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 Proceed I n
-OF THE-
Twentu-SIxtn Annual Session.
-OF THE-
L©<d
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of British Colombia,
®
—OF THE-
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD I1LL0WS
HELD AT
Victoria, B. C.f June 13th, 14th and 15th.
1900
«
VICTORIA, B. C.
T. R. CUSACK, PRINTER, 26 BROAD STREET,
1900. Past Grand Masters
or THE
GRAND LODGE OF B. C, I.O.O.F.
*J. S. Drummond 1874 Victoria, Lodge, No. 1.
=John Weller 1875 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
fJ. P. Davies 1876 ...  .Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
x R.   Roberts :. 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
+W. 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... I .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
IIJoshua Davies 1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davibs, re-elected 1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. H. Meldram 1880 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
E. Quennell 1800 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
J. B. Phillips JM 1801 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
J. E. Phillips 1802 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
James Crossan 1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
T. C. Gray   1804 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. E. Holmes , 1895 .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
H. B. Gllmour 1806 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. H. Morton 1807 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
A. Henderson  1808 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
D. Welsh 1899 Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
* Died 6th February, 1884. f Died 20th September, 1879.
+ Died 18th March, 1885. § Died 8th December, 1892.
x Died 24th December, 1897. || Ceased membership.
=Died 6th September, 1899.   PROCEEDINGS
OF THE -
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLOMBIA. L0.0.F.
TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION.
Odd Fellows Hall,
Victoria, B. C,  13th June, 1900.
The Grand Lodge convened at 10 o'clock a. m., this
day pursuant to notice. M|
Present:—
D. Welsh.. Grand Master.
W. E. Johnstone Deputy Grand Master.
W. Hogg Grand Warden.
Fred. Davey M,.      1     Secretary.
J. Stark,       I     Treasurer.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3      |     Representative.
P. W. Dempster .'. ;      "     Representative.
A. Graham  "     Marshal.
J. Peers      "     Guardian.
The Grand Master appointed H. Siddall, No. 33, to
act as Grand Chaplain, J. Crossan, P. G. M. No. 5% as
Grand Conductor, and E. Bragg, No. 4, as Grand Herald,
pro tern.
All present were examined and reported duly qualified. 1866
The Deputy Grand Master by command of the Grand
Master declared the Grand Lodge duly opened for business.
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of* the
Representatives elect and the certificates of the Past Grands
entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree, which were referred
to the following Committee :—T. F. Neelands, No. 8*
P. W. Dempster, No. 2 and T. A. Muir, No. 3.
It was on motion Resolved. That the Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 2 o'clock, p. m. to-day.
The Grand Lodge accordingly adjourned.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 p.m.,  the Grand
Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present having been examined and reported qualified, the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
Report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of British Cohtmbia, I. O. 0. F.;
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that they have
examined the Credentials of the Representatives to this Session a,nd
find the following duly accredited :—
Lodge.
Victoria, No. 1
Representatives.      Alternates.
Columbia, No. 2.
J. York.
A. Rumble.
G. T. Fox.
J. Pottinger.
F. Carne, P. G. M.
W. H. Huxtable.
R. W. Fawcett.
C. W. Jenkinson.
bmoM 1867
Lodge. Representatives.
Royal City, No. 3 D. E. Mackenzie.
T. A. Muir.
W. S. Smith.
Dominion, No. 4. James Bell.
Rd. Drake.
E. Bragg.
Black Diamond, No. 5 J. Crossan, P.G.M.
J. B. Nicholson,
Harmony, No. 6 Jas. McMullin.
M. Dunsmuir.
Excelsior, No. 7 T. Knight.
Vancouver, No. 8 T. F. Neelands.
A/ Mitchell.
Tatnai, No. 9 T. E. Marshall.
Western Star, No. 10 W. Law.
A. Parker.
D. M. O'Dwyer.
E. P. Dennis.    S
Union, No. 11     L. C. McDonald
Selkirk, No. 12 J. Palmer.
Cloverdale, No. 15 R. B. Collishaw.
Kootenay, No. 16. E. C. Arthur, M.D.
Duncan, No. 17 jj A. G. Atkin.
Vernon Valley, No. 18 .... T. Crowell.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19 ... G. H. Middlemiss
Centennial, No. 20 J. Neen.
Delta, No. 21 T. Sherman.
Gold Range, No. 22. James Malcom
Ashcroft, No. 23..: J. W. Burr.
Island, No. 24 S. Churchill.
Revelstoke, No. 25 P. J. Moore.
Pacific, No. 26 G. R. Gordon.
F. Cockburn.
H. J. Rickard.
H. Montgomery.
Amity, No. 27 W. H. Gardiner.
R. May.
E. L. Webber.
Cheam, No. 28. H. L. Calvert.
Banner, No. 31 Theo. Bryant.
Peerless, No. 33. R. Livingstone.
D. Lindsay,
Rocky Mountain, No. 34... C. A. Warren.
Cedar, No. 35 C. L. McDonald
Alternates.
D. Walker.
W. E. Fales.
J. C. McArthur.
F. Kermode.
W. Merrifield.
P. A. Babington.
R. Rivers.
H. McAdie.
A. Robertson.
R. Gregsbn.
R. J. Marshall.
Geo. Walker.
J. McKay.
D. Power.
A. McAllister.
G. Mpscrop.
H. McDonald.
W. Wallace.
D. R. McDonald.
R. Gordon.
H. Bose.
A. G. Shaw.
O. P. Stamer.
R. Wilson.
R. Mills.
W. H. Thorpe.
A. Davie.
J. Z. Choate
W. Shaw.
R. H. Abercrombie
J. A. Stone.
G. L. Center.
P. S. Brown.
J. Ramsay.
S. A. Currie.
C. C. Fisher.
J. A. Johnson.
D. McPherson.
W. J. English.
R. Williamson.
H. Siddall.
G. W. Harrison.
H. G. Parsons.
G. Coles. 1868
Lodge. Representatives. Alternates.
Rossland, No. 36 F. E. French. J. E. Cummings.
H. J. RaymerP.G.M.D. E. Kerr.
Carson, No. 37 W. M. Clark. J. McLaren.
Boundary Valley, No. 38.. W. M. Law. R. Smailes.
Silver City, No. 39 M. L. Grimmett. Geo. Waite.
Slocan, No. 40 Paul Hauck. A. E. Teeter.
Trout Lake, No. 41   .T. Taylor.
Key City, No. 42 T. C. Gray, P.G.M.
Enterprise, No. 43 P. Ryan. W. A. Jackson.
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree:—
Victoria, No. 1 A. Rumble.
Columbia, No. 2 C. W. Jenkinson.
Royal City, No. 3 W. J. Sloan, W. H. Neelands.
Dominion, No. 4 James Bell, J. Newbigging.
Black Diamond, No. 5.... J. Carroll.
Harmony, No. b' R. P. Morris, J. McMullin.
Excelsior, No. 7 T. Knight.
Vancouver, No. 8 .H. Matheson, A. Mitchell.
Tatnai, No. 9. D. Power., J. D. Swanson.
Western Star, No. 10 H. McDonald. W. Law.
Union, No. 11 L. C. McDonald, D. R. McDonald.
Cloverdale, No. 15  R. B. Collishaw, H. Bose.
Kootenay, No. 16  E. C. Arthur, M. D. A. G. Shaw.
Duncan, No. 17. S. J. Hagan, W. G. Manley.
Vernon Valley, No. 18 Thos. Crowell.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19.... J. Shimnen.
Centennial, No. 20 P. Cain, W. H. Thorpe.
Delta, No. 21 '. T. Sherman.
Gold Range, No. 22. J. Malcom.
Island, No. 24, S. Churchill, R. H. Abercrombie.
Revelstoke, No. S£>.-..    P. J. Moore.
Pacific, No. 26. H. Montgomery.
Amity, No. 27..3t|.,... E. L. Webber.
Cheam, No. 28.....;  W. J. English.
Banner, No. 31  W. D. Gordon, R. Williamson.
Peerless, No. 33  R. Livingstone.
Cedar, No. 35, C. L. McDonald, G. Coles.
Rossland, No. 36 J. R. Jones, F. E. French.
Boundary Valley, No. 38.. W. M. Law.
Silver City, No. 39 M. L. Grimmett, Geo. Waite.
Slocan, No. 40 1 Paul Hauck.
Trout Lake, No. 41  T. Taylor.
Enterprise, No. 43  P. Ryan. 1869
We beg to state that we find no Representatives Certificate for
Key City Lodge, No. 42 but a telegram has been received this morning from Bro. R. E. Beattie, D.D.G.M., stating that Bro. T. C. Gray,
P.G.M., has been .authorized to act as representative. We therefore
recommend that the name of Bro. T. C. Gray, P. G. M. for No. 42, be
included in the list of representatives.
Fraternally submitted,
T. F. NEELANDS,
P. W. DEMPSTER,
T. A. MUIR.
Committee.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following:—A. Rumble, E. Schafer, No. 1 ;
R. Hall, No. 2 ; J. Bell, No. 4 ; J. McMullin, No. 6 ; T.
Knight, No. 7 ; A. Mitchell, No. 8 ; T. Marshall, No. 9 ;
W. Law, No. 10; L. C. McDonald, No. 11; R. Collishaw,
No. 15 ; E. C. Arthur, M. D., No. 16 ; T. E. Crowell,
No. 18 ; W. H. Thorpe, No. 20 ; T. Sherman, No. 21 ;
J. Malcom, No. 22 ; S. Churchill, No. 24 ; P. J. Moore,
No. 25; E. L. Webber, No. 27; T. Bryant, No. 31 ;
R.Livingstone, No. 33; C.L-McDonald, No.35; F.E. French
No. 36; G. Waite, No. 39; P. Hauck, No. 40; T. Taylor,
No. 41 ; P. Ryan, No. 43.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Bro. R. J. Tuffts, P. G. Minerva Lodge, No. 197,
Hamilton, Grand Lodge of Ontario, was reported in waiting
and desired to visit the Grand Lodge. The Grand Master
appointed J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, to retire and
introduce the brother, and Bro. Tuffts was admitted and
welcomed to the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master made the requisite appointments to
fill the various standing Committees, which when complete consisted as follows:— 1870
Finance.—G. T. Fox, No. 2; A. Graham, No. 1; T. Bryant, No.
31; J. Pottinger, No. 2; R. Rivers; No. 5; T. Taylor, No. 41.
Appeals.—F. Cockburn, No. 26; E. C. Arthur, M. D., No. 16;
W. H. Thorpe, No. 20; P. Hauck, No. 40; T. Sherman, No. 21;
S. Churchill, No. 24.
Laws of Subordinates.—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; E. Bragg,
No. 4; R. May, No. 27; P. Ryan, No. 43; P. J. Moore, No. 25 ; R. B.
Collishaw, No. 15.
Petitions.—T. A. Muir, No. 3; J. Palmer, No. 12; A. Rumble,
No. 1; R. Livingstone, No. 33; J. Malcom, No. 22; R. Drake, No. 4.
State op the Order.—T. F. Neelands, No. 8; A. Parker, No. 10;
C. A. Wan-en, No. 34; J. Bell, No. 4; C. L. McDonald, No. 35; T.
Knight, No. 7; L. C. McDonald, No. 11.
Legislation.— T. C. Gray, P. G. M., No. 42; H. Siddall, No. 33;
J. York, No. 1; J. Crossan, P. G. M., No. 5; E. L. Webber, No. 27;
W. Law, No. 10.
Judiciary.—J. Stark, No. 26; D. E. McKenzie, No. 3; J. E.
Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3; H. J. Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36; E. P. Dennis,
No. 10; G. Waite, No. 39; T. Crowell, No. 18.
Mileage and Per Diem.—R. Smailes, No. 38; D. M. O'Dwyer,
No. 10; C. C. Fisher, No. 27; W. S. Smith, No. 3; H. L. Calvert, No.
28; G. Middlemiss, No. 19.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; A. C. At kin No. 17; M. Dunsmuir,
No. 6; A. Mitchell, No. 8; T. E. Marshall, No. 9.
Obituary.—H. J. Rickard, No. 26; J. McMullin, No. 6; H. Siddall, No. 33; J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4.
It was on motion Resolved, That the appointments of
the Grand Master be confirmed.
The Grand Warden, by direction of the Grand Lodge,
retired and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. E.
E. Leason, P. G., No. 1., in the Ante Room.
The Deputy Grand Master, at the request of the Grand
Master, read the Report of the latter for the past year and
the same was on motion ordered to be received and handed
to a Committee to distribute to the various Committees. 1871
GRAND MASTER'S REPORT.
New Westminster, B. C, June 13th, 1900.
To the Officers and Members of the Orand Lodge of British Columbia,
J. 0. 0. F.:
Brethren:—We are again assembled together as Brother Odd
Fellows. For twenty-six (26) years we have met in succession, and
to-day we meet on the ground sacred to the formation of the first
Lodge in this vast Province of ours, the home of Odd Fellowship in
British Columbia. WTiat thronging memories must be recalled to
the members here present, more especially, the older brethren, as
they take a retrospective view over the years to the time the first
lodge, old "Victoria," No. 1 was instituted; after which followed
"Columbia" No. 2. and so on, along the line to the instituting of
"Enterprise" No. 43 at which I had the honor of officiating in September last.
In looking over the list of Brothel's who have preceeded me in the
Executive Chair, I find there are eighteen (18) still living, a remarkable record for twenty-six# (26) years, and I am led to believe that
all are still good Odd Fellows and in touch with the order. A
majority of them I have met and enjoyed their fellowship and the
association with these Brethren will be one of my most lasting?
memories.
And now let us come to our own personal affairs :-Our laws require
.that the Executive Officers shall make a report of the business transacted by them in their official capacity; and custom has provided
that they should submit such recommendations as might be suggested by experience in executing the laws, contact with the brothers,
and the opinions and ideas resulting therefrom which might prove
beneficial as well as interesting to the body which has honored them
by the exalted position of trust and responsibility.
The following report of my actions, as Executive Officer of this
Grand Lodge is therefore submitted for your consideration with the
earnest hope that its contents may meet with your approval, and
that what has been done during the last year may redound to the
advancement of our beloved order,
Perhaps no one, unless he has occupied a like responsible position,
can realize the amount of work and the anxiety which a Grand
Master is called upon to undergo: as well as the caution, prudence
and discretion he must exercise in discharging his obligations; while
I have endeavored to perform my duty and do justice to the position 1872
as far as my ability and qualifications would allow, no one realizes
more than I that I have come very far short of perfection and I have
many times felt that I had not fulfilled the expectations of the Brothers who elected me to this honorable office, yet I have striven at all
times to do what I believed to be right, and permit me to say that if
at all times I have not done so it has- not been through negleet on my
part. I did not expect when elected to this important position to sit
idly down and be content with the honor of the office—I was aware
that the duties entailed a considerable amount of work, and my expectations have been more than realized. It seems to me there has
been more than the usual amount of work for the Grand Master this
year, as the increasing number of Lodges and Membership increases
the work and responsibility of the Executive Officer. But whoever
assumes this important position must expect at times to sacrifice
personal comfort and to some extent, at least neglect personal
affairs—rstill in this connection I have no regrets but the wish that I
could have done more for the advancement of our beloved Order, and
such of my time as I could spare I have freely given to the cause*
and where and how my time has been spent the following will show:
STATE OF THE ORDER.
During my visitation over the whole of the jurisdiction I had
ample means to observe the condition of the Order and I find every
Lodge has prospered as well as could be expected considering their
locality and surrounding circumstances. A good many of the lodges
own their own halls, furniture, etc. Five (5) fine new halls have
been built and dedicated during the year and (2) new Lodges instituted and in the interior several of the new towns are looking forward"
to the formation of Lodges and I anticipate that before the next
meeting of our Grand Lodge several new Lodges will be added to our
number. The financial standing as far as I was able to ascertain is
very good, many even of the smaller Lodges having a good surplus
on hand, but you will receive a statement of this and also the mem-
bership through the Grand Secretary in his report. I instituted a
hew Lodge at Trail on the 19th of September with a membership of
thirty-six (36) and have since learned that their membership is now
more than double that number. A new Lodge has also been instituted at Moyie but cannot at this time give the date in connection with
it. A Lodge has been talked of at Fernie for some time and I have
no doubt but one will be instituted there in the near future. Grand
Forks is another point, at which a Lodge of our Order will soon be
located. I have been in communication with several brothers for
some time in regard to this and have no doubt the brothel's' wishes
will soon be realized. ':£tk
' '-jEi I ; jj>tfcg» Other new towns are springing up throughout the whole of the
Interior of our Province which will no doubt be asking for charters
for Lodges and it is only a matter of time when the representatives
from the Interior will be a strong factor in our annual deliberations.
THE REBEKAH BRANCH.
No new lodges have been instituted and while reports from one
or two are not encouraging the balance I understand are in fairly
good working order and the organization of several new ones is in
contemplation in the Upper country.
OFFICIAL VISITS.
The following official visits were made by me and in the following order.
Rossland, No. 36, September 19th, 1899, Rossland.
Silver City, No. 39, September 21st, 1899, Slocan City.
Sandon, No. 40, September 22nd. 1899, Sandon.
Kootenay, No. 16, September 25th, 1899, Nelson.
Key City, No. 42, September 29th, 1899, Cranbrook.
Carson, No. 37, October 2nd, 1899, CarsOri City.
Boundary Valley, No. 38, October 3rd, 1899, Greenwood.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34, October 11th, 1899, Golden.
Selkirk, No. 12, October 13th, 1899, Revelstoke.
Revelstoke, No. 25, October 13th, 1899, Revelstoke.
Trout Lake, No. 41, October 16th, 1899, Trout Lake.
Vernon Valley, No. 18, October 20th; 1899, Vernon.
Tatnai, No. 9, October 23rd, 1899, Kamloops.
Ashcroft, No. 23, October 25th, 1899, Ashcroft.
Gold Range, No. 22, October 27th, 1899, North Bend.
Cheam, No. 28, October 28th, 1899, Agassiz.
Amity, No. 27, January 8th, 1900, New Westminster.
Royal City, No. 3, January 12th, 1900, New Westminster.
Western Star, No. 10," January 18th, 1900, Vancouver.
Pacific No. 26, February 13th, 1900, Vancouver,
jlelta, No. 21; February, 19th, 1900, Ladner.
Jjiand, No. 24, February 28th, 1900, Eburne.
Excelsior, No. 7, March, 27th, 1900, Chilliwack.
Cloverdale, No. 15, April 4th, 1900, Cloverdale.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19, April 10th, 1900, Mount Pleasant.
Centennial, No. 20, April 16th, 1900, Nanaimo.    I
Black Diamond, No. 5°, April 16th, 1900, Nanaimo.
Cedar, No. 35, April 16th; 1900, Nanaimo.
Banner, No. 31; April 17th, 1900, Wellington:
Harmony, No. 6, April 17th, 1900, Wellington. i874
Union, No. 1.1, April 19th, 1900, Cumberland.
Duncan, No. 17, April 21st, 1900, Duncan.
Victoria, No. 1, April 23rd, 1900, Victoria.
Columbia, No. 2, April 23rd. 1900, Victoria.
Dominion, No. 4, April 23rd, 1900, Victoria.
Peerless, No. 33, April 23rd, 1900, Victoria.
Vancouver, No. 8, May 4th, 1900, Vancouver.
REBEKAH VISITATIONS.
Colfax, No. 1, April 24th, 1900, Victoria.
Mizpah, No. 2, May 2nd, 1900, Vancouver.
Beulah, No. 5, May 22nd, 1900, New Westminster.
MILES TRAVELLED.
MILES
New Westminster to Revelstoke •  379
Revelstoke to Rossland   ,  VJ9
Rossland to Trail ,,, »• >   ^
Trail to Robson ....... ,..  23
Robson to Nelson • ^|, 28
Nelson to Slocan City. jj ,  46
Slocan City to Sandon ,  47
Nelson to Oranbrook , f _.  13f>
To St. Mary's Mission and return , ,  10
Oranbrook to Nelson , ,,.,........ i  135
Nelson to Grand Forks jjk. ,,  130
Grand Forks to Carson and return  12
Giand Forks to Greenwood , • 30
Greenwood to Nelson.... |....,  160
Nelson to Revelstoke-.,.....,  180
Revelstoke to Golden and return,  192
Revelstoke to Trout Lake and return  132
Revelstoke to Siccamos  ,.,  54
Siccamous to Vernon , ,  54
Vernon to Siccamous ,,.,., ,.,.-....,., ...,.,,.. 54
Siccamous to Kamloops ,  §4
Kamloops to Ashcroft ,  47
Ashcroft to North Bend.,,.,,,, , ,...,..,...,.  75
North Bend to Agassiz ,, ,,...., , ,.    ,., 68
Agassiz to New Westminster ,.,  62
Vancouver and return 6 times ,.,,  144
s Ladner and return..,.,,,,, ,  ,...,,  32
Eburne and return , ...,., , ,... 38
Chilhwack and return ,  104
Blaine and return    .,    .   .,,  66
Cloverdale and return.,  ,.,., ,  26
■Hfl -    JS75 . |f
Mount Pleasant and return   ^
.New Westminster to Nanaimo...,..» ,...,..... |  48
Nanaimo to Wellington and return . 1  12
Nanaimo to Union and return , ,  .147
Nanaimo to Victoria..,.,., ,,     >-.... 75
Victoria to Vancouver >, . 84
Vancouver to New Westminster,....   12
Total
3,238
EXPENSES.
The following expenses were incurred during my official visits
for fares, hotels, berths, meals, etc.,
Fare to Rossland    22 50
Berth and meals on the road    3 50
Fare to Trail 1 65
Fare to Nelson—Railroad, ferry, bus and meal  5 00
Fare to Slocan Gity .....;.... 2 25
Fare from Slocan Gity to Sandon..   . 1 60
Fare from Sandon to Nelson  3 85
Meals going and coming on the road ft  1 50
Bus....  50
Fare to Oranbrook and return to Nelson  15 10
Boat and meals on the road ,   ,.,. 3 50
Bus  50
Fare to Grand Forks  7 50
Horse and rig to Garson and return  6 00
Hotel at Grand Forks  3 00
Fare to Greenwood and return  6 00
Hotel at Greenwood  3 00
Hotel on return to Grand Forks.    .. 3 00
Fare from Grand Forks to Nelson   7 50
Meals on the road  1 50
Fare from Revelstoke to Nelson. ,  2 50
Berths and Meals.. ,   .   — 2 50
Hotel expenses  ,  2 50
Revelstoke to Golden, fare  4 80
Hotel |  2 50
Meals at Glacier, going and coming  1 50
Golden to Revelstoke, fare  4 80
Revelstoke to Trout Lake and return, four meals, etc.... 12 00
Revelstoke to Vernon, fere  4 50
Hotel at Siccamous  2 50
Vernon to Kamloops, |are.  6 55
Berth and meals *  1 50 1876
Hotel at Kamloops.     '.,*	
Kamloops to Ashcroft, fare and' meals	
Ashcroft to North Bend, fare, meals and berth	
North Bend to Agassiz, fare and hotel	
Agassiz to New Westminster, fare and'meals...   -.
Westminster to Ladner and return .;	
Westminster to Chilliwack and return, fare and meals.
Cloverdale and return  	
Westminster to Eburne and return and hotel	
Westminster to Mt Pleasant and return, fare and hotel.
Westminster to Vancouver and return, 6 trips	
Hotel and meals, different times	
New Westminster to Nanaimo    	
Meals I 1
Nanaimo to Union and return	
Meals on boat .   ...
Hotel at Union 	
Nanaimo to Duncan  .	
Hotel at Duncan ,
Duncan to Victoria  f|	
Victoria to Vancouver and Westminster.	
Meals	
Total expense incurred. :- $226 60
Total miles travelled  .3238
Official visits     34
Total number of days engaged     64
In addition to this summary of my official visits I cannot refrain
from saying that in all my visitations the utmost courtesy and
fraternal greetings were extended to me and I received from the
brothers in every locality the utmost assistance in performing my
official duties and I wish to thank our Grand Chaplain, Bro. A. H.
Clements, who accompanied me in most of my visits to the Interior
Lodges and rendered able assistance. Also Bro. H. J. Rickard who
was with me at several of my visits to the Island Lodges and whose
assistance was very much appreciated by the Lodges visited.
DISPENSATIONS AND PERMISSIONS* • •
1. Granted Dispensation to Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold an ice
cream socialunder the auspices of the Order, June 28th, 1899.
2. To Colfax Rebekah Lodge to hold a public installation, July
1st, 1899.
3. To Excelsior'Lodge, No. 7, to appear in regalia at the laying
of the Cornerstone of their Hall, July 27th, 1899.
4 50
3 35
5 25
5 25
4 25
1 00
5 00
6 00
6 00
2 25
3 60
4 50
2 35
1 00
5 00
1 50
3 50
1 50
2 50-
1 85
3 35
1 00
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4a To Harmony Lodge, No. 6, to appear in regalia at the Odd
Fellow's Union in Victoria, August 19th, 1899.
5. To Centennial Lodge, No. 20, for the same purpose;
6. Tc Columbia Lodge, No. 2, for the same purpose.
7. As a number of Lodges which I thought quite possible would
be present on the above mentioned occasion and had overlooked the
matter of asking for a dispensation I issued a general permission
to all Lodges who might be present and forwarded it to Bro. Davey,
Grand Secretary, to be used if required.
8. Granted permission to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to change
their meeting temporarily from Friday to Saturday night until another Hall could be procured and they could return to their regular
night.
9. To Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, to appear in regalia at the dedication of their Hall, September 4th, 1899, also at a ball the same
evening,    .^g   •-- ;>#9 -gM
10. To Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, for the same purpose.
11. Granted a dispensation to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to hold a
lecture under the auspices of the Order on or about the 18th of November, 18Q9.
12. To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, to hold a ball on or about the
17th of November, 1899.
13. Granted a dispensation to Deborah Rebekah Lodge No. 13 to
appear in regalia at same time as named above. \
14. To Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to hold a concert under the auspices of the Order on or about November 17th, 1899.
15. To Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, for the same purpose..
16. To Delta Lodge, No. 21, to hold a ball under the auspices of
the Order on or about the 27th day of December, 1899. -J|j
17. To Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, to hold a ball under
the auspices of the Order on or about the 19th of December, 1899.
18. To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold their annual ball
on or about January 1st, 1900.
19. To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, to hold a public installation on
Or about January 8th, 1900tJ
20. .To Deborah Rebekah Lodge No. 13 for the same purpose and
at the same time.
21. To Delta Lodge, No. 21, to elect a third degree member as
Noble GrandAinder the usual conditions. «:m
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!2*£- To Duncan Lodge, No. 17, to hold an anniversary dance
under the auspices of the Order on the 19th of Janttary, 1900.
23. To Key City Lodge, No. 4£, to hold a ball under the auspices of the Order on or about the 1st of January, 1900*
24. To Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, to hold a ball on or about the
12th day of February, 1900.
^. To Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, to hold a dance on Or
about the 16th of March, 1900.
26. To Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to return to their regular night
of meeting they having again secured permanent quarters.
27. To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a ball on the 26th
of April, 1900.
28. To Columbia Lodge, No. 2. to appear in regalia in public
procession, May 24th, 1900.
29. To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold an excursion under the
auspices of the Order, May 21th, 1900,
30. To Peerless Lodge, No. 33, to appear in regalia in public
procession, May 24th, 1900.
31. To Dominion Lodge, No. 4, for the same purpose*
32* To Rossland Lodge, No. 36* to hold a benefit ball for the
relief of a brother who had met with a serious accident*
S3*    To Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, to hold a Masquerade Ball.
QUESTIONS AND DECISIONS.
1. A Brother was in arrears up to the 19th of August, 1899—on
the 13th he paid to the Secretary an amount sufficient to place him
in standing which was entered on the books on the date it was paid
—on the 19th the Secretary was not present and no keys to the desk
consequently the payment was Hot reported to the Lodge -Until the
next meeting on the 26th. In the meantime the brother met
with an accident on the 24th. Ques.—Is the brother entitled to benefits?
Ans.-—Yes, if duly entered on the books though not reported on
the 19th.
2. Ques.—Can our Lodge legally vote $10.00 to a Women's Hospital for the purpose of purchasing an operating table?
Ans.—Yes, if you have a contingent fund on which to draw.
3. Ques.—A suspended member of our Lodge has died, can we
attend the funeral as a Lodge and perform the usual ceremony.
1 -:- 1879
Ans.—You can attend the funeral simply as Odd Fellows but are
not liable for "any funeral benefits or funeral expenses and would not
advise the performance of the ceremony.
4. Ques.—Is it necessary to have our By-Laws registered ?
Ans.—Yes, if you are incorporated under the Benevolent Societies
Act, also all future amendments.
5. Ques.—Is it necessary for a P. G. to belong to an encampment
and a Rebekah Lodge in order to be a representative to our Grand
Lodge?
Ans.—No, that law only refers to representatives to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
6. A Brother was taken very sick and required a nurse. The
friends of the brother hired a nurse without reporting the matter to
the Lodge. The Brother at the time owed nine (9) months dues—he
claims the Lodge should pay the nurse bill. Ques.—Can the Lodge
pay for nursing a brother who is in arrears and not entitled to
benefits?
Ans.—No, the Lodge should have been notified and the nurse
hired by the Lodge or the friends instructed by the Lodge to procure
one.
7. Ques.—A Brother having an official receipt paid to date is it
necessary for him to have in addition to this an order for the pass
word in order to visit another Lodge?
Ans.—No.
8. Is the Junior Past Grand eligible to be elected a representative to Grand Lodge?
Ans.—Yes.
9. Ques.—Is it permissible to reduce the price of Initiation and
Degrees for Clergymen?
Ans.—No.
10. Ques*—Where is the proper position for the Treasurer of a
Lodge while in session?
Ans.—At a desk on the left of the Noble Grand.
COMPLAINTS.
I received several complaints from brothers who appealed to me
against the actions of their Lodges, most of which I consider it uh&
necessary to enlarge upon in this report as they were all I think i88o
satisfactorily settled but all correspondence in connection with^them
are on file and can be seen if required.
APPEALS.
I received an appeal from Bro. John Flett of Western Star Lodge,
No. 10, against the action of his Lodge in refusing certain benefits
and after getting all the information possible in connection with the
case I decided that the Lodge was liable and think the decision was
satisfactory to both parties as T have heard of no appeal from my
decision.    The papers in connection with this case are also on file.
I also received an appeal through a Solicitor acting on behalf of
the friends of a Bro. Johnston deceased, against the action of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, in refusing to pay certain benefits claimed.
After getting all the facts possible in connection with the case I decided the Lodge was liable. From this decision the Lodge has
appealed and the matter will come before you for consideration
through the Committee on Appeals.
I received a request from Bro. J. B. King, Grand Secretary of the
Grand Lodge of Ontario for permission to appeal to this jurisdiction
on behalf of the Brothers who suffered in the Ottawa-Hull fire which
request I did not think it expedient to grant for reasons set forth on
page No. 46 of No. 2 letter book.
INSTALLATIONS.
September 19th, 1899, installed the officers of Enterprise Lodge,
No. 43.
September 29th, 1899, installed the Noble Grand and Vice Grand
of Key City Lodge, No. 42.
January 8th, 1900, installed the officers of Amity Lodge, No. 27*
January 12th, 1900, installed the officers of Royal City Lodge,
No. 3.
January 18th, 1900, installed the officers of Western Star
Lodge, No. 10.
PROCLAMATIONS.
I received from the Grand Sire the usual proclamations requesting us to duly observe the Anniversary of our Order and Memorial
Day, and in compliance therewith the following proclamations were
duly issued to all the Lodges subordinate to this Grand Lodge. i88i
i. a o. f.  '■' ' 'J| "s *
OFFICE OF GRAND MASTER.
New Westminster, B. C, 22nd March, 1900.
ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION.     1819-1900.
To the Officers and Members of the Subordinate Lodges,   Grand Lodge
of British Columbia, L 0-..O.F..
Dear Sirs and Brothers.—In accordance with time honored
custom and in obedience to the Proclamation of the Grand Sire, I
Daniel Welsh, Grand Master, by virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby enjoin upon you to take appropriate action for the due
commemoration of the 26th day of April, 1900, it being the Eighty-
First Anniversary of our Order, by suitable exercises in the observance of the day and by thanksgiving to Almighty God for his manifold
mercies to us as individuals and as an Order.
And inasmuch as some Lodges may wish to appear in public in
Regalia on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby granted them
for so doing.
Yours fraternally,
D. WELSH,
Attest: Grand Master*
FRED. DAVEY, *^1    ^
Grand Secretary.
I. O. O. F.
OFFICE OF GRAND MASTER. -^p*'•-'*m
New Westminster, B. C,
30th April, 1900.
To  all Lodges   subordinate to the  Grand Lodge of British  Columbia^
I. 0. 0. F.
Greeting.—In accordance with the Proclamation of the Grand
Sire, I, Daniel Welsh, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, I. O. O. F., do hereby request all Lodges subordinate to
this Grand Lodge, who have suffered loss of membership by death,
to assemble on the Second Tuesday of June next, being the 12th day
of June, 1900, (or such other day as may be more convenient) and
engage in proper and suitable exercises in memory of their deceased
members.   And inasmuch as some Lodges may be desirous of appear- 1882 ®
ing in public in Regalia on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby
granted them for that purpose.
D. WELSH,
Attest: Grand Master.
FRED, DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
N.B.—The ceremony for Memorial Day and ceremony for Decoiv
4ting the graves of deceased members (the two in one book) can be
obtained from the Grand Secretary.    Price, 25 cents per copy.
MISCELLANEOUS.
I wish to record a very pleasing visit, which, though not official,
was fraternal and international. By invitation of Blaine Lodge,
No. 80, Wash, and Bro. G. Elsperman, Grand Warden of the Grand
Lodge of Washington, I, in company with fifty (50) of the New
Westminster brothers paid a fraternal visit to the above named
Lodge in February last where we were right royally entertained by
the Blaine brothei s. After the conferring of the initiatory degree
by a team of New Westminster brothers a most enjoyable time was
had in the Banquet Room, in the exchange of international courtesies, the rendering of patriotic songs and speeches. This by the
way was a return visit—the Blaine brothers having previously paid
a fraternal visit to the Westminster Lodges.
In accordance with a resolution passed at the last session of this
Grand Lodge I applied to Messrs. Ho way & Reid, Barristers for an
opinion as to the necessity of having all amendments to our by-laws
registered. The opinion given was to the effect that it was necessary
for all Lodges to do so who were incorporated under the Benevolent
Societies Act. Of this fact the Lodges were notified by our Grand
Secretary.
In accordance with another resolution of the same session I
applied to the Grand Sire for an opinion as-to the legality of changing the name of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to Royal City Lodge,
No. 3, and the opinion being favorable the change was carried out.
About December 1st I received a circular letter from the Grand
Sire relating to the History of Odd Fellowship—a history printed by
the Fraternity Publishing Company. This history was adopted as
official by the S. G. L. in 1897. The copyright of this history it appears has been infringed upon and the circular sets forth the action
of a Committee of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in regard to this
matter. Copies of this circular were mailed by me to all the Subordinate Lodges and a copy I have also on file. Jt\      ... ISS3
■    I
1 received from Bra. Davey, Grand Secretary, the following
^Resolution relating to the New Westminster Fire Relief Committee
which was laid before the Committee at its closing session and which
I feel should be Incorporated in my report as a record of the appreciation of this Grand Lodge of the efforts and work of the Relief
Committee. _ -
OFFICE OF GRAND SECRETARY,
Victoria, B. a, 27th June, 189a
To the Officers and Members of the General Belief Committee, I. 0.0. F-^
New WestTismster, B. <?.
Dear Sirs and Brothers.—It affords me much pleasure to
transmit the following Copy of a Resolution unanimously passed at
»the late Annual Session of the Grand Lodge at Vancouver on the
16th inst.
WmBesofoed.—"That the thanks of this Grand Body are due and are
* 'hereby rendered to the General Relief Gonu»ittee of New Westminister for the able manner in which it conducted the business of distributing the funds placed at its disposalfor the relief of the suffer-
*'ers by the late fire in that city."
I am Dear Sirs and Brothers,
Yours fraternally,
R■- " .■■■...:-:■■....-'-.*?•...    FRED. DAVMY,    .
Grand Secretary*
And in this connection permit me to add my testimony as the
16th Grand Master since Brother Davey has wielded the pen for this
Grand Lodge—to his ability, his untiring zeal and universal courtsey
in connection with all the duties of his office and personally I wish
to say that I am greatly indebted to Bro. Davey for his assistance
during my term of office and which his natural ability and long experience has amply qualified him to render and which assistance has
in all cases been so willingly and cheerfully given*.
Appended to my report will be found the reports of such of my
District Deputies as complied with our custom and usage in this
respect and in this connection while not exactly making a recommendation I would suggest that a blank form be issued to District
Deputies a short time before the meeting of the Grand Lodge on
which they could make their report and as a reminder that they
were expected to perform this the final duty of their office.
And now brothers in closing my report I will not cumber our
Journals or weary your patience by any lengthy remarks but I must
most sincerely thank this Grand Lodge for the honor conferred and 1884
€&evcohfiolehc^ re^ose^iii inW^ir electing me to this honorable and
e^ijted ^pl4ftl^ throughout the
whole jm^sfftctidn forthe c&tiMsey, Motherly kindness and respect
witlf whfci"f mtvebeen favo%red through the whole year. I wish
^''^^l^c6h<ntis%iU''that"lP^s&ElI Vacate this chair with the most
kindly and fraternal feeling towards every one with whom I have
come in contact dmin^h^iterm: ofejoffiee and. to express the most-
earnest wish that the Great Author of our existence (who is so fre-
qu&gffc^ acknowledged b^: us in our work) may bless and prosper our
beloved Order. , . ., 2  r       ^ i*. . •
Sincerely and Fraternally Yours, Sllpi
•«?' $i88ll?        |f|>- DANIEL WELSH,
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SI7PPLEMENTARY REPORT.
^^^^|Jpw. Wesje^iinster,; B. C, June 11th, 1900„
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.
Since closing nay report a few days ago, I have received several
letters'of more or less importance which in my opinion required my
official attention. Three of these letters refer to the formation of
new lodges—one from Barkerville, Cariboo; one from Van Anda,
Texada Island and one from Grand Forks which is a continuation of
correspondence already noted in my report. These letters are on file
and I would i-ecommend they be referred to the proper authorities
to take such action as they may deem necessary.
I have also received requests for Dispensations from the following:—
From Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, Trail, B. C, to hold a picnic on
or about July 2nd, 1900, which I granted. Also from Miriam
Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, Nanaimo, to appear in public in paraphernalia which I could not grant as it was contrary to the laws of the
Order. Also from the same Lodge to hold a Public Installation
which request I granted.
I also received the following reply from Bro. J. B. King, G. S.,
Grand Lodge of Ontario to my letter declining permission to solicit
aid in this jurisdiction for sufferers of the Ottawa-Hull Fire.
Toronto, June 1st, 1900.
D. Welsh, Esq., Grand Master of British Columbia, New Westminster, B.C.
Dear Brother Welsh. —Your letter of May 19th received, and
I assure you I would have been surprised, had I really thought over
all the circumstances, had you decided differently than you have. You certainly have had a great deal to contend with in BritishiCol-
tfmbia, and the wonder to me is that you have succeeded in relieving
all the distress without an appeal similiar to the one, I wrote, you
about. That you have done so wonderfully is to the creurt'trf the
Order in B. C. We accept your sympathy aritfyouT ieltfcer will b£
laid before the Grand Master at once and also; before^ the , Relief
Committee at Ottawa. I know they will appreciate it very much
indeed. *^
I remain, Fraternally yours. ^^S^J-
iPl   - S • i-        J< R KING,    -■ k:^)fy
I also received a letter from Bro. R. Meek, Secretary of ^tie^Odd
Fellow Relief Association of ^Canada asking permission to^o* ikiMhfess
in this Province. The subject matter of this letter will "no doubf*
appear in the Grand Secretary's Report.
In concluding this my Supplementary Report I regret jEhat so
many of my District Deputies liave failed to send in their reports
and would again call attention to this matter as mentioned in the
feody of my report. |lpp£K:!
Fraternally yours,.
D.    WELSH,
^J, Grand Master.
REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.
Victoria, B. C, June 6, 1900.
To D. Welsh, Esq. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I take the pleasure of submitting
the following report of my official acts as your District Deputy District No. 1 during the past year.
Assisted by the Grand Marshal, Bro. Graham and other officers
©f the Grand Lodge, I installed the, officers of the different Lodges
on the following dates.
1899—July 3rd, Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
July 5th, Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
July 6th, Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
July 7th, Peerless Lodge, No. 33.
1900—January 3rd, Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
January 8th, Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
January 11th, Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
January 12th, Peerless Lodge, No. 33.
The following communications from the several lodges were
dealt with by me during the term. i8S6
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, submitted the following question for my
decision.
Notice of motion was given on July 5th that four weeks from
date certain amendments to* the By-Laws? would be moved.
On the 6th of August the question was moved but exception was;
taken to the order of business. Ques.—Under what head should this;
question be considered; new business or unfinished business. To*
which I replied as follows:
To the Officers and Members of Columbia Lodge, No, #, /. 0. 0. jF".
Dear Sirs and Brothers*—In reply to yours of the 2nd, asking under what head of business a motion of which, notice has been.
previously given to amend the by-laws should be introduced. I beg;
to refer you to Section 149$ White's Digest 1895 Edition, from which
it appeals that the order of business of a lodge is not a part of the
work of the Order, that no form need be rigidly adhered to bub
Lodges may regulate it to suit their convenience.
As the functions of a District Deputy are to decide questions of
law and this does not appear to be governed by any law, but is left
entirely to the discretion of each individual Lodge, you will see I am
unable to give a ruling on it. I would hazard the opinion however
that as the question had been already introduced to the notice of the
Lodge by the notice of motion and was doubtless noted in the minutes that the proper head under which the question should again
come up on the date fixed would be that of unfinished business.
Yours Fraternally,
ED. BRAGG,
D. P. G. Jf.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, submitted the following question.—Is a
member considered out of good standing who does not receive his
information to that effect although mailed in due course ; provided
it is found out afterwards that the mail service has proved to be
defective ?
To this I replied as follows:—■
To the Officers and Members of Dominion Lodge, No. 4*
Dear Sirs and Brothers.—In reply to your communication
of the 8th inst., I beg to point out that it is every members privilege
to possess a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws of his Lodge,
which points out very clearly the matter of Dues and Benefits and
that a member must keep himself in good standing to be entitled to
the benefits of the Lodge.     I therefore answer the question %i the^ 1887
affirmative.   I beg to refer you to Article 4, of Constitution; Section
4 and Clause 1, Article 7.
ED.   BRAGG,
D. D. G. M.
On December 8th I granted a Dispensation to Peerless Lodge,
No. 33, to give the 1st Degree to a Brother in less time than allowed
by law.
I am pleased to state that the members of the several Lodges in
this District have shown an increased interest in the work of our
Order during the year and quite a large number of new members
have been enrolled by the several Lodges. The members are looking
forward with a great deal of interest to the coming meeting of the
Grand Lodge in our City. Trusting that the session will be both
pleasant and profitable and extending a hearty welcome to you and
all visiting brethren,
I remain, Yours in F. L. T.
EDWARD BRAGG,
D. D. G. M. District No. 1.
New Westminster, B.C., June 1st, 1900,
D. Welsh, Esq, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have much pleasure in presenting
to you my report as D. D. G. M. for District, No. 2, for the past year.
INSTALLATIONS.
Monday evening, July 3rd, installed the officers of Amity Lodge,
No. 27, I. O. O. F.
Friday evening, July 7th, installed the officers of Royal City
Lodge, No. 3.
Yourself being resident in New Westminster, conf erred upon the
Lodges here the honor of installing the respective officers of Royal
City Lodge, No 3, and Amity, No. 27, in January of this year.
Monday, April 23rd,   1900,   installed  the Treasurer in Amity
Lodge, No. 27.
I have been called to decide upon one question, namely,
"Can the sum of one Hundred dollars be transferred from the
Contingent fund of the Lodge to that of the Nurse fund without
giving notice one week previously?"
And answered as follows: i888
In reply I would state that in my opinion it can as the Contingent fund of the Lodge is at the disposal of the majority of the members of the Lodge present at any regular meeting; provided always
that there is no diversion or other disposition of the fund, except for
the legitimate objects and purposes of the Order and I should consider the paying of a nurse a legitimate object of our Order. I can
find nothing in the Constitution or your By-Laws to the contrary.
It is with very deep regret I report the death of Brother Jno,
Campbell, P. G., one of our most enthusiastic Odd Fellows and a
member of Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
The Order in our City is progressing very favorably with every
indication of a continuance of the same prosperity.
All of which is respectfully submitted in F. L. T.
d. e. Mackenzie,
D. D. G. M. District No. 2.
Cedar District, B. C, May 28th, 1900.
Mr. Daniel Welsh:
Dear Sir and Brother.—I herewith beg leave to tender my
report as your D. D. G. M. for District No. 3, for the last year. I
installed the officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, on July 12th,
1899; Cedar Lodge, No. 35, on July 15th, 1899; and Centennial Lodge,
No. 20, on July 17th, 1899, and on September 9th, 1899, I installed
Bro. Ben Woobank as Noble Grand of Cedar Lodge, No. 35, in place
of J. R. McKinnell, resigned; I also installed the officers of Black
Diamond Lodge, No. 5, on January 10th, 1900; Centennial Lodge, No.
20, on January 15th, 1900, and Cedar Lodge, No. 35, on January 20th,
1900, and on February 10th, 1900, I installed Bro. David McDonald
as Vice Grand of Cedar Lodge, No. 35, in place of Bro. William
Fielding, resigned, and on March 17th, I installed Bro. Joseph Fielding as Noble Grand of same Lodge in place of Bro. Ben Woobank,
resigned, and on February 19th, 1900,1 installed Bro. Fred. S. Whiteside as Secretary of Centennial Lodge, No. 20, in place of Bro. G.
McKinnell, resigned.
I remain, Yours Fraternally,
hiram n. Mcdonald,
D. D. G. M., District No. 3. 1889
Chilliwack, B. C, May 26th, 1900.
D. Welsh, Esq, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F. of B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have much pleasure in submitting
the Report of my official acts as your Deputy for District, No. 5,
during the past year.
I installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, at the commencement of each term with the assistance of several Past Grands
at a special meeting for that purpose.
On May 9th I granted a Dispensation to confer the 2nd* and 3rd
degrees on a Brother as he was leaving the town.
I have not been called on to decide any questions and I am
pleased to state that harmony has existed in our Lodge during my
tBrm of office.
I take pleasure in recording the addition of several new members.
We have erected a hall at a cost of $2,500.00 under my direct
superintendence which is a credit-to Odd Fellowship in our town. At
its dedication we were pleased to have your official visit which was very
much appreciated by the members who had the pleasure of meeting
you.
In conclusion I would thank you for the honor conferred upon
me by appointing me as your Deputy for District, No. 5, and trust
that you may approve of my official actions.
I am, fraternally yours,
fp J. H. ASHWELL,
D. D. G. M.9 District No. 5.
Vancouver, B. C, June 4th, 1900.
D. Welsh. Esq, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F., B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have much pleasure in submitting
to you my report as D. D. G. M. for District No. 6 for the past year •
The Order in Vancouver is progressing very favorably and the indications are that it will continue to do so. The three Lodges, viz.
No. 8, 10 and 26 all meet in the one hall now. They have leased it
jointly and rent to the Encampment and Rebekahs. No. 19 still remains on the Hill and are doing very well. I installed the officers of
Lodges No. 8, 10, 26 and 19 in July, 1899, and Lodges 8, 10, 26 and
19 in January, 1900.    You kindly officiated at the installation of No. 1890
10 yourself. I granted a Dispensation to Western Star Lodge, No. 10,
to wear regalia at an "At Home" on November 30th, 1899. The only
question I have been called on to answer was from Bro. John Flett
of Western Star Lodge, No. 10; he wished to know if a Brother reported well and taken sick again within six months, if the period
between the dates he was reported well and sick was counted as if
he had been receiving benefits. I answered No, and referred him to
Article IV. last paragraph of Section 2 of Subordinate Constitution,
I understand the whole case has been submitted to you and settled
on your decision. In conclusion I would thank you for the. honor
conferred upon me by appointiug me as your Deputy for District
No. 6, hoping you may approve of my actions. Permit me to tender
thanks to all those Brothers who so kindly assisted me in my duties,
especially Deputy Grand Master Johnstone and P. G. Bro. Gardiuer
who ably performed the duties of Grand Marshal.
I remain, Yours in F. L. T.
D. M. O'DWYER,
D. D. G. M., Dhtrict No. 6.
Union, B. C, May 28th, 1900.
D. Welsh, Esq., Grand Master, L 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have the honor to submit the following report of my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 8.
July 7th, 1899, with the assistance of a number of Past Grands I
installed the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
And on January 5th, 1900, I fulfilled a similar duty for the above
named Lodge.
I am pleased to state that I have only been called upon to render
a few unimportant decisions during my term of office, which is in
itself evidence of the harmonious manner in which the affairs of this
Lodge are managed. I am sorry to report that during my term of
office Union No. 11 has not had any increase in membership, but
seems to be at a standstill. Although the attendance as* a rule is
small owing to a great number of our members being scattered, I
must give those who do attend great credit for sticking to their Lodge
and doing their best for the good of the Order, for there are quite a
few Brothers of our Lodge here who never attend. If possible I
would like to see in the near future some kind of Legislation brought
in that would suspend a Brother from benefits for a certain time
who did not visit his Lodge at least once per month. 1891
I also take much pleasure in recording your official visit to this
Lodge which was (it is needless to say) a source of very great pleasure to all the Brothers present on that occasion.
Fraternally submitted in F. L. & T.
F. A. ANLEY,
D. D. G. 31., District No. 8.
Duncans, B. C, June 11th, 1900.
D. Welsh, Esq., Grand Master, I.  0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg to submit the following report
for my term as your Deputy for District No. 12.
On July 8th, 1899, Bro. P. W. Dempster, S. G. L. Representative
and other Brothers from Victoria installed the officers of this Lodge.
On January 13th, 1900, I installed the officers of this Lodge.
All important questions have been decided by a two-thirds vote
of the Lodge.
I am glad to be able to report that this Lodge is piospering and
that the Brothers are taking great interest in the work and working
harmoniously.
Believe me yours sincerely in F. L. &. T.
A. C. AITKEN,
D. D. G. M., District, No. 12.
Ladner, B. C, June llth, 1900.
To D. Welsh, Grand Master, 1. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg to report my official acts as
your D. D. G. M. for District No. 14.
At the commencement of each term since my appointment, assisted by Past Grands of my own Lodge I installed into their respective chairs the officers of Delta Lodge, No. 21.
One question was asked which I submitted to you for your
decision.
Yours fraternally,
R. SHIRLEY,
D. D. G. M., District No. 14- 1892
Eburne, B. C, June Hth, 1900.
D. Welsh, Grand Master, L. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I beg to report that I installed the
officers of Island Lodge, No. 24, for the last term, and granted one
Dispensation to elect a Scarlet Degree member to fill the Vice-
Grand's chair, who had not previously held an appointive office. I
am pleased to report the Lodge in a very prosperous condition. We
have taken in twelve members since this time last year.
Yours in F. L. T.
H. TROTTER,
District Deputy, District No. 17.
Agassiz, B. C, May, 29th, 1900.
Daniel Welsh, Esq., Grand Master, G. L. of B. C,  I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have much pleasure to submit to
you my report as D. D. G. M. for District No. 18 for the past year.
On July 1st, 1899, and on January 13th, 1900, I installed the
officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28.
I am pleased to state that Cheam Lodge, No. 28, is getting along
in first-class order; there is always a regular attendance of members
which goes a long way to instil vigour in a Lodge of Odd Fellows.
I am Dear Sir Yours in F. L* T.
PATRICK WARD,
D. D. G. M, District No. 18.
Rossland, B. C, May 13th, 1900.
To D.  Welsh, Esq.,  Grand Master,   Grand Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., New
Westminster, B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother.—In compliance with the Constitution
I beg to submit a brief report of the condition of the Lodges under
my charge as your Deputy, flf
I may say that peace and harmony prevails in a marked degree.
The growth of both Trail and Rossland Lodges has been of a
healthy nature and must be a surprise to the members of Grand
Lodge, especially that of Trail, when we take into consideration the i893
condition of the district during the labor troubles-which agitated
the whole Kootenay Country for a period of several months and
which I am glad to say has been amicably adjusted, thereby ensuring greater prosperity in the future.
Trail Lodge should prosper as it is composed of the right kind of
material, all jolly fellows as you are well aware, having been amongst
them yourself.
As for Rossland Lodge, being myself a member of it I must not
say too much, in fact I couldn't. Since a year ago this Lodge has
built a fine Hall on their own property consisting of two lots, the
property is fully paid for and but a small liability remains on the
Hall, which will soon be wiped out and the Lodge will then be entirely free fiom debt and at Home.
The attendance every week is a surprise to me and a pleasure to
witness, because as you know there is no better sign of healthy
growth than well attended meetings, as it indicates the peace and
harmony existing, thereby making it a pleasure to be enjoyed, at
least once a week.
The fact of sending two Representatives to Grand Lodge is a
good indication in itself.
This Lodge turned out in a body and marched to the Baptist
Church accompanied by the members of the Rebekah Lodge on the
evening of the 29th ult. and listened to a sermon on the lessons of the
Order by the Rev. Bro. Stackhouse. I may say this was the largest
Society turnout that has been seen in this city, thus testifying to
the popularity of the best fraternal organization in existence.
In a few cases I have been called on by both Lodges to interpret
the law and as my decisions have been made according to well established practice and have all been received with due respect I will not
enumerate them in detail and encumber the Journal with an unnecessarily long report. mm
I will draw this short report to a close in the hope of meeting
you in health and vigor at our next Grand Lodge Session and by
thanking you for the honor of representing you in this district and bespeak for my successor the same kind and courteous treatment as it
has been my pleasure to receive during the year now drawing to a
close.
Believe me, Yours Fraternally,
H. J. RAYMER,
D. D. G. M., District No. 20. 1894
15 Catherine Street,
Victoria West, Jane 11th, 1900.
D. Welsh, Esq,, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Shi and Brother.—As your District Deputy for District
No. 1, I. O. O. F., I have to report that I installed the Officers of
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, on the evening of July 11th, 1899, in
regular form assisted by the Grand Lodge Officers; January 9th, 1900,
assisted by Past Grands I installed the officers of said Lodge.
On December 2 I granted a Dispensation for a Social Dance on
December, 23th, 1899.
On January 11th had a communication from Colfax Rebekah
Lodge asking if the wife of an Odd Fellow could become a member
of said Lodge after her husband had been suspended for non-payment of dues—answered, No.     Wm ffi/^S
I am pleased to report our Lodge in prosperous condition.
Thanking you for the appointment as your Deputy
I am, Dear Sir and Brother, Youis Fraternally,
E. I. SOMMERVILLE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 1.
Nanaimo, B. C, May 14th, 1900.
D. Welsh, Esq., Grand Master, J. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have to report I installed the
Officers of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, on the evening of the 16th
day of January, 1900.
I have nothing more of importance to call to your attention.
Thanking you for the appointment as your Deputy,
Yours Fraternally,
ANN MARSHALL,
D. D. G. M. District No. 3. i895
New Westminster, June 8th, 1900.
D. Welsh, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother.—I have the honor to submit for your
approval the following report of my official acts as your Deputy for
District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 5.
On July 25th, 1899, with the assistance of P. G. Sister Ferguson,
P. G. Sister Welsh and others I installed the officers of Beulah
Rebekah Lodge, No. 5.
January 9th, 1990, I installed the officers of the same Lodge with
the assistance of P. G. Sisters Insley, Cunningham, Ferguson and
Gilley.
I am pleased to state that Beulah Lodge is steadily going on
notwithstanding the hard times we have had owing to the great
fire in which we lost every thing we have had a few Initiations and
some Reinstatements and we are in hopes of having a better showing next year.
I am, Dear Sir and Brother, Yours Fraternally,
IDA MAY PEARCE,
D. D. G. M. District No. 4>
The Grand Secretary read his report which was referred
to the Committe on Distribution.
GRAND SECRETARY'S OFFICE.
Victoria, B. C, 13th June, 1900.
To tlie Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.
It again becomes my duty and high privilege to submit a report
of the tiansactions of this office and of the work of the Order in this
Jurisdiction for the past year, which affords grounds for satisfaction
and encouragement.
During the year Two new Subordinate Lodges have been instituted, "Enterprise," Lodge, No. 43, at Trail on the 19th September
last,  and  "Wildey" Lodge at Moyie on 18th May, 1900,  the latter
7 •/ O V . t/    7 7
lodge asks that No. 13 which is vacant, be assigned to it, and this
request is submitted for your consideration. Both these Lodges give
promise of success which I trust will be fully realized. "Enterprise"
Lodge reported 64 members on 31st December last and will be represented at this meeting. 1896
Enquiries have been received on the subject of instituting Lodges
at Fernie, Grand Forks, Armstrong and Barkervftlle and I have no
doubt but that Lodges will be organized at these places in the near
future. The necessity of a careful survey of all the conditions so as
to secure permanency is invariably impressed on the applicants in
replying to their enquiries.
The membership of the Subordinate Lodges on 31st December
last was 3060 an increase of 215 for the year.
In compliance with a Resolution of last Session the question of
the legality of permitting New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to change
its name to Royal City Lodge, No. 3, was submitted to the Grand
Sire and as Bro. Pinkerton decided that it was within the powers of
this Grand Lodge to permit this change, a Charter with the altered
name was issued accordingly.
Legal opinion was also obtained as per instructions of last Session
as to the necessity of the registration of amendments to the By-Laws
of Lodges whose By-Laws are registered under the Provincial Statute.
The opinion received was in the affirmative and it was communicated
to all the Lodges.
A very regrettable incident occurred immediately after the
adjournment of our last Session. The "Province" newspaper of
Vancouver published an item containing untruthful statements connecting our representatives with a disreputable street fight in that
city. The matter was promptly and energetically taken up by our
Vancouver brethren but as a correction which they secured in the
same paper was not considered satisfactory it was deemed advisable,
in justice to the representatives attending the last Session, to lay a
true statement of the facts of the case before the membership of this
Jurisdiction, which was done in a circular letter addressed to all the
Lodges.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last Session decided to provide
a Jewel for D. D. G. Ms. to be worn by them whilst holding that
office in order to designate their rank. The price of this Jewel has
been fixed at $4.50 each, a copy of the Circular issued by the Grand
Secretary, with a photograph of the Jewel, is attached for your
directions.
A communication from the Grand Encampment of Wisconsin is
submitted herewith asking our co-operation in their endeavor to
secure Bi-Annual Sessions of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and likewise a reduction of the number of representatives to that Grand
Body.
I also beg to submit a communication from Bro. J. R. Harwell,
Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Tennessee, enclosing a copy of a ,_ l897 1|Pllf
leaflet written by him entitled "Odd Fellowship, What Is It ? " Bro.
Harwell states that the free distribution of this leaflet has materially
assisted in increasing the membership in that Jurisdiction, 1251 in the
year 1899 and 1334 in the year 1898. This leaflet is copyrighted, but
the brother generously gives us permission to print and use it, with
any alterations we may deem proper, providing it is distributed
.gratuitously. If the circulation of this leaflet produced such good
results in Tennessee it is worth considering whether it would be
equally effective in British Columbia.
It is with great regret that I have to report the death of Bro. John
Weiler, P. G. M., which occurred in this city on 6th September,
1899. Bro. Weiler was the second Grand Master of this Grand Lodge
filling the chair in 1875, and was also a Charter member of Victoria
Lodge, No. 1. From close personal intimacy with him for many
years I can bear testimony to his inflexible integrity, his genial and
generous disposition and his sturdy, Stirling character. He was a
honest man, an exemplary and highly respected citizen and a true
Odd Fellow. I recommend that a Memorial Page be inserted in the
printed proceeding of this Session to his memory.
FINANCIAL.
It is gratifying to be able to announce that the Estimates of
Revenue for Per Capita Tax has been exceeded by $112.25 and that
this has been supplemented by Charter Fees, $60 and Interest on
deposit of moneys in the Grand Treasurer's hands in Bank of British
Columbia, $41.73. Through the business forethought of Bro. Stark
a special arrangement was made for this money to be deposited in
the Savings Bank Branch of the Bank so as to carry interest and to
be withdrawn by Cheque. The balance in the hands of the Grand
Treasurer is $209.38 more than was anticipated.
odd fellows home fund.
This fund is slowly accumulating, the grant of 10 cents per member realized $298.55, Bank Interest $9.98 and a contribution of $1.85
was received from the Vancouver Lodges, making the total income
$310.38 and the present balance to the credit of this fund $800.80.
AGED ODD FELLOWS FUND.
No claimant has yet been registered on this fund, it has meanwhile been steadily increasing, the receipts for the year include
$149.27, being 5 cents per capita. Sale of old Regalia formerly belonging to Mission City Lodge to Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, $35.00,
received from members of defunct Lodges for Grand Lodge Cards
$20.25 and Interest 64c. Total $205.16 making the total value of this
Fund, $339.04. 1898
STATISTICAL.
The following statement shows the result of last year's
the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges. Abstracts of the Semi
and Annual Reports of these Lodges are also attached.
38 \
li
3060
Increase.
2
work in
-Annual
Decrease.
348
112
5
23
27
2
31
144
10
1000
532
215
122
2
6
9
1
5
7
318
33
No. of Lodges, 31st December, 1899
" "       instituted since	
" of Members Subordinate Lodges
M "        initiated during the
year :	
*' "        admitted by Card..
" "        admitted as A. O...
" I        reinstated	
" "        withdrawn	
expelled ]	
" "        deceased	
" "        ceased membership   ^f*|
by non-payment of dues
" rejected	
" Degrees conferred	
I Past Grands	
Revenue   of  Subordinate  Lodges
From Dues     $33,466.40
Initiations & Degrees     $8,480.00
Rents & Invest'dF'ds      $9,485.06
1 From other sources..      $3,415.42
Total Revenue      $54,846.88
No. of Brothers relieved  345
I    1 Weeks Sick Benefits Paid.. 3226
I    " Brothers Buried  25
"    " Widowed Families relieved 4
Amount paid for relief of Brothers    $21,499.45
I " relief of widowed
families     ||| $72.50
relief of orphans $111.65
burying the dead       $1942.40
special relief         $1101.85
Total amount paid for relief     $24,727.85 	
" " " current expenses   $15,199.25 ....
of assets j  $210,611.10 $11,730.52
Average amount of benefits paid to
each sick member  $62.32 $3.77
Average amount expended for relief per member  $8.08 ....
Averaare duration of sickness per
$1,637
90
618
2
$772.10
$111.65
$342.40
17
41
9
$370.00
$1042.90
$188.75
$207.14
$0.67 l8" :^^^m
member  7 dys 9 hrs.       23 hrs. ....
Average duration of sickness per
sick member 9 wks 2 dys 11 hrs. 1 wk 6dys 21hrs    	
Average cost per member for current expenses  $4.97   $0.44
Average cost per member for all
Lodge expenditure  $13.05 .... $1.11
Average   amount   of   assets   per
member  $68.83  $1.02
Total amount expended for relief
in this Jurisdiction since institution of Grand Lodge in 1874 $253,392.41
REBEKAH LODGES.
Increase.   Decrease.
No. of Lodges 31st December, 1899 8 1
I    I Members—brothers  173 27
"    "           "     —sisters       314 27
P    " "   admitted during the
year—brothers.... - 65^ 28
"    " tSi     **   admitted during the
year—sisters-  91 48
Receipts during the year  $1,343.54 $531.74
Payments    "   for relief of memb's $110.00 $59.50
"      Lodge expenses.. $1043.48. $154.71
Total assets 31st December, 1899... $1261.60 ....        $277.38 1900
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer.
FROM WHOM RECEIVED.
Tax term [Tax, term
ended       ended
30th June 31st  Dec.
1899. 1899.
Supplies.
Charter
Fees and
Sundries
Total.
Victoria.  .... Lodge,
Columbia	
Royal City	
Dominion	
Black Diamond	
Harmony	
Excelsior	
Vancouver	
Tatnai.   ....   	
Western Star	
Union	
Selkirk	
Cloverdale	
Kootenay	
Duncan	
Vernon Valley	
Mount Pleasant....
Centennial	
Delta	
Gold Range	
Ashcroft	
Island	
Revelstoke 	
Pacific	
Amity	
Cheam	
Banner	
Peerless	
Rocky Mountain ..
Cedar 	
Rossland	
Carson	
Boundary Valley..
Silver City	
Slocan	
Trout Lake -	
Key City	
Enterprise	
Wildey	
Colfax .. Rebekah L.
Mizpah..
Beulah..        •*
Laurel...        "
Deborah.       "
No. 1
2,
3!
1
5 J
I
8
9
10
11
12
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24|
25
m
27
281
31
33'
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
No. 1
2
5
9
12
$ 43 60
60 00
63 20
61 20
61 60
50 40
12 80
48 80
23 60
74 80
26 00
29 60
14 00
24 40
17 20
12 40
> 17 20
42 00
14 80
14 80
13 60
12 40
23 60
87 20
58 40
16 40
37 15
50 00
19 20
20 40
30 40
11 60
16 80
30 00
15 20
8 00
$ 41 60
58 40
63 60
62 80
58 00
49 20
16 00
48 00
26 00
80 00
26 40
32 00
12 40
28 00
16 80
12 40
17 60
39 60
14 80
14 40
13 60
14 40
26 40
85 20
60 80
17 60
33 60
44 80
19 20
20 80
41 60
11 60
19 20
28 40
14 40
10 40
19 20
25 60
$ 3 00
$	
11 50
~ *£e
7 10
5 65
	
1 00
2 70
2 00
6 00
1 00
'-2
2 00
1 00
14 00
2 50
1 05
4 95
2 75
....  ...
20
1 20
1 00
50
7 25
16 50
*    ....
5 50
1 25
6 00
4 25
5 50
	
8 00
1 50
5 85
2 50
4 35
31 00
30 00
30 00
30 00
4 00
1 00
.... ..
1 00
2 00
2 35
$ 88 20
129 90
133 90
129 65
119 60
100 60
31 50
96 80
51 60
160 80
53 40
63 60
27 40
66 40
36 50
25 85
39 75
84 35
29 80
30 40
28 2a
27 30
57 25
188 90
124 70
35 25
76 75
99 05
43 90
41 20
80 00
24 70
36 00
58 40
35 45
20 90
23 55
86 60
60 00
4 00
1 00
1 00
2 00
2 35
mam 1901
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.   "|| "
Gash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer.—Cont.
Brought forward
Members of defunct Lodges
Grand Lodge Cards	
Sundry Persons	
Sale of regalia of defunct L
Donations to Odd Fellows
Home account	
Refund   Premium   Grand
Treasurer's Bond	
Bank of British Columbia.
Vancouver, Interest...   ,  .
$1162 75j$1224 80 $ 212 65 $159 68 Orders Drawn on Grand Treasurer.
No. of
!Order
In Whose Favor.
Description.
Amount
1899.
June 16
16
16
16
21
Grand Treasurer	
A. Henderson, G. M....
W. H. Huxtable	
H. J. Rickard  ...   	
R. S. Day....!!!!  .....
A.. A. Boak & Co	
D. Welsh, G. M	
F. Davey, G. S	
Colonist Ptg. & Pub. Co
T. R. Cusack.. fl| .,... .'
F. Davey, G. S	
a it
F. Norris	
C R. Cusack	
F. Davey, G. S	
i< a
a a
Howay <& Reid	
D. Welsh, G. M	
F. Davey, G. S 	
tt a
a (<
a a
Odd Fellows Union, Vic
F. Davey, G. S]g	
it tt
d. Welsh, g. m!!!!!!!!
F. Dawy, G. S	
<« a
ti tt
tt ti
t. r. Cusack. !!!!!!!!!
F. Davey, G. S	
Per Diem & Mileage
Typewriting Report....
Careta'r G. S. office 12m
Janr & Light Sess. '99..
Ptg. Report Dues & Ben.
Premium G. Sec. Bond.
Premium G. T. Bond...
Allowance for expenses
Trans'n to Sov. G. L....
Order Bks. on Treasurer
Ptg Proceedings, Ses.'99
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and Sundries
Trunk for books, etc..
Ptg orders for P. W..
Trans'n to Sov. G. L .
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and sundries.
Legal opinion  .......
1115 10
12 00
20 00
10 00
9 00
10 00
20 00
18 50
15 50
150 00
9 00
4 00
21 67
150 0
11
Allowance for expenses
DepD.S.B. O. HomeF'd
Dep D.S.B.AgedO.F.Fd
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and sundries .
RentG.S. Office, 12 mo
Trans'n to Sov. G. L...
Bal. of Allow'e for Exp
DepD.S.B.O.F. HomeF
Dep D.S.B. AgedO.F.Fd
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and sundries...
Printing, etc	
Dep D.S.B. AgedO.F.Fd
25
00
75
146 00
72 00
150 00
10 45
100 00
150 00
31 50
50 00
153 00
76 00
150 00
8 80
8 00
56 00
3139 00
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report $2,191 02
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer    2,759 88
$4,950 90
Less Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer    3,139 00
Balance in hands of Grand Treasuier $1,811 90 1903
STOCK ACCOUNT.
$202 78
103 95
4 67
32 08
$343 48
Cr.
Balance from last year's account	
Goods bought during the year...	
Freight on supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Goods sold during the year.	
Gain during the year.  	
Value of Stock on hand	
$ 204 90
138 58
$ 343 48
ODD FELLOWS HOME ACCOUNT.
1899.
June   2—Amount on hand as per last Report	
" 30—Contribution by Grand Lodge, 5 cents per member
July    1—Interest Dominion Government Savings Bank...
"    27—Contribution, Lodges in Vancouver	
Dec.   31—Contribution, Grand Lodge, 5 cents per member.
$ 490 42
145 55
9 98
1 85
153 00
$ 800 80
Deposited in Dom. Gov't Saving Bank.
In hands of Grand Treasurer. ,
$ 798 65
2 15
$ 800 80
AGED ODD FELLOWS FUND.
1899.
June   2—Amount on hand as per last Report  $ 133 88
I    30—Contribution Grand Lodge, 2£ cents per member.       72 77
July    1—Interest Dom. Gov't Savings Bank	
Dec. 31—Contribution Grand Lodge, 2% cents per member.
Nov. 11—Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, Purchase of Regalia of
late Mission Gity Lodge	
Received from members of defunct Lodges for
Grand Lodge Cards	
64
76 50
35 00
20 25
Deposited in Dom. Gov't Saving Bank.. $ 338 64
In hands of Grand Treasurer  40
$ 339 04
$ 339 04 i
1904
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F., 1st, June, 1900.
Folio I
of
Ledgrf
Account.
Dr.
'Furniture and Regalia...	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.	
Miriam Rebekah Lodge, .Na..3.*.-	
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 	
1 Vernon Valley Lodge,.No. 18.	
kMount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.	
Delta Lodge, No. 21	
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22	
Stock	
Island Lodge, No. 24	
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Grand Treasurer	
Profit and Loss	
Vancouver Lodge* No. 8	
Pacific Lodge, No. 26.	
IBanner Lodge, No. 31	
RoCky Mountain Lodge, No. 34	
Cedar Lodge* No. 35	
Odd Fellows Home	
)Dom. Gov't Savings Bank (Home Acct).
Esther Rebekah Lodge	
Carson Lodge, No. 37   	
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38	
Silver City Lodge, No. 39.	
SlocaJL Lodge, No. 40	
Aged Odd Fellows Fund	
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41	
Dom. Gov't Svgs. Bk.(Agd O. Fellows acct)
Key City Lodge, No. 42 	
[Enterprise Lodge, No. 43.	
496 65
37
40
138 58
35
1811 90
1 00
Wildey Lodge.
798 65
15
35
1 55
338 64
1 65
1 15
Cr.
$3591 39
400
85
05
1 20
20
1 10
2433 95
205
55
3 05
2 00
800 80
1 95
25
339 04
15
20
$ 3591 39
The salient points on which we may congratulate ourselves in
reviewing these figures are the increase in membership, 215; the decrease in the number of members suspended for non-payment of
Dues, 41; the reduction in the number of brothers who have been in
receipt of Sick Benefits 9, and in the amount which has been paid
under this head, $188.75 notwithstanding the increase in membership;
the substantial increase in the total Assets $11,730.52 and diminution
in the cost per member for working expenses and for all Lodge expenditures aggregating $1.11 per member, all these items are important
factors of success in institutions such as ours. ._ 1905
On behalf of the Odd Fellows of this city I welcome you in
assembling here to-day in the birth place of Odd Fellowship in this
Province, here the first Lodge was instituted* on the 10th March, 1864
and it was here that this Grand Lodge was instituted, with only five
Lodges, on 25 April, 1874. At that time the majority of the Lodges
and members Were in this city, but what a change has come over the
scene, to-day we have representatives here from almost every section
of the Province. Now the vast areas of the province are being populated, its immense resources are being developed, towns are springing
up in all directions and it would be strange indeed if Odd Fellowship
with all its beneficient advantages and its social and fraternal attractions should not participate in the general prosperity and keep pace
with the remarkable progress which we have witnessed on every
hand.
The pioneers of Odd Fellowship in this Jurisdiction, many of
whom I am pleased to say we have with us to-day, must rejoice at
the success which has attended their efforts in planting the seed of
our order here, they greet you to-day and wish you God Speed in
your mission of fraternity and love. They built better than they
knew, they laid the-foundations of the structure deep and broad,
and it remains for us to add to the permanency of the edifice by wise
and useful legislation, by earnest and indefatigable work, repairing
and replacing any defective points that may be apparent and vigorously striving to extend its borders.
Our annual gatherings I am convinced are productive of much
good, and are looked forward to with expectant pleasure, they enlarge our views and revive our enthusiasm. I trust the present
meeting will prove both pleasant ami profitable and that our deliberations may tend to the upbuilding and strengthening of the Order
in this highly favored Province.
Fraternally submitted,
Grand Secretary.
The Grand Treasurer read bis report, certified as correct
by tbe Finance Committee, which was on motion ordered
to be received and spread on the Minutes. 1906
Victoria, B. C, June 13th, 1900.
Tp the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. I. 0. 0. 2^.
James Stark, Grand Treasurer, in Account with the
Grand Lodge op ti. C, I. O. O. F.
Dr.
1899 :M
June 16.   To Balance from last Grand Treasurer .. $2,191 02
July   5.    " Cheque from Pacific Lodge, No. 26...$    87 20
Oct.  13.    I Cash from Grand Secretary    1,030 00
1900
Jan.   4.    "  Cheque from Pacific Lodge, No. 26...       85 20
1    20. I Cash from Mt Pleasant Lodg;e, No. 19 17 60
"    20. I "       "     Western Star       |          10 80 00
"    20. I |       "    Vancouver...        |           8 48 00
Mar. 31. "     U       <<     Grand Secretary  904 37
June   1.    "     "       "     Grand Secretary      465 78
— — 2,718 15
1.    I Interest on deposits Bank of B. C.. *r||| 41 73
$4,950 90
Cr.
1900
June   1.   By Paid Orders-No. 1 to 34 inclusive... *. $3,139 00
Balance Cash on hand    1,811 90
 $4,950 90
**:?: Respectfully submitted,
JAMES STARK.
Grand Treasurer.
Examined anc^found correct
GEORGE T. FOX, Chairman Fin. Com.
JAMES POTTINGER.
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Committee on Distribution:—Rep. T. A. Muir, No. 3, T. F.
Neelands, No. 8, J. Crossan, P. G. M., No. 5.
Jpf J, B. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, read the report of
the Grand Representative which was ordered to be received
and printed withi.the proceedings; of this Sesliori. 1907
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. (X 0. F,
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—In compliance with the requirements of our office your representatives attended the 75th annual
session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, or the Diamond Jubilee of
Odd Fellowship, which convened at Detroit, Michigan, on the 18th
of September last, the usual Saturday excursion and Divine Services
on Sunday were highly, appreciated by many members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The first formal and public reception was held on Monday the 18th
of September at 10 a.m. in the Detroit Opera House.
CoL O. A. Janes, Chairman of the General Local Committee,
delivered the address of welcome in behalf of the Odd Fellows of
Detroit.
The Ma/or of Detroit, Bro. W. C. Maybury, was there to tell how
good an Odd Fellow he was, in intent at least, and to give a welcome
both for the State and City. His Worship was loud in the praise of
the good work being accomplished by the Order, and made special
and kindly reference'to our motto, "Friendship, Love and Truth".
G. M. Col. E. H. Sellers spoke on behalf of the Grand Lodge of
Michigan, Bro. Robt. Donovan for the Grand Encampment, Brigadier-General C. S. Martin for the Patriarch Militant, and Sister E.
Haskins, President of the Rebekah State Assembly, oh behalf of the
ladies of the Order. Between each of the addresses the orchestra
discoursed sweet and appropriate music. Among other tunes noticed
was our National Anthem, God Save the Queen., ||
Then came the response of Grand Sire A. S. Pinkerton, which
was a master-piece of oratory,
The Public exercises being concluded the Officers and members
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge repaired to Harmony Hall, where the
75 th session was promptly called to order, and "after the usual opening ceremonies the body settled down to business.
Your representatives were appointed on the following commit-
tees-^-Dempster, Committee on Correspondence; Dailey, Committee
of International Relations; Phillips, Committee on Unfinished
Business.
The following are a few brief extracts from the Grand Sire's
Report: *
- Eighty years ago American Oddfellowship was born. Seventy-
five years since the Sovereign Grand Lodge came into existence.
W&pderful has been the development of this fraternity.    In 1819 one Lodge and five members. . In 1899, 11,419 Lodges and 830,961 members. During the last sixty years 2,252,784 persons have crossed our
threshold, and from a total revenue of $209,833,559.13 during the-
period the sum of $80,903,6fe5.61 has been distributed not in alms but
in fraternal and brotherly relief.
MEMBERSHIP.
-
On December 31st last our Subordinate Lodge membership was
830,961 and the number of Sisters enrolled in Rebekah Lodges 190,007.
These figures in combination exhifeit a total of Af|6D,968 and enable
us for the first time to honestly claim fraternal affiliation with over
a million persons. *:4T      j|l|
The above figures show an increase of 18,041 in subordinate
lodge members and of 12,184 in female membership of Rebekah
Lodges.    A total net gain during the last calendar year of 30,225.
The number of subordinate lodges has increased by 190 making
11,419 now insistence, while the 5,053 Rebekah Lodges indicate an
increase of 257. During the past year 65,588 persons have been init>
iated in the former class and. 51,671 in the latter. ^
Pie total revenue during 1898 was $8,766,393.56. The total expenditure was $7,582,712.96. Suplus of Revenue over expenditure,
$1,183,680.60.
87,613 brokers and %707 widowed families shared in the $3,422,-
986V50 distributed in reBel^
The total invested funds of the Order amount to $27,185,241.46 a
gain of $796,545.72, surely a profitable showing especially in view of
the fact that during the same time our expenses increased by
$194,572.76 and the amount paid for relief by $58,357.09, while the
total revenue decreased $79,866.34. The number of weeks sickness
for which benefits were paid was 34,316 less than in the preceding
year and while the above financial exhibit is highly gratifying in
many ways,'especially in the large increase of invested funds and in
its demonstration of the Order's care of and generosity towards its
members it is to be hoped that in jrour several jurisdictions you will
seek to impress upon the members the necessity of measuring the
expenses by income.
The substantial increase in the subordinate membership as com-
pared with an average net gain of 8,399 during the past four years
and of 6,989 during the past two years illustrates the latent energy
of our Order and argues well for what is to come. As long as Odd-
fellowship is maintained in its purity, subordinate lodges will continue to be strong. It is not to be anticipated that the rapid growth
of the Rebekah Lodges largely due to legislation that admitted a 1909
class of women once excluded, would continue, bat the increase of
14,648 indicates the prosperity of a degree that has rapidly grown in
favour. The legislation of the last few years has greatly enlarged
the powers and increased the burdens of these lodges. In many places
these powers have not been understood nor have the members entirely adapted themselves to the new conditions. Conservatism and
a study of present surroundings should in my opinion, dictate the
policy to be pursued in the immediate future relative to this growing
and attractive braneh of our fraternity.
With a view to economy only two copies of the Journal will in
future he furnished to each Grand Representative and the mailing
list will be dispensed with.
All amendments to the constitution were defeated.
All Jurisdictions were represented.
legislation adopted.
j ^Sie law giving authority to a Noble Grand or Ghief Patriarch to
commun|cate the pass word upon an official certificate was amended
by the following;
Resolved, That the possession of a visiting card the dateof whieh
extends to a date later than when the. same is presented or an official
Certificate for dues paid to a date later than that when the same, is
presented properly signed and sealed be, and the same is hereby
declared sufficient proper and legal authority for any Noble Grand,
Chief Patriarch or Noble Grand of a Rebekah Lodge, upon proper
identification, to communicate to the holder thereof the annual
travelling pass-word, or the annual pass-word of the Rebekah degree
(as the case may be) and if the holder of a visiting card or official
certificate as above mentioned is a member of a Lodge, Encampment
or Rebekah Lodge in same jurisdiction as the Lodge, Encampment
or Rebekah Lodge to which the said visiting card or official certificate is presented, then in that event the Noble Grand, Chief Patriarch or Noble Grand of a Rebekah Lodge is authorized to communicate
to the holder of said visiting card or official certificate, the semiannual pass-word or check word (as the case may be).
Resolved, That all laws in conflict herewith be and the same are
hereby repealed.
Resolved, That the committee on printing supplies be and are
hereby authorized to have made an appropriate jewel for District
Deputy Grand Masters the same to be sold at a remunerative price.
We recommend the adoption of the resolution with the provision
and understanding that, that but one shall be made until a photograph of the same with a circular of explanation has been sent to the 1910
various jurisdictions and further that these jewels shall only be
made upon order for same to the Grand Secretary.
The language of the visiting card was amended as follows:
Resolved, That the Committee on Printing supplies be requested
in future editions of the visiting card to print after the word '•Oddfellows," in the 15th line below the head line, the word "until" in
lieu of the words "for the space of " as at present used, the said word
"until," when the card is filled for use, to be followed with the definite date to which the card is issued. _  .
The law governing the duty of Brothers away from their respective lodges was amended by the adoption of the following:
Resolved, That the law found on page 10,900 of the Journal of
this Grand Lodge for 1887, and the digest in section 112, of White's
new Digest 1895, be and is hereby amended to read as follows, to
wit; "Resolved, (1st) That it is the duty of every Oddfellow when he
is away from home and out of the jurisdiction of his Lodge, to give
attention and care to his Brethern in distress, and watch with the
sick when necessaiy, as well as when he is in his own jurisdiction;
and further, "Resolved, (2nd) That it is and shall be the duty of every
member of the Order upon taking up his residence away from the
vicinity of his own Lodge to report himself to the Lodge nearest his;
residence, or when it is equally near to two or more Lodges, to one
thereof, within 30 days after taking up such residence, and in making such report he shall give the name and number and location of
his Lodge, and when requested by the Lodge to which he has reported, shall watch the sick who are under the care of said Loc^je,
both members and visitors; and any such member failing so to report
or watch shall not be entitled to attention from any Lodge, and this
legislation shall not be construed to hinder or prevent any Lodge or
member from furnishing watchers or giving attention to any sick or
needy brother."
The law with reference to members of defunct subordinate lodges
and encampments was amended as follows:
Resolved, That Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments through
their proper officers shall be permitted to issue to members of defunct
lodges or encampments withdrawal cards or dismissal certificates,
according to the standing of the brother when the lodge or encampment surrendered its charter, and members holding such cards or
certificates shall have the same privilege and are to be recognized
by every subordinate lodge or encampment to which they may be
presented, whether in or out of the jurisdiction issuing them, as
having the same force and effect of a withdrawal card or dismissal
certificate that has been issued by an existing subordinate in good 1911
standing,  and will enable the holder to join another subordinate
lodge or encampment.
Resolved, That all laws in conflict with the above resolution be
and the same are hereby repealed.
That the following be added to the telegraph code: Benefit—
What sick and funeral benefits do you pay? Widow—Wife or child
of a deceased member of your lodge is in our city asking assistance.
Shall we draw on you to the extent of $- ?
That the dollar mark be added before the blank at the end of
sentence following key words "fund" and "regalia" now in use.
That such property as comes from defunct Lodges as are directly
subordinate to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be at the discretionary
disposal of the Grand Sire and Grand Secretary. Likewise that such
property coming from-defunct Lodges to a Provincial Grand Lodge
be at the disposal of the Grand Master and Grand Secretary of such
Provincial Jurisdiction.
That each subordinate encampment is hereby allowed to procure
not exceeding six rituals and each subordinate lodge not to exceed
four rituals for the use of said subordinate bodies.
That the law passed at the last Session prohibiting the use of
the name of the Order by insurance societies was repealed as to the
Oddfellows' Relief Association of Canada.
Resolved, That subdivision 6 of the Code for the Government of
Rebekah Lodges be amended by adding thereto the following; "Their
daughters, their sisters and their mothers and the daughters, sisters
and mothers of deceased Oddfellows" and when so amended the
same shall read as follows: "Section 6, subdivision 2: All Oddfellows in
good standing and their wives, their daughters, their sisters and
their mothers and the daughters and sisters and mothers of deceased
Oddfellows."
Section 26 of the Code for the Government of Rebekah Lodges is
hereby amended to read as follows: Section 26:—Visiting and withdrawal cards and dismissal certificates and certificates for former
members of defunct Rebekah Lodges shall be provided by the Grand
Secretary of this Grand Lodge for the Rebekah Lodges and their
members and the same shall be furnished to State, Territorial or
Provincial jurisdictions at the same price as those for subordinate
lodges and their members, and all law and decisions of this Grand
Lodge relating to application and fees for and to issuance, use, force
and effect of similiar cards and certificates, in and by Grand and
subordinate lodges and their members shall apply and extend to said
cards and Certificates. 1912
A committee was appointed to present at the nexifsession a sister's
word of distress to be used by sisters in the work when in need of
assistance; also "Assembly Honors" to be used in Rebekah Lodges
on official visitations.
The next session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge will be held at
the City of Richmond, Virginia. -^
DECISIONS.
One hundred and sixty-four decisions were made by the Grand
Sire, all were approved—a record unprecedented in the history of
Oddfellowship. Some four of five were slightly modified. All that
are of any probable interest to our jurisdiction, in our opinion are
produced herewith.
2. Ques.—On Page 226, Journal of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
1898, it is provided that a properly signed and sealed certificate,
under proper indentification, shall be authority to any Noble Grand
to communicate the "current travelling pass-word of the Order."
What is meant by "current travelling pass-word" in this resolution?
Ans.—The annual travelling pass-word.
3. Ques.—Does this resolution authorize the communication of
the term pass-word of a jurisdiction upon the presentation of said
Certificate to the Noble Grand of a lodge other than that to which
the holder of the Certificate belongs?
Ans.—It does not.
4. Ques.—Is a brother who receives an. official receipt for his
dues entitled to receive the annual travelling pass-word in connection
therewith?
Ans.—Only such brothers as pay their dues in advance are entitled to receive the annual travelling pass-word at the time they pay
their dues and receive an official certificate therefor.
5. Ques.—Does the adoption of resolution No. 200, Page 226,
Daily Journal of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, authorize the Noble
Grand or Chief Patriarch to communicate the term, or semi-annual,
pass-word in addition to the travelling pass-word, when official certificate is presented by members of their own jurisdiction?
Ans.—The resolution authorizes the communication of the travelling pass-word only. The law relating to the communication of the
term pass-word is not changed by this resolution.
6. Ques.—Under the same resolution would the Noble Grand or
Chief Patriarch be authorized to communicate the travelling password to a brother in possession of a visiting card, and not having an
order or an official certificate? 19*3
Ans.—A Noble Grand or Chief Patriarch can communicate the
travelling pass-word only to such holders of a visiting card (unless a
member of his own lodge or encampment) as have in addition thereto
an order for such pass-word, or an official certificate certified as in
resolution.
7. The holder of a visiting card desiring to procure the annual
travelling pass-word from the Noble Grand of a Lodge, other than
his own must also present a properly executed order for such password.
8. The resolution adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge (Page
16,136 of Journal, 1898, Report 199) did not authorize a Noble Grand
to give the annual travelling pass-word to the holder of a visiting
card, such holder not presenting an official certificate such as is
named in said resolution, unless with said card was also presented a
properly executed order for such pass-word.
9. Ques.—Under the recent law of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
(Page 16,136 of S. G. L. Journal, 1898) a Noble Grand can legally
communicate the annual travelling pass-word to a brother presenting an official certificate, executed in the manner described in said
resolution, without a written order for the pass-word.
10. Ques.—There is nothing in the general laws of the Order
which deprives a Past Grand, who is more than thirteen weeks in
arrears for dues, of the privilege of voting for Grand officers.
14. Ques.—A subordinate lodge may provide in its by-laws that,
"any brother of this Lodge, taken sick, shall not be entitled to benefits for more than four weeks anterior to the time of reporting such
sickness to his lodge" provided, there is no law of the Grand Lodge
of the jurisdiction to the contrary.
15. Ques.—An official certificate can be used in lieu of a visiting
card as a basis for application for membership in another lodge than
that to which the member belonged when the certificate or card was
issued, the applicant retaining his membership in the first named
lodge pending the result of his application to the second. Such official
certificate takes the place of the visiting card required by law as set
forth in section 668 of White's Digest, 1895.
17. Ques.—A member in good standing of a subordinate lodge
can resign membership therein at any time before charges-have been
preferred against him.
18. Ques.—Attentive benefits do not depend upon a member's
good standing in his subordinate lodge. A brother, though in arrears
for dues and thus not entitled to pecuniary benefits, is entitled to
attentive benefits, including watchers, when needed, so long as he 1914
remains a member of his subordinate lodge, and is not dropped or
suspended therefrom.
19. Ques.—A provision for night watchers is a form of attentive
•benefit and a mode of care distinctly different from payment of sick
benefits and the one is not dependent upon the other.
20. Statement.—A biother in open lodge moves that a donation
be made from the lodge funds to be placed to the credit of a member,
sufficient to place the member liable to suspension in good standing.
Motion carried.
Ques.—Is this legal.
Ans.-—It is not. A lodge has no right to remit dues, nor can it-
draw money from its treasury to pay dues for any class of members.
The use of lodge^funds, in the manner indicated in the statement,
while called a donation is simply the transfer of funds to the brother's
credit for the purpose of paying his dues, and is therefore an illegal
use of lodge funds, under the general laws of the Order.
21. The disabilities of an ancient Oddfellow are removed when
he is readmitted to membership in%a lodge, and he is then entitled to
all the privileges and benefits that such membership confers.
. 22.    Members can retire from the lodge room when the lodge is
closed in one degree, and before it is opened in another.
23. If at the time set for the 'installation of Officers the Noble
Grand elect is unable to be present by reason of illness, and for such
reason is excused by the lodge, the Vice Grand then installed should
thereafter occupy the Noble Grand's position until the installation
of the Noble Grand elect.
24. In a subordinate lodge a third degree member is eligible to
appointment as right supporter of a Noble Grand.
25. Ques.—Is not an official certificate for dues paid in advance,
signed by the Noble Grand and attested by the secretary of the
lodge with the seal of the lodge thereon, per se an order for the annual travelling pass-word in the hands of the holder thereof in other
jurisdictions than his own?
Ans.—It is, upon proper identification, Such an order for the annual travelling pass-word on the continent of North America, t
28.'||Where the constitution of a Grand Lodge requires the secretary of a subordinate "To notify the Grand Secretary of rejection
of candidates and expulsion of members" it is the duty of the Secretary of such subordinate lodge to notify the Grand Secretary when
an applicant for membership by card, either withdrawal or visiting
is rejected. *9*5
29. The official certificate properly executed is itself an order for
the annual travelling pass-word. No other order for the pass-word
is necessary.
30. A member can not vote or take part in the business of the
lodge unless clothed in the appropriate regalia.
31. The rejection of an application for membership based upon
the deposit of a visiting card, subjects such applicant to the provisions of law that forbids applicants rejected to apply to any lodge for
admission within six months after such rejection.
33. The charter of a subordinate lodge cannot be surrendered
by a vote of the members present at a regular meeting of the lodge,
should five members wish to retain and work under it, even though
those five members were not present at the meeting when it was
voted to surrender the charter.
35. A subordinate lodge has no right to issue to a brother in
return for the payment of his dues an order for a receipt, or a paper
to be exchanged for a receipt when the brother shall so desire. The
issuance of such a paper is a palpable evasion of the law requiring
the use of the official certificate. It is in effect a receipt, although
not so termed.
36. When a Grand Officer is visiting officially a subordinate
lodge he should be introduced after he has addressed the chairs and
should then be received with the honors of the Order.
37. Ques.—(a) Can the Noble Grand of a Lodge legally authorize
a member of his own lodge other tha n a Vice Grand or a Past Grand
(whom he knows to be legally in possession of the annual travelling
pass-word) to communicate the annual travelling pass-word to a
visitor holding an order for the same?
(6) Does the law of the Order regarding the admission of visitors
permit the Noble Grand to appoint a scarlet degree member, not the
Vice Grand, who may be in possession of the annual travelling password to communicate the annual travelling pass-word to a visitor
holding an order for the same?
(c) In the absence of the Noble Grand and the Vice Grand, a
Past Grand being in the chair, is it permissible to appoint a visiting
brothei, who is the Noble Grand of another lodge, to serve upon the
committee of examination, for the purpose of communicating the
annual travelling pass-word to a brother holding an order for the
same?
Ans.—The answer to each of these questions must be Np. The
By-Laws and general legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge clearly
contemplate that the Noble Grand a presiding officer of a lodge 1916
(other than the R, S. or N. G. temporarily occupying the chair)-
should conmnmicate the annual travelling pass-rword to visitors, and
I am not aware of any law that authorizes him to delegate that
privilege.
38. A subordinate Lodge can not examine a visitor in the Grand.
Lodge degrees.
39. It is mandatory upon a subordinate lodge issuing a visiting
or withdrawal card, to insert therein the highest rank which the
brother, to whom the card is issued has attained in the Order, and
this whether such rank has been attained in the subordinate, or
Grand Lodge, or in the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
40. Ques.—Referring to the laws digested in Sees. 700, 701 and
703,, White's new Digest of 1895,. and particularly to the words "he
having been first notified of the action that would be taken" in the
third resolution on page 7505 of the Journal of 1877. Must this notice of contemplated suspension be given after the full years dues
have accrued, or may such notice that suspension will follow if dues
for one year are permitted to accrue, be given before the end of the
year?
Ans.—Such notice must be given after the full yearns dues have
accrued.
41. Past official rank can only be obtained by service. It can
not be conferred by a resolution of a lodge as a mark of esteem for
a brother who has not actually rendered the required service,
42. A Grand Warden, being an elective officer of the Grand
Lodge, takes rank and precedence over a District Deputy Grand
Master.
43. The Vice Grand, while occupying the chair of the Noble
Grand, should wear the regalia of the Noble Grand.
44. A minor daughter of a brother, and a member of his family,
is not entitled to be paid by a lodge for nursing her father during
his illness. %&.
45. A newly instituted subordinate lodge must be opened by the
Grand Master or instituting officer in the third degree.
46. The suicide of a brother is no bar, under the general laws of
the Order to the payment of funeral benefits by his lodge.
47. The travelling pass-word as well as all the pass-words of
various degrees of the Order, are to be spoken as written and pronounced in English and are not to be translated into any other language. 1917
48. When the Vice Grand of a Subordinate Lodge is given
authority to appoint his own supporters, the Noble Grand can not
prevent their installation upon the claim that the appointees are not
acceptable to him.
49. An insane brother incapable of performing an intelligent
act cannot be expelled from membership because of infraction of the
rules of the Order.
50. Under no circumstances can a member who has not received
the third degree be elected Vice Grand of a lodge.
51. A Junior Past Grand is not an officer of a subordinate lodge
and is not subject to a fine imposed by the lodge upon "absent officers.
52. The possession of an official certificate or a receipt for dues
does not of itself permit visitation. It is the duty of a lodge to which
such certificate is presented to cause the brother's identity to be
proven by an examination, or otherwise, and no brother refusing to
submit to such examination can insist upon his admission to the lodge,
54. It is obligatory upon a lodge granting a withdrawal card to
state therein the highest rank that a brother has attained in his
lodge.
55. The petition of a subordinate lodge must be signed by at
least five members in the third degree, in good standing, including
brothers holding unexpired withdrawal cards ; brothers holding dismissal certificates or withdrawal cards out of date, may join in the
petition, but such petition must also be signed by at least five third
degree members in good standing.
59. Statement—On the 14th of April 1899, Royal City Lodge No*
13, of New Westminster, B.C., merged with New Westminster Lodge
No. 3, of the. same place under the provisions of the By-Laws of the
Grand Lodge. It appears that at the time the financial position of the
Royal Gity Lodge was superior to that of New Westminster Lodge
and that some of its members objected to its mergement if its identity
would be entirely destroyed by the transaction, In order to meet
this objection and accomplish the object sought, it was mutually
agreed that the consolidated lodge should be called Royal City
Lodge, No. 3, thus taking the name of one and the number of the
other Lodge. Prior to this amalgamation the charters of both lodges
were destroyed by fire. A petition was presented to the last session
of the Grand Lodge on behalf of the united lodge asking that a charter be issued it under the proposed name.
Q-a«s.—Under this statement of facts can such a new charter
with the new name and number be issued? • 1918
. Ans.—It can. The power to authorize the consolidation of subordinate lodges and to arrange the terms and conditions of such consolidation, is vested in subordinate Grand Lodges, and such Grand
Lodges possess the power to issue, under the circumstances named,
a new charter to the consolidated lodge, bearing such name and
number as the Grand Lodge shall determine.
REBEKAH  DECISIONS.
60. An official certificate is a sufficient guarantee of good standing in a lodge to accompany a petition for membership in a Rebekah
Lodge in another jurisdiction.
61. In absence of any local law to the contrary, a Past Grand
of a subordinate lodge, who is a member in good standing of a
Rebekah Lodge, can be appointed and commissioned by a Grand
Master as a special deputy over a Rebekah lodge.
62. The legislation of 1893 providing for Rebekah installation
floor work has never been repealed.
63. Ques. —A sister of a Rebekah lodge has served a majority of
meeting nights as Noble Grand of her lodge, when, because of a
failure of a quorum of its members, the lodge finally became defunct
before the expiration of the regular term. Is the said Noble Grand
entitled to a Past Noble Grand's certificate?
Ans.—She is not.
64. Ques.—What standing does a brother have in his Rebekah
lodge, who stands suspended for non-payment of dues, in his subor-
indate lodge?
Ans.—Membership in a Rebekah lodge is dependent upon continuous good standing in a subordinate lodge, and a brother suspended
for non-payment of dues in his subordinate lodge is, by reason
thereof, suspended from membership in the Rebekah lodge to which
he belongs.
65. Ques.—Does his membership in his Rebekah lodge cease
immediately upon his suspension by his subordinate lodge,, or does
such suspension in the Rebekah lodge date from the time the official
notice from the subordinate lodge is received by his Rebekah lodge?
Ans.—He is suspended from Rebekah lodge from the date of his
suspension in the subordinate lodge.
66. Ques.—If the brother stands suspended in his Rebekah lodge
by reason of his suspension in his subordinate lodge (even though he
may have paid his dues for one year in advance in his Rebekah
lodge) how does he become reinstated in his Rebekah lodge after being reinstated in his subordinate lodge. 1919
Ans—When the brother's disabilities are removed in the subordinate lodge, and he is restored to good standing therein, he becomes
ipso facto reinstated in his Rebekah lodge, provided, he is not in
arrears for dues in such Rebekah lodge.
08. Ques.—Is a Rebekah lodge an auxiliary to, or has it any
connection whatever with, the subordinate lodge?
Ans.—A Rebekah lodge is an entirely independent organization
from that of the subordinate lodge. It is auxiliary to the subordinate lodge only by reason of being engaged in kindred work, and
being a division of the same order of Oddfellows, but in its government and chartered existence it is independent of, and not auxiliary
to, the subordinate lodge.
72. Ques.—Can the wife of an Oddfellow be admitted to membership in a Rebekah lodge, she being at the time of her application
thereto under the age of 18 years,
Ans.—Yes, if a white woman. The qualification for membership
in such case is based upon the marital relation and not upon age.
73. A divorced woman is an unmarried woman and as such is
eligible to membership in a Rebekah lodge.
74. Ques.—Can the Noble Grand before assuming the chair and
before clothing herself in the regalia fill vacant chairs and direct that
the officers repair to the preparation room, there to clothe themselves in the regalia and return to the lodge room, the object being
to introduce a little floor work at the entrance of the officers in a
body to assume their chairs, prior to the Noble Grand calling the
lodge to order for the opening ceremony.
Ans.—There is no objection to the Noble Grand requesting members present to take the place of absent officers for the above named
purpose, but should the actual officer arrive, before the entrance of
such procession, such officer cannot be excluded from her proper
place therein, and when the procession reaches the chairs, an officer
who may not have been present when the procession entered, but
who is then present cannot be displaced in her proper chair by the
substitute invited by the Noble Grand to act in the procession.
75. Ques.—May the Warden be assisted by the Conductor in
taking up the pass-word prior to opening a lodge?
Ans.—Yes, by direction of the Noble Grand.
79. An instituting officer of a Rebekah lodge, at the time of
institution and in absence of qualified representatives of the jurisdiction in Which the lodge is instituted, can invite a Past Grand
Master of a neighboring jurisdiction, who happens to be present, to I92° Wi
exemplify the secret work of the degrees for the benefit and instruction of the members present.
80. A lady is not rendered ineligible to membership in a Rebekah
lodge by the mere fact of being the daughter of a saloon-keeper.
81. A Rebekah Assembly can neither authorize, or permit any
additions to, or subtractions from the ritual of the Rebekah degree.
82.    No portion of the encampment ritual can be used In a
)ekah lc
otherwise.
Rebekah lodge whether in connection with the Rebekah ritual or
83. A Rebekah Assembly cannot admit representatives to seats
therein who do not possess the qualifications designated for membership therein by the charter of the Assembly and the laws of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
85. An Oddfellow who has only received the initiatory degree
is entitled to membership in a Rebekah lodge. All piovisions to the
contrary were repealed by the enactment of the "Laws for the Government of Rebekah lodges" now in force.
MISCELLANEOUS DECISIONS.
132. Ques.—All insurance legislation having been repealed, will
it be against the law of Odd Fellowship to use the name or emblems
of the order in carrying on such business.
Ans.—It is against the general laws of the Order for any insurance
company, or association, to use the name or emblems of the Order
in carrying on such business.
133. Ques.—Will it be against the law for them to advertise to
insure Odd Fellows only?
Ans.—An insurance company or association is not violating the
laws of the Order by simply advertising that it conducts its business
with Odd Fellows only.
138. An amendment to the constitution of a State Grand Lodge
is inoperative until approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, or the
Grand Sire in recess.
142. A Grand Lodge cannot by unanimous consent, suspend the
operation of either its constitution or its By-Laws. Such laws are
in full force until repealed or amended, in prescribed legal manner.
144.    In all lodge processions whether Grand or subordinate the
post of honour is in the rear, and upon the occasion of a visit of the
Grand Officers of a jurisdiction to a subordinate lodge, when such
officers enter in  procession, the Grand Officer or Ranking Grand
. Officer should be in the rear.
HBH 1921
146. The manager of a wholesale liquor establishment is not ineligible to membership in the Order by reason of the provision of
Section 5, Article 16, of the constitution of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
147. The contingent fund authorized by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, and referred to in Section 378 of White's Digest of 1895, cannot be used for pleasure excursions, or the mere gratification of individual members of the Order, but may be appropriated for the purpose of buying flowers, or music, at the funerals of deceased members, the payment of necessary railway or carriage expenses of bearers, or of members, attending such funeral, and for such purposes as
tend to present the Order to the public in its true light, such as the
procurement of speakers to instruct in the tenets of the Order, and
in such kindred ways as will awaken general interest in the Order
and its woik. |jg^
151. Statement—A sister is put on trial on certain charges her
husband appears for her, he walks out of the committee room during
the trial, in indignation, and leaves her without representation; she
is not present. The trial committee found her guilty of contempt
and her lodge sustained the finding; she took an appeal to the Grand
Lodge and reversed the decision of the Lodge. What is the defendant's status?   Is she liable to trial on the charges?
Ans.—The proceedings for contempt are entirely collateral to the
main issue. The conviction for contempt being reversed, the defendant can now be tried on the original charges. (See appeal, Morning
Star Lodge, S.G.L., 1874, Page 6,283; Appeal of O'Hara, S.G.L., 1883,
Page 9,288.)
153. Where the constitution governing subordinate lodges provides, in describing the treasurer's duties, "That the treasurer shall
pay all warrants drawn at a regular meeting" and "That a lodge may
at any time call a special meeting but cannot transact any business at
such special meeting except that named in the call without the consent of two-thirds of those present,"no warrant for payment of money
can be ordered at such special meeting unless the question of issuing
said warrant is named in the call, or its issuance is the necessary, or
natural, consequence of the business the meeting is called to consider.
154. The Sovereign Grand Lodge having designated the second
Tuesday in June as Memorial Day, and required the Grand Sire to
issue his proclamation requesting all subordinate lodges to properly
observe such day, it is not within the power of a state Grand Lodge
to fix by legislation the 30th day of May, or any other date, as Odd
Fellows Memorial Day. The evident intent of the Sovereign Grand
legislation was to fix a day which should be observed generally, 1922
throughout all jurisdictions, and the date so fixed by it is binding and
operative, throughout all subordinate Grand jurisdictions, to the
extent that such subordinate jurisdictions cannot designate another
day for such services.
155. A Noble Grand, who is not also a Past Grand, cannot be
elected representative to a Grand Lodge.
156. The Grand Sire has no power to permit a Grand Lodge to
meet at any other time or place, than is designated in the constitution of such Grand.Lodge.
157. The Sovereign Grand Lodge has not fixed a minimum fee
to be charged by a state Grand Lodge for a Charter, issued by it, to
a subordinate lodge. The power to fix such fee rests in the Grand
Lodge of the jurisdiction.
164. Statement—A member is in good standing and entitled to
sick benefits; he is injured to such an extent that he is unable to
perform any work, but during the time he is disabled his salary as
clerk continues.
Ques.—Is he entitled to sick benefits? The Lodge constitution is*
"Every member qualified, as required by the By-Laws shall, in case
of being disabled by sickness, bodily accident or mental infirmity
from following his usual occupation or otherwise earning a livelihood, be entitled to and receive weekly benefits."
Ans.-—Under the above circumstances, the salary of the brother
continuing, and his earning capacity net being affected by his injuries, he would not be entitled to benefits. (Appeal East Tennessee
Lodge, 13428.)
CONCLUSION.
We have attempted to give you a brief account of the most important acts of the last session of. the Sovereign Grand Lodge that
are of interest in our estimation, to this Grand Body.
We sincerely hope that our efforts in this direction may prove
of benefit to the Order in this jurisdiction.
We feel deeply grateful to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia
for the distinguished honour conferred upon us by our election to
the exalted position of Grand Representatives.
Fraternally submitted,
J. Ed. PHILLIPS,
P. W. DEMPSTER.
Grand Representatives. 1923
A communication was read from Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, asking permission to exhibit the work of the Third
Degree by a team of that Lodge at such time as the Grand
Lodge might decide on. It was moved, seconded and carried : That the request be granted for to-morrow at 8:30 p. m.
The Committee on Appeals submitted the following
Report which was adopted.
Vancouver, B. C, June 11th, 1900.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L 0. 0. F.,  Victoria, B. C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers.—The Committee on Appeals to
whom was referred the appeal of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, from
the decision of the Grand Master, re the claim of the relatives of
Wm. Johnston, a deceased member of the said Lodge, beg to report
that we find the grounds of appeal to be as follows:
1st: The relatives are asking for what the brother never claimed
while he was living.
2nd: The relatives are claiming benefits for a period, during
which time we have a letter stating that the brother had had better
health than at any time since leaving Vernon.
3rd: Providing that he had intended to ask for benefits, he was
not entitled to $10.00 per week, as he had drawn the full limit according to the By-Laws, when paid his last benefits, viz: $240.
4th: The Lodge offered to pay benefits for his last sickness, or
the sickness that carried him off, providing the relatives would state
the period, but claim was made for $10.00 per week, from the date
of his recovery from the previous sickness.
The Committee have gone very carefully, and thoroughly, into
this matter, realizing the importance of rendering a decision that will
insure to the relatives of deceased brothers, all that they are entitled to, and at the same time, not impose on the living, a tax to
meet a claim which can be questioned in any way.
Taking the fourth clause of the grounds for appeal, we find, that
the lodge was willing to pay benefits for the last sickness, or that
which carried him off, providing the relatives would state the period.
According to the lodge By-laws, "A member not disqualified to receive benefits, who by sickness or accident, maybe rendered incap- 1924
"able of following his usual occupation, or otherwise earning a livelihood, shall receive from the funds of his lodge the following
"benefits."
No evidence or proof of any kind has been submitted, that at any
time from September 29th, 1898 to January 13th, 1899, the deceased
brother was capable of earning a livelihood, but we have the doctor's
certificate which gives absolute proof (proof that would be accepted
in any law court) that the deceased was unable to work during the
period for which benefits are claimed.
In regard to clause 3, it can readily be understood that persons
not members of the Order would make the mistake that benefits
were to continue at $10.00 psr week, as that amount had been paid.
In sustaining the decision of the Grand Master we might add,
that from all the evidence before us, we find that the relatives of the
deceased brother Wm. Johnston are entitled to benefits as follows :
2 weeks at $10.00 per week, September 29th to October 13th, 1898,
making 26 weeks or six months in all at $10.00; and 13 weeks from
October 14, 1898 to January 13, 1£®9. at $7.50 per week, making the
total amount due $117.50.
Fraternally submitted,
GEO. R. GORDON,
FRED. COCKBURN,
GEO. WALKER.
Committee.
The Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits presented the following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits, beg
to present herewith in tabulated form, an Abstract of the Reports of
the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction, of their Receipts and
Payments, for the past ten years, with the averages shewn in each
case.
We beg to congratulate you on the fact that the number of
members on 31st December last is the largest ever reported in this
Jurisdiction, but it is also noted that the number of weeks for which
sick benefits were paid, the gross amount paid for sick benefits, and
the average duration of sickness per member, are the highest shown
for the past ten years.    We are pleased to observe on the other hand J925
that the aggregate paid for working expenses is less than last year,
and that the average cost per member for relief was 67 cents less, the
average cost per member for working expenses 44 cents less, and the.
average cost per member for all lodge expenditures $1.11 less than in
the preceding year.
It is also gratifying to point out the steady reduction in the
average cost for all lodge expenditures amounting to $1.97 per member, which has occurred in the past fifteen years, as shewn in the
appended abstract.
It would appear from the reports that there was a net profit on
the working of the Lodges last year of $14,919.78 or $4.88 per member.
The sum shewn as disbursed for current expenses, represents an
average of $4.97 per member and although this is 44 cents less than
last year, we incline to the belief that it is still in excess of what it
should be, as it is 27| per cent of the gross receipts, and 45§ per cent
of the total received for members dues; it thus makes, in our opinion
too serious an inroad in the funds that should be set aside to meet
future demands, which will inevitably arise, for sick benefits as our
membership grows older, to be regarded with indifference.
FRED. DAVEY,
J. Ed. PHILLIPS,
T. F. NEELANDS.
Committee. ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
For Ten Years
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$8057 50
$612 50
9525 70
881 50
9675 90
1106 00
10450 60
1116 00
13254 47
1093 00
17042 46
2255 50
20742 47
1914 49>
17450 90
1842 35
20727 35
1602 00
21499 45
1942 40
$151 60
120 00
300 00
397 00
285 00
394 30
712 45
282 25
442 50
72 50
$
50 00
145 00
774 00
60 00
544 00
170 65
825 55
184 50
1342 72
149 50
781 40
2144 75
111 65
1101 85
$8821 60
10567 20
11403
12882 60
15236 47
20635 46
24896 63
20506 40
24916 60
24727 85 1927
SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Ending 31st December, 1899.
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7 39
5 84
5 98
5 05
6 90
8 80
7 32
8 75
8 08
$ 6 98
8 47
9 55
7 48
7 32
6 00
5 50
5 32
5 41
4 97
$ 14 30
15 86
15 39
13 46
12 37
12 90
14 30
12 64
14 16
13 05
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29591 26
18660 414| 1
41142 93
16111 97 4i i
42480 02
22077 36
17919 01
15544 20
14903 95
15406 39
15199 25
6 5-12
55-6
6 5-12
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27492 65
31992 51
30955 77
29640 45
31100 13
33466 40
14909 50
5085 50
4610 00
5703 51
6840 51
8480 00
10275 53
7089 44
9151 00
8550 12
10247 11
9485 06
53798 79
50191 98
49255 88
46787 37
53208 98
54846 88
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Report read from the Committee on Distribution which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, 1. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Distribution of the Grand Master's Report
beg to recommend the following allotment of the matter contained
therein to the several standing Committees:—
To the Committee on State of the Order:
Pages 3, 4 and 5 relating to the State of the Order; pages 6, 7 and
11, Official Visits; page 18, Installations; 20a, Miscellaneous; 20b and
20c, New Westminster Fire; Supplementary Report; page 1, re permission to solicit aid for sufferers Ottawa-Hull Fire; Reports of D.D.
G. M's 21 also the Reports of the D. D. G. M*s. respecting the State of the
Order.
To the Committee on Finance:       J^S . . .% :.
Pages 7 and 8 re Miles Travelled; pages 9, 10 and 11 re Expenses
incurred.
To the Committee on Judiciary:
Pages 12, 13 and 14 re Dispensations and Permissions granted ;
pages 15 and 16 re Questions and Decisions: pages 18, 19 and 20 re
Proclamations issued; page 20a Registration of Amendments to Bylaws; page 20b re Change of Name No. 3; History of Odd Fellowship
page 20b, also any actions or decisions of the D.D.G.M's. involving
questions of law; Supplementary Report, page 1 re Dispensations.
To the Committee on Appeals and Grievances:
Page 17, re Complaints and Appeals.
Fraternally submitted, • j|j|
-      T. A. MUIR,
T. F. NEELANDS,
JAS. CROSS AN.
Report read from same Committee which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Distribution to whom was referred the Report of the Grand Secretary beg to recommend the reference of the
different matters contained in the Report to the various Committees
as follows?— 1930
To the Committee on the State of the Order:
Page 1, paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, page 2 paragraphs 6, 7, 8 and 9;
page 4, paragraph 14 and Statistical Abstract also page 14, and the
Abstract of the Reports of the Lodges.
To the Committee on Judiciary:
Page 1, paragraphs 4 and 5.
lo the Committee on Obituary:
Page 3, paragraph 10.
To the Committee on Finance:
Page 3, paragraphs 11 and 12; pages 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
To the Committee on Petitions:
Page 1, paragraph 1, that portion referring to the allotment of
vacant number 13 to Wildey Lodge.
Fraternally submitted,
T. A. MUIR,
T. F. NEELANDS,
JAS. CROSSAN.
Report read from the Committee on Laws of Subordinates which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, 1. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that it
has examined the following By-laws and amendments thereto of the
Lodges qf this Jurisdiction during the past year with result noted
against each.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8:—
New Code. Approved with some minor alterations needed to
conform to the Constitution.
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41:—
Approved complete set with some slight exceptions.
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43:—   ||
Approved new Code with following exceptions. Quorum reduced
from Seven to Five. Drew attention to the fact that no provision
was made for payment of Sick Benefits to other than third degree *93*
members and requested that this omission be rectified by amendment
but this has not yet been complied with.
Key Gity Lodge, No. 42 :—
Submitted new By-laws which were defective in some matters,
these were pointed out with a request that they be amended but no
advice of this having been done have yet reached us.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2:—
Amendment to Act XX, Section 1^ reducing amount payable for
Sick Benefits; article added dealing with the appointment and duties,
etc. of lodge physician.    Approved.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6 :—
Approved amendment to Section 1, Art. XX, reducing periods
for whieh Sick Benefits, at certain rates, are payable to Third Degree
members and fixing the minimum rate at $3 per week after 33 weeks
continuous sickness.
Cloverdale Lodge* No, 15 :—
Amendment changing night-of meeting.    Approved,
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19 : —
Approved following amendments. Amount payable for Sick
Benefits (with slight alteration), Payment for Nuise, Duties of Visiting Committee, Payment of Funeral Benefit, Initiation Fees.
Duncan Lodge, No, 17:—
Amendment regulating the hours sick members are to be out of
doors, Fees for Initiation and Degrees.   Approved.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33:—
Amendment creating a Contingent Fund, altered wording to
restrict receipts to 5 per cent of Dues only.    Approved,
Rocky Mountain, No. 34:—
Approved amendment relating to the deposit of Funds in some
Chartered Bank.
Rossland, No. 36:—
Amendment increasing Fees for Degrees to $5 for each Degree*
Approved.
Slocan Lodge, No. 40.
Approved amendment respecting Initiation and Degree Fees.
Amendment leaving amount of Sick Benefits to be paid after 18 1932
months continuous sickness to the option of the Lodge. Not
approved, being at variance with Sections 4 and 12 White's Digest,
and Constitution of Subordinate Lodges by which Lodges of this:
Jurisdiction are in no case to pay less than $1 per week after twelve
months sickness. Amendment submitted subsequently which conformed to the law and which was approved* fos^f
Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13:—
Approved a new Code submitted with a few alterations.
P. W. DEMPSTER,
EDWARD BRAGG,
A. SHERET.
Committee*
The Grand Master submitted bills for type writing his
report and for postage and stationery which were referred
to the Committee on Finance.     1U S^2|
It was on motion Resolved,—that the Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to Eight o*clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION,
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o'clock, p. m.
pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum
of Representatives being present, ^y llllill
All present were examined, reported qualified and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called. *933
Bros, W. Dempster and J. Phillips, No. 2~, A, J. Bill-
ingsly, No. 4; and H. Matheson, -No. 8 were admitted and
received the Grand Lodge Degree.
The hour fixed oy the Constitution for the Election of
Grand Officers for the ensuing year having arrived the
Grand Master appointed J. E. Phillips, P,G,M.>, No. 3 and
J. E. Phillips, RG.M.,No. 4, as Tellers. jF -'^^- X
It was moved oy J. E. Prrillips, P. G. M,y >fo, 3,
seconded by Rep. T. F, Neelands, No. 8, and .carried,—
That brothers proposing and seconding candidates for elepj-
tion be permitted to address the Grand Lodge in connection
with the nominations,   tt \.  ,
The following nominatiosis were then marled
For Grand Master—W. E. Johnstone, No. S, proposed
oy J. Crossan, P,G.M., Na 5, seconded by T. F, Neelands,
Ho. 8,-I1' ■    f^1        JP; :    -   • :    :: "      ^^R^R^
For Deputy Grand Master—W-. Hogg, No. 10, proposed by J. H. Meld ram, P.G.M., No. 2 and seconded by
H. Siddall, No. 33 ; W. Walker, No. 4, proposed by J.
Pottinger, No, 29 and seconded by J. E* Phillips, P. G. M.
Na 4. If
For Grand Warden—A. Graham^ No." I, nominated
by J. E. Phillips,  P. G, MM No. 4,        1"     >   ^        '^^;
J. Newton, No. 20, proposed by R, May, No. 27 seconded by S. W. Edwards, No. 4.
For Grand Secretary—-^F. Davey, No. 1, nominated by
F. Cockburn No. 26. fe^ttl 1934
For Grand Treasurer—A. Graham, No. renominated
by J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4.
S. W. Edwards^ No. 4, nominated by J. Bell, No. 4.
G. T. Fox, No. 2, nominated by J. York, No. 1.
For Grand Representative—H. J. Raymer, P. G. M.
No. 36, proposed by J. Palmer, No. 12, seconded by J. E.
Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4.     g      f|
■
W. H. Morton, P.G.M., No. 5, nominated by G. T.
Fox, No. 2, and seconded by J* Crossan, P. G. M., No. 5.
T. C. Gray, P. G. M., nominated by S. W. Edwards,
No. 4, and seconded by A. Parker, No. 8.
W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, being the only nominee for
Grand Master it was moved, seconded and carried—That
the Grand Secretary cast the ballot of this Grand Lodge for
his election; which was accordingly done and Bro. Johnstone
declared duly elected Grand Master for the ensuing year.
The ballot was spread for the election of Deputy Grand
Master and the following result announced:
Number of votes cast 84. Necessary to elect, 43.
W. Hogg, No. 10, received 51 votes. W. Walker, No. 4,
received 30 votes, Spoiled 3.
W. Hogg, No. 10, having received a majority of the
votes cast was declared duly elected Deputy Grand Master
for the ensuing year.
The ballot was spread for Grand Warden with the following result:
t2MMI*I 1935
Number of votes cast, 85. Necessary to elect 43.
A. Graham, No. 1, received 43 votes. J. Newton, No. 20,
received 38 votes, Blanks 3, Spoiled 1.
■ A. Graham, No. 1, having received a majority of the
votes cast was declared duly elected Grand Warden for the
ensuing year.
F. Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee as Grand
Secretary was declared duly elected the vote of the Grand
Lodge being cast in his favor by the Deputy Grand Master.
The ballot was spread §>r Grand Treasurer with the
following result:
Number of #otes cast 86. Necessary to choice, 44*
S. W. Edwards, No. 4, received 37 votes. G. T. Fo^
No. 2, received 46 votes, Blank 2.
G. T. Fox, No. 2, having received a majority of votes
cast was declared duly elected Grand Treasurer for the ensuing year.
The ballot was spread for Grand Representative and
the following result announced:
Number of votes cast, 84. Necessary to elect, 43.
H.J. Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36, received 36 votes. W. H.
Morton, P.G.M., No. 5, received 23 votes. T. C. Gray,
P.G.M., No. 10, received 23 votes, Blank 2.
No choice appearing and a tie existing between the
two lowest candidates a fresh ballot was spread with the
following result:
Number of votes cast, 80. Necessary for choice, 41.
H. J. Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36, received 39 votes.  W. H. Morton, P.G.M., No. 5, received 19 votes.
P.G.M., No. 10, received 22.
T. C. Gray,
There being still no choice a fresh ballot was spread
the name of Bro. Morton, P.G.M. being dropped and the
following result obtained:
Number of votes cast. 80. Necessary to choice, 41.
H.J. Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36, received 48 votes. T. C.
Gray, P.G.M., received 32 votes.
H. J. Raymer, P. G. M., No. 36, having received a
majority of the votes cast was declared duly elected Grand
Representative for two years.
It was on motion Resolved,—that this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY.
Thursday, 15th June,  1900.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 10 o'clock, a. m.
this day, present the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives. 1937
Those present were examined, reported duly qualified
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of preceding day's Session were read and
adopted.
Reports were read from the majority and minority of
the Committee on Petitions.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have examined the Petitions for the undermentioned Subordinate Lodges and
find that the law has been complied with in each case and recommend that Charters be issued accordingly.
"Enterprise" Lodge, No. 43, located at Trail.
Wildey Lodge, No. , located at Moyie.
We would also recommend that the request of "Wildey" Lodge to
be allotted the vacant number Thirteen be complied with, and that the
Grand Master be empowered in future to assign any vacant numbers
to new Lodges when issuing Dispensations for their institution, so as
to keep the roll of Lodges consecutive and complete as far as possible.
R. LIVINGSTONE,
R. DRAKE,
A. RUMBLE,
J. MALCOM.
Committee.
The minority of the Committee on Petitions recommend that the
following be substituted for the last clause of the report of the majority of the Committee:
In regard to the application of Wildey Lodge to be allotted the
vacant Number 13, your Committee are of opinion it would not be
wise to grant the request but that the number be the next consecutive one, viz: 44.
T. A. MUIR,
J. PALMER. The Report of the Minority of the Cd|nmittee was on
motion adopted, 22 voting in the affirmative and n in the
negative.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. O. F.
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred certain portions of the Grand Master's Report, beg leave to report as follows:
1st. Your Committee approve of the action of the Grand Master in the matter of Dispensations and Permissions granted as mentioned on pages 12, 13 and 14.
2nd. We also approve the action of the Grand Master on the
matters contained on pages 15 and 16 with the exception of Questi6n
2 page 15. Your Committee are of the opinion said question should
have been answered No.    See clauses 367 and 378 White's Digest.
3rd. Your Committee approve of the action of the Grand Master on all matters contained in the balance of the report.
4th. Your Committee find on perusing the reports of the
D. D. G. M's some of them have granted Dispensations contrary to
the provisions of the Constitution defining the duties of District
Deputies.    See Article 4, section 7.
The following are some which come under the notice of your
Committee.
The District Deputy for No. 1 District issued a Dispensation to
hold a Social Dance.
The Deputy for No. 6, a dispensation for an At Home.
Your Committee approve of the several decisions given by the
several Deputies on points of law.
Your Committee approve of the action of the Grand Secretary
on page 1 paragraph 4, re change of name from New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3 to Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
Your Committee also approve of the action of the Grand Secre- T939
tary, re the Registration 6f Amendments to By-laws, page 1, paragraph 5.
Fraternally submitted,
JAMES STARK,
D. E. MACKENZIE,
J. Ed  PHILLIPS,
H. J. RAYMER,
E. P. DENNIS,
GEO. WAITE.
The Committee on Obituary presented the following
report which was on motion adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, J. (X 0. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers.—Your Special Committee on Obit-
nary beg to recommend the insertion, in the Proceedings of the
pending Session of this Grand Body, of the accompaning list of the
Deaths which have occurred in the Jurisdiction, during the year
* ended 31st December, 1899.
PIS        Fraternally submitted,
H. J. RICKARD,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
HINKSON SIDDALL,
J AS. McMULLIN.
Representative Arthur, No. 16, gave notice that this
afternoon he would move—that the next Annual Session of
this Grand Lodge be held at Nelson,
Representative H. J. Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36, gave
notice that he would move at the same time that the Session
be held at Rossland.
Representative Rivers, No. 5, gave notice that he
would move at the same time that the Session be held at
Nanaimo.
* For List see Appendix. i94°
It was moved by Representative T. F. Neelands, No. 8,
and seconded by Representative H. J, Rickard, No. 26.
That Section 2, Article 4 of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges be amended as follows. Strike out the word "Ten" in lino
seven, and insert the word "Eight" in lieu. Strike out the words
"Seven dollars and fifty cents" in line ten, and insert the word "Six'r
in lieu. Strike out the word "Five" in line thirteen, and insert the
word "Four" in lieu thereof.
The Ayes and Nays having been called for by the requisite number of Representatives they were recorded as
follows:
Ayes—Welsh, Johnstone, Davey, Stark, Phillips, No. 3,
Graham, Peers, Newton, Fooks, York, Mackenzie, Muir,
Smith, Knight, Neelands, Palmer, Collishaw, Arthur,
Crowell, Thorpe, Sherman, Churchill, Moore, Brown,
Cockburn,# Rickard, May, Webber, Calvert, Bryant, Warren, C. L. McDonald, French, Raymer, Smailes, Waite,
Gray, Carne—38.
Nays—Hogg, Dempster, Rumble, Fox, Pottinger,
Bell, Drake, Bragg, Crossan, Rivers, McMullin, Dunsmuir,
Marshall, Law, Parker, O'Dwyer, Dennis, L. C. McDonald,
Middlemiss, Malcom, Burr, Livingstone, Siddall, Hauck,
Ryan, Phillips, No. 4—26.
Not having secured the necessary two-thirds vote the
motion was declared lost.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to two o'clock
this afternoon.
I 1941
AFTERNOON SESSION,
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o^ clock pursuant
to adjournment. The Grand Lodge officers and a quorum
of Representatives present who were examined and reported
qualified to sit.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The following question was submitted by Representa^
tive Rickard, No. 26, which was on motion referred to
the Committee on Judiciary,
When a member of this Grand Body runs on more than one
occasion for Grand Representative knowing himself to be ineligible
what is the proper course to take to prevent this reprehensible
practice.
Representative Cockburn, No. 26, brought to the attention of the Grand Lodge the case of Bro. Ross, vs*
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, which had not yet been settled and
stated that the brother was in waiting in the Ante Room
and wished to get the decision of this Grand Lodge. It
was moved and seconded "That the Committee on Appeals
be requested to take up the case and if practicable to dispose
of the matter at this Session.
It was moved as an amendment and duly seconded—
j 'That the question be referred to the Committee on Appeals
for next year. 1942
The Grand Master ruled both Resolution and Amendment out of Order on the ground that the appeal was not
before the Grand Lodge in proper form,
Bro, J. H. Glass, P, G., of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba was announced in waiting and desirous of visiting the
Grand Lodge, The Grand Master appointed T. C. Gray,
P.G.M. and J. Crossan, P.G.M. to retire and introduce the
brother which was done and Bro. Glass cordially welcomed
to a seat in the Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.
Yom? Committee on Judiciary having had under consideration
clause 6 page 16 of the Grand Master's report beg leave to report that
after careful consideration of the subject -We ai*e of the opinion that
the answer of the Grand Master should have been "yes".
Ques.— Can the Lodge pay for nursing a Brother* who is in arrears
and not entitled to benefits.   To which the Grand Master answered
No.
With reference to the question of Representative Rickard of No.
26, your Committee know of no way to prevent the reprehensible
practice spoken of, and beg leave to be excused from further consideration of the subject.
Fraternally submitted.
JAMES STARK,
D. E. MACKENZIE,
J. Ed. PHILLIPS,
E. P. DENNIS,
GEO. WAITE,
H. J. RAYMER.
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Appeals and Grievances have reviewed the
Grand Master's decision in the matter of the appeal of Bro. John Flett of Western Star Lodge, No. 10, against the action of his Lodge in
refusing certain benefits and as the brother has not appealed against
the decision given, the action of the Grand Master is sustained.
In the matter of the appeal through a solicitor on behalf of the
relatives of the late Brother Johnson of Vernon Valley Lodge, Np. 18
the Grand Master gave his decision in favor of the appellant, this
was appealed against by Vernon Va^ey Lodge. Ail papers in the
case were referred to the Cemmittee on Appeals, who after thorough
investigation reported sustaining the decision of the Grand Master,
this report was yesterday adopted by this Grand Lodge, thereby disposing of the case.
In the matter of request from Hl*>- J- B. King, Gravid Secretary
of the Grand L<odge of Ontario to appeal to this Jurisdiction for assist*
ance re Ottawa-Hull fire, this Committee endorses the action taken
thereon by the Grand Master
FRED. COCKBURN,
PAUL HAUCK,
S. CHURCHILL,
W. H. THORPE,
E. C. ARTHUR.
Moved by Representative Bragg, No, 4, seconded by
Representative Bell, No. 4, and carried.
That whereas it has been deemed in the best interest of the Order
that in this Jurisdiction, the age. limit should be reduced from
twenty-one years to eighteen years in the case of applicants for admission to the Order, and as this question has been laid on the table
by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, to be dealt with at its next Session.
Resolved,—That our Grand Representatives be hereby instructed
to work and vote for its adoption.
Moved by Representative James   Pottinger,   No.  2,
seconded by Representative Geo. T, Fox, No.  2,
That it be an instruction to the Committee on Mileage and Per
Diem to consider the length of time the Representative from Union
Lodge, No. 11, has to be away from home, the circuitous route
travelled, and the consequent extra expense, while attending
this Grand Lodge, and the advisability of granting him an additional
amount for expenses.—Carried.
Moved by   Representative  E.   C.   Arthur,   No.   16, 1944
seconded by Representative Jas. Crossan,  No. 5, and Resolved.
That a special committee consisting of Bros. J. E. Phillips,P.G.M.
No. 3, P. W. Dempster, G.R., and H. J. Raymer, P.G. M., G. R., be
appointed to draft, print and issue a circular letter to the Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge asking their sapport to the
proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Sovereign Gjrand
Lodge reducing the age at which persons may be admitted into the
Order from 21 to 18 years of age.
Representative Hauck of No. 40, presented the following which was referred to the Committee on the State of
the Order.
Slocan Lodge, No. 40, I. O. O. F., requests of the Grand Lodge
of B. C. the furnishing of printed copies of the Subordinate Lodge
Constitution to the Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction in suitable form to be attached to the By-laws of said Lodges.
It was moved by Representative Arthur, No. 16, and
seconded by Representative Cockburn, No. 26, That the
next annual Session of this Grand Lodge be held at Nelson.
It was moved as an amendment by Representative
Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36, and seconded by Representative
Bragg, No. 4, That the word "Nelson" be struck out and
the word "Rossland" inserted in lieu.
Moved by J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4, and seconded
by Representative York, No. 1, That the question of deciding
the place of meeting of the next Annual Session lay over
until to-morrow morning and that the Finance Committee
be instructed to report then the cost of meeting at Nelson
or Rossland.—Carried.
The following Report was submitted by the Committee
on Legislation which was adopted. 1945
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F. |||
We your Committee on Legislation beg leave to recommend
the following:—That in oi-der to expedite matters, in future all
reports of Grand Lodge Officers be printed in leaflet form of the same
size as proceedings, and that the same type be retained and used for
printing the proceedings thereby reducing cost of said reports.
In order to give the Grand Lodge Officers sufficient time in
which to prepare their reports and have them printed, we would
further recommend that the books of the Grand Lodge be closed
fourteen (14) days previous to the opening of the Grand Lodge and
that Subordinate Lodges and D.D.G.M's. be notified of same with a
request that their reports be placed in the hands of the proper Grand
Lodge Officers in time for them to have their reports ready for the
Grand Lodge.
Fraternally submitted,
THOS. C. GRAY,
WTALLACE LAW,
E. L. WEBBER,
HINKSON SIDDALL,
JAMES CROSSAN,
J. YORK.
The Committee on Finance presented the following
report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Finance beg to recommend the payment of
the following accounts.
Type writing Grand Master's Report.. .•. $ 13 00
Grand Master for telegrams, stamps and printing       17 00
Independent Odd Fellow's Lodge Card for one year         10 00
$ 40 00
GEORGE T. FOX,
ROBERT RIVERS,
THEO. BRYANT,
THOS. TAYLOR,
JAMES POTTINGER,
ALLAN GRAHAM.
Moved by Representative Arthur, No. 16, and seconded
by Representative Brown, No. 26, That a Special Commit- ■1-     r$46
tee be appointed to draft a form of Medical Certificate to be
used in all cases of claims for Sick Benefits and also a Medical form of Certificate of Health to be Used for all Candidates
for admission by Initiation, and submit same at this Session
—on being submitted to the vote the motion was lost—
ii votes being cast in its favor and 18 against.
The following notice of motion was submitlia:—
We hereby give notice that at to^BBo^-fOW's Session of
this Grand Body we will move to amend By-law No. i, of
this Grand Lodge as follows, Strike out all the words after
the word "and" in line four to the word "when" in line
seven.
D. E. MACKENZIE,
T. A. MUIR,
The Committee on the State of the Order presented
the following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of ftrtHsh Columbia, 1. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on the State of the Order beg leave to report
as follows.
We have read and duly considered the several clauses referred
to us of the Grand Secretary's report and are pleased to note a further increase of Subordinate Lodges, namely, Enterprise Lodge, No.
43, at Trail and Wildey Lodge at Mtiyie and the probability that in
the near future other lodges will be instituted in this section of the
Province. We are also pleased to note an increase of 215 members
during the year.
The issue of a circular to the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction in connection with the item which appeared in The Province
newspaper of Vancouver connecting our representatives with a disreputable street fight In that city, is fully endorsed by this Committee.
With reference to the decision of the Sovereign Grand Lodge to
provide a Jewel for D. D. G. M's to be worn by them whilst holding
that office, your Committee consider this to be an unnecessary expense, and are of the opinion the money can be used to better purpose, we would therefore recommend that no steps be taken to procure these Jewels for this Jurisdiction. With respect to Clause 8* referring to Bi-Annual Sessions of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge and also to a reduction in the number of
Representatives to that Grand Body, your Committee look with
favor on this proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and would reetun^aiena the Grand Representatives,
be instructed to give this matter their due consideration.
Clause 9, regarding communication from Bro. J- R. Harwell;
•Grand Secretary, Tennessee, enclosing leaflet written by him entitled "Odd Fellowship, What Is It," your Committee consider
the suggestion of the Grand Secretary a good one and would therefore recommend 3,000 copies be printed after the requisite alterations have been made to render it suitable to this Province and that
they be distributed* to the several Subordinate Lodges for circulation.
Clause 14, dealing with the Statistics of the Order your Committee are pleased to note a steady increase in all branches of the
Order.
Clauses 17,18 and 19 containing remarks of the Grand Secretary
showing the prosperity of the Order in this jurisdiction are fully
concurred in by your Committee.
Fraternally submitted,
T. F. NEELANDS,
A. PARKER,
11 A. WARREN,
c l. Mcdonald,
JAMBS BELL,
T. KNIGHT,
Committee*
Moved by Representative Bragg, No. 4, seconded by
Representative A. Graham, No. 1:—
That, whereas the work in preparing the report of the Special
Committee on a uniform system of Dues and Benefits, which has
been dealt with by this Grand Lodge, entailed a good deal Of time
and careful consideration.
Resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Body be hereby
tendered to the members of said Special Committee as a token of
the-appreciation of their labors.    Carried.
The Grand Warden retired to the Ante-Room and conferred the Gmnd Lodge Degree on Bro. C W. Jenken-
son, No. &
It was moved, seconded and carried that this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 10 oyclock A. M. to-morrow-
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
THIRD DAY.
16 June, igoo.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 10 oTclock a. m. pursuant to adjournment.
Present:—-The Grand  Lodge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives.
A^ll present were examined and reported duly qualified.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Treasurer was excused from  further attendance this Session*
The minutes of yesterday's   Session   were read and
adopted* |^ 1949
The Grand Warden retired to the Ante-Room and
conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro, J. Newbig-
ging No. 4.
The following Report was submitted by the Committee
on the State of the Order and was adopted:
To the Grand L<tdge of British Qobzmbia I. O, 0. p
Your Committee on the State of the Cteder to whom was referred the request of g Slocan ^ Lodge No. 40 that this Grand Lodge
furnish printed copies of the ^Subordinate Lodge Constitution to the
Lodges beg leave to report that if this practice is adopted it will en^
tail coBteiderable expense to this Grand Body, and we are of the
opinion that the matter should be left in the hands of the Subordinate Lodges; we would therefore recommend that the request be
not granted,
T. F. NEELANDS,
A. PARKER,
C. A. WARREN,
c. l. Mcdonald,
T, KNIGHT,
J AS* BELL.
The Grand Secretary submitted the amendments to
the Rules of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of
B, C, which were adopted at the Annual Meeting of
the Association held last evening, and it was on motion
Resolved that the amendments submitted be approved by
this Grand Lodge.
The Grand Secretary submitted the following Annual
Report of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of B. C,
It was m^yed, seconded and carried that  the report  be
received and  printed   in  the  proceedings of this Grand
Lodge.
Victoria, B. C, June 14th, 1900w
To the Officers and Member* of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association
of British Columbia*
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—I beg to submit a report of the
finances of this Association for the past year. E^pOWMBjJST FUND,
Reeeipts.
Balance on hand per last Report ,  ~. $. 820 22
Received for Assessments     2441 52.
*!        Interest—Dominion Governnaent Savings Bank., 89
$3262 63
Expenditure.
Paid Insurance on death of Bro. J. L. Work  $1000 0O
"   J.Wilson X     1.000 00
"   D.Ferguson       1000 00
Balance
262 63
$3262 63
MANAGEMENT   FUND,
Receipts*
Balance from last Report $150 30
Received for Dues, ,     174 05
$324 35
Expenditure.
Paid Agent's Commissions ,  $ 71 57
"    Secretary's Salary  100 00
"              "         Postage and Sundries  13 95
Bond I :  10 00
"Printing  50 60
Balance \     78 23
$324 35
SUMMARY.
Balances*
Endowment Fund ..
Management Fund;.
How Ingested.
$262 63     Dominion Government
78 23 Savings Bank $   76 53
Bank of British Columbia I     158 90
Secretary-Treasurer's
hands       105 43
$340 80
$340 86
Fraternally submitted,
FRED DAVEY,
Secretary- Treasurers p 95*
A communication was read from the Odd Fellows'
Relief Association of Canada asking permission to canvass
for members in this Jurisdiction. It was moved by Representative J.Crossan, P.G.M., No. 5, and seconded by Representative York, No. 1, that the communication be received and filed.
Moved as an amendment by Representative Parker,
No. 8, and seconded by W. Hogg, G.W., that the communication be received and the request granted, provided
the requisite fee required by law is paid. The amendment was submitted to the vote and declared carried, 24
voting for and 22 against. The Ayes and Nays were
called for and taken as follows:
Ayes—Welsh, Johnstone, Hogg, Phillips, No.. 3,
Dempster, Pottinger, Mackenzie, Bell, Knight, Neelands,
Mitchell, Law, Parker, O'Dwyer, Dennis, L. C. McDonald,
Crowell, Middlemiss, Sherman, Burr, Churchill, Brown,
May, Webber, Calvert, Bryant, Warren, C. L. McDonald,
French, Raymer, Taylor, Gray, Ryan.—33.
Nays—Davey, Graham, Peers, Newton, Fooks, York,
Rumble, Fox, Muir, Smith, Drake, Crossan, Rivers, Mc-
Mullin, Dunsmuir, Palmer, Collishaw, Arthur, Thorpe,
Moore, Coekburn, Livingstone, Siddall, Smailes, Waite,
Hauck, Carne.—27.
The following report was submitted by the Committee
on Finance, and ordered to be received and laid on the
table.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.
Your Committee on Finance beg to report the estimated expense
of holding the next Session at Nelson is compiled from figures supplied by the C. P. Ry. Agent in this City is as follows: I952
Travelling Expenses, 56 Representatives, 12 Grand Officers,
total, 68  $2010 00
Per Diem for 68 Members, at $2.00 per day      408 00
$2448 00
GEORGE T. FOX,
ROBERT RIVERS,
THEO. BRYANT,
JAMES POTTINGER,
THOMAS TAYLOR,
A. GRAHAM.
On   motion   the Grand   Lodge   adjourned   until   2
o'clock P. M.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge convened at 2.30 P.M.  The Grand
Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined and reported duly qualified
and the Grand. Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on the State of the Order presented
the following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge I. 0. 0. F., of British Columbia.
Your Committee on State of the Order, wish to commend the
Grand Master for the attention he has given to the duties of his *953
office during the past year, he having visited every Lodge in the
Jurisdiction, thereby setting an example to those who will follow
him in that office. *iMi\
We also wish to recommend that the suggestion of the Grand
Master that a form be prepared by the Grand Secretary for the
various D. D. G. M's to report on, be adopted.
We are pleased to note that the prospects for an increase in the
number of Lodges in the Interior are good, and hope that with the
prosperity that now prevails throughout the Jurisdiction, the
prospects will be still brighter when we again meet in session.
We heartily endorse the statement made by the Grand Master
in reference to the work done by the Grand Secretary, and we consider that this Grand Lodge is to be congratulated on having such
an efficient Grand Secretary as Bro. DaVey.
The condition of the Order on this Continent was never higher
than to-day, and we think that the members of this Grand Lodge
may be proud of their standing in this Jurisdiction, and of the
privileges they enjoy as members of this Grand Order.
Fraternally submitted,
T. F. NEELANDS,
A. PARKER,
c. l. Mcdonald,
C. A. WARREN,
JAS. BELL,
T. KNIGHT,
Committee.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented
the following Report, which was adopted.
Your Committee to whom was entrusted the motion relating to
the Representative from Union Lodge No. 11, recommend the payment of five extra days, namely, ten dollars to this brother.
RALPH SMAILES,
D. M. O'DWYER,
H. L. CALVERT,
G. H. MIDDLEMISS,
W. S. SMITH.
The Committee on Mileage and  Per Diem presented
the following report, which was adopted 1954
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that
we have examined the Certificates of Officers and Representatives
in attendance at this Session and find them entitled to the amounts
stated against their respective names:
NAMES.
Officers.
D. Welsh, G. M	
W.E.Johnstone,D.G.M.
W. Hogg, G.W	
F. Davey, G. S	
J. Stark, G.T	
J.E.Phulips,P.G.M,G.R
P. W. Dempster, G. R.
A. Graham, G. Mar....
J. Peers, G. G	
J. Newton, G. C	
H. Fooks, G.H	
Representatives.
Location.
New West'r.
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Victoria	
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6 00
6 00
20 60
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6 00
6 00
6 00
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16 90
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6 00
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T. Crowell    1
16
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
26
26
27
27
28
31
33
34
35
36
36
38
39
40
41
42
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Mt. Pleasant
Nanaimo..,.
Ladner	
North Bend.
Ashcroft.
Eburne ]
Revelstoke..
Vancouver..
do
do
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do
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Wellington.
Victoria	
do     	
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Sandon 	
Slocan City.
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8 40
7 30
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21 40
28 80
9 00
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8 40
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10 90
15 50
7 80
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52 50
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W. H. Thorpe	
T. Sherman	
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18 30
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J. Malcom	
27 40
J. W. Burr	
S. Charchill	
P. J. Moore )
32 80
15 00
52 30
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F. Cockburn	
R. May	
E.-L. Webber	
H. L. Calvert	
14 40
14 40
12 40
16 90
16 90
21 50
Theo. Bryant	
13 80
R. Livingstone	
6 00
H. Siddall	
6 00
C. A. Warren	
C. L. McDonald	
F. E. French	
H. J. Raymer, P. G. M,
R. Smailes	
559
78
645
645
703
567
580
504
559
638
55 90
7 80
64 50
64 50
70 30
56 70
58 00
50 40
55 90
63 80
61 90
13 80
70 50
70 50
76 30
Geo. Waite	
62 70
P. Hauck	
T. Taylor	
64 00
56 40
T. C.Gray, P. G. M....
P. Ryan	
61 90
69 80
Total.  $386 00  $1173 20 $1559 20
RALPH SMAILES,
D. M. O'DWYER,
H. L. CALVERT,
G. H. MIDDLEMISS,
W. S. SMITH,
Committee.
The consideration of the  place  of meeting of the
next Annual Session, deferred from yesterday, was resumed.
Moved by Representative Rivers, No. 5, and seconded ^^^ x956 §
by Representative Thorpe, No. 20, that the next Session
of this Grand Lodge beheld at Nanaimo.
It was on Motion Resolved that the vote for the selection
of the place of meeting next year be taken by ballot.
Representative Arthur, No. 16, withdrew his motion
that the next Session be held at Nelson.
The Grand Master appointed Representative Gray,
P. G. M., No. 42, and J. E.  Phillips, P. G. M., to act as
Tellers.     % . "{
The Ballot was spread and the following result announced,    Number of votes cast, 65.
Rossland received 36 votes.
Nanaimo received 29 votes.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, asked that the Ayes
and Nays be taken. The Grand Master ruled that the
vote having been taken by secret ballot by direction ct
the Grand Lodge the decision must stand.
Bro. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, appealed from the
ruling of the Chair, which was, however, sustained by a
standing vote.
Representative Mackenzie, No. 3, moved the amendment to By-law No. 1 of the Grand Lodge, of which notice was given yesterday, which was seconded by Representative T. A. Muir, No. 3, but was declared lost on being
submitted to the vote.
Moved by Representative Middlemiss, No. 19, seconded by Representative Calvert, No. 28, and carried. J957
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge should be empowered to receive dues and pay benefits to any members of defunct Lodges,
failing to gain admission into some Lodge of this Jurisdiction, and
that a Committee be appointed to report to the next meeting of the
Grand Lodge, as to the necessary steps to be taken to give effect to
this resolution.
The Chair appointed Representatives Middlemiss, No.
19, Calvert. No. 28, and Siddall, No, 33, to form the Special
Committee.
It was on motion Resolved— that the Installation of
Grand Lodge Officers this evening be held in the Third
Degree.
Moved by Representative Raymer, P.G. M,, No. 36,
and seconded by Representative Arthur, No. 16, and carried—that the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due and
are hereby extended to the Mayor of the City, Bro. C.
Hay ward, P. G , for his hearty address of welcome to the
Officers and Representatives prior to the opening of the
Grand Lodge, and for the kindness and courtesy in taking
them for a very pleasant drive around the City.
Representative Fox, No. 2, introduced the subject of
the Grand Lodge furnishing Guarantee Bonds for the
Officers of Subordinate Lodges in this Jurisdiction. It was
moved, seconded and carried, that the question be laid on
the table for future consideration.
It was on motion Resolved—that the thanks of this
Grand Lodge be extended to Representative Pottinger,
No. 2, for his services in furnishing the press with full and
accurate reports of the proceedings of this Session.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 7.30 o'clock this evening. ||
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 1958
EVENING SESSION,
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 P. M.
The Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
AH present were examined and reported duly qualified
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
On motion, the calling of the Roll was dispensed
with.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that a vote of
thanks be accorded to ( Peerless " Lodge, No. 33, for the
use of the Hall this evening, it being their night of
meeting.
The Grand Warden retired to the Ante-Room and
conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. W. Merrifield,
P. G., No. 4.   ff   "    J|    ■ 1§|   "%
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge
Degree, and opened in the Third  Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been
admitted, the ceremony of Installation was proceeded
with*
The Gfand Master appointed J. Crossan, P. G. M.,
No* 5, and J* E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, to present the !959
Officers elect. Bro. W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, was presented, duly obligated and installed as Grand Master for the
ensuing year.
The Grand Master then installed the following in
their respective chairs:
W. Hogg, No. 10. Deputy Grand Master.
A. Graham, No. 1 Grand Warden.
F. Davey, No. 1       "     Secretary.
G. T. Fox, No. 2       "    Treasurer.
The Grand Master made the following appointments
to fill the Subordinate Offices, who were regularly installed:
R. May, No. 27 Grand Marshal.
J. Palmer, No. 12       1     Conductor.
E. C. Arthur, M. D., No. 16 ....      "     Chaplain.
A. Parker, No. 8       "     Guardian.
J. Newton, No. 20       |     Herald.
The Grand Master appointed the following as District
Deputy Grand Masters, for the ensuing year:
J. Pottinger, No. 2, for District No. 1, comprising Lodges Nos.
1, 2, 4, 33.
D. MePherson, No. 27, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges
Nos. 3, 27.
Geo. A. Thompson, No. 5, for District No. 3, comprising Lodges
Nos. 5, 20, 35.
Jas. Glen, No. 6, for District No. 4, comprising Lodges Nos. 6, 31.
T. Knight, No. 7, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
G. L. Center, No. 27, for District No. 6, comprising Lodges Nos.
8, 10, 19, 26.
W. J. Kerr, No. 9, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
R. Cessford, No. 11, ior District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 11.
J. A. Stone, No. 12, for District No. 9, comprising Lodges Nos.
12,25. i960
R. B. Collishaw, No. 15, for District No. 10, comprising Lodge
No. 15.
A. H. Clements, No. 16, for District No. 11, comprising Lodge
No. 16.
S. W. Hagan, No. 17, for District  No. 12,  comprising  Lodge
No. 17.
S. C. Smith, No. 18, for District No. 13, comprising Lodge No. 18.
T. Hume, No. 21, for District No. 14, comprising Lodge No. 21.
P. Wade, No. 22, for District No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 22. •
J. B. Bryson, No, 23,  for District No. 16,  comprising   Lodge
No. 23.
S. Churchill, No. 24, for District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 24.
H. L. Calvert, No. 28, for District No. 18, comprising Lodge No.
34.
37.
42.
44.
C. A. Warren, No. 34, for District No. 19, comprising Lodge No.
F. French, No. 36, for District No. 20, comprising Lodge No. 36.
W. M. Clark, No. 37, for District No. 21, comprising Lodge No.
W. M. Law, No. 38, for District No. 22, comprising Lodge Np. 38.
Geo. Waite, No. 39, for District No. 23, comprising Lodge No. 39.
P. Hauck, No. 40, for District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 40.
J. R« Hauer, No. 41, for District No, 25, comprising Lodge No. 41.
R. E. Beattie, No. 42, for District No. 26, comprising Lodge No.
P. Ryan, No. 43, for District No. 27, comprising Lodge No. 43.
E. S. Pollard, No. 44, for District No. 28, comprising Lodge No.
REBEKAH LODGES.
Sister M. Phillips, No. 1, for District No. 1, comprising Lodge
No. 1.
Sister W. H. Walsh, No. 2, for District No. 2 comprising Lodge
No. 2.
Sister M. Anderson, No, 3, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge
No 3. 1961
Sister M. F. Insley, No. 5, for District No. 4. comprising Lodge
No. 5.
Sister M. O'Dell, No. 9, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 9.
Sister Davie, No. 10, for District No. 6, comprising Lodge No. 10.
Sister N. Martin, No. 13, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge
No. ia
Also the following to form the Standing Committees:
Finance.—J. Pottinger, No. 2; A. Rumble, No. 1; R. Livingstone, No. 33; R. Drake, No. 4; T. Knight, No. 7; J. Newton, No. 20.
Appeals.—T. A. Muir, No. 3; E. L. Webber, No. 27; D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3; T. F. Neelands, No. 8; D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10; Wallace
Law, No. 10.
Laws of Subordinates.—E. Bragg, No. 4; J.York, No. 1; J. A.
Bell, No. 4; R. Rivers, No. 5; M. Dunsmuir, No. 6; H. L. Calvert,
No. 28.
Petitions.—F. Cockburn, No. 26; A. Mitchell, No. 8. G. Middle-
miss, No. 19; S. Churchill, No. 24; P. t. Moore, No. 25; T. S. Brown,
No. 26.
State op the Order.—H. J. Rickard, No. 26; W. S. Smith,
No. 3; T. E. Marshall, No. 9; E. P. Dennis, No. 10; R. B. Collishaw,
No. 15; A. C. Aitken, No. 17.
Legislation.—T. Taylor, No. 41; H. J. Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36;
W. H. Thorpe, No. 20; R. Smailes, No. 38', P. Hauck,.No. 40; J. E.
Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4.
Judiciary.—J. Stark, No. 26; R. May, No. 27; F. E. French, No.
36; T. Bryant, No. 31; W. M. Clark, No. 37; P. W. Dempster, No. 4.
Mileage and Per Diem.—T. C. Gray, P.G.M., No. 10; J. Palmer, No. 12; J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3; E. C. Arthur, M. D., No.
16; J. McMullin, No. 6; G. Waite, No. 39.
Printing,—Grand Secretary, T. Crowell, No. 18; H. £iiddall,
No. 33; A. Parker, No. 10; J. Crossan, P.G.M., No. 5; C. L* McDonald, No. 35.
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was again opened in the Grand Lodge Degree.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the appointments of the Grand Master be confirmed. 1962
It was on motion Resolved—That a hearty vote of thanks
be extended to the Lodges in this city for the use of the
Hall and the many courtsies received by the members of
this Grand Lodge during the present Session.
It was on motion Resolved—That the thanks of this
Grand Body are due and are hereby accorded to the Grand
Master and the other Grand Officers for the efficient manner in which the business of the Grand Lodge has been conducted during the past year.
Report read from the Committee on Finance.
Moved by J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3, and seconded
by Representative Calvert, No. 28, and carried—That the
Resolution of this day's Session to hold the next Session of
this Grand Lodge at Rossland be reconsidered.
Moved by Representative Rivers, No. 5, and seconded
by Representative Thorpe, No. 20, and carried—That the
next Annual Session of this Grand Lodge be held at
Nanaimo.
It was on motion Resolved—That the Report of the
Committee on Finance be referred back to the Committee
for amendment.
It was moved, seconded and carried—That the thanks of
this Grand Lodge be tendered to the Representatives of
Rossland Lodge, No. 36, for the magnanimous spirit displayed in voluntarily withdrawing the city of Rossland from
nomination when it was found that the holding of the meeting there would be attended with considerable additional
expense. !9^3
The following report was presented by the Committee
on Finance and adopted.
To the Grand Ledge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.
Your Committee on Finance beg to report that we have exam*
ined the books, vouchers, etc of the Grand Secretary and Grand
Treasurer and iind them correct and well kept.
The following is an estimate of Revenue and Expenditure for the
following year. Owing to the expense attending this meeting of the
Grand Lodge, your Committee recommend that the grants to the
Odd Fellows' Home Fund and the Ancient Odd Fellows' Fund be
omitted this year.
Revenue*
Cash Balance in hands of Treasurer, June 15th, 1900. $1&11 90
Per Capita Tax, 3060 members @ 90 cents     2754 00
$4565 90
Expenditure*
Grand Secretary's salary	
Grand Master's expenses	
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax
Rent Grand Secretary's office	
Printing	
Premium on Bonds	
Postage, Grand Secretary	
Postage, Grand Master .
Caretaker, Grand Secretary's office ....  ....
Grand Lodge Card ,	
Janitor and Light this Session 	
Mileage and Per Diem this Session	
Printing Grand Master's Report ,
% 600 00
250 00
150 00
100 00
200 00
25 00
30 00
15 00
20 00
10 00
10 00
1559 20
12 00
$2981 20
Balance  $1584 70
GEORGE T. FOX,
ROBERT RIVERS^
JAMES POTT1NGER,
THEO. BRYANT,
A. GRAHAM. It was moved, seconded and carried—That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
Grand Secretary. 1
*965
1
3n ilDemoriam.
'    JOHN WEILER, P. G. M.
A CHARTER MEMBER OF VICTORIA LODGE, NO. 1.
GRAND MASTER G. I.. OP B, C,   1875.
W. H. FLEW IN, P. G.
VICTORIA LODGE, NO. 1.
C. MAYNARD, P. G.
COLUMBIA LODGE,   NO.   2.
J. CAMPBELL, P. G.
ROYAL CITY LODGE,  NO.  3.
J. HODSON, P. G.
KOOTENAY LODGE,   NO.   16.
J. D. DEVLIN, P. G.
CENTENNIAL LODGE,  NO. 20.
I. J. HINGLEY, P. G.
PEERLESS LODGE,  NO.   33.
I
I
Thus pass away the men of might
Where noiseless footprints stamped the age,
Their thoughts that filled the earth with light,
Will glow and blaze on Memory's Page. Jn flfcemodam.
SCARLET DEGREE MEMBERS.
victoria lodge; NO. L
W, H, Thistle.   F. Williams.
COLUMBIA LODGE, NO.  2.
W. Buckett.   Joseph Davies.
DOMINION LODGE, NO.  4.
David Green.   J. A. McKay.   W. Western.
J. E. Refuse.   J. D. Campbell,
BLACK DIAMOND LODGE, NO. 5,
S. Price.   J. Wilson.   D. Ferguson,
M. Melberin. 1967
5n ADemortam.
SCARLET DEGREE MEMBERS.
TATNAI LODGE,  NO.  9.
J. P. Null.
GOLD RANGE LODGE,  NO.  22.
W. M. Foster.
PACIFIC LODGE,  NO.  26.
J. Wattie.
AMITY LODGE,   NO.  27.
J.   GUNN.
BANNER LODGE,  NO.  31.
D. J. Thomas.
PEERLESS LODGE, NO. 33.
W. H. DUNINGTON.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LODGE, NO. 34.
A. M. T. Ross.
CEDAR LODGE,   NO.  35.
G. Davidson.   J. A. McKenzie.
BOUNDARY VALLEY LODGE,  NO.  38.
W. B. Paton.
Earth turns to earth forever through the ages,
Dust to the dust in present as in past;
But a low whisper breathe s through all time's pages
The things unseen, these, these alone shall last. 1
1968
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number
of Lodge.
Victoria Lodge,
Columbia	
Royal City	
Dominion	
Black Diamond....
Harmony	
Excelsior	
Vancouver \
Tatnai	
Western Star.	
Union	
Selkirk	
Cloverdale	
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley.
Mt. Pleasant
Centennial.
Delta
Location.
1
2|
3
4
7
8
9]
10
11
12
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Victoria	
do     	
New West'r...
Victoria	
Nanaimo	
Wellington....
Chilliwack	
Vancouver	
Kamloops	
Vancouver	
Union	
Revelstoke	
Cloverdale
Nelson	
Duncan
Vernon	
Mt. Pleasant..
Nanaimo	
Ladner	
North Bend.. \
Ashcroft	
Eburne....
Revelstoke	
Vancouver....
New West'r...
Agassiz	
Wellington ...
Victoria	
Golden ,
Cedar District
Rossland	
Carson	
Greenwood...,
Sandon	
Slocan City....
Trout Lake....
Oranbrook	
Night of
Meeting
Monday ..
Wednes'y.
Friday....
Thursday.
Wednes'y.
Monday ..
Tuesday..
Friday	
Monday ..
Thursday.
Friday....
Thursday.
Saturday^
Monday ..
Saturday.
Friday....
Tuesday..
Monday ..
Monday ..
Saturday-
Monday ..
Tuesday..
Thursday.
Tuesday..
Monday ..
Saturday-
Tuesday .
Friday...
Wednes'y^
Saturday-
Monday ..
Saturday-
Tuesday ..
Friday	
Thursday.
Tuesday..
Friday.  ..
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SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Columbia, I.O.O.F., for the Half-Year Ended June 30, 1899.
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6
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$ 47 00
$ 850 00
$ 60 25
$ 1651 00
2
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8
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881 50
58 00
486 74
20 75
1446 99
158
153
10
45
41
576 50
810 25
121 00
697 50
1
134 50
195 00
1139 75
154
13
25
1016 00
157 50
769 00
1942 50
1
2
...
126
21
754 50
414 80
147 00
1316 30
1
32
122
12
4
15
19
109 00
680 00
95 00
204 00
50 50
33 00
101 80
865 30
i
5
59
13
377 00
30 00
271 00
103 50
781 50
2
187
39
27
1007 00
220 Oo
220 50
1447 50
65
17
16
301 15
135 00
114 00
227 00
777 15
4
74
35
16
3
16
11
346 10
157 50
9 00
355 10
25 00
8 00
190 50
1
3
61
1
34
10
417 60
304 00
39 00
760 60
1
43
18
12
236 00
124 00
242 00
602 00
31
43
1
2
12
13
134 00
212 00
26 00
113 00
160 00
93 75
25 00
443 75
5
7
105
37
12
18
13
684 35
228 75
107 00
44 00
791 35
io 25
33 00
316 00
37
1
5
8
185 00
66 00
72 65
3 00
326 65
34
9
10
201 00
90 00
142 00
25
433 25
31
11
98 50
57 00
155 50
59
2l
6
356 00
180 00
52 00
588 00
6
218
1
15
8
1342 25
169 50
3 75
1515 50
146
10
862 50
120 00
87 10
1 50
1071 10
5
41
1
8
218 00
158 45
376 45
94
13
8
496 50
104 00
12 00
612 50
1
125
48
10
15
10
5
641 35
255 50
64 00
173 00
705 35
1
39 66
467 50
2
3
51
5
6
321 50
36 00
11 05
368 55
76
21
4
788 25
196 00
656 00
1640 25
1
29
3
6
92 00
20 00
27 50
139 50
2
42
75
6
7
5
6
152 00
460 45
75 00
116 00
227 00
26 66
596 45
38
24
3
187 00
163 00
20 00
2 00
372 00
23
9
1
158 00
113 00
50
271 50
53
1
38
2949
69
512
76 00
$16514 75
582 50
658 50
10
4
427
$3921 00
t
$4840 54
$1138 05
$26414 34 1970
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number
of Lodge.
4
Location.
Night of
Meeting
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New West'r...
Wellington....
Chilliwack	
Vancouver	
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Union..
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Wednes'y.
Friday....
Thursday.
Wednes'y.
Tuesday..
Friday. I..
Monday..
Thursday.
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Union.                         *
Selkirk    *
Cloverdale    \
Revelstoke	
Cloverdale ....
Nelson	
Mt. Pleasant..
Nanaimo	
North Bend...
Ashcroft......
Eburne ....
R-evelstoke	
Vancouver	
New West'r...
Wellington ...
Golden 	
Cedar District.
Rossland	
Greenwood....
Sandon 	
Slocan City....
Trout Lake....
Oranbrook	
Trail	
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Saturday-
Monday ..
Saturday-
Friday. ...
Tuesday..
Monday ..
Tuesday..
Thursday.
Tuesday..
Monday ..
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Tuesday .
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Silver City    *
Slocan    i
Trout Lake    \
Key City    S
Enterprise.    \
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SUBORDINATE LODGES,
Columbia, I.O.O.F., for the Half-Tear Ended Dec. 31, 1899.
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$ 588 50-
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$ 820 00
$ 69 75
$ 1498 25
1
3
146
4
37
812 00
36 50
593 55
85 45
1527 50
1
3
7
159
157
2
14
45
42
807 50
780 00
59 00
219 50:
866 50
4
220 00
1219 50
4
8
145
7
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80 00=
852 00
1788 00
3
123
22
684 00
561 15
226 5o
1471 65
40
1
15
17
192 75
105 00
75 00
372 75
7
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120
14
19
565 50
102 Otf
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52 50
960 00
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341 10
37 00
149 50
527 60
200
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35
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1080 00
233 oq
156 24
1 50
1470 74
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276 50
110 00
71 25
457 75
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10
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337 75
147 00
49 00j
533 75
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6
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362 35
65 00
36 60
463 95
70
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454 90
219 00
250 00
923 90
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235 00
31 50
24 25
160 00
450 75
1
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140 62
22 0
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297 62
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27 00
47 75
304 75
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100 75
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36 00
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66
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10
6
166 00
394 40
126 00
5 45
32 00
297 45
293 00
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830 90
1
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213
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1
28
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1211 75
817 31
128 00
86 00
1334 75
1
196 06
1099 37
44
6
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235 00
63 00
44 50
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353 50
1
6
84
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417 50
10 00
54 38
68 75
550 63
1
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112
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484 00
286 00
110 21
594 21
15 00
77 10
378 10
1
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392 70
20 00
5 00
417 70
104
1
60
7
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692 00
63 00,
871 95
3148 77
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193 00
264 25
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441 00
282 25
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37 00
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ABSTRACT OF THE
Of SuBORDiNATir Lodges—Grand Lodge of British
Name" and? No. of Lodge;
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Columbia
Royal City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk"
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant
Centennial
Delta
Gold Range
Ashcroft
Island
Revelstoke
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Banner
Peerless
Rocky Mountain
Cedar
Rossland
Carson
Boundary Valley
Silver City
Slocan
Trout Lake
Key City-
Enterprise
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2226 00
1592 00
1082 00
1196 00
1365 00
1870 00
70 00
464 00
665 00
420 00
480 00
530 00
191 00
81 00
272 00
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207 00
1398 50
580 25
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217 50
285 00
76 00
1584 00
1629 00
252 00
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225 00
534 85
565 00
114 50
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ANNUAL REPORTS.
Columbia, LO.O.F., for the Year Ending 31st Dec. 1899.
Amount Paid For.
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Relief of
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Special
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^^^^^^^^^^^^H '. ^^H    ^H I^^^^^^^^Q INDEX
PAGE
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund 1897, 1903
Age of Initiates Jm 1943, 1944
Appeals-Flett vs Western Star Lodge, No. 10 1880, 1890
Johnson vs. Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18...    .. 1890, 1923
Attentive Benefits ,  1913
Balance Sheet. ,. 1904
Bonds
By-laws, Grand Lodge. ;... 1046, 1056
Committees, Appointment of 1866, 1869, 19JJ6, 1944, 1957. 1961
I Uniform System Dues and Benefits  .1947
Constitution Subordinate Lodges 1940, 1944, 1949
Contingent Fund 1878, 1887
Defunct Lodges, Cards to members of 1910
I "       Members of... 1956
44      Propertyof 1911
Degrees, Grand Lodge 1869, 1870, 1933, 1947, 1949, 1958
Dispensations. 1876, 1884
District Deputy Grand Masters, Appointment of 1959
I I "       Jewelfor. 1883, 1953
Election Grand Lodge Officers 1933
Eire—New Westminster 1883
I      Ottawa-Hull 1880, 1884
Forms, Medical Certificate 1945
Grand Master, Appointments by  1866
Bill of. 1932
Decisions of 1#78
Expenses of. .■ 1875
Miles travelled. 1874
Visitsof 1873, 1882
History of Odd Fellowship 1882
Installations   ...1880, 1957, 1958
Institution of Lodges 1872, 1895
<c
(C
(( Jewels for D. D. G. M's 1896, 1909, 1946
Meeting of Grand Lodge 1939, 1944, 1951, 1955, 1962
Memorial Day, date cannot be altered 1921
Nurse Hire 1879, 1942
Odd Fellows Home Fund :.... 1897, 1903
Insurance Association of B. C 1949
Relief Association of Canada 1885, 1911, 1951
Odd Fellowship, What Is It^-Tract j 1896, 1947
Official Certificates 1912, 1913, 1914
Passwords.  1909, 1912
Per Capita Tax 4-    1963
Proclamations  - 1881
Province Newspaper 1886, 1946
Rebekah Lodges—Qualification for membership in 1911
Registration By-laws j 1882, 1896"
Reports of Committees—Appeals 1923, 1942
Credentials • • • • Jf 1866
Distribution 1929
Finance 1945, 1951, 1962, 1963
Judiciary 1938, 1942
Laws of Subordinates : 1930
I Legislation I j  1945
. Mileage and Per Diem..  1953
Obituary 1939
Petitions.....    1937
State of the Order  1946, 1949, 1951
Statistics re Dues and Benefits 1924
District Deputy Grand Masters 1885
Grand Lodge Officers, printing of  .1945
Master 1871
Representatives 1906
Secretary  1895
Treasurer 1905
Rituals, number of j  1911 Royal City Lodge, No. 3 1882,1896, 1917
Sick Benefits, Qualification to receive 1922
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Biennial Sessions of  1896, 1947
Telegraph Code, Additions to 1911
Union Lodge, No. 11, Representative of. ' 1943, 1953
Visiting Card 1910
Visitors to Grand Lodge 1809, 1942
Votes of Thanks 1947,1957,1958,1962
Watchers I910
Withdrawal Cards, Members of defunct Lodges 1910 ADDRESSES OF THE 0FFI6ERS
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH GOLDHBIA, I.O.O.F.
W. E. Johnstone, Grand Master Vancouver.
Wm. Hogg, Deputy Grand Master Vancouver.
A. Graham, Grand Warden     Victoria.
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary Burnside Road, Victoria.
G. T. Fox, Grand Treasurer Victoria.
P. Dempster, Grand Representative Victoria, B. C.
H. J. Raymer, P.G.M., Grand Representative, Rossland.
B. C. Arthur, M. D., Grand Chaplain Nelson.
R. May, Grand Marshal New Westminster.
A. Parker, Grand Guardian Vancouver.
J. Palmer, Grand Conductor Revelstoke.
J. Newton, Grand Herald Nanaimo.
The next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Nanaimo, commencing Wednesday, the
12th of June, 1901.
SUPPLIES.
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the Seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to pay the same:
Subordinate Lodge Rituals $ 3 00
Ritual for Rebekah Ljodges only  3 00
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates... 25
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Lodges  25
Book of Forms |g.  1 25
Book of Odes with music  1 00
White's Digest Edition 1895  3 50
Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah)  5
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges  15
Anniversary Odes  5
Funeral Hymns, with responses  5
Funeral Ceremony     30
Anniversary Ceremony  30
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony  2&
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of Rebekah  20
Certificate of Membership, on plate paper  75
Rebekah Certificates, on plate paper  30
Officer's Roll Book  1 25
Question Book  i 50
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders  1 50
Initiation Petitions, form recommended by S. G. L per 100 1 50
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart each 3 00
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1874 to 1885  2 00
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work     50
Rebekah Floor Work ,  50
Black Book  2 00
Code for government of Rebekah Lodges  10
Official Certificates and Receipt for Dues, in books of 100  I 00
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