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ALUNROE MILLER, PRINTER AND BOOKBINDER.
1891.  PROCEEDINGS
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Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I 0.0. F.
SEVENTEENTH  ANNUAL SESSION.
Odd Fellow's Hall, Victoria, B. C
11th February, 1891.
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The Grand Lodge assembled on the above date at 10.30
a. m.? pursuant to notice.
Present:—
E. Quennell... Grand Master.
W. Edmunds : Deputy Grand Master.
J. E. Phillips, (No 3.) Grand Warden.
F. Davey       "    Secretary.
A. W. Scoullar       "    Treasurer.
Wm. McOoll, P. G. M       "    Bepresentative.
Hy. Waller, P. G. M      "
A. Henderson       "     Marshal.
P. Carne, P. G. M. Acting Grand Guardian.
T. C. Gray Grand Conductor.
W. ELHuxtable      "    Herald.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Marshal reported all present duly qualified.
The Deputy Grand Master declared the Grand Lodge
open for business.
The Grand Master* appointed tlie following Committee
on Credentials : H. Waller, P. G. M.; W. McColl. P. G. M.;
and B. W. Shiles, P. G. M.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report, which was adopted : 818
Odd Fellows' Hall,
Victoria, B. C, 11th February, 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,- -Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have examined the Certificates
submitted by the Grand Secretary, and find that the following are duly accredited Representatives to this Grand Lodge
for the present year :
FROM VICTORIA LODGE, No. 1.
T. R. Mitchell,
A. G. Day,
A. Henderson,
F. Taylor,
J. Hawkins,
W. J. Pendray.
W. Steele,
J. S. Fullarton,
W. E. Holmes,
W. H. Huxtable.
FROM COLUMBIA LODGE, No. 2.
R W. Fawcett,
P. W. Dempster,
J. Pope,
H. A. Munn.
AS ALTERNATES.
G. H. Maynard, M. McCahill,
P. J. Foulds,
R. H. Baker.
R F. Bonson.
J. E. Phillips,
G. Fowlie.
FROM NEW WESTMINSTER LODGE, No. 3
G. Cunningham, E. P. Julian,
AS ALTERNATES.
W. H. Kelley.
FROM DOMINION LODGE, No. 4
P. A. Babineton,
L. Cousins,
J. W. Arnold,
A. G. McCandless.
AS ALTERNATES.
J. Holland, W. Walker
W. H. Morton,
E. McNeil,
G. Norris,
PROM BLACK DIAMOND LODGE, No. 5,
H. McAdie,
J. Crossan,
R. Rivers.
AS ALTERNATES.
J. Baker, M. Duffin 819
G. Williams,
R. Kilpatrick,
ROM HARMONY LODGE, No. 6.
J. A. Thompson, R. Scott,
J. Work.
C. E. Colson
J. B. Henderson,
S. Clarke, M. D.
J. J. Carmen^
FROM EXCELSIOR LODGE, No. 7.
H. Webb.
AS ALTERNATE.
J. MeCutcheon.
PROM VANCOUVER LODGE, No. 8.
T. F. Neeland, W. E. Johnstone.
AS ALTERNATES.
H. McVean, W. Beavis.
FROM TATNAI LODGE, No. 9.
E. C. Davison, E? T. W. Pearse.
AS ALTERNATES.
J. L. Browne, G. Loney.
FROM WESTERN STAR LODGE, No. 10.
A. Parker, T. O. Gray.
AS ALTERNATES.
G. Thomas, W. Hogg.
FROM UNION LODGE, No. 11.
A. McMurtrie, G. W. Clinton.
AS ALTERNATE.
W. J. Young, M. D.
PROM SELKIRK LODGE, No. 12.
John McLeod.
FROM ROYAL CITY LODGE, No. 13.
W. C. Loye, D. Welsh.
AS ALTERNATE.
B. Douglas.
We  beg  further   to  report   that   the  following   Past
Grands are entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree : 820
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.---A. McKeown, J. S. Fullerton.
Columbia   "     No. 2.—M. McCahill, F. Taylor, R. Jones.
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.—E. P. Julian.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4.—J. A. Auld, G. Fowlie.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.—M. Dufiin, J Baker.
Excelsior    u       No. 7.—J. Pears, S. A. Cawley.
Vancouver  "       No. 8.—W. E. Johnstone, T. F. Neeland.
Tatnai f      No. 9.—J. J. Garment, J. L. Browne.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10.—W. Hogg, G. Thomas.
Union Lodge, No. 11.—A. McMurtrie, G. H. Clinton.
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.—J. McLeod.
Royal City Lodge, No. 13.—D. Welsh, B. Douglas.
Fraternally submitted.
H. WALLER,
B. W. SHILES,
Wm. McCOLL,
• Gommittee on Credentials.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred
on the following brothers: R.Jones, No. 2;E. P. Julian,
No. 3; G. Fowlie, No. 4; J. McLeod, No. 12; D. Welsh and
B. Douglas, No. 13.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill vacancies on Committees:—
Finance—P. J. Foulds, No. 3; T. C. Gray, No. 10; R. Jones, No. 2.
LAws of Subordinates—R. H. Baker, No. 3; D. Welsh, No. 13.
Stase of the Order—B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., F. Carne, P. G. M.,
and A. Phillips, P. G. M.
Legislation—W. E. Holmes, No. 1; J. E. Phillips, No. 4; J. McLeod,
No. 12; E. U. Davison, No. 9; E. P. Julian, No. 3.
Petitions—J. E. Phillips, No. 4; W. Edmunds, No. 9; W. H. Huxtable, No. 1; B. Douglas, No. 13.
Judiciary—B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., A. Henderson, No. 2; J, Pope,
No. 2; G. Cunningham, No. 3; G. Fowlie, No. 4.
The Grand Master read his report for the past year 821
Office of the Grand Master,
Nanaimo, B. C, Felmiary 9th. 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of British Gol^nibut. I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers :—-I beg to submit for your
consideration the following report of my official actions ending with the present meeting of this Grand Lodge and of
which I have held the proud and honorable position of Grand
Master. I am pleased to be able to report the addition of
two new Lodges to this jurisdiction, and of a very substantial increase in membership generally* to our beloved Order.
All the Lodges appear to be prospering financially and the
work of the Order has been very satisfactory, of which I feel
justly proud.
Attached hereto are the reports of my District Deputies
as far as I have received them, which, with one or two exceptions, have been approved.
PROCLAMATIONS.
Having received the Proclamation of the  Grand Sire
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dated February 17th, 1890, to observe.the 26th day of April
last as the Anniversary of our Order, I issued a dispensation requesting all Lodges in this jurisdiction to observe the
day in such appropriate manner as they deemed most fitting.
DISPENSATIONS.
To Brother Davison, of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, a com-
mission as special Deputy to institute a Lodge at Donald, to
be known as Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
To New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to hold a picinic
and excursion on May 24th, and to appear in public in
Regalia.
May 20th. To all Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdic-
tion to appear in Regalia to attend memorial service on the
2nd Tuesday in June, or such other day as might be most
suitable to the Lodges.
August 2nd. To institute a new Lodge at New West-
minster to be called Royal City Lodge, No. 13.
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September 20th. To Royal City Lodge, No. 13, to hold
procession and appear in Regalia September 25th. Szz
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September 22nd. To New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
to appear in Regalia in Procession on September 25th.
October 8th. To Union Lodge No. 11, to hold ball and
supper and to appear in public in Regalia.
October 25th. To Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, to hold ball
and appear in Regalia in public on November 30th.
December 26th. To Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, ro elect
Scarlet Member to ("hair of Noble Grand, all other eligible
members having declined to serve, and present Vice-Grand
not being qualified by reason of non-attendance.
December 26. To Brother McColl, P. G. M., to attend
Knights of Pythias ball in Regalia on December 29th.
INSTALLATIONS.
July 2nd. Installed .the Officers of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, assisted by P. G. M. Waller and other Past Grands of
the Victoria Lodsres.
July 3rd. Installed Officers of Dominion Lodge, No.
4, with assistance of P. G. M. Waller and other Past Officers.
J uly 7th. Installed Officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6,
assisted by Past Grands of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, and Black
Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
July 9th. Installed Officers of ITnion Lodge, No. 11,
assisted by Past Grand Williams from Harmony Lodge, No.
6, and members of Union Lodge, No. 11.
August 12th. Accompanied by Brother R. Gourlay, of
Black Diamond Lodge. Xo. 5, proceeded to New Westminster
and assisted by P. G. Masters McColl, Shiles and Past Grand
Cunninghani of No. 3, instituted Royal City Lodge, No. 13,
and installed the Officers of said  Lodge.
August 25th. Commissioned Brother P. G. Pope to
act as my I). D., in place of Brother Dempster, resigned, also
appointed Br. P. G. Master Meldram on Committee on Laws
oi Subordinates in place of Brother Dempster, who had left
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rovmce.
September 20th.    Appointed Brother J. McLeod D. D
G. M. for District Xo. 9. 823
1891, January 7. Installed Officers of Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5, assisted hy the Past Grands of said Lodge.
January 12th. Installed Officers of Harmony Lodge,
No. 6, assisted by Past Grands from Harmony and Black
Diamond Lodges.
QUESTIONS.
From Harmony Lodge, No. 6, re Bro.  Simpson.     Is a
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Lodge compelled to retain benefits as dues and has the Lodge
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to care for Bro.  Simpson after his relatives had taken him
out of an asylum against the wishes of the Lodge, he having
>een c
eclared insane.
Answer 1st.—It appears that Bro. Simpson was taken
sick and was paid one week's benefits by Harmony Lodge,
No. 6, for the last week in January, 1890. On the 31st of
January, 1890, this Brother owed two month's dues, the
Brother was reported well, and in March, 1890, having failed
in the meantime to pav anything on account of diiesTie is
again reported sick. He owed, on 1st March, three dollars
for dues, and was consequently at the time of being reported
sick out of standing and not entitled to benefits. It is now
contended by the relatives of the Brother that the Lodge
should have applied* some portion of the one week's benefits
paid in January, 1890, to his account for dues. " My decision
is that the Lodge was not empowered to make any such
deduction unless specially instructed so to do by the Brother,
and seeing that he was at this time quite able to attend to
his own affairs, it was his duty, if he so desired it. to pay
his own dues to the Lodge.
2nd.—This appears to refer to attentive benefits, as
according to my decision above he was not entitled to the
pecuniary benefits of the Lodge. In this cake it appears that
the Brother was pronounced insane by the Physicians and
removed to an asylum for • safe keeping. My decision is,
that in disregarding the opinions of his professional attendants, and removing the Brother from the Asylum, the rela-
tives have forfeited their claim on the Lodge for attention
and care.
From N. G. of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, asking if he
was right in putting on Regalia before opening Lodge, persons not members of the Order being present. 824
Answer—The N. G. did right.
From Columbia Lodge, No. 2, in regard to admission
of candidates unable to read and write. My answer was
that it was a question for the Subordinate Lodge to which
such application was made, to decide.
From Vancouver Lodge, No. 8. Could the Lodge ad-
mit a candidate and allow him to pay his Initiation and
Degree fees by services as Organist to the Lodge.
Answer- -In all cases of admission the fees and dues
must be collected as provided by law, and the Lodge could
pay the Brother for his services after.
From Tatnai Lodge, No. 9. I. Member charged with
conduct unbecomming an Odd Fellow, fined without trial.
Answer.    Out of order.
2. Noble Grand ruled the motion out of order after it
had passed the Lodge.
Answer—The motion should have been rescinded by the
vote of the Lodge.
3. Acting Secretary expunged motion from the minutes
without authority.
Answer—The acting Secretary was wrong, he had no
right to strike out any motion from the minutes without
motion of the Lodge. The minutes of a meeting must be
read at the next meeting of the Lodge.
From Excelsior Lodge. No. 7. Can members subscribe
for band instruments in connection with outside persons and
keep possession of same in Lodge Room.
Answer—Yes, provided they did not use Lodge funds
for that purpose.
I received a communication from Bro. R. Campbell. D.
D. District No. 5, stating that he had granted a Dispensation to elect a Scarlet Member to the office of Noble Grand,
but not stating whether all members eligible had declined,
but stating that in his opinion the only P. G. qualified, Bro.
Peers, had declined.    I have written my D. D., instructing 825
him if all qualified members decline, to send to the Grand
Master for a dispensation to elect a Scarlet Member to the
N. G. Chair.
I regret very mufch being unable to attend the Main-
land Lodges for the purpose of installing the Officers of the
different Lodges, as I had intended, but having arranged a
date for my visit for that purpose, I received word from Vancouver that the Lodges in that City had arranged to hold
their installation on January 2nd, and could not alter the
date.    I therefore found it impossible to attend.
Owing to the great distance to be travelled and the
heavy expense attached, it is almost impossible for the Grand
Master to personally visit the whole of the Lodges in this
Jurisdiction. I would strongly recommend that this Grand
Lodge should, if possible, appropriate a sum to meet at least
a portion of these expenses of the Grand Master, as to visit
even a part of the large Province costs a large sum and in*
volves the loss of valuable time.
And now Brothers allow me to return you my sincere
thanks for the honour you have done me in electing me to
this honourable position, and in retiring from it I wish to
express my gratitude for the ready and kind assistance which
I have at all times received from all the members of the
Jurisdiction wherever I have visited, and more especially for
the very valuable assistance I have at all times received from
our worthy Grand Secretary, without whose help I hardly see
how the business of the Grand Lodge would have been carried on during the term. He certainly deserves my special
thanks.
In conclusion, Brothers I sincerely hope that our beloved
order will continue to advance in members and prosperity as
it has done in the past.
I remain, dear Sirs and Brothers,
Yours Fraternally,
E. QUENNELL,
Grand Master. 826
Victoria, January 26th. 1891
Edward Quennell, Esq.,
Grand Master, Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Dear Sir. and Brother,- -I beg to furnish you with a
report of my acts for your approval as your D. D. for District
•No. 1. . |J|     |- . ."....
1. I received application from Victoria Lodge, No. 1,
for a dispensation to confer three degrees on Bro. 0. Cluness
in less time than permitted by law, also, to confer the
three degrees the same night, which I granted.-
2. Also granted Victoria Lodge a dispensation to confer
the three degrees of the ()rder on Bro. A. E. Adams in less
time than permitted by law, the Brother working on
steamers and could not attend at the regular Lodge meeting.
3. Received i application from Columbia Lodge, No. 2,
for a dispensation to confer the three degrees of the Order on
Bro. Henry Banks in less time than permitted by law, the
Brother not being able to be present on the usual Lodge
nights, which I granted.
4. Received application from same Lodge to wear regalia at the funeral of our late Bro. James Fell, P. G.
Granted.
5. Also granted the same Lodge a .dispensation to confer the three degrees of the Order on Bro. Archibald Lees in
less time than permitted by law, also to confer the three
degrees same meeting.
6. I also granted Dominion Lodge a dispensation to
confer the degree of Truth on Bros. R. Nash and A. Bor-
geson in less time than permitted by law.
7. January 5th, assisted by P. G. M.'s Waller and
Meldram, P. G\s. Jos. E. Phillips, T. Mitchell, and F.
Davey (Grand Secretary), I installed the officers of Victoria
Lodge, No. 1.
8. January 7th, installed the officers of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2. ably assisted by Past Grand officers and Past Grands. 827
9. January 8th, installed the officers of Dominion
Lodge, No. 4, assisted by the Grand Secretary, Grand Marshal A. Henderson, and others.
The Subordinate Lodges in this District are, I am
happy to say, in a satisfactory condition.
As you are aware this report only includes the time
from the 21st of August, the time of my appointment as
your D. D. for District No. 1.
Yours in F. L. and T.
JAMES POPE,
D. D. District No. 1.
New Westminster, B. C, January 29th, 1891
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E. Quennell, Esq..
Grand Master.
Dear Sir and Brother,—1 beg leave to place the following report before you as your D. D. G. M.  for District
No. 2. 'W,
July 4th, 1890, assisted by P. G's. Bros. McColl,
Phillips, McCorvie and Cunningham, I installed the officers
of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, into their respective
chairs in regular form.
I granted dispensation to New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3, to initiate and confer the three degrees on Mr. Chas.
Keith in one night, for the purpose of inaugurating Royal
City Lodge, No. 13.
August 21st, 1890, assisted by P. G's. Bros. McColl,
Shiles, McCoi*vie and Cunningham, I installed the Treasurer
and all the appointed officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 13,
into their respective chairs in regular form.
Sept. 12th, 1890, I received application from New
Westminster Lodge, No. 3, for a dispensation to appear in
regalia on the 25th September at the trades and society procession during the Industrial Exhibition held here. Dispensation granted by Grand Master.
Nov. 20th, 1890, I granted dispensation to Royal City 828
Lodge, No. 13, to confer three degrees in one night on Bro.
H. T. Thrift, on account of the long distance he lived from
the city.
H Jan. 2nd, 1891, assisted by P. G. M. Wm. McColl, P.
G: M. B. W. Shiles, P. G. J. E. Phillips, P. G. Geo. Cunningham, I installed the officers of New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3, into their respective chairs in regular form.
Jan. 8th, 1891, assisted by P. G. M. B. W. Shiles, P. G.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. Geo. Cunningham and P. G. R. H.
Baker, I installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 13,
into their respective chairs for the current term, in regular
form.
Jan. 23rd, 1891, The following was submitted to me by
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, for my decision :
" Can the Conductor retire in the third degree to intro-
duce a candidate without first addressing the Chair and
giving the pass word of the evening ?"
My decision was, that the Conductor, or any Brother,
must salute the Noble Grand, and obtain from the Vice-
Grand the pass word of the evening before he retires in the
third degree.
As I could find no law touching on this point, I gave
the above as my opinion.
I am very pleased to be able to report the two Lodges
in my District to be in a very prosperous condition.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,    :
Yours in F. L. and T.,
P. J. FOULDS,
D. D. G. M., No. 2.
Nanaimo, B. C, Feb. 7th, 1891.
E. Quenxell, Esq.,
I    Grand Master, G. L. B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.--I have much pleasure in furnishing you with a report of my actions for the year as your
T). D. for District No. 3. 829
July, 1890, installed the officers of Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5, assisted by P. G. George Norris as Grand
Marshal.
I ain also pleased to report tliat I have had no questions
put to me for my decision, which shows that we have had a
year of harmony in our Lodge ; also, that our Lodge has
had a year of prosperity, both financially and in membership.
JAMES CROSSAN,
D. D. G. M., Nanaimo, B. 0.
Chilliwhack, Feb. 4th, 1891.
E. Quennell, Esq.,
Grand Master, G. L. B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother,- -I have the honor to present
to you the following report of my official acts during the
past year :
I installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, in
July and January respectively.
On Jan. 6th, I granted a dispensation to install a Scarlet Degree member as Noble Grand, he having been elected.
But in this I think, since, I was in error, as I see it should
have been asked for and granted before election.
The only P. G. that was qualified, in my opinion, in the
written and unwritten work of the Order, was Bro. Joseph
Peers, and he declined the office ; several of the other P. G's.
fiot being present.
I am glad to state that Excelsior Lodge has moved in
to its" new hall which is a credit to the Lodge and the Order,
costing, when furnished complete, about $2,000.
I will not be able to act as D. D. G. M. for next term, and
wdmld recommend the appointment of Bro. Joseph Peers, P.G.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours in F. L. and T..
§R. CAMPBELL,
D. D. G. M., District No, 5.
If N. G. of Excelsior Lodge is not qualified, please inform Lodge of fact, and state how they are to proceed.
R. C. 830
Kamloops, B. 0., 6th February, 1891.
E. Quennell, Esq.,
Grand Master I. O. O. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.- -I have the. honor to present to you
the following: report of the work done by me during the
term of my office.
IN   TATNAI   LODGE.   NO.   9.
Jan. 6, 1890, installed the officers.
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Feb.   3,  1890,   granted   a dispensation to  confer  two
degrees in on
e night on Bros. T. Stewart and C E. Carey,
March 17, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. J. "W. Burr.
March 31, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. A. E. McDiarmid of New
Westminster Lodge, Xo. 3.
July 8, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer 2nd and
3rd degrees in one night on Bro. W. Sweeney.
July 14, 1890, installed the officers.
Sept. 22, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer three
degrees in one night on Bros. A. Daniels and W. J. In win.
October 13, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer 2nd
and 3rd degrees in one night on Bro. Wm. Nelson.
Jan. 5, 1891, installed the officers.
Fan. 25, 1891, granted a dispensation t
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attend Bro. J. McArthur's funeral.
o wear regalia to
Feb 2, 1891, granted a dispensation to confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. John Dundas.
IN   SELKIRK   LODGE,   NO.   12.
March 10, 1890, dedicated hall and instituted lodge*
having taken a staff of officers with me from Tatnai Lodge,
iSo. 9, for that purpose.
Also initiated and conferred degrees on twelve candidates. May 28, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. John Hopgood.
June 10, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. Wm. Elson.
July 16, 1890, installed the officers.
July 18, 1890, granted a dispensation to confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. R. J. Geddes.
July 18, 1890, granted a dispensation to Bro. John McLeod, P. G., to install into office R. and L. S. K. G. and
Conductor.
1 am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours in F. L. and T.
|e. c. davison.
1). D. G. M. Xo. 7.
Union, B. C, Jan. 8, 1891.
To the M. W. Grand Master, I. O. O. Hj Province of B. V.
I have the honor to forward you the accompanying report of my official acts as your Deputy for the year ending
December 31, 1890.
Jan. 1, 1890, gave the following decision: The Vice-
Grand elect having failed to appear for installation or send a
satisfactory excuse, the Lodge asked me if they could forthwith elect a substitute.
My answer was—yes.
Jan. 1, 1890, I installed the officers of Union Lodge,
No. 11.1
Nov. 22, 1890, gave the following decision : Was
asked by a brother if Union Lodge was acting legally in
changing the night of meeting without the consent of the
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
My answer was—No.
I have much  pleasure in reporting a very prosperous 832
year for Union Lodge. We have had a substantial increase
in membership, and have never been called upon to pay
benefits since the institution of the Lodge.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Yours, fraternally,
W. J. YOUNG,
D. D. G. M., District No. 8.
Donald, B. (\, Feb. 1., 1891.
Office of B. D. G. M., District No. 9, of the Grand Lodge
of the Province of B. C.
E. Quennell, Esq.,
Grand Master, G. L. of B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother,- I beg to report my acts as your
D. D., District No. 9.       "      ' §     J      * t     m
Nov. 18, 1890, granted a dispensation to Selkirk Lodge,
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No. 12, to confer three degrees on Bro. Robert Collie in one
night, as he was going out on snow service.
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On December 11, 1890, I received an application from
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, for a dispensation to elect a
Scarlet Degree member to the office of N.   G.    Through my
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mistake I applied to the Grand Master for a dispensation to
elect and install the secretary which I received but was not
acted upon. In the meantime, the election of officers was
held in No. 12, and a Scarlet Degree member elected to the
office of N. G. without a dispensation, which I declared
illegal.
The matter was submitted to the Grand Master, the result of which was a dispensation to elect a Scarlet Degree
member to the office of N. G. which was acted upon.
On Jan. 15, 1891, the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12,
were duly installed by me, ably assisted by Bro. J. S.
Babbitt as Grand Marshal.
On Jan. 22, 1891. I granted a dispensation to No. 12 to
confer second and third degrees on Bro. II. Connache on the
same night, as he had to come a long distance. 838
I am pleased to report that our lodge is in a prosperous
condition.
I am, dear sir and brother
Yours in F. L. and T.,
JOHN McLEOD,
D. D. G. M., No. 9.
Moved, seconded and carried,--That the report be received and handed to a Committee to distribute the same
to the various Committees.
The Grand Master appointed H. Waller, P. G. M., J.
H. Meldram, P. G. M., and J. E. Phillips, No. 4, to form
the Committee on Distribution.
The Grand Secretary read his Report which was ordered
to be handed to the Committee on Distribution.
Grand Secretary's Office,
Victoria,'B. C, 11th Feb., 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers :- -It is with more than ordinary pleasure that I submit my report of the work of the
past year and to point to the satisfactory progress we have
made during that period. Since we last met, two new lodges
have been, instituted, Selkirk Lodge No. 12, at Donald,
under a charter authorized last session, and Royal City
Lodge No. 13, at New Westminster,-by a Dispensation issued
by the Grand Master. Both these Lodges appear from the
reports to hand to be in a very healthy and prosperous condition. All the Lodges, with but one exception, report an increase in their membership, the total • addition being 185.
which is very creditable, being larger than in any preceding
year since the institution of this Grand Lodge.
I am sorry to be unable to report any addition to the
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number of Rebekah Degree Lodges.     An application was 834
received for a form of Petition for a Lodge of this Degree
at Vancouver, and I anticipated being able to submit it to
this Session, but it ha» not yet come to hand.
The Auxiliary Endowment Association does not exhibit
the growth it should on account of the many advantages it
offers, the possibilities open to it if liberally supported, and
the simplicity and cheapness of its working. What is
needed is a few working brothers in each of our Lodges to
press its claims on the attention of our members. There
should be no difficulty in obtaining 500 members in this
Jurisdiction, which would give a benefit of about $750.
A request will be submitted to you from the Odd Fellows5 Relief Association of Canada for recognition on similar
lines to those granted  by the Grand Lodges of   Ontario,
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Quebec and Manitoba. An application of like tenor was received in February, 1890, but too late to be laid before the
last session.
The following summary exhibits the  standing of the
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Order in this Jurisdiction, and the work that has been performed during the year 1890.    From our numerical strength,
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our financial standing, and the benefits we dispense, I think
we can claim the distinction of being foremost among the
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fraternal organizations of this Province.
Abstracts of the Semi-annual and Annual Reports of the
Subordinate Lodges for the past year are annexed for insertion in the Proceedings of this Session when printed.
Increase.
No. of Lodges  13 2
"   " Rebekah Degree Lodges  1
"   " Members in good standing  1202 185
"   u Initiated during the year  210 76
R   S Admitted by Card  36 20
u   a        "       as A. 0  2 1
" Reinstated  1
" Withdrawn  15
" Expelled  1 1
" Deceased  ^6
" Resigned  2 1
•' Ceased Membership by N. P. D  41 3
" Rejected  18 9
" Degrees conferred  395 18
"Past Grands .;  180 17
Total Revenue Subordinate Lodges . .8 24,721 79 S 5,853 21
"           u       Rebekah Degree Lodge.S 224 25
No. of Brothers Relieved  132 4
Decrease.
3
6 835
-i?             . # Increase,
No. of Widowed families relieved  2
"   " Weeks Sick Benefits paid  959              66
Amount paid for relief of Brothers .. .$ 8,057 50 §    602 00
"     paid for relief of Widowed families S 151 60
'•     paid for burying the dead $ 612 50
Total paid for relief $ 8,821 60      $278 95
"     "   current expenses $ 8,367 74   $1,990 28
"   amount of assets $ 75,501 29   $2,644 83
Average amount of Sick Benefits paid
to each sick member $ 61 00            2 76
"     amount expended for relief per
member § 7 34
"     duration of sickness per member   5% days
"     duration of sickness per sick
member  7 weeks 2 days.
"     amount of assets per memb#r.$ 62 81
Total amount paid for relief since formation of Grand Lodge in 1874 S 87,708 50
Decrease.
$18 40
$262 50
1 06
S8 82
FINANCIAL  STATEMENT
Cash Received and Paid over to  Grand Treasurer during
the Tear.
From whom Received.
Victor a Lodge No. 1 ...
Oolum la No. 2	
New Westminster No. 3
Dominion No. 4	
Black Diamond No. 5...
Harmony No. 6	
Excelsior No. 7	
Vancouver No .8	
Tatnai No. 9	
Western Star No, 10	
Union No .11	
Selkirk No. 12	
Hoyal City No. 13	
Colfax Deg. of K.,No. 1
Sundry Persons	
TaxTerm
ending 30
June 1890
121
109
78
75
91
102
29 251
58 50
54 75
50
50
75
75
50
75
TaxTerm
ending 31
Dec. 1890.
36
23
70
25
83 00
76 00
54 00
53 00
62 50
67 00
20 50
89 50
40 00
28 50
25 00
20 00
32 00
782 25
601 00
Supplies,
$
21 70
24 47
21 60
5 ob
1 50
11 75
3 95
4 78
9 15
5 00
3 00
36 37
32 80
1 50
2 50
185 07
Charter
.bees.
TOTAL.
36 66
00
35
75
30 00'
1598 32
Orders drawn
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5, A. G. Day,
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7, W. H. Huxtable
8, A. Henderson,
9, H. A. Munn,
10, P. W. Dempster,
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"      "   12, R W. Fawcett.        "       12 00
"      "   13, A. G. MoCandless,   "        12 00
"       "   14, W. Walker,          .   "        12 00
"      "   16, G. Bishop,               *       12 00
"       •'   16, H. Waller,                "        12 00
"      "   17, J. Wriglesworth,      "       12 00
"   18, A. Phillips,               "        12 00
"      "   19, J. H. Meldram        "       12 00
"      "   20, J. E. Phillips (No. 4) "       12 00
"      "   21, F. Davey,                ■       12 00
"      «   22, W.McColl,              "       8 00
"   23, J. E. Phillips (No. 3) "        8 00
"      "   24, G. Eobertson,          "       8 00
"       "   25, J. A. Thompson,      "       g 12 00
"       "   26, E. Quennell,             «        12 00
"   27, E. McNeill,              "        12 00
"       "   28, A. McGregor,           «*        12 00
"      f   29, B. Baker,                 "        12 00
'•      "   30, B. W. Shiles,           "       8 00
"      "   31, W. J. Young,           "       17 00
"       "   32, R. Campbell,            "        12 00
"   33, W. H. Huxtable, cleaning Grand Secretary's office, 12 months  10 00
"      "   34, G. Pollay, janitor  10 00
"       "   35, Grand Secretary, supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge  18 00
"       "   36, Sovereign Grand Lodge, Representative Tax  150 00
"      "   37, Grand Secretary, 3 month's salarv  56 00
"       "   38,           "               post'ge, expre,s,ge,etc. 4 70
"       u   39, J. A. Cohen, printing forms initiation
petitions  7 50
"       "   40, R. Lettice, varnishing cupboard Grand
Secretary's office  3 00
"       "   41, J. A. Cohen, printing proceedings 1890 85 80
M       "   42, Grand Secretary, supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge  20 00
"       "   43, Grand Secretary, supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge  43 50
"       "   44, Grand Secretary 3 months salary  56 00
a       u   45, " postage,   stationery
and customs duty  6 75
"       "   46, Grand Secretary, supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge  15 00
u       "   47, Grand Secretary, 3 months salary  56 00
"       "   48,            M                  customs duty, postage, etc  7 90
"       "   49, Grand   Secretary,   Sovereign   Grand
Lodge for supplies  5 00
"   50, J. A. Cohen, printing forms, reports, &c. 12 00
"       "   51, Odd Fellows' Union, 12 month's rent
Grand Secretary's Office   ... 100 00
"   52, Grand Secretary, balance of salary... 57 00
"       "   53,             *'                 postage, stationery,
etc  4 80
81,155 95 Stock on hand per last report
Purchased During the Year.
2 Subordinate Lodge Charters @ 60c
2 Degree Charts @ $2.0i
16 Subordinate Lodge Rituals @ $2.00..
8 Digests @ $2.50
4 Sub Lodge Institution and Installation
Books @ 82.00
50 do Lodge Odes @ 3c
50 Funeral Odes @ 3c
170 Visiting Cards @ 20c
50 Withdrawal Cards @ 20c
10 Books of Forms @ 75c
10 Anniversary Ceremonies @ 20c
1000 Initiation Petitions @ %g
Customs Duty, Expressage, Postage, etc.,
on above	
Gain during the year
Sold During the Year.
166 Sub. Lodge Visiting Cards @ 25c .... 41
6 Rebekah. Degree        do           @ 25c  1
30 Withdrawal Cards @ 25c  7
16 Sub. Lodge Rituals @ $3.00  48
6 Digests @ $3.50  21
2 Officers' Roll Books @ $1.00
90 Sub. Lodge Odes @ 10c  .9
46 Funeral Odes @ 10c  4
2 Anniversary Odes @ 10c	
2 Question Books @ $1.50  3
4 Order Books on Treasurer @ $1.50       6
3 Degree Charts @ $3.00      9
7Books of Forms @ $1.25 .       8
5 Funeral Ceremonies @ 30c  1
1 Anniversary Ceremony @ 30c 	
670 Petitions for Membership @ l^c  10
193 Orders for P. W. @ 5c  9
Carried forward	 838
STOCK ACCOUNT.—Continued.
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Carried forward	
§   323 64
M   183 54
Stock Still on Hand:
23 Sub. Lodge Visiting Cards @ 22c	
5 06
6 Rebekah Degree       do        @ 22c	
1 32
38 Sub. Lodge Withdrawal Cards @ 22c..
8 36
8 Rebekah Degree   do          do   @ 22c ..
1 76
7 Dismissal Certificates @ 22c	
1 54
45
20 Rebekah Degree Lodge Odes @ 5c....
1 00
25 Funeral Odes @ 5c	
1 25
4 Sub. Lodge Rituals @ $2.50	
10 00
9 00
4 Sub. Lodge Institution and Installation
Books @ $2.25 0....
9 00
4 Rebekah Degree Institution and Instal
lation Books @ $2.25	
9 00
8 Books of Forms @ 85c	
6 80
7 Bound Proceedings G.L. of B.C. @ 81.25
8 75
3 Digests @ $3.00	
9 00
3 Sub. Lodge Charters @ 60c	
1 80
28 60
1 Book of Odes with music @ 65c	
65
4 Funeral Ceremonies @ 22c	
88
10     do         do    Rebekah Degree @ 12c
1 20
19 Anniversary Ceremonies @ 22c	
4 18
1 Certificate Rebekah Degree @ 20c	
20
1 Card Wife or Widow   do    @ 20c	
20
400 Initiation Petitions @ lc	
4 00
11 Order Books on Treasurer @ 90c	
9 90
7 Supplements White's Digest @ 60c	
4 20
Orders f or P. W.	
2 00
Being Balance Dr. to said account per
Balance Sheet	
140 10
$   323 64'$   323 64 839
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F. 11th February, 1890.
Folio.
Accounts.
Dr.
Cr.
4
29
Sovereign Grand Lodge, I
(rranrl Treasurer	
. O.O. F....
8   729 67
254 25
2 50
2 75
2 00
140 10
75
05,
$     1 58
42
Profit and Loss	
1,128 48
44
Fnrnit.nrA and Rpcalia  -	
46
47
50
54
55
64
Harmony Lodge, No. 6,1.
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7,
Victoria, Lodge, No. 1
Vancouver Lodge No. 8,
Dominion Lodge, No. 4,
Stock Account	
0. 0. F	
a
a
a
a
1 50
30
66
84
88
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9,
Union Lodge, No. 11,
Royal City Lodge, No. 13
a
a
a
20
$ 1,132 06
$ 1,132 06
Auxiliary Endowment Benefit Association.
No. of Members last report       129
" admitted during: the year         11
Died       1
Suspended for non-payment of assessments.    20
Membership at date       119
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Endowment Fund.   •
Balance in hands of Treasurer last report   $
Received for Assessments	
Paid Trustees of will of late Bro. James Fell, P. G. a member
of " Columbia" Lodge No. 2, who died 8th December, 1890
194 50
84 70
'279 20
198 65
Balance	
Management Fund.
Balance in hands of Treasurer last report	
Received for entrance fees
"        "   dues	
Paid Agents' commissions 8     7 54
"   F. Davey 12 months salary as Secretary     100 00
" "       postage and sundries         8 45
I   J. E. Phillips for Drafts, etc.         2 80
I   J. A. Cohen for printing         3 00
Balance	
80 55
S199 71
12 00
147 80
359 51
121 79
237 72 840
SUMMARY OP BALANCES.
Endowment Fond  3   80 55
Management Fund     237 72
Reserve Fund....' g •       17 65
Total in hands of Grand Treasurer $ 335 92
The finances of the Grand Lodge were never in a
healthier state than at present. The revenue for the past
year exceeded the estimate by $142, and the balance in the
Treasurer's hands, $729.66, is $308.12 more than was anticipated. I trust that steps will be taken to .maintain a substantial balance at the end of each year, the expense of the
last session at Vancouver was $150 in excess of the balance
to the credit of the' Grand Lodge and had to be met by mon-
ies belonging; to the Endowment Association.
It is gratifying to mark the improvement that has taken
place in this Jurisdiction during the seven years that I have
had the honor to occupy this office. In 1884 we had six
9 lodges and a membership of 500, now we have 13 lodges, a
Rebekah Degree lodge and 1202 members, more than double
in each case. As may be readily understood, the work of
this office is proportionately augmented. I have, however,
endeavored to perform the duties punctually and to give you
satisfaction, I trust in this effort I have been successful.
Congratulating the Order in this Province on the prosperity it has attained, the harmony that appears to exist in its
councils and wishing it continued success, also thanking the
members for their invariable kiiidness and consideration,
I Remain, Dear Sirs and Brothers,
Yours Fraternally,
FRED'K DAYEY,
Grand Secretary.
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Report of the Grand Treasurer was read and ordered to
be handed to the Committee on Finance. 841
Victoria, B. C, February lltli, 1890.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—I, the undersigned, beg
leave to present you my report as Grand Treasurer for the
year 1890.
Tours in F. L. and T.,
A. W. SCOULLAR,
Grand Treasurer.
Statement of Grand Treasurer Showing Amounts of
Receipts and Disbursements for year 1890.
1890. Dr.
Feb. 13, To Cash rec'd from Bro. J.E. Phillips on taking office.8   287 29
June 30,     " "      J. B. Henderson, D. D. G. M.......       36 75
1891.
Jan.   2       " " « " "         68 00
Feb. 12       * I       Grand Secretary    1,493 57
$1,885 61
Cr.
By Paid Orders lto53    Sl,155 95
Balance on hand        729 66
81,885 61
Endowment Fund.
1890.                                                                                   Dr.
Feb. 13, To Cash received from late Grand Treasurer upon taking office 8   194 50
1891.
Feb. 11, To Cash from Grand Secretary        84 70
8   279 20
Cr.
1890.
Dec. 27, By Paid Order No. 7 8   198 65
Balance on hand        80 55
8   279 20
Management Fund.
1890.                                                                                      Dr.
Feb, 13, To Cash received from late Grand Treasurer 8   199 71
1891.
Feb. 11,       " " 1     Grand Secretary      152 26
8   351 97 842
Cr.
1891.
Feb. 11, By Paid Orders 1 to 9 $   114 25
Balance on hand §   237 72
$   351 97
Beserve Fund.
1890.
Feb. 12, To Cash received from late Grand Treasurer $     17 65
Summary of Monies on Hand.
Grand Lodge account $ 729 66
Endowment account  80 55
Management account  237 72
Reserve Fund account  17 65
$1,065 58
The Grand Lodge then adjourned to 1:30 p. m.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
Pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge met at
1:30p.m. -All the Grand Officers and more than a quorum
of Representatives present.
The Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on M. Duffin,
No. 5, and A. McMurtrie, No. 11.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted :
Odd Fellow's Hall,
Victoria, February 11, 189.1.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:- -Your Committee on Distribution of the Grand Master's Report beg to submit that
so much thereof as refers to proclamations issued, and the
condition of the' Subordinate Lodges, be referred to the Com-
mittee on the State of the Order. Those portions that refer to
dispensations issued, appointments made and decisions given,
be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.    The clause res- 843^
pecting provision    to meet travelling   expenses of   future
Grand Masters to the Committee on Finance.
Those portions of the reports of the D. D. G. M/s referring to the condition of the lodges under their charge to
the Committee on the State of Order. Decisions rendered by
these officers to the Committee on Judiciary.
" Grand Secretary's Report.- -That portion referring to
Finances of the Grand Lodge to the Committee on Finance,
the remainder to the Committee on the State of the Order.*
Respectfully submitted,
Jos. E. Phillips,
J. H. Meldram,
George Cunningham,
Committee on Distribution.
The Committee on Petitions presented the following
Report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of the Province of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Petitions have examined the
petition from Vancouver asking for a charter to open a
Rebekah Degree Lodge, a,nd also a petition from New Westminster asking for a charter to open, a Lodge to be known as
Royal City Lodge, -JSTo. 13, and recommend that the above
charters be granted.
Wm. Edmunds,
B. S. Douglas,
W. H. Huxtable,
Committee on Petitions. 3
A communication was read from the Odd Fellows' Relief
Association of Canada asking for recognition in conformity
with the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Session
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of 1890.
It was moved, seconded and carried,- -That the communication be received and referred to a Special Committee.
The Chair appointed the following Conimittee : J. Crossan,
No. 5; D. Welsh, No. 13 :L. H. Cousins, No. 4. 844
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following Report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee to whom was referred the amendment
to the By-Laws of Western Star Lodge, No. 10, Article 15,
dated 9th February, 1891, beg to report that we have carefully examined the same and find them in harmony with the
constitution. We therefore recommend that they be approved by this Grand Lodge.
A. Henderson,
John H. Meldram,
D. Welsh,
R. H. Baker,
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following Report, which was adopted.
Odd Fellows' I Iall,
Victoria, B. C,  1 Lth. February, 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers—Your Committee on Laws
of Subordinates beg to report that we have approved of the
following By-Laws of Lodges in this "jurisdiction since the
last annual session.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.--Amendment—Providing for
employment of a nurse for sick brothers in indigent circumstances.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.—Amendment- -Same as Victoria
Lodge, No. 1.
Union Lodge, No. 11.—Alteration of night of meeting.
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.—New code of By-Laws.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10.- -We approve of a new
set of By-Laws for this Lodge with the following exceptions :
Art. XX., Sec. 1.—Benefits—Provides for the payment of
Sick Benefits to all members except those of the Initiatory
Degree.    This omission was pointed out to the Lodge bv the
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Grand Secretary, who has submitted the correspondence for
our inspection. The Lodge declines to insert such a provision on the grounds that a brother should take a degree
before being in membership six months, and further that
Section 22 of White's Digest gives it power to refuse benefits
to initiatory members. This is the first instance, so far as
we know, of such legislation in this jurisdiction, and after a
careful consideration of the whole question, we recommend
that Western Star Lodge be instructed to insert a provision
for the payment of Sick Benefits to Initiatory Members
when otherwise qualified to receive the same, for the follow
ing reasons
1st. We agree with the proposition of the Lodge that
a Brother should take a degree before being in membership
six months and thus become entitled to benefits as a Degree
Member, but as the Lodge retains the power to grant or refuse the Degrees to a Brother at pleasure, it follows that the
applicant's willingness to advance is not the only condition
necessary to qualify him.
2nd. The Lodge claims the right to exact dues from
Initiatory members, although it may refuse to grant the
Degrees and thereby deprive these Brothers of their right to
benefits. This position appears to us to be untenable on the
grounds of justice and equity and in antagonism to the
principles of our Order as laid down in the following sections of White's Digest:
Sec. 6. " The payment of weekly beneiits to sickmem-
I bers is the distinguishing characteristic of our Order and
I may be regarded as the fundamental principle of Odd
1 Fellowship."
Sec. 17. I One of the ancient landmarks never yet dell parted from requires the payment of dues, and as corelative
** to such payment that benefit shall be paid, to leave such a
" feature optional is simply revolutionary."
3rd. Section 22 of White's Digest, on which the
Lodge bases its claim to legislate in this manner, provides
that u if the Subordinate Lodge Constitution and By-laws^ so
I provide initiates and members who have not received the
I Third Degree are entitled to benefits. Section 2, Art. VI.,
of the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges in this Juris- 846
diction enacts that " Every member qualified as required by
" the By-laws of his Lodge shall        *        * *
" be entitled to and may receive such weekly benefits as may
" be fixed by By-law from the funds of the Lodge," and further lays down the maximum benefits that any Lodge shall
pay to members not having the Scarlet Degree. This clearly
embraces the whole membership without any distinction as
to the Degrees attained, and any By-law denying benefits to
Initiatory Members would be in conflict with this section.
Article XXII—Fines and Penalties.-—It is proposed to
insert the word u mayt in several of the Sections of this
Article, making the infliction of fines for neglect of duty and
misconduct optional, instead of obligatory. We recommend
that this Article be made to harmonize with Sec. 2 of Article
VII, of the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, by sub-
stituting the word " shall" for "may."
Royal City Lodge, * No. 13.- -We approve of the
By-laws submitted by this Lodge with the exception of Sec.
3, Article XXII, which makes it a penal offence for a member to " propose any Saloon-keeper, Bar-tender or habitual
drunkard" for membership. This is virtually imposing an
additional qualification for membership, in addition to those
laid down by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and cannot be
allowed, vide Sec. 498, White's Digest. We therefore
recommend that these words be struck out.
Fraternally submitted.
V
W. H. Flewin,
John H. Meldram,
A. Henderson,
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
Report read from Special Committee on Constitution,
etc., which was, on motion, ordered to be received and made
the first order of business to-morrow.
Victoria, B. C, 3rd February. 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers—Your   Special   Committee
appointed last session for the purpose of 847
1st. Preparing revised Constitution for the Grand and
Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction;
2nd. Considering and reporting a scheme of mileage
and per diem for the payment of representatives, etc.;
3rd. Submitting a set of Model By-Laws for the Subordinate Lodges;
beg to report as follows :
1st. A Revised Constitution for this Grand Lodge and
for Subordinate Lodges embodying all amendments to the
same up to date, and containing other alterations, which in
the opinion of your Committee are desirable to be made, is
submitted herewith.* We would recommend that if adopted,
these Constitutions be printed in book form, of a size suitable for binding with the By-laws and supplied to the Subordinate Lodges at cost price.
2nd, We beg to suggest with respect to payment of
Representatives, etc., that in the event of the reduction in
the number as proposed in the Revised Constitutions, that a
By-Law of this Grand Lodge be enacted as follows :
I Each elective and appointed officer and the properly
I accredited Representatives shall receive the sum of two
I dollars per diem for each day's attendance at the sittings of
"the Grand Lodge, and also five cents per mile for each
I mile actually travelled to and from his place of residence
"to the place of meeting of the Grand Lodge by the
I shortest available route, provided that Representatives of
I Lodges located in the place where the Grand Lodge meets,
I shall not be entitled to mileage. The Roll of Officers and
I Representatives shall be called at each meeting."
We are ftot prepared to recommend this scale for
adoption under the present system of representation as it is
obvious that it would prove too costly, in view of the number
of representatives and the distances to be travelled in this
jurisdiction.
3rd. We are of opinion that the adoption by this
Grand Lodge of a model set of by-laws for the Subordinate
For Revised Constitutions of Grand and Subordinate Lodges as adopted, see
Appendix. 848
Lodges is inadvisable at present. Subordinates have
the undoubted right to formulate their own by-laws, which
are subject to the approval of this Grand Body, and we are
afraid  that the printing of a set intended only as a model
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would not only prove inoperative but would be a waste of
money. We, therefore, ask to be discharged from the further consideration of this portion of  the matters  referred
to us.
Yours, fraternally,
Frederick: Davey,
A. G. McCandless,
A. Henderson.
Henry Waller,
W. Walker,
Special Committee.
Report read from Special Committee on the application
of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. L O. O. F.:
Your Special Committee on Odd Fellows' Relief Association, of Canada, beg leave to recommend that this Grand
Lodge take no action in the matter as we think it will be
detrimental to our home Endowment Association.
Jas. Crossan,
L. Cousins,
Committee.
Report presented by Committee on State of the Order J
which was adopted.
Victoria, B. C February 11. 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L O. O. F. :
Your Committee on the State of the Order to whom was
referred portions of the reports of the Grand Master and
his Deputies, approve of the decisions given, particularly the
report of D. D. G. M. of District No. 2, that the Conductor
nor no other Brother should leave the Lodge room when
working in 3rd Degree without addressing the N. G., and
retiring on P. W. or the evening, as laid down in the charge 849
to the I. G. at Installation. That portion of the Grand
Master's report relating to visiting the Lodges, we would
recommend that' some remuneration should be allowed the
Grand Master for travelling expenses so as to enable him to
visit the different Lodges in this Jurisdiction, as far as
possible, and recommend the same to the consideration of the
Finance Committee.
B. W. Shiles,
F. Carne,
A. Phillips,
Committee on State of Order.
The following Report was presented by the Committee
on Judiciary which was adopted.
Yictoria, B. C, February lltli, 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F. :
Your Committee to whom was referred the decisions
contained in the Grand Master's report, beg leave to report
that they agree with the same and recommend their adoption, except the decision on question from Columbia Lodge
No. 2, viz : Is a person eligible for membership who
cannot read or write ?
The Grand Master answers that is a question for Sub.
Lodges to decide.
This decision your Committee recommend be reversed, being in conflict with White's Digest,' Sec. 498,
which reads : " They cannot require that candidates should
be able to read and write."
B. W. Shiles,
J. Pope,
A. Henderson,
Geo. Cunningham,
Committee on Judiciary.
The Grand Lodge adjourned to 8:30 p.m. 850
EVENING  SESSION.
The Grand Lodge met at 8:30 p. m. pursuant to adjournment, all the Grand Officers being present and a quorum of
representatives.
All present having been examined' and reported qualified, the Grand Lodge was declared duly opened for business.
The following Past Grands were admitted and received
the Grand Lodge Degree : A. Blake, J. S. Fullarton and A.
McKeown of Yictoria Lodge, No. 1 : M. McCahill, and F.
Taylor, of Columbia Lodge, No. 2 ; J. A. Auld, J. W.
Arnold and W. D. Kinnaird, of Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
The hour appointed by the Constitution for the election
of Grand Officers for the ensuing year having arrived, the
following nominations were made :
for grand master.
J. E. Phillips, No. 4 Nominated by W. Walker, No. 4
W. Edmunds, No. 9 Nominated by A. W. Scoullar, No. 8
FOR  DEPUTY  GRAND MASTER.
J. E. Phillips, No. 3 Nominated by T. R. Mitchell, No. 1
A. Henderson, No. 2 Nominated by J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2
FOR  GRAND  WARDEN.
A. W. Scoullar, No. 8 Nominated by R H. Baker, No. 3
J. Crossan, No. 5 Nominated by R. Rivers, No. 5
FOR  GRAND  SECRETARY.
F. Davey, No. 1 Nominated by F. Carne. P. G. M., No. 1
FOR GRAND TREASURER.
A. McKeown, No. 1 Nominated by P. W. Dempster, No. 2
T. C. Gray, No. 10 Nominated by A. W. Scoullar, No. 8
FOR  GRAND REPRESENTATIVE.
R. Roberts, P. G. M. No. 1 Nominated by T. R. Mitchell, No. 1
B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., No. 3.. .Nominated by H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2
The Grand Master appointed R. Rivers, No. 5, amd F«
Carne. P. G. M., No. 1, as Tellers. 851
The Ballot was spread for the election of Grand Master
and the following result announced :
No. of votes cast 66..
J. E. Phillips,No. 4 .Received 42 votes
W. Edmunds, No. 9         1        24    1
J. E. Phillips, No. 4, was declared duly elected as
Grand Master for the coming year.
The Ballot was spread for the election of Deputy Grand
Master and the following result announced :
No. of votes cast 66
J. E. Phillips, No. 3 Received 40 votes
A. Henderson, No. 2         |       26   I
J. E. Phillips, No. 3, was declared duly elected as
Deputy Grand Master for the ensuing year.
The Ballot was spread for the election of Grand Warden
and the following result announced :
No. of Votes cast 66
J. Crossan, No-. 5 f f Received 52 voles
A. W. Scoullar, No. 8        "       14    "
J. Crossan 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, it was moved, seconded and carried that
the Grand Treasurer cast the ballot for his election, which
was accordingly done, and F. Davey, No. 1, was declared
duly elected as Grand Secretary for the ensuing year.
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand
Treasurer and the following result announced :
No. of votes cast 66
A. McKeown, No. 1 received 29 votes
T, 0. Gray, No. 10        |       37    1
T. C. Gray, No. 10, having received a majority of all
votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Treasurer for
the ensuing year. 852
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand Representative, and the following result announced :
No. of votes cast 66
R. Roberts, P. G. M., No. 1 received 33 votes
B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., No. 3         "      33     "
The votes being equal, a fresh ballot was taken, and the
result announced as follows :
No. of votes cast 67
R. Roberts, P.G.M., No. 1 received 33 votes
B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., No. 3      "      34     "
B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., No. 3, was declared duly elected
as Grand Representative for two. years.
. A. W. Scoullar, No. 8, Grand Treasurer, was on motion
excused from further attendance at this session.
The Grand Secretary stated that he was instructed to
convey the oifer of Bro. T. M. Jones, to photograph the
Grand Lodge in a group at his studio«, on T ates street, at
noon to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned to 10 o'clock a. m., tomorrow.
SECOND  DAY
Odd Fellow^' Hall,
Victoria, B: C, 12th February, 1891.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 10 o'clock, a. m., pursuant to adjournment.
All the Grand Officers, with the exception of the Grand
Treasurer, and a quorum of representatives, were present.
All present having been examined and reported qualified, the Grand Lodge was declared duly opened for business. 853
Bro. H. Webb, P. G., of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, was
admitted and instructed in the Grand Lodge Degree.
The minutes of yesterday's session were read and confirmed.
The Grand Representatives presented the following
Report, which was ordered to be received and printed with
the proceedings of this Session :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F. :
Dear Sirs and Brothers—Tour Representatives to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge respectfully submit a brief synopsis
of the proceedings of that body at its last session.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge assembled in Sixty-sixth
Annual Communication, in the City of Topeka, Kansas, on
the 15th September,  1890.
All the Subordinate Grand Bodies were represented
with the exception of the Grand Lodges of Denmark and
Switzerland.
The reports of the Grand Officers showed gratifying
prosperity in all branches of the Order, the advance during
the term of Grand Sire Underwood being greater than for
any similar period in twenty-six years.
The following tables show the work of the Order in
1889 : 854
General Condition of the Order in the World
From Grand Secretary's Piles,
December 31st, 1889.
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Independent Grand Lodges (German
Empire and Australasia) .	
Grand Lodges.	
Subordinate Lodges	
Grand Encampments	
Subordinate Encampments	
Lodge Initiations	
Lodge Members.	
Encampment Initiations	
Encampment Members	
Aggregate Belief by Lodges and Encampments	
Aggregate .Revenue of Lodges and Encampments	
Rebekah Degree Lodges	
Brothers admitted during the year	
Sisters admitted during the year	
Members, Brothers	
Mem bers, Sisters	
Total Members	
Belief by Lodges .....*.	
Revenue of Lodges	
From all Sowces.
Total Relief	
Total Revenue	
Total Membership, male and female	
Statistics from 1830 to December 31,
1889.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges	
Total Relief	
Total Receipts	
$2,749,406.45
$7,137 928.98
694,157
1,630.207
$51,351,268.54
134,973,083.48
1
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cS
ANNTJAIi.
Increase.
Decrease.
1
2
65
1
269
1
42
3,353
9,063
49
2,133
61 570
634,335
11,290
30,798
 275
110,886
.  $166
361
$2
$40
3,914
,208.38
,749.30
253
2,870
3.476
$2,725,363.92
'6,798,625,85
2,016
15.135
15,707
.
55,571
59,822
10,572
18,957
,226.77
,516.36
115,393
$24,042.53
$171,159.13
8168,435.15
$416,625,66
41,370
54,570
'49.406.45
7,169,784.98
*9.
As of interest to the members in this jurisdiction, we
iibmit a table giving the condition of the Order .in Canada :
Jurisdictions.
Lodges
Members
iSH  K-eBue.
Relief.
5
3
n
42
18
222
16
1
153
34
1.015
78! &    2.112 15 ft     225 00
34           386 30
125;      18,868 58
133        15.545 61
8,542 65
2 624!
1,340
16,940
1,002
20
23.130
3.622 12
Ontario........	
116       18,469 90     3,027 55
880      162,758 62   62.522 04
156
1
1,523
8,764 70
368 50
2,427 91
Totals	
318
$227,274 36' $81,367 27
* Two Lodges instituted in 189
Manitoba.
0.          i
Two Lod
ges
repor
t to Grand
Lodge of 855
DECISIONS   OF   GRAND   SIRE.
The following are a few of the decisions of the Grand Sire
which is believed covers all matters of interest to yonr Grand
Lodge and its Subordinates.
I. All ballots upon applicants to receive degrees should
be spread separately.
4. The costumes used in conferring Lodge and Encampment Degrees form part of the paraphernalia belonging to
the secret work and it is improper to make a public display
of them.
7. The Executive Officers of Subordinate Bodies,
I. O. O. F., are the Noble Grand and Secretary of a Lodge ;
Chief Patriarch and Scribe of an encampment; Noble Grand
and Secretary of a Eebekah Degree Lodge and Commandant
and Clerk of a Canton.
9. A Lodge or Encampment has not the right to
appropriate its funds for charitable purposes in no way connected with the I. O. O. F.; the moneys of the Order should
be husbanded for the needs of the Order and not squandered
in miscellaneous charities.
II. The Executive Officers of a Lodge or Encampment,
I. O. O. F., can grant a Yisiting Card during the recess
between regular meetings to a member in good standing who
is an applicant therefor, but they must report their acts to the
Body over which they rule.
12. Where a Patriarchal member of the Order dies
suddenly without expressing his preference for burial by
either his Encampment or Lodge and where both bodies
desire to officiate at the funeral, the matter shall be determined by the expressed wish of the widow (should there be
'one), or nearest relatives.
30. A Grand Representative or other elective officer of
a Grand Lodge, or Grand Encampment, acting in his official
capacity, in introducing a visiting Brother to a Subordinate
Lodge or Encampment within the Jurisdiction to which he
belongs shall be acknowledged with the honors of the Order,
which should be given after addressing the Chairs, etc., and
before the oral introduction of a visiting Brother ; for he is a 856
visitor to the Body (as a Grand Officer), as well as the
Brother he seeks to introduce. After receiving the honors
of the Order he should introduce the visiting Brother (in the
same manner prescribed for a committee), whereupon the
Body for the first time learns the name and rank of the
visitor ; and then, if the visiting Brother j ust introduced is
entitled to receive the honors of the Order, they must be
given to him.
33. A Brother may apply for Degrees on the evening
of his initiation " under dispensation" which can be granted
by the proper Executive Officer for reasons satisfactory to
himself unless the laws of the Jurisdiction otherwise provide.
53. When the "Investigating Committee5 makes
report on the application of a citizen or Brother who desires
to join the Lodge by initiation or by deposit of Card, respectively, the report should be received ; and then action
must be taken on the application for membership, by ball
ballot vote, under the law. When the said committee's
report is received it stands as any other report made by a
Special Committee to the Lodge, and may, ii desired, be discussed and be recommitted with instructions, if such is the
will of the Lodge ; or the application may even be referred
to the Lodge itself as a " Committee of the Whole," that the
discussion thereon may be without restraint ; the applicant
must stand ball ballot vote to obtain membership and the
Lodge possesses the inherent right to investigate the standing of
the applicant through a Special Committee, or as a Committee
of the WTiole, but in either instance the report of the committee must be made to the Lodge in regular meeting.
54. A member cannot be prevented from visiting his
Lodge while in arrears, though his privileges may be curtailed under the law ; and, to prevent his attendance, he must
be dropped for the non-payment of dues, or be otherwise suspended from membership in the Lodge.
25. The members appointed to constitute a Staff to
exemplify the floor work of the Degrees, etc., should be carefully selected by the Lodge or Lodges interested ; and such
Staff should comprise members who possess the legal
qualifications enabling them to take the chairs of the officers
they represent; a Yice-Grand, Noble Grand  or Past Grand being the only members eligible to act as Noble Grand, and
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a Noble Grand or Past Grand the only members eligible to
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serve in the capacity of Past Grand. " Staff Work ? must
not conflict with the Ritual. Any chair in a Subordinate
Lodge may be filled temporarily by a Brother qualified to
occupy it, and if it is not practicable for an officer during an
initiation or the conference of a Degree, to perform a certain
part, his properly qualified substitute can, of course, discharge the duty. It is frequently the case that one officer is
required to take two parts in the floor work, thus a Conductor often acts as Warden, etc.
57. In instituting a new Lodge, the Grand Master
should take the Noble Grand's chair and, if practicable, fill
the other chairs with elective Grand Officers jpro tem; he
should deliver an address appropriate to the occasion and
then, by proclamation, open the Grand Lodge in the Scarlet
Degree. The form for instituting a Subordinate Lodge re-
quires the presence of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand
Master, Grand Secretary and Grand Marshal; and the Lodge
is not to be opened in the ritualistic form for opening a
Subordinate; but after the report by the Grand Marshal
that all present are properly qualified to remain, the Grand
Master will in person, or through the Deputy Grand Master,
proclaim the Lodge open in the Scarlet Degree. (See instructions in Ritual, and Decision 23 of Grand Sire, page 11,
110 Revised Journal, Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1888.)
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An officer commissioned to represent a Grand Master
of a Jurisdiction, is de facto the Grand Master when in discharge of the duties for which he was commissioned: other-
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wise his services would be valueless; therefore, a District
Deputy Grand Master, in installing the officers of a Subordinate Lodge should be addressed as Grand Master, according
to the form of ceremony prescribed by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
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If the Grand Master of the jurisdiction should appear
during the installation ceremony, he of course, possesses the
right to supersede his deputy, though it would hardly be expected that he would do so upon such occasion.
94. A Brother in possession of the Degree of Rebekah,
by having received it in a Subordinate Lodge, should not 858
avail himself of any privileges obtained thereby, unless he is
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a member in good standing of a Degree Lodge of the
Daughters of Rebekah.
95. The Grand Master and Grand Secretary of the
Grand Lodge of a jurisdiction are entitled to receive the
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Pass-words of the Degree of Rebekah, for transmittal purposes, though neither may be a member of a Degree Lodg£
of the Daughters of Rebekah.
98. The law contemplates that the Grand Master of a
jurisdiction should appoint a Deputy for a Rebekah Degree
Lodge, who is a member of such a Lodge: and for instal-
lation purposes, the Grand Master may appoint a Deputy
from among the lady Past Noble Grands of the Lodge.
99. With the exception of the Officers and Grand
Representatives constituting the Sovereign Grand Lodge, no
one can obtain the Degree of Rebekah through means other
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than by application to and initiation in a regularly constituted Degree Lodge of the Daughters of Rebekah.
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100. A Grand Master can himself institute a Degree
Lodge of the Daughters of Rebekah, and he may commission
the Grand Secretary or a Grand Representative to perforin
such service, though neither he nor they may hold membership in a Degree Lodge of the Daughters of Rebekah.
102.    The mother-in-law of a Brother in good standing,
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who together with his wife (her daughter) are members in
good standing of a Rebekah Degree Lodge, is not  under
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present law, in consequence of said connection and relationship, eligible to membership in a Lodge of the Daughters
of Rebekah.
105. The Grand Secretary, em-officio, has charge of the
Rituals of the Degree of Rebekah upon the same general
principle that a Grand Representative has access to the Secret
or Unwritten work of the Degree, though neither may be in
possession thereof through membership in a Degree Lodge
of the Daughters oi Rebekah.
106.    A  member of the Order who has
Degree of Rebekah in   a  Subordinate Lodge,
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Degree Lodge of the Daughters of Rebekah
received the
can join   a
Sy application
(accompanied with a certificate from the said Subordinate 859
Lodge,   expressing  that  he  duly  received  the  Degree  of
Rebekah therein), on a  favorable ballot  vote of the said.
Degree Lodge; whereupon, he must sign the Constitution
and By-laws of the Lodge.
REPORTS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.
From the various reports of the Judiciary Committee,
the following decisions, interpreting the laws of the Order,
are noted :
A Lodge can make a by-law permitting the Vice-Grand
to destroy the ballot after examination, and after the result
has been announced by the Noble Grand.
Section 378, Digest, was amended to read as follows :
IA Lodge is in duty bound to refund the dues overpaid by
a Brother at the time of his decease, or when he withdraws
from the Lodge by card or otherwise."
A District Deputy Grand Master can act as a Recording Secretary, but he cannot act as Noble Grand or Vice-
Grand.
Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments are authorized
to provide that in any Subordinate Lodge meeting weekly,
or in any Subordinate Encampment meeting semi-monthly,
the terms of the Secretary, Permanent Secretary and
Treasurer of any such Lodge, of the Scribe, Financial Scribe,
and Treasurer of any such Encampment, or of any of said
officers, shall be one year, without establishing a yearly term
for other officers or for reports.
Joint public installations of the officers of several
Lodges may be held, provided the law, as expressed in
sections 1023, 1024, 1026 of the Digest, are complied with.
A Brother under charges cannot be represented before a
Trial Committee by counsel who are not members of the
Order.
A Grand Master in vacation possesses the tight to suspend a Subordinate Lodge for persistent disobedience or
violation of law without a trial, provided the local law does
not otherwise provide ; but this power should not be gener- 860
ally exercised after notice to the Subordinate, and not
arbitrarily or for slight cause.
An unexpired Withdrawal Card being deposited by the
holder with the Grand Secretary as one of the petitioners for
a charter for a Subordinate Lodge, the Brother does not lose
membership in his encampment, even though the Lodge is
not instituted within the twelve months from the issuing of
the Card. The Withdrawal Card having been deposited
with the Grand Secretary while in life, i. #., within one year
from its date, prevented it expiring although the petition for
Charter was not acted upon until after one year from the date
of said Card.
A holder of a Dismissal Certificate cannot be considered
an Ancient Odd Fellow. An Ancient Odd Fellow is one
who has retired from his Lodge in good standing, either by
resignation or by taking a Withdrawal Card.
That Section 985, of the Digest of 1889, be amended
so as to read as follows : 985. In case of vacancy service to
end of term. Any member who has been duly elected or
appointed to fill a vacancy in any office in a Subordinate
Lodge, or Encampment, who shall have served a majority of
the meeting nights remaining in such unexpired term, and
to the end thereof, shall be deemed to have served a full term
in such office.
That Grand Lodges of the various Grand Jurisdictions
be invested with the power to permit Subordinate Lodges
under their respective jurisdictions to set aside five per cent
of their receipts for dues, as a contingent fund, to be expended in the payment of necsesary and proper obligations,
which every Lodge must meet, and for which purpose a
Subordinate Lodge under existing laws cannot expend its
funds.
That wherever Brothers and Sisters, who have heretofore received the Degree of Rebekah in a Subordinate Lodge,
or in a Rebekah Degree Lodge, without becoming members
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of the latter, shall be regularly elected to membership in a
Rebekah Degree Lodge, it shall not be necessary to initiate
them in the new work of the Degree, the obligation already
taken being binding upon them in reference to such new 861
work, but they shall become members by signing the Constitution and By-Laws of the Lodge.
The unmarried sister of an Odd Fellow of the Degree of
Truth, who is deceased, but who was a member of a Subordinate Lodge at the time of his death, may be admitted to
membership in a Rebekah Degree Lodge upon application
and presentation of such certificate.
The following resolutions regarding the payment of
monies for sick members were adopted :
Resolved,—That the endorsement on a Brother's Card
that his Lodge provides for hiring a nurse is to be construed
only as giving correct information and is not to be construed/per
8e^ as unqualified authority to any and to all Lodges or Relief
Committees to hire a nurse for such Brother when sick and
under its care.
Resolved^—That a Lodge or Relief Committee which
provides for nursing its own members by draft cannot hire a
nurse for a transient sick Brother who is not afflicted with a
contagious malady, unless specially authorized by the Lodge
of which such transient sick Bjother is a member. But it is
a sacred duty, enjoined by the principles and laws of the
Order, that every Lodge or Relief Committee must care for a
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transient  sick  or  disabled Brother  in  precisely the same
manner that they care for their own members.
Resolved)—That a Lodge shall not be required to pay
for nursing the members, when out of its jurisdiction, a sum
in excess of its provisions of its By-Laws, or in excess of the
sum which the Lodge or Relief Committee in whose care the
brother may be, is in the habit of paying for such service
for its own sick members.
Resolved)—That a Lodge shall not be permitted to provide for non-payment of a nurse for one of its members,
when out of its own jurisdiction, when it provides for hiring
nurses for its members who are within its jurisdiction.
Resolved)—That a Lodge which provides for hiring
nurses for its sick members shall not be required to pay for
nursing its sick members when beyond its own jurisdiction
and in the care of a Lodge or Relief Committee which does
not provide for hired nurses for its own members, unless 862
special request be made by said Lodge to which the sick
Brother belongs, to hire a nurse, or when the sick Brother is
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afflicted with a contagious disease.
Resolved,—That nothing in the above resolutions is to
be construed as abrogating, in any sense, the resolutions
adopted (Report No. 18, Committee on Legislation, pp.
10990 and 11028, Journal 1887), but the same are hereby
re-affirmed.
The following question was referred to your Representatives at the last sessions of this Grand Lodge :
Can a Brother retire when the Lodge is closed in one
degree, and before it is opened in another ? Answer, yes.
See White's Digest, sec. 1454.
The proposition to admit members at the age of
18 was again defeated, though it received the largest support
ever given it, but still coming short of the three-fourths vote
necessary to change the Constitution, the vote stood 110 for
the amendment and 55 against. There is strong evidence
that it is steadily growing in favor, and its final adoption is
only a question of time.
This amendment was again submitted, to be acted upon
at the next session and signed by 82 representatives, in the
following terms :
That Section 2, Article XVI, of the Constitution of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, be, and the same is, hereby amended
so as to read as follows :
Sec. 2. No person shall be entitled to admission to the
Order, except free white males, of good moral character, who
have arrived at the age of eighteen years, and who believe in
a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe;
provided) that no person shall be admitted to membership
who is under twenty-one years of age, in any Grand Jurisdiction, until the Grand Lodge of such jurisdiction shall, by
a two-thirds vote, provide for the admission of persons under
that age ; and provided further) that in Australasia, New
Zealand, and other countries not on the continent of North
America, in which the Order has been, or may hereafter be
established, and a Grand Lodge or Grand Lodges formed,
the qualification as to age shall be left to local legislation. 863
The Special Committee on Benevolent Insurance
brought in a lengthy report, but offered no final solution to
this important matter.
A new committee was formed to continue this work and
report at next session.
British Columbia was the only jurisdiction in the
Dominion that responded to enquiries of the committee.
The returns from the Grand Lodge of British Colum-
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bia were reported correct.
GRAND OFFICERS.
The election of officers was a matter of great interest to
the Canadian Delegation, from the fact that P.G.M. Campbell, of Ontario, was again placed in nomination for the position of Deputy Grand Sire, and was elected on the second
ballot by a large maiority, very general satisfaction was ex-
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pressed at the result.
The next session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge will be
held in St. Louis, Mo.
The Daughters of Rebekah met in convention at the
. same time and place as the Sovereign Grand Lodge.    This is
to be their last meeting as a National Convention.  They are
to be left to State control.
In conclusion your Representatives desire to thank this
Grand Lodge for the high honor bestowed on them in electing them to represent this Province in the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
Fraternally submitted,
H. Waller,
Wm. McColl.
Grand Representatives.
The Report of the Special Committee on Constitution,
etc., was taken from the table, when it was resolved that the
Report be considered seriatem.
The Preamble, Articles I, II and Sections 1, 2 and 3 of
Article III, adopted. 864
The further consideration of the Report was deferred!
till the Afternoon Session.
Moved, seconded and carried. That the offer of Bro. T.
M. Jones to photograph the Grand Lodge in a group at 12
o'clock to-day be accepted.
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The Grand Lodge adjourned to 1:30 p. m.
AFTERNOON  SESSION. j
The Grand Lodge met at 1:30 p. m., pursuant to
adjournment.
All the Grand. Lodge Officers were present with the
exception of the Grand Treasurer, Grand Marshal and Grand
Conductor. The Chair appointed F. Carne, P. G. M., as
Grand Marshal, pro tem, and R. Rivers, No. 5, Grand
Guardian, pro tem.
All present, having been examined and reported duly
qualified, the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The consideration of the Report of the Special Committee
on Constitutions, etc., was resumed.
Rep. T. C. Gray, No. 10, moved to substitute the
following in place of Section 4, Article 111, as recommended by the Committee :
The nomination for Elective Grand Officers shall be
held at 9 o'clock p. m., on the second day of the session of
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the Grand Lodge, when the names of those Brothers nominated for the different Elective Offices shall be forwarded
by the Grand Secretary to the Subordinate Lodges in this
Jurisdiction, and the vote of all Past Grands in good stand-
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ing shall be taken by the Noble Grand,- and the result shall
be returned to the Grand Secretary under seal of Lodge on
or before the 1st of January of each year, which shall be sub- 865
mitted to the Grand Lodge at 9 o'clock p. m., on the first
day of the session, and handed to two Brothers appointed by
the Grand Master, who shall act as tellers. The Brothers
receiving the majority of votes cast shall be declared elected
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and shall be installed at the last meeting in session.
The question being the adoption of the amendment it
was defeated, and the Section, as reported by the Committee,
was adopted.
.    Sec. 5, Art. Ill, Sec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Art. IV,
Sec. 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Art. V, were adopted.
P. G. M. Wriglesworth, No. 4, moved to add to Sec. 1
of Art. VI: " Provided that when it shall be necessary to
i convene a meeting of the Standing Committee, the Grand
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| Master is empowered to draw on the Grand Treasurer a
I sufficient amount to pay the actual expenses of the mem-
| bers, which shall not exceed the rate allowed for attendance
e at the Sessions of the Grand Lodge," which was agreed to.
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Tbe words c;| 10th mileage and per diem'' were added to
Sec 2, Art. VI. Sees. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, of Art.
VI were adopted. The following was .added as Sec. 12 :
1 The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem shall consist of
" three members, whose duty it shall be to examine and re-
"port the amount each Officer and Representative is entitled
| to receive for attendance upon the Sessions of the Grand
1 Lodge.
Sec. 1, Art. VII, Sees. 1, 2, 3 and 4, Art. VIII, Sees. 1;
2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of Art. IX; Sees. 1, 2 and 3, Art. X; Sees. 1,
2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, of Art. XI ; Sees. 1 and 2, of Art. XII ;
Sees. 1 and 2 Art. XIII; and the Rules of Order, were
adopted as read.
The Grand Lodge then proceeded to consider  seriatem
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the Draft of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, as
reported by the Committee. 866
The Preamble, Art.  I, II, III, IV, were adopted as]
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d.
P. G. M. Waller, No. 2/ moved to amend Sec. 1, Art.j
V, by adding the words "Lodges may be permitted by a,
two-third vote of the members present to confer the Degrees j
in less time than four weeks after initiation," which was not]
agreed to.
P. G. M. Waller, No. 2, moved to strike out the words
"Four Weeks' in Sec. I, Art. V, and insert the words\
"Two Weeks' in lieu thereof. Tne Grand Master ruled
the motion out of order, whereupon P. G. M. Waller appealed to the Grand Lodge against the decision of the Chair.
On being submitted to the vote the ruling of the Grand
Master was sustained. P. G. M. Waller asked leave to
appeal to the Grand Sire against the decision of this Grand;
Lodge, which was granted. Art. V, as recommended by the
Committee, was then adopted.
Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Art. VI. were adopted as
read.
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Sec. 6 of Art. VI was amended on the motion of Rep.
T. C. Gray, No. 10, to provide for the election of officers at
the last regular meetings in May and November of each
year. j
Sections 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, of Art. VL and Clause 1 of
Art. VII, were adopted as read. Clause 2, Sec. 1, Art. VII,
was   amended   by   substituting " Six Months'    in   lien  of
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"Three Months," as the period which must elapse after reinstatement of a suspended member before he shall be entitled  to benefits.     Clause  2,   as  amended,  was  adopted.
Clauses 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Sec. 1, Sections 2, 3, 4 and
5, of Art. VII, adopted as read.
The " Code of Procedure," Sections 6 and 7, Article
VII, «were adopted as read. Articles VIII, IX, X, XI,
XII, and XIII, were adopted as read. 867
It was moved, seconded and carried that the Constitutions of this  Grand Lodge and of Subordinate  Lodges be
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adopted as amended.
The Report of the Special Committee on Constitutions,
etc., was also adopted.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following report, which was adopted :
Victoria, February 12, 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report
that they have considered and recommend for approval the
amendment to the By-Laws of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7,
respecting scale of initiation fees.
A. Henderson,
John H. Meldram,
D. Welsh,       1
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
*he following motion was submitted and agreed to :
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"That the next Annual Session of this Grand Lodge be held
at Nanaimo."
Resolved, That the installation of the Grand Lodge
Officers take place to-morrow evening, at 7 o'clock, in the
Third Degree.
Moved and seconded, That the Grand Lodge do now
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adjourn to half past eight o'clock to-night.
Moved as an amendment, That " half-past eight o'clock
to-night' be struck out and " 10 o'clock, a. in., to-morrow,"
be substituted.
Moved as an amendment to the amendment, That the
present Session be continued to six o'clock this evening, and
that the Grand Lodge do then adjourn to 10 o'clock
to-morrow, which was carried. 868
Moved, seconded and carried, That P. G. M. McColl,
No.   3, and  G.   Cunningham,   No.   3,   be excused further
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attendance at this Session.
The Finance Committee presented the following Report
which was adopted.
Victoria, B. C, February 12th, 1891.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C. : '      '       f
Dear Sirs and Brothers—Tour Finance Committee
beg to report that we have examined the books and reports
of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and 'find the
same correct and in good order.
We would recommend that the per capita tax of the
Subordinate Lodges be $ 1.00 for the ensuing year : 50 cents
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payable on the 30th June, and 50 cents payable on the 31st
December..
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We would suggest that the salary of the Grand  Secre-
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t^y be increased $75.00,  making the amount $300.00   per
annum.    We.find  this officer's work is increasing rapidly
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and should be recognized.
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We have had under consideration the recommendation
of the Grand Master that in future some funds be placed at
the disposal of Grand Masters to pay travelling expenses, but
would advise that this matter be not entertained at this
session on account of the low state of the Grand Lodge
funds.
Estimate of Revenue and Expenditure, 1891:
revenue.
Cash balance in Treasurer's hands $ 729 66
Per capita tax on 1202 members at 551.00 each  1202 00
1931 66
EXPENDITURE.
Sovereign Grand Lodge tax $ 150 00
Grand Secretary's salary     300 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's office     100 00
Printing.     200 00
Janitor ) attendance on Grand Lodge and j Qn nn
Herald  J        Grand Secretary's office } *' *      rfU w
Postage s     15 00
Carried forward § 795 00 869
Brought forward S 795 00
Mileage—
New Westminster. 9 Representatives @ $15  135 00
Nanaimo,                5 " @   10  60 00
Vancouver, 3 f§ @   14  42 00
Kamloops, 3 | @   40  120 00
Donald, 1 u @   50...... 50 00
Chilliwhack, 1 I @  23  23 00
Comox, 1 I @  10  10 00
Wellington, 2 1 @  10  20 00
$1255 00  1255 00
Leaving a balance of Receipts over Expenditure .-  S 676 66
Fraternally submitted,
Wm. McColl,
H. Waller,
P. J. Foulds,
T. C. Gray,
Finance Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That a Committee
be appointed to procure a picture of our Grand Secretary,
Bro. F. Davey, and have it hung in the Hall, provided the
consent of the Lodges be obtained. The Chair appointed
Rep. A. Henderson, ISTo. 2 ; W. D. McKillican, P. G. M.,
No. 4 ; and J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2 ; to form the
Committee.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned.
THIRD   DAY.
Odd Fellows' Hall,
Victoria, B. C, 13th February, 1891.
The  Grand Lodge  met  at   10:30  a. m.   pursuant  to
adjournment. 870
Present—
B. Quennell Grand Master.
W. Edmunds Deputy Grand Master.
R. Rivers Acting Grand Warden.
F. Davey Grand Secretary.
H. Waller, P. G. M      "      Representative.
A. Henderson «      a      Marshal.
J. A. Thompson      "      Guardian.
T. C. Gray      "     Conductor.
W. H. Huxtable      "     Herald.
and a quorum of representatives.
All present having been examined and reported qualified, the Grand Lodge was declared duly opened for
business.
The minutes of yesterday's Session were read and
adopted.
Rep. E. C. Davison, !No. 9, was excused of further
attendance this Session.
P.«G. M. Waller requested and was granted permission
to withdraw his notice of appeal to the Grand Sire, given at
yesterday's session.
Moved, seconded and carried, That tbe incoming Grand
Master and Grand Secretary submit a question to the Grand
Sire for his decision as to the ruling of the Grand Master at
yesterday's Session on an amendment proposed by P. G. M.
Waller to the Subordinate Lodge Constitution.
Moved, seconded and carried, That $200 of the balance
to the credit of the Management Fund of the Auxiliary En-
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dowment Benefit Association be transferred  to the Reserve
Fund of that Association.
Moved and seconded, That the Report of the Committee
on Grand Lodge Constitution 1 >e reconsidered, which was not
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agreed to.
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W. Edmunds, D. G. M., gave the following-notice : 871
I hereby give notice that I will move at the next
Session of this Grand Lodge to amend Seel I of Art. II of
the Constitution, of this Grand Lodge by striking out  the
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word " February '  in the second line and inserting the word
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"April5  in lieu thereof, so as to make the Section read as
follows :    The Grand Lodge shall hold regular Annual Com-
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munications to begin on the second Wednesday of April in
each year at such hour as the Executive Officers shall
determine, due notice thereof being given to all Subordinate
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Lodges at least two weeks prior to the meeting of the Grand
Lodge, and shall continue to meet at such hours as may be
agreed on from day to day (Sundays excepted) until the
close of the Session.
P. G. M. Wriglesworth,   No.   4,   gave  the  following
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notice :
I hereby give notice that at the next Session of this
Grand   Lodge I   will move  the   following amendment to
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Section 1, Article V7, of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges, by adding the words : " Lodges may grant the
I degrees in less time than four weeks by a two-third vote
| of the members present.".
The Grand Lodge adjourned to 7 o'clock p.m.
EVENING  SESSION.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 7 p. m. pursuant to
adjournment.
All the Grand Lodge Officers, with the exception of the
Grand Treasurer and Grand Representative McColl, were
present.
The Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
Moved, seconded and carriedvThat the thanks of this "872
Grand Lodge be tendered to the Subordinate Lodge in this
city for the use of their Hall during this Session.
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The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
and re-opened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting, having  been
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admitted, the Grand Master requested H. Waller, P. G. M.,
and J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., to present the Officers Elect
for Installation.
J. E. Phillips, No. '4, was presented, duly obligated and
installed as Grand Master for the ensuing year.
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The Grand Master installed the following Officers in
their respective chairs : J. E. Phillips, No. 3, as Deputy
Grand Master ; J. Crossan, ISTo. 5, as Grand Warden ; F.
Davey, ISTo. 1, as Grand Secretary ; T. C. Gray, No. 10, as
Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master then appointed the following Officers
and they were duly installed into their respective chairs :
A. G. Day, No. 1 as Grand Chaplain.
P. A. Babingfcon, No. 4 as Grand Marshal.
B. Douglas, No. 13 as Grand Conductor.
M. Duffin, No. 5 as Giand Guardian.
W. H. Huxtable, No. 1 as Grand Herald
The following appointments were also made by the
Grand Master :
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.
W. E. Holmes, No. 1, for District No. 1.
D. Welsh, No. 13, for District No. 2.
R. Rivers, No. 5, for District No. 3.'
J. A. Thompson, No. 6, for District No. 4.
H. Webb, No. 7, for District No. 5.
W. Hogg, No. 10, for District No. G.
E. T. W. Pearse, No. 9, for District No. 7.
G. W. Clinton, No. 11, for District No. 8t
R. Gordon, No. 12, for District No. 9.
Sister Miss S. Neill, P. N. G„ for Colfax Degree of Re-
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bekah Lod^e, No. 1. 873
GRAND INSTRUCTORS.
P. W. Dempster, No. 2, Victoria.
R. F. Bonson, No. 3, New Westminster.
E. McNeill; No. 5, Nanaimo.
S. Clarke, M: D., No. 9, Kamloops.
Sister Mrs. Bishop, P. N. G., Colfax Degree of Rebekah
Lodge, No. 1.
STANDING COMMITTEES.
Finance—W. McColl, P. G. M., No. 3; H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2;
G. Norris, No. 5.
Appeals—J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2; A. McKeown, No. 1; S.
Clark, M. D., No. 9; A. Parker, No. 10; J. Holland, No. 4.
Laws op Subordinates—F. Carne, P. G. M., No. 1; A. G. McCand-
less, No. 4; A. Henderson, No. 2; P. J. Foulds, No. 3; W. H. Morton,
No. 5.
Petitions—W. Walker, No. 4; W. Steele, No. 1; E.P. Julian, No. 3.
State op the Order—E. Quennell, P. G. M., No. 5, W. C. Loye?
No. 13; R. Scott, No. 6.
Legislation—J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., No. 4; W. Edmunds, No-
9; R. W. Fawcett, No. 2.
Printing—Grand Secretary, J. E. McMillan, No. 2; G. Williams,
No. 1.
Judiciary—R. Roberts, P. G. M., No. 1: H. A. Munn, No. 2; A. W.
Scoullar, No. 8.
Mileage and Per Diem—A. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 1; L. H. Cousins,
No. 4; J. B. Henderson, No. 8.
All members present not in possession of the Grand
Lodge Degree having retired, the Grand Lodge was closed in
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the Third Degree and re-opened in the Grand Lodge Degree.
The following motion was offered and carried : That
the appointments of the Grand Master be approved by this
Grand Lodge.
Moved, seconded and carried, That the Grand Lodge
Officers be authorized to procure a set of Officer's Regalia for
this Grand Lodge before the next Annual Session.
Resolved, That the Printing Committee be instructed
to insert a Memorial'Page in the printed proceedings of this 874
Session to the memory of our late Bro. James Fell, P. G.,
of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, and of any other Past  Grand of
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this Jurisdiction whose death may have been reported during
the past year.
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to prepare and forward to the Sovereign Grand Lodge a Memorial
expressive of the sentiment of this Grand Lodge in favor of
the proposed Legislation to admit  to membership  in   the
Order persons of 18 years of age.
Moved, seconded and carried, That a vote of thanks be
accorded to the Grand Master and other Grand Officers for
the efficient manner in which they have conducted the
business of this Grand Lodge during the past year.
The minutes of this day's session having been read,
were, on motion, adopted as read.
Moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand Lodge do
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now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned.
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r CONSTITUTION
OF  THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L 0, 0, F
PREAMBLE.
Whebeas, The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, possessing original and exclusive jurisdiction—the source
of all true and legitimate authority in Odd Fellowship—did, by its warrant, bearing date the 25th day of April, in the fifty-fifth year of our
Order, grant authority to certain Past Grands of the Order, resident in
the Province of British Columbia, to form a Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to be known and hailed by the name,
style and title of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows of the Province of British Columbia, giving and granting to
them and their successors, by the name, style and title aforesaid, full
power and authority to grant warrants for opening Lodges subordinate
to it, for the propagation of the established principles of the Order;
with powtir and authority also, to cause nil honorary and the first three
degrees of the Order to be conferred on deserving members, according to
the laws, customs, and ancient usages of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows; and as the Grand Legislative Head of the Order in the Province of British Columbia, to have and to exercise full power and authority to enforce upon its subordinates a strict adherence to the laws
of the Order, and to make and establish such rules for their government as in the opinion of the said Grand Lodge may be for the advancement of the Order and in conformity to the directions of tho
Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F.
Now, therefore, we, the Past Grands, residing within said jurisdiction, do hereby make and declare the following as the C institution of
the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, for the
Province of British Columbia.
ARTICLE I.
OP THE GRAND LODGE.
Section 1. This Grand Lodge shall be known by the name,
style and title of "The Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows of the Province of British Columbia," and shall be composed of
all Past Grands who are contributing members of Lodges subordinate to
this Grand Lodge, and in good standing, and who have been admitted a.3
required by this Constitution. 882
Sec. 2. The Grand Lodge has jurisdiction in Odd Fellowship over
the territory known as the Province of British Columbia, and over all
Subordinate Lodges situated within the said territory or Province, or
working under the authority of the same, and is the Supreme Tribunal
of the Order in its jurisdiction.
Sec 3. To entitle a Past Grand to be admitted to the Grand Lodge
he must produce satisfactory evidence that he is such, and is a contributing member in good standing of a Lodge subordinate to this Grand
Lodge at the time of his admission.
ARTICLE II.
OF THE SESSIONS AND BUSINESS OF THE GBAND LODGE.
Section 1. The Grand Lodge shall hold regular Annual Communications to begin on the second Wednesday of February in each year at
such hour as the Executive officers shall determine, due notice thereof
being given to all Subordinate Lodges at least two weeks prior to the
meeting of the Grand Lodge, and shall continue to meet at -such hours
as may be agreed upon from day to day (Sundays excepted) until the
close of the session.
Sec. 2. The business of the Grand Lodge shall be transacted by
the elective officers of the Grand Lodge, and the representatives elected,
in the manner hereinafter provided. All Past Grands in good standing,
who have received the Grand Lodge Degree, may be present at the
session ; but none except officers of, and representatives to, the Grand
Lodge, and Past Grand Masters of this Lodge in good standing, shall
have the right to vote, except as hereinafter provided, or, without permission, to speak on any subject at the Session.
Sec. 3. Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand
Lodge to one representative for its members of fifty or under ; also one
representative for every fifty members over and above said first number
of fifty members in good standing. Representatives must be Past
Grands in good standing, and shall be elected by the Lodge
at the second regular meeting in January of each year to serve one year
from the beginning of said Annual Communication. Provided that no
new Lodge shall be entitled to representation in this Grand Lodge until
it has paid at least one semi-annual tax. Each Lodge shall at the same
time elect one alternate for each representative elected, and, in case a
representative shall be unable to attend the session of the Grand Lodge,
then the alternate receiving the highest number of votes may attend in
his place and have all the powers and privileges of a representative.
Vacancies may be filled at any time to serve the remainder of the term.
Sec. 4. Each elective officer, except the Grand Master, who is not
also a representative, and each representative, shall be entitled to one
vote. The Grand Master shall be entitled to vote in all cases of a tie.
In case of the absence of any representative, the representatives of his
Lodge present may cast the vote of the absentee, providing they have his
written authority so to do. In the election of Grand Officers, -each Past
Grand in attendance, at the annual communication, shall be entitled to}
one vote only.
Sec. 5. Special sessions may be called at the option of the Grand
Master. Such sessions shall be for the transaction of extraordinary business only, which shall be specified in the call, and not less than fifteen;
days' notice shall be given by letter to each representative, which fifteen 883
days shall begin from the date on which said letters are mailed. Such
special session shall be held at the place as specified in the notice calling
the session.
Seo. 6. The Grand Lodge cannot be opened unless representatives
from the three Lodges are present, including ten members, in addition
to the Grand Master, oi; his Deputy.
ARTICLE III.
OF  OFFICERS.
Section 1.   The elective officers of this Grand Lodge shall be :
1st. Grand Master.
2nd. Deputy Grand Master. *
3rd. Grand Warden.
4th. Grand Secretary.
5th. Grand Treasurer.
6th. Grand Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge of
the I. O. O. F.
Seo. 2.   The appointed officers shall be:
Grand Chaplain.
Grand Marshal.
Grand Conductor.
Grand Guardian.
Grand Herald.
District Deputy Grand Masters for each District, provided, that Past
Grands may be appointed to discharge the duties of District Deputy
Grand Masters previous to being admitted to membership. But District Deputy Grand Masters are not thereby made ex-officio Officers or
members of this Grand Lodge.
Seo. 3. Any Past Grand a member of the Grand Lodge shall be
eligible for any elective or appointed office in this Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. The election for elective officers of the Grand Lodge shall
be held at nine o'clock, p. m., on the first day of the session, by ballot,
in the following manner :
When open in that order of business, each Past Grand present
having the privilege to nominate, there shall be provided a ballot box in
which to deposit the ballots, with two tellers; and all shall proceed to
vote: and when all have voted, the Grand Master shall proclaim the
ballot closed, and the tellers shall immediately canvas the votes, and if
there be no choice for the officer balloted for, a new ballot shall be immediately ordered, which ballot shall be confined to the three haying the
greatest number of votes, (provided there are three votedfor) and if there
then be no choice, the ballot shaU be confined to the two receiving the
greatest number of votes. Any Past Grand qualified, having received a
majority of votes, shall be declared elected, and shall be installed
into his respective office on the last day of the session. Provided, that
in all cases where only one person is in nomination for an office, the election may be held woa voce. Provided also : That the Grand Lodge may,
after a four-fifths vote, install any officer or officers at any time after his
election; but the duties of said officer or officers shall not commence until
the last day of the session. 884
Seo. 5. The appointed officers shall be appointed by the Grand
Master, by and with the consent and approval of this Grand Lodge,
after his installation.
ARTICLE IV.
DUTIES  OF OFFICERS.
Section 1. The Grand Master shall preside at all sessions of the
Grand Lodge, and preserve order therein, and enforce a due observance
of the Constitution and By-laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of this Grand Lodge.
All questions of order, and all decisions made by him on any point
growing out of the Constitution or By-laws of this Grand Lodge, shall
be subject to appeal from his decision to the Grand Lodge ; and it shall
be his duty to put the question oo all such appeals to the Grand Lodge.
He shall appoint Officers pr# tem. to fill vacancies in the Grand
Lodge whilst in session, and all committees not otherwise provided for
in this Constitution, or ordered by the Grand Lodge. He shall give the
casting vote in all cases where the votes are equally divided, except in
cases of election of officers. When any demand shall have been approved by a majority of the Finance Committee, he shall order the
Grand Treasurer to pay the same.   He may grant dispensations :
1st.   To confer degrees on a member without delay.
2nd. To allow members of the Order to appear in public in regalia.
3rd.   To allow Lodges to apply to other Lodges for assistance.
4th.   To allow Lodges to admit to membership persons who reside
near some other Lodge.
5th.   To authorize the installation of officers in public.
6th.   To give entertainments for the benefit of the Order.
7th.   To authorize the balloting for, and initiation of, a candidate at
the time his proposition is presented to a Lodge.
8th.   To allow Subordinate Lodges to change their place of meeting.
9th.   To allow a brother to be reinstated after expulsion.
10th.   To institute Lodges, and authorize them to work as such until
the next session of this Grand Lodge.
11th.   To empower Subordinate Lodges to elect   Scarlet Degree
members to any office in such Lodge, provided all qualified
brothers refuse to serve.
He may, in person, confer the Past Official Degrees. He shall decide all appeals on questions of law, which may be made to him from the
decisions of his deputies He shall receive and act upon all complaints
which may be made to him against his deputies or Lodges. He shall
give such instructions from time to time in the work c »f the Order to the
deputies, or to the Lodges, as may be necessary. When officially visiting Subordinate Lodges, he shall be received with the honors of the
Order.
Sec. 2. The Deputy Grand Master shall support the Grand Master
in presiding, and in his absence shall fill the chair for him. In the
event of a vacancy in the office of Grand Master, the Deputy Grand
Master shall become Grand Master for the balance of the term, and receive the honors of a full term.
Sec 3. The Grand Warden shall assist the Grand Master in conducting the business of the Grand Lodge. He shall, under the Grand
Master, have special charge of the door, and in the absence of the Grand
Master and Deputy Grand Master, he shall preside. 885
Sec 4. The Grand Secretary shall make a just and true record of
the proceedings of the Grand Lodge at every session, and transmit as
soon as practicable after the close of the annual session, to the Subordinate Lodges, each two copies thereof ; he shall keep the accounts
between the Grand Lodge and its Subordinates, receive all moneys coming therefrom, and pay the same over to the Grand Treasurer ; he shall
issue all necessary notices and circulars to Subordinates, representatives
and officers ; he shall provide all stationery for the use of the Grand
Lodge, and superintend such printing as the Lodge shall direct; he
shall perform.such other duties as are herein provided for, or that may
be ordered by the Grand'Lodge ; he shall receive such salary as may be
fixed upon at each annual session, which shall be paid quarterly ; he
shall, previous to installation, give bonds to the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Province of British Columbia,
in such form and penalty as shall be approved of, for the faithful discbarge of his duties.
Sec 5. The Grand Treasurer shall receive and take charge of the
moneys of the Grand Lodge, pay all orders drawn on him by the Grand
Master, under the seal of the Grand Lodge ; make such investment of
the funds as the Grand Lodge may direct; keep his accounts in such a
manner as will exhibit the resources and amount of receipts, and by
whom paid, the purposes and amount of disbursements, and to whom
paid ; have his accounts closed up on the Saturday preceding the second
Monday in February, annually, and submit them to the Finance Committee, and transmit by the Grand Secretary, annually, to the Subordinates, an exhibit of his accounts. He shall attend all regular sessions of
the Grand Lodge; he shall, previous to installation, give bonds to the
Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Province
of British Columbia, in such form and*penalty as shall be approved of,
for the faithful performance of his duties.
Seo 6. The Elective Officers of this Grand Lodge, viz : Grand
Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Warden, Grand Secretary and
Grand Treasurer, shall form the Executive Committee of the Auxiliary
Endowment Benefit Association of this Gr^nd Lodge, and perform
such duties as may be provided for their respective offices by the rules
governing the said association.
Sec 7. The District Deputy Grand Master shall, in the absence of
the Grand Master, or other elective Grand Officer, install the officers of
all Lodges in his district, and enforce a due observance of the Constitution By-laws, and Resolutions of the Grand Lodge; be the organ of the
Grand Master with the Subordinates in his jurisdiction; have power to
grant dispensations to Lodges in his district to confer the three degrees
at one meeting or in less time than may otherwise be permitted^ when
circumstances require it; he shall see that the work of the Order is performed uniformly, confer official degrees on Past Grands, collect from
Lodges in his district all returns and moneys due the Grand Lodge, and
forward them immediately to the Grand Secretarv; decide all questions
of law that may be submitted to him by Lodges under his charge, and
report annually to the Grand Master his proceedings. He shall forthwith report to the Grand Master all cases of violation on the part of bub-
ordinates of the Constitution and By-laws of the Grand Lodge, or disobedience to its lawful commands.
Seo 8. The appointed officers of this Grand Lodge shall perform
spch duties as are required by their charges and the usages of the
Order. 886
ARTICLE V.
REMOVALS AND VACANCIES.
Sec. 1 Any Grand Officer may be removed from his office by the
Grand Lodge for misconduct or neglect of duty, but he shall be entitled
to a fair trial, and two-thirds of the votes of the members present shall
be necessary for removal.
Sec 2. No officer shall officiate in the Grand Lodge during the time
of his trial. Whenever the Grand Master, or officer acting as such, shall
be on trial, or whenever a resolution for the removal of the Grand Master,
or officer acting as such, shall be submitted, the Grand Lodge may direct
any Past Grand Master, (in case the Deputy Grand Master or Grand
Warden are incapacitated) to occupy the chair.
Sec 3. Any member may be expelled from the Grand Lodge as
such for misconduct upon the vote of two-thirds of the members present
at any meeting, after a copy of the resolution of expulsion shall have
been served upon him.
Sec 4. Vacancies in the office of District Deputy Grand Master
shall be filled by the Grand Master. Vacancies in the other Grand
Offices, except that of Grand Master, shall be filled by the Grand Lodge,
if in session; if not, then by the Standing Committee, for the remainder
of the term. Provided, That in case of a vacancy in the office of Grand
Representative, the appointee of the Standing Committee shall only hold
office until the succeeding session of this Grand Lodge.
ARTICLE VI.
COMMITTEES.
Section 1. The elective Grand Officers, except the Grand Representatives shall constitute the Standing Committee to act in the recess of
the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge, and perform such duties as may
be assigned to them. Of said committee the Grand Master shall be
chairman, and he may call meetings thereof at his discretion. Provided,
that when it shall be necessary to convene a meeting of the Standing
Committee the Grand Master is empowered to draw on the Grand
Treasurer a sufficient amount to pay the actual expenses of the members
which shall not exceed the rate allowed for attendance at the sessions of
the Grand Lodge.
Sec 2 There shall be appointed, at each annual session, the following regular committees, from among the members :
1st. Committee on Credentials.
2nd. Committee on Finance.
3rd. Committee on Appeals.
4th. Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
5th. Committee on Petitions.
6th. Committee on the State of the Order,
7th. Committee on Legislation.
8th. Committee on Printing.
9th. Committee on Judiciary.
10th. Mileage and per diem. 887
Sec 3. The Committee on Credentials shall consist of three members, who shall be appointed by the Grand Master who is holding over,
or the incumbent of the chair at the time of opening of the session, and
whose duty it shall be to examine and report to the Grand Lodge on the
credentials and certificates of members.
Sec 4. The Committee on Finance shall consist of three members,
whose duty it shall be to examine and report on all accounts and claims
against the Grand Lodge; to examine the accounts of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, annually, and report the result of their examination, and the condition of the finances immediately thereafter to
the Grand Lodge; to ascertain and report at the commencement of each
annual session, the amount required for the expenses of the Grand Lodge
for the ensuing year, and suggest such measures of finance as they may
deem expedient.
Sec 5. The Committee on Appeals shall consist of five members,
who shall be appointed by the Grand Master, by and with the approval
of the Grand Lodge, whose duty it shall be to examine all appeals referred
to them, and report thereon such action as may be proper in the
Grand Lodge.
All appeals taken from the action of the Subordinate Lodges shall,
as fast as the same are received by the Grand Secretary, be transmitted
by him to the chairman of the Committee on Appeals. If the Committee
on Appeals find the papers defective in any essential particulars, they
shall certify the fact to the Grand Secretary, who shaU remit the papers
to the respective Subordinate Lodge, requiring it forthwith to correct
the defects complained of, and return the amended papers to the Grand
Secretary, who shall immediately transmit the same to the chairman of
the Gommittee on Appeals. It shall be the duty of the Committee on
Appeals to report, at the earliest practicable day of the Annual Session,
their action upon the appeals transmitted to them during the recess of
the Grand Lodge.
Sec. 6. The Committee on Laws of Subordinates shall consist of
five members, whose duty it shall be to examine and report on the Bylaws of Subordinate Lodges referred to them, and also to examine and
approve of the By-laws of Subordinates, that may be submitted to them
previous to being printed, and to direct such alterations in the By-laws
as will make them conform to the laws and regulations of the Order,
subject to the approval of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 7. The Committee on Petitions shall consist of three members,
whose duty it shall be to examine all applications for charters referred
to them, and report to the Grand Lodge such action thereon as may be
proper.
Sec 8. The Committee on the State of the Order shall consist of
three members, who shall examine the reports of the District Deputy
Grand Masters and reports of Subordinate Lodges and such other matters as may be referred to them, and report thereon to the Grand Lodge,
and they shall annually present to the Grand Lodge an exhibit of the
condition and progress of the Order under this jurisdiction, and recommend such measures for the good of the Order as from time to time
they shall judge proper.
Sec. 9. The Committee on Legislation shall consist of three members, who shall examine and report on all proposed amendments of the 888
Constitution, By-laws, Rules of Order and Resolutions governing this
Grand Lodge, and such other matters as may be referred to them by
the Grand Lodge, or Grand Master.
Sec 10. The Committee on Printing shall consist of three members, of which the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge shall be one,
and shall be chairman thereof. They shall decide all matters of Printing, and none of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge shall be given
to the public press without having first received the sanction of a
majority of said Committee.
Sec 11. The Committee on Judiciary shall consist of three members whose duty it shall be to consider all questions in relation to the
construction of the Laws of the Order and the decisions of the Grand
Master upon questions of law.
Sec 12. The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem shall consist of
three members whose duty it shall be to examine and report the amount
each Officer and Representative is entitled to receive for attendance upon
the Sessions of the Grand Lodge.
ARTICLE VII.
OF VOTES.
Section 1. Each Elective Officer, except the Grand Master, shall
be entitled to one vote. All questions and votes before the Grand
Lodge not in this Constitution otherwise provided for shall be determined by a majority of the votes given ; and when five of the members
call for a vote by yeas and nays, or when the same are in this Constitution required to be taken, they shall be so taken and recorded on the
journal.
ARTICLE VIII.
OF REVENUE.
Sec 1. The revenue of this Grand Lodge shall be raised for the
purpose of defraying the necessary expenses thereof.
Sec 2. The fee for a charter for a Subordinate Lodge shall be
Thirty Dollars, to accompany the application for a charter, Fifteen
Dollars for a Degree Charter, and Ten Dollars for a charter for a Rebekah Degree Lodge.
Sec 3. At each Regular Annual Session, the Finance Committee
shall ascertain what will be the deficiency for the current year to pay
the estimated expenses of the Grand Lodge, and the amount of such deficiency shall be assessed upon each Subordinate Lodge in proportion
to the number of the members returned at the last semi-annual report thereof, ending 31st December of each year. Such assessment
shall be paid by the Lodges to the District Deputy Grand Master or
Installing Officer, who shall remit the same without delay to the Grand
Secretary.
Sec 4.   No Lodge under this jurisdiction shall be entitled to have
its officers installed, or to receive the Travelling or Term  P. W., until
the reports to the Grand Lodge shall have been placed in the hands of.
the Installing Officer and assessments paid. 889
ARTICLE IX.
ON SUBORDINATE LODGES*
Sec 1. On the written application of five or more brothers of the
Order, who have attained the Scarlet Degree, praying for a charter to
open b? Lodge, the Grand Lodge may grant the same, and such Lodge
shall receive its charter and the necessary charges and instructions
from the Gran4 Master, or the Deputy Grand Master of the district, or
by a Past Grand specially deputed. All necessary, expenses, -if any, of
the installing officers, to be borne by the Lodge so opened; Provided,
always, that the cards of the petitioners, or a certificate of the deposit
thereof with the District Deputy Grand Master of the district, shall accompany the application.
Sec 2. The Grand Master and his duly commissioned and appointed
Deputy may, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by
the Grand Lodge, initiate and confer the three degrees of the Order for
the purpose of instituting a new lodge in a locality not less than ten
miles from any other lodge, a sufficient number of applicants to constitute such new lodge, provided such persons shall first make regular application for membership in the lodge nearest such locality, and upon
due reference of such application, examination and report of such committee, according to the by-laws of such lodge, the said lodge shall recommend such persons to membership by the constitutional vote required for the election of members, which vote shall be certified to the
Grand Master by the Noble Grand and Secretary of such lodge, under
seal.
Sec- 3. An application, as provided in the first section hereof, shall
be presented to the Grand Lodge, if in session; if not to the Grand
Master through the Grand Secretary, who shall, on the receipt thereof,
if advisable, have power to issue a Dispensation to open such lodge, subject to confirmation at the next session of the Grand Lodge, in which
case, if confirmed, a regular charter shall be issued.
Sec 4. At the end of each term, every Subordinate Lodge shall report to the Grand Lodge the work thereof for such term, which shall
include the names of those initiated, admitted by card, as an Ancient
Odd Fellow, rejected, withdrawn by card, reinstated, and deceased ; the
names of those suspended and expelled, with the cause thereof, together
with the number of degrees conferred, the whole number in membership, the amount of receipts, and the result of the election of officers, accompanied by whatever amount may be due the Grand Lodge.
Sec 5. At each Annual Session, every lodge shall report in addition, up to the first day ia January, a full return of members, with
their names ranked according to the degrees they have taken, and a
statement of the number of brothers relieved, widowed families relieved,
and brothers buried, and amount of money applied to each of these purposes, designating the amouut paid for the education of orphans and for
current expenses.
Sec 6. The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges may be changed
or amended in any manner, at a regular session of the Grand Lodge, by
a two-thirds vote.
ARTICLE X.
OF DfiGREE LODGES.
Section 1.   Upon the written petition of five or more Past Grands, 890
and five or more Scarlet Degree paembers of the Order, praying for a
warrant to open a Degree Lodge, tbe Grand Lodge may grant the same;
and such Degree Lodge shall receive its charter, and the necessary
lectures and instructions in the same manner as is provided for Subordinate Lodges.
Sec. 2. The Grand Master shall have the same power in reference
to the approval of applications and issuing of dispensations to open Degree Lodges as in the case of Subordinate Lodges.
Sec 3. No Degree Lodge shall admit or retain in membership any
person who is not at the time a regular contributing member of a Subordinate Lodge under this jurisdiction, unless his card is in the possession of the Grand Lodge or its officers, as an applicant for a charter.
ARTICLE XI.
OF OFFENCES OF SUBORDINATE OR DEGREE LODGES.
Section 1. Whenever any Subordinate or Degree Lodge shall
violate the Constitution, By-laws, Rules, or Regulations of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, or of this Grand Lodge, such lodge shall be liable to a trial
and punishment, as herein provided.
Sec 2. Upon the suspension or expulsion of a Lodge, or surrender
or forfeiture of its charter, it shall be the duty of its last installed officers
and members, having the custody of the charter, books, papers, property and funds of the Lodge, to assign, transfer and deliver the same,
on demand, to the Grand Master, or the District Deputy Grand Master,
or to such Past Grand as may be •specially deputed by the Grand
Master or Grand Lodge to receive the same; and the same shall be
held subject to the order of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 3. All the effects or funds received by the Grand Lodge from
any Subordinate or Degree Lodge, utader the last section, shall be kept
separate and apart from the property or funds of the Grand Lodge,
and such funds shall not be estimated as a part of the funds of the Grand
Lodge, but'shall be held in trust to be restored, should such lodge be
reinstated, or upon the expiration of the period of suspension; Provided,
however, that in the event said lodge should not be restored to fellowship within one year, the funds of said lodge shall be placed in the
general fund of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. Any Subordinate Lodce failing to hold its meetings for six
montjis, or to make its returns as required by Article IX., Sec. 4, of this
Constitution, for one year, shall be deemed an extinct lodge, and its
charter shall be forfeited.
Sec 5. Members of a suspended or expelled lodge, or of a lodge
whose charter has been surrendered or forfeited, who were in good
standing at the time of such suspension or dissolution, or who may have
paid all arrearages then due to the Grand Lodge, shall, upon the recommendation of the District Deputy Grand Master of the district in which
such suspended or extinct lodge is located, receive from the Grand Secretary a certificate, under the seal of the Grand Lodge, to enable them
to make application for admission to membership in any other lodge;
Provided, such members are not excluded by Sections 3 and 4 of this
Article.
Sec. 6- Upon the application of any five or more members of an
xtinct lodge to the Grand Lodge for the restoration of such lodge to
ellowship, accompanied with a satisfactory evidence that a fair oppor- 891
tunity has been given to all who were members in good standing at the
time the same became extinct, to unite in such application (except as
provided by Section 4 of this Article,) such applicants,* or such portion
thereof as the Grand Lodge may approve of may be restored to fellowship in said lodge, together with the charter and effects belonging
ib such lodge at the time of its extinction; unless such effects shall
have been placed in the general fund of the Grand Lodge, as provided
by Section 3 of this Article.
ARTICLE XII.
BY-LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER.
Section 1. The Grand Lodge may enact, alter or amend such Bylaws as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Constitution, and of regulating the proceedings of its officers, and of committees, and of providing for the safety and security of the funds and
property; Provided, at least one day's notice in writing be given at
the Annual Session, pf such By-law or amendment, and that the same
do not in anywise contravene this Constitution.
Sec 2. The Grand Lodge may, in like manner, make such Rules
of Order as may be necessary for the regulation of its sessions, and
for securing good order and the dispatch of business. Such Rules of
Order may be suspended at any meeting by a two-thirds vote; Provided, that such suspension shall not extend beyond the meeting which
voted therefor.
ARTICLE XIII.
AMENDING  CONSTITUTION.
Section 1. This Constitution shall not be altered or amended
except by a proposition therefor, made in writing at a regular Annual
Communication, signed by three or more representatives from not less
than three lodges, which shall be entered on the journal and lie over
until the next regular communication, when if agreed to by a vote of
two thirds of the legislative members present, it shall be adopted; Provided, it shall be competent for this Grand Body by a majority vote of
its legislative members present at any regular Arfnual Session to amend
any part of this Constitution, to make the same conform to the Laws
and Regulations of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Such propositions to
be submitted in writing and to lay over one day before being a^ted
upon.
Sec 2. All propositions, submitted for the amendment of this Constitution, to receive consideration, must specify the Section or Clause to
be amended, with the words to be struck out or inserted and the Section
must be given in full as it would read when so amended. BY-LAWS
OF THE
Grand
ODGE OF JRfflSH jOLUMBIA,
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1, Each Elective and Appointed Officer, and the properly accredited Representatives shall receive the sum of $2.00 (two dollars) per diem
for each days attendance at the sessions of the Grand Lodge, and also five
cents per mile for each mile actually travelled to and from his place of
residence to the place of meeting of the Grand Lodge by the shortest
available route, provided, that Representatives of Lodges located in the
place where the Grand Lodge meets shall not be entitled to mileage.
Tbe Roll of Officers and Representatives shall be called at each
meeting.
tlales of OpdeiT.
1—ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The Order of Business of the Annual Session, shall be :
first day.
1st. The Grand Master shall request the members to clothe themselves in proper regalia, and direct the officers to take their respective
stations, and fill vacancies pro tem., and shall then, after all have been
examined, call up the Grand Lodge.
2nd. While standing, the Grand Chaplain shall address the Supreme Ruler of the Universe in prayer.
3rd. Proclamation shall be made by the Deputy Grand Master of
the opening of the Grand Lodge.
4th. The Grand Secretary shall present, and read, if required, the
credentials of members.
5th. The Committee on Credentials shall forthwith examine and
report on the eligibility of members.
6th.   New members of the Grand Lodge shall be admitted.
7th. The record of all Special Sessions shall be read and passed
upon by the Grand Lodge.
8th. Vacancies in committees and among the appointed officers,
shall be filled.
9th.    The reports of the Grand Officers shall be presented.
10th. Petitions, Communications, Appeals, and Financial Accounts,
shall be presented, and referred in the order above mentioned. 893
11th.   Miscellaneous  business, and nomination   and   election   of
officers.
SECOND DAY.
12th.   Reading and approval of Minutes of preceding day.
13th.   Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon, roll
call, and admission of new members.
14th.   Resolutions of inquiry of Standing ©r Special Committees.
15th.   Reports of Standing Committees: in the order in which they
are named in the Constitution.
16th.   Reports of Special Committees by seniority.
17th.   Consideration of proposed amendments to the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge.
18th.   Consideration of proposed amendmentsJbo\ the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges.
19th.   Petitions, Communications, Appeals and Financial Accounts,
presented and referred.
20th.   Unfinished business.
21st.   New business.
THIRD DAY.
22nd.    Reading and approving Minutes of preceding day.
23rd. Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon,
roll call, and admission of new members.
24th.   Reports of Standing and Special Committees. <
25th.   Additional business in the same order as on second day.
26th.   Miscellaneous business.
27th. Should the foregoing order of business not be concluded on
the first or second day, it shall be commenced on each succeeding day
where it left off on the preceding; except that the reading and approval
of minutes, and reception, reference, and reports on credentials of members, shall be the first business in order on each day, and that the nomination and election of^officers shall be the last business on the first day
of the session.
28th. The vote on a motion to close the session, shall not be taken
until the day succeeding that at which it shall be offered, and shall be
in this form: "TJiatwhen the Grand Lodge adjourn this day, thtis
Annual Session shall stand adjourned sine die."
29th. On the last day of the session, the officers shall be installed,
and committees appointed, before it shall be declared closed ; the
minutes of the day shall be read and approved, if correct.
II.—OF DECORUM.
During the continuance of the meeting, the most decorous silence
must be observed ; the officers and members retaining their respective
seats, and no one leaving the room without the permission of the Grand
Master, uor entering without the consent of the Grand Warden.
No member shall, by conversation or otherwise,' interrupt the business of the Grand Lodge, or refuse to obey the chair. Every officer and
member shall be designated in debate, or otherwise, by his proper office
or title, according to his standing in the Order. 894
No member shall be permitted to vote or speak, unless clothed in
regalia appropriate to his rank and station.
III.—OF THE CHAIR.
The Grand Master, while presiding, shall state every question coming before the Grand Lodge, and immediately before putting it to vote
shall ask, " Is the Grand Lodge ready for the question? " Should no
member rise to speak, an$ a majority indicate their readiness, he shall
rise to take the question ; and after he has risen, no member shall be
permitted to speak upon it. He shall pronounce the #votes and decisions of the Grand Lodge on all subjects. His decisions on questions of
order shall be without debate, unless entertaining doubts on the point
he invite it, and shall have the privilege of speaking only on such questions from the chair. When his decision has been appealed from, the
question shall be put thus: " Will the Grand Lodge sustain the Chair
in its decision? "
IV.—OF DEBATE.
Every member when he speaks or offers a motion, shall rise and respectfully address the Chair. While speaking he shall confine himself to
the question under debate, avoiding all personality and indecorous
language,
bers.
as well as any reflection upon the Grand Lodge, or its mem
Should two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the
Chair shall decide which shall be entitled to the floor.
No member shall disturb another in his speech, unless to call him to
order for words spoken.
If a member while speaking, shall be called to order, at the request
of the Chair, he shall cease speaking, and take his seat until the question
of order is determined, when, if permitted, he may again proceed.
No member shall speak more than once upon the same question,
until all the members wishing to speak shall have had an opportunity to
do so, nor more than twice, without permission of the Chair. But no
member shall have the privilege of speaking more than once on a question of order, after appeal from the decision of the Chair.
V.-OF QUESTIONS AND VOTES.
When any communication, petition or memorial is presented, before
it is read, or any vote taken on it, a brief statement or its contents shall
be made by the introducer or the Chair. And after it has been read, a
brief notice of the purport shall be entered on the Journal.
No motion shall be subject to action until seconded and stated by
the Chair, and at the desire of any member, shall be reduced to writing.
When a blank is to be filled, the question shall be taken first upon
the highest sum or number, and the longest or latest time proposed.
Any member may call for a division of a question, when the sense
will admit of it.
When a question is before the Grand Lodge, no motion shall be received, unless to adjourn, the previous question, to lie on the table, to
postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a certain time, to refer or to amend,
and shall have precedence in the order herein arranged; the three first
of which shall be decided without debate. 895
After any question, except one of indefinite postponement, has been
decided, any two members who voted in the majority, may, during the
same communication, move for a reconsideration thereof.
The previous q uestion can be called for by two members, if seconded by a majority, and shall be put in this form " Shall the main
question be now put? " If carried, all debate shall cease, and the vote
shall be first upon all pending amendments, beginning with the one last
proposed, after which, upon the main question. %
When five members rise in favor of taking a question by ayes and
nays, they shall be ordered to be so recorded.
Every member present shall vote on any question before the Grand
Lodge, unless he is personally interested in the result, or has been excused by the Grand Lodge, or is otherwise incapacitated.
No more than two amendments to a proposition shall be entertained at the same time—that is, an amendment, and an amendment to
an amendment—and the question shall be first taken on the latter.
When the ayes and nays are ordered, the names of the representatives shall be called by the Lodges.
Past Grands, not representatives, have no right to vote upon any
question before the Grand Lodge ; that right is confined to those whose
credentials as Representatives are reported correct by the Committee on
Credentials and Past Grand Masters of this jurisdiction in good standing.
All unimportant questions and answers reported upon by the committee on the State of the Order, are to be entered on the secret Journal.
After a substitute has been accepted by the Grand Lodge, in place
of the report of a committee, further action on the report would be out
of order, without first reconsidering the vote by which the substitute
was adopted.
When a substitute is adopted in place of an amendment, it is not
necessary to take action on the amendment.
All resolutions laid on the table, and not acted upon before the
close of the session of the Grand Lodge at which they were presented,
expire with the session, and would have to be renewed at any subsequent session, befor^any action could be had thereon.
!^TOWa-ava- a V^a^O CONSTITUTION
OF
Subordinate Lodges.
PREAMBLE,
For the purpose of effecting uniformity in the administration of the
privileges, honors and benefits of Oddfellowship within this jurisdiction,
the Gband Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the
Province of British Columbia ordains the following Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges under its jurisdiction.
ARTICLE 1
NAME, ETC.
Section 1. This Lodge shall consist of at least five members of the
Third Degree, including one qualified to preside at its meetings, to be
hailed and entitled [Name and Number of Lodge,] Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, holding a legal and unreclaimed charter, granted or sanctioned by the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
of the Province of British Columbia. It cannot voluntarily surrender its
charter, or dissolve, so long as five brothers in good standing object
thereto.
Sec 2. Two or more Lodges in this jurisdiction may consolidate
whenever such Lodges so decide and agree at a regular meeting of each
such Lodge, two week's notice being given of such resolution in each
Lodge prior to its adoption, and providing that five or more members in
good standing of either Lodge do not object to such consolidation.
ARTICLE II.
OF MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. All candidates for initiation must be free white males,
of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, of sound health, of good
moral character and industrious habits, having some known reputable
means of support, and believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, the
Creator and Preserver of the Universe, and be proposed in the lodge
nearest his residence, except that lodge grant permission for his joining
another lodge; Provided, that application for membership may be made
to any lodge nearest the residence of the applicant, in the same district.]
A person may be admitted to any lodge in the city or village in which he
resides; but all candidates for initiation must reside in this jurisdiction,
except such candidates as may apply from any other Province, State or
Territories, where there is no Grand Lodge or District Deputy Grand
Sir a located.
Sec. 2. All candidates for membership by deposit of card, or certificate  of  dismissal,   or   as   Ancient  Odd   Fellows,   whose  cards   or 897
certificates of dismissal have been granted more than twelve months,
shall deposit their cards or certificates with their proposition, or furnish
satisfactory evidence that such card or certificate has been lost.
Seo. 3. No suspended or expelled member of the Order can be admitted to membership in this lodge, except on a dismissal certificate, or
on being reinstated, and receiving a withdrawal card from the lodge
which suspended or expelled him, or from the Grand Secretary, as prescribed by law, and this lodge shall not admit to membership any member of an expelled or extinct lodge without permission of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia.
Sec 4. A non-affiliated Odd Fellow who has been regularly initi-
ated in the Order, and has retained membership therein for at least ten
consecutive years, and who at the time of making application for reinstatement to membership shall be over 50 years of age, may be admitted
to membership in this lodge as a non-beneficial member, upon such
terms as the by-laws may prescribe, by presenting a petition as required
under Section 1, Article III, for proposals for membership by initiation,
which shall be disposed of according to said section.
Sec 5. When an application for membership is received from a
person residing nearer to another lodge than to the one to which the application is made, the lodge receiving such application shall communicate the fact to the lodge nearest the residence of such applicant, and
shall enquire whether such person is a fit and proper person to be admitted into our Order, and if in the same district, shall also ask the consent of such lodge to receive and act upon such application; and it
shall take no further action upon such application until an answer is received to such communication. The lodge receiving such communication shall appoint a committee of three to investigate the character,
standing and health of the petitioner, in the same manner as if the application were made directly to such lodge. Such committee shall report at the next regular meeting of the lodge, and a certified copy of
the report, together with a certified copy of the minutes showing the
action of the lodge upon the request for consent to receive and act upon
the application (if such consent was necessary) shall be forthwith forwarded to the lodge in which such application is filed, and said last
named lodge may then proceed upon such application as in other cases,
except that, if it be a case where the consent of the other lodge is necessary, and that consent be refused, the petitioner's money (if any has
been paid) shall be returned, and no further action shall be had in the
premises.
ARTICLE III.
OF PROPOSITIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. The name of a person offered for membership, with his
age, residence and occupation, must be proposed by a member in
writing, signed by the applicant with the names of two persons as references attached, and entered upon the record ; and forthwith be referred
to a committee of three members for investigation, who shall report at
the next succeeding regular meeting, (unless .extraordinary circumstances prevent), when the candidate may be balloted for with ball ballots, and, if no more than two black balls appear, the candidate shall be
declared elected ; but if three or more appear, he shall be deemed rejected.
Sec 2.   No reconsideration of an unfavorable ballot can be had un- 898
less all the brothers who may cast black balls against an applicant for
membership voluntarily make a motion for a reconsideration of the
ballot at the same meeting, and never more than one motion for the reconsideration in the same case shall be allowed ; and in such case the
vote on the reconsideration shall be taken by ball ballots, and if the balls
cast be in favor of it, the reconsideration shall be had ; whereupon the
application shall lie over until the succeeding meeting, when another
ballot shall be had with ball ballots, and if the same be unanimously
in favor of the applicant, he shall thereby be elected ; but if one or more
black balls appear in either ballot, the applicant shall be rejected. A
favorable balloting can be reconsidered at any meeting prior to the admission of the candidate, provided a majority of the members present
agree thereto.
Sec 3. When a candidate for initiation has been rejected, notice
thereof shall be sent without delay to the Grand Secretary, and to all
the Lodges in the jurisdiction, and he cannot be proposed again in any
Lodge for the space of one year after such rejection. All other applications for membership may be renewed at any time.
Sec 4. No proposition can be withdrawn after being referred to a
committee, unless by consent of two-thirds of the members present at a
regular meeting, and before the report of the committee has been read
to the Lodge.
Sec 5. If any person shall gain admittance to any Lodge upon a
petition containing any false representations, he shall be expelled.
ARTICLE IV.
OF FEES, DUES AND BENEFITS.
Section 1. The fees of this lodge shall not be less than ten dollars
for initiation; five dollars for admission by card; ten dollars for an Ancient Odd Fellow; three dollars each for first and second degree, and four
dollars for the third degree to the Lodge Fund, and such amount of dues
to the Lodge Fund as shall be determined by the By-laws, which shall in
no case be less than $12 per year, in addition to which the lodge may, by
its By-laws, provide for a Widows', Orphans' and Education Fund,
Nurse and Funeral Tax,
purposes.
and
and for   extraordinary assessments for lodge
Sec 2. Every member qualified, as required by the By-laws of his
Lodge shall in case of being disabled by sickness or bodily accident from
following any occupation, or otherwise earning a livelihood, be entitled
to and may receive such weekly benefits as may be fixed by By-law, from
the funds of the lodge: Provided always, that such benefits? shall not
exceed the rate of ten dollars per week for each dollar of monthly contribution, and provided always, that no lodge shall continue to pay the
above rate of benefits for a longer period than six months continuous
sickness, after which time it shall not exceed the sum of seven dollars
and fifty cents for each dollar of monthly contribution, and further that
after the expiration of twelve months continuous.sickness no lodge shall
pay greater benefits than at the rate of five dollars per week for each
dollar of monthly contribution. For members not having the Scarlet
Degree the benefits shall not exceed the rate of six dollars per week for
the first six months, four dollars and fifty cents per week for the next
six months and after which three dollars per week during term of
sickness, for each dollar of monthly contribution. 899
In all cases where a sick member has received benefits and by reason
of the recovery of bis health ceased to be entitled to benefits, if he fall
sick again within six months from the date of his censing to receive
benefits, such sickness shall be considered as a continuation of his previous sickness and he shall be placed in the same, position as when he
ceased to receive benefits, but if six months shall have elapsed from the
date of his restoration and he fall sick he shall be entitled to receive full
benefits.
Sec 3. All fines and assessments of any nature shall, at the end
of each term, (June 30th and December 31st respectively,) be charged as
dues against a Brother.
Sec L When any member's account shows an indebtedness of
three month's dues, the brother shall not be entitled to benefits, and the
Secretary shall notify the brother of the fact without delay.
Sec 5. In case of the death of a member, qualified as required
by the by-laws of his lodge, there shall be allowed from the lodge not
less than thirty dollars to defray the expenses of the burial, to be paid
by the N. G. on account of the funeral. In the absence of competent
relations, the N. G. shall take charge of the funeral, and render an account of the disbursements.
Sec 6. The funeral expenses and sick benefits shall be regulated
by the by-laws of the lodge, and all orders drawn for the above shall be
by vote of the lodge.
ARTICLE V.
OF DEGREES.
Section 1. 'i A member who has been in membership four weeks,
may make application for election to any or all of the three subordinate
Degrees, which application shall be accompanied with the amount required therefor, and be presented to the lodge when open in that order
of business, when the lodge shall ballot upon the application, and if not
more than two black balls be cast, he shall be declared elected, if he be
rejected no application shall be again received from him within three
months thereafter. The lodge may ballot for the three Degrees at one
time when under that Order of Business, or under the Order of New
Business, but shall not confer more than one Degree on a member at the
same meeting, except in case of emergency, for which a dispensation
must be obtained from the D. D. G. M. of the District.
Each lodge shall confer the Degrees on its members except in case
of absence from the city, in which case the brother shall be furnished
with a certificate under seal, signed by the N. G., and attested by the
Secretary, authorizing another lodge to confer the same, providing the
same is done without charge.
Sec 2, All business other than conferring the degrees shall be conducted in the Third Degree. Lodges may, by by-law, confer all the
degrees without charge upon any brother of the Initiatory Degree with
a view of enabling him to assist in the working of the lodge, but he
shall not participate in any of the benefits of the Order beyond what he
may be entitled to receive under the Initiatory Degree.
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ARTICLE VT.
OF OFFICERS.
Section 1. The elective officers of this lodge shall consist of a N. G.,
V. G., Secretary and Treasurer, who shall serve a regular term each, and
the lodge may elect a Permanent Secretary for the same time ; or for
one year, to take charge of the accounts between the lodge and its members.
Sec 2. The appointed officers shall consist of a W. Conductor,
0. G., I. G., R S. to N. G.. L. S. to N. G., R. S. to V. G., L. S. to V. G.,
and R. and L. S. S., who shall each serve a regular term ; and the lodge
may also appoint a Chaplain for a regular term.
Sec 3. No member shall be installed as N. G. unless he has served
a term as V. G., or the last of a term to fill a vacancy which
must be a majority of nights of the term, nor as V. G., unless
he has served a term in an inferior office, other than Trustee
or Chaplain. Service in office, whether elected or appointed, is qualifying
in any other lodge as well as in this lodge, providing a brother has a certificate to that effect under seal of a lodge in good standing; Provided,
that any Third Degree member who has paid for his degrees may be
elected, if all qualified brothers refuse to serve, and a dispensation being
granted by the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master or Deputy of the
District previous to election.
Sec 4. All elective officers, Warden, Outside Guardian and Inside
Guardian, shall be clear of all pecuniary charges on the books, and have
attained the Third Degree previous to installation, and all elective
officers shall be eligible for re-election.
Sec 5. Nominations for elective officers shall be made only on the
two meetings immediately preceding that of the regular election, except
when the nominees for an office all decline.
Sec 6. Officers shall be elected at the last regular meeting in May
and November of each year, and be installed at the first regular meeting,
in the new term: Provided, the installing officer be present; if absent,,
the lodge may, by vote, defer it for one week, or call a special meeting
for the purpose, at the request of the District Deputy Grand Master.
No member shall be elected to fill more than one elective office at the
same time, except the Recording Secretary who may also act as Permanent Secretary.
Sec. 7. Any officer absenting himself from the lodge for three successive meetings, except in case of sickness, or any officer, for misconduct
or neglect as such, may be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the
members voting at the next meeting, after a resolution therefor has
been offered in the lodge.
Sec 8. Vacancies in any elective office may be filled by the lodge,
by nomination and election, at tbe next regular meeting after nomination; and until so filled theN. G. shall appoint a member to the office
pro tem. ^
Seo. 9. The duties of the various officers shall be as laid down in
the charges of office and as specified by this Constitution and the By-laws
of the lodge. Sec 10. The N. G., or officer acting as such, shall appoint the
majority, and the V. G., or officer acting as such, the minority of all committees on candidates. t-*>i:
Sec. 11. The lodge, at the second regular meeting in January, in
each year, shall elect one representative to the Grand Lodge for its members of fifty or under; also one representative for every fifty
members over and above first said number of fifty members in
good standing, as shown by its report on the 31st day of December of
the previous year. Each Lodge shall at the same time elect one alternate for each representative elected, and in case a representative shall be
unable to attend the session of the Grand Lodge, then the alternate receiving the highest number of votes may attend in his place and have all
the powers and privileges of a representative.
ARTICLE VII.
OF  PENALTIES AND  TRIALS.
Section 1—Clause 1. Any member neglecting or refusing to make
.payment of his dues or demands against him to the Lodge, according to
jits by-laws, for the space of eleven months, shall he notified by the
Lodge in writing of the state of his account; and if after one month his
account still remains unsettled, he shall be suspended from membership ; Provided that no person shall be so suspended until after the fact
of his dues being in arrears and unpaid for twelve months shall have
been announced in open lodge at two regular meetings; and provided
further that no person shall cease to be a member, under this section,
whilst charges are pending against him; Provided that in case of absence
of a brother at a distance of fifty miles from his lodge, two months additional time shall be allowed him to pay his indebtedness.
Clause 2. Any member suspended from membership for non-payment of dues, may be reinstated in the Lodge from which he was suspended within one year thereafter, by paying the amount of one year's
dues and by receiving a vote of two thirds of the members present—a
motion to that effect having been laid over one week; but after one year
he may be reinstated upon the payment of the fee charged for an initiate
of the same age, as provided by the By-laws, or such lesser sums as may
be fixed by the By-laws of the Lodge to which such application is made;
Provided, such sum be not less than the amount of one year's dues of
the said Lodge; and he shall petition the Lodge in writing to be reinstated, which shall be disposed of, in all respects, as provided for in
Article III, Section 1, for petitions for membership by initiation. A
member who has been suspended from membership for non-payment of
dues and has been reinstated shall not be entitled to benefits for six
months from the date of reinstatement.
Clause 3. A member suspe ded from membership for non-payment
of dues, and who makes application for reinstatement and for a Withdrawal Card for the purpose of uniting with another Lodge in this jurisdiction, may be reinstated and granted a final card at any time within
five years from the date of suspension, upon the payment of one year's
dues, and the usual price of a card.
Clause 4. A member after being suspended in this jurisdiction for
non-payment of dues for the space of five years, wishing to join a Lodge
in tins jurisdiction, shall be entitled to receive, and the Lodge shall grant
him, upon proper application, a dismissal certificate, upon the receipt of
one dollar. 902
Clause 5. A member suspended from membership in this jurisdiction for non-payment of dues, wishing to regain membership in another
jurisdiction, shall, upon proper application, be entitled to receive from
the lodge from which he was so suspended, a dismissal certificate, upon
the payment to said lodge of one dollar.
Clause 6. In all cases when a member has been suspended for
non-payment of dues, and his lodge has refused to reinstate him, he shall,
upon a proper application, be entitled to receive, and the lodge shall
grant a dismissal certificate, upon the receipt therefor of one dollar.
Clause 7. Dismissal certificates may be received from the holders
thereof on application for membership in Subordinate Lodges, in the
same manner, and with the same effect as Withdrawal Cards; and applications made on such certificates shall be received and acted on in like
manner as upon Withdrawal Cards; but the holders of such certificates
shall in no case be allowed to visit thereon.
Clause 8. The certificates named in this section shall be only
those provided by the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Sec 2. Any member who shall violate any of the principles of the
Order, or offend against the Constitution, By-laws, or Rules of Order of
this lodge, shall be fined, reprimanded, suspended, or expelled, as the
By-laws may direct, or the lodge determine. But he shall be entitled to
a fair trial in accordance with the following Code of Procedure.
Sec 3. No officer shall preside when his trial is taking place in the
lodge.
Sec 4. All suspensions (as a means of punishment) must be for a
definite period, not exceeding one year. At the end of the term of punishment, the brother shall return to his rank in the lodge without further
action. A brother who has been legally expelled, shall not be again admitted to membership without the consent of the Grand Master.
Sec 5. All trials arising under the provisions of this Article shall
be conducted substantially according to the following
CODE OF PROCEDURE.
Section I.
Rule 1.—All charges against members of the Order in this jurisdiction made pursuant to the provisions of Article VII of this Constitution,
shall be drawn in the manner prescribed in Form 1, Section V. of this
Code, and be signed by a member in good standing. The general charge
shall be an averment of "Conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow," followed
by a specification or specifications stating the time, place and circumstances of the offence; and each offence shall be the subject of a separate
specification.
Rule 2.—The charges and specifications shall be presented and
read to the lodge at a regular session, when open in the Order of " New
Business," and shall be entered in full on the records.
Rule 3.—The lodge shall, immediately after the reading of the
charge, if the accused brother be present, proceed to the choice, by
ballot, of a Committee of Trial, consisting of five, who must, if possible,
have the same or a higher degree than that attained by the accused.
Any member nominated as one of the Committee of Trial may be chal- 903
lenged for cause by the accuser, accused, or any member of the lodge,
in which case the lodge shall proceed to the election of the members
against whom no challenge has been made. The grounds, of challenge
or challenges shall then be stated, when the vote shall be taken, and if
two-thirds of those voting shall vote in favor of the challenged brother,
he shall be declared elected. Should such brother fail to be elected new
nominations must be made and proceedings had until the committee is
filled. Should the accused brother be absent the choice of tha committee shall be postponed for two weeks, and the Secretary of the lodge
shall notify the absent brother of the fact that charges have been preferred against him, and of the time when the committee is to be appointed ; and should the brother fail to appear at the time aforesaid, he
shall be deemed to have waived his right of challenge, and the lodge
shall proceed to the choice of the committee as herein provided.
Rule 4.—The Secretary shall make a copy of the charge and specifications, affix thereto the seal of the Lodge, and certify it substantially
according to Form 2, Section V of the Code, and serve, or cause the
same to be served upon the accused. He shall also certify, under seal,
the original charge and specifications, and deliver the same to the first
named member of the committee, according to Form 3, Section V of the
Code, and shall notify each member thereof of his appointment, according to Form 4, Section V.
Rule 5.—The first named member of said committee shall, within
one week after receiving notice of his appointment, call a meeting of the
committee for organization, when a chairman and secretary shall be
elected, and a suitable time and place be appointed for an adjourned
meeting, which shall not be held in less than two weeks, at which the
accuser and accused shall be notified to appear and proceed with the
trial. The notice shall be in accordance with Form 5, Section V of this
Code, and must be served upon the parties personally, if they can be
found, otherwise by leaving the same at their last known place of residence, if in the town or city where the lodge is located, at least one week
prior to the time of the trial. If the accused resides out of the town,
the notice shall be directed to his last known place of residence and left
at the post office, and if the brother so notified shall not appear at the
time specified, or offer satisfactory reasons therefor, the committee shall
proceed as if he were present, or they may report by resolution, to expel
the member so refusing to appear, for contempt of the lodge.
Rule 6.—At the time specified for tho trial, the accuser and accused
being present and answering, the charge and specifications shall be read,
and the accused be required to make answer to each specification contained in the charge. Should the accused object to a specification on the
ground" of indefiniteness, the accuser shall have leave to amend, provided
such amendment be made immediately. The accused may then plead
to each speoificatioo either of the following answers :
1. That the alleged offence is not within the legal jurisdiction of
the Lodge.
2. That the complaint contained in the specification is frivolous.
3. Admit the facts stated and justify the alleged offence.
4. Guilty.
5. Not goilty.
Rule 7.—The report of the committee shall state the findings on each
specification and on the charge, according to Form 6, Section V, of the 904
Code, and shaU be accompanied by an accurate record of their proceedings, rulings and decisions, together with the evidence taken during the
trial, and a resolution or resolutions for adoption by the Lodge, which
shall be submitted to the Lodge within one month after the case has
been submitted to them. Should there be a minority report, it shall be
drawn and presented in a similar manner.
Rule 8.—The report of the committee shall be received and entered
in full in the records, without discussion, and laid over for action at the
second regular session thereafter. The Secretary shall immediately
transmit to the accuser and accused a copy of the report or reports, and
also notify them of the time when the same will be acted upon, in the
manner prescribed in Rule 5. At the time fixed upon to consider
the' report the Lodge may proceed to consider and determine the
matter, whether the accused brother be present or not, and in all cases
involving the suspension or expulsion of a member, it shall require a vote
of two-thirds of the members present to adopt the resolution, and the
Lodge shall be fully competent, while such motion is under consideration, to vary the penalty from the original motion. Either party may
object to any of the rulings and decisions of the committee, when the
Lodge shall take up the report for consideration.
Rule 9.—At the regular meeting of the Lodge two weeks after the
report of the committee, the case shall be taken up; the findings, rulings and resolutions of the committee read and considered, and all testimony, if any, bearing thereon; and the lodge shall, by vote, adopt or
reject the resolutions which may be submitted by the committee, subject to the provisions of Rule 8.
Rule 10.—When the lodge shall have taken final action as aforesaid,
the Secretary shall at once give notice thereof, under sea . to the party
against whom the decision is rendered, by delivering the same to him
personally, or by leavi g it at his last known place of residence, or forwarding to him by mail, from which decision he may appeal to the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia within two weeks after the service of such
notice, by filing with the Secretary a written notice of such appeal and
the grounds thereof, according, to Form 7, Section V of the Code, a d
also by serving a notice of appeal upon the Grand Secretary, according
to Form 8, Section V.
Section II.—Rules Governing Committees.
Rule 1.—Three members of a Committee of Trial shall constitute a
quorum and be competent to proceed with the preliminary trial. All
questions requiring a decision of the committee shall be determined by a
majority of those present.
Rule 2.—When the accuser or accused shall notify the chairman of
the Committee of Trial i$ writing that he requires the presence of a
member of the Order as a witness, the chairman shall endorse such
notice, stating the time and place of meeting, and transmit it to the
Noble Griand of the lodge of which such witness is a member, who shall
immediately cause the member (or members) named, to be summoned
to attend as a witness according to Form 9, Section V of the Code.
Rule 3.—The committee shall keep correct minutes of the proceedings which must show:
1. The date and place of each meeting, and the parties present.
2. The charges and specifications and answers or pleas of the
accused. 3. All points raised and the decisions thereon.
4. The exceptions taken by either party.
5. Parol evidence in full, subscribed by the witness.
6. Documentary evidence distinctly marked.
7. Decisions of the committee upon each specification and charge.
Rule 4.—The Report must be signed by at least three members of
the committee.
Section III.—Evidence and Witnesses
Rule 1.—The evidence competent to be admitted before the Committee of Trial shall be : 1, Testimony of witnesses, who shall appear
before the committee ; 2, Depositions ; 3, Records of Lodge ; 4, Documentary evidence, etc. The committee shall determine the admissibility of the evidence offered, subject to exceptions by either party; the
exceptions so taken shall be entered by the committee upon its minutes.
* Rule 2.—After the direct and cross examination of a witness has
been concluded, the witness shall not be further examined or recalled
except to explaiq. evidence given on his original examination, or by consent of the opposing party.
Rule 3.—Extracts from the records of a lodge shall be authenticated
by the Secretary, under seal. No lodge shall be allowed to challenge its
records, or extracts taken therefrom, when duly authenticated.
Rule 4.—Members of the Order shall qualify under their obligations as Odd Fellows, according to Form 12, Section V, of the Code ;
witnesses; not members, shall be qualified by some civil officer authorized to administer oaths.
Rule 5.—Depositions of absent witnesses shall be procured in the
manner prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F.,
Journal of 1857, pp. 2738, 2774 ; Journal of 1858, pp. 2909, 2926.
Rule 6.-—The attendance of a person as a witness who is not a member of the Order, must be procured by the party desiring him.
Rule 7.—After the evidence for the accused shall have been put in,
the prosecution may introduce testimony in rebuttal of the witnesses for
the defence, but for no other purpose.
Section IV.—Appeals.
Rule 1.—All appeals by Subordinate Lodges, or their members,
shall be presented within twenty days from the action of the Lodge appealed from, with all papers properly certified, to the Grand Secretary
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia ; and no appeal will be considered unless such course is taken.
Rule 2.—The Lodge shall, within twenty days after the reception of
a notice of appeal to the Grand Lodge, through its Secretary, deliver to
the Grand Secretary, under seal, a certified copy of the charge, minutes
of the Committee of Trial, and also of the records of the lodge relating
to the subject matter of the appeal; and the original testimony taken at
the trial, according to Form 10, Section V, of the Code. 906
Rule 3.—Should the lodge fail to make the above return, the Grand
Secretary shall notify the lodge of such failure, and direct the return to
be made within ten days from the receipt of the notice according to
Form 11, Section V of the Code, and if default be made, he shall report,
the lodge to the Grand Master as insubordinate.
Rule 4.—The Grand Secretary shall at the time required by law
present the appeal, together with all the papers in the case received by
him, to the Chairman of the Committe on Appeals of the Grand Lodge.
Rule 5.—When an appeal shall finally be decided by the Grand
Lodge, the Grand Secretary shall, within one month after such decision,
notify the Lodge and the appellant thereof. The record in appeals from
a Subordinate Lodge need not be printed.
.    Section V.
Form 1.—Charge and Specifications,
189
To Lodge, No.. < LO.O.F.
The undersigned, a member of Lodge, No I. O. O. F.,
does hereby charge Brother of said Lodge, with Conduct Unbecoming an Odd Fellow, and the grounds of this charge are more particularly set forth in the following specifications, to wit:
Specification First—The above named in violation of
the laws of the Order, did on or about the day of	
18 (here state the offence, place and other circumstances, and continue with specification second, etc., as provided in Rule 1, Section 1.)
Fraternally submitted,
(Signed)	
Form 2.—Notice to the Accused.
 Lodge, No , I. O.O.F.
 18....
Brother	
Enclosed in this notice I transmit a copy of charge and specifications preferred against you by of Lodge, No....
The same were referred to a Committee of Trial, consisting of (give
names). The officers of said committee will notify you of the time and
place to appear for answer. Fraternally,
[seal]  Secretary
Form 3.—Notice to Temporary Chairman oe Committee to try
Charges.
 Lodge, No....1. O. O.F,
 18....
Brother	
The members named below were this evening appointed a Committee of Trial on the charge and specifications preferred by	
against     As the temporary chairman of such committee,
you will, within one week after receiving this notice, call a meeting of
said committee for organization. The committee consists of Brothers
(give names). Fraternally,
[seal.]  .Secretary. 907
Form 4.—Notice to Members op Committees.
 Lodge, No...., I. O. O. F.,
 18.
Brother
You were this evening appointed as one of the Committee of Trial
on the charge and specifications preferred by against
 Brother the temporary chairman of the
committee will notify you of the time and place of the meeting of the
committee for organization Fraternally,	
[seal.]  Secretary.
Form 5.—Notice to Accuser and Accused to Attend Meeting
op Committee.
 \ 18....
Brother 	
The Committee of Trial on the charge and specifications preferred
by againRt will meet (give time and
place), to hear and decide the case. You are hereby notified to be
present and (sustain or defend) the same. Fraternally,
 Chairman.
 Secretary.
Form 6.—Report op Committee op Trial.
18..
To Lodge, No...., I. O. O. F.
The undersigned a (majority or minority) of the committee to investigate the charge and specifications preferred by  against
 respectfully report:     That after hearing the parties, they
find (state finding on each specification and the charge, as required by
Rule 7, Section I.) The minutes of the doings of the committee, a copy
of the evidence taken, and papers pertaining to the trial, are herewith
placed in the custody of the Secretary of the Lodge.
Fraternally submitted,
(Signed by Committee.)
Form 7.—Notice op Appeal to the Grand Lodge op
British Columbia.
To Lodge,No...., I. O. O. F.
The undersigned hereby gives notice that he appeals to the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F. from the action of the Lodge in
the matter of Charge and Specifications preferred by against
     This appeal is taken on the ground of («here state the
grounds of the appeal.)
Fraternally,
(Signed.)       	
Form 8.—Appeal to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I. O. O. F.
The undersigned, a member of Lodge, No...., respectfully appeals to your Grand Body from the action of said Lodge (state 908
the action from which the appeal is taken and the grounds upon which
it rests). Your appellant asks that you will reverse said action, or grant
such other relief as you may deem the merits of the case demand.
Fraternally,
(Signature and residence)	
Form 9.—Notice to Attend as Witness.
... Lodge, No...., I. O. O. F.
18
Brother	
You are hereby notified to attend as witness before the Committee
of trial on the charge and specifications, preferred by	
against (state the time and place.)   By order of the Noble
Grand. Fraternally,
[seaIi.]  Secretary.
Form 10.—Certificate Accompanying Return op Lodge under
Rule 1, Section IV.
 Lodge, No...., I. O. O. F.
•  § 18....
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I. O. O. F.
Enclosed you will receive the return of this Lodge in the matter of
the appeal of to your Grand Body, required by Rule 1,
Section IV. I hereby certify that the same embraces correct copies of
all the minutes and papers relating to the case, in my possession, or in
possession of the Lodge, and also the original testimony taken at the
trial. Fraternally,
[seal.]  Secretary.
Form 11.—Notice op Grand Secretary to Lodge, Under Rule 3,
Section IV.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I. O. O. F.,
Office of the Grand Secretary,
18
To Lodge, No..
I. O. O. F.
On the day of I received from an
appeal from the action of your Lodge in matter of (state cause of appeal). The papers relating to the appeal not having been transmitted to
me within the time ppecified by law, you are hereby notified to forward
the same to me within ten days from the receipt of this notice. Should
I not receive them, it will be my unpleasant duty to proceed under Rule
3, Section IV, of the Code.
« Fraternally,
 Grand Secretary.
Form 12.—Obligation to   Witness   to   be   Administered   by  the
Chairman of the Committee.
You do sincerely declare upon your honor as an Odd Fellow, that
the evidence you shall give in the matter of charge preferred by	
against now pending, shall be the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth.   Thus you do affirm. Sec. 6. Notice of the expulsion or suspension of a member, with
the cause thereof, shall be given by the Secretary forthwith, to all the
Lodges in this jurisdiction.
Sec. 7. This lodge shall have a book, in which shall be entered the
names of all persons rejected, suspended, or expelled by this or any other
lodge, of which they may have received due notice, with the date and
cause of such suspension or expulsion.
ARTICLE VIII.
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FUNDS AND PROPERTY.
Section 1. The finds and property of this Lodge shall be held exclusively as a Trust Fund to be devoted to no other purpose than the
charitable uses of the I. O.O. F., and expenditures legitimately made for
lodge purposes, and of the advancement of the interests of the Lodge or
the Order. The funds may be invested from time to time, as the lodge
shall direct, but no part thereof, or of the lodge property, or of the proceeds of any sales of such property, shall ever be divided among the
members ; and in case of a surrender or forfeiture of the Lodge Charter,
all the funds and property of the lodge of whatsoever kind shall be immediately surrendered and delivered up to the Grand Lodge of this jurisdiction, or to its officers or agents properly authorized to receive them.
ARTICLE  IX.
offences.
Section 1. No member of this lodge shall be concerned in organizing or visiting any illegal, spurious, expelled, extinct or suspended
Lodge of Odd Fellows; nor paint on his sign any emblem of the Order,
or otherwise exhibit any upon the same, or have any printed or engraved
upon his business card, nor expose any in a public place as a sign; or receive or put any motion from the Chair of the N. G., unless he be a
present or past N. G. or V. G.
Sec. 2. This Lodge shall not have a public procession, unless to attend the funeral of a member, or have any public celebration of any
kind, or get up any ball or public amusement in the name of the Order,
or reinstate an expelled member of this lodge, without permission of the
Grand Master.
ARTICLE X.
TERMS AND RETURNS.
Section 1. All terms shall commence on the first day of January
and" July, in each year, and end on the day the succeeding one commences.
Sec. 2. The officers for the term about expiring, shall prepare and
deliver to the officer who shall install their successors, the#result of the
elections, and a regular report of the work of the term, including the
names of those initiated, admitted by card, and as an Ancient Odd
Fellow ; those suspended or expelled, and the cause thereof, and of those
reinstated and deceased ; the number of certificates for degrees granted; 910
the whole number in membership, and the amount of receipts, accompanied by whatever amount may be due to the Grand Lodge.
Sec. 3. In addition to the above, the officers for the term expiring
a on the first meeting in January, shall annually make to the Grand Lodge
full return of the members of the lodge (except such as are more than one
year in arrears or have been expelled) ranked according to the degrees
attained, and a statement of the number of members relieved in the
past year; the number of widowed familes relieved; the number of members buried, the number of sisters buried, the amount of money
applied to eqph of these purposes; the amount paid for the education of
orphans; the amount paid for current expenses; the amount of money in
the Treasury; amount of Widows' and Orphans' Fund, and amount of
investments.
Sec. 4. Should this lodge fail to make any of its returns, as required by the two preceding sections, for one year, it shall thereby
forfeit its charter and become extinct; and it shall be the duty of the
G. M., or D. D. G. M., to withold the A. T. P. W. and semi-annual
P. W.,- until such returns are made, and the amount due the Grand
Lodge paid. And it shall be the duty of the last installed officers to
transmit or surrender to the Grand Master or his Deputy, the charter,
books, papers, furniture and funds of the lodge.
ARTICLE XL
OF CARDS.
Section 1. Withdrawal Cards may be granted to members who are
clear of the books, according to law, by a majority vote, by ballot, of the
members present when application is made. Should the lodge refuse to
grant the card, the applicant, on tendering a written resignation of membership, and paying all dues, shall be entitled to receive from the Secretary a certificate under the seal of tbe lodge to that effect; and such
certificate shall be sufficient evidence of good standing at the time of
such resignation.
Sec. 2. Visiting cards may be granted upon application in open
Lodge, or they may be issued by the N. G. and Recording Secretary to
members in good standing upon application in writing, butio either case
the dues of the applicant must be paid up to the end of the time for
which the card is granted, which time shall not exceed one year from the
date of the card.
* ■ * -i
ARTICLE XII.
INTERPRETATION AND AMENDMENT.
Section 1. When any doubt arises as to the true meaning of .any
part of these Articles, it shall be determined by the Grand Lodge.
Sec. 2. These articles, or any part thereof, shall not be altered,
amended, suspended or annulled, except on motion made in the Grand
Lodge, at a regular session, and carried by a two-third vote.
ARTICLE XIII.
OF BY-LAWS.
Section 1.   This lodge may make, alter or rescind such By-laws, 911
Rules and Resolutions, from time to time, as may be deemed expedient;
Provided, that they do not in any wise contravene this Constitution,
or the Constitution, By-laws, or Regulations of the Grand Lodge of the
Province of British Columbia, or of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Sec. 2. The By-laws of this lodge are in force from the time of their
approval by the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, subject to the approval of the Grand Lodge; and the manuscript copy of such By-laws,
and amendments thereto, shall, before being printed, be transmitted to
the Grand Secretary, to be transmitted to the Committee on Laws of
Subordinates for their approval.  |J8$*>8
388 M
INDEX
PAGE
Amendments to Constitutions—Notice of 871
Appeal from decision of Grand Master 866, 870
Appointments by Grand Master 821, 822, 872, 873
^Auxiliary Endowment Benefit Association 839, 841, 870
Balance Sheet Grand Lodge        839
By-Laws Grand Lodge I 847, 892
Committees—-Credentials 817, 818
Distribution 833, 842
Finance i * 868
Judiciary 849
Laws of Subordinates 844, 867
Petitions 843
Special j 843,846,867,869
Standing  873
State of the Order 848
Vacancies in 820, 822
Constitution-Grand Lodge 846, 863, 864, 881
Subordinate Lodges , 846, 866, 896
Decisions • 823, 824, 828, 831, 849, 855
Degrees 866
Grand Lodge 820, 842, 850, 853
Dispensations 821, 822
District Deputies, Reports of 826, 832
Fines and Penalties 846
Grand Officers, Election and Installation of '.850, 867, 872
I     Lodge, Meeting of 867
I     Master, expenses of < • • 825, 849, 868
u "       Report of 821
" "       Ruling sustained 866
"     Representatives' Report ] 853
"     Secretary's Report 833
" " Picture of 869
"     Sire, Question to 870
"     Treasurer's Report 841
Installation, Subordinate Lodges 822
Members retiring from Lodge Room 828, 848
Membership, qualifications for 846, 849 11
PAGE
Memorial Day 821
Pages 873, 876
"        to Sovereign Grand Lodge 874
Mileage and per diem   847
Model By-Laws for Subordinate Lodges 847
New Lodges 822, 830
Oddfellows' Relief Association of Canada 834, 843, 848
Proclamations 821
Rebekah Degree Lodges 843
Regalia Grand Lodge Officers 873
Representatives excused 852, 868, 870
Rules of Order, Grand Lodge 892
Sick Benefits to members of Initiatory Degree 844
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Statistics respecting 854
Subordinate Lodges, Abstract of Reports 8771
"        Officers of ....880
Votes of Thanks 871,874 PAST  GRAND  MASTERS
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
*J. S. DRUMMOND 1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JOHN WEILER 1875 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
tJ. P. DAVIES 1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
R ROBERTS 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JW. J. JEFFREE 1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
CHARLES GOWEN 1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
J. WRIGLESWORTH 1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
B. W. SHILES. 1881. .New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
HENRY WALLER 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
ALEXANDER PHILLIPS 1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
W. D. McKILLICAN 1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
WM. McCOLL 1885. .New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
FRED'K CARNE 1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JOSHUA DAVIES 1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
JOSHUA DAVIES (re-elected).. .1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
J. H. MELDRAM 1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
E. QUENNELL 1890... .Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
♦Died 6th February, 1884. fDied 20th September, 1879.
{Died 18th March, 1885. FttED'K DAVEY	
T. C. GRAY	
HY. WALLER. P. G. M
B. W. Shiles, P.G.M...
A. G. DAY	
P. A. BABINGTON	
B. DOUGLAS	
M  DUPFIN	
W. H. HOXTABLE.....
ADDKESSES OF THE GRAND OFFICEES
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1.0.0. F.
JOSEPH E. PHILLIPS Grand Master Victoria
J. E   PHILLIPS Deputy Grand Master New Westminster
JAMES CROSSAN Grand Warden Nanaimo
Secretary, P. O. Box 481 Victoria
Treasurer Vancouver
Representative Victoria
"  New Westminster
Chaplain Victoria
Marshal Victoria
Conductor New Westminster
Guardian Nanaimo
H erald Victoria
D FSTRI CT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.
District No. 1 W. E. HOLMES Victoria
No. 2 .Y...D.. WELSH New Westminster
No. 3 R. RIVERS Nanaimo
No. 4 J. A. THOMPSON Wellington
No. 5  ;H. WE MB Chilliwhack
No. 6 W. HOGG      Vancouver
No. 8 ; M; T. W. PEARSE.... Kam'oops
No. 7 .G. W CLINTON Union
No. 9 R. GORDON Donald
No. 1. .Rebekah Degree Lodges, Sister Miss 8. NEIL Viotoria
GRAND  INSTRUCTORS.
P. W. DEMPSTER, No. 2. ...Victoria
R. F. BONSON, No. 8 New Westminster
E. McNEILL, No. 5  Nanaimo
S. CLAHKE. M.D.. No 9 Kamloops
Sister Mrs. BISHOP, Colfax Degree of Rebekah Lodge, No. 1,
The next Annual FUwiou of th * Grani Lodge will behold at Nanaimo,
Wednesday, the 10th day of February. 1892.
on
SUPPLIES.
The following: rates will be charged for Supplies, all Orders for which must be
signed by the Secretary and bear the Seal of the Lodge :— . *M
Subordinate Lodge Rituals .fS 00
Ritual for Rebekah Degree Lodges only. ,#  3 00
Visaing and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates  25
Visitm« and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Degree Lodges ; 25
Book of Forms :  1 25
Pooka of Odea, with music. ..■ ,« ..  1 00
White's Digest  3 50
AdHition* to Digest 18«2-188i. bound  75
Lodge Odes {Subordinate and Rebekah)  05
Anniversary Odpa  05
Funeral Hymns with responses  05
Funeral f'eremony *  in
AnniversaT Ceremony • 20
Burial Ceremony, Daughter of Rebekah  20
Certificates of ^emKershio, on Plate paper  75
Rebekah Certificate, on Plate paper...  80
Officers' Poll Book  1 25
Question Book ,  1 50
Order on Treasurer's Book. 253orders  150
Initiation Petitions, form recommended by 8. G. L (per 100 > 1 50
Hnbordinate Lodge D^sTe° Chart , (each) 8 00
Bound Properdin**, Crand Loci ye of R. C„ 1874 to 1885  2 00
r3ubordinafe Tjodre Kl«»oi» fork  50
Rebekah DegrA** pioo* Wo**k .,  50
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges  C5

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