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   IFIE^OOIEIEIDXILsrG-S
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,*
m o. o. :e\
ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION.
Odd Fellows' Hall, Victoria,
llth February, 1885.
The Grand Lodge assembled in the above Hall on this
date at 2 o'clock, p. M.
Present:—
W. D. McKillican Grand Master.
Wm. McOoll Deputy Grand Master.
Fredk. Carne Grand Warden.
Fredk. Davey       |    Secretary.
E. Quennell       |    Treasurer.
B. Scott "    Conductor.
W. H. Huxtable       "    Herald.
W. Walker       "    Chaplain.
Hy. Waller, P.G.M       I    Instructor.
The Grand Secretary reported a quori^n present.
The Chair appointed Rep. Sears, of No. 2, Grand Marshal
pro tern.
The Grand Marshal examined those present in the Grand
Lodge Degree and reported all duly qualified, whereupon the
Gran(| Chaplain offered up prayer, and the Grand Lodge was
declared duly opened for business.
The Grand Master appointed Rep. Scott of No. 6, Rep. 394
W. Walker, of No. 4, and Rep. Phillips, P. G. M. of No. | as
a Committee on Credentials.
Report read from the Committee on Credentials :—
Victoria, B. C, llth February, 1885.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia I.O.O.F.
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that they have examined the Certificates and find the following accredited as Representatives to this Grand Lodge:—
FROM VICTORIA LODGE, NO. 1.
F. Carne
D.Dale
F. Davey
C. Hayward
J. Weiler
R. Roberts
J. Jackson
J. G. Taylor
W. Steele
W. H. Huxtable
G. Williams
A. PhiUips
J. Doughty
C. Gowen
S. T. Styles
FROM COLUMBIA LODGE, NO. 2.
Hy. Waller
J. H. Meldram
R. W. Fawcett
G. H. Maynard
Fred. Norris
John Partridge
Samuel Adler
R. Lipsett
W. J. Jeffree
Joseph Sears
W. J. Pendray
James Fell
FROM NEW WESTMINSTER LODGE, NO. 3.
B. W. Shiles
W. McCoU
E. S. Scoullar
J. E. PhiUips
H. EUiott
G. Turner
H. Hoy
J. E. Insley
C. N. Trew
FROM DOMINION LODGE, NO. 4.
J. Wrigles-worth
E.Fletcher
W.Walker
O. Warner
P. A. Babington
J.Phillips
W.D.McKiUican
J. Creeden
FROM BLACK DIAMOND LODGE, NO. 5.
James Phillips James Wilcox.
FROM HARMONY LODGE, NO. 6.
Robert Scott
George Williams
John McNeill
James Green. 395
And that the Certificates produced show that the following Past
Grands are entitled to seats in this Grand Lodge :—
C. Hegele
T. J. Partridge
W. Irvine
T. Davie
FROM VICTORIA LODGE, NO. 1
E. C. Holden
J. M. Read
A. Rome
J. D. Robinson
J. York
G. W. Anderson   E. Fawcett
T. R. Mitchell       R. Elder
FROM COLUMBIA LODGE, NO. 2.
M. Humber W. Harrison A. B. Gray J. P. Goodhue
W. F. Archibald  M. Young J. E. McMiUan    J. W. Carey
R. HaU M. Baker
FROM NEW WESTMINSTER LODGE, NO. 3.
W. J. Armstrong L. F. Bonson       J. A. Calbick        R. Thomas
T.L.Scott W.B.Kyle
FROM DOMINION LODGE, NO. 4.
C. Todd A. J. Gray J. D. Ford
Hy. Smith
T. Bamford
A.GaUoway
G. Norris
W. H. Morton
W. Bone
FROM BLACK DIAMOND LODGE, NO. 5.
J. W. Brunton    John Hemer James Crossan
Geo. Ramsay       E. Quennel
W. WUks
S. D. Levi
J. Mahrer
M. Bate
FROM HARMONY LODGE, NO. 6.
John A. McNeill James Green
Also that the foUowing are entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree :-
J. Doughty and W. Steele, of Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
R. Lipsett, of Columbia Lodge No. 2.
J. E. Phillips and E. S. ScouUar, of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
J. E. PhiUips and T. Bamford, of Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
James PhiUips and James Wilcox, of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
James Green and George WiUiams, of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
Fraternally submitted,
W. WALKER,
A. PHILLIPS,
ROBERT SCOTT,
Committee on Credentials. 396
Moved by Rep. Meldram of No. 2, and seconded by Rep.
A. Phillips, P.G.M. of No. 1, u That the Report be received
and adopted,"— Carried.
The Grand Marshal was instructed to retire and introduce
the Past Grands in attendance, and the Grand Lodge Degree
was conferred on the following:—
J. Doughty and Wm Steele, of Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
R. Lipsett, of Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
J. E. Phillips and E S. ScouUar, of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
J. E. Phillips, of Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
Jas. PhiUips and Jas. Wilcox, of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
Geo. Williams, of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
The Grand Master appointed the following Representatives to fill vacancies on committees :—
Finance—E. Fletcher, of No. 4, R. Lipsett, of No. 2, R. Scott, of No. 6,
.    J. Sears, of No. 2, E. S. ScouUar, of No. 3.
Laws of Subordinates—W. Walker, of No. 4, J. H. Meldram, of No. 2.
J. E. PhUlips, of No. 3, J. Phillips, of No. 5.
State ofthe Order—J. Weiler, of No. 1, J. H. Meldram of No. 2, R.
Scott, of No. 6.
Legislation—W. Steele, of No. 1, J. WUcox, of No. 5, G. WiUiams, of
No. 6.
•   The Grand Master then read the following Report:—
Victoria, B. C, llth February, 1885.
To the Officers and Members
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—We are again assembled after the lapse
of another year for the purpose of promoting the interests of a branch
of one of the grandest institutions of modern times, whose principal
objects are the relief of human distress and .the elevation and ennobling
of human character. Let us, therefore, at the outset of this convention
raise ourselves to the level of these noble principles, and in all our
deliberations let Friendship, Love, and Truth be our motto, and our aim,
to build up, foster and extend the great Order we represent. Your
duties wiU call you to review the past, and in the light of .the experience
so obtained legislate for the future.
I have much pleasure in reporting to you that the past year has
been one of success.   Our membership has increased, and what is more 397
gratifying, a deeper interest in the Order is being manifested in the
jurisdiction generally, that augurs well for its future prosperity.
The whole year has been marked by unanimity and good feUowship.
My official acts, which have been of the ordinary routine character, are
submitted for your information.
The- Grand Sire having issued his Proclamation for the celebration
of the Anniversary of our Order on the 26th of April last, I granted dispensations to the Lodges in the jurisdiction to keep the occasion in
such a way as they might deem most appropriate.
INSTALLATIONS.
On the 2nd July, 1884,—Installed the officers of Columbia Lodge
No. 2.
On 10th July, 1884,—Installed the officers of Dominion Lodge No. 4.
On 10th July, 1884,—Granted dispensation to Dominion Lodge,
No. 4, to elect Bro. Wm. Ralph, a Scarlet Degree member, to the office
of Vice-Grand, the said Brother, not being qualified by previous service
in office, but all qualified brothers refusing to serve.
On the 14th July, 1884,— Installed the officers of Victoria Lodge
No. I
The death of Bro. J. Morey, D. D. G. M. for District No. 2, being
reported, I appointed Bro. L. F. Bonson, P. G., at the recommendation
of New Westminster Lodge No. 3, to fill the vacancy.
On the 5th January, 1885,—Installed the officers of Victoria Lodge
No. 1.
On the 7th January, 1885,—Installed the officers of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2.
On the 8th January, 1885,—Installed the officers of Dominion Lodge,
No. 4.
At all these installations I was accompanied by the officers of the
Grand Lodge.
In conformity with a Resolution of the last Session of this Grand
Lodge I appointed Bro. Hy. WaUer, P.G.M., Grand Instructor, to visit
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, and instruct it in the secret work and advise it
generaUy on the work of the Order. I submit herewith that officer's
report on this mission.
On 19th February, 1884, I received a letter from the late D.D.G.M.
of District No. 3, Bro. A. Galloway, informing me that Harmony Lodge,
No. 6, had unlawfully admitted a Brother as a member of that Lodge by
deposit of card, by a majority vote, and that, although the Lodge had
been notified by him of the iUegality of such a course, it still persisted in
retaining the Brother as a member. To this communication I replied
by pointing out to Bro. Galloway the law as found at pages 158-159 of
White's Digest, "That persons who by no fault of their own are Illegally 398
initiated, cannot be discharged from membership for that reason," and
that if the Brother's name was placed on the Constitution of the Lodge,
he was entitled to aU the rights and privfleges enjoyed by other
members of similar rank. I further informed the D.D.G.M., that if any
brother felt agrieved at the action of the Lodge, the right of appeal was
open to him.
The foUowing questions were propounded to me by Bro. W. H.
Morton, D.D.G.M., of District No. 3, on the 25th April 1884 ; my replies
to the same are annexed thereto:—
Question 1 — How many black balls   are required  to  reject a
candidate for membership by deposit of card.
Answer—It takes three black balls.
Question 2—Does article 3, sec. 1, of the revised Constitution govern
candidates for admission by card as weU as for initiation.
Answer—Yes, this article deals with both cases.
By a resolution of the last Session of this Grand Lodge I was
directed to see that the laws in reference to the use of unauthorized
rituals and text books, were strictly carried out. No such breach of the
law has been brought under my notice, but I take this opportunity of
appending for the information of the brotherhood in this jurisdiction,
the foUowing law, enacted at the meeting of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
in September last, pages 9751-9804 ofthe Proceedings, viz. :—
I That any member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows who
shaU compose, or write, or print, or seU, or exhibit, or use, or have in his.
possession, or who shaU in any way aid or abet in composing or writing,,
or printing, or exhibiting, or using in any publication, or writing or other
device, purporting to be the unwritten work of Odd Fellowship, or any
part, abbreviation or memorandum of such unwritten work, shaU be
deemed guilty of conduct grossly unbecoming an Odd FeUow, and shaU,.
upon conviction, be expelled from the Order."
In connection with this subject I am pleased to observe the great
desire evinced by the officers of the Subordinate Lodges fcto acquire and
perfect themselves in the work of the Order. In many jurisdictions
the floor work is performed by teams specially selected and trained
for its rendition, and this practice is stated to have met with great
success in making the new work popular. Grand Sire Garey, in an j
unofficial answer published in a Society paper to a question submitted j
to him, states that every part of the work is intended to be given
orally without a book, and that it is of the utmost importance, that the
obligations should be given without a book, as it is the only proper
way. I mention this because it has been the impression in this jurisdiction that the obligations should be read.
The Endowment Auxiliary Association, established last Session, has
not met with that support from the brethren of this jurisdiction, that I 399
had expected, from the repeated demands there were made for it prior to
its institution and the hearty manner in which it was received when first
started.   I am of opinion that it can, however, be greatly strengthened
and enhanced in value if each Lodge would appoint an active brother j
for the especial purpose of working it up amongst its members.   At ■
present, this duty belongs to no one in particular, but if the claims of
the Association were brought to the notice of the members, I am con- j
vinced they would accord it a Uberal support.
The Grand Secretary will give you a more detailed account of its
working and present position.
I very much regret having to bring to your notice, the fact, that the
By- Laws of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and Harmony Lodge, No. 6,
are not in accordance with the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges as
adopted by -tins Grand Lodge, in the matter of the reduction of Sick
Benefits to members after a continuous sickness of six months and twelve
months respectively. The By- Laws of Harmony Lodge, were approved
by the Committee on Laws of Subordinates last Session, as shown at
page 337 of the Proceedings, but a copy was not retained in office for
reference, as it should have been. I have not communicated with the
two Lodges concerned on this subject, partly because of the failure of
the Committee to detect the error in the By-Laws of Harmony Lodge
when submitted to them, in consequence of which this Grand Lodge has
in a measure condoned the offence, but have preferred, to submit the
matter for your consideration and action, observing, that the Law should
be general in its appUcation, and these two Lodges must accept it, as weU
as the other Lodges in this jurisdiction, who have amended their By-
Laws to conform to the Constitution.
As we labor under a disadvantage compared with other jurisdictions,
in not having a Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, whose duty
it would be to report the proceedings of that Grand Body, and thereby
many important changes are not brought prominently before us, and
may possibly escape notice, I think it would be advisable for the Grand
Master to include in his report anything of interest that occurs of the
character above aUuded to, so as to give it a wider circulation among
our members.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge met at Minneapolis on 15th September
1884. From the reports presented by the officers we learn that the
Order made rapid strides of progress in the preceding year. The number
of Grand Lodges was 54, an increase of 4 during the year, number of
Subordinate Lodges 7703, an increase of 189. Number of Lodge members
505,871, an increase of 11,875. Total Relief paid $2,015,832.52. Total
Revenue $4,804,748.00.
The following are the enactments and decisions which in my opinion
more particularly affect us:— -atfl
400
The Sovereign Grand Lodge at its meeting at Providence, Rhode
Island, in 1883, having held that" a member of the Order becoming infirm
from old age, thereby being rendered incapable of foUowing his usual
occupation, is not entitled to weekly benefits as a right, but is the subject
of such donations or relief as his necessities may require ;" the question
was again considered at the last meeting of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
when the folio wing resolution was passed: " That Grand Lodges and
Grand Encampments may by appropriate legislation, make such provision
for benefits of aged, infirm, and indigent members as they may deem
proper." As similar circumstances to those which gave rise to these
decisions may occur in this jurisdiction, it would be wise for this Grand
Lodge to take some action in the matter and make the provision indicated.
Permission was also granted to State Grand Bodies, in 1883, to enact
such legislation within their respective jurisdictions aa shaU fully
authorize the consolidation of two or more Subordinate Lodges into one
Lodge. Although such a contingency is not at present expected in this
jurisdiction it would also be prudent to make provision for it.
The following approved decision of the Grand Sire is interesting as
it settles an oft disputed point in Subordinate Lodges. "An amendment
to the By-Laws having been read at three consecutive meetings as
required by law, when taken up for action cannot be amended without
previous notice, unless permitted by local law."
The report of the Committee on Dues and Benefits, at page 97§8 of
Sovereign Grand Lodge Proceedings containing the following recommendations : That .Grand Lodges should investigate the financial
condition of their Subordinates, and define for them within certain limits,
the rate of dues and benefits; respecting the rates of dues and benefits;
the classes of benefits that should only be paid; and the division of the
funds of Subordinate Lodges for special purposes, is worthy of the consideration of this Grand Lodge and of the Subordinate Lodges in this
jurisdiction.
The reports of the D.D.G.Ms, are annexed hereto. I approve of their
acts and decisions. AU report the condition of the Lodges under their
charge to be 'flourishing. I would recommend that another district
be formed to consist of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, believing that this step
would be conducive to the welfare of the Order, in that locality. I have
heard rumors of an intention to apply for a Charter to institute a Lodge
in or near Kamloops, but no application has yet reached me officially ; I
trust that my successor may have the honor of planting the seeds of our
beloved Order in that section of the country, where I have no doubt good
materials exist for the formation of a Lodge.
It is my mournful duty to report that four members of this Grand
Lodge have been removed by the grim hand of death since we last met
in this Hall, viz., Thos. .Price, P.G. of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Jonathan 401
Morey, P.G., and Wm. Litster, P.G. of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
and William Leigh, P.G. of DominionLodge, No. 4.   I would recommend
that the practice of inserting a memorial page in the Proceedings of this
; Grand Lodge be followed in the present case.
And now, Brethren, aUow me to thank you most sincerely for the high
honor you have conferred on me in electing me to this proud position. I
regret that business and other circumstances over which I had no control
have prevented me from carrying out my intention of visiting Black
Diamond and Harmony Lodges. I have repeatedly visited New Westminster Lodge and the Lodges in this city, and can bear willing testimony
to the zeal and energy of a large number of members, who devote so much
time to carrying out the business of these Lodges. Amongst the officers
I am proud to observe a laudable emulation to obtain the work correctly
and to give it effectively. This, I think, and the large accessions of young
members to our ranks indicate that the apathy and indifference which
formerly existed is giving place to energy and a deeper interest. There
is one thing I would wish to impress upon our members generally and
that is the payment of greater attention to the inculcation and adherence
to the moral principles of our Order. To improve and elevate the
character of man, to imbue him with proper conceptions of his capabilities for good, to enlighten his mind, to enlarge the sphere of his
affections and to lead him to the cultivation of the true fraternal relations designed by the Great Author of his being, is as much the design
and mission of our Order as the visiting of the sick, the relief of the
distressed, tho burying, of the dead, and the education of the orphan.
Submitted in F. L. and T.,
W. D. McKILLICAN,
Grand Master.
Victoria, B. O, llth February, 1885.
To the Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sir -and Bro.,—I have the honor to report that my duties as
D.D.G.M. for District No. 1. have been very light during the past year.
On the 10th March, 1884,1 granted a Dispensation to Dominon Lodge,
No. 4, to confer the Three Degrees on Bros. Peupore and Casey in less
time than permited by Law, on account of their leaving the city.
On the 9th instant I also granted a simUar Dispensation to Victoria
Lodge to confer the three Degrees on Bro. F. W. Sutton of that Lodge,
the Brother being about to leave the Province.
Yours fraternally,
JOHN. H. MELDRAM,
D.D.G.M. District No. 1. 402
New Westminster, 13th January, 1885.
To the Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sir and Bro.,—I beg respectfuUy to submit my report as
D.D.GM. for District No. 2 for the past year.
At the death of Brother Jonathan Morey, in September last, I was
appointed D.D.G.M., leaving me a little over three months in office.
Consequently I have Httle to report further, than that the officers of 1
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,1. O. O. F.," were duly installed on the
5th instant.
The Lodge is in a prosperous condition financiaUy and otherwise.
Yours fraternaUy,
L. F. BONSON,
D.D.G.M. District No. 2.
Nanaimo, B. C, 21st January, 1885.
To the Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sir and Brother—I beg to submit the foUowing report of
my actions as D. D. G. M. of District No. 3 for the past year :—
July 9th, I attended Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and instaUed thej
respective officers. •
July 14th, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
January 12th, 1885,1 attended Harmony Lodge, No. 6, and installed
the officers.
And on January 14th installed the officers of Black Diamond Lodge,
No. 5.
I am happy to state that the membership in Black Diamond Lodge,]
No. 5, is stUl increasing, and also the funds.
I have also great pleasure in stating that Harmony Lodge, No. 6, is
advancing very rapidly; it has had an increase of 18 in membershiij
during the -iast six months, which shows that some interest is being
taken in the Order there.
There was only one question submitted to me during my term of
office, and that was as to the number of black baUs required to reject a!
candidate for membership by card.   My decision was that three black
baUs reject a candidate by card.
RespectfuUy submitted,
W. H. MORTON,
D. D. G. M. of District No. 3. ■ 403
Victoria, B. C„ April 9th, 1884.
W. D. McKUHcan, Esq.,
Grand Master of the Province
of British Columbia, I. 0. O, F.
Dear Sir and Brother,—In compliance with your request, I visited
IJarmony Lodjge, No. 6, at Weflington, for the purpose of instructing
the officers of that Lodge in the secret work. *
On my arrival at WeUington, the Noble Grand, Bro. R. Scott, at
once called a special meeting of the Lodge ; and notwithstanding that
the majority of the members work in different mines and at a great
distance apart, there were over thirty members present; and so
anxious were they to get the unwritten work, that before we parted that
night, they went through a mock Initiation witji scarcely a single mistake,
and I am sure you would have been pleased if you had heard how
correctly and distinctly each officer delivered his charge. *
After the initiation, we ran through the degree work once only, as it
was late and the brothers had to be up early next morning the Lodge
was closed, and I instructed the Noble Grand privately in the secret
work of the Degrees; and I am satisfied that the officers of Harmony
Lodge are well able to conduct both the degree and initiation work
without further help.
Before closing this brief report, I must state that in all my experience in Odd Fellowship 3* never met a brother that took such a deep
interest in the Order as Bro. R. Scott, and I should be wanting in my
duty if I did not pay him this small tribute.
Submitted in F. L. and T.,
H. WALLER,
Grand Instructor.
Moved by Rep. Waller, P.G.M. of No. 2, and seconded by
Rep. Carne, of No. 1, | That the Report be received and
handed to a Committee to distribute the sameTto the different
Committees."—Carried.
The Grand Master appointed the following as a Committee on Distribution :—Rep. Waller, of No. 2, Rep. Phillips, of
No. 3, Rep. Sears, of No. 2, and Rep. Walker, of No. 4.
Report of Grand Secretary read:— m
aam
404
Grand Secretary's Office,
Victoria, B. O, llth February, 1885,
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—I have the honor to submit the foUowing
,   Report of the work of this office during the past year:—
The directions contained in the Resolutions of the last Session have
been attended as follows:—r
The written vote of thanks to Past Grand Master A. PhiUips was
forwarded to that Brother on the 23rd February, 1884.
Copies of the Resolution tendering the thanks of the Grand Lodge
to the Subordinate Lodges in Victoria were sent on the 22nd February,
1884.
The Charter of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, was executed and transmitted
to that Lodge in due course.
Digests for the use of the District Deputy Grand Masters were
obtained and issued to the respective officers on the 7th April, 1884. A
copy of the amendments made to the Constitution of this Grand Lodge
was forwarded to the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge on
the 24th May, 1884. The amended Constitution was approved by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, vide pages 9700 and 9794 of the proceedings 1884.
The Proceedings of the last Session of this Grand Lodge were distributed as soon as received from the printer to each of the Lodges, to
the N. G. and V. G. of each Lodge, to all Past Grands in the jurisdiction,
to the Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and to aU sister jurisdictions.
A petition to the Sovereign Grand Lodge praying that the Representative Tax charged against this Grand Lodge for the year 1884 might be
remitted was prepared, signed by the Grand Master and myself, and forwarded 8th August, 1884. It appears by the Proceedings of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge 1884 page 9620, that the Petition was ^received and referred
to the Committee on Finance, beyond this no notice of it appears in
the Proceedings. This omission is explained by Bro. Ross, Grand
Secretary, who under date of 22nd October, 1884, writes as follows:—
"Bro. Randall, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, desires me
to say that, through inadvertence, he did not place the subject before the
Committee. I think there is no doubt the request would have been
granted, but no injury wiU be done by delay, I beg, however, to suggest
that the petition be renewed at the next Session. The matter ought
naturally to appear in the Report of Committee on Unfinished Business,,
but to be certain it would be advisable to renew the petition." 405
The Resolution " That the printed Proceedings of this Grand Lodge
be coUected and bound in one volume for the purpose of sale," has not
been carried out, for the reason, that there are only 7 copies of the Proceedings of 1878, and 17 copies of the Proceedings of 1877 avaUable for
that purpose and it is presumed that it was not intended to incur this
expense to obtain so small a number of bound copies, furthermore there
has been no demand for the volume, and no provision was made at the
last Session to meet this additional expense.
On the 17th September, 1884,1 received a copy of Amended By-Laws
of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, which was at once handed to the Committee
on Laws of Subordinates. The Committee reported on the 8th October,
1884, that they approved of the proposed amendments, and Columbia
Lodge was informed accordingly.
Immediately after the adjournment of the Grand Lodge steps were
taken to organize the Endowment AuxUiary Association. The forms of
application for membership and certificates of membership were printed?
and the former distributed to the different Lodges on the 23rd February,
1884. The By-Laws were duly registered, printed, and circulated on
the 7th April, 1884. In Victoria, the Rules, &c, were handed to the
Secretaries of the different Lodges, those for New Westminster Lodge
No. 3, were forwarded to Bro. McColl, D. G. M., those for Black
Diamond Lodge No. 5, to Bros. E. Quenngl, Grand Treasurer, and
W. H. Morton, D. D. G. M., and those for Harmony Lodge, No. 6, to
Bro. Robert Scott, Grand Conductor. AU these Brothers, especially
Bro. Scott, have taken great interest in the success of this Asso-'
ciation.
A set of books was procured and opened, and the Association was in
working order by the date fixed, 1st April, 1884.
Bro. Price, P. G. of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, who died on the 9th June,
1884, was the first and only death the Association has sustained. At the
date of this Brother's demise 63 members had paid Assessments amounting
to $108.15, which sum was paid to the late Brother's |widow on the 13th
June, 1884, Notices of another Assessment were issued on the 16th June
1884, two members having faUed to pay the same within the time specified
by the Rules, have been suspended from membership. At present the
Association consists of 85 members belonging to the following Lodges:—Victoria, No. 1, 25 members, Columbia, No. 2, 10 members, New
Westminster, No. 3, 10 members, Dominion, No. 4, 4 members, Black
Diamond, No. 5,10 members, Harmony, No. 6,25 members, and one member of another jurisdiction. The average age ofthe members is 40 years
and the total amount at present available for payment at next death
$1^0.55. The Association has now been ten months in operation, everything appears to have worked  smoothly   and weU, bo that I have no 406
suggestion to offer for the improvement of its Rules, nor has any such
suggestion been made to me.   The success it has met'with is not as large
as was hoped for at the commencement of its career, the reason for this I
am not able to explain, but if there are any objections to its provisions,
Rules, or management, I trust they wiU be pointed out so that, if possible,
the obstacles to its popularity may be removed.   I quite agree with the
recommendation of the Grand Master, that Lodges should be requested to
appoint an energetic member to attend speciaUy to this matter, this plan
has been adopted by Harmony Lodge with marked success, 40 per cent
of its members having joined the Association.   The great difficulty experienced in most Lodges is to reach the majority of members, who do
not attend Lodge meetings, I believe there are a great many who are in
ignorance of the existence of this Association who would readily join it,
if they were made aware of it.   To overcome this difficulty I would
recommend that a smaU sheet be printed and sent to every member in
the jurisdiction, calling their attention to the existence of this Association,
pointing out its objects and benefits and soliciting them to become members of it.   The cost of this would be trifling and it would give each an
opportunity, if they so desired, of participating in the advantages to be
derived from connection with this' Fund.    From calculations I have
made as to the probable cost of this Association, based upon the mortality
experienced during the past year by the Ancient Order of United Workmen, a somewhat similar Society, I find that it wiU cost our average age
member of 40 years, at the rate of $10 per $1,000 per year, and a young
member of 21 and 22 years, $7 per year for the same amount of benefit.
These rates are exceedingly low.   This Association possesses many advantages over aU the Institutions of foreign growth that have recently
been planted in our midst; none can compare with it in the simplicity of
its working, the economy of its management, the promptness with which
its liabilities are discharged, and the security it affords to the insured that
the sum due wiU be paid at his decease.   It keeps the money in our
midst, it is therefore at all times available, there is no tax on the members'
time in attending further meetings, no fines for non-attendance at funerals,
no medical certificate necessary to join, in fact membership is made as
simple and easy as it possibly can be.   I trust that these considerations
wiU have some weight with our members and induce them to join in.large
numbers and that the members of this Grand Lodge will interest them-1
selves in the matter, by bringing the subject frequently before their j
respective Lodges, and their individual acquaintances, so that we mayl
have the pride and the pleasure next year of contemplating an j Association that shall reflect crdit on the Order in this jurisdiction, and be i
an agent for good amongst our membership.
The foUowing is an abstract from the Reports of the Subordinate
Lodges, showing the present condition of the Order in this Province, antfl
an exhibit of the work performed in the past year:— Number of Lodges  6
"       of Members in good standing  546
|       Initiated during the year  72
Admitted by Card  16
"               "       as an Ancient Oddfellow  1
"       Re-instated to membership '  1
Withdrawn 1  5
"       Resigned .•  1
"       Deceased  14
"       Suspended	
"        Expelled	
"       Ceased Membership by non-payment of
dues  18
"      Rejected :  4
of Past Grands  98
"       of Brothers relieved  86
"       of Widowed FamiUes reUeved x... 9
I       of Weeks for which Sick Benefits were
paid ;  457
Amount paid for relief of Brothers  $4,623 50
"         "              I    of Widowed Families.... 330 00
I    for burying the dead  860 00
Total amount expended for relief  5,822 50
Amount of current expenses  4,161 00
I      of annual receipts T.  11,391 43
Total amount of assets  50,489 33 408
FINANCIAL  STATEMENT.
Baa
Amount of Cash Received during the Year,
For Supplies,
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3  $3 00
Dominion Lodge, No. 4  1 00
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5  7 00
Harmony Lodge, No. 6  5 00
OddfeUows' Union  5 00
       $21 00
For Tax ending 30th June, 1884,
Victoria Lodge, No. 1  80 50
Columbia Lodge, No. 2  54 00
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3  34 50
Dominion Lodge, No. 4  30 50
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5 3. 43 00
Harmony Lodge, No. 6 j  23 00
        265 50
For Tax ending 31st December, 1884,
Victoria Lodge, No. 1  40 00
Columbia Lodge, No. 2  27 25
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3  17 50
Dominion Lodge, No. 4 ,  13 25
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5  22 50
Harmony Lodge, No. 6     16 00
       136 50
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, overpaid for dues  50
Bro. E. Fletcher, P. G., refund of salary  40 00
Total amount received and paid over to Grand Treasurer      $463 50 409
Amount
OF  C
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of W. McCoU, mUeage  $20 00
B. W. ShUes, mUeage  20 00
Geo. Norris, mUeage  20 00
Geo. Ramsay, mileage,  20 00
W. H. Huxtable, Janitor  20 00
J.   D.   Robinson,   services  as   Acting
Grand Secretary  40 00
J. A. Cridge, Janitor  5 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge, supplies, &c.. 39 60
Grand Secretary, on account of Salary. 30 00
Do.          Sundries  5 50
McMUlan & Lewis, printing Proceedings J| 125 00
Grand Secretary, on account of Salary. 30 00
Hibben & Co., Stationery, &o  5 00
Grand Secretary, on account of Salary. 30 00
Hibben & Co., Stationery &c  2 25
OddfeUows' Union, Rent of Grand Secretary's office, 12 months  60 00
Grand Secretary, balance of Salary • 35 00
H WaUer, expenses visiting Harmony
Lodge  20 00
$527 35
SUMMARY.
Cash balance in hands of Grand Treasurer at last Report    $228 52
Total amount of Cash received      463 50
$692 02
Less Orders drawn ♦      527 35
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Leaving a Balance in the hands of Grand Treasurer of    $164 67 410
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Stock on hand at last report	
Purchased during the year:
6 White's Digests, @ $2.50 ]
10 Withdrawal Cards @ 20c	
100 Visiting Cards, @ 20c	
Post Office Orders, Postage, &c, on above
Sold during the Year:
22 Visiting Cards @ 25c	
10 Withdrawal Cards @ 25c	
2 White's Digests @ $3.50	
55 Lodge Odes, @ 10c	
50 Initiation Petitions 01 2c	
15 00
2 00
20 00
4 10
50
50
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50
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$141 09
loss during the year	
Stock still on Hand :	
2 Books of Forms (old)	
66 do.   do.   do. (new) @ 85c	
3 Books of Odes with Music @ 65c
175 Initiation Petitions	
1 Order Book on Treasurer	
Orders for P. W	
4 Rebekah Degree Books @ $2.60 .
30 Lodge Odes @ 7c	
50 Diplomas @ 65c	
2.White's Digests (old) at $3.12
2 Officer's RoU Books @ $2.50	
19 Withdrawal Cards @ 22c	
88 Visiting Cards     do. do	
11 Dismissal Certificates @ 21c	
1 White's Digest (new) @ $2.80 ....
2 00
56 10
95
75
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10 40
2 10
32 50
6 24
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19 36
2 31
2 80
Being Balance to Dr. of said acct. per Bai. Sheet.
41 10
$182 19
Or.
$21 50
4 00
$156 69
$182 19
ssaam 411
JBJ±.XjJ±2STC3'JE1    SZHZZEIET.
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F;
llth February, 1885.
Folio.
ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Cr.
2
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
$9 73
156 69
164 67
11
Stock Account	
27
40
Black DiamondLodge, No. 5	
0 50
42
554 84
43
Furniture and Regalia	
224 25
$555 34
$555 34
AUXILIARY ENDOWMENT BENEFIT ASSOCIATION.
ENDOWMENT    FUND.
RECEIPTS.
Amount received on Assessment, No .1    $108 15
I I I No. 2      140 55
I      paid by members in advance  4 20
      $252 90
DISBURSEMENTS.
1884.
June 13, Order No. 5, Amount of Endowment on death of
Bro. Thos. Price, P. G.        108 15
$144 75
Advanced by Treasurer  25
Balance      $145 00 412
MANAGEMENT    FUND.
RECEIPTS.
Amount received for Entrance Fees      $90 00
I I Dues       12160
     $211 60
DISBURSEMENTS.
Order No. 1, Hibben & Co., for Stationery        $6 00
|    No. 2, Registration of Rules        15 00
|    No. 3, Printing By-Laws and Forms        40 00
1    No. 4, Stationery, &c  4 25
|    No. 6,        Do.       and Postage  4 00
—         69 25
Balance      $142 35
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, Endowment Fund      $145 00
1 1 " Management Fund....       142 35
$287 35
REPRESENTATION   TO   THIS   GRAND  LODGE-
Victoria Lodge, No. 1, is entitled to 15 Representatives.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2...!.... " 12
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, " 9 1
Dominion Lodge, No. 4,  " * 8 "
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.. " 11
Harmony Lodge, No. 6  " 9 "
Abstracts of the Semi- Annual Reports of the Subordinate Lodges
are annexed hereto for publication in the proceedings of this Session.
In bringing this somewhat lengthy report to a close, allow me to express my sincere gratitude to you, for the confidence reposed in me at the
last Session, in my election, on my first appearance in the Grand Lodge,
to this responsible position. I trust that you will riot think your confidence misplaced, I have endeavored to serve you faithfully, and hope
I have given you satisfaction. The work of this office, as you can readily
understand, has b£en materiaUy increased during the past year by the- 413
establishment of the Endowment Fund, but I have given it my best
attention, and I am not aware that anything has been neglected.
AU of which is fraternaUy submitted,
FREDERICK DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
Moved by Rep. McColl, of No. 3, seconded by Rep.
Weiler, P.G.M. of No. 1," That the report be received and
handed to the Committee appointed to distribute the Grand
Master's report."—Carried.
Report read from the Grand Treasurer: —
Victoria, B. C, llth February, 1885.
To the Grand Master, Officers and Representatives
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—I hereby submit my report for the year
ending on the above date:—
GRAND   LODGE   ACCOUNT.
1884. Dr,
Feb.   14
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late Tr
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1884.                                               Cr.
Feb.   14   By Order No. 1	
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20 00
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20 00
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5 00
39 60
30 00
5 50
125 00
30 00
5 00
30 00
2 25
60 00
35 00
20 00
527 35
Balance Cash on hand
$164- 67
ODD FELLOWS' ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION
MANAGEMENT    FUND.
1884. Dr.
AprU   7 To cash received from Grand Secretary  $101 25
"     19 " I "   14 50
"     26 " I "   5 00
May   14 " ' "   7 00
June   7 " I I   5 75
"     10 " I I   7 75
July    3 " 1 I   15 75
"    , 15 " 1 "   3 50
Aug.   16 " 1   5 75
Nov.    7 " I "   25 80
1885.
Jan.    21 I "   4 75
"     29 " I |   14 80
$211 60
1884. Cr.
April   7 By Order No. 1  $6 00
"      " "       "      No. 2  15 00
June    7 "       "      No. 3  40 00
|       " "       |      No. 4  4 25
Aug.   16   "       1      No. 6       4 00
        69 25
    142 35
Total Balance Cash on hand $307 02 ENDOWMENT   FUND,
1884. Dr.
Apr.   7   To cash received from Grand Secretary  $57 90
„   19     "                 "                              I            £3 50
„   26     "                  I                                1             7 00
May 14     "                |                              |            7 60
June 7     "                 I                               I             6 50
"   10     "                 I                               I             5 65
July   3     "                 I                               1             77 60
I   15     "                 I                               |             20 20
Aug. 16     I                I                              1            18 15
Sep. 25     I                 I                               |  4 05
Nov.  6     "                "                              I            6 50
1885.
Jan. 21     I                 I                               |             2 15
|   29     "                 I                               |             16 10
I cash advanced  25
$253 15
1884. |   Cr.
June 13   By Order No. 5 $108 15
Deposited in Savings' Bank    145 00
  253 15 416
Moved by Rep. Weiler, P.G.M. of No. 1, and seconded
by Rep. Doughty, of No. 1, " That the Report be received and
handed to the Committee on Finance."— Carried.
Report read from the Committee on Distribution :—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia I. O. O. F.
Your Distributing Committee on Grand Secretary's Report beg to
recommend as follows :—
That portion of the report, referring to Representatve Tax, be referred
to the Finance Committee.
That portion of the report, referring to the binding of the proceedings
of this Grand Lodge, be referred to the Legislative Committee.
That portion referring to the By-Laws of Columbia Lodge, No 2, be
referred to the Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
That portion referring to the Endowment Association be referred to
the Committee on State of the Order.
That the balance of the report be referred to the Committee on
Finance.
J. E. PHILLIPS,
H. WALLER,
W. WALKER,
JOSEPH SEARS,
Committee on Distribution.
Moved by Rep. Meldram, of No. 2, and seconded by Rep,
Doughty, of No. 1, | That the Report be received and handed
to the several committees."—Carried.
Report read from the Committee on Legislation:—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—The Committee on Legislation recommend that seven volumes of the printed proceedings of this Grand Lodge
be bound similar to the proceedings of the Sovereign Grand Lodge if the
expense is not too great, which matter we recommend be submitted to
the Committee on Finance to estimate for.
JAMES WILCOX,
GEORGE WILLIAMS,
WM. A. STEELE,
JOSEPH SEARS,
W. WALKER,
C. N. TREW, 417
Moved by Rep. Waller, P. G. M. of No. 2, and seconded
by Rep. Phillips, of No. 3, | That the Report be received and
laid on the table for future consideration."—Carried.
Report read -from the Committee on Laws of Subordinates :—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Bros.,—Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates
beg leave to recommend that the Amended By-Laws of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, which were submitted to and approved by the Committee on Laws
of Subordinates during the recess be approved by this Grand Lodge.
JAMES PHILLIPS,
A. PHILLIPS,
JAMES DOUGHTY,
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
Moved by Rep. Meldram, of No. 2, and seconded by Rep.
Waller, P. G. M. of No. 2, | That the Report be received and
adopted."—Carried.
Report read from, the Committee appointed to distribute
the Grand Master's Report:—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Your Committee appointed to distribute
the subjects referred to in the Grand Master's Report, beg to submit that
those portions referring to the Grand Master's official acts and appointments ; the use of unauthorized rituals; the rendition of the work; the
Endowment Association; the formation of another District for Harmony
Lodge, No. 6, and the Reports of the D. D. G. Masters be referred to the
Committee on State of the Order ; that so much as refers to the Grand
Master's decisions ; his recommendations as to necessary legislation in
the matter of aged, indigent and infirm members; consoUdation of Lodges
&c, be referred to the Committee on Legislation ; that that portion referring to the By-Laws of Black Diamond and Harmony Lodges, be referred
to the Committee on Laws of Subordinates; and that the portion advising
the insertion of a memorial page in the Proceedings of this Session to
members of this Grand Lodge who have died during the past year, be
referred to the Printing Committee.
W. WALKER,
JOSEPH SEARS,
J. E. PHILLIPS,
HY. WALLER
Committee on Distribution. 418
Moved by Rep. Wilcox, of No. 5, and seconded by Rep.
Williams, of No. 6, | That the report be adopted."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. McColl, of No, 3, and seconded by Rep.
Waller, P. G. M. of No. 2, | that this Grand Lodge do now
adjourn to 8. 30 p. m."—Carried.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned.
EVENING  SESSION.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 9 o'clock p. M., pursuant
to adjournment, and was called to order by the Deputy Grand
Master, the Grand Master being absent.
Present:—
Wm, McCoU. Deputy Grand Master
F. Carne Grand Warden.
Fredk. Davey     "     Secretary.
E. QuenneU     "     Treasurer.
G. H. Maynard     |     Marshal
R. Scott     "     Conductor.
W. H. Huxtable     |     Herald.
W. Walker     |     Chaplain
Hy. WaUer, P.G.M     |     Instructor.
The chair appointed Rep. R. Roberts, P. G. M., to act as
Deputy Grand Master pro tern.
The Grand Marshal examined those present and reported
them correct.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present, when
the Grand Lodge was declared by the Deputy Grand Master
to be duly opened for business. 419
The hour appointed by law for the election of Grand
Officers having arrived, the following nominations were
made:—
For Grand Master:
Wm. McColl, of No. 3,
Nominated by Rep. Waller, P. G. M. of No. 2,
For Deputy Or and Master:
Fredk. Carne, of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. Weiler, P. G. M. of No. 1.
For Grand Warden:
E. Quennell, of No. 5,
Nominated by Rep. Weiler, P. G. M. of No. 1.
For Grand Secretary :
Fredk. Davey, of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. Gowen, P. G. M. of No. 1.
For Grand Treasurer:
J. H. Meldram, of No. 2,
Nominated by Rep. J. Sears, of No. 2.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, P. G. M. of No. 1, and seconded
by Rep. Weiler, P. G. M. of No. 1," That the officers nominated be declared elected by acclamation."—Carried.
The Deputy Grand Master accordingly declared the officers duly elected.
Report read from Committee on State of the Order:—
To theGrand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Your Committee on State of the Order
beg to report, that they recommend that the action of the Grand Secretary in respect to the Vote of Thanks to Past Grand Master PhiUips
and the Subordinate Lodges in Victoria be approved. With respect to
that portion of that officer's report referring to the Endowment Fund, we
recommend that each Subordinate Lodge in this jurisdiction be requested
to appoint one of its members to act as Agent for this Fund, and that 420
the other recommendations of the Grand Secretary in this matter be
approved.
JOHN. WEILER,
ROBERT SCOTT,
JOHN H. MELDRAM,
Committee on State of the Order.
Moved by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and seconded by Rep.
Phillips, P. G. M. of No. 1, | That the Report be received and
adopted."—Carried.
Report read from Committee on State of the Order:—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Your Committee on State of the Order, %
to whom was referred a portion of the Grand Master's report, respectfully recommend the same be approved by this Grand Lodge.
CHARLES GOWEN,
ROBERT SCOTT,
R. ROBERTS,
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
Committee on State of the Order.
Moved by Rep. Meldram, of No. 2, and seconded by Rep.
Doughty, of No. 1, | That the report be received and adopted."
—Carried.
The report of the Committee on Legislation, laid over
from the Afternoon Session, was taken from the table and read.
Moved by the Grand Secretary, and seconded by Rep.
Trew, of No. 3, | That the Report be handed to the Finance
Committee."—Carried.
At this stage of the proceedings the Grand Master arrived
and took the chair.
The Grand Secretary called the attention of the Grand
Lodge to the Resolution at page 352 of the Proceedings of
last Session, by which the question of obtaining the portraits
of all the Past Grand Masters of this jurisdiction was postponed until this Session. 421
It was moved by Rep. Trew of No. 3, and seconded by
Rep. Walker of No. 4, "That the matter be referred to the
Committee on Finance to estimate and report the cost of the
proposal."—Carried.
Report from the Committee on Legislation read:—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—The Committee on Legislation approve
of the decision of the Grand Master, regarding the number of black balls
required to reject a candidate by card or initiation.
We also approve of the decision of the Grand Master on the question
referred to him by D. D. G. M. Galloway, District No. 3.
We agree with the views of the Grand Master, that it would be advisable for Grand Masters in future to include in their reports any important
matters which may transpire in the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
With respect to the Grand Master's remarks, in reference to aged,
infirm and indigent members, we think some action should be taken in
the matter in the Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction.
With reference to the Grand Master's suggestion as to the necessity
of enacting a law for the consoUdation of Lodges, we think the matter
should be left in abeyance for the present.
We consider any legislation at the present, on the question of Dues
and Benefits, and division of Lodge Funds, as recommended in the Grand
Master's Report, to be unnecessary, as we regard these matters to be in a
satisfactory condition.
JAMES WILCOX,
JOSEPH SEARS,
W. WALKER,
WM. STEELE,
GEORGE WILLIAMS,
Committee on Legislation.
Moved by Rep. Gowen of No. 1, and seconded by Rep.
Doughty, of No. 1, | That the Report be received and adopted."
—Carried.
Rep. Scott, of No. 6, gave the following notice of motion
to amend the Constitution ofthe Grand Lodge:—
That Section 3, Article II of the Constitution of the Grand^
Lodge be amended, so as to read, that in addition to the number
of Representatives the Lodges are entitled to, that all Past
Grand Masters of this jurisdiction in good standing, shall be 422
entitled to speak and vote in this Grand Lodge, and shall be
entitled to all the privileges of a Representative.
Report read from the Committee on Laws of Subordinates :—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1.0.0. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers, — We, your Committee on  Laws of i
Subordinates, beg to report that we find the By-Laws of Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5, and Harmony Lodge, No. 6, to be in conflict with the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, and require fevision.
J. E. PHILLIPS,
HY. WALLER,
W. WALKER,
JAMES PHILLIPS,
Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, and seconded by Rep.
Carne, of No. 1, " That the Report be received and adopted."
—Carried.
Moved by Rep. Waller, of No. 2, I That this Grand Lodge
instruct Harmony Lodge, No. 6, to amend its By-Laws, and
that this Grand Lodge holds itself responsible for the cost of
printing one hundred copies."—Seconded and carried.
The Grand Secretary gave the following Notice of Motion :—
I beg to give notice that I will move to-morrow that
Section 2 of Article II of the Constitution of this Grand Lodge
be amended as follows:—
Insert after the word " Lodge," in line 6, the words "and
Past Grand Masters of this Grand Lodge in good standing."
The Grand Lodge then adjourned until 2 o'clock P. M. tomorrow. i
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SECOND
12th February, 1885.
The Grand Lodge met on this date at 2.20 P. M., and was
called to order by the Grand Master.
Present:—
W. D. McKillican Grand Master.
Wm. McColl Deputy Grand Master.
F. Carne Grand Warden.
Fredk. Davey     "     Secretary.
E. Quennell      "     Treasurer.
R. Scott     I     Conductor.
W. H. Huxtable     1     Herald.
The chair appointed Rep. J. Doughty, of No. 1, as Acting
Grand Marshal.
The members present were examined by the Grand Marshal in the Grand Lodge Degree and reported qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present, whereupon the Deputy Grand Master declared the Grand Lodge
opened for business.
Minutes of preceding day's Session read.
Moved by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and seconded by Rep.
Doughty, of No. 1, " That the minutes be adopted as read."—
Carried.
Report read from Committee on Finance:—
Victoria, B. O, 12th February, 1885.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—We, the undersigned Committee on
Finance, to whom has been referred the accounts of the Grand Secretary
and Grand Treasurer, beg to report that we have examined and checked
the same, and find the accounts of the Grand Secretary correct and care- 424
fully kept. The accounts of the Grand Treasurer with a few trifling
omissions, which do not affect their accuracy, are correct.
We have carefuUy considered the condition of the Order, as brought
to the notice of this Grand Lodge by the Grand Secretary and beg to
submit the foUowing estimate of receipts and expenditure for the
current year.
In recommending a per capita tax of $1.00 per member, your Committee have fuUy considered the necessity for this step, which is fully
wararnted in meeting the increased caUs upon the Grand Lodge.
RECEIPTS.
Balance on hand from 1884  $164 67
Per capita tax  575 00
Sale of goods  20 00
$759 67
EXPENDITURE.
Salary of Grand Secretary...-  $150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's office  60 00
Stationery  5 00
Printing  125 00
Janitor  15 00
Mileage  150 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge tax  75 00
MisceUaneous  25 00
605 00
Balance of Revenue over Expenditures  $154 67
The capitation tax to be levied 50c on 30th June and 50c on 31st
December next.
We beg to submit that the services of those Representatives from
the outlying Lodges in this jurisdiction are entitled to consideration,
and in recognition of such, we recommend the payment of mileage as
foUows:—
Reps. Wm. McColl, E. S. ScouUar, and J. E. PhiUips, of No. 3,
Reps. James Phillips, and James Wilcox, of No. 5,
Reps. R. Scott, George WUliams, of No. 6,
and Grand Treasurer E. Quennell,
be paid mUeage at the rate of $15.00 each.   In recommending that
these Representatives be so paid, we do not wish this basis of payment to
be considered a precedent for future years.
In the administration of th^e affairs of the AuxUiary Benefit Association we beg to recommend that the Association be placed on a separate
footing from this Grand Lodge.   That the (3-rand Secretary act in the 425
capacity of Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, and that for his
services in connection therewith, he be paid at the rate of $50.00 per
annum.
We recommend that the question of the Representative Tax, due by
the Grand Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge for the year, 1884-5, be
referred to a special committee of this Grand Lodge, by whom a petition,
setting forth the facts, should be prepared and forwarded to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, signed by the Grand Master and Grand Secretary.
With reference to binding seven copies of the proceedings of this
Grand Lodge to date, your committee feel, that, owing to extra expense in
printing the By Laws of Harmony Lodge, which has to be borne by this
Grand Lodge, they cannot recommend the outlay, should it exceed the
sum of $15.00.
And for the same reason, we recommend that the portraits of Past
Grand Masters be deferred until the finances of this Grand Lodge admit
of the expenditure.
E. H. FLETCHER,
ROBT. LIPSETT,
E. S. SCOULLAR,
ROBERT SCOTT,
Committee on Finance.
Moved by Rep. Fletcher, of No. 4, and seconded by Rep.
Lipsett, of No. 2, | That the Report be adopted as read."
Moved as an amendment by Rep. McColl, of No. 3, and
seconded by Rep. Waller, of No. 2, " That the Report be considered seriatem.
On being submitted to the vote the amendment was^
declared to be carried.
The Report was, then considered, clause by clause, with
the following result:—
Clause referring to the Accounts of the Grand Secretary,
adopted.
Clause referring to the Accounts of the Grand Treasurer,
adopted.
Clause containing Estimate of Receipts and Expenditure
for current year, adopted.
Clause recommending payment of Representatives, &c,
adopted. 426
Clause respecting administration of Endowment Benefit
Association.—It was moved, seconded and carried," That all
of this clause be struck out with the exception of the latter
portion, pealing with the salary of the Grand Secretary.
Clause respecting Petition to Sovereign Grand Lodge for
remission of Representative Tax, moved, seconded and carried,
§ That the words j Special Committee ' be struck out, and c Executive Committee ' inserted in lieu thereof."
Clause dealing with the binding of seven volumes of the
Proceedings of this Grand Lodge, adopted.
Clause referring to the Portraits of the Past Grand
Masters of this jurisdiction, adopted.
Moved by Grand Treasurer Quennell and seconded by
Rep. Doughty, of No. 1," That the Report of the Committee
on Finance be adopted as amended."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. Lipsett, of No. 2, and seconded by Rep.
Wriglesworth, of No.4, " That that portion of the Report of the
Committee on Legislation, dealing with the recommendation
of the Grand Master, as to the desirability of suitable Legislation, providing for the consolidation of two or more Lodges,
be reconsidered."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, and seconded by
Rep. Lipsett, of No. 2, " That it is advisable that this Grand
Lodge, take action at this Session, rendering the permission of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, for the amalgamation of Subordinate Lodges, operative in this jurisdiction, and with this view,
that a special Committee, consisting of Reps. Gowen, Quennell,
J. Phillips, McColl, Walker, and Wriglesworth', be appointed,
to report this evening, a suitable amendment to the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges, to effect the beforementioned object."
—Carried.
The notices of Rep. Scott, of No. 6, and the Grand Secretary, of motions to amend the Constitution of this Grand Lodge,
were read, whereupon Rep. Scott, withdrew his notice.    The motion of the Grand Secretary was seconded by Rep. Scoullar,
of No. 3, and carried.'
Moved by Rep. Sears, of No. 2, and seconded by Rep. Lipsett of No. 2,1 That the subject of next year's meeting of this-
Grand Lodge, notice of which was given by Rep. Norris of No.
6, at last year's Session, be now considered."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, and seconded by
Grand Treasurer Quennell, " That the meeting of this Grand
Lodge next year be held at Nanaimo."—Carried.
The Grand Lodge then took a recess until 8 o'clock p. M.
EVENING  SESSION.
The Grand Lodge resumed its sitting at 8.20 p.m.
Present:—
W. D. McKillican Grand Master.
Wm. McOoll Deputy Grand Master.
F. Carne Grand Warden.
Fredk. Davey	
E. QuenneU	
F. Norris	
R. Scott	
W. H. Huxtable...
W.Walker	
Hy. Waller, P.G.M.
Secretary.
Treasurer.
Guardian.
Conductor.
Herald.
Chaplain
Instructor.
The brothers present were examined in the Grand Lodge
Degree and reported correct; the Grand Secretary reported a
quorum present, and the Grand Lodge was declared duly
opened for business. 428
Report read from the Special Committee on the Consolidation of Subordinate Lodges.
Victoria, B. C, 12th February, 1885.
To the Officers and Representatives
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Your special committee appointed to
draft an Amendment to the Constitution of Subordinates on the Resolution offered by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, in accordance with a
recommendation in the Grand Master's Report with regard to the amalgamation of Subordinates, report the following for your adoption as
Section 2, Article I, of the Constitution of Subordinates:—
" Two or more Lodges in this jurisdiction may amalgamate whenever such Lodges so decide and agree, b^-a-4wo third-vote- o#~aU-~the-
B93©mber^_present at a regular meeting of each such Lodge, two weeks
notice being ffiven • of   such resolution, in each Lodga prior   to its>
adoption." WK'^
RespectfuUy submitted,
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
H.  WALLER,
E. QUENNELL,
JAS. PHILLIPS,
CFEAS. GOWEN,
W. McCOLL,
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Carne of No. 1, and seconded by Rep.
Doughty, of No. 1, "That the Report be adopted."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and seconded by Rep.
Dale of No. 1, " That Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, Rep. Waller, of
No. 2, Rep. Scoullar, of No. 3, Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4,
Rep. Quennell, of No. 5, and Rep Scott of No. 6, be appointed
as a Committee, to assist the Executive Officers of this Grand
Lodge in promoting the interests of the Endowment Fund
in this jurisdiction."—Carried. 429
INSTALLATION
The Grand Master appointed P.G.M. Waller, and P.G.M.
Wriglesworth, to present the Grand Officers , elect for installation.
Wm. McColl was presented and duly installed as  Grand
Master.
The Grand Master then installed:
Fredk. Carne as Deputy Grand Master.
Edward Quennell I  | Grand Warden.
Fredk. Davey  "       "     Secretary.
J. H. Meldram  §       "     Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following Officers:
R. W. Fawcett of No. 2, Grand Marshal.
J. PhiUips, of No. 4,       "     Guardian.
E. S. ScouUar, of No. 3,       "     Conductor.
W. H. Huxtable, of No. 1,  .........      "     Herald.
Geo. Williams, of No. 6,       "     Chaplain.
Moved by Rep, McKillican, of No. 4, and seconded by
Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, " That the appointments of the Grand
Master be approved."—Carried.
The appointed Officers were then duly installed.
The Grand Master appointed the following as District
Deputy Grand Masters:—
E. Fletcher, of No. 4, for District No. 1.
H. Hoy, of No. 3, for Distrct No. 2.
J. PhilHps, of No. 5, for District No. 3.
R. Scott, of No. 6, for District No. 4.
The following were appointed by the Grand Master to
form the Standing Committees for the ensuing year:— 430
Committee on Finance,—W. D. McKUlican, of No. 4; D. Dale, of No. 1;
R. Lipsett, of No. 2; E. S. ScouUar, of No. 3; Geo. Norris, of No. 5.
Committee on Appeals,—H. Waller, of No. 2; R. Scott, of No. 6; J. WeUer,
of No. | J. Wriglesworth, of No. 4; J .Wilcox, of No. 5;
Committee on Laws of Surordinates,—R. Roberts, of No. 1;B. W.
ShUes, of No. 3; J. Sears, of No. 2; J. Phillips, of No. 5; E. Fletcher, of No. 4.
Committee on Petitions,—J. M. Read, of No. 1; G. WiUiams, of No. 6;
G. H. Maynard, of No. 2; J. Wriglesworth, of No. 4; C. N. Trew,
of No. 3.
Committee on State oe the Order,—W. Steele, of No. 1;F. Norris, of
No. 2; W. Walker, of No. 4.
Committee on Legislation,—J. Sfears, of No. 2; H. EUiott, of No. 3; C.
Hayward, of No. 1; W. H. Morton, of No. 5; E. Fletcher, of No.
4.
Committee on Printing,—Grand Secretary; Grand Treasurer; H. Waller,
of No. 2.
Moved by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, and seconded by
Rep. McKillican, of No. 4, " That the appointments of the
Grand Master be confirmed."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. Waller, of No. 2, and seconded by Rep.
Doughty, of No. 1," That a vote of thanks be tendered to the
retiring Grand Master for the able and courteous manner in
which the duties of .that office were carried out during the past
year."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. Waller, of No. 2, and seconded by Rep.
Carne, of No. 1, " That a vote of thanks be sent to each of the
Subordinate Lodges in this city, for the use of the Hall during
this Session."—Carried.
Moved by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4, and seconded by
Rep. Carne, of No. 1, j That Rep. Waller, P.G.M., be appointed
as Grand Instructor for the ensuing year."—Carried.
The Grand Secretary read the minutes of the Session.
Moved by Rep. Waller of No. 2, and seconded by Rep.        

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