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TOLMAN W. COTTON VAN BUREN, MO.

GRAND MASTER, 1914-1915


BIOGRAPHICAL: TOLMAN WHITE COTTON, GRAND'MASTER, 1914-1915.

Down in Southeast Missouri, near the Arkansas line, on the 'banks of the clear and swift-running stream, the Current, across the river from the little railroad station of Chicopee, lies Van Buren, a town of some 450 souls, the county seat of Carter County, the smallest of our 114 counties in population, and among the smallest in area. And yet, small as is the town and the county, there is in Van Buren, and has been for many years, one of the largest and best Masonic Lodges in that section of the State, and one of the brightest anywhere, a veritable School of Prophets, for from its Halls have gone out more District Deputies and District Lecturers ,than from any other Lodge in the State. Much of this is owing to the untiring energy an.d unflagging zeai as well as the high social and professional standing of our beloved Grand Master, who has been a member of this Lodge and a citizen of Van Buren for the past twenty-five years. Tolman White Cotton, son of Smith W. and Mary Ann (Barnes) Cotton, is of Scotch-Irish descent, that sturdy stock from which has sprung so many of America's distinguished, influential and leading scholars, statesmen and soldiers. Early in the nineteenth century we learn of his ancestors in Tennessee, and about 1844 we find a younger generation coming westward, fo!lowing the trail in ox wagons till they reached the woods of Reynolds County, then a part of Ripley. There they settled, and there on a farm on August 12th, 1868, Grand Master Cotton 'was born. He grew up a farmer's boy, working on the farm during crop season and attending the public district school in the autumn and early winter till he was seventeen. But he was not content with this. Holding steadily before him the noble incentive of a useful and honored life, he resolved to acquire, by an industrious use of his time and his faculties, a higher education. So before he was eighteen we find him teaching a rural school and continuing to teach seven terms in all, thereby earning the money on which to attend college during the winter. When seventeen he entered Carleton College at Farmington, Mo., in which institution he was a student for three years; this, with one year spent in Concordia College, Gravelton, Mo., completed his'collegiate education.


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He had now reached his majority and was eagerly" looking forward to the time when he could enter upon the study of his chosen profession, that of medicine. In order to become proficient in his life work, he first became a medical student in 1890, in which year he also left Reynolds' County and moved to Van Buren. In 1893 he graduated from the Beaumont Hospital College in St. Louis. He then began the active practice of medicine, but did not cease its study, a portion of each year being spent in the larger cities of our country-Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and New York-and, in order to more completely perfect himself, in 1904 and路 1905 he visited some of the largest medical institutions of Europe. And, although he has ever since been and now is in active practice, he has never failed or refused to apply his knowledge to the discharge of his duties as a good citizen in the community in which he lives, and to this end he has been Health Officer of his county for several years, and in that capacity has materially improved the sanitary conditions of its towns and school districts, ever bearing in mind the welfare of the pupils and their parents. He consequently stands high in his profession, has the confidence and love of those who know him best. He has been President of the Carter-Shannon and the South East Missouri Medical Associations. He. is also a member of the South West MissouriMedical Association, the Missouri State Medical Association, of which he is Councillor for ihe 24th District, and the American Medical Association. In 1895 he married Miss June Lee of Van Buren. To them have been born three children, two daughters, Gladys, seventeen, Thelma, fifteen, and one son, Stanley, twelve years old: But our Grand Master, although he desired to become an eminent physician, had other desires as well. He greatly desired when a boy to be a Freemason and had determined at the very first opportunity to knock at the door of that most ancient and honorable of all fraternities. So on August 5th, 1889, seven days before he was of age, his petition for the degrees was presented to Barnesville Lodge, then No. 455, at Ellington, Mo. He was elected September 7th, 1889, and was initiated the same evening. He was passed October 5th and raised November 2nd, 1889. -Having moved to Van Buren, he affiliated with Van Buren Lodge, No. 509, in 1890, and there his me.mbership has since remained. He was first elected Worshipful Master in 1894. He has served his Lodge as Master, in all, nine -different terms, the last term being for the year 1911.


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He received the Capitular Degrees in St. Louis R. A. Chapter, No.8, in ]892. He passed the Circle in Cape Council, No. 20, at Cape Girardeau in 1894. He was Knighted in Cape Girardeau Commandery, No. 55, in 1895. He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in the Bodies at St. Louis in 1899. He became a member of Moolah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., also in St. Louis, Mo. He retains his membersh'ip in each of the above-named bodies. In 1894 he was appointed by M. W. Bro. Harry Keene D. D. G. M. of the old 45th District, now the 47th, composed of the counties of Carter, Reynolds and Shannon, which position he continued to hold by successive reappointments until the meeting of the Grand Lodge in 1907. In 1907 he was appointed by M. W. Bro. Short, Grand Marshal and was thereafter regularly advanced in line, being elected Grand Master in 1914. The 'love of our distinguished Brother for Freemasonry has never waned, but has continued to grow more and more as he bas advanced in years. -He has given much of bis time to the teaching, not only of the ritual, but also of that beautiful system of morals which it veils in allegory and illustrates by symbols. He is of a conservat,ive make-up, genial in disposition, somewhat retiring by nature, not prone to push himself forward, yet, withal, positive in his beliefs and ready to stand by them should occasion demand. Such men al ways find a place and a welcome in the Grand Lodge, and we hope his life may be spared, and that we may enjoy his presence and companionship for .many years to come. D. M. WILSON.


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Prelintinary Exercises EXERCISES PRELIMINARY TO OPENING.

Prior to the formal opening of the Grand Lodge, Moolah Orchestra of about forty pieces, under direction of Brother Henry J. Falkenhainer, with t~e children of the Masonic Home of Missouri, occupied the stage and delightfully entertained the Brethren with the f~llowing well-arranged and splendidly rendered program: I

"Poet and Peasant';, by Moolah Orchestra..

II. . Piano Prelude and song, "The Blue Danube", by childr.en of the Home, under direction of the Matron, Mrs. Baker, and Mrs. May C. Stevenson, Matron of the old people of the Home. For an encore,the children sang "Barcarolle" from Tales from Hoffman, "Oh, Night ~f Love.'"

III. "The Hope March" with eight violins and piano accompaniment, by the children of the Home, directed by Bro. Falkenhainer, leader of Moolah Orchestra. '

IV. Selection, "Chin Chin", by Moolah Orchestra. V.

Solo, "There's No Place Like Home", by Mrs. May C. Stevenson, the children of the Home joining in the chorus. For an encore, Mrs. Stevenson sang "Do Not Wait." VI. "The Star Spangled Banner", played by Moolah Orchestra and 'lung by the children of the Home, standing.


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APPRECIATION EXPRESSED BY GRAND MASTER.

Grand Master Cotton then spoke as follows: Ladies and Gentlemen, Brethren and Children of the Home:

We are very glad to have you with us this morning. We have greatly enjoyed the music of the Orchestra and of the children. We almost forgot, as we sat and li\3tened to the beautiful strains, that we have work before us. We could listen all day to such music. When we see the children and know that they are members of Our Home family and observe the musical talent that is being developed through the efforts of the members of this splendid Orchestra, who are giving their time and att!lntion to those little ones without charge, we are profoundly grateful. We thank you for your presence this morning. (Applause; children retire.)

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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE

NINETY-FIFTH ANNUAL COMMUNICATION

OF THE

GRAND LODGE ANCIENT FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF THE

STATE OF MISSOURI

HELD IN ST. LOUIS

COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 28, A. D., 1915, A. L. 5915


OFFICIAL P.ROCEEDINGS OF THE

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ANCIENT FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS '. OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI The Ninety-fifth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge 6f Ancient Free and Accepted J\1asons of the State of Missouri convened at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 'Seventeenth and. Locust streets, St. LouIs, Missouri,September 28, 191 S, aI.IO· o'clock A. M. . .

PRESENT. TOLMAN W. COTTON · : _~1. W.Grand Master FRANK R. JESSE .. : : .. R. W: DCIJuty Grand'Master' EDWARD HIGBEE R. W. q-rand Senior Warde;;':" WM. A. CLARK R. W. Grand Junior War,den ALPHONSO C. STEWART .R. W. Grand Treasurer' JOHN H. PARSON. o. oR. W. Grand Secretary J. R.' McLACHLAN :. R. W. Grand Lecturer JOHN H.~ MILLER ; R. W.Grana Ohaplain JAMES M. BOON R. W. Grand Ohaplain' JOHN W. BINGHAM. R. W. 'Grand Senior Deacon JULIUS C. GARRELL R. Wo Grand Junior-Deacon WM. F. JOHNSON. R. W.Grand Seniorl::tewatd O. A. LUCAS .....................•... R. W. Grand J1mior Steward BERT S. LEE R. W. Grand Marshal' ORESTES MITCHELL Ro W. Grand Bword Bearer' AUSTIN L. McRAE ; R. Wo Grand Pursuivant, WM. J. WILLIAMSON ILWo Grand Orator HARRY A. KRUEGER•... R. W. Grand Tiler o'

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OPENING. At 10 :15 o'clock A. M. the l\1ost Worshipful Grand Lodge, Ancient Fre~ and Accepted l\1asons of the State of l\1issouri, was opened in Ample Form by 'Most \t\Torshipful Grand l\1aster Tolman W. Cotton, aided by the other Grand Officers. Qrgan recital by Grand Organist Brother Otto \Vad,e Fallert. Opening Ode, "Genius of :Masonry," sung by the Brethren. Divine blessing and guidance was invoked by Right Worshipful and Rev. Brother John H. Miller, Grand Chaplain, which was ordered p~inted in the proceedings: PRAYER. God of all grace, Creator of all races of mankind, Dispenser of all blessings and, benefits, we approach Thy throne in all humility. In confusion and embarrassment. we implore Thy pity and compassion. The whole world lies stricken, wounded and bleeding before Thee, and we pray for Thy forgiveness for the frailties, passions and ambitions which have cause~ nation after nation to plunge into strife, contention and warfare. Let the day soon come, 0, Merciful Redeemer of Mankind, when righteousness will prevail among all men, when justice will rule supreme in all lands, when Thy law will be obeyed by all who govern and by all who are governed, when every man will have his right and due, whether ruler or ruled, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, saint or sinner. We believe in Thy Word, the Holy Bible, the Great Light by which we are guided, and our petition to Thee to-day is that Thou wilt give such direction to the affairs of men that the tea;chings of this Book may lead to the uplift of humanity. Help us, as Freemasons, to contribute our influence and labors toward this erid, we pray Thee. We come not to Thee, neither do we present ourselves to the world, with blare of trumpets, or blast of bugles, or beat of drums, or flash of swords, or roar of cannons, or rattle of musketry; but with the gentle voice of love-love for Thee and love for our fellowmen. Our only plea is that we may be permitted to live in peace with all mankind and be able to induce all others to live after such a manner that they may enjoy the same blessings we. enjoy.


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We thank Thee for the deep-rooted influence of the spirit of Freemasonry in the underlying principles of our own beloved land. We beseech Thee to safeguard these precious rights which have come to us as the heritage of hopes and prayers and lofty ambitions. For our own Grand Jurisdiction, holding, .as it does, all that we hold dear in life, we implore Thy blessing. Upon our Grand Master and all he stands fOt:, upon all of our Grand Officers, upon all of our subordinate Lodges, upon our Masonic Home and its inmates, upon all our loved ones may Thy blessing come quietly and gently as the light of day comes to the mountains high and the valleys low, and our hearts will sing songs of rejoicing to Thy praise forever and ever. Amen.

CREDENTIAL.S. The Committee· on Credentials made the following partial report: To the Most Worshipful Grand I,odge, A~ F. and A. M., of Missouri:

Your Committee on Credentials has the honor to report that a majority of the Lodges are now represented. Rspectfully submitted, COMMITTEE.

A. Constitutional number' of Lodges being represented, :M. W. Grand :Master Cotton declared the Grand Lodge duly open and ready for the transaction of all business. MAYOR OF ST. LOUIS INTRODUCED. By the Grand Master:

Brethren, as we gather this mornipg in this great city, the largo est and the metropolis of a great State, a city which leads the· whole United States in the manufacture of shoes, in the manufacture of ~arthenware, in the manufacture of box cars, in the ~ale of hardware, in the manufacture of tobacco, as well as many other things, and it leads tlie United States in many· branches as a jobbing centre. It is a great city of a great State, and we are pleased· to have· with us the Honorable Mayor of the City to address you this morning. I. have the distinguished honor' of introducing- to 'you- Brother Henry W. ,Kiel, Mayor of St. Louis. (Applause.-)


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Brother KieI, Mayor of St. Louis, in welcoming the Grand Lodge to St. Louis, spoke as follows:' Most Worshipful Grand Master and Brethren:

I deem it a great .privilege to be here with you this morning. After listening to the strains ,of that beautiful music and he.aripg the voices of those sweet-fac~d children, I ,feel that I. am amply repaid for setting aside some of my official duties and .coming here this morning and extending to you a welcome to our city.

Too much credit cannot be given to those who have in charge the care and custody and the moral and physical needs of the little ones who sat in these' 'fl;ont seats this morning. I felt a great wllrmth in, my heart when I came bere and witnessed this inspiring scene, and I cannot find words to express myself in such a manner as to give those who are interested in this work the proper credit, because'it is this work that appeals to every good citizen, and it was most pleasing to be here and to hear them siIig and, to see their kindly, happy and beautiful faces.

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Now, Brethren, to welcome you all the City of St. Louis is another' gr~atpleasure. 'Ve who live here appreciate what we have. The Grand Master has said that we lead in a great many things. We are very proud of them, too. You are going to spend three days here, ,and I hope you路 will take enough time from iyour business affairs to see some of the many beautiful and interesting things that we have to offer. OUf parks and playgrounds rank with any city in the country. We have i;n St.L9uis fi(ty-one s~parate and distinct parks and playgrounds, comprising over three thousand acres. We have in St. Louis the best and most perfect public ,school system.in the world. I say that without fear of contradiction, because people from all. over the country who visit our 'public school institutions pronounce them the best, both from the business standpoint and from the educational feature, and as to its financial administration as a public trust. We feel sure that any. boyar girl who pa'sses through the. public schools of the City of St. Louis, through the grammar school, 'through the' high school arid through the Teachers' College, ,has obtained as praetical 'and as good an education as, could be obtained iil Harvard or Yale Universities. This is' one of the things every trU:e, loyal' S1:. Louisanis yery proud of,and justly so. We have a hundred and forty separate and dist.inct common schools


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in St. Louis and six of the very best high schools in路 the world. I hope that when those who do not live in St. Louis go back to 'families and friends, you will tell them something of what you have learned of what we have to offer; and while here arrange to visit some Of our public schools and judge for yourselves of why we feel l:lO proud of the virtues of our public school system-the best that can be found anywhere-and see for yourselves just what we have, and then judge for yourselves if we ought not to be proud of that condition. Tell them of our beautiful city. If you will drive through the City of St. Louis, you will see iJlore than six hundred miles of splendidly paved streets and boulevards. There are so many other things that we might enumerate, but I am not going to take up your time, because I feel that you know that you are welcome; but I assure you that we are very glad that you are here, and I want you to be glad that you are here; and I want to congratulate you upon selecting St. Louis as your meeting place. I hope that you will come here every year. And we don't want you to have, when you go away from here, any, feeling or thought of antagonism against any citizen of the City of St. Louis or against any of her institutions. Then we know that you will pass the word along, spread the news of the many good things we have here to interest路 and attract you, and we know that you will have a good time, a better time than anywhere else, and you will go away satisfied and revived and impressed with our great city, and you will tell something of this to your neighbors and friends in your own communities and they will then come down here to visit us, and then they will come again and it 'w.on't be long until they will be coming here to live, and then we will have the million population that we have been talking about so long. (Applause.) I see by the newspapers that Cleveland has asked the. United States Government to take the census of that city for the purpose of comparison with some of the other large cit{es. Cleveland has the conceited idea-and I don't blame any citizen of that city for upholding and boost.ing his own home and city and institutions--":I say that Cleveland has the conceited idea that she has passed St. Louis in the number of her population. I differ with Cleveland, and, as I said yesterday, I will be very glad to have St. Louis stand up and be counted. I told them that we didn't fear to be counted; we will'be glad to be counted, for if the United States Government will count us, we know what will happen. And we are proud of the fact, that we have a big city, and we feel that every citizen of St. Louis will be ready to stand up and ans'wer present and you will know


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that there is no occasion to fear comparison with any other city. We have a large city and are proud of it, and we are glad you are here. We want you to feel at home and go where you please, whenever you please, at any possible time, and not be disturbed in any way, and if you should by mistake be restrained, if you will let me know at my home, or telephone to me at the City Hall, you may be assured that I will be there at your service and you need h~ve no fear that you will be confined for any length of time. (Laughter.) But go away and tell the members of your Lodge and friends and business associates and acquaintances what )TOU have seen of the great City of St. Louis; and while here I hope that your work in this Grand Lodge and every other one of your experiences in St. Louis will be entirely agreeable to you. I thank you. (Great applause,) By Grand Maste1' Cotton:

I have requested M. W. Bro. Boyd to respond to the address of welcome by the Mayor. M. Wor. Bro. Boyd responded as follows: Most Worshipful Grand Master, Wardens and Brethren of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri:

On behalf of this Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, on behalf of the officers of the sixty-four thousand Masons of Missouri, and of the six hundred and thirty-four Lodges of Masons, all of which are composed of good and true men, I desire, as I said, in the name-in your name, for you, and on behalf of the Grand Master and all of you and them, to路 thank the Mayor of the City of St. Louis for his hearty welcome to us on this occasion. He didn't say that St. Louis was the fourth city of the United States, bur it is. And I appreciate St. Louis. We all like St. Louis; we are glad to be here. I know of its material prosperity, its wholesale houses, its factories, its railroads, but more and above everything else, I know I can count on the Masonic stuTdiness of its citizenship--(applause.) I am always glad to be with you, glad of the opportunity of saying things iIi favor of St. Louis. We have here in St. Louis, you Masons have, we have, the most beautiful institution in the world,' except one or two, sir. If there is anything in the world, except one or two Homes, that surpasses the Masonic Home out here at 5351 Delmar boulevard, I would like that man or Mason to tell us where it is. And' that beautiful Home with some ninety-odd little boys and girls who sang before you this morning, and who perhaps would have been waifs or castaways but for that Home-or maybe in the slums, maybe on


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the road to perdition. That beautiful Home, sustained by the galaxy of sixty-foui' thousand Masons, and each contributes but small material sums for its maintenance. But here is what I want to say to you, Brethren, in response to this beau tiful address of welcome: I wish to speak of St. Louis and her citizenship, of her mer.chants and of her Masons, and the Lodges that appreciate the fact that the Masonic Home is located here. I might not be telling the Honorable Mayor of St. Louis anything that is a secret, but I want to tell you that they have been a power for good, these Masons and citizens-I want to tell you that when we go around to buy provisions, clothes, shoes and everything we buy here, the merchants of St. Louis treat the Home with the utmost kindness and appreciation and sell us the goods at prices that are lower than they do sometimes to the retail merchants here in town. (Applause and cheers.) Not only that, I want to say another thing while I am talking in favor of St. Louis, expressing my appreciation and the appreciation of the Grand Lodge for these thIngs: There are twenty-eight Lodges of Masons here in this city and two Lodges Under Dispensation-th~t right? And there are here twelve thousand eight hundred Masons right here in St. Louis, all good and true men-and you are one of them, sir (to the Mayor)-I don't omit anyone present. And I am glad that you are. Every man of you. and every Lodge of them willing to aid this beautiful institution and Masonic Home. r never make a speech or a response or anything else, but I want ' to talk about the Masonic Home a little-I can't help but do that. Two hundred and fifty people there. And these Brethren whose feet are stepping down to the brink of the darl{ river over which we all must pass sooner or later-they are there. No place to go, no person to take care of them, except you and me. Then there are the sick in the Hospital 'there. Isn't that a grand work? When路 you-when this Grand Lodge met in St. Joseph in their Annual Communication there, you passed a resolution that was offered through Brother Kuhn authorizing and directing the Board to build a Hospital. We didn't have a dollar to do it with, but it came! Immediately after that Resolution was passed, and the Masons of Missouri went away to their homes, one way and another, without any hardship, the thing ,vent through; the money was ,given. Just a little stipend from each, and we built the H,ospital. And then a little later you went to work and built the new Administration Building. You built it and it stands there now, the new building, and it is done; and you are going out there this afternoon to see it.


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I thought I had talked about the Home for half an hour, but I find that it is only n.ine minutes. I want to tell you a little secret about it now: That new building is elegantly furnished. There is a rug there that is the largest that has ever been brought into the United States, so they will tell you. There is elegant furniture there -and you didn't pay a nickel for it. Now, don't you go out there and say that the Grand Master and the Board of Directors have been extravagant, for they didn't pay one' single nickel for all of that beautiful furniture in the new building out there. But the ladies -God bless them (applause)-the Order of the Eastern Star; they can't be in here-they are not of the right gender. (Laughter.) But their heart and soul is with that beautiful institution, and when you feel it a burden to pay seventy-five cents or one dollar. or one dollar-and-a-quarter a year for the maintenance of the Home, remember what I say-remember the ladies of. the Eastern Star paid not only for furnishing the Hospital, but also an additional twelve thousand dollars to furnish the Administration Building, and they paid it all, every dime of it.. . Now, Brethren, we all appreciate St. Louis. \!Ve appreciate her kindness and her courtesies and her generosities to the Home, and I want to say, before I close this short extemporaneous addressmade unexpectedly and without two minutes' notice-that I hope St. Louis will prosper to-day and to-morrow and forever and ever. (Great applause.)

ADDRESS OF THE GRAND MASTER. The J\tIost W9rshipful Grand :Master, Tolman VV. Cotton, presented and read the following Annual Address, which was referred to the usual committee, composed 'of all the Past Grand l\.fasters present, with M. VV. Bro. Xenophon Ryland, Chairman: To the Members of the (hand Lodge of Missouri:

Brethren: We have gathered in the ninety-fifth annual session of this Grand Lodge and as we view in the refrospect the past twelve months, we are reminded that it has been a most eventfuI,year in the world's history. With the greatest human conflict of the ages raging across the Atlantic, on our north soldiers with war equipment ~obilizing for the battle front, while our sister republic on the south is torn with revolutions, her government chaotic and her people in want, we can all the more appreciate the blessedness of


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peace and with thankful hearts praise Almighty God that our nation has been spa.red the ravages of war. Let us hope that this Qovernment may possess that "righteousness that exalteth a nation". You come as the accredited delegates from every county in a great State and representing nearly sixty-four thousand of her very best citizenship. We feel that the moral worth of this vast assemblage, whose tenets are "brotherly love, relief and truth", is equaled only by the high purposes of Freemasonry, and in bidding you a most fraternal welcome I am impressed with the great honor received at your hands one year ago and made conscious of my own unworthiness. In recognition of our dependence wholly on a Gracious Providence and the necessity for Divine guidance in our deliberations that we may formulate plans by which t.o go on and on to better things, let us pause for a moment while we bow our heads in silent prayer. The "Scythe of Time" has dealt gently with our official family, yet when we look over this large audience, beholding many familiar faces and some with whom we have not had the pleasure of former a.cquaintance, we can but say, "Alas! Alas! We are not a.ll here". It is my sad duty to report that in the list of these who are missing is the name of Rt. Wor. Bro. Geo. H. Pike, D. D. G. M., Thirty-second District. We received the message announcing his death when on the way to attend the annual meeting of the Grand Chapter R. A. M., at路 Joplin, and M. W. Bro. Wm. A. Hall, of St. Louis, kindly consented to attend the funeral in our stead. With our fallen comrades his death will have appropriate mention by the Committee on Necrology. Bro. Pike had served as D. D. G. M. of his district since 1906, and in honor to his memory we made no appointment of a successor. On January 13th, 1915, Clifford C. Baker, one of the most lovable men we have ever met, passed to the Great Beyond. He had been Superintendent of the Home for several years and was a favorite with the Home family, both old and young. The institution has suffered great loss in his death. "Freemasonry is a progressive science", a growth, a development; indicating that each administration should leave us on a little higher ground, one step nearer perfection. Hoping to aid the new officers of Lodges to accomplish this w'e issued the following letter which we were pleased to learn, was kindly received, and further gratified that a number of the Lodges distributed a reprint to their membership:


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Van Buren, Mo., January 2, 1915. To the Worshipful Masters, Wardens and Brethren of Missouri, Greeting:

Recent elections having named new officers in most of our Lodges, who are to dire~t the "Masonic Ship of State" for the ens~路 ing year, it is fitting that "we reason together", considering ways and means for better service. FinancialThere is a business side to Freemasonry which is essential to wholesome activity and progress. Section 146, Grand Lodge ByLaws, requires that Lodge dues shall be paid annually in advance; yet the 1914 Proceedings disclose the lamentable fact that there were nea~ly fifty thousand dollars outstanding dues in the State on the 30th day of June, 1914, which stands as a rebuke to official negligence or incompetence in Secretaries and indifference of Masters. A Lodge depleted in its treasury is liable to be restricted in its charity. Prompt collection of dues will' provide your Lodge with necessary funds to meet running expenses, enable your Secretary to make returns to the Grand Secretary on time, thus insuring mileage and per diem to your Representative to the Grand Lodge, place you in position to answer calls from the poor and distressed, and last, but not least, your report will show fewer suspensions for non-payment. Many members will pay dues of one year who will be suspended for an accumulations of three years. If you,r Lodge belongs to the tardy group, let us begin the new year right by getting right with Grand Lodge requirements on dues. District Deputy Grand Masters will please investigate and report non-compliance. Investigating CommitteeService on Committees of Investigation is a matter of the greatest importance to Freemasonry 'as well as to the individual Lodge. With this committee rest largely our safeguards against imposition by the admittance of the unworthy. Unless the membership happens to be personally acquainted with the applicant, they rely,perhaps wholly, on the rep9rt of tbe committee named especially for tbis purpose; if from neglect to properly investigate, this report fails to supply correct and reliable information, the unfit may be admitted to embarrass and humiliate the Lodge and to the detriment of the Fraternity. Hoping to increase the efficiency of this report, and especially for the guidance of young members who are often assigned to this duty, we suggest the following:


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Has the applicant resided in Missouri twelve months and in the jurisdiction of the Lodge six months? Is he mentally and physically qualified and of proper age? Is he strictly' honest and truthful? Is he addicted to the intemperate use of intoxicating liquors. Does he gamble? What is the character of his company and associates? Does he habitually use 'profane or indecent language? Has he licentious or immoral habits? Is he a law-abiding citizen? Do you consider him suitable material for "A Beautiful System , of Morals"?

TemperanceYour attention is respectfully and particularly invited to that portion of my Worthy Predecessor's Address, which refers "to the excessive use of intoxicating'liquors" in our ranks as a "monstrous evil". Temperance stands first of our "Card)nal Virtues""Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget, lest we forget." GamblingThere are those who have their names enrolled on our Lodge books who sometimes so far forget themselves as "Living examples ofa 'Beautiful System of Morals' " as to gather around a card table in some secluded spot for gambling purposes. "Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there." ProfanityWe can sympathize with the man who has failed in the performance of some important duty; 'we can appreciate why men might become intemperate in the use of intoxicating liquors; we can under路 stand why men will gamble for money, but we can not understand why 'a man who has been "raised" to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, and who has been taught "Never to mention God's name but with that reverential awe which is due from a creature to his Creator", can habitually and wilfully profane the sacred name of Deity.


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In conclusion, brethren, let us remember, that the, order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons is judged, in every community, not by its beautiful teachings, but by the lives and influence of itsmembers, and that we as its custodians will some time each of us hear, "So shall the judgment be, .thyself hath decided it". That you, both severally and collectively, may enjoy. in full measure, or even a double portion, of life's blessings, and that the teachings of Him "who was set as a Plumbline in Israel" may find expression in your daily lives, is the sincere wish of Your humble servant, TOLMAN W. COTTON, Grand Master. Attest: JOHN R. PARSON, Grand Secretary. The W. M. will please kindly have this read in open Lodge the first meeting af~er its receipt. STATE CAPITOL CORNER STONE. On June 24th, assisted by the other Grand Lodge officers and several Past Grand Masters, with the Grand Comrnandery, Knights Ternplar, as escort, we laid the two-ton corner stone of the new three and a half millon dollar State Capitol, in the presence of "the largest assemblage in the history of Jefferson City". This gathering, variously estimated at from ten to twelve thousand representative Missourians from all parts of the State, was truly a great a'ssemblage of people representing a great State. After the formal opening of the Grand Lodge, Worshipful Bro. Thad B. Landon, Master of Temple Lodge No. 299, of Kansas City, addressed the Grand Lodge as follows: "The laying of the corner stone of the new State Capitol Building by this Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri is the greatest Masonic event of th'e year. Among the necessary implements for use in this great and important undertaking is the gavel, and Temple Lodge No. 299, of Kansas City, considers it a high privilege and great honor topres,ent to this Most WOl,'shipful Grand Lodge of Missouri the gavel for the use of the Most Worshipful Grand Master in this cerem'ony and for the permanent archives of this venerable institution. "This gavel is made from the heart of the tusk, and it is presented to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge by the 'membership of


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Temple Longe No. 299 with their heartfelt good will and well wishes." Response from the chair: "It sometimes occurs that when a child has grown up to full maturity and with strength has acquired wealth and influence, that it forgets in a measure the home of its childhood and even the mother that brought it into existence. Not so with the lusty offspring of the Grand Lodge over in Kansas City, WHich, while not the first born, still is the largest of her six hundred thirty-five children, coming back today brings this splendid memento of fiJial love and affecti(;m as a token <;If her unswerving loyalty and devotion to her mother. "There is a scripture that says 'Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God hath given thee'. May its fulfillment come to Temple Lodge, iiDd not only in that her days may be long onthe earth, but that her usefulness may be multiplied .with length of days and that this Grand Lodge may long enjoy that.pecular satisfaction that comes only to a doting. parent .as she beholds .her offspring achieving brilliant sueces-ses.". After the ceremonies of laying .the corner stone we. were delightfully entertained with orations by Grand Orator, Rt. Wor. Bro.' Elliott W. Major, Governor. of Missouri, and Judge Henry Lamm of the Supreme Court.

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES. Vacancies having occurred in the position of Representatives appointed by other Grand Lodges near the Grand Lodge of Missou~i, they were filled as follows: New York, M. W. Brother John R. Parson, of St. Louis, a native New Yorker. . Idaho, Rt. Wor. Brother Carl A. Swenson, Mountain Grove. . There be'ing a vacancy in the office of Representative of the Grand Lodge of' Missouri near the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, on t.he recommendation of the Grand Master of Wisconsin, M. \V. Brother Geo. O. Kellogg, I appointed Rt. War. Charles E. George, Past Grand Senior Warden, to fill the vacancy. ANNUAL DUES. For purposes of comparison with reference to annual dues we have divided the lodges into three groups, approximately correct:


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1, paying annual dues $3.50 or more, 155 lodges. 2, paying $3.00, 250 lodges. 3, paying less than $3.00, 230 lodges. latter group 104 pay $2.00, fifteen $1.50, and eight $1.25.

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dues. During the year we have received from lodges in sister Grand Jurisdictions a number of bills and sometimes complaints against our own lodges caused by members who, while sojourning elsewhere, have fallen ill, death often resulting, without money to meet necessary or even urgent needs and therefore thrust on charity. In our reported cases the Masonic Fraternity has responded loyally and when the home lodge was without sufficient m'eans, has borne a large portion of such expense. One instance where above conditions prevailed, the assisting lodge was paying an annual dues of five dollars while the assisted 'lodge was paying two. It does not require a very long stretch of the imagination to see how a lodge paying an annual dues of only two -dollars, possibly paying the . special assessment for the Home Improvement out of this, then the Grand Lodge dues, one dollar and a quarter, would likely be so poverty stricken that contemplated Masonic relief would' have to be furnished by others if at all. In our opinion the annual" dues in this Grand Jurisdiction should not be less than three dollars per year for all lodges, which regulation would -effect only about , two hundred and thirty lodges. ' While we have no desire to attempt placing a cash value on Masonic membership, yet we believe that every Master Mason should appreciate the privilege of relieving distress SUfficiently to provide the necessary means. DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS. Soon after the session of last Grand Lodge we appointed and commissioned a District Deputy Grand Master for 'each of the fiftynine Masonic districts. We have had occasion to 'call on. all these brethren for special service and are convinced that a more honorable, enthusiastic and self-sacrificing body of gentlemen would be difficult to find; they are so necessary as to be almost indispensable to the Grand Master. They are 'Y0rthy the commendation of this Grand Lodge. JOHN R. PARSON. For the tenth consecutive year' the Grand Secretary, Most Wor-

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shipful Brother John R. Parson, has succeeded in getting returns and Grand Lodge dues from every lodge in the State. There is positively no use for "would-be derelict lodge officers" to try to avoid making report; he doesn't "camp on the trail", he simply keeps up the chase, without camping, till the game is bagged. We haye noticed somewhere a statement to the ~ffect that a resolution had been suggested asking that a certain Grand Secretary remain at his' office longer than he \\'as doing; if we were to suggest a resolution regarding the work of our Grand Secretary, it would be that he "layoff" on Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. SPECIFIC STATUTES. One Master addressed me inquiring whether there is a specific statute prohibiting adultery. I answer that "A Beautiful System of Morals" needs no "Specific Statutes" on practices that are positively immoral. The foundation principles on which the Order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons rests, stand as a protest to libertinism and debauchery, while that Great Light in Freemasonry, which adorns the altar of every Masonic Lodge, will enlighten those who feel that a specific statute is needful to clarify this subject. CECIL LODGE No. 595. In aceordance with the recommendation of the Committee on Chartered Lodges I requested my District Deputy, Rt. Wor. Brother Adams, of the Fifty-first District, to make an investigation of Cecil Lodge, and this investigation disclosed the fact that Cecil Lodge No. 595 had held no meeting for eighteen months and had therefore forfeited its charter under Section 61, Grand Lodge By-Laws, which provides that: "A lodge forfeits its charter when it fails to meet for twelve months; and labor cannot be resumed unless by authority of the Grand Lodge." I directed that the charter; books, seal, jewels, etc., be sent to the Grand Secretary's office to await the action of the Grand Lodge. THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION. On February 21-23, we had the honor of attending the annual meeting of this association held with Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, Alexandria, Virginia. The object of this association is to erect at Alexandria a Temple as a memorial to Washington, the Mason. This Temple to cost not less than half a million dollars, with an endowment fund sufficient to maintain it. Alexandria-


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Washington Lodge has relics of Washington valued at more than a million dollars, which it 'bas generously agreed to donate to the association. For an exhaustive and splendid description of these mementos, we refer to the report of the special committee on this subject, page 121, Proceedings, 1914. We believe that. this is a very deserving and commendable undertaking, designed to commemorate the memory of possibly the greatest Masonic character of modern history and should have further assistance from this Grand Jurisdiction; however, since \"8 have been' completing and equipping our Home 'under a special assessment it occurred to us that it would be inexpedient to urge at this time the consideration of the matter. PERMANENT QUARTERS FOR GRAND SECRETARY. There is a sentiment among some of the Craft that the Grand Secretary's offiCe, where are kept the records, books and various papers, invaluable to this Grand Lodge, should be located in a modern and strictly fireproof building. Two plans have been suggested, both of which contemplate ovmership instead of renting. One, is the co-operation with the various Masonic bodies of St. Louis in the building of their proposed Temple, which is to be a magnificent building and amply sufficient for all Masonic purposes, by which it is believed that there could be provided at moderate cost a large hall for sessions of the Grand Lodge, with committee rooms adjacent, also a suite of rooms with space enough to meet all the requirements of the Grand Secretary. With the St. Louis brethren this enterprise has been taking form for several months and there has been pledged already the sum of three hundred and five thousand dollars, a large per cent of which is, we are informed, available at this time. The other suggestion is that the Grand Lodge business which goes through the Grand Secretary's office should have its permanent headquarters on the Masonic Home grounds, using rooms in one of the present buildings of the New Administration Building temporarily, and later to erect a suitable building on the grounds or to erect the permanent building at once, thus saving the rental which would in time wholly replace the outlay. Again, those visiting the Grand Secretary's office would find it convenient to also visit the Home, thus cementing a warmer friendship between the Craft and the Home, to the mutual advantage of all.


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CONSOLIDATION OF LODGES.

Two .lodges, Tranquillity, No. 275, and Cambridge, No'. 63, have consolidit'ed' undeI: the name of Cambridge Lodge No. 63.. With better roads and the extensive use of automobiles, making a distance o(:ten or fiftee'n miles a matter of minutes now, while formerly it; was one of hours with. discomfort, the question of consolidation should appeal to many of the weaker lodges that are under present conditions, not only inactive, but some are even struggling for. existence. CONDITION OF 'THE CRAFT. The year 1914-1915 has shown an increase in membership in the State of 2,444, considering disturbed financial conditions, with drouth last season. and floods this, the increase is indicative of decided activity among the lodges and J?umerical strength; but a more significant report and coming from nearly every district, is that a marked improvement has been made in the moral fiber of the membership, a better understanding of the principles of Freemasonry and a more faithful observance of its teachings. It is Masonically important for us to remember that quality means more than quantity. Freemasonry is a great organized manhood with a purpose, this purpose is service. "Never in history has there been greater need for service and never has Freemasonry in Missouri been so able to render service as n0w." LAYING CORNER STONES. Dispensations were granted for laying corner stones as fo~lows: High School Building at Hornersville, October 24th, 1914; Virgil P. Adams, D. D. G. 1\1., Fifty-first District. Public Library Building at Bolivar; October~26th, 1914; Joe W. Gr.avely, D. D. G. M., Fprty-first District. Christian Church at Rush Hill, Noyember 2nd, 1914; S. P. Cunningham, D. D. G. M., Twenty-seventh District. Masonic Temple, Bridgeton Lodge No. 80, April 17th, 1915; Jacob Lampert, P. G. M.


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High School Building at Blairstown, July 16th, 1915; Hale Montgomery, D. D. G. M., Thirty-seventh District. First Baptist Church at Charleston, August 12th, 1915; Jas. A. Boone, D. D. G. M., Fiftieth District. High School Building at Cardwell, August 25th, 1915; Virgil P. Adams, D. D. G. M., Fifty-first District. . School Building at Appleton City, September 13th, 1915; C. H. Briggs, P. G. M. Christian Church at Mt. Vernon, September 22nd, 1915; H. P. Sons, D. D. G. M., Fifty-fifth District.' Laid by the Grand Master. Christian Church at Sikeston, November 19th, 1914. English Lutheran Church at Kansas City, Dec.ember 12th, 1914. University M. E. Church, South, University City, April 10th, 1915. Westminster Presbyterian Church at St. Louis, May 15th, 1915. Mountain Grove High School Building, May 21st, 1915. High School Building at Rolla, June 23rd, 1915. State Capitol at Jefferson City, June 24th, 1915. Masonic Hall at Well§'ton, for Wlâ&#x201A;Źllston Lodge No. 613, June 26th, 1915. Masonic Hall at Ellington, for Barnesville Lodge No. 353, August 14th, 1915. INSTALLATION OF LODGE OFFICERS. By request I installed the officers for the following named lodges: Westport, No. 340, at Kansas City. Tuscan, No~ 360, at St. Louis. Chaffee, No. 615, at Chaffee. Van Buren, No. 509, at Van Buren. Advance, No. 590, at Advance. Barnesville, No. 353, at Ellington. Summersville, No. 555, at Summersville. Delphian, No. 137, at Birch Tree. Eminence, No. 607, at Eminence. Ingomar, No. 536, at Willow Springs. Houston, No. 177, at Houston. Nearly all these were public, well attend'ed and great interest evinced. DEDICATION OF HALLS. Maplewood Lodge No. 566, October 5th, 1914; H: N. Lloyd, D. D. G. M., Fifty-seventh District.


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Laddonia Lodge No. 115, October 12th, 1914; S. P. Cunningham, D. D. G. M., Twenty-seventh District. Verona Lodge No. 452, November 2nd, ]914; H. P. Sons, D. D. G. M., Fifty-fifth District, Christ~an Lodge No. 392, November] 6th, 1914; Allan McDowell , Hoyt, D. D. G. M., Fifty-ninth District. Weaubleau Lodge No. 636, Novembel: 16th, 1914; W. A. Crow, P. M. Tuscumbia Lodge No. 635, November 23rd, 1914; J. S. Laffer, D. D. G. M., Fifty-eighth District. Branson Lodge No. 587, January ]3th, 1915; Wm. Maddux, W. M. Fairmount Lodge No. 290, January 23rd, 1915; E. P. Spangler, District Lecturer. Barnesville Lodge No. 353, February 20th, 1915; J. M. Carnahan, D. D. G. M., Forty-seventh District. Eureka Lodge No. 73, March 1st, 1915; G. W. Rucker, D. D. G. M., Nineteenth District. St. Johns Lodge No. 28, March 24th, 1915; B. E. Bigger, D. D. G. M., Fifteenth District. Hannibal Lodge No. 188, March 24th, 1915; B. E. Bigger, D. 'D. G. lVI., Fifteenth District. Burlington Lo'dge No. 442, March 27th, 1915; J. E. Reese, D. D. G. M., Seventh District. . Gorin Lodge No. 72, June 11th, 1915; P. O. Sansber,ry, D. D. G. M., First District. Bridgeton Lodge No. 80, June 28th, 1915; H. N. Lloyd, D. D. G. lVI., Fifty-seventh District. . Kennedy Lodge No. 329, August 5th, 1915; J. E. Reese, D. D. G. M., Seventh District. Dedications by the Grand Master. Ararat Shrine Mosque, Kansas City, May 29th, 1915. Masonic Hall at Laddonia, June 25th, 1915. TO RE-BALLOT. Naphtali Lodge No. 25. Park Lodge No. 617. Urbana Lodge No. 421. Van Buren Lodge No. 509, Wayne Lodge No. 526. Chaffee Lodge No. 615.

Spickardsville Lodge No. 524. Shekinah Lodge No. 256. 路Malden Lodge No. 406. Rose Hill Lodge No. 550. Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 40. Naphtali Lodge No. 25.


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Caruthersville ,Lodge No. 461. Greensburg Lodge No. 414. Caruthersville Lodge No. 46l. Marcelip8 Lodge No. 48l. Leadwood Lodge No. 598. Samaritan Lodge No. 424. Magnolia Lodge No. 626. Hamilton Lodge No. 224. Western Star Lodge No. 15.

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Greensburg Lodge No. 414. Wayne Lodge No. 526. Montgomery City Lodge No. 246. Winona Lodge No. 430. Deacon Lodge No: 3.Temperance Lodge No. 438. Sullivan Lodge No. 69. Senath Lodge No. 513.

It I would be a tedious and difficult matter to make an investigation of the merits of the applicant in requests for Dispensation to re~ballot, therefore we have granted the Dispensation in each instance.

R.EMOVAL OF LODGE INTO ANOTHER HALL (TEMPORARILY). Kennedy Lodge No. 329, March 17th, 1915; J. E. Reese, D. D. G. M., Seventh District. ' APPEAR IN PROCESSION. Ferguson Lodge No. 542, to 'march as 'a Lodge to Church to celebrate Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Lodge, October 17th, 1914. SPECIAL ELECTION OF TRUSTEES. Clayton Lodge No. 601, ,January 2nd, 1915. ALLOWING LODGE TO BORROW MONEY. Barnesville Lodge No. 353, $1,000.00, July 17th, 1915. Wellston Lodge No. 613, $10,600.00. Jeffers,on City Lodge No. 43, $25,000.00. NEvV LODGES UNDER DISPENSATION. Bunker Lodge at Bunker, November 28th, 1914, Emmanuel Lodge at Bado, December 1st, 1914. Mountain View Lodge at Mountain View, March 17th, 1915. Triangle Lodge at St.'Louis, March 30th, 1915. Mizpah Lodge at St. Louis, April 17th, 1915.


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LODGE VISITATIONS. Van Buren No. 509. Puxico No. 596. Mexico No. 544. DeSoto No. 119. Samaritan No. 424. Sikeston No. 310. St. Marks No. 93. Clifton No. 463. Ivanhoe No. 446. Westport No. 340. Tuscan No. 360. Olive Branch No. 576. Chaffee No. 615. Mt. Grove No. 158.

Advance No. 590. Barnesville No. 353. Haze!\"'ood No. 459. Ingomar No. 536. United NO.5. Poplar Bluff No. 209. Summersville No. 555. Keystone No. 243: Rolla No. 213. Laddonia No. 115. Delphian No. 137. Houstop. No. 177. Mt. View U. D;

ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Washington Lodge No. 87. Newton Lod'ge No. 175. Fairview Lodge No. 619. Monticello Lodge No. 58. LaMonte Lodge No ..574. North Star Lodge No. 157. Pleasant Lodge No. ,160. Pineville Lodge No. 108. Tiff City Lodge No. 569. Craig Lodge No. 606. Paul ville Lodge No. 319.

Rock Prairie Lodge No. 269 Strasburg Lodge. No. 604. Hopewell Lodge No. '239. Doric Lodge No. 300. Cainesville Lodge No. 328. Armstrong Lodge No. 70. Lewistown Lodge No. 494. Rocheport Lodge No. 67. Moundville Lodge No. 628. Mt. Ararat Lodge No. 382.

IVANHOE'S ONE-THOUSANDTH MEMBER. On May 29th, assisted by Rt. VI. Brothers Higbee, Grand Senior Warden; J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer; 路John H. Miller, Grand Chaplain; O. A. Lucas, Grand Junior Steward, and P. G. M. Kuhn, Wells, Kreeger, Boor, and many other distinguished brethren, we dedicated Ararat Shrine Mosque, after which we had the pleasure of attending Ivanhoe Lodge No. 446 in the same building, and assisting in raising her one-thousandth member. On this occasion there was present a very large assemblage of Masons, representing twenty-seven states and four foreign countries, filling the magnificent Mosque to its capacity, and many more were turned away for want of standing room. Ivanhoe Lodge No. 446; created under Dis-


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pensation in 1901 with seventeen members, has made remarkable progress in the fourteen years which has placed it in the front ranks of Missouri lodges. The harmony and good fellowship evidenced by the large delegations from her sister lodges in Kansas City that had come to help celebrate the raising of her one-thous~ndth member, was gratifying. The address of welcome to the visitors by Rev. E. Combie Smith was a masterpiece, and the occasion vi~s on the whole a very enjoyable one indeed. CONTRACTING LODGE DEBTS. Section 50, Grand Lodge By-Laws, provides that "A lodge shall not be permitted to contract debts for any purpose or to engage in enterprises for building h~lI without the consent and approval of the Grand Master." Under this law we have had a considerable number of applications, principally for building halls. Two lodges wished permission to build halls wholly on borrowed capital, others would like to borrow eighty-five to ninety per cent. While we have never .posed as an authority on business matters, neither have we become distinguished for financial" acumen, but in our judgment this is not good business for Masonic Lodges and we decided accordingly. After an experience of twelve months trying to justly pass o~ proposed loans, we are fully convinced that it would add to the financial safety of borrowing lodges and relieve the Gnl.lld Master of considerable responsibility, without impairing the usefulness of this by-law, if this Grand Lodge would place' a borrowing limit, predicated on the cash value of the completed property and beyond which no lodge would be permitted to contract debt. Again, of all the requests made, only one or two applicants sent with the request a detailed statement of the lodge's financial condition, without which it was impossible t~ make an intelligent decision. For lodges wishing to negotiate loans, I would recommend that the application . . to the Grand Master be accompanied by a statement of the financial affairs of路 the lodge; the following are suggestive: What is your present membership? How many candidates raised during the last twelve months? What are your fees for the Degrees? What are your annual dues? What amount of delinquent dues? What other sources of income and how much? What is the value of your present property?


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How much cash in treasury? What is the estimated value of the proposed property? What amount do you wish to borrow? What time on the loan? What rate of interest? What other liabilities if any? What per cent of your lodge favor making the loan? MASONIC HOME. One year ago there were about fifty lodges that had made no payment on the special assessment of Home Improvement Fund; it is a great pleasure to be able to report that today we have no lodge in this class; every lodge in the Jurisdiction has made payment and because of this united effort the Home is better equipped and the brethren made happier by the consciousness of a good worl\: well done. "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals." , This haven for the homeless, the helpless and the sick is such a magnificent institution that we can understand the sentiment thus expressed: "The sun kisses the Home in pity for its unfortunate inmates; and because of the work done in that institution, particularly in the hospital, caring for the hopelessly ill and distressed, there will be, by the angels with the golden harps, a little sweeter . refrain of 'Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men' than the Shepherds heard." After observing at close range for a year the workings of the Home, and having a personal acquaintance of some years with its directol's, all of whom, are conscientious and thoroughly competent to make every dollar of the Home's finances reach as far as it is possible for one hundred cents to go, in our opinion this Grand Lodge has acted wisely a,ud is fortunate in its management; however, brethren, you owe it. to yourselves and you owe it to the lodges you represent to make a personal inspection of this in¡ stitntion, It is your Home and my Home. We are proud of ,it. Visit with our old people, visit with our children. You will be glad you did so. In our efforts to expedite the ever-increasing volume of business before the Grand Lodge in the usual time, it is possible that action may sometimes be taken on questions of importance without


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that deliberate and mature consideration the subject-matter should command. To the end that hasty legislation affecting the Maso~ic Home may be avoided, I respectfully recommend that in the future any and all resolutions referring to any matter connected with the Home, offered in the Grand Lodge, be referred to an appropriate committee before being passed on by that body. FOREIGN RELATIONS. Our relations with other Grand Jurisdictions have been most friendly and' fraternal, such as to make one feel that it i,s indeed "good and pleasant to dwell together in unity". ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR.. In Ben Hur we read "God could not be every where so He made mothers". The ladies of th-e O. E. S. have done so many good things for the Masonic Home, which really have made it a Home instead of a House, that if they accomplish nothing else in Missouri, we would feel that this Order has not lived in vain. Brethren, it is a great day for your lodge when you can have a good, active Eastern Star Chapter, composed of your mothers, wives, sisters and daugh¡ tel's, to meet in your hall; for "There's many a beam from the fountain of day, That to reach us unclouded must pass on its way, Through the soul of a woman." MASONIC GAVEL. Early in August, ] 915, I received a letter reading in part as follows: "By .registered mail I send you a gavel made 'of ebony with rosewood handle, as a present to the Grand Lodge and a Memorial that on December the 6th, 1858, at Spring Hill Lodge No. ] 55, Spring Hill, Mo., I was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. "Many and varied have been the cpanges since that date. At present I am a member of Blue Valley Lodge, A. F. and A. M., at W~lbur, Nebraska. Hoping that you will receive the gavel in good condition, Ever Fraternally, John F. Early. La Gloria, Cuba, July 27th, 1915." To this we replied, acknowledging receipt of the gavel arid thanking the Brother in behalf of the Grand Lodge.


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KENNEDY LODGE No. 329. The D. D. G. M. of the Seventh District, Rt. Wor. Brother J. E. Reese, reports as follows: "Kennedy Lodge N.o. 329 lost their lodge room, together with all their furniture, saving only their charter. This is the third time this lodge has suffered loss; twice by fire, once by tornado. "But the members have overcome all losses and now have a splendid hall room nearly ready for occupancy. I would recommend that this lodge be relieved of Grand Lodge dues this year, which they have already forwarded, but I think should be returned. Masonic charity should reach a lodge as well as an individual." We recommend that this be referred to the Committee on Charity. DECISIONS. In reviewing the year's work we have made an effort to recite only those features that are considered interesting or instructive and possibly of some service, omitting a large amount of routine, especially questions answered by reference to Masonic law, which while appealing strongly enough to the interested party and answered to the best 9f our ability, yet deemed not necessary to report.' We wish to again recapitulate the statements made year after year in this Grand Lodge regarding questions submitted to the Grand Master by the lodges. Possibly seventy-five per cent of this work has been answered by reference to the by-laws and this does not apply exclusively to the rural lodges; one large city lodge sent us a question to be answered by wire, which was covered fully by a section of the by-laws. Our installation ceremonies direct that the Master shall search the Book of Constit.utions at all times, cause it to be read in the lodge that none may pretend ignorance of its contents, an admonition largely, or we might say, almost wholly ignored. If the Master would select a small portion of this book covering those sections that are frequently used, cause them to be read in the lodge, this would be quite an improvement over present conditions. No. 1. That a suspended Mason against whom charges have been preferred has a right to be present at his trial. . No.2. Question. "Does the fact that a man is a Roman Catholic justify a Masonic Lodge in refusing him a courtesy ,that \'.. ould be shown anyone else, such as thanking him for a favor?"


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Answer. A Masonic Lodge, as such, does not in any sense participate in matters of religion or politics. It is wholly improper for a lodge to take any action that could be construed as favoring or antagonizing religious or political moves. Freemasonry knows no Democrats, Methodists, Prohibitionists or Catholics, but deals with the "whole human species as one family". No.3.' Question. "Is a traveling actor, who with his family spends about ~ine months of each year on the road, going from state to state, and even to foreign countries, but claiming a :Missouri town in which he remains during his vacation as his home, eligible for the Degrees of Freemasonry?" Answer. The provisions of Section 113, Grand Lodge By-Laws, appear to preclude this class of applicants and we believe wisely so; however, in view of the decision rendered by the Grand Lodge in 1914, the conditions being "ery similar, we decided he can. No.4. Decided that when one lodge reques'ts of another waiver of Jurisdiction over a candidate for the Degrees of Freemasonry, that the lodge granting the request has a legal right to demand a part or all the fees as a condition on which the waiver is granted. Groceries, Fruit and Wine Company. 5. Some months ago I received a letter from a Brother in Kansas City reading in part as follows: "I wish to bring to your attention a gross violation of law by one of our lodges. We have a firm doing business under the name of E. Whyte Groceries, Fruit and Wine Co. There are two members of this firm, by the names of Ebenezer and George Whyte. Ebenezer路 sent his ,petition into Rural Lodge No. 316; the petition was refused and returned because the petitioner was disqualified by reason of his business. He and George then sent their petitions into Temple Lodge No. 299; the petitions were refused and ret.urned for the same reason. They then put their petitions into Ivanhoe No. 446; they were received, elected and the Degrees conferred upon them." "These men are no better than saloon-keepers, as they sell liquors in bulk. You can buy any kind of liquor from a pint to gallon. None drank on the premises. Their business in liquors is known as family trade. This m'atter should have attention or other lodges will begin to violate the law; in fact, there is too much violation of law, by our city lodges." This matter has had a pretty thorough investigation which dis- ' closed the foHowing facts: That Ebenezer Whyte and George Whyte are selling intoxicating liquors in original packages, from


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one-half pint to one gallon, under a saloon license issued to another brother of the above-named members of the firm, E. Whyte Groceries, Fruit and Wine Co.. namely, 1\11'., W. W. Whyte, who is also a stockholder in the company; that no liquor is drank on the pre'mises; no bar is kept. That they were selling intoxicants in this manner when they petitioned and were made Freemasons by Ivanhoe Lodge No. 44~ , To our way of thinking a man who sells intoxicating liquors except as a druggist and on a prescription issued by a Jegally qualified physician, is to all intents and purposes, from a moral view-point, a saloon-keeper; and a drunk is a drunk, whether it is produced by liquor bought at a Masonic grocery by the quart bottle and branded "Family Trade", or bought by the drink in the most disreputable grogshop in Missouri; the results on the man are the same and the influence on Freemasonry is largely the same; we appear to be trying to make a distinction where there is no difference. Again, we are opposed to Freemasonry sailing under false colors; we have recently hear<;l a great deal about a ship belonging to one nation, when in dangerous waters, hoisting the flag of another nation; why should we dignify this as "Family Trade" when we know that the men drink the whiSkey and as a rule the wives and children don't? In connection with this investigation it appears that there' are certain large hotels in the State, reported to be maintaining regular licensed bars, owned and controlled by members of our' Masonic Lodges, said members profiting financially by the money taken in by these hotel saloons; it is also further reported that a large retail drug house in St. Louis runs a liquor house under a liquor dealer's license, selling bottled goods to any person in ,any quantity on demand, yet the proprietors are Freemasons and members of Missouri lodges. In the performance of my official duty, I have directed that a lodge in a small town prefer charges against a member who as a ,physician, with a drug store, was selling liquor illegally.. He was expelled. In another town a cold storage company, some of whom were Freemasons, acted as a brewery agent; this was discontinued. Shall we establish one standard of morals for the rural districts and smaller towns and another for the cities under the same law? It was not our intention so to do; but this investigation just recently co'mpleted, left insufficient time for action before this annual session, and 'while it is our' conviction that the spirIt of the law as intended by this Grand Lodge has been flagrantly violated, and that the


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lodges so offending should be held to a strict account; but since' . there is some difference of opinion in construing Sections 181 and 18~, Grand Lodge By-Laws, as applied to this class of cases, we respectfu!ly recommend that it be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence for interpretation and such recommendation as deemed advisable, to the end that there may. be no doubt or room for subterfuge in the enforcement of regulations against Freemasons selling intoxicating liquors; also, to decide what punishment shall be given the offending lodge and to fix the standing of the Whyte Brothers as Freemasons. â&#x20AC;˘ No.6. Question. "4 member of the fraternity who is from another Jurisdiction, one not requiring payment of dues in advance, presents in May, 1915, receipt for dues in said Jurisdiction for the year 1914. Would the Grand Lodge regulations admit him to a Missouri Lodge?" ./ Answer; A Brother from 'a Grand Jurisdiction recognized by Missouri, bearing documentary evidence (receipt for dues) dated "not more than twelve months last past, such Grand Jurisdiction not requiring payment of annual dues fn advance, can legally be admitted to a Missouri Lodge". No.7. Question. "'Vhen a Past Master holding the proxy of the Worshipful Master, and the present Senior 'Varden, both from the same lodge, attend the Grand Lodge, which should represent his lodge and draw mileage and per diem?" Since there is some difference of opinion on this point we have withheld decision and recommend that it be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence for answer. No.8. Investigation through my District Deputy, Rt. Wor. ~rother W. W. Martin, ,disclosed that one Brother B. W. Hays, a member of Poplar Bluff Lodge No. 209, was selling liquor illegally. I ordered the Worshipful Master to have this case prosecuted, which was done, and the accused found not guilty. An appeal was taken by the lodge." MYRTLE LODGE No. 338. Under instruction from the Grand Lodge as recommended by the Committee on Chartered Lodges, I requested my District Deputy, Rt. Wor. Brother "Wm. Baker, of the Twentieth District, to make an investigation. He did so and reported in part as follows: "Only $8.00 in the lodge treasury and outstanding dues amounting to more than $200.00, but by writing each member a personal letter himself, he succeeded in collecting $82.00 of the delinquent dues with


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promises for more, that the lodge had one petition for the Degrees, something that had not happened before for some time, that they were planning for a school of instruction later, that while the lodge is situated twelve miles from the railroad, it has jurisdiction over a territory that should support an active lodge and that its membership is composed largely of old men who have been builders of Masonry in that 10caJity for many years and he is hopeful that the lodge can be reclaimed and made useful to the community and the fraternity." '¥e admire his energy in assuming the duties of assistant secretary and we respect his optimism to the extent of giving Myrtle Lodge another chance. With only twenty-four members in their lodge the delegate to this Grand Lodge would have to pay a large part of his own expenses if he should attend, consequently they have not had a representative in twelve years; thereby losing the inspiration and encouragement which should be theirs and which possibly would assist materiaIly in maintaining interest and activity. GREENVILLE LODGE. It was reported that Greenville Lodge No. 107, Greenville, Wayne County, was not enforcing Masonic law with reference to gambling and liquor seIling. Investigation developed the foIlowing facts: That Greenville Lodge, one of the oldest in this part of the State, has never in the memory of the presen't membership, had charges preferred or any effort made toward moral house cleaning; that some of its members had within the last few months been prosecuted and plead guilty in the courts to gambling and "boot-legging liquor". That the lodge had a considerable membership of consistent Masons,.who had apparently become disgusted and were not attending its meetings, leaving the management largely in the han~s of those who \",ere content to sit idly by and let its membership, who were so disposed, practice vdthout restraint, such disreputable habits as above enumerated. I therefore ordered charges' preferred on above-named alleged offenses and in spite of the fact that they were self-confessed, the lodge voted them not guilty. I ordered an appeal taken in one case and the Worshipful Master relieved me of this duty in two more, all of which are in the hands of your Committee on Appeals and Grievances. • .The present Master was willing to enforce the law but the attendance at 'thetrial was generally smaller than one would· exp~ct in a lodge with a membership of sixty-four and the verdict was always "not guilty".


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The best time-piece needs to be cleaned and set l'ight once in a great while; a Masonic Lodge may require the same treatment. To their credit should be stated that s,ince the appeals were take'n a somewhat better record has been made and the lodge appears to have been partially aroused from its moral lethargy-a condition Ol1e might designate as a "System without Morals". SCHOOLS OF INSTRUCTION. The Grand Lecturer has held schools of instruction with a large number of lodges during the year; on several occasions I have had the pleasure of accompanying him and at each place so visited, both the attendance and interest shown in the work were excellent. CONCLUSION. My 'work as Grand Master is finished with this session. We have fallen short. of what ,ve planned in way of visitations particularly, not being able to make several we had contemplated. In every place visited during the entire year our reception was most cordial and, fraternal and every courtesy shown. The large attendance at our public meetings, manifesting the general interest in the cause of Freemasonry, was especially encouraging. Mention should be made of Poplar Bluff, at which we were honored with a large Masonic delegation from our Sister Grand JuriSdiction of Arkansas, also Rolla, Laddonia, Sikeston, Mountain Grove and University City; but the crowning event of the year was the capitol corner stone laying, of WhICh we have made mention before. While our work has been a bit arduous, yet on the whole, it has been exceedingly plea.sant. Freemasonry is a force for human uplift second only to the church, and to be brought face to face with such magnificent manhood as it represent~ is indeed a great privilege. If my administration has accomplished anything really worth while the credit is due in large measure to assistance from the fraternity, which has always been ready and willing to help, counting no expense too large or sacrifice too great to put into this cause, and that cheerfully and even voluntarily. It would take too much time and space to mention everyone who has shown a commendable willingness to engage in this work 'without hope of fee or reward but I would feel my own ungratefulness did I not mention a few who have labored long and faithfully to promote our interests and lessen our labor. â&#x20AC;˘ Our efficient Grand' Secretary, M. W. Brother John R. Parson, has kept his office in such perfect working condition, that nothing waits till tomorrow for attention and one rarely goes to 510 Pine


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street too early in the morning or too late in the afternoon to find him at his desk. I also find myself under especial obligations to M. W. Brother Dorsey A. Jamison, Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee; M. W. Brother Wm. A. Hall, M. W. Brother .John T. Short, Rt. Wor. Brother McLachlan, and these are not all. Brethren, I appreciate deeply the trust reposed in me and would that I could give YOIl better returns, but I.have done my best according to the light that was mine and I leave it for your consideration. Fraternally submitted, TOLMAN W. COTTON, Grand Master.


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REPORT OF THE GRAND SECRETARY. :M. \lv. Bro. John R. Parson, Granel Secretary, presented the following repcrt, shO\'I'ing that everyone of the 634 Lodges of the State had made returns and paid Grand Lodge clues, this teing the tenth consecutive' year he had accomplished this result: To tile Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri: According to custom and the Grand Lodge law, the following report of official work in the office of Grand Secretary is presente<1 covering the period between September 15, 1914, and September 15, 1915:

. Five new lodges, chartered at the last session of the Grand Lodge, were duly set at worlr, and are named and located as follows:

Chartered October 1, 1914. Belgrade Lodge, No. {;32, at Belgrade, Washington County, Fortieth District. Archie Lodge, No. 633, at Archie, Cass County, Thirty-fourth District. . Steele Lodge, No. 634, at Steele, Pemiscot County, Fifty-first District. Tuscumbia Lodge, No. 635, at Tuscumbia, Miller County, Fiftyeighth District. 'Vveaubleau Lodge, No. 636. at ,Veaubleau, Hickory County, Fortyfirst District.

PHOCEEDINGS DISTRIBUT'ED. The Proceedings of 1911 were printed and distributed within fOI路ty days after the session. .

o DISTRICT DEPUTY GHAND MASTERS. By order of M. 'V. Bro. Tolman .w. Cotton, Grand Mastel', commissions were sent to the District Deputy Grand Masters by him appointed in the fifty-nine Masonic districts.

COMMISSIONS TO GRAND RE'PHESENTATIVES. Grand Master Cotton appointed the following brethren as Grand Representatives of Missouri near their respective Grand Lodges: Montana Rt. VV. Bro. 'Vv-. M. Montgomery, Anaconda Tennessee Ht. vV. Bro. Frank E. Bartley, 'Vhite Pine 'Visconsin Ht. ViTo Bro. Charles E. George, Weyauwega


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COMMISSIONS RECEIVED. Grand Master Cotton recommended for appointment the following brethren as Grand Representatives of sister Grand Lodges near the Grand Lodg-e of Missouri: Idaho Rt. VY. Bro. Carl A. Swenson, Mountain Grove New York M. "V. Bro. John R. Parson, St. Louis DUPLICATE CHARTERS. By order of Grand Master Cotton duplicate charters were granted to the following lodges whose halls were destroyed by fire: Bayou Lodge, No. 365, at Bakersfield, hall and contents destroyed by fire October 6, 1914. 'Vashington Lodge, No. 87, at Greenfield, hall and contents destroyed by fire December 28, 1914. Vernon Lodge, No. 493, at Bronaugh, hall and contents destroyed by fire May 19, 1915,. Stockton Lodge, No. 283, at Stockton, hall and contents destroyed by fire July 12, 1915. Bee Hive Lodge, No. 393, at Lawson, charter damaged by water: duplicate issued September 17, 1915. HALLS BUHNED. Seligman Lodge, No. 517, at Seligman, reports that September 7, 1915. Also reports insurance amounting been collected. The charter was saved. Kennedy Lodge, No. 329, at Elmo, reports that hall ruary 28, 1915, and everything destroyed ,except records No insurance reported.

hall burned to $575. has burned Feband charter.

LODGES UNDER DISPENSATION. Grand Master Cotton granted dispensations for five new lodges as follows: November 28, 1914, Bunker Lodge, Bunker, Reynolds County, Forty-seventh District. December 1, 1914, Emmanuel Lodge, Bado, Texas County, Fortysixth District. March 17, 1915, Mountain View Lodge, Mountain View, Howell C'ounty, Fifty-third District. March 30, 1915, Triangle Lodge, St. Louis, Thirty-third District. April 17, 1915, Mizpah Lodge, St. Louis, Thirty-third District. BLANKS FOR ANNUAL RJDTURNS. Two copies were mailed June l'st to each lodge, together with circular giving full information as to time and manner of making returns; and on July 10th a sealed circular was sent to all non-reporting lodges calling attention to the law governing making of returns and payment of per capita tax: Notwithstanding these two notices there were thirty delinquents on August 1st. RETURNS FROM EVERY LODGE. Returns from 634 lodges show an increase in membership for the most part, and a prosperous condition of affairs. The thirty delinquents have reported, and for thc tenth consecutive year every lodge in the State has made returns and paid per capita tax before the Grand Lodge session. Our faithful Deputy:. Grand Masters, as usual. rendered timely service, and special thanks 'are due to them.


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ARRESTED CHARTER. By order of Grand Master Cotton the charter of Cecil Lodge, No. 595, was arrested September 2, 1915, by Rt. W. Bro. Virgil P. Adams, D. D. G. M., for cause, and the "record book, book of accounts with the members, a~d list of lodge furnishings, together with the charter", have been receIved. CONSOLIDATION OF LODGES. Tranquillity Lodge, No. 275, reports consolidation with Cambridge Lodge, No. 63, under name and number of the latter lodge on January 5, 1915, and returns her charter for file ,in this office. BLANKS FOR REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS. Blanks for these reports were sent early in July to the District Deputy Grand Masters of the several Masonic districts-except the thirty-second district. The death of Rt. "\V. Bro. Geo. H. Pike, D. D. G. M., occurring April 26, 1915, leaves that district uncared for;' but the lodges responded well and only two of the eleven lodges in that district were delinquent on August 1st. All, however, have now reported, and paid Grand Lodge dues. ST ATISTICAL. Number of chartered lodges in the jurisdiction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 634 N'umber of lodges making returns............................. 634 Number of members in chartered lodges 63,769 Number of members in Cecil Lodge, N'o. 595 (arrested)......... 14 Number of lodges U. D........................................ 5 Number of members in lodges U. D '. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Total number of Master Masons , 63,966 Net gain in membership for the yeaI' 2,444

SPECIAL DISPENSATIONS. Laying Corner Stones. Virgil P. Adams, D. D. G. M., Fifty-first District-High School Building at Hornersville, October 24, 1914. Joe W. Gravely. D. D. G. M., Forty-first District-Public Librar:} Building at Bolivar, October 26, 1914. Jas. A. Boone, D. D. G. M., Fiftieth District-Christian Church at Sikeston, November 19, 1914. Jacob Lampert, P. G. M.-Masonic 'I'emple, Bridgeton Lodge No. 80, April 17, 1915. Hale Montgomery, D. D. G. M., 'ÂŁhirty-seventh District-High School BuUdin,g' at Blairstown, July 16, 1915. ,Jas. A. Boone, D. D. G. M., Fiftieth District-First Baptist Church at Charleston, August 12, 1915. Virgil P. Adams, D. D. G. M., Fifty-first District-High School Building at Cardv,'ell, August 25, 1915. C. H. Briggs, P. G. M.-Scho'Ol Building at Appleton City, September 13, 1915. H. P. Sons, D. D. G. M., Fifty-fifth District-Christian Church at Mt. Vernon, September 22, 1915. â&#x20AC;˘ APPEAR IN PROCESSION. Ferguson Lodge No. 542-'1'0 march as a lodge to church to celebrate twenty-fifth anniversary of the lodge, October 17, 1914. Malden Lodge No. 406-At corner stone laying of school at Gideon, July 28, 1915. SPECIAL ELECTION FOR TRUSTEES. Clayton Lodge No. 601, Jan.uary 2, 1915.


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ALLOWING LODGE TO BORROW MONEY. Barnesville Lodge No. 353, $1,000, July 17, 1915. DEDICATION OF HALLS. H. N. Lloyd, D. D. G. M., Fifty-seventh District-Maplewood Lodge No. 566, October 5, 1914. S. P. Cunningham, D. D. G. M, Twenty-seventh District-Laddonia Lodge No 115, October 12, 1914; . H. P. Sons, D. D. G. M., Fifty-fifth District-Verona Lodge No. 452, November 2, 1914. Allan McDowell Hoyt, D. D. G. M., Fifty-ninth District-Christian Lodge No. 392, November 16, 1914 W A. Crow, P. M.-Weaubleau Lodge No. 636, November 16, 1914. J. S. Laffer, D. D. G. M., Fifty-eighth District-Tuscumbia Lodge No. 635, November 23, 1914. Wm. Maddux, VV. M.-Branson Lodge No. 587, January 13, 1915. g, P. Spangler, Dist. Lec.-Fairmount Lodge No. 290, January 23, 1915. J. M. Garnahan, D. D. G. M., Forty-seventh District-Barnesville Lodge No. 353, February 20, 1915. G. W. Rucker, D. D. G. M., Nineteenth District-Eureka Lodge No. 73, March I, 1915. B. E. Bigger, D. D. G. M., Fifteenth District-St. John's Lodge No. 28, and Hannibal Lodge No. 188, March 24, 1915. J. B. Reese, D. D. G. M., Seventh District-Burlington Lodge No. 442, March 27, 1915: . P. O. Sansberry, D. D. G. M., First District-Gorin Lodge No. 72, June 11, 1915. Homer N. Lloyd, D. D. G. M., Fifty-seventh District-Bridgeton Lodge No. 80, .Tunc 28, 1915. J. Eo Reese, D. D. G. M., Seventh District-Kennedy Lodge No. 329, August 9, 1915; HE-BALLOT. Napthali Lodge No. 25. Parl{ Lodge No. 617. Urbana Lodge No. 421. Van Buren Lodge No. 509. 'Wayne Lodge No. 526. Chaffee Lodge No. 615. Spickardsville Lodge No. 524. Shekinah Lodge No. 256. Malden Lodge No. 406. Rose Hill Lodge No. 550. Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 40. Napthali Lodge No. 25. Caruthersville Lodge No. 461. Greensburg Lodge No. 414.

Caruthersville Lodge No. 461. Marceline Lodge No. 481. Leadwood Lodge No. 598. Samaritan Lodge No. 424. Magnolia Lodge No. 626. Hamilton Lodge No. 224. Western Star Lodge No. 15. Greensburg Lodge No. 414. v"iTayne Lodge No. 526. Montgomery City Lodge No. 246. "Winona Lodge No. 430. Beacon Lodge No.3. Temperance Lodge No. 438. Sullivan Lodge No. 69.

HE:MOVAL OF LODGE INTO ANOTHER HALL (Temporarily). Jos. Eo Heese, D. D. G. M., Seventh District-Kennedy Lodge No. 329, March 17, 1915. ELECTION OF Washington Lodge No. 87. Newton Lodge No. 175. Fairview Lodge No. 619. Monticello Lodge No. 58. LaMonte" Lodge No. 574. North Star Lodg~ No. 157. Pleasant Lodge No. 160. Pineville Lodge No. 108. Tiff City Lodge No. 569. Craig Lo'dge No. 606. Paulville Lodge No. 319.

OFFIGE1~S.

Rock Prairie Lodge No. 269. Strasburg Lodge No. 604. Hopewell Lodge No. 239. Doris Lodge No. 300. Gainesville Lodge No. 328. Armstrong Lodge No. 70. Lewistown. Lodge No. 494. Rocheport Lodge No. 67. Moundville Lodge No. 628. Mt. Ararat Lodge No. 382.


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There is no advantage to be gained in purchase of round-trip tickets, as rate of two cents per mile, each direction, applies locally from all stations in Missouri. Circulars, giving hotel' rates, etc., were sent to the lodges on August 25th and copies of same may be found in the Grand Lodge. GRAND LODGE PROPERTY, None on hand except office furnishings and regalia. APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES. All petitions sent to this office have been delivered to the Chairman of the Committee. MASONIC HOME. '.rhree-fifths of per capita tax, 1914, amounting to $45,248.85, was paid by Grand Lodge vVarrant No,. 2. Also donation of $5,000.00, appropriated by the Grand Lodge, 1914, was paid by Grand Lodge Warrant No.3; and on June 2, 1915, Warrant No. 114 for $36.45 wa~ issued to cover' three-fifths of back dues, collected since September 15, 1914, making a grand total of 50,285.30 paid fo'r the use and benefit of the Masonic Home for the year 1913-1914. In addition to this amount, I have also collected and turned over to the Masonic Home since September 15, 1914, the sum of 20,005,50' for Masonic Home Improvement Fund, and $80.00 fOl' Hospital Fund. The per capita tax for 1915 to and including September 15th, to .. gether with arrears received since June 2, 1915, amounts to $78,255.50. three-fifths of which, $46,953.30, is now due and payable to the Masonic Home of Missouri. REFUND FROM OHIO FREEMASON FLOOD COMMITTEE. On October 27, 1914, the sum of five hundred dollars ($500.00) was received from the above-named committee, being M'issouri's pro rata share of unexpended funds remaining after the work;路 of relief was completed in Ohio. This sum was deposited to the credit of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, A. F. & A. M., and is shown in the financial statement. EX'CHAKGE ON CHECKS. Exchange on local checks has 'been included this year in alm-ost every instan,co; a very gratifying improvement in this: respect. GRAND LODGE FINANCES. Receipts. Cash balance, September 15, 1914,.: Back dues, 1914, collected., $ From defunct lodges... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . From Masonic manuals....................... From dues receipts........................... From books, constitutions :............. Dispensation fees, lodges U. D. (5)............ Charter fees (5).............................. Refund, Grand Lodge of Ohio, Flood Sufferers' Fund Refund, E. J. Koch, Dist. Lee., account. nonattendance at Grand Lodge session. 1914...

. 60.75 3.00 1,465.00 482.95 91.00 150.00 100.00 500.00 28.30

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Refund, J. Roy Cable, Coldwater Lodge No. 485, account non-attendance at Grand Lodge session, 1914 . Refund on Grand Treasurer's bond, L. W. Quick . Sold two copies 1914 Proceeoings . Copies of Grand Master's circular . Sold old funeral pamphlets . Petition of C. M. Stone for restoration to good Masonic standing in Cedar City Lodge No. 425 (defunct) ' . Petition of John Hunter for restoration to good Masonic standing in Piedmont Lodge No. 449 (defunct) . Interest on daily balances, 12 months, from September 15, 1914, to September 15, 1915 ..

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Disbursements. Pay-roll, 1914 '.' $ 8,900.50 Masonic Home of Missouri, three-fifths per capita tax (1914) . 45,285.30 Donation to Masonic Home of Missouri . 5,000.00 Expenses of Grand Master . 1,000.00 Expenses of Grand Master, trip to Alexandria, Va . 72.00 Membership in Geo. Washing-ton Nat'l Masonic Memorial Association . 100.00 Expense of Representatives to meeting of Geo. Washington Nat'l Masonic M'emorial Association . 211.20 Salary of Grand Secretary . 3,000.00 Salary of GrandI Lecturer , ' . 2,500.00 Expenses of Grand Lecturer . 591.64 Rent of Grand. Lodge offices . 1,200.00 Printing, postage, stat.ionery, stenographic 3,227.54 work and incidentals . Extra compensation, committee on pay-roll . 100.00 Extra compensation, committee on chartered lodges . 15.00 Expense, laying corner stone Capitol, Jefferson City, June 21, 1915 .. 178.50 Grand Tiler, at Kansas- Gity . 25.00 Expen.se ,of Grand Lodge session at Kansas City 308.93 Expense, Committee Appeals and Grievances ~ 31.00 (stenographer) , . 195.00 Expense, Bradshaw-Taylor case, tl'anscript, etc. 1,711.19 Printing Proceedings, 1914 . 50.00 Auditor, 1914 . Reporting and trans'cript of 1914 Proceedings .. 60.00 100.00 Jewel for Van F. Boor, Past Grand Master . 50.00 Portrait of Van F. Boor, P. G. M . 47.00 City tax, 1914 . 75.00 Premium on bond, Grand Treasurer . 75.00 Premium on bond, Grand Secretary . 44.10 Balance due on 1914 pay-roll . 350.00 Charity, according to report of Committee . Barnesville Lodge No. 353, return of rent or75.00 dered by Grand Lodge .


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Polar Wave Ice Company, Ice . Clerks, for Credential C'ommittee, Kansas City. Stenographers, at Grand Lodge session. Kansas City ~ ., . Southwestern Telephone Co.-"Olive, No. 328" .. Kinloch Telephone Co.-"Central. No. 2614" . A. C. Stewart, Grand Treasurer . C. C. W'Oods, Fraternal Correspondent. . Expense, printing Masonic Manuals . Nat'l Laundry Co. (aprons) . Masonic Relief Association, United States and Canada . In.suranec, furnishings of Grand Lodge offices .. Kennard Carpet Company, cleaning office rugs. Cash balance in bank, 'September 15, 1915

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The above statement shows cash balance of $82,507.61. Deduct three-fifths of per capita tax ($78,255.50) for 1915, due the Masonic. Home of Miss6uri, $46,953.30, leaving an available balance of $35,554.31 for the use of the Grand Lodge. MASONIC HOSPITAL. A small balance remains unpaid on the Masonic Hospital Fund. The following amount has been received in addition to the 1914 list: Kennett Lodge No. 68 Reported to Grand Lodge Sept. 15, 1914

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No. 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157

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No. 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206

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Lodge. Mountain Grove........... Green City................. Pleasant ................. Clifton Hill ............... vVhitesville .............. Occidental Joachim .................. Maryville ................ Portageville .............. Revere . · · · · . 0 . . . . . . . . . . . . Colony Camden Point ............. Benevolence Hartford ................. Censer Gray SUlnmit ............. Sturgeon ................. Newton . . . . · . · . . . . . ·.0 . . . Point Pleasant. ........... Texas Griswold Pride of the West. ........ Des Moines.. " ............ Novelty .................. Pilot Knob................ California ............... Morley ................ '" Chamois Morality ................. Hermon .................. Hannibal ................. Zeredatha ................ Putnam .................. Wilson ................... Frankford ............... Angerona ................ Wellsville ................ Bolivar .................. Quitman ................. Carthage, ................. Allensville ............... New Hope ................ Sonora ................... Ravenwood .............. 'Vestville ................ Brumley ................. Rowley .................. Trilumina ................ Somerset ................. ••

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Grand Lodge of Alissouri

No. Lodge. 207 Clay 208 Salisbury 209 Poplar Bl uff 210 Unionville 211 Hickory HilL 212 Four Mile 213 Rolla 211 Forest City 215 Hornersville 216 Hale City 217 Barbee 218 Good Hope 219 Albert Pike 220 Kansas City 221 l\'lystic Tie 222 La Belle 223 ,Voodlawn 224 Hamilton 225 Salem 226 Saline 227 Cypress 228 Shelbina 229 Claflin 230 St. James 231 Cardwell 232 Polo 233 Bucklin 234 St. Francois 235 Weatherby 236 Sedalia 237 La Plata 238 Rushville 239 Hopewell 240 lHanes 241 PalesUne 242 Portland 243 Keystone 244 Middle Fabius 245 Knob Noster 246 Montgomery City 247 Neosho 248 'Rochester 249 Carroll 250 Glensted 251 Hope 252 Alantlius 253 Laredo 254 Butler 255 Alton

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No. 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352

Grand Lodge of Missouri

Ludge. Signal Clarence Ashlar New London .............. Parrott .................. King Hiram .............. Sikeston ................. Kear·ney Cuba ..................... Kingsville Pine Jerusalem Rural ............. ....... Osborn Eldorado Paulville .. ............ ... Many Springs ............. Jonathan ................ Hardin .................... Corner Stone .............. McDonald ................ Dockery ................. Linn .......... " ......... Mt. Zion .... : ............. Cainsville Kennedy o. Bertrand Charity .................. Excello Chillicothe Breckenridge Joplin Hallsville ................ Blue Springs .............. Myrtle Fidelity 'Westport Rockville Circle Agricola ................. Moberly Fellowship Arlington ................. Spring Creek ............. Wadesburg Pollock Tyrian Mosaic Friend •••••••

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No. 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 ;{81 382 383

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Lodge. Barnesville ............... Hebron .................. Adelphi ................. Ancient Landmark ........ Auxvasse Northwest ............... Garrett .................. Tuscan .0 .. ····· ...... ··· . Riddick .................. Hiram ................... Fraternal ................ Higginsville ............. Bayou Adair .................... Barry .................... Crescent HilL ............. Composite ................ V/illiamstown ............ Sheldon .................. Nonpareil ................ Belle ..................... 'Vilderness ............... Waynesville .............. King Ifill ................. Ancient Craft ............. Berlin .•....... o. o. Billing-s Queen City ............... Ionia Mt. Ararat ............... Pythag-oras .............. East Prairie .............. Richland ................. Dayton .................. 'Voodside Chula .................... Arcana .................. Marionville .............. Raytown ................. Christian ................. Bee Hive ................. Lucerne .................. Hatfield .................. Western Light ............ Gower Jasper -Pike ..................... Decatur .................. Carterville ...............

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Grand Lodge of lvlissouri

Lodge. Jameson ' . Buckner . Philadelphia . Prairie Home . Platte City . Avalon .............â&#x20AC;˘...... Lathrop . Clearmont . Saxton . Van Buren . Biswell . S'lddmore . Webb City . Senath . Granby . Galena . Milford . Seligman . Oriental . Crane . Clifton Heights . Lockwood . Gate City . Stinson . Spickardsville . Cunningham . ,,\Vayne . I-Iigbee . Conway . Niangua . Ritchey . Lane's Prairie . Dexter . Comfort . Columbia . Blackwell . Ingomar . Bethel . Stella . Dawn . Winigan . Jacksonville . Ferguson . Mansfield . Mexico . Zalma . Prairie Hill . South Gate . Clinton . Carl Junction .

Paid 1913 and 1914. 73.50 104.00 29.00 36.00 167.00 30.50 68.50 19.00 39.00 94.50 27.50 64.5'0 137.50 76.50 26.00 107.00 36.50 48.00 81.00 476.00 24.00 1,230.00 32.00 30.00 47.00 91.50 108.00 99.00 8.50 55.00 55.50 130.00 53.50 93.00 102.01) 32.50 61.50 55.50 88.00 88.00 65.00 41.00 36.00 5.00 967.50 122.00 41.00

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Lodge. Rose Hill ............ '..... Pendleton ............... Calhoun ................. Clarksburg .............. Foster ................... Summerville ............. Prairie ................... Blairstown ............... Moscow • • • • . • • • • • • . ·.0 •••• Clarksdale Nelson ................ -... Cowgill .................. Deepwater ............... York Jamesport ............... 'l'ebbetts ................. Maplewood .0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miller Naylor ................... Tiff City .................. Republic ................. Hayti .................... Rutledge .0 ............... Bernie La Monte ....... ; ......... Easter .................. . Olive Branch.............. Ewing ................... F9 rest Park ... : ........... Grandin .................. Houston ................. Illmo .................... Koshkonong ............. Novinger ................ Red Bird ................ . Shamrock ............... . 'Criterion ................. Branson .................. St. Francisville............ Grove Spring ............. Advance ................. Barnett ................. . Stoutsville ............... Union .................... Blodgett ................. Cecil ..................... Puxico ................... Bosworth ............... . •••••••••••••

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:Miscellaneous- . 8t. Graal Commandery, K. IndividualsCharles B. Ada~s Whateley N. Chandler Aaron Fuller F. R. Hogan Allthony F. Ittner .. ; Jacob Lampert C. II. Meinhard Mrs. Bctty \Viedmann Harry H. 7.;ucker Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M

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REPORT OF GRAND TREASURER. R. W. Bro. A. C. Stewart presented and read the following report as Grand Treasurer: To the M. W. Grand Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of Missouri: Dear Brethren: Herewith I submit my report as Grand Treasurer, together with Iny books and vouchers. My receipts and disbursements, in detail, are as follows: 1914. Oct. 3, Amount received from my predecessor in office, R. W. Leon W. Quick $ 68,310.03 12, Res~ived fr,~m Gr3;p.d Secr~tary 77.25 . 27, 645.10 31, Interest路 on deposits . 69.70 70.75 Nov. 9, ReS~ived fr,9m Gr~p.<1 Secr~tary . 11, 98.15 16, 74.20 23, 67.0U 30, Interest on deposits . 26.50 Dec. 135.25 I, Received from Grand Secr~tary . 17, 59.40 18, 44.70 19, 72.05 31, Interl;'st on deposits . 22.05 1915. Jan. 4, Received from Grand S8cr~tary . 75.80 " 5, .. , . 62.45 11, . 73.70 18, . 58.75 28, . 66.10 31, Interest on deposits . 19.47 53.90 Feh. 9, Res~ived fr,9m Gr3;p.d Secr~tary . 20. . . 75.ll5 28, Interest on deposits . 17.90 Mar. I, Received from Grand Secre"tar y 64.70 . 10, " 64.50 18, 87.20 27, 75.40 31, Interest on deposits : . 15.36 86.70 A~ril 8, Res~ived fr,9m GI'3;,no Secr~tal'Y . 21, 96.10 30, Interest on deposits . 15.43 47.50 M~,Y 8, Res~iv~d fr,9m Gr3;p.d Secr~tary . 45.00 Interest on deposits :::::::::::::::::: 13.57 60.45 June I, Res~ived fr,9m Gr~!ld Secr~tary . 14, 45.00 22, 77.20 30, 33.55 30, Interest on deposits . 12.25 871.25 JU,~Y 1, Res~ived fr,9m Gr3;p.d Secr~tary . 2, 1,562.50 1,640.00 3, 997.50 6, 1,548.75 6, 7, 1,716.50 ' 8, 2,260.25 1,416.01) 9, 10, 2,701.00 4,636.00 12, 38.90 13, 2,441.25 13, 3,331.50 14, 4,743.75 15, 2,070.00 16, 3,110.0U 17, 19, 810.15

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Proceedings of the 19, 20, 21 22: 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 31, Interest on deposits :::::::::::::::::: 2, He~~ived from Gr::?d Secr~tary . 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 12, 18, 23, 26, 26, 28, 31, Interest on deposits :::::::::::::::::: 1, Re~~ived fr.?m Gr3;?d Secr~tary . 4, 9,

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[Sept. 2,810.10 5,946.00 2,296.50 1,838.75 2,620.75 2,028.75 5,036.50 3,816.50 3,070.00 3,190.00 3,810.25 2,872.0u 40.67 1,324.50 70.00 145.25 228.50 78.75 51.25 57.50 49.10 282.50 48.50 206.25 188.75 64.75 46.25 66.00 47.50 135.70 94.25 49.50 42.50 3.75 34.00 100.00 40.85 56.25 $149,900.18

DISBURSEMENTS. 1914.

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Warrant No. 2 Masonic Home of Missouri, three-fifths per capita tax, 1914 $ 45,248.85 Masonic Home Improvement Fund, appropriation by \Vays and Means Committee for Masonic Home Improvement Fund.. 5,000.00 John n. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for September.......................... 250.00 .J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, salary for S(~ptember.......................... 208.33 James路 T. Sands, Agent, for rent of Grand Lodge offices for September............ 100.00 7 John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postag-e, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals......................... 200.00 Walter R. Shrodes, services on Pay-Roll Committee 100.00 Seaman Russell, services as Grand Tiler at Grand Lodge, 1914...................... 25.00 10 Wm. T. Jamison, stenographer, telegrams, etc., for Committee on Appeals..... .. ... 31.00 11 Frank W. Thaxter, Auditor............... 50.00


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J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for October . Edmond Koeln, Collector of Revenue, Grand Lodge taxes for 1914 . Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentais . Albert Meyer, portrait of P. G. M. Van Fremont Boor . John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for N路ovem,ber . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, salary for November . James T. Sands, Agent. rent of Grand Lodge offices for November . John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . Southwestern Tel. Co., telephone service for November . Delafield & Snow, premium on insurance policy for Grand Lodge office property .. F. M. Jones, Winona, Mo., mileage and per diem as representative of Winona Lodge No. 430 . Mendle Printing Co., 1,500 digest of laws, amendmen ts, etc. . . Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . Mendle Printing Co., printing Grand Lodge proceedings, etc. . . Becktold Printing.& Book Mfg. Co., binding Masonic Manuals . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for November . John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for December 路 . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, salary for December . .James T. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for December . .Tohn R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . National Laundry Co., washing 749 aprons for Grand Lodge . C. C. Woods, Committee on Correspondence Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . Southwestern Tel.' Co., telephone service for December . Kinloch Tel. Co., one-quarter's phone to December 31, 1914,. ,. . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for December . Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . Masonic Relief Association of U. S. and Canada . T. W. Cotton, expenses of Grand Master .. John R. Parson, Gran.d Secretary, ~alary for January . .J. H. McLachlan. Grand Lecturer, salary for January .

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56.68 47.00 151.15 50.00 250.00 208.33 100.00 300.00 6.50 8.00 11.00 40.00 62.00 1,711.19 250.20 73.51 250.00 208.33 100,0.0 200.00 7.49 100.00 71.50 6.50 19.50 58.55 59.92 291.18 250.00

250.00 208.33


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Feb.

1, 1,

3,

27, 27, 27, 27,

Mar.

1, 1, 1, 6, 6,

30, 30, 31, 30, 30, 30, 30, 31, 31,

April

7, 27, 27,

27, 27, .30,

May

4, 4,

James T. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for January . John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . 77 Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and ineidentals . 78 Southwestern' Tel. Co., telephone service for January , . 79 J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for January . 80 John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for February . 81 J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, salary for February ,. ',' . 82 James T. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for February. , . 83 John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, stenographic wotk and incidentals . 84 Southwestern Tel. Co., telephone service fol' February . 85 Polar 'Vave 'Ice Co., ice . 86 T. W. Gotton, Grand Master, expenses attending meeting of George 'Washington Association at Alexandria . 87 J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for Febl'uary . 88 Spalding .Stationery Go., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . 89 John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for March , . 90 J. R. McLachlan, Gra.nd路 Lecturer, salary for March ' . 91 James T. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand路 Lodge offices for March . 92 John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . 93 T. W. Cotton, expenses of Grand Master, .. 94 C. C. Woods, Committee on Correspondence 95 Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic 'Work and incidentals . 96 Kinloch Tel. Co., phone, one-quarter, to March 31, 1915 . 97 Southwester'n Tel. Co., telephone service . for March ' . 98 J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for March . 99 John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for April . 100' J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lectu reI', salary for April ; .. , .. 101 James T. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for April. . 102 John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and inciden tals . 103 Southwestern Tel. Co., telephone service for April , . 104 .r. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for April 路 ] 05 Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals '

59

75

100.00

76

200.00 58.10 6.50 30.55 250.00 208.33 100.00 150.00 6.50 5.10

72.00 73.47 30.45 250.00

208.33 100.00 150.00 250.00 100.00 5.15 19.50 6.50 80.25 250.00 208.33 100.00 150.00 6.50 64.75 31.83


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106

20,

107

29,

108

29,

109

29,

110

29,

111

29,

112

31,

113

2,

114

2,

115

2,

116

2,

117

Little & Becker Printing Co., printing Ma·sonic Manuals . Becktold Printing & Book Co., binding Masonic Ivlanuals , , John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for May . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lccturer, salary for May , , , .. , . James '1'. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for May , . John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and inciden tal s ,.~ . Spalding 'Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals , , Southwestern Tel. Co., telephone service for May . Masonic Home of Missouri, three-fifths back dues from September 16, 1914, to June 2, 1915 . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for M·ay , . J. Kennard & Sons Carpet Co., cleaning office rugs . Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals , . T. W. Cotton, expenses of Grand Master .. C. C. Woods, Committee on Correspond.ence John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary for June , , . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, salary for June .. , ' . James T. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for June . John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postagc, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals ; . Southwestern Tel. Co., telephone service for June , . Kinloch Tel. Co., telephone, one-quarter, to September 30, 1915 . H, J. Lucksinger, to pay-roll check No. . 630, ale pay-roll, 1913, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 . Spalding Stationery Co., printing, po:stage, stationery, -stcnographic work and inci~dentals . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, expenses for .June : . Karl M. Vetsburg, one-half expenses of band at corner stone laying, Jefferson City, June 24th . .Tohn R. Parson, Grand Secretary, salary far July . J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lccturer, salary for July . James T. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for July . John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, po.stage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . Southwestern Tel. Co., telephone service for July . A. C. Stewart, Grand Treasurer, salary . Spalding Stationery Co., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals , . >• • • • • •

June

19,

July

118

B, 28,

119

28,

121

28,

122

120

28,

123

30,

124

30,

125

30,

126

1,

127

I,

128

14,

]29

30,

]30

28,

131

28,

132

28,

133

28,

134

2, 2,

135

136

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125.60 198.90 250.00 208.33 100.00 150.00 19.51 6.50 36.45 73.78 15.80 45.66 250.00 100.00 250.00 208.33 100.00 200.00 6.50 19.50 10.10

39.35 53.51 178.50 250.00

208.33 100.00 200.00 6.50 200.00

15.65


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137

30

138

30,

139

30,

140

30,

141

30. 30, 31,

142 143 144

John R. Parson, Gi'and Secretary, salary for August .

250.00

J. R. McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, salary

208.37

for August . James 1'. Sands, Agent, rent of Grand Lodge offices for August . John 'n. Parson, Grand Secretary, printing, postage, stationery, sten'Ographic work and incidentals . Spalding Stationery Go., printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals . T. W. Cotton, expenses of Grand Master .. C. C. Woods, Committee on Correspondence Southwestern Tel. Co., telephone service for August , ,

Total

100.00 200.00 34.30 250.00 100.00 6.50 $ 67,392.57

RI'~CAPITULATION.

Total receipts : $149,900.18 Total disbursemGnts...................................... 67,392.57 Balance, September 15, 1915

$ 82,507.61

No other money or property of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge has come into my possession or control. Voucher No.1 not having been drawn OIl or paid by me, the same will be accounted路 for by my predeces~or in office, H. W. Leon \V. Quick. Fraternally submitted, A. C. STEW ART, Grand Treasurer.

REPORT OF AUDITING COMMITTEE. \lv. -Bro. Louis H. Abrams, Chairman, presented and read the following report of the Auditing Committee, which, on motion, ,vas adopted: To the M. W. Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri: Brethren路; The undersigned Auditing Committee has carefully examined the books and accounts of the Grand Secretary and finds t11at he had on hand, September 15, 1914, a balance of $77,079.61, to which w:;\,s added $130.92 for interest on daily balances for the month of September (1914), making a total of $77,210.53, from which is deducted the amQunt of $8,900.50 (for pay-roll account) on Warrant No. 1, dated October 1, 1914, and signed by Van Fremont Boor, Grand Master, and Leon vV-. Quick, Grand Treasurer, leaving a net balance on October 3, 1914, of $68,310.03, which corresponds with the pass-book of St. Louis Union Trust Company. Fraternally submitted, LOUIS H. ABRAMS, CLARENCE W. CONDIE. st. Louis, September 18, 1915. To the 1\1'. 路W. Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri: Brethren: The undersigned Auditing Committee has carefully examined the books and accounts of the Grand Secretary from October 3. 1914, to September 15, 1915, and finds that he had on hand on October 3, 1914, the sum of $68,310.03.


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He has received from all sources the sum of $81,590.15 (which includes interest on daily balances to the amount of $388.60), making a grand total of $149,900.18, all of which has been deposited to the account of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of MIssouri in the St. Loui~ Union Bank, and proper receipts therefor obtained from the Grand路 Treasurer, No~. 1 to 82, inclusive. The disbursements during the same perio-d up{}n \Varrants Nos. 2 to 144, inclusive, amount to $67,392.57, leaving a net balance to the credit of the above account to the amount of $82,507.61, which corresponds with the pass-book of the. St. Louis Union Bank on September 15, 1915. j'Ve find the records of the Grand Secretary in excellent condition, the books neatly and accurately kept and the work correct in ",very particu I ar. . ' . Your Committe has not attempted to trace the returns of the various SUbordinate lodges, and if this is to become a function of the Auditing. Committee, we respectfully recommend that the M. 'V. Grand Lodge authorize the Grand Master to employ an expert accountant to perform this service. We have checked the figures covering the receipts in the Grand Secretary's office from the per capita returns as follows: Number of Master Masons in chartered lodges Number of Masons whose dues were remitted

63,769 1,292

Number of Master Masons at $1.25 per capita Pllls arrears in dues

62,477 .

$78,0'96.25 148.75

.

$78,245.00 25.50

.

$78,2i9.50 23.75

.

$78,195.75 59.75

Per capita tax received up to and including September 15, 1915 .

$78,255.50

Minus overpayments (1914) tess unpaid balances due Plus amounts overpaid and credits for 1916

'

'Ve also recommend the purchase of an adding, machine for the office of the Grand Secretary. Fraternally submitted, LOUIS H. ABRAMS,. CLARENCE W. CONDIE. St. Louis, September 18, 1915. To tht:' M. YV. Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri: Brethren: The undersigned Auditing Committee has .examined ' the records of the Grand Treasurer from October 3, 1:914, to September 15, 1915, and finds that he received the sum of $68,310.03 on October 3, 1914, and from that. date to 路September 15. 1915, he received from the Grand Secretary the sum of ~81,590.15. maldng total receipts $149,900.18, according to 'Grand Treasurer's receipts to G.rand Secretary, Kos. 1 to 82, inclusive. . . After carefully checking the disbursements we lind that the Grand Treasurer has paid out in \Varrants Nos. 2 to 144, inclusive (all properly signed by the Grand M-astcr, Grand Secretary and Grand Treasuer), the sum of $67,392.57, leaving on hand a balance of $82,507.61. whieh corresponds with the pass-book of the St. Louis Union Bank on September 15, 1915. Fraternally submitted, .. LOUIS H. ABRAMS, CLARENCE W. CONDIE. St. Louis, September 18, 1915.


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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RECOGNITION OF GRAND LODGES. M. W. Bro. Vim. F. Kuhn, Chairman, presented and read the following report of this Committee, which was adopted: , To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri路, A. F.' & A: 111.:

Your Committee on the Recognition of Grand Lodges would report that no requests for recognition were received during the past year. WM. F. KUHN, CAMPBELL WELLS, ROB~

R

STEVENSO~

JAS. W. BOYD, CRAS. C. WOODS.

ANNOUNCEMENT. R. W. Bro. Karl :M. Vetsburg, D. D. G. ]VL, announced that after welcome' to IVL W. Bro. Aliner E. 1\1onroney, Grand 1\1aster of Oklahoma, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, the members of the .Grand Lodge would attend exercises atMasonic I-lome and receive ftlrnishings of new Administration Builrling presented by th~ ladies of the Eastern Star.

. CALLED FROM LABOR. At 12 :30 P. 1\1. the Grand Lodge \vas called from Labor until this afternoon at 2 :00 o'clock. FIRST DAY-AFTERNOON SESSION.

The Grand Lodge \\TaS called to Labor at 2 :00 P. l\-I. by M. VV. Grand Master Tolma11 \V. Cotton, the other Grand Officers 9ccupying ~heir r~spective stations. Prayer offered by R. W. and Rev~' Bro. James IV1. Boon.

DISTINGUISHED VISITORS. By Grand Maste.r:

Brethren, we are honored to-day' by the presence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Right Worshipful Grand Secretary of the Grand .Juril$diction of Oldahoma, I will 3,!;lk M. W. BrQ,


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C. C. Woods and Jacob Lampert to retire and present the distinguished visitors. By M. W. Bro. O. O. Woods:

, Most Worshipful Grand Master, I have the distinguished honor and the very great pleasure of introducing to you at this time, and through you to the Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri, Most Worshipful Brother Almer E. Monroney, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Oklahoma. By M. W. Bro. Jacob Lampert:

Most Worshipful Grand Master and Brethren, it is my pleasure and privilege to introduce also to you, and through you to the members of this Grand Lodge, Most Worshipful Brother William Moses Anderson, Past Grand Master of the State of Oklahoma and the present Grand Secretary. By Grand Master Cotton:

Brethren, on the part of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, I bid you a most Fraternal and hearty welcome. The Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, while among the infant Grand. Lodges, yet is growing very rapidly in stalwart Masonry, and they have now nearly 30,000 Freemasons, loyal to the prInciples of our institution, and we gladly welcome you to-day in our midst. The Grand Honors were given under direction of the Grand Marshal, and the two distinguished Brethren were conducted to the Grand East. The distinguished visitors made most suitable and interesting remarks, showing the marvelous and stalwart growth of Freema路 sonry in the young State of Oklahoma and the intimate and loving relations of the Masons of Missouri and Oklahoma, which were reo ceived with appreciative applause.

REPORT OF MASONIC HOME BOARD. R. W. Brother Sol E. Waggon'er, President, presented and read the report on :Masonic Home of IVlissouri. TvI. VV. Brother Campbell Wells, Treasurer, read his report on the finances of. the Home. The several reports were adopted and ordered printed in the' Proceedings. (See appendix.)


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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE. M. W. Bro. C. C. \Voods, Chairman, presented the report of Committee on Fraternal Correspondence, which was adopted and ordered printed in proceedings. (See Appendix.)

STANDING RESOLUTION APPEALS, AND GRIEVANCES. M. W. Bro. Campbell \i\Tells offered the following Resolu. tion in writing, which, on motion, was adopted: Whereas, it is necessary fo'r the Committee on Appeals and Grievances to prepare and submit to the Grand Lodge written opinions in causes coming before them, and in order to do this, each member of said Committee must of necessity familiarize himself with the record and testimony in each case; Therefore, Be It Resolved, That all arguments before said Committee on any matter before it shall be made on Monday preceding the opening of the Grand Lodge, and no one shall be heard after that date.

CAMPBELL WELLS, CLAY C. BIGGER, JOHN T. SHORT, R. R. KREEGER, WM. F. KUHN.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS. The following new Sections and Amendments to the Grand Lodge By-Laws were proposed by the several brethren whose names are signed thereto, and given their first reading: War. Bro. E. C. \I\1m. Ortmann offe;'ed the following proposed amendment to Art. XIII, Sec. No. 152, of Grand Lodge By-Laws, which was read for the first time: We, the undersigned, ask that the following change be made -in the By-laws, Art. XIII, Sec. 152: Strike out the word "four" in the second line and insert in lieu thereof the word "three"; strike out the words "within twenty days" in the seventh and eighth lines and insert in lieu. th~reof the following words: "on or before the next stated communication of


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the Lodge", so that the said section, when amended,' shall read as follows: Section 152. Non-Payment of Dues. When a member shall fail to pay his dues within three months after the same become due, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify him of such delinquency by delivering to him, in person, a hill for such indebtedness, or by mailing the same to him at his last known place of residence. Should the delinquent refuse or fail to pay his dues on or before the next stated communication of the Lodge, after the issuancc of such notice, it shall be the duty of the Secretary' to notify the Mastc'r 'ofsuch failure, who shall, in open Lodge, order a notice to be given the delinquent by the Secretary, requiring him to appear at a specified subsequent stated communication to show cause why he should not be suspended for non-payment of dues.

E. C. WM. ORTMANN, ' V. H. FALKENHAINER, W. A. KLEINSCHMIDT, A. P. WATKINS, R. L. DIXON, E. ,B. KITCHELL, ANTHONY F. ITTNER, ARTHUR S. MOREY, HENRY WILKE, JNO. E. SCHMID, HENRY A. STEIN~R, JOHN R. SPENCER, C. L. ALEXANDER. .

\V. Bro. \Vm. Sessinghaus proposed 路the following amendments to By-Laws, to amend Sec. 59a, Art V. and to enact new Section 59b, ,also to repeal all of Sec. 263, Art. XXI: We respectfully submit the following amendment: To amend Sec. 59a, .Art. V-Employment Bure'au-by striking out the words "and payable with" in line eight (8) of said By-laws, so that the section, when so amended, shall read: Section 59a. Ernl)loYln('nt Hureuu. In cities where there are twenty or more Lodges, each Lodge shall appoint, or elect, one of its members, who shall constitute a general Employment Bureau, whose duty shall be to aid unemployed members to secure employment. Such Bureau shall adopt rules for its government; and each Lodge in su'ch city shall contribute the sum of twenty-five cents (25c) per capita per annum to the Employment Bureau, .such contribution to be calculated on the annual Grand Lodge returns. Provided, that no contribution shall be called for when the amount on hand exceeds


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the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). Such Bureau shall emplaya Secretary and maintain a permanent office where applicants may apply for employment.

WM. SESSINGHAUS, WM. RAMSEY. We respectfully submit the following new section to be known as Section 59b, Art. V: . Same. Such Bureau may, in its By-laws, pl'ovide路that Lodges in the county In which the city is, or was, a part can become members and -in like manner provide that Chapters of the Order of Eastern :-Star and any recognize'd Masonic body within the District herein described may become members.

WM. SESSINGHAUS, WM. RAMSEY. We respectfully submit the following: To repeal the entire Section 263 of Article XXI, as printed on page 56 of the Grand Lodge By-laws (1908). WM. SESSINGHAUS, LOUIS MOLLER, WM. RAMSEY, A. J. O'REILLY.

Bro. C. R. Allison and others presented a proposed amendment to Sec. 59a as follows: In order to increase the efficiency of the Employment Bureau by definitely authorizing the payment to it of such funds as are due the BUreau from the Lodges, and to provide for the co-operation of bodies not now affiliated with th~ Bureau, the Executive Committee of the Employment Bureau respectfully submits the following amendment, to-wit: To amend Sec. 59a, Art. V-Employment Bureau-by striking out the words "and payable with", in line eight (8) of said By-law, and insel;ting the words "and payable to the Treasurer of said Bureau", and add the following section: Such Bureau may, in its BY-laws, provide that Lodges in the county of which the city is, or was, a part can become members, and also in liKe manner provide that Chapters of the Order Eastern Star and any recognized Masonic .body within the District herein described may become members.


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So that the section, when so amended, shall read: Section 59a. Emltlo}'me-nt Bureau. In cities where there are twenty or more Lodges, each Lodge shall appoint or elect one of its members, who shall constitute a general Employment Bureau, whose duty shall be ... to aid unemployed members to secure employment. Such Bureaus shall adopt rules for its government, and ea('h Lodge in such city shall contribute the sum of twenty-five cents (25c) per capita per annum to the Employment Bureau, such contribution to be calculated on the annual Grand Lodge returns and payable to the Treasurer of said Bureau, provided, that no contribution shall be called for when the amount ori hand exceeds the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). Such Bureau shall employ a Secretary and maintain a permanent office where applican.ts may apply for employment. Such Bureau may, in its By-laws, provide that Lodges in the county of which the city is, or was, a part can become members and also in like manner provide that Chapters of the Order of Eastern Star and any recognized Masonic body within the District herein described may become members.

C. R. ALLISON, JOHN B. SCHMIDT, J. W. McCORMICK.

CALLED FROM LABOR. At 3 :15 P. 1V1. the Grand Lodge was called from Labor until 7 :30 this evening, in order that the members of the Grand Lodge may visit the l\fasonic Home to take part in the dedication of the new Arlministration Building and acceptance of furnishings thereof from the Order of Eastern Star of lvlissoun.

DEDICATION CEREMONIES OF ADMINIS路TRATION. BUILDING MASONIC HOME OF MISSOURI.

NEW OF

Acceptance of Furnishings Presented by the Ladies of the Order of the Eastern Sta,r of Missouri. The Grand Lodge Officers and members assembled at 4 :30 P. 1VL at the Masonic Home, together with officers and members of the Order of the Eastern Star, to dedicate" the new Administration Building and also to formally accept from the


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ladies of the Eastern Star the beautiful furnishings of this building so generously and lovingly selected and paid for by them. The following proceedings were had: By R. W. Bro. S. E. \iVaggot?er, President of Home Board: B~ethren and Sisters, I have the pleasure of introducing to you M. W. Brother Cotton, Grand Master of Masons of the State of Missouri' who will talk to you about this Administration Building and will give you some explanation as to the future policies. (Applause.)

By Grand Master Cotton: Ladies and Gentlemen, Brothers and Sisters of the Eastern Star: Before speaking, first I will make an announcement that has already been made in part: That is, the ladies of the Eastern Star will serve refreshments, so that you will not need to hurry back down town for supper. (Applause.) Call it dinner, if you like. The next announcement I wish to make is that the United Railways Company has kindly consented to send the cars back for you, and they will be here about 6 :30-after SUI)per. (Cheers.) So, after we eat, we will ride. Now, the next announcement, and the best of them all, is that after the dedication ceremony there will be an inspection of this building, one of the most magnificent in this section of the country, and I want yo~ all to take advantage of this opportunity. We will now dedicate this mag-nificent Administration Building. In the name of the Supreme and Eternal God, the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth, to whom be all honor and glory, I dedicate this building to Freemasonry. In the name of the Supreme and Eternal God, the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth, to whom be all honor and glory, I dedicate this building to virtue. In the name of the Supreme and Eternal God, the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth, to whom be all honor and glory, I deaicate this building to universal benevolence. Now, my friends, the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons in the State of Missouri has done a good work; it is doinga' great work; but a better work, and a greater work in proportion to their numbers is that done by the Order of the Eastern Star. (Applause and cheers.) i haven't words to tell you all the good things that the ladies of thfl Eastern Star are doing and have done for this Home; but I want you to go through and see for yourselves, and in order that your minds may be prepared to appreciate these good things, I am going- to ask Sister Fletcher, Worthy Grand Matron of the Bastern Star (cheers), to tell you about it in more (;路loqucnt, brilliant and fascinating way than any man could tell you. (Cheers.)

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By Brother S. E. Waggoner: Brethren and Sisters: It is not necessary for me personally or in a general way to introduce Sister Fletcher. Sister Fletcher has been connected with the Masonic Home in an advisory capacity for a num~ bel' of years, and her advice and coul)sel have been accepted. It, has been good at all times. She looks, after the young as well as the' old. Not being satisfied with this, she has brought together the ladies of the Eastern Star until they commenced furnishing the Home. Stinted with the old people; then they furnished that beautiful Hospital building that rises to the righ't. Everything that we needEd for that Hospital was furnished by the ladies of the Eastern Star under the direction of the Advisory Board. Now, when it came to our Administration 'Building, the first thing they asked of our Board was the privilege of furnishing it-before we had adopted the plan,S by which we were to build it. Of course, not reluctantly, we granted them that privilege. (Laughter.) To-day that furniture will be on display, and Sister Fletcher will now tell you just how she accomplished sueh wonderful results.

':1\11's. Lillie L. Fletcher, vVo1'thy Grand :Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, spoke as follows: , Sisters and Brothers: I hardly know how to respond to such eloquence as you have just heard. It was only yesterday I learned that I was expected to address this audience and,' as I am not a silvertongued orator and as the du ties of my office have occupied every moment of my time, I was unable to prepare an a'ddress.' However, I ask your indulgence for a few moments while I 'endea,"or to tell yoti what J can about OIH Masonic Home. Most '\Vorshipful Grand Master, President of the Masonic Home, Members of the Masonic Fraternity and Sisters and Brothers of the Order of the Eastern Star: I have been requested by the President of the Masonic Home to say a few words in behalf of, the Order of the Eastern Star. First, however, I desire to congratulate the Grand Lodge of Missouri upon having such a magnificent Home, of which all may he justly proud, and it should be a source of satisfaction and pleasure to all who support it. I am quite sure the members of the Eastern Star are equally proud of the part they have had in this great work. The Masonic and Eastern Star Fraternities are bound by the dearest tics; our aims and purposes should be' one, and if this be true .there is no limit to the possibilities for good which can be acc'omplished through united effort. ]<:;very organization must have some definite purpose in order to exist. Our great aim, as I see it, is the uplift of humanity, the caring for the sick and helpless and those less fortunate members of our Order. We are apt to look upon the Home as a finished product and think that we have discharged our obligations to it, but this is an erron~ous


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idea. We fully believe that in the eternal fitness of things the work of this grand organization must continue to live and flourish, exerting an influence that will last while Time endures. A system that honors God and benefits mankind should be welcomed and sustained. \Vhile it has been the work of the Masonic Fraternity to provide these wonderful. buildings and to care for the family, which is the prerogative of a good and true father, the Eastern Star has tried to exert the tender influence of a good and true mother. True, our effort:j were small in the beginning-, but they have increased from year to year, and today we look with pride upon our achievements and feel that another star has been added to our crown. This is a most auspicious hour and one to which we have long iooked forward with great anticipation. We deem it a great pleasure to present the furnishings of the Administration Building to the Masonic Home, and thank God it has been our blessed privilege to have had a part in the upbuilding of this Home; and, as the years come and go, may our intel'est never grow less. The Masonic Home is the crowning glory of the Masonic and Eastel'n Star Fraternities. Let路 us ever continue cheerfully and libel" ally to support this worthy cause.

By Brother Waggoner: I am not known as a silver-tongued orator, but we have amon:;, us now a brother who is known as one of the silver-tongued orators of the State. He is well known among the Eastern Star Chapters, as well as to the Brethren. You will always find him equal to any and superior to most and always equal to all occasions. I am going to request Most \Vors.hipful Brother William F. KUhn, a member of the Board, to accept, on路 behalf of the Boal'd, the splendid furnishings of the Masonic Home of Missouri. (Applause.)

lVlost Worshipful Brother Knhn, in acceptance of the furnishings, spoke as follows: Mr. President, M. W. Grand M'aster and Worthy Grand Matron: Ye路sterday I was informed that, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home, who are but the servants of the Grand Lodge, I was to make the address of acceptance. I would not have you thilil{; that I was the only one on the Board who possessed the gallantry to respond to such an addl'ess coming from the Grand Matron. (Applause.) Possibly I am the only one who is not afraid of them: (Laughter.) You know that when they get started, they go. I have associated with the Sisters of the Eastern Star a good many years, and I know that when they start to do a thing, they do it. You see what they have done. 'Ve can not do justice to their acts. You will have to go through this building, in fact, all of the buildings. to see what they have done. But before going, there is one thing about which I wish to caution you. The Board of Directors met yesterday for the first time in its handsomely furnished room. After 路we were comfortably in session, the Sisters notified the President. Brother


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Waggoner, Vice-President 'i\Tells and Secretary Saunders that they should buy carpet slippers if they sat around that mahogany table to prevent marring it. Be careful, therefore, as you go through these buildings; you also will notice the thing that is so dear to every woman's heart-the color scheme. You will see in everything harmony of color. When you step into the hall you should see that your socks and your necktie have a red streak in them in order to harmonize with the ~Ug.. (Laughter.) When you go into the reception room, take them off and put on those that have a light shade of brown, and as you enter the Directors' room, change again and wear green so as not to spoil the harmony. "'hen you go upstairs and see the children's rooms, where each one has a different colored rug-well, don't do anything. (Laughter.) It reminds me of a little incident that occurred when a colored woman for the first time saw a chameleon. She said: "'i\Then dey ·pu t dat camely on a red dress, he just turned red; when dey put dat camely on a blue dress, he just dun turned hisself blue; when dey ·put dat camely on a green dress, he just dun turned hisself green, and when dey put him on a Scotchman's kilty. dat old fool camely just done bust hisself." (Laughter.) J do not want any of you to bust yourselves when you see the many colored carpet:> upstairs. But, Brethren, in all seriousness, we want you to see what the Eastern Star has done. It is indeed a pleasure, on behalf of the Board. and on behalf of the Grand Lodge, to accept this generous, this magnificent gift from the hands. of the Grand Chapter of the Order of the gastern Star of Missouri. (Applause.) I want you to see, as you go through these buildings, those beautiful rugs, the fine furniture ani the draperies. Go through the rooms everywhere; go upstairs and see those beautiful white beds and the bedding for the children. See the bed spreads, the dresser scarfs, the dressers, the little tables, and ·when you get through, go into the old people's department; go into the Hospital and see the beds on which the old people are spending the last hours of their lives. Note the comforts that you find everywhere, and then you will be prepared to say: "God bless the Eastern Star." Brethren, let me tell you that we had barely started on this new building when they came forward to do the furnishing. Inside of a year they have gathered from their little resources a nickel here and a dime there, a quarte·r here and a half dollar there, until they present . us to-day, in this building alone, these furnishing that cost them about $10,000.00. Could we have done it? I do not know; but they did it. and they tell us that they have $2,000.00 left with which to do something more. There is· no end to their resources. Let us go fUl'ther' From the time when we laid the corner stone of the Hospital Building, they began work there; they went into the old people's department and they began work there. TO'sum up, the Order of the Eastern Star has put into this Masonic Home within the last four years over $25,000.00. But this has not ended it, when we consider their per capita assessment and the endless contributions that come constantly if expressed in cold figures, would amount to nearly $75,000.00. Can you comprehend these figures, Brethren? And then to think that it has not cost you one cent-not a single cent. This magnificent gift has been given by the wives, widows, sisters and daughters of the


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Freemasons of this grand old State. Possibly some of you have been a little niggardly. in giving your wife or. daughter a dime or quarter to put into the O. E. S. treasury. On behalf of the Grand Lodge-and when I say the Grand Lodge, I mean you, Brethren; you make the Grand Lodge, not the Directors of the Home-on your behalf, we accept this magnificent gift. Surely there was in the heart of every woman, whether she serves on the Advisory Board, whether she is a Grand Officer of the Grand Chapter or the humblest woman in the humblest and smallest Chapter in the State, a sublime idea to have 路contributed to this enterprise; surely she had some great motive in mind. Brethren, women have visions; they see things, and we are glad that they do. We accomplish things exactly in proportion to the visions that we have. No man or woman has ever accomplished anything in this world unless he or she was led by a vision. And what is that vision? It is their soul's desire projected into space, toward which they are looking, towards which they are working, towards which they are grasping and longing for its accomplishment. The women of the O. E. S. had a vision. It was born of God, dedicated to love and for the fulfillment of the Master's command when he said, "Feed my lambs." They have seen the glory of dedicating their work to somebody's welfare. The glory of doing something for somebody else. To make hearts lighter and lives brighter, to supplant sorrow with joy and to transform misery into happiness. Brethren, when you and I come to the realization of that sam~ ideal that it is not self, but our Brother's good, that is actuating our activities, Freemasonry will come to its own. It matters not what your theories or religion may be, unless it goes forth in the spirit that underlies the things that we have seen here to-day from the hands of these women, our Freemasonry "and our religion are failures and will come to naught. Only in proportion as we make men, women and children happy is Freemasonry worth anything on this earth. It is to this vision, Brethren, you are directed. It is to this glory that the Eastern Star has pointed out to us that I would invite you. It is for this that we thank the Order of the Eastern Star. It is not only for to-day; it is not only for to-morrow, but to ages yet to come will their good works extend, for these boys and these girls will be living when many of us will have gone to our eternal reward. They will pass it on and on to others, and we know not in that distant future but that this work of the women of the Eastern Star and of Freemasonry will shine with a greater glory far more transcendent than we see it to-day. (Prolonged applause.)

By Brother vVaggoner: Now you can understand what a "sHver-tongued orator" means. Brethren and Sisters, but few of you have had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of our "Little Mother" of the Home, Sister Baker. I wish to introduce to you our "Little Mother" of the Home, Sister Baker. (Sister Baker, being urged to step forward, was greeted with great applause.) I hope that each one of you will become intimately acquainted with her before you leave the Home, even if it does make her right hand a little tired.


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In that connection, we have recently had come to us from away in the western part of the country, in the State, you might say from Kansas City on thE' Kaw River, one who has taken the place of Mrs. Anna Lee as Matron of the old people, and I now desire to introduce to you Mrs. May C. Stevenson, who will be with you when you are making your visit through the building. Sister Stevenson. (Siste:Stevenson steps forward and is greeted with hearty applause.) The ladies of the Advisory Board, which is constituted of thre(~ ladies of the Eastern Star-Mrs. Barney of Chillicothe, 路Mrs. Moore of St. Joseph and Mrs. Fletcher of St. Louis-are here, and I desire to introduce to you now the other two, Mrs. Barney and Mrs. Moore, and to thank them again for all the aid they have .given us so unstintedly and the wonderful service they have been to us with their advice and counsel. (Applause.)

By Grand l\!faster Cotton: Brethren, let us pray. in prayer?

Brother Grand Chaplain, will you lead us

Prayer by Grand Chaplain James 1\.1. Boon: Almighty God, our hearts are filled with gratitUde for this day and for all that has been done and that in Thy good Providence this great institution, this great Administration Building, has been finished and furnished. Vle thank Thee for the institution of Freemasonry that responded first 路to the call. vVe thank Thee for the Order of the Eastern Star, who, unsolicited and out of pure, true hearts, have come to the assistance of their Br'ethren and have so beautifully equipped this huilding. Preserve the lives of all of our Brethren, make us all good and usful, and bring us all Home in Thine own good time to the God abov.e, we ask in Thine own blessed name. Amen.

,Response: So mote it be.

By Brother vVaggoner: ,Ve will ask the Reception Committee that has been ap'pointed by the Board to take .charge of the Brethren and Sisters and Directors and see that they go through every section of this building. Now, I believe it has already been announced that the ladies will serve lunch later. But I will first ask the Reception Committee, composed of the District Deputy and other members who have been appointed, to take charge of the Brethren and Sisters and conduct them through the Home.

The visitors were conducted through every part of Home and its several buildings, and about six o'clock ladies of the Eastern Star served a delightful luncheon in dining room of the Home to all who cared to partake, Brethren then being taken on special cars down town for evening session of the Grand Lodge.

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FIRST DAY-EVENING SESSION. The Grand Lodge was called to' Labor at 7 :35 P. IvY. by 1\1. VV. Bro. Tolman Cotton, Grand Master, assisted by the other Grand Officers. Prayer by R. VV. and Rev. Bro. James M. Boon,' 'Grand Chaplain.

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CALLED FROM LABOR. At 9 :30 P. 1\1. the Grand Lodge was called from' Labor until 9 o'clock to-nlorrow morning. Divine protection ~vas invoked by R. W. and Rev. Bro. James M. noon, Grand Chaplain.


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SECOND DAY-MORNING SESSION. St. Louis, Wednesday, September 29~ 1915. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge was called to Labor at 9 o'clock A. M. by the I\1. \"1. Grand Master, Tolman \"1. Cotton, the other Grand Officers occupying their respective stations. Hymn: "Nearer, I\1y God, to Thee." Thanksgiving and prayer, led by R. W. and Rev. Bro. John H. Miller, Grand Chaplain.

MINUTES READ AND APPROVED. The minutes' of the several sessions of yesterday \"ere read by the Grand Secretary and approved by the Grand Lodge.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON GRAND MASTER'S ADDRESS. M. W. Bro. Xen,ophon Ryland, Chairman of the Committee on Grand I\1aster's Address, read the following report, which was adopted: . To the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: Brethre'n: Your Committee, discharging the duty assigned to it, would report as follows: The Address of the M. W. Grand Master commends itself to this body for its conciseness, eloquence and firmness in which he met and fulfilled the arduous duties of the high office with which he was entrusted and his fidelity in reporting the same to this body. We recognize the peace and harmony prevailing throughout our Grand Jurisdiction and the absence of those things which tend in so many instances to disturb and annoy the Craft in their noble and glorious purpose which they evidently pursue under the guidance and blessing of the Grand Architect Of the Universe. ' The tender mention of our departed Fraternal Dead is worthy of its place, and the subject-matter is referred to the Com~ittee on Necrology. The instruction and wise monitions gIven to the Craft in such a . felicitous manner and loving spirit early in his administration meet with our hearty approval. .


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His action in regard to Cecil Lodge, No. 595, was in strict accordance with the law.

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The laying of the corner stone of the new Capitol Building at 'Jefferson City is fittingly commemorated and marks an epoch in the history of the State of Missouri and of the deep interest taken by the Craft in the material progress of Imperial Missouri and her appreciation of the Craft. The action of the Grand Master regarding his own and the appointment of Grand Representatives by other Grand Jurisdictions is approved. The views of the Grand Master concerning permanent quarters for the Grand Secretary and better safety for the valuable records of the Grand Lodge deserve the consideration and future actlon of this Grand Lodge. This matter is referred to the Special Committee on Lease of Offices to report at the nex~ Annual: Communication. Your Committee notices with pleasure the increase of membership, and we have no doubt that the consolidation 'of some of our weaker Lodges would increase the efficiency and prosperity of the Craft. The issuing of Dispensations by the Grand Master, as reported by him, is approved, with the cautionary remark: The ballot is a very sacred rig-ht, and a re-ballot should never be ordered in any case until the Grand Master has fully examined it. As no objection was made in the instances reported, we conclude his actions were for good cause. The Grand Master is commended for his zeal in the visitation of subordinate Lodges, and his recommendations concerning the contracting of debts and inf'ormation to be given to the Grand Master in cases of attempted loan is wisely suggested. That part of his Address referring to the Masonic Home should go to the Committee having that subject in charge. The request of Kennedy Lodge, No. 329, for the remission and return of dues is referred to the Committee on Charity. So much of the Address relating to the decisions of the Granll Master is assigned to the Committee on Jurisprudence. Your Committee rejoices to learn that nothing' mars our happy relation with other Grand Jurisdictions. We notice with pleasure the gifts to and acceptance by the Grand Master, in behalf of the Grand Lodge, of the gavels mentioned in his Address. The Order of the Eastern Star has greatly endeared itself to this - Grand Lodge and the Craft everywhere for its noble endeavors, costly gifts to and its magnificent support of the Masonic Home. May we never, by any action of this Grand Body, forfeit their respect for us nor prove unworthy of their boundless generosity.


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In conclusion. we congratulate Brother Cotton upon his able, effiwise administration and assure him that in his retirement from office he is followed by the benedictions of his Brethren. cien~and

Fraternally submitted, XENOPHON RYLAND, JOSEPH C. FINAGIN, ALEXANDER M. 'DOCKERY, DAVID M. 'VILSON, CHARLES C. WOODS, JOHN T. SHORT, ROBERT F. STEVENSON, . JAMES W. BOYD, JOHN R. PARSON, 'ROBERT R. KREEGBR, ARTHUR M. HOUGH, WILLIAM A. HALL, DORSEY A. JAMISON, CLAY C. BIGGER, CORONA H. BRIGGS, ARCH A. JOHNSON, CAMPBELL WELLS, .JACOB LAMPERT, WILLIAM, F. KUHN, VAN F. BOOR. ALGERNON S. HOUSTON,

STANDING COMMITTEES. The Granel Master antlOunccel the following list of Standing' and Special Committees, which' was read by the Granel S~cretary and copies posted in Grand Lodge room: JURISPRUDENCE.-D. A. ,Jamison, Chairman; Arch A. Johnson, W路m. A. ~all, Robert A. May, B. E. Bigger, J. M. Carnahan, Sam D. Hodgd.on, Thad B. Landon. APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES.-Thos. H. Reynolds, Chairman; Anthony F. Ittner, Thos. F. Hurd, O. L. Munger, A. L. Ross, YV. W. M~rpn, C. J. Blackburn. yVAYS AND. MEANS.-A. M. Dockery, Chairman; Campbell.YVelIs. Walter A. Coon, A. D. Giffin, Chas. Banks, R. E. Fisher, L. C. Beazley. ,CREDENTIALS.-Wm. E~. Hoke, Chail'man; Frederick Surridge, 'Vm. M. Kenner, Aug.F. Weeke, Max 'Vittman. PAY ROLL.-Walter R. ShrodEs, Chairman; R. B. Campbell, Thos. ,D. Martin, J. J. 'VeIlS, A. A. Taber. CHARTERED LODGES:-C. L. Alexander, Chairman; R. YV. Stalnaker, J. M. Goodrich, R. "\-V. Miller. LODGES U. D.-James A. Boone, Chairman; T. G. Bottsford, G. A. Saml:>le, Carl G~ Ross, A. M. Harlan,' J. R. Pollock, "V. W. Cram-er. CHARITY.-Andrew J. O'Reilly, Chairman; C. Eo Clowe, Frank Clark, J. J. Suter, Jno .. S: Nally, Frank Seidel, O. E. Leslie.

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REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.-R. H. McMinn, Chairman; Geo. F. Rixey, S. S. Nowlin, J.E. Thompson, G. C. Million, E. L. Koontz, J. F. Meador, T. A. Burchett. MASONIC BOARDS OF RBLIEF.-Van F. Boor, Chairman; G. W., Custer, KirbyLamar, \\r. M. Love, Jr., F. W. Wenkle, John Holloway, c,h,as. ,V路路路VYQ8 dS . . . RITUAL.-D. M. 'Vilson, Chairman; John T. Short, ."Vm. A. Hall. R. R. Kreeger, Campbell Wells.


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MASONIC HOME.-\T. O. Saunders, Chairman; T. W. Hoskins,. Blair Miller, Ge.o. E. Mayhall, Logan Wood. FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE.-Chas. C. Woods, Chairman. 路OBITUARIES.-Corona H. Briggs, Chairman; T. M. Ruclrer,. D. T. Kizer, E. H. Orear, J. R. Garstang, A. Frey. AUDITING.-L. H. Abrams, Chairman; Clar.enceVV. Condie. GRAND MASTERiS 路ADDRESS.-Xenophon Hyland, Chairman. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.-vV. A. Phipps, Chairl"t;lan;.Henry. F. Millan, E. W. Prentiss, VI,T. 1,'. McFall, T. H. Nichols. TRANS.PORTATION AND HOTELS.-Frazer P. Gibbs, Chairman.

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RECOGNITION' O:F" FOREiGN GRAND LODGES.-Vlm. F. Kuhn, J.

'\T. Boyd, Campbell Weils, R. F. Stevenson; C. C. Woods.

MANUALS.-Wm. E. Hoke,J. C. Garrell, Jos. S. Mclntyre,.V/m. A. Hall; ErnestB. Kitchell. RITUALS.-D. M. Wilson, John, T. Short, Wm. A. Hall, R. R. Kreeger,' Campbell Wells.' LEASE OF OFFICES.-A. M. Dockery, Campbell Wells, 0., A. Lucas. LOCKWOOD LODGE, No. 52L-H. H. Finley, G. D. Allee, B. R. Eiliott. . . " LISTS.-J, L. Porter, J. O. lIogg, Percy A. Budd. REVISION OF BY'-LAWS GOVERNING APPEALS.-Arch A. Johnson,' Thos. F. Hurd, Joseph S.1\1:clntyre.

REPORT OF GRAND LECTURER. R. W ..Bro. ].路路R. :McLachlan presented and read his report as Grand Lecturer, which was adopted, as.follows: Kah'oka, Mo., Sept. 28, '1915. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons or" the State of Missouri: Brethren: Inerewith present my Annu~l Report as Grand Lecturer. T'he record of 'my labors, year after year, varies but little; a' history, without any adornment, of work done and results accomplishe.d. I am pleased to report that, notwithstanding the diffi-cuHics we have experienced, Freemasonry has prospered and our membership will show a satisfactory increase. The activity displayed', by ma:ny of our Lodges was a source of agreeable surprise to me ,on~,account ' of conditions." J have been in all sections of the State and .h~ld 'Lodges of Instruction at the following places: Center, Louisiana; Bowling


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Green, Troy, Wentzville, Palmyra, De Soto, Bonne Terre, Farmington, \Villiamsburg, New Bloomfield, Columbia, Laflin, Bloomfield, Dexter, Malden, Senath, Portageville, Greenville, Kahoka, BuncetoI), Jefferson City, Linneus, Norborne, Parkville, Mound City, Rock Port, Savannah, Excelsior Springs; Se'dalia, Boonville, Lee's Summit, Butler, Lamar, Greenfield, Ava, Seymo'ur, Willow Springs, West Plains, Marionville, Ozark, Bolivar, Steelville, Lebanon, Independence, Kansas City, Cameron, Brunswick, Kirksville, Granby, Neosho, Joplin, Carthage, Springfield, SUlliv'an,' St. Clair, Montgomery City, Fulton, Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Ironton and Union. A t many places I was abiy assisted by the District Lecturers of their respective Districts. They were always ready to do their part, and I am under obligations to them for their valuable aid. We wer~ honored by the presence of M. W. Brother Tolman W. Cotton, Grand Master, who was with us a number of times, especially in the south part of the State. These Lodges of Instruction varied in the attendance according to the time and place of holding them, but usually they exceeded expectations. I had hoped to be able to attend some of the meetings of the Lodge of Instruction and other Masonic occa- , sions in St. Louis during the year, but failed in my expectations. I have been at all times in touch with the situation. Reports of the excellent work done by my representative, R. W. Brother Charles H. Pope, the District Lecturer, convinces me that he was at all times equal to the occasion, and the cause of Freemasonry has continued to advance under his guidance.

All are aware of the difficulties under which I have labored during the past two years and my great bereavement. The consideration shown me by. the Brethren everywhere in the State, the many expressions of sympathy which I received were a source of comfort and consolation to me in the sad hours and have done much to cheer and sustain me through the lonely days. It is with sorrow that I am called upon to chronicle the death of R. W.: Brother 'G€orgeH.·Pike, our Lecturer of the Thirty-second Distr.ict. He departed this life on the 26th day of April, 1915. We who were intimately associated with him and knew his worth feel deeply the loss to the Fraternity and community in which he lived. The example of his fife, his de-votion to duty, his untiring industry and his moral. courage will make us better for having known him. Our hearts go out in sympathy to his loved ones in their bereavement.

The general condition of our Lodges is good. 'l'he' District Lecturers, in their reports to me, give information of growth here and of lethargy, in sO,me other L.odge. Hope is .expressed that with the new material being received life will be restored and, as a rule, this hope is not in vain. Visitation among the different Lodges has been quite a factor in arousing interest in the work. The automobile and good roads have brought the distant Lodge near. It is nothing unusual to see in my Lodges of Instruction Brethren who had come as far as thirty miles to witness the exemplification of the work. This is a good indication of the interest of these Brethren and accounts for their high standard


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of proficiency. In conclusion, I gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the District Lecturers, who have been faithful in the performanc-a of every duty. The abstract that follows and is made a part of this report .is an evidence of their zeal and fidelity:

ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF DISTRICT LECTURERS. Brother Charles C. Gardner, of the Second District, makes a favOI'able 'report of the conditions of the Craft in his District. All but two of the Lodges deserve special mention. Kirksville Lodges have been unusually active, and the Brethren arc good, conscientious workers. He held seven Lodges of Instruction and, besides being in attendance at his own Lodge all the time, made many visitations to others. He reports the most successful and harmonious year in the history of Freemasonry in this District. Brother John C. Senate, of the Third District, held eight Lodges of Instruction and visited nine of the eleven Lodges in his District. The attendance was good, and in nearly every instance the interest was all that could be desired. The members of the various Lodges are capable of doing good ritualistic work, and are all endeavoring to maintain the high standard of excellence. Brothtr E. M. \Vilson, of the Fourth District, held Lodges of Instruction at Laredo, Galt, Ravanna and Mercer. He visited Trenton Lodge and found them very active and doing good work. The Lodges in this District are all in good working condition and have been doing some work. Circumstances' prevented further visitations, but he has kept himself informed as to the existing conditions throughout the District. Brother J, E. Reese, of the Seventh District, visited all of the Lodges, assisted in conferring Degrees and gave instruction. He held Lodges of Instruction at Maryville, Clearmont, Elmo and ~avenwood with good results. He reports a busy year's work for the Lodges with a very SUbstantial gain in membership. His services were in frequent demand and he responded to every call. . Brother B. F. Watson, of the Ninth District, visited a number of his Lodg-~s and held Lodges o.f Instruction at Whitesville and Saxton, on which occasions much interest was manifested. During the months of January, February and March weekly Lodges of Instruction were held at St. Joseph for the benefit of the city Lodges. These meetings were: well attended and much good was accomplished. Unseasonable weather prevented further visitations, but' he reports all of the Lodges doing more or less work and their manner of doing it as very satisfactory. Brother C. A. Shaw, of the Tenth District, visited eight of the Lodges in his District and eith~r exemplified the work or assisted in conferring Degrees. He reports the Lodges in general good condition, and in their proficienc'y from fair to good. The excessive rains and the high water prevented him from making further visitations and holding other Lodges of Instruction.


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Brother Emsley C. James, of the Eleventh District, held'Lodgea . of lnstz'uction of, th~ce days each' at Kearney, Hemple arid Plattsburg. '.rhese meetings wel'e well attended and the Brethren were fairly proficient in the work. He was also present, and assisted the Grand Lecturer, in a Lodge of Instruction at Excelsior Springs. Visitations 'wet~ rna-ae' with theLod~es'at Lathrop. and Cameron, and in~tnictions given. He reports progress made in the Lodg'cs during the year. ' Brother R. A. Tharp, of the Twelfth District, held four Lodges of Instruction, in which the attendance was good, and the results satisfactory. He visited most all'o! the other Lodges and rendered what,ever assistance required.. He reports them as ,doing creditable work and the Lodges generally in gOOd condition. Brother Eo W. Tayler, of the Thirteenth District, visited all of the sev.en Lodges under his charge and reports that the officers in charge are 'fairly proficient in the. work and the membership, especially of those Lodges that are actiYe, attend very well. Dockery and Biswell Lodges have done very little work路 and the interest, in consequence, is lacking. A quarterly meeting has been instituted, at which time Degrees are conferred by the different. Lodges, whiCh, it is expected, will have the, effect of stimulating the Brethren w.ith a determination to excel. Brother George F., Brewington, of the Fourteenth District, visited all the Lodges in his District and held three Lodges. of Instructioh 'with good attendance and good results. All these Lodges do creditable work, and Lodges Nos.' 172, 228, 237, 537,' 305, 102 and, 268 deserve special mention. The District meeting held at Macon was very successful,' and the occasion was enjoyed by everyone. With but oneexceptibn, all the Lodges in the District had a representative. Brother B. E. Bigger, of the Fiftecnth District, made numerous visitations and kept himself informed as to the conditions existing in all the Lodges. He h'eld Lodges of Instruction at路 La Grange, La Belle, Philadelphia and Ewing. 'The Brethren were attentive and interested in perfecting themselves and are deserving of praise for the progress they made and the effective work they are doing. Weekly Lodges of Instruction were held at Hannibal for, a short time, but on account of other conditions were discontinued. He feels justified in saying that the work of the District路 has improved and .is steadily improving. Brother Robert A. May, of the Sixteenth District, held Lodges of Instruction' at Franl<ford and New London, besides being present and assisting the Grand.Lc~turer at Center, LOUisiana and Bowling q-reen. He reports a very satisfactory year. The work done has resulted in a general awakening. Enthu~iasm has been arouscd and some );oOd work is being .done. Visitations were made at five of the Lodges, and others would have received attention, but weather conditions prevented, Brother Thomas 'F. Hurd, of the Seventeenth District, visited the Lodges at Madison, Middle Grove, Stoutsville and Paris and. gives a detailed account of the conditions of each. The most of them are . endeavoring to master the ritual with commendable zeal, while som:~

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of them, on acc6unt of their lack· of members or on account of local conditions, are not ~s zealous as they should be. He has given much private inst~uction, as has been his eustom, and devoted much of his spare ti~~' to advance the cause of Freemasonry and feels that his efforts have 'produced good results . . Brother T. H. Walton, of the Eighteenth District, made ,several visitations and held sessions of Instruction at Mobel'ly and Clark. He reports fair attendance and the officers good .in the work. Brother G. vv. Rucker,of the Nineteenth District, reports that they have made considerable advancement in interest, proficiency and members. Foul' county· meetings ,were held during the year, ,all of which were interesting and instructive, lind much good has been accomplished at these meetings. The progress made is very remark~ able. Brother . William Baker, of the .Twentieth District, held Lodge~ of Instruction at Hale, Bosworth, Carrollton, De "Vitt, Hardin, Richmond, Lawson,Millville' and assisted the Grand Lecturer at Norborne. He reports the attendance fair, and the interest taken. by thos€' present was very gratifying. He notes a decided improvemen~ in tht3 work. Brother Henry C. Noland, of the Twenty~tirst District, held but two Lodges of Instruction during the year, one at Parkville and the other at Dearborn. Considerable ins.truction was given at different. times and ,places, as well as on occasions of visitation. Most of the Lodges do the work in a very creditable manner. . Brother Alex McDonald, of .the Twenty-second District, reports that meeting'S were held during the months of January and February. There was 'an exceptio'nally large attendance at all of these meetings. and the officers of the various Lodges showed, a determination to become proJicient. He visited all the Lodges in his District and foun,d them performing their duties in a very creditable manner. Brother 'V. T. 'Vernwag, of the' Twenty-third District, gave in-' struction to Lexington Lodge at various times during the year; alsu. at Higginsville. These Lodges of 1nstruction usually preceded Degree work, and the creditable manner in which the Degrees were conferred was a sufficient compensation for the effort.s put forth on such occasions. Visitations were made with Mt. Hope and Aullville Lodges and some instructions given. He reports progress in all the Lodges and mentions one or two of them in which the work done by them would be a credit to any Lodge in the Grand Jurisdiction. Broth8r J. S. Wilson. of the '.rwenty-fourth District, reports visitation at Cambridge, Arrow ],lock, Malta He'nd and Marshall and gave such instruction as' he COuld. He has. kept informed of con/jitions in all the Lodges, and all,' with one exception, are doing well. The work in the District is in fairly good condition. Brother E. 'E. Amick, of the Twenty-fifth District, held Lodge of Instruction at New Franklin and visitEd the Lodges at Otterville,' Pilot Grove, Prairie Home and Boonville, where some instruction was usually given. He says that the year has not been an active one in his District, but the membership has increased as much as could reason··' a.bly be expected.


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Brother J. R. Wharton, of the Twenty-sixth District, visited all of the nine Lodges of his District, with the exception of Hinton and Ancient Landmark. Outside of Columbia, no Lodge of Instruction was held, but some real good was accomplished during brief visits. Brother S. P. Cunningham, of the Twenty-seventh District, reports that he held Lodges of Instruction with the following Lodges: Central, Mokan'e, Houston, New Bloomfield, Shamrock, Fulton, Laddonia and at both Lodges in Mexico. In these several meetings representa路tives were present from all Lodges except Vandalia and Aux Vasse. He says that the Lodges are making progress in efficiency and that the ideals of the Fraternity are higher than ever before. Brother J. E. Reeds, of the Twenty-eighth District, visited all but two of the Lodges, assisted in conferring Degrees and gave some instruction. He also was present and assisted the Grand Lecturer in a Lodge of Instruction at Montgomery City. He reports the condition of the Lodges to be good, and the business, wh~ther it be Degree work or not, is conducted in a decorous and creditable manner. Brother J. W. Powell, of the Twenty-ninth District, reports a number of visitations among the Lodges, in which he assisted in conferring Degrees, installing officers and making himself generally useful. The Lodges have been fairly active, with the' exception of Nineveh at Olney, which is in a stagnant condition. With the exception of this Lodge, he is passably satisfied with the work in this District. He says, "There are 423 Master Masons in the District, and from the standpoint of morality and integrity, they are the best." Brother \Villiam C. Heck, of the Thirty-first District, visi,ted eight of the ten Lodges in his District, held five Lodges of Instruction and attended a State Lodge of Instruction during the year. He speaks favo'rably of the working ability of the Lodges visited, notes the improvement made and commends the Brethren for their zeal and enthusiasm. He reports the work as being satisfactorily done, the attendance at meetings and Lodges of Instruction good and the interest never better. Brother Charles H. Pope, of the Thirty-third District, repo'rts as follows: "From October 1st, 1914, to June 1st, 1915, meetings of the Lodge of Instruction, presided over by Rig'ht Worshipful Brother KarlM. Vetsburg, District Deputy Grand Master, were held about once a week. In all, thirty-four meetings were held, with a total attendance of 4,109, consisting of 1,343 officers and 2,766 members of the Craft. an average attendance of 121 Brethren per meeting. "At each meeting of the Lodge of Instruction, in addition to the Floor Class, private classes were conducted by competent instructors in the Raising and Receiving in the East, Deacons' and Stewards' work, Candidates' Lectures, Master's Lectures and Middle Chamber Lectures. "The Lodges of the Thirty-third District are in splendid condition, the officers and members earnestly endeavoring to perfect their work to the highest degree possible. "The loyalty of the Craft and its continued support to the Lodge of Instruction throughout the past year has not only been ex'tremely gratifying, but has made the work of your District Lecturer most


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pleasant, and it is my earnest hope that my efforts have bee,n of some value to the Craft." Brother R. B. Campbell, of the Thirty-fifth District, visited and held Lodges of Instruction with the following Lodges: Rich Hill, Crescent Hill, Hume, Tyrian, Papinsville, Amsterdam and Butler. He reports them all in good condition, except Amsterdam and Tyrian, which are far below the standard. He also visited Rockville Lodge and found them in good condition. Foster Lodge could not be reached on account of high water. A tabulated statement of, tbe year's work in the District accompanied the report. Brother 'V. H. Crisman, of the Thirty-sixth District, visited a number of the Lodges and reports them in good condition in every respect. All but two of the Lodges show a growth in numbers. Sedalia and Leeton are especially mentioned for their activity. He expresses himself as pleased with the improvement made during the year and predicts that progress made in the future will be even more satisfactory. Brother W. H. Fristoe, of the Thirty-seventh District, visited but two of the Lodges in his District. During the time that is usually devoted to this work, the condition of Brother Fristoe's health would not permit 'him to perform the duties which devolved on him, and on regaining his health, the season was not very propitious. Knowing the Brother's zeal, I am sure it was a great disappointment to him. I trust that his strength may be restored and many more years of service given him. Brother W. C. MaYfield, of the Thirty-eighth District, held Lodges of Instruction with the following Lodges: Competition, Iberia and Linn Creek, besides occasionally night sessions with his own Lodge. He reports that the Lodges are fairly and reasonably proficient in the work and are earnestly endeavoring to improve themselves. Brother C. E. Pyle, of the Fortieth District, held Lodges of Instruction at Festus, Irondale, Blackwell, Belgrade and De Soto, all "Jf which were w'ell attended and a good interest manifested. He is pleased to' report that in nearly every instance marked improvement was made in the work. All the Lodges displayed some activity and, taking the District as a whole, he considers it- to be in good condition. Brother Joe 'V. Gravely, of the FortY-flrstDistrlct, reports that early in the year he was called to Urbana and Hermitage to instruct the Brethren in Degree work. A Lodge of Instruction was held at Bolivar, conducted by the Grand Lecturer. No other instruction was given. Brother H. H. Finley, of the Forty-second District, reports that some of the Lodges are quite' active and others not doing so well. Lodges of Instruction were held at Lockwood and Greenville and visits were made to other Lodges with the result that some have been aroused to action, ,and we are hopeful for good results in future. Brother Sam B. Vickers, of the Forty-third District, was very active during the year. He visited every Lodge but one, and this would have received attention, but they lost their Lodge room by fire and had no place to meet. Lodges of Instruction were held at Golden, Hermann, Lamar, Milford and Unity. A detailed account of the con-


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dition of each Lodge is given, the difficulties they are encountering and prospects for the future. The most of them are inftourishing ·circumstances; while a f~w seem to be making no progress. Taking the District as a whole, they are doing reasonably fair work. Brother W. M. 'Wallingford, of the Forty-fourth District, had .but a short time' in which to work, since his appointment to 'fill the va· caney caused by the resignation of Brother Elliott. He, however, visited a number of Lodges, assisted, in conferring Degrees and gave some instruction. 'rhe Lodges are in good condition and have had a good yea~ . Brother George W. Custer, of the Forty-fifth District, during th~ months of February and March, held weekly Lodges 'of Instruction at Springfield, in which representatives from nine Lodges partici'pated. Much general good· was accomplished and the officers became quite proficient. A Lodge of Instruction was also held at Republic with good, attendance and interest. Other Lodges were visited at various times. He reports "all the Lodges are doing· fairly goou work'." Brother Carl' A. Swenson, of the Forty-sixth District, visited most of the Lodges in his District, gave individual instrucUon to members '01' all the Lodges and instituted Bado Lodge U. D. early in the year. Much interest 'in Freemasonry is manifested, and most of the Lodges are doing good work. Brother J. M. Ca.rnahan, of the Forty-seventh District, visited and held Lodges of Instruction with every Lodge in his District, besides making frequent visitations to a number'of them. He reports good attendance at each of these 'meetings and the Brethren intent on learning the work. He believes that more progress has been made in learning the ritual than ever before. All the Lodges are in excellent condition' and are doing very creditable' work. Brother G.' vV. Miller, of the Forty-ninth District, regretfully reports that he did .Jess. work than in any preceding year on account of spending a long time i'n a sanitarium undergoing. a serious operatiOn. Four Lodges of Instruction, howeYer, were held with good results. The Lodges have been fairly active, all are in good condition and the work is very well done. Brother James A. Boone, of the Fiftieth District, held one Lodge of Instruction, which was not' very well attended; also frequent sessions at Charleston, at which others attended, and from time to time instructed officers of various Lodges. The work is quite well done by some of the Lodges. At least four of them deserve speciai mention for the improved manner in which their work is performed. All seem to be doing some work, increasing in membership and. w'orking harmoniously. . Brother Virgil P. Adams, of the Fifty-first District, held four Lodges of Instruction, visited nine Lodges and assisted in conferring Degrees in each of them. He has given much private instruction to the officers and members of the various Lodges and reports a decided improvment in the work in all Lodges visited. . Brother ·VV. VI: Martin, of the Fifty-second District, held three of In~truction, ano. at E;!ach m~eting frOm QI1e to thr~~ 9ther

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Lodges. Numerous meetings for instruction were held during the year with. Composite Lodge. The past year has been the best in the history of the District. On Monday, .June 14, Poplar Bluff Lodge entertained representatives from over twenty Lodges in Southeast Missouri, and the work in the Third Degree was given by that Lodge and two visiting Lodges, assisted by the Grand Master, M. W. Brother Tolman "T. Cotton. Every Lodge in the District was represented. Brother. A. D. Giffin, of the Fifty-third District, visited and held Lodges of Instruction with the following Lodges: Victory, No. 609; . Koshkonong, No. 582; Clifton, No. 463; Alton, No. 255, and Mountain View.U. D. At all of these places he found more or less enthusiasm and interest among- the Brethren. "Vith the exception of Clifton ..Lodge,.. the proficiency shown was far below the standard. Consid,crable time has been given Ingomar l . . odge and more to instruction of individuals. He reports that harmony prevails in all the Lodges, improvement is noted, and that the cordiality of his reception and the many courtesies extended him by the Brethren have made the work a source of pleasure to him Brother G, J. Vaughn, of the Fifty-fourth District, visited all the l"odges in his路 District, namely: Billings, Friend, Sparta, Forsyth. Branson, Kirbyville and Claflin, and held a Lodge of Instruction路 at -each. He has found that the Lodges are making a steady growth and that in all branches of the work the Brethren are to be commended. Brother H. P. Son~, of the Fifty-fifth District, reports that th~ year has been a very quiet one in his District. No Lodges of Instruc'tion were held. He visited a few of the Lodges, assisted in conferring Degrees and tried to make himself as helpful as possible. He reports conditions good throug'hout the District. Brother W A. Phipps, of the Fifty-sixth District, reports that, except the two Lodges of Instruction held by the Grand Lecturer, no others were held, Arrangements had been made for others, but floods prevented. Some of the Lodges have made improvement, but others are stagnant. Dissensions .among路 the Brethren in three of tho Lodges 'is rEsponsible fot this condition. It is to b~ hoped thai: matters will soon adjust themselves and that the Brethren will dwell together in unity. Brother Homer N. Lloyd, of the Fifty-seventh District, reports as "Our general Lodge of Instruction was the most successful in the history of the Fifty-seventh District; it was well attended, the interest manifested by the Brethren was greater by far than ever before, and the result was that .it was found necessary to continue our work well into the spring, after which some of our Lodges continued with small meetings of ,their own for instruction and practice, which I attended and assisted as far as possible, the meetings conflicting at times. ' fol1ow~:

"In February we had a joi'nt meeting with the Lodge of Instruction for the 'l'hirty-third District at Clayton, Mo. The attendance at this meeting was, of course, beyond our expectations, but,' in spite of the gre:it number, cnthusi3;sm was unbounctect .arid much go oct resUltell.


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"The 'Floor Class' was placed in charge of Rt. Wor. TIro. Pope, District Lecturer of the Thirty-third District. He was warmly received, his fine work as a Lecturer deeply appreciated and as a gen,tleman and a ~lason he is loved by all of us. "The general condition of our District, with reference to correct work is very gratifying. After five years of hard work, only two Lodges out of eleven are in any way deficient. Of course, there is still much to be desired and hoped for, but from the number of enthusiastic workers we now have in our ranks, the time is not far distant when a petitioner in any Lodge in the Fifty-seventh District ,can be taught new and proper ideals of life and' given an insight into its many varied intricacies without the aid of outside help." Brother James S. Laffer, of the Fifty-eighth District, visited every Lodge and held Lodges of Instruction in all but two of them, viz: Tuscumbia and Vienna. The Lodges of Instruction were well attended and the best of attention 'was given at all times. Tuscumbia Lodgtl is a new one and having a difficult time to get started right. Viennn. is an old Lodge and seems to have lost all interest. The other seven Lodges are doing fine in every respect. Brother Allen McDowell Hoyt, of the Fifty-ninth District, held weekly Lodge of Instruction at Independence during the months of January and February. The attendance was good and the attention and interest was all that could be desired. The officers of Mt. \\J-ashington deserve special mention, as all of them, with one exception. and he had a good excuse, wer'e present at every meeting. Other Lodges of Instruction were held at Buckner and Blue Springs. Every Lodge in the District was visited one or more times, and he thinks they are becoming more familiar with the work each year. Fraternally submitted, .J. R. McLACHLAN,

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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON NECROLOGY. M. W. Bro. C. [f. Briggs, Chairman, presented and read the report of Committee on Necrology, which was' adopted, as follows: To the M. W. Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M. of Mo.: Your Committee on Obituaries offer the following report: We a,cknowledge with gratitude the good Providence which has spared the lives of the officers and past officers of this Grand Lodg'J for another year while the ftying shafts of death have stricken down many of the skilled and faithful workers who have done so much to make Missouri Freemasonry what it is to-day. Foremost among them was -Right Worshipful Brother George H. Pil{e, since 1906 District Deputy Grand Master of the Thirty-second District, who died April 26, .1915. In "Washington, Missouri, which was his home for many years, he not only rose to eminence in our Fraternity by merit, but


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he filled a large place in the life of the community, being one of its foremost business men, a member of the School Board and a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. We regret that we have no data from which to prepare a formal memorial, but we knew him well enough to realize that his departure means a great loss to all that was best in the life of the city to which he gave the strength of his manhood. A Christian gentleman, honored and beloved, we cherish his memory in the hope to meet him again. O

R. W. Brother John W. F"arris, Past Grand Junior Deacon, 1891, and District Deputy Grand Master of the Thirty-eighth District from 1893 to 1899, died at his home in Lebanon April 23rd, 1915, respected and beloved by all who l{new him. A memorial page in our Proceedings will honor the virtues of the efficient workers in various parts of this Grand Jurisdiction who, during the year, have passed from the sight of men. From other Grand Jurisdictions we have the following names:

ALABAMA. Angus M. Scott, Grand Lecturer, was born in Henry County, Alabama, March 23, 1840, and died February 15, 1915, aged seventy-five years. He was appointed Grand Lecturer in 1901 and served until his death. He served in the Confederate Army through the Civil War, receiving in the battle of Atlanta a wound which impaired his right arm for the rest of his life. His occupation was that of teacher until he became Grand LectUl'er. From 1866 until his death he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

ARIZONA. Francis Asbury Shaw, Past Grand Master and Grand Lecturer, was born in Hawkins County, 'l'ennessce, ,April 27, 1832, and died at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, April 10, 1915, agcd eighty-three years. He was elected Grand Master in 1887 and Grand High Priest in 1894. In 1903 he was elected Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge and fiolled that office until his death. He became a citizen of Phoenix in 1870. He served Maricopee County as a member of the Board of Supervisors and as County Treasurer, and for five or six years was Clerk of the District Court of the Third Judicial District. Martin William Kales, Past Grand Master and Past Grand Treasurer, was born at Coventry, New Yorl{, June 5, 1845, and died at his home in Oakland, California, July 14, 01915, aged seventy years. He was elected Grand Master and Grand High Priest, and for many yeaor,'! was Grand Treasurer of both Grand Bodieso He was engaged in mining and mercantile businEss for some years, and then engaged in banking in Prescott and Phoenix, Arizona. Several years ago he moved to Oakland, where he doied. He was the first Grand High Priest of Arizona and was elected to that office in 1890.


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. BRITISH COLUMBIA. Israel Wood Powell, Past Grand Master, was born at Port Col-. borne, Ontario, April 27, 1837, and died at his home 'in Victoria' February 25, 1915,aged .seventy-eight years.' At the organization of the Grand Lodge .of British Columbia in 1871 he was' elected Grand Master and served three years. He was elected for the fourth term, but declined to serve. Shortly after graduating in medicine'in 1860 he engaged in the practice of his profession at Victoria, where he soon built up a large and lucrative practice. After some years, he was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Province. COLORADO. Harper M. Orahood, Past Grand ,Master, .was born at Columbus, Ohio, June 3, 1841, and died in Denver September 15, 1914, aged seventy-three years. He was elected Grand Maste'r in 1876 and Gran1 Commander in 1879. In tht~ Indian trbubles in Colorado during the Civil 'War, he was Captain of Company B of the Third Colorado Cavalry. In 1873 he was admitted to' the bar. He was City Treasurer of Black Hawk eight years a.nd was Post Master of that city some years. He was active路 in the building of the ColoradO Central Railroad. For thirty-four years he was Chairman of the Committee on Correspondence in the Gra.nd Commandery. George C. Slater, Grand Tiler,' was born at Coventr~, New York, January 25, 1849, and died in D~nver October 8, 1914, in his sixtysixth year. In September, 1909, he was appointed Grand Tiler of the Grand Lodge and' Grand' $cntinel of the Grand Chapter and Grand Council. For many years he had charge of the dining car service on the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. "A courteous Christian gentleman, a Mason who lived up to the high ideals of the Craft." CONNEC~ICUT.

Edmund Tweedy, Past ,Grand Junior Warden, was born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 18';0, and di,ed at his home in New York City May 1, 1914, aged s.eventy-four years. He was elected Grand Junior \Varden in the .Grand Lodge in 1870, but declined advancement. He was elected Grand Master of the Grand. Council the same year a,nd' Grand High Priest in IS77. As the head of a large' manufacturing company, he was highly esteemed by his employes. August\lS C. Golden, Past Grand Master, was born 路at Greenwich. Connecticut, NQvember 23, 1833,.and died at Norw.alk, Connecticut, April 8, 路1915, ~ged. eighty-one. years. He was elected. Grand路 Commander in 1882. In the Grand 'Lodgc"he filled variou,s stations and was elected Grand Master. He served three years in the Federal Army during the Civil War. He engaged in building, and many of the fine buildings of Norwalk were erected by him. He was.a member ancl Senior Warden of Grace Episcopal Church of Norwalk.,. He was four. years Post Master of the city.


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DELA\VARE. George W. Marshall, Past Grand Mastel', was born at Georgetown, Delaware, August 31, 1854, and died at Milford, Delaware, April 18. 1915, aged sixty-one years. He was elected Grand Master in 1886 antI served two years. From 1886 until his death he resided at Milford, where he was successful in the practice of medicine. At one.time he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the State i\lilitia. From 1900 to 1909 he served as Insurance Commissioner and was afterwards elected a StatE' Senator. He was a Trustee of Delaware College and Treasurer of the Board of" Trustees of the State Colleg'e for Colored Students. FLORIDA. Henry "V. Long-, Past Grand Master, was born at Cedar Creek. South Carolina, February :l, 1831, and died at his home in Martel. Florida, .January 2, 1915, aged eighty-four years. He was elected. Grand High Priest in 1870 and Grand Master in 1889. In the Civil \Var he served 1n the ConfedElrate Army. He served the public as Justice of the Peace, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Deputy Revenue Collector, and in 1893 represented his county in th'e Florida Legislature. He was an official member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, more than fifty years. GEORGIA. John Robert \V.ilkinson, Grand Junior Warden, was born in Newman, Georgia, .June 20, 18fi6, and died at his home in Atlanta, April 7, 1915, aged fifty-nine years. ,He was elected' Grand Master ot, the Grand Coun<;il in 1909 and Grand High Priest in 1911. At the time of his d~ath he was Grand . .Junior Warden 'of the Grand Lodge and Grand 'Standard Bearer of the Grand Command~ry. He was a resident of Atlanta thirty years and for fourteen years was Judge of the Court of Ordinary of Fulion County. He Was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta. <

ILLINOIS. Edward Cook, Past Grand Mast€T, was born in Oneida County, New York. September 20, ~8~6, and died at his home in Oak Park, Illinois, May 20, 1915, aged Beventy-nine ~·eal's. He -was elected Grand Master in 1897 and re-elected in 1898. For years he represented th~ publishing firm of Iv,json, Blakeman. Taylor & Co. at Chicago. For three years he was a member of the publishing firm of Jansen, McClurg & Co. Latel' he engaged in the real estate business in Chicago. IOWA. James Clarke '\Va1.son Coxe, Past Grand Chaplain, was born at Fort Ann, New York, July 9, 1837, and diEd at his home in Los Angeles .J u!y 28, 1914, aged seventy-seven years. He was electert


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Grand Prelate of Iowa in 1887 and from 1898 to 1901 was Grand Prelate of. the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. He was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodg-e and Grand Council of Iowa in 1904 and 1905. Fifty years ago he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and after ten years' service in the East went to Iowa, where he filled important pastorates and served as Presiding Elder. He served in the General Conference of his Church and as a member of the Book Committee and Board of Control of the Epworth League. Geor?;e "'lashington Ball, Past Grand Master, was born in Jefferson County, Iowa, June 7, 1847, and died at his home in Iowa City July 18, 1915, aged sixty-eight years. He was elected Grand 'Master in 1895 and again in 1896. He was Grand Prelate in 1907 and 1908 and Grand High Priest in 1909. He began the practice of law in 1870, served Iowa City as Councilman and Mayor, was County Attorney two terms and served in both 'houses of the Iowa Legislature. From 1898 until his death he was a Trustee, and the Treasurer of the Charity Fund of the Grand Lodge. He ranked high in the practice of his profession. KANS.AS. Erasmus T. Carr, Past Grand Junior 'Varden and Past Grand Secretary, was born at Greenl1eld, New York, October 25, 1825, and died in Glendale, California, May 12, 1915, in his ninetieth year. He was elected Grand Junior \Varden in 1859. In 1861 he was elected Grand Secretary and filled the office ten years. At the Organization . of the Grand Chapter he was elected Grand Secretary and filled that office thirteen years. He was elected Grand High Priest in 1879. At the organization of the Grand Commandery he was elected Grand Recorder and filled the office seven years. 路For. about seven years he was Mast'er Mechanic at the Government Arsenal at Leavenworth. Afterward he took up the work of an architect. Some of thc buildings in 路the Kansas Penitentiary are his work. David B. Fuller, Past Grand Master, was born at Albion, Maine, January 18, 11\53, and died at Eureka, Kansas, May 17,.1915, aged sixty-two years. He was elected Grand Master in 1892 and Grand .Commander in 1908. He was admitted to the bar at Eureka in 1881 and gave his life hl the practice of his profession. He was one of thc leading spirits in the adoption and maintenance of the Masonic Hoine of Kansas. KBNTUCKY. \Vanen La Rue Thomas, Past Grand Master, was born at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, January 2;), 1845, and died at his home in Tucson, Arizona, Novembcl' .23, 1914, aged seventy years. He was elected Grand Master of the Grand Council in 1877. Grand Commander in 18n and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge and Grand High Pricst in 1880. He was elected Grand Master of the Grand EncamIlment, Knights 'Templar, at Boston, in 1895. He was for years the President and active manager of a large insurancc company and was an earnest, upright and honorable citiZEn, a devoted Christian and a courteous Knight.


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MANITOBA. John Leslie, Past Grand Master, was born in Scotland, August 16, 1852, and died in \'Vinnipeg, Manitoba, February 13, 1915, aged sixty-two years. He was elected Grand Master in 1899. He wa::; also Grand Z. of the Grand Chapter of Canada. MARYLAND. john M. Carter, Past Grand Master, was born in Baltimore, Febl'uary 5, 1843, and died in that city .JulY路 3, 1915, aged seventytwo years. He waH elected Grand Master in 1878 and again in 1~79. He was elected Grand High Priest in 1884. In 1900 he became General Grand Treasurer of the General Grand Chapter and filled that office until his death. He was a.dmitted to, the bar on his twenty-first birthday. In 1862 he was appointed private secretary to Governor Bradford of Maryland and four years later became Secretary of State. Since 1868 he was a member of the Board of Managers of the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. MICHIGAN. 'VVilliam. \Vesite, . Grand Treasurer, was born in Hanover, February 23, 18~8, and died at his home in Manistee, Michigan, February 25, 1915, aged sixty-seven years. He was elected Grand High Priest in 1889. In 1894 he was appointed Grand' Treasurer of the Grand Lodge. to whkh position he was elected by unanimous vote each year until his death. From 1882 until his death he was Secretary and Treasurer of an extensive lumber manUfacturing concern of Manistee. MINNESOTA. Edgar Nash, Past Senior Grand V\Tarden, was born at Penn Yan, New York. in 1832. and died at his home in Minneapolis June 6, 1915, aged eighty-three years. He became a citizen of Minnesota in 1851, residing in Minneapolis, except four years which he spent in Duluth. He was twice elected to the Legislature. He was a member of the first Minneapolis Volunteer Fire Department, and was one of the first to offer his services at the time of the Indian outbreak at Fort Ripley. MISSISSIPPI. Frank Burkett, Past Grand Master, was born at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, January 5, 1843, and died November 18, 1914, in his seventy-second year. He was. elected Grand. Master in 1879 and Grand - Commander in 1894. He served in the Confederate Army through the Civil \Var. He edited the Okalona Messenger over twenty years and wal? a meTT1ber of the 1'U~sissippi Le~islature a number of ~路earlS.


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John Young Murry, Past Grand Master, was born in McNairy County, Tennessee, May 6, 1829, and died at his home in Ripley, Mississippi, July 12, 1915, aged eighty-six years. He was Grand Master in 1876 and in 1877. He was elec'ted Deputy Grand High Priest in 1874. In forty-six years he missed only two sessions of the Grand Lodge. In the Ci\'il War he served as Captain under Generals Beauregard and Bragg. He was four years County Treasurer and Sheriff four years. He served one term i~ the Mississippi Legislature. He was a steward in t he Methodist Episcopal Church, South, forty years and was a member of thp. 'General Conference held' in Atlanta., Geor~ gia, in 1878. NEBRASKA. Harry Porter Deuel, Past Grand Master, was born at Clarkson, New York, December 11, 1836, and died in Omaha, November' 23, 1914, aged seventy-eight years. H'e >:.w.as elected Grand High Priest in 1867, Grand Mastel' in 1869 and Grand Commander in 1871. He was the first Grand High Priest and Grand Commander of Nebraska. He was a resident or'''Omaha more than fifty years. For many years he was connected with the Burlington and Union Pacific Railroads. From 1901 to 1906 he was County Auditor and Register or Deeds. For twelve years he was a memb.er of the Omaha Public Library Board. Martin Dunham, Past GJ'and Master, was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, 'Novembf'r '10, 1836, and died at Omaha February 18, 1915, aged seventy-eight years, He was elected Grand Master in 1873. From 1859 until his dea'th he resided in Omaha. He was many years a member of the State Board of Agriculture and President 8everal terms. He was several years a member of the Omaha City Council and in 1867 was a member 'of the First Nebrasl(a Legislature and was again electell in 1875. . John Jackson Mercer, 'Past GJ'and Master, was born at New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1833, and died at Omaha February 25, 1915, aged eighty-two years. He was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in 1889 and Grand High Priest and Grand Master of the' Grand Council in 1888. In 1891 he was appointed Grand Lecturer of the Grand Chapter and served many years. He enlisted as a private in the Federal Army in 1862 and rose to the rank of Captain. In 1887 he was elected to the Nebraska Lcgislatureal).d during the later years of his life held an important position in the service of the United States Government. Albert 'Va.llace Crites, Past Grand Master, was born at Waterford, ViTisconsin, May 12, ~848, a,rid,: died at his home in Chadron, Nebraska, Aug'ust 23, 1915,' aged sixty-seven years. He was' elected Grand Hig'h Priest in 1893 and Grand Master in 1900. He was admitted to the bar in 1872, served as Justice of the Peace and Police Judge in Racine, '\Visconsin, and was a member of the School Board and Mayor of the City of Chadron and County Attorney of Dawes County. In 1886 he was appointed by President Cleveland a Division rhie! in tj1e Qffice <:>f th~ Secretaq' of th~ Treasury an<i la,ter R~-


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ceiver of Public Mone)' in the Land Office at Chadron. In 1891 he was appointed Judge of the l<'"'ifteenth District of Nebraska. He was a Trustee of the Nebraska ~'1asonic Home. Charles J, Phelps, Past Grand Master, was born at West Hartford, Connecticut, September 13, 1839, and died in Schuyler, Nebraska, August 24, 1915, aged seventy-six years. He was elected Grand High Priest in 1895, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in June, 1896, and' Grand Master of the Grand Council in December of the same year. In 1873 he was admitted to the bar and from 1874 until his death he resided in Schuyler, where he succeeded in his chosen profession. He was President of the Nebraska Veteran Fre'emasons Association one year, and from 1904 until his death was a Trustee of the Nebraska Masonic Home, He was a member of the Episcopal Church and for many years Senior \Varden of Holy Trinity Church at Schuyler. NEVADA. Joseph A. Miller, Past Grand Master, was born in New York City February 7, 1816, and died in California December 8, 1914, aged sixty-nine years, He was elected Grand Mas~er in 1900 and Grand High Priest in 1903, He enlisted in the Federal Army at the age of sixteen. From 1870 he made his home in Austin, Nevada, He was elected Clerk of Lander County eight times and se'rved one term in the State Senate. In 1891 he purchased the Bank of Austin, which he managed successfully until his ,death. NEW JERSEY,

Joseph William Congdon, Past Grand Master, was born in New York City November 26, 1844, and died in Paterson, New Jersey, May I, 1914, i,n his seventieth year.. He was e:ected Grand Commander in 1881 and Grand Master in 1885 and was the only man ever elected to both those offices in New Jersey. He was one of the leaders of the American Sill\: Industr'y. In the interests of the silk trade he visited Japan in 1903 and was granted a personal "interview with the Emperor, who four years later conferred an Order upon him. He served the City of Paterson as Alderman and the State of New Jersey as President of the Raill'oad Commission, At the time of his death he was Associate Judge ef the New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals. OREGON. John McCracken, Past Grand ]\路faster, was born in London July 11, 1826, and diEd路 in Portland, Oregon, February 15, 1915, in his eighty-ninth year. He was elected Grand High Priest in 1861 and Grand Master in 1863. One of the pioneers of Oregon for more than fifty years, he was active in the commercial and political life of the State, and served his Sta;te an<;l th~ Na;tioI! i n respon~ible 9ffic~~ v.. itll pOI!or, .


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TENNESSEE. Henry Hurlburt Ingersoll, Past Grand Master, was born at Oberlin, Ohio, January 20, 1844, and died at 'Knoxville, Tennessee, March 12, 1915, aged seventy-one years. He was elected Grand Master in 1888, He served one campaign in the Federal Army during the Civil War. Brother Ingersoll lived a useful, laborious and active life. Hc touched the civil, social 'and eaucational life of Tennessee, and his touch was that of the master hand. He had been a soldier, lawyer, author, orator, educat.or, Judge of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Presidential Elector, member of the Board of Trustefs of Emory ana Henry College for six years, member of the Board of Trustees' of the University of the South at Sewanee, Dean of the Law School of the University of Tennessee. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. John Berry Garrett, Grand Secretary, was born near Nashv.ille, Tennessee, October 7, 1854, and died at' his home in that city March 26, 1915, aged sixty years. He was elected Grand Master of the Grand Council in 1888, Grand High Priest in 1892 and Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge in 1895. In 1899 he was elected Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery, Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter in 1910, and Grand Recorder of the Grand Council in 1911. He was the Recording Officer of all these bodies at the time of his death, having filled with distinction that important position.

TEXAS. John 110e Carter, Past Grand Chaplain, was born in IrelaJ1d, November 10, 1845, and died in Woodville, Mississippi, January 23, 1915, aged sixty-nine years. He was Grand Prelate of the Grand Commandcry of Texas from 1901 to 1904, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge in 1902 and 1903, and Grand Prelate of the Grand Commandery of Mississippi in 1906. He was a clergyman in the Episcopal Church, who g-ave over twenty years to his Church in Texas. At the time of his death he was Rector of the parish at \Voodville, Mississippi. August V\Teyman Houston, Past Grand Master, was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama, in 1850, and he died at his home in San Antonio, Texas, February 21, 1915, aged sixty-five years. He was elected Grand Master in 191.3. When he was a year old his parents r'emo,ved to San Antonio, which was his home as long as he lived and where his life was given to the practice of law.

VIRGINIA. Alfred Ransom Courtney, Past Grand Master, was born in King and Queen County, Virginia, Nove~ber 17, 1833, and died in Richmond, Virginia, November 4, 1914, aged eighty-one years.' He was elected Grand Master in 1896. He served in the Confederate Army in the Civil V\Tar l attainin~ to the ran!< of Major,


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For fifty years he held ~n important rank as an attorney at Hichmond. He served in the Virginia State Senate and was for years a member of the Board of Trustees of Richmond College. William H. Pleasants. Past Grand Master, died November 25, 1914. He was elected Grand Master in 1891 and served two terms. He was among the foremost educators of the South, an 019-school Virginia gentleman.

WASHINGTON. Isaac Parker, Past Junior Grand 'Varden, was born at Waltham, Massachusetts, March 4, 1829, and died in Seattle October 13, 1914, aged eighty-five years. He was elected .Tunior Grand 'Varden in 1882. In 1851 l;Ie went to San Francisco to assist in putting together the first railroad locomotive sent to California. In 1872 he was a member of the first Boar'd of Steamship Inspectors on Puget Sound. He built the first brick building in Seattle. He served a term as Treasurer of Seattle.

WYOMING. Frank M. Foote, Past Grand Master, was born at South Bend, Indiana, )fay 26, 1846, and died in Denver; Colorado, November 14, 1914, aged sixty-eight years. He was elected Grand Master in 1880 and Grand Commander" in 1895. For seventeen years he was Agent for the Union Pacific Railroad at Evanston, \Vyoming, and later was Receiver of Public :l\Ioney .at Evanston. In 1898 he resigned' that (.ffice'to eomm'and the \Vyoming battalion of infantry that served in the Phi Ii ppi nes. \V. L.' Kuykendall, Grand Secretary, died in Denver", Colorado, March 8, 19lo. For more than twenty-nine years he was Grand Secretary of the Grand' Lodge' of \Vyoming. Forty-two names appear in this [路eport. The youngest was fiftynine. Ten had passed the age of four-score, and one was in his ninetieth year. Venerable for" theil' years and long and faithful service to the craft, who can estimate their influence for good? . They still live in lives made better by their touch. The strong hand of death has leveled them in the humiliation of the grave. And death is the last of earth: is it also the last of man? The great moral lesson designed to be inculcated by the ceremonies of the T.hird Degree has failed unless there burns within our hearts the hope of immortality. Tbe highest incentive to the practice of the virtues


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taught by Freemasonry is found not merely in the assurance that godliness has promise of the life that now is, but much more the promise of the life that is to come. "High Twelve! Lo! Judah's Lion stoops to save: His strong right hand Is reaching downward to the grave; The dead shall stand. A grip, a word, he springs upright; . The shadows fly; He basks in heaven's eternal light; No more to die. High Twelve." Fraternally submilted, CORONA H. BRIGGS, T. M. RUCKER, D .. T. KIZER, E. H. OREAR, WM. GARSTANG, A. B.FREY.

REPORTS OF MASONIC EMPLOYMENT BUREAU. The Grand 'Secretary presented reports of Masonic Employmcnt Bureau of St. Louis and same were referred to Comt:nittee on Boards of Relief.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES. R. W. Bro.' Thomas H. Reynolds, chairman, assisted by other members of the Committce, read tl1(~ report of the Committee on Appeals and Grievances, the decisions of the committee, on motion, being voted on separately in each instance, as follows: I. Racine Lodge No. 478 vs. A. D. Moore; report adopted. II. Reinstatement of C. ~1. Stone: report adopte~1. III. Reinstatement of John H unler; report adopted. IV. Restoration of Rohert Thomas; report adoptecl.


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V. Greenville Lodge No. 107 vs. Ben H. Hughes; report adopted. VI. Greenville Lodge No. ] 07 vs. DenB. Hughes and Alec Jones; report adopted. VII. St. :Mark's Lodge No. 93 vs. Wm. D. l\1isenheimer; report adopted. VIII. :Meridian Lodge No. 2 vs. JOh11 S. Seibert"; report adopted. IX. Versailles Lodge No. 117-P. ~/r. Adams vs. Edgar P. Yarnell; report adopted. (In this case motion was made and seconded to substitute for report of the committee "suspension for five years in lieu of reprimand", but after lengthy discussion motion to amend was lost and report of the committee adopted as read.) X. Clifton Heights Lodge No. 320 vs. Peter \i\Talker; report adopted. XI. Clifton Heights Lodge No. 520 vs. Peter \Valker; report adopted . . XII. Poplar Bluff Lodge No. 209 vs. W. D. Hayes; report adopted. XIII. Corner Stone Lodge No. 323 vs. VV. R. l\lorris; report adopted. xiv. Kirksville Lodge No. 105 vs. or ames B. Gordon; report adopted. XV. Hebron Lodge No. 354 vs. James A. Lewis; report adopted. XVI. O. E. Leslie vs. Geo. S. Dowell. Majority report recommended reversal o~ Lodge and expulsion of the Brother. Bro. A. F. Ittner presented minority report recommending adoption and affirmance of decision of the Lodge of acquittal of accused. On motion, duly seconded and carried, the majority report was reversed and the minority report of Brother Ittner was adopted, affirming the verdict of the Lodge ACQUITTING the accused, after very lengthy discussion and arguments by counsel for parties and by members of committee and brethren. . On motion,路 duly seconded and carried, the report of the commit~ee as路 thus amended in case No. 16 was adopted.


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To the Most 'Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: Your Committee. on Appeals and Grievances submits the following report: 1.

Some papers relating to charge against Bro. A. B. Moore of Racine Lodge No. 478 were delivered to us, but as there was a total failure to comply with the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, the papers were returned to .Racine Lodge through -the Grand Secretary on August 7th, 1915. The matter has not come back to us in any way. This is mentioned merely that there may be a record of it and to emphasize the necessity for complying with Sections 200 to 256 of the By-Laws if any action is desired by the Grand Lodge. II. Petition for Reinstatement of C. lU. Stone.

Bro. C. M. Stone was suspended for non-payment of dues by Cedar City Lodge, No. 425, August 15th, 1891, at which time he owed $6.00 dues. This Lodge is not now in existence. The petition for reinstatement is accompanied by a recommendation from the Lodge in whose jurisdietiori he now resides, with remittance to' cover his dues. V\Te recommend that he be reinstated to good Masonic standing, and that the Grand Secretary issue his certificate accordingly, III. Petition for

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Bro. John Hunter was suspended for non-payment of dues by Piedmont Lodge, No. 449, September 24th, 1881, at which time he owed $12.00 dues. This Lodge is not now in existence. The petition is accompanied by a recommendation from the Lodge under whose jurisdiction he now resides, and also with recommendation. by members of that Lodge, including the District Deputy Grand Master. He has also paid the amount due at the time he was suspended. We recommend that he be reinstated to good Masonic standing and that the Grand Secretary issue his certificate accordingly. . IV. Petition for Restoration of Robert 'rhomal!!.

Bro. Robe.rt Thomas was expelled by Strafford Lodge, No. 497, under charge of unmasonic conduct, to which he pleaded: guilty on March 30th, 1901. This Lodge thereafter surrendered its charter and is not now in existence. Strafford Lodg'e, No. 608, under whose jurisdiction he now resides,


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recommends that he be reinstated and restored to good standing as a Master Mason. The record does not disclose the charge on which he was expelled. At the time he was in arrears $6.25 in dues. In view of the lapse of time and the recommendation of the Lodge, we recommend that he be restored to g'ood Masonic standing, and that, upon payment by him of the arrear ages of dues, the Grand Secretary issues his certificate accordingly.

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STATEMENT. Bro. Ben H. Hughes, a member of Greenville Lodge, No. 107, was charged with unmasonic conduct in that he did sell intoxicating liquors in Wayne County, Missouri, and plead guilty to this charge in the Circuit Court of "Vayne County. At the trial before the Lodge an uncertified copy of the judgment of the Circuit Court of Wayne County, showing- his plea and conviction on said charge, was introduced. There was no objection to the introduction of this copy and the transcript recites that the documents were admitted by the accused. In the absence of objection on the part of the accused, the indictment and judgment must be regarded as properly put in evidence. Bro. Hughes, himself, admitted having been indicted and that he found he had no real defense to the charge; at any rate, he made no defense in the Circuit Court. but plead guilty. The defense to the charge was, briefly, that in running a drug store he had applied to a drug- compa.ny in St. Louis for a competent pharmacist. and that a man representing himself as such was sent to him, and, while in his employ, sold liquor at his drug store. This man and Bro. Hughes were jointly indicted for the illegal sale' of liquor. it appearing that the man in question was not a registered pharmacist. ~'he ballot resulted: Guilty. 2; not guilty, 10; blank,!. The Junior ,Varden of the Lodge appeals. DECISION. The fact that Bro. Hughes plead guilty in the Circuit' Court and made no attempt to defend upon the ground of defense presented to the Lodge, in our opinion estops him from denying his guilt. We t.hink it is unmasonic to plead guilty to a violation of a State law in the Circuit Court. and then ask the brethren to disregard that plea in a trial before the Lodge. "Ve, therefore, recommend that the action of the lodge be reversed and that the judgment of this Grand Lodge be that the accused be and he is herel,y expelled from all rights and privileges of a Freemason.


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VI. Greenville Lodge, No. 107, vs. Ben H. Hughes and Alex. Jones.

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STATEMENT. The transcript in these matters omits entirely any appeal or notice of appeal in the case of Bro. Ben H. Hughes, against whom it is charged that he was indicted, tried and convicted in the Circuit Court of ,Vayne County, Missouri, of gambling, although th~ papers include the charge. his plea and the testimony offered at the trial. The minutes also show the vote on said charge of: Guilty, 8; not guilty, 5. The transcript shows the trial of Bro. Alex. Jones at the same session of the Lodge, although the nature of the charge is not shown. r.rhe papers do not include the charge nor certified copy, but recite that he entered no .路plea 'and was not present. at the trial. The testimony offered is not shown at all, but the minutes show that the vote of the Lodge was: Guilty, 7; not guilty, 6. Notiee of the appeal from this action of'.the Lodge is shown, but the appeal is not perfected. Upon the record in this case your Committee has no jurisdiction in the matter of the charges against either Bro. Ben H. Hughes or Bro. Alex. Jones. Under these circumstances. there is nothing for your Committee to. do but recommend that the papers bc re-transmitted to the Lodge with directions to ha\'e the aplJeal pr'cfectcd in pZ'oper form. VII.

St. Mark's Lodge, No. !l3, vs. Wm. J. Misenheimer.

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STATEMENT. The charges in this case were filed by the Junior Warden and consist of four (4) specifications, charging the sale of liquor in the saloon of one Bond in Allenvil1e, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, the first specification charging' sale on August 4th, 1914; the second charging sale on September 12th, 1914; the third charging sale on November 3rd, 1914, and the fourth charging sale on November 14th, 1914; charges filed on December 8th, 1914. Copy of the charges and notice were duly given the accused. He filed answer denyi.ng each and every specification in said charge. Depositions were taken and the cause was tried in said Lodge on February 9th, 1915. The vote was as follows: . Specification No. I, guilty, 11; not guilty, 17, "Specification No.2> guilty, 11; not guilty, 17, Specification No.3, guilty, 12; not guilty, 16, Specification No.4, guilty, 11; not guilty, 17, whereupon the Junior "Varden, in behalf of said Lodge, gave notice of appeal, perfecting the same on February 25th, 1915. The cause is here in due form.


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DECISION. Having carefully examined the testimony in this cause, we are unable to understand how this Lodge voted as it did. If we are to helieve human testimony at all, charges number three and four are clearly proven and uncontradicted, save by the accused himself. The testimony of two witne'sses establishes beyond question of doubt the sale of intoxicating liquors by the accused on the dates alleged in said charges Nos. 3 and 4. Their testimony is uncontradicted save by 'Misenheimer himself, who testifies that he was in charge of the saloon, directing its management, making change for liquor purchased, ch.ecking up the cash every day in order to collect a debt for which he was one of the sureties on the note of the saloonkeeper; clearly showing that he was in charge of this business and trying to make it produce aIr the revenue possible. V,Te, therefore, recommend that the action of the Lodge on specifications Nos. 3 and 4 be set aside and held for naught, and that the accused, \Vm .. J. Misenheimer, be and he is hereby expelled from all the rights and privileges of a Freemason. VIII. l\leridian Lodge NO.2} vs. John S. Seibert. STATEMENT. This cause comes to us from Meridian Lodge, No.2, in the City of St. Louis. Charges were filed by the Junior V,rarden of said Lodge and consist of four separate charges, each one charging in practically the same language that the accused brother on different dates obtained loans of money and credit from each of the four named brothers by false representation and importunities, and, by coercive measures, exacted from said brothers said amounts of money and credit in violation of bis obligation. The first charge was filed by the Junior 'Varden on April 29th, 1915; the other three were filed on May 13th, 1915. The accused was regularly served with notice and copies of said charges and the date of the trial. Depositions of witnesses were taken and all formalities in the taldng thereof were waived. The accused filed a separate ~answer to each ,of said charges on May 31st. 1915, in which he alleges that said transactions were of a purely business nature and not chargeable under Section 210 of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge. and, as to the charges of Joseph 'Veis, Jr., and Fred G. Kloker, he pleads the statute of limitations as set forth in 'Section 210. Trial of this cause was had in said Lodge on May 31st, 1915, the Lodgc and the accus€d being represented by able counsel and the accused being personally present. There were seventy-two (72) members present at the trial, sixty-seven (67) of whom were qualified to vote. The Worshipful Master ruled that all of the charges be consolidated and each. charge treated as one specification. At the con-

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elusion of the testimony on the part of the Lodge, the counsel for .Junior Warden dismissed the charge made in behalf of Wm: F. Hucke. The evidence of the accused was then introduced and the cause argued and vote taken. On the first charge the vote was 51 guilty, 18 not guilty, there being sixty-nine (69) ballots cast. The discrepancy of two (2) votes was waived by both the Lodge and the accused. On the second charge, being that of obtaining money from Fred G. Kloker of Ccsmos Lodge, No. 282, the vote resulted 47 guilty, 20 not guilty. On the third charge, being that of obtaining goods in trade from. Bro. Monroe Price, the vote resulted 50 guilty, 17 not guilty. Thereupon a vote was taken on the punishment of the accused, which resulted 50 fDr expulsion, ] 7 against. The accused was then brought into the Lodge and informed by the Master that he had been expelled. Thereafter the'accused perfected his appeal to this Grand Body, no grounds of Err'or in procedure being alleged in said appeal. Bro. A. F. Ittner of this Committee, having been Subpoenaed as a witness at the trial, did not sit with the Committee in the declslon路'of' this case.

DECISION. 'We have carefully read the whole record of this case and find no error in the conduct thereof with regard to form. 'vVe are, however, of the opinion that the Worshipful Master erred in Tuling that the first and second charges, being those charging the obtaining of money from .Joseph VV. \Veis, Jr., and Fred G. Kloker, were not barred by our By-Laws. We, therefore, hold that these two specifications or charges were barred by the statute of limitations. . This leaves but the one remaining charge-:-that of ol;>taini.ng credit for goods from Monroe Price. On this specificat~on or c"~rge the evidence seems to be overwhelminglY against the a9cused and the vote of the' Lodge against the accu'sed on this c'h;Lrge was fifty' (50') to seventeen (17). The' brethren of the Lodge, siUing as a jury; 'saw and heard the witnesses and were better abl~' to ju.dg,eo路f "the weight. of the testimony. . , .~. " . Finding no error, therefore, concerning this specification No.3, we recommend that the action of the Lodge in the conviction and expulsion of the accused on this specification be affirmed.


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IX. In the Matter of Versailles Lodge, No. 107, Bro. P. M. Adams, Accuser, vs. Bro. Edgar P. Yarnell, Accused:

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STATEMENT. T"his case was tried on M.arch 29th, 1915. The charge was that the accused maliciously and wrongfully attacked the character of a brother Mason by cursing, vilifying and defaming his character. using the following language: "That man, '" '" '" i s - - - - - - - - - - - - and unfit for decent young ladies to associate with." The accused- entered a plea of not guilty in manner and form as charged, but admitted that in the heat of passion he did call the brother " - - - For this, he offered an apology to the Lodge. The'testimony shows that this language was used in speaking of the brother to a young lady, and that the accused thereafter apologized to her. The ballot resulted, Guilty 22, not guilty 16. ViThereupon the accused was declared not guilty and in due time an appeal was perfected to the Grand Lodge. Bro. A. L. Ross of this Committee, having been of counsel in the trial, did not sit with the Committee in hearing this appeal. DECISION. The testimony in the case establishes the guilt of the accused, and, while there are mitigating circumstances, we feel that such language is unbecoming a Mason and was unjustified. It is a refiection upon Masonic manhood that any member of the Order should so far forget himself as to use the language admitted by the accused toward anyone, and especially toward a brother Mason when addressed to a young woman of good character. We, therefore, recommend that the action of the Lodge be reversed and that Bro. Yarnell be reprimanded for his conduct, such reprimand to be administered by a Past Grand Master to be designated by the Most \Vorshipful Grand Master of this Grand Lodge. X.

Clifton Heights Lodge, No. 520, vs. Peter VlTalker.

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STATEMENT. 'rhis case was tried on December 19th, 1914. The charge was that the accused did at divers times - - - - - - - - - - - . The accused filed a plea of not guilty. The ballot' resulted, Guilty 35, not guilty 30. Whereupon the accused was declared not guilty, from which action of the Lodge. an appeal wa:;; taken by the WorshipfUl Master.


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DECISION. Your Committee finds from a careful examination of the testimony that the accused admitted his guilt to at least two of the witnesses, and we, therefore, recommend that the action of the Lodge be reversed and that the accused, Peter Walker, be and he is hereby expelled from all the rights and privileg-es of Freemasonry.

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STATEMENT. This case was tried May 27th, 1915. The charge was that Peter 'Valker did - - - - - - - - _.-. The accused filed a plea of not guilty, and further pleaded that he was acquitted of the same charge December 19th, 1914. Certified copies of COUl't records were introduced in evidence, showing that the accused had been convicted of - - - in the courts of Randolph County, Illinois, and had therein, pursuant to the judgment, given a bond - - - - - - - - , The ballot resulted, Guilty 31, not guilty 16. '-Yhereupon the accused was declared not guilty. DECISioN. Your Committee finds that in the first trial, mentioned in the plea of the accused, he was charged with having - - - - - - , while in this case the charge was that of being - - - - - -.-- ----. The testimony that the accused was guilty, we regard as conclusive, and we, therefore, recommend that the action of the Lodge be rever~ed and that said Petel' Vi'alker be and he is hereby expelled from all the rights and privileges of Freemasonry.

XII. POllIaI' BlufCLodge, No. 209, vs. Bro. ,V. B. Hays.

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STATEl"mNT. The Junior 'Varden of Poplar Bluff Lodge, No. 209, preferred charges against Bro. W. B. Hays on March 9th, 1915, on the ground that one Arthur Tyner, under a dramshop license issued to him on or about November 6th, 1914, conducted a place commonly known as a "Barrel House", where whisky was sold as a beverage, in connection with and through the office of the W. B. Hays Bottling Works, a corporation of which Bro. Vi'. B. Hays was President and Manager, an<.l that, al;> f:\uch :prel?i<;lent and Mana/i?er, sail;1 Bro. :Hays was en-


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gaged in the sale of whisky as a beverage in violati.on of, the ByLaws of this Grand Lodge. Bro. Hays was notified of the charge and in his plea admi tted that a license to路 A. W. Tyner to sell whisky was issued December 1st, i914; that he was President of the VV. B. Hays Bottling \Vorks; that the business of Tyner was conducted' through the office of that company, and denying the remainder of the charge. The case was tried April 13th, 1915. It was shown that said Tyner was the foreman of the bottling works of the company and received his pay monthly; that th~ bottling company furnished the money to start the business and participated in the profits of the industry. The vote of the Lodge was, Not guilty 16, .guilty 11. From this action of the Lodge the Junior Warden brings his appeal. DECISION. FrQm the testimony introduced at the trial it is perfectly plain that Bro. \V. B. Hays was indirectly engaged in the sale of intoxicating liquors and actively participated in the profits therefrom in violation of the Grand Lodge By-Laws. Your Committee believes it is the purpose of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri, as expressed in previous decisions, in the decisions of the Grand Masters and the opinions of the Committee on Jurisprudence, to look with disfavor upon the participation in the manufacture,"~sale and excessive use of intoxicating liquors. We, therefore, recommend that the actiun of the Lodge in this matter be reversed and that said W. B. Hays be declared guilty and expelled from all the rights and privileges of Freemasonry. XIII.

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Walter R. Morris. STATEMENT. The charge in this case consists of two specifications: the first, that on or about the tenth day of April, 1914, Bro. W. R. Morris was indicted by the Gra nd Jury in the District Court of the United States for the Eastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri jointly with another party for violation of the penal code of the United States; that he thereafter plead guilty under said indictment and was sentenced to pay a tine of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) and to serve a term of one year and six months in. the United States penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth. The second specitfcation relates to another indictment, to which said Walter R. Morris plead guilty, receiving the same sentence of fine and imprisonment as under the former indictment. The accused filed a plea of not gUilty to each of these specifications. At the trial certified copies of the indictments and of the jUdg~


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ment of the Court in each ease were introduced in evidence. It further appeared that the accused was at the time confined in the penitentiary serving his sentence. A great deal of evidence was offE:red by the defense for the purpose or" showing that the accused was not guilty of the offense to which he had pleaded guilty in the Federal Court; which was the violation of the United States statute with reference to the misbranding of oleomargarine. It was also sought to show that the accUl:\ed was misled in some way and induced to enter a plea of guilty upon some promise of leniency as to sentence. There was no testimony, however, indicating that the accused was imposed upon or misled by the Court, counsel for the Government or his own counsel. He made no effort to present his defense in the Federal Court. The vote of the Lodge was as follows: On the first specification, guilty 35,not guilty 24; On the second specification, guilty 36, not guilty 28. An appeal from the decision of the Lodge was duly taken. The testimony discloses that the plea of guilty in the Federal Court was entered as the result of the best jUdgment of the accused at the time, and that he was not in any way denied the opportunity of presenting any defense to the i!1dictments which may have existed. We are of the opinion that it was his duty, if innocent, to have availed himself of every means of defense in maintaining his innocence, liberty and integrity, and that, having' failed to do so, he did not act fairly with his Lodge and the fraternity, and that it would be a reproach upon both to hold that one serving sentence in the penitentiary upon conviction of a crime to which he pleaded guilty remains a Mason in good standing. V\' e, therefore, recommend that the action of the Lodge be reversed and that said W. R. Morris be found guilty upon both specifications and that he be and is hereby expelled from all the rights and privileges of Freemasonry. XIV: Kirksville Lodge, No. 105, } vs. Jas. B. Gord9n. STATEMENT. This case arose on a charge of unmasonic conduct filed by the Junior Warden of Kirksville Lodge, No. 105, A. F. & A. M., against one Bro. James B. Gordon, a Master Mason and member in good standing of said Lodge. The charge contains two specifications, which accused Bro. Gordon of repetition of the same offense. The accused was notified of the time of trial and served with a copy of the charge and specifications, to which in due time he makes a plea of not guilty through his attorney, but at the sam.e time writes a letter to the Lodge virtually' admitting his guilt and throwing himself upon the -mercy of the Lodge.' The testimony, both oral and documentary, establishes the fact that the accused - - --'- - - - - . " There is no


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('vidence whatever proving or' tending to prove that the accused was not guilty of the offense with which he is cha'rged. The total number of votes cast was twenty-two (22); on the question of the guilt of the accused t.he vote was as follows : First specification, guilty 15, not guilty 7. Second speeification, guilty 13, not guilty 9. The vote on expulsion was as follows: Yes 4, No. 18. On the question of suspension for six (6) months from all the rights and privileges of Freemasonry the vote was, Yes 13, No 9, DECISION. 'Ve have carefully considered all the evidence in the 'case, as well as'the several techniCal objections to the transcript raised by counsel for 'the accused. Counsel complains that the transcript does not show that all members were notified of the time of the trial as provided by Section 211 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws, 'Vhile the Grand Lodge law does require that all members of the Lodge be notified of the time of the trial, it does not specifically say that the transcript shall recite that fact, and in view of the further fact that counsel for the accused was present at the trial and did not raise the objection at the time, no advantage of it can be taken at this late date in the absence of a ~lear showing" that the requirements of the Grand Lodge law were not complied with. The second objection of counsel to the transcript is that "the record does not show an appeal. The record simply shows a copy of .. 'notice to defendant's counsel that an appeal will be ta路ken". We confess that in the matter of compliance with Section No. 240 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws the appellants proceeded in a most informal manner. ,The notice of the appeal and the appeal itself were com路 bined in one document, which, though not in accordance with the usual. custom, would seem to comply substantially with the requirements 0'[ the Grand Lodge By-Laws. This document, containing the notice of appeal and the appeal.itself, was duly served upon the accused and filed with the Secretary within the sixty (60) days prescribed by the drand Lodge By-Laws. The second objection 'Of counsel is therefore not. well taken. The third objection by counsel that the transcript is not certified by the proper custodian of the -records is not well taken, inasmuch ,as it is signed by the Secretary of the Lodge and attested by the 'Worshipful Mastel' with the seal of the Lodge affixed. In his fourth objection to the transcript, counsel complains that 'he was not given an 'opportunity to inspect the transcript, and that, therefore, the action of the subordinate Lodge should be affirmed. There is 'no merit to this objecti,on, because counsel admits that the 'VorshipfUl Master furnished him with a copy of the transcript, to which he made no objection at the time and an objection raised more than five months thereafter is clearly out of time.


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Coming now to the merits of this case, from a careful inspection of the record we believe that the accused was represented by able coun,sel and that every opportunity was given him to present any defense he may have had to the charge. The testimony all points co l1 cl usively to his guilt, and the offense with which he was charged is one of the gravest offenses known to Masonic law. The evidence shows that the accused was a married man who had borne a good reputation in the community prior to the offense in question. It was his duty to protect the fair name of the fraternity by refraining from any indulgence of this kind, as well as his duty to shield his wife and family from the disastrous results of such conduct. He has deliberately brought disgrace upon himself and family and the fair name of Masonry can only be vindicated and upheld in the community by putting upon his conduct the stamp of our most unqualified condemnation. In view of the unquestioned guilt of the accused, we, therefore, recommend that the jUdgment of the Lodge in suspen"ding Bro. James B. Gordon for a period of six months be reversed and for naught held and that said Bro. James B. Gordon be and he is hereby expelled from all the rights and privileges of Freemasonry.

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STATEMENT. This case involves a charge of unmasonic conduct preferred by the Junior "Varden of Hebron Lodge, No. 354, by order of the Lodge against Bro. James A. 'Lewis, a Master Mason and member in good standing of said LOd'ge. The charge consists of two specifications, which are substantially" the same and can be considered as one, towit: That, on or about the seventeenth day of May, 1914, at the City of Mexico, Missouri, the accused wrong-fully took money from a hat passed to rece.ive contributions from the members of the Mexico Men's Bible Class of the Christian Church, and that he wrongfully appropriated said money' to his own use. The record in this case is in such abominable shape that it 'was extremely difficult for your Committee to "wade" through it and correctly decipher the testimony. It appears, however, that the accused was represented at the trial by counsel, who made an able defense of his client, notwithstanding the accused himself failed to testify in his own behalf. The guilt of the accused on the charge and specifications is clearly proved by the testimony of several witnesses, and there is no evide'nce tending to prove that he was not guilty. The Lodge voted him not guilty on both specifications. . While it has been the policy of this Committee of the Grand Lodge to leave'- the findings of the Lodge undisturbed whp.re it is supported by material and competent evidence and in the absence of a, showing" of prejudice or gross irregularities, still such finding must


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be supported by some evidence. If the accused is not guilty of the offense with which he is charged, it was his duty to himself and to Freemasonry to take the stand and satisfactorily explain his conduct. No attempt whatever is made to do this, and in the face of the abundance of clear and uncontroverted testimony establishing his guilt, the Lodge has acquitted him. Freemasonry is judged by the world at large more by the manner ;n which it deals with offenders ag-ainst the moral law than by anything else. and a failure on the part of the Grand Lodge to mete out to offenders in such cases as this where the guilt is clearly established an adequate penalty would subject the fraternity to merited reproach. 'Ve, therefore, recommend that the 'action of Hebron Lodge, No. :\54, in finding Bro. James A. Lewis not guilty on specifications Nos. 1 and 2, be set aside and for naught held, and that he be and is hereby found guilty on both specifications, and, further, that he be and is hereby expelled from all the rights and privileges of Freemasonry.

XVI. In the Matter of Braymer Lodge, No. ] 35, Bro. O. E. Leslie, Accuser, } vs. Bro. Geo. S. Dowell, Accused. STATEMENT. The charge of unmasonic (,onduct in this matter consists of two specifications: number one, that Bro. Geo. S. Dowell, a practicing physician, insulted the wife of the accuser; number two, that while the accuser was passing the office of the accused he was called into said office and when leaving' it was assaulted by the accused and struck on the head several times! to which he made no defense. The accused plead not guilty as charged in specification number one, and not guilty to the charge in specification number two, but admitted that he did strike the accuser while denying that he assaulted him. Testimony of profanes was taken and the trial skillfully conducted by able counsel for accuser and accused. There is much conflicting testimony. The wife of the accuser testifies to the facts charged in specification number one and these are denied by the accused. The wife of the accused, however, in some respects corroborat.es the testimony of the accuser. There seems to be little. doubt, however, as to what occurred under the second specification. '.rhe accusel' was on his way home when called into the office of the accused, who had prior thereto suspected t.he accuser of carrying a gun and who had the Town Marshal in a room adjoining his office to Qverhear the conversation between him and the accuser relative to a 'money demand路 路o路~路 ~~ttlement. After some questions as to this by the accused, the Marshal was called in, and, at the request of the accused, searched the accuser, finding 3, pistol in his pocket. The accuser requested that the accused be searched, which was finally


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done, without finding any pistol upon him, although the testimony shows that before that time and after the charge made by the wife of the accuser the accused had traded revolvers with the Town Marshal, saying that he wanted a gun that would work if he had occasion to use it. As he started out of the office of thc accused the accuser called some one - - - ---, The Town Marshal demanded to know if this referred to him and was told that it did not, but that it referred to the accused, who thereupon immediatelY struck the accuser and hit him five, six or seven times, the accuser making no effort to strike back. At the conclusion of the trial the vote on specification number one was: Guilty 20, not guilty 21; on the second specification, guilty 23, not guilty 18. An appeal was perfected from the action of the Lodge to this body. DECISION. While the testimony in regard to specification number one is conflicting, we find that the weight of the testimony tends to establish the guilt of the accused on that charge. We, therefore, recommend that the action of the Lodge en this specification be set aside and for naught held. On specification number two, under the circumstances, we are of the opinion that the epithet used by the accuser was not a sufficient justification for the violation of his Masonic obligation by the accused. We, therefore, recommend that the action of this Lodge on this specification be reversed and that the accused be declared guilty thereunder, and that said Geo. S. Dowell be and he is hereby expelled from all the rights and privileges of Freemasonry.路 Respectfully su bmi tted, THOMAS H. REYNOLDS, THOMAS F. HURD, A. L. ROSS, W. W. MARTIN, ANTHONY F. ITTNER, (But do not concur in majority opinion in Leslie v. Dowell.) O. L. M.UNGER. Committee on Appeals and Grievances. MINORITY REPORT. Case XVI.

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Majority report'recommended reversal of Lodge and expulsion of the Brother. Bro. A. F. Ittner presented Minority report, recommending adoption and affirmance of decision of the Lodge of acquittal of accused. On motion, duly seconded and carried, the Majority report was reversed and the Minority report of Bro. Ittner was adopted,


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affirming the verdict of the Lodge neqlltttinA" the accus€d, after very lengthy discussion and arguments by counsel for parties and by members of Committee and brethren. On motion duly sE:conded and carried, the report of the Committee, as thus amended in Case XVI, was adopted.

CALLED FROM LABOR. At 1 :30 p. m. the Grand Lodge was CALLED FROM LABOR until 2 :30 o'clock this afternoon.

SECOND DAY-AFTERNOON SESSION. St. Louis, \Vednesday, September 29, 1915. The Grand Lodge was called to labor at 2 :30 o'clock P. 1V1. by M. \"1. Grand Master Tolman W. Cotton, assisted by the other Grand Officers in their respective stations. Supreme and divine guidance invoked by R. W. and Rev. Bro. James IvL Boon, Grand Chaplain.

TELEGRAM-GREETINGS FROM GRAND MASTER OF ARKANSAS. The Grand :Master received the following telegram from the Grand 1\1aster of the Grand Jurisdiction of Arkansas, which was ordered printed in the Proceedings: Little Rock, Arlc, Sept. 29, 1915. Tolman ,V. Cotton, Grand Master Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons, S1. Louis, Mo.: . Regret exceedingly cannot be present in person to pay my respects and tender Fraternal regard of my Grand Jurisdiction. Circumstancps beyond my control deny me this anticipated pleasure. Trust your Grand Lodge will not only have a very successful meeting, but that its labors will be fraught with an abundance of happiness and fruitful endeavor. CHARLES E. ROSENBAUM, Grand Master.

WAYS AND, MEANS COMMITTEE. 1\1. VV. Bro. A. 1\1. Dockery, chairman, stated that a resolution adopted a year ago required that the Ways and l\feans Committee should make their report on the second day of the


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session, but as there were certain matters that woidd rea~Iy for the committee until tomorrow, he asked for mous consent that they be allowed until tomorrow to Being put to a vote, unanimous consent was given, quested.

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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CHARTERED LODGES. W. Bro. C. L. Alexander; chairman, presented and react' the report of Committee on Chartered Lodges, which \vas adopted, as follows: . To the :Most \Vorshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: Your Committee un Chartered Lodges submits the following report: After the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge in 1914 there were 636 Lodges in Missouri, but since that time Tranquillity. Lddge, No. 2'75, has been consolidated with Cambridge Lodge, No. 63, under the name and number of the latter Lodge, and the charter of Cecil Lodge, No. 595, was arl;ested by the c:rand Master in September, 1915, thus leaving 634 Lodges at this time. Returns and remittances have been received fl'om all of .the 634 Lodges, but thirty Lodges failed to send in their returns before August 1st, as required by law. The delinquent Lodges were Nos. 8, 22, 32, 42, 103, 123, 136, 168, 182, 196, 212, 248, 301,348, 382, 386, 405, 410, 418, 440, 465, 473, 499, 500, 529, 530, 573, 584, 595 and 628. The returns of Nos. 42, 573 and 584 were not received until September. Six of the above Lodges were delinquent last' year. Only one of these delinquent Lodges has more thRon 100 members, and the average for all of them is only 42, showing' that the Secretaries of the delinquent Lodges h路ave not even the excuse of a large membership for their failure to send reports on time. There were 48 delinquent Lodges last year, as compared with 30 this year, which is a decided improvement, but there is no reaso路n why there should be any delinquent Lodges. The fiscal year of a Lodge closes on June 30th, and the Secretary is allowed the entire month of July to send in his report. The only penalty provided by our laws for the delinquent Lodges is that the Representatives are deprived of thEdr mileage and per diem, but as few of the delinquent Lodges are represented at the Sessions of the Grand Lodge. most of them escape without any penalty. The Grand Lodg'e should enact some legislation which would compel every Lodge to send in its report on time. Over 600 Lodges send in their reports promptly, and there is no reason why the remaining 30 should be allowed to suit their own convenience.


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Crand Lodge of ,111,ssouri REMISSION OF DUES.

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This is a very large increase, which may in part be accounted for by the unusual business conditions this year.â&#x20AC;˘ Section 67 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws provides that ,,'Every Chartered Lodge shall pay annually to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dollar and twenty-five cents for each Master Mason reported as a member in the annual returns, except those whose dues have been remitted for inability to pay." The indications are that many Lodges make this deduction on account of remissions for other reasons than inability to pay. Four Lodges make this reduction on account of the remission of the Secretary's d\les, one Lodge on account of the Treasurer. four on account of the Chaplain and 27 Lodges on account of the Tiler. Observing' that a new Sfcretary reported his own dues remitted. this Committee wrote to him asking if his dues were'remitted for inability to pay. He very promptly replied that they ".:ere not. but that as the former Secretary had always reported his dues remitted he thought it was the custom to "dead head" the Secretary, Some Lodges deducted $2.50 .for one man. claiming two years' remissions. This could not be allowed. a~ in order to obtain credit for a remission the Lodge should remit the, dues before June 30th each year and so charge it in the returns. One Lodge remitted the dues of a dead man and deducted for him. Doubtless most of the errOI'S under this head are caused by failure to understand Section 67, as quoted above, and it would probably be better if the Grand Lodge would charge the per capita tax on every Master Mason in good standing, whether his dues were remitted or not. At first thought, this may n0t seem fair to the Lodge, but the loss to an~ one Lodge would be slight, and we think you will at least give some consideration to the matter when we tell you that if these deductions on account of remissions were eliminatEd, the gain in revenue to the Masonic Home in a ten-year period would aggregate $10.000.00. Furthermore. every Lodge in the State, with a few exceptions, reports itself in a good fihancial condition, and mOTe' .than one-thil'd of the Lodges make no deductions on account :of remissions. so that the benefit is being obtained by less than two-thirds of the Lodges. The largest Lo,dges reporting no remissions are Ivanhoe. NO.4 46, and Rose Hill, No. 550. OUTSTANDING DUES. Total amount of outstanding dues in 1914 Total amount of outstanding dUES in 1915 Decrease

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bership of 12,872, has only $1,961.00 outstanding, or 15 cents per member, while the rest of the State, with a membership of 51,094, has $43,973.00 outstanding, or 85 cents per member. Two Lodges in Kansas City-No. 522, with 744 members, and No. 617, with 253 membershave no dues outstanding. Two Lodges in St. Louis make the same report-No. 267, with 308 members, and No. 576, with 194 members. Seven other Lodges with a membership exceeding 100 have no dues outstanding-Nos. 62, 118, H7, 154, 208, 407 an<;l 481. Good Hope Lodge, No. 218, reports only $10.00 outstanding, no remissions for inability to pay and no suspensions for non-payment, an unusual record for a Lodge of more than 300 members. No. 68, with 122 members, annual dues $3.50, reports $979.00 dues outstanding, or practically one-half of the amount out in the entire city of St. Louis with 100 times the membership. The Secretary of No. 142 reports three members in arrears for four years' dues and one member owing eight years' dues. The Secretary of No. 227 states that he he:d his report until July 31st in order to get all the dues collected. \Vhile he is to be commended for collecting all of the' dues, we wish to call his attention to the Grand Lodge law which provides that the fiscal year of a lodge shall close' on .Tune 30th; therefore, he should not have reported all' dues collect~d if some of the collections were made in July. Furthermore, it is not fair to the Grand Secretary to hold the report until the last of July, .as if every Lodge waited until the last minute to send in its report, the Grand Secretary ,,,"ould lose the whole month of July, making it impossible for him to get the returns corrected before the Grand Lodge meets. The Lodge charg'ing the largest amount of annual due~ is Brookfield, No. 86, $10.00 per member. Tuscan, No. 360, and Itasl{a, No. 420, charge $8.00.. ERRORS AND OMISSIONS. We regret to report no improvement under this head; in fact, from the experience of one who has served several years on this Committee, we are frank to say that the reports are worse than ever. Some Scretaries arc not only late in sending in their reports, but quite a large number are dilatory in replying to letters and seem to think that the Grand Secretary is imposing on them because he requires them to give him necessary. information. No recapitulation is made in the returns of many Lodges; in others the list of members is not alphabetically arranged; many omitted the financial statement; others omitted the names of all candidates initiated, passed or raised. The financial statemEnt and nIl questions on that page are omitted in the I'eport of No. 229, yet both the ",\'orshi1lful Master and Secretary sign their names on that very page, attesting t.hat the report is correct and all questions answered. No. 106 included the names of eight who are no longer members. No. 256 reports that papers were mislaid in the cases of three affiliations and can not tell from what Lodges they came. This information should appear on the minut.es, and if it does not it would be an easy matter to write to these members and ascertain the nam<>s ,or" their former Lodges. T'he report of No. 584 is made out with a leafl (...nell.


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One Secretary suggests that it would save time if the Grand Lodge did not require a list of the members of each Lodge. Oh! if we could only have that Secretary go through these reports with us, we would quickly demonstrate to him the impossibility of his suggestion. Jt is necessary to check practically one-half of the returns with the previous year's report in order to balance them, which it would be impossible to do without the list of members. Even the Secl'etary making the suggestion is not infallible. He sends an excellent report this year, but only a few years ago it was necessary to check his membership in order to balance his report. The Secretary of one of the largest Lodges admitted that he was out of balance when he made up his report and had to check his membership. thereby discovering that he had been carrying a dimitted member. It was only because he was required to furnish a list of his members to the Grand Lodge that he detected his error. No Mason is eligible to the office of ,Vorshipful Master unless he has been elected and served as Warden, or. in the case of a new Lodge. he must satisfy the District Lecturer as to his proficiency, and yet the responsibilities of a Secretary are second in importance only to those of the 'Worshipful Master, but the Grand Lodge law seems to provide' for no supervision over the selection of the Secretary. In 1900 there were 33.355 Masons in Mjssouri; to-day there are 63,966, so that we have almost doubled our membership in fifteen years. and at the present rate of increase we will soon have a membership of ] 00.000. Our rapid growth makes it imperative that some action should be taken which will result in more accurate information being furnished to the Grand Secretary. Brethren. your good standing as a Master Mason, or the right to admission in the Masonic Home of yoursflf or family. may be questioned through the incompetence or indifference of your Secretary. One Secretary reported the name of a member scratched off the ledg'er, but he could not say for what reason. Another reported nine members suspended for non-payment of duel:>, but admitted that no action had been taken by the Lodge to suspend these brothers. Another reported three suspended for unmasonic ('onduct, whereas it should have beE:)n for non-payment of dues. In several cases men were reported dimitted or suspended who are in good standing. There were even a few cases of men reported dead who are still alive. In one case it developed that a man who had been reinstated in 1909 was not so reported until this year. Thus. for six years a Master~ Mason in good standing- appeared in the Grand Lodge record.s as a .suspended Mason. The same Lodge reported a brother reinstated this year who was actually reinstated in 1912. These are only a few cases; we could mention many more. but it is not necessary. The records of three Lodges were destroyed by fire last year. 'The records of your Lodge may be destroyed this year. In that event. do you want your name to appear on the Grand Lodge records as dimitted or suspended? How much longer are we going to permit our Secretaries to scratch our names off the ledger, suspend us without action of the Lodg'e, fail to report our reinstatement after suspension or even to report us 路dead before it is time to call the undertaker? What can w.e do about it? The Grand Secretary is .n<:>t at fault; all


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he can do is to keep on file the information that is furnished by the Secretaries. We have Lodges of Instruction, a Grand Lecturer, many District Leputy Grand Masters and District Lecturers. Why cannot part of this machinery be used sometimes for the benefit of the Secretaries? If it is not practicable to hold a Lodge of Instruction for Secretaries, cannot part of the time now devoted to teaching the ritual be employed in showing the Secretaries how to make out their annual reports and imparting some knowledge of Grand Lodge laws regarding remissions of dues, suspensions, affiliations, etc.?' Much of the confusion in the retul'ns is caused by failure to understand the Grand Lodge law. The Certificate plan of transferring membership causes a great deal of trouble, every year there being cases where two Lodges claim the same man as a member, simply because the Secretaries do not understand the law. The Grand Master tells us. in his admirable Address that the Book of Constitution should be read more frequently in the Lodges. Could it not be read also in Lodges of Instruction with profit to both Masters and Secretaries? Every corporation employing as many agents as the Grand Lodge has Secretaries reporting to it, or an annual income approximating $100,000, would have some $ystem to check the reports of its agents. The Grand Lodge has practically no chec.k on the Secretaries. We have a committee to audit the accounts of the Grand Secretary. We are thcrefore casting no reflection on the integrity oJ the Secretaries by suggesting that it would be advisable for this Grand Lodge to have the books of the Secret.aries audited. V\Te believe that much revenue is lost to man~' 路Lodges and that the amount in revenue that is lost by the Grand Lodge every year would possibly go a long way toward paying the expenses of a traveling auditor. As indicating the amount of revenue that is lost to the Grand Lodge, this Committee, in the limited time that it could give to the inspection of 634 reports, found several cases of infractions of the Grand Lodge law, which, after correction, added not a little to the Grand Lodge revenue. But whether there is an increase in revenue or not, we believe that the expense of a traveling .auditor would be justified if we could thel'eby be assured that accurate information will be furnished to the Grand , Secretary, which is impossible of attainment under the present system. The criticisms against the Secretaries do not apply to St. Louis and Kansas City," as every Lodge in both cities seems to be supplied with a competent Secretary. Of course, the Secretaries in the large cities receive some compensation for their work, bu't as one of the members of this Committee is himself a Secretary, he very frankly admits that his brother Secretaries iri S1. Louis and Kansas City earn all they are paid, and then some. There are also many Lodges in the smaller cities and rural districts that have good Secretaries. The Secretary of Salem Lodge, No. 225, states: "As the Lodge is not willing to pay the Secretary a salary in proportion to the work required. of him, this will be my last report to you." 'Ve shall be sorry to lose him, as he sends in an excellent report and seems to be one of the few Secretaries who appreciates the importance of his work. 'Ve do not know how much he wants, but we hope hi~ Lodge {;a!1 a,rran!3e'to retai!1 pi!? l?ervices, . . -'


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Kirksville Lodge, No. 105, reports 46 candidates raised this year, a larger number than any Lodge in the State outside of a few Lodges in St. Louis and Kansas City. The report of this Lodge was one of the very worst received last year. A new Secretary is now in charge who seems to be trying to get his report correct. It is not fair, however, to burden a new Secretary with the bad bookkeeping of a former Secretary. and as this Lodge is now doing so much work, it can well 'afford to ~mploy a competent bookkeeper, who is a Master Mason, to go over the records and corr:ect the books for the new Secr,etary. . Having relieved our system regarding the delinquencies of the Secretaries, we now pass to statistics of membership and work, which you may find more interesting. MEMBERSHIP AND WORK. Total membership in Chartered Lodges in 1915 63,769 Membership in Cecil Lodge, No. 595, Charter arrested. .. 14 Membership in Lodges under Dispensation. , . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Total membership, 1915, Total membership, 1914

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Net gain

2,444 RECAPITULATION Oli' 'VORK.

Initiated Passed Raised Affiliated

4,367 4,203 4,30li 1,054

Reinstated 355 Dimitted 1,322 Suspended N.P.D.l,185 Susp~nded U.M.C. 10

Expelled Died Rejected Dues remitted

43 886 633 1,292

Sixteen Lodges have a membership exceeding 500, as follows: Temple, No. 299 , 1,170 Mount Moriah, No. 40 1,035 Ivanhoe, No. 446 1,026 'ruscan, No. 360............. 821 Missouri, No.1. . . . . . . . . . . . .. 796 Geo. Washington, NO.9. . . . .. 751 Gate City, No. 522. . . . . . . . . .. 744 Beacon, No.3 682

Kansas City, No. 220.. . . . . .. '!Vest Gate, No. 445 Rural, No. 316.............. Corner Stone, No. 323....... Keystone, No. 243........ . .. Polar Star, No. 79. . . . . . . . . .. Anchor, No. 443............. South Gate, No. 547.........

660 606 604 595 567 530 517 512

Six Lodges have less than twenty members, as follows: NO.8 No. 180 No. 223

18 members 19 members 17 members

No. 455 No. 529 No. 530

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19 members 19 members 13 members

The following Lodges have each raised sixty or more candidates: Ivanhoe, No. 446............ 124 Mt. Moriah, No. 40.......... 110 Gate City, No. 522. . . . . . . . 103 :!3e<i. co T!, No. ? .. , .... ,., , Ht

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The above mentioned Lodges are all located in St. Louis and Kansas City. The following-Lodg-es not located in either one of those cities have each raised twenty-five or more candidates: United, No.5. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . St. John's, No. 28. . . . . . . . . . . . Webster Groves, No. 84..... Kirksville, No. 105.......... Hannibal, No. 188 .... ". . . . . . . Zeradatha, No. 189..........

28 32 27 46 32 38

Poplar Bluff, No. 209 ;... Charity, No. 331 " .... Moberly; No. 344............ Fellowship, No. 3.45......... Adair, No. 366.............. Gate of the Temple, No. 522.

32 37 26 26 30 28

Forty-nine Lodges report no work at all, as compared with 42 Lodges reporting no work last year. Ivanhoe Lodge, No. 416, raised the largest number of candidates, 124, reported the greatest number of affiliations, 66, and made the largest net gain, 165. The totals for the larger cities follow: Total Net Dues Members. Raised. Gain. Outstanding. _ St. Louis, 30 Lodgoes 12,872 Kansas City, 13 Lodges 6,209 St. Joseph, 4 Lodges 1.180 Springfield, 3 Lodges 1,203 Joplin, 2 Lodges......... 575 Hannibal, 2 Lodges...... fi22 Sedalia, 2 Lodges"....... 393

1,117 567 101 79 42 64 32

Assets.

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$1,961.00 $282,592.00 4,514.00 138,634.00 984.00 33,774.00 20,399.00 880.00 " 6 loss 125.00 " 38,925.00 fi2 15.00 8,058.00 8,619.00 29 10.00

The St. Louis figures include two Lodges under Dispensation. Rolla Lodge, Ko. 213, reports a r.eduction of $1,100.00 of the debt on its building. Business is good in the Ozarks. In concl.usion, we take pleasure in expressing our thanks and appreciation to the Grand Secretary and his efficient assistants for courtesies extended to us while in the Grand Lodg'e office compiling the data for this report. Fraternally submitted, C. "L. ALEXANDER, J. M. GOODRICH, R. W. STALNAKI~R, R. W. MILLER.


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ELECTION OF GRAND OFFICERS. The hour for the election of 'Grand Lodge Officers for the .ensuing year having arrived, Grand Master Cotton appointed the following brethren as tellers: Chas. H. Pope, F. E. IV[cGhee. Karl IVI. Vetslmrg, C. E. Clowe, T. B. Landon and C. B. Callahan. The election proceeded, with the following result: Frank .R. Jesse, Grand Master. Edward Higbee, Deputy Grand :Master. \iVm. A. Clark, Grand Senior V\rarden. John W. Bingham, Grand Junior Warden. Alphonso C. Stewart. Grand Treasurer. John R. Parson, Grand Secretary.

ELECTION OF DIREOTORS OF MASONIC HOME BOARD. On nomination and ballot, the follr.)wing brethren were elected, as Directors -of the 1\1asonic Home Board, to serve three years: A. M. Dockery, Wni. M. \\lilliams, J. VV. Boyd and Wm. F. Kuhn.

SECOND READING OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS. The Grand Secretary read by title for second time the amendments to by-laws proposed on Tuesday (yesterday) : To amend Section 59ÂŁ\ (two separate offers). To amend Section 152. To enact new Section 59B. To repeal Section 26~.


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AMENDMENT TO BY-LAWS ADOPTED. 1\1. \\T. Brother \;Vm. F. Kuhn called up for final action amendment prop,osed at session of 1914 to Section 67 of Grand L()dge By-Laws', increasing the per' capita tax 50 cents, as printed on pages 68 and 69 of Proceedings ,of 1914, and moved its adoption. After full discussion the same was adopted as proposed by an alm6st unanimous standing vote, and reads as follows: Section 67. Annual nuelil.-Every Chartered Lodge shall pay annually to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dqllar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) for each Master Mason reported in the annual returns. One dollar and twenty-five ($1.25) of this sum shall be used for the support of the Masonic Home, unless otherwise ordered by the Grand Lodge. If any Lodge shall collect from a suspended member dues, for the non-payment of which he shall have been suspended, such Lodge shall pay to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) for each year's dues so collected, if not previously accounted for.

Regularly moved, seconded and carried that the speech made by M. W. Bro. Kuhn in st.ippo~路t of this amendment. if it could be obtained, be published in the proceedings. Brethren of the Grand Lodge: Just inside of the: entrance to the Administration Building of the Masonic Home is a bronze tablet bearing this inscription: Erected by THE FREEMASONS OF MISSOUHI and Dedicated, to THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD and THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN as Exemplified in This, OUR MASONIC HOME. This is a worthy dedication of a worthy Institution and reflects honor upon you who have made this Home more than a possibility, even a reality. Its dedi'cation to the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man is a firm recognition of the very essence of Freemasonry-the foundation upon which Freemasonry must rest. He who does not believe in the principles expressed in this dedication is not a Freemason, even if he is a member of a Masonic Lodge. It is a dedication that does not find its expression in a mere abstract theory, but in

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those munificent acts of charity, of loving kindness and good will as exemplified "in this, our Masonic Home". Our Masonic Home; your Masonic Home; the personal Masonic Home and the pride of over sixty-three thousand Master Masons in Missoud. It is to the interests of this Home I would direct your attention. I would speak to you, not as an official or a Director of the Home, but from the broad platfor'm and standpoint of a Master Mason, and urge upon you the adoption of this amendment. You, Master Masons, who founded, builded and maintained this Home through many years, have a right to know and should know why it becomes necessary to raise the annual assessment from seventy-five cents to one dollar and twenty-fiv'e cents. The printed Report of the Board of Directors of. the Home will give you in full detail the condition and needs of this Institution. .The statements of President Waggoner and Treasurer Wells have already shown to you the imperative reasons for the adoption of this amendment. Permit me to repeat and emphasize these facts: The total cost of maintenance for the year ending September 1st, 1915, was $64,704.28. The income during the year, plus balance on hand Spptember I, 1914, amounted to $74,480:47, leaving a balance September I, 1915, of $9,776.19,as compared with the balance of $14,331.68 in 1914. The balance of $9,776.19 docs not show the actual financial condition to-day, September 29, 191;). The bills for August, amounting to $5,558.62, were due and payable September 10, so that if the bills for August and those for September down to the date of the session of this Grand Lodge were paid, our balance would entirely disappear and we would face a deficit of about $2,500.00 before any more income would be received. This condition faces us to-day. Let us turn our attention to the future. Our total income from the Grand Lodge for the year 1915-1916, as per Grand Secretary's statement and based upon the seventy-five-cent assessment of a membership of 63,966, less those whose dues have been remitted, will a.mount to $46,953.30. Add to this Grand Lodge contributions about $5,000 from the fifteen-cent assessment of the O. E. S., plus the interest from the endowment fund of about $7,000, we have a total of $58,953.30. It can readily be seen that, even if our expenses for the year 1915-] 9] 6 did not exceed those of 1914-1915, the deficit would be greatly increased. But such conditions will not prevail. The increase in the Home family for the past year was 38. At the last session of the Board, held on Monday of this week, 16 applications were received. If this is an index, we can. safely predict a larger increase in the Home family than last year. This means an additional expense and, based upon past experience, the total cost of maintenance for the year 1915-1916 wi,ll be somewhere between $68,000 to $72,000. 'ro meet this cost, the Board will have only about $59,000. This means that before the Grand Lodge meets again there will be a deficit of from $15,000 to $20,000. Even should this amendment carry, it will be a year before the Home can realize from it. This deficit, therefore, stares us in the face to-day and becomes a distressing reality by next September. I have heard of two criticisms in regard to the admis-


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sions into the Home. One declared that the Board rejected many worthy applications. The other criticism was that the Board admitted too many, hence the expense. I wish to state that every application is considered on its merits. A thorough investigation is made on each case. The member's frequently making personal visitations in order to establish the merits of the case. It docs not matter whether the application is for the poorest member of the poorest and smallest Lodge of this State or a poor member of the richest and largest Lodge in this State, both receive the same consideration. The Lodge from which the application comes is never considered, but the worthiness and need of the applicant receives the sole consideration of the Board of Directors. But some of you may think that the expenses of the Home are high and, there~ore, indicate extravagance. This is a natur'al eriticism, and ,you should not be censured for inquiring into the question of extravagance. The Board of Directors invites criticism, investigation and suggestions. The Board is your servant, whose only desire is to serve honestly and justly. The, printed Report of the Home gives you in minute details all of the expenses, so that it becomes simply a question of applying the simplest rules of arithmetic to obtain the annual or daily expense for each item. The average number for the year of the Home family is 233; the nlJmber of employes is 44. Divide any of the expense items by either of these or the sum of them, and the annual or daily cost can be obtained. To illustrate: The cost for milk for the past year was $2,780,44; this milk is 'used by all members of the Home and employes. Dividing this cost by 277 and then by 365 and by 3, it will show that each person uses seven-tenths of one cent at a meal. Analyzing the cost further reveals the fact that everybody in the Home-Officers, employes and members of the Home family-are fed at an expense of seven cents per meal, and this seven cents are distributed in the cost of milk, bread, meat, vegetables, groceries, etc. '''hile the Home family have good, wholesome food and enough, the cost of seven cents per meal surely can not be considered extravagant. The 'item of clothing, dry goods and shoes amounts to $17.06 for each of the 233 members. Can any family buy its dry goods, clothing, including underwear, hats, stockings and shoes, for $17.06 for each member of the family, both old and young? Our 90 Home children attend the city public schools; they can not go as paupers, neither do you desire them to do so. Ne'at,' clean, even if inexpensive, clothES for a child at school begets selfrespect, dignity, discipline and cleanliness. $17.06 for each child, man and woman for clothing and dry goods surely is not extravagant, and the words "dry goods" includes bed arid table linen, calicoes and ginghams. 100

There are 44 employes in the Home. Their average salary is $32.50 per month. The expense for employes annually is $60.84 per inmate. This item appears large. In the Home for soldiers' widows and orphans in Illinois, where the conditions are similar to those in our Home, managed with the utmost care by well qualified nonpartisan Board, the cost for, the same services is $124.37 per inmate. In comparing this item of 路expense with the same item in any institu-


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tion of the same character, it will be found that ours is below the average. But there is another factor in the expense account that must not be overlooked or treated lightly-the' expense of our Hospital. The year in which the Hospital was put in operation the expenses of the Home increased $14,233.11, an increase of 38 %. This increased expense has been maintained. The Hospital, with an average of 60 patients, requires 40 % of the employes, 4Q % of all wages, 75 % of medical services and medical supplies and 60 % of the dietary expenses. The Hospital adds fully 40% to the expenses of the Home, or, to be more concrete in the statement, 60 people in the Hospital require 40% and 173 people in the Home require 60% of the expenses; in other words, the Hospital expense per member is double the expense per member of the Home proper. Is there extravagance in the Hospital? No. These patients receive good care, attention a~d food, just such attention as you would demand for your mother or your father. The patients in the Hospital are all old people who have been 路admitted under the same rules that will admit a child. Frequently two-thirds of the patients in the Hospital require their food to be b,:ought to their bedside, and frequently oue-fourth are bed-ridden and helpless. They are old people whom the adversities of life have thrown into the strong arms of beneficent . Masonic charity. See them in their beds, consult the death list and note the ages; then all doubts and cavilings will cease. If anyone thinks that the Board is extravagant, then do as I have done; go into the Home, from basement to garret, into kitchens, laundry, power house, dining. rooms, Hospital, rooms for the old and young; go everywhere, consult the cook, the colored man who scrubs the ftoor, the girl who carries the tray of food to the sick; see the work and the character of work that has to be done; note the system enforced by the Superintendent and officers, and you will be convinced that salaries can not be reduced, the number of employes lessened or expenses curtailed. "Vhat will we do about it, Brethren? We have assumed a responsibility and, as Freemasons, weare going to meet this responsibility. This responsibility should not be considered a burden, but it should be considered by eveJ'y Freemason as a blessed privilege. It is the glorious privilege of service, of doing something to make intensely practical our belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. This work is of Divine origin. It is born of God and dedicated to love. "Life is a mission, and not a career; Knighthood is service Whose scepter is' gladness; Giving is living, Saving is dying; Life is eternal and love is its essence." Our Masonic Home sprang from the hearts of the Masons of this State.' It will continue to exist. You can not stop it. As well stop the sun in its course, pluck a star from the silvery dome of night or

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arrest the flight of an immortal soul to its eternal home. Brethren, you will adopt this amendment; you will maintain "Our Home," for Freemasonry never goes backward. In far-away Constantinople there stands an edifice, the most costly and most wonderful from an architectural view ever erected. For many centul'ies it has been a Mosque, and the footsteps of the devotees of Islam have resounded in its sacred precincts; yet in its Byzantine architecture, its paintings and decorations, it still stands as an expression of the power and influence of the Christian religion, for which it was erected and to which it was dedicated. Nearly fifteen hundred years have passed since an angel gave to Justinian the plans for this great Cathedral, and into it was poured the wealth of the Roman Empire to the fabulous sum of sixty-four million dollars. He christened this great Cathedral Sancta Sophia. To the Freemason, this name has a special significance-meaning the sacred Logos, the sacred Name. The ""Vord-"In the beginning was the 'Vord, and the Word was with God, and the Word wa~ God." Justinian, the Emperor, determined to erect a Cathedral that should transcend the splendor of the Temple of Solomon, both in its architecture, decoration, in its silver and gold. The entire Empire was aroused into great enthusiasm in furnishing the material 'for its structure. Skilled workmen came from all parts of the Empire, workers in iron, stone, 'brass, silver, gold and in jewels. To push the work on to its compietion, it is said that celestial music cheered the workmen and stimulated them to their best endeavor. Into it were brought one hundred and nine columns from the most famous temple of the classic world. In it were great varieties of precious marbles and the prodigal employment of silver, gold and precious stones for the dec路orations. ~Then the Cathedral was completed, Justinian entered it alone. As he stood before the great Altar and under that ethereal dome, whose expanse was one hundred and eight feet, and beheld the splendor of his achievement, he removed hili crown in order that he might stand in the presence of this wonderful offering to God as an humble man. As he gazed on this transcendent creation, he raised his hands in adoration, exclaiming: "Glory to God, who has deemed me worthy to accomplish such an undertaking." Then, turning to a great mosaic whereon Solomon was represented looking around in wondering admiration; Justinian exclaimed: "Solomon, I have conquered thee." Brethren, out on Delmar avenue, in this city, stands our Sancta Sophia, our Divine Logos, our Sacred Name-the Master's 'Vord-our Masonic Home. Promptings of sacred origin, aye, the whispering of an angel's voice in the hearts of the Freemasons of Missouri, gave the plan for the ineeption and building of our Masonic Home. The prompt.ings of our better selves, the nobler impulses of our hearts spring from angelic voices speaking to us. Our Saneta Sophia has heen in process of building for Several years; it is still building by you, the Master Man, the Master Mason; possibly you have heard (~elestial music, as the builders of old. to cheer you and stimulate you in your labors. You heard yesterday morning on this platform, as those ninety-one children of our Harne, with voice and instrument, brought to you and to me celestial music to incite us in ,our building. We have brought frOm all parts Of our l:;ltate the :;;ilver anQ. ~olQ. for


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our Cathedral. It has had our 路labor,路 our prayers and our tears. It does not contain columns of Pyrian marble, but it contains to-day one hundred and sixty pillars of old men and women-columns that have been storm-tossed, riven and scarred by the conflicts of a cold .world. We 'have taken them from the homeless and waste places of earth and transplanted them Into our Sancta Sophia. There they stand, old, decrepit, but majestic in decay. You have not ornamented our Sancta Sophia with diamonds, rubies, amethysts and pearls, but you have adorned it with the most priceless jewels on earth-the boys and the girls of Master Masons. The boys and girls of to-day, the men and women of to-morrow. Jewels that had lost their setting of a home, bereft of father's care and mother's love; you have reset them in the love and in the comfort of our Sancta Sophia. Brethren, go, as did Justinian, stripped of all titles, decorations and official distinction, and stand before our Altar In the presence of this glorious, splendid and transcend ant Sancta Sophia; see Its majestic columns, its mural paintings, its decorations, its jewels; hear the slow tread of the weary and halting steps of the aged, the merry laught.er and flying feet of children in its transepts, in its corridors and in its nave; listen to the quavering voices of the old and the clear, resonant ring of the children's tones in the choir loft singing their morning song and their evening blessing; then you will raise your hands towar.ds the majestic dome of Heaven, exclaiming: "Glory to God, who has deemed me worthy to participate in such an undertaking." Yes, "Solomon, we have conquered thee"; conquered thee because this practical and efficient demoIJ.stration of l<.... reemasonry has conquered and will outlive all Freemasonry that consists merely of signs, words, steps and grips, all philosophical theories or misty symbolism.' "'Ve are living, we are dwelling In a grand and glorious time; In an' age on ages telling To be living is sublime." To be living is indeed great, but to be living and doing is gl路eater. Can we not unite in this: "I live for those who love me, For those who know me true, For the Heaven that smiles above me And awaits my spirit, too; For the cause that needs assistance, For the wrongs that need r.esistance, For the future in the distance And the good that I may dO,"


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AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS ADOPTED. 11. W.- Bro. \i\,Tm. F. Kuhn also called up for final, action amendment to Section 69 proposed at session of 1914 and pllblishedin the Proceedings of 1914, page 69, which was adopted as proposed, and reads as follows: I

Tq amend Section 69 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws by striking out. the word "one-fifth", thirteenth line, and inserting the word "oJ:le-seventh" therefor; so that the section when amended shall read: Section 69. l\filenge ond Per nieOl.-The Past Grand Masters, Grand Officers, District Deputy Grand Masters, District Lecturerl!l and one Representative from each Lodge and the Chairman of, each Standing- Committee, who do not draw mileag-e and per diem in any other capacity, shall be paid the sum of three dollars ($3.00) for each day they may be in actual attendance upon the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, and three cents per mile for each mile necessarily traveled in going: to and returning therefrom; provided,;:that no Representative shall receive either mileage or per diem unless all dues from his Lodge to the Grand Lodge have been paid路 by August 1st, and no Representative shall receive more than -one--seventh-of the sum paid by his Lodge for that year as dues, and no one shall receive mileage' and per diem in a double capacity.

M. \i\,T. Bro. A. 1\1. Hough called up for final action amendment proposed last year arid published on page 67, Proceedings of 1914, to amend Section 1, Article Ii of Grind -Lodge By-Laws, as to changing time of meeting of Grand Lodge: On motion the same was adopted; and readsas follows: Section 1. 'j'lme nnd Place Of.-An Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge shall be held in the City of St. Louis on the third Tuesday of September, in each year, commencing at 10 o'clock A. M.; provided, that the place of meeting for' the next Annual Communication - may be changed when a majority of the Grand "Lodge shall deem it expedient.

Bro. Hough also called up for final action proposed ,amendment to Section 263, and on motion the same was adopted as published in Proceedings of 1914, page-209: Section 263. By Adding Sectlon.-Any-additional section not conflicting with the provisions of these by-laws, which may be desired, shall be proposed in writing, and on being read on two several days, if concurred in by two-thirds of the votes present, shall become a part of these by-laws.

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one day", instead of "read on two several days", in the third line of Section 264, page 70, Proceedings 1914) and as thus amended the same amendment to Section 264 was adopted, and reads as follows: To amend the Grand Lodge By-Laws by striking out Section 264 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: Section 264. By )\lteration or Repenl.-Any alteration or proposition to amend or repeal any of the foregoing by-laws shall be reduced to writing- and read on one day of the session and be published in the proceedings of this Grand Lodge and lie over until the next Annual Communication, and shall be again read; and, if approved by the majority of 'the ineml;lefs pre~.ent,shall.become ,a part of the by-laws ()f this Grand Lodge.

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Vj. Bro. Louis l\1011er called for final action proposed amendi11ent to Section 197 as published on page 70 of Pro'ceedings of 1914, and on motion the same was adopted, and reads as follows': , Sec~ion 197. ~isltors.-A Lodge shall not adrpit a. v:isitor who shall be unable to establi13h by do'cumentary evidence and examination, or by personal voucher, as provided in Section 196, that he hails from some Lodge in this J'Urisdiction or within the Jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Documentary evidence shall be receipts for dUElS for the current year, or a certificate of good standing-, either of which shall bear the seal of the Lodge and the signature of the Secretary of the Lodge, together with the signature of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Jurisdiction from which a visitor may hail; or a diploma, duly authenticated by the signature of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Jurisdiction, together with the seal thereof. All of which designates a J~odge under the jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand'Lodge of Missouri. And such "Documentary Evidence" shall bear date not more than twelve months last past.

1\1. \lV. Bro. 'A..M. Hough called up proposed amendment to Section 123, published 011 page 210, Proceedings, of 1914, and offe\ed as a substitute therefor the .following, which, on motion, was adopted, and reads as follows: Section 123. All 31ust Vote.-When a ballot is taken, all members of the Lodge present must vote, except as provided in Section 121.

1VT. W. Bro. Van F. Boor called up for final action' proposed amendment to' Section 262;/~, published on page '71 of Proceedings of 1914, concerning "Endowment Fund". 1\1. W. Bro. Campbell ells proposed an amendment to the amend-

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ment striking out all of ,the proposed am~ndment after the word "proposed" in the sixth line thereof, and on motion this amendment to the amendment was duly adopted, the Section 262;1;; as thus amended reading as follows: Section 2621h. Article XX. Endowment FUJld.-The Endowment Fund, now. under the control and management of the Board of Directors of' the Masonic Home, and all additions thereto hereafter rr.ade, shall continue to be a permanent fund to help support and maintain said Home, and that only the earnings and income therefrom can be used for that purpose.

AMENDMENTS-CONSIDERATION OF DEFERRED. The consideration of two proposed amendments offered last year regarding Boards of Relief ~as, on request, deferred until tomorrow.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON LODGES U. D. R. W. Bro. .las. A: Boone, chairman. read the report of this committee, which, on motion, was adopted, a5 follows: St. Louis, Mo., September 29, 1915. To the Most Vlorshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri: Your Committee on Lodges Under Dispensation beg to submit the ,following report: Five Dispensations were granted and Lodges instituted thereunder as follows: Bunker, located at Bunker, in Reynolds County, November 28, 1914. Emmanuel, at Bado, in Texas County, December 1, 1914. Mountain View, at Mountain View, in Howell County, March 17. 1915. Triangle, in City of St. Louis, March 30, 1915. Mizpah, in the City of St. Louis, April 17, 1915. They started with an aggregate membership of 133 and did work as follows: Initiated Passed Raised

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The average attendance was 37. They have property of the aggregate value of $1,085.00; cash on hand at date of report, $2,392.64. We have examined the returns and records of all these Lodges. The returns are all correct with the exception of Emmanuel, in which


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report there are some inaccuracies which we have noted, and recommend that the Grand Secretary return the report for cerrection. We have made such notations on this report that it will be readily corrected by the Secretary. We can not refrain from some commendatory remarks on the records of Triangle and Mizpah; they are exceptionally well kept, and both are model::; in neatness, accuracy and details. Vve take pleasure in congratulating those Lodges on the haPDY selection of able. efficient and competent Secretaries. The other records are fairly well kept, but they have the usual errors so often found by this Committee, such as closing in lower Degrees before passing to the higher; recording the result of the deliberations of committees; failing to record the receipts, and some other minor errors-not the fault of the Lodge, doubtless, but due to the carelessness of the Secretary. We have made notations on the margin of their records, especially those of Emmanuel, which, if observed, we doubt not will enable them to get right. All things considered, we believe these Lodges are located and equipped so that they ma.y do much good, and we commend them to the favorable consideration of the Grand Lodge and recommend that Charters be granted to ea:ch. Fraternally submitted, J AS. A. BOONE,

CARL G. ROSS, A. M. HARLAN, G. A. SAMPLE.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS' REPORTS.

\tv. Bro. Ceo. F. Rixey presented and read the following report of Committee on District Deputy Grand lVlasters' Reports, which was adopted: St. Louis, Sept. 29th, 1915. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: We, yOur Committee on District Deputy Grand Masters' Reports, beg leave to report the following; There came to your Committee reports from all the District Deputy GrandMasters, with the exception of the Deputy Grand Masters of the following districts: Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9, 15, 17, 20, 32, 35, 41 and 51. A comparison with the report of this Committee made last year reveals the fact that there is one more district not reported this year than last, and further, that three not reported last year were likewise not reported this year.


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From the report sUbmitted, we find that the District Deputy Grand Masters have earnestly endeavored to faithfully perform their important duties; that they have visited the several Lodges in their respective districts, giving helpful advice and instruction in the work, and that they found peace and harmony among the members. All with but a few exceptions visited all, or practically all, the Lodges entrusted to their care officially, and many report other visits. Such attention to business and zeal can not help but be a potential influence for the well being and progress of our exalted Craft. 'Ve note one item of their report and bring- it to your attention. This matter was called to ,the attention of the Craft by 'the Worshipful Grand Master in a very forceful manner in the beginning of the year. It is the item of arrears in dues. From these reports, we learn that the total of arrears in dues is the large sum of $28,383.54. Since practically 40 % of the districts have not reported this item, it is the opInion of your Committee that the actual amount of arrears in dues exceeds the above stated amount. 'Ve learn from this that an enormous sum of money rightfully due the 'various Masonic Lodges of the State and justly theirs is withheld from them. We think we can do no better than to recall ,to your attention the very pertinent and forceful statements of our Grand Master" in his communication, of Jan',y 2, 1915. "Ve further note that thirteen of the reports do not give any information concerning this item. We f路urther note that of those reporting, one Deputy Grand Master reports $4,515.45 arrears in dues, which is the largest amount, and another $60.00 arrears, which is the smallest amount, Those districts having over $1,100.00 in arrears are Districts Nos. 22, 11, 44, 33, 39 and 1. The relative standing of these districts in this regard correspond, respectively, to the numbers as given. In view of these facts, the members of your Committee feel no hesitancy in urging that the District Deputy GrandMasters give this seriously important matter very earnest attention durfng the coming year. We further express the' hope ,that this lan'ientable condition will be materially corrected by the next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge. We further learn that the District Deputy Grand Masters held many Schools of Instruction; that they all agree that the standard of efficiency in giving Masonic teaching is being perceptibly' and effectively raised; they report most harmonious and efficient co-operation on the part of our worthy and competent Grand Lecturer, Right Worshipful Brother McLachlan. Your Committee ex'amined many reports, some long and some short; many were made on the proper form and many were not; a few were typewritten, but many were not typewritten, which "leads the Committee to make the following suggestion and recommendations: We suggest that the District Deputy Grand Masters make every possible effort to have their reports made on the form furnished them for that pUrpose; and we, further recommend that these reports be typewritten. Reasons for this are too numerous to mention. The fact that it would materially lessen the work of the Grand Master and this Committee and would be but little trouble on the part of the


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District Deputy <;;:~a9d. Masters is' s,uff,icierit to wa,rrant this recommendation. In order that this recommendation may be carried out, we ask- ;that this Grand Lodge instruct the Grand Secretary to cause to appear' on the face of the report blank furnish'ed the District Deputy Grand Masters the request that the report be typewritten. We learn from a previous report of this Committee that a certain recommendation in reference to furnishing blanks for special reports to the Secretaries of the local Lodges by the Grand Secretary, such reports to be filled out by the Secretaries of Lodges for the路 District Deputy Grand Masters, was made and no action was taken. Believing that such a requirement is necessary, we therefore ask that the Grand Secretary be instructed by this Grand Lodge to hereafter have a special report blank printed, which. blank shall Poe a copy of the statistical and recapitulation pages of the annual report made by the several Lodges to the Grand Lodge; that one of these special blanks be sent each year to each Secretary, at the same time the Grand Lodge report blanks arc sent, and that the printed路 instructions sent to the Secretaries by the Grand Secretary contain a direction to the Secretaries that they fill out this special blank and send it to the District Deputy Grand Master of their respective districts 路at the same time they send their Grand Lodge reports to the Grand Secretary. We firmly believe that the meeting of these requirements on the part of the Secretaries of the Lodges of the State will mat.eria11y facilitate and enhance the value of the work of the Deputy Grand Masters and will aid them in endeavoring to meet the requirements of the Grand Lodge concerning their reports. In closing, we congratulate the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge on the work done by the District Deputy Grand Masters. Th1s Grand Lodge is indebted to them for their services. Their duties are important.' W"hen they are neglected, the Craft suffers; when they are attended to, the Craft prospers. The Craftsman is worthy of his hire. The Grand Lodge, in bestowing its appreciation upon the District Deputy Grand Masters f~r th~ir. efficient service, w:.i11 most abundantly reward them, is the opinion of your Committee. Respectfully submitted, R. H. McMINN,

GEO F. RIXEY, S. S. NOWLIN, G. C. MILLION, J. F. MEADOR, J. E. THOMPSON, E: H. <KOONTZ,. T. A. BURCHETT.


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RESOLUTION REJECTED. The Grand Secretary presented and read a letter from W. Bro. Fred H. French offering the following resolution, which, after .discussion, ~as rejected: Maryville, Mo., June 23, 1915. Mr. 'John R. Parson, Grand Secretary, St. Louis, Missouri. Dear Sir and Brother: Kindly bring the following resolution before the next Grand Lodge: RESOLUTION. Be It Resolved, By this Grand Lodge of Missouri, A. F. & A. M., That all amendments to the present Book of Constltut.ions shall be printed in the form of inserts in the report of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge; Be It Further Resolved, That all future reports of Grand Lodge proceedings shall carry in the form of inserts all constitutional amendments ratified by the Grand Lodge to which said report pertains; Be It Further Resolved, That the Secretaries of all the Lodges under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge be instructed to remove !:'aid inserts from the Grand Lodg'c reports and fix them in the Book of Constitutions at or near the section amended .. Fraternally, (Signed) FRED H. FRENCH. Secretary and P. M. of Maryville Lodge, No. 165, A. F. & A. M.

AMENDMENT TO BY-LAWS LOST. M. W. Bro. D. M. Wilson called up for final action proposed 路amendment to Section 9, Article II, as published on page 206 of Proceedings of 1914, and on motion the same was rejected. .

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CHARITY. W. Bro. A. J. O'Reilly, chairman, presented and read report of Committee on Charity, w.hich on motion was adopted. Also moved that the names of the individuals granted charity' be omitted from printed proceedings (names to remain in formal report) :


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To the M. W. Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M. of Missouri: Your Committee on Charity beg to report that there have come before us applications for charity, which we have examined and carefully considered, and we make the following recommendations: That Mrs. , Hebron Lodge, No. 354, Mexico, Mo., be granted $100. That Portland Lodge, No. 242, Portland, Mo., for the use and benefit of Bro. - - - - - ,be granted $50. That Bro. - - - - - - , a member of Craft Lodge, No. 287, Canton, Mo., be granted $100. That Bro. , a member of Des Moines Lodge, No. 180, Athens, Mo., be granted $50. That in .the case of Kennedy Lodge, No. 329, at Elmo, Mo., be allowed $50 on account of loss of the Lodge furniture and property three times by fire and tornado. Fraternally sUbmitted, A. J. O'REILLY, FRANK SEIDEL, O. E. LESLIE, FRANK B. CLARK.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON LOCKWOOD LODGE, No. 521. W. Bro. H. H. Finley, chairman, presented and read the following report of Special Committee on Lockwood Lodge No. 521, which, on motion, was adopted as read: To the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Wardens and Brethren of the Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri: Your Committee on the matter of Lockwood Lodge, No. 521, begs to report as follows: E. P. Helms presented his petition for affiliation to Carthage Lodge. No. 197, at Carthage, Missouri, on the 13th day of June, 1907, the petition being accompanied by a 路dimlt from Lockwood Lodge,路No. 521, and on the 11th day of July he was rejected. Afterwards, on the 28th day of July, 1910, he again applied for affiliation, and again on the 5th of August was rejected. On the 9th day of February, 1911, his application was again presented, and on the 13th of April thereafter was again rejected. At the next following meeting his petition was again presented and on the 25th of May was rejected~ After beIng rejected by Carthage Lodge, No. 197, Mr. Helms presented his application to Lockwood Lodge two or more times and was each time rejected. Your Committee further find that the dimit from Lockwood Lodge was in regular form, and that when he applied for membership in Carthage Lodge his membership in Lockwood Lodge had ceased under


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his dimit. The proceedings in Carthage Lodge were regular and he was refused membership in the order. at that place. This leaves him with no Masonic standing', except the right to petition for affiliation in any Lodge in the State. Respectfully submitted, H. H. FINLEY,

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B. ROBERT ELLIOTT;

G. D. ALLEE.

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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE. M. \V. Bro. Dorsey A. Jamison, chairman, presented and read the report of the Committee on Jurisprud~nce, each item being v9tcd on separately in each -instance, and in each instance on motion duly carried, the report of the committee was adopted.' 1\10tion to adopt the report as a 'I\Thole was duly seconded and carried and- the report entire was adopted, as follows: (As to item No.3, amendment was offered by 1\1. VV. Bro. Van F. Boor to affirm Gr~ndl\1aster Cotton and to reverse the committee, but on being put to a vote the amendment offered by Bro. Boor was lost and the committee sustained.) To the M. W. Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of the State of Missouri: Your Committee on Jurisprudence respectfully submits the following as its report to this Annual Communication: 1.

We recommend the approval by this Grand Lodge of the following decisions set forth and contained i'n the Address of the Grand Master, to-wit: Decisions Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 8.

II. While we can not apptove of Decision No.1 of the Gran,d M'aster, under the law as it now stands (Sec. 231), yet weare of the,opinion that, in order to be fair and just to both sides in a Masonic trial, the law should be amended so as to permit a mem'per not in good stan~ing to be present during the hearing of the evidence and the argument. We, therefore, have proposed and recommended to this Annual Communication the repeal of Section 231 al1d the adoption of a new :;;ecP9n in lieu thereof.


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III.

In Decision No.3 the question was: "Is a traveling' actor who, with his family, spends about nine months of each year on the road, going from State to State, and even to foreign countries, but claimin'g a Missouri town in which he remains during his vacation as his home, eligible for the Degrees of Freemasonry?" The Grand Master answerE'd as follows: "The provisions of Section 113, Grand Lodge By-Laws, appear. to preclude this class of applicants, and, we believe, wisely so; however, in view of the decision rendered by the Grand Lodge in 1914, the conditions being very similar, we decided he can." Under similar facts, your Committee on Jurisprudence, in 1914, reported that in its opinion. such a traveling actor was not eligible to membership under Section 113 (Grand Lodge Proceedings, 1914, page 170), thereby disapproving the decision of Grand Master Boor (page 20), but the Grand Lodge upheld the decision of the Grand Master and disapproved the decision of your Committee, and it is upon this decision that the present Grand Master made his ruling. Grand Master Lampert, in an analogous case, held that a soldier who owned property in this State and called it his home, but had been in the United States Army for fifteen years and expected to re-enlist, and who had not been in the State for twelve months, nor within the jurisdiction of the Lodge six months, was ineligible (Proceedings of 1913, page 15), and this decision was approved by the Committee on Jurisprudence and adopted by the Grand Lodge (page 162). It thus appears that the Grand Lodge has, upon analogous circumstances, made inconsistent rUlings. We believe that the Grand Master, in view of the decision of the Grand Lodge in 1914, was correct in his ruling, hut we disapprove of the decision of the Grand Lodge of 1914, because it clearly contravenes Section 113 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws, and we recommend that the decision of the present Grand Master, for the reasons above expressed, be disapproved. IV.

We have carefully considered the facts set forth in Decisi<:~n No.5 of the Grand Master's Report. Upon the facts therein stated, it is our opinion that Ebenezer "Thyte and George Whyte were ineligible to receive the Degrees of Freemasonry at the time that the Degrees were conferred upon them by Ivanhoe Lodge, No. 446. By the election and initiation of said parties into the Degrees of Freemasonry, there was a violation of the law" We, therefore, recommend that the incoming Grand Master order charges to be preferred against Ebenezer Whyte and George \Vhy'te and that he make a thorough investigation as to the facts and take such steps as he is authorized under the law to correct the wrong and punish the guilty partje::; who w~rE;l COnnected with this illeg-al transaction,


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V. The question in Decision No.7 of the Grand Master is as follows: "'When a Past Master, holding the proxy of the ,Vorshipful Master, and the present Senior Warden both from the same Lodge attend the Grand Lodge, which should represent his Lodge and draw mileage and per diem?" The Grand Master desires the opinion of the Jurisprudence Committee on this subject Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge provides, among other things, as follows: "The proxy so deputed shall be entitled to the same privileges and perform the duties of him or them deputing him." Section 69 'of the Grand Lodge By-Laws provides that the mileage and per diem shall be paid, among other things, to "one representative from each Lodge," etc. It is our opinion that the Master, being the senior in office, is entitled to draw this mileage and per diem. In view of the fact that the above-quoted portion of Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge provides that "The proxy so deputed shall be entitled to the same privileges and perform the same duties of him or them deputing him", . we are of the opinion that the party holding the proxy should stand in the shoes of the Worshipful Master and, in the Worshipful Master's absence, he would be entitled to the mileage and per diem, instead of the Senior or Junior "rarden. VI. Article IV of the Grand Lodge By-Laws 'provides for the appointment of Standing Committees. Subdivision (f) of Section 27 thereof is in words and figures as follows: "Jorisprudence.-A Committee on Jurisprudence, to whom shall be referred the decisions of the Grand Master,路 all propositions to amend the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge and other questions of law as directed by the Grand Lodge." So far as it has come to our knowledge, the above-quoted portion of the Grand Lodge By-Laws has not, in recent years, been strictly complied with. In our opinion, the result of a non-compliance with tnis By-Law has been the cause of many conflicting By-Laws which have crept into our Proceedings. ,Ve, ther.efore, recommend and urge upon the Grand Lodge to enforce a strict observance of this By-Law from and路 after this date. Fraternally SUbmitted, DORSEY A. JAMISON, ARCH A. JOHNSON, WM. A. HALL, THAD B. LANDON, J. M. CARNAHAN, B. E. BIGGER, ROBERT A. MAY, 路SAM D. HODGDON. "'In concurring in this report, I wi:'?h to 搂tate my belief that IvanhOe Lo{ige ~cte{i In ~oo{i faith.


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REPORT-SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON REVISION OF BY-LAWS.GOVERNING APPEALS. M. W. Bro. Arch A. Johnson, chainnan of Special Committee of three appointed under resolution of session of 1914 to revise by-laws governing appeals, presented and read the following report, which on motion v,as ordered printed in the Proceedings so that the proposed amendment:; can properly come up at session of 1916: Most \Vorshipful Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Missouri: Brethren: At OUI' last resolution was adopted:

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"Be It Resolved, by the Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Missouri, that the incoming Grand Master appoint a committee of three to revise our by-laws governing appeals, to the end that the great cost now attending appeals may be reduced and the law settled as to the number of appeals that may be granted in a given case and the liability for costs of appeal fixed. Such committee to report at the next Annual Cummunication." The undersigned were appointed by the M. W. Grand Master as the committee called for in the resolution. We herewith present a revision of the by-laws which, in our opinion, will greatly reduce the cost of appeals. As the law now stands, there is no provision for the payment of such costs. We have drafted a section, to be known as Section 244a, specifying how same shall be paid. Practically the only cost attending an appeal is incurred in securing a transcript of the testimony offered at the trial. Experience proves that this is frequently very voluminous and, as the law now stands, all th~ testimony must be transcribed and forwarded to the Grand Lodge. Frequently this Is unnecessary for a review of the case on appeal, and we have, by the proposed amendments, proviiied for a brief recital of the substantive facts in the case in lieu of a transcript of the evidence, allowing the appellant the right to bring up a transcript at his expense if he sees fit. Other minor amendments are in aid of this proposed change in the by-laws and are not important except as they make the law conform to the proposed changes provided for in Sections 243, 243a and 243b. Revise Article 18 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws by amending Sections 221, 240, 242, 243 and 244 and by adding three new sections, to be known as Sections 243a, 243b and 244a, as follows, to-wit: Section 221. Testhnony.-The testimony of all resident Masons who can attend the Lodge shall be given orally in open Lodge at the trial. All such oral testimony shall be taken in shorthand, when practicable, and when not practicable, the Master shall appoint a BrQther whO shall r~duce said oral testimony to writing at the time It Is given.


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Section 240: Apl.eals, How Tllken.-Appeals must be in writing, and may be in the following form: ............... , Mo., ,19 . To the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of . Lodge, No , A. F. & A. Mo: Brethren: I, , , a Master Mason and member of .................... Lodge, No 0' do declare upon my honor as a Mason that I feel aggrieved by your judgment in the case of .........' .... , . , . . . . . . . . . . . . .. and, to the end that justice may be done in the matter., do take an appeal to the Grand Lodge for the following reasons: First, '., .. , . Second, ...,., ,Appellant. 0

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Section 241. Time for AppenJ.-All appeals shall be filed with the Secretary of the Lodge within· thirty (30) days after the trial and judgment, and not afterwards. Section 242. Notice of Al.peuJ.-The appellant shall, at the time he files said appeal with the Secretary, also file with him a notice in writing to the opposite party that he has appealed to the Grand Lodge, which notice shall be served on the opposite party by the Secretary or some one designated by him within five (5) days, an'd the notice with the manner of service endorsed thereon shall be made a part of record of appeal. Section 243. P«.>rfectin,; and Transmitting Record.-When an appeal and notice shall be filed with the Secretary, he shall endorse thereon the date of filing and immediately send the same to the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, together with a certified copy of the charges, notice to the accused, his answer or plea, date of the trial, the result of the ballot on the questions of guilt and punishment. Within sixty (60) days after the trial, the appellant shall file with the Secretary of the Lodge a statement of the substantive facts proven at the trial, together with notice to the opposite party of such filing. Said statement shall not set out the testimony of witnesses by questions and answers except where a review is sought on a ruling of the Trial Master on a particular question or anSwer objected to or moved to be stricken out during the trial or except as hereinafter provided, but shall include a brief recital in narrative form of the substance of the evidence offered or introduced in the trial. Within ten (10) days after the filing of such statement and notice with the Secretary, the opposite party may file objections to such statement. Such objections shall only point out: First, the omission from such statement of any ultimate fact or of some document or the substance thereof proven or offered at such trial, and, second, that there has been included in such statement a substantive fact, document or the substance thereof which was not proven or. offered at such trial. If no objections are filed to such statement within ten (10) days, or within 'such further time, not exceeding sixty (60) days after the trial, as the Trial Master may, for good cause shown, permit, then the


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statement filed by the appellant shall be taken as a true and correct statement of the facts proven at said trial. Section 243a: In any case where an appeal is sought to be perfected by filing the statement provided for in Section 243, in lieu of the transcript of the evidence, to which statement objection is filed by the opposite party in which it is alleged that said statement does not contain a fair statement of the fa"cts proven in said case, the Trial Master shall, if in his opinion justice demands, order a transcript of that portion of the testimony in controversy to be made at the expense of the trial Lodge, which said transcript, together with the statement and objections thereto, shall be made a part of the record in said case. Section 2~3b. Nothing contained in Section 243 hereof shall be deemed to prohibit the appella~t in any case from perfecting such appeal by filing with the Secretary of the Lodge, in lieu of such statement provided in Section 243, a transcript which shall contain a true copy of all the testimony in the case, together with notice to the opposite party of such filing, provided, that the opposite party in such case shall have the privilege of examining and noting objections to such transcript within ten (10) days after its filing and before the same is sent to the said Grand Secretary, and provided further, that where an appellant filed a transcript of the testimony in the case, in lieu of the statement provided for" in Section 243, the cost of such transcript shall be paid by the party ordering same. Section 244. Objections to 'rran8crlpt.-Where a full transcript, in lieu of statement, is filed with the Secretary, together with notice to the opposite party, objections thereto may be made by the opposite party within the time and in the manner provided in Section 243 for filing objections to the statement of facts proven at the trial. Section 244a. Cost of A.ppenl.-'l'he cost of the first appeal shall be charged to the subordinate Lodge; the cost of subsequent appeals shall be paid as directed by the Grand Lodge at the session at which such appeals are heard and may be charged against the appellant, the local Lodge or, if circumstances justify路 it, paid by the Grand Lodge. Respectfully submitted, ARCH A. JOHNSON, THOMAS F. HURD, JOSEPH S. McINTYRE.

CALLED FROM LABOR. At 4 :55 P. 1\1. the Grand Lodge was CALLED FROM LABOR until 7 :30 o'clock tonight. "


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SECOND DAY-EVENING SESSION. St. Louis, \iVednesday, September 29,1915. The Grand Lodge was CALLED TO LABOR at 7 :30 P. M. by Grand :Master Tolman W. Cotton, the other Grand Officers occupying their- respective stations. Hymn: "Nearer, 1My God, to Thee," by the Grand Lodge. Prayer by R. V,T. and Rev. Bro. John H. Mjller~ Grand Chaplain.

EXEMPLIFICATION OF WORK. M. W. Grand :Master Tolman \iV. Cotton placed the Grand L'odge in charge of R. W. Bro. J. R. :McLachlan, Grand Lecturer, who, with the assistance of the other Grand Officers and the brethren, exemplified the ceremonies of the Third Degree.

CALLED FROM LABOR. At 10 :30 P. M. the Grand Lodge was CALLED FROM LABOR until 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. THIRD DAY-MORNING SESSION. St. Louis, Thursday, September 30, 1915. The Grand Lodge was CALLED TO LABOR at 9 o'clock A. M. by M. W. Bro. Tolman W. Cotton, Grand Master, the other Grand Officers being in their respective'stations. Hymn: "Nearer, ~1y God, to Thee," by the Grand Lodge. Divine blessings and guidance invoked by R. W. and Rev. Bro. James M.'Boon, Grand Chaplain.

MINUTES READ AND APPROVED. The minutes of the several sessions of yesterday were read and approved.

MOTION TO RECONSIDER LOST. Motion to reconsider amendment to by-laws adopted yesterday changing time of meetIng of the Grand Lodge was lost.


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REPORT OF' MASONIC HOME VISITING COMMITTEE. R. W. Bro. V. O. Saunders, chairman, presented and read the following report of the Visiting Committee of lVlasonic Home, which was duly adopted: To

Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M.: When the Grand Master honored us with the appointment. as Visiting Committee, we accepted with the intention of giving so im110rtant a matter the attention it required and, being familiar with the affairs of the Home and living close to it, have been enabled to do so without any great inconvenience. The Masonic Home of Missouri has always been, next to our own home, nearest to our, heart and' we .firmly believe that every true Mason in Missouri would have the same feeling for it that we have were they as familiar with its work. We have seen it grow from a country residence to the magnificent and imposing structure of to-day, situated, as it ,is, in the most beautiful section of the great city of St. Louis, and surrounded by elegant private homes.. We can justly be proud of what the Masons of Missouri have done for those they love. It is the crystallization of the 路tenets of our Fraternity, "Brotherly love and 'relief", and here in this place is the "Truth" of our professions. The helpless orphans of our deceased Brothers are shielded from want and taught the first steps in life to prepare them for its battles. We take the places of father. and mot'her, and in some cases w;~ may do more for them than their parents could have done, b.ut iL,ls not done begrudgingly. for every Brother thanks God for the.' p~ivilege of helping. The number of children has incrEased considerably in the past year, and the probabilities are that the increase will be greater this coming year. It is also a great consqlation to know that you have provided a comfortable home for your Brothers, their wives and widows. The wheel of fortune does not turn the same way for all. Sometimes it is the wheel of misfortune, and there will always be some, even amongst Masons, who have not laid by enough to support them when their earning power has gone. One of the Apostles said,' "If you don't love your brother whom you have seen, how can you love God whom you have not seen." The only way we can show our love for God is by showing it'to our fellow beings, and more especially to our Brother Masons. Most of the older people in the Home have crossed over the divide, and are going down the Western slope towards the setting sun of their life. The others are afflicted and unable to help themselvE\s. Brethren, are you not glad to help make the last days of the aged days of peace, and soften the pains of the afflicted? Our Chairman has attended most of the meetings of the Board of Directors during the year, and they have discharged the duties of the responsibilities you have placed upon them with credit to themth~


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selves and honor to the- Fraternity. - They are absolutely fair in their consideration of every matter that comes before them, especially so when it comes to the consid~T1ition of applications from Lodges for admission to the Home, the section from which it comes, the number of members of the Lodge making it, are not considered. ,F.ach applicant is admitted or rejected on the merits of the application, regardless of the size of the Lodge or the section from which it comes. On January of this year the Home sustained a great loss by the death of Superintendent Clifford C. Baker. He was loved by all the Home family, young and old. He possessed more than ordinary business ability and a real lovable disposition. Fortunately, the President of the Board of Directors was in position to give a dose supervision to affairs; and Mrs. Baker, who is an extraordinary WOman, remained as Matron or Mother to the children, and, -besides, assumed many of the duties of the Superintendent,' which she has performed in a very creditable way. You, Brethren, must not overlook the fact that the Home is a big financial investment, requiring business a路bility to manage it properly. The Directors 'are responsible for the management, and you are responsible for the 'Directors' because you elect them. To some extent the impression prevails that- th~ Hospital part of the Home can take patients who are Masons for ordinary Hospital treatment, temporarily and for pay, whether members of the Home family or not. Such is not the fact, and if such were the policy there would be so many patients. who were able -to pay that there would be no room for those who are members of the Home family. The Home is economically run, npthing is wasted, and while everyone in the Home is well cared for, there is no extravagance, and we feel sure that the Fraternity does not want, nor would not permit, a lower standard of living. We want to call your attention to the fact that the expenses are greater than the income, and unless means are devised to increase the income it will be necessary to put those applying for admission now on a waiting list and discharge some who are now in the Home. The ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star deserve unstinted pr,aise and the thanks of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge for the tlegant and tasty furnishings of the Administration Building, which I hope every member of this Grand Lodge will see during this session. During the Civil War the Federals were encamped on one side of the Potomac River and the Confederates on the other. In the evening the " Federal bands played the "Star-Spangled Banner" and all the Federals cheered. The Confederate bands played "Dixie" and all the Confederates cheered. Then the bands - on both sides of the river played "Home, Sweet Home," and the Federals and Confederates cheered. If we differ on any other matters in our Fraternity, let us all get together on our Masonic _"Home, Sweet Home". It is the only Home our Masonic orphans have, and it is the last earthi y Home for


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our old members. May God's blessing be upon it, and may we not grow weary in well doing. Fraternally submitted; V. O. SAUNDERS, GEO. E. MAYHALL, T.W. HOSKINS.

MASONIC HOME BOARD-SPECIAL

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1\1. W. Bro. Arch A. Johnson read the following'special report of 1\ilasonic Home Board in pursuance of a resolution , adopted by the Grand Lodge in 1914, requiring a report on every item of receipts and disbursements of all kinds for the Home since its org~nization, which was adopted:

M.;

Most Worthy Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. of the State of Missouri: BI'ethren :-In thE' closing' hour of the last meeting of the Grand Lodge the following resolution was proposed and adopted by the Grand Lodge without discussion: Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Missouri report to this Grand Lodge, at its next Annual Communication, the amount of money and property, including notes, donations, bequests and devises, received by said Home or Board since its organization, and the amount expended during that time; showing the amount received' from the Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Missouri; amount received from the Grand Chapter, R. A. M., of Missouri; amount received from the Grand Commandery, K. T., of Missouri; amount received from the Grand- Chapter, O. E. S., of l\'1issourl; amount received from all other sources, separately stated; the amount' of interest received, and the value of the property at the date of the report. Also the amount expended for new building, amount expended for repairs and improvements on old bUildings, amount expended for maintenance, arr10unt expended for all other purposes, separately stated. At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Horne held on January 20, 1915, the Board had under consideration the question of proper compliance therewith. This resolution calls for an accounting of every dollar or item of property received by the Horne from the date of its incorporation in the year 1886 to the present time, showing the source from which it carne, and also a separate statement of all interest received, as well as what would amount to an itemized statement of every dollar expended since the institution of the Horne, expenditures to be shown under numerous separate heads named and unnamed in the resolution. The Board of Directors realizing that to interpret this resolution


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to mean that the books of the Home were to be placed in the hands of expert accountants and the separate items dug out and collaborated into the numerous sUbdivisions, both of receipts and expenditures, as called for in the resolution, would call for the expenditure of a very large sum of money, estimated at $2,500.00, and no appropriation having been made for this purpose by the Grand Lodge, the Board of Directors did not feel justified in appropriating the funds under their control for the improvement, support ~nd maintenance of the Home and the Home family to such a purpose, and further believed that should they so interpret the resolution and expend this large amount of the funds intrusted to their care, that they would be subject to just criticism at the hands of the Grand Lodge. Therefore, the Board of Directors have taken from the printed proceedings of. the Grand Lodge the annual reports made to the Grand Lodge by the officials of the Home from the year 1886, when the first funds for the Home were provided for, down to and including the annual report to this Grand Body made at its session held in 1914, which we have had bound and herewith submit as the report called for in said resolution. The matter contained in the bound volume herewith submitted, taken, as stated, from the printed reports of the officials of the Home, contained in the annual proceedings of the Grand Lodge, contain a true statement, as we believe, of all financial transactions connected with the Home since its foundation, and if the brethren offering this resolution, or any other member of the Grand Lodge of the order in t.he State, desires a more complete or detailed statement of any item shown in these annual reports, or if he desires a separation of all receipts and expenditures under the several and various heads called for in the resolution, he can, by giving the time required for such research, dig these matters out for himself. Any other interpretation th~Ln that adopted by the Board will, in our opinion, nece.,ssitate the expenditure of a very large sum or money and the results when obtained will be of absolutely no value to this Grand Lodge or to the Masonic Home of Missouri. Fraternally submitted, ALEXANDER M. DOCKERY, CAMPBELL WELLS, GEO. L. HASSETT, R. R. KREEGER, JAMES W. BOYD, WM. F.KUHN, S. E. WAGGONER, WM. M. WILLIAMS, ARCH A. JOHNSON, D. M. WILSON, DORSEY A. JAMISON, A. C. ROBINSON, JOHN T. SHORT.


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RESOLUTION-MASONIC HOME. \Y. Bro. U. A. House offered the follO\".'ing resolution m writing, which was adopted: ' Resolved, That the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer be hereby directed to turn over to the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home w~ekly, as coilected, all moneys due the Home.

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM ALLOWED TO REPRESENTATIVES ,OF' LODGES U. D. IVloved and adopted that one representative from each Lodge U. D. be allowed mileage and per diem and placed on the pay roll.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BOARD,S OF RELIEF. 1\1. \Y. Bro. Van F. Boor, chairman. presented and read the following report of Committee on Boards of Relie( which was adopted: To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Missouri: We have examined the reports of th~ Boards of Relief from the following named cities and find as follows: JndependenceCash on hand July 1st, 1914 Disbursements ,

,

: ,

,.....

$ 153.00 3.00

Cash on hand June 30, 1915 $ 150.00 SedaliaCash 6n hand July 1st, 1914 , $ 67.08 Cash receipts during year , .. , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.58 Disbursements , , , .. $ 5.14 Cash on hand June 30, 1915................... 66.52 71.66 ColumbiaCash on hand Cash receipts Disbursements Cash on hand

71.66

July 1, 1914 $ 197.9(1 during year.............................. 25.00 during year , , $ 15.00 June 30, 1915................... 207.90 $ 222.90

$ 222.90


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HannibalCash on" hand September I, 1914 ' " $ lR1.25 Cash receipts during year . 5.00 Disbursements during year $ 82.00 Cash on hand June 80, 1915................... 104.25 186.25

JoplinCash Cash Cash Cash

186.25

balance on hlWd June 30, Uli4 $ 150.04 110.22 receipts for the year . disbursed during year $ 156.24 balance on hand 'June 30, 1915........... 104.02 260.26

$ 260.26

"Springfield路Corrected report: Balance cash on hand Ju.ne 30, 1913 $1,303.14 Receipts for the year ending June 30, 1914.............. 113.30 Total "." " -.. $"1,446.44 Disbursements for the year ending June 30, 1914........ 313.83 Balance cash on hand June 30, 1914 $1,132.61 Receipts for the year ending June 30, 1915.............. 122.90 Total $1,255.51 Disbursements for the year ending .June 30, 1915........ 200.36 Balance cash on hand June 30, 1915

$1,055.15

"'We recommend that the Springfield Board be given permission to amend their report and have it published in the proceedings as amended. St. JosephCash on hand July I, 1914 Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand June 30, 1915

,

,

", . . $ " 428.55 1,376.92 $1,805.47

Kansas CityCash on hand .July Cash received from Cash received from Disbursements ., Cash on hand June

$1,129.63 675.R4

$1,805.47

1, 1914 , , $ 243.{)1 13 Lodges in Kansas City , 2,610.00 all other sources , '.' , 3,694.65 , $4,914.41 30, 1915 1,633.25 $6,547.66

$6,547.66


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St. LouisCash on hand July 1, 1914 $1,109.99 Receipts from the 28 Lodges in St. Louis since last report (September 19, 1914) 2,030.00 Receipts from all other sources 1,202.36 Disbursements $2,422.13 Cash on hand June 30, 1915 1,920.22 $4,342.35

$4,342.35

Total cash on hand available for immediate use by the nine Boards of Relief reporting as required by law $6,618.23 As no reports from Mexico and Chillicothe have been received we assume that Boards of Relief have not yet been organized there as required by Sec. 59 or our By-Laws. The District Deputy Grand Masters, in all cities and towns having two or more Lodges, were directed, by resolution adopted last year (page 136 of the printed proceedings), to require the Lodges to formally organize Boards of Relief. Your Committee again recommend that Lodges in Mexico and Chillicothe be required to comply with Sec. 59 and that the Grand Secretary be directed to notify the officers of the Lodges in these two cities of this requirement and direct them to report at the next Annual Communication. The Kansas City Board of Relief has established and is now conducting'in c'onnection with the usual ~elief work a Masonic 'Employment Bureau, having a Secretary devoting his entire time to the work, believing that the very best kind of assistance that can be rendered to deserving and worthy Freemasons, their widows and orphans, is to help them to help themselves by procuring for them honorable employment. In St. Louis a Masonic Employment Bureau has been organized. under a new By-Law adopted at our last Annual Communication and' is not operated in connection with the St. Louis Board of RelieL It is supported by a pel' capita tax of 25 cents for each member of the St. Louis Lodges. It had a cash bala~ce on hand September 28, 1915, of $1,432.21, with an additional sum of $605.75 subject to call. . During the past year 597 applications have been received and of this 'numper 215 were placed in satisfactory positions. During the past nine months' the St. Louis Board of Relief has had 460 applications for assistance, classified as follows:


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Non-affiliates , " ." Fictitious or clandestine Lodges No Masonic claim Not in need Unknown Reported missing Letters and inquiries..................... Local cases , Doubtful cases In good standi ng. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Worthy Total

,

,

16 10 20 25 2 15 51 33 37 92

53 460

Respectfully submitted,

V. F. BOOR, G. W. CUSTER, KIRBY LAMAR, F. W. WENKLE, JOHN HOLLOWAY, W. M. LOVE, JR., CHAS. L. WOODS.

"

CONTRIBUTION OF GRAND MASTER COTTON TO MASONIC HOME ENDOWMENT FUND. By Grand Secrefar')l

PaTSon.~

Brethren, I would like to be protected by this Grand Lodge {rohl 'the 'present Grand Master, for I propose to go contrary to his orde~s. I will read you the following communication: St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 29, 1915. I, the undersigned, hereby agree to pay to the Masonic Home of Missouri such sums as convenient to me and at such times as I may select,' until the aggregate of such payments amounts to one thousand dollars. All of safd money to be added to the permanent Endowment Fund, the interest only to be used; provided, that in case of my death any balance of this donation remaining unpaid shall be a legal obligation against my estate to be adjusted the same as any other obligation. 路(Signed) T. W. COTTON.

路Original delivered to V. O. Saunder:;;, secretary Board of Dire<:tor:;; of Ma~on.ic :a.OJIl~.


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By Grand Secretary Parson:

'I'his is accompanied by a check for $500.00 as the first payment on that contribution of $1,000.00. (Great cheers and applause, the members rising to their feet and according 1\1. W. Bro. Cotton a rousing ovation.) By Grand Secretary:

That sOlinds exactly like Doctor Cotton. plause.)

(Renewed ap-

By Grand 1I1aster Cotton:

Brethren, the Grand Secretary is entirely oui. of order, .and I so rule. T\VO CASES OF CH /\RITY M. 'vV. Bro. Wm. F. Kuhn called attention to two cases of deserving subjects for charity of this Grand Lodge, whose names he did not state, and as the Committee on Charity had already reported, suggested that they be referred to the \Vays and 1\1eans Committee for some relief. M. 'vV. Bro. Campbell vVells called attention to the fact that the Ways and 1\/feans Committee followed the direction of .the Grand Lodge in appropriations, had no opportunity now to investigate the cases and moved that the two cases be referred to the Committee on Charity for investigation and recommendation; motion duly seconded and carried. REPORT OF SPECIAL COMl\1ITTEE-LISTS. VV. Bro. Percy Budd read report of Special Committee appointed under Resolution adopted in 1914 as to disappearance of lists. On motion report adopted, tl:e same not to be printed in P r o c e e d i n g s : ' .


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REV. DR. W. C. BITTING INTRODUCED. The Grand Master then introduced Rev. Dr William C. Bitting, a former Grand Chaplain, who addressed the Grand Lodge for a few minutes in his own inimitable manner, much to the edification and delight of the members, commenting on the kind of "Cotton" we raise in :I\1:issouri-"worth a thousand dollars a bale".

AMENDMENT

TO BY-LAWS-LQST.

1\1:. \"1. Bro. Van F. Boor called up for final action amendment to Section 690 proposed at last session and published on page 71 of Proceedings of 1914, Clnd moved to amend the same as proposed by striking out of same all reference to "Banner" and. simply leaving it to cover "Flag". After long discussion the amendment to the amendment striking out "Banner" was adopted, and on succeeding motion to adopt the amendment as amended, the same was defeated.

ORATION. The Grand Master th~n introduced Grand Orator Rev. Dr. \V m. J. \Yilliamson, \"ho delivered an eloquent address. RESOLUTION-AMEND~NTS.

\Y. Bro. \iVilliam Sessinghaus, for himself and others, offered the following written resolution, which, on motion, was adopted: Resolved, That no matter be received in writing, such as Amendments to the By-Laws, new By-Laws, Resolutions, Motions or any similar matter demanding the action of the Grand Lodge, except it be signed by two (2) members of this Grand Lodge who give their rank, and number of the Lodge to which they belong. WM. SESSINGHAUS, P. M. No. 267, WM. D. GILLESPIE, P. M. No.1, A. J. O'REILLY, P. M. No. 443, CARL F. SCHULTZ, W. M. No. 43, JAMES W. BOYD, P. G. M., .CAMPBELL WELLS, P. G. M., R. R. KREEGER, P. G. M., JOHN H. MILLER, Grand Chaplain, THOMAS F. HURD, P. M. No. 19, LOUIS MOLLER, P. M. No. 445, T. B. WYRICK, P. M. No.1.


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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS. M. W. Bro. John R. Parson, for the committee, presented the following Report on Credentials, which was adopted and ordered printed in the' Proceedings: Your Committee on Credentials has the honor to report that there are present: Out of the total of 634 chartered Lodges there are Lodges represented 461 \Vorshipful ~1asters or their proxies , 391 Senior Wardens or their proxies 128 Junior \Vardens or their proxies................................ 89 Total

608

In addition there are present: Past Masters 542 Grand Lodge officers............................................ 16 Past Grand l\1asters............................................. 21 District Deputy Gl'and Masters and Lecturers................... 61 Representatives of other Grand Jurisdictions................... 35 Distinguishc.d visitors........................................... 2 Total attendance

1285

Respectfully submitted, WM. E. HOKE, . FREDERICK SURRIDGE, WM. M. KENNER, MAX WITTMAN, AUG. F. WEEKE.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

M. W. Bro. Campbell \Vells presented the following report of the Committee on Vvays and 1'1eans, which, on motion, was adopted: To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of Missouri: Your Committee on vVays and Means submits the following fiscal exhibit: The eash balance in the treasury available at this time for current expenses for the ensuing year is $35,554.31, and we recommend the following appropriations:


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Pay rOll, 1915, warrant No.1 .. , $ Printing Proceedings 1U5 · . Expenses, Grand Master ·.. Rent of Grand Lodge offices . Assistant to Grand Secretary . Assistant to Grand Secretary . Printing, postage, stationery, stenographic work and incidentals ' . Salary of Grand Secretary . Salary of Grand Lecturer . Expenses of Grand Lecturer, to be reported and audited monthly . Salary, Fraternal Correspondent · Salary, Grand' Treasurer . Sa1!lrY,Grand Tiler •...................................... '. Portrait of Grand Master Cotton . Premiums on bonds, Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer .. Past .Grand Master's Jewel, T. 'V. Cotton " Lee M. Edgar, reporting Proceedings and transcript . 'Valter R. Shrodes. Chairman . Clarence L. Alexander, Chairman . Telephones in office of Grand Secretary . Charity, according to report of committee . Expenses, this session of the Grand Lodge . International Board of Relief, United States and Canada . Stenographer, Appeals and Grievance Committee . Reprinting and distributing Manuals . Donation to Masonic Home ; . Louis H. Abrams, Auditor . Transportation for Grand Lodge officers and visitors to University City, ordered by Grand Master . John T. Short, special deputy expenses, for Grand Master .. Hale Montgomery, special deputy expenses, for Grand Master Twenty-five dozen linen aprons . Adding machine, Grand Secretary's office .

9,337.20 2,100.00 1,000.00 1,200.00 1,200.00 780.00 1,400.00 3,000.00 2,500.00 700.00 400.00 200.00 150.00 50.00 150.00 100.00 70.00 100.00 25.00 175.00 350.00 328.90 300.00 29.05 500.00 7,000.00 25.00 30.00 27.50 10.00 60.00 200.00.

$33,497.65

Fraternally submitted, A. M. DOCKERY, CAMPBELL WELLS, WALTER A. COON, A. D. GIFFIN, CHAS. BANKS, R. E. FISHER, L. C. BEAZLEY.


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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS. R. W. Bro. Karl 1\1. Vetsburg presented the following report of the Committee on Arrangements, which, on motion, was路 adopted: St. Louis, Missouri, September 30th, 1915. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: Brethren:-Your Committee on Arrangements submits the following report, covering expense of the Annual Communication of 1915: Rent of Scottish Rite Cathedral, September 28th, 29th and 30th. $175.00 Services of W. H. James, Custodian, including extra help and incidentals furnished : . 41.80 Otto 路Wade Fallert, Grand Org-anist, services for three days . 15.00 Wm. H. Bull, services as clerk for Credentials Committee . 10.00 Miss Barbara Krick, services as stenog-rapher three days . 12.00 Miss Jennie Phelps, services as stenographer two days : 5.00 Steiner Engraving & Badg-e Co., 1,500 buttons for 1915 . 17.00 Koenig Floral Co., flowers and rent of palms . 14.00 Underwood Typewriter Co., rent of two typewriters, stands and supplies . 5.60 Geo. F. Eckardt,路 hauling to and from Cathedral . 1.50 Geo. F. Eckardt, AS3istant Tiler . 15.00 Arttlur S. Morey, ~\ssistant Tiler . 15.00 Dorsey A. Jamison, cash paid for stenographic services for Jurisprudence Committee . 2.00 Total

$328.90 Fraternally submitted, KARL M. VETSBURG.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON UNFINISHED BUSINESS. R. W. Bro. \'1. A. Phipps, ch~irman, presented and read the following report of Committee on Unfinished Business, which, on motion, was adopted: St. Louis, September 30, 1915. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: We, your Committee on Unfinished Business, submit the following report:


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We find no unfinished business to ,come before this Grand Lodge at this time. Respectfully submitted, W. H. T. W.

A. PHIPPS, F. MILLAN, H. NICHOLAS, F. McFALL.

THI.RD READING OF' AMENDMENTS PROPOSED AT THIS SESSION. The Grand Secretary read by title for the third time the amendments to by-laws proposed the first day of this session, as follows: fro amend Section 59A (t\""'O offered as per first clay's session) . To amend Section 152. To enact a new Section 59B. To repeal Section 263.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PAY ROLL. W. Bro. Walter R. Shrodes, chairman, presented the report of the Committee on Pay Roll, which, on motion, was duly adopted, as fo11O\\7s: St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 30, 1915. To the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Missouri: Your Committee on Pay Roll at this session of the Grand 路Lodge begs to report that the allowances paid for mileage and per diem have been distributed as follows: Grand Lodge Officers ; Past Grand' Ma:sfer's. . . . . . . . . . . . :~ D. D. Grand Masters I)lstrict L(~cturers Committees Lodges U. D Representatives of Chartered Lodges

' '.'

':

" $ 305:40 . 365.75 . 994.40 . 260.35 . 274.00 58.35 . . 7,096.20 $9,354.45

Fraternally submitted, WALTER R. SHRODES. THOS. D. MARTIN, .J. .T. WELLS, R. B. CAMPI:ELL.


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MILEAGE] A.ND PER DIEM, SESSION 1915. GRAND OI<'FICERS. T. W. Cotton $ F. R. Jesse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W. A. Clark............... F.dw. Higbee. . . .. . . . . . . . .. A. C. Stewart............. John R. Parson........... J. H. Miller............... J. M. Boon................ J. 'w. Bingham. . . .. . . . .. ..

20.10 9.60 15.60 21.30 9.00 9.00 25.60 22.50 23.50

J. C. Garrell Bert S. Lee Orestes MitchelL A. L. McRae J. R. McLachlan H. A. Krueger .W. F. Johnson O. A. Lucas

$

. :. . . . . .

9.00 23.30 27.20 15.60 20.30 9.00 19.20 25.60

PAST GRAND MAS'.rERS. Xenophon Ryland $ Wm. F. Kuhn ,... Campbeli Wells........... D. M. Wilson.............. A. M. Dockery............ R. R. Kreeger............ A. M. Hough..... . . . . . . . .. R. F. Stevenson " .. D. A. Jamison. . . . . . . . . . . . . "\V. A. Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .

22.10 25.60 27.30 23.50 24.05 25.60 13.50 9.00 9.00 9.00

C. C. Big-g-er John T. Short. C. H. Briggs A. S. Houston A. A. Johnson C~ C. Woods Van F. Boor J aco b Lampert. J. W. Boyd J. C. Finagin

$ 21.60

. . . . . . . . .

16.50 20.30 15.60 23.30 9.00 25.60 9.00 27.20 9.00

. DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.

P. O. Sansberry H. F. Millan J. C. Senate K M. Wilson E. W. Prentiss J. E. Reese E. C. James R. A. Tharp , K W. Tayler G. F. Brewington B. E. Big-ger R. A. May Henry Levy G. W. Rucker Wm. Baker J. P. Tucker J. M. McDonald W. T.' "\Vernwag J. S. Wilson M. E. Schmidt. John Pickard S. P. Cunningham J. E. Reeds J. W. Powell _---I

$ 23.05

. . . . . . . ' . . '.' . . ; .. . . . . . . . . . . .

21.30 23.50 23.50 27.35 28.10 25.80 22.30 21.30 19.50 16,20 14.65 17.90 20.20 21. 70 26.00 25.60 23.65 20.35 19.20 17.75 15.60 10.00 12.60

E. A. Fluesmeier

~

W. C. Heck Karl M. Vetsburg R. B. Campbell "V. H. Crisman W. C. Mayfield C. E. Pyle J. W. Gravely H. H. Finley S. B. Vickers M. T. Balsley *C. H. young C. A. Swenson J. S. Carmical : G. W. Miller J. A. Boon V. P. Adams T. D. Martin G. J. Vaug-han H. P. Sons W. A. Phipps H. N. Lloyd J. S. Laffer A llan McDowell Hoyt

Refunded $1.20 account of overpayment.

$ 12.25

. . . '.' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

18.00 9.00 24.30 23.35 19.85 11.70 25.60 25.60 24.55 28.85 23.30 25.15 13.75 17.20. 19.90 23.70 21.95 24.55 27.35 27.60 9.50 15.50 24.80


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DISTRICT LECTURERS. C. C. Gardner.: $ 21.30 J. R. Wharton $ B. y. Watson............. 27.20 C. H. Pope................ T. H. Walton............. 17.70 H. W. Fristoe. . . . . . . . . . . . . H. C. Noland. . . . . . . . . . . . .. 26.00 W. M. Wallingford. .. . . . .. Alex McDonald , 25.60 G. W. Custer. . . . . . . . . . . . .. E. E. Amick.............. 19.40 A. D. Giffin...............

17.75 9.00 21.60 27.80 23.30 23.70

CHAIRMEN OF COMMITTEES. Wm. E. Hoke Walter R. Shrodes C. L. Alexander A. J. O"'Reilly

$

. . .

9.00 25.60 9.00 9.00

R. H. McMinn $ 23.30 V. O. Saunders... . . . . . . . . . 9:00 F. P. Gibbs............... 9.00

MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE ON APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES. T. H. Reynolds $ 37.60 A. F. Ittner............... 21.00 T. F. Hurd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30:85

O. L. Munger $ 16.80 W. W. Martin " 33.25 A. L. Ross................ 31.60

AUDITING. L. H. Abrams

:

$

9.00

LODGES UNDER DISPENSATION. J. S. Hogan $ 20.45 T. L. Alexander........... 22.90

No. 1. 2. 3. 4·. 5. 6. 9. • 10. 11. ,12. 13. 14. 16. 18. 19. 20. 2-1. 24. 25.

LODGE. Missouri Meridian Beacon Howard United Ark Geo. Washington Agency Pauldingville Tyro Rising Sun Cyrene Memphis Palmyra Paris Union St. Louis Havana Wyaconda Naphtali.

C. A. Truitt $ 9.00 F. W. Evers.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.00

REPRESENTATIVE.

PAID.

Solon Cameron $ A. V. Shopp........................ F. H. Binder....................... W. A. Can ole '. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. D. T. Kizer........................ C. H. Tucker. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. D. W. Oviatt. " .... G. W. Cortner...................... C. W. Miller....................... O. E. l\foore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. G. P. Alton........................ C. L. Robinson.................... R. M. Barnes...................... J. J .. Suter : W. W. Crockett... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Sam Goldstein..................... H. H. Manring '............. D. A. Childers ~... H. L. Crown.......................

9.00 9.00 9.00 15.95 23.30 19.80 9.00 15.25 12.25 10.75 25.75 9.50 21.80 17.10 18.85 9.00 7.00 15.50 9.00


Grand Lodge of 1I1issouri

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26. 28. 29. 30. 31. 33. ' 34. 35. 36. 39. 40. 41. 43. 45. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 55. 56. 57. 58., 59. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 67. 68. 69. 70.

7l. 72. 73.

74. 76.

77. 78. 79., 80. 81. 83. 84. 86. 87. S~.

LODGE.

REPRESENTATIVE.

Ava A. P. Miller.: St. John W. M. Love, Jr vVindsor J. H. '\Valton Huntsville H. H. Malone Liberty " ., Burton Maltby _ Ralls W. P. Birney Troy : G. M. Penn Mercer R. W. Steckman Cooper' G. C. Million DeWitt 1). R. McBee Mt. Moriah F. W. Bensing Bismarck W. F. Bone Jefferson C. F. Schultz Bonhomme ...........•J. M. Brewer " Fayette R. T. Bond }<..,ulton , .. E. L. Koontz Holt J. R. McCrory Xenia J. A. A'kin Livingston E. B. Buell vVakanda T. M. Rucker Weston W. B. Calvert Arrow Rock T. B. Morris Tipton F. C. Crone Richmond L. D. IVlegede Monticello J. W. Hawkins Centralia C. F. Sames Waverly H. A. Gorman Vi nci 1 C. A. Gross , Cambridge J. C. Harris Monroe ..............•R. B. Merriwether Pattonsburg W. N. Gromer Rocheport R. E. Pipes Kennett J. A. Lowe Sullivan H. G. Landon Armstrong Levi Markland Savannah T. H. Nicholas Gorin '. G. R. Pulliam Eureka J.' E. Foggin Warren W. L. Wright .. ' Independence N. D. Jackson Lebanon E. E. Clinton St. Joseph Geo. Palfreyman Polar Star J. L. Kohner : Bridgeton A. Vol. Van Nort Central. W. K. Rowe Laclede E. E. Elliott Webster Groyes~ L. C. Dziatzko Brookfield ' F. P. Allison Washington Hugh Harrison l"rien<lship ....•. , .•.. H, $. A<lam~ .•.....•. ·

159 PAID. . 17.75 . 16.20 . 18.25 . 18.30 . 25.00 . 16.50 . 9.60 . 26.15 . 19.20 . 13.00 . 9.00 . 13.75. . 16.50 . 10.40 . 18.60 . 17.05 . 12.75 . 17.75 . 9.25 . 21.65 ' . 22.25 . 8.25 '~ . 10.50 . 23.45 . 7.00 . 16.45 ' . 11.25 ' . 24.95 .. . 19.70 . 14.00 . 15.50 . 10.50 . 22.85 . 13.10 . 14.75 . 28.15 . 12.50 . 18.50 . 18.50 . 24.80 . 14.70 . 27.20 9.00 . 9.95 . . 10.00 ' . 19.85 9.60 . . 21.25 . 25.60 ".·,,··, 22.50


Proceedings of the

160 No. 90. 92. 93. 94. 95. 97. 98. 99. 100. 101. 102. • 104. 105. 106. 107. 110. 111. 112. 114. 115. 116. 117. 118. 119. 120. 121. 122. 124. 125. 126. 127. 12'9. 131. 132. 133. 135. 137. 140. 143. 144. 145. 146. 147. 148. 149. 150. 153. 154. 155. 156.

LODGE.

[Sept.

REPRESENTATIVE.

Russellville A. J. Bond Perseverance F. VV. VVenkle St. Marks VV. P. Caruthers Vienna B. F. Branson Meramec G. P. Kraus Bethany " J. S. Nally .......• , 'Vebstcr Ney Dugan Mt. Vernon C. R. Landrum Ash Grove G. C. Proctor Bogard Marvin Henderson Bloomington .' W. A. Watkins Heroine Leo Adl'er Kirksville N. H. Baum , Gallatin Geo. F. Rixey Greenville ........•... J. F. Meador Marcus F. R. Newberry Trenton ; ~'1. VV.. Ewing Maitland Ira 'Villiams Twilight E. A. Fessenden Laddonia A. R. 'Hancock Barnes C. P. Patton Versailles H. M. Lutman Kingston VV. F. lV[cFall De Soto D. L. Rouggly Compass R.A·. VVells Erwin Hy Brockhoff Triplett. C. ·W. McAllister Union Star T. J. Shouse Gentryville F. R. Gay Seaman VV. ·R. Gurney Athens ; .. M. O. Mothersead Monett. Drury VVilkerson Potosi. ' 0. L. Loomis Farmington F. M. Karsch Star of the VVest S. R. Edgar, Jr Braymer O. E. Leslie Delphian C. M. Seaman Papinville G. N. Yost. Irondale VV. H. Martin Modern ..............•L. T. Heaton Latimer C. D. Curyea l\1cGee ' VV. F. Powers Cass ~1. P. Overholser Purdy C. E. VVilliams Lexington J. T. Kinkead. ~ Birming R. C. yates Bloomfield ..•........ ,D. A. Sloan Ionic A. C. Norwine Springhill VVm. Nothnagel Ashland E. P. Crenshaw

PAID.

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-. 14.25 . 14.65 . 16.85 . 11.75 . .10.60 " . 21.00 . 17.00 . 25.00 . 24.25 . 18.25 . 12.00 . 25.60 . 21.30 . 24.05 . 18.50 . 12.50 . 24.80 . 14.75 . 17.75 . 16.20 . 18.50 . 17.75 . 2~.65 . 11. 70 . 16.00 . 9.00 . 13.25 . 12.00 . 9.50 . 23.50 . 26.35 . 25.90 . 13.10 . 14.60 .. 14.45 . 23.00 . 10.75 . 10.50 . 12.00 . 19.25 . 17.80 ; . 14.00 : . 24.25 . 17.50 . 23.65 . 12.00 . 13.75 . 12.95 9.50 . . 15.50


1915.] No. 157. 159. 161. 163. 165. 166. 167. 169. 170.. 172. 173. 174. 176. 177. 178. 179. 183. 184. 185. 186. 187. 188. 189. 190. 191. 192. 194. 195. 197. 198. 199. 202. 203. 204. 205. 207. 208. 209. 210. 211. 213: 216, 218. 219. 220. 221. 222. 224. 225. 226.

161

Grand Lodge of Missouri LODGE.

REPRES.ENTATIVE.

North Star .........•. 0. M. Volkmann Green City Frank Wood, Jr Clifton Hill C. W. Van Pelt Occidental E. J. Ravold Maryville .. ~ 'iF. C. Wallis Portageville K. T. Swilley Revere A. B. IV[athews Camden Point. R. C. Cummings Benevolence \'IT. T. Stone Censer J. G. Howe Gray Summit. B. A. Thornhill Sturgeon ·P. Y. Woods Point Pleasant. Sam Pikey Texas Kirby Lamar Griswold L. F. BalL Pride of the West. .. W. T. Koken California J ..W. Roth Morley R. H. Leslie Chamois J. R. Garstang l\lorali ty I. L. Brooks Hermon J. J. Lavery Hannibal J. A.. Stone · Zeredatha E. S. Ballard Putnam ............•• Glenn Havner ·Wilson Grover Golliher Frankford F;dgar Jones \Vcllsville A. B. Carpenter Bolivar t• • • • • , J. M. Chamberlin Carthage C. F .. Drake Allensville K. N. Hacker New Hope R. E. Black Westville Victor Jackson Brumley J. A. Brockman Rowley C. M. Ward Trilumina J. A.. Walker Clay C. W. IVladden Salisbury P. D. Shupe .. : Poplar Bluff J. S. O'Neal Unionville T. B. Valentine Hickory Hill W. M. Lamkin Rolla W. J. Kilgore Hale City E. B. DeBolt Good Hope HenrY.Metz Albert Pike J. L. Kilroy Kansas City ,Po A. Burchett Mystic Tie J. W. Smith La Belle 'V. A. Brightwell Hamilton B. A. Farabee Salem A. A. Ball Saline R. V .. B~ow n

PAID.

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16.75 22.75 17.25 9.00 28.10 15.50 8.00 14.50 8.00 19.25 7.50 13.90 9.50 25.50 8.25 9.00 18.00 14.25 15.00 10.25 ;1.2.25 16.20 27.20 21.50 11.50 7.25 14.50 25.60 27.80 12.00 13.10 12.00 10.25 24.75 20.15 24.70 19.15 19.15 24.80 9.75 15.60 21.25 9.00 25.60 25.60 10.50 19.10 24.05 16.60 13.45


162 No. 227. 228. 229. 230. 23l. 235. 236. 237. 239. 241. 242. 243. 244. 246. 247. 249. 251. • 253. 254. 255. 256. 258. 26l. 262. 263. 264. 265. 266. 267. 268. 269. 270. 271. 272. 273. 274. 276. 278. 279. 280. 281. 282. 283. 284. 285. 287. 288. 290. 291. 292.

Proceedings of the LODGE.

[Sept.

REPRESENTATIVE.

Cypress H. J. Benjamin . Shelbina J. M. Gillespie : . Claflin W. W. James . St. James W. E. Yowell. '" . Cardwell Henry O·Sullivan . Weatherby T. McClure . Sedalia A. M. Harlan . La Plata T. J. Scott . IIopewell J. J. Jamison . Palestine .. ' 0. Haeussler . Portland S. H. Gi I bert . Keystone E. J. Gould . Middle Fabius A. J. Drake . Montgomery City S. S. Nowlin . Neosho A. W. Culkin . Carroll J. 1\1:. Goodrich . Hope ' W. A. Pfautsch . Laredo :.B. F. Wood . Butler < W. G. Dillon : . Alton Arthur Rice.. ' . Shekinah ..........•..John Keating . Ravanna ...........•. W. J. Bassett ....•................. Florence B. F. Iiolcombe . Holden ·A. E. Mayhew '. . ; . Summit \V. K. yankee . Kirbyville 0. A. Barchman . Corinthian J. H. Scarborough . Social W. B. Douglass ' ; . Aurora G. W. Beatty . Lodge of Truth W. O. Perldns . Rock Prairie W. G. Heagerty '.' . New Salem F. P. Alloway . Solomon 1\1. A. Muratta . Granite C. L. Marin '.' , . St. Clair G. O. Rockey ',' ' . Cold Spring S. 1. l\1ajor : , . Grand River R. C. Weathers . Essex J. C. Grojean . Hogle's Creek J. B. Taylor . Reed Springs L. D. McCullach . Fenton J. B. Graham . Cosmos Sam Broadbent , . Stockton M. D. Gwinn . Canopy F;. H. ,Baumann , . Ear~ Eddie Iddings . Craft P. N. Hanna · .. · Hermitage Alva Fisher . Fairmount ".1. A. Burtram.; . 'Edina · ·G. H. Hickman . Lan1ar ..............• G. E. Ward ····

PAID. 13.75 18.55 17.75 12.00 14.25 9.00 20.30 20.45 12.75 10.45 9.00 9.00 20.25 14.05 27.60 15.50 12.25 23.00 25.90 9.25 11.15 , 18.25 10.50 19.25 . 24.10 8.75 22.10 14.50 9.00 17.25 6.50 12.35 23.30 20.30 17.25 14.25 22.25 12.00 25.75 11.25 10.30 9.00 19.75 25.15 15.75 18.35 13.75 14.25 15.75 20.75


1915.] .No. 293. 294. 295. 296. 299. 300. 303. 304. 305. 306. 307. 310. 311. 312. 313. 314. 315. 316. 317. 318. 322. 323. 324. 325. 326. 327. 328. 330. 331. 333. .334. 335. 336. 337. 338; 340. 341. 344: 345. 346. 349. 352. 353. 354. 355. 356. 358. 360. 362. 363.

.163

Grand Lodge of Missouri REPRESENTATIVE.

LODGE.

Sarcoxie Henry Sabert Mound City R. L. l\'Iinton Moniteau '.' .......• J. P. Seltz Sparta J. A.Roper Temple T. B. Landon Doric G. A. Hay nes Osage J. E. Huff Signal H. C. Chancellor Clarence F. K. Roy Ashlar T.· R. Frazer New London G. E. MayhalL Sikeston ...........•• C. L. Prow Kearney .. P. L. Moberly Cuba ........•........Wm. Recklein Kingsville M. R. Snow Pine S. W. Hilton Jerusalem J. P. Long Rural G. E. Morgan Osborn J. E. Deems Eldorado : J. A. Evans Hardin IVL G. Kennedy Corner Stone ........•A. G. Detrich McDonald B. F. Wallace Dockery W. B. Evans Linn J. E. Turner l\{t. Zion H. A. Stearns Cainsville t:}. W. Bain Bertrand R. F. l\{cGill Charity W. C. Ransom Chillicothe Miles Elliott. Breckenridge ·C: o. Dewey Joplin ·H. K. Downing Hallsville Oth.o Tribble Blue Spri ngs T. D. Payne Myrtle A. F. Milstead 'Vest Port. G. C. 'Villiams Rockville : L. L. Dodds Moberly L. P. McDonald.· Fellowship R. L. Menard Arlington F. H. Gilbert. Pollock C. C. Anspach }<~riend ..............•J. S. Taylor Barnesville ..........•H. T. Chitwood Hebron P. C. Van Horn Adelphi J. S. Hall Ancient Landmark J. N. Farris Northwest G. E. Wood Tuscan ·F. C. Donnell Hiram Geo. V. Calvert Fraternal ' J .. W. Shannon

PAID.

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20.25 23.00 13.50 12.25 25.60 11.25 25.70 11. 75 19.25 15.00 16.10 18.90 20.75 14.20 11.50 9.50 13.30 25.60 11.50 12.00 18.00 9.00 24.80 15.50 16.40 24.95 13.00 ·9.50 27.20 22.50 21.00 28.85 11.25 13.50 4.80 25.60 12.50 17.90 28.85 17.10 13.75 24.55 17.25 15.60 15.25 8.25 10.00 9.00 20.30 10.50


Proceedings of the

164 No. 364. 366. 368. 369. 370. 371. 372. 373. 375. 376. 377. 379. 380. 381. 383. 384. 385. 388. 389. 390. 391. 392. 393. 394. 397. 401. 402. 404. 406. 407. 408. 411. 412. 413. 414. 415. 416. 417. 420. 421. 422. 423. 424. 425. 427. 430. 431. 432. 433. 434.

LODGE.

REPRESENTATIVE.

Higginsville ' ,Frank Schmidt . A,dair Chas. Banks . Crescent Hill J. R. HulL · ; . Composite L. E. Bird . Williamstown G. C. Smith . Sheldon ' H. C. Storrs . Nonpareil '.r. VI. Phillips . Belle T. J. Tynes . Waynesville A. W. Burchard '" :, -. King HilL J. Z. Wade; . Ancient Craft. F. W. young . Billings W. L. Hixon . Queen City J. J. Miller . Ionia ,R. S. McMeans . Pythagoras C. C. Chandler . East Prairie '.. J. W. Nelson . Richland D. R. McDonald . Chula 0. B. McCoy , . Arcana , Charles Sax . Marionville ·Geo. Keast . Raytown ............•W. F. Hall . Christian R. E. Livesay . Bee Hive T. E. l\1anso ' . Lucerne J. K. Fry ' . Gower H.' T. Bowlin . Carterville C. E. Aul t . Malta Wm. Rozell . Rosendale W. B. Wood . Malden : A. S. Metzger . Charleston Clarence Johnson . Montrose C. M. Clark .. ; . Joppa E. B. Garner . Appleton City J. A. White . Valley W. L. Wood . Greensburg W. F. Fisher . HunnewelL , A. D. Ferguson . Cache ~ .. C. H. Scherm ~ . White Water J. F. Winters . Itaska ,Frank Seidel . Urbana W. D'. Vaughan . Gate of the Temple. ~Paul ·Oliver . Galt ·T. L. Robinson ; . Samaritan W. B. Massey . Green Ridge J. A. Calvert : . Glenwood T. S. Franklin . Winona C. E. Bolin . Cement E. L. Van Gilder . Competition Reuben Noble •..................... Mack's Creek J. T. Edwards . Wheeling F. S. Littrell .

[Sept. PAID. 13.00 21.30 20.00 21.25 13.25 18.75 9.00 12.50 15.75 27.50 22.00 16.25 22.20 18.50 26.75 18.25 18.60 8.00 22.00 23.00 11. 75 14.25 17.00 12.25 14.00 19.50 16.75 16.00 21.30 19.70 11.00 9.50 15.00 15.75 12.00 10.50 9.00 i1.75 9.00 8.25 23.30 19.75 12.70 12.00 16.75 11.75 11.00 18.00 15.75 16.75


No.

165

Grand Lodge of Missouri

1915.]

REPRESENTATIVE.

LODGE.

439. Mt. Olive 441. Excelsior 443. Anchor 445. West Gate 446. Ivanhoe 448. Schell City 454. Continental. 455. Hinton 456. Wallace 457. Jonesburg 458. Melville 459. Hazelwood 460. Lambskin 461. Caruthersville 462. Santa Fe 463. Clifton 464. Aullville 466. Southwest. 468. Red Oak 469. Plato 470. Nodaway 471. Mineral 475. Golden , 476. Mt. Hope 477. Henderson ,... 478. Racine 479. RICh Hill 480. Jewel 481. Marceline 482. Clintonville 483. Fairfax 484. Kirkwood 485. ' Cold Water 487. , Chilhowee 488. Lock Spring 490. :Montevallo 492. Daggett 494. Lewiston 497. Equality 498. Pee Dee 504. Platte City 505. Avalon 508. Saxton 509. Van Buren 510. Biswell. 511. Skidmore 512. Webb City 513. , Senath 514. Granby 515. Galena

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Brooks Graef G. Meinel Fitzhugh R. \\'. Stalnaker J. M. Darrow W. L. Hall C. C. Jacks W. W. Cramer ,Luther Watkins R. D. Cowan F. A. 'Williams C. E. Schumacher E. H. Orear J. J. Johnston A. A. Taber R. L. Phillips ,W. F., Stevenson D. E. Curry.' S. P. Hicks Roy Collins Henry Stults C. R. Boone W. C. Downs W. H. F. Potter ..' A. L. Brown ' G. G. Lane John Holloway G. VV. Early F. W. Elliott. C. O.Strickland T. W. Mabrey Homer Beaty R. J. Cowden 1. L. Wade ..........â&#x20AC;˘...... : J. W. Stuermer r". H. Ludwig ,.Roy Roberts A. W. Cottle A. E. Lain Guy Coleman H. J. ,Barnes' '. J. Q. Adams J. M. Carnahan J. W. Smith E. D. French F. A. Marble " P. L. Tipton : J. L. Woodcock. " C. O. Craig

PAID.

Otto C. J. Wm. N. J.

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7.00 16.45 9.00 9.00 25.60 9.00 8.00 4.75 19.25 13.20 9.25 17.25 9.00 21.00 13.00 26.30 8.00 9.75 12.50 19.50 28.10 13.75

16~50

23.00 11.75 14.50 22.50 16.75 21.00 22.75 21.25 9.85 12.25 21.05 15.50 6.75 11.25 12.25 15.50 13.25 20.25 6.25 10.00 20.10 13.75 17.25 28.40 21.50 14.25 13.25


166 No. 517. 518. 519. 520. 521, 522. 523. 525. 526. 527. 528. 531. 532. 536. 537. 538. 540. 541. 542. 543. 544. 54~.

547. 548. 549. 550. ~53.

554. 555. 556., 5fi8. 559. 563. 564. 565. 566. 568. 570. 571. 572. 575. 576. 577. 578. 579. 580. 581. 582. 583. 586.

Proceedings of the LODGE.

REPRESENTATIVE.

[Sept. PAID.

Seligman F. E. Bowen....................... 10.75 OrientaL ,C. J. Blackburn. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. 12.00 Crane G. P. Hughes '.. 22.75 Clifton Heights John Silver........................ 9.00 Lockwood E. L. Vaile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.25 Gate City R. E. Brown....................... 25.60 Stinson L. A. Raydon...................... 9.00 Cunningham B. H. Smart. , 12.25 Wayne ..............• J. A. Hammond.................... 16.80 Higbee R. R. Quinn........................ 17.70 Conway ............. •C. G. Ross......................... 17.75 Lane's Prairie ,Carl Wentzel........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 11.25 Dexter ~C. E. Clowe........... . . . . . . . . . . . .. 14.50 Ingomar Geo. McClain....................... 23.00 BetheL H. C. Bair......................... 14.25 Stella J. M. CampbelL................... 12.50 Winigan S. Thrasher '................... 13.75 Jacksonville ,J. D. Rice •............. ',' . . . . . . . . . . 12.00 Ferguson J. H. Alderton, Jr. ............... 9.70 Mansfield J. E, Craig , . .. . . . 15.25 Mexico ~ H. M. Bartels...................... 15.60 Zahna E. T. James ,..................... 14.50 South Gate A. D. Hurd........................ 25.60 Clinton G. T. Jennings 22.70 Carl Junction ''\T. E. Mosier.... . . .. . . . . .. .. . .. . . .. 17.75 Rose Hill J.L. Lawry........................ 9.00 Clarksburg F. B. Clark........................ 12.25 Foster D. C. Mize..... 9.50 Summerville W. L. George...................... 16.25 Prairie W. F. Parker...................... 12.00 Moscow J. S. Martin........................ 12.30 Clarksdale 'J, H. Mann........................ 13.50 york ,L. B. Davidson..................... 25.60 Jamesport. H. J. Parker....................... 19.25 Tebbetts H. H. Leonard..................... 13.25 Maplewood R. H. Pennoyer.................... 9.00 Naylor ·C. Eo Smith........................ 10.00 Republic J. S. McMillan...................... 23.25 Hayti R. C. Creswell..................... 16.25 Rutledge J. R. Comley....................... 11.75 Easter Geo. Pickles.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 11.00 Olive Branch ·C. T. Burgess...................... 9.00 bwing Fred Kaiser , 11.00 Forest Park R. B. Tweedy...................... 9.00 Grandjean F. E. McGhee...................... 10.25 Houston W. T. Todd........................ 8.00 Illmo W. L. Holden 17.00 Koshkonong R. M. Hitt......................... 15.75 Novinger ,J. J. Wells......................... 13.50 Criterion D. A. Carlyle...................... 12.50


No.

167

Grand Lodge of 1\1issouri

1915.] LODGE.

RgPRESENT ATIVE.

Vil. S. Harris 587. Branson Lewin Donaldson 588. St. Francisville E. J. lVlyers 590. Advance E. R. Bybee 59l. Barnett 593. Union ...............•0. H. Vitt A. I •. I-Ianey 596. Puxico S. W. Strange 597. Bosworth J. A. Edmonds 598. Leadwood '.' . L. Kelly : 599. .Elvins E: P. Clark, Jr 601. Clayton J. P. IJavis 602. Acacia F. A. Satterwhite 603. Morehouse T. G. Botsford 605. Walker E. L. Redmon 606. Craig A. J. Hawkins 607. Eminence J. J. Foster 608. Strafford J. B. Cunningham 609. Victory " ,. J. F. Caldwell 610. Clark W. A. Stark 61l. Centertown ·.• B. E. Johnson 612. }\1:okane Wellston G. R. Fearnley " 613. J. M·. Leedy 614. Mount Washington ·G. A. Sample 615. Chaffee ,9. W. Cunningham 616. Marion R. E. Fisher 617. Park 618. Grandview ..........• J. N. Steele J. W. Calvin 620. -W-illard C. l\1:. Snell 62l. Anderson John McCormick 623. Maple D. B. Shipley 624. Owensville B. F. Dial 625. Sheffield A. F. Delporte 626. Magnolia ; W. G. 'Voodward 629. Valley Park E. K. Branham 630. Ji~ast Gate E. J. Senn 63l. Tower Grove A. P. Robinson 632. Belgrade , " " .. A. VV. Vanderford 636. Weaubleau

PAID.

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. 12.75 . 8.75 . 6.75 , 15.00 . 7.50 . 12.50 . 11.25 . 13.15 . 13.15 . 9.50 . 17.75 . IIt.OO . 12.00 . 11.00 . 14.00 . 6.'/5 . 7.50 . 12.25 . 9.75 . 13.75 . 9.00 . 22.25 . 17.00 8.75 . . 11.50 . 10.00 . 11.00 . 12.00 7.25 . . 10.50 . 20.75 9.00 . . 10.10 . 21.75 9.00 . 6.00 . 5.50 .


168

Proceedings of the

[Sept.

APPOINTMENTS. The Grand Master-elect, Frank R. Jesse, announced the following appointments: GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRAND GRANJ! GRAND GRAND GRAND

LECTURER CHAPLAIN CHAPLAIN SENIOR DEACON JUNIOR DEACON SENIOR STEWARD JUNIOR STEWARD MARSHAL MARSHAL SWORD BEARER PURSUIVANT ORATOR ORATOR TILER

J. R. McLACHLAN. JOHN H. MILLER. WM. J. WILLIAMSON. JULIUS C. GARRELL, WM. F. JOHNSON. O. A. LUCAS. BERT S. LEE. JOSEPH S. McINTYRE. ORESTES MITCHELL. AUSTIN L. McRAE. W. W. MARTIN. KARL M. VETSBURG. "GEORGE F. RIXEY. HARRY A. KRUEGER.

INSTALLATION. M. W. Bro. C. H. Briggs, as Grand Ivfaster, and M. VV. Bro. Arch A. Johnson, as Grand Marshal, then proceeded to install the following Grand Officers for the ensuing year: FRANK R. JESSE, "Tebster Groves GRAND MASTER. EDWARD HIGBEE, Kirksville '" DEPUTY GRAND MASTER. WM. A. CLARK, Jefferson City GRAND SENIOR WARDEN. JOHN W. BINGHAM, Milan GRAND JUNIOR WARDEN. ALPHONSO C. STEWART, St. Louis GRAND TREASURER. JOHN R. PARSON, St. Louis ... : ....•.. GRAND SECRETARY.

APPOINTED OFFICERS. J. R. McLACHLAN, Kahoka GRAND JOHN H. MILLER, Kansas City GRAND WM. J. WILLIAMSON, St. Louis GRAND JULIUS C. GARRELL, St. LouIs GRAND WM. F. JOHNSON, Boonville .........• GRAND O. A. LUCAS, Kansas City GRAND BERT S. LEE, Springfield GRAND JOSEPH S. McINTYRE, St. Louis GRAND ORESTES MITCHELL, St. Joseph GRAND AUSTIN L. McRAE, Rolla GRAND W. W. MARTIN, Doniphan GRAND KARL M. VETSBURG,' St. Louis GRAND GEORGE F. RIXEY, Gallatin ........•. GRAND HARRY A. KRUEGER, St. Louis GRAND

LECTURER. CHAPLAIN. CHAPLAIN. SENIOR DEACON. JUNIOR DEACON. SENIOR STEWARD. JUNIOR STEWARD. MARSHAL. MARSHAL. SWORD BEARER. PURSUIVANT. ORATOR. ORATOR. TILER.


GrcI1td Lodge of Missouri

·1915.]

CHAIRMEN

OF

169

STANDING COMMITTEES.

The Grand.Master, Tv1. 'lv. Bro. Frank R. Jesse, appointed the following Chairmen of Standing and Special-Co~mittees: JURISPRUDENCE DORSEY A. JAMISON. APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES THOMAS F. HURD. WAYS AND MEANS ALEXANDER M. DOCKERY. CREDENTIALS AUGUST F. WE EKE. PAY ROLL WALTER R. SHRODES. CHARTEIn~D LODGES ~ CLARENCE L. ALEXANDER. LODGES U. D : JAMES A. BOONE. CHARITy : ANDREW J. O'REILLY. REPORTS D. D. G. M.'S WILLIAM E. HOKE. MASO~IC BOARDS OF RELIEF M. T. BALSLEY. RITUAL D. M. WILSON. MASONIC HOME ......•............... VIRGINIUS O. SAUNDERS. CORRESPONDENCE : : CRAS. C. WOODS. OBI'l'UARIES CORONA H. BRIGGS. AUDITING WM. K. SPINNEY. GRAND MASTER'S ADDRESS XENOPHON RYLAND. UNFINISHED BUSINESS JAMES M. BOON. TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS ...• B. L. TATMAN.

COMMITTEE ON APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES. Thomas F. Hurd, Chairman; Anthony F. Ittner, Robert R. Wade, A. L. Ross, Forrest C. Donnell, George H. Burnham, Sam D. Hodgdon.

OOMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE. Dorsey A. Jamison, Chairman; Robt. A. May, James H. Cranfill, B. E. Bigger, John C. Robertson, J. W. Powell, J. M. Carnahan.

SPECIAL COMMITTEES. Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodges-Wm. F. Kuhn, J. W. Boyd, Campbell Virells, R. F. Stevenson, C. C. Woods. Manuals-Wm. E. Hoke, J. C. Garrell, Jos. S. McIntyre, Wm. A. Hall, Ernest B. Kitchell. Ritual-D. M. Wilson, Campbell Wells, R. R. Kreeger, Wm. A. Hall, John T. Short. . . Lease .of Offices:-A. M:.Dockery, Campbell Wells. Jacob Lampert.


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LIVING PAST GRAND MASTERS OF THIS JURISDICTION. XENOPHON RYLAND, ALEXANDER M. DOCKERY, CHARLES 'C. WOODS, ROBERT F. STEVENSON, .I AMES W. BOYD, WM. M. '\VILLIAMS, . THEODORE BRACE, GEORGE E. WALKER, JOHN R. PARSON, ARTHUR M. HOUGH, DORSEY A . .I AMISON, CORONA H. BRIGGS, CAMPBELL WELLS,

JOS. C. FINAGIN, WM. F. KUHN, A. S. HOUSTON, D. M. WILSON, JOHN T. SHORT, ROBERT R. KREEGER, WM. A. HALL, CLAY C. BIGGER, ARCH A. JOHNSON, JACOB LAMPERT, V AN FREMONT BOOR, TOLMAN W. COTTON.

Presentation of Past Grand Master's Jewel. M. W. Brother Charles C. Woods, on behalf of the Grand Lodge, presented to the retiring Grand Master) Tolman W. Cotton, a Past Grand Master's Jewel, saying: Most ~Torshipful Grand Master and Brethren: I have had many pleasant duties to perform in the past, but that now before me is a very disting-ulshed pleasure. You have conferred distinction upon many individuals in this Grand Lodge, but none has ever been more worthily bestowed than l.lponyour Grand Master for the past year, who. now with beautiful resignation passes from his high office to take a more humble place with oth~rs of us whose laurels have long since faded. We recognize the administration of Past Grand Master Cotton as having been one of the most successful, most popular and altogether one of the most pleasant and fru'itful of achievement in the history of the Grand Lodge. (Applause.) Whatever of mischance or failure have attended him in his various efforts for the good of the Fraternity during the year, he has certainly been most successful in concealing from our observation, and I am very sure that in the future he will be equally fortunate. and also able to hide his shortcomings in the relation of Past Grand Master. I am very glad, 'indeed, here and now, to take the hand of Past Grand Master Cotton and to assure him of my undivided and unfailing regard and friendship, and I am sure that I faithfully represent the spirit of the Grand Lodge when I say that we will remember with lo.ve and appreciation his earnest efforts faithfully to discharge the high responsibilities of his position. With this beautiful jewel, which he will so worthily wear in the future, I likewise t,ransmit to him, no.t merely the great responsibility of a Past Grand Mas-


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tel', but, likewise, our confidence, that in the future he will labor at all times to show himself a model in, everything that goes to make up a splendid character. And above all, that he will labor as he has done in the past, in the Lodge below, in this Grand Lodge, and at all places and under all circumstances where his activities may be directed, emphasizing all the great virtues that have distinguished so many in our Fraternity, until by and by, when he comes to lay down the working tools of life and pass through the white veil of death, he will be translated to the Infinite and SUblime, and rise to enfranchisement in the Grand Lodge on High. And I assure you, Most ,Worsh~pful Brother, that this jewel which I now deliver into your hand, however beautiful and costly, is but a poor and inadequate expression of our reg-ard for you, and of our appreciation of your work for our great Fraternity. (Applause.)

M. W. Brother Cotton responded as follows: M~st 'Vorshipful Grand Master, Most vVorshipful Brother Woods and Brethren: I have no words in my vocabulary to express my gratitude to you for the consideration that has been accorded. I appreciate this beautiful jewel very highly indeed, but better than the jewel is the sentiment back of it and which it represents; the courtesies, the co-operation and the assistance, given during the year, at every place visited. in going over this great state in an effort to carry out the plans and wishes of the Craft. ,Again, I think I have never seen this Grand Lodge so well represented through its entire session, by faithful workers as at this Communication, although we have had many successful and enthusiastic gatheri ngs. At the beginning of this session We stated that we hoped, with your assistance, to expedite the work so that we could get through and be ready to let you go by High Twelve today, your, prompt attention to business has enabled us to accomplish this. During the year there have been left unfinished a good many things attempted, but some progress we believe has been made and there was pleasure in the effort anyway. Enjoyment does not necessarily depend on success. Again I thank you. (Great applause.)

PRESENTATION AND TRANSMrSSION OF GRAND MASTER'S JEWEL. The retiring Grand Master, ,M. VV. Bro. Tolman \"1. Cotton, in transmitting to Grand Master Fran'k R. Jesse, now duly installed, t~e Grand l\1aster's Official Jewel, spoke as follows: Most Worshipful Grand Master, I have the great honor and pleasure of transferring to you 路this emblem of authority, this beautiful Jewel for you to wear. In the work it distinguishes you as


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the Most Worshipful Grand Master of this Gra"nd Lodge, and you will wear it on youl' visitations during your administration. Scripture tells us that when Moses was directed to conduct the Children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, that God gave him Miriam and Aaron as helpers; that when Joshua was to establish the Hebrew Nation in Canaan, he had his courageous co"mpanion Caleb to assist; Jonathan could scale the heights before the enemy's ca~p when encouraged by his faithful sword bearer, saying, "Do all that is in thine heart, I am with thee." Likewise we would say to you, do all that is :n thine heart, to increase the usefulness of the Masonic Order in Missouri; we are with you, sixty-four thousand strong.

1Vr. W. Brother Frank R. Jesse responded as follows: Most \Vorshipful Brother Cotton, and Brethren: It is with profound gratitude that I accept this Jewel of Office, worn by so many distinguished men and Freemasons in this Grand Jurisdiction. It has been worn most worthily by you and by these Past Grand Masters present, and has been transmitted to me without stain or tarnish. It shall be my constant endeavor to so transmit it to my successor, To me there is no higher honor than that which this Jewel represents. When I think of the responsibilities and of my own unworthiness and limitations, I am depressed in spirit and soul; but when I look u'pon this vast assemblage of Freemasons, whose hands are ready to uphold and support me in this great work, I am inspired to strive to the utmost of my ability to keep up the reputation and the high character of my predecessors to the best of my ability, and in imitation of the example of our first Most Excellent Grand Master, Solomon, King of Israel, I pray God for wisdom and guidance in this great and important undertaking. I thank you.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BY-LAWS. W. Bro. Wm. Sessinghaus called up for action amendment to enact a new Section 59B. " Grand Master Jesse ruled that consideration of same must be postponed until the next session of the Grand Lodge.

PRiNTING OF PROCEEDINGS. On motion, the Grand Secretary was directed to print for distribution the usual' number of copies of the Proceedings of this session of the Grand Lodge.

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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS. The Grand Secretary presented the following report of the Committee on Transportation and Hotels: To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri: Y.our Committee on Transportation and Hotels begs leave to report that no advantage would be gained in purchase of round-trip tickets as 2 cents per mile in each direction applied locally from all. stations in Missouri. The various hotels offered reasonable rates. Circulars setting forth these facts were sent to all the Subordinate Lodges; Fraternally submitted, FRAZER P. GIBBS, Committee.

CLOSING. No further business appearing, at 12 ~1. the Most vVorshipful Grand Nlaster, Frank R. Jesse, closed the Ninety-fifth Annual Communication of the Most \Vorshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri in Ample Form. Doxology, "Praise God, From \Vhom All Blessings Flow." Prayer by R. \\T. and Rev. Bro. John H. Miller, Grand Chaplain.

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DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS. 1st District-H. N. MARTIN, Kahoka. 2d .. HENRY F. MILLAN, Kirksville. 3d JOHN SANTEE, Greencastle. 4th E. 1\'1. "WILSON, Laredo. 5th E. W. PRENTISS. Bethany. 6th J. A. MARSH, Albany. 7th JOS. E. REESE, Maryville. 8th H. S. TEARE, Oregon. 9th EMMETT S. BALLARD, St. Joseph. lOth GEO. F. RIXEY, Gallatin. 11th EMSLJ<:Y C. JAMES. Hemple. 12th RICHARD A. THARP, 路Wheeling. 13th E. W. TAYLER, Marceline. 14th GEO. F. BREWINGTON, Bevier. 15th " B. E. BIGGER, Hannibal. 16th ROBERT A.MAY, Louisiana. 17th THOS. F. HURD. Paris. 18th T. H.WALTON, Higbee. 19th H. R. MASON, Marceline, R. F. D. 20th VIM. BAKER, Hale. 21st J. P. TUCKF:R, Parkville. 22d HUBERT H. MATHONET, Kansas City. 23d . WM. T. W ERN\VAG, Lexington. 24th J. S. WILSON. Marshall. 25th. M. E. SCHM.IDT, Boonvill~. 26th JOHN PICKARD, Columbia. 27th S. P. CUNNINGHAM, Mexico. 28th JOHN E. REEDS, ,Jonesburg. 29th J. W. POWELL, Elsberry. 30th E. A. FLUESMEIER. Wright City. 31st \VM. C. HECK, California. 32d W. C. TINGLE, Washington. 33d CHARLI<:S H. POPE, St. LOllis. 34th J AS. F. BLAIR. Belton. 35th R. B. CAMPBELL, Spruce. . 36th WM. H. CRISMAN. Green Ridge. 37th H. W. FRISTOE, Windsor. 38th CARL G. ROSS. Conway. 39th EDMUND J. KOCH, Rolla. 40th CHARLES E. PYLE, DeSoto. 41st JOE W. GR.AVELY, Bolivar. 42d H. H. FINLEY, Greenfield. 43d .. SAMUEL B. VICKERS, Schell City. 44th FELIX EBERLEIN, Joplin. 45th H. C. DALRYMPLE. Springfield. 46th CARL A. SWENSON. Mountain Grove. 47th J. 1\'1. CARNAHAN, Van Buren. 48th \\T. B. MASSEY, Bonne Terre. 49th .G. \\T. MILLER. Millersville. 50th JAMES A. BOONE, Charleston. 51st VIRGIL P. ADAMS. Hayti. 52d \V. W. MARTIN, Doniphan. 53d THOS. D. MARTIN, West Plains. 54th G. J. VAUGHAN, Ozark. 55th H. P. SONS. Cassville. 56th \\T. A. PHJPPS, Neosho. 57th HOMER N. LLOYD, Clayton. 58th J. S. LAFFER, Eldon. 59th ALLAN M.cDO\VELL HOYT, Independence.

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DISTRICT LECTURERS. 1st District-P. O. SANSBERRY, Lancaster. 2d .. C. C. GARDNER, Kirksville. 3d JOHN SANTEE, Greencastle. 4th E. M. WILSON, Laredo. 5th E. VIf.PRENTISS. Bethany. 6th J. A. MARSH. Albany. 7th JOS. E. REESE, Maryville. 8th H. S. TEARE, Oregon. 9th B. F. WATSON. St. Joseph. 10th GEO. F. RIXEY, Gallatin. 11th EMSLEY C. JAM~S. Hemple. 12th RICHARD A. THARP, Wheeling. 13th E. W. TA YLER. Marceline. 14th GEO. F. BRE\VINGTON. Bevier. 15th B. E. BIGGER, Hannibal. 16th ROBERT A. MAY, Louisiana. 17th THOS. F. HURD. Paris. 18th T. H. WALTON, Higbee. 19th H. R. MASON, Marceline, R. F. D. 20th Wl\L BAKER, Hale. 21st H. C. NOLAND, Parkville. 22d ALEXANDER McDONALD. Kansas City. 23d Wl\L T.WERNVi'AG, Lexington. 24th J. S. WILSON, Marshall. 25th E. E. 'AMICK. Bunceton. 26th J. A. OLIVER Columbia. 27th S. P. CUNNINGHAM. Mexico. 28th JOHN E. REEDS, Jonesburg. 29th J. W. POViTELL. Elsberry. 30th E. A. FLUESMEIER,. Wright city. 31st WM. C. HECK,California. 32d ".V. C. TINGLE. Washington. 33d L. H. ABRAMS, St. Louis. 34th J AS. F. BLAIR, Belton. 35th R. B. CAMPBI~;LL, Spruce. 36th WM. H. CRISMAN; Green Ridge. 37th H. W. FRISTOE. Windsor. 38th CARL G. ROSS, Conway. 39th EDMUND J. KOCH. Rolla. 40th CHAS. E. PYLE. DeSoto. 41st JOEW. GRAVELY, Bolivar. 42d H. H. FINLEY, Greenfield. 43d SAMUEL B. VICKERS. Schell City. 44th \\TILLIS M. WALLINGFORD. Carthage. 45th G. w. CUSTER, Springfield. 46th CARL A. SVllENSON. Mountain Grove. 47th J. M. CARNAHAN. Van Buren. 48th :" \-Y. B. MASSEY, Bonne Terre. 49th G. \V. MILLER. Millersville. 50th JAMES A. BOONE. Charleston. 51st VIRGIL P. ADAMS, Hayti. 52d W. 'V. MARTIN, Doniphan. 53d A. D. GIFFIN. Willow Springs. 54th G. J. VAUGHAN, Ozark. 55th H. P. SONS, Cassville. 56th Vll. A. PHIPPS. Neosho. . 57th HOMER N. LLOYD. Clayton. 58th J. S. LAFFER. Eldon. 59th ALLAN McDOWELL HOYT, Independence.

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AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS ADOPTED. The following amendments to the Grand Lodge By-Laws were adopted during the session: Section 67.-ANNUAL DUES.-Every Chartered Lodge shall pay annually to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) for each Master Mason reported in. the annual returns. une dollar and twenty-five cents ($1.25) of this sum shall be used for the support of the :Masonic Home, unless otherwise ordered by the Grand 'Lodge. If any Lodge shall collect fr-om a suspended member dues, for the non-payment of which he shall have been suspended, such Lodge shall pay to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dollar and seventy-five cents ~$1.75) for each year's dues so collected, if not previously accounted for. Section 69.-MILEAGE AND PER DIEM.-The Past Grand Masters, Grand Officers, District Deputy Grand Masters, District Lecturers, and one Representative from each Lodge and the Chairman of each Standing Committee, who do not draw mileage and per diem in any other capacity, shall be paid the sum of three dollars ($3.00) for .each day they may be in actual attendance upon the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge,' and three cents per mile for each mile necessarily traveled in going to and returning therefrom; provided, that no Representative shall receive either mileage or per diem unless all dues from his Lodge to the Grand Lodge have been paid by August 1st, and no Representative shall receive more than one-seventh of the sum paid by his Lodge for that year as dues, and no one shall receive mileage and per diem in a double capacity. WM. F. KUHN, WM:. M. WILLIAMS, J AS. W. BOYD. â&#x20AC;˘

Section 1, Article I.-TIME AND PLACE OF.-An Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge shall be held in the City of St. Louis, on the third Tuesday of September, in each year, commencing at 10 o'clock A. M.; provided, that the place of meeting for the next Annual Communication may be changed when a majority of the Grand Lodge shall deem it expedient. A. l\{, HOUGH. To amend the Grand Lodge By-Laws by striking out Section 263 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: Sec. 263. By )\(ldln~ Section. Any additional section not conflicting with the provisions of these by-laws, which may be desired, shall be proposed in writing, and on being read on two several days, jf concurred in by two-thirds of the Yotes present, shall become a part of these by-laws. A, M. HOUGH. To amend the Grand Lodge By-Laws by striking out Section 264 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: Sec. 264. By Alteration or Rt>peal. Any alteration or proposition . ,


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to amend or repeal any of the foregoing by-laws shall be reduced to writing and read on one day of the session, and be pubIlshed in the proceedings o( this Grand Lodge, and· lie over until the next Annual Communication, and shall be ag'ain read; and, if approved by the majority of the members present, shall become a part of the by-laws of this Grand Lodge. A. M. HOUGH. Sec. 197. Vlslto~s. A lodg'e shall' not admit a visiter who shall be unable to establish by documentary evidence and examination, or by personal voucher, as provided in Sec. 196, that he hails from SOme .lodge in this jurisdiction or within the. jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Documentary eVidence shall be .receipts for dues for the current year or a certificate of good standing,. either of which shall bear the seal oJ the lodge and the signature of the Secretary of the lodge, together with the signature ·of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Jurisdiction from which a visitor may hail; or a diploma, duly authenticated by the signature of the Grand Secretary of .the Grand Jurisdiction, together with the seal thereof. All of which designates a lodge under the jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Missouri. And such "documentary evidence" shall bear date not more than twelve months last past. WM. L. REYNOLDS, A. J. O'REILLY. Sec. 123. All l\lust Vote. 'When a ballot is taken, all members of the lodge present must vote, except as provided in Section "121. SeG. 2621h, Article XX.-ENDOWMENT FUND.-The Endowment Fund, now under the control and management of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home, and all additions thereto hereafter made, shall continue to be a permanent fund to help support and maintain said Home, and that only the earnings and income therefrom can be used for that purpose.


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PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ,TO BY-LAWS. The following proposed amendments \vere submitted during the session and under the law go over until the next Annual Communication: Wor. Bro. E. C. Wm. Ortmann and others offered the following proposed amendment to Art. XIII, Sec. No. 152, of Grand Lodge By-Laws: We, the undersigned, ask that the following change be made in the By-Laws, Art. XIII, Sec. 152: Strike out the word "four" in the second line and insert in lieu thereof the word "three"; ,strike out the words "within twenty days" in the seventh and eighth lines and insert in lieu thereof the following words: "on or before the next stated communication of the Lodg~", so that the said section, when amended, shall read as ' follows: Section 152. Non-Payment of Dues. When a member shall fail to pay his dues within three months after the same become due, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify him of such delinquency by delivering to him,' in person, a bill for such indebtedness, or by mailing the same to him,at his last known place of residence. Should the delinquent ,refuse or fail to pay his dues on or before th(~ next stated communication of th~ Lodge, ,after the issuance of such notice, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify thc Master of such failure, who shall, in open Lodg-e, order a notice to be given the delinq~ent by the Secretary, requiring him to appear at a specified subsequent stated communication to show cause why he should not be suspended for non-payment of dues.

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\V. Bro. vVm. Scssinghaus proposed the following amendments to By-Laws, to amend Sec. 59a, Art. V. and to enact new Section 59b, also to repeal all of Sec. 263, Art. XXI: We respectfully submit the following amendment: To amend Sec. 59a, Art. V-Employment Bureau, by striking out the words "and payable with" in line eight (8), of said By-Laws, so that the section, when so amended, shall read: Section 59a. Bm.tlo}"ment Bureau. In cities where there are twenty or more Lodges, each Lodge shall ap-point, or elect, one of its members, who shall constitute a general Employment Bureau, whose duty shall be to aid unemployed members to secure employment. Such Bureau shall adopt rules for its government; and each Lodge


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in such cHy shall c~>ntribute the sum of twenty-five cents (25c) 'per capita per annum to the Employment Bureau, such contribu'ti'on to be calculated on the annual Grand Lodge returns. Provided, that no contribution shall be called for when the amount on hand exceeds the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). Such Bureau shall employ a Secretary and maintain a permanent office where applicants may apply for employment.

WM. SESSINGHAUS, WM. RAMSEY.

We respectfully submit the followIng new section to be known as Section 59b, Art. V: Same. Such Bureau may, in its By-laws, provide that Lodges in the county in which the city is, or was, a part, can become members and in like manner provide that Chapters of the Order of Eastern Star and any recognized Masonic body within the District herein described may become members.

WM. SESSINGHAUS, WM. RAMSEY.

We respectfully submit the followiIi'g: To repeal the entire Section 263 of Article XXI, as printed on page 56 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws (1908). WM. SESSINGHAUS, LOUIS MOLLER, WM. RAMSEY, , A. J.. O'REILLY.

Bro. C. R. Allison and others presented a proposed amendment to Sec. 59a as follows: In or~er to increase the efficiency of the Employment Bureau by definitely aut1J.orizing the payment to it of such funds as are due the Bureau from the Lodges, and to provide for the co-operation of bodies not 'now affiliated with the Bureau, the Executive Committee of the Employment Bureau respectfully submits the following amendment, to-wit: To amend Sec. 59a, Art. V-Employment Bureau-py striking out the words "and payable with", in line eight (8) of said By-Laws, , and ,inserting the words "and payable to the Treasurer of said Bureau", and add the follo~ing section: Such Bureau may, in, its By-Laws, provide that Lodges in the county of which the city is, or was, a part, can become members, and also in like mann~r provide that Chapters of the Order Eastern Star'


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and any recognized Masonic body within the District herein described 'may become members.

So that the section, when so amended, shall read: Section 59a, Eml)loyment Bureau. In cities where there are twenty or more Lodges, each Lodge shall appoint or elect one of its members, who shall constitute a general Employment Bureau, whose duty shall be to aid unemployed members to secure employment. Such Bureaus shall adopt rules for its government, and each Lodge in such city shall contribute the sum of twenty-five cents (25c) per capita per annum to the Employment Bureau, such contribution to be calculated on the annual Grand Lodge ,returns and payable to the ,Treasurer of said Bureau, provided, that no contribution shall be called for when the amount on hand exceeds the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000,00). Such Bureau shall employ a Secretary and maintain a permanent office where applicants may apply for employment. Such Bureau may, in its By-laws, provide that Lodges in the county of which the city is, or was, a part, can become members and also in like manner provide that Chapters of the Order, of Eastern Star and any recognized Masonic body within the District herein 'described may become members.

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PROPOSED REVISION OF BY-LAWS GOVERNING APPEALS. Revise Article 18 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws by amending Sections 221, 240, 242, 243 and 244 and by adding three new sections, to be known as Sections 243a, 243b and 244a, as follows, to-wit: Section 221. 'restlmony. The testimony of all resident Masons who can attend the Lodg-e shall be given orally in open Lodge at the trial. All such oral testimony shall be taken in shorthand, when practicable, and when not pI'acticable, the Master shall appoint a Brother who shall reduce said oral testimony to writing at the time it is given. Section 240. AI,peals, How Taken. Appeals must be in writing, and may be in the following form: ............... , Mo., To the \Vorshipful Master, 'Wardens and Brethren of Lodge, No A. F. & A. M.: Brethren: I, a Master Mason Lodge, No do declare as a Mason that I feel aggrieved by your judgment ................................ and, to the end that done in the matter,do take an appeal to the Grand following reasons: First, . Second, . .......

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the evidence offered or introduced in the trial. 'Vithin ten (10) days after the filing of such statement and notice with the Secretary, the opposite party may file objections to such statement. Such objections shall only point out: First, the omission from such statement of any ultimate fact or of some document or the substance thereof proven or offered at such trial, and, second, that there has been included in such statement a substantive fact, document or the substance thereof which was not proven or offered at such trial. If no objections are tiled to such statement within ten (10) days, or within such further time, not exceeding sixty (60) days after the trial, as the Trial Master may, for good cause shown, permit, then the statement 'filed by the appellant shall be tal{en as a (rue and correct statement of the facts proven at said trial. Section 243a. In any case where an appeal is sought to be perfected by filing the statcment provided for in Section 243, in lieu of the transcript of the evidence, to which statement objection is tiled by the opposite party in which it is alleg'ed that said statement does not contain a fair statement of the facts proven in said case, the Trial Master shall, if in his opinion justice demands, order a transcript of that portion of the testimony in controversy to be made at 'the expense of the trial Lodge, which said transcript, together with the statement and objections thereto, shall be made a part of the record in said case. Section 243b. Nothing contained in Section 243 hereof shall be deemed to prohibit the appellant in any case from perfecting such appeal by filing with the Secretary of the Lodge, in lieu of such statement provided in Section 243, a transcript which shall contain a true copy of all the testimony in the case, together with notice to the opposite party of such filing, provided, that the opposite party in such case shall have the privilege of examining and noting- objections to such transcript within ten (10) clays after its tiling and before the same is sent to the said Grand Secretary, and provided further, that where an appellant filed a路 transcript of the testimony in the case, in lieu of the statement provided for in Section 243, the cost of such transcript shall be paid bY the party ordering same. Section 244. Objections to Tram~crlpt. Where a full transcript, in lieu of statement, is filed with the Secretary, together with notice to the opposite party, objections thereto may be made by the opposite party within the time and in the manner provided in Section 243 for filing objections to the statement of facts proven at the trial. Section 244a. Cost of ApilenI. The cost of the first appeal shall be charged to the subordinate Lodge; the cost of subsequent appeals shall be paid as directed by the Grand Lodge at the session at which such appeals are heard and may be charged against the appellant, the local Lodge or, if circumstances justify, paid by the Grand Lodge. Respectfully submitted, ,ARCH A. JOHNSON, THOMAS F. HURD, JOSEPH'S, McINTYRE,


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STANDING RESOLUTIONS. Standing Resolutions, Amendments to Grand Lodge ByLaws and Approved Decisions, adopted smce the publication of Book of Constitutions (1908). MASONIC BOARDS OF RELIEF.

By R. W. Brother D. B. Farnsworth: BOARDS OF RELIEF-REPORTS OF. \Ve respectfully recommend that the reports of these Boards, in the future, include a detailed statement of their disbursements, that the Craft 'may more fully understand and l{now their work, and be encouraged to emulate them; also that all of their receipts be given in more detail. [Proceedings 1909, page 99.] MASONIC HOME IMPROVEMENT FUND. Resolved, That the special contributioI:1 called for in the report of the Committee on the Masonic Home for the improvement of the Home and grounds of fifty cents per annum for four years from each member of the Fraternity under the Jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, except those whose regular annual dues are remitted,and which was levied upon our members by the Grand Lodge by the adoption of the recommendations of said Committee, be collected from the members by the Secretaries of the respective Lodges and remitted to the Grand Secretary at the same time and in the same manner as t1:le regular annual dues; but that a separate statement of the 'same be made in the Annual Report of the Lodges in a column provided for that purpose, setting out the amount collected and remitted and the amount delinquent, if any. WM. 'M. \VILLIAMS, XENOPHON RYLAND, WM. F. KUHN, A. C. STEWA,RT. [Proceedings 1912, page 72.]. SMOKING PROHIBITED. "Resolved, That smoking in the Lodge room of each and every subordinate Lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction is hereby strictly prohibited, nO,t only during the time of conferring of Degrees, but at all times while the Lodge is in session for any purpose." It shall be the duty of the Master of every Lodge to see to the enforcement of this prohibition. [Proceedings 1913, page 162.]

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FUNERALS OF GRAND OFFICERS. Resolved, That in the event of the death of one or more or the first six officers of the Grand Lodge or of a Past Grand Master the obsequies shall be .conducted by the Grand Lodge, and the expenses of the remaIning first six Grand Officers, one Grand Chaplain and the Past Grand Masters in attendance shall bp. paid .by the Grand Lodge. [Proceedings 1913, page 87.]

.By M. W. Brother A. M. Hough: DIGEST OF'LA WS. Resolved, That the Grand Secretary shall arrange and append to . each publication of the Grand Lodge Proceedings, on pages by themselves, all amended By-Laws and the standing resolutions that are in force, and approved decisions under the head of "Standing Resolutions," and annually add thereto such as may thereafter be adopted, and omi t such as may be repealed. [Proceedings 1913, page 86.] BOARDS OF RELIEF...:-BURIAL LOT. Resolved, That whereas an emergency exists in St. Loui·s in the matter of lack of space in thc present burial lot. Therefore, Be It Resolved, That the St. Louis Masonic Board of Helief is hereby authorized to purchase a suitable burial lot in St. Louis, in the name of the Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and pay for the same out of the contributions from the various Lodges in-the City of St. Louis as prescribed by Section 59 of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge. [Proceeding<::t 1913, page 137.] Resolved, That the burial lots located in Valhalla Cemetery, St. Louis County, purchased and paid for by the Lodges in the City of St. Louis, in the name of the Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M. of Missouri, be, and the same are hereby, placed in charge of the St. Louis Masonic Board of Relief, in the same manner as the lots so owned in Bellefontaine Cemetery, and that said Board of Relief shall direct who may be buried therein. A. J. O'REILLY, LOUIS MOLLER, WM. SESSINGHA US. [Proceedings 1914, page 195.] BORDER LEGISLATION.

That a Lodge in a border State desiring to receive Ilt-titions frOnt and confer Degrees upon relilidentH of l\lIssouri shall first obtain ,,'uiv.ers front the I,o(lge in· this State having jurisdiction and from • the GratH] llioster of Missouri.

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APPLICATIONS FOR CHARITY. Resolved. That all applications for the consideration of the Committee on Charity be made in writing by the officers of the Lodge upon whose membership the applicant bases his or her. claim. and that all such applications be filed with the Grand Secretary at least twenty days before the meeting of the Grand Lodge at which the matter is to be consirlered. A. J. O'R}<~ILLY, D, W. GOSNELL, 'ROY E. STEPHENS. [Proceedings 1914, page 157.]

By M. W. Brother Van F. Boor: GRAND MASTERS' CONFERENCE-REPRESENTATIYES. Resolved, That the Grand Master, and one of the Gran'd Lodge Officers selected by the Grand Master, be and are hereby designated as the authorized representatives of this G)'and Lodge to attend all future Conferences of Grand Masters, or other similar conventions or meetings having for their object the betterment of the laws, ¡rules and regulations governing the Craft, especially having in view more uniform rituals and lectures, both written and unwrittEn, and the cultivation of closer fraternal' rela'tions between the Grand Jurisdictions of the world. [Proceedings 1914, page 173.]

By M. W. Brother A. M. Hough: BALLOT-FOR, GRAND LODGE OFFICERS. Resolved, That in the election of Grand Lodge Officers, that the vote shall be taken by ballot. and that each officer and member' of the Grand Lodge present shall cast one vote and no more: provided, that the vote may be tak(~n by Lodges, if demanded. by the representatives of ten Lodges. [Proceeding's 1914, page 192,]

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES-\VHEN PRESENTED. Resolved, That the Reports of the Committees on Jurisprudence, Appeals and Grievances, and 'Nays and Means shall be presented to the Grand Lodge for consideration not later than the second day of the session of the Grand Lodge, [Proceedings 1914, page 192.] Resolved. That all reports to the Grand Lodge, except the address of the Most 'Worshipful Grand Master. v,,'hich have been printed prior tci the session of the Grano Lodge. shall be presented and not read, and ordered printed in the Annual Proceedings. [Proceedings 1914, pag'e 192.]

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IMPOSTORS-LIST OF. Hesolved, That all Masonic Lodges in Missouri not under control of a Board of Re'lief be furnished with an alphabetical list of na.ines

of Impostors with: identification means, regular reports, together with a letter suggesting plans and ways of handling applications for relief. D. B. FARNSWORTH, R. W. MILLER, A. \\T. BAKER, G. ''V. EARLY. [Proceedings 1914, page 156.] GEO. ,VASHINGTON MASONIC NAT'L MEMORIAL ASS'N. Resolved, First, That this Grand Lodge approves and endorses the George ,Vashjngton Masonic National Memorial Association and the proposition to erect a Masonic Temple as a Memorial to George vVashington, the Freemason, in the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and hereby enrolls itself as a member of said Association; Second, That the sum of One Hundred ($100) Dollars is hereby appropriated and directed to' be paid' to the Treasurer of said Association in order to place this Grand Lodge UI)On the Charter Roll of Honor; Third, That it recommends to such individual Freemasons and Masonic Bodies in its Jur'isdiction as are willing to do so, to become Charter Roll of Honor members of said Association by making like contributions; Fourth, 'l'hat it路 hereby authorizes the Grand Master of this Grand Lodge to attend the meeting of said Association in the capacity of Representative of this Grand Lodge at and to represent it at such meetings, and when he shall be unable to be present, or for other cause shall deem it best to do so, from time'to time, to appoint an appropriate representative to attend the meetings of said Association for this Grand Lodge, and to represent it at such meetings in his place and stead. Fraternally submitted, A. C. STEWART, JACOB LAMPERT, WM, F. KUHN. ORESTES MITCHELL. [Proceedings 1914, page 129.]

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HOll~h:

AIVIENDMENTS-TIME FOR. Resolved, That all propositions to amend 01' change the Constitution, By-Laws or Proceedings of this Grand Lodge shall be set for consideration on the morning of the second day of the session, at an hour to be fixed at the' session of the first day of the Grand Lodge. [Proceedings 1912, page 36.]

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PRINTING REPORT ON CORRESPONDENCE. Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be authorized to print a sufficient number of advance copies of the report of the Committee on Correspondence to supply each member in attendance at the Grand Lodge with one copy. [Proceedings 1912, page 40.]

By M. W. Brother Wm. F. Kuhn: CHANGE OF NAME OF "INFIRMARY" TO "HOSPITAL." Resolved, That the "Infirmary Building" be now -and forever known as the "Hospital" of the Masonic Home of Missouri, and that wherever the word "Infirmary" appears in these reports it be stricken out and the word "Hospital" be inserted in lieu thereof. [Proceedings 1912, page 62.] APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES COMMITTEE-APPEARANCE BEFORE. \Vhereas, It is necessary for the Committee on Appeals and Grievances to prepare and submit to the Grand Lodge written opinions in causes coming before them, and in order to do this, each member ot said Committee must of necessity familiarize himself with the record and testimony in each case; Therefore, Be It Resolved, That all arguments before said Committee on any matter before it shall be made on Monday preceding the opening of the Grand Lodge, and no one shall be heard after that date. CAMPBELL WELLS, CLA Y C. BIGGER, JOHN T. SHORT, R. R. KREEGEH, WM. F. KUHN. [Proceedings 1915.] MASONIC HOi\1E FUNDS-PAYMENT OF. Resolved, That the Grand Secretary and路 Grand TreasUl'er be hereby directed to turn over to the. Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home weekly, as collected, all moneys due the Home. [Proceedings 1915.] LEGISLATIO~-PROPOSEDBY

MEMBERS ONLY.

Resolved, That no matter be received in writing, such as Amendments to the By-Laws, new By-Laws, Resolutions, Motions, or any similar matters demanding the action of the Grand Lodge, except it be signed by two (2) members of this Grand Lodge who give their Rank and number of the Lodge to which they belong. [Proceedings 1915.]


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AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS ADOPTED. By W. Brother Jas. A. Smith', Jr.: DU~S-FAILURE TO

PAY.

Art. XIII, Section 152. Non-pa~'ment of Dues. Change Art. XIII, Section 152, line two, by striking out the word "six" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "four," so that the section when amended shall read: Article XIII, Section 1fi2. ViThen a member shall fail to pay his dues within four months after the same become due, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify him of such delinquency by delivering in person a bill for such indebtedness, or by mailing the same to him at his last known place of residence, etc. [Proceedings 1910, pages 89 and 133.]

By R. 'Vol. Brother Jos. S. McIntyre: LODGES OF INSTRUCTION. Additional section to Article III. Article III, Section 27. Lodges of lustruction. "In each Masonic District having a city with ten or more Lodges, the District Deputy Grand Master and District Lecturer, together with three other members to be selected from three separate Lodges in such District by the District Lecturer, shall constitute a Committee on Masonic Instruction. Such committee may adopt rules for its government, and shall, for a period of at least four months each year, hold a Lodge of Instruction once a week and appoint such assistant instructors as may be necessary, subject to the approval of the District Lecturer, who shall be the authority in the work and have sole charge of teaching it, as provided in 'Sec. 23 of this article, and the Grand Lecturer may, upon the recommendation of the District Lecturer, appoint some one, or more, suitable Brothers to be present 'and superintend the instruction on such occasions as, for any reason, the District Lecturer may be unable to be present himself; and, in support of such Lodge of Instruction, the Lodges voluntarily participating in such Masonic instruction may contribute annually to the support thereof such sums as may be necessary to pay the actual expenses of such Lodges of Instruction." [Proceedings 1910, pages 52, 89 and 105.]

By M. W. Brothers Wm. F. Kuhn and Campbell Wells: SALARY OF GRAND SECRETARY AND GRAND LECTURER. Section 12 (paragraph p) and Section 13 (paragraph d). Strike out the words "Twenty-seven Hundred and Fifty" ($2,750.00) in Section 12, paragraph (p) and insert in lieu thereof the words "Three Thousand ($3,000.00)," so that the section when amended,shall read:


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Sec. 12 (p). The salary of the Grand Secretary shall be Thrce Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) per annum, payable monthly. Strike out the words "Twenty-seven Hundred, and Fifty" ($2,750.00) in Section 13 (paragTaph d) and insert in lieu thereof the words "Twenty-five Hundred" ($2,500.00), and add thereto after the words "pel' annum" the words "and traveling expeuses not exc('etlIng Se"en Hun41re41 Dollars ($700.00) ller annum, andUe41 llIul," so that the section, when amended, shall read: Sec. 13 (d) The compensation of the Grand Lecturer shall be Twenty-five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) per annum and traveling expenses not exceeding Seven Hundred Dollars ($700.00) per annum, audited and payable monthly. . [Proceedings 1911., pages !j2-93 and 149.) f

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Brother J. E. Thompson: DEBTS.

To amend Sec. 50, page 14, of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge by striking therefrom the words "until sufficient available means have been secured to complete the same," and substituting therefor the following words, "without the consent and approval'of the Grand Master," so that when said Sec. 50 is so amended it shall read as follows: Sec. 50. Contract Debts. A Lodge shall not be permitted to contract debts for any purpose or to engage in enterprises for building halls without the consent and approval of the Grand Master. [Proceedings 1913, page 143.]

By M. W. Brothers D. A. Jamison and Wm. A. Hall: TRIALS. To amend Sec. 200 of ·the Grand ..Lodge By-Laws by the insertion of the word "the" in lieu and in place of the letter "a" between the words "for the violation of" and the word "moral" in the third line of said section, and by the insertion of the word "or" in lieu of the vvord "and" between the ,,,'ords "moral" and "lVLasonic law" in the third line of said section, so that said section when so amended shall I'ead as follows: Sec. 200. Oft·4'uses. A Mason may be proceeded against by trial, as hereinafter provided, for the violation of the Moral or Masonic law. [Proceedings 1913, page 143.]

By R. W. Brothers Jos. S. McIntyre and Thos. F. Hurd: To amend Sec. 211, Art. XVIII, of the Grand Lodge By-Laws. Be it enacted that Art. XVIII and Sec. 211 of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri be altered by striking out in the fourth and fifth lines thereof the language "residing in the Jurisdiction," so that said section" as amended shall read as follows:


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Sec. 211. 'I'.me and Notice of Trial. ,\Then a the Master shall appoint the time of trial and cused to be notified as hereinafter provided; he members of the Lodge to be notified of the time . [Proceedings

charge is preferred shall cause the acshall also cause all of the trial. 1913, page 143.]

By M. W. Brother A. M. Hough: RECEIPT FOR DUES-FORM OF. To amend Section 12 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws by striking out, clause (0) of said section and inserting the following in lieu thereof: (0) He shall prepare a uniform Receipt for Dues, of thin economy ledger paper, not more than two and one-half inches by four inches, with stub, to contain the printed autograph of the Grand Secretary and a facsimile of the Seal of the Grand Lodge, A. F. & ,A., M. of Missouri, which shall be used by all the Lodges in this Jurisdiction. Each receipt shall 1;>ea1' an impression of the Seal of the Lodge. The receipts shall be furnished to the Lodges at actual cost, including postage. The receipt shall be SUbstantially in the following form:

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Lodge No ............... . 1\'10.,

No $ Date Rec'd of.

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A. F. & A. M. , 19 .. Dollars, for

Received of Bro.. . . . . . . . . . . . dues to 19 .. . ................â&#x20AC;˘.... Secretary. (Signature of Member.) . . This is to certify that Lodge, No . A. F. & A. M., is a legally chartered Lodge under ' the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of Missouri. . (Seal) Grand Secretary. [Proceedings 1914, pages 107-205.]

Pl~TITI0N-CANNOTBJ~ vVITHDRA\VN.

,To amend Section No. 102 by striking out the last line 01 this section, which reads: "and may "be withdrawn at any time before it is reported on," and inserting the words: "and cannot be withdrawn after the petition has been referred to the Committee." So that the section, when amended, shall read: Section 102. Same. A petition for the degrees or membership must be presented at a stated meeting of the Lodge and cannot be withdrawn after the petition has been referred to the Committee. WM. F. KUHN, R. F. STEVENSON. [Proceedings 1914, page 157.J


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EMPLOYMEN'l' BUREAU. ,Ve respectfully submit the following as an additional section to the Grand Lodge By-Laws to be known as Section 59a: Sec. 59a, Art. V. Employment Bureau. In cities where there are twenty or more Lodges, each Lodge shall appoint or elect one of its members, who shall constitute a General Employment Bureau, whose duty shall be to aid unemployed members to secure employment. Such Bureau shall adopt rules for its government; and each Lodge in such city shall contribute the sum of (25c) twenty-five cents per capita per annum to the Employment Bureau, such contribution to be calculated on, and payable with, the annual Grand Lodge returns. Provided, That no contributions shall be called for when the amount on hand exceeds the sum of ($3,000.00) three tho'usand dollars. Such Bureau shall employ a Secretary and maintain a permanent office, 'where applicants may apply for employment. ED N. KAERCHER, V. H. FALKENHAINER, JOHN HERZOG, F. E. SOHUTZE. [Proceedings 1914, pages 68-205.] GRAND LODGE ANNUAL DUES-INCREASE OF. Section 67. Annual Dues. Every Chartered Lodge shall pay annually to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) for each Master Mason reported in the annual returns. One dollar and twenty-five cents ($1.25) of this sum shall be used for the support of the Masonic Home, unless otherwise ordered by the Grand Lodge. If any Lodge shall collect from a suspended member dues, for the non-payment of which he shall have been suspended, such Lodge shall pay to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) for each year's dues so collected, if not previously accounted for. W. F. KUHN. [Proceedings 1915.] MILEAGF. AND PER DIEM. Section 69. lUlleage and Per Diem. The Past Grand Masters, Grand Officers, District Deputy Grand Masters, District Lecturers and one Representative from each Lodge and the Chairman of each Standing Committe, who do not draw mileage and per diem in any other capacity, shall be paid the sum of three dollars ($3.00) for each day they may be in actual attendance upon the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, and three cents per mile for each mile necessarily traveled in going to and returning therefrom; provided; that no Representative shall receive either mileage or per diem unless all dues from his Lodge to the Grand Lodge have been paid by August 1st, and no Representative shall receive more than one-seventh of the sum paid by his Lodg~ for that year as dues, and no one shall receive mileage and per diem in a double capacity. [Proceedings 1915.]


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GRAND LODGE MEETING-TIME AND PLACE OF. Section 1. TilDe nlld Place Of. An Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge shall be held in the City of St. Louis on the third Tuesday of September, in each year, commencing at 10 o'clock A. M.; provided, that the place of meeting for the next Annual Communication may be changed when a majority of the Grand Lodge shall deem it expedient. [Proceedings 1915.] BY -LA WS"":"'ADDING SECTION. Section 263. By Adding Section. Any additional section not confticting with the provisions of these By-Laws, which may be desired, shall be proposed in writing, and on being read on two several days, if concurred in by two-thirds of the votes present, shall become a part of these By-Laws. [Proceedings 1915.] I

BY -LA WS-ALTERATION OR REPEAL. Section 264. B}' Alteration or RelJeal. Any alteration or proposition to amend or repeal any of the foregoing By-Laws shall be reduced to writing' and read on one day of the session and be published in the proceedings of this Grand Lodge and lie over until the next Annual Communication, and shall be路 again read; and, if approved by the majority of the members present, shall become a part of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge. [Proceedings 1915.] VISITORS-DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE. Section 197. Visitors. A Lodge shall not admit a visitor who shall be unable to establish by documentary evidence and examination, or by personal voucher, as provided in Section 196, that he hails from some Lodge in this Jurisdiction or within the .Jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Documentar.y evidence shall be I'eceipts for dues for the current year. or a certificate of good standing, either of which shall bea-r the seal of the Lodge and the signature of the Secretary of the Lodge, together with the signature of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Jurisdiction from which a visitor may hail; or a diploma, duly authenticated by the signatUl'e of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Jurisdiction, together with the seal thereof. All of which designates a Lodge under the jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand LtJdge of Missouri. And such "Documentary Evidence" shall bear date not more than twelve months last past. [Proceedings 1915.] B.ALLOT-ALL MUST VOTE. Section 123.- All Must Vote. When a ballot is taken, all members of the Lodge present must vote, except as provided in Section 121. [Proceedings 1915.]


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ENDOWMENT FUNQ. Section 2621/i, Article XX. E0410wIIlent 1<'u041. rrile Endowment Fund, now under the control and management of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home, and all additions thereto hereafter made, shall continue to路 be a permanent fund to help support and maintain said Home, and that only the earnings and income therefrom can be used for that purpose. [Proceedings 1915.]

APPROVED DECISIONS. STATUS OF CANDIDATE. 1.

Moberly Lodge, No. 344.

On March 23, 1903, we gave a Brother the Eo A. Degree, he having been previously electEd and paid the fee for the three degrees. He was in the grocery business at that time, but sold out and went to traveling for a grocery firm. At present he travels for a whisky house and now wishes to take the two other degrees. He commenced to travel for the whisky house three or four months before the -last session of the Grand Lodge. Question. Can we give the degrees to him? Answer. In my路 opinion the. Brother is not barred from advancement and your Lodge can confer the remaining degrees upon him. Section 182 forbids a Lodge to receive the petition of a ?erson engaged in the business of salesman for a wholesale 路liquor house, after the enactment of the section. As your Lodge, long before the enactment of the section, received his petition and conferred the Entered Apprentice Degree upon him, your Lodge does not in this case come. within the prohibition. of the section. The second part of Section 182 states that. any Mason who shall thereafter engage in this business shall be expelled. As the Brother was in the business before the enactment of the section, he does not come within its provisions. His status is fixed and determined by the law in force at the time he was elected to rec'eive the degrees. Section -182, so .far as he is concerned, prohibits him from engaging in the business thereafter; but as he was already in the business when the section was enacted, and a l\lason, he is not barred thereby. [Procecdings 1909, pages 20 and 151.] 2.

Clifton Heights Lodge, No. 520.

The stable foreman for a brewery company has petitioned this Lodge for the degrees. Question. Is it possible for him to become a member? Answer. Section 182 of the By-Laws, adopted by the Grand Lodg-e at 'its last session, relating to intoxicating liquors, contains no language that prohibits a Lodge from receiving a petition from a stable foreman for a brewery company. My judgment is that it would not be safe for the Grand Master to add any other occupations


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than those specified therein. A strict interpretation of this section, whrch is in derogation of the previous laws and practice of the Grand Lodge, in my opinion, does not prohibit the reception of the petition; it should take the usual course. [Proceedings 1909, pages 20 and 151.J 3.

'\Teston Lodge, No. 53.

Question. Under the law as passed by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, can a man who is superintendent or foreman of a brewery become a Mason? Answer. Section 182 of our Grand Lodge By-Laws contains this language: "No Lodge shall'receive the petition for the degrees or affiliation from any pel'son who is engag'fd in the manufacture or sale of intoxicating liquol's as a beverage, either as distiller, brewer," etc. Not being able to determine how a person can be "superintend-路 ent or foreman of a brewery" and not be engaged in the manufacture of intoxicating liquol' as a beverage, it is my opinion that a person occupying such a position cannot legally be made a Mason. fProceedings 1909, pages 21 and 151.J MANUF'ACTURE OF LIQUOR. 4.

Robert Burns Lodge, No. 496.

Two Brethren residing in the jurisdiction of this Lodge, both of whom arc ill good Masonic standing, are thinking of investing in what they call a joint. stock company for the purpose of manufacturing' whisky. They are to receive their part of the dividends in whisky manufactured by their company. They do not want to violate the Masonic laws, and contend that this would not make them dealers. Question. vVould they be permitted to engage in this class of business? Answer. Section 182, so far as it relates to 'the question you ask, contains this language: "No Lodge shall receive a petition for the degrees 01' for affiliation fl'om any person who is engaged in the manufacture of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, either as a distiller, wholesale liquor dealer or salesman for such dealer.路 Any Mason who may hereafter begin such business shall be expelled." This section, in my opinion, deprives Master Masons of the privilege of retaining membership in any Lodge in this State if they engage in the sale or manuf?cture of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, after the date of its final adoption, October I, 1908. Therefore, they 'must be expelled if they engage in this business under the conditions stated. [Proceedings 1909, pages 21-22 and 151.J STATUS OF CANDIDATE.. 5.

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the manufacture or sale of intoxicants in any other way than as a State official. [Proceedings 1909, pages 22 and 151.] 16. From a member of ViThitewatel' Lodge, No. 417, we have the following seven questions: (a) . Is running a distillery sufficient gIounds for expulsion? Answer. It is not, if started before October 1st, 1908. It is, if started since September 30th, 1908. (b) Is selling liquor in one to five-gallon lots grounds for expulsion? Answer. Yes. (c) Is selling liquor illegally (say under a gallon and down to a half-pint, when not licensed to sell less than a gallon, and also to minors), sufficient grounds for expulsion? Answer. YES. (d) Is lying to a brother Master Mason sufficient grounds for expulsion? Answer. Yes; and he is equally guilty if he lies to a profane. (e) If a certified copy of the testimony of a Master Mason in a court of record can be produced, and the fact proven by a number of good citizens that that testimony was false, is that sufficient grounds for expulsion? Answer. Yes. (f) Is it un-Masonic to report a brother Mastel' Mason to the grand jury, or proper authorities,for violations of the civil law?

Answer.

No.

(g) If one dimlts and engages in the saloon business, has the lodge granting the dimit the authority to proceed against such person? Answer.

Yes.

17. Inquiry from Elvins Lodge. ;No. 599: "About three years . ago three members of this lodge endorsed the notes for a party who was in business as an agent for a brewery. In this way they became responsible and have had to pay quite a sum of money, and the party having no other assets but this brewery agency, these three brethren took over the agency and have been conducting it since that time; that is, they have hired some one to run it for them, and. one of thEm is looking after the business details of the concern." Question. Can a lodge give them six months or a year in which to get out of the business? In case the brethren refuse to quit what proceedings would you advise? Answer. A lodge cannot give its members any length of time in which to wind up such a business, no matter how they happened to get into it. Prefer charges against them instanter, establish the facts as stated, and then expel them from the lodge. [Proceedings 1914, pages' 22, 23, 170.]


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Osborn Lodge, No. 317.

A candidate made application, was elected, and received the Entered Apprentice Degree about five years since; but for good reasons did not present himself for the Fellow-Craft Degree until about a month ago. \Ve asked him to make new application, which he did, and in the ballot was rejected. Several Brethren claimed this was not the proper way to handle the case. Question. How should this case have been handled? Answer. Your Lodge should not have required the Brother who received the First Degree long before our present Grand Lodge laws were adopted to petition for advancement. He has a right to receive the Second and Third Degrees on standing an examination satisfactory to the Brethren. The law of 1892, under which he was elected, gives him this right and demands nothing further from him than to stand such examination. No further balloting is necessary. \Vhen he shows suitable proficiency in the First Degree, he should be given the Second, provided, of course, that no objection is made, in which case charges would have to be preferred as provided by Grand Lodge laws. [Proceedings 1909, pages 23 and 151.] LIST OF CANDIDATES. 9. Anthony F. Ittner, Secretary Missouri Lodge, No. 1. "Under a resolution of the Lodge, I have as Secretary for the past six months published lists of candidates for the Mysteries and for affiliation, to be balloted on at the several stated meetings, for the information of the members. Some of our members have contended that this practice is in violation of Section 183, of the Grand Lodge laws, which says that a Lodge shall not publish the fact that it has conferred or will confer any Masonic Degree upon anyone." (a) Question. Is this in violation of Section 183? *Answer. You should not give the names of the petitioners in the monthly J.,odge circulars. [Proceedings 1909, page 151.] (b) Question. Does Section 158 only refer to dimits issued by Lodges in the State of Missouri? In other words, is a Mason from another jurisdiction who presents a dimit less than a year old and by virtue of which it was intended that he should enjoy Masonic privileg'es for a certain period aft~r its issue, entitled to visit a Lodge in this jurfsdiction, or does he cease to enjoy all Masonic privileges in this jurisdiction, except the right to petition, the same as if the dimit had been issued in this State? Answer. Sections 158 and 197, when considered together, deny the privilege of visiting to all who are not members of some Lodge in this State or of a Lodge within the jurisdiction of a Grand T"odge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Missouri. [Proceedings 1909, page 24.]


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*Disapproved; see Report of Jurisprudence Committee on Question a, as follows: vVe are also of the opinion that the publication of lists of candidates to be balloted upon for membership, for the information of the members, by Missouri Lodge, No.1, is not in violation of Section 183, of the By-Laws, and we disapprove of the decision 'of the Grand Master in Subdivision a, Decision No.9. REMISSION OF DUgS. 10.

Grand Secretary John R. Parson.

A Lodge whose returns were received today, August 11th, deducts $8.75 for seven members whose dues were remitted July 31, 1909. Question. Is this permissible under Sections 67 and 68'? Answer. Lodges must pay on the basis of their membership on th.e 30th day of June, as that is the day fixed by Section 68; a'nd no other day' can be substituted. Consequently, they owe the Grand Lodge $1.25 for each member whose dues were remitted July 31st. [Proceedings 1909, pages 25 and 151.] 7. Salem Lodge, No. 225, asked if a Lodge could remit the whole or any part of a member's dues except for inability to pay, a路nd does the age or occupation of the member make any diffel'ence? Answer. No, to both interrogatories. ' [Proceedings 1914, pages 20, 170.] RESTORATION AFTER CONSOLIDATION. 11.

Barnett Lodge, No, 591.

A former member of Euclid Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Versailles, Morgan County, :Missouri, being suspended by that Lodge fol' nonpayment of dues, and that Lodge later being absorbed by Versailles Lodge, No. 117, is now ready and willing to pay an'back dues, and desires to be reinstated and affiliate with some Lodge and, since he now resides in the jurisdiction of Barnett Lodge, No. 591, states that it is his desire to affiliate with this Lodge. Question. What would be the proper course for him to pursue in order: that he might again become a. Mason in g'ood standing? Answer. He will have to make application to Versailles Lodge, No. 117, for reinstatement. That Lodge, under Section 85, of the Grand Lodge laws of 1892, by union of the two Lodges, acquired all of the members, property and debts due by, O1路路tO Euclid Lodge. Versailles Lodge has jurisdiction over him, no matter where he resides, and no other Lodge can restore him to good Masonic standing or accept the dues for the non-payment of which he was suspended. [Proceedings 1909, pages 25 and 151.]

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Southwest Lodge, No. 466.

An applicant for affiliation was balloted on and rejected. He then preferred charges against S., the Brother who objected' to the receiving of his petition. It is my desire and also that of Brother S. that you send some one from a different Lodge to preside during the trial, which will be held at our next regular Communication, September 25, 1909. Answer. There does not appear, under the conditions stated by you, to be any necessity for sending anyone to preside at the contemplated trial in };our Lodge, as the charges, if preferred by a nonaffiliated Mason, should not be entertained. The Master should decline to permit the Lodge to act on them in any way. Section 205, of our Grand Lodge By-Laws, provides that any Master Mason in good standing may prefer charges; and Section 158 states that the holder of a dimit is not entitled to any Masonic privileges except to petition for affiliation, also that "he ceases to be a Mason in good standing from the date of his dimit." A dimitted Mason, not being in good standing, is not entitled to the privileges of Section 205. You mus't therefore, as above stated, refuse to entertain the charges. [Proceedings 1909, pages 25 and 151.] TO PHOCURE A DIMIT. 13.

Four Mile Lodge, No. 212.

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to June 1, 1909; and the other $2.00 is for dues in advance to June 1, 1910. Question. How much shall we collect from the Brother before granting him a dimit? Answer. He must pay the full amount now due, $4.00, befor~ he is entitled to a dimit or certificate of good standing. 'When this indebtedness has been paid he can proceed as provided by Section 157; and, if elected to membership in the Lodge, he selects for affiliation, Social Lodge should retain only the portion of dues paid for the fiscal year 1910 to the date of issuing the dimit, as provided by this section, and return' the balance to him. [Proceedings 1909, pages 26 and 151.] F AlLURE TO ADVANCE. 1. Held, That an E. A. or F. C. who fails to apply for advancement within twelve months must, after that time, petition in regular form and the same course must be followed as for the Mysteries of Freemasonry. If rejected he cannot apply ag!ii n for twelve months. [Proceedings 1910. page 23.] REMISSION OF DUES. 2. Held, That since Lodge dues are payable January 1st. they are to be considered as having accrued and may therefore be remitted at any time during the year. [Proceedings 1910, page' 23,'] CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING-REFUND OF DUES. That a certificate of good Masonic standing cannot be given un-. less dues are paid in full for the year, since it may possibly not be presented within three months; and if received by another Lodge during that time, on notification, the Lodge granting certificate must refund to the Lodge receiving, the balance of dues to the end of the year, [Proceedings 1910, page 23.] SECRETARY MUST NOTIFY, 3. Held, That on suspension for non-payment of dues or any other cause, or on expulsion, the Secretary should at once notify the party, if he is not present at the time of sentence. [Proceedings 1910, pages 23 and 102.] 5. Section 58 of Article V reads: "In any city or town where two or more lodges are situated, the Secretary of ea~h lodge shall notify every lodge in said city or town of all petitions for initiation or membership, and of all rejections," etc. As there was a difference of opinion as to ,\VHEN "the Secretary of each Lodge shall notify every other Lodge," I decided, for


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the benefit of several Kansas City Lodges, that the limit of time for so doing should not exceed seventy-two hours after each meeting. [Proceedings 1914, pages 20, 170.J FUNERAL oF' A WOMAN. 5. Held, That the'vVorshipful M:tster, as such, has no authority to appoint a committee to attend the funeral of a woman-as rern'esentatives of Freemasonry. [Proceedings 1910, page 23.] ELECTION VOID. 6. Held, That a Brother elected to membership in a Lodge witnout a certificate of good standing, remains a member of the former Lodge, the election being null and void. [Proceedings 1910, page 23.] POLITICAL ISSUE. 7. Held (in a local option contest), That a Lodge, as such, has no right to take part in a question whiCh may become a political issue. [Proceedings 1910, page 23.] STATUS OF CANDIDATE. 8. Held, That a clerk in the railway traffic department of a bl'ewery may petition for the Mysteries of Freemasonry according to the law, as now recognized. [Proceedings 1910, page 23.] LACK OF SEAL. 9. Held, That the absence of the Lodge seal does not invalidate a Lodge dimit. the form being regular in other respects. [Proceedings 1910, page 2a.] DIMIT IN OLD FORM. 10. Held, That the action of a Lodge in granting a dimit, with l)rivileges, in the old form, is illegal, null and void, and the dimit should be recalled. Nevertheless, if received already by another Lodge, the status should not be disturbed. [Proceedings 1910, page 23.] LODGE MEETING PROHIBITED. 11. Held, That a Subordinate Lodge cannot hold a meeting during the session of the Grand Lodge, since, while any Past Master may open the Lodge in the absence of the Master and 'Wardens, yet


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as every Past Master is a member of the Grand Lodge, they are supposed to be in attendance as well as the Master and \Vardens. [Proceeding-s 1910, pages 23 and 102.] DIM:IT WHEN NO CHARGES. 1. Hazlewood Lodge, No. 459.-A charge of gross unmasonic conduct on the part of a Brother was in general circulation in the community, and seemed to be so well founded that a committee was appointed by the Lodge to invâ&#x201A;Źstig-ate. This committee called on the Brother for his statement and any explanation he desired to make in reg'ard to his reported misconduct.. He refused to affirm or deny the truth of the report and was evasive in his answers. From his demeanor and from other facts ascertained by the committee, they became convinced of his guilt. The Brother offered to take his dimit from the Lodge. He was square 011 the books and no formal charg-e had yet been preferred. The question asked, was whether, under the facts stated, the Brothel' was entitled to a dimit. I answered that on the face of the record, he was. nut if the Lodge was satisfied of the Brother's g-uiIt, charges should be preferred at once, the dimit withheld, the Brother tried, and, if found guilty, adequate punishment inflicted. [Proceedings 1911. page 18.]

RESIDENCE. 2. Higbee Lodge, No. 527.-A young man was born and reared at Higbee, where his parents still reside; he is employed in the United States Railway Postal Service. running between St. Louis and Kansas City; he works three and is off duty four days of each week; while off duty he is usually at the home of his parents. which he has at all times called his home; he always votes at Higbee and has never exercised the right of citizenship elsewhere. Do the facts constitute the young man a resident within the jurisdiction of Higbee Lodge, and would the Lodge be justified in receiving his petition for the Mysteries of Freemasonry? Answer. Yes. [Proceedings 1911, page 18.] PROFICIENCY-AS TO VOTING. 3. The by-law requiring all newly-made Master Masons to pass a satisfactory proficiency examination in open lodge before being permitted to vote, hold office in the Lodge. or dimlt, is more bewildering. and causes more questions to be asked than perhaps any other law on our records. Section 123 says' "all must vote" when a ballot is taken. Section 121. which says you shall not be permitted to vote until you have passed a satisfactory examination, and we have answered all inquirers that this section prohibiting voting, holding office and dimitting' applies only to Master Masons who have received their third degree since September, 1908. [Proceedings 1914, pages 19, 170.)


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NON-AFFILIATE MAY PETITION. 4. A Brother states that he dimitted from a Lodge and petitioned another Lodge in this State for affiliation. His petition was rejected and he remains unaffiliated. He desires to know, first, if he can petition a Lodge for affiliation, other than the Lodge nearest his place of residence, and second, can he visit Masonic L()dges while unaffiliated? Answer: First, an unaffiliated Master Mason may petition any Lodge in the State for membership, and he is not confined to the Lodge nearest his place of residence; second, under the Grand Lodge By-Laws, as they now exist, there is no such thing as "a dimit with privileges." A non-affiliated Master Mason is not entitled to any Masonic privileges except the mere right to petition for affiliation. [Proceedings 1911, page 18.]

LODGE MAY NOT MEET. 5. A Distr'ict Deputy Grand Master stated that a Lodge in his District was expecting a large attendance of Brethren at a meeting to confer a number of degrees, and requested a Dispensation permitting the Lodge to meet in an opera house for the occasion, as the Lodge room would be inadequate to accommodate the crowd. I declined to issue the Dispensation and held that a Chartered Lodge could not legally meet and work in a building that had not been dedicated and consecrated to Masonic purposes. [Proceedings 1911, page 19.]

SUSPENSION MORE THAN ONE YEAR. 6. Plato Lodge, No. 469.-A Brolher had been suspended for non-payment of dues for mor'e than a year. He paid the dues he owed and petitioned the Lodge for reinl'itatcment. vVas a committee of investigation required? Answer: Yes. [Proceedings 1911, page 19.]

FAILURE TO INSTALL. 7. Blackwell Lodge, No. 535.-At a meeting of the Lodge for the election of officers, the 'Senior ,Varden was elected Master and thereafter was duly installed. The Senior Warden-elect was not present to be installed. 'Vas the installation of the Master illegal, he having been the Senior \Varden during the preceding year and his successor in that office not having been installed'! Answer: No. His installation as Master vacated the office of Senior \Varden, and that office will remain vacant until the election and installation of some Brother thereiI1. [Proceeding's 1911, page 19.~

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8. Adelphi Lodge, No. 355.-A member of the Lodge owns an interest in a drug store in which intoxicating liquors are sold as a beverage illegally. This Brother does not have the management of the store and does not make the sales himself. He knows of the illegal sales of intoxicating liquor at the store and receives his share of the profits from the business. In so doing, does this Brother violate the Masonic law? Answer: Yes. vVhen he, as part owner of the store, knowing of the illegal sales of intoxicating liquors therein, 0.00 so knowing, receives his share of the profits of the business, he violates the lett0r and spirit of Section 181 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws. [Proceedings 1911, page 19.] r:r LIQUOR SELLING-WAITER. 9. D. D. G. Master Homer N. Lloyd of Clayton asks: "Is a man employed in a small hotel dining room and rathskeller, both of which are conveniently arranged in connection with a large saloon (which is the chief attraction and support of the 'whole works'), and whose duties are to serve meals at the usual time, and intoxicating liquors at any time when so requested by patrons, eligible'?" Answer. No. He is barred by Section 182 of Article XVII. 11. From United Lodge, No.5, the following question comes: Is a Brother who is filling the position of "waiter to the steward at the Elks' Club" violating the Masonic law? Answer. He is. There is no difference in serving behind an glks' bar where intoxicating drinks may be gotten and in serving behind the bar of a regular saloon. You are warranted in having charges preferred and in giving him a trial. [Proceedings 1914, pages 20, 21, 170.] NON -PROFICIENT MASTER MASON. 3. Rose Hill, No. 550.-Qucstion: Is a newly made Master Mason, who has not passed the examination on the first section of the Degree of Master Mason, he having just received said degree and having had no opportunity for such examination, eligible to vote on th~ petition of an applicant for degrees? Answer: No. [Proceedings 1911. page 18.]

DUES-INCREASE OF. 1. Urich Lodge, No. 286, increased its dues by an amendment of its By-Laws from $3 to $3.50 a year for a period of four years to cover the assessment levied by the Grand Lodge of 50 'cents a year for four years on the members for a fund to make betterments and improvements at the Home, and asked if that was lawful. . We answered that their dues could be legally increased in that manner and for that purpose and that at the end of the fourth year,


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and without further legislation, their dues would automatically drop from $3.50 to $3 a year. [Proceedings 1914, pages 19, 170.] CANDIDATE-MAY SOLICIT. 2. Is it unlawful for a profane to invite other profanes to petition for 'the mysteries at the same time he does, which results in g-etting together a class of candidates? Answer. The Lodge has no control over a petitioner in a case like this until he has been elected. The most natural thing for a man to do, after he has decided to petition a Lodge for the degrees, and even after he does so, is to tell his most intimate friends about it and invite them to do likewise, and at the same time he does, and if the result is the formation of a class of candidates there is nothing improper about it. The by-law which says it is un-Masonic to solicit membership from profanes applies, of course, only to members of the Lodges. A Lodge that would censure or criticise or black ball a class of petitioners because they knocked at its door at the same time, having no other reason, should not be permitted to retain its charter. [Proceedings 1914, pages 19, 170.] EMPLOYMENT BUREAU. 18. From Gate City Lodge, No. 522: Is the establishment of an employment bureau in connection with the Board of Relief, which increases the expense of the board more than double, 'legal? Answer. The establishment of such a bureau by a Board of Relief is lawful and wholly within the bounds of what a Relief Board is expected to do. There is no limit as to the number of departments, divisions, subdivisions or bureaus that a Relief Board may establish and maintain for the purpose of aiding the worthy distressed Free Mason in good standing. [Proceedings 1914, pages 23, 170.] POOL TABLE-LOJ!GE l\'lAY BUY. 19. Question from John C. Senate, D. D. G. M., at Milan: Can a Masonic Lodge buy a pool table and put it in either its reception room or dining room to be used by Masons only? And, can a club composed of Masons only buy a pool table and with the consent of the Lodge put it in either its reception or dining room '? Answer. Yes, to both interrogatories. [Proceedings 1914, pages 23, 170.] PETITION MUST LAY OVER. 9. Carthage Lodge, No. ] 97.-Can a petition for affiliation be legally vot€d on two weeks after it. is received. and the committee of investigation appointed? Answer: No, it must have lain over four weeks. [Proc.eedings 1911, page 19.]


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20. A member of Gate City, No. 522, filed his petition for affiliation with Ivanhoe, No. 446, at their regular communication July 9th. On July 18th he requested from his Lodge a certificate of good standing under the provisions of Section 157, and it was¡ issued that date and received by the Secretary of 446 two days later. He was elected August 13th. The first regular communication of Ivanhoe following the date the certificate of good standing was issued was July 23rd. ,\Ve held (September 16th) that thE; ballot had been spread two weeks too soon; that the Brother's election to membership was premature and consequently null and void, ane that the ballot should again be spread on the application September 24th-the next regular communication. â&#x20AC;˘ [Proceedings 1914, pages 23, 170.] DIMITTED AND REMOVED-CANNOT AFFILIATE. 10. Lodge of Love, No. 259.-A member of the Lodge removed to the State of Colorado. ,\Vhile living there he wrote the Lodge, as it understood from his letter, that he desired a dimit. The dimit was granted and forwarded to the Brother. He immediately returned it to the Lodge with a letter stating it was a mistake, as he did not want to terminate his membership in the Lodge, that what he desired was a certificate showing his good Masonic standing in the Lodge. Thereupon the Lodge had the Brother regularly petition for affiliation, and proceeded to elect him to membership. Was the action of the Lodge regular? Answer. No. What the Lodge should have done, upon learning' that the dimit had been granted through a mistake, was to rescind its action granting the same. If granting the dimit under the circumstances terminated his membership, the Lodge could not lawfully receive his petition for affiliation, as he at that time was a resident of another State. [Proceedings 1911, page 20.] PER CAPITA TAX NOT DEDUCTED. 11. Marceline Lodge, No. 481.-1n 1906, a member of the Lodge Idt'Marceline, and some time afterwards information came to the Lodge of the death of the Brother, and in its .annual returns to the Grand Secretary, this member was so reported. Recently the Lodge learned that the report of the death' of this member was a mistake; that he "las living in an adjoining State. The question arose, did the Lodge owe Grand Lodge dues for the year 1906 and 'thereafter? Answer: Yes, [Proceedings 1911, page 20.] LODGE MUST ELECT ACCORDING TO By -LAWS. 13. Camden Point Lodge, No. 169.-Can a Lodge call a meeting' for the election of officers of the Lodge on a date different from that fixed by its By-Laws? Answer: No. [Proceedings 1911, page 20.]


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JURISDICTION OF ST. LOUIS. LODGES. 14. 'I;he question was asked by a District Deputy Grand lVIaste.r how far the Jurisdiction of the Lodges in Hie City of St. Louis extended? Answer: Half way by air line from the City Limits to all adjacent Lodges outside the City. [Proceedings 1911, page 20.] PE'l'ITION OF NON-RESIDENT. 15. New Madrid Lodge, No. 429.-Can a Lodge in this State lawfully receive the petition and elect and confer the degrees on a candidate who, at the time, resides in another State, and if not, can the Grand Master lawfully authorize the Lodge to do so? Answer: No. The Grand Lodge By-Laws forbid the Lodges of this State to receive the petition, either for the degrees or for affiliation, Df a non-resident of the State, and the Grand Mastel' has no powe~' to suspend the operation of this law of the Grand Lodge. [Proceedings 1911, page 21.] FAILURE TO ADVANCE. 16. Clinton Lodge, No. 548.-lf an Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft fails to present himself for advancement for a year, and then petitions for advancement, is a committee of investigation required on his petition, even though the Brethren of the Lod~e know him well and could readily vouch for his'moral character? Answer: Yes, the committee should never be dispensed with. The Lodge has no legal right to ignore a plain provision of the By-Laws. [Proceedings 1911,' page 21.] ngSTORATJQN IN TRIAL LODGE ONLY. 17. Charleston Lodge, No. 407.-Charges of unmasonic conduct were preferred against a member of Charleston Lodge, No. 407, in East Prairie Lodge, No. 384, the accused residing within the jurisdiction of East Prairie Lodge at the time. Due notice of the pendency of the charges was given to Charleston Lodge, and that Lodge requested East Prairie to proceed with the trial. This was done, the accused found guilty, and his punishment fixed at suspension for two and one-half years. Before the expiration of the period for which he had been suspended, the accused petitioned Charleston Lodge for reinstatement, and that Lodge granted his petition and reinstated him. Did Charleston i~odge, under fhe law, have the right to reinstate the Brother? Answer: No. As the accused was tried, found guilty, and his punishment fixed by East Prairie Lodge, that Lodge alone had the right to reinstate the suspended Brother. The Lodge pronouncing the final judgment has the right, alone, to modify' its action. [Proceedings 1911, page 21.] 10. Fellowship Lodge, No. 345; has this kind of a' case: A member of this Lodge asked for and received a dimit. 'Then he went


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into the saloon business. 'l'he Junior 'Varden preferred charges and he was expelled. He has now quit the saloon business and wants to be restored to good Masonic standing. Answer. He would have to petition the Lodge which first dimitted him, and afterwards expelled him, under Section 250, for restoration, and, if successful he would then be at liberty to petition for affiliation in the usual way. [Proceedings 1914, pages 21, 170.] BALLOT MAY NOT BE DISCLOSED. 18. Vandalia Lodge, No. 491.-When ballotting on a petition for the Mysteries of Freemasonry, a member took a black-ball from the ballot box, and holding it up so all present could see it, then cast it. Afterwards, he publicly boasted that he had come all the way from Chicago to cast a black-ball against the petitioner. ~uestion asked, was the member guilty of unmasonic conduct: and if so, what action should be taken by the Lodge? Answer: The Brother was guilty of most reprehensible and unmasonic conduct, and charges should be preferred against him and he should be punished as the Lodge shall determine. [Proceedings 1911, page 21.] DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE-VISITORS. 19. Keystone Lodge, No. 243.-Has the Grand Master power to relieve the Lodges of the State from enforcing the provision of Section 197, requiring visitors to produce documentary evidence that they come from a regular Lodge in this, or some other Grand Jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of Missouri? Answer. No. That provision of the By-Laws was路 enacted' by the Grand Lodge, as a safeguard against impostors, and like all laws of the Grand Lodge, must be upheld and enforced by the Grand Master. [Proceedings 1911, page 21.] CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING AFTER EXPULSION. 路20. Missouri Lodge, No. l.-A mehlber was expelled' for unmasonic conduct. No appeal was taken to the Grand Lodge. In time the expelled member petitioned Missouri Lodge for reinstatement. The ballot on his petition for reinstatement was not unanimous, but more than two-thirds were favorable. He thereupon was restored to good Masonic standing, but not to Lodge membership, and was entitled to a certificate to that effect. The question was asked, should the certificate of good Masonic standing be issued by Missouri Lodge, or should it come from the Grand Lodg'e through the Grand Secretary? Answer: The certificate of good Masonic standing should be issued by Missouri Lodge, because it was the Lodge that pronounced the judgment and also reinstated the Brother, and the Grand Lodge had never acquired jurisdiction over him. [Proceedings 1911, page 22.]


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DJMIT lN OLD FORM ILLEGAL. 1. Brother Livingston Culbertson, a member of Papinsvillc Lodge,

No. 140, wrote to the Secretary of the Lodge that he desired to change his membership to Hume Lodge, No. 130, and asked his Lodge to grant him a dimit for that purpose. Papinsville Lodge, No. 140, issued him a dimit on the old form in use under the Grand Lodge By-Laws of 1870, as amended by the By-Laws of 1880. The Brother at once petitioned Hume Lodge for affiliation, attaching the dimit to his petition. His petition discloSEd the fact that he lived across the State line in the State of Kansas. Hume Lodge rightfully refused to receive his petition. He thereupon returned his dimit to Papinsville Lodge, together with his dues in said Lodge for a year, and requested he be retained as a member of the Lodge. Papinsville Lodge, No. 140, asks what they should do in the premises. Decision: In his application for the dimit, Brother Culbertson complied with the requirements of Sec. 157, which provides for the granting of a certificate of good standing to a member who desires to affiliate with another Lodge in this State. The Lodge was at fault in not issuing him a certificate as provided by Sec. 157 in place of the dimit actually issued; and that, notwithstanding the Lodge issued a dimit, he had the right to treat it as a certificate of good standing, and that his membership was not terminated in Papinsville Lodge, that by his immediate return of the dimit issued, together with his dues, he retained his membership in Papinsville Lodge. (Proceedings 1912, pages 12-13 and 102.] i:HMIT-CANNOT BE RETURNED. 2. Troy Lodge, No. 34, on February 11, 1911, on application of Brother Thos. H. Moore, who prior to said date had moved to the State of California, granted him a dimit. In .Tanuary, 1912, he returned the dimlt, stating that he did not want to 'join a Lodge in California, and would lil{e to have a certificate of good standing such as would enable him to visit a Lodge in California. Question: Could the Lodge take back the dimit and issue him a certificate of good standing? Decision: The Lodge having regularly issued him a dimit, he ceased to be a member and the Lodge had no authority to take back the dimit and issue him a certificate such as he desired. The difference between this and the case from Papinsville Lodge, No. 140, is that, in the present case the Brother got whD.t he called for when dimit was issued him, while in the former case a certificate o( good standing should have been issued in the first instance rather than the dimit. [Proceedings 1912, pages 12-13 and 103.] CANDIDATES-LIST OF. 3. R. W. Brother Frazer P. Gibbs, D. D. G. M., Thirty-third District, asks if Sec. 183, of the Grand Lodge By-Laws, prohibits the sending in sealed envelopes,of a list of names of candidates to be balloted on for the degrees to members of the Lodge. Answer. No. [Proceedings 1912, pages 12-13 and 103.]


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TIME AND NOTICE 01" TRIAL. 4. Tuscan Lodge, No. 3~0, asks where charges of unmasonic eonduct are preferred against a member, is it mandatory that the Master appoint a time for trial, or may the l\{aster exercise his discretion as to whether he will cause the trial to be had, taking into consideration the facts known to him as to the difficulty of making proof of the charge? Answer: Sec. 211, By-Laws, makes it imperative that the Master should proceed with the trial. '(Proceedings 1912, l)ag'es 13 and 103.] STA'l'US OF CANDIDATE. Rockville Lodge, No. 341, received a petition for the degTees from a man who forty years prior thereto had petitioned and was elected to receive the degrees in a Lodg-e in Henry County, but who failed to present himself for initiation. Question: Ha.s the Lodge the right to receive his petition, or docs the Lodge in Henry County retain jurisdiction. notwithstanding 'the fact that he now resides in the jurisdiction of Rockville Lodge. Decision: Sec. 167, of the ny-Laws, was not intended to retain perpetual jurisdic.tion in a case like this. Sec. 113 would prevent the Lodge in Henry County from receiving. this petition as the candidate did not reside in the jurisdiction of' the Lodge. Rockville Lodge had the r'ight to receive the petition. [Proceedings 1912, pages 13 and 103.] ii.

LODGES CANNOT TAKE PART IN POLITICS. 6. Hannibal Lodge, No. 188, a.sks whether members of the Masonic Fraternity should sig-n their names to such a document as the following: "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: "'Ve, the undersigned citizens of Hannibal, Mo., and members of the Masonic Fraternity, have known: . for a number of years, and have always -known him to be a broad-minded man in his religious and political views." Answer:

No. [Proceedings 1912, pages 13 and 103.] STATUS OF CANDIDATE.

7. Heroine Lodge, No. 104, asks whether an advertising manager for a wholesale liquor house, whose duties are to send out advertising matter for his employer', is eligible under the By-Laws for membership in the Masonic Lodge. Decision: He is not eligible under Sec. 182, Grand Lodge By.\

Laws.

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8. McDonald Lodg'e, No. 324, expelled a member on charges prefen'ed against him, chal'ging him with misrepresenting the facts concerning his residence and eligibility in his petition for the degrees. He afterwards petitioned the Lodge for: reinstatement" as provided by Sec. 250 of the Grand Lodge By-I.:aws. Question: Has the Lodge jurisdiction to entertain his petition for reinstatement? Answer: Yes. Sec. 250 makes no distinction in case of expelled members as to the cause or charges upon which judgment was rendered. [Proceedings '1912, pages 13-14 and 103.] MAY NOT CONFER DEGREES OUT OF TIMK 9. Cache Lodge, No. 416, at a regular Communication passed several candidates to the Degree of Fellow-Craft. The next regular Communication of the Lodge-as fixed by its By-Laws would convene at 7 :30 P. IVr., Dec. 9. Question: Could the M. M. degree be conferred on these Brethren at a special meeting convened at 11 o'clock A. M., Dec. 9, which meeting would continue through the day into the regular meeting' in the evening as fixed by the By-Laws'? . Decision: Under. Sec. 110, Grand Lodge By-Laws, the Lodge could not confer the degrees prior to the time fixed by the By-Laws for the next regular meeting. The Grand Master has no authority to suspend this By-Law of the Grand Lodge by issuing a Dispensation. [Proceedings 1912, pages 14 and 103.] TRIAL-ON ALL SPECIFICATIONS NOT

RJ~QUIHED.

10. Tuscan Lodge, No. 360, received charges of unmasonic conduct' against one of its members. The specifications were numel'ous, and a trial. would' necessarily require the taking of a great mass of testimony. Question: Could the Lodge require the accusing- Brother to stand the expense of taking the testimony as a condition precedent to the trial. A.nswer路: No. Question 2: 'Vas it compulsory 011 the part of the Lodge that they proceed to trial on all of the specifications, or could the Master or prosecuting officer of the Lodge rrquire the accuser to elect one or more specifications upon which the trial should be had and for the purpose of saving expense? Decision: A Ledge has the right to protect itself against unnecessary expense and may require the accusing party to elect 'which of several specifications he desires to have the trial proceed upon; the remainder of the specifications contained in the charge to stand continued until trial is had: [Proceedings 1912, pages 14 and 103.]


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LODGE MUST TRY SALOONKEEPER. 11. September 11, I was notified that a member of Cardwell Lodge, No. 231, was engaged in the saloon business. I instructed R. W. Brother Virgil P. Adams, D. D. G. M., in whose district the Lodge is located, to investigate the charge, and if it was well founded, to order the Lodge to proceed to file charges and expel the delinquent member. [Proceedings 1912, pages 15 and 103.] CANNOT DE INSTALLED WHILE UNDER CHARGES. 13. Charges of unmasonic conduct were preferred in ltaska Lodge, No. '420, against the Secretary-elect of that Lodge after his election and prior to the date of installation. The question was asked as to whether he could be installed while the charges were pending against him? Answer: No, the general welfare of the Lodge requires that an officer should not be installed a.gainst whom charges of unmasonic conduct are pending. / [Proceedings 1912, pages 15-16 and 103.]

CANDIDATES FOR POLITICAL OFFICE. 14. My attention has been called to a recent issue of a Masonic Journal published in Kansas City, made up htrgely of advertisements of candidates for political offices, giving their Lodge membership and Masonic history. Such publications in a Masonic Journal are in violation of Masonic law. (Sec. 187 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws.) In a subsequent issue of the same Journal the editor apologizes for the political issue of the paper, saying that he was not informed as to the law on the subject. [Proceedings 1912, pages 16 and 103.]

SPECIA L PER CAPITA TAX. That a Lodge may pay the entire special per capita tax on its present membership for the four years out of its treasury and be thereby exempt from further payments by rea~on of increase in m~m足 bership. 2. That it was optional with the Lodg'e whether said special per capita tax was paid out of its treasury or collected from the members. 3. That the law passed at the 1912 session with reference to said special per capita tax was compulsory, not voluntary, and any member failing to pay same, upon proper notice and demand, was subject to Masonic discipline. [Proceedings 1913, page 15.] 1.

*That the incoming Grand Master and his successors in office be, and he and they are hereby requested and directed to take such steps as may be necessary and proper under the laws of this Grand Lodge to enforce the collection of -the special per capita tax for the . Improvement Fund of the Masonic Home of Missouri, adopted at


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and passed at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, held September, '1912. "'See report of Committee on Jurisprudence. [Proceedings 1913, pages 15 and 161.] REJECTION NOT TO BE ENDORSED ON

DIMI~

4. That the Secretary of a Lodge in which a petition for affiliation has been rejected has no right to state this fact on the face or back of the dimit. [Proceedings 1913, page 15.] PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS. 5. That a man who has lost the left leg below the knee and wears a cork leg is elig'ible if able to conform to the ceremonies. A cork leg discounts a cork head. 6. That a man having lost his second, third and fourth fingers of the right hand is ineligible. [Proceedings 1913, page 15.]

DRAM SHOP LICENSE. 8. That the possession of a Dram Shop License in his own name to sell liquor is sufficient ground on which to prefer charges against a member. [Proceedings 1913, page 15.J

WORSHIPFUL MASTER SHOULD WEAR HAT. 9. That the ,;Y. M. should wear his hat while officiating as such, whether in Lodge or elsewhere. [Proceedings 1913, page 15.]

WORSHIPFUL MASTER SUSPENDFm FROM OFFICE. 10. That a W. 1\'1. under suspension from office has a right tv visit his Lodge. [Proceedings 1913, page 15.J

SOLDIER INELIGIBLE. 11. That in 'the case of a soldier, who owns property in a certain town and calls it his home, but has been in the U. S. Army for fifteen years, and expects to re-enlist, and who has not been in the State for twelve months nor within the jurisdiction of the Lodge six months, I held that he was ineligible, being unable to comply with Sec. 113. [Proceedings 1913, page 15.J


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12. That in the ease of a member who was "dropped" from the roll of membership without suspension, I held that it is illegal to "drop" a member without notifying him to appear at a stated time and show cause why he should not be suspended, and then proceed to vote by paper ballot whether he shall be suspended or not. (Sec. 152.) Not having acted in accordance with said section, I further held that said Brother is a member in good standing, and instructed the Secretary of the Lodge to make demand upon him for all dues accruing since the time he was "dropped." And, if said member should pay the accrued dues, the Secretary was further instructed to remit to the Grand Secretary the amount of Grand Lodge dues owing on said member from the year he路 was' "dropped" to 1913, inclusive: [Proceedings 1913, page 15.] EASTER SUNDAY NOT A MASONIC OCCASION. 13. That in the case of a Lodge requesting a Dispensation to attend divine service in a body on Easter Sunday, I held that it is evidently the spirit of the Masonic Law and the previous practice of the Grand Lodge and Grand Masters to discourage public processions of Subordinate Lod'ges except upon Masonic occasions, as defined in Sec. 47. Sec. 48 also reads: "A Subordinate Lodge shall not appear in public procession without a Dispensation for that purpose from the Grand Master, except on Masonic occasions." In view of the law and the precedents above referred to. it is my opinion that this power of the Grand Master to grant Dispensations should not be exercised except in cases wht>re the occasion carries with it some peculiar Masonic significance. No reasonable construction of this rule gives authority to the Grand Master to exercise his judgment in creating other occasions wherein a Lodge may appear, otherwise the intention would have been made clearly manifest. It is laudable to attend divine service, and the individual Freemason may exercise his right of conscience without either interference or direction, and in no way has he surrendered this right by his voluntary connection with this institution, whose aim and object is to establish the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. The spirit of toleration in Freemasonry is so broadly defined and so universally protected by the institution, that I feel I would be路derelict to my duty in lending Official sanction to the violation of a fundamental principle. I therefore refused to grant the Dispensation. [Proceedings 1913, page 16.] SALOONKEEPER FROM ANOTHER JURISDICTION. 14. That no Lodge in this Jurisdiction has the right to entertain charges against a Brother belonging to an Illinois Lodge for engaging in the saloon business in this State. Illinois does not bar saloonkeepers nor employes thereof from membership. "'''Committee approves, but are of the opinion that Freemason holding memoership in another State, and residing in this State, who

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violates the law'of this Grand Lodge, is not entitled to the rights and privileges of a Freemason in this State." *See report of Committee on Jurisprudence. [Proceedings 1913, pages 16 and 161.]

SECRETARY MUST

ISSUl~

RECEIPT.

15. That the Secretary of a Lodge must issue. receipt for Lodge dues to a member, notwithstanding said member has refused to pay the special per capita tax for the Masonic Home Improvement Fund. [Proceedings 1913, page 16.]

CANNOT HOLD ELECTION. 16. That a Lodge could not hold Election of Officers prior to date set in their By-Laws, although the Lodge had a provision in their By-Laws to that effect. [Proceedings 1913, page 16.]

ENTERED APPRENTICE MAY DIMIT. 17. That an E. A. living outside of the Jurisdiction of the Lodg'e in which he received his degree is entitled to a dimit without 路standing examination. [Proceedings 1913, page 16.]

MJ拢MORIAL DAY NOT A MASONIC OCCASION. 18.

That Memorial Day is not a Masonic occasion. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] NAME OI<' MEMBER-CANNOT CHANGE.

19. That the name of a member on the Grand Lodge records could not be changed until said change had been made according to Jaw. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] PETITIONER NOT QUALIFIED U. D. 20. That Brethren not being qualified petitioners for the formation of a Lodge U. D. could not be elected to membership or office. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.]

SECH.ETARY NOT ENTITLED TO INTEREST. 21. That the the Lodge funds.

Secretar~y

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ALIENS ELIGIBLE. 22. That one who has not acquired citizenship is eligible for the degrees. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS. 23. That a Lodge could receive petition from one whose feet were of unequal size. [Proceedings .1913, page 17.] SUICIDE. 24. That a M. M. in good standing who had committed suicide was entitled to Masonic burial. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] 4. From Butler we received a request for a ruling upon the propriety of a Lodge giving the remains of a Brother Masonic burial who had been guilty of both homicide and suicide. Also whether or not the Lodge could lawfully refuse to bury him. Answer: As the Brother was doubtless not responsible for his acts at the moment the terrible deeds were committed, his reason surely having been dethroned, it is perfectly proper and your duty to give' his remains burial with Masonic rites. [Proceedings 1914, pages 20, 170.] BELIEF IN DEITY. 25. That petition for degrees mu~t state that' the applicant is a firm believer in the One living and true God. (Sec. 116, page 27, Book of Constitutions, 1908.) [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] MEMBERSHIP IN OTHER SOCIETY. 26 That charges could not be entertained against a member because of his holding membership in the Order of Knights' of Columbus. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] COLLECTIVE BALLOT ON SUSPENSION. 27. ballot.

That it is irregular to suspend delinquents on a collective Each must be .voted on separately. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] HALL DESTROYED-LODGg MAY MEET.

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VISIOn in their By-Laws that place of meeting could only be changed by an amendment regularly presented and lying over two regular communications. [Proceedings 1913, page 17.] UNSOUND MIND-CANNOT BRING CHARGES AGAINST. 22. Brother Davis was tried by New Madrid Lodge, convicted and expelled for calling another member of the Lodge a rascal and scoundrel, by a vote of nineteen "guilty" and nine "not guilty." Three of the nineteen who voted "guilty" 路were not entitled to vote because they had not passed the proficiency examination required by Sec. 121, on page 28 of the By-Laws, thpir degrees having been received since September 30th, 1908. If the presiding officer had allowed only those to vote who were legally qualified to do so the Brother would have been acquitted. At the time of the trial and for several years prior thereto the accused Brother was very sick. He was a victim of locomotor ataXia', was still suffering from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy upon both his mind and body, was old and feeble and in his dotage and not responsible for what he said. Believing that a Lodge has no right to place a Brother of unsound mind on trial, we ruled that he had been unlawfully expelled and directed the Lodge to restore him to good Masonic standing. After reaching this conclusion and writing the decision, but before mailing it, we were advised by wire of the death of the Brother. 'Ve sent the following telegram to the Secretary of the Lodge: "Having decided that O. L. Davis was illegally expelled and having reinstated him to good Masonic standing before his death, you are directed to bury his remains with Masonic honors if his widow requests it." ~Te have been advised that the remains were given Masonic burial by the officers. and mem bers of the Lodge. The papers in the case have been turned over to the Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee. [Proceedings 1914, page 24.] ASSESSMENT-IMPROVEMENT FUND. 24. Griswold, No. 178, of Bellflower, asks: "Where the Lodge is collecting the assessment for the building fund of the 1Hasonic Home from the individual members, how much should we collect from members who were raised in May, U1l4?" Answer: $1.50. Members joining between June 30th, 1913, and July 1st, 1914, will each be liable fOI' $1.00. The four-year period for which this assessment of 50 cents per member per year was levied is divided, as we understand it, as follows: 1st year-from June 30, 1912, to July 1, 1913. 2d year-from June 30, 1913, to July 1, 1914. 3d year-from June 30, 1914, to July 1, 1915. 4th year-from June 30, 1915, to July 1, 1916.


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27 .. 'An officer from Lathrop Lodge asl{s if a Brother refuses to pay the assessment of 50 cents for the Masonic Home Improvement Fund, has the Lodge a right to prefer charges against him? Answer: Yes, hut before doing so thoroughly explain to him that the money is for the purpose of making needed betterments and improvpments at the Home; that the Home belongs to him as much as to any other Brothel' in the State, and that the sum total asked 'for is but $2.00, and that owing to the uncertainties of commercial life his own application for admission to the Home or Hospital may be the very next one sent in by his Lodge [Proceedings 1914, page 27.] DUES, ACCRUE FROM DATE OF INSTITUTION. 26. Manes Lodge was instituted under Dispensation in March, 19'13, and organized under Charter in October, 1913, and asked from which date, it should charge dues. Answer: From date of institution under Dispensation. [Proceedings 1914, page 27.] RESTORATION. 28. An eXPelled Brother of Independence petitioned his Lodge for restoration and failed. He wants to file his petition again. Can we entertain it or must he apply to the Grand Lodge. Ans'wer: Having made one application to your Lodge and failed, he, of course, now has' the' right to petition the Gl'and Lodge fOl' resforation, but it is my opinion that he now has the option of petitioning either body any reasonable number of times. [Proceedings 1914, page 27.] STATUS OF CANDIDATE. 29. One of the professors of our Normal School at Mal'yville is desirous of petitioning for the degrees. About twenty years ago he received the Entel~ed Apprentice degree in San Francisco. He has forgotten absolutely everything about the work and cannot even remember the name of the Lodge, and the records of the Lodges in San Francisco were destroyed by the conflagration which followed the earthquake. 'Vhat procedure would you advise? Answer: 'We wrote to the' Grand Master and Gl'and Secretary of California. They replied that the professor's name did not appear on the lists of members of California since August 1st, 1912; that they had no record back of that, and that they claimed no jurisdiction. 'We then authorized Nodaway Lodge, No. 470, to entertain his petition for the three degrees. [Proceedings Hl14, page 27.] FUNEnAL OF SOJOURNER. 30. In cities where there are two or mOl'e Lodg'es the Board of Relief shall keep a record of the dates and the names of the Lodges conducting funerals of the remains of sojourning Free-


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masons, and each Lodge in its regular turn shall conduct such funerals when requested to do so by the Board of Relief. [Proceedings 1914, pages 27-28.J RRLIGION OR POLITICS. No.2. Question: "Does the fact that a man is a Roman Catholic justify a Masonic Lodge in refusing him a courtesy that would be shown anyone else,' such as thanking him fOl' a favor?" Answer: A Masonic Lodge, as such, docs not in any sense participate in matters of religion or politics. It is wholly improper for a Lodge to take any action that could be construed as favoring or antagonizing religious or political moves. Freemasonry l{nows no Democrats, Methodists, PrOhibitionists or Cat.holics, but deals with the "whole human species as one family." [Proceedings 1915.J TRAVgLING ACTOR-INELIGIBLE. No.3.

In Decision NO.3 the question was:

"Is a traveling actor who, with his family,. spends about nine months of each year on the road, going from State to State, and even to foreign countries, but claiming a Missouri town in which he remains during his vacation as his home, eligible for the Degrees or' Freemasonry?" The Grand Master answered. as follows: "The provisions of Section 113, Grand Lodg'e BY-Laws, appear to preclude this class of applicants, and, .ve believe, wisely so; however, in view of the decision rendered by the Grand Lodge in 1914, the conditions being very similar, we decided he can." . Under similar facts, your Committee on Jurisj)l'udence, in 1914, reported that in its opinion, such a traveling actor was not eligible t~ membership under Section 113 (Grand Lodge Proceedings, 191"4, page 170), therehy disapproving the decision of Grand :;\1aster Boor (page 20), but the Grand Lodge upheld the decision of the Grand Master and disapIlroved the decision of your Committee, and it is upon this decision that the present Gl'and Master made his ruling. Grand Master Lampert, in an analogous case, held that a soldier who owned property in this State and called it his home, but had been in the United States Army for fifteen years and expected to re-enlist, and who had not been in the State for twelve months, nor within the jurisdiction of the Lodge six months, was ineligible (Proceedings of 1913, page 15), and this decision was approved by the Committee on Jurisprudence and adopted by the Grand Lodge (page 162). It thus appears that the Grand Lodge has, upon analogous circumstances. made inconsistent rulings. 'Ve believe that the Grand Master, in view of the decision of the Grand Lodge in 19144 ",'as con"ect in his ruling, but we disapprove of the decision of the GI'and Lodge ot 1914, because it clearly contravenes Section 113 of the Gl'and Lodge By-Laws, and we recommend that the decision of the present Grand' Master, for the reasons above expressed, be disapproved. . [Proceedings 1915.]


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FEES IN CASE OF WAIVER. No.4. Deci<led that when one Lodge requests of another waiver of jurisdiction over a candidate for the Degrees of Freemasonry, that the Lodge granting the request has a legal right to demand a part or all the fees as a condition on which the waiver is granted. [Proceedings 1915.] VISITORS-DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE. No.6. Question: "A member of the fraternity who is from another juriSdiction, one not requiring payment of dues in advance, presents in May, 1915, receipt for dues in said jurisdiction for the year 1914. "Vould the Grand Lodge regulations admit him to a Missouri Lodge?" Answer: A Brother from a Grand Jurisdiction recognized by Missouri, bcaring documentary evidcnce (receipt for dues) dated "not more than twelve months last past, such Grand Jurisdiction not requiring payment of annual dues in advance, can legally be admitted to a Missouri Lodge." [Proceedings 1915.] MILEAGE AND PER DIEM-PROXY ENTITLED TO. NO.7. The question in Decision NO.7 of the Grand Master is as follows: "When a Past Master, holding. the proxy of the Worshipful Master, and the present Senior ';Varden both from the same Lodge attend the Grand Lodge, which should represent his Lodge and draw mileage and per diem?" The Grand Mastcr desircs the opinion of the Jurisprudence Committee on this subject. Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge provides, among other things, as follows: 0 "The proxy so deputed shall be entitled to the same privileges and perform the duties of him or them deputing him." Section 69 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws provides that the mileage and per diem shall be paid, among other things, to "one representative from each Lodge," etc. It is our opinion that the Master, being the senior in office, is entitled to draw this mileage and per diem. In view of the fact that the above-quoted portion of Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge provides that "The proxy so deputed shall be entitled to the same privileges and perform the same duties of him or them deputing him," we are of the opinion that the party holding the proxy should stand in the shoes of the ';Vorshipful Master and, in the vVorshipful Master's absence, he would be entitled to the mileage and per diem, instead of the Senior or .Junior Warden. [Proceedings 1915.]


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Page Absence of Lodge. seal 201 Ad ance. failure to 20 O. 207 Aliens. eligible for the degrees, when 216 Amendments. time for consideration 187 Amendments to By-Laws, alteration or repeal 193 Amendments to BY-Laws, adding section : .193 Appeals and Grievance Committee, appearance before 188 Assessment, Improvement Fund .. ................•...... 184, 217, 218 B BaIlot, all must vote 193 Ballot. coIlective, when prohibited 216 Ballot. may not be disclosed 208 Ballot, for Grand Lodg"e Officers .. 186 Belief In Deity, requisite 216 Boards of Relief 184 Border Legislation , 185 Brother, unsound mind-cannot bring charges against 217 Burial lot 185 BY-Laws, adding section 193 BY-Laws, alteration or repeal. 193 By-Laws, Lodge must elect according to 206 C Candidate. may solicit 205 Candidate. status of 194, 195. 197, 201. 210, 218 Candidates for political office .... 212 Candidates. list of. 197,198,209 Certificate of Good Standing and Refund of Dues 200 Certificate of Good Standing,' after expulsion .. ; 208 Charges. cannot be preferred by non-affiliate 199 Charity, applications for 186 Collecti ....e ballot on suspensions. prohibited 216 Conferences of Grand Masters, who may attend " .186 Consideration of amendments, time for 187 Correspondence, printing reports on 188 D

Debts. Lodg-e shaH not contract .. 190 Degree, failure to receive .... 194, 197 Degrees, may not confer out of time 211 Deity, belief In, ~qtiislte 216 Digest of Laws 185 Dimit, cannot be returned to Lodge 209 Dimit, Entered Apprentice may 215 Dimit, In absence' of charges 202

Page Dimlt, in old form, illegal. ... 201, 209 Dimit, rejection not endorsed on .. 213 Dlmit, to procure 199, 200 Dimitted and removed. cannot affiliate 206 Documentary evidence. visitors . .•........•........ 193,197,208,220 Dram-shop license 213 Dropping from membership lIIe- ' gal 214 Drug store selIing' liquor 204 Dues, failure to pay 189 Dues. increase of 204 Dues, receipt:;, form of 191 Dues. accrue from date of institution 218 Dues. Refund of and Certificate of Good Rtanding 200 Dues, remission of 198,200 E E. A.-record lost, may re-petition. 218 Easter Sunday, not a Masonic occasion 214 Election, cannot hold 215 Election, null and oid 201 Employment Bureau 192, 205 Endowment Fund 194 ExpelIed, may, petition 211, 218 Entered Apprentice, may dimit. .. 215 Expulsion, Secretary must notify .. 200 F

Failure to advance 200,207 Failure to install. 203 Failure to receive degree 194, 197 Fees, in case of waiver 220 Funeral of a woman, may not attend 201 Funerals of Grand Officers 185 Funeral of Sojourner 218 G

Geo. Washington Masonic Nat'l Memorial Ass·n 187 Good Standing. certificate of .. 200, 208 Grand Lecturer. salary of 189 Grand Lodge dues, increase of 192 Grand Lodge meeting, time and place 193 Grand Lodge Officers. baHot for .. 186 Grand Mast~rs, conference of. 186 Grand Secretary, salary of '.189 H

Hall destroyed, Lodge may meet. 216 Hospital 188 I

Impostors: lists of Infirmary InstaII, cannot. under charges InstaII, failure to Instruction, Lodge of

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Page Legislation, by members only 188 Liquor, advertising, 210 Liquor, manufacture of. 195 Liquor selling 195,196,204 Liquor selling: (waiter) 204 Lodge, may not confer degrees out of time ., .. 211 Lodge, may meet when hall (1etroyed ., 3tG,217 Lodge, may not meet, where 203 Lodge meeting proll ibi ted, when .. 201 Lodge, must elect according' to By-Laws 20il Lodge 5eal, lack of 301 Lodge, shall not contract debts .. 190 Lodges of Instruction 189 Lodges U. D., dues accrue 218 M Manufacture of liquol' .... 195, 19i;, 2u4 Masonic Home Improvement Fund. J ~4 ",,{asonic Home Fund, payment)f .. j ~il Masonic offense .. ' '. , 1!l0 Master Mason, non-proficient. 202, 204 Meeting of Lodge prohibi~a(l, when .... , ... , ,. , ... , .... , , 203 Membership, in othel' societies, :216 Membership, restoration of ... , . .. , , . , , 207, 211, 218 Memorial Day, not a Masonic occasion , .. ,., , 215 Mileage and pel' diem, who may dra\,r 1~2

Page Publication, candidates fOl' poiit· ical office Z12 PUblication, candidates' names . ............. , 197,198,209 PUblication, Digest of Law 185 Receipt must be issued by Secretary 315 Receipt for dues, form of 204 Record lost, E. A. may re-petitivI1. ?1.S Rejection not endorsed on dimit,. 213 Religion or poli ti cs ::19 Remission of dues :UI8, ~()O ReJ~orts of Committees, when pl'esen ted 1S6 :Reports of Grand Officel·s 186 Residence, established by voting .. 202 Restoration, after consolidation of Lodge 198 Restoration, expelled mernber_ may petition fOI· , 21 't, 218 Restoration, in trial Lodge only .. 207

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Name of membel', cannot ch::l.n~e 215 Non-affilia"ce may nol visit'.. , .1~7, ~03 Non-affiliate may not pref'~l' charges .. , .. , , 199 Non-affiliate may, petition any Lodge .",................... , 203 Non-proficient M. M, may not 1):11lot , , ~,)J, 2lJ4 Non-resident, petition of 207

o Offense, Masonic .... , ., ..... , " ... 19J P Per capita tax, not deduct·~\l 203 Per capita tax, special ~12 Petition for affiliation, must lay over .. , , .. " ' .. :;05 Petition of non-resident ,., 207 Petition, cannot withdraw 191 Petitioners, U. D., not qualified, when , 215 Physical qualifications 213,216 Political issue, Lodgr~ cannot take part in , 201,210 Politics 01' religion 219 Pool table, Lodge may buy .. ' :,205 Printing reports on correspondence .. , , 188 Proficiency , 302 PI'OXY, entitled to mileagc and per diem ., , ~20

S Salal'Y, G. S. and G. L B9 Saloon keeper from another jurisdiction .......................• 214 Saloon keeper, Lodg'e must try 212 Seal of Lodge, lack of. ~Ol Secretary must issue receipt 215 Secretal'Y must notify 200 Secreta ry not en tI tled to in terest on Lodge funds .,., .,215 Smoking. pl·ohibited lS4 Soldier, ineligible to petition " .213 Status e'f candidate .. 194,195,197,201, 210,218 SUicide, entitled to Masonic burial. 216 Suspension more than one 'year ... 203 Suspension or expulsion, Secretary must notify , 200

T actor ineligible 219 Trial, on all specifications not required : 211 Trial, time and notice of 191, 210

TI'a~'eling

U Unsound mind, cannot charges against Bro. of

bring 217

V Visitors, documental'y evidence of .... , In, 197, 208,220 Vote, may not be disclosed 208 Vote, who may 202, 204 Voting for Grand Lodge Officers .. 186 Vote, all must ., ., .. 193 W

'Yaiver of Jurisdiction 185 Washington Memorial Association .187 Worshipful Maste"r, should wear hat , 213 "\Vorshipfu] 1\1aster, suspended from office may visit 213


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