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Array PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
THIRTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE
GRAND LODGE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
OF THE
INDEPENDENT  ORDER OF
ODD-FELLOWS
HELD AT LADYSMITH, B. C
June 14th and 15th.
1905.
THE THOS. R. CUSACK PRESS   VICTORIA  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
THIRTY FIRST ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE
GRAND   LODGE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
OF THE
INDEPENDENT ORDER
OF ODD FELLOWS
HELD AT LADYSMITH, B. C.
JUNE 14 AND 15, 1905.
THE THOS. R. CUSACK PRESS,
VICTORIA, B. C.
	  V T.   F.    NEELANDS
Grand Master, 1904-5. PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
THIRTY FIRST ANNUAL SESSION
Ladysmith, B. C,
14th June, 1905.
The Grand Lodge convened at 10 o'clock a.m., pursuant
to notice.
Present:
T. F.  Neelands       Grand Master
D.  E.  Mackenzie   Deputy Grand Master
F. E. Simpson   Grand Warden
Fred Davey       Grand Secretary
T. Embleton     Grand Treasurer
A. H.enderson. P.G.M   Grand Representative
H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M Grand Representative
A. L.  Clement      Grand Chaplain
H. Fooks  Grand Herald
The Grand Master appointed the following officers pro
tern: T. C. Hubbard, No. 1, Grand Marshal; W. H. Thorpe,
No. 20, Grand Conductor; J Palmer, No 12, Grand Guardian
All present were examined and found qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer and the Grand Lodge
was declared open for business.
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The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the
Representatives elect and the certificates of the Past Grands
entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree, which were, on motion,
referred to a Committee on Credentials.
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Committee on Credentials Grand Secretary, T. Embleton,
Grand Treasurer, and J. A.    McKay, No. 8.
The Grand Master appointed T. A. Muir, P.G.R. No. 3,
as Custodian of the Secret Work.
The Grand Master announced that the Mayor of the city
and a deputation of Sisters from "Laurel" Rebekah Lodge
No. 9, wished to present addresses of welcome to the Grand
Lodge, and that he had arranged for them to be received at
11 o'clock a.m. to-day.
It  was  Resolved,   That  immediately  the  Grand  Lodge
Degree is conferred on the Past Grands in waiting, the Grand
Lodge take an intermission to receive the Mayor and deputation of Sisters of Rebekah.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the complimentary badges presented by the local Entertainment Committee be recognized as proper regalia at this Session.
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 elected for the ensuing
year and find the following dully accredited:—
Lodge. Representatives. Alternates.
Victoria, No. 1 T. M. Brayshaw J.  York.
T. C. Hubbard R. Livingstone.
W. H. E. Dinsmor^ E. Schaper.
Columbia, No. 2 P. W. Dempster R. W. Fawcett.
J. Wilby S. Reid.
Royal City, No. 3 M. J. Phillips D. Walker.
C. S. Keith W. S. Smith. 2403
Lodge. Representatives.     Alternates.
Dominion, No. 4 T. W. C. Hawkins T. Booz.
R.   C.   Douglas J. Bell.
J.   A.  Dresser E. G. Miller.
Black Diamond, No. 5 J.  Carroll D. G. Dailey.
A. Forrester J. C. Stewart
Harmony, No. 6 H. Carroll I. E. Lowe.
Excelsior, No. 7 H. J.  Barber R. J. Marshall.
Vancouver, No. 8 J.  A.  McKay W. Parslow.
S. Hallander J. S. Doherty.
A. Russell N. H. Brown.
.Tatnai, No. 9 C. I. Chapman F. E. Armstrong.
G. Strevens J. R. McNabb.
Western Star, No. 10 W. Law E. P. Dennis.
C. Porter D. O'Dwyer.
A.   Cleland H. J. Foote.
F.   P.  Bishop E. V. Balstone.
J.  W.  Armstrong H. W. Harris.
Union, No. 11 F. A. Anley R. McKnight.
Selkirk, No. 12 Thos.  Bain J. Palmer.
E. E. Adair A. Stone.
Kootenay, No.  16 Geo.  Motion F. J. Squire.
R. McLean F. H. Smith.
Duncan, No.  17   J. McL. Campbell E. Castley.
Vernon Valley, No. 18 W.  A.   Cryderman A. W. McCullough.
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19 W. R. Owens T. W. Mackay.
Centennial, No. 20 W. H. Thorpe J. Fielding.
Wm.  Newton J. Neen.
Delta, No. 21 N. A. McDiarmid F. J. McKenzie.
Gold Range, No. 22 E. Restall H. Turner.
Ashcroft, No. 23 J.  C.  Smith M. Dumond.
Island, No. 24 H.   McDonald H. Trotter.
Pacific, No. 26 W. M. Ramsay A. McKelvie.
R. Cosgrove W. A. Johnston.
W.  H. Walsh W. C. Revel.
F. Cockburn H. Montgomery.
Amity, No. 27 A. Adams  (Sr.) J. A. Johnson.
D. McPherson D. Adams.
Cheam, No. 28 H. Fooks J. J. McRae.
Perseverance, No. 29 Thos. Doherty E. Rowland.
Banner, No. 31 J. J. Manuell J. McMurtrie.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34. ... C. A. Warren M. Dainard.
Rossland, No. 36 P. R- McDonald C. Miller.
H. J. Raymer, P.G.M M. A. Henderson.
T. Embleton J. E. Cummings. 2404
Lodge, Representatives.
Boundary Valley, No. 38.... G. B. Taylor
Silver City, No. 39 J. H. Thompson
•Slocan, No. 40 D. Arnot
Trout Lake, No. 41 G. W. Carothers
Key City, No. 42 M. D. Billings
Enterprise, No. 43 E. Harkness
J. S. Brandon
Wildley, No. 44 R. A. Smith
Gateway, No. 45 T. R. Powers
Snowshoe, No. 46   Geo. R. Mead
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 T. Beck
Coronation, No. 48 C. J. Becker
Camborne, No. 49  C. Bullard
A Ltemates
F. B. Holmes.
A. L. Craig.
A. M. Rogers.
N. Abrahamson.
J. P. Fink.
F. E. Dockrill.
G. F. Weir.
F. J. Smyth.
F. E. Cooper.
W. Morrison.
O. N. Ross.
G. Moberley.
G. R. Northey.
Also  that the- following Past Grands  are  entitled  to the Grand
Lodge Degree:—
Victoria, No. 1 J. D. Matheson, W. H. E. Dinsmore.
Columbia, No. 2 M. Gutman, A. Calderwood.
Royal City, No. 3 J R. Benson, S. H. Thompson.
Dominion, No. 4 H. Samson, T. W. C. Hawkins.
Black Diamond, No. 5.. W. C. Jarvis.
Harmony, No. 6 H.Carroll, J. Gillespie:
Excelsior, No. 7 L. W. Cross.
Vancouver, No. 8 J. S. Doherty, F. C. Butterfield.
Tatnai, No. 9 G. Strevens, P. A. Gibson, C. I. Chapman.
Western Star, No. 10..... J. D. Campbell, E. V. Balstone.
Union, No. 11 A. Gray, R. McKnight.
Selkirk, No. 12 E. E. Adair, H. Gough.
Kootenay, No. 16 Geo. Motion, R. McLean.
Duncan, No. 17 E. Castley, W. Hooper.
Vernon Valley, No. 18... W. A. Cryderman, A. W. McCullough.
Mt. Pleasant, No.  19....T. H. Mackay, W. R. Owens.
Centennial, No. 20 W. Alsopp, W. J. Ferguson.
Delta, No. 21 F. J. McKenzie, N. A. McDiarmid.
Gold Range, No. 22 E. Restall, A.  Phemister.
Ashcroft, No. 23 J. C. Smith, W. D. Fearn.
Island,  No. 24  H. McDonald, H. Trotter.
Pacific, No. 26 W. C. Revel, R. Cosgrove.
Amity, No. 2!j G. B. Thompson, D. Adams.
Perseverance, No. 29... D. Plaskett, T. Doherty, S. K. Mottishaw,
D. Davidson.
Banner, No. 31 J. E. Smith, J. J. Manuell, R. Williamson,
J. F. Currie, W. Sanderson. 2405
Rocky Mountain, No. 34. E. M. Pearce.
Rossland, No. 36  P. R. McDonald, C. Miller.
Boundary Valley, No. 38. E. F. Smith, G. R. Nadeu.
Silver City, No. 39 J. E. Lovering, A. L. Craig.
J. H. Thompson.
Slocan, No. 40 C. E. Snyder.
Trout Lake, No. /.i F. Mummery, A. W. Edge, G. W. Carothers.
Key City, No. 42 Al. D. Billings.
Enterprise, No. 43 H. Douglas, W. Northgraves, E. Harkness.
Wildey, No. 44 R. A. Smith.
Gateway, No. 45 T. R. Powers.
Snowshoe, No. 46 G. R. Mead, W. Morrison.
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 T. W. Bell, Tho. Beck.
Coronation, No. 48 G. Moberley, C. J. Becker.
Camborne, No. 49 C. Bullard.
We are informed that Bro. D. Haddon, P.G., is here as the Representative of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, that his certificate was duly
prepared by the officers of the Lodge, but has miscarried and has not
been received by the Grand Secretary. Before leaving home the Deputy
Grand Master was informed to this effect by telephone by the officers
of the Lodge.
Under these circumstances we would recommend that Bro. Haddon be admitted and that he recognized as the Representative of his
Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past Grands
in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the
following: J. A. Dresser, No. 4; H. Carroll ,No. 6; G. Strev-
ens, No. 9; C. Porter, No. 10; R. McKnight, No. 11; E. E.
Adair, No. 15; G. F. Motion, R. McLean, No. 16; W. A.
Cryderman, No. 18; W. R. Owens, No. 19; W. Newton, No.
20; N. A. McDermid, No. 21 ; E. Restall No. 22; H. McDonald, No. 24; R. Cosgrove, No. 26; T. Doherty, D. Davison,
No. 29; J. J. Manuell, J. E. Smith, J. F. Currie, No. 31 ; P. R.
McDonald, No. 36; G. W. Carothers, No. 41; M. D. Billings,
No. 42; W. Northgraves, No. 43 \ R. A. Smith, No. 44; T. R.
Powers, No. 45; G. R. Mead, No. 46; C. J. Becker, No. 48.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master announced that he proposed to appoint
the following Special Committees for this Session: Correspondence, Statistics re Dues and Benefits, Odd Fellows' Home,
Rebekah Lodges and Resolutions.
The Grand Lodge took an intermission.
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His Worship the Mayor of the City of Ladysmith, J. W.
Coburn, Esq., and a deputation from "Laurel" Rebekah Lodge,
No. 9, were admitted and introduced to the Grand Lodge by
Bro. H. T. Fulton, D.D.G.M., and were welcomed by the
Grand Master, who invited the Mayor to a seat on the platform. The Mayor read an address of welcome to the city,
which was suitably, acknowledged by the Grand Master*
Sister Mrs. Matheson, on behalf of the deputation from
"Laurel" Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, read an address of welcome,
which was responded to by the Grand Master on behalf of the
Grand Lodge.
The Mayor and deputation having retired, the Grand
Lodge resumed business.
Resolved, That the Minutes of last Annual Session as
printed be adopted.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments to
fill the several committees, which were, on motion, confirmed.
The Committees when completed were as follows:—
Finance.—J. Bell, No. 4; W. M. Ramsay, No. 26; P. W. Dempster,
No. 2; T. M. Brayshaw, No. 1; D. Arnot, No. 40.
Appeals.—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2'; C. A. Warren, No. 34; G.
Strevens, No. 9; R. McLean, No. 16; J. J. Manuell, No. 31.
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary, J. York, No. 1; H. J.
Barber, No. 7; J. Palmer, No. 12; T. Booz, No. 4.
Petitions.—W. H. Thorpe, No. 20; H. Carroll, No. 6; F. E. Armstrong, No. 9; E. Restall, No. 22; T. R. Powers, No. 45.
State of the Order.—J. Carroll, No. 5; G. B. Taylor, No. 38; W.
Law, No. 10; G J. Becker, No. 48; F. Cockburn, No. 26.
Legislation.—T. C. Hubbard, No. 1; J. A. McKay, No. 8; W. H.
Walsh, No. 26; R. W. Fawcett, No. 2; J. S. Brandon, No. 43.
Judiciary.—J. W. Armstrong, No. 10; F. A. Anley, No. 11; H. J.
Raymer, P.G.M., No. 36; C. S. Keith. No. 3; G. R. Nortbey, No. 49.
Mileage and Per Diem.—A. M. Russell, No. 8; J. C. Smith, No. 23;
M. D. Billings, No. 42; J. A. Johnson, No. 27; P. R. McDonald,
No. 36.
Printing.—Grand Secretary, J. McL. Campbell, No. 17; R. Cos-
grove, No. 26; G. W. Carothers, No. 41; J. A. Dresser, No. 4.
Correspondence.—E. P. Dennis, No. 10; N. A. McDiarmid, No.
21; H. McDonald, No. 24; R. A. Smith, No. 44; D. G. Dailey, No. 5.
*The addresses of welcome of the Mayor and "Laurel" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 9, form Appendices to these Proceedings. 2407
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary, G. R. Mead,
No. 46; W. A. Cryderman, No. 18; D. Haddon, No. 15; F. P. Bishop,
No. 10.
Odd Fellows' Home.—H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., No. 10; W. Newton,
No. 20; J. H. Thompson, No. 39; T. Beck, No. 47; M. J. Phillips, No. 3.
Rebekah Lodges.—S. Hallander, No. 8; A. Adams, No. 27; T.
Doherty, No. 29; T. Embleton, No. 36; G. Motion, No. 16.
Resolutions.—H. Fooks, No. 28; C. Porter, No. 10; E. E. Adair,
No. 12; W. R. Owens, No. 19; E. Harkness, No. 43.
The reports of the Grand Officers and Grand Representatives were presented in printed form and were, on motion,
ordered to be received and handed to a Committee on Distribution.
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Committee on Distribution: H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M. No. 10;
H. J. Raymer, P.G.M. No. 36; P. W. Dempster, No. 2.
GRAND MASTER'S REPORT.
Vancouver, B. C, May 25th, 1905.
Officers  and  Members  of   the   Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.
O. O. F.:
Brethren—In submitting my report for the past year, I feel that
while there is a certain amount of cause for regret, that our growth
has not been greater, there is also cause for thankfulness that the work
has been carried on so harmoniously and in a measure so satisfactorily throughout the jurisdiction.
The Order can be said to be in a healthy condition in British
Columbia, almost every well organized community having a Lodge of
our Order, and is now recognized as one of the institutions, that our
country could not afford to dispense with.
In visiting the various Lodges, I have been impressed with the
apparent desire of the members to live up to the obligations and to
carry on the work of the Order. This is gratifying, showing as it
does, that our mottos are not mere empty words, and that our members are as ready to-day to practise fraternity, as four score years
ago.
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In small communities where more than one lodge exists, I have
advised amalgamation; in two instances, the suggestion has been acted
on, and I have no doubt but that the result will be beneficial to the
Lodges concerned.
The financial condition of the Lodges shows a creditable increase
in assets over the previous year. There is also an increase in the
working expenses. In most of the Lodges, the running expenses are
too high, and great care should be taken to keep them down to the
lowest possible figure.
ODD  FELLO.WS''   HOME.
Pending the report of the Committee appointed at the last session,.
on the Odd Fellows' Home Fund, I will merely recommend that the
Grand Lodge give the question the serious consideration that it deserves, having in view the fact that only by regular and systematic
contributions, can the object in view be attained.
necrology.
During the year two valued members of this Grand Lodge have
passed away.    Past Grand Master W. E. Johnstone in August of last
year, and Past Grand Master J. H. Meldram in February of this year.
Both have rendered the Order good service and their places will be*
•hard to fill.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge has also suffered loss through the
death of Bro. J. Frank Grant, Grand Secretary.
I endeavored to convey the sympathy of this Jurisdiction to the
family of the late Bro. Grant, and received the following reply:—
Baltimore,  Md.,  U.S.A.,  May 9,   1905.
"T. F. Neelands, Esq., Vancouver, B.C., Can.
"Dear Brother Neelands:—
" Please accept my sincere thanks, and the thanks of the other
"members of Bro. Grant's family, for your kind expression of sym-
"pathy in yours of ist inst. The death of our dear Bro. Grant has
J brought a great sorrow to the members of our family, and to those
I of us who have been with him so long here in the office, and I assure
"you that we not only appreciate the sympathy manifested in your
" letter, but also the very kind words which you say concerning him.
"I shall thank you to express our appreciation of this sympathy to
" the officers and members of your Grand Lodge as much as you pos-
"sibly can.
" With  sincere personal regards,  I  am,
" Yours fraternally,
(Signed)     "E. J. Curry. 2409
REBEKAH branch.
This branch of our Order shows a marked increase during the
past year. With proper support from the members of the Subordinate Lodges, the increase would be still greater.
MERGEMENT  OF  LODGES.
On April 29th I granted the necessary permission to Selkirk Lodge
No. 12, and Revelstoke Lodge No. 25, to become merged. On May
22nd, I was advised by Bro. J. McLeod, D.D.G.M. District No. 9,
that Revelstoke Lodge No. 25, had surrendered its Charter and become
merged in Selkirk Lodge No. 12, in accordance with the By-Laws of
the Grand Lodge.
I have also had some communications in reference to the merging of the Lodges at Ladysmith, but so far, the matter has not been
consummated.
new lodges.
On July 23rd I issued a commmission to Bro. Thomas Embleton,
Grand Treasurer, to institute a Rebekah Lodge at Nelson, and on
August the 31st, Queen City Lodge No. 16, was instituted. And on
March the 15th I commissioned Bro. A. E. Morgan, D.D.G.M. District
No. 13, to institute a Subordinate Lodge at Enderby. This, Eureka
Lodge No. 50, was instituted on May 9th. In both instances the instituting officers reported that the prospects for the Lodges were
good. I would therefore recommend that charters be granted these
Lodges.
PROCLAMATIONS.
At the  usual time  I  issued the  Anniversary and  Memorial Day
Proclamations.
DECISIONS.
1. Question—Should officers elect, retiring or entering for installation, be clothed in regalia?
Answer—Yes.   See White Digest, Section 1064.
2. Question—Is a visiting brother from another Jurisdiction entitled to the S. A. P. W.?
Answer—No.    See Sections 225, 243, and 246, Busbee's Digest.
3. Statement—A brother applied for admission to another Lodge,
and was accepted. He then applied for a withdrawal card from his
own lodge, which was granted. Before he could deposit the card and
sign the Constitution, he was taken sick. Is he entitled to benefits? If
so, which Lodge is liable?
Answer—The brother is not entitled to benefits from either Lodge
Sections 101 and 102, Busbee's Digest. 2410
4- Statement—A brother while on the sick list was advised by
his physician to go to California. Is he entitled to benefits during the
time he was in California and while travelling to and from, without a
doctor's certificate for the time he was away, the local doctor having
given a certificate covering the entire sickness ?
Answer—Yes.    Section 79 Busbee's Digest.
5. Statement—Is a lady whose husband is not an Odd Fellow and
who is neither the daughter or sister of an Odd Fellow, eligible to
receive the Rebekah Degree?
Answer—No.
6. Statement—A brother
received an injury, remaining at home
for six days; he then took charge of the work, remaining in charge
until the work was finished. Afterwards he made claim for benefits
from the date of the injury, during the time he was in charge of the
work, and for some four weeks afterwards. Is he entitled to benefits
after returning to work?
Answer—No.
7. Statement—A brother over six months in arrears was taken
sick. After becoming sick the brother paid up the arrears. Is he entitled to benefits, the secretary having failed to notify, him when he
became in arrears ?
Answer—The brother is not entitled to benefits.
8. Statement—Acting under legislation said to have been passed
by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last session, re joining by withdrawal card. A brother applied for admission to a Lodge, and was
accepted. The Lodge to which he had made application applied to
his Lodge for a withdrawal card, tendering the cost of the card. His
Lodge refused to grant the card, unless the fee provided for in its
By-laws was paid.
Held that the Lodge was within its rights in refusing to grant
the card, it having no official knowledge of any change in the law.
9. Question—Can a brother refuse to vote, for conscientious
reasons ?
Answer—All members present must vote unless excused by the
Lodge.    Section  1896,  Busbee's  Digest.
10. Question—Should nominations be open for one or two meetings to fill a vacancy during the term?
Answer—Nominations should be open for two meetings.
11. Question—Is it legal to ballot for candidates at a special
meeting?
Answer—No.
12. Question—Should the R. S. of the V. G. occupy the chair of
the V. G. during balloting ?     Not being a P. V. G. ?
Answer—Any member in good standing is eligible to fill the chair
of the V. G. temporarily, except when in conferring degrees, when it
should be filled by a V. G, P. V. G, or P. N. G. 2411
13- Question—Can a lodge enforce a By-law making it imperative
for its members to make a settlement of dues quarterly, said By-law
having been approved by the Grand Lodge?
Answer—Yes.    See Sections 415, 419, and 423, of Busbee's Digest
In connection with decision No. 8, there is no intention or desire
to come in conflict with any legislation that may have been enacted
by the Sovereign Grand Lodge. There is, however, a question of considerable importance involved, the question of whether a Lodge subordinate to a Grand Lodge, has the right to interpret the law for itself. In other words, whether such Lodges have the right to act on
legislation, said to have been passed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
before said legislation has officially been brought to the attention of
the Grand Lodge, having jurisdiction over said Lodges. There are
two, and only two channels through which the Grand Lodge can properly receive information as to legislation enacted by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, either by circular letter from that body, or by report
from the Grand Representatives at the session of the Grand Lodge.
No report has as yet been made by our Grand Representatives, and
no official circular has been received in reference to any legislation
passed at the last session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. It is therefore obvious, that this^ Grand Lodge, (and of necessity all subordinate
lodges under its jurisdiction), has no official knowledge of any change
in the law in reference to joining by withdrawal card. If there is to
be uniformity in the various Lodges in the Jurisdiction, it is manifest, that the Lodges must take their instructions and interpretation
of the law of the Order,  from the Grand Lodge.
1904.
DISPENSATIONS.
June 16.—To Mount Pleasant Lodge, No.  19, to hold an excursion.
June 16.—Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold an entertainment.
June 25.—Camborne  Lodge,   No.   49,   to  elect   a   Scarlet  Degree
Member to the office of Noble Grand, all qualified members declining.
June 25.—Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a public installation.
June 27.—Selkirk Lodge, No.  12, and Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25,
to hold a public installation.
July 7.—Duncan Lodge, No. 17, and to Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No,
14, to hold a public installation.
July 12.—Slocan Lodge, No. 40, and Floral Rebekah Lodge, No.
15, to hold a public installation.
July 12.—Island Lodge, No. 24, to remove its charter to Vancouver, for installation purposes.
August 18.—Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold an entertainment.
September 20.—Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, to hold a dance
October 19—Slocan Lodge No. 40, to hold a ball. 2412
October 20.—Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47, to hold a ball.
October 24.—Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a ball.
November 23.—Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold an "at
home."
November 29.—Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, to hold a ball.
November 29.—Cheam Lodge, No. 28, to hold a ball.
November 29.—Queen City Rebekah Lodge, No. 16, to hold dances
on the 5th December and 5th January.
December 13.—Duncan Lodge, No. 17, to hold a dance.
December 16.—Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, to attend a funeral in regalia.
December 17—Camborne Lodge, No. 49, to elect a Scarlet Degree
Member to the office of Noble Grand, all qualified members having
declined the office.
December 23.—Western Star Lodge, No. 10, to remove its charter to Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19 hall, for installation purposes.
December 23—Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a dance
December 26.—Vancouver Lodge No. 8, to remove its charter to
the hall of Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, for installation purposes.
December 29.—Rossland Lodge, No. 36, and to Deborah Rebekah
Lodge, No. 13, to hold a public installation.
December 29.—Mount Pleasant Lodge No. 19, to remove its charter to its new hall.
1905.
January 5.—Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, to hold a ball.
January 7.—Island Lodge, No. 24, to remove its charter to the
hall of Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, for installation purposes.
January 10.—Pacific Lodge, No. 26, to remove its charter to the
hall of Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, for installation purposes.
January 17.—Queen City Rebekah Lodge, No. 16, to hold dances
on the 6th of February, March and April, for the purpose of raising
funds to purchase regalia, etc.
January 17.—Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, and
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, to hold a masquerade ball.
January 23.—Silver City Lodge, No. 39, to hold a ball.
January 2b.—Kootenay Lodge No. 16, to hold a ball.
February 9.—Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a dance
February 17.—Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold a ball.
March 29.—Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, to hold an entertainment.
April 3.—Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a social and dance. 2413
April 5.—Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, and Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25,
to appear in regalia at a funeral.
April 10.—Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, to hold an "At Home" in
connection with the Anniversary of the Order.
May 18.—Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to hold an "At Home" on the
24th inst.
May 23.—Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a benefit concert,
on the 20th proximo.
OFFICIAL VISITS.
Saturday, Sept. 17th.—Visited North Bend. Owing to there being
only four members of Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, in North Bend at
the time, no meeting was held. Lodge is in good condition financially,
but through non-resident members, has difficulty in holding meetings.
Monday, Sept. 19th.—Tatnai Lodge, No. 9. A good Lodge; finances and membership in good shape A degree was conferred on &
brother in excellent style.
Tuesday, Sept. 20th.—Attended a joint session of Selkirk Lodge
.No. 12, and Revelstoke, No. 25. Both Lodges in fair condition; advised amalgamation; most of the brothers present in favor. Spent a
pleasant evening.
Wednesday, Sept. 21st.—Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34. Lack of
available material prevents the Lodge from increasing its membership.
Financially the Lodge stands well.
Thursday, Sept. 22nd.—Camborne Lodge, No. 49. This Lodge is
small in membership and owing to closing down of the mines in the
neighborhood, is not likely to grow very fast.
||| Friday,  Sept.  23rd.—Trout Lake Lodge  No. 41.
put on in excellent shape.    The Lodge is prosperous
Monday, Sept. 26th.—Kootenay Lodge, No. 16. The Initiatory
Degree was conferred on a candidate in good form. The Degree Staff
introduced some unique features that added greatly to the work. After
the adjournment of the Lodge, the members of Queen City Rebekah
Lodge, No. 16, were admitted and a social evening was spent.
Tuesday, Sept. 27th.—Enterprise Lodge, No. 43. The brethren
exemplified the Initiatory Degree in a commendable way. Portions
of the work were of a high order.
Wednesday, Sept. 28th.—Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38.—This
Lodge appears to stand well in the community and certainly has a
good class of members. Great credit is due D.D.G.M. Bro. Holmes
for his untiring efforts on behalf of the Order.
Thursday,   Sept.  29th.—Gateway  Lodge,   No.  45.—The   Initiatory
Degree was conferred in a creditable manner,
tendance, and a good meeting.
Friday, September 30th.—Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46. A fair
attendance. The Second Degree was conferred in a very realistic
manner. Like many Lodges in mining camps, this Lodge suffers
through the inability of its members to attend regularly.
A degree was
There was a good at
VI * ''  ■ 2414
Monday, Oct. 3rd.—Rossland Lodge, No. 36. A good attendance.
After the Degree Staff had put on a degree in their usual efficient
manner, the members of Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, were admitted and a pleasant evening was spent.    Both Lodges doing well.
Wednesday, Oct. 5th.—Wildey Lodge, No. 44. Owing to their
hall being occupied for that evening, an afternoon meeting was held,
at which there was a fair attendance. The brothers appeared to be optimistic as to to the future of the Lodge.
Thursday, Oct. 6th.—Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47. The Lodge had
just taken possession of its new hall. There was a good attendance
and the prospects for the future of the Lodge are brighter than for
some time past.
Friday, Oct. 7th.—Key City Lodge, No. 42. A good meeting.
Better results are anticipated in the near future A very pleasant
after-meeting was held.
Monday, Oct. 10th.—Visited Slocan City, but owing to there not
being a sufficient number of members in the city, a meeting could not
be arranged for.
Monday, Oct. 10th.—Visited Sandon, but, as I was afterwards
informed, my notice of intended visit had not been received by the
Lodge.   A meeting was not held.
Wednesday, Oct. 12th.—Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18. A good
meeting; prospects for future of Lodge good. Financial affairs in good
condition.
Thursday, Oct. 13.—Visited Coronation Lodge, composed of good
material and doing well.
Saturday, Oct. 15th.—Ashcroft, No. 23. Lodge work greatly hampered by lack of resident members. Financially the Lodge is in good
shape.
Wednesday, Dec. 6th.—Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15. A Degree team
from Nos. 3 and 27 conferred the Second Degree on a brother in splendid style. The Noble Grand then called on me to dedicate their new
hall, which I did, ably assisted by Deputy Grand Master D. E. Mackenzie, D. Welsh, P.G.M., W. H. Gardiner, P.G., W. E. Fales, P.G.,
A. H. Ferguson, P.G., E. L. Webber, P.G. W. S. Smith, P.G., A.
Adams. P.G, A. J.^ Martin, P.G., and T. A. Muir, P.G.P. and P.G.R.,
all of New Westminster. Cloverdale Lodge has, since its institution,
had three halls dedicated, having been burned out twice. It is to be
hoped that many years will pass before it will again be necessary to
have a dedication.
Tuesday, Jan. 10th.—Attended a joint session of Vancouver, No.
8; Western Star, No. 10; Mount Pleasant, No. 19; Island, No. 24; and
Pacific, No. 26. The meeting was held in Mount Pleasant Lodge, No.
19, new hall.   The Order in this district is in a healthy condition.   ,
Monday, Feb. 6th.—Accompanied by fifty brethren from the Vancouver Lodges, I visited Royal City, No. 3, and Amity, No. 27. Both
Lodges are doing well.
Monday, Feb. 20th.—Met the members of Victoria, No. 1; Columbia, No. 2; and Dominion, No. 4, in joint session. Good feeling seems
to prevail, and the Lodges are doing good work. , 2415
Tuesday, Feb. 21st.—Duncan Lodge, No. 17. Lodge financially in
good condition.    A good meeting was held.
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd.—Attended a joint session of Harmony,
No. 6; Perseverance, No. 29; and Banner, No. 31. Discussed amalgamation of the three Lodges with the brethren, who appeared to meet
the suggestion with favor.
Thursday, Feb. 23rd.—Met the members of Black Diamond, No.
5; Centennial, No. 20; and Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3. A very
enjoyable evening was spent.   Lodges appear to be doing good work.
Wednesday, March 22nd.—Accompanied by Deputy Grand Master
D. E. Mackenzie, G. R. Gordon, P.G.R., and about sixty members
of the Order from New Westminster, I visited Delta Lodge, No. 21.
A mixed Degree team from Nos. 3 and 27 conferred the Initiatory
Degree in good style on a candidate. The Lodge is comfortably
housed, and should increase in membership in the near future.
Thursday, April 20th.—Union Lodge, No. 11. This Lodge has
had many obstacles to contend with in the past, and it is to be hoped
that the way will be smoother in the future Financially the Lodge
is in fair condition.
Monday, April 24th.—Excelsior Lodge, No. 7. The prospects for
an increase in membership in the near future appear to be good. The
members appear to work together well. Its financial position is fairly
good.
May 3rd.—Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2.' Attendance large.
Seven candidates were initiated; the work was splendidly put on.
A good Lodge.
May 13th.—Cheam Lodge, No. 28. Members deserve great credit
for the regularity with which meetings are held. Lodge in fair condition.
May 23rd.—Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5. A fair attendance.
The prospects for the Lodge are much better than for some time
past.
In conclusion I desire to convey to the Grand Secretary and other
Grand Officers and to the District Deputy Grand Masters, my sincere
thanks for assistance rendered to me during the year.
I also desire to thank the various Lodges that I visited, for the
kind consideration shown me.
Wishing the Order every prosperity, and thanking the brethren
for the honor conferred, I remain,
Yours fraternally,
T. F. Neelands..
Grand Master.
-   " 2416
GRAND SECRETARY'S REPORT.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. (X F.:
I have much pleasure in presenting you with my Twenty-First
Report, covering the work of the Order in this Jurisdiction during the
year 1904.
There was no increase in the number of lodges during the year,
but on the 9th of May, 1905, "Eureka" Lodge No. 50 was instituted
at Enderby, B. C, by Special D. G. M. Bro. A. E. Morgan, with six
charter members, and nine members were initiated on the night of
institution.
"Queen City" Rebekah Lodge No. 16 was instituted by Bro. T.
Embleton, Grand Treasurer, at Nelson, B. C, on August 31st, 1904,
with six charter members, and on the night of institution 38 members were initiated.
The good seed of Odd Fellowship seems to have found congenial
soil in the prosperous and fertile valley of the Okanagan, for in addition to the Lodge instituted at Enderby, inquiries have been received as to the steps necessary to be taken to open Lodges at Kelowna
and Summerland, and it is highly probable that Lodges will be shortly
established at these places.
"Revelstoke" Lodge No. 25 surrendered its charter and merged
with "Selkirk" Lodge No. 12 on May 9th, 1905; it is believed that
this was a wise step and that it will tend to conserve the best interests of Odd Fellowship in that locality.
Abstracts oj: the Reports rendered by the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges are appended, and the following tabulated statement of
these Reports shows a comparison between the work performed last
year and that of the year 1903. 2417
STATISTICAL.
Statement  Showing Result of the Year's Work Compared with the
Year 1903.
Increase. I Decrease.
No. of Lodges 31 Dec, 1904	
instituted  since   	
lost by mergement
"   Members on 31 Dec, 1904	
"   initiated during the year....
I   admitted by card   	
"   reinstated   	
I   withdrawn	
I   deceased   	
I   resigned	
"   suspended 	
I   Ceased membership by N.P.D...
"   Rejected	
I   Degrees  conferred   	
I   Past Grands  	
Receipts from Dues  	
Admission and Degrees....
Rents and invested funds..
All other sources  	
Total   receipts   	
No. of Brothers relieved 	
"   Widowed families relieved	
"   Brothers buried   	
"   Weeks sick benefit paid 	
Amt. paid for the relief of brothers.
"       "       " widowed   families
"       I       " orphans   	
'       '"       education  of orphans   ..
"        "..    burying the  dead   	
special   relief   	
"       I current expenses  ..
Total amt. paid for relief	
"       I       of assets of Lodges  ....
Average amount of benefits paid to
each sick member	
Average amount expended for relief
per member  	
Average duration of sickness per sick
member	
Average duration of sickness per sick
member   	
Average cost per member for current
expenses	
Average   cost per   member   for   all
lodge expenditures  	
Average amt. of assets per member. I
m
lj
3584I
2571
301
201
291
28!
I
57
37
1 *
204 11
6	
788I 90
75o| 48
$ 40,241.031$ 605.87
$ 7-095-5o|$ 768.50
$ 12,421.79!$ 1,294.06
I 2,111.921$ 144.49
$ 61,870.24!$   2,812.92
325I	
II	
251	
2856I 127
$ 16,364.851	
136.55!	
310.001 $      310.00
96.001$       2400
2;295.oo|	
662.00 j $      243.90
$ 23,013.251$   1,035.92
$ 19,864.40!	
$263,239.84!$ 10,611.64
50-351
5-541
*8w.5V2d.| 1w.il/2d.
5d. I4h. I       4I1.
6.421$
11.96I.
73-451$
0.19
1.82
12
3
8
35
1
8
$   2,375.20
$      371-35
$      132.90
$   2,301.55
I-7I
o74
0.56 2418
STATISTICAL.—(Continued.)
Increase.   Decrease
Total amt. expended for relief since |
the institution of the Grand Lodge j
in 1874 |$356,844-54|
rebekah lodges.
No. of Lodges 31 December, 1904... .|
Members—brothers    j
sisters    |
No. of members initiated during year
Brothers	
Sisters   	
No. members admitted by card during year—Brothers	
Sisters   	
No. members reinstated during year—
Brothers |
Sisters 	
No. members withdrawn during year
Brothers   	
Sisters   	
No. ceased membership by N.P.D.—
Brothers	
Sisters   	
No. members deceased—Brothers  ...
Sisters  	
Receipts  during the  year—
For dues  	
For admissions   	
Rents and invested funds   	
From all other sources  	
Payments  during the year—
Relief of members   	
Relief of widowed families   	
Special relief	
Total relief	
Current expenses   	
Total  invested   funds   	
I
294I
3341
I
1071
m
4
4
1
2
8
1$
1$
1$
1$
I
1$
1$
1$.
$
1$
1$
32
9
2
1
70
60
66
11
1
2
967751$
300.00]$
7.I5I--
166.22 ..
14
1
90.25
157-50
72.00]	
io.oo|	
99.50	
181.50	
953-751$      241.46
2,o86.22|$      629.75
$
7
8
26
29.80
52.91
$38.00
0-75
$78.75
*w., weeks;  d.,  days; h„ hours 2419
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer.
From Whom Received.
Tax term I Tax termi
ended       ended
30th June 31st Deer j
1904 1904
Supplies
I Fines
Home Chart'r
Fund    Fees,
etc.
Total.
I|$
2|
3
4
Victoria   Lodge No.
Columbia "
Royal City
Dominion "
Black Diamond "         5|
Harmony "         61
Excelsior "         7
Vancouver 8
Tatnai "         9)
Western Star 10
Union 11
Selkirk "         12
Cloverdale 15
Kootenay "         16
Duncan 17
Vernon Valley "         18
Mt.   Pleasant "         19
Centennial 20
Delta "         21
Gold Range 22
Ashcroft 23
Island "         24
Revelstoke "         25
Pacific 26
Amity "          27
Cheam "         28
Perseverance 291
Banner 31
Rocky   Mountain 34
Rossland 36
Boundary  Valley      " 38
Silver City |         39
Slocan 40
Trout Lake 41
Key City "         42
Enterprise 43
Wildey 5         441
Gateway 45
Snowshoe 46
Mt. Fernie "         47
Coronation 48
Camborne 49
103 00 j$
69 5o|
61 50I
74 00 j
7i 5o|
51 oo|'
22 751
80 001
55 501
133 50
29 5o|
36 5o|
16 so|
57 Sol
28 50I
22 501
29 5o|
68 001
20 001
16 501
12 oo|
15 oo|
29 501
112 OOI
71 OO]
15 501
26 501
34 501
31 001
83 5o|
35 50l
26 ooj
16 ooj
27 50I
30 001
54 501
13 ooj
34 501
30 501
25 5o|
18 oo|
11 50I
99 ooj$
1^ 5o|
60 501
75 oo|
68 501
49 501
21 50I
78' 001
56 501
127 50
27 oo[
39 5o I
17 001
59 00
28 oo|
23 ooj
30 50I
68 ooj
19 5o|
16 5o|..
13 oo|
15' ooj. .
29 501
no so|
7-2- 501
15 501
25f 5o|
34 ooj
29 oo|
86 so|
38 ooj
19 50 i
16 50J
27 5ol
33 ooj
55 5oj
15
32
30 501
26 501
18 501
11 5o|
50|
501
12  20|	
10 80I	
12 751	
830I	
11 40J	
2 8o|	
1 751	
43 501	
22 ooj	
16 70	
5 ooj	
5 901	
2 5o|	
625I	
7 00|$2I   OO
5 501	
3 001	
17 00	
6 50	
801
1
15
901
ooj
23 751
4 751
7 05J
7 501
4 001
13 251
n 50J
H 501
385I
4 331
4 oo|
9 00
5 ooj
8 oo|
25 5o|
14 6o|
8 ooj
2 00
2 00
2 00
4 00
6 00
2 00
2 00
2 00
$
214 20
152 80
134 75
157 30
150 90
103 30
46 00
201 50
134 00
277 70
61 50
81 90
36 00
124 75
86 50
51 00
63 00
153 00
46 00
37 00
25 80
30 00
60 90
239 50
167 25
35 75
^5 05
76 00
64 00
183 25
85 00
63 00
36 35
61 33
69 00
119 00
33 50
75 00
8650
66 60
44 50
23 00 2420
From Whom Received.
Tax term Tax term
ended       ended
30th June 31st Deer.
1904 1904
I Fines,
I Home Chart'*
Supplies    Fund    Fees,
ete.
Eureka 5° I
Colfax Rebekah Lodge No. i|
Mizpah "         21
Miriam "         2|
Beulah "         5i
Deborah 131
Ivy "       14I
Floral 151
Queen  City i6|
Sundry persons
1 40|	
7 901	
15 00]	
651	
21 ooj 35 35
1 001	
8 60I	
21 6o|	
3 25'
30 ooj
I
IO 00
Bro. H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M.. | | | | 20 00 |
Bank of B. N. A.,     interest| | | | |
Grand  Treasurer's  Acct... | | | 1 j 25 48]
Canadian Bank of Commerce!
int.  Bro.  Simpson's Acct.. | | j j    24 77I
Total.
30 OO
I 40
7 90
15 OO
65
56 35
1 00
8 60
31 60
3 25
20 00
25 48
24 77
|$i8oo 25j$i792 oo|$ 468 53|$78 35 no 25J$4249 38
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER.
Date
Description.
AmounL
1904.    i
May   31
June    9
20
"     30
July   16
"     16
21
30
Sept.
2
it
6
a
12
tt
12
tt
12
a
12
Oct.
1
Nov.
2
tt
2
1 |F. Davey, Grand Secy...
2 (Grand  Treasurer   	
3 |W. H. Huxtable ........
4 |T.   Embleton   	
5 JE. C. Arthur, P.G.M....
6 |F. Davey, Grand Secy...
7 j J.  Pottinger  	
8 JR. S. Day  	
9 |F. Davey, Grand Secy...
10 j       do. do
11 |E. C. Arthur, P.G.M	
12 JR. S. Day 	
13 JF. Davey, Grand Secy...
14 I Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co.
15 |T. F. Neelands, G.M.  . ..
16 JF. Davey, Grand Secy...
17 j        do. do.
18 I Colonist Ptg. & Pub. Co
19 JMortimore & Blackeby...
20 JF. Davey, Grand Secy...
21 [Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co
Supplies from Sov. G. Lodge.. |
Mileage & per diem, Sess. '04.. j
Caretaker   Grand   Secy's   office]
Janitor Session  1904 |
Travelling  expenses    |
Exchange, telegrams    hire    ofj
tables, etc   |
Grand Lodge card I. O. O. F.. j
Premium Grand Secy's bond. . j
Supplies Sov. Grand Lodge...]
Dep. O. F. Home acct. in bnk|
Postage & Sundries 	
Premium Grand Treas. bond..
Supplies Sov. Grand Lodge.. .
Printing  Proceedings  1904. .. .
On acct. of expenses  	
Salary 3 mos	
Postage, freight, etc, etc	
Blank books  	
Collar for Grand Master	
Supplies Sov. Grand Lodge ..
Letter heads for D. D. G. M 's
$ 22 15
3452 00
20 00
10 00
32 00'
1825
10 00
5 00
77 50
76 00
5 00
5 00
24 00 I
147 95
200 00
150 002
64 75
24 00
15 00
66 00
5 50 2421
Dec.
10
22
F. Davey, Grand Secy...
it
10
23
do.              do.
j   <(
19
24
do.              do.
190=
•
Jan.
14
25
do.              do.
ti
28
26
Mortimore   &  Blackeby. .
Feb.
28
27
T.  F.  Neelands,  G.M....
Mar.
4
28
F. Davey, Grand Secy...
ti
21
29
do.               do.
it
21
30
do.              do
tt
21
3i
Odd Fellows' Union  ....
it
21
32
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
May
3
33
Colonist Ptg. & Pub. Co
ti
13
34
F. Davey, Grand Secy...
it
16
35
T.  R.   Cusack	
it
17
36
F. Davey, Grand Secy...
n
17
37
do.               do.
tt
17
38
do.               do.
tt
17
39
T. F. Neelands, G.M	
Salary 3 mos	
Postage, freight, etc	
Supplies Sov. Grand Lodge....
do do       do ....
Case  for  G.  Master's  collar. .
Balance of allowance  	
Supplies Sov. Grand Lodge....
Salary 3 mos	
I Postage, freight, etc	
I Rent G. Secy's office 12 mos..
Representative tax  	
Blank books  	
Dep. in bank—Home fund....
Printing forms, etc	
Salary,  3  mos	
Supplies from Sov. .Lodge....
Postage and sundries  	
Postage,   etc	
150
00
22
45
20
00
40
00
I
50
IOO
00
91
00
I50
00
41
90
IOO
00
150
00
27
00
23
00
34 5o
150
00
24
00
12
55
10
00
1$5578 00
SUMMARY.
Balance in Grand Treasurer's hands last report $3234 71
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer 4249 38
$7484 09
Less orders drawn on Grand Treasurer    5578 00
Balance in hand of Grand Treasurer $1906 09
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Cr.
Balance from last year's account  ...."	
Goods bought during the year  	
Freight ,etc. on supplies from Sov. Grand Lodge
Profit  during the year   	
Goods sold during the year 	
Value of stock on hand 	
$ 175 40
410 10
43 20I
46 601
j$ 462 00
213 30
$ 675 3o|$ 675 30 2422
ODD FELLOWS' HOME ACCOUNT.
RECEIPTS.
Amount on hand as per last report	
Subscription as per statement   	
Transfer of fines paid by lodges 	
Interest Imperial Bank of Canada to 31 May, 1904
Interest Imperial Bank of Canada to 30. Nov., 1904
Interest Dom. Govt. Savings Bank to 30 June, 1904
Deposited in Do. Govt. Savings Bank ..
Deposited in Imperial Bank of Canada
-78
35
20
7o
j***
5
70
7
88
30
90
$3243 12
548 80
$3590 97
200 95
$3791 92
3791 92
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND.
Amount on hand per last report	
Interest Dom. Govt. Savings Bank to 30 June, 1904
Deposited in Dom. Govt. Savings Bank	
In  Grand  Treasurer's  hands   	
1$ 450 03
!$   49
$ 437 44
13 08
$ 450 52
450 52 2423
BALANCE SHEET.
GRAND LODGE OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA, I.   O.  O.  F.
MAY.  1905.
44-
69.
77
113.
117
131
146.
157
163.
165
167.
173.
177
181.
189.
197
199.
205
219.
233 •
235
240.
243-
244.
246.
249.
256.
258.
270.
279.
288.
290.
294.
296.
298.
302
306.
Account.
Dr.
Cr.
Regalia
Furniture and
Tatnai Lodge   No. 9 	
Columbia Lodge, No. 2 ...
Centennial Lodge, No. 20 .
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22
Stock 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge  ...
Grand Treasurer 	
Profit and Loss  	
Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25 .
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8...
Cheam Lodge, No. 28	
Perseverance Lodge, No. 29
Banner Lodge, No. 31
Harmony
Rossland
Boundary
Rocky Mountain Lodge,
Dominion Govt. Savings
Lodge, No. §	
Lodge, No. 36....
Valley Lodge, No
Slocan Lodge, No. 40	
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund ..
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7 ...
Trout Lake Lodge, No.
Deborah Rebekah Lodge,
Dom. Govt. Savings Bank
Key City Lodge, No. 42 ....
Gateway Lodge, No. 45 ...
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46 ....
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47 .
Odd Fellows' Home Account
No. 34	
Bank (Home Acct.)
38.
4i   	
No. 13. -
(Aged O.
F. Fund)
No.
16
Kootenay Lodge,
Pacific Lodge, No. 26
Camborne Lodge, No.
Vernon Valley Lodee,
Imperial Bank of Canada
Delta Lodge, No. 21
Eureka Lodge, No. 50 . ..
49  •
No.
18 ....
(Home
Acct.)
$ 546 65
213 30
36 25
1906 09
20
3243 12
2 25
40
45o 03
1 00
548 80
2 00
2685
$
25
40
12 00
1 10
2708 19
45
1 05
80
46
10
25
45
85
85
45o 52
10
1 00
1 5o
90
50
379i 92
75
40
2 15
$6976 94l$6976 94 2424
The foregoing statement contains many features that are both
satisfactory and encouraging. The number of members on the 31st
December, 1904, was 3,584, being an increase of 57. The financial
results indicate the lodges to be in a healthy condition; the receipts
show an increase under all heads, the aggregate being $2,812.92 more
than the preceding year. There is a decrease in the amount of relief
paid of $2,301.55 as compared with 1903, and the number of brothers
relieved were less, although the number of weeks for which sick benefits were paid and the average duration of sickness were in excess of
the preceding year. The amount paid for current expenses is also
higher by $1,035.92 than in 1903. It is very gratifying to note that the
gross value of the assets of the Subordinate Lodges has increased
$10,611.64 during the year, and now attains the sum of $263,239.84, an
average of $73-45 per member, the latter being an increase of $1.82
since December 31st, 1903.
The Reports of the Rebekah Lodges are highly creditable and
shows that branch of the Order to be in a prosperous condition, there
being an increase in membership of 130 during the year, with satisfactory additions in the items of receipts and invested funds.
I regret very much to have to report the death of two well-known
and respected Past Grand Masters of our Jurisdiction since we last
met, Brothers J. H. Meldram, No. 2, and W. E. Johnstone, No. 8,
Both were highly esteemed in this Grand Lodge, and also as private
citizens. They were indefatigable workers in the cause of Odd Fellowship and will be greatly missed in their respective Lodges. It is
recommended that a Memorial Page with the names of these two
brothers and other Past Grands who have died during the past year,
be inserted in the Printed Proceedings of the Session.
The Grand Lodge meets this year for the first time in the young
and enterprising city of Ladysmith. The history of the Lodges here
has been of such a character as would have proved discouraging to
brothers of a less courageous type. All three Lodges have, from the
force of circumstances been forced to migrate from the place where
they were originally instituted.
"Harmony" Lodge No. 6 was instituted at Wellington on March
16th, 1883, and "Banner" Lodge No. 31 was instituted at the same
place on August 1, 1894. Both these Lodges removed to Ladysmith
in 1901 on account of the closing of the coal mines at Wellington.
"Perseverance" Lodge No. 29 was instituted at Northfield on June
18th, 1894, and for similar reasons found it necessary to surrender its
charter in March, 1897, but was resuscitated and removed to Extension in 1901, and subsequently moved to Ladysmith. It is to be hoped
that the industries of this neighborhood will prove of a lasting and
permanent character, so that the future stability of the Lodges here
may be assured.
Odd Fellowship throughout all its bounds is advancing with rapid
strides. In the year 1903 81,500 members were added' to its ranks,
and it is confidently expected that the gain in 1904 was even larger.
In 1903 this Jurisdiction only contributed an increase of 19, and last
year 57, a very small exhibit for a young and vigorous Province with
its many advantages, from which much better results might have been
expected. What this Jurisdiction appears to need is more enthusiasm,
a firmer belief in the high mission of our great Order, and a fuller 2425
appreciation of the noble work in which it is engaged; in fact,
eral revival that shall awaken a livelier interest and a more determined
and sustained effort to advance the great cause of Odd Fellowship.
I trust that such a spirit will be engendered by this meeting and that
when we next meet we shall be able to point with pride to connen-
surate results.
Yours fraternally,
Grand Secretary.
REPORT OF GRAND TREASURER
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to submit a statement of the moneys received and disbursed
by me as Grand Treasurer during the past year:
1904. Dr.
June 9, To balance received from late Grand Treasurer..
July 9, To cash received from Rossland Lodge No. 36	
July 9, To cash received from Enterprise Lodge No. 43 ...
July 14, To cash received from Grand Secretary	
Auo"   16  To cash received from Grand Secretarv	
. .$3,260 48
..      87 50
54 50
..     185 40
.. 1,178 50
1905.
Jan. 4, To cash received from Rossland Lodge No. 36	
Jan. 4, To cash received from Enterprise Lodge No. 43....
May 5, To cash received from Grand Secretary	
May 19, To cash received from Grand Secretary	
Interest Bank of British  North America	
..      86 50
55 50
• • 2,263 55
286 68
25 48
$7,484 09         ; • j
1904.                                              Cr.
June 9 to May 17, By paid orders Nos. 1 to 39 inclusive.... 5,578 00
Balance on hand   $1,906 09
Fraternally submitted,
THOMAS EMBLETON,
Grand Treasurer. 2426
REPORT OF GRAND REPRESENTATIVES
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Your Representatives on whom you imposed the duty as well as
the great honor of representing our Jurisdiction in the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, consider it a great privilege and pleasure to submit for
your consideration the following Report:—
The eightieth annual communication of the Supreme or Sovereign Head of the Independent Order of Oddfellows was held in San
Francisco, Cal., at the Native Sons' Hall, September 19th to 24th, 1904.
The Representatives and Officers were welcomed to the City and
State at the Lyceum Theatre, by the Mayor of San Francisco, the
Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Scribe and the President of the
Rebekah Assembly of California.
The addresses were acknowledged and responded to on behalf of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge by the Grand Sire, Bro. J. B. Goodwin, of
Georgia. At the conclusion of these exercises, under escort of the
California Patriarchs Militant, the Grand Lodge marched to the
Native Sons' Hall, where the first session was duly opened at 10130
a.m.   Upon the call of the roll the following officers were present::—
John B. Goodwin     Grand Sire
J. Frank Grant  Grand Secretary
M. Richards Muckle    Grand Treasurer
M. A. Raney  General Commanding
Elvin J. Curry  Assistant Grand Secretary.
John B. Cockrum  Grand Marshal
Edwin L. Pilsbury     Grand Guardian
Louis F. Hart   Grand Messenger
and Grand Representatives  from fifty-three  Grand Lodges and forty
Grand Encampments, also the following Past Grand Sires:—
Milton J.  Durham    ."    Kentucky
John C. Underwood   Kentucky
John W. Stebbins  New York
Fred Carleton    Texas
Alfred S. Pinkerton  Massachusetts
A. C. Cable   Ohio
The Deputy Grand Sire, Robert E. Wright, of Pennsylvania, being absent, the Grand Sire appointed Grand Representative George
Hawkes, of Pennsylvania, as Deputy Grand Sire pro tempore.
The  Grand  Chaplain, Rev.  J.  W.  Venable,  of Kentucky,  being" 2427
absent the Grand Sire appointed Rev. P. A. Simpkin, Grand Secretary
of Utah, Grand Chaplain pro tempore.
After credentials were examined there were found to be Representatives present from fifty-four Grand Lodges and forty-four Grand
Encampments.
The following reports of officers and extracts from the proceedings of the session will best give you information concerning the work
and advancement of our Order throughout the world.
REPORT OF THE GRAND SIRE AND COMMANDER-IN-
CHIEF.
To   the Sovereign  Grand Lodge  of the Independent Order of  Odd
Fellows, Officers and Representatives:
We assemble in the eightieth annual session of this Body in the
.great and famous State of California and in its chief city and metropolis of the Pacific Coast, San Francisco, and for the fourth time in its
history the Sovereign Grand Lodge meets west of the Rocky Mountains. In 1869 the session was held here in San Francisco, and in
1888 in Los Angeles, and in 1892 in Portland, Oregon. All the other
seventy-seven sessions have been held east of the Rockies.
The Order which in America had its commencement on the Atlantic Coast has developed and accompanied civilization as it extended
to the Middle West; then to what was once the Great American
Desert, but now a most fertile and productive land; then across the
Rockies and Sierra Nevadas to the golden shores of the Pacific; and
as we gather here for the present session we find it strong and accomplishing great and good work in California and receiving as it ^deserves the respect and admiration of all good people, whether mem-
hers of its organization or not. After those from the eastern jurisdictions have travelled across the continent to reach the meeting
place in 1904 they find themselves in the atmosphere and surroundings
and under the influence of Odd Fellowship and a welcome, cordia
and fraternal, extended by thousands of brothers and sisters bound
to each other and to us, in the never dying bonds of fraternity; and
find also a civilization as high and perfect as any in the world and
a people as refined, educated and patriotic as any. Great is the privilege therefore to us all to gather here under such favorable conditions,
and gratifying that the present session is held at a time when our
"beloved Order is having great prosperity and harmony. In 1869 when
the Grand Lodge of the United States met here the Subordinate Lodge
membership was only 268,608, whereas at the end of 1903 it was 1,151,-
421, besides 284,681 sisters of the Rebekah Degree, making a total
of 1,436,102 members. The total revenue in 1868 amounted to $2,347,-
073.86. And now it is 12,887,714.22 for 1903. Then the total relief
expenditure in 1868 was $760,429.54 and now for 1003 it is $4*326,-
309.19. The year 1902 was the most prosperous in the history of the
Order up to that time and surpassed all previous records of work,
but it remained for 1903 to exceed it and take its place as the red
letter year in our history as an Order.
The condition of the Order, including all parts of the world, at
the close of 1903, is shown by returns as follows: 2428
Subordinate  lodge membership,  December 31,   1903.... 1,151,421
Encampment membership, December 31, 1903     167,849
Rebekah Lodge membership, December 31, 1903-  447,694
Brothers    163,013
Sisters     284,681
Patriarchs Militant membership, December 31, 1903  18,832
Total membership of the  Order, including subordinate
lodge members and sisters only of Rebekah lodges. ... 1436,102
Encampment members and brothers of Rebekah lodges
are not included, as they are subordinate lodge members.
REVENUE   OR  RECEIPTS   IN   1903-
Subordinate  lodges    $11,455,697 76
Encampments          754>o8o 61
Rebekah lodges           677,935 85
Total revenue    $12,887,714 22.
RELIEF EXPENDED IN   IOX>3.
Relief by lodges        $3,970,954 44
Relief by encampments     284,896 72
Relief by Rebekah lodges     70,658 03
Total  relief        $4,326,509 19
Total  relief as  shown by records  since  1830 to  1902,
inclusive    $100,795,034 51
Invested  funds of subordinate lodges        32,372,304 33
Invested   funds   of  subordinate  encampments       1,668,966 58
Invested funds of Rebekah lodges    628,848 69
Total   invested   funds    $34,670,119 60
FINANCES OF THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE.
Cash on hand August 1,  1903    $95-237 99
Received from August 1, 1903, to July 30, 1904  98,795 17
Total          $194,033 16
Warrants drawn from August 1, 1903, to July 30, 1904..        127,582 21
Balance on hand July 31, 1904  $66,450 95
The financial exhibit is a most gratifying one, and the sub-committee on finance estimated that after paying the expenses of the
present session there would be a sufficient balance to authorize the
investment of $51,332.64 in safe interest paying securities and co-operating with the committee such investment was made by the Grand
Treasurer, as will more fully appear on his report. Splendid as is
this result and condition, it should not suggest any unnecessary appropriations, for good financial administration is indispensable to the
safety and success of any institution, organization or order.
THE   FRATERNAL   PRESS.
The fraternal press is a great aid in the cause and in the dissemination of the principles of the Order, and especially is it helpful to the
Grand Sire and membership generally in keeping them advised as to 2429
the condition of the work and progress in the different jurisdictions.
It has frequently happened during the two years of my official service
that information which I desired and needed has been afforded by consulting the fraternal press and it is almost indispensable in the matter
of keeping in touch with the Order everywhere. Besides the exchange
of news which it gives, it is instructive and educational in fraternal
and benevolent work and deserves to be encouraged.
CONCLUSION.
Two years ago your generous confidence called me to the honorable and responsible service which closes at the present session. Appreciating the honor, responsibility and importance of the work upon
which I was then entering, business arrangements had been made to
conform to it and business interests subordinated, whenever necessary,
to the interest and work for the Order. As far as possible and able,
whatever service I could render has been given to our great and good
cause and to the promotion of its interests, and while the work has
been arduous and constant, it has been accompanied with the hearty
good will, respect, fraternal regard and encouragement of the membership generally. It has been my effort and pleasure, as was also my
duty, to keep in close and constant touch and sympathy with the Order
everywhere, and to know the condition in every jurisdiction, and this
has added largely to the correspondence of the office, but has given
me much satisfaction and inspiration. Besides, as calls and opportunity came, I have gone into various jurisdictions to personally meet
the membership, loyal and enthusiastic brothers and sisters, whose
greetings and devotion to the principles of the Order have greaitly
strengthened and" encouraged me in the official service. These years
and these associations constitute a bright chapter in my life work and
experience, and the recollection of them will be fondly cherished. The
membership generally have been found active and devoted to the principles and work of the Order, and this has been the chief factor in
accomplishing the gratifying results and progress made, and in bringing about the present splendid condition. The record of prosperity
during the last two years must be gratifying to us all, for it represents
not only building up in membership, but also splendid financial administration in all branches and increased ability for discharging benevolent obligations; large and extensive fraternal influence which is
drawing people closer together in sympathy; liberal and growing relief expenditures for all purposes and along all lines provided by our
system, and all these with that harmony which is so essential to the
accomplishment of the best results. An examination of the condition
and results elsewhere shown in this report and more fully set out in
the report of the Grand Secretary will give the relief expenditure
along the various lines, to-wit: For sick and funeral benefits, for the
aid of widows and orphans, and for the erection and maintenance of
Homes for widows and orphans and aged Odd Fellows. Reference,
however, should be made to the further fact that during the years
1902 and 1903 there was added a net increase in subordinate lodge
membership of 151,000 brothers and 60,600 sisters in the Rebekah
branch, making an aggregate net increase for that very short period in
the history of the Order of 211,000 members.
It is known that much and general good work is being done the
present year, 1904, and it is almost assured that the close of the year
-will find the Order with more than one million and a half members if 2430
we do hot already have that many by the reports of the 'subordinates
for the first semi-annual term ending June 30th, last. With grateful
hearts and thanksgiving should we contemplate the development and
growth of a system and an organization which make the world better
and mankind happier for its existence and influence. In our Order
is found the most potential contribution to fraternal and benevolent
organization and it should be regarded as a high privilege to be enrolled in its membership and under its bright banners, and to be coworkers in its great mission to humanity.
Fraternally submitted,
JOHN B. GOODWIN,
Grand Sire.
ABSTRACT OF DECISIONS OF THE GRAND SIRE AS APPROVED BY THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE
AT ITS SESSION IN SAN FRANCISCO, 1904
1. A subordinate lodge cannot change from weekly to monthly
meetings where the Grand Lodge law is silent on the subject.
2. Subordinates, under the immediate jurisdiction of the S. G. L.,
in paying tax on receipts, are not required to pay tax on funds received by assessments for funeral benefits and expenses.
3. Decision No. 34, 1903, giving the qualifications of a nominee
for Vice Grand, does not interfere with Section 997 of White's Digest,
which makes the Chaplain also a qualifying office for Vice Grand.
4. The Code of Procedure for Trials in the Book of Forms is
to be followed by subordinates under the immediate jurisdiction of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge. If a Grand Lodge has no code for trials
its subordinates should use the above code only as far as it is in harmony with the general laws of their Grand Lodge
5. A brother appeared in person and by counsel before a trial
committee; immediately after his testimony he removed to another
jurisdiction. The trial committee found him guilty as charged and the
lodge fixed the penalty at reprimand. Held, first, that the lodge can
require the brother to appear in open lodge to receive the reprimand;
and, second, if he fails to appear after summons the lodge may proceed in accordance with law to try him for contempt.
6. In laying a corner stone the Grand Body or subordinate owning the property shall direct and have charge of the ceremony, the
law of precedence not applying to such cases.
J.   A brother so far in arrears for dues as not to be entitled to
vote can not prosecute an appeal from a decision of the D. D. G. Ma
in regard to matters that do not affect him personally.
8. In the matter of trials, the local law governs when not in
conflict with the law of the S. G. L. If the local law provides that
only those in good standing and who have been present during the
entire trial shall vote on the charges, it must be followed.    A brother B.   W.   SHILES,
Grand Master, 1881  2431
would not be debarred from voting on the charges by absence from
any meeting after charges had been preferred if nothing had been
done during such absence in reference to the trial. The disciplining
of a member of the Order for gaming is not restricted to such as may
be professional gamblers. If the local law so provides, a conviction,
in a court of competent jurisdiction, upon the plea of guilty of any
offense against the penal laws would authorize trials in our Order
and such action as the local law may provide. The term "Professional Gambler" in the! S. G. L. Constitution relates to eligibility to
membership, but does not prevent trial of those in membership charged
with an offense against public law, regardless of when membership
may have been obtained.
9. While the law of 1902 provides that members sixty years or
more of age who have been contributing members for twenty-five consecutive years or more, cannot be dropped for the non-payment of
dues, they are only to be carried as non-beneficial members and per
capita tax is not to be paid upon them.
10. It is competent for a Grand Lodge to enact legislation providing that no elective officer of a subordinate or Rebekah Lodge shall
serve as a trustee of funds, providing that such legislation does not
render any such trustee ineligible to an elective office. It may provide that an election to office vacates the trusteeship and that no
elective officer shall be eligible to election or appointment as such
trustee.
11. Ten lodges located in West Virginia and holding charters
from the Grand Lodge of Virginia in 1865, petitioned the S. G. L.
(then the Grand Lodge of the United States) for a charter for the
Grand Lodge of West Virginia. The ten lodges are still working
under the charters received from the Grand Lodge of Virginia, never
having received charters from the Grand Lodge of West Virginia.
Held that the Grand Lodge of West Virginia has the same jurisdiction and powers over these lodges as over those it has chartered itself, and would have the same interest in their assets should, they
become defunct.
12. A subordinate lodge cannot change from four meetings per
month to one where its Grand Lodge Constitution is silent on the
subject.
13. The law of 1902 relative to not dropping members who had
become 60 years of age for the non-payment of dues, etc., became
effective without any action by the several Grand Lodges.
14. If a brother is more than thirteen weeks in arrears for dues
when taken sick, he is non-beneficial, and a payment made thereafter
would not make him beneficial.
15. A written resignation of a brother in good standing severs
his connection entirely with the lodge atfid he is not subject, in any
respect, to its jurisdiction. If a member went into the saloon business since January 1, 1896, prior to resignation, charges should have
been preferred against him, but if he only engaged in the business
after resigning, the lodge has no jurisdiction over him. If he subsequently retired from the business and applied for membership in a
lodge as an ancient Odd Fellow, he could be received or rejected, as 2432
the lodge might determine, and the lodge, in passing on his application, might well consider the circumstances of his resignation and
his conduct in engaging in the saloon business.
16. The penalty to be inflicted upon an Odd Fellow who is a
saloon-keeper or bartender contrary to the laws of the Order, and
who at the time of conviction continues in such business, is expulsion; but if the offending member has, prior to his conviction, in good
faith, discontinued such business, then the penalty is such as may
be determined by the trial lodge. It is the duty of the lodge to prefer
charges against the offender, and if the local law does not regulate
or provide by whom charges are to be preferred, the duty would especially devolve upon the Noble Grand, or, in his absence or inability,
upon the Vice Grand. In the absence of local regulation any member
of the lodge would be authorized to prefer charges.
17. The funeral ceremony adopted in 1903 by the S. G. L. must
be used exclusively.
18. A Noble Grand whose term expires January 1 may be elected
Secretary for the ensuing term. By such election he would be relieved from giving the Past Grand's charge. He could give it
voluntarily when not in conflict with his immediate duties as Secretary, but could not claim the right to do so, and could not be required
to do so.
19. If charges, in accordance with the laws of the Order, have
been preferred or are pending against a brother, or are preferred at
the same meeting at which his resignation is tendered, he cannot resign until the charges shall have been legally disposed of.
20. A brother teaches school in the winter, but since 1900 he has
continuously owned a small summer hotel. During the months of
June, July and August it has been his custom to open and conduct
the hotel and in connection therewith to open and conduct a bar
where intoxicating liquors are sold as a beverage to be drunk upon
the premises. Held, he is a saloon-keeper if he is the proprietor or
manager of the bar and he is a bartender if he ajttends to the bar
himself. If he should in good faith lease or rent out the bar privileges to another and should retain no interest or control in it, net
would not be a saloonkeeper.
21. If a brother is taken off the sick list when he and the lodge,
in good faith, believed he was cured, and nearly four months elapse
before a recurrence of his sickness, he should, for the last reported
sickness, be paid benefits as for a new sickness.
22. Statement jj In 1895 a brother who has continuously remained
in good standing purchased a grocery and saloon and continued to own
and operate it until its sale in 1902, possession being given to the
purchaser November 2, 1902 He transferred his state liquor license,
but retained his federal license and stored some of his liquors in
storage and left some in U. S. bond. October 8 he contracted for a
building in the same city and received his deed November 2, 1902.
It contained two tenants, each having a restaurant without a bar. He
immediately began to remodel the building with a view of conducting
a restaurant and saloon as soon as he could get possession from his
tenants and complete the remodeling. He got possession February 1
1903, and opened up the restaurant with a bar May 28,  1903, from 2433
which he sold intoxicants to be used on the premises. His state tax
or license was taken out in April, 1903. He had new fixtures and
stocked in part by new purchase and in part by the liquors he had
held in store and bond. When he sold his grocery and saloon it was
his expressed intention to open a restaurant and saloon as soon as
he could find and get ready a location to do so. Question: Did he
quit the saloon business and re-engage in it, reference being made to
decisions 88 and 104 in 1896, 23 in 1901 and 10 in 1903? Answer:
Yes.
23. In regard to jurisdiction of lodges, Grand Bodies may fix the
rule so as to compute distance by air line or by the nearest practical
traveled route. In the absence of definite law the action of a Grand
Body in any particular case would become a precedent.
24. Recites the law of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky requiring
all applications for membership to be made to the nearest lodge unless
such lodge gives consent to their presentation to a more remote lodge,
Held, that under such a law a lodge cannot take in members living
nearer another lodge without its consent.
25. It is not lawful for the officers of a lodge to wear jewels in
lieu of regalia either in their work or when open in the third degree.
26. The subordinate lodge constitution provides that any lodge
not having a qualified member who can attend the Grand Lodge may
elect a Past Grand of another lodge as a proxy representative. Under
this law a lodge elects a proxy representative, but subsequent to the
election and prior to the session of its Grand Lodge one of its own
members becomes a Past Grand. Can the lodge annul the election
of the proxy representative and elect its own qualified Past Grand?
Answer: No; unless the proxy representative resigns or a vacancy
otherwise occurs, in which case the lodge can fill the vacancy in the
manner provided by local law and its Past Grand would then be
eligible
27. It is a matter of local legislation as to what residence shall be
required before application can be made for membership. The fact
that the applicant holds a card from a lodge under the immediate
jurisdiction of the S. G. L. makes no difference; the local law where
application is made governs.
28. While in good standing and three months after admission a
brother without means is accidentally killed. His relatives are unable
to pay any portion of the funeral expenses. The funeral was conducted by the lodge, the officers of which made all arrangements, as
the accident and funeral occurred between two meetings of the lodge
The Constitution provides that to be entitled to benefits the brother
must have been a contributing member for six months. Can the
lodge legally refuse to pay the funeral expenses ? Answer: Grand
Lodges have the power to authorize subordinates to provide that members shall not be beneficial for a reasonable time after admission;
therefore, the lodge could legally refuse payment in the above case.
Under the present law the propriety of having such a rule as to newly-
admitted members is to be determined by the several Grand Bodies
for their respective jurisdictions.
29.    A lodge had charge of the funeral of a brother who had held
membership in another grand jurisdiction.   It expended $5 for a floral
>        : 2434
tribute and $8 for carriages, the widow paying all regular expenses
and receiving a funeral benefit of $30 from her late husband's lodge
Held, that the lodge in which the brother held membership was not
legally or morally responsible for the $13 expended by the lodge in
charge of the funeral, as the carriage hire under decision 68, 1898, is
not authorized legally as a part of the funeral expenses, and the payment for flowers is not legally authorized except from the 5 per cent
contingent fund.
30. The Constitution provides that a brother shall pass in open
lodge a satisfactory examination in the last degree received before
advancing to the next. The lodge opens in the first degree for examination in it prior to advancement to the second. Question: Is it
necessary for the lodge to close in the first degree and reopen in the
third to ask the question whether the members are satisfied with the
examination, or can the question be asked and answered while open
in the first degree ? Answer: It is necessary to close in the first and
open in the third to ask the question and get the answer.
31. It is not proper in a Degree Staff for any member of the
Order to occupy the chair of Noble Grand, except the Noble Grand,
a Past Grand, or, in the absence of the Noble Grand, the Vice Grand,
and it is not proper for any member to occupy the chair of Vice Grand
except the Vice Grand, a Past Grand or a Past Vice Grand.
32. In the definition of intoxicating liquors reference should be
had to the ordinary meaning of the English language, but we should
also give proper force and respect to the judgment of state courts
of last resort.
33. The provision that all degrees must be conferred without
any ballot other than the original one for the initiatory is legal if
permitted by local law.
34. The provision requiring an absent member to notify another
lodge where he may be of his sickness is a reasonable regulation; and
if a member does not comply with it, if a lodge is accessible to notice,
and if his physical and mental condition does not render him incapable of giving notice, then he would not be entitled to benefits. The
fact that he was drawing benefits when he left his lodge does not
relieve him from giving such notice near where he may be.
35. A lodge may, by proper by-law, legally assess the members
for night watchers, though the Constitution authorizes only regular
weekly contributions for an Educational Fund, Widows' and Orphans'
Fund, Home for Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows and Funeral Benefits.
36. Where the Constitution permits an applicant for initiation to
apply to any one of several lodges in the community of his residence,
should he select one of them not the nearest to his residence, such
nearest lodge could not claim the fees from the one admitting him.
37. The general law on the subject requires that in order to visit
on an Official Certificate, the certificate must show payment of dues
in advance of the date of the visit.
38. A brother is granted a withdrawal card by the voting sign
instead of by ball ballot. Before the card is deposited in another
lodge the brother dies. His family claims the death benefit on the
ground that the  card had been illegally granted  and therefore was 2435
null and void, thus leaving his membership in the lodge. Held, that
as the lodge and brother had treated the card as legally issued, the
brother was estopped in his lifetime from claiming against it, and so
were those claiming under him after his death. The lodge was not
liable for the death benefit. A brother is granted a withdrawal card
by the voting sign, and deposits it in another lodge. Held, that the
card was a legal card and the brother was a member of the lodge in
which it had been deposited.
In the absence of local legislation by a Grand Lodge no legal
consolidation of lodge can be made by the Grand Master; and should
he authorize a consolidation it does not become complete and effective
until approved by his Grand Lodge.
39. In balloting for the initiatory and other degrees it is permissible to carry the ballot box to the chairs of the Noble Grand and
Vice Grand and no other officers.
40. A Visiting Card or Official Certificate paid to a date later
than when presented, and properly executed, is authority for communicating to the holder from another jurisdiction the A. T. P. W.,
if he passes a satisfactory examination. If from the same jurisdiction
he is also entitled to the semi-annual password of the jurisdiction.
41. In a jurisdiction where the Grand Officers are elected in the
subordinate lodges by a vote of the Past Grands the Grand Lodge
has no right to enact legislation permitting a Past Grand away from
his own lodge, upon presentation of proper credentials, to cast his
vote in another lodge of the same jurisdiction. He can only vote in
his own lodge and cannot vote by proxy.
42. Under Section 36 of the Rebekah Code any Grand Body having jurisdiction may provide for requiring only sisters in Rebekah
lodges to watch with the sick and require them to watch only with
sick sisters, leaving the watching for and by brothers to subordinate
lodges. Such in effect are the provisions of the law of the jurisdiction
of Ohio. Under them a Rebekah lodge may assess its sister members
a fixed sum regularly or by by-law for the employment of nurses to
watch with their sick sisters, or may detail sisters for watch service,
but it cannot levy such assessment upon its brother members. Attentive benefits is one of the declared objects of Rebekah lodges; they
are not authorized, however, to pay sick benefits or funeral benefits
or expenses as such, but in proper cases this may be done as a charitable  donation.
43. The resolution passed by the S. G. L. in 1903, abolishing the
title "Grand" as a prefix to official title in Rebekah lodges is held to be
ambiguous and void and of no effect.
44. Decision No. 83 of 1896 has not been of force since the S.
G. L. legislation of 1897, permitting Grand Lodges to authorize and
empower the Presidents of their Rebekah Assemblies to appoint and
commission District Deputies for Rebekah lodges. A Grand Lodge
may divest its Grand Master and invest the President of its Assembly
with authority to appoint special deputies in the Rebekah lodges of
its jurisdiction, who shall be clothed with power to see that the work
is done correctly, install the officers, and report directly to the President of the Assembly.
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45. A lady who is a P. N. G. may be appointed a special deputy
to institute a Rebekah lodge.
46. The conductor of a Rebekah lodge has the right to hold that
position in the team when ordered to vacate it by the Noble Grand
and Captain of the team.„
47. A daughter or sister of an Odd Fellow, though married to
one who is not an Odd Fellow, is eligible to membership by initiation
in a Rebekah lodge.
48. The honors of the Rebekah Branch of the Order are to be
given both to officers of the Assembly and of the Grand Lodge when
visiting officially. It is permissible to illustrate the honors of the
Rebekah Degree in a Rebekah lodge immediately after a new member
is introduced to the lodge, for instruction to the new member and for
practice, so as to have a systematic practice, but not as an honor
done the new member.
49. A District Deputy Grand Master or District Deputy Grand
Patriarch visiting officially is entitled'to be received with honors. Since
honors have been provided for Rebekah lodges, the same principle
applies to their District Deputies or Deputy Presidents, as the case
may be. But a special deputy of the Grand Master is only entitled
to the honors in jurisdictions where the law does not provide for
District Deputy Grand Masters, and then only when visiting officially
to install officers. A special deputy of the Grand Master or of the
President of a Rebekah Assembly is not entitled to the honors, for
the general law provides for District Deputy Grand Masters or Deputy
presidents in all jurisdictions.
50. While Rebekah lodges do not pay stated benefits, the authority to do so having been frequently denied by the S. G. L., the tfunds
of Rebekah lodges are nevertheless trust funds for the relief of distress and the kindred purposes mentioned in the Rebekah Code, and
it would not be proper or lawful for Rebekah lodges to vote money
from their general fund to purchase flowers for the sick or dead, or
for refreshments when entertaining other lodges, or at installation.
Section 18 of the new Rebekah Code is in substance the same as that
of 1894 as to the purposes for which expenditure may be made. Section 18, Code 1894, refers to disbursements from the funds for any
of the declared purposes of the degree, and the purposes are in substance the same as enumerated in the Code of 1900. Decision 54, 1897,
held that Grand Lodges could authorize a Rebekah lodge to set aside
5 per cent of its receipts for dues for a contingent fund, thus clearly
implying that the same rule as to lodge funds being trust funds applied to Rebekah lodges, and that the latter were entitled to have the
same authority from Grand Lodges regarding the contingent fund,
from which certain expenditures could be made which are not authorized from the general fund. Therefore, if the Grand Lodge so authorizes, this 5 per cent contingent fund can be provided, out of which
such expenditures could lawfully be made.
, 51. A lady whose husband is dead is a widow, and being a widow,
she is an unmarried woman and eligible to membership in a Rebekah
lodge.
52. The Deputy Grand Master of a Rebekah lodge cannot at the
same time be a Vice Grand of the Lodare. 2437
53- By analogy the following decision of 1903 applies to Rebekah
lodges: While the law does not require that the ballot box shall
be passed to the Noble Grand and Vice Grand when balloting for
candidates, it is permissible to do so if the lodge desires, but it cannot be passed to any other officers.
54. The honors of the Rebekah Degree are given to officers of
the Assembly and Grand Lodge when visiting officially, and announcing as such, and this includes officers conducting installation.
MISCELLANEOUS   DECISIONS.
58. Ihe rule is that the consent of the Grand Lodge is necessary
before one of its subordinates can appeal to the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, except that an expelled subordinate which has surrendered its
effects may appeal without consent, but members of a subordinate
Grand Body may appeal to the S. G. L. without consent.
59. By the action of the Sovereign Grand Lodge* in 1901, report
102, permission was given to the National Odd Fellows' Sanitarium
of Florida to solicit aid, with the proper consent from Grand Bodies,
without the limitation as to the amount, imposed in 1900. Report 60
of 1902 urged Grand Jurisdictions to respond liberally, therefore it is
held that the sanitarium still has authority to apply to Grand Jurisdictions for contributions.
60. A brother engaged in the saloon business as a partner prior
to January 1, 1896, and personally conducted and managed the busih
ness. Later he purchased the half interest of his co-partner and has
ever since conducted the business in the same place. Held, that he.
had not given up the business and re-engaged in it, but was still
in it as sole proprietor instead of as partner. He is not liable or
amenable to the law regarding saloonkeepers.
61. A Grand Master has the authority to restore the charter to
a subordinate which he had suspended for refusing- to enforce the
law of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and he mav restore it only to
the loyal members who were not guilty of insubordination, subject to
the review of his Grand Lodge.
62. A so-called beer garden is in a building divided into two
parts by a partition. A brother waits upon customers seated at tables
in one part, going to the other part' to receive from the front of the
bar only liquors which he carries back to the tables in the other
room. He never serves liquors over the bar. Held that he is a
bartender.
63. No organization can have the emblems or refer to the ritual
or work of Odd Fellowship, and no organization claiming to be fct
part of Odd Fellowship can pay benefits or have legal existence without the sanction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. However, a purely
social club or organization having no other object or purpose and
composed of the Order only and using no emblems and no work of
the Order, and not paying benefits and not claiming to be a part of
Odd Fellowship, would not be as violation of the laws of the Order. 2438
64. All legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge goes into effect
the first day of January after its adoption, unless it is especially provided to go into effect immediately.
65. The action of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in 1903 in granting
permission to Washington Lodge No. 1 to solicit, in its own name,
subscriptions in the several Grand Jurisdictions for the purpose of
erecting a memorial building in the city of Baltimore, does not legally
require the consent and request of the Grand Jurisdiction under which
it works, and it is not in conflict with the general law as to soliciting
relief. As the application, however, must be made with the consent
of the Grand Bodies or their presiding officers, it is within their discretion to grant or refuse it, and it would be competent to obtain the
views of the Grand Master or Grand Lodge of Maryland for consideration and such weight as it might be properly entitled to.
66. It would not be proper for the Sovereign Grand Lodge to
receive a petition from a subordinate lodge without the sanction or
indorsement from the Grand Lodge to which such subordinate lodge
is subject. However, the action of the S. G. L. in 1903 in the matter
of Washington Lodge No. 1 was independent of any petition from
it, and was based upon a resolution introduced by the Grand Secretary, who had the right, under Article III. of the S. G. L. Constitution, to present it.
67. In effect the same as decision 65 above.
68. A canton of the Patriarchs Militant cannot legally give a
sacred concert on Sunday in a theater or public building, using the
name of the Order, charging an admission fee and using the proceeds
for the benefit of the canton.
69. A General Relief Committee may be authorized under authority of a Grand Lodge and receive contributions from lodges and individuals and raise funds by other legitimate means, etc., but the formation of such committees may not be compulsory, and compulsory
assessments against lodges comprising it are not authorized by general law. Such committees cannot force all the lodges in their cities
to join them.
70. A provision in the Grand Lodge Constitution that no appeal
shall be taken 'from the action of a subordinate lodge acquitting a
brother of charges preferred against him would be illegal.
71. A lodge cannot initiate a man living nearer to another lodge
in the same jurisdiction without the consent of the nearest lodge to
his residence if so provided by its Grand Lodge.
72. We will have 1,000 members in our Encampments in Idaho
on the 30th of June. We will be entitled to an additional representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Can the Grand Patriarch appoint as in the case of any other vacancy? Decision: Under the
law as set forth in Section 548, White's Digest of 1895, the Grand
Patriarch cannot in such cases appoint.
73. The Encampment membership prior to the present term had
never been more than 700 and was not 1,000 when the Grand Encampment last met, but now there is more than 1,000 members. Question:
Is there a vacancy under the law allowing an additional representative to the S.  G.  L.  for the  increased membership,  and can an ap- 2439
pointment be made by the Grand Patriarch of such additional Grand
Representative ? Answer: Under the law stated in Section 550 of
the Digest there is no vacancy and no appointment can be made If,
therefore, you have such additional representative at the next session
of the S. G. L., election by the Grand Encampment would be necessary.
74 If there is no local law of the jurisdiction to the contrary,
a by-law of a subordinate lodge properly approved providing for the
payment of $5.00 per week for the first ten weeks' sickness and $2.00
per week thereafter would be legal.
75. Two lodges wish to consolidate under the name and number
of one of them. The lodge whose charter would be retained voted
forty-five for consolidation and six against it; the one whose charter
would be given up voted unanimously for it, except one vote The
law of the Grand Jurisdiction is as follows: Any two or more neighboring lodges working under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge
may, by permission of the Grand Lodge, or Grand Master in vacation,
consolidate their membership into one lodge; provided, That the
provision for such consolidation shall be presented at a regular meeting of each of the lodges interested, and shall not be acted upon until
a subsequent regular meeting, of which all resident members shall
have due notice. And provided further, That so long as five members of any subordinate lodge desire to retain its charter and work
thereunder, said charter cannot be taken from them by vote of said
lodge in favor of consolidating with another lodge. The lodges, when
consolidated, shall take the name and number of that one of the consolidating lodges which shall be determined by a majority vote of all
members present at the meeting at which the consolidation is perfected.
Question: Can the consolidation take place with so large a majority
vote and only one vote against it in the lodge whose charter would
be surrendered? Answer: Under the law as set forth in section
1445 of White's Digest the consolidation cannot be accomplished so
long as so many as five members of either lodge vote against it.
76. A subordinate lodge expels a member; on appeal to the Grand
Master the judgment is reversed; the Grand Lodge reverses the action
of the Grand Master, thus upholding the subordinate lodge. By petition his case goes to the Sovereign Grand Lodge and that body orders
his reinstatement. The Grand Lodge then asks the Sovereign Grand
Lodge for a rehearing, which is granted. What is the brother's standing in his subordinate during the year intervening after the rehearing
is granted and before it is heard by the S. Gr. L. ? Is he in good
standing or is he an expelled member? Decision: He is in good
standing. The action of the Sovereign Grand Lodge directing his
reinstatement is still of force and only a rehearing has been granted.
Prima facie the judgment rendered is correct and is to be so treated
until or unless reversed on the rehearing. As to the power of the
S. G. L., see decision 86 of 1903.
77. Persons who are not members of the Order should not sign
the petition for a charter, and if they do join in such petition their
names should not be inserted in the charter. Five brothers of the
Degree of Truth may petition. With a sufficient number of unexpired
withdrawal cards, holders of dismissal certificates and expired cards
may join in the petition. 244°
78. The Past Grand Representative is entitled to purchase one
copy of the new Digest at cost price, the law permitting the privilege
of one copy for his personal use, and does not extend further.
79. The name of the Order cannot be used in connection with
the formation of an Odd Fellows' Bowling League to be composed of
teams selected from the various lodges, etc.
80. It is legal for Rebekah lodges to provide in their by-laws that
moneys received from socials and entertainments be placed in the contingent fund if the Grand Lodge has expressly conferred the power
on Rebekah lodges or has conferred the necessary general power on
the Rebekah Assembly, and if in the latter case the Assembly has
taken action authorizing the same, but not otherwise. The same rule
applies to Rebekah lodges as to subordinate lodges.
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY.
To  the Sovereign Grand Lodge  of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows:
No such array of figures as those accompanying this report has
ever been presented to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Never in any
one year of its past history has the advance made in 1903 been
equaled or approached. One year ago we were happily surprised to
learn that an increase in subordinate lodge membership of 65,500 had
been made in 1902, the greatest increase shown up to that time, but
that great augmentation of our membership is dwarfed, almost into
insignificance, by the growth made in 1903. The reports for December
31, 1903, show an increase of more than 81,500, and the figures almost
challenge our belief. While the lodge members have been thus abnormally active and energetic, the other branches of the Order have
each reaped a commensurate harvest; membership has increased in
all, financial conditions, healthy for many years past, have been substantially strengthened, and the sums paid for benefits, education, etc.,
are larger than ever. Surely we may congratulate ourselves upon this
most creditable exhibition of vigor and strength, and at the same time
look with greater confidence than ever to the future. Letters from ail
parts of the world speak of continued activity and increasing success,
and by many we are assured that even the unprecedented increase
made in 1903 will be exceeded in 1904.
Another effect of the wonderful advance made by the Order in
1903 is shown by an increase of three in the number of Grand Representatives in the session of 1904 The Grand Encampments of Alabama and Maryland, and the Grand Lodge of New Mexico, each send
an additional representative this year, making, a total of 195 accredited
Grand Representatives. 244i
STATISTICS OF THE ORDER THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
FROM  1830  to  DECEMBER 31st,  1903.
INCLUDING AUSTRALASIA, DENMARK, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, SWEDEN AND
SWITZERLAND.
Initiations  in Subordinate Lodges     2,792,909
Members   relieved     2,820,127
Widowed Families  relieved    268,469
Members deceased    278,390
Total Relief   $100,795,034 51
Total   Revenue    265,597,061 14
CONDITION  OF THE ORDER, DECEMBER 31st,  1903.
Sovereign Grand Lodge    1
Quasi-Independent   Grand    Lodges   (Australasia,   Denmark,   Germany,   Netherlands,   Sweden   and   Switzer-.
land     6
Grand Lodges     67
Grand Encampments    55
Subordinate Lodges     13,872
Subordinate  Encampments     3,006
Rebekah Lodges     6,430
Lodge Members    1,151,421
Encampment Members     167,849
Rebekah Lodge Members     447,587
Total number of persons belonging to the Order  1,436,102
Total Relief paid in 1903     $4,326,509 19
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1903     12,887,71422
Total  Expenses  of Grand and Subordinate Bodies for
1903       6,156,693 29
Invested Funds of Grand and Subordinate Bodies December 31st, 1903        36,999,323 30
NEW  LEGISLATION.
All amendments to the Sovereign Grand Lodge Constitution were
indefinitely postponed.
That it shall be legal for State Grand Bodies to adopt a law
authorizing the institution of lodges upon the petition of five third
degree members in good standing, or upon the application of twenty
persons eligible to membership in the Order. That all law in conflict
with this law is hereby repealed.
That a member of the Order entitled to a withdrawal card, changing his residence from the vicinity of his own lodge to the vicinity of
another, and desiring to unite with a lodge at his new place of residence, upon so stating in his application for membership, and being
elected by ball ballot, as provided by local law, shall be entitled upon
notice being sent to his old lodge by the new lodge, to receive a
withdrawal card at the actual cost of the card to the lodge, and to
admission to his new lodge without being required to pay a card or 2442
admission fee;   but where a physician's certificate is required he must
pay the expense of the same.
Grand Lodges may regulate the subject of lodge jurisdiction _ as
to the reception of members and designate distance limits by air line
or nearest traveled route.
They may permit lodges to provide by law that members admitted
shall not be beneficial until a reasonable time thereafter.
They may fix the fees for admission.
Those in arrears so far as not to be entitled to benefits, or to
vote, cannot prosecute an appeal in a matter which does not affect
him personally.
Those who are sixty years of age, and who have been contributing
members for 25 consecutive years, may not be suspended for non-payment of dues, but shall be carried as non-beneficial members, on whom
per capita tax is not to be paid.
If the local law does not forbid, a member may hold the offices
of Vice Grand and Trustee, at the same time.
A written resignation severs connection with the Order if tbe
brother is in good standing at the date thereof.
A brother who resigns membership and engages in the saloon
business may be received in membership again if he retires from the
business.
A lodge cannot lawfully initiate a man who lives nearer another
lodge without first obtaining its consent.
A member tried and expelled by his lodge, but who is afterwards
ordered reinstated by the Grand Lodge, is in good standing during the
period of his suspension.
A suspended member over 50 years of age may be reinstated if
the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction has not legislated to the contrary.
Charges cannot be preferred against a brother after his resignation
has been accepted.
Officers' Reports to the Sovereign Grand Lodge are to be sent to
Grand Secretaries, Grand Scribes and Secretaries of Rebekah Assemblies at least ten days prior to meeting of Sovereign Grand Lodge.
A new form of Rebekah Charter was adopted.
A new "Digest" known as "Busbee's Digest" has been issued and
is sold to Grand Secretaries and Grand Scribes for $3.00 from Sovereign Grand Lodge Office.
A new "Ceremony for Dedicating Homes. of the Order" was
adopted.
A  new   "Anniversary    Ceremony
adopted.
for    Rebekah    Lodges"   was
A Grand Lodge may introduce a uniform system of Book-Keeping
and compel lodges to use it. 2443
•  • JEWELS.
The jewel for a Grand Herald of a Grand Lodge shall be a trumpet of white metal two and a half inches in length.
Jewel for Rebekah Veterans to be sold to Rebekah Assemblies.
Jewel for Past President of a Rebekah Assembly to be designed.
Honorable Veteran Jewel to be made and sold in two qualities,
the cheaper one at $20.00.
That hereafter_the ground work of the shields for the doors, of
the carriages used at parades be, in the case of Canadian Jurisdictions,
the Union Jack.
The following Brothers have been duly elected and installed officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge:
Robert E. Wright Allentown, Penn Grand Sire
E. S. Conway Oak Park, 111 Dep. Grand Sire
J. Frank Grant    Baltimore, Md   Grand Secretary
M. Richards Muckle    Philadelphia,  Penn Grand Treasurer
The Sovereign Grand Louge will meet in Philadelphia in 1905.
The parade in San Francisco was participated in by 15,000 Odd
Fellows with five floats. The "Rebekah at the Well" received the
prize.
The fraternal press of our Order consists of 35 monthly, 2 semimonthly and 3 weekly fraternal papers.
The Deputy Grand Sire, Robert E. Wright, who, by reason of
illness was absent from the session, was installed Grand Sire at his
home in Allentown, Penn., by Past Grand Sire Cl. T. Campbell of
Ontario.
Your representatives had the honor to serve on the following
committees: Mileage and Per Diem, A. Henderson; Petitions, H. B.
Gilmour; Patriarchal Branch of the Order, J. R. Webster.
NECROLOGY.
It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of Brother J.
Frank Grant, the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
which occurred at Baltimore on the 12th of April, 1905, in his 61st year.
Brother Grant was a Kentuckian and represented that Jurisdiction
when he was elected Grand Secretary. He carried out the duties of
that important office in a most satisfactory manner, and from our
personal acquaintance with him, found him to be a most affable gentleman and conscientious Odd Fellow.
Another veteran Odd Fellow who,, during the year passed to his
reward, was Past Grand Sire James P. Sanders of New York, who
was one of the oldest members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, having
attended its sessions for 50 consecutive years. He attained the ripe
old age of 85 years. 2444
During the last year 32 Past Grand Representatives and Members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge passed to the Great Beyond, their
combined ages aggregating about 2,300 years. What a span and how
great must the amount of work for Odd Fellowship have been during all this time, work which shall bear fruit in the future for thousands of years.
In concluding this, our report, we feel that we have profited by
the honor you conferred on us in electing us as your representatives
and thus enabling us to mingle with distinguished brothers from every
Province in our Dominion and every State in the Union, and have
been the honored guests of a great City and State, as well ,as participating in legislation of an almost universal character. It is at such
gatherings that one's conception of the vast Brotherhood to which we
belong becomes indeed enlightened and we hope that the knowledge
and experience we have gained, the increased love and pride in our
great Order that we now feel may prove beneficial to the Brethren
in our own Jurisdiction, so that Odd Fellowship shall continue to be
in the future what it is today, the greatest fraternal organization in
the world.    Fraternally submitted in Friendship, Love and Truth.
A. HENDERSON,
H. B. GILMOUR,
Grand Representatives.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the subject matter of the Grand Master's report be referred to the following
committees:
State of the Order.—First portion of page 1; Official Visits, pages
6, 7 and 8.
Judiciary.—Page 2, re Mergement of Lodges and New Lodges;
pages 3, 4, 5, and 6, re Proclamations, Decisions and Dispensations.
Odd Fellows' Home.—Page 1, re Odd Fellows' Home
Rebekah Lodges.—Page 2, re "Rebekah Branch."
Signed by the Committee
The Committee on' Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the
Report of the Grand Secretary be referred to the following committees :
State of the Order.—Pages 9, 10 and 11; first and last paragraphs
pages 17 and 18.
Finance.—Pages, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. 2445
Odd Fellows' Home—Part of page 15 re Odd Fellows' Home
Account.
Rebekah Lodges.—Second paragraph, page 17.
Printing.—Third parapragh, page 17, re Memorial Page.
Also, that the Report of the Grand Treasurer be referred to the
Committee on Finance.
Signed by the Committee
The Committee on Finance presented the following report,
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Finance Committee, beg leave to report that we have
examined the books and vouchers and reports of your Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and find the same correct and in perfect
condition.
Signed by the Committee.
Resolved, That no new business be received at this Session after three o'clock p.m. to-morrow, except by unanimous
consent.
Report read from the Committee on Laws of Subordinate
Lodges, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that we
have examined and approved the following By-laws and amendments
submitted by the Lodges of this Jurisdiction:
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.—Art. XXIV.—Reducing the fee for Withdrawal Card to twenty-five cents.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28.—Art. XVI.—Adding clause setting aside
five per cent, of dues to form a Contingent Fund.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4—Art XXIV.—Providing that Lodge
Funds shall not be loaned to private individuals, except on the recommendation of the Trustees.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.—Art XXII.—Providing that a member out
of standing shall not be entitled to benefits for thirty days after payment of arrears.
Amity Lodge, No. 27.—Declined to approve amendment charging
$5 for admission of member holding an unexpired Withdrawal Card,
being in conflict with the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
Session, 1904.
Union Lodge, No. 11.—Art. XIX.—Reducing sick benefits to $1.50
per week after twelve months' continuous sickness.
Queen City Rebekah Lodge, No. 16.—Approved new Code of Bylaws.
Slocan Lodge, No. 40.—Art. XV.—Amending scale of fees for
admission of members. 2446
Western Star, No. 10.—Approved a number of amendments to
By-laws. Declined to approve provision to exempt Treasurer from
payment of dues, being contrary to Section 409 Busbee's Digest; recommended that the clause be amended by providing that this officer should
receive as salary for his services a sum equal to the amount of his
dues during his term of office.
Recommended also that provision be made for admission fees of
candidates over 50 years of age, the scale submitted not going beyond
that age.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26.—Art. XI.—Amendment providing for the
appointment of a nurse for sick members.
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47.—Art. I., Sec. 1.—Amendment changing
night of meeting from Thursday to Friday.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.—Declined to approve an amendment to
Sec. 1, Art. XXXL, providing for the appointment of members of the
Lodge to serve on a Relief Board, the establishment of such Boards
or General Relief Committees in this Jurisdiction not having been
authorized by legislation of this Grand Lodge as required by Section
184, Busbee's Digest.
Signed by the Committee
The Special Committee on Odd Fellows' Home presented
the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Special Committee appointed at last Session of this Grand
Lodge, in accordance with a resolution offered by A. Henderson,
P.G.M., at page 2385 of the Proceedings, to prepare a resolution to be
submitted at the next meeting of this Grand Lodge which shall state
the purpose or purposes for which the Odd Fellows' Home Fund may
be devoted, beg to report, that in the opinion of the committee there is
no need of such a formal resolution. This Grand Lodge has from
time to time assessed the Subordinate Lodges a specific sum and has
appealed to the membership of the Jurisdiction for contributions not
only ostensibly but avowedly for the purpose of building and maintaining a Home for Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows. No other object
has ever been mentioned nor would it be legal for the Grand Lodge
to assess the Subordinates for any other purpose. (See Sections 825
and 826 Busbee's Digest.) The money having been collected for this
purpose, cannot be devoted to any other object.
In compliance with the before-quoted resolution we would offer
the following for adoption:
Resolved, That the money now on hand and appearing on the
books of the Grand Lodge as "The Odd Fellows' Home Fund" and any
further sums that may be added to such fund from time to time, shall
be used only for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a Home
for Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows and Widows of Deceased Members of the Order, and a Home for the care, protection and education of Orphans of deceased Odd Fellows.
Signed by the Committee 2447
The Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits
presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg
to submit, in tabulated form, an abstract of the Reports of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction bearing on this important subject for the past ten years, from which it will be seen that the amount
paid for sick benefits last year is less than that paid for the preceding
year, but the current expenses were much higher.
This may be accounted for by the fact that some Lodges have
reduced their sick benefits, but the saving thus effected has been more
than set off by the extra expenditure on account of management expenses. In this connection your Committee are strongly of the opinion that if it is necessary for sound financial reasons to effect economies, that it would be more in accordance with the spirit and teachings of our Order if it were practised in the matter of current expenses
rather than in that of sick benefits.
Your Committe are pleased to note the steady lowering of the
averages on account of all Lodge expenditures as shown in the at-t
tached abstract, when grouped in periods of ten years, viz., from $15.04
in 1895, to $12.75 in 1904.
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The Special Committee on Liability of "Perseverance"
Lodge, No. 29, presented the following report, which was
adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.
Your Special Committee appointed last Session to consider the
question of the liability of Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, on account
of a member of the original Lodge who became insane and was in
receipt of sick benefits at the time the Lodge surrendered its charter,
beg to state that we have given the matter our most careful consideration and to report as follows:
We find that the original Lodge surrendered its charter in March,
1897, through the closing of the mines at Northfield, where it was
located and the consequent depopulation of that district. At that time
there was on the funds of the Lodge a member named Kesaski who
had become insane and was an inmate of the Provincial Asylum. The
Lodge was financially weak and there is no doubt but that the prospect of having this brother on their hands for a lengthy period (for
he was medically pronounced to be hopelessly insane) had great weight
with the members in determining the question of the surrender of
the charter.
We are assured that before the surrender of the charter, all the
effects of the Lodge were disposed of and all the money on hand was
paid over to the representatives of this insane brother.
About four years after the surrender of the charter the coal
mines at Extension near Ladysmith were opened and it occurred to
some of the former members of Perseverance Lodge that there was
a good opening there for the establishment of a Lodge of our Order.
Notices were inserted in the local newspapers and sent to each of the
former members of Perseverance Lodge as far as practicable, inviting
them to attend a meeting to be held to consider the propriety of applying to the Grand Lodge for the restoration of the charter of the
old 1 nodge.
At the meeting thus convened this proposition was adopted and a
petition was presented to the Grand Lodge Session of 1901 signed by
fourteen former members praying for the restoration of the charter
and for permission to locate the Lodge at Extension.
The requirements of Sec. 6, Art XI. of the Constitution of the
Grand Lodge governing this question having been complied with, the
prayer of the petition was granted, the charter restored, and the Lodge
was subsequently resuscitated at Extension, but has since removed to
Ladysmith.
From this review of the history of the case, your Committee have
arrived at the conclusion that the present Perseverance Lodge, No.
29, is not responsible nor liable for any claim for benefits that may
be preferred by or on behalf of any former member of the old Lodge
bearing that name and number.
Your Committee have come to this decision for the following
reasons: Tst—We are of the opinion that the surrender of the charter
by the original Lodge was bona Ude and not with the intention of
avoiding the payment of any liability and subsequently applying  for 2451
the restoration of the charter. This is evident from the fact that a
period of four years elapsed between the surrender of the charter
and the petition for its restoration, and then only on account of the
new conditions presented by the opening of the mines at Extension.
2nd.—That the members of the old Lodge did all that could be expected of them to discharge their obligations to Bro. Kesaski by handing all their available assets to his representatives before surrendering
the charter. 3rd.— that in the applying for the restoration of the
charter all the requirements of the Constitution were observed and a
fair opportunity given to all who were members in good standing at
the time the Lodge became extinct to unite in the application. No
application appears to have been made on behalf of Kezaski on this
occasion and it is doubtful if there had been, if the Grand Lodge would
have considered it advisable to grant the petition in such a case. 4th.
—That we are advised that no claim for benefits has been made by
Kezaski, or by any one on his behalf, since the resuscitation of the
Lodge and as more than seven years has elapsed since he received
benefits it would appear that any such claim preferred now would
be barred by the Statute of Limitations in a Civil Court.
We are therefore of opinion that the decisions of Grand Master
E. C. Arthur on this matter as found on page 2316 of the Proceedings
of the Grand Lodge Session 1904, should be approved.
In arriving at this decision your Committee have been unable to
find any similar case to guide them as a precedent in the records of
the Order. The surrender of the charter and disbandment of the
members of a Lodge appears to cancel all liabilities of the Lodge to
its individual members for benefits, and we are unable to find anything that would lead us to the conclusion that the restoration of the
charter entails any liability on account of the old lodge on the resuscitated Lodge, if such a thing was possible it would naturally prevent
any such resuscitation.
Your Committee are laymen and not versed in Civil Law, but it
appears to us that the Courts of Law would not interfere in such a
case as the present one unless it could be shown clearly that in the
surrender and restoration of the charter there was a studied and
deliberate intention to defraud, and of such an intention on the pa^rt
of either of the old or the new Lodge your Committee are of the
opinion that they must be regarded as completely innocent.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand  Secretary gave the following notice, which
was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
I hereby give notice that • to-morrow I will move the following
amendment to the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges:
Art. VI.—Add new Section 12:—
This Lodge may join with other Lodges located in the same city
in organizing a General Relief Committee for the purpose of visiting
and relieving sick sojourning brothers belonging to other Lodges and
paying such benefits as may be authorized by the sick member's Lodge,
and may contribute towards the necessary and legitimate expenses of
such committees 2452
Such committees may raise funds to enable it to carry out its work,
by any legitimate means, provided that a Dispensation for the same
be first obtained from the Grand Master.
All such committees must furnish the Grand Secretary annually
with reports of their proceedings, viz., number of brothers relieved,
amount paid for relief, amount paid for management expenses, total
amount of receipts.
Fred  Davey,
Grand Secretary.
The Grand Secretary grave the following" notice, which
was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
I beg to give notice that to-morrow I will move that the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges be amended by inserting the following
as Section 2 of Art. XI, and numbering present Section 2 as Section 3:
A member of the Order entitled to a withdrawal card, changing
his residence from the vicinity of his own Lodge to the vicinity of
another, and desiring to unite with a Lodge at his new place of residence, upon so stating in his application for membership, and being
elected by ball ballot, as provided by local law, shall be entitled upon
notice being sent to his old Lodge by the new Lodge to receive a withdrawal card at the actual cost of the card to the lodge, and to admission to his new Lodge without being required to pay a card or admission fee; but where a physician's certificate is required he must pay
the expense of the same.
Fred   Davey,
Grand Secretary.
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice, which
was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
To* the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
I beg to give notice that to-morrow I will move the following
amendments to the By-laws of this Grand Lodge:
By-law No. 8.—Add to paragraph 1, the following: "and that there
are not five members of the Lodge who are opposed to the consolidation."
Add additional paragraph to Rule No. 8:—
The consolidated Lodge shall bear the name and number of the surviving Lodge.
Add new By-law No. 12:—
Two or more Lodges located in the same city may organize a General Relief Committee for the purpose of visiting and relieving sick
sojourning brothers belonging to other Lodges and paying such sick
benefits as may be authorized by the sick member's Lodge; and may
contribute towards the necessary and legitimate expenses of such committee. 2453
The Grand Master may grant a Dispensation permitting such committee to raise funds by such legitimate means as he may approve.
Such committees must furnish the Grand Secretary annually with
a report of their proceedings, viz., number of brothers relieved, amount
paid for relief, amount paid for management expenses, total amount
of receipts. .
Fred   Davey,
Grand Secretary.
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice, which
was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
I hereby give notice that to-morrow I will move the following
amendment to the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges:—
Art. II.—Add new Section 7:—
After a brother has become sixty years of age, and has been a
contributing member for twenty-five consecutive years, his name shall
not be dropped from the roll by virtue of his being more
than one year in arrears for non-payment of dues, but he
shall be retained as a ngn-beneficial member and as such shall be
entitled to the pass-word and fellowship of Lodges. Such non-beneficial member shall have all the privileges of active members, except
benefits, they cannot be required to pay dues, and Subordinate Lodges
shall not' be compelled to pay per capita tax on them. Such non-
beneficial members may be reinstated in the manner provided for the x
reinstatement of dropped members by the Constitution and By-laws
of the Lodge.
Fred   Davey.,
Grand Secretary.
An invitation was extended on behalf of the local Lodges
to visit the mines at Extension at two o'clock p.m. to-day,
returning at four o'clock p.m. It was on motion Resolved,
That the invitation be accepted with the thanks of this Grand
Lodsre.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand
Lodge adjourns at one o'clock p.m. and re-assemble at four
o'clock p.m. to-day.
Permission was asked on behalf of "Laurel" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 9, to occupy the hall at 7:30 p.m. to-day, for the
purpose of exemplifying the Rebekah Degree, closing in sufficient time to enable the Grand Lodge to meet at 9 o'clock,
which was, on motion, granted.
■•■■*■• 2454
Resolved, That the addresses of welcome presented today by the Mayor and Sisters of Rebekah be printed in the
Proceedings of this Session.
The Committee on Petitions presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have examined
the petition for a Subordinate Lodge to be instituted at Enderby, B.C.,
and find that the law has been duly complied with. We would therefore recommend that a charter be issued under the name of "Eureka"
Lodge, No. 50, with the following charter members: _W. A. Mack, J.
B. Gaylord, R. E. Wheeler, W. L. Allan and Andrew Paul.
We would also recommend that a charter be granted the petitioners for a Rebekah Lodge at Nelson, B.C., to be known as "Queen
City" Lodge, No. 16, the law having been complied; with, with the
following charter members:
Sisters Mrs. J. B. Ward, L. M. Bulger, Frances Bacon.
Brothers E. C. Traves, W. H. Smith and Geo. W. Hale.
Signed by the Committee.
Report read from the Committee on- Legislation, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the notice
given by the Grand Secretary to amend Art. VI. of the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges by the addition of a new Section 12 providing
for the organization of General Relief Committees by Lodges of this
Jurisdiction, beg leave to report that we recommend the adoption of
the proposed amendment.
Signed by the Committee.
Report read from Committee on Legislation, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the notice
given by the Grand Secretary to amend Art. XI. by inserting new
Section 2 re change of membership by withdrawal card in conformity
with recent legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and re-numbering present Section 2 as Section 3, beg to report that we recommened
the adoption of the same.
Signed by the Committee
The Committee on "Odd Fellows' Home" presented the
following report: 2455
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. O. F.
We, your Committee on Odd Fellows' Home Fund, to whom has
been referred that portion of the Grand Master's Report, on page i,
and the Grand Secretary's Report as found on page 16, beg leave to
repor-*- as  follows:
That the Grand Lodge assess the members of the Subordinate
Lodges during next year the sum of io cents per capita, to be placed
to the credit of Odd Fellows' Home Fund.
We further recommend that the Grand Master, the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer be a committee of three with power to
invest the Odd Fellows' Home Fund on gilt-edge first mortgage security, and report such investment to the Grand Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the report be
amended by substituting the words "First Mortgage on Real
Estate" in place of the words "Gilt edge first mortgage
security."
The report as amended was adopted.
The Grand Lodge adjourned at one o'clock p.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 4 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand J^odge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Legislation to whom, was referred the notice
given by Grand Secretary to amend By-law No. 8 of this Grand Lodge
respecting the mergement of two Subordinate Lodges, also by adding
new By-law No. 12, authorizing the organization of General Relief
Committees by Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction, beg to report
that we recommend the adoption of the proposed amendments.
Signed by the Committee
■ : 2456
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the notice
given by the Grand Secretary to amend Art. II. of the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges by the addition of new Section 7, re the retention of members over sixty years of age as non-beneficial members, in
accordance with the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, beg to
report that we recommend the adoption of the proposed amendment.
Signed by the Committee
The Grand Warden, by order of the Grand Lodge, conferred the Grand Lodge Degree in the ante-room on the following Past Grands: E. Castley, T. Pitt, J. Murchie and J.
McL. Campbell, No. 17.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Judiciary beg to report that we are heartily
in accord with the action of the Grand Master in granting permission
for Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, and Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, to become
merged, as we feel that such mergement will be beneficial to the welfare of the Order.
We also approve of Dispensations being granted for the institution
of Queen City Rebekah Lodge, No. 16, and Eureka Lodge, No. 50.
We also approve of all the decisions of the Grand Master on questions of law, but with reference to Decisions Nos. 8 and 12, your
committee are of the opinion tfiat these Decisions should be as follows :—
No. 8.—The laws enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge are paramount and where they conflict with the  Constitution or By-laws of
Grand or Subordinate Lodges the latter must give way and) must be-
amended to conform therewith.    (See Sees.  1680, 1681, 1828, Busbee's
Digest.)
Any newr law enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge comes into
effect on the ist January next succeeding the date of its passage, unless
otherwise specially provided for therein. (Sec. 1674-2727, Busbee's
Digest.)
The official means of communicating the legislation effected by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge is by the publication of the Journal of its
Proceedings, with which each Subordinate Lodge is furnished a copy.
(S. G. L. Proceedings, 1890, pp. 12797, 13050, 13070.)
If, therefore, the Lodge in question was in receipt of the printed
Proceedings of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Session, 1904, and if the
conditions prescribed in the  resolution adopted at page 761  of these 2457
Proceedings had been strictly conformed with, and the application for
the withdrawal card was made on or after ist January, 1905, then the
■card should have been granted on receipt of the cost of the same,
notwithstanding that the By-laws of the Lodge required the payment
of a larger fee.
We can find no authority requiring the Sovereign Grand Lodge
to communicate any new legislation to State Grand Bodies by means
of a circular letter; it is certainly the duty of Grand Representatives
to report any such enactments to their respective Grand Lodges, hut
obedience to the new law by Grand and Subordinate Lodges cannot
he made dependent on the receipt of such information from either of
these two sources.
We are of opinion that the answer given to Question 12 should be:
During the temporary absence of the Vice Grand (but while he remains in the Lodge or ante-room) his chair should be filled by the
R. S. V. G. (See Sec. 1446, Busbee's Digest), but if the Vice Grand
be absent from the Lodge and ante-room, then the Noble Grand must
appoint a Past Grand 01 a Past Vice Grand. (Vide Sec. 1875, Busbee's
Digest.)
With reference to Proclamations and Dispensations, we find that
all the actions of the Grand Master in connection therewith were in
accord with well established law.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved and seconded, That the report be received
and adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment, That the report
be received and laid on the table until to-morrow morning.
The  amendment  on being  submitted  to the  vote,  was
■declared to be carried.
The Committe on Rebekah Lodges' submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee beg to report that we are pleased to see such an
increase in the Rebekah Branch of the Order throughout the Province
for the past year.
We would recommend that the Grand Master, in visiting the
various Lodges throughout the Jurisdiction, notify the Rebekah Lodges
in ample time of his intended visit, so that they may be in a position
to welcome the Grand Master in a body.
We would further recommend that all the Representatives to this
Grand Lodge who have not received the Rebekah Degree, take advantage of the opportunity of joinins: Laurel Rebekah Lodge in this city
before returning to their own Lodges.
Signed by the Committee.
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—■■ 2458
Representative Brandon, No. 43, gave the following-
notice of motion: I beg to give notice that to-morrow I will
move that By-law No. 1 of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia be amended by adding after the word "elective" the
words "and appointed."
On motion this notice was referred to the Committee on
Legislation.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the following report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on State of the Order, beg leave to report
that we have examined the portions of the Grand Master's and Grand
Secretary's reports referred to us carefully, and we are- pleased to note
that the Grand Master reports the Order in a healthy condition. This
is very gratifying indeed, as the Grand Master makes this report after
visiting every Lodge in the Jurisdiction, and we are satisfied he arrived
at this conclusion after due consideration.
We congratulate the Grand Master on having consummated the
mergement of Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, with Selkirk Lodge, No. 12,
and we feel sure that it will prove beneficial, as the Grand Master anticipates.
We commend the Grand Master for having visited every district
during his term of office, helping and encouraging each Lodge and
we feel satisfied that good results will follow. We may state that the
Grand Master visited Coronation Lodge, No. 48, though through a
typographical error it was omitted from his report.
We regret to note by the Grand Secretary's report the large number of suspensions for non-payment of dues, being only 53 less than
the number initiated. Surely some means could be devised to remedy
this matter.
We would also call attention to another matter that seems to re-t
quire careful consideration, and that is the considerable amount required for current expenses, it being $6.42 per member. We would
ask the incoming Grand Master during his official visits to bring this
matter forcefully before the Lodges for their serious consideration.
We were struck in looking over the District Deputy Grand Masters' reports at the very meagre and vague information contained in the
majority of them. In one instance only is there reference made to the
installation of officers. We are of the opinion that the District Deputy
Grand Masters' reports should give more in detail the work of the
Order in their respective districts and contain suggestions, if possible,
for the future.
Signed by the Committee.
Resolved,  That the incoming Grand  faster appoint a
Special Committee to enquire into the cause of the excessive 2459
current expenditure incurred by the Subordinate Lodges of
this Jurisdiction, and that the respective Lodges be requested
to furnish the Grand Secretary with a statement in detail of
their expenditure under this head, if required, for the use of
the Committee.
Resolved—
That whereas the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its Session held in
San Francisco, 1904, passed the following legislation.    To wit:
A member entitled to a withdrawal card, changing his place of
residence to the vicinity of another Lodge, upon stating in his application his desire for membership therein, and upon his election by
ball ballot, shall be entitled, upon notice to his old Lodge from the
new one, to a withdrawal card, at cost of same to the Lodge and to
admission to the new Lodge without charge, except, that where a physician's certificate is required he must pay the expense of the same.
Be It Therefore Resolved, That the Representatives of this Grand
Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be, and are hereby instructed, to
use their best efforts to have said legislation repealed, said legislation
being referred to on pages 757, 761, 845, Journal Sovereign Grand
Lodge, 1904.
Representative J. M. Campbell, No. 17, submitted the
following question, which was referred to the Committee on
Judiciary:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Is it contrary to the rules of the Grand Lodge for a number of
brothers of the Order to establish an I. O. O. F. Club, such brothers being situated nine or ten miles from any regularly instituted Lodge?
And in the event of such Club being established is it contrary to the
rules of the Grand Lodge for a Lodge to take its charter to such Club
and initiate a candidate or confer degrees?
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 8.30 this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock p.m., the
Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives
present.
All present were examined and reported duly qualified
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business. 2460
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was -called.
The Grand Warden, by order of the Grand Lodge, conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on the following Past Grands
in the ante-room: W. A. E. Lowe, No. 6; W. Sanderson,
J. McMurtrie, No. 31 ; D. Plaskett, No. 29; E. Mulhol^and,
No. 5; J. D. Pearson, No. 20.
The Grand Master submitted and read the following Supplementary Report, which was, on motion, referred to the
Committee on Distribution:
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
On May 31st I granted a dispensation to Selkirk Lodge, No.
12, to attend a funeral in regalia.
On June 2nd I gave permission to Banner Lodge No. 31, to surrender its charter and to become merged with Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
Decision No. 14.—Question—Is a brother qualified for the office of
Vice Grand who having been appointed Warden, serves only three
nights of the term?
Answer.—The brother is not qualified, unless he has been excused
by the Lodge, in accordance with section 1465 of Busbee's Digest.
Attached find the reports of the District Deputies, as far as they
have been received by me.
Fraternally Submitted.
T. F. Neelands,
Grand Master.
The hour fixed by the Constitution for the election of
officers for the ensuing year having arrived, the Grand Master
appointed Bros. A. Henderson, P.G.M. No. 2; and H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M. No. 10, to act as tellers.
Tfie following nominations were offered:
For Grand Master—D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3, by J. A.
McKay, No. 8.
For Deputy Grand Master—F. E. Simpson, No. 42, by
W. Law, No. 10.
For Grand Warden—T. Embleton, No. 36, by W. E.
Thorpe, No. 20.
For Grand Secretary—F. Davey, No. 1, by J. Palmer,.
No. 12.
For Grand Treasurer—J. Bell, No. 4, by T. M. Brav- 2461
shaw, No. 1; W. Law, No. 10, by J. Palmer, No. 12: A. L.
Clement, No. 45, by T. R. Powers, No. 45; H. T. Fulton, No.
6, by W. E. Thorpe, No. 20; G. F. Weir, No. 43, by J. S.
Brandon, No. 43.
For Grand Representative—F. Davey, No. 1, by D. G.
Dailey, No. 5.
There being but one nominee for the office of Grand Master, the vote of the Grand Lodge was, on motion, cast by the
Grand Secretary for D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3, and he was
declared duly elected Grand Master for the ensuing year.
There being only one nominee for each of the offices of
Deputy Grand Master, Grand Warden and Grand Secretary,
the vote of the Grand Lodge was cast for the respective candidates as follows by the Grand Secretary in favor of F. E.
Simpson, No. 42, as Deputy Grand Master, and for T. Em-
bleton, No. 36, as Grand Warden, and by the Grand Treasurer
in favor of F. Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary, and these
brothers were declared duly elected to their respective offices
for the ensuing year.
For the office of Grand Treasurer the ballot was spread
and the following result announced:
No. of votes cast, 103; necessary to choice, 52.
J. Bell No. 4, received 21 votes. W. Law, No. 10, received 32 votes. A. L. Clement, No. 45, received 8 votes. H. T.
Fulton. No. 6, received 35 votes, and G. T. Weir, No. 43,
received 7 votes.
There being no choice, a fresh ballot was spread, confined
to the three brothers having the largest number of votes, the
names of Bro. Clement and Weir being dropped, and the following- result announced.
Number of votes cast, 103; necessary to choice, 52.
H. T. Fulton, No. 6, received 41 votes. W. Law, No. 10,
received 41 votes.   J. Bell, No. 4, received 21 votes.
There still being no choice, a fresh ballot was spread, the
name of Bro. Bell being omitted, and the following result
announced:
Number of votes cast, 103; necessary to choice, 52. 2462
H. T. Fulton received 54 votes; W. Law, No. 10, received
49 votes.
H. T. Fulton, No. 10, having received a majority of
the votes cast, was declared duly elected Grand Treasurer for
the ensuing year.
There being but one nominee for the office of Grand Representative, the Grand Treasurer, by order, cast the vote of
the Grand Lodge for F. Davey, No. 1, who was declared
elected as Grand Representative for two years.
Resolved, That the Installation of Grand Lodge Officers
take place to-morrow evening in the Third Degree.
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to 9
o'clock to-morrow morning.
SECOND   DAY.
15th June, 1905.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, found qualified and the Grand
Lodge was duly opened for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's Session were read and adopted.
The Report of the Committee on Judiciary laid over from
yesterday was taken from the table, read and, on motion,
adopted.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the notice
of Representative Brandon, No. 43, to amend By-Law No. 1 of this
Grand Lodge, to provide for the payment of Appointed Officers attending the Sessions of the Grand Lodge, beg leave to report that after
giving the question careful consideration we do not consider its adoption
would be expedient at this time, as it will involve an addition in the
attendance at the Sessions of the Grand Lodge and a corresponding J.   WRIGLESWORTH,
Grand Master, 1880.  2463 ,
increase in the already too large expenditure for this purpose, which
has to be borne by the Subordinate Lodges.
Signed ry the Committee.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the Supplementary Report submitted by the Grand Master be referred to the
Committee on Judiciary.
Signed by the Committee.
The following resolution was offered and adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We beg leave to move the following resolution:—
Resolved, That we do not consider it is in the best interests of
the Order that intoxicating refreshments be served in the vicinity of
the Grand Lodge meeting, and we beg to earnestly request all committees appointed for this purpose in the future to kindly refrain from
entertaining brothers in this manner.
Hugh B. Gilmour,
H. J. Raymer,
D. G. Dailey,
Jas.  Bell,
P. W. Dempster,
T.  M.  Brays haw,
J. A. McKay,
C. S. Keith.
The following resolution was submitted and adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We beg leave to  move  the  following  resolution:—
Resolved, That as soon as the Grand Master and Grand Secretary
receive official notice of any change of the law in the Sovereign Grand
Lodge that affects the Subordinate Lodges in this Jurisdiction they
shall issue immediately a circular letter to each of the Subordinate
Lodges, giving the particulars of the change in the law.
Hugh  B.  G.ilmour,
J. A. McKay.
Representatives Dempster and Fawcett, No. 2, submitted
the following resolution, which, on being submitted to the vote,
was declared defeated.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We hereby move that the Representatives to the Sovereign Grand
Lodge be instructed to endeavor to have the last addition to the Third
Degree of the Subordinate Lodge Ritual modified. 2464
A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, moved, That the next
Annual Session of this Grand Lodge be held at Victoria,
which was seconded. The following telegram was read from
the Mayor of Victoria:—
Victoria, B.C., June 13, 1005.
Anton Henderson, Ladysmith, B.C.
Have much pleasure in inviting the Grand Lodge 1. 0. O. F. of
British Columbia to hold their annual meeting in Victoria next year.
G. H. Barnard,
Mayor.
The motion was caried.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following Report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee to whom was referred the question of Bro. J. M.
Campbell, of Duncan Lodge, No. 17, re the formation of I. O. O. F.
clubs, etc., beg leave to report as follows:
Your Committee are unanimously of the opinion that the use of the
letters I. O. O. F. as the name of a social or other club is directly
contrary to the laws of the Order which prohibits the use of the letters
or emblems of the Order for any such purposes, nor can a charter of a
Subordinate Lodge be taken and used in any other place than that
specified on the face of said charter, with the possible exception that a
Grand Master may grant a Dispensation to use it in a place other than
that specified on its face, and then only under extraordinary circumstances, of which the Grand Master must be the judge.
Signed by the Committee.
The   Committee   on  Judiciary submitted   the   following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British.Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred the Supplementary Report of the Grand Master as well as the reports of the several Deputies, beg leave to report as follows:
We approve of the action of the Grand Master in granting the
dispensations asked for, and approve of decision No. 14
In looking over the reports of the District Deputies your Committee are pleased to note the universally hopeful, tone in them.
Your Committee is again compelled to mention the fact that District
Deputy Grand Masters have no authority to grant dispensations except
such as are provided by the Constitution. We find the District Deputy
for District No. 16 granted one dispensation, and the Deputy for District No. 20 issued two out of order. 2465   „
Your Committee most respectfully call the attention of the several
District Deputies to the Constitution defining their duties.
Your Committee may be over zealous in the discharge of their
duties, but we do most earnestly recommend that the Grand Master
in the selection of his Deputies will try in all cases, as he no doubt
will, to select the best material at his disposal for the position.
Signed by the Committee.
Resolved—That a Special Committee be appointed at this
Session to arrange for the transportation of the Officers and
Representatives to the next Annual Session of this Grand
Lodge.
It was moved and seconded—That this Grand Lodge purchase sufficient jewels for the D.D.G.M.'s of this Jurisdiction,
to be returned at the end of each term by the holder.
Moved and seconded as an amendment—That the matter
be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Moved and seconded as an amendment to the amendment
—That the question be indefinitely postponed.
The amendment to the amendment was carried on being
submitted to the vote.
Resolved—That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to one
o'clock p.m.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
. The Grand Lodge met at 1 p.m., pursuant to adjournment,
the Grand Lodge Officers and quorum of Representatives
present.
All present were examined and reported qualified and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Moved by Representative Wallace Law, No. 10, and seconded by H. B. Gilmour, P. G. M., and carried unanimously:— 2466
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F,
■i'ri0^ *■'"'■
Whereas, this Grand Lodge learns with deep regret that Bro. J.
E. Phillips, P.G.M.,P.G.R., of New Westminster, continues in a critical state of health;
And whereas, as this Grand Lodge recognizes the splendid work
he has done and the sacrifices he has made on behalf of Oddfellowship
in this Province;
Be it Therefore Resolved, That this Grand Lodge expresses its
deepest sympathy with P. G. M. Phillips and sincerely trusts that under
Divine Providence he may be spared for many years. And that a letter
be sent to P. G. M. Phillips signed by the officers of this Grand Body,
and under seal of the Grand Lodge, conveying to P. G. M. Phillips
these sentiments of the Grand Lodge and assuring him of our continued
love and esteem.
Wallace Law,
Hugh   B.   Gilmour.
The  Committee   on   Printing presented   the   following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were invited for printing the Proceedings of this Session and advance copies
of the Grand Officers' Reports, and that the contract has been awarded
to Bro. T. R. Cusack.
We would recommend that the suggestion of the Grand Secretary
that a Memorial Page be inserted in the Proceedings including the
names of the late Past Grand Masters Meldram and Johnstone and the
other members of the Grand Lodge who have died during the past
year, also that semi-tone portraits of two of the Past Grand Masters,
according to seniority, be inserted in the Proceedings.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Resolutions submitted the following"
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Resolutions, beg to recommend the following :—
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due and hereby
tendered to His Worship the Mayor of Ladysmith for his hearty
address of welcome at the opening of this Session and for extending
to us the freedom of the city.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the
officers and members of Harmony Lodge, No. 6. and Perseverance
Lodge, No. 29, I. O. O. F., for the courteous manner in which they
have entertained this Grand Lodge while in session, also for the appropriate souvenirs presented the representatives. 2467
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge extend to Laurel Rebekah Lodge,
JNo. 9, a hearty vote of thanks as a token of appreciation of the greeting extended by the sisters of Ladysmith to this Grand Lodge, also for
the pleasing way m which they have entertained the members and their
wives attending this Session.
w ,;?-esolve(^ That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the
Wellington Coal Company for their kindness in conveying the members to Extension and showing them through the mines and other
workings.
Resolved, That the transportation companies be accorded the
thanks of this Grand Lodge for reduced fares to members and wives
attending this Session and for other favors extended.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered the
Press for the ample and fair reports furnished of its proceedings, and
also the hotels for reduced rates, and to the citizens generally for the
many courtesies shown the representatives of this Grand Lodge, and
and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the local press.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the
Grand Master and Executive Officers for the efficient manner in which
the business of this Grand Lodge has been conducted during the past
year.
Resolved, that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered the
Ladysmith Band for their kindness in rendering beautiful music in
honor of the occasion of this Session being held here.
Signed by the Committee.
An invitation was extended on behalf of the Sisters of
Rebekah to attend a picnic to be held across the Bay at 2 p.m.
to-day. It was, on motion, Resolved—That the invitation be
accepted with thanks and that it be taken advantage of by
any members desirous of doing so.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that we
hava examined the certificates of the Officers and Representatives in
attendance at this Session and find them entitled to the amounts stated
against their respective names.
Your Committee are unable to find any good reason for allowing
an extra amount to any of the Representatives attending this Session
beyond that allowed by the By-laws of the Grand Lodge, as we are
of tbe opinion that if an exception be made in behalf of one or two
Representatives it could justly be claimed by many others on the same
grounds. _ We therefore recommend that in justice to all, extras be not
allowed in any case. 2468
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The Committee on Finance presented the following report, which was adopted:
To* the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following estimate of
Revenue and Expenditure for the coming year.
REVENUE.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  $1,906 09
Per capita on 3,584 members at $1.10  3,942 40
Total   $5,848 49 247°
ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE.
Grand Secretary, salary   $ 720 °°
Grand Master, expenses    300 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Representative tax  150 00
Rent  Grand  Secretary's  office     100 00
Printing  225 00
Premium on bonds     25 00
Postage, Grand Secretary    30 00
Postage,  Grand Master     15 00
Caretaker, Grand Secretary's Office   20 00
Grand Lodge Card Independent Odd Fellow  10 00
Janitor this  Session    10 00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session    1,924 5°
Odd Fellows' Home Fund Assessment on 3,584 members at
10 cents     358 40
$3,887 90
Balance at end of year $1,960 59
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried by a standing vote—
That this Grand Lodge expresses the pleasure it feels at having
with us to-day two Past Grands—L>ros. J. York, No. 1, and
R. W. Fawcett, No. 2—who were present at the institution of
this Grand Lodge over thirty-one years ago, and trusts that
they may long be spared to attend its sessions.
Resolved—That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
eight o'clock p.m.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8:30 p.m., the Grand
Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were  examined,  reported  qualified  and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
Resolved—That the call of the Roll at this session be dispensed with.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
and re-opened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been admitted, the Grand Master appointed H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., and 2471
A. Henderson, P.G.M., to present the Officers elect for installation.
D. E. Mackenzie, No. 3, was presented, duly obligated and
installed as Grand Master for the ensuing: year.
The Grand Master then installed into their respective
chairs the following elective officers:—
F. E. Simpson, No. 42, as Deputy Grand Master.
T. Embleton, No. 36, as Grand Warden.
F. Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
H. T. Fulton, No. 6, as Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill the
subordinate offices of the Grand Lodge and they were duly
installed into their respective chairs:—
F. A. Anley, No. 11, as Grand Chaplain.
J. Bell, No. 4, as Grand Marshal.
N. McDiarmid, No. 21, as Grand Conductor.
H. J. Barber, No. 7, as Grand Guardian.
F. E. Armstrong, No. 9, as Grand Herald.
Also the following as District Deputy Grand Masters:—
DISTRICT DEPUTIES.
W. H. Cullin, No. 4, for District No. i, comprising Lodges Nos.
1, 2 & 4.
C. S. Keith, No. 3, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges Nos.
3 & 27.
Fred   S. Whiteside,    No.   20,   for    District    No.   3,    comprising
Lodges Nos. 5 & 20.
John McMurtrie, No. 6, for District No. 4, comprising Lodges
Nos. 6 & 29.
R. J. Marshall, No. 7, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
J. A. McKay, No. 8, for District No. 6, comprising Lodges Nos. 8,
10, 19, 24 & 26.
Geo. Strevens, No. 9, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
Robt. McKnight, No. 11, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge
No.  11.
E. E. Adair, No. 12, for District No. 9, comprising Lodge No. 12.
Arthur Johnson, No. 15, for District No. 10, comprising Lodge
No. 15-
Geo. F. Motion, No. 16, for District No. 11, comprising Lodge
No. 16.
W. Hooper, No. 17, for District No. 12, comprising Lodge No. 17.
S. C. Smith, No. 18, for District No. 13, comprising Lodges Nos.
18, 48 & 50. 2472
F. J. Mackenzie, No. 21, for District No. 14, comprising Lodge
No. 21.
Edward Restall, No. 22, for District No. 15, comprising Lodge
No. 22.
I. Lehman, No. 23, for District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
Geo. Vance, No. 28, for District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 28.
C. Pearce. No. 34, for District No. 18, comprising Lodge No. 34.
J. S. Brandon, No. 43, for District No. 19, comprising Lodges Nos.
36 & 43-
J. A. Dinsmore, No. 45, for District No. 20, comprising Lodges
Nos. 38, 45 & 46.
G. W. Waite, No. 39, for District No. 21, comprising Lodge No. 39.
Alex.  M. Rogers, No. 40, for District No. 22, comprising Lodge
No. 40.
F. Mummery, No. 41, for District No. 23, comprising Lodge No. 41.
J. Manning, No. 42, for District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 42.
R. A. Smith, No. 44, for District No. 25, comprising Lodge No. 44.
O. N. Ross, No. 47, for District No. 26, comprising Lodge No. 47.
C. Bullard, No. 49, for District No. 27, comprising Lodge No. 49.
DISTRICT DEPUTIES—REBEKAH.
Sister Mrs.  Emma Taylor, Victoria, for District No.  1, comprising Lodge No. 1.
Sister Miss M. George, Vancouver, for District No. 2, comprising
Lodge No. 2.
Sister Mrs. Annie Bell,  Nanaimo,  for District  No. 3, comprising
Lodge No. 3.
Sister Mrs. Geo. Cunningham, New Westminster, for District No.
4, comprising Lodge No. 5.
Sister Mrs. W. Hunter, Ladysmith, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 9.
Sister Mrs. Anne  Lee, Rossland,  for District  No. 6,  comprising
Lodge No. 13.
Sister   Agnes   Blyth,   Duncans,   for   District   No.    7,    comprising
Lodge No. 14
Sister Mrs. Arnot.  Slocan,  for District No. 8, comprising Lodge
No. 15.
Sister   Miss   Frances   Bacon,   Nelson,   for   District   No.   9,   comprising Lodge No. 16.
The  Grand  Master appointed the  following to fill  the
Standing and Special Committees for the ensuing year:
Finance.—J. Bell, No. 4.; T. C. Hubbard, No. 1; P. W. Dempster,
No. 2; T. M. Brayshaw, No. 1; D. Arnot, No. 40.
Appeals.—W. Law, No. 10; W. M. Ramsay, No. 26; A. M. Russell,
No. 8; M. J. Phillips, No. 3; A. Adams, No. 27.
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary, J. York,  No.  1:  H. J.
Barber, No. 7; J. Palmer, No. 12; T. Booz, No. 4. 2473
Petitions.—W. H. Thorpe, No. 20; H. Carroll, No. 6; F. E. Armstrong, No. 9; E. Restall, No. 22; T. R. Powers, No. 45.
State of the Order.—J. Carroll, No. 5; G. B. Taylor, No. 38; W.
Law, No. 10; C. J. Becker, No. 48; F. Cockburn, No. 26.
Legislation.—C. A. Warren, No. 34; J .A. McKay, No. 8; W. H.
Walsh, No. 26; J. McL. Campbell, No. 17; J. S. Brandon, No. 43.
Judiciary.—J. W. Armstrong, No. 10; F. A. Anley, No. 11; H. J.
Raymer. P.G.M., No. 36; C. S. Keith, No. 3; G. R. Northey, No. 49.
Mileage and Per Diem.—M. D. Billings, No. 42; J. C. Smith, No.
23; G. Strevens,, No. 9; J. A. Johnson, No. 27; P. R. McDonald
No. 36.
Printing.—Grand Secretary, R. W. Fawcett, No. 2
No. 26 G. W. Carothers, No. 41 ; J. A. Dresser, No. 4.
Statistics  re  Dues  and  Benefits.—Grand   Secretary.
No. 46; W. A. Cryderman, No. 18; D. Haddon, No. 15
No.  10.
R. Cosgrove,
G.  R.  Mead,
F. P. Bishop,
Special Committee on Transportation.—Grand Secretary, A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; J. Bell, No. 4.
Special Committee on Current Expenses Subordinate Lodges.—W
Law. No. 10: F. Cockburn, No. 26; J. A. McKay, No. 8; T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; C. S. Keith, No. 3.
The installation being complete, the Third Degree members retired and the Grand Lodge was closed in the Third and
re-opened in the Grand Lodge Degree.
Resolved—That the appointments of the Grand Master be
confirmed.
Resolved—That a new jewel be procured for the regalia
of the Grand Herald.
It was moved, seconded and carried—That the reading of
the minutes of this day's session be dispensed with.
Resolved—That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn
sine die.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.-
Grand Secretary 2474
ADDRESS OF WELCOME.
Grand Master, Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, I. O. O. F.
It affords me great pleasure as Mayor to have the privilege of
extending to you a cordial welcome to this city, and more especially
as this is the first occasion we have had the privilege of entertaining
you.
I trust your visit here will be both pleasant and profitable, not
only to yourselves but to our citizens: that it will have a tendency
to increase your numbers and strengthen the noble cause you have
in view.
I note by your last Annual Report that you have now in your
Jurisdiction 41 Lodges with a membership of 3,512, with a total
revenue of over $61,000.00.
It is impossible to estimate the great influence for good that this
large membership will exert over the several communities in which you
have established Lodges, and the relief extended to the needy from
this revenue is sure to bring consolation to many a troubled heart.
May the All-seeing Eye watch over you and His Presence encourage you in your good work.
As already stated, I trust your visit here may be a pleasant one,,
but I regret that owing to the unfinished state of our town, we have
not the opportunities of entertaining you here that they have in older
and larger cities.
We trust, however, that as this town grows and we are able to
have necessary improvements made, that ere you return again we will
be able to entertain you as we desire.
I ask you therefore to accept the desire for the deed.
I believe, judging from the reputation the members of the I. O.
O. F. Loclge is entitled to, it will be quite safe to offer you the freedom of this city, and have much pleasure in tendering you the same.
I remain, yours respectfully,
Dated Ladysmith, B.C., June 14th, 1905.
John Coburn,
Mayor. 2475
Ladysmith, June 14th,  1905.
Grand Master, Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of Briiish
j Columbia, I. O. O. F., now in Session.—
We the undersigned, on behalf of Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9,
extend to you a hearty and cordial welcome to our city of Ladysmith.
We hope your visit will be one of pleasure on this, your first
Session here.
We trust that your Session will be one of great profit, and that
whatever legislation may be enacted will be to the benefit of Odd
Fellowship throughout the Province of British Columbia.
We extend a cordial invitation to all Representatives who have
taken the Rebekah Degree to meet with us to-night when we will confer the Rebekah Degree on all who wish it.
Signed in behalf of Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9.
M. Matheson, D. D. G. M.
Emily Hunter, N. G.
Marion  Muir,  Secretary.        24$3
Jn flfcemoriam.
Jobn 1b. fl&elfcram,
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
Grand Master 1889.
Died 24th February, 1905.
TDQL B. Jobnstone,
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
Grand Master 1900.
Died 25th August, 1904.
ffrancis page, p. <&.,
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
6. TKHobanfe, p. 0.,
Centennial Lodge,  No. 20.
Dead ! Dead ! Our Order's sad refrain,
From IJastern to the Western main,
Not so : while reigns our God on high,
The true of heart can never die.  INDEX
Addresses of Welcome 2406, 2454
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund 2422
Appointed Officers, Grand Lodge 2401, 2458, 2462, 2471
Badges recognized as Regalia 2402
Balance Sheet 2423
Benefits, payment of 2433
Book-keeping, uniform system of 2442
Committees, appointment of 2402, 2406, 2465, 2472
on Transportation 2465
Consolidation of Lodges 2439
Constitution Subordinate Lodge, Amendment of .2451, 2452, 2453, 2454
Current Expenses, Subordinate Lodges 2458
Custodian Secret Work 2402
District Deputy Grand Masters—Appointment of 2471
x   " I I " Powers of 2464
Dues, payment of 2411
General Relief Committees 2438, 2451, 2452, 2454, 2455
Grand Lodge By-Laws, Amendments to 2452, 2455, 2458
Degrees Conferred 2405,2456, 2460
" Meeting of 2464
Officers, Election of 2460
Installation of 2471
Grand Master, Decisions of 2409
Dispensations Granted 2411
Official Visits of 2413
Grand Representatives, instructions to 2459
Grant, J. Frank, Grand Secretary, death of   . .2408, 2443
Institution of Lodges 2409, 2416
Intoxicating Liquors 2463
Jewels, D. D. G. M 2465
Membership, Change of by Card..  .. 2410, 2441, 2452, 2454, 2456, 2459
Memorial Page 2424
Mergement of Lodges 2409, 2416, 2452, 2455
New Business, introduction of 2445 INDEX   Continued.
Noble Grand to prefer charges *  .. 2432
Non-beneficial Members, 2431, 2442, 2453, 2456
Odd Fellows' Club 2459, 2464
%       "      Home Fund 2422, 2445
Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, liability of 2450
Phillips, J. K, P.G.M., Resolution of Sympathy with 2465
Proclamations Issued 2409
Rebekah Lodge Funds, Trust Funds 2436
Reports, Committees—Credentials 2402
" I Distribution 2444,2463
I I Finance 2445, 2469
1 I Judiciary 2456, 2462, 2464
Laws of Subordinates 2445
Legislation 2454, 2455, 2456, 2462
" Mileage and Per Diem 2467
Odd Fellows' Home 2446, 2454
Perseverance Lodge, liability of 2450
" " Petitions 2454
1 " Printing 2466
I " Rebekah Lodges 2457
Resolutions 2466
State of the Order 2458
Grand Master 2407, 2460
Grand Representatives 2426
Grand Secretary 2416
Grand Treasurer   .. 2425
Ritual, Modification of 2463
Sick Members to Notify Lodges when Absent from Home 2434
Sovereign Grand Lodge Legislation 2438, 2456, 2463
Stock Account    2421
Vice Grand •.  .. 2410, 1434, 2457
Votes of Thanks 2466
■■■■■I
■DBI PAST GRAND MASTERS
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF B. C, I. 0. 0. F.
*J. S. Drummond 1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
=John WEILER 1875 . .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
fj. P. Davies 1876 .... Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
+ R. Roberts 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
%W. J. Jeffree 1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
^Charles Gowen 1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. Wriglesworth 1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
B. W. Shiles  1881 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Henry Waller 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
-=-Alexander Phillips. .1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
W.'D.  McKillican 1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
Wm. McColl 1885 ...  . New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
J}:FrEd'k Carne 1886  Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
IJJoshua Davies 1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davies, re-elected t888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
**J. H. Meldram 1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
E. Quennell 1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
J. E. Phillips 1891 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
J. E. Phillips 1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
James Crossan 1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
T. C. Gray 1894 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. E. Holmes 1895 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
H. B. Gilmour, 1896 .. .a .Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. H. Morton 1897 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
A. Henderson 1898  Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
D. Welsh Op 1899 Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
ffW. E. Johnstone 1900 Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
W. Hogg 1901 Western Star, No. 10.
A. Graham 1902 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
E. C Arthur, M.D 1903 • • • • -Kootenay Lodge, No. 16,
T. F. Neelands 1904 Vancouver Lodge NoJS.
*Died
{Died
+ Died
= Died
JtDied
ttDied
6th February, 1884.
18th March, 1885.
24th December, 1897.
6th September, 1899.
7th April, 1905.
25th August, 1904.
fDied 20th September,, 1879.
§Died 8th December, 1892.
l|Ceased membership,
-r Died 22nd November, 1900.
**Died 24th Feb., ,1905. t 

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