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Array GRAND LODGE
INDEPENDENT ORDER
OF ODD FELLOWS
VANCOUVER, JUNE 10th & 11th.
1903
VICTORIA, B. C.
Press op Thos. R. Cusack, Province Building.  PROCEEDINGS
—OF THE-
TWENTY-NINTH  ANNUAL SESSION
—OF THE—
GRAND LODGE
OF BRITISH  COLUMBIA
-OF THE—
INDEPENDENT ORDER
BoF ODD FELLOWS
-HELD AT—
VANCOUVER,  JUNE 10th & 11th.
1903
VICTORIA, B. C.
Press of Thos. R. Cusack, Province Building   Allan Graham,
grand master 1902-3. PROCEEDINGS
-OF THE-
Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION.
Vancouver, B.C.,
ioth June, 1903.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 o'clock a.m. this day,
pursuant to notice.
Present:—
A Graham    Grand. Master
E. C Arthur, M.D   Deputy Grand Master
T.  F.   Neelands    Grand   Warden
Fred  Davey       Grand  Secretary
D. E. Mackenzie g  Grand Treasurer
G. R. Gordon       Grand Representative
C. A. Warren    Grand Marshal
W. Law    ;.    Grand  Conductor
The Grand Master made the following appointments to fill
vacancies: Rev. J. Irvine, No. 19, as Grand Chaplain; J. Bell,
No. 4, as Grand Guardian, and D. Walker, No. 3, as Grand
Herald.
All present were examined in the Grand Lodge Degree
and reported duly qualified. A quorum was reported present
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business. The
Grand Chaplain addressed the Throne of Grace.
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the
Representatives elected to this Session and also the certificates
of Past Grands entitled to receive the Grand Lodge Degree,,
which were, on motion, ordered to be received and referred to
a Committee on Credentials.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee
on Credentials: Grand Secretary; J. Crossan, P.G.M. No. 5,
and T. Embleton, No. 36. 2225
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.} I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have examined the credentials of the Representatives to this Session and find the
following duly accredited:—
Lodge. Representatives. Alternates.
Victoria, No  I F.   Nelson. H.   Siddall.
R. Livingstone. J. York."
T.  M.  Brayshaw. G. Grimason.
J.  C. Renfrew. F.  Carne,  P.G.M.
Columbia, No. 2   P. W. Dempster. A. Henderson, P.G.M.
J.  Wilby. R.   W.   Fawcett.
Royal City, No. 3 David Walker. A. H. Ferguson.
C. S. Keith. M. Phillips.
Dominion,  No. 4 P.  A.  Babington. W. H. Cullin.
Jas. Bell. T. Booz.
A.  Sheret. Rev. E. G. Miller.
Black Diamond, No. 5..J. Crossan, P.G.M. A.  Forrester.
m& J.  Carroll. G. A. Thompson.
W. Topp., D. G. Dailey.
Harmony, No. 6  Thos.  McMillan. D. J. Mathieson.
Albert Buckle. Andrew Robertson.
Excelsior, No. 7 J. Munro.
Vancouver,  No.  8 J. A. McKay. W. Parslow.
S. Hollander. A. M. Russell.
Tatnai,  No.  9 S. D. Macdonald. F.  E.  Armstrong.
Western Star, No. 10... A. Cleland. F. P. Bishop.
J. Armstrong. J. J. Hanna.
J. W. Morrison. W.  Law.
D. O'Dwyer. W. Hogg, P.G.M.
H.  F. Ross. E. P. Dennis.
Union, No. 11 T.   Whyte. C.  Whyte.
Selkirk,  No.  12 J. Outhett. J.  Palmer.
Cloverdale,  No.   15 C McCallum. L. W. Davis.
Kootenay, No.  16 G. H. Kinrade. F.  Bradley.
Jas. Neelands. G. F. Motion.
Duncan,  No.  17 J- M. Campbell. H. D. Evans.
Vernon Valley, No. 18..D. Mclntyre. J. Pearcy.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19. J. Irvine. W. Hook.
Centennial No. 20 F.  S.  Whiteside. J. Neen.
W. H. Thorpe. G. Yarrow.
Delta,  No.  21 W. A. Kirkland. A. Davie.
Gold Range, No. 22 Wm.  Bryan. R. H. Turner.
Ashcroft,  No.  23 J. M. Rumford. M.   Dumond.
Island,  No. 24   Rev. A. E. Green. R.  H.  Abercrombie.
Revelstoke,  No. 25 R.  S. Wilson. J. A. Stone.
Pacific,  No. 26 W. A. Johnstone. T. B. Godfrey
W. M. Ramsay. E.  F.  Gerster.
W. H: Walsh. Geo. L Center.
Jas.   Stark. F.   Cockburn.
Amity, No. 27 A.  Adams. D. McPherson.
J.  J.  Johnston. J.  Johnson.
„ N. R, Brown. W. C. Coatham.
Cheam,   No.  28 A. Horwell. H. L. Calvert Lodge. Representatives. Alternates.
Perseverance,  No. 29...J. McCulloch. S. K. Mottishaw.
Banner,   No.   31 W. Hunter. W.   Gordon.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34. C. A.  Warren.
Rossland,  No. 36 D. E. Kerr. T. H. Long.
T. Embleton. M. A. Henderson.
Boundary Valley, No. 38R.   Smailes.. H. B. Munroe.
Silver   City,   No.   39 J. H. Thompson. Geo.   Waite.
Slocan,  No. 40 J.  V.  Purviance. R.  E.  Allen.
Trout Lake,  No. 41 D. R. McLennan. J. J. Langstaff.
Key City, No. 42  F.   E.   Simpson. J.  P.  Fink.
Enterprise  No. 43 S. D. Weaver. G.  F.  Weir.
F. G. Morin. E. E. Cockroft.
Wildey, No. 44 F.  E.  Simpson.
Gateway,   No.   45 A. L.  Clements. F. Clark.
Snowshoe,  No. 46 D. Whiteside. T.  Hardy.
Mt.  Fernie,  No. 47 O. N.'Ross. C. P. Higgins.
Coronation,  No. 48 J. McDonald.
We also find that the following Past Grands are entitled to the
Grand Lodge Degree:—
Victoria, No.  1 G. Grimasom J. C. Renfrew.
Columbia,   No.   2 J. A. Grant, J. Wilby.
Royal City, No. 3 W.  R.  Gilley,  W.  E.  Emerson.
Dominion,   No.  4 Thos. Booz, J. Freeman.
Harmony,   No.   6 A. Buckle, T. McMillan.
Excelsior,   No.   7 J. Munro.
Vancouver, No. 8. A. M. Russell, D. G. Gray.
Tatnai,  No.  9 S. D. Macdonald.
Western  Star,  No.  10.. R. F. Bishop, R. J. Grant.
Union,  No.   11 C. Whyte.
Selkirk, No. 12 A. Saxton, J. Outhett.
Cloverdale,   No.   15 J. Dragoon, L. W. L. Davis.
Duncan,  No.  17 L. L. Aitken, H. D. Evans.
Vernon Valley, No. 18..D. Mclntyre.
Mt. Pleasant, No.  19... W. H. Wood M, J. Creehan.
Centennial,   No.   20..... J. D. Pearson.
Delta,   No.  21 •. W. A. Kirkland, A. Davie.
Gold Range,, No. 22 C. E. King.
Ashcroft,   No.   23 M. Dumond, J. M. Rumford.
Island, No. 24 Rev. A. E. Green.
Revelstoke,  No.  25 R. S. Wilson.
Pacific,   No.   26 A. McKelvie, W. A. Johnstone.
T. B. Godfrey.
Amity,   No.  27 A.  E. Beetles,  S. Morley.
Cheam,   No.   28 J. McRae, E. H. Probert.
Perseverance, No. 29 S. K. Mottishaw, J. McCulloch.
Banner,  No.  31 W. Gordon, W. Hunter.
Slocan,  No. 40 J. V. Purviance.
Trout Lake, No. 41 J. J. Langstaff, D. R. McLennan.
Key City, No. 42 R. E. Beattie.
Enterprise,   No.  43 F. G. Morin, S. D. Weaver.
Gateway,  No.  45 G. T. Park, F. Clark.
Snowshoe, No. 46 D. Whiteside.
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 C. P. Higgins, O. N. Ross.
Coronation, No. 48 J. McDonald.
Signed by the Committee. 2227
On motion the Grand Lodge took a recess to receive an
address of welcome from the Mayor of the City of Vancouver
and from a delegation of sisters of Mizpah Rebekah Lodge,
No. 2. His Worship the Mayor cordially welcomed the Grand
Lodge to Vancouver and traced the growth of the Order and
of the city since the Grand Lodge first met here -and also
expressed the hope that the meeting of the Grand Lodge
would prove both pleasant and profitable.
Sister Miss George, D.D.G.M. District No. 2, on behalf
of the members of Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, extended a
hearty welcome to the members of the Grand Lodge and invited all the members who had not received the Degree of
Rebekah to join Mizpah Rebekah Lodge this evening.
The Grand Master suitably responded to these addresses
on behalf of the Grand Lodge.
The visitors having retired, the Grand Lodge resumed
business.
It was, on motion, Resolved, That the Mayor and Sister
George be requested to furnish the Grand Lodge with copies
of their addresses for insertion in the printed Proceedings of
this Session.*
The Grand Master appointed Bro. H. J. Raymer, P.G.M.,
as Custodian of the Secret Work during this Session.-
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in Waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following Past Grands: F. Nelson, No. I; J.
Wilby, No. 2; J. C. Stewart, No. 5; T. McMillan, A. Buckle,
No. 6; A. M. Russell, No. 8; F. P. Bishop, No. 10; J. Outhett,
No. 12; C. McCallum, No. 15 ; H. D. Evans, No. .17; D. Mcln-
tyre, No. 18; G. Yarrow, No. 20; W. A. Kirkland, No. 21;
W. Bryan, No. 22; J. M. Rumford, No. 23; Rev. A. E. Green,
No. 24; T. B. Godfrey, W. A. Johnstone, No. 26; A. Horwell,
No. 28; J. McCulloch, No. 29; W. Gordon, No. 31, J. V. Purviance, No. 40; D. R. McLennan, No. 41; R. E. Beattie, No.
42, F. G. Morin, S. D. Weaver, No. 43; D. Whiteside, No. 46;
J. McDonald, No. 48.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments to
fill the Standing Committees, which, when completed, consisted as follows:—
Finance.—P. W. Dempster, No. 2: J. Bell, No. 4: C. S. Keith,
No. 3; W. M. Ramsay, No. 26; S. D. Weaver, No. 43; A. L. Clements,
No. 45, D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10.
*The addresses appear as appendices to these Proceedings. 2228
Appeals.—T. A. Muir, No. 3; J. W. Morrison, No. 10; D. Welsh,
P.G.M. No. 3; F. Nelson, No. 1; T. McMillan, No. 6; O. N. Ross,. No.
47; A. E. Green, No. 24.
Laws of Subordinates.—R. Livingstone, No. 1; P. A. Babington,
No. 4; W. Topp, No. 5; J. A. McKay, No. 8; A. Horwell, No. 28;
A. Buckle, No. 6; W. Bryan, No. 22; G. H. Kinrade, No. 16.
Petitions.—W. Hogg, P.G.M. No. 8; D. Walker, No. 3; D. R.
McLennan, No. 41; J. McCulloch, No. 29; W. H. Thorpe, No. 20;
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26; J. Outhett, No. 12.
State of the Order.—F. E. Simpson, No. 42; J. Stark, No. 26; T.
M. Brayshaw, No. 1; J. Carroll, No. 5; J. Neelands, No. 16; S. Hollander, No. 8; J. J. Johnston, No. 27.
Legislation.—T. Embleton, No. 36; J. Irvine, No. 19; A. Sheret,
No. 4; H. Siddall, No. 1; F. G. Morin, No. 43; J. M. Campbell, No.
17; A. Adams, No. 27; W. A. Kirkland, No. 21.
Judiciary.—G. R. Gordon, No. 26; D. Whiteside, No. 46; J. Wilby,
No. 2; J. Crossan, P.G.M. No. 5; J. Armstrong, No. 10; N. Brown,
No. 27; J. V. Purviance, No. 40; D. Mclntyre, No. 18.
Mileage and Per Diem.—D. E. Kerr, No. '36; T. B. Godfrey, No.
26; H. B. Munro, No. 38; S. D. McDonald, No. 9; C. McCallum, No.
15; A. Cleland, No. 10; R. S. Wilson, No. 25.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; T. Whyte, No. 11; W. Hunter, No.
31; J. M. Rumford, No. 25; J. T. McDonald, No. 48; G. Waite, No. 39.
Correspondence.—W. E. Johnstone, P.G.M. No. 8; A. Henderson,
P.G.M. No. 2; J. E. Phillips, P.G.M. No. 4; R E. Beattie, No. 42; F.
Bishop, No. 10.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.:—F. Davey, No. 1; T. F. Neelands,
No. 8; A. L. Clements, No. 45.
It was, on motion, Resolved, That the appointments of the
Grand Master be confirmed.
The Grand Master presented his report and the reports
of the Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Grand Representatives were submitted in printed form and were ordered to
be received and handed to a committee to distribute the same
to appropriate committees. fc
GRAND MASTER'S REPORT.
Vancouver, B.C., 10th June,  1903.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
In accordance with the requirements of the law and the time-honored custom of the Order I have much pleasure in submitting for your
consideration a report of my official acts as Grand Master of this Jurisdiction since I was installed into that honorable and responsible office
last year. 2229
I am pleased to be in a position to report that the year has been one
of advance and prosperity in spite of some conditions such as labor
troubles and business depression throughout the entire Province which
must militate more or less against the success of any fraternal
organization.
During the year I have endeavored to fulfill the duties devolving on
the. office to the best of my ability. I have visited as many of the
Lodges of the Jurisdiction as the time at my disposal would permit,
and have everywhere been received with the most cordial kindness and
respect.
OFFICIAL VISITS.
July 12th, 1902.—Visited Duncan Lodge, No. 17, and installed
officers.
September 26th.—Visited Union Lodge, No. 11. The brethren
were pleased to see me.   Many of the members were out of town.
Being anxious to visit the Lodges on the Mainland before winter
set in, I left Victoria on the 10th October, 1902, and after consulting
with Past Grand Masters Hogg and Johnstone on the trip through the
Kootenays, as they had visited during 1900 and 1901.
On nth October I visited Cheam Lodge, No. 28, and had a cordial
welcome;   addressed  the  brothers,   who  expressed  regret  that  there
were not more brothers present, work being very scarce in the neigh-I
borhood.
During my short stay at North Bend I saw two brothers who informed
me that Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, is in a good financial condition,
but owing to all the members being employed on the railway, most to£
them were out on the "line," and it was difficult to get a quorum.
On 13th October I visited Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, delivered address
and was well received.    The Lodge is prospering.
14th October—Held a joint meeting of Selkirk and Revelstoke
Lodges at Revelstoke and explained that I thought a great advantage
would accrue if the two Lodges were merged, and instanced the case of
Victoria, where at one time five Lodges existed, and now only three, but
that they were stronger and moreprosperous by the change.
16th October—Held informal meeting of Wildey Lodge, No. 44,
Moyie, with four brothers. Most of the members are away but continue to pay their dues and are anxious to return as soon as the mine
opens again.   The brothers are very hopeful.
17th October—Visited Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cranbrook, and
had a good meeting. The brothers seemed pleased and gave me a
hearty reception.   They have live officers and are a prospering Lodge..
18th October.—Visited Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47. It was an
unfavorable time, being pay-day, but about 20 brothers met and were
anxious to have an address from me. They gave me a cordial welcome.
Arrived at Trout Lake on Tuesday, the 21st October and dedK
cated a new hall. The brothers had announced that the ceremony would
^e'in public and in consequence a large crowd had come from all the
villages around. I was ably assisted in the ceremony by Past Grands
Brothers Taylor, McLennan and others. The church choir with organ
was in attendance to sing the odes.   The audience were very attentive 2230
and expressed themselves grateful for the privilege of seeing the ceremony.    It was a red-letter day for Trout Lake Lodge, No. 42.
23rd October.—Visited Silver City Lodge, No. 39, Sandon, and
had an interesting meeting. The Noble Grand is a "hero," travelling
a great distance over a high mountain to preside at the Lodge meeting.
They appeared pleased to hear me and gave me a hearty welcome.
24th October.—Held a meeting of Slocan Lodge, No. 40, at Slocan
City. The brothers were pleased to hear me. The Lodge is doing well,
but times are very quiet.
I spent Saturday and Sunday travelling to reach Rossland.
Visited Rossland Lodge, No. 36, on 27th October; had a large
meeting and warm reception. It has a very efficient degree team, which
exemplified the First Degree in a very creditable manner.
October 28th.—Visited Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, Trail; had a large
meeting, including a number of visitors from Rossland. This Lodge
has a good staff of officers. The Initiatory Degree was conferred very
impressively after my address, and I received a cordial welcome.
October 29th.—Visited Gateway Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks; had
a large meeting; witnessed the Initiatory Degree, which was well exemplified. The officers filled their places efficiently. The Lodge is in
a good condition financially and increasing numerically.
October 30th.—Visited Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, Greenwood ; had a cordial reception and a large attendance. A candidate!
was initiated in an impressive manner.
Accompanied by several of the brothers from Greenwood I visited
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, at Phoenix next day, 31st October. Phoenix
is located at a high altitude and the ground was covered with snow.
The Lodge has selected a very appropriate name. I found the Lodge
young, but increasing in membership; fortunately they have several
Past Grands to assist them in guiding the lodge, the young officers
showing a great interest in their work.
November 3rd.—Visited Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson; had a
large meeting and a banquet was given in honor of my visit. This
Lodge is increasing. I witnessed the Initiatory Ceremony, and $fae
charges were well delivered. I made a speech on the state oi the order
generally, which was well received and a very hearty welcome was extended me.
It was my purpose to visit Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, but the
train being late I could not make connection..
November 6th.—Visited Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23. I gave an ,«fc-
dress and was well received. Had deep snow coming through the
Fraser Canyon which delayed the train ten hours. I had intended $0
visit Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, on Friday night, but was too late.
After my return I visited Victoria Lodge and related some of my
experiences on the trip.
In January, -1903, I visited the Victoria Lodges and installed tire
officers. The Lodges are gaining in membership, but I am sorry that a
•number have been dropped for non-payment of dues.
January 12th.—A joint banquet was held by the Victoria Lodges
and a pleasant time was spent. As Grand Master I gave an address
which was well received. 2231
January 13th.—Visited New Westminster, but few brothers being
at home held no meeting. Was invited to a social meeting by Beulah
Rebekah Lodge, No. 5. The prospects in the Royal City, I am pleased
to learn, are looking brighter.
January 15th.—Attended a joint meeting of Lodges Nos. 8, 10, 19
26 and 24 at Vancouver. Witnessed a joint installation which was conducted by I) I).G.M..Bro. Law, assisted by a number of Past Grands.
The installation was very impressively performed- After the installation
.ceremony we retired to a large hall where a social banquet was held
to mark the event; had to respond to the toast of Grand Lodge, which
was well received and a cordial reception was extended me.
January 18th.—Attended a joint meeting of the Lodges in Ladysmith. My address was well received and a banquet was held in honor
of the occasion, when a pleasant and enjoyable evening was spent, and
a cordial vote of thanks was extended me.
January 20th.—Attended a joint meeting of Lodges Nos. 5 and
20 at Nanaimo. We had a large gathering. I made a speech and was
well received. A social banquet was given to commemorate the event,
at which a pleasant and interesting time was enjoyed and a cordial
vote of thanks was passed to the Grand Master.
DECISIONS.
1. Received communication from Bro. Waterson, D. D. G. M.
District No. 9, as to the installation of the officers of Revelstoke Lodge,
.No. 25.
Ans.—1. Circular of Grand Lodge respecting qualification of candidates for office. The "ideal is high." The desire is that candidates
. will endeavor to perform their duties (in office) to the best of their
ability. (2) Officers hold positions until their successors are installed.
(3) New password not communicated till reports and returns are made
out and delivered. (4) Officers elect being absent on night of installation, the office should be declared vacant and a new election ordered.
2. Question from Tatnai Lodge, No. 9. Bro. Morrison having lost'
withdrawal card applies for new one.
Answer.—Issue new card of same date, and write across it
duplicate.
3. Questions from Bro. Palmer, of Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25.—A
brother being sick and entitled to benefits, is employed by city and
receives regular salary.    Should benefits be paid in such a case?
Answer.—(1) Digest Sec. 62 reads: "A judge, a member of
the Order, being sick and not able to perform his duty but receives his
salary is not entitled to benefits. This will meet second question. (2)
Sec. 127, Digest—"A member of a Subordinate Lodge can decline to
receive sick benefits which may be due him, said act being in fact a
donation by him to Lodge funds."
4. Received appeal from D. G. M. Arthur against decision of
D. D. G. M. Kinrade confirming action of Kootenay Lodge in suspending Brother Squires on 16th February, 1903.
Answer.—Kootenay Lodge was not justified in suspending Brother
Squires, he not having been notified in writing as required by law at
that time, therefore suspension not legal.
5. From Duncan Lodge, No. 17.—Question.—A brother of this
Lodge was charged  with  conduct unbecoming an  Odd  Fellow,  was 2232
tried and convicted and committee advised expulsion. The Lodge
adopted the report of the committee, but took no further action. Is
ne a member of this Lodge?
Answer.—Section Digest, 1690, reads: "When a member has
been adjudged guilty and the punishment is expulsion, the Lodge must
expell him.   When so declared by the Noble Grand he is not a member.
6. Question.—From Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, as to a brother
engaging in the liquor business and bar tender.
Answer.—Article II, Section 1, Constitution of Subordinate Lodges
■ reads:   "No saloon keeper or bar tender, etc., shall be eligible for mem-
"bership in this Order. "   And becoming a saloon keeper since this law
passed, he is liable to expulsion.
DISPENSATIONS   GRANTED.
To Lodges Nos. 48, 9, 8, 26, 15, 40 and 10—To hold public banquets.
To Lodge No. 16.—To confer degrees without delay.
To Lodges Nos. 8, 48, 40, 38, 19, 24, 8, and 36—To hold public installations.
To Perseverance Lodge, No. 29.—To change place of meeting from
Extension to Ladysmith.
To Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.—To appear in regalia at funeral of a
"brother.
DISPENSATIONS GRANTED TO REBEKAH LODGES.
To Lodges Nos. 13, 9 and. 2.—To hold public banquets.
To Lodge No. 2.—To confer degree without delay.
APPOINTMENTS.
On July 28th, 1902, Bro. F. E. Cooper, of Grand Forks, declined
the appointment of District Deputy Grand Master. Appointed Bro.
A. L. Clements to fill the vacancy.
On 25th July, 1902, received communications from Cedar Lodge,
No. 35, and Centennial Lodge, No. 20, stating that they desired to
merge, and had complied with Section 9 Grand Lodge By-laws. Instructed the District Deputy to superintend the mergement. Received
a report from the D. G. M. certifying that he had witnessed the transfer of assets and had forwarded the charter and rituals of Cedar Lodge,
which were duly received.
Received communication from Bro. Henderson, Edmonton, N.W.T,.
resigning position of District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 5,
having removed out of Jurisdiction. Appointed Brother H. Ash well
to fill the vacancy.
Victoria, B.C. 23rd March, 1903.
1819-1903.
Anniversary Proclamation.
To the Subordinate  and  Rebekah  Lodges,   Grand  Lodge   of  British
Columbia, I. O. F.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,—In accordance with the laws and usages
of our Order and in compliance with Proclamation of the Grand Sire, 2233
I, Allan Graham, Grand Master of the Province of British Columbia,
I. O. O. F., by virtue of the powers vested in me, do hereby enjoin you
to take appropriate action for the due commemoration of tfie 26th day
of April, 1903 (or it being Sunday, the 25th or 27th day of April as may
be selected), it being the Eighty-Fourth Anniversary of our Order, by
suitable exercises in observance of the day and by public thanksgiving^
to Almighty God for his manifold mercies to us as individuals and as-
an Order.
A Dispensation is hereby granted to such Lodges as may wish to
appear in public in regalia on either of the above mentioned days.
A, GRAHAM,
Grand Master.
Attest :—
Fred Davey,
; Grand Secretary.
Victoria, B.C., 30th April, 1903.
Memorial Day Proclamation.
To the Subordinate Lodges, Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—In compliance with the Proclamation
of the Grand Sire, I, Allan Graham, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge
of British Columbia, I. O. O. F., by virtue of the powers vested in me,
do hereby request all the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction that
have suffered loss of membership by death, to assemble on the Second'
Tuesday of June next, being the 9th day of June, 1903, and engage in
appropriate exercises respecting their deceased members; Provided,
that if it be more convenient, Lodges may select some other day to hold
such services.
A Dispensation is hereby granted to such Lodges as may wish to
appear in public in regalia on this occasion.
Yours fraternally,
A, GRAHAM,
%*$£ Grand Master.
Attest :—
Fred Davey,
Grand Secretary.
I beg to attach hereto the reports I have received from my District
Deputies.
In conclusion I wish to express my thanks to the members of the
Grand Lodge for the honor conferred on me last year and to convey to
the brotherhood throughout the Province my sincerest thanks and
gratitude for the cordial and kind way in which I have been received
in my visits throughout the Jurisdiction.
Fraternally submitted,
ALLAN GRAHAM,
Grand Master. 2234
GRAND SECRETARY'S REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F:
It affords me much pleasure to lay before you, for the nineteenth
time, a report of the work of this office during the past year together
with a tabulated statement of the condition of the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of this Jurisdiction on the 31st December, 1902.
state of the order.
In the comparative statement attached there are many features of
interest and grounds for congratulation and hopefulness. The number of members on 31st December, 1902, show an increase of 146 over
the report of the preceding year. The revenue of the Subordinate
Lodges show a slight diminution, but in many important details there is
a marked improvement. The number of brothers relieved, the number
of weeks' sick benefits paid and the total amount paid for relief as well
as for current expenses, is less than in 1901, whereas the value of the
assets show a substantial increase.
I regret to state, however, that the reports of the Rebekah Lodges
show a decrease both in the number of Lodges in operation and the
number of members. I trust this is exceptional and that the interest
taken in this branch of the Order will soon experience a steady and
maintained revival.
"Coronation" Lodge, No. 48, was instituted at Armstrong, B. C,
on 14th August, 1902, with 23 members by Special Deputy G. M. Bro.
D. Mclntyre, assisted by members of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18.
The instituting officer reports this Lodge to be composed of splendid
material, and prophesies for it a bright future.
"Floral" Rebekah Lodge, No. 15, was instituted at Slocan, B.C., by
Bro. T. Embleton, P. G., Special Deputy G. M., on 3rd July, 1902,
assisted by a team composed of members of "Deborah" Rebekah Lodge,
No. 13, Rossland. This Lodge started with a membership of 21
members.
Enquiries as to the steps necessary to be taken to institute Lodges
of our Order have been received from Camborne and Creston, B.C.,
and it is probable that a Lodge will be organized at the former place
Jb the near future.
"Cedar" Lodge, No. 35, Cedar District, was amalgamated with
Centennial Lodge, No. 20, Nanaimo, on the nth August, 1902, rendered advisable on account of the scattered membership of the first named
Lodge. 2235
Through the efforts of Bro. A. L. Clements, D.D.G.M. District^
No. 24, the charter and effects of "Carson" Lodge, No. 37, have been
recovered. The sum of $128.34 was received, being balance of money
in the hands of the Treasurer of the defunct Lodge, but of this amount
$6 has been paid for expenses incident to the recovery of the charter,,
etc., and a claim for $120 for two years' rent due for Lodge Room has
also been settled. This Lodge appears to have owned two lots, Nos. 4
and 5, Block 15, in the Carson Townsite, which are reported by Bro.
Clements to be valueless at present, but instructions are requested as to
the advisability of securing the title to these lots being vested in this
Grand Lodge.
'Withdrawal cards have been issued to six members of this Lodge
who were in good standing at the time the Lodge decided to surrender its charter, to enable them to join some other Lodge of the Order.
Bro. Clements also reports that he recovered the charter and a
portion of the property of "Harmony" Rebekah Lodge, No. 12, Carson, and has forwarded them to me by freight, but they have not yet
come to hand.
"Fidelity" Rebekah Lodge, No. 10, Ladner, is reported to have
held, no meetings for the past two years, nor have any reports been
received from the Lodge for that period; under these circumstances
instructions have been sent to the D. D. G. M. to recover the charter
and other property of the Lodge, but at this date they have not been
received.
instructions of last session.
The report of the Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits
was printed and distributed to the Lodges as directed.
The resolution of sympathy with the sufferers in the disaster at
Fernie on 22nd May, 1902, passed by the Grand Lodge, together with
the donation of $100 voted at the same time, were duly forwarded to
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47. The Lodge reports that $50 of the donation has been given to the widow of the late Bro. M. McLeod, who
was left with eight children, and $25 to the widow of the late Bro.
Thos. Fairfull, who has five children, and it is intended to present the
remaining $25 to Mrs. McLeod, who is understood to be in need of
assistance at the present time. The dependent relatives of the other
members who were killed at the same time are, as far as known, in
comfortable circumstances.
secret work.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last session authorized the
printing of the Secret Work with photographs, and copies of the work
of the Grand Lodge and Subordinate Lodge have been procured at
a cost of $35 and may be consulted at this session. According to instructions the Cipher obtained last year has been returned and the
amount paid for it has been claimed from the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Twenty copies of the Cipher for the use of Subordinate Lodges have
been also bought and sixteen copies have been sold to the Lodges. 2236
STATISTICAL.
Comparative statement showing the result of the year's work.
No. of Lodges, 31st Dec. 1902	
Members "  |
I   initiated during the year...
§   admitted by card	
asA.O.       1
I   reinstated 1
"   withdrawn |
"   deceased |
1   expelled 1
"   resigned "
* \   ceased mem'ship by N.P.D.
I   rejected	
Degrees conferred	
Past Grands	
Revenue of Subordinate Lodges	
From dues	
"   admissions and degrees ..
if   rents and invested funds	
1   other sources :	
Total Revenue	
No of brothers relieved	
I   widowed families relieved	
"   brothers buried	
I   weeks sick benefits paid	
Amt. paid for the relief of brothers..
I i       "    widowed families
1 I       1      orphans	
" 1       education of orphans.
I I       burying the dead	
" I       special relief 	
Total amount paid for relief	
" 1       current expenses	
" I       of assets 	
Aver. amt. of benefits paid to each
sick member 	
Av. amt. exp. for relief per member
Av. duration of sickness ''
"       " "    "   per sick member
Av. cost per member for cur. exp .  .
P     I 1 for all lodge exp.
Av. amt. of assets per member	
TotKl amount expended for relief in
_B. C. since  institution  of Grand
Lodge-in 1874	
137,517,25
8,098 00
10,709 82
4,977 92
$61,302 99
336
8
29
2,537
$15,833 55
429 20
278 00
115 80
2,304 50
563 00
19,524 05
19,368 40
238,704 22
5 ds
7 ws
Increase
Decrease'
314,814 19
146
6
425 28
268 00;
 I
42 65
13,357 00
0 99
451 75
695 14
647 91
1,369 5£
2
"i
69
867 20
84 80
'239*32
988 87
1,218 44
2 29
0 54
9 hrs
lday
0 60
1 14 v
2237
STATISTICAL—Continued.
Increase
Decrease
REBEKAH    LODGES.
No. of Lodges 31 Dec. 1902	
8
194
248
67
43
3
3
89
100
1
1
746 00
153 50
36 55
145 55
■1,081 60
40 00
19 75
55 65
115 40
703 30
1,636 341
/
1
*'   "members     m       Brothers	
20
"   m       "            "       Sisters	
55
No. of members admitted dnr. year—
Brothers	
Sisters	
No. of members reinstated—
Brothers	
25
3
3
50
29
1
3
Sisters	
No. of mem. withdrawn or dropped—
Brothers	
Sisters	
No. of members expelled—
Sisters	
No. of members deceased—
Brothers	
Receipts for the year—
*
From rents and invested funds..
From other sources	
Total receipts	
107 81
18 25
9 30
22 55
.Amount paid for—
Relief of members   ,
Relief of widowed families	
5 00
Special relief	
Total relief	
Current expenses	
328 65
Invested funds H
351 37 2238
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer.
From Whom Received.
Victoria Lodge,
Colnmbia	
Royal City	
Dominion	
Black Diamond.
Harmony	
Excelsior	
Vancouver	
Tatnai.	
Western Star	
Union	
Selkirk	
Cloverdale	
Kootenay	
Duncan	
Vernon Valley..
Mt. Pleasant	
Centennial	
Delta	
Gold Range	
Ashcroft  	
Island	
Revelstoke	
Pacific	
Amity	
Cheam	
Perseverance....
Banner	
Rocky Mountain
Cedar wlpP
Rossland	
Boundary Valley
SUver City	
Slocan	
Trout Lake	
Key City	
Enterprise   \vt
Wildey	
Gateway	
Snowshoe	
Mt. Fernie	
Coronation	
Carson	
Victoria"      1,
Colfax Rebekah..
Mizpah	
Forward	
No.
Tax term
ended
30th June
1902
86 00
56 40
54 80
62 40
62 40
46 40
18 00
53 20
30 00
103 20
21 20
24 40
12 40
46 00
21 20
17 60
22 00
40 40
12 80
14 00
9 60
16 40
22 80
90 00
59 20
16 00
20 40
25 00
21 20
16 40
56 00
28 40
26 80
14 80
14 40
22 40
37 60
13 60
27 75
16 80
16 40
Tax term
ended
31st Deer.
1902
85 20
54 80
55 60
60 80
63 20
44 55
18 00
56 00
32 80
105 60
21 60
25 60
14 00
47 20
22 40
18 00
23 20
54 80
13 60
14 40
10 00
16 40
23 20
94 80
60 40
14 80
19 60
24 00
22 00
56*40
28 00
20 80
16 00
17 60
22 40
41 20
12 00
29 20
21 60
18 40
12 00
Supplies
8 25
4 75
6 00
2 401
3 40
1 40
2 40
23 75
1 00
2 00
3 40
3 40
4 00
5 00
2  50
23 90
215
40
3 00
2 50
2 00
7 80
4 50
$1376 75 $1412 15 $ 225 62
Home
Fund.
$ 20 50
5*25
17 00
16 40
50 00
16 40
4 05
25 00
'24*00
30 40
1 00
20 40
65 75
3Q 00
48 00
14 00
10 00
6 50
26 00
10 00
5 00
Fines,
Charter,
Fees, etc-
2 00
2 00
2 00
4 00
2 00
30 00
143 34
$ 445 65$ 191 34
Total.
$ 199 20
114 95
123 90
144 95
131 60
93 35
41 40
127 00
115 20
248 95
43 80
52 00
33 85
123 60
47 60
63 85
79 50
101 20
28 90
30 40
27 10
34 20
46 00
231 10
185 35
32 95
40 40
52 00
45 70
18 40
120 20
56 40
89 42
82 50
36 40
56 15
96 70
39 45
68 15
39 80
44 20
74 90
143 34
26 00
10 00
9 50
$3651 51 2239
FINANCIAL   STATEMENT.—Continued.
Cash   received  and  paid  to   Grand   Treasurer.
From Whom Received.
Tax term
ended
30th June
1902
Brought forward..
Miriam Lodge No
Beulah....,        1
Laurel         1
Deborah        |
Floral	
Harmony         I
W. Law, D.D.G.M., Dis
Damascus Sanctorium...
O.O.H/ Vancouver—
Can. Bk. Commerce, New
Westminster,       Interest
Treasurer's account	
3
5
9
13
15
12
6
16
$1376 75
Tax term
ended
31st Deer.
1902
1
Supplies!   £om,e
r Fund
50!
1 25
11 60
20 25
30 00
Fines,
Charter,
Fees, etc
3 50|
31 oo!
3 00
50 00
13 75
16 14
Tothl.
12 10
21 50
30 00
3 m\
31 00
13 75
3 00
50 00
16 14
$1412 151 $261 87  $560 50l $221 23 $3832 50,
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER.
Date
O U
9
In Whose Favor.
Description.
Amount
fco
1902
June
2
|    i|W.  Hogg, G.M	
Postage & sundries	
$     6 OO
2
2IF. Davey, G.  Sec	
Sov. G. L. for supplies..
IO OO
6
3l       %              1      	
Dep. sav. bk, Home ace.
90 00
13
Mileage & per diem ....
1571 70
13
5|W. H. Huxtable, P. G.
Caretaker G. S. office...
20 00
13
6|D.  Welsh,  P.G.M	
Janitor, session 1902....
10 00
13
7|Mt. Fernie Ldg No. 47
Donat'n to assist widows
of Odd Fellows killed
in  explosion   	
IOO 00
^T
8|R. S. Day	
Prem. G. See's bond.
IO 00
July
12
9lF. J. Hart & Co	
Prem. G. Treas.'s bond.
IO OO
19
26
io| E. F. Gerster 	
Stationry & pstge. Home
Committee  	
11JF. Davey, G. Sec	
6 00
Sov. G. L. supplies  ....
64 66
Aug.
II
12I       |              1      	
Dep. sav. bk. Home ace.
125 00
Sep.
12
13I       "              |      	
Salary, 3 mos	
150 00
12
14I       "              "      	
Postage & sundries.....
23 60
13
15IA. Graham, G.M	
On account of expenses.
50 00
Oct.
10
i6|       I              1      	
tt           tt              t(
150 00
TO
17IT. R. Cusack 	
Printing" Proceedings &c
186 n
20
i8JF. Davey, G.  Sec	
Dep. sav. bk. Home ace.
25 00
Dec.
3
19IA. Graham, G.M	
Balance of allowance....
50 00
13
! 2o|F. Davey, G. Sec	
Salary,  3  mos |
150 00
13
21I       "              "      	
Postage & sundries  .... |
20 00
 —» 2240
Apl.
20
May 20
20
20
20
tt
T. R. Cusack 	
Colonist P. & P. Co..
Odd Fellows' Union..
F. Davey, G. Sec	
tt
tt
u
tt
tt
u
tt
tt
u
40I
|E.  F.  Gerster   \ Postage,   Home   Com...
[News Advertiser j Printing,   Home   Com...
JF. Davey, G. Sec j Sov. G. L. supplies  ....
Exp. recovering charters
&c,   Carson   Ldg.   37
Dep. sav. bk. Home ace.
Salary,  3  mos	
Postage & sundries  ....
Printing  	
Order books on Treas..
Rent G.  S. office	
Rent Carson Ldg, No. 37\
two  years   	
Sov. G. L. supplies  ....
Dep. sav. bk. Home ace.
Aged Odd
Fellows  Fund   	
Sov. G. L. Rep. tax....
Salary, 3 mos	
Postage & sundries.....
Dep. sav. bk. Aged Odd
Fellows  Fund   	
Dep. sav. bk. Home fund
5 00
25 50
85 00
6 00
50 00
150 00
36 65
24 00
27 50
100 00
120
00
45 45
150
00
32
00
150
00
150
00
8
85
29
00
102
00
$4125
02
SUMMARY.
Balance in Grand Treasurer's hands last report   $1,703 77
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer 3,832 50
,       ,                ^    111 $5,536 27
Less orders drawn on Grand Treasurer  4,125 02
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  $1,411 25
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Balance from last year's account.	
Goods bought during the year	
Freight on supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Profit during the year	
Goods sold during the year	
Value of stock on hand	
Dr.
&49 40
194 16
13 25
54 52
&411 33
235 60
175 73
$411 33 2241
ODD FELLOWS' HOME ACCOUNT.
RECEIPTS.
Amount on hand as per last report $1758 03
Interest, Dominion Government Savings Bank to 30 June, 1902     31 33
Subscriptions to date as per statement     560 50
Transfer of fines paid by lodges to May 24, 1902        18 00
$2,367 86
PAYMENTS.
E. F. Gerster, Secretary Home committee, stationery  and
postage      $11 00
News-Advertiser, printing      25 50
 $    36 50
Balance; ,  $2,331 36
Deposited in Dom. Govt. Savings Bank $2,330 76
In hands of Grand Treasurer  60
 —$2,331 36
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND.
RECEIPTS.
Amount on hand per last report $354 58
Interest Dom. Govt. Savings Bank to 30th June, 1902.     10 62
Received from Floral Rebekah Lodge No, 15, for sale of regalia   30 00
A. L. Clements, D.D.G.M., effects of Carson Lodge, No. 37.... 143 34
" 1   Harmony Reb. Lodge, No. 12.   13 75
$552 29
PAYMENTS.
Bro. A. L. Clements, D.D.G.M., expense recovering
charter, etc., of Carson Lodge, No. 37 | $  t> 00
Messrs. McLaren Bros, 2 years' rent, Carson Lodge,
No. 37     120 00
    $ 126 00
Total value of this fund  $ 426 29
Deposited in Dom, Govt. Savings Bank $425 80
In hands  of Grand Treasurer        49
  $ 426 29 2242
BALANCE SHEET.
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,   I.O.O.P.
20th May, 1903.
Folio
of
Ledger
ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Cr.
199
219
235
242
246
250
256
258
268
276
278
Furniture	
Columbia Lodge, No. 2	
Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3	
Delta Lodge, No. 21	
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22	
Stock	
Island Lodge, No. 24	
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Grand Treasurer	
Profit and Loss	
Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25	
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8	
Pacific Lodge, No. 26	
Perseverance Lodge, No. 29	
Banner Lodge No   31	
Dominion   Government   Savings  Bank
(Home acc't)	
Harmony Lodge, No. 6. 	
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38	
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund 	
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41	
Dominion   Government   Savings   Bank
(Aged Odd Fellows' Fund)	
Enterprise Lodge, No 43	
Gateway Lodge, No. 45..    	
Snowshoe Lodge No. 46	
Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No. 14	
Floral " No. 15	
Odd Fellows' Home Fund	
$496 65
35
5 60
6 70
' 175*73
14 00
7 80
1,411 25
3 85
20
2,330 76
25
425 80
1 65
25
 60
7 60
$4,889 04
1 10
2,126 49
45
55
40
85
426 29
15
$4,889 04
AMENDMENT     OF  CONSTITUTION.
Notice has been received of a proposed amendment to the Grand
Lodge Constitution reducing the number of Representatives to the
Grand Lodge. Due notice of the same has been given to the Subordinate Lodges and it will be submitted for your consideration.
APPEAL.
An appeal has been received from Bro. G. R. Gordon, P.G., against
the decision of Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, in the matter of charges,, 2243
preferred by him against Bro. J. Irvine, P.G., and has been forwarded
to the chairman of the Committee on Appeals.
FINANCIAL.
A comparison of the Estimates for this year with the results,
shows the receipts for per capita tax to be $96.10 in excess, the expenditure closely approximtes the estimate, and the balance in the
Grand Treasurer's hands to be $110.09 more than was anticipated. It
is hoped that with economies effected last session the balance in the
hands of the Grand Treasurer will prove sufficient to meet the expenses of this session.
The regalia, etc., formerly belonging to "Esther" Rebekah Lodge,
No. 11, has been disposed of to "Floral" Rebekah Lodge, No. 14, and
the amount received for the same, $30, placed to the credit of the Aged
Odd Fellows' Fund.
ODD FELLOWS' HOME FUND.
The sum of $560.50 is shown in this report as being received
during the year towards this Fund, but of this amount $196.80 was
included in my Supplementary Report presented last session. As further contributions are likely to be received after the books are closed
I will submit a Supplementary Report this year as well, showing the
total receipts up to the date of the meeting of the Grand Lodge.
In addition to the individual contributions of members and donations from Lodge funds, these receipts include a collection taken
up at an anniversary service held by the Victoria Lodges, the profits
on an excursion organized by the Vancouver Lodges to Whatcom, the
proceeds of a bazaar held by Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5, New
Westminster, and the surplus of receipts over expenditure in connection with visits to Island Lodge, No. 24, by Bro. W. Law., D.D.G.M.
District No. 6, and a number of the Vancouver brothers. There is
also $50 remitted to me by Bro. J. A. McKay on behalf of "Damascus" Sanctorum, No. 16, O. O. H., Vancouver, who states by way of
explanation that this is a Social Side Degree instituted for the purpose of assisting to raise money for the Home Fund. This illustrates the many and varied means at our disposal to obtain money
for this object if we will only take advantage of them.
Fraternally submitted,
Grand Secretary. 2244
REPORT OF GRAND TREASURER.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.
I beg to submit a statement of the sums received and disbu sed by
me for the past year.
1902 DR.
June 13   To balance received from Bro. Neelands, late Grand
Treasurer $1,703 77
July 12     "    Cash received from  Amity Lodge, No. 27, per
N. R. Brown, D.D.G.M  59 20
Aug. 1     I   Cash received from W. Law, D.D.G.M        268 40
Aug. 5     I % Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, per
N, R. Brown, D.D.G.M  12 40
Aug. 16   I   Cash received from Royal City Lodge, No. 3,
per N. R. Brown, D.D.G.M.  54 80
Sep. 12   "   Cash received from Grand Secretary        655 26
1903
Jan. 21    *' 1 Royal City Lodge, No. 3, per N.
R. Brown, D.D.G.M  55 60
Jan. 21   "   Cash received from Amity Lodge, No. 27, per N.
R. Brown, D.D.G.M   60 40
Jan. 21    \ j    Cash received from Cloverdale Lodge, No.  15,
per N. R. Brown, D.D.G.M  14 00
Jan. 27    "    Cash received from W. Law,  D.D.G.M        288 40
Apl 22    "   Cash received from Grand Secretary'.      2,038 21
May 26 | | I       I I  R        30969
"                   I   Canadian Bank of Commerce,
interest on deposit  16 14
$5,536 27
1902 CR.
June 14 to May 20, 1903.    By paid orders Nos. 1 to 40   $4,125 02
Balance on hand '. $1,411 25
Fraternally submitted,
D. E. MACKENZIE,
Grand Treasurer. 2245
REPORT OF GRAND REPRESENTATIVES.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
Your Representatives to the seventy-eighth Annual Session of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. convening at DesMoines,
Iowa, September 15th, to September 20th, 1902, respectfully submit the
following report
The people of the Hawkeye State, and of its Capital in particular,
decided that every representative, from every part of the North
American Continent where the banner of Odd Fellowship is unfurled,
should receive such a cordial welcome that nothing but praise could
be given for the royal treatment accorded. Each and all the visitors
felt that they were the subject of tender attention because they were
Odd Fellows.
The opening Session Monday morning, the members marched to
the Auditorium in a body, where they were welcomed by Governor
Cumings, Mayor Brenton and other speakers; and on behalf of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge and of the Order Grand Sire Cable fittingly
responded. The playing of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "God
Save the King" received the applause of all representatives.
The Roll Call was answered by,—
A. C. Cable   Grand Sire
John B. Goodwin  Deputy Grand Sire
J. Frank Grant  Grand Secretary
M. R. Muckle  Grand Treasurer
Elvin J. Curry Assistant Grand Secretary
John B. Cockrum Grand Marshal
John Welsh  Grand Guardian
Charles H. Lyman   Grand Messenger
There "were 48 Grand Lodges and 37 Grand Encampments represented.    The following Past Grand  Sires were in attendance:—
James P. Sanders   New York
Milton J. Durham     Kentucky
John C Underwood Kentucky
C. M. Busbee   North Carolina
C. T. Campbell  _.  Ontario
J. W. Stebbins   New York
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF THE GRAND SIRE.
state of the order.
Coming to the practical work of our Order let us see what under
the providence of God we have this year been able to accomplish.   The 2246
report for last year was indeed flattering, the best for years. The report
for this year, however, shows an increase of 73,782; a grand total of
1,236,098 male and female membership in our Order.
The promise made you in 1900 in accepting this office was that'
the only guarantee 1 can give you for my official conduct is an honest
purpose to do my whole duty without fear or partiality with an eye
to the advancement of the pure principles of Odd Fellowship.
It may not be improper for me to state that I have always enjoyed
the full consciousness of having done all I could within my limitations
tO promote the best interests of our Order—the greatest fraternal beneficiary society in the wide world.
initiations.
Initiations on the Continent of North America 1901:
Subordinate initiations  99,393
Rebekah initiations (Brothers, 23,444; Sisters, 38,035)  61,479
Encampment initiations  17,934
Patriarchs Militant  2,387
Total initiations   .... 181,193
To which add those reported—
From Australasia  3,745
Germany .. ;  420 *
I    Netherlands '.  76
Sweden :     ... 253*
Switzerland :  29
      4,523
Grand total'of initiations   in all   branches of our   Order as
reported throughout the world   .... 185,716
membership.
The membership 1901, as compared with December 31st, 1900:—
Dec. 31, Dec. 31,
1900. 1901.
Subordinate Lodges     9IM50 967,105
Encampments     134,67! 143,648
Rebekah Lodges—Sisters ..     217,944 233,826
Brothers     132,489 138,827
Patriarchs Militant.       15,573 16,540
1,411,827 1,500,946
RELIEF.
Total relief 1900  $3,736,692 60
I     1001  3,939,785 68
Increase  $    203,093 08
Total relief 1830 to December 31st, 1901.'.  $92,665,214 47
Total invested funds  29,952,769 38 if
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DECISIONS.
The Grand Sire gave 133 decisions, of which 122 were approved,
8 were reversed or amended, 3 expunged, 51 were Subordinate Lodge
decisions, 17 Rebekahs, 2 Encampment, 5 Patriarchs, 21 Grand Lodge
Bodies, 18 insurance, 10 Grand Representatives, 6 miscellaneous.
DECISIONS OF GRAND SIRE CABLE.
As Corrected and Approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
SUBORDINATE   LODGE  DECISIONS.
MEMBERSHIP.
No. I. Statement.—Brother A., a member of Lodge G, presents
his official receipt (certificate) to Lodge D. with application and is
accepted as a member. Brother A. nor any one for him, applies to
Lodge C. for a withdrawal card and Lodge C. is not notified that
Brother A. has been accepted as a member of Lodge D. for about one
year.
Question—(a). Can Brother A. lawfully sign the Constitution of
Lodge D. until he or someone for him has procured a withdrawal card
from Lodge C.and presents it to Lodge D.?
Answer—No.
Is he a full member until after he signs
No. 2.    Question—(b),
the Constitution?
Answer—No.
No. 3. Question-r-(c). To what Lodge should he pay his dues
until he produces a withdrawal card?
Answer—To Lodge C.
No. 4.   Question—(d).   Which Lodge is liable for sick benefits?
Answer—Lodge C. It was the duty of the secretary of Lodge D.
to immediately notify Lodge C. that Brother A. had been elected a
member of Lodge D. on visiting card or official certificate, and procure
a transfer of membership in the mannejr and form as required by law.
No. 5. Statement.—A Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Missouri lives at N. Missouri, and desires to transfer his membership
from his old Lodge, No. 139, to Lodge No. 194 at N. He makes application to Lodge 194 on a visiting card or official certificate, as per
Section 8 of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, for the
government of Subordinate Lodges, which reads—"Section 8. Any
member of the Order shall have the privilege of applying for membership in any Lodge by first obtaining a visiting card and depositing
the same in the Lodge in which he seeks membership. Upon the election of such brother, said Lodge shall notify the Lodge of which he
is a member, of such election, when, being free from all charges and
the payment of all dues and fees, upon proper application, the Lodge
of which he was until then a member, shall grant to him a withdrawal
card upon the deposit of which, with said Lodge in which he has been
elected, he shall be entitled to sign the Constitution and By-Laws, and
be received in full membership from that time," and was elected on
January 7, 1901.   His old Lodge No. 139 grants a withdrawal card on 2248
May 29, 1901, and on June 6, 1901, the brother dies before he deposits
the withdrawal card with the Lodge No.  194.
Question—(a). Was he a member of either Lodge, at the time of
his death, if so, which one?
Answer—In as much as the local law (Section 8, as quoted) required the brother to sign the Constitution as a condition precedent
to membership, it is held that the brother was not a member of either
Lodge.   See White's Digest, Sections 681 and 719.
No. 6.—Question—(a). Have his heirs any legal claim against
either Lodge for benefits?
Answer—No.
No. 7.   Statement—On October 12th, 1900, Brother Will N. Calhoun and others instituted Southwestern Lodge No. 69 at Coralea.  The
night the Lodge was instituted, Brother Calhoun at this time Grand
Marshal, vouched for two brothers and accepted them as members!
One of the brothers gave him $1.00 to send to the Grand Lodge of
Tennessee for his certificate.    The other brother did about the same
thing and on that night the one of the second part was elected and
installed as Noble Grand, and served a term before he obtained his
certificate.   The one of the first part and the one in question now, as
I have stated before, gave Brother Calhoun $1.00 in money to secure
his certificate, paying his fee $5.00 as an Ancient Odd Fellow.    Since
then Calhoun has conducted himself very badly, was suspended by our
Lodge and left the Territory a short time after.   He stated to a member of the Lodge that he had secured the brother's certificate, but lost
it.    He also stated that he would    secure a duplicate.      About three
months ago, the brother was confined to his bed by a sickness, when
the question came up in the Lodge in regard to the brother's sick benefits.   The books were examined and it was found that he had paid his
dues, etc., and was in good standing, but the Lodge had never received
his card.    I was instructed to write to the Grand Secretary of Tennessee in regard to the brother's card.    He replied that if the brother
would remit $1.00 he would send him his certificate.    The $1.00 was
sent and we received the certificate showing that the brother was in
good standing when his Lodge went defunct.    The Grand Secretary
also stated that no one ever received a card before for the brother, and
that the brother who claimed he had was $1.00 ahead.    Now on this
day the certificate was read and accepted by the Lodge.
Question—Does Brother Long's membership date back to October
12, 1900, and is he entitled to sick benefits from that date when Re was
vouched for by Calhoun, paid the fees, elected a member of the Lodge
by ballot, and has been in good standing ever since, or does Kis membership commence November 23, 1901, when his card was presented
and accepted by the Lodge?
Answer—The brother's membership dates from November 23, 1901,
when his certificate was deposited in the Lodge, and could not date
back to October 12, 1900. (See White's Digest, Sections 1420, 1421 and
1426.)
There is no such thing in Odd Fellowship as vouching for a
brother's standing. If the brother intrusted his $1.00 to Brother Calhoun to procure his certificate, Brother Calhoun became his agent, and
for any failure on his part the Lodge is not to be held responsible, nor
can it be held that the Lodge is bound by having received the brother
on Brother Calhoun's vouching for him.   It is a fundamental principle 2249
of the Order to require the card or certificate of a brother on the institution of a new Lodge, which cannot be waived.
No. 9. Question—Is a person who is uneducated and cannot write
his name, eligible to admission into the Order?
Answer—Yes.    The Sovereign Grand Lodge alone has power toi
determine as to the qualifications of membership into the Order.    (See
Section 2 of Article XVI. of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Constitution.)
NAME, CHANGE OF.
No. 10. Statement.—We have a case in Ridgley Lodge, Mexico^
City, where a brother, James Anderson, requests his name to be
changed to Carney, his right and legal name; giving as his reason for
desiring such change, that twenty years ago he deserted the English
army and was compelled to change his name. Now since that time has
elapsed, he wishes, for his family's sake, to again assume his legal
name.
Question.—Can the Lodge permit him to do so, without first bringing charges against him for joining the Lodge under an assumed name?
Answer—That is a matter wholly for local legislation. If the
Lodge of which the brother is a member, desires to retain film, it can
have him sign the Constitution under his right name,-changing his
name on the Lodge records and continuing his membership. (See S.
G. L. Journal, 1874, pages 6187 and 6283, also S. G. L. Journal, 1876,
pages 7031 and 7079.)
DUES,   BENEFITS—SICK  AND   FUNERAL.
No. 11. Statement—At the close of a regular meeting of a Lodge,
a brother who was in arrears for dues, tendered his dues to the Secretary and was asked by the Secretary to let the matter rest until some
'future time. For the next four or five weeks, the brother was absent
in the country at work and unable to attend Lodge, and while absent
became disabled and sick. He returned to the town where his Lodge
was located, and after being sick a week made application for one
week's sick benefits. The application was rejected. The same night
he made application for sick benefits, he paid up his dues.
Question.—Was the Lodge right in rejecting his application?
Answer—Yes. The Lodge would not be bound for benefits if the
By-Laws of the Lodge required dues to be paid in advance.
No. 12. Question—Where a Lodge has a By-Law which provides
that on the death of a member of the Lodge, the sum of $50.00 shall be
paid as funeral benefits, and each member shall be assessed his pro rata
share to reimburse the treasury, can such assessment be charged as
dues, so as to place the brother in bad standing at the end of the
quarter?
Answer—Yes.    See Section 300, White's Digest
No. 13. Statement—There are many Subordinate Lodges in this
Jurisdiction, Arkansas, that have a By-Law which reads as follows:
"Section. At the death of the wife of a brother in good standing there
shall be paid $15.00 as a funeral benefit." The Constitution of the Grand
Jurisdiction of Arkansas is silent upon the question.
Question—Can a Subordinate Lodge have a By-Law that will authorize the payment of funeral benefits to a brother at the death of his 2250
wife, the Constitution of the
subject.
Grand Lodge being
silent    upon the
Answer—Yes. See Conclusion preceding the resolution in Report
No. 5 from the Committee on Appeals, as found on page 277 S. G. L.
Journal, 1901.
Mo. 14. Question—Can funeral assessments be charged as dues,
or must a brother be in debt to the Lodge for three months' dues only
to be non-beneficial?
Answer—Yes. Assessments must be charged as any other indebtedness, and to be in good standing, the brother must be free from all
indebtedness to the Lodge, he must not be in arrears for dues for more
than three months, which under your local law (Alabama) provides
that a brother is in good standing who is not in arrears for more than
three months, for a sum not greater than the amount of dues charged
quarterly. This indebtedness. comprises dues, fines and assessments, as
your local laws may permit
No. 15. Question—Has the Subordinate Lodge a right to assess
its members for the purpose of purchasing regalia?
Answer—No. (The proper way would be to raise the dues by an
amendment to the By-Laws)
No. 16.   Statement—A brother in good standing is unable physically
to care for himself.    He has been offered a place at the I. O. O. F.'
Home.   He refuses, to go.
Question.—Under the circumstances, is his Lodge under obligation
to take care of him, and is his Lodge also holden for weekly benefits ?
Answer—The Lodge is bound to give him attention and sick benefits in accordance with the By-Laws of his Lodge and those of the
Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction of Vermont.
ATTENTIVE BENEFITS.
No. 17. Question—Can a Lodge legally decline or refuse to care
for sick members who reside at a greater distance from the Lodge
room than that to which the Visiting Committee thereof is required to
go to visit the sick?
Answer—No.
No. 18. Question—Can a member of a Lodge legally claim exemption from service as a watcher when assigned, in a Lodge that cares
for its sick by assignments, because the sick brother resides beyond the
distance the Visiting Committee is required to go to visit the sick?
Answer—No.
No. 19. Statement—(a). A Lodge cares for its sick brothers by assignment of brothers in alphabetical order as watchers. Sec. 2 of Art
XIII of the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges of Colorado, reads:
' "Section 2. It shall be the duty of the Visiting Committee to
visit such brothers as may be reported sick to them, or to the Lodge,
and such sick brethren shall be visited once a day during their sickness, by at least one member of their Visiting Committee, provided
the brethren reported sick are within a reasonable distance from the
town in which the Lodge is located."
Section 8 of Article IV of the By-Laws approved by the Grand
Lodge reads: 2251
"Se6tion 8. Three miles shall be considered a reasonable distance
under the Constitutional provision to visit the sick."
A brother assigned to watch with a sick brother who resides eight
miles from the Lodge, but still within the actual jurisdiction of the
Lodge, declines to go, claiming that a brother cannot be required to
go to watch beyond the distance fixed as a reasonable distance for the
Visiting Committee to go to visit the sick. The Noble Grand decided
that there was not, and under general law and customs of the Order,
could not be, any limit to the distance to which brothers should be required to go to watch with sick brothers, members of the Lodge, and
within the jurisdiction of the Lodge.
Question—Was the decision of the Noble Grand correct?
Answer—Yes.
No. 20. Statement—(b). Sections 6 and 7 of the By-Laws referred to in (a), provide that a brother assigned to watch with a sick
brother may pay to the Visiting Committee the sum of $1.50, to employ
a substitute, and failing to either watch or pay the $1.50 shall be fined
$1.50. The Noble Grand decided that members of the Lodge who were
beyond the jurisdiction of the Lodge, must be assigned to watch in their
regular order, and must conform to the above law, unless they send to
the Lodge a statement or certificate made or signed by the officers of
the Lodge, that they have registered in the Lodge in whose jurisdiction
they then were, for nurse or watch duty, as required by fundamental
law, as adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Question—Was the decision of the Noble Grand correct?
Answer—Yes.
VISIT, RIGHT TO.
No. 21. Statement—A brother presented himself to visit our Lodge
with an official certificate, showing his dues paid to a date later than
when he presented himself, and in regular legal form with seal and signatures. The usual Examining Committee was appointed and the
brother passed a perfectly satisfactory examination, but was not in
possession of the A. T. P. W. (he was from another jurisdiction). A
member of the committee informed the Noble Grand and asked for instructions. The Noble Grand directed him to communicate the A. T.
P. W. to the brother who was then introduced to the Lodge. At a subsequent meeting of the Lodge, the visit of the brother was referred to,
and the action of the Noble Grand called in question; the claim being"
made, that under the law above referred to, the committee and Lodge
should have required the brother to identify himself as the person named in the official certificate, in addition to the usual examination, and if
an entire stranger to all present and unable to secure a personal identification, the pass word could not be communicated, unless he had an
order for them in addition to a card or official certificate. The Noble
Grand decided that the usual examination was all that was required.
Question—Which  interpretation of the  law was  right?
Answer—The interpretation of the law as given by the Noble
Grand. The law explicitly states, that the Noble Grand upon proper
identification, is authorized to communicate the A. T. P. W.. If therefore, the Noble Grand is satisfied, the law is complied with. The
Noble Grand, however, in directing a member of the Examining Com- 2252
mifitee to communicate the A. T. P. W. to the brother, exceeded his
authority, as this should be done by the Noble Grand personally.
No. 22.. Statement—A brother presented himself to visit a Lodge
in possession of an official certificate, showing his dues paid to within
forty-two days of the date on which he desired to visit. The Noble
Grand ruled that under the law, he was not entitled to visit. A Grand
Representative present, retired and after a careful examination of the
brother's credentials, and the work of the Order including the A. T.
P. W., the brother being a member of another jurisdiction than of the
Lodge he desired to visit, and to which the Grand Representative belonged, decided that the brother was,a member in good standing in the
Order and notified the Noble Grand that he would introduce the brother by virtue of his authority as an Elective Grand Officer and a
Grand Representative. The Grand Representative was notified
that the Lodge refused to permit the brother to be so introduced, unless the Grand Representative could convince them of his legal authority to do so. He then entered the Lodge room and read the law as
found in the By-Laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, when the objection was withdrawn and the brother introduced. Subsequently the
statement was made that the Grand Representative transgressed the laws
of the Order in introducing the brother, basing the claim upon Decision
No. 21, S. G. L. Journal, 1901, and a Grand officer could not introduce*
visitor unless "He had sat in the Lodge with him."
"A." A Grand Representative informed the Lodge that neither
of the statements were good law, and that the Lodge had no right to
require a Grand Officer to show him the law, or to require him to inform the Lodge how he had convinced himself that the brother was
in good standing, and that their only right was to be convinced that
the brother introducing, was an elective Grand officer or Grand Representative of the same Jurisdiction as the Lodge.
Question—(a). Did the Grand Representative exceed his rights
in the above case in introducing the brother?
Answer—No.    See White's Digest, Section 1796.
Question 23—(b).    Was his statement of the law correct in the
last paragraph  commencing with  "A"?
Answer—Yes.
HONORS  OF  OFFICE.
No. 24. Statement—On the last meeting night in June the office
of N. G. of Virginia Lodge, No. 1, was declared vacant. Every P. G.
and P. Vice-Grand were placed in nomination for N. G., all of whom
declined. The Lode-e then asked the D. D. G. M. for a dispensation
to elect a member from the floor; the dispensation was granted. On
the following meeting, beiner the first meeting in July, nominations
were again had and all P. G.'s and P. V. G.'s declined to serve. An
election was then held and the brother from the floor was elected and
regularly installed by the D. D. G. M. as N. G. The N. G. served in
the office the remainder of that meeting and until the second meeting
nierht in July, when the regular officers were installed for the ensuing
term.
The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction requires vacancies to be filled by election the second night of nomination, instead of on the night the vacancy occurs. 2*53
Question—Is not the brother elected and installed as above, a P.
G. and entitled to the P. G.?s Degree, as soon as his successor is regularly installed?
Answer—No.
ELECTIONS.
No. 25. " Statement—Upon the regular meeting night for the election of a Representative to the next session of our Grand Lodge
(South Dakota) Brother A. was elected and his certificate issued to
him. At the next meeting night one of the brothers who voted in the
affirmative, moved a re-consideration of the vote of the previous night
The motion to re-consider carried. Nominations were then made and
Brother B. elected as Representative in the place of Brother A. and a
certificate issued accordingly .
Question—Who is the legally elected Representative of such
Lodge?
Answer—Brother A.
saloons.
No. 26. Statement—A member of the order at the time of the adoption of Sec. 5, Art. XVI, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, was
employed as superintendent of a club and as such had charge of the bar
belonging to the club. He has continued in that business until the present
time, and still continues therein. He now has an opportunity to become a stockholder in a hotel corporation and to be superintendent of
the hotel. In that position he will have charge of the bar owned and
run by the hotel and will, when occasion requires, tend the bar.
Question—Does his ownership of shares of the capital stock of
the hotel corporation constitute him a saloon keeper?
Answer—No.
No, 27. Statement—In 1893 a Lodge surrendered its Charter.
Among its members in good standing at that time, was one who then
was, and ever .skice has been, and now is, a saloon keeper.
Question.—In view of Report No. 45, Session 1899, pages 319 and
320, adopted page 353, can he obtain from the Grand Lodge a withdrawal card, such as is mentioned in that Report and join a Lodge at
the present time?
Answer—Yes.
No. 28. Question—Can an Ancient Odd Fellow, who has been a
saloon keeper continuously from a period prior to the adoption of
Article XVI, Section 5 of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Constitution, to
the present time, be legally admitted to membership in a Subordinate
Lodge? (See Grand Sire's Decisions, No. 28, 1897; No. 158, 1899, and
No.' 30, iqoi.)
Answer—No. You will note that Decisions Nos. 754, 756, 758 and
759, White's t)igest, edition 1895, seem to favor the proposition of the
brothers semi-connection with the Order, although an "Ancient Odd
Fellow," while Decisions Nos. 755, 757, 760 & 761, White's Digest, seem
to favor the proposition that an "Ancient Odd Fellow" has severed all
connection with the Order. The last clause in Decision No. 754,
White's Digest, distinguishes between an "Ancient Odd Fellow" and
the holder of a dismissal certificate. You will also note by examining
the several decisions to which you have made reference, that Decis- 2254
ion No. 28 rendered in 1897 related to a withdrawal card, Decision
No. 158 in 1899 to a suspended member, and Decision No. 30 of 1901
referred to the dismissal certificate, while your question relates to an
Ancient Odd Fellow.
No. 29.—Statement—A suspended member, who was in the saloon
business at the time of the passage of the law by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge prohibiting the admission of saloon keepers to membership,
in his application for reinstatement, gave his occupation as a "farmer,"
when in fact he was actively engaged in the saloon business on the
street and at the number given, and had been for several years. It is
said that the Brother owns a farm near this city, where he is in
business.
Question—Has the brother violated a law of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge in giving his occupation as a "farmer" instead of a "saloon
keeper"?
Answer—If the applicant made a false statement in his application, he has committed an offence against the laws of the Order.
JEWELS, VETERAN, ETC
No. 30. It is held that a brother entitled thereto, may procure and
wear either the old or large size Veteran Jewel, or the small one recently authorized to be made and worn" as a watch charm, or both, as
he may elect The same to be procured from the Grand
Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge through the Grand
Secretary of the Grand Jurisdiction to which the brother belongs. A brother belonging to a Subordinate Lodge under the immediate Jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge can procure one or
both by making formal application therefor, direct to the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
No. 31. Statement—Some months ago one of our members, who
is entitled to wear a Veteran Jewel, found Veteran Jewel No. 12 of
Kansas in a pawnshop; thinking that a poor place for it, and perhaps
it might be stolen, he bought it.
I wrote the Grand Secretary of Kansas, to ascertain whether or
not it had been stolen, and he advised me that he had no way of learning to whom it belonged, as they kept no record of Veteran Jewels.
Question—(a). The brother who has the Jewel is desirous of
knowing whether he can wear it?
Answer—No. Not lawfully, as no member of the Order is permitted to wear a Veteran Jewel, except he be entitled thereto, as certified, in accordance with the laws governing Veteran Jewels.
No. 32. Question—(b). If so, should I enter his record, which is
complete, in my Veteran's Register?
Answer—No.
No. 33. .Question—(c). Can I give him a number, and have the
words "Kansas No. 12" erased and the words "Washington No.—|
put on?
Answer—No.
No. 34.   Question (d). • Can I give him a half number?
Answer—No.
No. 33. Question—(e). Will he have to buy a new Jewel and
take the number given by your office? 2255
Answer—Yes.    (Number is given by the Grand Secretary.)
No. 34.   Statement—A brother was initiated into Salt Lake Lodge,
No. 2, May 19, 1876, and continued in membership in same lodge until
July 1, 1885, when he was suspended for non-payment of dues, but was
reinstated on October 20, 1885, and has continued his membership ever
■§32ice, and is now in good standing.
Question—The brother makes application for a Veteran Jewel.
Is he, under the law, entitled to the same?
Answer—No.
MIXED  INDIAN  AND  WHITE BLOOD.
No. 35. Question—Will it not be necessary for the Sovereign
Grand Lodge to issue separate blank cards and official certificates to
Grand Jurisdictions that take advantage of the new Law pertaining to
the qualifying of Aborigines to become members, limiting their use
strictly to such Grand Jurisdictions as have a mixed membership, in
order to preserve the pristine power manifested in the Sovereign Grand
Lodge's credentials?
Answer—No.
No. 36.. Question^—Can the Supreme Law consistently allow a
Grand Jurisdiction to exclude from its own membership a certain class
of people, and because another Grand Jurisdiction has admitted that
class of people into its membership, force through its credentials the
Jurisdiction to which that class is objec^pnable, to welcome them is&o
their Assemblies, to treat them as brothers and sisters, to hold their
families as sacred objects of fraternal care, to give them tender attention and honorable reception in Lodge rooms and homes, not good
Samaritan-like, as all good humanity should, relieving dire necessities,
but David and Jonathan like, with souls knit together?
Answer.—We are governed by the laws of the Order. It matters.
m>i whether the legislators were consistent or not in so legislating.
No. 37. The Sovereign Grand Lodge reserves to itself the right
to determine as to the qualifications necessary for an applicant to gain
\admission into the Order. The amendment to Section 2, of Article
XVI, adopted in 1900 (See pp. 330 and 331 S. G. L. Journal), which
provides, ""That in Jurisdictions where there is a population composed
of a mixture of Indian and white blood," that the Grand Bodies, "May,
by legislation, provide for the admission of male persons of mixed
Indian and white blood who have arrived at the age of twenty-one."
No. 38. It is held, therefore, that a person of mixed Indian and
white blood, who has been duly admitted to membership in a Jurisdiction which has provided for the admission of such person, is an
Odd Fellow in another Jurisdiction which does not provide for his admission; and if in possession of legal credentials, and being otherwise
duly qualified is entitled to visit, and is also entitled to all the attaching rights and privileges which inure to him as such visitor. Section 1,
Article XVI, declares that a member of any State, District or Territory "Is entitled to admission as a visitor, into the Lodges or Encampments of every other State, District or Territory upon proving themselves, etc., and in possession of proper legal credentials, in date, etc.
•No. 39. No Jurisdiction can question the valid membership of
an Odd Fellow residing in another Jurisdiction who holds a legal visiting card with an order for the A. T. P. W. or an Official Certificate 2256
in date, and can prove himself to be a member, "According to the established work of the Order.."
40. It is further held that a person of mixed Indian and white
blood who has become an Odd Fellow in a Jurisdiction that has provided for his admission, is not entitled or eligible to, legally, acquire
membership by deposit of card or Official Certificate in a Jurisdiction
which has not affirmatively provided for his admission upon original
petition, even though he should become a citizen of the Jurisdiction
which has not provided for the admission of such persons, and so far
as the legal right of the Lodge to admit such persons to membership
is concerned, there is no difference between a petition upon deposit
of Card, etc., and an ordinary petition.
No. 41. Statement—At the last communication of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge Section 2 6f Article XVI, of its Constitution, was amended so as to provide, "That in Jurisdictions where there is a population
composed of a mixture of Indian and white blood, a State Grand
Lodge or Encampment may, by legislation, provide for the admission
of male persons of mixed Indian and white blood who have arrived
at the age of 21." Article XX provides that the Constitution of the
.Sovereign Grand Lodge shall be "Binding upon the State, District and
Territorial  Grand Lodges  and Grand Encampments.".
Question—Under the amendment above cited, can the Grand Lodge
of Indian Territory now provide by legislation for the admission to
the Order, of male persons of mixed Indian and white blood who have
Arrived at the age of twenty-one?
Answer—Yes.
No. 42. Question—Would it be a wise, judicious and patriotic act,
for the Grand Sire to hold the law of amalgamation in abeyance until
the Sovereign Grand Lodge could provide for its proper execution,
without forcing an adjoining Jurisdiction like Texas to either disrespect itself or ignore the mandates of the Sovereign Grand Lodge?
Answer—No. It is not within the province of the Grand Sire to
nullify or "hold up" a law of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, because
he may believe that its enactment was neither wise, judicious nor patriotic. It is his duty to construe it, without reference to any such considerations, and as construed by him, to enforce it. If he considers it
constitutional, as enacted, he must enforce it, without adjudicating
upon its wisdom, judiciousness or patriotism; these are questions
which concern only the legislative judgment of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
REGALIA OF HIGHEST RANK TO BE WORN.
Past
No. 43,    Question—Must a Past Grand be clothed in    a
Grand's Regalia when visiting his own or any other Lodge?
Answer—He is entitled to, and should wear the Regalia designating the highest rank to which he has attained. See Article 24 of the
By-Laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, also the instructions under
the head of Regalia in the Ritual, in which, upon close examination,
you will find there is no conflict.
ELECTIONS,    SOLICITING   IN   LODGE   ROOMS.
I nrW0'^', G"'f tf^T-51 the eI1ecti?n of Officers for a Subordinate
Lodge, is it permissible for one brother to ask another to vote for a
certain nominee while m the Lodge room? 2257
Answer—Yes,    Unless prohibited by local law.
TRUSTEE.
No. 45.    Question—Can a member hold the Office of Vice Grand
and Trustee   at the same time?
Answer—Yes.    Trustee is not an office provided by general law,
but permitted by local law.
SUBORDINATE  ENCAMPMENT  DECISIONS.
FUNDS, DUES, ETC.
No. 46. Statement—The Encampment votes to hold a "Clam"
Bake" the cost of which, to each person taking part, will be $1.25. A
committee on arrangements being appointed, sends out return postal
cards, and upon the results, orders 50 "Bakes." At the next Encampment meeting after the event, a deficiency of $8.00 is reported, which,
upon motion, is ordered paid from the funds of the Encampment
Question—Had the Encampment the right to pay for this deficiency out of the funds of its Treasury?
Answer—No.
No. 47. Statement—The dues of an Encampment are $6.00 per
year, and on the death of a Patriarch the other members are assessed
one dollar for funeral benefits, and at the expiration of three months
from the date of assessment, if not paid, it is charged as dues. Now
a member becomes in arrears for one year's dues, actually charged,
and there are six deaths for which there is charged to him six dollars.
The dues and assessments made twelve dollars.
Question—Does he have to owe the twelve dollars, as stated, to
be dropped, or the six dollars for dues?
Answer—It is held that the Patriarch can be dropped when he is
in arrears more than six dollars for dues, as provided by local law.
See Section 300, White's Digest, edition 1895.
REBEKAH DECISIONS.
MEMBERSHIP.
No. 48. Statement—The Rebekah Lodge at Bridgeport, Mono.
County, California, working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge
of California, initiated Brother Nelson Poli and his wife, also
Miss Minolo Green, all of whom were residents of Esmeralda County, Nevada, and under the jurisdiction of the
Grand Lodge of Nevada when they were initiated by the Rebekah
Lodge at Bridgeport, and have ever since remained residents of Esmeralda County Nevada. That said Lodge knew at the time they
initiated said candidates, that they were residents of Esmeralda County,
Nevada, and under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Nevada.
That said parties were initiated by said Lodge at Bridgeport, without
the consent of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nevada. 2258
Question—Was not this action a clear violation of the law as contained in Section 3, Article XVI of the Constitution of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge?
Answer—Yes.
No. 49. Statement—A married woman, whose husband is an Odd
Fellow, desires to join a Rebekah Lodge. She does not live with her
husband, nor is she divorced from him. She has a brother who is a
member in good standing in a Subordinate Lodge. She desires to have
her brother's certificate appear on her application, instead of her husband's.
Question—Can she make application as the sister of an Odd Fellow
or must she make application as the wife of an Odd Fellow?
Answer—She may make application as wife or sister as she may
choose.
No. 50. Question—Is there any legal way that a member in good
standing in one Rebekah Lodge can obtain membership in another
without taking a withdrawal or dismissal card?
Answer—Yes. See Decision No. 60, found on page 29 of the S. G.
L. Journal,  1899.     (Approved but explanatory resolution adopted.)
No. 51. Question—Is the wife of an Odd Fellow holding an unexpired withdrawal card, eligible to membership in a Rebekah Lodge?
Answer—No. See Section 6, subdivision 2, of the Rebekah Code,
which provides for membership in Rebekah Lodges, "2. All Odd Fellows in good standing, their wives, daughters, mothers, etc.," 'which
makes good standing of an Odd Fellow a condition precedent to
eligibility to membership.    See White's Digest,  Sections 765 and 766.
No. 52. Question—Would the fact that the Brother, after taking
a withdrawal card, goes into the saloon business, effect her eligibility
to membership in a Rebekah Lodge, so long as his Subordinate Lodge
fails to expel him?
Answer—Yes.   He is not a contributing member in good standing.
No. 53. Question—Is the wife of an Odd Fellow holding an expired withdrawal card, eligible to membership in a Rebekah Lodge?
Answer—No.
No. 54. Statement—A Rebekah Lodge was instituted in this
State, Nevada, on the 22nd of February, by the President of the Rebekah Assembly under a dispensation from the Grand Master. Among
the petitioners was a lady whose husband is not an Odd Fellow, and
neither does her father, brother ,or son belong to the Order.
The D. D. G. M. of that District advised this lady that she had a
perfect right to join in the petition for a Charter and under his advice,
she signed the petition and received the Rebekah Degree with twenty-
five other petitioners.
After she had received the Degree, a member of Ruth Lodge, No.
10, called the attention of the President of the Assembly to the foregoing facts, which was the first knowledge she had that the lady in
question was ineligible to membership.
The foregoing mistake was occasioned by the ignorance of the
D. D. G. M., he firmly believing that the law had been changed, so as
to admit married ladies whose husbands are not Odd Fellows.
Question—Should not this lady be required to resign her membership in the Order, and if she refuses, should she not be expelled? 2259
Answer—It is held to be neither right nor legal to expel this lady.
She would be absolved from secrecy when her membership was severed. See S. G. L. Journals, as follows: 1848, page 1280; 1849, pages
1475 and 1511; 1851, pages 1722, 1723 and 1797; 1853, pages 2146 and
2177; 1878, pages 7802 and 7842; 1887, pages 10,715, 10,952 and 11,005;
also Decision 67, pages 30, 364 and 365, Journal, 1889.
ASSESSMENTS.
s No. 55. Question—Is it permissible for a Rebekah Lodge to levy-
assessments to be charged and collected as dues, which assessment is
for funeral purposes "and is provided for as  funeral dues?
Answer—No. The Lodge may raise its annual dues to such sum
as it may deem proper, and can then make donations when needed,
but not by specific levy. See Decision No. 44, pages 33, 361 and 372,
S. G. L. Journal 1901.
No. 56. Statement—At the last session of the Grand Lodge held
at Marion, Ohio, in the month of May, Section 177 of the Rebekah
Code was amended, so that all Rebekah By-Laws should be submitted to me for my approval. A Rebekah Lodge has submitted the following: "Art. XXIV. The sisters of this Lodge shall pay the sum
of forty cents per year, to be set apart as a Nurse Fund, for the purpose of nursing sick or disabled sisters; said sum to be paid as part of
the annual dues, over and above the one dollar provided for in Article
XII."
Question—Can a Rebekah Lodge make provision for a nurse fund
for sisters only?
Answer—Yes.
INSTALLATION,  WHO ELIGIBLE TO ACT,
No. 57. Question—Where there are Past Noble Grands (Sisters)
in good standing in a Rebekah Lodge, who are willing to assist at Installation of Officers, can a Lady D. D. G. M. appoint for Grand Officers, those who are not Past Noble Grands? See White's Digest,
Section 1176, also Digest and Code for Rebekah Lodges edition of
1900, Section 50 under Installation of Officers.
Answer—Only in cases of emergency can other than Past Grands
or Past Noble Grands be permitted to act at the Installation of Officers.
OFFICER   ILLEGALLY   INSTALLED,   EFFECT   OK.
No. 58. Question—What is the standing of an officer who is installed by other than Past Noble Grands, a Lodge protesting, and by
vote, refusing to assume any responsibility of the legality of the action?
Answer—The officer installed does not suffer the penalty, but the
penalty must fall on the j Special Deputy Grand Master who violates
the law, so that the standing of the Officer so installed cannot be questioned. Installation is not a judicial, but merely an auxiliary proceeding and cannot effect the standing of a regularly elected officer. If the
election of an Officer is regular, installation cannot affect his or her
standing any more than illegally elected Officers can be cured by a
regular installation.
REBEKAH A.  T.  P. W. AND A. P.  W.
No. 59.    Question—Can a Grand Representative give to a Presi- 226o
dent of a Rebekah  State Assembly; the A.  T.  P.  W.  for Rebekah
lodges ?
Answer—-No. The A. T. P .W. is communicated to the Grand
Master or Grand Patriarch by a Grand Representative, and by them
in turn through their Deputies to the Subordinate Bodies,
The A. P. W. is communicated to the Grand Master, who through
his Deputies communicates the same to the Rebekah Lodges, unless
otherwise authorized by local law.
CIPHER OR KEY.
No. 6b. Question—Can the "Cipher or Key" of the Rebekah Branch
be placed in the care and custody of the Secretary of the Rebekah
Assembly, that Officer having been authorized to purchase and sell all
Rebekah supplies?
Answer—The "Cipher or Key" can be sold only to the Grand Secretaries and Grand Scribes of the several Jurisdictions.
DELEGATES,   MEMBERS,   RIGHT  OF.
No. 61. Statement—The answer to question No. 48,page 34, of
the Journal of Proceedings of the Sovereign Grand Lodge for the year
1901, as follows: \ "Answer—All Past Noble Grands, all Past Grands
of Subordinate Lodges in good standing in a Rebekah Lodge, and all
who have heretofore received the Assembly Degree, are members,
whether delegates or not, and on presenting themselves with satisfactory proof of qualification, must be admitted to the Assembly."
Question—In the light of the above, are we to understand that
such "Members" whether delegates or not, possess a legislative and judiciary function in the Assembly, and have a right to the floor on all
questions ("Assembly Officers included") and have the further right to
act on any Committee?
Answer—No. Only such members have a right to legislate or
serve on a Committee, or vote for Assembly Officers, as have been duly
authorized by the Rebekah Assembly, provided that the action of the
Assembly giving such authority has been approved by the Grand Lodge
to which the Assembly is subordinate. The Code provides the general
qualifications for membership in Rebekah Assemblies, but relegates
all matters of construction to the Subordinate Grand Lodges, who are
privileged to confer as much thereof as they deem best upon their
respective Assemblies. See Decisions Nos. 47, 57, 58, and 59, S. G. L.
Journal, 1901.
No. 62. Question—Can Past Grands of Subordinate Lodges, who
are members in good standing in their Rebekah Lodges, vote for Assembly Officers at the annual elections held in their Rebekah Lodges?
Answer—Only such members of the Rebekah Degree, as have been
duly authorized by the State Assembly, concurred in by the Grand
Lodge, can vote for Assembly Officers at the annual election held in
the Rebekah Lodge, See citations to previous decision. See also Sec.
513/ W. D. 1895.
GRAND LODGE DECISIONS.
No. 68.   Statement—Under the general incorporative laws of Alabama, the Grand Lodge may create a benevolent corporation for the 226l
purpose-of erecting and conducting an Odd Fellows' Home for aged
Odd Fellows and the widows and children of Odd Fellows, exclusively, retaining the control of the management of same through Trustees elected by the Grand Lodge.
Question—(a). Would the creation of such a corporation by the
Grand Lodge of'Alabama, be in violation of any law of Odd Fellowship?
Answer—It is held that there is no law of the Order forbidding
the Grand Lodge of Alabama creating a benevolent corporation, for
the purposes set forth in the statement. It is further held, that the
Trustees mentioned in the statement, are members as well as Trustees,
of the Grand Lodge, that the Grand Lodge of Alabama being incorporated under the laws of Alabama, could delegate all the necessary
powers to its Trustees to establish, manage, etc., a home.
No. 69. Question—(b). Are Decisions Nos. 97, 98 and 99, S.
G. L. Journal 1901, to be so construed as to hold that a Subordinate
Grand Lodge has no right to create a benevolent corporation, for the
purpose of erecting and managing a home, exclusively for aged Odd
Fellows, and widows and orphans of Odd Fellows, or do they hold
only that under the resolution adopted by the Grand Lodge of Alabama that the Trustees were not authorized to create such a benevolent corporation?
Answer—Decisions Nos. 97, 98 and 99, S. G. L. Journal 1901, are
not to be construed as to hold that a Subordinate Grand Lodge has
no right to create a benevolent corporation, provided that said benevolent corporation has for its object, the purposes as set forth in the
statement, and the same is to be under the control of the Trustees elected
by the Grand Lodge, who in turn are both members and Trustees of
the Grand Lodge.
No. 70. Question—(a). Has a Grand Lodge power to assess its
Subordinates to help support a home, not under the complete control of said Grand Lodge?
Answer—Yes. |S1|
GRAND MASTER, POWER OF.
No. 72. Question—(c). Has the Grand Master, by duty or right
the power to interpret the Constitution of the Grand Lodge as it
applies to an act already committed by said Grand Lodge, and to be
consummated during his term of office immediately following said
action, or is he bound to carry out said action without proper warrant
of constitutional provision? (This question is predicated on Statement No. 83.)
Answer—No.
No. 73. Question—At what time does a brother elected, actually
become a Grand Representative, and entitled to perform the duties
and receive the honors of that office, when he is declared elected by
a Grand Lodge or Encampment, or not until his credentials are accepted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Answer—Not until his credentials have been presented to, and
approved by, the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and he-given a seat in that
body.    See Sections 562 and 563, White's Digest, edition 1895.
No. 74. Statement—A Grand Representative-elect from the Grand
Encampment was not a member of the Rebekah Lodge, and, of course,
he was not eligible. 2262
Question—Can he now take the Rebekah Degree and fill the office
of Grand Representative at the next meeting of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge ? ^|
Answer—He must possess  all  the  qualifications,  as  required by
at the time of his election.    See Decisions No. 106, page 49, S.
 ti.      -tin   *j    ,_    TTN-
law,
law, at tne time 01 ms election,    c^ee .uecisions ino.
G. L. Journal 1901; also Section 553, White's Digest.
No. 75, Question—If a brother elected to the position of Grand
Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, was not at the time
he was elected, qualified, as required by the laws of the Order, should
the Grand Patriarch refuse to sign his credentials and declare the
office vacant?
Answer—The Grand Patriarch cannot lawfully refuse to sign
his credentials, nor can he lawfully declare the office vacant, the Board
of Canvassers having certified that the Patriarch had received the
votes necessary to elect. The Sovereign Grand Lodge has reserved
unto itself the right to determine as to who is and who is not, entitled to a seat in that Body.
No. 78. Question— (c). Do the words of Section 3, Article IJ£,
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Constitution "and he must reside in the
State," mean to apply that a Grand Representative must be a citizen
of the State ?   or do they mean that he must actually live in the State ?
Answer—He must reside in the state, district or territory in which
the Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment is located. (See Sec. 3,
Art, IX S.*G. L. Const., page 17, White's Digest),
No. 79. Question—:(d). Is a Grand Representative eligible to
represent his Grand Lodge in the Sovereign Grand Lodge, if. at the
time of his election he stood suspended in his Rebekah Lodge for
non-payment of dues?
Answer—No.
No. 80. Question—(e). Is a Grand Representative eligible to
represent his Grand Lodge in the Sovereign Grand Lodge if at the
time of his election he stood suspended in his Rebekah Lodge for
non-payment of dues, but if after his election he was re-instated?
Answer—No. He must possess all the necessary qualifications,
as required by law, at the time of his election. With this as well as
with the preceding question, it is held that the Sovereign Grand Lodge
is alone the judge of the qualifications of its members to a seat in that
Body.
No. 81. Question—(a). Can a Grand Representative hold a
school of instructioin in the Subordinate Lodges for the purpose of
instructing the members of the Order in good standing, in the Unwritten or Secret Work of the Order?
Answer—No; except that the laws of the Grand Jurisdiction give
the Grand Representative such authority, or the Grand Master has
specially deputized the Grand Representative to do so.
No. 82. Question—(b). Can a Grand Representative at such
school of instruction, communicate to Past Grands, who are in possession of the proper credentials, the "Past Official" and the "Grand
Lodge Degrees"?
Answer—No.
No. 83 and 84 stricken from records. 2263
GRAND   LODGE,   OFFICE   OF,   AND   POWERS.
No. 85. Statement—The Constitution of the Grand Lodge of this
Jurisdiction (North Carolina) is silent and fixes no place as a location of itself, or of the Grand Secretary's office. A resolution adopted
by the Grand Lodge locates the office of the Grand Secretary permanently in Raleigh, but the Grand Lodge meets at such places as the
majority of the members decide from time to time.
Question—If the Grand Lodge is in session at any other point
;fhat at Raleigh, the Grand Secretary being present, as the Constitution requires, is the office still in Raleigh, or does he carry the office
with him for the time being ?
Answer—The Grand Lodge when it adopted the resolution declaring that the office of Grand Secretary should be permanently located in the city of Raleigh, only fixed the location of that office.
The absence of the Grand Secretary, temporarily, from the office,
does not remove the office. The Grand Lodge being a movable body,
can meet at such place as it may determine from time to time, but
whenever and wherever it meets, the Grand Secretary should be
present with the Charter and such records, laws, rituals, Cipher or
Key to the Unwritten Work, etc., as may be necessary for the transaction of such business as may be presented to the Grand Lodge.
MISCELLANEOUS DECISIONS.
PROPERTY JOINT OWNERS HH\
No. 95. Statement—King Lodge, No. 184, of Grundy, Va., desires to build a Hall in connection with the Missionary Baptist Church
of that place, jointly, and to have the deed made jointly to them. The
Odd Fellows to occupy part of the building and the Church part.
Question—Is there any objections or law against the same?
Answer—No. See White's Digest, Sections 355 and 357. In order that the rights and interests of the parties thereto, be clearly set
forth and protected, it is further held that the deed or conveyance
should be made to each of them for the aliquot part held by each. If
in equal parts, then the deed or conveyance should be made for the
undivided one-half to each by name.
FUNDS, CONTINGENT.
No. 96. Question—Can the "Contingent Fund" under the decision
of Grand Sire Pinkerton No. 147, page 3687, Sovereign Grand Lodge
Journal, 1899, t>e used for suppers where none but members of the
Order are present, the object being to promote the interests of the
Order?
Answer—Yes.
No. 97. Question—A dispensation having been asked, can a Lodge
rise the "Contingent Fund" for a public entertainment or dance, followed by a supper, the object being to arouse interest in the Order?
Answer—No.
No. 98. Question—A dispensation having been asked, can the
"Contingent Fund" be used for the public celebration of the antrivers- 2264
a$y of the Order, with an entertainment and banquet following?
Answer—Yes.
CIPHER OR KEY.
No. 99. Statement—The Cipher or Key is only to be seen by
those who require the use of such work in giving instruction, etc.
Question—Does this mean only the Official Instructors appointed
by the Grand Lodge, or does it mean any Noble Grand or Past Grand
who has authority from his Lodge to instruct?
Answer—It is held that only such members of the Order are elig^-
ible to see or study the Cipher or Key to the Unwritten Work as are
duly authorized to give instruction therein by the laws of the Grand
Jurisdiction, and such as are designated in the Ritual.
No. 100. Question—Who are authorized to examine, the Cipher
and Cipher Key of the Unwritten Work of the Order?
Answer—Only such as are authorized by the laws of your Grand
Jurisdiction to give instruction in the Unwritten Work of the Order
and such Officers as are named in the Rituals.
No. 101. Question—Under the Law enacted by the Sovereign"
Grand Lodge at its session held in 1901 in the City of Indianapolis,
making the Grand Secretaries or Grand Scribes of the several Jurisdictions, custodians of the "Cipher or Key" which was also authorized to be published, can the Grand Secretary maintain an office or
secret room in which to keep the "Cipher or Key" at the place o\
meeting of his Grand Lodge (the same being a city different from
that in which his regular office is located) during the session of said
Grand Lodge, the same to be under the personal supervision and control of himself, or his regular appointed assistant, for the accommodation  of  the  Representatives  to  the  Grand  Lodge?
Answer—Yes, provided the Charter of the Grand Lodge is also
present at the place where the meeting of the Grand Lodge is to be
. held.
No. 102. Question—Can a Grand Lodge purchase more than one
set of the "Cipher or Key"?
Answer—Yes, through the Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe, who
are the only Officers to whom they can lawfully be sold. The law
fixes no limit as to the number.
No. 103. Question—Have I the fight, as Grand Secretary, to carry
the Cipher or Key to the Unwritten Work to the session of the Grand
* Lodge ?
Answer—Yes, conditioned that the Charter of the Grand Lodge
is present at the place where the meeting of that Body is held.
No. 104.' Question—Have all the members of the Grand Lodge
the right of access to the Key or Cipher of the Unwritten Work?
' Answer—The Grand Secretary, "Shall only permit the examination of such Cipher or Key* * * by such members of the Order who
require the use of such Work in conferring instruction in the Unwritten Work," in that Branch of the Order to which the brother
who makes application to study the Cipher or Key may belong.
TRIALS,  ETC.
No. 106. Statement—A member of Lodge A. in one county has
his residence in another county in the Jurisdiction of Lodge B. The
member committs an offence against the Order.    Charges are prefer- "m
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red against him in Lodge B. Lodge B. proceeds to try him and expels
him from the Order, sending a certified copy of the action to the
Lodge A.
We have a law in the Jurisdiction of Indiana, as follows: "Provided, That a grievance arises or has heretofere arisen between members of Lodges in different counties, the aggrieved member may file
his complaint with the Noble Grand of any Lodge in the county of the
residence of the accused, or in a county adjoining the county in which
the brother against whom such complaint is made, resides, other than
the county in which the Lodge of the aggrieved brother is situated,
or in which he resides; and the Lodge in which such charges are filed
shall proceed with the investigation and trial thereof and render judgment thereon on all things as set out in this Chapter.
"Provided, further, that when a Lodge has tried a member of
another Lodge upon charges preferred by a member of some other
Lodge, it shall certify a full copy of the proceedings had in such matter to the Lodge to which the member belongs, against whom the
charges have been made."
Question—Is such a law constitutional?
Answer—No.    See Section 1624 W. D. and Decision No. 46, 1898.
No. 107. Question—Is a member of the Order in duty bound to
act as counsel, if requested by any member of a Subordinate Lodge,
who has charges preferred against him?
Answer—No. A brother is not bound to accept employment as
counsel, but if he does do so, he is bound to use all honorable means
in his defense.
No. 108. Question—Is the counsel for a brother on trial in the
Order, relieved from a worthy member's fealty to the Order and its
membership by virtue of being counsel in a case on trial pending in a
Subordinate Lodge of Odd Fellows or being appealed from its
decision ?
Anwer—If this question is understood by me, my answer is No.
A brother's fealty to the Order is greater than to any individual
member .
No. 109. Question—Has a counsel the right, fraternally, to require an apology of a member of a Subordinate Lodge, wn° nas as~
sociated him, the counsel, with an expelled brother whose case the
counsel had appealed from the decision of the Lodge to the Grand
Master, by calling him a close friend, equal associate and ardent admirer of the expelled brother at the time when sucfi an appeal was
pending?
Answer—No. Unless the brother has violated some law in the
use of his language. The language used might be construed to mean
a little pique or sarcasm which would possibly authorize the Noble
Grand to call the brother to order.
INSURANCE.
No. no. Question—Is it permissible in the face of the, revocation of all Insurance Licenses by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, for the
agent of any Insurance Company to canvass in our Lodge rooms for
members of such Insurance Companies?
Answer—No. See Decisions Nos. 132 and 137 on pages 37 and
38 S. G. L. Journal, 1899, also Section 325 White's Digest, edition
1895. 2266
No. in. Question—Since the Sovereign Grand Lodge has repealed all its insurance legislation prior to 1898, is it proper for a
member of the Order to act as agent for a Company or Insurance
Society that uses the Emblems  (the three links)  of the Order?
Answer—No.    See same citations given to preceding question.
"No. 112. Statement—The Sovereign Grand Lodge at its session
held in the City of Boston, Massachusetts, 1898, adopted the following resolutions:—
"Resolved, That all legislation heretofore enaetcd by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, in any manner recognizing or authorizing life or
accident insurance in the name of Odd Fellowship be, and the same is,
hereby repealed, and further,
"Resolved /That all certificates heretofore issued to such Life or
Accident Insurance Companies are hereby revoked." See pages 16,125,
16,128, 16,154 and 16,155 S. G. L. Journal, 1898."
(a). It is held by the adoption of the foregoing resolution, that
the Sovereign Grand Lodge cut loose and freed itself from all responsibility or liability for the action of all such Companies or Associations
doing business in the name of the Order.
No. 113. (b). That all Companies or Associations of whatsoever name or character that are carrying on a fraternal, beneficiary
insurance, either life, accident, or both, in the Order or under the
name of the Order, or confining their business to the Order as a classified membership, do so without authority of any kind or character
from the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
No. 114. (c). That all members of the Order accepting Insurance from any such Associations or Companies, do so at their own
risk, as the Sovereign Grand Lodge is in no way responsible for the
action of such Associations or Companies, or their agents.
No. 115. Statement—In view of the legislation of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge relative to life and accident insurance (See Report No.
181 S. G. L. Journal, 1898, pages, 16125 and 16,126) and the concession granted to the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, allowing said Association to retain the name "Odd Fellows"; (See Report
'No. 178 S. G. L. Journal 1899, pages 403 and 404), and further in
view of Decision No. 86, S. G. L. Journal, 1900, pages 516, 827 and
828.
Question—(a). Is it competent for Canadian Grand Lodges to
pass resolutions permitting said Association to do business in their
respective Jurisdictions ?
Answer—No. The Sovereign Grand Lodge at its session held in
Boston, Massachusetts, 1898, clearly demonstrated that it was its intention to wholly disassociate Odd Fellowship from Life and Accident Insurance, and thereby relieve itself from all responsibility which
might be attributed to it on account of endorsements or permission to
such Insurance Companies when it adopted the following resolution:
"Resolved, That all legislation heretofore enacted by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge in any way recognizing or authorizing Life or Accident
Insurance in the name of Odd Fellowship be, and the same is, hereby
repealed; and further,
"Resolved, That all certificates heretofore issued to such Life and
Accident Insurance Companies are hereby revoked." Quoted in next
answer. See Dec. No. 86, 1899. This decision should be understood
to mean such  resolutions as would give to  such associations  rights 22.67
and powers which they would not possess without the adoption of
such resolutions—meaning that the Canadian Grand Lodges have no-
power to grant licenses or permits to any one to conduct insurance-
business.
No. 116. (b). It is held that the law enacted by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge in 1899, contained in Report No. 178, as found on pages.
403 and 404 set forth in the first resolution thereof, relating to the Odd.
Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, did not grant to said Relief
Association .of Canada any new or additional privileges and powers,
not enjoyed by it prior to the act of 1898, (quoted above) which
repealed all laws, etc., relating to Insurance. Decision No. 86, re-
sported by Grand Sire Pinkerton in 1900, so clearly and fully defines
"the powers, privileges and limitations of the said Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, that it is here quoted in full:
"Decision No. 86. The legislation had last year at Detroit, relative to the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, simply authorized said Association to retain the word "Odd Fellow" in its corporate name, and did not in any way make the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
or the Order, responsible for the solvency or the acts of said Association and expressly prohibited said Association from doing business
or soliciting Insurance in the name of the Order by the authority of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and any Lodge can enact such legislation
as it sees fit, relative to the invasion of the Lodge Rooms of its Subordinate Bodies by the solicitors of such Associations, nor did such
legislation authorize or empower any Grand Lodge to issue licenses
to such Association. The entire and only purpose of the resolution of
-1899 was, as I understand it, to prevent the dissolution, which, under
the provisions of Canadian Law, would be necessary if its name was
changed, and the only relief granted or intended by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, was such as to enable it to avoid the appointment
iof a receiver in accordance with the provisions of the law under which
it  was  incorporated.
No. 117. (c). It is held that the Sovereign Grand Lodge in
approving Decision No. 86, "Expressly prohibited said Association
from doing business or soliciting insurance in the name of tjie Order
by the authority of the Sovereign Grand Lodge," and authorizing any
Grand Lodge to so legislate as to- prohibit such Association from invading the Lodge Rooms of its Subordinates, etc., and on the other
hand, the Sovereign Grand Lodge refused to "authorize or empower
any Grand Lodge to issue licenses to such associations." While it is
true that the S. G. L. has repealed all legislation under which Grand
Lodges were authorized to issue licenses to such associations, we know
of no legislation or action expressly refusing such power or authority. The effect, however, is the same. Grand Lodges have no power
to issue licenses.
No. 118. Question— (d). Is it competent for a Canadian Grand
Lodge to pass resolutions embodying expressions of recognition, approval, commendation or good-will?
Answer—No. The same answer as to question (c). See Sections, 325, 328, 329 and 330, White's Digest.
It is understood that this decision refers to the commendation of
Insurance Associations doing business in violation of the laws of the
Order. 2268
REGALIA FOR D.  D.  G.  S.
No. 119. The Sovereign Grand Lodge adopted a report from
the Committee on Legislation, found on pages 6207 and 6208 of tiae
S. G. L. Journal, 1874, to the effect that District Deputy Grand Sires
were "Only the executive agents of the Grand Sire with a general
supervisory power in the absence of their principals." This committee further stated, "It would seem to us when performing the duties
of the office, such an officer has the right to wear the regalia and
jewel of the officer whom he represents." As to the jewel, you will
note in report from the Committee on Legislation by Rep. Carleton,
of Texas, as found on pages 9756 and 9757 and adopted, page 9810,
S. G. L. Journal, 1884, in the last resolution of the committee's report
is this clear and concise statement: "Resolved, That a D. D. G. S.
shall be entitled to wear a jewel, which jewel shall be in all respects
similar to the jewel of the Grand Sire, except that it be two inches
in  diameter."
No. 120. It is held that an Insurance Company or Association
^bf whatever name, conducting an Insurance business, either life or
accident, or both, in 4fee Order, whose Officers, Managers and Agents
are Odd Fellows, and which classifies and conducts its business Wr$i
Odd Fellows only, does so without authority from the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
In addition to previous citation, see Decisions Nos. 87 and 88,
reported in in 1901. The S. G. L. under the present laws does not give
or grant authority to any insurance company or association to do
business.
121. It is held that each officer, manager or agent of an Insurance
Association or Company, which conducts a life or accident Insurance
or both, with the Order, and classifies its membership to Odd Fellows,
who is an Odd Fellow, and shall, "Either directly or indirectly, ,$$e
or permit the use of his name, as such member or officer in any private business or enterprise shall" -upon conviction, "Be eonsideufgi'
guilty of a fraud upon the Order and shall be suspended or expelled
from membership," (See Sec. 325, W. D.) No officer or member
of a Lodge has a right as such officer or as such member to permit
"the use of his name in any private business or enterprise in that capacity.
No. 122. Question—Do our laws recognize any insurance company advertising -to conduct its business with Odd Fellows only?
Answer—Odd Fellowship is founded upon grander |J principles
than a mere business enterprise, hence our laws do not recognize any
private company or association of any kind that advertises to conduct
its business with Odd Fellows only. Odd Fellowship does not recognize, authorize, or engage in any private business.
No. 123. Question—What authority exists under our laws for
insurance companies to advertise that they conduct business with Odd
Fellows only?
Answer—None whatever. By its legislation the Sovereign Grand
Lodge has absolutely withdrawn all recognition of such companies.
We have no legislation on the subject.
No. 124. Question—What is the effect of the decision of the
Grand Sire, Nos. 133 and 136, at the 1899 session of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge?
Answer—The effect of those decisions is that the company itself
is not amenable under any law of the Order, but they do not change 2269
or supercede Section No. 325, Sovereign Grand Lodge Digest, which
would apply to individual members of the company violating the laws
of the Order.
ADDITIONAL DECISIONS.
(too late for classification.)
No, 125. Question—Has the Ridgely Protective Association of
Worcester, Massachusetts, the legal right to solicit members from
the I. O. O. F. Lodges?
Answer—It has no legal right, whatever, to solicit the members
of the Order to become members of, or policy holders therein, under
the pretense that it is an Odd Fellows' Insurance Company duly authorized by the Sovereign Grand Lodge to do an insurance business
with the members of, or in the name of the Order. The Sovereign
Grand Lodge has divorced itself entirely from all such insurance companies. See second and third resolutions, found in Report No. 181,
S. G. L. Journal, 1898.
No. 126. Question—Can individual members of a Lodge act as
agents for said association (The Ridgely Protective Association of
Worcester, Massachusetts,) such association bearing on its badge
the "Triple Links" of the Order?
Answer—No. See paragraphs one, two, three and four of Section 325, White's Digest, edition, 1895.
No. 127. Statement—A member of an Encampment paid his arrearage and dues to the Scribe of the Encampment to June 1st, al-,
though his Encampment had not held a meeting for over a year, and
made no returns to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and had not paid
their Sovereign Grand Lodge taxes.
Question—Was such member qualified to be elected Grand Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge?
Answer—No; provided the Encampment in question was working under this body and had not paid to the S. G. L. its taxes.
No. 128 Question—To entitle one to be eligible to deliver the Past
Grand's charge in a Rebekah Lodge, must the sister be a Past Noble
Grand ?
Answer—Yes; except upon the institution of a Rebekah Lodge
having no Past Noble Grand, then any qualified member may, during
the first term, deliver the Past Noble Grand's charge. See S. G. L.
Journal, 1895, pages 14,239, 14,539, 14,570; S. G. L. Journal 1896, pages
14,675, 14,948 and 15,019; also Decision No. 30, S. G. L. Journal 1900.
No. 129 Question—Referring to your decision No. 59 of last year
(1901) do you mean by this, that each Assembly, no matter what their
local law says, must allow all Past Grands of Subordinate Lodges,
who are members in good standing in a Rebekah Lodge, and when
present at the Assembly, to vote for Assembly Officers?
A nswer—Yes.
No.  130.   Statement—Five years ago, a Patriarch joined Canton-
Alexandria,  No. 46, and his name was on the roster, but he   never
showed himself afterward at the meeting.    Now he has presented himself as a charter member in another Canton, without being discharged  m 2270
from Canton Alexandria*   He has applied for a discharge, but refuses
to pay any back dues.
Question—What course should I pursue?
Answer—Decline to admit him to membership until he complies
with the law. See Section 21 of the Code for the government of
the Patriarchs Militant, I. O. O. F.
No. 131. Statement—A Chevalier from Wisconsin, now living
in Chicago, sent to his Canton for his discharge. He received one,
but the signature of Past Grand Sire Stebbins is on the discharge, it
being one that was gotten by the Canton during his administration.
Question—Is the discharge legal? 1|||
Answer—The Sovereign Grand Lodge has held that a certificate
of honorable discharge should be signed by the Commander-in-Chief
in office when the certificate of discharge is issued. See Decision
No. 112, S. G. L. Journal, 1899.
No. 132. Statement—A Chevalier is very troublesome in every
way and seems to want to break up the Canton if he cannot have his
own way.
Question—Can a Captain of a Canton refuse to allow a Chevalier
admission for Canton drill, there being a difference between the
Chevalier and Commandant?
Answer—The Captain, in view of the facts set forth in the statement, is in a position to discipline the Chevalier.
No. 134. Statement—1st. Under the provision of the local law
of the Subordinate Lodge a Past Grand is duly elected at
the first regular meeting of the Subordinate Lodge in the
month of June, a Representative to the Grand Lodge. He is in arrears
for dues and liable to suspension by his Lodge for such arrearages,
but the Lodge did not suspend him. Within a few days after his election as Representative, he paid his dues in full, which were accepted
and duly receipted for by his Lodge.
2nd. Subsequent to the election aforesaid, the Lodge declared his
election to be in error and therefore void, for the reason that he was
not in good standing, because of his arrearage for dues to his Lodge
at the time of his election, and therefore the Lodge proceeded to elect
another Representative. The local law governing the election of Representatives to the Grand Lodge, provides, as follows:
Local Law. Each Subordinate Lodge shall at the first meeting
in June of each year, elect by ballot from among the Past Grands,
who are in good standing, such number of them as the Lodge is entitled to, to serve as Representatives for one year from the 3rd Tuesday in October ensuing." Under the provision of the law above
quoted and the action taken under them, I beg to submit the following questions for your consideration and decision:
Question—(a). Was the Past Grand elected at first meeting in
June disqualified for said election because of being in arrears for dues ?
Answer—Yes; if he was not in good standing. The Grand Lodge
reserves to itself the right to determine as to who are, or who are not,
entitled to seats in that body. The decision of the Grand Lodge, however, may be appealed from to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. A Past
Grand to be elected, must possess at the time of his election, all. the
qualifications required by the laws under which he is elected. 2271
No. 135. Question—(b). Was he in good standing, as. such
standing is defined under the laws of the Order?
Answer—If he was in arrears for dues and liable to suspension^
as stated in your first statement, then he was not in goood standing.
No. 136. Question—(c). Was his election legal, and did it entitle
him to a seat as Representative in the Grand Lodge?
Answer—From your statement, his election was held at the regular time, and so far as you have stated, was legally held. The election,
however, did not entitle him to a seat as Representative in the Grand
Lodge, unless he possessed all of the qualifications required by the
local laws under which he was elected. This becomes a question for
the Grand Lodge to determine, subject to appeal to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
No. 137. Statement—Upon the call of the Grand Master for contributions for the relief of the sufferers caused by the flood at Gak-
vaston, Texas, contributions were made by the lodges of our several
Jurisdictions. The General Relief Committee of Texas having the
distribution of the funds contributed, found, after relieving all who
were in need of the same, that the sum total of the contributions received from the various Jurisdictions, was in excess of the amount
required and thereupon the Texas Relief Committee refunded 50 per
cent, of the amount received, to the Grand Secretaries of the various
Jurisdictions.
Question—(1). As the Grand Lodges through their Grand Secretaries, acted as the agents of the Subordinate Lodges thereto, respectively, in receiving ana donating the funds contributed to the Relief Committee of Galvaston, Texas, should not the funds refunded,
be returned to each Subordinate Lodge contributing, its proportion
of the money so received by the Relief Committee of Texas?
Answer—No. See report of Grand Sire, pages 49-51, both inclusive, No. 68, pages 357 and 371, also resolution found in report No. 1,
page 266 of the Revised Journal of Proceedings of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge for 1901.
The resolution last above referred to, reads,
"Resolved, That the money returned to the Subordinate Jurisdictions by the Relief Committee of Galvaston be, and the same is donated to the Subordinate Jurisdictions, to be disposed of by the Subordinate Grand Bodies."
No. 138. Question—(2). Can the Grand Lodge appropriate the
sum of money so refunded to    the credit of the "Home    Extension
Fund"?
Answer—Yes. From the resolution just quoted above, you will
note that the funds so returned to the Grand Lodges may be disposed of by the Subordinate Grand Bodies without any further limitations.
Some of the decisions of the Grand Sire being considered detrimental
to the interests of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, the
following resolution was offered by thirteen Canadian Representatives, which was referred to the Committee on State of the Order:—
"Moved by C. A. Murray, Maritime Provinces   of   Canada, seconded by L. E. Charbonnell, Quebec: 22 J 2
"That whereas doubts have arisen as to the rights and privileges
given by this Sovereign Grand Lodge to the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada.
"Be it therefore resolved, that the relation of the said Association
to the various Grand Lodges of the Canadian Jurisdiction be, and the
same is referred to such Grand Lodges for such recognition and recommendation, or otherwise, as to said Grand Lodges shall seem from time
to time to be desirable and expedient.
"Provided, always, that no action, taken by any Canadian Grand
Lodge under this resolution, shall entail any responsibility for the
financial standing of such Association, or shall endorse or guarantee
the obligations, financial or otherwise, of the same.
"And provided further, that the said Association shall not in any
manner assume any recognition by this Sovereign Grand Lodge of its
operations.
"And provided further, that the privileges hereby granted do not
apply to this or any other Association in any of the Grand Jurisdictions of the United States."
The   above   resolution   is   endorsed   by   the   undersigned   Canadian
representatives:
(Signed by)
O. L. Lewis, H. J. Raymer,
Geo. R.  Gordon, William Kenny,
.   J.  D.  McKean, John S. Maxwell,
F.  B. Jeffery, W. B. McCutcheon,
L.   Ferguson, W.  H. Morton,
A. H. Blackeby.
The Committee reported as follows:
To the" Sovereign Grand  Lodge of   the   Independent Order   of Odd
Fellows:
Your Committee on the State of the Order, to whom was referred resolution No. 35, would respectfully report as follows:
Your Committee have given these propositions careful consideration and are of the opinion that the rights and privileges given by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge to the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of
Canada be sustained to their fullest extent.
That the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada may be recognized by the various Grand Lodges of the Canadian Jurisdictions
and recommended by the said Grand Lodges to their Subordinate
Lodges.
Whatever action may be taken by the Canadian Grand Lodges shall
not bind the Sovereign Grand Lodge to any responsibility of any kind
whatever.
Nor shall they assume any recognition by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge to any association of any.kind in the United States, nor shall
any Grand Lodge of the Canadian Jurisdictions assume any responsibility.
Signed by the Committee.
The debate on the motion to adopt this report was reached on 2273
Saturday, September 20th, and on a division was carried by a vote of
95 to 63.
The Association is thus assured by affirmative legislation that it
has a right to ask for, and that Canadian Grand Lodges have a right
to give recognition to the work which the Association is doing, and
to recommend it to the membership of their Subordinate Lodges.
Your Representatives were appointed on the following committees :N
On  Constitutions—W.  H.  Morton,  P.G.M.
On Foreign Relations—H. J. Raymer, P.G.M.
On Correspondence—G. R. Gordon, P.G.
ITEMS  OF INTEREST.
Baltimore was selected for the Session of 1903. The people of
-Hot Springs, Arkansas, made a strong fight for the honor, but were
rejected on a vote of 95 Baltimore to 93 Hot Springs.
Only white males of full age—21 years—carried by a vote of 146
to 36.
Eighteen years' local option was associated with the clause admitting those of mixed blood and was indefinitely postponed.
Biennial Sessions and change of qualifications of Grand Representatives,  same  result.
Amendment to the Constitution.—No saloon keeper, saloon owner,
liquor dealer or agent, bar tender or gambler, shall be eligible to membership in this Order; was lost on a vote of 118 to 47.—Three fourths
necessary to carry same. Will be dealt with Session of 1903 with
some alterations. Also admission of those of mixed blood, and biennial  Sessions.
The presentation to P. G. Sire James P. Sanders of New York
of a gold watch by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, was unique in its
character, as it marked the fiftieth anniversary of Brother Sanders'
attendance at the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and it was but a fitting
token of the respect and esteem in which P. G. Sire Sanders is held
by his brethren.
A new and revised Digest with all decisions to date will be ready
during this year.
A presentation to Grand Sire elect John B. Goodwin and wife,
of a beautiful silver service and a $50.00 bill in celebration of their
twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and of Brother Goodwin's installation as Grand Sire was one of the pleasing features of the closing
day.
In concluding our report your Senior Representative desires to
especially thank the Grand Lodge for the many favors received and
honors bestowed, and trusts that his efforts on behalf of this Jurisdiction may meet with your approval.
Your Junior Representative would ask your endorsement of his'
acts, and trusts that the same will meet with your approval, assuring you of his desire to assist in every way in his power such legislation as will advance the best interests of our beloved Order.
Fraternally submitted,
W. H. Morton,
Geo. R. Gordon,
Grand Representatives. 2274
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Committee on Distribution: D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3; J. Bell,
No. 4 and A. Henderson, P.G.M.,. No. 2.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
reports, which were adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution of the Grand Master's Report
beg to recommend that the subject matter be referred to the following
committees:
To the Committee on Judiciary.—Those portions headed "Decisions" on pages 11 to 13 inclusive; "Dispensations Granted," on pages
14 and 15; "Permissions Granted," page 16; "Appointments Made,"
pages 16 and 17; "Proclamations issued," pages 19 and 20.
To the Committee on State of the Order.—The portion referring
to official visits, pages 1 to 10 inclusive.
Also that the Reports of the D. D. G. M.'s be referred to the Committee on the State of the Order so far as they relate to the state of
the Order in their respective Districts; and that any decisions or other
official acts reported therein be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Signed by the Committee.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend tfie following
allotment of the subjects referred to in the Report of the Grand Secretary:
To the Committee on the State of the Order.—Those portions on
"State of the Order," pages 1 and 2; "Statistical," pages 3 and 4; and
the "Abstracts of Reports of Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges."
To the Committee on Finance.—Pages 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and the item
"Financial," page 10.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home.—Odd Fellows' Home
Account, page 8; item "Odd Fellows' Home Fund," page 10.
Signed by the Committee.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 1130 p.m. today..
'.  AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 1130 p.m. pursuant to
adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
A communication was read from Bro. J. White asking
permission to photograph the Grand Lodge between 7 and 8
o'clock p.m. to-day, which was, on motion, ordered to be
received and the request granted. 2375
A communication was read from Bro. G. W. Boyd, manager of La Petit Family Theatre, containing an invitation to
attend an entertainment at 7:15 p.m. to-day, which was, on
motion, accepted, the time selected not to interfere with that
chosen for the photograph.
Report read from the Committee on Finance, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
We your Finance Committee beg leave to report that we have ex-
-amined the books and vouchers of the Grand Secretary; also the report
of the Grand Treasurer, and find the same correct.
Signed by the Committee.
Report was read from the Committee on Petitions, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have examined
the petition for a Subordinate Lodge to be located at Armstrong, B.C.,
and as the law has been duly complied with, we recommend that a
charter be granted for the same, to be known as Coronation Lodge,
No. 48, with the following charter members: Brothers J. McDonald,
P.G.; E. Lumsden, A. E. Morgan, C. J. Becker, P.G.; G. H. Inch, J.
B. Gaylord and A. McQuarrie.
Signed by the Committee.
Report was read from the Committee on Statistics re
Dues and Benefits, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:.
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg
to submit for your consideration Abstracts prepared from the Reports
of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction for the past ten years
relating to this very important subject.
Your Committee are pleased to note from these reports that a
profit apparently accrued to the Lodges of $22,410.54 as a result of last
year's working, the receipts being that much in excess of the expenditure. As the majority of our Lodges are comparatively young, we
would respectfully point out to them, that this surplus should be most
carefully husbanded, until the time when sickness and old age will
make much heavier demands on their treasuries than they are at present called upon to meet.
Another gratifying fact demonstrated by these reports is the steady
reduction in the average cost per member both for relief and for current expenses when grouped in periods of ten years; the present report
showing an average of $2.93 less per member for all Lodge expenditures
when compared with the report for 1894.
Your Committee would reiterate the wholesome advice to the Subordinate Lodges proffered by previous committees as to the necessity
for a strict economy being observed in the matter of management expenses, and as to the importance of seeing that the surplus funds of
the Lodge are securely and judiciously invested.
Signed by the Committee.  2277
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An invitation was read from Bro. F. P. Bishop, chairman
of the Committee on Excursion, to attend an excursion to
Whatcom on Friday next, the proceeds of which would be devoted to the Odd Fellows' Home Fund. It was, on motion,
Resolved, That the invitation be accepted on behalf of all the
members of the Grand Lodge who could make it convenient to
attend.
Report was read from the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that since
the last Annual Session we have examined the following By-Laws and
Amendments which have been submitted to us, with the result noted
against each:
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47.—Approved complete set of By-Laws
with the following exceptions: Declined to approve provision for dues
being paid in advance, permission not having been given by this Grand
Lodge and being inconsistent with Sec. 4, Art. IV of the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges. Re Contingent Fund—Added provision that
grants in its aid should not be made from the other funds of the Lodge
in addition to the five per cent, of dues.
Perseverance Lodge, No. 20.—Approved new Code.
Rocky Mountain Lodge, Nv. 34.—Approved amendment to Sec.„i,
Art. XIX, reducing scale of sick benefit.
Tatnai Lodge, No. p.—Approved new Code.
Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No. 14.—Approved new Code.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.—Approved new Code.
Delta Lodge, No. 21.—Approved amendment re formation of Contingent Fund.
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46.—Approved new Code, after amendment
by'striking out the payment of sick benefits after one year's sickness to
be optional to Lodge and provision to assess members for support of
Contingent Fund.
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.—Amendments approved. Treasurer and
Trustee to give security in guarantee company.
Applicants for membership to reside in District prior to application.
Admission of non-beneficial members.
Division of funds of the Lodge into General and Contingent
Fund.
Reduction of Sick Benefits.
Suspension of members  for non-payment of dues.        |||
Inspection of ballots.    •     |j|
Slocan Lodge, No. 40.—Formation of Contingent Fund.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Secretary submitted the following Supplementary Report, which was adopted. 2279
JTp the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Since closing the books of the Grand Lodge the following amounts,
have been received on account of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund:—
Bro. W. Law, D.D.G.M., District No. 6, surplus of visit of himself and several brothers to Island Lodge, No. 24 $ 7 00
Beulah^ Rebekah Lodge, No. 5,   proceeds of bazaar 40 00
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38  37 5°
Pacific Lodge, No. 26  63 00
Western  Star  Lodge,  No.   10  59 00
Rossland  Lodge,   No.   36    67 75
•Rocky Mountain Lodge,  No.  34    23 00
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5     4 5°
Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13    20 00
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8   50 00
Dominion Lodge, No. 4   10 50
Cloverdale Lodge, No.  15   17 00
Amity  Lodge,  No.  27        1 00
Kootenay   Lodge,   No.   16 25 00
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43    16 50
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9  50 00
$  49i 75
Amount on hand per report    .- $2,331 36
$2,823 11
Fred Davey,
Grand Secretary.
The Committee on Appeals presented the following Report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Appeals beg leave to report on the appeal of
Bro. Gordon v. Irvine, that the matter having been amicably settled
between the two parties, your Committee ask to be relieved from any
further consideration of the subject.
Signed by the Committee.
A report was read from the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, which was approved.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates to whom was referred
a proposed amendment to the By-Laws of Silver City Lodge, No. 39,
Sec. 1, Art. II, by striking out the words "every Friday evening," and
substituting the words "the last Friday evening in every month," beg
to report that as this conflicts with Article VII of the Constitution of
Subordinates in this Jurisdiction which provides that the terms of
Subordinates shall be half yearly, and Sec. 1507 of the Digest, which
lays down that where the terms of Subordinate Lodges are half yearly
the meetings shall be weekly, we are* therefore unable to approve of
the proposed amendment.
The amendment to reduce the initiation from $40 to $25 is approved.
Signed by the Committee. 228o
The Committee on Odd Fellows' Home submitted the following report, which was, on motion, adopted; the Committee retained to serve for another year and the name of Bro.
W,. E. Johnstone, P.G.M. No. 8, added to the committee:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.:
We your Committee on Home Fund beg leave to report that owing
to the fact that the mode of raising money for the Home Fund does not
appear to give universal satisfaction and the desire of many of the
members of this Grand Lodge for the imposition of a straight tax by
this Grand Lodge. We would recommend that the sum of six hundred
dollars be set aside this year from the Grand Lodge Funds for the
Home Fund. Although this will cause a slight increase in the per
capita tax, it will be, in the opinion of your Committee, a more
equitable and satisfactory plan than the system which has been
adopted hitherto and will not interfere with the committee obtaining
funds in other ways, as they have done in the past.
Signed by the Committee.
A communication was read from Court Mountain View,
No. 369, Canadian Order of Foresters, extending fraternal
greetings and best wishes for a pleasant and profitable meeting, which was, on motion, ordered to be received and a suitable acknowledgement sent by the Grand Secretary.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That a committee
be appointed to draft a suitable letter of greeting to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Canada now in
session in this city. The Chair appointed Rev. A. E. Green,
No. 26; Rev. J. Irvine, No. 19, and H. Siddall, No. 1, to form
this committee.
Report read from the Committee on Correspondence,
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, J. O. O. F.:
We your Committee on Correspondence beg to report tfiat we
have looked through the correspondence of the Grand Secretary and
find nothing of importance therein to bring before this Grand Body,
but would recommend that in view of the amount of correspondence
and the necessity of keeping copies of same, a typewriting machine
be purchased for use in the Grand Secretary's office.
Signed by the Committee.
The following notice to amend the Grand Lodge Constitution was read and laid on the table until to-morrow under
the rule:
We hereby give notice that at the next Annual Session of the
Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F., we will move to amend Sec. 3,
Art. II of the Grand Lodge Constitution.
(1.)  Strike out all the words after the word "of" in the second
line, all of the third line, and the first four words of the fourth line.
Clause to read when amended as follows:— 228l
"Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand Lodge
to one representative for its members of ioo or less in good standing
by its last semi-annual report to the^ Grand Lodge; over ioo and
under 250 members, two representatives; 250 members and over,
three representatives."
The remainder of the section to read as at present.
H. J. Raymer, Grand Representative,
Thos. Embleton, Representative Rossland Lodge, No. 36.
F. E.  Simpson, Representative Wildey Lodge, No. 44.
• J. P. Fink, Representative Key City Lodge, No. 42.
A telegram was read from Bro. John Dean, Mayor of
Rossland, B.C., inviting the Grand Lodge to hold its next Annual Session in that city. It was, on motion, Resolved, That
the telegram be received and taken into consideration tomorrow.
The Advisory Committee on Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada presented the following report:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Advisory Committee appointed last year on the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, have much pleasure in reporting
that the past year has been one of continued prosperity to the Association.
The progress made from 1st January, 1902, to the 30th April, 1903,
is as follows:—
Number of members 1st January, 1902   '   13,562!
Number   of  members   30th   April,   1903      T5,237
Increase        1,675
Surplus funds 1st January, 1902  $263,529
Surplus funds. 30th April,  1903     328,650
Increase  $65,121
Of these assets $10,000 is invested in British Columbia Government
Debentures and $16,000 in Debentures of the City of Victoria, B.C.
In this Province 86 new members have been granted certificates
during the year with insurance amounting to $110,000 and on the 30th
April last the membership in this Jurisdiction numbered 420. Five
deaths have occurred amongst our members during the past twelve
months,, all of whom formerly held membership in the Odd Fellows*
Insurance Association of British,Columbia, namely, Bros. W. Andean,
P. Steele and W. G. Owen, of Victoria Lodge, No. 1; J. Loewen, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, and J. Sabiston, Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.^
Four of these claims have been paid and the other is in course of
settlement.
Your Committee regret that probably owing to the general depression of business experienced throughout the Province the increase
in membership has not been as large as they could have wished, yet
they feel that some good has been accomplished and the interests of
the Order promoted by the fact that so many members have taken 2282
advantage of the means thus placed within their reach to make some
measure of provision for the protection of those who are near and dear
to them, and they are convinced that when the workings of this Association are better known the membership of this Jurisdiction will
identify themselves with it in larger numbers in the future.
The relations of the Local Board of this Jurisdiction with the
Executive and Officials of the Association during the past year have
been of the most pleasing and satisfactory character. Every suggestion and recommendation of the Board have been concurred in and
most liberal appropriations have been made to carry on the necessary
work while at the same time an efficient supervision has been exercised
to ensure economy and secure adequate results for the money expended. We believe that the same care and control have been shown
in all its departments, and we therefore beg to express our entire
confidence in the administrative ability and business capacity of the
Executive in the management of the affairs of the Association.
Doubts having arisen as to the status of the Association and the
legality of the recognition so generally conceded to it by the various
Grand Bodies of the Dominion, the question was tested at the last
Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge by the introduction of a resolution signed by eleven Representatives of Canadian Jurisdictions with
a view to establishing the right of these Grand Lodges to grant these
privileges to the Association. This resolution was favorably reported
on by the Committtee on the State of the Order and adopted by a
large majority. Such exceptional concession can only be regarded as
a very high and deserved compliment paid the Association by the highest tribunal of our Order and places it in a unique and enviable position,
whilst it removes all doubts as to the power of the Grand Bodies of
the Dominion to recognize the usefulness of its work and to recommend it to their Subordinate Lodges. The Executive of the Association and the Superintendent of Agencies desire to thank the Representatives of this Grand Lodge and of the Grand Encampment for
the valuable assistance rendered in securing this very flattering piece
of legislation.
In conclusion your Advisory Committee beg to report that nothing has occurred during the year to alter the good opinion expressed
last Session respecting this Association, nor to forfeit the privilege
then granted it, and would recommend that this Grand Lodge continues its recognition of the work of the Association and its appreciation of it as a valuable auxiliary to the work of the Order, and further,
that it recommends it to the membership of the Lodges of this Jurisdiction as a cheap and reliable means of insurance.
Fraternally submitted,
J. Crossan,
Fred Davey.,
T. A. Muir,
E. F. Gerster,
Advisory Committee.
It was moved and seconded that the report be received
and adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment, That the report
be amended by adding the following:
In any endorsation of the Odd Fellows Relief Association of Can- 2283
ada by this Grand Body, we distinctly state that the obligations of the-
Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada are not secured or guaranteed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge or the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia. The Odd Fellows' Relief Association has by legislation of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1899, the right to retain the name Odd
Fellows' Relief Association of Canada. The Association, while confining itself to Odd Fellows only, is not guaranteed in any way by
the Order and any recommendation of it carries no financial responsibility with it by this Grand Body.
The amendment was carried and the report as amended
was adopted.
The Committee on the State of the Order submitted a
report which was amended by the adoption of a substitute for
Clause 6, proposed by A. Henderson, P.G.M. The report as
amended was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order beg to submit the following report:—
1. We are pleased to note that during the year the net increase in
membership is 146, but your Committee is unanimously of the opinion
that this increase is not nearly as large as it should be, as it means
only about one member per quarter in each Lodge in this Jurisdiction.
Your Committee is of the opinion that to ensure greater success in the
work of the Order, and an increase in membership, it is absolutely
essential that the brothers take more interest in the work in connection with their individual Lodges. We are inclined to think that more
consideration must be given by our older members to newly made
Odd Fellows by having them appointed to offices in the Lodge so that
they may become more interested in the meetings.
2. We note that during the year there has been financially a slight
decrease but that the general financial condition shows a decided improvement. The decrease in revenue has been $1,369.00, but the payment of relief has been decreased by $988.00, and also a decrease of
about $1,200 in the general expenses. Your Committee is of the opinion that generally speaking the finances of the Order are in a very satisfactory condition.
3. We regret to note that a decrease is again noticeable in the membership of the Rebekah Lodges. We would most cordially and heartily commend to the support and assistance of the members of our
Order the Rebekah Branch, as an institution worthy of the earnest
co-operation and favorable consideration of every Odd Fellow.
4. We note with pleasure that indications point to the institution
of several Lodges in the near future. Your Committee is, however,
of the opinion that great care should be exercised in the institution
of Lodges where the prospects for permanency are doubtful.
5. We are pleased to note that the Secret Work of our Order
has been placed before this Grand Lodge, and we would urge our
members to inform themselves of the very valued information obtained
therefrom.
6. While we realize that the Order has made good progress during the year, we are of the opinion that as the Province is increasing 2284
in population there is room for more rapid growth on the part of our
Order in the future and our membership should exert themselves in a
greater degree to bring about this result.
Signed by the Committee.
Report read from the Committee on Judiciary, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary beg to report on the action of Bro.
W. J. Castley, D.D.G.M. District No. 11, in granting dispensation to
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, on September 13th, 1902, to initiate a can4^-
date on the same night as the candidate's application was received.
We find in the above case that District Deputy Castley exceeded
his powers, such prerogative being vested in the Grand Master only.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Lodge, on motion, adjourned to 8 o'clock this
evening.
EVENING   SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o'clock p.m. pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives being present. All present were reported qualified to sit and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minority of the Committee on Judiciary submitted the
following report:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
The minority of your Committee on Judiciary have had under
consideration the action of Bro. Babington, D. D. G. M., District No.
1, in granting a dispensation to Dominion Lodge, No. 4, to confer
the Initiatory and First Degrees on Mr. Hawkins on June nth, 1903,
and are of the opinion that he had power under Sec. 7 of Art. IV of the
Constitution to grant the dispensation above mentioned, and recommend that his action be approved.
Signed by a Minority of the Committee.
The majority of the Committee on Judiciary submitted
the following report:
The majority of your Committee on Judiciary are of the opinion
that the District Deputy had no such power as above mentioned.
Signed by a Majority of the Committee.
The hour fixed by the Constitution for the election of offi-
cers for the ensuing year having arrived, it was, on motion,
Resolved, That the Reports of the Minority and Majority of the
Committee on Judiciary be received and their consideration
laid over until after the election of officers.
The Grand Lodge was visited by Bro. Rev. J. A. Black,
P.G., of Thomasburg Lodge, No. 293, Thomasburg, OnL; Bro. 2285
Graham, P.G., of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, and Bro. J.
Burpee, P.G., Carlton Lodge, No. 41, Woodstock, Maritime
Provinces, who were introduced and welcomed to the Grand
Lodge after due examination.
The Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following
Past Grands by the Grand Warden in the ante-room: G. H.
Grant, No. 3; J. Munro, No. 7; W. Parslow, No. 8; R. J.
Grant, No. 10; M. J. Creehan, No. 19; A. J. Laidlaw, J. Ramsay, J. E. Laidlaw, No. 26; S. Morley, No. 27 and G. T. Park,
No. 45. &V II
The Grand Master appointed W. Hogg, P.G.M. No. 10,
and T. A. Muir, P.G.R. No. 3, to act as tellers.
E. C. Arthur, M.D., No. 16, was nominated as Grand
Master by F. E. Simpson, No. 42.
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, was nominated as Deputy Grand
Master by J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4.
For Grand Warden the following nominations were
offered: D. E. Mackenzie No. 3, nominated by H. J. Raymer,
P.G.M. No. 36; J. Stark, No. 26, was nominated by J. An McKay,  No. 8.
For Grand Secretary, F. Davey, No. 1, was nominated by
P. W. Dempster, No. 2.
For Grand Treasurer—T. Embleton, No. 36, was nominated by F. G. Morin, No. 43. F. E. Simpson, No. 42, nominated by W. E. Johnstone, P.G.M. No. 8; W. Law, No. 10,
nominated by D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10; J. Bell, No. 4, nominated by T. F. Neelands, No. 8; H. Siddall, No. 1, nominated
by T. M. Brayshaw, No. 1.
For Grand Representative—A. Henderson, P.G.M. No,
2, was nominated by T. F. Neelands, No. 8.
E. C. Arthur, M.D., No. 16, being the only nominee for
the office of Grand Master, the Grand Secretary, by direction,
cast the vote of the Grand Lodge for his election and he was
declared duly elected Grand Master for the ensuing year.
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, being the only nominee for the office
of Deputy Grand Master, it was, on motion, Resolved, That the
Grand Secretary cast the vote of the Grand Lodge for his
election, which was done, and Bro. Neelands declared duly
elected as Deputy Grand Master for the ensuing year.
A ballot was spread for the election of Grand Warden
and the following result announced:
Number of votes cast, no; necessary to elect, 56.
D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3, received 73 votes.
1 2286
J. Stark, No. 26, received 37 votes.
D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3, having received a majority of
all votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Warden for
the ensuing year.
F. Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for the office of
Grand Secretary, the D. G. M., by order, of the Grand Lodge,
cast the vote for his election and he was declared duly elected
as Grand Secretary for the ensuing year.
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand Treasurer
with the following result:
Number of votes cast, no; necessary to elect, 56.
T. Embleton, No. 36,-received 38 votes.
F. E. Simpson, No. 42, received 33 votes.
W. Law, No. 10, received 24 votes.
J. Bell, No. 4, received 14 votes.
H. Siddall, No. 1, received n votes.
Neither nominee having received a majority of all votes
cast, a fresh ballot was spread confined to Bros. Embleton,
Simpson and Law, in accordance with the Constitution, with
the following result:
Number of votes cast, 107; necessary to choice, 54.
T. Embleton, No. 36, received 38 votes.
F. E. Simpson, No. 42, received 37 votes.
W. Law, No. 10, received 32 votes.
No choice appearing, a fresh ballot was spread, the name
of Bro. Law being dropped, and the following result announced :
Number of votes cast, 101; necessary to elect, 52.
T. Embleton, No. 36, received 48 votes.
F. E. Simpson, No. 42, received 53 votes.
F. E. Simpson, No. 42, having received a majority of the
votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Treasurer for
the ensuing year.
A. Henderson, P.G.M. No. 2, being the only candidate
for Grand Representative, the Grand Secretary was directed to
cast the vote of the Grand Lodge for his election, which was
•done, and Bro. Henderson declared duly elected as Grand
Representative for the next two years.
J. E. Phillips, P.G.M. No. 4, gave notice that to-morrow
he would move, That the next Annual Session of this Grand
Lodge be held in Victoria.
T. Embleton, No. 36, gave notice that he would move to
amend the foregoing resolution by striking out the word "Victoria," and inserting the word "Rossland" in lieu.
W. E. Johnstone, P.G.M. No. 8, submitted an offer of 2287
Bro. White, of Vancouver, to photograph the members of the
Grand Lodge individually and arrange them in a group picture.
It was, on motion, Resolved, That the offer be accepted and
the members of the Grand Lodge recommended to take advantage of the same.
It was   moved,   seconded and   carried,   That the   Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
P^        SECOND   DAY. ,_ I
nth June, 1903.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock a.m. pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives being present.
All present were examined and reported duly qualified
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called..
The minutes of yesterday's session were read and
adopted.
The question being the consideration of the Minority and
Majority reports of the Committee on Judiciary laid over last
evening, it was moved, seconded and carried, That the Minority report be adopted.
Report read from the Committee on Judiciary, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary have had under consideration the
decision of the Grand Master in the appeal of Bro. E. C. Arthur,
D. G. M., against the decision of the D. D. G. M. of District No. 10
in the matter of the suspension of Bro. F. J. Squires, a member off.
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.    The facts are as follows:
Bro. F. J. Squires, of the above Lodge, was suspended from
membership in his Lodge for non-payment of dues without having been
notified in writing, as required by Clause 1, Sec. 1, Art. 7 of the Con- 2288
stitution.    Bro.  Squires appealed from this  decision to D.  D.  G.  M.
Kinrade, who upheld the decision.
Bro. E. C. Arthur, on behalf of Bro. Squires, appealed to the Grand
Master from the decision of D. D. G. M. Kinrade and the Grand
Master reversed Bro. Kinrade's decision.
We find that the ruling of the Grand Master was correct as notice
in writing under the article above quoted is a condition precedent to
the legal suspension of a member.
We are informed that District Deputy Kinrade was not aware of
the fact that Bro. Squires had not been notified in writing by the Lodge
that he was in arrears.
Signed by the Committee.
Kepou read from the Committee on Finance, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.:
Your Finance Committee beg to report that we have examined
tne books and vouchers of the Grand Treasurer and find them correct.
Signed by the Committee.
Report read from the Committee on Printing, which was
auopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that having called for
tenders for printing this year's Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, .on
the lines approved last Session, from three firms in Victoria considered competent to perform the work satisfactorily, quotations were
received in identically the same figures from the three tenderers, viz.:
For printing and binding 700 copies of the Proceedings, $1.99 per page,
blank pages not to count; printing and binding 100 copies of the reports
of the Grand Officers, $17.35; inserting two semi-tone portraits of Past
Grand Masters in the Proceedings, $16.35.
The contract has been awarded to Bro. T. R. Cusack, who has performed the work satisfactorily for several years.
The prices  are  somewhat in excess  of those obtained  last year,
but it is hoped that as the Proceedings are to be printed in a more
compact form than formerly, the cost in the aggregate will not be much
' greater.
Signed by the Committee.
The amendment proposed to Section 3, Airticle II of the
Constitution of the Grand Lodge which was laid over from
yesterday's session was taken from the table, and its adoption
was moved by Representative T. Embleton, No. 36, and seconded by Representative F. E. Simpson, No. 44. 2289
It was moved and seconded as an amendment that the
resolution lay on the table for twelve months. The amendment
was declared carried on being submitted to the vote.
The Representatives of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, submitted the following question, which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary:—
Brother Frank Brandt, of Kootenay Lodge, No. i6r has notified his
Lodge that he has recently Learned that Brandt is not his real name,
and explains that he had been reared by an uncle named Brandt and
that he had until very recently understood that in childhood he had
been legally adopted by this uncle. He now asks what steps are necessary to be taken to have his right name entered upon the membership
roll of his lodge. Sec. 776 of Digest says the question is one for local
legislation. Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 has no by-law applying to the case,
and asks this Grand Lodge for direction.
j||| G.   H.   Kinrade.
Jas. Neelands.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report,  which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary would report on the question submitted by the Representatives of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, that an order
of the court will declare the real name of the member, and on presentation of a copy of such order to his Lodge his correct name can be
entered on the books of his Lodge. The Order has no power to give
him his legal name, that is a power which the Courts alone have.
Signed by the Committee.
Report read  from  Committee on Judiciary,  which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary beg leave to report that we approve
of all dispensations granted and permissions given by the Grand
Master.
Your Committee notes that the Grand Master held a joint installa-'
tion of officers of the following Lodges, namely:' Victoria, No. 1; Columbia, No. 2; and Dominion, No. 4, in the month of January, 1903.
That D. D. G. M. Brown held a joint installation of officers of
Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and Amity Lodge, No. 27, on January 19th,
1903.
That D. D. G. M. Bro. Jas. Carroll held a joint installation of officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and Centennial Lodge, No. 20, at .
Nanaimo, July 16th, 1902.
That D. D. G. M. Wallace Law held a joint installation of the officers of Lodges Nos. 8, 10, 19, 24 and 26 on July 10th, 1902, and January 15th, 1903.
We cordially support the joint installation of officers as we think
such installations are well calculated to promote a friendly and cooperative spirit amongst members of different Lodges.
Signed by,the Committee. 2290
Moved by J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4, and seconded
by Representative F. Nelson, No. 1, That the next Annual
Session of this Grand Lodge be held in the city of Victoria.
Moved by Representative T. Embleton, No. 36, and seconded by Representative S. D. Weaver, No. 43, as an amendment, that the word "Victoria" be struck out and the word
"Rossland" inserted, which was declared carried.
The Ayes and Nays having been called for, were recorded
as follows:—
Ayes—Graham, Arthur, Gordon (G. R.), Siddall, Warren, Walker, Keith, McMillan, Buckle, McDonald (S. D.),
Cleland, Armstrong, Mbrrison, O'Dwyer, Bishop, Whyte,
Outhett, McCallum, Kinrade, Neelands (J), Mclntyre, Irvine,
Kirkland, Bryan, Rumford, Wilson, Stark, Adams, Johnson
(J. J.), Brown, Horwell, Gordon (W.), Kerr, Embleton, Mun-
roe, Waite, Purviance, McLennan, Beattie, Weaver, Morin,
Simpson, Clements, Whiteside, Ross, McDonald (J.)—46.
.Nays—Neelands (T. F.), Nelson, Dempster, Wilby, Bab-
ington, Bell, Sheret, Crossan, Carroll, Topp, McKay, Hollander, Evans, Yarrow, Thorpe, Green, Johnstone (W.A.),
McCulloch, Phillips, Henderson, Johnstone  (W. E.)—21.
It was moved and seconded, That the Finance Committee
be instructed to furnish an estimate of the comparative cost,
of holding the next Annual Session at Rossland and at Victoria.   The resolution was declared lost on being submitted to
the vote.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 2:30 p.m. today.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge convened at 2 -.30 p.m. pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
A communication was read from the Vancouver Tourist
Association extending a cordial welcome to the city and an
invitation to visit the rooms of the Association on Granville
Street, also forwarding a supply of booklets for distribution.
It was on motion Resolved, That the communication be received and a suitable acknowledgment with the thanks of the 2291
Grand Lodge for the courtesy extended, serit by the Grand
Secretary.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Installation of officers take place in the Third Degree at eight o'clock
this evening.
Report read from the Committee on Mileage and Per
Diem, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that we
have examined the Certificates of the Officers and Representatives in
attendance at this Session and find them entitled to the amounts stated
against their respective names:—
Names.
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OFFICERS.
A. Graham, G.M	
E. C.    Arthur,     M. D.
D.G.M    ....	
T. F. Neelands, G.W...
F. Davey, G. S	
D. E. Mackenzie, G.T..
16
8
1
3
W.H. Morton,PGMGR>| 5
Location.
Victoria
Nelson	
Vancouver...
Victoria  ...
Westminster.
Nanaimo....
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4-1
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G. R. Gordon. G.R.
R EPR ESENTA.TT VES.
F. Nelson	
R.. Livingstone....
T. M. Brayshaw ..
H. Siddall	
P. W. Dempster...
J. Wilby	
D. Walker!	
C. S. Keith	
P. A. Babington ..
J. Bell	
A. Sheret	
J. Crossan, P.G.M
J.Carroll	
W. Topp	
T. McMillan......
A. Buckle	
Jas. Munro	
J. A. McKay	
S. Hollander..
26 Vancouver.
Victor a   ...
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3 do 	
4 Victoria  	
4    do 	
4 do 	
5 Nanaimo ...
5     do 	
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6 Ladysmith. ..
6 do ....
7 Chilliwack...
8 Vancouver ..
8    do
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A. Cleland	
J. Armstrong	
J.W. Morrison...
D. M. O'Dwyer..
F. P. Bishop 	
T. Whyte	
J, Outhett	
C. McCallum	
G. H. Kinrade...
J. Neelands	
H. D. Evans	
D. Mclntyre	
Rev. J. Irvine
G. Yarrow	
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W. A. Kirkland..
W. Bryan	
J. M. Rumford ..
Rev. A. E. Green.
R. S. Wilson	
W. A. Johnstone.
W. M. Ramsay ..
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J. Stark     	
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J. J. Johnston....
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A. Horwell	
J. McCulloch	
W. Gordon	
C, A. Warien	
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T. Embleton	
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G. Waite	
J. V. Purviance..
D. R. McLennan •
R. E. Beattie	
S. D. Weaver .   ..
F. G. Morin	
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A. L. Clements ..
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Signed by the Committee. 2293
It was on motion Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand
Lodge be forwarded to the manager of the La Petit Theatre
for the interesting entertainment furnished yesterday, and
also to the B. C. Electric Railway Company for free passes
over the company's lines supplied to members of the Grand
Lodge during the session.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the thanks of
this Grand Lodge are due and are hereby tendered to the
Mayor of the city for his hearty address of welcome at the
opening of the session and to the members of the Subordinate"
Lodges of the city for the great kindness shown by them to
the Officers and Representatives during their visit to the city.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the thanks of
this Grand Lodge be conveyed to the different transportation
companies for reduced fares granted to members and their
wives attending this session.
It was on motion Resolved, That the thanks of this
Grand Lodge be tendered the officers and members of "Mizpah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, for the trouble they took in
presenting the Rebekah Degree last evening for the benefit of
the members of this Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following estimate
of revenue and expenditure for the coming year. We recommend that
the amount of fines received from Lodges for neglect to forward reports
and per capita tax in proper time be donated to the Odd Fellows' Home
Fund.
REVENUE.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $1,411 25
Per capita on 3,512 members at $1.60 5,620 00
$7,031 25
ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE.
Grand Secretary, salary $600 00
Grand Master, expenses 250 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge, representative tax 150 00
Rent  Grand   Secretary's  Office      100 00
Printing 225 00
Premiums on bonds     25 00
Postage, Grand Secretary     30 00
Postage, Grand Master     15 00
Caretaker, Grand Secretary's Office -..    20 00
Grand Lodge Card, Independent Odd Fellow     10 00
Janitor this Session     10 00
Grant to Odd Fellows' Home Fund 600 00
Purchase of typewriter for Grand Secretary's Office ..    60 00
Mileage and per diem this session 1,681 50
 1  $3,776 50
Balance at end of year $3,254 75
Signed by the Committee. 2294-
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 7:30 o'clock
this evening. BB
EVENING   SESSION.       a|
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7130 p.m. pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and quorum of
Representatives present. All present were examined, reported
duly qualified and the Grand Lodge was declared open for
business.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer.
On motion the calling of the Roll was dispensed with at
this session. j§§
It was moved by J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4, and seconded by A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, That such Lodges
who do not send Representatives to the next Annual Session
of the Grand Lodge at Rossland shall be entitled to a refund
of the amount of Mileage and Per Diem that would be paid
to such Representatives if they were in attendance and the
Grand Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay such amounts to
the respective Lodges.
The Grand Master declared the motion out of order.
J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4, appealed to the Grand
Lodge against the decision of the Chair, but on being submitted to the vote the Chair was sustained. Bro. Phillips,
P.G.M., No. 4, called for the Ayes and Nays, but the requisite
number of Representatives not supporting the call, they were
not recorded.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the further
consideration of this question be deferred until after the Installation of Officers. |p
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
and opened in the Third Degree.
The Grand Lodge was visited by Bros. W. F. Farroll,
P. G. of Albert Lodge, No. 194, Toronto, Ont, and A. Lilly,
of Rising Sun Lodge, No. 531, Morton Park, 111., who were
introduced and welcomed to the Lodge after due examination.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been admitted the Grand Master appointed H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., No.
10, and W. Hogg, P.G.M., No. 10, to present the Grand Officers elect for installation.
E. C. Arthur, M.D., No. 16, was presented, obligated and
duly installed as Grand Master. 2295
The Grand Master then installed the following elective
Officers:—
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, as Deputy Grand Master.
D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
F. E. Simpson, No. 43, as Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill the
Subordinate Offices and they were duly installed in their
respective chairs:—
Rev. A* E. Green, No. 24, as Grand Chaplain.
A. Sheret, No. 4, as Grand Marshal.
S. D. Macdonald, No. 9, as Grand Conductor.
H. B. Munro, No. 38, as Grand Guardian.
J. Carroll, No. 5, as Grand Herald.
The Grand Master appointed the following as District
Deputy Grand Masters for the ensuing year:—
J.Wilby, No. 2, for District No. 1, comprising Lodges Nos. 1, 2 & 4.
A. H. Ferguson, No. 3, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges Nos.
3 & 27.
Ralph Bell, No. 5, for District No. 3, comprising Lodges Nos.
5 & 20. 3|
Jas. McCulloch, No. 29, for District No. 4, comprising Lodges
Nos. 6, 29 & 31.
J. Munro, No. 7, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
G. W. Miller, No. 19, for District No. 6, comprising Lodges Nos.
8,. 10, 19, 24 & 26.
F. E. Armstrong, No. 9, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
T. E. Bate, No. 11, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 11.
A. E. Kincaid, No. 12, for District No. 9, comprising Lodges Nos.
12 & 25.
C. W. McCallum, No. 15, for District No. 10, comprising Lodge
No. 15.
W. B. Pollard, No. 16, for District No. 11, comprising Lodge No. 16.
H. D. Evans, No. 17, for District No. 12, comprising Lodge No. 17.
J. McDonald, No. 48, for District No. 13, comprising Lodges Nos.
18 & 48.
W. A. Kirkland, No. 21, for District No. 14, comprising Lodge
No. 21.
W. Brvan, No. 22, for District No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 22.
A. C. Minty, No. 23, for District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. -23.
H. L. Calvert, No. 28, for District No. 17, comprising- Lodge No. 28.
C. Pearce^No. 34, for District No. 18, comprising Lodge No. 34.
F. G. Morin,  No. 43, for District No. 19, comprising Lodges Nos.
36 & 43.
D. Whiteside, No. 46, for District No. 20, comprising Lodges Nos.
38 & 46.
J. H. Thompson, No. 39, for District No. 21, comprising Lodge
No. 39.    .
J. V. Purviance, No. 40, for District No. 22, comprising Lodge
No. 40.
P. Culkeen, No. 41, for District No. 23, comprising Lodge No. 41. 2296
S. Morrow, No. 42, for District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 42.
F. J. Smyth, No. 44, for District No. 25, comprising Lodge No. 44.
F. Clark, No. 45, for District No. 26, comprising Lodge No. 45.
O. N. Ross, No. 47, for District No. 27, comprising Lodge No. 47.
REBEKAH DISTRICTS.
Sister Mrs. Freeman, No. 1, for District No. 1, comprising Lodge
No. 1.
Sister Annie Verge, No. 2, for District No. 2, comprising Lodge
No. 2.
Sister Langham, No. 3, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 3.
Sister Mrs. Jennie Baker, No. 5, for District No. 4, comprising
Lodge No. 5.
Sister Mrs. Morgan, No. 9, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge
No. 9.
Sister Agnes Smith, No. 13, for District No. 6, comprising Lodge
No. 13.
Sister Mrs. A. C. Aitken, No. 14, for District No. 7, comprising
Lodge No. 14.
Sister C. O'Neal, No. 15, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge
No. 15.
Also the following to form the Standing Committees:—
Finance—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; J. Bell, No. 4; C. S. Keith,
No. 3; W. M. Ramsay, No. 26; S. D. Weaver, No. 43.
Appeals—T. A. Muir, No. 3; J. W. Morrison, No. 10; D. Welsh,
P.G.M. No. 3; F. Nelson, No. 1; T. McMillan, No. 6.
Laws of Subordinates—R. Livingstone, No. 1; P. A. Babington,
No. 4; W. Topp, No. 5; J. A. McKay, No. 8; A. Horwell, No. 28.
Petitions—Wr. Hogg, P.G.M., No. 8; D. Walker, No. 3; D. R. McLennan, No. 41; J. McCulloch, No. 29; W. H. Thorpe, No. 20.
State of the Order—F. E. Simpson, No. 42; J. Stark, No". 26; T M.
Brayshaw, No. 1; J. Carroll, No. 5; J. Neelands, No. 16.
Legislation—T. Embleton, No. 36; J. Irvine, No. 19; A. Sheret, No.
4; H. Siddall, No. 1; F. G. Morin, No. 43.
Judiciary—G. R. Gordon, No. 26; D. Whiteside, No. 46; J. Wilby,
No. 2; J. Crossan, P.G.M., No. 5; J. Armstrong, No. 10.
Mileage and Per Diem—D. E. Kerr, No. 36; T. B. Godfrey, No.
26; H. B. Munro, No. 38; S. D. McDonald, No. 9; C. McCallum, No. 15.
Printing—Grand Secretary; T. Whyte, No. 11; W. Hunter, No. 31;
J. M. Rumford, No. 25; J. T. McDonald, No. 48.
Correspondence—W. E. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 8; A. Henderson,
P.G.M., No. 2; J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4; R. B. Beattie, No. 42; F.
Bishop, No. 10.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—F. Davey, No. 1; T. F. Neelands,
I No. 8; A. L. Clements, No. 45.
Odd Fellows' Home—E. C. Arthur, M.D., Grand Master, No. 16;
T. Embleton, No. 36; F. E. Simpson, Grand Treasurer, No. 42; F. E.
Cooper, No. 45; D. McLean, No. 9; T. F. Neelands, Deputy Grand Master, .No. 8; E. L. Webber, No. 27; W. Law, No. 10; D. E. Mackenzie,
Grand Warden, No. 3; E. F. Gerster, No. 26; W. H. Morton, P.G.M.,
No. 5; J. Handlen, No. 20; J. Bell, No. 4; A. Henderson, P.G.M. No.
2, H. Fulton, No. 31; W. E. Johnsone, P.G.M., No. 8.
The ceremony of Installation being complete, the Third
Degree members retired and the Grand Lodge was closed in 2297
the Third Degree and re-opened in the Grand Lodge Degree.
All present were examined and reported auly qualified.
It was on motion Resolved, That the appointments of the
Grand Master be confirmed.
Bro. J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4, called for the Ayes
and Nays on the question of his appeal from the ruling of
the Chair immediately prior to the Installation of Officers
that the resolution offered by him providing for the refund of
the amount of Mileage and Per Diem to those Lodges who
did not send Representatives to the next Annual Session of
this Grand Lodge at Rossland, was out of order, but it was
decided that the requisite number having failed at the time to
support the call for the Ayes and Nays it could not again be
put.
It was moved and seconded, That this question be indefinitely postponed. Carried—37 voting in the affirmative and
17 in the negative.
It was on motion Resolved, That the reading of the
minutes of this dav's session be dispensed with.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
Grand Secretary. By T. F. Neelands, Esq., Mayor of Vancouver, B.C
Grand Master, Officers and Members:
It affords me great pleasure, both as a member of the Order and
as Mayor, to have the privilege of extending to you a cordial welcome
to our city.
A year ago, when I moved that the 1903 Session be held in our city
I did not expect to be in a position to welcome you on behalf of the
citizens, and I am therefore more pleased than I can find words to
express, to be able to do so.
This is the fourth time in the history of our city, that the Grand
Lodge has convened here, and I am fully convinced that each session
has had a beneficial effect on the growth of the Order in this city.
In the year 1890, when the first session was held here, there were
only two lodges, with a total membership of 125; the population of the
city at that time was about 11,500. With each session since that time,
the city has shown a substantial increase in population, and the Order
a proportionate increase, until to-day with a population of 30,300, we
have four lodges, with over 700 members, a good healthy Encampment and a live Rebekah Lodge.
As the city has prospered, so has the Order, and we venture the
opinion that the Order has played some part in the upbuilding of our
city.
The growth of the Order in this Jurisdiction and on this Continent
is indeed most gratifying, and I see no reason to doubt that the growth
will be as great in the future as in the past. As yet our Order is but
in its infancy, and is destined to play an important part in the history
of our country. . ^fS
I believe that as Odd Fellows I can safely entrust you with the
freedom of the city. I therefore offer you the freedom of our city.
I trust that your stay will be pleasant, that the Session will be profitable and that you will carry back to your several homes pleasant recollections of the Session of 1903. 2299
To the Grand Master, Grand Officers and Representatives of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia:
GREETING. r ■■
We, the members of Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, extend to you
a hearty fraternal welcome to our fair city, assuring you that we -fully
appreciate the honor of having you meet here on this, the 29th session
of your Grand Body. We can only say that our aim and object will be
to assist our brothers in making your stay here a pleasant one, and,
when a band of women are united for a purpose, that object will be accomplished to the satisfaction of all concerned.
There are those among you who visit our city for the first time:
To such we would say, "Do not haste away, but stay and enjoy, with
our brothers whom we know and whose visits are all too rare and
short, the hospitality of our city and of our homes."
We sincerely trust that your session will be a profitable one, and
that your legislation will result in much good for the advancement of
all branches of our Order.
To those who have not the privilege of having a Rebekah Lodge
at their homes, we would say that the work of this sister branch of our
Order is deserving of more than passing notice, and the Degree, to those
who have not seen it, requires to be seen to be appreciated. We shall
consider it a great privilege to enroll all those who are not members
of our branch of the Order, and those who can legally join Mizpah
Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, can have the Degree conferred on Wednesday
evening, after the Grand Lodge adjourns. Your presence will encourage us, your membership will show that you are willing to assist in
this practical way in aiding this branch of the urder, this handmaid
of Odd Fellowship, to become a stronger and mofe active assistant in
all the good works of the Order.
We are ready at all times to co-operate with you in visiting the sictt_
and distressed ones; for when sickness and sorrow comes, whose magic
touch can ease the pain, or when the loved ones are called home, who
can sympathize and comfort, like a WOMAN? 2300
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Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
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Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
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Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25.
Oh, how Dlest are ye whose toils are ended!
Who, through death, have unto God ascended !
Ye have arisen
From the cares which keep us still in prison. 2301
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Addresses of Welcome     2227, 2298, 2299
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund   2241
Amalgamation—Centennial  and  Cedar Lodges    2232,  2234
Appeal, G. R. Gordon vs. J. Irvine  2242, 2279
Appeal from decision of chair  2294
Appointed   Officers    2224
Ayes and Nays     2290, 2294, 2297
Balance   Sheet     2242
Carson Lodge, No 37   .- 2235
Committees, Appointment of   2224, 2227, 2274
Constitution, Grand Lodge, Amendments to  2242, 2280,2288
Degrees, Grand Lodge 2226, 2285
Election Grand  Lodge Officers    -   2285
Grand Lodge, Officers, .Installation of   2291, 2294
Place of Meeting of   2281, 2286, 2200
Grand Master, Appointments of  2232, 2280, 2295
Decisions  of    ~!M 2231
Dedication  of  Hall    2229
Dispensations and Permissions Granted by ....*.. 2232
Proclamations   of 2232
I Visits   of     2229
Greetings        2280
Institution of Lodges     2234
Invitations    2274,   2275,   2278
Memorial  Page    2300
Mount Fernie Lodge, Donation to    2235
Name of Member, change of   2289
Odd Fellows' Home    2241, 2243
Relief Association of Canada    2281
Refund to Lodges  2294
Reports,   Committee on  Appeals    ;..... 2279
I    Correspondence    .- :.. ..    2280
I    Credentials       2224
I   Distribution   ,   2274
" 1 "    Finance j|.   2275,  2288, 2293
" " . I   Judiciary      2284, 2287, 2289
I || I   Laws of Subordinates     2278, 2279
" " I   Mileaee and Per Diem    2291
"   Odd Fellows' Home      2280
"    Odd Fellows' Relief Association     2281
"    Petitions    2275
"    Printing       2288
"    State  of the  Order   2283
1 I I   Statistics re Dues and Benefits  2275
Grand  Master    %|*    2228
Representatives    :    2245
I'   Secretary    2231,  2279
"     Treasurer       2244
Secret Work   2227, 2235
Visitors       2284, 2285,  2294
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James Crossan	
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W. H. Morton	
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D.Welsh	
W. B. Johnstone	
W. Hogg.. II v,.	
A. Graham	
1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1875 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1876  Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
1881 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1883 Victoria Lodge, No. r.
1884...... Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
1885 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
1^6..... .Victoria Lodge, No, 1.
1887.. Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
1891 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
1894 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
1895 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1896 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
1897...... Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
1898 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1899 Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
1900 Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
1901 Western Star, No. 10.
1902 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
*Died 6th February, 1884.
JDied 18th March, 1885.
+ Died 24th December, 1897.
= Died 6th September, 1899.
fDied 20th September, 1879.
\Died 8th December, 1892.
I Ceased membership.
Died 22nd November, 1900. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
E. C.  Arthur,  Grand  Master Nelson.
T. F. Neelands, Deputy Grand Master.  Vancouver.
D. E. Mackenzie, Grand Warden New Westminster.
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary Burnside Road, Victoria.
F. E. Simpson, Grand Treasurer Cranbrook.
G. R. Gordon, Grand Representative :.Vancouver.
A. Henderson, P.G.M., Grand RepresentativeVictoria.
Rev. A. E. Green, Grand Chaplain Mt. Pleasant
A. Sheret, Grand Marshal Victoria.
S. D. Macdonald, Grand Conductor Kamloops.
H. B. Munro, Grand Guardian Greenwood.
J. Carroll, Grand Herald  Nanaimo.
The next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Rossland commencing Wednesday, the 8th
day of June, 1904.
"    SUPPLIES. i|        -: -|f
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the Seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to pay the same:
Subordinate Lodge Rituals $
Ritual for Rebekah Lodges only	
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates ./>|..
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Lodges .. .. fwjk
Book of Forms ..  . /	
Book of Odes with music jl
White's Digest ;^	
Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah)	
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges ..  .....
Anniversary Ocfes Hi	
Funeral Hymns, with responses. .t|	
Funeral Ceremony .-*:•	
Anniversary Ceremony	
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony	
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of Rebekah	
Certificate of Membership, on plate paper	
Rebekah Certificates, on plate paper	
Officer's Roll Book |	
Question Book	
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders	
Initiation Petitions, (per 100)	
Subordinate kodge Degree Chart (each)	
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1874 to 1885	
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work	
Rebekah Floor Work ^M"
Black Book ^..
Code and Digest for Rebekah Lodges	
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100.. ..
Secret   Work in Cypher, Subordinate Lodge ^liill^ •
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