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Array   PROCEEDINGS
or THE
R. W. GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
x. a. o. fv
FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION.
Victobia, B. 0.,
Monday, 10th February, 1879.
The Grand Lodge convened at 11 o'clock, a. M., at Odd
Fellows' Hall.    Present:
W. J. Jeffree .' M. W. Grand Master.
A. Phillips R. W. Deputy Grand Master.
B. W. Shiles R. W. Grand Warden.
J. D. Robinson R. W. Grand Secretary.
J. Wriglesworth R. W. Grand Treasurer.
H. Waller. 1 W. Grand Marshall.
H.Elliott ,   .W   Grand Conductor.
M. J. Goode   W. Grand Guardian.
F. Came W. Grand Herald.
R. W. Fawcett, (pro. tern.) W. Grand Chaplain.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present, whereupon the Grand Chaplain offered up prayer, and the Grand
Lodge was declared opened for business.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee on
Credentials:
J. P. Goodhue, of No. 2.
W. D. McKillican, of No. 4.
F. Carne, of No. 1.
Credentials of members read and referred to Committee
on Credentials, who reported as follows :
Victobia, 10th February, 1879.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Beitish Columbia:
Your Committee on Credentials respectfully report that we have examined
the credentials of members and report as follows, that— 124
C. Gowen, J. York,
J. Weiler, 0. Hayward,
J. Sehl, F. Carne,
T. J. Partridge, J. D. Robinson,
J. S. Drummond, R- Roberts,
A. Phillips,
Of No 1.
J. H. Meldram, J. Sears,
H. Waller, G. H. Maynard,
W. J. Jeffree, W. F. Archibald,
J. P. Goodhue, W. Shears,
Of No. 2.
H. Elliott, 0. N. Trew,
B. W. Shiles, W. McColl,
Of No. 3.
J. Wriglesworth, M. J. Goode,
Chas. Todd, E. Fletcher,
W. D. McKillican,
Of No. 4.
Are duly accredited Representatives.    That—
W. H. Huxtable, D. Dale,
S, T. Styles, J. Gosnell,
G. W. Anderson, C. Hegele,
Egdar Fawcett, Joshua Davies,
E. C. Holden, J. M. Read,
H. Gribble,
Of No. 1.
J. P. Davies R. W. Fawcett,
Wm. Harrison, A. B. Gray,
Jas. Fell, L . Vigelius,
M. Humber, L. AN ilton,
Of No. 2.
Thos. Shotbolt, Job Batchelor,
H. Smith, Andrew J. Gray,
W. C. Loye,
Of No. 4.
Are entitled to seats.    And—
Reuben Albertstone of No. 1.
W. F. Archibald,   ) of No 2
Waiter Shears,
E. Fletcher of No. 4.
Are entitled to the Grand Lodge degree.
We have to report no returns for either Representatives or Past Grands
from Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, send
no returns except for Representatives.
Fraternally submitted,
JAS. P. GOODHUE, P. G.,
W. D. McKILLICAN,
F. CARNE,
Committee on Credentials.
Moved by Rep, Gowen, of No. 1,   " That the report bel
adopted."    Seconded by Rep. Weiler, of No. 1, and carried. 12,
The Grand Marshall was instructed to retire and introduce the Past Grands in attendance, and the G. L. Degree
was conferred on the following:
of No.
G. H. Maynard,
Joseph Sears,
W. F. Archibald,        f	
Walter Shears,
E. Fletcher of No.
The Grand Master appointed Rep. C. N, Trew, of No. 3,
to fill vacancy in Committee on Finance.
The Grand Master then read his report as follows:
To the R. W. Gband Lodge of the Pbovinoe of Bbitish Columbia:
Victobia^ February 10th, 1879.
Repbesentatives and Past Grands :—Again we meet, as is the custom and
law of our Order, to legislate for the interest of Odd Fellowship, and for the
good of the human family. The finger of time marks with unerring certainty
the passage of one year since we were last gathered in annual communication,
and is there one heart among us that rejoiceth not for the manifold benefits bestowed on us by our Supreme Grand Master ? Is there one brother here who
cannot join with us in peace offering and praise for all the blessings vouchsafed
us during the year ? If so, then, indeed, he is ungrateful and unworthy the
name he ^ bears, for while other countries have been suffering from war, famine
and pestilence, ours has been blessed with peace, plenty and health.
Our beloved Order in this Jurisdiction is advancing slowly but surely, and
this slow and sure advancement I hold to be the true and solid progress "of our
admirable institution. May wisdom guide you in all your deliberations; may
peace, harmony and good will characterize every thought, word and action.
On the 12th of February, 1878, I granted a dispensation to New Westminster Lo !ge,.No,-3, to hold a Ball in the name of the Order on the 14th of that
month.
On March the 30th, 1878, I granted dispensations to all the Lodges in this
Jurisdiction to celebrate the 59th Anniversary of our Order on the 26th of
April.
In May I received a circular from the Grand Lodge U. S. calling attention
to the unlawful practice in some Jurisdictions of having the form of Funeral
Ceremony printed and bound with their Constitution and By-Laws. I sent
this circular to all the Lodges in this Jurisdiction, calling their particular attention to its contents, and I understand that all those Lodges heretofore having
the '* form " appended to their By-Laws have caused the same to be destroyed.
I received an " Appeal " from the Grand Lodge District of Columbia stat-
[ing that Fred. D. Stuart, Past Grand Sire, is dead, and that he left a daughter
unprovided for.    The brethren of that district are anxious to  erect a suitable
memorial  to his memory and to provide for the orphan.    I sent this to the
several Lodges, and regret to state that there has been no response.
July 1st, 1878, in company with Bro. J. D. Robinson, Grand Secretary, I
| visited New Westminster Lodge, No. 3. and installed the Officers.
On the 2nd of July, I granted a dispensation to Victoria Lodge, No. 1, to
hold a public installation.
***« On the 5th of July, I installed the Officers of Black Diamond  Lodge, No.
5, at Nanaimo, in company with Bro. Grand Secretary.
Accompanied by the Grand Officers, I installed the Officers of Columbia
Lodge, No. 2, on the 10th, Dominion Lodge, No. 4, on the 11th, and Victoria
Lodge, No. 1, on the 15th, all in the month of July, 1878.
In September I received a Postal Card from the Grand Lodge of Tennessee,
appealing for help for the sufferers by the terrible scourge of yellow fever which 126
at that time was raging in the city of Memphis. I lost no time in bringing the}
matter before the Lodges in this city, all of which immediately responded with]
a gift of $10 each. I then forwarded it to New Westminster Lodge and it gave
$10. Being anxious to.forward the money as quickly as possible I placed it
in the hands of the Agent of Wells, Fargo & Co. of this city, who kindly forwarded it free of charge. I then sent the card to Black Diamond Lodge and
it sent $10 for the same cause; this amount I immediately sent by cheque payable in New York, and communicated with Marcus Jones, President of the Re-
lief Association, and in due course received acknowledgement.
In company of the Grand Officers I installed the Officers of Columbia
Lodge, No. 2, on the 8th of January, 1879, the Officers of Dominion Lodge,
No. 4, on the 9th of January, and Victoria Lodge, No. 1, on the 13th of January.
Bvo. S. T. Styles, D.D G.M. for District No. 1, reports "That on the 25th
of March, 1878, he granted Dominion Lodge, No. 4, a dispensation to confer
the five degrees on a Brother who was about to leave for the interior of British
Columbia, and that on April 5th. he granted a dispensation to Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, to confer the first three degrees in less time than the law allows on a
Bro. about to leave for the Cassiar Mines."
The D.D.G.M. for District No. 2, Bro. H. V. Edmonds, reports as follows:
"I have to report that during my term of office no appeals or decisions have,
been referred to me. The only official act that I have been called on to per-"
form has been to install the Officers of No. 3 Lodge, which I did on the 16th
of January. I have much pleasure in stating that No. 3 Lodge continues to
prosper, its progress although slow being sure."
In F. L. T., I remain, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours Fraternally,
H. V. Edmonds,
D.D.G.M. of District No. 2.
Bro. E. Quesnell, D.D.G.M. of District No. 3, reports that Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5 is progressing but he hopes to see a large increase of members
during the year. He regrets that the Representatives from that Lodge are unable to attend. The Nanaimo Brethren are seriously talking of starting a new
Lodge at Wellington.
From these reports you will see that my D.D. have not been called on to
decide any questions of law, and that the whole Jurisdiction is working in peace
and harmony.
In conclusion, I desire to tender you all my grateful acknowledgements
for the many acts of kindness extended to me during my official term. To our
R. W. Grand Secretary I am under many obligations for his kind attentions.
Fraternally Yours,
W. J. JEFFREE,
Grand Master.
Moved by Rep. J. S. Drummond, P. G. M., "That the
report be received, and that a committee of three be appointed to distribute subjects in report to the different standing
committees.' 'Seconded by Rep. Waller, ofNo. 2, and carried.
COMMITTEE APPOINTED:
Rep. J. S. Drummond, P. G. M., of No. 1,
,,    H. Waller, ofNo. 2,
,,    C. Gowen, of No. 1.
Report from Grand Secretary read as follows, and referred
to Committee on Finance:
■ Office of the Gband Seobetaby,
Victobia, B. C, 10th February, 1879.
\ To the R. W. Gband Lodge of Bbitish Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Deab Sibs and Bbothebs,—I beg to report the following transactions of
this office for tne past year, viz:
Whole number of Lodges are
Number of members in good standing
Initiated during the year
Admitted by Card	
Withdrawn	
Reinstated	
Suspended 	
Expelled	
Rejected	
Ceased membership for non-payment of dues
■ Resigned	
Deceased	
Number of l^ast Grands
Amount of annual receipts.
Amount of current expenses of Lodges      2,798 68
Number of weeks for which sick benefits were paid  316
Balance Sheet Brand Lodga of Britis
Folio. I ACCOUNT.
10 Stock Account	
23 Grand Treasurer	
35 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
41 Profit and Loss	
43 Furniture and Regalia	
Foe Supplies :.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
Columbia Lodge, No. 2
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
Sundry Persons ..
13*
Amount of Cash received during the year
For Tax Term ending 30th June, 1878
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
Columbia Lodge, No. 2
New Westminster Lodge. No. 3
Dominion Lodge. No. 4
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
Fob Tax Teem ending 31st Decembee, 1878:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
Columbia lodge, No. 2
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
Dominion Lodge, No. 4
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
Whole amount of Cash received and paid over to R.W. Grand
Treasurer *	 128
Amount of Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer.
1878
Feb'y 12th—Order No. 1, favor of C. McMillan, services as Janitor
,,                    ,,        2, ,, R. Roberts, M.W.G.M., mileage
3, ,. W. J. Jeffree, R.W.D.G.M, ,,
„        4, ,, J. D.Robinson, R.W.G.S., „
5, ,, H.Waller, Rep. No. 2,
,,                    ,,        6, ,, M. J-. Goode,     ,,       4,
July 18th,            ,,         7, ,, A. Rose, acct. printing Supplies
,,                    ,,        8, ,, A. Rose, on acct. ,,       Proceedings.
,,                    ,,        9, ,,      G.L.U.S.. -for supplies	
,,                    ,,       10, ,,      G.S., for sundries	
,,                    „       11, ., R. Roberts, account for Regalia....
,,       12, ,,      G.S., on account of salary	
1879.
Jan'y 11th,
13th.
31st,
McMillan & Son, printing	
G.S., ac. T.N.Hibben & Co., stat'ery
,,   balance of salary	
,,    postage and rent of P. O. Box.
5 10 00
20 00
20 00
20 00
20 00
20 00
29 00
60 00|
8 35
5 75
40 00
200 00
15 00
6 63
50 00
5 00
SUMMARY.'
Cash balance in hands of Grand Treasurer at last report $114 OLj
Total amount of Cash received           529 40!
Less Orders drawrj
$643 41
529 73
Leaving a balance in the hands of the Grand Treasurer of $113 68^
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Dr
Cr
Stock on hand at last report     ; $143 04|
PUECHASED DUBING THE  YEAE:
400 Initiation Petitions $ 4 CO
5 Order Books on Treasurer @ $5 00  25 00J
6 books Odes with music, [
7 ,,     Forms, (   "
9 35
Profit on sales made during the year
Sold dubing the Yeae :
2 White's Digest, 1874	
34 Visiting Cards       	
1 Order Book on Treasurer ..
4 Books Forms	
Stock still on hand :
2 Books Forms @ $1 00	
3 Books Forms, (new) @ $1 00	
6 Books Odes with music @ 65 cts	
400 Initiation Petitions     4
4 Order Books on Treasurer @ $5 00  20 00
8 Charge Books @ $2 60     20 80
8 Degree Books       ,,	
4 Rebekah Books     	
2 00
3 001
3 90
00
20 80
10 40
38 351
23 46
27 50 175 Lodge Odes @ 7 cts  12
50 Diplomas @ 65 cts  32
6 White's Digest, 1874, @ $3
3 Officer s Roll Books @ $2 50
50 Visiting Cards @ 21 cts	
20 Withdrawal Cards (& 21 cts..
12%
Dismissal Certificates @ 21 cts
Orders for P.W.
Being the balance to Dr. of said account as per Balance
Sheet	
U
NAMES OF SUBORDINATE LODGES,
With the number of Representatives each is entitled to at the present Session
of this R. W. Grand Lodge.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1 11 Representatives.
Columbia Lodge, No: 2  8 ,,
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3     4 ,,
Dominion Lodge, No. 4   5 ,,
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5  4 ,,
From the returns of Subordinates to 31st December, I find there has been
a loss in membership during the past year of 4: this is no doubt to be attributed to the continued depression in business. No new Lodges have as yet been
Istarted, although at the beginning of last year there was every likelihood of one
at Burrard Inlet, but up to the present time nothing has been done.
Previous to the annual session of the Grand Lodge, U. S., in September, I
forwarded a communication to Grand Secretary Ridgely calling his attention to
the petition for remission of tax of 1877 by the Committee of Finance. I find
by the printed proceedings, which only came to hand last week, that our tax
has been credi ed, and we will, therefore, not have this amount to pay until
we have 10 Subordinate Lodges in the Province.
I am pleased to report that I am, by the assistance granted by the Grand
Lodge at last session, in a comfortable office, where the books and papers of
the Grand Lodge are at hand. The rent is heavier than I expected, viz. $10
per month, but it is worth the money, and in the course of the year, as you are
all aware, the new Hall will be erected. In that building a good office is provided for the Grand Secretary, with a fire-proof vault where papers and documents belonging to the Order can be deposited in safety. These premises will,
it is anticipated, be ready for occupation by the end October next, so that our
session of 1880 will be held in the new Hall.
On the 29th September, the President of the Odd Fellows' Union, handed
me the Constitution and By-Laws of that body for approval. I consulted with
the Grand Master as to the proper course to pursue, and we both considered
that the Legislative Committee was the proper one to examine and report upon
the feame. I immediately handed the document to the chairman of that Committee, and on the following day, 1st October, had it returned to me approved
of by three of the committee, the other two members being in New Westminster could not be obtained. I however hand in the document to the Grand
Lodge with this report for their action on the examination made by the majority of the Legislative Committee.
The Appeal papers in the case of Samuel Sea v. Columbia Lodge, No. 2,
I laid over from  last session, I handed to the Appeal Committee together with
I the letter of the Appellant for them to take what action they considered necessary in the case.
I also handed to the Committee two appeals from Bro. Wm. Harrison, P.
G., handed to me from Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
ItH •* -frfl ^"*"«n rus-navi.*.
wmffirmUl 130
I have to report that the Secretary of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, notified me of
a clerical error in the Amendments to their By-Laws at last session in the
Terms of Admission, viz: in
ARTICLE XV.
Should read, 45 and under 50 years of age..$ 5 00 for every additional year.
,, 50 years and over   10 00 ,, ,,
This I reported to the Chairman of Committee on Laws of Subordinates, who
stated that there could be no objection, and as they were desirous of having
their By-Laws printed that they might consider it as approved of.
I received from Dominion Lodge, No. 4, amendment to their By-Laws
which I handed on the ISth Julv to the chairman of Committee on Laws of
Subordinates; they have not been returned to me approved, and I presume will
be brought before the Grand Lodge by the Committee.
I have to report having procured a set of Regalia for the elective Grand
Officers, during recess, which have been paid for out of the funds of the Grand
Lodge.
As usual, I have forwarded to the several Grand Secretaries, a copy of our
proceedings, and also to many others who wrote to me for copies, and I find
that out of 150 copies printed tliere are only ten left, which I consider insufficient. Ijll future I will require to get a larger number printed so as to have
more in reserve for binding hereafter.
The correspondence of the year has been all attended to promptly, but as
there is nothing to bring before the Grand Lodge for action, I merely make a
note of the same.
Annexed you will find Abstract of Reports of Subordinates as usual, to be
appended to proceedings of the session, when printed.
In conclusion, Representatives and Brothers, I have to thank you for the
courtesy and confidence reposed in me, which I assure you I appreciate, and
endeavor to conduct the affairs entrusted to me as carefully as possible.
Fraternally submitted,
JAMES D. ROBINSON,
Grand Secretary.
Report read from Grand Treasurer and referred to Committee on Finance:
Victobia, B. C, February 10th, 1879.
To the R. W. Gband Lodge op Beitish Columeia, I. O. O. F:
Deae Sirs and Beothebs,—I herewith submit the following report of Receipts and Expenditure on behalf of-the R. W. Grand Lodge, for the year ending February 10th, 1879:
RECEIPTS.
12, 1878—To balance on hand as per last report.
10, 1879—To cash from G. S. durins the vear...
EXPENDITURE.
As per Orders submitted, viz: from 1 to 16
114 01
529 40
Balance on hand
$643 41
$529 73
$113 68
Respectfully submitted,
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
Grand Treasurer.
Appeal of David F. Fee, from Columbia Lodge, No. 2,
on motion, referred to Committee on Appeals.
read, and was- 131
The following notice of motion was given by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, which was laid on the table:
I hereby give notice that, on the 11th of February, I shall move the follow—r
ing addenda to Section 2, Article IV., of the Constitution of Subordinates, viz::
fProvided alway that such benefits shall not exceed the rate of $10 per week
for each dollar of monthly contributions, and provided always that no Lodge
shall continue to pay the above rates of benefits for a longer  period than six
months continuous sickness, after which time it shall not exceed the sum of
seven dollars and fifty cents for each dollar of monthly contribution.   And further, that after the expiration of 12 months continuous sickness no Lodge shall ,
pay greater benefits than at the rate of $5 00 per week for each dollar of [
monthly contribution.
C. Haywabd.
The Grand Lodge hereupon took a recess until 2 o'clock,
d. m.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge resumed its session at 2 o'clock, p. m.,
and was called to order by the Grand Master.
Report read from Committee on Distribution, as follows:
Victobia, 10th February, 1879.'
To the R. W. Gband Lodge op B. C.:
Your Committee appointed to distribute the Grand Master's Report would
respectfully report —
That so much of his report as refers to granting dispensations be approved.
So far as the instructions from the G.L.U.S. is concerned, we would ask
the instructions be adhered to.
So far as the energies of the G. M. was concerned in relieving the distress
existing in Memphis, Tennessee, meets with our hearty approval, each Lodge
donating $10 00, in all $50 00, the receipt of which is before us.
So far as the reports of D.D.G.M. is concerned, we are proud to report that
no questions of law in dispute have been subjected for their decision.
We would, therefore, recommend that the G. M. Report be adopted as-
read, without further reference to Standing Committees.
J. S. DRUMMOND,
H.   WALLER,
CHS. GOWEN.
Moved by Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, "That the report be
adopted." Seconded by Rep. Waller, of No. 2, and carried.
Appeal case of Samuel Sea laid over from last session read,
together with replies of Bro. Sea obtained during recess, and
the report of last year's committee. Moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, "That the documents be handed to Commit-
I tee on Appeals." Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4,
and carried.
Report read from Committee on Appeals in the matter of
Wm. Harrison against the action of the Columbia Lodge, No.
5 2, as follows: 132
I. O. O. F. Hall, |
Victobia, February 10th, 1879. J
To the R. W. Gband Lodge of Bbitish Columbia:
We, the undersigned Committee on Appeals, beg leave to report that we
have carefully examined into the case of Bro. W. Harrison's appeal against
the part Columbia Lodge, No. 2, I.O.O.F., took in the formation of the Constitution of the Odd Fellows' Union of Victoria, B. C, etc., etc., and also
against tne Constitution of the Union itself. Would recommend that the appeal of Bro. W. Harrison be not sustained, as your committee are\of the opinion that Bro. Harrison had no sufficient grounds for making any at all, as
shown as follows:
1st Objection is met by Article V. of the Constitution of the Union, which
your committee are of opinion, gives sufficient security to the Lodge.
2nd Objection is without foundation, as the Trustees of  Columbia Lodge
were instructed by resolution of the Lodge to transfer the property mentioned.
3rd Objection is duly met by Articles II. and XIII. of the Constitution of
the Union.
4th Objection—duality of office, mentioned by Bro. Harrison, appears to
have been the rule hitherto in this Jurisdiction, and your committee see no
reason why (as it does not violate any law) such rule or precedent should be
altered to please or suit any individual member.
R. ROBERTS,
JAS. P. GOODHUE,
JOS. YORK,
J. SEHL,
C. TODD.
Moved by Rep. Goode, of No. 4, "That the report be
adopted."    Seconded by Rep. Meld ram, ofNo. 2, and carried.
Report read from same committee on second appeal of
Wm. Harrison, as follows:
To the R. W. Gband Lodge of B. C:
In the case of an appeal by Bro. Harrison, dated Oct. 9th. 1878, the Committee on Appeals have to report—
That the substance of this appeal has already been dealt with by your committee in a former appeal, dated Sept. 11th, 1878.
With respect to clause 4, reflecting upon the action of your Committee on
Legislation, we are of opinion that we can take no action in the matter, it being an exparte statement made by Bro. Harrison, without producing any proof
whatever of his statements being true.
With respect to clauses 7 and 8. your committee would recommend that
Bro. Harrison should make such charges as are contained therein against tne
members of the Odd Fellows' Union in their respective Lodges, this committee
having no jurisdiction with respect to such matters.
Your committee would recommend that the contents of this paper, called
an appeal, be not entertained.
(Signed) R. ROBERTS,
J. YORK,
J. SEHL,
C. TODD,
J. P. GOODHUE.
Moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, ti That the report be adopted." Seconded by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and
carried. 1 QO
DO
Report from same committee read in the matter of Samuel Sea, as follows:
SAMUEL SEA versus COLUMBIA LODGE.
Victobia, February 6th, 1878.
We, the Committee on Appeals, respectfully report that we have fully examined into the merits of the case, and are of opinion, that according to the
evidence set forth—
1st. That Bro. S. Sea has received at the hands of Columbia Lodge all
that he is justly and legally entitled to.
2nd. That Bro. S. Sea has acknowledged that he did work at several times
and was able to do light work.
3rd. That oners of assistance were made to him by Columbia Lodge, but
were declined, but preferred to rest his case upon Sections 190, 192, and 194 of
White's Digest, 1874, but we are of opinion that these sections do not meet his
case.
I 4th. The Bro. having acknowledged that he walked to Cadboro Bay and
back, and worked in his garden for some weeks, is proof to our minds that
Bro. Samuel Sea was able to work at some employment sufficient to gain a livelihood.
We, the Committee, therefore recommend, that the action of Columbia
Lodge be sustained.
CHS. GOWEN,
J. SEHL,
JOHN M. READ,
w. d. McKillican,
JOHN M.  MELDRAM.
Committee of 1878.
Your Committee on Appeals beg leave to endorse the within report.
(Signed)    R. ROBERTS,
I YORK,
C. TODD,
JAS. P. GOODHUE,
J. SEHL.
Committee of 1879.
Victobia, February 9th, 1879.
Moved by Rep. Goode, ofNo. 4, "That the report be
adopted."    Seconded by Rep. Shears, of No. 2, and carried.
Report from same committee read on the appeal of D. F.
Fee, as follows:
To the R. W. Gband Lodge of Bbitish Columbia :
Your Committee on Appeals beg leave to report on the appeal of Bro. D.
F. Fee', as follows:
The Committee of Trial on the charge preferred against Bro. Fee, in our
(Opinion, went beyond their commission in reporting Bro, Fee not entitled to
jbenefits; their business being to say, guilty or not guilty to the chaege and
nothing more.
The evidence given before a committee which reported Sept. 25th, 1878,
(which repo.t was adopted by Columbia Lodge prior to the charge of defrauding the Lodge, not being before your Committee on Appeals, we are unable to
[report as to the merits of the appeal against the action of the Lodge on September 25 th.
Your Committee would recommend that this appeal be not sustained, and
pthat Bro. Fee be at liberty to appeal against the action of the Lodge taken  on 134
the 25th Sept. 1878, so that the evidence at that trial may be placed before
vour Committee on Appeals.
(Signed)   I R. ROBERTS,
J. YORK,
C. TODD,
J. P. GOODHUE,
J. SEHL,
Committee on Appeals •>
Moved by Rep. Waller, of No. 2,  " That the report be
adopted."    Seconded by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, and carried.
Report read from Committee on Finance, as follows:
Victobia, B. C, Feb. 10th, 1879.
To the Right Woeshipful Gband Lodge of Beitish Columbia:
Your Committee on Finance beg to report that they have examined the-*)
books,  vouchers and returns of the R.W.Grand  Secretary and the R. W.j
Grand Treasurer, and have much pleasure in stating that they find them correct in every respect.
CHAS. HAYWARD,
C. NEWLAND TREW,
W. D. McKILLICAN,
JOHN H. MELDRAM.
Moved by Rep. Weiler, P. G. M., of No. 1, "That the
report be adopted." Seconded by Rep. Sears, of No. 2, and
carried.
Report read from Committee on Legislation on the Constitution and By-Laws of the Odd Fellows' Union, referred to
them during recess, as follows:
Victobia, Oct. 1st, 1878.
Having examined the law regulating such matters as are herein contained
and as the Legislative Committee G. L. of B. 0., we give consent to the same*
J. S. DRUMMOND,
GEO. W. ANDERSON,
THOS. R. MITCHELL,
C. NEWLAND TREW,
WM. McCOLL.
Moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, ofNo. 4, "That the report be adopted." Seconded by Rep. Goodhue, of No.2, and
carried.
Moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, " That should
an application be made by a member, during recess, for a
copy of the appeals of Bro. Harrison, that the Grand Secretary be authorized to give the same." Seconded by Rep.
Goodhue, of No. 2, and carried.
Report read from Committee on Finance, as follows:
To the R. W. Gband Lodge of Beitish Columbia:
Your Committee on Finance beg to recommend that the sum of eighty
dollars be appropriated for the mileage of four Representatives from New
Westminster, viz: 1
>o
Bro. B. W. Shiles, R.W.G.W $20 00
"   H. Elliott, W.G.Cond  20 00
"    C. N. Trew, Rep. of No. 3  20 00
"   W. McColJ, "    20 00
§80 00
CHAS. HAYWARD,
JOHN H. MELDRAM,
W. D. McKILLICAN.
February 10th.
Moved by Rep. Gowen, ofNo. 1, "That the report be
received and adopted."    Seconded by Rep. Todd, of No, 4.
Moved as an amendment by Rep. Sehl, of No. 1, "That
an order be drawn on the R. W Grand Treasurer for $20 in
favor of the R. W. Grand Warden, and an order for $20 in
favor of the Representative entitled to the same." Seconded
by Rep. Shears, of No. 2.
The amendment was put and carried.
Original motion lost.
Report read from Committee on Laws of Subordinates,
as follows:
To the R. W. Gband Lodge of Beitish Columbia:
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates report that they have examined
the amendments to the By-Laws of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, referred to them,
and would recommend the adoption of the same by this worthy body, viz:
ARTICLE XI.
The 14th line strike out the word "which" and insert the word "any."
16th line of same Article, after the word Lodge,  insert the words "such
I funds to be recouped by half-yearly assessment pro rata on the members."
ARTICLE XV.
14th line substitute,
" For Initiation, if under 25 years of age $20 00
4 - Over 25 years and under 35 "   25 00
"Over 35       ' "      40 " .«  30 00
"Over 40       " "     45 "      2 00
*' additional for every year over 40, and $5 additional for every year
" over 45 and not exceeding 50 years,  and $10 for every additional
" year over 50 years.
" For admission by deposit of card, as an Ancient Odd Fellow, or for
" non-affiliated, if under 35 years of age $10.
" When 35 years of age and over, the increase in the scale of initiation
" fees to be added in accordance with age."
ARTICLE XVIII.
The 20th line, after the word "course" insert the following:—"Every can"
" didate shall, previous to joining this Lodge by initiation or affiliation, furnish
i the Lodge with a certificate of health signed by a duly qualified medical prac-
" titioner residing in the City of Victoria."
Line 27th of the same Article, after the word "same" strike out to end of
Article and substitute, as follows: —"And all members now on the Roll of this
I Lodge, or who may thereafter be admitted to membersh p, shall maintain
1 and abide by these By-Laws, or any addition or amendment thereto which
f may hereafter be made."
p^ We also recommend that the amendment to Article XV. of Victoria Lodge)
By-Laws, which was omitted last session, and mentioned by the R. W. Grand:]
Secretary in his report, be also approved.
H. WALLER,
CHS. GOWEN,
JOSEPH SEARS.
Moved by Rep. Carne, ofNo. 1, "That the report be
adopted."    Seconded by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, and carried.
The Grand Lodge then took a recess until half-past eight
o'clock.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge resumed its session at half-past eight
o'clock, p. m., and was called to order by the Grand blaster.
The Grand Marshall was instructed to retire and introduce Past Grands in attendance, and the following were introduced and received the G. L. Degree:
D. Dale, )
E. Fawcett,
R. Albertstone,  )
Andrew J. Grav..
ofNo. 1
 ofNo. 4.
Report read from Special Committee on Fines, Fees, &c,
as follows:
To the R.'W. Gband Lodge of Beitish Columbia:
Your Special Committee have still in consideration the all important subject, viz., that in regard to fines, fees, dues and benefits, beg to make report
similar to last session, that no conclusion has as yet been come to, waiting as
we did at last communication, for some definite decsion of the Right Worthy
Grand Lodge of the United States. It is a matter of great importance, and the,
Committee of the Grand Lodge of the U. S. having more facilities to gain information on this subject, we would ask that your Committee have further time.
J. S. DRUMMOND,
W. J. JEFFREE,
Special Committee.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, " That further time be granted." Seconded by Rep. Weiler, P.G.M.,'
of No. 1, and carried.
The hour for nominations of Officers having arrived, the
following Past Grands were nominated:
FOR M. W. GBAND MASTER.
A. Phillips, Representative of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. Fletcher, of No. 4.
C. Gowen, Representative of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4.
FOR R. W. DEPUTY GRAND MASTER.
J. Wriglesworth, Represent tive of No 4,
Nominated by Rep. Partridge, of No. 1. 137
FOR R. W. GRAND WARDEN.
H. Elliott, Representaf ive of No. 3,
Nominated by Rep. Waller of No. 2.
FOR R. W. GRAND SECRETARY.
J. D. Robinson, Representative of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. Weiler, P. G. M., of No. 1.
FOR R. W. GRAND TREASURER.
J. Davies, P. G., of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. Goodhue, of No. 2.
H. Waller, Representative of No. 2,
Nominated by Rep. Shiles, of No. 3.
J. P. Goodhue, Representative of No. 2,
Nominated by Rep. Goode, of No. 4.
The Grand Master appointed Rep. Todd, of No. 4, and
Rep. McColl, of No. 3, as tellers.
ELECTION.
FOR M. W. GRAND MASTER.
37 Votes Cast.
A. Phillips ."..' received 16
C. Gowen       |       21
C. Gowen having received a majority of all votes cast was
declared duly elected.
FOR R. W. DEPUTY GRAND MASTER.
There being no opposition J. Wriglesworth was declared
i elected by acclamation.
FOR R. W. GRAND WARDEN.
There being no opposition H. Elliott was declared elected
i by acclamation.
FOR R. W. GRAND SECRETARY.
There being no opposition J. D. Robinson was declared
elected by acclamation.
FOR R. W. GRAND TREASURER.
36 Votes Cast.
J. Davies received   7
i H.Waller       "       19
J.P.Goodhue       |       10
H. Waller having received a majority of all votes cast
f was declared duly elected.
Report read from Committee on Laws of  Subordinates,
as follows: 138
R. W. Gband Lodge of Beitish Columbia:
Sies and Brothebs.—The amendments from Columbia Lodge, No. 2, submitted to vour Committee have been approved.
J JOSHUA DAVIES,
CHS. GOWEN,
JOSEPH SEARS,
ANDREW GRAY,
HENRY WALLER,
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
COLUMBIA LODGE, No. 2.
ARTICLE XV.
All persons admitted as members of this Lodge shall pay the following for
initiation:
21 and under 25 years of age     $20 00
25 "        35 "   25 00
35 "        45 '■■        $ 2 00 additional for every additional year
45 "        n0 {*       $ 5 00 additional for every additional year
50 years and upwards $10 00 additional for every additional year
For admission by Card as an Ancient Odd Fellow, or for non-
fnliate, if under 35 years of age  10 00
When 35 years of age and over, the increase in the scale of initiation
fees to be added .in accordance with age.
ARTICLE XX.
Sec 4.—This Lodge may, if they deem it necessary, engage a physician to
visit any sick member for the purpose of ascertaining the nature, cause and
origin of his sickness or affliction, and report the same to this Lodge; the
physician to be accompanied (if possible) by one of the Visiting Committee.
Should he (the sick member) refuse to be seen or examined by the visiting
physician he shall forfeit all claim to benefits for such sickness or affliction;
and any member detected imposing or trying to impose on the funds of this
Lodge, shall be fined ten dollars, and the amount that he has received by such
imposition (if any), the said fines to be charged to his account, and at the end
of the term in which such fines occurred it shall be recorded against him as
dues, and be governed in all respects by Section 2, Article XXII. of these By-
Laws.   Carried unanimously.
R. W. FAWCETT, Secretary.
ARTICLE XXII.
Sec 2.—The following to come after the word "member" in the sixth line:
"And he cannot be reinstated without a certificate signed by a physician stating that he is perfectly sound in health in every particular." Carried unanimously.
R. W. FAWCETT, Secretary.
(Signed) H. WALLER.
Moved by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, 1 That the report be
adopted." Seconded by Rep. Weiler, of No. 1, P.G.M., and
carried, t
Report read from Committee on Finance, as follows:
To the R. W. Gband Lodge op Beitish Columbia:
Your Finance Committee beg to report that the Estimated Income for the
year 1879, is as follows: 139
$1 Capita Tax on 496 members $496 00
Profit on sales, (say)       20 00
Balance on hand  113 68
Sale of Goods     30 00
Total Receipts	
EXPENDITUEE.
$659 68
Salary of Grand Secretary $250 00
Stationeiy. &c  30 00
Mileage  40 00
o ......
Janitor  15 00
Printing Reports  100 00
Book G. L. U. S  50 00
Sundries, not detailed  20 00
Estimated expense of removal to new building and fitting  150 00
Total estimated expenditure $655 00
The above are the figures on which our recommendation to assess Subordinates is based.
We further recommend that an appropriation of fifteen dollars be made
and divided between the two janitors in attendance during this session.
We have, therefore, to recommend that an assessment of 65 cents per
capita and 35 cents per capita, payable on June 30th and Dec. 31st respectively,
be levied on Subordinates.
CHAS. HAYWARD,
C. N. TREW,
W. D. McKILLICAN.
Moved by Rep. Weiler, of No. j P.G.M., I That the report be adopted." Seconded by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No.
4, and carried.
On motion, leave was granted to take Rep. Hayward's
motion (p. 131) from the table, and after considerable discussion on the question, it was moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, of
No. 4, "That the matter be laid over until next session."
Seconded by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and carried.
On motion the Grand Lodge then adjourned until tomorrow evening, at half-past seven o'clock.
SECOND DAY.
11th February, 1879.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 7.30 p. m., pursuant to
adjournment,  and was called to order by the M. W. Grand
Master.    Present:
W. J. Jeffree  M. W. Grand Master.
B. W. Shiles R. W. Grand Warden.
J. D. Robinson R. W. Grand Secretary.
J. Wriglesworth R. W. Grand Treasurer.
H, Waller W. Grand Marshall.
H. Elliott W. Grand Conductor.
M. J. Goode W. Grand Guardian.
F. Carne | W. Grand Herald.
R. W. Fawcett, (pro. tern.) W. Grand Chaplain. 140
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
Minutes of previous day's session read, and on motion
adopted.
Moved by Rep. Goode, of No. 4, | That the G. L. at its
rising to-night do stand adjourned sine die." Seconded by
Rep. Waller, of No. 2, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1,   " That the thanks of
this G. L. be tendered to Victoria Lodge, No. 1,  Columbia]
Lodge, No. 2, and Dominion Lodge, No. 4, for the use of this;
Hall and Regalia during the present session."    Seconded by j
Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, and carried.
There being no further business to bring forward the installation of Officers was proceeded with.     C. Gowen, G. fflH
elect, was presented by J. Weiler,  P.G.M.,  and Rep. Hayward for obligation, and was duly installed into office.
The M.W.G.M. then installed the following Officers:
J. Wriglesworth R. W. Deputy Grand Master.
H. Elliott R. W. Grand Warden.
J. D. Robinson  R. W. Grand Secretary.
H. Waller.. .*..   ...: R. W. Grand Treasurer.
The M.W.G.M. then appointed the following Officers,
which were, on motion, approved of and installed into office:
M. J. Goode W. Grand Marshall.
W. McColl W. Grand Conductor.
W. F. Archibald W. Grand Guardian.
J. Sears W, Grand Herald.
T. J. Partridge W. Grand Chaplain.
The M.W.G.M. then appointed the following Committees:
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE:
W. J. Jeffree, of No. 2, W. D. McKillican, of No. 4,
G. W. Anderson, of No. 1, B. W, Shiles, of No. 3,
J. York, of No. 1.
COMMITTEE ON APPEALS:
C. Hayward, of No. 1, J. Sears, of No. 2,
T. Shotbolt, of No. 4, J. H. Meldram, of No. 2,
R. Roberts, P.G.M., ofNo. 1.
COMMITTEE ON LAWS OF SUBORDINATES:
E. Fletcher, of No. 4, W. F. Archibald, of No. 2,
A. Phillips, of No. 1, *M. J. Goode, of No. 4,
C. Havward, ofNo. 1. 141
COMMITTEE OX PETITIONS \
D. Dale, of No. 1, H. Smith, of No. 4,
G. H. Maynard, of No. 2, J. M. Read, of No. 1
B. W. Shiles, of No. 3.
COMMITTEE ON STATE OF ORDER:
J. Weiler, P.G.M., of No. |        R. W. Fawcett, of No. 2,
J. Davies,. of No. 1.
COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION
A. J. Gray, of No. 4, J. Gosnell, of No. |
W. C. Loye, of No. 4, M. Humber, of No. 2,
J. S. Drummond, P.G.M., of No. 1.
COMMITTEE ON PRINTING:
Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurei
J. Batchelor, of No. 4.
The M.W.G.M. also appointed the following District
Deputy Grand Masters:
C. Todd, P. G., of No. 4, for District No. 1.
C. N.Trew, P. G., ofNo. 3,
Geo. Norris, P. G., of No. 5,
Moved by Rep. Hayward, ofNo. 1, "That the appointments be confirmed." Seconded by Rep. Weiler, P.G.M., of
No. 1, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Weiler, P.G.M., of No. 1, 1 That a vote
of thanks be tendered to Past Grand Master Jeffree for the
able manner in which the business of the Grand Lodge has
been conducted during the present session." Seconded by
Rep. Todd, of No. 4, j&nd carried unanimously.
Moved by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, "That a jewel be
procured and presented to Past Grand Master Jeffree.'*
Seconded by Rep. Todd, of No. 4, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Waller, ofNo. 2, "That Rep. Hayward
be a committee of one to carry out the previous resolution."
Seconded by Rep. Todd, of No. 4, and carried.
Rep. Trew, of No. 3, gave the following notice of motion,
viz:
I That at the next session of this Grand Lodge, I will move that this Grand
Lodge do hold its annual session of 1881, at the City of New Westminster."
C. N. Teew. 142
Minutes of the day ivere then read, and on motion confirmed.
The Grand Chaplain offered up closing prayer and the
Grand Lodge adjourned sine die.
m JAMES D. ROBINSON,
Grand Secretary.
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Annual Report of the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
For the year ending 31sf December, 1878, to the B. W. Grand
Lodge of the United States.
Number of Lodges .♦... 5
Initiated  28
Admitted by Card and as Ancient Odd Fellow  2
Reinstated  5
"Withdrawn by Card  5
Suspended or dropped  29
Expelled  0
Deceased  5
Members  496
of Brothers relieved  69
of Widowed families relieved  1
Amount paid for relief of Brothers  $ 3,836 50
"      Widowed families  60 00
"     Edcucation of Orphan	
•j     Burying the Dead ....     - 290 00
"     Special Relief  110 00
Total Relief $ 4,296 50
Amount pf Annual Receipts  $10,872 73
Amount of current expenses of Lodges     $ 2,798 68
Number of weeks for which Sick Benefits were paid.  316
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