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   PROCEEDINGS
OF THE—
Grand Lodoe oi British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL SESSION.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 3 o'clock P. M.  this
day.
Present :—
W, E. Holmes Grand Master.
P. J. Foulds Deputy Grand Master
W. H. Morton   Grand Warden.
Fred'k Davey	
H. B. Gilmour	
R. Roberts, P. G. M	
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M	
T. F. Neelands	
A. Henderson	
A. H. Ferguson	
H. Mitchell	
E. C. Davison	
All present having been examined and reported duly
qualified, and a quorum being in attendance the Grand
Chaplain offered prayer and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
Nanaimo, B. C,
10th June, 1896 J336
The Grand Secretary presented the Credentials of the
Representatives elect together with the Certificates of
those entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree, which were
referred to the following Committee :
T. C. Gray, P. G. M., No. 10 ; T. A. Muir, No. 3 ;
and J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following report, w^hich was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that they have examined the credentials of the representatives to this Session and find
the following duly accredited :
Lodge.
Victoria, No. 1.
Columbia, No. 2
New Westminster, No. 3.
Dominion, No. 4.
Black Diamond, No. 5.
Harmony, No. 6.
Excelsior, No. 7.
Vancouver, No. 8.
Tatnai, No. 9.
Western Star, No. 10.
Union, No. 11.
Selkirk, No. 12.
Royal City, No. 13.
Acme, No. 14.
CLOVERDALE, No. 15.
Kootenay, No. 16.
Duncan, No. 17.
Representatives.
A. McKeown.
W. H. Huxtable.
P. W. Dempster.
H. A. Porter.
F. Taylor.
T. A. Muir.
G. H. Grant.
T. Bamford.
R. Drake.
J. Crossan.
G. E. Norris.
D. J. Matheson.
A. Robertson.
R. J. Marshall.
H. H. Davis.
W. E. Johnstone.
E. C. Davison.
W. Hogg.
G. Moscrop.
J. B. Jopson.
R. Cessford.
J. McGi nnes.
D. Welsh.
S. W. Edwards.
R. D. McKenzie.
M. J. McGrath.
J. Cathcart.
Alternates.
A. G. Day.
A. Graham.
R. W. Fawcett.
J. Pottinger
J. Pope.
J. B. Ballantyne.
W. E. Townsend.
W. Walker.
D. G. Dailey.
G. Ramsay.
M. Macdonald.
T. F. Haggart.
A. H. Gillanders.
A. R. Miller.
A. W. Scoullar.
R. E. Smith.
A. McAllister.
A. Parker.
D. M. O'Dwyer.
C. Whyte.
J. Palmer.
C. S. Keith.
J. Macmillan.
T. R. Patterson.
E. C.Arthur, M.D,
A. C. Aitken. J337
Lodge.
Vernon Valley, No. 18.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19.
Centennial, No. 20.
Delta, No. 21.
Gold Range, No. 22.
Ashcroft, No. 23.
Island, No. 24.
Revelstoke, No. 25.
Pacific, No. 26.
Amity, No. 27.
Cheam, No. 28.
Perseverance, No. 29.
Friendship, No. 30.
Banner, No. 31.
Mission City, No. 32.
Peerless, No. 33.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34.
Cedar, No. 35.
Also, that the follow
Lodge Degree:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1,
Columbia, No. 2,
New Westminster, No. 3,
Dominion, No. 4,
Black Diamond, No. 5,
Harmony, No. 6,
Excelsior, No. 7,
Vancouver, No. 8,
Tatnai, No. 9,
Western Star, No. 10,
Union, No. 11
Selkirk, No. 12,
Royal City, No. 13,
Acme, No. 14,
Cloverdale, No. 15
Representatives.
S. C. Smith.
G. A. Miller.
J. Neen.
F. S. Whiteside.
J. F. Stainton.
J. Z. Choate.
W. Fearn.
I. McLaren.
W. J. Lee.
G. L. Center.
A. McKenzie.
J. Stark.
G. W. Rowland.
W. Davis.
W« H. Gardiner.
R. May.
J. Johnson.
D. Galbraith.
C. H. Rummings.
Wm. McGirr.
D. D. Griffiths.
F. T. Underhill.
T. E. Waller.
W. J. Hanna.
W. R. Mackintosh.
C. A. Warren.
H. T. Bates.
Alternates.
W. C. Pound.
V. Hicks.
A. Wilson.
E. G. Pannell.
T. Hume.
W. Nelson.
J. C. Smith.
S. Churchill.
R. S. Wilson.
J. Johnston.
T. Grey.
H. H. Davis.
A. McAllister.
T. M.Jones
J. Chambers.
R. Jardine.
G. R. Joynt.
L. Jones.
H. Jones.
A. York.
J. H. Meldram.
W. Dempster.
F. P. Armstrong.
ring Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
A. J. Frith, E. Hooson.
W. Dempster, H. A. Porter.
J. B. Ballantyne.
J. Jenkins.
R. Kirkwood, G. E. Norris.
D. J. Matheson, L. A. Murphy.
G. Marshall, J. Aird.
W. Abercombie, J. A. Mackay.
W. M. Bird.
Geo. Moscrop, D. M. O'Dwyer.
C. Whyte, J. Whyte.
J. Palmer, J. McGinnes.
M. PhiUips, H. Gilley.
D. Henry, A. Sherret.
T. R. Patterson, R. D. McKenzie. Kootenay, No. 16,
Duncan, No. 17,
Vernon Valley, No. 18,
Mount Pleasant, No. 19,
Centennial, No. 20,
Delta, No. 21,
Gold Range, No. 22,
Ashcroft, No. 23,
Island, No. 24,
Pacific, No. 26,
Amity, No. 27,
Cheam, No. 28,
Perseverance, No. 29,
Friendship, No. 30.
Banner. No. 31,
Mission City, No. 32,
Peerless, No. 33,
Rocky Mountain, No. 34.
Cedar, No. 35,
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M. J. McGrath.
W. G. Manley, J. Cathcart.
S. C. Smith, W. C. Pound.
V. Hicks, S. Astell.
J. Neen, G. McKinnell.
T. Hume, F. McCullough.
J. Webb, J. M. Bunt.
W. D. Fearn, J. C. Smith.
A. E. Green, S. Churchill.
J. Stark, Geo. W. Rowland.
J. A. Johnson, J. Chambers.
H. E. Leslie, G. R. Joynt.
J. P. McKay, L. Jones.
W. McGirr.
D. D. Griffiths, H. W. Jones.
F. T. Underhill, M. D.
W.J. Hanna, W R. Mackintosh.
F. P. Armstrong, C. A. Warren.
H. T. Bates.
THOS. C. GRAY, 1 n    _...    \
J. EDWARD PHILLIPS, [ Co>"™ttee on
T. A. MUIR. \
Credentials
The Grand Marshal introduced the following   Past
Grands on whom the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred :
J. B. Ballantyne, No. 3 ; G. E. Norris, No. 5 ; L. G.
Murphy, R. Bailey, and E. G. Matheson, No. 6; R.J.
Marshall, No. 7 ; H. H. Davis, No. 8 ; G. Moscrop, No.
10; J. McGinnis, No. 12; R. D. Mackenzie, No. 15;
M. J. McGrath, No. 16 ; S. C. Smith, No. 18 ; G. McKinnell, and A. Wilson, No. 20 ; W. D. Fearn, No. 23 ;
W.J. Lee, No. 25 ; J. Stark, and G.W- Rowland, No. 26;
J. A. Johnson, No. 27 ; D. Galbraith, No. 28 ; H. W.
Jones, and D. D. Griffiths, No. 31 ; W. R. Mackintosh,
and W. J. Hanna, No. 33 ; C. A. Warren, No. 34 ; and
H. T. Bates, No. 35.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments
to fill the Standing Committees, which, when completed,
consisted as follows :— *339
Finance.—H. Waller, P. G. M.; S. W. Edwards, W. Hogg, D. Gal-
braith, H. H. Davis.
Appeals.—R. Rivers, J. McGinnes, C. H. Rummings, A. McKenzie,
J. Stark.
Laws of Subordinates.—T. E.  Waller, T.  Bamford,  W   Nelson,
G. L. Center, J. Johnson.
Petitions.—J. F. Stainton, G A. Miller, A. C. Aitkin, F. S. Whiteside, H. H. Davis.
State of the Order.—G. W. Rowland, A. Robertson; A. Wilson,
J. Jopson, R. J. Marshall.
Legislation.—J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4 ; J. Pottinger, W. E.
Johnson, J. Pope, I. McLaren.
Judiciary.—D. Welsh, T.  F/ Neelands, J. B. Ballantyne, R. W.
Fawcett, W. R. Mackintosh.
Mileage and Per Diem.—J. Crossan, P. G. M.; W. E. Townsend,
H. T. Bates, W. J. Hanna, D. J. Matheson.
Printing.—Grand Secretary, A. Henderson, R. May, A. Graham,
C. A. Warren.
The Grand Master read his report for the past year.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F. :
Officers and Representatives.—I have the honor and pleasure to
extend to you my fraternal greetings, and to present my report at this
our twenty-second annual session, and the thirty-second year of the
introduction of our Order into British Columbia.
Although the. membership has not increased, still considering the
severe depression we have recently passed through, we have done as
well as could reasonably be expected. During my term of office two
Subordinate Lodges and four Rebekah Lodges have been instituted.
I have endeavored to visit as many lodges in the jurisdiction as
possible, and have succeeded in visiting all either separately or jointly,
except about six, which I found almost impossible to reach. This visiting has been a source of sincere gratification, and I assure the Brethren,
I never knew what an amount of fraternal feeling there was in the
jurisdiction until holding this office. I would liked to have visited
every Lodge but I could not afford the time, and I hope those whom I
have failed to meet will excuse me.
I now beg to submit a report of my official acts during the past year. i34o
INSTITUTIONS.
Granted a dispensation to institute a Subordinate Lodge at Ross-
land, to be known as Rossland Lodge, No. 36, which was instituted by
Bro. E.C. Arthur, M. D., D. D. G. M., District No. 11, on llth May,
1896.   Bro. Arthur speaks hopefully of the prospects of the Lodge.
Granted dispensation to institute a Subordinate Lodge at Carson,
in Okanagan District, the petition was forwarded by Bro. Jacques, D.
D. G. M., District No. 13. Bro. Jacques reports that he instituted Carson Lodge, No. 37, on the 16th May, 1896.
A Petition for a Charter for a Subordinate Lodge to be located at
Vancouver with the cards of five Petitioners, and Charter Fee was
received on the 14th May, 1896. I have received communications from
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, and Pacific
Lodge, No. 26, asking that a dispensation be Hot issued in this case, but
that the matter be deferred until the meeting of the Grand Lodge. In
deference to these Lodges, and in view of the nearness of the Session, I
decided to comply with the request and refer the matter to you for consideration ; but I have since received a communication from Bro. A.
Parker, D. D. G. M., District No. 6, stating that the petitioners wished
to withdraw the petition and to have their cards and amount paid for
charter fee returned, under the circumstances of the case I decided
this course was the best to be adopted and the request has been complied with.
Instituted Naomi Rebekah Lodge, No. 8, at Kamloops on 8th Oct.
1895, assisted by Bro. Bloomer, P. G., and several others, a petition lor
the same duly signed having been received. A Charter was ordered to
be granted the Lodge by the Grand Lodge last Session but I have not
been satisfied with reports I have received respecting this Lodge since
its institution and have therefore withheld the charter. It now appears
from a communication received by the Grand Secretary from Bro. Bird
P. G. who was elected Secretary of the Lodge, that the application for
the Charter was not properly considered, that the members do not anticipate that the Lodge will be a success and they therefore wish to
withdraw the Petition and return the supplies sent them.
Accompanied by Sisters Mrs. Dempster, Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Carne,
Mrs. Grant, Mrs. Dickenson, Mrs. Hutchinson, Mrs. Hooson and several
other sisters of "Colfax" Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, of Victoria, also by Bro.
J.H. Meldram, P.G.M. instituted "Laurel" Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, on 7th
November, 1895, at Wellington. After the institution they initiated over
70 new members with the team work in a most creditable manner.
Visited Ladners to institute "Fidelity'' Rebekah Lodge, No. 10, and
on arrival 1 found Sisters Mrs. Turnbull, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Murchie,
Mrs. Mav, Miss Murchie and two other sisters of New Westminster who 134i
kindly came and assisted me to institute the above Lodge on 12th February, 1896. I also thank Bro. and Sister Stainton for the kindness
shown me on this occasion.
Assisted by Sister Gourlay, D. D. G. M., Miss Kilpatrick, and Bro.
Morton, Grand Warden, of Nanaimo, instituted "Esther" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 11, at Union on 16th April, 1896.
installations*
Installed the officers of the following Lodges:
Columbia Lodge, No.   2 July 3rd, 1895.
Peerless "     No. 33    "   5th,   "
Victoria "     No.   1     "    8th,    "
Acme "      No. 14 1     "    8th,    "
Dominion      "     No.   4     "11th,    "
Duncan "     No. 17 assisted by several Victoria brothers and
several    from    Nanaimo    and   Wellington,
 July 13th, 1895.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4 Jan.   2th, 1896.
Victoria        "     No.   1    "     6th,    I
Columbia     "     No.  2    1     8th,    §
Peerless        "     No. 33    "   10th,    "
Acme "     No. 14    "   13th,    "
Duncan " No. 17 accompanied by J. E. Phillips, Grand Representative; and W. H. Morton, Grand Warden .Jan. 18th, 1896.
OFFICIAL VISITS.—SUBORDINATE   LODGES.
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, North Bend,   Oct. 5th, 1895.
Ashcroft I No. 23, Ashcroft "   7th,    |
Tatnai " No.   9, Kamloops, "   8th,    "
Revelstoke " No. 25, Revelstoke.        "   9th,    "
Selkirk " No. 12, Donald, J 10th,    "
Acme " No. 14, Victoria,       Nov. 11th,    "
Columbia § No.   2,        1 Jan.   8th, 1896.
Victoria " No.   1,       1 1     6th,   |
Dominion " No.   4,       1 "     2nd,    |
Peerless " No. 33,       | "    10th,   |
.   Duncan " No. 17, Duncan, "    18th,    "
Delta " No. 2], Ladners,       Feb. 12th,   "
Vancouver " No.   8,    1
Western Star No. 10, [ AH at a joint meeting, Van-
Mount Pleasant " No. 19, [ couver, February 13th, 1896.
Pacific                 " No. 26,    J
NewWestmin'er" No.   3,    | At  a   joint   meeting,   New
Royal City " No. 13,    [• "Westminster, February 14th,
Amity " No. 27,    \ 1896- x342
p ent to Mission City accompanied by Bro. Gilmour, Grand Treasurer, and Bro. McKenzie, P. G, but on accountof the trains being delayed could not stay for Lodge meeting, February loth, .1896.
i ?*! iiur,  :-'Harmony   Lodge, No.   6,    ) At a joint meeting, Welling-
i ,; ;JJ      Banner * "     No. 31,    > ton> APril 13th> 1896-
Perseverance   '(S     No. 29, Northfield,.   Apr. 14th, 1896.
Union "     No. 11, Union, "   15th,    "
Blk Diamond "     No.  5,    \
Centennial       "      No 20     i Joint    meetln£>     Nanaimo,
uenreniuai sxq.m,    h April 17th, 1896.
^{ ^Friendship       "     No. 30,    )    f*
Cedar 1     No. 35, Cedar District,    Apr. 18th, 1896
*g       . REBEKAH   LODGES.
Laurel Lodge, No.   9, Wellington;    Apr. 13tii, 1896.
Miriam      "     No    3,#£naimo, "    17th,    "
I beg to append a statement of the expenses incurred by me and
the miles travelled in the performance of the duties of my office, as directed by a Resolution of the last Session of the Grand Lodge.
ACTUAL TRAVELLING EXPENSES.
1893.
July      Installing Duncan Lodge  $6 00 ,
Oct. 5.   Return ticket to Vancouver  5 00
State-room, on steamer  2*0
Two meals  1 00
"        Vancouver to Donald and return...-  45 80
"         Hotel expenses  .5^5
Four meals on train  3 00
Two meals on steamer) returning  1 00
Sleeping be*th on train     3 (X)
■..     $72 05'
Nov. 7. Instituting JRebekah Lodge at Wellington.
M* Return fare, E. & N. Ry    $3^25
.:£&©uggy hire, on I. O. O. F. business ;v*W 2 50
Hotel expenses *.']*-&•'■ SPBO
'v^^vji *nrr£—        7 /o
1896. .tu
Jan. 18. Installing Duncan LodgQ-. ••  $.5,100
Feb. 12. Fare to Ladner's and return Mf«J*i*j5VQ0
|       State-room       J 00
"       Three meals on boat     1 50
"       Car fare and river steamer     2 00
■ '       Mission City and return     4 ;50
V       Two meals on boat returning  *$$<&? 1 00
' ~—      21 00 *343
Apl 13. Fare to Wellington  $3 60
15. Union and return     5 00
15-17. Meals on "Joan"     4 00
16. Expenses at Union, entertaining ladies who
accompanied me     4 50
19.  Fare to Victoria      3 40
20 50
Total   $121 30
NUMBER  OF  MILES  TRAVELLED.
MILES. TIME OCCUPIED.
742 )
742 )
48
PLACES.
Victoria to Donald
Donald to Victoria
Duncan to Victoria &&-
Victoria to Duncan 48
Victoria to Wellington 84
Wellington to Nanaimo 6
Nanaimo to Wellington 6
Wellington to Victoria 84
Victoria to Duncan 48
Duncan to Victoria 48
Victoria to Ladners 70
Ladners to Westminster 12
Westminster to Vancouver 14
Vancouver to Westminster 14
Westminster to Mission 34
Mission to Westminster 34
Westminster to Vancouver 14
Vancouver to Victoria 8 [
Victoria to Wellington 84
Wellington to Nanaimo 6
Nanaimo to Northfield 4
Northfield to Nanaimo 4
Nanaimo to Union 65
Union to Nanaimo 65
Nanaimo to Cedar 7
Cedar to Nanaimo 7
Nanaimo to Victoria 78
9 days.
1
K
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2452
26
Number of miles travelled      -       2452,
Number of days actual travelling     26.
APPOINTMENTS,
Appointed Bro. A. York, P. G., Mission City Lodge, No. 32, D.D.G
M:, District No. 19, in place of Bro. R. S. Cunningham resigned. 1344
Appointed Bro. H. T. Thrift, P. G., Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, D. D.
G. M., District No. 10, in place of Bro. J. McCallum, moved out of the
jurisdiction.
PERMISSIONS
Refused permission to Mechanics Lodge, No. 8, Warrington, Florida, to solicit aid in this jurisdiction to build a new hall.
Granted permission to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to solicit financial
assistance from Lodges of this jurisdiction to enable it to rebuild its
hall destroyed by fire on 4th December, 1894.
Granted permission to Geneva Lodge, No. 65, Geneva; Neb., to
solicit aid in this jurisdiction to wipe off liabilities on its hall.
Granted permission to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to solicit
assistance from Lodges of this Jurisdiction and also to appeal to other
Jurisdictions to endeavor to retain the property in which it has so
much Lodge funds invested
Received a petition from Colombo Lodge, No 1, Naples, Italy, for
permission to solicit aid from the Subordinate Lodges in this Jurisdiction on behalf of the widows and orphans of the Italian Soldiers who
recently fell in the war between Italy and Abyssinia Although this
may be a very worthy object for individual charity I do not think it is
one to which our Lodges can contribute from their funds, which must
be confined to the legitimate objects of the Order. This Lodge is under
the immediate Jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, but there
was nothing to show that the appeal had received the sanction of that
Grand Body. The members of the Lodge are, I have no doubt, liberal
and philanthropic gentlemen and conceive that any worthy object
should receive the assistance of Odd Fellows Lodges. It was with reluctance therefore that I was compelled to refuse their request
Granted permission to Mount Baker Lodge, No. 9, Port Townsend
to reinstate Bro. L. Lossman a resident of this Jurisdiction, such permission being necessary by the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges
Grand Lodge of Washington.
APPEALS.
Bro. Geo. Smith
vs.
Yernon Valley Lodge, No. 18
This case was reported on by my predecessor, Bro. T. C. Gray at
the last Session of the Grand Lodge, to the effect that the brother who
claimed sick benefits was not entitled to them, and this decision was
endorsed by the Grand Lodge. Bro. H. Rose, Deputy G. M., G. L.
Manitoba wrote me on 20th July, 1895, forwarding letter from Bro.
Smith stating that he had been sick but could not obtain benefits from 1345
his Lodge. On reference to Vernon Valley Lodge, I found that this
sickness was subsequent to that on which Bro. Gray gave his decision,
and that at the time of being taken sick, Bro. Smith was not in good
standing,    I therefore declined to take any action in the matter.
Bro. H. Prootor
vs.
Friendship Lodge, No. 80,
In this case Bro. Proctor a member of Friendship Lodge, but residing in Ontario, claims sick benefits which are refused by the Lodge,
on the ground, that prior to the date of Bro. Proctor being taken sick,
a withdrawal card had been granted him by the Lodge. Bro. Proctor
avers that he did not apply for a withdrawal but for a visiting card.
To this the Lodge answers, that application was made by a brother
who represented, that he did so, at Bro. Proctor's request and that the
same was granted in good faith From my investigation of the case, I
am led to the conclusion, that Bro. Proctor must be held liable for the
actions of his agent, and being satisfied of the bona fides of the Lodge, I
declined to interfere.
Bro. F. Mills }
Mission City Lodge, No. 32.)
Bro. Mills, for some reason, tendered his written resignation as a
member of Mission City Lodge on 4th January, 1896, which was laid
over by the Lodge for two weeks. Bro. Mills was not in good standing
on the 4th of January, but prior to the 18th, he paid up his arrears. On
the 13th January, Bro. Mills wrote to the Lodge withdrawing his resignation. On the 18th January, the Lodge unanimously accepted the resignation, Bro. Mills being present, and subsequently at the same meeting, his communication withdrawing the resignation, was read and
-ordered to be received and filed. From this action, Bro. Mills appeals
on the grounds that at the time the resignation was offered he wras not
in good standing, and further, that the letter withdrawing the resignation, should have been read and dealt with prior to considering the resignation itself.
Bro. Mills by placing himself in good standing, disposes of his first
contention, and with respect to the second, it appears the members present on the 18th January, were fully aware that Bro. Mills wished to
withdraw his resignation, yet they unanimously accepted it. The conclusion is obvious. Bro. Mills' action appears to have been hasty and
ill considered, and he lias only himself to blame for the consequences.
I cannot see that the Lodge acted illegally in accepting the resignation,
and I therefore refused to interfere. 1346
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siO.
Ashcroft Lodge, No
vs. \
D. D. G. M* Munro. )
This was an appeal to me from the decision of my District Deputy,
who ruled that members who were permitted to go into the ante-room
during recess, should also be allowed to return during the recess, and not
be compelled to remain until the Lodge resumes work, and then work
their way into the Lodge. In this case the ianer door was opened, and
the Secretary, amongst others, went into the tin tearoom to procure a
book he required, whilst there the I. G. locked the door and would not
allow any one to re-enter until the Lodge resumed work. I sustained
the decision of my deputy for the reason, that when a recess is declared,
all work is suspended and all the officers vacate their positions, if therefore the door is allowed to be opened the I. G should not resume his
station and secure the door, until the Lodge is again called to order.
To a further question from the same Lodge. I decided that the master of directing the inner door to be kept locked during rec4ess, was a
subject that should be controlled by the Noble Grand.
decisions
(1) A Brother elected to Membership in a Lodge by deposit of
card, should be considered a member from the date the withdrawal
card is deposited with the Lodge, although the Brother did not sign
the constitution on that date.
(2) A District Deputy Grand Master may hold the office of Permanent Secretary of his Lodge
(3) A Brother should not be deprived of benefits through a clerical
error made in his account by the Lodge Secretary two years ago, and
which had never been brought to his notice.
i
(4) A Brother who had been expelled from the Order, but whose*
expulsion had been set aside on appeal by the Grand Lodge and a new
trial ordered, should pay all dues and other charges that had been levied
on other members of his Lodge during the period he was under suspension, the Lodge havitig dropped all proceedings against him
(5) A receipt given by a Secretary, in error, showing a Brother's
dues paid three months beyond the date to which the amount paid
would entitle him, does not absolve the Brother from his indebtedness
for the three months in question.
(6) Rebekah Lodges cannot pay stated benefits fixed by their Bylaws. This construction of the Code of Laws governing Rebekah Lodges
became operative from 20th September, 1894, the date of its adoption by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge. ^347
(7) The action of the Grand Lodge, Session 1895, re Odd Fellows'
Insurance Associations, does not affect members at present insured in
these Associations, bu^ simply prohibits such Associations from doing
fresh business in this Jurisdiction.
(8) The only dispensations which D. D. G. M.'s are authorized to
issue are: (1st.), to confer the three Degrees of the Order at one meeting,
or in less time than otherwise permitted by law, and, (2nd), to empower
Lodges to elect a Scarlet Degree member to the office of N. G. or V. G.
when all other qualified members decline to serve.
(9)' That sick benefits are rights personal to a member, his family,
or dependent relatives, and are "iiot payable to the legal representatives
of a member's estate. The sick benefits due to a member who is an inmate of the Provincial. Asylum for the Insane, should not be paid to the
Local Government, but to the member's wife, for the maintenance of
herself and family
| (10) Members cannot be kepfcVout of the Lodge-room during the
reading of the minutes, or of a comntunication, nor whilst a brother is
speaking.
(11) A lady legally divorced from her husband, possessing all the
other qualifications prescribed by law, is eligible for membership in a
Rebekah Lodge.
mM^   '■    Hi
(12) , The constitution of Rebekah Lodges, (Sec. 4, Art, 4) provides
that all officers may hold their offices for six months or one year,the bylaws of each "Lodge should provide which of these periods'apply to that
particular Lodge. If the by-laws provide for six months, and the Lodge
wishes to.retain the officers services for a longer period, "they must be
re-elected and installed at the end of six months
(13) Charges should be preferred against a member who misrepresented his age at the time of initiation into the order. If, however, the
fact of his being under 21 years of age was known to the members of the
Lodge at the time of his admission, such a knowledge would preclude
the Lodge from subsequently proceeding against the brother and punishing him;
(14) The record of the attendance of officers at Roll Call, should
noli be altered on account of the presence of officers who come after the
Roll has been called One of the principal objects of calling the Roll is
to secure the punctual attendance of officers at the opening of the Lodge,
and this would be defeated if the Roll is afterwards altered
H (15; The fee to be paid by members on reinstatement in a Rebekah
Lodge should be provided for in the By-laws of the Lodge, but if the Bylaws are silent on this point, the amount should not be less than twelve
months dues 1348
(16) Question. "Can elective officers be chosen as Trustees, if
other members of the Lodge refuse to act" ?
Answer. The holding of two offices except Recording and Permanent Secretary by any member of the Lodge is objectionable in principle. As a rule, Trustees give bonds to the N. G., V. G. and J. P. G.,
it follows therefore, that neither of these officers can hold the office of
Trustee. Further, the Treasurer gives Bond to the Trustees, therefore
the Treasurer cannot hold that office, and it appears to me, that as the
duties of Secretary and those of Trustee are liable to conflict, it is not
desirable that this officer should hold both offices. I am therefore compelled to answer the question in the negative.
(17) A Lodge cannot legally change its location, except by permission of the Grand Master, or change its name without permission
from the Grand Lodge.
(18) Where charges are preferred against a member who has been
convicted of a crime, and who is suffering the penalty in prison, in pursuance of resolution No. 155, Page 14580, Proceedings Sovereign Grand
Lodge, 1895, the trial must be conducted in conformity with the Code of
Procedure laid down in the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges.
dispensations granted.
To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No 2, to have an excursion to Blaine,
Wash., on 4th July. 1895.
To Island Lodge, No 24, to hold a strawberry festival on 29th
June, 1895.
To New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to hold an entertainment 13th
August, 1895.
To Lodges in Victoria to hold a joint excursion to Tacoma on 17th
August, 1895.
To Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, to have an excursion on August
15th, 1895.
To the Lodges of the city of New Westminster, to have an excursion in the name of the Order.
To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a social entertainment
on 1st September, 1895.
To Peerless Lodge, No. 33, to have a social dance on 27th September, 1895.
To Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a basket social on 11th October,
1895.
To Cedar Lodge, No. 35, to hold a concert and ball on 20th October, 1895. 1349
To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a social on 29th October
1895.
To Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, to hold a ball on 31st October,
1895.
To Acme Lodge, No. 14, to hold a social and dance on 11th November, 1895.
To Mission City Lodge, No. 32, to hold a ball and supper on 12th
December, 1895.
To Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, to hold a ball on the 9th or 10th January, 1896.
To Cheam Lodge, No. 28, to hold a ball on 6th December, 1895.
To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a social and dance on
1st January, 1896.
To Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, to elect a Scarlet Degree mem-
to the office of N. G., in the event of all qualified brothers declining to
serve.
To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold a dance on 31st December, 1895.
To Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to hold a ball on 7th January, 1896.
Confirmed the action of D. D. G. M. District No. 3, in granting a
dispensation to Cedar Lodge, No. 35, to install its officers in public, providing the ceremony was conducted by himself or an elective officer of
the Grand Lodge, and the prescribed form used.
To Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a ball on the 14th February, 1896.
To Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a ball on 2nd March, 1896.
To Harmony, Perseverance and Banner Lodges, to appear in
public in Regalia on the 24th April, 1896.
To Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, to hold a social dance on the 13th
April, 1896.
To Amity Lodge, No. 27, to hold an entertainment on 4th May,
1896.
To Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to hold an excursion on 24th May, 1896.
To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a ball on the 28th April,
1896.
To Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, to hold a social on or about the 15th
May, 1896.
To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold an excursion on the 25th
May, 1896. J35°
PROCLAMATIONS.
Issued the usual Proclamations for the observance of the Anniversary of our Order on the 26th April last, also for Memorial Day on the
9th of June.
Issued a circular letter on the 16th November last, (copy attached)
notifying the Subordinate Lodges, of the amendment made at the last
Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, adding another qualification for
membership, whereby saloon-keepers, bartenders and professional
gamblers are not eligible for admission into our Order.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge having sustained the action of this
Grand Lodge, at its last Session, hi declining to grant certificates to any
Odd Fellows' Insurance Association to do business in the Jurisdiction.
and further, in affirming that the Odd Fellows'Insurance Association of
B. C. need not take out such certificate, I issued a Proclamation, at the
request of the last named Association, copy of which is appended hereto, calling the attention of the Subordinate Lodges to this legislation,
and warning any who may disregard it, of the penalties provided bylaw
for such conduct. I may state, that my attention has been called to
the fact, that parties have been violating this law and I have written
calling on them to desist from such illegal acts.
I attach hereto, copy of a Proclamation received from the Grand
Sire, respecting the printing of any forms or ceremonies that constitute
a source of revenue of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
REPORTS  OF DISTRICT  DEPUTIES.
The reports of my District Deputies, as far as received, are submitted herewith. They all speak cheeringly of the prospects of the Order
in their respective districts.
I agree with the actions reported by my Deputies, with the exception of that of the Deputy for District No. 2, Rebekah Lodges, in granting a Dispensation to ballot for and initiate a candidate on the same
evening, such power being conferred on the Grand Master alone.
I have noticed, not only this year, but also in preceding ones, cases
where Deputies report, that, when they have been unable to perform
the duties of their office, they have deputized other brothers to act for
them. This appears to me an error, they cannot transfer powers which^
are delegated to them. , If they are unable to be present and install the
officers of a Lodge, and the Lodge will not postpone it until they are
able to attend, the duty may be performed in their absence by any
Past Grand. i35*
RECOMMENDATIONS.
Enquiries have been made during the year, as to the procedure
to be followed in consolidating two or more Lodges. I have replied
that in the event of such a contingency arising, I would direct what
course should be pursued with reference to the name to be borne by the
consolidated Lodge, the custody of the records of the absorbed Lodges,
and the Charters, etc., if these matters were not mutually agreed on
by the interested parties. The law is silent on this subject, but I think
this Grand Lodge should legislate on this point.
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge is defective in many respects,
and the Constitution for Rebekah Lodges needs revising to conform to
the recent legislation by the Sovereign Grand Lodge. I would therefore
recommend that-a special committee of three be appointed to suggest
what legislation is'-needed in these particulars and report at our next
session.
I have been requested by several ladies, members of Rebekah
Lodges, to point out to this Grand Lodge that the organization of a
Rebekah Assembly would be beneficial to that branch in this Jurisdiction. The proper course to approach the Grand Lodge on this subject
is by a petition from the Rebekah Lodges, but I am not aware that any
steps in that direction are being taken. However, perhaps it would be
as well, if my above suggestion is entertained, to empower the committee to submit a draft of a Constitution to govern a Rebekah Assembly in case one should be applied for.
I would further recommend that our representatives to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge be instructed to continue to support the proposed amendment to the Constitution, lowering the age at which persons may be
admitted into the Order to 18 years.
Brethren ;—I. must again thank you—one and all—for the great
honor you have conferred upon me in placing me in this position, and also
to the members at large, for the many kindnesses which it has been my
good fortune to receive at their hands wherever I have visited, I also
wish to thank our Grand Secretary, Bro. Fred Davey, for the valuable
assistance with which he has favored me during the past year ; I am
sure at times I hardly know what I would have done without his counsel ; we have truly a good officer in our Grand Secretary. I also wish
to thank my District Deputies for the able manner in which they have
performed their duties.
In conclusion, I hope we may have a profitable and harmonious
session, so that when our labors have been completed, we shall have
the satisfaction of knowing we have done our -duty to the noble Order
we represent.   Again I thank all the Brothers and Lodges in the Juris- 1352
diction for the many courtesies and valuable assistance I have received
during my term of office.
I am, yours fraternally,
WILLIAM E. HOLMES,
Grand Master.
Victoria, B.C , 16 Nov., 1895.
To all Lodges subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,I.O.O.F.
Greeting :—The enclosed circular letter from the Grand Secretary of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, dated 30th September, 1895, certifying the
action of that Grand Body at its annual session, held at Atlantic City,
N.J., on the 16th to 21st September last, in amending Article XVI of
its Constitution by adding the following section, viz :
| Section 5—No saloon-keeper, bartender or professional gambler
shall be eligible to membership in this Order," is forwarded for your
information and guidance, and inasmuch as this law is now in force,
you are to govern yourselves accordingly.
WM. E. HOLMES,
Attest : Grand Master.
FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
Victoria, B.C., 16 Nov., 1895.
To all Lodges subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Greeting :—The Grand Lodge of this Jurisdiction, at its annual session, held at Victoria, 14 June, 1895, having resolved that licenses shall not
be granted in future to any Odd Fellows' Insurance Association to do
business in this Jurisdiction, and further, having decided that it is not
necessary for "The Odd Fellows'-Insurance Association of British
Columbia" to take out such license, and these decisions having been
confirmed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its annual session, held at
Atlantic City, N.J., 16th to 21st Sept., 1895, on the appeal of Bro. T. C.
Gray, P.G.M.
Now, therefore, I, W. E. Holmes, Grand Master, do hereby notify
you that "The Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia,"
is the only Odd Fellows' Insurance Association entitled to do business
as such in this province, and that any member of the I.O.O.F. who
shall, in any capacity, directly or indirectly, solicit or attempt to solicit
from any other member of this Order, in this Jurisdiction, any life or
accident insurance for any association or company using the name of the
Order or claiming to be an Odd Fellows' Insurance Company, excepting 1353
"The Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia," before
mentioned, shall be liable, on trial and conviction, to be suspended or
expelled from the Order (vide Proceedings Sov. Grand Lodge, 1892,
p.p. 13077-13191.)
WM. E. HOLMES,
Attest : Grand Master.
FREDK. DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE OF THE INDEPENDENT ORDER
OF ODD FELLOWS.
Office of the Grand Sire,
procc am ation.
To whom it may concern :
Whereas many reports have been received at this office, stating
that Subordinate Bodies and individual members of the Order are
printing and offering for sale, various of the supplies published in the
"Listof Supplies" furnished by the S.G.L. and appearing on the last
leaf of the Revised Journal, and
Whereas, All such printing and offering for sale of any of such
supplies is in violation of the law of the S. G. L. as found on page 6278
of the R. J. of 1874; which reads as follows:
"All Grand and Subordinate Bodies and individual members thereof of this Order are hereby directed to refrain from printing, publishing
and issuing any article entered upon the list of supplies that form a part
of the source of revenue of this Grand Lodge."
Also the sharp reiteration of the law to be found on pp. 6657 and
6704 of the Journal of 1875, which reads as follows:
"Grand and Subordinate Bodies and individuals, who shall print
and circulate any forms or ceremonies of this Grand Lodge that constitute a source of revenue to its treasury, will be deemed guilty of an
offence against the laws of this Grand Lodge"; they standing as the
General Law of the S. G. L.
Therefore, it is hereby ordered and directed that all such illegal
printing and sale of each and every of the supplies published in said
"List of Supplies" at once cease; and all Grand Lodges, Grand Encampments, Grand Assemblies of the Rebekah Branch, and Departments of the Patriarchs Militant, and their respective Grand Officers
are directed to notify their Subordinates, and to see that all such illegal
printing and sale ceases immediately, under penalty of the law as above
declared. *354
Done at the City of Rochester, State of New York, this 24th day of
December, 1895.
THEO. A. ROSS,
Grand Secretary.
J. W. STEBBINS,
Grand Sire,
SUPPLIES  FURNISHED BY THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE. c
Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment Books; Subordinate Encampment Institution and Installation Books; Subordinate Encampment Installation Book; Subordinate Encampment Charge Book;
Charter for Subordinate Encampment, Subordinate Lodge and Rebekah
Lodge; Subordinate Encampment Chart and Subordinate Lodge Chart;
Subordinate Lodge Institution and Installation Book; Subordinate
Lodge Ritual; Degree Lodge Installation Book; Rebekah Lodge
Ritual; Rebekah Lodge Institution and Installation Book; Rebekah
Lodge Installation Floor Work; Floor Work for Subordinate Lodge,
Rebekah Lodge and Encampment; Subordinate Lodge Odes; Subordinate Lodge Odes, with Music; Rebekah Lodge Odes; Rebekah Lodge
Odes with Music; Laws for the government of Rebekah Lodges; Encampment Ode Book, with Music; Anniversary Odes; Funeral Hymns;
Prayers for Opening and Closing Lodges; Book of Odes, with Music,
for Subordinate Lodges and Rebekah Lodges: Visiting and Withdrawal
Cards and Dismissal Certificates; Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and
Dismissal Certificates for Rebekah Lodges; Card for a Wife or Widow;
Rebekah Certificate; Diploma or Certificate of Membership; Certificate
for a member of a Defunct Subordinate and Rebekah Lodge; Book of
Forms; Bound Journals, 16 volumes (1821-1894) ; Digest; Anniversary
Ceremony; Memorial Ceremony, etc.; Funeral Ceremony ; Burial
Ceremony for a Daughter of Rebekah ; Question Book; Petitions for
Membership, Lodge, Encampment and Rebekah Lodge; Veteran
Jewel; Rebekah Veteran Jewel; Honorable Veteran Jewel; Insurance
Certificate, Sovereign Grand Lodge; Insurance Certificate, Grand
Lodges.
Resolved,  That the Report be received and handed to
a Committee to distribute it to the various Committees.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee on Distribution:—J. Crossan, P. G. M., R. Roberts,
P. G. M., R. W. Fawcett. J.
The Grand Secretary read his report which was on
motion received and referred to the Committee on Distribution . ^355
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I 0. 0. F.
In submitting my report of the transactions of this Office and of
the work of the Order in this Jurisdiction during the past year, I am
sorry to state that for the first time during twelve years there has been
a slight decrease in the number of members. There is no doubt that
this falling off is owing to the financial depression which has affected
this Province in common with other portions of this Continent for some
time past. I sincerely hope that the worst has been past, that business
and trade will revive and that the Order during next year will more
than recover what it has lost.
During the past year two Subordidate Lodges and four Rebekah
Lodges have been instituted, but it is to be regretted that the applicants
for a Charter for a Rebekah Lodge at Kamloops did not properly consider the matter or were very lukewarm on the subject, for, without, it
would appear, making scarcely an effort to work the Lodge, they have
returned the Dispensation granted them and the goods supplied, so that
the Lodge may now be regarded as defunct.
The instructions of last Session have been complied with as follows :—
Bonds for the fidelity of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer
in the sum of $2000 each were obtained from the London Guarantee and
Accident Co.
The Grand Lodge has been incorporated under the Provincial Benevolent Societies Act, 1891. The requisite Declaration to obtain incorporation signed by the Elective Officers of the Grand Lodge is attached
hereto. It would appear from the provisions of this Act, that Subordinate Lodges must now obtain permissfon from the Grand Lodge at its
Annual Session in order to secure incorporation.
An "Odd Fellows Home" account has been opened in the books of
the Grand Lodge and the sum collected in Victoria at the Anniversary
Celebration 1894 amounting to $96 has been credited to the same. This
money is deposited in the Dominion Government Savings Bank and has
been augmented by $1.96 interest to 30th June, 1895. I would suggest
that a small assessment, say 5 cents per member, be included in the
Per Capita Tax for the coming year and repeated in succeeding years,
to assist this fund. Such a trifle would not distress our Lodges and
would in time accumulate a fund which would be of use for the purpose
in view. There is no doubt that before long an Odd Fellows Home will
become a necessity, and even at the present time one could be utilized
if it were in existence.
A statement of the Grand Lodge's case in the appeal of Bro. T. C.
Gray, P. G. M. to the Sovereign Grand Lodge was prepared and submitted.   The appeal was dismissed and the action of the Grand Lodge 1356
in refusing to grant permission to outside Insurance Associations to do
business in this Jurisdiction, and in deciding that the Odd Fellow's Insurance Association of B. C. need not take out Certificates in order to
do business, was sustained.
All documents procurable in the Petition of David Green vs. Dominion Lodge, No. 4, were forwarded to the Sovereign Grand Lodge and
the refusal of this Grand Lodge last Session to re-open this case, was
also affirmed.
No report has been received from the Special Committee appointed
last Session respecting the desirability of establishing an Odd Fellows
Hospital and Convalescent Home, nor has there been a meeting of the
Committee as far as I am aware.
I beg to submit a tabulated statement of the work of the Subordinate Lodges in this Jurisdiction last year, compiled from their Reports,
also a Financial Statement of the Grand Lodge for that period.
The following summary of the work of last year is compiled from
the reports of the Lodges to 81st December, 1895:—
No. of Lodges 31st. December, 1895. 35
"            "      Instituted since  2
"  of Rebekah Lodges 31 st Dec. 1895 8
"            I            "           Instituted
since  3
"  of Rebekah Lodges surrendered
Dispensation.  1
I  of Members in good standing.. 2988
I              "       Initiated during the
year  216
1  of Members admitted by card.. 23
"              "             "       as Ancient
Odd Fellows  2
"  of Members reinstated  9
I              "        withdrawn  27
expelled  1
"              "         suspended  1
"              "         deceased  26
"              "         resigned  1
"              "         ceased      membership by N. P. D  219
"  rejected 13
" of Degrees conferred  685
"  of Past Grands  382
Total revenue of Subordinate Lodges   $50,191 98
No. of Brothers relieved  313
Increase.
2
Decrease.
27
2
84
33
2084
3606 81 Decrease.
Increase.
No. of widowed families relieved  4 	
|' of weeks sick benefits paid .. 2053               447
Amount paid for relief of Brothers.. 17,042 46       $3787 99
"                   "       widowed families  394 30           109 30
Amount paid for relief of Orphans.. 117 65             57 65
"       burying the dead. 2255 50         1162 50
special relief  825 55           281 55
Total amount paid for relief  20,635 46         5398 99
" " current expenses      17,919 01 	
I     amount of assets  193,663 13         6046 88
Average amount of benefits paid for
each sick member  54 45              7 95
Average amount expended for relief
per member  6 90              1 85
Average duration   of   sickness   per
member 4 dys 19)^ hrs   1 dy 2 hrs
Average duration   of  sickness  per
sick member   6 wks 3 dys   6 dys 10 "
22 hrs
Average cost per member for current
expenses  $6 00 	
Total cost per member for all Lodge
expenditures  12 90              0 53
Average amount of assets per member  64 81               2 53
Total amount expended for Relief
since    institution     of     Grand
Lodge in 1874  158,433 93 1358
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Tbeasureb.
FROM WHOM RECEIVED.
Victoria
Columbia
N.Westminster"
Dominion "
Black Diamond*'
Harmony "
Excelsior "
Vancouver "
Tatnai "
Western Star "
Union "
Selkirk
Royal City "
Acme "
Cloverdale "
Kootenay "
Duncan "
Vernon Vallev "
Mt. Pleasant" "
Centennial "
Delta
Gold Range "
Ashcroft j I
Island p
Revelstoke *"
Pacific !\
Amity "
Cheam "
Perseverance "
Friendship "
Banner "
Mission City "
Peerless "
Rocky Mount Vfc
Cedar "
Rossland 1
Carson "
Colfax
Mizpah
Miriam "
Ruth I
Beulah "
Alpine 1
Bethel "
Laurel "
Fidelity "
Esther |
Sundry Persons..
Lodge, No. 1..
Rebekah
11
" 20
" 21
" 22
" 23
Tax Tax
Term end- Term ended 30th       ed 31st
June, 1895. Dec, 1895.
$75 00
8<» 00
66 501
59 00
71 00
75 00
22 50
62 50!
34 00J
82 00
34 00
37 00
40 50
42 80l
22 5i»|
21 00
23 00,'
21 50
23 00!
58 00
22 50!
20 50
18 00
17 50
14 50|
129 501
95 50j
27 00
19 00
29 50
41 50
20 50l
80 50!
12 00!
21 50
36
38
15 65
16 80
18 00
20 00
17 20
43 20
Supplies.
Charter  _
Fees.   ' OTAL.
$3 87
6 25|
1 00
1 50
1 50
7 05l
3*50
2 25
3 60
1 50
3 00
3 00
10 85
8 00
32 55
32 25
5 75
5 50
1 50
3 95
30 00
30 00
2 50
20 25
3 20
$30 00
30 00
10 00
10 00
10 00
2 20
$1520 30|$1228 55 $258 671 $90 00|$3097 52 1359
Orders Drawn on Grand Treasurer.
Date.
No. of
Order.
In Whose Favor.
Description.
Amount.
1895.
June 21
1
Grand Treasurer	
Mileage & Per Diem,'95
$1076 40
"   21
2
3
W. H. Huxtable	
T. C. Gray, P. G. M	
Janitor, etc	
35 00
"    21
Postage, etc	
19 00
"   21
4
5
D. Welsh, G. Treasurer.
Taylor Mill Co	
a
2 25
"    21
Altar and case	
15 25
"    21
6
J. Sears	
Painting     |    	
5 00
1   21
f7
1
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7..
Refund cost of supplies
28 72
1   21
8
Ruth Rebekah L., No. 4.
a           a           n
9 90
July 12
9
W. E. Holmes, G. M....
Travelling allowance...
In 00
Aug. 27
10
F. Davey, G. Secretary..
Sov. G. L. for supplies.
45 77
Sept. 13
11
T. R. Cusack    	
Ptg Proceedings, 1895..
198 45
I    13
12
F. Davey, G. Secretary..
150 00
"   13
13
a                          it
Postage, dutv, exp., etc.
22 10
I    p
14
tt                         a
Sov. G. L. for supplies.
17 19
Oct.    3
15
Colonist Ptg. &Pub. Co.
Printing letter-heads..
3 50
I     3
16
W. E. Holmes, G. M....
Travelling allowance...
75 00
I      4
17
R. S. Day	
Pre'um, Bonds G.S..G.T.
50 00
Nov. 26
18
F. Davey, G. Secretary..
Sov. G. L. for supplies.
58 00
Dec   12
19
20
tt                  tt
Salary, 3 mos	
150 00
"   12
Postage, duty, frei't, etc
5 90
1896.
Jan.  14
21
W. E. Holmes. G. M ...
Balance, trav. allow'ce.
10 00
"    14
22
Odd Fellows Union	
Rent, G.S. office, 12 mos
100 00
P   28
23
Weiler Bros   	
Hire of tables & chairs.
8 00
Feb    8
24
T. R. Cusack	
Printing forms	
4 00
Mar. 24
25
F. Davev, G. Sec	
Sov. G. L. for supplies.
21 75
I   24
26
a            n
Salary, 3 mos	
150 00
§   24
27
a                     ti
Postage, dutv, frei't, etc
14 60
1    24
28
tt                    a
Exp. Incorporat'n G.L.
23 00
Apr. 15
29
Colonist Ptg and Pub Co
Envelopes	
4 00
1   24
30
Sov. Grand Lodge	
Representative Tax....
150 00
Mav 12
31
T.N. Hibben	
Stationery	
6 00
"   12
32
T. R. Cusack	
Letter-heads for G. M.
4 00
1    12
33
F. Davey, G. Sec	
Sov. G. L  for supplies
38 78
<:   28
34
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16 50
"   30
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W. E. Holmes, G. M ...
Postage, stationerv, etc
15 95
I   30
36
Colonist Ptg and Pub Co
Officers'Roll Bks, etc..
29 50
June   1
37
F Davev. G. Sec
Salary, 3 mos	
150 00
1  1
38
Postage, frei't, duty, etc
17 00
$2745 51
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report  $1,113 28
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer  3097 52
$4,210 80
Less Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer 2,745 51
Leaving balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $ • ,465 29 1360
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Balance from last year    $138 92
Goods bought during the year      236 14
Gain during the year	
Goods sold during the year	
Goods on hand    	
Cr.
246 17
i74 38
$420 55
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F., June, 1896.
Folio
of
Led'r
Account.
44 Furniture and Regalia
48
18,
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7	
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12	
Cloverdale Lodge, No*. 15	
Vernon Valley Lodge, No.
Delta Lodge, No. 21	
Stock	
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23	
Island Lodge, No. 24	
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Grand Treasurer	
Profit and Loss	
Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25...
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8	
Peerless Lodge, No. 33	
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No.
Odd Fellows Home	
Dominion Government Savings Bank
200 Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9	
202 Fidelity " No. 10	
204!Rossland Lodge, No. 36	
208 Carson Lodge, No. 37	
34
Dr.
$496
4 50
174
$2283
Cr.
5 00
3 60
2142 82
2 90
40
40
3 40
97 96
2 35
23   $2283 23 1361
Applications are being constantly received for copies of tbe Grand
Lodge Constitution, but I am unable to comply owing to the fact that
there are no spare copies in stock. As the Constitution is in need of
revision in many respects I would suggest that a Committee be appointed to perform this work and report next Session.
It has been customary of late years to get 500 copies of the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge printed and they have been distributed as follows: 4 copies to each Subordinate and one to each Rebekah Lodge, 1
copy each to the N. G. and V. G. of each Subordinate Lodge and
one copy to each Past Grand in the Jurisdiction besides a number
given to the Grand Representatives to exchange with the Representatives of other Jurisdictions. Owing to the increase in the number of
Lodges and Past Grands 500 copies are not now sufficient and instructions are asked as to the number to be printed and the method of distribution. It is feared that a number of copies sent to Lodges for Past
Grands never reach those brothers on account of their not attending
the Lodge.
Notification has been received from the Grand Master of North
Dakota that Northern Light Lodge, Fargo, has been suspended from the
the Order for non-compliance with the commands of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge to refund monies collected from other Jurisdictions for the
relief of sufferers from the fire in that city and misappropriated.
I am pleased to state that no appeals have been received during the
year, a fact which speaks well for the harmony and peace of the brotherhood in the Jurisdiction.
Only one member of this Grand Lodge as far as I am aware has
been removed by death during the year, viz: Bro. H. Elliott. P. G. of
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, I would recommend that a memorial
page containing his name be inserted in the printed Proceedings of this
Session.
I cannot refrain from referring here to the dreadful disaster that so
recently occured in the City of Victoria on the occasion of the celebration of her Majesty's Birthday, when by the falling of a portion of Point
Ellice Bridge a tram car crowded with merry pleasure seekers was suddenly precipitated into "Victoria Arm and 55 human beings perished.
As might be expected in such a calamity, some Odd Fellows were included in the number. I deeply regret to state that the following brothers lost their lives in that awful catastrophe: Bro. F. T. James, V. G.
and N. G. elect of Victoria Lodge, No. 1; Bro. S. R. Holmes of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, and Bro. Fred Adams, (with his Mother) Acme Lodge,
No. 14. Bro. E. Hooson P. G. of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, mourns the loss
of his wife and child, Bro. E. C. Sheppard, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, is
bereaved of his wife and two children, Bro. G. W. Biggar of Acme 1362
Lodge, No. 14, lost two children and is himself severely injured, and Bro.
J. Jackson of the same Lodge sustained the loss of a daughter and is
himself still suffering from the accident
Several Odd Fellows had miraculous escapes, amongst them our esteemed Grand Representative, Bro J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., who is still
suffering from the accident. I am sure you will all join in congratulating him on his escape, and that you will accord your fullest and deepest
sympathy with the bereaved and sorrowing relatives of the deceased.
Fraternally submitted,
FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED officers of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, who are also members of
the said Lodge, by direction and with the full consent of the said Grand
Lodge, declare that it is our desire and the desire of the members of the
said Grand Lodge that the said Grand Lodge be incorporated as a Society under the provisions of the "Benevolent Societies' Act, 1891 "
1. The corporate name of the Society shall be "The Grand Lodge
of British Columbia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows."
2. The purposes for which the Society is formed are:—
? a) To establish and supervise branches for making provision by
means of contributions, subscriptions, donations or otherwise, against
sickness, distress or death of their members, and for relieving the
widows or orphan children of deceased members:
i b) For establishing and maintaining homes and asylums for
members of the Society and its branches, and for the orphans of deceased members:
. c) For raising sufficient money from its branches to meet the
necessary expenses of the Society.
3. The present managing officers of the Society, who are to be the
first officers thereof, are William Edward Holmes, Grand Master; Peter
J. Foulds, Deputy Grand Master; William Henry Morton, Grand Warden; Frederick Davey, Grand Secretary, and H. B. Gilmour, Grand
Treasurer, and their successors shall be elected by ballot on the first
day of the session of the said Grand Lodge held annually on the second
Wednesday in June in each and every year.
As witness our hands this 16th day of January, 1896.
WILLIAM E. HOLMES, Grand Master.
PETER J. FOULDS,  Deputy Grand Master.
W. H. MORTON, Grand Warden.
FRED'K. DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
H. B. GILMOUR, Grand Treasurer. J363
I hereby certify that the foregoing declaration appears to me to be
in conformity with the "Benevolent Societies' Act, 1891."
"Quod Attestor."
S. Y. WOOTTON,
Deputy Registrar General.
Filed (in duplicate) the 10th day of February, 1896.
S. Y. WOOTTON,
Deputy Registrar General.
The Grand Treasurer read his report which was on
motion received and referred to the Committee on Finance.
H. B. Gilmour, Grand Treasurer, in account with the
Grand Lodge of B. 0., I. O. O. F.
dr.
18957
June 14
July 11
"   13
"   20
I    24
Aug.   2
1896.
Jan. 20
"    16
Feb.18
June 3
1896.
June 10
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To Bal. from late G. T.
1113 28
1895
ByP'd Orders
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H. B. GILMOUR,
Grand Treasurer.
Report read from the Grand Representatives which
was on motion received and ordered to be printed in the
proceedings of the session ; further, that the portion relating to the proposed Legislation respecting Sick Benefits
be referred to the Committee on Legislation. *364
To the Grand Lodge, I. 0. 0. F. of British Columbia.:
Your Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge beg to submit
the following report, which they trust will meet with your approval.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge assembled in its 71st Annual Commui-
cation on September 16th, 1895, at Atlantic City, N. J.
From the Grand Sire's report we select the following extracts and
decisions bearing on the Subordinate and Rebekah branches of the Order,
leaving out the Canton Millitant decisions, as they do not interest this
Grand Lodge.
GRAND SIRE'S REPORT.
Officers and Representatives,—Another twelve months has closed
its record and I find us again convened in Annual Communication. The
Reaper has gathered his usual harvest from our ranks, and in doing so, has
stricken down some of our brightest ornaments. Of them, in proper
place, due mention will be made. To us who survive their call is a voice
of warning. Let us strive to write our names on the Tablet of the Good,
the Merciful and True.
We have reason for thankfulness that so great prosperty has crowned
our labors in the midst of financial depression and great stagnation of
business. The Order has steadily advanced with somewhat retarded
steps in numbers, but not in wealth and influence.
We have reached that period in our history when no adverse criticism,
no unfriendly assaults, or bigoted anathemas can have any effect, and
when we can afford to pass by in silence naught disturbed or harmed by
their utterances looking forward with hope to the day-dawn of their
higher enlightment.
condition of the order.
Every branch of the Order is flourishing, exhibiting an increase in
the number of its subordinates as follows :
Subordinates increase  297
Subordinate Encampment     53
Rebekah Lodge increase.  335
GRAND  SIRE'S  DECISIONS  AS  APPROVED.
SUBORDINATE  LODGES, ETC.
60. Decision.—The floor work is not obligatory, but recommended.
Wherein it may differ from the riual, it must be disregarded.
62. Decision.—Sec. 1120 of the Digest is not repealed by Sec. 131 of
the P. M. Code, and at installation of Lodge Officers the P. M. uniforms
cannot be worn.
63. Grand Lodges cannot delegate to Rebekah Assemblies power to
charter Rebekah Lodges. x365
64. Attentive and pecuniary benefits must be distinguished. One
depends upon " good standing," the other does not.
65. A By-Law of a Lodge depriving a member of benefits after
reaching the age of 65, is illegal and void.
66. A member guilty of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow in a
Rebekah Lodge may be tried in that Lodge, or in his Subordinate Lodge.
If tried in his Lodge, Rebekahs may appear before the committee of trial
and give testimony.
67. Question.—After the time for correcting and approving the
minutes of a Lodge has gone by, and a mistake or error is discovered,
can it be corrected ?
Answer.—Yes.
68. By parliamentary law no motion can be reconsidered but once.
If the motion is made and indefinitely postponed, and the rules of the
Lodge provide that indefinite postponement cannot be reconsidered, that
ends the power of the body to reconsider.
69. Question.—Has a committee examining a visiting Brother the
right to examine him in the address to the Chairs ?
Answer.—Yes, in everything up to the highest degree of the Subordinate Lodge to which he has attained.
70. Decision.—In the absence of local law, three years does not bar
the right to prosecute a member for an offence.
71. Decision.—A visiting card need not be returned to the Lodge
issuing it, when it is deposited with another Lodge, upon which to make
membership. If elected a certificate of election from that Lodge entitles
a Brother to a Withdrawal Card, if the member is free from all charges-
on the books of his Lodge. —Sec. 672.
72. Decision.—A Brother out of the Order by Withdrawal Card for
one year, nine months and twenty-six days, working to get up a Lodge,
and becoming a charter member, is not entitled to the Honorary Veteran Jewel after fifty years of service covering the above period.
73. Decision.—No Past Grand or member can legally vote in any
other than his own Lodge.
74. Decision.—The general law does not permit a Lodge to remit
dues.   They must be paid.
75. Question.—Can a Grand Lodge pay out of its funds, or assess the
Subordinates to raise a fund to support aged members of defunct
Lodges ?
Answer.—No.    (Decision 33, Journal, 1894.) 1366
76. Question.—If acting as Trustee for such members of defunct
Lodges and receiving and disbursing for their benefit as they shall direct, can a quasi visiting card, stating their relation to the Order and
giving them the right of visitation, be legally issued by the Grand officers, under the authority of the Grand Lodge ?
Answer.—No.
77. Decision.—The offices of Grand Sire and Deputy Grand Sire,
being in many respects incompatable with that of Grand Representative,
an election to and installation in either vacates the office of Grand Representative.
78. Decision.—There can be no average of benefits paid, making
the total paid the first year amount to $104, without a violation of the
I Minimum Benefit Law."
The precise question, in the form of an amendment, was proposed
in 1892, and voted down, which, by implication, gives that law a construction and removes the ambiguity in the words, H one full year's
benefits."
79. Decision.—A brother holding an unexpired visiting card, and
having the A. T. P. W., has a right to visit Lodges in his own Jurisdiction, though he has not the term password.
80. Question.—If at the session of the Grand Lodge, upon the returns from Subordinates then made, the Grand Lodge is entitled to but
one representative, and elects him, and before the session of the S. G. L.,
the membership actually increases, so that if the Grand Lodge were to
convene it could elect a second representative, but there being no session
until after that of the S. G. L., has the Grand Master power to appoint
a representative ?
Answer.—He has not under Section 1, Article 9, of the Constitution
of this Grand Body. Representatives must be elected by the Grand
Lodge in every case except in filling vacancies. To make a vacancy, the
place vacated must have been occupied. The case stated in the question
is not therefore a vacancy. It is a new official right, conferred by the
law upon the Grand Lodge, and can only be filled as provided in the
Constitution.   This question was so decided in 1888.
82. Decision.—The act of this Grand Body in " attaching " the Territory of Alaska to the Grand Jurisdiction of Washington, is not in conflict with the decision of 1873, nor with Section 7, Article 1, of the Constitution. That Section gives the immediate jurisdiction over all subordinates in outlying territory to the S. G. L. But, it having supreme
control, may attach portions of such outlying territory to adjacent Jurisdictions, in its discretion. 1367
83. Decision.—In canvassing the votes for Grand Officers cast by
the Past Grands, if in some Lodges P. G.'s are allowed to vote who are
disqualified, and such illegal votes charged to the successful candidate
and deducted from his vote, would change the result, the entire vote of
such Lodges should be thrown out, and the result declared on the
remainder.
84 Decision.—The " Special" Committee, so-called, but in correct
parliamentary phrase, ''select." (See Cushing, Sections 259 and 263^)
appointed on Grand Secretary's office in 1892, (Journal, p. 13,071,) was
continued and authorized to purchase an office upon its report, in 1893,
by the adoption of the resolution appended to the report (Journal, p.
13,548) That resolution continued the committee for another year.
But for that resolution, being a select and not a standing committee, it
had been dissolved (Cushing, Sections 262 and 293). The committee in
1894 (Journal, p. 14,014) reported, and after some discussion it was laid
on the table, and no further action taken or instructions given. The
committee was thereby dissolved and no further action can be taken by
it on the premises.
85. Decision.—Grand Officers and Grand Representatives are not
attthoriz^d to introduce members of their own Grand Jurisdiction—
only members of other Jurisdictions. The only authority for such introduction is given by Article XIV. of the By-Laws of the S. G. L.
Some of the decisions on that subject are loosely worded and misleading.
86. Decision.—The right of a widow to after-death benefits does not
depend upon color or any other embarrassment under which she may
labor at the time of her husband's death. If she was his lawful wife at
the time of his death, and he died in good standing, she is entitled to
the funeral benefits.    (See Section 106, t)igest.)
87. Decision.—A Subordinate Lodge, by general law, has no authority to receive applications for membership, refer, elect, initiate and confer the three degrees the same night for the purpose of qualifying them
to form a Lodge.
2nd. The Grand Officers as such, cannot, after institution initiate,
candidates nor confer the degrees.
88. Decision.—A. D. D. G. S. may be appointed, though not a P. C.
P., except " where Grand Encampments may be established." He
cannot install the officers of a Subordinate Encampment unless he be a
P. C. P., but he can appoint some one that is qualified to do so.
89. Decision.—In the absence of any local prohibition a Lodge
may elect any one qualified member in its jurisdiction as its Representative to the Grand Lodge. i368
90. Decision.—It is not legal for a Lodge to pass a By-Law making
a part of its membership beneficial after three months' membership,
and another part not beneficial until after six months' membership).
The six months' clause is null and void.    (Section 128, Digest.)
91. Question.—Can members in the ante-room be compelled to
vote, unless excused, it being a part of the Lodge room ?
Answer.—They cannot, nor can they vote from the ante-room. To
be entitled to take part in the business of the Lodge they must come
into the lodge room proper. The ante-room is a part of the lodge room
only for certain purposes.
92. Decision.—Holding a live Withdrawal Card, i.e., one that has
not expired, gives the holder a quasi-membership, and if the card is
deposited within the year with a petition for full membership, and such
membership is made upon it, the continuity of his yearly membership
is not destroyed so as to deprive him of the Honorable Veteran Jewel.
93. Where the By-Laws of the Lodge provide that the penalty for a
specific offense shall be either suspension or expulsion, and the Constitution provides that the Lodge shall fix the penalty by vote, unless it
be a single penalty, and that it shall require a two-thirds vote for expulsion, the Lodge must vote; and if two-thirds be not cast against the
brother, the penalty to be inflicted must be suspension, no vote for that
purpose being required.
94. The general law of the Order requires only night nurses or
watchers to be furnished as li attentive benefits," not day nurses.
95. Public installations may be held in other than the regular
lodge room (Section 1026, Digest), and may be joint installations, the
lodges being legally convened.
96. If a candidate is black-balled by a Lodge, that had no legal
right to receive and act upon the application, the candidate being ignorant'of the fact, he need not wait six months before applying for membership in a proper Lodge, and such Lodge has a right to receive and
act upon his application, the former action being illegal and null and
void.
97. Suspension for cause terminates "good standing," and not
being restored until after the expiration of one year, breaks the continuity of years so that the member, though restored, is not entitled to
the twenty-five years Veteran Jewel, if the twenty-five years embrace
the year of suspension.
98. Where permission is given by the proper authorities for the admission of a non-resident candidate to membership in a Lodge out of
the jurisdiction in which he resides, and the fees for admission are less
than are charged by the Lodge nearest his residence, he must pay the x369
amount charged by the Lodge at his residence, and the Lodge receiving
him must pay the difference to the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction
where he resides.
DECISIONS ON REBEKAH LAWS.
1. Question.—In the institution of a Rebekah Lodge mwhich there
is no Past N. Grand, can any one except the N. G. deliver the P. N. G.
charge?
Answer.—The chair of the P. N. G. is not an office, nbr is the P.
N. G. an officer. Under the beautified work it is very incongruous, and
would mar the effect of the ceremony for the N. G. to change robes and
situation. The law of 1890, by Section 34, is repealed, and as no official instructions are connected with the charge, as in the case of,the
first officers of a new Lodge, previous service in office is not required as
a qualification, and any qualified member may deliver it. (Decided to
three jurisdictions.)
2. Question.—Which is the law by which we are to be governed,
the decision of Grand Sire Busbee, p. 12,785, Journal of 1892; approved
p. 13,064, or the law as reported by the Legislative Committee, same
Journal, p. 13,035, which report was adopted, p. 13,058. They seem to
be in direct conflict?
Answer.—The decision of the Grand Sire was the law when it was
made. The Legislative Committee reported a change in the law, which
was adopted, and is the law of the Order now, though the decision of
the Grand Sire was approved after its adoption.
3. Question.—Under Sections 2 and 18 of the Rebekah Code, can a
Rebekah Lodge pay stated benefits, fixed by its By-Laws ?
Answer.—It cannot. All payments must be paid by the Lodges at
each meeting, as a majority of the members present shall by vote determine.    (Decided to six different Jurisdictions.)
4. Question.—Is a widow—an unmarried woman—entitled to be
admitted into a Rebekah Lodge under the new Code, unless her husband was an Odd Fellow in good standing at the time of his death?
Answer.—Yes.    (Decided to four different Jurisdictions.)
5. Question.—The By-Laws of the Rebekah . Lodges adopted for
their government in this Grand Jurisdiction are in many particulars
in conflict with the new Code. Is that Code operative in this Jurisdiction until after the Grand Lodge meets and takes action upon it ?
Answer. It is from the time of its adoption. (Decided to three
different Jurisdictions.)
6. Question.—Can a suspended Rebekah, after marrying a non-
Odd Fellow, be reinstated in a Rebekah Lodge? 1370
Answer.—Under the first clause of Section 6 she can. (Decided to
four different Jurisdictions.)
7. Question.—Under the Rebekah Code, Section 12, is a member
who has served in an elective, but never in an appointive office, eligible
to an elective office ?
Answer.—According to the wording of that section, it would seem
to exclude all, after the first term, from eligibility to any elective office
who had not previously filled an appointive office. That, however, can
hardly have been the intention of the section, since service in an elective office is a better qualification for promotion than in an appointive.
It being of higher rank, as the greater always includes the less, I decide
that such a member is eligible.    (Decided to two Jurisdictions )
8. Question.—Under Section 13 of the Rebekah Code, is an officer
serving a majority of the nights of a term, but not to the end of the
term, entitled to the honors of the term?
Answer.—By that section she is.
9. Question.—Does Section 34 of the Rebekah Code repeal Sectioh
1,235 in regard to returns of Rebekah Lodges?
Answer.—It does not. That is not a " Rebekah law for the government of Rebekah Lodges," but for the government of Grand Lodges.
10. Question.—Can a Grand Lodge confer on Rebekah Assemblies
power to institute and Charter Rebekah Lodges?
Answer.—They have no such power. They are clothed by Section
2 with a special power, the time and place for exercising which is left
to their judgment. Such a power cannot be delegated. (Decided to
five different Jurisdictions.)
11. Question.—Does a D. D. Grand Sire require to be a member of
a Rebekah Lodge in order to receive the Rebekah A. P. W., or to have
any other qualifications than those specified in the 8th division of Art.
XV. of the By-Laws of the S. G. L.?
Answer.—Yes.
12. Question.—Who are members of Rebekah Assemblies when
convened for organization ?
Answer.—Such as the Grand Lodge shall provide for.
13. Question.—Shall the Grand Officers, in instituting Rebekah
Lodges before the Grand Lodge meets, conform the Rebekah Lodge
Constitution to the new Code, it being now in direct conflict with it,
and instruct them according to the provisions of the Code, or the Constitution as it is?
Answer.—According to the new Code. I371
14. Question.—Can the wife of a husband, both of whom once belonged to a Rebekah Lodge, but took withdrawal cards, now out of date,
join a Rebekah Lodge?
Answer.—Yes.
15. Question.—Under the new RebekahrCode, can the Grand Secretary furnish supplies direct to Rebekah Assemblies?
Answer.—The Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Lodge cannot.
Section 26, by the strongest application, affirms the general law.
16. Question.—Can the T. P. W. be given openly in a Rebekah
Lodge?
Answer.— It cannot.
17. Question.—Is an initiatory member eligible to membership in
a Rebekah Lodge?
Answer.—He is.
18. Decision.—Good moral character and belief in a Supreme
Being, though not specified as conditions of membership in sub-divisions 1 and 2, of Section 6 of the Code, are pre-requisite to membership,
as much as under sub-division 3.
These conditions are " ancient landmarks," and are not repealed
by Sectiofi 34.
19. Decision.—The regalia prescribed for Rebekahs cannot be dispensed with in Rebekah Assemblies and a pin badge substituted in its
place.
20. Question.—Under Section 6, sub-division 1, of the Rebekah
Code, is a woman that is of mixed blood (Indian or Negro), who is the
wife of an Odd Fellow in good standing, eligible to membership?
Answer.—No.
21. Decision.—A Sister may furnish marches to be used in Rebekah Lodges if not issued in the name of the Order, and do not supplant
any required by the S. G. L to be used.
22. Decision.—A Grand Lodge cannot delegate the entire Rebekah
Branch to the control of Rebekah Assemblies.
23. Sections 124 and 126, of the Digest, do not apply to Rebekah
Assemblies. The only prescribed regalia for them is found in Section
27 of the new Code.
24. Decision.—The first clause of Section 6, " All persons who have
had the Degree," does not embrace an expelled Odd Fellow, who once
had the Degree, nor his wife, if she has been expelled, though she may
have had the Degree. 1372
25. Decision.—Under Section 30 of the Rebekah Code, the petition
of an existing State Convention, for a Rebekah Assembly, stating that
there were ten or more Rebekah Lodges, would be sufficient to authorize a Grand Lodge to charter a Rebekah Assembly.
26. Decision.—Under Section 26 no vote is necessary upon application for a withdrawal card. Should objection be made for cause, that
would suspend the issuance until after investigation.
27. Decision.—Other than the officers of a Rebekah Assembly, may
wear the badge prescribed in Section 25.
28. Decision.—The President of a Rebekah Assembly doubtless
may appoint other than those officers named in Section 31, e. g., Supporters, but they would not rank as officers, only assistants.
29. Decision.—Rebekah Lodges may provide in their By-Laws the
terms of reinstatement.
30. Decision.—There is nothing prohibiting additional robes to
those prescribed in the Ritual, but others cannot be substituted in place
of those prescribed.
31. Decision.—Both under the new Code and the old law, the place
of meeting of Rebekah Lodges is left with State Grand Bodies. The
new Code makes no change in that respect.
32. Decision.—Rebekah Lodges are now charged with the duty of
rendering | attentive benefits," the same as Subordinate Lodges.
33. Question.—A member of a Rebekah Lodge has taken a withdrawal card that has expired. Her husband has also taken one from
his Lodge that has expired. Can she regain membership in a Rebekah
Lodge without her husband first joining the Subordinate Lodge, and if
so, how?
Answer.—Yes. Under first sub-division of Section 6, by depositing
her card with her application for membership. *373
Extracts from the Grand Secretary's Report,
RETURNS FOR THE YEARS 1893 AND 1894.
Dec. 31st.
1893
Dec. 31st3
1894
Increase  Decrease
Grand Lodges  55
Grand Encampments ... 50
Subordinate Lodges  10,295
Subordinate Encampm'ts 2,557
Rebekah Lodges  3,292
Lodge Initiations  72,807
Encampment Initiations 13,272
Lodge Members  780,160
Encampment Members.. 136,102
Rebekah Members  202,442
Relief by Lodges $2,980,378 89]
Relief by Encampments. 289,418 92
Relief by Rebekah Lodges 43,172 58
Total Relief  3,312,970 39
Revenue of Lodges  7,547,515 49|
Revenue of Encampm'ts. 650,566 77
Revenue Rebekah Lodges 312,922 26
Total Revenue  8,511,004 52
56
50
10,592
2,610
3,627
63,845
9,407
790,795
134,330
225,189
10.635
22,74'
8,962
3,865
1,772
$2,993,457 69 $13,078 80	
284,540 33 $4,878 59
45.313 94     2.14136	
3,323,311 96   10,341 57	
474,338 06
o.l 11 4o
615,932 07 ' 34,634 70
337,600 40  24,678 14	
8,427,870 53 1 83,133 99
STATISTICS OF THE  ORDER  FROM  1830 TO  DECEMBER  31ST,   1894,   INCLUDING
AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, DENMARK AND SWITZERLAND.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  2,012,848
Members Relieved  1,902,562
Widowed Families Relieved  216,178
Members Deceased  184,894
Total Relief $ 67,828,690 47
Total Receipts  176,786,202 60
CONDITION OF THE ORDER,   DECEMBER  31ST,   1894.
Sovereign Grand Lodge  1
Independent Grand Lodges (German Empire, Australia, Denmark and Switzerland)      4
Subordinate Grand Encampments      54
Subordinate Grand Lodges  66
Subordinate Encampments..  2,633
Subordinate Lodges  10,940
Encampment Members  135,443
Lodge Members  815,947
Rebekah Lodges  3,631
Sisters, Members of Rebekah Lodges  123,104
Brothers, Members of Rebekah Lodges  102,305 *374
The record for the year 1894 is not so pleasing as we could desire;
but the cause of the situation has been so frequently explained heretofore that it seems useless to repeat that the depression in all branches
of industry has been a potent factor in the decrease of admissions, and
the additions to the large number of suspensions for non-payment of
dues. There is, however, no reason to be discouraged. We cannot
expect the sun to shine every day, and we may confidently expect
that, within a short time, the Order will show a marked improvement,
and progress as it did in days gone by; indeed, all the information received is to the effect that a great reaction has taked place in many
parts of the country; the suspended are asking to be reinstated, and
new men are clamoring for admittance tQ our Lodges.
EXTRACTS FROM THE GRAND TREASURER'S  REPORT.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
The undersigned has the honor to communicate his annual report
of the financial condition of the Sovereign Grand Lodge for the fiscal
year, ending July 31st, 1895:
DR.
GRAND TREASURER.
1894.
Aug. 20.—To Cash Balance, as per last report $ 33,251 25
Dec.    1.—To Cash, interest on Lehigh Valley R.R. bonds         337 50
1895.
Jany. 9.—To Cash, interest on P. W. & B. R. R. bonds	
June   6.—To Cash, interest on Lehigh Valley R.R. bonds	
July 24.—To Cash, interest on P. W. & B. R. R. bonds	
To Cash, for sundry sums of money received from
Theo. A. Ross, Grand Secretary, from Aug. 25,
1894, to July 31, 1895, -as per receipts given...
Aggregating	
ASSETS.
The available assets of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at this date are
as follows:
Cash balance in treasury $ 28,601 02
Lehigh Valley R. R. Co., 4>£ per cent, bonds    15,000 00
P. W. & B. R. R. Co., 4 per cent, bonds    15,000 00
300
00
337
50
300
00
56,075
60
$90,601
85
$ 58,601 02
The total available assets as per my report on August 20,1894, were
$63,251.25, showing a loss in assets of $4,650.23.
Fraternally submitted,
ISAAC A. SHEPPARD,
Philadelphia, July 31st, 1895. Grand Treasurer. 1375
AMENDMENTS  AND   RESOLUTIONS.
The following amendment to Article 16, of the Constitution of the
S. G. L., was adopted:
Sec. 5.—No saloon-keeper, bartender or professional gambler shall
be eligible to membership in this Order.
Also the following resolutions were adopted:
Resolved further,—That Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments
shall require their Subordinates to make annual reports in relation to
the property owned by the Order, including the name, number and
location of Lodge or Encampment; the size of lot, the height, size and
material of building, date of erection, cost of property, present value,
indebtedness, amount of insurance, net annual income, size of Lodge
room, character of title, whether in fee, under lease or otherwise, and
if owned jointly with others, what part owned by the Order, if owned
by a corporation, the amount and market value of the stock owned by
the Order, amount of money or securities not included in stock above
given, also cemetery or cemetery lot, and shall report a tabulated statement thereof to the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge;
Resolved further,—That the Grand Secretary be instructed to furnish
Subordinate Grand Secretaries with a blank form to be a guide for
uniformity in procuring said statistics.
Resolved,—When a member of the Order is convicted of a crime,
and is sentenced and is serving a term in a State prison, charges shall
be preferred against him in the Lodge of which he is a member, and
upon the facts being established and the member fully identified, he
must be expelled.
Other legislation was enacted with which it is unnecessary to encumber this report, as it will all appear in the Revised Journal, S.G.L.,
soon to be published.
Amendments and additions were made to the Rebekah Code of
Laws, of more or less importance, useless to mention here, as, in accordance with a resolution adopted by the S. G. L., provision is made to
furnish immediately each Rebekah Lodge with a printed copy of the
Code as amended at this session.   The following is the resolution, viz:
Resolved,—That the Code of Laws for the Rebekah Degree, as
amended at this session, be immediately printed, and three copies
thereof sent to each Representative, and a sufficient number to each
Grand Lodge to furnish each Lodge in its Jurisdiction with one copy. • 1376
The following is the Report of the Committee on Appeals on the appeal of Past Grand Master, Thomas C.
Gray against the Grand Lodge of British Columbia:—
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
Your Committee on Appeals have had under consideration the appeal of Past Grand Master Thomas C. Gray from the action of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, and submit the following report thereon:
The case is this. In May, 1895, application was made by the Secretary of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada for a Certificate as
provided by the sixth clause, page 13,083, Journal of Proceedings Sovereign Grand Lodge for 1892, said Association having complied with all the
requirements for such application,and having had a Certificate for the year
soon to expire. This application was not acted on by the Grand Master
and Grand Secretary, but was by them referred to the Grand Lodge for
directions at the Session held in June, 1895.
At this Session of the Grand Lodge a petition was presented from
the Board of Management of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of
British Columbia, showing its organization and work, and referring to its
competitor, the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, and asking
that no license be issued by the Grand Lodge of British Columbia to
"any insurance association or company to do business in this Jurisdiction" (B. C), and further claiming for petitioner company exemption
from requirement to take out Certificate under decisions Nos. 32 and 33
of Grand Sire of 1893, approved by Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The application for Certificate by the one association and the petition
against granting it, by the other association, were referred to the Committee on Legislation, who reported in favor of granting the Certificate to
the applicant, and holding that the petitioner was also required to have
license.   The reports and action thereon were as follows:
Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada.
Regarding the communication from the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada asking permission to do business within the Jurisdiction
of the Grand Lodge of B. C. We would say that as the above Association has complied with the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
Sessions 1892 and 1893, permission must be granted by this Grand Lodge
to permit the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada to operate in
this Province for one year, commencing July 1st, 1895, and ending
June 30th, 1896.
B. C. Odd Fellows' Insurance Association.
In reference to the petition of the Board or Management of the Odd
Fellows' Insurance Association of B. C, we would say that it is absolutely *377
necessary for this Association to take out the necessary Insurance Certificate through the Sovereign Grand Lodge in order to do legitimate business
in this Province. See page 13645, 13648 Journal of Proceedings, S. G.
Lodge, 1893.
This report was received by the said Grand Lodge and considered
seriatim, and the following proceedings were taken and resolutions
adopted thereon :
It was moved, seconded and carried—That the report be received
and considered seriatim.
By consent Section IV. was considered before Section III.
It was moved and seconded that the section be adopted as read.
Moved and seconded as an amendment :
"That the section be amended by striking out all the words after the
words \ B. C/ in second line, and substituting the following :
"We recommend that the prayer of the petition be granted, and
that this Grand Lodge decline to grant licenses to any Odd Fellows' Insurance Association to do business in this Jurisdiction in future. Further, that in view of the decisions of the Grand Sire referred to in this
petition, we do not consider it necessary for this Association to take out
licenses."
The amendment was carried.
The Grand Master asked permission to appeal to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge against the action of the Grand Lodge and on motion the
request was granted.
Section III. of the report of the Committee on Legislation was next
considered, and the following amendment to the same was carried :
Strike out all the words of the section after the words | B. C." in the
third line, and substituting the following :
*' Although we have every reason to believe that this Association is
an excellent institution, yet we conceive it the duty of this Grand Lodge
to protect our own home institution, and therefore recommend that the
permission asked for to enable the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of
Canada to do business in this jurisdiction be refused."
The said Thomas C. Gray appeals from said decisions of the said
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
on the 13th June, 1895, upon the following grounds :
1. That it was the duty of the Grand Master and Grand Secretary
of the said Grand Lodge of British Columbia, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, to issue a certificate to the said Odd Fellows' Relief Association
of Canada in the form therein provided under said sixth clause, which is
as follows : 1378 .'■■
" Upon filing with any Grand Secretary of any Grand Lodge the certificate and reports, hereinbefore provided for, together with the above
mentioned certificate from the Grand Sire and Grand Secretary of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, it shall be the duty of the Grand Master and
Grand Secretary of such Jurisdiction to issue to such company or association a certificate substantially in the form hereinbefore provided for, to
be issued by the Grand Sire and Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, and containing the same reservation, namely, that neither the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, nor Grand or Subordinate Lodges, are in any
way responsible for the engagements or contracts of such company or
association, nor shall the certificate be considered or assumed to be an
indorsement or recommendation of such association nor of its solvency
or responsibility.
"Such certificate shall entitle such company to transact its business
in the territorial limits of such Grand Lodge; provided, however, that
the Grand Lodge of any Jurisdiction may, by resolution, prohibit the
granting of certificate of permission as herein provided for, to be issued
by its Grand Master or Grand Secretary to all insurance associations.
Any action heretofore had by any Grand Lodge prohibiting insurance
associations from doing business within its Jurisdiction shall remain unaffected by these resolutions."
2. That the said Grand Lodge had no authority nor power to refuse
to issue the said certificates.
3. The said Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia having ceased to operate through the officers of the said Grand Lodge
of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, had not complied with the requirements of the said Sovereign Grand Lodge, and were therefore not entitled
to do business within the said Province of British Columbia or elsewhere.
4. It was the duty of the said Grand Lodge of British Columbia to
have refused to license the said Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of
British Columbia to do business in the Province of British Columbia.
Fraternally submitted,
THOMAS C. GRAY,
Grand Master.
I hereby certify that the facts as stated in the foregoing appeal, as
far as the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.,
are concerned, are correct.
FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary. 1379
An answer to this appeal was filed by Fred Davey, Grand Secretary,
claiming that the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia confined its operations to the Province of British Columbia, is local
in its character and does not seek to do general insurance business, and
claiming in behalf of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, the power
to do business without license or certificate and citing in support of that
claim. Journal, Sovereign Grand Lodge of 1892, Section 2, clause 6, page
13081 ; Decisions 32 aud 33 of Grand Sire 1893, pages 13258 and 13259,
session 1893; also report of Judicary Committee, No. 185, pages 13660
and 13661, Sovereign Grand Lodge Journal, 1
13.
It does not clearly appear whether the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada does a general business, or whether it is also a British
Columbia institution, confining its operations to that Province only, but
it is fairly inferable from the whole case that it does business outside of
British Columbia and desires, also, to continue its work in that Province.
It is equally as clearly inferable that the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia does business only in that Province. We have no
concern with the competition between the two Associations which may
have occasioned the action taken by the Grand Lodge of British Columbia
above recited, but only to ascertain, if we can, the law bearing upon the
question, and this appears to be settled for the present, at least, by the
action of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in 1893, in adopting the report of
tbe Judiciary Committee on pages 13660 and 13661 of Journal, which report is as follows :
"Whereas, a number of voluntary associations or small corporations
have been organized in the various Jurisdictions for the purpose of aiding members thereof in sickness, or of providing for families of deceased
members, such associations confining their operations to towns, cities or
Jurisdictions in which they are located, and not seeking to do general
insurance business.
" Resolved,—That the Committee on the Judiciary be requested to
report whether or not the resolutions relating to insurance companies
and requiring reports to be filed in manner therein provided, adopted at
the last session of the Grand Lodge, are applicable to such associations,"
introduced by Representative Pinkerton, have duly considered the same,
and respectf nlly report that in the opinion of the committee the resolutions relating to insurance adopted at the session of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge in 1892 (Journal 13,077-13,084), were not intended to, and, in fact,
do not apply to associations of the character named in the resolutions introduced by the Representatives from Massachusetts, and above recited.
Decision No. 33 of the Grand Sire, submitted and approved at this* session, is decisive of the question here presented. The committee, therefore, find that the resolutions referred to, adopted in 1892, are not applicable i38o
to associations similar to those named, and essentially local in their character, and that such associations need not, by virtue of the resolutions of
last session, make or file any report to, or in the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Respectfully submitted,
A. S. Pinkerton,
Chas. E. WaiiDO,
J. S. HOAGDAND,
O. J. Semmes,
E. D Hoge,
Geo. H. Cowell,
W. R. JoHisrsoN
R. E. Wright,
J. D. Friedheim.
See Journal, 1893, page 13692, showing action adopting the above report.
By this action your Committee must be governed, and if the law,
as solemnly declared in 1893, is not satisfactory, it can only be amended
or repealed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge which enacted it, but while
of force it must be respected and obeyed. Under this law no license or
certificate is required for an Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of a
Jurisdiction doing business only in such Jurisdiction. Under the
general law of the Sovereign Grand Lodge with respect to such Insurance
Associations, a Grand Lodge can refuse license or certificate to all companies or associations requiring the same as a pre-requisite to transacting business. Assuming as we feel authorized by the record to do, that
the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia does business only in that province, we submit the following:
Resolved,—That the appeal of Past Grand Master Thomas C. Gray
be dismissed, and the action of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia in
both questions, made in said appeal, be sustained.
Respectfully submitted,
John B. Goodwin,
J. O. Humphrey,
Jas. B. Guyton,
Louis A. Cook,
O. J. Semmes,
C. A. Keller,
John B. Cockrum,
Edgar WhitijOCk:,
B. M. DriiDEY. 1381
The petition of David Green, formerly a member of
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, of this Jurisdiction, was reported
from Committee on Petitions, of which G. R. Bro. J. E.
Phillips was a member, bnt abstained from taking a part
in the decision of this case.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd. Fellows:
Your Committee on Petitions, to whom was again referred the
Memoral of David Green, formerly a member of Dominion Lodge, No. 4,
of Victoria, British Columbia, beg leave to offer the following report:
This Memorial was referred to the Committee on Petitions at the
Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, held at Milwaukee in 1893, and
complained of an injustice having been done by Dominion Lodge, No. 4,
in expelling the said David Green from membership in said Lodge, but
your Committee not having before them any evidence from the Lodge,
showing cause for their action, the case was referred to the Grand Lodge
of British Columbia, asking that an investigation be made and particulars furnished this Grand Body, so that your Committee might act un-
derstandingly.
We now find that an exhaustive examination of the case has been
duly made by a special committee of five, duly appointed by the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, confirming the action of Dominion Lodge,
No. 4, B. C, in expelling the said David Green from the Lodge, and
your Committee, finding the action of the said Lodge legal and in regular form, believe that no injustice has been done to the said David Green,
and now recommend that the action of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia in sustaining the action of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, be approved t and the Memorial and Petition of the said David Green dismissed.
Respectfully submitted,
Alexander Rogers,
L. J. Byer,
Benj. Bingham,
I. D. L. Manville,
H. H. Heineman,
H. C. Weaver,
Geo. W. Godman,
Thos. C. Watson,
Geo. A. Gilpatric,
Jos. E. Phillips,
N. E. Whitehurst. 1382
The following important amendment to the Constitution, of which notice of motion was given at the Session
held at Chattanooga, 1894, was taken up and postponed
until next Session in order to give the various Jurisdictions time to discuss the question and instruct their
Representatives in the matter :
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge'of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the resolution of Rep. Humphrey, of Illinois, which reads as follows:
Resolved,—That the resolution of Rep. Conway, of Illinois, on the
subject of minimum benefits, presented at last session, and laid over
for one year, be referred to the Committee on Legislation.
Beg leave to report as follows:
The resolution of Rep. Conway is found on page 14,020, Journal of
Proceedings 1894, and reads as follows:
% Whereas, The payment of weekly benefits to sick and disabled
members is a fundamental principle of our Order; and
"Whereas, The object for which weekly benefits are paid is the
relief of distress incident to such sickness or disability.; and
" Whereas, Under the present laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,*
a minimum sum of $2.00 per week for the first year, and $1.00 per week
thereafter, is made the foundation for the regulation of the benefit system in Subordinate Lodges; and
" Whereas, A much larger percentage of members is paid benefits
for periods of three weeks, and less, than those who are paid benefits
for periods in excess of that time, the exact figures in the Grand Jurisdiction of Illinois for the six months ending March 31st, 1894, being:
Number of Brothers paid three weeks' benefits, and under, during a
continuous sickness, 2,341. Number of Brothers paid benefits for over
three weeks' continuous sickness, 1,012; and
" Whereas, Subordinate Lodges, being governed by the enactment
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge regulating minimum benefits, are largely
influenced in the direction of paying a larger weekly benefit for the first
few months' sickness, reducing the same thereafter (in many instances
to the minimum) ; and
" Whereas, The effect of such a system is that the longer a member is unable to provide for himself and family, the less his weekly
benefits become; in other words, the greater his necessity, the less his 1383
relief; while on the other hand, the member who only is disabled for
one, two, or three weeks, and consequently should not be in need of
pecuniary relief, is made the recipient of the very benefits that should
be held in the treasury for his less fortunate Brother, who may be laid
up for many months, and even years; and
" Whereas, The question of dues and benefits (looking to a sound
financial policy), for the protection of our Subordinate Lodge treasuries,
is one that has caused much serious discussion aud legislation by this
Grand Body, as well as by the various Grand and Subordinate Lodges;
and
I Whereas, A solution of the whole problein may be found in Subordinate Lodges paying a minimum weekly benefit for the first three or
four weeks' continuous sickness (which may be considered largely in the
light of accident insurance, rather than the relief of a Brother in distress), and thus accumulate in the Lodge treasury, sufficient funds to at
all times properly care for Brothers during any long continued illness,
the latter being one of the most sacred obligations imposed upon the
Brotherhood. Therefore, for the purpose of suggesting legislation in
the above direction, in both Grand and Subordinate Lodges, be it
1 Resolved,—That Subordinate Lodges of the Order may not pay any
benefits for the first week, and that a minimum benefit of $1.00 per week
shall be paid, commencing with the second week's sickness, during a
period of six weeks' continuous sickness, and a minimum benefit of $2.00
per week thereafter during the continuance of such sickness."
Your Committee having given careful consideration to the subject
matter of this resolution are of the opinion that inasmuch as the proposed legislation involves a question of great importance and deserving
of the most serious consideration, it should not be acted upon at the
present session.
We therefore recommend that the Grand Representatives be requested to report to their respective Jurisdictions the subject matter of the
preamble and resolution and seek their expression of opinion upon the
same.
We also recommend that the said resolution be laid over, for consideration at the next annual session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The following Cipher Code and Key was adopted for
the purpose of enabling Lodges and Relief Committees
to communicate with one another by telegraph, in an
economic manner : i384
TELEGRAPH CIPHER AND KEY. \
House.—Is in our city, holding a Visiting Card from your Lodge,
and asking of us financial assistance.
Funds.—Shall we aid him, and draw on vou to the extent of r-?
Cash.—Is in our city asking financial assistance, and claims member-
{hip in your lodge in good standing.
River.—Has your Lodge a member in good standing by the name
of
Boat.—He is an expelled member and has not been in good standing
for
White.—We don't know any such party, and he does not belong to
our Lodge.
Grip.—Draw on us for the amount of expenses incurred.
Caution.—Look out for a fraud named .
Secretary.—He has a fraudulent card.
Final.—A member of your Lodge died here.
Black.—He is a fraud, and if he has a card or other papers from this
Lodge they are forgeries.
Red.—Holding a Visiting Card from your Lodge died here.
Green.—Wire instructions to us at once as to the disposition of his
remains.
Yellow.—Is in our city and very sick.    Claims membership in your
Lodge.    Shall we give him attendance on your account?
Purple.—We think best to bury him there.
Lodge.—Forward remains to this place by .
Regalia.—Assist him and we will honor draft to the extent of .
Help.—Will your Lodge pay nurse hire, and how much per day
The question of prohibiting the admission of saloon-keepers, bartenders, or professional gamblers into the Order in future was adopted,
after a spirited discussion, as has already been reported to you through
the Grand Lodge officers.
The resignation of Bro. Isaac A. Sheppard as Grand Treasurer of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, through ill-health, after holding that office for
eleven years, was accepted with reluctance. Bro. M. R. Muckle, of
Pennsylvania, was elected to fill the vacancy. I38.S
It was decided to hold the next session  of the   Sovereign  Grand
Lodge at Dallas, Texas, September, 1896.
In conclusion, allow us to return our sincere  thanks and  acknowledgement for the honor conferred.
Fraternally yours,
R. ROBERTS,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
Representative F. S. Whiteside, No. 20, submitted
the following question which was, on motion, referred to
the Committee on Legislation :
Supposing a Lodge loans funds at 10 per cent, interest, can they draw 7 per cent, of such interest to place
in a Contingent Fund ?
The balance of interest, viz : 3 per cent., to remain
in the General Fund, as that is the amount allowed by
bank.
The following Report was read from the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, which was, on motion,
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0 F.
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that they
have, during the past year, examined and approved of the following
By-Laws and amendments thereto, of the Lodges in this Jurisdiction:
COMPLETE BY-LAWS.
Union Lodge, No. 11.—Revised.
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34.
Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5.
AMENDMENTS.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.—Hour of meeting.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.—Investment of funds; assessments; trustees ; general relief board; contingent fund.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10.—Benefits.
&v>
Royal City Lodge, No. 13.—Investment   of   funds;   payment of
officers. i386 |
Acme Lodge, No. 14.—Sick benefits; appropriation  of monies to
respective funds; fines.
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.—Payment of benefits to absent members.
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18.—Trustees; visiting committee; finance committee; nurse hire, etc.
Mt.  Pleasant Lodge, No.  19.—Visiting sick members; benefits;-
nomination of officers.
Delta Lodge, No. 21.—Payment of benefits.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26.—Duties of Secretary and Treasurer; funeral
benefits; investment of funds; widow's benefits.
Amity Lodge, No. 27.—Loaning funds;  attendance at funerals;
widow and orphans' fund.
Perseverance Lodge, No. 29.—Formation of funeral fund.
Friendship Lodge, No. 30.—Initiation and degree fees.
Mission City Lodge, No. 32.—Benefits.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33.—Benefits.
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34.—Funeral fund; alteration of night
of meeting.
We were unable to approve an amendment submitted by " Acme j
Lodge, No. 14, to Sections 6 and 7 of Article V.  of its By-Laws,  as it
would enable the Lodge to divert the Widows'  and Orphans' Fund
from the objects for which it was formed.
JOHN H. MELDRAM,      ]
A. STEWART, (   n
THOS. E. WALLER, \ -Committee.
EDWIN DICKINSON,       J
The Committee on Statistics,  re Dues and Benefits,
presented the following report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Statistics, re Dues and Benefits, beg to submit
herewith an Abstract of the Reports of Subordinate Lodges in this
Jurisdiction for the past ten years, showing the averages under the following heads, viz: "Sickness per member," "Cost per member for
total relief," " Cost per member for working expenses," and " Total
cost per member for all Lodge expenditures."
In reviewing these figures we are pleased to note a reduction under
all these heads, with the exception of "Working expenses," when compared with our Report of last year.   The averages under the latter head 1387
last year $6.00, however, is the lowest for the past ten years, but is still
larger, in our opinion, than it should be, as it represents one-half of
the amount received for dues, being expended for other purposes than
relief. We are in doubt whether the returns from the Lodges under
this head are absolutely correct, as it has been discovered, on enquiry,
that sums paid for the erection and enlargement of halls and other
Lodge property, have been included, whereas these expenditures should
be regarded as Investments of Lodge Funds, and not classified as
" Working Expenses." We would impress on Lodges the necessity of
exercising care in compiling these reports, as from the data furnished
by them the legislation of the future on vital questions affecting the
Order should be based.
We do not feel justified, at present, in recommending any action
by this Grand Lodge on the question of Dues and Benefits, but we
think that when such action becomes imperative it should be in the
direction of curtailing these expenses of management. In order to
effect this economy it might be advisable to require all Lodges to keep
a separate and distinct account of management expenses, and to restrict the amount to be appropriated for this purpose which, in the
opinion of your Committee, should be limited to 50 per cent, of the sum
received for dues alone.
Respectfully submitted,
FRED'K DAVEY,
WM. McCOLL,
H. WALLER,
Committee. i388
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
FOR TEN YEARS
m t3
AMOUNT PAID FOR
No. of
Members
n
•rH
GQ
O
B
No. of Wee:
Benefits Pai
CQ
r*-i
Sick
Benefits
Funeral
Expenses
Widowed
Families
— " '/i
w Cg i*i
1
Special
Relief
Total
Relief
1886
700
106
9
662
6
$5774 75
% 542 00
$ 228 00
$
$
$ 6544 75
1887
802
114
65822
5446 75
1635 00
610 00
7711 75
1888
890
116
78610
5912 75
780 00
160 00
95 00
6947 75
1889
1017
128
893 12
7455 50
875 00
170 00
7 15
8542 65
1890
1202
132
959  6
8057 50
612 50
151 60
,'..-
8821 60
1891
1430
171
1100
1 o
13
9525 70
881 50
120 00
50 00
10567 20
1892
1954
205
1164
13
9675 90
1106 00
300 00
11403 70
1893
2154
247
1279
13
10450 60
1116 00
397 00
145 00
774 00
12882 60
1894
3015
285
1606
14
13254 47
1093 00
285 00
60 00
544 00
15236 47
1895
2988
313
2053
26
17042 46
2255 50
394 30
170 65
825 55
20635 46 1389
SUBORDINATE LODGES
ENDING 31 ST DECEMBER, 1895.
AVERAGE
RECEIPTS
■rent or
orking
penses.
£3
m c
t M'b'r
rent or
k'g'exp.
^ *N T5     •
-4^ ^J    ^> P
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m
I
tiation
Degrees
nt and
ther
stments
Total
3^ *
3S
gd %* pi
O P O
GQ   03   J*j
P
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GTS
* Q 2
• i-H
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<~>o£
03
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$5652 86
6^ dys
1
$ 9 35
$ 8 07
|
$   17 42$
$
$
$13621 00
7674 54
»%  "
9 61
9 57
19 18
17616 06
6291 06
6     |
7 80    7 07
14 87
18087 16
6377 46
6     8
8 40    6 27
14 67
18868 58
8367 74
*H "
7 34|   6 96
14 80l
24721 79
12107 37
5K "
7 391   8 47
15 86
29591 26
18660 41
4 1-6'
5 84    9 55
15 39
41142 93
16111 97
4 1-6'
5 98    7 48
13 46
42480 02
22077 36
3% «
5 05    7 32
12 372'i
r492 65
14909 50
10275 53
53798 79
17919 01
i% *?
6 90    6 00
1
12 90 31992 51
i
5085 50
7089 44
50191 98
Average sickness per melnber  5 1-5 days
"       cost per member for total relief  $ 7.37.
1            1           |         "   current expenses  7.67.
"            "           "         "all Lodge expenditures  15.04. 1390
It was on motion Resolved,—That the Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 8 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 usual preliminaries being performed, the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The following Past Grands were admitted, and received the Grand Lodge Degree :
S. Price, No. 5 ; M. J. McGrath,  No.  16; J.  Neen,
No. 20 ; W. J. Lee, No/25 ; W. McGirr; No. 30.
Report  read  from  the Committee on Distribution,
which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution of the Grand Master's Report, beg
to recommend its allotment to the several Committees, as follows :
To the Committee on Judiciary.—Pages 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,
15, 16, 17, 18, 10 and 20, also those portions of the reports of the D. D.
Grand Master's referring to their official acts.
To the Committee on Legislation.—Pages 21 and 22.
To the Committee on State of the Obdeb.—Pages 1, 4, 5, 6 and 23,
also the reports of the D. D. G. Master's referring to the State of the
Order in their several districts.
To the Committee on Petitions.—Pages 2 and 3. mm
To the Committee on Finance.—Part of page 6 and statement of
expenses incurred.
JAMES CROSSAN,  )      Committee
R. W. FAWCETT,    [ on
R. ROBERTS, )   Distribution.
Report   read   from   same   Committee,    which   was
adopted: |||
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg ,to recommend that the Report
of the Grand Secretary be referred to the following Committees:
To the Committee on Petitions.—That portion of page 1 relating to
the Institution of new Lodges.
To the Committee on Finance.—That portion of page 2 referring to
the Odd Fellows' Home Fund, and all portions respecting the Finances
of the Grand Lodge on pages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
To the Committee on State of the Order.—The tabulated statement respecting the work of the Order during the past year, pages 3
and 4. The reference to the Point Ellice Bridge Disaster, page 12.
and the Abstract of Subordinate and Rebekah Lodge Reports.
To the Committee on Legislation.—The subject of revision and reprinting of Grand Lodge Constitution; the number of copies of Annual
Proceedings to be printed and their distribution, on page 11.
To the Committee on Printing .—The insertion of a Memorial page
in the Proceedings of this Session, referred to on pages 11 and 12.
R  W. FAWCETT,
R. ROBERTS,
JAMES CROSSAN
Committee
on
Distribution
The hour appointed for the election of officers for the
ensuing year having arrived, the Grand Master appointed
H. Waller, P. G. M., and E. Quennell, P. G. M., as
tellers.
FOR  GRAND  MASTER.
W. H. Morton, No. 5, was nominated by W. E.
Johnstone, No. 8.
H. B. Gilmour, No. 10, was nominated by S. W.
Edwards, No. 14. 1392
P. J. Foulds, No. 3, was nominated by J. Crossan,
P. G. M., No. 5.
The ballot was spread, and the following result announced :
Number of votes cast, 85.    Necessary to elect, 43.
W. H. Morton, received 29 votes ; H. B. Gilmour,
35 ; P. J.  Foulds, 21.
Their being no choice, a fresh ballot was spread,
Bro. Foulds' name being omitted, with the following
result:
Number of votes cast, 85.    Necessary to elect, 43.
W. H. Morton received 37 votes ; H. B. Gilmour
received 48.
H. B. Gilmour was accordingly declared elected as
Grand Master for the ensuing year.
FOR  DEPUTY  GRAND  MASTER.
W. H. Morton, No, 5, was nominated by H. Waller,
P. G. M. Their being no other nominee, Bro. Morton
was declared duly elected by acclamation.
FOR  GRAND  WARDEN.
A. Henderson, No. 2, was nominated by T. F. Neelands, No. 8. There being no other nominee, Bro.
Henderson was declared duly elected by acclamation.
FOR  GRAND  SECRETARY.
F. Davey, No. 1, was nominated by T. C. Gray,
P. G. M., No. 10. There being no other nominee Bro.
Davey was declared duly elected by acclamation.
FOR  GRAND  TREASURER.
H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2, was nominated by J.
Crossan, P. G. M., No. 5, and there being no other nominee, was declared duly elected by acclamation. *393
FOR  GRAND  REPESENTATIVE.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, was nominated by
D. G. Dailey, No. 5. | §||, 1
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, was nominated by G. W.
Rowlands, No. 26.
D. Welsh, No. 13, was nominated by G. W. Marshall, No. 7.
The ballot was spread and the result announced as
follows :
Number of votes cast, 85.    Necessary to elect, 43.
J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No, 3, received 21 votes ;
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, 32 votes ; D. Welsh, No. 13,
32 votes.
There being no choice a fresh ballot was spread, Bro.
Phillips' name being dropped out, and the following result announced.
Number of votes cast, 85.    Necessary to elect, 43.
T. F. Neelands, received 35 votes ; D. Welsh, 50.
Bro. D. Welsh 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 a m., to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY.
The Grand Lodge met at 10 o'clock a. in., pursuant
to adjournment, and after the usual preliminaries, was
declared open for business. *394
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's Session were read and
adopted.
Report read from the Committee on Petitions, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Petitions beg leave to report that we have examined the Petitions for the undermentioned Lodges, and finding that
the law has been complied with, recommend that Charters be granted in
each case: ♦
Rossland Lodge, No. 36.—Rossland, B. C.
Carson Lodge, No. 37.—Carson, B. C.
Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9.—Wellington, B. C.
Fidelity Rebekah Lodge, No. 10.—Ladners, B. C.
Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 11.—Union, B. C.
Fraternally submitted,
J. F. STAINTON,
F. S. WHITESIDE,
H. H. DAVIS,
A. C. AITKEN,
G. A. MILLER,
Committee
on
Petitions.
Report read  from   the   Committee   on   Legislation,
which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred a portion of
the Report of the Grand Representatives, respectfully submit the following:
We have considered the proposed Legislation in the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, relating to benefits, and are of the opinion that such a change as
proposed would be a hardship to Lodges in this Jurisdiction, where the
minimum benefits paid is practically $5 per week, and would therefore
recommend that our Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be
instructed to oppose any such legislation.
Respectfully submitted,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
JAMES POTTINGER,
IRA McLAREN,
JAMES POPE, *395
Report read from the same Committee, which was
adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0 F.
Your Committee on Legislation respectfully report:
That we have considered the question submitted by Representative
Whiteside, of No. 20, and recommend that the same be answered in the
negative.
The interest on investments is a part of the funds of the Lodge, and
cannot be used for any but legitimate purposes of the Order.
A Contingent Fund can only be created by By-Laws, as provided in
Article IV., Section 1, of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
Respectfully submitted,
jos. e. phillips,   1
w. e. johnstone,
ira McLaren,
JAMES POPE, I   Legislation
JAMES POTTINGER, J
The following notices of motion to amend  the Con
stitution- of Subordinate Lodges were,   on motion,  referred to the Committee on Legislation :
We hereby give notice that to-morrow we will move that the following addition to Section 1, Article IV., Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges, passed in 1894, be struck out, viz.: Provided that for a period of
four weeks from the date of the institution of a Subordinate Lodge the
fees for initiation and degrees may be as follows : For initiation, $5.00 ;
for first and second degree, $2.00 each, and for third degree, $1.00.
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS.
We hereby give notice that we will move to-morrow to amend the
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges as follows :
That Article II. be amended by adding Section 6. Every applicant
for membership must furnish a certificate of good health from a qualified
medical practitioner before being balloted for.
A. MACKENZIE, No. 26.
JAS. STARK, No. 26.
We beg leave to give notice that to-morrow we will move^to add the
following to Article IV., Section 1, of the Constitution of Subordinates :
Provided that any Subordinate Lodge of this Jurisdiction, whose net
receipts from other sources than Dues, Initiations, Degrees and Fines, 1396
are equal to forty per cent, of twelve months' dues, may, by a vote of
two-thirds of all members present at the second regular meeting in January, exempt from payment of dues for the first quarter of the current
year all members whose dues are paid up to December 31st, of the preceding year.
R. W. FAWCETT, No. 2.
JAMES POPE, No. 2.
Report read  from the Committee on  State   of the
Order, which was adopted.
To the Grdhd Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order beg leave to report that
they have examined those parts of the report of the Grand Master submitted to them, and, while it is a matter of regret that our Grand Master
has to report a slight decrease in membership, it would, in our opinion,
be quite unreasonable to expect an increase over last year.
For two reasons : 1st, That the increase last year was unprecedented,
owing to the fact of such a large number uniting with us from the Canadian Order ; 2nd, The acute depression which has spread over this
jurisdiction during the past year, but which bids fair to disappear in the
near future.
We therefore have much pleasure in recommending their adoption.
Fraternally submitted,
ARTHUR WILSON,
J. B. JOPSON,
A. ROBERTSON,
R. J   MARSHALL,
GEO. W. ROWLAND, !
Committee
on
State of the
Order
Report read from Committee on Laws of Subordinates, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0 F.
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that they
have examined the amendments submitted to the, By-Laws of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Article XV., respecting Fees for Initiation and Deposit of Card, and Section 1, Article XX., requiring doctor's certificate
to accompany claim for Sick Benefits and declaration off the funds of
the Lodge, also defining the hours sick members are to be out during
summer and winter. Section 2, Article XXIV., attendance at funerals.
Striking out Section 3, Article XXIV., and addition to Section 1, Article
XVIIL, "Membership." 1397
Royal City Lodge, No. 13.—Amendment to Article VI.,  duties of
Treasurer ; and recommend that the same be approved.
THOS. E. WALLER,
W. NELSON,
THOS. BAMFORD,
J. A. JOHNSON,
Representative Stainton, No. 20, gave the following
notice of motion, which was referred to the Committee on
Legislation.
I beg to give notice that to-morrow I will move that
Section 1, Article IV., of the Constitution of Subordinate
:Lodges, be amended to reduce the minimum amount to
be paid for Initiation and Degree Fees to Fifteen Dollars.
Representative Gardiner, No. 27, moved the amendment to Section 3, Article II., of the Constitution of the
Grand Lodge, providing for the election of Grand Representatives at the first meeting in May, instead of the
second meeting .in January, notice of which was given
last Session (page 1283), which was seconded by H. B.
Gilmour, Grand Treasurer, and carried unanimously.
Representative Miller, No. 19, moved to amend Section 5, Article IV., of the Grand Lodge Constitution, respecting duties of Grand Treasurer, in the manner indicated by the notice given last Session (page 1300), but
the motion was declared lost on being submitted to the
vote.
Moved by W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, seconded by J.
Pottinger, No.   2, and adopted.
That the following be a standing resolution of this
Grand Lodge :
The Grand Master before granting a dispensation for
the institution of a Subordinate Lodge shall consult the
Lodge or Lodges, if any, in the immediate district, in
which the proposed Lodge will be located, and if a reason- 1398
able objection is made he shall not grant a dispensation,
but shall refer such application to the next Session of the
Grand Lodge. •
W. E. JOHNSTONE,    ;
JAMES POTTINGER,-
The Committee on Legislation presented the following report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred a portion of
\he Grand Secretary's report on page 11, beg to recommend as follows:
That the suggestion as to the appointment of a Committee to revise the
Constitution of the Grand Lodge and Subordinate Lodges be adopted.
With respect to the printed Proceedings, that the number to be
printed be left in the hands of the Printing Committee, and that they
be distributed as follows:
Four to each Subordinate Lodge; one to each Rebekah Lodge; one
each to the N. G. and V. G. of each Subordinate Lodge; twenty-four to
the Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge; one each to the Officers and Representatives of this Grand Lodge; and fifty per cent, to all
other Past Grands in good standing.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
IRA McLAREN,
JAMES POTTINGER,
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
JAMES POPE.
Representative   Fearn,    on  behalf of  ccAshcroft'
Lodge, No. 23, submitted the following questions,  which
were referred to the Committee on Judiciary :
1 st. Is it proper or legal for a Brother, appointed
on an Investigation Committee, to bring in a favorable
report on the candidate, and then black-ball him at same
meeting ?
2nd. Is it legal to throw open the ante-room when
Noble Grand declares a recess in the Lodge ; and are
Brothers permitted to go from lodge room into the anteroom during recess, and return before Lodge is called to *399
order by N. G., without working their way in,   in the
usual form ?
3rd. Is it necessary for a Subordinate Lodge, which,
having got through business and Lodge closed, wish to
invite friends to a social entertainment, consisting of
songs, recitations, etc., to make application for dispensation to do so to the Grand Master ?
It was on motion Resolved,—That the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer be required to furnish Bonds of
a Guarantee Company for the sum of $1,000 each.
Bills were presented by the Grand Master for typewriting five copies of his report, $8.50, and from the
Grand Treasurer, for Commission on Drafts, Postage, etc.,
$3- 25> which were referred to the Finance Committee.
Moved, seconded and carried, that the Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 8.30 o'clock this evening, an amendment to strike out 8.30 this evening and insert I 2 o'clock
this afternoon," being defeated.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION,
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8.30 p.m., pursuant to adjournment.
After the customary preliminaries the Grand Lodge
was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Report read from Committee on State of the Order,
which was adopted : 1400
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order beg leave to report that they
have examined the reports of the D. D. Grand Masters', submitted to
them, and we find that a larger percentage of those officers have reported this year than ever before in the history of this Grand Lodge,
the only districts failing to report being District No. 8, also District No.
4, Rebekah Lodges.
We recommend the adoption of these Reports.
We would impress upon the attention of the Grand Lodge the
necessity of the Grand Master visiting all Subordinate Lodges, especially
those in the outlying districts, as we feel that his presence among the
members in his official capacity would be a source of strength and encouragement, and would also give the Grand Master better opportunities for investigating and regulating any differences that may arise, as
well as enforcing the laws and usages of our Order.
Fraternal I v submitted,
ARTHUR WILSON,     1
J. B. JOPSON,
A. ROBERTSON, V
R. J. MARSHALL,
GEO. W. ROWLAND, I
Committee
07}
State of the
Order
Report  read   from   same   Committee,    which   was
adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred page
12 of the Grand Secretary's report, with reference to the disaster at
Point Ellice Bridge, in the City of Victoria, beg leave to submit the following resolution for adoption:
Whereas, On the 26th day of May, 1896, a dire calamity befell the
City of Victoria, by the fall of a portion of Point Ellice Bridge, whereby
Bro. F. T. James, N. G.. elect of " Victoria" Lodge, No 1, Bro. S. R.
Holmes, of " Dominion " Lodge, No. 4, and Bro. Fred Adams, of
"Acme" Lodge, No. 14, met untimely deaths, and for which this
Grand Lodge deeply mourns;
Therefore be it Resolved,—That the sincere sympathy of this Grand
Lodge be extended to the bereaved relatives of our deceased Brethren
in this their dark hour of affliction, nor would we forget to extend that
sympathy to our beloved Brothers who have sustained the loss of their
dear ones in this dreadful calamity;
And be it further Resolved,—That a Memorial Page be set apart to
the memory of those deceased Brothers, in the Proceedings of this
Grand Lodge j 1401
And be it further Resolved,—That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the relatives of our deceased Brothers, as well as to those of
our Brothers who mourn at this time, with the seal of this Grand Lodge
attached.
ARTHUR WILSON,     )
J. B. JOPSON,
GEO. W. ROWLAND,
R. J. MARSHALL,
A. ROBERTSON,
Committee
on
State of the
Order.
Report read from the same Committee, which was
adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, /. 0. 0. |||
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred that
portion of the Grand Secretary's Report, on pages 3 and 4, containing
tabulated statement of the condition of the Order in this Jurisdiction,
beg leave to recommend its adoption.
ARTHUR WILSON,     1
J. B. JOPSON,
GEO. W. ROWLAND, >
R. J. MARSHALL,
A. ROBERTSON, J
Committee
on
State of the
Order.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the 1 British Columbia Odd Fellow' be recognized as the official organ
of this Grand Lodge.
It was moved, seconded and carried that a card, containing the names of the officers of the Grand Lodge, be
inserted in the i(British Columbia Odd Fellow" for
twelve months.
Report read from Committee on Legislation, which
was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred page 21 of
the Grand Master's Report, beg to recommend as follows:
1st. With regard to the consolidation of Lodges: If two or m'ore
Lodges should decide to amalgamate, and fail to agree on these matters,
the Consolidated Lodge shall bear the name, number, and retain the
charter of the oldest Lodge, and all funds and paraphernalia of the 1402
youngest Lodge shall become the property of the Consolidated Lodge,
and the charter and rituals of the defunct Lodge shall be returned to
Grand Lodge.
2nd. That the recommendation of the Grand Master y that a
Special Committee of three be appointed " for the purpose of revising
the Constitution for Rebekah Lodges, and making it conform to recent
legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, be adopted.
3rd. That the matter of drafting " a Constitution to govern a Rebekah Assembly, in case one should be applied for," be also referred to
the above committee.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
jos. e. phillips,   1
w. e. johnstone, i
ira McLaren,        \
james pope,
james pottinger, j
Committee
on
Legislation,
It was moved and seconded that the next Annual
Session of this Grand Lodge be held at Kamloops.
Moved and seconded as an amendment that the word
4 ( Kamloops '' be struck out and the word (c Wellington \
be inserted.
Moved and seconded, as an amendment to the amendment, that the motion lay on the table, and the Committee on Mileage and Per Diem be instructed to report the
cost of meeting at Kamloops, based on the rates allowed
by the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge.    Carried.
Report read from the majority of the Committee on
Legislation, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0 F.
We, a majority of your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred that part of the Grand Master's report recommending that the
Representatives of this Grand Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be
instructed to.support the proposed amendment to the Constitution,
lowering the age at which persons may be admitted to 18 years, report
as follows : 1403
We believe this amendment to be in the best interests of the Order,
and recommend its adoption.
Respectfully submitted,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
'   W. E. JOHNSTONE,
JAMES POPE,
I. McLAREN.
Report read from minority of the Committee on
Legislation, which was rejected :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
As one of your Committee on Legislation, I beg to submit the following minority report regarding the matter of lowering the age at
which persons may be admitted into the Order to 18 years. (Page 22 of
Grand Master's report) :
This Order is for men, not for boys, and a person who is an infant in
the eyes of the law, without any legal status, and can neither sue or be
sued—is, in fact, morally and legally irresponsible—is not properly qualified to become a member of this distinguished and noble Order.
)   All of which is respectfully submitted,
JAMES POTTINGER.
The Grand Treasurer gave the following notice of
motion :
I hereby give notice that I will move to-morrow to
amend the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge to reduce the
mileage to be paid  Officers and  Representatives to five
cents per mile one way. •
H. B. GILMOUR.
Report read from the Committee on Judiciary :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. O. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary have carefully examined the portions
of the Grand Master's Report referred to them, and beg to report
as follows 4
We recommend that the decisions of the Grand Master, and those of
his Deputies, be approved.
We also recommend that the action of the Grand Master in issuing
commissions and granting dispensations be approved. 1404
We further recommend that candidates initiated or admitted by
card be required to sign the Constitution and By-Laws of the Lodge of
which they "become members.
Regarding questions submitted by Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23:
1st. We are of the opinion that, although it may be legal for the
Investigating Committee to black-ball a candidate, upon whom they
had reported favorably, we consider it exceedingly inconsistent.
2nd Question. We consider this question properly answered in the
Grand Master's Report.
3rd Question, We consider, in reference to this question, that it is
necessary for any Lodge to procure a dispensation from the Grand
Master before engaging in any entertainment in the name of the Order.
In endorsing the report of the Grand Master, we cannot pass without notice the good judgment and freedom from bias, shown in all the
decisions.
D. ^ELSH, 1
R. W. FAWCETT, 1    Committee
W. R. MACKINTOSH, f on Judiciary
T. F. NEELANDS,       j
The question being the adoption of the Report, it
was moved and seconded that the answer to Question 1,
from Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, be amended to read : The
ballot being secret and privileged, the action of the Brothers in exercising it cannot be criticised or questioned—
which was carried.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the report
as amended be adopted.
Representative Gardiner, No. 27, and Representative
Stark, No. 26, were excused from attendance after to-day.
It was moved, seconded and carried that the chairman of the Committee on Finance be paid Mileage and
Per Diem for attendance at this Session.
It was on motion Resolved,—That an exemplification
of the Secret Work be given to-morrow evening at 8.30
o'clock in the Third Degree, and that the installation of
Grand Lodge Officers take place also in the Third Degree. 1405
The Grand Secretary gave notice that he would
move to-morrow : c * That when this Grand Lodge adjourn
this day, this Annual Session shall stand adjourned
sine-die.
Moved, seconded and carried that this Grand Lodge
adjourn to 10 o'clock to-morrow morning*
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
THIRD DAY.
The Grand Lodge met at 10 o'clock a. in.
A quorum was reported present.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's Session were read and
adopted.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented
following report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C , I. 0. 0. R
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem, to whom was referred
the matter of estimating the amount required to pay the mileage of
Officers and Representatives if the next Session of the Grand Lodge is
held at Kamloops based at ten cents per mile one way, beg to report
that we have performed the duty assigned us, and find that the cost
will be approximately $1,708.
JAS. CROSSAN,        1
W. E. TOWNSEND,  [
H  L. BATES, Y Committee.
D. J. MATHESON
W. J. HANNA, 1406
The question of the place of meeting of the next Annual Session of the Grand Lodge, as contained in the
motions submitted yesterday, was considered. The
amendment, naming Wellington as the place of meeting,
was defeated. The original motion, nominating Kamloops as the place of meeting, was carried.
The Grand Treasurer moved the resolution of which
notice was given yesterday, to amend the By-Laws of the
Grand Lodge to reduce the mileage to be paid Officers
and Representatives to five cents per mile one way, which
was carried.
Moved by H. Waller, P.G.M., No. 2, and seconded
by Representative Hogg, No. 20, that the suggestion
contained in the report of the Grand Secretary, that five
cents per member be included in the Per Capita Tax
for the coming year, to be applied to the Odd Fellows'
Home Fund, be adopted.
Moved, as an amendment, and seconded, that the
resolution^ be laid on the table for one year, which was
carried.
Moved by Representative Welsh, No. 13, and seconded by Representative W. B. Johnstone, No. 8, and
carried :
Whereas, The present manner of the election of
Grand Lodge Officers is unsatisfactory in that all those
eligible to vote are not able to do so ; we move that it be
an instruction to the Special Committee on revision of the
Grand Lodge Constitution to formulate and submit a plan
for conducting the election of Grand Lodge Officers in the
Subordinate Lodges on the same date as that of Grand
Representatives, the returns of election to be forwarded
to the Grand Secretary, and submitted to duly appointed 1407
scrutineers, who shall report to the Session of the Grand
Lodge.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the notice
given by Representative W. E. Johnstone and J, E. Phillips, Grand
Representative, to amend Section 1, Article IV., of the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges, by striking out that portion permitting newly instituted Lodges to charge a reduced fee for initiation and degrees for
four weeks after date of its institution, beg to report that we have
duly considered the same and recommend its adoption.
JAMES POTTINGER,
JAMES POPE,
IRA McLAREN,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
Report read from the same  Committee which was
adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C91. 0. 0. F.:
Your.Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the following notice of motion by Representatives A. Mackenzie and Jas Stark,
No. 26, viz:
66 That the following new Section be added to Article II. of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges ; Section 6:—Every applicant for
membership must furnish a certificate of good health from a qualified
medical practitioner before being ballotted for," "beg to recommend
that the same be adopted.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
JAMES POPE,
I. McLAREN.
JAMES POTTINGER.
A communication was read from j|Miriam" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 3, inviting the members of the Grand Lodge
in good standing in Rebekah Lodges, to attend an exemplification of the Rebekah Floor Work in the hall of
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, this afternoon at 4 o'clock,
which was. on motion, accepted. 1408
Report read from the majority of the Committee on
Legislation, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the motion
of Representatives Fawcett and Pope, No. 2, providing for a remission of
dues under certain conditions, beg to submit the following majority
report:
That we have carefully considered the motion and recommend that
it be not adopted, being contrary to law.
Respectfully submitted,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS.
W. E. JOHNSTONE.
IRA McLAREN.
Report  read   from   the  Committee  on Legislation,
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0: F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the notice
given by Representative Stainton, No. 21, to amend Section 1, Article
IV., of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, by reducing the minimum amount to be paid for initiation and degree fees to $15, beg to report that having duly considered the same we recommend that it be not
adopted.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
IRA McLAREN,
JAMES POTTINGER,
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
JAMES POPE.
The Grand Secretary presented and read copy of the
Report of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Odd Fellows'
Insurance Association for the past year, which was, on
motion, ordered to be received, and printed in the Proceedings of this Session.
Victobia, B. C, 10th June, 1896.
To the Members of the Odd Fellows9 Insurance Association of B. C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—In compliance with the Rules of the
Association, I beg to submit for your approval a Report of its Proceedings for the past year: 1409
MEMBERSHIP.
No. of Members as per last report  188
I       Policies issued     17
"       Members Reinstated       5
210
No. of Members who have died       2
Policies dropped for non-payment of Assess'ts.    27
    29
No. of Policies in force at date  181
FINANCIAL REPORT.
ENDOWMENT FUND.
Receipts.
Balance per last report \ $ 541 25
Assessments  1793 57
Interest      -12 09
Payments.
Insurance on death of Bro. J. E. Barber $1000 00
Bro. H. Elliott, P. G... . \.,  1000 00
$2346 91
$2000 00
Balance $ 346 91
MANAGEMENT FUND.
Receipts.
Balance from last report. $ 252 85
Dues     385 01
Entrance Fees
42 50
$ 680 36
Payments.
Salary Secretary-Treasurer $ 100 00
Agent's Commission  127 74
Medical Referee's Fees  9 00
Printing Notices, etc  37 00
Postage and sundries  12 35
Premium on Secretary's Bond  25 00
$ 311 09
Balance $ 369 27 1410
SUMMARY.
Balance, Endowment Fund $ 346 91
"      Management   "        369 27
Deposit in Dominion Government Savings Bank $ 322 76
I Bank of British Columbia   | "           393 08
Cash in hands of Secretarv-Treasurer  34
$ 716 18
$ 716 18
Fraternally submitted,
FRED'K DAVEY,
Secretary- Treasurer.
Examined and found correct,
A. G.DAY, )   llS
GEO. GLOVER. \ *******
It was on motion Resolved,—That this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 1.30 p. m.
"The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at   1.30  p.m., and
was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Report read from the Committee on Mileage and Per
Diem, which was adopted : 1411
To the Grand Lodge of B. 0., I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that we
have examined the certificates presented by the Officers and Representatives in attendance at this Session of the Grand Lodge, and find them
entitled to the amounts stated against their respective names:
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3
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$   7 30 $ 13 30
P.J. Foulds, D.G.M	
3
New Westm'r
3
6 00 48
4 80
10 80
W.H. Morton, G/W	
5
Nanaimo	
3
6 00 ...
	
6 00
F. Davey, G.S	
1
Victoria	
3
6 00  73
7 30
13 30
H. B. Gilmour, G.T	
10
Vancouver...
3
6 00
36
3 60
9 60
R. Roberts, G.R	
1
4
Victoria	
do
3
3
6 00
6 00
73
73
7 30
7 30
13 30
J. E.Phillips, G.R	
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8
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3
6 00
36
3 60
9 60
A. Henderson, G. Mar.. .
Victoria	
3
6 00
73
7 30
13 30
A. H. Ferguson, G.G	
3
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6 00
48
4 80
10 80
H.Mitchell, G. Con	
6
Wellington ..
3
6 00
6
60
6 60
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3
6 00
287
28 70
34 70
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A. Graham	
1
Victoria	
3
6 00
73
7 30
13 30
W.H. Huxtable	
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3
6 00
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7 30
13 30
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6 00
6 00
6 00
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7 30
7 30
13 30
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13 30
J. Pottinger	
13 30
J. B. Ballantyne	
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3
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48
4 80
10 80
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3
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6 00
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6 00
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13 30
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9 60
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8 60
9 60
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3 60
9 60
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9 60
12
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49 40
55 40
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3
6 00
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4 80
10 80
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3
6 00
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7 30
13 30
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15
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6 00
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6 40
12 40
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16 Nelson	
3
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60 30
66 30
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F. S.Whiteside...
J. F Stainton	
W. Nelson	
W. D. Fearn	
I. McLaren	
W. J. Lee	
G. L. Center	
A. McKenzie	
J. Stark	
G.W.Rowland...
W.Davis	
W. H. Gardiner ..
R.May...-	
J. Johnson	
D. Galbraith	
C. H. Rummings..
W. McGirr	
D.D. Griffiths....
T.E.Waller	
W. J. Hanna	
W. R. Mackintosh
C. A. Warren	
H. L. Bates	
H. Waller	
19 Mt. Pleasant
20 Nanaimo....
20 do
21 Ladners....
22 North Bend
23 Ashcroft...
24 Eburne  ...
25 Revelstoke.
26 Vancouver.
26 do
26 do
26        do
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27        do
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29 Northfield.
30 Nanaimo..
31 Wellington
33 Victoria ..
33        do
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6 00 240
6 00   46
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6 00
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9 60
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9 60
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6 00
6 60
13 30
13 30
13 30
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$558 00 $932 00
JAMES CROSSAN.
W. E. TOWNSEND.
W. J. HANNA.
H L. BATES.
D. J. MATHESON.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the executive officers of this Grand Lodge be instructed to make the
best arrangements possible, with all transportation companies, for the conveyance of Representatives to and from
Kamloops next Session, and communicate the result to
all the Lodges one month prior to the election of Representatives. H*3
Moved, seconded, and carried :
That instructions be given to the Committee on Revision of the Grand Lodge Constitution, to alter the number of representatives to which each Lodge is entitled, to
one for every seventy-five members, instead of one to
fifty, as at present, as it is the opinion of this Grand
Lodge that the present representation is excessive for the
amount of work to be performed.
Resolved,—That the Grand Lodge have cards printed containing the Telegraph Cipher Code, adopted by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge Session 1895, and that they be
supplied to each Lodge and General Relief Committee in
this Jurisdiction.
Report read from the Committee on Finance, which
was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. mi
Your Finance Committee beg to report that we have examined the
books, vouchers etc., of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and
find them correct and well kept. The following is an estimate of the
Revenue and Expenditure for the coming year:
REVENUE.
Cash Balance in Grand Treasurer's hands $1465 29
Per Capita Tax, 3047 at 90 cents per member, 45 cents on 30
June, and 45 cents on 31 December  2742 30
$4207 59
EXPENDITURE.
Grand Secretary's Salary $ 600 00
Grand Master's expenses  100 00
Sovereign Grand'Lodge Representative Tax  150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's office  100 00
Printing  200 00
Premium on Bonds  25 00
Postage, Grand Secretary  30 00
Postage, Grand Master  15 00
Caretaker of Grand Secretary's office  20 00
Card in B. C. Odd Fellow  10 00
Extra expenses of Grand Master, past term  21 30
Typewriting Grand Master's address  8 50 mm
Postage and expenses, Grand Treasuer        3 25
Janitor and light, present Session       12 00
Mileage and Per Diem, this Session        932 00
  2227 05
Balance $1980 54
H. WALLER,
S. W. EDWARDS,
WM. HOGG,
D. GALBRAITH.
Resolved,—That members attending Sessions of this
Grand Lodge be permitted to wear a ribbon or badge in
lieu of Regalia in conformity with a Resolution adopted
at the last Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Moved, seconded and carried,—That our Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be instructed to
support any legislation to allow Subordinate Lodges to
use badges instead of Regalia. An amendment to substitute the word \ 'oppose'\ for the word ('support* \ being
defeated.
Resolved,—That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn
to 7 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge met at 7.30 p. m., and was declared
open for business.
The Calling of the  Roll was on motion dispensed
with.
Lewis Jones, P.G., No. 29, was admitted and received
the Grand Lodge Degree.
Report read from the Committee on Printing which
was adopted. *4*5
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Printing, to whom was referred a portion of
the Grand Secretary's Report, referring to the death of Members of
this Grand Lodge during the past year, beg to recommend that a memorial page be inserted in the Proceedings of this Session as suggested,
and that the Representatives of the Lodge to which these Members belonged, be requested to furnish the Grand Secretary with the following
particulars respecting them. Date of initiation, or joining Lodge, and
date of death.
FRED'K DAYEY,
A. GRAHAM,
0. A. WARREN,
A. HENDERSON,
Committee
Moved and seconded,—That the Representatives to
the Sovereign Grand Lodge be instructed to oppose any
legislation that is liable to lead to unnecessary expense in
connection with the Patriarch Militant Degree.
Moved aud seconded as an amendment,—That the
motion lay on the table.     Carried.
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 Grand Master appointed J. E. Phillips,
P.G. M., and J. Crossan, P. G. M., to present the Officers
elect for Installation.
H. B. Gilmour, No. io, was presented, duly obligated and installed as Grand Master for the ensuing year.
The Grand Master then installed the following Officers in their respective chairs :
W. H. Morton,       No. 5, as Deputy Grand Master
A. Henderson, "   2, as Grand Warden.
F. Davey, |    1, as Grand Secretary.
H. Waller, P.G.M.,  |   2, as Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill the
Subordinate Offices, who, with the exception of the
Grand Guardian, were duly installed : 1416
S. W. Edwards, No. 14, as Grand Chaplain.
W. E. Johnstone, tl    8, as Grand Marshal.
W. H. Gardiner,       "   27, as Grand Guardian.
A. Wilson-, "   20, as Grand Conductor,
D. D. Griffiths, 1   31, as Grand Herald.
The Grand   Master  appointed the  following as his
District Deputies for the ensuing year:
W. J. Hanna, No. 33, for Disrict No. 1, comprising 1, 2,4,14 and 33.
T. A. Muir, No. 3, for District No. 2, comprising 3, 13 and 27.
G. E. Norris, No 5, for District No. 3, comprising 5, 20, 30 and 35.
H. W. Jones, No. 31, for District No. 4, comprising 6, 29 and 31.
A. H. Gillanders, No 7, for District No. 5, comprising 7.
A. McKenzie, No. 26, for District No. 6, comprising 8, 10,19 and 26.
W. M. Bird, No. 9, for District No. 7, comprising 9.
Chas. Whyte, No. 11, for District No. 8, comprising 11.
J. Palmer, No. 12, for District No 9, comprising 12.
R. D. McKenzie, No. 15, for District No. 10, comprising 15.
W. Hodson, No. 16, for District No. 11, comprising 16.
A. C. Aitkin, No. 17, for District No. 12, comprising 17.
S. C. Smith No. 18, for District No. 13, comprising 18.
J. F. Stainton, No. 21, for District No. 14, comprising 21.
J. Z Choate, No. 22, for District No 15, comprising 22.
J. W. Burr, No. 23, for District No. 16, comprising 23.
I. McLaren, No. 24, for District No. 17, comprising 24.
D. Galbraith, No. 28, for District No 18, comprising 2&.
F. T. Underhill, No. 32, for District No. 19, comprising 32.
W. J. Lee, No. 25, for District No. 20, comprising 25.
C. A. Warren, No. 34, for District No. 21, comprising 34.
J. Kirkup, No. 36, for District No. 22, comprising 36.
O. B. Nelson, No. 37, for District No. 23, comprising 37.
District Deputies, Rebekah Lodges :
Sister Mrs. Glover, No. 1, for District No. 1, comprising Lodge No 1.
Sister Mrs. McDonald, No. 2, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges
Nos. 2 and 7. 1417
Sister J. Fulton, No. 3, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 3.
Sister Mrs. Cruikshanks,  No. 4, for District No. 4, comprising
Lodge No. 4.
Sister Mrs. Pearce, No. 5,  for District No. 5, comprising Lodges
Nos. 5, 6, and 10.
Sister Mrs. Muir, No. 9, for District No. 6, comprising Lodge No. 9.
Sister Mrs. Stevens, No. 11, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge
No. 11.
Also the following to form the Standing Committees
for the ensuing year :
Finance.—J. Bamford, No. 4; S. W. Edwards, No. 14; W. R Mackintosh, No. 33; G. H. Grant, No. 3; F. S. Whiteside, No. 20.
Appeals.—T.F. Neelands, No. 8; W. Hogg, No. 10;   W. H. Huxtable, No. 1; W. H. Gardiner, No. 27; A. Parker, No. 10.
Laws of Subordinates.—J. E. Phillips, No. 4; R. W. Fawcett, No.
2; G. Glover, No. 4; A.Graham, No. 1; T. E. Waller, No. 33.
Petitions.—E. A. Miller, No. 19; R. J. Marshall, No, 7; J. F. Stainton, No. 21; I. McLaren, No. 24; R. D. McKenzie, No. 15.
State of the Order.—E. C. Davison, No. 9; J. Stark, No. 26; S. C.
Smith, No. 18; D. Matheson, No. 6; W. Davies, No. 10.
Legislation.—J. Crossan, No. 5; W. Nelson, No. 22; P. W. Dempster, No. 2; J. Pope, No. 2; J. McGinnes, No. 12.
Judiciary.—G. L. Center, No. 26; H. Mitchell, No. 6; R. Rivers,
No. 6; H.'H. Davis, No. 8; J. F. Stainton, No. 21.
Mileage and Per Diem.—A. McKenzie, No. 26; J. B. Ballantyne,
No. 3; H. L. Bates, No. 35; W. McGirr, No. 30; A. A. Farwell, No. 28;
Printing.—Grand Secretary; A. Henderson, No. 2 ;  J. Pottinger,
No. 2; W. R. Mackintosh, No. 33; A. C. Aitkin, No. 17.
Revision of Constitution.—H. Waller, P.G.M., No. 2; F. Davey,
No. 1; S. W. Edwards, No. 14.
Statistics.—Grand Secretary; W.E.Johnstone, No. 8; G. Norris,
No. 5.
The ceremony of Installation being complete Bro. H.
Waller, P.G.M., exemplified the Secret Work of the Initiatory and Three Degrees of the Order.
Resolved,—That the thanks of this Grand Lodge is
due and are hereby tendered to Bro. H. Waller, P.G.M.,
for the able manner in which he has exemplified the Secret Work.
The Third Degree members having retired, the
Grand Lodge was closed in the Third and re-opened in the
Grand Lodge Degree. IPPWP1
1418
Resolved,—That the appointments of the Grand Master be confirmed.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the Lodges in
this city for the use of their Halls and for the many
courtesies shown during this Session.
Moved, seconded and carried,—That the thanks ofthis
Grand Lodge are due, and are hereby tendered to Jas.
Crossan, P.G.M., for his kindness in escorting several
members down into the mines yesterday.
Moved, seconded and carried,—That when this Grand
Lodge adjourn this evening it be sine die.
The minutes of to-day's Session were read and
adopted.
No further business offering the Grand Lodge was
closed in due form.
I fred'k: davey,
Grand Secretary. Appendix.  1421
REPORT OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS,
New Westminster, B. C, May 24th, 1896,
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I 0. 0. F., Victoria:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to present to you the
following report of my official acts during the past year:—
July 8th, 1895, installed the officers of Amity Lodge, No. 27.
July 11th, 1895, installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 13.
July 12th, 1895, installed the officers of New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3.
January 2nd, 1896, installed the officers of New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3.
January 3rd, 1896, installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 13.
January 13th, 1896, installed the officers of Amity Lodge, No. 27.
I am pleased to report that I have not been called on to decide any
questions which shows that peace and harmony have reigned supreme
among the membership under my jurisdiction.
I regret to note the falling off from our past records of progress in
the additions to our membership, which is mainly caused by the continued depression in business throughout the district. However, the
outlook for the future is most encouraging and I trust that the reports
for the present year will show a decided improvement in that direction.
To say that your official visit was a source of great pleasure to all
the brothers present at the meeting, is but a very mild way in which to
put it, and I am convinced more than ever that the occasional presence
of the principal officer of our jurisdiction in any locality results in great
benefit that can scarcely be overestimated. It has a tendency to draw
out the brethren, gives them opportunity for conference and counsel, and
awakens new enthusiasm among them.
Permit me to say a word in memory of those whose once familiar
faces will be seen no more. During the year just coming to an end,
three of our well-beloved brothers have been called to that Grand Lodge
above. In the death of Bro. Hy. Elliott, P. G. and Bro. D. S. Milligan,
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, has suffered the irreparable loss of two
of its oldest and most respected members; the latter being one of its
Charter Members and the first Treasurer of the Lodge. It has also
pleased Him who rules with loving hand, to remove from among the
members of Amity Lodge, No. 27, their much esteemed and beloved
brother, John Wintermute, who will no more mingle in their councils
or labor with them in their glorious work.   The Order has sustained 1422
the loss of true "and consistent brothers, their families kind, loving, indulgent husbands and fathers, and the community at large highly respected citizens. "The warm heart that throbbed for others woes," is
silent in the grave, but the memory of the kind words spoken, of the
generous acts performed, of the honest life that has been lived—:this can
never die.
In conclusion permit me to tender my warmest thanks to all those
brothers that have so kindly given their assistance in the performance
of my duties; most earnestly do I thank Past Grands T. A. Muir, D.
Welsh, A. H. Ferguson, D. Barclay and J. A. Johnson, as by their able
assistance the installation ceremonies were performed without the aid
of the ritual.
Thanking you for the honor conferred on me,
I remain,
Fraternally yours,
W. H. GARDINER,
D. D. G. M. District No. 2.
Nanaimo, B. C, May 25th, 1896
To W. E. Holmes, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F. of B. C, Victoria, B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother,—Enumerated below you will find a list of
my official acts as D. D. G. M. for Pistrict No. 3, commencing July-1st,
1895.
On Wednesday, July 3rd, 1895, assisted by Past Grands of the local
lodges, 1 installed the Officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
On Saturday, July 6th, 1895, the Officers of Cedar Lodge, No. 35.
On Monday, July 8th, 1895, the Officers of Centennial Lodge, No.
20.
On account of some trouble with the N. G. elect, and also the
Finance Committee's report not being in order, the installation of Friendship Lodge, No. 30, was delayed until the 16th August, at this meeting
the N. G. elect resigned. All Past Grands refusing to act, I directed them
to nominate a Scarlet Degree member, one who had held some elective
office preferred and elect him the same evening. This was done and the
installation then proceeded with, the books and reports being in good
order.
On Friday, January 3rd, 1896, installed the Officers of Friendship
Lodge, No. 30.
On Monday, January 6th, 1896, installed the Officers of Centennial
Lodge, No. 20. H23
On Wednesday, January 8th, 1896, installed the Officers of Black
Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
On Saturday, January 11th, 1896, installed the Officers of Cedar
Lodge, No. 35.
No important questions were asked me during the year just past,
and I am happy to state, that all lodges in District No. 3, are in a very
satisfactory condition
Yours fraternally,
F. S. WHITESIDE,
D. D. G. M. District No. S.
Wellington, B. C,
Alexandria Minte, June 4th, 1896.
To W. E. Holmes, Esq., G. M., I. 0. 0. F., Victoria.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg to report my official acts as your
D. D. G. M. for District No. 4. At the commencement of each term
assisted by Past Grands from Harmony Lodge, No. 6; Perseverance,
Lodge, No. 29; Banner Lodge, No. 31, I installed into their respective
chairs the Officers of those Lodges.
No questions were asked, and I am glad to state that those Lodges
are progressing favorably.
Yours fraternally,
WILLIAM ANDERSON,
D. D. G. M.
Chilliwack, B. C, May 20th, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F., of B. C. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—As your Deputy for District, No. 5, I take
pleasure in submitting a report of my official acts during my term of
office, viz.:
On July 16th, 1895, and January, 21st, 1896, installed the Officers of
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7; and, owing to the inability of your D. D. Sister
McCutcheon, to attend, I installed the Officers of Ruth Rebekah Lodge,
No. 4, at the beginning of each term, at all of which I was ably assisted
by Past Grands of the Lodge.
Applications for dispensations were made as follows :—
Nov. 13th, 1895, to solicit aid from other lodges to rebuild hall.
Dispensation granted by .Grand Master but not used. 1424
Dec 17th, 1895, to hold public installation and ball in name of the
Order on New Year's eve.    Dispensation granted by Grand Master.
Mar. 31st, 1896, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the institution
of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, by an excursion to Harrison Hot Springs.
Dispensation granted by Grand Master.
We have enjoyed perfect harmony throughout the year, no questions being submitted,- and while we have not increased numerically,
our Lodge continues in a satisfactory condition, and we anticipate an
increase of membership with the return of business prosperity, which
has been depressed here as elsewhere.
We regret very much that you have not been able to visit us
officially during your term as Grand Master, as we look upon such visits
not only as a pleasurable thing, but as a means whereby interest is
awakened, and love kindled for our great and Noble Order.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
^9- Fraternally yours,
R. J. MARSHALL,
D. D. District, No. 5.
Vancouver, B. C, 26th May, 1896.
W. E Holmes, Esq., Grand Master of B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother: —I have much pleasure in furnishing you
with a report of my official acts during my term of office.
July 5th, 1895, I visited and installed the officers of Mount Pleasant
Lodge, No. 19.
July 11th, 1895, I visited and installed the officers of Western Star
Lodge, No. 10.
July 12th, 1895, I visited and installed the officers of Vancouver
Lodge, No. 8.
July 15th, 1895, I visited and installed the officers of Pacific Lodge,
No. 26.
September 23rd, Bro. Smart, Alberta Lodge, No. 1, Calgary, applied to me for a Certificate tc> visit Pacific" Lodge, No. 26, he not having
a visiting card or the annual travelling pass-word; he claimed it was
often done by the D. D. G. M's in his district. I did not think I was
justified in granting it so refused accordingly.
Owing to sickness I was unable to attend and install the officers of
the several Lodges for the present term. I therefore appointed Bro. P.
G. McKenzie of Pacific Lodge, No. 26, and Bro. P. G. Jopson who attended and installed the officers in due course. 1425
January 11th, 1896, granted Dispensation to Mount Pleasant Lodge,
No. 19, to wear regalia at the funeral of Bro. A. Dickson, they not having the proper funeral badge.
January 21st, 1896, Received a communication from Pacific Lodge,
No. 26, as follows:—
I am instructed to inform you that at the last regular meeting of
this Lodge the following resolution was passed. *'Moved by Bros. McKenzie and Stewart that the D. D. G. M. be communicated with in
order to ascertain his opinion regarding the sickness of Bro. G. R.
Simpson part of which occured under six months from the date of his
initiation. '
The brother was paid one week's benefits from September 26th, to
October 3rd, 1894 the period after the six months limit and the question
we desire answered is:—Is Bro. Simpson entitled to benefits prior to the
six months limit under the decision of the Grand Lodge on the appeal
of Bro. W. A. Johnston ?
Your kind attention will oblige.
Yours in F. L. & T.
H. J. RICKARD,
Recording Secretary.
To which I sent the following reply:—
Vancouver, B. C, January 26th, 1896.
To the Officers and Members of Pacific Lodge, So. 26.
Dear Sirs ajstd Brothers:—Your letter only reached me on the 21st
inst., although I see it is dated the 15th, so I hope you will not blame
me. in not answering it before.
The question you desire me to answer, viz: "Is Bro. Simpson entitled to benefits prior to the six months limit under the decision of the
Grand Lodge on the appeal of Bro. W. A. Johnston;" in the first place
you should have given me the date of his initiation and whether he was
a member of old Loyal Pacific Lodge and also sent me a copy of your
By-laws; however, I will endeavor to give you my opinion as I understand the question to the best of my ability. In the first place, I presume Bro. Simpson was initiated some time in March by the six months
limit being up in September, if this is correct, you had at that time a
clause in your By-laws making a discrimination between new members
joining and members of Loyal Pacific Lodge, which had been sanctioned
by the Committee on Laws of Subordinates and was therefore law as far
as your Lodge was concerned, and was afterwards so decided by the
Grand Lodge in session at Victoria in June last, at the same time the
Grand Lodge said that this was a discrimination and contrary to the
principles of Odd Fellowship and recommended that the three months 1426
clause should be struck out. Your Representatives informed the Grand
Lodge that there was already a notice of motion before the Lodge to
strike out the same, and as the matter became a dead issue after six
months, the affair was allowed to drop. So it just amounts to this,
when Bro. Simpson joined the Lodge this clause was in force, and when
he signed the By-laws, he agreed and promised obedience to the same,
which said new members joining the Lodge were not entitled to benefits
until they had been a member six months; but members of Loyal
Pacific Lodge were entitled to benefits after three months membership,
so unless Bro. Simpson was a member of Loyal Pacific Lodge, he certainly was not entitled to benefits until he had been a member six
months and I so decide.
The decision of the Grand Sire at the last Session of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge on this point in which he says, Lodges cannot pass a Bylaw making a part of its members beneficial after three months membership and another part not beneficial until after six months membership, and where the Lodge had paid benefits under the three months
clause the six months clause becomes null and void. Now as the Sovereign Grand Lodge gives all state Grand Bodies power to say when benefits shall commence, our Grand Body had already decided on this point
as I have shown above I cannot see how this decision of the Grand Sire
has any bearing on your question as it was given months after Bro.
Simpson joined the Lodge, so I hold that the Grand Sires decision can
only be enforced in any case that might come after.
Hoping this will be satisfactory,
I remain,
Yours in F. L. & T.,
A. PARKER,
D. D. G. if., District No. 6.
May 12th, 1896, Received application of several Brethren to form a
Lodge in Vancouver to be known as Burrard Lodge, No. 37, which I
forwarded to you the next day.
May 22nd, 1896, Received your answer to the above application refusing same which I communicated to the Brethren concerned.
May 23rd, wrote you asking for a return of the Cards and deposit,
as instructed by the applicants as they did not wish to go any further
in the matter.
Nothing further of importance happened in this district during my
term of office.
I remain,
Yours fraternally,
A. PARKER,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6. 1427
Kamloops, B. C, May 24th, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., G. M., I. 0. 0. F:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to submit the following
as a report of my official Acts as your Deputy for District No. 7.
Have duly Installed the officers of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, at the commencement of each term with the exception of the V. G. for the term
beginning January 1st, 1896, who was at my request installed by Bro.
E. T. W. Pearse, P. G. as I was absent from town the night he presented himself for installation.
No questions have been submitted to me to decide, and our Lodge
is working very harmoniously, although our members do not increase
we maintain a very sound financial standing, our. hall bringing us in a
good return for the money invested in it.
Respectfully submitted by
Yours fraternally,
T. L. BLOOMER,
D. D. G. M. District No. 7.
Donald, May 28th, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., G, M., G. L., of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg to furnish you with my acts as your
Deputy for District ]So. 9, for the past year.
On July 1st, 1895, Installed Officers Selkirk Lodge, No 12.
On July 5th, 1895, installed Officers Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34..
January 3rd, 1896, installed Officers Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34..
January 6th, 1896, installed Officers Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
Yours in F.L.&T.,
ROBERT URQUHART,
D. D. G. M. District No. 9.
Hazelmere, B. C, May 23y 1896.-
W. E. Holmes, Esq., G. M., G. L., of B. C, I.O.O.F, Victoria.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—It is with feelings of fraternal pride, as
well as gratitude that I now submit for your approval a report of my*
official actions, since receiving the appointment of D. D. G, M. for District No. 10..
As you are aware P. G. Bro. Jos. W. McCallum occupied the honorable and responsible position for the first few months of the term with 1428
credit to himself and acceptance to the Brethren in the District over
which he had charge, Bro. McCallum, assisted by myself and P.G. Bro.
J. C. Murphy, installed the officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, in regular form early in July, 1895.
In September of last year Bro. McCallum removed to Alberta, and
when leaving requested me to act for him, in December you officially confirmed my appointment to the position for the unexpired term, since
which date I have enjoyed the distinction of representing yourself in
this portion of the Jurisdiction.
As Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, constitutes the District you will readily
observe that my duties are not onerous1/ they have been most pleasant
and profitable to me personally. Cloverdale Lodge while not having a
large accession in members, has held her own during the past year, we
have experienced but little sickness, and no deaths, taking altogether
we have experienced a very successful year. We have like other Lodges
lost a few members through non-payment of dues, just a weeding out
as it were of the unappreciative ones. There were a number of delinquents at the commencement of the term, but the Lodge took counsel
together on the matter, with the result that a correspondence was opened with many of the suspended brothers and an offer made to accept
them back into good standing in the Lodge if within a certain time they
would signify their willingness to come, and if they could not pay the
whole amount as required by the Constitution and By-laws in a lump
sum, the Lodge would accept the same in installments (it being found
that many of the brethren had dropped out through their inability to
pay their dues during the hard times.) I am happy to inform you that
this action struck a sympathetic chord in the breasts of a number, and
the Lodge gained in that, the financial condition of our standing was
improved and we have still on our roll some most excellent and worthy
Brethren,, who otherwise might have been lost to the Order. Another
cause for gratitude is the fact that through the goodness of our Father,
the Lodge is now clear of debt, our fine new hall (a credit to the Order
anywhere) is now completely our own.
In entering upon my official duties, one of the first was the installation of the officers into their respective chairs on Saturday evening,
January 11th. In this duty I was most ably assisted by Bros, P. G.
J. C. Murphy and P. G. Thos Patterson, when the Lodge had a very
pleasant time during and after the ceremony. In other respects I have
had very slight calls upon my valuable services as your representative.
The Brethren are all thorough Odd Fellows, stones of the first water,
grounded and settled on the principles of Friendship, Love and Truth,
hence we have but very few of those disquieting questions arising that
are so troublesome in some Lodges. 1429
As we could not obtain the services of a suitable preacher to address the Lodge upon the occasion of the seventy-seventh anniversary
of the institution of our beloved Order, we held the meeting on Sunday,
May 3rd, when Rev'd Bro. J. H. Best, of Westminster, addressed the
Brethren, their friends, relatives and neighbors, in our own hall. The
address of Bro. Best was really a most enjoyable and profitable affair,
and very much appreciated by the people present; in fact it was a
revelation to many of the uninitiated.
The Lodge is, I consider, making very fair progress, and, on the
whole, it is to be complimented on its showing for the year.
One thing wre feel we have missed, and this is the first time since
our institution, we have not been favored with the presence of our
worthy Grand Master, when reading accounts of his visits to various
places and that he was actually passing our doors without calling we
felt it was worth something to be located on the O.P.R., the island or
the river; possibly since he has had two representatives here we ought
to be thankful for that favor, etc.
Trusting the foregoing resume of what has been going on here will
be acceptable to you, and that you may have a most profitable meeting
of the Grand Lodge at Nanaimo next month, that your deliberations
may be conducive to the up-building and advancement of the principles
and teachings of our beloved Order in this jurisdiction, and finally
thanking you for the honor done me,
Believe me to remain, dear Sir and Brother,
Sincerely yours in F. L. & T.,
HENRY T. THRIFT,
Df D. G. M., District No. 10.
Nelson, B. C, May 20,1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—My report, as D.D.G.M., for this year is
short. There have been no decisions rendered. On the 11th May, 1896,
I instituted Rossland Lodge, No. 36, as per my report sent Grand Secretary, Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, having been the only Lodge in this part
of the Kootenay country, there have been no Lodges, excepting our own,
to visit. Sitting regularly in our own Lodge, I cannot say that I have
visited it officially, unless at the installation of officers in January last.
Yours Fraternally,
E. 0. ARTHUR,
D. D.G.M. District No. 11. H3°
Duncans, B. C, May 23rd, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg to submit my report for the term, as
your Deputy for District, No. 12 :
I am glad to be able to report to you that this Lodge is doing well,
and the officers are thoroughly competent and well versed in the secret
work.
installations.
On Julv 13th, 1895, and January 18th, 1896,1 assisted you and other
Grand Officers to install the Officers of this Lodge.
DECISIONS.
Only one question of law has been submitted to me during my term
of office.
Copy of their letter and my decision is hereto annexed :
September 21st, 1895.
A. C. Aitkin, D. D. G. M., Duncan Lodge. No. 17 :
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have been instructed by this Lodge to
ask your opinion re W. E. Blythe, whose receipt for dues shows him to
be entitled to benefits, but by a mistake in ledger he was not entitled to
benefits.
I decided that the Brother could not be deprived of his benefits
through any mistake of Lodge Officers. Trusting this will meet with
your approval.
Yours fraternally,
A. C. AITKEN,
D.D.G.M. District No. 12.
Vernon, B. C, May 27th, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to submit the following
report of my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 13:
On July 9th, 1895, and January 7th, 1896, I had the pleasure of installing the Officers of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, for their respective
terms.
On October 1st, 1895,1 granted a dispensation to confer the Second
and Third Degrees at one Session on Bro. A. Carswell.
On March 17th, 1896, I granted a dispensation to confer the Second
and Third Degrees at one Session on Bro. Geo. Cartwright. *43i
On May 16th, assisted by Bro. S. C. Smith, P. G., of Vernon Valley
Lodge, No. 18,1 instituted Carson Lodge, No. 37, at Carson, Kettle
River, B. C, and installed its officers.
I am pleased to report that Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, is in a
prosperous condition financially, and our membership has also increased.
The attendance is not so large as formerly, owing to so many members
being absent from the city.
I would recommend the appointment of a D. D. G. M. for Carson
Lodge, as it is 125 miles from Vernon, and there is every prospect of
new Lodges being started in that District shortly. I would recommend
that Bro. O. B. Nelson be appointed to fill the office.
I am Sir, yours fraternally,
FRED B. JACQUES,
D.D.G.M. District No. IS.
Ladners, B. C, May 23rd, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,-—I have much pleasure in supplying you
with a report of my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 14.
July 6th, 1895,—-Installed the Officers of Delta Lodge, No. 21.
Jan. 6th, 1896,—Installed the Officers of same Lodge. There being
no questions of importance submitted for my decision, the work was
not hard to perform.    Our Lodge is in a very prosperous condition.
Fraternally yours,
J. F. STAINTON,
D.D.G.M. District No. U.
North Bend, May 21st, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother —I beg to submit for your approval my
official acts as your Deputy for District No. 15, for the past year:
August 7th, 1895, and January 4th, 1896,—Installed the Officers of
Gold Range Lodge, No 22.
I am pleased to state that Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, during the
past year of depression, is still holding about its regular membership,
and as you will see by the reports, that it is in a fairly prosperous condition financially.
Yours fraternally,
J. Z.CHOATE,   |||
D.D.G.M. District No. 15. H32
Ashcroft, B. C, May 24th, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to present you the following report as your D. D. for the past year:
On July 13th, 1895,—Installed the Officers of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
On January 4th, 1896,—Installed the Officers of Ashcroft Lodge.
No. 23.
On March 4th, a question was submitted for my decision: "If
Brothers could retire to the ante-room during recess? " I decided that
Brothers could retire to the ante-room.
It affords me much pleasure to state that Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23,
although not increasing rapidly, are all working harmoniously together
for the good of the Order.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
GILBERT MUNROE,
D. D. G. M. District No. 16-
Eburne, B. C, May 2*2, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg to submit the following report:
July 2nd, 1895,—I installed the Officers of Island Lodge, No. 24,
with the assistance of P. G., G. W. Shay.
January 7th, 1896,—I installed the Officers of Island Lodge, No. 24,
with the assistance of P. G., G. W. Shay, and P. G., Samuel Churchill.
I have not been called on to decide any question; there was one
question raised, which was submitted directly to you for your decision,
viz: the case of Bro. A. E. Green.
I am pleased to report that Island Lodge, No. 24, is steadily improving, and is in a fairly prosperous condition.
It is a matter of regret that you did not pay us an official visit, as it
was looked forward to by Lodge.
Respectfully submitted in F. L. and T.,
IRA MoLAREN,
D. D. G. M. District No. 17. 1433
Agassiz, May 23rd, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in submitting the
following report as D. D. of Cheam Lodge, No. 28:
On July 6th,   1895,  I installed  the officers into their respective
offices.
On Aug. 3rd our N. G. resigned, and on September 14th I installed
Bro. G. Joynt as N. G., and Bro. West as V. G.
On January 11th, 1896, I installed the Officers for this term into
the respective offices.
On March 14th our Treasurer resigned, on account of moving out
of the District, and on March 21st his successor was installed.
On April 4th our N. G. resigned, and on April 18th Bro. Lennon
was installed into the N. G. chair.
I am pleased to state that our Lodge is working in harmony, the
present officers taking a lively interest in the proceedings. The attendance is satisfactory, considering the great distance many of the members live from -the Lodge room.
We have added only one new member to our roll, the available
material having been pretty well absorbed.
All of which I respectfully submit.
Yours fraternally,
A. A. FARWELL,
D.D.G.M. District No. 18.
Mission City, May 19th, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in furnishing you
with a report of my official acts during the term of my office as D. D. for
District No. 19.
On January 21st, 1896, I installed the officers of Mission City Lodge,
No. 32, in due form.
It affords me much pleasure to report that notwithstanding the
hard times and general depression of trade, conditions which most
seriously affect a rapid growth, our Lodge has steadily been pushing
ahead; the increase in membership has not been many, but by the attendance at Lodge meetings and the general interest manifested by the
members on all matters connected with our Order, tend to show that 1434
we are alive in the promulgation of the " Brotherhood " of man. I
thank you for the able decision rendered by you in the case of Brother
Mills, while I regret the occurrence, yet I believe it was the best action
that could be taken for the welfare of our Lodge.
Thanking you for the honor conferred on me,
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
ARCHIBALD YORK,
D. D. G. M. District No. 19.
Victoria, B. C, May 24th, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—In tendering you my report for the year
ending June 30th, 1 have much pleasure in stating that Colfax Rebekah
Lodge, No. 1, is progressing numerically and financially. The membership is increasing slowly; a few members have dropped out, and we are
initiating others in their place. I regret very much that our Brethren
in Victoria take so little interest in the Rebekah work. I would cordially invite our young members to join in the good work, and assist us to
make Colfax Lodge one of the strongest Lodges in the Jurisdiction,
as Victoria has about six hundred members on the I. 0. 0. F. roll, we
ought to be the Banner Lodge of the Province.
On July 9th, I had the pleasure of installing the Officers for the
term ending December 31st, 1895, and on January 14th, I installed the
Officers for the term ending June 30th, 1896. No dispensations granted.
Fraternally submitted in F. L. and T.,
FRANCES A. WALKER,
D.D.G.M. Colfax Lodge, No. 1.
Vancouver, B. C, May 22nd, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to forward you the accompanying report of my official acts as your District Deputy for District No. 2, for the year ending June 30th, 1896.
On July 2nd, 1895,—Assisted by P. N. G. Sister Colson, P. G. Bro.
A. Miller, Bro. D. Menzies and Bro. H. H. Davis, I installed the Officers
of Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, into their respective offices in regular
form.
On July 9th, 1895,Assisted by P. N. G. Sister Colson, P. G. Bros. A.
Miller, Geo. Miller and H. H. Davis, I installed the Officers of Bethel
Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, into their respective offices in regular form. 1435
Dispensations granted twice during the year, one each term, to receive applications from candidates, ballot for and initiate same evening.
On January 7th, 1896—Assisted by P. N, G. Sister Colson, Sister
Armstrong, and P. G's Bros. Miller, McKenzie and H. H. Davis, I installed the Officers of Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, into their respective chairs in regular form.
. On January 14tb, 1896,—Assisted by Sister McDonald and Sister
Fisher and P. N. G. Sister Armstrong and P. G. Bro. Davis, I installed
the Officers of Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, in regular form.
It gives me great satisfaction to render you an account of my official acts as your Deputy, the work has been both pleasing and satisfactory to me, and the progress of the Order here is most gratifying to
all concerned..
Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, although not making as rapid progress as I could wish to see, yet, has done well, and has the foundation
for a flourishing and prosperous Lodge, which will before long be a
power for good in our town.
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, has done very well, in fact, taking
into consideration its weak and almost helpless state the first few years
of its existence has done extra well, for during the last fourteen months
we have initiated 126 candidates.
During the last year we have had only one withdrawal and no
deaths, so that you can see that we are in good working order and out
of debt. During the year we paid for a $300 set of Paraphernalia by our
own exertions, as we have not made an appeal to any Subordinate
Lodge for financial help, also have paid full rent for our hall, so that
we feel that we truly belong to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Yours in F. L. and T.,
I. V. FLETT,
D. D. G. M., I. 0. O. F.
Nanaimo, B. C, May 22nd, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—It gives me great pleasure in submitting
to you the following report of my official acts, during my term of office
as D. D. G. M.:
July 2nd, 1895,—Installed the Officers of Miriam Rebekah Lodge,
No. 3, Nanaimo.
November 14th, 1895,—Installed the appointed Officers of Laurel
Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, Wellington, the elective Officers being installed
by yourself at institution. 1436
January 14th, 1896,—Installed the Officers   of  Miriam Rebekah
Lodge, No. 3, Nanaimo.
January 16th, 1896,—Installed  the Secretary of Laurel  Rebekah
Lodge, No. 9, Wellington.
April 16th, 1896,—Accompanied you to Union to institute Esther
Rebekah Lodge
I am pleased to report that both Lodges in this District are progressing both financially and numerically. Miriam Rebekah Lodge has
just ordered a $356 outfit for the floor work, and I am in hopes it will
be here in time for this Session of the Grand Lodge.
Respectfully submitted,
MRS. R. GOURLAY,
D. D. G. M. District No. S.
New Westminster, B. G, May 28, 1896.
W. E. Holmes, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—According to your request, I herewith
submit for your approval a report of my official acts as your Deputy for
District No. 5, comprising Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5, and Alpine
Rebekah Lodge, No. 6.
July 9th, 1895—Assisted by a staff of P. G's, I installed the officers
of Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5.
July 24th, 1895,—Being unable to attend I deputized P. G. Bro. D.
Welsh, to install the Officers of Alpine Rebekah Lodge, No. 6.
January 14th, 1896,—Assisted by Sister Murchie, of Alpine Rebekah Lodge, No. 6, and P. G's of Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5, installed
the Officers of Beulah Lodge.
February 26th, 1896,—Installed the Officers of Alpine Rebekah
Lodge, No. 6.
On February 12th, accompanied by several Sisters from New Westminster, went to Ladners, and assisted in instituting Fidelity Rebekah
Lodge, No. iO.
No questions were submitted to me for decision. This branch of
the Order is still progressing in this District, and the labors of the
two Lodges have resulted in an increase of ninteen members in Alpine
Lodge, ten of whom withdrew to form a Lodge at Ladners; five were
also admitted to Beulah Lodge, twenty-four in all for the year.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
MRS. TURNBULL,
D. D. G. M. District No. 5. J437
3n flftemodam.
HENRY ELLIOTT, P. G.
Initiated in " New Westminster" Lodge, No. 3,
I.O.O.F., 22nd March, 1871.
Died 7th November, 1895.
FRANCIS T. JAMES.
V. G. andN. G. Elect "Victoria " Lodge, No. 1,
I.O.O.F.    Initiated "Victobia" Lodge,
No. 1, I. O.O.F., 24th January, 1896.
Died 26th May, 1896.
S. R. HOLMES.
Initiated in " Dominion " Lodge, No. 4, I.O.O.F.,
12th March, 1896.
Died 26 May, 1896.
FREDERICK ADAMS.
Charter Member op " Acme "   Lodge, No. 14,
I.O.O.F., 13th November, 1891.
Died 26th May, 1896. 1438
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number of
Lodge
Location.
Night of
Meeting. I '13
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Victoria      Lodge,
No. 1
Columbia
tt
"    2
N.Westminster4'
6
Dominion
it
"   4
Black Diamon<
i"
|    5
Harmony
it
|    6
Excelsior
cc
«   7
Vancouver
CC
I    8
Tatnai
tc
"    9
Western Star
c c
" 10
Union
ct
" 11
Selkirk
tt
" 12
Royal City
It
" 13
Acme
tt
" 14
Cloverdale
tt
I 15
Kootenay
it
1 16
Duncan
ii
" 17
Vernon Valley
r   tt
" 18
Mt. Pleasant
tt
« 19
Centennial
ti
| 20
Delta
t c
" 21
Gold Range
It
"   99
Ashcroft
CC
" 23
Island
CC
" 24
Revelstoke
c c
" 25
Pacific
i t
" 26
Amity
tt
" 27
Cheam
tt
" 28
Perseverance
tt
" 29
Friendship
i-t
" 30
Banner
tt
" 31
Mission City
a
" 32
Peerless
tt
"33
Rock v Mount'
n"
" 34
Cedar
ii
1 35
Victoria Monday
do Wednesday
New Westm'r.. Friday...
Victoria Thursday
Nanaimo Wednesd'y
Wellington .... .Monday .
Chilliwack Tuesday .
Vancouver Friday...
Kamloops Monday .
Vancouver Thursday
Union Friday...
Donald j Thursday
New Westm'r.. Thursday
Victoria Monday .
Cloverdale Saturday.
Nelson Monday .
Duncan Saturday.
Vernon Tuesdav..
Mt. Pleasant... 'Friday*..
Nanaimo Monday .
Ladners Monday .
North Bend Saturday
Ashcroft Saturday
Eburne    Tuesday .
Revelstoke Thursday
Vancouver Monday .
New Westm'r.. Monday .
Agassiz Saturday
Northfield Tuesday .
Nanaimo Friday...
Wellington Wednesd'
Mission City'... Saturday
Victoria Friday...
Golden (Monday .
iCedarDistrict.. Saturday
o ..
2   1
1
2
6
5
3
10
2
]
i
17
42
1
6   1
1   ..
2l
140 13
4 15   1 H39
SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Columbia, for the HajjP-Yeae ended 30th Jdne, 1895.
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Dues
Adms's
and
Degrees
Rents
and
Invest'd
Funds
All
other
sources.
Total
O a H
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P
fc
5
4
150
1
3
36
$ 822 25
$ 15 00
$ 650 00
$ 147 25
$ 1634 50
8
160
3
34
1009 00
15 00
777 65
5 00
1806 65
32
123
1
2
30
734 50
38 00
185 00
937 50
]
118
3
29
502 75
46 00
232 95
781 70
2
9
142
10
25
681 50
132 50
1386 00
2200 00
1
5
150
6
18
868 25
100 00
807 20
1775 45
12
45
125
i
1
17
13
110 00
622 00
136 90
116 25
246 90
1
29 00
560 50
1327 75
5
66
4
11
383 25
35 00
309 00
31 00
758 25
6
164
68
15
15
20
12
926 00
336 00
116 75
150 00
1042 75
96 50
582 50
74
24
10
461 50
248 00
146 55
856 05
1
6
l
81
9
10
429 00
18 00
93 50
540 50
8
• 96
12
469 25
20 00
8 00
497 25
5
•'.^1
45
6
272 92
7 00
279 92
1
1
42
3
9
256 80
34 00
140 60
431 40
3
46
3
7
239 00
15 00
320 51
574 51
43
9
6
231 50
131 75
50 62
413 87
46
6
7
181 00
40 00
198 50
2 20
421 70
116
18
10
528 00!
185 00
27 00
740 00
46
I
6
171 50
10 00
27 75
209 25
41
4
200 00
20 00
22 94
242 94
i
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36
35
12
12
5
2
172 00:
120 00!
91 00
100 00
263 00
54 20
274 20
29
11
9
185 94'
140 00
40 00
365 94
1
259
2
33
2
1354 25!
195 00
43 15
33 70
1626 10
191
2
10
3
943 50j
58 00
79 50
1081 00
54
2
47
2
420 00
147 50
102 70
670 20
1
38
8
2
223 50
40 50
139 10
403 10
2
59
2
355 00
1 00
356 00
1
83
41
1
1
2
2
506 00|
105 00
15 66
2 00
112 00
523 00
217 00
161
12
3
807 60
-20 00
3 25
830 85
24
1
481
94 00
505 00!
21 55|
501
621 05
98
5
43
3040
2
12
126
450|
1
360
146 00
15868 76
432 50
$4023 58
578 50
15
$3103 50
$3115 44J
$26111 28 1440
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Gband Lodge of British
Name and Number of
Lodge
Loci
A.TION.
Night of
Meeting.
a
cc
CI
Victoria
Columbia
N.Westminster4*
Dominion "
Black Diamond*1
Harmony "
Excelsior
Vancouver       I
Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Royal City
Acme
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley5
Mt. Pleasant   '
Centennial       c
Delta \
Gold Range     !
Ashcroft '
Island f\
Revelstoke       c<
Pacific ll
Amity Cl
Cheam Cl
Perseverance   "
Friendship      "
Banner "
Mission City   "
Peerless "
Rocky Mount'n"
Cedar
a
CD
Lodge, No. II Victoria
a   si       do
New Westm'r
Victoria	
Nanaimo	
Wellington ..
Chilliwack...
Vancouver...
Kamloops....
Vancouver...
Union	
Donald	
New Westm'r.
Victoria	
Cloverdale	
Nelson	
Duncan	
Vernon	
19'Mt. Pleasant..    j .
20 Nanaimo Monday
21 Ladners Monday
22|North Bend Saturday
23 Ashcroft Saturday
24 Eburne    Tuesday
25 Revelstoke Thursday
26 Vancouver Monday
27 New Westm'r.. Monday
28 Agassiz I Saturday
29|Northfield Tuesday .
30 Nanaimo Friday...
31 Wellington Wednesd3
32 Mission City ... Saturday
33 Victoria Friday...
34 Golden Monday .
35 Cedar District.. Saturday
Monday ..
Wednesd'y
Friday....(..)
Thursday. 2
Wednesd'y 1
Monday .. 3
Tuesday ....
Friday    3
Monday .'.! 1 .
Thursday . 7 .
Friday.... 1 .
Thursday . .. i.
Thursday.   3 .
Monday ..   2 .
Saturday.
Monday .. j 3 .
Saturday....
Tuesday. ....(•
Friday
a
a
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a
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50
3Q
2
1   1
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i i
6 10  5  4 12   1   1 1441
SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Columbia, for the Half-Year ending 31st Decb, 1895.
1
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Receipts
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Adms's
and
Degrees
Rents
and
Invest'd
Funds
All
other
sources.
1
1
Total
O | 3
1 H
m
i
2
8
144 .
.  9
36
$ 896 50
$ 76 00
$ 513 05
$ 382 80 $ 1868 35
164 .
.  9
36
794 85
95 50
408 65
1 00
1300 00
2
,.
, .
124 .
.  3
24
494 00
32 00
68 00
594 00
12
108 .
6
28
651 75
68 00
72 80
792 55
10
135 .
.  6
26
851 00
40 50
1206 00
	
2097 50
iO
143 .
9
19
809 50
75 00
665 65
42 50
1592 65
Q
8
43 .
124 .
I  is
17
14
266 65|
626 501
228 85
383 00
495 50
1
87 00
1096 50
67 .
.  2
12
363 751
37 00
329 20
3 25
733 20
4
167 .
. 28
19
830 00
146 00
"27 25
1003 25
4
65 .
. 3
12
371 CO
30 00
202 00
1 50
604 50
1
72 .
3
11
492 77i
15 00
54 00
2 75
564 52
0,
80 .
. 7
11
393 75;
47 00
12 0i
112 00
564 75
1
97 !
1 11
14
508 75i
58 50
20 65
11 25
594 15
5
2
39 .
42 .
]  3
8
8
187 39
343 75
34 75
258 55
222 14
96 00
70 00
768 30
1
45 .
. ,
8
215 001
92 50
307 50
3
40 .
. 2
7
246 00
10 00
32 50
288 50
3
43 1.
.  3
8
268 00
20 00
190 00
4 50
482 50
12
108 .
. 17
11
509 00
120 00
13 50
642 50
46 .
7
225 00
55 50
. 280 50
41 .
.  3
5
180 00
26 66
1 00
201 00
1
36 .
, .
5
188 75
10 00
1 00
199 75
1
35 .
. 3
4
137 00
20 001
28 70
185 70
2
.
29 .
9
9
177 44
45 00
24 50
246 94
1
12
255 .
23
4
1445 50
193 00
57 25
1695 75
1
14
177 .
7
4
1014 00
51 00:
49 40
138 50
1252 90
2
53 .
3
3
192 00
25 00
94 40
311 40
3
. .
34 .
60 .
'4
3
3
206 50!
313 00.
206 50
1
48 501
2 50
364 00
1
88 .
3
4
516 001
98 00
26 25
640 25
40 .
166 .
34 .
r7
27!
3
4
1
168 40
806 75
179 75
15 50
183 90
1
^118 00;
275 00
924 75
35 66
1 00
490 75
121
1
44 ..
2988 1
. 285
1
382
258 75
25 00
$3974 10
!
283 75
11
$16123 75
$1982 00
$2000 851
:
$24080 70 1442
ABSTRACT OF THE
Of the Lodges Subordinate to the Grand Lodge of Beitish
Name and Number of
Lodge
Victoria
Columbia
N.Westminster"
Dominion "
Black Diamond'4
Harmony "
Excelsior §
Vancouver       "
Tatnai |
Western Star  |
Union "
Selkirk
Royal Oity       |
Acme "
Cloverdale §
Kootenay jj e
Duncan \ u
Vernon Valley 1
Mt. Pleasant §j
Centennial §
Delta §
Gold Range "
Ashcroft "
Island "
Revelstoke \'
Pacific i\
Amity "
Cheam "
Perseverance "
Friendship "
Banner "
Mission City "
Peerless H
Rocky Mount'n"
Cedar "
Lo^ge, No. 1
« tc      o
g   3
tt
" 32
33
<l    OK
Od
9.9
313
fc a
0 owcE
31    1
ia
144
26
Relief of
Brothers.
$ 3133 00
1462 00
518 00
585 71
1432 75
1437 00
26    2053$ 17042 46 x443
ANNUAL RELIEF REPORTS.
Columbia, I. O. 0. F., for the Year ended 31st Deck, 1895,
Amount Paid For
Relief of
Widowed
Relief of
Burying
Families. 0rPhans.the Dead
Special
Relief.
Total
Relief
Paid
Amount
of
Current
Expenses.
Total
Assets.
$ 90 oo$...'	
1
% 560 00
$ 327 75
8 00
33 00
55 00
54 40
$ 4110 75
1470 00
807 65
820 71
1758 45
1512 00
42 00
530 00
180 00
344 50
961 00
124 00
297 50
1331 50
16 00
131 00
190 00
40 00
144 00
339 90
318 00
91 50
42 50
112 00
41 00
1093 85
1193 00
25 00
330 00
235 15
365 00
79 00
1558 50
$ 1054 07
1062 00
557 45
383 21
1703 61
1558 08
100 00
1236 10
1079 00
315 IC
371 78
289 95
429 10
438 25
436 36
479 31
625 00
202 50
693 10
325 45
194 40
119 00
212 30
252 89
141 30
864 80
706 56
360 00
166 40
216 751
312 001
263 98
355 15
360 56!
53 50;
$41727 89
35000 00
1    71 65
185 00
75 00
150 00
75 00
10000 00
105 00 	
10000 00
75 30   46 00
27000 00
9650 12
2250 00
i24 66	
75 00
6313 35
4588 38
 1	
20 50
101 00
4491 92
35 66
35 00
110 00
60 00
2316 71
3059 85
20 00
2358 33
1343 24
2249 70
75 00
20 00
1694 22
2000 00
800 00
...        .
1200 00
42 40
3071 72
1100 46
|
1655 53
1
1
2187 12
1	
938 20
1049 80
	
180 00
235 00
63 85
4939 20
2905 04
-
1956 00
iio 66
70 50
150 oo:
488 30
24 65
951 50
 ;	
1514 40
503 00
	
75 00
55 00
1251 00
475 00
	
633 15
% 394 30 $ 117 65|
$2255 50|
$ 825 55
% 20635 46
1
% 17919 Oil
1
$193663 13 1444
LIST OF OFFICERS OF
Of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number of Lodge.
Location.
Noble Grand.
Victoria	
E. E. Leason	
do
R. L. Allen	
New Westm'r....
Wilbur Smith....
Victoria	
Wm. Merrifield..
Nanaimo	
R Hirst	
Wellington	
D. J. Mclnnes	
Chilliwack	
Vancouver	
T. Pyvis	
Chas. Nye	
J. S. Smith	
Vancouver	
Chas. H. Mouat...
Union	
J. A. Pritchard ...
W. J. Lappan	
New Westm'r....
W. Andrews	
Victoria	
James Jackson...
W. H. Frampton..
Nelson	
P. B.C. Turner...
Duncan	
R. J. Manley	
Vernon	
W. B. Fleming....
Mt. Pleasant	
R. H. Pool	
J. A. Bittancourt.
H. Kinsman	
North Bend	
R. Wade	
F. C. Tingley	
Eburne   	
D. E. McKay	
Revelstoke	
F. Mesley	
Vancouver	
S. A. Currie	
New Westm'r....
E. Walmsly	
Agassiz	
B. Vance	
Northfield	
J. E. Norcross	
Nanaimo	
N. McCuish	
Wellington	
R. H. Holmes ....
Mission City	
Victoria	
J. W. Speed	
Golden	
M. Dainard	
Cedar District....
B.N. McDonald..
Rossland   	
Jno. Kirkup	
Carson City	
E. Spraggett	
Victoria
Columbia
N.Westminster
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Royal City
Acme
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant
Centennial
Delta
Gold Range
Ashcroft
Island
Revelstoke
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Perseverance
Friendship
Banner
Mission City
Peerless
Rocky Mount'n
Cedar
Rossland
Carson
Lodge, No. 1
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
9.9
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37 H45
SUBORDINATE LODGES I.O.O.F.,
Columbia, for the Term Commencing 1st July, 1896.
Vice Grand.    Recording Secretary
Treasurer
Permanent Sec'tarv.
J. Rumble	
A. Edwards....
D. E. McKenzie
W. Falconer.
E. Mulhallen
M. Dunsmuir
A. F. Lindell
Wm. Croy...
C. W. White.
E. P. Dennis.
D.R. McDonald
Thos. Johnston
W. E.Fales....
T. Tubman....
C. C. Cameron.
S. P. Shaw ....
J. H.Blyth....
T. E. Crowell..
R.HCarscadden
C. B. Mains'...
L. P. Chaplin..
C.Barry	
R. J. Nesbitt ..
John Smith...
J. A. Stone....
F. Cockburn...
C. C. Fisher...
H. Fooks 	
H. Baxter	
J. B. Nicholson
Robt. Hay	
Chas. Porter...
D. McRae	
B. Woobank...
C. McDonald...
D. D. McLaren.
Fred Davey, P.G...
R. W. Fawcett, P.G.
H. McKenzie	
T. Bamford, P.G ...
W. H. Morton, P.G.
H. Woodhouse	
R. G. Marshall, P.G.
H. H. Davis. P. G..
E. T. W. Pearse,P.G
J. L. McTaggart....
A. Lindsay	
J. Mathie, P. G.....
W. H. Lewis	
S. W. Edwards,P.G.
J. C. Murphy, PG..
A. E. Salt	
J. Campbell	
John Bond	
F. J. Hart	
F. S. Whiteside,P.G.
P. E. Ladner	
H. Cancellor	
I. Lehman	
Ira McLaren, P."G..
W. H. Sargant	
H. J. Rickard 	
W. C. Cotham	
H. L. Calvert	
C.H.Rumming,P.G
W. McGirr	
F. W. Hawes	
H
Doughty, P. G.. .
. Henderson, P.G.
E. Phillips,P.G.M
A. Babington,P.G
Crossan, P. G. M.
F. Haggart	
McCutcheon, P.G
Hollander	
. E. Smith, P. G..
Parker, P. G	
. Cessford	
W. Denman	
r.B.Townsend,P.G
'. T. Hardaker....
I. Breen	
. J. McGrath, P.G.
H.Dickie, P.G..
. N. Knight	
G. Johnstone....
r. H.Thorpe	
r. B. Skinner	
Z. Choate, P. G..
'.D. Fearn, P.G..
Churchill	
I. Woodrow	
Ramsay	
. Adams	
.E.Leslie, P. G..
'. McGimpsey	
H. Taylor	
D. Casad	
Fred Davey, P.G...
iW   Jackson	
T. A. Muir, P. G....
T. Bamford, P. G...
W.H. Morton, P.G.
H. Woodhouse	
•J. Peers, P.G	
iW.E.Johnstone,P.G
|E. T. W. Pearse,P.G
jj. W. Weart	
A. Lindsay	
j J. Mathie, P. G	
D. Welsh, P.G	
I J. McEachren	
R.D.Mackenzie, P.G.
W. Hodson, P. G ...
J. E. Matheson	
G. A. McGuire	
F. S. Whiteside, P.G
P. E. Ladner	
H. Cancellor	
I. Lehman	
Alex. Smith 	
W. H. Sargant	
C. Milne	
D. McPherson	
H. L. Calvert	
C. H. Rumming,P.G
Wm. McGirr.......
Siddall D. Lindsay H. Siddall	
J. S. McTavish [S. A. Parsons .
J. G. Petherick    J. Hunter J. G Petherick
John Jackson, Jr... J. Edgren	
P. B. Nelson \ C. K. Simpson P. B. Nelson...   1448
Standing Resolutions of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, I. O. O. F.
"In future all orders for supplies from Subordinate
" Lodges of the Grand Lodge on the Grand Secretary,
(' must be accompanied by the requisite amount to ipay
I c for the same, and the Grand Secretary is hereby forbid-
"den to forward such supplies unless the terms of this
" Resolution are complied with."—Proceedings, 189j.
"Lodges submitting By-Laws or amendments thereto
| must furnish same in duplicate, so that one copy may
1 be kept on file in the Grand Secretary's office, and the
"other returned to the Lodge when approved by the
"Committee on Laws of Subordinates."—Proceedings,
1894..
'( That in future, Grand Masters be required to fur-
1 nish this Grand Lodge with an itemized statement of
1 expenses incurred by them, and of the miles actually
"travelled in performing the duties of their office.n—Proceedings,  1895.1 -
"That the majority of the Committee on Finance
I should reside in the same city as the Grand Secretary.5>
—Proceedings, 1895.
4 c That the practice of paying Past Grand Masters
(c attending Sessions of the Grand Lodger Mileage and
|Per Diem be discontinued in future."—Proceedings, 1895.
I That licenses be not granted in future to Odd Fel-
'c lows' Insurance Associations to do business in this
(c Jurisdiction."—Proceedings, 1895.
" The Grand Master, before granting a Dispensation
I for the Institution of a Subordinate Lodge, shall con-
\ \ suit the Lodge or Lodges, if any, in the immediate Dis-
" trict in which the proposed Lodge will be located, and if. 1449
" a reasonable objection is made, he shall not grant aDis-
I pensation, but shall refer such application to the next
" Session of the Grand Lodge."—Proceedings, 1896.
(( That members attending Sessions of this Grand
1 Lodge be permitted to wear a ribbon or badge in lieu of
"Regalia, in conformity with a Resolution adopted at the
"last Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge."—Proceedings, 1896.  INDEX
PAGE.
Admission of members at 18 years of age 1351, 1402, 1403
Age, misrepresentation at time of initiation 1347
Amendments to Constitution of Grand Lodge 1397
" " Subordinate Lodges. .1395, 1397, 1407,1408
Appeals—Ashcroft Lodge v. D. D. G. M. Munroe 1346
I Gray, T. C, v. Grand Lodge of B. C 1355, 1376
1 Green, D., v. Dominion Lodge 1356, 1381
" Mills, F., v. Mission City Lodge 1345
" Proctor, EL, v. Friendship Lodge  1345
Smith, G., v. Vernon Valley Lodge 1344
Badges in lieu of Regalia 1414
Benefits not to be denied through error of Secretary 1346
"       to whom payable  ». 1347
"       proposed legislation by Sovereign Grand Lodge 1382, 1394
Black-balling by Investigating Committee 1398,1404
" British Columbia Odd Fellow," appointed official organ of Grand
Lodge 1401
y British Columbia Odd Fellow," insertion of G. L. card in 1401
Certificate of health to be furnished by candidates 1395, 1407
Cipher Code and Key 1383, 1413
Committees, appointment of 1338,1354, 1417
I re Odd Fellows' Hospital, etc 1356
Consolidation of Lodges  .1351, 1401
Contingent Fund 1385, 1395
District Deputy Grand Masters, appointment of 1416
I " " "       power of 1347, 1350
1 " " I       qualifications of 1346 Grand
Page.
Dispensations required for Social Entertainments 1399, 1404
{j to institute new Lodges 1397
Dues, remission of 1395,1408
'      to be paid by members under suspension 1347
Election of Grand Lodge Officers in Subordinate Lodges 1406
Grand Lodge By-Laws, amendment to 1403, 1406
Constitution,       |  1397
" revision of 1851, 1398, 1402, 1406, 1413
Incorporation of 1355, 1362
Meeting, 1897 1402, 1405, 1406, 1412
Officers, election of 1391, 1406
-f       installation of 1415
Officers to make arrangements for transportation to
Kamloops 1412
Representatives, reduction in number of 1413
Master, appeals decided by 1344,1345, 13±6
appointments by 1343, 1415, 1418
decisions by , 1346, 1347, 1348
Dispensations issued by 1340, 1348
Expenses of 1342, 1399
Institutions by 1340, 1397
Installations by 1341
Miles travelled by 1343
Official visits bv 1341
permissions granted and refused by 13J4
proclamations issued by 1350, 1352, 1353
Report of 1339
Secretary, Bonds of..., 1355, 1399
Report of 1354
Representatives, election of 1397
instructions to 1394, 1402, 1414,1415
Report of 1363
Grand Treasurer, Bonds of 1355, 1399
Grand
Grand
a Page.
Grand Treasurer Report of 1363
Institution of Lodges 1340, 1397
Insurance Associations' 1347, 1350, 1352
Membership by deposit of Card 1346,1404
1 qualification for 1350, 1352,1375
Memorial page  1400,1415, 1437
Mileage 1403, 1406
"     and per Diem to Chairman of Committee on Finance 1404
Miriam Rebekah Lodge, invitation from 1407
Northern Light Lodge, Fargo, N. D., suspension of 1361
Odd Fellows' Home  1355, 1406
"       "       Insurance Association of B, C 1408
Patriarch Millitant Degree, expenses of  1415
Point Ellice Bridge disaster 1361, 1400
Printing forms, etc., supplied by Sov. Grand Lodge prohibited 1353
Proceedings, printing and distribution of 1361,1398
Rebekah assembly 1351, 1402
Lodge Constitution, revision of 1351, 1402
"     fee for reinstatement in 1347
"     terms of office in \ 1347
" "     qualification for membership in 1347
Recess, retiring and entrance during  1346, 1398
Reports of Committees, Credentials 1336
I Distribution 1390, 1391
Finance 1413
I Judiciary 1403
I Laws of Subordinates 1385,1396
Legislation (1394,1395,1398,1401
legislation j 1403) 1403j 140?j 140g
" Mileage and Per Diem 1405,1411
Petitions 1394
" Printing 1415
State of the Order 1396,1399, 1400, 1401
" Statistics re Dues and Benefits 1386
n
a
tt
tt
it
a Page.
Reports of D. D. G. M's 1350, 1400, 1421
Grand Master. 1339
"       Representatives 1363
"       Secretary 1354
Sire 1364
"       Treasurer 1363
|    Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of B. C 1408
Subordinate Lodges, abstracts of 1438
Resolution of Condolence 1400
Ribbon or Badge in lieu of Regalia 1414
Roll Call, record of not to be altered 1347
Secret Work, exemplification of 1404,1417
Standing Resolution 1397
Subordinate Lodge, change of name or location 1348
Trustees, qualification of 1348
Trials     1348
Vote of Thankss .1417, 1418 Past Grand Masters
OF THE-
GRAN if. LODGE OF B. C, I.O.O.F.
*J. S. Drummond ||| ^1874. • • ...Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
John Weiler:,|^^/^ 1875.^ . .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
tJ. P. Davies'.  fe^P Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
R. Roberts ;MSfM .1877..^^KVictoria Lodge, No. 1.
*W. J. Jeffree. ... p||| 1878 Columbia^Eodge, No. 2.
§Charles Gowen. ||§|t- 1879.- .• Victoria Lodge^No. 1.
J. Wriglesworth ,?^.188(|H0^ .Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
B. W. Shiles .1881 New "Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
Henry Waller. , 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
Alexander Phillips .|t>1883.J^ j .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
W. D. McKiLLiCAN^9^p^pl884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
Wm. McCoL&iQ^^^fc:.1885..^^New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
Fred'k Carne. .j|.. :^^.1886. |^.. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davies 1^^.. Ml.. .1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davies (re-elected). .1888. ^^Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. H. Meldram. . 2l^|. j. ||,1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
E. Quennell ... ^^^^.1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
^E. Phillips:v^^^^^S:1891. .^. .Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
J. E. Phillips M?;.. ^\1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
James Crossan 1893. .^|. .Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
T. C. Gray.§|1.......... ^1894.^?. .Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. E. Holmes. . •^^^^p-1895'^K^ictoria Lodg§^o. |
* Died 6th February, 1884. JjDied 20th September, 1879.
I Died 18th March, 1885. § Died 8th December, 1892. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF "BRITISH COLUMBIA, 1.0.0. F
H. B. Gilmour, Grand Master 1039 Nelson S|^, Vancouver
W. H. Morton, Deputy Grand Master.. Jr. Nanaimo
A. Henderson, Grand Warden Victoria
Fred'k Davey, Grand Secretary/. P. 0. Draw-er 69, Victoria.
Henry Waller, P. G-.jM., Grand Treasurer.Garnham P. O.
J.E.Phillips, P.G.M., G. Representative.. .Victoria
D.Welsh, Grand Representative.
Upp
... .New Westminster
S.'W. Edwards, Grand Chaplain.J^p; Victoria
W. E. Johnstone, Grand Marshal Vancouver
W. H. Gardiner, Grand Guardian New Westminster
A. Wilson, Grand Conductor.. 4fe; Nanaimo
D. D. Griffiths, Grand Herald  Vp.. .Wellington
The ne^-Annual'Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbfa^^p.'be held at Kamloops, commencing Wednesdav, the 9th
ofJu^l80fJ 	
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:
wsm
Subordinate Lodge Rituals. .1^
Ritual for Rebekah Lodges only
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Lodges .. JIH
Book 6f .Forms	
Book of Odes with music.
$ 3
White's Digest Edition 1895
^i
wm
L/odge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah)	
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges
Anniversary Odes ■&.	
Funeral Hymns, with Responses -	
Funeral Ceremony -"fp&s ...%... .j&L". J||
Anniversary Ceremony  .^^^t4..... 4:£..
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony  .^Sp
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of Rebekah.........
Certificate of Membership, on Plate paper	
Rebekah Certificate, on Plate paper *$V. ..
Officers' Roll Book....__.... ..„..... fM ..-?&,	
Question Book" I... ;:£. jfc. *fi
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders	
Initiation Petitions, form recommended by S. G. L Per 100
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart ::||. each
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1874 to 1885	
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work........ .,&'.. 	
Rebekahfploor Work.. r. ,£/. .... ......   . ,J£.	
Black Book % %.	
Code for government of Rebekah Lodges ,	
00
3 00
25
25
25
00
50
5
15
5
5
30
30
25
20
75
30
1 25
1 50
1 50
1 50,
3 00
2 00
50
50
2 00
25

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