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 Proceedings 
OF THE 
Twenty-Third Annual Session 
OF THE 
Grand Lodge 
of British Columbia, 
OF THE 
INDEPENDANT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS 
HELD AT 
Kamloops, B. C, June 9th, 10th, 11th, 
1897 

VICTORIA, B. C: 
T. R. CUSACK, PRINTER, 26 BROAD STREET. 
1897.  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
LODGE OE BRITISH COLUMBIA. IMP.
TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION,
Kamloops, R. C.
9th June, 1897.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 10 o'clock a. m. this
day pursuant to notice.
Present :—
H. B. Gilmour Grand Master.
W. H. Morton       Deputy Grand Master.
A. Henderson Grand Warden.
Fred'k Davey      |     Secretary.
J. E. Phillips, P.G.M       "     Representative.
D.. Welsh      |     Representative.
S. W. Edwards      |     Chaplain.
W. E. Johnstone      "     Marshal.
A. Wilson    "     Herald.
The Grand Marshal examined all present and reported them duly qualified.
The Grand Secretary having reported a quorum present, the Grand Chaplain offered prayer and the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill
vacancies :—J.   R.   Webster,   P. G.,   No.  10,   as  Grand i45°
Treasurer ; E. C. Davison, P. G., No. 9, as Grand Guardian ; and G. E. Norris, P. G., No. 5, as Grand Herald.
The Grand Secretary presented the Credentials of
the Representatives elect, together with the Certificates
of the- Past Grands entitled to receive the Grand Lodge
Degree, which were referred to the following Committee :
D. Welsh, No. 13 ; W. E.Johnstone, No. 8 ; J. E. Phillips,
P. G. M., No. 4.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. I.O.O.F. :
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that they have examined the Credentials of the Representatives to this Session and find the
following duly accredited:—
Lodge. Representatives.
Victoria, No. 1 J. York.
W. H. Huxtable.
Columbia, No. 2 R. L. Allen.
J. Pope.
J. H. Meldram, P.G.M.
New Westminster, No. 3. T. A. Muir.
J. H. Hughes.
Dominion, No. 4 W. Walker.
T. Bamford.
Black Diamond, No. 5.. .G. E. Norris.
D. G. Dailey.
Harmony, No. 6 T. F. Haggart.
J. J. Taylor.
Excelsior, No. 7 A. H. Gillanders.
Vancouver, No. 8 T F. Neelands.
J. A. McKay.
Tatnai, No. 9,    E. C. Davison.
Western Star, No. 10.... W. Hogg.
A. Parker.
D. O'Dwyer.
Union, No. 11 F. A. Auley.
Selkirk, No. 12 W. H. Bonus.
Alternates.
R. Roberts, P. G. M.
F. Carne, P. G. M.
R. W. Fawcett.
P. W. Dempster.
M. Baker.
J. E. Phillips, P.G.M,
W. S. Smith.
R. Drake.
Geo. Glover.
H. McAdie.
G. Ramsay.
A. Robertson.
D. J. Matheson.
J. H. Ashwell.
J. McPherson.
A. Miller.
E. T. W. Pearse.
J. R. Webster.
C. H. Mowat.
A. McAllister.
W. D. Cessford.
J. H. Stirrett. H51
Lodge.
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	
Amitv, 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	
Representatives.
.Jno. Campbell.
J. Macmillan.
T. R. Patterson.
A, E. Lott.
J. C. McLay.
F. B. Jacques.
V. Hicks.
Jno. Newton.
F. S. Whiteside.
W. B. Skinner.
P. Wade.
W. Shaw.
G. W. Shay.
R. S. Wilson.
J. Stark.
G..R. Gordon.
G. L. Center.
G. W. Rowland.
A. H. Ferguson.
W. H. Lewis.
R. J. Kilpatrick.
A. A. Farwell, M. D
A. Dunlop.
D. D. Griffiths.
W. J. Hanna.
W. R. Mackintosh.
D. McMillan.
H. G. Parsons.
G. Woobank.
H. J. Raymer.
O. B. Nelson.
Alternates.
H. Gilley.
W. H. Handley.
H. T. Thrift.
E. C. Arthur.
C. H. Dickie.
S. T. Smith.
R. Mills.
G. McKinnell.
E. G. Pannell.
J. F. Stainton.
J. Z. Choate.
J. C, Smith.
S. Churchill.
T. Mesley.
S. L. Curry.
W. E. Flummerfelt
W. Davis.
B. Vance.
N. McCuish.
R. H. Holmes.
J. W. Speed.
O. A. Warren.
H, L. Bates.
J. Jackson, Jr,
E. Spraggett.
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the  Grand
Lodge Degree
Victoria, No. m	
Columbia, No. 2	
New Westminster, No. 3.
Dominion, No. 4	
Black Diamond, No. 5..
Harmony, No. 6	
Vancouver, No. 8	
Tatnai, No. 9	
Western Star, No. 10...
Union, No. 11	
.E. E. Leason.
.G.T. Fox, R. L. Allen.
J. H. Hughes, W. S. Smith,
.F. J. Holland, W. Merrifield,
.S. Price, R. Hirst.
J. J. Taylor, T. F. Haggart.
.C. H. Nye, A. R. Foxley.
.J. S. Smith, T. L. Bloomer.
J. R. Webster, C. H. Mowat.
F. A. Auley, W. D. Cessford. H5*
. W. H. Bonus, J. Mack, J. Tappan, J. Harte.
. W. H. Handley, J. Jackson.
.W. H. Frampton, G. G. MacLennan.
.A. E. Lott, P. B. C. Turner.
.J. C. McLay.
.S. T. Eliott.
Selkirk, No. 12	
Acme, No. 14	
Cloverdale, No. 15 .
Kootenay, No. 16...
Duncan, No. 17....
Vernon Valley. No. 18.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19. .T. B. Coston  R. H. Pool.
Centennial, No. 20 J. Newton, J. A. Bittancourt.
Gold Range, No. 22..   .. J. Z. Choate, P. Wade.
Ashcroft, No. 23 J. C. Smith, W. Shaw.
Island, No. 24 G. W. Shay, S. Churchill.
Revelstoke, No. 25 A. Mesley.
Pacific, No. 26 G. R. Gordon.
Amity, No. 27 R. J. Kilpatrick, E. Walmsley
Cheam, No. 28 J. Lennon, B. Vance.
Friendship, No. 30 N. McCuish, A. Dun lop.
Peerless, No. 33 D. McMillan, J. W. Speed.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34. H. G. Parsons, M. Dainard.
Carson, No. 37 O. B. Nelson, E. Spraggett.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
W. E. JOHNSTONE.
D. WELSH.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the following Past Grands in waiting on whom the Grand Lodge
Degree was conferred:
R. L- Allen, No. ?; J. H. Hughes, No. 3; A. H.
Gillanders, No. 7; J. A. McKay, No. 8 ; T. L. Bloomer,
G. Loney, J. S. Smith, J. A. Aikins, V. D. Currie, R H.
Nelson, J. Mclvor, No. 9; J. R. Webster, D. O'Dwyer,
No. 10; W. H. Handley, No. 14; T. R. Patterson, No.
15; J. C. McLay, No. 17; V. Hicks, No. 19; J. Newton, No.
20; P. Wade, J. Z. Choate, No. 22; W .Shaw, No. 23;
G. W. Shay, No. 24; G. R. Gordon, No. 26; R. J. Kilpatrick, No. 27 ; A. Dunlop, No. 30; D. McMillan, No.
33 ; G. Woobank, No. 35.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the minutes of
last Session be adopted as printed, J453
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
Grand Warden confer the Grand Lodge Degree on Rep.
W. H. Bonus, No.  12, in the Ante Room.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments
to fill the Standing Committees, which when complete,
consisted as follows :
Finance,—S. W. Edwards, No. 14; W. R. Mackintosh, No. 33; F.
S. Whiteside, No. 30; C. A. Warren, No. 34; A. H. Ferguson, No. 3.
Appeals.—T. F. Neelands, No. 8; W. Hogg, No. 10; W. H. Huxtable,
No. 1; A. Parker, No. 10; W. J. Hanna, No. 33.
Laws op Subordinates.—J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4; A. Dunlop,
No. 30; D. O'Dwyer, No. 10; J. Campbell, No. 13; T. R. Patterson, No.
15.
Petitions.—W. Walker, No. 4; D. G. Dailey, No. 5; J. A. McKay,
No, 8; G. W. Shay, No. 24; W. H. Lewis, No. 13.
State of the Order.—E. C. Davison, No. 9; J. Stark, No. 26; T. A.
Muir, No. 3; G. W. Rowland, No. 26; O. B. Nelson, No. 37.
Legislation.—R. Roberts, P. G. M., No. 1; W. H. Handley, No. 14;
G, Woobank, No. 35; J. H. Hughes, No. 3; F. B. Jacques, No, 18.
Judiciary, G. L. Center, No. 26; J. H. Meld ram, P. G. M., No. 2;
H. J. Raymer, P. G. M., No. 36; W.  H.   Bonus,  No. 12;   A.   E. Lott,
No. 16.
Mileage and Per Diem.—A. A. Farwell, M. D., No. 28; R. L. Allen,
No. 2; W. B. Skinner, No. 21; P. Wade No. 22; W. Shaw, No. 23.
Printing.—Grand Secretary, Grand Warden, J. Newton, No. 20;
R. J. Kilpatrick, No. 27; J. C. McLay, No. 17.
The Grand Master read his Report for the past year.
To the Officers and Members of the  Grand. Lodge  of British  Columbia,
I. 0. 0. F.:
Brethren.—Time, in its triumphal march has brought us again to
that period when we are permitted to assemble ourselves together for
the twenty-third time as a Grand Lodge, to legislate for the unseen
fature. We come then to-day to the c<health metropolis" of Canada,
with our minds and hearts intent upon our duties. Let us therefore
commence our work with sincere and grateful hearts for blessings bestowed upon us. 1454
district deputy grand masters.
In obedience to the commands of our Constitution I had the honour to appoint the several Past Grands enumerated on pages 1416 and
1417 of the Journal of 1896, and they all continued to serve until the
end of my term, except the following:
subordinates.
Mission City, District No. 9, F. T. Underhill, No. 32, resigned; A.
York, No. 32, appointed; A. York, No. 32, resigned.
Wellington District, No. 4, H. W. Jones, No. 31, resigned; T. F.
Haggart, No. 6, appointed.
Rossland District, No. 22, J. Kirkup, (not qualified, only N. G.) J.
Jackson, appointed.
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REBEKAH.
Vancouver District, No. 2, Mrs. McDonald, No. 2, (not qualified,
only N. G.) Mrs. Horrobin, No. 7, appointed.
To each of my District Deputy Grand Masters I desire to extend
my grateful thanks for the excellent service rendered by each, and it is
but just to say that very many of them had specially delicate, and at
times arduous duties to perform. Being unable to see them all personally, I herewith extend to each the open hand of an Oddfellow with a
sincere " thank you."
CONDITION   OF  THE  ORDER.
Although the membership has nor increased, still considering the
severe depression of the year 1896, we have done as well as could be expected, and I feel sure when our Reports for the half year ending June
30th, 1897, are received, the incoming Grand Master will be able to report an increase.
I regret to have to report that two Subordinates have surrendered
their Charters.
On the other hand I am pleased to state that we have added to our
list two new lodges, one. at Greenwood, and the other at Sandon, and
expect an application any day from Slocan City and from Trail, for
Charters.
REBEKAH   BRANCH.
Under the able management of the District Deputy Grand Masters
and Officers the Rebekah Branch of our Order has increased in
membership during the year. Although unfortunately, one of their
number had to surrender its Charter, and two other Lodges are rather
weak,—Ruth, No. 4, at Chilliwack, and Bethel Lodge, Mt. Pleasant.   I 1455
hope in the near future to see the members of these Lodges take a
greater interest in their noble work, and I have no-doubt their membership will rapidly increase
INSTITUTION  OF NEW LODGES.
Bro. O. B. Nelson, D. D. G. M., instituted a Lodge of our Order at
Greenwood City on March 1st, to be known as Boundary Valley Lodge,
No. 38, with six charter members, seven added the first meeting and
fifteen more desiring to join.
Bro. W. Hodson, D. D, G. M., instituted a Lodge of our Order at
Sandon on March 3rd, to be known as Silver City Lodge, No. 39, with
eight charter members and twenty-four initiated the first night, with
quite a number desiring to join.
CHARTERS   SURRENDERED.
On January 22nd, Alpine Rebekah Lodge, surrendered its Charter
on account of a number of members leaving the City, I have no doubt
that the remaining members will unite with another Rebekah Lodge.
On February 28th, Mission City Lodge, No. 32, surrendered its
Charter. -The brothers belonging to this Lodge have nearly all left
Mission City and located elsewhere, and it was impossible to have a
meeting, so the brothers decided to surrender and cast in their lot with
the Lodges in the District in which they now reside.
On March 30th, Perseverance Lodge, No. 29. surrendered its Charter.   This Lodge had a very hard struggle and  unfortunately had  to
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submit to circumstances.
I beg to call your special attention to the urgent necessity of making provision for indigent members of defunct Lodges. Recent events
in this connection in our Jurisdiction makes our duty plain; the question has apparently become an important one throughout the various
Jurisdictions on this Continent, as witnessed by the legislation, of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last Session, but this legislation, while a
step in the right direction, does not go far enough. The members of
the Order should be prepared to make some sacrifice, rather than these
unfortunate brethren should become dependent on outside charity
through circumstances over which they have no control.
I feel satisfied that this matter need only be brought to your notice
to receive your serious consideration, and that at the present session
steps will be taken to remedy this weakness in the Order.
It also appears to me that this is an opportune time for action to
be taken to augment the fund for a home for aged and indigent Oddfellows, and a home for widows and orphans of deceased brothers. %   I456   .        ' "  ?-•'   '
While at present there may be no absolute necessity for such institutions, the time may not be far distant when there will be, and as it will
probably take some years to accumulate a fund sufficiently large to deal
with this matter, no time should be lost in making a start in that direction. We, the Odd Fellows of British Columbia, who are an example
to other jurisdictions in membership in proportion to population, should
not be behind them in such an important matter. As considerable discussion took place on this subject at our last session, the representatives
will no doubt be prepared to deal with it; and I trust that the result of
your deliberations will be a step forward towards the establishment of
these laudable objects, so that in years to come we can point, with a
feeling of pride and satisfaction to ourselves, to these Homes as an
accomplished fact, and thus demonstrate to those, who in the future
will fill our places, that we, the Odd Fellows of British Columbia in the
year 1897, to a certain extent at least, undertook the teachings of the
Order.
CERTIFICATE.
I have received many complaints of the Official Receipts, issued by
the Printing Committee of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, both in reference to style and the high price charged. I will not dwell on this point
as I believe our representatives will take up this matter fully. I beg to
submit protests received from Harmony Lodge, No. 6, and Banner
Lodge, No. 31.
APPEALS  FOR  FINANCIAL AID.
The entire absence of an appeal under this head speaks well for the
condition of our beloved Order throughout the Jurisdiction in spite of
long continued depression.
INSTALLATIONS.
Assisted by several brethren of Vancouver and New Westminster
Lodges I installed the officers of the following Lodges.
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, July 3rd, 1896.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, July 6th, 1896.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10, July 9th, 1896.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, January 8th, 1897.
DISPENSATIONS GRANTED.
During my term of office I have granted the following dispensations:
1.   Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a Strawberry Festival, June 7th,
1896, H57
2. Victoria Lodges, No's. 1,2, 4, and 33, to hold an Excursion from
Victoria to Seattle, August 1st, 1896.
3. Wellington and  Northfield Lodges,  No. 6, 20, and 31, to wear
regalia to Divine Service, July 19th, 1896.
4. Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold a Concert August 8th, 1896.
5. Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to hold a Ball August 14th, 1896.
6. Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, to hold a Picnic September
15th, 1896.
7. Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a Picnic September 18th,
1896.
8. Union Lodge, No. 11, to hold a Social October 29th, 1896.
9. Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a Social Dance October
28th, 1896.
10. Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a Social November 7th,
1896.
11. Cheam Lodge, No. 28, to hold a Ball on December 4th, 1896.
12. Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, to hold a Social Dance November
24th, 1896.
13. Pacific Lodge, No. kZ6, to hold their annual Ball November 15th,
1896.
14. Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a Social Entertainment October
18th, 1896.
15. Cedar Lodge, No. 35, to hold their annual Festival  December,
1896.
16. Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, to hold a Ball December 29th and 30th,
1896.
17. Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, Nq. 2, to hold a Social Dance January
1st, 1897.
18. Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No.  1, to hold a Concert and Dance
January 26th, 1897.
19. To Bro. Smailes and others to Institute a Lodge at Greenwood
to be known as Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38.
20. Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to hold an   "At Home"  on  January
29th, 1897.
21. Rossland Lodge, No. 36, to hold a Ball on February 22nd, 1897.
22. Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a Phantom  Party February 17th, 1897. 1458
23. To Bro. Douglas and others to Institute a Lodge at Sandon to
be known as Silver City Lodge, No. 39.
24. To Silver City Lodge, No. 39, to ballot for and initiate members
on night of institution.
25. Mount Pleasant Lodge, No.   19, to hold an  "At Home"  and
wear badges on February 15th, 1897.
26. Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a Ball March 26th, 1897.
27. Colfax Rebekah Lodge,  No. 1,  to hold a Concert and  Dance
March 9th, 1897.
28. Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a Ball April 28th, 1897.
29. Granted dispensation to such Lodges as wish to appear in public
in regalia on the celebration of our Seventy-eighth Anniversary.
30. Granted dispensation to such Lodges wishing to wear regalia on
Memorial Day.
DECISIONS.—SUBORDINATE  LODGES.
The following decisions have been given by me during the year:
1. Ques.—Can District Deputies grant dispensations to appear in
regalia to"attend Divine Service ?
Ans.—No.   See Article 9 Section 2 of Constitution.
2. Ques.—Can a J. P. G. be elected Secretary ?
•;'y, Ans.—Yes.    White's Digest, Section 994.
3. Ques.—When an officer goes away for an indefinite period, can
the Lodge elect another Brother to that office ?
Ans.— Yes.   Article 6, Section 7, Constitution.
4. Ques.—Is it necessary for a dispensation, to hold a special meet
ing?
Ans.—No.    See By-law, Article 1.
5. Ques.—Can we grant a card to an Initiatory member?
Ans.—Yes.   Be sure and state on card that the brother  has only
received Initiatory degree.
6. Ques.—How can we take a gentleman belonging to the Albion
Order of Odd Fellows into our Lodge ?
Ans.—He will have to be initiated and receive the degrees.    We do
not recognize any other Order's cards.   White's Digest, Section 770.
7. Ques.—Can a D. D, G. M. grant dispensation to receive an application and initiate at a special meeting ? H59
Ans.—No. White's Digest, Sections 630, 645 and 648, also Decision
8, page 1347, Grand Lodge, B. C, 1896.
8. Ques.—Are carriages and stages to take Brothers to funerals,
expenses ?
Ans.—Yes. But you must not exceed the amount allowed by the
late Brother's Lodge.
9. Ques.—Is a Brother from another Province or State who is not
in good standing, although not suspended, entitled to attention from a
local Lodge when taken ill in this town ?
Ans.—Yes. White's Digest. Section 41, unless he has not complied
with Section 113, by not reportiug himself for two years.
10. Ques.—Is a lunatic entitled to full benefits?
Ans. —It is the duty of the Lodge to extend the same benefits to
lunatics as are given to those who suffer from bodily infirmity. White's
Digest, Sections 42 to 46.
11. Ques.—Is a Brother guilty of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow
and liable to charges who, not being engaged as a saloon-keeper or bartender at the time the recent illegibility law was passed, has since engaged in it ?
Ans.—Yes.    See Grand Sire, John W. Stebbin's Decision No. 88.
12. Ques.—Can a Lodge demand an itemised account for funeral
expenses charged to them from a sister Lodge?
Ans—Yes. The Lodge to which deceased belonged to is entitled to
an itemised account. ^M
13a. Ques.—What form of procedure is necessary for two Lodges
to pursue with a view to amalgamation ?
Ans.—See Article 1, Section 2, Constitution of Subordinates and
White's Digest Section 1442 and 1447. Both Lodges must agree to the
consolidation at a regular meeting of each Lodge, after two weeks
notice of motion to that effect has been given and if five members of
either Lodge do not object thereto. The last Session of the Grand Lodge
adopted the report of the Committee on Legislation. See p. 1401 Proceedings 1896.
13b. Quesu—Would a Lodge's Charter and By-laws cease to exist,
such said Lodge making overtures tcf another Lodge to be allowed to
amalgamate with them ?
Ans.—The Charter would be returned to the Grand Lodge, and the
By-laws of the Lodge it amalgamated with would be the Bv-laws used.
13c. Ques.—What time would elapse before amalgamation would
take place ? 1460
Ans.—The amalgamation would take place as soon as the decision
has been arrived at, as laid down by the Constitution.
13d. Ques.—Would a Physician's certificate be needed from each
member ?
Ans.—No Physician's certificate would be required.
I3e.    Ques.—Should they be balloted for individually or collectively?
Ans.—There should be no balloting for the reception of members
either individually or collectively.
l3f. Ques.—Is it constitutional to charge any fee over and above
the funds they have in the treasury ?
Ans.—No fee can be charged
13g. Ques.—Would they rank as beneficial members, or would they
have to run three or six months before being entitled to benefits ?
Ans.—All members would be in exactly the same standing in the
consolidated Lodge as they were in their own Lodge; they could be reinstated in the consolidated Lodge in the way provided by law.
13h. Ques.—Can a Lodge compromise with a Brother's wife for a
certain sum for a full payment of benefits and strike the Brother off the
books, the Brother being in the Asylum ?
Ans.—No. It is not constitutional for a Lodge to compromise with
a Brother's wife for his benefits, the Brother being in the Asylum. The
Brother would be a member of the Consolidated Lodge and the Consolidated Lodge would have to pay him benefits during his term of illness.
14. Ques.—What is the necessary qualification to entitle a Brother
to the nomination of V. G. in the Lodge ?
Ans.—Must serve a term in an inferior office. See«Article 6 Constitution and White's Digest, Sections 992 and 1007. Excused for sickness
White's Digest, 1008.
15. Ques.—Is a Brother who is in good standing when taken sick
and does not report his sickness until he is in arrears entitled to benefits?
Ans.—A Brother who is in good standing 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.
16. Ques.—Is it necessary for a Permanent Secretary to attend
every meeting of the Lodge ?
• Ans.—It is the duty of the Permanent Secretary to regularly attend
each meeting.   If it is impossible for him to attend, he should have his 1461
book8 in the Lodge so that any Brother can pay his dues and find out
how he stands in the books.
17. Ques.—Can a Brother pay his dues to the Permanent Secretary
during recess, and when does the same take effect ?
Ans.—In the absence of local law and usage established by decision
of Grand bodies directing otherwise, a payment on dues takes effect from
the date the same was received by the Permanent Secretary, though
made in recess.    1894 Journal, 13985, 14064.
18. Ques.—Is a P. G. who is Treasurer in our Lodge eligible for
Representative to the Grand Lodge ?
. Ans.—Yes.
19. Ques —Is it compulsory to use the certificate issued last Session
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge ?
Ans.—It is the only receipt (certificate) that can be used as evidence
of payment of dues, assessments, &c, &c. by a member of a Subordinate
Lodge whether the member wishes to use it as a visiting card or not.
20. Ques.—Will the Grand Lodge pay benefits to members of defunct Lodges ?
Ans.—A Grand Lodge cannot undertake the payment of benefits of
defunct Lodges.   See White's Digest, Section 151.
21. Ques.—Can a member of a defunct Lodge join another Lodge ?
Ans.—A member of an extinct Lodge who did not regularly withdraw therefrom prior to its extinction, can be admitted to membership
only upon the presentation of a card from the officers of the Grand
Lodge under which the defunct Lodge existed. White's Digest, Section
762.
22. Ques.—Can an aged member of a defunct Lodge with a Grand
Lodge card be admitted to another Lodge as a non-beneficial ?
Ans.—Yes.   White's Digest, Sections 615 to 619.
23. Ques.—When a sick Brother who is in arrears returns to work,
is he off the sick list ?
Ans.—Yes.
24. Ques.—Should he get hurt or take sick again, is he entitled to
benefits ?
Ans.—If he makes himself in good standing, and afterwards should
have the misfortune to get hurt again, he is entitled to benefits*accord-
ing to your By-laws, unless the sickness is a continuation of the previous sickness.   White's Digest, No. 34* 1462
25. Ques. — Can we admit members and give them the three
degrees for Ten Dollars.
Ans.—No. The Grand Lodge of B. C. made the lowest rate for
Initiation and three degrees at Twenty Dollars.
26. Ques.—Can a sick Brother hold members qf his defunct Lodge
liable for his benefits ?
Ans.—The laws of Canada will not hold members of a defunct
lodge liable for indebtedness to a sick Brother.
27. Ques.—-Is a gentleman who keeps a first-class hotel eligible for
membership ?
Ans.—Yes, if he does not attend bar.^
28. Ques.   Are Trustees Officers of the Lodge ?
Ans.—No.    White's Digest, Section 1006.
29. Ques.—Is a Brother who was elected Trustee while in arrears
eligible to fill the office ?
Ans.—Yes.
30. Ques.—A Brother who is walking the track looking for work
meets a Brother who asks him for pecuniary assistance proving himself
in good standing they being at a distance from relief committee or
officer of a Lodge. Can the Brother thus affording relief get the same
refunded by the Lodge ?
Ans.—I do not consider it proper to allow every member the privilege of drawing on the Lodge funds for pecuniary assistance to Brothers; you have officers for that purpose if assistance is required.
31. Ques.—What is the law in reference to admitting aged members of defunct Lodges with a Grand Lodge card into our Lodge as non-
beneficial.   Will we have to make a by-law ?
Ans.—You will find the law in White's Digest. Section 614 to 616
and 619, and Section 4. Article 2, Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
I would recommend making a by law for we could not expect a nQn-
beneficial member to pay as much as a beneficial member.
32. Ques.—Our property is registered in the name of the Trustees,
which they hold in trust. Each year we elect a new Trustee. Does the
Trustees dropping out lose possession without us changing name in
Registry Office?
Ans.—No. You will have to change name in Registry Office, under
your property is registered in name of Trustees or their Successors.
33. Ques —Is a N. G. who has not served a majority of nights entitled to honors ? ft ' '       J463    ■        1
Ans.—Must serve a majority of nights. White's Digest 1007 except
in case of sickness and being excused.   White's Digest 1008.
34. Ques.—Is an Officer elected when Brothers vote who are not
qualified?
Ans.—If Brothers vote who are not qualified the vote should be taken
again and those Brothers not allowed to vote, but if no exception was
taken until next Lodge night, you cannot change the previous election.
35. Ques.—Has a Brother who was in arrears in a Lodge when it
surrendered its charter to pay such arrearage to Grand Lodge before receiving card.
Ans —Yes.   White's Digest 169.
DECISIONS—BEBEKAH LODGES.
1.    Ques.—Can we insert three balls in writing in our By Laws ?
Ans—No. It will be necessary for your Lodge to amend the By
Laws and then submit them to Grand Secretary for approval by Committee on By Laws. In the meantime you will be governed on this point
by Sov. Grand Lodge, Section 24. "Three black balls will be required
to reject."
2 Ques.—Has a lady's husband for be an Odd Fellow before she can
join a Rebekah Lodge ?
Ans.—Yes.
3 Ques.—Our Lodge wa3 instituted in April, 1896. Do we elect
officers in May and Install them in July, 1896 ?
Ans.—No. As your officers have only been in office fcince April they
will continue in office until first meeting in January, 1897.'
4. Ques.—What dispensation can a Rebekah D. D. G. M. grant ?
Ans.—The only dispensation a Rebekah D. D. G. M. can grant is to
allow Rebekah Lodges to elect a Rebekah degree member to the office
of N. G. when all other qualified members decline to serve. .
5. Ques.—Can a member visit on a withdrawal card ?
Ans.—Yes, for one year.
6. Ques.—Can the N. G. instruct the Warden to give a member in
good standing the Password ?
Ans.—Yes.
7. Ques.—Can a District Deputy withdraw without first resigning
her commission ?
Ans.—Yes.   See White's Digest, Section 898. 1464
8. Ques.—Can we change place  of meeting in Vancouver without
dispensation ?
Ans.—Yes.    See White's Digest, Section 147k
9. Ques.—Do we require to change by laws to alter  .night   of
meeting ?
Ans.—Yes,    See White's Digest, Section 1465.
REPORTS FROM  D. D. G. M's.
As all the reports from my D. D. G. M's are not yet to hand, I am
unable to comment on their decisions or dispensations.
OFFICIAL  VISITS.
Mount Pleasant,
No. 19,
Vancouver,
Oct. 6th,
1896.
Tatnai
No.   9,
Kamloops,
f 19th,
a
Revelstoke,
No. 25,
Revelstoke,
" 27th,
a
Vernon Valley,
No. 18,
Vernon,
Nov. 9th,
a
Rossland,
No. 36,
Rossland,
"   13th,
a
Kootenay,
No. 16,
Nelson,
"   14th,
a
Ashcroft,
No. 23,
Ashcroft,
"    21st,
a
Mission City,
No. 32,
Mission City,
Feb. 6th,
1897.
Cheam,
No. 28,
Agassiz,
"   13th,
it
New West'r
No.   3,
New West'r,
"   18th,
it
(Joint
mtg.)
Royal City,
No. 13,
(C
"   18th,
it
tt\
Amity,
No. 27
4<
"   18th,
it
a
Western Star,
No. 10
Vancouver,
Mar. 18th,
a
't-tt
Gold Range,
No. 24,
North Bend,
[j    27th,
a
Pacific,   *
No. 26,
Vancouver,
"   29th,
a
Excelsior,
No.   7
Chilliwack,
Apr. 3rd,
a
Victoria,
No.   1,
Victoria,
"   17th,
tt
(Joint
mtg.)
Columbia,
No.   2
a
"  17th,
a
ti
Dominion,
No.   4
n
"   17th,
a
tt
Acme,
No. 14
a
"  17th,
a
tt
Peerless,
No. 33
a
J * 17th,
tt
it
Vancouver,
No.   8,
Vancouver,
May 7th,
ti
Cloverdale,
No. 15
, Cloverdale,
"     8th,
a
Harmony,
No.   6
, Wellington,
"   15th,
n
(Joint
mtg.)
Banner,
No. 31
a
"   15th,
it
a
Black Diamond,
No.   5
, Nanaimo,
"   17th,
a
a
Centennial,
No. 20
a
"   17th,
< <
tt
Friendship,
No. 30
a
|   17th,
cc
a
Cedar,
No. 35
a
"   17th,
ti
tt
Island,
No. 24
, Eburne,
June   1st,
ti
Delta,
No. 21
, Ladners,
"    5th,
tt 1465
MILES TRAVELLED.
MILES.
Vancouver to Kamloops and return  505
Vancouver to Revelstoke and return  758
Revelstoke to Golden and return  192
Vancouver to Vernon  385
Vernon to Rossland  283
Rossland to Nelson.  50
Nelson to Ashcroft  385
Ashcroft to Vancouver  204
Vancouver to Agassiz and return      142
Vancouver to Mission and return  86
Vancouver to North Bend and return  258
Vancouver to New Westminster and return  24
Vancouver to Chilliwack and return  134
Vancouver to Victoria and return  168
Vancouver to Cloverdale and return  50
Vancouver to Wellington and return   80
Vancouver to Ladners and return  40
Vancouver to Eburne and return  11
Total number of miles travelled 3725
Total number of days     37
TRAVELLING  EXPENSES.
Vancouver to Kamloops and return  $4 50
Vancouver to Revelstoke and return  6 50
Revelstoke to Golden and return  2 50
Vancouver to Vernon      3 25
Vernon to Rossland  9 00
Vancouver to Rossland, Fare  49 50
Rossland to Nelson...     5 00
Nelson to Ashcroft  14 25
Ashcroft to Vancouver.  75
Vancouver to Agassiz  1 50
Vancouver to Mission City  75
Vancouver to North Bend  1 25
Vancouver to New Westmtester and return, Fare. 50
Vancouver to Chilliwack and return, Fare  4 50
Vancouver to Chilliwack  1 75
Vancouver to Victoria, Fare  5 00
Vancouver to Victoria, expenses on boat  1 50
Vancouver to Oloverdale and return, Fare  4 25
Vancouver to Cloverdale  50
Vancouver to Wellington, Fare  2 25
Vancouver to Ladners Landing  5 50
$124 50 1466
PROCLAMATIONS.
Grand lodge of British Columbia, i. o. 0. f.
Office of Grand Master.
Vancouver, 29th March, 1897
1819—1897.
ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION.
To the Officers and Members of the Subordinate Ijodges of the Grand Lodge
of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers :—In compliance with the Proclamation
of the Grand Sire, and in accordance with time honored custom, you
are requested to take proper action for the due and appropriate celebration of the Seventy-eighth Anniversary of our Order on the Twenty-
sixth day of April, 1897, or on such other date approximate thereto as
may be more convenient.
A Dispensation is hereby granted to such Lodges as may wish to
appear in public in regalia on this occasion. ,
H. B. GILMOUR,
Attest: Grand Master.
FRED'K.  DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH  COLUMBIA, I. 0. 0. F.
Office of Grand Master.
Vancouver, B. C, 27th April, 189'
MEMORIAL DAY  PROCLAMATION.
To all to whom these presents shall come.:
Greeting-:—In accordance with the Proclamation of the Grand
Sire, I, H. B. Gilmour, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British
Columdia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, do hereby request all
Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction that have suffered loss of membership by death, to assemble on Tuesday the 8th day of June, 1897, (or
on such other day as may be more convenient) and engage in proper
and suitable exercises in memory of their deceased members. 1467
And in the event of any Lodge wishing to appear in public in re
galia on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby granted it for that purpose.
H. B. GILMOUR,
Attest": Grand Master
FRED'K. DAVEY,   ;
Grand Seoretary.
JUVENILE DEGREE.
In compliance with a letter received from D.L. Badley, Chairman of
the Special Committee appointed at the last Session of the Sov. Grand
Lodge, I issued the following letter to all Lodges in this Jurisdiction
and have received a reply from most of them, which are on file at this
Session. I would recommend that this Grand Lodge appoint a Committee to examine the letters from the Subordinate Lodges, and report
to this Grand Body not later than June llth, and that the report together with the Subordinate and Rebekah replies, be forwarded to D.
L. Badley, Meridian, Ada Co., Idaho, U. S. A.
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Victoria, B. C, April 3rd, 1897.
To the Subordinate Lodges, I. 0. 0. F., Province of British Columbia:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—The Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last
Session, appointed a Committee, to collect information and report as to
the advisability and practicability of establishing a Juvenile Degree for
the children of Odd Fellows who are not old enough to join the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges. This Committee is desirous of obtaining
the views of the members of the Order on this subject and has requested the Grand Master to issue a circular to the Subordinate Lodges of this
Jurisdiction, asking for an expression of opinion, on their part, in the
shape of answers to the following questions:
1. Do you think it would be to the advantage of the children
(youth) of Odd Fellows to teach them, in a practical manner the principles of Oddfellowship ?
2. Do you think it wrould be to the advantage of the Order to
establish a Juvenile Degree for Odd Fellow's children, say from 16 to 21
years of age ?    _ 1468
Please give reasons for your views. Any suggestions as to the formation of the Degree, the colors, ritual, laws, etc., will be gladly received.
Address your reply to H. B. Gilmour, Grand Master I. O. O. F.,
1037 Nelson St., Vancouver, B. C.
Yours fraternally,
FRED'K DAVEY
t^ Grand Secretary.
deaths.
While I have no doubt the Grim Reaper has been among us during
the year, I have no account of any member of the Grand Body having
passed to the Great Beyond, from which no traveller returns.
"b. c. oddfellow."
During the year the % B. C. Oddfellow " has changed editors. It is
now under the able management of Bro. H. J. Rickard. We must not
expect our official organ to prosper without the hearty support of the
members of the Order.
CORRESPONDENCE.
During the year I have received and answered a great many letters,
a record of which will be on file at the Session of the Grand Lodge
should they be called for.
conclusion.
Brethren, inclosing, I ask you to accept my sincere thanks for the
honor you did me, in electing me to the highest position within your gift.
If I have failed in my duties, if I have not come up to your expectations
as an executive officer, I ask you to believe it was a failure of capacity
to grapple with the situation rather than a desire to neglect any of the
duties attached to the office of Grand Master. If on the other hand
you consider the administration of the affairs of the Order in this Jurisdiction, satisfactory during my term of office, I ask you to give the
credit to whom it is due, viz:—our Lodge members—who have been
untiring in their efforts to promote the cause of our beloved Order.
Yours fraternally,
H. B. GILMOUR, -
Grand Master.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the Report be received and handed to a Committee to distribute to the
several Committees. 1469
The Chair appointed the following to form the Committee on Distribution:—R. Roberts, P. G. M., No. 1, T.
F. Neelands, No. 8, and A. Wilson, No. 20.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 1.30 p. m. The Grand Lodge
adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge met at 1.30 p. m., the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
After the usual preliminaries the Grand Lodge was
declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Distribution recommend that the Report of the
Grand Master be referred to the several Committees as follows :
To the Committee on State of the Order :
Pages 1 and 2, the 1st part of page 3. part of page 4, re | Official
Certificates," page 5, part of page 16, re "Official Visits," page 21, also
the Reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters.
To the Committee on Legislation :
Part of page 3, re " Aged Odd Fellow's Fund,"
To the Committee on Finance :
Parts of pages 3 and 4, re " Odd Fellow's Home Fund," pages 17 and
18, re Miles travelled and Expenses incurred.
To the Committee on Judiciary : H7°
Pages 6 and 7, re Dispensations issued and Decisions given on pages
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,14 and 15, Proclamations issued, pages 19 and 20.
Also that the matter of a proposed Juvenile Degree on page 21 be
referred to a Special Committee.
j      T. F. NEELANDS,
R. ROBERTS,
ARTHUR WILSON.
The Grand Secretary read his Report which was on
motion ordered to be received and handed to the Committee on Distribution.
Kamloops, B. C, 9th June, 1897.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F :
I have the honor to submit for your consideration a Report of the
transactions of the Grand Secretary's Office for the past yfiar.
new lodges.
" Boundary Valley " Lodge, No. 38, was instituted at Greenwood
City by Bro. O. B. Nelson, D. D. G. M., Carson, on 1st March, 1897, and
" Silver City " Lodge, No. 39, was instituted at Sandon on 3rd March,
1897, by Bro. W. Hodson, D. D. G. M., Nelson.
Both instituting Officers speak highly of the personell of the new
Lodges and their future prospects.
Enquiries have been received from Trail, Notch Hill, and Salmon
Arm, respecting the steps necessary to organize Lodges of our Order at
these places.
DEFUNCT LODGES.
I regret to report that " Mission City " Lodge, No. 32, Mission City,
and " Perseverance " Lodge, No. 28, Northfield, also " Alpine " Rebekah
Lodge, No. 6, New Westminster, have surrendered their Charters and
their effects consisting of Books, Regalia, and Paraphernalia have been
delivered up to the Grand Lodge.
The migration of membefs from the locality of the two Subordinate
Lodges has been assigned as the principal cause of their failure, but I
fear that lack of funds to meet the calls for benefits has been an important contributing element. «
Cash amounting to $4.53 has been received on account of Mission
City Lodge, net amount realized from the sale of some furniture.
A Bill has been presented by the B. C. Odd Fellow amounting to
$3 due by " Perseverance " Lodge, No. 29, for publication of L^dge Card,
and'instructions are requested as to its payment. H71
Grand Lodge Cards have been issued to such of the members of the
defunct Lodges as have applied for and are entitled to them at the
nominal cost of the Card, 25 cents.
AMENDMENT TO   CONSTITUTION.
The amendment to Sec. 3, Art. II of the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge made at the last Session has been approved by the Grand Sire.
BONDS.
The instructions of last Session respecting Bonds of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer have been complied with and Bonds of
$1000.00 for each of these Officers obtained from the London Guarantee
and Accident Co. A refund of $5 on account of the Premium paid has
been received from the agent of the Company, thus reducing the rate
paid to one per cent.
RITUALS  AND  OFFICIAL  RECEIPTS
The Revised Rituals and new Official Certificate and Receipt for
Dues authorized by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last Session have
been procured and supplied to such Lodges as have applied for them.
The old Rituals returned have been destroyed and the rebate of $1 each
allowed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge has been recovered and credited
to all the Lodges who have returned them.
APPEALS.
Two appeals have been received and transmitted to the Chairman
of the Committee on Appeals, viz:—Bro. R. Ray v. Acme Lodge No .14,
Bro. Johnson v. Amity Lodge, No. 27.
NEW DIGESTS  FOR   D. D. G. MS.
Applications have been received from some D. D. G. M's., to be
supplied.with copies of the new Digest for their official use, but as the
supply to all of these officials would involve an expense of $57.50 for existing Districts with a probable increase in the near future, and there
being no appropriation to meet this expense the matter is referred to
to this Grand Lodge for directions.
ODD  FELLOW'S  HOME,
I beg to renew my suggestion in last Report, that a small sum, say
Five Cents per member, be collected with the Per Capita Tax next year
towards the Odd Fellow's Home Fund of this Jurisdiction.
Since last Session I have received a donation of $5.50 from Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, which has been deposited in the Dominion Government Savings Bank to the " Home Fund " account.
This Fund now amounts to $106.35. 1472
TABULATED   STATEMENTS.
Abstracts of the Reports of the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges
are attached for insertion in the printed proceedings of this Session,
also an abstract of the Property Reports of the Subordinate Lodges for
publication in the same way if deemed advisable.
The following comparative statement of the work of the Subordinate
Lodges for the year ended 31st December, 1896, is compiled from the
Reports to that date.
No. of Lodges 31st. December, 1896.
Instituted since	
surrendered   Charters
since	
Rebekah Lodges 31st. Dec.,'96
" "      surrendered
its Charter since	
of Members Subordinate Lodges
31st. December, 1896	
of Members initiated during the
year	
of Members admitted by card..
as A. 0..
I reinstated	
" withdrawn	
"        expelled	
" suspended...   	
"        deceased	
"        resigned	
" ceased  member-
shipby N  P. D    ...JJi.	
rejected	
of Degrees conferred 	
of Past Grands	
Total revenue of Subordinate Lodges
No. of Brothers relieved	
"    Brothers buried \
* "    widowed families relieved	
"    weeks sick benefits paid	
Amount paid for relief of Brothers..
"         "    widowed families 	
Amount paid for relief of Orphans..
" " burying the dead
" " education of Orphans 	
Increase.     Decrease.
2839
....
159
178
38
26
3
. .
4
2
. »
12
3
. ~"
30
3
. .
7
6
. .
. .
. •
1
26
3
2
•
315
96
7
^ .
6
518
, .
167
421
39
...
$49,255 88
. .
$936 10
363
50
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22
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12
8
2601
548
. ,
$20,742 47
$3,700 01
712 45
318 15
129 50
11 85
1,914 49
$341 01
00
00
55 00 *473
517 17
. .
4,261 17
. ,
....
2,374 81
9,430 04
2 69
1 90
Amount paid for special relief  1,342 72
Total amount paid for relief       24,896 63
"                 "     current expenses      15,544 20
" of assets      184,233 09
Average amount of benefits paid for
each sick member  57 14
Average amount expended for relief
per member  8 80
Average duration  of   sickness   per
member 6 dys 10 hrs. 1 dy 14% hrs.
Average duration of sickness per sick
member 7 wks 1 dy
Average cost per member for current expenses	
Average cost per member for all
Lodge expenses	
Average amount of assets per mem-
~ber	
Total amount expended for relief
since institution of Grand Lodge
in 1874 '..     183,330 56
4 days.
5 50
....
14 30
1 40
65 12
0 31
50 FINANCIAL  STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer,
FROM WHOM RECEIVED.
Victoria, No. 1	
Columbia, No. 2	
New Westminster, No. 3.
Dominion, No. 4	
Tax Tax
Term end-1 Term ended 30th        ed 31st
June, 1896. Dec, 1896.
$60 30|
72 45
I 80
Black Diamond, No. 5...
Harmony, No. 6	
Excelsior, No. 7	
Vancouver, No. 8	
Tatnai, No. 9.   	
Western Star, No. 10	
Union, No. 11	
Selkirk, No. 12	
Royal City, No. 13	
Acme, No. 14	
Cloverdale, No. 15	
Kootenay, No. 16	
Duncan, No. 17	
Vernon Valley, No. 18...
Mount Pleasant, No. 19.
Centennial, No. 20	
Delta, No. 21	
Gold Range, No. 22	
Ashcroft, No. 23	
Island, No 24	
Revelstoke, No. 25	
Pacific, No. 26	
Amity, No. 27	
Cheam, No. 28	
Perseverance, No. 29....
Friendship, No. 30	
Banner, No. 31	
Mission City, No. 32	
Peerless, No. 33	
Rocky Mountain, No. 34.
Cedar, No. 35	
Rossland, No. 36	
Carson, No. 37	
Boundary Valley, No. 38
Silver City, No. 39.
Colfax Rebekah, No. 1..
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$60
71
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32 85
32 40
34 20
15 30
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OOl
5 00
Total.
£125
147
110
100
137
142
37
137
69
184
78
60
83
81
37
55
58
44
51
117
45
50
42
50
39
235
173
55
26
48
81
27
146
58
59
22
29
64
64
13
15
1
1
20
17
10
00
05
05
80
05
20
45
25
75
85
80
60
90
85
55
35
05
60
35
05
80
20
60
55
80
35
95
10
10
25
90
08
00
97
30
90
20
15
90
50
50
00
00
50
70
75
42
75
5 00
|$1292 75$1274 001 $627 541   $75 03$3269 32 H75
Orders Drawn on Grand Treasurer.
Date.
No. of
Order.
1896. (
June 121      1
Aug.
"    26!
1897.!
Jan.    71
a     on
Mar,
Apr,
Mav
In Whose Favor.
Grand Treasurer...
IW. H. Huxtable...
W. E. Holmes, P. G
Description.
H
Mileage & Per Diem,'96
Jan'rG.S. Office 12 mo.
M.. Expenses incurred	
Type writing Report...
B. Gilrnour IPostage etc., as G. Treas
W. H. Morton	
A. McKenzie	
R. S. Day	
Fred Davey, G. Sec
T R. Cusack	
Fred Davey, G. Sec
Janitor, light of Hall etc
G.L.C'd.,B.C.0.F,12mo
Prem.Bonds,G.S.&G.T.
Trans. Sov. G. L. supp's
Printing Bonds Trust's
Ptg.Pro's,&Key & Cphr
Salary 3 months	
Postage, duty, etc. ...
Trans. Sov. G.L. supp's
H. Phillips [Repairs & box G.L.Seal
G. Sec iTrans. Sov. G.L. supp's
Salary 3 months.	
Postage, expressage etc
Trans. Sov. G. L. supp's
a
W
Fred Davey
tt
a
T. R. Cusack	
Fred Davey, G. Sec
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
[Fred Davey, G. Sec	
[H. B. Gilmour.G. Master
Odd Fellows' Union, Vic.
Colonist Ptg. & Pub. Co.
Fred Davey, G. Sec	
i i a
T. R Cusack	
H. B. Gilmour, G. Master
Fred Davey, G. Sec	
Ptg. apl. forms & let-hds
Salary 3 months...
Duty on goods	
Postage, freight, etc...
Representative Tax	
Duty on goods	
Allowance for expenses.
Rent G.S. Office, 12 mo.
Printing.	
Salary 3 months	
Postage, freight, etc...
Printing	
Statny, tel. postage etc.
Dep.D.G.S.Bk.H.Fund.
Amount.
$932 00
20 00
21 30
8 50
3 25
12 00
10 00
25 00
33 00
12 00
167 45
150 00
19 70
10 00
8 10
20 00
150 00
6 65
65 00
114 00
155 50
10 00
150 00
9 00
36 10
150 00
2 25
100 00
100 00
19 00
150 00
33 15
8 00
19 00
5 00
$2734 95
SUMMAKY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report $1,465 29
Cash received as per statement  3,269 32
$4,734 61
Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer as per statement....;  2,734 95
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $1,999 66 Folio
of
Ledtr'ri
1476
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Dr
Cr,
B alance from last year	
Goods bought during the year	
A llowed Lodges for return of old Rituals	
Gain during the year    h	
Goods sold during the year	
Allowed by Sov. G. Lodge for old Rituals destroyed.
Goods on hand	
$174 38
526 42
100 00
85 64
$640 29
63 00
183 15
$886 44   $886 44
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia.—1st. June, 1897.
Furniture, Regalia, etc	
Tatnai Lodge, No   9	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2
Miriam " "    3
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15	
Kootenay       "        "    16	
Duncan' " |    17.
Vernon Valley Lodge. No
Mount Pleasant    |        "
Centennial |       "
Gold Range,        !"       "
Stock	
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23..
Island "        "    24..
Sovereign Grand Lodge
Grand Treasurer	
Profit and Loss	
18.
19,
20
9.9,
$496
65
1 60
$4
00
4 45
4
00
4
00
05
4
00
8
40
4
45
2
25
4
00
183 15!
6 60
4 00
1
1999
53
66
8.
26.
3*>
33
Revelstoke Lodge, No.
Vancouver      "       "
Pacific "        "
Mission City   "        "
Peerless ll       "
Rocky Mount"       %
Cedar "       |
Odd Fellows' Home	
Dom. Government Savings Bank,
Harmony Lodge, No. 6	
Carson Lodge, No. 37	
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3...
34
35
2595
2
14
71
90
40
3 00
6 38
40
6 00
1 60
106 85
106 35
4 00
2 50
5 00
$2788 94
$2788 94 H77
It is a matter of sincere regret to me that I am unable to report an
increase in the number of our Lodges and. Members. The losses we
have experienced are due undoubtedly to the business depression which
has existed during the year. But although we have not succeeded in
swelling our numbers, there has been no cessation in the good work for
which we are banded together. The sums dispensed for relief and charity increases each year and the figures we publish annually of our disbursements prove conclusively that our professed aims and objects to
relieve distress, bury the dead, and educate the orphans, are no empty
phrases.
We are meeting now for the first time in the interior of the Province, and I hope that the benefit to the Order in this Section expected
to accrue from this meeting will be more than fully realized.
Weighty and important questions await your consideration at this
Session which should receive your closest and impartial attention, and
I trust that the legislation enacted will redound to the good of the Order
generally in this Jurisdiction.
Respectfully submitted, in F. L. & T.,
FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
The Grand Secretary presented and read the Report
of the Grand Treasurer, and explained that Bro. Waller
regretted that on account of ill health and business engagements he was unable to be present.
Garnham, B. C,
June 5th, 1897.
H. Waller, Grand Treasurer, in Account with the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
1896.
To Cash received from late Grand Treasurer $1,465 29
I " "     Grand Secretary 3,269 32
4,734 61
By Cash paid from June 10th, 1896, to June 5th, 1897,
Orders No's 1 to 35 1 2,734 95
Balance  $1,999 66
H. WALLER,
Grand Treasurer. It was on motion Resolved,—That the Report be received and handed to the Committee on Finance.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., submitted and read the
Report of the Grand Representatives, which was on
motion received and referred to the Committee on Printing.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Officers and Representatives:—In accordance with the duties of
our office as Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge we submit a
report of our doings for your acceptance and approval, also a synopsis
of the proceedings of the Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of 1896.
The Seventy-second Annual Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
was held at Dallas, Texas, commencing September 21st., and ending
September 26th., and was opened at the Opera House, Judge Herring in
the chair, who delivered an interesting address 4nd introduced Governor
C. A. Culberson who welcomed the Sovereign Grand Lodge to Dallas on
behalf of that State. Welcome aud interesting addresses were delivered by Hon. Barnett Gibbs, on behalf of Mayor Frank Holland, of the
City of Dallas, W. L. Blanton, Grand Master, Grand Representative
Keller for Grand Patriarch Schwartz on behalf of the Grand Encampment Colonel F. E. Hunter, Department Commander, Patriarchs
Militant and Mrs. McCracken representing the Rebekah Assembly.
Grand Sire Stebbins responded in a fitting manner after which the
Grand Representatives adjourned to Turner's Hall which was decorated
with flags of the principal nations of the earth.
Upon the call of the Roll the following Officers were found to be
present:
John W. Stebbins Grand Sire.
Fred. Carleton Deputy Grand Sire.
Theo. A. Ross Grand Secretary.
M. Richards Muckle. Grand Treasurer.
George Coburn Assistant Grand Secretary.
Rev. J. W. Venable Grand Chaplain.
James B. Blanks Grand Marshal.
Fred. S. Hunt Grand Guardian.
J. R. Harwell Grand Messenger.
And a representation from thirty-nine Grand Lodges and thirty
Grand Encampments, also the following Past Grand Sires: 1479
James. B. Nicholson. Pennsylvania.
James P. Sanders New York.
Milton J. Durham Kentucky.
John H. White New York.
John C. Underwood Kentucky.
Charles M. Busbee North Carolina.
CI. T. Campbell Ontario, Canada.
J. B. Harmon California.
The Grand Sire in appointing the different Standing Committees
recognized the Representatives of British Columbians follows:
Committee Finance D. Welsh.
" Constitution J. Crossan.
1 Petitions Jos.  E. Phillips.
APPROVED DECISIONS* of the grand sire,
rebekah decisions.
1. Ques.—Does your decision No. 3, of last year require a Rebekah
Lodge that has been payiug benefits as provided in its By-laws, to cease
paying them, as a matter of right, and that they can only be paid by a
vote of the Lodge ?
Ans.—The decision only declared the law as set forth in the Rebekah Code.    Such is its effect.
2. Ques.—Does your decision No. 17 refer to the S. A. P. W. or the
A. P W.
Ans.—It refers to the A. P. W. which is used with a Travelling Card.
It had no reference to the Semi-annual.
3. Ques.—Is a sister legally elected, who, belonging to a Lodge from
which she has asked a withdrawal card, makes application and is elected the day before the card was issued and deposited with the Lodge?
Ans.—She is not.
7. Decision.—Sec. 24 of the Rebekah Code, does not prevent a brother who has asked to be reinstated in his Rebekah Lodge, and been
refused, and who has demanded and received a Dismissal Certificate and
paid the price required by Sec. 26, from applying upon that certificate
to another Rebekah Lodge for membership immediately. He need not
wait six months.
8. Decision.—Sec. 13 of the Rebekah Code permits the Honors of
Past Noble Grands to be acquired by two members in a single term.
1st. To one serving a majority of the nights of theterm and resigns
before its close. 1480
2nd. To the one elected to fill the vacancy and serving to the end
of the term.
9. Decision.—Brothers in a Rebekah Lodge, no matter what their
position, official or otherwise, can only wear the Regalia of the Subordinate Lodge.
The Regalia prescribed in the Rebekah Lodge is for sisters only.
10. Ques.—Does decision No. 3 of last year on Rebekah laws embrace both weekly and death benefits, or only weekly ?
Ans.—It embraces both.
12. Decision.—In a Rebekah Lodge the chair of V. G. cannot be
filled by appointment of a member from the floor, unless the member
has served a term in some office other than Trustee.
13. Decision.—In a Rebekah Lodge the Regalia must be worn "by
the officers if possible. It is no sufficient excuse for ommitting to do so
that it is locked up in the wardrobe.
15. Decision.—A past Noble Grand, if duly appointed, can institute
a Rebekah Lodge.
The appointment must come from the Grand Master.
16. Decision'— Though the law of 1889, p. 11,744, does not name
Rebekah Lodges, in analogy and principle, it must apply to them as
well. So applying it, a Rebekah Lodge may have six months' terms, if
its By-laws so provide, and may meet semi-monthly, in which event
thirteen meetings would constitute a term and seven a majority of
nights of the term.
19. Decision.—In a Rebekah Lodge a member suspended for the
nonpayment of dues, has the right to demand a Dismissal Certificate on
the payment of $1.00 without first applying for reinstatement.
20. Decision.—In a Rebekah Lodge no ballot is required in granting a Dismissal Certificate or Withdrawal Card.
21. Decision.—Upon application for a Withdrawal Card, should
objection be made to its being granted, it will be proper to withhold the
granting of it until proper investigation could be made, as it is a certificate of good character and fitness to visit for one year, as in a Subordinate
Lodge.
23. Decision.—To "whisper" is "to speak in a low voice." All "whispering" is speaking "To speak" is "to utter words." (Webster.) The A.
P. W. is never to be spoken, ("uttered") as a word except, etc. There is
nothing in that allowing it to be uttered or spoken as a word so that any
one, except the person to whom it is communicated can hear it. 1481
The use of the S. A.P.W., is to enable the member to gain admission
to any Lodge in his or her jurisdiction.
The use of the A. P. W. is now two fold. Originally it was only to
test a brother or sister. Since the introduction of the Visiting and Withdrawal Cards, it is an accompainment of them, to enable a brother or
sister to visit Rebekah Lodges in other Jurisdictions, and should be given
to the candidate, or sister or brother, to accompany a card, in the same
cautious manner as a S. A. P. W., otherwise it is useless as an accompainment of such card.
24. Decision.—Sub-division 3, of "Object and Purposes," in the
Rebekah Code, has no reference whatever to the expenditure of Lodge
funds. It does not permit a Rebekah Lodge to expend any of its funds
for a banquet.
The purposes for which the funds may be expended are set forth in
Sub-divisions 1 and 2.   They are "trust funds."
25. Decision.—Rituals cannot be taken from the Lodge-Room even
for binding.    (See § 1747, in New Digest, § 1831.)
26. Decision.—Upon the institution of a Rebekah Lodge having no
P. N. G., any qualified member, may, during the first term, deliver the P.
N. G's. charge.
27. Decision.—In initiating, the N.G. may call upon anyone qualified
to give the unwritten work, but it must be under the N. G.s' authority
and control.
28. Decision.—The officers o the Lodge have the right to their respective positions upon the staff in the regular Lodge work, and cannot
be deprived of that right, except by their consent.
29. Decision.—If an applicant has never received the Degree, she being married and her husband not an Odd-Fellow, she is not eligible to
membership.
33. Decision.—In the absence of any limited local legislation, the declaration of the S. G. L. ("or cause them to be communicated") gives
the N. G's. of Rebekah Lodges the same power in communicating the P.
W's. that is given to the N. G's. of Subordinate Lodges.
34. Decision.—The territorial limit to membership, as fixed by the S.
G. L., for Subordinate Lodges and Encampments, does not apply to
Rebekah Lodges, unless made so by local law.
35. Decision.—A woman divorced absolutely from her husband is an
"unmarried woman," and eligible to membership in a Rebekah Lodge.
36. Decision.—The former Rebekah law predicated membership upon a majority vote.   The present law predictates it upon the number of 1482
black balls cast. If three appear the candidate is rejected, though fifty
white balls should be cast. Any law that now predicates membership
upon a majority vote in null and void. \
37. Decision.—If by "grass widow" is meant one living apart from
her husband, he being alive, she is not eligible to membership.
39. Decision.—The Rebekah Code, being in the "list of supplies"
published by the S. G. L., it is not permissible for a Grand Officer to
publish it with other laws of the Jurisdiction.
41. Decision.—The wife of a suspended member, if she has never had
the Degree, is ineligible until her husband regains full membership.
45. Decision.--Section 1236, of the Digest of 1889, and printed on
the back or Rebekah blanks for reports, is obsolete and ommitted in the
new Digest.
46. Decision. -Section 22, of the Rebekah Code of 1895, last clause,
gives Grand Lodges power to fix the penalty for neglect to make returns,
and a Consti ution fixing such penalty for a time longer or shorter than
the month allowed under the old law, for forfeiture of charter, is legal.
47. Decision.—A clause in a Rebekah Constitution, depriving a
member six months in arrears for dues, from holding office or taking
part in Lodge proceedings, does not violate any law of the S. G. L.
48. Ques.—Can a Rebekah Lodge legally give an exhibition drill in
costume before persons not members of a Rebekah Lodge, using the
drill or floor work pertaining to the Degree ?
Ans.—In the negative.
49. Ques.—Can they use the costumes pertaining to the Degree in
giving a public exhibition
Ans.—They cannot legally do so.
50. Ques.—Can a Rebekah Lodge have photographs of the Staff
taken in the robes and costumes used in conferring the Degree, and
place these photographs on sale to Odd Fellows ?
Ans.—They cannot legally do so.
SUBORDINATE LODGE DECISIONS.
71. Decision.—Section 11 of Article I. (Con. of Subs.) saying ("or
within a less distance to any other Lodge,") is poorly worded. But it
cannot be presumed that the measure of distance was to be by an airline, as that has application only to winged animals.
Distance for all others is always measured by some traveled route.
I therefore construe your case to mean, by the nearest traveled route. 1483
72. Decision.—A clause in a Sub. Con. requiring the Brother who
casts a black ball to | communicate in writing to the Noble Grand
his reasons for so doing," is illegal and void. The sight to the secret
ballot is sacred, no Brother being required to disclose or divulge it to
any one.
73. Decision.—The general law does not require a Brother to exhaust his remedies in the Order before resorting to the civil courts.
If the Constitution or By-laws of his Lodge require it, he must do
so in order to gain a standing in Court, as they form his contract with
the Lodge.
74. Decision.—A Grand Master cannot under the law excluding
saloon keepers from membership, change the form of admission so as to
require the candidate to pledge himself not to engage in that business
after admission.    The Grand Lodge may.
75. Decision.—A Grand Lodge may by law declare it "conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow," to engage in the saloon business.
It has no power to say that those engaged in it, when the 5th
amendment was passed, are guilty of such conduct, and subject them
to it.
76. Decision.—Professional gamblers in violation of the laws of the
State and those selling intoxicating liquors in violation of the laws of
the State, were before the 5th amendment was passed, subject to discipline and expulsion.
88. Ques.—Under the new Section 5 of Art. XVI. of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge Constitution, is a Brother liable to charges, who, not being
engaged as a " saloon keeper," or " bartender" at the time the law was
passed, has sinee engaged in it ?
Ans.—-This question involves the proper construction of the new
constitutional provision, cancelling membership.
It declares in effect that though a person possess every necessary
qualification for membership, yet if engaged in the saloon business as
proprietor or bar-tender, he is unworthy admission into the Order, i. e.
Is doing an act \ unbecoming an Odd Fellow."
If being so engaged is " conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow," how
much more so, for a member with the law before him, voluntarily to engage in it ?
I hold, therefore, that a member of the Order, not now in the business who voluntarily engages in it in either of the prohibited forms, is
guilty of "conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow," and liable to charges.
This must not be understood to apply to those who were members and 1484
so engaged at the time the law was passed. They had acquired vested
rights under the law as it previously existed, and cannot be disturbed.
But when they give up the business, they cannot again return to it without a violation of the law, as I construe it.
89. Decision.—A brother seeking to change his membership under
the Laws of 1880 and 1884-5, by depositing his visiting card, and being
elected, sickens and dies after his Lodge votes a withdrawal card, but
before it reaches the Lodge electing him, he not having signed the constitution and by-laws , nor paid the admission fee, is not entitled to sick
or funeral benefits from either Lodge.
90. Decision.—A saloon-keeper in the Order at the time of the passage of the 5th amendment, and only a scarlet degree member, is eligible
to membership in the encampment, or any branch of the Order of which
he is not a member.
91. Decision.—A Grand Patriarch removing from his jurisdiction
before his term expires vacates the office and loses the honors. The one
appointed to fill the vacancy and serves to the end of the term is entitled
to them.
94. Decision.—When provision is made for Past Grands to vote for
Grand Officers in their Lodges they are not entitled to vote in Grand
Lodge, unless they are representatives though they neglect to vote in
their Lodge.
96. Decision.—There is no law of the Sovereign Grand Lodge fixing
a minimum fee for initiation.
98. Decision.—A Grand Master cannot set aside the action of his
Grand Lodge, though in changing the place of meeting of a Sub-Lodge
—it acts upon the petition of members without the knowledge of the
Lodge, and upon learning which the Lodge officially remonstrates.
He can suspend action, and should do so until he can present the
remonstrance to his Grand Lodge and have the subject reviewed and the
Lodge given a hearing.
99. Decision.—A N. G., who resigns before the end of the term, is
not entitled to the Honors, though he serve a majority of the nights of
the term.
100. Decision.—The V. G. is not eligible to the office of N. G. in case
of his resignation, though he has served a majority of the nights of the
term.
101.. Decision.—Decision No, 9, made last year, does not apply to
other than Rebekah Lodges.
103. Decision.—A suspended member for non-payment of dues is
still a member, and if in the saloon, business when suspended and has not 1485 , '
abandoned it, he is eligible to reinstatement in his Lodge.
104. Decision.—The 5th Section of Art. XVI. takes from those in the
Order no rights they were then enjoying, so long as they continue to use
them.
Should they at any time give up the business, they cannot again resume it, as that would be an overt act, for which they would be liable to
charges.
106. Decision.—By the general law, a soldier sick in a hospital for
soldiers, and there supported, is entitled to benefits if in good standing.
108. Decision.—A N. G. though absent on business by permission
of his Lodge, so that he does not serve a majority of the nights of the
term, is not entitled to the honors of the office.
Though he resigns before the term closes, and is re-elected, and
serves to the end of the term, he does not thereby become entitled to
the honors.
109. Decision.—A Grand Master may disregard a constitutional
provision, if it is clearly in conflict with the Law of the S. G. L.
110. Decision.—Withdrawal Cards, if granted, must be revoked if
charges are preferred, but if the charges are not sustained, they must be
returned.
111. Decision. -A hotel keeper is not a saloon keeper. If he has a
bar and tends to it he is a bartender, and as such is excluded from membership^
112. Decision. No permission a Grand Master can give will make
it legal to elect a candidate outside his own jurisdiction, unless the Lodge
of the contiguous jurisdiction is nearer the candidates residence, than
any one in his own.
114. Decision.—The S. G. L. construes its own laws and passes upon the validity and legality of those passed by Grand bodies, and in the
interim of its sessions devolves this duty upon the Grand Sire, when asked, whose decision thereon is to be followed until overruled by the
3. G.L.
115. Decision.—Lodges may provide by By-law, unless the local
law prevents, for the payment of benefits to Scarlet degree members only,
and not for the first week's sickness.
116    Decision.—There is no law of the S. G. L.  that prevents a
Lodge leasing its property for a saloon.
117. Decision.—A Grand Lodge may reduce the minimum benefits
to $1.00 after the first year by a General Law passed, or by approving
the By-laws of a Lodge so fixing them. The power to enable its Subord-
nates to pass such a by-law is vested in the G. L. i486
118. Decision.—The approval of a by-law of a Subordinate Lodge
fixing the benefits to be paid at $1.00 after the first year, by the Grand
Lodge, does not make it a general law.
119. Decision.—A By-law approved by its Grand Lodge fixing the
benefits to be paid at $1.00 per week after the first fifty-two weeks, may,
if so worded, embrace the weeks a Brother is sick before as well as after
the passage of the By-law, he being sick at the time of its passage.
120. Decision.—A Grand Master has no power to to compel uniform
fees for initiation and Degrees,so long as they are what the law requires.
Such an act would be in conflict with the laws of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge in regard to Lodge rights.
121. Decision.—A Grand Master has no right to direct a Subordinate Lodge to send its questions to the Grand Sire, and refuse to answer
them himself, or to direct it to ask the Grand Sire for his decision,
though the law upon which his decision is^asked* may not be pleasing or
satisfactory to the Grand Master.
124. Decision.—It is not lawful for a Lodge to initiate one candidate and permit others to sit and witness it. All must pass through
the ceremony.
125. Decision.—Initiatory members engaged in the saloon business
when Section 5 of Art. XVI. was passed, if they have continued in it,
may be advanced to all of the Degrees, though so engaged when seeking
advancement.
126. Decision.—There is 110 general law that prohibits a Grand
Lodge from discriminating, as to the amount those in the State or out,
shall pay for admission on Dismissal Certificates.
127. Decision.—It is a gross violation of law for a Lodge to use or
have in its possession, any work purporting to be the Secret Work of
Odd Fellowship, except that issued by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, certified by the Grand Secretary, under Seal.
128. Decision.—A Grand Lodge Certificate issued to a member of a
defunct Lodge does not have the effect of a Withdrawal Card from a
Subordinate Lodge in date. That law was repealed in 1884. Since then
it has only the effect of a Withdrawal Card over a year old.
129. Decision.—It is illegal for Subordinate Lodges to pay out of
their funds to a Physician hired by the year unless lawfully authorized
by local law.
130. Decision.—The paraphernalia used in the Secret work cannot
be worn by the officers on the occasion of a public anniversary of a
Lodge. i487
131. Decision.—Holders of a Grand Lodge Card as members of a
defunct Lodge, if saloon-keepers or bar-tenders, cannot be admitted to
membership.
132. Decision.—" Change of residence," in the law of 1880, means
from one place to another.   Not from one Jurisdiction to another merely.
133. Decision.—" Change of Residence," in the law of 1887, means
from one place to another, without reference to Jurisdictions.
134. Decision.—A Visiting Card can be used in the Jurisdiction in
which it is issued, and the Brother holding it may be admitted on it and
the A. T. P. W. though he may be without the term P. W. of his Jurisdiction.
136. Decision.—The Anniversary Proclamation of the Grand Sire,
gives no authority to wear the regalia or display any of the emblems of
the Order, where a dance or banquet or other social is held in connection with the anniversary.
137. Decision.—It is a violation of the law to reherse any Degrees
or Secret Work in the Lodge room, except the authorized work prepared by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
140. Decision.—The Honorable Veteran Jewel is predicated on continuous membership 1 for 50 consecutive years," (1894, p. 13,974). The
continuity of years is not broken, if the brother is in full membership
during a part of each of the 50 years. This is as it should be, so as to
allow brothers to take a Withdrawal Card, to form a new Lodge, or to
remove from one place to another without forfeiting his right to this
honor, provided he makes full membership within the life of his card.
141. Decision.—The widows' and orphans' fund is a " special trust
fund," and cannot be used to pay funeral benefits, though the brother
leaves widow and orphan children. It is for their direct and individual
support.
142. Decision.—The power given to a G. M. to suspend and take
from a Lodge its Charter, is a highly penal power and should be exercised only in extreme cases, when injury to the Order is imminent.
143. Decision. —When the authority to suspend a Lodge is specially given to the G. M. he cannot delegate that authority to the judgment
of another to determine the necessity for its exercise.
144. Decision.—By General Law the G. M. has no power to turn
over the Charter and effects of a suspended Lodge to a new Lodge organized by a few of the former members of the suspended Lodge. Unless so empowered by the local law his action would be illegal.
145. Decision.—A soldier in the U. S. service detailed to do duty in
the Post Exchange, may perform any of the duties assigned to him by 1488
his superior officer whether in the beer or any other department, and
in so doing is not a bar-tender within the meaning of § 5 of Art. XVI.
He is acting under orders that he is not at liberty to disobey.
148. Decision.—A Lodge receiving a member by Card, in the same
Jurisdiction, at a distance from his residence—farther from his residence than many other Lodges—violates the law that requires him to
join the Lodge nearest his residence.
149. Decision.—A Brother joining a Lodge by Card, is persumed
to know the law requiring him to join the one nearest his residence,
and in joining one at a greater distance, is guilty of a violation of law.
150. Decision.—Where a Brother joins a Lodge by Card, that is
more remote from his residence than several others, the Lodge admitting him should be required to refund the mouey and cancel the membership. What discipline for the illegal act should be visited upon the
offending Lodge and Brother, must be determined by the Grand Master
under the authority given him by local law,
153. A druggist is not a "saloon-keeper," though he sells liquor for
other than mechanical, chemical and medicinal purposes.
154. Decision.—Should a person, keeping a drug store, open a bar
and sell liquor over it, to be drank on his premises, he would become a
saloon-keeper as well, and should he tend the bar as well as his drug
store, he would become a bar-tender, and inadmissable into the Order.
155. Decision.—The Grand Sire cannot hear appeals from any Subordinate Lodge, except those under the immediate jurisdiction of the
S. G. L.
156. Decision.—A By-law, permitting firemen to retire, upon an
alarm of fire without addressing the Chair, during the conferring of a
Degree, is illegal.
157. Decision.—The law of 1880, in regard to Cards to members of
defunct Lodges, being self-contradictory, was changed in 1881, giving
to such Cards the same force and effect of a Card from a Subordinate
Lodge.
This was repealed by implication in 1884, and so stood until 1890,
when it was enacted that such Cards did not carry with them the right
to the A. T. P. W., but gave only the rights of an Ancient Odd Fellow.
Such is the law now.
159. Decision.—The Constitutional Amendment, §-5, Art. XVI., does
not exclude from membership a waiter in a restaurant or hotel where
there is no bar.
160. Decision. When the by-laws of a Lodge provide for reference
of application for membership to a committee, but state that an applicant 1489
for reinstatement, upon payment of one year's dues, shall, upon ballot,
be reinstated ; no reference to a committee is required, but the by-law is
defective. It should require its reference to a committee, as in case of
an applicant for membership.
161. Decision.—The donation of $2,000 to the widow of a deceased
brother would be a violation of the law in regard to "trust funds."
162. Decision.—Under the clause "Legitimate Expenses of the
Order," a Lodge cannot vote money to the widow of one who was never
a member of the Order.
163. Decision.—It is not legal to allow a call for aid from the Lodges
to assist those who are suffering from a foreign war, and who are not
members of the Order.
164. Decision.—For "persistant disobedience" a Grand Master,
under general law, has power to suspend a Lodge until the Grand Lodge
shall hear and determine the case.
165. Decision —If the card of a sojourning brother states that his
Lodge pays for watchers, and the amount, the Lodge having the brother
in charge, in case of sickness, has a right to pay not exceeding that
amount, notwithstanding it may provide for watching with its own sick
by draft of its members
166. Decision.—The By-Laws of a Lodge providing for hiring
watchers and the amount to be paid, when a brother is sick at home,
though silent as to this sickness when absent, authorizes a Lodge having
the brother in charge, away from his home, to pay for watchers the same
amount.
167. Decision.—Lodges and Encampments are not on the same basis as to terms. The former can have no terms in which seven meetings
form a majority of the meeting nights of the term.
168. Decision.—A member legally suspended for non-payment of
dues can be re-inst-ated only in the manner provided by the local law.
169. Decision.—Waiters in the dining-room of a hotel, who serve
meals to gtfests and with them wine or other liquors called for only, cannot be classed as bartenders.
170. Decision.— Decision No. 101, Page 14,251 Journal of 1895, does
not apply to District or County Jurisdictions, but to State or Grand
Jurisdictions only.
172. Decision.—Dues against an expelled member restored to membership on appeal to the Sovereign Grand Lodge begin to accrue from
the time the decision is officially announced to the Lodge. 1490
173 Decision.—The Grand Sire is not permitted to consider appeals
from Subordinate Lodges nor members not under the immediate Jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
174. Decision.—The emblems or name of the Order cannot be used
in a memorial window of a church, except in memory of a deceased
Brother. For that purpose they may be as legitimately used there as
upon a tablet or tombstone erected to his memory.
175. Decision.—No member can occupy any position or deliver any
charge in a Degree Staff that he is not qualified to fill by the rank he has
attained as a member of the Order.
176. Decision.—A Brother taken sick before he h&s been a member
six months under a By-Law requiring six months membership before being entitled to benefits, is entitled to benefits if the sickness continues,
as soon as and from the time the six months expires.
' 178. Decision.—Returns of a Grand Lodge in accordance witn instructions though arising upon petitions, should go the Committee of
Appeals, and an appeal from the action of the Grand Lodge is the proper
course to bring the case to a final determination before the S. G. L.
179. Decision.—Two Subordinates having voted according to the
requirements of the local law, and fully complied with that law, have
nothing more to do than to turnover the books, effects, roll of members,
etc. to the Consolidated Lodge, and organize under the new name and
number.
180. Decision.—A member may change his membership under and
in the manner provided in Section 668, though in the saloon business,
without subjecting himself to any disability under section 5 of Art. XVI.
Depositing his Visiting Card and being elected to membership upon
it before his Lodge votes the Withdrawal Card, makes his membership
continuous, though it is not completed, until the Card reaches the Lodge
he has joined and he has signed the constitution.
181. Decision.—A saloon keeper or bar-tender, taking a Withdrawal
Card is entitled to the A. T. P. W., and may visit upon them one year
though he continues the business.
182. Decision^—The law of 1894, making the Chaplain a qualifying
office for V. G., is not retro-active, and applies only to those who shall
serve in that office after its passage.
183. Decision.—A tavern keeper is not necessarily excluded from
membership under § 5 of Art. XVI. If he has a bar in his house and
tends it, he is a bar-tender, and as such excluded.
188. Decision.—The G. L. Constitution, § 1, Art. 1, provides that the
officers shall be G. M., D. G. M., G. Sec., G. Treas., G. Warden,G. Chap.,!
G. Marshal, G. Cond., and G. Herald. 1491
189. Decision.—The payment of dues is a fundamental principle of
the Order, which no Lodge, Grand or Subordinate, can dispense with
or evade.
If a brother performs service for his Lodge, for which he may be
legitimately paid, the amount must be paid to him, and the order drawn
in the usual manner.
190. Ques.—Is such a By-Law of a Subordinate Lodge legal and
proper: "On the death of a member entitled to benefits, the lodge should
pay, as soon as practicable, a person whom they may decide upon, such a
sum of money as an assessment of $1. on every member in good standing
will amount to; said assessment shall be levied by the Lodge and
charged to every member, and when collected shall be paid into the general fund, to reimburse the Lodge for the funeral expenses. In no case
shall more than $100 be paid for funeral expenses.
Ans.—No.
191. Ques.—Is the following By-Law of a Subordinate Lodge legal?
"Each member shall pay into the treasury, $1.00 per year, to be placed
in a special fund to be called the 'Good of the Order Fund,' this to be
used as the Lodge may direct Each member shall have the same
charged to him, and it shall be treated as dues or other assessments,
one-quarter payable quarterly."
Ans.—In the negative.
193. QueSy—A committee upon an application for membership, returns the application to the Lodge without making any report, having
held it a week. The Constitution contains the usual provision, allowing
an application to be withdrawn at any time before the report of the committee. The reasons for their not reporting appear in oral statement,
upon which a question is raised. Can a proposer withdraw the application without having those reasons appear upon the record ?
Ans.—Yes, if he so desires.
195. Ques.—Is it competent for a brother in good standing to change
his relation with the Order from that of a beneficial to a non-beneficial
member.   If so how can it be done ?
Ans.—It is, if he be over 50 years of age.
It can be done by withdrawing from the Lodge and applying for re-
admission as a non-beneficial member. See Sections 616-617-618 of the
Code of 1895. 1492
Extract fbom the'Grand Secretary's Report,
returns for the years 1894 and 1895.
Grand Lodges	
Grand Encampments....
Subordinate Lodges	
Subordinate Encampmts
Rebekah Lodges	
Lodge Initiations	
Encampment Initiations.
Lodge Members	
Encampment Members..
Rebekah Members	
Relief of Lodges	
Relief by Encampments.
Relief by Rebekah Lodge
Total Relief	
Revenue of Lodges	
Revenue of Encampmnts
Revenue of Reb. Lodges.
Total Revenue	
Dec. 31st,
1894.
Dec. 31st.
1895.
56
50
10,592
2,610
3,627
63,845
9,407
790,795
134,330
225,189
$2,993,457 69
284,540 33
45,313 94
3,323,311 96
7,474,338 06
615,932 07
337,600 40
8,427,870 53
56
50
10,875
2,628
4,111
63,219
10,882
779,985
132,694
253,043
13,007,081 33
278.980 08
47,761 73|
3,333,923 14
7,587,850 391
622,357 83
380,795 99
8,591,004 211
Increase. JDecrease.
I	
«i {
'283..'!!!!.'.'!
18	
484	
 ! 626
1,425	
9,190|	
 :        1,636
27,854	
$13,723 64	
 $5,560 25
2,447 79	
10,611 18	
113,512 33	
6,425 76	
43,195 59	
166,133 68	
STATISTICS  OF THE  ORDER  FROM   1830 TO  DECEMBER 31ST,   1895, INCLUDING
AUSTRALASIA,  GERMANY, DENMARK  AND  SWITZERLAND.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  2,077,446
Members Relieved  1,992,280
Widowed families relieved  221,734
Members deceased  193,730
Total Relief  $71,288,702 95
Total Receipts  185,676,996 82
CONDITION  OF THE  ORDER   DECEMBER 31ST,   1895.
Sovereign Grand Lodge   1
Independent Grand Lodges (German Empire, Australasia, Denmark and Switzerland)  4
Subordinate Grand Encampments  54
rtubordinate Grand Lodges  66
Subordinate Encampments  2,651
Subordinate Lodges  11,222
Encampment Members  133,857
Lodge Members  825,629
Rebekah Lodges  4,117
Sisters, members of Rebekah Lodges  143,251
Brothers, members of Rebekah Lodges :  110,242 H93
CONCLUSION.
There is little to be said in explanation of the figures exhibited in
this report. Our gain in membership has not equalled our anticipations
but there is no reason for discouragement. When the sun again shines
upon this country and business resumes its former position, when the
hives of industry are opened and the laborers who have long been idle
assume their old vocations, we may reasonably expect that our Order will
feel the effect of the change and the doors will be opened to many, who
will no doubt seek admission to our Lodge rooms
The officers and members present at this session will, no doubt,
carry to their distant homes the most pleasant recollections of their short
sojourn in the sunny South. They will realize, as never before, the magnificence, grandeur and beauty of our glorious country. Not only will
the citizens of the United States be proud of the exhibit, but our Brethren of Canada will appreciate that we are in an American City, in an
American State, on American soil.
I trust that the business of the session will be harmoniously and
promptly transacted, and that we shall return to our several homes well
pleased with our visit to the beautiful and progressive State of Texas.
Fraternally,
Theo. A. Ross,
Baltimore, Md., September, 1896. Grand Secretary.
In all likelihood this is the last official Report from Bro. Ross as he
failed to be re-elected. That office being filled by Rep. J. Frank Grant
from Kentucky, who is held in the highest esteem in the   . G. Lodge.
EXTRACT  FROM  THE   REPORT  OF  M. R. MUCKLE, GRAND  TREASURER.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
The undersigned has the honor to submit his annual report of the
financial condition of the Sovereign Grand Lodge for the fiscal' year
qnding July 31, 1896.
1895. GRAND  TREASURER. DR.
Oct.   7.   To cash balance received this day from  hands of
the late Grand Treasurer, Isaac A. Sheppard  $4,358 25
Nov. 12.    To cash from sale of $10,000.00 of P. W. & B. R. R.
4 per cent, bonds at $1.04 10,4000 00
|        To cash from sale of $15,000.00 Lehigh Valley R. R.
1896. 4)4 per cent, bonds at $1.03^    15,525 00
July 31. To cash for sundry sums of money received from
Theo. A. Ross, Grand Secretary, from Oct. 7, 1895,
to July 31, 1896  55,176 25
Aggregating $85,459 50 1494
Warrants drawn $56,949 73
July 31.    By balance cash in banks  28,509 77
$85,459 50
Fraternally submitted,
M. RICHARDS MUCKLE,
Philadelphia, July 31,1896. Grand Treasurer.
APPEAL   CASES.
Sixteen cases were presented to the Appeal Committee for their
report which ean be found by referring to Journal of Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
The next meeting of the Sovereign Grand Lodge will be held at
Springfield, Illinois.
NEW   RITUALS  TO   BE   ISSUED.
The following resolution was adopted:
Whereas, At the present Session the Rituals of the Rebekah
Lodges and of the Patriarchs Militant have been by revision made practically new throughout; and
Whereas, No edition has been published by this Grand Body since
1880, covering the amendments and additions to the Rituals of Subordinate Lodges and Encampments during all said years; and
Whereas, Increased interest will be given to the work of all Subordinate Lodges and Encampments by the use of new and revised Rituals and by uniformity of the work; therefore
Resolved,—That the Grand Secretary shall furnish to the Committee
on Printing Supplies all additions and amendments made by this Grand
Body to the Rituals of Subordinate Lodges, Encampments, Rebekah
Lodges and Cantons, including the amendments adopted at this Session.
Resolved, further,—That said Committee on Printing Supplies shall
procure the compilation and publication of revised editions of the said
Rituals of Subordinate Lodges, Encampments, Rebekah Lodges and
Cantons; that said revised editions be placed on sale by the Grand Secretary as soon as practicable after January 1st, 1897. That the prices
of said revised Rituals be the same as now fixed for the present editions,
and that said revisions be furnished to Grand and Subordinate Bodies
in exchange for copies of the old editions at one-half the prices so fixed.
Resolred,—That Grand Jurisdictions through their Grand Masters,
Grand Patriarchs and Department Commanders, be, and they are hereby, directed to cause their Subordinates to procure and use such revised Rituals when the same shall be ready for distribution under the
terms of the above resolutions. *495
Resolved, further,—That all Rituals so received in exchange for new
Rituals shall be destroyed by burning, under the direction of the Committee on Printing Supplies, and that said Committee shall file with
the Grand Secretary their Certificate showing such destruction.
AGED ODD FELLOWS OF DEFUNCT LODGES.
For some time there has been a growing sentiment that provision
should be made for aged members of defunct Lodges, who on account of
advanced years could not find Subordinates that were willing to accept
them as beneficial members. Ample provision for the protection of such
Brothers was made by the adoption of a resolution from the special committee appointed to report on the matter of aged Odd Fellows.
VISITING  CERTIFICATE.
Reps. Grassman and Iszard, of New Jersey, presented the following :
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
|Resolved, that the Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
again be directed to urge upon the Sovereign Grand Lodge the propriety
of abolishing the present form of Visiting Cards, and in place of the same
to issue an official receipt and a general Term Password uniform in its
entire Jurisdiction."
In conformity with the above we respectfully offer the following :
Whereas, One of the principal privileges of membership in our
great Order is the right of intervisitation in a bQdy or as individuals,
indiscriminately of the Jurisdiction to which they may be attached; and
Whereas, The membership on the borders of contiguous Jurisdictions is not availing itself of this privilege to such an extent as would
be desirable and conducive to the prosperity of Lodges and Encampments so located, as well as beneficial to the membership of the same,
and
Whereas, Said privilege is practically made useless and to a certain
extent inoperative by the irksome and cumbersome formalities required
to be observed to obtain the same, to-wit, the "Visiting Cards," without
which it is well known no member can lawfully gain admittance into a
Lodge or Encampment of another Jurisdiction, except when introduced
by an elective Grand Officer; and
Whereas, Numerous Odd Fellows, members of one Jurisdiction
live in another, closely bordering on your own, seldom or ever visit such
Lodges or Encampments, because they are not in possession of a Visiting Card, and, therefore, cannot legally visit, as such members have
obtained a receipt for dues paid and decline to pay twenty-five cents or
more for another one, in the shape of a Visiting Card; and 1496
Whereas, Our great Order claims to be, and is, progressive in its
character, which feature has raised it to the first benevolent Organization on the face of the globe, it is the opinion of a large majority of the
membership that the progressive spirit of our century should be applied
to this relic of the past and that this Sovereign Grand Lodge should
adopt such measures as will afford proper relief to the membership
affected, and at the same time preserve the present safeguards of the
Order; therefore, be it
Resolved, That there be prepared the form of a receipt for dues,
etc., to be recognized as evidence of good standing, when the holder
desires to make visitation in another Jurisdiction, in lieu of a Visiting
Card. Said form of a receipt to be universal throughout all the Jurisdictions on this continent, and to be used as the only and legal receipt
for dues, assessments, fees, etc., by all Lodges, Encampments and Rebekah Lodges. The A. T. P. W., or a substitute therefor, to be communicated to every member when paying his dues, and the privilege
to visit in another Jurisdiction to depend upon his receipt, which shall
bear his signature on the margin, the genuineness of which he must
prove before the Examining Committee, and the proper password.
Said receipts to be sold by the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, to the Grand Secretaries and Grand Scribes of Subordinate Grand Bodies, and to the Lodges and Encampments under the immediate Jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge on this continent
as regular supplies, conformable to the rules and regulations governing
the sale of all supplies by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Said form of receipt to be plainly bound in a convenient shape and
size, with stub attached to each receipt, shaljbe furnished to Subordinate Grand Bodies and to Lodges and Encampments under the immediate jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge on this continent at an
advance not to exceed . . . per .centum of the actual cost, and by
Subordinate Grand Bodies to their respective Subordinates at an additional advance of . . . per centum, whereby the supposed loss from
the sale of Visiting Cards, in our opinion, will not only be amply covered, but will also largely increase the revenue of this Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
Provided, however, that nothing in these preambles and resolution
shall be so construed as to intend to abolish or restrict the present use
and purposes of the Visiting Card, or to abrogate any of the rights and
privileges to which its holder is thereby entitled under the present laws
of the Order; on the contrary, any Brother who by the general laws of
the Order is qualified to apply for the same, shall be entitled to receive
a Visiting Card as heretofore, and the holding of such Visiting Card
shall he prima facie evidence of good standing in the Order; and it is
further H97
Provided, That upon the presentation of an official receipt only, a
Lodge or Encampment shall not be required to pay sick or funeral benefits or render other pecuniary aid to a member of another Jurisdiction
unless so directed by the Lodge or Encampment of which the Brother
is a member, in which case such benefits or moneys paid shall constitute a legal claim against such Lodge or Encampment; and be it further
Resolved, That a Special Committee of Five (to whom we ask this
resolution to be referred) shall report at this or at the next session of
this Sovereign Grand Lodge, and be instructed to submit such form or
forms as will properly meet this growing demand of our Order and
effectually accomplish the desired form.
SICK BENEFITS.
The following is important to all Lodges:
REPORT  FROM  THE  COMMITTEE  ON  JUDICIARY.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
Your Committee has considered the following, which was referred
to it, coming from the Grand Lodge of Connecticut, viz: A Lodge's
By-laws provide for the payment o£dues on or before the 4th meeting
night in the quarter, and that a sick Brother shall not receive benefits
for the first week of sickness. The 4th meeting night in the quarter
occured on the 22nd day of the month. A Brother was taken very sick
on the 16th of the month, he then being in good standing, and remained sick for many months thereafter. His quarterly dues were not paid
until the 27th of the month, but caused himself to be reported sick at
the same time. Was the Brother a beneficiary member ? Recommend
that it be answered, yes.
Which report was adopted.
NOTICE OF  MOTION.
Rep. Phillips, of British Columbia, laid on the table
the following proposition to amend the Constitution :
Amend Article XII., in the first line, by striking out the word " annually " and insert | biennially " in lieu thereof, and the same to take
effect after the meeting in 1898, so as to conform to the term of the officers of this Grand Lodge.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS, British Columbia,     DANIEL WELSH,
0. J. SEMMES, P. H. PELLETIER, N. C.
Rep. Phillips, of British Columbia, laid on the table
the following proposition to amend the Constitution : i?      I498
To amend Article XVI., Section 2, of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
so as to read:
Sec. 2. No person shall be entitled to admission to the Order except free white males who have arrived at the age of eighteen years,
who believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe; Provided, that in Australia, New Zealand and
other countries not on the continent of North America in which the
Order has been or may hereafter be established, and a Grand Lodge or
Grand Lodges formed, the qualification as to age shall be left to local
legislation.
Respectfully submitted,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS, British Columbia.
D. WELSH, British Columbia.
D. E. McKINNON, Manitoba
E. S. CONWAY, Illinois.
O. J. SEMMES, Alabama.
Your Representatives have hopes that this motion
dealing with the age question will carry at the next Session if it is brought to the notice of the different Representatives prior to the meeting.
Rep. Hoyle, of Ontario, moved the following, which
was approved on recommendation of the Committee on
Finance:
Resolved,—That the Sovereign Grand Lodge prepay the duty on all
supplies purchased by the Provinces of the Dominion of Canada, and!
the same be referred to the Committee on Finance for consideration.
CONCLUSION.
Your Representatives have carried out the instructions given us
last year at Nanaimo, so far as we were able.
In concluding this report, we desire to thank you for the honor conferred upon us, as it is indeed a very high honor, to represent British
Columbia in the Sovereign Grand Lodge where over one million members have to be legislated for. Trusting that our actions will meet your
approval,
We remain, yours in
F. L. &T.I
JOS. E. PHILLIPS
D. WELSH.
r Grand Representatives, 1499
The Grand Master appointed Rep. V. Hicks, No. 19,
to fill vacancy on Committee on Judiciary caused by absence of Rep. Lott, No. 16, also S. Clarke, M. D., No. 9,
in the place of Rep. E. C. Davison, No. 9, on Committee
on State of the Order ; and the following to form the
Special Committee on Pj Juvenile Degree:"—J. E. Phillips,
P. G. M., No. 3, D. McMillan, No. 33, A. Wilson, No.
20, G. R. Gordon, No. 26, A. H. Gillanders, No. 7.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following Report which was on motion adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Gommittee on Distribution beg to recommend that the following assignment be made of the matters dealt with in the Grand Secretary's report.
To the Committee on the State of the Order:
The paragraphs headed, "New Lodges" and "Defunct Lodges," page
1; "Tabulated Statements," pages 3, 4 and 5. and the abstracts of the
Reports of Lodges appended to the Report.
To the Committee on Finance:
Those portions of page 2 relating to amounts received and sums due
by Defunct Lodges, Bonds, Rituals, and Official Certificates, Page 3;
New Digests for D. D. G. M's., Odd Fellows Home; Pages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
and 11, Financial Statement.
To the Committee on Printing, the advisability of printing the abstract of Property Reports of Sub-Lodges.
T F. NEELANDS,
R. ROBERTS,
ARTHUR WILSON.
Committee.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted
the following Report :
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
Lodges of this jurisdiction during the past year : 1500
COMPLETE CODES.
MIZPAH REBEKAH LODGE, .No. 2.
AMENDMENTS.
"Harmony," No. 7, approved amendments. Repealing Sec. 2 and 3
of Art. XVII. amending Art. XX, re payment of funeral benefits,
amending duties of Treasurer, appointment of nurses, medical certificates
of candidates for membership, fees for degrees, payment of Secretary,
duties of trustees, assessment to nurse fund, fines and assessments
chargeable as dues in May and November of each year.
"Tatnai," No. 9, Sec. 4, Art. XV. reducing Initiation Fee from 21 to 30
years of age to $10.
"Union" No. 11, Seel and 2, Art. X, abolishing Assessments for
nursing and nurse account. Art XIV. reducing fee for admission by
Deposit of Card to $5.
"Acme," No. 14, Art. 4, Sec. VI. providing for Widows benefit at
discretion of the Lodge not exceeding $75 per annum. Rule of Order
amended respecting closing Lodge or adjournment.
"Kootenay," No. 16, Art. XVII. fixing fee for admission by deposit
of Card, applicants under 30 years of age at $7. and adding new Section,
making members admitted by deposit of Card eligible to benefits from
date of admission.
"Vernon Valley," No. 18, amending Sec. 7, altering night of meeting.
Sec. 36 and 38, reducing fees for initiation and degrees.
"Cheam," No. 28, amending Sec. 1, Art. XX, respecting amount of
sick benefits to be paid and repealing Sec. 5, Art. XXII. fines of officers
for absence at Roll Call.
"Amity," No. 27, Art. XV., Fee for reinstatement of members
suspended for non-payment of Dues.
"Peerless," No. 33, Sec. 2. Art. I, altering hour of meeting.
We were unable to approve of an amendment submitted by "Island"
Lodge, No. 24, to Sec. 1, Art. XI. of its By-Laws, which gave power to
the N. G., and three members to appoint a nurse when necessary, but
striking out the provision for paying the nurse and leaving the payment
optional to the Lodge. I his appeared to your Committee to be incon-
sistant and therefor declined to approve such an arrangement.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS, No. 4.
THOS. E. WALLER, No. 3a
GEO. GLOVER,
R. W. FAWCETT. 1501
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the Report
be received and adopted with the exception of that portion approving of the amendment to the By-Laws of
*'Harmony Lodge, No. 6/' providing for Fines and Assessments being chargeable as Dues in May and November
of each year, which being in conflict with Sec. 3, Art.
IV. of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges be not
approved.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted
the following report which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates to whom was referred the
proposed Amendment to the By-Laws of "Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15," to
reduce the Dues to nine dollars per year, beg to report that the proposed
amendment being contrary to Art. IV., Sec. 1, of the Constitution for
Subordinate Lodges recommend that the same be not approved.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
JOHN CAMPBELL,
THOS. R. PATTERSON,
D. M. O'DWYER,
A. DUNLOP.
The Committre on Petitions presented the following
Report which was adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Petitions, beg to report that' we have examined
the petitions for the undermentioned Lodges and finding that the Law
has been complied with in each case, recommend that Charters be
granted:—Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, Greenwood City ; Silver City
Lodge, No. 39, Sandon ; Slocan City Lodge, No. 40, Slocan City.
W. WALKER,
D. G. DAILEY,
J. A. McK AY,
W. H. LEWIS,
G. W. SHAY.
The Special Committee on Juvenile Degree submitted the following Report which was adopted : 1502
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee to whom was referred the communication re Juvenile branches of the Order, beg to report as follows:
We have had 22 communications and find that the Lodges reporting are equally divided in favor and against the opening of any Juvenile
Lodges, but those in favor did not advance any strong reasons why any
change such as suggested should be made, and your Committee strongly
recommend that no scheme looking to additional Degrees be entertained, as it will only add additional expense to those already contributing
to the Order.
JOS. E.  PHILLIPS, 1
A. H. GILL ANDERS,
ARTHUR WILSON,    } Committee.
d. McMillan
geo. r. gordon.   j
The Committee on Printing submitted the following
Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Printing to whom was referred  the Report of
the Grand Representatives, beg to recommend that the same be printed in the Proceedings of this Session, but that power be given to the incoming Committee on Printing to omit such portions as they may]
decide are not of sufficient interest or that do not affect the Lodges of
this Jurisdiction.
We would also recommend that the Abstract of the Property Reports of Subordinate Lodges attached to the Grand Secretary's Report
be not printed this year as the information contained therein is not as
complete as it should be owing to many Lodges neglecting to report,]
and also in view of the expense that would be incurred in printing it.
FRED'K DAVEY,
A. HENDERSON,
J. NEWTON,
R. J. KILPATRICK,
J. C. McLAY.
1
I
y Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the follow-]
ing Report which was on motion laid on the table for consideration to-morrow.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred that portion
of the Grand Master's Report regarding provision for indigent members
of defunct Lodges, beg leave to report that the subject matter is not ripe for legislation and recommend  that the further consideration  of
the matter be indefinitely postponed.
R. ROBERTS, 1
W. H. HANDLEY,
GEO. WOOBANK, > Committee.
J. H. HUGHES,      I
F. B. JACQUES!     J
Rep. Parker, No. 10, moved the following Resolution
which was seconded by Rep. Neelands, No. 8, and carried unanimously :
Whereas, the 20th day of June has been appointed
a general day of prayer and thanksgiving to Almighty
God for the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of our Most
Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria
Resolved,—That the Grand Master do issue a Proclamation to the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction to
take appropriate action for the due commemoration of the
20th day of June, 1897, by attending some place of worship and offering up   public   thanksgiving to  Almighty
God. % ;§.'
Resolved,—That should any Lodge find it more convenient to select some other day they be permitted to do
so.
The Grand Master presented bill for typewriting six
copies of his report, amounting to eight dollars, which
was on motion referred to the Committee on Finance.
The following questions were submitted by Rep. Gordon, No. 26, and on motion referred to the Committee on
Judiciary:
I should be pleased to receive the opinion of the Grand Lodge now
in session on the following questions:
A Brother taken sick'at a distance from his Lodge returned to his
own city and was sent to the hospital.
The attendant physician would not give a certificate of insanity but
said that the Brother's mind was unbalanced and in his opinion  the i5°4
trouble was only of a temporary nature and the Brother's chances for
recovery were better in hospital than they would be if he were sent to
the asylum.
The hospital authorities refused to keep the Brother unless the
Lodge furnished a watcher or guard for nights. A watcher or guard
was furnished at the rate of $2.00 per night.
The hospital bill (exclusive of watcher or guard etc.) was paid from
the Brother's benefits on authority of order from him. By resolution
of Lodge all expenses incurred (except hospital bill) were charged
against Brother's benefits.
1st. Was it legal to charge expenses incurred for Brother's removal
to city against his benefits ?
2nd.    Was it legal to charge  amount paid  for watcher or guard .
against his benefits ? v%-
3rd.    And if not must amount be taken from nurse fund ?
GEO. R. GORDON, M
Representative Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
Rep. Huxtable, No, i, gave the following notice to
amend the By-laws of the Grand Lodge which was laid
over for one day under the rule:
Whereas, it has been found desirable to cut down
the representation to this Grand Lodge, in order to reduce the expenditure thereof, and as the law permits at present of the appointed Officers receiving their mileage and per
diem; I therefore give notice, that, to-morrow, I will
move to amend Section i, of the By-laws, of this Grand
Lodge, by striking out the words H and appointed^ in the
first line so as to read (( Each elective officer, and the
properly accredited representatives shall redeive, etc,"
W. H. Huxtable.
A communication was read from Bro. H. J. Rickard,
Editor of the " British Columbia Odd Fellow,n submitting proposals for supplying this paper to all members of
the Order in this Jurisdiction on the condition of receiving financial assistance from the Grand Lodge and was on
motion ordered to be received and filed. I5°5
The Committee on the State of the Order submitted
the following Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1. 0. 0. F.;
Your Committee on State of the Order to whom was referred certain parts of the Grand Master's address, beg to report as follows.
We view with pleasure^ the fact that the District Deputies with two
exceptions, one of whom was connected with a Lodge which surrendered
its charter, satisfactorily performed the duties alloted to them.
With reference to the decrease in membership, we believe it is due,
not so much to the continued depression in trade, but to the fact, that
many members are losing connection with their Lodges, on account of
the migratory tendencies of our population, which owing to the extraordinary development of the mining industry has greatly increased during the past year. This fact is evidenced by the institution of new
Lodges in entirely new districts, and we believe that the advance in
this direction will continue and before the end of the year a considerable
increase will be the result.
We note with regret that the Grand Master has had to report the
surrender of the charters of two Subordinate and one Rebekah Lodge—
the first time we believe that such has occured since the institution of
of this Grand Lodge—and we respectfully recommend that the greatest
care be exercised in granting new charters—all the conditions being
fully considered, not only as regards the numbers applying, but also as
to the probable future stability of the Lodges so organized.
With reference to the official receipt—in view of the fact that this
matter has received so much adverse criticism in the Lodge room and
through the press—the principal objections being the smallness of the
card and its high price. We therefore recommend it that be enlarged in
size and cheapened in price.
We commend the action of the Grand Master in paying so many
official visits, especially to the outlying districts, and we recommend
that the same policy be pursued in future.
We heartily endorse the sentiment of the Grand Master in regard
to the B. C. Oddfellow, and recommend it to the continued support of
the Order.
Respectfully submitted.
i
SIBEEE CLARKE,
JAMES STARK, I Committee
GEO. W. ROWLAND, [on State of
T. A. MUIR, I the   Order.
F. B. NELSON. J I5°6 |
The Grand Secretary presented the following notice
received from the retyusite number of Representatives to
amend the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, copies of
which had been forwarded to each Subordinate Lodge as
required by law.
Victoria, B. C, ist March, 1897.
To the Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
I. O. O. F.; jf
The undersigned Representatives of Subordinate
Lodges in this Jurisdiction hereby give notice that they
will move the following amendments to the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge at its next Annual Session in June,
1897- «;"    .     ■     '/§
W. H.  Huxtable,  Rep. Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
R. W. Fawcett,
(i
Columbia
tt
1 2.
S. W. Edwards,
tt
Acme
11
u 14
T. Bamford,
11
Dominion
11
1 4.
W. J. Hanna,
11
Peerless
11
1 33
The Grand Secretary also submitted the following
Report from the Special Committee appointed last Session on revision of Constitution etc.
Victoria, B. C, 26th April, 1897.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Special Committee appointed last Session to submit a revision
of the.Constitutions of the Grand Lodge, Subordinate and Rebekah
Lodges, also a draft Constitution of a Rebekah Assembly, beg to report
that they have given the matter their best consideration and submit]
herewith the result of their labors.
The instructions of last Session to provide for a reduction of the
number of Representatives from the Subordinate Lodges, to one for each
Seventy-five members, also to submit a plan for the election of Grand
Lodge Officers in the Subordinate Lodges, have been carried out and are
incorporated in the proposed Constitution for this Grand Lodge.
* The Constitutions as adopted form an Appendix of the proceedings.
Grand Secretary. 1507
It is suggested with respect to the draft Constitution of a Rebekah
Assembly submitted, that as there is no application yet before this
Grand Lodge for the formation of such a body, and in view of the constant changes being made in the laws of the Rebekah branch of the
Order by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, that it is inadvisable at present
for this Grand Lodge to take any action on the draft Constitution, but
that it be filed for future use if required.
FRED'K DAVEY,
S. W. EDWARDS,
H. WALLER.
It was on motion Resolved:—That the report be received and the proposed amendments considered seriatem.
The amendments proposed to Constitution of the
Grand Lodge were then read and considered seriatem.
The amendment proposed to Sec. 3, Art. II. re reduc1
tion of Representation was declared lost on being submitted to the vote. 29 votes being cast in its favor and 17
against it.
The proposed amendment to Sec. 4, Art. III. providing for the election of Grand Lodge officers in the Subordinate Lodges was also declared lost. 19 votes for, 27
against.
The proposed amendment to Sec. 4, Art II. was also
defeated.
The amendment to Sec. i, Art. III. re Grand Representatives was adopted.
The amendment to Sec. 2, Art. IV. re duties of D.
D. G. M. was adopted.
The amendment to Sec. 5, Art. IV. re duties of
Grand Treasurer was adopted.
The amendment to Sec. 6, Art. IV. re duties of
Grand Representatives was adopted. i5o8
The amendments   to Sec. 2 and 3, Art, VI. re Committee on Credentials and Election Returns were defeated.
The amendment to Sec. 5, Art. VI. -re Committee on
Appeals and Grievances was adopted.
The amendment to Sec. 6, Art. VI. re Committee on
By-laws of Subordinates was adopted.
The amendment to Sec. 3, Art. VIII. jre Committee
on Finance was adopted.
The   amendments  to  Sec. 4 and   5,  Art.  IX. were
adopted.
Sec. 6, Art. IX. was struck out as proposed.
New Sec. 4, Art. X. re Degree Lodges was adopted.
The amendment to Sec.  3, Art XI. re Funds of defunct Lodges was adopted.
The amendment  to Sec. 5, Art. XL re members of
suspended and defunct Lodges was adopted.
The amendment to Sec. 6, Art. XI. re Restoration of
Charter of defunct Lodges was adopted.
It was on motion Resolved:—That this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 7.30 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge assembled at 7.30 p. m., the Grand
Lodge Officers and a quorum   of Representatives being lip
present.     After   examination   of all   present   the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and
Benefits submitted the following Report which was
adopted.
To'the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg to
submit herewith an Abstract of the Returns from Subordinate Lodges
of this Jurisdiction bearing on this subject for the past ten years.
It will be noticed that although there has been a decrease of 159 in
membership during the past year there has been a considerable increase
under the heads of 4< Number of Members Sick " and amount of Benefits paid; also that the average cost per member for Relief has increased
$1.90 per member.
There has been a slight decrease in the averages under all the heads
for the ten years under review as compared with the report of last year.
We are pleased to observe a decrease of $2374.81 in the cost for working expenses as compared with last year and to note- that this item ig
less than that reported for any year since 1891; still we are of opinion
that these expenses are larger than they should be, being over 31 per
cent, of the gross receipts.
The total receipts last year were but $8815.05 in excess of the total
disbursements, which, considering the number of young Lodges we
thave, is not, in the opinion of your Committee, a sufficient surplus  to
carry to reserve to meet future contingencies.
The fact that two Lodges in this Jurisdiction surrendered their
Charters, after having been instituted but a little over two years, presumably from want of funds to meet their liabilities for Sick Benefits
calls for the serious consideration of the Grand Lodge. Either the Benefits paid are out of proportion to the sums received, or the funds of
these Lodges were wasted in non-essential expenditures, such as regalia
paraphernalia etc., and in either case, it should be possible, in the opinion of your Committee for the Grand Lodge to intervene and prevent
if possible, such catastrophes, involving loss, disappointment and inconvenience to a great number of confiding and innocent members and discredit to the Order generally.
FRED'K   DAVEY,
GEORGE NORRIS,
W. E. JOHNSTONE. 1510
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
FOB TEN YEARS
»  No. of Weeks
Benefits Paid
AMOUNT
PAID FOR
03
6 £
o
©
ci
03
o>
ft
1
Sick
Benefits
57*
Funeral
Expenses
Widowed
Families
Relief and
Education of
. Orphans
Special
Relief
Total
Relief   |
1887
802
114
658
22
$5446 75
$1635 00$ 610 00
$
$
$7711 75
18^8
890
116
786
10
5912 75
780 00
160 00
95 00
6947 75
1889
1017
128
893
12
7455 50
875 On
170 00
7 15
8542 65
1890
1202
132
959
6
8057 50
612 50
151 60
-K
8821 60
1891
1430
171
1100
13
9525 70
881 50
120 00
50 00
10567 20
1892
1954
205
1164
13
9675 90
1106 00
300 00
11403 70
1893
2154
247
1279
13
10450 60
1116 00
397 00
.145 00
774 00
12882 60
189-1
HO 15
285
1606
14
13254 47
1093 00
285 00
60 00
544 00 15236 47
1895
2988
313
2053
26
17042 46
2255 50
394 30
170 65
825 55
20635 46
1896
3829
363
2601
26
20742 47
1914 49
712 45
184 50 1342 72
24896 63 I511
SUBORDINATE LODGES
ENDING 3l8T DECEMBER, 1896.
AVERAGE
•
RECEIPTS
Current or
Working
Expenses.
Sickness per
Member
Cost per
Member for
Total Relief.
Cost M'b'r
Current or
Work'   exp.
Cost M'b'r
for all  1/ge
Expenditures
1
ft
QQ         |
• l-H
03
Rent and
other
Investments
Total
1
$7674 54\h% dys
6291 066 "   "
$ 9 61
7 80
$ 9 57
7 07
$   19 18
14 87
$
$
$
$17616 06
18087 16
6377 466     "
8 40
6 27
14 67
18868 58
8367 74 5)$ "
7 34
6 96
14 30
24721 79
12107 87 5)| y\
7 39
8 47
15 86
29591 26
18660 4114 1-6'
5 84
9 55
15 39
44142 93
16111 97 4 1-6'
5 98
7 48
13 46
42480 02
22077 36 3% "
5 05
7 32
12 37
27492 65
14909 50
10275 53
53798 79
17919 01 A% "
6 90    6 00
12 90
8i992 51
5085 n0
7089 44
50191 98
15544 20 6 5-12
8 80    5 50
14 3030955 77
1
4610 00
9151 00
49255 88
Average sickness per member during 10 years  5 1-10 days
|       cost per member for total relief during 10 years  $ 7.31.
"              "            "         |  current expenses during 10 yrs.. 7.41.
"             "            u         "  all   Lodge expenditures during
10 years •  14.73. 1512
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order to whom was referred the
reports of the D.D.G. Masters, beg to state that these reports are, on the
whole, very satisfactory, showing that the District Deputies have faithfully performed their duties, that peace and harmony prevail, and that
the work of the Subordinate Lodges is, with few exceptions, good.
Fraternally submitted,
SIBREE CLARKE,
JAMES STARK,
GEO. W. ROWLAND,
F. B. NELSON,
T. A. MUIR.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the
following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order to whom was referred
portions of the Grand Secretary's report, beg to report as follows:
The portions relating to new and defunct Lodges has been dealt
with by us in another report.
In regard to the portions containing the tabulated statements, we
recommend their adoption, and we think the Grand Secretary is to be
complimented on the clear and concise manner in which they are drawn
up.
Fraternally submitted,
SIBREE CLARKE,
JAMES STARK,
GEO. W. ROWLAND,
F. B. NELSON,
T. A. MUIR.
A communication was read from Bro. R. S. Cunnine-
ham, P. G., a member of Mission City Lodge, No. 32,
asking the Grand Lodge to take his case into consideration
and enable him to regain membership in some Subordinate Lodge of this Jurisdiction, which was on motion referred to the Committee on the State of the Order. The Grand Secretary gave notice of amendments
he would propose to the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge
to-morrow.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
Grand Warden be instructed to confer the Grand Lodge
Degree on the following Past Grands in waiting in the
Ante Room: W. H. Kelly, No. 3, W. M. Bird and J. J.
Carment, No. 9.
The hour prescribed by the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge for the nomination and election of Grand Lodge
Officers having arrived the Grand Master appointed Rep.
Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2, and Rep. R. Roberts, P. G.
M., No. 1, to act as tellers.
W» H. Morton, No. 5, was nominated for the office of
Grand Master by Rep. T. F. Neelands, No. 8.
A. Henderson, No. 2, was nominated for the office of
Deputy Grand Master, by D. Welsh, Grand Representative, No. 13.
E. C. Davison, No. 9, was nominated for the office of
Grand Warden, by J. R. Webster, No. 10.
Fred'k Davey, No. 1, was nominated for the office of.
Grand Secretary, by T. C. Gray, P. G. M., No. 10.
S. W. Edwards, No. 14, was nominated for the office
of Grand Treasurer, by Rep. G. W. Shay, No. 24.
For Grand Representative,—T. F. Neelands, No. 8,
was nominated by Rep. G. W. Rowland, No. 26.
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, was nominated by
Rep. W. B. Skinner, No. 21.
W. H. Morton, No. 5, being the only nominee for
the office of Grand Master, was declared duly elected, the i5H
Grand Secretary on   motion, casting the ballot   for   his
election.
A. Henderson, No. 2, being the only nominee for the
office of Deputy Grand Master, was declared duly elected,
the Grand Secretary, on motion, casting the vote for his
election.
E. C. Davison, No. 9, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Warden, was declared duly elected, tlje
Grand Secretary, casting the ballot for his election.
Fred'k Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Secretary, was declared duly elected, Rep.
J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2, casting the ballot for his
election.
S. W. Edwards, No. 14, being the only nominee for
the office of Grand Treasurer, was declared duly elected,
the ballot for his election being: cast by the Grand Sec-
retary.
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand Representative and the following result announced:
Number of votes cast, 68. Number necessary to
elect, 35. T. F. Neelands, No. 8, received 54 votes, J.
E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, received 14 votes.
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, having received a majority of
all votes cast, was declared duly elected Grand Representative for two years.
W. E. Johnstone, Grand Marshal, gave the following
notice:
I hereby give notice that to-morrow I will move to
amend the By-laws of this Grand Lodge to increase the
mileage of Officers and Representatives to Five cents per mile each way, said By-law not   to take   effect until the
close of the present Session.
W. E. Johnstone. -
The Grand Warden conferred the Past Noble Grand's
Degree on all present.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That this
Grand Lodge do now adjourn to-10 o'clock a. m. to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY
10th June, 1897.
The Grand Lodge met at 10.30 a. m., the Grand
Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives being
present, and after the usual preliminaries the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called*
The minutes of yesterday's Session were read and
adopted.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred the questions
submitted by Rep. G. R Gordon, beg to report the following answers thereto. Ques.—1st.    Was it legal to charge expenses incurred for Brother's
removal to city ?
Ans.—No.
Ques.—2nd.   Was it legal  to charge amount paid  for watcher or
guard against his benefits
Ans.—No.
Ques.—3rd.    And if not, must amount be taken from nurse fund ?
Ans.—Yes.
G. L. CENTER,
V. HICKS.
W. H. BONUS,
J. H. MELDRAM,
H. J. RAYMER.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following Report which was adopted:
To the Grand. Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order to whom was referred
the communication from Bro. R. S. Cunningham, P. G., beg to report
as follows:
While expressing our sincere sympathy with the Brother in his unfortunate position we cannot see any other way in which he may unite
with a Subordinate Lodge according to our existing Laws than by mak-
ing application to join as an Ancient Odd Fellow. Unfortunately the
Brother not having retained membership for at least ten years previous
to the surrender of the Lodge's charter cannot come in under the head
of a non-beneficial Odd Fellow, according to Article II. Sec. 4, of the
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
In our opinion some legislation dealing with such cases should be
brought in by this Grand Body in harmony with Section 614, of White's
Digest.
In regard to his standing in the B. C. Insurance Association we
are advised that it is not in any way affected by his loss of membership
SIBREE CLARKE,
JAMES STARK,
T. A. MUIR,
GEO. W. ROWLAND,
O. B. NELSON. 15*7
Moved by W. E. Johnstone, Grand Marshal, seconded by A. Wilson, Grand Conductor and carried,—That a
special committee be appointed to take into consideration
the legislation passed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at
its last Session (page 14942, Journal of Proceedings)
and report to this Grand Lodge at the 1898 Session, and
that the Grand Secretary be instructed to dispose of the
assets of Lodges who have or who may surrender their
charters, and that the executive of this Grand Lodge be
authorized to use the proceeds for the relief of deserving
aged Odd Fellows.
The Chair appointed the following to form the Special Committee in accordance with the foregoing Resolution: Rep. T. F. Neelands, No. 8, Rep. Hogg, No. 10,
Rep. Stark, No. 26, D. Welsh, Grand Representative,
No. 13, Rep. T. A. Muir, No. 3.
Moved by J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, seconded
by D. Welsh, Grand Representative, No. 13, and carried,—
That a Committee be appointed to report to this Session
of the Grand Lodge what action, if any, should be taken
with regard to the cases of Bros. R, S. Cunningham, P.
G., and Dyas, late members of tc Mission City" Lodge,
No. 32.
The following were appointed to form the Committee:
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, D. Welsh, Grand Representative, No. 13, W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, A. Parker, No.
10, and S. W. Edwards, No. 14.
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0 0. F.
Your Committee on Appeals to whom was referred the appeal of
Bro. J. A. Johnson against the action of Amity Lodge, No. 27, re charge
against Bro. Norman Matheson. beer leave to report as follows: i5i8
1st. We cannot see anything irregular in the report of Trial Committee also in action of the Lodge in rejecting said report.
2nd. The Lodge was not bound to adopt the report of Trial Committee but could vary the penalty or reject it altogether.
3rd. That the vote taken on the resolution for expulsion was quite
in order and the only proper way to decide such resolutions.
According to the evidence submitted it is clearly shown that Bro.
Matheson has been engaged in the business of bar-tender on and off
since 1892, which was prior to the passing of Section 5, Article XVI. of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge Constitution, and as there is no evidence to
prove that he has been engaged in any other business during that time
we are of the opinion that Bro. Matheson does not become amenable to
that law.
We therefore recommend that the appeal be dismissed.
T. F. NEELANDS,
A. PARKER,
WM. HOGG,
W. J. HANNA,
W. H. HUXTABLE.
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
Report
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Appeals to whom was referred the appeal of
Bro. Robert Ray of Acme Lodge, No. 14, I. O. O. F., against the action
of said Lodge in expelling him from the Order, beg leave to report as
follows:
We consider the Lodge did wrong in expelling Bro. Ray, for the
following reasons:
1st. According to the laws and usages of the Order the Lodge
should not have installed the new Treasurer until the Audit Committee
had examined the books and reported them correct.
2nd, The Lodge had according to the report of the Trial Committee
made a settlement with Bro. Ray, and by so doing left no grounds for
charge.
3rd. The Report of the Trial Committee was not complete inasmuch as it did not contain a resolution or resolutions for adoption by
the Lodge, and should have been referred back to them for amendment.
4th. The motion made to adopt the report of the Trial Committee
was out of order, as the Lodge should have waited for a report from the Mm
Committee as amended and then voted on same and either adopted or
rejected it.
5th.   According to the copy of the minutes of the Lodge for October
19th, 1896, your Committee understand that the vote was taken either
by ball or paper ballot, if so, we consider it entirely wrong and out of
. order, as all motions of this kind should be decided  by open  vote and
the yeas and nays recorded.
6tb. Bro. Ray claims that the Noble Grand voted on the motion
for expulsion, but as your Committee are not quite clear as to how the
vote was taken we are not able to decide whether the Noble Grand was
right in his action, but if the vote was taken by the usual show of hands
or the yeas and nays taken, the Noble Grand was out of order and the
motion lost as it did not obtain the two-thirds majority as required by
law.
After taking everything into consideration we are of the opinion that
Acme Lodge, No. 14, did wrong in expelling Bro. Ray.
We therefore recommend that the appeal of Bro. Ray be sustained,
and that Acme Lodge be ordered to reinstate Bro. Ray forthwith.
A. PARKER,
WM. HOGG,
W. H. HUXTABLE.
I am of the opinion that a vote by ball or paper ballot, would be
legal, and in order.    With the balance of the report I agree.
T. F. NEELANDS.
It was moved and seconded,—That the report be
adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment,—That all
the words in the last Paragraph from the word "sustained" be struck out and the following words inserted in
lieu—u dismissed and the action of the Lodge be sustained."
Moved and seconded as an amendment to the amendment,—U That the matter be referred back to "Acme"
Lodge, No. 14, for a new trial."
The amendment to the amendmeut was declared carried.    Forty-one voting in the affirmative and 9 against. The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred a resolution
from Harmony Lodge, No. 6, and Banner Lodge, No. 31, addressed to
the Grand Master, beg to report as follows:
That our Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be instructed to use their influence to reduce the price of the Official Certificate
forms. We would also advise the above Lodges to procure the new
Rituals as we consider that the use of the old ones is illegal,
J. H.  MELDRAM.
G. L. CENTER,
V. HICKS,.
H. J. RAYMER,
W. H. BONUS,
Moved by G. L. Center, seconded by G. R. Gordon,—
That a Committee be appointed from this Grand Lodge
to enquire into the amount of benefits paid by Lodges in
this Jurisdiction with special reference to monthly dues
with a view of formulating a uniform system based upon
sound financial principles and to report to the next Session of this Grand Lodge.—Carried.
The Chair appointed the following Special Committee
on the foregoing Resolution:
G. L. Center, No. 26, G. R. Gordon, No. 26, A. Dun-
lop, No. 30, G. W. Rowland, No. 26, and A. H. Ferguson, No. 3.
A motion to adjourn to 2 o'clock this afternoon was
negatived on being put to the vote.
* The consideration of the proposed amendments to
the By-laws of the Grand Lodge was then proceeded
with.
* The By-laws adopted form an appendix to these Proceedings.
Grand Secretary. 1521
The amendment offered by Rep, Huxtable, No. i,
striking out the payment of Mileage and Per Diem to the
appointed officers of the Grand Lodge was lost on being
submitted to the vote.
The amendment offered by W. E. Johnstone, No. 8,
to increase the Mileage to Five cents per mile each way
not to take effect until the close of the present Session
was adopted.
The following additional By-laws, notice of which
was given by the Grand Secretary yesterday were adopted, j!       iiiis-.
Re granting Dispensations for new Lodges.
Re ordering of and payment for Supplies.
Re Seal for Subordinate Lodges.
Re Bonds of Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer.
Re Deposit and withdrawal of monies from Bank by
Grand Treasurer.
Re Printing and Distribution of Proceedings of
Grand Lodge.
Re Mergement of two Lodges.
Re Consolidation of two Lodges.
Re Reports to be rendered and Per Capita Tax paid
or Lodges not entitled to representation.
Re Grand Secretary informing Subordinates of expulsions, rejections and suspensions.
Rep. O. B. Nelson, No, 37, gave the following notice
to amend By-Law No.   1,  which was laid over until to
morrow under the rule.   After the word i 'route,'' in the 6th
line insert   the  following: except   where   transportation 1522
cannot be obtained at that rate, when actual transportation expenses by the most practical and cheapest route
shall be allowed, provided this shall have reference to
fare only, lodging and board not to be included.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
Grand Lodge do now adjourn until eight o'clock this
evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8.30 p. m., all the
Grand Lodge officers and a quorum of Representatives
being present.
The Grand Marshal examined those present and reported all qualified, whereupon the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
Report which was  adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F :
Your Committee on Judiciary have carefully examined the portions
of the Grand Masters report referred to them, and beg to report as follows:
We recommend that the decisions of the Grand Master and those of his
Deputies be approved with the following exception: we find that Sister
Ida M. Pearca, D. D. G. M., of Rebekah District, No. 5, gave a dispensation to Fidelity  Rebekah Lodge, No. 10, Ladners, to hold a public 1523
gathering which  we consider illegal, that power being vested in the
Grand Master only.
G. L. CENTER,
V. HICKS,
H. J. RAYMER,
W. H. BONUS.
JOHN H. MELDRAM.
Moved by W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, seconded by S. W.
Fdwards, No. 14,—That the Grand Representatives of
this Grand Lodge be instructed to support any legislation
that may be brought forward in the Sovereign Grand
Lodge to allow Subordinate Lodges to substitute badges
for the regalia now in use.—Carried.
The Grand Secretary presented and read the Report
of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Odd Fellows Insurance
Association of British Columbia for the past year, and it
was on motion resolved that the report be received and
printed with the proceedings of this Session.
Victoria, B. C, 1st June, 1897.
To the Officers and Members of the Odd Fellows Insurance Association of
British Cotumbia:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—I beg to submit, for your consideration,
a report of the proceedings of this Association for the year just ended.
membership.
No. of members as per last report       181
No. of members admitted during the year         18
199
No. of members suspended during the year         15
No. of policies in force       184 1524
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
ENDOWMENT FUND.
Receipts.
Balance from last report  $ 346 91
Received for Assessments     2127 03
I       %    Interest         14 18
Balance           311 18
$2800 00
Payments.
Insurance on death of Bro. R. Andrews    $1,000 00
Bro. G. Doughty      1,000 00
I 1 Rro.  A. Laing         800 00
(part payment) $2,800 00
MAMAGEMENT  FUND.
Receipts.
Balance from last report  $369 27
Received for dues  279 00
I        "   Entrance Fees   7 50
$655 77
Payments.
Secretary-Treasurer's Salary  $100 00
Agents, Commission  87 23
Medical Referee's Fees  11 50
Priuting..      36 25
Bond of Secretary-Treasurer  10 00
B. C, Odd Fellow, Advertising  37 50
Postage and Sundries.
17 00
$299 48
Balance. $356 29
SUMMARY.
Balance to credit of Management Fund  $356 29
"        " Debit of Endowment Fund     311 18
Net cash balance  $45 11
Deposited in Dominion Gov't Savings Bank.. $ 8 46
"        u Bank of British Columbia  6 26
In hands of Secretary-Treasurer  30 39
$45 11
Fraternally submitted,
FRED'K DAVEY,
Secretary- Treasurer, 1525
Examined and found correc*,
S. W. EDWARDS,
W. J. HANNA,
Auditing Committee.
The consideration of the report of the Committee on
revision of Constitutions was resumed.
* The Rules of Order as submitted by the Committee
were considered seriatem and adopted.
* The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges reported
by the Committee on Revision was considered seriatem
with the following result :
The preamble and Art. I. were adopted.
Sec. 1. of Art. II. was amended by adding to the
qualification for membership 4 cand is not a saloon keeper, a bartender or a professional gambler," and by adding
at the end of the section the words c cor permission be first
obtained from the officers of the Jurisdiction in which the
candidate resides."
See's 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, of Art. II. were adopted.
See's 1 and 2 of Art. Ill, were adopted.
The proposed amendment to Sec. 3. of Art. III. to
elect applicants for membership on a live Withdrawal
Card by a majority vote was struck out, and the Section
as amended adopted.
See's 4, 5 and 6 of Art. III. were adopted.
See's 1, 2 and 3 of Art. IV. were adopted.
Sec. 4. of Art. IV. was amended by striking out the
words "three months" and   inserting in   lieu   the words
"thirteen weeks."
* The Rules of Order and Constitutition of Subordinate  Lodges as
adopted form appendices to these proceedings.
Grand Secretary. ic;26
See's 5, 6, 7 and 8, of Art. IV. were adopted.
Rep. G. R. Gordon, No. 26, was excused from further attendance.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 9 a. m. tomorrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
Ar\
PHIRD Dx\Y
nth June, 1897.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9.15 a, m., the
Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives
being present. All present were examined and reported
duly qualified, and the Grand Lodge was declared open
for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of preceding day's session were read and
adopted.
Rep. Stark, No. 26, submitted the following question
which was on motion referred to the Committee on Judiciary:
Can a Subordinate Lodge by resolution discontinue
the practice of the Warden addressing the Chair in retiring to and entering from the Ante Room in the discharge
of his duties?
It was on motion Resolved,—That the Installation of
Grand Lodge Officers take place this evening at 7.30
o'clock, and in the Third Degree. J527
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the offer
of D. Welsh, Grand Representative, to exemplify the
Secret Work this evening be accepted. IP
The amendment offered by Rep. O. B. Nelson, No*
37, to By-law No. i, of the Grand Lodge, notice of which
was given yesterday, was seconded and adopted.
The consideration of the Report of the Special Committee on revision of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges was resumed.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the action
of the Grand Lodge yesterday in adopting Sec. 5 of Article IV., be reconsidered.
It was moved and seconded,—That the Section be
amended by inserting the words "where no expenses are
"incurred, no appropriation shall be made." The motion was negatived on being submitted to a vote.
Section 1 and 2 of Article V, were adopted.
Article VI. was adopted.
Clause I., Section 1, Article VII., was amended by
striking: out the word "shall" in fifth line and inserting
the word "may" in lieu thereof.
Clause 2, Section 1, Article VII., was amended by
inserting the words "the vote being taken by ball or
paper ballot" after the Word "present" in the fourth line.
Clauses 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, were adopted.
Clause 8 was amended by adding thereto the following: "All applications for Withdrawal Cards or Dismissal
"Certificates must be made in writing over the signature
"of the Brother applying for the same."
Sections 2, 3 and 4, of Article VII.,. were adopted. I528
Rule 3, of Section i, Code of Procedure, was amended by inserting the words "ball or paper" after the word
"by" in second line, and Rule 8, of Section i, was
amended by inserting'the words, "the vote to be taken
by ball or paper ballot" after the word "resolution" in
the tenth line.
ed
The remainder of the Code of Procedure   was adopt-
Sections 6 and 7 of Article VII., were adopted.
Article VIII., was adopted.
Section 1, of Article IX., was amended by striking
out the word unor" in fifth line and inserting the words
" No member of this Lodge shall'   in place thereof.
Section 2, of Article IX., was adopted.
Articles X., XL, XII. and XIII were adopted.
It was on motion Resolved—That the Cipher and Key
adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Session 1895, ^e
printed   at  the   end   of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges.
A motion to reconsider Clause 2, Section 2, Article
IV. was defeated.
The Constitution of Rebekah Assembly submitted
by the Committee was on motion adopted as a whole.
* The amended Constitution for Rebekah Lodges,
submitted by the Committee was considered seriatem.
Art. I., II. and III. were adopted.
Clause 4, Art. IV., was amended by the substitution
of the word "may" for the word "shall."
* The Constitution of Rebekah Lodges forms an appendix to these
Proceedings.
Grand Secretary. J529
The remainder of the Constitution was adopted.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report which was adopted.
To the Grand L
itish Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred the following
question from Rep. Bro. Stark, No. 26, beg to report as follows:
Ques.—Can a Subordinate Lodge by resolution discontinue the
practice of the Warden addressing the chair in retiring to and entering
from the Ante Room in the discharge of his duties ?
Ans.—No officer or member can enter or retire from the Lodge room
when the Lodge is open without the proper sign or signs. In the initiatory degree this does not apply to the outside Conductor when he
brings in the candidate to be initiated, nor to the Warden when he conducts the candidate to the ante room by order of the N. G., nor does it
apply to the officers who are allowed by the Degree Ritual to enter or retire without add essing the chairs.
G. L. CENTER,
V. HICKS,
J. H. MELDRAM,
W. H. BONUS,
H. J. RAYMER.
. J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, and Rep. A. H. Ferguson, No. 3, submitted the following question which
was referred to the Committee on Judiciary:
Is a member who is in arrears, but not suspended for
non-payment of Dues, entitled to attentive benefits? And
if so, of what do these attentive benefits consist ?
The Special Committee on the cases of Bros. Cunningham, P. G. and Dyas, submitted the following report
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Special Committee to whom was referred  the case of  Bros.
Cunningham and Dyas, members of Mission City Lodge, No. 32, now defunct, beg to report that we cannot find that the Sovereign Grand Lodge
has provided any legislation applicable to these cases. 1530
We cannot recommend this Grand Lodge to take any action in the
premises, in consequence of the want of legal power, although we think
that these members should be secured for nominal benefits in some way
by the Grand Lodge.
We would strongly recommend that our Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be requested to introduce legislation into that body,
which will fill the requirements of such cases, say by allowing members of
defunct Lodges holding Grand Lodge Cards, the privilege of paying dues
and to receive benefits from the Grand Lodge, as in the case of Subordinate Lodges, these brothers to be termed Odd Fellows at large.
J. E. PHILLIPS,
D. WELSH,
A. PARKER,
S. W. EDWARDS.
Moved by W. E. Johnstone, Grand Marshal, No. 8,
seconded by Rep. H. J. Raymer, P. G. M., No. 36, and
carried,—That the Grand Secretary be instructed to forward to each Subordinate Lodge in this Jurisdiction, a
circular letter giving a synopsis of the report of the Special Committee on Statistics, calling special attention to
the cost per member for Benefits and for Lodge expenses
and urging each Lodge to as far as possible, curtail the.
cost of management, and to take into consideration
the ratio of dues and benefits and see that their Lodge is
on a sound financial basis.
Moved by Rep., Raymer, P. G. M., No. 36, seconded
by Rep. Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2, and carried,—That
our Grand Representatives be and are hereby instructed
to vote in the Sovereign Grand Lodge against the proposed amendment of Article IX., Section 3, Sovereign
Grand Lodge Constitution, which proposed Amendment,
if carried, changes the qualifications of Grand Representatives.
Rep. G. W. Rowland, No. 26, submitted the following
question which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. i53i
Can a Lodge use money frOtp its funds to defray expenses of Anniversaries, At Homes or Banquets?
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That our
Grand Representatives be instructed to vote for the proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge permitting persons to be admitted into the
Order at Eighteen years of age.
It was on motion Resolved,—That our Grand Representatives be instructed to support the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
to hold its Sessions bi-ennially„
Moved, seconded and carried,—That our Grand Representatives be instructed to vote against the establish-
ment of a Juvenile Degree in connection with the Order.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented
the following Report which was adopted : *532
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 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:
NAMKS.
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T. F. Neelands	
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T. R. Patterson	
J. C. McLay	
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A. A. FARWELL,
R. L. ALLEN,
W. SHAW,
P. WADE,
W. B. SKINNER The Committee on Finance, submitted the following
Report:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.^O .0. F.;
Your Finance Committee beg to Report that we have examined the
books, vouchers, etc., of the Grand Secretary anci 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 5th, 1897 $1999 66
Per Capita Tax, 2830 at 90 cents per member, 45 cents on 30th
June, aud 45 cents on Slst December   2547 00
$4546 66
EXPENDITURE.
Grand Secretary's Salary     $ 600 00
Grand Master's expenses     100 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax     150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's office      l60.00
Printing '     300 00
Premium on Bonds       25 00
Postage Grand Secretary     30 00
Postage Grand Master       15 00
Caretaker, Grand Secretary's office       20 00
Card in B. C. Odd Fellow  ,       10 00
Extra expenses Grand Master, past term       24 50
Typewriting Grand Master's address         8 00
Janitor and light, present Session.        7 50
Mileage and Per Diem this Session   1052 45
Account of B.  C.  Odd  Fellow  against Perseverance
Lodge, No. 29 -     3 00
$2443 45
Balance       $2103 21
In consideration of the extra expense incurred by Officers and Representatives of this Grand Lodge in attending this Session, we would
respectfully recommend that a donation of 2% cents per mile be made
to all Officers and Representatives in attendance which would still leave
a balance in the Grand Treasurer's hands of over $560.00.
S. W. EDWARDS,
F. S. WHITESIDE,
W. R. MACKINTOSH,
CHAS. A. WARREN,
A. H. FERGUSON. I535
It was moved and seconded,—That the Report be received and adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment,—That that
portion of the Report referring to a donation to the Officers and Representatives in attendance at this Session be
struck out.
The amendment on being submitted to the vote was
declared lost and the original motion carried.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following
Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Finance to whom was referred certain portions
of the Report of the Grand Secretary, beg to report as follows:
We recommend that the Bill of the B. C. Odd Fellow, of $3.00
against " Perseverance" Lodge, No. 29, now defunct, be paid from the
sum received from the sale of furniture of Mission City Lodge, No. 32,
also defunct.
We also recommend that new Digests be not supplied to D.D.G.M's.,
as they have the privilege of consulting the Digest in any Lodge in their
District.
We also recommend that Five cents per member per year be deducted from amount realized from Per Capita tax and placed to the
credit of the Odd Fellow's Home Fund.
The action of " Vancouver" Lodge, No. 8, in generously donating
$5.50 to the "Home" Fund is worthy of commendation and is an example that we hope will be followed by other Lodges.
The Financial Statement at pages 6 to II we find correct and corresponds with the books.
S. W. EDWARDS,
W. R. MACKINTOSH,
F. S. WHITESIDE,
CHAS. A. WARREN,
A   H. FERGUSON.
It was on motion Resolved,—That this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 2 o'clock this afternoon.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2.30 p. m., the
Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives being
present. The members present were examined, reported
qualified, and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
A communication was read from the Odd Fellow's
Relief Association of Canada asking for a certificate to enable it to do business in this Jurisdiction.
It was moved and seconded,—That the communication be received and filed.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment,—That
the communication be received and the request granted.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment to the
amendment.—That the communication be received, and
laid on the table for one year.
The amendment to the amendment was declared carried on being submitted to a vote.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
Report:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. O. F :
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred the question
submitted by J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3, and Rep. A. H. Ferguson,
viz: Is a member who is in arrears but not suspended for non-payment
of dues entitled to attentive benefits, and if so of what do these attentive benefits consist ?
Beg leave to report:—The Brother is entitled to attentive benefits,
which benefits consist of attention by visitation by the members of the l537
Visiting Committee of his Lodge and any special   pecuniary  relief as
may be  provided by the By-laws of the Lodge.
G. L. CENTER,
V. HICKS.
W. H. BONUS,
J. H.  MELDRAM,
H. J. RAYMER.
Moved and seconded,—That the report be received
and adopted.
Moved and seconded as au amendment,—That the
Report be referred back to the Committee for amendment.
On the vote being taken the amendment was' declared lost and the original motion carried.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the action of the
Grand Lodge by which the Report of the Committee on
Finance dealing with the remuneration to be paid for attendance at this Session was adopted this morning be reconsidered.
It was moved and seconded,—That the report be
amended by striking out the word {l Donation n and inserting the words u Additional allowance n in lieu thereof.
The Grand Master ruled the motion out of order, being contrary to the By-laws of the Grand Lodge.
It was moved and seconded,—That the Report of the
Committee on Finance be adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment,—That that
portion of the report referring to a donation to the Officers
and Representatives attending this Session be struck out
and the Report adopted as amended.
The vote was taken on the amendment and it was
declared carried, 21 votes being cast for and 14 against it.
The Ayes and Nays were called for on this question,
by the requisite number of Representatives. 1538. . I
It was on motion Resolved,—That the Grand Master
be authorized to excuse any Officer or Representative who
does not wish to vote on this question.
The Ayes and Nays were then taken as follows:
Ayes:—Gilmour, Henderson, Davey, Webster, Johnstone, Norris, Muir, Hughes, Walker, Dailey, Gillanders,
Neelands, McKay, Hogg, Bonus, Patterson, Jacques, Skinner, Shaw, Center, Kilpatrick, Warren, Raymer.—23.
Nays.—Phillips, No. 4, Welsh, Meldram, Parker,
O'Dwyer, Campbell, Handley, McLay, Hicks, Rowland,
Lewis.—11.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom the following question frona
Rep. Rowlands was referred, beg to report as follows:
Question.—Can a Lodge use money from its funds in defraying expenses for anniversaries, at homes, or banquets ?
Answer.—A Lodge can use its funds for procuring music or speakers
for the celebration of the anniversary of Odd Fellowship in America, but
for no other purpose except the Lodge has a provision in its By-Laws
for a contingent fund which may be used for any legitimate objects of
the Order by resolution of the Lodge.
G. L. CENTER,
V. HICKS,
W. H. BONUS,
H. J. RAYMER,
J. H. MELDRAM.
The following resolution was offered and adopted :—
That a refund of Eighteen Dollars be made to ? 'Carson'
Lodge, No. 37, on account of Per Capita Tax.
It was moved aud seconded—That the next Annual
Session of this Grand Lodge be held at New Westminster. 1539
It was moved and seconded as an amendment,—That
the words "New Westminster" be struct out and the word
"Rossland" inserted. -
Moved and seconded as an amendment to the amendment.—That  "New Westminster"   be   struck   out   and
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Wellington" inserted.
A majority of votes appearing for f New Westminster" it was declared selected as the place of meeting of
the next Annual Session.
Resolved,—That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
seven o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7.30 P. M. : The
Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives
being present.
After the examination of all present the Grand Lodge
was declared open for business.
It was on motion Resolved,—That the calling of the
Roll be dispensed with.
The minutes of this morning's Session were read and
adopted.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
thanks of this Grand  Lodge are due and are hereby ent- *54°
dered to "Tatnai" Lodge, No. 9, for the use of the Hall,
etc., for this Session of the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge
Degree and opened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree Members in waiting having been
admitted the Installation of the Officers for the ensuing
year was proceeded with, the Grand Master appointing
R. Roberts, P. G. M., and J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., to
present the Officers elect.
W. H. Morton, No. 5, was presented, obligated and
duly installed as Grand Master for the ensuing year.
The Grand Master then installed the following Officers el£ct.
A. Henderson, No. 2, as Deputy Grand Master.
E. C. Davison, |   9, as Grand Warden,
Fred'k Davey, "   1, as Grand Secretary.
S. W. Edwards, " 14. as   Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master made the following appointments
who were duly installed in their respective Chairs, with
the exception of Bro. D. D. Griffiths who was not present.
A. H. Gillanders, No.   7 Grand Chaplain.
A. Wilson, "  20 Marshal.
W. Hogg, '\ 10 Guardian.
D. D. Griffiths,       " 31 Conductor.
W. B. Skinner,       | 21    Herald,
The Grand Master then appointed the following as
his District Deputies for the ensuing year :
W. Walker, No. 4, District No. 1, for Lodges Nos. 1, 2, 4,14 and 33.
H. Gilley, No. 13, District No. 2, for Lodges Nos. 3, 13 and 27.
A. Dunlop, No. 30, District No. 3, for Lodges Nos. 5, 20, 30 and 35.
D. J. Mclnnes, No. 6, District No. 4, for Lodges Nos. 6 and 29.
George Marshall* No. 7, District No. 5, for Lodge No. 7, <>.
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W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, District No. 6, for Lodges Nos. 8,10, 19 and
G. Loney, No. 9, District No. 7, for Lodge No. 9.
J. A. Pritchard, No. 11, District No. 8, for Lodge No. 11.
J. Harte, District No. 9, for Lodge No. 12.
T. R. Patterson, No. 15, District No. 10, for Lodge No. 15.
P. B. C. Turner, No. 16, District No. 11, for Lodge No. 16.
J. C. McLay, No. 17, District No. 12, for Lodge No. 17.
S. T. Elliott, No. 18, District No. 13, for Lodge No. 18.
H. Kinsman, No. 21, District No. 14, for Lodge No. 21.
P. Wade, No. 22, District No. 15, for Lodge No. 22.
J. Burr, No. 23, District No. 16, for Lodge No. 23.
G. W. Shay, No. 24, District No. 17, for Lodge No. 24.
B. Vance, No, 28, District No. 18, for Lodge No. 28.
F. Mesley, No. 25, District No. 19, for Lodge No. 25.
G. H. Parsons, No. 34, District No. 20, for Lodge No. 34.
J. Kirkup, No. 36, Distrtct No. 21, for Lodge No, 36.
E. Spragget, No. 37, District No. 22, for Lodge No. 37.
J. H. Hallett, No. 38, District No. 23, for Lodge No. 38.
DISTRICT  DEPUTIES—REBEKAH   LODGES.
Sister Mrs. Riddell, No. 1, District No. 1, for Lodge No. 1.
Sister Mrs. J. W. Armstrong, District No. 2, for Lodges Nos. 2 and 7.
Sister Miss L. F. Non is, District No. 3, for Lodge 3.
Sister Mi's. Ouickshank, Blstrict No. 4, for Lodge No. 4.
Sister Mrs. V. J, Holmes, District No. 5, for Lodges Nos. 5, 6 and 10.
Sister Mrs. Skinner, District No. 6, for Lodge No. 9.
Sister Mrs. Morgan, District No. 7, for Lodge No. 10.
Sister Mrs. Ennis, District No. 8, for Lodge No. 11.
STANI&i-IG COMMITTEES.
Finance.—T. Bamford, No.  4 ;  W. R. Mackintosh,   No. 33 ;  W. H.
Handley, No. 14 ; F. S. Whiteside, No. 20 ;  A. H. Ferguson, No. 3.
Appeals.—H. B. Gilmour, P. G. M., No. 10; J. A. McKay, No 8 ; A.
McKenzie, No. 26; T. A. Muir, No. 3; 3.Z. Choate, No. 22. 1542
Laws of Subordinates.—J. Crossen, No. 5; G. W. Rowland, No.
26; A. McGregor, No. 5; H. L. Bates, No. 35; T. F. Haggert, No. 6.
Petitions.—S. Clarke, No. 9; J. W. Burr, No. 23; H. Baxter, No. 28;
J. Jackson, No. 36; John M. Leod, No. 12.
State of the Order.—J. H. Meldram; P. G. M., No. 2; G. L. Center, No. 26; W. H. Gardiner, No. 27; W. J. Hanna, No. 33; R. Rivers,
No. 5.
Legislation.—J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3; G. E. Norris, No. 5;
D. D. Griffiths, No. 31; L. Mounce, No, 11; W. H. Bouus, No. 12
Judiciary.—R. Roberts, P. G. M., No. 1; J. Stark. No. 26; D.
O'Dwyer, No. 10; J. F. Stainton, No. 21; A. H. Gillanders, No. 7.
Mileage and Per Diem.—C. H. Mowatt, No. 10; G. Woobank, No.
35; W. E. Holmes, P. G. M., No. 1; John Newton, No. 20: D. R. McDonald, No. 11.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; J. H. Hughes, No. 3;G . Glover, No.
4; W. M. C. Girr, No. 20: F. Cockburn, No. 25.
Statistics re Dues & Benefits.—Grand Secretary; W. E. Johnstone, No. 8: E. Quennell, P. G. M., No. 5.
D. Welsh, Grand Representative, exemplified the
Secret Work of the Initiatory and Three Degrees of the
Order in a very acceptable manner.
The Third Degree members having retired, the
Grand Lodge was closed in the Third Degree and re-opened in the Grand Lodge Degree.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
appointments of the Grand Master be confiimed.
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That the
thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the retiring
Grand Lodge officers for the able mariner in which they
have conducted the business of the Grand Lodge during;
the past year.
The minutes of this Evening's Session were read and
on motion adopted. *543
It was on motion Resolved,—That this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge was declared closed accordingly.
FRED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
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REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTIES GRAND MASTERS,
Victoria, B. C, May 3lst, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand. Master, J.O.O.F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—With pleasure I submit to you the report
of my term of office as D. D. G. M., for district No 1, comprising the
five Lodges in the City of Victoria, all of which I am pleased to state are
progressing favorably. The officers are competent, and well versed in
the work, and notwithstanding the ha/d times and general depression
in trade, conditions which seriously affect. Lodge growth, our Lodges
work harmoniously, keep pushing ahead and are quite hopeful for the
future.
At the installations, ten in all, during my term of office, I was very
kindly assisted by the Past Grands, the Past Grand Masters, and the
resident officers of the Grand Lodge, for which I tender my sincerest
thanks.
My duties for the year just passed have been very pleasant indeed.
The questions submitted during the term, together with my answers
thereon are hereto annexed.
I remain yours,
Very fraternally,
W. j.'hanna,
D.D.G.M., District No. 1.
Victoria, August 18th, 1896.
W. J. Hanna, Esq., D. D. G. M., District No. 1, B. C, J. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—The undersigned, a member of Acme
Lodge, No. 14, I. 0. O. F., respectfully appeals to you from the action
of the above named Lodge, namely: At a regular meeting of said
Lodge held on the 17th inst., it was moved by P. G. Handley, and seconded by Bro. Sinclair, that we do now adjourn, whereupon the Noble
Grand refused to put the motion, declaring the same to be out of order.
The undersigned then appealed from the decision of the chair and the
question, ( shall the chair be sustained H being put resulted in atie vote.
The Noble Grand then gave a casting vote and declared the chair sustained. I therefore appeal from such decision believing a motion to adjourn in order.    Rule of order No. 24, of Acme Lodge,  reads thus: A 1548
motion to close or adjourn is always in order after the regular business
is concluded, which motion shall be decided without debate. The business of the Lodge had been concluded up to Good of the Order.
Please inform me whether rule of order No. 24, is constitutional.
I remain,
Yours fraternally,
S. W. EDWARDS.
Victoria, B. C, September 4th, 1896.
S. W. Edwards, Esq.,
Dear Sir and Brotbbr,—Replying to your appeal of August 18th,
re the action of the Noble Grand and certain members of Acme Lodge,
No. 14, L O. O. F., at their meeting held on the 17tli inst., must say that
the Noble Grand was in error and did violate the rules of order of Acme
Lodge if he refused to put a motion to adjourn after the business of the
evening had been concluded, as such a motion should be put immediately and without debate. Also when the motion was put, " Shall the
chair be sustained," the Noble Grand was in error in voting, as he
should have remained silent on a question in which he was immediately
interested, allowing the Vice Grand to put the motion, also those members who voted to sustain the chair were in error, as it was a violation
of the rules of order of Acme Lodge, they having defined a two-third
vote necessary to make any temporary departure. Rule No, 24, of Acme
Lodge, although not unconstitutional, yet being worded imprudently,
is liable to lead one to err who is unacquainted with parliamentary law.
Yours fraternally,
W. J. HANNA, D. D. G. M.
On November 2nd, 1896, I received from A. Sherret, Past Grand of
Acme Lodge, No. 14, a number of questions which I submit with my answers thereto as following:
Victoria, R. C, November 9th, 1896.
A. Sherret, Esq.,
Dear Sir and Brother,—To your questions of the 2nd inst., allow
me to reply as follows:
1st. A Brother having been elected to act on a trial committee and
after first meeting of said committee asks the Noble Grand verbally to
be allowred to withdraw from acting on the same. Has the Noble Grand
power to grant such request without having another Brother appointed
to the retiring Brother's place. J549
Answer.—A Brother wishing to withdraw from a committee after
being elected by his Lodge to that position must first tender his resignation to the Lodge and if they accept it they must immediately elect
another to fill the vacancy. The Noble Grand has neither power to appoint to, nor release from, in the matter.
2nd. Is it constitutional for the Noble Grand to preside at a regular meeting of the Lodge when the evidence and findings of a trial committee are being read and discussed, the Noble Grand being the accuser?
Answer.—I would prefer seeing the Junior Past Grand preside at
such a time.
3rd.—Has the Noble Grand the power to place a motion before the
Lodge to expel an accused Brother, the Noble Grand himself being the
accuser ?
Answer.—Your By-laws state that the Noble Grand shall preside at
all meetings, but your charge book allows the right supporter of the
Noble Grand to officiate during a temporary absence, so that the Noble
Grand if he wishes to vacate the chair for a time when any personal
matter is being discussed is at liberty to do so.
4th.—Has the Noble Grand power to ballot and use his casting vote
if need be on a motion to expel a Brother for conduct unbecoming an
Odd Fellow, he himself being the accuser ?
Answer.—To elect or expel by ballot, the Noble Grand has the
privilege of voting with the other members, but no power to give a casting vote, and the ballot being secret, leaves it impossible for a Brother
to say how another Brother voted.
5th.—Has the Noble Grand power to declare from the chair that
these only two courses of procedure in trying a Brother for conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow, namely, to dismiss the charge or expel the
member ?
Answer.—A Noble Grand would mislead by making such a declaration as there might be many modes of punishment.
May 28th, 1897, at the request of Peerless Lodge, No. 33, I granted
a dispensation to elect a Third Degree member to  the office of Noble
Grand.
Fraternally,
W. J. HANNA, D. D. G. M,
New Westminster, B. C, June 3rd, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother, - As your Deputy for District No. 2, I have
the honor to submit the following Report: 155°
I am pleased to state that peace and harmony prevail among the
Lodges of this District and that I have not been called upon to decide
any very knotty questions, n©r to adjust any of those little difficulties,
which sometimes arise, and although I am not allowed the pleasure of
reporting a large increase to the membership, still when we take all
things under consideration I think the Lodges here are to be congratulated on the manner in which they have held their own and with the
prospects of better times in the near future we think that this District
will soon give a good account of itself.
My official acts were confined almost entirely to the pleasant task
of installing officers.    They were as follows:
July 6th, 1896, installed the officers of Amity Lodge, No. 27.
July 9th, 1896, installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 13.
July 10th, 1896, installed the officers of New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3.
January 11th, 1897, installed the officers of Amity Lodge, No. 27.
January 14th, 1897, installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 13.
January 15th, 1897, installed theofficersof New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3.
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3. submitted the following question to
me:
"Is a sick Brother who is in arrears but not suspended for non-payment of dues entitled to have a nurse provided by the Lodge ?"
Answered in the affirmative. See Article XLIX., White's Digest,
1889.
To those Brothers who so kindly assisted me at the installations, I
extend my sincere thanks, more especially are my thanks due to G. R.,
Bro. D. Welsh, for the able manner in which he performed the arduous
duties of Grand Marshal.   Installations in the "Royal City v without
44 Grandpa " Welsh as Grand Marshal would be tame affairs.
The Brethren here regret very much the departure from our midst
of Bro. the R^v. J. H. Best, who has gone to Rossland. Bro.-Best has
always taken a lively interest in Oddfellowship, and his services will be
greatly missed, more especially at the Anniversary Services. The Brothers of Rossland are to be congratulated on having among them a Brother who is so well versed and who can so ably expound the principles
of our Order.
Thanking you for the honor conferred upon me in appointing me
your District Deputy,
I remain,
Yours fraternally,
T. A. MUIR,
D. D. G. M., District No. 2. Nanaimo, B. C, June 3rd, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to furnish you with the
following Report of my official acts as your Deputy during the past year.
July 8th, 1896, installed the officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
July 6th, 1896, installed the officers of Centennial Lodge, No. 20.
July 11, 1896, installed the officers of Cedar Lodge, No. 35.
August 14th, 1896, installed the officers of Friendship Lodge, No. 30.
January 2nd, 1897, installed the officers of Black  Diamond Lodge,
No. 5.
January 9th, 1897, installed the officers of Cedar Lodge, No. 35.
January  11th,   1897,   installed the officers of Centennial Lodge,
No. 20.
January 22, 1897, installed the officers of Friendship Lodge, No. 30.
I am pleased to state that the Lodges in this District are in a prosperous condition considering the state of the surroundings.
Yours fraternally,
GEO. E. NORRIS,
D. D. G. M., District No. S.
Wellington, B. C.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B. C, I. 0. 0. F:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in submitting the
following Report of my official acts during my term of office.
July 6th, 1896, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
July 8th, 1896, installed the officers of Banner Lodge, No. 31, with
exception of V. G., being absent from town.
July 15th, 1896, installed the officers of Perseverance Lodge, No. 29,
with exception of N. G., being absent from town.
August 12th, 1896, installed V. G. of Banner Lodge, No. 31.
September 1st, 1896, installed N. G. of Perseverance Lodge, No. 29.
September 30th, 1896, installed Treasurer of Banner Lodge, No. 31,
that office having become vacant by resignation. 1552
I now send you my resignation as D. D. G. M. of District No. 4, the
reason is, I had to find employment elsewhere.
I thank you for appointing me D. D. G. M., and am sorry I could
not stay to finish my term.
I remain,
Yours in F. L. & T.,
H. W. JONES,
Chilliwack, B. 0., May 31st, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0'. 0. F.:
I herewith forward you a Report of my official acts as District Deputy for District No. 5:
I installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, at the beginning
of each term.
The Rebekah Lodge has not met during the year.
Excelsior Lodge's membership has decreased owing to the suspensions for non-payment of dues.
Financially we are in good standing and with the upward tendency
of things in general we expect a prosperous year.
I am, fraternally yours,
A H. GILLANDERS, j
D. D. G. M.
Vancouver, B. C, June 7th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F., Vancouver, B. C.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—As your D. D. G. M. for District No. 6,
comprising Lodges 8, 10, 19 and 26, I beg to submit for your approbation, a statement of my official acts during my term of office.
July 3rd, 1896, granted a dispensation to Mount Pleasant Lodge,
No. 19. to elect a Third Degree member to the office of Noble Grand, as
all those eligible for the office declined nomination.
July 3rd, 1896, assisted by several Past Grands, installed the Officers of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
September 18th, 1896, I visited Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, for
the purpose of installing into office their newly elected Vice-Grand in
place of Bro. R. H. Carscadden who resigned owing to his having to
leave this Jurisdiction. A. Mackenzie, D. D. G. M., Vancouver. B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have been instructed to write you and
ask for your interpretation of Article XX., Section 4, of our By-laws including the following sentence: "If no funeral expenses are incurred
by the death of a brother, wife, or widow, no appropriation shall be
made from the Funds of this Lodge.
In response to the above I sent the following reply:
Vancouver, B. C, 12th Nov.
Mr. J. D. McTaggart, Rec. Secretary Western Star Lodge, No. 10.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—Your communication of October 29th,
under the Seal of your Lodge, came duly to hand.
You ask me for my interpretation of Section 4, Article XX., of the
By-laws of your Lodge, particularly the following sentence. "If no
Funeral expenses are incurred by the death of a brother, wife or Widow
no appropriation shall be made from the funds of this Lodge."
I regret that the instructions you convey are so indefinite as to force
me to reasonably think that the Lodge should have instructed you to
tell me what was its own interpretation of this particular Section of its
By-laws—the Lodge is the interpreter of its own By-laws, leaving the
right of appeal to any one of its members.
However, I take it for granted that you leave all contention aside
and ask me to give my decision as to what is meant by the sentence
above referred to. In order to explain it is necessary for me to refer to
the first clause of Section 4, Article XX., which reads. "On the death
of a brother entitled to benefits a sum not exceeding $60.00 shall be appropriated and paid by the Noble Grand towards defraying his funeral
expenses."
You will observe that this appropriation is made by the Lodge "towards defraying the funeral expenses," but " if no funeral expenses are
incurred by the death of a brother, wife or widow, no appropriation
shall be made from the funds of the Lodge.' *554
'* What does this mean ?" you ask me. #1 construe it to mean this.
When a Brother has been buried by some one, other than an immediate relative, by an Employer, Society, Corporation or Institution, etc.,
and assume the expense of the funeral (as per Undertaker's bill) no appropriation shall be made from the funds of the Lodge. Allow me to
illustrate. Brother A was killed in an accident while in the discharge
of his usual occupation; his employers paid the undertaker for the funeral expenses. In this case his relatives incurred no funeral expenses,
and to make an appropriation from the funds of the Lodge in connection with such a case wrould be a violation of the By-laws of the Lodge
as per Section 4, Article XX.
In support of this I beg to refer you to Sections 99 and 100, White's
Digest, 1889.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
ALEX'R. MACKENZIE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6.
January 8th, 1887, assisted by several Past Grands, I installed the
Officers of Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.
January 11th, I installed the officers of Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
January 14th, I visited Western Star Lodge, No. 10, and installed
the officers.
On March 26th, I received the following letter from Pacific Lodge,
No. 26.
Vancouver, March 26th, 1897.
Mr. A. Mackenzie, D. D. G. M.< Vancouver:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have been instructed by our Lodge to
ask you whether or not it is within the jurisdiction of Subordinate
Lodges to excuse the Warden from saluting the Chairs when passing
from the Lodge room to the ante room on errands for the Lodge.
Yours in F. L. & T.,
T. S. BROWN,
Rec.-Secretary.
To this communication.I replied as follows:
Vancouver, April 12th, 1897.
Mr. T. S. Brown, Rec.-Secretary, Pacific Lodge, No. 26:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I duly received your letter of March 25th,
under Seal of your Lodge asking me, " whether or not it is within  the T555
jurisdiction of Subordinate Lodges to excuse the Warden from saluting
the Chairs when passing from the Lodge room to the ante room on errands for the Lodge."
In reply I have to say that a Subordinate Lodge cannot by resolution or otherwise add to, or deduct from the ancient usages of the Order.
I therefore decide that no officer, including the Warden, is permitted to
enter, or retire from the Lodge room without addressing the Chairs except where this is specially permitted—in the Initiatory Degree, for instance, where the Warden retires to the ante room with the Candidate.
I am also guided to this conclusion by Section 1483, White's Digest,
1895.
Yours fraternally,
ALEX'R. MACKENZIE,
D, D. G. M., District No. 6.
On May 30th, 1897, I received the following letter from Western
Star Lodge, No. 10.
Vancouver, B. C, May 28th, 1897.
Mr. Alex'r. Mackenzie, D. D. G. M., District No. 6:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I am instructed to write and ask you if it
would be against the laws of the Order, or is there anything in the Constitution to prevent Subordinate Lodges from taking part in Public Processions. For instance, we have an invitation from the Sons of England
Benevolent Society to attend a commemorative service. What our
Lodge would like to know is, would they violate any of the laws of the
Order by accepting the invitation. Please answer at your earliest convenience, and oblige.
Yours fraternally,
J. D. McTAGGART,
Rec.-Secretary.
In reply to the above I wrote as follows:
Vancouver, June 7th, 1897.
Mr. J. D. McTaggart, Rec.-Secretary, Western Star Lodge, No. 10:
Dear Sir and Brother,—Your letter of May 28th, came duly to
hand. I regret that pressure of work prevented me answering it before
now.
You ask me if there is anything in the laws of the Order to prevent
your Lodge " taking part in a Public Procession," for instance, as you
state, "accepting an invitation from the Sons of England jBenevolent
Society to attend a commemorative service." ■■$.■ *556
There is nothing, to my knowledge, in the laws of the Order bearing on this question, the general law allows the Grand Master to use
his discretion, and before your Lodge can participate in the services, a
dispensation must be secured from the Grand Master.
Yours fraternally,-
ALEX'R. MACKENZIE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6.
I am pleased to report that the Lodges of this District are in a fairly
prosperous condition.
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, although fighting against adverse
circumstances, is holding its own, which is certainly a credit to those
who so faithfully and perseveringly attend its meetings.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, is working along energetically and is in a
sound condition, both numerically and financially.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10, has made decided progress during the
past year—having initiated quite a number of Candidates.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, has not been as prosperous as we could have
•wished, the initiations have been few, and the membership has slightly
declined. During the past year a great deal of sickness has been encountered by No. 26, making heavy demands upon the treasury.
No. 26, is still, however, the Banner Lodge, and is%in a sound financial condition.
I am also very pleased to report that the most absolute harmony
has prevailed among the membership in this District during the past
year.
The frequent fraternal visits among the Lodges during the past
winter has had a very salutary effect upon the membership.
In conclusion I beg to thank you most sincerely for the confidence
you reposed in me in appointing me as your District Deputy, the duties
of which, though inadequately performed, have been a source of the
greatest pleasure to me.
Respectfully and fraternally submitted by
Yours, in F. L. & T.,
ALEX'R MACKENZIE,
D. D. G. if., District No. 6. *557
Kamloops, B. C, May 25th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to submit the following
as a report of my official acts as your Deputy for this District.
I installed the officers of Tatnai Lodge, No 9, at the commencement
of each term.
Our Lodge is working along harmoniously with small increase in
membership, and we hope the Grand Lodge meeting here will have a
tendency to an increase in our Lodge.
Yours fraternally,
W  M. BIRD,
D. D. G. M., District No. 7.
Union, B. C, May 13, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. O. 0. F.:
Dkar Sir and Brother,—As your District Deputy for District No.
8, I beg to submit the following as~my Report:
On July 3rd, 1896, assisted by several Past Grands, I had the pleasure of installing the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11, into their respective chairs.
January 8th, 1897, being unable to attend Lodge the N. G. requested P. G. Bro. Wm. Cessford to instal the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
There was only the matter of what constituted legal funeral expenses submitted to me for decision, which I referred to you for your decision.
Yours in F. L. & T.,
CHARLIE WHYTE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 8.
Donald, B. C, May 31st, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg to furnish you with  my  report as
your Deputy for District No. 9, for the past year.
On July 2nd, 1896, installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No, 12.
On January 14th, 1897, installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12. f 1558
On January 24th, 1897, granted dispensation   to confer the Three
Degrees on Bro. Fee in one night on account of his leaving town.
Yours in F. L. & T.,
JOHN PALMER,
D. D. G. if., District No. 9.
Cloverdale, B. C, June 3rd, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to submit for your approval the following report of my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 10.
July 10th, 1896, with the assistance of P. G. Bro. ). C. Murphy, and
P.G. Bro. Patterson, I installed the officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.
January 2nd, 1897, assisted by P. G. Bro. J. C. Murphy and P. G.
Bro. A. B. Smith, I fulfilled a similar duty at Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.
I am pleased to state 1 have not been called upon to decide any
questions of contention during my term of office, which is in itself evidence of the harmonious manner in which the affairs of this Lodge is
managed.
I also take much pleasure in recording your official visit to this
Lodge which was (it is needless to say) a source of very great pleasure
to all the Brothers present on that occasion.
In conclusion I might state, that though the various callings of life
has scattered many of our members far and wide, a fair attendance is
still maintained and the Lodge is in a sound healthy condition financially.
Fraternally submitted,
in F. L. & T.,
R. D. MACKENZIE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 10.
Nelson, B. 0., May 26th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother :
I have much pleasure in furnishing you with a report of my official
acts during my term of office. At the commencemeiit of each term assisted by the Past Grands of our Lodge 1 installed into their respective
chairs the officers of Kootenay Lodge, No 16. On March 3rd 1 instituted Silver City Lodge No. 39. x559
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 is making steady progress, during the last
term the Lodge has built for itself a Hall which, I am proud to say, is
paid for, and still the Lodge is in a good financial condition notwithstanding the heavy drain on its resources during the first term through
sickness.   The Lodge is working harmoniously.
Trusting this report will be satisfactory,
Yours in F. L. & T.,
WM. HODSON,
D. D. G. M.j District No. 11.
Vernon, B. C, May 27th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F., Vancouver:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to submit the following
report of my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 13.
On July 5th, 1896, and January 21st, 1897 I installed the officers of
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18.
On April 23rd, 1897,1 granted a dispensation to Vernon Valley Lodge
No. 18, to confer 2nd and 3rd Degrees in one night on Bro. D. Mclntyre.
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, is doing very well at present, your
visit last Spring was a great pleasure, and was a great help to the Lodge.
You were the first Grand Lodge officer that has officially visited this
Lodge since it was instituted four years last April. We have added five
new members this term, but I regret to say that the older members, or a
great many of them when they have gone through the chairs seem to lose
all interest in the Lodge. Hoping to be able to meet you on the 9th of
June at Kamloops, I remain,
Yours fraternally,
S. C. SMITH,
D. D. G. M., District, No. 13.
Ladner's Landing, B. C, May 31st, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour'i Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the pleasure to submit the following report of my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 14.
On July 13th, 1896,1 installed the officers of Delta Lodge, No. 21 into thfeir respective chairs.
On January 4th, 1897, I installed the officers of Delta Lodge, No. 21. 1560
I have not been asked to decide any questions, so have no further
report to make.
I am pleased to state that Delta Lodge, No. 21, is holding its own
fairly well.
Fraternally submitted,
J. F. STAINTON.
D. D. G. M., District, No. U-
North Bend, B. C, May 28th, 1897.
E. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg to submit for your approval my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 15, for the past year.
August 1st, 1896, and January 2nd, 1897,1 installed officers of Gold
Range Lodge, No. 22.
I am pleased to state that Gold Range Lodge is still holding its own
in membership and finances, the attendance as a rule being small owing
to the majority of the members being absent from town, and scattered as
they are, I must give them credit for sticking to their Lodge and the
Order in the manner which they are doing.
Yours fraternally,
J. Z. CHOATE,
D.D  G. M., District No. 15
Ashcroft, B. C, 2nd July, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, 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. 16.
On 4th July, 1896, installed the officers of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
On January 2nd, 1897, installed the officers of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
No legal points for decision were brought up during my term of
office.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
JOSEPH WM. BURR,
D. D. G. M., District No. 16. f 1561
Golden, B. C, May 27th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—Replying to yours of 2nd inst., would say :
July 6th, 1896, installed officers of Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34,
I O. 0. F.
January 31st, 1897, installed officers of Rocky Mountain Lodge, No.
34,1. O. O. F.
On May 15th, Rocky Mountain Lodge lost a Brother by drowning,
and there being no time to write to you, granted permission to wear regalia
on the occasion of funeral on May 16th. My District is not large, and
of a peaceful nature, so have had smooth sailing with only an occasional
little fuss just to deep things alive. Hope to see you in Kamloops, although I am not the Representative this year.
Yours in F. L. & T.,
CHAS. A. WARREN,
D. D. G. M.
Rossland, B. C, May 26th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
My Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to report the following during my term as D. D. G. M., District No. 22, at Rossland, B. C.
January 4th, 1897, the installation of officers (present term.)
Owing to the resignation of our Treasurer, a new Treasurer was installed April 12th, 1897. Other than the above, little or no business was
had at the "direction of D. D. G. M.
Fraternally yours,
JOHN JACKSON, JR ,
D. D. G. M., District No. 22.
Carson, B. C, May 27th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master G. L. of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—As D. D. of District 23,1 have the honor
to report that I instituted Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, February last
with a membership of 15, which has since been steadily growing. It is
composed of a very good class of men, and will be £ successful and prosperous Lodge.    A report of officers was sent the Grand Secretary. 5 1562    .
In January I installed officers in Carson Lodge, No. 37. This Lodge
is doing very well considering circumstances, it is not in as populous a
district as Boundary Valley, and cannot be expected to grow quite as
fast.
The Order in this new but growing country, I believe will from now
on prosper and grow steadily.
Respectfully submitted in F. L. & T.,
Yours fraternally,
O. B. NELSON,
D. D. G. M., District, No. 23.
Victoria, B. C, May 31st, 1897.
JET. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, 1. 0. 0. F. of B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother,—In submitting a report of my official acts,
as your District Deputy for District No. 1, Rebekah Lodges, I have but
little to report.
On the 14th of July, 1896, and also on the 12th of January, 1897,1
had the honor as well as the pleasure of installing the officers of Colfax
Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, into their respective chairs.
Yours fraternally,
MAGGIE E. GLOVER,
D. D. G. M. District No. 1.
Nanaimo, B. C, May 30th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—It gives me great pleasuse in submitting
to you the following report of my official acts during my term of office as
D. D. G. M.
July 14th, 1896,1 installed the officers of Miriam Rebekah Lodge,
No. 3, Nanaimo.
January 12th, 1897,1 installed the officers of Miriam RebekaJi Lodge,
No. 3, Nanaimo.
On January 26th, 1897, I installed the Vice Grand of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, Nanaimo.
In tendering you my report of the year ending June 30th, I have
much pleasure in stating that Miriam Rebekah Lodge is progressing
numerically and financially. The membership is increasing slowly,a few members have dropped out
and we are initiating others in their place. I regret very much that our
brethren of Nanaimo take so little interest in the Rebekah work. I
would cordially invite our young members of the Odd Fellows to join in
the good work, and make Miriam Lodge one of the strongest Lodges in
the jurisdiction.
Fraternally submitted in F. L. & T,
ISABEL FULTON
D. D. G. M., District, No. 3.
New Westminster, B. (\, May 29th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to present to you the following report of my official acts during the past year.
July 7th, 1896, installed the officers of Fidelity Rebekah Lodge. No.
10, Ladners.
July 8th, 1896, installed the officers of Alpine Rebekah Lodge, No. 6.
July 14th, 1896, installed the officers of Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5.
January 8th, 1897, installed the officers of Fidelity Rebekah Lodge,
No. 10, Ladners.
January 12th, 1897, installed the officers of Beulah Rebekah Lodge,
No. 5.
I am pleased to report that I have not been called upon to decide
any questions which shows that peace and harmony exist among our
members.
Dispensation granted once during the year to Fidelity Rebekah Lodge,
No. 10, Ladners, to hold an Ice Cream Social.
I regret to note the falling off from our past record, but the prospects for the future are most encouraging.
We had three initiations during the past month and only two withdrawals during the year.
Alpine Rebekah Lodge, No. 6, surrendered its Charter in February,
1897.
In conclusion permit me to tender my warmest thanks to all those
Sisters that have so kindly given their assistance in the performance of
my duties.
Most earnestly  do I  thank Past Grands, Sister Ferguson, Sister U ' J564
Gilley, and Sister Foulds, for their kind assistance in all the work during
the year.
Thanking you for the honor conferred upon me,
I remain,
Fraternally yours,
IDA M. PEARCE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 5.
Wellington, May 25th, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother.—In tendering you my report, as your District Deputy for District No. 6, I have much pleasure in stating that
Laural Rebekah Lodge. No. 9 is progressing very favorably. A few of
our older members have dropped out but younger members are
taking their places who will, I think, make better members as they are
able to attend better.
On July 9th I had the pleasure of installing the officers for the term
ending December 31st, 1896, and in January I installed the officers for
term ending June 30th, 1897.
I am very sorry not to have met you during your short stay in Wellington on account of sickness.
Yours in F. L. &T.,
MARION MUIR,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6.
Union, B. C, June 3rd, 1897.
H. B. Gilmour% Esq , Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to  report to you my
official acts during the last year.
I installed the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11, in January, 1897.
I am pleased to report that our Lodge is in a good condition socially
and financially.
LONELLA STEVENS,
D. D. G. if., District No. 7 Constitution
OF  THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS.
Incorporated under the Benevolent Societies' Act, 1891;
10th February, 1896.  CONSTITUTION
OF THE -
GRAND   LODGE  OF  BRITISH   COLUMBIA, I. 0. 0. I
Incorporated under the Benevolent Sooietie's Act, 1891,
10th February, 1896.
PREAMBLE.
Whereas, The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, possessing original and exclusive jurisdiction—the source
of all true and legitimate authority in Odd Fellowship—did, by its warrant, bearing date the 25th day of April, in the fifty-fifth year of our
Order, grant authority to certain Past Grands of the Order, resident in
the Province of British Columbia, to form a Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to be known and hailed by the name,
style and title of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows of the Province of British Columbia, giving and granting to
them and their successors, by the name, style and title aforesaid, full
power and authority to grant warrants for opening Lodges subordinate
to it, for the propagation of the established principles of the Order;
with power and authority also, to cause all honorary and the first three
degrees of the Order to be conferred on deserving members, according to
the laws, customs, and ancient usages of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows; and as the Grand Legislative Head of the Order in the Province of British Columbia, to have and to exercise full powrer and authority to enforce upon its subordinates a strict adherence to the laws
of the Order, and to make and establish such rules for their government as in the opinion of the said Grand Lodge may be for the advancement of the Order and in conformity to the directions of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. 0. 0. F.
Now, therefore, we, the Past Grands, residing within said jurisdiction, do hereby make and declare the following as the Constitution of
the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, for the
Province of British Columbia.
ARTICLE  I.
OF THE GRAND  LODGE.
Section 1.   This Grand Lodge shall be   known   by   the   name, 1568
style and title of "The Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows of the Province of British Columbia," and shall be composed of
all Past Grands who are contributing members of the Lodges subordinate to this Grand Lodge, and in good standing, and who have been admitted as required by this Constitution.
Sec 2. The Grand Lodge has jurisdiction in Odd Fellowship over
the territory known as the Province of British Columbia, and over all
Subordinate Lodges situated within the said territory or Province, or
working under the authority of the same, and is the Supreme Tribunal
of the Order in its jurisdiction.
Sec 3. To entitle a Past Grand to be admitted to the Grand Lodge
he must produce satisfactory evidence that he is such, and is a contributing member in good standing of a Lodge subordinate to this Grand
Lodge at the time of his admission.
ARTICLE II.
OF THE SESSIONS AND  BUSINESS   OF THtfl   GRAND LODGE.
Section 1. The Grand Lodge shall hold regular Annual Communications to begin on the second Wednesday of June in each year at such
hour as the Executive officers shall determine, due notice thereof being
given to all Subordinate Lodges at least two weeks prior to the meeting
of the Grand Lodge, and shall continue to meet at such hours as may be
agreed upon from day to day (Sundays excepted) until the close of the
session.
Sec 2. The business of the Grand Lodge shall be transacted by
the elective and appointed officers of the Grand Lodge, and the representatives elected, in the manner hereinafter provided. All Past Grands
in good standing, who have received the Grand Lodge Degree, may be
present at the session; but none except officers of, and representatives
to, the Grand Lodge, and Past Grand Masters of this Lodge in good
standing, shall have the right to vote, or, without permission, to speak
on any subject at the Session.
Sec. 3. Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand
Lodge to one representative for its members of fifty; also one representative for every fifty members over and above said first number of fifty
members in good standing. Representatives must be Past Grands in good
standing, and shall be elected by the Lodge at the first regular meeting
in May of each year to serve one year from the beginning of said Annual Communication. Provided that no new Lodge shall be entitled to
representation in this Grand Lodge until it has paid at least one semiannual tax. Each Lodge shall at the same time elect one alternate for
each representative elected, and, in case a representative shall be unable to attend the session of the Grand Lodge, then the alternate re- 1569
ceiving the highest number of votes may attend in his place and have all
the powers and privileges of a representative. Vacancies may be filled
at any time to serve the remainder of the term.
Sec 4. Each elective and appointed officer, except the Grand
Master, who is not also a representative, and each representative, shall
be entitled to one vote. The Grand Master shall be entitled to vote in
all cases of a tie. In case of the absence of any representative, the representatives of his Lodge present may cast the vote of the absentee, providing they have his written authority to do so. In the election of
Grand Officers, each Past Grand in attendance, at the annual communication, shall be entitled to one vote only.
Sec. 5. Special sessions may be called at the option of the Grand
Master. Such sessions shall be for the transaction of extraordinary business only, which shall be specified in the call, and not less than fifteen
days' notice shall be given by letter to each representative, which fifteen
days shall begin from the date on which said letters are mailed. Such
special session shall be held at the place as specified in the notice calling the Session.
. Sec 6. The Grand Lodge cannot be opened unless representatives
from three Lodges are present, including ten members, in addition to
the Grand Master, or his Deputy.
ARTICLE III.
OF  OFFICERS.
Section 1.    The elective officers of this Grand Lodge shall be:
1st. Grand Master.
2nd. Deputy Grand Master.
3rd. Grand Warden.
4tli. Grand Secretary.
5th. Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Representative or Representatives to represent this
Grand Lodge In the Sovereign Grand Lodge shall be elected in accordance with the Constitution and Laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
and in the form and manner herein prescribed for the nomination and
election of Grand Officers.
Sec 2.    The appointed officers shall be:
Grand Chaplain.
Grand Marshal.
Grand Conductor.
Grand Guardian.
Grand Herald.
District Deputy Grand Masters  for each District, provided,  that 1570
Past Grands may be appointed to discharge the duties of District Deputy Grand Masters previous to being admitted to membership. But
District Deputy Grand Masters are not thereby made ex-officio Officers
or members of this Grand Lodge.
Sec 3.   Any Past Grand a member of the Grand Lodge shall be
eligible for any elective or appointed office in this Grand Lodge.
Sec 4.   The election>for elective officers of the Grand Lodge shall,
be held at nine o'clock, p. m., on the first day of the session, by ballot,
in the following manner:
When open in that order of business, each Past Grand present having the privilege to nominate, there shall be provided a ballot  box, in
which to deposit the ballots, with two tellers; and all shall proceed to
vote: and when all have voted, the Grand Master shall proclaim   the
ballot closed, and the tellers shall immediately canvas the votes, and if
there be no choice for the officer balloted for, a new ballot shall be immediately ordered, which ballot shall be confined to the three having the
greatest number of votes (provided there are three voted for) and if there
then be no choice, the ballot shall be confined to the two receiving the
greatest number of votes.    Any Past Grand qualified, having received a
majority of votes, shall be declared elected, and shall be installed into
his respective office on the last day of the session.   Provided, that in all
cases where only one person is in nomination for an office, the election
may be held viva voce.    Provided also:    That the Grand Lodge  may,
after a four-fifths vote, install anv officer or officers at any time after his
election; but the duties of said officer or officers shall not commence until the last day of the session.
Sec 5. The appointed officers shall be appointed by the Grand
Master, by and with the consent and approval of this Grand Lodge,
after his installation.
ARTICLE IV.
DUTIES of officers.
Section 1. The Grand Master shall preside at all sessions of the
Grand Lodge, and preserve order therein, and enforce a due observance
of the Constitution and By-laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of this Grand Lodge.
All questions of order, and all decisions made by him on any point
growing out of the Constitution or By-laws of this Grand Lodge, shall
be subject to appeal from his decision to the Grand Lodge; and it shall
be his duty to put the question on all such appeals to the Grand Lodge.
He shall appoint Officers pro tern, to fill vacancies in the Grand
Lodge whilst in session, and all committees not otherwise provided for
in this Constitution, or ordered by the Grand Lodge.   He shall give the *57*
casting vote in all cases where the votes are equally divided, except in
cases of election of officers. When any demand shall have been approved by a majority of the Finance Committee, he shall order the
Grand Treasurer to pay the same.    He may grant dispensations:
1st.   To confer degrees on a member without delay.
2nd. To allow members of the Order to appear in public in regalia.
3rd.   To allow Lodges to apply to other Lodges for assistance.
4th.   To allow Lodges to admit to membership persons  who reside
near some other Lodge.
5th.   To authorize the installation of officers in public.
6th.   To give entertainments for the benefit of the Order.
7th.   To authorize the balloting for, and initiation of, a candidate
at the time his proposition is presented to a Lodge.
8th.   To allow Subordinate Lodges to change their place of meeting.
9th.   To allow a brother to be reinstated after expulsion.
10th.   To institute Lodges, and authorize them to work as such until
the next session of this Grand Lodge.
11th.   To empower Subordinate Lodges to elect Scarlet Degree members to any office in such Lodge, provided all  qualified brothers refuse to serve.
He may^ in person, confer the Past Official Degrees. He shall decide all appeals on questions of law, which may be made to him from the
decisions of his deputies. He shall receive and act upon all complaints
which may be made to him against his deputies or Lodges. He shall
give such instructions from time to time in the work of the Order to the
deputies, or to the Lodges, as may be necessary. When officialy visiting Subordinate Lodges, he shall be received with the honors of the
Order.
Sec. 2. The Deputy Grand Master shall support the Grand Master
in presiding, and in his absence shall fill the chair for him. During the
absence of the Grand Master from this jurisdiction, or when he may be
under charges duly preferred, or during the incapacity of the Grand
Master arising from illness, or any other cause the Deputy Grand Master shall be invested with all his powers. In the event of a vacancy in
the office of Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master shall become
Grand Master for the balance of the term, and receive the honors of a
full term.
Sec 3. The Grand Warden shall assist the Grand Master in conducting the business of the Grand Lodge. He shall, under the Grand
Master, have special charge of the door, and in the absence of the Grand
Master and Deputy Grand Master, he shall preside.
Sec 4. The Grand Secretary shall make a just and true record of
the  proceedings of the Grand Lodge at every session, and transmit 1573
as soon as practicable after the close of the annual session, to the
Subordinate Lodges, copies thereof; he shall keep the accounts
between the Grand Lodge and its Subordinates, receive all moneys coming therefrom, and pay the same over to the Grand Treasurer; he shall
issue all necessary notices and circulars to Subordinates, representatives
and officers; he shall provide all stationery for the use of the Grand
Lodge, and superintend such printing as the Lodge shall direct; he
shall perform such other duties as are herein provided for, or that may
be ordered by the Grand Lodge; he shall receive such salary as may be
fixed upon at each annual session, which shall be paid quarterly; he
shall, previous to installation, give bonds to the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows' of the Province of British Columbia,
in such form and penalty as shall be approved of, for the faithful discharge of his duties.
Sec 5. The Grand Treasurer shall receive and take charge of the
moneys of the Grand Lodge, pay all orders drawn on him by the Grand
Master, under the seal of the Grand Lodge, make such investment of
the funds as the Grand Lodge may direct; keep his accounts in such a
manner as will exhibit the resources and amount of receipts, and by
whom paid, the purpose and amount of disbursements, and to whom
paid ; have his accounts closed up on the Saturday preceding the second
Wednesday in June, annually, and submit them to the Finance Committee. He shall attend all regular sessions of the Grand Lodge; he
shall, previous to installation, give bonds to the Grand Lodge of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Province of British Columbia, in such form and penalty as shall be approved of, for the faithful performance of his duties.
Sec 6. The Grand Representatives shall attend the meetings of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge and faithfully represent the interests of this
Grand Lodge and the Order generally; they shall attend the meetings
of this Grand Lodge and submit a synopsis of the proceedings of the
session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge attended by them.
Sec 7. The District Deputy Grand Master shall, in the absence of
the Grand Master, or other elective Grand officer, install the officers of
all Lodges in his District, and enforce a due observance of the Constitution, By-laws, and Resolutions of the Grand Lodge; be the organ of the
Grand Master with the Subordinates in his Jurisdiction; have power to
grand dispensations to Lodges in his district to confer the three degrees
in less time than may otherwise be permitted,when circumstances require
it; he shall see that the work of the Order is performed uniformly, confer
official degrees on Past Grands, collect from Lodges in his district all
returns and moneys due the Grand Lodge, and forward them immediately to the Grand Secretary; decide ail questions of law that may be submitted to him by Lodges under his charge, and  report annually to the 1573
Grand Master his proceedings. He shall forthwith report to the Grand
Master all cases of violation on the part of Subordinates of the Constitution and By-laws of the Grand Lodge, orvdisobedience to its lawful
commands.
Sec 8. The appointed officers of this Grand Lodge shall perform
such duties as are required by their charges and the usuages of the
Order.
ARTICLE V.
REMOVALS  AND   VACANCIES.
Section 1. Any Grand Officer may be removed from his office by
the Grand Lodge for misconduct or neglect of duty, but he shall be entitled to a fair trial, and two-thirds of the votes of the members present
shall be necessary for removal.
Sec. 2. No officer shall officiate in the Grand Lodge during the time
of his trial. Whenever the Grand Master, or officer acting as such, shall
be on trial, or whenever a resolution for the removal of the Grand Master
or officer acting as such, shall be submitted, the Grand Lodge may direct
any Past Grand Master, (in case the Deputy Grand Master or Grand
Warden are incapacitated) to occupy the chair.   ^
Sec 3. ' Any member may be expelled from the Grand Lodge as
such for misconduct upon the vote of two-thirds of the members present
at any meeting, after a copy of the resolution of expulsion shall have
been served upon him.
Sec 4. Vacancies in the office of District Deputy Grand Master
shall be filled by the Grand Master. Vacancies in the other Grand
Offices, except that of Grand Master, shall be filled by the Grand Lodge,
if in session; if not, them by the Standing Committee, for the remainder
of the term. Provided, That in case of a vacancy in the office of Grand
Representative, the appointee of the Standing Committee shall only hold
office until the succeeding session of this Grand Lodge.
ARTICLE VI.
COMMITTEES.
Section 1. The elective Grand Officers, shall constitute the Standing Committee to act in the recess of the Annual Session of the Grand
Lodge, and perform such duties as may be assigned to them. Of said
committee the Grand Master shall be chairman, and he may call meetings thereof at his discretion. Provided, that when it shall be necessary
to convene a meeting of the Standing Committee the Grand Master is
empowered to draw on the Grand Treasurer a sufficient amount to pay
the actual expenses of the members which shall not exceed the rate allowed for attendance at the session of the Grand Lodge. Committee on
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Sec 2.   There shall be appointed, at each annual session, the following regular committees, from among the members:
Credentials.
Finance.
Appeals and Grievances.
Laws of Subordinates.
Petitions.
the State of the Order.
Legislation.
Printing.
Judiciary.
Mileage and per diem.
Sec 3. The Committee on Credentials shall consist of five members, who shall be appointed by the Grand Master who is holding over,
or the incumbent of the chair at the time of opening of the session, and
whose duty it shall be to examine and report to the Grand Lodge on the
credentials and certificates of members.
Sec 4. The Committee on Finance shall consist of five members,
whose duty it shall be to examine and report on all accounts and claims
against the Grand Lodge: to examine the accounts of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, annually, and report the result of their examination, and the condition of the finances immediately thereafter to
the Grand Lodge; to ascertain and report at the commencement of each
annual session, the amount required for the expenses of the Grand
Lodge for the ensuing year, and suggest such measures of finance as they
may deem expedient.
Sec 5. The Committee on Appeals and Grievances shall consist of
five members, whose duty it shall be to examine all appeals and grievances referred to them, and report thereon such action as may be proper in the Grand Lodge.
All appeals taken from the action of the Subordinate Lodges shall,
as fast as the same are received by the Grand Secretary, be transmitted
by him to the chairman of the Committee on Appeals. If the Committee on Appeals find the papers defective in any essential particulars,
they shall certify the fact to the Grand Secretary, who shall remit the
papers to the respective Subordinate Lodge, requiring it forthwith to
correct the defects complained of, and return the amended papers to
Grand Secretary, who shall immediately transmit the same to the chairman of the Committee on Appeals. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Appeals to report, at the earliest practicable day of the Annual
Session, their action upon the appeals transmitted to them during the
recess of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 6.   The Committee on Laws of Subordinates shall consist of 1575
five members whose duty it shall be to examine and report on the Bylaws and amendments thereto of Subordinate, Rebekah and Degree
Lodges referred to them, and to direct such alterations therein as will
make them conform to the laws and regulations of the Order, subject
to the approval of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 7. The Committee on Petitions shall consist of five members,
whose duty it shall be to examine all applications for charters referred
to them, and report to the Grand Lodge such action thereon as may be
proper.
Sec 8. The Committee on the State of the Order shall consist of
five members, who shall examine the reports of the District Deputy
Grand Masters and reports of Subordinate Lodges and such other matters as may be referred to them, and report thereon to the Grand Lodge,
and they shall annually present to the Grand Lodge an exhibit of the
condition and progress of the Order under this jurisdiction, and recommend such measures for the Good of the Order as from time to time
they shall judge proper.
Sec 9. The Committee on Legislation shall consist of five members, who shall examine and report on all proposed amendments of the
Constitution, By-laws, Rules of Order and Resolutions governing this
Grand Lodge, and such other matters as may be referred to them by the
Grand Lodge or Grand Master.
Sec 10. The Committee on Printing shall consist of five members,
of which the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge shall be one, and
shall be chairman thereof. They shall decide all matters of printing,
and none of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge shall be given to the
public press without having first received the sanction of a majority of
said Committee.
Sec 11 The Committee on Judiciary shall consist of five members,
whose duty it shall be to consider all questions in relation to the construction of the Laws of the Order and the decisions of the Grand Master upon questions of law.
Sec 12. The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem shall consist of
five members whose duty it shall be to examine and report the amount
each Officer and Representative is entitled to receive for attendance upon the Sessions of the Grand Lodge.
ARTICLE VII.
OF   VOTES.
Section 1. Each Elective and appointed Officer, except the Grand
Master, and each Past Grand Master of this Grand Lodge in good standing shall be entitled to one vote. All questions and votes before the
Grand Lodge not in this Constitution otherwise provided for shall be de- 1576       if \
termnied by a majority of the votes given; and when five of the members call for a vote by yeas and nays, or when the same are in this Constitution required to be taken, they shall be so taken and recorded on the
Journal.
ARTICLE VIII.
OF   REVENUE.
Section. 1. The revenue of this Grand Lodge shall be raised for the
purpose of defraying the necessary expenses thereof.
Sec 2.   The fee for a charter for a Subordinate Lodge shall be Thirty j
Dollars, to accompany the application for a charter, Fifteen Dollars for a
Degree Charter, and Ten Dollars for a charter for a Rebekah Degree
Lodge.
Sec 3. At each regular Annual Session of the Grand Lodge, the
Finance Committee shall submit estimates for the appropriations for the
coming year, and shall recommend such assessment per capita upon the
membership as may be necessary with other sources of revenue, to meet
the estimated expenditures.
Sec. 4. No Lodge under this jurisdiction shall be entitled to have
its officers installed, or to receive the Travelling or Term P. W., until
the reports to the Grand Lodge shall have been placed in the hands of
the Installing Officer and assessments paid.
ARTICLE IX.
OF SUBORDINATE   LODGES.
Section 1. On the written application of five or more brothers of
the Order, who have attained the Scarlet Degree, praying for a charter
to open a Lodge, the Grand Lodge may grant the same, and such Lodge
shall receive its charter and the necessary charges and instructions from
the Grand Master, or the Deputy Grand Master of the District, or by a
Past Grand specially deputed. All necessary expenses, if any, of the installing officer, to be borne by the Lodge so opened ; Provided, always,
that the cards of the petitioners, or a certificate of the deposit thereof
with the District Deputy Grand Master of the district, shall accompany
the application.
Sec 2. The Grand Master or his duly commissioned and appointed
Deputy may, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by
the Grand Lodge, initiate and confer the three Degrees of the Order for
the purpose of instituting a new Lodge in a locality not less than teni
miles from any other Lodge, a sufficient number of applicants to constitute such new Lodge, provided such persons shall first make regular application for membership in the Lodge nearest such locality, and upon
due reference of such application, examination and report of such com- 1577
mittee, according to the by-laws of such Lodge, the said Lodge shall recommend such persons to membership by the constitutional vote required for the election of members, which vote shall be certified to the Grand
Master by the Noble Grand and Secretary of such Lodge, under seal.
Sec 3. An application as provided in the first section hereof, shall
be presented to the Grand Lodge, if in session ; if not to the Grand Master through the Grand Secretary, who shall, on receipt thereof, if advisable, have power to issue a Dispensation to open such Lodge, subject to
confirmation at the next session of the Grand Lodge, in which case, if
confirmed, a regular charter shall be issued.
Sec 4. At the end of each term, every Subordinate Lodge shall report to the Grand Lodge, on the form supplied for the purpose, the work
thereof for such term, which shall include the names of those initiated,
admitted by ca»d, as an Ancient Odd Fellow, rejected, withdrawn by
card, reinstated, and deceased ; the names of those suspended and expelled, with the cause thereof, together with the number of degrees conferred, the whole number in membership, the amount of receipts, and the
result of the election of officers, accompanied by whatever amount may
be due the Grand Lodge.
Sec 5. Ev.ery Lodge shall report in addition, on the forms supplied
for the purpose, up to the first day in January, a full return of members,
with their names ranked according to the degrees they have taken, and
a statement of the number of brothers relieved, widowed families relieved, and brothers buried, and amount of money applied to each of these
purposes, designating the amount paid for the education of orphans, and
for current expenses, together with the total value of the assets of the
Lodge, also the statistics required by the Sovereign Grand Lodge respecting the property of the Lodge.
ARTICLE X.
OF  DEGREE   LODGES.
Section. 1. Upon the written petition of five or more Past Grands,
and five or more Scarlet Degree members of the Order, praying for a
warrant to open a Degree Lodge, the Grand Lodge may grant the same ;
and such Degree Lodge shall receive its charter, and the necessary lectures and instructions in the same manner as is provided for Subordinate
Lodges.
Sec 2. The Grand Master shall have the same power in reference
to the approval of applications and issuing of dispensations to open Degree Lodges as in the case of Subordinate Lodges.
Sec 3. No Degree Lodge shall admit or retain in membership any
person who is not at the time a regular contributing member of a Sub- 1578
ordinate Lodge under this jurisdiction, unless his card is in the possession of the Grand Lodge or its officers, as an applicant for a charter.
Sec. 4. Any Degree Lodge shall have power to adopt necessary Bylaws, Rules and Regulations for its government, conformable to the Constitution of this Grand Lodge, and to the laws and usages of the Order,
and shall be subject to all the laws applying to Subordinate Lodges in
the matters of sessions, terms, returns, trials, penalties and forfeiture of
Charter in so far as the same may be applicable, except that its terms
shall be annual and that it shall not be required to pay per capita tax to
the Grand Lodge.
B ARTICLE XI.
OF OFFENCES OF SUBORDINATE, REBEKAH OR DEGREE LODGES.
Section 1. Whenever an}' Subordinate, Rebekah or Degree Lodge
shall violate the Constitution, By-laws, Rules, or Regulations of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, or of this Grand Lodge, such Lodges hall be liable
to a trial and punishment, as herein provided.
Sec 2. Upon the suspension or expulsion of a Lodge, or surrender
or forfeiture of its charter, it shall be the duty of its last installed officers
and members, having the custody of the charter, books, papers, property
and funds of the Lodge, to assign, transfer and deliver the same, on demand, to the Grand Master, or the District Deputy Grand Master, or to
such Past Grand as may be specially deputed by the Grand Master or
Grand Lodge to receive the same; and the same shall be held subject to
the order of the Grand Lodge. i
Sec 3. All the effects or funds received by the Grand Lodge from
any Subordinate, Rebekah or Degree Lodge, under the last section, shall
be kept separate and apart from the property or fdfids of the Grand
Lodge, and such funds shall not be estimated as a part of the funds of
the Grand Lodge, but shall be held iu trust to be restored, should such
Lodge be reinstated, or upon the expiration of the period of suspension;
Provided, however, that in the event said Lodge should not be restored
to fellowship within one year, the funds of said Lodge shall be placed in
the Aged Odd Fellows Fund of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. Any Subordinate Lodge failing to hold its meetings for six
months, or to make its returns as required by Article IX., of this Constitution, for one year, shall be deemed an extinct Lodge, and its charter
shall be forfeited.
Sec 5. Members of a suspended or expelled Lodge, or of a Lodge
whose charter has been surrendered or forfeited, who were in good standing at the time of such suspension or dissolution, or who may have paid
all arrearages, then due to the Grand Lodge, shall, upon the reoommen-
mendation of the District Deputy Grand Master of the district in which 1579
such suspended or extinct Lodge is located, receive from the Grand Secretary a certificate, under the seal of the Grand Lodge, to enable them
to make application for admission to membership in any other Lodge;
Provided, such members were not implicated in breaking up the Lodge or
in any illegal distribution or use of the funds of the same.
Sec 6. Upon the application to the Grand Lodge of any five or
more members of an extinct Lodge which has not been merged into or
amalgamated with any other Lodge for the resto ation of such Lodge to
fellowship, accompanied with satisfactory evidence that a fair opportunity has been given to all who were members in good standing at the time
the same became extinct, to unite in such application, such applicants,
or such portion thereof as the Grand Lodge may approve of may be restored to fellowship in said lodge, together with the charter and effects
belonging to such lodge at the time of its extinction ; unless such effects
shall have been placed in the aged Odd Fellows fund of the Grand
Lodge, as provided by Section 3 of this Article.
ARTICLE XII.
BY-LAWS  AND RULES  OF  ORDER.
Section 1. The Grand Lodge may enact, alter or amend such Bylaws as may be necessasy to carry into effect the provisions of this Constitution, and of regulating the proceedings of its officers, and of committees, and of providing for the safety and security of the funds and
property ; Provided, at least one day's notice in writing be given at the
Annual Session, of such By-law or amendment, and that the same do not
in anywise contravene this Constitution.
Sec 2. The Grand Lodge may, in like manner, make such Rules of
Order as may be necessary for the regulation of its sessions, and for
securing good order and the dispatch of business. Such Rules of Order
may be suspended at any meeting by a two-thirds vote; Provided, that
such suspension shall not extend beyond the meeting which voted
therefor.
ARTICLE XIII.
AMENDING   CONSTITUTION.
Section 1. This Constitution shall not be altered or amended
except by a proposition therefor, made in writing, signed by three or
more representatives from not less than three lodges, and delivered to
the Grand Secretary not less than three months prior to the Annual
Communication of the Grand Lodge, and it shall be the duty of the
Grand Secretary to forward a copy of all such proposed amendments to
all the Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction at least two weeks before
the meeting of the Grand Lodge ; such notices shall be presented to the
Grand Lodge when in session when, if agreed to by a vote of two-thirds
of the legislative members present, it shall be adopted; Provided, it i58o
shall be competent for this Grand Body by a majority vote of its legislative members present at any regular Annual Session to amend any part
of this Constitution, to make the same conform to the Laws and Regulations of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Such propositions to be submitted
in writing and to lay over one day before being acted upon.
Sec 2. All propositions, submitted for the amendment of this Constitution, to receive consideration, must specify the Section or Clause to
be amended, with the words to be struck out or inserted, and the Section must be given in full as it would read when so amended. BY-LAWS
OF   THE
Grand Liu of Britisl Coliiia. 1.0.0.R
1. Each Elective and Appointed Officer, the Grand Representatives
and the properly accredited Representatives shall receive the sum of
$2.00 (two dollars) per diem for each days attendance at the sessions of
the Grand Lodge, and also five cents per mile for each mile actually
travelled to and from his place of residence to the place of meeting of the
Grand Lodge by the shortest available route, except where transportation cannot be obtained at that rate, when actual transportation expenses
by the most practical and cheapest route shall be allowed, provided that
this shall have reference to fare only, lodging and board not to be included. Representatives of Lodges located in the place where the
Grand Lodge meets shall not be entitled to mileage. The Roll of Officers
and Representatives shall be called at each meeting.
2. The Grand Master, before granting a Dispensation, for the institution of a Subordinate Lodge, in a city or town where other lodges
exist, shall consult such existing lodges as to the advisability of instituting such lodge, and if a reasonable objection is offered, he shall not
grant the Dispensation, but shall refer the Petition to the next Session of
the Grand Lodge.
3. All orders for supplies on the Grand Secretary must bear the
Seal of the Lodge ordering the same, and must be prepaid, and the
Grand Secretary is forbidden to forward the supplies until these contentions are complied with. All goods purchased for supplies to Lodges
shall be sold at 25 per cent, above cost. All monies payable or due to
this Grand Lodge shall be forwarded to the Grand Secretary in cash, by
money order or draft, and shall not be liable to deduction for discount or
exchange.
4. The Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer shall furnish Bonds
payable to this Grand Lodge in an approved Guarantee Society, in such
sums as the Grand Lodge may direct, the premium of such Bonds shall
be paid from the funds of this Grand Lodge, and the Bonds shall be deposited with the Grand Master for the time being for safe custody. i58a    . |
5. The Grand Treasurer shall deposit all monies he may have on
hand belonging to this Grand Lodge in some Chartered Bank to be approved by the Executive Officers of the Grand Lodge, and all cheques for
the withdrawal of such monies shall be countersigned by the Grand
Secretary.
6. Every Lodge of this Jurisdiction shall have a suitable seal, and
all official communications must bear an impression of it.
7. The number of copies of the Proceedings of this Grand Lodge to
be printed shall be decided by the Printing Committee, and they shall be
distributed as follows:—Four to each Subordinate Lodge. One to each
Rebekah Lodge. One each to the N. G. and V. G. of each Subordinate
Lodge. Twenty-four to the Representatives of this Grand Lodge to the
Sov. Grand Lodge. One to each of the Officers and Representatives of
this Grand Lodge; and to each Subordinate Lodge a number equal to
50 per cent, of its Past Grands in good standing.
8. A Lodge desiring to surrender its Charter and be merged into
some other Lodge, shall present to the Grand Lodge, or during recess to
the Grand Master, a petition over its seal and the signature of its Noble
Grand aid Recording Secretary to that effect, showing that the question^
of mergement had been voted upon and approved, after due notice sent
each membe ; and that there are not five qualified members able and
willing to retain the Charter and work the Lodge ; and giving a atate-
ment of the amount of its funds and effects, and of its assets and liabilities. There shall also accompany the petition a certified statement from
the Lodge into which the petitioners desire to merge, setting forth its
willii gness to receive the members and assume the liabilities and responsibilities of the petitioning Lodge, and further certifying that the names
of said members have been submitted to an Investigating Committee,
have been reported upon, and have been severally approved and accepted
by a majority vote by ballot.
On receipt of said petition and resolution, the Grand Lodge, or
Grand Master during recess, may grant the prayer of the petition, and
authorize the local District Deputy Grand Master, or a Special Deputy,
to superintend the proposed mergement.
The said petitioning lodge shall, within one month after the
granting of its petition, transfer, convey and deliver up to the Lodge in
which it proposes to merge, all its assets, funds, furniture, regalia, books,
papers and effects, except its Charter and Rituals, which shall be delivered up to the District Deputy Grand Master, or a Special Deputy ;
and the names of all its members who had been previously balloted for
and accepted by the Lodge into which it proposes to merge, shall be at
once entered upon the roll of membership of the last mentioned Lodge,
which shall thereupon assume all the liabilities and responsibilities of the 1583
said merging Lodge ; and the members so received shall have such rank
and standing as the books of said merging Lodge will show.
From and after the entry of their names upon the roll, as aforesaid, each and every member whose name shall have been so entered,
shall be deemed and taken to be a member of said Lodge, and subject to
the same laws and entitled to the same rights, benefits and privileges to
the like extent as if he had joined said last mentioned Lodge by card,
and as provided in the terms of the preceding clauses of this By-law.
Upon the completion of the mergement, the District Deputy
Grand Master or Special Deputy shall immediately make report thereof
to the Grand Master, certifying that he has witnessed the transfer of
assets by the one Lodge, and the entry of the names of members on the
roll of the other Lodge; and he shall return the Charter and Rituals of
the Lodge which has been merged, together with the names and standing of those members who have not entered into the mergement, if there
should be any such ; and said members may, upon application to the
Grand Secretary, receive a Card, as provided for in the case of members
of extinct Lodges.
9. When two or more lodges desire to be united, each lodge shall
present a petition to that effect to the Grand Lodge, or during recess, to
the Grand Master; such petition shall set forth that the question of
union had been affirmatively voted upon after due notice sent each
member, and that there were not five members able and willing to retain the Chartar and work the lodge; and shall also give a statement of
the funds and effects, and assets and liabilities of the lodge, and a list of
members, with their rank and financial standing and P.O. address.
On receipt of said petition the Grand Lodge, or during recess, the
Grand Master, may grant the prayer and authorize the amalgamation
of the petitioning lodges.
When the union of said petitioning lodges has been approved, the
Grand Master shall cause notice to be sent to each unsuspended member of the several lodges at least one week prior to the date fixed for
effecting such union, and shall summon him to be present in person at
the time and place appointed for that purpose; and shall also notify
the officers of the several lodges to produce and surrender at said time
and place all the funds, effects, books, papers and Charters of the
said lodges.
On the production and surrender of all the said funds, effects,
books, papers and Charters, the Grand Master shall issue a dispensation
for a lodge to the members of the several lodges present and desiring to
be united, and shall, in person or by Deputy,, institute the same; and
shall transfer to it, as soon as instituted, all the funds, effects, books
and papers of the united lodges; and said lodge shall therewith assume 1584
and pay all the liabilities and responsibilities of the several lodges out
of which it has been formed, and its members shall have such rank and
standing as the books of the uniting lodges shall show.
Any member of any of the uniting lodges who shall fail to be present at the institution of the united lodge may, on application to the
Grand Secretary, receive a Withdrawal Card, as provided for members
of extinct lodges, and should he apply for admission by such card to the
united lodge within six months from the date of its institution, the vote
necessary for his election to membership shall be a majority vote by
ballot of those present and voting.
10 No Lodge of this Jurisdiction shall be entitled to representation at the Sessions of this Grand Lodge if the Per Capita Tax and
Reports due from it have not been received by the* Grand Secretary at
the time of the meeting of the Grand Lodge.
11. The Grand Secretary shall on the 1st day of January, April,
July and October, prepare an abstract of the names of persens rejected,
suspended, and expelled, that have been furnished him by the Subordinate Lodges in the preceding three months, and shall forward a
copy of the same to each Subordinate Lodge in this Jurisdiction. RULES OF ORDER.
1—ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The Order of Business of the Annual Session, shall be:
FIRST  DAY.
1st. The Grand Master shall request the members to clothe themselves in proper regalia, and direct the officers to take their respective
stations, and fill vacancies pro tern, and shall then, after all have been
examined, call up the Grand Lodge.
2nd. While standing, the Grand Chaplain shall address the Supreme Ruler of the Universe in prayer.
3rd. Proclamation shall be made by the Deputy Grand Master of
the opening of the Grand Lodge.
4th. The Grand Secretary shall present, and read, if required, the
credentials of members.
5th. The Committee on Credentials shall forthwith examine and
report on the eligibility of members.
6th.   New members of the Grand Lodge shall be admitted,
7th.   Roll of Officers and Representatives shall be called.
8th. The record of all Special Sessions shall be read and passed
upon by the Grand Lodge.
9th. Vacancies in committees and among the appointed officers,
shall be filled.
10th.   The reports of the Grand Officers shall be presented.
11th. Petitions, Communications, Appeals, and Financial Accounts,
shall be presented, and referred in the order above mentioned.
12th.   Miscellaneous business, and nomination   and  election  of
officers.
SECOND DAY.
13th.   Reading and approval of Minutes of preceding day.
14th. Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon,
admission of new members, and roll call.
15th,   Resolutions of inquiry of Standing or Special Committees. 1586
16th. Reports of Standing Committees; in the order in which they
are named in the Constitution.
17th.   Reports of Special Committees by seniority.
18th. Consideration of proposed amendments to the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge.
19th. Consideration of proposed amendments to the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges.
20th. Petitions, Communications, Appeals and Financial Accounts,
presented and referred.
21st.   Unfinished business.
22nd.   New business.
third  day.
23rd.   Reading and approving Minutes of preceding day.
24th. Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon, admission of new members, and roll call.
25th.   Reports of Standing and Special Committees. '
26th.    Additional business in the same order as on second day.
27th.   Miscellaneous business.
28th. Should the foregoing order of business not be concluded on
the first or second day, it shall be commenced on each succeeding day
where it left off on the preceding; except that the reading and approval
of minutes, and reception, reference, reports on credentials of members,
and roll call, shall be the first business in order on each day, and that
the nomination and election of officers shall be the last business on the
first.day of the session.
29th. On the last day of the session, the officers shall be installed,
and committees appointed, before it shall be declared closed; the
minutes of the day shall be read and approved, if correct.
II.—OF DECORUM.
During the continuance of the meeting, the most decorous silence
must be observed; the officers and members retaining their respective
seats, and no one leaving the room without the permission of the Grand
Master, nor entering without the consent of the Grand Warden.
No member shall, by conversation or otherwise', interrupt the business of the Grand Lodge, or refuse to obey the chair. Every officer and
member shall be designated in debate, or otherwise, by his proper office
or title, according to his standing in the Order. 1587
No member shall be permitted to vote or speak, unless clothed in
regalia, or wearing a badge or ribbon appropriate to his rank and
station.
III.—OF THE CHAIR.
The Grand Master, while presiding, shall state every question coming before the Grand Lodge, and immediately before putting it to vote
shall ask, "Is the Grand Lodge ready for the question?" Should no
member rise to speak, and a majority indicate their readiness, he shall
rise to take the question; and after he has risen, no member shall be
permitted to speak upon it. He shall pronounce the votes and decisions of the Grand Lodge on-all subjects. He shall decide questions of
order without debate, unless entertaining doubts on the point he invite
it, and shall have the privilege of speaking only on such questions from
the chair. When his decision has been appealed from, the question
shall be put thus: " Will the Grand Lodge sustain the Chair in its
decision? "
IV.—OF DEBATE.
Every member when he speaks or offers a motion, shall rise and
respectfully address the Chair. While speaking he shall confine himself to the question under debate, avoiding all personality and indecorous language, as well as any reflection upon the Grand Lodge, or its
members.
Should two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the
Chair shall decide which shall be entitled to the floor.
No member shall disturb another in his speech, unless to call him
to order for words spoken.
If a member while speaking, shall be called to order, at the request
of the Chair, he shall cease speaking, and take his seat until the question of order is determined, when, if permitted, he may again proceed.
No member shall speak more than once upon the same question,
until all the members wishing to speak shall have had an opportunity
to do so, nor more than twice, without permission of the Chair. But no
member shall have the privilege of speaking more than once on a question of order, after appeal from the decision of the XDhair.
V.—OF QUESTIONS AND VOTES.
When any communication, petition or memorial is presented, before it is read, or any vote taken on it, a brief statement of its contents
shall be made by the introducer or the Chair, and after it has been
read, a brief notice of the purport shall be entered on the Journal.
No motion shall be subject to action until seconded and stated by
the Chair, and at the desire of any member, shall be reduced to writing. i588
When a blank is to be filled, the question shall be taken first upon
the highest sum or number, and the longest or latest time proposed.
Any member may call for a division of a question, when the sense
will admit of it.
When a question is before the Grand Lodge no motion shall be received, unless to adjourn, the previous question, to lie on the table, to
postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a certain time, to refer or to
amend, and shall have precedence in the order herein arranged; the
three first of which shall be decided without debate.
After any question, except one of indefinite postponement, has been
decided, any two members who voted in the majority, may, during the
same communication, move for a reconsideration thereof.
The previous question can be called for by two members, if seconded by a majority, and shall be put in this form: | Shall the main
question be now put?" If carried, all debate shall cease, and the vote
shall be first upon all pending amendments, beginning with the one last
proposed, after which, upon the main question.
When five members rise in favor of taking a question by ayes and
nays, they shall be ordered to be so recorded.
Every member present shall vote on any question before the Grand
Lodge, unless he is personally interested in the result, or has been excused by the Grand Lodge, or is otherwise incapacitated.
No more than two amendments to a proposition shall be entertained
at the same time—that is, an amendment, and an amendment to an
amendment—and the question shall be first taken on the latter.
When the ayes and nays are ordered, the names of the representatives shall be called by the Lodges.
Past Grands, not representatives, have no right to vote upon any
question before the Grand Lodge ; that right is confined to those whose
credentials as Representatives are reported correct by the Committee on
Credentials, Elective and Appointed Officers and Past-Grand Masters of
this jurisdiction in good standing.
All unimportant questions and answers reported upon by the committee on the State of the Order, are to be entered on the secret Journal.
After a substitute has been accepted by the Grand Lodge, in place
of the report of a committee, further action on the report would be out of
order, without first reconsidering the vote by which the substitute was
adopted.
When a substitute is adopted in place of an amendment, it is not
necessary to take action on the amendment. 1589
All resolutions laid on the table, and not acted upon before the
close of the session of the Grand Lodge at which they were presented,
expire with the session, and would have to be renewed at any subsequent
session, before any action could be had thereon. CONSTITUTION
•OF-
SUBORDINATE LODGES.
PREAMBLE.
For the purpose of effecting uniformity in the administration of the
privileges, honors aud benefits of Oddfellowship within this jurisdiction,
the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of
the Province of British Columbia ordains the following Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges under its jurisdiction.
ARTICLE  I.
NAME, etc
Section 1. This Lodge shall consist of at least five members of the
Third Degree, including one qualified to preside at its meetings, to be
hailed and entitled [Name and Number of Lodge,] Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, holding a legal and unreclaimed charter, granted or sanctioned by the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of
the Province of British Columbia. It cannot voluntarily surrender its
charter, or dissolve, so long as five brothers in good standing object
thereto.
ARTICLE II.
OF MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. All candidates for initiation must be free white males,
of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, of sound health, of good
moral character and industrious habits, having some known reputable
means of support, and believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, the
Creator and Preserver of the Universe, and is not a saloonkeeper, a bartender, or a professional gambler, and be proposed in the lodge nearest
his residence, except that lodge grant permission for his joining another
lodge; Provided, that application for membership may be made to any
lodge nearest the residence of the applicant, in the same district. A
person may be admitted to any lodge in the city or village in which he
resides ; but all candidates for initiation must reside in this jurisdiction,
except such candidates as may apply from any other Province, State or
Territories, where there is no Grand Lodge or District Deputy Grand
Sire located, or permission be first obtained from the officers of the jurisdiction in which the candidate resides. !59i
Sec 2. All candidates for membership by deposit of card, or certificate of dismissal, or as Ancient Odd Fellows, whose cards or certificates
of dismissal have be^n granted more than twelve months, shall deposit
their cards or certificates with their proposition, or furnish satisfactory
evidence that such card or certificate has been lost. In the case of the
application of a brother who, within six months previous to such application, has been a member of a lodge which has merged into or united
with this lodge, the vote necessary to receive shall be a majority vote.
Sec 3. No suspended or expelled member of the Order can be admitted to membership in this lodge, except on a dismissal certificate, or
on being reinstated, and receiving a withdrawal card from the lodge
which suspended or expelled him, or from the Grand Secretary, as prescribed by law, and this lodge shall not admit to membership any member of an expelled lodge without permission of the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia.
Sec 4. A non-affiliated Odd Fellow who has been regularly initiated in the Order, and who at the time of making application for reinstatement to membership shall be over 50 years of age, may be admitted
to membership in this lodge as a non-beneficial member, upon such
terms as the by-laws may prescribe, by presenting a petition as required
under Section 1, Article III, for proposals for membership by initiation,
which shall be disposed of according to said section.
The membership of a brother admitted by deposit of card, or as a
non-affiliate, shall date from the time of his signing the Constitution
and By-laws of the lodge he joins.
Sec 5. When an application for membership is received from a
person residing nearer to another lodge than to the one to which the application is made, the lodge receiving such application shall communicate the fact to the lodge nearest the residence of such applicant, and
shall enquire whether such person is a fit and proper person to be admitted into our Order, and if in the same district, shall also ask the
consent of such lodge to receive and act upon such application; and it
shall take no further action upon such application until an answer is
received to such communication. The lodge receiving such communication shall appoint a committee of three to investigate the character,
standing and health of the petitioner, in the same manner as if the application were made directly to such lodge. Such committee shall report at the next regular meeting of the lodge, and a certified copy of
the report, together with a certified copy of the minutes showing the
action of the lodge upon the request for consent to receive and act upon the application (if such consent was necessary) shall be forthwith
forwarded to the lodge in which such application is filed, and said last
named lodge may then proceed upon such application as in other cases,
except that, if it be a case where the consent of the other lodge is *592
necessary, and that consent be refused, the petitioner's money (if any
has been paid) shall be returned, and no furthfer action shall be had in
the premises
Sec 6. Every applicant for membership must furnish a certificate
of good health from a qualified medical practitioner before being
balloted for.
ARTICLE III.
OF PROPOSITIONS   FOR   MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. The name of a person offered for membership, with his
age, residence and occupation, must be proposed by a member in
writing, signed by the applicant with the names of two persons as references attached and entered upon the record; and forthwith be referred
to a committee of three members for investigation, who shall report at
the next succeeding regular meeting, (unless extraordinary circumstances prevent), when the candidate may be balloted for with ball ballots, and, if no more than two black balls appear, the candidate shall be
declared elected; but if three or more appear, he shall be deemed rejected.
Sec 2. No reconsideration of an unfavorable ballot can be had unless all the brothers who may cast black balls against an applicant for
membership voluntarily make a motion for a reconsideration of the
ballot at the same meeting, and never more than one motion for the reconsideration in the same case shall be allowed; and in such case the
vote on the reconsideration shall be taken by ball ballots, and if the balls
cast be in favor of it, the reconsideration shall be had; whereupon the
application shall lie over until the succeeding meeting, when another
ballot shall be had with ball ballots, and if the same be unanimously
in favor of the applicant, he shall thereby be elected; but if one or
more black balls appear in either ballot, the applicant shall be rejected.
A favorable ballot can be reconsidered at any meeting prior to the admission of the candidate, provided a majority of the members present
agree thereto.
Sec 3. If it is alleged that an error has be<en made in depositing
black balls at the balloting for a candidate for membership, the Lodge
may immediately thereafter take a second ballot in order to verify the
alleged error.
Sec. 4. Every member shall sign the Constitution and By-laws of
this Lodge on his admission thereto.
Sec 5. When a candidate for initiation has been rejected, notice
thereof shall be sent without delay to the Grand Secretary, and he cannot be proposed again in any Lodge for the space of one year after such
rejection. All other applications for membership may be renewed at aiiy
time. *593
Sec 6. A proposition can be withdrawn after being referred to a
committee, and before the report of the committee has been read to the
Lodge, but not afterwards.
Sec 7. If any person shall gain admittance to any Lodge upon a
petition containing any false representations, he shall be expelled.
ARTICLE IV.
OF   FEES,   DUES  AND  BENEFITS.
Section 1. The fees of this Lodge shall not be less than ten dollars
for initiation ; five dollars for admission by card ; ten dollars for an Ancient Odd Fellow ; three dollars each for first and second degree, and
four dollars for the third degree to the Lodge Fund, and such amount of
dues to the Lodge Fund as shall be determined by the By-laws, which
shall in no case be less than $12 per year, in addition to which the Lodge
may, by its By-laws, provide for a Widows', Orphans' and Education Fund,
and Nurse and Funeral Tax, and for extraordinary assessments for Lodge
purposes. Lodges may make provision in their By-laws to set aside 5
per cent, of their receipts from Dues to form a Contingent Fund to be
used for the legitimate objects of the Order.
Sec 2. Every member qualified, as required by the By-laws of his
Lodge shall in case of beiug disabled by sickness or bodily accident (notoc-
casioned by drunkeness or other immoral conduct on his part) from following any occupation, or otherwise earning a livelihood, be entitled to and
may receive such weekly benefits as may be fixed by By-law, form the funds
of the Lodge : Provided always, that such benefits shall not exceed the
rate of ten dollars per week for each dollar of monthly contribution, and
provided always, that no Lodge shall continue to pay the above rate of
benefits for a longer period than six months continuous sickness, after
which time it shall not exceed the sum of seven dollars and fifty cents
for each dollar of monthly contribution, and further that after the expiration of twelve months continuous sickness no lodge shall pay greater
benefits than at the rate of five dollars per week for each dollar of monthly contribution. For members not having the Scarlet Degree the benefits shall not exceed the rate of six dollars per week for the first six
months, four dollars and fifty cents per week for the next six months and
after which three dollars per week during term of sickness, for each dollar of monthly contribution. No Lodge shall pay less than two dollars
per week as sick benefits for the first twelve months continuous sickness,
nor after that period shall sick benefits be reduced to less than one dollar per week.
Lodges may provide by By-law that no benefits shall be paid to members for the first one week or two weeks sickness, nor to any but Scarlet
Degree members. *594
In all cases where a sick member has received benefits aud by reason
of the recovery of his health ceased to be entitled to benefits, if he fall
sick again within six months from the date of his ceasing to receive
benefits, such sickness shall be considered as a continuation of his previous sickness, and he shall be placed in the same position as when he
ceased to receive benefits, but if six months shall have elapsed from the
date of his restoration and he fall sick he shall be entitled to receive full
benefits.
Sec 3. All fines and assessments of any nature shall, at the end
of each term, (June 30th and December 31st respectively,) be charged as
dues against a Brother.
Sec 4. When any member's account shows an indebtedness of
thirteen weeks dues, the brother shall not be entitled to benefits, and the
Secretary shall notify the brother of the fact without delay.
Sec 5. In case of the death of a member, qualified as required by .
the by-laws of his lodge, there shall be allowed from the lodge not less
than thirty dollars to defray the expenses of the burial, to be paid by the
N. G. on account of the funeral. In the absence of competent relations,
the N. G. shall take charge of the funeral, and render an account of the
disbursements.
Sec 6. The funeral expenses and sick benefits shall be regulated
by the by-laws of the lodge, and all orders drawn for the above shall be
by vote of the lodge.
Sec 7. Lodges may provide by By-Law to employ a Physician to
attend members in good standing when sick, and pay a stipulated sum
per annum for such services out of the funds.
Sec 8. Lodges may by By-Law fix the time after admission at
which a member shall become entitled to benefits, but a member admitted
on an unexpired Withdrawal Card shall be entitled to benefits upon his
admission to membership after signing the Constitution and By-Laws.
ARTICLE V.
OF DEGREES.
Section 1. A member who has been in membership one week, may
make application for election to any or all of the three subordinate Degrees, which application shall be accompanied with the amount required
therefor, and be presented to the lodge, when open in that order of business, when the lodge shall ballot upon the application, and if not more
than two black balls be cast he shall be declared elected, if he be rejected!
no application shall be again received from him within three months
thereafter. The lodge may ballot for the three Degrees at one time when
under that Order of Business, or under the Order of New Business, but
shall not confer more than one Degree on a member at the same meeting, J595
except in case of emergency, when by a two thirds vote of all the members
present, the three Degrees may be conferred to the same evening.
Each lodge shall confer the Degrees on its members except in case
of absence from the city, in which case the Brother shall be furnished
with a certificate under seal, signed by the N. G., and attested by the
Secretary, authorizing another lodge to confer the same, providing the
same is done without charge.
Sec 2. All business other than conferring the degrees shall be conducted in the Third Degree.
ARTICLE VI.
OF  OFFICERS.
Section 1. The elective officers of this lodge shall consist of a N. G.,
V. G., Secretary and Treasurer, who shall serve a regular term each, and
the Lodge may elect a Permanent Secretary for the same time; or for
one year, to take charge of the accounts between the lodge and its members.
Sec 2. The appointed officers shall consist of a W. Conductor, 0.
G, I. G., R. S. to N. GM L. S. to N. G., R. S. to V. G., L. S to V. G., and
R. and L. S. S., who shall each serve a regular term ; and the lodge may
also appoint a Chaplain for a regular term.
Sec. 3. No member shall be installed as iN. G. unless he has served
a term as V. G., or the last of a term to fill a vacancy, nor as V. G., unless he has served a term in an inferior office, other than Trustee. Service in office, whether elected or appointed, is qualifying in any other
lodge as well as in this lodge, providing a brother has a certificate to
that effect under seal of a lodge in good standing; Provided, that any
Third Degree member, may be elected, if all qualified brothers refuse to
serve, and a dispensation being granted by the Grand Master, previous
to election.
Sec 4. All elective officers, warden, Outside Guardian and Inside
Guardian, shall be clear of all pecuniary charges on the books, and have
attained the Third Degree previous to installation, and all elective officers
shall be eligible for re-election.
Sec. 5.   Nominations for elective officers shall be made only on the
two meetings immediately preceding that of the regular election, except
when the nominees for an office all decline.
Sec 6. Officers shall be elected at the last regular meeting in May
and November of each year, and be installed at the first regular meeting
in the new term : Provided-, the installing officer be present; if absent,
the lodge may, by vote, defer it for one week, or call a special meeting
for the purpose, at the request of the District Deputy  Grand Master. J596
No njpmber shall be elected to fill more than one elective office at the
same time, except the Recording Secretary who may also act as Permanent Secretary.
Sec. 7. Any officer absenting himself from the lodge for three successive meetings, except in case of sickness, or any officer, for misconduct
or neglect as; such, may be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the members voting at the next meeting, after a resolution therefor has been offered in the lodge.
Sec 8. Vacancies in any elective office may be filled by the lodge,
by nomination and election, at the next regular meeting after nomination; and until so filled theN. G. shall appoint a member to the office
pro tern.
Sec 9. The duties of the various officers shall be as laid down in
the charges of office and as specified by this Constitution and the By-laws
of the lodge.
Sec 10. The N. G., or officer acting as such, shall appoint the
majority, and the V. G., or officer acting as such, the minority of all committees on candidates.
Sec. 11. The locjge, at the first regular meeting in May, in each
year, shall elect one representative to the Grand Lodge for its members
of fifty or under; also one representative for every fifty members over
and above first said number of fifty members in good standing, as shown
by its report on the 31st day of December of the previous year. Each
Lodge shall at the same time elect one alternate for each representative
elected, and in case a representative shall be unable to attend the session
of the Grand Lodge, then the alternate receiving the highest number of
votes may attend in his place and have all the powers and privileges of a
representative.
ARTICLE VII
OF  PENALTIES   AND  TRIALS.
Section 1—Clause 1. Any member neglecting or refusing to make
payment of his dues or demands against him to the Lodge, according to
its By-laws, for the space of eleven months, shall be notified by the
Lodge in writing of the state of his account; and if after one month his
account still remains unsettled, he may be suspended from membership ;
Provided that no person shall be so suspended until after the fact of his
dues being in arrears and unpaid for twelve months shall have been announced in open Lodge at two regular meetings ; and provided further
that no person shall cease to be a member, under this section, whilst
charges are pending against him ; Provided that in case of absence of a
brother at a distance of fifty miles from his Lodge, two months additional time shall be allowed him to pay his indebtedness. *597
Clause 2. Any tnember suspended ffom membership for non-payment of dues, may be reinstated in th-e Lodge from which he wad 6iispen-
ded within one year thereafter, by paying the amount of oiie year'is att6§
and by receiving a vote of two-thirds of the members present, the vote
being taken by ball or paper ballots—a motion to that effect having been
laid over one week ; but after one year he may be reinstated upon the
payment of the fee charged for an initiate of the same age, as provided
by the By-laws, or such lesser sums as may be fixed by the By-laws of
the Lodge to which such application is made : Provided, such sum be not
less than the amount of one year's dues of the said Lodge ; and he shall
petition the Lodge in writing to be reinstated, which shall be disposed
of, in all respects, as provided for in Article III, Section 1, for petitions
for membership by initiation. A member who has been suspended
from membership for non-payment of dues and has been reinstated
shall not be entitled to benefits for six months from the date of reinstatement.
Clause 3. A member suspended from membership for non-payment of dues, and who makes application for reinstatement and for a
Withdrawal Card for the purpose of uniting with another Lodge in this
jurisdiction, may be reinstated and granted a Withdrawal Card at any
time within five years from the date of suspension, upon the payment
of one year's dues, and the usual price of a card.
Clause-4. A. member after being suspended in this jurisdiction
for non-payment of dues for the space of five years, wishing to join a
Lodge in this jurisdiction, shall be entitled to receive, and the Lodge
shall grant nitn, upon proper application, a dismissal certificate, upon
the recteipt of one dollar.
Clause 5. A member suspended from membership in this jurisdiction for non-payment of dues, wishing to regain membership in another
jurisdiction, shall, upon proper application, be entitled to receive from
the Lodge from which he was so suspended, a dismissal certificate, upon the payment to said Lodge of one dollar.
Clause 6. In all cases when a member has been suspended for
non-payment of dues, and his Lodge has refused to reinstate him, he
shall, upon a proper application, be entitled to receive, and the Lodge
shall grant a dismissal certificate, upon the receipt therefor of one dollar.
Clause 7. Dismissal certificates may be received from the holders
thereof on application for membership in Subordinate Lodges, in the
same manner, and with the same effect as Withdrawal Cards; and applications made on such certificates shall be received and acted on in
like manner as upon Withdrawal Cards; but the holders of such certificates shall in no case be allowed to visit thereon.
Clause 8.    The certificates named in this section shall   be only 1598
those provided by the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
All applications for Withdrawal Cards or Dismissal Certificates must be
made in writing over the signature of the brother applying for the
same.
Sec 2. Any member who shall violate any of the principles of the
Order, or offend against the Constitution, By-laws, or rules of Order of
this Lodge, shall be fined, reprimanded, suspended, or expelled, as the
By-laws may direct, or the Lodge determine. But he shall be entitled
to a fair trial in accordance with the following Code of Procedure.
Sec 3. No officer shall preside when his trial is taking place in
the Lodge.
Sec. 4. Ail suspensions (as a means of punishment) must be for a
definite period, not exceeding one year. At the end of the term of punishment, the brother shall return to his rank in the Lodge without further action. A brother who has been legally expelled, shall not be
again admitted to membership without the consent of the Grand Master.
Sec 5. All trials arising under the provisions of this Article shall
be conducted substantially according to the following
CODE OF PROCEDURE.
Section 1.
Rule. 1—All charges agaiust members of the Order in this jurisdiction made pursuance to the provisions of Article VII of this Constitution
shall be drawn in the manner prescribed in Form. 1, Section V., of this
Code, and be signed by a member in good standing. The geueral charge
shall be an averment of " Conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow," followed by a specification or specifications stating the time, place and
circumstances of the offence; and each offence shall be the subject of a
separate specification.
Rule 2.—The charges and specifications shall be presented and
read to the lodge at a regular session, when open in the Order of " New
Business," and shall be entered in full on the records.
Rule 3.—The lodge shall, immediately^ after the reading of the!
charge, if the accused brother be present, proceed to the choice, by ballot, of a Committee of Trial, consisting of five, who must, if possible,
have the same or a higher degree than that attained by the accused.
Any member nominated as one of the Committee of Trial may be challenged for cause by the accuser, accused, or any member of the lodge,
in which case the lodge shall proceed to the election of the members
against whom no challenge has been made. The grounds of challenge
or challenges shall then be stated, when the vote shall be taken,  and if J599
two-thirds of those voting shall vote in favor of the challenged brother,
he shall be declared elected. Should such brother fail to be elected
new nominations must be made and proceedings had until the committee
is filled. Should the accused brother be absent the choice of the committee shall be postponed for two weeks, and the Secretary of the lodge
shall notify the absent brother of the fact that charges have been preferred against him, and of the time when the committee is to be appointed; and should the brother fail to appear at the time aforesaid, he
shall be deemed to have waived his right of challenge, and the lodge
shall proceed to the choice of the committee as herein provided.
Rule 4. The Secretary shall make a copy of the charge and specifications, affix thereto the seal of the Lodge, and certify it substantially
according to Form 2, Section V of the Code, and serve or cause the same
to be served upon the accused. He shall also certify, under seal, the original charge and specifications; and deliver the same to the first named
member of the committee according to Form 3, Section V of the Code,
and shall notify each member thereof of his appointment, according to
Form 4, Section V.
Rule 5. The first named member of said committee shall, within
one week after receiving notice of his appointment, call a meeting of the
committee for organization, when a chairman and secretary shall be elected, and a suitable time and place be appointed for an adjourned meeting
which shall not be held in less than two weeks, at which the accuser and
accused shall be notified to appear and proceed with the trial. The notice shall be in accordance with Form 5, Section V of this Code, and must
be served upon the parties personally, if they can be found, otherwise by
leaving the same at their last known place of residence, if in the town or
city where the lodge is located, at least one week prior to the time of the
trial. If the accused resides out of town, the notice shall be directed to
his last known place or residence and left at the post office, and if the
brother so notified shall not appear at the time specified, or offer satisfactory reasons therefor, the committee shall proceed as if he were present, or they may report by resolution, to expel the member so refusing
to appear, for contempt of the lodge.
Rule 6.—At the time specified for the trial, the accuser and accused
being present and answering, the charge and specifications shall be read,
and the accused be required to make answer to each specification contained in the charge. Should the accused object to a specification on the
ground of indefiniteness, the accuser shall have leave to amend,
provided such amendment be made immediately, the accused may then
plead to each specification either of the following answers.
1. That the alleged offence is not within the legal jurisdiction of
the Lodge.
2. That the complaint contained in the specification is       olous. i6oo
3. Admit the facts stated and justify the alleged offence.
4. Guilty.
5. Not guilty.
Rule 7.—The report of the committee shall state the findings on
each specification and on the charge, according to Form 6, Section V, of
the Code, and shall be accompanied by an accurate record of their proceedings, rulings and decisions, together with the evidence taken during
the trial, and a resolution or resolutions for adoption by the Lodge,
which shall be submitted to the Lodge within one month after the case
has been submitted to them. Should there be a minority report, it shall]
be drawn and presented in a similar manner.
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Rule 8.—The report of the committee shall be received and entered
in full in the records, without discussion, and laid over for action at the
second regular session thereafter The Secretary shall immediately
transmit, to the accuser and accused a copy of the report or reports, and
also notify them of the time when the same will be acted upon, in the
manner prescribed in Rule 5. At the time fixed upon to consider the report the Lodge may proceed to consider and determine the matter,
whether the accused brother be present or not, and in all cases involving
the suspension or expulsion of a member, it shall require a vote of two-
thirds of the members present to adopt the resolution, the vote to be
taken by ball or paper ballot, and the Lodge shall be fully competent,
while such motion is under consideration, to vary the penalty from the
original motion. Either party may object to any of the rulings and decisions of the committee, when the Lodge shall take up the report for
consideration.
Rule 9.—At the regular meeting of the Lodge two weeks after the
report of the committee, the case, shqll bQ taken up; the findings, rulings
and resolution of the committee read and considered, and all testimony,
if any, bearing thereon ; and the lodge shall, by vote, adopt o reject the
resolutions which may be submitted by the committee, subject to the
provisions of Rule 8.
Rule 10.—When the lodge shall have taken final action as aforesaid,
the Secretary shall at once gave notice thereof, under seal, to the partjd
against whom the decision is rendered, by delivering the same to him
personally, or by leaving it at his last known place of residence, o forwarding to him by mail, from which decision he may appeal to the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia within two weeks after the service of
such notice, by filing with the Secretary a written notice of such appeal
and the grounds thereof, according to Form 7, Section V of the Code,
and also by serving a notice of appeal upon the Grand Secretary, according to Form 8, Section V. i6oi
Section II.—Rules Governing Committees.
Rule 1.—Three members of a Committee of Trial shall constitute a
quorum and be competent to proceed with the preliminary trial. All
questions requiring a decision of the committee shall be determined by
a majority of those present.
Rule 2.—-When the accuser or accused shall notify the chairman of
the Committee of Trial in writing that he requires the presence of a
member of the Order as a witness, the chairman shall endorse such notice, stating the time and place of meeting, and transmit it to the Noble
Grand of the lodge of which such witness is a member, who shall immediately cause the member (or members) named, to be sumfnoned to attend
as a witness according to Form 9, Section V of the Code.
. Rule 3.—The committee shall keep correct minutes of the proceedings which must show :
1. The date and place of each meeting, and the parties present.
2. The charges and specifications and answers or pleas of the
accused.
3. All points raised and the deciaions thereon.
4. The exceptions taken by either party.
5. Parol evidence in full, subscribed by the witness.
6. Documentary evidence distinctly marked.
7. Decisions of the committee upon each specification and charge.
Rule 4.—The report must be signed by at least three members of
the committee.
Section III.—Evidence and Witnesses.
Rule 1.—The evidence competent to be admitted before the Com-
mitee of Trial shall be: 1, Testimony of witnesses, who shall appear
before the committee; 2, Depositions; 3, Records of Lodge; 4, Documentary evidence, etc. The committee shall determine the admissibility of the evidence offered, subject to exceptions by either party; the
exceptions so taken shall be entered by the committee upon its minutes.
Rule 2.—After the direct and cross examination of a witness has
been concluded, the witness shall not be further examined or recalled
except to explain evidence given on his original examination, or by consent of the opposing party.
Rule 3.—Extracts from the records of a lodge shall be authenticated
by the Secretary, under seal. No lodge shall be allowed to challenge its
records, or extracts taken therefrom, when duly authenticated. 1602
Rule 4.—Members of the Order shall qualify under their obligations as Odd Fellows, according to Form 12, Section V, of the Code;
witnesses, not members, shall be qualified by some civil officer authorized to administer oaths.
Rule 5.—Depositions of absent witnesses shall be procured in the
manner prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F.,
Journal of 1857, pp. 2738, 2774; Journal of 1858, pp. 2909, 2926.
Rule 6.—The attendance of a person as a witness who is not a member of the Order, must be procured by the party desiring him.
Rule 7.—After the evidence for the accused shall have been put in,
the prosecution may introduce testimony in rebuttal of the witnesses
for the defence, but for no other purpose.
Section IV.—Appeals.
Rule 1.—All appeals by Subordinate Lodges, or their members,
shall be presented within twenty .days from the action of the Lodge appealed from, with all papers properly certified, to the Grand Secretary
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia; and no appeal will be considered unless such course is taken.
Rule 2. -The Lodge shall, within twenty days after the reception of
a notice of appeal to the Grand Lodge, through its Secretary, deliver to
the Grand Secretary, under seal, a certified copy of the charge, minutes
of the Committee of Trial, and also of the records of the lodge relating
to the subject matter of the appeal; and the original testimony taken
at the trial, according to Form 10, Section V, of the Code.
Rule 3.—Should the lodge fail to make the above return, the Grand
Secretary shall notify the lodge of such failure, and direct the return to
be made within ten days from the receipt of the notice according to
Form 11, Section V, of the Code, and if default be made, he shall report,
the lodge to the Grand Master as insubordinate.
Rule 4. The Grand Secretary shall at the time required by law
present the appeal, together with all the papers in the case received by
him, to the Chairman of the Committte on Appeals of the Grand Lodge.
Rule 5.—When an appeal shall finally be decided by the Grand
Lodge, the Grand Secretary shall, within one month, after such decision,
notify the Lodge and the appellant thereof. The record in appeals from
a Subordinate Lodge need not be printed. 1603
Section V.
Form 1.—Charge and Specifications.
189
To Lodge, No
.   .1. O. O. F
The undersigned, a member of Lodge, No... .1. O. O. F.,
does hereby charge Brother  of said Lodge, with Conduct Unbecoming an Odd Fellow, and the grounds of this charge are more particularly set forth in the following specifications, to wit;
Specification First—The above named in violation of
the laws of the Order, did on or about the  day of	
18 (here state the offence, place and other circumstances, and continue with specification second, etc., as provided in Rule 1,, Section 1.)
Fraternally submitted,
(Signed)	
Form 2.—Notice to the Accused.
Lodge, No..
Brother
Enclosed in  this notice I transmit a copy of charge and specifications preferred against you by of Lodge, No
The same were referred to a Committee of Trial, consisting of (give
names). The officers of said committee will notify you of the time and
place to appear for answer. Fraternally,
{sealJ  Secretary
Form 3.—Notice to Temporary Chairman of Committee to try
Charges.
Brother
Lodge, No.... I. 0.0. F.
 18
The members named below were this evening appointed a Committee of Trial on the charge and specifications preferred by.	
against     As the temporary chairman of such  committee,
you will, within one week after receiving this notice, call a meeting of
said committee for organization. The committee consists of Brothers
(give names) Fraternally,
[seal.]  Secretary. 1604
Form 4.—Notice to Members of Committees.
 Lodge, No...., I. O. O. F„
18
Brother	
You were this evening appointed as one of the Committee of Trial
on the charge and specifications preferred by agairisij
 Brother the  temporary chairman of the
committee will notify you of the time and place of the meeting of the
committee for organization. Fraternally,	
[seal.] ..... Secretary.
Form 5.—Notice to Accuser and Accused to Attend Meeting
of  Committee.
 18....
Brother	
The Committee of Trial on the charge and specifications preferred
by against will meet (give time and
place), to hear and  decide the  case.    You are hereby notified to be
present and (sustain or defend) the same. Fraternally,
 Chairman.'
  Secretary.
Form 6.—Report of Committee of Trial.
18
To Lodge, No...  , I. O. O. F.
The undersigned, a (majority or minority) of the committee to investigate the charge and specifications preferred by .against
 respectfully deport:    That after hearing the parties, they
find (state finding on each specification and the charge, as required by
Rule 7, Section I.) The minutes of the doings of the committee, a copy
of the evidence taken, and papers pertaining to the trial, are herewith
placed in the custody of the Secretary of the Lodge.
Fraternally submitted,
(Signed by Committee.)
Form 7.—Notice of Appeal to the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia.
To Lodge, No I. O. O. F.
The undersigned hereby gives notice that he appeals to the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F., from the action of the Lodge in
the matter of Charge and Specifications preferred by against
     This appeal is taken on the ground of (here state the
grounds of the appeal.)
Fraternally,
(Signed.)        	 1*605
Form 8.—Appeal to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. I. O. O. F.:
The undersigned, a membef of Lodge, No , respectfully appeals to your .Grand Body from the action of said Lodge (state
the action from which the appeal is taken and the grounds upon which
it rests). Your appellant asks that you will reverse said action or grant
such other relief as you may deem the merits of the case demand.
Fraternally,,,
(Signature and residence)	
Form 9.—Notice to Attend as  Witness.
 Lodge, No...., I. 0. O. F.
 18....
Brother	
You are hereby notified to attend as witness before the Committee
of Trial on the charge and specifications; preferred by    	
against (state the time and place.)    Ry order of the Noble
Grand. Fraternally,
[seal.]  Secretary.
Form 10.—Certificate Accompanying Return of Lodge under
Rule 1, Section IV.
 Lodge, No I O.O. F.
18
To the Grand Lodee of British Columbia of the 1. 0. 0. F.
Enclosed you will receive the return of this Lodge in the matter of
the appeal of to your Grand Body, required by Rule 1,
Section IV. I hereby certify that the same embraces correct copies of
all the minutes and papers relating to the case, in my possession, or in
possession of the Lodge, and also the original testimony taken at the
trial. Fraternally,
[seal.]  Secretary.
Form 11.—Notice of Grand Secretary to Lodge, Under Rule 3,
Section IV.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I. 0. O. F.
Office of the Grand Secretary,
18
To Lodge, No  I. 0. O. F.:
On the day of I received from ,an
appeal from the aGtion of your Lodge in matter of (state cause of appeal).   The papers relating to the appeal not having been transmitted to i6o6
me within the time specified by law, you are hereby notified to forward
the same to me within ten days from the receipt of this notice. Should
I not receive them, it will be my unpleasant duty to proceed under Rule
3, Section IV, of the Code.
Fraternally,
 Grand Secretary.
Form 12.—Obligation to Witness  to   be   Administered  by   the
Chairman of the Committee.
You do sincerely declare upon your honor as an  Odd Fellow, that
the evidence you shall give in the matter of charge preferred by	
against now pending, shall be the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth.   Thus you do affirm.
Stfc 6. Notice of the expulsion, rejection and suspension of a member, with the cause thereof, except for non-payment of dues, shall be
given by the Secretary forthwith, to the Grand Secretary.
Sec 7. This lodge shall have a book, in which shall be entered the
names of all persons rejected, suspended or expelled by this or any
other, lodge, of which they may have received due notice, with the date
and cause of such suspension or expulsion.
ARTICLE VIII.
FUNDS   AND   PROPERTY.
Section 1. The funds and property of this Lodge shall be held exclusively as a Trust Fund to be devoted to no other purpose than the
charitable uses of the I O. O. F., and expenditures legitimately made
for Lodge purposes, and of the advancement of the interests of the Lodge
or the Order. The funds may be invested from time to time, as the
Lodge shall direct, but no part thereof, or of the Lodge property, or of
proceeds of any sales of such property, shall ever be divided among the
members; and in case of a surrender or forfeiture of the Lodge Charter,
all the funds and property of the Lodge of whatsoever kind shall be immediately surrendered and delivered up to the Grand Lodge of this jurisdiction, or to its officers or agents properly authorized to receive them.
ARTICLE IX.
OFFENCES.
Section 1. No member of this lodge shall be concerned in organizing or visiting any illegal, spurious, expelled, extinct or suspended
Lodge of Odd Fellows ; nor paint on his sign any emblem of the Order,
or otherwise exhibit any upon the same, or have any printed or engraved
upon his business card, nor expose any in a public place as a sign ; no
member of this Lodge shall receive or put any motion from the Chair of
the N. G., unless he be a present or past N. G. or V. G. 1607
Sec. 2. This Lodge shall not have a public procession, unless to attend the funeral of a member, or have any public celebration of any kind,
or get up any ball or public amusement in the name of the Order, or reinstate an expelled member of this lodge, without permission of the
Grand Master.
ARTICLE X.
TERMS  AND   RETURNS.
Section 1. All terms shall commence on the first day of January
and July, in each year, and end on the day the succeeding one commences.
Sec. 2. The officers for the term about expiring, shall prepare and
deliver to the officer who shall install their successors on the form provided by the Grand Lodge for that purpose, the result of the elections,
and a regular report of the work of the term, including the names of
those initiated, admitted by card, and as an Ancient Odd Fellow ; those
suspended or expelled, and the cause thereof, and of those reinstated and
deceased ; the number of degrees conferred; the whole number in membership, and the amount of receipts, accompanied by whatever amount
may be due to the Grand Lodge.
Section 3. In addition to the above, the officers for the term expiring on the first meeting in January, shall annually make to the Grand
Lodge, on the form furnished, a full return of the members of the Lodge
(except such as are more than one year in arrears or have been expelled)
ranked according to the degrees attained, and a statement of the number
of members relieved in the past year;'the number of widowed families relieved; the number of members buried, the number of sisters buried, the
amount of money applied to each of these purposes; the amount paid for
the education of orphans; the amount paid for current expenses; the
total value of the assets of the Lodge, together with the property report required by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. Should this Lodge fail to make any of its returns, as required by the two preceding sections, for one year, it shall thereby forfeit its charter and become extinct; and it shall be the duty of the G.M ,
or D.D.G.M., to withhold the A.T.P.W. and semi-annual P.W., until such
returns are made, and the amount due to the Grand Lodge paid. And
it shall be the duty of the last installed officers to transmit or surrender
to the Grand Master or his Deputy, the charter, books, papers, furniture
and funds of the lodge.
ARTICLE   XI.
OF   CARDS.
Section 1.   Withdrawal Cards may be granted to members who are
clear of the books, according to law, by a majority vote, by ballot, of the i6o8
members present when application is made.    Should the lodge refuse to
grant the card, the applicant, on tendering a written resignation of membership; and paying all dues, shall be entitled to receive from the Secre-j
tary a certificate under the seal of the lodge to that effect; and such j
certificate shall be sufficient evidence of good standing at the time of
such resignation.
Sec 2. Visiting Cards may be granted upon application in open
Lodge, or they may be issued by the N.G. and Recording Secretary to
members in good standing upon application in writing, but in either case
the dues of the applicant must be paid up to the end of the time for
which the card is granted, which time shall not exceed one year from the
date of the card, and when the time has expired for which the card is
granted it shall be returned to the lodge.
ARTICLE XII.
INTERPRETATION   AND   AMENDMENT.
Section 1. When any doubt arises as to the true meaning of any
part of these Articles, it shall be determined by the Grand Lodge.
Sec 2. These Articles, or any part thereof, shall not be altered,
amended, suspended or annulled, except on motion made?in the Grand
Lodge, at a regular session, and carried by a two-third vote.
ARTICLE XIII.
OF  BY-LAWS.
Section 1.   This lodge may make, alter or rescind such By-laws
Rules and Resolutions, from time to time, as may be deemed expedient;
Provided, that they do not in any wise contravene this Constitution, or]
the Constitutions, By-laws, or regulations of the Grand Lodge of the
Province of British Columbia, or of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Sec 2. The By-laws of this Lodge are in force from the time of their
approval by the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, subject to the approval of the Grand Lodge ; and the manuscript copy of such By-laws,
and amendments thereto, shall, before being printed, be transmitted to
the Grand Secretary in duplicate, to be submitted to the Committes on
Laws of Subordinates for their approval. One copy shall be retained by^
the Grand Lodge and the other returned to the lodge certified as approved or otherwise. 1609
TELEGRAPH CIPHER AND KEY.
House.—Is in our city, holding a Visiting Card from your lodge, and
asking of us financial assistance.
Funds.—Shall we aid him, and draw on you to the extent of-
_?
Cash.—Is in our city asking financial assistance, and claims membership in your Lodge in good standing.
River.—Has your Lodge a member in good standing by  the name
of-
_.?
Boat.—He is an expelled member and has not been in good standing
for .
White.—We don't know any such party, and he does not belong to
our Lodge.
Grip^—Draw ou us for the amount of expenses incurred.
Caution.—Look out for a fraud named -■ .
Secretary.—He has a fraudulent card.
Final.—A member of your Lodge died here.
Black —He is a fraud, and if he has a card or other papers from this
Lodge they are forgeries.
Red.—Holding a Visiting Card from your Lodge died here.
Green.—Wire instructions to us at once as to the disposition of his
remains.
Yellow.—Is in our city and very sick.    Claims membership in your
Lodge.    Shall we give him attendance on your account ?
Purple.—We think best to bury him there.
Lodge.—Forward remains to this place bv .
Regalia.—Assist him and we will honor draft to the extent of-
Help.—Will your Lodge pay nurse hire, and how much per day ? -■
CONSTITUTION
 OF—
REBEKAH DEGREE LODGES,
I. O. O. F., OF BRITISH COLUflBIA.
ARTICLE I.
Section 1. This Lodge shall consist of at least five members, including one qualified to preside at its meetings; to be hailed and entitled Rebekah Lodge, No  of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows of British Columbia. It cannot voluntarily surrender
its charter or dissolve so long as five members in good standing object
thereto.
ARTICLE II.
OBJECTS  AND  PURPOSES.
■
The objects and purposes of this Lodge are:
1st. To aid in the establishment and maintenance of Homes for
aged^aud indigent Odd Fellows and their wives, or for the widows of deceased Odd Fellows; and Homes for the care, education and support of
orphans of deceased Odd Fellows.
2nd. To visit the sick, relieve the distressed, and in every way £0
assist Subordinate and Sister Rebekah Lodges in . kindly ministrations
to the families of Odd Fellows, who are in trouble or want.
3rd. To cultivate and erstend the social and fraternal relations of
life among Lodges and the families of Odd Fellows.
ARTICLE III.
MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. The persons specified herein may become members of
this Lodge upon proper application.
1. All persons who have received the Degree of Rebekah.
2. All Odd Fellows in good standing and their wives.
3. All unmarried white women who have attained the age of eighteen vears. i6n
. All the foregoing must be free white persons, of good moral character and believe in a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the
Universe, and be proposed in the Rebekah Lodge nearest his or her residence, unless the Lodge grant permission for joining another Lodge;
provided, an applicant may be admitted into any Rebekah Lodge in the
city x>r village in which he or she resides. The name of any person
qualified as above offered for membership, with his or her age, residence
and occupation, must be proposed by a member in writing, signed by
the applicant, with the names of two persons as references attached,
and entered upon the record. If the applicant be an Odd Fellow, or
the wife of an Odd Fellow, the application must be accompanied bfty a certificate of such Odd Fellow's good standing in his Subordinate Lodge,
under its seal, and signed by its Secretary. Such proposition shall be referred to a committee of three members for investigation, who shall report at the next regular meeting (unless further time be gran ted), when
the candidate shall be balloted for with ball ballots, and if no more than
two black balls shall appear, the candidate shall be declared elected;
but if more then two black balls appear, the candidate shall be deemed
rejected. Should black balls appear, the Lodge may by a majority vote,
immediately retake the ballot, in order to verify the fact that black balls
were, or were not, cast in error, but the Noble Grand nor Vice Grand
shall not be required to state the number of black balls cast. Should
the candidate be elected, he or she shall become a member on signing
the Constitution and paying the dues provided by the By-laws. Applicants for membership by deposit of card (such card having been issued
by a regularly constituted Rebekah Lodge), may be admitted in the same
manner as provided for the admission of other members. Provided,
that no certificate from a Subordinate Lodge, for a Sister applying for
membership by deposit of card, is necessary.
Sec. 2. No reconsideration of an unfavorable ballot can.be had,
unless all the brothers and sisters who may have cast black balls against
an applicant for membership voluntarily make a motion for a reconsideration of the ballot; provided such reconsideration be had within four
regular meeting nights next succeeding such rejection; and in such
case the vote on the reconsideration shall be taken by ball ballot, and
if all the balls cast be in favor of it, the reconsideration shall be had;
whereupon the application shall lie over until the succeeding meeting,
when another ballot shall be had with ball ballots, and if the same be
unanimously in favor of the applicant, he or she shall thereby be elected ; but if one or more black balls appear in either ballot, the applicant
shall be rejected; and in no case shall a reconsideration be had, except
upon a voluntary motion of all those who cast black balls; and never
more than one motion for a reconsideration in the same case shall be allowed.    A favorable balloting can be reconsidered at any meeting prior l6l2
to the admission of the candidate, provided, a majority of the members
present agree thereto.
Sec 3. This Lodge shall confer the Degree of Rebekah only on
such persons who apply for and are duly elected to membership therein.
Sec. 4. Candidates rejected in this Lodge may renew their application for membership therein at the expiration of six months after
such rejection.
ARTICLE IV.
POWERS   AND   PRIVILEGES.
Section 1. This Lodge shall possess the powers and enjoy the privileges following:
Clause 1. To confer the Degree of Rebekah on properly qualified
applicants as hereinbefore specified.
Clause 2. To elect and appoint its own officers in the manner prescribed by this Constitution and the By-laws of the Lodge.
Clause 3. To hold regular and special meetings as provided by
the By-laws.
Clause 4. To fix and establish dues, to be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, as the By-laws may provide: and to provide by By-laws, when those in arrears for dues for one year may be
suspended for non-payment thereof.
Clause 5. To pay and disburse from the funds of the Lodge, from
time to time, as a majority of the members present shall by vote determine, for any of the declared purposes of this Degree as set forth
in Article II.
Clause 6. To establish such By-laws and Rules of Order, not inconsistent herewith, or with the rules, usages and general regulations of
the Order, as it may deem proper ; subject, however, to the approval of
the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Clause 7. To grant Withdrawal cards to members who are clear of
the books, and on receipt of the price of the card. Members may apply
in person, or by letter, for such cards. Should objection be offered for
cause the Lodge may suspend issue of the card until an investigation is
held. Visiting Cards shall be granted upon application in open Lodge,
or they may be issued by the Noble Grand and Recording Secretary to
members in good standing upon application in writing, but in either case
the dues of the applicant must be paid up to the end of the time for
which the card is granted, which time shall not exceed one year from the
date of the card. 1613
Clause 8. To try charges preferred against members for the violation of the Constitution and By-laws of the Lodge, or the general rules,
regulations aud usages of the Order, as provided in the following
sections:
Sec. 2. Auy member who shall violate any of the principles of the
Order, or offend against the Constitution, By-laws or Rules of Order of
this Lodge, or the penal laws of the land, shall be fined, reprimanded,
suspended, or expelled, as the By-laws may direct, or the Lodge
determine.
Sec. 3. All members shall be entitled to a fair trial for any offence
involving reprimand, suspension or expulsion. Members shall not be put
upon trial, unless charges duly specifying the offence, so as to fully
apprise them of the nature thereof, and to enable them to prepare for
their defence, shall be submitted to the Lodge, in writing, and signed by
a member of the Order, and a copy thereof, under seal of the Lodge, be
served upon them.
Sec. 4. Such; charges shall be referred to a committee of five members, who shall, without unnecessary delay, summon the parties and try
the case. They shall keep full minutes of the evidence and of their proceedings, and report the same to the Lodge, with their verdict. A witness, if a member of the Order, shall give evidence on the honor of an
Odd Fellow ; if not a member of the Order, then on oath or affirmation,
and the proceedings must state that such obligation or oath was administered. No testimony shall be taken without notice, or opportunity for
cross-examination by the opposing party. Upon the report being made,
notice thereof shall forthwith be given by the Secretary, to the party
against whom the verdict is rendered, and he or she shall have two weeks
in which to file exceptions. If no exceptions are filed within two weeks,
the Lodge shall proceed to pronounce judgment upon the verdict and
affix the penalty. An appeal from the judgment of the Lodge may be
taken at any time within two weeks thereafter, to the Grand Lodge ; and
if no such appeal is taken, the judgment of the Lodge shall be final.
When a bill of exception to the report of the committee is filed, as above
provided, the Lodge may determine upon its merits, and either sustaiq
the report of the committee, or refer the same back to the same or another committee, or grant a new trial. If the Lodge deems the exceptions
not well taken, it shall proceed to pronounce its judgment and affix
the penalty.
Sec. 5. If the accused refuse or neglect to stand trial, when duly
summoned, the committee shall report him or her guilty of contempt of
the Lodge, which report shall be conclusive, and the punishment shall
be expulsion.
Sec. 6. If a specific penalty for an offence be provided in the Constitution or By-laws, the Noble Grand shall enforce it.   If none be so 1614
provided, the Lodge shall decide by paper ballot whether the penalty
shall be expulsion, suspension or reprimand and fine. During the ballot, the accused shall withdraw from the Lodge-room. The ballot shall
be first taken on expulsion, and if it shall appear that two-thirds of the
ballots are cast for ex pulsion, such shall be the penalty. If two-thirds
of the ballots are not cast for expulsion, then the Lodge shall proceed
to ballot for suspension, and if two-thirds of the ballots are cast for
suspension, suspension shall be the penalty, and the Lodge shall proceed to fix the duration of such suspension, which shall not exceed one
year. If neither expulsion nor suspension is determined as the penalty
as above provided, then the penalty shall be reprimand, fine, or both,
to be determined bya majority ballot; if fine is determined upon, then
the Lodge shall fix the amount, not exceeding ten dollars; if reprimand
is decided upon, then the accused shall be reprimanded in open Lodge
by the acting Noble Grand. No ballot held under this section shall be
reconsidered. All fines imposed under this section shall be charged to
the member's account, and considered, in determining his or her standing in the Lodge, as dues; and when the fine thus imposed, added to
the dues, brings him or her under the penalty provided in the By-laws,
he or she shall be notified, and allowed the usual time to make payment. In all cases, as^above, if membership ceases, the member, prior
to reinstatement, shall pay the whole amount of such fine and dues.
Seo. 7.    When a member shall be subject to the penalty of reprimand, he 6r she shall be summoned to attend at some regular meeting,
to be fixed by the Noble Grand, to be reprimanded from  the chair of
the Noble Grand; and until he or she so attend and be reprimanded,,
shall be suspended from all benefits and privileges of membership.
Sec. 8. An expelled member can be reinstated only after a prop-'
osition, reference, and election by ballot, as in the case of a newly proposed member, permission having first been obtained from the Grand
Master. A member suspended for any cause, may be reinstated on the
removal of the cause or the expiration of the term for which he or she
was suspended, without action of the Lodge, and the Noble Grand shall
declare in open Lodge his or her being reinstated.
S;bc 9. Any member intending to appeal from the action of the
Lodge, either on a decision of law, or where charees have been preferred, shall file with the Secretary a notice of appeal and the grounds
thereof; upon which the Secretary shall forthwith send the notice or a
true copy of the same, together with a certified copy of all charges, reports, evidence, and proceedings of the Lodge relating to the case to
the Grand Secretary, to be presented to the Committee on Appeals of
the Grand Lodge. 1615
ARTICLE V.
OFFICERS.
Section 1. The elective officers of this Lodge shall consist of a
Noble Grand, Vice Grand, Secretary and Treasurer, and if so provided
in the By-laws, a Financial Secretary. Provided, that no member shall
hold any two of said offices at the same time, except that of Secretary
and Financial Secretary. The Lodge may also elect Trustees to have
charge of its funds.
Sec. 2. The appointed officers shall consist of a Warden, Conductor,
Outside Guardian, Inside Guardian, Right and Left Supporters of Noble
Grand, and a Chaplain who shall be appointed by the Noble Grand, and
Right and Left Supporters of Vice Grand, who shall be appointed by the
Vice Grand.
Sec. 3. Any member of the Lodge in good standing shall be
eligible to any office in the Lodge provided that no member shall be
eligible to the office of Noble Grand unless he or she shall have served a
term in the office of Vice Giand in a Rebekah Lodge. To be eligible to
the office of Vice Grand a member must have served a term in some
elective or appointed office in a Bebekah Lodge, other than Trustee.
Sec. 4. All officers shall hold their offices for six months, except
the Financial Secretary, and Trustees, who shall hold office as provided
in the By-laws.
Sec. 5. All officers shall be clear of all pecuniary charges on the
books at the time of installation.
Sec. 6. Nominations for elective officers shall be made only on the
two meetings immediately preceding that of the regular election, except
when the nominees for an office all decline.
Sec. 7. Officers shall be elected at the first regular meeting in June
and December of each year, and be installed at the first regular meeting
in January and July of each year, provided the installing officer be present; if absent, the Lodge may, by vote, defer it until the next regular
meeting, or call a special meeting for the purpose, at the request of the
District Deputy Grand Master.
Sec. 8. Any officer being absent from the Lodge for three successive meetings, except in case of sickness, or any officer for misconduct or
neglect as such, may be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the members
voting at the next meeting after a resolution therefor has been offered in
the Lodge.
Sec. 9. Vacancies in any elective office may be filled by the Lodge
by nomination and election at the next regular meeting after nominating, and until so filled* the N.G. shall appoint a member to the office
pro tern. i6i6
Sec. 10. The duties of the various officers shall be as laid down in
the charges of office, and as specified by this Constitution and the Bylaws of the Lodge.
Sec. 11. The N.G., or member acting as such, shall appoint the
majority, and the V.G., or member acting as such, the minority of all
committees on candidates and charges.
ARTICLE VI.
FUNDS and property.
SftEonoN 1. The funds and property of this Lodge shall be held exclusively as a Trust Fund, to be devoted to no other purpose than the
charitable uses of the I. O. O. F., and expenditures legitimately made
for Lodge purposes and the advancement of the interests of the Lodge or
the Order. The funds may be invested from time to time as the Lodge
shall direct; but no part thereof, or of the Lodge property, or the proceeds of any sales of such property, shall ever be divided among the
members, and in case of a surrender or forfeiture of the Lodge Charter,
all the funds and property of the Lodge of whatsoever kind shall be immediately surrendered and delivered up to the Grand Lodge of this
jurisdiction, or to its officers or agents properly authorized to
receive them.
ARTICLE   VII.
TERMS.
Section 1. All terms shall commence on the first day of January
and July in each year, and end on the day on which the succeeding one
commences.
ARTICLE   VIII.
RETURNS.
Section 1. It shall be the.duty of the officers for the term about
expiring on 31st December of each year to prepare for the Grand Lodge
and deliver to the Installing Officer a regular report of the work of the
year ending as aforesaid, in accordance with the blanks furnished by the
Grand Lodge and authenticated by their signatures and the seal of the
Lodge. And no Lodge shall be entitled to have its officers installed, or
to receive the Pass-words, until these returns are completed and delivered
to the Installing Officer.
ARTICLE  IX.
BY-LAWS.
Section 1. This Lodge may make, alter or rescind such By-laws,
Rules and Resolutions; from time to time, as may be deemed expedient j
provided, that they do Dot in anywise contravene this Constitution, or
the Constitutions, By-laws, or Regulations of the Grand Lodge of the
Province of British Columbia, or of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. 1617
Sec. 2. The By-laws of •this Lodge shall be in force from the time
of their approval by the Committee on Laws of Subordinates subject to
the approval of the Grand Lodge, and manuscript copies of such By-laws
before being printed, and copies of all alterations and amendments shall
be transmitted to the Grand Secretary, in duplicate, to be submitted to
the Committee on Laws of Subordinates ; one copy shall be retained on
file in the Grand Secretary's office, and the other returned to the Lodge
with the decision of the Committee noted thereon.
ARTICLE X.
AMENDMENT  OF CONSTITUTION.
This Constitution shall not be altered, amended, suspended, or annulled except on motion made in the Grand Lodge at a regular session,
and carried by a two thirds vote. i6i8
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number of
Lodge.
Location.
Night of
1vi eeting.
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4
2
3
i
5
9
3
2
1
2
1
2
3
1
5
1
1
2
2
6
2
1
1
4
2
3
3
17
18
109
1
2
1
7
5
16
1
1
1
Q
0
1
1
1
1
2
6
1
1
Columbia, No. 2	
New Westminster, No. 3.
Dominion, No. 4	
Black Diatnond, No. 5...
Harmony, No. 6	
Excelsior, No. 7    	
do
New Westm'r..
Victoria	
Nanaimo	
Wellington	
Chilliwack	
Vancouver    ...
Wednesd'y
Friday....
Thursday .
Wednesd'y
Monday ..
Friday....
Monday ..
Vancouver, No. 8	
Tatnai, No. 9..
Western Star, No. 10....
Union, No. 11	
Selkirk, No. 12	
Royal City, No. 13....
Acme No  14
Vancouver ....
Union	
Donald	
New Westm'r..
Thursday..
Friday....
Thursday.
Thursday .
1
Cloverdale, No. 15	
Kootenay, No. 16	
Cloverdale	
Nelson	
Monday...
Saturday...
Tuesday...
Friday..   .
Monday...
1
Duncan, No. 17	
Vernon Valley. No. 18...
Mount Pleasant, No. 19..
Centennial, No. 20	
Vernon	
Mt. Pleasant...
3
5
Delta, No. 21	
Gold Range, No. 22. .
Ashcroft, No. 23	
Island, No. 24	
Ladner	
North Bend....
Ashcroft    	
Revelstoke	
New Westm'r..
Monday...
Saturday...
Saturday...
Tuesday.
Thursday..
Monday...
Monday...
Saturday...
Tuesdav ,
Friday....
Wednesd'y
Saturday...
Friday....
Wednesd'y
Saturday...
Monday...
Saturday...
i
-1
Revelstoke, No. 25	
Pacific, No. 26 	
Amity, No. 27	
1
3
Cheam, No. 28	
Perseverance, No. 29:. ..
Friendship, No. 30	
Banner, No. 31	
Mission City, No 32	
Peerless, No. 33 	
Rocky Mountain, No. 34.
Cedar, No. 35	
Rossland, No. 36	
Carson, No. 37	
Northfield
Nanaimo	
Wellington ....
Mission City...
Golden	
Cedar District..
Rossland	
Carson City....
1
1
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SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Columbia, for the Half-Year Ended 30th June, 1896.
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134
161
124
110
135
141
30
116
66
175
67
71
80
97
35
42
47
34
38
114
47
35
34
34
30
253
177
50
29
5-1
90
24
154
37
46
25
23
2950
13
6
6
9
1
15
9
6
3
5
Dues.
Admis's
and
Degrees.
36
35
25
29
25
20
14
15
12
20
13
12|
12
15
9
8
$
12
8
3
9
13
12
8
1
6
6
6
4
4
4
23
4
6
5
4
4
8
2
27
3
4
8
5
6
2
3
2
32
I
1
243
402
834
886
635
447
511
793
158 80
552 00
338 00
921 00
401 00
636 00
395 15
457 25
'85 (10
245 50
245 00
208 00
228 00
667 00
179 50
207 00
170 50
180 45
230 42
1346 50
878 00
275 00
184
284
464
133 65
825 00
159 r»0
241 20
10 00
5 00
00
'0
50
Rents
and
Invested
Funds.
Total.
10 00 $
143 on
44 00 .
50 00
111 00
128 00
27 00
196 00
85 00
60 00
32 00
36 00
66 00
60 00
116 00
20 00
120 00
10 00
10 00
40 00
45 00
145 00
50 00
10 00
38 00
1*65 00
4500
76 00
27 50
345 00
475 00
$15519 17 $ 2785 50
896 48
559 27
145 30
1231 00
664 05
376 33
60 40
138 00
125 00
84 00
7 00
5 00
38 00
61 00
157
75
31
27
48
00
60
00
89
00
75
103
HI 00
3 50
13 16
103 00
$ 4998 59
23
27
25
05
00
30
80
45
96
15
50
1971
1693
682
643
1742
1717
158
1324
1502
1198
624
836 45
827 75
509 00
195 00
■°R 50
00
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50
50
50
60
25
30
40
50
25
75
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55
80
15
16
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70
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366
334
427
789
220
248
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279
382
1499
1040
388
184
361
677
137
883
339
387
355
480 00
$ 26210 5
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ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number of
Lodge.
Location.
Night of
Meeting.
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Victoria, No. 1	
Columbia, No. 2	
New Westminster, No. 3.
Dominion, No. 4	
Black Diamond, No. 5...
Harmony, No. 6	
Vancouver, No. 8	
Tatnai. No. 9	
Western Star, No. 10..
i
Victoria..  .   ... Monday...
Victoria Wednesd'v
New West'r.... Friday ....
Victoria Thursdav..
Nanaimo Wednesd'y
Vancouver.  ... (Friday ....
Kamloops [Monday ...
Vancouver [Thursday..
Donald Thursdav..
New West'r.  ..[Thursday..
Duncan ISaturday..
Vernon [Tuesday.. .
Mt. Pls'nt, Van. Friday.
North Bend      .[Saturday..
Eburne [Tuesday...
Revelstoke [Thursdav..
Vancouver tMondav .. .
3
3
1
1
1
2
3
3
1
1
1
1
2
i
l
Union, No. 11	
Selkirk, No. 12	
Roval Citv, No. 13	
Acme No. 14
3
1
i
Cloverdale, No. 15	
Kootenay, No. 16	
4
1
§
Duncan, No. 17	
Vernon Vallev, No. 18...
It
3
Mount Pleasant, No. 19.
...   1
1!
1!  1
■'- .
1
Centennial, No. 20 	
Delta, No. 21	
J
Gold Range, No. 22	
Ashcroft, No. 23	
Island, No  24	
Revelstoke, No. 25	
1
2
4
1
1
Pacific, No. 26	
8   1
Amity, No. 27	
New West'r....
Agassiz	
Northfield	
Nanaimo	
Wellington ....
Cheam, No. 28    	
[Saturday..
Tuesday...
1
.
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Perseverance, No. 29....
1
Friendship, No. 30 	
Banner, No. 31	
Friday ..
Wednesd'v
1
1
6
4
14
1
Mission City, No. 32	
Peerless, No. 33	
Mission City... Saturday
Victoria Friday	
Golden Wednesd'y
Cedar Dist Saturday. .
Rossland Monday...
Carson City.... Saturday..
5^
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Rocky Mountain, No. 34.
Cedar, No. 35	
Rossland, No. 86	
1
	
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SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Columbia, for the Half-Year ended SIbt December, 1896.
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Adms'ns
• and
Degrees.
Rents
and
Invested
Funds
Total.
1 2
3
135
4
36
$ 715 00
$  56 01
$  730 00
$ 1723 40
. 2
4
158
4
35
884 00
81 00
630 33
1596 58
20
105
3
26
464 00
29 00
572 00
7
104
1
28
569 25
19 50
145 30
772 05
1 i
11
124
6
25
860 00
42 50
1155 00
2057 50
• •!
6
135
20
775 00
18 00
660 40
1474 15
. l
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28
15
150 15
150 15
. l
'8
4
109
65
7
4
16
12
579 00
332 75
86 00
76 00
906 50
154 00
661 75
'. *2
178
67
18
22
14
853 75
264 80
129 00
1035 50
68 00
522 80
i
73
'6
13
534 25
80 00
8 50
643 00
8
72
13
333 00
13 44
356 29
i
20
76
5
13
377 60
30 50
16 00
424 10
1
34
10
236 00
8 00
267 30
* 1
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43
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8
285 00
114 00
16 50
596 00
5
42
10
252 00
50 25
319 25
8
24
6
14! 75
5 00
50 00
201 75
* "1
4
34
7
142 00
8 00
141 00
372 95
11
105
T
6
13
570 00
40 00
20 75
640 75
14
35
..j 5
8
239 50
25 00
35 00
301 90
36
..  5
7
135 00
50 OH
4 50
191 00
34
7
152 00
80 00
232 50
|
35
"i '5
5
315 00
30 00
31 00
376 00
35
..  9
5
255 70
135 00
12 00
402 70
i?
240
1 9
5
1324 60
40 00
1409 15
I  i
17
159
3
6
874 25
12 00
915 75
1
48
..  6
5
230 00
40 00
86 90
416 90
; T
1
28
4
205 00
240 00
. I
8
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46
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232 00
240 00
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7
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82
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464 00
10 00
474 50
2
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4
40 00
19 50
59 50
156..
'2
6
710 75
11 00
11 04
737 79
43
16
3
229 50
171 00
480 25
50
19
3
327 50
75 00
402 50
40
i
66
2
245 00
291 00
609 50
j
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29
6
225
1
421
137 50
120 00
5 00
262 50
3
1 12
190
3
2829 4
$15436 60
$ 1824 50
$ 4152 41
$ 23045 31 l622
ABSTRACT OF THE
Of Subordinate Lodges—Grand Lodge of British
Name and No. of Lodge.
Victoria
Columbia
N.Westminster*'
Dominion "
Black Diamond"
Harmony "
Excelsior "
Vancouver "
Tatnai           • "
Western Star "
Union "
Selkirk "
Royal City "
Acme "
Cloverdale
Kootenay "
Duncan '.'
Vernon Valley"
Mt. Pleasant "
Centennial "
Delta
Gold Range "
Ashcroft "
Island "
Revelstoke "
Pacific "
Amity "
Cheam "
Perseverance ''
Friendship "
Banner "
Mission City "
Peerless "
Rocky Mount'n"
Cedar "
Rossland • "
Carson *'
ot)
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of Widow
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of Broth
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of Wee
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Paid.
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Relief of
Brothers
Relief of
Widow'd
Families.
Lodge, No. 1  22  1
"2  27  ..'
" 3   9  1
''4  19  1
" 5 i 13  2
" 6  22j II
" 7   1 >H
" 8   9
" 9   8  l'|
" 10  19:  2l
" ii. ..m:  6
" 1*2 ft 14
" 13   6
"14  12
" 15   3
" 16   4
" 17   4
"18   1
"19   8
" 20   8
" 21   6
"22   8
" 23  ..
"24   3
"25   4
"26.. ... 35
" 27  23
"28   8
" 29   3
"30   5
"31  15
"32   5
" 33  22
" 34	
"35   8
"36   1
" 37   2
363 12
5
406
2
163
1
101
176
1
96
1
215
1
2
47
1
106
2
98
85
144
9
2
100
3
1
18
8
3
1
20
32
37
44
16
32
203
1
91
29
i
21
36
88
15
123
29
4
3
22
2601
2306
1357
688
1743
917
1636
56
386
1035
850
488
1134
72
657
12
153
80
30
180
225
314
357
00|$
00
50
00
50
50
00
00
00
00
50
00
50
401
00
00
00
00
00
00
00
83:
168 00
323 00
1971 38
739 86
220 00
190 00
300 00
777 50
90 00
1059 00
227
50
24
00
22
50
120 00
27 45
10 00
80 00
335 00
100 00
20 00
r12 45 1623
ANNUAL RELIEF REPORTS.
Columbia, I. 0. 0. F., for the Year ending 31stDec., 1896.
Total Paid For.
Total
Relief of
Burying
Educat
'n Special
Total
Relief
Paid
Current
Assets
Orphans
the Dead
of Orh'
ns Relief
Expenses
$ 	
$ 370 00
$ ....
..%   409 75
$ 3205 75
$  604 90
% 36.">88 24
220 00
47 00
1624 00
792 37
35000 00
75 00
55
00  210 00
1055 95
150 10
498 00
39 00
1792 00
416 38
10000 00
129 50
170 00
..  267 00
1564 00
685 50
27500 00
87 00
1723 50
1617 90
9947 49
50 00
106 00
55 00
2650 00
185 00
..   10 00
531 00
923 75
6512 88
75 00
1110 00
496 60
4458 61
120 00
75 66
1400 00
671 14
4730 18
57 35
545 85
743 60
2100 31
27 00
1161 00
260 65
3303 22
35 00
10 00
117 50
476 95
2642 34
120 00
877 40
12 00
395 45
193 90
946 47
2350 20
75 00
35 00
263 00
248 00
2040 00
10 00
90 00
30 00
371 40
325 00
2000 00
881 90
60 00
240 00
225 00
314 00
357 83
	
362 55
497 75
202 55
63 30
244 12
1000 00
3836 33
1039 41
1591 36
2147 15
5 00
173 00
323 00
132 00
304 78
1442 00
1040 00
30 00
8 25
2009 63
839 55
5214 78
75 00
814 86
661 47
3147 31
75 59
295 59
184 65
1670 45
75 00
25 00
290 00
155 50
377 45
	
77 37
377 37
797 50
90 00
1059 00
172 20
417 57
65 40
608 20
117 12
978 00
1208 12
5()0 00
1448 00
1330 04
30 00
257 50
24 00
150 40
716 10
1058 95
571 20
16 90
39 40
220 40
482 70
%   129 50
$ 1914 49
$  55
00 $ 1342 72
1
$ 24896 63
% 15544 20
$184233 09 1624
ELECTIVE  OFFICERS  OF
Of the Grand Lodge of British Colombia,
Name and Number of Lodge.
Victoria Lodge,
Columbia "
N. Westminster "
Dominion
Black Diamond "
Harmony "
Excelsior ''
Vancouver
Tatnai "
Western Star '.'
Union *'
Selkirk
Royal City "
Acme
Cloverdale "
Kootenay "
Duncan ' *
'Vernon Valley "
Mt. Pleasant "
Centennial "
Delta
Gold Range
Ashcroft
Island
Revelstoke "
Pacific ''
Amity "
Cheam "
Friendship "
Banner "
Peerless ' *
Rocky Mount'n "
Cedar
Rossland "
Carson "
Bound'y Valley "
Silver City "
Slocan
No. 1
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8
9.
10.
11.
12.
13
14.
15
16.
17.
18
19.
20.
21.
Location.
Victoria	
Victoria	
New Westm'r..
Victoria	
Nanaimo	
Wellington	
Chilliwack	
Eburne	
Revelstoke...
Vancouver...
New Westm'i
24...
25...
26...
27...
28 lAsassiz.
30...
31...
33..
34...
35...
36...
37...
38...
40.
Nanaimo	
Wellington	
Victoria	
Golden	
Cedar District.
Rossland	
Carson City.. ..
Greenwood	
Sandon	
Slocan City....
Noble Grand.
E. Shaper	
J. S. Smith. i.
R. L. Reid..
F. Kermode..
R. Gillard ...
J. Woods	
J. C. Henderson,
P.G.
Vancouver | Thos. Wheeling
Kamioops....
Vancouver....
Union	
Donald	
New Westm'r.
Victoria	
Cloverdale.. ..
Nelson IS
Duncan I J
Vernon   ....
Mt. Pleasant
Nanaimo....
Ladner's.. ..
22 North Bend.
9^ ishcrof t	
H. McLean	
W. G.Elliot	
J. Fulcher	
W. E. Woodhouse
D.Walker	
F. Rillingsley	
A.N. Anderson...
P. Shaw	
H. Blythe	
Bond	
Hutson	
Bell	
J.
J.
R.
C. Barry	
J. W, Burr, P.G....
CO. P. Olts	
R. S. Wilson	
H. J. Rickard....
W. C. Calhoun...
R. McDonald....
W. F. Norris	
T. Brvant	
H. Siddall	
C. A. Warren, P.G.
J. G. Petherick..
J. Edgren	
J. McLaren	
R. Smailes	
H. C. Holden....
A. Teeter	 1625
SUBORDINATE  LODGES,
I. O. O. F., for the Term Commencing 1st July, 1897.
Vice Grand.
Recording Secretary Treasurer. Permanent Sec'tary
J. E. Sabine...
W. Adams	
R. Sample	
A. Meyer	
W. H. Lemin..
J. Glen	
8. Mellard	
G   Walker	
W.J. Mclver..
J. L. McTaggart
M. Piersey	
J. McLeod	
J. Perdue 	
C. D. Christie.
R. Coilishaw..
E. C. Traves...
D. R. Hattie..
H. W. Knight.
W. J. Hart	
mN. Crossan....
K Malcom. .
?J. B. Bryson
EI. Trotter...
|W. Sargent.
|J. Ramsay. .
|D. McPherson
H. L. Calvert..
R. Booth...
IS. Thompson.
I G. ET. Harrison
|| R. White .
jW. Richards.
-J. R. Jones..
P. B. Nelson.
?W. M. Law..
F C. Sewell..
P. Hanck	
Davey. P.G  A.
. W. Fawcett, P.G. A.
. Furness |J.
Bamford, P.G. ..P.
r. H. Morton, P.G. J.
. F. Haggart. P.G.. H.
H. Ashwell, P.G..
. W. McCain S
T. W. Pearse, P.G.. M.
. McDonald |A.
, A. Anley, P.G...
Mathie, P.G	
r. H.Lewis, P.G..
W. Edwards, P.G
. T. Thrift, P.G...
. J. McGrath. P.G.
M. Campbell.  ...
. Mclntyre .*.
. A. Miller	
. S. Whiteside, P.G
H. Cancellor...
W. Shaw, P.G.
D. E. McKay..
T. J. Graham..
T. S. Brown...
E. W. C. Cotham.
H. Fooks, P.G..
W. McGirr, P.G.
F. W. Hawes..
T. Waller, P.G.
J. Jackson	
J. Hunter	
J. Jackson, Jr.
C. A. Coulson.
W. J. Harber..
M. L. Grimmett.
T. B. Linton	
Stewart, P.G....
Henderson, P.G.
E. Phillips, P G.M
A. Babington, P.G..
Crossan, P.G.M..
Mitchell, P.G...
Hollander	
P Gordon	
Parker, P.G	
,. Cessford, P.G...
. W. Denman	
[.Phillips	
. E. Church, P.G..
, I. Breen	
. H.Dickie, P.G..
. B. Jacques, P.G.
, G. Johnstone....
I H.Thorpe	
. Z. Choate, P.G..
1. D. Fearn, P.G
. Churchill....
T. Woodrow.
. R. Simpson.
. Adams	
, T. Hubbard.
.. Adam	
[. Matheson	
f. R. Mackintosh, P.
. McHattie	
[. N. McDonald...
. Langholm	
. B. Nelson, P.G.
[. J. Phelan	
. Mckinnon	
7. Clough	
F. Davey, P.G 	
W. Jackson	
T. Bamford, P.G.. ..
W. H. Morton, P.G.
T F. Haggart, P.G..
W. E. Johnstone,  P.G.
E. T. W. Pearse, P.G..
C H. Mouat, P.G..
F. A. Anley, P.G...
J. Mathie, P.G	
W. H. Lewis, P.G..
0 Chislett 	
H. T. Thrift, P.G...
J. M.Campbell	
J. E. Matheson	
R. Hoar	
F, S. Whiteside, P.G..
H. Cancellor 	
W. Shaw. P. G	
W. H. Gregory	
!'. .1. Graham	
H. M. Henderson...
|E. L. Webber	
H. Fooks, P.G	
W. McGirr, P.G....
F. W. Hawes	
jT  Waller, P.G	
D. McRae	
J. Jackson, Jr	
C. A  Coulson	
W. B. Paton	
A. G. Brown	
W. Meldrum	   INDEX.
PAGE.
Admission of members at 21 years of age 1581
Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows 1502,1517
Alpine Rebekah Lodge 1455, 1470
Appeals—Ray v. Acme Lodge 1471,1518
Johnson v- Amity Lodge 1471, 1517
Ayes and Nays 1538
Badges in lieu of Regalia 1523
B. C. Odd Fellow   1468, 1470, 1504, 1535
Benefits and Dues 1520, 1580
"      attentive 1459, 1529, 1586
"      to lunatics 1459, 1460, 1503, 1515
Bonds 1471
Boundary Valley Lodge 1455, 1470
By-laws of Grand Lodge 1504, 1513, 1514, 1520, 1521, 1527, 1581
Carson Lodge, refund to 1538^
Cipher and Key 1528
Committees, appointment of 1453, 1469, 1499, 1517. 1520
Constitution of Grand Lodge 1471, 1506^ 1507, 1568
" " Rebekah Assembly  1528
I I "     Lodges 1528,1610
"        .  " Subordinate Lodges 1525, 1527, 1590
Cunningham, Bro. R.S., case of 1512, 1516, 1517, 1529
Defunct Lodges, sale of effects of 1517
Degrees Grand Lodge 1452, 1453, 1518
District Deputy Grand Masters, appointment of 1454, 1540
" " " "      Digests for 1471,1585
| " " "■      Reports of  1464, 1512, 1547 Dues and Benefits 1520,
Duty on Supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Dyas, Bro. R. H., case of 1517,
Election Grand Lodge Officers	
Funerals, carriages for	
Grand Lodge, meeting of	
I "      Officers, installation of 1526,
"    Master, appointments by	
bills of I	
" "       decisions of	
" "       dispensations by	
" "       installations by .
" |       miles travelled	
"- "       proclamations by	
" %       report of    	
" "       travelling expenses of	
" "       visits of	
"    Representatives, instructions to 1523, 1530,
" " report of	
I    Secretary, §    "	
"    Sire, decisions of	
"    Treasurer, report of	
Insurance Association of B.C	
Jubilee Celebration	
Juvenile Degree  1467, 1501,
Lunatics, benefits to 1459,1460, 1503,
Members of Defunct Lodges, liability of	
Mileage 1534,
Mission City Lodge 1455,
Odd Fellows Home 1471,
" "      Relief Association of Canada	
Official Certificate 1456, 1461, 1471, 1495,
Perseverance Lodge 1455,
1530
1498
1529
1513
1459
1538
1540
1540
1503
1458
1456
1456
1465
1466
1453
1465
1464
1531
1478
1470
1479
1477
1523
1503
1531
1515
1462
1537
1470
1535
1536
1520
1470 Reports—Committee on Appeals..
" "        " Credential
" " " Cases of Bros. Cunningham and Dyas	
" "        " Distribution 1469,
" "        "  Finance 1534,
" "        "  Juvenile Degree    ...   i ~'0t-	
" "        " Judiciary 1515, 1520, 1522, 1529, 1536,
" "        "  Laws^)f Subordinates 1499,
" "        " Legislation 	
" "        " Mileage and per diem	
" "        "Petitions	
" "        "Printing	
" " "   Revision of Constitutions $7%
" «        u statistics re dues and benefits	
" "        "  State of the Order .1505,1512,
Report of Grand Master    	
*'    "       "    Representatives	
"     "       "    Secretary	
"     "       "    Treasurer	
Rituals, revised  1471, 1494,
Rules of Order, Grand Lodge	
Saloon Keepers, etc 1459, 1462,
Secret Work, exemplification of 1527,
Silver City Lodge 1455,1470,
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Biennial sessions of	
Thanks, votes of      . 1589,
Warden, addressing chairs 1S26.
1518
1450
529
499
535
501
538
1501
602
II:
1501
502
1506
509
516
1458
478
470
477
J20
4','
42
2fl Past Grand Masters  .
-OF THE-
GRAND LODGE OF B.C., I.O.O.F.
*J. S. Drummond ':&'-.. .1874.. K. Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
John Weiler  1875 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
tJ. P. Davies. .'Jk 1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
R. Roberts !ft 1877  Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
tW. J. Jeffbee  1878... ^Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
§Charles Gowen 1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. Wriglesworth 1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
B. W.  Shiles  1881. .^.New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Henry WAftdLER^ft. <$*M|p 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
Alexander Philips 1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.     $|pgj
W. D  McKillioan gpg .1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
Wm. McCoftLL  1885 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Fred'k Cabne. J|f......... .1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
IIJoshda Davies '!£;•- -1887.. .W.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davies (re-elected). .1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. H. Meldram ftffeft 1889...... Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
E. Quennell  1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
J. E. Phillips -Jj&.i. 1891..... .Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
J. E. Phillips. .' $st.-'- -1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
J ames Crossan. ... ~s§p 1893..'&£'. Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
T. C. Gray l|ll% • • • 1894  Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. E. Holmes'.^^^^E-; .. 1895.. M'. Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
H. B. Gilmour ..;||  T . 1896 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
* Died   6th February, 1884. t Died 20th September, 1879.
t Died 18th March, 1885. § Died   8th December, 1892.
|| Ceased membership. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
—OF THE—
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, 1.0.0. F.
W. H. Morton, Grand Master Box 34, Nanaimo.
A. Henderson, Deputy Grand Master.. ,$%... Victoria.
E- C Davison, Grand Warden Kamloops.
Fred'k Davey, Grand Secretary.... fi.  Burnside Road, Victoria.
S. W. Edwards, Grand Treasurer Victoria.
D. Welsh, Grand Representative   New Westminster.
T. F. Neelands, Grand Representative... .^Vancouver.
A. H. Gillanders, Grand Chaplain .$£'".Chilliwack
A. Wilson, Grand Marshal  Nanaimo.
W   Hogg, Grand Guardian Vancouver.
D. D. Griffiths, Grand Conductor Wellington.
W. B. Skinner, Grand Herald. •'Ig/^iSjpl&s* • Ladners. Mali
The next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at New Westminster, commencing Wednesday^
the 8th of June, 1898.
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 ~*«^.' M $
Ritual for Rebekah Lodges only '!^^rf|N
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards aud Dismissal Certificates *!l|I§
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Lodges	
Book of Forms ......... ^ «. ■♦^^W^Mw^^'^^l
Book of Odes with music .,. «.;IJ|^....&|l§3^iwft Tf'^|f|js
White's Digest Edition 1895 ^^^ft-i^^^^^^
Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah) •<|fl§|[& • • • v^sSlpySsf^«ii
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges.. i|||; ft. oyjS&i
Anniversary Odes "•ujjf^ ■ • vjrv'• • V^Pi^M^^*^!
Funeral Hymns, with Responses  T^fl||§^|ii| ■■'-••'
Funeral Ceremony.. .j| , ft... j?£0)...   :
Anniversary Ceremony.. ft..: ..    ..;..   ..;. "v&'$$0v,. ■  |
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony sfc*       .....
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of Rebekah.....'.,...    ft .'	
Certificate of Membership, on Plate paper	
Rebekah Certificates, on Plate paper  i^S^^^^^^w^*!
Officer's Roll Book.. ,Sg['^^|^>tt.. Wm ■ ■ ■ ^Sf^"' -''Jill
Question Book.. vsrafifarai^fc. • • ■• "■!*•$?■• ■ ■ ■ ^^^^^^^^^^
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders ^^iv^^^^^^^^^
Initiation Petitions, form recommended by S.G.L. .\'~V--.'v;".; .per 100
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart..... ft... ft. .^-WM'-  • • ^M each
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B.C., 1874 to 1885..'.'l&PPfp
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work..TS-.'.,...... tlt'.ft.. T J^ga^,.
Rebekah Floor Work... -^^^^M-    • •^^S»^l^^*<	
Black Book. •"^&*^i. ....... j|L  ',|J§:'!~..'. ■. ft.... «ft$|$-	
Code for government of Rebekah Lodges	
Official Certificates and Receipt for Dues, in books of 100	
oar-
25
25
2{S
00
50
5
15
5
§
30
30
25
20
75
30
25
50
50
50
00
00
50
50
00
25
00

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