recognize the body thus formed as ajustand legal Grand Lodge; thus to declare to the Masonic world that, wheresoever rebellion to regularly constituted Masonic authority raises its head, we will join hands with it, will recognize the right of rebellion, and will foster and encourage the spirit of rebellion. As long ago as 1855 this Grand Lodge, by lts edict of nonintercourse with the Grand Lodge of Hiimburg, declared that it would not maintain friendly relations with any Grand Lodge that sought to interfere with the jurisdictional rights of any other. In that case, the Grand Lodge of Hamburg sought only to establish and maintain two or three Lodges subordinate to itself within the territorial jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of New York; and quite recently our amicable relations with the Grand Orient of France were interrupted by a like edict, because that Grand Orient recogni;r,ed and sustained the formation of a so-called Masoni<' body in the city of New Orleans, in violation of the jurisdictional rights of the Grand Lod~e of Louisiana. It is true that we did extend recognition to the Grand Longe of West Virginia, but that was done without much consideration and under peculiar circumstances. West Virginia was erected into a State by the Congres8 of the United States at a time when that portion of the State of Virginia was loyal to the Government, and when the remaining portHm of the State was not only in open and active rebellion, but was the most active theatre Of war-the place where were massed the armies of the rebellion-when' int.ercourse between the newly formed State and its parent State was not only dangerous in the extreme, but was prohibited by positive stat.utes and the rules of war. At such a time the Grand Lodge of West Virginia was formed, and it is not strange that it was reco~nized without at all considering the rights of the Grand Lodge of Virginia. But If a case like that of West Virginia were to arise in time of peace, when the voice of the mother Grand Lodge could be heard, we think that this Grand Lodge should hesitate long before it extended recognition to the newly formed Grand Lodge, until recognition bad been extended by the mother Grand Lod~e. But, whatever might be the decision in such a case, should one arise, we need not inquire, for it could form no precedent for a case like that ot" the Grand Lodge of Quebec. As stated in our t'ormer report, the political condition and standing ot' a State of the United States and ot' a Province of t.he Dominion of Canada are entirely different. On t.he one hand, the British Parliament is the supreme head, possessing all governmental power. It creates the Dominion of Canada as a State subject to its supreme control and direction-divides it into subdivisions of Provinces, recognizing and retaining provincial. boundaries as they have existed for a long tune-gives to the Dominion a Legislature. and invests it with certain general and special legislaLive powers for the whole State-gives also to the Provinces Legislatures with strict,ly limited and defined municipal powers. On the other hand, the Federal Government is one of limited powers-confined strictly to this grant of authority-while the States possess all original governmental power and authority. They are the sources of power, and retain and can exercise all such power except in so far as it bas been delegated to the general government by the Federal Constitution. A State subdivides its territory into municipalities of greater or less territorial extent, and gives to each such legislative power for municipal purposes as it may choose; but it remains the source of power and can at pleasure recall the gift, or change or modify it. The State is sovereign; the Province a municipality. We repeat some part of our arguments in regard to the political situation of the Province of Quebec, not so much because the decision of the case rests upon that..l.as because it has been discussed by our brethren of other Grand Lodges of the united States, and the standing of the Grand Lodge of Quebec made to rest on the political standing of the Province; and because, as we t'link, they have arrived at a wrong conclusion, from a tail ure to ascertain and consider the facts. Theyassume that the Province of Quebec is an independent State like one of the States of the United States-possessing independent and original powerwhose territorial limits can be changed or modified only by its own consentand upon that assumption assert that it is the American doctrine and has become the common law of Masonry, that whenever an independent State is formed the Lodges within it are at liberty, and possess the absolute right, immed l ately to throw off their former allegiance, to form an independent Grand Lodge, and to compel all Masons and Masonic Lodges within t.he territorial limits of the new State to abandon all other nJlegiance and to swear fealty to the new Grand Lodge. ThIs is practically the rule in the United States, because no Grand Lodge in the United States institutes Lodges outside the territoriallimits of the State in which it is located, except for temporary purposes, or claims to exercise exclusive jurisdiction beyond the territorial limits of its own State. We base our conclusions upon higher ground-upon the ground of absolute


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right which we ought not to ignore-that, when a Grand Lodge has established its jurisdictional limits, and has, for a series of years, claimed and exercised jurisdiction within those limits, its subordinate Lodges cannot, without its consent, throw otf t.heir allegiance and set up for themselves. That is the right of revolution, and we cannot aeknowledge it. Your committe again report the resolutions appended to their report of last year, and recommend their adoption. WILLIAM C. BELCHER,} Of the Committee WILLIAM A. DAVIES, . Brother Charles Marsh, from a minority of the same committee, presented the following report:To the Most Worshipfu~ Grand Lodge of California;In the matter of the recognition of the Grand Lodge ofQ,uebec, action upon which was deferred at t.he last Annual Communication, the undersigned, of your committee, after a careful review of the action had by a great m3jority of the American Grand Lodges, are more than ever convinced of the justice and correctness of the conclusions arrived at in their report made last year, and can find no sufficient reasons for cbanging the recommendation presented therein. The question as to whether Q,uebec is a sufficiently independent political sovereignt.y to admit of the formation of a Grand Lodge, is most positively answered in the fact of the formation of the independent Grand Lodges of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, adjoining provinces, having exactly the same political status in regard to government as the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The Grand Lodge of Canada claimed and exercised the. same right, in its organir.ation in 1855, in the form common to American Grand Lodges, and by which form the Grand Lodge of Q,uebec was regularly organized in 186!J, only it has been customary, and a practice so universally recognir.ed, for the Grand Lodge holding the original jurisdiction to relinquish the same, upon the successful maintenance of the new Grand Lodge, that the action of the Grand Lodge of Canada in this matter is in the highest degree uncharitable and unjust. It acquired its own prerogatives and powers by tbe same mode of procedure, but has ungenerously treated the Grand Lodge ot' Q,uebec as a rebel, and endeavored by petty annoyances, to bring discredit upon its organization and prevent it from occupying the political boundaries which it is by right entitled to. Your minority committee, fully believing that the Grand Lodge of Q,uebec was properly organized under the rule which has prevailed in the organization of American Grand Lodges, and that the opposition and factious interference shown and persisted in by the Grand Lodge of Canada, is in the highest degree contrary to the spirit 01' charity and forbearance which shouid ever characterize the conduct of Masons; and believing furtber, that, by joming with more than thirty of the Grand Lodges of our country who have already extended the hand of fraternal recognition, we may much more e1fectually assist in allaying the strife which, on the part of the Grand Lodge of Canada, is impotent for aught but the promulgation of such edicts as a dethroned l::ltuart might issue to the people of the British Empire, and a continuation of petty annoyances which retlect no credit upon Masonry, respectfully ask that the resolution accompanying their report, presented at the last Annual Communication, be adopted. All which is respectfully submitted by CHARLES MARSH, } MORRIS M. ESTEE, Of the Committee. Notwithstanding the cru!5hing logic of the majority committee, that of the minority was concurred in, and we can find no argument of the minority to lead to such a result, except that" thirty Grand Lodges" had already done the same' thing. It was the surrender of principle for the sake of a too dearly bought uniformity. ' SUB- HEADS. We must a.ga,in beg of the Grand Secretary to give us SUR路HEADS to the subject matter of eaC?h resolution, report, &C. of the Proceedings. It is not enough to say that Brother Hill or Brother" so and so" "ollered the'following," or the .. Committee submitted the following," but let us have at the very start what the ohject was, and tben we will know at once whether it is worth while to read the whole thing in order to review it. Our time is too limited in making up our reports to do all this work. Otherwise, the published Proceedings 01 California are models of excellence, and they contain more food for thought. than almost any Proceedings which come before us.

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WID. H. Hill again. snbmits his charming Report on Correspondence (improperly placed in the body of the Proceedings we think), and going over it, we scarcely know where to begin in order to do it justice, and as we have already devoted so much space to California, on the more" weightier matters of the law," we are compelled to say but this, that it does continued credi t to his former efforts, and which have met universal approbation. Leonidas E. Pratt, San Francisco, G. M.; Alexander G. Abell, San Francisco, G. Sec.; Wm. H. Hill, - - , For. Cor.

CANADA. Grand Lodge met in Montreal, July 9th, 1873. Wm. M. Wilson, Grand Master, presided. The Annual Address was a lengthy and most complete report of official transactions, and proves the Grand Master to be one of those officers who a,ppreciate their duties and fulfill them. When the Grand Lodge of Vermont injudiciously (and as we think, illegally) severed communication with the Grand Lodge of Canada, unless she should recognize Quebec, Brother Wilson, with a commendable regard for the dignity of his own Grand Lodge, at once retaliated with a proper spirit, and so did Brother T. Douglas Harrington, t,he Grand Representative of Vermont, and one of the most distinguished Ma.sons of our country, and one who has done more for Quebec Grand Lodge than any other member of the Grand Lodge of Canada. Vermont went just one step too far and put her foot in it, and she cannot pull it out too soon, even if she loses ashoe by it-better lose her slipper than her honor. . The Grand Master paid a deserved tribute to the memory of the Earl of Zetland, who was for over a qnarter of a century the worthy distinguished Grand Master of England. lIe also refers to the issuing ~ a warrant to "the Royal Solomon Mother Lodge" at Jerusalem. We regret that at the organization of that Lodge only four chartered members were present, hence the work they did was illegal under the law of the Grand Lodge of Canada. 'Ve hope that this defect may be remedied by the Grand Lodge of Canada, as we would like to see such Lodge maintained. The Grand Lodge took no active part in the Quebec Case, having undoubtedly decided'to rest the case where it was, and to leave the consequences where they properly belong, viz: with the arbItration of right and justice. We find $49,816 87 invested to the credit of the Grand Lodge. The "Board of General Purposes" is composed of the most in tell1gen t members of the Grand Lodge, and it rendered many important decisions with which we fully agree. Brother Wm. H. Frazer was received as Representative of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. A very large amount of local business was transacted in a regular manner, and peace and harmony prevailed. W'e are indebted to the Oraftsman for the.Proceedings at the time we write. Wm. M. Wilson. - - - - - , G. M.; Thos. Bird Harris, Hamilton, G. Sec.

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From the Address we quote the following sensible remarks: During the past year the Worshipful Masters of various Lodges have complained of a lack of interest among the members in the work of the'Lodges,-a want at that prompt attention heretofore shown by the brethren. It is not difficult", in my opinion, to discover the cause of the loss of interest in the work of the Lodge. We have too much of it-too much labor and too little refreshment. In all sections of this jurisdiction we are losing sight of the fact that Masonry is a social institution, formed for the very purpose of bringing us together as a society of friends and brothers. In most Lodges the \Vorshipful Master takes the East at the appointed hour, calls his Lodge to labor, and the entire evening is spent in the 'Work of the Lodge. At a late hour the Lodge closes; the Worshipful Master comes down from the East, the brothers pass a few words of friendly greeting, and one by one file out of the Lodge room, weary in body and mind, with a feeling that the time has not been well spent. The visiting brethren have no time to get acquainted, and there is no cultivation of the social faCUlties, and the social character of the institution is ignored. . The only excuse for this is that we have no time. All our regUlars and frequent specials are required to confer the degrees on candidates and attend to business of the Lodge. But, .brethren, it will be better for us to make fewer Masons and attend strictly to the duties we owe to each other and the Lodge. We must remember that we have other duties than making Masons; that we owe something to those who are already Masons. Let us see to it during the coming Masonic year that we make our Lodge rooms attractive to tile brethren, both members and visitors. Let us make it a home for the brethren-a place where all Masons will find a hearty welcome. Let us occasionally throW' open the doors of the Lodge room and have the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters of Masons meet us in a social way. and thus cement the ties of Brotherly Love in a true Masonic way. We shall find the labor of the Lodge rest more lightly on us, and we 'shall realize the truth we so often repeat, that " Masonry conciliates true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance." . The following was adopted, and 'is a good law: Resolved, That it is earnestly recommended by this Grand Lodge thatall Masters of Lodges in this jurisdiction, require every Master Mason raised in his Lodge, to stand an examination in open Lodge within three months from the date of his taking the Degree; said examination to be upon the proficiency of said member. Brother Ed. C. Parmlee, Grand Secretary, submitted a full and faithful report on correspondence. The Proceedings are elegantly got up, but we regret to notice the omission of SUB-HEADINGS to subject matter. \ Henry M. Teller, Central City, G. M.; Ed. C. Parmlee, Georgetown, G. Sec.; Andrew Sagendorf, Frankstown. For. Cor.

CONNECTICUT. Grand Lodge met May 14, 1873, in New Haven. Luke A. Lockwood, G. M., presided. Lodges represented, not added up. Geo. Lee, Representative from. Missouri, was present and properly received. From the excellent Address of the Grand Master, we extract the following: Since our last Grand Communication, our Most Worthy Past Grand Master William Storer has passed the dark river. and reached that silver shore to which be so feelingly, and well nigh prophetically, .alluded in his last report, as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence. It is impossible to do justice to the memory of so distingUished a veteran III the Masonic \Vorld, in the brief space of a short paragraph. The brothers in the flesh, Eliphalet G. Storer, Grand Secretary from 1836 to 1861, and William Storer, Chairman of the important Committee on Correspondence from 1847 to 1857, and Grand Master of this Grand Lodge, were two of the most distinguished Masons in Connecticut. The monum-ent of their zeal, fidelity and labor, is upon on every page of the records of this Grand Lodge, since their appearance therein as memberf'.


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Freemasonry here owes more than any of us are aware, to the learning, integrity and sound judgment of these brethren. Both were gathered in at a ripe old ag~. Their memory is precious to us all-their example well worthy of the careful imitation of all good arid true Masons. We most heartily endorse this tribute to the glorious and undying name of .. STORER," in Freemasonry, not only in Connecticut, but throughout the Nation. DECISIONS.

The following is a condensed statement of the conclusions arrived at: 1. That each Lodge is the sole judge of the fitness of its OW11 material, subject to the landmarks as to qualifications, and the Grand Master will not interfere upon the application of other than a member of such Lodge. 2. '1'hat apology for un-Masonic conduct, and its acceptance by a Lodge, cannot bar a formal trial for such conduct, and if guilt be established, punishment therefor. Acquittal or former conviction for the same offence upon due trial, is the only bar. 3. That the Masonic residence is the same as the legal residence of a candidate. That the exception, as to necessity of residence, in favor of sailors and soldiers, is not meant to apply to a case where the soldier is permanently located, so as to permit him to apply to any Lodge and recei ve the degrees. He can only apply to the Lodge where he is thus located. 4. That the Grand Master will require evidence of the necessity of a dispensation 1.6 shorten the time in respect to receiving candidates and conferring degrees. Such dispensations are never granted, as of course. 5. That no installed officer can resign, and no dispensation can be granted for an election in such case. Such office, other than that of Master, should be filled by appointment, and it is recommended that the appointee be continued until the next election. 6. In case of loss of certificate of dimission-a dimit as it is commonly called-no new resolution of the dimitting Lodge is necessary or proper, but a new certificate should be given of date of-resolution, a duplicate of the lost original. . 7. The Grand Secretary cannot officially certify to anything not a matter of record in the Archives of the Grand Lodge. He cannot thus certify of his personal or private knowledge. Hence he cannot give an official certificate that a woman is the widow of a Mason. 8. That a Mason in good standing and clear of all dues, whose withdrawal will not materially affect the Lodge, is entitled to a dimit, and can enforce his right through the Grand Lodge. 9. That a candidate, whose business is of such a nature that he cannot remain in .any place a sufficient period to gain a residence, falls within the principle applicable to sailors and soldiers, and may be received at any place where he may be temporarily located. 10. 'l'bat before dispensation issue, authorizing the installation of a Master elect, n<5t a Past Warden, good cause must be shown. 11. Color is not one of the qualifications of a candidate, and each member of a Lodge has the right,' and it is his duty, to vote upon every candidate of whatever color, as in his conscience he ma:r decide to be for the interest of his Lodge and of the fraternity. . 12. In case a candidate makes a wilfully false statement in his application, or for the purpose of gaining admission into a Lodge, charges should be preferred, and he should be punished. 13. It is courteous to prefer charges in the LOdge of which the offender is a member, but not necessary. Every Mason can be punished for offenses committed within the territorial jurisdiction of a Lodge, whether he be a member of that Lodge or not, prOVided he be served with the summons within such jurisdiction. 14. A certificate of membership is evidence of the regularity of the Lodge issuing it, (provided it bear also the certificate of the Grand Secretary, under seal). Also, that the person named in it was regularly made therein, and was at its date in good standing. 'l'he marginal signature furnishes evidence of identity. '1'he certificate is sufficient to warrant temporary relief, but not admission into a Lodge. '1'he applicant must produce the best evidence, to-wit: the possession of the universal langnage of Masonry. 15. That no dispensation can be given in aid ofa candidate who has not the


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necessary physical qualifications. That these qualifications are clearly defined in Sec. 3, Chap. vi, Masonic Law and Practice. 16. The blanks in a petition for a new Lodge must be filled in before it is presented to a Lodge for approval and recommendation. '1'he petitioners have a right to vote upon the question of approval in such case, but if such votes are necessary to carry such approval, this would be a circumstance likely to receive the special attentions of the Grand Master or Grand Lodge before granting the prayer of petition. 17. That a candidate should not be rejected because he is a Roman Catholic. He should be informed that the policy of his church is hostile to Masonry. and that he would not be permitted to divulge Masonic secrets in confessional, and if he then promises a,llegiance to our institutions, there are no grounds for his rejection. . 18. That a candidate physically disqualified, who has received one degree, contrary to the Landmark, should not be advanced. 19. It is improper to nse Lodge funds for suppers, &c., except they are furnished to the poor and needy, or other objects of Masonic charity. 20. That the prerogatives of the Master are personal, and cannot be delegated. A brother filling an office pro tem" is clothed, for the time being, with the prerogatives of that office. 21. That a rejected candidate making an application to another Lodge, in ignorance of the Masonic law in that respect, and not intentionally concealing such fact, and thereupon receiving the degrees, is not guilty of a Masonic offence. The offence is by the Lodge receiving him without due inquiry. 22. That every Milson and LOdge are bound to afford temporary relief to a sick or distressed brother, and has no legal claim for remuneration. Permanent relief is, however, the duty of the IJodge of Which the beneficiary is a member. A Lodge should relieve the temporary necessities of a strang& brother, and at once notify the Lodge of which he is a member, but cannot legally claim to recover moneys expended for permanent relief, wi thout notice to such Lodge. Masonic relief is restricted to necessities, not luxuries. 23. That the limit of obedience to a summ'ons is the power of the brother to, comply with it, without injury to himself, or to others to whom he owes a prior duty. Prior not in point of time, but in the character of that duty. 24. That a new ballot must be ordered whenever demanded by a member of a Lodge objectin~ to initiation or advancement. The Lodge has no right to demand the grounas of objection. . 25. That no pUblic procession of Masons can be had, except for the burial of a brother, without a dispensation from the Grand Master. We must beg leave to differ with decision No. 14, as follows, to wit: "the marginal signature furnishes evidence' of identity." We cannot see it in that light. We have a draft on New York City for a hundred dollars, payable to our own order, and we eall upon a bank in New Haven and endorse it in the presence of the cashier or teller; will either pay it? Not at all. '1'hey require very justly, that we prove we are the person we represent ourselves to be, and so should every well governed Lodge, before voting upon any candidate for membership. If it is not good for membership it is certainly not good for the actual benefits of membership, vIz: Masonic relief, and we hold that the applicant . for Masonic relief must not only possess the universal language of .Masonry, but must also prove his identity-his signature is worth nothing unless hisidentity is proven. No Freemason has any more right to present his knOWledge of the work and his signature on a certificate, as a draft on the Craft, to be cashed at sight, than he has his draft, without identification, upon a bank. This whole business has been done too loosely, and it is about time that it was stopped. V{e quote the following from the interesting Address of the Grand Master: The distressed brother, the bereaved widow, the desolate orphan, are the brightest jewel in the Masonic Crown. They are our dependent wards, our precious heritage, and we must not, under our solemn obligations, we dare not, overlook or despise the blessed privilege of doing them good. The idea that each Lodge is to take care of and provide for only the Masonic beneficiaries within its own juriSdiction, and that other Lodges, and other Masons, are under no responsibility in their behalf, 1s a. sad and disastrous mistake, and the sooner this erroneous notion is removed, the better for the Craft. Our obligations, as Masons, are as broad and comprehensive as Masonry is universal.


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We are made members, not only of a Lodge, but also 'Jf the family of Masonry. Our obligations are not ciTcumscribed by any such expression as members of the Lodge to which we belong, but the broad and thrillingtet'ms, all brethren. No narrow limits of a Lodge contines our duties or our rigllts as members of this Ancient and Honorable Fraternity. Are we too early in urging most earnestly upon this Grand Lodge. and upon the Freemasons of Connecticut, the immediate preparation for organized cl1arities, the establishment (l,nd sup路 port of a Masonic Home for indigent and decayed brethren and widows, and an asylum for the maintenance and education of the orphans of our deceased brethren, the sacred trust of our beloved Institution? Can we not, year by year, place :something into a fund, until we shall realize sufficient to lay the foundation, at least, of these Charitable Institutions? There about 16,000 Masons in Connecticut~ and fifty cents from each per year would carry $8,000 annually into this funa. This, together with donations from Lodges and brethren l and bequests sure to follow a zealous enlistment in this most noble undertaklllg, would soon gladden our eyes with a view of its sneedy realization. The Grand Lodge of Connecticut is a legal corporation, and has ample power to carry the plaI;l suggested into effective operation. . Brethren of Connecticut, this subject is most worthy of your deliberate and loving consideration, and it rests entirely with you to determine whether future generations shall point with honorable pride to these noble monuments of your zeal, energy, and unselfish charity. These are substantially all of the matters to which the Grand Master desires to call special attention. Frecmasonry in Connecticut was never in so flourishing a condition as to number of Lodges and of Brethren, and at no period was there ever so general a diffusion of Masonic intelligence throughout the Craft. One danger of the hour, however, is experimental legislation. Empirical schemes). designed with the best of motives for the advancement of the interests of the vraft, but, alas! how oflen delusive and resulting in discord and confusion. Thc homely maxim, " let well enongh alone," should be inscribed upon our portals, and we should never leave an ancient, well-beaten road to the object of our desire, to venture upon some ncwly discovered by-path, even though a saving of distance may be promised. Brother Joseph K. Wheeler presented a very intelligent and candid report on Correspondence, and one which does him great credit. Under the head of Missouri, he says: Thirty-two dispensations for new Lodges have been granted, which, with ten renewed and eleven granted by the Grand Lodge at the last session, make a total of fifty-three, U. D. How many non-affiliated Masons would they make in Connecticut, under our system of giving no rights but this? In reply we can only say that experience has proven that making non-affiliates of members of Lodges U. D. is an erroneous principle, and that our Missouri doctrine is the best one for the Craft, viz: that our Lodges U. D. have a membership the same as chartered IJodges. Luke A. Lockwood. of Greenwich, G. M.; Jos. K. Wheeler, of Hartford, Grand Sec. and For. Cor.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. Grand Lodge met in Washington, Nov. 13, 1872. C. F. Stansbury, G. M., presided. Nineteen Lodges represented. From the excellent address of the Grand Master we extract the following beautiful tribute to one of the best Masons we ever knew, and one who was present at our Raising, and beg to endorse all the Grand Master says about him: On assembling in Annual Communication on the present occasion, we are not permitted to indUlge in those congratUlations whIch have so commonly, in tIle years that are passed, marked the opening of the annual address; for, during the pAst year, the hand of death has not spared us. 'l'he venerable form of our Grand Treasurer no longcr occupies the accustomed place, and his official

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chair is draped in mourning. These draperies are the indication of a senti~ ment of respect and regret which is sincere and profound. Brother Christopher Cammack was so g~od and true a man, so zealous and consistent a Mason so able and faithful an officer, so upright, tender, generous and charitable in a i 1 the relations of life, that words of praise, when spoken of him, assume more than their usual significance. He servcd us in the important office of Grand Treasurer for over twenty years, and during the larger part of that term was annually re-elected by a unanimous vote. He filled Similar positions of trust and honor in other branches of the Fraternity, and in all he discharged his duty with punctuality, accuracy, fidelity and ability, and secured, as he deserved, the applause of his brethren. It was chiefly, however, in the walks of private life, as a man of warm and tender heart, as a gentle, confiding and atfectionate friend, as an humble, trusting Christian, as an unaffected lover of his fellow men, that he became so deeply endeared to us. But he has gone from us foreyer! He has laid down the working tools of the terrestial Lodge to take up the harp of the sanctified in the realms of light and life eternal. Vie can only turn a.side for a moment from our still continuing labors, to pay this brief tribute.to his memory, and drop a tear upon his grave. Depart in joy from this world's care and strife '1'0 the deep quiet of eelestiallife ! Depart! Affection's self reproves the tear Which falls, 0 honored 路Father on thy bier;Yet Nature will be heard; the heart will swell, '" And the voice tremble with a last Farewell! Brother Stansbury was a member of the Commission appointed to investigate the accounts of the Chicago Board of Relief, after the great fire, and his report is a good one, and perfectly satisfactory to all concerned, a.s was to be expected of any bod~r over which Brother D. C. Cregier should preside. Relative to Relief Association, he says: The Masonic Mutual Relief Association of this jurisdiction, I can never too frequently or earnestly commend to the attention of the fraternity. Since its organization it has paid out to the widows and orphans and relatives of deceased members $17,000. The number of members is, at the present time, 1,190; but a little more than one-third of the Masons of the jurisdiction. 'l'he operation of this admirable system of life insurance is well understood by every Mason in the jurisdiction, and every man who loves his family, and 1'eels his obligations to them, ought at once to secure to them the provision which this association so certainly, promptly and cheaply offers. . Another excellent society which has, during the past, year, sprung up from the spirit of charit-y which animates our Order, is the St. John's :l\1ite Association, which is supported by the monthly contribution often cents by each of its members. 'fhe number ot members is now 355. ' Money' collected from initiation fees and monthly dues............... Donations and excursion : ;...........................................

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The relief given by this association is mainly intended for persons immediately connected with our own jurisdiction. It takes special cognizance of the sick and poor widows and children. Thirty physicians have agreed to give their professional services free of cost to the beneficiaries of the association. Five druggists have agreed to furnish medicines without any charge, and six have promised to supply medicines at cost price. The society has thus far followed the principle of making its aid really efficient, as far as the means at their command would go, instead of attempting to spread a small income over a great number of cases. The few they have been able to assist have received substantial supplies of coal, fiour, groceries'and other necessaries. The work is in the hands of earnest brethren who are devoted to it. Let us all resolve to hold up their hands, by thrOWing in our mites into their treasury. Relative to Masonic Trade~marks, he says: I bring the matter to your attention because I regard it as of universal interest to the Craft, and for the purpose of laying before you a portion of the decision of the Commissioner of Patents on this application, in which a well merited rebuke has been administered to this attempt to appropriate a symbol which has been for ages dear to the hearts of our fraternity, and associated in its memory with cherished lessons of virtue and self control.


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If the applicant for this patent was a member of the fraternity, his condnct is inexplicable on any principle which, as Masons, we recognize as applicable to the legitimate conduct of business. If he was not a Mason, this attempt is an exhibition either of profound ignorance or of unpardonable disregard of good taste and common honesty. 'rhe Commissioner of Patents, in his decision, says; "Applicant is a manufacturer and vender of flour. * * * He has two establishments, upon different str\':ets, and he seeks to register, as trade-marks, to be used upon the barrels, containg his flour, the words â&#x20AC;˘ Cherry-street Mills' in one case, and â&#x20AC;˘ Market-street Mills' in the other, combmed respecti vely with a well known Masonic emblem-the square and compasses. $.

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" It has already been determined that the words alone do not possess the characteristics of a legal trade-mark; and in order to make it appear that the addition of the square and compasses does confer these characteristics, it is also insisted that'this Masonic symbol is not used with its ordinary signification. "If this emblem were something other than precisely what it is, either less known, less significant, orfully and universally understood, all this might readily be admitted. .But considering its peculiar character and relation to the publiC, an anomalous question is presented. There can be no doubt that this device, so commonly worn and employed by Masons, has an establisher). mystic signijieance universally 1'ecognized as existing,. whether comprehended by all or not, is not material to this issue. In view of the magnitude and extent of the Masonic organization, it is impossible to divest its symbols, or at least this particular symbol, perhaps the best known of all. of its ordinary signification wherever displayed, either as an arbitrary character or otherwise. It will be universally understood or misunderstood as haVing a Masonic significance, and therefore, as a trade-mark, must constantly work deception. Nothing could be more mis..: chievous than to create as a monopoly, and uphold by the power of law, anything so calculated, as applied to purposes of trade! to be misinterpreted, to mislead all classes, and to constantly foster suggestiOns of mystery in affairs of bnsiness."

* *of opinion, * *therefore, * that the* proposed combinations* can"I* am clearly not properly subserve the ends of a trade-marl;;:. Among Masons, with whom this token has a ?noral significance, its use in that capacity would undoubtedly be regarded as a base prostitution of it to mercenary purposes, while with others its mystic force would often dissipate its virtues as a trade-mark, and, perhaps, in some instances, place the article it appeared upon under a ban." The Fraternity everywhere owes a debt of gratitUde to the author of this just and able decision. Brother Wm. R. Singleton submitted a fine report on correspondence, reviewing carefully and frankly all questions brought before him. Utah and British Columbia were recognized at a stated communication, held Jan. 8, 1873. Chas. F. StanSbury, WaShington, G. M.; Wm. A. Yate~, Washington, Grand Sec.; W. R. Singleton; Washington, For. Cor.

FLORIDA. Grand Lodge met in .Jacksonville, Feb. 11, 1873. Samuel Pasco, G. M., presided. Fifty-four Lodges made returns, and thirty-four were represented. This is a good showing in a State where the Lodges are widely scattered. We notice among the officers a "Grand Organ~st," who dUly attended to that duty. We approve the custom, The Grand Master gave a suscinct account of the history of Masonry in the State, especially of that period during and since the war, and the conclusion of the investigation is cheering to us all. The following are his DECISIONS.

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Q,. Anomcer attached to a United States sloop-of-war, petitioned one of our Lodges for initiation. His boyhood was passed in Maine; he spent seven years acquiring his education at the Naval Academy in Maryland. During this time his family removed to Colorado. According to the by-laws of the Lodge consider ng his petition, he must be recommended by the Lodge within whose jurisdiction he last resided. What Lodge slla11 recommend him? There was none at the Navai Academy and he is almost a total stranger in Colorado.

A. The Lodge can take jurisdiction of the case, if satisfied that no previous application has been made to another Lodge. The rule must be adapted to the occasion, and the best evidence sought that the case admits of. If the applicant nas 1.>een on board the vessel long enough to establish a character there, the te!ltimony of any Master Masons on board is the best evidence attainable; next to that is the testimony of the brother officer;; of the applicant. If he has been attached to the vessel but a short time, his record at the Naval Academy must be inquired into. If too rigid a rule is followed towards applicants whose vocation forces them to lead a wandering life, many worthy men will be excluded from particir:ating in the privileges of Freemasonry. The Lodge should give the applicant the degrees, if satisfied, after a carefUl examination, that the applicant is worthy and well qualified. Q,. B. Lodge finds that a brother who was admitted to membership 'n 1869 has since been suspended by a sister Lodge in Maine, to which he formerly belonged, for non-payment of dues. How can the matter be set right?

A. B. Lodge and the brother are both in the wrong. If B. Lodge had required the dim it, the fact of the brother'>; continued membership in Maine would have come to light. His former Lodge still has jurisdiction over him, and B. Lodge is bound to recognize the sentence of suspension. A correspondence should be opened with the former Lod~e, and a remission of the dnes since joining B. Lodge be prayed for. The Lodge in Maine, if satisfied that the brother has acted in good laith, will probably remit such dues. Hnot, n. Lodge should refund the amount received trom the brother, while his membership in Maine continued, and he should pay the full amount demanded by his former Lodge at the time of his suspension; or it" the prayer for remission is granted, the reduced amount then makes his record there clear, and he should take a dimit. Q,. If a brother changes his residence, and his new residence is wi t.hin the jurisdiction of another Lodge, is he required to change his membership, and is his standing in his own Lodge allected?

A. He cau retain his membership in his former Lodge if he pleases; his standing there is unaffected hy his removal, and he is entitled to all the rights and benefits of Masonry while he continues in good standing wit.1 his Lodge. Q,. Two brethren are dimitted by L. Lodge, and bef()re the delivery of the dimit it is ascertained that charges exist against the brethren] which should be investigated; meanwhile they have removed to a distant pan of the State.

A. The WorshipfUl Master has undoubted right and it is his duty to direr.t the Se retary to retain the dimits, take steps to have the order granting them suspended or revoked, and cause charges to be preferred. The dimit is an open letter of recommendation and endorsement to the Masonic world, and every precaution should be taken to keep it out of the hands of the unworthy. Before the order granting the dimlt is suspended or revoked, notice should be served upon the dimittees to show cause. at a certain time and place, why the order should not be revoked or suspended, so that they may be heard before unfavorable action is taken against them. Q,. A candidate for initiation has lost the thumb of his right hand; with this exception he is considered well quaUfied; he is a machinist and engineer, and handles tools with ease and accuracy. ~

A. I, of course, adhere to the ruling of this Grand Lodge on this subject of physical disqualification, and only refer to the matter to defend our former action in such cases. The applicant must be capable of working in the three degrees conferred in a Master Mason's Lodge. If the Worshipful Master is satisfied that. the applicant has enough of his thumb left to give the proper proof that he is a Mason, and to impart the regular work of the degrees, he will be justified in letting the case go to the ballot. This, it seems to me, is all that is demanded by reason and justice; but this much 1s demanded by the spirit as well as the letter or the law; ann in spite of a difference of opinion expressed by commi ttees ot other Grand bodies after careful thought, I feel that our action is correct, and I have as litt te sympathy with the extremist, who demands that a worthy applicant with a slight deformity, which in no way


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impairs his usefulness as a man or Mason, should be excluded in consequence thereof, as I¡have with the other extremist who would throw open the outer door of our Lodges to the lame, the dismembered and the misshapen, provided t,hey can find some artificial contrivance to enable them to grope or stumble through their Masonic duties, bringing into our sacred temple sounds and discord which were scrupulously excluded by our Ancient Grand Master in his first great work. Q. When a regularly dimitted Mason applies to a Lodge for affiliation, has the Lodge a right to reject him, if he is in good standing? Is the fact that he is not generally liked, or that his character will bring no credit. to the Order, a sufficient cause for using t.he B. B., if¡ the applicant has been guilty of no Masonic offence upon which charges can be based? A. An applicant for membership must submit to a ballot and stand the consequences. There is no compulsion as to the manner of voting; each brother in castin!> his ballot must be governed by his own views of what is right. It is only III this way that an element of discord can be kept out of n Lodge. Relative to NEW J,ODGES

he says: There should be a change in our Constitution in regard to constituting new Lodges. As it stands at present, it is made the particular duty of nobody to see that the petitioners asking for a dispensation are Master Masons, in good standing. True, the Vigilance of the Worshipful Master, or of the officers of the Lodge recommending the formation of the new Lodge, has hitherto generally prevented the intrusion of improper persons, but not always; and unless this point is properly guarded, and entrusted to some competent authority, difficulties will be likely to arise. I recommend that Article VIII. of the Constitution, Section 1, be amended so as to require the Lodge giving the certificate of recommendation to embrace in it a statement that the petitioners are Master Masons in good standing, and are all members of or have been regularly dimited from some l'egular Lodge of Freemasons. We agree with this except the fact as t9 whether" all the members have been regularly dimitted." We disagree for the reason, that when the petitioners apply for a recommendation to the Lodge, they should sign their names, but not get their dimits until after Lhe recommendation is granted; for should it be refused, then they are all out in the cold; but if granted, then they get their dimits and file them with the petition and send same to Grand Secretary, with the fee. It should be his duty to examine them and see that all are correct, and endorse that fact on the petition and send same to the Grand Master for his action, the Grand Secretary retaining the fee and dimits on file until the Grand Master finally decides on the case. The vouching Lodge should judge of proficiency, character, &c., but not one in ten is prepared to judge of the validity of dimits, as many of them may be from distant jurisdictions. 'rhe Grand Lodge resolved that no fee should be charged for affiliation. The Committe on Masonic Jurisprudence presented the fOllowing report, Which was received and adopted:

Most Worshipful Grand Master and Members of the Grand Lodge: Your Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence beg leave to report that in the matter of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, submitted by Brother Mason, of Orange Lodge. the Committee see no good reason why the Grand Lodge should recede from its present position in reference to Grand Lodge dues, and recommend that it do not pass. In the matter of a Mason whQo is suspended for non-payment of dues, the Committee report that such Mason is reinstated to membership in his Lodge upon the payment of his back dues, without ballot, unless other charges are preferred against him. In the matter of the question as to a dimit being granted to a brother when he was in debt to .the Lodge in the sum of $50, loaned m0ney, and the Master refusing to issue the dim it until said amount be paid, and six months subsequently the Brother paying the 1150 and demanding his dimit from the time the dimit was originally granted, ignoring the dues accruing during six months, your Committee report that the right to dimit did not accrue to the brother

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until he was cleal of the books, and therefore the dues went on, and were chargeable up to the time the $50 was paid, and the dimit should not issue until the brother is entirely clear of the books. Brother DeWitt C. Dawkins, as usual, presented a thorough and excellent report on Correspondence. Under the head of " Missouri," he says: Brother Gouley contends that an officer of a Lod?e cannot dimit, because he is installed for a year, and our Constitution says: .' And the officers so elected and installed shaH continue in office one year and until their successors in office are elected and installed;" and reasons thus: "If they dimit, how can they serve out the term t'or which they were obligated?" That reason would be good if that clause did not have to be construed in 'conjunction with another clause, which reads, "any member of a Lodge who is not in arrears or under charges may dimit'." And up<m Brother G.'s rule of reasoning, an officer cannot be suspended from his office, or suspended or expelled trom the Lodge, whatever crime he may commit, because he "must" serve out his term. Come, Brother Gouley, how about" the corn" now? We reply, first, if "any member of a Lodge who is not in arrears or under â&#x20AC;˘ charges may dirait," is to be put under the sweeping construction of Brotber DaWkins, then every officer may dimit while in office, which is so exceedingly broad in its character that we do not think any Grand .Lodge in the world ever recognized such a principle; for tbat would be notbing less than a Lodge committing hari-kari, or in plain En~lish, cutting ones own bowels out, without going through the formality of a surrender of charter, which form is provided for, especially by every well regulated Grand Lodge. Second, as to suspendiwl an officer from his office, Brother D. will not certainly assimilate that to a dimit, otherwise every member who dimits should be looked upon as suspended, and so, vice versa. Come, Brother D., "own up tbe corn." Again he says: Brother G. takes issue with us upon tohe subject of' 'Jurisdiction of Membership," but fails to convince us, by his kind of reasoning, that a Lodge should not exercise exclusive jurisdiction in the trial of its own members. When he comes to fully realize the impracticability of his position, we think he will change. ' We do not deny that each Lodge has jurisdiction over its own members, but we also hold that it has penal jurisdiction over all Masons, whetber affiliated or non-affiliated, under its jurisdictional limits. For instance, if a member of Missonri Lodge, No.1, goes down into Tallahassee and does all sorts of scandalous things, and disgraces the fraternity at large, we hold that Brother Dawkins' Lodge has a legal and Masonic right to try and expel him, and such expulsion, under our law, would hold as good as if done by our own Lodge. In no otber way can the universali ty and good name of the fraterni ty be preserved. Supposing one of our members went to India, and daily disgraced the craft, must they wait for several months, to suffer this thing, and trust to the chances of a trial held in another language? Certainly not. A Mason in one place is a Mason everywhere. .Come, Brother D., own up to another grain of corn. Relative to Quebec be says: Let every Mason who desires further light and more thorough understanding of the Quebec rebellion vs. the Grand .Lodge 'of Canada, read Brother Gouley's report, pp. 53-73. We do not feel interested in this subject solely on account of the Masons of either Canada or Quebec, but because a vital principle is involved-that of Grand Lodge Sovereignty-and if Quebec is. sustained, clandestine rebellion, ripened into turbulence, goes to war and demolishes the sovereignty of Grand Lodge jurisdiction, to which it is deplorable to see the Craft in America so rapIdly yielding, and we yet believe that if the cries of oppression, tyranny and wrong) consequent upon improper recognitions, which could justly be sent forth rrom our Canadian brethren, could reach the Whole Masonic heart of North America, such an uprising and reversal of tactics was never witne8sed. But it is pleasing to know that our brethren of Canada have not yet entirely surrendered. They have made overtures, the rejection of which has but added insult to injury, which has manned her anew. She still lives, and by the brave exercise of Masonic patriotism she will live until "Old Time shall cease to unfold the ringlets."


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In this he fully agrees with our law of International jurisdiction, and his views are well and tersely put forth. We hope in his next report he will give the name of each State in a little larger type. We regret that we cannot review the whole report, for it is a most interesting one. Albert J. Russell, Jacksonville, G. Mj DeWitt C. Dawkins, Grand Sec. and For. Cor.

GEORGIA. Grand Lodge met in Macon, Oct,ober 29, 1872. Samuel Lawrence, G. M., presided. The number of Lodges represeted, not added up. From the admirable address of the Grand Master, we extract the following: Our Institution has enjoyed no immunity from the operation of this lawsometimes in favor with the so-called great of this world, Popes and Princessometimes the object of their anathemas. Popular favor to-day, persecution to-morrow. But through and over all these the truth and vitality of its benign principles bore it in triumph, until now the sound of its gavel engirdles the globe. We contemplate its achievements with pleasure. We make ourselves gay over its abounding prosperity. We feel that its advance is the advance of humanity-that its march lS the march of tile highest civilization of our race. and we make glad our hearts over its progress. This is right. It is meet, if we ourselves have tasted of the fruits of its benign principles, that we should rejoice to see them extending their peaceful sway over other hearts, in other lands, on earth everyWhere. But let us not beguile ourselves with a fanCled security in its triumphs, and resting, in a blind reliance on its assured prosperity, guard no more against future possible adversity. The same Vigilance and strict adherance to the landmarks and the practice of its principles which have won for it its proud pre-eminence to-day, must be observed, kept and practiced, if we would have it continue to advance, or even hold what it has gained. But on the individual brother depends the continued prosperity of the Institution. The respect the world entertains for Freemasonry is founded and must depend on the life and conduct of its disciples. Boastful and proud claims for great and good objects and sound principles, without an exhibition of these in the life of those who preteI' them, must naturally provoke the distrust and contempt of the profane, who are not permitted to look into the arcana of the Temple, and can only judge of the quality of the science by its fruits. We profess to keep ever bright an endless chain of brotherhood, all striving after the same ends-all professing the same principles, actuated by the same motives, and practicing the same rules of conduct. Every link in this chain is an integral part of the whole. Tarnish one link and you tg,rnish the chain, and in so far detract from the pleasing effect the beauty of the whole. The individual brother, then, is responsible, in a degree, for the general character, and in consequence, for the prosperity of the Institution. DECISIONS.

The usual number of questions in jurisprudence have been propounded during the year. I note only the following as import.ant: 1. I have been asked by one of the Deputies if the charter of a Lodge should not be arrested for electing the keeper of a groggery'Vorshipful Master. To this I replied. that I did not think the ancient inalienable rj~ht of the brethren to choose their own Master, could be so set aside. If the Master elect. in tile course of his business, or by his own personal habits or conduct, reflected dishonor on the Inst.itution, the course would be to prefer charges and have him dealtwith and suspended, if found guilty, from the Mastershipj or, if necessary. expelled from the Order But the right of the brethren to choose their Master must remain intact, however much that choice may reflect on their taste or their morals. There is a decision of force in thif; Institution-one I had the credit, or misfortune, to render myself-which decla.res, .. It is un-Masonic to make a man's calling or occupation in life an objection to his being made a Mason." I adhere to that ruling. To rule otherwise would be to innovate on the landmark on which hinges one of the elements of the universality of Masonry. And, although I am aware that some hold that a Grand Lodge may deflne of what classes or callings of men Masons mayor may not be made, I


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cannot agree with them, having always been taught, and always teaching, that t!lere are no favored class~s or callings i!1 the eye of Freemasonry; the peasant, lIke Burns, though an eXClseman, standIng on the same level before it with the Georges on their throne. With this principle admitted, and if applying to the profane, much more so to our own enlightened, we cannot deny to the brethren of a Lodge the right to select for themselves their own officers. To.ey do so at their own risk-and if by an unworthy choice, they bring discredit and shame on themselves, they ~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~,while the individual brother, officer or not, is responsible 2. The question has been asked, can a Lodge of three transact business? decide that they cannot.

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This question, but for the error of the Baltimore Convention in 184a, could never have been made, as previous to that time the practice was universal, I believe, to transact all business in the E. A. Degree. Since then the business of the Lodge in most jurisdictions in this country is transacted in the M. M. Degree. Now, as the numbers three, five, and seven are recognized as the legal numbers necessary to open in 'the several symbolic Degrees, it was naturally inferred, that what was legal to open with would be legal to work and transact business with. But, it is only in the E. A. Degree that, as Brother Oliver says, all the Order~ are represe?ted, and less than seven, therefore, the constitutional number reqmsite to obtam and hold a Charter, cannot legally transact business. Besides, it would seem that for very want of numerical power, three could not properly engage in either work or business. During the session the Grand Lodge laid the corner stone of a new synagogue and eloquent addresses were delivered by the Grand Master and Brother . .Jacob Rosenfield, of Savannah. From the former's address we extract as follows: How simple the ceremony you have just witnessed! No pomp, no parade. A few simple elements, the common gifts of our mother earth-a little corn, a little wine, a little oil, a few brief forms and sentences, and that is all, to the eye of sense But, under the benediction of the Almighty, to the inward eye of the speculative Freemason, these become radiant with significance, and give promise of Nourishment, of Refreshment, of Consolation to both body a,nd soul. As spake the prophet .Joel unto Israel, "the Lord will answer, and say unto His people, Behold, I will send YOll corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith."

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And it is a standing witness, at once, to the antiquity and to the excellence of Freemasonry. To its antiquity-because from time immemorial the same, or nearly the same form of ceremony on every like occasion. To its excellency -because, did it not possess that, men would not be so ready to call on it to dignify n.nd add lustre to every great and noble, and liberal and religiolls enterprise, so soon as it seeks to take to itself a local habitation and form. Thus Freemasonry is seen to-day 3,S it was yesterday, and will be to-morrow, in the simpleness of its Faith, hand in hand with every good ent,erprise, whether in Art, or Science, or Religion, to bless and to advance its just aims. Most appropriate, then, is it placed here. Side bysidewith all true Religion. it is ever ready to bless, and to cheer, and bid God-speed to every e1fort of man to brill!? himself nearer to the perfections of that High and Holy One, in whom we all' live, move, and have our being." For this is the very object of Freemasonry itself. And in this it knows not, and cannot know any sectarianism. It puts no constraint on any man in point of creed. Its Catholicity in this is wide as the metes of God's universe itself. "It is difficult," says one, "for a man with strong convictions which he holds firmly, to be catholic to him who differs from him; while it is easy for one who sils apart, holding no form of creed, to be blandly tolerant of all. But when we find catholicity in alliance with a strong faith, the union is as admirable as it is rare." It is this~']liance, this union, that Freemasonry inculcates. Binding its disciples only to the recognition of the one true and living God, and to Faith in Him, it leaves to each the choice of his own form of creed, commending unto all that charity that" seeketh not her own." In that charity, and in that catholicity, lies its strength. To raise man out of darkness into light, to lift him out of the pit into which he has fal~en, and to cleanse him from the dirt of depravity with which that fall has covered him, ever pointing upwards, is the business of Freemasonry. It is with propriety and delight, then, that we unite here to-day with these our brethren, the descendants of God'S chosen people, the professors of His most ancient faith, in the laying the corner-stone of an edifice to be dedicated to the worship and praise of Him who is God over all, blessed forevermore. On the


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al tar here to be erected will be displrtyed the same Hol~ Book we keep ever open on our altar as our First Great Ijight. From a common source we learn His marvelous and merciful dealings with His people of old-His holy will and gracious promises unto all who will be obedient thereto. From its study all may learn that service which will be acceptable to Him. May they who shall worship here, worship Him in spirit and in truthoffering unto Him the sacrifice of clean hearts and contrite spirits. May His blessings rest on them and on this community, prospering them in all their laudable undertakings, and giving them unity and peace. May lIe enlighten them and us more and more with the light of His everlasting word; graft in our hearts a love of His truth; lead us in the way of all righteousness, and finally save us all with an everlasting salvation for His great name's sake. So mote it be. A very large amount of local and interesting business was transacted. J. Emmett Blackshear, Grand Secretary, submitted as usual a full and fine report on Correspondence, giving a detailed statement of general transactions in his own happy style. Samuel D. Irvin, Macon, G. M.; J. Emmett Blackshear, Grand Secretary and For. Cor.

IDAHO. Grand Lodge met in Boise City, Dec. 9, 1872. Jonas W. Brown, G. M.. presided. Eight Lodges represented. From the excellent Address of the Grand Master, we extract the following: "By their fruits ye shall know them," is a divine maxim. I desire to awaken and arouse your minds and hearts to the great moral principles upon which our institution rests, and' hich, I regret to say, are so seldom dwelt upon in our Subordinate Lodges. The initiate is reminded of them when he receives the degrees, but, from the example of many ofilcers and brethren, is made to believe there is no need of morality outside of the Lodge room. 1'00 many think they are good Masons if they are able 1,0 work their way into a Lodge. Ask them any questions about Lhe principles of the institution, and they exhibit an inexcusable ignorance of the first principles of Masonry. Many of our members never read a Mason's book or paper, and while they continue thus, we must expect them to be ignorant. Vvhen candidates are prepared for advancement, nothing but ritual is explained to them, and generally only just enough of that to enable them to pass a tolerable examination, We permit them to grow up without proper instruction in the principles and tenets of the order; consequently they become drones in the hive of Masonry. As an evidence of these facts, in almost every Lodge a very few members are expected to do all the work. Masonry, grand and sublime in her antiquity, and yet more grand and sublime in her tenets and principles, has cheered, guided and blessed thousands of the race. With the strength of benevolence and ardor of love, she has labored incessantly for the ~ood of her sons, and the welfare of humanity. Masonry is founded upon prmciples of truth and morality, as eternal as God, and pure as heaven, because divine. Masonry, breathing a fraternal spirit upon all people, seeks to establish a universal brotherhood, teaching the unity and existence of the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, by whose power and goodness "we live, move, and have our being," and the consequent duty of all to love, honor, and obey Him. She seeks to elevate our fallen humanity to a purer companionship and service. and direct the mind to the contemplation of the true end and aim of life. It is by the enforcement of these few 1"undamental truths of philosophy and religion, that she seeks to establish a general prosuerityand individual good. ThUS, opposing and condemning only the wrong, 'she is the friend of all, and commends herseIt' to universal favor. The end of Masonry is to teach Truth-even that system of divine morality imparted and ordained by the Creator for the government of man, considered in relation to himself, his neighbor~and his God. There are only two sources fa l' the uninitiated to obtain anytning like even an approximately correct knowledge of Masonry-the one, by observing the COllduct of Masons; the other, through our manuals or other written treatise on Masonry. Hence t.he


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importance of Masonic conduct confirming Masonic precept since by the former will our enemies insist on interpreting the la.tter. If Masonry inculcates morality, and the end of Masonry is to teach it. and induce obedience to it, then Masons themselves should be moral. I can only convince others of the importance of the truth I embrace by the effect that truth has upon my inward life; and this, again, can only be determined by my outer life, since the outer is the offspring of the inner, and the former but a reflection of the latter. If I pay a practical regard to any truth I believe, or any principle to which I adhere, I give the strongest possible evidence of my appreciation of it by the obedience I ~ive it, since the strongest test of love is obedience. The man whose cenduct habitually conflicts with his theory, and whose life is a standing contradilltion of his profession, is a sorry specimen of humanity-a premature edition of his race, without inlluence 01' respect. He is so manifestly inconsistent, and so absolutely at variance with himself, that none will believe his profession, 01' be Willing to imitate his example. A man whose belief and practice is It constant antagonism, lacks wisdom to govern himself, and is like a rudderless ship-in danger of being swayed by every sea of expediency, or prematurely wrecked on the coast of change. He forfeits admiration and secures only pity and disgust. DEClSIONS. NOVEMBER 22, 1871.-8hoshone Lodge, No.7, made application for a dispensation to receive the petition of Mr. Wolf for the degreeR, who had been rejected by said Lodge some four months previous. Dispensation refused, on the ground that the Grand Lodge had acted upon the matter, and that the Grand Master had no authority to grant a dispensation in this case. '< NOVEMBER 27, 1871.-The Worshipful Master of Pioneer Lodge, No.4, propounded to me the following questions: A candidate petitions Pioneer Lodge for the degrees, and was rejected. He then moved into the jurisdiction of Placer Lodge, where he remained three years. Q,. Can Pioneer Lodge receive his petition and confer the degrees now, without the consent of Placer Lodge? I answered, yes. Q,. Does the fact of his having petitioned tliis Pioneer Lodge, give Pioneer Lodge complete jurisdiction over him? I answered, yes; and, further, Placer Lodge could not receive his petition wIthout the consent of Pioneer Lodge. .JANUARY 5th, 1872.-It is not proper to appoint and install a Mason to office who is not a member of the Lodge. JANUARY 20th 1872.-An applicant being elected to receive the degrees in Boise Lodge, No.2, and failing to come forward within three months, to receive the degrees, could not receive them except upon a new petition and ballot, in the usual form. JANUARY 29th, 1872.-When a brother becomes a member of a Lodge by affiliation, the Lodge is entitled to hold his dimit. MARCH 5th, 1872.-An installed officer of a, Lodge cannot dimit during his term of office. MARCH 11th, 1872.-A person blind in one eye cannot be made a Mason. MARCH 14th, 1872.-.'3aloon-keepcrs ought not to be admitted to the mysteries of Freemasonry. Most of the business transacted was of a local natu~e. No report on Correspondence. Jno. Kennaly, Idaho City, G. M.; L. F. Cartee, Boise City, G. Sec.; Jonas W. Brown, Idaho City, For. Cor.

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The Grand Master rendered a full and complete report of Board of Relief during the great fire, and certificate of the correctness of tbe accounts by the Grand Masters of Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, and Iowa, along with' that of Secretary Brother Kingston, of Philadelphia, Private Secretary of the Grand Master. . Considering the excitement incident to the great emergency, it was probably the best and most faithfully executed trust ever witnessed in this country, and too much praise cannot be bestowed upon Grand Master Cregier and his faithful associates. • DECISIONS.

I need hardly say that during the year I have given decisions upon several hundred questions of Masonic law and usage. Most of them could have been determined by referring to our printed code. A few not clearly defined therein I submit for your cousideration. 1. The minimum fee provided by law for the De~rees in this jurisdiction is twenty-five dollars. To remit or promise to remit to the petitioner any portion of the fee as suC'h prescribed by law, is a clear and inexcusable violation thereof; nor does it matter whether the applicant is a clergyman or a layman] for every man, be he high or low, who enters our portals, honors himself, n01 Freemasonry.

2. Non-affiliated Masons, by their positions, surrender many rights and privileges, but there is no law forbidding Lodges or brethren to extend to such non-affiliates any courtesy or kindness they may desire, even to Masonic burial. 3. A brother on trial objected to the admission in Lodge of a non-member, who was an important witness in the case. I held that, under the circumstances, the objections might be overruled, and the witness admitted. 4. A member of a Lodge objected to the initiation of a candidate; said objections were sustained. The obje~ting brother subsequently dimitted from the Lodge, but he insisted that his objections remained of force. I decided that by the act of dimission he had forfeited all his rights in that particular Lodge; that his objections 10 the candidate ceased unless his reasons therefor were satisfactory to the Lodge or its Master. 5. A brother made in a 'Oo-called Military Lodge, if· workinO' under authority of a recognized Grand Lodge, is a regular Mason. If sueh Lodge is exUnct., a certificate of the Grand Secretary of the proper jurisdiction is an equivalent of a regular dimit. 6. A Ma!':ter may be tried by his Lodge for misconduct upon the expiration of b is official term; provided the charges shall contain nothing which can be justly construed as offi0ial acts. • 7. When a brother's petition to a Lodge for affiliation is rejected, and he renews his application to same Lodge at, any subsequent meeting, the petition must take the same course as when l1rst presented. 8. E. A. or F. C. made in Lodges which have become extinct, may petition and be advanced in the nearest Lodge. Such Lodges acquire jurisdiction over the territory formerly occupied by thl'! dormant Lodge. 9. Unless Lodge By-Laws otherwise provide, E. A. & F. C. may be advanced at any time after election and suitable proficiency. 10. When a member is suspended from a Lodge for non-payment of dues, the offender cannot be reinstated by merely paying his dues, but in addition thereto the Lodge must comply with sections 25 and 76, which require a twothirds voLe to re-instate a suspended Mason. whether :such suspension lS owing to non-payment of dues, or for any other oftence, is by our law immaterial.

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Grand Secretary, \vhoever is at fault), that it Is perfectly useless to print anything that has not been adopted, unless there be a vote by a Lodge upon the question. For instance, we can see no earthly use in loading down the Proceedings with such an entry as this: AMENDMENT TO CONS'II'l'U'I'ION.

'Vorshipful Brother McClintock, (272) offered the following amendment to the Constitutibn, which was not seconded by the Grand Lodge: Amend Section 2, Article XVI of the Constitution, by striking out the words " two-thirds" and sUbstituting therefor the word majority. If we were to print in our own Proceedings all the rejected proposUions offered, they would occupy about half the book. It is a perfect matter of indifference as to what Brother McClintock thou.ght the Constitution ou.ght to be, and by eliminating all rejected resolutions, &c., and throwing them in the waste basket, it will curtail an immense amount of" proposed" legislation, for it wili curtail the pride of many people of seeing themselves in print, which is one of the evils of the day. We offer this hint in all kindness, for we notice the same evil in many Grand Lodge Proceedings.

Brother Joseph Robbins submitted the Report on Correspondence, and it is certainly a very able and Masonic one. One of the most difficult things in the world, is to review a good report. When everything is lovely and" the goose hangs high," what can one say? Now, when we come across one full of things we cannot agree with, then there is a chance for some fun, and we regret to say that Brother Robbins does not give us that chance; he is altogether too good for us to attacl{, and to copy him would fill our report to undue proportions. . JainesA. Hawley, Dixon, G. M.; Orlin H. Miner, Springfield, Grand Sec.; Joseph Robbins, Quincy, For. Cor.

INDIANA. Grand Lodge met in Indianapolis, May 27, 1873. Christian Fetta, G. M., presided. "Constitutional number of Lodges represented." '1'he address was an admirable busine3s document. He reported having granted dispensations for tw,enty-four new Lodges. He drew attenUon to the insecure condition of the Archives of the Grand Lodge, and recommended an improvement. He also reports the following: LODGES, THEIR WORK AND RECORDS.

I have visited and examined the records of many Lodges, from which I am enabled to p:esent to you the following facts: . One third of these Lodges have good records, accurately kept, an honor to the officers and creditable t,o the Fraternity. . The minutes of one-third have not been signed by the Worshipful Master. The minutes of one-third of the Lodges do not show that candidates for advancement have shown suitable proficiency. One twenty-fifth of the Lodges ballot for candidates at Called Communications. One twenty-fifth of the Lodge records do not show that any of the officers or members were present at any of the Communications. . One-twelfth of the Lodges receive notes for the payment of dues. 'While this practice should be discouraged and discon~inued, it is, however, an im路


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provement upon the custom of many Lodges who have system of settle~ ment whatever. One twenty-fifth of the Lod~es do not ballot for ca.ndidates for the second or third degree. One-twelfth of the Lodges follow a practice of calling off from one meeting to another, without ever closing. The records of one twenty-fifth of the Lodges do not show any reports from the Committees on Character. . The records of one twenty-fifth of the Lodges do not show that any ballot has been had, and upon the report of the Committee on Character the candidate has been declared elected or rejected. One-twelfth of the Lodges declare cases of emergency to advance a candidate to the second 01' third degree. . No argument is needed to show. that these unlawful proceedings, if not checked, will undermine the very foundation of our orgamzation. The existence of some of these Lodges ,vould have been of short duration, had t.hey not been able to show that some of these apparent irregularities were occasioned by omissions and mistakes in the records, by the Secretary. In many of the Lodges the Secretaries are either ignorant or indifterent as to their duties. In some instances, (from long continuance in office) the Secretary has become an autocrat, and rules the Lodge, hi:.; Master and Wardens. It is the duty of the Secretary to observe the Worshipful Master's will and pleasure, an.d the Master is in duty bound to see that this officer does what is required of him. The Master should never permit any officer below him to usurp his authority. It is the Master's duty to supervise and direct aU business, and to control and direct his subordinate officers. Lodge records should show who presided as Master and Wardens, and the names of all the officers, members and visitors present at each Communication. It may be said that these are matters of mere form; but with equal truth it may be urged that the work of a Lodge is matter at" form; the rites, the ceremonies, and the entire Ritual of Masonry are matters of form; yet the preservation of these forms keep alive the very substance of Masonry. The observance of prescribed forms is vital.. not simply as a history of the Lodge, but to the existence and perpetuity of tne Fraternity. BY-LAWS.

Much confusion in Subordinate ,Lodges, and no little annoyance in the Grand Lodge, has been caused by the many conflicting laws Subordinate LOllges have been allowed to adopt and enforce. In one instance a Lodge presented its By-Laws at our Annual Communication in 1871, and aHcr many amendments had been recommended and adopte~t they were returned to the Subordinate Lodge approved, as amended, by this urand Lodge. These amendments had been lost sight of, and in January last twenty-five members of that Lodge were suspended by the mcre notice of the Worshipful Master. I need but refer you to another case with which ;you are familiar, that of ColumbiaLodge, U. D. See proceedings ofl871 and 1872. !tis the duty ofLhe Grand Lodge to prepare a uniform code of By-Laws for 8ubordinate Lodges, and enforce their adoption. With these there might be added a skeleton or form for keeping Lodge minutes. . From a sense of duty to the Craft, with the assistance of our Right Worshipful Brother thE' Grand Secretary, I have prepared a code of By-Laws, and directed the Grand Secretary to issue an order requiring each Lodge receiving a dispensation to adopt the By-Laws as an outline for their government while working under our dispensation, a copy of which is herewith submitted. DECISIONS.

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The following questions have been submitted to me for decisio:n: U Charges and Specifications were preferred against a brother in our Lodge, read and spread upon the minutes." "Can the Brother that preferred the charges withdraw them without the consent of the Lodge '/" , Decision. The charges are the property of the Lodge, and cannot be withdrawn without the unanimous consent of the Lodge. The charges and specifications in this case were preferred against a brother tor habitual drunkenness. Justice to the accused and the Lodge, as well as the Masonic Fraternity, demand that charges should be investigated and ajudgment rendered according to the testimony. If the accused is found not gUilty, or 1f


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the charges are found to be malicious. a majority of the members would so decide and exhonerate the accused. If the accused is found guilty of the charges, the Lodge would be in duty bound, according to section 108 of our rules, to suspend",or expel him from all the rights and privileges of Masonry; and neither the accuser nor a majority of the members can restore him to membership, for section 149 requires a unanimous vote to restore to membership a member who has been suspended or exrelled for any cause whatever. The following question was submitted to me: "Can a request from a Lodge in New Yorli be-received by a L'-·dge in our jurisdiction to confer the degree ofM. M. upon a Bro. F. C. who had been elected to receive that degree in the said New York Lodge, without a formal petition from the Bro. F. C., and a reference to a Committee on Character?" I held that the Lodge can receive the request, and if there be no objection, and the Lodge is satisfied that the person named in the req uest is a F. C. Mason, the Lodge has a right to confer the degree as requested, without the petition or reference. I • The following was submitted for decision. Grand Lodge Regulations, paragraph 108: "If a brother persists in the sale or use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, after l;Jeing admonished by the Lodge, is it the duty of the Lodge to suspend or expel him? Can a brot.her be admonished by the Lodge without trial, and if so, by what method should it be brought about?" I answered: A Lodge may aOppoint some brother to wait upon the offender, admonish him or notit'y him of the fact that the sale or use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage is a Masonic offence, and a violation of the rules and regulations of our Grand Lodge. Or, the Master and Wardens may counsel with him against the wrong practice, admonish him to desist, or the law must be enforced. After haVing been admonished, ifhe still continues, or does not reform, prefer charges against him and ift"ound guilty infiict the penalty according to section 108, Grand Lodge Rules and RegUlations. Q,. Brother D. D. N. was tried in our Lodge for un-Masonic conduct on five speclfical.ions. The fifth specification was ruled out by the Worshipful Master as being vague and indefinite. On the first and second he was acquitted; on the third and fourth he was found guilty and suspended for one month, from which he took an appeal to the Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge sustained the appeal, and remanded the case back to the Lodge for a new trial. Now, can the Lodge try Brothel' N. twice for the same offence? He has already been tried on the first four specifications; on the first and second he was acquitted, and on the third and fourt.h he was found gUilty, and has suffered the entire penalty long before the Grand Lodge met. Can the ~odge amend_the fifth specification and try him on that alone? I held. You cannoL again put him on trial on the first and second specifications. On the third and fo~rth specifications, it is your duty to try him again. On the fifth specification, if it was matter not embraced in either of the other charges, that is, if it was a distinct transaction, a different offence, he can be proceeded against again, either in a new proceeding, or possibly together with the third and fourth specifications, But charges cannot be amended, either in substance or form, after they have b.een read by the 8ecretary to the Lodge, except upon order of the Worshipful Master in open Lodge, upon cause shown. Q,. Brot.her - - was expelled from our Lodge, from which he appealed. The Grand Lodge sustained the appeal, remanded the case to the Lodge for a new trial, with leave to amend specifications. Is it the duty of the Lod!!e to amend the specifications and go into trial if the aggrieved party does not wish the case tried again? Does the granting of a new trial reinstate him the same as he was before he was tried? Can the evidence taken at the last trial be received in the new trial in the absence of the witnesses? I held, • .F 'irst. It is the privilege of the Lodge to amend; Second. It is the duty of the Lodge to proceed to trial unless the accu~er, the accused, and the Lodge unanimously assent to the wi t.hdrawal of the charges; Third. The defendant in the case referred to~ stands (with reference to the Lodge) as he did after the charges were preferrea, before trial; . .Fou1·th.

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second trial. Witnesses dead who testified at the former trial, can not of course be examined again. You may prove what they testified to on the former trial. Q,. A brother is elected Worshipful Master of a Lodge in 1871, elected.again in 1!S72. Is a second installation required? Is the installatIon ceremonIes adopted by our Grand Lodge the only ceremonial ritual to be used or observed at the installation of officers of Subordinate Lodges? A. Every officer of a constituted Lodge must be installed before exercising - any of the fnnctions of his office. (See Sec. 30. R. and R. G. L.) A re-installation is necessitated by the re-election. The ceremonial ritual for the installation of officers adopted by tbe Grand Lodge must be used and observed as a part and parcel of the rules and regulations of this Grand Lodge. Q,. A man is superintendent of a brewery where they manufacture ale, has no interest in the concern; is he eligible for the degrees, or would the action of the Grand Lodge prevent him? HeldThat his admission would be an infringement upon the spirit and meaning of the law. Every Lodge is prohibited from conferring any of the degrees of Masonry upon anyone who makes it his busIness to manufacture or sell intoxicating liquors to be used as a beverage. (Sections 108 and 109.) It needs no proof or argument to show that ale is intoxicating. or the brewery a place where liquor is manufactured, such as is contemplated by the law, and he who superintends is as guilty of the Masonic offence as the owner of the establishmen~ . WHY SHOULD

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This is a, question generally asked by the Committ.ee who have been appointed to investigate the character of an applicant who seeks t.o gain admission into our Order. Even the members who feel an interest in the welfare of tbe Lodge, ask of each other the same question; and if, npon a searching investigation, they tind he has not committed crime, and does not lead n. positively bad life, they report favorably on his application, and the members of the Lodge receive him as a manjree born and well recommended. From the Grand Treasurer's report we find $18,182.10 balance on hand. I

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Your Committee, to wbom was referred the application of Brothel' H. M. T - - , of AshIer Lodge, No. 63, at Pleasant Hill, Montgomery county. to this Grand Lodge for relief, have considered the 'same, and submit the following report: We fully believe that the applicant is a worthy member of our Fraternity. and a proper subject for Masonic sympathy and aid; yet we deem it inexpedient, for this Grand Lodge to take any action in the case, since, if favorable to the applicant, such action would become a troublesome, ifnpt a dangm¡ousprecedent. The great objects of Masonry are benevolence and charity; but the preroga-

}~~~~~fi~~~eIi:;~d1~t~r~uati~tf~iI~d~~~~s~~ii;:n~~~e~~~~Ci~,~ ~~I1e~~lh~e~~gffeer~ ing and distressed is the duty of Subordinate Lodges, and the members of the Fraternity; therefore, . Resolved, That Brother R. M. T . - - should have applied first to his own Lodge, and then through his Lodge to the members of the Fraternity.

This is sound doctrine. Relative to the last decision of the Grand Master the Committee ~eported as follows: THE SEVENTH Q,UESTION.-" A man is superintendent of a brewery wh~re they manufacture ale, but has no interest in the concern ' is he eligible for the degrees, or would the action of the Grand Lodge prevent him?" The answer is in the affiJ'mative; a Qecision that the Committee would prefer not being called upon to defend, nor do they wish to attack it. How rar the laborer who is engaged at his daily toils, or the hnsbandman who plants and raises hops, barleY,'corn, rye, etc., is a party to the crime of manufacturing intoxicating drinks, is rather too metaphysical and fine spun to be distinctly visible to the naked eye. . Sound again. Brother Martin H. Rice, Past Grand Master, submitted a very interesting and just report on Correspondence. He quotes liberally from the Address of

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Grand Master Garrett, and we regret that having copied so fUlly from the Proceedings before us tbat we cannot occupy the space necessary to do Brother Rice justice, in quoting many of his sound and timely views. Indiana was late in joining tbe reportorial corps, but having done so, she does nobly. Christian Fetta, Richmond, G. M.; Jno. M. Bramwell, Inqianapolis, G. Sec.

IOWA. Througb tbe kindness of Brother Theo. S. Parvin, Grand Secretary, we are in possession of advance sheets of Grand Master's Address and Rcport on Foreign Correspondence, delivered to tbat Grand Lodge, June 3d. Brother O. P. Waters, G. M., presided. From his admirable Address we quote the following: SIGNING BY-LAWS.

In tbe year 1867, Grand Master Peck decided, in effect, that a brot.her receiving the degrees in a Lodge, and failing to sign the By-Laws, was not a member of that Lodge, but could either join any other LOdge to which he chose to apply, or would remain non-affiliated, and that brethreu raised in a Lodge, but not signing the By-Laws, had no ri~ht to participate in the business of that Lodge, except such as any non-affiliate might have. This decision I consider erroneous and have so decided during the past year.. I hold that no Lodge has a right 拢0 make non-affiliates, and that a brother raised to the sublime degree in a Lodge is, by that act made a member of it, and tbat he has no more right to deeline t9 sign its By-Laws than he has to decline to perform any other Masonic duty; and that even it' he does'refuse to do so, he is, by the uriginal petition, bound to abide by the laws of the Order... one of the oldest of which IS, that a Mason ought to belong to some Lodge. if it could be objected that he might desire to join some other Lodge, there can be no force in the objection so long as there is no law against dimission, and if he chooses to incur the penalties attaching to non-affiliation, our law should not assist him, and no Lod~e has a right to confer the degrees on anyone not worthy of membership in It. The practical part of this question is, that it is seldom raised except improperly, as, tor instance, when it is thought desirable to cal'ry some point, the probability of which depends on ruling out certain votes, or where some office is to be filled, and a majority can be obt.ained by the uu-Fraternal course; whUe, if money is wanted, or members can be used, it is seldom heard of. But even if this were not so, still justice is, in my opinion, best subserved by the decision lbave arrived at, and I hope it will obtain your approval. Because of its importance I have given it tbis much of prominence. DIRELICTION OF LODGES.

The general remissness of officers of Lodges in acting and making returns of action on matters submitted to them is greatly t路o be deplored .. In accordance with the action or the Grand Lodge iast year, the Grand Secretary issued a circular calling for information necessary and proper to be furnished by the Lodges. Accompanying this, I issued a cirCUlar, or edict, urging a prompt return of these papers, properly filled, and threatening tovisH With suitable punishment the officers refusing or neglecting to respond within a reasonable time. I am informed by the Grand Secretary that up to this time a very large percentage of the Lodges have refused or failed to pay any attention to the matter. I suppose he will, in his report, give you 11 list of the Lodges thus delinquent., The same is, I also learn from him, true in relation to the amendment of Grand Lodge By-Laws, appointing the election of officers in Subordinates to be beld in April' instead of May-scarcely enough votes to carry it haVing been received. I mention these matters for your action. I consider that the dignity of the Grand Lodge is closely touched by this persistent neglect of Lodges in making responses to matters submitted to them. It is, in ma.ny instances, wilful neglect of known obligation. As the Grand Master holds his office for so short a time, while be can but notice the contempt shown his authority, he feels more disposed to overlook what his charity leads him to ascribe rather to unintentional oversight than criminal neglect, and so he passes it by. I hltve found it so In these cases mentioned, though I am satisfied that if the Gmnd Secretary had reported to me the delinquents, I should have felt compelled to'sustain the dignity of the Grand Lodge.


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DECISIONS.

I find the decisions made during the past year are in the main, duplicates of the year before (and. indeed, of several years before), and therefore scarcely necessary to be again reported. As there are, however, a few of them which cannot be too often repeated, and some in which old ideas are presented in somewhat new form, I present them for your consideration. Q,. - - - - Lodge, No. - , about six months ago, made an Entered Apprentice. A short time after receiving the degree, Mr. - - moved to this place, and his Lodge requested our Lodge to conter the other degrees on him if .. found worthy" (these are their words). Our Lodge received their request, and a committee was appoint.ed, and they reported favorably. A ballot was had and he was rejected. After that I informed the Master of - - - - Lodge t.hat our Lodge refused to do the work. He then said that they had balloted for him to be made a Fellow Craft; before the request was sent to us. Now, does Mr. - - - belong to them or to us, or can they ~o on and confer the degrees as though we had never had anything to do with him?

A. The brother belongs to the Lodge in whIch he recei ved the First Degree, and the result in your Lodge is equivalent to a refusal of ~'our Lodge to do the work for them. He is their material, and under their control until raised. They shOUld, however, be very careful when there are real objections even in another Lodge, and investigate the character of the applicant. with caution. Q,. First. Has the Lodge a right to assess a fine upon any of its officers t'or non-attendance upon each meeting? Second. Is it proper for the Lodge, by resolution, to appoint, or say, each Tuesday evening shall be a special meeting? Is it not the duty of the Master of the Lodge to call each special meeting'? Thi1路d. Have we the right to have the minutes of a regular or special communication read at a special meeting called for instruction?

A. First. I know of no law against it, and think the Lodge might do so; yet I consider it very bad policy to introduce such borrowed regulation into a Lodge. Second. It is not proper. The Master should call all special meetings. ''1'hwd. It is optional with the Master. There is no impropriet,y in so reading them, but the Lodge has no 1'ight to call for the reading. Q,. When two or more Lodges have convened separately, and opened Lodge in the 'Third Degree, and while so open formed themselves in procession to attend the funeral of a deceased brotbel~ can members so met together vouch for each other in a SUbsequent open LodO'e of Master Masons, having never before met each other under the forms of Masonry except while in procession as above mentioned?

A. They would not be competent to vouch for each other. See Grand Lodge By-Laws. . If a Master Mason's daughter marries a man not a Mason, does it debar from all benefits, and especially ad~ission to the festivals?

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A. She is no less the.daughter of a Mason because she is married to a profane. There are many opinions as to her 1'ights after such marria~e. I know of no better law and gospel on the subject tha.n is found in 1 Corinthians, vii chapter, 14th verse, to which I would refer you. Q,. Over a year. ago a brother was suspended in - - Lodge for non-payment of dues, without notice being served on or mailed to him, and the Secretary's books only show that he was delinquent in January with others, continued on from month to month until June, when. "on motion, he was suspended," without trial or notice. Is his suspension legal 01' not? What course shall we pursue to reinstate him?

A. Certainly his suspension is not legal, and he is not suspended. No Mason can be deprived of the rights lights and privileges of his Lodge, without due trial and conviction. Notify i lim to pay his dues, and if he neglect or refuse prefer charges re~u1arly, and proceed to try hIm according to the rules laid down for your gUidance. Q,. First. After a brother has been sm;pehded, has the Lodge a right to re-consider such a vote or not? Second. Can a suspended brother be re-instated without a vote of the Lodge? A. First. The Lodge has no right to re-consider a vote suspending a brother at a meeting previous to the one at which the motion is made, or at the same meeting after any of the brethren voting have left tbe room. Second. A suspended brother c.an not be re-instated except by a vote of the Lodge, and in the mAnner set forth in section 4 "of Restorations," Grand Lodge Constitutions,


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etc. Except that, on appeal to Grand Lodge, the action of the Lodge may be reversed. Q. Pint. A Master Mason holding a dimit from a regular constituted Lodge of A.I". and A. M., and asking membership in the Lodge under whose jurisdiction he now resides, is it not the duty of said Lodge to receive him? Second. Should a Masonnnaking such a petition be black-balled is it not the duty of the brother casting a black-ball to prefer' charges, if said petitioner is g-uiltyof un-Masonic conduct? Thi1"d. Can such case be re-considered? Fourth. Can a new Lodge be chartered in a town whele one now exists? Fifth. Can a Lodge surrender its charter of its own accord? Sixth. If so, how, and under what circumstances? Seventh. In case of surrender 路of Charter, can it be returned on petition of any number of members of said Lodge?

A. .F'ir~t. 'rhe Lodge is at perfect, Iibert.y to receive or reject tile petitioner yet we are not doing our Masonic duty when we compel a worthy brother to remain non-affiliated. It would be much more manly and Masonic to prefer charges, if guilty of un- Masonic conductand un worthy of mem bersbip. Second. Answered above. Third. Such ballot can not be re-considered, but the petitioner may renew his petition at ever.y regular meeting of the Lodge, petition, of course. to go through the regular 10rm. }tou1"th. Not unless the population exceed ;~,500. Fifth. No Lodge can surrender it~ charter so long as seven members, Master Masons, elect to retain it, work it, and obey it. A Lodge may surrender its charter when there are not seven Master Masons (members) Who wish to retain it. Sixth. Answer above. Seventh. Upon proper showing and petition, the Grand Master may issue a dispensation 1'01' a new Lodge when the charter is surrendered. 'l'he Grand Lodge only can return or issue charters. Q. Has a Lodge the right to advance a Fellow Craft while under a written protest on file in tbe Lodge by a Master Mason, but since filing said protest has dimitted from the Lodge, and refuses to withdraw saId protest?

A. A member of a Lodge may ob,iect to ~he advance~entof a brotber, and his objection must be resl?ectE;d. When lus membershIp cea.ses, his right of objection is, by reason of hIS wItbdrawal, done away. An outSIder has no 1'ight to a voice in the management of the affairs of a Lodge., Q,. ]i'i1路st. What are the special duties of a. committee when appointed to try a brother, and when and how are they to act in the case? Second. At what. time lIm'ing the trial, 01' after the charges are preferred, shall the committee act?

A. Pi1'st. 'l'heir duties are to appoint a time for hearing the evidence and aiving due and timely notice, and no evidence is valid unless taken when the accused is present, either in person or by counsel, unless, of course, when be refuses to attend. Second. The committee act at any time most convenient to them, after allowing the accused the time he is entitled to, after the citatIOn. The committee to take, in writing, all the eVidence, both for prosecution and defense, and report. to the Lodge for acUon. Q. First. If a Past Master is called on by the .Junior Warden of a Lodge to preside in the absence of theftrst two officers of the Lodge, C<'1.n he overrule the wishes of the ,Junior Wa.rden? Second, Can the otficers of a Lodge be installed by prox~:, ~nd espe<:ially t!Je Master? . 'l'J.!i1路d. Has the Master of ~ Lodge any right, or IS It Ma~olllc, to dIsregard the WIshes of the Master-elect In regard to t.he time of installation, when the. sa~e does not materially affect the Craft, and aga.inst the wishes of a large ma,lonty of the membe.rs of the Lodge? .Fourth. Should I not demand to be installed before assuming the duties of Worshipful Mast.er of the Lodge, and if so, does it require a dispensHtioll of the Grand Master~

A. Ph'st. The Junior Warden, in the absence of the Master and Senior 'Varden is, for the time, Master, and he :,;hould have exercised his prerogatives, A room full of Past Masters could not depri ve him of his righ t of succession in the absence of his superior officers, and consequently, if he called a Past Master to preside, the latter would only do so under his supervision, and could not properly act contmry to his wishes. The Junior Warden 1I1UST, in tbe absence of his superior officers, take the responsibility and en,ioy the prerogatives of the chief otficers of the I.Jodge, and no one can f.ake them from hIm. Second. No officers of a Lodge can be installed by proxy. 'l'hird. It is the power of the Master to appoint the meeting for installation, if according to regulation. It 'wonl~, however, be in bad taste at least, to disregard the wishes of his Lodge and the Master-elect. FouTth. You MUST be installed be1'oreassuming the duties of Master, and it will require dispensation to install at any other time than that required by the By-Laws of the <:lrand Lodge. He paid a high and deserved tribute to the Masonic worth and assistance of Brother Parvin. In the Grand Secretary's report we find the following practical remarks relative to


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FEES FOR DEGREES:

A few of the Lodges still disregard the Order to divide the sums assigned to the several degrees by five, charging for each degree $5, SIO, $15, or $20, as they like, so as to make the per centage either twenty-five, fifty or seventy-five cents, and not every sum between, so as to embarras the correction, settlement, etc. In this connection,warranted by the sad experience of depleted treasuries, shown by the answers to the Schedule of Q,uestions, we would suggest that there is good reason for raising the mini m um fee for degrees, now that the per cen tage of everything else is so much greater than it was in 1844,.when $20, the fee then, went further than $50 would now. His report is very full and complete. In the report on Foreign Correspondence we find a new member introduced to the Society by Brother Parvin, as follows: While the law makes the Grand Secreta"ry ex-officio chairman of the committee, after having written several reports, it has been his object, oflate years, to voluntarily devolve this duty upon different members of the Grand Lodge (for two years upon each, when desired), in order to give the new brothers the opportunity to distinguish themselves, which so many of them are capable of doing. It is the pleasure of the Grand Secretary to introduce to the members of the so-called" Mutual Admiration Society," Brother Ercallbrack, the writer of the following report, who while no poet or wit, as Corson is, will yet give a sensible reason for the faith that is in him. That the proceedings of some onhe Grand Lodges are not reviewed, is no fault of his or mine. Great heavens, what we would give to find some new brothers wanting the opportunity to distinguish themselves in this field! At the present writing, it is September 13th, half-past four, A. M., and in a few minutes more the cock will crow, and we have sat in this chair since seven A. M., on the 12th, with only thirty minutes for a lunch. Now, if anybody wants to distinguish themselves 1'01' several weeks;and for nothing, they can find ajob right here. We congratulate Brother Pn.rvin in being able to find one victim, at least, and what is tbe most agreeable part of it, he roped in Brother Thos. It. Ercanbrack to do the work, which be certainly did in a manner nobly and creditably to Ilimself and his Grand Lodge. It is one of the most refreshing and intelligent reports we have read for a long time, and from the pronunciation of his name, we judge that he was a new citizen, and hence Brot.her Parvin had good luck in catching such a valuable and laborious victim. He quotes fully from address of Grand Master Garrett, and of our Chaplains, says: ' Among the" appointed officers" we find seven Grand Chaplains. We shall expect that under so much pastoral supervision, the Grand Lodge of Missouri will remain" orthodox." You bet it is" orthodox." For ten years, to our own personal knowledge, the Grand Lodge of Missouri has not had a regularly appointed Chaplain to do the work, except on one or two occasions, the balance of it being done by some pions brother, as a layman. We suppose the number seven was chosen on account of its being a sacred number; such as the seven Sabba.tical years; seven years of plenty; seven years of famine; seven years of bondage; seven years of jubilee; seven years of grace; seven churches of the Ephesians; seven gates of the temple; seven-year locusts; seven-winged dragons; seven liberal arts and sciences; the five human senses added to the other two necessary conditions of life, viz: a clear conscience and a g<;)Qd digestion-which makes seven; seven wonders of the world, to which another has been added, viz: "pitch seven up;" and we think that with this explanation the Grand Lodge of Iowa ought to extend the lecture of S. D. in the F. C. Degree and make it very interesting. Down here in Missouri we can turn up sevens till you cannot rest, and in order to ease the conscience of Brother Ercanbrack, we will say that six of the Grand Chaplains are set apart for the Grand SecretarY,and yet he is not happy.


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Joseph Chapman, Dubuque, G. M.; T. S. Parvin, Iowa City, Grand Sec. and Fo!·. Cor.

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KANSAS. Grand Lodge met in Fort Scott, Oct. 16,1873. .Tno. M. Price, G. M., presided. The Committee on Credentiais reported" a Constitutional number of Lodges represented. " • The Grand Master announced having issued dispensations for twenty new Lodges. He has also adopted the Missouri.rule of not issuing any dispensations within three months of the meeting of Grand Lodge, He says: DECISIONS.

During tile past year I have been called upon to give my official opinion upon many questions of Masonic law and usage. Full and explicit answers to most of these questiolls could have been found in the Constitution and by-laws of the Grand Lodge, and tlte approved decisions of my predecessors; and much correspondence and delay could have been avoided if the officers and memben, had consulted these authorities. While I do not intend to censure or complain, I cannot refrain from repeating, in this connection, what has been said before; "Our officers and brethren do not I'ead and st,udy our laws as they should; if they did, they would not have occasion to address the Grand Master quite so often on Masonic.luri&prudence." Of the many decisions made by me during the year, I deem but few of them of sufficient importance to report to this body. Such as are submitted for your consideration, will be found in the annexed exhibit, marked "A." The whole address was a most excellent one, and we regret that we cannot give it more space. It shows that he has thought, honestly and faithfully, of the dignity of his office. DECISIONS.

1. If a Grand Lodge Committee embody in their report any voluntary state-

ments or opinions, not germain to the subject before them, and not in accordance with the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, and such report is formally received and adopted, and no further action is taken thereon by the Grand Lodge, I am of the opin~>n that the mere adoption of such a report does not repeal the By-Laws, or in anywise change the established jurisprudence of the Grand Lodge. 2. It is not improper for the minutes of a Lodge to state tha't the lecture appertaining to the degree conferred, was delivered or explained to the candidate. 3. After a candidate for the degrees of Masonry has been balloted for and elected, no ballot is necessaryon his advancement, unless a ballot is demanded by some brother. Any brother has the right to demand a ballot, or to object in open Lodge, to the initiation or advancement of a candidate at any time before the obligation is administered. If another ballot is demanded, it must be ordered. If the objection is made in open Lodge, it should benoted on the minutes, and t.he degrees cannot be conferred until the objections are withdrawn, or the objecting brother ceases to be a member. The objecting brother is not required to give his reasons. ( 4. A member has no right to interpose ~b.jections to the initiation of a can· didatebnor the advancement of a brother In behalf of lind as proxy for some other rather. 5. It is not only the right, but the duty, of every officer and member, to vote on all petitions and other ballots. This duty is imperative unless the brother is excused by a majority vote of the Lodge.


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6. A candidate has been elected and the First and Second Degrees conferred. A brother desired to prevent his further advancemeI!~Jbut did not wish the fact to be known. He therefore privately informed the worshipful Master that he had objections to the brother receiving the Third Degree. I decided that the Worshipful Master ought not to entertain such objections, and should not refuse to confer the degree. It is the dnty of any objecting brother to attend the Lodge in person, and either demand a ballot on the question of advancement, or make his objections known in open Lodge and h.ave t .e fact noted on the minutes. 7. According to the regulations in this jurisdiction, there is no limit in which an E. A. or 1". C. is required to apply for advancement. 8. An E. A. or F. C. who may have been hlack-balled on bis application for advancement, can renew his applicathm at any stated meeting thereafter, and, if.no ballot is demanded, nor objections made, he is entitled to be advanced. 9. It is not proper to confer the degrees on one having a "club-foot." 10. A candidate who has lost the first joint of his right thumb is not physically qualified to receive the degrees. 11. Any member of a Lodge has a right to prevent a Master Ma'son visiting his Lodge 011 account of in emperance, immoral conduct, or for other causes, although such visitor may hold a dimit and be in good standing. 12. A Lodge, or any member, has the right to object to the admission of visitors. When such objections are made, it is the duty of the \Vorshipful Master to refuse the visitor admissionhand such visitor cannot claim admission as an inherent right, nor demand t e reason for the objection. . 13. A Master Mason who did not sign the petitioil for a dispensation cannot be elected to an office in the Lodge while under dispensation, for the obvious reason that he is not a member of such Lodge. 14. A Lod~e, while worldng under dispensation, cannot admit members on dimit, by atfihatlon. Such a Lodge can only add to its membership by conferring the degrees indicated in the dispensation. 15. A brother must be examined as to his proficiency at a stated meeting. After he has been so examined and elected, he may be advanced at a special meeting called for that purpose. 16. In obtaining the consent of one Lodge that another Lodge may receive the petition and confer the degrees, it is sufficient that such consent be given by a majority vote; unless, however, the applicant had been registered by the Lodge giving the consenthin which event the vote must be unanimous. It is not necessary to obtain t e consent of any Lodge except the one haVing jurisdiction of the applicant,

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17. Jesse T. Nichols and Henry T. Nichols applied to Olat.he Lodge, No. 19, for the Degrees of Masonry, and were duly elected. Before the petitioners were initiated. Olathe Lodge ascertained that they resided within the jurisdicLion 01' Monticello Lodge, No. 43, and communicated the facts to said Monti-cello Lodge, and asl{ed its consent to confer the de~rees, which consent was given in writing. On the 21st at" October, 1871, the candidates were accordingly initiated Un the 21st of December, 1871, Olathe Lodge received a communication fl'om Monticello Lodge, stating that it had, at a subsequent meeting, rescinded iLs-action ~rant足 ing such consent, and asked that further proceedings on the part of Olathe Lodge be stopped. '1'he question having arisen as to which at' the said Lodges has j urisdictiun over the brotbers, and which sbould pass and raise them [ am of opinion that when Monticello Lodge gave its consent that Olathe i odge should confer the degrees, and, in pursuance thereOf, actually confer.red the First Degree, then, Olathe Lodge acquired such jurisdiction as entitled it to confer all the degrees. The subsequent rescinding at" the consent by Monticello Lodge, after Olathe Lodge had conferred the First Degree, does not atfeet tbe question of jurisdiction. 18. While three Master Masons, who are members of the Lodge, may open and close a Lodge of Master Masons, it requires seven to transact any business. 19. When a brother applies for affiliation, and his petition is referred to the usual Committee of Investigation, the committee should be satisfied from" due cxaminatio? of lawfulinform::ttion," that the petitioner is ~ Master Mason, in good standmg, before reportmg favorably. If the committee, without this examination or information, report favorably and the brother is elected, but cannot prove himself a Master Mason, and the Lodge is not in possession of the required information, he should be refused admission into the Lodge.


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20. In 1855 or 1856, Andrew McDonald was initiated as an Entered Apprentice in Leavenworth Lodge, No.2 Brother R. R. Rees being Grand Master. In a short time thereafter Brother McDonald moved to Lecompton. In January or February, 1857, Brother Rees, then Most Worshipful Grand Master, was at Lecompton and visited Geary Lodge, U. D., at that place. Brother McDonald a:pplied to Geary Lodge to be advanced. Brothel' Rees, by mistake, vouched for him as a Fellow Oraft, and in his capacity as Grand Master, granted a dispensation to Geary Lodge to confer the Third Deg7'ee on Brother McDonald,asnpposed Fellow Craft, and thereupon Brother Rees conferred the degree himself. After reflecting UpOl~ the subject during the night, Brother McDonald becamesatisfted that there had been some mistake, and so informed Grand Master Rees next morning. It was then apparent to both of them that Brother McDonald had never been made a FelJowCraft. To rectify this anamoly, as far as possible, the two retired to a private room, and Brother Rees as Grand Master, then and there info,mally conferred the degree of Fellow Craft on Brother McDonald. This latter proceeding was not reported to Geary Lodge, and none of the proceedings were reported to Leavenworth Lodge, No.2. Geary Lodge never obtained a Charter. Its dispensation was surrendered-none of its records are in existence. In Leavenworth Lodge, No.2, there are no records relating to the matter subsequent to Brothel' McDonald's initiation. Brother McDonald. now living iu Alabama, having recently applied to Leavenworth Lodge, No.2, to know his status, and to obtain a dimit, I decided that Leavenworth Lodge had no jurisdiction over the brother; that the Grand Master, as SUCh, could take no official action, and that the ease was one over which the Grand Lodge alone had jurisdiction. The proceedings are elegantly printed on tinted paper, and the subject matter judiciously and systematically arranged. Brother E, T. Carr submitted a charming report on correspondence, reviewing, fully and frankly, all the Ameri"can and Canadian Grand Lodges. â&#x20AC;˘ Jno. l\I. Price, Atchison, G. M.; Jno. H. Brown, Leavenworth, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

KENTUCKY. Grand Lodge met in Louisville, Oct. 22, 1872. Edward R ..Tones, G. M., presided. The Committee on Credentials repo}¡t "a sujftcient number of Lodges represented." It unfortunately falls to our lot to take up these Proceedings in the small hours of the morning, and from the very poor paper, thin ink and broken type, under a gas-light, it is almost impossible for us to read the Annual Address, but from what we can make out, we shall say that it is a good one, and complete in all its parts. Life is too short, and we are too bUSY, to spend a whole night in deciphering either bad manuscript or bad printing, and the same excuse must be offered by us in reviewing the always good and acceptable Report on Correspondence by Brother J. l\I. S. McCorkle, the Grand Secretary. His review of Missonri is a fraternal one, and he fully agrees with us that a Lodge is not an incohate concern, without life or charadeI'.

We hope he will not get angry with us for criticising the imperfect manner in which the Proceedings are printed, for we do not know whose fault it is, but we do so only as an excuse why we have not been able to read them at night-a time when nearly all our work is done in this line. We find the total resources of the Grand Lodge to be $106,600, and from this fact we cannot beliflve that the spirit of economy prompted such a cheap job.


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Edward W. Turner, Richmond, G. M.; J. M. S. McCorkle, Loulsvllle, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

LOUISIANA.

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Grand Lodge met in New Orleans, February 10, 1873. Samuel M. Todd, G. M., presided. Seventy-five Lodges represented. The annual address is an able and interesting one, as may always be expected from Louisiana. From it we extract the following' relative to its relations with the Grand Orient of France: . One effect of the strong support which we have received from our brethren throughout the world, may be seen in the recent action taken by the Grand Orient of France in relation to the recognition by its Grand Master in November, 1868, of.a spurious body in our midst, claiming to be Masonic. Heretofore, the tone assumed by the Grand Orient has been highly belligerent and aggres,,'ve, and Masonic Grand Bodies everywhere were required to subscribe to its doctrines. decrees, and special notions respecting Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, or incur its dread displeasure; loudly glorifying its Grand Master for the illegal "and un-Masonic act referred to, as afoward step in "civilization" and "progress," they demanded that all Masontc powers should follow their example or they would no longer hold Masonic intercouse with them. At the Annual Communication of the Grand Orien t held in September last, a report was presen ted by a special committe~embodying resolutions upon the difficulties existing between it and the Grand Lodges of America, which were unanimously adopted. This proceeding affordsam pie evidence that th.e storm of reproba~ionand disapproval which has met its un-Masonic acts, has not been without Its due effect. The report of the committee although containing some errors of fact, and evincing a disposition to shield the Grand Master from blame, is conciliatory in its tone, and expresses a desire to bring back the restoration of union and fraternal relations between the Masons of France and those of the United States. I submit a translation of this report, the conclusions arrived at by the committee being summed up in the following resolution: "'fhe Grand Orient desires to' respect the rights of every country and of each Rite, as she desires that her own should be respected, and if Scottish Masonry, represented by all the Supreme Councils of the globe, declare the irregularity of the Supreme Council of Louisiana, the Grand Orient, itself Supreme Council for France and the French possessions, will conform to the decision of the majority of the powers of the Scottish Rite." This action, although not satisfactory as an amende to our Grand Lodge for the wrong done, is yet an evidence that the Grand Orient is desirous of retracing its steps. Let us hope that it will soon abandon its alliance with spurions and clanuestine Masonry, reconsider its action changing its form of government, and by conforming wi th the fundamental and recognized law8 and usages of our in8tituLion, retake its proper position among the Masonic powers of .the globe. The following report was very properly auopted : The following amendments to the By-Laws of Alpha Home Lodge, No. 72, have been referred to us for approval: "Sec. 7, of Art.!. Any member in arrears for dues over twelve months, is hereby declared ineligible to office. "Sec. 3, of Art. 6. Any member in arrears for dues over twelve months, is hereby debarred from voting upon any subject, except only that he may vote on petitions for degrees." . We are obliged to disapprove these amendments, as being contrary to the principles of Masonry, and the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, inasmuch as they constitute certain actions as Masonic offences, a power exclusively in the Grand Lodge, and provide for the punishment of Masons, without charges being preferred or trial had, or any of the


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formal1tt"!s rp,quired by the GrandIJod~e for trials and sentences being complied with. We therefore recommend that said amendments be, disapproved, and that Alpha Home Lodge, No. 72, be notified of such action. Grand Lodge of ,Utah was recognized.

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A charter was granted to "Star in the East" Lodge, No. 25, in the Island of St. Thomas, so that members from that Lodge will be duly recognized. The Lodge formerly worked under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Colon, Island of Cuba. The Report on Correspondence is from the ever facUe and entertaining pen of Brother James B. Scot, and we must I1gain complain of the absence of "subheadings" in the report; otherwise, we must congratulate Brother Batchelor, (the Grand Secretary), upon the admirable manner in which he has published the proceedings. . We regret that at the time we write we cannot do full justice to this splendid report. 3.

He reviews our proceedings of 1871-'72 in a fair and candid manner, and with full examination of each case presented, his report becomes truly valuable.

Ninety-six pages are devoted to an "Outline of the Rise and Progress of Freemasonry in Louisiana," which must have cost an immense amount of labor and time, and which will stand, hereafter, as an enduring monument to his noble industry and the faithfulness with which he has reviewed the whole question. We cannot quote from itwithout doing it an injustice, and we cer'tai nly ca '1 not republish it withou t over-stepping the bounds of proper economy. It is filed with the archives. Michel Eloi Girard, Vermillionville, G. M.; .Jas C. Batchelor, M. D., New Orleans, Grand Sec.; Reverend and Right Worshipful H. S. Jacobs, New Orleans, For. Cor. P. S.-It is with more than ordinary regret that we announce that Brother Scot has retired from the corps of Correspondents, as he was undoubtedly one of the very ablest of them all. .

MARYLAND. Grand Lodge met in Baltimore, May 12, 1873. L. A. C. Gerry, S. G. W., as Grand Master, presided. The Committee on Lodges (or conference), reported a, certain number of brethren entitled to seats. The address was brief and local. The following was adopted: Resolved, That the exemplification of the work be postponed unt1110 o'clock,

A M., on the second day of the next November Communication, and that the committee on the work be directed to hold meetings during the recess of this Grand Lodge, and revise the work so thai, it will be in accordance wi th the work as exemplified before the Grand Lodge in MaY,1843, and that they exemplify the said work so revised, on the said second day of the next November (JommunicaUon, at 10 o'clock A. M. '1'he general proceedings are very brief and entirely local. John H. B. Latrobe, Baltimore, G. M.; Jacob H. Medairy, 6 North Howard street, Baltimore, Grand Sec.


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MICHIGAN. Grand Lodge met in Detroit, January 14, ISn. Henry Chamberlain, G. M. presided . .. A Constitutional number of Lodges were represented." From the admirable Annual Addresl", we ext.ract the following, as being of general interest. DECISIONS.

I have been called upon to answer a very large number of letters containing questions of law or practice; but onl~' few of them have invo i ved points not heretofore decided. The labor imposed on the Grand Master in answering these letters, is not, as is frequently stated, in consequence of the ignorance of the Masters of our Lodges, but because we have no standard work on Masonic common law, which is in harmony with our Constitution and Regulations. Mackey, Simons and Lockwood, whose works are in use among our craftsmen, have each wri tten abl~' and well; but each has constructed his work upon the basis of Gmnd Lodge law, in the jurisdiction for which he has written. Each author, in some particulars, conflicts with the others, and all of them to a greater or less degree with our Grand Lodge CODlstituUon and law. He who follows one of these authors, will differ with him who follows either of the others, and Ileither may be right according to our law. For this reasol) intelligent brethren differ, and an appeal to the Grand Master is the only way to settle the difference. I give a few of the decisions I have made: Is it right or proper to install an officer of the Lodge by proxy and with路 out his consent? A. Such has been the custom to some extent; but it is neither proper nor Masonic. If the officers elect are not all present at the time appointed for installation, proceed and install such as are present, and install the others at some future meeting. Q,. Has a Lodge the right to make a donation from its funds for the purpose of aiding in the bUilding of a flouring mill, objectioDl', being made by one member' A. A Lodge has not the right to donate its funds for any other than a strictly Masonic purpose, even by a unanimous vote. Money received for degrees is not the soie property of the particular Lodge; it belongs to the Masonic Fraternity. The Lodge holds it in trust 1'01' the benefit of the whole brotherhood and has the right 路to dispose of it for Masonic purposes only. Building mi l Is is not within the province of a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. Q. Is it competent for a Lodge to vote an asseS8ment on its members for the purpose of hiring nurses or watchers over a sick brother'? A. A Lodge has not the right to make an assessment 011 its members in any other manner than is provided by its By-Laws. The By-Laws of a Lodge may be amended in the manner therein provided. and the annual or quarterly dues may be thereby increased. , 'l'he money of the Lodge may be appropriated to relieve any poor, distressed brother, his widow or orphans. But the tunds of a Lodge should not be used to pay for servkes which can be procured for money, it' the brother, needing such services, is able to pay for them. His neces8ity and our ability contrOl; and every brother is the sole judge of his own ability to pay for the reHef 01' another. Q,. Has the Master or the Lodge the right to require its members to render services as nurses 01' watchers of a sick brother? A. Neither the Master nor the Lodge has any such right. Services of this character ought to be voluntary, and every Mason is bound by his obligation to render them (when needed) and he (not the Master nor the Lodge) is to be the jUdge of his duty under that obligation. It is a practice, common in many Lodges, to alSk brethren to volunteer for such services, and from tljese the Master may make a detail. This is Masonic, convenieLt and commendable. Q,.

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A. I have no doubt that a Lodge may bury a brother who has committed suicide; and, as Mastel' of a Lodge, I should do so without hesitation, if the suicide resulted from insanity, not produced by immoral conduct.

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Q. Has the Lodge the right to give Masonic burial to a non-affiiliated brother? .

A. It has; but neither he nor his friends can claim it as a right; and, as a b~~~h~:~h~a~~~ 1~~e it; but in some cases a refusal might not be just to the Q. Is it right for a Lodge to ballot and elect a brother to membership who has not dimitted from his Lodge; or before his dimit is in possession of the Lodge he seeks to enter? A. It is not; otherwise a brother might be a member of two Lodges at the same time, or be in a position to claim membership in either, and deny the jurisdiction of the other, if not of both Lodges. Q. What is the duty of a committee appointed to inquire into the character and competency of a petitioner for initiation?

A. By due inquiry to ascertain his character; and one of the committee, at least, should see the candidate, and by personal inquiry learn whether he if; physically competent. Th~ committee should report facts, not opinions. Brother Jas. Fenton, Grand Secretary, submitted as usual a most excellen t Report on Correspondence, and we shall greatly miss him from the office he has so worthily filled. Hugh McCurdy, Cornnna, G. M.; Foster Pratt, Kalamazoo, G. Sec.

MAINE.

Grand Lodge met in Portland, May 6,1873.

David Cargill, G. M., presided.

A "Constitutional number" of Lodges were represented. Annual Address was chiefly local and no decisions reported. The Grand Master reported fully in the case of G. W. McLean, a citizen of Missouri, made in St. Croix Lodge, and the energy displayed by him and the

Grand Lodge, to settle matters, proves that all has been done that can be to act honorably and fairly with us. by that Grand body. We regret that we tind no SUB-HEADS in the proceedings, otherwise, we can say that our venerable and beloved Bro. Berry has got up a most elegant set of proceedings. As usual, Bro. Josiah H. Drummond presented his admirable Report on Correspondence, but; as usual, he has Quebec on the brain, and we must let it remain there, for many times it is safer to let the bullet stick in tt good place than run the risk of killing the patient by trying to pull it out. We think if our good brother was to lose his Qnebec hobby, he would be a good deal chafed by walking. We again thank him for his tabular statement" :'IS follows. He says: B3


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MASSACHUSETTS. We have before us the proceedings of this ancient Grand Lodge for March 1872, June 1872, September 1872, October 1872, June 11, 1873, and June 24, 1873. . From this vast array of printed proceedings one would naturally judge that in Massachusetts, going to Grand Lodge must be a good deal like going to church, viz: once a week. Most of the communications, however, were either "quarterly" or "special," the" annual" being held December, 1872. Grand Lodge met in Boston, December 11, 1872. Sereno D. Nickers'on, G. M., presided. Number of delegates present not enumerated. The Grand Master announced five dispensations for new Lodges gran ted. He reports the net liabilities of the Grand Lodge to be $317,295.74. The address is a very lengthy one and full of local interest, giving a full detail of all official acts. We notice the fact that the number of votes given for each officer is published in the proceedings, which we look upon as unusual, and would be highly improper if the other candidates were named. A great deal of local business was transacted. Sereno Dwight Nickerson, of Boston, G. M.; Chas. H. Titus, of Boston G. Sec.

MISSISSIPPI. Grand Lodge met in Canton, Feb. 3,1873. W. H. Hardy, G. M., presided. "The Grand Secretary having announced a quorum present, the Grand Lodge was opened in ample form." The following decisions we quote from his very complete Annual Address: 2~ I decided that under Section 3, of Article 1, of the Constitution, the Grand Lodge can increase the annual dues of SUbordinate Lodges without the formalit.y of constitutional amendment. Section 4, of Article 4, is only a limitation upon this authority, fiXing only the minimum fees. 3. That a Subordinate Lodge can try a Past Master for offences committed while Master of the Lodge, except for acts of malfea.sance or nonfeasance in office. , 4. That section 49, Rules and RegUlations, means that a Master Mason, raised on his own petition in a Lodge U. D., becomes a member only when the Lodge is chartered. 5. Deci.ded that a Warden cannot accept a retainer to defend a brother under charges. The two positions, Warden of the Lodge and Counsel for the accused, are incompatible. 6. That while a brother cannot be required to disclose how he voted, nor the reason of his vote, yet if he voluntarily do so, from 'Which it appears that he acted from malice, and not from a sense of duty, he may be dealt with for un-Masonic conductr-not for the use he makes of the ballot, but for_the manner in which he used it. 7. That "temporary exclusion" does not affect the Masonic status of a brother, but only deprives him of the rights pertaIning to his particular Lodg~ for the time being; If no tIme be fixed, the exclusion is only during that COIUmunication.


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8. That no formal words are necessary to constitute "charges and specifications." So the chl}rge and specifications are sufficiently clear and concise to give the accused full notice of the nature and character of the ofIence for which he is to be tried, will be sufficient. 9. The los~ of over one-half of the second joint of the index: finger of the right hand, amounts to physical disqu.alifi.calion. The first decision related to the celebrated" Spight case," which we have already otherwise fully reviewed, and shall not at this time introduce it. Brother A. H. Barkley submitted a splendid Report on Correspondence, and we regret that at the time we writ.e we cannot do it jnstice by quoting fully from it. R. P. Bowen, Chulahoma, G. 1\1. ; J. IJ. Power, Jackson. G. Sec.; A. H. Barkley, Crawfordsville, For. Cor.

MONTANA. Grand Lodge met in Helena, October 7, 1872. J. R. Weston, G. M., presided. "A Constitutional number of Lodges were represented." The Grand Master said: TO,correct error, to discountenance vice, to guard against all excesses and irregulari ties, and preserve our moral standing, by which we are to be judged by the world, should be our constant <;lare. Moral excellence, our breastwork which alone defies the assaults ot' prejudice and fanat.icism, must be our desideratum. Every Mason should feel and act as if the reputation of the Fraternity rested upon his own head. Sages of old contended that no sin was ever committed whose consequences rested on the head of the sinner alone; t.hat no man could do ill and his fellows not suffer. They illustrate this principle thus: "A vessel sailing from .Joppa. carried a passenger, who cut a hole through the side of the ship. When the man on watch expostulated with him. What doest thou, Oh! miserable man? the offender calmly replied: What matters it. to ~'ou . is not the hole I have made under my own berth?" 'rhis parable is worthy oi' the serious consideration of every Mason. No man sutlers alone for his own folly; no Mason can compute the injury to the Order resulting from his immorality and misconduct. Although the general condition of Masonry in our jurisdiction is gratifying, yet I have seen with deep regret certain eVIdences of a practice injurious to the uraft: members of Lodges too often raising questions of Masonic law upon frivolous pret,exts, taking exceptions to the ruling of the Master, and usually forwarding an appeal to the Grand Officers for their decision. Early in my official administration, I received several communications from members of Lodges, referring certain questions in Masonic jurisprudence relative to Lodge government, etc., to me, and asking: my opinion or official decision. I have invariably refused to give my opinion upon any of these questions. choosing rather to offend a brother than disturb the harmony of the Lodge. I have made it a general rule not to interfere with tbe government of Subordinate Lodges, or with the rulings and decisions of Masters of Lodges, so long as they were nor, in violation of the Constitutions and land marks of Masonry. If there arises in any Lodge a disposition to raise technical questions in Masonic Jurisprudence relative to the powers of Masters ot Lodges, or the individual rights and privileges of members, evil will surely be the lesult. The rules of government will be obl:lcured; litt,le differences of opinion be developed, ma~nified and persisted in-a mere difference of opinion too often being tortured mto a Masonic grievance, and a vexatious correspondence with the Grand Master resorted to. This evil should be corrected. ' Masters of Lodges should acquire a thorough knowledge of Masonic .Jurisprudence, render prompt decisions upon every question arising in the Lodge, and apply the plain principles of Masonic law with good seni:le, and in brotherly jrindness, but with Masonic firmness;' while the brethren should cheerfully obey and submit to Masonic authority. Thus will the evil be corrected, and harmony be the distinguishing characteristic of the Lodge.


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'l'he Proceedings, as usual, are most elegantly published, and the Grand Lodge deserves great credit for its liberality in that direction. The Grand Lodge, it seems, has not yet decided upon a central point of residence, and consequently at every session there is a lively time in settling on the" next place of meeting." The following is a sample of it, and as the discussion brought out new Masonic points, we.reproduce them for information: Brother Star offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the next annual session of this Grand Lodge be held at Helena, And moved its adoption. Brother Smith offered as an amendment that "Helena" be stricken out and" Virginia City" substituted therefor. Brother Beck offered as an amendment to the amendment that" Virginia City" be stl'icken out and" Bozemau" substituted therefor. Brother Stackpole moved to postpone the question till three o'clock, p. m., which motion was declared lost. Upon the adoption of the motion of Brother Beck, the ayes and nays were demanded, and resulted in ayes, 33, nays, 20; and so the motion was declared carried. The question then recurring upon the adoption of the amendment to the original motion, and the ayes and nays,being demanded, it re"ult.ed as follows: Ayes 21, nays 33; and so the amendment was declared lost. . Brother Beck then m'oved to i osert "Radersburg" instead op" Helena," and BroLher Dance moved to amend the amendment by substituting" Deer Lodge" in place of " Radersburg." Brother J orda n moved to lay all amendments on the table, and the ayes and nays being demanded, it resn lted in ayes. 43; nays, 8; and so the motion to lay all amendments on the table was declared carried. Brother Beck then moved to postpone further consideration of the question until half-past 2 o'clock 1'. JlL, on which motiun the ayes and nays were demanded, and resulted in ayes, 15; nays, 38; and so the motion to postpone was declared lost. . Brother Duncan then moved to adjourn, which motion, the vote being taken, was declared lost. . . Brother Sanders then moved the previous question, and the ayes and nays having been called upon the question, "shall the original resolution be now pllt," it resulted in ayes, 50; nays, a. .' And thereupon, the original resolution havinJ{ been put, and the ayes and nays being demanded thereon, resulted in ayes, 39; nays, 15; and the original resolution was declared carried. In this discussion we notice certa.in motions, which, according to our notiou, were wholly out of order in It Masonic body, viz: "motion to adjourn," "lll.oved the previous question," &c., which are questions perfectly proper in a mass meeting, but entirely out of place in a body where the Grand Mast.er's decisive gavel should be the deciding power. We have seen the same thing in a few other and older States, but we can find no warrant to tal{e from the Grand Mastel' the right to close debate or the Grand Lodge, when he is saListled that the interests or harmony of the Craft require it; and furthermore, it is not in accordance with the genius of a Free Masonic body to crush out a minority by the arbitrary call of the "previous question," &c. 'rhe following standing resolution was then offered by Brother Sanders, to-wit: Resolved, That it is the sense of this Grand Lodge, that if an Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft Mason shall, before being raised to the M. M. Degree, leave this juriSdiction, and, with a view to ad vancement and affiliation elsewhere, shall apply to the Lodge in which he was entered or passed for a certificate of that facL, itshalll.>e the duty of such Lodge to grant such a certificate, under the seal of Lhe Lod~e, in the na.ture of a Dlmit, attescing the fact that the recipient is an E. A. or P. C., he being free from all dues, cbarges and assessments.


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And, upon motion, the same was unanimously adopted. This is all right by adding the following: "Provided, that such Lodge shall unanimously grant theuimit, there being no charges or spe~itications against the applicant." As it stands now, the Lodge has no voice in the matter-it must obey the Grand Lodge mandate under the word" SHALL," and it is nothing less than a Grand Lodge edict declaring every E. A. or F. C. in the jurisdiction ipso/acto dimitted so soon as he may apply for it. ].'bis is certainly wrong, as it robs each Lodge of that ancient control over its own work. From the report of the faithflll Grand Lecturer, Bt路other .J. R. Boyce, Sr., we gather the following facts: Since my appointment at the last Annual Communication of this Grand Body as Grand Lecturer~ it has not been in my power to visit all of the Lodges under this Grand Jurisaiction. But so far as I have been able to do so, I have done, and everywhere have met a warm, fraternal greeting, and a fnIl manifestation of true Masonic kindness, a deep anxiety to learn, and a cheerful and anxious desire to meet the current expenses of travel; and will say, that upon each visit to my brethren, I have felt a deeper veneration for the noble and generous principles of our beloved Order, inspired by the fraternal feelings which I have everywhere found exemplified. Peace reigns everywhere, and an earnest desire is manifest to place the moral status of Masonic character on its true basis; and I earnestly hope and believe that the Fraternity are progressing in the direction of a higher and purer standard of morals. , \ During the year I have directed all my efforts to a single point, and that is, to impressmpon the minds of the Craft that the true purpose of our beautiful ritual and sublime allegorical lessons wel'e desIgned to have their effect upon the life and every-day conduct of its votaries; that the practice of our precepts are of more importance than the learning 01 our beautiful lessl)Ds. In tbls, I would not undervalue the importance of our ritual, or depreciate the importance of learnin~ it; but I would exalt the importance ot' practicing what we teach, and a liVing exemplification of what Masonry is; and witb the earnest hope that the same peace and harmony may crown the labors of this year which has so marked the past, I would recommend that the jurisdiction lJe so divided that each Lodge may have tbe benefit of official visitation, without the necessity of incurring so heavy an expense as is at present incurred, both by the Grand Lecturer and the Subordinate Lodges who may have the benefit of the visit of the Lecturer. Brother H. L. Hosmer submitted a good and f8ithful Report on Correspondence, as he is well able to do, and concludes with the following beautiful sentiment; We never close a review of Masonry without feeling how tame are all efforts to do it justice. Among the many able and carefully prepared Reports on Correspondence emanating from the leading Masonic jurisdictions of the world, there is not one that fully comprebends the vast design and wide-spread in11uence of the" great institution." And tbat is the secret of Masonry that no language can tell and no ritual contain. We can realize it in the power of assoelation; feel it in the friendly grip; see it at the grave of a brother; hear it in the appeal for sympathy, and benefit by it in the timely counsel and prompt relief. It is omnipresent, pervades the whole world of being, enters into our most private thoughts, and forms our most cherished associations. Masons who realize the might of its influence, and see what the world is with it, will know how to estimate its decadence. In view of such a possibility, let us renew our devotions at the sacred shrine, and by our lives and conduct strengthen the grasp of the holy tenure upon the minds and hearts of men. James R. Boyce, Sr., Helena, G. M.; Cornelius Hedges, Helena, Grand Sec. and For. Cor. P. S.-Does it not occur to our good Brother Hedges that the Post-office address of the Grand Officers is "a good thing to have in the family?" At any rate, it would have saved us some time if they had been in the proceedings. You must do better next time, Cornelius, in this matter; otherwise, your work is PERFECT.

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Grand Lodge met in Lincoln, June 18, 1872. Wm. E. Hill, G. M., presided. " A Constitutional number of Lodges were represented." From the very full report of the Grand Master, we extract the following: DECISIONS.

1. There b~ing no By-Laws to the contrary an objection to advancement, made manifest by the ballot, is onl;Lgood until the next. regular eommunication, but an objection made to thQ Worshipful Master, or to the Lodge, holds' good until removed.

2. It is proper for one Lodge to ask another Lodge to confer the second or third degree for them, upon one who bas been elected to receive said degree by the Lodge making the request, in which case the Lodge making the request, would still bold jurisdictiou over the candidate. 3. A Lodge cannot be called off from one day or night, to some other day or night, and call it a continuation-of the same meeting (except in cases of trials or funeral~), but It Lodge should be regularly close on the day or n'ight in which it was opened. All reception of petitions, reports on the same, and all balloting should be had at regular communications, and none are regular except those designated as such by the By-Laws of the Lodge.

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4. It would be improper for a Lodge in this jurisdiction, to make a Mason of one who has a cork-leg, however worthy he otberwise might be. The Grand Lodge of Nebraslm says that it .• will ever hold the ancient land marks of the order inviolate." *. * >.: "Every'candidal,e must be upriKht in body, not deformed or dtsmembered at the time or maldng, but of hale a.nd entire limbs, as a man onght to be. The Master shall take care that no apprentice be taken into his Lodge, unless he finds hIm to be without mai m or defect in body that will render him incapatJle of learning the art.." If these are not • land marks, I am at a loss to lrnow what are. 5. It is not necessary for an ·E. A. or F. C. made in a Lot'lge in this jurisdiction, to make a written application for advancement. A candidate must be examined in open IJodge, in the previons degree taken, and previous to the ballot being had. 6. A Lodge U. D. cannot receive dimitted Masons to membership; they can do nothing except what is mentioned in the dispensation, that of making Masons. 7. As I understand the rule in thi,,; jurisdiction, no oue can presid-e as Mastel' of a ch,trtered Lodge, untIl they have received the Past Master's deg-tee, the .~~~~fl~~~lit~~et~l~~~ferredin a convocation of actnal Past Masters, consjstirrg 8. A Chapter Past Master cannot be present at a convocation of Actual Past Masters, the same being for the purpose of conferring the Past Mast.er's degree on the Master elect, of a Subordinate Lodge. But· one who is an Ac~uai Past Master, who may have received the degree in a Chapter, previous to fiJ.ling the office of \Vorship1'ulMaster, is to be regarded as an Actual Past Master, and is competent to assist in confel'1'ing the degree on a Mastel' elect. 9. Lodges U. D. have territorial jurisdiction co-equal with charte.red Lodges, for the purposes named in the llispensation, to-wi\': that of makillg Masons.

lo. All who are named in a dispensation for a I~odge U. D., together with· those who have been rnade Master Masons therein, are entitled to vote upon all matters that come bel'ore the Lodge. Lodges U. D. are not competent to try Masons for un-Masonic conduct. 11. One Lodge conferring the third degree upon an elected candidate at the request of another Lodge, the brother is a member of the Lodge that made the request, by complying with the By-Laws of said Lodge. 12. Right of ohjection.-:-Upon this subject I have received Illany letters, asking if a Brother Mastor Mason, in his Lodge, could stay the initiation or advancement 01' a candidate after elected. I will give my answer toone of those enquiries in full, omitting the names. '


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!lEy Dear 8ir and Brother:

Your communi.cation is received; absence from home has occasioned this delay. If I have been rightly informed as to the decisions made by the Worshipful Master 01 your Lodge, they were in accordance with my instructions to him, to-wit: First. 'l'hat an objection made to the Worshipful Master or to the Lodge, by a member thereof, against the initiation or advancement of a candidate, who has previously been elected, must be respected, and holds good until removed. Second. The objector's reasons are his own, he mayor may not give them, just as he sees fit: his inherent ri~hts are such as preclude any demand being made upon him to explain his reasons therefor. Third. The objector is not bound to prefer charges, nor can "the "Lodge or any other power require him to disclose his reasons for objecting. It is a wise and well-settled principle that each member has an inalienable right to judge for himself as to the worthiness of candidates, and that none shall have a right to Icnowor impugn his motives. If this was not the case, what would be the use of the secret ballot. If the brother is bound to give his reasons, or prefer charges, it pre-supposes the existence of a power in the Lodge ' to overrule his objections, which would destt路oy the harmony of the Lodge, and lead to discord and confusion. And, as an eminent Brother has said: "Of what avail is the right to object to the initiatiou or advancement of a candidate, if the objection is to he placed within the power of the Lodge, who may overrule and set it aside. If the right to object exists, it is an inviolable right, and no power can deprive the objector of it, or require him to disclose his reasons; therefore, the reasons for objecting being good and sufficient to the mind of the objector, he, and he alone, possesses the right of determining the validity of his objection. "If his objection may be overruled by the Lodge, his right of objection affords him no protection whatever, against the admission of one wit,h whom he cannot take by the hand as a brother, orone whom he knows to be unworthy th~ honors of Masonry. . When a ballot is dark or oQiection made to the initiation or advancement of a candidate, every brother shonld presume that it was done for good reasons, and all discussions as to the merits or demerits of the applicant (while in the Lodge) after the ballot is had or objection is made, are improper, as tending to destroy the secrecy.of the ballot. Time and patience may remove unfounded obJecUons; rashness, tern per, or violent remarks have a tendency to cloSQ all avenues to explanation. The first duty of a brother to his Lodge is obedienceit is one of the first lessons taught." , lTourth. A c3ndldate for advancement has no claim upon the Lodge for the F. C. or Master Mason's deg"ree, farther than what is guaranteed by his moral and mental fitness to receive them, but his standing as an E. A. or F. O. is not impaired by a refusal of the Lodge to advance him. Proceedings were brief and local. Brother R. W. Furnas submitted a synopsis of Report on Correspondence, not haVing time to elaborate it. Wm. E. Hill, - - G. M.; "Vm. R. Bowen, Omaha, G. Sec. P. S.-We wonld l';nggest that it is It good plan to print the Post-office address of the principa.1 Grand Officers. Brother Rowen, please take the hint.

NEVADA. Grand JJodge met in Virginia City, Sept. 17th, 1872. M., presided.

George Robinson, G.

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NEW BRUNSWICK. 'Grand Lodge met in St. John, September 26th, 1872. Wm. Wedderburn, G. M., presided. From the excellent Address of the Grand Master, we quote the following: DECISIONS AND APPEALS.

A more than usual number of applications have been made to this office for information and decision on Constitutional questions. For the most part they have been of a merely routine character. I may say, however, that application was made for information whether a Dispensation would issue for the burial, with Masonic ceremonies, of an unaffiliated Mason. To this the Very Worshipful The Grand Secretary was directed to reply in the negative. NotWithstanding the former decision of this office that a Dispensation could not be issued for the making a Mason of a person who had lost an arm, application was made for anthority to initiate a candidate who had been nnfortunately deprived of a foot. Feeling the importance 01 the question raised, I asked the Board of General Purposes to conSIder the matter, and afford me the valuable a;ssistance of its counsel. The opinion of the Board will, no doubt, be submitted to you, but in conseqnence of the ground talren by that Body, I, with greater confidence, again declined to order a Dispensation to issue. In the examination of the By-Laws submitted for the sanction of this office, Ihave noticed fl'equently t路hat a Section of the Constitution has been imported into the By-Laws or Regulations materially altered in effect, by the omission of certain parts of the Section, or by the transpositionof it in such a way as to make the meaning of it at least ambiguous when read in connection with the' provision of the Constitution on the same subject. Indeed, it may be a very vexatious question what scope a By-Law sanctioned by this Office, thus limiting the Constitutional provision, would properly have. To prevent all misunderstanding, I have advised Lodges that it is路 quite- unnecessary to repeat, as matter of By-Law, provisions alreauy made obligatory by the Constitution; and I have decided that, when Lodges do thus import into By-Laws sections of the Constitution, tIley must follow the text of the latter, and not in any way alter or abridge it, or so partially quote it as to lead to misunderstandings or confusion. It has been quite customary for Lodges to insert in their By-Laws, sections disqualifying brethren from the enjoyment of certain Masonic rights for non~ayment of dues. Pending the opinion of Grand Lodge I have disallowed such By-Laws, mainly for two reasons: First, because I hold that so long as a member is allowed to enjo~r his membership and is retained on tne roll as in good standing in the Craft and is under no charge for neglect to pay his dues, he cannot be suddenly deprived of the rights attaching to such standing in the Lodge; and secondly, a member who is alle~ed to be in arrear to his Lodge for his dues, Is entitled to the same notice, trial and ad.iudication of his bretliren as a member who has in any other respect failed to perform bis duty to the Craft, whether the delinquency be created by the provision of the Constitution or under the operation of a By-Law of the Lodge ;-and has, over this, a right of appeal to Grand Lodge. But路 the proposed By-Law would sweep away these inalien;tble Masonic rights, or.permit him to purSue them after the disability or punishment has been endured, and when errors in fact or form have become irremediable. An appeal has been made agaInst the action of,MIramichi Lodge, whIch was laid before the Board of General Purposes, and by them disposed of. I refer you to the Report of the Board for the final decision made on the subject.


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A large amount of local business was transacted, and peace and harmony prevailed. We find no Report (m Correspondence. John V. Ellis, St. John, G. M.; Wm. F. Bunting, St. John, G. Sec.

NEW JERSEY. Granl! Lodge met in Trenton, January 22, 18i3. Wm. E. Pine, G. M., presided. Number of representatives not addcd up. From the excellent address we extract the followinll;: I have rendered many decisions, which, being merely repetitions of those heretofore adopted, I deem it unnecessary to mention them further. Those referre.d to the Committee on Jurisprudence and Charity for consideration and report, are as follows: 1. Every regularl~T Warranted Lodge is a regUlar Lodge until its Warrant is annulled by the Grand Lodge. The Grand Master has no power to destroy a Lodge. He can only suspend its operations until the meeting of the Grand Lodge. 2. A Lodge which has received its 'Van'ant from the Grand Lodge mUr'it be considered a regular Lodge until the Grand Lodge has annulled iLS Warrant. The officers of a Subordinate Lodge whose Warrant has been withdrawn by Lhe Grand Master, are entitled to voice and vote until such action is taken by the Grahd Lod~e. The confirmation of the act of withdrawal by the Grand Master does not affect the status of the officers of a Subordinate Lodge in the Grand Lodge. 3. Every resolution of the Grand Lodge which appears upon its journal 1.0 have been regularly passed, is binding upon its members until it has been revoked by that body. 4. If the Warrant of a IJodge is withdrawn by the Grand Master, and returned by the Grand Lodge, the officers of the Lodge at the time of the withdrawal of the Warrant will continue to act as such until their successors are elected and installed, as provided by the General Regulations of the Grand Lodge, unless they are authorized by dispensation from the Grand Master to hold an election. 5. All persons made Masons under the authority of a Warrant issued by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, are legally made Masons. 6. Thc Warrant of a Lo'dge, if arrested by the Grand Master, can be restored by him, or by Lhe Grand Lodge at the first Annual Communication succeeding the arrest; and the Warrant can only be returned to tile brethren from whom it was taken; it being a well-.;;ettled principle t路hat no Grand Lodge has the power to change the officers of a dUly constituted Lodge who have been regularly installed. 7. '.rhe Worshipful Master and Past Masters of a Lodge whose Warrant has been suspended by the Grand. Master, are not deprived of their membership in the Grand Lodge. Their membership can only be forfeited by ceasing to be members of a regular Lodge in this jurisdiction. 8. The Worshipful Master of a Lodge has the power to admit or refuse admission to a Visiting brother. Should a member of a Lodge object to thc admission of a Visiting brother, it is the duty of the Worshipful Master to exclude such applicant. 9. A Lodge has the right to remit the dues of one or more of its members. 10. A member of a Lodge proved guilty of charges, and by a two-third vote expelled, is Masonically dead. The ballot cannot be reconsidered for the purpose of modifying the sen tence or otherwise. 11. The Grand Lodge neither confirms or subverts the action ot its subordinates in matters of charges, except in cases of appeal. The power to restore an expelled member has been conceded in this jUI'isdictisn to the subordinate Lodge.


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12. The Worshipful Master of a Lodg~ may at any time order a Special Communication; but no business can be transacted at such Oommunication except that for which it was cailed. If the Special Communication is called for other business than the conferring of degrees or for funeral occasions, each member must be summoned, and the business to be transacted fully stated in the summons. 13. When the Grand ~1aster refuses to issue a dispensation to certain petitioners for the formation of a new Lod~e, the petitioners are not required to re-exemplify the work in case they desIre to make application to the Grand Lodge lor a Warrant. It is only necessary that a new petition be signed by the brethren (and no others) originally recommended. The recommendation upon the new petition must be signed by the Worshipful Master and Secretary 01 the recommending Lodge, and filed in the office of the Grand Secretary. '1'he petition and recommendation should be addressed to the Grand Lodge, and not to the Grand Master. 14. Every action of a Lodge for the suspension or expulsion of a member, or for the restoration of a suspended 01' expelled member, must be done at a Stated Communication. The Grand Lodge of Vermont, at its Annual Communication in A. L. 5872, adopted resolutions threatening to suspend Masonic intercourse with the Grand Lodge of Canada, in case the latter Gmnd Lodge would not adopt the views entertained by the Grand Lodge of Vermont in reference to the so-called Grand Lodge of Q,uebec. Byan official circular received durIng the past year, I am informed that tbe threat has been carried into execution, and that fraternal intercourse has been suspended between the Grand Lodges named, at the instance of the Grand Lodge of Vermont. The course pursued by the Grand Lodge of Vermont in this matter, is so extraordinary and, as it appears to me, so entirely contrary to the ordinary rules of Masonic comity, that I deem it my duty to give it a passing reference. The difference between the Grand Lodges of Vermont and Canada is only one ot' opinion and judgment. The Grand Lodge of Vermont is of the opinion that the so-called Grand Lodge of Q,uebec was regularly organized; while the Grand Lodge of Canada thinks differently. The question in controversy is one of considerable magnitude, and is one upon which Grand Lodges may differ, and, as the facts show, have honestly differed. The Grand Lodge of Canada is not alone in the view it entertains upon the subject. It is supported by the respectable and conservative Grand Lodges of Massacl;lUsctts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, Florida, and other Grand Lodges whose names do not, as I write, occur to me. Our own Grand Lodge has not seen its way clear to recognize the Grand Lodge of Q,uebec. If the action of the Grand Lodge of Vermont towards that of Canada be correct, 1 see no reason why the same course may not be pursued towards this and every other Grand Lodge which declines to recognize Quebec. The course which the Grand Lodge of Vermont has seen fit to pursue, is only to be regreted as tending t() postpone an amicable settlement of the vexed question involved. Recent advices from Canada have given reason to hope that the difficulty might be settled upon Masonic principles. Nothing is better calculated to prevent a consummation so devoutly to be Wished, than the threat and action of Vermont. If concessions were" as plenty as blackberries," the Grand Lodge of Canada could not be expected to ma};;:e them npon compUlsion. Brother Jos. H. Hough, Grand Secretary, submitted a masterly Report on Correspondence, and we regret that at the tIme we write we cannot extract liberally from it. Wm. E. Pine, Newark, G. M.; Joseph H. Hough, Trenton, G. Sec. and For. Cot.

NEW YORK. Grand Lodge met in New York City, June 3, 1873. Christopher G. Fox, G. M., presided. A large number of Lodges represented. The admirable and brief Address is practical and to the point.


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He wisely declined to grant dispensations in violation of land marks, as to time between degrees, and the number of degrees at once. The Grand Secretary's report is a very able one, and shows a healthy state of affairs. The Report on Correspondence ,was presented by Brother James Gibson, and it is a monument worthy of the great State of New Yorl;:, and we regret that at the time we write we are not able to do it or ourselves justice with a full review of the same. His notice of Missouri is of the most fraternal charactel路. We shall make use of the European Report furnished by the Committee, with proper credit. The proceedings were of an interesting but local nature, and the form and manner of their publica.tion is better than any we have seen, heretofore, from New York. Christopher G. Fox, BUffalo, G. M.; James M. Austin, M. D., New York, G.Sec.

NORTH CAROLINA. Grand Lodge met in Raleigh, December 2, 18i2. Charles C. Clark, G. M., presided. 'file Gl'andSecretary, in announcing this as the 86th Annual Communication, appends the following note, which we transcribe as a mattel' of history: The Grand Lodge of North Carolina was first established in li7l. The archives were destroyed during the revolution; and for several years the meetings of the Grand Lodge were suspended. The number of Annual Communications held pl'ior to its suspension is not lrnown. hence the Annual Communications are numbered from the re-organization of the Grand Lodge in 1787. The Grand Master's Address is lengthy, and chiefly devoted to the morality of the institution. He alludes to our criticism of last year, wherein we disagreed with their new law Compelling every Lodge to expel every non路affiliate in the State, and he rather spreads himself on the SUbject, like one who feels a solid shot between the ribs; but as it is no particular business of ours, we will let him writhe in peace. The following resolutions were adopted in lieu of those we complained of last year: Resolved, 'l'hat wilful non-affiliation is a violation of Masonic law, and should be placed on the same footing with every other Masonic offence. Resolved, That. Subordinate Lodges should punish every violat,ioll of Masonic law where the offender is dul~y convict.ed. Resolved, That resolution No.2, on page 30, of the last Grand Lodge Proceed路 ings be, and the same is hereby rescinded. . The insertion of the word" wilful" is a most important amendment, and shows that ligh t is beginning to dawn. No Report 011 Correspondence. John Nichols, Raleigh, G. M.; Donald \V. Bain, H.a.leigh, G. Sec.; .J. H, Mills, Raleigh, For. Cor.

OHIO. Grand Lodge met in Columbus, October 15, 18i2. Alexander H. Newcomb, G. M., presided. "More than a Constitutional quorum was present."


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From the Address of the Grand Master, we quote as follows:

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At your last Communication, the Grand Master was required to investigate the case of Hazen Lodge relative to conferring degrees on an alleged resident of Missouri. I have investigated the case, and the result is as follows: Some time in the year 1865, C. M. Gordon resided in the jurisdiction of Hazen Lodge, and petitioned sa.id Lodge and received the Degree of E. A. During that year he removed to California, Mis~ouri, making that his place of residence, and still resides there. During the year 1867 he informed some of tbe brethren of that place that he wa!" an E. A. The next year he presented his petition to California Lodge, with certificate of Hazen Lodge, waiving jurisdiction, under its seal. It took the usual course in California Lodge, and he was rejected. Shortly after he visited his relatives in Ohio, and Hazen Lodge conferred the 1". C. and M. M. Degree on him, clearly violating the jurisdict:ion of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and. as Grand Master of Masons in Ohio, I have acknowledged the error of Hazen Lodge to the Grand Master of Missouri. The only excuse Hazen Lodge offers is that"theil' records did not show that they had given California Lodge jurisdiction, or that they had forgotten the same. I have taken no further action in this case, preferring that this Grand Lodge should visit such vunishment on Hazen Lodge as they in their judgment may deem proper and rIght. We can find no furt,her reference to the casein the Grand Lodge Proceedings. DECISIONS

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All the decisions on Masonic Law that have been presented to me during the year for my action, have been so often decided by my predecessors and your Committee on Jurisprudence, and affirmed by this Grand Lodge, it would be egotism for me to report them as my decisions. I would suggest that the Mas. tel'S of Lodges in our jurisdiction comply with that part of their obligation at â&#x20AC;˘ installation, where they promise to read, or cause to be frequently read¡in their Lodges the code, rules and regulations of our Order, that none may plead ignora,nce of the same. This part of their duty is neglected in most of our Lodges hence 80 few of the brethren have any knowledge of their duty as Masons, 0; the rules of the Order for their government. A vcry large amount ofloeal business was transacted.. Brother Allan 1'. Brinsmode submitted a charming Report on Correspondence, and is worthy of extended extracts, did our time at'time of writing this permit. We welcome him as a worthy member of" M. A. S<?ciety." We would suggest to the Grand Secretary that separating the extracts from original matter by "solid" and" leaded" printing, would be a great aid to us all. Asa H. Battin, Stuebenville, G. M.; Jno. D. Caldwell, Cincinnati,G. Sec. P. S.-The outside cover being defaced, we cannot give name of Committee on Correspondence. An appointments should be embodied in the proceedings, for covers are apt to get lost.

PENNSYLVANIA. Grand Lodge met December 4th and 27th, 1872. Samuel C. Perkins, G. M., presided. 169 Lodges represented. 'A very large portion of the Proceedings is taken up with the financial accounts of the Grand Lodge, and from which we observe that it is in asplendid condition, notwithstanding the immense sum raised for the new and magnificent temple, of which they may be justly proud. We regret very much that we were unabJe to have participated in its dedication, September 25th. The total cost of the lot and building was $1,252,~O.23. The Address of the Grand Master is an elegant prodnction. He gives a deserved and scathing rebuke to the system of electioneering for Lodge offices.


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Brother Henry :M. Dechert suhmitted a fine and very intet'esUng Report on Correspondence, in which Missouri is fraternally noticed. Samuel C. Perkins, Philadelphia, G. M.; John Thomson, Philadelphia, G. Sec.; Henry M. Dechert, Philadelphia, Com. on Cor.

RHODE ISLAND. Grand Lodge met in Providence, May 20th, 1872. '!'he Grand Lodge was opened by the Grand Master-(name not given.) .1Yote.-On the 67th page we find the Report of Committee on Credentials, and that Brother Thos. A. Doyle was Grand Master, and presided.

Without wIshing to appear hypercritical, we must say that the Proceedings before us are so much out of the usual order of arrangement, that they remind us very much of a remark of Artemus Ward, when he said he liked "hash," for then he knew what he was eating. From the Address we extract the following: DECISIONS.

1. '.rhat a dwarf in stature was eligible to Masonic membership if he was a

man possessing proper internal qualification. '!'hat there was no required standard as to the height or weight of candidates. 2. That a brother was in good standing although the Lodge had charges to him of from three to seven years' standing, Masonic dues not being recognized in this jurisdiction. 3. That Stewards and all officers above them being elected officers, in case the brotber chosen to fill either of these places refuses to be installed, the vacancy must be filled by the Master at each communication, or a dispensation may be obtained to elect a brother to the vacant place. 4. Tbat it is not In the power ofa subordInate Lodge to change the sentence imposed upon a brother at the time of his trial under Masonic charges. If he be indefinitely suspended and desires restoration, he must proceed in the form prescribed by a constitution, when a vote of two-thirds of the members may restore him. 5. That a Lodge having made a Mason of a man without a thumb upon his right hand, must not proceed further in bestowing Masonic light upon him. 6. That the above Lodge must pay grand dues upon the candidate so initiated. The business transacted was chiefiy of a local nature. Lloyd Morton, Pawtucket, G. M.; Edwin Baker, (care Henry Baker & Son>, G. Sec.; (no Committee on For. Cor.) Note.-We can bardly believe that Brotber Doyle ever wrote tbese decisions in the language in which they are publisbed, and would suggest that the printer of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island should hire a better proof reader.

SOUTH CAROLINA. Grand Lodge met in Charleston, December 10,1872. R. S. Bruns, G. M., presided. From his brief but practical Address we quote as follows: But to turn to otber and more grateful themes, I can most sincerely congratUlate you upon the completion of your new Tp,mple, and the hope of its


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immediate dedication. It has long been the sUbject of mortification to us that, although for nearly a quarter of a century our hall has been found and declared unsuitable for Masonic purposes, and although year after year resolutions to this effect and for the erection of a more commodious one have been oftered, no steps, until recently, were tal{en to prOVide such a Temple as was worthy of our Order and of its high purposes. In every other jurisdiction into which I have travelled, the eye of the stranger has been attracted and delighted by the beauty and fitness of their Masonic Temples, which, in richness of design and rerfection of detail, fairly rival the most important public offices of every large city. In this ancien t and renowned metropolis alone, the taste was offended, the zeal of Masons repelled, by a structure no lef;s inharmonious than unaccommodating. At last this reproacb has been taken from us, and to day, I trust, will witness the dedication of a Temple fit to hold the altar of our worship and to be the educator of taste and sensibility. In the face of these sources at" just pride and congratulation, it is doubly sad that onr triumph should be shadowed by the irreparable losses we have sustained since our last reunion. The Craft are well posted as to the poetic talent of the Grand Master, and will not be surprised at the following effusion, put forth in his Address-he is one of the sweet singers in ,Israel: We have listened, my brethren, to tbese voices from the different jurisdictions, and though the music has oft times been solemn, we find it not untouched by sweetness. But, be the variations grave or gay, or wild or sweet, the keynote is the same; and when the Master Hand shall strike the well known chords, from all the land will rise one exulting chorus, grander, louder, sweeter even tban "that strange song which once Apollo sung, while Ilion, like a mist, rose into towers." In conclusion, I leave you, with earnest congratulations, to your labors beneath" the Eye that hath kept watch o'er man's mortality," praying and believing that you will "ar~ue not against Heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot of heart or hope, but Still bear up and steer rigbt onward." Brother B. Rush Campbell submitted a terse and able Report on Correspondence, in which Missouri is fraternally and fully noticed. R. S. Bruns, Charleston, G. M.; B. Rush Campbell, Charleston, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

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" Constitu tional" n urn bel' of Lodges were represen ted. The Grand Master announced that he had issued four dispensations for new Lodges. He had no legislation to recommend. He is oppossed to it, and his head is "level." He paid a deserved 'tribute to the merits of the" Masonic Jewel," of Brother Wheeler. The following we extract from report of Committee on JURISPRUDENCE.

The Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence submitted the following report, which, on motion of Brother A. V. Warr, was adopted. The Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence having considered the various matters referred to them, report as follows: 1. How should the vote upon charges for un-Masonic conduct be taken-by ballot, or show of hands? A. By ballot.


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2. Should the vote be taken upon the charges and specifications as a whole, or upon each specification separately? A. Upon e3,cll spedfication separately. 3. What vote is necessary to expel ~ A. The ancient regulations prescribe no rule. '1'he Grand Lodge of England does not delegate the power to its Subordinate Lodges to expel a Mason. 1'he different jurisdictions of the United States are not uniform in their laws on this subject; a large majority require a two-thirds majority to expel, indefinitely suspend, or to restore after indeti nite suspension, with which we concur; and we recommend the foLlowin~ l'ule, in reference to the m3jorities necessary in all voting in Subordinate Louges. . For degrees, membership, restoration after expulsion, and excusing from balloting, a unanimous vote. For conviction on Masonic trials, expulsion, indefinite suspension, and res-. toration after indefinite suspension, a two-thirds vote is necessary. For definite suspension, granting dim its, waiving jurisdiction, and on all other questions that may come before the Lodge in transacting the general business thereof, a majority vote is snfficient.

4. Is a notice to members, published in a newspaper, a legal summons? A. It is not. A summons is a Masonic writ, attested by the Secretary, and served by a proper person. 5. Should not the failing to obey a summons, without a sufficient excuse, to be judged of by the Lodge, be invariably punished? A. Every Mason residing within the jurisdiction of a Lodge is under the strongest obligations to obey its summons; and a failure, or refusal to obey such summons, without a valid excnse, is such a dereliction of duty as the Lodge is bound to take cognizance of; and it should discipline the offender, in its discretion, according to the. exigencies of the case. Whilst the duty is imperative on every Mason, the Lodge and the Master, when exercising this prerogative, should use notices in all tha ordinary business of the Lodge, and r.;hould resort to the stern authority of a summons only in such cases as are required by the By-Laws of the J.Jodge, or as the exigencies of the case imperatively demand. 6. Are funeral honors a matter of righ t, or of courtesy merely? If a matter of right, what constitutes .. good standing." entitling a member to funeral honors? A. Strictly speaking, no Mason is entitled to it as a matter of right, growing out of his relation to the Fraternity. It is a matter of courtesy-a free-will offering to the memory of a deceased worthy brother, whose loss we deplore, whose life we are not ashamed of, and whose virtues we commend to the world. "Good standing," in reference to visitation and dimits, technically means free from Masonic censure, and not under char&"es; when used in reference to burial honors, it means a worthy member, free from censure. 'l'he old charges and regulations make no reference to Masonic burials, and there is no ancient law on the subject binding upon Masolls of the present day, so that the whole subject is within the control of the Grand Lodge, with one ancient example and modern usage for its guide. Funeral rites,.in honor of distinguished persons, and those whose virtues have commended them to the esteem and affection of the living, have been practiced in all ages, and in all ci vi1ized countries, differing in forms according to the rank of the individual and the prevailing customs of those offering the tribute. It is the verdict of the liVing upon the character and merits of the dead. In conformity to this usage, as well as to the le~end .of our Order, distinguished Masons, and those of great skill and ment, were doubtless interred with Masonic ceremonies at a very early period in the history of the Order, but such honors were not common until modern times, and have never been indiscriminately bestowed, except in the United States. In Continental Europe, it is still practiced in conformity to the symbol of our ancient legend, and only in honor of prominent officers and distinguished persons. In Germany, it, is rarely observed. '1'he practice has been more ~elI足 eral in England, and in countries in whieh England planted Masonry. In England no Mason can be interred with Masonic honors unless it be at h1s own special request, and then only by Dispensation from the Grand Master, or Provincial Grand Master. And, but for the geographical extent of our jurisdic-


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tion, it would be well to confine the privilege to Lhe discretion and authority of the Grand Master. But as this Is impracticable, we should have some definite regulation on the sUbJect. Several of our sister jurisdictions, witll some of onr best Masonic writers, have declared that suicides (except in particular cases), and others whose atrocity and manner of death hring discredit Oll Masonry, should not be interred with Masonic honors. The committee believe it would be all OULl'age on public sentiment, and a prostitution of Masonic rites, to pay Masonic respect to the memory of those whose lives have heen an open violation of the cardinal virtues of our Order. Such a practice tends to cheapen virtue with our own members, and dpgrades Masonry in the eyes of the world. \Ve desire the Grand Lodge to take such action in the premises as that evcry Mason who is llOt living in the discharge of his Masonic duties, may look forward to the certainty that., however he may escape the discipline of the Cr/1ft whilst living, his merits and demerits wlll be passed on by thc Lodge when he dies. To the worth~' M:lIson, such a discrimination will be an incentive to press on to higher excellcncies, knowing that when he dies tbe hOllors and respect paid to the ancient artificer ofthe temple will be awarded to him. We therefore recommend

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It shall be the duty of each subordinate Lodge t.o bury a deceased worthy member t.hereof (if deemed worthy by the Lodge) with Masonic rites, if requested by the decedent, or by his near relatives after his death; in all other

cases, such Masonic honors may be granted, or withheld, as the Lodge may deem best. 7. Is it compulsory UPOIl tile oldest; Lodge in a city, whcre there are two or more Lodges, to try a, non-affiliated Mason, when charges are regularl~' preferred against him? A. It is not. The Lodges having concul'l"ent jurisdiction, it is the duty of the Lodge in whic ; the charges are preferred to hear ltn.d determine the same. lI. Lodge No. - granted a dimit to one of its members, and he received a certificate thereof from the Secretary, removed into another jllrisdicLion, a.n<!1,.lt year afterwaTd lost his certificate of dimit by the buming of his house. l:ie applied to the Secretary of the Lodge for anot.her certificate, he referred it to the Master, and he to the Lodge, when one of thc members objected, on the ground that he was absent when the dimit was granted, or he would havc prefelTed charges; and, thereupon, the Lodge refused to order a new certificate. A. The action of the Lodge grantiug the dimit released the brother from his membership, and is, in fact, his dimit. The certificate of the Secretary was only eveidence to the world that the Lodge had granted thedimit, and, whether ever issued or not, cannot affect the relations of the parties. The Lodge had no right to refuse another certificate. 9. In answer to the inquiries of Lodge No. 267, upon the state of facts presented: A member of It Lodge not under suspension, and ~ainst whOln no charges are pending, having paid his dues, is entitled to a dim It upon application to the Lodgc, unless some other member wants it delayed to prefer charges under Edict No. 60. If, however, the member asldng a dimit had been guilty of gross un-Masonic conduct, charged' therewith before the Lodge, and acq uitted on grounds not reaching the merits of the case, upon application for a dimit, another member might ask for a continuance under Edict No. 60, prefer the chargcs again and petition the Grand Lodge, or Grand Mastel', in tIle recess, setting forth the facts, and ask for a new tria.! under the provisions of Edict No. 50. . As to the refusal of the witness to a.ppear before the cOlllmission at the house of one of the members, and give evidence in the case, the committee, not being in possession of all the facts, are not prepared to give an opinion. But it the Lodge had continued the case and summoned the witness to appear in Lodge, and he had refused to attend or testify, he would be amenable to the discipltne and ccnsure of the Lodge, whatever might be his objections. 10. Can. a Lodge, haVing dropped frOlll its rolls a number of delinquelJ t members for non-payment of dues, afterward by order of the Lodge, upon dnc notice given, draw off their accounts for ducs and arrearages, and collect thelll through all officer by legal process? A. It cannot, unless the Lodge is incorporated WiUI power to sue anti he :,jued; and if it had such power, it would be inexpedient to exercise 1t in suell eases. It is in conflict with the spirit of the ancicnt charges, fmct at. variance with the long-established usages of the Craft. If the delinquent brethren have B4


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been long in arrears, and are unable to pay, the Lodge may remit their dues; if they are able to pay, and persistently refuse, the Lodge should prefer charges agll,inst them, try them, and suspend them from all the privileges of Masonry until their dues are paid. . The committee believe that "dropping from the rolls," or" discharging from membership," as a penalty for non-payment of clues, is a modern innovation, :Lnd has failed to meet t.he exigencies of the case. A persistence in not paying Lodge-clues involves a moral delinquency, and such a knowing delinquency as beeomes a w1l1ful violation of the By-Laws, and should be subject to the same class of penalties that are inflicted for a violation of other obligations. The committee recommend the adoption of the follOWing regulations: lJ1irst. It shall be the imperative duty of the Master of every Subordinate Lodge to cause the Secretary, at the stated meeting next preceding the annual election of its officers, to report to the Lodge the members in arrears for Lodgedues for more than twelve months, with the amounts due from each, and forthwith to cause them to be notified of the fact; and if the dues are not paid within two months, then it shall be the duty of the Junior Warden to prefer char~es against such delinquent members, and proceed to trial with them as in other trials, upon charges preferred. Upon the trial, the Lodge may remit the dues, or excuse from payment indigent brethren who are unable to pay; but in all cases where the members have the ability to pay, such delinquent members shall be suspended from all the privileges of Masonry for such time as the Lodge may determine. Second. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of every Subordinate Lod~e to send up, with his annual return to the Grand IJodge, a list of members III arrears for more than twelve months, with the amounts due from each. I!. In relation to the moral obligations of Masons who have been discharged in bankl'Uptcy, to pay their debts, the committee are of opinion that it is unwise and inexpedient at this time for the Grand Lodge to legislate upon the duty of Masons in reference to pecuniary obligations, when discharged from them under the provisions of the bankrupt laws; and, therefore, recommend that the two resolutions submitted on that subject be rejected. Brother George S. Blackie, (now of New York), submitted a most able Report on Correspondence. BrotherW. B. Veaze.r offered the following reSOlution, which was adopted: Re.~olved, That a Subordinate Lodge demanding or requiring a Commission to try causes, or settle diffiCUlties, shall, in the future, be reqUired to defray all the necessary traveling expenses of the Commissioners appointed 101' that purpose. D. R. Grafton, Chattanooga, G. M.; John Frizzell, Nashville, G. Sec.

TEXAS. Grand Lodge met in Houston, June 4th, !873. 159 Lodges represented. Wm. Bramlette, G. M., presided. He reported having granted dispensations for twenty-two new Lodges. From his very interesting Official Report we quote as follows: .TURISPRUDENCE.

1. Query by Secreiary St. Paul's Lodge, No. 177. "Is it right to permit a Deist to enter the sacred portals of our Temple 1" DECISION.

The Grand Lodge of Texas has emphatically said no! See 95th Regulation of Grand Lodge. l'hat this resolution refers to, and includes both the Old and New 'l'estaments, I refer to Proceedings of Grand Lodge for 1856, found in R. R., volume II, (first part,) pages :!SO-I; also Proceedings of 1857, same volume (!':er-ond part,) pages 68,69,70 and 135-6, where the question is fully discussed and setUecl. (A special provision is made in favor of those of the Jewish faith).


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2. Q,uestions by Worshipful Master of Brahan Lodge, No. 226: First. .. A brother having recei ved the E. A. Degree in Brahan Lodge, moves into jurisdiction of Alamo Lodge, No. '44. Have we the right to cOQfer the remaining degrees 1 " Second. .. If a brother is black balled for the Second or Third Degrees, can he apply at any subsequent meeting, or will he have to wait twelve months 1" DECISION.

To first question I answered that Brahan Lodge had the right to confer the remaining degrees. A Lodge having obtained juriRdiction, by even receiving and acting on petition, retains it until transferred by unanimous ballot, or until degrees are all conferred. The removal of candidate out of territorial ,jurisdiction of Lod~e, does not sever this acquired ,jurisdiction; it becomes perpetual, unless waived by unanimous consent of said Lodge, expressed through ballot-box. ' . To second question, I referred to Section 13, Chapter 5, Article V, of the Constitution, which provides that rejection for any degree prevents further action for one, two or three years, according to number of black balls. 3. Answer to Secretary of Lodge No. 189: In one sense the receiving and acting on petition gives perpetual jurisdiction. When one or more degrees have been conferred, tbe Lodge has the right to finish the work, notwithstanding the brother may move out of territorial ,jurisdiction before the third degree is conferred. A Lodge also has jurisdiction over rejected candidates this far-that no other Lodge can act on petition of same party, at any time, without unanimous consent of Lodge r('jectin~ him. But I do not thilik a Lodge can again receive the petition and confer degrees upon a candidate originally rejected in said Lodge, provided the party hllS moved into ,jurisdiction of another Lodge. In this case the Lodge retainR negative jurisdiction. 4. An E. A. or F. C. made orpassed, and then moving into jurisdiction of anot,ber Lodge, with certificate and recommendation, may petition the Lodge nearest his residence, and if found worthy, etc'., may receive other degrees in usual time,. prOVided former degrees were conferred in Lodge of our ,jurisdic c tion. The 90th Regulation makes an exception of those from other,j urisdictions, requiring them to reside twelve months before other degrees are conferred. I 5. If petitioner for any degree is black balled, and he desires to apply again aiter the iapse of the propel' time, he must present new petition, whicl) must take the regular course. 6. Q:.l.se. An applicant for Masonry, in answer to usual questions, said he had never applied to any other Lodge. He was initiated, and it was afterward discovered that he had before been rejected by a neighboring Lodge. DECISION.

Expel him for entering our sacred retreats through fraud and falsehood. 7. Decided that a Lodge had the right to change location to any point within chartered limits, by complying with Chapter 3, Article V, of the Constitution-without reference to Grand Lodge, the territorial,jurisdiction remaining as before; but to change the territorial limits, making the new location the center, action of Grand Lodge is necessary. On more mature consideration, I am of the opinion that the removal of a Lodge路beyond its territorial center, should always be referred to Grand Lodge. .8. Q,uestion by Secretary of Lodge No. 240: "Is it proper for a man, in the presence of those who are not Masons, to speak of a Brother Master Mason as having violated his Masonic word and obligation, made to a Master Mason 1," A. It would be very improper for a Mason t.o thus speak before the profane of matters which alone pertain to Masonry, and which should be investigated and discussed only in a Masonic Lodge. ' A brother would thus render himself as guilty, perbaps, as the party he is traducing. 9. The Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 350, after stating a case wherein a Mason had been charged with a grave ofItmce against the laws of the State, and who had been arraigned before an enquiring court, asks: "If a copy of the evidence elicited before said court could be deemed testimony in a Masonic trial, and if committee is ordered to procure a copy of said testimony to he used, can they interrogate the witness to elicit other testirnonr,?" .


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DECISION.

A certified copy of the records of the court can be used on Masonic trial; but the committee are not confined to this record. They may, and should, investi~ate further, if other evidence can be elicited, either for or against the accused. 1U. Case. The excessive use of intoxicating drinks prevails among fL number of the members of P. Lod~e. At the regular meeting, Augllst,1872, two were tried for drunkenness-one of whom was reprimanded, the other expellcd. On I,he same night, charges Were preferred agaim;t six others for the same ,>tfence, which produced some excitement in the Lodge. The petitions of three gentlemen for i IIi tiation bei ng before the Lodge, the ballot was ordered on first petition, and two black balls appeared; but before the Worshipful Master announced the result, a Past i\'1aster of the Lodge, believing the black balls were cast through spite by those who had just been charged wit.h drunkcnness, moved "that balloting on all the petitions be postponed to next meeting," a dimitted Mason having voted, etc. The excitement among those against whom the charges had just been preferred, satisfied the Worshipful Mastel' that a fail' . bl111ot, could not then be taken, and he accordingly postponed the ballottin~. The Worshipful Master asks the opinion of the Grand Master in regard to his action in the matter, and also, whether" a Mason under charges is in good standing and cntitled to vote," etc. A. It is commendable to see such determination on the part of the Lodge to enforce discipline, and withdraw fellowship from the drunkard; but at the same time, I must say, the Worshipful Master erred in postponing the ballot on first petition, after it had been ordered, and one ballot actually taken. This is contrary t,o decisions of Grand Lodge made on several occasions. Decided, that the petitioner wa", rejected, and must be so declared by the Worshiptul Master. In regard to the status of a brother under charges, I would say that the principle has been decided by our Grand Lodge, and some others, according to the common law doctrine, that a brother is in good slanding until he is declared guilty by vote of the Lodge. I have always doubted the correctness of this ruling of our Grand Lodge, and have held, that charges of un-Masonic conduct preferred against a brother should depri ve him of certain rights and privileges. If the charges be true, he cannot talre the test oath withont adding another grave crime to his already perjured SOUl; and unless he can take the test-oath with a cle3,1' conscience, we want not his fellowship; and when his character is brought more prominently to view by charges, regularly filed, we might very properly withdraw from his presence. In Masonry the common law doctrine should be reversed, and charges by a Lodge against a member should be held as p1'ima facie evidence of guilt, until exculpated by vote of the Lodge. To be in good Masonic standing, a Mason's character should be above suspicion.

11. Case. A petition for affillat.ion was presented to Lodge No. 30; Committee of Investigation appointed, who, after due time, reported favorahly. The Worshipful Master refused to order the ballot, and postponed the same until petitioner should visit the Lod~e and prove himself entitled to a seat therein, no one being able to vouch for him. (~.

"Is the ruling of the Worshipful Master correct?"

A. Receiving petitions for affiliation before the petitioner' has visited the Lodge, is not a good rule, and may lead to trouble. I concur with the 'Vorshipful Master, and think this should be the universal practice. It might be urged that it is the duty of the Investigating Committee to examine the petitioner upon the infallible tests of Masonry, and in their report, to give the result of their examination. But I ask, Is this ever done~ It was not done in the case reported. A case recently occurred in a, IJodge, where a petitioner was elected to membership in the Lodge. He subsequently attended, and wished to take his 8eat as a member; but no one being able to vouch for his Masonry, and being unable to prove himself such, he was refused admission into the Lodge, notwithst.anding the records showed him to be a member thereof. The only p,rror committed by the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 30, in the premises, Is, that he permitted the petition filed, until applicant had proven his Masonry throngh Examining Committee of the Lodge. The very fact of a petition for affiliation being presented before the applicant has visited the Lodge, is a suspicious circumstance, and is calculated to raise doubts of his regular standing. What assurance has he that it is not a clandestine Lodge to which he is applying for membership?


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A brother wishing to affiliate, and the Lodge to which he desires to attach himself, should mutually present proof of regular Ma.')onry, before petition for affiliation is presented.' 12. Questi on by Secretary of Lodge No. 295 : .. Has a Lodge the right to rent their hall to a '.remperance Council, when part of the members object?" A. .A Lodge room should not be rented or used in any way, except for its legitimate purposes, if any member seriously objects, as the harmony of the Lodge might be thus jeopardized. It is within the prerogative, and becomes the duty of tile Worshipful Master to rule out any mot.ion or resolution, upon questions not. properly pcrtaining to Masonry, that would destroy the peace and harmony of the Lodge; and partiCUlarly should he refuse to entertain a motion to rent or use the Lod~e room for any purpose, the tendencies of which are to vitiate the morals of a community or the fraternity. But, I see no object.ion, proviqed all the members concur, or do Dot seriously object, in permitting the use of the Lodge room for purposes that tend to redeem, elevate and refine fallen man. Temperance is our first great cardinal virtue, and should be-fostered by every good Mason. The temperance movement that is now agitating the coun try from Maine to Cali fornia, is but the outcropping of this great cardina.! virtue of Masonry. Temperance is to :Masonry, as Masonry is to religion-twin sisters; but of inferior stature. A good Mason is truly a temperate man; a true christian should praetice all the virtues.tau~ht in Masonry. Then why should reli~ion­ i8ts anathematize Masonry? Why should Masons throw stumbling blocks in the way of an institution that is redeeming some of mw brethren, whom l\fasonic discipline had failed to reform? Shouid we not, as Jfasons, extend the helping hand to all etforts that. tend to buIld up the virtue:;; which :Masonry inculcates? 13. Case. A member of Lodge No. 91, having paid all dues, asked for dimit, which was granted. He subsequentl~' petitioned Lodge No. 221, which is not 80 near his residence as Lodge No. 91. No. 221 is in doubt" and ai'lks the Grand Master whether the Lodge can affiliate a brother who resides in territorial jurisdiction of another Lodge. DECISIOK.

Section 19th, Chapter 5th, Art. V, of Constitution, is couched in such language that some may construe it as covering this question, and requiring membership in the Lodge nearest the residence of the brother. This section, however, only refers to the right of visita.tion-(a non-affiliate cannot visit a Lodge more than three times, untIl he shall apply for membership; and should he apply to the nearest Lodge, and be rejected, he may continue to visit, etc.) It is universally admitted. at least so far as I lmve been able to investigate the maLter, that a Mast.er Mason has the right to apply for membership to the Lodge of hi!; choice, wherever located. 14. Question by Secretary of Lodge No. 29: ., What are the duties of examining committee? (Committee on character.) If they find an applicant for the mysteries of Freemasonry unwort.hy, should they reportfav01'able, and then biack-bali the applicant; or should they report as they find-' unworthy' or â&#x20AC;˘unfavoral;ie ?' Some contend that if Ule committee report unfavorable, they thereby indicate how they intend voting, and the veil of sel'resy will thus be removed from the ballot-box. Others contend that it is the business of said committee to investigate the character of applicant, and if found unworthy, to so report." OPINION.

I will give my views in regard to the duties of said committee, but. do not feel fully prepared to make a decision. I conceive the duties of this committee are,to thoroughly investigate the character of petitioner, and report facts to the Lodge; not merely endorse on petition-" favorable," 91' "unfavorable;" but report to the Lodge the character of petitioner, as they find it. Should the committee find the petitioner endowed with a high sense of honor-of good moral character-a man of benevolent and charitable disposition-a good citizen-following a laudable occupation, let them so report. Should they find him of inwmperate habits, profane, a gambler, a Sabbath breaker, a follower of some calling not consonant with good morals, etc., all these, or any part of them, they should so report to the Lodge. Thus the committee will be doing their dutYl and at the same time enabled to approach the ballot-box under the sacred veil of secresy. They merely report facts as they find them; and the Lodge can ,jUdge whether the candidate is worthy to be entrusted with our mysteries; whether hi!! character is negative or positive; and if positive, whether


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positively good. A.negative cha.racter merely, one of whom we know no harm, is not suitable material for Masonry. An applicant for our privileO'es should develop 01'be or more flood traits of character, at least, to recommend 11im to our favorable consideration. If such reports were made, very little bad material wouid be worked into the Temple. Certain phraseology has become stereotyped by careless committees. After such comn;littees have been appointed, it perhaps never occurs to them again until called on for a repoi路t; then they hurriedly meet at the Secretary's desk, look Wise, and as no one has voluntarliy thrust unfavorable news upon them, they endorse upon the petition: "We, the committee oc character, report favorable." Thus vicious persons are sometimes received into our Lodges, through want of a little energy and interest on the part of the investigating committee. If committees were required to report as here indicated, they would be compelled to investigate the character of petitioner, or perhaps report incorrectly; and will any ~1fason make a false repo1路t to his Lodge ~ 15. 'Case. Lodge No. 308 suspended a member for un-Masonic conduct. Subsequently, perhaps six months, he made application tor reinstatement, promising to reform his bad habits, etc. Aiter the due course in such proceedings, the ballot was cast, and the Worshipful Master declared the brother reinstated. A brother then remarked that the reinstated party had not conducted himself according to his promise made in application for reinstatement. Another brother then moved to reconsider the ballot, which was accordingly done; the ballot was again spread, and the party ?eclared not reinstated. Que1'y by member Of Lod.qe: "Was the action of the Lodge in reconsiderIng the ballot, etc., correct?"

A. I think not. When a ballot is inspected, and the result declared from the East, no ordinary consideration should cause it to be set aside. It seems to me that when a suspended Mason is declared reinstated by the Worshipful Master, after inspecting the ballot thereon, the case is ended, and no subsequent statement or char~e justifies a reconsideration of that ballot. If the brother had not lived up to Ius promises, the, fact should have been shown during t.he pendency of the motion to reinstate; and not as in this case, after the result had been declared! to make new charges, reconsider the action of the Lodge, and reverse that deCision. I think that the Worshipful Master should have ruled the motion to reconsider out of order. The Masonic life of a brother is too sacr.ed to be lightly dealt with. If the brother has not reformed his habits aud continues to violate Masonic law, new charges can and should be preferred, and the highest penalty known to our jurisprudence may be intlicted. But should he reform, we will have reclaimed a brother. We will then have cause to rejoice in our clemency. 16. Case. A member of Lodge No. 325, was expelled for un 路Masonic conduc.t. On appeal, the Grand Lodge reversed the case, and remanded it to Lodge No. 261, for re-trial. Query by Wm'shipful J.1Iastel路 of Lodge No. 325: "Should Lodge No. 261 acquit the applicant, will he thereby be restored to membership in No. 325?" DECISION.

By reference to 143d Regulation, it will be seen that a clause therein reads

thus: "Hereafter the reversal of judgment of expulsion shall not entitle a party to claim membership in the Lodge, unless it is so specially ordered by the Grand Lodge." By reference also, to page 52 of Proceedings of Grand Lodge, for 1872, it will be seen that in the case re1erred to, it was not so specially ordered; hence the status of appellan t was not the same as before trial-a member under charges -but a non-affiliate under charges; and should Lodge 261 acquit him, he is only restored to thefosition of an ,unaffiliated Mason in good standing. (And he has no right to visi any Lodge, if objection is made by any member, except when said trial is held. See Regulation No. 112.) It might be urged that Regulation No. 143 only has reference to cases reversed and dismisiied by Grand Lodge; but I conceive it equally, if not more allplicable in this case. Uthe Grand Lodge cannot force an objectionable member upon a Lodge, afortiori, that power cannot be delegated to a subordinate Lodge. 17. Question by member of Lodge No. 297: " When a Lodge is duly opened, is it proper or Masonic to send the Charter to the ante-room for the inspection of visitors, without suspending labor, or calling otrfor the time?" A. My practice has al ways been, when acting as Worshipful Mastel', in such cases to temporarily suspend the labors of the Lodge, merely by announcing the order from the East; then send the Charter by the S. D., who returns it so soon as examined by visitor, when the labors of the Lodge proceed. This course, however, has been followed by me merely to satisfy the peculiar notions of some 01'


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my brethren, and as a precaution against the possibility of working without authority, in the event that some one might fa.lsely present himself for the purpose of abstracting the Charter. The Past Master's degree, as practised in the United states, is intended to impress an important lesson, and is very good for that purpose; yet it is no part of Ancient Masonry, being, as a, deg1'ee, an innovation and an embellishment upon the installation ceremonies ot' the Master of a Lodge. There is no such degree reco~nized by the mother Grand Lodges of Englan& and Scotland; hence, what we Imd in that degree is not t.o be relied on as binding in Lodges, At the present day it is beyond dispute that no body of Masons can meet and work jlfasonry without authority from the Grand Lodge or Grand Master;' but if that authority is within the Lodge, whether locked in the Secretary's desk, in the Tiler's room, or the ante-chamber, I see no absolute reasun for suspending the labors of the Lodge, provided the Worshipful Master knows it is safe and within his control. But, as before stated, from prUdential considerations, and t.o satisfy the consciences of those who may have imbibed J.1[asonic knowledge outside 0/ Ancient Craft ~:fasonry, it is perhaps better to have the Charter upon the Master's pedestal, and in sight, when at labor, VOLUNTARY Sl'ATE1\IEN'r OF ACCUSED ON TRIAL.

In report of Committee No.2, on Grievances and Appeals, for 1861, (see page 34 of proceedings,) the committee says: "The voluntary statement of the accused was offered in his own behalfas testinwny, and objected to. '.rhe objection was overruled by the presiding officer. and the statement allowed. This was error, and ought not to have been permi tted." This part of the report was referred to Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence, but was never reported on by that committee, This point should be settled. as it has a very important bearing in trials. A voluntary statement ot the accused should be received and filed; but the committee was certainly right in saying it should not be received as testimony. It should have no more wei~ht than similar statemcnts in the criminal proceeJings of the courts of the countr~T. CHARTER FEES.

I find that new Lodges established originally by Charter, have paid into Gr>lnd Lodge fund only twenty-five dollars. I do not conceive this to be the proper construction of the law. Section 4, Chapter 1, Article IV, of t,he Cons(,itution, says: .. For every dispensation to forma new Lodge, the applicants shall pay to the Grand Lodge the sum of twenty-five dollars before it is issued; and for any Charter the /w'ther sum of twenty-five dollars," etc. This clearly indicates that a Chartered Lodge shall pay into the Treasury of the Grand Lodge fifty dollars, whether set to work originally by Dispensation or by Charter. The object of this fee is to raise revenue for Grand Lodge purposes, and not the value of the d,()cument

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When any set of Masons are more favored than others, by issuing Charter direct, instead of placing them on probation for a time, they should not also be relieved Jrom the ordinary contributions to Grand Lodge. Such construction of the law is not equitable, nor does the idiom of our language justify it. TilE GRAND MASTER SHOULD DISPENSE LIGHT AND KXOWLEDGE A1\fONG THE CRAFT.

The 6th RegUlation prohibits the Grand Lodge, or any committee thereof, from" entertaining or giving official sanction to propositions emanating from individuall\1asons. and can only act upon a proper case arising in a Lodge, and sent np, duly certified for action." Whether this be good law or not j whether it be in strict conformity with 5th Section of Chapter 2, and Articie I, of the Constitution, still the Grand Master is not rclieved from the duties of dispensing light and knowledge among his brethren. The Grand Master is the head of the Craft in his jurisdiction, and presiding officer of Grand Lodge when in session. He shOUld, therefore, be a man of superior attainmentsj~well versed in Masonic law. and the general history and usages of the Craft. tie sllould be affable and courteous, ready and willing at all times to advise and instruct the fraternity in their labors j and by precept and example, to enforce the moral tenets of Freemasonry. Enter~aining t!lese opinions, I have, to the best of my ability, dispensed light and mformatlOn among my brethren; and have OD all occasions ~iven my opinion freely on Masonic SUbjects, from whatever source they may have comp up, whether emanating from a Lodge, or fl'om an individual member of tlll: fraternity.


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I';LF.CTIONJ<;ERllilG FOR OFFICE.

I notice in the proceedings of Grand Lodges for the past ye::J,l', several Grand Masters censure the practice, and some Grand Lodges have passed edicts, to prevent electioneering for office. Is it possible that Masonry is coming to this? He is but a Mason in name, that would electioneer for office; yet that we have such characters among us, is too palpable. There are two kinds of aspirations in Masolll'y-one is actuated by noble principles; the other, low and groveling. The one covets the respect and esteem of his brethren; the other, the honors of position. The one electioneers not, but his Masonic virtues and attainments electioneer for him, proving him worthy and qualified for any position to which his brethren may call him; the other resorts to low cunning to attain dignified position. The one is zealous in studying our mysteries and practicing our virtues-such exemplify the characteristics of all worthy the name of Masonry; the other cares not for our principles, but studies the superficial elements-talks Masonry in parrot style-slyly insinuates against the brother who stands before him, and tries to supplant him. The latter class ~1re more numerous than most of us are aware; and their true characters frequently appear from under the mask of boasted principles; but I have never yet seen their impudence crop out into open electioneering for office. Those who attempt to elevn.te themi":elves thus, should be forever debarred the 1'01 I of honor. The Grand Master delivered an eloquent, and forcible address against admitting dram-shop sellers, and in alluding to the legality given to the trade by the statutes of States, properly says; But shall we pander to an evil because the laws of the land have not yet condemned it? If so, Masonry becomes a follower, and not a great beacon light to the moral world. We will thus drift in the wake of the ethics of party politicians. However, in looking over the proceedings of Texas, we find that that Grand Lodge ha.Y drifted" in the walcc ot the ethics of pt>.rty politicians" by recognizing the so-called Grand Lodge of Q,uebec, whose entire existence depends alone upon the political subdivision of the jurisdictional limits of the Grand Lodge of Canada. "What is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander," is an old aphorism, but nevertheless true. If the Grand Lodge of Texas is willing to swallow Q,uebec, ehe must drink whiskey-they both swim in the same bowl, viz: "t,he ethics of party politicians,"-and we are as much opposed to one as we are to the other.

Brother R:M. Elgin submitted a full and well written report on Grievance and Appeals, but we must say again, that we can see no good to be accomplished hy the publication of/acts in the cases presented. These facts are before the comm i ttee, and should he as full,)' presented to them as the circumstances will admit of, and they should decide whether John Smith ought to be expelled or not, without any report whatever as to the testimony, and if the Grand Lodge, or any member of it, wants further information, let if路 or him call for it, but for Heaven's sake, let us be spared all the harrowing details of the case, and above all, let them not be printed. Among the reports of the committee, we find the following singUlar case: This appeal is from the action of the Lodge in initiating, passing and raising Brother John Burkley, who, appellant states, declared to him that he does not believe in the Divino authenticity of the Holy Scriptures, and denies that such belief is a pre-requisite to initiation. A Mason who has been a member in Texas for four years, has certainly not availed himself of our printed Proceedings, or other documents from this Grand Lodge, to much purpose, who doubts that this is a positive requirement; as much so as that he shall be twenty-one years of age. Every Mason is supposed to have a coPy of the constitution, and not to be ignorant of the ancient charges, which IS a part of it. ITe is there told that if he understands the art aright, .. he will never be a stupid atheist or irreligious libertine." Edict No. 95, (page .188, P. P. 1872), has been printed and re-printed, with the proceedings annually, for the last sixteen years. It declares" that a belief in the Divine anthenticity of the Holy Script.ures is an indispensable pre-requisite to Masonic admission." The question was definitely settled previous to the adoption of this edict, by the heport of the Committee on Work, adopted in 1856, (page 2-80, Vol. 2, Ruthven's Reprint). ..\. similar case to this was brought before this Grand Lodge, in 1857, from Clin-


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ton Lodge, No. 23. Grand Master Sexton, in presenting this case to the Grand Lodge, dif\cussed the question at considerable length, and with great abilit Y showing conclusively that the requirement was no innovation, but was coevaj with Masonry itself. In that case he had visited tile Lodge, at the request of tbe Grand Lodge, to inquire into the circumstances connected with the initiation. He believed that th.e circumstances under which the candidate received the degrees, were such that the Lodge was not obnoxious to cemmre; and directed that, inasmuch as the initiate was It man of irreproachable character in other respects, so long as he practiced the virtues, and violated none of the positive duties of Masonry, he should be received as a true and faithful brothel' among us. The Committee on Grand Officers' Report,s. however, were less lenient to the Lodge, and said, with 'all deference to the Grand Master, t,hat its conduct. was not only illegal, but a violent outrage on the plainest precepts and tenet~ of Freemasonry, and was scarcely excusa,ble under any circumstances. Following the precedent in this case, we recommend that no action be taken with regard to the member, so long as his conduct in the Lodge, and out of it, conforms to the moral law and the principles and usages of Masonry. It is not shown tl;at his opinions were known to the executive officers of the Lodge, or the committee who reported upon his character, and YOlll' committee think, with tbis farther expression of the ruling of the Grand Lodge on this question, taking i uto consideration the lapse of ti me since the Lodge commi tted the errol', that it is not necessary to take further action to prevent said Lodge from again committing a like offence. This decision is certainly most extraordinary, from the fact that there is no "Ancient Regulation" or" old charge," or anything else in the grand universal principles of our institution which calls for any such declaration of belief. If it were so, then no Hebrew could become a Mason without pel:jury. The committee were evidently in a quagmire, for they seem to have floundered through the case like a lot of sturgeons in a net; they just fai rly brol{e throngh the thing, having found themselves caught among the inconsistent precedents of former decisions. To tell the whole long and short of this story, we sim ply say that all such regulations or restrictions in the institution of Freemasonry, are nothing less than double-barrelled nonsense. If a profane from Const.antinople wanted to be initiated, we should honestly and truly present him the Koran, for the simple reason that that was the book they accepted as the" Gi'eat Light," although we might not believe a word in its "divine inspiration." If \ve were in Portugal we would pl'l:isent the Douay Bible because they accept nothing less, and we would not set up our prejudices against their knowledge. If we were a Jew we should present the Old Bible, although we might believe in nothing but the New Testament. In other woi'ds, we would obligate ourselves in all truth, hono:. and fidelity, towards our brethren, upon any pledge they might designate, and feel as much bound to live and die by that obligation, as though we had selected the book our5elves. Bnt as to compelling a candidate to declare a certain belief in any particular religion, it is wholly inconsistent with the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, and subversive of its very existence as a cosmopolitan institution, and without this character it, is nothing. We sincerely hope that the Grand Lodge of Texas, in order to be in harmony with the balance of the world, will at once,repeal the work alluded to on page 280, Vol. 2, Ruthven's Reprint. Such a requirement is an innovation, and is not tolerated by any other Grand L.odge in the world. We find a very large amount of local business well done, and that all the committees fully attended to their duties. We are compelled to again call attention to the fact that we find no SUB-HEADINGS to the subject matter presented; also, that the reports of the committees are scattered piece-meal through the whole Proceedings, as per example, on page 95, we find the following: ltEPORT OF THE COMl\IITTEE ON CREDENTIALS.

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These brethren stayed probably aiiout five minutes and then Went home. Their names should have been incorporated into the regular report, or else not noticed at all. It is too much to ask anybody to read every W01'd of a report to find out what was done. Let us have a condensed system, Brother Bringhurst, without reference to 01<1 played-out customs. Brother E. H. Cushing submitted a magnificent Report on Correspondence, but as in our last year's report, we find our review so full of "Texas" by the time we get to the Foreign Correspondence, that we are compelled to stop, but we are glad that he has been re-appointed. James F. Miller, Gonzales, G. 1\1.; Geo. H. Bringhurst, Houston, G. Sec.; E. H. Cushing, Houston, For. Cor.

UTAH. Grand Lodge met in Salt Lake City, October i, 18i2, in First Annual Communication. Obed F. Stric~dan路d, G. M., presided. There were three Lodges represented. The Grand Master submitted no decisions. Much business was transacted of purely local interest.. No report on correspondence. R. H. Robertson, Salt Lake City, G. M.; Christophel' Diehl, Salt Lake City, box Z75, G. Sec.

VERMONT. Grand Lodge met in Burlington, June 12, 1872. Park Davis, G. M" presided. We find the following decisions reported: I

A Mason caDllot be suspended without charges and a trial. '.rhis rule applies to the case ott suspension for non-payment of dues. In such case a twothirds vote is necessary to establish the gullt of the accused, because that vote is required to suspend. The penalty of indefinite suspension being prescribed by the Grand Lodge By-Laws, no ballotcan be had upon the question of punishment. If the accused is found guilty, the Master must declare him indefinitely suspended. 1.

2. An applicant who has a stitf knee which he cannot place in the form of a square, is, by such physical defect, disqualified for the degrees of Masonry. 3. If a peti tion is received from a person who is physically disqualified, and referred to a committee and the fact of disqualification is ascertained atter the reference. the petition should be ordered by the Master to be dismissed without a ballot, and the deposit fee returned to the petitioner. The same course should be pursued in any case when it is ascertained that the petitioner is ineligible. The petition, in such case, should not go to ballot. 4. In ballot,ing for a candidate, when one black ball appears, the Mastel' may ol'der a second ballot immediately to to..l.:e place, to prevent the possibility of a mistake. And when, upon such ballot, the candidate is declared rejected, it is not proper for the Master, at a later hour of the same communication, after


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some of the members who were then present have left, to order a third ballot, even by the unanimous request of those who remain. Nor can this be done at a subsequent communication, by summoning all the members who were present at the time of balloting, to attend t'or that purpose. The ballot, when declared, is final, unless a brother claim immediately thA-t he cast a black ball by mistake, in which case another ballot may take place, if he requests it, to correct his mistake. 5. If a brother, through ill-will towards his Lodge, or auy of its members, declares his intention to injure the Lodge, or stop its work, by black-balling candidates, he is guilty of un-Masonic conduct" and should be punished therefor. 6. Any Master'Mason, who is a member of a Lodge in good standing, may pref'er charges, whether he belongs to the same Lodge with the accused, or to some other Lodge; but an u,naffillated Mason cannot prefer charges. The accuser need not have personal knowledge of tile offences of which he com "lains; but he should be able to produce sufficient evidence, at least, to sustain his charges, in case no defense is made. Ot,herwlse he should not prefer charges. 7. A candidate who bas been elected, but has not received any of the degrees, is not liable to eharges. Rut it is the duty of the Master to see that no improper person is made a Mason in his Lodge. If, therefore, any nason sufficient to disqualify the candidate come to his knowledge, he should not confer any of the degrees upon him, but should order the deposit fee returned. 8. An unaffiliated Ml~on is liable to charges and punishment for un-Masonic conduct. The Lodge within whose territorial limil,s he resides is the proper Lodge to take penal jurisdiction in such a case. 9. The punishment for non-payment of dues is regulated by the Grand Lodge By-Laws. It. is not proper, therefore, for a Subordinate Lodge to provide, by its By-Laws, a different penalty or mode of punishment. Hence the following By-Law is wrong, and should be repealed or amended: "If any member of this Lodge shall be in arrears for dues to the amollnt of two dollars, he shall be summoned to appeal' at the next regular communication of the Lodge, and show cause why he Should not be suspenued therefor, during the pleasure of the Lodge." Habitual absence from choice, neglect to pay dues for one year, and notice, are required to make tile delinquent liable to suspension under the Grand I.odge By-Laws! and these must be established by charges, and a tri3,1 at a Special communicatlOn, and not by a summons to show cause at a regular communication. . 10. 'rhe following By-Law is submitted for my decision: "The expenses of only one representative to the Grand Lodge shall be paid by the Lodge, except by special vote on each occasion." Does this By-Law contlct with Article VII of the Grand Lodge By-Laws, in not providing for the payment of three instead of one represen~atlve? Answer. It does not. 'l'he first three officers of each Lodge, or their proxies, are members of the Grand Lodge. It Is l,he duty of both the officers and members of the Grand Lodge to attend its communications, and no provision is made for their expenses, except mileage. When a Mason accepts an office, he tal{es it with its burdens, and must perform its duties without remuneration, either for services or expenses, unless the Lodge, by vote 01' By-Law, provide for it. 11. The ~ranting of a dispensation to the signers of a petition for a new Lodge, suspends the membership of the petitioners in the Lodges to which they respectively helonged, while the new Lodge is under dh;pensation. If a charter is granted, and the new Lodge constituted under it, this operates to complete the transfer of membership to the new Lodge. If the dispensation is revoked, or the new Lodge is not chartered and constituted, the membership of the petitioners is restored to the Lodges to which they before belonged. 12. The unanimous consent, expressed by ballot, of all the members of the Lodge present at the time of balloting, i!\ necessary for the election of a candidate for the degrees of Masonry, or of' a petitioner lor membership. No member present can be excused from balloting, even by the unanimous consent of the Lodge. If one could be excused, so mlght others, and thus the unanimity of the ballot be destroyed. Hencc a By-Law providing" That a member of the Lodge may be excused from balloting by unanimous vote," is erroneous, and must be repealed, so far as it relates to that subject. 13. A petitioner who has lost one eye, but is otherwise perfect in cis physical qualifications, is not thereby disqualified for the degrees of Masonry. 14. Any member of a Lodge may object to the initial,ion 'of a candidate in his Lodge at any time befol'e the first degree is conferred. Such objection, while remainlllg, is as effectual against the candidate as a black ball. The objecting brother, however, can withdraw his objection at any time within a year, and


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the candidate may then receive the de~rees. An objection should not be allowed to have greater effect than an adverse ballot. Hence the candidate may renew his petit,ion after a year bas elapRed from the date of the objection. 15. A By-Law of a Subordinate Lodge, which requires a deposit fee of ten dollars with the petition of an applicant., and fifteen dollars more at the time of initiation, in full for the three de~rtes, is wrong, and should be changed to conform to Article XXI of the Grand Lodge By-Laws. It is neither wlthin tbe letter nor spirit of the Grand Lodge By-Law to require the fee for the second and third degrees in advance of the time when they are conferred. 16. The removal of an officer from the jurisdiction of his Lodge does not. terminate his office. If, before tbe next annual election, he should return, as he may do, even if he intended a permanent removal, it wonld be his duty to resume his office. Hence, no vacancy occurring, the Grand Master cannot grant a dispensation for a new election to the office in such case. 17. A Lodge cannot change its location, under Article XXXII of the Grand Lodge By-Laws, until the petition for that purpose has been acted upon b)' the Grand Lodge, except by dispensation from the Grand Master. 18. The penalty for habitual absence from choice and non-payment of dues, under our Grand Lodge By-Laws, is indefinite suspension from all the privileges of Masonry, restoration therefore must be oHpon petition, which must layover one regular communication, and a two-thirds vote is necessary to restore the petitioner. The Lodge may require tbe payment of dues to the time of restoration, togetlJer with the expense, if an~路, it has incnrred in thc matter. If the Lodge deem it just to remit any portion of the dues or expense, it may do 1;0, because it is a matter that affects only the finances of the particular Lodge.

19. An expelled Mason may be restored by the Lodge which passed the sentence upon him. This can only be done upon petition, in wnting, with proper recommendations, which must layover one reguInr communication. Precisely the same course must be taken as in case of a petition for the degrees of Masonry, and a unanimous ballot in favor of the petitioner is necessary to restore him.

20. A persoll cannot be duly installed as Master ot' a Lodge without the Past Master's Degrce. It shouldjbe conferred at the time of installation, unless hq has previously received it.

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21. A Mason is not liable to charges and a trial for anything done before he became a Mason, except for fraUdulent statements in his petition or some other improper act connected with his admission. It is only for breaches of Masonic law that a Mason can be tried, and a person cannot break a law before he becomes amenable thereto. 22. Objections, in order to prevent the advancement of an Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft, should be based npon good and sufficient reasons. If they relate to what occurred before initiation, they may be inquircd into by a com-

n:a1 a:le:

~1j~e;ihit~~s~ff:m~:~sC11~~~i 'c~~~l;~~~eS~~~d h ~~ ~~~~r~i~~t~~dh~ t t~gt initiated. In that case an objection is in the nat.ure of an adverse ballot., and no reason can be required from the objector. Hut., by initiation, the candidate becomes a brother, and tbe question then is between the older and younger brother. He bas a right to advancement, upon suitable proficiency, and this right cannot be taken from him without sufficient cause. 23. In balloting for a candidate. when one black ball appears, the Mastel' may order a second, or even路 a third ballot, without declaring the result, and tben, if in his judgment the good of Masonry requires it, he may order the balloting upon the petition postponed until the next regular communiCl.ttion. 24, A Lodge, by a majority vote, may give its consent to another Lodge to raise a candidate npon whom it bas conferred the Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft Degrees, the candidate having removed to the jurisdiction of the latter Lodge. '1.'his, however, should never be done if the standing of the candidate is questionable. In such case an investigation should be had before the action of the Lodge is taken upon the question of consent. If reasons are found to exist which should prevent his advancement, t.he cOllsentshould not be given, 25. A resolution to change the location ofa Lodge, which has laid ovel' one regular communication for action, and then passed by a majority vote, is a valid expression on the part of the Lodge for such removal. We have no regulation requiring previous notice to all the members of the pendency of such resolution; though upon so important a question, I should recommcnd such notice.


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26. Resolutions for the removal of a Lodge should be embodied in a petition addressed to t.he Grand Lodge, asking its comsent to such removal. The petition must be accompanied by the approval of the District Deputy Grand Master, and the consent of the three Lodges nearest, to the proposed location. This rule applies to a removal from one vIllage to another of the same town. 27. I consider it a s~ttled rule in this State that a person voting in the minority cannot move a reconsideration of the vote. Nor would it be proper for one so voting to introduce a mot,ion which, although not identical with the question already decided, is still its equivalent in substance.

28. The petitioners for a dispensation have the right to vote in the Lod~e of which they are members upon the question of consent to the formation 01 the new Lodge; and after consent is given'they may exercise the right ofvoting the same as betore, until a dispensatiun is granted to the petitioners. When this is done, the membership of all those named in the dispensation is immediately suspended, without atJ.~l formal organization under tbe dispensation, atld their right to vote in the old Lodge thereupon c e a s e s . . .â&#x20AC;˘ 29. I cannot find an~' authority for Masonic Lodges to join in the display of a public day, however praiseworthy the object of the ceremonies may be. On the other hand, I deem it contrary to Masonic usage, and not within the authority of the Charter, for Lodges to assemble, as sucU, and t3,l~e part in exercises not under their contrOl, for Masonic objects, for the mere purpose of swelling t!:1C procession of a publk occasion. Hence, I felt compelled to refuse a dispensation to the Lodges that have applied to me for leave to ,join in the exercises of Decoration Day. 30. It is the Master in case right cannot be caunot grant a Master.

right of" the Senior Warden of a Lodge to succeed to the office of of his removal 01' inability from any cause to preside. This interfered with by the Grand Master. Hence the Grand Master dispensation for an election to fill a vacancy in the office of

A silver tea set was presented to Past Grand Master Brother George M. Hall, in a speech by the Grand Secretary. Much local business was transacted. Brother Henry Clark, as usual, pl'esents a fine Report on Correspondence. Park Davis, St, Albans, G. M.; Henry Clark, Rutland, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

VIRGINIA. Grand Lodge met in Richmond, December. 9th, 1872. G. M., presided.

Robert E. \Vithers,

He reported the following DECISIONS.

1. That a Fellow-Craft of an extinct Lodge is a non-affiliate, and as such can present his petit.ion for the Master's Degree to any Lodge within wbosejurlsdiction he may reside.

2. That the Grand Lodge regUlation requiring of the District Deputy Grand Master, a certificate that the officers named in the application for a Dispensation to form a new Lodge, .. are competent to superintend tbe work and confer the degrees, inclUding the lectures," ?,pplies to the Wardens as well as the l\~aster. 3. 'I'hat an Entered Apprentice of a Military Lodge now extinct, should present his petition for the remaining degrees to the Lodge within whose jurisdiction be resides.

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5. That a Past Master can legally open a Lodge in the presence and at the request of the Master and Wardens, or either of them. 6. That the Degrees cannot be conferred on an applicant who has an artificial arm. 7. That the public installation of officers is improper. 8. That Lodges U. D. cannot lay the corner stone 'ofpublic buildings. 9. 'I'hat in Masonic trials the ballot should be taken on the specifications as well as charges. 10. That in Masonic trials it is permissible for" the accused to offer in open Lodge, when his case is being tried, official papers releva.nt to the case, which he had ,neglected to present before the Committee of Jnve~tlgation. 11. That when" on appeal," t.he Grand Lodge shall substitute" reprimand in open Lodge." for the severer penalty of sus-pension or expulsion. pronounced by the Subordinate Lodge, such decision does not restore the accused to membership i.n the Lodge, but only "to the rights and benefits" of Masonry in general. 12. That when a Past Master, under charges, waives his right of trial before a Commission of Past Masters, and consents to be tried by bis Lodge, all subsequent proceedings and appeals will be governed by the ~ame rules which apply'in the case of a Master Mason. . 13. That a Lodge under suspension cannot donate its funds to charitable or other obj ects. 14. That the decision of a Commission appointed to settle difficulties between brethren, should not be published in the newspapers. . ]5. That a By-Law prescribing that an office shall be declared vacant, and a new election held, "whenever the incumbent shall absent himself for two consecuti ve meetings of the Lodge," is null and void, hecause violative of the land marks of the Order. 16. That a Commission of Master Masons may legally investigate charges against a memb~r of another Lodge, provided the Sister Lodge and the accused both request it. 17. That a Lodge can elect as its Master, a Mason not at the time a. member thereof. 18. That a District Deputy Grand Master should not approve an application for a dispensation t.o form a new Lodge, when the establishment of said Lodge would materially interfere with the prosperity of an existing Lodge. 19. That pUblication in a newspaper does not constitute a lega.l summons. 20. That Lodges can remit the dues of a member suspended for I I non-payment of dues," and re-instate him as provided for in the regu)at.ions of the Grand Lodge. . 21. That application to the Grand Lodge is not necessary to authorize the removl:Il of a Subordinate Lodge to another building in the same Masonic district. 22. That when a Lodge has been suspended, and subsequently resumes labor under its old Charter, all who were members at the time of suspension retain their membership. The Grand Lodge took a strong ground against the Grand Orients of France and Hamburg, for their invasion of other jurisdictions. It also reviewed its fraternal support of the Grand Lodge of Canada, and extended recognition to Utah.

Brother B. R. Welford, Jr., again submitted a very able and splendid Report on Correspondence, dealing with all questions fully and fairly. Robert E. Withers, Richmond, G. M.; Jno. Dove, Richmond, G. Sec.; B. R. Welford: Jr., Richmond, For. Cor.


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Appendix. WASHINGTON TERRITORY.

Grand Lodge met in Olympia, September 19, 1872. Uranvllle O. Haller, G. M., presided. Fourteen Lodges represented. From the address we extract as follows: DECISIONS.

1. Can an officer in a Chartered Lodge hold office in a Lodge U. D. ?

A.

Yes.

Does the Dispcllsation of the Grand Master for the formation of Lodge necessarily transfer the membership of the petitioners '! 2.

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3. Does the granting of a Charter to a Lodge U. D. dimit the members thereof from the Lodge to which t.hey formerly belonged? A.

No.

Has the Grand Secr-etary the right to alter or amend the report of a Subordinate Lodge when it was duly signed and attested? 4.

A.

If manifestly incorrect it is his duty to have it c01-rected.

These decisions are based on the theory, that where towns or districts have sufficient members and means to support two Lodges, every encouragement should be held out to those making the effort to start a new Lodge-because two will give greater facilities to all Masons in that town or district to improve themselves in Masonry. Two will double the number,of stations llnd induce many more to perfect themselves in all the duties required of them. They will create (if the opportunity be not abused) a healthy rivalry; there will be" that noble contention, or rather emUlation, of who can best worlt and best agree." But a Lodge U. D. is simply a permit for certain persons to a~semble and do certain matters pertaining to Masonry for a given time. This body has no voice or representation in the Grand Lodge, and may cease to exist at t路he expiration of its time, from various causes. One cause might be want of brethren sufficiently versed in Masonry to perform all the reqUirements, hence officers of experience of other Lodges, just as well as members of other Lodges, may connect themselves with the Lodge U. D., and the proceedings will be all the more instructive. When Masons seek to establish a new Lodge, it is important to the Grand Master to know if the petitioners are in good standing. If the petitioners are members of a Lodge under his jurisdICtion, he will not require further evidence, but all non-affiliate petitioners should forward their dimits to the Grand Secretary, as evidence of their having been in good standing ill their former Lodges. When the Lodge U. D. receives a Charter, those who belonged to other Lodges during the time, may elect either Lodge, but petition for a dimit in case of remaining with the new Lodge. The precedent of granting Charters to Lodges U. D. and at the same time admitting the Lodge to representation is irregular, and leads to confusion. Kane Lodge No.8, stated the case of an E. A. from a Lodge in England, having obtained a permit from said Lodge to receive the other degrees in Kane Lodge, but on the display of the ballot, the applicant was rejected; is that final? A. If the English Lodge bad requested Kane Lodge to pass and raise its material for their (the English Lodge'S) accommodation, the question would have been: "Will Kane Lodge comply with the request of said Lodge?" But if tbe material was turned over to Kane Lodge, and when raised became a member of Kane Lodge, then tbe ballot was properly spread, ftnd the display was sutficient to keep the candidate from becoming a member.

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ACTUAL AND VIRTUAL PAST MASTERS.

Can Virtual 01' Chapter Past Maste1's sit in a Cbnvocation oj Actual Past vouchedj01' by an Actual Past ~fw1ter f

J.Waster.~ 1/Jhen

This qllestion came up on the occasion of the dedication of the new Hall of Franklin Lodge, at Port Gamble, when a Convocation of Past ,Masters was held to initiate certain visiting Worshipful Masters elect, into the secret ceremoni('~ of installation. I am aware tha,t an honest difterence of opinion exists among our brethren, especially among those who have no acquaintance with Chapter Degrees. It. would be well, therefore, for this Grand Lodge to consider the subject, and spread upon its records a rule for the government of Convocations in the future, There were one or more virtual Past Masters present at the dedication, with whom I have sat in a Chapter. With the laudable desire to extend the utmost courtesy to brethren, who, like myself, had come some distance to participate in the Con vocation, and vouched for them, there was no claim made lor t hem as (I. right to sit, but they were admitted HS guests, and on the distinct ground of Masonic courtesy. 'l'he Actual Past Masters acquiesced, but some, at the lSame time, conscientiously believed that it was establishing a wrong precedent. The confusion Oil this subject, to my mind, appears to arise from the fact, that Actual Past Masters caunot properly sit in a Chapter of Past Masters, and theret'ore we are doubtful if Chapter Past Masters should sit in our Convocations. \Ve all admit that there a.re higher degrees in Mas'onry than those conferred in the Blue Lodge. \Ve all know that these higher degrees are conferred only on those who have been deemed worthy of, and have been raised to the subilme degree of Master Mason-we all understand why it is that a Master Ml,tSOn can sit in a Lodge of Fellow Crafts, but the Fellow Craft cannot sit in a Lodge of Master Masons-the Fellow Cran would not understand part of the work. A degree intervenes between the degree of Master Masoll and that of Past Master, known as "Mark Master," in Chapters. It' any of the Mark Master's work or mysteries are continued in the Past Master's and other Chapter degrees, the Actual Past master (who has no acquaintance with the Mark Master's degree), ought not to expect to sit where secret work must, be divulged, until he had received the degree in due form. But if the virtual Past Master is taught the same lessons 101' governing and controlling a Master Mason's LOdge, that are taught the Worshipful Master elect before he can be installed into office and govern a Lodge, then there can be no diVUlgence of its work, It is worthy of remark that our Grand Lodge does not recognize :1, fourth degree in Masonry-only the three degrees familiar to us all. Aftert.llP'Vorshipful Master has served one year iu the chair, he 1s rec(,gnized as a Past Muster, but not before. But a Worshipful Master elect is introduced into a. Convocation of Past Masters, and is initiated into the secret ceremonies of i Ilstallation, after which he is legally admitted into all future Convocations, although not a Past Master, for he has DOt passed t.he chair. ~ow, if such brother can legally sit in a Convocation, why not other brethreu, who are even better acquainted with those secret ceremonies, but likely our \Vorshipful Mastel' elect has not passed the Chair? '1'he Grand Lodges of British Columbia and Utah were nized. â&#x20AC;˘ The Proceedings are most Grand Lodge great credit.

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Brother Thos. M. Reed, Grand Secretary, submits a tine Report on Correspondence. and from his fraternal review of Missouri we extract the following relative to our late and beloved Brother J'no. F. Houston: A little episode in the life of Brother .John' F. Houston, in which the writer of this report bore an humble part, has doubtless never been written, and may perhaps have passed from the memory of the deceased years before his death. Just here, it may not lJe entirely void of interest to his many surviving friends and brethren. On'the 9th day of May, VH9, the ship ,I Sylph" having on board 222 souls, passengers and crew, all males except two-a mother and daughter (if our recollection serves us correctly), weighed a.nchor in the Bay of Panama, New Grenada, and set sail for the new El Dorado, the port o( ~~U :francisco, Cal,iforl;1,i~".


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There were on board this staunch little ship of 336 tons burthen,-men from all sections ()C our Union, North, South, East and West, and some from foreign lands. Nearly every State had its one or more representatives, who in the eyes of the" old folks at home," were" wild and bold adventurers." Missouri and Kentucky had theirs, the former in the person of John F. Houston, a man universally esteemed by all the passengers for his amiability, his kindness of heart, n.is gentlemanly deportment and many social qualitiesac.tive, vigorous, and yet genial in all his intercourse with his fellows. The latter named State was represented by the writer, with one other, an Only companion, who survived but a short time aft.er reaching the golden shores of California. During this interesting voyage of 78 days, one in which the hearts of all â&#x20AC;˘ were buoyant with hope and brigbt anticipations of the golden fields, and of the immeasurable stores of wealth soon,to fall within their grasp-some, perchance the greater number, antlci pating a speedy return with a sufficiency of the "needful" to make that dear loved one, ever confiding~ioyouslyhappy, and thereby crown his fondest ambition. During this voyage, friendships, acquaintances, associations, companionships, lil{es and dislikes were formed. On a beautiful summer's day in the early part of June, 1819, while our gallant ship was peacefully gliding over the undulating sea before a gentle and steady breeze, .. like a thing of life," two individuals might have been seen snugly seated On the" main-top," engaged in earnest, pleasing conversation. No sound so loud could reach the deck below. What passed between them, it is not our purpose to detail. Every brother of the .. Mystic tie" can readily form a correct conclusion. Suffice it to say, from that time forward during the remaining days of the voyage, these two individuals were earnest, fast friends,-nay. more -were brothers! They were young men then-young and devoted Masons. Twenty-three years have been scored upon the great plane-wheel of time, and are numbered with the eventful past; one of those brothers, John F. Houston, has crossed the river, and has been summoned home, we believe toa brighter and more celestial clime; the other, through the mercies afOUl' ever l{ind and indul~ent Father in Heaven, has still the grant of life below, and has been permitted lD this feeble way to record this little incident in the life of one, the remembrance of whose many endearing qualities of head and heart he shall ever cherish, while the" silver cord" remains unloosed. Relative to QUEBEC

he says: And now comes a pamphlet of. very respectable appearance, entitled, "Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Quebec, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons," and were it not that we sincerely and honestly believe that this so-called .. Grand Lodge," is assuming to exercise authority and dominion not her own, within the legally established boundaries of a Sovereign Grand Lodge, whose right and just claims thereto, have been once acknowledged by the Masonic world, we should be glad to extend the right haud of fellowship to this Quebec Bo~y. We have no other motive than Masonic ,justice and fairness, and a desll'e to promote the best interests of the whole fraternity. The brethren of Quebec, as members of the great Masonic brotheroood, are as dear to us as those of Ontario. But we do believe that a vital principle in Masonic jurispl',udence-a principle involVing the dearest rights of \t Grand Lodge-has been violated by this act of Quebec; an act, if taken as a precedent, that will entail constant difficuly and trouble hereafter,. in attempts made by ambitious and disappointed parties, upon 'slightest pretexts, to organize Grand Lodges within the prescribed limit~ of others previously established. We shall occupy neither time nor space in the discussion of this question, , having so frequently indicated our views hithert,o. With the light before us, we shan continue to withhold any rccommendntion for the recognition of Quebec as a Sovereign Grand Lodge, until she is so recognized by the Grand Lodge of Canada. Granville O. Haller, CoupeVille, G. 1\1.; Thos. M. Read, Olympia, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

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WEST VIRGINIA. Grand Lodge met in Wheeling, November 12, 1872. Thomas H. Logan, G. M., presided. .. Constitutional number" of Lodges represented. From the able Annual Address, we quote the following DECISIONS.

A brother under suspension for non-payment of dues can be tried under charges of un-Masonic conduct. He cannot appear in the Lodge during his trial, except by his attorney, who must of course be a Master Mason. He can, however, appear before a commit-tee. A brother who had lost his right leg (after he was made a Master Mason) was elected Master of his Lodge. The question of his eligibility havin~ been referred to me, was decided in the negative.

A brother has the right to object to the advancement of a candidate, even after a ballot has been taken and found clear. Such objection may be made in open Lodge, or may be made privately to the Master, and for the time estops the advancement of the candidate. In SUCll cases, charges should be preferred against the candidate, and trial proceeded with as in case of charges against a Master Mason, except that his candidate cannot appear in the Lodge during his trial. He may appear, however, before a committee or by attorney before the Lodge. It does not require a unanimous vote to receive a petition. A majority vote is sufficient.

A Lodge cannot discipline a member for refusing to pay a special or extraordinary assessment for building or other purposes, unless the brother consented to such assessment at the time it was made, or subsequently. A IJodge is not justified in granting a dimit to a brother under charges. Charges may be brought after a dimit is ordered by vote of the Lodge, and if it has not been delivered, should be withheld until the charges are investigated. If it has been delivered. the charges should be placed in possession of the Lodge in whose jurisdiction the brother may place his residence. Prior to 1860, A. B. was made an E. A. by Kanawha Lodge, No. 104 - working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Virginia. Afterwards Kanawha Lodge, No. 20, chartered by the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, succeeded to the jurisdiction and rights of Kanawha Lodge, No. 104. ;After a lapse at twelve years or more, A. ~. mak~s ~pplication t~ Kana:wha Lodge! N~. 20, t~ be passed; and raised. Is hIS applIcatIOn to be receIved WIthout inqmry mto hIS moral character now, and during the interval since his initiation, 01' have we a right to examine and pass upon his moral qualifications a second time? If the latter, how is it to be done? Can we take two ballots, one on his moral qualification, and the other on his proficiency, or are we confined to one ballot on both? A. The candidate should present written petition for advancement, depositing therewith the evidence that he was made an E. A. This petition, as in the case of one for initiation, should lie over one mon t,h, at the expiration of which a ballot may be taken upon the question of acceptance or rejection of the same. If found clear, then the examination and ballot on proficiency will follow in course.

A candidate receives the E. A. degree, and before further advancement, removes to the jurisdiction of another Lodge. After the lapse of several years he makes application to the Lodge within whose jurisdiction he resides, for the remaining degrees. Can Lodge No.2 consider the application without consent of Lodge No.1? If not, can Lodge No.1 demand the fees for the degrees if conferred by Lodge

No.2.

A. Lodge No.2, we think, has jurisdiction of the candidate, who must furnish evidence that he has taken the E. A. de~ree, and deposit the same with his petition to be dispoi'led of as in the case preViously considered. Master Masons in good standing only are entitled to Masonic burial. It canbe extended to Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts.

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Appendix. REPORT OF GRAND COMMITTEE:

RIght Worshipful Robert White, chairman of the Grand CommitiAe, then presented a report which, after discussion and amendment, was adopted in the following form: 1. Resolved, That Article XXX, Chapter 4, of the Constitution, be amended

so as to read:

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3d. 'Vhere a member of a chartered Lodge signs a petition for a dispensatIon for a new Lodge and the dispensation is granted by the Grand Master, his membership in the chartered Lodge is thereby suspended-he is quasi dimiLted. When the Grand Lodge grants a charter to the new Lodge his dimisslOn becomes complete and absolute.and his membership is transferred to the new Lodge. But if the Grand Lodge refuse a charter, and withdraw the dispensation, then his membership in the chartered Lodge is revived, and his dues, which ceased to run on the granting of the dispensation commence again on its withdrawa'!. When brethren, members of a chartered Lodge, malre application -for a dispensation for a new Lodge, they must give notice in writing to their Lodge of their intention to make said application, and must pay all dues owing the same to date of ~he dispensation. 2. Resolved, That the proposed" Code of Trials for the use of Subordinate Lodges" be printed and distributed to the several Lodges for examinat,ion, and that further action upon the sUbject be postponed until the next Grand Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge. 3.

ResfJlved, That to Chapter 8, of the Constitution, be added another section,

as follows:

.. 11th. A Committee on Returns of Chartered Lodges, to consist of nine." Resolved, 'l'hat the proposed Form of Installation of Officers of Grand Lodge, be recommitted to the special committee heretofore charged with the preparation of the same, with instructions to report at thc next Annual Grand Communication. 4.

5. Resolved, That an E. A. or F. C. desiring advancement, shall apply for that purpose within one year from the time of his initiation or passing; and, should more than one year elapse between the time of receiving his previous degree and the time of application for advancement, his petition must be regularly presented at a stated communication of the Lodge and lie over one month before being !JaUoted upon. 6. Resolved, That, if so desired, the Secretary of thc Lodge of which a deceased brother Master Mason was a member in good standing at the time of his death, shall furnish to the widow or nearest of kin of the deceased brother, a certificate of the said brother's membership and good standing, the certificate to be signed by the Worshipful Master and ~ecretary, and attested by the seal of the Lodge. 7. Resolved, That section 2, of Chapter IX of the Constitution, be amended so as to read as follows:

.. 2d. The representatives of Subordinate Lodges shall meet by Districts on the second day of the Grand Annual Communication, and recommend some brother of suitable skill who is a Master of a Lodge or regular Past Master, and a resident of the Masonic District in which the representatives respectively reside, for appointment as District Deputy Grand Master for said District for the year then ensuing." The Grand Lodge adopted strong resolutions in opposition to invasion the Grand Orients of France and Hamburg.

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Brother O. S. Long, Grand Secretary, submits a splendid Report on Correspondence, and we regret that at the late time we write, that we cannot make extended extracts. We are glad to know that the Craft in 'Vest Virginia are in a flourishing condition. Thos. H. Logan, Wheeling, G. M.; O. S. Long, Wheeling, G. Sec. and For.

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WISCONSIN. Grand Lodge met in Milwaukee, June 10. 1873. Henr~T

L. Palmer, G. M., presided.

Annual Address brief and chiefly oflocal cllal'acter. No decisions reported. A very large amount of local business was transacted. Brother George E. Hoskinson snbmitted a full and interesting Report on Correspondence. The Craft in Wisconsin are in a flourishing condition and are ~omposed of the most intelligent and energetic portion of the citizens of that young but great State. D. Delos Pulford, Mineral Point, G. M.; George E. Hoskinson, Green Bay, G. Sec. ; A. B. Alden, Portage City, For. COl'.

OREGON.* Grand Lodge met in Portland, June 9th, 1871$. T. McF. Patton, G. M., presided. From his able Address we extract the following: OFFICIAL DECISIONS.

Some years ago, provision was made for the Grand Master to record in a book furnished for that purpose, all decisions by him made, and report the same to the Grand Lodge. I made application to my immediate predecessor, and was informed that no such record had lJeen in his possession, consequently presumin~ that none llad ever been fnrnish~d, I procured one at my own expense, in which I have recorded at length all decisions made. In submitting to yon my answers to such questions as have been submitted, allow me to say, that I do not clatm any originality in their rendering. Manv are plain questions, and have been answered before, and I only present them in order that the Craft may have their memories refreshed as to what the law is upon the questions herein presented: 1. Q,. Has a member of a Loage a Ma-sonic right to object to the advancement of an Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft without aSSigning reasons; or, if the objections are communicated to the Master wholly or in part, are those objections to be respected by the Master, and the degree or degrees withheld?

A. First. The regulations and expressed views of the Grand Lodge do not recognize the ri~ht of any brother to object to the advancement of an Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft (due proficiency having been made), Without proof of un-Masonic conduct. Second. When the objections are communicated to the Worshipful Master they should be respected a sufficient length of time to enable the objecting brother to prepare his charges, and in case of his ne/?lect or refusal so to do, the remaining degree or degrees should be conferrca upon proper application therefor.

In support of this opinion, I would cite you to the action of Lhe Grand Lodge at its Annual Communication, June, 1860. Upon this question it declared as follows: .Note.-'.rhis was received just as our Report had gone to press.


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"That one ballot on a petition to be made a Mason, if clear, entitles the applican t to the three degrees of symbolic Masonry, provided, he may be arrested in his degrees upon proof of un-Masonic conduct." (Grand Lodge Proceedings page 30, IS60.) This edict remained in force and was the law in this jurisdiction for a period of eight years, and was superceded by the adoption of the threeballot regulation. . At the Annual Communication, J'une, 1868 Past Granu Master Smith, in his address, reported the following decision: "After a candidate has been elected and received one 01' more degrees, he is invested with l\'Iasonic rights and is entitled to a fair trial upon every imputation laid against him; and unless charges are preferred for some un-Masonic conduct, he is entitled to advancement when a constitutional time has elapsed and the necessary proficiency has. been made." . The Committee on Jurisprudence, to whom the decisions were referred, reported, endorsing the several points decided with certain exceptions. This not being among those excepted, the Grand Lodge virtually endorsed it. The law requiring three ballots was repealed at 'our last Annual Communication, and the one-ballot regulation re-enacted, same as that of 1860, except, tbat it declares in positive terms, "That ~r clear, shall entitle slWh applicant to the three degrees," without any proviso whatever. If tbe Grand Lodge in tended any rescrvation, or recognized the right to object. at any stage withont reasons being assigned, they would have so declared it in tbeir edict. 'Vith this record before me, 1 am satisfied that our Grand Lodge does not recognize the right of any brother to object without assigning reasons, or, in other words, without preferring charges.

In addition to our own local regulations, past and present, I would cite you to the following authOl'ities: Macky's Jurisprudence, page 171; Simons' Jurisprudence, page 173; Chase's Digest, &c. 2. Q,. A. B. petitions for the degrees of Masonry, anu not having gained ~t residence within our jurisdiGtion under the rn1es of the Grand Lodge, a recommendation is asked of the Lodge under whose jurisdiction he last resided, which is refused. Is the refusal of the Lodge to'recommend equivalent to a rejection, or can we entertain the petition when he has acquireu a residence? A. The refusal of a Lodge to recommend under th~ provisIon of Regulation No. 33, is not a rejection. No one can have a petition 'before two Lodges at the sarne timet legally. A rejection Masonically considered, implies that a direct and forma petition has been presented, received and referred, and report made thereon. The simple request of one Lodge from another, asking their recommendation Ol' consent in behalfof a certain applicant in order to i1avejurisdiction, is not a petition within the meaning of the law: therefore no rejection can be had. It is competent for the Lodge to act upon the petition when residence is required, regardless of the refusal to "recommend. 3. Q,. Can a Lodge confer the degrees on a person who has been rejected by another Lodge, in this or any other jurisdiction, without the consent of the Lodge that rejected him? A. No. l.'be law rigidly enforced expressly prohibits the reception of a petition from anyone that has been rejected, without the consent of the rejecting Lodge. 4. Q,. Can a Subordinate Lodge demand and receive from a Master Mason (unaffiliated) an amount equal to the customary dues, he having applied 1'01' admission and been rejected? A. A Lodge cannot in justice demand or receive dues under the circumstances. The regUlation in regard to non-afflliates provides that the rule "may be relaxed in the event of an application for affiliation having been refused." The word" may" has the same meaning in this case as the word "shall." It would be a gross violation of the fourth cardinal virtue to extort dues from any one, and at the same time deny them full Lodge privileges. Fraternal courtesies shOUld be extended for the term under the regulation, dating from his rejection. If he fails to petition at the expiration of the time, the customary dues must be required, or be denied Lodge priVileges. .So long as he petitions and the Lodge rejec~s, his rights and privileg~s remain unimpaired. . 5. Q,. During the year 1867, when Lodges were working undcr the one-ballot regulation, Brother A. B. received the degree of Entered Apprentice, and from various causes allowed his name to be dropped from the rolls. In 1872 he applied for advancement and was rejected. Had the Lodge a right to spread the ballot upon the applicant?


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A. The Lodge erred in dropping his name from the roll. Brother A. B. was legally accepted as an E. A. and could not be dropped without due trial and conviction. The Worshipful Master was right in ordering the ballot spread upon his application for advancement. 6. Q.. Can a Lodge confer the degrees upon a person who has been prevIously elected in another Lodge, in this or any other jurisdiction, without the com:en t of the Lodge that elected him? A. No. To confer the degrees without having first obtained consent or a waiver of juriSdiction, would¡,be a direct violation of the sixteenth Landmark which says: "That no Lodge can interfere in the business or labor of another." 7. Q.. D.oes the law concerning resignations apply to all officers elective and appointed, or does it apply merely to Master and Wardens? A. There should be no discrimination between officers, holding some to the fulfilment of their installation vows, and releasing others. The duties and responsibilities should be faithfully and honestly discharged by all alike. The law is clear that no installed officer can resign. 8. Q.. Our Lodge failed to install the officers elect on St. .John's day; the time designated on the evening of their election. Would their installation on a SUbsequent day be legal, without special dispensation? ~he

A. The Constitution expressly provides, "That they shall be installed on evening of their election, or at such time as then ordered by the Lodge." '1'0 any subsequent time without special dispensation,would be a violation

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9. Q.. When work is done by one Lodge for the accommodation, and at the special request of another, which Lodge is entitled to the tee, the Lodge doing the work, or the Lodge making the request and furnishing the material? A. 'Vork done at the request ofa sister IJodge is wholly gratuitous-simply a matter of accommodation; and unless the right thereto is specially waived, the fee belongs and should be paid over to the. Lodge making the request. 10. Q.. !fa Lodge requests another to perform work for its accommodation, and waives their right to the fee or fees therefor, has the Lodge doing the work the right to charge the candidate the fee required by their By-Laws, the same being in excess of those cbarged by the Lodge which acted upon the petition? A. '.rhe By-Laws of the Lodge doing the work apply only to material of their own acceptance. The local regulations of the Lodge that received and acted on the petition must govern the case, unless jurisdiction is specially waived-each Lodge regulates their fees and dues, subject only to Grand Lodge restrictions. It is not presumed that the candidate is conversant with the local regulations of any Lodge on this subject, except the one to which he petitioned, and it would certainly be an act of great injustice to demand or receive a greater fee without his knowledge and consent. 11. Q.. After a petition has been received and referl'ed to a commit-tee for investigation, it is ascertained that the petitioner has been previously elected to receive the degrees in another Lodge, can the Lodge dispose of the petition â&#x20AC;˘ without a ballot being taken ': A. Yes. The improper reception of a petition, from one who has been elected or rejected by another Lodge, or from one who has not acquired a residence within our jurisdiction, is void, and should be so declared by the 'VOl'shipful Master whenever the fact becomes known, and so stated on the record. 12. Q.. Our Lodge has cbanged the By-Laws as regards the time of meeting. Can we act under this amendment without first submitting it to the Grand Lodge for approval?

A. Yes. The Subordinate Lodges unQ.uestionably have the right to change the day and hour of meeting, also to increase or diminish the annual dues of members witbout the sanction of the Grand Lodge. It being a mere local regulation, would not conflict with Section 2, Article X, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge. 13. Q.. Is an unfavorable ballot equivalent to a rejection, or is it the duty of the Master to require the ballot to be spread regardles~ of the character of the report? A. It is the unquestioned right of every member present to express his .opinion npop ~very application for admission. If an unfavorable report


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authorized the Master to declare the candidate rejected, a favorable report would .1?stify him in declaring the candidat.e elected without the formality of a ballot. The ballot should by all means be spread upon every application whether the report be favorable or unfavorable. 14. Q,. Can a petition be withdrawn after its reference, and report made? A. A petition cannot be withdrawn after it has been presented and referred. Report and ballot must be had. The law is clear a.nd positive on this point and should not be misconstrued. .. Brother S. Ii"'. Chadwick submitted a Report on Correspondence, which for real labor and intelligent merit has no superior on our table, if even it has a rival. A large amount of important local work was done, looking toward the best interests of the Craft. The Proceedings are well printed and arranged. Having fallen so much in love with the proceedings before us, we regret to be compelled to file a complaint, viz: that we cannot find in the entire work the post-office address of a single officer (the back having been lost in the mail), except that of the Grand Secretary. Dear Brother Earhart, II this should not be thus." We would also modestly suggest that SUB-HEADINGS to each subject matter should be inserted, something like those in the one you are now reading. T. Me F. Patton, Salem, G. M.; R. P. Earhart, Salem, G. Sec.; S. F. ChadWick, Salem, For. Cor. .

EUROPEAN GRAND BODIES. EXTRACTED FROM THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CORRESPONDENCE BE~'ORE THE GRAND LODGE o~' NEW YORK.

ENGLAND. Quarterl~T Communication held in London on March 6, 1872. The Most Honorable the Marquess of Ripon, K. G., Most Worshipful Grand Master; and V. W. John Hervey, Grand Secretary. The National Grand Lodge of Sweden sent to the Grand Lodge an address, stating that: "Having beard of the alarming gravity of the recent illness of our most illustrious brother, His Royal Highness the Prince of WaJesj desire to convey the warm sympathy felt by all our brethren, not only for the anxiety you have endured, but likewise in your present joy, it having pleased the Great Architect of the Universe to spare the life of our illustrious brother, to restore his health and strength so precious to the happiness of your country." * * The address was received by 1he Grand Lodge with warm expressions of fraternal gratitude. The Most Worshipful~.theMarquess of Ripon, was re-elected Grand Master, and he re-appointed V. w. John Hervey, Grand Secretary. The Grand Lodge granted a donation, from its friends, of one hundred guineas, for the relief of the sufferers by famine in Persia.

Q,uarterly Communication held in London on June 5th, 1872. The Most Worshipful Marquess of Ripon, Grand Master. The Grand Registrar stated in answer to a question, that the degrees and orders recognized by the Grand Lodge were the three degrees of Craft Masonry,


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including the Royal Arch. In this respect she occupies about the position of the Grand Lodges of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. â&#x20AC;˘ The Board of General Purposes reported: "The Board have had nnder consideration the 5th paragraph of their Report submitted to Grand Lod~e at the Q,uartery Communication in Marcil last, which paragraph was referred back to the Board. F'or the convenience of Grand Lodge, the Board subjoin the paragraph In question. "5. The Board have" taken into consideration the resolution proposed by Brother Matthew Cooke, P. M., in' the Globe Lodge, No. 23, for adoption by Grand Lodge at the Q,uarterly Communication held on the 7th September, 1871, and referred to this Board to Inquire into and report. The following is a copy of such proposed resolution: "'That whilst this Grand Lodge recognizes the private right of every brother to belong to any extraneous Masonic organizatlOn he may choose, it as firmly forbids, now and at any future time, all brethren whlle engaged as salaried officials under this Grand Lodge, to mix themselves up in any way with such bodies as the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; the lUtes of Misraim and Memphis; the spurious orders of Rome and Constantine; the schismatic body st,yling itself the Grand Mark Lodge of England, or any other exterior Masonic organization whatever (even that of the order of Knigbts Templar, which is alone recognized by the Articles of Union), under the pain of immediate dismissal from employment by this Grand Lodge.' " This report excited a long and interesting debate, which is fully reported, and on taking the vote, was received and entered on the minutes. Q,uarterly Communicatiou held on Sept. 4th, 1872. Right Worshipful Francis Burdett, Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex, as Grand Master. The Gra.nd Secretary, by command of the Acting Grand Master, then read the following letter, which had been received from the Grand Lodge, Royal York of l"riendship, at Berlin, and it was ordered to be entered on the minutes, viz: II BERLIN, 12th August, 1872. ",Dear Si1' and Very TVorshipjul B1'oiher: "The revision of the Book of Constitutions of the Grand Lodge, Royal York 7.ur Freundschaft, havin~ taken place nine years ago, a new revision was made this year. On this occasIOn the question of the initiation of Jews was again deliberated. It was also tried to get the two other Pruss ian Grand Lodges to talte the same question into consideration . .. Though it has not been postlible to pass this question in the other two Grand Lodges, I am still happy to announce to you that the Grand Lodge, Royal York, 11as now resolved to initiate .Jews and men of all religions. " "Asking you Very Worshipful Brother, to announce this to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of England, I take the liberty to hand you enclosed one of our new Books of Constitutions (the same will now be valid from 1872 until the year 1881), where you will find this new law in ~3. " Most respectfully I remain, " "With cordial fraternal greetings in the number most holy to us, . "Your faithful and obedient servant, "L. WREDE, " Representative oj the Grand Lodge of England. .. To the Very WorshipfUl Brother, John Hervey.h "Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of ~ngland, .. Freemasons' Hall, London."

Q,uarterly Communication held on December 4th, 1872. The Most Honorable the Marquess of Ripon, Most Worshipful Grand Master. It was ordered that an address be forwarded to the Grand Lodge of Sweden on the occasion of t.he death of its Grand Master, His Majesty King Charles XV, and who was described by the Grand MaRter, as follows: "He was a Sovereign whose private and public Character, whose great abilities and intellectual acquirements were of a nature to secure for him the respect and admiratioll, not only of his own subjects, but, all, as I understand, who had the good fortune to be acquainted with him. But we have a greater and nearer interest, beC<'tuse his Majesty was at- the head of the Craft of Sweden, and gave to Freemasonry the important sanction of his Sovereign name and ofiice. It would therefore be natural that we should express to the Grand Lodge of Sweden our sympathy, and that we should offer them our condolence upon


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. the great loss which they have sustained by the death of their eminent sovereign. But there is one circumstance which would make it, I think, highly unbecoming if we English Masons did not take some step of this kind upon this occasion, because it was through the instrumentality of the King of Sweden that 0111' Past Grand l\laster, His Royal Highness the Prince of \Vales, was initiated into the Craft. I know, brethren that 1.here have been many amongst us who have regretted that His Royal l:Ii~hness was not ini tiated in England; but we must all remember the peculiar fitness that there was in the heir to the crown of this country receiving his initiation from an European Sovereign, and I think we must always bear in peculiar reverence the memory of the illustrious Sovereign who was thus the Masonic parent, if I may be pardoned t!:le expreSlsion, of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, who initiated him into our Ancient-Ordel', and who implanted in him, as we have had since such ample proofs, the most pure and perfect Masonic principles, and inspired him with a love for Freemasonry which I am able to say, and which indeed you all know from what you yourselves have seen, has increased more and more as His Royal Highness has become more and more acquainteu with the principles and working of the Crnft." , The proposed address was unanimously adopted. 'rhe quest.ion which has much troubled American Granu and Subordinate Lod~es, how to get rid of nnworthy material which has obtained admission by carelessness or otherwise, appears to be vexing our English brethren, and was discussed and ordered to be referred to the Board of General Purposes for a report. In putting the motion the Grand Master observed: "There is one other observation I wish to make. I would avail myself of the opportunity of this interesting discussion, to impress upon those who are here present to-night, that which I thin]{ must come before the minds of every one of you, out of this discussion, that whatever may be your decision hereafter as to the mode in which you are to get rid of disagreeable and objectionable brethren when you have once admitted them, the real mode of avoiding being put in that unpleasant position-and unpleasant it always will be, whatever laws are framed-is to be exceedingly careful as to whom you admit. My distinguished predecessor, Lord Zetland, issued a cirCUlar t.o the Craft on t.hls subject, and I am glad that this discussion has afforded me the opportunity of entreating you all, Masters of Lodgl:'s, carefully to bear in mind the great responsibility that rests upon you to uphold the character and position of the Craft, by being very carefUl upon whom you confer the honor of being a 1\1:ason." There are Provincial Grand Lodges in England, in many of the counties, and these are presided over by a Provincial Grand Master, appointed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master. The proceedings of the Quarterly Communications show several of these In attendance; and the names of these and of other officers and breth-l'en in attendance on the Grand Lodge, exhibits the eminently-distinguished position Masonry holds, socially, in England. \Ve instance among the Grand Officers such men and Masons as Right ViTorshipful the Earl of Caernarvon, Deputy Grand Master; ltight \Vorshipful Frederick Dundas, Member of Parliament, sat as Senior Grand Warden; Right Worshipful Col. John \Vhitwell, Member ot' Parliament, as Junior Grand 'Varden at the March Quarterly Communication, At the June Communication the Earl of Limericb: and the Earl of Shrewsbury, both Provincial Grand Masters, were present, and Lord l'enterden, the Senior Grand Warden, was in his station, and nt that and each of the other Quarteriy Communications we notice among those present and participating, many of the best and ablest men of the nation. \Ve mention these facts because we are aware t.hat some among those who do not see the transactions of that Grand Body, or otherwise know of what material Masons are made of in the mother land, have an impression that the F'raterntt.y only reaches the middle classes, so-called, when on the contrary, it is there, as here, not" pent up," but accepts the worthy from all classes, and knows no distinctions in the work. If we glance fit the Ufe and stations of the head of the Grand East in that,jurisdicUon, the same fact appears. The Marq,uess of Ripon, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in En~颅 land-Earl 01 Ripon, County York; Earl de Grey, of Wrest County, Bedford; Baron Lucas of Crndwell County, \Vilts; Baron Grantham, County Lincoln; Viscount God-erich, of Acton Count~路, Lincoln, a.nd a Baronet, K. G.-Is a son of the Earl of Ripon, and was born October 24th, 1821, and was known in his earlier years as Lord Goderich, that being one of his father's titles. After leaving the University, he became a Member of Pariiament, a路nd represented in succession HUll, Huddersfleld, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. His Parliamentary action was on the liberal side, and among other measures of great public advantage for which he labored and assisted in carrying through, was the introduction of actual competitive examinations in the Civil Service, and appointment to office and promotion therein, based on the results of such examinations. 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On the death of his father, which occurred on the 28th .January, 1859, be succeeded to the Earldom of Ripon, and at the death of his uncle, Thomas Philip, Earl de Grey, without male issue, which occurred in November of the same year. he became Earl de Grey, Baron Lucas, and Baron Grantham. He has held several distinguished positions under the Government, and in all of them won honor and distinction. The critical nature of the relations between this country and England, following and growing out of our c vil war and the part which the latter assnmed toward this country In that strnggle, requiring the utmost ability and prudence which could be selected for a peaceful and honorable adjustment, Earl de Grey and Ripon was chosen as the man for thâ&#x201A;Ź occasion How faithfully to his own country, how respectfull;y toward the rights of the United States, and how honorable to bimself, 'he performed the delicate and arduous duties of this mission, are matters well known to every well-informed Mawn. . He was Fraternally and honorably received on many occasions while in this country, as the welcome guest of the Fraternity of Masons, and in his speeches and action in that capacity, also acquitted himself in the most graceful manner. On his return to England he seized the first occasion offered in the Grand Lodge to make suitable acknowledgment for the truly Fraternal manner in whicn he had been received and treated by his brethren in this countr.}'. The Government advanced him to higher honors, and created him Marquess of Ripon, and appointed him Lord President of the Council. We believe he now stands before the English people as one of the most eminent of its statemen, and among the brethren as one of the most worthy. We Fraternally congratulate him on his success, and the nation and the Masons of England on having among, and of them, such a man and a brother.

SCOTLAND. The proceedings we give are extracted from the reports of Brother Blackie, to the Grand Lodge of Tennessee: "A Special Communication of the Grand Lodge was held October 12. 1870, at which the Prince of Wales. Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England, was installed as Patron of Scottish Freemasonry, in the hall of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. "The ceremony was performed by the Most Worshipful Brother, the Earl of Dalhousie, Grand Master. assisted by a very large number of the officers 1l,nd members of the Grand Lodge, including a num bel' of the nobility and the Grand Representatives of Rngland, Ireland, France, Hamburg, Saxony, Tennessee and Canada. "The centre of the hall was laid with crimson cloth, and on the walls banners and bannerets were hung. The Grand Lodae having been opened, the PrInce of Wales entered, accompanied by the Earl of Rosslyn, Deputy Grand Master, and was received by an ova' ion of cheering and clapping of hands. again and again renewed, as he bowed his aCl{nowledgments. He was dressed in a plain black suit, and attired in the apron provided for him by the Grand I~odge.

"The Grand Master, having made announcement of his Royal Highness' acceptance of the position, the Prince was conducted to the altar in the center of the hall, where the ceremony of installation and investiture was performed amid profound silence. "On seats being resumed on the dais, the 1\lost Worshipful Grand Master, addressed the Patron as follows: '" Most Illustrious Sir and Brother:'" The Grand Lodge of Scotland, through the unworthy hands of me, the Grand Master, have now obligated you as the Patron of Masonry, not only in ~cotland, but of Scottish Masonry throughout the world. In the name of that ancient and distinguished Body I have to thank your Royal Higness for the honor you have done us. It. is the highest honor we have in our power to offer to a brotherl,.?,nd, as your Royal Highness is aware, it has all'eady been held by your Royal .1:1igness' illustrious predecessors, George IV and 'Villiam III. '" As it has now, Royal sir, descended upon you, it is:not only my earnest wish, but it is the prayer of every good Mason here and throughout the bounds of Scotland that you may long be spared to fill the office to which you have now been instaIied, and that when, in the course of events, you shall come to occup~


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the same high station in this country which your predecessors in this office have occupied before you, we may hail in the Grand Lodge of Scotland another Sovereign of the country as the Patron of our Craft. Permit, me, Most Royal Patron, to tender you, on behalf 01 the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and the Masons of Scotland, the right hand of fellowship.'" "The Grand lVlaster then cordially shook hands with his Royal Highness, and congratulated him upon his appointment, amid loud and prolonged cheering. The Prince, in acknowledgment, said: " 'Most Worshipful Grand Master, Deputy 'Grand Master, Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, and Brethren: " 'I cannot tell you how deeply the ceremony of to-day has touched me, and how thankful I am to you all for the great honor you have conferred upon me in making me the Patron of the Craft in Scotland. I have also to ex:pre~s how deeply touched I have been by the exceedingly kind manner in WhICh, Most Worshipful Grand Master, you have addressed me. " 'Brethren, I have not been long a member of the Craft. Still, I hope that I may be considered a worthy member of it. You may be all convinced that I shall ~tlways, and on evcryoccasion, and at every time, endeavor to do my utmost to fulfil such duties as may be imposed on me as a Brother Mason. "'Allow me once more to thank you for the honor you have conferred upon me, which was only wanting to malte me fully happy as a member of your Craft, and that is the honor of being made the Patron of the illustrious Craft in Scotland.' " "The Grand Master then presented his Royal Highness a copy of the Laws and Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and also an clegantly bound copy of â&#x20AC;˘ The History of Freemasonry and the Grand Lodge of Scotland,' edited by Brother Laurie, the Grand Secretary. The Grand Patron was then saluted, and the Grand Lodge closed in ample form." , "We have received the Reporter of the Grand Lodge for the year 1870-1871, which has been pUblished this year. Much of its information we have recorded in our former report, and, by means of the Edinburgh newspapers, we can bring the information down to date. '.rhe thanks of the Grand Lodge were voted to the Grand Lodge of Tennessee on the 2d of May, 187(), for a copy of its Proceedings, The Grand Constitution was so amended as to prevent brothers receiving a Second Degree within two weeks after the First, or the Third in less than two weeks from the Second. On the 1st of August, the Right Hon. the Earl of Zetland, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England was elected an honorary member, in recognition of the eminent services his lordship had rendered the Craft during a period of twenty-six years. The death of the Earl of Haddington, Provo Grand Master, and P. D. G. M" was announced, and an address of s:rmpathy was ordered to be transmitted to the Countess Dawager. The ceremonies of the 12th of October, embracing the installation of the Prince of Wales as Patron of the Scottish Craft, we fully reported in our last. A special . meeting was held on the 28th of October, on account of the death of Brother Laurie, the Grand Secretary, to make arrangements for carrying on the Secretariat. Brother A. J. Stewart was appointed ad inte1'im, and duly elected at the communication of the 7th of November; when Brother the Earl of Rosi;ylyn was unanimously elected Grand Master. On the 6th of January, 1872, the Grand Secretary read a letter which he had received from the Grand Orient of Peru, complaining that the Lodge' Honor and Progress,' bad illegally constituted two new Lodges in that locality out of members expelled the Craft by the Grand Orient of Peru. A printed communication from certain 1:<'rench Freemasons, containing charges against his Majesty the King, and his Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Prussia, was refused to be received. The Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia was recognized, and mutual representatives appointed. 'A copy of the printed Proceedings of so-called Grand Lodges of Tennessee, received by Grand Secretary, was, on the explanation of Brother Major Ramsayhthe Representative of Grand Lodge of Tennessee, that the body from whic it emanates is clandestine and spurious, refused.' Hesolution passed that the Grand Lodge of Scotland be represented at the Conference on the Mark Lodge question. A full account of this interesting Convention will be found in our reports to the Grand Chapter of Tennessee for 1871 and 1872. The question of Q,ucbec was discussed, and it was decided not to interfere, but to let the Grand Lodges in question settle their disputes among themselves. On the 31st of ~arch, 'communications from the Grand Lodges of Pennsylvania, Alabama, and the colored Grand Lodge of Tennessee were remitted to Brother Maj. Ramsay, Representative of the Grand Lodl?;e of Tennessee, with the request that he would procure from Brother Dr. Blackie, Representative of this Grand Lodge at Tennessee, such information regarding those bodies as would enable the Grand Lodge to take their application for fraternal intercourse into consideration; and, as regards colored Grand Lodge of Tennessee, to inform Brother Dr. Blackie that no recognition of that body will be ,made by this Grand Lodge.' Five Lod~es, three in Scotland, one in India, and one in Australia, were chartered durmg the year. The other


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matters of interest we noted last year. On St. Andrew's day, November 30,1871, the officers for 1871-2 were duly installed, the chief being the same as for tbe preceding year. Our Grand Representative was promoted to tbe rank of .Junior Grand Deacon. The Grand Master in his installation address, announced his purpose of establishing a Benevolent Fund, to which each member should be required to contribute something, and raise the Grand Lodge to its proper place in benevolence. This it is since proposed to do by charging a pittance for annual dues of each member to Grand Lodge. Few of the Lodges bave any dues at all, and the plan proposed will probably be successful, and result in great advantage to the Scottish Craft. But there was some objection to the measure, and the Grand Master's views were not as favorably regarded by many as they should have been. The opposition excited induced his lordship to declare that he would not permit his name to be put in nomination for 1~72-3. But his intentions were frustrated by a combined action of the Craft, who held a special meeting of the Grand Lodll;e on the 18th of September-Right \Vorsbipful Brother Henry Inglis, Substitute Grand Master, presiding-when a requisition for his lordship'S continuanee in office during the coming year was signed by 7,027 representative men and brethren, and most respectfully begging him to accept the office, on account of the active interest be bad taken in the affairs of the Grand Lodge, and more particularly its charities. His lordship said that, like every body else, he had been' on the stri ke,' and' pretty much in the fashion,' but now he was compelled to accept the honor oftered to him in such a fashion, and by men so well known as honest in their opinions and not ashamed of their honesty. But he claimed the right, equal to theirs, of independently expressing his opinion, and hoped that harmony would exist between Lhem, and the great objects he had in view-schools and orphanageswould increase and flourish. On the 9th of October, at Edinburgh, the Most Worshipful Gr:md Lodge, and over a thousand Representatives of other Lodges. laid the foundations of the new buildings for the Watt Institution and School of Arts, and the statue of James Watto 'l'he former bUildings had been removed on account of city improvements. The procession, banquet, and all the ceremonies were attended by an immense crowd of people, and all the talent and beauty of Edinburgh seems to have been present on the occasion. This is, we hope, it is no breach of modesty to say, peculiarly gratifying to us, the chairman of your commitLee, as the building, school, and statue commemorate the genius and labors of our great-grandfather, who, though not aMason, has thus received the homage of that Fraternity which honors and imitates all that is good and great. Nor can we close these remarlts on Scotland without acknowledging the courteous greeting and many kindnesses displayed to us by the Grand Secretary, Grand Clerk, and Grand Representative of Tennessee, when, d'\lring the summer monthS, we paid a visit to 'Auld Reekie' and the home of our ancestors and early years. 'l'hese brethren helped ns to feel that we were going home, and showed us every courtesy that their affectionate hearts could suggest. And as we thanked them there, we thank them now, for the fraternal sympathy thE'Y exhibited toward the Grand Lodge of Tennessee and its Representative. \Ve were also received inthe most cordial manner by our brethren in the city of Glasgow, who honored us not only with a public banquet and many fiattering expressions of regard, but also elected us an honorary member of No. 370, one of the most distinguished Lodges of the Western country."

IRELAND. The transactions of the Grand Lodge of Ireland have not reached us, and we therefore extract from the report of Brother Blackie, of Tennessee, what he says on that subject, and also an account of his personal visit to that country. Resays: ... This Grand Lodge has passed through a year of greater than usual prosperity. We have received the official annual Bulletin and the Irish Freemasons' O:lZendmo and Di1'ectm-y, for 18i2. At the quarterly session, held in January, Brother Thomas Brunker was received as the Representative of Tennessee. At the annual meeting, on the 2d of May, officers were elected, and, besides the usual routine of business, the question at' the amended Constitutiun was taken up. Past Masters from the country appeared in great force, and voted against certain measures which they deemed as giving too much Hdvantage to the Dublin Past Masters. As a result of this, the (Oonsideration of the proposed laws was deferred for twelve months. It was also proposed to consider the propriety of raising the price of Warrants for new Lodges, making the new price ÂŁ20 for a Dublm Lodge, and ÂŁ- for 11 Lodge in the conntry, colonies 01' regiments. After some debate, the whole question was laid on the table. The Grand Lodge exhibits its usual reticence as regards printing, and we can gain little more information. The daughter of the late Brother Haffield, our Grand Representative, has sent us a letter, expressing her gratitude to the Grand.


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Lodge of Tennessee for the kind notice taken, and beautiful memorial published, of hel' late father. Your committee spent several weeks of the past year in the city of Dublin, and desires to state that, as the Representative of Tennessee Masonry in Ireland, he was received with the utmost cordiality by all the officers-from the Deputy Grand Master, down. He had the pleasure of seeing a great deal of work, and had the honor of having been specially entertained at their banquets by the Irish Masons. Nothing was left undone that could have made his visit more pleasant and happy; and everywhere in Ireland, as well as in the other British Islands, the utmost respect and affection was displayed for American Masons and the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. He also attended the annual meeting of the Masonic Orphans' School for Girls, and was much delighted with the neatness, order, and excellence everywhere exhibi ted, as well as with the superiority of the intellectual and moral training. The school was established in 1792, for the purpose of providing a shelter for the female orphans of deceased I<'reemasons. It is supported entirely by voluntary contributions, the Grand Lodge subscribing ÂŁ125 per annum, in addition to the collections at Grand Lodge and the fees payable by Grand Officers. 'l'he children are fed, lodged, clothed, and educated. Their religious and moral training is most carefully guarded. They are thoroughly instructed in all the branches of a sound English education, the rudiments of French German, and drawing, and music to such as evince a natural taste for ft.. lT.hey are taught all the practieal details of household economy, and particular attention is paid to plain needle-work. '.rhe pupils make up their own clothes, and perform the principle portion of the domestic work of the house. They are trained to habits of order, neatness, and regularity, so that they may become useful members of society when they leave school; and it is most gratifying to be able to report that many of its former inmates are now comfortably and respectably settled, .and some have shown their high appreciation of the value of the institution by contributing regularly to its support. Several of the pupils are sent annually to the Continent, where they obtain situations in schools as English teachers, and are thus enabled to perfect themselves in the continental languages and other accomplishments. Not one pupil of the institution has ever been known to go astray, as we were informed by Lhe Deputy Grand Master. The number of pupils at the time of our visit was forty-two-the majority of whom were the orphans of brethren belonging to country Lodges; and by far the greater number were the offspring of parents whose position in life gave them little reason to apprehend that their children would ever be thrown on the charity of the Order. The evidence of cleanliness, comfort and happiness, and the cheerful, earnest way in which the studies were pursued-the orderly, motherly cond uct of the matrons, and the paternal care of the board of visitors, wi II long remain with us as one of our happy memot'ies. The school is about to be enlarged to nearly double its capaCIty. The Masonic Orphll,n Boys' School is a younger institution, only dating from 1867. It has yet no local habitation, and the pupils are educated at such schools as are selected by the committee. There are ten pupils now being educated. We are requested to ask the Irish brethren (and any others) of our Grand Lodges todo something toward the maintenance of these institutions. His Grace the Duke of Leinster, was re-elected Grand Master; Robert W. Shekleton, Deputy Grand Master; and General the Right Honorable F. P. Dunne, Grand Secretary. The Deputy Grand Secretary is, as before, Brother O. T. Walmisley. The number of .Lodges is 342; of these 29 are in Dublin. '.rhe others are under the Provincial Grand Lodges, 13 of which are in Ireland, I in Lisbon, 1 in Victoria, 1 in New South Wales, 1 in Queensland, 1 in ~outh Australia, and 1 in New Zealand-in all, 19 Provinces."

FRANCE. That the Grand Lodge and the brethren may understand the equivocations nnd essential unfairness of the Grand Orient of France, in the treatment of the question at issue between the American Grand Lodges and that body, we present a brief resume of the whole matter, in which all that has beeu said or done by the French organization, will be accurate translations from their own official documents. â&#x20AC;˘ Somewhere in 1867, a body styling itself a .. Supreme CounCil," was established in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. This fact, considered by lIself, is one with which the governino- powers of Ancient Craft Masonry have nothing to do, and, but for another to be presently stated, the foregoing announcement wou~d never 1?-ad appeared in the transactions of this Grand Lodge. The other fact IS that thiS Council assumed and exercised the power to create symbolic, or, as we commonly term them, "Blue Lodges," within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, which for many years before had heen the le~itimate and recognized source of authority in Louisiana in all matters pertaining to Craft Masonry. While then, the establishment of a CounCil, or any other body to confer degrees of any kind, high or low, great or small, not those conferred in


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regular Lodges under the sanction oflawful Grand L')dges, would be a matter not within t11e cognizance of Grand Lodges, the interference with the authority of such bodies, when lawfully established, and the cousequent invasion of their territorial and governmental rights,is a mattel' that can neither be calmly submi tted to, nor allowed to pass without vigorous protest, at least blithe absence of stronger methods of self-defence. The Grand Orien t, nevertheless, recognized this body, and its open lnvasian of the rights of/a body, with which, at that very moment, the Grand Orient was in friendiy correspondence, and thus, of course, recognized the principle that the territorial jurisdiction and rights of a Grand Lodge may be invaded with impunity. The ground of this recognition was, that the Lodges, created by this New Orleans" Council," would open their doors alike to all men without distinction of .. nation, race, creed or color." Upon receipt of official notice of the action of the Grand Orient, the chairman of this committee, then Grand Mastel' of Masons in New York, addressed a communication to the Grand Orient, setting forth in ample detail the reasons why this recognition should not have taken place, and proving beyond question that the avowed principal ground on which It rested, is untenable, because not only is there no law in Masonry, as practised in the United States, hasing any color of a design to forbid the initiation of a man on account of nationality, race, color or religion, but because the inspection and acceptance of material by initiation, is irrevocably placed under the charge of the Subordinate Lodges. and not in any degree , when done within the ancient landmarks, subject to Grand Lodge laws or legislation. And further, because the claim of the trespassing body to establish Lodges within the territory of a Grand Lodge, specially founded, charged and recognized under our law, for the purpose of regulatin~and governing symbolic Masonry within the limits of its jurisdiction, is one tnatcan never for a moment be admitted by the Grand Lodges on the American continent. This communication and others of like tenor, received no attention or answer from the Grand Orient, and at the next annual session of that body, (1869), the Grand Master refused to allow any discussion of the matter. At a subsequent period of the same session, however, the" President of the Council" volunteered a statement to the effect, that the reason why the recognition had taken place, was because the American Grand Lodges obstinately refused to permit their subordinates to initiate men of color, and tbis statement wa.s made in the very face of the letter of our Grand Master above referred to. The subject was finally referred to a committee, of which one Caubet was chairman, and during the following year he made a report in which he not only distorted historical facts, re-asserted the thrice exploded fallacy about initiations, but avoided the question at issue, namely, the right of regularly established Grand Lodges to control their own affairs within the lines ot' their appropriate jurisdictions. At the Annual Assembly of the Grand Orient, held in September last, a report was submitted which we reproduce as a matter of history, thus: " [TRANSLATION.]

"Your committee has been obliged to examine a voluminous correspondence and important documents; we have also been obliged to revert to the history of the question submitted. ¡We bring you the result of our labor and a proposition, which we trust may put an end to the dissonance which separates two great countries so well calculated to maintaIn friendly relations-to-wit, France and the United States of America. "But before entering upon the history of the question and presenting our resolution, we are happy to be able to stat,e, that in no letter, in no protest, have we found that the Grand Lodges ofAmerica reproach the Supreme Councll of Louisiana for the admission of colored men into Masonry. On the contrary, the Grand Lodge of New York, under date of Feb. 27th, 1869, expressly says: â&#x20AC;˘ American Masonry has no law forbidding colored men to be made Masons.' All the Lodges are satisfied with protesting against the decree of Nov. 5th, 181i8, because it implies recognition of an American Masonic power which they style irregular. Your committee has been gratified in Observing, that officially at least, all the Grand Lodges pay homage to that principle of equality which France was the first to proclaim in declaring free every man who touches the soil of France. Not one of them dare protest openly against ,the initiation of colored men, and if any restriction be hidden in the hearts men, which I cannot believe, it must he admitted, that this hypocrisy of sentiment is nevertheless homage paid to the great phila,nthropic principles, which take refuge under the tri-color of F'rauce and under the starry flag of the Union. " Moreover the Freemasons ofthe States which have fought so gloriously for the abolition of slavery-the compatriots of Lincoln-could not deceive our hopes, and if a few personal letters some individual relations, raIse this question of the indignity of race, all the ~Iasonic centers reject it, and are in perfect accord with the Grand Orient of France. We repeat It, we are happy to state that the Freemasonry of the great American people is in accord with French Masonry in being directed and led by the great principles of tolerance and equalIty, which are the foundation and the glory of our Order.

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.. Without entering into all the transformations undergone by the Supreme Councils of the Northern States of America, it will answer our purpose to call attention to the fact, that according to the Grand Constitutions given-as is pretended-by Frederick II., King of Prussia, two Supreme Councils only can co-exist in North America. We will not now inquire whether the Constitution of May 1st, 1786, were really the work Of Frederick t,he Great, or whether he had the right to make them: we merely state the fact. Two Supreme Councils of the Scottish Rite constituted, one at Charleston, the other at Boston. direct the Rite, and live in peace with the Grand Lod~es professingJthe York Rite. It appears that in 1839, these two Supreme CounCIls in Boston and Charleston ceased labor. A Consistory of the 32d degree had been established in New Orleans; in this Consistory were Masons possessing the 33d degree. They established a Supreme Council, which they ornamented with the name of' Supreme Council of the United States :of America,' and gave notice of its existence to the various Masonic powers . .. On tbe Report of Brother Tardien, December 24tb, 1842, the Grand Orient recognized it, and in the Calender of 1843, alongside of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, we find: 'New Orleans, Supreme Council of the United States of America.' "These fraternal relations continued until 1855, when the active members of the Supreme Council of America arranged with the Supreme Council of Cbarleston,-which had resumed labor, a concordat, or treaty, by which the seat of tbe Supreme Counci 1was removed to Charleston. "From tbat time relations with the Supreme Council of Louisiana were interrupted, and the dissenting members of that body only recognized in 1858, at whicn time they asked to enter anew Into relations with the Grand Orient~ which request, on the report of Brother Rexes, was refused by the then Grana Master. , " In 1868, on a fresh application, and following the example of Italy and Belgium, the Grand Master, on a favorable report of a member of the Council, signed the decree of November 5th, 1868. which is the basis of the present discussion. "By a susceptibility, which we understand, the American Powers see in this decree an invasion of the Masonic affairs of America by the Grand Orient of France. " But it is necessary to bring things back to their real basis; it must be admitted that the Grand Master only wished to re-establish previously existing relations, and in no wise to impose upon the Lodges of the Union the recognition of a new Supreme Council. He acted in the most complete good faith, and the Grand Orient stands on the same ground, not being competent to decide causes of regularity or irregularity of the great Masonic family so far as powers ~~~ ~~~~~l~fle~it~~can only conform to the decisions of the authorities directing "The conduct, the~, of the Grand Master and Grand Orient, are explained on the most natural grounds, which should not have caused any misunderstanding among brethren. That the present dissidence may cease, your committee propose to address to the Grand Lodges of America, and to the two Supreme Councils at Charleston and Boston, these explanations, which it is to be hoped may bring about a renew:tl of fraternal relations between t,be Masons of France and America. . "Your committee therefore prepose the following: Taking into consideration that the decree of November 5th, 1868. was but the renewal of that of 1842, by which friendly relations had been established between the Grand Orient of France and the Supreme Council of America now the Supreme Council of Louisiana, the name of which appeared for tweive years in our Calender without protest; "Considering that this decree did not imply a new recognition of a new power. tbat the Grand Master neither wished to trench upon tbe rights of Amer ican Masonry, nor those which the Scottish Rite finds or thinks to find in the Constitution of 1786. 'rhat the voluminous correspondence exchanged on this accoun t between the Grltnd Orient of France and the American Masonic powers, clearly proves that they accept and participate in the philanthropic principles to which the Grand Master makes allusion in his decree; that it is urgently necessary tbat the American powers should understand that the Grand Orient has never desired to interfere with the questions raised by American Lodges which have mistaken its intentions, and that it earnestly desires to renew fraternal relations, which should never cease to exist between \.he great Republics of America and France: "The Grand Orient of France, assembled in Annual Communication, charges the â&#x20AC;˘Council of the Order,' its present representative near foreign powers, to malre known to the Grand Lodges of America and the two Supreme Councils at Boston and Charleston, its fraternal and friendly relations, and its firm deter~ ft

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mination to avoid all Masonic questions not international in character. The Grand Orient desires to respect the rights of every country and every Rite, as it desires that its own shall be respected, and lf the Scottish Rite, represented by all the Snpl'eme Councils of the globe, declare the irregularity of the Louisiana Councll, the Grand Orient, in itself Supreme Council for France and French colonies, will conform to the decision of the majorit.y of said powers." It is only necessary to remark on this report, that, like its predecessor at the hands of Caubet, it distorts and ignores historical facts, and avoids altogether the real question at issue. Grand Lodges are not competent to pass upon the regularity or irregulari ty of Supreme Councils, and if they were thcy would not do it, for the reasons that their business is confined exclusively to the affairs of Symboli c Masonry.

The Grand Orient must resolve to meet this question on 'its own merits, and not otherwise. It must say, without equivocation or any possible reservation, that it approves and will stand by the doctrine, that a lawful Grand Lodge in the United 8tates has full and entire control over the Lodges and l\lasons of Symbolic Masonry located in its territory, before there can be any possible debate between us. And, having settled this question our way, for we will assent to no other, it will then remain for it to show that it is a Masonic organizatIon-having no Grand Master-and that it is proper for us, who hold that the Grand Master is an indispensable part of a Masonic governing power, to hold Masonic correspondence and relations wIth a power ignoring one of the very initial propositions of regnlar Masonic existence.

GRAND LODGE LEAGUE OF GERMANY. PI'otocoloj the Diet oj German G'rand

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On the above mentioned day the following brethren assembled at the Hall of the Grand National Lodge of Freemasons of German~T, (Grosse Landesloge,) at Berlin: 1. Of the National Mother Grand Lodge, styled" Zu den drei Weltkugelll, (Three Globes) at Berlin," the Brothers Messerschmidt and Bornemann. 2. Of the Grand Lodge of Hamburg, the Brothers W. Buelt, Eduard Buek and Glitza (now Grand Master). . 3. Of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons, .. Zur Sonne" at Bayreuth, the Brothers Puschkin, Bluntschli and Schneider. 4. Of the Grand Lodge" Royal York," at Berlin, the Brothers Schnakenburg aud Wenzel. 5. Of the Grand National Lodge of Freemasons, of Germany (Grosse Landesloge), at Berlin, the Brothers Von Dachroeden, 'Vegner, Ch. Schmidt and Niklsch. 6. Of the Grand Lodge of the Eclectic Union, at Frankfort-on-the-Main, the Brothers Weissmann and Martini. 7. Of the National Grand Lodge of Saxony, at Dresden, Brother Eckstein. (It will be remembered that Brother Warnatz, Grand Master of Saxony, died suddenly at Berlin, the day previous to the assemblage.) . 8. Of the Grand Lodge" Zur Eintracht," at Darmstadt, the Brothers Pfalz and Leykam.

Brother von Dachroeden, in the name of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Germany, styled Grosse Landesloge, bid a hearty welcome to the brothers present, and expressed his sorrow at the serious loss the German Freemasonry had experienced in the sudden decease of Brother 'Varnatz. The brothers rose from their seats in honor of his memory and that of Brother Hedeman, (Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge" Royal York "), who also, since tile last Grand Masters' Diet, has been called to the Eternal East. Then, Brother Wegner transmitted to the Convention the best wishes of His Imperial and Royal Highness thc Crown Prince; who, while expressing his regret at being prevented from attending the Convention t in consequence of military duty at Potsdam, sent his assurance of profounu sympathy, and wished to receive the brothers at 9 O'clock on the following day, at his palace in Berlin.

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Brother von Dachroeden having been elected President, the consideration of the Statute of the German Grand Lodge League was entered into, and the base laid on the scheme, as proposed by the Grand Lodge to the .. Three Globes," and as stated in the Transactions of 1871, page 108. <' Sections 1 to 3 were accepted. Section 3 receives the particular notice, that upon a motion of the Representatives of the Grand Lodge .. Zur Sonne "-the fact not being generally known that three Grand Lod~es of Berlin had already, for years, admitted members of recognized Lodges mto their St. John Lodges, as visiting brethren, wltllout distinction of religion. Section 4 is to be framed as follows: The Grand Lodge League recognizes in Germany only the eight Grand Lodges mentioned in Section 1, their Subordinate Lodges, and those isolated Lodges, viz: 1. .. Min~rva zur den drei Palmen," at Leipsic. 2. .. Balduin zur Linde," at Leipsic. 3. .. Archimedes zu den drei Reissbrettern," at Altenburg. 4. "Archimedes zum ewigen Bunde," at Gera. 5. .. Carl Zum Rautenkrauz," at Hildburghausen. Section 5 to 9 adopted. The words in Section 10, upon Brother Bluntschtli's proposition, was changed into :-The Grand Lodge League consists of the eight Grand Masters and of two BrotherMasters, the latter to be elected by each Grand Lodge, and shall take place at session of one of the Grand Lodges on Monday after Pentecost, and in regular rotation amongst themselves. Should the Grand Master be prevented from attending, he may appoint another member of his Grand Lodge as his substitute. '.ro Section 11 it is added, that on the day of the Grand Lodge'S DIet, the Grand Master of that Grand Lodge in whose District the session is held, shall be President, and that he shall take charge of the current and executive business of the Grand Lodge League tlll the next meeting. A very lively debate took place with regard to Section 12, which stipUlates the proportion in the votes of the Grand Lodge's Diet, the Represen tativcs of the Grand National Lodge of Freemasons (Landesloge) having to adhere strictly to. the rule then only to vote in the affirmative when the proportion of the votes is regulated by It per centage of the number 01J the Lodges belonging to the jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge, while the other seven Grand Lodges stick to the principle that every Grand Lodge should be entitled to one vote each. Under these circumstances It union became impossible, and the following proposition of Brother Eckstein was therefore welcome, and was accepted. It substitutes to Section 12 the following resolution: "'.. The course to be adopted in its deliberations, and the manner of voting, shall be regulated by the order of business to be agreed upon at the next meeting of the Grand Lodges' League." Section 13 was adopted with the alteration, that the words" order of business" shall read" transaction of business." . After Section 13 shall be inserted: Section 14. The right of withdrawing is allowed to any of the Grand Lodges, and at any time. The final section to be: Section 15. This Rtatute was signed by the authorized Representatives of the Grand Lodges, on the ground of the powers issued to them. After this statute had been signed by all, and the Grand National Lodge of Freemasons (Grosse Landesloge), having reserved its approval by its Grand Master, it was resolved that: "His Majesty, the Emperor, be invited to take charge of the Protectorship over all the Grand Lodges united in the German Grand Lodge League," Bro. V. Dachroeden was fLsked to take the necessary steps in this matter. In regard to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Colored Masons, in Boston, MassaChusetts, which lately bas appointed Brother Findel, at Leipzig, (Editor of the "Bauhuette"), its Representative in Germany, Brother von Mensch,the Representative of the New York Grand Lodge, near the Grand Lodge of Saxony, had addressed the late Brother Warnatz, fOf tpe purpose of ba.ving it. B6


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submitted to the Grand Masters' meeting, whether the named brother should be admitted as such representative. It was, however, decided to have further i.nformation, and to leave the decision to the next. meeting of the Grand Lodg:s. Brether Schnaken burg proposed to have the next meeting of the Grand Lodges held at the rooms of the Grand Lodge Royal York, at Berlin. Considering however, that, if possible, it ought to be avoided to meet for two successive years at the same place, Brother Pushkin's invitation to Bayreuth was accepted. . â&#x20AC;˘ The session, having then finished its business, was declarell closed at half past four o'clock in the aftel'noon, having been opened at 11 A. 111. In a report in the Grand Lodge Proceedings of the Grand Lodge to the Three Globes, it is further said: His Imperial and Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of the German Empire and of Prussia, had invited the brethren Representatives of the eight Grand Lodges to his palace, for the other day (May 20th, 1872) at nine o'clock A. 111. The several brethren were introduced to him by Brother von Dachroeden, and he conversed with them in a most brotherly manner, referring towards many of them to former intercourse he had with the same. The grief of His Imperial and Royal Highness was profound at the death of the Most 'Vorshipful Brother Warnatz, who has so much merit in the foundation of the Grand Lodge League, and who was taken from amongst his brethren so suddenly, just before opening the Diet. Then His Imperial and Royal Highness took leave of the brethren, addresstng the assemblage with the following words: " My brethren. I congratulate you and myself on the result brought forward by your yesterday's proceedings. I can well call it a progress which you have completed. Most of you will remember the words said by me almost two years ago at the Secular-Festival of the Grand National Lodge of Freemasons (Landesioge), and in times that bore a thoroughly peaceful character: I am happy to see that these words have found an echo in all the German Lodges. Since then the events of war have led to a more solid political union, and the same ground of unity causes, what you have undertaken, a closer union of the Grand Lodges to which you gave a form yesterday. Whatever I said at that SecularFestival I maintain it to-day, anll at any time; I am convinced that the deeper our Masonic investigation and study enters into the interior of our Craft, the more it will bring its pure idea to perfection, and help the noble purpose of Freemasonry. To such efforts I shall always tender my hand willingly. Willingly I would have assisted in your yesterday's work, had I not been prevented therefrom by other duties; yet, my earnest devotion remains with the task you agreed upon and commenced yesterday, and to the further advancement of which I shall devote all my power. I have to transmit to you the greeting of the Emperor, who has been informed by me of the purposes of the convention, and sends you his best wishes in favor of their being effectuated. While expressing to you my sincere joy at having seen you assembled here, I herewith war~ly wish you all success in the great work before us." It is to be hoped, that considering such feelings and words, the resistance of the Grand National Lodge of. Freemasons (Grosse Landesloge), by which the adoption of Section 12 wa.." frustrated, will have been checked. The fact, alone, that Brother Von Dachroeden, the Past Grand Master of the Grosse Landesloge, appears as Representative of this Grand Lodge, points to a current different from such as seemed to result from the election of his successor, Brother Von Freitag, the present Grand Master.

Brother Nickish, Grand Secretary of the Grosse L8.ndesloge, wrote the minutes, and Crown Prince Frederick William, the Protector,' and highest aut.hority (Ordens-Meister), has formally declared his approbation of the admission of the Grand.National Lodge to the Grand Lodge League. Hereafter follows the statute of the German Grand Lodge League, as appears from the deliberations, viz: Section 1. The Grand Lodges at present existing in Germany, viz: 1. The National Mother Grand Lodge, in the Prussian States, styled "Zu den drei Weltkugeln," at Berlin. 2. The Grand National Lodge of Freemasons of Germany (Grosse Landesloge), at Berlin. 3. The Grand Lodge of Prussia, styled the" Royal York zur Freundschaft," at Berlin. 4. The Grand Lodge of Ham burg. 5. The National Grand Lodge of Saxony, at Dresden,


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6. The Mother Grand Lodge of the Eclectic Union, at Frankfort-on-theMain. 7. The Grand Lodge of Freemasons, styled " Zur Sonne," at Bayreuth. 8. The Grand Lodge" Zur Eintracht," at Darmstadt,join in a closer union I under the name of .. German Gntnd Lodge League." Section 2. The aim and purpose of this League is : To secure and promote the concord and co-operation of the Lodges in Germany, and to assume a common Masonic attitude toward the Grand Lodges outside of Germany. Section 3. 'rhe German Grand Lodge League recognizes the autonomy of the German Grand Lodge mtmed in Section 1 and the1r systems, except in so far as certain restrictions are made by the present statute. Section 4. The German Grand Lodge League recognizes in Germany only the Grand Lodges mentionedin Section 1 and their Subordinate Lodges; besides the above mentioned and at present existing isolated Lodges. Section 5. To determine whether on the part of the German Grand Lodges, new connections with non-German Grand Lodges should be entered into, and whether tbose already entered into should be dissolved, is exclusively the atfair of the Grand Lodge League. Section 6. In ditferences arising betw~en separate German Grand Lodges, the Grand Lodge League forms the court of dernier resort. Section 7. In the matters mentioned in Sections 5 and 6, the Grand Lodge League has a decisive vote.. . while in all other matters, which reach it from the Grand Masters' and Grand Lodges, it has only a consulting voice. Section 8. Differences in regard to Doctrine and Ritual, are exlcuded from the deliberations of the Grand Lodge League. Section 9. The organ of the Grand Lodge Lea,gue, is the Grand Lodge' Diet. Section 10. The Grand Lodge Diet consists of the eight Grand Masters and two brother Masters, the latter to be elected from each of the' respective Grand Lodges. 'rhe Diet will be held yearly at Whitsuntideiat the seat of one of the Grand Lodges, changing from one to another in regu ar succession. In case of hindrance, the Grand Master can substitute another member of his Grand Lodge. Section 11. The Grand Lodge Diet is presided over by the Grand Master of that Grand Lodge, at the seat of which the Assembly is held, and who has to . attend to the current business of the Grand Lodge League up to the next meeting of the Grand Lodge Diet. Section 12. The course of the deliberations and proceedings of votes shall be regulated by rules of business to be set down at the next Diet of the Grand Lodges. ' Section 13. Expenses arising from the transaction of bnsiness are defrayed provisionally by the Grand Lodge at whose place the last Grand Lodge Diet was held, and returned to her afterwards by the several Grand Lodges in equal shares. Section 14. Any Grand Lodge has the right to secede at any time. Section 15. This Statute is signed by the plenipotentiary Representatives of the Grand Lodges in accordance with the authority with which they have been invested.

MOTHER GRAND LODGE OF THE ECLECTIC UNION-FRANKFORT-ONTHE-MAIN. We received up to this Communication of onr Grand Lodge no other Protocols or Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge at Frankfort (since the one of Febrnary 24th, 1871), except one, containing No. 11 and 12 of their new series for October, November, December, 1872. We are sorry not to have more of the transactions of this Grand Lodge before us, inasmuch as during the time we did not hear of them, this Grand Lodge adopted a new standard work, and must have had very interestingtransactlons on this matter. We therefore can only ~ive a few remarks and extracts of the contents Of :Nos, II and 12 ot"the TransactlOn.


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On the 22d of October, a communication of the Lodge" de la Fidelitle," at Colmar, Alsace, directed to all Grand Lodges of Germany, and many Subordinate Lodges, was received, but laid without further action on the tn,ble. This Communication had the same character as all the last issues of the French Lodges, and did not interest. or touch the Grand Body. The main topic of the letter of the Lodge at Colmar (now dissolved as the letter says) was, to interrupt all Masonic intercourse WI th Masons of German birth and origin, because through their co-operation, either active or taciturn they must be considered as having partaken in the acts of violence against the Provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, and thus having forfeited the rights of brotherly feelings and intercourse with the fraternity of Alsace and Lorraine, as is claimed by those Lodges. Brother Martini, who presented a Report from the Bulletin of the Grand Orient of France, at the Q,uarterly Meeting, December 6th, 1872, reports, that the presiding officer of the Grand Orient of FrancehBrother de Saint-Jean (Bulletin 9th to 14th Sept. 1872, page 2'5ll,) asserts: ''That t e Grand Or1entis on good terms and fraternal intercourse (!) with all Masonic Grand Bodies on the globe, except one." Does he mean New York or Louisiana, or which one of nearly all the Grand Lodges in the United States does'he mean? And that the same presiding brother, after giving a sketch of the situation of the now dissolved Lodges of Alsace and Lorraine, and a sharp and bitter criticism on the action of the German authorities, warned and admonished the French fraternity, never to discuss political matters in Masonic circles. The Grand Master Brother Weisn~ann, reports that a:Manifest of the Grand Orient of Brazil (Thai Larradia) dated October 10th, 1872, has been received, which narrates the last occurrences and transactions between the two Grand Bodies of Brazil (Larrad1a and Benedictinos). }i'rom this Manifest, in the English, French and German languages, it is evident that'the former difficulties and troubles of the two bodies, only lately reconciliated and united in one Grand body, have broken out again, and in a more hostile manner than before. It was resolved that the Grand Lodge of the Eclectic Union shall be represented through a delegation at the fest.ival of the Lodge" Zur Einigkeit," (Union Lodge,) at the celebration of Worshipful Brother \Vill1am Speyer's Sixtieth A.nniversary as a Mason, and to express through this delegation the high esteem they have for Brother W. Speyer, formerly Deputy Grand Master of the Jurisdiction. At the stated Q,uarterly Communication of December 6t.h, 1872, the Grand Master reported that in accordance with the Resolution of August 30th, 1871, the following brethren have been elected as representatives and proxies of the Subordinate Lodges for a term of tllree years, viz: Brother Martini, for the Lodge" Zur Einigkeit," at Frankfort. Brother Stourzh, for the Lodge Socrates, at Frankfort. Brother Heuer, for the Lodge Carl, at Frankfort. Broth~r Weichand II, for the Lodge Joseph, at Nuremberg. Brother Leuchs, for the Lodg~ to the Three Arrows, at Nurem berg. Brother Kustner, for the Lodge of Lebanon, at Erlangen. Brother Meyer, for the Lodge Ernst, at Coburg. Brother Berninger, for the Lodge Brotherly Truth, at Hamburg. Brother Ficus, for the Lodge Chain of Brotherhood, at Hamburg. Brother Freseniu8, for the Lodge Plato, at Weisbaden. The same session was devoted to reports from other Grand Lodges, and from one Subordinate Lodge, of no particular interest.

GRAND LODGE "ZU DEN DREI WELTKUGELN" (THREE GLOBES), AT BERLIN, PRUSSIA. Protocols for January, February, and March, 1872, Nos. 780 and 781, are devoted to the deliberation and diBcuS8ion of the projected German Grand Lodge League, elsewhere reported. All the Subordinate Lodges received the printed propositions in regard to the proposed Grand Lodge League, for information and for giving instruction to their representatives. From the one hundred and eight Lodges of the jurisdiction, only seventy have answered and sent written votes and views. The committee on the subject rendered ~ very able report, through the Chairman,


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Brother Count of Wartensleben. Among others, the Committee expressed their views about the difficulty of distributing the votes and representatives in the new body. There exist now, in Germany:

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Under the Grand Lodge of the 'fhree Globeg 108 Lodges, with 12,453 members. " Grand National Lodge of Freemasons of Germany (Grosse Landesloge) 77 " "8,347 " Grand Lodge Royal York 46 5,283 Urand Lodge of Hamburg 23 2,629 Grand Lodge of Saxony 17 2,694 Grand Lodge at Bayreuth 16 1,234 Grand Lodge at Frankfort .iO 1,396 Grand Lodge" Zur Eintracht" 10 8Z7 Total. 307 Lodges, with 34,863 members. Also, Independent Lodges.................................... 5 " in Alsace and Lorraine......... 7 in Frankfort, under the Grand Lodge of England . Total. ~ 320 Lodges, and the Committee ask bow the 320 Lodges shall be represented in thc New Grand Body. The whole subject was referred to the Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master and Brother Kleiber, specially elected as a third representative to the Diet of the Grand Masters. At the session, held March 7t~t)872, the Grand Master communicated that on the 4th of this month the worshipfUl Brother Gustav Adolph Leopold Petersson died after a long and painful sickness. Brotber Petersson reached tbe age of seventy-four years; he was forty-nine years a member of our fraternity, and since October 28th, 1847, member of tbe Grand Lodge, and its officer. He was Grand Registrar (Grand Keeper of the Archives), and Representative of the Grand Lodge of New York. HIS death was mentioned in the address of Grand Master John H. Anthon. (See Transactions of 1872, pages 19-20.) Protocols Nos. 782, 783 and 784, inclUding the time from April to June, 1872, inclusive. The Grand Master reports that the three Grand Lodges at Berlin respectively. through their executive officers, have sent a congratulating address to his Majesty the Emperor and King William, the Protector of Masonry in Germany, on his birthday, May 22d, a. c., and rec~ivedagraciousacknowledgment. At the session, held May 2d, 1872, the election of Grand Officers for three years, viz: from 1872 to 1875, was the special order. The result was the following: Grand Master, Brother Von Messerschmidt; Deputy Grand Master, Brother Bornemann (both re-elected); Senior Grand Warden, Brother Dabms; Junior Grand Warden; Brother Strubing; Grand Treasurer, Brother Kupfer; Grand Secretal'y, Brotner Ramme. On the 24th of June, 1872, tbe Grand Lodge celebrated the St. John's Festival, and the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Von Messerschmidt delivered the oration of the day, and gave a review of the action and the work in the Jurisdiction during the past Masonic year, referred to elsewhere. '.rwo new Lodges received charters from the Grand Lodge during the past year, viz: the Lodge Marc Aurel, at Marburg, and the Lodge" Fidelity," at Berlin. A report was made of the Augusta Institution (a Masonic charitable institution, in honor of the Empress Agusta), which showed that very effective aid was given from this institution for thefmpport of many widows and orphans. The Grand Orator, Brother Albrecht, delivered also, on the Festival of St. John, a very able oration for the occasion. Protocol No. 785, for July, August and September, 1872. 'l'he Grand Lodge Alpina, of Switzerland, writes that their Grand Body has been re-organized, and that Worshipful Master Brother Aime Humbert, at Neufchatel, has been elected Grand Master and ask for continuance of brotherly and friendly intercourse. Brother Henry Gysi, at Zurich, was elected Representative of the Grand Lodge of the Three Globes, near the Alpina Grand Lodge. The Protocol contains very interesting reports of Grand Lodge visitors in Subordinate Lodges; also reports and extracts from other German and Foreign Grand Lodges. Protocol No. 786.


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On the 2d of November, 1872, a General Grand Lodge of Sorrow was held. The brethren met at 6 P. M., in the Grand Lodge House, and marched in procession to the Temple, a large musical band playing a J.l:[m路chia Funcbre. The Most Worshipful Grand Master Von Messerschmidt, presided. The Senior Grand Warden, Brother Steubing, read the names of the six deceased active members of the Grand Lodge; of the thirty-three honorary members of the Grand Lodge, and of twenty members of Subordinate Lodges in Berlin, in whose memory the Lodge of Sorrow was held, and gave sketches of their lives. The oration was delivered by Brother Albrecht. The Ritualistic and Musical part of the ceremony was performed in a very excellent and effective manner. Protocol No. 787, December 5th, 1872. After some reports in regard to Subordinate Lodges and internal communications weremade.,!~announcementwas made of the occasion of the celebration oithe Centennial union of the Province of West Prussia to the Realm; and the representatives of all the Lodges of West Prussia had a reception at the old Castle of Marienburg, by the Emperor Wilhelm. The representatives presented an address to the Emperor, expressing their allegiance and Masonic devotion to the High Protector,-and the Emperor replied as follows: "I find with great pleasure in your address the expression of true Masonic spirit and feelings. My merit and reward in relation to Freemasonry lay in the fact that I successfully promoted a very intimate brotherly intercourse among the Lodges of Prussia, and, as far as possible, between all German Lodges. "When I was requested to join the Fraternity of the Freemasons I had a kind of prejudice against the institUtionibecause all secret manners and things were objectionable to me. But once ini iated, and knowing and appreciating the spirit of the Craft, I devoted myself to its aims and destiny with all my heart. " I found however, that brotherly love, in as far as it relates to the opinions and views of the disciples of the several systems and jurisdictions, is very often only on the lips,and not always in the hearts of the members, because each system of work considers itseU as the only right means to reach our common aim. "Therefore it seemed to me an important object to effect conciliation among the systems, and especially through a friendly intercourse and discussion on the views of the prominent members of the Craft. You know I was successful not only with the original Prussian Lodges, but also, after the annexation of HanovertWith the former Hanoveran Lodges, and even mostly with the other German odges. We came nearer to the South-German Lodges, and have with them, notwithstanding their peculiarities, an intimate intercourse, although they do not recognize me as their Protector. "The increased number of Lodges and growing number of their members give me proof that the Fraternity is propagating and promUlgating the true spirit of Masonry, and meets with success. Please do your best as men and Masons to diffuse and rea117.e our doctrines also in profane circles. .. Of course our adversaries, who make us responsible for all the evil of our times, even for the '(J)mmu,ne,' will never acknowledge our operations and effects; but we can qUietly indulge them in their opposition, if we are satisfied with ourselves. "It is iWJ?ossible for me to come now so often as before to the Lodge meetings; but I gIve ~TOU my son as my substitute, who will be active in the same spirit in Freemasonry as myself." Protocol No. 788, December 19th, 1872. The election of three representatives for the Grand Lodge League, in accord路 ance with the confirmed and adopted statute of this organization, was the special order. The Grand I,odge elected as their delegates to the Diet of the German Grand Lodge League, for the term, till September,1873, (the Grand Master being a delegate dejure), Worshipful Brother Bornemann, 'Vorshipful Brother Kleiber; and as alternate, WorshipfUl Brother von Etzel. Several German brethren in Shanghae. petition through the medium of Brother Ed. Roehl, of Shanghae, who is travelling in Germany, and appeared personally before the executive officers of the Grand Lodge, to grant them a charter to open a IJodge, working in the German tongue, at Shanghae, under the name of "Germania." This Lodge would be the first German Lodge in China, and they intend to admit only German-speaking material. As the petition is recommended by the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, and several. other Grand Officers, the Grand Lodge decided to grant the charter.


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Communication was received that in the District Court, at Beuthen, on the 25th of November, a. c., the following judgment was rendered against the Catholic Priest, Edward Bnjna, at Sabotka, District Pleschen, Province of Posen: I. That the defendant, Edward BUjna, is convicted and found guilty of a repeated offence and misdemeanor against'the public order, of resistance against the Government, and of a repeated public calumnious otfence, and is therefore sentenced to tHree months confinement in the State Prison, and to pay the costs of the trial. II. That all copies of the confiscated pamphlet, "Trowel and Cross," and "The New God," and the Polish translations thereof, also the plates, forms and types with which they are printed, are to be destroyed. III. That the Grand Lodge zu den drei Weltkugeln has the right to publish this judgment and sentence, once in German, in the .1.Yorth-German Uni1/ersal Gazette, at Berlin, and once in the Polish tongue, in the paper edited at Konighutte, and called the Katholik, and that the defendant has to pay the costs of such pUblications.

GRAND LODGE OF SAXONY. Protocols No. 98, 100 and 102, including the time from April 13th, 1872, to January 29th, 1873. Protocols No. 99 and 101 did not come to hand. Communications in regard to Subordinate Lodges were received at the session of April 13thl...1872, also a communication of an Odd Fellow Lodge, Saxonia No.1, asking for .l'Taternal intercourse with the Masonic Lodges of Saxony. A cOIllmittee reported on this matter, and recommended, that inasmuch as the Order of Odd Fellows has no connection with Masonry, the action be declined, for creating and promoting relations of affinity with it, which report was unanimously adopted. Report was made from the transactions of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons, (Grosse LandeSlOge)l at Berlin, of the Grand Lodge of Hamburg, of t,he Alpina Grand Lodge of Sw tzerland, of the Grand Lodge of the Netherlands, of the Grand Lodge Zl1 den 3 Weltkugeln at Berlin, of the Grand Lodges of Italy and France, also from the annual returns of several Subordinate Lodges. The Subordinate Lodge Harmonie, at Chemnitz, sent in a petition which was highly recommended, that the Grand Lodge may again try and attempt to have the Government's order formally revoked, which forbids the commissioned officers of the Army'o! Saxony (XII German Army Corps) from joining the Masonic Fraternity. At the session or July 17,1872, the pl'esiding Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Eckstein, mentioned the losses which the Grand Lodge of Saxony had sutfered through the death of many prominent brethren, especi路 ally through Brother Warnatz's sudden death. The memory of this distinguished brother has been already honored by a solemn Lodge of Sorrow, but it was ordered also, that the memory of all our deceased mem bel'S likewise be honored. The proceedings and resolutions of the fifth meeting of the German Grand Masters, May 19th, a. c., was held before the Grand Lodge, with the Statute of the recently created German Grand Lodge League (Gross Logen Bund). These papers were ordered to be communicated to all the ~ubordinate Lodges, and the formal ratification and the election of representatives, was made the special order for the next October meeting. The annual transactions of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. were received and ordered to be reported on by the committee. Also acknowledgement was'made of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Italy, and of the new Grand Lodge of Utah, at the Salt fJake. A circular of the Grand Orient of Mexico was laid on the table. Reports were presented from the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge at Berlin, zu den 3 'Veltkugeln and Royal York, and the Grand Lodge of Freemasons (Grosse Landesloge). also from the Grand Lodge" Zur Eintracht" at DarInstadt, the Grand Lodge of the Eclectic Union at l!'rankfort, the Grand Lodge of Hamburg, and the Supreme Council of Luxemburg. The session of January 29th, 1873, was devoted to the Instn.llation of officers and representatives.


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The Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Eckstein presented a communication that the newly elected Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Von Seidlitz, had written from }i'lorence, Italy, where he sojourns in consequence of his weak health, and had accepted with expressions of his sincere thanks, the office to which he had been elected. The Grand '.freasurer submitted his report for the years 1871 and 1872, and the Grand Lodge referred this report for aUditing and approval to a committee. 'rhe Grand Lodge of British Columbia, at Victoria;notHles the election of its officers which took place on the 7th and 9th of Decemher. Two numbers of a paper appearing at Geneva, under the name of "Les etat,s unis d'Europe," and a. Manifest of Brother Thirifocq at Paris, "Amnestie complete, plus d'etat de seige," was laid on the table, their contents referring only to political and social questions. Communication was presented from the Manifest of the Grand Orient of Brazil, dated'October, 1872, referred to elsewhere. . Very interesting and elaborate reports were made from the proceedings and protocols of the Grand Lodges ofIIamburg 路1'toyal York, Bayreuth, and Frankfort. Also a letter from the Alpina Grand L-odge of Switzerland, in relation to their reorganization, were laid before the Grand Lodge. Before the adjournment, the Grand Master mentioned, that it is hoped that the military general order, prohibiting the officers of the army of Saxony from entering into the Masonic fraternity, will be formally revoked.

GRAND LODGE OF PRUSSIA, ROYAL YO}{.K ZUR FREUNDSCHAFT, BERLIN. We acknowiedge the receipt from this Grand Lodge of the following description of the Lodge of Sorrow, held May 13th, 1872, in memory of the late Deputy Grand Master Ri~ht Worshipful Brother TIedemann; Protocol of the session on the 6th of May, 1872; Protocol of the celebration of St. John's Day, June 24th. 1872, and the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge; Protocol of the Quarterly Session, September 9th, 1872; Protocol of the Special communication, February 26th, 1873; and of the Grand Lodge of Sorrow on the following day. The Grand Lodge of Sorrow on the 13th of May, 1872, in memory of the late Deputy Grand Master Brother Hedemann, Burgomaster of the City of Berlin, was held in a very impressive and solemn manner. The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Schnackenburg opened the ceremonies with very appropriate remarks. The Grand Orator, BrotherWiebrecht, delivered a very elaborate eulogy. , The Stated Communication, May 6th, 1872, was devoted' to the election of Grand Officers, with the following result ;M. W. Bro. Schnakenburg, was elected Grand Master. R. W. Bro. Wenzel, Deputy Grand Master. R. W. Bro. Petermann, Senior Grand Warden. R. W. Bro. Woywod, Junior Grand Warden. W. Bro. Bouche, Grand Secretary. W. Bro. Wiebrecht, Grand Orator. W. Bro. Reschke, Grand Treasurer. W. Bros. Sittenfeld and Moser, Grand Stewards. Reports and statistics in reference to the Snbordinate Lodges were presented. The celebration of St. John's Day and Of the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge Royal York, took place June 24th, 1872. The Grand Master Schnakenburg, assisted by the Grand Wardens, opened the Grand Lodge in ample form, and addressed the brethren. The Grand Orator Brother 'Viebrecht, delivered a very long speech on the occasion, reviewing the condItion of Masonic affairs throughont the world. His address occupies seven printed pages of the transactions. We extract from this address the following: "In regard to All;J.erican Freemasonry, it is very difficult to give a correct view. T.1e reports are in many relations very contradictory; and it leaves llothing but to take the figures in consideration. These figures show, of course. that Freemasonry increases in colossal dimensions in America from year to


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year, as to promulgation and membership. The number of Freemasons in Germany is now about 36LOOO " the Grand Lodge of New York, however, has alone about 75,000 members, 01 w hich, during one year, about 5,000 members have withdrawn by dimit, expulsion, suspension, striking from the roll, and death j but 7,300 members have been added by initiation, affiliation, and restoring." That's all this Grand Orator in this lengthy speech has to say on Masonic matters in the United states. We refer him very cordially and Fraternally, but urgently, to the Transactions of our Grand Lodge for 1872, (see page 102 et sequitur), and will send him a copy by next steamer with our compliments, in order that his information on these subjects may be more liberal and comprehensive. The regular Quarterly Communication was held September 9th, 1872, and Most Worshipful Brother J. G. Ruegg was elected Representative near the Alpine Grand Lodge of Switzerland, and on motion of the Standing Commit, tee (Innerer Orient) very distinct and proper ritualistic instructions were issued to the Subordinate Lodges. Worshipful Brother Fickert was received as Representativeo! the Lodge of Ireland near this Grand Lodge, and was duly accredited.

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Reports were presented of the proceedings of all the German Grand Lodges, and from the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. Right Worshipful Brother Van Dalen reported from the Bulletin du Grand Orient of France, and Worshipful Brother Flohrfrom the protocols of the Grand Lodge of Italy. The Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Schnakenburg died a.fter a short sickness on the 31st January, 1873 and a special Grand Lodge of Sorrow r8~3. held in commemoration of this d 1stinguished brother, on February 27th, The members of the Subordinate Lodges at Berlin, the Grand Officers of Royal York Grand Lodge, the Grand Officers of the two other Berlin Grand Lodges, and the Provincial Grand Master of Silesia, from the jurisdiction of the Royal York Grand Lodge, participated in the celebration of this Lodge of Sorrow, in memory of the deceased Grand Master Schnakenburg. Extensive vocal and instrumental musical productions adorned and exalted the celebration. The Catafalque was decorated with flowers and with the marble bust of the lamented Grand Master. The Deputy Grand Master conducted the exercises, and addressed, a.fter opening in due form, the assembled brethren. The Grand Orator, Brother Wiebrecht, delivered a very elaborate eulogy. The deceased, Brother Schnakenburg, was a very prominent member, not only of the fraternity, but also of Berlin Society; he was Professor of the Military Academy, and teacher in the Royal family of.,prussia. The Crown Prince being absent at Wiesbaden at the time of his death and of the Lodge of Sorrow, sent a very sensible and appropriate letter of condolence.

GRAND LODGE SOVEREIGNTY. In commenting upon the transactions of the Grand Lodge of '.rennessee, we alluded to that Grand body being in correspondence with the Grand Lodge of Italy, and stated in general terms the attitude of the latter Grand body on the important question of Grand Lodge Sovereignty. The subject is here resumed, being one of vital consequence to the Craft in the United States, and because we wish it distinctly understood by our brethren in Tennessee, as elsewhere, that the Grand Lodge of Italy claims the absolute right to plant a Lodge, conferring the symbolic degrees, within the territorial jurisdiction of another and existing Gra,nd Lodge. This claim is in ite Constitution, thus offensively expressed: "The Grand Orient of Italy has its seat at the Capital of the Kingdom; it may charter Lodges in all parts of the world. It acknowledges as Freemasons those ONLY who belong to one of its own Lodges, or to one recognized by a Masonic anthority allied with itse~f"" (See Trans. Grand Lodge of New York,1870, pp. 190 and 191.) The Committee have procured from the archives of the Grand Lodge, the correspondence which was had between the Grand Master at' Masons in New York, 1n 1869, and Most Worship1'ul Brother Frapolli, then at the head of the Grand Orient of Italy, and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Italy, organized within that Grand Orient, by which it appears that the latter wrote to the former, requesting that correspondence be opened between that Grand Body and the Grand Lodge of :New York.


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We append a translation of that letter, and also of the subsequent correspondence on the subject, in order that our brethren in Tennessee may be assured whereof we speak \\' hen we state that the attitude ot' the Grand Orient of Italy for the so-called Grand Lodge is within that Orient, is of the most dangerous description to the American Grand Lodges. But we reserve comments till we present the correspondence, " FI.ORENCE, .July 7th, 1869. "Thrice Illust,路io1l.Y and Vel"y Dear Brother: .. About two years since, we entrusted one of our brethren about to depart for your side of the' ocean, with the duty of presenting our fraternal salutations, and placing in your hands a copy of our bulletin. Since then we have unfortunately received no news of the brother nor from you, and we are forced to the conclusion that he has neglected his mission. "We now embrace the opportunity funished by the departure of another of our !jrethren, Dr. Adolphe Andrei, who is en his way to San Francisco to send you by his hand the remainining numbers of our second volume of Transactions, trusting th'ey may afford you pleasure, and that yon will be pleased to cause your Transactions to be forwarded to us in return. "We will forward, in a few days, the 'rransactions of our recent General Assembly. "Should you be pleased to establish more intimate relations with us by the interchange of Representatives, you will find on our part a corresponding disposition. "Meanwhile, we offer the assurance of our fraternal devotion. "L, FRAPOLLI, " 33d Grand Mastel'. " To the Serene Grand Master of F. and A. Masons of the State of New York, the Very Illustrious and Very Dear Brother, ".JAMES GIBSON, J....' ew York, U. 8. A." " SAl.EM, N, Y., August 7, 1869. Thrice lllust1"ious and Very Dear Bl'othel': .. I have the pleasure to announce the receipt of your favor by the hands of very dear Brother Dr. Adolphe Andrei, as well as the two numbers of your Bulletin. .. I thank you for your friendly politeness, and send you by our Grand Secretary, a copy of our Transactions at our Annual Session for 1869. " Concerning nearer relations between our respect! ve powers, I can only announce the regl'et we feel in being compelled to decline, unless your Grand Orient should retract the establishment ot' Subordinate Lodges in the ,jurisdiction of Grand Lodges already established. " In the United States there are about forty Grand Lodges having contiguous jurisdictions. Among them all it is the law-that each is to respect in all things the jurisdiction of the others. Hence the dogma that, 'each regUlar Grand Lodge has the exclusive right to found and establish symbolic Lodges within the limits of the territory it governs.' "Hence, too, vel' V dear brother, the impossibility for us of entering into official relations with your Grand Orient, as long as it claims the right of founding Lodges on other than Italian territory. .. Accept, dear brother, my fraternal salutations. .. .JAMES GIBSON, .. G1'und :il拢astC'". II

II To the Most Worshipful Grand Master and very dear brothel', L. Frapolli, &c., &c" in the G. E., at Florence."

"FLORENCE, September 2,1869. " Th1'ice Ill1lSt1"iolls and VC"y Dear llrothm': " \Ve have just received your favor of August 7th, and note with pleasure that our Brother Andrei has honorably discharged the mission confided to him.


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.. I thank yon for the copy of your Transactions of 186!J, which you have ordered to be sent, a~ld presume it will come to hand by an early mail. .. But it is not without some surprise that we read in your letter that • the Grand Orient of Italy claims in its Statutes the right of founding Lodges elsewhere than in Italian territory, in the jurisdiction of Grand Lodges alr~ady regularly established,' which is inexact, and could only have been written by you upon erroneous information . .. We recognize, on the other hand, most alJsolutely, as a condition of existence and regularity of the Masonic order-an. association sui gcneJ"is on the face of the gloue-territorial limitations, unity of government in such territories, and the reciprocal respect of the various supreme Masonic powers, regularly established and recognized . .. We have friendly relations with all the Masonic powers in Europe, and with several Grand Lodges in America, but it never has, and never can enter into our ideas to found and establish Lodges owing feality to us in the territories where we have recognized regularly established local Masonic powers. Such a proceeding would appeal' to us as neither proper nor useful; but we have exercised and con tinue to exerciEe our right as a general Masonic powera right which, it may be added, is also a duty-to propagate and protect Masonry wherever the Order is not regularly establish~d with regular local supreme government RECOGNIZED BY US AND HAVING RECOGNIZED us. .. In this we follow the example of all the great Masonic powers having Lodges abroad, which Lodges are in reality Masonic colonies. It is thus that we have multiplied our Lodges in the Mussulman countries of the East, considering it a meritorious work thus to propogate Masonry and civilization. But we are so far from desiring supremacy that as soon as we found our eight Lodges in Greece :able to maintain themselves, we took immediate steps to emancipate them, and counselled them to establish, as they have done, an independent National Grand Orient, with which we entertained friendly relations as between equals, 'rhe Masonic propaganaa is a sacred right which no one can deny us. .. Our Grand Orient, recently reconstructed, found (in 1867) three or four Italian Lodges belonging to the National Commission in the conntj"ies oj South America, Whel'C we have not yet recognized the existence of a 1'egulw" Masonic power. These Lodges, ~hich are in Peru and on the banks of La Plata (in this latter country half the population is Italian), could not be denied. 'rhe Grand Orient of Italy left them free to join the local Grand Orients; it could do no more. In Peru our Lodges worl.: with the full consent of the Grand Orient of that country, which is our friend and ally. We are on the best of terms with the Grand Orient of Buenos Ayres, which regards our Lodge as a secondary consideration, for as to that, we are quite ready for an honorable understanding. "Alone, in the world. a self-styled Grand Orient of Uruguay, which we are now told has ceased labor. and which the Grand Orient of Italy has never officially recognized, has permitted itself to fail in the respect due us, by appointing as its representative at Florence, without conSUlting us, one Crorilion, who has vainly employed all his powers to excite disturbances in our Lodges. \Ve have been compelled to refuse all relations with a body permitting itself such conduct towards us. We ean therefore only consider Uruguay as for the present, a territory in which no regular Masonic power exists, and we act accordingly. But this isolated fact, resulting from a state of things for which we are not responsible, can in no wise weaken the respect which, I repeat, we hold for the principle of limited territorial jurisdiction, which is tile basis on which • rests the regular establishment of Masonry in the world. "In conclusion you will permit me to remark that in writing to you that, 'if you were pleased to establisb closer relations with us by the interchange of representatives, we were at your dispo~al,' we endeavored to fulfil a duty and to conform to a Fraternal usage. If in so doin~ we have given offence, we sincerely ask pardon. "Accept, &c., "L. FRAPOLLI, ·'GrandMaster." "SALEM, November 2, 1869. " Thrice Illustrious and Dear Brothm': " I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your fraternal communication of September 2d, and hasten to reply. " And, in the first place permit me to disabuse your mind of the idea that I could be offended by your kind offer to unite our jurisdictions by the appointment of Representatives; on the contrary, it afforded me great pleasure. Only in view of the questIon of juriSdiction, Wllich we consider as of the greatest importance, I felt obli~ed, though with great regret, to defer the acceptance of your fraternal propositiOn until the question should be thoroughly understood,


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"That we may therefore mutually understand each other, you will pardon a partial repetition of the contents of my last letter, while I endeavor to explain, as clearly as possible, the law governIng us in this respect. " It is an invariable law among the Grand Lodges of the United States, that each of them exercises its jurisdiction over all the Lodges located in its territory, and that none of them can extend its action beyond such territory without the previous consent of the Grand IJodge, the jurisdiction of which is to be invaded. " Exceptions to this rule occur, where, as in l<'rance, two regular Masonic powers exist side by side and dispense of Masonic matters by mutual understanding, without, however, permitting any foreign power to interfere in their domestic matters. . "When a Masonic power has been regularly constituted, we recognize its right to direct the affairs of symbolic Masonry in its jurisdiction without the interference of any other power on any pretext whatever, and we recognize ~~~~~1:~~~~Wg~:~;a~i~\~g that, on that account, the power should enter into , "We hold, for example, that if a colony of American Masons should desire to found Lodges in Italy, they could only do so, regularly, with the consent and authority of the local Masonic power, and that otherwise we should be compelled to regard them and their Lodges as schismatic and irregUlar. "Whence it follows that no Grand Lodge or Masonic power can constitute, protect or recognize Lodges not located within its particUlar territorry. "If we hold this doctrine with tenacitY,and if we require the Masonic powers in correspondence with us to conform to it, it is because a long experience has taught us that it is the only means of preserving peace and concord among the different Masonic authorities of the world. " It is for having transgressed tliis law that we have for many years suspended all relation:> With tbe Grand Lodge of Ham burgh, Which, notwithstanding our reiterated protests, without regard to our rights and priVileges as a Grand Lodge regularly constituted and acting since ISi3, persists in protecting and maintaining, in tbe city of New YOl·k itself, two Lodges planted in open defiance of our rights of jurisdiction. " It is for tbis reason that before entering into relations with your Grand Lodge, we have deemed it desirable that, as a point of departure, there shOUld be a clear understanding on tbis question; that on both sides it should be well defined and rigorously observed. "Permit me, then, to hope, Most Worshipful Sir, that appreciating the value of this question, you will freely acknowledge the principle at issue, that thus we may enter into the bonds of closer and more fraternal relations, to which I shall be happy to contribute. "Accept, dear Brother, the assurance of my most fraternal esteem, JAMES GIBSON, Grand Master. "To Most Worshipful L. F'rapolli, Grand Master of Italy."

Thus the history of the matter appears by the correspondence above, and we have only to add that no answer to the last letter was ever received, and that the attitude of the Grand Orient of Italy remains now on the basis on • which it was placed by Brother Frapolli. It will be observed that in addressing this Grand Orient, the Grand Master of New York named it as at Florence, when it is now at Rome; that event was subsequently announced officially, on the lith September, 1870, as haVing taken place concurrently with the transfer ot' the Capitol of Italy to Rome. On tbis question of Grand Lodge Sovereignty, we believe the Grand Master of Masons in New York was laboring under no mistaIre, when he informed Most Worshipful Brother Frapolli, that it was an inflexible principle on which the Grand Lodges of the United States of America were a unit. On carefully reading the letters of Grand Master Frapolli, it will be seen that he, for his Grand Orient,claims the right to invade the territorial jurisdic· tlon of another Grand Body, whenever such body is not recognized by, or does not itself recognize that Grand Orient. '1'his is the very action the Grand Lodges of the United States unitedly resist. They deny that their ri~hts, Within their territorial bounds, are held by, or on the sufferance of, or are In any wIse subject to the will or pleasure of the Grand Orient of Italy, or of any other Grand Orient or Grand Lodge on the face of the earth. If that principle is granted by our Grand Lodges, that Grand Orient, or


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any other, could at any time, by merely refusing to acknowledge us, or withdrawing an existing recognition, proceed to establish IJodges conferring the symbolic degrees within the territory of an existing Grand Lodge. In this country, territory already occupied by a lawful Masonic Grand Lodge, is limited by certain well defined bounds, and within such territory, the Masonic jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge to which it belongs, is exclusive and independent over aU matters pertaining to Craft Masonry. In this respect, Masonic Grand Bodies, as to their territory, follow the laws of nations as to national territory. No nation, having the slightest self-respect or regard for its permanent welfare, would ever consent that another nation should, within its bosom, exercise any governmental power, a fortiori, that of establishing jurisdictions, tribunals or bodies by what name they might be called, to exerciRe such authority. This 'principle, and the grounds on which it is founded, are ably stated by Vattell, III his work on the Law of Nations, (Book 1, Ohap. 18), thus: " Hitherto we have considered the natiOl,l merely with respect to itself, wi thout any regard to the country it possesses. Let us now see it established in a country, which becomes it,s own property and inheritance. The earth belonged to all men in general; destined by the Creator to be their common habi tation and nursing mother, all derived from nature the right of inhabiting it, and drawing from it the things necessary for their subsistence, and those suitable to their wants. But the human race being extremely multiplied, the earth became no longer capable of furnishing spontaneously and without culture, support for its inhabitants; and could not receive a proper cultivation from the itinerant nations who had possessed it in common. It then became necessary that these people should fix themselves on some part of H, and that they should appropriate to themselves portions of land, in order that not being disturbed in their labor, nor disappointed in obtaining the fruits of their industry, they might apply themselves to cender their lands fertile, that they might draw their subsistence from them. This must have introduced the rights of property and dominion, and this fully justifies their establishment. Since their introduction, the common right of aU mankind is restrained to what each lawfully possesses. The country inhabited by one nation, Whether it has transported itself thither, or whether the families of which it was composed, findlllg themselves spread over the country, had formed themselves into the body of a political society; this country, I say. is the settlement of the nation, and it has a proper and exclusive right to it. "This right comprehends two things: 1. The domain, in virtue of which the nation alone may use this country for the supply of its necessities, and may dispose of it in such a manner, and derive from It. such advantages, as it thinks proper. 2. The empire, or the right of sovereign command, by which the nation ordains and regulates at its pleasure, everything that passes in a country. " When a nation takes possession of a country that never yet belonged to another, it is considered as possessing there the empire or soverei~nty, at the same time with the domain. For since it is free and independent, It can have no intention in settling in a country, to leave the others the right of command, or any of those that constitute sovereignty. The whole space over which a nation extends its government, is the seat of its jurisdiction, and called its territorv. * 0{: * '" * * '" '" * * * '" '" * '" '" "All mankind have an equal right to the things that have not yet fallen into the possession of anyone; and these things belong to the first possessor. When, therefore, a nation finds a country uninhabited and without a master, it may lawfully take possession of it; and after it has sufficiently made known its will in this respect, it can not be deprived oiit by another." It is on these principles that the Grand Lodges of the United States stand, and, what nations under national law, claim and exercise over their territory for national purposes, such Grand Bodies claim and exercise over like territory for their Masonic purposes. What they claim for themselves in their own territory{ they freely yield to all others, similarly situated, in theirs. Thus they discla m all right to invade the t.erritorial limits of an existing Grand Lodge and there establish Lodges conferring the symbolic degrees, and what they will1 not do in the bounds of other Grand bodies, they will not suffer to be done by others within their own, if in their power to prevent the wrongful act, and will terminate such unlawful act at the earliest possible time. It is no answer to this for a foreign Grand Body to urge as Grand Master Frapolli does, that the rule is inapplicable to them, because the Grand Orient of Italy recognizes the Grand Lodges of New YOrkhand will not, therefore, invade her acknowledged territory, for we know t at notWithstanding the great blessings conferred upon the Egyptions by Joseph, the Isrrelite, there .. arose" in the lapse of years, "a race that knew not Joseph," and they overturned the wise laws that he had established, and with wicked devices


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oppressed the children and descendants of his race, and drove them into slavery and degradation. These things have been, and like causes will produce like effects, and the Grand Lodges of the United States will not, therefore, allow their rights within their territory to be dependent upon the continuance of amicable relations with any other power or sovereignty. The Grand Orient of Italy would never submit to this, as to the territory within her borders-will she ask her equals to submit to what she would consider degrading to her dignity, and as endangering her existence as a Supreme Grand Body within her own territory? She seems to Insist on herfosition. and stands firm and unyielding, and we beli路ve the Grand Lodges 0 the United States will never modif~r their demand for exclusive jurisdiction over their Masonic territory. By reference to the proceedings already given of the German Grand Lodges, in the formation of the Grand Lodge League, and in the Constitution of which the subject of intercourse with other than German Grand Lodges, is remitted to the League for final decision, we find a solution and remedy for the chronic difficulty between the Grand Lod&es of New York and Hamburg, as well as that just created between the latter bouy and the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. It will be seen by reference to their Constitution, that it creates, substantially, a General Grand Lodge for Germany, and in many respects resembles the organization proposed for the Grand Lodges of the United States, some years since, and which, at the time, was the subject of much discussion. If the creation of the German Grand Lodge J.Jeague shall produce a final decision against the claims of the Grand Lodge of Hamburg, to invade and plant Lodges in the territory of other Grand Bodies, it will have accomplished an object worthy alone of its being organilr.ed, for it will place the connection and iNtercourse of the Grand Lodges of the United States and those of all Germany, on the basis of an enduring peace and fraternity. LAWS ENABLING LODGES '1'0 TAKE AND HOLD l'ROPER'1'Y.

There is much said in the various transactions against the accepta.nce by Lodges of acts of incorporation by State Legislation. We concur in the suggestions that none such should be accepted by any Lodge of F. and A. M., and if obtained and accepted, the authority of the Grand Lodge should be exercised to prevent any use of it by the Subordinate Lodge. But when our jurisdiction is attached, as approving or accepting such acts, we beg leave to say that there is no ground whatever for the allegation, except in two or three instances, exceptional in their character, and occurring many years si nce, anti which have none of them ever been approved by the Grand Lodge. The history of the action, judicial and legislative in this State, on this subject, is this: In the year 1857, the Court of Appeals of this State, and the highest Court in it, heard and determined the case of Austin against Searing (16 .New York Reports, 112), which was an action brought against the former treasurer of a Lodge of the 1. O. of O. F., and others to compel payment and restoration of the property and funds of the Lodge, in his and their hands, at the time of their expulsion, to the members in good standing of the Lodge on its Charter being restored by the Grand body of that Order. The case involved the rights of all voluntary, unincorporated associations to hold propert.yand enforce any right in the courts; in other words, to determine whether such bodies had any status in the courts for the protection of their property. The questions thus raised were vital to the welfare of the fraternity of Masons as to the 1. O. of O. F. The Court of Appeals determined the case in favor of the defendants, deciding substantially that such Lodges being composed of unincorporated associations, the members were individually tenants, in common, of all the property, and each individual member, getting any part of it, could hold possession as long as he pleased if he did not sell or destroy it, and that the body itselfJ or association, as such. had no rights which the courts would protect. Our Loages for many years after suffered under the evils flow-ing from that decisionwicked men getting possession of their property, as treasurers, trustees, or otherwise, and converted it to their own use with impunity, and Lodge funds were in constant danger from this source. To remedy these evils, the Legislature of the State was invoked, and in 1867 an act was passed not incorporatin.q Lodges, but merely enabling them to take and hold property. This act will be found in the Laws of New York for the year 1866, and in chapter 317 of the Acts of the Legislatute for that year, and is also in the Appendix to the Transactions of the Grand Lodge of New York Jor 1869, at p. 303. It is entitled: "An Act to enable Lodges and Chapters of Free and Accepted Masons to take, hold and convey real and personal estate." The first section of this act provides that "whenever any Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, which is or may hereafter be duly chartered by, and installed according to the general rules and regulations of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, shall be desirolls of having the benefit ofthi8 act, it shall and may be lawful for such Lodge, at any regular Communication thereof, held in accordance with the Constitution and general regUlations of


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the Grand Lodge aforesaid, and in conformity to its own By路Laws, to elect three trustees for such Lodge for the purpose aforesaid." The first three elective officers of the Lodge are required to make a certificate of such election, and after its execution it is acknowledged, and is to be filed with the Secretary .of State. And" such trustees and their successors shall thereupon be and become entitled to all the benefits, rights and privileges granted by this act, to and for the use and behoof of said Lodge. The second section provides for dividing the terms of the three Trustees so that one shall be elected each year, and for filling vacancies. The third section enacts that a 'rrustee being expelled,etc., his office as Trustee thereby becomes vacant. By the fourth section the Trustees are authorized to take property, real and personal, by gift, grant, or devise, and whethel' given directly to the Lodge, or in trust for it, and thus, by statute, technically" executes the use," and vests t.he legal and equitable title in the Trustees. The fifth section requires the Trnstees to .. at all times obey and abide by the directions of such Lodge. duly passed atany regular or stated Communication thereof, according to, and not contravening the Constitution and laws of this State, or of the Grand Body to which it s11a11 be snbordinate, or of the Lodgeaforesaid; and provides that if the Lodge shall be expelled, or its warrant forfeited, its property! after payment of debts, shall be paid over to the Trustees of the Masonic Hal and Asylum, to remain for three years; and if not, within that time, reclaimed according to the Constitution and General Regulations of the Grand Lodge, the same is to be applied to the benevolent purposes of said Hall and Asylum. The Legislature also, by another Section, declares the act a public one, and .. to be benignly construed in all court:> and places to effectuate the object thereof." This act, it seems to us, avoids the objection which exists to incorporating the Lodge, and at the same time accomplishes the object, by enabling them to take and hold property, and protect and enforce their righ ts over the same. The objections to an incorporation of the Lodge, seem to us insuperable. They arise out of the rules of law, applied by the courts to all corporate bodies. Thus, whenever a corporation is created, the organiuation becomes the creature of law and is subject to the visitation of the courts for a variety of purposes, Thus the validity of a Masonic election for Master, would be examinable in the courts, in such case, with the right to put the one adjudged to have been legally electea, in the Oriental Chair. The expuision or suspension of a member, would also be the subject of an examination in a court of law, and if it was determi ned that the same had been tlnj ust, the court migh t order its restoration, Tbe validity of a Ry- Law of a corporation is also examinable in the courts, and even tbe question of its ?'('asonnbleness,. and if deemed unreasonable will be set aside; and one expelled for its violation w1ll be ordered to be restored. This last was held by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as to a By-Law forbidding one member from vilifying another, on pain of expulsion; the court holding that the penalty of expulsion was too severe, the restoration of the offender was ordered. There are other evils arising from an incorporation, which, for obvious reasons, can only be alluded to without specification. 'rhus attempts to enforce Masonic duties and obligations, would necessarily be futile, because our Lodges' would never submit to their being examined, and their reasonableness or propriety made the subject of jud!cial examination and determination. We have endeavored to show as far as we felt it permissible, the impropriety, and indeed danger of incO?"]Jorating Lodges, because we know that many Lodges have become so unthinkingly, or not being aware of the consequences. We would suggest tbat the Grand Lodges prevent it in future, and cause such as have, to surrender,.or cease to act under the Charter. The act we have stated and explained, under which the Lodges in this State, have become, through trnstees ef their own choosing, enable to take and dispose of real and personal e~tate, is not, as we think! subject to these objections, and is safe to use for the purposes specified in it. T Ie act was prepared on the basis of the law of New York, allowing religious societies to become incorporated. By this act, trustees are authorized to be elected who take and hold the property of the cburch, SUbject to thedire.ction and control of the congregation, but the church is not incorporated. The latter can therefore expel from the church, repel from the communion, or pass sentence of final excommunication, without such actio'n becoming the subject of judicial examination in the courts. If the 路Church, which controls the spiritual concerns, whether minister and session, parson, priest or rector were the corporation, tbeirdecisions in matters of spiritual diSCipline, especially on an excommunication, would be examinable in the courts, and thus their action against sinners would be controlled by a court too otten, we fear, composed of infidels and unbelievers, and sometimes of wicked and corrupt men. No doubt these reasons induced the action by which the trustees of the temporal organization only are incorporated, leaving the congregation, or the organization controlling the spiritual affairs, like the Lodges under our act, only connected with it by the authority to elect and control_the trustees.


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We have deemed it necessary to be thus full in the statement of this subject, because not only of its importance to the Craft, but that our jurisdiction has been for some time past thought by some to bave been unfaithful to its duty in allowing the proceedings we have stated to be taken under the act.

CONCLUSION. We have thus briefly rendered our Report, conflning ourself almost exclusively to extracts of decisions, &c., with but few comments. Our time for this work bas been very limited indeed, owing to the pressure of other official duties, and we have therefore been compelled to confine ourself to the briefest space possible this year. We had prepared a full report on our difficulty with the Grand Lodge of Scotland, but as that Grand Body has not met since our last correspondence with it, we defer any remarks on that point until Annual Communication. Our official relations througbout the world are of the most harmonious character, and the Craft everywhere are reported as being in a very flourishing condition. I am very fraternally,

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REPORT OF GllAN D LECTURER. ,

ST. LOUIS, OCTOBER, 1873.

H. OWENS, Grand Master of Masons of Missouri:

SAMUEl,

Most Worshipful Sir and Brother: -Herewith I transmit my report as Grand Lecturer for the past Masonic year.

n was my intention when I received the appointment at you hands a year ago to have visited every District in the State, that in my jUdgment needed a visitat,ion. Unavoidable accidents and hindrances have prevented me from accomplishing that purpose. During the "Tinter an extensive tour which I had planned through the Sout.hern part of the State was reluctant.ly given up in consequence of the disease which prevailed among the horses of that portion of the State, which rendered it impossible to get transportation. I have visited every district north of the river which in my judgment seemed to require it. My various Lodges of Instruction have not as a rule been as well attended as was desirable, but what was lacking in numbers ",as generally fully made up in zeal and intelligence in those who were present. South of the river I have not visited as generally as I intended. Several appointments which had been made I was most reluctlantly compelled to giv~ up. Such as I held in that part of the State were well attended, in some cases every lodge in the District being represen,ted. ' , A constant improvement year after year is apparent throughout the State. Of course through bad management and incompetency on the part of officers, some Lodges have retrograded. This is the exception however, and not the rule.

In my Report last year, I called attention to the fact, that quite a number of Lodges' are meeting in insecure halls. A number of those referred to, have since proviued comfortable and safe rooms. Far too many, however, are either unable or unwilling to take such steps as may be reqUisite to secure the necessary secrecy aud safety. The District Deputy Grand Masters were required, by resolution, to report to this Grand Lodge, the names of all r.odges meeting in insecure halls. I trust they will not neglect this duty. The subject is one of vital importance. We are not the only parties interested. The Masonic world has a right to require of us that we do not unduly expose our sacred mysteries, with;n the view or hearing of the profane world. Attention wa.s also called in my last Report to tlJe fact, that not a few of the Lodges lack the essential furniture and implements for properly conferring the degrees Some advance has been made in this particular, but many of the Lodges are still far from being properly furnished. B7


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The greatest obstacle to the proper working of the degrees in Missouri, perhaps arises from the fact that in portions of the State there are entirely too many Lodges. There are many other evils arising from our too frequent multiplication of Lodges, but it is not in my province to refer to these except in so far as the work may be affected. The difficulty of obtaining competent officers, and candidates qualified to make thorough proficiency, are among the least of these evils, yet these reasons are of themselves sufficient to induce us to set up some barrier to prevent a too great and too rapid multiplication of Lodges. Work is the necessary condition of a Lodge. Labor is as vital and essential to the life and well-being of a Lodge as air is to the human form. When a Lodge ceases to,work it ceases to live. If, therefore, a Lodge is too much circumscribed in its jurisdiction, it must either die a lingering death or accept second or even third rate material. Too often it chooses the latter alternative. It may be thought we have already a sufficient number of safeguards. Experience proves that we have not. No new Lodge can be formed without invading the territory of more than one old Lodg路e. Yet one Lodge, perhaps no more interested than the others, often the one least in terested, determines the question for all. It cannot be expected that the Grand Master shall visit the locality to ascertain by personal inspection whether the proposed Lodge will prove beneficial or not. He must be governed principally by the recommendations of the Lodge and District Deputy Grand Master. I do not know that any legislation will fully reach the case, but if the Grand Lodge could adopt some measures which would prevent the too rapid formation of Lodges, and preserve to each Lodge its jurisdiction entire until it has voluntarily surrendered it, much good would be accomplished. I had hoped before the close of the year, that competent District Lec(,urers would be secured for all the Districts. Two circumstanccs have prevented the full realization of this purpose. First, as already explained, I failed to reach some Districts unprovided for; again, one or two have resigned, one has left the jurisdiction, and still another, Brother Tucker, a good and true man and Mason, and an indefatigable worker, has been called from labor to refreshment in the Celestial Lodge above. A large number of the District Leoturers have done their work nobly and well. There is no law which requires It report from them, but some have rendered interesting reports, which I herewith submit. I conClusion, I beg leave to tender to you my thanks for the confidence reposed in me, as well as the kindness and courtesy which you, as well as all my brethren with whom I have come in contact, have extended to me. Fraternally submitted, ALLAN McDOWE LL.

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REPORT OF DISTRICT- LECTURER.

ST. LOUIS, September 24,1873. RIGHT WORSHIPFUL A. McDoWELL,

(}rand Lecturer oj Masons oj Missouri: Worshipful Sir and Brother :-Another Masonic year has ended. Its labors are terminated, and naught remains to close the record but the report of your assistants throughout the jurisdiction. Therefore, as District Lecturer of the Sixteenth Masonic District, I desire to report the condition of the work and what has been done by the various Lodges during the P&st year. By order of Right Worshipful Brother Spencer, District Deputy Grand Master, the Lodges were convened upon the first Saturday evening in Novl:lmber, 1872, and a Dist1路ici Lodge oj Instruction was organized.

It was then decided that sessions should be held upon every Saturday during the winter. These meetings were held regUlarly until the first Saturday evening of April,1873. The city Lodges were generally well represented at every convocation, and the greatest interest was manifested by all, in attaining a thorough knowledge of tde Work and Lectures. The three degrees were most thoroughly exemplified, both bY'explanatory lectures and by practical exemplification with candidates. The officers of the various Lodges were often required to do the work, under the supervision of the District Lecturer, who pI路omptlyand criticalJy corrected all omissions or errors. But the exemplification was principally done by the District Lecturer in person, assisted by the most competent brethren of the city. This was decided to be the most satisfac'tory method of instruction, as a perfect work was thereby given, and a standard, authorized work placed before the Craft to which all were required to conform. Attention was particularly given to the philosophy of Masonry, as well as to the ritual-thus thoroughly furnishing all with everything necessary to make the brotherhood not only accomplished workers, but intelligent, earnest and good Masons. . There are twenty-six regular Chartered Lodges in the 16th' District ; twentythree are located within the city limits. Among this large number, there are, of course, some who are not thoroughly conversant with the work, but the majority do good and acceptable work.


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Many of the Lodges, from the superior excellence of their work, deserve especial mention, but I fear if I should individually notice them, others equally worthy, but not so proficient, might take umbrage at it, and I shall not name them particularly. These Lodges have labored assiduously to perfect themselves in the work. They not only attended the District Lodge of Instruction, but held meetings every alternate week in their Lodge rooms, for private instruction; thus keeping themselves thoroughly instructed and continually fastening the work upon their minds.

,

The officers of these worthy bodies were not the only ones who engaged in this private instruction, but all the members participated, and the resu]j, has been, that. a large number of the members are thoroughly competent to fill creditably any positton to which they may be called in the Lodge. The city Lodges during the past year have been very fortunate in the selection of their officers. I have labored continually from year to year to have the Lodges exercise the greatest care in the selection of officers. Have urged them to look to abilit~r rather than availability or popularity, as it is not every good, clever and popular brother who will make a good officer. Also in the selection of the Subordinates, to appoint such only as give conclusive evidence of peculiar fitness for the office, that thp.y may be regularly advanced to the higher offices, and do credit to themselves and be useful to the Order. Drones are no longer to be countenanced in the Order. If one will not work, neither should he be honored with office. A laudable spirit of ambition is encouraged among the craft. The posts of honor are wit.hin the reach of all who prove themsel ves worthy, be they young or old Masons. All stand upon the same leyel as Master Masons. The places of honor are before them, and he who proves himseU the most worthy by exemplary conduct-attendance upon the convocations of his LGdge and makes himself most proficient in the work-may reasonably expect ad vancement. Too many Lodges fail to encourage their young members as they should. The offices are retained amongst a few old members, as if they were their birthright; and so entirely are the claims of the younger members neglected and almost ignored, that they become discouraged, lose their interest, and finally cease their attendance. This is most decidedly wrong, and diametrically opposed to the genius and spirit of Masonry. 'Vherever there is merit, recognize and foster it, and thereby fit and prepare them for relieving the older brethren ot' the cares and duties of the Lodge. Whilst encouraging this laudable spirit of ambition to rise to the positions of honor and trust, we should not forget to impress upon all the necesity of thoroughly preparing themselves, in every particular, to discharge every duty devolvIng upon them. A Master may be able to confer a degree in good style; and still be perfectly unfitted to manage the various other important affairs of the Lodge. To be a Master indeed, requires much labor, extreme watchfulness and patient perseverence; and he who aspires to this most responsible office, should weigh well the whole matter before accepting it. I have also recommended the conferring of but one degree of an evening, thus enabling the officers to confer the degree with more deliberation, and with a consequent better impression upon the candidate, than can possibly be done where several degrees are conferred. Masters too often, to a great degree, mar the proper effect of the ceremonies upon the initiate, by having to rush hastily

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through the instruction, the candidate leaving the Lodge with a vague and undefined idea of what'he has received.. The work should be done slowly and deliberately, the words be spoken distinctly, and the principles impressively pronounced. Make the candidate to know what he is receiving, and thus knowing, he can appreciate the work, and will profit by it. 1 have also urged great care to be taken in the preparation of candidates for advancement. Whilst teaching the candidate the ritualistic questions and answers, they should be taught what is meant by these questions aud answers. By so doing, the work is fastened upon their minds, and when they apply for examination, they are not simply Parrott Masons, but intelligent and earnest seekers after more light. The 16th Masonic District is by far the most important of any in the State. The city of St. LouiiS has become the great commercial centre of the Mississippi Valley. The members of the Order from all the jurisdictions West and South are brought to our city by commercial uusiness. Whilst here they visit our Lodges, witness the exemplification of the degl'ces, compare our work with theirs, and carry home with them more or less of our language, which gradually' becomes engrafted into their work. Thus the Lodges of St. Louis stand as the conservators of the work for all the West and South. . A great responsibility is consequently imposed upon the city Lodges to preserve a pure and unchanged work. It is a source of most profound gratification to be told by intelligent Masons who visit us, and witness our work, that the work and lectures of Masonry in Missouri, in the beauty and simplicity of its verbiage, and the practical arrangement of the several degrees, !i:tand unexcellel1 in the Union. I would that all the Lodges in the State could be impressed With the import- . ance of perfecting the work,and that throughout the jurisdiction there may be an uniform work. You will pardon this lengthy communication, but 1 felt it my duty to speak of these things, as also of many others which I am warned by the great length of my report not to attempt to enumerate. And now my dear brother, in closing.this report of my years' labor, permit me to express to you personally, my high appreciation of the many fraternal courtesies extended me during the pa!'lt two years of our official connection, and also to hope that the Craft of Missouri, who have prospered so well under your supervision in the past, may for many years in the future continue to have the benefit of your valuable instruction. 1 regret that my business engagements for the future may make it necessary for me to resign my position as Lecturer of this District. In which event I trust one may be selected-better qualified to discharge the duties of this most important office, than I could possibly do.

r have attempted for four years to do my duty, and I have labored to the best afmy abilit.y to establish the work and lectures-upon a solid basis. What the result has been, the present status of the Lodges can determine. To the officers and members of the various Lodges, I beg, through you, to return my gratefUl acknowledgments for the cordial greetings and true fraternal courtesies ever extended rae upon my visitations to them. May the Supreme Architect of the Universe ever guard them from harm, and prosper them as Lodge~ and individuals in their labor of love. With sincere regard, I am Worshipful sir and brothel', Yours fraternally, THOS. C. READY, Dist,'ict Lecture)' 16th District.


REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY.

OFFICE OF GRAND SECRETARY, ST. LOUIS, OCTOBER 14,1873. To the Most Worl>hiPfu,l (fi'and Lodge of Missouri:

I herewith submit. my Annual Report, up to date: By order of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, I have issued dispensations to the following new Lodges: October 16, 1872. Aullville Lodge, at Aullvllle, Lafayette county. Lewis Carthoe, W. M.; Charles A. Graham, S. W.; John W. Weeks, J. W. October 16, 1872. Herndon Lodge,'at Herndon's store, Saline county. Wm. L. Crain, W. M.; Thor,;. H. Ferguson, S. W.; Oscar D. Page, J. W. October 16, 1872. Monterallo Lodge, at Monterallo, Vernon county. S. G. Popplewell, W. M.; A. J. Culbertson, S. W.; J. H. Brown, J. W.

By order of the Most Worshipful Grand Master I issued the following' dispensations for new Lodges: December 3,1872. Nonpariel Lodge, at East Lynne, Cass county. Frank H. Cark, W. M.; Samuel H. Crookes, S. W.; Frost Snow, J. W. December 10, 1872. Lowry City Lodge, Lowry City, St. Clair county. Head, W. M ; James Mahan, S. W.; Wm. M. Cox, J. W. December 11, 1872. Bolckow Lodge, Bolckow, Andrew county. Hubbard, W. M.; Chas. A. Craig, S. W.; Abraham S. Lyttle, J. W.

A. M.

Robert G.

December 20, 1872. Integrity Lodge, at Spring City, st. Clair 'county. Ferguson, W. M.; Wm. L. Watson, S. W.; Jas. W. Titus, J. W: December'1:1,1872. Lockspring Lodge, at Lockspring, Daviess county. B. Brookshier, W. M.; Thos. Brooks, S. W.; H. H. Patterson, J. W.

Jno. Thos.

December 28,1872. Glenwood Lodge, Glenwood, Schuyler county. W. C. C. Steele, W. M.; Stephen Caywood, S. W.; W. F. Staples, J. W. January 21, 1873. Lakeville Lodge. Lakeville, Stoddard county. Nichols, W. M.; W. E. Potter, S. W.; Jas. G. Martindale, J. W.

W. B.

January 24, 1873. New Madrid Lodge, New Madrid, New Madrid county. Robt. A. Hatcher, W. M.; John Martin, S. W.; Benj. }<'. Boyce, J. W. January 31, 1873. Wheeling Lodge, Wheeling, Livlng~ton county. Haynes, W. M. ; W. W. Edgerton, S. W. ; Thomas C. Hayden, J. W.

S. W.


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February 1,1873. Fairview Lodge, Cottsville, Snllivan county, Callison T. Creason, W. M.; Samnel A. Maloney, S. W.; Young J. Biswell, J. W. February 6,1873, Schell City Lodge, Schell City, Vernon county. Gillum, W. M. ; George B. Wilson, S. W. ; Charles Van Orman, J. W.

I

Wm. H.

March 18, 1873. Triple Tie Lodge, Obrazean, Perry county. W. M. ; R. M. Miller, S. W. ; John L. Martin, J. W.

H. G. Dickson,

March 29,1873. Santa Fe Lodge, Santa Fe, Monroe county. W. M. ; W. R. Rodes, S. W.; James B. Davis. J. W.

John S. Drake,

April 1, 1873. Lake Lodge, Cunningham, Chariton county. W. M.: J. D. Cook, S. W.; J. C.,Starke, J. W.

W. P. Spurgeon,

April 12, 1873. Camden Lodge, Camden, Ray county. James W. Bain,W. M.; Wm. T. Brashers, S. W. ; Wm. H. Fitch, J. W. April 21, 1873. Oriental Lodge, Trenton, Grundy county. Jacob Goldenberg, W. M.; A. L. Shipley, S. W.; A. J. Bessmer, J. W.

May 1,1873. Silver City Lodge, Silver City, Ne'w Mexico. Cornelius Bennett, W. M.;路 Geo. W. Bailey, S. W.; Robert Floemann, J. W. May 24, 1873. Greenfield Lodge, Greenfield, Dade county. Jno. H. Howard, W. M.; N. H. McClure, S. W.; Wm. B. Hayden, J. W. . May 26,1873. Centre View Lodge, Centre View, Johnson county. Jno. K. Sluder, W. M.; Nathan G. Engel, S. W.; Elias J. Pursell, J. W. June 11, 1873. Pleasant Hope Lodge, Pleasant Hope, Polk connty. MassoI', W. M.; E. W. Spence, S. W.; Henry Gardner, J. W. June 18,1873. Cairo Lodge, Cairo, Randolph county. J. A. Hannah, S. W.; J. H. Newton, J. W.

E. 8.

W. M. Baker, W . .M.;

June 19,1873. Red Oak Lodge, Red Oak, Lawrence county. W. M.; David Hunter, S. W.; L. D. Hagler, J. W.

Geo. H. Finley,

June 21,1872. Plato Lodge, Plato, Texas county. J. A. Wilson, W, M.; J. M. Brown, S. W.; Jas. Moffatt, J. W. ,July 7, 1872. Oovenant Lodge, Carrollton, Carroll county. Oren Root, .fr" W. M.; Fred Miller, S. \V.; A. L. J. Crouch, J. W. Decembm' 27. 1872. Issued commission and power of attorney, to J. G. Simpson, Bolivar, to collect and dispose of debts of Bolivar Lodge, No. 41, as provided by Grand Lodge in 1,')70. January 8.1873. Issued duplicate charter to Convenant Lodge, No. 417, to replace original (destroyed). . .TanuarlJ 11i, 1873. Issued order deposing J. R. Browne, as W ..M. ot' Fraternal Lodge, No. 363, summoned him to appear at Grand Lodge, and placing Lodge in charge of Geo. J. Adler, P. M. January 27, 1873. Issued commission to Jno. M. Oldham, as D. D. G. M. of 8th District, vice M. T. Baird, resigned. February 1, 1873. Received note from Masonic Hall Association for $3,490, eight months, at 10 per cent., secured by 349 shares preferred stock of said Association. Febl'ua1'y 15, 1873. Issued commissions as follows: T. E. Garrett, chairman Committee on Jurisprudence; R. E. Anderson, chairmA.n Committee on Grievance; J. W. LUke, chairman Committee on Lodges U. D. February 20, 1873. Issued commission to E. S. Pyle, of De Soto, as Distl'ict Deputy Grand Master for 41st District.


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May 12, 1873. Issned commission to Jno. D. Vinci! as District Deputy Grand Master 6th District, vice Wm. H. Carpenter, resigned. May 10,1873. Issued commission to Jos. S. Brown as District Deputy Grand Master 14th District, vice D. P. Wallingford, resigned. JUly 1, 1873. Received charter of Covenant Lodge, No. 417, surrendered

June 2. July 12, 1873. Issued commission to Wni. Nifong, of Frederickstown, as District Deputy Grand Master 18th District, vice C. H. Harris, resigned.

I have received from all sources since last report, as per Ledger, the sum of $12,042.24, which I have paid over to the Grand Treasurer, as per his receipts. I submit herewith my books and vouchers for examination by the Committee on Accounts. I have been greatly aided in my eftorts to complete our Grand Lodge Library, by the fraternal assistance of Right Worshipful Brother Theo. S. Parvin, of Iowa; Josiah H. Drummond, of Maine; R. F. Bower, of Iowa; W. W .. Austin, of Indiana, and the various Grand Secretaries, as well as Masonic editors thronghout the United States and Canada. I have drawn warrants on the Grand Treasurer as per receipts and vouchers herewith submitted: .. $9950 4000 . .. 565 80 2500 .. . 2,004 20 . 1,00000 4400 .. 7765 . .. 15000 . 15000 .. 15000 . 34225 4000 . .. 18980 . 3,49000

Returned Charter and Dispensation fees Grand Master's postage and stationery Postage, stationery, expressage, etc Insurance PEinting Proceedings Grand Lecturer Funeral expenses of Brot.her Whitcomb Grand Tyler's bill for new aprons, washing, etc Grand Tyler's salary Kansas Ci ty Board of Relief St. Joseph Board of Relief Bills of Brother Dunscomb Bills payable to District Lodges Office furniture, carpets, etc Loan to Masonic Hall Association

Making a total of $12,873 45 Which with warrants of last year left unpaid of.......................................... 197 10 Leaves a balance in Teasury of

:

$9,373 25

Fraternally submitted,

Grand Secretary.


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GRAND SECRETARY'S TABtJLAR STATEMENT Compiled (rom Returns to Sept. 1, 1873. Work done and Dnes paid. _ - - - - _ . - - - _ - - - - - - - - - - - _ _ - - - _ .. _-----

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~

=.=.-.=.=.~ 236 '5 31'51~ ~ 2139 $69'SO

9 10 11

2 5 8 1 Williamsburg.................................. 1 2 G. Washington 9 Agen~y 11 9 Pauldlllgvllle 1 1

IR 19

Paris Union ..~ .

8

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1 1 2 7 1... 1 2... 2 7 1 10 2 3 1... 3

7 7

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2 2 1 2... 1 7...

28 00 9850 .% 00 2 23 50 ~

1

75 44 31 1 59' 4 1 201 11' 70 41

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1 1......... 2 1

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St. Louis

1 214 8 12.9 9 10 8 3 4 2... 1... 1 lOB 6 5 5... 9 2 1... 108

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Greencast.le.... Wellington.............................

1 1 8 7 1 1 1611 7 4

Florida...... Wyaconda Naphtali Mexico...............

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6 2 6 6

..

32 \Lafayette................................. 33

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Callao............. 1\fodena Mt. Moriah

1 Dlle for 1868, $24. 2$2i due for 1870. 3 Paid for 1871. Due for 1872, $25. for 1873, $20 50. 4 Paid by College Certificate.

4 6 1: 10 4

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4 2 14 1 2 4 4 31'

5 1 6 7

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71 30 1 2... 1 1 43 2 3 1 5 140' 1 2[ 771

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6 6 7 3 5 1... 2 3 3 2 1 3 2 2 ", 6... 1......... 2...... 1 6 6 3 1 3... 1...... 2

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5 $22 for 1872. 6 $38 50 for 1872. Dne 7 $22 due for 1870. 8 $27 due for 1872. 9 $16 for 1871.

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43 44

45 46 47 48

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3'1 4 4... 1 2... 1 1 71 5 4 4... ... 2 4... 53 2, 4 3 7 .2 1 1 1 104

Livingston Wakenda Weston Douglas Arrow Rock...............................

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312 15

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113

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GRAND SECRETARY'S TABULAR STATEMENT.-Oontinued.

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Webster !\ft. Vernon Canton l£aston

108 109

Aztec Montezuma

114

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37 62

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!7 6 6131 6 3 8 138 2 2 2 1 2... 1...... 2 64

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1... 11 2 7 2 18... 2 2 1

64

25 $11 65 for account of 1872. 26 $41 due for 1869. 'l:l $18 50 for 1872.

* Chartered Oct. 17, 1873.

28 $37 for 1872.

32 00


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Newton Pt.Pleasant.. Texas................................................. Grisw.old Pride of WCl;t.................... Des Moines....................................... Novelty : Stewartsville California I Calhoun Chan10is......................

189 190 191,

Putnam Zerubbabel................................

HIS 196 197 198 199 200

Bol.ivar Quitman Carthage........................ Allensville............ New Hope Sonora..............................................

206 207 208 209

Somerset.. Clay........ Salisbury PoplarBlulIs

105 :>0 2600 ns 2(; 00 2!) 40 2000 45 22 50

3

11

"'1'"2...4

51>.

31'" Ii ..· 2\...

1G 00

32 5 2 21 1 46 3 :... 3... ... 1... 3t 1130

Ill...

:I' ·..·

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1

1

·.

~o

~2 50

.12 00 3220:U

; i I' ! i No 4. 2 2: 1 ~ 1 1 3 [ 2 .')4 4 2 11 6 4...... 1...... 57 2 2 2 3 2.9 314 7 1. 5 41... 2 127 2 2 1 2°1l), 1,... 39 3 4 4 4 3111'" '... 7. 3 1 65311 \ 04 6 4 3 5 1, 2 65 1 1 1 2111 4,5 1 1.......... 1 21 1 :l3 1

·!.I"·'

25 50

111 N o 11 ..·'1'"1 r e tur

~~~ ¥t~Il?g~·(;~::::::.:::::::···:::::::::::::::::::::::: ~ ~ ~1'2 ~,"i "i 1.75 176 177 178 179 '180 181 182 lS3 18,1 185

3!) 50 2~ 00 ~2 50 ~'5 00 2.') 00

1....

~ gg

ret'rns

2700

28 .')0 1450 63 50 17 50 ~~ 50 ~,OO ~2 50 22 ~O 34 50 ~2

~i~ ~:~tN~~~~~.:.:.:.:.:.: . .:.:.:.:.:.:::::::::::::::::::::::::: .~ .: .: ::il ~ :~i' : : : ; ::J:~ ~~ !~ g~ Zen~dat.ha......................................... 31

t!!

4 3 2, 513 4 11113 131 5 4 a! 2 56 4 3 3t .. · 6......... 71

14

i -5j-"

~~~:J3:~:.: .· :· : :. :. :. :· :· : :· :· : : : : : : : : : .~.~ "fl':::I'''t::~I':~ :+J:~ ~~ No ~e~g'ns 3.) 2 1 1 12 a 6 1 1 5 2 1 1

"-\-"\"'1 ~u

For 1872 paid $26. $18 due for 1872. :5:15;,0 paid for 1872. ~17 paid for 1872. $18 paid for 1872.

43

70 4 21 71 .')... I'" 2 104 2 21 11 .. · ·.. 1'·.. ·.. 37 1 3 2 2 /1 43 1 1 1 1/11...... HI

/111'"

11'"

II r1~~MIi~EH/:;:··::H::·HO::!I! fill~ IJiltl 29 30 31 32

..

6,5 50 2R 00 . :l2.')() 33

I

1

1...

3 2 41"'\ 2 1 615 4 5 3\ 1

4 4 1:

1111

1

41 ..·[......

"'11...

'''1

~.!

.~a

52 36 21 1:>

00 00

00

00 ~4 50 ~5 50

ti ~~ 30 76 26

33 $44 50 due for lR70. 34 $17 50 paid for lR72.

35 $47 25 due for 1867. 36 No returns for 1869 or lR73.

15 00 38 00 J:~ 00

:16


1873.J

127

Appendix.

G]~AND SECRETARY'S TAllULAH)

S'l'A'l'El\IENT.-Continued.

I

42 2050 15 50 4B 14 50 1650 IB 50 41 21 17 30

00

00 00 50

2050 37 $33 due for 1872.. 38 $14 for 1871. No returns for 1872. 39 $20 for 1872. 40 $31 50 due for 1871.

41 No returns for 1869 and 1872. 42 $18 50 due for 1872. 43 $15 50 for 1872-$16 50 DUE FOR 1873.


Appendix.

128

[Oct.

GRAND SECRETARY'S TABULA~ STATEMENl':-Oontinued.

~~

l-d

~ -d ~ .1 ~

-d.J

-d

2Sc;j<li<li·~~.<li"'rJl"".c -d -d ~ 2S 'g ~ ~ ~ ~

LODGE.

-

~ .....

E 3J .~ S S ~ ~ 8..e.~ E .=:l:~~~~&3~~~ ~

E

~

gJ

~ ---

-- - - - - - - - - - - -21 -19 -18 - 4...- -2 - 3 - 1...- -7 -130 267 ·Aurora

65 00

m~[~?~~[f:n:E2·.··2H····:··: ii filiLJ H n Z73

Z74

St. Clair......... New Market............

9 8 6 1 11 1... 7 2 2 2... 2 1 1...... 2

~~ j ~l~~l~caU~~~~r:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Z771 Index Z78 Avilla............

~ ~. ~ ~ "j ::: 2 1 1 2 3...

'2 ::: ::: t

3 5 3 2 16 2 1

2

43

46 00 44 16 50

~~I

46

1

~~

321

1600

39

HI 50

I (t!.i:Je~e!:!: i~;!;:[!: : :!;i !i:i ~!i!'Ill:!:;1 }I;; .i.111

;,; ::

1

289 290 29]

Acacia......... Fairmount.. Edina

ll, 2'4 242

~~~ k:~~~ie:::::::::::::::.::.::::::::::·.:·.::::::::·.::: I g i

1...

1 1 1 1 .. 6............ 1 3 2 2 2 !2

5 ~ ~ :::

351 31\ 40

17 00 44 50 47 24 .~O 48

"i 1"6 ~~

~~ gg

ir n I!

~il::lr:·::i:·>E:-:-~~::·:---·::::lll UE:I::ll r~1 F,~~~;g ..::~~:.,:.::ii::::::::::: i i, ] ~ ]1.~ . 11~1 ~

fJI

3031

Osage....................

41

5

~ ~ ~·3...

~g~ ~f~~~~~~::::::::: ..::::·::..:: ·.·:.::::::::::::::::::"2·2·2·5·2

:::

~

§~ gg

2 106

'" ' '4'6 No i3e~ns

~g~ ~:2J{i~~:~:~::::::::::::::.:.:::::::::::::::::::::, '~I'.~I.~ ::~ ::i6 : 1~ :::2 ::: ::: :::1 ...:46 No 2300 }:e~~~~ King Hiram 1 1

309 310

Sikeston

314 315

Kingsville........................................ 31 2 3 1 2 1 ...... ,...... St. Aubert 5............ Altona.................. 2 2 3 4 1 1......

3g 313

Ii'"

I

"'1'" .. ·1· · No ret'l'ns ~i~~~:lsaiit:::::::::::::::::::::· . :.::::· :::·.:: ~: ~ ~ ~"2"i '7 ::: '7 ~ ~g ~~ ~ 1

,

"'1' '

3S 2.0 36

m.~l~{I~~jl}ii)/:(~t\\ • ::::::;:.;i; .;,11."1111.:.1.~;

20 00 10 00 ]8 00

1

44 $24 50 for 1872. 45 $16 50 due for 1872. 46 No returns for 1871, 1872, or 1873.

47 $6 still due on bal. of 1871. 48 No returns for 1872.

49 50 51 52

No retnrns for 1872. $7 for balance due. $11 50 due for 1872. No returns for 1872.

0

N

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129

A.ppendix.

1873.J

GRAND SECRETARY'S TABULAR STATEMEN'l'.-Oontinued. I

~

.c.c

~.c~.c ~ 'C ~ ~ S 25 2 ~ S .... "'-;'CS<ll"'~· ... ·=<Il .:; ~ ~ < Q Qi~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I - ~

I-g.c 25 -d .c ~ 25

.c

2

LODGE.

S

~i}li}lE~-d~~~~

::J

Z

00 (l)

323 c~erstolle~=~=:== 7 6 413 -: -: -: -: 2 lill-S050 ~~ ~~~~e~~~~:::::::::::::·:::·::.:::::::::::::::::::::::: ::: ::: i.~.~"i ::: ::: } ~gl ff gg Kit Carson....................................... Mt. Zion...... Cainsville.......... ::$29 Kennedy 330 Lathrop...................................... 331 Charity 332 Clark City 333 Chillicothe....................................... 334 Breckenridge.................... 3.'35, Medoc 386 Oak Grove 337 Malta........................ 326 321

328

4 2 2 4 4... ... ... ... 4 5 7 4 1 2............ 2

1...... 1...

82 55 33

1 1 1 3 5 1 4......... 4 5 4 11 1... 1

72

15 50 38 00

77 36

38 50 18 00

1

16 00 27 50

No ret'rns

:·n

·........

2 2 2 1 4 2... ... ...... 4 4 2 3... 1............

'" ."

'"

No ret'rns

"'2"3'

2 2 2 1 1...............

53

54 22 00 55

m~*~lv.:y::;:;;;:~~;::::;:.::i:.·~~:::::: • :::•• ii 1:;ll.~r .:.•:: :.: : ~ II ~ ~~

344 345 34~

34/ 348 349

xircle..i

M~b~~I; .:

· ··

·....·

·....·......·..· ~'1 } ~I

:: ::..: ::::..:.:::: ::::::::::::::: Fellowship...............

Arlington Landmark............ Ash Grove... Lone Star

"il'" ...... ~:?

j"i : :

8 4 J 4 14 1 ·.. ·1 ::: 6 2 2 5 1 61 1........................ 1 8 1 1 2 1 11 1 1... 2 3 3 3 2 2... 1......... ",

1

'"

..

~~

94 21 19 25 39

'"

47 00 10 50 950 1250 19 50 56

I ~~7j;~~~1I~i;·:;;H····;···.:·:.····/ Ii t li{l.ll .:. : . t ~ i157 35-5

356

Adelphi...... Ancient Landmark

6 4 5 5 1...

3 3 3 1

1

38 'Zi

"'11

~ g~~F;rt:. . . :.::::..:.:·.·.:::::::::::::·::.:::::·.:::::: '4 "i '2 '4 '3 ::: ::: ::: ::: "3\'''4'3

19 00 2000

\

21 50

359 360 361 362 363

Garrett............... 'l'uscan.................. Rcddick ~........ Hiranl FraternaL........................................

1

31

368

370

Crescent Hill.................................... 6 5 4 1 1... ...... 5 Composite........................................ 4 5 4 2 2 1... 1...... Williamstown 4 4 3 2 1 3

37 32 33

17 00 16 00 1650

374 375 376 377 378

6· 4 4... 3............·2

Plumb 1 1 1 12 Kin~ Hill \2 2 1 1 1 1......... 1 AnCient Craft.................................. 3 2... 2 1 '" Kllwinning...................................... 8 7 9 1... .. ......

27 16 25 24 33

13 50 800 12 50 12 00 16 50

3 2 2... 3... 2 33 6 4 4 15 2 119 3 1 2... 1...... 1... 3 30

'"

2 1 1 2 4 2...

'"

1

~~ ~~r~~;~.~~::::::: . . :::.. .::::·.:·:.:::::::::::::::: ~ i i"i "2 ..~ ::: ::: ::: ..~ g~ ~g~ R:i'r~~~~.1.~~::::::::·,,::::::,,::::::·.:::::::::::::::"6 ~ ~ ~'4 :: ~ ::: ::: ~ g5

369

59 50 15 00

No ret'rns 15 50

~~ gg ~ gg

i~~ ~i~~itrH~:.::~ . :.:.:.: : : : : : .:.:.: : : .: .:.: : ::::: 1~ ~ I .~ :~ : : : : : : : : ~ ~ ~ ~ Golden Rule........................

53 54 55 56

No returns for 1872. No returns for 1872. $10 50 for 1872. $15 50 due for 1872.

"'1

*

1

57 No returns for 1872. * Chartered Oct. 17,1873. Fee paid in 1871. '" Chartered Oct. 17, 1873.

*


Appendix.

130

[ Oct.

GRAND SECRETARY'S TABULAR STATEl\iEN1'.-Continned.

~

. I. I 'g. !'g I'I~d. od od ~-d. <1> ' d I'" od... ~ . ~ ::3,~ ~ 2 'C

~

..

LODGE.

s

Z 379

'3~~S·~.e~<1>lcal

I'~

~~

·105 ,j06 407 408

Meridian Sun Ituria JloustOll Montrose

3!H

392

3U3 394 3D.5

:396 :{!)7 398 399 400

'C

S

0

rJJ

~I . . .

·. . ,

8 Gl

I

~

A

==121·21~~ ~I~ ~ ~ ~1-:I61-TOo-

401

~7

388 :-189 390

.~

od '@ p.. ~

.q ~ ~ < is liS ,g ril!~ ~. ~

coatesviPe Queen CIty Ionia IUch land Pythagoras ! I:larnlony [ Alexander Dayton >.......... 'Y0odside:........................................ jq"trmersville...... Arcana Marionville................... H,aytown........................ Christian Bee Hive.................. Dagan c Latimer Western Light............... Gower Jasper............................. Pike............................. Decatur Centre...............................................

380 381 082 383 384 385 386

rn

rn

'C

2 2 2, 4 1 5 7 7 71 1 1 1 4 4 3 2: 4... 1... 1... 1 4 3 3 4 1... 2 1 1 I, 4 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 2 9... 1 6 4 31 1... 1 .. ,...... 5 4 1 2 1 4... 1 '... 1

271 38 31

39

36,

521 32 27

24

1...

21 34

1 1 1 2 1

24

1 1 2 6 , 4 5 6 3 7... 2 2 2 1 1 1'...

24 41 23

5 7 7 5

2

1 1 4 2 1 1 1

7 B 1 11'" 10 B 2 2... 1111 1 1 1... 3 31'" 3...... 3 2 1 .:. ... ... 31 3 411 5 3, 2 2... ...

8 7 1 3 4 6 :3

"'1'"

26 30

28 19 25 37

2

29

1:3 50 IV 00 15 50 19 50 1800 2600 1600 13 50 12 00 1050 17 00 12 00 24 0(1)8 20 50 11 50 1250 5!l 15 00 60 14 00 12 50 185U

1~~ ~?I:~~~~;~ff.:.~::::·:·:::::::.:::::::::::::::::::::::·g"~ '~I'~I : : : : : : J:: .~ . .~~! No i~e~n~

'" "'1'"

3 3 1 i 21 2 '" 2 1 11 1 ~Il '

212

6 2

H~ r£~~J~:::::·:::::<:·::::·::::::::·::::·:·:::::::::::::::::t~:~ ~31 ::~ : : Appleton City ' BI

1...... 1......

5 5

4

'"

Covenant Clear Creek Star.................. 420, rtaslra 421: Euclid 122! Gate of the Temple 42;~1 Newuurg 42~, 8,amaritan 42;~1 l,eda,r Clt.y........................................ 42~1 LeesvIlle...... 411

1~! Iroll ~~~~~1t~:.::::::··:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Mountam

430

1ft

1

I

12 11 1... 6 5 ;) 2 1... 1212I6.5 1412 913 1... 1211 101'11 2........ 5 6 5 1 1 1 17 12 7 11'"

I

1

'"

I 2i

311 32

1

24,

2 241

......

4 3 3 4... 3...

3 I

1650 .',

"';J.

1.............

914..

900 19 50 : No l'et'rns 16 800

2'

1i~' ~~~~~rsbil~: ........:::::: ::::::::.. : :::::::::::::: ~I J : ¥"i : : : : ''JlQ Jl51 <2ache Hunnewelf....................................... 1 2 31.5 1 2.. 11 12 10 6... '4Hl 1li)1

18

39 ..

,.~ ~33 ~i~

1

·Jl2

2

...

4 31 461, I 21, 3 ~8 6 28 3? 4 ~a

111

:::....31

ig gg .,

17 00 IG 00 20 00

12 00 15 50 305(.) 10 50

14 00 1450 !8 00 * 20 ~O . 15 aU

! i ~ ~'::~ : : : : ~~! Mgg . , ~I~f:~E~;:~:·>·i;:: iiii .~ :.: lll~1 ~ ~ " __

~_._---

58 $12 for 1872.

59 50c still due.

3

3 1 4 2

----_.

1...

._~--_.

(j

Bli

1550

---- -----

60 $10 50 due for 1872. "'Chartered Oct. 20, 1873.


Appendix.

1873.J

131

GRAN~ SECRE1'ARY'S TABULAR S'I'A1'El\1ENl'.-Oontinued.

I. . u3 ~~~~I~ .§~~~ ~ ~~!Jss'g~~.e.~s . I .c. I i'g . 'g

I T... ODGEi.

~~~~QO~~~~ ~

435 43G

437

138 4.'39

------------1- - -

Saint Nicholas....................... Lamonte ,...................... Tuscumbia: Tempe;ance MountOlive

~~oc':l~i;;;·::::·:

1 1 12 8 7

_1- -

-

::.::::::::::::::·:.::::::::::::: ~i ~ ~ Mount Lebanon 21111 1 Anchor 18 12 11 1...

440

441

442

443

gl

44G

447 448 449 450 451

Schell City*...................................... Piedmont......................................... Belton Argyle...... Verona............ Forsyth............................................. Benton Barnsville Wallace............................. Triple Tie'" Melville"' Hazelwoo.d Lam.b-SkIn....................................... Caruthersville

452 453

454

455 456 457 4·58 459 460 461 462 463 464

-

-

-

4 1 6 2

i . . ~ ::: ::: ::: 3

:::

1 1 2 1... ... ... ... ... ... 12 12 11 8 1...... 4 4 3 1......... 3 3 2 2 I 9 6 4 1 1......... 1011 9 2...... 10 14 15 G......... 2 4 2 3... 1......... 2 1 1 1 8 7 713 21 1 7 8 7 8 1 9 10 10 2...... 11 14 12 3 1 11.........

~~\ ~

----

28 21 35 26 24

14 00 10 50 17 50 1300 1200

15 42

750 21 00

t~

1

~)}~~#F~~:·:;:~::~~::::::::;;::::::::::::: i~!~li ·I:~ : :1

444

445

-

2 1 2 1 1... 2 4 3 3... 8 6 3 1 1... 9 9 6 1 7 8 5 [...

.c

~ 88

.~ ...~ ~r No

11

.. 2 3 1 3 1 8 4

1 7

No ret'rns 17 50 8 00 7 00 7 00 61 1250 15 50 1tJ 50 20 00 26 2000 30 130062

35 16 14 16 25 31 21 10 24

21

10 50

i~~~i:::::::::~:::::.:.:.:.:.::::·:·:·:·::::::::::::::::::: ~ ~ ~.~ ::: ::: ::: ::: ... 1 ~ ~g gg 5...... 4...... 12 466 ~f~;~:ny~~;:e*·:.:::::·:::::::::·::.:::::·.:::.::;~ f ~ i ::: ,;: tg ~ gg ·j69 2000 ~?a~~~~.~::::.::::.:.::::::::::::::::::::::::: . :::::: 16 ii '7 ::: ::: ::: "i '''14 ~~I 2000 470 Nodaway* 1011 11 7 1 1 1 3 44 2000 2000 t ri ·J72 Wi~t~r~~g< ::::: ::::::::·:::.::·::.·::: ::·:.. :: ~ ~ ~ ~I : : i::: :::

165

Silver Cit.y.:

471

1

'" Chartered Oct. 17, 1873. 62 $2 still due. 61 $1 still due. NOTE.-Lodges were chartered in 1873 on the 17th of October-the date Oct. 20th, is an error. RECAPITULATION. Number of Chartered Lodges, September, 1873.............................................. 442 Number of Lodges Chartered October, 1873..................... 28 '.rotal Lodges working under Charter, October 1873....................................... 47°6 Lodges making Returns up to September 1, 1873 . 43 Initiated 1,688 Passed 1,399 Raised 1,420 Admitted 922 Dimitted 997 Died 290 Huspended :........ 218

~~~~l~~~ted·.·.::::·

::::· ::·.:·:.:·. : ::::::::·.:::::.. . :.:::.. .:. :.:.: :::::.:::::.::: :.:.::'.:'' :.::::::'.::'::.':::::::::

~~

~~~~~~siii·p·R~·iuriied·.·.·:,,:.:::·.:·.:::·.:·.·:::.:·.::'''::.:::':.'.::':.::::'::::.'.::::::::::::'.:':.'.:::::'::.::::::::::: 23,~~5

Membership Estimated and not Returned Totall\:Ielnbership

;

1,200 25,120

r:;~:::: ~~~~~:~~~~~r~a·cii ..LOdge:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::'.::: 2,Og~Y:3 B8


~

CJJ

tI:)

GRAN D SEC RET ARY' S TAB ULAR STA' TEMEN T. COMPILED FROM RETURNS, SEPT.

1ST,

1873.

Pl ~

~

LODGE.

:a

TOWN.

COUNTY.

MASTER.

BECRETARY.

TrnIE OF MEETING.

'p

z

Missouri Meridian Beacon Howard United Ark O'Sullivan Williamsburg G. Washington Agency Pauldingville Tyro Rising Sun Auburn Western Star Memphis Clarl{sville Palmyra Paris Union St. Louis Green Castle Wellington

. .. .. .

liSt. Louis 2 St. Louis

1

.. . .. : .. . . .. .. . . . . . .. . . ..

1St. LOUiS·..·• St. Louis

..

·IDavid Goodfellow J. G. ·Woorner

::: .

Chas. F. Vogel.. Adol h Meyer

.

'IFirst and third Thursdays. First and third Wednesdays.

~() Ispringfield ,~~:.~~~~.~:::::::::::::::~~ ~~~~.~:::::. I~~~.~~ ~~~.~:::·::::::::::: ~~.~: ~:.~~.~~:::::::::::::.:: I~egor~~u~~~ fourth Thursdays. ,Greene J. W. D. L. F. Mack.. C. F. LeaVitt Thurs. on or before full moon.

6 Newark 7 Walnut Grove 8 Williamsburg 9 '1St. Louis 10 Agency 11 Wright City 12 Caledonia 13 Barry 14 Auburn 15 Victoria 16 Memphis 17 Clarksville 18 Palmyra 19 Paris 20 St. Louis 21 22 DeKalb

Knox Greene Callaway St. Louis Buchanan Warren Washington Platt.e Lincoln Daviess Scotland Pike Marion Monroe St. Louis

Hugh TemPleton A. C. Sloan T. R. Hobson W. W. Ehninger E. M. yates John A. B. Edwards. R. B. Logan Dan'l Carpenter J. M. Newland Wesley Lee Elias Scofield L. H.. Downing R. E. Anderson David H. Moss J. L. fsaacs

J. M. McKim W. C. Waldon Jos. G. Crane J. H. Wyeth H. S. Thorpe Jas. L. Boswell Thos. D. Byrd M.1'. SamueL 'I. N. Ellis E. W. Hancock John W. Smith F. M. Reynolds Jno. \V. Drescher Jos. M. Moss Jas. Glogau

Buchanan

S. D. Brown

}<'red.

~

"V.

,Sa.turday on or. after full moon. \Tuesday before full moon. Satur'y on or before full moon. Second and fourth Tuesdays. Saturday before full moon. Satur'y on or before full moon. Second Sat. after new moon. Satur'y of or before full moon. First Saturday after full moon. Sat. bef. full m. and 2d W.after. Friday on or before full moon. Satur'yon or before full moon. Second and fourth Thursdays. First and third Saturdays. First and third Tuesdays. No returns. Hagenstein Saturday before full moon.

~ ~ ~

~ ~

..

,.-,

o

~


"

~

Florida Wyaconda Napbtali Mexico Evergreen St. John's 'Vindsor . Huntsville Liberty Lafayette Ralls

. . .. .. .. . .. "1 . .. ..

rt~;:;e~ :::::::::::::::::::::::: I

Cooper Cedar Callao Modena Mt. Moriah JEtna Middle Grove Jefferson : Jacksonville Bonhomme Wentzville Fayette Fulton Haynesville Xenia : Livingston 'Vakanda 'Veston Donglas Arrow Rock Tipton Richmond Monticello Centralia N. Bloomfield Waverly :':" Vincil Cambridge Monroe Pattonsburg Linn Rocheport 'rebo

. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . .. .. . . . .. .. . . .. . .. . .. .. .. . .. .. .. .. . ..

~ ~ ~

~.

~ ~

l<'IOrida · LaGrange St. Louis Mexico

M ~ M

.~ ~

W

@

~ ~

~

«

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

00 51 ~ ~

M M 00

m ~ ~

00 ffi

62

M

M ~

00

~ ~

Lewis st. Louis :Audrain

Paris S.

H~;;·,:;iba:i'::::::. ::.·::.:1 Ma~i'o·n·:·::::::.:·:::.:

W .Windsor W Huntsville M Liberty ~ ~

IR. J. JOhnson A. C. Waltman

I~Ionroe

IHenry

Randolph Clay Lafayette Ralls Lincoln Mercer Cooper Franklin :Ylacon [Mercer St. Louis Scotland Monroe Cole Randolph St. LOUIs St. Charles Howard Callaway Clinton Nodaway Howard Carroll 'Ve~t()n Platte Marthasville Warren Arrow Rock Saline Tipton Monitean Richmond Ray Monticello Lewis Centralia Boone New Bloomfield Callaway Waverly Lafayette Cameron Clinton Cambridge Saline Monroe Monroe Pattonsburg Daviess Li.nn Osage Rocheport Boone Clinton Henry

Lexington Madisonville Troy Princeton Booneville ShotwelL Callao ': Modena ,St. Louis lEtna :Middle Grove iJefferson City IJacksonville Manchester Wentzville Fayette Fulton Haynesville Hopkins Glasgow lCarrollton

,

Pfou~

/Jno. B. Herndon Jas. T. Hutton IWm. S. Voris Jas. CarrolL

/Satur'y on or before full moon. First and third Saturdays. Second and fourth Thursdays. Third Tuesdays.

Isaac·N:·wiit;{;i-·::.:::·:.:' Joh'n'V:"iIlbbert':::::: ~~~~~li~~ fourth Saturdays. W. J. Livingston Tbos. G. Kelly Satur'y on or before full moon.

Geo. W. Keebaugh J. C. Shaefer P. B. Grant.. John J. Stogdale Jas. P. HalL W. P. Boulware Alpheus Payne Jas. G. Wylie '" Wm. H. Young Jas. A. Ward Hadley J. Alley Cbas. H. Stewart.. W. R. Hutchinson H. M. Clark Joseph N. Arnest Jas. A. Houseman James Lovern E. E. Richardson [EIZa yates C. D. Wedle D. C. Marsh Thos. Haywood W. E. Woodsm·all W. M. Purdy J.B. Q,uisenberry : W. T. Featherston Jas. E. Carter E. T. Manchester Solomon C. Powell... J. H. HipwelL Wm. D. Clayton Jas. H. Hall, Jr ,.: J. M. Wilson Wm. P. Talley R. C. Clark Jos. H. Finks Dan'l D. Ford Jas. W. Overton J. Y. Whitsitt.. J. V. B. Flack G. W. Pistole IH. C. Fleming C. H. Lewis jChas. F. Mason M. Leftwich ;G. W. Deatherage John F. Kenney Jas. O. White J. D. Waller L. Wilson 'Vm. M. Price G. H. Bowel's \V. H. Stinson C. G. Ely Geo. W. Trigg W. D. Fortune W. T. Humphrey J. H. Leeper Wm. H. Carpenter Wm. J. Bruton R. W. Criswell B. O. Austin Thos. A. Catron Elisha M. Edwards N. S. Goodrich S. 'V. Baum James Milne T. B. Morris Wm. S. McCliutick Chas. Swift.. R. P. Peery Henry Ramey Tohn T. Tracy J. K. Kidd Wesley Scolne IJoel W. Morris John G. Middlecotr IJas. Parl{s

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:sullivan Roanoke..................... 70 Savannah...... 71 Danville..................... 72 Eureka....................... 73 warren " 74 Ashley........................ 75 Independence............ 76 Lebanon..................... j 77 St. J~seph , 78 Polar Star ' 79 Bridgeton......... 80 Hickory Grove......... 81 Jackson............ 82 Laclede....................... 83 Potter......................... 84 Miami 85 Brookfield................. 86 . W ashington............... 87 Dr~sden .:................... 88 Fl'lendshIp I· 89 Kln g Solomon · 90 l\ladison , 91 Perseverance............. 92 St. l\-Iarks................... 93 Evening Star............. 94 Chapman................... 95 St. Andrews.............. 96 Bethany..................... m Webster............. 98 Mt. Vernon............... Canton 100 Easton 101 Bloomington : 102 West. View................. 103 1

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l\foniteau Grove Ozark :Marble HilL Temple Doric White Hall Lick Creek

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J. H. Babcock jTUesday on or before full moon. Wm. B. Garoutte Saturday on or after full moon. J. Birkhead ;Saturday on or after full moon. John H. Paine ITu~sda~ ~efore full moon. Henry P. Townsley.. ThIrd Fl'lday. Jacob Donovan Saturday on or bef. full moon. Jas. R. Ferrill On or before full moon. Peter E. Orear IWedneSday before full moon. G. D. Hoover Saturday on o~ beL full moon. Lysander 'Vest.. Saturday on 01 bef. full moon. Thos. J. Stemmons Saturday on or bef. full moon. Jas. B. Brent Friday on or before full moon. D. lH. Parker Wednesd'y on orbef. full moon. John '.r. Hawkins Saturday before full moon. Bernard Baer lsecond and fourth Mondays. Jas. T. Farris Thurs. on orbef. f. m. &2\V.af. No returns. Jobn J. Enyast G. C. Harbord Saturday before full moon. J. C. Baker Thos. Lawson Saturday on or bef. full moon. 'H. S. Turner S. Bart. Turner First and third Mondays. Moses N. Neihardt Chas. Kroff : Saturdays on or ber. full moon. W. L. §par)ts S. S. Jobn~on Second and fourtlI Saturdays. C. W. WillIams P. F. HamIlton Saturday before full moon. Edina Knox John W. Lee :8am'l Ennis . Lamar Barton Isaac N.Delong jG. F. Burkhart ,Thursday on or bet'. full moon. Sarcoxie ,Jasper D. T. Dodson ,H. A. S1?ith Tuesday on or,ber. ful1 moon. I,Sat. :Mound City ,'Holt: G. M. Dodge Edw. GIllis on or bef. f. m. and 2 af. Jamestown MOUlteau H. H. Hudson H. W. Sheaffer Saturday on or bef. full moon. Webster Grove ,St. Louis Chas. '.r. Daniel A. B. 1\1. Thompson First and third '.ruesdays. Fair Grove Greene '" W. McVansanadt.. R. W. Marten Saturday on or bef. full moon. ,Marble I:J;iII. BOllinger C. Tally J. C. NoelL 'Yednesd'y<?n or bef.fullmoon. IKansas CIty Jackson A. M. Crow D. A. N. Grover Ii ll"st and thud Mondays. ;F'orkners HilL Dallas IJas. :Martin D. :i\<I.Jameson .. Barnard ,Nodaway [Ephraim :i\<lyers Jas. Stonehocker Saturday after full moon. Perry \Ralls 'Vm. Ely P. Lafrance Saturday on or bef. full moon. Nevada Ivernon J. A. Tyler J. \V. Cleland Friday before full moon. ............................................................................................. 1 : !No returns. Clarence Shelby Warren .Houghton \G. 'V. Chmn ISecond and fourth Saturdays. Commerce Scott.. F. De 'VlDt.. Wylie Saturday on or after full moon. New London Ralls John W Rule Geo. E. MayhalL Saturday on or bef. full moon. Maysville DeKalb Ira Brown E. A. Rood First and third Saturdays. Knoxville Ray Henry Slack Azel P. Craven Saturday before full moon. .., /NO returns.. Kearney Clay J: yate~ : R. Green! Jr First and thlrd Saturdays. Mt. Pleasant Gentry Ephlam Flshel W. B. Mastm Second and fourth Saturdays. Kingsville Johnson N. G. Cooley R. T. Fryer : ,Saturdayon or after full moon.

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Dan'llVIoody W. G. Duncan Wm. H. Crenshaw 'Viley 0: Cox B. G. WIlkerson John C. Ferguson W. P. Moore B. J. Orear 'A. H:. Hale Harllson Hoover Joseph Malugin Phillp H. Lacy T. W. Stone Anderson Bowles Jos. R. Friend Hardy J. Church

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lsecond and fourth Fridays. Thurs. on or before full moon. F~ rst and til i.rd Mondays. ,First and thIrd Mondays. l<'irst and third Saturdays. Wednes'y on or bef. full moon. :Friday on or before full moon. iThurs. on or before full moon.

Buchanan

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Livingston

John W. '.roppass

J. R. Middleton

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G. H. Otte : A. A. McCUistion Albert R. Baker N. H. Hail·e J. M. Harkev W. F. ~hacl\:·elford Alex. M. Butcher C. B. Rodes J. W. Burch Rob't M. Tuttle B. F. Walker H. L. Hawkins

or bef. full moon. No returns. Wednes'y on or bef. full moon. Saturday on or after full moon. Second and fourth Wednesd'ys. First and third Wednesdays. Saturdav before full moon. :Thurs. on or before full moon. 'ISaturday on or bef. tuIl moon. Second and fourth Saturdays. Wednes'y on or bef. fuIl moon. ,Saturday on or after full moon. Second and fourth Thursdays. ;Saturda.y on or bef. full moon.

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saline Ray Platt.e 1pettis Greene St. Clair Henry Randolph Jasper Phelpi' Dunklin Greene

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Bates Iron C~risti~n Flankhn Audrain IPlatte

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or ~ef. full moon. ;Fflday on or before full moon. T~lUrs. af. f.!U. and 2 W. after. FIrst and Ihud Tuesdays. Saturday after fnll moon.

IJ. C. Montgomery Chas. G. Snyder T. C. Ready ,A. S. Stanley

John H. Adams jsamnel Achord Dana Mansfield A. G. Hollenbeck

Hugh F. McDanield.. Prank C. Gillett J. T. Reynolds 1 A. R. Roller Henry Monday ·D. K. Ponder IM. L. Chappel... 'Joshua Kelso j'Frank H. Clark Jas. M. StovalL 'IJ. M. Foreman R. E.Witt ;A. C. Hyde jG. P. Biglow Peter S. Sagerty ,JOhn F . .James James Carter IA. B. Brock ·IM. D. Smithers Chas. S. Bryan J. M. Shackelford P. Munro L. H. Huff ,Jas. B. Old.: Solomon LIvengood. John S. Hart IMilton T. Morris Milton Boone 'J. M. Adams IJas. Morrow W. F. Moore

or after full moon. Jas. W. Churns Second and fourth \Vednesd'ys. Peter S. Hay First and third Fridays. Jos. B. Evans Second and fOUI·th Saturdays. \V. R. ~Iitchell Thursday on or bef. full moon. A. J. Satterlee Ion or before full moon. A. J. McCollum Saturday on or bef. full moon. E. Dowell: ,saturday on or after full moon. D. M. ParIsh ,Saturday on or after full moon. \Vm. F. Hudson ISaturday on or bef. full moon. Isaac R. Brown Saturday on or beL full moon. '1'. W. Skinner I'Saturday before full moon. Henry W. Sheets '1'hursday before full moon. Levi O. CI<lrk 'Saturday on or bef. full moon. Wm. J. Lingenfelterlf:;aturday on or bef. full moon. Jeremiah G. Smith Saturday on or bef. full moon. A. J. Eidson Friday on or bef.~. m. & 2\V. at: H. M. Jacoby Saturday on or atter full moon. T. R. Townley Saturday on or bef. full moon. Jno. W. Armstrong.. Thursday on or bef. full moon. R. R. McGuire :. Sat. on or bet'. f. m. & 2d Sat. af. C. Hauser Saturday after full moon. J. H. Baugh Second and fourth Saturdays. J. H. Page Saturday on or after full moon. Jasey Woodside Fourth Saturday. John C. Rose · Saturday before full moon. Jas. T. Richardson Saturday on or after full moon. J. Frank Seaman Friday on or before full moon. Jas. Lane Saturday on or bef. full moon. A. G. Knight Sat. bef. 2d and 4th Sundays. Robt..J. Clark..: Saturday before full moon. De WItt Guthridge Friday on or before full m?on.

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D. T. collier.. : H. T. Talbott· N. G.,cu~mons Jas. }'. Cnsty '1'. A. Rnssell \-V. H. Roark J. '1'. Ryder

·ISatnrday before full moon. ,Saturday on or ber. full moon. IS'~t. on or bef. f. m. & 2 W. aft. 1< Irst and third Sat.urdays. Saturday on or bef. full moon. Wedesdayon or bef. lull moon. Monday before full moon. : No retnrns. IA. M. Head Gel). W. Gabbert Friday before full moon. R. E. Hill. Chas. L. Becker Thursday on or bef. full moon. Robt. Woods H. R. Ritter Thursday on or bef. full moon. Geo. G. Gould A. B. Vredenburg Second and fourth Tuesdays. :NO returns. J. C. 'l'hornton Ellis Smith Saturday aft. f. m. & 2 W. after. A. B. Rice John T. Q,uirk Sat. on or af. f. m. & 2d Sat aft. Frank E. Lombar W. Ii'. Burks * Saturday on or bef. full moon. N. N. Nichols N. B. Garner Friday on or before full moon. Jas. Hodldns Frank H. Clark Saturday on or ber. full moon. G. Hubbard M. Allison, p. t Second and fourth Saturdays. 1Milton B. Crawford E. O. Mallony Saturdayon or after full moon. IA. F. Barr A. C. Ball\.et Saturday after full moon. R. W. waters Danl. H. Bartlett.. Second and fourth Saturdays. Oren Root,.Ir Edwin J. Haskell. First and third Mondays. ,A. lVI. ~clntire IJas. ~ald~ell.. ,Second a,nd fOl~rth Saturdays. ,A. J. CIabb H. H. :Mlllel. ISaturday on 01 ber. full moon. Edward Nathan ISecond and fourth \-Ved'days. 1 Henry Ossing John H. Stover John D. Neilson First Saturday. B. F. Lawson IJ..! ..Barl?-ard IThursday after full moon. John H. Roberlson PhllIp KIncheloe !Satur?ay o~ or after full moon. A. Wendell Keith S. C. Orton ,On 01 belole fnll moon. C~1as. W. Samuel.. !JOSePh Fisher IF'irst Saturday. Bird D. Parks Wm. P. Baker :Saturday on or bef. full mQon. Wm. C. C. Steele A. Dunbar :..:::.::_ S~t~rday on or afler full moon.

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Macon ILivingston Greene

S~turdayon or bef. full moon. First FrIday. after full moon. SatUlday on 01 bef. full moon. N.o returns.. FIrst and thIrd Wednesdays. Second and fourth Saturdays. Thurs. on or before full moon. Friday on or hefore full moon. Saturday on or bef. full moon. ,First and third Saturdays. IFriday before full moon. First '.ruesday on or bef. f. m. On or pef. new and full moon. Friday on or before full moon. Second and fourth Wednesd'ys.

/Norman Porter Jas. W. D. Hatcher jJno. H ..McHenry S. R. L)ttle

'P. K. Dibble S. \V. Haynes S. G. Appleby P~ttis J. D. Sherma~ MIller Theo. B. Robmson Clay E. L. Thatcher Webstel'; J. H. \Villiams Bollinger J. Henry Rider Cape Gl1'ardeau N. C. Harrison : Harrison A. T. Scbaeffer St. Louis C. C: Rainwater

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W. R. Berry J. C. Gish Jas. Pollack John B. Harri.s..: Clayton S. PhIllIps Robt. W. Fleming "'T. B. Horn Andrew B..Jaques Walter L. Malone T. H. B. ·Walker F. C. Bonsack

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Greenfield Scottsville Schell City

Sam'l C. Hutchison .. First and third Thursdays. John A. Purinton Sat.. after f. m. and 2 weeks af. No returns. Belton Cass B. T. Mm r.. R. M. Slaught.er Second and fourth Saturdays. Nevada Ivernon S. H. Thompson V. C. Quick Second Tuesdays. Verona Lawrence J.M.Gregory Geo.A.Purdy Monday onor before full moon. Forsyth Taney E. Clatnn Isaac Howard Saturday on or bef. full moon. Lincoln Benton H. J. \Villis B. A. Fulton Sat. on or bef. and 2 w. af. f. m. Logans Creek Reynolds Henderson Chitwood Josiah B. Barnes On or before fnll moon. Bunceton Cooper.. : 'Wesley J. \Vyan John A. Waller Saturday on or bef. full moon. Brazeau Perry H. G. Dickson tWm. O. HenkeL Saturday after full moon. Dadeville Dade John Ring ,Reuben N. Moore Thurs. on or before full moon. Waldo [Louis) Webster : IGeo. R. HUdspeth IWilliam '.rrimble Thurs. on or before fnil moon. Rock Spring. (St. St. Louis A. B. Barbee Geo. T. Murphy Second and fourth 'l'hursdays. IN 0 returns. Santa Fe Monroe John S. Drake Irvin P. Powell First and third Fridays. 'Cunningham Chariton W. P. Spurgeon John B. Stutsman ;/First and third Saturdays. IAullvill~ Lafayette Lewis 9arthrae W. C. Orear S~turday on. or bef. full moon. Silver CIty Grant, N. :vI Cornehus Bennett Geo. W. Holt FIrst and thud Saturdays. ICentre View Johnson John K. Sluder John H. Kinyoun jIFriday on or before full moon. Pleasant Hope Polk E. S. Mason r. o. Parrish Friday on or after full moon. : : : No returns. Plato Texas J. A. Wilson IJOhn C. Hlx Saturday before full moon. Maryville NOdaway· ·..·.. 1 L. A. Bariteau Thos. M. Brown I Second and fourth Saturdays. Minersville Jasper J. Morris Young Chas. E. Elliott.. ISaturday on or bef. full moon.

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Border U. D. Elk Springs Camden............... do Camden Cairo do Cairo Everett....................... do Everett Hernd?n 1 do IHet:ndon

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EXPULSIONS.

REPORTED TO THE GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI, SEPTEMBER 1, 1873. PARTIES INTERESTED IN THIS LIST WILL REFER 'ro ltEPORT OF COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCE, FOR RESTORATION, ETC.

No. of No. of Lodge. Name of Party. Lodge. Name of Pa1·ly. 5. John B. Dexter, 170. Duncan Risley. B. F. Hallowell. 176. Britton Downing, 9. Chas. Mott, Sam uel HUffstedler, James M. Thorn. O. H. W. Beall. 10. John W. Price, 177. Peter Hoag. Geo. D. Clare. 185. A. W. Tow'nley. . 189. Thos. C. Roberts . 19. Wm.Bybee. 25. Francis McFaul. 193. B. F. Mellon, 36. Jacob Burger. S. D. Nowlin. 42. A. T. Scott. 202. Wm. E. Chrane, 52. W. T. Goodson. John Callahan, S. Tracy. 58. R. W. Stephenson. 212. C. H. McCutchen, 61. J. F. Taylor. • 65. A. P. Williams. D. J. Lasswell. 70. Benj. F. Snyder. 213. L. B. Alley. 72. R. J. McCormack. 217. Philip Simons. 76. J. W. Grayson. 224. Lafayette Blair, of Yosemite Lodge No. 220, Morrisburgh, Iowa. 77. Wm.F. Cole. 255. W. T. Shaver. 79. J. H. Blood, W. H. Pritchard, 258. David Lowry, H.A. Winn. Sidney S. J ermatn. 89, W. L. Foulk, 262. E. S, Davis. W. C. Norman. 264. John T. Major, L. C. Draper. 97. Jno. McGowan. 101. O. H. P. Rose. 265. L. T. Major. 267. J. Carron. 103. Robt. H. Shetley. 105. Jas. H. McCrary. 279. Wm.Thomas, D. M. Dougherty. Ill. Jas. E. Bosman. 112. A. D. Sewell. 285. Joel R. Brown. 113. L. V. Transue. 301. John A. Hall. 121. Otto Schuuhr. 316. Jobn J. Crandall. 123. Ed. Rugger. 331. John J. Biggerstaff. 344. J. J. Kelly. 127. Wm. A. Hundley. 146. C. B. Bastian. 347. Wray Andrew. 361. Wm. R. Barnes. 156. Wm. J. Baleen. 162. D. A. Spicer, of Newaygo LodgJ' 369. B. L. Patterson. 382. 080. W. Parker. Mich., No. 131. 438. Wm. C. Young. 163. A. H. Bottsford. 470. John C. Wiswell. 164. Wm. Fritter. 166. H. L.Jones.


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REPOKI'ED TO TH" GRAKD I.ODGE OJ<' lIUSSOUIU, 8EPTEMBJ';11 I. 1873. PARTIES IN'l'EI~ESTED IN 'I'HI!:; LIST WILl, ItEFER TO REPORT OF COllll1HTTEE ON GRIEVANCE, FOR RESTORATIONS, :ETC.

.Yo, oj Lodge. J.Vamc of PaTty. 1. Alonzo H. Rector, G. L. White, A. S. Lindsay, C. A. Meyer, Henry S. Lansdale. ~. Edwin Handley, John Hunter, Chas. Morris, James L. Young. 5. J. A. Brown, J. E. Bodanheimer, P. H. Dagar, A. P. Raymond, Chas. W. Schaulton, Emsl.)' Wharton. 11. J. W. Bowman, R. J. Duncan, T.. G. Herrold, Jno. Herrold, F. M. Maxwell, G. W. Pleasant, T. C. Williams. 20. E. B. Cogswell. 22. P. A. Jones. 21. W. P. Moore, Jacob Taylor. 25. Charles H. Wilson, Samuel G. Pilkinton, Henry C. Pocock, 26. Thomas W. Reed, Richmond Pearson, James Garrett, Thomas Staples, H. Jackman, Paul Abat, .J. B. Johnson. .â&#x20AC;˘29. S. M. Johnson. 31. G. Long.

~Yo oj Lodgc. Name oj Party. 33. George E. Frazer, R. S. Reddish, Isaac Ely, Jas. Ross, :i4. H. H. Frazier, by New Hope Lodge. 36. Wm. S. Seat, S. T. Davis, T. E. Rochester, Jno. M. McCutchen, Jacob Louis, :i8. J. 1'. Stokes, 40. M. Cousins, 42. John Megee, 43. '1'. L. Crawford, A. McDonald, 47. .John Farris, John Minor, Wm. H. Stapleton, D. W. White. 48. 7-adok Honk. 52. C. Herdel, J. L. Young. 53. James B. Duncan. 70. A. J. Kerby, Samuel C. Davis. 72. L. A. Thompson, .Joseph M. Stewart. 79. .J. F. Madison, George H. Wiley. l:i6. Joseph Gregory. J,. A. Smith, J. B. Lewis, J. H. Scales, E. H. Salsbury, Samuel Remington, Joseph Payro, J. L. Nickols, James A. NeIlist,

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No. oj No. oj Lodge. Name oj Party. Lodge. Name oj Party. 86. Henry W.li'0ng, 169. J. G. Morgan, T. S. Beeler, R. W. Pounds. B. F. Brant, 171. D. Forbs, W. D. Crandall, J. N. Franklin, H. K. Custer, J. Worthington. D. A. Fruin. 174. Wm. Keith. 路176. John L. Giroin. 89. Joseph Suitor, R. L. Williams. 178. W. M. Clure, 93. E. P. Albert. R. D. Walton, G.Sparks. 95. A. B. Carbley, John Davis, 189. S. A. '.frower, Jackson McMasters. W. T. Taylor, Silas Woodson, 96. John Nesbit. F. G. Hopkins. 105. L. G. Hammond. 191. E. W. Colly, 107. George W. Morton. A. Willy, Ill. John Holgate. Wm. J. Cheswich, 113. A. W. Brownell. W. H. Dougherty, 116. William M.Sheets. David Hunt, 118. Jesse B. Moon. of Lathrop Lodge, W.H. Field. No. 330. 193. Isaac Brown, 121. J. Weyandt. J. B. Conkling, 131. A. D. Day, F. H. Ellseassel', A. A. Hill, J. E. P. Poole. P. H. Thomas, 197. J. C. Willoughby. P. S. Johnson. 199. John L. Sanders, 133. George Spitzmiller. Jas. G. Gibson. 135. J.R. Heath. 207. J. J. Garrett, 137. John C. Carter. M. D.Grow, 140. L. Culbertson. John Harmon, 149. G. W. Sllewalter. W. P. Wilson. 150. H. W. Harper. 210. Wm. J. Eareckson. 153. Jo. Bishoff, 214. Chas. E. Barnes. E. W. Hlll, 224. H. J. Post. C. C. Wellman, 225. J. B. Jamison. W. C. Kelly, em. O. W. Elliott, R. H. Montgomery, W. B. Vermlllia. Moses Proffer, 236. C. E. Smith; C. J. Kelley, E. S. Beach, Peter F. Litz, Chas. T. Dake, M. G. Litz. Jr., F. W. Fisher, S. F. Henderson, J. W. Galbreath, Abner Warren, G. R. Keill, Wm. Lee, S. H. Lewis, F. W. Miller, Milton Ryan, Wm. P. Walker, P. H. Thatcher, .las. Walker, W. C. West. Thos. S. Walker. 237. E. B. Dabney. 161. A. Jackson, 238. C. W:Stewart. A. L. Thomas, 253. One. W. A. Thomas. 254. A. T. Holcomb, 162. E. N. Barrows. W. F. Carmichael, 163. Thos. Harris, J. D. Moore. Jno. Cairns, 255. S. C. Stewart. L. M. Sabi ne. 259. W. P. Owens. 164. H. P. Bates.

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148 No. of Lodge. Name of Party. 262. M. H. Coburn. 263. E. M. Hanlon. 265. Thos. Claunch, Thos. Duncan. 267. C. W. Staples, H. J. Jenks, J. Arkins. 272. Jas. Hickey. 274. Jas. H. Anderson. 276. J. F. Gatchings, D. R. Holton. 278. S. G. Hankins. 287. N. C. Staples, Chas. Martin. 288. Wm. M. Dixon. 289. Silas N. Burns. 301. W. T. Conlin, Frank'Conlin. 309. H. C. Gordon,

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No. of Lodge. Name oj Party. 309. J. A. Ross, 312. Jas. Adams, W. D. Cogdill, Jas. Farris, Robt. Webler. 321. U. B. Hull. 325. J. G. Lay. 330. J. B. Moon, W. W. Middaugh, W. B. Alderson. H. T. Perkins. 347. Andrew Wray. 348. J. F. G. Bentley. 854. Benj. Smith, of St. Louis, No. 20. 856. John L. Wilson. 866. J. W. Coburn, 408. J. H. Lobaugh. Lakeville U. D. Robert M. Franke.


FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES. NEAR OTHER GRAND LODGES.

State. Alabama Arkansas Connecticut Chili Canada Colorada California Delaware District of Columbia England Florida Georgia Iowa Illinois Idaho Indiana Kentucky Kansas Louisiana Maine Micbigan Mississlppi Maryland Massachusetts Montana New York North Carolina New Jerse~T New Brunswick Nevada Nebraska New Hampsbire Obio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Tennessee Texas Vermont Virginia Wisconstn Washington Territory West Virginia

* Dead..

Name. Daniel Sayre Elbert M. English George Lee Jose Mondalado Thomas Bird Harris Ed. C. Parmlee Alexander C. Abell John P. Allmond Benj. Brown French * Braxton Baker DeWitt C. Dawkins J. Emmett Blackshear Theo. Sutton Parvin Thomas J. Turner Jonas W. Brown William Hacker J. M. S. McCorkle M. S. Adams John A. Stevenson Ira Berry J. C. Coffinbury Charles T. Murphy JohnS. Berry Jobn K. Hall : H. L. Hosmer M. J. Drummond R. W. Best.: Joseph H. HOllgh W. F. Bunting W. A. M. Van Bokkelen J. N. Wise William Barrett A. M. Ross Jobn McCracken Josepb H. Livingston Cbarles D. Greene Charles S. Bruns J ohn Frizzell George H. Bringhurst Henry Clark W1lliam B. Isaacs Henry L. Palmer Thomas M. Reed William J. Bates

Post OJ!ke. Montgomery. Little Rock. N ew Haven. Valparaiso. Hamilton, Ontario. Georgetown. San Francisco. Wilmington. Washingtoon. London. Monticello. Macon. lowa City. Freeport. ldaho City. Shelbyville. Louisville. Leavenworth. New Orleans. Portland. Kalamazoo. Durant. Baltimore. Boston. Virginia City. 331 Grand St. N. Y. Raleigh. Trenton. St. Johns. Virginia. Plattsmoutb. Nasbua. Clncinnatl. Portland. Philadelpbia. Providence. Cbarleston. N asbville. Houston. Poultney. Richmond. MUwaukee. OIympia. Wbeeling.


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REPRESENTATIVES FROM FOREIGN GRAND LODGE8 NEAR THE GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI.

State. Alabama California Connecticut Canada Colorado Chil1. Delaware Florida : Georgia Iowa Illinois Idaho Kentucky Kansas Louisiana Maine Mississippi.. _ Minnesota Montana ~ New York New Jcrsey New Brunswlck Nebraska New Hampshire North Carolina Nevada Nova Scotia Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania 80uth Carolina Tennessee Texas Washington Terrltory

Name. Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Jno. D. Vincil. Geo. Frank Gouley Wm. N. Loker Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Jno. D. Vincil Martin Collins Geo. Frank Gouley Wm. E. Robinson Thos. E. Garrett Thos. E. Garrett.. Samuel Russell Geo. Frank Gouley Samuel H. Saunders Paris S. Pfouts Jno. W. Luke C. F. Leavitt Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank GOuley B. O. Austin Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Jno. D. Vincil Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Geo. Frank Gouley Jno. B. Maude Geo. Frank Gouley

P08t Office.

St. Louis. 8t. Louis. Columbia. St. Louis. st. Louis. St. Lonis. St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. Columbia. St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. st. Joseph. St. Louis. Otterville. St. Louis. St. Louis. Springfield. St. Louis. St. Louis. 8t. Louis. New Bloomlleld. 8t. Louis. St. Louis. Columbia. St. Louis. 8t. Louis. St. Louis. 8t. Louis. 8t. Louis. 8t. Louis.


GRAND LODGES-ADDRESS OF GRAND SECRETARIES.

Stme. Alabama Arkansas British Columbia California Canada Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Maryland Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Montana Nebraska Nevada New Brunswick New Hampshire New Jersey New York : North Carolina Nova Scotia Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wlacon8in

Name. Daniel Sayre Luke E. Barber H. F. Heisterman A. G. Abell '拢hos. B. Harris Ed. C. Parmlee Jos. K. Wheeler John P. Allmond C. W. Hancock DeWitt C. Dawkins J. Emmet Blackshear H. E. Prickett : Jno. F. Burrill John M. Bramwell Theo. S. Parvin John H. Brown J. M. S. McCorkle Jas. C. Bachelor, M. D Ira Berry Charles H. Titu~ Jacob H. Medairy James Fenton Wm. S. Combs J. L. Power Hez. L. Hosmer Wm. R. Bowen John C. Currie Wm. F. Bunting Abel Hutchins Joseph路H. Hough, M. D James M. Austin, M. D Donald W. Bain Benjamln Curren John D. Caldwell R. P. Earhart John Thomson Chas. D. Greene B. Rush Campbell John Frizzell Geo. H. Bringhurat Chriatopher Diehl.. Henry Clark John Dove, .M. D Thos. M. Reed 0. S. Long George E. Hoskinson,

Address. Montgomery. Little Rock. Victoria. San Francisco. HamiltoD, Ontario. Georgetown. Hartford. Wilmington. Washingtol1. Jacksonville. Macon. Boise City. Springfield. Indianapolis. Iowa City. Leavenworth. Louisville. New Orleans. Portland. Boston. Baltimore. Detroit. St. Paul. Jackson. Virginia CUy. Om~ha.

Virginia. st. Johns. Concord. Trenton. New York. Raleigh. Halifax. Cincinnatl. SaleIn. Philadelphia.. Providencc. Charleston. Nashville. Houston. Salt Lake City. Rutland. Richmond. Olympia. Wheeling. Green Bay.


ANNUAL MEETING IN 1874. ).

The Fifty-fourth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge will be held in St. Louis, commencing at 10 o'clock on the morning of the 13th day of October, 1874.

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TABLE O}' CONTENTS.

A. Address-Annual 11-35 Appeals in 30 days ;.. 21 AtTest ot路 Dispensation............................................................................................ 30 Accounts, Report on......................... 37 Amendments to Constitution 39, 51, 78 Annual Election :........ 48 ApPEALS OF

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Pt'lter A. Jones.......................... Edwin Haudley James E. Wallace D. A. Spicer T. C. Hussey John E. Walt.................................................................................... Duncan Risley...... C. A. Goshen Jno. C. Wiswell........................ Jno. E. Raines ~..... O. H. W. Beall...... Peter Hoag J. G. Sadler Geo. L. Burridge. Francis McFaul...... Jas. H. Anderson.................. Ed. A. Barrows ;.. Hiram W. Harper y ................................................................................ H. L. Jones.......................................................................................................... W. M. Dameron ~.......................... Geo. H. Leach : Amos Baker Jno. Carson........................... D. E. zemerlee ,...... S. H. Donohoe :. B. S. Poe Samnel J. Day : Jno. T. Chapman...... Jno. D. Jump................................................... T. J. Hoskinson R. H. Mason........................................................................................................ J. R. Browne Appointments..........................................

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B. By-Laws of Subordinates Bolivar Lodge, property of......... Beall, O. H. W. Burridge, Geo. L............. Barrows, Ed. A...... Baker, Amos................................................ Browne, J. R.

31, 41 37 56 57 58 59 fJ7

c. Credentials :......................................................................... 4 Closing the Lodge..: ~......... 14 Charity Fund............................................................................................................ 19 Committees Appointed 28, 36 Charters Surrendered...... 30 Courtesies............ 32

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D. Decisions (see Report on Jurisprudence) Dispensations issued District Deputy Grand Masters Reports........................ Dispensations refused...... District Deputy Grand Master, resigned...... Displacement of Masters.................. Dedication of new Halls Duplicate Returns Districts, Changes in........................................................... Dameron, W. M........................................................ Donohoe, S. R.................................... Day, Samuel .r..................................................................................

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E. Eligibility for W. M............................................................ Emergent Work : Exemplification of Work Election, Annual Ewalt, Jno........................................................................... Expulsions

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F. Funerals 18, 19, 20, 61 Foreign Certificates............ . 22 Foreign Representatives......................................................................................... 73

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G. Grand Lecturer's Report Grievance Goshen, C. A.............................. Grand Lecturer, Pay of

32, 41 . 51 55 69

H. Handley. EdwIn Hussey, T. C........................ Hoag. Peter.. Harper, H. W Hoskinson, T. J............................

52 54 57 58 61

1. Illegally Made........................................................................................................... 21 Illinois....................................................................................................................... 30 Installation............................................................................................................... 74 Jewels, Donation of: 87 Jones, P. A : 52 Jones. H. L :............................................................................ 59 Jump, John D...... 61 JurIsdiction 20, 21 Jurisprudence 13.32.62

L. Lawful Information................................................... Lodges U. D I.Jodges Under Charges............................................................... Lodge Removals......

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M. Muir, W. D., Death of........................ MasonIc Hall ; Masters, Removal of Mutual Benefit SocIety Memphis Relief..: Macon Lodge, No. 106 McFaul. Francis..................... Mason. R. H.................. Meridian Lodge Dues......

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Past Master's Degree............... Physical Q,ualifications.......... . Printed Proceedings are Official............................................................................. Portraits.................................................................................................. Poe, B:S Pay of Grand Lecturer Printing Proceedings...............................................................................................

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R. Report on Credentials :............ 5 Ryland, John F., Death of........................ 12 Rejected Petitions 14, 15 Restoration on AppeaL........ 20 Removal of Lodges............... 27 Report on Annual AddTess............................ 35 Reports of Grand Treasurer and Secretary 36. 81 Report on Chartered Lodges...... 37 Report on Accounts 39 Report on Unfinished Business............ 40 Report on Grand Lecturer 41 Report on By-Laws.......................................... 41 Report on Lodges U. D 49 Report on Grievance :....... 51 Risley Duncan 54 Raines, John E......................................................................................................... 56 Report on Jurisprudence, (see Grand Master's Decisions )...... 62 Restoration before Appeal. :. 67 Report on Suspended Masters...... 67 Report on Ways and Means 69 Report on Cbarity 71 Report of Grand Orator...... 72 Report of Boards of Relief 82, 83 Report on Correspondence App. 1 Report of Grand Lecturer App. 115 Report of District Lecturer " App. 117 Report of Grand Secretary App. 120

s. Summons St. John's Days......................................................................................................... S. W., Rights of...... .Specific Grand Lodges............................................................... Surrender of Charters...... Spicer. D. A....... Sadler, J. G................................................................................................................ Status of Expelled and Suspended Masons........................................................... Suspended Masters................................................................................................... Suspensions

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T. Trials Tucker. M. M .• death Transportation Thanks

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1873 Proceedings - Grand Lodge of Missouri  

18'18. • A. F. AND A. M. SAINTLOUIS: ST. LOUIS, OCT. 14, A. D. 1873; A L. 5873. 1873. HUGH R. HILDRETH, PRINTER &amp; STATIONER, 126 OLIVEST...

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