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Array PROCEEDINGS
OP THE
THIRD ANNUAL COMMUNICATION
OP THE
■RAND LODGE OP BRITISH COLUMBIA,
OP THB
1 n&epen&mt (Dr&er of <D5b jfeilotDa*
HELD AT ODD FELLOWS' HALL, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA,
FEBRUARY  12th,   13th and  14th,   1877.
VICTORIA:
ALEX. ROSE, BOOK AND JOB PRINTER, FORT STREET
1877.  PROCEEDINGS
OP THE
R. W. GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
I.   O.   O.  F,
THIRD   ANNUAL   SESSION.
Victoria, B. 0., 12th February, 1877.
The Grand Lodge convened this day at 11 o'clock a.m., at
Odd Fellows' Hall.   Present:
J. P. Davies M. W. Grand Master.
R. Roberts R. W. Deputy Grand Master.
C. Hayward R. W. Grand Warden.
J. D. Robinson R. W, Grand Secretary.
J. Wriglesworth R. W. Grand Treasurer.
T. R. Mitchell     W. Grand Marshal.
H. Waller W. Grand Guardian.
J. Davies W. Grand Conductor.
A. Phillips W. Grand Herald.
W. J. Jeffree (pro tern.) W. Grand Chaplain.
Prayer being offered to the Throne of Grace by the Grand
Chaplain, the Grand Lodge was declared duly opened for
business, a quorum being present.
The G. M. appointed T. R. Mitchell and W, D. McKillican
on Committee on Credentials.
Credentials of Representatives and Past Grands were then
read and referred to Committee on Credentials, who reported
as follows, that
J. M. Read, A. Phillips. J. S. Drummond,
T. R. Mitchell, J. D. Robinson, R. Roberts,
C. Gowen, J. Weiler, F. Came,
C. Hayward, J. Sehl, J. Davies,
Of No. 1.
L. Wilton, R. W. Fawcett, J. H. Meldram,
H. Waller, J. P. Goodhue, W. Harrison,
W. J. Jeffree, J. P. Davies, M. Humber,
Of No. 2.
B. W. Shiles, H. Elliott, J. T. Scott,
Of No. 3. 66
J. Wriglesworth, C. Todd, M. J. Goode,
T. Shotbolt, W. D. McKillican,
Of No. 4.
Are duly accredited Representatives to this R. W. Grand
Lodge; and would also report that
W. H. Huxtable, G. W. Anderson, J. York,
E. 0. Holden, H. Gribble, T. J. Partridge,
S. T. Styles, C. Hegele, J. Gosnell,
Of No. 1.
A. B. Gray, E. B. Marvin,
J. Fell, L. Vigelius,
Of No. 2.
H. Smith, of No. 4.
Are entitled to seats in this R. W. Grand Lodge, and also
report
F. Came, | * XT    ..
-o   A   c,, ? >■         of No. J.
E. A. Sharpe,     J
J. P. Goodhue, I » XT    0
t   1X741J. _ r   of No. 2.
L. Wilton, j
B. W. Shiles of No. 3.
W. C. Loye,       ( - XT    \
n   m„jj  J r of No. 4.
C. Todd, )
Are entitled to receive the G. L. degree.
From Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, no representative present, or certificate sent to the Grand Secretary.
Respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T.,
T. R. MITCHELL,
w. d. mckillican,
M. HUMBER,
Committee on Credentials.
On motion, the report of Committee was received, and the
Grand Marshal instructed to retire and introduce the new
members.
J. P. Goodhue, j /XT    n
r   win.  r ... ot Wo. &.
L. Wilton, j
B. W. Shiles,       of No. 3.
W. C. Loye,       [ . Va  .
O. loud, j
being in waiting, were introduced by the Grand Marshal and
duly instructed in the Grand Lodge degree.
The following were appointed to fill vacancies in Standing
Committees:
Committee on Finance'—W. C. Loye, of No. 4.
Committee on Appeals—J. T. Scott, of No. 3.
Committee on Laws cp Subobdinates—J. P. Goodhue, of No. 2; J. M. Bead,
of No. 1.
Committee on Petitions—B. W. Shiles, of No. 3, '—m
67
Next in order being Report of Grand Master, it was read
as follows:
To the B.   W. Grand Lodye of British Columbia:
Officers and Rpekesentatives :
I feel much pleasure in greeting you on this Our Third
Annual Communication, and being assembled in our Legislative capacity to review the past, and legislate for the future
welfare of our Order. As the Representatives of the Odd
Fellows in this jurisdiction we meet again in their behalf to
protect their interest and to perpetuate a principle to us the
most sacred and most beneficial to mankind.
Another year has been added to the past. We meet to-day
under peculiar circumstances—the proud and the humble
meeting on one common footing. We are again gathered
together with one great object in view, that object, the
teachings of our beloved Order fully explain, and it should
ever be our guide. Happy in this knowledge and thankful
that he who guides us through life has made us the recepients
of so many material benefits, therefore let us return thanks to
the Father of all good for His benign protection in the past,
and grant u •» a continued prosperity in the future. May
wisdom guide you in your deliberations. May peace and
good will guide your every word and action, and when we
again part may it be with the knowledge that we have done
our duty to those we have represented.
I regret my anticipations to be able to report to you the
formation of new Lodges has not been succ >ssful, not for the
want of energy or lack of assistance of the Brotherhood, but
from the fact that the Province is suffering from great commercial depression and Confederation disappointments, and
unless a marked change or re-action soon takes place, I am
almost certain it will be many years before this jurisdiction
will be in a position to claim the right of having a paid Representative to the Grand Lodge of the United States.
My report shall be as brief as is consistent with the subjects
necessary to present to your notice my official acts during the
past year.
The financial position of the Order and list of membership
I have no doubt you will receive full and ample particulars from the Grand Secretary.
On the 5th of March last I received from the Grand Secretary, letters and correspondence (numbered 1 to 7) between
Ahmeek Lodge, No. 150, of Ishpeming, Michigan, and Black
Diamond Lodge, No. 5, of this district; copies of which I
sent to the Grand Lodge of Michigan, calling their attention 68
to the facts and hardship of the case as regards Black
Diamond Lodge, and to which as yet I have received no answer. My opinion is, as our late Brother, E. Rodgers, received only that to which he was entitled as a member of the
Order, in good standing, and as Ahmeek Lodge, No, 150,
Michigan, asserts that their funds are depleted, it would be
only right that this jurisdiction should come to the relief of
Black Diamond Lodge, No, 5, in case they require the same.
On the 30th of March, I received from Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5, a communication respecting some money paid
over to P. G. Thos. Harris, due the late Brother T. R.
Johnson, and Brother Harris' reply to same; numbered No.
8 and 9 referred to Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
On the 25th of March I issued a proclamation to
and every Lodge in this jurisdiction that I had set apart the
26th day of April, 1876, being the anniversary of our Order
in America, as a day of thanksgiving, as follows:
I. O. O. F.
PROCLAMATION.
each
Office of the M. W. Gband Mastrbof the B. W. Gband Lodge of the Pbo-
vince of bbitish columbia.
**in fbiendship, love and tbuth."
Sendeth Gees'! ing.
To the Noble Grands, Officers and members of the several Lodges in this jurisdiction :—
Whereas the Fifty-Seventh Anniversary of the establishment of our Order is
fast approaching, and in recognition of the benevolence and charities it dispenses, the fraternal care it takes of those in need, and of its influence—especially in British Columbia—and in consideration that this is the Centennial
year of that great country in which the Independent Order was first established, and in grateful thanks given to the Supreme Ruler for the marked preservation and progress of the Order in this Province; therefore
I, J. P. Davies, M. W. Grand Master, by virtue of the power in me vested,
do hereby enjoin on all Lodges to take immediate action for the proper observance of the 26th day of April, 1876, appearing in regalia as they may elect.
J. P. DAVIES,
Grand Master.
On October 5th, I received from Past Grand Master, John
Weiler, a communication from M. W. Grand Master of R.
W. Grand Lodge of Ontario, respecting the advisability of
changing the name of Grand Lodge of United States to Supreme Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and to
instruct the Grand Representative to vote for the same in G.
L. of IT. S.
On November 10th, I received from the Grand Secretary,
J. L. Ridgley, a communication for this jurisdiction. The
same has been laid before the Subordinate Lodges, but I am 69
sorry to say without those good results which are so proverbial to British Columbia in all cases of charity.
I regret our Grand Representative did not visit the G. L.
U. S., when 1 spoke with him on the^subject. Representative Drummond replied, "if my Lodge wishes me to go to the
Grand Lodge, U. S., they ought to pay part of my expenses."
It was impossible to get | definite answer from hira whether
he intended to go or not. It is a pity this Grand Lodge was
not represented in G. L., U. S. It is to be hoped the Representative will either resign his position or pledge himself
to meet the G. L., U. S at its next sessions.
DEGBEE LODGES.
I would recommend that the Lodges among themselves
form a Degree Lodge, then all Brothers would receive the
several degrees in a uniform manner, each Lodge paying one
dollar for each member receiving the same; this fund will
enable the Degree Lodge to obtain suitable regalia.
I would also recommend an early formation of Rebecca
Degree Lodges, as they are touch needed in this jurisdiction.
OFFICIAL VISITS.
In June last visited Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo,
accompanied by D. D. G. Master Jeffree, of District No. 1,
and although not received with that cordiality we had a right to
expect, we aided them with our advice and instructions, and
offered to wait over for the purpose of installing the elected
officers, but declined to install them on the night they met as
it was the last night in the old term, and not the regular
Lodge night.
In June last, accompanied by Deputy Grand Master Roberts, paid a fraternal visit to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
and stopped with them for the purpose of instructions.
Accompanied by the Grand Officers, I have made the following fraternal visits: May 8, Victoria Lodge, No. 1; May
10, Columbia Lodge, No. 2; May 11, Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
On July 3rd, installed into their respective Chairs the
officers of Victoria Lodge, No. 1; July 5th, Columbia Lodge,
No. 2; July 6th, Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
On 3rd January, 1877, accompanied by the Officers of the
Grand Lodge, I installed the Officers of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2; 4th January, Dominion Lodge, No. 4; 8th January,
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Accompanied by Deputy Grand Master Richard Roberts
and Worthy Grand Herald Past Grand A. Phillips, on January 12th, 1876, by invitation, we visited New Westminster
Lodge,  No. 3,  for the purpose of installing the officers and 70
dedicating the new hall. This was a grand day for New
Westminster Lodge, as the dedication of the new hall and
installation of officers took place in publie, the principal
citizens, both ladies and gentlemen, being present. The hall
and its fittings are a credit to the district and the members
thereof, and it affords me much pleasure to report on their
prosperous condition. And I take pleasure in availing myself of the present opportunity to thank the Brotherhood of
New Westminster for their kind attention to myself and
officers during our official visits.
DISPENSATIONS.
In August three of the Lodges made applications for dispensations to appear in Regalia on the arrival and reception
of His Excellency the Earl of Dufferin; in accordance with
the same I issued the following public notice:
I. O. O. F.
Office of the M. W. Gband Masteb of the E.. W. Gband Lodge of the
Pbovinoe of Bbitish Columbia.
Victobia, B. C, August 10, 1877.
Any Lodge of the I. O.O. F. subordinate to the Right Worthy Grand
Lodge of the Province of British Columbia and jurisdictions thereunto belonging desiring so to do, is hereby authorized by this dispensation to appear
in Public Procession on the day of welcoming His Excellency the Earl of
Dufferin in full Regalia or otherwise, as such Lodge or Lodges may elect.
Given under my hand and the Seal of the It. W. Grand Lodge, the day
and date above written.
J. P. DAVIES.
Grand Master.
On December 27, dispensation was granted to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to appear in Regalia (by invitation) at
a Masonic Ball at New Westminster.
D. D. GBAND MASTERS' REPORTS.
I have much pleasure in laying before you reports from our
worthy District Deputy Bro. Scott, who sp aks in flattering
terms of the prosperity of District No. 2:
In answer to when is a Brother in arrears, I refer you to your own By-Laws,
Section 1 of Article 22, Page 40: " No member who is thirteen weeks in arrears shall be entitled to vote upon any question, neither shall he be entitled
to receive pecuniary benefits of this Lodge (except he be absent from the
citv) in which case he shall be allowed an additional two months'time." I am
aware this is a hard question, and to be more, definitely expressed, dues accrue
weekly. I therefore sustain the appeal of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, a
brother owing \ hirteen weeks' dues is not entitled to benefits.
In answer to 2nd question—The Junior Past Grand is compelled to bring
charges against the Noble Grand if he loses the books of the Lodge, but on
no other charge is it compulsory for him to bring charges.
I have much pleasure in laying before you the report received "from D. D. G. Master, Brother Jeffree. 71
With respect to the case of Brother John Murray, I have to make a qualified
decision.   In the appeal you will notice the accounts stands as follows:
1876. 1876.
January 1, to balance   -   -   -   $4 00 June 6, by cash   -   -   -   $6 00
March 31, to dues 3 00 June 26, by cash    -   -   -   4 00
June 30,   to dues     -   -   -   -     3 00
The last amount of $4 was paid in after the Brother was reported out of
standing, he being then sick). On January 1st, $1 of the amount then
owing is admitted, was two assessments. I have no facts to show that any
law (or custom even) is in force in Victoria f^odge, No. 1, to say what time
such assessments are to be charged as dues; if none, then Brother Murray was
in good standing. But if on the ot er hand Victoria Lodge by general usage
or custom have a stated time when assessments are to be charged as dues,
then I must confirm the decision of Brother Jeffree. I would call the attention of the Representatives to the G. L. proceedings, vol 2, page 1318, report from the committee on the state of the Order. That the dues to a Lodge
accrue weekly, and only for the convenience of the Lodge are paid at stated
periods; it is therefore at any time the right of a Brother to pay his dues; but
the committee are also of opinion that in case a Brother has neglected to pay
his dues for such length of time as to be declared by the rules of his own
Subordinate Lodge from drawing benefits while sick, he cannot be permitted
while he continues sick to come in and pay his dues so as to entitle himself
to benefits, since any injury would be thereby inflicted on snch members of the Lodge as are regular in payment of their dues; the Brother by his
own acts has committed wrong, and it would be improper to permit him tjo
derive benefit from his own negligence.
With respect to the decision of Deputy Jeffree on the question of
fines and assessments (to Columbia Lodge No. 2) as to the proper time when
they can be charged as dues against a Brother. Whilst I admit the correctness
of the quotations of the digest of the G. L. of California, at the same time we
are now working .under the laws of the S| L. of British Columbia, notwithstanding we have no law in contradiction to this matter, still they are correct,
(see White digest 165, page 39.) The By-Laws of Columbia Lodge has no
special law on the matter, and as it is admitted that the custom of the Lodge
has been to allow 12 months to intervene before they can be charged as dues,
I must reverse the decision of the Deputy G. M., as custom makes laws, until
such time as proper By-Laws are made bearing on this question. Columbia
Lodge can only charge fines and assessments one year after they are levied.
I trust this Grand Lodge will make laws bearing on this case at this present
sessions.
The other decisions of Brother Jeffiee are approved.
From District Deputy of No. 3, I have received no report.
GRAND LODGE, U. S.
I would call attention of this G. Lodge to the delay in not
receiving the yearly reports and proceedings of the G.L., U.S.
I would recommend that we petition the G. L., U. S., to
set aside our portion of G. L. assessment for the purpose of
assisting the Grand Representative to visit the G. L., U. S.
MISCELLANEOUS.
It is my duty to call the several Lodges' attention (through
their Represent tives) to their financial position. Heretofore
we have been very successful in getting new members, which
has augmented our funds.    We have been fortunate m escaping  the small-pox  that was so lately among us, and
the small amount among the Order we do n&t make the
with
pro- 72
gress we should
among
Should any epidemic unfortunately come
us, notwithstanding our apparent prosperity, the
Lodges in two or three months would become bankrupt. We
receive per week about 23 cts., and pay to a scarlet member
$10, As the dues now stand we receive pay for 48 weeks
only, and pay out for 52 weeks. I would suggest a committee
be appointed to look into the state of the Order in this matter
and provide a graduating scale of benefits and report thereon.
I would recommend the formation of a Mutual Life or
Widow and Orphan Relief Association; each Brother paying
$1 on the death of a Brother in good standing.    The whoie of
o o
the assessment to be paid to the family of the deceased.
Steps have been taken to bring the Cemetery question before the House of Assembly in a proper shape with, I hope, a
favorable result.
On August 12th, under the auspices of Dominion Lodge,
No. 4, a grand excursion to Albert Head was held. I had
the honor of being an invited guest, and noticed among the
ladies a goodly sprinkling of Sisters of Rebecca. The excursion proved a pleasant episode in my official year, and
had the effect of re-uniting the families of the Brotherhood.
I would recommend that the Outside Guardian receive the
sum of $25 for his attendance at this Grand Lodge Sessions.
I would also recommend that the travelling expenses of the
Grand Instructor be paid by this Grand body.
In conclusion, I would thank the Brothers for the many
acts of kindness and courtesy I have received during my
Official term.
To Deputy Grand Master Richard Roberts, I am greatly
indebted for the great assistance he has rendered in District
No. 2, more particularly in his official capacity as Grand Instructor. To District Deputies Jeffree and Scott, the thanks
of the several Districts are due for the very efficient attention
to their duties.
I have again to thank the Brothers for their patient attention.    Wishing all a prosperous journey through life, I remain
Tours Fraternally,
J. P. DAVIES,
Grand Master.
Moved by J. S. Drummond, P. G. M., Representative of
No. 1, That a committee of three be appointed to distribute
subjects in Grand Master's report, seconded by J. Weiler,
P. G. M., Representative of No. 1, and carried.
Committee Appointed.—T. R. Mitchell, Rep. of No. 1; J.
H. Meldram, Rep. of No. 2; W. D. McKillican, Rep. of No. 4. 73
Report of Grand Secretary read, and on motion referred to
Finance Committee.
Office of the Gband Secbetaet,
Victoria, B. C, 12th February  1877.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge
of British Columbia, I. O. 0. P.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—I beg respectfully to submit the following report
of the transactions of this office during the past year:
The whole number of Lodges are -
Nnmber of members in good standing -
Initiated during the year -
Admitted by Card       ------
Admitted as Ancient 0. F.
Withdrawn       -------
Reinstated  -------
Suspended      -------
Expelled     -------
Rejected -------
Ceased membership for non-payment of dues
Resigned -------
Deceased     -------
Number of Past Grands -
Amount of annual receipts of Lodges to Dec. 31, 1876    $10,715 51
Balance Sheet Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.
12th February, 1877.
Folio.
Account.
Dr.
Cr.
9
Stock Account           -
22 00
22
Grand Treasurer              -
172 60
31
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
5 00
37
Dominion Lodge, No. 4 -
2 50
39
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
10
41
Profit and Loss   -          -          -          -          -
351 50
43
Furniture and Regalia          -
149 50
$351 60
$351 60
Amount of Cash received during
the
year.
From Black Diamond Lodge, draft on States
42 00
For Supplies from various Lodges        -
29 50
Tax term ending 30th June, 1876:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
-
113 75
Columbia Lodge, No. 2
89 05
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3   -
-
17 00
Dominion Lodge, No .4
49 40
269 20
For Tax term ending 31st December, 1876:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
44 50
Columbia Lodge, No. 2            -
-
35 25
New Westminster No. 3     -
12 75
Dominion Lodge, No. 4
-
18 00
110 50
Whole  amount of Cash received and paid over to R
. w.
Grand Treasurer           -
451 20 74
Amount of Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer.
1876.
Feb. 19-
-Order No. 1,
|
March 1
<(
2,
-
April 20
<<
3,
-
May 6
n
4,
-
May 31
C(
5,
-
Sep. 23
tt
6,
|
n
tt
7
-
<<
ti
i
-
Nov. 13
tt
9,
-
Dec. 29
It
10,
-
Feb. 12
(C
11,
$k20
00
1
87
50
00
25
00
50 00
5
50
8
25
71
85
35
00
28 50
77 50
$373 47
SUMMARY.
Cash balance in hands of Grand Treasurer at last report
Total amount of cash received -
Less orders isssued -
Leaving a balance in hands of Grand Treasurer of
$   94 87
451 20
546 07
373 47
$172 60
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Cr.
Stock on hand at last report,
-
37
90
1 order book purchased during the year
$
5
50
43 40
Soldiduring the year:
50 Visiting Cards      -
-
12 50
6 Withdrawal Cards
-
1 50
10 Diplomas              -
-
10 00
50 Odes
-
5 00
1 Order book              -
«
6 50
Profit on sales made
-
14
10
Stock still on hand:
8 Degree books
$   4 00
Orders for P. W.
1 50
84 Visiting Cards
12 60
26 Withdrawal Cards
3 90
Total
$22 00
Being the balance to Dr.  of said account
as per
balance sheet           -
i
22 00
57
50
57 50
Amounts owing by Subordinates.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
Dominion Lodge, No. 4
Black Diamond Lodge. No. 5.
Lodges Overpaid.
$ 5 00
2 50
00 10 75
Names of Sub or linate  Lodges with  the number of  Representatives  each is
entitled to at the present session of this R. W, Grand Lodge:
Victoria Lodge, No .1 - - - 12 Representatives.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2 - - 9 "
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3 - 3 •'
Dominion Lodge, No. 4 - - 5 |
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5 - - 3 "
I have received the semi-annual returns from each Lodge in the jurisdic*
tion in due course, but in many instances incorrectly made out, especially for
the last half year. Secretaries are not careful enough; for instance, placing
members who have ceased membership for non-payment of dues, under th©
heading of those suspended, thus giving me the trouble of picking them out.
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, in making up the annual report have only
given returns for the half year, and there is not time to send it back for correction. The Secretary seems to have the idea that the semi-annual report,
.made on 30th June last, is part of the annual one; when, if he had compared the
two forms, they would at a glance have shown that the information required is
quite distinct. Anotner important omission is the want of the Lodge Seal on
both semi-annual and annual returns.
From Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5,1 received papers regarding a claim
against Ahmeek Lodge for relief to a sick Brother, which I handed to the M.
W. Grand Master; he will, I presume, allude to the same in his report.
I received several Amendments to By Laws of Victoria and Columbia Lodges,
which I handed to the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, and they will no
doubt hand in a report upon the same.
No appeals have during the year been sent to this Office, but I understand
that Brother W. J. Jeffree, District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 1,
received documents regarding an Appeal from a suspended member, but he
informed me verbally he had forwarded the same to the Chairman of the Committee on Appeals.
I received from the Grand Lodge of Ontario a circular containing instructions in regard to the changing of name of G. L., U.S., and which I attach to
this report for any action this Grand Body may think fit to take in the matter.
In the month of March last I received a communication from the Grand
Secretary of the Grand Lodge of F. & A. Masons, regarding the right of burial
in the Public Cemetery, and I handed the letter to the Committee appointed
by the Subordinate Lodges who were acting at the time in the matter. I mention the receipt of this letter here for the reason that it came through my
hands as Grand Secretary of this R. W  Grand Lodge.
I have to acknowledge the receipt of the proceedings of the different State
Grand Bodies through the courtesy of the several Secretaries, and I mailed a
copy of our last session's proceedings to each in return, as well as to several
Brothers of the Order, who wrote to me desiring the same,
I received during the year a mass of correspondence far too large to report
upon, but I believe I have replied to all requiring a reply, and do not consider it necessary to do more than give a notice of the same in my report,
there being nothing to bring before this Grand Body to deliberate upon in the
said correspondence.
I am pleased to note that from the returns of Lodges, there is an increase of
33 in membership since last report, and of Lodge receipts an increase of $729 15
but as yet no new Lodges have come into existence.
In conclusion I have to thank the officers and members of this Grand
Lodge, as well as the Subordinate Lodges for the their uniform kindness and
assistance given when requied by me, the past year having been one of the
most laborious ones I ever had to go through.
Annexed are abstracts of reports from Subordinate Lodges to be appended
to proceedings when printed.
Fraternally submitted,
J. D. ROBINSON,
Grand Secretary. 76
Report of Grand Treasurer read and on motion referred to
Committee on Finance:
Victoria, B. C, February 26th, 1877.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
I. O. O. F.
Dear Sib and Brothebs:
I herewith submit the following report for the year en ling this date, of receipts and expenditures on behalf of this R. W. Grand Lodge, viz:
1876. RECEIPTS.
Februrary 14th—Balance on hand as per last Treasurer's report   -   -   $94 87
1877.
February 12th—Cash received from Grand Secretary at sundry
times during the year       -----      451 20
1877.
EXPENDITURE.
Orders Nos. 1 to 11 favor sundry persons
$546 07
$373 47
February 12th—Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer
Fraternally yours,
J. WRIGLSWORTH,
$172 60
G. T.
On motion, the Grand Lodge took a recess until 2 o'clock
p. m.
AFTERNOON  SESSION.
The G. L. resumed its sitting at 2 o'clock, p. m., and was
called to order by the Grand Master.
F. Came, P. G., of No. 1, being in waiting, was introduced
by the Grand Mashal and duly instructed in the G. L.
Degree.
Report of Committee on appeals read as follows:
Victobia. B.C., February 8th, 1877.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge,  I.  O    O.  F.,  of the Pbovincb of British
Columbia:
Your Committee on Appeals beg to submit the following report:
Brother E. Fletcher,)
vs. ?■        Dominion Lodge No. 4.
Brother Thos. Harris, P.G.)
Charges were made against defendant on the 25th of May, 1876, by Brother
E. Fletcher of that Lodge, accusing him of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow, inasmuch as he did receive from Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo,
in the year 1874, the sum of $62 50, to be forwarded to San Francisco, California, in payment of the account of T. Rodgers Johnson against the Lodge,
for regalia furnished, and you are therefore charged with detaining the money
for a period of nearly two years.
(Signed) E. FLETCHER.
To the above charges the defendant pleaded not guilty
A Committee having been appointed by the Lodge, consisting of P. G. Thos.
Shotbolt, P. G. J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M. J. Goode, P. G. W. D. McKilligan,
and Hy. Smith, P. G. 77
After a careful hearing they found the defendant guilty of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow, on the specified charges.
The defendant was afterwards, by vote of the Lodge, suspended for the term
of five years. He appeals to the Grand Lodge from such judgment; there are
many assignments of error, but one of which is deserving of notice: the first
and second of which respecting the absence of one of the committee, and second the report being signed by an absentee, who had not heard the evidence,
was condoned by the action of the defindent's counsel: third, "the Noble
Grand to prepare their ballots upon the word expulsion, or suspension must
be written." This was clearly an error. The N. G. has no right to dictate to
a brother how he" shall vote on any question; some of the Brethren might
have desired to vote against both expulsion and suspension, believing that a
reprimand, or fine would be ample punishment, and if so they had a perfect
right to vote as they pleased.
The fourth that the penalty is excessive is a question which it is not competent for this Committee to deal with, but is for the Lodge which has the facts
before it
It is therefore ordered, the action of the Lodge be reversed, only for the purpose of a new ballott on the question of the extent or nature of punishment to
be imposed.
Furthermore, we cannot separate without calling the attention of this Grand
Lodge that a serious charge is insinuated against some Brother connected with
one of the Lodges in this City by the administrators of the late Brother T.
Rodgers Johnson, and would respectfully suggest that the Grand Secretary of
this Grand Body, be instructed to apply to the said administrators for the
name of said Brother, and the specific charges against the same Brother, as we
consider as the question now stands every Brother of this jurisdiction has the
suspicion resting upon him of being the delinquent.
JAMES FE„L, P. G.
John H. MELDRAM, P. G.
JOSEPH YORK, P. G.
THS. SHOTBOLT, P. G.
Committee on Appeal.
Moved by Representative Mitichell, of No. 1, that the report be laid on the table for further consideration, seconded
by Representative Meldram of No. 2.
Moved as an amendment by Representative Gowen, of No.
1, that the report of Committee be adopted; seconded by
Representative Wriglesworth, of No. 4, and on being put to
the vote was carried.
Committee on Laws of Subordinates reported as follows:
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates would respectfully submit the following report:
Since the Session of this Grand Lodge, your Committee have had submitted
to them for examination, the following amendments:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1, I. O, O. F.
AMENDMENT TO ART.  XVIII.
Seo, 1.—14th Line.
After the words "should be elected," "A certificate of good health signed by
the Physician appointed by this Lodge must be in possession of the Lodge
before he can be initiated,"
Approved. 78
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
AMENDMENT TO ART. XI.
Page 33, Article XL
Instead of the second sentence the following be substituted:
Viz: The N. G, shall appoint when necessarv » competent nurse to attend
to members when sick. Each member shall be assessed the sum of fifty (50)
cents when necessary, and the total amount of said assessment be carried to
the credit of an account which shall be opened in the Ledger under the head
of "Nurse Account;" all monies paid to the nurse shall be charged to said account, and the Lodge shall levy a further assessment of not over fifty (50)
cents on each member when required.
Approved.
By-Law regulating fines and assessment.
That all fines and assessments be entered in a Petty Ledger and at the end
of each term, June 30th, and Dec. 31st, respectively, they shall be transferred into the regular Ledger and shall stand as dues against a Brother, and
be governed in all respects by Section 1, of Article XXII of our By-Laws.
Providing that each Brother receive notice of his standing when fines and
assessments are charged as dues against him.
Approved.
AMENDMENT.
Page 37, Article 18, Section 2.
That the physician appointed by the Lodge to examine candidates for membership shall report in writing to the Secretary, before the candidate can be
initiated, and the Lodge shall pay for each medical certificate the sum of three
($3) dollars which shall be collected from the candidate at the same time as
the initiation fee.
Approved.
AMENDMENT ON TRUSTEES.
Article X.
The two first lines>to be struck out and the following words substituted^, viz:
Three Trustees shall be elected by Ballot at the last meeting in June, 1876.
The Brother receiving the highest number of votes shall hold office for three
years, then the next highest two years, and the lowest for one year; and one
Trustee shall be elected annually for a terra of three years. All vacancies in
-the Board of Trustees shall be filled in regular manner for the unexpired term.
Approved.
Your Committee would call attention to the Secretaries of the Subordinate
Lodges always to sign and attach the Lodge Seal to all additions and amendments to be submitted to your Committee, as we notice that the By-Law on
fines and assessments from Columbia Lodge, returned for signature and seal,
was considered not approved, although your Committe did approve of the By-
Law on June 27th, 1874, and merely referred it back for signature and seal.
All of which is summitted.
JOSHUA DAVIES,    (Chairman)
JOHN M. READ,
J. P. GOODHUE.
Moved by Representative Weiler, of No. 1, that the report
be laid on the table, seconded by Representative Gowen, of
No. 1, and carried.
Report of Committee on Finance read as follows:
Victoria, B.C., February 12th, 1877.
To the R. W. Graisjd Lodge of B. C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
~Your Committee on Finance have examined the accounts of the Grand  Sec- 79
retary and Grand Treasurer, and have much pleasure in reporting them   correct.
M. J. GOODE,
R. W. FAWCETT,
H C   LOYE.
Committee on finance.
Moved by Representative Growen of No. 1, that the report
be adopted; seconded by Representative Davies, of No. 1., and
carried.
Report of Committee on Laws of Subordinates taken from
the table, and after being considered seri-atem, moved by
Representative Weiler of No. 1, that the report as a whole be
accepted and adopted seconded by Representative Gowen of
No. 1, and carried.
Representative Hayward of No. 1, gave the following
notice of motion, which was laid on the table:
That all Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction may, when
their regular night of meeting happens to fall on any public
holiday, hold their regular meeting on another evening—provided that a resolution to that effect be passed at the regular
meeting immediately preceding.
Report from Committee on distribution of subjects in
Grand Master's report was read as follows:
Hall op G. L. op B. C, Februaiy 12th 1877.
To the R. W. G. M., Officers and Members:
Your Committee on Distribution on the Grand Master's report, beg most
respectfully to report—
That as much of the report as refers to correspondence between Ahmeek
Lodge. No. 150, and Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and also the communication of Black Diamond Lodge No. 5, and Dominion Lodge No. 4, also that
portion refering to the establishing a Degree Lodge be referred to Committee
on legislation.
So much as refers to decisions of G. M. and Deputies, be referred to Committee on the state of the Order.
That portion relating to finance and also the payment of Janitor, be referred
to the Committee on Finance.
So much as refers to the G. L., U. S., be adopted, except the remarks reflecting on our late Representative, which should be struck out, as the G. M.
or G. S. made no attempt for assistance.
JOHN H. MELDRAM,
T. R MITCHELL,
w. McKillican.
Moved by Representative Gowen, of No. 1, that the report
be adopt; seconded by Representative Elliott, of No. 3, and
carried.
. Representative Mitchell, of No. 1, on behalf of Committee
appointed last session of the R. W. Grand Lodge, to present
a testimonial to Grand Secretary  Robinson, in a few appro- 80
priate remarks presented a handsome gold pen and pencil
case, with the following inscription engraved thereon:
I O. O   F.
Presented by G. L. op B. C. to
J   D. ROBINSON, G. S.
The recipient replied, thanking the Grand Lodge for their gift
which was highly prized by him, and also thanking the members for their uniform kindness and assistance rendered to
him on all occasions, since the formation of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia.
On motion the G. L. took a recess until 8:30 p. m.
EVENING   SESSION.
The G. L. resumed its sitting at 8:30 p. m., and was called
to order by the Grand Master.
Report read from Special Committee appointed last session, to procure a set of Regalia during the interim for the
Grand Officers.
Victoria. B.C., 12th February, 1877.
To the R.W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
Dear Sirs and Brothers: Your committee appointed last session of this
R.W. Grand Lodge, to secure a suitable set of regalia, during the interim beg
to report that they sent for a new set of jewels, which have been placed in
possession of the respective officers; the cost of which, amounting to $28 50,
has been paid out of the funds of the Grand Lodge. The regalia they considered it better to defer for the present.
Respectfully submitted,
J. P. DAVIES,
JAMES D. ROBINSON,
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
Committee.
Moved by Rep, Goode, of No. 4, ''That the report be
received, and the committee be discharged."
Seconded by Rep. Weiler, of No. 1, and carried.
Attention was called to errors in the printed proceedings
of last session, which were ordered to be corrected as follows:
First—On page 54, report of Committee on Finance, instead of the words
" our representative," it should read " one representative."
Second —On page 89, Article 3, sec. 6, for :'Grand Lodge of California,"
read " Grand Lodge of British Columbia."
The hour having arrived for nomination and election for
officers, the following Past Grands were nominated:
For M. W. G. M.
R. Roberts, P.G., Rep. of No. 1, nominated by M. J. Goode, P.G., Rep.
of No. 4.
C. Gowen, P.G.; Rep. of No. 1, nominated by J. Fell, P.G., of No. 2. 81
ForR. W. D. G. M.
C. Hayward, P.G., Rep. of No. 1, nominated by J. S. Drummond, P.G.M.
Rep. of No. 1.
J. Sehl, P.G., Rep. of No. 1, nominated by W. D: McKillican, P.G., Rep.
of No. 4. •
W. J. Jeffree, P. G.,  Rep. of No. 2, nominated by J. Davies, P. G., Rep.
of No. 1.
For R. W. G. W.
J. T. Scott, P. G., Rep. of No. 3, nominated by M. J. Goode, P. G., Rep.
ofNo. 4.
ForR. W. G.Sec.
J. D. Robinson, P. G., Rep. of No. 1, nominated by J. York, P. G., of No. 1.
For R. W. G. Treas.
J. Wriglesworth, P. G., Rep. of No. 4, nominated by J. Sehl, P. G., Rep.
ofNo. 1.
The G. M. appointed Rep. Humber, of No. 2, and J.
Tork, P.G., as tellers.
ELECTION.
For Grand Master 31 votes cast.
For R. Roberts, 19 votes.
C. Gowen,   12    |
Richard Roberts, P.G., having received a majority of all
votes cast, was declared duly elected.
For Deputy Grand Master 32 votes cast.
For C. Hayward,       4 votes.
J. Sehl, 8    £
W. J. Jeffree,    20 |
W. J. Jeffree, P.G., having received a majority of all
votes cast, was declared duly elected.
FOR GRAND WARDEN.
J. T. Scott, P. G., being the only nominee, the Grand
Secretary was instructed to cast ballot in his favor, when J.
T. Scott, P.G., was declared duly elected.
FOR GRAND  SECRETARY.
James D. Robinson, P.G., being the only nominee, he
was, on motion, declared elected by acclamation.
FOR GRAND TREASURER.
J. Wriglesworth, P. G., being the only nominee, the
Grand Secretary was instructed to cast ballot in his favor,
when he was declared duly elected.
Report read from majority of Committee on Legislation,
on portion of G.M. report referred to them.
Victoria, B.C., 12th February, 1877.
To the R. W. G. M, Ofiicers and Members R. W. G, L., B. C.
Brethren   Your Committee on Legislation beg to report that we have no
i evidence before us that Black  Diamond Lodge, No. 5, B C, acted in accordance with the laws governing Ahmeek Lodge, No. 150, Michigan, for benefits.
But from their correspondence on the subject, they have shown a willingness
to  remunerate Black Diamond Lodge,  No. 5,  for every dollar expended. 82
Therefore we can only draw our conclusions from their own correspondence
that Black Diamond Lodge acted in accordance with the tenor of Ahmeek
Lodge, No. 150, beneficial laws, and would recommend that the Grand Secretary communicate with Ahmeek Lodge and the Grand Master of Michigan in
regard to the matter, asking a contribution from all the Lodges to assist Ahmeek Lodge in paying her just liabilities; as Black Diamond, No. 5, is as
little able to bear the expense of attending to the brothers of distant Lodges,
as any other Lodge; besides having from a depleted treasury and subscrip- >
tions from her members, to pay the just expenses the deceased Brother Rod-
gers incurred. The Grand Secretary should mention the donation of $52 by
the nurse and attendant, leaving a balance of $86 50 due Black Diamond
Lodge.
Your Legislative Committee would further state that so much of the Grand
Master's report as refers to the Degree and Rebecca Lodges is premature, and
we are of opinion should be struck from the G. M. report, in consequence of
the very limited number of our subordinate Lodges, and the paucity of Brothers' wives to form a successful Rebecca Degree Lodge.
Yours in F. L. and T.,
J. S. DRUMMOND,
B. W. SHILES,
W. J. JEFFREE,
T. R. MITCHELL,
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1,  | That the report be -
adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, and carried.
Report read from same committee on dues and benefits.
Victoria, B.C , 12th February, 1877.
To the R.W.G.M., Officers and Members R.W.G.L., B.C.
Brethren—Your Legislative Committee appointed to report and frame I
an amendment to Article 4, of the subordinate constitution in relation to fines,
dues and benefits, for the government of subordinates, whereby the  financial I
system of our Order may be based on sounder principles, we have not yet
come to  any definite conclusion in regard to the matter, for the following
reasons set forth, viz.:
1st—The Grand Lodge of the United States having had the same  matter
in consideration for some three years, and awaiting their action on such an
all important matter, we remained inactive.    The reports only arriving at a
late date, we were unable to discuss the subject, but by reference to page 7010 I
Journal G.L.U.S., we find the substance of a three years' search assisted by
reports from the different State grand bodies, as to the mortality and per cent-
age necessary to charge for certain benefits allowed by subordinate Lodges, we
find different views on the subject in different localities, referring perhaps to
the climate and healthiness of the place.    We would recommend a careful]
perusal of the report so far as it goes; some jurisd ctions recommending three I
percent,   dues on the amount of benefits paid out; that would be for our l
Lodges 36 cents per week, While we pay only some 23% cents.    This is the j
actuaries' report from Virginia; in fact the court of the United States cannot \
come to any just conclusion until they make further enquiries ; their search I
being based on a thirty years' system, and so we ask a continuance of time^/j
because our Lodges are too young to discriminate upon this important subject, and will have to be guided to a great extent by the statistical  report of
the Grand Lodge Court at its next session.
We have the honor to be yours in F. L. T.,
J. S. DRUMMOND,
W. J. JEFFREE,
B. W
SHI^Et
Committee 83
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, 1 That the report be
received, and the question'referred to a special committee, to
report next session, viz.: J. S. Drummond, P. G. M., Rep.
No. 1; J. Davies, P.G., Rep. No. 1: J. Wrigglesworth, P.G.
Rep. No, 4; H J. Jeffree, P.G., Rep. No. 2."
Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4.
Moved as an amendment by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1,
| That the report be received and placed on file."
Seconded by Rep. Goode, of No. 4.
The amendment on being put to the vote was lost.
The original motion was. then put and carried.
Moved by Rep. Robinson, of No. 1, "That we do now
adjourn until 7:30, p.m., to-morrow night."
Seconded and carried.
SECOND DAT.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 7:30, p.m , pursuant to
adjournment, and was called to order by the Grand Master.
All officers present.
Minutes of yesterday's proceedings were read, and on
motion adopted.
Previous to any further business being transacted, it was
moved and seconded "That we adjourn until to-morrow
morning, at 10 o'clock, a.m.," which motion was carried, and
the Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
THIRD DAY.
Wednesday, 14th February, 1877.
The Grand Lodge met this morning at ten o'clock, pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the Grand
Master.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
Minutes of previous day's session read and adopted.
Committee on State of the Order presented the following
report:
Victoria, B.C., Feb. 14, 1877.
To the M.W. Grand Master, Officers and Representatives of the R.W. Grand
Lodge of British Columbia:
Sirs and Brothers—
Your Committee on the State of the Order having examined such portions
of the Grand Master's report as referred to them, would most respectfully
report that as far as the progress and prosperity of the Order in this jurisdiction is concerned, we consider it ably exemplified by the Most Worthy Grand
Master's address, and the Grand Secretary's report, and regret that the general depression of commerce and political embarrassment in this Province, has
retarded to a great extent the increase of members of Lodges, and membership
in general. 84
As far as the decisions of the M. W. Grand Master are concerned, we
concur with him on exhibit A.
Exhibit B.—We rule, (according to White's Digest, page39, No. 165) fines
are considered not dues; that assessments are to be placed in the same category, and the Grand Lodge has to determine as to the standing of the Brother
at the time of being reported sick; your committee not knowing the customs
of the Lodge.
Exhibit C.—We rule the same as Exhibit B.
With the other decisions of the Grand Master we concur.
Yours in F. L   and T.,
JOHN WEILER,
CHAS. GOWEN,
Majority of the Committee on State of the Order.
Moved by Rep, Wriglesworth, of No. 4, "That the
report be received and adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, and carried.
Rep. Robinson, of No. 1, offered the following resolution, viz.:
"That in order to settle the vexed question of when
fines and assessments become due by a Brother, be it hereby
resolved, that all fines and assessments charged against a
Brother on the books of a subordinate Lodge, shall be
counted and considered as dues at the end of each term, for
all fines and assessments that may have been levied during
the term then passed."
Seconded by Rep. Weiler, of No. 1., and carried.
Committee on Finance presented the following on the
portion of Grand Master's report referred to them:
Victoria, B.C., February 13th
To the M. W. G. Master, Officers and Members  of the R.W.G
British Columbia:
Sirs and Brothers,—
Your Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the financial portion
of the M. W. G. Master's report, have carefully examined the same, and
report as follows:
That portion of the report of the M. W. G. Master relating to the establishment of a relief association, is cordially endorsed, and we recommend that
a special committee be appointed to gather such information from different
protective associations that are established; also to obtain, copies of Constitution and By-Laws, and report to this Grand Lodge at its next session.
The portion relating to the payment of the Outside Guardian the sum of
twenty-five ($25) dollars, we do not endorse, and recommend that portion be
struck from the report.
The portion relating to the payment of Grand Instructor, we strongly
recommend that no payment be allowed for G. I. by this <»rand Lodge,
M. J. GOODE,
W. C. LOYE,
R. W. FAWCETT,
Finance Committee.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, of No. 1, "That the report be
adopted."
Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4, and carried.
1877.
Lodge
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COMMITTEE APPOINTED.
R. Roberts, of No. 1; W. J. Jeffree, of No. 2; J.
Wriglesworth, of No. 4.
The Committee on Finance presented the following
report, which was on motion laid upon the table:
Victoria, B.C., February 13th, 1877.
To the M. W. Grand Master, Officers and Members of R. W. Grand Lodge of
British Columbia:
^irs and Brothers,—
Your Committee on Finance regret they cannot recommend a reduction in
the assessments on the subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction for the present
year.
We therefore recommend that an assessment be levied on the subordinate
Lodges at the following rates, viz.:
Sixty-five cents per capita, payable on the 30th of June, 1877; and twenty-
five cents per capita, payable on December 31st, 1877.
M.J. GOODE,
W. C. LOYE,
R. W. FAWCETT,
Finance Committee.
The Grand Lodge then took a recess until 1:30, p.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge at 1:30, p.m., resumed its sitting, and
was called to order by the Grand Master.
Rep. Robinson, of No. 1, moved 1 That when the Grand
Lodge adjourn this day, it adjourn sine die"
Seconded by Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, and carried.
Rep. Drummond, of No. 1, presented the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Finance.
Besolved—" That the custom heretofore of the Grand
Master or other Grand Officer of this R. W. Grand Lodge,
charging the outlying districts with their travelling expenses,
is one bearing harshly upon such Lodges and districts so
visited; therefore be it resolved that when any of the Grand
Officers of this R. W. Grand Lodge visit these outlying districts or Lodges for any purpose whatever pertaining to the
Order, they shall not levy their travelling expenses upon said
Lodges so visited, thereby placing these outlying Lodges on
the same basis as those situated in Victoria District."
Rep. Todd, of No. 4, presented the following resolution,
viz.:
"That the motion passed at the last annual communication, that the photograph of every retiring Grand Master be
procured for this Grand Lodge be rescinded, and the following substituted, viz.:
i That any retiring Grand Master may by vote of this 86
G. L. have permission to place his photograph in the room
occupied by this Grand Lodge."
Seconded by Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, and carried.
Rep. Goodhue, of No. 2, presented the following resolution, viz.:
Besolved—" That this R. W. G. L. petition the R. W. G.
L U. S. for a refund of the tax paid by this R. W. Grand
Lodge to G. L. U. S.; and also request that the G. L. of B.
C. be exempt from the payment of Rep. tax to G. L. U. S.
That notwithstanding the proposition of this G. L. to pay
their representative to the G. L. U. S., until such time as we
shall have the control of the legitimate and lawful number of
ten Lodges. We ask this not as a right, but from the distance we are located from the east, where the G. L. U. 8.
generally holds its communication; and further, from the
precedent adopted by the G. L. U. S. towards the republic
of Chili, and the territories of Wyoming and Utah, we of
British Columbia being situated at a greater distance than
either of the preceding named places." (See G. L. U. S.
Journal, 1876, pages 6,946, 7,058, 7,083.)
Seconded by Rep. Fawcett, of No. 2, and carried.
Committee on Finance presented the following report:
Victoria, B.C., 13th February, 1877.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
Brethren—Your Committee on Finance recommend that the three representatives, viz., J. T. Scott. H.Elliott, and B. W. Shiles, present at the session
at Victoria, be paid twenty dollars each as mileage for their attendance at this
Grand Lodge.
M.J. GOODE,
W, C. LOYE.
R. W. FAWCETT,
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Drummond, of No. 1,  cc That the report
be adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, and carried.
The  Committee  on  Finance   presented   the  following
report:
Victoria, B.C., 13th February, 1877.
To the R W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
Brethren —Your Committee on Finance would recommend that a salary
of one hundred dollars be paid the Grand Secretary for services during the
current year.
M. J. GOODE,
W. C. LOYE,
R. W. FAWCETT,
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1,  "That the report be
adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Goodhue, of No. 2, and carried. 87
Report of Committee on Finance regarding tax, was ordered to be taken from the table.
Moved by Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, "That the report be
adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Goodhue, of No. 2, and carried.
In accordance with notice of motion given last session, it
was moved by Rep. Robinson, of No. 1, " That this G. L.
meet next session at New Westminster, at the regular time."
Seconded by Rep. Goode, of No. 4, and carried.
Notice of motion regarding meeting of subordinate
Lodges on public holidays, moved by Rep. Hayward, of No.
1,  " That the resolution be adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Goodhue, of No. 2, and carried.
Committee on Finance reported on resolution of Rep.
Drummond, No. 1, recommending that the same be adopted,
on motion adopted accordingly.
Committee on Finance presented the following report:
Victoria, B.C., 13th February, 1877.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
Brethren—Your Committee on Finance recommend that the sum of ten
dollars be paid to P. J. Hall, for his services as Janitor during the present
session.
M. J. GOODE,
W. C. LOYE,
r. w. fawcett;
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Scott, of No. 3, 1 That the report be
adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Goodhue, of No. 2, and carried.
The Special Committee on collecting information regarding the early history of the Order in British Columbia, asked
for further time, which was on motion granted.
Notice of motion given by Rep. Drummond, of No. 1,
to hold session of 1879 of this R. W, Grand Lodge at
Nanaimo.
The following bills were read, viz.: C. E. Redfern,
$16 50; J. Sehl, $19 50.
Moved by Rep. Goodhue, of No. 2, " That the bills be
ordered paid."
Seconded by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, "That the thanks of
this G. L. be tendered to Victoria Lodge, No. 1, and Columbia
Lodge, No. 2, for the use of their hall during the present
session."
Seconded by Rep. Elliott, of No. 3, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Goodhue, of No, 2, " That permission
be asked from the Lodges to allow the photographs belonging to this G. L. to hang in the Lodge room." 88
Seconded by Rep. Phillips, of No. 1, and carried.
The next business in order was installation of officers.
J. S. Drummond, P.G.M., and J. Weiler, P.G.M., presented
Richard Roberts, Grand Master elect, for obligation, and he
was duly installed into- office.
The M.W.G.M. then installed the following:
W. J. Jeffree   R. W Deputy Grand Master.
J. T. Scott     ,,    Grand Warden.
J D.Robinson     ,.,    Grand Secretary.
J, Wriglesworth      ,,    Grand Treasurer.
The M. W. G. M. then appointed the following, which
were   on motion  approved,   and  duly installed  into their
respective offices:
H. Waller        W. Grand Marshal.
J. P. Goodhue    ,,   Grand Guardian.
M. J. Goode    ,,   Grand Conductor.
A. Phillips    ,,   Grand Herald.
M. Humber     ,.   Grand Chaplain
The M. W. Grand Master then appointed the following
committees:
committee on finance.
R. W. Fawcett, of No. 2     M. J. Goode, of No. 4.
H Elliott, of No. 3     mm Read, of No. 1.
R. W. Shiles, ofNo. 3.
COMMITTEE ON APPEALS.
C. Gowen, of No. 1  J. H. Meldram, of No. 2.
J. Sehl, of No. 1 W. D. McKillican, of No. 4.
J. M. Read, of No. 1.
COMMITTEE ON LAWS OF SUBORDINATES.
J. Davies, of No. 1     C  Todd, of No. 4.
H. Waller, of No. 2   F. Carne, of No. 1.
J. P. Goodhue, of No. 2.
COMMITTEE ON PETITIONS.
J. P. Davies, of No  2 H. Elliott, of No. 3.
M. Humber, of No. 2 C. Hayward, of No. 1.
C. Todd, of No. 4.
COMMTTTEE ON STATE OF THE ORDER.
J. Weiler, of No. 1...   J. Davies, of No. 1 C. Gowen, of No. 1.
COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION.
J. S. Drummond, of No. 1     J. Sehl, of No. 1.
B. W. Shiles, ofNo. 3 T. R. Mitchell, ofNo. 1.
H. Waller, of No. 3.
COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Grand Secretary.... Grand Treasurer.... J. Davies, of No. 1.
The M. W. Grand Master then appointed the following
D.D.G.M.: C. Hayward, P.O. of No. 1, for District No. 1.
B. W. Shiles. P.G. of No. 3, for District No. 2.
E. Quesnell, P.G. of No. 5, for District No. 3.
Moved by Rep. Weiler, of No. 1, "That the appointments of the Grand Master be confirmed."
Seconded by Rep. Waller, of No. 2, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, " That a vote of thanks
be tendered to retiring Grand Officers for the efficient manner in which the affairs of the G. L. were conducted."
Seconded by Rep. Waller of No. 2, and carried.
Minutes of the day were then read and approved.
After a few remarks from the retiring Grand Master, the
Grand Lodge adjourned sine die.  91
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| ANNUAL EEPOKT
Of the B. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia, for the year
ending 31st December, 1876, to the B. W. Grand Lodge
of the United States.
Number of Lodges     5
,, Initiated    ... 52
,, Admitted by Card as Ancient O. F     3
,, Reinstated     4
,, Withdrawn by Card	
,, Suspended or dropped  14
,, Expelled     0
,, Deceased     3
Members 492
,, Of Brothers relieved  61
., Of widowed families relieved     2
Amount paid for relief of Brothers, -
,, ,, Widowed families,   -
,, ,, Education of Orphans, -
,, ,, Burying the Dead,   -
,, ,, Special Relief,    -
Total Relief, -
Amount of annual receipts, -
Number of weeks for which sick benefits were paid, 

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