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Array     ^Proceedings
OF THE
Waijd Wodqe of lliutish tf olunjbia,
I. O. O. P-
EIGHTEENTH  ANNUAL SESSION.
Odd Fellows' Hall,
Nanaimo, B. C., February 10th, 1892.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 2 o'clock p. m., pursuant to notice.
Present—
J. E. Phillips, (No. 4) Grand Master
J. E. Phillips, (No. 3) Deputy Grand Master.
J. Crossan Grand Warden.
F. Davey Grand Secretary.
T. C. Gray     "      Treasurer.
H. Waller, P. G. M     "      Bepresentative.
B. W. Shiles, P. G, M     1
A. G. Day     "       Chaplain.
A. Henderson Acting Grand Marshal.
M. Duffin  Grand Guardian.
B. Douglas     1       Conductor.
E. Rivers Acting Grand Herald.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum, present, and all
present having been examined and found qualified, the Grand
Chaplain offered prayer, and the Grand Lodge was declared
duly opened for business. 916
The Grand Master appointed F. Carne, P. G. M.,
D. Welsh, No. 13, and W. McColl. P. G. M., a committee on
credentials.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia) I.O.O.F.)
Dear Sirs and Brothers.—Your Committee on Credentials have examined the Credentials of the Representatives
and beg to report that the following are accredited.
Lodge.
Victoria, No. 1.
Columbia, No. 2.
New Westminster, No. 3.
Dominion, No. 4.
Black Diamond, No. 5.
Harmony, No. 6.
Excelsior, No. 7.
Vancouver, No. 8.
Tatnai, No. 9.
Western Star, No. 10.
Representatives.
F. Carne, P. G. M.
W. E. Holmes.
A. G. Day.
J. Pope.
A. Henderson.
P. W. Dempster.
J. P. Foulds.
G. Cunningham.
G. Fowlie.
G. Glover.
G. Norris.
R. Rivers.
R. Scott.
J. A. Thompson.
J. Peers.
W. E. Johnstone.
T. F. Neelands.
R. E. Smith.
H. B. Gilmour.
A. Parker.
W. Mitchell. •
A. Penzer.
D. Welsh.
Alternates.
S. Adler.
F. Taylor.
R. C. Fawcett.
R. F. Bonson.
D. Douglas.
L. Cousins.
W. Walker.
E. Bone.
G. Ramsay.
J. Matthews.
A. McDonald.
S. A. Cawley.
E. C. Coulson.
G. Pollay.
E. T. W. Pearse.
W. J. Kirfoot.
J. Mayther.
W. J. Young.
R. Gordon.
W. H. Gardiner
Also, that the following Past Grands are entitled to the
Grand Lodge Degree : 917
Victoria, No. 1,
Columbia, No. 2,
New Westminster, No. 3,
Dominion, No. 4,
Black Diamond, No. 5,
Harmony, No. 6,
Excelsior, No. 7,
Vancouver, No. 8,
Tatnai, No. 9,
Western Star, No. 10,
Union, No. 11,
Selkirk, No. 12,
Royal City, 13,
C. Monk,
R. C. Fawcett,
D. Douglas.
G. Glover,
E. Bone,
M. McDonald,
J. Matthews.
J. McDonald.
G. PoUay.
R. E. Smith.
W. J. Kirfoot.
R. Gordon,
W. H. Gardiner.
Yours fraternally,
P. A. PhiUips.
M. G. Blanchard.
R. Drake.
G. Cavalsky.
H. Mitchell.
A. McKnight.
A. Penzer.
F. Carne,
Wm. McColl,
D. Welsh,
Committee on Credentials.
The Grand Marshal reported the following Past Grands
in waiting to receive the Grand Lodge Degree, but without
the usual certificate. R. F. Bonson, JSTo. 3; H. B. Gilmour,
No. 10; and W. Mitchell, ISTo. 11. Representatives present
having vouched that these Brothers were properly qualified,
it was Resolved: That the usual certificates be dispensed
with in the case of these three Brothers, and that the Grand
Lodge Degree be conferred on them.
The following Past Grands were admitted and received
the Grand Lodge Degree:
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D. Douglas, No. 3; R. F. Bonson, No. 3; G. Glover, No. 4; M.
McDonald, No. 6; J. Peers, No. 7; T. F. Neelands, No. 8; G. PoUay,
No. 8; W. E. Johnstone, No. 8; E. T. W. Pearse, No. 9; W. J. Kirfoot,
No. 10; H. B. Gilmour, No. 10;  W. Mitchell, No. 11;   A. Penzer, No. 12.
The Roll having been called, all the Representatives
were found to be present.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill vacancies on Committees :
Finance.—R. F. Bonson, No. 3.
Laws of Subordinates.—W. E. Johnstone, No. 8: A. Penzer, No. 12. 918
Petitions.—W. Mitchell, No. 11; A. G. Day, No. 1;  T. F. Neelande,
No. 8.
State of the Order.—B. S. Douglas, No. 13.
Legislation.—G. Glover, No. 4; P. W. Dempster, No. 2.
Judiciary.—H. B. Gilmour, No. 8; G. Fowlie, No. 4.
Mileage and per Diem.—W. E. Holmes, No. 1;   S. Adler, No. 2;
J. Peers, No. 7.
The Grand Master read his report for the past year.
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Victoria, B. C, 9th February, 189!
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia) I.O.O.F.:
Representatives.—It is with much pleasure that I
extend to you my fraternal greetings at this our Eighteenth
Annual Session, and to present you my report for the year
that is past. The increase of Lodges and members in this
Province during my term of office far exceeds that of any
previous year since the institution of this Grand Lodge. I
am also pleased to be able to report that peace and harmony
prevails throughout the jurisdiction, and every member appears
to be willing to assist in the advancement of the Order, and
I feel safe in saying that our institution ranks second to no 5
other in the esteem of the public. I have never so fully
realized the advantages of being connected with such a vast j
Brotherhood as ours as in the past year. For the great
honor you conferred on me in electing me to the highest
position in this Grand Lodge, and for the many kindnesses I
have received during my term, allow me to extend to you
and the entire membership of this jurisdiction, my hearty
thanks. I trust that my successor may have a still more
prosperous year to report when he vacates the chair.
PROCLAMATIONS. \
Having received the following proclamations from the
Grand Sire respecting the observance of the Anniversary of
the Order, and of Memorial Day, I issued the Proclamations
annexed to the Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction. 919
ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION.
Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I.O.O.F., )
Office of the Grand Sire. )
To all to whom these presents shall come) Greeting :
Whereas, the due and proper celebration of the twenty-
sixth day of April as the Anniversary of Odd Fellowship in
America, is sanctioned by immemorial custom, and is in
observance of the standing resolution of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge. Now, therefore, I, Charles M. Busbee, Grand Sire,
by virtue of. the authority vested in me by law, do hereby
recommend and enjoin upon all Grand and Subordinate
Bodies under the jurisdiction of the Order to devote
the twenty-sixth day of April, A. D. 1891, (or, as the
twenty-sixth will fall on Sunday, the twenty-fifth or the
twenty-seventh day of April, \ as may be selected,) the
Seventy-Second Anniversary of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows in America, to suitable and appropriate exercises in commemoration of the day, and to public thanksgiving to Almighty God for his manifold blessings vouchsafed
to us, as an Order and as individuals, during the past year.
Done at the City of Raleigh, State of North Carolina,
this the twenty-seventh day of February, Anno Domini
eighteen hundred and ninety-one, and of the Order, the
seventy-second year.
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Attest
C. M. BUSBEE,
Grand Sire,
Theo. A. Ross,
Grand Secretary 920
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.,
Grand Master's Office,
# Victoria, B. C, 20th March, 1891.        }
To all Lodges subordinate to the Grcwid Lodge of British
Cohimbia) I.O.O.F.)
Greeting :—
Whereas, the Grand Sire has issued his Proclamation
in which he recommends all Grand and Subordinate Lodges
to devote the twenty-sixth day of April, 1891, (or the 25th
or 27th, as the 26th falls on a Sunday) to suitable and appropriate exercises in celebration of the Seventy-Second Anniversary of our Order.
Now, Therefore, I, Joseph E. Phillips, Grand Master
of the I. O. O. F. of the Province of British Columbia, do
earnestly request the Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction
to carry out and respect the recommendation  of the Grand
Sire, by such observance of the day selected as may seem
proper to them, and inasmuch as certain Lodges may desire
to   appear in  Regalia, I do hereby grant permission to all
Subordinate Lodges  to wear the Regalia of the Order upon
such celebration, subject to such restrictions as are prescribed
by our Laws*
Fraternally,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
Grand Master.
Attest :
Fred. Davey,
Grand Secretary.
MEMORIAL DAY PROCLAMATION.
Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I.O.O.F.,
Office of the Grand Sire.
To all to whom these presents shall come. Greeting :—
In  compliance  with  the  standing resolution  of   the 921
Sovereign Grand Lodge, I Charles M. Busbee, Grand Sire,
do hereby request all Subordinate Lodges of the various jurisdictions of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, whose
ranks have been invaded by death, to assemble on the second
Tuesday of June next, being the 9th day of June, 1891, (or
on such other day as may be more convenient), and engage
in appropriate memorial services in memory of their deceased
members.
Since the issuance of the last Memorial Proclamation,
the Order has lost many of its prominent and representative
members. Their names are hereto appended. They were
men whose lives bore daily and willing tribute to the underlying principles of Odd Fellowship, and their names and
virtues should ever be held in fragrant memory.
1.   Australasia
-Michael Kidston, Past Grand Sire.
2. Alabama—September, 29th, 1890, John P. Spence, Grand Representative ; aged 43 years.
3. November 23rd, 1890, W. H. Homer, Past Grand Representative;
aged 66 years.
4. California—February 16th, 1891,   Philo  White,   Past Grand
Representative ; aged 69 years.
5. March 24th, 1891, David W. Welty, Past Grand Representative;
aged 69 years.
6. Colorado—March 13th, 1891, Samuel H. Bradley, Past Grand
Representative ; aged 73 years.
7. Florida—May 6th, 1890, George Damon, Past Grand Representative ; aged 77 years.
8. Georgia—February   25th, 1890, E. C.  Granniss, Past  Grand
Representative ; aged 73 years.
9. Illinois—December 20th, 1890,   J.  Ward Ellis,  Past Grand
Representative ; aged 62 years.
10. Indiana—March 16th, 1891, John W. McQuiddy, Past Grand
Representative ; aged 62 years.
11. Iowa—October 8th, 1890, Thomas D. Evans, Past Grand Representative ; aged 81 years.
12. October 15th, 1890, John Van Valkenbtjrg, Past Grand Representative ; aged 58 years.
13. Lower   Provinces—March 17th, 1891,  Andre Cushing, Past
Grand Representative ; aged 71 years.
14. Maine—April 20th,   1890,   William  H. Smith,   Past Grand
Representative ; aged 62 years.
15.1 August 16th, 1890, Stephen K. Dyer, Past Grand Representative ; aged 69 years. 922
16. January 23rd, 1891, Cyrus K. Ladd, Past Grand Representative ; aged 71 years.
17. Manitoba—November 28th, 1890, Thomas W. Gilbert, Grand
Representative ; aged 40 years.
18. Maryland—April 3rd, 1891, Alexander L. Spear, Past Grand
Representative, and P. G. Treasurer ; aged 68 years.
19. Massachusetts—July 5th, 1890, Charles Hayden, Past Grand
Representative ; aged 70 years.
20. Nevada—March 23rd, 1891, G W. Jones, Past Grand Represent
tative; aged 57 years.
21. New Hampshire—October 5th, 1890, Charles H. Brown, Past
Grand Representative ; aged 76 years.
22. February 25th, 1891, James F. Hartshorn, Past Grand Representative ; aged 81 years.
23. March 9th, 1891, James W. Odlin, Past Grand Representative ;
aged 73 years.
24. New Jersery—July 23rd, 1890, Aaron B. Crane, Past Grand
Representative ; aged 56 years.
25. March 10th, 1891, Samuel N. Bockhilii, Grand Representative;
aged 45 years.
26. March 13th, 1891, John Dunham, Past Grand Representative ;
aged 83 years.
27. New  York—May 27th, 1890,   George Snyder,   Past   Grand
Representative ; aged 63 years.
28. Ontario—November 26th,   1890,  James  Smith,   Past  Grand
Representative ; aged 61 years.
29. Virginia—June 27th, 1890, Edward H. Fitzhugh, Past Grand
Representative, and Past D. G. Sire ; aged 73 years.
30. Washington—December 30th,   1890,  Josiah T. Brown, Past
Grand Representative; aged 49 years.
31. West Virginia—March 7th, 1891, George Baied, Past Grand
Representative; aged 62 years.
32. Wisconsin—July 3rd, 1890, Volney Green, Past Grand Representative ; aged 71 years.
Done at the City of Raleigh, State of North Carolina,
II. S. A., this, the seventh day of April, A. D. 1891, and of
our Order the seventy-second year.
C. M. BUSBEE.
[seal]
Grand Sire.
Attest :
Theo. A. Hoss,
Grand Secretary, 923
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F., )
Office of the Grand Master, )
Victoria, B. C, 20th May, 1891.
To all Lodges subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British
B Columbia, LO.O.F        |
Greeting :—
I am in receipt of a Proclamation of. the Grand Sire,
dated the 7th day of April, 1891, requesting the Subordinate
Lodges of the various jurisdictions of the Independent Order
of Oddfellows, to assemble on the 9th day of June, 1891, or
on such other date as may be more convenient, and engage
in appropriate memorial services in memory of their deceased
members ; and, in compliance therewith I do hereby call on
the Lodges subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, I.O.O.F., to carry out the wishes of the Grand
Sire in this matter in a manner suitable to the occasion, and
a Dispensation is hereby granted them to appear in public
in Regalia, on the day selected by them for these exercises.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
Grand Master.
-Attest :
Fred. Davey,
Grand Secretary.
I received with regret a notice from the Deputy Grand
Sire, dated 1st July, 1891, announcing that he had assumed
the duties of Grand Sire during the indisposition of the
Grand Sire. Bro. Busbee having quite recovered from his
illness was able, on the 4th January last, to resume the duties
of his high office to the great satisfaction of the Order at
large.
In accordance with the following Resolution of the last
session of this Grand Lodge :—| That the incoming Grand
I Master and Grand Secretary submit a question to the Grand
I Sire for his decision, as to the ruling of the Grand Master 924
"at yesterday's Session, on the Amendment proposed by P]
"G. M. Waller, to'the Subordinate Lodge Constitution;'3
the matter was laid before the Grand Sire to which the following reply has been duly received.
Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I.O.O.F., \
Office of the Grand Sire." j
Raleigh, N. C, May 26th. 1891.
Mr. Jos. E. Phillips,
Grand Master, I.O.O.F., Victoria, B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother :—Your letter of May 7th
would have been sooner answered but for my absence from
town.
You submit for my opinion the following question :—
" A revised Constitution for Subordinate Lodges submitted
by a Special Committee was under consideration, when it
was moved by P. G. M. Waller {vide page 866 of Proceedings) to amend Section 1, Article V, by adding the words
\ Lodges may be permitted by a two-thirds vote of the members present to confer the degrees in less than four weeks
after initiation:' this motion on being submitted to the vote
was declared to be lost. Bro. Waller, P. G. M., then moved
to amend the same section by striking out the words ' four
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weeks' and inserting \ twx) weeks ' in lieu thereof. The
Grand Master ruled this amendment out of order under the
following Rule of Order of the Grand Lodge (vide page 895
of the Proceedings). c JN'o more than two amendments to a
proposition shall be entertained at the same time, that is an
amendment, and an amendment to an amendment, and the
question shall be first taken on the latter."
In reply I would say that the ruling of the Grand Master was erroneous. The question under consideration was not
even an amendment to an amendment. One amendment to
wit* that the section be amended by adding certain words had 925
been submitted to a vote and lost. Thereupon another and
distinct amendment was offered to the Section and the Grand
Master ruled this amendment out of order. In that I think
he committed an error.
I have answered your question because the matter was
submitted to me by the action of your Grand Lodge. As to
the effect of my decision, if it can be called a decision, I say
nothing.
Fraternally Yours,
C. M. BUSBEE,
Grand Sire.
The direction of the last Session to prepare and forward
a Memorial to the Sovereign Grand Lodge respecting the
admission of members at 18 years of age, was attended to,
but I am sorry to say the wishes of this jurisdiction have
not been complied with, and this subject still remains unsettled.
In regard to the procuring a set of Regalia for Grand
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Lodge Officers ordered last Session, I would recommend that
in view of the great difference in prices that the amount to
be expended should be named by this Grand Lodge.
Received the following communication from Lt.-Gen'l
J. C. Underwood, Past Grand Sire.
Patriarchs Militant, I. O. O. F.,
Army Headquarters.
Chicago, 111, Exchange Building, July 3th, 1891.
Grand Master Jos. E. Phillips,
Yictoria, British Columbia.
My Dear Sir and Brother :—I desire an official
expression of your opinion as to the advisability of making
the condition for obtaining and holding membership in the 926
Patriarchs Militant Degree more liberal, by changing the
present requirement so as to include " Scarlet Degree" members of the Order. Such a change would undoubtedly superinduce a large increase in the membership of the Patriarchs
Militant  and work a great advantage to   the   Subordinate
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Lodge branch of the Order, without injuring the Encampments. The adjunct influence of the Militant Degree is
often lost, because of the greater expense required to place a
young man not a member of the Order; in a condition to
obtain it, as compared with similiar requirements of other
secret societies. Oblige me with a frank and concise opinion
at your earliest convenience.
Truly and Fraternally,
JNO. C. UNDERWOOD, L, G.
In reply I informed him that in my opinion although
it might prove beneficial to Subordinate Lodges it would injure the Encampment Branch. I advised him instead, to
enlarge the area of his recruiting grounds by admitting the
flower of our youth at 18 years of age.
Received a communication from the Grand Master of
Washington, enclosing a claim from the General Relief Committee, of Seattle, on Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Yictoria. for,
390, nine week's Sick Benefits advanced to Bro. Cowan, a
member of said Lodge. Requested and obtained an explanation from | Dominion \ Lodge, No 4, from which it appears
that the Brother did not report himself to the Committee
during his sickness, but furnished a medical certificate after
his recovery, on the strength of which the Committee paid
the benefits, without reference to the Lodge, and on these
grounds the Lodge declines to pay. Furnished the Grand
Master of Washington with a copy of the statement of Dominion Lodge, since which have received no further communication. 927
APPEALS.
Bro. Bredemeyer of Yancouver Lodge, No. 8, appealed
to me against the action of the above Lodge in refusing to
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accept his nomination for the office of Yice Grand, on the
ground of his being elected as Permanent Secretary for one
year.
Called on Lodge to furnish a statement of facts, copy
of minutes and statement of Bro. Bredemeyer's services. Having received this information and satisfied myself that the
brother was fully eligible and not disqualified by any reason,
I sustained his appeal, declared the election of Yice. Grand
null and void and directed the Lodge to hold a fresh election
for that office, and to include the name of Bro. Bredemeyer
amongst the candidates with those in nomination at the previous election. This direction was complied with and the
Lodge now appeals to this Grand Lodge against my action.
Bro. Edmunds appealed against the decision of D. D. G.
M., District No. 7, in granting dispensation to Tatnai Lodge,
No. 9, to elect a third degree member to the office of Noble
Grand, all qualified members refusing to serve. I sustained
the D. D. G. M., Bro. E. T. W. Pearse, power being conferred on him~to do so by Art. 6, Sec. 3, Constitution Subordinate Lodges.
INSTITUTIONS.
April 23d, 1891, commissioned as Special Deputy Grand
Master, Bro. W. McCoU, P. G. M., to institute Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, Yancouver.
July 20th, 1891, commissioned as Special Deputy Grand
Master, Bro. H. Waller, P. G. M., to institute Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, at Nanaimo.
Aug. 6th, 1891, accompanied by Bros. H. Waller,.P. G.
M., J. Pope, P. G., and Sisters Mrs. Waller and Mrs. Carne,
I proceeded to Chilliwhack and dedicated a new and h$nd- 928
somely furnished hall.    The brethren  of  Excelsior Lodge,
No. 7, deserve great credit for their enterprise.
The dedicating cermonies being concluded, Bro. H.
Waller assisted by Bro. Pope, Sister Carne and Sister
Waller, in a very able manner conferred the Degree of
Rebekah on 19 brothers and sisters
After recess instituted Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4,
and installed the Officers, and I predict for that Lodge a
grand future. Our business over we were banqueted at the
Grand Hotel, Bro. Webb, D. D. G. M., P. G. Henderson,
and P. G. Peers, and all the members in Chilliwhack treated;
us royally, and their kindness will long be remembered.
Nov. 9th, 1891, accompanied by Bros. Waller, P. G. Mo
Meldram, P. G. M., Sisters Waller, Carne, Dempster, Meldram, and. Grand Instructor Sister Bishop, of Colfax
Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, instituted Beulah Rebekah Lodge,
No. 5, at New Westminster, which started with a large num-
ber of members. With the assistance of the above named
Brothers and Sisters the Degree of Rebekah was ably conferred on several applicants.
Nov. 14th, 1891, instituted Acme Lodge, No. 14, at
Yictoria, assisted by Bros. J. E. Phillips, D. G. M., F. Davey,
G. S., T. C. Gray, G. T., and other members of the Yictoria
Lodges. This Lodge has already a large membership. I think |
their prospects are good to become a strong and prosperous
Lodge.
Dec. 10th, 1891, instituted Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15,
Cloverdale, in company with H. Waller, P. G. M., from
Yictoria, and about 30 brothers from New Westminster, among
whom were P. G. Welsh, D. D. G. M., District No. 2; W.
McColl, P. G. M., B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., and J. E. PhiUips,
D, G. M., to whom I feel grateful for assistance. There
were five Charter Members, initiated and conferred the 3
Degrees on 16, making a total membership of 21.    I in- 929
formed the brothers that their hall was not a proper place to
hold their meetings, and was informed that they intend to
hold their meetings in the school house.
Jan. 5th, 1892, commissioned as Special Deputy, Bro.
Hawley, of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to institute Kootenay
Lodge, No. 16. ? This Lodge was instituted on the 22nd January, 1892.
Jan. 23rd, instituted Duncan Lodge, No. 17, assisted by
that untiring and hard worker, Bro. H. Waller, P. G. M., (to
whom I am specially indebted for valuable assistance given
me during my term of office,) and about 16 other members of
tlie Yictoria Lodges, also several Brothers from Nanaimo.
Nine Charter Members and 3 initiated. After instituting and
installing the officers we retired to the present N. Grand's,
Bro. Dickie's, where we sat down to a banquet, and a most
sociable evening was spent.
There has been considerable correspondence in regard to
the formation of other Lodges in this Province.
I recommend that this Grand Lodge grant Charters to
the above named Lodges.
INSTALLATIONS.
July 6th, 1891, installed the Officers of Yictoria Lodge,
No. 1.
July 8th, 1891, installed the Officers of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2. I
July 9th, 1891, installed the Officers of Dominion Lodge,
No. 4.
July 28 th, 1891, installed the Officers of Colfax Rebekah
Lodge, No. 1.
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Jan. 4th, 1892, installed the Officers of Yictoria Lodge,
No. 1. 930
Jan. 6th. 1892, installed the Officers of Columbia Lodge,
Xo. 2.
Jan. 7th, 1892, installed the Officers of Dominion Lodge,
No. -A. | I
11th,   1892,   installed   the   Officers   of   Colfax
Rebekah Lodge. No. 1.
DISPENSATIONS.
May 5th, 1891, to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to
hold an Excursion in the name of the Order,aud to wear
Regalia in public.
July 28th,  1891, to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
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Royal City Lodge, No. 13, to hold an Excursion and *
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appear in public in Regalia, on the 4th August, 1891.
Aug. 20th, 1891, to Yictoria Lodge, No. 1 ; Columbia
Lodge, Xo. 2 ; and Dominion Lodge, No. 4 ; to hold an
Excursion in the name of the Order, and wear Regalia in
public, on 22nd August, 1891, on which occasion I accompanied the brethren to Seattle. On our arrival we were
waited on by members of the Lodges in that city, who hos-
pitably entertained us. I think that those Excursions are
most beneficial to the Order.
July 29th, 1891, to Yancouver Lodge, No. 8, and West-
ern Star Lodge, No. 10 to hold an excursion and appear in
Regalia, 4th August, 1891.
September 28th, 1891, to Union Lodge, No. 11, to hold
Anniversary ball and supper on 16th October, and to wear
Reeralia.
October 29th, 1891. to Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to hold
all on 27th November, and wear Regalia.
November 30th, 1891, to Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, to hold
>all and wear Regalia, on December 4th 931
January 15th, 1892, to Acme Lodge, No. 14, to confer"
3rd Degree on Bro. J. McLennan, in less time than allowed
by law.   I did this in the absence of the D. D. G. M.
January 7th, 1892, to Dominion Lodge, Xo. 4, to ballot
for and if elected, initiate and confer the 3 Degrees on 12
persons, applicants for charter, at Duncans.
SPECIAL PERMISSIONS.
Dec 10th, 1891, received a communication from Ridgley
Lodge, No. 12, Butte, Montana, asking permission to solicit
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aid in this jurisdiction to liquidate a debt on their property.
The merits of the case did not justify me in granting such
permission. Notwithstanding this refusal, the said lodge did
apply to lodges in this jurisdiction for aid. I thereupon reported their action to the Grand Master of Montana.
Refused Columbus Lodge, No. 24, Algiers, Louisiana,
permission to apply to subordinate lodges in this jurisdiction
for help to build a hall.
Refused May Lodge, No. 10, Stark, Florida, permission
to appeal to lodges in this jurisdiction for aid to rebuild their
hall, that had been destroyed by fire.
Granted permission to Lynden Lodge, Wash., No. 71,
to initiate C. Packard and A. Broe, residents of British Columbia, but residing within 4A miles of Lynden, but 35
miles from nearest lodge of this jurisdiction.
Refused Lynden Lodge, No. 71, Lynden, Washington
permission to initiate two persons, residents  of British Columbia, since Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, was instituted ; however, I have asked for further information, and if those persons reside much nearer Lynden, and after getting consent
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from Cloverdale Lodge, 1 would recommend that permission
be granted by my successor.
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QUESTIONS.
1.    It is competent for a Lodge to review and set aside 932
a ballot before the result is announced on the fact being
brought to its notice that members had voted who were not
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legally qualified to do so.
2. A lodge cannot elect a member to any office who
has not received the third degree.
3. The Noble Grand is the only person authorised to
communicate the A. T. P. W., or in his absence the Yice
Grand. A Past Grand has no right to receive it from a
visiting brother or to communicate it to a member.
4. The Grand Master has no power to grant a dispensation to hold the installation of officers on the last regular
meeting* nip*ht of a term.
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5. It is not necessary to ask any P. G. of a lodge to
accept the office of N. G. before electing a Scarlet Degree
member to that office, all qualified brothers having declined
to serve.
6. The Grand Master is not empowered to grant dispensations to install officers at special meetings of lodges.
A number of questions have been submitted which are
fully covered by the digest or the local law.
I declined to answer questions submitted by individual
members.
On receiving news of the fire at New Westminster,
which destroyed their beautiful hall, involving a great loss to
the brethren  of   that city, I immediately telegraphed   the
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lodges, extending to them the sympathy of this Grand Lodge
in their misfortune. I am pleased to learn that in all probability a much finer building will shortly be erected to replace
the one destroyed.
I cannot close this report without calling the attention
of this Grand Lodge to the inadequate remuneration paid to
our Grand Secretary. We are continually increasing in
lodges and members; this involves a greater amount of work
for this officer, and I think the time has arrived when this
Grand Lodge can afford to pay him sufficiently for his ser- 933
vices. I take this opportunity to thank Bro. Davey for the
assistance he has rendered me during the past year.
Appended are the  reports  of  my   District  Deputies,
which I approve with very few exception s, as noted thereon.
Allow me in conclusion to again thank you for the high
honor you conferred on me one year ago in electing me to
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this high and honorable position. I have endeavored to per*
form the duty attached to the office, to the best of my
ability, and trust that I have given you satisfaction. We
have cause for congratulation in the strides our beloved order
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has made in the past, the future is full of encouragement;
may our hopes in this direction be fully realized. In resigning this trust again to you, and retiring from this Chair, I
do so with a. determination to still continue my work for the
Order. The year that has gone has increased my love for
this Order, and the remembrance of the work I have been
engaged in and the success that has  attended it, will ever
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be cherished as a bright spot in my memory.
I remain, dear sirs and brothers,
Yours fraternally,
■g JOSEPH E. PHILLIPS,
Grand Master.
Resolved) That the Report be received and handed to a
committee of three to distribute the same to the different
committees.
The following Committee on Distribution was appointed:
H. Waller, P.G.M., W. McColl, P.G.M., and F. Carne, P.G.M. 934
|r Victoria, B. C, February 5th, 1892.       J
J. E. Phillips, Esq.,
Grand Master.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg leave to furnish you
with a report of my official acts as your D. D. G. M. of District No. 1:
1. March 3rd, granted to Columbia Lodge, No. 2, permission to confer the 3 Degrees upon Bro. E. Erickson, in less
time than the law allows.
2. June 29th, Yictoria Lodge, No. 1, submitted the
following question to me.
" Is it necessary for a Noble Grand to be present in the
lodge room a majority of nights  of a term, in order to be
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entitled to the honors of the office."
To which  I gave the   following  answer: " Unless an
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officer is present in the lodge room a majority of meeting
nights of his term (unless excused from sickness) he is not
entitled to the honors of his office."
3. September 9th, granted to Columbia. Lodge No. 2,
permission to confer the three Degrees upon Bro. W. B.
Skillan in less time than required by law.
4. November 12th, granted to Dominion Lodge, No.
4, permission to confer the three Degrees upon Bro. A. Smith
in less time than required by law.
5. November 20th, granted to Acme Lodge, No. 14,
permission to confer the three Degrees upon the following
19 brothers, in less time than the law requires, on account
of the Lodge being newly instituted ; D. J. Thompson, C.
Chislett, W. W. Pearson, J. Morrison, R. Kay, C. G. L. Reid,
J. F. Beek, E. Dickenson, J. A. Clarke, J. B. Tubman, W.
Howes, J. M. Campbell, F. Hales, T. E. WaUer, F. R.
Noyes, C. Bone and R. Ledingham. 935
6.    January 7th, 1892, Acme Lodge, JNo. 14, submitted
the following questions for my decision:
1.    Q.    " Can a lodge draft its own application forms, or
are they compelled to use the ones that are being used here
now
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A. " A lodge may draft its own, providing they
comply with the constitution."
2.    Q.    " Whether it is legal for a lodge not to hold its
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regular meeting on Xmas day."
A. "It is legal for a lodge or encampment to omit
meeting on Xmas day, or any other legal or established
holidays.
I am also very pleased to report that the four lodges in
this district are flourishing and in a satisfactory condition.
I am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Fraternally yours,
W. E. HOLMES,
D. D. G. M., District No. 1.
New Westminster, Jan. 23rd, 1892.
Joseph E. Phillips, Esq.,
Grand Master G. L. of B. C.     # .
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg to submit for your
approval a report of my acts as your District Deputy for District No. 2, for the past year:
On April the 16th, 1891, I installed the Noble Grand
and Yice Grand of Royal City Lodge, No. 13, a new election to these offices having been caused by resignation.
May 31st, P. G. Bro. Geo. Robinson, of New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3, submitted the following question for my
decision : 936
I Is it lawful or constitutional for New Westminster
Lodge No. 3, to pay bills without the finance committee having first reported on them.
My decision was " they cannot do so as it would be a
violation of Article XII, of their by-laws.
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July 2nd, I installed the officers of Royal City Lodge,
No. 13.    j 1     |     I •  ;||J:
July 8th, installed the officers of New Westminster]
Lodge, No. 3.
November 12th, granted a dispensation to Royal City
Lodge, No. 13, to confer the three Degrees in one night on
Bros. B. B. Smith, Wm. McDonagh, Wm. Murphy, and Jas.
Murray, for the purpose of inaugurating Cloverdale Lodge,
No. 15. Mi "I
December  15,  granted  a  dispensation  to   Cloverdale]
Lodge,  No.   15,   to  confer  the  three  Degrees   on several
brothers in less time than required by law, as they wished
assistance and instruction from brothers from New Westminster.
January 14th, 1892, installed the officers of Royal City
Lodge, No. 13.
January 22nd, 1892, installed the officers of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
In all the installation ceremonies during the year I was
ably assisted by P. G. M. Wm. McCoU, P. G. M. B. W.
Shiles and D. G. M. J. E. Phillips, and permit me to say in
this connection that the utmost harmony and good feeling
has prevailed between the lodges and amongst the brothers,
and while the increase  in membership has not been large it
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has been substantial, the obiect being   more to get good
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material than to swell the numbers, but on the whole Odd-
fellowship in this district has moved onward. One new
lodge having been formed which now numbers about fifty
members, also a Rebekah Degree Lodge now in a flourishing 937
condition and increasing membership. But we have also
had our seasons of difficulty and trial. The destruction by fire
of the beautiful hall owned by New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
was a serious inconvenience and draw back to both lodges, for,
while the principal loss was sustained by No. 3, No. 13 was
seriously crippled for a time by the loss of all her books and
paraphernalia. No. 3 has also been called to perform the
last sad rites for two of its time-honored members, Bro.
Edwards and Bro. Mcintosh, both respected members of the
Order, and held in high esteem by the community at large,
and whose memories will long be cherished by their brethren.
Respectfully submitted in F. L. and T.,
D. WELSH,
D. D. No. 2.
Nanaimo, B. C, January 13th, 1892.
J. E. Phillips, Esq.,
Grand Master, G. L. B. C, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg leave to place the following report before you as your D. D. G. M. for District
No. 3 :
April 22nd, granted a dispensation to Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5, to initiate A. Hall in less time than required
by law.    (not required.)
July 8th, 1891, assisted by P. G. George Norris, installed the officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, in regular form.
August 12th, 1891, granted a dispensation to Black
Diamond Lodge, No. 5, to initiate W. H. McLellan in less
time than required by law.    (not required.)
January 5th, 1892, assisted by P. Grands G. Norris,
James Crossqii, E. Quennell a5.d George Cavalsky, installed 938
the officers of Miriam Rebekah Degree Lodge, No. 3,
regular form.
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January 6th, 1892,  asssisted  by P. Grands G. Norris,|
Matthew   Duffin, Henry McAdie,  B. Baker,   installed   the
officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, in regular form.
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I am pleased to report that Black Diamond Lodge, No.
5, is in a prosperous condition.
1 am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours in F. L. and T.,
ROBERT RIYERS,
D. D. G. M., District No. 3.
Wellington, February 10th, 1892.
J. E. Phillips, Esq.,
Grand Master, G. L. B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have much pleasure in furnishing you with a report of my actions for the year as your
D. D. for District No. 4 :
July, 1891, installed the officers, assisted by Brothers
Kilpatrick and McDonald ; also January, 1892, installed the
officers.
I have much pleasure in being able to state that Harmony Lodge is in a very prosperous condition, especially the
last half of the year, and with good prospects for the future.
I am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours in F. L. and T.,
J. A. THOMPSON.
Chilliwhack, B. C, Feb. 5th, 1892.
J. E. Phillips, Esq.,
Grand Master, G. L. of B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have the honor to present to 939
you the report of my official acts during my term of office,
hoping it will not be too late :
On February 28th, 1891, I granted a dispensation to
elect a Scarlet Degree member to the office of N. G., all P,
G.'s having declined to act, and afterward in stalled the brother
elected.
On July 14th, 1891, I installed the officers of Excelsior
Lodge into their respective Chairs, with the exception of N.
G., who was absent. N. G. elect not presenting himself for
installation for some time, I ordered a new election for N. G,
Pf Grands declining to act, I granted a dispensation to elect
a Scarlet Degree member, who was elected and installed in
regular form.
On August 4th, 1891,1 granted a dispensation for public
dedication of Excelsior Hall.
On August 6th,   1891,  Grand Master,   Brother J.   E,
PhiUips,   with P.  G. M. Waller and Brother P. G   Pope,
publicly dedicated our hall, also instituted a Rebekah Degree
Lodge.
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On January 5th, 1892, I installed the officers into their
respective chairs, with the exception of Treasurer, who has
not yet presented himself for installation. Excelsior Lodge
is steadily increasing in new members, but the old members
take very little interest in the lodge.
I am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours in F. L. and T.,
H. WEBB,
D. D. G, Master, District No. 5, 940
Yancouver, January, £9th, 1892.
Joseph E. Phillips," Esq.,
Most Worthy Grand Master, I.O.O.F.,
British Columbia.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg to present to you the
following report, as your District Deputy for District No. 6,
during the past year :
January 29th, 1891, granted dispensation to Western
Star Lodge, No. 10, to confer two degrees on Bro. F. J.
Painton in one night
March 12th, 1891, granted dispensation to Western
Star Lodge, No. 10, to confer two degrees on Bro. A. Anderson in one night.
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April 16th, 1891, granted dispensation to Western
Star Lodge, No. 10, to confer two degrees on Bro. J. H. Taylor in one night.
May 21st 1891, granted dispensation to Western Star
Lodge, No. 10, to confer three degrees on Bros. F. Clutter-
buck, H. Andrews and H. Edwards in one night ; also to
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confer two degrees on Bro. Dr. Brydone-Jack.
July 2nd, 1891, installed the officers of Western Star
Lodge,. No. 10.
July  3rd,  1891,   installed   the   officers   of  Yancouver
Lodge, No. 8.
July 23rd, 1891, granted dispensation to Western Star
Lodge, No. 10, to confer two degrees on Brothers A. G.
Coldwell, M. Cole, R. A. Moscrop and C. Mylius in one
night:
Sept. 11th, 1891, granted dispensation to Yancouver
Lodge, No. 8, to confer two degrees on Bro. J. Gates in one
night.
October 9th, 1891, granted dispensation to Yancouver 941
Lodge No. 8, to confer two degrees on Bro. W. Hamilton in
one night.
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October 30th, 1891, granted dispensation to Yancouver
Lodge, No. 8, to confer two degrees on Bros. A. Elliott and
S. Leslie in one night.
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December 18th, 1891, granted dispensation to Yancouver
Lodge, No, 8, to confer two degrees on Bro. John Davidson
in one night.
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January 7th, 1892, installed the officers of Western Star
Lodge, No. 10.
January 8th, 1892, installed the officers of Yancouver
Lodge, No. 8.
:'      I am pleased to state to you the lodges in this district
are in a prosperous condition.
I have the honor to be, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
Wm. HOGG, D. D. G. M.,
District No. 6.
Kamloops,* B. C, 29th January, 1892.
J. E. Phillips> Esq.,
Grand Master I. O. O. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have the honor to present
to you the following report of my. official acts as your Deputy
during the past term :
February 16th, 1891, granted a dispensation to confer
three degrees in one night on Bro. Geo. Reusch.
May 11th, 1891, granted a dispensation to ballot on
Bro. D. G. Sutherland's application for degrees on the same
night as he receives initiation.
May 25th, 1891, granted a dispensation to elect Bro.
R. E. Smith, N. G., all eligible brothers having declined 942
June 6th, 1891, granted a dispensation to  confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. S. Appleby.
July 13th, 1891, installed the officers of Tatnai Lodge,
No. 9.
August 3rd, 1891, granted a dispensation to Western
Star Lodge, No. 10, to confer two degrees in one night on
Bro.  D.  G.  Sutherland of this lodge;  that lodge  having
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applied to me for such dispensation.
(Not approved.    Should apply to their own D. D. G. M.)
September 28th, 1891, granted a dispensation to confer
two degree in one night on Bros. Morrison and Nelson.
January  11th,  1892, installed  the  officers  of  Tatnai
Lodge, No. 9.
January  18th,  1892, granted  a  dispensation  to wear
regalia at the funeral of Bro. Edmunds,    (not required.)
I am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours in F. L. and T.,
E. T. W. PEARSE,
D. D. G. M. No. 7.
Union, B. C, February 2nd, 1892.
Jos. E. Phillips, Esq., \
Grand Master, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg leave to present to you
my report, subject to your approval, of my actions as your
District Deputy for District No. 8 :
July 3, 1891, assisted by P. G. Turnbull, of Nova Scotiaj
I installed the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11, into their
respective chairs in regular form.
August 7th, granted a dispensation to confer the second)
and third degrees in one night on Bro. Alfred Pearse, he on
account of his occupation not being able to attend regularly. 943
January 8th, 1892, I installed the officers elect of Union
Lodge, No. 11, into their respective chairs.
I am very pleased to report Union Lodge, No. 11, as
steadily prospering, the members working steadily and harmoniously together, having in view the grand principles of
our order. We have had no benefits to speak of to pay since
the lodge was organized, and our financial sheet will compare
favorable with lodges that have ten years the start of us.
We expect to be in our new hall by March 30th, 1892, and
hope that the end of 1892 may see our membership greatly
increased.
I beg to remain,
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Yours in F. L. and T.,
f     GEORGE W. CLINTON,
D. D. G. M. District No. 8. M
Donald, B. C, January 27th, 1892.
Joseph E. Phillips, Esq.,
Grand Master G. L. B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have the honor to forward
to you the following report of my actions as your D. D. G.
M. for District No. 9.
On March 12th. 1891, granted a dispensation to Selkirk
Lodge, No. 12, to confer two degrees in one night on Bro.
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Wm. Chandler.
March 19th, 1891, granted a dispensation to confer
three degrees in one night on Bro. Jas. Armstrong.
March 7th, 1891, installed the newly elected Yice-
Grand.
July 16th, 1891, installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge,
Sept. 5th, 1891, granted a dispensation to confer three 944
degrees in one night on Bro. Wm. Bell Campbell in less time
than, is required by law.
October 22nd, 1891, received an application from Selkirk
Lodge, No 12, for dispensation to hold their second annual
ball on November 27th; and to wear regalia at the same.
Dispensation granted by Grand Master.
January 7th, 1892, granted a dispensation to confer
three degrees in one night on Bro. H. Corrigan.
January 7th, 1892, installed the officers of Selkirk
Lodge, No. 12.
Yours fraternally,
ROBERT GORDON,
D. D. G. M. District No. 9.
The Grand Secretary presented and read his report,
which was, on motion, received and handed to the Committee
on Distribution.
Grand Secretary's Office,
Yictoria, B. C, 8th February, 1892.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.,
Dear Sirs and Brothers.—It affords me much pleasure to present you with a report of this office for the year
1891, and to be able to point to the satisfactory progress the
Order has made in this jurisdiction during that period.
Since we last met four Subordinate Lodges have been
instituted, Acme Lodge, No. 14, Yictoria ; Cloverdale Lodge,
No. 15, Cloverdale ; Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson ; and
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, Duncan. The two latter ha\ e been
instituted since 31st December last, so that their membership is not included in this report.
I have also received, through Bro. E. T. W. Pearse, D. 945
D. G. M. District No. 7, the Charter Fee and an application
for a Charter for a lodge to be located at Yernon, but as it
was not accompanied by the cards of the members, I have
written to the applicants pointing out the requirements of
the law and expect shortly to receive the requisite cards.
Four Rebekah Lodges have also been instituted during
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the year : Mizpah Lodge, No. 2, Yancouver ; Miriam Lodge,
No.  3,  Nanaimo ;   Ruth Lodge,  No.  4, Chilliwhack ;  and
Beulah Lodge, No. 5, New Westminster.    I regret I am un-
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able to furnish you with information as to  the aggregate
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membership, &c, of these lodges, owing to the failure of
Ruth Lodge, No. 4 and Beulah Lodge, No. 5, to forward
their reports.
I am sorry to again have to complain of the unnecessary
delay of some of the Subordinate Lodges in forwarding me
their reports at the proper time, causing me considerable inconvenience in compiling my report. Excelsior Lodge,- No.
7, sent me its annual Relief Report in an incomplete state so
that I had to return it for correction,  but although sufficient
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time has elapsed, it has not yet been returned. I am therefore prevented from presenting you with an accurate report
on the matter of Relief, &c, paid.
By the institution of the two lodges since 1st January
last, and from letters I have received, I feel confident our
membership at this date cannot be less than 1,500.
The increase of 228 in the membership in the past year,
has been contributed to by all the lodges in the jurisdiction
with but one exception.
The instruction of last session to the Grand Master and
Grand Secretary to submit a question to the Grand Sire as
to the ruling of Grand Master Quennell, was complied with,
the answer of the Grand Sire will be communicated by the
Grand Master.
A memorial was prepared and forwarded to the Sove- 946
reign Grand Lodge, urging the admission of members at 18
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years of age, but the desired legislation was not effected.
The direction  to procure  a new set of regalia for the
Grand Lodge Officers, has not been carried out for the reason
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that no price was named, nor any appropriation made, and
as there is so great a disparity in the prices of regalia, your
officers would ask that you would stipulate the amount to be
expended for this service.
The recommendation of the Special Committee on Constitutions, etc., at page 847, Proceedings of last session, have
been complied with, and 1000* copies of the Subordinate
Lodge Constitution, printed in book form, of a size suitable
to be bound with the by-laws of Subordinate Lodges, and
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are now offered for sale at three cents per copy.
The Constitution of this Grand Lodge, adopted last session, has been approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
At the session of 1884 it was decided to furnish each
D. D. G. M. with a copy of White's Digest for his official
use, and this direction was carried out. At that time there
were only three districts, but now there are nine, with an
immediate prospect of being further increased to thirteen.
The books supplied are now obsolete, to a considerable
extent, and I have had repeated applications for the new
edition, besides which there are several Deputies who have
never been furnished with one. In view of the expense involved, I submit the matter for instructions.
On the 19th July last, Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, forwarded
all the documents required in appeals, covering the case of
Brother Brown, vvho had been expelled from membership in
that lodge. As no appeal had reached this office, and the
time within which the appeal should be lodged, had expired, I returned the documents to the lodge,
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The finances of the Grand Lodge are in a very satisfac- 947
tory condition. The receipts of the past year exceeded the
estimate by $299 50, and the balance in the hands of the
Grand Treasurer is $246 20 more than was anticipated.
AITXILIAET  ENDOWMENT   BENEFIT
| ASSOCIATION.
There has been a slight increase in the membership of
this association during the year, but it does not keep pace as
it should with the membership in our lodges.
Three beneficial members have died, Brother W. H.
Edwards and Brother S. T. Mackintosh, P. G. of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, and Brother W. Edmunds, P. G. of
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9. The sum of $206 75 was paid on the
death of Brother Edwards from the reserve fund, and $208 40
on death of Brother Mackintosh, being the amount realized
from Assessment No. 9. Two assessments have been levied
payable on the 15th instant, to meet the claim on Bro.
Edmunds' death and to have the necessary amount in hand
to meet the next call.-
Since its organization in 1884, this association has paid
12 death claims, (nine from the Endowment Fund, $1,734 70,
and three from the Keserve Fund, $638 70), a total of $2,373-
40.    It has cost the average age member of 40 years, from its
commencement, $13 50 for assessments, and $12 for dues, a
total of $25 50 in eight years, or an average of  $3 19 per
year, so that it cannot be charged that it is an expensive institution.    The amount it has paid to the beneficiary of the
deceased member has in almost every case proved a great
assistance at a time when every dollar is needed.    If from
no other motive than benevolence, it claims the support of
our membership.    I commend it to your most favorable consideration, not only at this meeting, but in your respective-
Lodges. 948
The following abstract of the Subordinate Lodge Reports
shows the position of the Order at the end of 1891, and the
progress we have made during the year.
Increase.   Decrease.
No. of Lodges at this date  17 4
"    " Bebekah Lodges  5 4
"     " Members in good standing  1430 228
"    " Initiated during the year  257 47
"    A Admitted by Card  30 6
"    " as A. 0  1 ' 1
" Reinstated  3 2
" Withdrawn £i 15
" Expelled '. 3 2
| Deceased  13 7
" Resigned  1 \
" Ceased Membership by N. P. D  61 20
I Rejected  13 5
u Degrees conferred  662 267
" Past Grands  207 27
Total Revenue Subordinate Lodges § 29,591.26     4,869.47
% I        Rebekah Lodges S     489 00
No. of Brothers relieved  171 39
"    " Widowed families relieved  1 \
"    I Weeks benefits paid  1,100 141
Amount paid for relief of Brothers % 9,525 70    1,468 20
of   Widowed
families 8     120 00 S31 60
"     paid for burying the dead %     881 50      269 00
I        "     k  Education of orphans.$       50 00        50 00
Total paid for relief $ 10,567 20    1,745 60
"        "     " current expenses $ 12,107 37    3,739 63
"     amount of assets % 91,478 35  15,977 06
Average amount of benefits paid for each
sick member S       55 07 5*93
"       amount expended for relief per
member  7 39      $ 0 05
"        duration of sickness per member      53^ days
"        duration   of sickness per sick
member  6 weeks 3 days. 6 days.
"        amount of assets per member.8       63 97 31 iq
Total amount paid for relief since format ioo of Grand Lodge in 1874.898.275 70 949
I  FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid over to Grand Treasurer
From whom received.
TaxTerm
ending 80
June 1891
TaxTerm
ending 31
Dec. 1891.
Supplies.
$      11 00
7 50
24 15
7 45
7 88
2 35
8 35
Charter
Fees.
Total.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1...
$      81 50
77 50
54 00
52 00
63 00
66 00
23 50
48 50
37 50
47 00
27 00
21 50
36 P0
$      84 50
81 00
57 50
54 50
67 50
69 00
25 50
50 00
31 00
58 50
28 00
26 00
37 00
$     180 00
166 00
New Westminster No. 3.
135 65
113 95
138 38
Harmony No. 6	
137 35
57 35
Vancouver No. 8	
9 00
4 50
3 00
0 75
3 50
17 55
17 87
28 80
107 50
76 00
Western Star No. 10
108 50
Union No. 11 ,
55 75
Selkirk No. 12	
51 00
Royal City No. 13	
91 05
30 00
30 00
30 00
30 00
30 00
10 00
10 00
10 00
10 00
47 87
^Cloverdale No. 15	
58 80
!Kootenay No. 16	
30 00
Duncan's No. 17	
28 20
58 20
Vernon Valley Lodge...
30 00
17 55
16 75
19 20
10 00
Miriam Bebekah No. 3..
27 55
Ruth Rebekah No. 4	
26 75
Beulah Rebekah No. 5..
29 20
%
638 50
673 00
235 35
190 00
1,736 85
Orders drawn on the Grand Treasurer during the year :
1891.
Feb'ry 13th, Order No. 1, P. J. Foulds,       Mileage $   15 00
|              "       "    2, G. Cunningham,       "         15 00
"    3, E. P. Julien.              "        15 00
"              "       "    4, B. H. Baker,'              "         15 00
"      "    5, J. E. PhiUips, (No. 3) "        15 00
"    6, W. McColl, P.G.M.   "        15 00
"             "      "    7, B. Douglas,               "        15 00
"    8,B.W.Hhiles,P.G.M. "  15 00
|             "      "    9, D. Welsh,                 «         15 00
"   10', E. Quennell, PG.M."         10 00
"      "  11, J. Crossan,                "         10 00
"  12, E. McNeil,                "        10 00
"             "      "  13, B. Rivers,                 "        10 00
"  14, H. McAdie,               "        10 00
"             "      "  15, M. Duffin,                 "        10 00
"  16, A W. Scoullar,         "        14 00
"             "      "  17, A. Parker,                 "        14 00
"  18, T. C. Gray,               "        14 00
"             "      "  19, W. Edmunds,          "         40 00
"             "      "   20, S. Clarke, M. D.,       "         40 00
"      "  21, E. C. Davison,          "         40 00
"             I      " 22, J. McLeod,               "        50 00
«             "      " 23, H. Webb,                 "        23 00
"  24, A. McMurtrie,          "         10 00
"  25, J. A. Thompson,       "         10 00
I             "      " 26, R. Kilpatrick,           "        10 00
"             I      "   27, W. H. Huxtable, Janitor, etc  30 00
"             "      " 28, Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax     150 00 950
■
1891.
Mar. 6th,     Order No. 29, Grand Secretary for transmission to
Sov. Grand Lodge for supplies       29 83
April 2nd, "      " 30, Grand Secretary for transmission to
Sov. Grand Lodge for supplies ...      18 45
May  1st, "      "  31, Grand Secretary for transmission to
Sov. Grand Lodge for supplies       22 65
"  13th, "       "   32, Grand Secretary, 3 months salary...      75 00
"     " "       "   33, Grand Secretary, Postage, Customs
Duty, etc       13 10
"   19th, "       "   34, M. Miller, printing proceedings 1891,
constitutions, etc     222 00
July  4th, |      |   35, R. Jamieson, envelopes        4 00
"   15th, "      (i   36, Grand Secretary, for transmission to
Sov. Grand Lodge for supplies       23 00
|   23rd, "      |   37, Grand Secretary, for transmission to
Sov. Grand Lodge for supplies       27 00
Aug. 18th,          "      "   38, Grand Secretary, 3 months salary...      75 00
"    18 th,         "      "  39, Grand Secretary,   expressage, postage, etc      26 30
Sept. 1st, "      "   40, J. A. Cohen, printing 1000 application
forms        6 50
Oct. 20th, "      "  41, Grand Secretary, for transmission to
Sov. Grand Lodge for supplies       17 30
Nov. 12th,           |      u  42, Grand Secretary, 3 months salary...      75 00
"   12th,          "      "  43, Grand Secretary, postage, express-
age, etc    c.     ' 8 35
1892.
Jan'y 19th, "      "   44, Grand Secretary, for transmission to
Sov. Grand Lodge for supplies      67 00
Feb. 1st, "       f   45, Odd Fellows Union, 12 month's rent
Grand Secretary's office      100 00
"   4th, "      I  46, R. Jamieson, stationery        2 75
"     " "      %  47, F. Davey, Grand Secretary, balance
salary      75 00
" " " " 48, F. Davey, Grand Secretary, express-
age and duty on supplies from
Sovereign Grand Lodge and postage, etc       15 42
$1,543 65
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report $   729 66
(3ash received and paid to Grand Treasurer     1,736 85
9 2,466 51
Less orders drawn     1,543 65
Leaving a balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $   922 86 951
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Stock on band per last report	
Purchased Dtjbing the Year :
52 Subordinate Lodge, floor work @ 30c. ..:
20 Rebekah Lodge floor work @ 30c	
5 Question Books @ 11.00	
360 Odes @ 3c	
3 Degree Charts @ $2 00	
170 Visiting Cards @ 20c	
11 Officers' Roll Books @ $1.00	
4 Rebekah Lodge Charters @ 60c	
2 Subordinate Lodge Charters @ 60c	
12 Rebekah Lodge Ritual @ $2.00	
14 Subordinate Lodge Rituals @ $2.00 ....
1000 " " Constitutions @ 2^
2 Books of Odes with Music @ 50c	
5 White's Digests @ $2.50	
1000 Petitions for Membership	
50 Funeral Hymns @ 3c	
Expressage, Customs Duties and Postage
on   Supplies   from   Sovereign   Grand
Lodge 	
Sold During the Year—
Orders for P. W	
1055 Petitions for Membership @ l^c	
11 Order Books on Treasurer @ $1.50	
172 Visiting Cards @ 25c	
35 Withdrawal Cards @ 25c	
6 Books of Forms @ $1.25	
1 Anuiversary Ceremony @ 30c	
2 I " @ 20c	
6 Funeral Ceremonies @ 30c	
10     "       Hymns @ 10c	
80 Subordinate Lodge Odes @ 10c	
194       " " "   @5c	
10 Officers' Roll Books @ $1.25	
5 Question Books @ $1.50	
16 Rebekah Lodge Rituals @ $3.00	
3 "        Funeral Ceremonies @ 20c	
6 Digests @ $3.50	
55 Subordinate Lodge Constitutions @ 3c.
17 " " Rituals @$300....
41 " " Floor Work @ 50c.:
3            " "        Degree Charts @ $3
2 Books of Odes with music @ $1.00	
3 Rebekah Lodge Floor Work @ 50c	
7 Dismissal Certificates @ 25c	
15 Funeral Hymns @ 5c	
Stock Steltj on Hand :
2 Visiting Cards @ 22c	
2 Withdrawal Cards @ 22c	
11 Subordinate Lodge floor work @ 40c	
17 Rebekah Lodge floor work @ 40c	
1 Subordinate Lodge Ritual @ $2.50	
15 60
6 00
5 00
10 80
6 00
34 00
11 00
24 00
28 00
25 00
1 00
12 50
6 50
1 50
35 20
4 15
15 83
16 50
43 00
8 75
$ 140 10
8 00
9 70
12 50
7 50
48 00
60
21 00
1 65
51 00
20 50
9 00
2 00
1 50
70
294 68 952
STOCK ACCOUNT.
16 Anniversary Ceremonies @ 22c  3 52
7 Bound Proceedings Grand Lodge of B. C.
@$1.25  8 75
1 Book of Odes with music  65
75 Rebekah Lodge Odes @ 4c  3 00
39 Subordinate Lodge Odes @ 4c  1 56
50 Funeral Hymns @ 4c  2 00
Orders for P. W  2 00
5 Burial Ceremonies, Rebekah @ 12c  60
1 Officer's Roll Book  1 151
14 Rebekah Visiting Cards @ 22c ' 3 08
8 Rebekah Withdrawal Cards @ 22c  1 76
1 Certificate Rebekah Degree @ 20c  20 j
1 Card Wife or Widow  20i
200 Petitions for membership  2 00
940 Subordinate Lodge Constitutions @ 2% 23 50|
Being Balance Dr. to said account per
Balance Sheet	
Loss during the year	
DR.
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68 55
2 57
9 365 80      365 80
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1.0.0 F., 5th February, 1892.
Accounts.
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Grand Treasurer	
Profit and Loss	
Furniture	
Harmony Lodge, No. 6	
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3...
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8	
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Stock Account T	
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5	
Columbia Lodge, No. 2	
Western Star Lodge, No. 10	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Royal City Lodge, No. 13	
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2....
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16	
Vernon Valley Lodge	
Dr.
1,352 04
Cr.
$   40 50
$
922 86
1,321 04
254 25
4 70
3 00
1 65
0 30
68 55
0 20
0 03
0 75
2 75
0 50
1 55
20 25
31 20
30 00
8
1,352 04 953
Auxiliary Endowment Benefit Association,
MEMBERSHIP.
No. of Members per last Report ,      119
" "        Reinstated  2
I "        Admitted        23
143
" "        Died ,.     4
"        Suspended for non-payment of Assessments.    12       16
Members at date      127
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
ENDOWMENT FUND.
RECEIPTS.
Balance per last Report $   80 55
Received for Assessments     139 85
9 220 40
PAYMENTS,
Order No. 7.   Benefit on death of Bro. S. T, Mackintosh, P. G.,
a member of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3 $ 208 40
Balance |   12 00
MANAGEMENT FUND,
RECEIPTS.
Balance per last Report $ 237 72
.Received for Entrance Fees       34 50
§        «   Dues ,     176 50
I 448 i%
PAYMENTS.
Agents' Commission %   19 88
Secretary's Salary     100 00
" for postage, etc        7 30
R. T. Williams, for Dues Account Book       12 00
Transfer to Reserve Fund     200 00   339 18
Balance S   109 54
RESERVE FUND.
RECEIPTS.
Balance per last Report $     17 65
Received for Reinstatements :        2 30
Transfer from Management Fund     200 00
9 219 95
PAYMENTS.
Benefit on death of Bro.   W. H. Edwards, a member of New
Westminster Lodge. No. 3 % 206 75
Balance $   13 2Q 954
Summary of Balances.
Endowment Fund 9   12 00
Management Fund     109 54
Reserve Fund       13 20
Total in Grand Treasurer's hands S 134 74
During the year three members of this Grand Lodge
have been* removed from our midst by death. Bros. J. G.
Taylor of No. 1, S. T. Mackintosh of No. 3, and W. Ed-'
munds of No. 9, and I would suggest that a Memorial Page
be inserted in the printed proceedings of this Session, containing their names.
Tours fraternally,
J_       FRED. DAYEY,
Grand Secretary.
JReport read from Grand Treasurer, which was on
motion referred to the Committee on Finance.
Nanaimo, February 10th, 1892.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.,
Deab  Sirs  and  Brothers.—I,   the  undersigned, beg
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leave to present my report as Grand Treasurer, for the year
1891.        ;-A   . ./ .§
Grand Lodge Account.
Dr.
Feb. 10, To balance from late Grand Treasurer $ 729 66
July 3, "   cash from Western Star Lodge, No. 10  47 00
"    5, "          "        Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  48 50
"   16, "          "        N. Westminster Lodge, Nq. 3  54 00
"   16,"          •<        Royal City Lodge, No. 13  36 50
1892.
Jan.   9, To cash from Western Star Lodge, No. 10,  58 50
"     9,    u           "       Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  50 00
"   16,   "           "       N. Westminster Lodge, No. 3  57 50
"   16,   "          "       Royal City Lodge, No. 13  37 00
Feb, 10,   " cash and receipted orders from Grand Secretary. 3,347 85
§2,466 51
Cr.
By paid Orders, Nos. 1 to 48 $   1,543 65
- Balance        922 86
 $ 2,466 51 955
AUXILIARY ENDOWMENT BENEFIT ASSOCIATION,
Endowment Fund,
80 55
Feb.   11^ 1891, Received from late Grand Treasurer.....  5
»     10,1892, Cash and Receipted Orders from G. beet y....       13« ao
Jan. 30,1892, By Paid Order No. 7
220 40
208 40
Balance....      $12 00
Management Fund.
Feb. 11,1891, To amount received from late Grand Treasurer. $    237 72
Feb. 10,1892,   " Cash and Receipted Orders from G. Sect y.. ^_
$     428 84
Cr.
Feb. 10, 1891, By Paid Orders, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9..       119 30
By   amount  transferred  to Reserve
Wnrrl          200 00
Vvm   -      319 30
Balance        $109 54
*
Reserve Fund.
Feb. 11,1891, To amount received from late G. Treasurer.... 17 65
Feb! 10 1892 " transferred from Management Fund      200 00
A oU
received from Grand Secretary
Cr
Dec. 2,1891, By Paid Order No. 6
$219 95
206 75
Balance
$13 20
Summary of Balances.
8922 86
Grand Lodge Account  12 00
Endowment Fund •        -^g g^
Management   13 20
Reserve  . 	
$1,057 60
Yours in F. L. and T.,
T. 0. GKAY,
Grand Treasurer, 956
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.  LO.O.F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend the
following disposal of the subjects presented in the Grand
Master's Report.
To the Committee on the State of the Order :
Pages 1 and 24 Respecting state of the Order
"   10 and 11       "        Illness and resumption of duties of the Grand
Sire.
"        12 Correspondence with P. G. Sire Underwood, respecting qualification for admission to the Canton.
"   17, 18,19 and 20 Respecting Institution of new Lodges.
"   21 Respecting Installations.
"   23        " Fire at New Westminster,
also page 3 of Report of D. D. G. M. Dist, No. 2.
the 2nd part of    " " "    No. 5.
a a a a a      Na &
To the Committee on Judiciary :
Proclamations issued, pages 3 and 5.
Correspondence with G. M. Washington re-claim of General Relief Committee, Seattle v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4, at page 6.
Question submitted and answer received from Grand Sire at pages 7 and 8
Memorial to Sovereign Grand Lodge, page 7.
Appeal of late Bro. Edmunds, page 13.
Dispensations issued, page 14.
Special permissions granted, pages 15 and 16.
Questions answered, page 22.
also the following Reports of the D. D. G. M's.
District No. 1.
Pages 1 and 2, District No. 2.
District No. 3.
1st Part of District No. 5.
District No. 6.
"       No. 7.
1st Part District No. 8.
District No. 9.
To the Committee on Finance :
Appropriation for purchase of Regalia for Grand Lodge Officers, Page 7.
Salary of Grand Secretary, Page 23.
To the Committee on Petitions :
Granting of Charters to new Lodges instituted, page 20, 957
REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY.
To the Committee on State of the Order :
Pages 1 2, 5 and 6 respecting State of the Order.
I    3 and 4 respecting Auxiliary Endowment Benefit Association, and
the abstracts of the Reports of Subordinate Lodges.
To the Committee on Judiciary :
Page 2.   Return of Documents to Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
To the Committee on Finance :
Page 2 re-Regalia and printing Constitutions.
|   3 Digests for D. D. G. M's.
"   6, 7,8, 9,10,11,12,13,14 and 15.   Financial Statement Grand Lodge
and Endowment Association.
To the Committee on Printing :
Page 16.   Memorial Page in Proceedings.
Fraternally submitted,
Wm. McColl,,
H. Waller,
F. Carne,
Committee on Distribution.
Brother H. Waller, P. G. M., presented and read the
followincr report from the Grand Representatives, which- was,
on motion, ordered to be received and printed with the Proceedings of this session:
REPORT OF GRAND  RE PRESENT ATI YES.
To the Grand Master and Eepresentatives of the  Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.—
Your Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
beg leave to submit their report, as follows :
The sixty-seventh annual session was held at St. Louis,
Mo., on September 21st, 1891, and continued through the
week until the 26th. There were present 169 Representatives.
The Grand Sire being absent through illness, the Dep- 958
uty Grand Sire, CI T. Campbell, Past Grand Master of Ontario, presided and filled the office with ability and dignity.
After roll call, and the Grand Marshal had declared all
the Representatives duly qualified, the Acting Grand Sire
read the following dispatch from the Grand Sire, to which
the following replies were sent:
Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F\
Office of the Grand Sire.
Raleigh, N. C, September 17th, 1891.
Dr. Cl. T, Campbell,
Deputy Grand Sire, I. 0. 0. F.) St. Louis) Mo.
Dear Sir and Brother :—Will yon please convey to
the members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge the assurance of
my deep regret at my inability to be present at this session.
It is to me a grievous disappointment.
I presume that you have incorporated in your report my
official actions up to the time I was taken ill. I regret that,
owing to my illness, I have been unable to prepare any report tor myself.
I pray that the blessings of Almighty God may rest
upon your deliberations.    And I am,
Yours faithfully and fraternally,
|        C. M. BUSBEE, Grand Sire.
Rep. Orendorff, of Illinois, moved the following, which
was unanimously adopted by a rising vote :
Resolved) That the Sovereign Grand Lodge has learned
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with feelings of deep regret, of Grand Sire Busbee's affliction by the hand of disease, which prevents his attendance at
this session, and desires, at this its first opportunity, to
express its heartfelt sorrow and loving sympathy, together
with the earnest hope and prayer that he may be soon
restored to health, and the performance of the duties of the
high office which he has adorned by eminent services.
Bro. Underwood, Past Grand Sire, moved the following
o
which was unanimously adopted :
Resolved) That the Grand Secretary be directed to immediately transmit to Grand Sire Busbee a copy of the
resolution just adopted. 959
Kaleigh, North Carolina, Sept. 21st, 1891.
Theo. A. Ross,
Grand Secretary, Sovereign Grand Lodge, I.O.O.I.,
St. Louis, Mo.
Please express to the Sovereign Grand Lodge my heartfelt appreciation of its,kind and sympathetic resolution.
^ CM. BUSBEE, Grand Sire.
Your Representatives would state here, that from a communication recently received from the Grand Secretary, Theo.
A. Ross, that we are pleased to he able to inform yon that
our Grand Sire is improving very rapidly, and no doubt will
be present at the next communication of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
The following are a few extracts from the Acting Grand
Sire's and Secretary's Reports.
Acting Grand Sire on State of the Order :
I am pleased to be able to announce that the returns
which will be submitted to vou show a most prosperous year.
During 1890, no less than" 68,295 men were initiated into
Odd Fellowship under your jurisdiction—the greatest number in any year in our history.    And the net increase for the
same period was equally unprecedented, reaching 37,442. On
December 31st, 1890, our male membership in the United
States and Canada, and related jurisdictions, was 649,70.5.
The returns from Australasia give 19,746, while the German
Empire has 2,891, making the total number no less than
679 339.
t If onr increase during this year has been at the same
rate, and we have no reason to doubt it, we may safely assume that our membership on the 1st of September 1891,
was not less than 700,000. If to this number be added the
69 661 Duughters of Rebekah, reported December, 1890,
with the probable additions they have received this year,
a moderate estimate will give, at the present date, a grand
total of not less than 775,000. .
Not only numerically, but financially, the record is
Gratifying. With an aggregate revenue from Lodges and
Encampments of $7,244,227, we have expended for the purposes A relief through the ordinary channels of the Order,
§2 917 688 When we add to this the relief expenditure ot
Australasia and Germany, together with the payments made
to widows and orphans by the large number of Relief and
Endowment Associations, operated in connection with our 960
society, we can place the pecuniary benevolence of Odd Fellowship during the year 1890, at the magnificent sum of
14,000,000. i     |
The following table gives the membership record of all
foreign iurisdictions:
JURISDICTION.
Year introduced.
4
OB
<D
60
ts
o
235
4
4
25
2
53
1
4
3
2
2
3
5
343
4
m
fH
1
1
Australasia	
1867
1874
1883
1878
1887
1870
1888
1882
1877
1872
1847
1884
1871
19,746
Chile	
147
Cuba	
QI70
Denmark	
2,051
France	
95
Germany	
2,891
Japan	
33
Mexico	
125
Netherlands	
97
Peru	
88
Sandwich Islands	
163
Sweden ,	
72
Switzerland	
240
26,121
Extracts from Grand Secretary's Report:
RETURNS FOB  THE YEARS  1889  AND 1890.
Grand Lodges	
Grand Encampments   	
Subordinate Lodges	
Subordinate Encampments.
Rebekah Degree Lodges ...
Lodge initiations	
Encampment initiations....
Lodge members	
Encampment members	
Rebekah D. L. members	
Relief by Lodges	
Relief by Encampments	
Relief by Rebekah Lodges..
Total Relief	
Revenue of Lodges	
Revenue of Encampments..
Revenue of Rebekah Lodges
Total ReveHue	
55
46
8,789
2,123
2,016
59,744
11,175
612,260
110,487
315,393
82,397,652 17|
234,834 42
24,042 53
2.656,529 12
6,111,827 94
571,624 36
171,159 13
6,854,611 43
55
48
9,136
2,198
2,214
68,295
12,392
649,702
115,6441
132,808
52,629,436 12
260,420 57
27,831 44
2,917,688 13
6,459,101 981
592,173 751
192,951 66
7,244,227 39
347
75
138
8,551
1,217
37,442
5,157
17,415
>1,783 95
25,586 15
3,788 91
261,159 01
347,274 04
20,549 39
21,792 53
389,615 96
gO.Q 961
STATISTICS OF THE  ORDER FROM  1830 TO  DECEMBER 31ST,  1880,
INCLUDING AUSTRALASIA AND  GERMANY.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges -  1,704,649
Members relieved  1,538,462
Widowed families relieved  190,978
Members deceased   151,000
Total relief  $54,272 993 42
Totalreceipts  142,393,835 99
CONDITION  OF THE ORDER  DECEMBER 31ST, 1890.
Sovereign Grand Lodge  1
Independent Grand Lodges (German Empire and Australasia).. 2
Subordinate Grand Encampments  51
Subordinate Grand Lodges  65
Subordinate Encampments   2,209
Subordinate Lodges  9,421
Encampment members  116,064
Lodge members....,  672,148
Degree Lodges of the Daughters of Rebekah  2,216
Sisters, members of Rebekah Lodges  69,711
Brothers, members of Rebekah Lodges ■■ 63,187
Cantons of Patriarchs Militant (estimated)  592
Chevaliers, rank and file (estimated)  25,000
The following are some of the most important of the
Grand Sire's and Acting; Grand Sire's decisions, which were
approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge :
By the Grand Sire—
3. A Subordinate Lodge cannot legally call a special
meeting for the purpose of receiving propositions for membership, and appointing Committee of Character thereon.
5. In raising and seating a Lodge on the occasion of a
public installation, it is not permissible to use the gavel as it
is used in a regular Lodge meeting.
7. Under Section 672, Digest (election of members before withdrawal), it is necessary that the Lodge to which a
brother applies for membership should notify the Lodge issuing the Visiting Card of his election ; and thereupon the
brother must apply for the necessary Withdrawal Card or
Dismissal Certificate; but the Secretary of the Lodge may
apply for such card or certificate, at the instance and by the
authority of the brother.
9. A " masque ball/' held under the auspices of a
lodge is not necessarily an affair which may scandalize the
Order. It would depend on the character and surroundings
of the hall. 962
19, A Patriarch ceasing to be a member of a Subordinate Lodge, may retain membership in his Encampment for
one year, at the end of which period it terminates. Subsequently regaining membership in a Lodge, he can only regain membership in his Encampment by applying for reinstatement therein, and being admitted with all the formali-
ties connected with a reinstatement.
By the Grand Sire (Acting).
3.    A Grand Master or Grand Lodge has no right to
o o
confer Past Official Degrees on a brother from another "juris-
diction, at the request of the Lodge of which said brother is
a member; it should only be done at the request of the
Grand Lodge having "jurisdiction over the Subordinate in
which the Brother has earned the degrees.
6. Decision 99, (Journal 1890, p. 11,908), to the effect that <*with the exception of the Officers and Grand Representatives constituting the Sovereign Grand Lodge, no one
can obtain the Degree of Rebekah through means other than
o o
by application to and initiation in, a regularly constituted
Degree Lodge of the Daughters of Rebekah, (Sees. 1183-4,
Digest, repealed, Journal, 1891, pp. 177-223), does not*alter
or conflict with the law in Section 1184, Digest, which allows the degree to be conferred on an applicant without his
becoming a member of the Lodge conferring the degree.
O OOO
We submit for your perusal two of the most important
appeal cases.
The first is a question which often arises in the Lodges.
The second has never happened in this jurisdiction and we
hope it never will :
First Appeal—
Tour Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the
appeal of G. Rep. Gwinn against the Grand Lodge of Idaho,
beg leave to report thereon as follows :
At the eighth annual session of the Grand Lodge of
Idaho, the following question was received and referred to
the Judiciary Committee :
"The Noble Grand of a Lodge having served eleven
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nights of a term and is called away on account of the serious
illness of his father, being excused by the Lodge from serving the remainder of his term, can he receive the past official
degrees ?"
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The Judiciary Committee reported that " no authority
is found for such action.53 They cite Section 289 of the Digest, and construe the word " sickness," occurring therein, to
mean personal sickness, and not that of a parent or friend.
On the presentation of this report in the Grand Lodge
of Idaho, it was resolved that the report be amended so as to
read "that the Brother is entitled to the honors of the
office." From that action of the Grand Lodge, this appeal
is taken.
It is laid down in Section 289 of the Digest, that § leave
of absence for a majority of the nights of his term, works a
forfeiture of the honors of the term to the officer to whom
leave is granted;" and "unless an officer is present in the
Lodge room, a majority of the meeting nights of his terra
(unless excused, from sickness), he is not entitled to the
honors of his office."
It seems clear to your committee, that what is meant in
that section is that the sickness, by reason of which he is excused, must be that of the officer himself or some providential interposition affecting himself personally, and preventing
his attendance, over which he had no control; and that although the Lodge might excuse him  on account of the ill-
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ness of  his father,   such  excuse would not be sufficient to
entitle the officer to the honors of the office where he did not
serve a majority of the nights of his term.—Approved.
Second Appeal.
Tour Committee on Appeals have carefully considered
the appeal of L. N. Billings, P. G., from the action of the
Grand Lodge of California, and beg to submit the following
report: Charges were preferred against Past Grand Billings,
in Eureka Lodge, No. 4,1. O. O. F., of California, of conduct
unbecoming an Odd Fellow, specifying that said Billings on
the 1st day of March, 1889, in the county of Sacramento and
State of California, did then and there unlawfully, wilfully,
and with malice aforethought, kill and murder one Francis
D. Lightall.    The Brother was tried upon said charge and 964
expelled. He appealed to the Grand Lodge of his State, and
the action of Eureka Lodge,  No. 4, was there  sustained.
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From the action of the Grand Lodge of California, he now
appeals to this Grand Body. The record is very lengthy,
embracing all the testimony in the trial below. In his appeal to the State Grand Lodge, the Brother assigned a great
many errors and we have carefully considered them.
The acquittal of a Brother, on such a charge, in a civil
court, is not of itself a sufficient defence in a trial by the
Lodge.
If there was any ground for his objection to the appointment of certain Brothers on the Trial Committee, on
account of their bias or prejudice against him, the Grand
Lodge of California certainly cured said wrong by a full in-
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vestigation of all the facts upon the record, which embraced
all the testimony taken in the trial below.
The specification certainly embraced an offence against
the laws of the Order.
The Subordinate Lodge certainly had the right to be represented before the Trial Committee by a Brother appointed
for that purpose. In the vast amount of testimony submitted, there appears to be considerable conflict, but both the
Subordinate Lodge and the State Grand Lodge having passed
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upon the facts, and there being sufficient and ample testimony upon which to found a conviction, your committee
does not feel warranted in disturbing their finding. They
therefore submit the following resolution and ask its adoption :
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action of the Grand Lodge of California be dismissed, and
the action of the Grand Lodge of California be sustained.-
Approved.
New Legislation.
Resolved. That it be, and is hereby made obligatory,
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upon each Subordinate Lodge of the Order, to pay from itsj
funds, during the continuance • of the disability, a weekly
benefit of not less than two dollars to every member who
shall be disabled, by sickness or bodily injury, from following
nis usual occupation, or otherwise earning a livelihood for 965
himself, provided such disability be not the result of his own
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vice or immorality; provided) however, that Subordinate
Grand Lodges may provide that where a member shall receive one full year's benefits, the weekly benefit thereafter to
such member may be fixed at not less than one dollar per
week.—Approved.
Whereas, The Rebekah Degree Lodges  are now com-
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posed of Brothers as well as Sisters, and as we deem the
word " Daughters" to be superfluous and unnecessary, we,
therefore, recommend the adoption' of the following resolution :
Resolved, That hereafter the legal title of Rebekah De-
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gree Lodges shall be " Rebekah Lodge, No. , I. O.
O. F."—Approved.
Resolved) That any Sister member of the Degree of
Rebekah, who has been a member in good standing of a Re-
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bekah Degree Lodge for fifteen consecutive years, shall be
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entitled to wear a iewel, to  be designated,  " The  V eteran
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Jewel, I. O. O. F., of the Daughters of Rebekah."—Approved.
The Grand Lodge of the Kingdom  of Denmark was
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made an Independent Sovereignty in Odd Fellowship, reserving certain rights as to ritual, etc.—on the same terms
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as Australasia.
The Grand Lodge of the Republic of Switzerland was
made independent on the same terms.
The Constitution, By-Laws, Rules of Order, of British
Columbia, were approved.
We are sorry to inform you that the Constitutional
Amendment, the " eighteen-year-old' question, was again
defeated. The vote on it was about the same as last session,
but there are no less than five notices submitted for next
session. Be not discouraged; no great Constitutional change
is carried without a very hard struggle.    We must and will
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win, eventually.
^eur Representatives were placed on the following com- 966
mittees, viz.: Brother Shiles on the Committee of Bodies
not Represented, and Brother Waller on the Committee of
Foreign Relations.
NEW    REPRESENTATIVES.
One hundred and seventy Representatives are accredited
to the present session. The Grand Encampment of British
Columbia, and Grand Lodges of Denmark and Switzerland,
have not furnished certificates. The addition of five Representatives since last session has increased the membership of
the Body (Representatives, Officers and Past Grand Sires), to
193. \ f/0 'Q   . I
The next communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
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will be held at Portland, Oregon.
The question whether the obligations should be memorized or read from the Ritual, is left entirely to the Subordi^
nate Lodges.
A committee of five was appointed to consider the ex^
pediency of the removal of the head-quarters of the Sovereign Grand Lodge to Baltimore, the committee to report
next session.
CONCLUSION.
We respectfully submit the foregoing report of the imJ
portant matters of legislation that affect both Subordinate,
Grand Lodge, and Grand Encampment in this jurisdiction,
that was enacted at the last session of the Sovereign Grand
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Lodge.
Sincerely thanking you for the honor conferred upon u§
we are,
Fraternally,
H. Waller,
B. W. Shiles,
Grand Representatives,
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Report read from Committee on Laws of Subordinates
which was on motion received and adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Tour Committee on Laws of Subordinates have examinr
ed  the  following  By-Laws   of   Subordinate Lodges in the
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jurisdiction during the past year, and beg to report thereon
as follows :
Western Star Lodge, No. 10.—Amendment to Art.
XX, Sec. 1. Providing for the payment of SI per week to
members of the Initiatary Degree.    Approved.
Additional Article XXY. Setting aside 5 per cent, of
the receipts of the Lodge to form a Contingent Fund. Not
approved. This Grand Lodge not having enacted the permissive Legislation for the purpose ; 5 per cent, of the Dues
only being allowed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge to be devoted to this purpose.
Harmony Lodge, No. 7.—Approved Amendment to
Sec. I. Art. XX, of By-Laws, reducing Sick Benefits for 1st
week to $2.50.
Yictoria Lodge, No. 1
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'oved Amendment to Sec.
I. Art. XIX, regulating the hours at which a sick member
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shall be out of his house during sickness, except by consent
of his Medical Attendant.
Selkirk   Lodge,  No.  12.—Approved Amendments to
Art. XVII, forming a Contingent Fund to be used for any
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legitimate purpose the Lodge may direct, to consist of monies
in hands of Entertainment Committee, and surpluses from
future entertainments, also proposition fees of candidates who
fail to present themselves for initiation within twelve weeks
from date of election.
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1.—Approved a complete
code of By-Laws for the Lodge.
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Yancouver Lodge, No, 8.—Approved a revised code of 968
By-Laws of this Lodge with the following exceptions :—Clause
39. Providing for the Assessment of $1.00 per -member to
form a Contingent Fund. Clause 43. Payment of $1.00 per
week to members for first weeks Sick Benefits. Legislation
of Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1891, making it obligatory on all
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Lodges to pay not less than |2.00 per week, vide P. P. 12,-
620, 12,621, 12,670, 12,707, Proceedings Sovereign'Grand
Lodge, 1891. f
Harmony Lodge, No. 6.—Approved a revised set of By-
Laws of this Lodge : We observe that provision is made to
pay only $2.50 per week to members of the Third Degree
for 1st week's sickness, whereas the payment to members of
the lower degrees is $5.00, we think this has probably been
overlooked by the Lodge, and only needs to be pointed out
to be rectified.
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2.—Approved a code of
By-Laws for this Lodge with the following exceptions:
Art. 3, Sec. 2, makes provision for the election of "Representatives to the Grand Lodge, v as Rebekah Lodges have
no such privilege, these words should be struck out.
Art. 3, Sec. 3, provides that officers elected to fill  vacancies must serve a majority of nights in the term, in order
to be entitled to the honors of the office.   This is contrary tqi
White's Digest, Art. 985. § •
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4.- -Approved new code of
By-Laws for this Lodge.
Excelsior  Lodge, No. 7.—Amendment  to  Art.  IX.,
defining duties of Outside Guardian.    Approved.
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Acme Lodge, No. 14.- -Approved new code of By-Laws
for this Lodge with the following exceptions :    Art. 4, Sec,
2, Provides for the payment of Sick Benefits only to Scarlet
Degree members.    This Grand Lodge decided last Session
that subordinates must pay Benefits of some amount  to   all
their members irrespective of their rank, 969
Article IY, Sec. 6.—Provides that no greater sum than
$2000 shall be paid to any member on account of his membership, except by a two-third vote of the members present
at any regular meeting. This provision is contrary to Sees. 6,
10 and 28 of the Digest which provide that weekly continuous
Sick Benefits must be paid, but that reduced benefits may be
paid at the expiration of a certain time, or after receiving a
certain amount.
Article 7, Sec. 7.—Provides that, "'any Brother being
I twelve calendar months in arrears shall forthwith on due
I report to the Lodge, be declared by the N. G, to be suspended from membership.3 This is contrary to Sec, 1,
Clause 1, Art. VII, Constitution Subordinate Lodges, which
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stipulates that the fact of a Brother being in arrears twelve
months must be announced in open Lodge   at   two regular
meetings before suspension after having been notified when
he owes eleven months dues; further, that a member residing
more than 50 miles from his Lodge shall receive two months'
additional time to pay his indebtedness,
Article 7, Sec, 9.—We recommend that the motion of
the Lodge to reinstate an expelled member must be subsequent to obtaining the consent of the Grand Master to this
course.
Article IT, Sec. 1.—Strike out the word "majority"
and insert " two-thirds '! vote in order to conform to Art. VI,
Sec. 7, of the Subordinate Lodge Constitution respecting
removal of officers for absence at three successive meetings.
Article XI, Sec. 3.—Strike out the words "in case of
one candidate being nominated for the office - so as to agree
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with Sec. 8 of Art. VI, Subordinate Lodge Constitution,
which provides that in all cases election to fill a vacancy in
an elective office must lav over for one week after nomina-
tion.
Article XIII, Sec. I.—Strike out the words " nor shall
they be.suspended except for special purposes and then only 970
by a four-fifths vote,'' being in conflict with Sec. 155, White
Digest.—| A By-Law cannot be suspended on motion.'
Ered Carne,
A. Henderson,
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
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The Special Committee appointed last Session to pr
cure a photograph of Grand Secretary Davey, presented the
following which was received and ordered to be handed to the
Committee on Finance.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers :- -Your Committee appointed
to procure a photograph of Grand Secretary Fred'k Davey,
beg to report that we have performed the duty assigned us,
the picture being now in the I.O.O.F. Hall at Victoria and
the bill for the same hereto attached.
Tours in F. L. & T.,
A. Henderson,
Chairmam Committee.
The following Report was read from the Committee on
Appeals, which was on motion adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers :— -Your Committee on Appeals have had under consideration, the appeal of Vancouver
Lodge, No. 8, Vancouver, against the decision of the Grand
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Master, in declaring the election of V. G. by said Lodge, on
29th May last, null and void, and directing a fresh election
to be held, on the grounds that the Lodge refused to accept
the nomination ©f Bro. W. Bredemeyer for this office, he
being duly qualified for the same, and beg to report as
follows :
From the documents submitted, the facts of the  case 971
appear to be, that at the first night of nomination for officers,
on the 15th May last, the name of Bro. W. Bredemeyer was
offered in nomination for the office of V. G., he being at the
time Permanent Secretary, and installed into this office for
twelve months ending 31st December last. This nomination
was ruled by the acting N. G. out of order, on the ground
that the Brother had been installed as Permanent Secretary
for twelve months.    At the next meeting Bro.  Bredemeyer
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appealed against the decision of the Chair in thus ruling his
nomination out of order, but the Chair was sustained by the
Lodge ; the Brother then gave notice of appeal to the Grand
Lodge, but this was also ruled out as illegal :   he  then  re-
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signed the office of Permanent Secretary, which the Lodge
accepted from the 30th June ensuing. Bro. Bredemeyer
then appeals to the Grand Lodge, and the Grand Master acting on the powers conferred on him by Art. IV, Sec. 1, of
the Grand Lodge Constitution, to " receive and act on all
I complaints which may be made to him against his deputies
"or Lodges,l\ over-rules the action of the  Lodge,   declares
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the election for V. G. null and void, and directs the Lodge to
proceed to the election of a V. G., and to include the name
of Bro. Bredemeyer as a candidate for that office. This com-
mand was obeyed by the Lodge, and at an election held on
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26th June last, Bro. D. Menzies was elected V. G.
The grounds of the appeal are :
1st. | The appeal to the Grand Master was not properly
| taken, the Lodge not having been furnished with a copy of
" the appeal."
2nd. " The appeal from the decision of the Chair to the
1 Lodge was not taken till one week after said  decision, was
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1 given, which is contrary to the law,—see White's   Digest
I Sec. 1059,1320 and 1622. "
3rd. " The decision of the Grand Master was not in
" conformity with the Constitution (see Art. VI. Sec. 6,
I Constitution of Subordinate Lodges for B. C.,) and laws of 972
" the Order, or with general Parliamentary usages, which are
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" the basis of our rules of order, (White's Digest 1329, page
" 12100 journal of 1890, C. A. Ealler vs. G. L. of Texas.")
The fact that the Brother was fully qualified by previous
service for the office of V. G., is not disputed by the Lodge.
With respect to the first ground, we cannot find that any
law, organic or local, requires that a copy of the appeal shall
be furnished to the Lodge in cases of this character. The Code
of Procedure laid down in Sec. 5, Art. VII, for appeals arising from Trials where charges have been preferred against
members, provides a form of " notice of appeals' (form 7,)
in which the ground of the appeal must be stated in such
cases, and it appears Bro. Bredemeyer did give such notice
on the 22nd May, 1891, which notice the Lodge declined to
accept. The Grand Master, also, in his communication to the
Lodge, fully states the ground of the appeal, so that in our
opinion the Lodge had ample notification, which appears to
us all the law requires in the premises.
2nd. The appeal of Bro. Bredemeyer from the decision
of the acting N. G., on the 15th May, to the Lodge on the
22nd May, was received'and acted on by the  Lodge on  the
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latter date, and the question as to whether that appeal was in
order, cannot affect the question of his right to appeal to the
Grand Lodge on the main issue involved. If it was not in
order, it should not have been entertained by the Lodge at
the time it was made, but having then admitted it, and waived
the right to challenge it, the Lodge is now debarred from
raising it as a vital defect.
3rd. We are of opinion that the decision of the Grand
Master was strictly in conformity with law and the usages of
the Order.    It is not necessary for a Brother to resign an
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office in order to be nominated to another, " the law is satisfied if the officer elect is found eligible at the time of induction into office." (Sec 999 White's Digest.) It is also the
invariable usage to nominate a V. G. to the office of N. G., 973
whilst holding the former office without requiring him   to
resign.
From a review of the whole circumstances of the case,
we are of the opinion that Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, acted
improperly and illegally in refusing to accept Bro. Bredemey-
er's nomination as V. G, that the Brother has not forfeited
his right of appeal, and that the action of the Grand Master
was fully warranted in the premises ; we therefore recommend
that the appeal be dismissed and the action of the Grand
Master sustained.
Yours fraternally,
John H. Meldram,
Joshua Holland,
Angus McKeown,
Committee on Appeals.
J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., gave notice that to-morrow
he would move to amend Sec. 1 of Art. IV of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges as follows :—" Strike out the
word ; ten,' in the first line, and insert the word ' fifteen' in
lieu thereof ; strike out the words I three dollars each for the
First and Second Degree, and four dollars for the Third De-
in the third and fourth lines, and insert the words
gree,
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\ five dollars for each of the Three Degrees."
H. B. Gilmour, No. 13, gave notice that to:morrow he
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would move to amend Sec. 1, Art. IV of the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges, as follows :—Add additional clause—
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ic Lodges may make provision in their by-laws to set aside
5 per cent, of their receipts from dues to form a Contingent
Fund, to be used for the legitimate objects of the Order."
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Moved, seconded and carried that this Grand Lodge adjourn to 8 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned. 974
EVENING   SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o'clock p. m.
The Grand Marshal reported all present duly qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present. The
Roll was called and all the officers and representatives answered to their names.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the following Past Grands on whom the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred. G. Gavalsky, J. Hilbert, J. Aitkin, and J. Baker of
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.    B. Shearing and H. Mitchell
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of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
The Grand Treasurer gave notice that to-morrow he
would move the amendment to the Grand Lodge Constitution,
notice of which was given last Session by the late Brother W.
Edmonds, P. G. The Grand Master ruled that Brother Edmunds' notice did not conform to the law and therefore could
not be dealt with.
The following report was read from the Committee on
Petitions, which was, on motion, adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
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Your Committee to whom was referred the Petitions for
Charters for the undermentioned Subordinate Lodges :
Acme Lodge, No. 14, located at Victoria;   Cloverdale
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Lodge, No. 15, located at Cloverdale ; Kootenay Lodge, No.
16, located at Nelson ; and Duncan's Lodge, No. 17, located
at Duncan's.    Also for the following Rebekah Lodges :
Miriam  Lodge, No. 3, at Nanaimo ; Ruth Lodge, No.
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4, at Chilliwhack ; and Beulah Lodge, No. 5, at New West-
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minster, beg to report that the law has been complied with
in each instance, and recommend that the Charters asked for
be granted.
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T. F. Neelands, .
A. G. Day,
William Mitchell,
Committee on Petitions. '975
The hour fixed by the Constitution for the Election of
Officers having arrived the following nominations were made :
FOR grand master.
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J. E, Phillips, No. 3 Nominated by A. McGregor, No. 5.
R. Scott, No. 6 Nominated by A. G. Day. No. 1.
FOR  DEPUTY  GRAND  MASTER.
J. Crossan, No. 5 Nominated by E. Rivers, No. 5.
FOR GRAND WARDEN.
T. C. Gray, No. 10 Nominated by B. W. Shiles, P. G, M.
A. W. Scoullar, No. 8 Nominated by G. Pollay, No. 8
FOR GRAND SECRETARY.
F. Davey, No. 1 Nominated by W. E. Holmes, No. 1.
FOR GRAND TREASURER.
W. E. Hb'mes, No. 1 Nominated by G. Fowlie, No. 4.
H. B. Gilmour, No. 10 Nominated by A. Penzer, No. 12.
FOR GRAND REPRESENTATIVE.
H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2 Nominated by A. Penzer, No. 12.
E. Quennell, P. G. M., No. 5 Nominated by G. Norris, No. 5.
The Grand Master appointed B. W. Shiles, P. G. M. and
G. Glover, No. 4, to act as tellers.
The ballot was spread for Grand Master and the following result announced :
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No. of votes cast 60
J. E. Phillips, No. 3 Received 33 votes
R. Scott, No. 6        "       26    J
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J. E. Phillips, No. 3, was declared duly elected as Grand
Master.
For Deputy Grand Master.    J. Crossan, No.  5, being
the only nominee, was declared duly elected by acclamation.
For Grand Warden :
No. of votes cast 60
T. C. Gray, No. 10 Received 37 votes.
A. W. Scoullar, No. 8         "       22    "
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T. C. Gray, No. 10, was declared duly elected as Grand
Warden. 976
For Grand Secretary. F. Davey, No. 1, being the
only nominee, was declared duly elected by acclamation.
For Grand Treasurer :
No. of Votes cast -. 60
W. E. Holmes, No. 1 Received 38 votes.
H. B. Gilmour, No. 10        j       22    "
W. E. Holmes, No. 1, was declared duly elected as Grand
Treasurer.
For Grand Representative :
E. Quennell, P. G. M., withdrew his name from nomination. H. Waller, P. G. M. No. 2, being the only nominee,
was declared duly elected as Grand Representative.
Resolved)—That this Gra,nd Lodge do now adjourn to
9 o'clock A. M. to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned.
SECOND   DAY.
Nanaimo, 11th February, 1892.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9:30 a.m. All present
having been examined and reported qualified to sit, the Grand
Secretary reported a quorum present, and the Grand Lodge
was. declared open for business.
The Roll was called and all the Officers and Representatives were found to be present.
The minutes of previous day's Session were read and
adopted.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Your Committee to whom was referred the decisions 977
contained in the Grand Master's Report, beg leave to report
that they agree with the same, also his objections to the D.
D. G. M. of District No. 7, giving a dispensation to District
No. 6, to confer two degrees on a member of No. 7, the dispensation should have been issued by the D. D. G. M. of
District, No. 6.
R. Roberts,
G. Fowlie,
H. B. Gilmour,
Committee on Judiciary.
Representative Gilmour, No. 10, moved the amendment
to Sec. 1, Art. 1Y., of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges,
notice of which was given yesterday, seconded by Representative Pearse, No. 9, and carried unanimously.
The following notice was given :
We hereby give notice that next Session we will move
that Sec. 1, Art. II., Grand Lodge Constitution be amended
to read as follows:    The Grand Lodge shall hold regular
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Annual Communications, to begin on the second Wednesday
of April of each year, at such hour as the executive officers
shall determine, due notice thereof being given to all Subordinate Lodges at least two weeks prior to the meeting of the
Grand Lodge, and shall continue to meet at such hours as
may be agreed upon from day to day, Sunday excepted, until the close of the Session.
I j T. C. Gray, No. 10.
W. E. Johnstone, No. 8.
Robert Scott, No. 6.
Moved by D. Welsh, No. 13, and seconded by T. C. Gray,
Grand Treasurer ; That a general agent be appointed by the
Executive Officers of this Grand Lodge for the purpose of
making a personal canvass throughout the whole jurisdiction
on behalf of the Auxiliary Endowment Benefit Association of
this Grand Lodge, said agent to receive as remuneration for
his services a stipulated sum for each new member.    Carried. 978
The Committee on State of the Order presented a report
which was read and on motion referred back to the Committee for amendment. The amended report as follows was
adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Tour Committee on the State of the Order to whom was
referred portions of the Reports of the Grand Master and
his Deputies, approve of the same, with the exception of the
latter portion of the Report of District Deputy Grand Master
of District N6. 5, which we are informed contains deductions
which are erroneous and as the publication of this part will,
in our opinion prove detrimental to the Lodge concerned, we
recommend that it be not printed with the Proceedings of this
Session.
E. QuENNELL,
Robert Scott,
B. S. Douglas,
Committee on State of the Order.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following Report which was adopted :
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was
referred portions of the Report of the Grand Secretary, approve of the same and recommend that Subordinate Lodges
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bfe urged to be more prompt in sending in their reports.
E. Quennell,
Robert Scott,
B. S. Douglas,
Committee on State of the Order.
The following notice was read :
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We hereby give notice that at next Session we will move
that Sec. 1, Art. VII. and Sec. 2, Art. IK of the Grand Lodge
Constitution be amended to read " Each Elective and Ap- 979
pointed Officer, except the Grand Master, shall be entitled to
one vote," etc.
Wm. McColl, No. 3.   ,
H. Waller, No. 2.
George Norris, No. 5c
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following Report which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1.0.0.F.
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates, beg leave to
report that we have examined the By-Laws of Cloverdale
Lodge, No. 15, and find them in conformity with the Constitution.
Yours in F. L. and T.,
F. Carne,
A. Henderson,
A. Penzer,
W. E. Johnstone,
P. J. Foulds,
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred
the matter of the granting of a Dispensation by the D. D. G.
M.> of District No. 5, for a public dedication of the Hall of
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, beg to report that the D. D. G. M.
was in error in granting such a Dispensation, which can only
be granted by the Grand Master.
R. Roberts,
G. Fowlie,
H. B. Gilmour,
Committee on Judiciary. 980
Moved seconded and carried : That each D. D. G. M.
be supplied by this Grand Lodge with a copy of the latest
Digest for his official use.
Resolved)—That a special committee of five members be
appointed to consider and report this Session the amount to
be appropriated for the purchase of Regalia for the Officers
of this Grand Lodge.
The Chair appointed the following to form this Special
Committee:—Henderson, No. 2 ; Douglas, No. 13 ; Quennell,
P. G. M., No. 5 ; Shiles, P. G. M„ No. 3 ; and Carne, P. G.
M., No. 1. :   |
Jos. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., moved the amendment to
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Sec. 1, Art. Y., of which notice was given yesterday, which
was seconded by G. Fowlie, No. 4.    On being submitted to
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the vote, 19 voted in the affirmative and 13 in the negative.
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The AyeS and Nays having been called for were taken
as follows :—Ayes : Crossan, Gray, Waller, P. G. M.; Henderson, Dempster, Adler, Foulds, Fowlie, Glover, Norris,
Rivers, Scott, McDonald, Johnstone, Neelands, Pearse, Gilmour, Mitchell, Penzer, Wriglesworth, P. G. M.—20.
Nays :—Phillips, P. G. M; Davey, Shiles, P. G. M;
Carne, P, G. M; Holmes, Day, Bonson, Peers, Parker,
Welsh, Quennell, P. G. M.; McColl, P. G. M.; Roberts, P.
$M.—13.
Not having received the requisite two-thirds vote the
motion w^s declared lost.
Resolved)—That the Grand Lodge adjourn to 10 o'clock
A. M., to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge then adiourned.
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THIRD   DAY
Nanaimo, 12th February, 1892.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 10 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment.
The Grand Marshal examined all present and reported
them qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
At Roll Call all the Officers and Representatives were
reported present.
The minutes of preceding day's Session were read and
adopted.
The Special Committee on Regalia presented the following Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
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Your Special Committee appointed to consider the
amount to be expended for Regalia for Grand Lodge Officers,
beg to recommend that the Grand Master and Grand Secretary be empowered to expend the sum of two hundred dollars
during recess in the purchase of said Regalia.
F. Carne,
B. S. Douglas,
E. Quennell,
A. Henderson,
B. W. Shiles,
Committee.
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Resolved)--That inasmuch as Past Grand Masters
Wriglesworth, Roberts, and Quennell have attended and assisted in the work of this Session, that the committee on
mileage and per diem be instructed to provide in its report
for the payment of mileage and per diem to these Brothers. 982
Moved by Rep. Welsh, No. 13, and seconded by Rep.
Peers, No. 7 : That the next Annual Session of this Grand
Lodge be held at New Westminster.
Moved as an amendment by Rep. Glover, No. 4, and
seconded by Rep. Fowlie, No. 4, to strike out the words
"New Westminster " and subsitute " Yictoria.'
Moved as an amendment to the amendment by Rep.
Scott, No. 6, and seconded by R. Roberts, P. G. M., that
Wellington be inserted in the place of " Yictoria. '
The question being on the amendment to the amendment it was negatived, 7 voting aye and 13 nay.
The amendment was also lost by a vote of 10 for and
16 against.
The resolution was then put and carried unanimously.
The amendment to Sec. 1. Art IY, of the Constitution,
of which notice was given yesterday by P. G. M. Wrigles-
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worth, raising the minimum initiation fee to fifteen dollars,
and the fee for degrees  to five dollars each, was moved by
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Rep. Fowlie, No. 4, and seconded by Rep. Scott, No. 6, but
on being submitted to the vote was declared to be lost.
The Committee on Mileage and per diem presented the
following Report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
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Dear Sirs and Brothers:- -Your Committee on Mileage
and Per diem beg to report that we have examined the certificates presented by the undermentioned Officers and Representatives attending this Session, and find that they are
entitled to the amounts inserted against their respective
names. 983
NAMES.
Officers.
J. E. Phillips, G.M	
J. E. PhiUips, D.G.M....
J. Crossan, G.W	
F. Davey, G. S	
T. 0. Gray, G.T	
H. WaUer, G. Rep	
B. W. Shiles, G. Rep	
B. S.Douglas, G. C	
M.Duffin, G. G	
Representatives.
F. Carne, P. G. M	
W.E.Holmes	
A.G. Day	
A. Henderson	
P.W. Dempster	
S. Adler	
P. J. Foulds	
R, F. Bonson	
G, Fowlie	
G. Glover	
G. Norris	
R. Rivers	
R. Scott	
M. McDonald	
J. Peers	
T. F. Neelands	
W. E. Johnstone	
E.T.W. Pearse	
A. Parker	
H. B. Gilmour	
W, MitcheU	
A, Renzer	
D.Welsh	
J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M.
R. Roberts, P. G. M	
E. Quennell, P. G. M	
Location.
Attend'nc
Days.
Per
diem.
Mileage.
Total.
Victoria	
New \V est'mr
JNanaimo	
Victoria 	
Vancouver ...
Victoria	
New West'mr
Victoria.
3 New West'mr
3 "
4 Victoria	
41
5 Nanaimo	
5|
6 Wellington...
6
7'Chilliwhack..
81 Vancouver—
8I
9 Kamloops.	
lOlVancouver ...
io;
11 Union	
12 Donald	
13 New West'mr
4; Victoria	
2'       vl
5lNanaimo	
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
rt 00|
6 00
6 00
6 001
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00 .
6 OOL
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
ti 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
4 00
6 001
6 00
208 00
7 30 $13 30
4 80
0 60|
0 60
28 70
3 60|
3 60
6 50
49 40
4 80
7 30
7 30
J 237 30 445 30
10 80
i 6 00
13 30
9 60
13 30
10 80
10 80
6 00
13 30
13 30
13 30
13 30
13 30
13 30
10 80
10 80
13 30
13 30
6 00
6 00
6 60
6 60
15 80
9 60
9 60
34 70
9 60
9 60
12 50
r>5 40
10 80
11 30
13.30
6 00
W. E. Holmes,
Samuel Adler,
Joseph Peers,
Committee on Mileage.
The Committee on Finance presented the following
Eeport, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers :- -Your Finance Committee
beg to report that we have examined the books, vouchers and
reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and
find the same correct.
We would recommend that the Grand Secretary's salary
be increased $200, making the amount $500 per annum, we
find that his work is not only increasing very rapidly, but he 984
gets less salary in proportion to the membership than any
Secretary on the Continent.
We would recommend that the per captia tax on the
Subordinate Lodges be $1.00 for the ensuing year ; 50 cents
payable on the 30th June, and 50 cents payable on the 31st
December.
ESTIMATE OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE.
REVENUE.
Cash Balance in Treasurer's hands $    922 86
Per Capita Tax on 1430 Members @ $1.00 each     1,430 00
8 2,352 86
expenditure.
Sovereign Grand Lodge Tax $ 150 00
Grand Secretary's Salary  500 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's office  100 00
Printing  200 00
Digest for D. D. Grand Masters  40 00
Janitor  15 00
Regalia  200 00
Mileage and per diem  445 30
Picture of Grand Secretary  30 00
Postage  15 00
Caretaker of Grand Secretary's office  20 00
 1,715 30
Balance  $    637 57
Fraternally submitted,
H. Waller,
Geo. Norris,
Committee.
Resolved)—That the Installation of Officers this evening
be held in the Third Degree.
Moved, seconded and carried : That the picture of the
Grand Secretary procured by a Resolution of th? last Session
of this Grand Lodge be presented to Brother Davev, to be
disposed of by him as he may think proper.
Resolved)—That the Grand Representatives of thia Grand 985
Lodge be instructed to vote for the proposed' amendment
to the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, allowing
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members to be admitted to the Order at 18 years of age.
Resolved)—That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
8:30 o'clock this evening;.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned.
EVENING   SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8:50 P. M. All the
members present were reported duly qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
All the Officers and Representatives wei;e reported
present at Roll Call.
P. G. M. Waller thanked the Grand Lodge on behalf of
the Grand Encampment for courtesies shown during the Session, in adjourning to enable the Grand Encampment to meet
and transact its business.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
and re-opened in the Third Degree.
After the admission of the Third Degree members in
waiting the Grand Master requested P. G. M. Roberts, and
P. G. M. Carne to present the Officers elect for Installation.
J. E. Phillips, No. 3, was presented and installed into
the Office of Grand Master.
The Grand Master then installed the following Officers
elect into their respective chairs :
J. Crossan, No. 5 as Deputy4 ©rand Master.
T. 0. Gray, No. 10 as Grand Warden.
F. Davey, No. 1 as Grand Secretary.
Wf E. Holmes, No. 1 as Grand Treasurer, 986
The Grand Master appointed the following Brothers to
fill the Subordinate Offices, who were duly installed :
E. T. W. Pearse, No. 9 as Grand Chaplain.
D. Welsh, No. 13 as Grand Marshall.
P. W. Dempster, No. 2 as Grand Conductor.
W. H. Morton, No. 5 as Grand Guardian.
W. Mitchell, No. 11 as Grand Herald.
Also the following as District Deputy Grand Masters :
G. Fowlie, No. 4, for District No. 1.
R. F. Bonson, No. 3, for District No. 2.
M. Duffin, No. 5, for District No. 3.
M. McDonald, No. 6, for District No. 4.
J. Peers, No. 7, for District No. 5.
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, for District No. 6.
J. J. Carment, No. 9, for District No. 7.
W. J. Young, No. 11, for District No. 8.
A. Penzer, No. 12, for District No. 9.
G. H. Colwell, No. 16, for District No. 10.
Sister Mrs. Dempster, Colfax Rebekah Dodge, No. 1, for District
No. 1.
Also the following as Grand Instructors:
G. Glover, No. 4, Victoria.
W. H. Gardnier, No. 13, New Westminster.
R. Rivers, No. 5, Nanaimo.
H. Mitchell, No. 6, Wellington.
R. Campbell, No. 7, Chilliwhack.
J. Mather, No. 10, Vancouver.
S. Clarke, M. D., Kamloops.
G. W. Clinton, No. 11, Union.
R. Gordon, No. 12, Donald.
STANDING COMMITTEES.
Finance—W. McColl, P. G. M., No. 3; H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2; W.
E. Johnstone, No. 8.
Appeals—J. E. Phillips, P. G.' M., No. 4; P. J. Foulds, No. 3; E. T. W.
Pearse, No. 9; A. Henderson, No. 2; J. Pope, No. 2.
Laws op Subobdinates—F. Carne, P. G, M., No. 1; G. Glover. No. 4;
P. W. Dempster, No. 2; A. G. Day, No. 1; R. Rivers, No. 5.
Petitions—R. F. Bonson/No. 3; R. Scott, No. 6; W. Mitchell/No. 11.
**i 987
State op the Order—J. Peers, No. 7; B. S. Douglas, No. 13; A, G.
Day, No. 1.
Legislation—G. Norris, No. 5; W. J. Kirfoot, No. 10; A. Penzer,
No. 12.
Judiciary—B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., No. 3; J. A. Thompson, No. 6;
J. Pope, No. 2.
Mileage and per diem—S. Adler, No. 2; R. E. Smith, No. 9; D.
Welsh, No. 13.
Printing—Grand Secretary, G. Fowlie, No. 4; D. Douglas, No. 3.'
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third and re-opened in the Grand
Lodge Degree.
Resolved) That the appointments of the Grand Master
be confirmed.
Resolved) That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, for the use of the
hall, etc., during this session.
Resolved) That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due
and are hereby tendered to retiring Grand Master and other
Grand Lodge Officers for the efficient manner in which the
business of the Grand Lodge has been conducted during the
past year.
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P. G. M., J. E. Phillips returned thanks for this expression of appreciation.
Resolved) That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the members of | Black Diamond 1 Lodge, No. 5, for
the royal manner in which they have entertained the members of this Grand Lodge during their stay in this city during
this Session.
The minutes of this days Session were read and adopted* 988
-Moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand Lodge do
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now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer and the Grand Lodge
was closed in due form.
*' FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary-.   991 992 993    PAST  GRAND   MASTERS
—OF THE—
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
*J. 8. DRUMMOND 1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JOHN WEILER 1875 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
|J. P. DAVIES 1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
R. ROBERTS 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JW. J. JEFFREE 1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
CHARLES GOWEN 1879 Victoria Lodge,No. 1
J. WRIGLESWORTH 1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
B. W. SHILES 1881. .New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
HENRY WALLER 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
ALEXANDER PHILLIPS 1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
W. D. McKILLICAN 1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
WM. McCOLL 1885.. New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
FRED'K CARNE 1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JOSHUA DAVIES 1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JOSHUA DAVIES (re-elected).. .1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
J. H. MELDRAM 188S Columbia Lodge, No. 2
E. QUENNELL 1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
J. E. PHILLIPS 1891 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
♦Died 6th February, 1884. tDied 20th September, 1879.
IDied 18th March, 1885. 

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