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PROCEEDINGS
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VICTORIA. B. C.»
MUNROE MILLER, PRINTER AND BOOKBINDER,
77 JOHNSON STREET, 1894.  PROCEEDINGS
—OF THE—
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
TWENTIETH  ANNUAL SESSION
Yancouver, B. C,
14th February, 1894.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 2.30   o'clock, p.  m.,
pursuant to notice.
Present:—
J. Crossan Grand Master.
T. C. Gray Deputy Grand Master.
W. E. Holmes = Grand Warden.
F. Davey       "     Secretary.
P. J. Foulds       "    Treasurer.
H. Waller, P. G. M.       "     Eepresentative.
A. W. Scoullar       u
D. Welsh Acting Grand Chaplain,
L. Cousins Grand Marshal.
W. H. Gardiner       "     Conductor.
L. Mounce Actiog Grand Guardian,
S. A. Cawley Grand Herald.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The   Giand   Marshal   examined   those   present,   and
reported all duly qualified. 1092
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer and the Grand
Lodge was declared duly opened for business.
The Grand Secretary presented the Credentials of Representatives elected.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee
on Credentials:—E. Quennell, P. G. M.. ISTo. 5 ; S. Clarke,
M. D., No. 9, andH. B. Gilmour, No. 10.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
Report, which was adopted :
To the Grand, Lodge of British Columbia, T. 0. 0. F. :
Tour Committee on Credentials beg to report that they have
examined the credentials of the Representatives presented by the Grand
Secretary and find the following duly accredited :
Lodge.
VICTORIA, No. 1,
Representatives.
W. H. Huxtable.
A. G. Day.
C. W. Boss.
E. W. Fawcett.
P. W. Dempster.
A. Henderson.
New Westminster, No. 3, T. A. Muir.
A. H. Ferguson.
Columbia, No. 2,
Dominion, No. 4,
Black Diamond, No. 5,
Harmony, No. 6,
ExceiiSior, No. 7,
Vancouver, No. 8,
Tatnai, No. 9,
Western Star, No. 10,
E. Wilson.
Geo. Glover.
G. Fowlie.
D. G. Dailey.
G. Holdnall.
M. Duffic.
L. Mounce.
D. Haggart.
J. Matthews.
J. Banks.
T. F. Neelands.
W. E. Johnstone.
S. F. Hollander.
S. Clarke, M. D.
H. B. Gilmour.
J. Mather.
W. Hogg.
Alternates.
A. Graham.
T. M. Jones.
A. McKeown.
J. Pope.
J. Pottinger.
M. McKinnon.
W. E. Townsend.
G. Cunningham.
A. McCorvie.
E. Drake.
G. Jeeves.
E. Eivers.
E. Gourlay.
N. Milburn.
A. Eobertson.
G. Williams.
E. Scott.
E. J. Marshall.
J. McPherson.
D. Meozies.
A. Miller.
E. C. Davison.
Godfrey.
McAllister.
Hurlimann. 1093
Lodge.
Union, No. 11,
Selkirk, No. 12,
Eoyal City, No. 13,
Acme, No. 14,
Cloverdale, No. 15,
Kootenay, No. 16,
Duncan, No. 17,
Vernon Valley, No. 18,
Mount Pleasant, No. 19,
Centennial, No. 20,
Delta, No. 21,
Gold Eange, No. 22,
Ashcroft, No. 23,
Representatives .
A. McKnight.
J. Mathie.
D. Welsh.
E. Dickinson.
J. Macmillan.
W. McDonagh.
E. C. Arthur, M. D.
J. Cathcart.
J. A. McKelvie.
J. Johnson.
F. S. Whiteside.
Joseph Lowry,
J. F. Stainton.
J. Callin.
J. W. Burr.
Alternates.
J. Bruce.
J. McGinnes.
J. McArthur.
O. Myers.
S.W.Edwards.
J. C. McMurphy.
G. W. Aldous.
J. McLay..
F. B. Jacques.
G. A. Miller.
E. G. Cavalsky.
J. D. Devlin.
W. Nelson.
G. Munroe.
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand Lodge
Degree :
Victoria, No. 1,
Columbia, No. 2,
New Westminster, No. 3,
Dominion, No. 4,
Black Diamond, No. 5,
Harmony, No. 6,
Excelsior, No. 7,
Vancouver, No. 8,
Tatnai, No. 9,
Western Star, No. 10,
Union, No. 11,
Selkirk, No. 12,
Eoyal City, No. 13,
Acme, No. 14,
Cloverdale, No. 15,
Kootenay, No. 16,
Duncan, No. 17,
Vernon Valley, No. 18,
Mount Pleasant, No. 19,
Centennial, No. 20,
Delta, No. 21,
Gold Eange, No. 22,
Ashcroft, No. 23,
A. Graham, T. M. Jones.
M. McKinnon, G. Wilby.
T. A. Muir, G. E. Eaymond, A. H. Ferguson.
E. Whitcomb, D. Curtis.
D. G. Dailey, N. Milburn.
A. Eobertson, D. Haggart.
J. Banks, E. J. Marshall.
J. McPherson, W. H. Gallagher, A. Miller.
M. J. Mclver.
Godfrey, Hurlimann.
Jno. Bruce, W. Davidson.
J. Mathie, J. McGinness.
N. Strople, W. H. Lewis.
C. Strong, E. Dickinson.
W. McDonagh, J. C. McMurphy.
E. C. Arthur, M. D., J. Neelands.
J. C. McLay.
J. McKelvie, F. B. Jacques.
J. Johnson, G. A. Miller.
F. S. Whiteside, J. Lowry.
J. F. Stainton.
J. Callin, W. Nelson.
J. W. Burr, G. Munroe.
H. B. GILMOUE
S. CLAEKE,
E. QUENNELL.   )
' / Committee on
Credentials. 1094
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the follow-
lowing Past Grands in waiting, on whom the Grand Lodge
Degree was conferred:
M. McKinnon, No. 2 ;   T. A. Mnir,   A. fl. Ferguson,
G. K. Raymond, No. 3 ; I). G. Dailey, G. Hpldnall. No. 5 ;
D. Haggart, A. Robertson, No. 6;  <T. Banks, No. 7;   A. R.
MiHer, W. H. Gallagher, No. 8;   — Godfrey, No. 10;   J.
Mathie, No. 12 ; W. H. Lewis, No. 13 ;   E. Dickinson, No.
14 ;   W. McDonagh, J.  C. McMurphy, No.  15 ;   G. W.
Aldous, No. 16 ;   J. A. McKelvie, No. 18 ;   <X. Johnson, G.
A. Miller, No. 19 ;   F. S. "Whiteside, J. Lowry, No. 20 ;   J.
F. Stainton, No. 21 ;   J. Callin, W. Nelson, No. 22 ; J. W.
Burr, No. 23.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments to
fill the Standing Committees, which, when completed, consisted as follows:
Finance.—H. Waller, P. G. M.;  W. McColl, P. G. M.;  W. E. Johnstone, No. 8; D. Douglas, No. 3.
Appeals.—A. Henderson, No. 2; G. Fowlie, No. 4; S. Clarke, M. D.
No. 9; D. Welsh, No. 13; H. B. Gilmour, No. 10.
Laws op Subordinates.—J. E. Phillips. P. G. M., No. 4; R. Rivers,
No. 5; T. A. Muir, No. 3; J. Mathie, No. 12; R. W. Fawcett, No. 2.
Petitions.—J. F. Stainton, No. 21;  W. H. Gardiner, No. 13; G-
Glover, No. 4.
State op the Order.—A. G. Day, No. 1; T. F. Neelands, No. 8;
G. Holdnall, No. 5.
Legislation.—A. W. Scoullar, No. 8 ; L. Mounce, No. 6 ; W. Hogg,
No. 10.
Judiciary.—B. W. Shiles, P. G. M.; J. Macmillan, No. 14 j J. Mathers, No. 10.
Mileage and Per Diem.—J. Johnson, No. 19 ; C. W. Ross, No. 1;
G. Lowry, No. 20. 1095
The Grand Master read his Keport for the past year,
Nanaimo, B. C, February 14-th, 1894.
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—It is with pleasure that I extend to
you a cordial greeting on the occasion of the Twentieth Annual Session
of this Grand Lodge, and to be able to present to. you a report for the
year which is most gratifying. Although the membership has not
increased numerically as it did in the previous year, I am pleased to be
able to report that two new lodges have been instituted, and a gain of
200 in membership, which speaks very highly for our order throughout
the Province.
The Insurance Association in connection with our order in this
Province, has met with one death during the year, and it was very pleasing to learn that in the short space of four months there was enough
money on hand to meet the claim of $1000. I advise that this Grand
Lodge appoint an agent to canvass the jurisdiction, which, in my opinion,
will increase the membership to a greater extent than by having local
agents.
I am very pleased to report, after having visited nineteen Subordinate Lodges and two Eebekah Lodges, that peace and harmony exists
within our borders, and that wherever the Team Work was employed it
appeared to increase the interest felt by the members in lodge work?
which it was a pleasure for meto witness.
I trust that this session of our Grand Lodge will be of a harmonious
nature, that the legislation effected will tend to the advancement of the
Order, so that the Eepresentatives when they return will be in a position to report some good effected for the Order in this jurisdiction.
PEOCLAMAHONS.
I received the usual Proclamations from the Grand Sire relative to
the observance of the Anniversary of tlie Order and Memorial Day, in
consequence of which, I issued the following Proclamations to the
Lodges, subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Nanajmo, B. C, 8th March, 1893.
To  all Lodges  subordinate  to   the  Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
L 0. 0. F.:
Greeting,—In accordance with custom, and in compliance with the
Proclamation of the Grand Sire, I, James Crossan, Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F., do hereby request the
Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction, to take appropriate action for the 1096
due commemoration of the twenty-sixth day of April next, the Seventy-
fourth Anniversary of our Order, by suitable exercises, and inasmuch as
certain Lodges may desire to appear in Eegalia, I do hereby grant permission to all Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction to wear the
Eegalia of the Order upon this occasion, subject to such restrictions as
are prescribed by our law.
Attest : James Crossan, Grand Master.
Fred'k: Davey, Grand Secretary.
Nanaimo, B. C, 18th May, 1893.
To all Lodges subordinate to  the Grand  Lodge of British   Columbia,
I. 0. 0. F. :
Greeting :—The Grand Sire having issued his Proclamation^
requesting all Subordinate Lodges of the Order to observe the 13th day
of June next as "Memorial Day," now, therefore, I, James Crossan,
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, T. O. O. F., do
hereby request the Lodges subordinate to this Grand Lodge to assemble
at their respective Lodge rooms on the day above mentioned, or on such
other day as the Lodges may deem more convenient, and to engage in
suitable exercises in memory of their deceased members.
And inasmuch as some Lodges may desire to appear in Eegalia, permission is hereby given to all Subordinate Lodges to appear in public in
Eegalia on this occasion, subject to the restrictions of the laws of the
Order in that behalf.
Attest: James Crossan, Grand Master.
Fred'k Davey, Grand Secretary.
APPEALS.
On April 1st, 1893, I received from J. E. Phillips, retiring Grand
Master, an appeal of Bro. J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., against the action
of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, in refusing him benefits on two occasions.
I have no hesitation in coming to a decision in regards to the first
specification of the appeal, my opinion being that Bro. Wriglesworth
was out of standing and not entitled to benefits for the first seven weeks;
also that there was no default on the part of the Secretary. In regards
to the second specification, there was not, in my opinion, sufficient evidence adduced to decide as to whether Bro. Wriglesworth was really
well and attending to business during the alleged three weeks convalescence, and I therefore requested both parties to forward me additional
evidence, if any, on this point.
After having looked carefully over all the evidence produced, as to
the second sickness of Bro. Wriglesworth, it appears that Bro. Wrigles-
worth's attendance at business during the three weeks in April, 1892, 1097
was only such attendance as would be given by a partially sick person,
and that the trip to Vancouver and New Westminster was practically a
voyage for health rather than pleasure or business. Further, even
admitting, for the sake of argument, that Bro. Wriglesworth's partial
attendance to business could be construed into recovery, he failed to
cause himself to be so reported, which in his case (being out of standing
at the commencement of his illness) he should personally have attended
to, either by a visit to the Lodge or by letter, the General Law not making it incumbent on any particular officer to report a Brother well, and
the by-laws of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, being silent on the matter I am
of opinion that the duty fairly devolved on the convalescent Brother.
Taking into consideration the evidence adduced, the surrounding circumstances, and the absence of any law on the subject, I feel that the
neglect of Bro. Wriglesworth to report himself well, is fatal to his
demand for benefits for what he contends is the second portion of his
illness. The action of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, is therefore sustained.
After giving my decision on the case I received on July 19th, 1893, a
communication from Bro. J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., stating that he had
given notice of appeal to the Grand Secretary, and it has accordingly
been laid before the Committee on Appeals. Bro. M. Duffle resigning
from said committee I appointed Bro. H. Waller, P. G. M., to fill the
vacancy.
decisions.
November 24th, 1893,1 received a communication from Bro. James
Mathie, Secretary of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, asking me for my decision
on the following questions, viz. :
1st. Can a Brother receive the Third Degree, or any other, and be
considered on the sick list ? Answer—Yes ; but only entitled to the
benefits appertaining to the degrees obtained before becoming sick.
2nd. Is a certificate certifying that a Brother is going to be sick for
three months, or any other length of time, good for benefits ? Answer—
No. The certificate must be for a period of past actual sickness and
not for prospective illness.
. 3rd. Is a Brother entitled to Third Degree benefits from the night
he receives the Third Degree, or has he to be a member of the Third
Degree six months before he can claim Third Degree benefits ?
Answer—He must be a member of the Order six months to receive
benefits, the amount to be regulated by the Degrees taken at the time.
May ICth, 1893, from Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23 :
Can we pay the hotel bills of Brothers who assisted at the institution
of our Lodge, constitutionally ?   Answer—No. 1098
May 23rd, 1893, from Union Lodge, No. 11 :
Can an outsider play the organ at the public installation of the
officers ?   Answer—Yes.
July 15th, 1893, from Vancouver Lodge, No. 8 :
.Is it necessary to notify each and every Lodge in this jurisdiction of
the suspension of Brothers for non-payment of dues ? Answer—Yes.
See Art. VII., Sec. 6, Constitution, governing Subordinates.
July 18th, 1893, from Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 :
Is it imperative for officers of a Lodge to wear jewels, according to
their respective rank and station ? Answer—Yes. See page 333 of
White's Digest.
July 29th, 1893, from Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23 :
Is it constitutional for us to hold an election of officers for the July
term, our Lodge being instituted on the 30th March ? Answer—Yes-
See page 239, No. 983, of White's Digest.
. official visits.
June 4th, 1893, visited Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack.
June 5th, 1893, visited Delta Lodge, No. 21, Ladner's Landing.
June 7th, 1893, visited Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, Cloverdale.
June 8th, 1893, visited New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, New Westminster, and Eoyal City Lodge, No. 13, New Westminster, jointly.
June 9th, 1893, visited Vancouver Lodge, No. 8; Western Star
Lodge, No. 10, and Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, Vancouver, jointly.
June 12th, 1893, visited Beulah Eebekah Lodge, No. 5, New Westminster.
August 9th, 1893, visited Columbia Lodge, No. 2, Victoria.
August 10th, 1893, visited Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Victoria.
October 6th, 1893, visited Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops.
October 9th, 1893, visited Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, Ashcroft.
October 10th, 1893, visited Gold Eange Lodge, No. 22, North Bend.
commissions for d. d. g. m.
July 8th, 1893, commissioned Bro. Dickie, P. G., of Duncan Lodge,
No. 17, for District 15.
November 15th, 1893, commissioned Bro. Burr, P. G., of Ashcroft
Lodge, No. 23, for District No. 16. 1099
INSTALLATIONS.
July 5th, 1893, installed the officers of Black Dia-mond Lodge, No. 5.
July 8th, 1893, installed the officers of Duncan Lodge, No. 17.
January 8th, 1894, installed the officers of Centennial Lodge, No. 20.
January 9th, 1894, installed the officers of Miriam Eebekah Lodge,
No. 3.
January 10th, 1894, installed the officers of Black Diamond Lodge?
No. 5.
January 15th, 1894, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
January 17th, 1894, installed the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
INSTITUTIONS.
March 30th, 1893, commissioned Bro. E. E. Smith, D. D. G. M. of
District No. 7, to institute Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, at Ashcroft.
August 9th, 1893, commissioned Bro. Gray, D. G. M., to institute
Alpine Eebekah Lodge, No. 6, at New Westminster.
October llth, 1893, commissioned Bro. Gray, D. G. M., to institute
Island Lodge, No. 24, at Eburne. On this occasion I was very sorry I
did not have the pleasure of instituting this Lodge, which I had looked
forward to, owing to making official visits as far as Kamloops. When at
North Bend I was detained by a washout on the railroad. Having left
everything in charge of Bro. Gray at Vancouver, I telegraphed him to
go on with the institution, as I would not be able to arrive in time.
DISPENSATIONS   GRANTED.
March 21st, 1893, to Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to hold a public anniversary entertainment.
March 26th, 1893, to Koottnay Lodge, No. 16, to hold a ball in the
name of the Order on April 6th.
April 5th, 1893, to Western Star Lodge, No. 10, to hold an excursion
to Victoria, on 24th May.
May 1st, 1893, to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to hold an excursion to Nanaimo on the 24th May.
May 13th, 1893, to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to hold their annual
ball on June 8th.
May 23rd, 1893, to Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and Centennial
Lodge, No. 20, to appear in regalia on the 24th of May to meet the
Brothers from New Westminster.
May 27th, 1893, to Union Lodge, No. 11, to hold a public Instalation
of officers. 1100
June 5th, 1893, granted permission to New Westminster Lodge, No.
3, to confer the three degrees of Odd Fellowship on Bro. Wm. Bartlett
in less time than the law provides.
June 19th, 1893, to Centennial Lodge, No. 20, to wear their regalia
in open Lodge in connection with their first anniversary.
July 27th, 1893, to Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Columbia Lodge, No. 2,
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, and Acme Lodge, No. 14, to hold an excursion
from Victoria to Seattle on the 12th August.
August 8th, 1893, to Eoyal City Lodge, No. 13, to hold their annual
picnic on August 15th at Ladner's Landing.
August 8th, 1893, to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to hold their annual
excursion and picnic on the 17th August.
September 21st, 1893, to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to initiate and
confer the three degrees on five gentlemen from Lulu Island for the
purpose of starting a new Lodge.
September 25tb, 1893, to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, and Eoyal
City Lodge, No. 13, to appear in regalia on the 27th September.
September 25th, 1893, to Centennial Lodge, No. 20, to appear in
regalia on the 27th September.
November 16th, 1893, to Gold Eange Lodge, No. 22, to hold their
annual ball in the name of the Order, on December 5th.
November llth, 1893, to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to hold their
meetings on the ground floor, there being no other place convenient.
November 19th, 1893, to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to appear in regalia
to attend Divine service on Thanksgiving Day.
December 1st, 1893, to Columbia Lodge, No. 2, to hold a concert and
ball in the name of the Order.
December 17th, 1893, to Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to hold a public
installation of officers.
December llth, 1893, to Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, to hold a public entertainment in the name of the Order.
December 29, 1893, to Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to have a supper and
ball in the name of the Order, ou January llth, 1894.
SPECIAL PERMISSIONS.
June 16th, 1893, I received a communication from the General
Eelief Committee of Fargo, North Dakota, asking for permission to
solicit the fraternity in this jurisdiction to aid them in caring for
Brethren rendered destitute by a fire in their city. Considering the
appeal worthy of our assistance and Brotherly Love, I granted the
permission. 1101
November 8th, 1893, I received a letter from J. C. Murphy, N. G.
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, stating that they had met with a very serious
loss by the burning of their Hall. I received communications from
different parts of the jurisdiction suggesting that as this Lodge had lost
everything it would be advisable to appeal to the Lodges of this jurisdiction to aid them in their time of need, I therefore issued the following
appeal:
Nanaimo, 28th November, 1893.
To the Officers and Members of Lodges, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs .and Brothers,—I very much regret to inform you that
on the evening of Tuesday, the 7th instant, the Hall of Cloverdale
Lodge, No. 15,1. O. O. F., Cloverdale, B. O, with all the books, regalia
and paraphernalia of the Lodge, was totally destroyed by fire, involving
a loss of about 83000.
This is such a serious disaster to a young Lodge that I deem it of
sufficient importance to colicit, not only the sympathy, but the fraternal
assistance of the Lodges of this jurisdiction, on behalf of this unfortunate Lodge in its hour of need, in full confidence that the appeal will
meet with a liberal response.
May I ask, therefore, that you will forward whatever sum you are
disposed to contribute, to Bro. F. Davey, Grand Secretary, at as early a
date as possible, for transmission to Cloverdale Lodge.
Yours fraternally,
Attest: James Cross.an, Grand Master.
Fred'k. Davey, Grand Secretary.
Attached are the reports of my D. D. G. M's. as far as received ; I
regret that all have not complied with the law in this -respect.
In conclusion, I have to say, that whilst the office of Grand Master
is one of hard, never ending work, I am glad there has not been many
difficult questions to solve during my term. There have been a great
many letters to answer which might have been avoided if the Lodges
would only take the trouble to look up the law on the subject. Yet,
with all its trials and tribulations I am proud of the honor this Grand
Lodge has confered on me, and beg to express my gratitude to the members of this grand body and to the other members of the jurisdiction
for the courteous way in which they have received me during the year.
I have made friends who will never be forgotten. I cannot close without acknowledging the kind assistance I have received from an able and
earnest worker, our Grand Secretary, Bro. Fred. Davey.
Brothers, as my term of office is now expiring, and I am about to in
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give up its responsibilities to another. Let the work of beneficence in which
we are engaged go on, and let our legislation be marked with Friendship,
Love and Truth. In considering my official actions, I have only this
to say, I have tried to do my duty, and I have done my best; if I have
not given you satisfaction, I hope you will pardon my unintentional
mistakes. May each succeeding session produce increased prosperity,
and may it more firmly cement the bonds of fraternal love which
now unite and bind us. Again, thanking you one and all. I submit
this report for your favorable consideration.
Yours fraternally,
JAMES CROSSAN,
Graid Master.
Victoria, B. G, February 22nd, 1893.
James Crossan, Esq., Grand Master Grand Lodge, B. C.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in presenting you
a report of my official acts as your D. D. G. M. for District No. 1:
February 22nd, installed Bro. D. Anderson as Conductor in Columbia
Lodge, No. 2.
March 9th, installed Bros. David Curtis, V. G.; A. McCreadie, Warden, and F. T. Plows, E. S. V. G., in Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
April 13th, Victoria Lodge, No. 1, submitted the following questions
for my official opinion :
1st. Are all members of the Third Degree entitled to have the
Degree of Eebekah conferred on them free of charge ? Answer—All
Third Degree members in good standing are entitled to have the Degree
of Eebekah conferred on them free of charge.   (Section 1183 Digest.)
2nd. If so, who must confer the same ? Answer—The Degree of
Eebekah shall only be conferred by Degree Lodges of the Daughters of
Eebekah, except in compliance with Sect. 1166 Digest.
3rd. Is it imperative for elective officers of Subordinate Lodges to
be in possession of the Degree of Eebekah prior to their installation
into office ? Answer—It is not necessary for elective* officers of Subordinate Lodges to be in possession of the Degree of Eebekah prior to
their installation into office.   (Sect. 1007 Digest.)
May 17th, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, asked for a dispensation to hold
their second nomination night on May 31st, being election night, as May
the 24th was a legal holiday.   Granted.
July 3rd, installed the officers of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, in regular
form. 1103
July 5th, installed the officers of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, in regular
form.
July 6th, icstalled the officers of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, in regular
form.
July 10th, installed fhe officers of Acme Lodge, No. 14 in regular
form.
July 12th, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, submitted the following for my
official decision:
Is it absolutely necessary that the name of a Brother u who has
ceased membership for non-payment of dues " be entered in the " Black
Book " ?   Answer—No.
September 25th, Acme Lodge, No. 14, asked for a dispensation to
confer the second and third degrees on Bros. Campbell and McKenzie
in less time than required by law.   Granted.
October 9th, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, asked for a dispensation to
confer the three degrees of our Order upon Bro. L. M. Congers in less
time than required by law.   Granted.
November 27th, Victoria Lodge, No. 1, asked for a dispensation to
elect a Scarlet Degree member to the office of Noble Grand, as the Vice
Grand declined the nomination, and no other qualified members offered
themselves for that office.    Granted.
December 5th, Acme Lodge, No. 14, submitted the following question for my decision :-
Can the Noble Grand of a Lodge of the I. O. O. F. be elected to the
position of Trustee of same Lodge, or can a member be elected to two
offices in the same Lodge ? Answer—A member cannot be elected to
two offices in the ^ same Lodge, except Recording and Permanent
Secretary, the elective officers of a Lodge of the I. O. O. F. are Noble
Grand, Vice Grand, Eecording Secretary, Permanent Secretary and
Treasurer. Trustees are not officers of the Lodge in the sense it is used
in Article 7, Section 1, of the Constitution of Subordinates for reference.
See Digest, Article 1507, 944, and page 498.
Owing to circumstances over which I had no control, I was prevented from conducting the installation of the several Lodges in this
district for term commencing 1st January, 3894, and 1 accepted the kind
offer of Bro. H. Waller, P. G. M., to do the work for me, which was done
in good style. The Lodges in this district have been progressive this
last year, as will be seen by the reports.
Yours fraternally,
W. G. CARSON,
D. D. G. M. District No. 1. 1104
New Westminster, February 8 th. 1894.
James Crossan Esq., Grand Master Grand Lodge of B. C. :
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure in furnishing you
with a report of my official acts during the term of my office.
March 10th, 1893, granted a dispensation to New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3, to confer the three degrees of Odd Fellowship on Brother Sample,
who was leaving the city, in less time than required by law.
June 19th, 1893, granted dispensation to New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3, to confer the three degrees of Odd Fellowship on Bro. Bartlett in
less time than required by law, as he was working on a steamboat.
February  2nd,  1894, granted dispensation to New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3, to confer two degrees of Odd Fellowship on Bro.  Charles
Shiles,   his employment preventing him  from  attending  on Friday
evenings.
The following questions were submitted to me for my decision by
New Westminster Lodge. No. 3:
1. Is a person who has lost the use of both hands eligible for membership in the Order.   Answer—Not eligible.
2. Is it necessary for a Brother who is filling an office temporarily
to wear the regalia of that office.    Answer—Yes.
Being out of the city in July, I was unable to install the officers of
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, and Eoyal City Lodge. No. 13, and I
deputed P. G. M. McColl to do it.
On January 4th, 1894, assisted by P. G. M. McColl, P. G. M. Phillips;
Past Grands Gardiner, McArthur, Welsh and Townsend, installed the
officers of Eoyal City Lodge, No. 13, in due form.
January 5th, 1894, assisted by Past Grands Welsh, Townsend, Gardiner, and McArthur, I installed the officers of New Westminster Lodge
No. 3.
It affords me much pleasure to be able to state that both the Lodges
over which I have had the honor of acting as D. D. G. M. since the last
session of the Grand Lodge, have made steady advancement in point of
numbers. No. 3 having added nine and No. 13, three during the last
term which I consider a splendid showing considering the condition of
times in the Province at present. I am pleased to observe that No. 3
has taken hold of the Team Work with renewed vigor and determination, which is largely due to the exertions of their popular Team Captain, Bro. T. A. Muir, whose pleasant manner and winning ways have
had the desired effect of drawing the Brothers of this Lodge around,
him; hence this happy result. Royal City Lodge, No. 13, under Captain
Gardiner, P. G., have always been well to the front in Team Work, and I 1105
am pleasecl to note that in my opinion they have held their own during
my term of office and are second to none in point of efficiency in this
very important branch of the work. I must also return my sincere
thanks to the Past Grands of No. 3 and No. 13 for their kind assistance
at installations of officers, &c. Wishing you all a prosperous year.
I remain yours in F. L. T.,
W. E. TOWNSEND,
D. D. G. M., District No. 2.
Nanaimo, B. C, 12th February, 1894.
James Crossan, Esq., Grand Master L 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother.—I hereby beg to make my report for the
term as your D. D. for District No. 3.
I am glad to be able to state that both Lodges, Nos. 5 and 20, are
doing well, and the officers in them are thoroughly competent and well
versed in the secret work.
On the 20th March, I granted dispensation to Centennial Lodge,
No. 20, to confer the three degrees on a Brother having to leave the city;
also on the 8th May on a similar occasion.     On the 15th May,  I was
asked by Centennial Lodge, No. 20, if it was necessary for the officers to
wear regalia in Lodge hours, or if they could wear the jewels of their
offices only.   I decided that according to Whites' Digest, regalia must
be worn.
Fraternally yours
GEO. CAVALSKY,
D. D. G. M. for District No. 3.
Wellington, B. C, January 22nd, 1894.
J. Crossan, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to report to you my
official acts as your Deputy for the past year :
On July 3rd, 1893, assisted by P. G. Harvey and Bros. Glenn, Hunter
and Murphy, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6. I am
pleased to state this Lodge is making satisfactory progress, financially
and in point of members.
No questions were submitted to me for decision.
I have the honor to be, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours in F., L. and T.,
MUEDOCK MACDONALD,
D. D. G. M., District No. 4, 1106
Chilliwack, B. G, February 5th, 1894.
James Crossan, Esq., Grand Master, L. 0. 0. F1.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg leave to place the following report
before you as your D. D. G. M. for District No. 5 :
July llth, installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.
October 3rd, received application from Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, to
confer the second and third degrees the same night on Bro. Joseph
Scott Permission granted. Cause, brother leaving for the East before
another meeting.
November 14th received application from Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, for
dispensation to appear in pubhc in regalia on November 23rd to attend a
Union Thanksgiving Service.   Application granted by Grand Master.
December 12th, received application from Excelsior Lodge, No. 7,
asking for a dispensation to hold a public installation in January, 1894.
Application granted by Grand Master.
January 9th, held a public installation of officers of Excelsior Lodge
No. 7, which was well attended, both by members and friends of the
order.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Yours in F., L. and T.,
JOSEPH PEEES,
D. D. G. M., District No. 5.
Vancouver, February 10th, 1894.
Jas. Crossan, Esq., Grand Master I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I beg leave to submit for your approval
my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 6:
dispensations.
May 19th, granted a dispensation to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to confer the first and second degrees on one night on Bro. W. Parker, he not
being able to attend the regular meetings of the Lodge.
June 10th, granted a dispensation to Western Star Lodge, No. 10,
to confer two degrees on F. E. Fokey, on one night. This being the
time of your official visit to the Lodges iu Vancouver, and your expressing the desire to see the work exemplified by the different Lodges. The
degree team of No. 8 conferred the first degree on Bro. Fokey at the
request of No. 10, and the degree team of No. 10 conferred the second
degree. 1107
August 18th, granted dispensation to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to
confer two degrees on Bro. A. McDonald on the same night.
September 1st, refused to grant dispensation to Vancouver Lodge,
No. 8, to initiate and confer the three degrees on several applicants the
same night, unless the said applicants had been balloted for, elected,
and initiated at a previous meeting; the power to grant such dispensation as applied for not being vested in me.
October 26th, granted dispensation to Western Star Lodge, No. 10, to
confer second and third degrees on E. K. Fitzgerald on one night.
October 27th, granted dispensation to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to
confer the second and third degrees on Bro. W. Bradley on one night.
December 21st, granted dispensation to Western Star Lodge, No.
10, to confer first and second degrees on Bro. Peter Cook on one night.
December 13th, refused dispensation to Island Lodge, No. 24, to confer three degrees on James McCrory, John McEae and John Urquhart
on one night. Notifying them that their Lodge was working under a
dispensation and not under my jurisdiction, and they would therefore
have to apply to the Grand Master.
INSTALLATIONS.
July 6th, installed the officers of Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
July 7th, installed the officers of Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.
July 14th, installed the officers of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
January ,4th, installed the officers of Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
January 5th, installed the officers of Mount Pleasant Lodge No. 19.
January 12th, installation of officers of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, was
conducted by Deputy Grand Master Gray owing to my inability to
attend, for which courtesy I beg to tender him and his assistants my
sincere thanks.
DECISIONS.
Only one question of law has been submitted to me during my term
of office, this was by Western Star Lodge, No. 10. Copy of their letter
and my decision thereon is hereto annexed :
Vancouver, B. C, June 29th, 1893.
C. F. Yates, Esq., D. D. G. M., District No. 6., 1.0. 0. F., Vancouver, B. G.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have been instructed by this Lodge to
ask you your opinion on the meaning of the following sentence in Article
20, Section 1, of our By-Laws : 1108
" And no brother shall be entitled to benefits until he shall have
been a member six months."
A brother was admitted a member of this Lodge by card on April
13th, 1893, and died May 24th, 1893. Is his widow entitled to widow's
benefit and funeral expenses ?
I enclose a copy of our by-laws.
Yours fraternally,
GEO. MOSCEOP,
Becordiner Secretary.
Vancouver, B. C, July 9th, 1893.
Geo. Moscrop, Esq., Recording Secretary  Western Star Lodge, No. 10,
Vancouver, B. C.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—Your communication of the 29th ultimo
was handed to me on the 5th instant. This communication asks for my
| opinion on the meaning of the following sentence in Article 20, Section
1, of your By-Laws " : "And no brother shall be entitled to benefits until
he shall have been a member six months." You then stated the case
and asked for a decision as follows : ** A brother was admitted a member
of this Lodge by card on "April 13th, 1893, and died May 24th, 1893. Is
his widow entitled to widow's benefits and funeral expenses ? v
As to the first point I do not think it would be within my duty to
give an opinion or determine what the intent is under the section of your
by-laws above quoted. I cannot speculate or conjecture as to the intentions of those formulating the by-law, but must be bound by what the
law in plain terms declares.
I understand the contention to be that the words " a brother " meant
to imply "a brother of the Order," but the by-law referred to is not a
general law of the Order, it is a by-law of Western Star Lodge, and can
therefore only apply to a member of that Lodge. In the case above
referred to in which you asked, " Is a widow entitled to widow's benefits
and funeral expenses," I would say that under the first paragraph of
, Section 4, Article 20, of your By-Laws, the payment of funeral expenses
is conditional on the brother being entitled to sick benefits, the said section
reading, " On the death of a brother entitled to benefits a sum not
%exceeding sixty ($60.00) dollars shall be appropriated and paid by the
N. G. towards defraying his funeral expenses." The question of payment
of funeral expenses therefore devolves on the entitlement of the brother
" to benefits" and your by-laws state in plain language, " No brother
shall be entitled to benefits until he shall have been a member six
months."   The deceased brother, as stated by you, became a member of 1109
your Lodge on April 13th, 1893, and died May 24th, 1893, he, therefore,
not being in membership for the required six months, the Lodge is not
liable for funeral expenses incurred. Your by-laws make quite a distinction between funeral expenses and widow^s benefits, and while the
Lodge is not liable for funeral expenses the widow of the deceased is
entitled to receive widow's benefits. Article 29 of your By-Laws reads
as follows : " The widow of any deceased bona fide member of this
Lodge who was not in arrears at the time of his death shall receive from
the Widow's and Orphans' Funds of this Lodge an amount equal to one
($1.00) dollar per member in good standing at the time of his death."
In this by-law there is no time stated of necessary membership to entitle
to widow's benefits. It appears to me that the law is very clear, " any
deceased bona fide member not in arrears." The deceased brother was
a bona fide member, he was in good standing (i. e. not in arrears), and
there is no proviso in this by-law to debar his widow from widow's
benefits.
I am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Fraternally yGurs,
C. F. Yates,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6.
It affords me much pleasure to report that notwithstanding the
hard times and general depression of trade, conditions which most
seriously affect a rapid growth, our Lodges have each kept steadily pushing forward. The increase in membership during the last half year has
not been great, but the large attendance at Lodge meetings and the
general interest manifested by the members on all matters connected
with our Order tend to show that we bate not jot nor tittle in the promulgation of the   " Brotherhood of Man."
T am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Fraternally yours,
C. F. YATES,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6.
Union, B. G, February 1st, 1894.
Jas. Crossan, Esq ,  Grand Master I. 0. O. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I herewith submit my report as the D
D. G. M. of District No. 8, for the year 1893:
July 12th, 1893,1 installed the officers of Union Lodge, No. 11, into
their respective chairs, assisted by Past Grands Short, McKnight and
Mitchell. 1110
January 17th, 1894, the visit of our Graud Master, Jas. Crossan, to
our town, were made the occasion of our installation of officers, the same
being performed by him assisted by Past Grands Lowry, McKnight,
Mitchell, Bruce and myself.
There were no questions raised in the Lodge, the best of harmony
prevails, and though Union Lodge has not gained in membership it certainly has not lost, and I can safely predict that 1894 promises well for
our Lodge.
Union Lodge, No. 11, mourns the loss of Past Grand Young, and
will miss his presence amongst us.
Thanking you for the honor you conferred on me.
C*>       t/ €/
I beg to remain yours fraternally,
G. W. CLINTON,
D. D. G. M. District No. 8.
Donald, B. G, February 5th, 1894.
Jas. Crossan, Esq., Grand Master L. O. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have much pleasure In furnishing you
with a report of my official acts during my term of office.
March 23rd, 1893, granted dispensation to confer three degrees in
one night on Peter E. Blaky on account of his living out of town.
May 25th, 1893, installed Bro. Jas. McGinnes as Vice Grand, Bro.
Taylor having left town and resigned his office.
June 22nd, 1893, granted dispensation to confer three degrees on
Bro. John McLeod in one night, on account of his living out of town.
July 6th, 1893, installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
August 17th, 1893, granted dispensation to confer two degrees on
Bro. Albert Jeffrey on account of his hving out of town.
January 4th, 1894, installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
February 1st, 1894, granted dispensation to confer three degrees on
Bro. Charles Lindmark and two degrees on Bro. Victor Anderson in one
night on account of their living out of town.
February 8th, 1894, granted dispensation to confer three degrees in
one night on Bro. J. Anderson, on account of living ont of town.
I am sorry that I cannot report a very successful year. Owing to
accidents and sickness the financial progress has been small, but we are 1111
in a good condition for a small town like Donald—64 members in good
standing on December 31st, 1893.
Eespectfully submitted,
Yours in Fraternity, Love and Truth,
JAMES MATHIE,
D. D. G. M District No. 9.
Hazelmere, B. C, February 1st, 1894.
James Crossan, Esq., Grand Master, I. O. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—Herewith 1 beg to present, for your
approval, a report of my official acts, &c, as your Deputy for District
No. 10,1. O. O. F., comprising Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.
My duties have been light and always of a pleasant nature. The
Brethern of this district being imbued with an intensely law abiding
spirit, consequently I have had no knotty questions to unravel.
As will be observed by reference to the semi-annual reports, Cloverdale Lodge has managed to hold her own, in regard to membership;
several Brothers have been suspended, and several have been added to
our numbers. Within the year our Brethern have been very much
scattered, Cloverdale Lodge having representatives in New Brunswick,
Ontario, Manitoba, North West Territories, the States, South Africa, &c.
Granted dispensation to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to confer three
degrees in one night on Bro. WilHam Frampton.
Granted dispensation to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to confer three
degrees on Bro. G. McKinley in one night, it being impossible for the
Brother to be but seldom present in Lodge,
July 7th, 1893, assisted by Past Grand, Bro. E. Julian, of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,1 installed the officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15,
in regular form.
On the evening of November 7th, 1893, the fine new Hall, together
with all its contents, Lodge furniture, regalia, &c, books, records, &c,
was completely destroyed by fire. This unfortunate circumstance was
a very serious blow to Cloverdale Lodge.
But right here the fraternal aspects of our beloved Order shone
forth. Eoyal City Lodge, No. 13, immediately upon receipt of the
information, by resolution appropriated $50 toward'assisting the burnt
out sister Lodge. Our Worthy Grand Master issued an appeal to the
Lodges in the jurisdiction, also on their behalf, which resulted in the
sum of $649.50 beingr subscribed by the Brethern for the relief of Clover- 1112
dale Lodge. For this very opportune assistance I desire to express the
thanks of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to yourself, the Grand Secretary,
and the Brethern throughout the jurisdiction.
January 10th, 1894, granted dispensation to Cloverdale Lodge, No.
15, to confer three degrees in one night on Bro. Mclver.
January 12th, 1894, installed the officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15,
in regular form.
All of which is submitted in Friendship, Love and Truth,
HENEY T. THRIFT,
D. D, G. M. District No. 10.
P. S.—Owing to the fact that all our records were destroyed in the
late fire, I cannot give exact dates for first two items in report, hence
omitted date altogether.
Nelson, B. C, February4st, 1894.
James Crossan, Esq., Grand Master, 1. 0. O. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to present to you the
following report as your District Deputy for year ending December
31st, 1893 :
On March 27th, 1893 granted a dispensation to confer second and
third degrees on Bro. S. P. Swan in one night.
May 1st, granted a dispensation to confer the three degrees on Bro.
James Fox in one night.
June 26th, granted a dispensation to confer the third degree on Bro.
M. J. McGrath one week ahead of time.
July 10th, installed the officers of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
January 8th, 1894, installed the officers of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16
I am pleased to report that Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, is steadily improving and is in a fairly prosperous condition.
Yours fraternally.
J. H. MATHESON,
D. D. G. M., District No. 11.
Vernon, February 8th, 1894.
James Crossan, Esq., Grand Master, I. O. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I am pleased to present the following
report of my official acts as your Deputy for the year just closing :
February 28th, 1893, granted a dispensation to confer two degrees in
one night on Bro. Robt. CarswelL 1113
July 4th, 1893, installed the officers of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18.
December 19th, 1893, granted a dispensation to confer two degrees
in one night on Bros. Cryderman and Morris.
January 2nd, 1894, installed the officers of Vernon Valley Lodge,
No. 18.
The Lodge just named (the only one in this district) is in a highly
prosperous condition. New members are coming in fairly well, only the
best material being accepted by the Lodge. I look forward to' seeing
two new Lodges inaugurated in this district the present year—one at
Enderby, about 35 miles north, and another at Kelowna, about the same
distance south from this place.
Respectfully submitted by yours in F., L. and T.,
W. T. SHATFOED
D. D. G. M., District, No. 12.
Vancouver, February 5th, 1894.
James Crossan, Esq., Grand Master I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—As your D. D. for District No. 14, I beg
leave to submit the following report:
On the 15th July, 1893, assisted by P. G. Bro. Wm. Davis, of West
ern Star Lodge, No. 10, installed the officers of Gold Eange Lodge,
No. 22.
I also, acting on your advice, granted a dispensation on the same date
to confer the initiatory, first, second and third degrees, on one A. E.
Cameron, in one night.
On January 6th, 1894, assisted by P. G. Bro. Wm. Wallace, of Western Star Lodge, No. 10, installed the officers of Gold Range Lodge.
I am unable to give you a complete report for District No. 14, as I
have been informed that the D. D. G. M. for District No. 7 granted
dispensations for conferring degrees, &c, to Gold Eange Lodge,
I am pleased to state that Gold Eange Lodge is in a prosperous
condition, and from the careful and attentive manner in which they
have transacted Lodge matters, it certainly is a credit to the Order.
Yours fraternally,
ANGUS MoALISTEE,
D. D. G. M. District No. 14.
Ashcroft, B. C, 5th February, 1894.
James Crossan, Esq ,  Grand Master I. 0. O. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother,—I have the honor to submit for your
approval my official acts as your Deputy for District No. 15, for the past
year : 1114
On January 6th, 1894, installed officers of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23,
(except Per. Sec, reported sick).
On January 13th, 1894, installed Per. Secretary.
On January 13th, 1894, granted Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, dispensation to initiate and confer the three degrees, same night, on W. D.
Mcintosh, he being a resident of Soda Creek, and down on a visit.
On January 20th, 1894, granted Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, dispensation
to confer second and third degrees, same night, on Bro. Geo. C Hadley,
the Brother being about to leave town.
On February 3rd, 1894, granted Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, dispensation to confer tbe three degrees, same night, on Brothers Mark Eagleson
and Thomas Bartun, both residing in the interior of British Columbia.
It affords me much pleasure to inform you that Ashcroft Lodge,
No. 23, is steadily increasing in membership, and all working together
harmoniously for the good of the Order.
I am, Dear Sir and Brother, yours fraternally,
JOSEPH Wm. BURR,
D. D. G. M. District No. 15.
It .was, on motion, resolved that the report of the
Grand Master be received and referred to a committee of
three to distribute to the various standing committees.
The Chair appointed the following Committee on Distribution : J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3 ; J. E. PhiUips,
P. G. M., No. 4; and E. Quennell, P. G. M., No. 5.
The Grand Secretary read his report for the past year,
which was, on motion, received and referred to the Committee on Distribution.
Grand Secretary's Office,
Victoria, B. C, 13th February, 1894.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, J. O. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—I be"g-to submit for your consideration
my report for the year ended 31st December, 1893 :
Although the success of the past year is not equal to that of the
preceding one, yet I think we can congratulate ourselves on making fair
progress, despite the many adverse circumstances which have operated
against almost every undertaking during the year.
There has been a gam of two Subordinate and one Eebekah Lodge,
and an increase of 200 in membership. 1115
The details of the work of the year are set forth in the following
abstract of the reports of the Lodges, from which it will be seen that in
many important points the results are satisfactory. There has been a
reduction in the average amount of sick benefits paid per member, and
on the other hand, the average amount of available assets has materially
increased. The amount disbursed for current expenses is, however, still
high, being about 38 per cent, of the gross receipts. This is a matter
which should receive the serious attention of the Lodges :
No. of Lodges  24
"   of Eebekah Lodges :. 6
44    of Members in good standing... 2,154
"   Initiated during tne year  278
"   Admitted by card  39
"          P        as A. 0  3
"   Eeinstated  4
"   Withdrawn  15
«   Expelled  3
"   Deceased  13
"   Resigned  1
"   Ceased membership by N. P. D.. 92
I   Eejected  14
"   Degrees  conferred  733
I   Past Grands  276
Total Revenue Subordinate Lodges..8 42,480 02
No. of Brothers relieved  247
"   of Widowed families relieved  6
fc-   of Weeks' benefits paid  1,279
Amount paid for relief of Brothers.. .$ 10,45C 60
"          "       Widowed families 397 00
i           "       Orphans  145 00
"          "       Burying the dead 1,116 00
"          "       Special relief.... 774 00
Total amount paid for relief  12,882 60
"          "       "       Current expenses 16,111 97
" "       of Assets  177,666 68
Average amount of benefits paid for
each sick member  42 31
Average amount expended for relief
per member  5 98
Average   duration   of   sickness    per
member  4 1-6 dys
Average duration of sickness per sick
member 5wks lj£dys
Average amount of assets per member 82 48
Total amount paid for relief since institution of Grand Lodge in 1874. 122,562 00
Increase.
Decrease.
2
1
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254
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$2,548 44
$37,522 12
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Description.
1    Grand Treasurer
Sovereign Grand Lge
J. E. PhiUips, P.G.M.
R. Wilson	
W. H. Huxtable ....
Grand Secretary	
IColonistP. & P. Co.
Grand Secretary....
J. A. Cohen	
Grand Master	
[Grand Secretary....
McLennan & M c Feely
'J. A. Cohen	
lEobertson & Co	
(Colonist P. & P. Co.
Grand Secretary	
Mileage   and   Per   Diem,
Session 1893	
Eepresentative Tax	
Typewriting, Postage, &c.
Services as Janitor	
Janitor Gd. Secty's office.
Supplies Sov'n Gd. Lodge
Printing Proceedings 1893
Salary, three months	
[Expressage, duty, post.,&c
Printing	
Moiety Trav. Allowance..
I Sov'n Gd. Lodge Supplies
Box for Eegalia	
Printing	
Guarantee Bond G. Treas.
Printing	
Supplies Sov'n Gd. Lodge
Salary, three months	
Postage and Sundries ....
Supplies Sov'n Gd. Lodge
Salary, three months	
Postage, Duty & Express.
Amount.
J. A. Cohen	
Grand Master	
M. Miller	
Grand Secretary...
t. ii
Odd Fellows' Union
526 00
150 00
9 00
15 00
20 00
49 00
153 60
150 00
44 05
5 25
50 00
3 00
6 00
9 50
12 50
8 00
30 50
150 00
6 60
69 50
150 00
23 22
Supplies Sov'n Gd. Lodge 10 00
Printing  12 00
Balance, Trav. Allowance. 50 00
Printing  11 00
(Salary, three months  150 00
Postage and Sundries  8 55
Rent Grand Secty's office. 100 00
$1982 27
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report $1026 88
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer  2082 98
$3109 86
Less orders drawn on Grand Treasurer  1982 27
Leaving balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $1127 59 1118
STOCK   ACCOUNT,
Stock on hand per last Eeport	
Purchased during the Year:
300 Visiting Cards @ 20c $ 60 00
50 Withdrawal Cards @ 20c  10 00
20 Eebekah Visiting Cards @ 20c  4 00
30       "       Withdrawal Cards @ 20c  6 00
8       1       Eituals @ $2  16 00
5 Subordinate Lodge Charts @ $2  10 00
12          H          Eituals® $2  24 00
10          "          Floor Work @ 30c  3 00
100          "          Odes^@ 3c  3 00
3 Books of Odes with Music @ 50c  1 50
8 White Digests @ $2 50  20 00
1000 Petitions for Membership  6 00
5 Diplomas @ 50c  2 50
4 Books of Forms @ 75c  3 00
60 Funeral Ceremonies @ 20c  12 00
4 Question Books @ $1  4 00
6 Insurance Certificates @ 50c  3 00
Expressage, Duty and Postage on above  41 72
Gain during the year	
Sold during the Year :
4 Digests @ $3 50	
6 Books of Forms @ 81 25	
4 Subordinate Lodge Floor Work @ 50c
126 Subordinate Lodge Odes @ 5c	
324 Petitions for Membership @ iy&G	
28 3Visiting Cards @ 25c	
18 Eebekah Withdrawal Cards @ 25c..
195 Orders for P. W. @ Ic	
11 Subordinate Lodge Eituals @ $3	
3 Question Books @ $1 50	
3 Officers' Eoll Books @ $1 25	
7 Order Books on Treasurer @ $1 50...
3 Black Books @ $2	
46 Withdrawal Cards @ 25c	
2 Anniversary Ceremonies @ 30c	
52 Funeral " @ 30c	
15       "       Hymns @ 5c	
3 Subordinate Lodge Charts @ $3	
2 Books of Odes with Music (di $1	
14 00
"7 50
2 00
6 30
33 00
10 50
6 00
11 50
60
15 60
75
9 00
2 00
Cr.
Forward    $209 061   S371 941 1119
Stock Account— Continued
Forward $209 06
2 Rebekah Floor Work @ 50c  1 00
4       "       Rituals @ $3  12 00
12       "       Visiting Cards @ 25c  3 00
12       "       Odt s @ 5e  60
3 Whites' Digests transferred to Expense
account  7 50
Stock Still on Hand:
4 Subordinate Lodge Rituals @ $2 50.... 10 00
9          "          Floor Work @ 40c  3 60
13 "          Visiting Cards @ 22c  2 86
39          "          Withdrawal Cards® 22c. 8 581
19 g          Dismissal Certificates© 22c 4 18
2          "          Charts® $2 50  5 00
9          "          Charters® 60c  5 40
36          "          Odes@4c  144
7 Anniversary Ceremonies @ 22c  1 54
11 Funeral              "             @ 22c  2 42
5 "       Ceremonies D. of R. @ 12c  60
2 Books of Odes with Music @ 65c  1 30
3 "       Forms @ $1  3 00
3 Question Books  @ $1 25  3 75
2 Whites' Digests @ $3  6 00
5 Blaot Books @ $1 60  8 00
14 Order Books on Treasurer @ $1  14 00
8 Officers' Roll Books @ 70c  5 60
14 Rebekah Floor Work @ 40c  5 60
4 "       Rituals® $2 50  10 00
22       "       Visiting Cards @ 22c  4 84
20 "       Withdra val Cards @ 22c  4 40
1       "       Certificate wife or widow @ 20c 20
1       "       Certificate @ 20c  20|
63       I       Odes @ 4c  2 521
7 G. Lodge Proceedings, bound @$1 25.. 8 75
5 Diplomas of Membership @ 60c  3 00
6 Insurance Certificates @ 50c  3 00
Petitions for Membership  5 00
Orders for Pass Words  4 00
Being balance Dr. of said account per
Balance Sheet	 1120
BALANCE   SHEET-
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F. February, 1894,
Fomo.
Account.
Dr.
Furniture and Eegalia. I 8 476
Vancoi: ver Lodge, No. 8	
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Eoyal City Lodge, No. 13 , i
Delta Lodge, No. 21	
Stock..        138
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Grand Treasurer     1,127
Profit and Loss 	
40
78
591
Cr,
05
1,736 82
$1,742 77 81,742
i §
The sum of $90 deposited with P. G. M. Phillips by Dominion Lodge,
No. 4, pending its appeal against his decision in the case of the General
Eelief Committee, Seattle, Wash., has been remitted to the said committee and its receipt obtained.
The instructions of last session respecting bond of Grand Treasurer
have been complied with, and the agreement of the London Guarantee
& Accident Co. for $1,000 for the past year is on file.
An appeal has been received from Bro. J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M.,
agaiost the,decision of the Grand Master on his claim for sick benefits
from Dominion Lodge, No. 4, and handed to the Committee on Appeals.
I am in receipt of an appeal from Bro. George Fraser against the
action of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, in expelling him from membership in
that Lodge for contempt, but as the papers bearing on the case have not
yet been received fiom the Lodge I have been unable to forward it to
the Committee on Appeals.
The annual report from '* Euth " Eebekah Lodge, No. 4, Chilliwack,
has not yet come to hand, and as Bro. Peers, D. D. G. M., District No. 5,
informed me in July last that this Lodge had not held a meeting during
the preceding term, and might be regarded as defunct, I would suggest
that the Grand Lodge take such action as it may deem proper to recover
the Charter and other property of the Lodge if there is no prospect of
its working in regular order again.
An application was received from the Odd Fellows' Eelief Association
of Canada in May last addressed to the Executive Officers, asking for 1121
recognition in order to carry on its work in this jurisdiction, but as a
similar application was refused by the Grand Lodge at its session of
1891 your officers were unable to concede the request, and the Association was advised to renew its application to this session. I beg to
present a communication from Bro. Meek, the Secretary, on this matter*
I beg to point out that by the legislation of the last session of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge it will be necessary for this Grand Lodge to
appoint a Standing Committee of three members for the purpose of
collecting statistics from the records of this jurisdiction on matters
relating to dues and benefits.
Acting under instructions from the Grand Master, circulars were
issued to all Lodges in the Province soliciting assistance on behalf of
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, whose hall and contents were totally destroyed
by fire on 7th November last, and in response thereto the following
amounts have been received and remitted to the Lodge in question :
Victoria Lodge, No. 1  S 25 00
Columbia Lodge, No. 2  150 00
Dominion Lodge, No. 4  50 00
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5  100 00
Harmony Lodge, No. 6  25 00
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7  20 00
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  25 00
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9  25 00
Western Star Lodge, No. 10  25 00
Selkirk Lodge, No. 11  50 00
Acme Lodge, No. 14  10 00
Duncan Lodge, No. 17  15 00
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18  15 00
Centennial Lodge, No. 20  25 00
Delta Lodge, No. 21  20 00
Gold Eange Lodge, No. 22  26 00
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23  13 50
8619 50
Eoyal City Lodge, No. 13, forwarded direct to Cloverdale
Lodge    50 00
$669 50
The liberality thus displayed by our Lodges is very creditable
indeed, and is fully appreciated by the Lodge in whose aid it was
invoked.
The Charter of "Cloverdale" Lodge, No. 15, having been destroyed
in the fire, a dispensation was issued by the Grand Master to enable it 1122
to continue operations until this meeting, and a petition for a duplicate
Charter has been received and will be presented to this Session.
The advent of a paper devoted to the interests of Odd Fellowship in
this Province, should be hailed by all true Odd Fellows with delight,
and 1 The Warden | deserves all the help and encouragement it is possible for us to give. Such a publication cannot fail to be a valuable
auxiliary to the work of our Order, its tone is healthy and elevating, it
supplies a medium for the interchange of ideas, it furnishes reliable
information as to the work of the Order in general and of our own jurisdiction in particular and should act as a stimulant to our Lodges to
emulate and excel each other in the good work in which they are
engaged. I would suggest that it be made the " Official Organ " of this
Grand Lodge, and that it be recommended to the Lodges and members
as deserving of their patronage and assistance.
Whilst on the subject of the "Fraternal Press," I desire to acknowledge with thanks, the regular receipt of the "Dominion Odd Fellow,"
| North Western Odd Fellow Eeview," and " The Companion," aU valuable contributions to the literature of our Order.
Again, thanking you for your invarable kindness and consideration
during the ten years I have had the honor to hold this office, and wishing the Order as a whole, and the Lodges in this jurisdiction especially,
continued and increasing prosperity.
I remain, dear Sirs and Brothers, yours fraternally,
FEED'K DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
ODD FELLOWS' INSURANCE ASSOCIATION
Grand Secretary' Office,
Victoria, B. C, 13th February, 1894.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1. O. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—I have the honor to present you with
a Eeport of this Association for the past year.
Membership.
No. of Members per last Eeport  210
"        | Admitted during the year     28
238
"       " Died     i
Suspendeed for nonpaymen of Assessments 47
     48
i      1      at Idate  190 1123
This reduction in membership is no doubt largely attributable to
the hard times we have been experiencing during the past twelve months*
and also to the absence of active canvassing for new members which is
absolutely necessary to the existence of all such organizations as this.
There is no doubt that a great many of the members at present under
suspension will pay up their arrears and be reinstated to membership.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
ENDOWMENT FUND.
Receipts.
Balance per last report 8 146 30
Eeceived for assessments  1209 60
$1355 90
Payments.
Insurance on death of Bro. W. Steele. P. G., member of Victoria
Lodge, No. 1 81000 00
Balance $ 355 90
MANAGEMENT fund.
Receipts.
Balance per last report 8164 42
Entrance fees     56 00
Dues  375 89
$596 31
Payments.
Agents' commission $ 91 07
Secretary's salary  100 00
D. Welsh, expenses voted last session     75 00
Registration of Rules     15 00,
Sovereign Grand Lodge, certificate    10 00
Seal     11 00
Printing     66 00
Postage, stationery, &c    22 75
 8390 82
Balance $205 49
RESERVE FUND.
Balance as per last report $33 55 1124
SUMMARY OF   BALANCES.
Endowment Fund $355 90
Management Fund 205 49
Reserve Fund     33 55
Total in hands of Grand Treasurer $594 94
The rules adopted last session for this Association were duly revised
by the committer appointed for this purpose, registered and distributed;
a form of policy was also adopted and brought into force, as per copy
attached, at as early a date as possible after the adjournment of the
Grand Lodge.
Agents were also appointed in almost every Lodge of the jurisdiction, but many of them, I regret to say, appear to have taken but little
interest in the work, it will be necessary, I think, to appoint a suitable
person as special agent to supplement the efiorts of the local agents.
The required report was furnished the Sovereign Grand Lodge, the
necessary fee of $10 paid, and a certificate obtained to permit the
Association to work under the law respecting insurance societies passed
at the session of 1892. By an approved decision of the Grand Sire last
session associations such as this are exempt from the provisions of the
before-mentioned legislation, and do not now require to be licensed by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The first assessment under the new Eules was levied on 1st July last,
since which date they have been regularly levied bi-monthly.
Only one death has occurred doing the year. Bro. Wm. Steele, P. G.,
of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, who died on the 1st September last, and the
maximum amount of insurance, viz.: $1000 being on hand, an order was
drawn for this sum and duly paid to the beneficiaries of the deceased at
the time specified in the Eules. Bro. Steele was a member of the association from the date of its formation and had paid 13 assessments
aggregating 823.25. We have thus been able to realize on the first
occasion, after the reorganization of the association the object for which
the change was made, viz.: to be able to pay an Insurance of $1000, and
it rests entirely with the membership of this jurisdiction whether this
desirable feature shall be perpetuated or not. The members of the
Association, who are the most interested parties, should not forget that
it is a mutual organization, that each must do his part, and that very
much of its success depends on their individual efforts, they should,
therefore, introduce and recommend it to their friends, endeavor to
bring in new members, encourage those who are wavering and not
expect the officers of the Association to do all the work.
Tours fraternally,
FEED'K. DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
The report of the Grand Treasurer was presented and
read and, on motion, referred to tlie Committee on Finance :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—I beg leave to submit my report as
Grand Treasurer for the year 1893, which is hereto attached.
Yours fraternally,
P. J. FOULDS,
Grand Treasurer.
New Westminster, B. G, Feb. 14th, 1894.   1127
H. Waller, P. G-. M., presented and read the Eeport of
the Grand Representatives, which was ordered to be received
and printed with the proceedings of this Session.
Vancouver, B. C, February 14th, 1894.
To the Grand Master and Representatives of the Grand Lodge of the
Province of British Columbia, I. 0. O. F.:
Your Eepresentatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, ask leave to
submit, for your approval, their report as follows :
The Sixty-ninth Annual Session was held m the City of Milwaukee
Wisconsin, opening on Monday, September 18th and closing on Saturday, September 23rd.
The Grand Marshal, having declared all the Eepresentatives present
duly qualified, the Grand Chaplain, Bro. Eev. J. W. Venable, offered
prayer, and the Sovereign Grand Lodge, was declared duly opened for
business by Deputy Grand Sire J. W. Stebbins.
The Grand Sire, Cl. T. Campbell, as usual, was courteous, affable
and kind to all, and his ability for that honerable position, was fully
demonstrated by the able manner in which he gave his decisions on all
points of law submitted to him, and the quick dispatch of the business
of the Session.
We submit, for your perusal, the most interesting portions of the
Grand Sire's Eeport:
Eepresentatives—I welcome you to the Sixty-ninth Annual Ses-
sion of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, in this beautiful city by the inland
seas of America. After a' year of labor in your own jurisdictions, you
have re-assembled for mutual counsel; to review the work of the Order;
to overlook its situation; to regulate its operations; to meet the requirements of its future.
Never before have you met under happier auspices; never before
have you been greeted by brighter prospects. Only a short distance
from this city, the nations of the earth are engaged in friendly rivalry,
as they display the choicest products of their energy and enterprise.
The labor of the husbandman; the skill of the artisan; the genius of the
artist; the patient industry of the student, have combined to show the
highest mental and manual development of the human race. With less
ostentatious parade you are here uncovering to public gaze a grander
exhibition of man's moral and social development through the educative
influence and practical operations of Odd Fellowship. As the representative parliament of this great Order your annual assembling emphasizes
the vast extent and beneficent power of this association, organized for
mutual helpfulness, and for the cultivation of those virtues that alone
can raise humanity out of barbarism, a ad lift it nearer to its most holy
Pattern. And while the magnificent exposition in Chicago reveals the
intellectual capabilities of our race, the work ofthe Order whose destinies you direct illustrates the grand possibilities that lay dormant in 1128
the human heart until the Spirit of Altruism breathed into it the breath
of a diviner life, and awakened its sublimest aspirations. Humanity may
well be proud of the revelations of the fairy palaces of the White City on
the Lake ; but no less cause for pride have they whose labors have
erected the stately temple of Odd Fellowship, wherein the noblest works
of Friendship, Love and Truth stand radiant with beauty and with
blessing.
The report of your officers presented to day, with their accompanying statistics, show that
THE STATE OF THE ORDER
is eminently satisfactory. A net increase in our numbers during 1892 of
over 50,000—unprecedented in our history—has given a membership at
the close of that year, in the jurisdictions reporting directly to you, of
747,295; making, with the estimated number under the independent
Grand Lodges of 26,136, and the 96,312 Sisters in the Eebekah branch, a
grand total of 869,743. So far a-s can be learned, the increase this year is
still greater than in 1892 ; but even at the same rate our total membership to-day, male and female, will be over 900,000. An association that
has attained such vast proportions; with aD annual revenue of eight
and one-half millions of dollars ; increasing rapidly each year in wealth
and numbers, may well be proud—not of the rank and position these
elements of strength may bring—but of the opportunities that are thus
brought within its reach of accomplishing the great objects of its existence—the relief of human suffering and the advancement of the human
race. Scarcely can the magnitude of its work be estimated. To say
that the subordinate branches of our Order expended last year nearly
three and one-half millions of dollars for the assistance of those in
need; to point to the many towns on this continent where comfortable
homes are maintained as refuges for the young and for the old, who
might else be homeless; to enumerate all the educational and charitable
institutions conducted under our auspices might give some tangible
evidence of the beneficent work of Odd Fellowship. But a still greater
work remains untabulated in the silent and unobtrusive influence exerted
on society through the operations of our 15,000 subordinate branches,
wherein, week after week through all the year, are taught those lessons
of morality, charity and fraternity which our members carry into
practical effect in their intercourse with each other and the world at
large.
While Odd Fellowship has become so widespread, carrying on its
operations in Europe, Asia and America under the flags of not less than
fifteen nations, and almost encircling the civilized world with its chain
of Lodges, it is in the United States and Canada that it has attained its
greatest power, and has become a recognized factor in the development
of civilization. Exceeding all other secular societies on this continent
in numbers, so far as can be ascertained, it acknowledges no superior
among them all in the vast extent of its benevolence. Yet, though its
prosperous condition in North America is more familiar to us, and its
career more noticeable, the fact must not be overlooked that
IN FOREIGN LANDS
its work is no less satisfactory, when surrounding circumstances are
considered. While its growth may not be as marked as with us, yet it
has been sufficient to be encouraging. In Australasia depression in
trade and financial disturbances may affect our Order as it does all other
organizations ; but there is no reason to be alarmed for the future of
Odd Fellowship, which is too firmly planted in those distant lands, and
well able to battle successfully with adverse circumstances. 1129
From the continent of Europe we have most cheering reports
through our Special Deputy, Grand Eepresentative Block. (Off. Doc.
C.) The appointment of our esteemed brother to the position he now
occupies was the outcome of a wise policy, as is evidenced not only by
the steady progress the Order has been making in the jurisdictions
which he has been visiting, but also in the letters which I have received
from leading Odd Fellows in Europe, who all speak in the highest terms
of our Deputy, and gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance they
have received from him. At first some doubt was felt in Germany lest
the appointment of a Special Deputy for Europe might have been
prompted by a fear on our part that irregularities existed in that jurisdiction in the management of Odd Fellowship, which required correction.
Of course this was a mistaken idea. The appointment was not intended
as a reflection on the zealous and enthusiastic brethren who have been
so successful in carrying on the work of the Order in Germany for the
past twenty years. But, with a number of jurisdictions in Europe, it
would have been an invidious distinction to have selected some as the
special objects of our Deputy's attention, and to have excluded others.
And while some parts of the continent might have needed a supervision
from which others could have been relieved, yet all would be benefited
by having near at hand an experienced brother with whom they might
take counsel, and who would serve as a vital connecting link between
the S. G. L. and the various bodies to whom we have given a quasi independence. I have reason to believe, however, that our brethren now
thoroughly understand the situation, as the cordial reception they have
tendered Bro. Block amply testifies.
THE REBEKAH DEPARTMENT.
No branch of the Order has made more gratifying progress than this.
The enthusiasm which woman has shown and the energy she has brought
to bear on her work have made her department an unqualified success ;
and justifies her claim to the fullest recognition as an tssential element
in Odd Fellowship. The special committee appointed at your last
session will doubtless submit a codification of the laws governing
Eebekah Lodges, which is referred for your sanction.
OUR  RELATIONS  WITH  THE  CATHOLIC CHURCH.
During the year I was informed that the authorities of the Eoman
Catholic Church had appointed a committee of Bishops to inquire into
the character of benevolent and other organizations, with a view to
deciding whether Catholics might be allowed to apply for admission
therein. And a letter was written by one of the committee, in which he
asked permission to examine our books and Eituals. The letter and my
reply are submitted. (Off. Doc. E.) While advising that all possible
information be given the committee, I, of course, declined to allow them
a perusal of our Eituals—a privilege belonging solely to those who have
taken the obligations of the Order.
I have heard nothing further on this subject, and have made no
inquiry. The .matter is one which does not materially concern us. Our
doors are open to Catholics as well as Protestants, if they are properly
qualified. With disputed questions of creed we have nothing to do. | If
the authorities of tlie Catholic Church forbid their adherents seeking
admission to our Order, the loss is theirs. The position Odd Fellowship
occupies renders it unnecessary for us to seek the recognition of any
particular sect or party, though we will be pleased, at all times, to have
the support of all good men, of whatever race, or creed, who reverence
God and seek the advancement of humanity. 1130
IN CONCLUSION,
Representatives, I invite your serious attention to the duties of the high
offices you fill. Grave, indeed, are the responsibilities resting on those
who occupy seats in the Supreme Legislature and Court of Last Eesort
for Odd Fellowship. It is for you to redress personal grievances, to
harmonize divergent views, to devise sound laws. From all over this
broad continent, and from many distant lands, 800,000 men look to you
for judgment and for direction. Unmeasured is the power you may
exert to make or mar the association, whose interests you have in
charge. May Divine Wisdom so inspire and guide you that your work
may be a blessing, and be blessed.
REPORT OF THE GRAND SIRE'S DECISIONS.
1. In any conflict between the "Floor Work" and Eitual or law,
the latter must govern.
2. The obligation to a candidate must be administered by a V. G. or
P. V. G. Where the instructions in " Floor Work " say that "positions
on a staff are to be governed by the question of fitness," it means fitness
within the limitations of law.
3. Where a Lodge (Subordinate or Eebekah) *has organized a competent staff, all the members being legally qualified for their positions,
the officers of the Lodge must vacate their chairs to the pro tern, officers
of the staff, when degrees are being conferred.
No. 3 disapproved.
4. A. P. G. should wear a P. G.'s collar in Lodge (if obtainable),
and should neither enter, leave nor remain in a Lodge when open without it.
5. It is optional with a P. G. M. when visiting a Lodge to announce
himself as P. G. M. or P. G.
6. During the absence of a N. G. the V. G. shall perform all the
duties devolving upon the N. G. which require to be performed at that-
time. The immediate filling of a vacancy in an appointed office during
a temporary absence of the N. G. might not be necessary, and would
not, therefore, devolve upon the V. G. unless the Lodge so instructed
him.
7. When the officers of a Lodge or Encampment under the S. G. L.,
being duly elected and properly qualified, are installed by the D. D. G.
Sire, or other person authorized by the Grand Sire, and have taken the
obligations of office, such installation is valid, although there may have
been certain irregularities connected with it.
8. A member of a lodge acting as counsel for a Brother under trial
has the same right to vote on the penalty that he would have were he
not counsel.
9. When charges against a Brother has been referred to a Committee
on Trial the committee cannot allow the accuser to amend the charges
by introducing new specifications, not contained in the original charge.
Supplemental charges might be preferred in the Lodge and referred to
the committee.
10. The Minimum Benefit Law of 1892 being practically a repeal of
the law of 1891, revives the powers of Grand Bodies, which were abrogated by the latter. On and after January 1st, 1893, the powers that
were withdrawn from subordinates in the matter of benefits by the
legislation of 1891 may be exercised by them to the same extent as prior
to January 1892, except in so far as they may conflict with the requirements of the Minimum Benefit Law—that is to say, the payment of not
less than $2 per week for the first year of continuous sickness, and not
less than $1 per week during the further continuance of the same sickness. 1131
11. The requirement of the Minimum Benefit Law that not less than
one year's benefits shall be paid before the amount can be reduced
below $2 per week, is substantially fulfilled by the payment of benefits
for fifty-two weeks.
No. 11 amended thus:   "Fifty two consecutive weeks."
12. If a Lodge does not pay benefits for the first week of sickness,
the reduction in the amount of weekly benefits does not take place at
the end of a year's disability, but _only after a year's benefits have been
paid.
13. When a Lodge has been paying a sick member continuous
benefits for several years, it will now be required to pay him not less than
$1 per week, commencing with the 1st of January, 1892.
14. Whether or not a Lodge may provide by its by-laws for the payment of a larger weekly benefit to sick Brothers who are confined to
the house than it does to those not so confined, is a matter for local
legislation, provided that under no circumstances it pays less than the
minimum benefit required by general law.
15. Where a Lodge provides for " night watchers " for sick members,
this is to be considered as a form of u attentive benefits," and any
expense incurred in payment of such watchers is altogether apart from
the sick benefits due under the general or local law. But when provision is made for hiring a nurse, the local law may also provide for a
reduction of sick benefits during the time such nurse is engaged, on condition that the aggregate amount paid for nurse hire and benefits shall
not be less than the sum to which the sick Brother is entitled under the
Minimum Benefit Law.
No. 15 amended, by striking out all after "local law" in fourth line.
16. It is not legal for a Lodge, with or without the consent of its
Grand Lodge, to have a by-law providing for the initiation of persons
over 55 years of age as, " non-beneficial members;" or changing the
status of one already a member of such Lodge from a beneficial to a
non-beneficial member on reaching a certain age. Members in good
standing are entitled to Benefits irrespective of age—the only exception permitted by general law being in the case of aged Odd Fellows readmitted to membership.
17. A Lodge having knowingly admitted a non-resident member to
membership in violation of its Constitution, and having received his fees
and dues, cannot, when he becomes ill, refuse him benefits, and declare
his membership void, on account of its illegality. The Lodge cannot
take advantage of its own violation of law to escape payment of its debts.
18. A lady elected to membership in a Eebekah Lodge, but marrying a person not an Odd Fellow before she has received the degree, is
not entitled to admission, and ceased to be eligible on the date of her
marriage.
19. In a jurisdiction where Eebekah Lodges have yearly terms, the
T. P. W. may be for the year, or there may be a P. W. for each half
year, at the option of the Grand Lodge.
20. A Brother who has received the Eebekah Degree in a Grand
Lodge or in a Eebekah Lodge, is eligible to be an applicant for a
Charter for a Eebekah Lodge, or to be admitted to membership in such
Lodge after its institution, on a favorable ballot, provided he is in good
standing in his Subordinate Lodge, and is not a suspended or expelled
member of a Eebekah Lodge.
21. A State or Provincial Eebekah Convention has no power to
impose a tax on the Eebekah Lodges of the Jurisdiction for any purpose.   But the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction may impose a tax on its 1132
Eebekah Lodges, collect the same, and pay the amount over to the
Eebekah Convention, for its maintenance.
22. When a Grand Master, in the exercise of his supervisory powers,
suspends a Lodge for violation of law, he has power to restore it without waiting for action by his Grand Lodge, unless the Constitution or
instructions of his Grand Lodge limit his authority in this respect.
23. A Grand Master has the right to appoint a P. G. in good standing, who is in possession of the Eebekah Degree, as his Deputy, to
institute a Eebekah Lodge.
No. 23 amended thus: A Grand Master has the right lo appoint a
Past Grand who is also a member in good standing in a Rebekah Lodge
as his Deputy to institute a Rebekah Lodge.
24. The interpretation of the Constitution of a Grand Body during
its recess, is vested in its principal officer, subject to a review by such
Grand Body at its session following; and it is the duty of such officer to
administer the local law according to his conscientious interpretation
thereof. He may seek the Grand Sire's opinion thereon; but such
opinion, if given, is not necessarily mandatory. The responsibility of
interpreting and executing the local law rests on the Grand Master and
and Gra^d Patriarch.
25. Subordinates have a right to make By-Laws for their internal
government. A Gr-and Body cannot make By-Laws for its Subordinates, but has the right of supervision, and may approve or disapprove.
It may frame a model code of By-Laws, dnd recommend the same to its
Subordinates, but cannot, compel its adoption. It can, however, enact a
uniform Constitution, and may therein regulate the matter of benefits so
far as the general law allows; and the By-Laws of Subordinates must
conform to such Constitution.
26. A committee of a Grand Body appointed to supervise the By-
Laws of its Subordinates has no right to make new laws for them, or to
disapprove By-Laws which are not in conflict with law; and it can only
amend a by-law in so far as may be necessary to make it conform to the
general or local law.
27. In petitioning for a Charter for a Grand Lodge, there is no'
limit to the number of members who may sign the petition, provided
they are Past Grands in good standing who have been authorized to
act by vote of the Subordinates in which they hold membership. As
soon as instituted, the Grand Lodge can proceed to adopt a Constitution,
and fix its basis of representation.
28. When a Grand Lodge is instituted, all Past Grands in good
standing in the jurisdiction become entitled to the exercise of their
rights, which are, voting for Grand Officers and eligibility to office; but
all legislative work in the newly-instituted Body is confined to the
Charter members, that is, to those who have been chosen by the several
Lodges to apply for the Charter, and who have been present and have
taken the obligation at the institution of the Grand Lodge.
No. 28 amended thus: The Charter members Have power io admit all
Past Grands in good standing to participate in the legislative work.
29. The only qualification necessary for a P. G. to be a candidate
for election as Eepresentative of his Lodge in its Grand Lodge, is that
he should be a member of bis Lodge in good standing.
30. Executive officers of Grand Lodges have no option, but must
grant licenses to Odd Fellows' Insurance Associations making application therefor, who have complied with the requirements of law, except
in a jurisdiction where the Grand Lodge has decided not to license such
Bodies.
31. An insurance organization, to be permitted to use the name of 1133
the Order, or to receive the certificate of the S. G. L., must be one that
confines its operations to Odd Fellows exclusively.
32. The right of a State Grand Body to organize and operate through
its officers an endowment association has not been withdrawn; and such
an association does not require any certificate from the S. G. L., or other
license, so long as it does not go out of its own jurisdiction.
33. Voluntary associations of members of the Order in a town or
city for purposes of mutual aid, whose operations are confined to their
own locality, having no paid canvassers, and not doing a general business, do not require to take out an insurance certificate.
The Grand Secretary, as usual, submitted a very lengthy, able, and
elaborate report, covering 107 closely printed pages of the proceedings, a
perfect history of Odd Fellowship, for one year.
We simply reproduce for your perusal a small portion of his Eeport
RETURNS  FOR THE YEARS  1891 AND  1892.
Grand Lodges I
Grand Encampments	
Subordinate Lodges	
Subordinate Encampments
Eebekah Degree Lodges ..
Lodge Initiations	
Encampment Initiations..
Lodge Members	
Increase
S2
Encampment Members	
Rebekah Lodge Members	
Relief by Lodges	
Relief by Encampments I
Relief by Rebekah Lodges	
Total Relief    3
Revenue of Lodges    6
Revenue of Encampments	
Revenue of Rebekah Lodges |
Total Revenue	
53
49
9,524
2,346
2,564
80,119
15,640
*696,189
124,076
1*154,851
,755,630 73
274,839
34,250
,064,720
,882,697
656,373
229,822
,768,894
55
50
9.936
89
18
80
94
84
24
02
2,905
85,509
16,732
7^7,295
132,542
180,869
$3,015,979 93
301,801 88
32,675 03
3,350,456 84
7,594,828 58
657,781 99
356,520 36|
I 8,609,130 93
♦Excluding Denmark and Switzerland, independent.   fExcluding
Switzerland, independent.   {Decrease.
STATISTICS OF THE ORDER EROM 1830 TO DECEMBER 31ST, 1892,
INCLUDING AUSTRALASIA, GERMANY, DENMARK AND SWITZERLAND.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  1,872,869
Members relieved  1,716,945
"Widowed families relieved  203,341
Members deceased  167,547
Total relief 8 60,921,287 05
Total receipts  159,197,674 43
2
1
412
137
341
5,390
1,090
51,106
8,466
26,018
$260,349
26,961
$1,575
285,736
712,130
1,408
126,698
840,236 1134
CONDITION  ON THE  ORDER DECEMBER 31ST, 1892.
Sovereign Grand Lodge  1
Independent Grand Lodges (German Empire, Australasia, Denmark and Switzerland)  4
Subordinate Grand Encampments         53
Subordinate Grand Lodges         65
Subordinate Encampments     2,503
Subordinate Lodges  10,274
Encampment members 133,349
Lodge members 773,431
Eebekah Lodges     2,916
Sisters members of Eebekah Lodges  96,312
Brothers members of Eebekah Lodges  84,721
Cantons of Patriarchs Militant (estimated)       630
Chevaliers, rank and file (estimated)  26,400
Generally, from the year 1873, when the present occupant of the
position of Grand Secretary came into the office as Assistant Grand
Secretary, it has pleased him to submit gratifying statements of the
work of the several years. In a few instances a diminution of members
was noted, but the depression was of a temporary character. He points
with pride to the grand total of 747,295 members December 31st, 1892,
contrasted with the 385,097 December 31st, 1872, showing that the membership has been nearly doubled in twenty years. The benefactions of
the Order have, of course, been greatly increased, and a large amount
has been added to the treasuries of subordinates, the revenue of the
year 1892 amounting to nearly nine million dollars.
The numerous tables, which have been compiled with great care,
and are herewith presented, state the situation so clearly that any
elaboration seems useless. Words cannot add anything to, or emphasize
in any respect, the brilliant array of figures showing the magnificent
work performed in 1892. Under the circumstances now existing in financial circles we cannot reasonably expect to submit as favorable an exhibit
for the year 1893; but we hope that if our gain in membership does not
prove as great as in 1892 we may, at least, show that there has been no
diminution in our present membership.
The trrand Sire in his report suggested that the S. G. L. should supply sufficient clerical assistance to the Grand Secretary, and not expect
its officials to do more than would be demanded from the employes o^
any respectable firm.
The following resolutions were adopted:
1st. Resolved, That in addition to the salaries of Grand Secretary, and
Assistant Grand Secretary, as now provided by law, there be allowed to
the Grand Secretary for clerk hire, etc., in his office, per annum, the
following amounts:
For additional work made necessary by devolving
upon the Grand Secretary, the duties "of Adjutant
General, the sum of $1,000 00
For Stenographer and Typewriter      800 00
For Janitor, including duties of Porter      600 00
For Eeading Clerk at Annual Session        30 00
2nd. Resolved, That the resolution found on page 5,482, Eevised
Journal of 1872, which authorizes the Grand Secretary, from time to
time, as he may deem it necessary to do so, to appoint and remove such
temporary assistants as may be required by him, be, and the same is
hereby repealed. 1135
3rd. Resolved, That the Chairman of the Finance Committee of this
Grand Lodge be, and he is hereby directed to visit the office of the
Grand Secretary once in each quarter, approve and countersign all orders
drawn upon the Treasurer for the payment of bills necessary to be paid
during recess, or when this Grand Lodge is not in session.
LEGISLATION,    ETC.
One half of the sessions were taken up with framing a new Code of
Laws for the Patriarchs Militant, this no doubt effects a very great saving
in the expense of managing that branch of the Order compared with the
old system, but it is a very radical change indeed, and let us hope it
will work well.
After finishing the work of the P. M., the Eepresentatives became
very conservative, the various committees reporting adversely upon
almost everything involving change referred to them and the S. G. L.
adopting the same without comment, with few exceptions.
The special committee on Dues and Benefits, rendered a very lengthy
and able report, accompanied with a suggestion that the Eepresentatives
copy the same in their reports. But this report covers 20 pages of the
Proceedings, and we did not deem it necessary especially as the Grand
Secretary is directed to have the report printed, and mail a copy to each
Subordinate Lodge in Canada and the United States, so that the S. G.
L. can obtain an expression of opinion from all the jurisdictions on this
important question.   We submit the concluding remarks in their report:
1st. That as a man grows older, his yearly average of sickness increases, and as a Lodge grows older, its proportion of old men increases
and its payments for benefits increases.
2nd. That the average expectation of sickness and mortality must
form the basis of any estimate of the proper relation of dues to benefits.
3rd. That a lodge should calculate what it is likely to be called on to
pay in benefits when it has attained to full maturity, say the age of
thirty-five, and not what it is paying during the early years of its existence.
4th. That a system of dues and benefits, to be perfectly fair and
equitable, must recognize the comparative liability on account of the
different ages of its members, and must charge them dues according to
age when admitted-
5th. That no other form of benefit except sick and funeral should be
provided without a proportionate increase in dues; and that all additional aid to members should take the form of a special relief to an
extent dependent upon the circumstances of the case and the ability of
the Lodge.
Your committee believe that the amended form of returns^ from
Grand Bodies, provided for by change of the by-law on that subject at
the last session, will furnish this committee and all members seeking
information on the subject of dues and benefits, the cost of maintenance
of Lodges, etc., great assistance in the study of the question. As yet it
is not in practical operation.
LEGISLATION     RECOMMENDED.
In view of the conditions hereinbefore fully set forth;   realizing the 1136
importance of our Order maintaining its position of systematic benevolence; absolutely certain from the experience of the older Lodges, and
many jurisdictions that some action is necessary to secure to the membership the benefits required by this Grand Body to be paid to all members in good standing, your committee present the following and recommend their adoption:
1st. Resolved, That the minimum rate of dues in all Lodges immediately subordinate to this Grand Body, shall be ten cents per week, or
$5.20 per annum.
2nd. Resolved, That the sick benefits to be allowed in such Lodges
per week, shall not exceed one-half of one year's dues—and the funeral
benefits shall not exceed five times one year's dues.
3rd. Resolved, That Subordinate Grand Lodges be, and they are
hereby directed, to so legislate as to provide a minimum of ten cents
per week dues, or $5.20 per annum, from all members.
4th. Resolved, That Subordinate Grand Lodges be, and they are
hereby directed, to so legislate as to provide that not more than one-
half year's dues shall be allowed for one week's sick benefits, and that a
funeral benefit shall not exceed five times one year's dues.
Provided, However, That Grand Lodges may make such provision
as they deem expedient for considering as dues, receipts of Lodges from
safe, permanent investments.
5th. Resolved, That this committee be continued, and that the Grand
Sire fill any vacancies therein.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge adopted the first and second resolutions, to govern all Lodges under their immediate jurisdiction, and
referred the further consideration of the report to the next session.
The following Eeport from the same committee was adopted, and
which we submit in full under instructions:
Tour Special Committee on Dues and Benefits, believing that the
membership generally of the Order should have information regarding
sickness, deaths, expense of management, receipts from all sources, and
all expenditures by subordinates, to the end that necessary legislation
may be ultimately enacted, either by Subordinate Grand Lodges, or by
this Graud Lodge, so regulating dues and benefits as to secure the permanency of the fundamental principle, that substantial benefits must
be paid, we submit the following,  and recommend its adoption:
lot. Resolved, That all Grand Lodges be, and they are hereby requested, to select a committee of three members, whose duty it shall be
to consider the subject of dues and benefits in their respective jurisdictions, and, for the purpose of securing uniformity in the information to
be collected and disseminated, we recommend that said committees
examine the returns from Subordinate Lodges for the past ten years,
and report to their several Grand Lodges the following, for each of said
years:
1st. Members.
2nd. Number sick.
3rd. Weeks benefits paid.
4th. Deaths.
5th. Amount paid for sick benefits.
6th. Amount paid for funeral benefits and funeral expenses.
7th. Amount paid for widowed families.
8th. Amount paid for relief and education of orphans.
,9th. Amount paid for special relief. 1137
10th. Amount paid for total relief.
llth. Average sickness per member.
12th. Average cost per member for total relief.
13th. Average cost per member for current or working expenses of
Lodges.
14th. Current, or working expenses of Lodges.
15th. Total cost per member for all Lodge expenditures.
16th. Receipts for dues.
17th. Eeceipts from initiations and degrees.
18th. Receipts from rent of property, and other investments.
19th. Total receipts of Lodges.
20th. Net increase, or decrease in value of real estate, at fair cash
value, and of good securities and cash.
2nd. Resolved, That Grand Lodges be further requested to maintain
such Committee on Dues and Benefits, and to the facts suggested to be
collated for the past, ten years, said committee likewise tabulate like
facts for succeeding years.
3rd. Resolved, That Eepresentatives report this action to their several
Grand Lodges.
4th. Resolved, That this committee be continued, and the Grand
Sire fill any vacancies.
Sec. 672 White's Digest, amended so as to apply to Eebekah Lodges,
as well as Subordinate Lodges and Encampments.
That members can apply for affiliation on a visiting card,
• That Section 91 of White's Digest (1889) be and the same is hereby
amended so as to read as follows :
Resolved, That the only persons who are the beneficiaries of a
funeral benefit are the widow, orphans under the age of twenty-one
years, or dependent relatives of the deceased, or relatives upon whom
the deceased was dependent at the time of death. Dependent relatives
are relatives who were members of the family of the deceased and were
dependent upon the deceased for support at the time of death.
APPEALS.
There were twenty-five appeal cases altogether, and we submit for
your perusal two of the most important:
Tour Committee on Appeals having fully examined and considered
the record on appeal in the case of Franklin Lodge, No. 23, I. O. O. F.
vs. the Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Massachusetts, respectfully report:
STATEMENT  OE FACTS.
W. T. Plaisted, P. G., a member of Franklin Lodge, residing in
Somerville, Mass., was sick and under the care of Oasis Lodge, of that
place, during the entire year 1892.
Oasis Lodge, deeming it necessary, employed watchers to attend
Bro. Plaisted until September 10,1892, at which time, on the report of a
committee from Franklin Lodge which visited Bro. Plaisted, and at the
request of Franklin Lodge, Oasis Lodge withdrew the watcher. Bro.
Plaisted's son (Mr. H. F. Plaisted) protested t<5 Oasis Lodge, on behalf of
his father, against the withdrawal of the watcher.
On October 5th, Mr. H. F. Plaisted (who is not a member of the
Order) finding that he could not give proper attention to his father and
attend to his daily employment in the city, " decided to employ a nurse
himself." 1138
It does not appear from thfe record that a nurse was in fact employed by Mr. Plaisted, unless it may be inferred from the subsequent
presentation of a bill for " furnishing watchers for his father, for fifty,
nights, at $2.00, 8100.00.
It does not appear that Mr. Plaisted consulted either Oasis Lodge or
Franklin Lodge about his decision of October 5th to employ a nurse,
prior to November 18th, on which date Franklin Lodge ordered Oasis
Lodge to again employ watchers for Bro. Plaisted. This Oasis Lodge
did on November 23rd.
Mr. H. F. Plaisted then presented a bill to Franklin Lodge for
$100.00 " for furnishing watchers for his father from October 5,1892, to
November 23,1892, inclusive, fifty nights, at $2.00."
Franklin Lodge refused to pay the bill, claiming that it was not correct, as it covered the time when the watcher was withdrawn by their
order.
From this action of the Lodge, Bro. W. T. Plaisted appealed to the
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The Grand Lodge ordered Franklin
Lodge to pay the entire amount of Mr. Plaisted's claim.
From this action of the Grand Lodge, Franklin Lodge appeals.
DECISION.
We are of the opinion that Franklin Lodge is not legally liable for
any expenditure made by Mr. H. F. Plaisted, for nurse hire for Bro. W.
T. Plaisted between the 5th of October and the 18th of November, 1892.
The necessity of employing a nurse for a sick brother must, in the
first instance, be determined by the Subordinate Lodge to which the
sick brother belongs, or by the Lodge in whose care he is at the time.
The determination of that question can never be left to the judgment
or caprice of a person who is not thereto authorized by the proper
Lodge, whether he be, or be not, a member of the Order.
"The matter of benefits, pecuniary and attentive, is delegated by
this body to subordinates."   White's Digest, 1889,117.
Under the circumstances, the expenditure, if any, made by Mr. H.
F. Plaisted in the premises, from October 5th to November 18th, 1892,
must be regarded as voluntary.
For the six days, trom November 18th to November 23rd, both inclusive, the expenditure, amounting to $12.00, being authorized by
Franklin Lodge, should be paid.
We therefore recommend the adoption of the following :
Resolved, That the appeal of Franklin Lodge, No. 23, from the
decision of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, requiring said Franklin
Lodge to pay the claim of H. F. Plaisted, for the sum of $100.00, be
sustained, and that said decision of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
be and is hereby modified by striking therefrom the following words :
"The full amount of his bill $100.00," and inserting in lieu of said
words the following:   " The sum of twelve (12) dollars."
Tour Committee on Appeals submit the following report on the
appeal of Myerstown Lodge, No. 358, from the action of the Grand
Lodge of Pennsylvania.   The history of the case is as follows, viz. :
Bro. Daniel Diehl, a member of said Lodge, died in June, 1890. For
six years prior to his death he boarded with his son-in-law, Isaac S.
Lehman, and paid his board regularly. Bro. Diehl was sick sixteen
weeks prior to his death, and his daughter, Mrs, Lehman, gave him attention and necessary nursing. He left surviving him three daughters,
including Mrs. Lehman, and also two sons, none of whom were dependent upon him, neither was he dependent on either of them.   The 1189
funeral of Bro. Diehl was held at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Lehman
and the Lodge paid the expenses of the funeral, amounting to 8102.61
and Lehman then claimed the balance of the funeral benefit provided
by the laws of the Lodge, and amounting to $197.39, as attorney for the
heirs of the deceased brother, and this balance of funeral benefit the
Lodge refused to pay, and Mrs. Tillie S. Lehman, wife of said Lehman,
took an appeal to the Lodge and a Commissioner was appointed to take
testimony. The report of the Commissioner embodying the evidence
taken was filed, and the Lodge considered the same, and by resolution
refused to pay the claim of Mrs. Lehman, ufor the reason that she had
failed to prove that she was dependent on Bro. Daniel Diehl, deceased,
or that he was dependent upon her at the time of his decease." From
this action Mrs. Lehman appealed to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania,
and this appeal was referred to the Committee on Appeals for benefits
of that body.
This committee reported in favor of sustaining the appeal of Mrs*
Lehman on the ground " that the appellant is a relative upon whom the
brother (meaning the deceased Bro. Diehl) was dependent." This was
approved by the Grand Master, whereupon Myerstown Lodge, as provided by the law of Pennsylvania, appealed to the Grand Lodge on the
ground " that Mrs. Lehman was not a dependent relative of Bro. Daniel
Diehl, deceased, and it was a misapplication of law on the part of the
Committee on Appeals to apply that term to her, nor was Bro. Daniel
Diehl dependent on his daughter, Mrs. Lehman." The Lodge assigned
this finding by the Committee and its approval by the Grand Master as
error.   See printed appeal, page 4.
This appeal of the Lodge was then regularly referred to the Committee on the State of the Order who reported that u the appeal does not
raise a question of law, and therefore the grounds of the appeal are not
proper and legal, and the same cannot be considered by the Grand
Lodge."
The Grand Lodge adopted the report of the Committee on the State
of the Order as above, and permission was given the Lodge to appeal to
the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Tour committee have carefully considered the questions raised by
the foregoing appeal and conclude that the appeal of the Lodge did raise
a question of law, to wit: Whether under the undisputed evidence in
the case Mrs. Lehman was, under the law of the Order and of that jurisdiction, a relative on whom the deceased brother was dependent so as
to entitle her to the funeral benefit. We regard it as a safe rule and
good practice not to interfere with or disturb findings on evidence where
there is either a substantial conflict in evidence or in cases in which the
finding is not strongly and decidedly against the weight of evidence, but
it is quite a different thing to construe the application of law to a case
in which there is no material conflict in the evidence, as in the case
before us.
The evidence in this case will be found on printed appeal, pages 7
to 16 inclusive, from which it appears that Mrs. Lehman herself did not
testify that her father was dependent on her and her husband testified
in effect that he was not thus dependent. (See printed appeal, page 10.)
Indeed it is inferable from Lehman's evidence, on page 9 of printed
appeal, that the deceased had an estate, the extent or nature of which
was not gone into by the evidence. Tour committee further conclude
not only that the case should have been considered, but that the appeal
of the Lodge should have been sustained. As it appears to us there was
an entire failure of proof going to show either that Mrs. Lehman was
dependent on the deceased or that deceased was dependent upon her 1140
and the latter was the only basis of her claim.    We therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution :
Resolved, That the appeal of Myerstown Lodge, No. 358 be sustained
and the action of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania be reversed.
The question of admitting members into the Order at 18 years of
age was again defeated by 96 nays to 80 yeas.
REBEKAH LODGES.
At the session of 1892, a special committee of five Eepresentatives
was appointed to frame a Code of Laws, for the government of the
Eebekah branch of the Order, but a mistake was made in selecting them.
One was selected from New Hampshire, one from Salt Lake City, one
from Minnesota, one from Pennsylvania, and one from Ohio, and without great trouble and expense to themselves it was impossible to meet
in recess.   The following was therefore adopted:
Resolved, That a new committee be appointed under the above
named resolution, with instructions to meet in Chattanooga, Tenn., one
week prior to the stated session of this Sovereign Grand Lodge, and that
the committee be allowed the usual per diem.
The report of the Committee on the Petition of David Green, was
adopted.
REPORT.
Tour Committee on Petitions, to whom was referred the petition
and papers accompanying the same of David Green, formerly a member
of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, of Victoria, B. C, beg leave to report that,
after a careful examination of said petition we find a serious discrepancy
in the statements there presented, and your committee, having no opportunity to ascertain the facts, would respectfully recommend that the
Grand Secretary be and is hereby instructed to forward said petition and
papers connected therewith to the Grand Lodge of B. C. with instructions to look into the case, so that all parties connected therewith may
have a proper hearing, and the case determined accordingly.
The question of modifying the Eegalia of the Order was referred to
the next session of the S. G. L.
Under instructions from this Grand Body, we submitted a resolution
which was referred to the Legislative Committee, and their report on the
same was adopted.
REPORT.
Tour Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the resolution
of Eepresentative Waller, of British Columbia, to wit :
'* That a brother taken sick remote from his Lodge, and failing to
report himself within a reasonable time (after he is taken sick) to the
Eelief Committee or Lodge of the place where he then resides, said
Relief Committee or Lodge shall not pay him any benefits without first
referring the case to his own Lodge for instructions," -would report that
the law on the subject is now substantially in accord with the resolution
offered, and therefore we ask to be discharged from its further consideration.
MISCELLANEOUS.
Bro. Eev. J. W. Venable was presented with a veteran's jewel by the 1141
Kentucky Eepresentatives as a small token of their appreciation of his
valuable services as Grand Chaplain of the S. G. L. for twenty-five years.
The Odd Fellows of Milwaukee and Wisconsin presented P. G.
Sire James G. Sanders with a magnificent jewel on the jubilee of his
initiation into the Order.
Eepresentative Macguire, of California, moved the following, which
was unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That upon the retirement of General John C. Underwood
from the command of the Patriarchs Militant, this Sovereign Grand
Lodge desires to place upon record its grateful appreciation of the
ability and untiring energy displayed by General Underwood in the
organization and command of the Patriarchs Militant and of the personal
sacrifices in connection with his services.
Resolved, That the flag, desk and chair of the Comman ler-in-Chief,
heretofore used by General Underwood in connection with his office, be
presented to him as souvenirs of his official connection with the
Patriarchs Militant.
HEAD QUARTERS OE THE S.  G.  L.
The special committee appointed last session to select a proper and
suitable office for the Grand Secretary, were authorized to purchase the
premises now occupied by him, for the sum of $25,000.
The amended Constitution of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
was approved.
The Eepresentatives from British Columbia were honored by being
placed on the following committees:
Eep. Quennell, on Patriarchal Branch of the Order.
Rep. Scoullar, on Grand Bodies, not represented.
Eep. Waller, Chairman on Correspondence.
CONCLUSION.
We cannot close this report without referring to the admirable
arrangements made by the Brothers and Sisters of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, for the reception and entertainment of the Officers and Eepresentatives of the S. G. L., and their lady friends, they were untiring in
their efforts to make their visitors feel at home, and more then verified
the promises made by their Eepresentatives last session.
On Saturday, we were taken by train to White Fish Bay, accompanied with a brass band, where a sumptuous Banquet was provided.
On Monday, we were escorted from the Pfister Hotel, to the Davidson Theatre, where Bro. Silber delivered the Address of Welcome.
Mayor Koch, tendered the freedom of the city; the Governor of the
State extended a cordial welcome.   The Grand Patriarch, Grand Master 1142
and Sister Hutchinson, the President of the Eebekah Convention, gave
cordial addresses of welcome.
The Grand Sire made a general response in his usual, able and eloquent manner.
The Officers and Eepresentatives then marched to their place of
meeting, and proceeded to business.
On Tuesday afternoon there was quite a large parade of Odd Fellows,
with the Eepresentatives and Ladies in carriages. After the parade, we
were driven to the Soldiers' Home, a beautiful place situated in a park
of four hundred acres. And all through the week our lady friends were
handsomely entertained by the Brothers and Sisters of Milwaukee.
In Chicago, the Parades, Banquets, Steamboat Eides on the Lake,
and coach rides were continued, only on a more elaborate scale, and will
no doubt be ever remembered by those who had the extreme pleasure of
participating in them, as being one of the most enjoyable pleasure trips
in their lives. Finishing up with a couple of weeks at the White City,
one of the grandest (if not the grandest) sight in the world.
Such an opportunity for entertainment and delightful pleasure, for
the Grand Eepresentatives, may never again be presented, and as it was
through your votes we were enabled to enjoy all this pleasure,
Wje return our sincere thanks for the honor conferred.
H. WALLEE,
Grand Eepresentative.
A. W. SCOULLAR,
Grand Eepresentative.
Petitions for Charters were read from Ashcroft Lodge,
No. 23 ; Island Lodge, No. 24 ; Eevelstoke Lodge, No. 25 ;
and Alpine Eebekah Lodge, No. 6 ; also from Cloverdale
Lodge, No. 15, for a Duplicate Charter to replace the
original one destroyed by fire; and referred to the Committee
on Petitions.
A communication was read from the Secretary of the
Odd Fellows' Eelief Association of Canada, asking for
recognition by this Grand Lodge. Moved, seconded and
carried, that the communication be received and filed. 1143
Representative H. B. Gilmour, ISTo. 10, gave the following notice of motion, which was referred to the Committee
on Legislation :
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
I hereby give notice that to-morrow, the 15th instant, I will move
the following amendment to Article IV., Section I., of the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges: Add the following words at the end of the
section : "Provided that for a period of four weeks from the date of
the institution of a Subordinate Lodge the fees for initiation and
degrees may be as follows: For initiation, $5 ; for first and second
degrees, $2 each; and for third degree, $1."
H. B. GILMOUE,
J. E. PHILLIPS.
Moved by Representative D. Welsh, ISTo. 13, and
seconded by Representative Henderson, JSTo. 2, that the
officers of this Grand Lodge be instructed to send a telegram
of fraternal greeting to the Grand Lodge of Manitoba now
in session.    Carried.
(This instruction was complied with, and the following
reply received after the adjournment of the Grand Lodge\
having been sent in error to Victoria :
Winnipeg, Man., 16th February.
Frederick Davey, Grand Secretary Odd Fellows, Vancouver, B. C.:
The Grand Lodge of Manitoba is pleased to receive greeting and
wishes you prosperity.
R. SHANKS,
Grand Secretary.)
Report read  from   Committee on Distribution, which
was adopted.
Vancouver, B. C, 14th February, 1894.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Tour Committee on Distribution beg
to recommend the following disposal of the subjects presented in th«>
Grand Master's report. 1144
TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE STATE OF THE ORDER.
Pages 1 to 3 relating to general progress of the Order.
Pages 12 and 13 relating to visitations.
Page 18 relating to special permissions.
Pages 20 and 21 relating to closing remarks.
Page 13 relating to installations.
D. D. G. MASTER'S REPORT.
Page 3 respecting Installation.
Page 6 respecting Installations.
Page 9 respecting Installations.
Page 15 respecting Installations.
Page, % of 17 respecting Installations.
Page 18 respecting Reports.
Page 19 respecting Eeports.
Page 20 respecting Eeports.
Page 21 respecting Eeports.
Page 22 respecting Reports.
Page 23 respecting Reports.
Page 24 respecting Reports.
Pages 25 and 26 respecting Eeports.
Page 27 respecting Eeports.
Pages 29 and 30 respecting Eeports.
Page 31 respecting Eeports.
Pages 32 respecting Eeports.
Page, % of 33 respecting Installation.
COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAET.
GRAND MASTER'S REPORT.
Pages 4 to 6 relating to Proclamations.
Pages 15 and 18 relating to Dispensations.
Pages 11 and 19 relating to Questions.
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER'S   REPORTS.
Pages 1 to 5 relating to Questions.
Page 4 relating to Dispensations.
Pages 7, 5, 10 relating to Questions.
Pages, ^ of 17, 36, 37, 38, K of 39 relating to Questions.
Page. % of 33 relating to Questions.
Pages 4, 8,11,12,13, 14,16 relating to Dispensations.
Page 34 relating to Dispensations.
Page, % of 35 relating to Dispensations.
COMMITTEE ON APPEALS.
GRAND MASTER'S REPORT.
Pages 8 to 11.
Eespectfully submitted,
J. Ed. PHILLIPS,
E. QUENNELL,
J. E. PHILLIPS,
Committee
on
Distribution. 1145
It was on motion resolved, That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to 7:30 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7.30 p. m.
The Grand Marshal, after examination, reported all
present duly qualified, the Grand Secretary reported a
quorum present and the Grand Lodge was declared open for
business.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced Past Grands
Hurliman, No. 10, and N. Strople, No. 13, on whom the
Grand Lodge Degree was conferred.
The following report from the Committee on Laws of
Subordinates was read and adopted :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, Il 0. 0. F.:
Tour Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that we
have examined and approved the following by-laws and amendments
thereto of Lodges in this jurisdiction during the past year :
Complete codes—Columbia Lodge, No. 2 ; Black Diamond Lodge,
No. 5 ; Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
Amendments as follows:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1. —Article XV., mode of payment of initiation
and degree fees.
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.—Artie1 e XX., amount of sick benefits.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10.—Amendments rendered necessary in
connection with the incorporation of the Lodge.
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.—Article XX., amount of sick benefits. 1146
Delta Lodge, No. 21.—Article V., terms of .Admission.
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22.—Changing night of meeting.
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.—Eequiring medical certificate from
sick members.
Island Lodge, No. 24.—Submitted a new code of By-Laws for consideration, which require altering in the following particulars :
The last portion of paragraph two, Section I., Article XVIII., commencing with the words "In all cases," should be struck out, and the
wording of the last paragraph of Section II., Article IV., Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges, governing benefits in cases of continuous sickness, should be substituted therefor. The present wording of the section
in question disqualifying a member from receiving full benefits until
after he has recovered from any sickness (no matter however short in
duration) for six months.
Section V., of Article XVII., is incomplete (evidently a typographical
error) and we recommend that the Lodge be called on to furnish the
missing portion for the consideration of the committee, the date of the
meeting of the Grand Lodge not allowing us time to communicate with
the Lodge and obtain an answer.
Tour committee would recommend that a standing resolution be
passed requiring Lodges to submit all by-laws and amendments thereto
in duplicate, so that one copy could be kept on file in the Grand
Secretary's office and the other returned to the Lodge when approved.
We are informed by the Grand Secretary that Lodges invariably
require the return of the manuscript copies submitted for the printer's
use, and that they are rarely returned, so that there is nothing to show
what this Grand Lodge has approved.
Fraternally submitted.
JOS. E. PHILLIPS,
P. W. DEMPSTEE,
Committee on
Laws
J. H. MELDEAM.    ) of Subordinates.
Report read from  Committee'on  Distribution, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.:
Tour Committee on Distribution to whom was referred the Grand
Secretary's report, beg leave to suggest that it be assigned to the following committees: TO THE COMMITTEE  ON  STATE  OP  THE ORDER.
Page 1 and part of 2.
Paragraphs 5 and 8 on page 10.
Paragraph 11 on pages 11 and 12.
Paragraph 12 on pages 12 and 13.
Paragraph 13 on page 13.
TO  THE  COMMITTEE ON FINANCE.
From second part of page 2 to page 9, inclusive; also paragraph on
page 10.
Page 15 and first part of page 16.
Pages 19, 20, 21, 22.
TO THE CONMITTEE ON APPEALS.
Paragraphs 6 and 7 on page 10.
TO THE COMMITTEE ON  LEGISLATION.
Paragraphs 9 and 10 on Page 11.
TO THE  SPECIAL  COMMITTEE  ON  INSUR.ANCE.
Part page 14.
Part Page 16 and all of pages 17 stnd 18.
Page 23 on blank form of Insurance Policy.
TO THE COMMITTEE ON PETITIONS.
Paragraph 11 on page 12.
Fraternally submitted,
J. Ed. PHILLIPS,
E. QUENNELL,     V of
J. E. PHILLIPS,   ) Distribution.
Report read from Committee on Appeals which was  on
motion laid on the table until 11 o'clock a. m., to-morrow.
Victoria, B. C, February 13th 1894.
To the Grand Master, Officers and Representatives of the Grand Lodge
o/ the Province of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Tour Committee on Appeals to whom
was referred the appeal of Bro. J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., from the
decision of the Grand Master, J. Crossan, in sustaining the action of
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F., in refusing him benefits on two
separate occasions.
Beg to submit our report as follows: 1148
Having carefully examined all the documents and evidence in the
case of the first sickness, we are satisfied that the decision of the Grand
Master thereon is correct, and we, therefore, fully confirm the same.
In the matter of the claim for the second sickness, the Grand
Master appears to have touched on all the points bearing on the case
before him, and then gives the following decision :
"The General Law, not making it incumbent on any particular
" officer to report a Brother well, and the By-Laws of Dominion Lodge,
| No. 4, being silent on the matter, I am of the opinion that the duty
" fairly devolves on the convalesent Brother."
"Taking into consideration the evidence adduced, the surrounding
| circumstances and the absence of any law on the subject, I feel that
" the neglect of Bro. Wriglesworth to report himself well is fatal to his
| demands for benefits for what he contends to be the second portion of
" his illness."
"The action of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, is therefore sustained."
Tour committee take exception to this decision, on the following
grounds :
First—That there is nothing in the laws making it compulsory on a
sick brother to report himself well.
Second—That there is a By-Law in Dominion Lodge, No. 4, clearly
defining the duties of the Visiting Committee (one officer to visit each
day) from the time that a brother is reported sick to his Lodge until
reported well again, immaterial whether a brother is entitled to pecuniary benefits or not.
Third—That Bro. J. Wriglesworth did report himself to one of the
Visiting Committee as attending to his business.
The following is an extract from the written statement of Bro. H. W.
Green, one of the Visiting Committee of that time :
" I remember calling upon him (meaning Bro. Wriglesworth) and
" inquiring as to his health (it being Lodge night I wished to make a
"report) when the brother told me in substance, that he was feeling
" much better, but if his work was laborious he would not be able to be
| around."
The above statement shows most conclusively that Bro. J. Wriglesworth was attending to some kind of work, and also, that he did so
report himself to Bro. H. W. Green.
There is nothing, however, in the evidence before us to show that
Bro. Wriglesworth did report himself or was reported sick to Dominion
Lodge after recovering from his first sickness. 1149
We find it an impossibility to arrive at an intelligent decision with
such discrepancies in the dates and such contradictory statements by
the brothers of the same Lodge, in regard to the second sickness.
Bro. J. Wriglesworth, in his appeal from the decision of the Grand
Master, claims that most of the above mentioned statements were made
without giving him an opportunity to defend himself against them, and
that he is prepared to refute them.
AlS it is the duty of this Grand Body to mete out impartial justice
to all, whether individual members or Lodges, we offer the following:
Resolved,—1st. That the decision of the Grand Master in regard to
Bro. J. Wriglesworth's first sickness be confirmed, but the decision on
the second sickness be not sustained.
Resolved, 2nd. That the appeal committee be empowered to call before
them all persons connected with this case, and also (in conjunction with
the Secretary of Dominion Lodge, No. 4), to examine the minutes of the
Lodge, to elicit all the facts in the case, and submit them at the next
regular session of this Grand Lodge.
Fraternally submitted.
A. HENDERSON, 1
G. FOWLIE, I   Committee
H. WALLER, y on
H. B. GILMOUR,       Appeals.
D. WELSH, J
Report read from Committee on Petitions, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Tour Committee on Petitions, to whom was referred the petitions for
Subordinate Lodges to be instituted, viz.:
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, at Ashcroft, B. C;
Island Lodge, No. 24, at Eburne, B. C;
Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, at Revelstoke, B. C;
Also for Alpine Rebekah Lodge, No. 6, New Westminster, B. C, beg
to report that we find the law has been complied with in each instance
and recommend that Charters be issued accordingly.
We also recommend that a Duplicate Charter be granted to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, in lieu of the original one destroyed by fire.
W. H. GARDINER,   ) Committee
GEORGE GLOVER, [        on
J. F. STAINTON.      J Petitions. 1150
Report read from Special Committee appointed last
session to prepare and submit form of policy for Odd
Fellows5 Insurance Association, &c.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
We, the undersigned, a special committee appointed at the last session of this Grand Body to prepare and submit to this session of the
Grand Lodge a form of policy to be substituted for the certificate of
membership then in use by the Insurance Association of this jurisdiction, beg leave to present for your approval the form of policy as hereto
attached.
Tour committee were also empowered to make any necessary corrections that, in their opinion, might be required to remove any inconsistencies occurring in the new rules prior to their being reprinted.
We concluded that the power vested in us under the resolution only
warranted "a correction" where necessary, and not an alteration of
the substance of any rule or rules. And while we deem the present-
by-laws of the Association contain serious defects and require extensive
remodelling to make them workable, we have refrained from altering
them to any extent, simply inserting a few words in order to have the
different sections harmonize.
In presenting this form of policy for approval we desire to call your
attention to the fact that we have endeavored to so word this policy that
it is a contract of an Odd Fellows Insurance Association and not a contract of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, but we are strongly of
the opinion that the by-laws as they now stand might, in case of an
epidemic throughout the Province and a heavy death rate among the
members of the Association, seriously jeopardize the funds of this
Grand Lodge.
The management of this Association is at present vested in the
Officers of this Grand Lodge, the Grand Master is required to sign the
certificates, the Grand Treasurer has charge of the funds, and the Grand
Secretary is therein stated to be entitled to receive such remuneration
as this Grand Lodge may vote, thus making him an employe of this
Grand Lodge, all of which might legally constitute the Insurance
Association and the Grand Lodge identical, and the funds of this Grand
Lodge liable for claims.
While therefore the form of policy which we submit carefully
avoids any reference to this Grand Lodge or its Officers, yet if taken in
conjunction with the present By-laws it might possibly be construed to
form part and parcel thereof, and commit the Grand Lodge to serious
loss. We therefore recommend a change in the wording of the present
rules of this Association by which the Association may be regulated on
an independent basis, and all reference to Grand Officers as such
excluded.
Several minor changes are also recommended, such as providing the
levying of extraordinary assessments monthly, instead of bi-monthly,
when there is not $1,000 on hand, so as to remove any cause f or-complaint
that that sum is not at present guaranteed.
The present rule respecting reinstatement is, in our opinion, altogether too arbitrary, and unless changed will work detrimentally to the
Association's interests.
All of which is respectfully submitted in F., L. and T.
>• Committee.
C. F. YATES,
FRED'K. DA\  1153
I the within named member of the Odd Fellows
Insurance Association of British Columbia, do hereby revoke and alter
the Beneflciar(ies) (y) within named, and do now nominate
bearing the relation to me of as Beneficiar(ies) (y) under
this Certificate.
Witness my hand and Seal this day of 189..
Witness (Seal)
Entered in the records of this Association and approved this
day of 189..
  Received from the Odd  Fellows Insurance Association  of
British Columbia the sum of dollars
which sum is in full satisfaction of all claims and demands existing
under the within Certificate, and this Certificate is hereby cancelled and
surrendered to the Association.
Witness..,.hand and Seal this day of 189..
Witness 1154
Moved and seconded, that the report be received and
referred to a special committee on insurance.
Moved as an amendment, that the report be received
and its consideration be deferred until 10 o'clock a. m., on
Friday next.
Moved as an amendment to the amendment, that the
report be received and that it be laid over until to-morrow
morning at 10 o'clock.
The amendment to the amendment was declared carried
on being submitted to the vote.
Bro. A. W. Scoullar, Grand Representative, on behalf
of the members of the Vancouver Lodges, extended an invi-
tation to the visiting Officers and Representatives to a concert in the Market Hall, to-morrow evening, and a Banquet
in the Imperial Opera House, on Friday evening.
The hour fixed by law for the election of Officers for
the ensuing year having arrived, the Grand Master called for
nominations.
T. C. Gray, No.  10, was nominated  by H. "Waller, P
G. M., as Grand Master, and there being no other nominee
was declared duly elected by acclamation.
W. E. Holmes, No. 1, was nominated as Deputy Grand
Master, by Rep. Gilmour, No. 10, and there being no other
nominee was declared duly elected by acclamation.
P. J. Foulds, No. 3, was nominated as Grand "Warden
by Rep. Rivers, No. 5, and there being no other nominee,
was declared duly elected by acclamation.
F. Davey, No. 1, was nominated as Grand Secretary by
Rep. T. F. Neelands, No. 8, and there being no other nominee, was declared duly elected by acclamation. 1155
For Grand Treasurer,  the following nominations were
offered :
L. Mounce, No. 6 Nominated by E. Quennell, P.G.M.
D. Welsh, No. 3     J § W. McDonagh, No. 15
W. E. Johnstone, No. 8. « G. W. Aldous, No. 16
A. Henderson, No. 2. .. " G. Fowlie, No. 4.
The Chair appointed W. McColl, P. G. M., H. Waller,
P. G. M., and J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, as tellers, and
the ballot was spread with the following result :
Number of votes cast, 77,
Bro. Mounce, received 25 votes ; Bro. Welsh, received
28 votes ; Bro. J ohnstone, received 10 votes ; Bro. Hender •
son, received 13 votes ; spoiled, 1 vote.
Neither nominee receiving a majority of votes cast, a
second ballot was spread, the name of Bro. Johnstone omitted, and the following result announced :
Number of votes cast, 77.
Bro. Mounce, received 26 votes ; Bro. Welsh, received
35 votes ; Bro. Henderson, received 16 votes.
There still being no choice, a third ballot was spread,
tbe name of Bro. Henderson being dropped, and the following result announced :
Number of votes cast, 77.
Bro. Mounce, received 33 votes ; Bro. Welsh, received
43 ; spoiled, 1.
Bro. Welsh having received a majority of the votes cast
was declared duly elected. 1156
For Grand Eepresentative, J. E. Phillips, P. G. M.,
No. 4, was nominated by E. Quennell, P. G. M., and E.
Eoberts, P. G. M., No. 1, was nominated by E. Baker, No. 3,
j j «/
The ballot was spread with the following result :
Number of votes cast, 77.
Bro. Phillips, received 36 votes; Bro. Roberts, received
40 votes; blank, 1.
Bro. R. Roberts, P. G. M., was therefore declared duly
elected Grand Representative for two years.
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice of motion:
Vancouver, B. C, 14th February, 1894.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
I hereby give notice that to-morrow I will move the following
amendments to the Rules of the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of
British Columbia:
(1.) Page 2—Name and objects—Add the following words: " But it is
iC to be distinctly understood that the funds of the Grand Lodge of
" British Columbia, I. O. O. F., nor of any of its subordinates shall be
" held responsible in any way for the fulfilment of any contracts or
" engagements of this Association "
(2.) Page 4—Membership—Line 3 after the word " certificate " insert
the words " on the form provided for that purpose." Line 4, after the
word " health " insert the words " the cost of which must be paid by the
'* applicant."
(3.) Page 4—Duties of Officers—Line 1, after the word " shall" add
the words " act as President of the Association and "
(4.) Duties of Deputy Grand Master—Strike out the 4 lines referring
thereto and insert the following: " The Deputy Grand Master shall act
" as Vice-President of this Association and in the absence of the Presi-
" dent shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and
" perform all duties appertaining to the office of President."
(5.) Duties of Secretary—Line 1, after the word " Secretary," add
the words " shall act as Secretary of this Association and "
(6.) Page 6—Duties of Treasurer—Lines 1 and 2, strike out all the 1157
words to the word " Association " and insert the following: " The Grand
" Treasurer shall act as Treasurer of this Association and shall have
" charge of its funds."
(7.) Duties of Finance Committee—Line 4, strike out the words
"Grand" where they occur. Line 5, strike out the words "with respect
" to " and insert the word " of "
(8.) Pages 6 and 7—Fees, Dues and Assessments-
whole of this article and insert in lieu the following:
•Strike out the
" Applications for admission to membership must be accompanied
§ by the sum of $2.50 as an entrance fee, which sum will be returned if
" the applicant is not accepted. New members must pay the amount of
" one assessment within sixty days from the date of the issuing of the
I certificate of membership in accordance with the following scale for
I the age of the member."
"Assessments in accordance with the scale provided herewith for the
4<age of the member at the time of his admission to membership shall be
"levied on the members bi-monthly on the 1st day of January, March,
"May, July, September and November, but in the event of there not
''being $1000 in the Endowment Fund whenever proof of death of a mem-
4'ber is filed, the Executive Committee is empowered to levy an assess.
"ment at the usual rate on the first day of each month succeeding until
"the requisite $1000 is iaised, after which the assessments shall be levied
"bi-monthly as before provided. All assessments must be paid within
"thirty days from the date of their being levied otherwise the delinquent
"member will be suspended from benefit.
"Each member shall pay as dues the sum of one dollar and fifty cents
"per annum.
"Any member owing 12 months dues and failing to pay the same
"within three months thereafter shall be suspended from benefits.
"A member suspended from benefit for non-payment of assessments
"or dues, may be reinstated within one month after the date of suspension by the payment of all assessments and dues owing by him but
"when one month has expired he cannot be reinstated except by the
"payment of all assessments and dues owing and the production
"of a medical certificate of health on the form provided for that pur-
"pose. After the expiration of three months from the date of suspension
"from benefit if he fails to be reinstated the member shall be suspended
"from membership and he cannot again be admitted to membership in
"this Association, except in the same manner and by the payment of the
"same rate of assessment as a new applicant of the same age."
(9.) Page 9—" Funds "—Line 1, strike out the words " Grand Master " and insert the word " President." 1158
(10.) Line 2, strike out the word " Grand."
(11.) Page 9—Benefits—Strike out the word " Grand"  where   it
occurs in this article.
(12.) Strike out lines 10,11,12 and 13;  also the word "Fund" in
line 14.
(13.) Page 9—Nominations—Strike out the word " Grand" where it
occurs in this article.
FRED'K. DA VET,
Grand Secretary.
It was resolved, that this Grand Lodge omit its meeting
to morrow afternoon in order to allow the Grand Encampment to meet in this Hall.
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
9:30 a. in., to-morrow
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY
Yancouver, B. C, 15th February, 1894.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 9:30 a. m., pursuant to
adjournment.
Present :
J. Crossan x Grand Master,
T. C. Gray  Deputy Grand Master,
W. E. Holmes Grand Warden,
F. Davey \ Grand Secretary,
P. J. Foulds Grand Treasurer,
H. Waller, P.G.M Grand. Representative,
A. W. Scoullar Grand Representative,
D. Welsh Acting Grand Chaplain,
L. Cousins Grand Marshal,
L. Mounce ^ Acting Grand Guardian,
F. S. Whiteside Acting Grand Herald. 1159
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present,
The Grand Marshal examined all present and reported
them duly qualified.
The Grand Lodge was declared 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 Special Committee on Rules, &c, of Odd
Fellows5 Insurance Association laid over from yesterday was
taken from the table.
Moved and seconded that the report be received and
adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment, That the report
be referred to a special committee to consider and report
thereon, together with all matters referring to the Association.
The amendment was declared carried, and the Grand
Master appointed the Grand Secretary, C. F. Yates, P. G.,
No. 19, and Rep. D. Welsh, No. 13, to form the Committee.
The report of the Committee on Appeals, on the appeal
of J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., from the decision of the Grand
Master, was taken from the table, when it was resolved, that
the report be laid over until.the next session of this Grand
Lodge, and that a special committee of three be appointed,
to be selected as follows: One each from Victoria Lodge, No.
1; Columbia Lodge, No. 2, and Acme Lodge, No. 14. The
committee to be invested with all the powers recommended
by the Committee on Appeals, and to report at next session
of this Grand Lodge. 1160
Report read from Committee on State of the Order,
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
Tour Committee on the State of the Order beg leave to report that
they have examined those parts of the reports of the Grand Master and
Grand Secretary submitted to them, and would recommend their
adoption.
We would urge upon this Grand Lodge the necessity of enforcing
the moie prompt forwarding of the annual reports from the D.D.G.M.'s.
We find that only three out of fourteen are to hand, and we would
ask this Grand Lodge to take some action in the matter.
A. G. DAT, \ Committee on
GEO. HOLDNALL* [        State
T. F. NEELANDS,   J of the Order.
Rep. Gilmour, No. 10, moved the amendment to Section
L, Art. II. of the Grand Lodge Constitution, notice of which
was given last Annual Session, altering the date of meeting
to the Grand Lodge from the month of February to the
month of June, which was seconded, and on a show of hands
was declared duly carried. The ayes and nays were
demanded and were taken as follows :
Ayes—Crossan, Gray, Waller, Scoullar, Cousins, Gardiner, Huxtable, Fawcett, McKinnon, Henderson, Wilson,
Glover, Fowlie, Dailey, Holdnall, Rivers, Haggart, Robertson, Banks, Neelands, Johnstone, Clarke, Gilmour, Mather,
Hogg, Mathie, Dickinson, Macmillan, Aldous, McKelvie,
Johnson, Whiteside, Lowry, Stainton, Callin, Burr, Wriglesworth, Roberts, Quennell, J. E. Phillips, (No. 4), Shiles—41-
Na/ys—Holmes, Davey, Foulds, Day, Ross, Muir, Ferguson, Welsh, McDonagh, J. E. Phillips, (No. 3)—10.
Moved by W. E. Holmes, G. W., and seconded by Rep.
Gilmour, No. 10, that the next annual session of this Grand
Lodge be held at Yictoria in June, 1895. 1161
Moved by Rep. McKelvie, No. 18, and seconded by
Rep. Burr, No. 23, as an amendment, to strike out the word
I Yictoria ,1 and substitute "Kamloops" in the place thereof.
The resolution on being submitted to the vote was
declared carried.
Report read from Committee on Legislation which was
on motion, received and considered clause by clause.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.:
1, Tour Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the notice
of Rep. H. B. Gilmour, No. 10, to amend Sec 1, Art. IV. of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, beg to report that we have duly considered
the same and finding no legal objection thereto, recommend that it be
adopted.
2. With reference to paragraph 10 of the Grand Secretary's report,
calling attention to the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
requiring the appointment by the Grand Lodge of a committee to collect
statistics respecting the question of Dues and Benefits. We beg to
recommend that the requirements of said legislation be complied with.
Committee
on
A.1W. SCOULLAR,
W. HOGG,
L. MOUNCE,
Clause 1 was considered and adopted.
Clause 2 was considered and adopted
Legislation.
Rep. A; Henderson, No. 2, gave the following notice,
which was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
I hereby give notice that to-morrow I will move to amend Section
I., Article V., of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges as follows :—
Strike out the words I four weeks " in the first Hne and insert in lieu
thereof the words " one week." Strike out all the words after the word
" emergency " in the eleventh line and insert in lieu thereof the following, " when by a two-third vote of the members present the three
degrees may be conferred at the same meeting."
The following notice was given to amend the constitu-
tion of the Grand Lodge, which was laid over under the rule. 1162
We, the undersigned, hereby give notice that at the next annual
meeting of this Grand Lodge we will move the following amendments to
the Grand Lodge Constitution, Article VI., Section 3, where the word
" three " is used in the first line, the word " five " be substituted in lieu
thereof, so as to read :
Section 3. The Committee on Credentials shall consist of five members, who shall b6 appointed by the Grand Master who is holding over,
or the incumbent of the chair at the time of opening of the session, and
whose duty it shall be to examine and report to the Grand Lodge on the
credentials and certificates of members.
Section 4. Where the word " three " is used in the first line, "five"
be substituted in lieu thereof, so as to read :
Section 4. The Committee on Finance shall consist of five members
whose duty it shall be to examine and report on all accounts and claims
against the Grand Lodge; to examine the accounts of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, annually, and report the result of their
examination, and the condition of the finances immediately thereafter to
the Grand Lodge ; to ascertain and report at the commencement of each
annual session the amount required for the expenses of the Grand Lodge
for the ensuing year, and suggest such measures of finance as they may
deem expedient.
Section 7. Where the word " three " is used in the first line, " five "
be substituted in lieu thereof, so as to read :
Section 7. The Committee on Petitions shall consist of five members,
whose duty it shall be to examine all applications for charters referred
to them, and report to the Grand Lodge such action thereon as may be
proper.
Section 8. Where the word " three " is used in the second line," five "
be substituted in lieu thereof, so as to read :
Section 8. The Committee on the State of the Order shall consist of
five members, who shall examine the reports of the District Deputy
Grand Masters and reports of Subordinate Lodges and such other matters as may be referred to them, and report thereon to the Grand Lodge,
and they shall annually present to the Grand Lodge an exhibit of the
condition and progress of the Order under this jurisdiction, and recommend such measures for the good of the Order as from time to time
they shall Judge proper.
Section 9. Where the word " three " is used in the first line, " five "
be substituted in lieu thereof, so as to read :
Section 9. The Committee on Legislation shall consist of five members, who shall examine and report on all proposed amendments of the
Constitution, By-Laws, Rules of Order and Resolutions governing this
Grand Lodge, and such other matters as may be referred to them by the
Grand Lodge, or Grand Master.
Section 10. Where the word "three " is used in the first line, "five "
be substituted in lieu thereof, so as to read : 1163
Section 10. The Committee on Printing shall consist of five members, of which the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge shall be one,
and shall be chairman thereof They shall decide all matters of Printing, and none of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge shall be given to
the public press without having first received the sanction of a majority
of said Committee.
Section 11. Where the word " three " is used in the first line, | five "
be substituted in lieu thereof, so as to read :
Section 11. The Committee on Judiciary shall consist of five members, whose duty it shall be to consider all questions in relation to the
construction of the Laws of the Order and the decisions of the Grand
Master upon questions of law.
Section 12. Where the word " three " is used in the second line,
"five " be substituted in lieu thereof, so as to read :
Section 12. The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem shall consist
of five members, whose duty it shall be to examine and report the amount
each Officer and Representative is entitled to receive for attendance upon
the sessions of the Grand Lodge.
Also Article IV., Section 5, be amended by inserting after the word
bonds in the eleventh (11) line, "in some security company to the amount
of three thousand dollars (3,000), the Grand Lodge paying premium
for same," and strike out all the words after " British Columbia" in
the thirteenth (13) line, so as to read as follows:
Section 5. The Grand Treasurer shall receive and take charge of the
moneys of the Grand Lodge, pay all orders drawn on him by the Grand
Master, under the seal of the Grand Lodge ; make such investment of
the funds as the Grand Lodge may direct; keep his accounts in such a
manner as will exhibit tho resources and amount of receipts, and by
whom paid, the purposes and amount of disbursements, and to whom
paid; have his accounts closed up on the Saturday preceding the second
Monday in June, annually, and submit them to the Finance Committee,
and transmit by the Grand Secretary, annually, to the Subordinates, an
exhibit of his "accounts. He shall attend all regular sessions of the
Grand Lodge; he shall, previous to installation, give bonds in some
security company to the amount of three thousand dollars ($3,000), (the
Grand Lodge paying premium for same to) the Grand Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the Province of British Columbia.
A. W. SCOULLAR, No. 8,
J. JOHNSON, No. 19,
W. HOGG, No. 10.
Rep. Dickinson, No. 14, gave the following notice,
which was on motion, referred to the Committee on Legislation :
I hereby give notice that to-morrnw I will move the following
amendment to Section 4, Article IV. of the Constitution for Rebekah 1164
Lodges: Strike out the word "shall" in the first line and insert in lieu
thereof, the word "may;" also insert after the word "months" in the
second line the words " or one year f so as to make the section read as
follows :
"All Officers may hold their offices for six months or one year except
" the Financial Secretary and Trustees, who shall hold office as provided
"in the By-Laws."
The following notice was given by Reps. Holdnall and
Dailey, No. 5, but the consideration of same was ruled out
of order by the Grand Master on the ground that it was of a
religious character, and therefore not permissible under the
laws of the Order.
I hereby give notice that to-morrow I will move that in consequence
of the unsatisfactory and oft times disagreeable relations between the
Catholic Church and this Order, that the Officers of this Grand Lodge
communicate with the head of the Church in this Province and obtain
information from him, defining the position of the Church to this Order?
and to what extent a Subordinate Lodge may officiate at the grave of a
deceased brother, whose funeral is conducted by their clergy.
GEO. HOLDNALL,
D. G. DAILET.
Report read from Committee on Judiciary, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. O. F.:
Tour Committee on Judiciary having carefully examined all papers,
&c, submitted to them, beg to report as follows :
That the action of the Grand Master on Proclamations from Grand
Sire re Anniversary of Our Order and Memorial Day be approved.
Also those portions of the Grand Master's report relating to Dispensations be approved.
In respect to tbe special permissions granted by the Grand Master
for soliciting aid to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, and the General Relief
Committee of Fargo, Dakota, we wish to express our appreciation of the
liberal spirit in which these appeals were responded to by the Lodges of
of this jurisdiction.
DECISIONS OP GRAND MASTER.
No. 1. Question from Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23. Can we pay the hotel
bills of brothers who assisted at the institution of our Lodge from the
funds of the Lodge ?   Answer—No. 1165
No. 2. Question from Union Lodge, No. 11. Can an outsider play
the organ at the public installation of officers ?   Answer—Yes.
No. 3. Question from Vancouver Lodge, No. 8 Is it necessary to
notify each and every Lodge in this jurisdiction of the suspension of
brothers for N. P. D. ? Answer—Yes. (See Art. TO, Sec. VI. Con.,
governiDg subordinates.)
No. L Question from Kootenay Lodge, No. 16. Is it imperative for
officers of the Lodge to wear jewels according to their respective rank
and station in the Lodge ? Answer-Yes. (See page 333 Whites' Digest
1868, Journal 4431.)
No. 5. Question from Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23. If it was constitutional for us to hold an election of officers for the July term, our Lodge
beiDg instituted on the 30th of March ? Answer-Yes. (See page 239,
No. 983 Whites' Digest.)
We recommend that the above quoted decisions be approved. We
would further recommend that the action of our Grand Master and his
deputies in granting or refusing dispensations and in the interpretation
of by-laws referred to in their reports be approved.
We take this opportunity of complimenting our Grand Master on
his able and complete report.
B. W. SHILES,        )
JAS. MATHER,        \    Committee.
JNO. MAOMILLAN, ■
Moved by Eep. Johnstone, No. 8, and seconded by Rep
Dickinson, No. 14 :
That the Representatives of this Grand Lodge to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge be instructed to vote against any motion to compel State
Grand Lodges to adopt the scale of benefits and dues set forth m Section
IV of the report of Committee on Dues and Benefits. Also, that they
be instructed to vote for the substitution of badges for collars in Lodges,
and for the admission of members to this order at the age of eighteen
(18) years of age.
Moved and seconded that the resolntion be considered
seriatam.
Moved as an amendment and seconded, that the consideration of this resolution be the first business to-morrow.
The amendment was adopted. 1166
T 0. Gray, D. G. M., gave the following notice, which
was referred to the Committee on Legislation!
ArticlehvS7$1??* £* t0-m°rrow I ™U ™e :   ThatSectdon VI.,
read7s Slows.      C°nStltUtl°n of Subordinate Lodges be amended to
the ct^erfof (Xt^T^ ^ ^^^ °f * member' ™th
the Secretary SSl^ Lod "^Tv °f ^ ^ be giwn ^
j  uxuuwiLu to all Lodges m this jurisdiction.
Hi 1 WaS ? nm0ti°n reS0lved that this G^nd Lodge do
now adjourn to 9:30 a. m. to-morrow. g
The Grand Lodge then adjourned.
THIRD DAY,
Fkijdat, 16th February, 1894.
The Grand Lodge assembled at 9:30 a. m., pursuant to
adjournment.
Present :
J. Crossan Grand Master.
T. C. Gray Deputy Grand Master.
W. E. Holmes Grand Warden.
Fred'k. Davey Grand Secretary.
P. J. Foulds Grand Treasurer.
H. Waller, P. G. M Grand Kepresentative.
D. Welsh Acting Grand Chaplain.
L. Cousins Grand Marshal.
L. Mounce Acting Grand Guardian.
W. H. Gardner Grand Conductor.
S. A. Cawley Grand Herald. 1167
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present, and
the Grand Marshal having reported all present duly qualified,
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The roll of Grand Officers and Representatives was
called.
The minutes of yesterday's session were read and
adopted.
The Grand Marshal retited and introduced P. Ladner,
P. G. of Delta Lodge, No. 21, on whom the Grand Lodge
Degree was conferred.
The motion of instructions to the Grand Representatives
introduced by Bros. Johnstone and Dickinson yesterday was
taken from the table, and, on motion, considered clause by
clause.
Clause L, to vote against the compulsory adoption of
the Scale of Dues and Benefits recommended by the Committee of the Sovereign Grand Lodge was adopted.
Clause II., to vote for the substitution of Badges for
Collars in Lodges, was negatived on being submitted to the
vote. The ayes and nays having been called for we're taken
with the following result:
Ayes—Gray, Sconllar, Ross, Banks, Neelands, W. E.
Johnstone, Clarke, Dickinson, Macmillan—9.
Nays—Holmes, Davey, Foulds, Waller, Cousins, Gardiner, Huxtable, Day, I'awcett, McKjnnon, Henderson, Muir,
Ferguson, Wilson, Glover, Fowlie, Dailey, Holdnall, Rivers,
Mounce, Haggart, Robertson, Gilmour, Mather, Hogg,
Mathie, Welsh, McDonagh, Aldous, McKelvie, J. Johnson,
Whiteside, Lowry, Stainton, Callin, Burr, Wriglesworth?
Quennell, Phillips (No. 3), Phillips (No. 4), Shiles—41. 1168
Clause III., to vote for the admission of members at
eighteen years of age, was adopted.
A bill was presented by the Grand Master for postage,
printing and stationery, &c, during the past year, amounting
to $14, and was referred to the Committee on Finance to be
paid if found correct.
Report read from Committee on State of the Order,
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge, of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order to whom was referred
certain portions of the Grand Secretary's report, beg to report as follows:
We would recommend that the Grand Treasurer be required to
give bonds in ?he sum of $2000 in some Guarantee Oo.
We recommend that this Grand Lodge take such action as it may
deem proper to recover the Charter and other property of Ruth
Rebekah Lodge if there is no prospect of its working in regular order.
We would suggest that this Grand Lodge extend a hearty vote of
thanks to all the Lodges in the jurisdiction for the generous response to
the Grand Master's call for the assistance of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.
We would also recommend that this Grand Lodge adopt that part
of the Secretary's report in relation to making "The Warden" the official
organ for this Grand Lodge.
A. G. DAY,
T. J. NEELANDS,
GEO. HOLDNALL. J
i
Committee on
State
ofthe Order.
Report read from Committee on Legislation, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F. :
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the notice of
Rep. Dickinson, No. 14, to amend Section IV., Art. IV., of the Constitution of Rebekah Lodges, beg to report that we have considered the
same and recommend its adoption.
A. W. SCOULLAR,) Committee
WM. HOGG, [       on
L. MOUNCE,
Legislation, 1169
Report  read from   Special  Committee  on    Insurance
Association.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Your Special Committee on Insurance
Association have had under consideration the alterations proposed by
the Grand Secretary to the Rules of the Association, and also the alterations submitted by Bro. C. F. Yates to remove the Association from the
management of the officers of this Grand Lodge, and the constitution of
a Board of Management consisting only of members of the Association
elected annuallyJ)y the members at the annual meeting of the Association, but retaining the G. M,, D. G. M., and G. W. as ex officio members
of the Board.
The main question involved in the above named documents for the
Grand Lodge to decide, is, whether the alteration in the management
before mentioned shall take plnce or not. If the Grand Lodge decide
this question in the negative we recommend that the amendments to the
Rules proposed by the Grand Secretary be adopted; but in the event of
the question being decided in the affirmative then we recommend the
adoption of Bro. Yates' suggestions attached hereto with the addition of
the alterations proposed by the Grand Secretary, numbered 2, 8 and 12.
If the Grand Lodge agree to the proposed change in management
we would suggest that an hour be set aside during the present session
so that the members of the Association could meet and elect tbe first
officers and directors for the ensuing year and any other business that
may be necessary to start the Association on its new basis.
Fraternally submitted,
FRED'K. DAVEY, j
C. F. YATES, V Special Committee.
D. WELSH, )
AMENDMENTS TO RULES OF ODD FELLOWS INSURANCE ASSOCIATION.
Paragraph 1. Name and objects.
Insert after the word " Columbia," in the second line, the words
| and its principal office shall be in the city of Victoria."
Strike out all of page four from the word § thereof," in line ten ; all
of page five and all of page six, except that portion that relates to fees,
dues and assessments, and insert the following :
MANAGEMENT.
The management of this Association shall be vested in a Board to
be known as the " Board of Management," which shall consist of a 1170
President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and four Directors, who
shall be elected annually by a majority vote of the members of this
Association, and the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and Grand
Warden of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, who shall be members
of the Board of Management ex officio ; and no one shall be eligible for
any office unless he be a contributing member and in good standing
in the Association, except the ex officio members before mentioned.
Th# Officers and three of the Directors must be residents of the city
in which the principal office is located.
Six members of the Board of Management shall form a quorum for
the transaction of business.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS.
The President shall have a general supervision of the workings of
this association, preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board
of Management when present, and in case of the votes being equal shall
give the casting vote ; sign all certificates of membership and all orders
on the Secretary-Treasurer for the payment of monies. He shall have
power to call special meetings of the Managing Board when in his opinion requisite, and shall also call special meetings of the Board on the
written request of two of the Directors. In the absence of the President
the Vice-President shall preside at all meetings, and transact such busi"
ness as the President is herein empowered to do.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall attend all meetings of the Association,,
keep accurate minutes thereof, write all communications, keep
correct accounts of all monies received and disbursed, in the manner
prescribed in these rules and furnish the Association at its annual meetings with a statement of the same, .a copy of which shall be sent to every
member of the Association and the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F. He shall deposit all monies belonging to the Endowment
Fund at interest in a Chartered Bank as soon as possible after his receipt
of the same. He shall prepare, sign and issue certificates of membership on the form provided to all members on their admission to membership. He shall keep a register of all certificates issued, and suspensions or renewals as they occur. On receipt of the proof of the death of
a member of this association, he shall at once inform the President, or
in that officer's absence the Vice-President, and shall without delav
call a meeting of the Board of Management. He shall prepare
and dispatch notices to members when required calling for the
payment of assessments, and shall notify members in arrears for
dues, and promptly inform them of their suspension from benefits or
membership from any cause. He shall receive for his services such
sum as the members of this Association may at their annual meeting
vote for that purpose. Before entering upon his duties in connection
with this Association, he shall furnish a bond of a Chartered Guarantee 1171
Company in the sum of $ for the faithful performance of his duties,
and the cost of such bond shall be provided for out of the Management
Fund of this Association.
At each annual meeting of this Association there shall be elected a
Finance Committee of three, whose duty it shall be to examine and
report on the accounts of the Secretary-Treasurer, and on other matters
connected with the fiscal concerns of the Association that may be
referred to them.
The Managing Board shall have power to appoint solicitors throughout the Province to obtain applications from members of the I. O. O. F.
desirous of becoming members of this Association, and such solicitors
shall be paid out of the Management Fund, such sum as the Board of
Management shall from time to time decide.
The annual meetings of this Association shall be held on the second
day of the annual session of the Grand Lodge of B. C, and at the same
place as the Grand Lodge assembles, at which all members of the
Association in good standing at the time are entitled to vote. Members
unable to attend ca 1 be represented by proxy, but notice of such proxy
must be given to the Secretary-Treasurer on such forms as shall be provided for that purpose. Thirty members, either in person or by proxy,
shall form a quorum for the transaction of business. No one member,
however, shall hold the proxy of more than five absent members. If no
quorum be present the annual meeting can be adjourned from day to
day at the discretion of the President.
It shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to send a notice convening the annual meeting of the Association to each member two
weeks prior to the date of meeting, which shall contain the business to
be brought before the meeting.
Strike out the words f Executiye Committee " where they occur on
pages 3 and 9, and insert the words " Board of Management."
Strike out the titles f Grand Master, Grand Secretary and Grand
Treasurer " where they occur on pages 8 and 9, and insert the titles
"President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer.
Strike out the word | Treasurer" on page 8, and insert the title
I Secretary-Treasurer."
Strike out the first three lines on page 9 after the word " bank" and
insert the following ■ " In the name of the Association, and no moneys
shall be withdrawn therefrom, except by an order or cheque signed by
the President ard Secretary-Treasurer, or in the absence of the President by the Vice-President."
Strike out all of the paragraph headed "Alterations" on page 10,
and insert the following: 1172
" These rules shall not be altered, added to or annulled except by a
two-thirds vote of the members at an annual meeting, and any alteration, addition or correction shall not come into force or effect until submitted to and approved of by the Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. of B. C."
I No alteration shall, however, be made except notice of same be
sent to the Secretary-Treasurer three weeks prior to the date of the
annual meeting, and it shall be the duty of that officer to notify the
members of such proposed alteration by printed slips, on which tbe
member may vote aye or nay to such proposed amendment."
Strike out the word " adopted " on page 12, and insert the word
"approved."
It was moved, seconded and carried, that in the opinion
of this Grand Lodge it is advisable that the Odd Fellows5
Insurance Association should be managed and operated by
its own members on the lines suggested by Bro. Yates, P.G.
It was on motion resolved, that the alterations to the
Rules of the Association proposed by the special committee
be considered seriatem.
Clause I., respecting Office of the Society was adopted.
Clause   IL, respecting Management, adopted.
Clause ILL, respecting Duties of Officers, adopted.
Clause IY., respecting Meetings, adopted.
Clause    Y., respecting Titles, Investment of Funds and
mode of amending Rules, adopted.
Grand Secretary's proposed amendments :
Clause   IL, respecting Medical Certificate, adopted.
Clause YIIL,   respecting   Fees,   Dues   and   Benefits,
adopted.
Clause XII., respecting payment of $1000, adopted.
Resolved, That the Rules as amended be adopted as a
whole.
Besolved^ That the report of the Special Committee on
Insurance Association be adopted. 1173
E.  Quennell, P. G. M., and  Rep. L.  Mounce, No. 6,
were excused from further attendance at this session.
Besolved^ That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn till
1:30 p. m. to-day.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The   Grand   Lodge  met  at   1:30  p. m., pursuant  to
adjournment.
Present :
J. Crossan Grand Master.
T, C. Gray .. Deputy Grand Master.
W. E. Holmes Grand Warden.
Fred'k. Davey Grand Secretary.
P. J. Foulds . -. Grand Treasurer.
H. Waller, P. G. M., Grand Representative.
A. W. Scoullar Grand Representative.
D. Welsh Acting Grand Chaplain.
L. Cousins Grand Marshal.
W. H. Gardiner Grand Conductor.
F. S. Whiteside Acting Grand Guardian.
S- A. Cawley Grand Herald.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present, the
Grand Marshal examined all present and announced them
duly qualified, and the Grand Lodge was declared opened
for business.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Rep. Hogg, No. 10, presented report from majority of
Committee on Legislation: 1174
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
The majority of your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the notice of Rep. Henderson, No. 2, to amend Sec. I., Art. V., Constitution of Subordinate Lodges respecting time to elapse before conferring degrees on members after initiation, have duly considered the
same and recommend its adoption.
W. HOGG,
L. MOUNCE.
A. W.   Scoullar,   Grand   Representative,  presented a
report from minority of Committee on Legislation.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
The undersigned, a minority of your Committee on Legislation, beg
to recommend that the amendment to Sec I., Art. V., Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges proposed by Representative Henderson, No. 2, be
not adopted.
A. W. SCOULLAR.
The question being the adoption of the majority report
it was declared carried. The Ayes and Nays having been
.demanded, were taken, with the following result :
77 o
Ayes—Gray, Holmes, Davey, Waller, Cousins, Gardiner, Cawley, Huxtable, Ross, Fawcett, McKinnon, Henderson, Glover, Fowlie, Dailey, Rivers, Haggart, Robertson,
Banks, Clarke, Gilmour, Mather, Hogg, Mathie, Welsh,
Dickinson, Macmillan, McDonagh, McKelvie, Johnson,
Whiteside, Stainton, Callin, Burr, Wriglesworth, Roberts,
J. E. Phillips (No. 4).—37.   |
Ways—Foulds, Scoullar, Day, Muir, Ferguson, Wilson,
Holdnall, Neelands, Johnstone, Aldous, Lowry, J. E. Phillips (No. 3), Shiles.—13.
Report read from Committee on Legislation, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the motion 1175
of T. C. Gray, D. G. M., to amend Section VI., Article VII., of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, respecting notification of Lodges of
the rejection, expulsion and suspension of members, beg to report that
after due examination of the same we recommend its adoption.
A. W. SCOULLAR,) Committee
WM. HOGG, [        on
L. MOUNCE. ) Legislation.
A communication was read from the Grand Scribe of
the Grand Encampment of B. C, returning thanks for
courtesy shown yesterday by the Grand Lodge in adjourning
to allow the Grand Encampment to meet in the afternoon,
and was on motion ordered to be received and filed.
Besolved) That "The Warden55 be appointed the official
organ of this Grand Lodge : that it is entitled to the en-
couragement and help of the membership of this jurisdiction, and that the Representatives be requested to bring its
claims to the attention of their respective Lodges with the
view of obtaining that patronage which this publication
deserves.
Moved and seconded that the Committee on Finance be
instructed to provide in the estimate of expenditure for the
current year the sum of $25 for the purpose of enabling the
Grand Representatives to obtain suitable badges to return to
Representatives of other jurisdictions, who present them
with badges. This motion was declared lost on being submitted to a vote.
Besolved) That when this Grand Lodge adjourns it be
to 8:30 o'clock this evening, and that the installation of
Officers take place in the Third Degree.
Rep. H. B. Gilmour, No. 10, moved, seconded by W.
E. Holmes, G. W., the amendment to Art. XIII. of the
Grand Lodge Constitution, notice of which was given last
year, respecting the notice to be given to amend the said
Constitution, which was adopted. 1176
Besolved) That the amount paid by "Cloverdale5'
Lodge, No. 15, to this Grand Lodge for supplies of Rituals,
&c, to replace those destroyed by fire, be remitted, and that
an order be drawn on the Grand Treasurer for the same.
In answer to a question from the Representatives of
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, the Grand Master decided
O   7 7
that in balloting, the ballot box should be placed in full view
of the Noble Grand, and that Brothers when voting by
ballot should face that officer so as not to obstruct his view
of the box.
Besolved) That a written vote of thanks be forwarded
to " Yancouver Lodge,55 No. 8, for the use of the Hall, &c.
during the present Session of this Grand Lodge.
Besolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due
and are hereby tendered to the Lodges in this city for courtesies shown the visiting members at this Session, especially
for tickets presented for the Concert last evening and the
Banquet this evening.
Besolved) That the Committee on Mileage and Per Diem
be instructed to ascertain the names of the Past Grand Masters in attendance at this Session and that they be paid
Mileage and Per Diem at the same rate as Representatives.
Report read from Committee on Mileage and Per Diem,
which was adopted. To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that we
have examined the certificates presented by the Officers and Representa_
tives present at this session of the Grand Lodge, and find them entitled
to the amounts bet against their respective names:
NameS.
Officers :
3. Crossan, G. M..
T. C.Gray, D.G.M.
W.E.Holmes,G.W
F. Davey, G.S	
P. J. Foulds,G.T..
H. Waller, P.G.M.
GRep
A. W. Scoullar, G
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L. Cousins, G.Mar.
W. H. Gardiner, G.
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S. A. Cawley, G.H.
Representatives :
W. H. Huxtable ..
A. G. Day	
C. W. Ross	
R. W. Fawcett....
M. McKinnon	
A. Henderson	
T. A. Muii
A. H. Ferguson
R. Wilson
G. Glover
G. Fowlie
D. G. Dailey
G. Holdnail
R. Rivers
L. Mounce
D. Haggart
A. Robertson
J. Banks
T. F. Neelands	
W. E. Johnstone..
S. F. Hollander
S.Clarke, M.D.
H. B. Gilmour.
J. Mather
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81 80
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J. Macmillan	
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87 80
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8 40
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J. Callin	
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JOS. LOWRY,
C. W. ROSS,
J. JOHNSON.
Committee on
Mileage and
Per Diem. 1179
Report read from Committee on Finance, which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of JBritish Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Finance Committee beg to report that we have examined the
books, vouchers and reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and find the same correct, and are pleased to note the clean and
able manner in which the books are kept.
We recommend that the per capita tax on Subordinate Lodges be
75 cents for the ensuing year, forty cents payable on the 30th of June
and thirty-five cents payable on the 31st December.
estimate op bevenuS and expenditure.
Cash balance in Treasurer's hands     $1,127 59
Per capita tax on 2,154 Members @ 75cts       1,615 50
Total     $2,743 09
EXPENDITURE.
Grand Secretary's Salary     $   600 00
Grand Master's Expenses  150 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Tax  150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's Office  100 00
Printing j  200 00
Janitor  15 00
Premium on Grand Treasurer's Bond  25 00
Postage  30 00
Caretaker Grand Secretary's Office  20 00
Mileage and Per Diem (this Session)  756 50
Postage, &c, of Grand Master, Jas. Crossan  14 00
Refund to Cloverdale Lodge  30 00
$2090 50
Balance       $652 59
Fraternally submitted,
H. WALLER, )   Committee on
W. E. JOHNSTONE,)       Finance.
Besolved) That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 1180
EVENING   SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8:15 p. m., pursuant
to adjournment.
Present:
J. Crossan Grand Master,
T. C. Gray Deputy Grand Master,
W. E. Holmes  Grand Warden,
Fred. Davey Grand Secretary,
P. J. Foulds Grand Treasurer,
H. Waller, P. G. M Grrnd Representative,
A* W. Scoullar Grand Representative,
D. Welsh Acting Grand Chaplain,
L. Cousins Grand Marshal,
W. H. Gardiner Grand Conductor,
F. S. Whiteside Acting Grand Guardian,
S. A. Cawley Grand Herald.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum. All present
having been reported by the Grand Marshal, duly qualified,
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Grand Officers and Representatives was
called.
The minutes of the first meeting of the Odd Fellows'
Insurance Association of British Columbia, held this afternoon, for organization under the new Rules, were read and
approved.
Besolved) That the Grand Treasurer be instructed to
hand over to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Odd Fellows'
Insurance Association of British Columbia, the amount of
money in his hands belonging to that Association.
Besolved) That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due 1181
and are hereby tendered to Bro. C. F. Yates, P. G., for
services rendered to the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association
during recess and throughout this Session.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge
Degree and opened in the Third Degree.
O XT O
The Third Degree members in attendance having been
admitted, the Grand Master requested H. Waller, P. G. M.,
and B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., to present the officers elect for
installation.
T. C. Gray, No. 10, was presented, obligated and duly
installed as Grand Master for the ensuing year.
The Grand Master then installed the following officers :
W. E. Holmes, No. 1, as Deputy Grand Master.
P. J. Foulds,    Ne.   3, as Grand Warden.
Fred. Davey,   No.   1, as Grand Secretary.
D. Welsh, No. 13, as Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master then appointed the following to fill
the subordinate offices, and they were duly installed in their
respective chairs.
D. Haggart,     No.   6, as Grand Chaplain.
T. F. Neelands, "     8, as Grand Marshal.
G. Glover, "     4, as Grand Guardian.
J. Lowry, "   20, as   . Grand Conductor.
J. F. Stainton,   "   21, as Grand Herald.
The Grand Master also appointed the following as his
District Deputies:
A. Henderson, No. 2, for District No. 1, comprising Lodges Nos. 1,
2, 4 and 14.
J. McArthur, No. 13, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges Nos. 3
and 13.
R. Gourlay, No. 5, for District No. 3, comprising Lodges Nos. 5
and 20.
L. Mounce, No. 6S for District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 6.
J. Banks, No. 7, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
J. Mathers, No. 10, for District No. 6, comprising Lodges Nos. 8, 10,
19 and 24.
M. J. Mclver, No. &, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
A. McKnight, No. 11, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 11.
J. H. Stirrett, No. 12, for District No. 9, comprising Lodges Nos. 12
and 25.
Wm. McDonagh, No. 15, for District No. 10, comprising Lodge No. 15.
G. W. Aldous, No. 16, for District No. 11, comprising Lodge No. 16 1182
C. H. Dickie, No. 17, for District No. 12, comprising Lodge No. 17.
J. A. McKelvie, No. 18, for District No. 13, comprising Lodge No. 18
P. Ladner, No. 21, for District No. 14, comprising Lodge No. 21.
J. Callin, No. 22, for District No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 22,
J. W. Burr, No. 23, for District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
Also the following as District Deputy Grand Masters
for Rebekah Lodges:
Sister McCahill, No. 1, for District No. 1, comprising Lodge No 1.
Sister C. Barnes, No. 2, for District No. 2, comprising Lodge No. 2,
Sister Whiteside, No. 3, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 3.
Sister McOutcheon, No. 4, for District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 4,
Sister Ferguson, No. 5, for District No. 5, comprising Lodges Nos.
5 and 6.
Also the following to form the Standing Committees:
Finance.—W. E. Johnstone, No. 8 ; A, H. Ferguson, No. 3; J.
Wriglesworth, P. G. M., No. 4.
Appeals.—B. W. Shiles, P. G. M., No. 3 ; W. Hogg, No. 10; J. E.
PhiUips, P. G. M., No. 3 ; W. McColl, P. G.M., No. 3 ; C. F. Yates, No. 19.
Laws of Subordinates.—H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2; J. E. Phillips.
P. G. M., No. 4 ; J. Macmillan, No. 14 ; G. Fowlie, No. 4 ; C. W. Ross.
No. 1.
Petitions.—J. Crossan, P. G. M., No. 5 ; E. Quennell, P. G. M., No.
5 ; L. Mounce, No. 6 ;  F. S. Whiteside, No. 20 ;  A. McKnight, No. 11.
State of the Order.—A. Parker, No. 10; A. W. Scoullar, No. 8 ;
J. Johnson,No. 19 ; J. Banks, No. 7 ;   J. F. Stainton, No. 21.
Legislation.—W. McColl, P. G. M., No. 3 ; W. McDonagh, No. 15 :
G. W. Aldous, No. 16 ; J. Callin, No.22; J. W. Burr, No. 23.
Judiciary.—J. H. Meldram, P. G. M., No. 2 ; W. E. Johnstone, No.
8 ; A. G. Day, No. 1; S. Clarke, M. D., No. 9 ; J. A. McKelvie, No. 18.
Mileage and Per Diem.—H. B. Gilmour, No. 10 ; R. Rivers, No. 5:
A. Penzer, No. 12 ; T. A. Muir, No. 3 ; W. H. Gardiner, No. 13
Printing.—Grand Secretary; Deputy Grand Master ; R. Roberts,
P. G. M.
Statistics, re Dues and Benefits.—H. Waller, P. G. M., No. 2; W.
McColl, P. G. M., No. 3; Grand Secretary.
The ceremony of installation being complete, the
Third Degree members retired, the Grand Lodge was closed
in the Third and re-opened in the Grand Lodge Degree. 1183
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Special Committee in the matter of the appeal of J.
Wriglesworth, P. G. M., against Dominion Lodge, No. 4- :
C. W. Ross, No. 1 ; J. Sears, No. 2, and J. Macmillan, No. 4.
Besolved) That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be
tendered to the retiring Grand Officers for the able and
efficient manner in which they have conducted the business
V
of this Grand Lodge during the past year.
The Grand Secretary read the minutes of the day's
session, which were adopted.
Besolved) That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn
sine die.
The Grand Lodge wa,s then closed in due form.
FRED'K. DAVEY,
Grand Secretary. 1184:
in   JHUmo-riam.
WILLIAM A. STEELE, P. GM
Initiated in "Victoria." Lodge, No. 1,
IIIM 24th August, 1868,        I
Died 1st September, 1893.
ROBERT WILSON, P. G.
Initiated in Nelson Lodge,   No. 9,
Manitoba, 1st August, 1884.
Joined Western Star Lodge, No. 10,
by Deposit   of   Card
13th April, 1893.
Died   24th   May,  1893.
WILLIAM J. YOUNG, P. G.
Joined  Union Lodge,  No.   11,
by   Deposit   of   Card
16th October, 1889.
Died 6th December, 1893. 1185
Standing   Resolutions   of   the   Grand   Lodge   of
British Columbia,  I. O
| In future all orders for supplies from Subordinate
" Lodges of the Grand Lodge on the Grand Secretary, must
1 be accompanied by the requsite amount to pay for the
" same, and the Grand Secretary is hereby forbidden to for-
" ward such supplies unless the terms of this Resolution are
| complied with."—Proceedings 1893.
u Lodges submitting By-Laws or amendments thereto
I must furnish same in duplicate, so that one copy may be
I kept on file in the Grand Secretary's office, and the other
1 returned to the Lodge when approved by the Committee
1 on Laws of Subordinates."—Proceedings 1891^ 1186 1187
Saturday
Tuesday.
Friday ..
Monday.
Monday.
Saturday
Saturday
Tuesday..
Location,  1189  INDEX
a
a
Page.
Admission of Members at 18 years of age 1140,1165,1167
Appeals—D. Green v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4 1140
j|       Fraser v. Vancouver Lodge, No. 8 1120
Wriglesworth v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4 -j1096' 1120' 1U1
i 1159, 1183
Application to Lodges for Aid 1100, 1101,1121
Ayes and Nays 1160, 1167, 1174
Balance Sheet, Grand Lodge of B. C  .1120
Balloting in Subordinate Lodges 1176
Beneficiaries of Deceased Members 1137, 1138
Benefits I |f 1097,1131
I      Nurse 1131
"       to Members joining by Card 1107
I |       I residiog at a distance from their Lodges 1140
By-laws Subordinate Lodges—Standing resolution re 1146,1185
Catholic Church 1129,1164
Charges against Members cannot be amended 1030
Charters 1122,1142,1149
I        for Grand Lodges 1132
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, assistance to 1101,1111,1121
| u "      refund to 1176
Committees, appointment of 1092,1094,1097,1114, 1159, 1182,1183
of   Grand Lodge no  right  to  make  By-laws   for
Subordinates 1132
on Statistics, re Dues and Benefits 1121,1136,1161
Constitution Grand Lodge, amendments to 1160,1175
" Eebekah Lodges, amendments to 1163,1168 Page.
Constitution Subordinate Lodges, amendments to 
( 117o, 1174
Degrees, Grand Lodge 1093,1094, 1162, 1167
I      Rebekah 1102
1       Subordinate Lodge 1161, 1173,1174
District Deputy Grand Masters, appointment of  1098, 1181
I " " <<       reports of 1101,1102,1160
Dues and Benefits 1135,1165,1167
Election, Grand Lodge Officers 1154
Fees, Initiatory and Degree, in Subordinate Lodges 1143,1161
Floor Work and Ritual, to conform to law 1130
Fraternal Press 1122
General Relief Committee, Seattle, Wash., remittance to 1120
Grand Encampment, B. C  1158,1175
"     Lodge Manitoba, fraternal greeting to 1143
"        "      meeting, 1895 j  1160
"        " |        date of changed 1160
"     Master, bill for postage, &c 11SS
" "       Commissions to D. D. G. M.'s 1098
" "      Decisions of 1097
f 1       Dispensations granted by 1099
I I       Installations by 1099
| "       Institutions of new Lodges by 1099
" "       Interpretation of local law ,by 1132
? ■*      Power to   appoint Deputy to  institute   Rebekah
Lodges 1132
" "      Power to restore suspended Lodges 1132
" "      Reportof 1095
" "       Special permissions, granted by 1100
" "       Visits by 1098
f     Secretary, report of UH
<r     Treasurer, bond of if  .. .1120,1168 Page
Grand Treasurer to hand over moneys to Odd Fellows Insurance
Association ..., 1180
"     Representatives, allowance to for badges ,. 1175
1 " instructions to 1165,1167
I | report of 1127
installation of Grand Lodge Officers , 1175, 1181
Institution of Lodges, expenses connected with , 1097
Invitations to concert and banquet 1154
Jewels to be worn by Officers of Lodges , 1098
Membership, persons who have lost use of both hands ineligible..:. 1104
Memorial page , , 1184
Minimum benefit law , 1130
JNon-beneficial members 1131
Nurse hire for sick members 1131,1137
Odd Fellows Insurance Association .. , 1132,1133
"        I " 1        of B.C. 1122,1150,1156,1169,1172,1180
"        1        Relief Association of Canada 1120,1142
Past Grand Masters, mileage and per diem to 1176
Proclamations 1095
Rebekah Conventions, no power to impose tax , 1131
I        Lodges, application for membership on Visiting Card 1137*
I I       qualification for membership in ,, 1131
I I       terms of 1131,1163,1168
Regalia of office to be worn by temporary occupants ,, ll04
" 1       "        " officers , 1105
"      to be worn by Past Grands 1130
"     substitution of badges for collars 1140,1165,1167
Reports, Committee on Appeals ....,, 1147
| | Credentials 1092
" " Distribution ,, .1143,1147
I " Finance 1179
1 " Insurance Association  J.150,1159,1169 Page.
"Reports, Committee on Judiciary 1164
1 I Laws of Subordinates 1145
I § Legislation 1161, 1168,1173,1174
I " Mileage and Per Diem 1176
I I Petitions 1149
| State of the Order 1160,1168
!      Grand Master 1095
| |      Representatives 1127
I      Secretary 1114
I      Sire 1127
" "     Treasurer 1124
of Subordinate Lodges 1114, 1186,1187, 1188, 1189,1190
I Odd Fellows Insurance Association, B. C 1122
Representatives excused attendance 1173
I to Grand Lodges, qualification for 1132
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4 1120,1168
Standing resolutions 1146,1185
Subordinate Lodges right to make by-laws 1132,1174
Suspension for N. P. D., notification of Lodges re 1098,1166
Team Staff and Officers of Lodges 1130
I The Warden," official organ of Grand Lodge 1122,1168,1175
Votes of thanks 1176, 1180,1183 PAST GRAND MASTERS
OF THE—
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.

*J. S. Drummond 1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
John Weiler 1875 Victoria Lodge, No, 1.
fJ. P. Davies 1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
K. Roberts 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
{W. J. Jeffree 1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
§Chab:les Gowen 1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. WrigIiESWorth 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. MoColl 1885 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Fredk. Carne 1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davies 1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davies (re-elected). .1888 Victoria Lodge,Na 1.
J. H. Meldram 1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
E. Quennell 1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
J. B. Phillips 1891 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
J. E. Phillips 1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
James Crossan 1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
*Died 6th February, 1884.      fitted 20th September, 1879.
JDied 18th March, 1885. §Died 8th December, 1892. ADDRESSES OF THE GRAND OFFICERS
—OF THE—
GRAND LODGE OF B. G, I. 0. 0. F.
T. C Gray, Grand Master t Box, 448, Vancouver
W. E. Holmes, Deputy Grand Master . .Box 424, Victoria
P. J. Foulds, Grand Warden. New Westminster
Fred'k. Davey, Grand Secretary P. O. Drawer 69, Victoria
D. Welsh, Grand Treasurer. New Westminster
D. Hagoart, Grand Chaplain Wellington
T. F. Neelands, Grand Marshal Vancouver
G. Glover, Grand Guardian ...„.....- Victoria
J. Lowby, Grand Conductor Nanaimo
J. F. Stainton, Grand Herald Ladner's Landing
The next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Victoria, commencing Wednesday, the 12th of
June, 1895. 	
SUPPLIES.
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for which
must be signed by the Secretary, Dear the Seal of the Lodge and be
accompanied by the necessary amount to pay for the same:
Subordinate Lodge Rituals i $3 00
Ritual for Rebekah Degree Lodges only   3 00
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates  25
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Degree Lodges  25
Book of Forms  t 25
Books of Odes, with music  1 00
White's Digest  3 50
Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah)  05
Anniversary Odes  05
Funeral Hymns, with Responses    05
Funeral Ceremony  80
Anniversary Ceremony ..  30
Burial Ceremony, Daughter of Rebekah  20
Certificate of Membership, on Plate paper ^  75
Rebekah Certificate, on Plate paper  30
Officers Roll Book  1 25
Question Book.  1 50
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders  1 50
Initiation Petitions, form recommended by S. G. L Per 100 1 50
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart each 3 00
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. Ct, 1874 to 1885  2 00
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work  50
Rebekah Degree Floor Work  50
Black Book  2 00

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