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Odd Fellows' Hall,
Victoria, B. C, 12 June, 1895.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 1 o'clock P. M. this
day.
Present:—
T. C. Gray Grand Master.
W. E. Holines Deputy Grand Master.
P. J. Fonlds Grand Warden.
F. Davey      |     Secretary.
. D. Welsh      |     Treasurer.
A. W. Scoullar  | Representative.
R. Roberts, P. G. M  " do
D. Haggart,  | Chaplain.
T. F. Neelands  " Marshal.
G. Glover  " Guardian.
J. F. Stainton  " Herald.
The Grand Master appointed D. Menzies, P. G., No.
8, as Grand Conductor.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Marshal examined those present, and reported all duly qualified. ii94
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer and the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Secretary presented the Credentials of the
Representatives elected, also, the Certificates of those entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee on Credentials:—J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, J. E.
Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4; and B. W. Shiles, P. G. M.,
No. 3.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following report, which 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 presented
by the Grand Secretary and find the following: duly accredited:
Lodge.
Representatives.
Alternates.
Victoria, No. 1,
W. H. Huxtable.
C. W. Ross.
A. Stewart.
A. Graham.
A. G. Day.
J. York.
Columbia, No. 2,
J. Pottinger.
M. McCahill.
D. Anderson.
P. W. Dempster.
A. Henderson.
F. Taylor.
New Westminster, No. 3,
T. A. Muir.
W. E. Townsend
A. J. Holmes.
F. H. Meyer.
A. H. Ferguson.
A. McCorvie.
Dominion, No. 4.
G. Fowlie.
W. Walker.
R. A. Anderson.
A. R. Gauld.
Black Diamond, No. 5,
Robert Rivers.
D. G. Dailey.
W. H. Morton.
Geo. Ramsay.
Harmony, No. 6,
W. Anderson,
W. Gilchrist.
T. F. Haggart.
A. Robertson.
H. Mitchell.
M. Macdonald.
Excelsior, No. 7,
R. J. Marshall,
Geo. Ashwell.
Vancouver, No. 8,
W. A. Gallagher.
H. H. Davis.
A. Miller.
S. Hollander.
Tatnai, No. 9,
E. C. Davison.
M. J. Mclver.
Western Star, No. 10,
J. Mather.
A. Parker.
J. B. Jopson.
T. Ward.
H. B. Gilmour.
P. Campbell. Lodge.
Union, No. 11,
Selkirk, No. 12,
Royal City, No. 13,
Acme, No. 14,
Cloverdale, No. 15,
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,
Revelstoke, No. 25,
Pacific, No. 26,
Amity, No. 2'
Che am, No. 28,
Perseverance, No. 29,
Friendship, No. 30,
Banner, No. 31,
Mission City, No. 32.
Peerless, No. 33,
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Representatives.
R. Cessford.
J. H. Stirrett.
W. B. Townsend.
S. W. Edwards.
M. Henderson.
J. W. McCallum.
W. Hodson.
A. C. Aitken.
F. B. Jacques.
C. F. Yates.
F. S. Whiteside.
E. G. Pannell.
W. B. Skinner.
J. Z. Choate.
G, Munroe.
I. McLaren.
Wm. Lee.
W. Davis.
W. Hogg.
A. Parker.
G. L. Center.
A. McKenzie.
W. H. Gardiner.
R. Jardine.
Robert May.
A. A. Farwell.
C. H. Rummings.
J. Smith.
J. J. McDonald.
R. S. Cunninghan,
T. E. Waller.
I. J. Hingley.
D% Curtis.
Alternates.
Wm. Anthony.
A. Woodhouse.
C. S. Keith.'
Jno. Macmillan.
H. O'Neil.
W. Murray.
J. H. Matheson.
J. Cathcart.
W. Drury.
G. A. Miller.
E. G. Cavalsky.
A. Wilson.
J. Callin.
W. Fearn.
G. W. Shay.
I. Johnston.
T. Ward.
A. E. Mauld.
A. McAllister.
D. Galbraith.
F. G. Peto.
T. H. Rogers.
Also,  that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree:—
Victoria Lodge, No. 1,
Columbia, No. 2,
New Westminster, No.
Dominion, No. 4,
Black Diamond, No. 5,
Harmony, No. 6,
Excelsior, No. 7,
Vancouver, No. 8,
Tatnai, No. 9,
W. M. Dean, A- Stewart.
A. B. McNeil, D. Anderson.
A. J. Holmes, G. H. Grant.
A. R. Gauld, R. A. Anderson.
D. Ennis, S. Price.
W. Anderson, T. F. Haggart.
A. H. Gillanders.
A. J. Mould, H. H. Davis.
V. D. Curry. 1196
Western Star, Xo. 10,
Union, No. 11,
Selkirk, No. 12,
Royal City, No. 13,
Acme, No. 14,
Cloverdale, No. 15,
Kootenay, No, 16,
Duncan, No. 17,
Vernon Valley, No. 18,
Mount Pleasaxt, No. 19,
Centennial, No. 20,
Delta, No. 21.
Gold Range, Xo. 22,
Ashcroft, No. 23,
Island. No. 24,
Revelstoke, No. 25,
Pacifc, No. 26,
Amity, No, 27,
Cheaii, No. 28.
Perseverance, Xo. 29,
Friendship, No. 30,
Banner, No. 31,
Mission City, No. 32,
Peerless, No. 33,
T. Ward, J. B. Jopson.
R. Cessford, W. Anthony.
A. Woodhouse, J. H. Stirrett.
H. F. Clinton, H. T. Kirk.
M. Henderson.
J. W. McCallum, W. Murray.
W. Hodson, J. F. Hume.
A. C. Aitken, W. Dingwall.
F. B. Jacques.
I.W. Mills.
W. J. Marshall, E. G. Panixell.
D. B. Grant, W. B. Skinner, J. E. Gilmore
J. Z. Choate,. P. Wade.
I. Lehman, W. Fearn.
I. McLaren, G. W. Shay.
W. J. Lee.
G. L. Center, A. Mackenzie.
Robt. May.
D. Galbraith.
C. H. Rummings.
F. G. Peto.   I
J. J. McDonald.
R. S. Cunningham.
T. E. Waller.
JOS.E.PHILLIPS,
B. W. SHILES,
J. EDW. PHILLIPS,
/   Committee on
I     Credentials.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting, and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following brothers:—
A. Stewart, W. M. Dean, A. Graham, No. 1 ; R. C.
Fawcett, J. Pottinger, No. 2 ; A. J. Holmes, No. 3 ; D.
Curtis, R. A. Anderson, No. 4 ; W. Anderson, J. Haggart, No. 7 ; J. B. Jopson, P. Campbell. No. 10 ; J. H.
Stirrett, No. 12 ; S. W. Edwards, W. H. Cullin, No. 14 ;
T. R. Patterson, No. 15 ; W. Hodson, No. 16 ; A. C. Aitken, No. 17 ; F. B. Jacques, No. 18 ; E. G. Pannell, No.
20, W. B. Skinner, No. 21 ; G. Munroe, No. 23; I. W.
McEaren, No. 24; A. McKenzie, G. L. Center, No. 26 ;
R. May, No. 27 ; A. A. Farwell, No. 28 ; C. H. Rumm- ings, No. 29 ; F. G. Peto,  No. 30 ; J. J. McDonald, No
31 ; R. S. Cunningham, No. 32 ;
T. E. Waller, No. 3
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Bro.D.Barclay, P.G.of De Novo Eodge, No. 170, Port
Elgin, Ont., was reported in waiting and desirous of visiting the Grand Eodge. The Grand Master appointed J.
Crossan, P. G. M., to retire and introduce the brother,
which was accordingly done and Bro. Barclay was cor-
dially welcomed.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments
to fill the Standing Committees, which, when completed,
consisted as follows :—
Finance.—J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., No. 4 ; A. H. Ferguson, No.
3; A. A. Farwell, No. 28.
Appeals.—B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., No. 3; W. Hogg, No. 10; J. E.
Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3; W. McColl, P. G. M., No. 3; W. H. Morton,
No. 5.
Laws op Subordinates.—H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2; J. E. Phillips,
P. G. M., No. 4; J. Macmillan, No. 14; G. Fowlie, No. 4; C. W. Ross.
No. 1.
Petitions.—J. Crossan, P. G. M., No. 5; F. S. Whiteside, No. 20;
W. B. Townsend, No. 13; J. J. McDonald, No. 31; A. Henderson, No. 2.
State of the Order—A. Parker, No. 10: A. W. Scoullar, No. 8;
J. F. Stainton, No. 21; E. C. Davison, No. 9; G. A. Miller, No. 19; G.
Ash well, No. 7.
Legislation.—W. McColl, P. G.M., No. 3; J. Callin, No. 22; A.Mc-
Kenzie, No. 26; W. Hodson, No. 16; G. Munroe, No. 23.
Judiciary.—J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2; A. G. Day, No. 1; A.
Miller, No. 8.
Mileage and Per Diem.—H. B. Gilmour, No. 10; R. Rivers, No. 5;
W. H. Gardiner, No. 13; J. H. Stirrett, No. 12; W. E. Townsend, No. 3.
The Grand Master read his report.
Vancouver, B. C, June 12, 1895.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.OF.:
Grand Officers, Representatives and Brethren.—For the Twenty-
first time we are permitted by an All-Wise Father to assemble together
to review the labors of the past year and to endeavour to legislate for the 1198
best interests of our Order.   Our first duty is to give thanks to Him
who has crowned our efforts with such great success.
GENERAL CONDITION OF THE ORDER,
I am pleased to say that the past year has showTn the greatest
advancement, both numerically and financially that we have ever experienced in this Jurisdiction.
NEW LODGES
Since our last Session, Eleven Subordinate and One Rebekah Lodge
have been added to the Roll. I have therefore much pleasure in asking
that Charters for same be granted.
Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, Revelstoke, instituted on March 2nd, 1894,
by D.D. G.M. Bro. J.H.Stirrett, of Donald, assisted by Brothers from
the surrounding District.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver, instituted on March 5th, 1894, by
the Grand Master, assisted by several Past Grands from the City Lodges.
Amity Lodge, No. 27, New Westminster, instituted on April
30th, 1894, by the Grand Master, assisted by Bro. B. W. Shiles, P. G. M.,
and D. Welsh, G. T., and several Past Grands from the City Lodges.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz, instituted on May 11th, 1894, by
the Grand Master, assisted by Bro. D.Welsh, G. T., and several Past
Grands from the surrounding District.
Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, Northfield, instituted on June 18th, 1894,
by the Grand Master, assisted by Bro. J. Crossan, P. G. M., Bro. A. H.'
Blackeby, Grand Patriarch of Ontario, and other Past Grands.
Friendship Lodge, No. SO, Nanaimo. instituted on June 19th, 1894,
by the Grand Master, assisted by Bro. J. Crossan, P.G.M., Bro. A.H.
Blackeby, Grand Patriarch of Ontario, and several Past Grands from
the City Lodges.
Banner Lodge, No. SI, Wellington, instituted on Aug 1st, 1894, by
Bro. D. Welsh, Grand Treasurer, assisted by Bro. J. Crossan, P.G.M.,
and Past Grands from the surrounding District.
Mission City Lodge, No. S2, Mission, instituted on Aug. 24th, 1894,
by Bro. D. Welsh, G. T. assisted by Past Grands from New Westminster.
Peerless Lodge, No. SS, Victoria, instituted Sep. 14th, 1894, by Bro.
W. E. Holmes, D. G. M. assisted by several Past Grands from City Lodges.
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, Golden, instituted on March 2nd,
1895, by Bro. J.H.Stirrett, D. D. G. M., of Donald, assisted by several Past
Grands from Revelstoke and Donald.
Cedar Lodge, No. 35, Cedar District, instituted March 21st, 1895, by ii99
the Grand Master, assisted by Bro. J. Crossan, P. G. M., E. Quennell
P. G. M., D. Welsh, G.T., and several others from surrounding District.
REBEKAH  LODGES
Bethel Lodge No. 7, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, instituted on
March 12th, 1895, by the Grand Master, assisted by Bros. P. J. Foulds,
G. W., D. Welsh,G. T., and several others from the City Lodges.
OFFICIAL  VISITS.
Since last session, I have endeavored to visit as many Lodges as I
possibly could, and, when I had the pleasure of meeting the Brethren I
was always received with the greatest cordiality, and invariably found
the Lodges in a healthy condition, especially when the floor work was
introduced.
On November 8th, 1894, in company with Bro. A.W. Scoullar, Grand
Representative, I visited a joint meeting of New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3, Royal City Lodge, No. 13, and Amity Lodge, No. 27, New Westminster. There was a good attendance, and Bro. Scoullar explained the
several changes that were made during the last session of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge. Oddfellowship in the Royal City is in a flourishing condition.
On December 1st, 1894, accompanied by Grand Representative
Scoullar, I visited a joint meeting of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5., Centennial Lodge, No. 20, and Friendship Lodge, No. 30, Nanaimo. The
Lodges here, are also in good shape, both financially and numerically.
Bro.Scoullar explained the changes in the secret Work made at the last
session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
On February 19th, 1895,1 visited Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, North -
field. This Lodge is having rather up-hill work on account of the mines
closing down; however, they are determined to stick to the old boat until times improve, when they expect to do good work for Oddfellowship.
On February 19th, 1895, I visited Banner Lodge, No. 31, Wellington.
This Lodge is composed mostly of young men. I predict for it, a bright
future. ' ,
On February 21, 1895, I visited Friendship Lodge, No. 30, Nanaimo.
This Lodge is not making the progress I think it should, on account, I
understand, of the Officers not attending and taking an interest in the
working of the Lodge, and I would earnestly recommend Lodges when
choosing their Officers, to elect their best men and those only who are
likely to attend the meetings.
On March 18th, 1895, I visited Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Wellington.
This Lodge, financially, is one of the strongest in the Province and is
doing good work otherwise. 1200
On March 19th, 1895, I visited Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, North-
field, for the second time, and found everything going along smoothly.
On March 20th, 1895,1 visited Banner Lodge, No. 31, Wellington,
also, for the second time, and found everything in good shape.
On May 2nd, 1895, I visited Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack.
Although this Lodge had the misfortune to loose its hall and paraphernalia by fire, I am pleased to state that they are in good shape both
financially and numerically, and contemplate building again in the
near future. I also had the pleasure of meeting the members of Ruth
Rebekah Lodge, after the Subordinate Lodge adjourned. The Orangemen's night of meeting conflicting with theirs, they had to postpone
their regular meeting and I could not ipeet them in session as I intended ; however, I am pleased to state that they are getting along splendidly and are increasing in membership.
On May 15th, 1895, I visited Western Star Lodge, No, 10, Vancouver. This being my own Lodge, I was very much pleased to witness
the team confer the Second Degree on a member of Pacific Lodge, No.
26, which they did in good style.
On May 21st, 1895, accompanied by Grand Representative Bro. A.
W. Scoullar, I visited Pacific Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver. This Lodge
was instituted on March 5th, 1894, and now has two hundred and sixty
members, being the "banner" Lodge of the Province numerically, with
as substantial sum in the Treasury. We had the pleasure of seeing the
Initiatory Degree conferred on two candidates in "number one" style.
They are proud of their team work and encourage it, believing that it
keeps up the interest in the work and increases the attendance.
On May 22nd, 1895, I visited Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, Vancouver. During the evening I witnessed the Degree Team perform the
beautified floor work. This Lodge is increasing in membership very
fast, and I feel satisfied that under the able captaincy of Bro. D. Menzies it will be the "banner Lodge" of the Province before another year.
On May 29th, 1895, I visited Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops. This
Lodge is also in good shape and is doing a good work.
On May 31st, 1895, I visited Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, North
Bend.   This Lodge is in good shape financially and otherwise.
On June 1st, 1895, I visited Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz. This
Lodge has a Hall of its own and is almost out of debt. They also have
the work up very good.
On June 8th, 1895, I visited Mission City Lodge, No. 32, Mission.
This Lodge has a very comfortable place of meeting, but in common
with other agricultural districts, have suffered from the prevailing depression ; however, they are hopeful that during the coming year they
will considerably increase their membership. I20I
This Lodge has experienced the same trouble that Mount Pleasant
Lodge did at its Institution, viz.: the Lodge which Initiated and conferred the Degrees on the applicants for the Charter neglected to retain
the amount collected for Initiation, etc., until the Lodge was Instituted
but returned it to the brothers, who, when their Lodge was Instituted,
paid in $5.00 only instead of $10.00 as laid down by our Grand Lodge
Constitution. I am pleased to say that after carefully explaining the
matter to them they agreed to pay in the balance. I would earnestly
recommend Lodges in future, when conferring the Degrees on candidates for the purpose of starting a new Lodge, to retain the money collected for Initiation, etc., until the Lodge has been Instituted, and
thereby avoid any misunderstanding.
INSURANCE
Immediately after assuming the duty of Grand Master I endeavoured
to introduce our Local Insurance Association to every Brother I came
across and succeeded in getting a few to join us, but I found out subsequently when explaining our standing to business men that they
would have nothing to do with it.
Sometime in March, 1894, I received a communication from R. Meek,
Secretary of the Odd Fellows'Relief Association of Canada,for information
with reference to a letter he had sent to the Grand Secretary previous to
our last Session, requesting permission to do business in this Jurisdiction. I wrote him that the Grand Lodge had simply received and filed
his application. On April 22nd, I received another letter from Mr. Meek,
calling my attention to the Legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at
the session of 1892, which states that Executive Officers have no option
in the matter but must grant licenses to Odd Fellows' Insurance Assoc:-
ations making application therefor, they having complied with the requirements of the law\ Previous to the above I have corresponded with
the Grand Secretary, Bro Davey on the subject, who contended that it
would be illegal for them to do business without first receiving our Grand
Lodge's permission. However, after looking up the proceedings of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge of 1892, we came to the conclusion that we had to
grant them the certificate as requested, so after receiving another application and the requisite fee, we forwarded them the same.
In the early part of June, 1894, A. H. Blackeby, Superintendent of
Agencies of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, arrived in
Vancouver, and called on me to see what could be done with a view to the
amalgamation of the two Associations. I informed him that I was not
a member of the local Association except by virtue of my office as Grand
Master, and at his request accompanied him to Victoria to meet the
Executive Officers and ascertain their views on this matter. We first
proceeded to the Grand Secretary's residence, and after a long talk with
Bro. Davey he gave us to understand that if an amicable arrangement 1202
could be made he would like to see them amalgamated. We then interviewed the President, Bro. Phillips. Although at first he seemed to be
opposed to the amalgamation, but after hearing Mr. Blackeby'-S statement of the standing of his Association, he, (Bro. Phillips) was also of
the opinion that it would be better for all concerned if we could arrange
matters. The Vice President, Bro. Day, also after going into the proposition expressed his opinion that it would certainly be better to have
one Association only for the whole Dominion of Canada. A meeting was
then called when the proposition was thoroughly discussed and all were
of the opinion that if matters could be arranged satisfactorily they
would like to see an amalgamation take place. Mr. Blackeby then
wired his Head Office to see on what terms they would take our members in. Their reply, I understand, was not satisfactory and the matter
was dropped for the time being. Bro. Blackeby returned East with the
intention of bringing the proposition before the General Meeting of the
Odd Fellows' Relief Association, which would take place at the City of
Kingston on August 7th, 1894. On July 10th, I started for Ottawa
where I remained for some time. A few days previous to the meeting
I received a telegram from Mr. Meek, the Secretary of the Association,
inviting me to attend the meeting, which I did, and was appointed one
of a committee of four to report on the advisibility of amalgamating
with the British Columbia Association, and also on what terms the same
should be consummated. Our report might be summed up as follows:
We recommend that the 0. R. A. of Canada accept the members of the
B. C. Association without a medical examination, and give each member a Policy in the 0. R. A. of Canada for one thousand dollars. The
B. C. Association to cease doing business and turn over all assets to the
0. R. A.
This report came before the General Meeting, and after a long discussion was laid over for one year, in the meantime, the Executive
Officers were instructed to correspond with our Association and ascertain our views and report at the next general meeting. I have received
several communications lately from the Secretary of the 0. R. A. stating
that the Secretary of our local Association declines to answer his letters,
for reasons, no doubt, he will be able to explain.
I would earnestly recommend the local Association to endeavour in
every possible way to bring about an amalgamation. A great many
of our members are of the same opinion as myself, that is, that it is
almost an impossibility to make a success of any local Insurance Association especially in a district so extensive as ours with Lodges so far
apart and travelling expenses so high.
decisions.
1.    Ques.—Can a minister of the gospel be admitted to a Lodge free
of charge ? 1203
Ans.—No, unless provision is made for the same in your Constitution.   (Sec. 371, W. D., 1889.)
2. Ques.—When are changes made by the Grand Lodge in Subordinate Constitutions in force ?
Ans.—Immediately after their adoption by said Grand Lodge.
3. Ques,—Can you rent an Odd Fellow's Hall to other Societies,
providing it has been dedicated ?
Ans.—Yes.
4. Ques.—Is it necessary to dedicate an Odd Fellow's Hall ?
Ans.—No.
o.
Ques.—Is it legal to confer Degrees on more than one candidate
at the same time ?
Ans.—It depends altogether which Degree you wish to confer.
6. Ques.—Can a Lodge refund a clergyman money paid for Initiation and Degrees ?
Ans.—No.
7. Ques.—How do you construe the clause in our By-laws which
reads as follows: "Brothers must be sick seven days to receive benefits,
and no brother shall be entitled to benefits until he has been a member
for six months." ?
Ans.—If a member is sick six days he receives no benefits, but if
sick seven days or longer, he is entitled to benefits from the commencement of his sickness, providing always, that he has been a member six
months.
8. Ques.—Can a Lodge elect a Brother to an office, he not being
present at the time ?
Ans.—Yes, providing he accepts the nomination.
9. Ques.—The N.G. being absent and there being Degrees to confer,
the V. G. called a Past Grand to preside (who was in arrears for dues).
After conferring Degrees, he still retained the Chair while the election
of officers was going on.   Was the election legal ?
Ans.—Yes, providing no objection was made at the time to the Past
Grand taking the chair.
10. Ques.—Is it within the jurisdiction of a Lodge to prefer a charge
against a brother for receiving monies from another brother under false
pretences and then leaving the country ?
Ans.—Yes.
11. Ques.—Is frequenting houses of ill-fame "conduct unbecoming
an Odd Fellow." ? 1204
Ans.—Yes.
12. Ques.—Is it necessary to notify Lodges of Brothers suspended
for non-payment of dues ?
Ans.—No. j
13. Ques.—Is a brother entitled to sick benefits at the expiration of
six months from night of joining a Lodge providing sickness commenced some time before said six months had expired ? (the By-laws
read as follows: "a Brother must bo a member six months before he is
entitled to benefits.")
Ans.—Yes, providing he was in good standing.
14. Ques.—Is it allowable to print Funeral Services in back of Bylaws ?
Ans.—No.
15. Ques.—Can you prefer charges against two Brothers jointly ?
Ans.—No, you must make separate charges.
16. Ques.—In case of a confliction between our Constitution and
White's Digest, which are we to be governed by ? particular reference
being made to section 1590, W. D., 1889.
Ans.—In this case you are to be governed by your own Constitution
17. Ques —Is it a violation of our obligation to use a guide to the
Unwritten Work ?
Ans.—Yes.
18. Ques.—Providing the whole amount of a Funeral benefit is not
expended in burying a Brother, have his relatives any claim on the
Lodge for the balance, he not having any person depending upon him
neither was he depending upon any person else at the time of his death?
Ans.—No.
19. Ques.—Can a Noble Grand refuse to admit a Brother to his
Lodge, he being in arrears for dues ?
Ans.—No, unless he has been suspended.
20. Ques.—Can a Brother hold the office of D. D. G. M. and Noble
Grand at the same time ?
Ans.—Yes.
21. Ques.—Can a rejected applicant be balloted on for the second
time inside of a year ?
Ans.—No, except on a reconsideration within the specified time.
22. Ques.—Is it legal for a D. D. G. M. of a Rebekah Lodge to be
obliged to receive the Term Password through the D. D. G. M. of a Sub- ordinate Lodge
Lodge ?
Ans.—Yes.
the said D. D. G. M. not being a member of a Rebekah
APPEALS
On April 18th, 1894, I received through the Grand Secretary from
the Sovereign Grand Lodge all papers in connection with the Appeal
of Bro. D.Green, of Dominion Lodge, No, 4., Victoria, all of which I forwarded to. P. G.M. Bro. Shiles, Chairman of the above committee.
On January 7th, 1895, I received an appeal from J. H. Matheson a
Past Grand of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, against the decision of
the above Lodge in connection with the election of Officers on December
7th, 1894; to wit, At the above meeting, the Noble Grand was absent
and there being degrees to confer the Vice Grand requested a Past Grand
to take the chair—which he did—and after conferring the Degree he still
retained the chair while the election of Officers was going on. The said
Past Grand was in arrears for dues at time. Tlie Lodge decided that the
election was legal. Bro. Matheson contended that the fact of the Past
Grand being in arrears would invalidate the election, and therefore
appealed to the Grand Master. After receiving a copy of the minutes of
the meeting of the above date and finding that no objection was made
at the time to the Past Grand taking the chair, I decided that the Officers were legally elected and dismissed the Appeal accordingly.
PFRMISSIONS GRANTED
February 19th, 1894, to Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, to hold a ball in the
the name of the Order.
February 22nd 1894, to Western Star Lodge, No. 10, to receive application, ballot for, Initate and confer the Three Degrees the same night
for the purpose of instituting a new Lodge.
February 23rd, 1894, to Delta Lodge, No. 21, to hold a ball in the
name of the Order and wear regalia.
March 29, 1894, to Western Star Lodge, No. 10, to confer the First
Degree upon a member the same night that he was initiated.
April 4th, 1894, to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to receive application for
membership, ballot for, Initiate and confer the Three Degrees the same
night for the purpose of instituting a new Lodge.
April 23rd, 1894, to Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, to hold an excursion in the name of the Order and wear regalia.
April 23rd, 1894, to Victoria. Lodge, No. 1; Columbia Lodge, No. 2;
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, and Acme Lodge, No. 14, to hold a celebration
and ball in the name of the Order and wear regalia.
April 28th, 1894, to Celebration Committee, Victoria, to take up a I206
collection  at the Opera House, the said monies collected to   form   a
nucleus towards building an Odd Fellow's Home at some future day.
May 14th, 1894, to Black Diamond Lodge, No 5, to receive applications for membership, ballot for, Initiate and confer the Three Degrees
the same night for the purpose of instituting a new Lodge.
May 15th, 1894, to Duncans Lodge, No. 17, to hold a picnic in the
name of the Order and wear regalia.
May 21st, 1894, to Cheam Lodge, No. 28, to Initiate and confer the
Three Degrees the same night.
May 28th, 1894, to Harmony Lodge, No. 6, to appear in regalia for
the purpose of having members and hall photographed.
June 24th, 1894, to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to hold a ball in the
name of the Order and wear regalia.
October 22nd, 1894, to Cheam Lodge, No. 28, to hold a ball on
December 7th in the name of the Order and wear regalia.
November 21st, 1894, to Mission City Lodge, No. 32, to j hold a ball
in the name of the Order and wear regalia on December 12th.
November 25th, 1894, to Island Lodge, No. 24, to elect a scarlet degree
member to the chair of Noble Grand, all other qualified Brothers refusing to act.
November 30, 1894, to Duncans Lodge, No. 17, to hold a public dedication of hall on December 14th.
December 7th, 1894, to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to hold meetings until
duplicate Charter arrives, original being destroyed by fire.
December 17th, 1894, to Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, to hold a public
installation of Officers.
December 20th, 1894, to Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, to hold meetings until they receive a duplicate Charter, original being destroyed by
fire.
December 27th, 1894, to Peerless Lodge, No. 33, to hold an entertainment in the name of the Order.
January 4th, 1895, to Cheam Lodge, No 28, to hold a public installation of Officers.
January 11th, 1895, to Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, to hold two
entertainments in the name of the Order during March and April.
March 9th, 1895, to Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a public dedication
of their Hall
April 10th, 1895, to Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a ball in the name
of the Order on May 3rd. 1207
April 10th, 1895, to Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a social
dance in the name of the Order on April 26th.
May 7th, 1895, to Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No 7, to hold an entertainment in the name of the Order on May 15th.
May 7th, 1895, to Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No.4, to hold an excursion
on May 24th in the name of the Order.
May 7th, 1895', to Excelsior Lodge, No.7, to hold an excursion on
May 24th in the name of the Order.
May I0th,1895, to Kootenay Lodge No. 16, to hold an excursion on
May 24th in the name of the Order.
May 10th, 1895, to Selkirk Lodge, No.12, to hold a ball in the name
of the Order and wear regalia.
May 16th, 1895, to Harmony Lodge, No. 6, to appear in regalia for
the purpose of attending Divine Service.
May 16th, 1895, to Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, to appear in regalia
for the purpose of attending Divine Service.
SPECIAL PERMISSIONS.
April 23rd, 1894, I received a communication'from the Secretary of
Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, requesting permission to appeal to the
Lodges in this Jurisdiction for assistance for the purpose of building a
Hall. Knowing the situation of the above Lodge, and realizing the great
need they had of a suitable place to meet in, I granted their request, and
I feel satisfied that the members of those Lodges who so liberally subscribed, could they see the neat and comfortable Hall that has been
erected they would consider their money well spent.
The following Lodges subscribed in answer to the appeal:—
Columbia Lodge, No. 2 $50.00
Amity Lodge, No, 27  25.00
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7 25.00
Pacific Lodge, No. 26  15.00
Duncans Lodge, No. 17  15.50
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3  10.00
Centennial Lodge, No. 20   10.00
Western Star Lodge, No. 10  10.00
Victoria Lodge, No. 1 1  10.00
Harmony Lodge, No. 6 '  10.00
Total .$180.50
PERMISSIONS REFUSED.
On May 21st, 1894, refused Cheam Lodge, No. 28, permission to hold
meetings every alternate week. I2o8
On June 1st, 1895, refused the Grand Lodge of Wyoming permission
to solicit aid from the subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction for the
purpose of building a Hall destroyed by fire on March 14th last.
COMPLAINTS.
I received a communication from the Grand Secretary of Manitoba
in reference to Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, in this Province, refusing to
pay one Bro. Geo. Smith, a member of that Lodge, benefits. Said Bro.
Smith, was under the care of the Relief Board of Winnipeg for some
time, they paying him his benefits as requested. Leaving there, he went
to his home somewhere in Quebec, and North Star Lodge, No. 48, Cam-
bleton, N. B. being the nearest Lodge (I persume) he made application
to them for his benefits, which they refused, believing him not to be
entitled to them, he immediately wrote Bro. Shanks the Grand Secretary of Manitoba, who was also Secretary of the Relief Board in Winnipeg, informing him of the action of above Lodge. Bro. Shanks wrote
me as above and requested me to look into the case. After receiving
his letter, I wrote North Star, also Vernon Valley Lodges for an explanation, some time after, I received their reply. Vernon Valley
Lodge left the whole affair in the hands of North Star Lodge and instructed them to pay the Brother if he was entitled to benefits. The
members of North Star Lodge, after examining into the case, were of
the unanimous opinion that the Brother was not entitled, and so informed him. After receiving several communications in connection
with the above complaint, I came to the conclusion that North Star
Lodge, No. 48, Cambleton, N. B. was the only party in a position
to judge whether the Brother was entitled to benefits or not, and so
informed the Grand Secretary^of Manitoba.
' ANNIVERSARY.
I issued the usual Anniversary Proclamations both for 1894 and
1895.
MEMORIAL DAY PROCLAMATION.
In accordance with the requirements of the standing resolutions of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, I issued the usual Proclamations for the
years 1894 and 1895.
FIRES.
Since our last session, Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack, had the
misfortune to lose its hall by fire.
Ruth Rebekah Lodge also suffered by losing its charter and regalia.
I would therefore recommend that duplicate charters be granted the
above Lodges free of charge.
NEW DISTRICT DEPUTIES.
On June 20th, 1894,1 appointed Bro. A. A. Farwell, P. G., D. D. G.
M., for District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 28. 1209
Bro. W. E. Holmes, Acting Grand Master, appointed D. Welsh, G.
T., D. D. G. M. for District No. 18 comprising Lodge No. 32,
CHANGE OF D. D. G. MASTERS.
Since our last session several District Deputies have resigned and
others have been appointed in their places. The following resignations
have been accepted:—
Louis Mounce, D. D. G. M., for District No. 4; Bro. H. Mitchell
appointed, who also resigned when D. Haggart was appointed. G. W.
Aldous, D. D. G. M., for District No. 11; Bro. E. C. Arthur appointed.
THE  REBEKAHS.
This branch of our Order has made very good progress during the
past year. One new Lodge has been added to our number, and I am
pleased to state that Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, which had not held a
meeting for quite a while previous to our last session is now in a flourishing condition.
NEW  LODGES  AND  THEIR  DISTRICTS.
I placed the new Lodges in the following districts
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INSTALLATIONS,
March 5th, 1894, I installed the Officers of Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
Amity J No. 27.
Cheam | No. 28.
Perseverance No. 29.
Friendship No. 30.
Mt. Pleasant No. 19.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
Island " No. 24.
Cloverdale No. 15.
Cedar Lodge, No. 35.
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Island Lodge, No. 24.
On May 30th. 1895, assisted by several Past Grands from surrounding
District, I duly dedicated the hall of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
IN MEMORIAM.
Since our last session several of the Brethren of our Order have
passed away to join the Grand Lodge above and among them one who
was an enthusiastic and honored member of our Organization. I refer
to Bro. Robert Scott, P. D. G. M., a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 6,
Wellington, B. 0., who died on the 19th day of April, 1894.
I am sure you will all join with me in extending to the families of
our deceased Brothers our expressions of sympathy in their great bereavement.
Attached are the reports of my Deputy Grand Masters.
CONCLUSION.
I have endeavoured by the closest possible application to the duties
of the Office of Grand Master to show my appreciation of the high and
distinguished honor you have conferred upon me. If any error has been
committed I assure you it was unintentional. Not a Lodge or member
did I knowingly wrong. The responsibilities of the Office are many and
great. I shall always retain a vivid recollection of the many pleasant
incidents and high ho Dors, that I, through your kiod indulgence, have
been the recipient, and I shall always be zealous and assiduous for the
advancement of our noble Order.
Brethren, before closing my report I desire to thank all those who
so kindly assisted me at the Institution of New Lodges and also at the
Dedication of new halls. Trusting that my successor may have the kind
assistance that the Brethren have always shown me, I bid you one and
all, an Official Adieu.
Fraternally yours,
THOMAS COOK GRAY,
Grand Master.
Victoria, B. C June 3rd, 1895.
Thos. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, Grand Lodge of B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in presenting my report as D. D. G. M. for District No. 1, from February, 1894, to date.
February 20th, 1894, received my commission as D. D. G. M. from
Grand Secretary, Bro. Davey, and acknowledged the same. I2II
DISPENSATIONS.
March 17th, 1894, received an application from Acme Lodge, No. 14,
for a dispensation to permit it to confer the three degrees on Bro. Billings-
by, in less than four weeks,
I granted the dispensation, the new law permitting them to do so
without a dispensation not yet being published and to save delay to the
Brother.
March 24th, 1894, received an application from Dominion Lodge,
No. 4, for a dispensation to permit it to confer the three degrees of the
Order on Bro. A. W. Roland, in less time than four weeks, the Brother
being about to leave the City. The Secretary adding: "I make this
application as we have received no official information regarding the
law passed in the Grand Lodge last session regarding this matter."
I did not grant this dispensation but quoted the amendment to the
constitution of subordinates bearing on this point and ruled that it became law from the time of its adoption by the Grand Lodge.
May 22nd, 1894, received an application from Victoria Lodge, No. 1,
for a dispensation to permit it to elect to the office of Noble Grand, a
scarlet degree member Bro. A. Stewart, all the other qualified members
declining to serve.
I granted the dispensation.
INSTALLATIONS.
June 5th, 1894, Installed the Officers of Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
June 9th, 1894, Installed the Officers of Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
June 11th, 1894, Installed the Officers of Columbia Lodge, No. 2,
Bro. H. Waller, P. G. M., on my request kindly performing the part
installing the Treasurer to which office I had been elected by the Lodge.
June 16th, 1894, Installed the Officers of Acme Lodge, No.. 14.
September 14th, 1894, assisted in instituting Peerless Lodge.
October 19th, 1894, Installed the Per. Sec. of Peerless Lodge, No. 33,
that office having become vacant by resignation the incumbent being
also Rec. Sec.
January 2nd, 1895, Deputed Bro. H. Waller P. G. M., to install the
Officers of Columbia Lodge, No. 2. It being inconvenient for me to do
so on account of being elected Treasurer of this Lodge.
January 3rd, 1895, Installed the Officers of Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
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January 7th, 1895, Installed the Officers of Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
On this occasion Bro. Phillips, P. G. M., acting as Grand Marshal, reported the Vice and Noble Grand elect as not thoroughly conversant"
with the charges and work of  their respective offices and asked for 1212
instructions and before I proceeded with the installation a resolution
"that the officers be installed this evening" was unanimously passed by
theXiodge. I then ordered the Grand Marshal to bring in the officers
elect and after pointing out to them the importance of knowing their
charges and work, and they having promised me that they would perfect themselves in the same, I proceeded with the installation.
January llth, 1895, Installed the Officers of Peerless Lodge, No 33,
assisted by Bro. Holmes, Dep. G. M., acting Grand Warden. There was
a splendid attendance the large hall being filled and great interest
manifested in the ceremonies.
January 14th, 1895, Installed the Officers of Acme Lodge, No. 14.
February 27th, 1895, Installed the R. S. N. G. of Columbia Lodge,
the incumbent having resigned to leave the City.
I wish to express my pleasure at the willing assistance rendered me
by Past Grands during the installations and cannot refrain from praising Bro. J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., of No. 4, for the very strict and conscientious mangier in which he fulfilled the duties of Grand Marshal,
which important office he was kind enough to take at nearly all the
installations.
DECISIONS.
.Sept. 10th, 1894, received the following communication from Acme
Lodge, No. 14, through its Secretary.
"I have been instructed by Acme Lodge, to ask for your decision on
the law as to whether the Lodge can grant a withdrawal card without
applying personally or a written application under his own signature."
My reply was as follows:—
White's Digest, page 53, Section 185, reads as follows: "It is competent for a State Grand Lodge, to prescribe by law that all applications
for visiting or withdrawal cards must be in person or in writing."
The Grand Lodge of B. C, has not made use of this power in the constitution it has given to Subordinate Lodges, but leaves the manner in
which application shall be made an open question, for it directs in
Art. XI, Sec. 1., of Con. of Sub's, that "withdrawal cards may be granted to members," etc., etc., "when application is made." The By-laws
of Acme Lodge, in Article VI, Sec. 1., do not further define the mode of
•application, but refer to Art. II. (should be Art. XI) Sec. 1. of the Constitution.
It seems therefore reasonable that any bona fide application either
by the applicant in person or in writing or by him through a Brother
in open Lodge, may be acted upon and the card granted legally by the
Lodge, if in other respects the law governing applications for cards has
been complied with, and I rule accordingly. 1213
March 23rd, 1895, received the following question from Peerless
Lodge, No. 33.
"Is a member entitled to benefits after he has been a member for
six months who was taken sick previous to the expiration of the six
months?"
My reply was as follows:—
According to Art. XX, Sec. 1., of the By-laws of Peerless Lodge, a
Brother cannot receive benefits until he has been a member for six
months, but it does not stipulate that the Brother must be well those
six months in order to be entitled to benefits at the. expiration of that
time. Therefore, a Brother taken sick previous to the expiration of the
six months and in good standing at the time he was taken sick and still
in good standing at the end of the six months, will be entitled to receive
benefits from and after that period.
May 10th, 1895, received the following communication from Peerless
Lodge, No. 33:—
"Whereas, a brother has been paid several weeks benefits by this
Lodge, and his medical examiner ordered him off the sick list when six
days of the next week had expired, and whereas eight dollars and fifty
cents ($8.50) was voted for said six days, and whereas the question has
arisen: can this Lodge,in accordance with its By-laws, pay a portion of
a weeks benefits. Therefore, be it resolved, that the question as to the
legality of paying said portion of a weeks benefits be referred to the D.
D. G. M. for his decision."
My response to the above was as follows:—
In answer to your communication respecting my decision whether
your Lodge can legally pay a portion of a weeks benefits to a brother,
I wish to state that 1 have carefully looked into your By-laws regarding
the matter and have come to the conclusion that it is not in accordance
with the spirit and intent of Art. XX, Sec. 1, to pay benefits for a fraction of .a week as no amounts are stated for less than a week, and more
than that, the amounts stated as weekly benefits under the various
conditions are practically indivisible by seven and would cause an endless amount of trouble and even loss in paying such fractional amounts,
The secoud part of Sec. 1 clearly defines the wTeek as seven days, and
although a Subordinate Lodge has the right to provide by By-law for
payment of sick benefits for a fraction of a week it is not the general
usage of the Order,
See White's Digest, Sec. XX, page 11.
My decision is, therefore, that a motion in your Lodge to pay benefits for a portion of a week or less than seven days, is illegal and should
have been so declared by the Noble Grand.
In concluding my report, I wish to state, that a great many ques- 1214
tions of minor importance have been verbally asked me by the officers
of the various Lodges, and I have, in all cases, endeavored to give them
the required information, but did not deem it necessary to report them,
not being under the seal of the Lodge.
It has been a pleasure to me to see Oddfellowship progress in this
District, and though the older Lodges have perhaps lost numerically, it
has been more than made up by the membership of the new Lodge—
Peerless, No. 33—and financially, they are all in a good condition.
My duties as D. D. G. M. have been made pleasant by the kind and
fraternal feeling existing among the Lodges, and the assistance that on
all occasions has been extended to me so cheerfully at the installations
by Past Grands, for all of which I desire to express my sincere thanks.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
ANTON HENDERSON,
D.D.G.M. District No. 1.
New Westminster, B. C, May 27th, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, Grand Lodge of B. C.
Dear Sir and Bro.—I herewith submit for your approval my acts as
D. D. G. M. for District No. 2.
My first official act was granting permission to New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3, to initiate and confer first, second and third degrees on
same evening on Bros F. W. Hughes, Herbert Vallous, A. N. York,
R. S. Cunningham, Jas. Kines, Q. McMauriara, H. Windebank, Fred
Mills, for the purpose of starting new Lodge at Mission City, B.C.
Sometime after, I had the pleasure of taking part in the institution
of Mission City Lodge, and I understand that at the present time they
have a prosperous Lodge.
On April 13th the following question was submitted by New Westminster Lodge, No. 3. for my decision:—
" Can the dues of a sick Brother who is in arrears be paid up during
his sickness so that in case of death he will be entitled to funeral
benefits."
Answer.—No. As your By-laws do not provide for* funeral benefits,
but the widow or dependent relatives would be entitled to the amount
provided by your By-laws for funeral expense, if such expense is incurred,
see Art., XX, Section 4, and also latter part of Article XVI of your Bylaws. I would also refer you to White's Digest, Sections 99 to 103
inclusive. 1215
April 14th, granted permi sio»» to Royal City, No. 13, to confer first
second and third degrees on Brothers Kilpatrick, Lynn, Fulton, Adams,
Chambers, Harper, Calbeck and Hunter in less time than by By-laws
prescribed.
July 6th, installed the Officers of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
On Monday evening, July 16th, installed the N. G., and V. G. of
Amity Lodge, No. 27, to fill vacancy caused by resignation of N. G.
Gardiner, P. G. which was reported on at once to acting Grand Master
Holmes, as there was some irregularity in the elections.
Thursday, July 19th, assisted by Brothers B. W. Shiles, P. G. M. ;
P. J. Foulds, Grand Warden ; D. Welsh, Grand Treasurer; I installed,
the Officers of Royal City.Lodge, No. 13.
January 7th, 1895, assisted by P. G's from the local Lodges, the
Officers of Amity Lodge were installed in regular form.
January 10th, installed Officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 13, and on
the following evening the Officers of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
In the recent death of our late Bro. D. M. Cooper, M. D., we are
again reminded "that in the midst of life we are ip death." Although
his friends knew that since the death of his wife—a few weeks previous—
he was not in his usual health, yet his very sudden death was a shock to
the community.
The writer spent the evening with him at a fraternal gathering, and
parted with him but an hoar or two before his death.
He was a friend to the poor, ever ready to do a kind deed. There are
many in New Westminster who will miss the Doctor's genial and kindly
greeting.
In conclusion, considering the depressed financial condition of the
Province, for the past year, we have reason to feel proud of the phenomenal growth of the Order, not only in this District, but throughout the
jurisdiction.
While Oddfellowship may be the leading benevolent organization of
today, we must remember that there are sister organizations much
younger pushing us close for these honors. I would impress upon the
membership the necessity of more fully putting into practice the grand
principles of our Order—friendship love and truth. Brethren, we cannot
have too much fraternity.
Yours fraternally,
J. C. McARTHUR,
D. D. G. M. District No. 2. I2l6
Alexandria Mine, B. C, 30th May, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F., B. C. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—In answer to your request for my report
as D. D. G. M. for District No. 3, I beg to inform you that I have been
away from Nanaimo most of the veal- and deputized Bro. G.Holdnall, P.
G, to perform the duties of the office. He informs me he installed the
Officers of the respective Lodges in the District as follows:—
July 4th, 1894, Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
July 9th, 1894, Centennial Lodge, No. 20.
January 3rd, 1895, Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
January 4th, 1895, Friendship Lodge, No. 30.
January 14th, 1895, Centennial Lodge, No. 20.
No questions of importance have been asked during the year.
Yours respectfully,
ROBT GOURLAY,
D. D. G. M. District No. 3.
Wellington, B. C, June 4th, 1895.
Thos. C. Gray, Esq., Gfrand Master, Grand Lodge of I. 0. 0. F. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honour to submit the report of
my official acts since I was appointed D. D. in August of last year for
District No. 4, which now comprises Lodges No's 6, 29, 31.
On Jan. 7th, assisted by Past Grands of Harmony Lodge, installed
the Officers of that Lodge in their respective places.
On Jan. 8th, assisted by Past Grands of Harmony Lodge, installed
the Officers of Perseverance Lodge, No. 29.
On Jan. 18th, assisted by the same Past Grands, installed Banner
Lodge Officers. The institution of the two Lodges, "Perseverance" and
"Banner" in the past year is the best account I can give of the flourishing state of the Order in this District.
Banner Lodge is a particularly strong and progressive Lodge, and
although Perseverance Lodge, through trade contingencies has not progressed as they would have liked, the members are thoroughly imbued
with the importance of the work they have taken in hand, and Harmony
and Banner Lodges have ably assisted them both financially and with
their counsel. Harmony Lodge still flourishes and contains some of
the best Odd Fellows on the Coast.
No important questions were submitted to me, but what were satis- 1217
factorily answered by a perusal of similar questions answered in the
Digest.
Yours fraternally
. >
DAVID R. HAGGART,
D. D. G. M., No. 4.
Chilliwack, B. C, May 29th, 1895.
Thos. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in furnishing you
with a report of my official acts during my term of office. I cannot give
exact dates for the commencement of my term, as we lost all records
when our hall was burnt.
July 1st, 1894, installed the Officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.
Jan. 8 & 15,1895, installed Officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, except
V. G. who wTas sick and not installed until April, 22nd.
We have not admitted any members since the commencement of
1895.
Jan. 14, 1895, installed the Officers of Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4.
Yours in Fraternityr Love and Truth,
JOSEPH BANKS,
D. D. G. M. District, No. 5.
Kamloops, B. C, June 10th, 1895.
T C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in submitting the
following report of my official acts during my term of office, viz:—
June 18th, 1894,installed the Officers of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, except
Treasurer, R. S. V. G. and 0. G.
Aug. 12th, 1894, installed Treasurer, R. S. V. G. and 0. G.
Nov. 26th, 1894, granted dispensation to Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, to confer three degrees same evening on Bros. W. J. Jones and H. Armstrong.
Jan. 7th, 1895, installed Officers of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, except R. S.
V. G. and L. S. V. G.
Feb. 25th, 1895, installed the R. S. V. G., Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
April 1st, 1895, installed the L. S. V. G., Tatnai Lodge', No. 9.
June 10th, 1895, granted dispensation to Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, to
confer three degrees same evening on Bro. Hazlehurst. I2l8
I am pleased to add that Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, which is the only
Lodge in my District, continues to prosper, although the increase in
membership is rather slow.
The Lodge now ownes a hall, (with lot 70 x 120) which produces a
good rental; also a lot 50 x 120, both on the main street, and without
any incumbrance.
I may add that Tatnai Lodge has repeatedly expressed an earnest
desire that your Grand Lodge, should hold its session of 1896 at Kamloops, and trust that the efforts of our representative in this diriection
may be crowned with success.
I feel confident that, should the Grand Lodge see fit to hold their
next session here, it will be a material benefit to our Order throughout
the interior.
Fraternally yours
M. J. McIVER,
D. D. G. M. District No. 7.
Union, B. C, June 5th, 1835
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, L. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—As your D. D. for District, No. 8, I beg
leave to submit the following report:—
July 6th, 1894,. assisted by Past Grands Cessford, Mitchell and
Anthony installed Officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
January 4th, 1895, assisted by Past Grands Cessford, Anthony and
Ennis installed Officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
I have not been called on to decide any questions, therefore my term
of office has been pleasant.
While we cannot report very great financial progress during the
past term, I am glad to say we are a very live Lodge, and full of hope for
the future.
Respectfully submitted in F. L. and T.,
Andrew Mcknight,
D. D. G. M. District No. 8.
Donald, B. C, May 10th, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, L. 0. 0. F. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—As you Deputy for District, No. 9, I have
the honor to submit the following report:— March 2nd, 1894, acting under your instructions and assisted by a
number of P. G's of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, I instituted Revelstoke
Lodge, No. 25, and installed its Officers.
July 5th, 1894, installed the Officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
July 19th, 1894, installed the Officers of Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25.
August 30th, 1894, granted dispensation to Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to
confer three degrees on Bro. W. J. Williamson in one night.
January 3rd, 1895, installed the Officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
January 17th, 1895, installed the Officers of Revelstoke Lodge, 25.
March 12th, 1895, guided by your instructions and assisted by P. G's
Penzer, McLeod, Mathie, Urquhart, McGinnis, Woodhouse, Harte and
Palmer, I instituted Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, and installed its
Officers.
April 25th, 1895, granted dispensation to Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to
confer three degrees on Bros. A. E. Kincaid and G. Kemp, in one night
on account of their leaving the town.
May 9th, 1895, granted dispensation to Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to
confer three degrees on Bro. E. Toombs, in one night on account of his
being a non-resident.
I am pleased to report that the three Liodges over which I have had
the pleasure of acting, as your Deputy, are all in a healthy condition.
Revelstoke, No. 25, has done very good work since their institution although the initiations have not been so numerous as had been anticipated, yet, those who are becoming members will be a credit to the
Order. Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, has made an excellent start and
promises to become one of the best in the Province. And last, but not
least, Selkirk, No. 12 still keeps adding to its numbers, although weakened considerably by withdrawals to enter Revelstoke and Rocky Mountain Lodges, yet I am pleased to state that its membership is now greater
than ever, and is prospering in every way having built a hall at a cost
of about $2,500.00 furnished.
Fraternally yours,
J. H. STIRRETT,
D. D. G. M. District No. 9.
Cloverdale, B. C, June 8th, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master of I. 0. 0. F., of B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to submit to you the following report of my official acts as your Deputy for District, No. 10, for
the year last past:— 1220
July 13th, 1894, assisted by Bros. H.T. Thrift, P. G. and J. C. Murphy,1
P.G., I installed the Officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, for the second
term of 1894.
Nov. 23rd, 1894, granted to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, dispensation
to elect Bro. Thos. R. Patterson, to the office of N. G., it not appearing
on the'records that he had served a majority of nights in the term in the
chair of V. G.
April 12th, 1895, installed Bro. H. Bose, into the office of Recording
Secretary in the place of Bro. J. W. McCallum resigned.
No questions were submitted to me for decision.
Submitted in F. L. and T.,
WM. McDONAGH,
D. D. G.M. District No. 10.
Nelson, B. C,, January, 31st, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, L 0. 0. F:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to present to you the following report for the year 1894.
On April 30th, 1894, a motion was made in Kootenay Lodge, No. 16,
that there be no smoking allowed in the Lodge rooms, when more than
a quorum present and was declared carried by the Chair on May the
7th, 1894, the Lodge sustained the decision of the Chair. Brother Jas.
Neelands, appealed to me against the decision of the Lodge, on the
grounds the motion was out of order, I decided it was in order for the
night only on which it was made.
On July 23rd, installed the Officers of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, in
due form.
On Monday the 19th November, a question was referred to me asking was it conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow to visit a house of ill-fame,
also, an appeal from Bro. J.H. Matheson, against the action of Kootenay
Lodge, on the 12th November, that the election of Officers was illegal on
the grounds that Bro. Jas. Neelands, acted as N. G. and the Lodge was
notified as to him being in arrears which I referred to you along with
my resignation as your D. D. I am pleased to report that Kootenay
Lodge, No. 16, has made fairly good progress for the past two terms.
Yours fraternally,
G. W. ALDOUS,
D. D. G. M. District No. 11. 1221
Vernon, B. C, June 5th, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to present for your consideration the following report of my official acts as your Deputy during
my term of office.
On July 3rd, 1894, and on Jan. 8th, 1895, I had the pleasure of installing the Officers of Vernon Lodge, No. 18, for their respective terms.
On May 1st, 1894,1 granted a dispensation to confer the second and
third degrees at one session on Bro. G. Gladwyn.
On March 2nd, 1895, I gave a dispensation to confer the three
degrees in one evening on Bros. E. Spragett and D. McLaren, who live
at Kettle river about 125 miles distant from this City.
This short report embraces all the actions in which I have been concerned in my official capacity. I may add that despite the long period
of financial depression which has been severely felt in this District, our
Lodge continues in a satisfactory condition and we have every reason to
hope that with the return of better times our membership will be largely increased. During the present year it is probable that at least two
new Lodges will be instituted in this District, one at Kettle river and
one at Enderby, with the possibility of a third at Kelowna.
It is a matter of regret to our Lodge that you have been unable to
pay us an official visit during your term as Grand Master, as we had
looked forward with pleasurable anticipation to such an event.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Fraternally yours,
J. A. McKELVIE,
D. D. G. M. District No. 12.
Ladners, June 8th, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., G. M., L. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—Yours of the 3rd inst. to hand (re. D. D.
G. M's report) and in reply would say that I have in my official capacity
of D. D. G. M. granted no dispensations nor so far as I am aware have I
anything to report excepting the installation of Officers at the commencement of each of the two terms for which I have had the honor to represent you in this District.
I am, Sir,
Fraternally yours,
PAUL E. LADNER,
D. D. G..M. District No. 14. 1222
North Bend, B. G, May 25th, 1895.
T. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, L 0. 0. F, B. C. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—My work as D. D. G. M. for District, No.
15, has been small during my term.
July 21st, 1894, granted dispensation to Gold Range Lodge, No. 22,
North Bend, to elect a 3rd, degree member to the office of Noble Grand,
also to confer the 2nd, and 3rd, on Bro. H. Cancellor on the same evening.
Same date I installed the Officers of Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, into
their offices for term commencing July 1st, assisted by Bro. E. Mar-
shallsay of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9., Bro. W. Beam of Pacific Lodge, No. 26,
and Bro. Flesh man of Medicine Hat, N. W. T.
January 19th, 1895, installed the Officers of Gold Range Lodge, No.
22, for term commencing Jan. 1st, 1895, assisted by Bros W. Nelson and
H. Cancellor of same Lodge, Bro. Marshallsay of .Tatnai Lodge, No. 9,
and P. G. Bro. Adler of Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
Yours in F. L. and T.,
JOSEPH CALLIN,
D.D.G.M. District No. 15.
Ashcroft, B. C, 7th June, 1895.
Thos. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B. C, L. 0. 0. F. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in presenting, for
your approval, a report of my official acts, etc., as your deputy, for District No. 16, for the past term:—
March 3rd, 1894,-installed I. G., and L. S. S. of Ashcroft Lodge,
No. 23.
April 14th, installed R. S. V. G. and Chap., Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
July 7th, installed N. G., V. G, Treasurer, W., I. G., R. S. N. G.,
and L. S. N. G. of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
•   Aug. 4th, installed R. S. V. G., L. S. V. G., and Per. Secretary of
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
Nov. 24. Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, I. 0. 0. F., submitted the following question for my official decision, viz.:
Ques.—Can a Brother, who has been nominated for an office, be
elected to that office if not present in the Lodge room on night of
election ?
Ans.—Yes, if he accepted the nomination.
Jan. 5th, 1895, installed N. G., V. G., Treasurer, Per. Secretary, W.,
I. G., R. S. N. G„ L. S. N. G., and R. S. V. G., of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23. 1223
Jan. 26th, installed L. S. V. G. of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
I am pleased to be able to state, that Ashcroft Lodge is in a flourishing condition, and new members constantly coming in; also, that we
have been almost entirely free from sickness since my last report in
February, 1894. Only one death has occurred, that of Bro. Walter B.
Gladwin, one of our best members, and who. at the time of his death
held the honored position of Treasurer, and was the Vice Grand elect
for next term. We could ill afford to lose him as he was a good Odd
fellow and a true Brother.
Although Ashcroft Lodge is young in years and not very strong in
membership, still they have achieved a task which probably a good
many older and stronger Lodges would shrink from. They have erected
and finished a fine two story building, the upper part of which constitutes the Lodge room, etc., and the lower story, a dwelling house, which
is all paid for and owned by the Lodge. That is not a bad record, when
you take into consideration that they were only instituted on March
30th, 1893, and only number at the present time about forty members.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Fraternally yours,
JOSEPH W. BURR,
D. D. G. M. District No. 16.
Agassiz, June 10th, 1895.
Thos. C. Gray, Esq., Grand Master, G. L. of B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg to submit my report as D. D. of
Cheam Lodge, No. 28,1. 0. O. F.
Our Lodge is working in the greatest harmony and enthusiasm.
Very many of our officers conduct the work without the use of the
ritual.
On January 5th, 1895, I installed the Officers into their respective
stations.
On May 25th, our Officers for the remainder of the year 1895 were
elected.
All of which I respectfully submit.
Yours fraternally,
A. A. FAR WELL, D. D.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28.
Resolved,—That the report be received and referred to
a Committee to distribute to the various Committees. 1224
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee on Distribution:—J. Crossan, P. G. M. No. 5, A. W.
Scoullar, No. 8, J. Davies, P. G. M. No. 1.
W. E. Holmes, D. G. M. presented and read a report
of his duties whilst acting as Grand Master.
Victoria, B. C, June 12th, 1895.
To the Grand Lodae of B. C, I. 0. 0. P
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—On the 9th July last, I received a communication from Bro. T. C. Gray, G.M., informing me that he was about
to leave the Province for about two months, and asking me to attend to
the duties during his absence. Finding that communications intended
for the Grand Master were opened before reaching me, I deemed it
best to officially assume the duties of the office, and on the 16th of
August, I issued a circular letter to all the Lodges in the Jurisdiction to
that effect, and requesting that all communications pertaining to the
office of Grand Master be sent direct to me until further notice.
On the 11th of October, 1894, I received word from the Grand
Master that he had returned to Vancouver.
I now beg leave to submit for your consideration a report of my
official acts during the period of about three months.
AMITY LODGE, NO. 27.
This Lodge was instituted on 30th April, 1894, consequently on the
30th June, the first officers had not served a majority of nights of a term
and should continue in office for the next term. Bro. Gardiner, P.G. who
was installed as first N.G. resigned, rendering afresh election necessary.
No other brother of the Lodge was qualified by previous service to fill
the office, nor was a dispensation obtained to elect a brother not otherwise qualified. Brothers May and Johnson, were however, elected as
N. G. and V. G. respectively and installed by the D. D. G. M., Bro. J.
C. McArthur, on the 16th July. On the 18th July, Bro. McArthur,
wrote me detailing the circumstances of the case and stating that although fully aware of them at the time, and had warned the Lodge of
the illegality of the action, he had installed these brothers in deference
to the expressed wish of the Lodge, but he now wished me to investigate
the case.
Finding on enquiry from the Lodge, that the facts were as stated by
Bro. McArthur, I declared the election of the N. G. and V. G. null and
void and directed a fresh election to be held, also granted a dispensation
empowering the Lodge to elect Bros. May and Johnson to those offices,
in the event of no duly qualified brothers offering.   Ascertaining sub- 122
i>
sequently that there were other candidates for these offices than the
brothers named, I revoked this dispensation and issued another empowering the Lodge to elect any Scarlet Degree member.
DISPENSATIONS ISSUED.
To the Lodges in Victoria to hold an excursion in the name of the
Order on 28th July, 1894.
To Cloverdale Lodge, .No. 15, to publicly dedicate a new hall and
celebrate the event with a ball on 10th Aug., 1894.
To Royal City Lodge, No. 13, to hold an excursion in the name of
the Order on 14th Aug., 1894.
To the Lodges in Vancouver to hold an excursion on 22nd Aug., 1894.
Authorizing the balloting for and initiation of four candidates for
membership on the same night their applications were received, and
conferring the degrees in less time than the law allows, for the purpose
of enabling them to join with others in the application for a Charter for
Peerless Lodge, No. 33. Empowering the balloting for and initiation of
candidates for membership in Peerless Lodge, No. 33, on same night
their applications were received, also to confer the three degrees in less
time than otherwise allowed. Dispensation to remain in force four
weeks from date of institution of Lodge.
NEW LODGES.
Dispensations were issued and the following new Lodges instituted.
Banner Lodge, No. 31, at Wellington, instituted by Bro. D. Welsh,
Grand Treasurer, assisted by Bro. J. Crossan, P. G. M., and others on
1st Aug., 1894.
Mission City Lodge, No. 32, at Mission City instituted by Bro. D.
Welsh, Grand Treasurer.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33, Victoria, on 14th Sept., 1894, instituted by
myself assisted by Grand Secretary, Bro. Henderson, D. D. G. M., and
others.
COMMISSIONS.
Appointed D. Haggart, P. G. Wellington, as D. D.G. M. for District,
No. 4, vice H. Mitchell, P. G. resigned. Also placed Perseverance Lodge,
No. 29, and Banner Lodge, No. 31, under the jurisdiction of that official.
Appointed A. A. Farwell, P. G., Agassiz, as D. D. G. M. for District
No. 17, comprising Cheam Lodge, No. 28.
Appointed D. Welsh, P. G. Grand Treasurer as D. D. G. M. for
District No. 18, consisting of Mission City Lodge, No. 32.
DECISIONS.
A question having been submitted to me by Bro. E. Dickenson, P. 1226
G. and several other members of Acme Lodge, No. 14, as to whether it
was legal for that Lodge to pay for Hospital expenses of a brother in
addition to the sick benefits, I decided that this was a matter entirely
within the discretion of the Lodge.
In answer to a question from Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, decided that
the expenditure of Lodge funds for the purchase of "The Warden," a
paper devoted to tbe interests of Odd Fellowship in this jurisdiction, for
distribution to its members, was not illegal.
Yours fraternally,
WILLIAM EDWARD HOLMES.
Deputy Grand Master.
Resolved,—That the Report be received and handed
to the Committee on Distribution.
The Grand Secretary presented and read his report
which was also referred to the Committee on Distribution.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.:
Grand Secretary's Office,
Victoria, B. C, 12th June, 1894.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—It again becomes my pleasant duty to submit for your consideration a report of the condition of the Order in this
jurisdiction, on the 31st December last, and to present you with a resume of the principal incidents bearing on the duties of this office
since we last met.
From the reports of the Subordinate Lodges to the end of last year
it will be seen that in the twelve months then expired, nine new Lodges
were instituted and that our membership numbered 3015, being a gain
of 861 during the year, equivalent to 40 per pent. Since the commencement of this year two additional Lodges have been instituted and one
additional Rebekah Lodge, making at this date, thirty-five Subordinate
and seven Rebekah Lodges. This progress, which is the greatest we
have experienced in the history of this Grand Lodge, is most gratifying
and encouraging.
I have received enquiries from Rossland, B. C, as to the steps
necessary to be taken to organize a Lodge of our Order there, and I
have reason to expect an application shortly for another Lodge in this
city, and it is reasonable to be presumed that as the Province becomes
developed and settled, Oddfellowship will extend concurrently, a Lodge
of our Order being apparently a necessity in every settlement.
The fee and application for a charter for a Rebekah Lodge at Kamloops was received on 26th March last, but for some reason the Lodge
has not yet been instituted. tl
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The following summary of the work of last year is abstracted from
e reports of the Subordinate Lodges*
33
2
6
1
3015
985
104
2
7
80
5
14
1
135
46
2,769
326
o. of Lodges, 31st Dec, 1894	
"        Instituted since	
Rebekah Lodges 31st Dec, 1894	
' '      Instituted since...
of members in good standing	
Initiated during the year
Admitted by card	
as A. 0	
Reinstated	
Withdrawn	
Expelled	
Deceased	
Resigned	
*\       Ceased membership N P.D.
Rejected	
Degrees conferred ,	
Past Grands	
Total Revenue Subordinate Lodges  $ 53,798 79
No. of Brothers relieved  285
u of Widowed families relieved  6
"  of Weeks' Sick Benefits paid  1,606
Amount paid for relief of Brothers   $ 13,254 47
" Widowed families 285 00
| " Orphans  60 00
'' "       burying the dead....       1,093 00
" "       special relief  544 00
Total amount paid for Relief       15,236 47
" " " current expenses     22,077 36
of assets     187,616 25
Average amount of Benefits paid for each
sick member  46 50
Average amount expended for relief per
member  5 05
Average duration of sickness per member 3dys 17)£hrs
" " I sick   "     5wks 4>£dys
Average cost per member for current
expenses	
Total cost per member for all Lodge expenditures 	
Average amount of Assets per member.
Total amount expended for relief since
institution of Grand Lodge in 1874.
Increase. Decrease
11 228
The finances of the Grand Lodge, as will be seen from the accompanying statement, are in a very satisfactory condition. The Estimate of Receipts has been exceeded by $424.15 for Per Capita Tax and
$350 for Charter Fees. The Estimate of Expenditure which was calculated for twelve months only, whereas sixteen months has come into
payment, has also been exceeded by $381.22, this includes $150.00 additional for Representative Tax to the Sovereign Grand Lodge for year
1895, and $200, four months salary of Grand Secretary to date. The
balance in the Grand Treasurer's hand is $460.69 more than was anticipated.
Whilst on the subject of finance, I would suggest the propriety of a
majority of the Committee on Finance being selected in future from
the place in which the Grand Secretary resides, in order that the requirements of the law respecting the passing of all Grand Lodge accounts by this Committee prior to payment may be observed, and also
that a portion at least, of the examination of the Grand Lodge Books
may be performed before the annual session. 1229
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer,
From whom Received.
Tax
Term ended 30th
June, 1894-
Tax
Term ended 31st
Dec, 1894.
Supplies.
Charter
Fees.
Victoria        Lodge, No. 1..
Columbia " "   2..
N.Westminster " "   3..I
Dominion 1 "    4..
Black Diamond " %   5..I
Harmony " "   6..
Excelsior " "   7..
Vancouver " "   8.. |
Tatnai " "   9..
"Western Star    " "10..
Union " "11..,
Selkirk " " 12.. I
RovalCity " " 13..
Acme " " 14..
Cloverdale        " "15..
Kootenay " " 16..
Duncan " " 17..
Vernon Valley " "18..
Mt. Pleasant"   " "19..
Centennial        " " 20..
Delta " " 21..
Gold Range       " " 22..
Ashcroft I " 23..
Island " " 24..
Revelstoke        " "25..
Pacific I " 26..
Amity " " 27..
Cheam | " 28..
Perseverance " " 29..
Friendship " "30..
Banner "       " 31..
Mission City " " 32..
Peerless "       "33..
RockyMount'n " "34..
Cedar "       " 35..
Colfax Rebekah"   1.
Mizpah "       "2..
Miriam "       "   3..
Ruth I       "    4..
Alpine "       "   6..
Bethel 1       "7..
Kamloops "       "   8..
Sundry persons	
O. F. Relief Ass'n of Canada
$ 64 00  $
70 40
61 60|
51 20
60 OOi
63 20
17 20
56 00;
28 40
67 20i
24 80
26 80j
34 80:
40 00'
' 22 40
17 60
18 40l
20 80,
17 60
46 00
20 40
16 00
12 00
11 60
9 60
98 80;
55 651
58 80
53 90
40 95
49 70
53 20
15 75
47 60
24 85
58 40
22 10
24 85
30 80
41 60
17 50
15 40]
17 15
14 35
15 40
37 10
19 20
14 00
12 25
10 15
9 10
88 20
65 80
15 40!
12 95
21 35
29 05
14 35
56 00
12 25
28 37
4 75
30
32 70
29 95
27 00
16 00
2 00
16 45
5 25
10 00
Total.
1 50
4 50
1 50
4 50
2 85
4 00
1 40
30 05
30 00
50 85
30 00
37 05
30 00
75
30 00
32 55
30 00
3 05
30 00
30 00
30 00
30 00
30 00
30 00
10 00i
10 00
125
40
139
20
123
25
101
45
111
57
128
65
61
32
111
30
60
SO
149
35
50
40
55
40
72
60
86
35
39
90
34 50
35
55
39 65
42 45
30 00
78 75
267 85
132 85
46 15
75 50
54 40
88 60
74 65
118 75
59 95
57 00
16 00
3 50
50
9 90
2 00
26 45
10 00
5 25
10 00
$976 80|$1062 85|$ 1230
Ordeks Drawn on the Grand Treasurer.
Date.
1
No. of
Order.
j
In Whose Favor.
i
Description.
Amount.
1894.
1
Feb. 12;
1
Grand Secretary j
Supplies Sov. G. Lodge
|    10 00
"   161
9
mi
"     Treasurer	
Mileage & Per Diem '94
756 50
"   16
3
Severeign Grand Lodge.. 1
Representative tax '94.
150 00
"   16
4
W. E. Johnstone	
Services as janitor j
15 00
"    16
5
W. 1L Huxtable	
Caretaker G. S. Office.)
20 00
"   16!
6
J. Crossan, P. G. M....
Postage, etc	
14 00
"   16
7
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.
Refund cost of supplies!
29 85
"   22
8
Grand Secretary	
Supplies Sov. G. Lodge
36 85
Mar.   9
9
CC                           it
"
69 71
"   22
10
T. R. Cusack	
Printing Petitions	
6 50
Apl. 28
11
T. C. Grav	
Allowance for trav. exp.
25 00
May. 3
12
J. A. Cohen	
7 25
"    16
13
T. C. Gray, G. M	
Envelopes	
2 50
"   16
14
F. Davey, G. Sec	
Salary 3 months	
150 00
"   16
15
ii                         ii
Express, Duty, Postage
55 42
1    161
16
M.Miller	
Printing proceedings '94
162 00
"   16
17
F. Davey, G. Sec 1
Supplies Sov. G. Lodge
33 00
July   2
18
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a                   tt
16 00
1     2
19
T. C. Gray, G.M	
Allowance for trav. exp.
50 00
"   20,
20
J. A. Cohen	
Printing	
6 00
I   23
21
22
R. T.Williams	
Blank Books.
27 20
1   28
Supplies Sov. G. Lodge
42 02
Aug. 31
23
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Salary 3 months	
150 00
1   31
24
ti                   ti
Express, Duty, Postage
24 00
Oct. 19
25
ii                  ti
Supplies Sov. G. Lodere
56 50
Nov.   7
26
T. C. Gray, G. M	
Allowance for trav. exp.
25 00
"     7
27
F. Davey, G. Sec	
Salary 3 months	
150 00
1     7
1895.
Jan. 30
28
ii                         ti
	
Expressage, Postage,etc
8 55
29
Odd Fellows Union	
Rent G. Sec. Office ...
100 00
1   30
30
31
Colonist Ptg. & Pub. Co.
Printing	
8 00
Feb.   9
Printing	
5 75
"      9
32
33
J. A. Cohen	
F. Davey, G. Sec	
a
6 75
"    11
Salary 3 months	
150 00
"    11
34
a            a
Postage, etc	
8 65
"   28
35
a                 a
Supplies Sov. G. Lodge
57 00
Mar. 16
36
T. C. Gray, G.M	
Allowance for trav. exp.
50 00
Apl.    4
37
Grand Secretary	
Supplies Sov. G. Lodge
7 00
1    11
38
a           a
Sov. G. L. Rep. tax....
150 00
"    16
39
T.R. Cusack	
Printing	
6 25
May   3
40
F. Davey, G. Sec	
Supplies Sov. G. Lodge
29 05
"    14
41
ii                       ii
Salary 3 months	
150 00
"   18
42
T. N. Hibben & Co	
Record B'k& Stationery
13 65
June   3
43
F. Davey, G. Sec	
Salary 1 mo. (Balance)
50 00
"     3
44
a            tt
Duty, Express, Postage
18 00
"     3
45
R.T.Williams :..
Order B'ks on Treasurer
13 00
"     3
46
J. A. Cohen	
Letter Heads for G. M.
3 00
$2924 95 SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last Report $1,127 59
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer.  2,910 64
$4,038 23
Less Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer  2,924 95
Leaving Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  $1,113 28
STOCK ACCOUNT.
To Balance per last Report
"  Goods bought	
I  Gain during the year
By Goods sold during yeai
I       "     on hand	
Total $   719 06 $  719 06
Folio,
44
48
83
85
96
100
108
114
125
151
162
166
168
172
178
184
190
192
BALANCE   SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F., 4th June, 1895
Furniture and Regalia $   476 40
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7
Western Star Lodge, No. 10
Union Lodge, No. 11
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4
Acme Lodge, No. 14
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18
Delta Lodge, No. 21
Stock        138 92
Grand Treasurer |  1,113 28|
Profit and Loss	
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
Pacific Lodge, No. 26
Cheam Lodge, No. 28
Friendship Lodge, No. 30
Peerless Lodge, No. 33
Cedar Lodge, No. 35	
Kamloops Rebekah Lodge 1232
A communication was received from Alberta Lodge, No. 1, Calgary,
Alberta, dated 4th March, 1895, inquiring as to the cost attached to a
Lodge affiliating with this Grand Lodge, but as I was unable to furnish,
the information desired, I recommended the Lodge to address a communication to this Grand Lodge Session, but nothing further has been
received. I beg to submit the letter in question for any action you may
deem necessary.
A very enthusiastic and successful celebration of the Anniversary
of our Order was held in this City on the 28th April, 1894, and was attended by a number of brothers from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Wellington
and elsewhere. A collection was taken up amongst those present at a
Public Meeting held at the Victoria Theatre, to form the nucleus of a
fund to build and equip an Odd Fellow's Home in this Jurisdiction. The
sum of $96 was subscribed on this occasion, which was handed to me for
safe keeping until the wishes of this Grand Lodge could be ascertained
on the subject and this sum is now on deposit in the Dominion Government Savings Bank, in my own name in trust for the "Odd Fellows
Home of British Columbia,,, and I would ask that action be taken at this
session as to the future disposition of this money. This small beginning
is the outcome of a proposition zealously advocated in "The Warden"
by Bro. C. F. Yates, P. G. who appealed for additional contributions towards the same object, but no further sums have been received.
An application for permission to do business in this Jurisdiction,
accompanied with the requisite fee and documents, was received from
"The Odd Fellow's Relief Association of Canada," and in view of the
decision of the Grand Sire, No. 30, S. G. L. Session 1893, that the Executive Officers of a Grand Lodge, have no option, but must grant these
Licenses in cases where all the requirements of the law have been complied with and in the absence of any specific directions from this Grand
Lodge, to the contrary, the License was granted to 21st March, 1895.
Another application, from the same Association, for a renewal of this
permission for a year, with the fee, &c, has recently been received, but
as this session was so near at hand, I concluded it was preferable to
submit it for your instructions.
A petition from the "Odd Fellow's Insurance Association of British
Columbia," praying that Licenses such as the beforementioned, be not
granted, has been received and will be submitted for your consideration.
The following appeals have been received and duly transmitted to
the Chairman of the Committee on Appeals:—Bro. Geo. Fraser v
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, Expulsion for contempt.
W. A. Johnstone v Pacific Lodge, No. 26, re granting benefits to Bro.
W. J. Harris, a member of said Lodge.
D. F. Fee v Columbia Lodge, No. 2. Expulsion. E. Dickenson, P. G. and others v Acme Lodge, No. 14, re payment
of Hospital expenses of a member in addition to Sick Benefits.
The petition of David Green to the Sovereign Grand Lodge against
the action of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Victoria, in expelling him from
membership, which was referred by that Grand Body at its session, 1893,
to this Grand Lodge for investigation, did not reach me until 18th
February, 1894, and at the request of Bro. Theo A. Ross, Grand Secretary,
I forwarded it to the Grand Master for such action as he might deem
proper.
A complaint was received through the Grand Secretary of Manitoba,
from Bro. Geo. Smith, a member of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, concerning the action of that Lodge in refusing him benefits, and was forwarded to the Grand Master.
An appeal was circulated amongst the Lodges of this Jurisdiction
by "Island" Lodge, No. 24, with the sanction of the Grand Master, for
assistance to enable it to build a hall for Lodge purposes, but with what
result, I am unable to state.
An appeal was circulated amongst our Lodges, in 1893, by "Northern
Light" Lodge of Fargo, North Dakota, soliciting assistance on behalf of
members who were sufferers by a severe fire which occurred at that place
on 7th June, 1893. A statement has been received from the Committee
who had charge of the matter showing the following sums contributed
by the Lodges of this Jurisdiction.
Victoria Lodge, No.   1 $ 5.00
Columbia § No.   2  10.00
Black Diamond " No.    5  25.00
Harmony " No.    6  15.00
Excelsior " No.   7  15.00
Tatnai " No.    9   15.00
Selkirk " No. 12  10.00
Royal City 1 No. 13     5.00
Acme " No. 14  10.00
Cloverdale " No. 15  10.00
Kootenay " No. 16  13.00
Vernon Valley " No. 18     5.00
Delta | No. 21  20.00
Colfax Rebekah " No.   1     5.00
$163.00
The total amount collected from all sources amounted to $13,949.17.
Considerable dissatisfaction having been expressed respecting the
manner of the distribution of this money the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
at its last session directed the Grand Lodge of North Dakota, to cause
to be returned to the various jurisdictions contributing, pro rata, such 1234
portion of the funds as were not used for legitimate expenses and for the
relief of destitute brothers and sisters. I have received no intimation
as yet from that Grand Lodge on the matter of a refund.
I very much regret to report that the Hall of Excelsior Lodge, No.
7, Chilliwack, with all its contents were destroyed by fire on the 4th
December last, and that the loss was only partially covered by Insurance.
The Charter of the Lodge and also that of "Ruth" Rebekah Lodge, No.
4, having been burnt on this occasion, applications have been received
for Duplicate Charters.
The Revised Journals of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Session held at
Chattanooga, on 17th to 22nd September, 1894, have not yet come to
hand, a Postal Card has however been received from Grand Secretary
Ross, stating that they were shipped on the 10th Ultimo. Numerous
enquiries have been received respecting these proceedings and it appears
to me that nine months should not elapse between the close of the session
and their receipt by this Jurisdiction.
Respectfully submitted in F. L. & T.,
FRED'K DAVEY.
Grand Secretary.
Report of Grand Treasurer was read and referred to
Committee on Finance.
D. Welsh, Grand Treasurer, in account with
Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.
dr.
CB
1894. | $   cts.|
Feb.  6 To Bal. from late G. T. 1,127 59 Feb. 6 By P'd Orders
&pl 23 " Cash from G. Sec'y
May 29
July 20 "
Aug.17 "
Oct. 19 "
1895.
Jan.   8 "
"   10 "
Apl 13 "
May 2 "
June 3 "
do do
do do
do N. W. L., No. 3
do Grand Secre'ty
do J. C. McArthur
do do
do do
do Grand Secre'ty
do        do
do do
$
from No's
4 to 46 ....
June 4(To Balance $
30 00 1894
388 23    to
34 80 June 3
61 601 1895
344 77
65 80!
30 80
53 90!
626 20
157 00
1,117 5-4 June3 Bv Balance.
$2,924 95
4.038 23
1,113 281
1,113 28
$4,038 23
D. WELSH,
Grand Treasurer. A. W. Scoullar, Grand Representative, presented and
read the Report of the Grand Representatives.
Victoria, B. C, 12th June, 1895.
Grand Master, Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of B.C., L.O.O.F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—We, your representatives, ask leave to
submit this our report of the proceedings of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The Seventieth Annual Communication was held in the city of
Chattanooga, Tenn., opening on Monday, 17th September, and closing
Saturday, 22nd September, 1894.
The G;rand Marshal declared all representatives present duly qualified and the Grand Lodge was declared opened by D. G. Sire Stebbins.
Upon the call of the roll the following Officers were found to be present:
CI. T. Campbell Grand Sire.
John W. Stebbins Deputy Grand Sire.
Theo. A. Ross          Grand Secretary.
I. A. Sheppard       "     Treasurer.
Geo. Coburne Ass't     "     Secretary.
Rev. J. W. Venable      "     Chaplain.
J. S. Tvson      "     Guardian.
And a representation from  forty-seven Grand Lodges and thirty-nine
Grand Encampments.
Also, Past Grand Sires:—
John B. Nicholson Pennsylvania.
James B. Sanders New York.
M. I. Durham Kentucky.
John H. White New York.
John C. Underwood Kentucky.
Chas. M. Busbee North Carolina.
The Chair reported the death of Bro. W. G. Dye, Grand Marshal,
and appointed Bro. W. S. Frost, P. G. of Illinois, Grand Marshal. Bro.
E. Alexander, Grand Messenger, having resigned his office Bro. John
Welsh, P. G. P., of Ontario, was appointed Grand Messenger, and were
installed into their respective offices.
The Grand Sire delivered his annual address, as follows, which was referred to the Committee on Distribution of Grand Officer's reports:-
Officers and Representatives :—Once more it is my privilege to
welcome you to the annual session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Twenty years have passed since this Body last assembled under the bright 1236
skies of the Sunny South, and it is full time that you should meet again
in a section from which you have been so long absent, and where, even
without the stimulus of your presence, the Order has been growing with
more than tropical luxuriance. When you met in Atlanta, the Jurisdictions forming the territory, recognized politically as the Southern States,
contained less than 6,000 Odd Fellows; while today the Brotherhood in
the same section approximates 50 000. Here the principles of Friendship, Love and Truth have found congenial soil in the warm hearts of a
generous people, and Odd Fellowship has become in the community an
established institution.
You meet today in a locality rich in historical associations and possessing an enduring interest for the people of the United States. Scarcely one generation has passed away since the time when gathering armies
met where we now meet, and the soil we tread today was red with the
blood shed in fratricidal strife. Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Misssionary
Ridge, Lookout Mountain, are names that recall sad memories of grim
visaged war, with all its attendant grief and pain. But the battle clouds
have rolled away, the sun smiles over a land of peace and plenty, and
the place where death held high carnival is now consecrated by the
bivouac of the army of human Brotherhood under the' white banner of
Odd Fellowship.
The armies that faced each other in Tennessee thirty years ago left
behind them disorder and desolation, smouldering ruins and mangled
fragments of the dead; and their shouts of victory were drowned*in the
cry of mourning, lamentation and woe. But your army advances under
the banner of peace, to achieve victories no less renowned than those of
war; and its onward march may be traced, not by the signs of brntal
passion and inhuman rage, but of distress relieved, vice restrained,
suffering assuaged, and burdens borne; npt by rained homes and burning
cities, but by stately institutions, orphanages and asylums, erected to
shelter the homeless and bereaved.
Those of us who serve in this beneficent army of peace may well be
proud of our victories which leave no sting of defeat behind. And we
have reason to be thankful for the'indications of success which present
themselves at our annual review.
THE  STATE  OF  THE  ORDER,
as shown in the returns submitted by your Grand Secretary, tell of
continued prosperity. A net increase during the year under the
Sovereign Grand Lodge of 32,897, making at the end of 1893 3, membership of 780,192, or, including the Sisters of the Rebekah Degree, 888,804,
gives satisfactory evidence of solid growth. Adding some 25,000 members in foreign Jurisdictions, shows a total of about 913,000 at the end
of 1893. It is true that our growth in 1893 has been less marked than in
the year previous ; but that may be accounted for by the retarding 1237
effects of a season of financial stringency and of reduced commercial
and manufacturing operations, which has lessened materially the
resources of the people. This has been especially noticeable in the
United States. In Canada, relatively a more prosperous country, and
under its stable institutions less liable to business fluctuations, our
Order has made greater progress than in any previous period of its
history.
But if the increase in membership has been less in the year immediately preceding, there has been no material diminution in the work
accomplished. The expenditure of $3,313,000 for purposes of relief is a
sufficient evidence of the activity of Odd Fellowship. It is not numbers,
but work that constitutes success. Judged by this standard, Odd
Fellowship has not failed. And we point with gratification to the work
accomplished by our Order, as it has faithfully and loyally obeyed the
commands of its laws " to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the
dead and educate the orphan ;n evidences shown not only in its steadily
growing volume of relief outlay, but in the less obtrusive yet more
extended influence of its principles of Friendship, Love and Truth,
taught in our Lodges, exemplified by our members, and permeating
every community where our Order has a home.
THE  CONDITION   OF  THE  ORDER  IN  FOREIGN  LANDS
has not materially changed during the year. Among the Teutonic
nations of Europe, Very good progress has been made, as you will see by
the report of our Special Deputy, Bro, Herman Block. (Off. Doc. B.)
In Australasia, business depression has had its effect in causing a slight
decrease in membership. Among the Latin nations, whether in Europe
or America, the returns are not very satisfactory. In Sweden, the state
of the Order has warranted me in acting on the authority you gave me
last session (Journal, p. 13,567). and I have issued to the Lodges in that
country a Charter for a Grand Lodge.
The publication of the Ritual in the Swedish language having been
authorized by you, a translation was prepared by Amicita Lodge, No. 3
of Sweden. I submittedthe translation to the inspection of three competent Swedish gentlemen in St. Paul, Minn., (Bros.Thygeson, Johnson
and Brown), and, being certified by them of its correctness, I authorized its printing. I would suggest that Amicita Lodge should be granted
four copies of the printed Ritual. Similarly, Garibaldi Lodge, of Texas,
which translated the Italian Ritual at its own expense, should be
granted four copies of that Ritual.
In referring to the advance of Odd Fellowship on the continent of
Europe, I cannot speak in terms too laudatory of the work accomplished
by Grand Representative Block. The social and political conditions of
the various nationalities in Europe differ so materially from the conditions characteristic of the United States and Canada that if we are to
retain close relations with our Brethren across the sea, and if Odd I238
Fellowship in those distant countries is to be operated as we understand
it, there is absolute necessity for the presence there, in an official position, of a Brother who is not only well versed in Odd Fellowship, but
who is also in full harmony with European and American Odd Fellows.
Such a representative man we have in Bro. Block. The result of his
labors are not to be measured alone by the numerical or financial condition of the Lodges in Europe. They can be properly estimated only by
those who, like your executive officers, have closer opportunity for
observing the situation, and the character of the work effected. In the
performance of his duties, Bro. Block has freely given not only time,
but money; for the allowance of $300 made by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge falls far short of his actual disbursements, and should certainly
be increased.
During the year, a number of residents of Naples, Italy, joined in a
request for a Charter for a Lodge in their city. The petition was the
voluntary action of a number of gentlemen who, while not acquainted
with the details of our work, had learned enough of our principles to
recognize the value of Odd Fellowship to humanity. The matter was
referred for investigation to Bro. Block, and after some correspondence
and a careful review of the social standing of the petitioners, and of the
laws and customs of Italy, I am prepared to recommend that their
request be granted.
In the course of correspondence with Bro. Block oh the Naples petition, I had occasion to discuss with him a question which, while it has
not attained any prominence in connection with Odd Fellowship, has
more or less affected other benevolent societies in Europe; and that is
the development of atheism among certain classes of the people. Odd
Fellowship, while it is free from anything of a sectarian character, has
always held belief in a Supreme Being as a cardinal principle; and has
maintained the Fatherhood of God as a doctrine of equal importance
with the Brotherhood of man. Concerning the qualities and attributes
of the Divine Father, it has never undertaken to pronounce with
authority; nor does it question the moral character and good citizenship of some of those who declare that they have no belief in a Supreme
Being. It simply exercises the right of all voluntary associations to
prescribe the qualifications for membership in its own circle. And it
has insisted, and does still insist, that belief in God is necessary to
attain or retain a place within our ranks. No one should offer himself
for membership in our Order who has not this qualification; no one
should be accepted without it; and no member who loses his faith in a
Divine Father can honestly and consistently remain with us. I think
it is very necessary that this cardinal doctrine should be emphatically
re-stated; and that it should be distinctly understood in Europe, where
all societies have been seriously disturbed by atheistic agitation.
Opportunity has been given me for the introduction of Odd Fellowship into the British colonies of South Africa, by means of an experi- 1239
enced Brother from Manitoba, who was visiting the Dark Continent,
and whose services were placed at my disposal for the purpose. But I
have never favored this kind of missionary enterprise in foreign
countries; believing that it is time enough to go outside of our ordinary
boundaries when the people of other countries call on us. I therefore
declined to give any official sanction to the proposition. There is
nothing to prevent any member of the Order, who resides in a foreign
land, advocating the claims of Odd Fellowship, and pointing out to his
new associates its good qualities; but it is neither necessary nor expedient for the Sovereign Grand Lodge to make any special effort to introduce the Order, except in response to the request of the people themselves.
During the year, two gentlemen from India visiting this country in
connection with the Parliament of Religions at Chicago, and studying
American institutions, were favorably impressed with Odd Fellowship,
and asked permission to join a Lodge, with a view to introducing the
Order into their own country. While I appreciate the compliment paid
us, there were evident reasons why their proposal should not be entertained.
NEWFOUNDLAND.
The only part of British North America not hitherto occupied by us
is the colony of Newfoundland: but a petition was received from St.
John's, the capital of the Island, a short time since, and a charter
granted for a Lodge. There seems to be some reasonable doubt as to
whether this colony should be considered part of the Jurisdiction of
-the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The Commission granted Bro.
Fuller, the first D. D. Grand Sire of the Lower Provinces of British
North America, appears to have included the four Provinces of Nova
Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. On
the other hand, the Constitution of the present Grand Lodge of the
Maritime Provinces, which has been approved by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, confines its jurisdiction to the first three alone. This fact,
coupled with the other pertinent fact that Newfoundland is a colony
separate and distinct from Canada, caused me to decide that it was unoccupied territory, directly subordinate to the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Ift  KANSAS.
The only section throught our entire Jurisdiction where peace and
harmony does not prevail, is the State of Kansas. The situation there
will be brought to your attention, and deserves your serious consideration. In brief, it amounts to this : The Grand Lodge of the State
ordered an assessment per capita on the membership, to supply funds for
what is known as the De Boissiere Home. A number of the Lodges
refused payment; the Grand Master proceeded to discipline the delinquents ; they appealed to the civil courts, which decided against them ; 1240
further appeal was taken to the superior court, which enjoined the Grand
Master from interfering with the appellants until the appeal should be
finally decided. Many of the Subordinates interested sought my assistance, and asked that I should restrain the Grand Master from requiring
obedience to the resolution of the Grand Lodge in the matter of the
assessment; and also praying me to investigate the situation. My reply
was : That the Lodges claiming to be aggrieved having appealed to the
civil courts, instead of the regular tribunals of the Order, it was not
expedient for the Grand Sire to interfere. The petitions in this case are
presented to the Grand Sire ; but I submit the entire matter to you for
such action as you may deem expedient. The decision of Judge Hazen,
sustaining the Grand Lodge of Kansas, was an important deliverance ;
aud as a portion of his ruling was devoted to the consideration of certain
resolutions passed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, at its Portland session, I have added that part to the official documents herewith submitted.
(Off. Doc. C.)
THE PATRIARCHS MILITANT.
I am unable to make as favorable aud as correct a report of the condition of this branch of the Order as could be desired. It has not been
idle, for some eleven new Cantons have been mustered into service since
last September. But it is impossible to give a correct comparison of the
situation between the past two years, owing to the fact that many of the
old Cantons had but a nominal existence. There appears to have always
been a difficulty in getting prompt returns from some of the Cantons,
and as a consequence, the statistics given in previous years have been
approximate, and not absolutely correct. This difficulty has by no means^
disappeared during the last year. The Adjutant-General will, however,
give you such figures as he has at his command. I have endeavored to
lop off the withered branches, and re-organize the forces, but I have had
to depend largely on the Department Commanders in this matter, and
have not always found among thetn that military promptness nor that
execuiive ability necessary. Some undertook the work of re-organization at once, and have brought their Departments into proper shape;
others have shown a reluctance to &ut down a nominal force to its actual
proportions, and have neglected either to withdraw the Warrants of
delinquent Cantons, or to resuscitate them.
I have had to exercise considerable discretionary power in harmonizing
the articles of the Code adopted at last session. Owing to the fact that
this was a combination of two very diverse schemes, it is no matter for
surprise that it should show inconsistencies as well as omissions. One
serious question was with regard to the Canton tax. It was generally
supposed that the Sovereign Grand Lodge intended to abolish this tax ;
but no action to that effect was taken ; while Section 168 expressly
declares that all former laws not inconsistent with the act of 1893 remain
in full force until expressly repealed.   Though I might be satisfied as to 1241
tfhat was the intention of the Body, yet under your decision of 1892 on
the Minimum Benefit Law, it is held that the Grand Sire should not
consider the intention of the law so much as the literal reading. I, therefore, held that the tax law was unrepealed ; but I have not thought it
wise to insist on the collection of the tax.
In a large number of cases, Department Commanders have recommended the remission of arrears due by inactive and weak Cantons, and
I have generally approved such recommendation. With regard to inai-
• vidual accounts, very little progress has been made in their collection.
Some delinquents are dead; some are no longer connected with the
Order ; iu nearly all other cases, excuses more or less reasonable have
been made for non-payment. Many of the charges seem to have been the
result of misunderstandings of law, a d some of mis-laid correspondence.
I am of the opinion that these accounts are practically non-collectible,
and the simplest way of disposing of them would be to write them off, or
transfer them to the several Department Councils. In the case of fees
due for Commissions not received, where the account is cancelled, the
Commission should be cancelled also. The largest account is that of
'Gen. Janes, of Michigan, amounting to $51.80; this is a sample of
charges made and resisted under mistaken construction of the law. It
may as well be written off.
The Code that was adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge last year
for the government of the Patriarchs Militant is capable of considerable
improvement. The fact is that it is only a modification of the old system, without the advantage of a competent and efficient Staff at Head-
quarteis for the general management. There has been a form of self-
government, but more a form than a reality. The organization in each
Department is subject to the Department Commander and the Commander-in-Chief ; the Department Cour cil is only optional, and at best
is only an Advisory Board with little power. The Department Commander is chosen presumably for his efficiency as a military officer ; he
may be decidedly deficient in executive ability, and of little service when
not on parade. There are some notable exceptions, but my experience
has not been entirely satisfactory. And, as a matter of fact, under the
present system, tbe Grand Sire has had to do the work that required the
whole time of the General commanding under the old system, in addition toythe regular work of his office, without extra help ; and the Grand
Secretary has been expected to do the work which formerly occupied the
time and energies of a Staff of three or four people, with scarcely sufficient e^tra salary to pay for one clerk. This cannot continue. The
Grand Sire and Grand Secretary cannot possibly attend to his work to
the benefit of the Patriarchs Militant, and without neglecting the work
of tbe Order at large, unless they $re to be supplied with a special Staff
of paid officials. But even if they did have the necessary assistance, I do
not think the system would be satisfactory.     There are only two plans 1242
for the proper management of an organization of this kind. One is a.
centralized government with a strict military discipline ; the other is
complete local government, subject only to general law. The first plan
was tried for several years, and the Sovereign Grand Lodge concluded
that it was more expensive than efficient. Without expressing any
opinion, I may assume that we are not prepared to return to the old system. Let us then try the other plan. Give the Chevaliers, in each
Department, as absolute control of their own affairs as is consistent with
the interests of the Order. Instead of trying to keep up the idea that
the Patriarchs Militant is a military organization, whose government
must be based on military law, let us be content with considering it an
auxiliary of Odd Fellowship, for purpose of display, using military emblems, but governed on similar principles to those of any voluntary
association. I would recommend therefore, that we adopt for the Patriarchs Militant a plan of government similar to that for Subordinate
Lodges or Encampments, by placing the Cantons in each Department
under the complete control of a representative Department Council. And
for that purpose I submit a modification of the present Code and recommend its adoption.    (Off. Doc. H.)
In the matter of Patriarchs Militant finances I would recommend :
1st. That all arrears of Canton tax, not remitted, and all personal
accounts be cancelled, or transferred to the several Department Councils,
with full power to collect the same for their own benefit, or to cancel
them. 2nd. That the law providing for the collection of a Canton tax by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge be repealed, such repeal to date from April,
1394.
THE  COHEN  ARBITRATION.
In connection with the Patriarchs Militant, I may report to you the
results of the arbitration in the disputed claim of Cohen & Co. against
the Sovereign Grand Lodge. It will be remembered that at the last
session this firm presented an account of $5,229.31 for printing for
Patriarchs Militant Headquarters, including interest on running account
amounting to $1,065.57. This was disputed by Gen. Underwood, and
the Special Committee on Patriarchs Militant Indebtedness reported in
favor of paying $2,317.08. This was refused by Cohen & Co., and at
their request the Sovereign Grand Lodge consented to submit the matter
to arbitration. Under the authority given me {Journal, 13,673), I
appointed Past Grand Representative John H. Albin, of New Hampshire, as your arbitrator ; Cohen & Co. appointing Mr. Louis Kramer,
of Cincinnati. The process of arbitration was remarkably slow. The
articles of agreement were signed October 23rd, 1893 ; the first meeting
of the Arbitrators was held in Cincinnati, November 15th, and the award
was given February 17th, following. After the first meeting of the
Arbitrators, I was informed by Bro. Albin that the constant attendance
of Past Grand Sire Underwood, who was the only person familiar with 1243
ail the details of the claim, was absolutely necessary, and I requested
that Brother to render all aid possible. This he cheerfully did ; and our
Arbitrator certifies to the great value of the seivices rendered by him.
The award, a copy of which is submitted (Off. Doc. I.), required the
Sovereign Grand Lodge to pay $3,996.44—being $1,232.87 less than the
amount claimed. The expenses of the arbitration, however, reached
some $1,300. In addition to this, Bro. Underwood considered that, as
his entire time had been devoted to assistiug in the arbitration, collecting evidence, securing witnesses, etc., for a period of nearly four months,
he should be allowed for that time the salary he had received as Commander of the Patriarchs Militant, viz.: $350 per mouth. I was not prepared to sanction the payment of such an amount, as I had previously
informed Bro. Underwood that I had no authority to engage his services for any length of time, or for any stated remuneration. But as
there was no doubt he had devoted a great deal of time and labor to your
service, I recommended the chairman of the Finance Committee to allow
a payment of $400, leaving it to you to supplement that amount with
such further sum as you may consider proper.
the rebekah department.
The enthusiasm which has characterized the Sisterhood of Rebekah
during the past few years seems to continue unabated. New Lodges are
being organized in every jurisdiction, and the membership is increasing
rapidly. At the end of 1893, there were 202.442 in this department, of
whom 108,612 were Sisters. At the same rate of increase, we may assume
that there are to-day not less than 115,000 noble women united with us
in benevolent work. This grand auxiliary of Odd Fellowship deserves all
the support and encouragement we can give it. The laws governing
this branch require a careful revision ; while the wishes of the Sisters
themselves, especially conversant as they are with the work, should
receive from us the most careful consideration.
I had hoped that the National Convention which you authorized last
September would have provided the Special Committee on Rebekah
Laws some assistance in preparing a suitable Code, and would, at all
events, have furnished you with the matured views of the representative
women of the Order. It does not appear, however, to have been of any
material service in this direction. After electing officers, and assisting at
a mass meeting of Rebekah members on the Exposition Grounds, it adjourned to meet at the call of the Grand Sire. This was evidently done
under a misconception of the Grand Sire's powers, and possibly of the
Grand Sire's views. To a question whether the Convention, after organization, might adjourn to meet later, I gave* an affirmative answer,
believing the Body had power over its own movements. But the Grand
Sire had no authority in connection therewith. The Sovereign Grand
Lodge empowered me to provide for a Convention in Chicago, in Septem- wmm
1244
ber, 1893, and nothing more. Consequently I have not felt at liberty to
accede to the request of the officers of the Convention, and summon it to
meet in Chattanooga this year. There is no doubt, however, that the
several State Conventions will have made their views known to the
Grand Lodges under whose guardianship they have assembled, and the
Grand Representatives will be in a position to present these views for
crystallization in appropriate laws, so far as your judgment approves.
While our Sisters of Rebekah have assisted in all branches of the
benevolent work of Odd Fellowship, they have rendered us special aid in
establishing and supporting
homes and orphanages.
And in no department of our work has there been so decided progress as
in making provision for the aged members and orphaned children. As
our Order grows older, the number of our members who, from the misfortunes of age, become dependent upon us, must increase, and increase
rapidly. Many of them have borne the burdens of others in days gone
by, and have performed faithfully all the duties which the Order devolves upon its members. Now, in the evening of life, where shall they
turn for refuge and rest save to the sheltering arms of Odd Fellowship ?
Not less urgent are the claims of the children of our deceased members.
" To educate the orphan f has been one of the great commands of our
laws; but the one least obeyed. We have been too much inclined to
regard it in its literal terms, and to think that its requirements have
been met by the education that the State provides for all. But education means more than this. It means moral as well as mental training ;
it means the care of body and mind and soul. " To educate the orphan =
means that the Order should exercise parental guardianship over those
whom death has made fatherless ; and our benevolent mission in society
is not complete where we fail to accomplish this work.
It is gratifying to notice that we are not altogether neglecting our
duty in this connection, though there is still room for improvement. I
have had the pleasure of inspecting an orphanage in Lincoln, Illinois,
where some. 80 children are under the guardianship of our Brethren in
that Jurisdiction, in an institution complete with every appliance requisite for the purpose. New York has provided an additional Home, which
I was permitted to formally open only a few days ago. Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin have excellent Homes for the aged and for the orphans, in active operation, while
many other Jurisdictions are accumulating funds and preparing buildings for this laudable work. I commmend it to the earnest consideration
of our Brethren everywhere, and trust the time is not far distant when
ample provision will be made for all those who need our care.
No less deserving is the Sanitarium for visiting Brothers opened this
year in Florida by the enterprising and generous Odd Fellows of that 1245
Jurisdiction. This institution has been established by Florida Brethren,
but not for the benefit of Florida. In the true spirit of Odd Fellowship,
it is designed for others and not for themselves-; it is for the sick and
afflicted from without. Its support should not depend on the good
Samaritans of that State, but on the Jurisdictions whose members will
receive its benefits.
THE WORK  OF  THE  GRAND   SIRE'S  OFFICE
has this year been nearly doubled by the extra labor involve d in the
change of government of the Patriarchs Militant; and for its proper
performance the whole time of your executive officers should have been
given to the Order. The cor espon lencehas been largely increased, but
all matters submitted to me have received careful consideration, and as
prompt reply as was possible. Such decisions as seem to call for review
by you are herewith presented. (Off. Doc. A.) All matters of official
routine, which are recorded m the Grand Secretary's office, will be re^
ported to you by him.
I have not been able to visit the Jurisdictions as much as I could
have desired.    But what I have done only confirms my conviction that the
occasional presence of the principal officer of the Order in any locality
results in great benefit that can scarcely be over-estimated.     It is not
necessary for this purpose that the Grand Sire should be an eloquent
speaker, or a person of remarkable ability.     The very fact that it is the
Grand Sire who comes draws out the Brethren ; gives them opportunity
for conference and counsel; and awakens new enthusiasm ; while at the
same time public attention is. attracted to the Order, and opportunity
given for that favourable impression which Odd Fellowship can always
make.   I have attended public demonstrations in Chicago, Indianapolis
and Cleveland ; have visited the Grand Encampment of Deleware, and
the Grand Lodges of New Jersey, Deleware and Indiana ; i» spected the
Orphanage at Lincoln, Illinois, and opened the New Home for Western
New York, at Lockport.     These, with a few minor visitations comprise
all that I have been able to do in this department of my wo*k; and it
has been with great regret that I have been compelled to refuse many
invitations from other Jurisdictions.    Before closing, let me not forget to
say a wrrd
in memory
of those whose once familiar faces will be seen no more. Our Memorial
Day Proclamation, (Off. Doc. K.), contains the names of many whose
voices have been heard at your sessions in no uncertain tone, and whose
lives were devoted to the work of the O/der. One of them died while
holding official position in this Body—your Grand Marshal, Bro. Walter
G. Dye, of Minnesota—an Odd Fellow in spirit and in truth. "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. 1246
And now, Officers and Representatives, the time draws near for me
to
RETURN TO  YOU
the trust which two years ago you reposed in me. Conscious of imperfections, I realize that the magnitude of the work incident to the office
of Chief Executive of this grand association calls for abilities far greater
thau any I possess ; but what I have been able to do I have done as
best I could, unbiased by fear or friendship, and with the sole desire to
advance the Order's aims and ends. For the kind and courteous loyalty
shown by you—and not by you alone, but by all with whom I have been
brought into official relationship—I have nothing but gratitude to give.
It has aided me when in difficulty; and made the burdens of office
easy to bear. It will make the memory of my administration forme an
undying pleasure.
I shall soon surrender executive control to an able and experienced
Brother. But the great work our Order strives to accomplish rests with
you and your Brethren in the several Jurisdictions. If you are faithful,
the failings of your Grand Sire cannot retard the work; if you are negligent, the greatest talents he can bring to office cannot prevent
disaster.
This is an age that needs the beneficent labors of Odd Fellowship. It
is a transition age; a critical period in the history of civilized communities. Grave problems are pressing for solution—legislative problems,
social problems, religious problems, economic problems. Old ideas are
dying out, and new ones are developing; old creeds are becoming obsolete, and new dogmas take their place; old systems are crumbling on
the brink of dissolution, and new systems are ever forging forward.
There is a condition of unrest and agitation; of startling contrasts of
wealth and poverty; of bitter conflicts between labor and capital. There
is a constant struggle for existence, in which thousands are being trod-
den under foot.
In the midst of this unceasing world-wide turmoil, Odd Fellowship
stands serene, proclaiming the gospel of altruistic communism—unselfishness for the individual, co-operation for society—the sole remedy for
the ills that afflict humanity. On the bridge that spans the Rhone in
the city of Geneva, stands a noble group of statuary, commemorative of
the union of Geneva with the Swiss Confederation—two figures of an
unequal size, clasped in a mutual embrace, with the inscription on the
base: | Un pour tous, tous pour un "—§ one for all, all for one." This
is the central idea of our Order—each individual member serving the
whole body, the whole body to protect and guard the individual. It
represents the highest form of civilized society; it will characterize the
millenial period of peace and prosperity, when one law shall bind all
people—«■" the law of Universal Brotherhood.1' To you is entrusted the leadership of the movement that shall hasten
the establishment of the Altrurian Age—the age of which poets have
dreamed; for which philanthropists have hoped, but which Odd Fellowship has made possible. May your enthusiasm be unabated; your zea
undiminished; and may the Divine Blessing crown your labors with
most swift success.
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS  PRESENTED  BY THE GRAND SIRE
[Official Documents A.]
DECISIONS REPORTED BY THE GRAND SIRE.
1. When a Lodge, during its meeting, is left without a quorum, it
can do no further business, and the N. G. should declare it closed without ceremony.
2. When an unsuspended member dies, who was disqualified under
the local law from receiving benefits, the Lodge can donate money to
bury him, and may even donate a larger sum than the By-Laws allow
for a funeral benefit; provided it is done in accordance with the local
regulations in the matter of donations.
3. To entitle a member to a Veteran Jewel, in counting years of
continuous membership, the period of temporary suspension of his
Lodge by reason of some public calamity, like civil war, is not to be
deducted; it being shewn that he regained membership at the earliest
possible opportunity.
4. As a general rule, a Brother cannot be put on trial for an offense
said to have been committed prior to his becoming a member of the
Order, unless the offense wras one not previously discovered.
5. When a Lodge becomes defunct, and its Charter is withdrawn,
all its members are under suspension, except such as receive Cards from
the Grand Lodge. When such a Lodge is resuscitated, on petition of
some of the original members, one who was in good standing- at the
time of suspension, but had not received a Card from the Grand Lodge,
retains the status of a suspended member, and must so remain until
(adrfitfted' into the resuscitated Lodge, on such terms as the local laiv prescribes, or until he shall obtain a Dismissal Certificate in accordance with
law) he obtains a card from the Grand Lodge, when he can be admitted
into the resuscitated, or any other Lodge, on such terms as the local
law prescribes.
6. When consent has been given by the proper authorities for the
election and initiation of a non-resident, the Lodge having original
jurisdiction has no claim for fees. 1248
7. Redress for grievances connected with Odd Fellowship should be
sought in the tribunals of the Order; and neither a Subordinate Body
nor a member thereof should appeal to the civil courts until all remedies
provided by the Order have been exhausted.
8. A retiring Noble Grand is entitled to the Past Noble Grand's
Degree as soon as his term of office as N. G. has expired. The Degree
may be conferred outside of the Grand Lodge, if such Body has authorized it to be so conferred.
9. A Subordinate cannot elect to the office of Noble Grand a member of another Lodge. It may, however, elect a member of another
Lodge as its Representative to its Grand Lodge, if such Grand Lodge
permits.
10. A Brother cannot be installed into and hold, at the same time,
more than one of the offices in a Subordinate Lodge provided for in the
Ritual and general law; but a member who holds one of such offices
may serve his Lodge in some other capacity—such as Physician, Solicitor, Janitor, etc., provided the duties of the several positions to which
he may be appointed do not conflict; and provided, also, that the local
law does not prohibit.
11. It is not permissible for a Lodge to present, in public or in private, a burlesque of any of the ceremonies of the Order; or to give in
public any dramatic representation claiming to be in anyway connected
with our Ritual.
12. Neither a Subordinate Body nor a member is allowed to manufacture and sell photographs of scenes in the Dramatic Work. (Neither
a Subordinate Body nor a member is allowed to manufacture or sell photographs of scenes in the Dramatic Work. J But individuals may have
photographs of themselves in the costumes used, provided such are not
used for public display, or in such a manner as would indicate to outsiders their connection with the Order. •
13. (By order of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, this decision is omitted from the Revised Journal.)
14. Not more than one candidate can at the same time be admitted
to any of the ceremonies of the Order, except where permitted by the
express terms of the Ritual.
15. An Encampment member can wear his Encampment Regalia
when sitting in his own Lodge, unless he is a Lodge officer, in which
case he must wear the Regalia of his office.
16. Under the general law, a Patriarch, before he can be elected C.
P., must have served a term as H. P., and one as S. W.; but a Grand
Encampment may by By-Law dispense with the term of service in the
H. P.'s chair. 1249
17. Whether or not a Rebekah Lodge shall pay benefits is a matter
for local law.
18. There is nothing in the. general law to prohibit a Rebekah Lodge
co-operating with an association of women, or taking part in a convention of women's societies—the object being for the welfare of the female
sex.    But the consent of the Grand Master should be obtained.
19. A lady is not eligible to membership in a Rebekah Lodge whose
only claim is that she is the adopted daughter of a man whose son is an
Odd Fellow.
20. The widowed daughter of an Odd Fellow in good standing in his
Lodge (or a deceased Odd Fellow who was in good standing at the time
of his death), is eligible to membership in a Rebekah Lodge, even
though her deceased husband was not an Odd Fellow.
21. A Sister who marries a man not a member of the Order, and
who is dropped for non-payment of dues, either before or after her
marriage, cannot be re-instated so long as her husband is not an Odd
Fellow.
22. The N. G. of a Rebekah Lodge has no authority under the Ritual
to instruct the W. or C. to communicate any P. W.'s to any person,
whether in her immediate presence during the session of the Lodge, or
at any other time or place.
23. When the officers of a Rebekah Lodge surrender their chairs to
a Degree Staff for the purpose of conferring the Degree, the N. G. of the
Degree Staff is acting N. G. of the Lodge, and has the same right to
communicate P. W.'s that the installed N. G. has—it being assumed
that such acting N. G. is legally qualified, i. e., is an installed N. G. of
a Lodge, or a P. N. G. (The above right given the N. G. of the Degree
Staff applies only to the communication of P. W.'s to candidates during the
conferring of the Degree.;
24. A Canton that has been mustered out of the service cannot take
part in any parade of the Order.
25. A Chevalier under suspension, or one not a member of a Canton, and not presenting a Certificate of Honorable Discharge, cannot
appear in uniform in a public parade of Patriarchs Militant.
26. A Chevalier cannot be a member of more than one Canton
whether active or honorary.
27. When a Canton is instituted during the latter half of the P. M.
year, i. e , between October 26th and April 26th, the first officers serve
the balance of that year and the year following.
28. The Guard, Sentinel and Picket of a Canton, being officers not
required nor recognized on parade, need not be Warranted; but it is 1250
optional with a Department Commander to cause Warrants to be issued
to any of them at their request, and on payment of fees.
29. The officer of highest rank in a Department, commanding an
organized body of P. M. of tbe highest grade, is Department Commander
by virtue of such rank and position.
30. A Department Commander as such has no Staff; but he has
whatever Staff is proper for an officer of his rank, whether Major or
Major-Genera!.
31. A Department to be organized into a Division must consist of
at least three Brigades. If there are only two Brigades, the Brigadier
who is senior officer, and consequently Department Commander, may
be commissioned Major-General.
32. Neither a Commander-in-Chief nor a Department Commander
has power to change or sanction the change of the P. M. Uniform, or
any part thereof.
33. A Grand Lodge cannot provide for the payment, out of its own
funds, of benefits to members of defunct Lodges; nor can it collect
dues from such members for the purpose of paying them benefits.
34. A Grand Master has no power to consolidate two Subordinates
in his Jurisdiction, unless his Grand Lodge has legislated to that effect,
and has given him the necessary authority.
35. An Encampment desiring to petition Subordinate Lodges for
aid must first obtain permission from both the Grand Patriarch and the
Grand Master of the Jurisdiction.
36. A Past Grand who has been installed Grand Master, but has resigned before his term of office has expired, may, in the absence of a P.
G. M. or Grand Representative, install the officers of a Grand Lodge, he
having taken the obligation of a Grand Master.
37. The S. G. L. insurance laws apply to all associations seeking
recognition from the Order, whether they have been incorporated under
civil laws or not.
38. A D. D. Grand Sire may hold any office in his Lodge or Encampment, provided the Grand Sire, whose representative he is, does not
object.
39. The Grand Lodge of the Maritime Provinces of Canada has no
jurisdiction over the colony of Newfoundland, the latter being directly
under the S. G. L. 1251
[Official Document L.]
DECISION OF GRAND SIRE.
Given under authority of Sovereign Grand Lodge.—Journal, 13,448.
B. G. McBroom
vs.
Friendship Lodge, No. 8, I. 0. 0. F., Ind. Ter.
This was an appeal made to the Grand Sire on the 2nd of January,
1893, by the late Bro. B. G. McBroom against his Lodge, Friendship, No.
8, of Krebs, Ind. Territory, for refusing to pay benefits which he claimed
to be then due and accruing. The matter was referred to the D. D.
Grand Sire for the Indian Territory, for investigation; and on his report of facts ascertained by him, the Grand Sire decided that Bro.
McBroom was entitled to benefits; and that Friendship Lodge should
pay such benefits as long as Bro. McBroom produced satisfactory evidence of illness.
From this decision, Friendship Lodge appealed to the S. G. L.
claiming that the D. D. G. S. had not notified the Lodge of the investigation, and that opportunity had not been given to submit evidence;
and the S. G. L. referred the entire matter back to the Grand Sire for
further examination and decision, with instructions to allow Clifton
Lodge, No. 181, of Kansas, which had advanced money to Bro. McBroom,
to be made a party in the case.
In accordance with these instructions, all parties have received ample notice to submit such evidence and argument as they might deem
necessary. Clifton Lodge having notified the Grand Sire that the
money advanced Bro. McBroom had been repaid by his family, is not
further concerned in the case.
The facts, as shown by certified copies of Lodge records, and duly
executed affidavits, are as follows:
Bro. B. G. McBroom was taken ill February 13th, 1891, and remained
so until April 5th, 1891, when he recovered sufficiently to consider himself able to resume work, though the evidence shows that he had not
fully recovered, and was never able to continue at any kind of work
from his first illness till his death. But he consented to being declared
well by his Lodge; and so continued until July 17th, 1891, when
he again became seriously ill, and was reported to his Lodge. He continued ill and unable to work until his death, June 24th, 1893,
During his first illness, it is not denied that he was in good standing, and a certified copy of his account in the Lodge ledger establishes
the fact. But the Lodge paid him no benefits, claiming that he was not
too ill to work, and that he was working. Now, when a Brother in
good standing is ill, and is under the care of his Lodge, he cannot be
refused benefits without an investigation, of which he should receive 1252
notice. (Durfey vs. Q. L. of Virginia, Journal, pp. 9,328, 9,442.) The
evidence shows that the investigation in this case, if any was held, was
very slight; and that Bro. McBroom had no notice, and knew of no
reason advanced why he should not be paid his benefits.
The evidence, however, shows that the Brother was ill. Affidavits
are presented by members of the Lodge that they saw him in his own
house engaged in domestic occupations, and also that he had been seen
at work in the establishment where he had been employed—the Osage
Trading Co.'s store. But the affidavits of his attending physician, and
of Mr. Elliott, manager of the Osage Trading Co., declared that he was
unable to work, and that he did not work. It is quite probable that on
occasions he had been seen engaged in some occupation for a few
minutes, both at home and at the store; but that does not prove that
he was at work so as to be disqualified for benefit under our laws.
(Laura C. Snyder vs. Purity Lodge, Journal 1870, pp. 4,873,4,896,4,897.)
It has been held, also, that positive evidence of physical disability cannot be overturned by negative or presumptive evidence. (Harper vs.
G. L. Dist. Col., Journal 1886, pp. 10,407, 10,443.) The positive evidence
in this case is quite sufficient to prove that during the seven weeks
ending April 5th, 1891, Bro. McBroom was entitled to benefits.
Bro. McBroom removed from Krebs to Kansas, in April, and remained with relatives until May, when he returned to Krebs, thinking
he might be able to resume work. But he was taken ill again in July;
notice was sent to Friendship Lodge, and he subsequently received the
amount of two weeks' benefits, after which he was informed that he
was not in good standing, and was not entitled to benefits. He removed
from Krebs to Kansas in July; was an inmate of several hospitals, and
finally died in Oregon; his continuous illness during all this time being
clearly proven, and, in fact, not being denied.
During the time of temporary convalescence, from April to July,
Bro. McBroom paid no Lodge dues. He makes affidavit that he was informed by a member of the Relief Committee that the Lodge owed him
enough to keep him in good standing. But whether that statement
was made to him by an authorized officer or not, the fact remains that
six weeks' benefits were due him, which should have been placed to bis
credit. And had they been so placed, he would have been in good
standing when again taken ill in July. Where benefits have been withheld from a Brother, either from an erroneous opinion as to his health,
or a mistaken construction of law, and whether such . action has been
acquiesced in by the Brother himself or not, if, on revision of the case,
such benefits are decided to be due to the Brother, they must be placed
to his credit. And if such credit would make him beneficial for a subsequent illness, the Lodge must allow him benefits for both seasons of
disability.    (White vs. Roger Williams Lodge, Journal 1,857, pp. 2,789, 2,827; and Strong rs. G. L. South Carolina, Journal, pp. 2,808, 2,830;
also White's Digest, 43, 44.)
Friendship Lodge contends that Bro. McBroom was debarred seeking relief under the statute of limitation (Const. Subordinates, Art. III.,
Sec. 8), TYhich requires all claims to be made within thirty days from
the termination of the sickness for which they are claimed. The contention is not good. The Lodge Records show the Brother's right to
benefits during his first illness was under consideration by the Lodge at
the time; and the claim for benefits for the second illness was also
made during the time of such illness, and long before its termination.
It is held, therefore, that Bro.. McBroom was entitled to benefits
from February 20th, 1891, to April 5th, 1891, and from July 24th, 1891,
to June 24th, 1893, and that his widow is entitled to the funeral benefit.
The By-Laws of the Lodge provide for $5 per week for the first sixteen weeks' continuous illness, $4 per week for the following 26 weeks,
$3 for the following 26 weeks, and $2 thereafter; no benefits being paid
for the first week. The funeral benefit is $50. This would aggregate
$434 benefits due. From this should be deducted dues accrued, $9.90,
and the following sums paid: August 13th, 1891, $5; August 20th
1891, $5; April 20th, 1893, $25; in all, $44.90.
It is therefore ordered that Friendship Lodge, No. 8, of Krebs,
Indian Territory, pay to the order of Mrs. Gratia McBroom, of Clifton,
Kansas, widow of the late Bro. B. G. McBroom, the sum of three hundred and eighty-nine dollars and ten cents.
Given at London, Ontario, Canada, this 28th day of March, 1894.
CL. T. CAMPBELL,
Grand Sire.
EXTRACTS FROM GRAND SECRETARY'S REPORT.
Receipts from Grand Lodges .' • • • -$44,025 68
" |    Grand Encampments     8,532 73
" "    Subordinate Lodges *     i*148 38
" "     Subordinate Encampments        326 11
"    Sundry Cantons        103 55
I    Patriarchs Militant     3>356 05
| "    Individuals  357^65
$57,850 15
Interest on R. R. Bonds     \fj> 00
Sale of Philadelphia & Erie R. R. Bonds • 14,9W DU
Returned by Committee per resolution, page 13,677, Journal
1893 1  ™J1
Total Cash paid to Grand Treasurer $74,458 21 1254
Ordinary revenue $57,850 15
Balances (Dr. $1,024.40, Cr. $54.32)        970 08
$58,820 23
Amount August 20th, per Journal, page 13,375  69,767 39
Decrease for year, August 21st to August 20th, 1894 $10,947 16
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The balance sheet herewith exhibits the Profit and Loss account
as follows :
Net profit on books  $ 14,073 90
I'  Visiting and Withdrawal Cards     14,769 87
Rebekah Cards...,,       2,436 75
Cards for a wife or widow	
Dismissal Certificates	
Rebekah Dismissal Certificates	
Encampment and Lodge Charts	
Odes—Lodge, etc	
Prayer Cards'.	
Diplomas	
Rebekah Certificates	
Veteran Jewels	
Insurance and Defunct Certificates	
Patriarchs Militant Supplies, etc 1,366 12
a
ct
ct
19
04
484
65
28
31
629
90
630
19
8
03
276
25
2
20
269
19
207
86
-1,366
12
Total for Supplies $ 35,202 26
Patriarchs Militant Current Account and Arrears.$ 1,039 57
Interest on Railroad Bonds , . .    1,537 50
Representative Tax  13,800 00
Dues of Subordinates        989 10
Charter Fees        162 00
17,528 1
Total amount of credits , $ 52,730 43
(P. M. note charged i
Debits—Bills Receivable -j   to Profit and Loss [• ...$ 2,000 00
(   account. )
Petitions for Membership  5 82
Annual expenses  10,472 88
Sixty-ninth Annual Session  53,976 67
Ridgely Monument  25 00
Wildey Monument  25 00
J. C. Underwood  283 03
    66,788 40
Net loss $ 14,057 97 ASSETS  OF THE  SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE.
Cash in hands of Grand Treasurer $ 33,251 25
Railroad Bonds  30,000 00
Steel and Electrotype Plates  12,418 85
Library (cost of binding volumes)  1,198 83
Books, Cards, Odes, etc., at cost  19,656 43
Paintings and furniture  10,226 55
Balance due (Dr. $1,024.40, Cr. $54.32)  970 08
$107,721 99
Amount August 20th, 1893  121,779 96
Decrease  $ 14,057 97
RETURNS FOR THE YEARS  1892  AND  1893.
Dec. 31st,     Dec. 31st,     Increase
i coo n QQQ xnoreabtj
Grand Lodges	
Grand Encampm'nts
Subordinate Lodges.
Subord'te Eyc'mp'ts
Rebekah Lodges	
Lodge Initiations ...
Enc'mp't Initiations
Lodge Members	
Encamp't Members.
Rebekah Members.
Relief by Lodges	
Relief by Enc'mp'ts.I
Rel'fbyReb'khLdgs
Total Relief	
Revenue of Lodges..
Rev'nueof Encmp'ts
Rev'nueR'b'kh Ldgs1
Total Revenue	
oo
50
9,936
2,483
2,913
85,509
16,732
747,295
132,542
180,869
$3,015,979
301,801
32,675
3,350,456
7,594,828
657,781
520
8,609,130
STATISTICS  OF THE  ORDER FROM  1830 TO DECEMBER 31ST,   1893, INCLUDING
AUSTRALASIA,  GERMANY,  DENMARK  AND  SWITZERLAND.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  1,947,711
Members relieved  1,809,045
Widowed families relieved  209,902
Members deceased  176,320
Total relief  $ 64,376,265 92
Total receipts  168,056,287 65 1256
CONDITION  OF THE  ORDER   DECEMBER  31ST,   1893.
Sovereign Grand Lodge  1
Independent Grand Lodges (German Empire, Australasia, Denmark and Switzerland)  4
Subordinate Grand Encampments  54
Subordinate Grand Lodges  65
Subordinate Encampments     2,581
Subordinate Lodges  10,644
Encampment members 137,221
Lodge members 806,013
Rebekah Lodges     3,300
Sisters, members of Rebekah Lodges 108,732
Brothers, members of Rebekah Lodges 93,910
CONCLUSION.
Thirty-four years ago, the Grand Lodge of the United States met
in the beautiful city of Nashville, Tennessee. It was in September,
1860, that ninety-six Brothers, representing thirty-nine Grand Lodges
and twenty-nine Grand Encampments, with a membership of 173,818
in the Lodges and 23,674 in the Encampments, assembled in annual
session to transact the business necessary to the welfare of the institution.. Thomas Wildey, the originator of the Order in the United
States, the first Noble Grand, first Grand Master and the first Grand
Sire in this country, appeared with his Brethren on that occasion. So,
too, came to the session, the veteran, John A. Kennedy, Past Grand
Sire of New York, and the accomplished and courteous George W.
Race, Past Grand Sire of Louisiana. The distinguished James L.
Ridgely, Grand Secretary, was also present, occupying his accustomed
place at the desk, to record the proceedings of the supreme tribunal of
the Order.
Looking at the names of the seven officers recorded as present at
the opening of the session on Monday, September 17th, 1860, (the same
day of the month that the present session begins) we find that all have
disappeared from the active scenes of life. Fitzhugh, Ridgely. Van-
sant, Repiton, Tucker, Lewyt, Chamberlain, having finished their
earthly labors, laid down the honors and glories, the trials and troubles
of official position, and, we trust, have entered the more beautiful and
glorious Grand Lodge above.
In the long list of more than one hundred present at the session of
1860, only one, James B. Nicholson, Past Grand Sire, then a Representative from Pennsylvania, is with this Body to-day. How well and
faithfully he has served the Order during the thirty-four years I need
not say.   His record as an eloquent, faithful and energetic champion of 1257
the cause he espoused in his youth is too* well known to require any
elaboration.
Among the active and earnest members at the session, it may not
be improper to mention Tennessee's honored and distinguished Representative E. D. Farnsworth, who, in 1868, became Grand Sire. He
was noted for his activity during the dark days from 1861 to 1865, and
his successful efforts to preserve the integrity of the Order in the South.
Of his career as the Chief Executive, the record will be found in the
printed. Journals of this Body, and the particulars of the many important matters that transpired during his administration need not be
mentioned herein the words of the lamented Ridgely, | the living of to-day become
the dead of to-morrow," and it is doubtful if a dozen of the Representatives in 1860 are now living. New men have taken the places ably
filled more than a score of years ago by their predecessors, and the work
goes on. The contrast between 1860 and 1894, though worthy of comment, is not surprising. Though, at the meeting of the Body in Tennessee, referred to, the country was on the eve of a revolution that
threatened the disruption of the government, and through the exigencies of the times Odd Fellowship languished, so that its most earnest
advocates were disheartened, and for four long years there was no meeting with full ranks held by the parent Body, the clouds lifted, and in
1865 the Reoresentatives from every State met once more in Baltimore
—a glad and glorious reunion after a long separation.
I beg to be excused for this retrospect, but the subject was alluring,
and to many in the Order who are not aware of the situation thirty-four
years ago, these few remarks may enlist the attention of the students
of Odd Fellowship.
The tables herewith show the result of the labours during the year
1893. We cannot, of course, exhibit such a splendid array of figures,
denoting large gains, as the tables of 1892 permitted us to present, but,
under the circumstances, the great depression of business in every
channel, depriving thousands of our members of the means of obtaining
a livelihood, we should be well satisfied with the result. It might have
been, and indeed it was generally expected that the outcome would be
worse; that instead of a net gain of 32,897 members in Subordinate
Lodges, 3,560 in Encampments and 21,573 in Rebekah Lodges during
the year 1893, it was feared that a loss in all branches of the Order
would have to be recorded.
With the hope that the present session on historic Lookout Mountain in the enterprising city of Chattanoogo, with the beautiful Tennessee River at its base, may be a pleasant occasion for all the members, 12^8
and eminently profitable to the entire Brotherhood,
I remain, fraternally yours,
THEO. A. ROSS,
Grand Secretary.
Baltimore, Maryland, September, 1894.
We notice the following appeals, which are of interest to the Order :
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Lndependent Order of Odd Fellows:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the appeal of
J. B. Crawford, P. G. Master, from the decision and judgment of the
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, beg leave to report as follows:
At the last annual session of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, the
following report was presented upon the legal construction of a certain
By-Law of many Subordinate Lodges of that Jurisdiction, on the sub-
ject of funeral expenses, to wit:
I Boston, August 9th, 1894.
" To the Grand Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., of Massachusetts:
"Your committee have had referred to them the following, to report upon the legal construction of the same:
e>*
I Whereas Article X., of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges,
reads as follows:
I Section 1. Weekly Benefits: This Lodge shall pay benefitstoany
of its members who shall become entitled thereto in consequence of
sickness or accident, not the result of their own immoral conduct, and
who are not indebted to the Lodge for the amount of more than
thirteen weeks' dues, nor otherwise disqualified from receiving the
same, in such amount per week as may be fixed in the By-Laws.
" Sec 2. Funeral Expenses: In case of the death of a member of
this Lodge, qualified as provided in Section 1 of this Article, there shall
be paid, from the funds of the Lodge, such a sum, not less than $30, as
may be specified in the By-Laws, which shall be used for defraying the
funeral expenses; or if said expenses shall be paid by any relative or
friend of the deceased, then the said amount shall be paid to such relative or friend; and
"Whereas The By-Laws of many Lodges contain the following
provision:
" Sec 4.   On the death of any Brother, who is not disqualified by J259
Art. X., Section 2, of the Constitution, the sum of $50 shall be allowed
as a funeral benefit.
u Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be requested to
answer the following questions relative to the construction of said law:
" If a Brother die leaving no dependent relatives or widow, and
sufficient estate to pay his funeral expenses, is the Lodge bound to pay
to any person the amount named in the said By-Law ?
" If a Brother die leaving no dependent relatives or widow, and
without sufficient estate to pay his funeral expenses, is the Lodge bound
to repay to the person paying such expenses, the sum named in the By-
Law, irrespective of the fact, whether or not such person is a relative ?
" If a Brother die leaving no widow or dependent relative, and his
estate is insufficient to pay his funeral expenses, and such expenses are
paid either by the administrator of his estate from funds received from
other Organizations, or in part from the proceeds of the property of the
deceased, is the Lodge then bound to pay the amount named in the By-
Law, to such administrator, or to re-imburse any other Organization to
which said Brother belonged, and which paid his funeral expenses, or
contributed to the fund from which such expenses were paid, or in any
way to contribute to such expenses ?
" As to the first question, we answer: Yes, as funeral expenses,
provided for in the Constitution.
" As to the second question, we answer:   Yes.
"As to the third question, we answer: The funeral expenses are
to be paid to the person or Organization by which they have been
actually paid or incurred."
Respectfully submitted,
CHARLES Q. TIRRELL,
CHAS. N. ALEXANDER,
EDWIN L. PILSBURY, CommHtcc.
CHAS. A. RUSSELL,
JOHN U. PERKINS,
The report was accepted and adopted, and Jay B. Crawford. G.
Rep., asked permission to appeal to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and the
request was granted.
Your committee, after carefully considering the questions presented,
are of the opinion that construing the said By-Law, Section 4, in connection with Section 2, of Article X., of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges of that State, that the words | funeral benefit," as used in said
By-Law, must necessarily mean | funeral expenses"—see Section 103 of
White's Digest—and your committee do, therefore, affirm the answers to 1260
the said three several questions, as construed by the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts, with the following modifications and additions :
1st. Your committee adopt the answer to the first question as made,
but add thereto, at the end of said answer, the words, " subject to the
exceptions referred to in Sections 99 and 100 of White's Digest" ; so that
the answer shall read : " Yes, as funeral expenses,- provided for in the
Constitution, subject to the exceptions referred to in Sections 99 and 100
of White's Digest."
2nd. Your committee adopt the answer to the second question as
made, but add thereto, at the end of said answer, the words "subject to
the exceptions referred to in Sections 99 and 100 of White's Digest," so
that the answer shall read : " Yes, subject to the exceptions referred to
in Sections 99 and 100 of White's Digest:"
3rd. Your committee adopt the answer to the third question as made,
but add thereto, at the end thereof, the proviso :
Provided, said deceased Brother is not a member of some other
benevolent Organization, which conducts exclusively the funeral ceremonies, and buries the Brother at its own expense, and pays the same,
under a law or rule of said Organization, entitling the member to have
said burial expenses paid. Or, provided, further, said Brother be not
buried at the government expense. But where one or more benevolent
Organizations unite with this Order in conducting the funeral ceremonies
of the deceased Brother, and by the laws or rules of said Organization,
said deceased Brother is entitled to have his burial expenses paid, then
and in such cases, the Lodge of this Order, of which said Brother was a
member, shall pay its proportionate or equal part of the said burial expenses incurred ; but in any such case, where such benevolent Organization, which may have participated or united with this Order, in the conduct of the funeral ceremonies, shall fail or refuse to contribute to the
payment of the said funeral expenses for which it is liable, such failure
or refusal shall not relieve this Order from its obligation to the deceased
Brother to pay the whole, or any part, of said.expenses, as the commands
of Odd Fellowship must be obeyed, without regard to the action of other
Orders.
If the funeral ceremonies of the deceased shall not be conducted by any
fraternal or benevolent Organization, other than this Order, of which the
deceased was a member, and such organization has paid to the administrator of the estate of the deceased Brother, or to the person actually
incurring such expense, a sum sufficient to pay the same, such payment
shall not relieve the Lodge of this Order, of which the deceased was a
member, from the obligation to pay such administrator, or person, the
sum named in its By-Laws to be paid as funeral expenses.
When a Lodge of this Order conducts exclusively the funeral ceremonies of the deceased Brother, it shall pay the whole expenses thereof. I26l
In all the above mentioned cases, funeral expenses shall be held to be
limited to the maximum amount fixed by the By-Laws of Subordinate
Lodges.
In arriving at their conclusion, your committee have been impressed
with the fact that there are numerous kindred Organizations which make
provision for the burial of their deceased members, and that questions
have already arisen and will constantly arise as to what shall be the rule
of conduct to be pursued in providing for the expenses of the burial of
the Brethren of our Order who may be members of such other Organizations. And your committee have made their decision to accord with
what they consider the scope and aims which our great Order contemplates, and humanity, justice and equity require.
This committee, therefore, submit the following resolution :
Resolved, That the decision of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, in
the above matter, with the modifications and additions hereinbefore set
forth, be affirmed and the said appeal be dismissed.
new legislation.
In the absence of local law, or usage established by decisions of
Grand Bodies directing otherwise, a payment made upon dues should
take effect from the date the same was received by the Permanent Secre-
tary.
It is within the discretion of a Subordinate Lodge to permit the candidate to stand or be seated during the. delivery of the Past Grand's
charge.
Service for a regular term as Chaplain shall make such officer eligible
for election to the office of Vice Grand.
A Brother reported sick to his Lodge and being in arrears was not
entitled to benefits, but after paying his arrearages and contracting a
sickness nowise relating to the first disability, and being reported to the
Lodge as sick, and now being in good standing, is declared entitled to
benefits for the second sickness, although he had not been reported off
the sick list for his first disability.
A Lodge shall not be permitted to provide for non-payment of a
nurse for one of its members when out of its own Jurisdiction, when it
provides for hiring nurses for its members who are within its Jurisdiction.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order, to whom was referred
the resolution of Reps. McClurg and Bonelli, of Mississippi, as follows 1
Resolved, That the Sovereign Grand Lodge does hereby fraternally
recommend the organization of a Past Grand Masters' and Past Grand
Patriarchs' Association in each Jurisdiction ; and that among other
duties, said Association be requested to write a history of its Grand 1262
Bodies and of the Order in each respective Jurisdiction. " Should such
history be published, one or more copies shall be requested to be sent to
the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, without expense to
this Grand Body," which was adopted.
ODES.
The Odes are to be printed on cardboard, with suitable music.
The proposed amendments to the Constitution were all indefinitely
postponed.
A new Digest has been ordered, and the sum of two thousand dollars
appropriated for same.
The sum of three hundred dollars was voted to procure the flags of
all nations where the Order is established.
REBEKAH  LEGISLATION.
This very important branch of our Order has a new code of laws for
its government, a copy of which we submit.
NECESSITY OF  A  BELIEF IN  A  SUPREME BEING.
Your Committee on Foreign Relations have considered the recommendation made in the report of the Grand Sire, that certain parts of the
fundamental law of Odd Fellowship be re stated, in order that the same
might be better and more fully understood, particularly in Foreign Jurisdictions, into which the Order has been lately introduced, or should be
hereafter introduced, Fully concurring in the views of the Grand Sire,
and using very nearly his own eloquent language, they submit for your
consideration the following resolution, which, in their opinion, covers the
subject and contains all the present law as found in White's Digest, Sections 610-611, and also states the law applicable to members who have
lost their faith in a Supreme being after their initiation :
Resolved, That Odd Fellowship, while it is free from anything of a
sectarian character, has always held belief in a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe, as a cardinal principle, and has maintained the Fatherhood of God as a doctrine of equal importance with the
doctrine of the Brotherhood of Man. Concerning the qualities and attributes of the Divine Father, it has never undertaken to pronounce with
authority, nor does it question the moral character and good citizenship
of some of those who declare that they have no belief in a Supreme Being.
It simply exercises the right of all voluntary associations, to prescribe
the qualifications for membership in its own circle. It has always insisted and will insist that belief in such Supreme Being is necessary to
attain or retain a place within our ranks. No one should offer himself
for membership in our Order who has not this belief; no one should
be accepted without it; and no member who loses his faith in such
Supreme Being can honestly and consistently remain with us. 1263
A Grand Lodge cannot provide for tJie payment, out of its own funds,
of benefits to members of defunct Lodges ; nor can it collect dues from
such members for the purpose of paying them benefits.
A Grand Master has no power to consolidate two Subordinates in
his Jurisdiction, unless his Grand Lodge has given him power to do so.
An E campment desiring to petition Subordinate Lodges for aid,
must first obtain permission from both the Grand Patriarch and the
Grand Master of the Jurisdiction.
A P. G. who has been installed Grand Master, but has resigned before his term of office expired, may, in the absence of a P. G. M., or
Grand Representative, install the officers of a Grand Lodge, he having
taken the obligation of a Grand Master.
The fixing a maximum and minimum amount of benefits to be paid
by Subordinates implies a vesting within these limits the exercise of the
discretion of the Subordinates, and if the Grand Lodge wishes to change
or withhold this discretion from Subordinates, then it should do so by fixing a particular and definite amount to be paid, and not by arbitrarily
controlling the matter in dealing with By-Laws passed within and in
accordance with the Constitution of Subordinates.
It is violative of one of the most sacred rights of defendants to permit of the use of the same person as witness and judge. Particularly in
courts of conscience should all persons be entitled to trial by an impartial jury.   In Odd Fellowship, 110 right is more fundamental than this.
The Constitution of a Grand Lodge may provide that the Grand
Lodge officers shall, in the first instance, be voted for by the Past Grands
of each Subordinate Lodge, and that, if any nominee for office fails to be
elected by the votes cast in said Subordinate Lodges, then the Representatives in attendance at the next session of the Grand Lodge may elect
officers for the vacant places, confining their votes to the candidates who
have been regularly nominated and voted for by the Past Grands.
A State Grand Lodge, under the present law of the S. G. L., has not
the power to compel its Subordinates to become members of General
Relief Committees, nor compel them to pay assessments made by such
Relief Committees when they may have voluntarily associated them-
-selves with such committee.
When the Constitution of a Grand Lodge provides that the expenses of its elective officers and one Representative from each Lodge to th^e
Grand Lodge in attending, etc., its sessions shall be paid by the Grand
Lodge, the Grand Lodge can pay its appointed officers their similar
expenses, if it so desires, by resolution.
Where the officers of a Grand Lodge are elected by the votes of the
Past Grands in their Lodges, and the votes are to be canvassed by the 1264
Grand Master and a committee selected by him for that purpose, while
the Grand Lodge has the power and authority to go behind the returns
and investigate any alleged illegalities or irregularities, yet the canvass
of the votes having been made and declared in the manner declared by
its By-Laws, it is not compelled to do so, and has the right, at its discretion, to make such investigation.
Any person residing in one Jurisdiction and joining a Lodge or Encampment in another Jurisdiction, whose fees for admission to membership, either by initiation or deposit of Card, are less than the minimum
fees charged in his own Jurisdiction, shall pay to the Lodge or Encampment he so joins the amount of the minimum fees charged in his own
Jurisdiction, and the Lodge or Encampment which he joins shall pay the
excess thus collected to the Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment of the
Jurisdiction in which he resides.
The support of the widows aud the education and maintenance of the
orphans of deceased Odd Fellows who died in good standing, are not
" Charity," but legal obligations. Grand Bodies have the legal right and
full power to make reasonable and necessary assessments upon their
Subordinates to provide and maintain Homes for such dependents.
Grand Lodges, in Jurisdictions having ten or more Rebekah Lodges,
may charter and institute Rebekah Assemblies within their own Jurisdictions, and such Grand Lodges may clothe such Assemblies with such
powers, and may surround them with such limitations as they mayjdeem
best.
Grand Lodges are authorized to confer upon Subordinate Lodges
the right to install their officers in public, provided that the ceremony be
conducted by an officer of said Grand Lodge, a District Deputy Grand
Master, or by a Past Grand duly authorized by the Grand Master, and
provided they use the form prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The expenditure of Lodge funds for music to accompany a parade,
or as an attractive feature in connection with and as a part of the prescribed ceremonies, is authorized, subject to such limitations as may be
made by local legislation, as a part of the legitimate expenses incident to
the celebration of the Anniversary of American Odd Fellowship on April
26th, and no other day ; but the expenditure of Lodge funds for music in
connection with a dance or other entertainment, not constituting a part
of the regular Anniversary exercises, is neither authorized or permitted
by the laws of Odd Fellowship.
The legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at Portland, Session
1892, Journal pages 13,016,13,120,13,161, warrants and authorizes State
Grand Bodies to raise funds by per capita tax or other proper form of
tax for the establishing and maintaining Homes.
It shall be lawful for State Grand Bodies, whose Constitutions are unalterable for a period of time, to so amend their Constitutions as will
provide for the levy of a per capita tax upon the members of the Jurisdiction for the purpose of establishing and maintaining Homes for aged
and indigent Odd Fellows and widows of deceased members of the Order,
and Homes for the care, protection and education of orphans of deceased
Odd Fellows.
Ceremony for Memorial Day
Services for Deceased Members of the I. 0. 0. F.,
for use in the Lodge Room.
(At the appointed time, the members will assemble in their Lodge room,
or a suitable hall.)
Voluntary by the Choir.
Hymn.    (Air—" America.")
We sing our honored dead,
And on their tranquil bed
Proud tribute fling ;
Here let our song arise,
Like incense to the skies,
A living sacrifice
To them we sing.
No voice of woe shall wreathe
Amidst the strains we breathe,
With grateful breast;
Theirs was a work well done,
Theirs was a race well run,
Theirs was a victory won
Of peace and rest.
Prayer by Chaplain :
Our Heavenly Lord ! As we thus gather, may we be imbued with
the joyful spirit of thankfulness for Thy many mercies, as well as solemnity for this hour's devotions.
We remember Thy goodness to us all the days of our life. Give us
this day an ear for the orphan's cry and the widow's woe. Help us so to
live that we may be worthy followers of those who have passed on before.
May we learn our duty to the living as well as proper reverence for the
dead.
Let Thine eye be open to all our needs, and Thine ear quick to attend our every cry until we follow our Brethren to that land where all
tears are wiped away.   We ask in His Name.   Amen.
Noble Grand.—In accordance with the Proclamation of the Grand
Master of this Jurisdiction, (or Grand Sire, as the case may be) we have
assembled to-day as Odd Fellows to pay loving tributes of respect to the 1266
memory of our deceased Odd Fellows, who, one year ago, were with us,
but now have passed beyond the veil.
An enlightened and civilized nation reveres the memory of its
dead, and it is fit and proper for all people sometimes to lay aside the
cares of life, and wend their way to the silent cities of the dead, to drop
the loving tear and strew the flowers of spring upon their grave3. And
so, we, as members of this great fraternal institution, to-day meet, that
our dead may not be forgotten, but that their virtues may be made
known and their memory kept green.
Since our last Memorial Day, many of our Brethren and Sisters have
departed; their voices are hushed—their chairs are vacant, their labt
battle has been fought, their warfare has ended, and peacefully they have
sunk to rest. I thus call upon you, my Brethren, that we may fittingly
spend this hour in commemorating their good deeds, and be fitted when
we go hence to emulate their virtues and be ourselves prepared for the
great change that awaits us all.
The Secretary will now read the names of the deceased, with suitable biographical sketches.
Dirge.
(Here will follow eulogies, if there be any present to deliver them; but if
not, the Chaplain shall read or declaim the following:)
Chaplain—My Brethren : Most solemn thoughts have pervaded
our every mind, as your Secretary read the list of our members who, one
short year ago, aided us in these sweetly sad exercises. Some of them
were then in the full glow of health, and were ambitious of further success and usefulness in this world—but they were cut down.
Long may they live in our memory and their bright examples be
unto us beacon lights to guide us in the wofk of Odd Fellowship. In
the sharp conflicts of opinion, in the heat of debate, may their hallowed
memories hush every unkind word and discordant thought, and span
the storm of Controversy with the rainbow promise of peace and love.
Sitting at the feet of their shadows, let us treasure the legacy they have
bequeathed as a sacred trust, and transmit it to those who shall follow
us, beautified, adorned and enriched by their added sacrifice.
Death is the one event that comes to every human being. From real
or imaginary evils, we may, in the Providence of God, escape; in this
conflict, however, there is no retreat; there is no departur e from this
world of sin, sorrow and suffering, to the higher and diviner life, but
through the gates of death. Neither tears nor anguish, nor breaking
heart-strings can avail anything when the fatal summons comes ; they
are utterly powerless to ward off the grim messenger,   i ^All we can do is to bow before the great affliction and reverently say :   " The Lord gave
and the Lord has taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord."
The All-Wise Ruler of the Universe has given unto us to know good
and evil, and right from wrong, so that we are thus forewarned and
forearmed against the possible moral dangers that can accrue to weak
humanity, and prepare against that day of reckoning which surely
awaits all mankind. Our life here should be made a time of careful
and steady preparation—as by our deeds we shall be justified or condemned in that great day.
Friendship fostered in our hearts becomes transformed into the
golden chain of Love, which binds us firmly together upon the immovable rock of Truth, the foundation not only of our glorious Order,
but of all things that are good and abiding.
Duty, properly performed, becomes a pleasure to the doer, as well
as of lasting benefit to the one aided. Our days are numbered, and our
end we know not.
" That solemn day will surely come,
The appointed hour make haste;"
and we must all go to face the record of our deeds.
May we, therefore, so live with the approval of our conscience and
our God that, whenever we are called, we may enter joyfully the Grand
Lodge above.
Hymn.   (Air—1 Boylston.")
" It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road;
And with the Brotherhood on high,
To be at home with God.
"It is not death to close
The eye long dimmed with tears,*!   %
And wake in glorious repose
To spend eternal years.
| It is not death to hear
The stroke that sets us free
From dungeon chain, to breathe the air
Of boundless liberty."
Prayer by Chaplain:
Our Father, so guide us in accordance with these godly admonitions, that we may be taught so to number our days that we may apply
our hearts unto wisdom.
May we early learn to look only to Thee, the Author of everything
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good and perfect, and with Thine approval, so to live while here that
in the world to come we may have life everlasting.
Pass by our imperfections, forgive our misdoings, cheer us by Thy
presence when we come to enter the Valley of the Shadow, and bring us
to Thyself in Heaven for His Name's sake.   Amen.
The committee also recommend the following form to be used when
decorating the graves of deceased Odd Fellows:
Ceremony for Decorating the Graves of Deceased Brothers.
(At the appointed time, the members assemble in their Lodge room and
form in procession in the manner described in Book of Forms, page 33,
[edition of 1891]. For each grave to be decorated, there shall be a Brother
appointed to carry a bouquet of flowers, who shall take his place in the procession, according to his rank, as required by the Book of Forms. On
reaching the Cemetery, the procession shall form a circle, and halt at a convenient place—the N. G. and Chaplain inside the circle—music [if any]
outside and in rear of the officers.)
DECORATION CEREMONY.
Noble Grand.—My Brethren : Before we proceed with the duties of
the day, and place over the mortal remains of our departed friends the
floral tributes we have brought, let us invoke the Divine blessing.
Chaplain.—0, Thou Great and Eternal God, our Father, Creator
and Preserver of the Universe, look down and bless us in the solemn
services of Decoration Day. Wilt Thou give us grace to emulate the
virtues of our Brothers sleeping in peace beneath the silent sod ? And
while we pay our tribute to their memory, may we never forget that
reverence for the dead is best shown by care for the living. Bless the
widow and the orphan; and raise them up kind friends in the hour of
need. And may we, together with our departed Brethren, gain admittance to the Celestial Lodge above—there to be with Thee forever.
Amen.
Response.—Amen.    So may it be.
(Appropriate Music—Vocal or Lnstrumental.)
(The procession will then pass around the Cemetery, pausing at each
grave to be decorated, so that the N. G., Secretary and Brother bearing bouquets shall be convenient thereto. The Secretary will read from his record the
name of the deceased Brother, with such biographical notes as may have been
prepared, after which the Brother bearing the flowers shall deposit the same
on the grave, and shall recite one of the following)
SELECTIONS:
1.—The memory of the just is blessed. 1269
2.—After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well.
3.—Peace to the just man's memory; let it grow greener with years*
and blossom through the flight of ages.
4.—Love casts a garland on the grave,
That may not blossom more.
5.—Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
6.—The good die not, this heritage they leave—
The record of a life well spent;
For our own loss at parting, though we grieve,
Lives such as theirs build their own monument.
7.—The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth ere gave
Await alike the inevitable hour—
The path of glory leads but to the grave.
8.—There is no death!    What seems so is transition.
This life of mortal breath
Is but the suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portals we call death.
9,—There is no death!    The stars go down
To rise upon some fairer shore
And bright in heaven's jewelled crown
They shine forever more.
10.—Ah! fevered heart, the grass is green and deep
Where thou art laid asleep;
Kissed by soft winds and washed by gentle showers,
Thou hast thy crown of flowers.
Take now thy rest.
•11.—And soon or late to all that sow
The time of harvest shall be given;
The flower shall bloom, the fruit shall groYi
If not on earth, at least in heaven.
12.—He honored manhood by illustrious life;
Guileless and leal, and upright to the end,
A faithful Brother, steadfast, loyal friend—
A hero in man's highest, holiest strife
The ennobling warfare for self-vanquishment.
Such men die not.
After the last grave has been decorated, the Brethren will halt at a convenient place, when the N. G. will deliver the following address; or in place 1270
of this address, an oration may be delivered by some person selected for the
purpose:)
Noble Grand.—My Brethren, we have now performed the duties of
the day, and by these simple services have paid a tribute of respect, to
those of our number who have finished their work on earth. Our
Order, instituted for purposes of self-help, and calculated to aid its
members in the struggles incident to life, does not allow Death to terminate the fraternal relationships formed within our ranks. After we
have carried our deceased Brother to his last resting place in the silent
city of the dead, he still retains a claim on our affections. Through his
bereaved and orphaned family, he still asks our sympathies and our
material aid; and while he has himself passed beyond the need of those
kindly benefactions we owe each other in life, he still holds a place in
our memory and love.
Here, to-day, surrounded by these tokens of mortality—by the
grassy mounds that cover the remains of those that once lived—the
monumental tablets that record their history, and the epitaphs that tell
their virtues—we are forcibly reminded of the perishable nature of the
things of time. | To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or
late." Wealth cannot bribe him to remain away; rank and power
cannot shield us from him. No strength of mortal arm ean bar his
onward march. No prayer can turn aside his stroke. He, alone, is no
respecter of persons. The ruddiest cheek pales before his breath; the
stoutest heart ceases to beat at his touch, the strongest frame bows and
falls before him. As he moves swiftly and silently among the ranks of
men, he lays on one and on another his chilling hand, and they fall on
either side lifeless and cold. Friends and loved ones may mourn for a
brief period of time; but society soon forgets the one whose voice is no
longer heard—whose face is no longer seen; and only a few cherish the
memory of the departed.
We stand to-day by the graved of our Brethren who have gone to
their rest. Some have reposed beneath the sod for years; and their
names are almost forgotten by the world. Some have but ^lately been
laid in their silent bed, and warm hearts are still grieving over their
death. But for all alike—in sorrow and in love—we have come to
awake the tender thoughts of old associations—to recall to mind the
virtues of our departed friends—and to lay oh their graves the floral
offering that shall speak for us, better than words can speak.
And, as there comes to us the thought of lives cut short in the midst
of usefulness, let us heed for ourselves the lesson that is taught. If life
be so short, and death so sure, how can we be careless of the lives we
live, or of the deaths we die? Life is the time to labor; the night
comes all too soon, when labor must cease. Waste not the hours—so
precious and so fleeting I Work while the day of life may last, so that
after life we shall still live in the hearts of our Brethren; in the love of 1271
those we have blessed by kindly words and deeds. So shall our histories
be written in colors glowing as the flowers we spread upon our Brothers'
graves; and our memories be fresh and fragrant as the perfumes they
shed to-day.
Silent are our departed Brethren now; but could their voices come
from beneath our feet, for each one of us would thev utter this solemn
exhortation:
I So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan that moves
To those mysterious realms, where each must take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go, not like the quarry slave at night,
Scourged to the dungeon; but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach the grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."
Chaplain.—Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we pray Thee to
accept this humble service performed in memory of those whose loss we
mourn. May we be enabled to emulate their virtues, and meet them
again in that land where the links of friendship are not broken by the
hand of death.   Amen.
Response.—Amen.    So may it be.
Chaplain—The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his
face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord give you
peace.   Amen.
Response.—Amen.
(The procession may then reform and return-to the Lodge room.)
The  following resolutions were laid  over till next
session.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Lndependent Order of Odd Fellows.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom were referred the preambles and resolution of Rep. Conway, of Illinois, which read 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 1272
"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 Lodere, 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 relief;
while, on the other hand, the member who is only disabled for one, two
or three weeks—and consequently should not be in heed of precuniary
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 and legislation by this
Grand Body, as well as by the various Grand and Subordinate Lodges;
and
cc
Whereas, A solution of the whole problem 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
ccResolved, 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/'
Beg leave to report that, believing that such a radical change in the
benefit system of the Order would be both impracticable and inexpedient, they recommend that the resolution be not adopted, and that they
be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. 1273
PROPOSED  AMENDMENTS  TO THE CONSTITUTION  OF THE  SOVEREIGN GRAND
LODGE.
Rep. Waldo, of Colordo, moved the following, the consideration of
which, on his motion, was postponed until the next session of this
Grand Lodge.
Resolved, That Article XXII., of the By-laws of this Grand Lodge
be amended so as to read as follows, to-wit:
ARTICLE XXII.
With the exception that all the regalia and jewels purchased before
the taking effect of this amended By-Law, and which are in accordance
with laws in force at the date of purchase, may be used by any member,
Lodge, Encampment, Grand Encampment, or Grand Lodge of this
Order, the regalia of this Order shall consist, exclusively, of the jewels
hereinafter described.
Each jewel shall be suspended from a hanger, which shall not exceed three and one-half inches in length nor seven-eighths of one inch
in width. Such hanger shall consist of three links, which may be of
open work, or may be engraved, embossed, or imposed, upon a suitable
surface, and may be attached to the clothing of the wearer by a clasp
pin, or by a perpendicular pin from the middle of the hanger. The
jewel and hanger shall usually be worn over the left breast, though it
may be worn on the left lapel of the coat, on the vest, or in any other
appropriate position preferred by its wearer.
Except as hereinafter specially provided, all hangers and jewels
used in Subordinate or Grand Lodges shall be entirely made of white
metal, and each jewel shall be circular in form, shall be attached to its
hanger by two connections, (one under each outer link of the hanger)
and shall not be more than three inches in diameter. Every jewel for
a Past Grand, both for Subordinate and Grand Lodge, shall have a five-
pointed star engraved, embossed or imposed upon the circle, which star
shall be as large as can be inscribed within the circle, and shall have a
point at the top of the jewel.
Except as hereinafter specially provided, all hangers and jewels
. used in Subordinate and Grand Encampments shall be entirely made
of yellow metal, and each jewel shall be attached to its hanger by a
single connection between the middle of the hanger and the point of
the jewel. For every Past Chief Patriarch, and for every Past High
Priest who is lawfully in possession of the Grand Encampment Degree,
the jewel (both in Subordinate and Grand Encampment) shall be a
double equilateral triangle, (forming a six-pointed star); and for every
other officer and member of an Encampment, the jewel shall be a single
equilateral triangle. Each triangle (whether single or double) shall not
exceed three inches in length of each side. 1274
For an officer or member of the Sovereign. Grand Lodge, or Past
Grand Representative or District Deputy Grand Sire, the hanger shall
be of yellow metal, and-the jewel shall be of white metal, not more than
three inches in diameter, and circular in form, having imposed upon it
an equilateral triangle of yellow metal as large as can be inscribed
within the circle, with a point of the triangle upward; and the jewel
shall be attached to the hanger by two connections, the same as a Lodge
jewel.
To indicate the Degree or office of the wearer, there shall be engraved, embossed or imposed upon each jewel the proper one of the
following emblems, to wit:
For the Initiatory Degree, the All-Seeing Eye.
For the Degree of Friendship, the Bundle of Sticks.
For the Degree of Brotherly Love, the Globe.
For the Degree of Truth, the Scales and Sword.
For the Patriarchal Degree, the* Three Pillars.
For the Golden Rule Degree, the Tent.
For the Royal Purple Degree, the Tent with two Crooks, one on
each side of the Tent.
For members of a Grand Lodge and all Past Grands, except the
Junior Past Grand, officers of the Grand Lodge and District Deputies of
Grand Master or Grand Sire, the Scales, of a size which can be inscribed
within the pentagon in center of star.
For members of a Grand Encampment and all past Chief Patriarchs, the Tent and Crooks, same as R. P. D.
For members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and Past Grand Representatives, the Seal of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, of diameter not exceeding half of the diameter of the white circle.
For officers of Subordinate Lodges: Junior Past Grand, the Heart
and Hand; Noble Grand, crossed Gavels; Vice Grand, the Hour Glass,
upright; Secretary or Recording Secretary, crossed Pens; Permanent
Secretary, a Pen and a Key crossed; Treasurer, crossed Keys; Warden,
crossed Axes; Conductor, crossed Wands; Inside and Outside Guardians, crossed Swords; Supporters of N. G., each, a single Gavel; Supporters of V. G., each, an Hour Glass, turned down; Scene Supporters,
each, a Torch; Chaplain, an open Bible.
For officers of a Grand Lodge: Past Grand Master, the Sun; Grand
Master, the Sun, with Scales; District Deputy Grand Master, the upper half of the Sun (in these last three, the Sun must not be more than
half of the diameter of the jewel); Deputy Grand Master, Half Moon;
Grand Warden, crossed Gavels; Grand Secretary, crossed Pens; Assis- 1275
tant Grand Secretary, a single Pen; Grand Treasurer, crossed Keys;
Grand Marshal a Baton; Grand Conductor, crossed Wands; Grand
Guardian, crossed Swords; Grand Herald, a Roman Sword; Grand
Messenger, a Package; Grand Chaplain, an open Bible.
For Officers of Subordinate Encampments: Chief Patriarch, the
Altar and crossed Crooks; Past High Priest, not having G. E. D.,
Breastplate, with two Crooks, one on each side; High Priest, Breastplate; Senior Warden, crossed Crooks; Scribe, or Recording Scribe,
crossed Pens; Financial Scribe, a Pen and a Key, crossed; Treasurer,
crossed Keys; Junior Warden, a single Crook; Inside and Outside
Sentinels, crossed Swords; Guide, a Staff; Guards of Tent, each, a
Halberd; Watches, each, a Spear.
For officers of a Grand Encampment: Past Grand Patriarch, an
Altar, with rays diverging therefrom; Grand Patriarch, an Altar with
crossed Crooks; Grand High Priest, a Breastplate; Past Grand High
Priest, a Breastplate with two Crooks, one on each side; Grand Senior
Warden, crossed Crooks; Grand Scribe, crossed Pens; Assistant Grand
Scribe, a single Pen; Grand Treasurer, crossed Keys; Grand Junior
Warden, a single Crook; Grand Inside and Outside Sentinels, crossed
Swords; Grand Marshal, a Baton.
For officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and District Deputy
Grand Sires: Past Grand Sire, the Sun; Grand Sire, the Sun, with
Scales; District Deputy Grand Sire, the upper half of the Sun; Deputy
Grand Sire, the Half Moon; Grand Secretary, crossed Pens; Assistant
Grand Secretary, a single Pen; Grand Treasurer, crossed Keys; Grand
Marshal, a Baton; Grand Guardian, Crossed Swords; Assistant Grand
Guardian, a single Sword; Grand Chaplain, an open Bible; Grand Messenger, a Package. The Sun, in jewels of P. G. Sires, G. Sire, and D.
D. G. Sires shall not exceed half of the diameter of the outer circle.
Except as above specially provided, emblems may be of any size
which will not project beyond the circle of circular jewels, or a circle
which would circumscribe a jewel not circular.
A Past Grand, who has the Royal Purple Degree, may use a hanger
of yellow metal; and a Past Grand who is also a Past Chief Patriarch
may wear suspended from a yellow hanger, a white circle with a yellow
six-pointed star or double triangle inscribed therein, and the Scales
(yellow) in the central hexagon.
Any Odd Fellow acting as an officer must wear the jewel of the
office in which he is acting; and no one shall wear any jewel indicative
of any past official rank, except as above specified; but the jewel of the
highest Degree attained, or of the highest past official rank herein
specially provided for, may be worn in any Subordinate or Grand Lodge
or Encampment in which the Brother wearing the same is entitled to
be; and Past Grand Representatives may wear the jewel of that rank,
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though they be Past Grand Masters or Past Grand Patriarchs, if they
choose to do so.
All emblems for Lodge or Grand Lodge jewels shall be white, and
for jewels of Encampments and Grand Encampments and the Sovereign
Grand Lodge and D. D. G. Sires shall be yellow.
Resolved, That Section 2, of Article XVI., of the Constitution of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, be amended, so as to read as follows:
Sec. 2. No person shall be entitled to admission to the Order except free white males of good moral character, who have arrived at the
age of twenty-one years, and who believe in a Supreme Being, the
Creator and Preserver of the Universe; provided, however, that Subordinate Grand Jurisdictions may provide by constitutional enactment for
the admission of Indians of not more than one-eighth part Indian blood;
and provided, further, that in Australia, New Zealand and other countries
not on the continent of North America, in which the Order has been or
may hereafter be established, and a Grand Lodge or Grand Lodges
formed, the qualification as to age shall be left to local legislation.
Resolved, That Article XVI., of the Constitution of this Grand Lodge
be amended by adding thereto the following section, to wit:
Sec 5. No saloon-keeper, bar-tender or professional gambler shall
be eligible to membership in this Order.
Amend Section 2., Article XVL7 of the Constitution of the S. G.
Lodge to read:
No person shall be entitled to admission to the Order except free
white males, who have arrived at the age of twenty-one years, and who
believe in a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe,
and who are not engaged in the retail traffic of intoxicating liquors as a
beverage.
Provided, however, that in Australia, New Zealand and other countries not on the continent of North. America, in which the Order has
been or may hereafter be established, and a Grand Lodge or Grand
Lodges formed, the qualification as to age shall be left to local legislation.
Resolved, That Section 3, Article IX., of the Constitution of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, be amended to read as follows:
Sec 3. A Grand Representative must be a Past Grand in good
standing, and a member of a Lodge in good standing. He must have
received the Royal Purple Degree, and be a member in good standing
of an Encampment in good standing. He must be a member in good
standing of a Rebekah Lodge in good standing. And he must reside
in the State, District or Territory in which the Grand Lodge or Encampment which he represents is located. 1277
No Representative shall represent more than one Grand Body at
the same time.
The following were elected officers for the next term :
Bro. J. W. STEBBINS Grand Sire.
"   F. CARLETON Deputy Grand Sire.
"    THEO. A. ROSS Grand Secretary.
"   LA. SHEPPARD      "    Treasurer.
APPOINTED  OFFICERS.
Bro. J. B. BLANKS Grand Marshal.
"    F. S. HUNT Grand Guardian.
"   J. R. HARWELL Grand Messenger.
I   G. COBURN Asst. Grand Secretary.
"   J. W. VENABLES Grand Chaplain.
The amended Constitution of B. C. was adopted.
Your Representatives were honored by being placed on the following committees:
Representative Waller, Chairman .of Committee on Correspondence; Representative Roberts, on Committee for Drawing of Seats;
Representative Scoullar, on Petitions,
The next session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge will be held at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Your Representatives cannot close this their report without thanking you for the honor conferred upon them by electing them your Representatives.
Yours in F., L. and T.,
A. W. SCOULLAR,     )  Grand
R. ROBERTS, ) Representatives.
Resolved, That the Report be received and printed in
the proceedings of this Grand Lodge ; further, that pages
19 and 20 of this Report, respecting proposed legislation
in the Sovereign Grand Lodge, be referred to the Committee on Legislation.
Report read from Committee on Distribution, which
was adopted. 1278
Victoria, B. C, June 12th, 1895.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution recommend the following disposition be made of the* subjects presented in the Grand Master's report:
To the Committee on State of the Order.—Pages 1,2, 3,4,5, 5a,
17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, also all the reports of the D. D. G. Masters.
To the Judiciary Committee.—Pages 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16a,
16b.
To the Committee on Legislation.—Pages 6, 7 and 8.
To the Committee on Appeals.—Page 12.
Respectfully submitted,
JOSHUA DAVIES,
JAMES CROSSAN,
A. W. SCOULLAR,
) Committee on
i Distribution,
Report   read   from   same   Committee,    which   was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution, to whom was referred the Report
of the Deputy Grand Master, acting as Grand Master during the absence
of the Grand Master from the Province, beg leave to recommend that
the whole of said Report be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
JAMES CROSSAN,
A. W. SCOULLAR,
JOSHUA DAVIES,
Committee on
Distribution.
Report   read   from   same   Committee,    which   was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, J. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution, to whom was referred the Report
of the Grand Secretary, beg leave to advise the following allotment of
the subject matter of said Report:
Pages 1, 2 and 3, with the Abstracts of Reports of Subordinate
Lodges, to the Committee on State of the Order.
Pages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to the Committee on Finance.
Pages 10 and 11 to the Committee on Legislation.
Pages 12 and 13 to the Committee on Appeals.
Paragraph 1, of page 14, to the Committee on Petitions. Paragraph 2, of page 14, to the Grand Representatives of this Grand
Lodge, to endeavor to secure more expeditious delivery, if possible, of
the Revised Journal of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, in future.
JOSHUA DAVIES,    \ n
JAMES CROSSAN     I 2TS?
A. W. SCOULLAR,     \ 1***m
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
8 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
evening.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8:30 p. m.
After examination of all present, and ascertaining
that there was a quorum present, 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: R. Drake, G. Jeeves
and A. R. Gauld, of No. 4.
A communication was read from Mr. Savannah, asking permission to photograph the members of the Grand
Lodge in front of the Hall to-morrow evening.
Resolved, That the invitation be accepted for Friday
The election of Grand Lodge officers for the ensuing
year was then proceeded with, the Grand Master appointing B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., J. Crossan, P. G. M., and W.
McColl, P. G. M., as tellers.
W. E. Holmes, No. 1, was nominated as Grand Master and, there being no other nominee, was declared duly
elected. i28o
P. J. Foulds, No. 3, was nominated as Deputy Grand
Master and, there being no other nominee, was declared
duly elected.
W. H. Morton, No. 5, was nominated as Grand
Warden and, no other nominations offering, was declared
duly elected.
F. Davey, No. 1, was nominated as Grand Secretary
and, being the only nominee, was declared duly elected.
H. B. Gilmour, No. 10, was nominated as Grand
Treasurer, and was declared duly elected, no other nomination being made.
FOR  GRAND  REPRESENTATIVE.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, D. Welsh, No. 13,
and A. W. Scoullar, No. 8,  were nominated.
The ballot was spread, and the following result announced :
Number of votes cast, 95.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., received 56 votes ; D.
Welsh, 25 ; and A. W. Scoullar, 13 ; spoiled, 1.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, was declared duly
elected for two years.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented
the following report, which was, on motion, laid over
until the receipt and consideration of the Report of the
Committee on Appeals :
Victoria, B. C. June 12th, 1895.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, J. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to submit their report
for your approval, respecting the following by-laws and amendments
thereto which have been received and approved:
Full Codes.—Perseverance Lodge, No. 29; Island Lodge, No. 24;
Cheam Lodge, No. 28; Pacific Lodge, No. 26; Friendship Lodge, No. 30; I28l
Banner Lodge, No. 31; Amity Lodge, No. 27; Mission City Lodge, No
32; Cedar Lodge, No. 35; Peerless Lodge, No. 33.
Amendments as follows:
Union Lodge, No. 11 Art. XIX., Sec. 1—Benefits.
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Amity Lodge, No* 27	
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22,
Peerless Lodge, No. 33....
Pacific Lodge, No. 26
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Secretary.
P. Secretary.
Treasurer.
Trustees .   and
Delegates.
IX.—       W     Physician.
XVI.—Membership.
XVIII.—Degree
XX.—Benefits.
XXIIL—Cards.
XXIV.—Miscellaneous.
XVIII., Sec. 1—Benefits.
XVIII., Sec. 1—Degrees.
I.—Night of meeting.
VI.—Bond of Treasurer.
—Dues.
XX., Seel—Physician's Certificate for benefits.
X., Sec. 1—Trustees.
XI.—Visiting   and   Nursing
the Sick.
XX., Sec. 1—Benefits, Sec. 6,
Physician's Certificate.
XVI., Sec. 3—Cont'ngtFund.
XV.—Admission Fee.
XVII.—Degrees.
XVII., Sec. 1—Degrees.
XX., Sec. 1—Benefits.
V.—Duties of P. Secretary.
VI.—        "    Treasurer.
X.— I   Trustees.
XVI.—Dues.
XVII.—Degrees.
XVIII., Sec. 2—Physician.
XIX., Sec. 2—Elections.
Sec. 3—Arrears.
Sec. 4—Nominating
absent Brothers. 1282
Western Star Lodge. No. 10 Art. XX., Sec. 1—Benefits.
" " . "      Sec. 2—Immoral Con
duct.
Fraternally submitted,
H. WALLER, ]
JNO. MACMILLAN,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
GAVIN FOWLIE,
Committee on
\     Laws of
Subordinates.
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
Report, which was adopted :
Victoria, B. C., June 12th, 1895.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the appeal of
Bro. W. A. Johnstone against the action of Pacific Lodge, No. 26, in
granting benefits to Bro. W. J. Habris, he not being a member for six
months, beg to report as follows:
We find that the Lodge acted according to its By-Laws (as approved
by the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, on 6th April, 1894) but we
would recommend that the By-Laws be amended by striking out, in
Article XX., Sec. 1, lines 29 and 30, the words "except members of the
late Loyal Pacific Lodge, whose benefits shall commence three months
after initiation."
We agree with the appellant that this is a discrimination, and contrary to the fundamental principles of Odd Fellowship.
B. W. SHILES,
WM. McCOLL,
J. EDW. PHILLIPS,
WM. HOGG,
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Committee
on
Appeals.
Resolved j That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
9:30 a. m. to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY,
Victoria, B. C, June 13th, 1895.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9:30 a. m., pur- I283
suant to adjournment.
After the usual formalities, the Grand Lodge was
declared open for business, and the roll of Officers and
Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's session were read and
adopted.
The following notice was read and laid over, under
the rule :
Victoria, B. C, June 12th, 1895.
We hereby give notice that at the next regular session of this Grand
Lodge, we will move to amend Section 3, Article II., of the Constitution
of this Grand Lodge, by striking out the words " second" and " January,"
in line 6, and inserting the words *' first" and | May | in lieu thereof ; the
section to read, when amended, as follows :
Sec. °. Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand
Lodge to one representative for its members of fifty or under ; also one
representative for every fifty members over and above said first number
of fifty members in good standing. Representatives must be Past
Grands in good standing, and shall be elected by the Lodge at the first
regular meeting in May of each year, to serve one year from the beginning of said Annual Communication. Provided that no new Lodge shall
be entitled to representation in this Grand Lodge until it has paid at
least one semi-annual tax. Each Lodge shall at the same time elect one
alternative for each representative elected, and, in case a representative
shall be unable to attend the session of the Grand Lodge, then the alternate receiving the highest number of votes may attend in his place, and
have all the powers and privileges of a representative. Vacancies may
be filled at any time to serve the remainder of the term.
W. H. GARDINER, No. 27.
A. H. FERGUSON. No. 3.
H. B. GILMOUR, No. 10.
The following bills were read, and referred to the
Committee on Finance :
Grand Master, for postage, typewriting etc., $19 ;
Grand Treasurer, postage, exchange, etc., $2.25 ; Taylor
Mill Co., Victoria, altar for dedication of halls, $15.25 ;
J. Sears, Victoria, painting and lettering altar, $5. 1284
The Grand Secretary presented and read the follow^
ing petition, which was referred to the Committee on
Legislation^;
Victoria, B. C, 1st June, 1895.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.:
The petition of the Board of Management of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association, of British Columbia, sheweth :
That this Association is composed of- about 200 members belonging
to Lodges subordinate to your Grand Body. That it was organized on
1st April, 1884, by legislation of the annual session of the Grand Lodge,
held in Februarv, 1884: as an Auxiliary Endowment Benefit Association
of the Grand Lodge of B. C, and was operated .as such under the immediate control of the Grand Lodge, until your last session, when it was
partially severed from the Grand Lodge and constituted a semi-independent organization, but still subject to your supervision, inasmuch as
your three principal officers are ex officio directors, and a report of its
proceedings has to be submitted, and any change in its rules must be
approved by your Grand Body.
We regret'that the prosperity which was prophesied would ensue
when this change was effected has not been fully realized. This, no
doubt, is mainly attributable to the dull times we have been experiencing;
but we are convinced that it is largely owing to the licensing by the
Grand Lodge officers, since your last meeting, of a rivai institution to do
business in this Jurisdiction, and to the active interest"taken by our
Grand Master on behalf of this competitor, and to the ungenerous and
damaging remarks respecting our Association, which, we are informed,
he and other agents have thought fit to make to members when canvassing on behalf of the institution they represent.
v We have pointed out to Bro. Gray that his conduct in this respect
was, we conceived, incompatible with his position as Grand'Master, .and
as a director of this Association, but, we regret to say, that pecuniary
considerations appear to have had more weight with him thau our representations.
We submit, that, as the offspring of the Grand Lodge, our Associa-.
tion is entitled not only to your sympathy, but also tofyourprotection
and fostering care, especially just now when we are started out, as it
were, to do business on our own account. We would, therefore, respectfully request that you will pass a resolution at the ensuing session of the
Grand Lodge, directing that no licenses be issued to any insurance association or company to do business in this Jurisdiction.
We claim that our Association is identically the same as that organized in 1884; and as our operations   are   confined   entirely to this i285
Province,  that by -decisions Nos. 32 and 33 of the Grand Sire, 1893, we
are not required to take out the insurance certificate.
I am, dear sirs and brothers,
Yours fraternally, ^  & ^
On behalf of the Board of Management,
FKED'K DAVEY"
•      • Secretary- Tre a &r*-
The Grand Secretary presented a communication
from the Secretary of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association
of Canada, accompanied by necessary documents, asking
that a certificate be granted the Association to enable it
to do business in this Jurisdiction. On motion, the communication was referred to the Committee on Legislation':
It was moved and seconded—That that portion of
the Grand Master's report containing a decision respecting
the use of a guide to the Secret Work be entered on the
Secret Journal. This motion was declared lost, on being
submitted to the vote.
The Grand Secretary, on behalf of Bro. C. F. Yates,
P. G., submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
Whereas Grand Sire Campbell, in his annual address to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, at the session of 1894, called special attention to the
desirability of each Jurisdiction providing Homes and Orphanages ; that
part of his address reading as follows.: , :i.^>
..  -, BCOMJBSS-. AXD ORPHANAGES, j^ % 33*
P And in no department of our work has there been so decided progress as in making provision for the aged members and orphaned children. As our Order grows older, the number of our members who, from
the misfortunes of age, become dependent upon us, must increase, and
increase rapidly. Many of them have borne the burdens of others in
days gone by, and have performed faithfully all the duties which the
Order devolves upon its members. Now, in the evening of life, -where
shall- they turn . for refuge and rest, save to the sheltering arms of Odd
Fellowship ? Hot less urgent are the claims of the children of our deceased members. ' To educate the orphan' has been one of the great
ebmmauds of our. laws ; but the one l£apt obeyed. We have been too
much inclined to regard it in its literal terms, and  to think that its 1286
requirements have been met by the education that the State provides for
all. But education means more than this. It means moral as well as
mental training; it means the care of body, mind and soul. * To educate
the orphan' means that the Order should exercise parental guardianship
over those whom death has made fatherless ; and our benevolent mission
in society is not complete where we fail to accomplish this work.
" It is gratifying to notice that we are not altogether neglectiug our
duty in this connection, though there is still room for improvement. I
have had the pleasure of inspecting an orphanage in Lincoln, 111., where
some eighty children are under the guardianship of our Brethren in that
Jurisdiction, in an institution complete with every appliance requisite for
that purpose. New York has provided an additional Home, which I was
permitted to formally open only a few days ago. Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin and New Jersey have
excellent Homes for the aged and for the orphans, in active operation,
while many other Jurisdictions are accumulating funds for this laudable
work. I commend it to the earnest consideration of our Brethren everywhere, and trust the time is not far distant when ample provision will be
made for all those who need our care."
And whereas the Committee on the State of the Order to whom that
part of Grand Sire Campbell's address was referred, reported thereon,
commending the subject " to the Odd Fellows of all Jurisdictions as one
of, if not the most, beneficent features of our great institution"—(S. G.
Lodge J., p. 277);
And whereas the question of the advisability of forming a fund that
may in time be further augmented by such action as this Grand Lodge
and its Subordinates may hereafter determine has frequently been discussed by members of the Order, and the nucleus of a fund has, by
voluntary subscription on the anniversary of the Order, 1894, already
reached the sum of $96 ;
Therefore, Resolved, That this Grand Lodge does most heartily
approve and endorse such proposition, and recommend the matter to all
Subordinate Lodges in this Jurisdiction, and urge upon them the desirability of using every effort consistent with the laws of the Order, to further increase this fund.
Further Resolved, That the Funds already collected and now deposited in the hands of the Grand Secretary be set apart and known as
f; The Odd Fellows' Home Fund," and held by this Grand Lodge as a lirust
fund towards the building of an Odd Fellows' Home in this Province,
when, in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, the time is opportune and
funds are in hand sufficient to warrant such action.
The Report of the Committee on Laws ot Subordi- nates laid over last evening, was taken from the table and
on motion, adopted.
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
Report :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Appeal of David Green against the action of Dominion Lodge, No.
4, in refusing him benefits and expelling him from membership, August
21st, 1891.
This case was before this Grand Lodge at its session of 1893. The
Grand Master at that time says in his official report, see proceedings,
page 1006, "Received this appeal March 30th, 1892. Bro. Green has
"not complied with Sec. 4, Rule 1, Constitution of Subordinates, viz.:—
"All appeals shall be presented within twenty days from the action
"of the Lodge appealed from. I therefore rule that the appeal is out
"'of date."
This decision was approved by the Committee on Appeals, and
adopted by the Grand Lodge, see proceedings, page 1061.
Bro. Green next presented his appeal to the Sovereign Grand
Lodge at its session of 1893, and the following report of the Committee
on Petitions adopted.
"That after a careful examination of said petition wre find a serious
" discrepancy in the statements therein presented, and your committee
"having no opportunity to ascertain the facts would respectfully recom-
"mend that the Grand Secretary be and is hereby instructed to forward
"said petition and papers connected therewith to the Grand Lodge of
"B. C. with instructions to look into the case so that all parties connected therewith may have a proper hearing, and the case determined
"accordingly."
Through some delay in the transmission of the above papers they
were not received in time for their consideration by this Grand Lodge
at its last session.
Upon examination of the papers alluded to, your committee find no
statement from Dominion Lodge, No. 4, regarding the case, nor a report from Trial Committee.
We believe, that in order to fully carry out the instruction of the
Sovereign Grand in this matter, it would be advisible to refer the whole
case back to Dominion Lodge, No. 4, for a re-hearing.
We would, therefore, respectfully ask sanction to this proceeding. 1288
All of which is respectfully submitted.
B. W. SHILES,    1
Wm. McCOLL,
Wm. HOGG,
• Appeal
I Committee.
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Resolved, That the report be received and laid on the
table, and that a Special Committee of five be appointed
to investigate the case of David Green vs. Dominion
Lodge, No. 4, and report at this session.
The Chair appointed the following committee :
J. Crossan, P G. M., No. 5 ; T. F. Neelands, No. 8;
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3 \ P. G. Peto, No. 30 ; J.
H. Stirrett, No. 25.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary having carefully examined the portions of the Grand Master's Report referred to it, beg to report as follows:
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 refusing
permission to the Grand Lodge of Wyoming to solicit aid from the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction and also in refusing permission to
Cheam Lodge, No. 28, to meet every other week, be approved. Further,
that all the permissions and dispensations granted by the Grand Master
be approved.
We concur with the suggestion of the Grand Master, in the case of
Bro. Geo. Smith vs. Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, that it had better be
left in the hands of North Star Lodge, No. 48, Campbelton, N. B.
A. G. DAY, I Committee
A. R. MILLER,        I       on
E. G. PANNELL,      Judiciary.
Report read from the Committee on Appeals, which
was, on motion, adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, T. 0. 0. F.:
Appeal of George Bbaseb against the action of Vancouver Lodge, No.
8, in adopting the Trial Committees Report, recommending that he be 1289
expelled for contempt of Lodge, he not having attended the meeting of
said Committee.
The appeal is taken on the following grounds :
1st. That the Trial Committee was not properly elected by ballot.
2nd. That he did not receive the notice of Trial Committee meeting
one week before the date of trial.
3rd. That he did not receive a copy of the charges.
4th. That the Committee failed to act within one month after the
case was placed in their hands.
5th. That he was prevented by sickness from attending, and notified
the Secretary of Committee to that effect.
6th. That the Lodge should have taken the same action with the
accuser, as he failed to attend.
7th. That the copy of Trial Committees report given him by the Secretary of the Lodge is not dated, no time stated when it was received by
the Lodge, nor no date given when it would be considered.
In answer to the above objections, the Committee on Appeals find
the following :
lsi. That the Trial Committee was regularly elected.
2nd., That the Secretary of Trial Committee posted notice of meeting
of Trial Committee, instead of serving personally or leaving at residence
of accused, as required by Rule 5, Sec. 1, Code of Procedure.
3rd. That there is no documentary evidence before your Committee
to show that a copy of the charges was served on the accused, as required by Rule 4, Sec. 1, and in accordance with Form 2 of Section 5.
The Lodge simply certifies that the charges were duly entered upon the
Minute Book.
The Lodge claim, however, that the accused did receive such a
copy, but bring no proof to show how or when. Bro. Fbaser, on the
other hand, makes affidavit before a notary public that he did not receive
a copy of charges.
4th. The Trial Committee was elected on Dec. 1st, 1893 ; met to try
the case Jan. 3rd, 1894, and the Lodge received the report of same at its
regular meeting Jan. 5th, 1894 ; acted on same and adopted the report
January 19th, 1894.
5th. The Lodge claim that the Secretary of Trial Committee met the
accused shortly before the meeting of Trial Committee took place, and
stated to the Committee that the accased was not so sick but what he
could attend the meeting; but there is nothing in the minutes of the Trial
Committee, as presented to your Appeal Committee, to show that the 1290
Secretary ever made such a report to the Trial Committee. Bro. Fraser
claims he was sick, unable to attend, and notified the Committee of such
sickness, and he makes affidavit to that effect.
6th. The accuser was represented by counsel.
7th. The Lodge merely states that a copy of the Committee's report
was sent to Bro. Fraser.
After due consideration, your Committee consider objections2, 3 and
5, as raised by the appellant, to be the only questionable grounds for
appeal, and that the requirements of the Code of Procedure on these
points were not regularly complied with, and would recommend that, in
consideration of the great discrepancies in the two statements of the
parties concerned, and in view of the fact that the Brother was not tried
upon the main issue of the case, that the whole matter be referred back
to the Lodge for a new trial.
Respectfully submitted,
B. W. SHILES,
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J. EDW. PHILLIPS, I Committee
WM. McCOLL, on
Appeals.
WM. HOGG,
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Report read from  the same Committee, which was
adopted.
Victoria, B. C, June. 12th, 1895.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.:
Appeal of D. F. Fee against the action of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, in
expelling him from membership for conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow,
in that he did sell to an Indian several bottles of whiskey, being a direct
infraction of the laws of the land.
Your Committee find that Bro. Fee was convicted in a criminal court
of the above offence, and fined one hundred and fifty dollars or three
months' imprisonment.
The only excuse Bro. Fee puts in is short-sightedness, in taking his
customer to be a half breed.
We find that the trial was conducted lawfully, and all papers relating
to the same properly and correctly placed before your Committee, for
which we wish to compliment the Secretary of Columbia Lodge, No, 2.
Your Committee recommend that the action of Columbia Lodge, No.
2, be sustained. 129*
Committee
on
Appeals.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
B. W. SHILES, 1
J. EDW. PHILLIPS,  !
WM. McCOLL, f
WM. HOGG, j
Report read from the same Committee.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the appeal of
Bro. E. Dickinson against the action of Acme Lodge, No. 14, in paying
St. Joseph's Hospital the sum of thirty-five dollars ($35), for which no
value was received, beg to report.
STATEMENT  OF FACTS.
The particulars of this case are briefly as follows :
Acme Lodge, No. 14, placed Bro. Hansen in St. Joseph's Hospital for
treatment. In payment for said treatment, it was agreed by all parties
concerned that Bro. Hansen was to hand over to the matron of hospital
his weekly benefits. No responsibility was to be attached to the Lodge.
The Brother fulfilled the agreement for some time, but finally stopped
his payments and left the hospital, owing the institution five weeks'
nursing, amounting to $35.
At a regular meeting of Acme Lodge, an order was drawn for $35,
in payment of Bro. Hansen's indebtedness to St. Joseph's Hospital;
hence this appeal.
The Lodge acknowledges that they did not act legally in the matter,
but viewed morally and for the good of the Order, they decided to pay the
account.
Your Committee have fully considered the case ; and while recommending that the appeal be sustained, in view of the fact that the money
cannot be very easily recovered and that the Lodge acted in good faith
towards the Order, we would suggest that the matter be dropped and that
no precedent be taken from the case.
B. W. SHILES, 1
J. EDW. PHILLIPS, I Commiu<*
WM. McCOLL, f       on
WM. HOGG, J APVeals.
Moved and seconded that the report be received and
adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment, that the report  be  received and   amended  by striking out all the 1292
words after the word "and': in first line of last paragraph
and substituting the words, " recommend that the appeal
"be dismissed and the action of 'Acme' Lodge be sus-
"teined;" which was concurred in.
The Special Committee appointed last session to investigate the appeal of J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., v.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, presented the following report
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.:
Your Special Committee appointed to investigate the appeal of Bro.
J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M. against Dominion Lodge, No. 4, for benefits
claimed by him on account of his illness in the early part of 1892, and
withheld by the Lodge. Having examined all documents submitted to
us from the Grand Lodge, the records of Dominion Lodge, and all papers
furnished by Bro. Wriglesworth, and having heard a statement from
the Brother, also from Bro. Thos. Bamford, Secretary of No. 4 Lodge, of
such matters as they deemed pertinent to the case, beg leave to report
and find as follows:
Bro. J. Wriglesworth claims that he was taken ill on the 10th day
February, while attending the Grand Lodge at Nanaimo, and was sick
up to April the 7th, when he was so far recovered as to attend to his usual
occupation for three weeks up to April the 28th. That he was again
taken sick and remained so up to May 19th, an additional sickness of
three weeks.
Dominion Lodge refused to pay Bro. Wriglesworth any benefits on
account of either sickness, as he was not in good standing when taken
sick, and they considered the second a continuation of the first.
The case having been referred to the Grand Master he decided that
Bro. Wriglesworth was not entitled to benefits, he not having been in
good standing at the commencement of his sickness, his contention
that he was well for three weeks between the two periods of illness in
question not having been sufficiently established, and that he neglected
to notify his Lodge of his being well during that time and that his sickness should therefore be considered continuous sickness.
Bro. Wriglesworth contends, first, that he is entitled to benefits for
his first sickness because he had a certificate of good standing which
admitted him to the Grand Lodge.
We find that this certificate was issued in January, 1892, and that
he was in good standing at that time, but that when taken sick in February he was out of standing, and therefore not entitled to benefits. 1293
Bro. Wriglesworth contends, secondly, that he is entitled to benefits,
because he was not notified by the Secretary that he was in arrears.
We find the second contention not good, as according to Article IV.,
Sec. 4, Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, a Brother must be in arrears
before it is the duty of the Secretary to notifv him.
Bro. Wriglesworth contends, thirdly, that he was well, and attending to his usual business for three weeks. And that, previous to this
time, he paid five dollars dues, aud therefore was in good standing at the
time of his second sickness.
We find the third claim to be good, as Bro. Wriglesworth sustained
it by good evidence. Therefore, he is entitled to three weeks' sick
benefits, on account of his second sickness—See Section 39 of White's
Digest.
We find there is no record of Bro. Wriglesworth being reported well
on the books of Dominion Lodge, after his first sickness.
Your Committee is of the opinion that the Visiting Committee were
remiss in their duty, in not properly visiting and reporting in this case.
We are also of the opinion that this trouble might have been averted, if
Bro. Wriglesworth had availed himself of his privilege as a member of
the Lodge.   We, therefore, offer the following for adoption :
That the appeal of Bro. J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., for sick benefits,
for the first period of sickness, be dismissed ; that his claim for the
second sickness be sustained, and that Dominion Lodge, No. 4, be directed to pay Bro. Wriglesworth the sum of thirty dollars for the same.
All of which is respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T.
C. W. ROSS, \
•      JNO. MACMILLAN, t Committee.
JOSEPH SEARS,      )
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Appeals, having examined that portion of the
Grand Master's report referred to it, regarding the appeal for assistance
by Northern Light Lodge, of Fargo, North Dakota, beg leave to report
that we are pleased to note the liberal manner in which the different
Lodges in this Jurisdiction responded to the call for help in this case.
Your Committee understand that the Sovereign Grand Lodge, at its
last session, directed the Grand Lodge of North Dakota to cause to be
returned to the various Jurisdictions contributing pro rata such portion 1294
of the funds received as were not used for legitimate purposes.
W. H. MOKTON,       1
WM. McCOLL, j Committee
J. EWD. PHILLIPS,   [       on
WM. HOGG. I  Appeals.
B. W. SHILES. J
The Committee on Finance presented the following
Report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Tour Finance Committee, to whom was referred the bills of the
Taylor Mill Co. and J". Sears, for altar, beg leave to report that they have
enquired into the matter, and fiud it was compulsory to have the altar,
in order that the Hall might be dedicated in a proper manner, and that
it is now the property of the Grand Lodge. We, therefore, recommend
that the bills be paid.
Committee
A. H. FERGUSON,
J. WBIGLESWO:
A. A. PAEWELL
J. WRIGLESWORTH, , on
I
Finance
Resolved, That the Grand L,odge do now adjourn to
8 o'clock this evening.
The Grand L,odge adjourned accordingly,
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand I/odge re-assembled at 8:30 p. m., and,
after the usual preliminaries, was declared open for
business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on Petitions presented the following:
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Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L 0. 0. F.:
Tour Committee on Petitions, to whom was referred the following
petitions, beg to report that the law has been complied with in each case,
and recommend that charters be issued accordingly.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, at Vancouver, B. C. Amity Lodge, No. 27, at New Westminster, B. C.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28, at Agassiz, B. C.
Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, at Northfield, B. C.
Friendship Lodge, No. 30, at Nanaimo, B. C.
Banner Lodge, No. 31, at Wellington, B. C.
Mission City Lodge, No. 32, at Mission City, B. C.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33, at Victoria, B. C.
Bocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, at Golden, B. C.
Cedar Lodge, No. 35, at Cedar, B. C.
Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, at Mount Pleasant, Vancouver,  B. C.
Also that Duplicate Charters be issued to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7,
Chilliwack, and Ruth Rebekah Lodge No. 4, Chilliwack, the originals
having been unfortunately destroyed by fire.
We also recommend that a Charter be granted to members of Tatina
Lodge, when they are in a position to institute a Rebekah Lodge at Kamloops, B. C.
JAMES CROSSAN,
F. S. WHITESIDE,
WM. B. TOWNSEND,
j. j. Mcdonald,
A. HENDERSON,
The following Report was read from the Committee
on the State of the Order, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order beg leave to report that
they have examined the reports of the D. D. G. Master submitted to
them, and would recommend their adoption.
They are glad to note there is an improvement in the number of
reports from the D. D. G. Masters, but they find that there are three
reports short from Districts numbered 6, 12 and 18, and they would
recommend the incoming Grand Master to urge upon the D. D. G. M.
the necessity of having their reports in on time in the future.
A. PARKER,
A. W. SCOULLAR
E. C. DAVISON,
GEO. H. W. ASHWELL
G. A. MILLER, 1296
Report   read   from   same   Committee,    which   was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order beg leave to report that]
they have examined those parts of the reports of the Grand Master
submitted to them, and are pleased to note the increase numerically
and financially in the Order in this Jurisdiction, and would recommend
their adoption.
A. PARKER,
A. W. SCOULLAR,
E. C. DAVISON,
G. A. MILLER,
G. ASHWELL,
Committee on
Slate
of the Order.
J
The Special  Committee on Statistics presented the
following Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, L. 0. 0. F.:
Your Special Committee, appointed last session on the recommendation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge to collect statistics from the reports
of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction during the past ten years
bearing on the question of dues and benefits, beg leave to present herewith, in tabulated form, the result of our labor, as fully as th.e data at
our command will permit. Some of the details being unobtainable, wre
recommend that the forms of reports from the Lodges be so amended in
future as to furnish all the required information.
Your Committee do not deem it advisable at present to make any
suggestions on the vital question of the proper relation that should
exist between dues and benefits in this Jurisdiction. During the ten
years under review, both the number of Lodges and the membership
have increased five-fold; whereas, in the preceding ten years, they
were almost stationary. This large influx of members, principally
young men, has very materially affected the question at issue, and the
reduction shown in the table of " Average Sickness per Member \ and
I Average Cost per Member for Relief0' is mainly attributable to this
fact. For this reason, we do not consider it safe to base conclusions for
the future on this data.
We fully agree with the propositions laid down in the report of the
Committee on Dues and Benefits to the Sovereign Grand Lodge; but we
do not feel justified at present, from the facts before us, to recommend
the adoption in this Jurisdiction of the legislation advocated by the
Committee, viz: That not more than one-half the amount of the yearly
dues shall be allowed for one week's benefits, and that the funeral
benefit shall not exceed five times the amount of one vear's dues. The adoption of the former proposal would be too radical a change
in the present system in vogue in this Province, and scarcely warranted
by the result of the table of experience submitted, and the latter benefit,
in many of our Lodges, is provided for by a special assessment on the
members.
We would, therefore, recommend that our Grand Representatives
be instructed to vote against this proposed compulsory legislation in
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and that a similar committee to the present
one be appointed to tabulate like facts for succeeding years.
H. WALLER,
WM. McCOLL, f     Special
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ABSTRACT  OF REPORTS   OF SUBORDINATE
LODGES,
Of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. 3?
Current Expenses of
Lodges.
Total C
Lodge
Dot per Meixuber
for all
Expenditures.
Total Receipts.
$ 4,161 00
$18 28
$11,391 43
3,250 38
14 69
13,972 32
5,652 86
17 42
13,621 00
7,674 54
19 18
17,616 06
6,291 06
14 87
18,087 16
6,377 46
14 67
18,868 58
8,367 74
14 30
24,721 79
12,107 37
15 86
29,591 26
18,660 41
15 39
41,146 92
16,111 97
13 46
42,480 02
Average, $15.81.
Invitations were read from the Clerk, on behalf of
the Municipal Council, Kamloops, to hold the next session of this Grand Lodge in that city ; also from Cheam
Lodge, No. 28, to hold the session at Agassiz.
It was moved and seconded—That the next session of
this Grand Lodge be held at Nanaimo.
Moved and seconded,   as  an   amendment—That   the
word  "Nanaimo" be struck out,   and the word   "Kam
loops "   substituted.
Moved and seconded, as an amendment to the amendment—That the word "Nanaimo" be struck out, and the
word "Agassiz" substituted.
The question being the adoption of the amendment
to the amendment, it was declared lost.
The amendment was also put and declared lost.
The original motion was then put, and declared duly
carried. 1300
A. W. Scoullar, Grand Representative, moved the
amendment to Sections 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, n and 12 of
Article VI., of the Grand Lodge Constitution, of which
notice was given last session, increasing the number composing the Standing Committees from three to five, which
was duly seconded and carried.
A. W. Scoullar, Grand Representative, by consent,
withdrew his notice of motion, given last year, to amend
Section 5, Article IV., of the Grand Lodge Constitution
respecting bond of Grand Treasurer.
Rep. A. Parker, No. 8, presented following notice of
motion :
We beg: leave to give notice that at the next annual
session of this Grand Lodge we will propose the following
amendments to the Grand Lodge Constitution.
A. PARKER, Representative No. 26.
G. A. MILLER, "   "       No. 19.
P.W.DEMPSTER,   " No.    2.
ARTICLE   IV.
Sec. 5. Amend by striking out the word "February"
in line 8, and substituting "June"; also, strike out the
words, "previous to installation" after the words, "he
shall" in line n, add after the word, "duties" at end of
clause c cbut in the event of his not furnishing proper bonds,
c| he shall not be permitted to receive any monies of this
"Grand Lodge, but the office shall be declared vacant by
"this Grand Lodge if in session; if not, then by the
cc standing committee, and such steps shall be taken to
u fill the office as laid down in Article V, Sec. 4."
Will read when amended, as follows:
ARTICLE IV.
SEC. 5. The Grand Treasurer shall receive and take 1301
charge of the monies of the Grand Lodge, pay all orders
drawn on him by the Grand Master, under the seal*of the
Grand Lodge; make such investments of the funds as the
Grand Lodge may direct ; keep his accounts in such a
manner as will exhibit the resources and amount of receipts, and by whom paid, the purposes and amount of
disbursements, and to whom paid; have his accounts
closed up on the Saturday preceding the second Monday
in June, annually, and submit them to the Finance Committee, and transmit by the Grand Secretary, annually,
to the Subordinates an exhibit of his accounts. He shall
attend all regular sessions of the Grand Lodge ; he shall
give bonds to the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, of the Province of British Columbia in
such form and penalty as shall be approved of, for the
faithful performance of his duties, but in the event of his
not furnishing proper bouds, he shall not be permitted
to receive any monies of this Grand Lodge, but the office
shall be declared vacant by this Grand Lodge if in session ; if not, then by the standing committee, and such
steps shall be taken to fill the office as laid down in Article
V, Sec. 4.
The Committee on Legislation presented following
Report, which was, on motion, received and ordered to be
considered seriatem :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the following several matters, beg leave to report as follows:
I. ALBERTA  LODGE,
With respect to the enquiry made by Alberta Lodge, No. 1, Calgary, as to the cost that would be incurred by their Lodge in affiliating
with the Grand Lodge of B. C. We would say, in respect to this matter, that this Jurisdiction, being already sufficiently large, it would not
be advisable to entertain any proposition in this connection. We would
refer Alberta Lodge, No. 1, to Sec. 1,392, White's Digest. i3°
ODD   FELLOWS'
II. ODD   FELLOWS'   HOME,
In respect to the sum of $96 collected at a public meeting, held in
this city April 28th, 1894, to form the nucleus of a fund to build and
equip an Odd Fellows' Home in this Province, and which sum is now
in the Dominion Savings Bank in the name of the Grand Secretary?
we commend the object in view, and suggest that the money be set
apart and known as the | Odd Fellows' Home Fund," and be held by
this Grand Lodge in trust, in the names of the Grand Master and Grand
Secretary, towards the building of an Odd Fellows' Home in this
Province.
III. 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.
IV. B.  C.  ODD FELLOWS'  INSURANCE ASSOCIATION.       «
In reference to the petition of the Board of Management of the Odd
Fellows' Insurance Association of B. C, we would say that it is absolutely 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 pages 13,615, 13,648, Journal
of Proceedings, S. G. Lodge, 1892.
V. BENEFITS.
In regard to the proposed change by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of
the minimum benefits of two dollars to one dollar per wreek and the
non-payment of benefits during the first week's sickness, as referred to
in the Grand Representative's Report, our opinion is that this would be
too radical a change, and that our Grand Representatives be instructed
to vote against the change as proposed.
VI. REGALIA.
Respecting the proposal made at the Sovereign Grand Lodge in regard to a change in our Regalia, we have fully considered this matter,
and believe that it would not be advisable to make any change in this
connection, and that our Grand Representatives be instructed to vote
against such a change
WM. McCOLL, )
ALEXR. MACKENZIE,   |   Committee
GILBERT MUNROE,       L        on
WM. HODSON, Legislation,
J. CALLIN Clanse I., re affiliation with this Grand Lodge by
Lodges ontside the Province, was adopted.
Clanse II., re Odd Fellows' Home, was adopted.
Resolved, That the further consideration of this report be deferred nntil to-morrow.
It was, on motion, resolved, That the use of this Hall
be granted to the ladies of the Rebekah Degree to-morrow
afternoon, from fonr to six o'clock:
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F:
In the matter of the appeal of J. H. Matheson, P. G. of Kootenay
Lodge, No. 16, against the decision of said Lodge in regard to the election of officers, in December, 1894, the question is on the legality of the
officer presiding at the election, he being in arrears at the time, we find
that no objection was raised at the time, and therefore, we consider the
election legal, and endorse the decision of the Grand Master on the matter and recommend that the appeal be dismissed.
J. EDW. PHILLIPS,
W. H. MORTON, I Committee
WM. McCOLL, \ on
WM. HOGG, |   Appeals.
B. W.  SHILES, J
Resolved, That the installation of Grand Lodge officers to-morrow evening be held in the Third Degree.
Resolved, That Bro, H. Waller, P. G. M., be requested to exemplify the Secret Work to-morrow morning, between eleven and twelve o'clock.
Resolved, That the sums paid by Excelsior Lodge,
No. 7, and Ruth Rebekah. Lodge, No. 4, to this Grand
Lodge, for supplies to replace those destroyed by fire, be
refunded, and a warrant drawn on the Grand Treasurer
for the amount.
The Grand Sectetary gave notice that he would move
to-morrow evening, That when this Grand Lodge adjourn *3°4
this day, this annual session shall stand adjourned  "sine
die." |f
Resolved That this Grand Lodge adjourn to-morrow
at 8.30 A. M.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
THIRD DAY,
Victoria, B. C, 14th June, 1895.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8.30 a. m., pursuant to adjournment, and after the customary preliminaries was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's Session were read and
adopted.
The Grand Secretary presented and read copy of the
annual report of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of B. C. submitted in accordance with the Rules of that Association.
Victoria, B. C, 13th Jiine, 1895.
To the Members of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of B. C»
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—I beg to submit a report as to the membership and finances of the Association for the past sixteen months, for
your consideration.
MEMBERSHIP.
No. of Members as per last report     190
" "        Policies issued       32
" 1        Reinstated        5
227 *3°5
No. of Members Died       3
Policies lapsed by non-payment of Assess'ts   36
No. of Policies in force at this date,
39
188
FINANCIAL REPORT.
ENDOWMENT   FUND.
Receipts.
Received from Grand Lodge of British Columbia, Endowment
Fund     $355
Reserve Fund        33
Received for Assessments  2,139
" "  Interest         12
Payments.
Insurance on death of Bro. R. Scott, P. G . $1,000 00
Bro. T. W. Carter     1,000 00
$2,541 25
a
tt
$2,000 00
MANAGEMENT   FUND.
Receipts.
Received irom Grand Lodge of British Columbia .  $205
"        for Entrance Fees  82
"        for Dues  438
Payments,
$726
Registration of Rules
$15 00
Printing Rules, Medical Examination Forms, etc  Ill 75
Stationery  8 75
if
Salary, Secretary-Treasurer  125 00
Agent's Commission .... ♦  138 18
Preparation of Medical Examination Form   10 00
Medical Referees' Fees  8 50
Bond of Secretary-Treasurer  25 00
Postage and Sundries  31 75
$473
Balance
$ 252
SUMMARY.
Balance, Endowment-Fund $541 25
I,       Management do     252 85
$794 10 1306
Deposit in Dominion Gov't Savings Bank
and Savings Branch of Bank of B.C. $793 25
Cash in hands of Secretary-Treasurer.. 85
$794 10
Fraternally submitted,
FRED'K DAVEY,
Secretary- Treasurer.
Moved and seconded,—That the Report be received
and filed.
Moved and seconded as an amendment.—That the
Report be received and printed with the Proceedings of
this Sesion, which was agreed to.
The consideration of the Report of the Committee on
Legislation deferred from yesterday was resumed. Clause
IV r^-Petition of Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of
British Columbia.
Moved and seconded,—That the clause be adopted.
Moved by Representative Henderson, No. 2, and seconded by J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4,—That the report
of the Committee be amended by striking out all the
words of clause IV., after the words, UB. C." in second
line, and substituting the following:—uWe recommend
that the prayer of the petition be granted and that this
Grand Lodge decline to grant licenses in future to any
Odd Fellows' Insurance Association to do business in this
Jurisdiction. Further, that in view of the decisions of the
Grand Sire referred to in the petition, we do not consider
it necessary for this Association to take out a license.
Moved and seconded as an amendment to the amendment,—That the matter be referred to the Grand Sire for
his decision.
The previous question was moved by Rep. McKenzie,
No. 26, and carried, and the main question submitted, the amendment to the amendment being put first and declared lost. The amendment was then put and declared
carried.
The Grand Master asked permission to appeal to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge against this decision, which was
on motion granted.
Clause III. re application of Odd Fellows' Relief
Association of Canada to do business in this Jurisdiction,
moved by J. B. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, seconded by
Rep. A. Henderson, No. 2, and carried—That this clause
of the report be amended by striking out all the words
after the words " B. C." in third line, and inserting in
lieu thereof the words "Although we have every reason
to believe that this Association is an excellent one, yet
we conceive it the duty of this Grand Lodge to protect
our own home institution, and we therefore recommend
that the permission asked for to enable the O. R. Association of Canada to do business in this Jurisdiction be
refused.'1
Clause V., re Benefits, was adopted.
Clause VI., re Regalia, was adopted
The report ol the Committee was, on motion, adopted
as amended.
The Grand Master's appointment of D. Menzies P.
G., No. 8, as Grand Conductor, at the first day's session,
was, on motion, approved.
Moved by J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, seconded
by H. Waller, P. G. M.> No. 2.:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Whereas the institution of Odd Fellowship is founded not only for
the promotion of the social, moral and intellectual welfare of its members, but also for their relief in sickness and distress, and
Whereas, on account of the rapid increase of its membership and 1308
influence, the present time may be opportune for the establishment of
an Odd Fellows' Hospital and Convalescent Home.
Be it therefore resolved, that a special committee, composed as follows: Bros. Phillips and Dr. Walker, New Westminster; Bros. Crossan
and Quennell, Nanaimo; Bros. Gilmour and Dr. Carroll, Vancouver;
and Bros. Davey and Dr. F. Hall, Yictoria; be appointed for the purpose of thoroughly investigating the desirability of such an institution,
and ascertaining the most suitable and advantageous place for its
location.
That this committee report at their earliest convenience to the
executive of the Grand Lodge of B. C, who are hereby empowered to
make such arrangements for the promotion of this institution as will
advance the cause of Odd Fellowship.
Moved and seconded as an amendment and carried—
That the last paragraph be amended to read : That this
Committee report to the next session of this Grand Lodge
before any expenditure is incurred on account of this
Grand Lodge.
The Resolution,  as amended, was adopted.
It was moved and seconded—That all Past Grand
Masters in attendance at this session be paid mileage and
per diem the same as Grand Lodge Officers and Representatives, but that, in future, this practice be discontinued.
Moved and seconded as an amendment—That mileage
and per diem be paid only to Grand Lodge Officers and
Representatives who are entitled  to  the same   by law.
The ayes and nays were called for and taken on the
amendment as follows : *
Ayes—Welsh, Day, Anderson, R. A., Rivers, Miller,
A., Campbell, Edwards, Macmillan, Miller, G. A., Peto,
Waller, T., Hingley, Curtis.     13.
Nays—Gray, Holmes, W. E., Foulds, Davey, Haggart, D., Neelands, Glover, Menzies, Stainton, Scoullar,
Roberts, Huxtable, Stewart,   Pottinger, Dempster, Hen- 13°9
derson, Townsend, W. E., Holmes, A. J., Ferguson,
Morton, Anderson, W., Haggart, T. F., Mitchell, Ash-
well, Jopson, Gilmour, Stirrett, Townsend, W. B.,
McCallum, Hodson, Aitkin, Jacques, Whiteside, Pannell,
Skinner, Callin, Munroe, McLaren, Davis, W., Hogg,
Parker, Center, McKenzie, Gardiner, May, Farwell, Rum-
mings, McDonald, Cunningham.    49.
The ayes and nays were then taken on the original
motion, and the following result obtained :
Ayes—Gray, Holmes, W. E., Foulds, Davey, Welsh,
Haggart, D., Neelands, Glover, Menzies, Stainton,
Scoullar, Roberts, Huxtable, Stewart, Day, Pottinger,
Henderson, Townsend, W. E., Holmes, A. J., Ferguson,
Anderson, R. A., Rivers, Morton, Andersont W., Haggart, T. F., Mitchell, Ashwell, Campbell, Jopson, Gilmour, Stirrett, Townsend, W. B., Edwards, Macmillan,
McCallum, Hodson, Aitkin, Jacques, Whiteside, Pannell,
Skinner, Callin, Munroe, McLaren, Davis, W., Hogg,
Parkerr Center, McKenzie, Gardiner, May, Farwell,
Rummings, Peto, McDonald, Cunningham, Waller, T.
EM Hingley, Curtis.    59.
Nays—Miller, A., Miller, G. A.    2.
The original motion was therefore declared duly
carried.
It was moved, seconded and carried—That the exemplification of the Secret Work be postponed until this
evening, immediately preceding the installation of officers.
The Special Committee to investigate the case of D.
Green v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4, presented the following
report which was adopted.
To the Gh*and Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
We, the undersigned Special Committee, appointed to enquire into
the appeal of David Green against Dominion Lodge, No. 4, concerning
his expulsion from that Lodge, beg leave to state that as due notice of 1310
trial was given, and that the same was legally carried out, we would
recommend that the action of Dominion Lodge, in this matter, be sustained.
JAMES CROSSAN,
T. J. NEELANDS,
J. H. STIRRETT,
J. EDW. PHILLIPS.
The Committe on the State of the Order presented a
report which was referred back to the Committee for
amendment.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 1.30 p. m.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 1.30 p. m. and was
declared duly open for business.
The Roll of Officers aud Representatives was called.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the action of this
Grand Lodge at this morning's session in adopting the
report of the Special Committee on the case of D. Green
vs. Dominion Lodge, No. 4, be reconsidered.
It was moved and seconded,—That the report of the
Special Committee in the case of D. Green vs. Dominion
Lodge, No. 4, be adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment—That the
appeal of D. Green v. Dominion Lodge No. 4, be referred
to a special committee of five members belonging ta
Lodges in the city of Victoria, to enquire into and report
at the next session ot this Grand Lodge.
The amendment was put to the vote and declared
lost, 5 voting in the affirmative and 46 against. 1311
The original motion was submitted to the vote, and
declared carried, 48 voting for and one against.
It was, on motion, resolved, That all documents
bearing on the case of D. Green obtainable, be forwarded
to the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The Report of the Committee on Appeals on the case
of D. Green, laid over at yesterday's session, was taken
from the table, and it was, on motion, resolved, That as
the subject matter of this report has already been dealt
with on the report of the Special Committee, no further
action on the part of this Grand Lodge is necessary.
The Committee on the State of the Order presented
the following Report, which was, on motion, considered
seriatem :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
1. Your Committee on the State of the Order, to whom was referred certain portions of the Grand Secretary's Report, beg leave to
recommend as follows:   That the report be adopted.
2. In view of the fact that it is customary for the Grand Secretary
to handle considerable sums of money belonging to this Grand Lodge
during his term of office, we would recommend that that officer be
called upon to give bonds in the sum of two thousand dollars ($2,000),
in some guarantee company, the premium of the same to be paid by
this Grand Lodge.
3. We also understand that this Grand Lodge is not incorporated.
We would therefore recommend that this Grand Body take such action
at this session to have same incorporated without delay.
All of which is most respectfully submitted.
A. PARKER,
A. W. SCOULLAR,
E. C. DAVISON,
G. A. MILLER,
GEO. H. W. ASHWELL,g
Clause I., re Grand Secretary's report, was adopted.
Clause II., re bonds of Grand Secretary, was adopted. 1312
Clause III., re Incorporation of Grand Lodge, was
adopted.
Resolved,  That the report be adopted, as a whole.
Resolved, That the incoming Grand Master appoint
one or more Instructors for Subordinate Lodges on the
Mainland, and one or more for the Island, also an Instructor for the Rebekah Lodges on the Mainland, and
one for the Island.
It was moved and seconded—That the Finance
Committee be instructed to place the sum of fifty dollars
($50) in the estimates to re-imburse the present Grand
Master for expenses incurred during his unusually long
term of office.
This motion was defeated ; 12 voting for it and 35
against.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented
a report which was, on motion, ordered to be amended, by
allowing Bro. J. F. Stainton, Grand Herald, the same
amount for Mileage as that allowed Rep. Skinner, both
being residents of the same place. The report was
amended and adopted as follows :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that we
have examined the certificates presented by the officers and representatives in attendance at this session of the Grand Lodge, and find them
entitled to the amounts stated against their respective names. 3J3
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Officers.
T. C. Grav, G. M	
10
Vancouver. ..
o
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$   6 00
84
$   8 40
$ 14 40
W. E. Holmes, D. G. M.
1
1
Victoria	
3
6 00
6 0Q
P. J. Foulds, G. W 	
o
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New Westm'r
«3
p.
6 00
96
9 60
15 60
F. Davey, G. S	
1
13
Victoria	
New Westm'r
3
3
6 00
6 00
6 00
D. Welsh, G. T	
86
9 60
15 60
1
8
Vancouver....
o
O
3
6 00
6 00
6 00
A. W. Scoullar, G. R....
84
8 40
14 40
D. Haggart, G. Chap	
6
Wellington...
o
o
6 00
78
7 80
13 80
T. F. Neelands, G. Mar..
8
Vancouver....
o
o
6 00
84
8 40
14 40
G. Glover, G. Guardian.
4
3
Victoria ,
Vancouver....
o
o
Q
o
6 00
6 00
6 00
D. Menzies. G. Cond....
84
8 40
14 40
J. F. Stainton, G. Her...
21
Ladners L'dg.
o
6 00
111
11 10
1710
Representatives.
W. H. Huxtable	
1
1
Victoria	
Victoria.
o
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3
8
3
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
A. Stewart 	
6 00
A. G. Dav	
1 Victoria	
2 Victoria	
6 00
J. Pottinger	
6 0Q
P. W. Dempster	
A. Henderson	
9, ViP.tnrm
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6 00
6 00
6 00
2
Victoria	
6 00
A. J. Holmes	
Q
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3
New Westm'r
New Westm'r
3
3
6 00
6 00
96
96
9 60
9 60
15 60
A. H. Ferguson	
15 6Q
W. E. Townsend	
3
New Westm'r
3
6 00
96
9 60
15 60
G. Fowlie	
4
A
Victoria	
3
3
6 00
6 00
6 00
R. A. Anderson	
6 00
W. H. Morton.
5
5
6
Nanaimo ....
Nanaimo ....
Wellington ..
o
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6 00
6 00
6 00
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76
78
7 30
7 30
7 80
13 3Q
R. Rivers	
13 3Q
W. Anderson	
13 80
T. F. Haggart	
6
Wellington. ..
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6 00
.78
7 80
1380
H.Mitchell	
6
Wellington. ..
3
6 0C
78
7 80
13 SO
G. Ashwell	
7
Chilliwack	
3
6 00
147
14 70
20 70
A, Miller	
8
Vancouver. ..
3
6 00
84
8 40
14 40
E. C. Davison	
9 Kamloops....
6 00
335
33 50
39 50
P. Campbell	
10 Vancouver....
o
6 00
84
8 40
14 40
J. B. Jopson	
10 Vancouver....
3
6 00
84
8 40
14 40
H. B. Gilmour	
10
Vancouver....
3
6 00
84
8 40
14 40
J. H. Stirrett	
12
Donald	
3
6 00
542
54 20
60 20
W. B. Townsend	
13
New Westnrr
3
6 00
96
9 60
15 60
S. W. Edwards	
14
14
15
Victoria......
Victoria	
Cloverdale....
3
3
3
6 00
6 00
6 00
600
J. Macmillan            . .
6 00
J. W. McCallum	
112
il 20
17 20
W. Hodson	
16
Nelson	
3
6 00
663
66 30
72 30
A. C.Aitkin	
17
Duncan	
3
6 00
40
4 00
10 00
F. B. Ja^eques   ..-	
18
Vernon	
O
6 00!
4651
46 m
52 50
W. A. Miller	
19
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6 00
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8 40
14 40
$258 00!
$420 50
$678 50 i3x4
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Total.
Representatives.
F. S. Whiteside	
E. G. Pannell.,	
W. B. Skinner	
J. Callin	
B'rtForw'rd
Nanaimo	
Nanaimo	
Ladners L'dg.
North Bend..
Eburne*	
Vancouver....
Vancouver....
Vancouver....
Vancouver....
Vancouver....
New Westm'r
New Westm'r
Agassiz	
Northfiekl....
Nanaimo ....
Wellington...
Mission City..
Victoria	
Victoria	
Victoria	
Victoria	
Victoria	
Victoria	
New Westm'r
New Westm'r
New Westm'ri
Nanaimo ....
Total	
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111
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$420 50
7 30
7 30
11 10
21 30
28 80
9 00
•  8 40
8 40
8 40
8 40
8 40
9 60
9 60
15 5
7 60
7 3''1
7 80
9 60
$678 50
13 30
13 30
1710
27 30
G. Munroe	
6 00 288
6 00  90
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34 80
I. McLaren	
W. Davis...
15(0
14 40
W.Hogg	
A. Parker	
G. L. Center	
•6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00j
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
4 00
4 00
6 00
4 00
6 00
6 00
84
84
84
84
96
96
155
76
73
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96
1440
14 40
14 40
A. McKenzie	
14 40
W. H. Gardiner	
B.May	
A. A. Farwell	
C. H. Rummings	
F. G. Peto	
15 60
15 60
2150
13 60
13 30
R. S. Cunningham	
T.E.Waller	
13 80
15 60
6 00
I. J. Hingley	
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6 00
D. Curtis	
6 00
Past Grand Masters.
J. Wriglesworth	
6 00
J. E. Phillips	
	
6 00
J. Davies	
4 00
J. H. Meldram	
400
B. W. Shiles ;	
96
96
96
73
9 60
9 60
9 60
7 30
15 60
W. McColl	
13 60
J. E. Phillips	
15 60
J. Crossan	
15 30
$426 00
$650 40 1076 40
H. B. GILMOUR,
W. H. GARDINER,
ROBT. RIVERS,
W. TOWNSEND,
J. H. STIRRETT,
Commitee on
Mileage
and Per TKem.
The Grand Lodge, on motion, adjourned to 8 o'clock
this evening. EVENING  SESSION
The Grand Lodge met at 8 o'clock p. m. pursuant to
adjournment, and was declared open for business.
The call of Roll of Officers and Representatives was
on motion dispensed with.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That in future,
Grand Masters be required to furnish this Grand Lodge
with an itemized statement of expenses incurred by them
and of the miles actually travelled in performing the
duties of their office.
J. Davies, P. G. M., offered the following Resolution :—
That this Grand Lodge appoint a committee to report
at the next Session with a view of passing laws making
it imperative for all Representatives to the Grand Lodge
to be members in good standing in a Rebekah Lodge
under such rules as may be passed by the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master ruled the Resolution out of order
as being beyond the powers of the Grand Lodge to legislate in the manner indicated.
The Committee on Finance presented the following
report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Finance Committee beg leave to report as follows :
That we have examined the books, vouchers and reports of the
Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and find the same correct, everything being in good order.
We recommend, that the suggestion make in the Grand Secretary's
report, that a majority of the Finance Committee be selected from the
place where the Grand Secretary resides, for the reasons given in his
report, be adopted. 1316 j
Estimate of Revenue and Expenditure.
Revenue.
Cash balance in Treasurer's hands $ 1113 28
Per Capita Tax, 3015 members @ 90c     2713 50
50c. payable 30th June, and 40c. on 31st December  $3826 78
Expenditure.
Grand Secretary's salary $ 600 OQ
Grand Master's expenses  100 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge tax  150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's office...,  100 00
Printing  200 00
Janitor  15 00
Premium on Grand Treasurer's Bond  25 00
"           Grand Secretary's Bond  25 00
Postage  30 00
Caretaker, Grand Secretary's office  20 00
Mileage and per diem  1076 40
Postage, Grand Master  30 00
Refund to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7  30 00
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4  10 00
Cash for Altar  20 25
 $2431 6q
Balance     $1395 IS
Fraternally submitted,
A. H. FERGUSON,
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
A. A. FARWELL.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge
Degree, and re-opened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting, having been
admitted, H. Waller, P. G. M. exemplified the Secret
Work of the Initiatory and Three Degrees of the Order.
The Chair appointed H. Waller, P. G. MM and J.
Crossan, P. G. M., to introduce the officers elect for Installation .
W. E. Holmes, No. i, was presented and duly installed as Grand Master. The Grand Master then installed the following elective officers into their respective chairs:—
P. J. Foulds, No. 3, as Deputy Grand Master.
W. H. Morton,      "    5, as Grand Warden.
F. Davey, f   1, as Grand Secretary.
H. B. Gilmour,     " 10, as Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following Subordinate Officers, who were also duly installed :
T. F. Neelands,    No. 8 Grand Chaplain.
A. Henderson,      "   2 Grand Marshal.
A. H. Ferguson,    "   3 Grand Guardian.
H. Mitchell, |   6 Grand Conductor.
E. C. Davison,       |   9 Grand Herald.
The  Grand Master appointed  the  following as his
District Deputies :
S. W. Edwards, No. 14, for District, No. 1, comprising Lodges Nos.
1, 2, 4, 14 and 33.
W. H* Gardiner, No. 27, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges Nos.
3, 13 and 27.
F. S. Whiteside, No. 20, for District No. 3, comprising Lodges Nos.
5, 20, 30 and 35.
W. Anderson, No. 6, for District No. 4, comprising Lodges Nos. 6,
29 and 31.
R. J. Marshall, No. 7, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
A. Parker, No. 10, for District No. 6, comprising Lodges Nos. 8, 10,
19 and 26.
T. Bloomer, No. 9, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
J. Bruce, No. 11, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 11.
R* Urquhart, No. 12, for District No* 9, comprising Lodges Nos. 12,
25 and 34.
J. McCallum, No. 15, for District No. 10, comprising Lodge Nos 15.
E. C. Arthur, M. D., No. 16$ for District No. 11, comprising Lodge
No. 16.
A. C. Aitkin, No. 17, for District No, 12, comprising Lodge No. 17.
F. B. JaGques, No. 183 for District No. 13, comprising Lodge No. 18.
J. T. Stainton, No. 21, for District No. 14, comprising Lodge No. 21. '• I318 •   I       j
I Z. Choate, No. 22, for District, No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 22.
G. Munroe, No. 23, for District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
I. McLaren, No. 24, for District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 24.
A. A. Farwell, M. D., No.  28, for District No. 18, comprising Lodge
No. 28.
R. S. Cunningham, No. 32, for District No 19, comprising Lodge
No. 32.
Also the following D. D. Grand Masters for Rebekah
Lodges :
Sister Walker, No. 1, for District No. 1, comprising Lodge No. 1.
Sister Flett, No. 2, ror District No. 2, comprising Lodges Nos. 2 and 7.
Sister Gourlay, No. 3, for District No. 3, comprising Lcjdge No. 3.
Sister McCutcheon, No. 4. for District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 4.
Sister Turnbull, No. 5, for District No. 5, comprising Lodges Nos. 5
and 6.
Also the following Instructors for Subordinate Lodges:
R. Anderson, No. 4, for Vancouver Island.
D. Welsh, No. 13, for New Westminster and District, comprising
Lodges Nos. 3, 7, 13, 15, 21, 27, 28 and 32.
W. Hogg, No. 10, for Vancouver and District,  comprising Lodges
Nos. 8, 10, 19, 24 and 26.
J. Callin. No, 22, for Lodges Nos. 22 and 23.
E. C. Davison, No. 9, for Lodges Nos. 9, 12, 16, 18, 25 and 34.
Also the following Instructors for Rebekah  Lodges :
Sister Foulds for Lodges Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
Sister Flett, for Lodges Nos. 2 and 7.
Sister Dempster, for Vancouver Island.
The Grand Master appointed the  following to form
the Standing Committees :
Finance.—H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2; S. W. Edwards, No. 14; A.
McKeown, No. 1; W. Hogg, No. 10; W. H. Gardiner, No. 27.
Appeals—Geo. Norris, No. 5; R. Rivers, No. 5;  E. G. Cavalsky,
No, 20; D. Menzies, No. 8; F. B. Jacques, No. 18.
Laws of Subordinates.—J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., No, 2; G. Fowlie, No. 4; A. Stewart, No. 1; T. E. Waller, No. 33; E. Dickinson, No. 14. Petitions.—A. W. Scoullar, No. 8; J. F. Stainton, No. 21; A. Parker, No. 10; G. A. Miller, No. 19; A. C. Aitkin, No. 17.
State of the Order.—E. Quennell, P. G. M., No. 5; A. Robertson,
No, 6; W. Marshall, No. 20; F. G. Peto, No. 30; R. A. Anderson, No. 4.
Legislation.—J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4; A. G. Day, No. 1; J.
Pottinger, No. 2: C. Strong, No. 14; W. B. Townsend, No. 13.
Judiciary.—B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., No. 3; P. W. Dempster, No. 2;
W. McColl, P. G. M., No. 3; D.. Welsh, No. 13; J A. McKelvie, No. 18.
Mileage and Per Diem*—J. Macmillan, No. 14; J. Crossan, P. G.
M.,No. 5: W. H. Lewis, No. 13; W. E. Townsend, No. 3; L. Mounce,
No. 6.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; A. Henderson, No. 2; G. Glover, No.
4; R. May, No. 27; N. Milburn, No. 5.
Statistics, re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; H. Waller,
P. G. M., No. 2; W. McColl, P. G. M., No. 3.
The Third Degree Members having retired the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third and reopened in the Grand
Lodge Degree.
It was on motion Resolved:—That the appointments
of the Grand Master be confirmed by this Grand Lodge.
It was on motion Resolved: —That the Representatives of this Grand Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
be instructed to vote for the proposed amendment to the
Constitution, reducing the age at which persons may be
admitted to the Order from twenty-one to eighteen years.
A communication was read from the Secretary of the
Foresters' Demonstration Committee, enclosing complimentary tickets for the officers of the Grand Lodge to the
Union Demonstration of Foresters at Caledonia Park in
this city to-morrow.
Moved, seconded and carried,—That the invitation
be accepted and the Grand Secretary instructed to acknowledge the receipt of the communication and return the
thanks of this Grand Lodge for the courtesy extended
therein.
Resolved,—That  a vote of thanks  be  tendered   H, 1320
Waller, P. G. M., for the able manner in which he exemplified the Secret Work this evening.
Resolved,—That a hearty vote of thanks be tendered
to the Lodges in this city for the use of the Hall, and for
the kiud manner in which the visiting brethren have been
treated during this Session.
Resolved,—That a cordial vote of thanks be tendered
to the Sisters of Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. i, for the
hospitable manner in which the visiting brothers and
their ladies were entertained at the social on Tuesday
evening last.
Resolved,—That when this Grand Lodge adjourn this
evening it be sine die.
The minutes of this day's Session were read and.
adopted.
No further business offering the Grand Lodge was
closed in due form.
ill FRED'K   DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
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GEORGE WILLIAMS, P. G.
Initiated in "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1,
15th October, 1877.
Died 25th April, 1895.
ALFRED BLAKE, P. G.
Joined "Victoria" Lodge No. 1, by Deposit op
Card, 25th May, 1885.
Died 22nd May, 1895.
J. W. ARNOLD, P. G.
Joined "Dominion" Lodge, No. 4, by Deposit of
Card, 2nd August, 1888.
Died 4th September, 1894.
ROBERT SCOTT, P. G.
Initiated in "Amity" Lodge, No. 132, Murphys-
boro, Illinois, 18th January, 1868.
Charter Member, "Harmony" Lodge,  No. 6,
16th March, 1883.
Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F., 1888.
Died 19th April, 1894. 1322
ABS TRA CT OF REPOR TS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
30
Name and Number of
Lodge.
Location
Night of
Meeting.
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	
Koyal City, No. 13	
Acme, No. 14	
Cloverdale, No. 15	
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	
Revelstoke, No. 25	
Pacific, No. 26	
Amity, No. 27	
Cheam, No. 28	
Perseverance, No. 29.»..
Friendship, No. 30	
Victoria |
Victoria	
New Westminster.
Victoria >
[Nanaimo	
| Wellington \
Chilliwack j
(Vancouver j
Kamloops !
Vancouver.. ,,....
[Union	
Donald j
New Westminster.;
Victori^. 	
| Cloverdale	
Nelson	
Duncan	
Vernon	
Mt. Pl'snt, V'ncvr.
Nanaimo	
Ladners Landing..
North Bend	
Ashcroft	
jEburne	
Revelstoke	
Vancouver	
iNew Westminster.
jAgassiz	
Northfisld	
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Tuesday	
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Tuesday	
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00 529 74
00 1,099 50
00 61 40
00 711 00
00 555 25
25 182 001
666 551
224 00
120 66
"87'i5
19 75
176 00
326 50
46 00
Total
1,798
35
1,730
74
1,807
50
739
15
1,515
50
1,934
00
543
75
1,361
05
740
50
1,451
00
460
00
672
40
957
m
674
50
279
00
507
20
306
75
459 00
567
00
717
35
343
75
339 00
457
50
167
75
554
29
3,280
70
1,925
00
295
00
314
50
270 00
300'$12,016 19 $9,175 00$5,413 69 $27,119 1324
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number of
Lodge.
Location
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	
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	
Victoria	
Victoria	
New Westminster.
Victoria	
Nanaimo	
Wellington	
Chilliwack	
Vancouver	
Kamloops	
Vancouver	
Union	
Donald	
New Westminster.
j Victoria	
Cloverdale	
Nelson	
Duncan	
Vernon	
Mt. Pl'snt, V'nevr.
Nanaimo	
Ladners Landing..
North Bend	
Ashcroft	
Eburne	
Revelstoke	
Vancouver	
New Westminster.
Agassiz	
Northfield	
Nanaimo	
Wellington...
Mission City	
Victoria	
Monday..
Wedn'dy.
Friday....
Thursday.
Wedn'dy .
Monday..
Tuesday...
Friday ...
Monday ..
Thursday.
Friday ...
Thursday.
Thursday.
Monday...
Friday....
Monday ..
Saturday.
Tuesdav..
Friday....
Monday..
Monday ..
Saturday .
Saturday.
Tuesday...
Thursday.
Monday...
Monday...
Saturday .
Tuesday...
Friday....
Wedn'dy .
! Saturday .
Fridav....
m
Night of
Meeting,  ks
2   co
a \(Y>.
6
1 1
V.
£ ra
1 .
15010
38636  5  220 x325
SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Columbia, I. 0. 0. F., for Half Year ended 31st Dec., 1894.
tS
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CQ
CP
■L
1
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1
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Eh
159
:       |        Rejected.
Degrees
Conferred.
1
c
m
o
6
1
37
Receipts.
0
3
CC
CP
Dues.
Adms'ns
and
Degrees.
Rents
and
Inve sted
Funds.
Total.
$ 856 50
$ 17 00$ 686 62
$ 1,648 78
]
I 1
8
168
9
34
891 75
121 00
590 20
1,602 95
1
154
4
29
757 75
23 00
«.......•
780 75
1
12
117
6
28
624 50
40 00
Ill 40
775 90
11
142
3
24
675 00
52 50
832 00
1,549 50
5
152
12
17
975 00
78 00
658 75
1,711 75
1
45
16
179 95
165 00
344 95
4
• •
136
10
14
687 50
62 00
464 60
1,254 10
5
71
13
10
421 25
145 00
361 33
948 08
1
8
167
13
19
863 75
124 50
40 60
1,028 85
. .
63
3
11
405 00
15 00
223 35
643 35
i
2
71
15
9
551 75
189 00
'
741 50
1 • •
88
4
9
386 25
38 00
12 00
644 55
104
..   14
12
567 25
128 00
10 00
713 75
6
50
44
21
5
8
217 60
314 50
72 50
33 00
290 10
163 50
511 00
49
9
6
268 65
75 00
343 65
6
3
41
1
5
180 50
5 00
304 29
489 79
2
44
3
6
215 00
25 00
194 50
434 50
11
106
4
9
593 85
55 00
14 50
661 35
5
48
5
2
426 26
45 00
51 75
523 01
40
1   2
3
272 00
10 00
4 00
287 50
*.j
"
35
29
9
3
3
1
191 50
125 00
145 00
20 00
336 50
11 45
156 45
1
26
252
15
1  23
1
1
205 65
1,242 75
120 00
168 00
325 65
1,433 90
188
52
2
1,131 50
35 00
1,231 00
44
1   48
1
195 00
297 50
20 00
537 50
37
61
83
36
87
1  222
. . .
1
1
204 00
199 00J
295 00J
375 00
350 00
887 50
716 60
549 00
1,182 50
490 75
41
102
120 75
370 00
H
85
1
4
160
3,015
13  420
17 1,170
2
326
1
234 75
1,555 00
1,789 75
1
$15,476 46
$5,734 50
$4,861 84
$26,679 26 1326
ABSTRACT OF TH&
Of the Lodges Subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British
CC   CQ
Name and NqwQf Lodge.
53*31 I O cp I-J3    .   0)^
§ ML* fel  Brothers-
a    » fifes   F^
Victoria, No. 1	
Columbia, No. 2	
New^Westminster, No. J
Dominion, No. 4	
Black Diamond, No. 5..
JETarmojiy, No. 6	
Excelsior, No. 7',	
Vancouver, No. 8	
1?atnai, No. 9	
western Star, No. 10.,.
Union, No. 11	
Selkirk, No. 12	
Royal City* No. 13	
Acme, No. 14	
Cloverdale, No. 15	
jlootenay, No. 16	
J)uncan 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	
Revelstoke, No. 25 .	
Pacific, No. 26	
Amity
j ?
Cheam, No. 28,.....
Perseverance, No. 29
Friendship, No. 30..
ganner, No. Si	
Mission City, No. 32.
Peerless, No. 33	
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
..
i
i
285    6
443
$ 3,266 00
122
1,175 00
52
363 00
61
712 20
79
8 6 50
83
625 00
6
42 00
139
918 00
48
460 00
90
773 m
51
452 00
So
697 00
47
477 75
47
391 00
25
166 00
14
126 25
8
80 00
37
355 85
l28
252 00
25
180 00
, 13
130 00
14
102 00
9
95 92
3
27 00
9     1,606 $13,254 47
i	 1327
ANNUAL RELIEF REPORTS
Columbia, I. O. O. F., fob the Year ended 31st Dec, 1894.
Amount Paid For
&
Amount
of
Current
Expenses.
Relief of
Widow'd
Families
Relief of
Orph' ns
Burying
the Dead
1
1 Special
Relief.
Total
Relief
Paid.
Total
Assets.
1
$   30 00
75 00
15 00
140 00
1 $ 60 00
$    70 00
150 00
108 no
145 0
110 (0
$141 GO
64 (X
15 00
74 00
28 00
15 00
$ 3,507 CO
1,464 00
438 00
835 20
1,091 50
809 00
70 00
993 00
495 00
818 00
452 (0
772 00
547 75
416 Oi'
166 00
126 25
85 10
385 85
252 00
196 (0
150 00
163 00
170 92!
87 00,'
$     619 06
1,003 60
350 00
9<9 80
1,145 30
1,420 45
30 (0
581 41
598 00
640 60
334 95
993 00
485 45
597 80
1,868 58
703 65
2,214 54
300 00
619 20
405 66
661 45
70 60
213 05
200 15
581 24
1,517 35
1,084 55
679 05
500 40
72 25
105 00
388 92
182 30
$ 45,407 50
35,000 00
12,000 00
10,000 00
26,000 00
8,700 00
2,500 00
75 00
^5 0
30 00
4,883 40
4,445 84
3,519 30
2,608 66
75 00
35 00
35 00
25 0i
2,827 20
1,979 68
1,927 55
2,103 00
1,396 22
25 00
'
5 00
2,100 00
600 00
1,200 00
16 00
20 00
26 00
2,342 83
941 77
35 00:
75 (0
60 00
1.341 95
1,121 75
510 00
727 62
60 (.'(J
75 00
435 66
281 00
3,225 00
2,442 45
1,103 45
30 66
36 66
412 90
746 95
1,077 50
492 73
1,931 00
$ 285 00
$ 60 00
$1,093 00
$544 00|
$15,236 47|
-1
$22,077 36
$187,616 25 i328
LIST OF OFFICERS OF
Of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number of Lodge. \       Location.
Noble Grand
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	
licme, No. 14	
Cloverdale, No. 15	
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	
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. 31.
Cedar, No. 35	
Victoria	
A. J. Ef Frith	
Victoria	
H. A. Porter.. v	
New Westminster.!
J.B. Ballantyne....
John Kav	
NanMmo	
Geo. E. Norris	
Wellington i
L. A. Murphy	
Chilliwack	
John Aird	
Vancouver	
J. 0. McKay	
Kamloops  '■
W. M. Bid	
Vancouver	
D. O'Dwyer	
Union	
Jno. Whyte	
Donald	
W. H.  Bonus	
New Westminster.:
Victoria	
H. Gillev	
Cloverdale	
R. D. Mackenzie ...
Nelson	
M. J. McGrath	
Duncan    	
W. G. Manley..
Vernon	
S. T. Elliott.'	
Mt. Pl'snt, V'ncvr.
Nanaimo	
S. Astell	
G. McKinneil	
Ladners Landing,.
F. McCullogh	
J. M. Bunt	
Ashcroft	
Eburne	
W. Shaw	
S. Churchill	
Revelstoke	
R. S. Wilson	
Vancouver	
G. W. Rowland....
New Westminster.
J. Chambers	
Agassiz	
J. Lennon	
Northfield	
Nanaimo	
L. Jones	
W. McGirr	
Wellington	
Mission City	
F.T.Underhill,M.D
Victoria.	
W.R.Macintosh....
Golden	
C. A. Warren	
Cedar District....
|H. L.Bates	 329
SUBORDINATE LODGES I. O. O. F,
Columbia, for the Term Commencing 1st July,  1895
Vice Grand
Recording Secretary
Treasurer
A. Stewart,P.G.
G.T. Fox.   ....
H. Hughes	
F.T.Holland..
Jas. Harlev....
| I. Taylor ....
J. H. Ash well..
A. R. Foxlev ..
J S Smith"...
J. R.Webster..
W. Cessford ...
J. Mack	
C. Campbell...
W. H. Handley
D.Z. McLennan
G. P. Nalder...
D. MeGillivrav.
H. C. Cooper..
T. B. Croston. .
J. Newton. ...
J. A. Nelson'...
,H. Cancellor ..
E. LaForest...
R. Abercrombie
C. Landmark..
G. R. Gordon..
R. Kilpatrick..
G. R. Joynt....
G. O. Ross	
A. Dunlap	
T. L. McKav...
HVallans."....
D. McMillan...
F. H. Bacon...
G. Woo bank...
Fred Davey, P.G...
Rt W. Fawcett, F.G
P. J. Foulds, P. G. .
T. Bamford, P. G...
W. H. Morton, P. G.
H. Woodhouse	
R. J. Marshall, P. G.
H. H.Davis, P.G...
E. T. W. Pearse,PG
F. E. Fokey	
W. Anthony, P. G. .
J. Mathie, P. G	
W. H. Lewis	
iS. W. Edwards, P.G.
H. T. Thrift. P. G. ..
•J. Ehrlich..'	
J. H. Blyth	
J. E. Matheson	
R. H. Carscadden..
;F. S. Whiteside, P.G
A. Bennett	
!J. Callin, P.G	
F. C. Tingley	
L McLaren, P. G. ..
O. Lewis  	
IW. A. Johnstone ...
W. C Coatham	
H. L. Calvert	
J. E. Norcross	
J. B. Nicholson
R. Roberts, P. G. M.
A. Henderson, P. G.
R.Wilson, P.G	
P.A.Babbington.P.G
J. Crossan, P. G. M.
D. Nicholson	
J. McCutcheon, P.G.
T. F. Neelands, P. G.
R. E. Smith, P. G
A. Parker, P. G...
R. Cessford	
A. W. Den man   ..
W.B.Townsend,P.C
jRobt. Ray	
J. I. Breen	
E.C.Arthur,MD,P
C. H. Dickie, P. G
W. J. Harber,....
I. G. Johnstone
J. A. Bittancourt
W. B. Skinnei
J. Z. Choate,.
W. D.Fearn,.
G.
w
Shav
vx
A. N. York, P.
I. J. Hingley, P. G..
H. G. Parson  	
J. G. Petherick	
J. I. Wood row
F. Cockburn,
G. Adams, ...
J. A. McDonald,
C.H.Rummings,P.
J. H. Pleace..
F. W. Hawes.
J. B. Humter
D. Lyndsay..
P.R.White..
H. Wilkinson
remanent Secr'trv
Fred. Davey, P. G
W. Jackson	
D. E. McKenzie.
'T. Bamford, P. G
IW. H. Morton, P,
H. Woodhouse
|J. Peers, P. G
W. Lyman...
E.T.W. Pearse, P
J. W. Weart
J. Mathie, P. G
D. Welsh, P. G
T. Tubman..
R. Collishaw
W. Hodson, :r
C, Bazett
T. M. Gullej
R. H. Pool '
F.S. Whiteside
H. A. Kinsma
J. Callin, P.G
G. Munroe, P.
J. Smith *33°
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OT   ^ Standing Resolutions of the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
"In future all orders for supplies from Subordinate
4 (Lodges of the Grand Lodge on the Grand Secretary,
4' must be accompanied by the requisite amount to pay
ufor the same, and the Grand Secretary is hereby forbid-
uden to forward such supplies unless the terms of this
uResolution are complied with."—Proceedings, 1893.
p Lodges submitting By-Laws or amendments thereto
"must furnish same in duplicate, so that one copy may
"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.n — Proceedings,
1894..
4 4 That in future, Grand Masters be required to fur-
4 4 nish this Grand Lodge with an itemized statement of
"expenses incurred by them, and of the miles actually
I travelled in performing the duties of their office."—Proceedings, 1893.
"That the majority of the Committee on Finance
"should reside in the same city as the Grand Secretary.§
—Proceedings, 1895.
4 4 That the practice of paying Past Grand Masters
I attending Sessions of the Grand Lodge, Mileage and
" Per Diem be discontinued in future.n—Proceedings,
1895.  INDEX
PAGE.
Admission of members at 18 years of age    1319
<<
u
in arrears.......
^*?vIyT
...1204
Altar, purchase of .:!....    '. !'t 1294
Alberta Lodge, Calgary, re affiliat^??.^.   .7?. f.... .1232, 1301, 1303
Amity Lodge, No. 27, illegal election of officers.?. .1224:
Amendments to Subordinate Lodge Constitution,.    .1203, 1211
Appeal to Sovereign Grand Lodge by T. C. Gray, G.M  1307
D. F. Fee v. Columbia Lodge, No. 2 1232, 1290
D. Green v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4 1205,1233,1287,1288,1309-10-11
E.'Dickinson r. Acme Lodge, No. i4. 1233, 1291
G. Fraser v. Vancouver Lodge, No. 8 1232,1288
J. H. Matheson v. Kootenay Lodge, No. 16..." 1205,1303
J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4 1292
W. A. Johnstone v. Pacific Lodge, No. 26 1232, 1282
Ayes and Nays 1308
Balloting for rejected applicants 1204
Benefits, date of commencement of 1203,1204,1213
"     minimum amount 1302, 1307
"     payment of. 1261
" I       " fraction of a week 1213
Bond of Grand Secretary 1311
Cards Withdrawal, application for 1212
Chaplain, Service as qualifies for V. G 1261
Charges may be preferred for fraud > 1203
"   to be preferred separately 1204 tt
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Committees, appointment of 1194, 1197,1224,1288, 1318, 1319
Committee on Finance, appointment of 1228,1315
Degrees, Conferring of 1203
Degrees, Grand Lodge \  f 1195,1196,1279
Deputy Grand Master acting as Grand Master 1224
"       appointments of 1225
I       decisions of 1225
"       dispensations issued by....    1225
"       report of 1224
District Deputy Grand Master, qualifications for 1204
" '• " "       Rebekah Lodges receipt of P. W. by 1204
Dues and Benefits, statistics respecting 1296
"    payment of during sickness \ 1214
Election legal although presiding officer in arrears 1203, 1303
"    to office of absent brothers 1203, 1222
Estimate of revenue and expenditure 1316
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, loss of Hall, &c, by fire 1234
" " "    reinbursed cost of supplies 1303
Forester's Demonstration, invitation to 1319
Frequenting houses of ill-fame, conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow 1203
Funeral Benefits, payment of 1204, 1258
"     service, printing of 1204
Grand instructors, appointment of 1312
Lodge Constitution, amendments to 1283, 1300
"   Incorporation of 1311, 1312
"   Meeting, 1896 1218, 1299
"   Officers, election of 1279
"   Officers, installation of     1303, 1316
"   Representatives, membership in a Rebekah Lodge 1315
Master absence from Jurisdiction 1202, 1224
"   appointments by 1193, 1208, 1307, 1317
"   decisions by  .1202
■iC   dedications of Halls by 1209
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Gtahd Lodge, dispensations by .1205
expenses of 1312, 1315
institution of Lodges by 1199, 1209
Installations by   ........ 1209
Official visits bv 1199
permissions refused by . 1207
proclamations issued by. » «. .1208
re appeals , 1205, 1208
re insurance ....,, • - -. 1201
Report of.. ,, .1197
Sire, decisions of * 1247
Green, D. v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4.... 1205, 1233, 1287, 1288, 1309-10-11
Guide to secret work  .1204
Institution of Lodges.  1199, 1219, 1225
Insurance Associations not to be granted licenses-. v: .*. 1306
Island Lodge, No. 24, appeal of 1207
Memorial Day Cermony 1265
Mileage and Per Diem to Past Grand Masters : 1308
Ministers of the Gospel, admission of  1202, 1203
Northern Light Lodge, Fargo, N. D., appeal of..:  .1233, 1293
Nurse hire .*. *3$*«m • • • • • • • .1261
Odd Fellows Halls, dedication.of 1203
I     renting of 1203
Homes  ..1232, 1244, 1264, 1285, 1302, 1303
Hospital and Convalescent Home 1307
I     Insurance Association of B, C, 1201,1232,1284,1302,1304,1306
|     Relief Association of Canada 1201, 1232, 1285, 1302, 1307
Past Grand Masters, Mileage and Per Diem to 1308
I        "       "       and P. G. P. Association 1261
Payment of hospital expenses of sick brothers 1225, 1291
Rebekah assemblies « 1264
Lodge at Kamloops 1226,1295
" "   Code of Rules for \ 1262
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Regalia. .1273, 13%, 1307
Reports of Committees, Appeals 1282,1287,1288.1290,1291,1293,1303,1311
Credentials 1194
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Finance  1294, 1315
Judiciary  1288
Laws of Subordinates 1280
Legislation 1301
Mileage and Per Diem .* '..:..' 1312
Petitions V. 1294
State of the Order 1195, 1296, 1311
Special, D. Green r. Dominion Lodge, No. 4, 1292
"    on statistics re Dues and Benefits 1296
"   J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4 .., 1292
District Deputy Grand Masters a 1210
Deputy Grand Master 12§4
Grand Master   1197
"   Representatives 1235
Grand Secretary 1226, 1311
"       Sire 1235
"       Treasurer  .1234
"Ruth" Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, loss of property by fire 1234
" | "       "   reinbursed cost of supplies 1303
Scott, R. P. G., death of 1210
Secret work, exemplification of 1303, 1308, 1316
" "   Guide to 1204
Smith, Geo. v. Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18 1208, 1233, 1288
Sovereign Grand Lodge proceedings 1234
Supreme Being, belief in 1262
Suspensions for N. P. D., notification to Lodges of 1204
Trials to be conducted according to Constitution 1204
Visiting Brethren 1197
Votes of Thanks 1319, 1320
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OF   THE-
GRAND LODGE OF B.C.. I.O.O.F.
m I D^mmond igg • • | Victoria Lodge, No. |
John Weiler. .   ...../... ..1875 Victoria Lodge. No. 1.
"j Davies  1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
T£ 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
 1878 Columbia Lodge; No. 2.
1879... *|. Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
...... .1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
1881 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
.1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
+J. P
R. Roberts	
JW. J. Jeffree ..
§Charles Gowen
J. Wriglesworth
B. W. Shiles ||||
Henby Waller ...
' Phillips . P. j .1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
§|u885 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
 1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.1887 1'jli .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Alexander
W. D. McKillican
Wm." McColl	
Fred'k Carne	
'""'dZm-I- Victoria M*e, No. 1
1889 Columbia Lodge, jno. I.
1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
|j        1891     t^l.Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
1892.'. j.. .New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
1893    .... Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
ta"S ■'■■ Itfiill■ ■westernstarLodge'No-1
'   * Died 6th February, 1884.    it Died 20th September•1879.
$ Died 18th March, 1885. § Died 8th December, 189*.
Joshua
J. H. Meldram
E. Quennell ..
J. E. Phillips .
J. E. Phillips. ADDRESSES OF THE GRAND OFFICERS
OF   THE
GRAND LOME OF BEITISH COLUMBIA, 1.0.0.1
W. E. Holmes, Grand Master fci Box 424, Victoria.
P. J. Foulds, Deputy Grand Master ?*'.S -New Westminster.
W. H. Morton, Grand Warden... .&... .?vf?J- .Nanaimo. jps
Fred'k Davey, Grand Secretary.. ^^pj^M P. O. Drawer 69, Victoria
H. B. Gilmour, Grand Treasurer. '... ...Vancouver. ||
R, Roberts, P. G. M., Grand Representative. .Victoria. m
J. E. Phillips, R G. M.,   "              £             . .Victoria. I
T. F. Neelands, Grand Chaplain... .^ip.l^|. .Vancouver. if
A. Henderson, Grand Marshal. . *M^M-% Victoria. ■
A. H. Ferguson, Grand Guardian .f.... /JiSL-iNew Westminster. M
H. Mitchell, Grand Conductor  Wellington. fl
E. C. Davison, Grand Herald ..... Kamloops. M
&    The next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British]
Columbia will be held at Nanaimo commencing Wednesday, the lOtll
of June, 1896.                                                                                     - a
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SUPPLIES.                          * :   -j
H    The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
must be signed by the Secretary, bear the.Seal of the Lodge and
edmpanied by the necessary amount to pay the same:
Subordinate Lodge Kitual^^^-. \: ^^pf • ... ^m
Ritual for Rebekah Degree Lodges only. .%:■....% .. .'^W^
Visiting and Withdrawal Gards and Dismissal Certificates  •||
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Degree Lodges
Book of Forms ^&wMm&M • -# •. £J£%. M
Book of Odes with music..
White's Digest,.
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Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah)	
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges
Anniversary Odes.......:^^^Wi■ • • -ah • m- •1 •
Funeral Hymns, with Responses.... J~~
Funeral Ceremony... ^f.. -SMMl0B'^,
Anniversary Ceremony.... '.lj&W^$ .....
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony	
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of feetiekah..;
Certificate of Membership, on Plate paper
Rebekah Certificate, on Plate paper..-. i^M
Officers Roll ^ook§^^^^^R§^^.... M;........ ..If
Question Book^.ll^ >-M ^^^M^M^^SSi^m^m
Order on treasurer's Book, 250 orders.^^^M&fe^|. .^.. .
'Initiation Petitions, form recommended by S. fef. L... £&/.Per 100
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chftrt. iyV. >/:..•; . -. ^ipp£, each
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1874 to 1885 .....,,.-...
Subordinate Lodge Floor Worfc||^^
Rebekah Degree Ifioor Work.  ". .V.\........;.;
Black Bookl J.,. 14 4 ~$...::..'"..: :..-.:............:...........v..
Code for government of Rebekah Lodges.'.;V:....'. h .;.■.', . ..-...'>.
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