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Array Proceedings 
OF THE 
Twenty-Fourth Annual Session 
OF THE 
Grand Lodge 
of British Columbia 
OF THE 
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS 
HELD  AT 
New Westminster, B.C, June 8th, 9th and 10th, 
1898.
VICTORIA, B. C.
T. R. CUSACK, PRINTER, 26 BROAD STREET,
1898.  PROCEEDINGS 
OF THE 
TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION 
OF THE 
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 
OF THE 
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS, 
HELD AT
NEW WESTMINSTER, B. C. 
JUNE 8th, 9th and 10th, 
1898. 
VICTORIA, B. C: 
T. R. CUSACK,  TIMES  BUILDING,
1898.  PROCEEDINGS
- OF THE
LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. I.O.O.F.
TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION.
New Westminster, B. C,
;|K        B*.   8th June,   1898.
The Grand Lodge convened at 2.25 p.m., this  day,
pursuant to notice.
Present:—
W.  H.  Morton Graftad Master.
A.  Henderson     Deputy Grand Master.
E. G. Davison   Grand Warden.
Fred. Davey	
S. W. Edwards	
D. Welsh	
T. F.  Neelands	
J. Newton Acting
W. Hogg	
D. D. .Griffiths 	
W. B. Skinner	
Secretary.
Treasurer.
Representative.
Representative.
Marshal.
Guardian.
Conductor.
Herald.
All present were examined and reported duly qualified, and a quorum being in attendance, the Grand L/odge
was declared open for business.
The Grand Master appointed Rep. J. Newton, No.
20, Acting Grand Marshal. 1633 
Duncan, No.   17 J. Cathcart, W. Dingwall.
Vernon Valley,* No. 18... .H. 0, Cooper, F. E. Crowell.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19. .G. H. Middlemiss, T.B. Croston, J.Hutson.
Centennial, No. 20  R. Bell.
Delta, No. 21. !^ ..*..* F. McCullough.
Ashcroft, No. 23..'.'  J. C. Smith, F. C. Tingley.
Island, No. 24 ..... .-,.:. . .D. E. McKay.
Revelstoke, No. 25, J. A. Stone, R. S. Wilson.
Pacific, No. 26 ;0:. .F. Cockburn, H. J. Rickard.
Amity, No.  27 .. .C. C. Fisher, W. C. Calhoun.
Cheam, No. 28 ...... H. Fooks, R. E. McDonald.
Friendship, No. 30 N. McCuish.
Peerless, No. 33   C. Porter, H. Siddall.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34. D. M, Rae, H. G. Parsons.
Cedar,  No. 35. J. G. Petherick.
Rossland, No. 36  C. McDonell.
Carson, No. 37     ..  D. D. McLaren, J. McLaren.
Boundary Valley, No. 38.R. Smailes, T. Hardy.
Silver City, No. 39.. H. Douglas, H. C. Holden.
Slocan, No. 40 A. C. Teeter.
JAMES STARK.
W. H. GARDINER,
T. A. MUIR.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following:—A. Edwards, J. S. Smith, No.
2; D. E. McKenzie, R. L. Reid, W. S. Smith, No. 3; E.
Bragg, No. 4; W. Hunter, No. 6; T. Wheeling, No. 8;
W. G. Elliott, T. Ward, No. 10; A. McKnight; No. 11;
J. Palmer, No. 12; H. Gilley, M. Phillips, No. 13; A.
Sheret, No. 14; W. H. Framptou, No. 15; J. Neelands,
No. 16; H. C. Cooper, No. 18; R. Bell, No. 20; J, C.
Smith, No. 23; D. E. McKay, No. 24; J, A. Stone, No.
25; F. Cockburn, H. J. Rickard, No. 26; C. C. Fisher,
W C. Calhoun, No. 27; H. Fooks, No. 28; N. McCuish,
No. 30; H. Siddall, No. 33; H. G. Parsons, No. 34; H.
McDonald, No. 35; T. Hardy, No. 3B; A. C. Teeter,
No. 40. l634
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was  called.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the minutes of
the last annual Session be adopted as printed
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments
to fill the Committees, which, when complete, consisted as
follows:
Finance.—W. E. Johnstone, No. 8 ; J. S. Smith, No. 2 ; G. R.
Gordon, No. 26; H. Fooks, No. 28 ; H. G. Parsons, No. 34; A. H.
Ferguson, No. 3.
Appeals.—H. B. Gilmour, B.G.M., No. 10; T. A. Muir, No. 3;
E. Bragg, No. 4; J. Z. Choate, No. 22; W. J. Hanna, No. 33; R.
Bailey, No. 6.
Laws of Subordinates.—J. Crossan, P.G.M., No. 5; P. W.
Dempster, No. 2; W. Hunter, No. 6; F. McCullough, No. 21; R.
May, No. 27; A. B. Miller, No. 8.
Petitions.—S. Clarke, M.D., No. 9; A. Edwards, No. 2; J.
Peers, No. 7; J. McLaren, No. 37; T. Hardy, No. 38; W. G. Elliott,
No. 10.
State of the Order.—W. H. Gardiner, No. 27; E. Carne,
P.G.M., No. 1; J. R. Webster, No. 10; J. A. Stone, No. '25; H.
SiddaU, No. 33; J. Palmer, No. 12; A. C. Teeter, No. 40.
Legislation.—J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3; A. McKnight,
No. 11; J: C. Murphy, fro. 15; H. J. Rickard, No. 26; D. D. Griffiths,
No. 31; W. Dingwall, No. 17.
Judiciary.—J. Stark, No. 26; D. G. Dailey, No. 5; D. M.
O'Dwyer, No. 10; A. Sheret, No. 14; H. J. Rayner, P.G.M., No. 36 ;
R. Bell, No. 6.
Mileage and Per Diem.—J. Newton, No. 20; J. York, No. 1;
J. Neelands, No. 16; H. C. Cooper, No. 18 ; W. Smith, No. 3 ; D. E.
McKay, No. 24.
Printing..—Grand Secretary; F. Cockburn, No. 26; H. Gilley,
No. 3; J. C. Smith,.No. 23; N. McCuish, No. 30; H. N. McDonald,
No. 35.
A communication was read from '' Beulah ' | Rebekah
Lodge, No. 5, asking the Grand Lodge to fix a time and
place at which the Lodge could give an exemplification of 1635
the Beautified work of the Rebekah Degree. It was moved,
seconded, and carried, that the offer be accepted and the
Lodge informed that the Grand Lodge will be pleased to
witness the work in this Hall, to-morrow evening, at 8:30
o'clock.
The Grand Master read his Report, which was, on
motion, ordered to be received and handed to a Committee
to distribute the same to the various Committees.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F. :
Brethren.—It is with mingled feelings of pleasure and honor
that I extend to you greetings and welcome you at the Twenty-
Fourth Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
and to present to you the annual report in connection with the
office of Grand Master.
I regret not being able to report an increase in the number of
members during the year 1897; but this is not to be wondered at
when we consider that during the greater part of that year the
Province of British Columbia was, commercially and industrially,
in a very depressed state. From information supplied me, I have
every reason to believe that the returns to the end of June will
show that the loss has been more than recovered.      .
Daring my term of office I have made every eftffort to visit as
many Lodges of the Jurisdiction as possible, and am only sorry that,
owing to the urgent claims of my new business venture on my
time, I could not pay an official visit to each lodge holding allegiance
to this Grand Lodge. However, I trust that the members of the
Lodges I have been unable to reach will accept my excuse, for I can
assure them that it was my earnest desire to become personally
acquainted with every Lodge, and, if practicable, every member, in
the Jurisdiction.
During my official visits to the Lodges in the Mainland Division
of the Jurisdiction, I had the good fortune to be accompanied by
Grand Representative Bro. D. Welsh, who very efficiently and
carefully exemplified the secret work of the Order, and I am certain
he has effected quite a change for the better in many of the Lodges
we visited. To secure uniformity in the Floor Work, arrangements
should be made for some Brother, duly qualified, to visit all the
Lodges in the Jurisdiction, at least once in two years. 1636
APPOINTMENTS.
Appointed Bro. McCullough, P.G. of Delta Lodge, No. 21, D. D.
G. M., District No. 14, in place of Bro. H. Kinsman.
Appointed Bro. Hodson, of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, D.D.G.M.,
District No. 11, in place of Bro. Turner, who moved out of Jurisdiction.
Appointed Bro. W. McGirr, of Friendship Lodge, No. 30, as
D.D.G.M,, District No. 3, in place of Bro. Dunlap, who resigned.
Appointed Bro. R. S. Wilson, of Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, as
D.D.G.M., District No. 19, in place of Bro. F. Mesley, who resigned.
Appointed Bro. R. Bailey, of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, as D.D.
G.M., District No. 4, in place of Bro. D. J. Mclnnes, resigned.
Appointed Bro. Ben Robertson, P.G., as D.D.G.M. of District
No. 24, for Slocan Lodge, No. 40.
INSTALLATION OF   OFFICERS.
SUBORDINATE   LODGES.
Installed the Officers of the following Lodges :
Banner Lodge, No. 31, January 3rd, 1898.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, January 5th, 1898.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, January 8th, 1898.
Centennial Lodge, No. 20. January 10th, 1898.
Friendship Lodge, No. 30, January 14th, 1898.
Cedar Lodge, No. 35, January 15th, 1898.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, January 19th, 1898.
REBEKAH LODGES.
Installed the Officers of the following Lodges:
Miriam Lodge, No. 3, January 10th, 1898.
Laurel Lodge, No. 9, January 12th, 1898.
OFFICIAL   VISITS.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver, November 8th, 1897.
Banner Lodge, No. 31, Wellington, January 3rd, 1898.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Wellington, January 5th, 1898.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, Duncan, January 8th, 1898.
Centennial Lodge, No. 20, Nanaimo, January 10th, 1898. .      1637
Friendship Lodge, No. 30. Nanaimo, January 14, 1898.
Cedar Lodge, No. 35, Cedar, January 15th, 1898.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo, January 19th, 1898.
Victoria Lodges, Victoria, February 17th, 1898. (Joint Meeting.)
Vancouver  Lodges,  Vancouver,  Februaiy 28th,  1898.    (Joint
Meeting.)
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack, March 1st, 1898.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz, March 2nd, 1898.
NeW Westminster Lodges, New Westminster, March 3rd, 1898.
(Joint Meeting.)
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, Cloverdale, March 4th, 1898.
Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, March 5th, 1898.
Delta Lodge, No. 21, Ladner's, March 7th, 1898.
Union Lodge, No. 11, Union, May 11th, 1898.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, Duncan, May 21st, 1898.
REBEKAH   LODGES.
Miriam Lodge, No. 3, Nanaimo, January 10th, 1898.
Laurel Lodge, No. 9, Wellington, January 12th, 1898.
Beulah Lodge, No. 5, New Westminster, March 8th, 1898.
Colfax Lodge, No. 1, Victoria, May 11th, 1898.
Finding myself unable to visit all the Lodges in the interior, I
requested Bro. E. C. Davison, G.W. to visit the Lodges in the upper
country, which he very willingly consented to do, and reported as
follows:
Visited Golden Range Lodge, No. 22, North Bend, April 6th, 1898.
Visited Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Donald, April 7th, 1898.
Visited Rossland Lodge, No. 36, Rossland, April 11th, 1898.
Visited Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, April 15th, 1898.
Visited Slocan Lodge, No. 40, Slocan City, April 19th, 1898.
Visited Silver City Lodge, No. 39, Sandon, April 22nd, 1898.
Visited Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, Greenwood, May
21st, 1898.
Visited Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops, May 25th, 1898. i638       ■
Bro. Davison reports the Lodges in the interior all in good
condition and doing well.
DISPENSATIONS   GRANTED.
To Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a Strawberry Festival on June
15th, 1897.
To Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, to Ballot for, and Initiate a
Candidate at the same meeting on July 15th, 1897.
To Lodges in Victoria to hold a Joint Excursion to Seattle on
July 24th, 1897.
To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a Picnic on August
7th, 1897.
To Slocan Lodge, No. 40, to hold a Ball on October 9th, 1897.
To Western Star Lodge, No. 10, to hold a Special Meeting to
confer the Initiatory Degree on November 8th, 1897.
To Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to celebrate the Anniversary
of their Lodge on November 11th, 1897.
To Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a Ball on December 10th,  1897.
To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, to hold a Ball on December 8th, 1897.
To Cedar Lodge, No. 35, to hold a Ball and Supper on December
24th, 1897.
To Pacific Lodge, No. 26, to hold an At Home on December 6th,
1897.
To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No.  2,  to hold a Social Dance on
December 31st, 1897.
To TJelta Lodge, No. 21, to hold a Dance on December 30th, 1897.
To Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, to hold a series of Entertainments for the benefit of their Lodge, December 30th, 1897.
To Columbia Lodge, No. 2, to hold a Dance on February 16th,
1898, the Anniversary of their Lodge.
To Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a Valentine Party on
February 10th, 1898.
To Silver City Lodge, No. 39, to hold an Entertainment on April
21st, 1898.
To Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to hold a Dance on April 23rd, 1898.
To Acme Lodge, No. 14, to change their place of meeting to a
more suitable Hall, March 8th, 1898. ' .1639 §
To Amity Lodge, No. 27, to hold an Anniversary Entertainment
on May 2nd, 1898.
To Friendship Lodge, No. 30, Nanaimo, permission to merge
into Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo, on 27th May, 1898.
To Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5, New Westminster, permission
to Ballot for and Initiate several Candidates at the same meeting,
8th June, 1898.
DECISIONS.—SUBORDINATE  LODGES.
The following decisions have been given by me during the year ;
1. Ques.—Is it permissible to admit members during conferring
any of the degrees ?
Ans.—No.
2. Ques.—Where a Brother has been dropped for non-payment
of dues, and before one year from date of his suspension applies for
reinstatement and pays one year's dues, is it his right to be
reinstated, or has the Lodge the right to ballot on such application
and refuse to readmit him ?
Ana.—Yes ; upon application and payment of one year's dues, a
member who has been suspended for non-payment of dues for less
than twelve months must be reinstated by his Lodge without ballot,
in absence of local law to the contrary.
3. Ques.—Must a Brother pay dues in advance the same as on a
visiting card in order to visit on the new receipt ?
Ans.—Yes.
4. Ques.—Can a Brother deposit the new receipt in another
Lodge for admission the same as visiting card ?
Ans.—Yes.
5. Ques.—In an initiation should the acting P.G. (in closing his.
charge) greet and welcome the Brother by giving him the initiatory
grip?
Ans.— No.
6. Ques.—Has a Lodge the right to appropriate the funds of the
Lodge to pay railway fare and carriage hire for its members to
attend the funeral of a member who died and was buried several
miles from the Lodge room ?
Ans.—No.
7. Ques.—A member being dropped for non-payment of due$
and being rejected upon application for reinstatement, can he renew
his application for reinstatement at the expiration of six months ? 1640
Ans.—Yes ; he can renew his application for reinstatement any
number of times after rejection, each time waiting until the expiration of the time limited by local law provided in other cases of
applications by candidates for admission.
8. Ques.—Can a Lodge lawfully use the money in the Trust
Fund for the purpose of building a stable and other necessary
buildings in connection with their Hall, on their own property ?
Ans.—Referred to Section 335 of the Digest.
9. Ques.—A Sister after being installed as Noble Grand was
absent first two meetings, was present the next six meetings and
absent the next four meetings, is she entitled to the honors of a
Noble Grand?
Ans.—Yes.
10. Ques.—After a Brother has been a member of the Order for
a number of years, he finds out that the name he gave to the Lodge
was not his right name, he not knowing it at the time of becoming
a member ; he then changes his name ; what effect will it have on
his membership ?
Ans.—It will not affect his membership if the other part of his
application was according to law.
11. Ques.—A Sister of Rebekah, who is in arrears about five
years and has been suspended for non'payment of dues, wishes to
become a member again in another Lodge; at the time of her
initiation she was single, now she is married, and her husband is
not an Odd Fellow; how can she become a member again ?
Ans.—She can become a member again by being reinstated in
her own Lodge and getting a withdrawal card to join another
Lodge.
12. Ques.—Is a Brother guilty of conduct unbecoming an Odd
Fellow and liable to charges, who not being engaged as a saloonkeeper or bartender at the time the recent Ineligibility Law was
passed, has since engaged in it ?
Ans.—Yes.    See Grand Sire John W. Stebbin's decision No. 88.
13. Ques.—Is a Brother who is in good standing when taken
sick, and is not reported sick in the Lodge until he is in arrears,
entitled to benefit?
Ans.— A Brother who was in good standing at the time he was
taken sick and not reported until he  is in arrears is  entitled to
benefits,  providing he complies with   the by-laws  of the Lodge
"regarding reporting himself sick. 1641
14. Ques.— Is a P.G. who is Treasurer in our Lodge eligible for a
representative to the Grand Lodge ?
Ans.—Yes.
PROCLAMATION.
I received the usual Proclamations from the Grand Sire relative
to the observance of the Anniversary of the Order and Memorial
Day, in consequence of which I issued the following Proclamations
to the Lodges, subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia :
Nanaimo, B.C., 8th March, 1898.
To all Lodges subordinate  to  the   Grand Lodge  of  British   Columbia,
I. 0.' 0. F. I
Greeting :—In   accordance with custom,  and in  compliance
with the Proclamation of the Grand Sire, I, W. H.  Morton,  Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,  I. O. O. F., do
hereby request the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction to take
appropriate action for the due commemoration of the Twenth-Sixth
Day of April next, the Seventy-Ninth Anniversary of our Order, by
suitable exercises; and inasmuch as certain Lodges may desire fo
appear in Regalia, I do hereby grant permission to all Subordinate
Lodges in this Jurisdiction to wear the Regalia of the Order upon
this occasion, subject to such restrictions as are prescribed by our
law.
W. H. MORTON,
Attest: Grand Master.
FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
Nanaimo, B. C, 18th May, 1898.
To the lodges Subordinate to the   Orand Lodge  of  British  Columbia,
I. 0. 0. F.:
Greeting:—The Grand Sire having issued his Proclamation
requesting all Subordinate Lodges of the Order to observe the
Thirteenth Day of June next as | Memorial Day," now, therefore,
I, W. H. Morton, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, I. O. O. F., do hereby request the Lodges subordinate to
this Grand Lodge to assemble at their respective Lodge rooms on
the day above mentioned, or on such other day as the Lodges may
deem more convenient, and to engage in suitable exercises in
memory of their deceased members. 1642
And inasmuch as some Lodges may desire to appear in Regalia,
permission is hereby given to all Subordinate Lodges to appear in
public in Regalia on this occasion, subject to the restriction of the
laws of the Order in that behalf.
W. H. MORTON,
Attest: Grand Master.
FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
TRAVELLING   EXPENSES.
I beg to submit the following statement of expenses incurred by
me, and miles travelled, whilst holding this office :
Nanaimo to Vancouver and return $ 3 50
Hotel Expenses (2)  2 00
Nanaimo to Victoria and return  5 00
Nanaimo to Cedar and return  3 00
Nanaimo to Wellington and return  2 50
Nanaimo to Duncan and return  3 00
Nanaimo to Wellington and return  2 50
Nanaimo to Vancouver  2 00
Vancouver to Chilliwack (2)    10 00
ChiUiwack to Agassiz (2)  4 00
Hotel Expenses (2)  5 00
Agassiz to New Westminster (2)  7 00
New Westminster to Cloverdale and return  5 00
Meals  1 00
New Westminster to Eburne          1 50
Meals  1 00
Hotel Expenses  5 00
Vancouver to Ladners and return (2)  8 00
Meals  1 00
Vancouver to Nanaimo  2 00
Nanaimo to Victoria and return  5 00
Nanaimo to Wellington and return  2 50
Nanaimo to Cedar and return  3 00
Nanaimo to Union and return  8 00
Nanaimo to Duncan and return      3 00
  $95 50
MILES TRAVELLED.
MILES.
Nanaimo to Vancouver and return  70
Nanaimo to Wellington and return  10
Nanaimo to Wellington and return  10
. Nanaimo to Cedar and return  10 1643
Nanaimo to Duncan and return  76
Nanaimo to Victoria and return  150
Nanaimo to Vancouver  35
Vancouver to Chilliwack  67
Chilliwack to Agassiz  50
Agassiz to New Westminster     75
New Westminster to Cloverdale  25
Cloverdale to Eburne  46
Eburne to Vancouver  6
Vancouver to Ladners \  20
Ladners to Nanaimo  55
Nanaimo to Victoria and return  150
Nanaimo to Union and return  135
Nanaimo to Duncan and return  76.
  10
Nanaimo to Wellington and return
Total number of miles 1,076
Total nunber of days engaged in travelling on official
business      25
APPEALS.
On August 10th, 1897, I received, through the Grand Secretary,
from Bro. Walter M. Ross, member of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12,
Donald, an appeal against the action of the Lodge in refusing to pay
him benefits.
Bro. Ross had been sick and received benefits from March, 1896,
to December, 1896, and had been under treatment at the Hospital at
Winnipeg, and on December 3rd, 1898, received a certificate from
Dr. McDonald (doctor of the Hospital) stating that he was well
enough to follow his usual occupation. The Lodge then refused to
pay him any further benefits. Bro. Ross still claims he was sick,
claimed three months' benefits and furnished the Lodge with several
doctors' certificates, but none of them would say he was entitled to
benefits ; so in that case I sustained the action of the Lodge in
refusing to pay any further benefits.
REPORTS  OF DISTRICT DEPUTIES.
So far as received the reports of my District Deputies are submitted with this report. They speak hopefully of the brightening
prospects for an advance in our membership. With their decisions
I find myself in full accord.
In harmony with my predecessors I would urge that this Grand
Lodge instruct its representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge to
continue their efforts to obtain consent to allowing suitable persons
to join our order at the minimum age of eighteen years. 1644
IN MEMORIAM.
During the term of my office several of our members have been
called to '' that bourne from whence no traveller returns." Included
in the sad list is Past Grand Master R. Roberts, who for .many years
ranked as one of the highest and brightest amongst those who devoted
their time and energies to the upbuilding of Odd Fellowship in this
Jurisdiction. Our deceased Brother was Grand Master in 1877, and
Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge in 1894-5.
I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation of the able,
courteous and fraternal assistance which has been rendered me by
our Grand Secretary, Bro. Frederick Davey. Our Order is to be
congratulated in having such an efficient and reliable officer, in
practically the most important office in the Jurisdiction. It is to be
hoped that the Grand Lodge will continue to have the advantage of
his services for many years to come. To my District Deputies I
must also express my thanks for the prompt and fraternal manner
in which they have performed the several duties pertaining to their
office.
Concluding, allow me to thank the officers and members of the
Grand Lodge for their uniform kindness and fraternal assistance
extended to me in the administration of the high office to which
you elected me at the last session.
I sincerely trust that the present session may prove to be
pleasant and fraternal, and the legislation redound to the continued
prosperity and advancement of our beloved Order.
W. H. MORTON,
Grand Master.
REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.
Victoria, B.C., May 28, 1898.
To the Grand Master Grand Lodge B. C. :
Dear Sir and Brother :—I herewith submit report of District
No. 1.
Assisted by D. G. M. Bro. Henderson and other officers of the
Grand Lodge, installed officers on the following dates :
July 5th, 1897, Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
July 7th, 1897, Columbia Lodge, No. 2. ;      l645
July 8th, 1897, Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
July 9th, 1897, Peerless Lodge, No. 33.
July 12th, 1897, Acme Lodge, No. 14.
January 3rd, 1898, Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
January 5th, 1898, Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
January 6th, 1898, Dominion Lodge, No. 4.   (Bro. Henderson.)
January 7th, 1898, Peerless Lodge, No. 33.
January 10th, 1898, Acme Lodge, No. 14.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, submitted the following for my decision :
" At 20 minutes past 8 p.m., on 28th July, 1897, there being no
quorum, the three Brothers present retired, the lights were put out
and the Hall closed. At 9 p.m., the N. G. and several Brothers reopened the Hall, called the Lodge together, appointed a Secretary
and proceeded with the usual business; an officer resigned his
position, his successor Was nominated and elected, moneys were
voted and paid. Was this a legal meeting, and were the actions as
described legal ?"   To this I replied as follows :
Yes; as the action was taken by your N. G. and it being your
regular meetifthg night. I consider no harm could be done by
holding the meeting; whereas some hardship might possibly be
experienced if the moneys due had not been voted. I have no
knowledge of any law that has been violated.
May 9th, 1898, granted permission to Acme Lodge, No. 14, to
confer two Degrees on a Brother in one night, as he was leaving the
city.
The attendance at Lodge meetings is poor, but otherwise the
Lodges are in a fairly prosperous condition.
Respectfully submitted.
W. WALKER,
D. G. M., District No. 1, Victoria.
New Westminster, June 4th, 1898.
W. H. Moitnn, Grand Master of the G. L. of B. C. I. 0. 0. F. :
Dear Sir and Brother:—It is with much pleasure that I
furnish you with a report of my official acts as D.D.G.M. of District
No. 2 during the past year. These have been confined entirely to
installing officers in the different Lodges of my District, Which in
all cases was done in the first month of the term and was  made 1646
pleasant by the willingness of the P. G. M.'s, G. R. to S. G. L., and
all P. G.'s to assist me; and I now take this opportunity to thank
them as well as all other Brethren for this and their kindness at all
times.
After stating that, in a District with three Lodges, no question,
however small, has been presented to me to decide, it will be
unnecessary for me to say that peace and harmony prevail.
Although our increase in membership has not been as large as
I would like, yet we have had several initiations in the different
Lodges, and a considerable increase in the finances of each Lodge.
Trusting that the coming Session of the Grand Lodge, which is
to meet in our city soon, will be both pleasant and profitable, and
extending a hearty welcome to you and all visiting Brethren,
I remain,
Yours in F. L. & T.,
HERBERT GILLEY,
D. D. G. M., District No. 2.
Wellington, B.C., May 26th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F., of B. C :
I have the pleasure of submitting the following report of my
official acts as your Deputy during the past year:
July 5th, 1897, installed the Officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
July 7th, 1897, installed the Officers of Banner Lodge, No. 31.
HARMONY LODGE, NO.   6.
July 26thj 1897, installed Past V. G. W. Hunter as N.G.; Bro. J.
Wood resigned.
Installed Bro.  Jas.  McMullin as Treasurer.; P.G.  Bro.  Hugh
Mitchell resigned.
BANNER LODGE,  NO.  31.
July 28th, 1897, installed Bro. Jas. McNab as V.G.; Bro.  Sam.
Thomson resigned.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Jan. 10th, 1898.
P.G. T. F. Haggart installed P.G. R. Bailey as Treasurer; Bro.
Jas. McMullin resigned. 1647
I am pleased to state that both Lodges are doing well considering
the many changes during the year.
Yours Fraternally
RICHARD BAILEY.
D. D. G. M., District No. 1
Chilliwack, B.C., May 30th, 1898.
W. II. Morton, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F. :
Dear Sir and Brother :—I have the honor to submit the
following report of my official acts as your Deputy for this District:
I installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7,  at the commencement of each term, assisted by several Past Grands.
I take much pleasure in recording an addition of four members,
also three received by card, during my term.
Financially, we are in a good position, and bright prospects for
a number of new members at an early date.
Yours fraternally,
GEO. MARSHALL,
D. D. G. M., District No. 5.
Vancouver, May 28th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F., Nanaimo :
Dear Sir and Brother :—It affords me great pleasure to
report to you a quiet and prosperous year among the Lodges in this
District. My duties as D.D.G.M. have been very light. I have
installed the officers of the various Lodges, and have had submitted
to me by Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, the following question :
I Can a Lodge draw from the ' General Fund' money to pay the
funeral expenses of a Brother over thirteen weeks in arrears (but
not suspended), provided his relations are not in a position to bury
him?"
-"Yes.    (White's Digest, 1895, Page 133. Section 356.)"
Fraternally submitted.
W. E. JOHNSTON,
D. D.. G. M., District No. 6. 1648
Union, B.C., May 18th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq. :
Dear Sir and Brother :—As your Deputy for District No. 8,
I take pleasure in submitting a report of my official acts during my
term: of office.
July 9th, 1897, installed the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
November 26th, granted dispensation to confer three Degrees
on Bro. Hawkins at one meeting. Bro. Hawkins was leaving Union
on the following week for a visit to Nova Scotia, and he was
anxious to receive the Degrees before he started.
January 7th, 1898, installed the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
I have not been called upon to decide any questions, and I am
pleased to state harmony has existed in our Lodge during my term
of office.
Union Lodge is in a fairly prosperous condition. We are not
quite as strong financially as we were a year ago, but the calls were
unusually heavy on our funds. We are, however, adding to our
membership, having initiated five new members since last June.
Your official visit to our Lodge was very much appreciated by
those members who had the pleasure of meeting you.
In conclusion I would thank you for the honour conferred upon me
by appointing me as your Deputy for District No. 8, hoping that you may
approve my official actions, I am,
Fraternally yours,
JAMES A. PRITCHARD,
D. D. G. M., District No. 8.
Donald, B. C, May 15th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—As your District Deputy for District No.
9, I beg to submit the following as my report. On July 2nd, 1897, and
January 6th, 1898, installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, into
their respective chairs.
I have much pleasure in reporting the Lodge in a flourishing
condition.
Yours in F. L. & L.,
JOHN HARTE,
D. D. G.M., District No. 9. 1649
Nelson, B. C, May 27th, 1898.
W. H. Morion, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F:
My Deab Sib and BROTftHEftB:—My report as D. D. G. M. of District
No. 11 is very short. I installed the officers of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16,
at the proper time, at the beginning of the present lerm. My only official decision was given iD connection with the election of our representative to Grand Lodge.
On the night of election, May 2nd, two ballots resulted in a tie
between the two candidates. It was moved to defer the election to the
next regular meeting, some brethren held that to be illegal, I ruled that
it was legal, and our representative was elected on May 9th.
Our Lodge has had a prosperous term as the reports will show. We
are very much in need of more commodious quarters, but that difficulty
will be overcome before the summer is over, as we are erecting a thiee-
storeyed brick building, 30 by 100 feet, the third storey to be used for
lodge purposes.    Building to cost $15,000.   I am,
Yours fraternally,
E. C. ARTHUR,
D. D. G. M., District No. 11.
Duncans, B. O, May 15th, 1§98.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother:—[ beg to submit the following report of
my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 12.
On July 24th, 1897, I installed'the officers of Duncan Lodge, No. 17.
January 8th, 1898, assisted by Grand Master, installed officers of
Duncan Lodge, No. 17.
Our Lodge is in good financial standing, with a small increase iu
membership.
Yours in F. L. & T.,
JOHN C. McLAY,
D. D. G. M., District No. 12.
VftEBNON, B. O.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Mas'er, I. 0- 0. F.:
Dear Sir  and Brot:hkb:—Since receiving the appointment
making me your District Deputy to fill the vacancy caused through 1650
Bro. S. T. Elliotjiaving left the District, would say that no question
or matter of any importance has been received ftfrom the Lodge for
my decision.
I am pleased, however, to report that Vernon Valley Lodge No.
18 is progressing favorably and is financially in a very satisfactory
condition.
Fraternally submitted,
H.*0. COOPER,
D. D. G. M., Distiict No. IS.
Ladner, B. C, May 12th, 1898.
ill   W. H. Mo.ton:
Dear Sir and Brother:—Your communication of the 10th
inst. to hand. I beg leave to state that I have granted no special
dispensations this year. I am pleased to report good progress in our
Lodge; we are getting several new members and I think they will
make good members. Hope to see you in Westminster at the Grand
Lodge this year.
I remain yours F. L. T.,
FRANK McCULLOTJGH,
D. D. G. M.
North Bend, B. C, May 21st, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B  C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have much pleasure in submitting
my report as D. D. G. M. for District No. 15.
"On 17th July, 1897, installed the officers of Gold Range Lodge
No.22, North Bend. On Jany 8th, 1898, installed the officers of Gold
Range Lodge, No. 22, North Bend.
Nothing of any great importance or unusual was brought to my
notice during my term of office.
I am, deal' Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
P. WADE,
D. D. G. M. ■% -       i651      "   ~ -   '
Agassiz, B. C, May 14th, 1898.
W. H. Morton. Esq., Grand Master I. 0-. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—! have much pleasure in submitting
my report as D. D. G. M. for District No. 18.
July 2nd, 1897, installed officers of Cheam No. 28.
Jan. 8th. 1898, installed officers of Cheam, No. 28.
No legal points were brought up for decision during the present
year.
Fraternally yours,
B. VANCE,
D. D. G. M. DisUict No. 18.
Revelstoke, B. C, May 30th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Gra,.d Master I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—In regard to report would say after
I was appointed I installed part of officers, that same week I was
taken down with the fever. Past Grand Lee installed the rest. I
also received key to pass word, which I have yet in my possession. I have looked over regalia and property of the Lodge and
find everything in good order.
Yours in F. L. T.,
R. S. WILSON,
D. D. G. M.
Golden, B. C, May 26th, 1898.
W. FT. Morton, Esq., Grand Master I. 0. 0. F., Nanaimo, B. C:
Dear Sir' and Brother:—I beg to report that on July 7th,
1897, and January 12th, 1898, the officers of Rocky Mountain Lodge
No. 31 were installed by me. During the past year there have been
no disputes requiring my decision, everything progressing very
smoothly. I am pleased to be able to state that Rocky Mountain
Lodge No. 34 is doing well and is steadily improving its position.
Yours fraternally,
H. G. PARSON,
D. D. G. M. District No. 20. 1652
Rossland, B. C, May 9, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master, Nanaimo, B. C:
My Dear Sir and Brother:—I have the honor to report the
following during my term as D. D. G. M. District 21:
July 5, 1837, installed officers of Rossland Lodge No. 36.
January 3, 1898, installed officers (present term) Rossland Lodge
No. 36.
Owing to resignation of our treasurer a new treasurer was installed March 21, 1898. Other than this no business was had at the
direction of D. D. G. M.
Rossland Lodge has a very good membership and is progressing
very nicely.
Thanking you,
I am yours fraternally,
J. KIRKUP,
D. D. G. M.
Greenwood, B. C, May 25th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master I. 0. 0. F., Nanaimo, B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have much pleasure in submitting
my report as J). D. G. M. for District No. 23 for the past year.
I installed the officers of Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, at the
commencement of each term.
On May 21st, the Grand Warden visited the Lodge and delivered
an excellent address.
I granted but one dispensation to confer the third degree at a
special meeting.
Boundary Valley Lodge is steadily increasing in numbers as
the annual report will show.
I remain,
Fraternally yours,
J. H. HALLETT. 1653
Slocan, B. C, May 12th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have the honor to report the following during my term as your District Deputy for District No. 25:
Jan. 6th, assisted by visiting brothers, I installed the officers of
Slocan Lodge, No. 40, for the present term.
Yours fraternally,
BEN. ROBERTSON.
D. D. G. M. District No. 25.
Victoria, B. C, May 26th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master G. L., I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I beg to submit the following report
•of District No. 1, Rebekah Lodges.
The officers of Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, were duly installed
into their respective offices by me on July 13th, 1897, assisted by P.
G. Sister Walker, and the usual Grand Officers. On January 11th,
1898, the present officers were duly installed into their respective
offices. No other special business has been transacted during the
year, except a decision given on a matter submitted by the Lodge,
respecting a sister being entitled to the honors of Noble Grand, the
Lodge rejected my decision and appealed to the Grand Master who
sustained my decision, the matter was then settled satisfactorily.
I am sorry to state that our members have been decreasing instead of increasing of late. Some have been absent through sickness
and others from distance, but we who remain and attend must put
forth a little more effort to increase our membership. We have a
good set of officers, but we must not require them to do all the work,
each and every member should take a direct interest in the building
up of the Lodge, and in making its meetings useful, pleasant and
profitable, engendering a feeling of pride in that we have done our
share, in making the Lodge as pleasant and prosperous as possible.
Yours fraternally,
SISTER RIDDEL,
D. D. G. M., District No. 1. H i654
Wellington, May 26th, 1898.
W. H. Morton, Esq., Grand Master, I.O.O.F. :
Dear Sir and Brother:—In submitting a report of my official
acts as your District Deputy for District No. 6. I have much pleasure in stating that Laurel Rebekah, No. 9, is progressing very favorably; we have an initiation nearly every meeting night. On July
8th I had the pleasure of installing the officers for the term ending
December 31st, 1897.    I remain,
Fraternally yours in F. L. & T.,
JENNIE MORGAN,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6.
Ladner, B. C, May 28th, 1898.     ,.
W. H. Morion, Grand Master I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have much pleasure in submitting
to you the following report of my official acts, as your District Deputy for District, No. 7, for the year ending June 30th, 1898.
I installed the officers of Fidelity Rebekah Lodge No. 10, August
21st, 1897, and on January 15th, 1898.
I am sorry to have to state that Fidelity Rebekah Lodge, No. 10,
has not prospered as well as I would liked to have seen it. Some of
the Sisters have gone away and a majority of the Brothers-have become careless and dropped out by non-payment of dues; but prospects look brighter now and I am in hopes of getting in some new
members shortly.
Respectfully submitted,
Yours in F. L. T.,
KATIE SKINNER,
D. D. G. M., District No. 7.
The Grand Secretary read his report which was on
motion received and handed to the Committee on Distribution.
Grand Secretary's Office,
Victoria, B. C, 7th June, 1898.
To the Grand Lodge- of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
I have the honor to submit for your consideration a report of
the transactions of this office during the year that has elapsed, together with abstracts of the reports received from the Subordinate l655
Lodges showing the condition and work of the Order in this jurisdiction for the year ended 31st December, 1897.
The duties imposed by the last Session have been duly performed. A circular was sent to each Subordinate Lodge directing
attention to the report of the Special Committee on Statistics re
Dues and Benefits last Session, and recommending a-careful scrutiny
of their financial condition in connection with the facts contained in
the report.
The revised Constitution of the Grand Lodge adopted last Session was submitted to the Sovereign Grand Lodge and approved
with the following exceptions: The concluding words " or his
deputy" in Sec. 6, Art. II., and the concluding clause of Sec. 4, Art.
III., commencing, " Provided also," were reported by the Connnittee
on Constitutions as " not seeming to be in usual or proper form."
In the first case the section might be amended at this Session by
striking out the words | or his Deputy " and inserting in lieu " or
the Deputy Grand Master."
The other clause to which exception is taken provides for the
installation of any Grand Lodge officer at any time after his election
instead of compelling him to wait until the end of the Session.
This clause has, I believe, been in the Constitution since the institution of the Grand Lodge, has been repeatedly approved by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, and as it does not violate any general law
of the Order, as far as I am aware, might be re-enacted at this
Session.
NEW LODGES.
I' Slocan " Lodge, No. 40, was instituted at Slocan City on 3rd
July last by Bro. Ben. Robertson, Special Deputy G. M., under a
charter granted last session. The instituting officer speaks very
encouragingly of the material composing this Lodge and of its
future prospects.
Correspondence has taken place respecting the institution of
Lodges at Barkerville, Wardner, Trail and Trout Lake City, and it
may be inferred that Lodges will be organized at these places at no
distant time.
REBEKAH LODGES.
An application for a Charter and the requisite fee has been
received for a Rebekah Lodge at Carson, but no dispensation has
yet been issued in consequence of the difficulty of obtaining the
services of a qualified P. G. or P. N. G. to act as Instituting Officer.
The application will be submitted to this Session for appropriate
action. i656
I regret to state that it has been necessary to recover the
Charter and effects of " Ruth | Rebekah Lodge. No. 4, at Chilliwack,
it having become defunct.
Bethel Lodge, No. 7, and Esther Lodge, No. 11, have failed to
report for the year 1897 although written to repeatedly. The old
law provided that failure to report within one month after the end
of the year entailed the forfeiture of the Lodge's Charter, but the
present law leaves the matter to local legislation; it is submitted
that legislation to deal with this matter be enacted at this Session.
Sixteen revised Rebekah Rituals have been received from the
Sovereign Grand Lodge free of cost, to replace a similar number
supplied of the 1896 Edition, which were found to be defective, and
these have been distributed to the Lodges entitled to them.
STATISTICAL.
The reports of the Subordinate Lodges for the year 1897 show a
slight decrease in the number of members and of revenue when
compared with the preceding year, but to counterbalance that it is
gratifying to note that there has also been a reduction in the number of members who were sick and in the amount paid for benefits
and for current expenses, whilst the assets show a substantial
increase.
The following statement of the work of the Lodges during the
year ended 31st December, 1897, is compiled from the Reports to that
date and a comparison is made between the results and those of the
preceding year:
No. of Lodges, 31st December, 1897
Rebekah Lodges, 31st Dec.'97
" "     surrendered
its Charter since...  	
Members Subordinate Lodges.
of   Members   initiated during
the year	
of Members admitted by Card.
I admitted as A. O..
"        reinstated	
% withdrawn	
i expelled	
"        deceased  	
" resigned	
" ceased membership by non-payment of Dues.
rejected	
Increase.
Decrease.
38
1
9
1
1
2801
. ..
28
220
42
42
16
• •
ft**
5
1
# .
27
15
*—«
22
8
7
23
. .
3
8
5
218
97
8
1
it**- .        . s 1657
I Degrees conferred  467
| Past Grands  464                43
Total Revenue Subordinate Lodges $46,787 37
No. of Brothers relieved  327
"           "        buried  20
"    widowed families relieved.. 8
"     weeks sick benefits paid ... 2336
Amount paid for relief of Brothers $17,450 90
I             "             "       widowed
families       282 25
Amount paid for relief of Orphans 149 50          20 00
burying the dead 1842 35          72 14
i           "        education of Orphans   ....              ....
Amount paid for special relief .... 781 40             ....
Total amount paid for relief  20,506 40
"                I   current expenses 14,903 95             ....
of assets  195,961 46    11,728 37
Average amount of benefits paid to
each sick member  51 78             ....
Average amount expended for relief per member   7 32             ....
Average duration of sickness per
member    5 dys 20 hrs. 	
Average duration of sickness per
sick member 6 wks 6^ dys. ....
Average cost per member for current expenses  $5 32             ....
Average cost per member for all
Lodge expenditure  12 64             ....
Average   amount   of   assets   per
member  69 96            4 84
Total amount expended for relief
since    institution    of    Grand
Lodge in 1874  203,836 96
51
$2,468 51
26
2
4
265
3,291 57
430 20
55 00
561 32
4,390 23
640 25
536
1 48
14 hrs.
1£ dys.
$0 18
1 66 FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer.
FROM WHOM RECEIVED.
Tax term
ended
30thJune
1897.
Tax term
ended
31st Dec.
1897.
Supplies.
Charter
Fees.
Total.
Victoria Lodge,
Columbia	
No. 1
"       2
3
4
"       5
6
7
8
9
"     10
"     11
"     12
"     13
"     14
"     15
"     16
"     17
"     18
§     19
"     20
"     21
"     22
"     23
"     24
"     25
"     26
g     27
"     28
"     30
«     31
"     33
"     34
"     35
§     36
"     37
"     38
"     39
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2
5
I       9
md.)
i     10
%     11
Liodg's
$56 25
72 45
42 25
45 00
54 45
56 75
12 60
44 65
25 25
80 10
26 55
32 40
32 40
33 75
16 20
2115
15 35
5 55
16 95
46 &5
13 50
12 65
7 35
10 50
12 85
104 40
73 80
19 35
20 70
35 55
60 75
13 80
22 50
24 30
8 75
10 80
26 55
$53 55
67 50
45 90
39 60
51 75
60 75
10 35
51 30
27 90
80 55
26 55
34 65
31 95
28 35
15 75
19 35
19 35
14 40
14 40
46 80
15 00
16 20
13 05
13 95
19 35
105 75
66 60
19 80
20 70
34 20
55 80
22 05
22 05
28 35
13 95
29 70
11 70
$8 00
13 50
8 00
14 00
3 00
	
	
$117 80
153 45
New Westminster.
Dominion ...
Black Diamond....
Harmony	
96 15
98 60
106 20
120 50
22 95
Vancouver	
Tatnai	
Western Star	
Union	
Selkirk  	
Royal City	
Acme	
Cloverdale	
50
1 50
2 00
1 50
10 50
i 25
8 00
4 85
	
	
96 45
54 65
162 65
54 60
77 55
64 35
63 35
39 95
45 35
Duncan	
34 70
Vernon Valley.  ...
Mt. Pleasant.  ...
Centennial	
3 00
75
>   •       .   .   .   .
22 95
32 10
93 15
Delta	
Gold Range	
Ashcroft	
Island	
2 00
1 00
1 75
.
30 50
29 85
22 15
24 45
Revelstoke	
Pacific.	
Cheam	
1 50
1 75
8 00
2 20
8 00
10 00
11 00
	
33 70
211 90
148 40
41 35
Friendship	
Banner T ..
49 40
79 75
Peerless	
Rocky Mountain...
127 55
35 86
Rossland   	
2 50
18 50
11 50
8 25
34 00
9 75
3 50
6 50
30 00
	
50 00
	
47 05
71 15
Boundary Valley..
Slocan	
20 00
36 25
64 50
75 70
Colfax Rebekah ...
Mizpah
Beulah       "
9 75
3 50
6 60
Laurel.       "
50 00
(Donation to Home Fi
Fidelity
Esther         "
1 00
3 00
16 00
1 50
1 00
1 00
3 00
.Carson        "
10 00
40 50
26 00
Grand Lodge Cards.
Sundry Persons	
Members of Defunct'
> • • •     • •
1 50
1 00
40 50
$121450
$1260 15
$244 55
$130 50 $2849 70 1659
Orders Drawn on Grand Treasurer.
Date.
1897.
June 11
| 11
| 11
U 11
4 n
I ii
"   ii
"    26
July 10
"    10
I    13
Sept. 11
I    11
Nov.
Dec.
May
No. of
Order!
In Whose Favor.
Description.
Amount.
2
4
10
p    10
|    18
I    18
1898.
Feb. 17
Mar. 12
|    12
Apl     8
8
8
4
10
10|
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
Grand Treasurer	
W. H. Huxtable	
H. B. Gilmour, G. M..
t. . ««
|B. C. Odd Fellow	
Carson Lodge, No. 37 .
E. C. Davison 	
R. S. Day	
B. C. Odd Fellow	
H. Waller, G. Treas ..
R. S. Day	
F. Davey, G. Sec	
T. R. Cusack.     ..
R. H. Dyas.	
F. Davey, G. Sec.
Greenwood, Smith a R.
T. R. Cusack	
F. Davey, G. Sec	
Mileage & Per Diem'97
JanrG.S. Office, 12 m.
Extra exp. Travlg, etc
[Typewriting Report
Acct. Persev'e No. 29 .
Refund of Per C. Tax.
Jan'r Light of Hall,'97
Bond of G. Sec	
G. Lodge Card, 12»mos
Expenses, Drafts, &c.
Bond of G. Treas	
Three Month's Salary.
Postage & Sundries
Ptg Procdgs & Contns
Donation	
Three Month's Salary.
Postage & Sundries...
Sov. G.L. for Supplies
Printing Forms, &c...
$1050
20
24
8
3
18
7
10
10
6
10
150
20
215
20
150
11
W. H. Morton, G. M. ..
Sovereign Grand Lodge
Odd Fellows' Union....
F. Davey, G. Sec	
n
W. H. Morton, G. M...
T. R. Cusack.
Colonist Ptg & Pub. Co
W. H. Morton, G. M  ..
Hibben & Co	
Three Month's Salary,
j Postage & Sundries...
|Travelling Allowance.
(Representative Tax...
Rent G. S. Office, 12m
'Sov. G.L. for Supplies
Dep in B for Home Fd
Three Month's Salary.
Postage, Freight, &c..
Bal. of Trav. Expenses
Printing	
Qrder Bks on Treas..
Postage & Sundries.
Stationery	
45
00
50
00
00
00
50
00
00
65
00
00
95
87
00
00
50
65 25
16 00
18 50
150 00
19 25
50 00
150 00
100 00
23 62
141 00
50 00
150 00
13 45
50 00
14 00
15 50
10 90
3 00
|$2776 89
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report $1,999 66
Cash received as per statement   2,849 70
$,4849 36
Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer as per statement   2,776 89
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $2,072 47 x66o
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Cr.
Balance from last year	
Goods bought during the year	
$183 15
211 00
60 00
12 00
124 46
Allowed Lodges for return of old Rituals     	
Freight on supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Gain during1 the vear          	
Goods sold during the vear	
$290 05
15                            •/
Allowed by Sov. G. Lge for old Rituals destroyed.
94 00
206 56
$590 61
$590 61
ODD FELLOWS' HOME ACCOUNT.
April 25, '95—Collected at Anniv. Celebration, Victoria ....,$ 96 00
June 30, '95—Interest, Dom. Govt Savings Bank   1 96
June 30, '96—           |              |              |                  3 39
Feb.   16, '97—Donation, Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, I.O.O.F... 5 50
June 30, '97—Interest, Dom. Govt Savings Bank  3 58
April  1, '98—Contribution G. Lodge of B. C, 5c. per capita. 140 55
May 10, '98—Donation, Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9  50 00
$300 98
Deposited in Dom. Govt Savings Bank     300 93
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  $ 00 05 i66i
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia.—June, 1898.
Account.
Furniture and Regalia	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2	
Miriam | "3	
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15	
Mt. Pleasant    "       "   19	
Centennial       "       "   20	
Delta "       "21	
Stock - I .
Island Lodge, No. 24	
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Grand Treasurer	
Profit and Loss	
Pacific Lodge, No. 26   	
Peerless    "       "    33	
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34...
Cedar Lodge, No. 35	
Odd Fellows' Home	
Dom. Govt. Savings Bank	
Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9 .. ..
Rossland Lodge, No. 36	
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3 .
Silver City " *" " 39.
Victoria " " 1..
Slocan " | 40.
A-ged Odd Fellows' Fund	
$496 551
40
206 56
2 65
2072 47
$
45
4 00
4 00
4 75
2 25
15
10
2705 70
Carson Rebekah Lodge.
3 00
40
1 50
1 60
300 98
300 93
1 00
4 00
20
75
1 00
15
26 88
26 00
$3084 26    $3084 .26
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND.
RECEIPTS.
Dues rec. from mbr's of Perseverance Lge, No, 29, defunct.. $ 1 00
1    Mission City Lodge, No. 32  34 50
I    Sale of Effects of      "              "           |        11 38
$46 88
EXPENDITURE.
Dec. 4th, 1897—Donation to Bro. R. H. Dyas, late member
of Mission City Lodge, No. 32  20 00
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  $26 88 1662
ODD  FELLOWS'  HOME FUND.
This fund is slowly growing and now amounts to $300.98 deposited in the Dominion Government Savings Bank. The contribution of five cents per member made at the last Session realized
$140.55, and this has been supplemented by a liberal donation of $50
by Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, the result of an Anniversary
Social, which is commended to the other Lodges for imitation.
It is respectfully submitted that a similar grant of five cents
per member for the ensuing year be sanctioned at this Session.
The money in the bank is deposited in the name of the undersigned in trust for this Grand Lodge, but as this fund is likely to
assume considerable proportions, it is suggested that it would be
advisable to appoint Trustees or that it be invested in the corporate
name of the Grand Lodge to be withdrawn only by authority of the
Grand Master and Grand Secretary for tbe time being.
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND.
As will be seen by the foregoing statement, there is now $26.88
to the credit of this fund ; the sum of $9 was received during the
year for the sale of some ot the effects of the late Mission City
Lodge, No. 32. A donation Of $20 was granted to a former member
of Mission City Lodge, No. 32, who is now sick, on the recommendation of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9. It is submitted for instructions
whether the balance of this fund shall be deposited in some bank at
interest, and if so ifl what manner it shall be invested.
MEMORIAL PAGE.
Since we last met a familiar figure has been removed from our
ranks by the death of Bro. R. Roberts, P. G. M. & P. G. R. Bro.
Roberts was connected with the Grand Lodge since its institution
and for many years took an active and intelligent interest in the
work of the Order. It is recommended that a memorial page be inserted in the printed proceedings of this Session containing the
names of Bro. Roberts and such other members of the Grand Lodge
as have died during the year.
CONCLUSION.
The past year has been characterized by peace and .harmony in
this jurisdiction, as is evidenced by the absence of appeals. The
Lodges appear to have devoted their time to the practice of the
cardinal objects of the Order, in the relief of distress, burying the
dead, and in the support of the widows and orphans who are the
wards of the Order.
As far as known no extraordinary business Will be presented for 1663
the consideration of this meeting* still I hope that the work we may
perform will redound to the good of the Order and that the members in attendance will go back to their homes encouraged and determined to put forth further efforts for its advancement and
establishment.
Fraternally submitted,
FRED. DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
The Grand Treasurer presented his Report which was
read and on motion ordered to be received and handed to
the Committee on Finance.
Victoria, B. C,
June 3rd, 1898.
S. W. Edwards, Grand Treasurer, in Account with
the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. O. F.
1897. Dr.
June 11.     To   Cash   received   from   late   Grand
Treasurer \ $1,999 66
To Cash received from Grand Secretary 2,849 70
$4,849 36
Cr.
By Orders Nos. 1 to 35 paid herewith $2,776 89
Balance  $2,072 47
Fraternally submitted,
S. W. EDWARDS,
Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee
on Distribution:—E. Quennell, P. G. M., No. 5; W. H.
Gardiner, No. 27; J. Neelands, No. 16.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following Report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.;
Your Committee on Distribution, to whom was referred the
Report of the Grand Master, beg to recommend the following distribution of the Report. 1664
To the Committee on the State of the Order:
The first part of page 1, part of page 4 re official visits, and that
portion of page 5 referring to the Reports of the District Deputies,
also the reports of the D. D. G. M. as far as refers to the state of
the Order in their respective Districts.
To the Committee on Judiciary'
Part of page 2, re dispensations granted; pages 3 and 4, re decisions given and proclamations issued; also part of page 5, re appeals.
To the Committee on Finance:
Part of pages 4 and 5, re expenses incurred.
E. QUENNELL,
W. H. GARDINER,
JAS. NEELANDS.
The Grand Secretary presented amendments submitted
to the By-Laws of u Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, which
were on motion ordered to be received and referred to the
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following Report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, 1. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution, to whom was referred the
Report of the Grand Secretary, beg to recommend the following
disposition of the same.
To the Committee on Legislation:
Part of pages 1 and 2 respecting amendments to Grand Lodge
Constitution and Rebekah Lodge Constitution.
To the Committee on State of the Order:
Part of page 2, re Institution of Lodges and surrender of Charter of
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4. Pages 3, 4, 5, containing Statistics
and the Abstracts of the Reports of .Subordinate Lodges at the end
of the Report.
To the Committee on Petitions:
The matter of granting a charter for a Rebekah Lodge at Carson, page 2. i665
To the Committee on Printing:
Part of Page 12, re Memorial page.
To the Committee on Finance:
The remainder of the Report.
E. QUENNELL,
W. H. GARDINER,
JAS. NEELANDS.
T. F. Neelands, Grand Representative, read the
Report of the Grand Representatives which was ordered to
be received and referred to the Committee on Printing.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Representatives to the Seventy-Third Annual Session of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. held in the City of Springfield, 111., commencing Sept. 20th and ending at noon on Sept. 25th,
1897, beg to submit the following report:
The attendance at the Session was large, there being present
nine Grand Officers, eight Past Grand Sires, and one hundred and
eighty-six Grand Representatives. Every Grand Jurisdiction subordinate to the Sovereign Lodge was represented except the Granct
Encampment of Arizona.
The City was beautifully decorated with flags and bunting ; the
Brethren and the citizens had spared neither expense nor labor
in their desire that the Representatives should enjoy their visit to
Springfield. In this they were entirely successful, as we have every
reason to believe that each representative carried away pleasant
recollections of his stay in that city.
Before the Session was formally opened a public reception was
held in the State Capitol Building, at which addresses of welcome
were given by the Governor of the State, Jno. R. ^Tanner, P. G., the
Mayor of the city, the Grand Master of, the State of, Illinois, the
Grand Patriarch of the State of Illinois, and Mrs. Msary D. Stone,
President of the Rebekah Assembly of Illinois, wfcach were responded to by the Grand Sire, after which the Sovereign Grand Lodge
was formally opened.
Your Representatives were appointed on the following Committees :   Finance, Welsh ; Grand Bodies not Represented, Neelands,
Extract from the Grand Sire's Report: 1666
GENERAL CONDITION OF THE ORDER.
The condition of the various branches of the Order are fairly
good, although, owing to the depressed condition of business in the
United States, coupled with the excitement always attendant on a
presidential election in this country, I am unable to report any large
increase during the year 1896; but we are not going backward. The
membership of the Subordinate Lodges show an increase, while the
Rebekah branch has made very large proportional gains.
In the Encampment branch, I regret to say that the figures
show a slight decrease, while the Patriarchs Militant have gained in
membership, showing that the legislation of past years, which invested them with more authority to govern themselves, has been
wise and beneficial to this branch.
If some way could be devised by which suspensions for nonpayment of dues could be avoided, or greatly lessened, it would be
the greatest achievement of our legislation for years. I commend
the subject to your most earnest and careful consideration.
From the Grand Secretary's report:
By an examination of the table accompanying this report, which
gives the increase and decrease in membership during the year, it
will be seen that the loss in the Encampment branch has been
unusually heavy, while the gain in Subordinate Lodge membership
has been the smallest since 1885, when it was 1,080. The prevailing
depression in business affairs, which, judging from the reports of
Grand Secretaries and Grand Scribes, seems to be felt in all sections
of the country, must account to a great degree for this tardy
growth; but another, and doubtless a more prominent stumbling-
block in the way of progress, is the strongly-marked lack of personal
interest among the membership in the work of the Lodges and Encampments. A renewal of that interest which prompted the
Brother to unite with the Order is necessary. The faithful few who
attend the meetings regularly, and who do the work in Lodge or
Encampment, need the help and encouragement to be found in the
presence of a goodly company.
But while these have languished, the prosperous Rebekah branch,
with her small fees and light dues, has vigorously grown. A proof
of this fact is seen in her increase of 444 Lodges and 27,998 members
for the year.
If our membership has not kept pace with the rate of increase
during the past twelve years, discouragement need not follow. It is
in lessons of experience that we are taught the performance of duty.
Let there be a renewal of interest among the membership to aid and 1667
encourage the zealous and faithful few who have kept the fires
burning on the altars of our beloved Order in its darker days, and
when the sun of prosperity shines once more upon the lands where
our standards have been planted, a vigorous renewal of growth in
Odd Fellowship will ensue.
STATISTICS   OF   THE   ORDER   FROM   1830   TO   DECEMBER   31ST,   1896,
INCLUDING AUSTRALASIA,   GERMANY,  DENMARK AND
SWITZERLAND.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  2,137,592
Members relieved  2,076,004
Widowed families relieved  227,940
Members deceased 1  202,228
Total relief  $74,356,668 76
Total receipts 193,247,022 80
CONDITION OF THE  ORDER DECEMBER 3IST,   1896.
Sovereign Grand Lodge  1
Independent Grand Lodges (German Empire, Australasia,
Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden)	
Subordinate Grand Encampments    ,  	
Subordinate Grand Lodges .....	
Subordinate Encampments ,	
Subordinate Lodges...  ,       	
Encampment Members	
Lodge Members	
Rebekah Lodges ,	
Sisters, members of Rebekah Lodges..,
Brothers, members of Rebekah Lodges
5
55
66
2,671
11,399
131,898
831,718
4,573
164,679
116,812 1668
COMPARISON  OF THE RETURNS FOR   THE YEARS 1895 AND 1896.
Dec. 31st,
1895.
Dec. 31st,
1896.
Increase.
Decrease
Grand Lodges	
56
50
10,875
2,628
4,111
63,219
10,832
22,546
33,121
799,985
132,694
253,043
$3,007,081 33
278.980 08
47,761 73
3,333,823 14
7,587,850 39
622,357 83
380.795 99
8,591,004 21
24,347,529 84
1,455,354 88
455,141 94
26,258,026 66
3,439,806 23
298.264 04
300,695 24
4,038,765 51
86,258
12.034
564,355
89,639
5,390
178
8,592
1,485
56
51
11,145
2,652
4,567
60,150
9,633
22,927
37,161
806,055
130,732
281,041
*3,067,965 81
274,209 99
51,059 83
3,393,235 63
7.570,025 98
602,418 54
416,589 21
8,589,033 73
24,824,387 17
1,529,131 59
496,430 66
26,849,949 42
3,427,195 22
256,286 77
338,409 02
4,021,891 01
83,724
10,073
581,534
89,282
6,206
209
8,498
1,395
Grand Encampments ..
1
270
24
456
Subordinate Lodges .,.
Subordinate Encamp...
Rebekah Lodges ..
Lodge initiations.	
3,069
Encampmnt initiations.
Rebekah initiations—
281
4,040
6,070
28,998
$60,884 48
3,298 10
59,412 49
1,247
Sisters   	
Lodge members	
Encampment members.
Rebekah members	
" " 1,962
Relief by Lodges	
Relief by Encampments
Relief by Rebekah Lod i
$4,670 09
Total relief	
Revenue of Sub Lodges
Revenue of Encampmts
Revenue Rebekah Lod.
17,824 41
19,939 29
35,793 22
476,857 33
73,776 71
41,288 72
591,922 76
"37,713 78
Total revenue	
Invested funds, Sub Lod
Invested funds, Sub En.
Invested funds* Reb Lod
1,970 48
Total invested funds ...
Expenses Sub Lodges..
Expenses Sub Encamp.
Expenses Rebekah Lod.
Brothers relieved
12,611 01
41,977 27
16,874 50
2,534
Weeks' ben paid by S L
Weeks' ben paid by En.
Wid fam relieved by S L
Wid f am relieved by En
Broth pt*s hnripd
27,i79
816
31
1,961
357
94
"Pfl/tvPl £ltYP Vl<51   VltiT*! Pfl
	
90
During the year the Grand Sire rendered 115 decisions, all of
which were approved except as otherwise shown.
SUBORDINATE LODGE DECISIONS.
1.    Ques.—Can one Lodge sue another in the civil courts without
violating the law of the Sovereign Grand Lodge ? 1669
Ans.— They may do so unless inhibited by their Grand Lodge
Constitution, there being nothing in the General Laws of the Order
forbidding it.
2. Ques.—Can a Brother who owes a Lodge a note for Third
Degree claim benefits ?
Ans.—A Brother owing a Lodge a note for Third Degree is entitled to benefits, he being otherwise entitled to receive them.
3. Statement—The by-laws of a Lodge provide for the payment
to its Treasurer the sum of fifty cents per month for his services as
Treasurer, and also requires the payment by its members the sum of
fifty cents per month for dues. The Treasurer was taken sick, owing
the Lodge $2 for four months' dues, and the Lodge owed him $2 for
four months' service as Treasurer.
Ques.—Was he in good standing in his Lodge and entitled to
benefits ?
Am.—Yes.    (Not approved.)
4. Que?.—Is it permissible to admit members during conferring
any of the degrees, or may members be admitted during or introducing first and second parts while the candidate is taken out into
the ante-room ?
Ans.—No.
5. Ques.—Where a Brother has been dropped for non-payment
of dues, and before one year from date of his suspension applies for
reinstatement and pays one year's dues, is it his right to be reinstated, or has the Lodge the right to ballot on such application and
refuse to readmit him ?
Ans.—Yes ; upon application and payment of one year's dues, a
member who has been suspended for non-payment of dues for less
than twelve months must be reinstated by his Lodge without ballot,
in absence of local law to the contrary.
6. Ques.—Can a Grand Master issue dispensation to a Subordinate Lodge empowering it to confer degrees the same night the
candidate is initiated ?
Ans.—Yes, he can, unless the laws of the Grand Jurisdiction
otherwise provide.
7. Ques.—Do sections 1829 and 1830, White's Digest, edition of
1895, prohibit the printing, by a Subordinate Lodge, of the Funeral
Ceremony, not for sale, but for its own convenience ?
Ans.—Yes. 1670
8. Statement.—A Brother who has been suspended for more than
five years for non-payment of dues, and is now about sixty years
of age, wants to be reinstated in his Lodge as a non-beneficial member.
ie>'
Ques.—What will the Brother have to pay the Lodge, and
would the Brother then be exempt from dues, and would the Lodge
have to pay per capita tax on the Brother ?
Ans.—In order for any Brother to be reinstated who has been
suspended for more than five years, he must pay the amount of one
year's dues, unless otherwise provided by local law, although he
may take a Dismissal Certificate for one dollar ; in his application
for reinstatement, he must further show, if the application is for
non-beneficial membership, that he has been a member of the Order
for five years. In the absence of local law, otherwise providing, he
must pay dues and the Lodge must pay per capita tax on him.
9. Ques.—Is it necessary, when two Subordinate Lodges under
the immediate jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, consolidate under the charter, name and number of one of them, the other
surrendering its charter to the District Deputy Grand Sire, and its
papers, books, etc., to the one retaining its charter, name and number, to apply for and procure a new charter ?
Ans.—No.
10. Ques.—Which officer, the Recording Secretary or the Permanent Secretary, is the proper one to sign the certificate for dues
prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last session ?
Ans.—The Permanent Secretary.
11. Ques.—Must a Brother pay dues in advance, the same as on
a Visiting Card in order to visit on a receipt ?
Ans.—Yes.
12. Ques.—Can a Brother deposit the receipt in another Lodge
for admission, the same as a Visiting Card ?
Ans.—Yes.
13. Ques.— Must the A. T. P. W. be given to all Brothers on paying up their dues ?
Ans.—No, if they only pay their dues to date.
14. Ques.—A member of a Lodge on February 1st, 1897, owes $3
dues ; he goes to his Lodge and pays $1 of said dues and demands a
Visiting Certificate ; is the Lodge compelled to issue said Visiting
Certificate and give him the A. T. P. W. ? 1671
Ans.—The Lodge is compelled to issue the Visiting Certificate,
but it is not allowed to give the A. T. P. W. There is no such
thing known to the law as a " Visiting Certificate." It is a Certificate showing the payment of dues on which certificate, coupled with
the A. T. P. W-, entitles the holder to visit Lodges outside his jurisdiction.
15. Ques.—When a Brother pays his dues, is the Secretary of
the Lodge compelled to give him a certificate under the law of 1896,
(Or may the Secretary use another form of receipt when the Brother
.does not desire the A. T. P. W. ?
Ans.—When a Brother pays his dues, the Secretary is not
allowed to give him a receipt for same except on the form issued and
sold by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, notwithstanding the Brother
does not desire the A. T. P. W.
16. Ques.'—When a Brother pays his dues and does not desire a
receipt, is the Secretary compelled to issue to him a certificate under
the law of 1896 ?
Ans.—No.
17. Ques.-^-If a Brother fails to pay his dues on the last meeting
night of the Lodge in the term, and comes forward and pays at the
^commencement of the succeeding term, is he non-beneficial ?
Ans*-—While the term of a Subordinate Lodge must begin at
certain stated periods, viz., first meetings in January and July or
April and October, yet such commencement of a term has no necessary reference to when and how dues shall be paid, and a Brother is
beneficial just so long as he does not owe his Lodge one-fourth of the
annual amount fixed by its by-laws for dues and legal assessments.
18. Ques.—If a Brother is reported sick with a chronic disease
(rheumatism), and the Lo.dge pays forty weeks' benefits at two dollars per week; the Brother is then a little better, and is reported
from the sick list; in a short time is reported sick again from same
disease, and continues sick for a long time; must the Lodge pay
him two dollars per week tor fifty-two weeks from the date of the
last report, or can they pay the balance of twelve weeks, which
would have been the Brother's due if he had not been reported recovered from first sickness, and then one dollar per week thereafter?
Would you call this last sickness a new one or a continuation of the
old, where the disease is the same ?
Ans.—It is two separate cases of sickness, and the Lodge must
pay him two dollars per week from date of last sickness. (Not approved.) 1672
19. Ques.—A Grand Master suspends a Lodge; the Grand Lodge
held that it was illegally suspended; that the Grand Master had no
authority under the law to suspend it. What per capita tax should
the Lodge pay ?
Ans.—When a Lodge has been suspended, and it has afterward
been decided by proper authority that its suspension was illegal, and
it has been reinstated, such Lodge should not be required to pay per
capita tax for the period it was under suspension.
20. Ques.—Can Lodges provide by by-law for the admission of
non-beneficial Odd Fellows, when no action has been taken by the
State Grand Lodge ?
Ans.—A Lodge can not provide by by-law for admission of non-
beneficial Odd Fellows, unless the Grand Lodge of the jurisdiction
has by some legislative action authorized Lodges so to do.
21. Ques.—In an initiation, should the acting P. G. (in closing
his charge) greet and welcome the Brother by giving him the initiatory grip ?
Ans.—No.
22. Ques.—Have Grand Masters the power under the law to
grant dispensations to Subordinate Lodges upon request of said
Lodges to permit them to admit applicants into Lodges for a less fee
than what their by-laws call for, for a limited time ?
Ans.—No, they cannot grant such dispensations; they must
change their by-laws and have them properly approved if they wish
to change the fee charged for initiation.
23. Ques.—Can a Subordinate Lodge appropriate any of its
funds to pay the premium on a surety bond issued by a guarantee
or indemnity company to bond its Treasurer or Trustees ?
Ans.—Yes; if a Subordinate Lodge should require its Treasurer
to give a bond with a guarantee or indemnity company as surety,
such Lodge should pay the premium therefor; but the Lodge not
making such requirement, if the Treasurer should, in place of giving
the ordinary bond, with personal security, for his own convenience
choose to give as surety such a company, then and in that event
he should pay the premium himself, and the Lodge should not
pay it,
34. Ques.—Does a Subordinate Lodge have the right to adopt or
make a by-law confining sick benefits to Degree Members only, as
provided in Digest, page 51, section 16 ?
Ans.—Yes, unless otherwise provided by local law. l673
25. Ques.—Does the last clause of section 1, of Article VIII, of
the Constitution of New Hampshire, which reads as follows, "shall
be entitled to receive from the funds of his Lodge such sum. as the By-Laws
may deter m:ne," leave it to the Subordinate Lodge By-Laws to determine who are beneficial members ?
Ans.—Yes.
26. Ques.—In view of the laws set forth in Sections 726 and 727
of the new Digest of 1895, if a Lodge fixed its initiation fee so that it
is less than the sum fixed for one year's dues, can such Lodge lawfully reinstate a member who has been dropped for non-payment of
dues, within one year, for a sum equal to the initiation fee. ?
Ans.—Such Lodge can not lawfully reinstate a member so
dropped for less than the amount of one year's dues, such being the
law as set forth in Section 726, Digest of 1895, which law is plain
and unambiguous, although, in view of the possible facts, he might
have to pay more than a member who has been suspended for more
than a year.
27. Ques.—Under the same laws (Sections 726 and 727), can such
Lodge lawfully charge the amount of one year's dues for reinstatement of a member who has been dropped for non-payment of dues
for more than one year ?
Ans.—A member who has been suspended for non-payment of
dues for more than one year can not be lawfully charged for rein-
statement more than the amount charged an initiate of the same
age, although the Lodge may charge less if its local law so provides.
28. Ques.—A Brother who was a member of a Lodge and a barkeeper when the amendment to Section 5, Article XVI, Constitution
of the Sovereign Grand: Eocfge1, went into effect, takes a Withdrawal
Card therefrom, continues in the occupation of a barkeeper, and
within a year from the issuance of said Card deposits it with
another Lodge and applies for membership therein. Can such
Lodge admit him?
Ans.—Yes, the Lodge can admit the Brother to membership in
the Lodge, he being already a member of the Order.
29. Ques.—Can a Grand Body compel its Subordinates to purchase a given number of Rituals ?
Ans.—It can not. This answer was not approved and the following answer substituted—That Grand Bodies may compel their
Subordinates to purchase a given number of Rituals not exceeding
the number allowed by the laws of this Grand Body. 1674
30. Statement.—A Brother is paid up in full until December 31,
1895. He pays nothing more, but on June 8, 1896, is by the probate
judge of the county in which he resides adjudged insane. The verdict of the jury and the decision of the probate judge is that he is
insane and has been for six months prior thereto. Then, he was on
that date ordered committed to the State Insane Asylum at Topeba,
Kansas, and was so committed, and has been at all times since and
is now confined there. The Brother having no property, it was
ordered by the court that the expense of the proceedings be at the
cost of the county and the keeping at the cost of the State. The
Brother is the only support of his family.
Ques.—Is the Subordinate Lodge to which he is attached, and in
which he was in good standing on December 31st, 1895, and until 13
weeks thereafter, debtor to him or his family for sick benefits ?
Ans.—The Brother's family is entitled to the benefit provided by
the By-Laws of the Lodge to which he belongs, he being in good
standing at the time he became insane. See Sections 42, 43 and 47,
White's Digest, edition 1895.
31. Ques.—Has a Lodge the right to appropriate the funds of
the Lodge to pay railroad fare and carriage hire of its members to
attend the funeral of a member who died and was buried several
miles from the Lodge room ?
Ans.—No.
32. Ques.—Can a Lodge be organized in a good building on the
ground floor ?
Ans.—Yes ; yet all Lodges are admonished to see to it that they
surround themselves against intrusion by outsiders ; that is to say,
no person or persons should be permitted to gain a knowledge of
what is going on in the Lodge room by approaching it too closely.
33. Ques.—Is it legal for a Sudordinate Lodge to purchase an
American flag ?
Ans.—It is.    See Articles 355 and 359, White's Digest.
34. Ques.—Has a member of a Lodge who prefers charges
against another member of same Lodge, a right to appeal from the
action of his Lodge in finding the Brother not guilty ?
Ans.—Yes.
35. Ques.—Has the Grand Master the right to set aside the
action of a Lodge and order a new trial ?
Ans.—No. i6y
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36. Ques.—A member being dropped for non-payment of dues,
and being rejected upon application for reinstatement, can he renew
his application for reinstatement at the expiration of six months ?
Ans.—Yes, he can renew his application for reinstatement any
number of times after rejection, each time waiting until the expiration of the time limited by local law provided in other cases of application by candidates for admission.
37. Ques.—When a Brother who has been suspended for nonpayment of dues applies to be reinstated, must the application -be
referred to a committee before it can be balloted upon, if the Bylaws of the Lodge provide that the ballot may be taken without
such reference, provided the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction where
such Lodge is situated has not required applications for reinstatement to be referred to a committee before final action by the Lodge?
A)vs.—When a Brother suspended for non-payment of dues
applies to be reinstated, the application need not be referred to a
committee before it can be b illoted upon, if the By-Laws of the
Lodge provide that the ballot may be taken without such reference;
provided the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction where such Lodge is
situated has not required applications for reinstatement to be referred to a committee before final action by the Lodge.
38. Ques.—Since the adoption of the amendment to the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, known as the liquor law,
can a person who has been initiated in good faith and in ignorance
on his part of the law, be advanced to a higher Degree, the Lodge
ascertaining after initiation and before advancement that he is a
saloon keeper ?
Ans.—Yes.
This decision was overruled by the adoption of the following:
" Your committee has come to the conclusion that as the Constitution of this Grand Body declares that saloon keepers are ineligible to membership in the Order, that whenever it is discovered
that such inhibited individual has by any means been initiated into
the Order, that his f urther progress in the Order should be arrested.
That as he is not eligible to membership, he is not qualified to receive any of the Degrees.    (Journal, 15,605.)"
39. Ques.—Can a member whose dues are paid to January 1st,
1897, be suspended on December 28th, 1897 |
Ans.—No. The period from January 1st, 1897, to December
28th, 1897, is not one year, and therefore a Brother who is clear of
the books on the 1st day of January can not be suspended on the
28th day of the next ensuing December. 1676
40. Ques.—Upon the resignation of a Vice Grand, a member
was elected to fill the vacancy, but was not installed into the office,
but served to the end of the term for a majority of the nierhts, and
was then elected and installed as Noble Grand and served to the end
of the term : is he entitled to the honors of the office ?
Ans.—Yes, he is entitled to the honors ; he was elected and installed as Noble Grand, served as such for the term, so no matter
what mere irregularities there were in his installation and service as
Vice Grand, he is entitled to the honors as Noble and Past Grand.
REBEKAH DECISIONS.
49. Ques.—Is the wife of an Odd Fellow who is but sixteen or
seventeen years of age eligible for membership in a Rebekah Lodge?
Ans.—White women, without regard to age, who are wives of
Odd Fellows in good standing, are eligible to membership in Rebekah
Lodges, subject to the laws relative to residence, of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction in which
application is made.
50. Ques.—How many black balls are required to reject an application for membership in a Rebekah Lodge ?
Ans.—Three black balls, and no more, shall be required to reject
an application for membership in a Rebekah Lodge.
This answer was modified as follows:—Not less than three black
balls shall be required to reject an application for membership in a
Rebekah Lodge. Grand Lodges may require a larger, but not a
smaller number than three to reject such an application.
52. Ques.—Can the staff of Rebekah Lodges have their photographs taken in their robes and costumes for their own use ?
Aivs.—A Rebekah Lodge cannot legally have photographs of its
staff taken in the robes and costumes used in conferring the degree,
for the individual use of its members.
53. Ques.—Does Section 10 of the Rebekah Code as amended do
away with Section 1175 of White's Digest of 1895, or what is the
standing of a Brother in a Rebekah Lodge who is suspended, either
for non-payment of dues or for cause, in his Subordinate Lodge ?
Ans.—Section 1175 of White's Digest remains in force, and a
Brother's standing in a Rebekah Lodge depends upon his continuous
good standing in a Subordinate Lodge in good standing, except in
case of a Brother holding a Withdrawal Card in date, his membership in a Rebekah Lodge is not affected thereby, provided he keeps
his dues in the Rebekah Lodge paid for one year from date of Withdrawal Card. 1677   •    "|§ x
54. Ques.—Can Subordinate Jurisdictions still authorize their
Rebekah Lodges to set aside 5 per cent of the receipts for dues for
contingent fund, notwithstanding the 34th section of the Code for
Rebekah Lodges ?
Ans. —Yes, they can.
55. Ques,—When should the A. P. W. be given in a Rebekah
Lodge, as per Rebekah ritual, or after the candidate has signed the
Constitution ?
Ans.— The A. P. W. is given by the Noble Grand of a Rebekah
Lodge to a candidate in the course of instruction prior to signing the
Constitution.
56. Ques.—A member of a Rebekah Lodge was tried and suspended for two years; she appealed to the Grand Lodge, and while
the appeal was still pending, and before the session of the Grand
Lodge, charges were preferred against her on some matters growing
out of the previous transaction, but she paid no attention to the said
charges, and the Lodge thereupon expelled her for contempt; shortly afterwards the Grand Lodge reinstated her on the first charges,
but the Lodge refuses to permit her attendance and claims she was
expelled on the second charges. Was the action of the Lodge in
refusing to reinstate her legal ?
Ans.—On authority of Sections 1611, 1612 and 1613, White's Digest, edition 1895, the action of the Lodge was legal.
59. Ques.—Under Section 33 of the Code for Rebekah Lodges,
do the laws digested in Sections 726 and 727 of Digest apply to Rebekah Lodges ?
Ans.—Sections 726 and 727 of the Digest apply to applicants for
reinstatement into Rebekah Lodges as well as it does to Subordinate
Lodges ; Section 33 specially stating that all the laws, rules and regulations of the " Sovereign Grand Lodge now in force, or that may
hereafter be adopted for the government of Subordinate Grand Jurisdictions, or that in any way affect the rights of individual mem-
bers, are made to apply, where applicable, in all their force to Country, Provincial, State and Territorial Jurisdictions of the Degree of
Rebekah." etc.; there, as no specific provision is made in the Code
for reinstatement, the general law as found in the sections of the
Digest referred to certainly govern.
65. Ques.—What regalia should a Brother of the Rebekah Degree wear in a Rebekah Lodge ?
Ans.— Where the Rebekah Code, Section 25, states that Brothers should wear the regalia that they are entitled to wear in the
Subordinate Lodge it must be construed to confer to those Brothers 1678
who do hot hold office in the Rebekah Lodge. Section 25, Rebekah
Code, specifies what the regalia shall be for a Rebekah Lodge. Section 1218, Digest 1895, states "that an Encampment member may
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," hence, when anyone is elected to office in a Rebekah Lodge,
whether male or female, they must wear the regalia provided by
law for such office.
61. Ques.—Has a Grand Lodge, under the Rebekah Code, any
authority to authorize the existence of any other Rebekah Grand
Body than an Assembly ?
Ans.—No.
62. Ques.—Under Section 24, Rebekah Code, revised in 1896, can
we require Lodges to vote yes or no f
Ans.—Section 24, Rebekah Code as amended, provides that
" votes in all other cases" (excepting such that are specially stated
shall be by ballot), "shall be viva voce" which means that the vote may
be either yea or nay, or yes or no.
63. Ques.—Has a Brother a right to wear his Encampment
regalia when sitting in a Rebekah Lodge ?
Ans.—Yes, unless he is an officer in a Rebekah Lodge; in which
ca^e he must wear the regalia of his office, as prescribed in Section
25 of the Rebekah Code.
64. Ques.—Can a Brother holding a live Withdrawal Card from
a Subordinate and Rebekah Lodge join a Rebekah Lodge by deposit
of card, without first having renewed his membership in a Subordinate Lodge ?
Ans.—He can not. He must be a member of a Subordinate
Lodge. A Brother holding a Withdrawal Card is a member of the
Order but not of the Lodge.
MISCELLANEOUS   DECISIONS.
73. Ques.—What names should go on duplicate charters ?
Ans.—All the names appearing on original charter must be inserted in duplicate charter.
74. Ques.—Will the ordinary receipt be illegal when issued
simply as*a receipt for dues paid ?
Ans.—Yes, it will be illegal.
76. Ques.—Can a Brother who is in possession of a Certificate
and the A. T. P. W, visit a Lodge within the Jurisdiction containing
his own Lodge, he being without the P. W. of the current term ? 1679
Ans.—Yes.
77. Statement— Confusion having arisen over the legislation of
the last session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge concerning interstate
visitation on certificate for dues.
Ques.—Is it mandatory, under-said legislation, that Subordinate
Lodges and Encampments shall use exclusively the certificate mentioned in such legislation ?
Ans.—No, not to the exclusion of the Visiting Card.
78. Ques.—Does the Sovereign Grand Lodge have exclusive
power to print such certificates ?
Ans.—Yes.
79. Ques.—May State Grand Lodges and Encampments print
such certificates for the use of Subordinates within their jurisdiction?
Ans.—No.
80. Ques.—May Subordinate Lodges and Encampments provide
themselves with any form of receipt for dues, notwithstanding such
legislation ?
Ans.—No.
81. Ques.—Can a Brother visit on an official receipt beyond the
date for which his dues are paid ?
Ans.—No.
82. Ques.—Is any other receipt for dues except the official receipt permissible to be used simply as a receipt for dues ?
Ans.—No.
83. Ques.—If a Patriarch or Brother pays 26 or 52 weeks in a
year, can he demand an official receipt each time, if he pays ' every
meeting night in the year ?
Ans.—Yes.
84. Ques.—Can a Lodge or Encampment charge three cents or
any other price for the receipts, or must they furnish the same free
if dues are paid ?
Ans.—No. A Lodge or Encampment can not charge any price
for the receipt, but must furnish it free of charge.
85. Ques.—Did the resolutions from Committee changing or
tacking on to Article 16, Section 1, S. G. L. Constitution, to recognize said official receipt as a proper card, change the section ; if so,
should it not have laid over one year ? i68o
Ans.—No, it did not change the section.
86. Ques.—Can a trial committee in any or all cases appoint a
stenographer or typewriter to take down the evidence in cases, he
or she not being a member of the Order ?
Ans.—A trial committee can not appoint a stenographer or
tyyewriter to take down the evidence, such persons not being members of the Order.
87. Ques.—Is it legal -to allow a Grand Warden to be put in
possession of a Rebekah Ritual, he not being a member of a Rebekah
Lodge ?
Ans.—No.
88. Ques.—Are the words occurring in decision 152 of P. G. S.
Stebbins of 1896, "in every branch of the Order," to be construed as
abolishing the retiring P. W. in the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment ?
Ans.—Yes, and instructions in the use of such abolished P. W.'s
should be therefore omitted in giving instructions in the Unwritten
Work in the Grand Bodies as well as in Subordinates.
89. Ques.—If a member is in arrears for dues and pays part or
all of such arrearages, and nothing in advance, can he demand as a
receipt the Visiting Certificate ?
Ans. —Yes.
90. Ques.—To receive a Visiting Certificate, does a member
have to pay in advance the same as he does when receiving a Visiting Card, and if a member in arrears for dues pays part or all of
same, and nothing in advance, can he demand the Official Certificate
and the A. T. P. W.?
Ans.—He can demand the Official Certificate, but not the A. T.
P. W.
91. Ques.—When does a woman cease to be a member of her
father's family and cease to be entitled to funeral benefits by reason
of her age ?
Ans.—All orphans under the age of twenty-one years are entitled to receive funeral benefits. See Section 90, White's Digest, edition of 1895.
92. Ques.—Must Lodges and Encampments use the new form of
receipt or certificates, to the entire exclusion of any and all other
forms of receipts for dues ?
Ans.—Yes. i68i
93. Ques.—Can a member, when paying his dues, accept the
ordinary form of receipt if it suits him and does not desire to visit in
another Jurisdiction ?
Ans.—No.
94. Ques.—If this is the only legal receipt, and a Brother's dues
must be paid in advance before he can use the same for the purpose
of visiting another Lodge, what form of receipt may be issued to a
member who is paying arrearages, but not in advance ?
Ans.—The form issued and sold by the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
"said form of a receipt (certificate) to be universal throughout all
jurisdictions on this continent, and to be used as the only and legal re--
ceipt (certificate) for dues, assessments, fees, etc., by all Lodges, Encampments and Rebekah Lodges.,}
95.—Qxtes.—Can a Lodge or Encampment prescribe by by-law that
a small fee shall be paid by the Brother on the issuance of the new
form of receipt ?
Ans.—No.
96. Qxtes.—Has a State Grand Lodge the right to provide where
one black ball appears in balloting for a candidate for admission,
that one or more additional ballots shall be taken ?
Ans.—Yes; State Grand Bodies have the right to make such
rules and regulations in regard to balloting as those contained in the
Constitution for Subordinate Lodges.
97. Ques.—Is it legal and proper for Subordinate and Grand
Lodges to authenticate documents issued by them with a printed impression of the seal, or must it be actually impressed upon them ?
Ans.—Yes, it is legitimate and proper to use a printed seal on official documents, when it is not convenient to actually impress it.
98. Ques.— Grand Sire Underwood decided that the D. D. G. M.
when installing should be addressed as Grand Master. The new ritual says they shall be addressed by their own proper title, which is
D. D. G. M. The Ritual says in a Rebekah Lodge the installing officer shall be addressed as Special Deputy Grand Master. Which
governs ?
Ans.—The Ritual governs.
99. Ques.— Under the wording of the fine print at the end of the
instruction in each Degree relative to who may be kept out of a
Lodge, can a member suspended for non-payment of dues be kept
out?
Ans.—Yes. 1682
100. Ques.—Have members of the Order a right to form independent organizations, with officers, take the name of the Lodge to
which they belong, and confine membership to that Lodge, but the
Lodge have no control or supervision of any kind over it ?
Ans.—No.
101. Ques.—Can I, as Grand Master of Texas, legally appoint a
Past Grand of the Jurisdiction of Illinois, but not residing in Texas,
as Special District Deputy Grand Master, he possessing peculiar
qualifications for the position as an organizer ?
Ans.   No, he is not eligible for appointment to the position.
102. Ques.—A member of a Lodge in Texas obtains a Withdrawal Card; changes his residence to another Jurisdiction, having,
however, no settled residence therein; can he within twelve months
from the date of the issuance of the card deposit it and apply for
membership in the Lodge granting it, he not being a resident of the
Jurisdiction of Texas ?
Ans.—He can not.
103. Ques. —If a member of the Order went into the saloon business between the time when the amendment to Section 5, article 16,
Constitution of the S. G. L., was adopted in 1895, and the date of the
approval of Decision 88 by Grand Sire Stebbins in 1896, did he violate
the Constitution, and should charges be preferred against him for
conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow ?
Ans.—Yes; under the law and Decisions 88 and 104, session of
1896, such member is liable to have charges preferred against him,
and if convicted, should be expelled from the Order.
104. Ques.—Can a Brother visit upon an expired Visiting Certificate ?
Ans.—No.
105. Ques.—Where there is an apparent conflict between the
Ritual, the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, or the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, which should govern ?
Ans.—The Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge is supreme
law, and where any other law conflicts with it, such other law must
give way to it.
106. Ques.—Can a Rebekah or a Subordinate Lodge legally refuse to grant a Withdrawal Card (except to investigate) to members
who are clear of the books of whatsoever kind, good moral character, and free from charges, etc. ?
Ans.—Yes. i683
107. Ques.—A person regularly proposed and elected a member
by initiation; a special meeting was called to initiate him, but four
members of the lodge attended. They, with the assistance of members of other Lodges, initiated him.    What is his standing ?
Ans.— He is a full member of the initiatory degree, although
the Lodge acted in violation of law in conferring the degree, but the
initiate is in no manner chargable with this, Having received the
degree it cannot be taken from him, although the Lodge is subject
to discipline for conferring the degree with less than a quorum of its
members present.    See Sections 669 and 690, White's Digest.
108. Ques.—Can the Grand Master of Oregon grant permission
for a resident of Idaho to join a Lodge in Oregon, every other requisite for admission, such as consent of Idaho, nearness to the Oregon Lodge, etc., etc.. existing?
\Ans.—Yes.
109. Ques.—Can a Subordinate Lodge provide by by-law that
an initiate shall receive no benefits until six months after his initiation ?
Ans.—Yes, it can, provided they are so permitted by the uniform constitution of its jurisdiction.
110. Ques.—Is it not obligatory on all Lodges to pay at least
the minimum benefits to initiates and to members of the first degree,
as well as to members of the third degree ?
Ans.—It is not; the lodge, if not prohibited by the Grand Lodge
of the jurisdiction, has a right to declare what class of members
shall be beneficial and may provide that only members who have attained the third degree shall be beneficial, but if they pay to any
class, benefits, it must not be less than two dollars per week.
111. Ques.—Please state all the conditions under which a lodge
may deny benefits, or all but the minimum benefits, to members ?
Ans.—This question has been, in effect, answered in the preceding answers. The law is that a Subordinate Lodge has the right to
declare what classes of members shall be beneficial, it may so divide
the members into classes as to give one rate of benefit to an initiate,
another rate to a first degree member, another to a second, and an-;
other to a third ; but it can not give to any member declared by it
beneficial, a less rate than two dollars per week.
All these divisions, however, are subject to the laws enacted by
the Grand Lodge, it having, however, no power to say that a lodge
may pay less than two dollars per week to any member it has declared beneficial. 1684
112.    Ques.—Has a band a  right to use the name " Patriarchs
Militant Band " without permission, or use it, being members of the
I. 0. 0. F., but not members of a Canton ?
Ans.—A  band has no right to use the name of the Patriarchs
Militant, either with or without permission of the P. M. authorities,
and if the persons composing the band are members of the Order,
charges can be preferred against them in their Lodges and Encamp
ments.
114. Ques.—Can the Noble Grand and Secretary issue an order
for the semi-annual password which will extend beyond their term
of office, and be good up to the time the brother pays his dues ?
Ans.—Yes, they can.
115. Ques.—Under Section 985, White's Digest, 1895, what is
the extent of the "declination" required?. Would every Past
Grand of the Lodge have to be elected and then decline before dispensation provided could be asked ?
Ans.—It is not necessary for every qualified Past Grand belonging to the Lodge to decline to accept after they are elected. It is
sufficient if on the night of election all present decline an election.
LEGISLATION.
That the official certificate provided for by the - Legislation of
1896, shall be furnished to Subordinate Grand Bodies at, and for the
rate of eighty cents per hundred, and to Subordinate Lodges, Subordinate Encampments, Rebekah Lodges at the rate of one dollar
per hundred.
That the Grand Sire appoint a special committee, consisting of
three members, to consider and codify the funeral and burial ceremony, and make their report to this Sovereign Body at its next 'annual session.
That Section 194 Digest be amended so as to read as follows :
that all Withdrawal Cards, Visiting Cards and Certificates for
Dues, Assessments, Fees, etc., should be signed by the holder thereof,
in the presence of the officer by whom the A. T. P. W. is communicated.
That it shall be the duty of each Secretary of each Rebekah
Lodge to furnish to the Secretary of each Subordinate Lodge to
which any member of such Rebekah Lodge belongs a list of the
members of said Subordinate Lodge who are also members of said
Rebekah Lodge, and thereafter to notify the Secretary of the proper
Subordinate Lodge, when any Brother shall become a member of
said Rebekah Lodge ; and it shall also be the duty of each Secretary i685     ;   - ;
of a Subordinate Lodge thus notified that a-member or members of
his Lodge are members of such Rebekah Lodge, to inform the Secretary of said Rebekah Lodge, without unnecessary delay of the withdrawal by card suspension, expulsion, or reinstatement of any such
member.
That it shall be unlawful for any Grand Master, Grand Patriarch,
Grand or Subordinate Lodge or Encampment, or any officer or
member thereof, or any committee of any Jurisdiction to solicit aid
or relief for any purpose or in any manner, either by direct request
for funds, sale of tickets or chances, or by any scheme whatever
from the Lodges or members thereof, or of the Grand Patriarch, if I
such appeal is to be made to Encampments, or Patriarchs thereof.
Such consent can only be obtained upon proper request therefor duly
made by the Grand Master or Grand.Patriarch of the soliciting Jurisdiction.
That any member of the Order who shall introduce, sell, or offer
to introduce or sell, to any Subordinate Lodge, Rebekah Lodge,
Encampment or Canton of Patriarchs Militant, any device which in
its character is calculated to make ridiculous the sublime lessons
taught by the Degrees of the Order, shall be guilty of an offence
against the Order, and on conviction thereof shall be expelled.
That hereafter the Official Receipt shall be designated as the
Official Certificate and shall be issued in all cases when members
pay dues and assessments to Subordinate Bodies and shall request a
receipt, and that such change be made in the form and matter as to
make it plain and distinct, with ample space for necessary signatures and a line for the location of body issuing it and the date.
The statistics of the Manchester Unity be no longer compiled
and printed in the journal of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
That the special committee on Juvenile Degree be discharged
and the further consideration of the subject be indefinitely postponed.
That the history of Odd Fellowship published by the Fraternal
Publishing Co., of Boston, be made the official history of the Order.
That in the case of the absence of a Brother paying dues, a duly
accredited order for the A. T. P. W. shall accompany the receipt.
That hereafter the printed journal shall no longer be designated
or referred to as the "Revised Journal," but as the "Journal of
Proceedings."
That hereafter all assets of Subordinate Lodges whose Charters
have been surrendered may be placed to the credit of a fund to be
called and known as Aged Odd Fellows' Fund.    Such fund may also i686
be increased and maintained by voluntary contributions  and by
such other means as are not inconsistent with the laws of the Order.
That the 20th day of September be recognized as the anniversary of the institution of the Rebekah Degree and that it be annually
celebrated and commemorated by proper and appropriate ceremonies.
That the Official Certificate and the Visiting Card shall be the
only legal acknowledgment for dues and assessments paid by a
member to a Subordinate Lodge, Subordinate Encampment or
Rebekah Lodge.
That after January 1st, 1898, no Grand or Subordinate Body
shall receive any credit for old Rituals returned or destroyed, but
all Grand and Subordinate Bodies shall pay full price for all Rituals
purchased.
That Section 958 of Digest of 1895 be amended by striking out
the word " permanent" in the second line and inserting the word
"financial," so that the Permanent Secretary will hereafter be
known as Financial Secretary.
That Grand Lodges may provide for the payment of a system of
uniform dues and benefits (graded according to age), provided that
the amount of benefits is not less than the minimum established by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
That in all other respects than is hereinabove set forth, said
Official Certificate shall conform to, aud carry with it all rights and
privileges provided by the legislation of 1896 relative to the subject
matter hereinabove referred to.
That all cards in the Grand Secretary's office and in the possession of Subordinate Lodges which have on the margin the facsimile of the signature of Theo, A. Ross, Grand Secretary, are hereby declared legal.
That the Grand Secretary be directed in all future editions of
the Digest to have Section 1834 eliminated, as it was never enacted
into law by this Grand Body. (This Section allowed Lodges to purchase six Rituals.
That this Sovereign Grand Lodge express and place upon record
the sincere sympathy of this<xreat Brotherhood for our unfortunate
and suffering Brethren on the Island of Cuba.
That the sum of $1,500 be annually appropriated, commencing
with this Session, for the use of the Grand Sire for office expenses
and for visitation. 1687
That the Grand Secretary be directed to ship a complete set of
the bound proceedings to every Odd Fellow's Home, which has not
already received them, without char'ge.
The amended Constitution of our own Grand Lodge was submitted, and referred to the Committee on Constitutions who made
the following report, which was Adopted.
To the Sovereign Giand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
Your Committee on Constitutions beg leave to report that they
have examined the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, adopted at its Annual Session, June 9-11,1897, andfind.that the
same does not conflict with the laws of the Severeign Grand Lodge,
except in Section 6, Article II, the concluding words, "or his Deputy."
and Section 4, Article III, the concluding clause commencing, "provided, also;" which, in the judgment of your committee, are not in
usual or proper form.
Resolved, That said Constitution be approved with the exception
of the portions of Section 6, Article II, and Section 4, Article III, as
above mentioned.
Respectfully submitted,
Lucius H. Fuller,   Joseph T. Mason.   Frank H. Betton,
C. E. Mack, E. H. Stevenson.    H. N. Wilder,
W. T. Hutchens.      N. C. Price, James Crossan,
W. A. DeBusk, James Welch.
In accordance with instructions from this Grand Body the following was introduced and dealt with as below :
Rep. Neelands, of British Columbia, moved the following, which
was referred to the Committee on Legislation.
Resolved, That Subordinate Grand Bodies may enact legislation
whereby members of Defunct Lodges, who were in good stanning at
the time their Lodge became defunct, may continue to be entitled
to all the rights and privileges of the Order by payment of dues to
their Grand Lodge.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
Your Committee on Legislation have considered the following-
resolution, offered by Rep. Neelands, of British Columbia.
Resolved, " That Subordinate Grand Bodies may enact Learisla-
tion whereby members of defunct Lodges, who, at. the time their
Lodge became defunct, were in good standing, may continue to be
entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Order by payment of
dues to their Grand Lodge;" i688
Would report that we regard the legislation asked for to be not
for the best interests of our Order, and offer for adoption the following resolution:
h'es'rt. ed, That we be discharged from further consideration of
the subject.
Respectfully submitted,
J. E. C. Farnham,   Walter E. Carlin, John L. Nolin,
H. J. Rowe, Edwin L. Pilsbury, C. R. Elliott,
Frank L. Powers,   E. B. Van Deman, L. H. Mead,
Francis M. Re a,      H. E. Holmes, Thos. Woodyatt
Report was adopted.
All amendments relating to biennial sessions were defeated.
It was decided that the next session of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge de held in Bsston, Mass.
Anew Rebekah Bitual was adopted which it is hoped will prove
satisfactory.
Amendments were proposed to the Constitution of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge to be dealt with next Session, one providing for the
Sessions of the Sovereign Grand Lodge to be held biennially instead
of annually. Another add to the qualifications for Grand Representatives that they must be members of a Rebekah Lodge in good
standing, and still another, that Grand Representatives must be
Past Chief Patriarchs and members in good standing in a Rebekah
Lodge and a Canton.
In conclusion, your Representatives beg to thank you for the
honor conferred and the opportunity afforded them of attending a
Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, thus enabling them to meet
some of the veterans of the Order and to get a deeper insight into
the working of what we believe to be the greatest and the best fraA"
ternal institution in the world to-day.
Fraternally submitted,
D. WELSH,
T. F. NEELANDS.
Bro.   D.   Welsh  submitted   the  following  additional
report :
Brethren:—The close of this Session will end my duties as
your Grand Representative, and I wish to leave on record my appreciation of the honor conferred on me by the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia in electing me two years ago to the very,important
and honorable-position-of Grand Representative to the Sovereign 1689
Grand Lodge. To me it has been an honor and privilege the memory
of which I shall cherish through life. I have greatly enjoyed meeting and becoming acquainted with many of the old and prominent
members of the Order whose names have been familiar to us for
years through the Grand Lodge journals and through association
with them and the different exercises and ceremonies. In connection with the two Sessions I have attended, I have gained a knowledge of many things relative to the Order that could not otherwise
be obtained, and I will only add that during my term of office as
your Grand Representative I have endeavored to do my duty
honestly, faithfully and for the best interests of this Jurisdiction
and the Order in general, and I extend my thanks to you all for
your kind and courteous treatment and the confidence placed in me.
Fraternally,
D. WELSH.
Report read from the Special Committee on Uniform
System  of Dues  and   Benefits,   appointed   last   Session,
which  was  received  and  referred  to  the Committee on
Legislation :
Vancouver, B. C,
June 6th, 1898.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee, appointed last Session to enquire into the
amount of benefits paid, with special reference to monthly dues,
with a view of formulating a uniform system based on sound financial principles, beg to report that we have gone carefully into the
matter and have been guided by the report of a similar committee
to the Grand Lodge of Ontario from which we quote:—" Your Committee are strongly of the opinion that there should be adopted a
uniform system of dues and benefits. The subject of Vital statistics
has been studied so keenly that nearly every Order contains within
itself some persons who are competent to guide their Brethren, and
it is cheerful to note that the labors of the leading men all tend towards financial improvement; and if some Societies are ahead of
others, it is simply through the greater self-denying labors of some
of the Brethren within it. At the beginning of their careers some
of the grand Societies in the United Kingdom had no knowledge of
the scientific principles which should have guided them; neither had
they >any clear conceptions of the limit of their duties. Now they
can boast of organizations perfected by years of trial and of a
patiently built up financial system that is proof against any attack,
and open for adoption by all Societies that believe in the necessity
of a balance being adjusted between dues and benefits. 1690
A careful investigation must demonstrate to the most sincere
advocate of "things as they are" the folly of the conclusion that
because a Society has contrived to meet all its demands and save a
little money, during the earlier portion of its existence, it is necessarily in a solvent condition. A much larger sum than is generally
imagined is required to be placed out at interest during the earlier
period of membership if the heavy claims for sickness, which past
experience shows must be expected after the recipients have reached
the age of sixty, are to be faithfully liquidated. It has been proved
beyond dispute that the total average amount of sickness between
the age of 20 and that of 60 (a period of forty years) is sixty weeks,
three days and eleven hours (Neilson, Ansell, and Actual Experience
of Friendly Societies), while between 60 and 70—a period of only ten
years—it is seventy-seven weeks, two days and two hours. In other
words, there is on the average less sickness experienced during the
first forty years after manhood than in the ten years between 60 and
70. Again, from 20 to 70 the average sickness is one hundred and
thirty-seven weeks, five days and thirteen hours; and from 70 to 80,
two hundred and five weeks, two days and eleven hours; an increase
during the latter ten years over the preceding fifty of sixty-seven
weeks, three days and twenty-two hours.
The importance of the above statistics cannot be too strongly
impressed upon the minds of all interested in the prosperity of the
Order. It will be seen that a person entering at 21 brings with him
an immediate liability of only over rather half a week's sickness per
annum ; while he who joins the Society at 40 commences with the
prospect of claiming double the amount of benefits. Yet in spite of
the many warnings, we find that a very large number of our Lodges
continue to charge a uniform rate of dues for all ages.
The necessity of a uniform scale of dues and benefits we think is
becoming apparent.
Mr. L. G. Fouse, the actuary who examined the financial standing of a kindred Society some time ago, recommended the adoption
of a graduated system of dues for each age, and prepared a table
founded on the Canadian experience, which your Committee think
should be obtained by this Grand Lodge.
Your Committee would call the attention of the Representatives
to the following action of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at the Session
of 1893 :
1. Resolved, That the minimum rate of dues in all Lodges immediately subordinate to this Grand Body shall be ten cents per week,
or $5.20 per annum. 16*9-1
2. Resolved, That'the sick benefits to be allowed in such lodges
per week shall not exceed one-half of one year's dues, and the
funeral benefit shall not exceed five times one year's dues.
The following Ontario statistics will speak more eloquently of
the true state of things than any argument your Committee may
advance:—
Average receipts from each member for dues:
1885	
 $4 99
1886	
  5 33
1888	
  5 49
1889 	
  5 49
1890
1891
1892
1893
1894
$5
52
5
57
5
45£
5
47|
5
60
Average cost per member for Sick and Funeral benefits and
current expenses:
1885
2ft
00
1887
1888
1889
$6 18
5 38
5 57
6 43f
.   6 424
1890 ...$8 46
1891    *.'.   6 41
1892 ."...'    5 73£
1893    5 27£
1894    7 16
If this system of small receipts and large expenditures for benefits continues, how long will it be before Lodges are compelled to
repudiate altogether the claims of widows of deceased members ?-
As soon as it becomes known that Lodges cannot perform their
promises, and must disappoint the just expectation of widows and
orpeans in the hour of their need and affliction, they may as well
write " Ichabod" on the doors of their Lodge rooms. The relief of
the widow and orphan has been a work to which the members of
the Order have pointed with pride. As far as your Committee caii
learn, ours is the only Society in the Province which undertakes to
pay widows' benefits.
G. L. CENTER,
GEO. R. GORDON,
A. H. FERGUSON.
Report read from the Special Committee on Statistics
re Dues and Benefits, which was received and ordered to
be printed in the Proceedings of this Session:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. O.F.:
Your Special Committee, appointed last Session to continue the
work of previous Committees in collecting statistics re dues and.
benefits from the Reports of the Subordinate Lodges of this Juris- 1692
diction during the past   ten years, beg to submit herewith a tabulated statement on the subject.
We are pleased to observe that the Lodge expenditures for last
year show a decrease under all the heads as compared with the preceding year's report, and a material reduction appears in all the
averages. The average cost per member for all Lodge expenditures
is $1.66 less than that shown in last year's report, and it is also
gratifying to note that the average cost per member for current or
wdrking expenses is less than it has been for the past ten years.
As the important question of the relation of dues to benefits
paid in this Jurisdiction is in the hands of a Special Committee to
report at this Session, your Committee deem it unnecessary to comment on that subject in this report.
Fraternally submitted,
FRED. DAVEY, ^
W. E. JOHNSTONE, [Committee.
E. QUENNELL. J 1693
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
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1889 1017
1890 1202
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1893 2154
1894 3015
1895 2988
1896 2829
1897 2801
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128
132
171
205
247
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1413254
2617042
26 20742
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75
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70
90
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780
875
612
881
1106
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160
170
151
120
300
397
285
394
712
282
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30
45
25
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7
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151
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145
60
170
184
149
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50
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774
544
825
1342
781
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72
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8542
8821
10567
11403
12882
15236
20635
24896
20506
75
65
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20
70
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SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Ending 31st December, 1S37.
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$6291
6377
8367
12107
18660
16111
22077
17919
15544
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90 31992
30 30955
64 29640
$
65 14909
51 5085
77 4610
45 5703
5010275
50 7089
00 9151
51 8550
$18087 16
18868 58
24721 79
2959126
41142 93
42480 02
53798 79
50191 98
49255 88
46787 37
Average sickness per member during 10 years 5& days.
"       cost per member for total relief during 10 years         $ 7 08
"               "           •'         "   current expenses during 10 yrs 6 99
"              "           "         '.'   all Lodges expenditures during
10 years  14 07 1695
Report read from the Committee on Appeals, Ray v.
1 Acme 1 Lodge, No. 14, which was adopted.
New Westminster, B. C, May 17th, 1898.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
We, your Committee on Appeals, beg leave to report that we
have examined into the Appeal of Robt. Ray against the action of
Acme Lodge, No. 14, I. O. O. F., in expelling him from the said
Lodge, and find from the evidence laid before us that the Lodge
was justified in expelling him.
We would therefore recommend that the Appeal be dismissed
and the action of Acme Lodge, No. 14, I. O. O. F., be sustained.
Fraternally submitted,
H. B. GILMOUR,
J. A. McKAY,
T. A. MUIR.
It was on motion resolved that the thanks of this
Grand Lodge be given to the Grand Representatives for
the able report they have presented to this Grand Lodge.
It was moved, seconded and carried | That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 8 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o'clock P. M.,
pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a
quorum of Representatives being present, who were reported duly qualified, and the Grand Lodge was declared
open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called. 1696
It was moved by Rep. E. Bragg, No. 4, and seconded
by Rep. H. Siddall, No. 33,—That the vote by which the
Report of the Committee on Appeals was adopted this
afternoon be reconsidered.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the further
consideration of this matter be postponed until after the
election of Grand Lodge Officers.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the Grand Warden
be instructed to confer the Grand Lodge Degree on the
Past Grands in waiting in the ante room, and the Grand
Lodge Degree was accordingly conferred on the following :
W. Croy, No. 8 ; F. W. Mills, R. H. Pool, G. H. Middle-
miss, No. 19 ; H. T. Kirk, No. 13.
The hour fixed by law for the election of Grand Lodge
Officers having arrived, the following nominations were
made :
For Grand Master—A. Henderson, No. 2, nominated
by F. Carne, P. G. M., No.  1.
For Deputy Grand Master—E. C. Davison, No. 9,
nominated by J. A. Stone, No. 25 ; D. Welsh, I^o. 13,
nominated by D. G. Dailey, No. 5.
For Grand Warden—S. W. Edwards, No. 14, nominated by P. W. Dempster, No. 2 ; C. C. Fisher, No. 27,
nominated by J. R. Webster, No. 10 ; W. E. Johnstone,
No. 8, nominated by J. Neelands, No. 16.
For Grand Secretary—F. Davey, No. 1, nominated
by A. H. Gillanders, No. 7.
For Grand Treasurer—J. Stark, No. 26, nominated
by G. R. Gordon, No. 26 ; P. W. Dempster, No. 2,
nominated by E. Bragg, No. 4 ; W. Hogg, No. 10,
nominated by S. W. Edwards, No. 14 , S. W. Edwards,
No. 14, nominated by J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4. - i697ft|v
For Grand Representative—J. E. Phillips, P. G. M.,
No. 3, nominated by J. Newton, No. 20 ; J. E. Phillips,
P. G. M., No. 4, nominated by W. E. Johnstone, No. 8.
The Grand Master appointed W. H. Gardiner, No.
27, and W. Bailey, No. 6, to act as tellers.
The Grand Master declared A. Henderson, No. 2,
duly elected as Grand Master for the ensuing year by
acclamation.
The ballot was spread for Deputy Grand Master and
the following result announced :
Number of votes  cast, 90.    Necessary to  elect, 46.^
E. C. Davison,  No.   9, received 35  votes, D. Welsh, No.
13, received 54 votes, Blank, 1.
D. Welsh, No. 13, having received a majority of the
votes cast, was declared duly elected as Deputy Grand
Master for the ensuing year.
The ballot was spread for Grand Warden and the following result announced :
Number of votes cast, 90. Necessary to elect, 46.
S. W. Edwards, No. 14, received 19 votes, C. C. Fisher,
No. 27, received 21 votes, Wr. E. Johnstone, No. 8, received 49 votes.
W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, having received a majority
of the votes cast was declared duly elected as Grand
Warden for the ensuing year.
F. Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for Grand
Secretary was declared duly elected by acclamation.
For Grand Treasurer the ballot was spread and the
following result announced: 1698
Number of votes cast, 89, necessary to elect, 45. J.
Stark, No. 26, received 19 votes ; P. W. Dempster, No.
2, received 12 votes ; W. Hogg, No. 10, received 33 votes;
S. W. Edwards, No.  14, received 25 votes.
There being no choice, the name of P. W. Dempster,
No. 2, was dropped and a fresh ballot spread with the following result :
Number of votes cast, 89, necessary to choice, 45.    J.
Stark, No. 26, received 20 votes ;   W. Hogg, No. 10,   received 42 ; S. W. Edwards,  No. 14, received 27.
There still being no choice, the name of J. Stark, No.
26, was omitted, and a fresh ballot taken with the following result:
Number of votes cast, 89, necessary to elect, 45. W.
Hogg, No. 10, received 62 votes ; S. W. Edwards, No. 14
received 27 votes.
W. Hogg, No. 10, having received a majority of the
votes cast was declared duly elected Qrand Treasurer for
the ensuing year.
The ballot was spread for Grand Representative and
following result announced :
Number of votes cast, 89, necessary to elect 45. J.E.
Phillips, P. G. M., No, 3, received 77 votes; J. E. Phillips
P. G. M., No. 4, received 12 votes.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, having received a
majority of the votes cast was declared duly elected Grand
Representative for two years.
It was on motion resolved that this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to 9.30 a. m. to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 1699
SECOND DAY.
9th June, 1898.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 10 o'clock A. M., the
Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives
being present. All present having been examined and reported qualified, the Grand Lodge was declared open for
business.
The Roll   of  Officers and Representatives was called.
The motion for the reconsideration of the vote by
which the Report of the Committee on Appeals, Ray v.
"Acme" Lodge, No. 14, was adopted, laid over last
evening, was submitted to the vote and declared lost.
Report read from the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, which was adopted.
Nanaimo, B. C, June 8th, 1898.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
they have examined the following By-Laws and Amendments
thereto of the different Lodges of this Jurisdiction during the past
year :
Dominion Lodge, No. 4 :—
Addition to Art. 4, duties of Recording Secretary re Lodge
Physician.
Addition of Art. 14, re appointment and duties of Lodge Physician.
Art. 19, reducing benefits, addition of Clause 2.
Art. 19, Sec. 1, re form of application for sick benefits.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2 :—
Art. 24, Sec. 2, re roll call of members at funeral, also striking
out of Sec. 3, Art. 24, abolishing fines for non-attendance at funerals. 1700
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19 :—
Art. 1. Sec. 1, changing night of meeting.
Art. 17, Sec. 3, qualifications of members to vote.  Not approved,
being contrary to Sec. 1778, White's Digest.
Art. 27, Sec. 1, re Contingent Fund.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33 :—
Art. 24, Sec. 3 and 4,  abolishing fines for non-attendance at
funerals.
Silver City Lodge, No. 39 —
Complete set approved, with several minor amendments.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8 :—
Sec. 2, Art. 20, reinstatement of suspended members.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28:—
Art. 16, Sec. 1, re dues.
"   17,    "   1. re amount for degrees.
"20,    "   1, re benefits.
"20,    *'   2, re notification of sickness of members.
"20,    ". 3, re dues and benefits.
"  20,    "   4, limiting funeral benefits to Third Degree members.    Not approved.
Art. 27, Sec. 3 and 4, re suspended members.
"22,    "   3, fee for reinstatement of members increased from
$5 to $12, to conform to Constitution.
Slocan Lodge, No. 40 :—
Complete set or By-Laws approved with slight amendment.
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18 :—
Re formation of contingent fund.
Acme Lodge, No. 14;—
Art. 1, changing night of meeting.
Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25 :—
Complete set of By-Laws.
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1:—
Amendments to Art. VI, reducing initiation fee for Brothers
to$l.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1:—
Art. 19, Sec. 5, reducing funeral benefits, members, $50; members' wives and widows, $25. 1701
Pacific Lodge, No. 26
O^r
Art.   2, duties of N. G.
3,
ti
V. G.
4.
a
Recording Secretary.
5,
a
Financial Secretary.
6,
a
Treasurer.
9,
a
0. G.
10.
a
Trustees.
11.
a
Visiting Committee.
"   15. application for membership.
"   16, assessment of members struck out.
I   17, balloting for degrees.
"   18, application for membership.
I   19, re ballots and elections,  changed to Medical Examiner,
and old Art. 19, changed to Art. 20, re ballots and elections.
Art. 21, re benefits.
22, Visiting Cards.
23, re fines and penalties.
24', re funds.
25, Widows and Orphans Fund.
26, widows benefits.
28, striking out of Sec. 2, and changing of Sec. 3 to Sec. 2,
re members leaving funeral procession.
Rossland Lodge, No. 36 :—
Approved new Code of By-Laws, with a few slight amendments.
JAMES CROSSAN,
GEO. W. ROWLAND,
H. L. BATES.
Report read from same Committee which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
We, your Committee on Laws of Subordinates, beg leave to
state that we have examined the proposed amendments submitted
to the By-Laws of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, and would recommend
that they be approved as amended.
JAMES CROSSAN,
P. W. DEMPSTER,
W. HUNTER,
A. R. MILLER,
ROBT. MAY.
Report read from Committee on Printing, which was
adopted. 1702
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, 1. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Printing, to whom was referred the Report
of the Grand Representatives, beg to recommend that the question
of printing such portions of the Report in the Proceedings of this
Session as will be of interest to the Subordinate and Rebekah
Lodges of this Jurisdiction be left to the discretion of the Committee
on Printing, to be appointed by the incoming Grand Master.
That the matter of inserting a Memorial Page in this year's
Proceedings containing the names of the late Bro. R. Roberts, P. G.
M., P. G. R., and other Past Grands who have died during the past
year, as suggested by the Grand Secretary in his Report, be approved.
FRED. DAVEY,
FRED. COCKBURN,
NEIL McCUISH,
h. n. Mcdonald,
herbert gilley,
J. C. SMITH.
Report read from the Committee on Petitions, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Petitions, to whom was referred the application for a Charter for a Rebekah Lodge at Carson, beg to recommend that the same be granted.
Fraternally submitted,
SIBREE CLARKE,
THOMAS HARDY,
ADAMS EDWARDS,
J. PEERS,
W. G. ELLIOTT.
Report read from the Committee on Judiciary, 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 them, beg to report as follows:—
We recommend that the same be approved, with the following
exceptions: 1703
We find that Question No. 2 should be answered thus. A suspended member in order to be reinstated must be balloted for, in the
absence of lpcal law to the contrary.    See Digest, Page 217, Art. 730.
We also beg to point out that the Constitution of Sub-Lodges in
this Jurisdiction-provides for the ballot being taken in such cases.
See Art. VII, Clause 2.
Question No. 7.—We find that a member applying for reinstate-,
ment, and being rejected, cannot renew his application until the
expiration of one year.    See Art. VII, Clause 2, Const, of Sub.
JAMES STARK,
ANDREW  SHERET,
D. M. O'DWYER,
RALPH BELL,
D. G. DAILEY.
Report read from the Committee on Legislation, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation are of the opinion that it would
be a nice proceeding to follow the action of other Jurisdictions in
adopting the practice of the appointment of a Special Committee to
be called the Obituary Committee or Committee on "In Memoriam,"
whose duty it shall be to draw up Memorial Pages recording* the
death of those brothers who may have become deceased during the
interval between the Sessions of this Grand Lodge, with suitable
references, and the same printed in the Journal of Proceedings.
J. ED. PHILLIPS,
ANDW. MCKNIGHT,
D. D. GRIFFITH,
J. C. MURPHY,
H. J. RICKARD.
Report read from the same Committee.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F-:
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the report of the Special Committee on Dues and Benefits, beg to recommend that the figures of the actuary mentioned in the report be
obtained by this Grand Lodge, and in the meantime that a proposition to reduce the maximum amount of benefits from $10 a week to
$8 per week for each dollar of monthly contributions be submitted
to the Subordinate Lodges.
J.
E.
PHILLIPS,
AND.
Mcknight,
D.
D.
GRIFFITHS,
^ftift^
J.
C.
MURPHY,
H.
J.
RICKARD, *7°4
It was moved and seconded, That the report be received and laid on the table for one year.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment, That
the Report be received and laid on the table for further
consideration.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment to the
amendment,  That the Report be received and adopted
The amendment to the amendment on being sub-
mitted to the vote was declared to be carried.
It was on motion Resolved, That this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 2 o'clock P. M. to-day.
The Grand Lodge adj.ourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o'clock P. M.
pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and
a quorum of Representatives being present, who were
examined and reported duly qualified when the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers  and Representatives was called.
F. McCullough, P. G., No. 21, was admitted and received the Grand Lodge Degree.
Report read from, the Special Committee appointed
last Session, re Aged Odd Fellows' Fund, which was on
motion referred back to the Committee to insert   a recom- i7°5
mendation that members of defunct Lodges who are suffering from a chronic disease at the time of the surrender of
the Charter should be eligible to receive the benefits of the
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund.
Report read from the Committee on Finance, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to report that in the opinion
of this Committee the amount allowed the Grand Master for travelling expenses should be increased to such an amount as will allow
him to visit the various Lodges throughout the Interior, and we
therefore recommend that the amount allowed for that purpose be
increased to $250.
Respectfully submitted,
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
A. H. FERGUSON,
H. G. PARSONS,
GEO. R. GORDON,
JAMES S. SMITH,
H. FOOKS.
Amended Report read from   Special   Committee,   re
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund, and adopted.
New Westminster, B. C, June 9th, 1898.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs' and Brothers'.—We your Committee appointed
to take into consideration the Legislation passed by the S. G. L. at
its Session of 1896, relating to members of Defunct Lodges and the
creating of a fund for their relief, beg to report that a,fter going over
the aforesaid Legislation we would recommend that an "Aged Odd
Fellows' Fund " be created by this Grand Body on lines laid down
in the S. G. L. Journal of Proceedings, page 14942.
We regret to note that the time of continued membership of 25
years, which this Legislation demands should be of so long a period
and we would therefore recommend that our Representatives to the
S.G.L. be instructed to advocate that this* time limit be reduced, also
that members of Defunct Lodges who are permanently sick at the
time of the surrender of the Charter, and thereby unable to obtain I7o6
membership in a Subordinate Lodge may be eligible to receive the
benefits of the Aged Odd Fellows' Fund.
T. A. MUIR,
W. HOGG,
T. F. NEELANDS,
D. WELSH,
JAMES STARK,
Moved by Representative Gordon, No. 26, seconded
by Grand Representative Neelands, No. 8, and carried:—
That in connection with Resolution passed on report of
Committee on Legislation re maximum amount of benefits
and the reference of the matter to the Subordinate Lodges
for action. That the following course of procedure be
adopted, viz: that the D. D. G. M. in all Jurisdictions shall
in all cases (when practicable) meet the Lodges or Committee appointed by them at a date as near the 15th January,
1899, as practicable and that all resolutions and recommendations made by the various Committees or Lodges on
Benefits and Dues, be submitted by the D. D. G. M. to the
Grand Secretary not later than 15th February, who shall
submit them to a Committee appointed at this Session of
the Grand Lodge, and who shall report to the next Session
of the Grand Lodge such information and recommendations
as to Legislation as the reports received will suggest.
Moved by Grand Secretary, seconded by Grand
Rep. Welsh, and carried:—That the report of the Special
Committee on Aged Odd Fellows' Fund be referred to the
Committee on Legislation, with instructions to submit the
necessary legislation for adoption by this Grand Lodge respecting the Certificate of Eligibility to be furnished, and
the amount of Dues to be paid by and Benefits to be paid
to the members on the Aged Odd Fellows' Register.
It was moved by. Rep. Rickard, No. 26, and seconded
—That the price list of supplies be amended, the charge
for
som0 l^ems bom ■ p-*^*^^-^--''j-.-
rp-C 1707
fixed  by  the   By-Laws  of   the   Grand   Lodge.      Motion
defeated.
It was on motion,  Resolved—That the  next   Annual
Session of this Grand Lodge be held at Vancouver.
Report read from Committee on State of the Order.
To G.and Lodge of B. C, I. 0. Q. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order beg leave to submit
the following report:—
We feel gratified with the present state of the Order in this
Province, and while we are certain that every reasonable effort has
been put forward in the past for the advancement of the Order, we
trust that the members of this Grand Lodge will return to their
respective homes with renewed zeal and a firm determination to do
everything within their power for the best interests of the Order.
It must be borne in mind that it is not the work of one man or one
Lodge that will make this the grandest fraternal organization in the
world, but the united efforts of each and every member. We recognize the influence and great amount of good to be derived from ire-
quent visits to the Subordinate Lodges by the officers of the Grand
Lodge. We therefore recommend that the Grand Master or some
duly qualified brother be requested to visit the new and isolated.
Lodges as often as possible to give instruction and aid, and encourage all such lodges in their work. Your Committee are gratified
with the large attendance at this meeting, showing as it does the
deep interest taken in the good work. We recommend that the
Reports of the Grand Master and Grand Secretary be printed-prior
to the meeting of the Grand Lodge for distribution among the
Representatives. We note with pleasure that in nearly every
instance that the D. D. G. M.'s report that future prospects are very
bright, and we hope that their fondest expectations will be more
than realized.
Fraternally submitted,
W. H. GARDINER,
F. CARNE,
JAS. R. WEBSTER,
J. A. STONE,
E. TEETER,
A.
J. PALMER,
HINKSON  SIDDALL.
Moved and seconded that the Report be  adopted. 1708
Moved and seconded as an amendment—That the
report be adopted with the exception of that portion referring to the printing of the Reports of the Grand Master and
Grand Secretary.    The amendment was adopted.
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 beg to report that they have
examined the Reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters referred
to them and recommend their adoption, with the exception of that
portion of the Report of D. D. G. M. J, H. Hallet, District No. 23,
Greenwood, B. C, in granting a dispensation to confer the Third
Degree at a special meeting, such action being illegal, that power
being vested in the Grand Master only.
JAMES STARK,
D. M. O'DWYER,
RALPH BELL,
D. G. DAILEY.
Report read from the Committee on Legislation which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred page 2 of
the Grand Secretary's Report respecting the Constitution of
Rebekah Lodges, beg to recommend that a Section be added to
Article 8, to be numbered Sec. 2, and to read as follows :
Should this Lodge fail to make any of its returns as required by
the preceding Section for one year, it shall thereby forfeit its Charter and become extinct. And it shall be the duty of the last installed officers to transmit or surrender to the Grand Master or his
Deputy the Charter, books, papers, furniture and funds of the
Lodge.
d. d. griffith,
j. c. murphy,
and. Mcknight,
h. j. rickard,
j. edward phillips. 1709
Resolved, That this  Grand   Lodge  do  now  adjourn
until 2 o'clock P. M. to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
THIRD DAY.
10th June, 1898.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 2:30 P. M., all the
Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
The Grand Marshal examined all present and reported
them duly qualified, and the Grand Lodge was declared
open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Rep. E. P. Dennis, No. 26, was admitted and received
the Grand Lodge Degree.
The minutes of preceding meetings of this Session
were read and adopted.
A communication was read from 9 Beulah " Rebekah:
Lodge, No. 5, thanking the Grand Lodge for the opportunity afforded of exemplifying the beautified work of the
Rebekah Degree and on motion ordered to be received
and filed.
Moved by Rep. G. R. Gordon, No. 26, and seconded
by Rep. W. J. Hanna, No. 33, and carried,—That the
Special Committee on Uniform System of Dues and Benefits consist of the following :    T. F. Neelands, No. 8;  D. 1710
M. O'Dwyer, No. 10;   R.   Mills, No. 19;   H. J. Rickard,
No. 26; A. H. Ferguson, No. 3; G. R. Gordon, No. 26.
Moved by Rep. Hanna, No. 33, and seconded by Rep.
Bragg, No. 4,—That the Representatives  of this  Grand
Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be instructed to support legislation to allow members to wear badges instead of
the present regalia in the Subordinate Lodges.
On being submitted to the vote, the motion was declared to be defeated.
The requisite number of Representatives having called
for the Ayes and Nays on the question, they were taken,
with the following result :
Ayes:—Davison, Davey, S. W. Edwards, T. F. Neelands, Gillanders, Hogg, Griffiths, Skinner, Carne, York,
Bragg, Hunter, Bailey, Miller, Johnstone, Webster,
Palmer, J. Neelands, Cooper, Newton, Gordon, May, McCuish, Hanna, Hardy, Teeter, Gray, P. G. M.—27.
Nays:—Morton, Henderson, Welsh, J. S. Smith, A.
Edwards, Dempster, Muir, W. Smith, Crossan, Dailey,
Peers, Clarke, O'Dwyer, Dennis, McKnight, Sheret, McMurphy, Middlemiss, Bell, McCullough, J. C. Smith, McKay, Stone, Rickard, Stark, Cockburn, Gardiner, Fooks,
Siddall, Parsons, McDonald, Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3.—
32.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
Report, which was adopted:
New Westminster, B. C, 9th June, 1898.
To the Grand Lodge of B C, L 0. 0. F:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred page 1 of
the Grand Secretary's Report re Grand Lodge Constitution, beg to
recommend :— 1711
1st. That notice be given the Subordinate Lodges that Art. 2,
Sec. 6, be amended as follows:
The Grand Lodge cannot be opened unless Representatives from
three Lodges are present, including ten members in addition to the
Grand Master or the Deputy Grand Master.
2nd. That Art. 3, Sec, 4, concluding clause be struck out so
that the Section may conform to the requirements of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
d. d. griffith,
and. Mcknight,
j. ed. phillips,
h. j. rickard.
Moved by Rep. Bragg, No. 4> and seconded by Rep.
Siddall, No. 33,—That the Representatives of this Grand
Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be instructed to use
their influence and vote for the reduction of the age at
which persons may join the Order from 21 years to 18
years of age.     Carried.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented
the following Report, which was adopted : 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, and find them entitled to the amounts stated against their respective names :
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JOHN NEWTON,
JOS. NEELANDS,
H. C. COOPER,
W. S. SMITH,
D. E. McKAY,
J. YORK. 1714
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the Warden of
the Penitentiary for his kindness in showing the members
of this Grand Body through that institution to-day.
Report read from the Committee on Finance, which
was adopted :
To the Gra <d Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to report that we have examined the books, vouchers, etc., of the Grand Secretary and Grand
Treasurer and find them correct and well kept.
The following is an estimate of the Revenue and Expenditure
for the coming year :
REVENUE.
Cash balance in Grand Treasurer's hands June 8th, 1898 $2072 48
Per Capita Tax, 2800 at 90 cents per member (45 cents on
June 30th, and 45 cents on December 31st, 1898)     2520 00
Total Revenue $4592 48
EXPENDITURE.
Grand Secretary's Salary $
Grand Master's Expenses	
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax,	
Rent of Grand Secretary's office	
Printing	
Premium on Bonds	
Postage Grand Secretary	
Postage Grand Master	
Caretaker Grand Secretary's office	
Card in B. C. Odd Fellow	
Printing Grand Master's Address	
Grand Warden's expenses visiting several Lodges at
Grand Master's request	
Grant to Odd Fellows' Home at 5 cents per capita ..
Janitor and Light, present Session	
Mileage and Per Diem, this Session 	
$ 600 00
250 00
150 00
100 00
200 00
25 00
30 00
15 00
20 00
10 00
8 00
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25 00
140 00
10 00
951 00
$2534 00
Balance
$2058 48 Up
Your Committee recommend that the thanks of this Grand
Lodge be tendered to Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, of Wellington,
for its generous donation to the Odd Fellows' Home Fund.
We also recommend that the " Odd Fellows' Home Fund " be
invested by the Executive Officers of this Grand Lodge, in the name
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Fraternally submitted,
W. E. JOHNSTONE,
A. H. FERGUSON,
GEO. R. GORDON,
H. FOOKS,
JAMES S. SMITH,
H. G. PARSONS.
The Grand Secretary presented the Report of the
Secretary-Treasurer of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia for the past year, which was
on motion ordered to be printed in the Proceedings of this
Session.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
ENDOWMENT FUND.
Receipts.
Assessments $2407 56
Interest—Dominion Savings Bank  6 89
I Bank of British Columbia  35
Balance        96 39
$2511 18
Expenditure.
Balance per last Report $ 311 18
Insurance on death of Bro. L. E. Erb     1000 00
Bro. I. Thomson     1000 00
Balance of Insurance on Bro. A. Laing      200 00
$2511 18
MANAGEMENT FUND*
Receipts.
Balance from last Report  $356 29
Dues  193 20
Entrance Fees     15 00
$564 49 Expenditure.
Secretary, Salary 12 months  $100 00
Postage, etc  14 90
Agents' Commission  86 75
Medical Referee's Fees  5 50
Advertising in B. C. Odd Fellow   13 50
Printing  47 95
Bond of Secretary-Treasurer  10 00
Fell & Gregory, legal opinion, etc       21 90
Balance       $263 99
SUMMARY.
Balances.                                             How Invested.
Credit Balance, Management Fund I ... $263 99        umbia $ 96 61
Less Debit Balance En- In Dominion Governm't
dowment Fund       96 39 Savings Bank        2 35
In Secretary-Treasurer's
hands      68 64
$167 60
Examined and found correct,
WALTER ^
A. STEWAR
TALKER, P. MM A  HI „
>rp Y Auditors.
The Committee on Legislation  presented the following Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the Report of the Committee appointed to consider the Legislation
passed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge relating to members of defunct Lodges, beg to recommend :
1. That an Aged Odd Fellows' Fund be established.
2. That the dues be $12.00 per year.
3. That the Sick Benefits be $5 per week.
4. That the Funeral Benefits be $35.00. 1717
5.   That the Certificate of admission be signed by the N. G., and
in his absence the V. G. and Secretary of the defunct Lodge.
D. D. GRIFFITH,
and. Mcknight,
J. C. MURPHY.
H. J. RICKARD.
J. ED. PHILLIPS.
It was on motion Resolved, That the installation of
the Grand Lodge Officers take place this evening in the
Third Degree.
It was moved, seconded and carried, —That the thanks
of this Grand Lodge are due and are hereby extended to
the Lodges in this city for the very kind manner in which
they have entertained the members of this Grand Lodge at
this Session.
Moved by Rep. Cockburn, No. 26, and seconded by
Rep. Hardy, No. 38,—That this Grand Lodge expresses
its satisfaction at the successful maintenance of the B. C.
Odd Fellow, the official organ of this Grand Body, and its
appreciation of the efforts of Rep. H. J. Rickard, its proprietor and editor, by pledging itself to extend to him all
possible help and encouragement in his undertaking.
Carried.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Body be tendered to Council No. 1, Royal Templars of Temperance,
for its courtesy in granting the use of this Hall on Wednesday evening last, the night of their meeting.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 7:30 this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 1718
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o'clock P. M.,
all the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives
present, who were examined and reported duly qualified,
and the Grand Lodge declared open for business.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the calling of the
Roll be dispensed with at this Session.
Representatives Rickard, No. 26, and Hardy, No. 38,
submitted the following, which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary :
The ruling of this Grand Lodge is asked on the following question :
Have not the Charter Members of new Lodges the right to be
treated as members who ioin by Card and become entitled to bene-
fits on their signing the Constitution.
Respectfully submitted,
EL J. RICKARD,
THOMAS HARDY.
Rep. Teeter, No. 40, submitted a resolution to instruct the Grand Representatives to vote for the substitution of badges for regalia in Subordinate Lodges, which
was decided by the Chair to be out of order, the question
having been already decided by the Grand Lodge at this
Session.
The request of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of
Canada to be licensed to do business in this Jurisdiction,
laid over from last annual Session, was on motion laid on
the table for one year.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge
Degree and re-opened in the Third Degree for the purpose
of installing the Officers for the ensuing year. 1719
The Third Degree members in waiting having been
admitted, the Grand Master appointed J. Crossan, P. G.
M., and T. C. Gray, P. G. M., to present the officers elect
for installation.
A. Henderson was presented, duly obligated and installed as Grand Master.
The Grand Master then installed the following : D.
Welsh, Deputy Grand Master; W. E. Johnstone, Grand
Warden; Fred. Davey, Grand Secretary; W. Hogg, Grand
Treasurer.
The Grand Master announced the following appointments to the Subordinate Offices, and these Brothers were
duly installed in their respective Chairs :
S. Clarke, No. 9 G. Chaplain.
J. Newton, No. 20 G. Marshal.
J. Palmer, No. 12 G. Guardian. ,
P. W. Dempster, No. 2 G. Conductor.
J. Peers, No. 7 G. Herald.
Also the following as his District Deputies :
A. Stewart, No. 1, District No. 1, comprising Lodges Nos. 1, 2,
4, 14, 33.
Robt. May, No. 27, District No. 2, comprising Lodges Nos. 3, 13,
27.
Jacob Neen, No. 20, District No. 3, comprising Lodges Nos. 5. 20.
30, 35.
R. Bailey, No. 6. District No. 4, comprising Lodges Nos. 6, 31.
S. Mellard, No. 7, District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
G. H. Middlemiss,  No.  19,  District No.  6,  comprising Lodges
Nos. 8, 10, 19, 26.
E. C. Davison, No. 9, District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
John Whyte, No. 11, District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 11.
J. McGinnis, No. 12, District No. 9, comprising Lodge No. 12.
J. C. Murphy, No. 15, District No. 10, comprising Lodge No. 15.
J. Neelands, No. 16, District No. 11, comprising Lodge No. 16. 1720
A. Aitkin, No, 17, District No. 12, comprising Lodge No. 17.
H. C. Cooper, No. 18, District No. 13, comprising Lodge No. 18.
W. B. Skinner, No. 21, District No. 14, comprising Lodge No. 21.
C. Barry, No. 22, District Nq. 15, comprising Lodge No. 22.
J. C. Smith, No. 23,, District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
D. E. McKay, No. 24, District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 24.
H. Fooks, No. 28. District No. 18, comprising Lodge No. 28.
J. A. Stone, No. 25, District No. 19, comprising Lodge No. 25.
H. G. Parsons, No. 34, District No. 20, comprising Lodge No. 34.
H. J. Raymer, No. 36, District No. 21, comprising Lodge No. 36.
J. McLaren, No. 37, District No. 22, comprising Lodge No. 37.
T. Hardy, No. 38, District No, 23, comprising Lodge No. 38.
C. E. Lyons, No. 39, District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 39.
A. E. Teeter, No. 40, District No. 25, comprising Lodge No. 40.
REBEKAH LODGES.
Sister Mrs. Hutchison,  No.   1,  for District No.   1,  comprising
Lodge No. 1.
Sister Mrs. W. Beer, No. 2, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges
Nos.£, 7.
Sister Steffan, No. 3, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 3.
Sister Mrs. Cunningham, No. 5,  for District No., 4, comprising
Lodge No. 5.
Sister Mrs. Casad, No. 9, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge
No. 9.
Sister Mrs.  Stainton, No. 10,  for District No.  6, comprising
Lodge No. 10.
Sister Mrs. L. C. McDonald, No. 11, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 11.
Also the following to form the Standing Committees :
Finance.—S. W. Edwards, No.  14; J. S. Smith, No. 2; H. Siddall, No. 33; W. H. Gardiner, No. 27; H. C. Cooper, No. 18.
Appeals.—J. Crossan,  P. G.  M., No. 5; E. Quennell, P. G. M.,
No. 5; R. Bell, No. 20; J. Neelands, No. 16; W. J. Hanna, No. 33. 1721
Laws of Subordinates.—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; A. Sherret,
No. 14; Ed. Bragg, No. 4; R. May, No. 27; A. E. Teeter, No. 40.
Petitions.—Jas. R. Webster, No. 10; T. A. Muir, No. 3; W.
Hunter, No. 6; J. Palmer, No. 12; D. E. McKay, No. 24.
State of the Order.— E. C. Davison, No. 9; A. R. Miller, No.
8; W. Smith, No. 3; J. C. Murphy, No. 15. F. McCullough, No. 21.
Legislation.—S. Clarke, M. D., No. 9; H. Gillanders, No. 7;
D. G. Dailey, No. 5; J. York, No. 1; H. A. McDonald, No, 35.
Judiciary.—J. Stark, No. 26; J. A. Stone, No. 25; J. E. Phillips,
P. G. M., No. 4; J. C. Smith, No. 23; H. J. Raymer, P. G. M., No.
36.
Mileage and Per Diem.—F. Carne, P. G. M., No. 1; R. Bailey,
No. 6; A. Edwards, No. 2; D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10; A. McKnight,
No. 11.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; H. Gilley, No. 13; W. J. Hanna,
No. 33; R. Bell, No. 20; J. Pottinger, No. 2.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; G. R.
Gordon, No. 26; H. B. Gihnour, P. G. M. No. 10.
Special Committee on Obituary.—H. J. Rickard, No. 26; H.
Waller, P. G. M., No. 2; H. G. Parsons, No. 34.
The installation having been declared complete, the
Third Degree members in attendance retired, and the
Grand Lodge was closed in the Third and re-opened in the
Grand Lodge Degree.
It was on motion Resolved, That the appointments
made by the Grand Master be confirmed.
Report read from the Committee on Judiciary, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0 F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the following question, beg to report as follows :
Question.—" Have not the Charter members of new Lodges the
right to be treated as members who join by Card and become entitled to benefits on their signing the Constitution ?"
Answer.—Yes. A member admitted on an unexpired Withdrawal Card shall be entitled to benefits upon his admission to mem- 1722
bership after signing the Constitution and By-Laws.   Article IV,
Sec. 8, Constitution of Subs.
JAMES STARK.
D.  M.  O'DWYER,
RALPH BELL,
D. G. DAILEY.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the thanks
of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the retiring Officers for
their services during the past year.
It was on motion Resolved, That the Chief of the Fire
Department be thanked for his kindness for turning out
the Department this evening for the benefit of the mem-
bers of this Grand Lodge.
The minutes of this evening's Session were read and
on motion adopted.
It was moved, seconded, and carried,—That this
Grand Lodge do now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge was closed in due form.
FRED.  DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
OF THE

BRITISH COLUMBIA,  1724
3n flfcemodam.
RICHARD ROBERTS, P. G.
Initiated in "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1,
I. O. O. F., 24th February, 1868.
Died 24th December, 1897.
Grand Master, 1877,
Grand Representative, 1895-6.
H. KINSMAN, P. G.
Initiated in "Delta" Lodge, No. 21,
I. O. O. F., 19 March, 1894.
Died 6th May, 1897. 17^5
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS  OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number
of Lodge.
Location.
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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	
Friendship, No .30	
Banner. No .31	
Peerless, No. 33 	
Rocky Mountain, No.34
Cedar, No. 35	
Rossland, No   36	
Carson, No   37	
Boundary Valley, No 38
Silver City, No. 39	
Victoria
do
New. West'r
Victoria
Nanaimo . ..
Wellington .
Chilliwack..
Vancouver..
Kamloops...
Vancouver..
Union   ...   .
Donald.     ' .
New West'r
Victoria ....
Cloverdale ..
Nelson	
Duncan   ....
Vernon....
Mt Pleasant
Nanaimo . ..
Ladner's Lndg
North Bend...
Ashcroft
Eburne	
Revelstoke....
Vancouver....
New West'r ..
Agassiz	
Nanaimo .
Wellington. ..
Victoria	
Golden	
Cedar District
Rossland	
Carson	
Greenwood ...
Sandon.     ..   .
Monday ..
Wednes'y
Friday ...
Thursday.
Wednes'y
Monday
Tuesday .
Friday ...
Monday ..
Thursday
Friday ...
Thursday
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Monday ..
Saturday.
Monday ..
Saturday
Friday 1..
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Monday ..
do
Saturday.
do
Tuesday..
Thursday
Monday ..
do
Saturday,
Friday ...
Wednes'y
Friday ..
Wednes'y
Saturday
Monday .
Saturday
Tuesday
Friday ..
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12
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51
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SUBORDINATE LODGES
Columbia, I.O.O.F ,for the Half-Year Ended June 30, 1S67.
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and
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Funds
From
all
Other
Sources
Total.
3
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$752 25
$10 00
$710 00
$217 60
$1689 85
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906 75
536 00
112 50
546 12
101 00
1666 37
536 00
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436 50
89 50
76 40
602 40
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690 50
862 50
1552 50
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708 50
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487 70
247 00
1493 20
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16
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110 25
706 50
110 25
99 00
78 50
884 00
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5
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368 75
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482 86
886 61
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748 00
85 00
83 20
916 70
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383 25
20 00
129 00
30 00
562'25
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637 00
15 00
130 00
782 00
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397 75
27 00
72 00
37 00
533 75
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9
14
11
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381 85
245 00
252 50
15 50
15 50
360 75
397 35
36 ..
260 50
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743 25
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4
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197 00
61 00
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376 50
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15
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146 00
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115 00
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220 00
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276 00
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170 75
133 00
38 00
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303 75
122 65
203 90
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59 00
376 30
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1257 40
92 00
35 00
1384 40
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4
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747 90
66 00
47 80
78 25
939 95
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202 90
47 50
250 40
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375 00
26 66
32 25
270 00
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437 25
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741 25
218 00
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61 00
756 75
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344 00
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244 15
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$14932 15
$3298 00
$4161 88
$1682 60
$24074 63 1727
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS  OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number
of Lodge.
Location.
Night of
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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      	
Victoria
do
New West'r
Victoria
Nanaimo . .
Wellington
Chilliwack.
Vancouver.
Kamloops..
Vancouver.
Union	
Selkirk, No. 12 Donald
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	
Friendship, No. 30	
Banner, No. 31	
Peerless, No .33	
Rocky Mountain, No. 34
Cedar, No. 35	
Rossland, No   36	
Carson, No   37	
Boundary Valley, No 38
Silver City, No. 39....
Slocan, No. 40	
New West'r
Victoria .. 1
Cloverdale .
Nelson	
Duncan   ...
Vernon....
Mt Pleasant
Nanaimo . .
Ladner's
North Bend.
Ashcroft  .. .
Eburne.
Revelstoke..
Vancouver..
New West'r
Agassiz.
Lndg
Nanaimo
Wellington. ..
Victoria	
Golden	
Cedar District
Rossland	
Carson	
Greenwood .. .
Sandon. .. .
Slocan City...
Monday ..
Wednes'y
Friday ...
Thursday.
Wednes'y
Monday .
Tuesday .
Friday ...
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Thursday
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Saturday
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Tuesday.
Thursday
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Saturday
Friday   ..
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SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Columbia, I.O.O,F.,for the Half-Year Ended Dec. 30, 1897.
Receipts .
Dues
Admis's
and
Rents
and
Inves'd
From
all
Other
Total.
Degre's
& Funds   Sources
1 1
2
3 10
3 8
3 8
$641 50
901 50L
471 50|
525 90
578 50
779 75
98 00
629 00
339 25
1084 50
258 00
373 00
368 50|
308 50
204 25
284 35|
233 00
184 50
178 001
461
127
201 00
169 00
146 10
275 60
1119 80
784 00
228 00
208 00
438 00
776 90
183 00
270 15
218 00
102 00
163 00
291 75
104 50
00
00
$13 00 $873 00 $107 75
14 00 633 42-
220 80
10 00
146 00
19 00
146 00
35 00
96 00
171 00
40 00
10 00
12 00
50 00
37 00
30 00
737 95
528 84;
'44'40|
266 35
2i9*67i
25 10
36 OOj
43 00
198 20j
101 50!
1 00
253 00
30 00
93 00
27 00
13 25
180 00
81 00
96 00
25
68 00
72 00
121 75
37 00
81 00
10 00
29 5i
15 00
22 50
124 00
70 00
15 00
208 00
102 00
5 00
186 00
5 25
185 00
	
13 25
415 00  34 00  43 90:
$1635 25
1549 92
471 50
746 70
1316 45
1561 59
108 00
822 90
726 60
1328 15
554 87
522 00
416 00
320 45
234 85
585 85
316 0Q
392 70
292 50
511 00
207 00
231 00
305 25
173 10
536 60
1216 05
1045 75
346 00
208 00
492 51
799 40
377 00
285 15
528 00
107 00
354 25
490 00
597 40
3 12124 3'2801 3 245 464 $14708 30 $2405 50 $4388 24 $1210 70' $22712 74 1729
ABSTRACT OF THE
Of Subordinate Lodges—Grand Lodge of British
Lodge.
d. of Brothers
Relieved.
). of Widowed
milies Relieved
0. of Brothers
Buried.
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Name and No. of
td v £   £ Relief of
Relief of, •xxt'a^.-a
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Brothers rn _ • 1 ■
Families
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Victoria      Lodge, No.   1	
33
1
5
414
$ 2332 00 $ 120 00
Columbia         "        '
'    mm
39
2!
312 1
2661 50
New Westminster    '
i   3.1..
6
i 2
66
367 00
40 60
Dominion        "         '
'    4.:..
10
1
122
679 50
	
Black Diamond         '
5. . . .
9
4
1
67
672 50
95 00
Harmony        "         '
.■     6 ...
• 27
117
1020 50
Eicelsior         ''         '
'     7....
..   .
	
Vancouver      "         '
'     8....
11
5i
580 00
Tatnai               "          S
'     9....
6
67
515 00
Western Star "
'   10...
18
90
633 00      	
Union                "          *
'   11....
13
1
158
975 00      	
Selkirk
1   12....
6
114
765 00
Royal City
i   13   ..
11
39
317 50
Acme                "         '
\   14....
11
1
71
374 90
26 65
Cloverdale       "         %
'    15 ...
5
26
119 00
Kootenay        "         '
<   16....
4
1
16
262 50
•  • • •
Duncan            "         '
'   17    ..
7
13
130 00
Vernon Valley          '
'   18....
Mt. Pleasant  "         I
'   19....
5
1
ii
99 00
Centennial      "  -      '
'   20 ...
5
1
24
177 50
Delta
'   21....
3
1
5
26 00
Gold Range     "         '
\   22....
5
29
241 75
Ashcroft          "         '
'   23 ...
3
12£
102 00
Island               I         j
'   24...
1
8
65 00
Revelstoke      §         \
'   25 ..
3
9
77 25
Pacific
'   26 ...
29
1
202
1706 00
Amity             "         \
'   27....
20
1
85
690 50
Cheam             "         '
4   28....
4
m
52 50
Friendship    * "         \
'   30...
7
• •
37
343 00
Banner             "         '
.   31 ...
7
32
267 50
Peerless           "         '
'   33 ...
19
1
91
697 00
Rocky Mountain       '
4   34....
1
1
4
33 00
Cedar               "         f
'   35...
5
42
370 00
Rossland          "         !
'   36....
2
1
6
36 00
Carson             "         \
'   37....
1
1
3
22 50
Boundary Valley      -
'   38....
Silver City      "         '
'   39....
1
4 50
Slocan             "         '
'   40....
1
337
8
20
4
35 00
2336
$17450 90
$282 25 ANNUAL REPORTS
I73°
Columbia, I.O.O.F., For the Ybar Ending 31st Dec, 1897.
Total Paid
or.
Total
Relief of
Burying
Special
Total Amt
Cuirent
Assets.
Orphans
the Dead
Relief.
expended
Expenses.
for Relief.
$
$  480 00
$ . 367 75
$3299 75
$538 30
$34995 00
295 00
92 00
£048 50
731 75
35000 00
60 00
35 00
46 00
548 60
357 20
500 00
75 00
90 00
844 50
422 11
10000 00
89 50
110 00
967 00
982 08
28762 00
5 00
1025 50
900 83
25 00
11075 95
2706 00
580 00
267*00
7100 78
515 00|
783 62
4751 59
.  44 50
677 50
542 84
5134 43
75 00
3 40
1053 40!
4Q8 85
1755 00
30 00
795 00-
247 55
3597 97
317 50'
385 10
2796 04
401 55'
339 95
897 40
25 00
144 00
254 58
3000 00
75 00
337 50|
242 25
2500 00
35 00
165 00
487 40
166 90
3000 00
1832 40
99 00
406 10
1000 00
75 00
252 50!
328 20
4407 35
89 20
115 20|
215 02
1165 47
241 75
192 66
1761 45
12 00
114 00;
365 14
2250 00
65 00
66 70
1400 00
47 66
8 00
132 25|
170 25
1221 10
60 00
29 00
1795 00
869 31
4863 80
115 00
20 00
825 50|
615 66
3640 05
52 50j
146 15
1925 95
...
	
...
343 00:
191 83
988 50
33 75
301 25
302 70
1537 93
75 00
772 00
515 65
1754 23
75 00
108 00*
231 45
1700 91
370 00|
231 30
2195 18
57 00
93 00
294 15
1083 15
44 15
66 65
216 02
116 55
524 28
990 00
....
	
4 50
849 40
1824 35
35 00
496 40
$14903 95
329 20
$ 149 50
$ 1842 35
$781 40
1
$20506 40|
$195961 46 I731
ELECTIVE OFFICERS OF
Of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
Name and Number of Lodge
Noble Grand.
Victoria
Columbia,
N. Westminster
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Royal City
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant
Centennial
Delta
Gold Range
Ashcroft
Island
Revelstoke
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Banner
Peerless
Rocky Mount'n
Cedar
Rossland
Carson
Bound'y Valley
Silver City
Slocan
Lodge, No. 1.
2.
3
4.
5
6
7
8.
9.
10
11.
12
13.
15
16.
17
18.
19.
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Victoria	
Victoria	
N. Westminster
Victoria	
Nanaimo	
Wellington	
Chilliwack . ...,
Vancouver
Kamloops	
Vancouver
Union	
Donald	
N. Westminster
Cloverdale	
Nelson	
Duncan .......
Vernon	
E. Shaper,P.G....
J. Phillips	
T. Furness	
J  M. Malcom	
G. E. Thompson..
R. Gregson	
D. T. Nelmes	
R. Jameson	
T. E. Marshall....
J. W. Armstrong .
L. C. McDonald..
J. H. Stirrett, P.G.
H. Belyea	
J. Bond	
A. H. Clements...
S. Hasan	
J.
E. Matheson
Mt. Pleasant |R. B. Hoar ..
J. Handlen...
20  'Nanaimo	
21 ....    Ladners    A. Davey
22 North Bend  J. Malcom
23     Ashcroft A. Wood.
24   Eburne   	
25 iKevelstoke	
26 .   ...  Vancouver	
27   N. Westminster.
28 Agassiz	
31   Wellington	
33   Victoria D. Lindsay.
34  Golden    C.Pearce.
35   Cedar    J. Hunter	
36  Rossland J. E. Cummings
37  Carson W. M. Clark....
38 iGreenwood M.J. Phelan ...
W. S. Grim met
J.
T.
E.
P
W
A. Stone, P. G.
S. Brown	
L. Webber....
Ward	
. Maxwell	
39   Sandon
40 Slocan
T. B. Linton *732
SUBORDINATE LODGES,
I. O. O. F., for the Term Commencing 1st July, 1898.
Vice Grand.    Recording SecVv.
Treasurer.
Financial Sec'ry.
T.M.Jones, P.G.
C.W. Jenkinson
W. J. Sloan....
A. Meyer ....
J. Piper	
R. P. Morris...
T Knight	
H. E. Matheson
D. Power	
H. McDonald..
John Ead	
T   Johnston...
G. T. Reid	
H. Rose	
A. G. Shaw.,..
R. Cars well.,..
Rev'd J. Irvine
P. Caine   	
W. Mclntyre . .|
A. Phinister I
J.W Burr, P.G.j
P. Moor	
T. B. Godfrey..
H. H. Williams
W. E. Dale	
C. D. Casad....:
P. A. McLean..
J. Henderson..
Geo. Cole	
D.E.Kerr ....
C. R. Simpson.
Thos. Gulley...
W.G.Garbutt ..
T. Henderson..
F. Davey, P.G	
R. W. Fawcett, P,G.
D.E.McKenzie, P.G.
jT. Bramford, P.G...
W. H. Morton, P.G.
D. R. Haggart, P.G.
J. Peers, P.G	
A. Mitchell	
E.T.W. Pearse, P.G.
W. Law	
F. A. Anley	
J. Mathie, P. G	
D. Welsh, P.G . ...
J. m Murphy, P.G..
F. J. Squire	
E. Guns	
D. Mclntyre	
|G. J. McDonald....
iG. McKinnell  .   ..
|F.McCullough, P.G.
IH. Cancellor	
W. Shaw, P.G	
T. J. Graham	
|W. Ramsay	
J. J. Johnston...
H. L. Calvert ...
Theo. Bryant ...
H. Siddall, P.G..
D.M. Rae	
Rev'd. E.G. Miller.
W  Murphy....
H. M. Genm. ..
G. R. Naden.   .
A. Harlow	
A. E. Teeter, P.G.
C. Hay ward, P.G...
G. T. Fox, P. G	
J. E. Phillips, P.G..
P. A Babington,P.G.
J. Crossan, P. G....
J. McMillan	
J.McCutcheon, P.G.
S. Hollander	
M. P. Gordon	
A. Parker, P.G	
Chas. Whyte	
M. Phillips   	
R.D.McKenzie, P.G.
W. B. Pollard	
0. H. Dickie, P.G...
F. B. Jacques, P.G..
G.H.Middlemiss,P.G
W. Thorpe	
W. B. Skinner, P.G
J. Z. Choate, P.G ..
W. Fearn, P.G	
J. J. Woodrow	
W. H. Malsh	
G. Adams	
E. H. Probert	
M. Matheson	
H Porter, P. G	
C. A. Warren, P.G.
H.N.McDonald,P.G.
F. W. Pretty	
P. B. Nelson> P.G..
W. J. Harber   	
R. J. Brody	
F. S. Andrews	
F. Davey, P.G	
W. Jackson	
R. L. Reid, P.G....
T. Bamford, P.G...
W. B. Morton, P.G.
D. R. Haggart, P.G.
J. Peers, P.G	
W.E.Johnstone.P.G
E.T.W.Pearse, P.G.
G. Moscrop, P.G.
F. A. Anley	
J. Mathie, P.G.  ...
D. Welsh   	
J. m Murphy, P.G.
IW. Hodson, P.G...
IE. Guns	
S. C.Smith, P.G...
H. Graham	
G. McKinnell	
P. Ladner, P.G	
H. Cancellor	
W. Shaw, P.G	
H. M. Henderson...
P. R. Peele	
H. L. Calvert	
Theo. Bryant	
H. Siddall, P.G	
D. M. Rae	
Rev'd E. G. Miller.
H. M. Genin
F. J. Coates.
A. David	
R. E. Allen .  INDEX.
Bethel Rebekah Lodge
PAGE.
Admission of members at 21 years of age 1711
Aged Odd Fellows fund 1661, 1662, 1685, 1704, 1705, 1706, 1716
Appeals—Ray v. Acme Lodge 1695, 1696, 1699
Ross v. Selkirk Lodge  1643
Ayes and Nays     ^ 1710
Badges in lieu of Regalia 1710, 1718
B. C. Odd Fellow 1717
 1656
Beulah Rebekah Lodge 1634, 1709
Charter, Members  1718, 1721
Cemmittees, appointment of  1631, 1634, 1663, 1703, 1709
Constitution, Grand Lodge 1655, 1687, 1710
Rebekah Lodges 1708
Degrees, Grand Lodge 1632, 1633, 1696, 1704, 1709
District Deputy Grand Masters, appointment of  1636
|        reports of  1643
Dues and Benefits 1703, 1706, 1709
Election of Grand Lodge officers	
Esther Rebekah Lodge  1656
Financial Secretary
. 1686
Grand Lodge, meeting of 1707
officers, installation of 1717, 1719
I "       appeals to 1643
1     Master, appointments by 1630, 1636, 1719
decisions of 1639
dispensations by 1638
expenses of 1642, 1705
installation by 1636
miles travelled by 1642
proclamation of  1641
visits of 1636 Grand Representatives, instructions to 1711
"    Sire, decisions of     1668
Institution of Lodges 1665
Insurance Association of B. C 1715
Juvenile Degree 1685
Members of Defunct Lodges 1687, 1705
Memorial Page   1662, 1702
Odd Fellows' Home Fund 1660, 1662
" Relief Association of Canada     1718
Official Certificate I 1684, 1685
Price List of Supplies 1706
Rebekah Degree, Anniversary of 1686
Reports of Committee on Appeals  1695
Credentials 1631
Distribution     1663, 1664
I 1 Finance 1705,1714
Judiciary 1702,1708,1721
Laws of Subordinates 1699, 1701
Legislation 1703, 1708, 1710, 1716
| I Mileage and Per Diem    1712
I I Petitions 1702
1 '' Printing     1702
Statistics re Degree and Benefits ... .1691
State of the Order * 1707
'' Uniform System, Dues and Benefits.. 1689
District Deputy Grand Master 1643, 1644
Grand Master 1635
"      Representatives .X%.... 1665
Secretary 1654
y      Treasurer 1663
Rituals Revised 1656, 1686
Roberts, R. P. G. M  1644
Ruth, Rebekah Lodge 1656
Slocan Lodge  1655
Votes of Thanks 1695, 1714, 1717, 1722
it
it
ii
ii
a Past Grand Masters
-OF THE-
GRAND LODGE OF B.C., I.O.O.F.
* J. S. Drummond	
John Weeler	
tJ. P. Davies	
x R. Roberts	
$W. J. Jeffree	
§Charles Go wen ..
J. Wriglesworth	
B. W. Shiles	
Henry Waller	
Alexander Phillips	
W. D. McKillioan.	
Wm. McColl	
Fred'k Carne	
IIJoshua Davies	
Joshua Davies, re-elected
J. H. Meldram.	
E. QUENNELL	
J. E. Phillips	
J. E. Phillips	
James Crossan	
T. C. Gray	
W. E. Holmes	
H. B. Gilmour	
W. H. Morton	
1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1875 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
1881 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
1885 .New Westminster Lodge,No. 3.
1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
1891 Dominion Lodge, No, 4.
1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
1894 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
1895  Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
1896  Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
1897 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
* Died 6th February, 1884.        t Died 20th September, 1879.
t Died 18th Ma*ch, 1885. § Died 8th December, 1892.
x  Died 24th December, 1897.    || Ceased membership. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
-OF THE—
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, 1.0.0.1.
A. Henderson, Grand Master Victoria.
D. Welsh, Deputy Grand Master ■. .New Westminster.
W. E. Johnstone, Grand Warden Vancouver.
Fred'k Davey, Grand Secretary Burnside Road, Victoria.
W. Hogg, Grand Treasurer Vancouver.
J. E. Phillips, Grand Representative.. f..New Westminster.
T. F. Neelands, Grand Representative.. .Vancouver.
S. Clarke, M. D., Grand Chaplain Kamloops.
J. Newton, Grand Marshal Nanaimo.
J. Palmer, Grand Guardian Donald.
P. W. Dempster, Grand Conductor Victoria.
J. Peers, Grand Herald Chilliwack.
The next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Vancouver, commencing Wednesday, the
14th of June, 1899.
SUPPLIES.
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the Seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to pay the same:
Subordinate Lodge Rituals -. $
Ritual for Rebekah Lodges only 	
Visiting and Withdrawal Carets and Dismissal Certificates	
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Lodges 	
Book of Forms
Book of Odes with music 	
White's Digest Edition 1895	
Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah	
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges	
Anniversary Odes	
Funeral Hymns, with responses	
Funeral Ceremony  * .   .
Anniversary Ceremony	
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony	
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of Rebekah	
Certificate of Membership, on plate paper.... v	
Rebekah Certificates, on plate paper	
Officer's Roll Book	
Question Book    	
Prder on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders	
Initation Petitions, form recommended by S. G. L per 100
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart each
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1874 to 1885	
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work	
Rebekah Floor Work 	
Black Book...... ||§	
Code for government of Rebekah Lodges	
Official Certificates and Receipt for dues, in books of 100	
3 00
3 00
25
25
1 25
1 00
3 50
5
15
5
5
30
30
25
20
75
30
1 25
1 50
1 50
1 50
3 00
2 00
50
50
2 00
10
1 00

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