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Array OF THE-
Twento-Fiftli Annual Session
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off British Columbia.
..OF THE.
IMPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS
HELD AT.
I899
VICTORIA, B. C.
T. R. CUSACK, PRINTER, 26 BROAD STREET,
1899. 	
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Past Grand Masters
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF B. C, I.O.O.F.
*J. S. Drummond
1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
John Weiler 1975 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
tJ. P. Davies 1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
x R. Roberts 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
$W. J. Jeffree 1878 < Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
§Charles Gowan 1879 .... Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J; Wriglesworth .   1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
B. W. Shiles 1881 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Henry Waller 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
Alexander Phillips 1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
W. D. McKillican 1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
Wm. McColl 1885  New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Fred'k Carne 1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
||Joshua Davies 1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua Davies,re-elected 1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. H. Meldram 1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
E. Quennell 1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
J. E. Phillips 1891 Dominion Lodge,' No. 4.
J. B. Phillips   1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
James Crossan 1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No, 5.
T. C. Gray 1894 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. E. Holmes 1895 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
H. B. Gilmour 1896 .... Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. H. Morton 1897 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
A. Henderson 1898 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
* Died 6th February, 1884.   t Died 20th September, 1879.
t Died 18th March, 1885.       § Died 8th December, 1892.
x Died 24th December, 1897. || Ceased membership. PROCEEDINGS
OF THE -
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE-
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INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS
HELD AT-
VANCOUVER, B. C.
June 14thL, I£>thi, and IGtti
1899.
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VICTORIA, B. C.
T. R. CUSACK, TIMES BUILDING.
1899.  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. 1.0.01.
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION.
Vancouver, B. C,
14th June, 1899.
The Grand Lodge convened at 2:15 p.   m., this day
pursuant to notice.
Present:—
A. Henderson Grand Master.
W. H. Morton, P. G. M (pro. tern.) Deputy Grand Master.
W. E. Johnstone  Grand Warden.
Fred Davey	
W. Hogg	
T. F. Neelands	
J. E. Phillips, P. G. M
S. Clarke, M. D	
J. Newton	
J. Palmer	
P. W. Dempster	
J. Peers	
Secretary.
Treasurer.
Representative.
Representative.
Chaplain.
Marshal.
Guardian.
Conductor.
Herald.
All present were examined and reported duly quali
fied.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer and  the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business. i736 I;
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the
Representatives elect and the certificates ofthe Past Grands
entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree, which were referred
to the following Cornmitte:—H. J. Raymer, P. G. M.,
No   36; J. Pottinger, No. 2; J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 4.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
Report which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that they have
examined the Credentials of the Representatives to this Session and
find the following accredited:—
Lodge. Representatives. Alternates.
Victoria, No. 1  C. W. Ross J. York
A. Graham. E. Schafer.
Columbia, No. 2 .... G. T. Fox. J. S. Smith.
A. Edwards, F. Taylor.
J. Pottinger. J. Phillips.
New Westminster, No. 3. J. Campbell. D. E. McKenzie.
Dominion, No. 4. A. Sheret. W. Walker.
E. Bragg. W. H. Cullin.
Black Diamond, No. 5 J. B. Nicholson. J. Crossan, P. G. M.
R. Rivers. R. Booth.
Harmony, No. 6 R. Gregson. D. R. Haggart.
M. Dunsmuir. A. Robertson.
Excelsior, No 7  J. H. Ash well. T. Py vis.
Vancouver, No. 8 J. McPherson. S. Hollander.
G. Walker. T. Wheeling.
Tatnai, No. 9 H. McLean. T. E. Marshall.
Western Star, No. 10  ..   ..G. Moscrop. E. P. Dennis.
D. M. O'Dwyer. J. R. Webster.
J. Armstrong. A. McAllister.
Union, No. 11 F. A. Anley. R. Cessford.
Selkirk, No. 12  R. Gordon. J, Mathie.
Cloverdale, No. 15 W. H. Frampton... .R. D. McKenzie.
Kootenay, No. 16 A. H. Clements. O. M. Rosendale.
Duncan, No. 17." A. C. Aitkin. J. C. McLay.
Vernon Valley, No. 18 ... .J. E. Matheson J. A. McKelvie.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19 .. .G. A. Miller. I. G. Johnstone.
Centennial, No. 20 J. Neen, W. Crossan.
G. McKinnell, J. Handlen. 1737
Lodge.
R EPRESENTATIVES.
Alternates.
Delta, No. 21	
.A. Davie.
R. Shirley.
Gold Range, No. 22   	
.P. Wade.
J. Webb.
Ashcroft, No. 23	
.J. B. Bryson.
J. C. Smith.
Island, No. 24	
.. R. H. Abercrombie.
H. Trotter.
Revelstoke, No. 25	
. .R. S.. Wilson.
J. A. Stone.
Pacific, No. 26	
.J. Stark.
J. Ramsay.
F. Cockburn.
G. L. Center.
G. R. Gordon.
T. S. Brown.
H. J. Rickard.
Amity, No. 27	
.R. May.
W. H. Gardiner.
D. McPherson.
E. L. Webber.
Cheam, No. 28	
.P. Ward.
H. L. Calvert.
Banner, No. 31  	
T. Bryant.
D. D. Griffiths.
Peerless, No. 33	
.H. Siddall.
G. B. Harrison.
D. Lindsay.
W. J. Hanna.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34 .
.D. McRae.
M. Dainard.
Cedar, No. 35     	
. H. N. McDonald.
G. Woobank.
Rossland, No. 36	
.H. G. Raymer p.g.m
[.J. E. Cummings
Carson, No. 37	
W. M. Clark.
J. McLaren.
Boundary Valley, No. 38.
.R. Smailes.
W. M. Law.
Silver City, No. 39	
H. C. Holden.
F. C. Sewell.
Slocan, No. 40	
.A. E. Teeter.
P. Hauck.
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree:—
Columbia, No. 2  Jos. Phillips.
New Westminster, No. 3.. Thos. Furniss, R* Sample.
Dominion, No. 4      G. D. Christie, J. M. Malcolm.
Black Diamond, No. 5 .   .. W. B. McLennan, G. Thompson.
Harmony, No. 6 M. Dunsmuir, R. Gregson.
Tatnai, No. 9 H. McLean, T. E. Marshall.
Western Star, No. 10 ..   . . J. L. McTaggart, J. W. Armstrong.
C. Mulherin.
Union, No. 11 F. A. Anley, R. Cessford.
Kootenay, No. 16 0. M. Rosendale, A. H. Clements.
Duncan, No. 17 D. R. Hattie, S. J. Hagan.
Vernon Valley, No. 18 J. E. Matheson.
Mount Pleasant, No. 19 .. .F. J. Hart, R. B. Hoar.
Centennial, No. 20  W. Crossan, J. Handlen.
Delta, No. 21 A. Davie.
Gold Range, No. 22 Jno. Webb.
Ashcroft, No. 23 J. B. Bryson.
Island, No. 24 R. H. Abercrombie, H. Trotter.
Pacific, No. 26 Jas. Ramsay, T. S. Brown. 1738
Amity, No. 27 D. McPherson, E. L. Webber.
Cheam, No. 28    H. L. Calvert, P. Ward.
Banner, No. 31 J. McNabb, W. Maxwell.
Peerless, No. 33 D, Lindsay.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34 .. D. McRae, M. Dainard.
Carson, No. 37 W. M. Clark.
Boundary Valley, No. 38 . R. Smailes, W. M. Law.
Silver City, No. 39 F. C. Sewell, H. C. Holden.
Your Committee wish to draw attention to the peculiar condition of the representation of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Royal City Lodge, No. 13, amalgamated with this Lodge on the
14th of April, 1899 and the latter Lodge is therefore not entitled to
representation. The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges provides
that all lodges shall be entitled to representation in accordance with
the Semi Annual Reports rendered on the preceeding 31st December, on that date New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, had 93 members
and were entitled to one representative, Royal City Lodge, No. 13,
had 67 members and was also entitled to one representative.
By the above law New Westminster Lodge, No. 3 is only entitled to one representative and the membership of late Royal City
Lodge, No. 13 is disfranchised, which we consider an injustice. We
therefore recommend that New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, be allowed representation at this Session on the same conditions as existed on 31st December last, viz: Two representatives and that Bro.
T. A. Muir, P. G. who was elected by New Westminster Lodge, No.
3 in error, be granted the rights and privileges of a representative
at this Session.
H. J. RAYMER,
JAMES POTTINGER,
JOS. E. PHILLIPS.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was con-
ferred on the following:—G. T. Fox, No. 2; C. S. Campbell, No. 3; J. B. Nicholson, No. 5; M. Dunsmuir, No. 6;
J. H. Ashwell, No. 7; G. Walker, J. McPherson, No. 8;
H. McLean, No. 9; C. Mulherin, J. W. Armstrong, J. L.
McTaggart, No. 10; A. H. Clements, No. 16; J. E. Math-
eson, No. 18; A. Davie, No. 21; J. B. Bryson, No. 23;
H. Trotter, No. 24; R.  S.  Wilson, No.  25; J.   Ramsay, J739
No. 26; P. Ward, No. 28; D. Liudsay, No. 33; M. Dain-
ard, No. 34; R. Smailes, No. 38; F. C. Sewell, No. 39.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Secretary commenced the reading of the
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Minutes of last Session when it was moved, seconded and
carried, that the reading of the minutes of last session be
dispensed with and that tlie minutes as printed be adopted.
The Grand Master made the requisite appointments to
fill the standing Committees, which when completed consisted as follows:
Finance.—G. R. Gordon, No. 26; A. Graham No. 1: H. Siddall,
No. 33; J. McPherson, No. 8; J. B. Nicholson, No. 5; P. Ward, No. 28
Appeals.— F. Cockburn, No. 26; M. Dainard, No. 34; G. Walker.
No. 8; J. Neen, No. 20; A. Robertson, No. 6; J. Campbell, No. 3.
Legislation.—S. Clarke, M. D., No. 9; H. McDonald, No. 35;
H. J. Rickard, No. 26; D. McPherson, No. 27; W. Frampton, No. 15
D. Lindsay, No. 33.
Laws of Subordinates.—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; A. Sheret,
No. 4; E. Bragg, No. 4; R. May, No. 27; A. E. Teeter, No.40;H. Trotter, No. 24.
Petitions.—R. Gordon, No. 12; T. A. Muir, No. 3; H. McLean,
No. 9; J. Palmer, No. 12; J. H. Ash well, No. 7; F. A. Anley, No. 11.
State of the Order.—T. F. Neelands, No. 8; G. T. Fox, No. 2;
G. A. Miller, No. 19; A. H. Clements, No. 16; A. Davie, No. 21; D. D.
Griffiths, No. 31.
Judiciary.—J. Stark, No. 26; R. Wilson, No. 25; J. E. Phillips,
P. G. M., No. 3; G. Moscrop, No. 10; H. J. Raymer, P.G.M. No. 36;
J. B. Bryson, No. 23.
Mileage and Per Diem.—R. Smailes, No. 38 ; R. Rivers,
No. 5; A. Edwards, No. 2; D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10; P. Wade, No.
22; G. McKinnell, No. 20.
Printing.—Grand Secretary ; A. C. Aitken, No. 17; M. Dunsmuir, No. 6; J. Pottinger, No. 2; F. C. Sewell, No. 39. 1740
The Grand Master read his Report of the past year,
which was on motion ordered to be received and handed to
a Committee to distribute same to the several Committees.
GRAND MASTER'S REPORT.
To the Officers and Members ofthe Grand Lodge of British  Columbia,
I. 0. 0. F.:
Brethren.—Another year has been added to the past, and for
the twenty-fifth time the Grand Lodge of British Columbia has
been called together to review the work of the past twelve months
and legislate for the future.
In beginning our labors at this time, we cannot but feel grateful
for our present condition and satisfied with the great progress our
Order has made within the quarter century just closing since the
institution of this Grand body, and we must be strongly reminded
that this prosperity is mainly due to the wisdom and devotion of
good and true men within our Order, many of whom have passed
beyond to their reward; and that it is left to us to carry on the
good work begun by them. Let us hope that we shall be able to
continue advancing the spirit of Oddfellowship in our glorious province, and let us direct our best energies in that direction on this
occasion, remembering that our Order is progressive in its character
and that our legislation must be of a nature fully abreast of the
times. Let us not fail to work harmoniously in our deliberations
and in all our acts to strengthen the bond of unity between the
scattered Brotherhood in our jusisdiction. With this fixed purpose
before us, and ever acting on the grand principles of our Order, we
need have no fear for the future, but may safely look forward to a
time when the influence of Friendship, Love and Truth shall unite
all mankind into one great Brotherhood.
CONDITION OF THE  ORDER.
During my visits through the jurisdiction I found that general
prosperity prevailed. In most places Lodges own their halls, and
their enterprise in some instances in this direction may possibly
lead to embarrassment and loss, especially in the less solid mining
towns in the interior, and the Lodges should be very careful how
they invest their funds.
I am pleased to be able to report an increase of forty-four members in the Subordinate Lodges to 31st. December, 1898, and accord- 1741
ing to reports and information I have received, with new lodges
added since that date, there is reason to believe a much larger increase will be shewn at the end of this term.
The financial standing of the Order will be fully reported upon
by the Grand Secretary, and I will simply state here that the gain
in the assets of the lodges for the year has been $2,919.12, and the
total assets on the 31st. December, 1898, were the enormous sum of
$198,880.58, which is held in trust for 2,845 members.
Two Lodges have surrendered their Charters and merged with
other Lodges to the advantage of all concerned, and two new Subordinate Lodges have been added to our list, viz.: One at Trout
Lake City and one at Cranbrook. Encouragement has also been
extended to Brothers at Fernie to organize a Lodge, and their application is expected.
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, has been compelled to cease holding its
meetings at Donald on account of its membership having nearly all
removed to Revelstoke, where I have granted them permission to
meet temporarily. They will suffer the loss of their fine hall at
Donald, but they are not dismayed, and hope to be able to continue
their Lodge at Revelstoke.
With the phenomenal growth of the towns in the interior of
the Province as well as on Vancouver Island, a large field is opened
for the institution of new lodges, but care should be exercised in
granting Charters to avoid if possible the failure of any to continue
after having been started.
The great calamity that befel the City of New Westminster
affected our Order there and caused the mergement of two of the
Lodges, but of that I shall make special report.
REBEKAH BRANCH.
The Rebekah branch has not increased its membership in the
jurisdiction during last year, but the D. D. G. M's. reports are en
couraging.
Two new Lodges have been instituted—one at Carson City and
one at Rossland—and in the near future applications may be expected from Ashcroft and from Sandon.
The Charter and effects of Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 11, at
Union have been returned to the Grand Lodge, the Lodge having
been practically defunct for two years.
Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, of Mt. Pleasant, has also handed
over its Charter and effects to the Grand Lodge. 1742
This Branch of our Order is new in our midst and has not reached that period at which it is sufficiently independent to prosper.
The benefit of the Rebekah branch to our Order is well recognized,
and with more experience and encouragement from the Brothers
will continue to advance.
APPOINTMENTS  OF DISTRICT DEPUTY  GRAND MASTERS.
Appointed Sister Mrs. Maud Welsh, D. D. G. M. for Rebekah
District, No. 4, July 11, 1898, in place of Sister Mrs. Cunningham,
resigned.
Appointed Brother John Edgren, P. G., D. D. G. M. for District No. 21, July 15, 1898, in place of Brother H.J. Raymer, P.G.M.,
resigned.
Appointed Sister Nina Buchanon, D. D. G. M. for Rebekah
District, No. 5, Nov. 18, 1898, in place of Sister Minerva Casad,
resigned.
Appointed Brother A. E. Lott, P. G., D. D. G. M. for District
No. 11, December 16, 1898, in place of Brother J. Neelands, resigned.
Appointed Brother R. E. Beattie, P. G., D. D. G. M. for District, No. 26.
The Lodge at Trout Lake was added to District No. 19, but
would recommend that it be made a separate District, with a local
D. D. G, M.
INSTITUTION  OF NEW LODGES.
Aug. 11, 1898: Issued commission to Brother Thos. Hardy,P.G.,
of Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, to act as special Deputy Grand
Master to institute '' Harmony " Rebekah Lodge, No. 12, at Carson
City. This Lodge was duly instituted on the 28th September, 1898,
with the following officers :
Sister Jaskulck, N.G. ; Sisters Mole, V.G. ; Sister Bell McLaren,
Secretary; Sister Kelly, Treasurer.
Nov. 26, 1898: Issued Commission to Brother Robt. Gordon, of
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to act as a Special Deputy Grand Master to
institute Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, at Trout Lake City. This Lodge
was duly instituted by him, assisted by Brother Stone, P. G.,on the
12th December, 1898, with the following officers:
Thos. Taylor, N. G.; A. Craig, V. G.; D. R. McLennan, Rec.
Secretary; A. Abrahamson, Treasurer; J. N. Currie, Financial Secretary. !743
March 25th, 1899: Issued commission to Brother H. J. Rayiner,
P. G. M., of Rossland Lodge, No. 36, to act as Special Deputy Grand
Master to institute Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, at Rossland.
This Lodge was duly instituted on 12th April, 1899, with the following officers:
Sister Nana A. Martin, N. G.; Sister Edith Eatough, V. G. ;
Brother R. E. French, Recording and Financial Secretary; Sister
A. S. Shirley, Treasurer.
Issued commission to Brother A. E. Lofct, P. G., of Kootenay
Lodge, No. 16, to act as Special Deputy Grand Master to institute
Key City Lodge, No. 42, at Cranbrook. This Lodge was duly instituted by him, assisted by Bi others Clements, Neelands, and others,
on the 9th May, 1899, with the following officers.
R. E. Beattie, N. G.; F. E. Simpson, V. G.; F. Hazen, Recording
Secretary; H. McMillan, Financial Secretary; J. Mitchell, Treasurer.
MERGEMENT OF LODGES.
July 28, 1898: Granted petition of Acme Lodge, No. 14, Victoria,
to merge with Dominion Lodge, No. 4, of the same place.
The mergement was duly consummated under my supervision
on the 4th day of August, when 58 members (total membership) of
Acme Lodge, No. 14, were enrolled on the books of Dominion Lodge,
No. 4. Their books, regalia, etc., together with $783.75 (their total
assets), were handed over to the said Dominion Lodge and accounted
for on the books of the same. The charter and rituals of Acme
Lodge were duly returned to the Grand Lodge.
March 28, 1899: Granted Petition of Royal City Lodge, No. 13,
New Westminster, to merge with New Westminster Lodge, No. 3,
of the same place. The mergement was duly carried out on the 14th
of April, 1899, when the names of 65 members (total membership)
were entered on the books of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3. The
total assets of the Lodge, amounting to $2,945.73, were handed over
to New Westminster Lodge No. 3, all under the supervision of
Brother R. May, D.D.G.M., who took charge of the Charter and
Rituals of the defunct Lodge.
At the end of my predecessor's term of office, or at the beginning of mine, a mergement took place of Friendship Lodge, No. 30,
into Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, atNanaimo. No report of the-proceedings has come to me as yet, and I am unable to give any details.
Brother Neen, D.D.G.M., of District No. 3, has been instructed to
report upon it and will probably do so in a supplementary. The
permission to merge was granted by Brother Morton, P.G.M. 1744
PETITIONS.
I received a petition to the Grand Lodge from New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3, to be allowed to change its name to Royal City Lodge,
No. 3, which is hereby submitted for your consideration.
APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL AID.
In consequence of the disastrous fire at New Westminster on
10th September last, and after having communicated with the
brethren of that City as to their needs, I felt that it was a case where
the jurisdiction should be asked to promptly render assistance, and
accordingly, on the 22nd of September, I issued the following appeal;
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, I. O. O. F.
OFFICE  OF  GRAND MASTER.
Victoria, B. C, September, 22nd, 1899.
To the Lodges  subordinate to the  Grand Lodge of British  Columbia,
I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:—You are doubtless aware of
the great disaster which befel the City of New Westminster on the
llth inst., by which it was almost destroyed by fire. As Cmight be
expected in such a general calamity, the Lodges and individual members of our Order have been heavy losers.
The imposing Odd Fellows' Hall and the Records, Regalia, Furniture and other effects of the Grand Encampment, the three Subordinate Lodges, the Rebekah Lodge and the Subordinate Encampment were, with trifling exceptions, completely consumed.
It is estimated that at least one-half of the members of the
Lodges, residing in the City, have to some extent, been personal sufferers, and in many cases, I am sorry to state, have lost all they possessed.
In such a time of widespread distress, it appears, to me to be
fit and proper that the Lodges of this jurisdiction should be appealed to for fraternal aid and assistance on behalf of these
unfortunate brothers, and I do therefore 'confidently ask that you
will both cheerfully and liberally respond for their relief. *745
A Relief Committee, composed of representatives of the Lodges
and Encampment, has been formed at New Westminster for the
purpose of receiving and distributing amongst the necessitious members of the Order any funds that may be donated, and you are earn-
estly requested to forward such sums as you may feel disposed to
contribute to Bro. W. C. Cotham, P. G., Secretary ofthe Committee, with as little delay as possible.
Attest:
Yours fraternally, *.'
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
A. HENDERSON,
Grand Master.
The result was a noble example of Oddfellowship,  as the following donations from the'various Lodges will show:
Vancouver Lodges and Members  $ 463 85
Vancouver Bro., donation Sewing Machine  25 00
Centennial Lodge, No. 20, Nanaimo    50 00
I Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Wellington  50 00
.    Columbia Lodge, No. 2, Victoria  100 00
Delta Lodge, No. 21, Ladners     15 00
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, Victoria.  25 00
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops    100 00
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, Ashcroft ,  25 00
Peerless Lodge,-No. 33, Victoria     50 00
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack  50 00
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5 Nanaimo  100 00
Slocan Lodge, No. 40, Slocan City  8 00
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson  25 00
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, Vernon  10 00
Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, Nanaimo  25 00
Silver City Lodge, No. 39, Sandon  100 00
Dominion Lodge No. 4, Victoria  25 00
Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, Wellington  10 00
Cedar Lodge No. 35, Cedar District  25 00
Golden Link Lodge, No. 150, Seattle  10 00
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, Golden  10 00
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, Greenwood        50 00
Royal City Lodge, No. 13, New Westminster  25 00
Carson Lodge, No. 37, Carson  28 00
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, North Bend  40 00
$1,444 85
This amount was distributed by a committee of ten,  formed
from members of the New Westminster Lodges as follows: 1746
Two from No. 3; two from No. 13; two from No. 27; two from
the Encampment, and two from Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5.
This Committee elected Bro. D. Welsh, D.G.M., Chairman; Bro.
W. C. Cotham, Secretary, and Bro. R. L. Reid, Treasurer.
A canvass was made by the Committee to ascertain the losses
and pressing needs of each individual Oddfellow. The funds were
divided into shares of $10.00 each and a distribution was made of one
or more shares to each individual, according to loss and actual need;
then a second distribution, a third, and so on until the fund was exhausted. In this manner 67 members were relieved, receiving from
$5.00 to to $40.00 each, an average of $21.00 per member, or nearly
2% of the actual loss sustained, omitting those covered by insurance.
Certified statements have been received by me from the Secretary, which are accessible to the members of this Grand Lodge, giving in the most minute form details of the work of the Committee,
with a condensed table of names, losses, amounts received, etc.
In concluding my Report of this transaction, I feel that I owe a
debt of gratitude to the Committee who so wisely, economically and
equitably administered this fund without any compensation for
their arduous labours, and I would suggest that this Grand body
place on record its appreciation of the services of this Committee by
a unanimous vote of thanks.
I also beg to suggest that all the records of the manner of distribution be kept on file by the Grand Secretary for future reference
should misfortune ever again demand our united assistance.
At the request of Amity Lodge, No. 27, and New Westminster
Brethren generally, I inserted a card of thanks on their behalf to
all the Lodges who had contributed to their relief, in the B. C. Oddfellow, over my signature as Grand Master.
On Nov. 14th, 1898, I refused permission to Pulaski Lodge No.
20, S. C, to appeal to the Lodges in this Jurisdiction for financial
aid for the purpose of building a new hall.
APPEALS AND DECISIONS.
Froih Bro. F. Williams, Victoria Lodge, No. 1, against the
action of the Lodge in refusing to pay him benefits.
Statement: On the 31st December, 1897, Bro. Williams was indebted to the Lodge for dues and assessments in the sum of $3.50, of
which fact he was notified according to the By-Laws.   This amount !747
was paid to the Secretary on the 7th of January, 1898, directly after
receiving notice. Bro. Williams met with an accident on the 5th
of January, and claimed benefits, which the Lodge refused on the
grounds that he was out of standing when taken sick.
Finding that the Lodge had complied with the Constitution and
By-Laws, and that assessments are counted as dues on the 31st
December; that Brother Williams when taken sick was out of standing, and only paid up after he was taken sick, I dismissed the appeal.
From Bro. J. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., against the action of
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, in the mergement with Acme Lodge, No. 14,
on the grounds:
1st: That only fifteen members were present at the meeting,
July 14th, 1898, when the question of mergement was brought up,
and that four voted against.
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2nd: That at a very small meeting in July the Lodge appointed
a committee of investigation on the members of Acme Lodge, which
without leaving the lodge reported favorably on the said members,
and ballotted for them at the same meeting, contrary to Section 8 of
the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge.
3rd: That Dominion Lodge at a regular meeting, July 28, voted
$20.00 out of the funds of said Lodge to defray the expenses of a
banquet, to take place at the time of the mergement of the Lodges.
I found that the proceedings of the Lodge in the matter had
been carried on in a justifiable manner, and dismissed the appeal on
that account, but decided that it was illegal to vote the $20.00 for
the banquet.
Re: Brother W. M. Ross, of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, against the
action of the Lodge in refusing to pay him benefits:
This- case had been appealed to my predecessor Bro. Morton,
during his term as Grand Master, and decided on such evidence as
had been produced. Brother Ross not being satisfied procured further evidence of his sickness by certificates from doctors and his own
sworn affidavit.
nAfter perusing the whole correspondence thorougly, I decided
that Bro. Ross was entitled to benefits.
From Columbia Lodge, No. 2, against the decision of the D. D.
G. M. for District No. 1, on the following question:
Statement: Brother Croft ceased membership for non-payment
of dues last year, and now petitions for reinstatement, sends a
doctor's certificate, and pays dues.    The Lodge declines to receive 1748
petition on the ground that he is a saloon keeper and sells liquor.
The Brother objects and the D. D. G. M. decides as follow:
As Bro. Croft was ih the saloon business before the enactment
of said Sovereign Grand Lodge, and has been in it continuously,
therefore Brother Crdft has certain vested rights that his Lodge
cannot interfere with, and Brother Croft is eligible for reinstatement. 7 :>, a  j i       ^p
I sustained the decision of the D. D. G. M., but decided further
that if the Brother had given up the saloon business and engaged in
any other pursuit, he could not again enter into that business without forfeiting his rights to reinstatement.
From Victoria Lodge, No. 1, against the decision ofthe D.D.G.M.
for District No. 1. The question submitted to the D.D.G.M. was *as
follows:
Can the Noble Grand of a Lodge permit the admission of the
members of a visiting Lodge when paying a fraternal visit in a body,
without each member giving the regular password at the inner door,
or should the Inside Guardian obtain the password from each individual separately before admitting him?
The D. D. G. M. decided that the password must be given by
each individual member, and I sustained his decision, referring the
Lodge to Installation Charges to the Noble Grand and Inside Guardian.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
1. Ques.—Can a D. D. G. M. grant a Dispensation to confer the
three Degrees on a Brother at one meeting ?
Ans.—The duties of the D. D. G M. are laid down in Sec. 7, Art.
IV, Constitution of the Grand Lodge. For power to confer three
Degrees on a member at one regular meeting, see Con., Sub. Art. V,
Sec. 1.
2. Ques.—1st. Can a Brother decline nomination for office ?
2nd: In case all nominees decline, what then?
Ans.—1st; Yes. 2nd: Failure to elect officers would result in the
Lodge forfeiting its Charter.
3. Ques.—Is a Noble Grand who served eleven nights of the term
in the chair and had to leave the town to attend to his work, entitled to Past Grand honours ?
Ans.—No.
4. Ques. —a. Is the Warden eligible for the office of Noble Grand,
not having served a term as Vice Grand ? 1749
Ans.—No.
b: Ques.—Is he eligible under above conditions if there are
Past Grands who will accept ?
Ans.—No.
c. Ques.—Will you grant a dispensation to allow the Warden
to act as Noble Grand if elected and a Past Grand nominated ?
Arts.—No.
d. Ques.— Does Clause 98, Page 238, White's Digest, mean
qualified Brothers in the Lodge room at the time of nomination or
both the Lodge room and District ?
Ans.—It is legal to nominate a Scarlet Degree member for the
office of Noble Grand if all qualified Brothers present refuse to accept.
e. Ques.—Was I as D. D. G. M. compelled to give a decision
irrespective of receiving your reply to my questions ?
Ans.—You have power to decide such questions without consulting the Grand Master, and there is no compulsion as to doing so
immediately.
f. Ques.—The Past Grand who was nominated with the Warden for the office of Noble Grand having withdrawn, there being
other Past Grands who will accept the office, have I power as D. D.
G. M. to grant Dispensation to allow the Warden to act as Noble
Grand ?
Ans.—If the nominations have been regularly held and declared
closed, and none but Scarlet Degree members willing to accept, then
the Grand Master can grant a Dispensation to allow the Lodge to
elect such.
g. Ques.—Is it constitutional and admissable for each and all
Past Grands to refuse nomination, to allow our Warden to qualify ?
Ans.—Your question may be construed in two ways, and I will
answer them both:
1st. All Past Grands have the privilege of refusing to accept
nomination for Noble Grand.
2nd. No. If all Past Grands present refuse, the Warden is eligible.
5. Ques.— Does the office of Banner Bearer in a Rebekah Lodge
qualify for the office of Vice Grand ? *75Q
Ans.—No. Banner Bearer is not an officer of a Rebekah Lodge
in that sense. See Art. V of Constitution of Rebekah Lodges, Sections 1 and 2.
6. Que*.—Can minutes adopted three or four weeks ago be reconsidered ?
Ans.—Yes, if a mistake has been made.
7. Ques.—A brother joins a Lodge and meets with an accident
before the first six months expire, and continues sick for three weeks
after the three months are up, is he entitled to three weeks benefits ?
Ans.—I will refer you to a similar decision, which was sustained,
on page 1213 of the Proceedings 'of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1895.
8. Ques.—A Brother wishes to withdraw from his Lodge and
affiliate with this Lodge; Can we take him in as a non-beneficiary
member with a lower rate of dues than $1.00 per month, or will he
only be taken as an honorary member. The Brother could not pass
a medical examination ?
Ans.—If the Brother is a non-affiliate and over fifty years of age,
and your By-Laws do not provide to the contrary you can take him
in at a less rate than $1.00 per month. I will refer* you to Art. II,
Sec. 4 of Constitution of Subordinates, by which you must be guided.
For further information respecting your communication, I will refer you to Sections 613-619, White's Digest, 1895.
9. Ques.—What constitutes a bartender ?
Ans.—This Question is too general. I can only give my opinion
on specifiic conditions or instances.
10. Ques.—If a Brother is a carpenter, leaves his trade and goes
behind the bar for two months and sells intoxicating liquors, and
other work around the hotel or saloon, and is compensated for same,
can he be termed a bartender ?
Ans.—Yes, if it is part of his duty to attend at the bar and sell
liquor, he becomes a bartender.
11. Ques.—If a Brother engages in the hotel business, goes behind the bar at any time and sells liquor, has he violated the law ?
Ans.—If he has a regular bartender, but on certain occasions as
proprietor of the hotel serves a customer but does not take his regular shift as bartender, I hold he has not violated the law.
12. Ques.—If a Brother engages in the hotel business, but does
not go behind the bar to sell liquor himself, but employs a bartender,
has he violated the law ? J751
Ans.—No. See Grand Sire's Decision, 111 and 183, on pages
14,682 and 14,687, Journal of Proceedings, Sovereign Grand Lodge,
1896.
13. Ques.—If a resolution is moved to expel a member, which
takes two-thirds majority of members present to carry same, and
the vote stands 22 for, 11 against, and one blank, has the resolution
carried ?   Does the blank count for either side ?   If so, which ?
Ans.—No, the resolution has not been carried. The blank must
be counted with the negative vote. See Section 1670, White's
Digest, 1895.
14. Ques.—A person whose duty it is, besides that of steward,
to attend to the bar on a steamer when not in port, makes application for membership; can the Lodge accept him ?
Arts.—No.
15. Ques.—Can an application for membership be received,
Committee appointed, Candidate elected and initiated on the same
night ?
Ans.—The Constitution does not permit it to be done, though
somewhat loosely worded, but the Grand Master can grant a Dispensation to authorize a Lodge to do so.
16. Ques.—A Brother makes application for reinstatement, sends
a proper certificate of health, is ballotted for and elected, and pays
the necessary fee. Is it necessary for him to appear in open Lodge
and sign the Constitution to entitle him to the privileges of membership ?
Ans.—No, it is not necessary, he becomes a member in such
standing as your By-Laws may direct upon receiving a legal receipt
for the payment of the required fee.
SPECIAL PERMISSIONS.
On a Petition from Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, of Donald, I granted
permission on May 12th, 1899, to remove the Charter to Revelstoke
and there hold its meetings until dealt with by this Grand Lodge.
On a Petition from Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, I granted permission to accept applications for membership from certain three or
four good, healthy, robust men whom they had in view, without the
doctor's certificate, for the reason as stated—that the nearest physician was fifty miles away and it was unsafe and almost impossible
to travel at that season of the year. This privilege was conditional,
and extended only to April 1st, at which time, on asking for a re- 0$
port upon it, I was informed that no members had been accepted
under these conditions.
On a request from the D. D. G. M. of Rebekah District No. 6, I
granted permission for the D. D. G. M. of Rebekah District No. 4, to
install the officers of Fidelity Rebekah Lodge, No. 10, Ladner. The
sickness of Mrs. Stainton, the D. D. G. M., was the reason for her
inability to do the work.
PERMISSIONS GRANTED.
1. June 16, 1898, to Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a strawberry
festival on June 18th, 1898.
2. To Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to hold an excursion to Victoria
on or about 13th August, 1898.
3. To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold a moonlight excursion
on or about 1st September, 1898.
4. To Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, to hold a ball on the 16th September, 1898.
5. To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold an assembly dance
on October 4th, 1898.
6. To Slocan City Lodge, No. 40, to hold its annual Ball, October 28th, 1898.
7. To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to initiate G. W. Hale, in less
time than allowed by law.
8. To Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold its annual ball and supper
on December 21st, 1898.
9. To Pacific Lodge, No. 26, to hold a social dance on December
13th, 1898.
10. To Duncans Lodge, No. 17, to hold a public installation of
officers on 7th January, 1899.
11. To Delta Lodge, No. 21, to hold a masquerade ball on December 30th, 1898.
12. To Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, to hold a ball on January
2nd, 1899.
13. To Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, to hold a ball on December 30th, 1898.
14. To Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to hold a social dance on March
24th, 1899.
15. To Cedar Lodge, No. 35, to hold a concert and dance on
April 15th, 1899. 16.
1899.
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To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, to hold a ball on April 27th,
17. To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to hold dedicatory ceremonies
in their new hall on May 2nd, 1899.
18. To Victoria Lodges to hold an excursion to Vancouver on
June 17th, 1899.
DISPENSATIONS FOR LODGES TO WORK.
Aug. 11. Issued a Dispensation to institute Harmony Rebekah
Lodge, No. 12, I. O. 0. F., Carson, B. C.
Sept. 17, 1898. Issued a Dispensation to Amity Lodge, No. 27,
New Westminster, to continue working, their Charter having been
destroyed by fire.
Sept. 28, 1898. Issued Dispensation to New Westminster Lodge,
No. 3, to continue working, their Charter having been destroyed by
fire.
Nov. 26, 1898. Issued a Dispensation to institute Trout Lake
Lodge. No. 41, Trout Lake City, B. C.
Mar. 25, 1899. Issued a Dispensation to institute Deborah
Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, at Rossland, B. C.
Issued a Dispensation to institute Key City Lodge, No. 42,
Cranbrook, B. C.
In connection with the foregoing, I beg to recommend that
Charters be granted to all those Lodges now working under Dispensations, and that the Charters destroyed by fire be replaced free of
charge.
INSTALLATIONS.
Installed the officers of the following Lodges:
. Columbia Lodge, No. 2, July 6th, 1898.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, July 7th, 1898.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33, July 15th, 1898,
Victoria Lodge, No. 1, July 25th, 1898.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, January 4, 1899.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, January 5th, 1899.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33, January 6th, 1899.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, January 7th, 1899.    Public.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1. January 9th, 1899.
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, January 10th, 1899.    Public. !754
OFFICIAL VISITS.
Vancouver Lodges, in joint session, Oct. 7th 1898.
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, October 8th, 1898.
Executive Relief Committee, New Westminster, October9th, 1898.
New Westminster Lodges, in joint session, October, 10th, 1898.
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, October llth, 1898.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28, October 12th, 1898.
Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, October 13th, 1898.
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, October 15th, 1898.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, October 17th, 1898.
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, October 18th, 1898.
Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, October 20th, 1898.
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, October 21st, 1898.
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, October 22nd, 1898.
Silver City Lodge, No. 39, October 24th, 1898.
Slocan Lodge, No. 40, October 25th, 1898.
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, October 26th, 1898.
Rossland Lodge, No. 36, October 28th, 1898.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1, July 25th, January 9th, and May 8th.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, July 6th, January 4th, and May 10th.
Dominion Lodge No. 4, August 4th, January 5th and June 1st.
Acme Lodge, No. 14, July 7th, July 25th.
Peerless Lodge, No. 33, July 15th, January 6th, and June 2nd.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, January 7th, 1899.
Harmony and Banner Lodges, Wellington, in joint meeting,
May 15th.
Black Diamond and Centennial Lodges, Nanaimo, in joint meeting, May 17th.
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, Jan. 10th,
Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, in open meeting, May 15th, 1899.
Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, in open meeting, May 17th, 1899. *755
PROCLAMATIONS.
I received from the Grand Sire the usual Proclamations relative
to the observance of the Anniversary of the Order and Memorial
Day, in obedience to which I issued the following Proclamations to
all Lodges subordinate to this Grand Lodge:
Victoria, B. C, 23rd March, 1899.
ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION.      1819-1899.
To the Lodges subotdinate to the  Grand Lodge  of Bri'ish   Columbia,
I. 0. 0. F.
In accordance with time honoured custom, and in obedience
to the Proclamation of the Grand Sire, I, Anton Henderson, Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F., by virtue of the authority vested in me do hereby request you to take appropriate action f (>r the due commemoration of the 26th day of April, 1899,
it being the Eightieth Anniversary of the Order, by suitable exercises
in observance of the day and by Public Thanksgiving to Almighty
God for his manifold mercies to us as individuals and as an Order.
And inasmuch as some Lodges may wish to appear in public in
Regalia on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby granted to all
Lodges of this Jurisdiction to do so.
A. HENDERSON,
Attest; Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
Victoria, B. 0., April 24th, 1899.
To the Lodges subordinate to the   Grand Lodge of British   Columbia,
L. 0. 0. F.
In accordance with a Proclamation received from the Grand
Sire, I, Anton Henderson, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia, I. O. O. F., do hereby request all the Subordinate
Lodges of this Jurisdiction who have suffered loss of membership by
death to assemble on the 2nd Tuesday of June next, being the 13th
day of June, 1899 (or such other day as may be more convenient),
and engage in proper and suitable exercises in memory of their deceased members. And as some Lodges may desire to appear in
Regalia on that occasion a Dispensation is hereby granted [them to
do so.
A. HENDERSON,
Attest: Grand Master,
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary. 1756
I regret to report that the B. C. Oddfellow, our official organ,
for several years so ably edited by Brother Rickard, P. G., has ceased
publication; but it is to be hoped Brother Rickard will still continue
to advance the interests of our Order in this Province through the
columns of the Independent Oddfellow—into which the B. C. Oddfellow has been merged.
correspondence.
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All letters and communications of an official nature have been
filed, and copies of answers, Decisions, etc., in detail, have been
kept, and will be at the pleasure of the Grand Lodge.
MILES TRAVELLED.
In the execution of my official duties, I have travelled the fol
lowing distances:
MILES
168
50
71
58
75
47
Victoria to Vancouver and return   	
Vancouver to Cloverdale	
Vancouver to Agassiz ,	
Agassiz to North Bend	
North Bend to Ashcroft	
Ashcroft to Kamloops	
Kamloops to Vernon         130
Vernon to Revelstoke      '89
Revelstoke to Golden and return     194
Revelstoke to Sandon     104
Sandon to Slocan City       37
Slocan City to Nelson       63
Nelson to Rossland, via Northport       87
Rossland to Spokane     147
Spokane to Vancouver     450
Victoria to Nanaimo and Wellington and return     170
Victoria to Duncans and return       74
Total number of miles travelled 2014
Total number of days .... 36
EXPENSES.
The following expenditures were incurred during my official
visits:
Victoria to Vancouver, fare and berth $ 4 50
Vancouver to New West'r and return, fare and meals..    2 00
Vancouver to Cloverdale and return     5 10 I757
Westminster and fare to Vancouver  4 25
Vancouver to Agassiz fare and hotel  5 15
Agassiz to North Bend, fare and hotel  4 95
North Bend to Ashcroft, fare  3 75
Meals on the road  1 00
Ashcroft to Kamloops, fare  2 35
Hotel, Kamloops  4. 00
Kamloops to Vernon, fare p  6 55
Vernon to Revelstoke, fare  4 50
Hotel expenses at Sicamous  2 50
Revelstoke to Donald, fare  3 95
Meals, Glacier House  75
Donald to Golden, fare  85
Golden to Revelstoke, fare  4 80
Meals at Glacier and Revelstoke  3 00
Revelstoke to Sandon, fare and hotel  7 50
Sandon to Slocan, fare and hotel  5 00
Slocan to Nelson, fare  2 35
Nelson to North Bend and Rossland, fare  5 00
Omnibus  50
Rossland to Victoria, fare  26 80
Hotel expenses  6 50
Victoria to Duncan and return : 3 00
Victoria to Nanaimo and return  4 95
Nanaimo to Wellington and return  2 00
 $127 55
Attached to this are the reports of my D. D. G. M's. as far as
they have been received to date. I have examined these and find
myself in accord with them.
RECOMMENDATIONS.
During my life as an Oddfellow, and more particularly during
my term as Grand Master, it has been impressed upon my mind that
our Order does not take full advantage of its own power for good.
It has appeared strange to me that with the immense wealth and
large membership, and, in consequence, the great guarantee we are
in a position to give, our members individually are only secured by
the Lodge to which they belong—the assets of which are in many
cases almost nothing. Why can not every member who joins our
ranks be secured their benefits and their standing in our Order by
the whole Jurisdiction, and—if need be—by the whole Order ? The
great stability it would add to our Institution, and the inducement
it would be for men to join our ranks, must be plain to all thinking
men.   Legislation can accomplish this, and it behoves our Order to 1758 .
work in that direction in the near future. It need not affect the individuality of the Subordinate Lodges. It need not make them less
perfect units of Oddfellowship than at present. Indeed, I have no
doubt it would strengthen them, and made them pay greater attention to the fraternal side of our organization.
The benefit-paying portion of our Order is purely an insurance;
then why not place it on a business basis as such ? I would suggest
that each Lodge be allowed to retain a certain sum in hand at the
beginning of each term, be allowed to take in members only on
proper doctor's certificates, pay certain stated benefits only on legal
advice, use only a certain percentage for management, a certain percentage for benefits, and the balance, if any, to be paid into a Grand
Lodge fund. If a Lodge pays out more in benefits than a certain
percentage, it will be repaid annually from the Grand Lodge fund,
which should be held in trust for the Lodges and invested only on
good security by a Board of Directors, elected. The assets of the
Order in the Province would thus become a guarantee for each Lodge.
Again, if a Jurisdiction should be called upon to pay more than a
certain percentage of its dues during any year, it would in turn be
refunded from the Sovereign Grand Lodge, thus making the entire
assets of the Order a guarantee for each individual member. If
Lodges become extinct for want of membership, the remaining members should be taken into any Lodge to which they might apply.
There would be no injustice done to members of defunct Lodges,
and there would be no occasion for Government interference with
our Institution; neither would an injustice be done to members of
wealthy Lodges, as at present they do not profit by being members
of such Lodges, except by having a better security for the fulfillment of the Lodge's obligations; but the security would be far better
under the suggested system.
An Insurance Branch, paying, say, $1,000.00 at death, should be
provided on the same basis, and it could be made optional with members whether they would belong to that or not.
As so great a change as this would require time to accomplish,
and no doubt meet with opposition from some quarters, and as I
believe the wishes of the Subordinates should be the foundation for
all legislation, I would suggest that this matter be brought before
the Lodges in this Jurisdiction, and dealt with at the next meeting
of this Grand Lodge.
Another change which I would recommend for the consideration of this Grand body is, that the business of the Grand Lodge be
conducted in the Scarlet Degree, and all the Third Degree members
in good standing be allowed admission as spectators during the session, without any voice in the business of the meeting. i?59
CONCLUSION.
I have during my term endeavoured to the best of my ability to
fulfill the duties of the responsible and honourable office of Grand
Master, which year by year are becoming more arduous as our
Order spreads in this Province. The continual changing of conditions, incident to the rapid progress of development of our new
country, necessitates the watchful care of the superior officers of our
Order. My whole ambition has been in the interest of the Order,
and, if any errors have been committed, I assure you they were un-
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intentional.
The many pleasant meetings with Brethren and kind letters of
appreciation I have received have done much to spur me on and
make my duties agreeable, and I shall always look back with pleasure and pride to this period of my life as an Oddfellow.
Brethren, I will conclude by extending thanks to all who have
kindly assisted me, and to the Representatives of the Jurisdiction
for the high position with which they have honoured me; to my
District Deputies for the careful performance of their duties, and
most particularly to the Grand Secretary, Bro. F. Davey, whose
ability, experience, and untiring efforts constitute a great factor in
the progress of our beloved Order in this Province.
A. HENDERSON,
Grand Master.
The Grand Secretary read his report which was ordered
to be received and handed to the Committee on Distribution.
Vancouver, B. C, June 14th, 1899.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L. 0. 0. F.
I have the honor and the pleasure of presenting for the fifteenth
time a report of the transactions of the Grand Secretary's Office and
of submitting a synopsis of the condition of the Order in this Jurisdiction on the 31st of December last and of the work of the Subordinate Lodges for the year ending on that date.
new lodges.
"Trout Lake" Lodge, No. 41, was instituted at Trout Lake City,
on 12th December last by Bro. R. Gordon, Special Deputy Grand
Master, and "Key City" Lodge, No. 42, at Cranbrook by Bro. A. E.
Lott, Special Deputy Grand Master, on 9th May, 1899. 1760
"Harmony"  Rebekah Lodge,  No.   12, was also instituted at
Carson, by Special Deputy Grand Master, T. Hardy, on 28th September,   1898,  and. Bro. H. J.  Ray mer, P.G.M.,  Special Deputy
Grand Master, instituted "Deborah" Rebekah Lodge, No.  13, at
Rossland, on 12th April, 1899.
All these Lodges are reported to have been organized undermost favorable auspices.
Correspondence has taken place with members at Fernie and
Trail who are anxious to have Lodges of our Order at these places
and it is expected that petitions will be received shortly.
MERGEMENT OF  LODGES.
On 15th June, 1898, "Friendship" Lodge, No. 30, of Nanaimo,
merged with "Black Diamond" Lodge, No. 5, of the same City.
" Acme" Lodge, No. 14, and " Dominion " Lodge, No. 4, of Victoria, were consolidated under the latter name on 4th August, 1898.
On 14th April last, "Royal City" Lodge, No. 13, merged with
"New Westminster " Lodge, No. 3.
These consolidations, it is believed, have proved beneficial to the
Lodges immediately concerned and has conserved the best interests
of the Order, it has also demonstrated the propriety of the legislation enacted two years ago making provisions for such contingencies which although deemed by some intricate and cumbersome,
could not safely be simplified, in my opinion, without endangering
the protection that should be afforded to the rights and interests of
all the members affected.
DEFUNCT REBEKAH LODGES.
I regret to state that it has been found necessary to recover the
Charter and effects of " Esther " Rebekah Lodge, No. 11, Union, and
of "Bethel" Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver.
In the former case the members express a hope to be in a position
to apply for a restitution of the Charter and effects and to resuscitate the Lodge next winter and have been assured that every facility
will be rendered them to do so.
LOSSES BY FIRE.
On the llth September last, a most disasterous fire occurred at
New Westminster which almost entirely destroyed the City. In
this deplorable calamity our Lodges and individual members were
heavy sufferers; and it appeared to the Executive Officers that it
was an occasion on which the sympathy and fraternal aid of the 1761
brotherhood of this Jurisdiction should be invoked. Accordingly an
appeal was circulated amongst our Lodges which was most generously
responded to. This fraternal feeling was not confined to our own
Jurisdiction but from the-neigh boring State of Washington messages
of sympathy and substantial and welcome assistance were received,
showing the universality of the bond that binds us. The Special
Committee formed by the New Westminster brethren to receive and
distribute the funds donated, conducted their duties in such a methodical and business-like mannei as to merit the warmest praise. A detailed statement of the amounts received and disbursed will be furnished in the Grand Master's report.
On the 10th inst. a telegram was received from Bro. Edgren,
D. D. G. M., at Rossland containing the unwelcome news that the
Hall of Rossland Lodge, No. 36, was destroyed by fire on that date
and the Charter and part of the Regalia were saved
ODDFELLOWS HOME FUND.
I am pleased to report the slow but steady progress of this fund;
as will be seen by the statement attached, it has been increased during the year by $189.44, the contribution of 5 cents per capita, a donation of $2.00 by two worthy members of Harmony Lodge, No. 6,
Wellington, and $41.60 proceeds of the offertory at the Anniversary
Service of the Victoria Lodges at St. Saviour's Church, Victoria
West, on 30th April, 1899.   This fund now amounts to $490.42.
Strenuous efforts are being put forth in other Canadian Jurisdictions on behalf of the establishment of Odd Fellows Homes, a
matter in which we on this side of the line are very backward when
compared with what has been accomplished by our brethren to the
south of us. This object cannot fail to commend itself to our approval and support, and there are many ways in which it could be
assisted by our Lodges, it is suggested that it would be advisable to
appoint a special committee to take this matter under their consideration and to take steps to bring it more prominently than hitherto to the attention of our lodges and the membership generally.
It is recommended that an appropriation of 5 cents per capita be
made to this fund for the ensuing year.
AGED  ODD FELLOWS FUND.
This fund which was created last Session, has been benefited to the
extent of $100.,amount realized by the sale of Trout Lake Lodge,No.
41, of the Regalia etc., formerly belonging to Perseverance Lodge,
No. 29, and $7.00 from other sources, and now aggregates $133.88, as
shown by the attached statement. 1762
NATIONAL SANITARIUMS.
4. circular letter has been received from the officers of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, relating to the action of that Grand body
at its last Session, respecting the establishment and maintenance of
National Sanitariums for the reception and care of sick and enfeebled
members of the Order and recommending that the several Grand
Lodges contribute a sum to this object not exceeding 25 cents per
capita.
The letter in question is submitted herewith for such action as
you may deem advisable,.
MAXIMUM BENEFITS.
In order to ensure a full and complete expression of the wishes
of the members on the proposed legislation respecting maximum
benefits, I addressed a communication to all the Subordinate
Lodges calling their attention to the Resolution adopted last Session
and likewise wrote to the D. D. G. M's. reminding them of the duty
imposed on them in this connection. As a result replies'have been
received from all but six Lodges and have been placed in the hands
of the Special Committee having charge of this important subject.
STATISTICAL.
As customary I beg to submit in tabulated form, statistics of
the work of the Subordinate Lodges during the year ended on the
31st December last, showing the increase or decrease under each
item as compared with the preceding year, also abstracts of the
Semi Annual and Annual Reports of the Lodges for publication in
the printed Proceedings of this Session. It is gratifying to note
that there was a gain of 44 members during the year 1898.
FINANCIAL.
I also submit a detailed statement of the moneys received and
disbursed on Grand Lodge acount during the past year, observing
that both receipts and expenditure very closely approximate the
estimates made last Session.
It is respectfully submitted that it is unnecessary to j have such
a large balance in the hands of the Grand Treasurer at the end of the
year: all that is needed is sufficient to meet the expenses of the next
Session of the Grand Lodge, and in view of this, the Per Capita Tax
for next year might with safety be reduced, say ten cents per member, which would, I am sure, be appreciated by the Subordinate *763
The following statement of the work of the Lodges during the
year ended 31st December, 1893, is compiled from the Reports to
that date and a comparison is made between the result and that of
the previous year:
Increase.
No. of Lodges, 31st December, 1898 37
"        instituted since..., 1
"        merged with other-
Lodges  3
Rebekah Lodges,31st Dec'98 7
j            I       instituted
since.      1
of Members Subordinate Lodges 2845                44
"        initiated during
the year     .226                  6
of Members admitted by Card 129                87
"          admitted as A. 0. 3
"          reinstated  17
"          withdrawn  18
"          expelled  1                 1
deceased .... 2d                 3
" resigned	
"          ceased membership by non-payment of dues 185
rejected  3
Degrees conferred  682             215
1 Past Grands     499                35
Total Revenue Subordinate Lodges $53,208 98   $6,42161
No. of Brothers relieved  354                27
I    weeks sick benefits paid.... .2608             272
1    Brothers buried  23                  3
"    widowed families relieved.. 9                 1
Amount paid for relief of Brothers 20,727 35
"              "            "       widowed
families  442 50
Amount paid for relief of Orphans ....
burying the dead 1.602 00
I               |       special relief .... 2,144 75
Total amount paid for relief  24,916 60
"           "        " current expenses 15,406 39
of assets  198,880 58
Average amount of benefits paid to
each sick member   .. 58 55
Average amount expended for relief per member  8 75
160 25
1,363 35
4,410 20
502 44
2,919 12
Decrease.
1
S
149 50
240 35 1764
Average duration of sickness per
member 6 dys 10 hrs.       14 hrs.
Average duration of sickness per
sick member 7wks 2 dys 14 hrs. 3dys2hrs.
Average cost per member for current expenses  5 41 9
Average cost per member for all
Lodge expenditure  14 16 1 52
Average   amount  of   assets   per
member  69 85 	
Total amount expended for relief
since institution of Grand
Lodge in 1874     228,664 56
15 1765
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to the Grand Treasurer.
FROM WHOM RECEIVED.
I Tax term
ended
Tax term
ended
30th JuneJ31st*^Dec
1898.
Victoria Lodge, No.
Columbia   "
New Westminster.  " j
Dominion     "
Black Diamond...." j
Harmony    " *
Excelsior   "
Vancouver.     " <
Tatnai                " !
Western Star    " 1(
Union   1 1
Selkirk   " U
Royal City   " 11
Acme   " 1-.
Cloverdale   " i
Kootenay ;.  " 1(
Duncan   " 11
Vernon Valley   " li
Mt. Pleasant.   " li
Centennial.       j 2(
Delta     11-   " 21
Gold Range   " 2S
Ashcroft    I 2c
Island   I 24
Revelstoke   " 21
Pacific   " 2e
Amity   " 2rt
Cheam    " 2S
Banner   " 31
Peerless   " 33
Rocky Mountain...  " 34
Cedar   " 35
Rossland    " 36
Carson   " 37
Boundary Valley..  " 38
Silver City   " 39
Slocan   " 40
Trout Lake   " 41
Key City   " 42
Colfax Rebekah ..." 1
Mizpah       1       .   .  " 2
Beulah        "        ..." 5
Esther        "       ..." 11
Harmony   "       ..." 12
Deborah     "       ..." 13
Members of defunct Lodges
Grand Lodge Cards	
Sundry Persons	
Carried forward
1898.
13 05
17 101
30 60
13 50
$1273 75 $1272 25
Supplies,
67 50
41 85
66 15
66 15
58 05|
12 60
54 45
28 80
80 10
27 00
35 10
30 15
15 30
24 75
17 10
13 50
16 20
47 25
18 45
15 75
13 95
13 951
24 30
99 00
63 001
20 25
41 05
55 35
19 35
24 30
29 70
13 95
18 90
31 50
15 30
$ 4 00
12 00
4 20
40
Charter
Fees, etc
Total
10 00
1 00
370
2*50
8 45
2 00
40	
30 00 30 00
30 00 30 00
5 00	
50	
17 35	
4 45	
35	
18 35 10 00
   6 00
50	
75	
170 60
53 20
70 65
63 10
57 50
36 65
27 00
27 80
94 05
35 60
33 50
28 95
29 00
47 30
209 85
160 15
40 75
80 05
114 80
41
51
00
95
63 60
28 50
36 00
62 50
28 80
60 00
60 00
5 00
6 00
50
75
$ 219 50 $ 76 00 $2526 45 1766
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Cash Received and Paid to the Grand Treasurer.
FROM WHOM RECEIVED.
Tax term Tax terml
ended       ended     <a1irmlip--f
30th June 31st Dec,   &uPPlies
1898. 1898.
Brought forward
Sale of Regalia, defunct L's
Odd Fellows Home acct...
Donations,    Bros.    Bailey
and Cowan, Harmony L.
Offertory,    St.    Saviour's
Church, Victoria West..
$1273 75 $1272 25 $ 219 50
Charter
Fees, etc;
Total
$ 76 00i$2526 45
$101 001$ 101 00
2 00   2 00
I
41 60,  41 60
$1273 75|$1272 25!$ 219 50|$220 60^2986 10 176
/u/
Orders Drawn on Grand Treasurer.
Date.
No. of
Order
1898.
June 10
"    10
"    10|
|    101
"    15
"    22
July   5
|   21
Aug. 13|
Sept. 16
"   21
a    91
Apr,
In Whose Favor.
Grand Treasurer.
W. H. Huxtable.
E. C. Davison....
W. E. Townsend.
R. S. Day	
H. J. Rickard....
S. W. Edwards ..
F. Davey, G. Sec.
cc a
T. R. Cusack	
F. Davey, G. Sec.
cc cc
A. A. Boak & Co.
F. Davey, G. Sec.
A. Henderson, G.
F. Davey, G. Sec.
Description.
Amount.
M
18 T. R. Cusack	
19 F. Davey, G. Sec	
20 " "    	
21 " I
22 Odd Fellows' Union ....
23 Colonist Ptg & Pub. Co
24 F. Davey. G. Sec	
33 A. Henderson, G. M.
34
35 F. Davey, G. Sec.   ..
36T. R. Cusack	
Mileage & Per Diem '98
Janr G.S. Office, 12 m..
Exp. vis. Lodges in Intrl
Janr & Light, Ses. '98..
Premium G. Sec. Bond.
G. L. Card, B.C. OddF.I
Drafts, Postage, &c. G.TJ
Trans'n to Sov. G. L...
Dep.D.S.B.O.F.Home F
Ptg Proceedings,Ses.'98
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and Sundries.. j
Premium G. T. Bond...
Trans'n to Sov. G. L    . j
On acct of Travel'g Exp|
Salary, 2 months	
Postage and Sundries..!
Ptg Circulars, etc	
Trans'n to Sov. G. L ... j
cc cc cc
Salary, 3 months	
Rent G.S. Office, 12 mo.
Black Books j
Postage and Sundries.. I
Dep D.S.B. Aged Odd Fl
do OddF. Home Ac. |
Sov. G. L. for Supplies. I
Dep D.S.B.O.F.Home Al
Sov.G.L., Represt Tax..
[Salary, 3 months	
Postage, Expressage &c
Dep D.S.B. Aged O.F.Fd
Bai. of Allow'e for Exp
Postage, &c	
Hibben & Co. Station'y
$951 00
20 00
25 00
10 00
10 00
10 00
3 00
7 77
2 00
140 98
150 00
20 00
10 00
30 90
100 00
150 00
11 15
Printing,
2867 55
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report $|,072 47
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer    A 98b 10
$5,058 57
Less Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer    2'867 55
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $2,191 02 1768
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Balance froin last year $206 56
Goods bought during the year • •   174 90
Allowed Lodges for return of old Rituals      12 00
Freight on supplies from Sovereign Grand Lodge. r   18 27
Gain during the year      47 92
Goods sold during the year   	
Allowed by Sov. G. Lge for old Rituals destroyed
Value of Stock on hand	
Cr.
|$459 65
$
252
87
4
00
202
78
$
459 65
ODD FELLOW'S HOME ACCOUNT.
June   2, '98—Amount on hand per last Report    	
Aug. 13, '98—Donation from Bros. Bailey and Cowan, Harmony Lodge, No. 6	
June 30, '98—Interest Dom. Gov't Savings Bank  	
April  1, '99—Contribution G. Lodge of B. C, 5c per capita
May 1, '99—Wardens St. Saviour's Church, Victoria West
Offertory at Anniversary Service, I.O.O.F.
June   1, '99—Deposited in Dom. Gov't Savings Bank	
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer
$ 300 98
2 00
3 74
142 10
41 60
$ 490 42
489 67
$        75
AGED ODD FELLOWS FUND.
June   2, '98—In hands of Grand Treasurer per last Report $   26 88
Sept.   6, '98—Received  for   sale   of effects,  Mission City
Lodge, No. 32  1 00
Dec.   12, '98—Received for sale of Regalia, etc., Perseverance Lodge, No. 29       100 00
May 16, '99—Received  from member of   defunct   Lodge
for Dues ,  6 00
$ 133 88
June   1, '99—Deposited in Dom. Gov't Savings Bank      134 00
Overpaid by Grand Treasurer $ 12 7
69
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F. 1st. June, 1899.
Ftolio j
of
Ledgri
Account.
Dr.
Furniture and Regalia	
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5	
Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3%	
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15	
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16	
Delta Lodge, No. 21    	
Stock	
Island Lodge, No. 24 j
Sovereign Grand Lodge j
Grand Treasurer	
Profit and Loss.	
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8	
Pacific Lodge, No. 26	
Banner Lodge, No. 31	
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34.	
Cedar Lodge, No. 35	
Odd Fellows Home	
Dom. Gov't Savings Bank (Home acct.)..
Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9	
Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 11	
Carson Lodge, No. 37	
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3	
Silver City Lodge, No. 39	
Slocan Lodge, No. 40	
Aged Odd Fellows Fund	
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41
Dom. Gov't Svgs. Bk.(Agd O. Fellows acct)
Key City Lodge, No. 42	
496 65
50
37
40
202 78
35
4 95
2191 02
489 67
1 00
134 00
1 65
$3528 89
On.
4 <G0
2891 39
2 55
1 00
1 60
490 42
1 95
133 88
1 35
$ 3528 89
CONCLUSION.
I cannot close this report without expressing my deep appreciation of the unfailing kindness which has been shown to me during
the 15 years that I have had the honor to hold this office, and of the
cheering words of commendation and encouragement that have invariably fallen from the officers and members with whom I have
had the pleasure to be associated during that long period.
It has been a source of gratification and pride to me to watch the
growth and prosperity of the Order in this Province during these
years of development and I most sincerely hope that it will go on
extending and prospering and that its foundations may be laid
strong and enduring. 1770
We are met now for the third time in this young and energetic
City of Vancouver, which is in itself a marvel of pluck and enterprise: may we be able to catch some of these essential qualities that
have made this City so successful, and incorporate them in our
efforts to build up our noble Order in this Province.
Important and weighty matters will be submitted fbr your consideration at this meeting and it is to be hoped that they will be approached in an unselfish and impartial spirit, and with a deep sense
of the responsibility resting on us as the representatives ofthe three
thousand members of this Jurisdiction. May our deliberations be
characterized by a desire to promote the welfare of the greatest
number, and by loyalty to the Institution that we all so much admire,
and may the result prove advantageous to the whole Jurisdiction.
Fraternally submitted,
FRED DAVEY,
GBhANd Secretary.
The Grand Treasurer presented his report which was
read, ordered to be received and handed to the Committee
on Finance.
Vancouver, B. C,
June 14th, 1899.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L. 0. 0. F. :
W. Hogg, Grand Treasurer, in Account with the
Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.
Dr.
1898
To Balance from last Grand Treasurer.. .$2,072 47
July 12. Received from Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19 10 10
Pacific             "       26 109 35
Western Star           |       10 80 55
Vancouver..            "         8 54 90
Grand Secretary  843 75
Pacific Lodge, No. 26       99 00
Western Star " 10 80 10
Vancouver.. " 8 54 00
Mt. Pleasant " 19 16 20
Grand Secretary    1,638 15
cc
cc
cc
14.
cc
cc
15.
cc
Oct.
12.
cc
1899
Jan.
9.
cc
• c
12.
cc
cc
13.
cc
cc
18.
cc
June 5.
cc
$5,058 57 1771
Cr.
1899
June 10. By paid Orders Nos. 1 to 36 inclusive $2,867 55
Balance	
Fraternally submitted,
$2,191 02
WILLIAM HOGG,
Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee on
Distribution:—W. H. Morton, P. G. M., No. 5; J. Stark,
No. 26; J. E. Phillips, P. G. Il No. 3. f
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, presented and read the Report
of the Grand Representatives which was on motion ordered
to be received and printed in the proceedings of this Grand
Lodge.
Grand Master, Officers and Members ofthe Grai.d Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.
Your Representatives beg to submit a synopsis of the proceedings of the Seventy-Fourth Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
held in Boston, Mass., September 19-24, 1898.
A formal reception was held on Monday, September 19th. at
which addresses of welcome were given on behalf of the City by
Mayor Quincy, and for the State by General Appleton; and by the
Grand Master, Grand Patriarch and the President of the Rebekah
Assembly of the State of Massachusetts. To us the address of the
Grand Master was somewhat marred by reference to ancient history,
which, while of interest to some of the Representatives, was distasteful to Canadians.
At the conclusion of this meeting an adjournment was made to
Copley Hall where the Session was held. All Grand bodies were
represented, and seven Past Grand Sires were in attendance. Very
little legislation of benefit to the Order was enacted, and no changes
in the unwritten work were made.
Extract from Grand Sire's Report:
GENERAL CONDITION OF THE ORDER.
While the membership of the Order has not increased during the
period covered by this report to the extent that was desired, yet
there is much to encourage us, for the country where the great bulk i772
of our membership is to be found has not entirely recovered from
the financial and business depression of the last few years, which
accounts, to a large extent, for our increase, not being larger than it
is,the membership of the Subordinate Lodges shows a very substantial increase, as does^ also that of the Degree of Rebekah, while the
Patriarchal branch, notwithstanding the remedial legislation of the
last two sessions of your body, shows a small decrease.
The condition of our Order in Europe and other lands not on the
Continent of North America is good, and will be more fully discussed
under the head of International Affairs.
The following shows, in a condensed shape, the statistics and
conditions as to membership, revenues, and expenditures of the
various branches of the Order, save of the Patriarchs Militant, of
which I have not the figures, on the dates indicated, and was prepared from the last annual reports made to Grand Secretary Grant.
RETURNS FOR YEARS 1896 AND 1897.
Grand Lodges	
Subordinate Lodges...
Rebekah Lodges	
Grand Encampments...
Subordinate Encamp...
Lodge initiations	
Lodge Members	
Encampment members.
Rebekah Members	
Relief by Lodges	
Relief by Encampments
Relief by Rebekah Lod.
Total Relief	
Revenue of Lodges......
Revenue of Encampmts
Revenue Rebekah Lod.
Total Revenue	
Dec. 31st.
1896
56
11,145
4,567
51
2,648
60,146
806,055
130,732
281,041
$3,067,965 81
274,209 99
51,059 83
3,393,235 63
7,570,025 98
602,418 55
886,202 26
9,058,646 79
Dec. 31st.
1897
Increase. Decrease
55
11,229
4,796
51
2,633
59,536'
814,7761
127,917
297,691
$3,047,285 15
84
229
8284
16650
15
610
2956
 |$20,68066
265,965 52,   i    8,24447
51,387 741     $318 91	
3,364,629 411      28,60622
7,810.175 82 240,149 81	
603,176 141       757 59	
432,907 941 |453,29432
8,846,259 90    212,38689
Extract from Grand Secretary's Report:
This table comparing the returns for 1897 with those for 1896
is an interesting study. While the gain in the Subordinate
Lodge membership is a slight improvement over- that of the previous year, the slackening in the growth of the Rebekah wing
of our- peaceful army is phenomenal, the gain there being but
little more than one-half that reported for 1896. Another disappointing fact is noted in the loss of nearly three thousand in Encamp- *773
ment membership. This somewhat depressing state of affairs is accounted for in a general way, by repeating what was said a
year ago of the enforced idleness in some sections, and unre-
munerative employment in many others, by the financial stringency
so universally complained of among the laboring people and those
of moderate means.
The great Order of Odd Fellows seems to be composed of two
classes of men and women : those (deplorably in the minority), who
are moved and controlled by unselfish philanthropy; and those who
are Odd Fellows for revenue only. Our teaching and our practice
are founded upon love for the neighbor, and in our lessons we teach
much of good to mankind, that is far above the love of money. If
in selecting candidates for initiation, they can be persuaded to. join
us from a desire to help in a noble work, unimpelled by. lustful longing for the funds dispensed as benefits, we will enjoy the present
satisfaction of seeing our new members begin right, and they, as
well as the whole Order, will be blessed in the dawn of. a better
future when selfishness and fault-finding are banished from the
hearts and minds of all.
STATISTICS   OF  THE   ORDER FROM   1830   TO   DECEMBER,  31ST,   1897,
INCLUDING AUSTRALASIA,  GERMANY,  DENMARK,  SWITZERLAND
AND SWEDEN.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  2,197,196
Members relieved  2,166,104
Widowed Families relieved           234,103
Members deceased  211,309
Total relief  $ 77,480,656.11
Total receipts  201,067,165.57
CONDITION OF THE ORDER DECEMBER 31ST,  1897.
Sovereign Grand Lodge  1
Independent Grand Lodges (German Empire, Australasia,
Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden  5
Subordinate Grand Encampments  54
Subordinate Grand Lodges  65
Subordinate Encampments .    2,656
Subordinate Lodges  11,579
Encampment Members      128,930
Lodge Members  839,608
Rebekah Lodges I  4,808
Members of Rebekah Lodges  298,263 1774
COMPARISON  OF THE
RETURNS FOR THE  YEARS  1896 AND  1897.
Dec. 31st,
Dec. 31st,
Increase.
Decrease
1896
1897
Grand Lodges	
56
55
1
Grand Encampments ..
51
51
r .  .            .      .
Subordinate Lodges....
11,145
11,229
81
Subordinate Encamp ..
2,648
2,633
15
Rebekah Lodges.   .   ..
4,567
4,796
229
	
60,146
59,536
610
Encampm'nt Initiations
29,633
9,243
20,390
Rebekah Initiations—
Brothers	
22,927
20,506
2,421
Sisters	
37,161
32,140
5,021
Lodge members	
Encampment members.
806,055
130,732
814,339
127,776
8,284
2,956
"R.pVipIt-ji.Vi  "mpinrihpTS
281,041
$3,067,765 81
297,691
16,650
* 3,047,285 15
$20,68066
Relief by Encampments
274,209 99
265,965 52
8,244 47
Relief of Rebekah Lod
51,050 83
51,378 74
$318 91
Total relief	
3,393,235 63
3,364,629 41
28,606 22
Revenue of Sub. Lodges
7,570,025 98
7,810,175 82
240,149 84
R.pvpmip of Snb   Enc*;
602.418 55
603,176 14
432,907 94
757 59
Revenue of Rebekah L
886,202 26
453294 32
Total revenue	
9,058,646 79
8,846,259 90
212386 89
Invested Funds, Sub. L
24,824,387 17
24,416.600 32
407786 85
Invested Funds, Sub. E
1,529,131 59
1,450,677 67
78,453 92
Invested Funds, Reb. L
496,430 66
521,417 75
24,987 09
Total invested funds...
26,849,949 42
26,388,695 74
4                  •       •                      •       •       •
461253 68
Expenses of Sub. Lod..
3,427,195 22
3,309,340 07
117855 15
Expenses of Sub. Enc..
Expenses of Rebekah L
256,286 77
299,005 24
42,718 47
338,409 02
356,808 39
18,399 37
Total expenses. *.	
4,021,891 01
3,965,153 70
       ...
56,737 31
Brothers relieved
83,724
90,050
6,835
Patriarchs relieved..   ..
10,073
581,534
12,132
598,451
2,059
1$917
Weeks' ben paid by S L
Weeks' ben paid by En.
Widfam relieved by S L
89,282
91,895
2,613
6,206
6,145
61
Wid f am relieved by S E
209
197
12
Brothers buried	
8,498
8,933
435
Patriarchs buried	
1,395
1,482
87
SUBORDINATE LODGE DECISIONS.
1. Ques.—What is the status of lodge property on the dissolution of the lodge? Does it belong to the Grand Lodge? If so, in
what way could the Lodge possess itself of the real estate in case of
opposition on the part of any member of the defunct Lodge or otherwise ? Is there anything to prevent a Lodge, while in existence,
selling its real estate if it choose so to do ? Must it have authority
from the Grand Lodge under which it works ? 1775
-4ns.—On a dissolution of a Subordinate Lodge, its property becomes at once the property of the Grand Lodge of the jurisdiction,
and the Grand Lodge, if such Subordinate Lodge owned real estate,
could proceed to take possession of it, as a, private individual could;
if, however, any member of such defunct Lodge was in actual possession of it, a suit to recover it would become necessary. It is usual
for lodges, both Subordinate and Grand, to be incorporated under
the civil laws of their several states, and such Grand Lodge should
sue in the corporate name. Not being familiar with the laws and
procedure of the civil courts of Vermont, cannot further advise you
as to the method of procedure, but any good lawyer of your state
could point out the remedy of the Grand Lodge. Subordinate Lodges,
while in existence, have a right to dispose of any real estate they
may own without asking or obtaining permission of the Grand
Lodge to do so.
2. Ques-—On what terms can one who in 1866 was initiated and
received the first and second Degrees, be received now into membership ?
Ans.—If an Ancient Odd Fellow, by depositing his card, or making other satisfactory proof of his former connection with the Order,
and by paying the sum fixed by the by-laws of the Lodge for the admission of an Ancient Odd Fellow, and by being admitted by a ball
ballot as prescribed for an initiate.
3. Ques.—Does the official receipt entitle a brother to admittance
into a lodge within his own Jurisdiction without the semi-annual
pass-word, or is it necessary for a brother holding an official receipt
to have the semi-annual pass-word in order to be entitled to admission?
Ans.—A brother seeking admission into a Lodge within his own'
Jurisdiction, must give the semi-annual pass-word given out by the
Grand Master of the Jurisdiction; or, if he produces an official certificate or receipt, the A.T.P. W. No Brother can be admitted to a
Lodge, whether or not he has a visiting card or an official certificate,
unless he has one or the other of these words. Only his own Lodge
can admit him without one or the other word; and no Lodge except
his own should so admit him.
4. Ques.—Has a Jurisdiction that licenses one insurance company, formed from members in its own state, any right to say that
a company from another state shall not do business in that state ?
Ans.—It has not, provided always that the company so refused
has complied with the laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and obtained authority from its officers to do business. 1776
5. Ques.—Can a Jurisdiction make any discrimination as to the
companies it will license, provided it license any, and the company
produces a license from the Sovereign Grand Lodge ? In other words,
has the Subordinate Grand Jurisdiction any discretion as to the companies it will license, provided the company has the Sovereign Grand
Lodge license ?
Ans.—It has not.
[ Questions 4 and 5 were approved with the following qualification and modification: If the "insurance company formed from members in its own state," referred to in said decisions, belonged to the
class of "voluntary associations or small corporations" and "confining their operations to towns, cities or jurisdictions in which they
are located and not seeking to do general insurance business^" then
and in that case the Grand Lodge of such Jurisdiction is not required to grant a license or permit to a company from another state
or jurisdiction. See Digest of 1895, Sec. 591. Also Vol. 18, Journal
of 1895, pages 14,435 to 14,438, and 14,470, 14,571.
6. Ques.— If a Brother steps up to the Secretary to pay his dues
and assessments and says nothing about a receipt, has the Secretary
a right to give him any other than the official certificate ?
Ans.—He has not; if any acknowledgement is given in writing
or on any printed form, it must be given on the form of the official
certificate.
7. Ques.—If a Lodge agrees to transact business between the
Lodge and its members, relative to their dues and assessments,
without the use of the official certificate, and the Brother does not
care for a receipt, has the Lodge a right to evade the law by so
doing ?
Ans.—When a member pays any money to his Lodge for dues
or assessments and does not desire any written acknowledgement
for such payment, he need not be given such acknowledgement; but
if he does ask for such an acknowledgement, the Financial Secretary must issue to him an official certificate, showing the amount he
has paid. When such evidence is demanded, no other form can be
used than that what is known as the official certificate. The third
resolution of the report of the committee on legislation, as amended
and adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, shows plainly what the
laws on the subject are, said resolution reading as follows: "That
hereafter the official receipt (certificate) shall be designated as the
I official certificate,' and shall be issued in all cases where members
pay dues and assessments to subordinate bodies, and shall request a
receipt, and that such change be made in the form and matter as to
make it plain and distinct, with ample space for necessary signatures,
and a line for the location of the body issuing it, and the date." 1777
8. Ques.—Is a member who is one month, or even one day, in
arrears for dues or assessments, in good standing, so as to be entitled
to sick benefits ?
Ans.—No; but the length of time and the amount of dues to constitute a Brother in arrears is a matter of local legislation.
9. Ques.—A vaeancy having occurred in the office of Degree
Master of a Degree Lodge during the term, is the Deputy Degree
Master eligible to fill the vacancy ? Both Degree Master and Deputy
Degree Master are installed into office with the same ceremony as
the Noble Grand and Vice Grand of a Subordinate Lodge.
Ans.—If the Deputy Degree Master would have been eligible to
fill the position of Degree Master, had he not been Deputy Degree Master, the fact that he was already Deputy Degree Master
would not have disqualified him from being elected to fill such office,
the vacancy occurring during the term.
10. Ques.—The question you propounded is in regard to the
Apparent conflict between the Constitution for- Subordinate Lodges
of your Jurisdiction (Lower Provinces) and the By-Laws of a Subordinate Lodge of such Jurisdiction, the constitution providing that
application for membership shall be referred to a committee of three,
"who shall report upon the application upon the next succeeding
regular meeting (unless unavoidable circumstances prevent), when
the candidate shall be balloted for with ball ballots, etc." The By-
Laws of the Subordinate Lodge, which have been legally approved,
provide, "When the report shall have been submitted to the Lodge,
action shall be deferred until the next regular session, or from time
to time, until any doubt as to the fitness of the candidate may be
determined."
Ans.—In my judgment there is no conflict between the Constitution and the by-laws quoted; in many instances the word may is
construed to mean shall, owing to the nature of the context, and in
the same manner, where the word shall is used it may not always be
mandatory, but the remainder of the sentence may be looked to to
interpret the true meaning. In my judgment, therefore, the language of the Constitution does not mean to inhibit a Lodge from
postponing action on a report of an investigating committee on an .
application for membership, for the language used by it in brackets,
showing that it being (unless unforseen circumstances prevent), and
of course such unforseen circumstances must be judged of by the
Lodge itself, and certainly a Lodge would have the inherent right,
as shown by the law as quoted in White's Digest, Art. 649, to postpone consideration of any committee report where they may deem
it advisable or proper. The Lodge having then the right, even under the language of the Constitution, to postpone action on the re- mm.
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port of a committee on application for " unavoidable circumstances,"
of which it is the sole judge, it can provide in its by-laws, that all
committee reports on applications shall not be considered until
another session, and if these by-laws, as in this case, are approved
by the Grand Lodge or its authority, it amounts to an interpretation
of the meaning of the apparent mandatory language of the constitution. I therefore decide that there is no conflict between the constitutional provision quoted and the article of the by-laws.
11. Ques.—Is it optional or obligatory with a Lodge to indicate
in a withdrawal card the rank of the member withdrawing ?
Ans.—It is imperative with a lodge granting a withdrawal card,
to state in it the highest rank the Brother has attained in the Lodge;
especially is this the case when such a Brother demands such statement The law as contained in Sec. 157, White's Digest, clearly
settles this question.
12. Ques.—Have the Past Grands of any prescribed territory
the right to organize themselves into an Association, taking the
name or any similar one, of a " Past Grand's nAssociation of ?"
Ana.—The question is one of considerable doubt, as there seems
to be some discrepancy between the law as written and strictly construed, and the usage and practice; although I think the discrepancy
is more apparent than real. The law prohibits conventions of members of the Order to influence legislation, as well as the organization
of any body not authorized by the law of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, which shall require as a requisite for membership, good
standing in the Order. The Sovereign Grand Lodge, however, has
rather encouraged the formation of Odd Fellows organizations for
social purposes, as witness the Past Grand Representatives' Union,
composed of those who have been Representatives to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, and of which organization the Junior Past Grand
Sire is always the President; also, the organization of associations^
of Past Grand Masters, which exist in many Jurisdictions, one such
being, I understand, in Ohio. These social organizations already
being in existence, I can see no very good reason, nor, indeed do I
find any positive enactment, prohibiting Past Grands within any
designated territory from forming themselves into a social organization, provided they do not attempt to usurp any legislative functions which must belong to recognized bodies of the Order. I therefore come to the conclusion that it is permissable for Past Grands of
any prescribed territory to form a Past Grand's Association, unless
such is positively forbidden expressly by the Subordinate Grand
Jurisdiction, and certainly they should be allowed to do so, with the
assent of such Jurisdiction. 1779
13. Ques.—Does continuous good standing as applied to qualifications for a veteran jewel demand that a Brother to be entitled to
a veteran jewel shall not be at any time during the twenty-five years'
period, in arrears for dues to his subordinate Lodge; or if a member
failed once only during the twenty-five years to pay bis dues as required by the by-laws of his lodge, and thereby became in bad
standing, and not entitled to benefits for any sickness, would this
fact disqualify him from receiving the veteran jewel |
Ans.—It is my opinion, that a fair and reasonable construction
of the law relating to the veteran jewel is, that when a member of
the Order has been continuously a member of a Subordinate Lodge
and carried on its rolls, not having been suspended for any cause,
that the fact that he may have been one or more years in arrears
for his dues, thereby being temporarily deprived of the right to
draw benefits during sickness, does not deprive him of the right to
receive and wear the veteran jewel. If he has been a member of .a
Subordinate Lodge, or Lodges, for twenty-five years without having been suspended, he has a right to the jewel. It is further my
decision, that where a Brother has taken a withdrawal card from
his Lodge and has within twelve months thereafter, deposited the
same and has-been admitted to membership in another Subordinate
Lodge, that the fact of such intermission in his active membership
in a Lodge does not break his continuous membership in the Order
so as to preclude him from claiming the veteran jewel. If, however,
he permits more than twelve months to elapse from the date of
taking his withdrawal card, and depositing it in another Lodge, he
then becomes an Ancient Odd Fellow, and breaks his continuous
membership, and is not entitled to wear the jewel. Of course, if
after his second admission to a Lodge a period of twenty-five years
of continuous membership intervenes he is entitled to the jewel.
14. Ques.—Can a Lodge legally grant relief from its general
fund to the widow of a member who died in bad standing, resulting
from non-payment of dues ?
Ans.—Yes, when not prohibited by the state Grand body,
15. Ques.—Can a Lodge legally grant relief from its general
fund to persons in distress outside of the Order?
Ans.—It can not.
16. Ques.—The Secretary of a Lodge retains moneys paid in as
dues and uses them for his own purposes. After the Lodge learns
the facts it takes a note from the defaulting officer in settlement for
the money. Can the Lodge after such settlement punish the Brother
for retaining said monies ?
Ans.—Yes. 1780
17. Ques.—A Brother sues the Lodge because of reduction in
sick benefits; he loses his case. Has the Lodge the right to retain
accruing benefits as a set-off for tjie cost in the case allowed the
Lodge by the court ?
Ans.—As a general proposition the Lodge has such a right,
though this may not be the case in some Jurisdictions where the
municipal law may otherwise provide.
18. Ques.—Under the uniform constitution for Subordinate
Lodges of Colorado, it is provided that where there is but one candidate for an office "he may be declared elected by acclamation."'
Is such provision in conflict with general law ?
Ans.—It is not; the Grand Lodge of Colorado had a right to make
such a provision in its constitution for the government of Subordinate Lodges.
19. Ques.—Is it legal to ballot on the application of a candidate
for the first Degree, the second Degree, or the third Degree, at a
special meeting called for that purpose ?
Ans.—It is not, unless the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction has
provided for such special meetings. In the absence of such authority
it would not be proper to ballot for any Degree at a special meeting.
20. Ques.—Can a Subordinate Lodge hold Memorial Services, in
accordance with proclamation of the Grand Sire, which proclamation designates the second Tuesday in June, or on such other day
as may be practicable, on a Sunday ?
Ans.—While our laws forbid the holding of Lodge meetings on
Sundays for general or regular Lodge business, -and such meetings
are illegal, yet it is legal and proper for Subordinate Lcfdges to meet
on Sunday to attend the funeral of a Brother. I therefore think
that the members of a Lodge, meeting to hold Memorial Services in
honor of the worthy dead of the Order, and decorate their graves, is
not only not illegal to be held on a Sunday, but that for many
reasons is the most appropriate time. Of course each Lodge must
be the judge of which day is practicable for it to hold such services.
21. Ques.—Can a Subordinate Lodge pass a resolution providing
that if any of its members enlist in the present war between the
United States and Spain, that their dues and assessments will be
paid by the Lodge, out of the treasury, so that said members may
be kept in good standing until their return home ?
Ans.—Under our laws a Lodge cannot remit dues nor can it draw
money from its treasury to pay dues for any class of members, no
matter how meritorious such members may be. Therefore I ddcide
the question asked in the negative, with this qualification however, 1781
that a Lodge may, out of the 5 per cent, fund which it is authorized
to set apart for any purpose it may see proper, pay the dues of any
class of its members.
22. Ques.—Statement: The Constitution of the Grand Lodge of
South Carolina, Art. X, Sec. 1, reads as follows: "This Constitution
shall not be altered, amended or annulled, unless a proposition to
that effect be made in writing at a regular communication, and
laid over until the next annual communication, and adopted by a
majority of three-fourths of the members present." At the annual
communication of the Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F. of South Carolina in
1896, a committee was appointed to revise the constitution and bylaws of the Grand Lodge, and to report the next annual communication. The committee reported at the annual communication in
1897 and made various changes in our constitution and by-laws.
Their report was adopted by the Grand Lodge. Is the adoption of
the committee report legal or should it have lain over till the next
annual communication ?
Ans.—Its adoption at the time was illegal. It should have lain
over for one year, or until the next annual communication erf the
Grand Lodge.    See Sec. 428, White's Digest, edition of 1895.
23. Ques.—Has a Grand Master the right to grant a dispensation
to one or more Lodges to solicit subscriptions from the members of
the Order throughout its Jurisdiction for the purpose of erecting a
monument to a worthy member of the Order ?
A?is.—He has the right to give such permission, provided the
Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction has passed no law declaring that
permission to solicit aid for any purpose, must be granted by the
.Grand Lodge only. That a Grand Lodge or a Grand Master, unless
prohibited by such Grand Lodge, may grant permission to a Lodge
to solicit aid even for an individual member, seems to have been decided by the Sovereign Grand Lodge. See Sections 1558,1559, digest
of 1895.
24. Ques.—When a Lodge elects a Brother to membership, who
makes application upon a visiting card, and certifies his election to
the lodge issuing the visiting card and asks for a withdrawal card -
should not the Noble Grand and Secretary immediately issue a card
without action of the Lodge, all fees and dues being paid, unless
charges are preferred ? By analogy will not the law that requires
a dismissal certificate to be issued without action of the Lodge govern in this case ?
Ans.—Were this an original question, that is, one that had
never* been actually passed upon by Sovereign Grand Lodge, I would
-hold that under the fact stated, the Noble Grand and Secretary 1782
should issue the withdrawal card without any action of the Lodge
directing them so to do, were it not for the fact that the decision of
Grand Sire Busbee, made in 1891, holds, "It is necessary that the
Lodge to which a Brother applies for membership should notify the
lodge issuing the visiting card, of his election; and thereupon the
Brother must apply for the necessary withdrawal card or dismissal
certificate; but the Secretary ol the Lodge may apply for such card
or certificate, at the instance and by the authority of the Brother."
See White's digest, Sec. 669, edition of 1895. This contemplates
clearly that an application shall be made to the Lodge and not to an
officer of the Lodge. The reason for compelling an application to be
made to the Lodge probably was, that it was thought possible that
a Brother after obtaining a visiting card might have been guilty of
some improper conduct, and that the Lodge issuing such card should
have the right to enquire into such matter before giving the withdrawal card. I therefore hold that a Lodge must by its action grant
the card, and that without such authorization the Noble Grand and
Secretary can not issue it.
25. Ques^—What action should be taken if a Lodge, on ballot
being taken, refuse to grant a withdrawal card, when a Brother has
been elected to membership in another Lodge upon application with
a-visiting card?
Ans.—If the visiting card was regularly and legally issued, and
no charges had been filed against the Brother during the period between its issuance and the application for a withdrawal card, if the
Lodge then refuses to issue it, it would be the duty of the Grand
Master, if the facts were clear and undisputed, to direct the Lodge
to issue such card.
REBEKAH DECISIONS.
33. Ques-—Can a Rebekah Lodge, instituted the last of April,
elect and install officers in June, or should they hold over ?
Ans.—Where a Rebekah Lodge is organized and instituted during the last half of a term, say in April, the officers elected at the
institution hold over during the June term, and the term for which
they hold will be styled a special term. See Sections 1507, 1510,
digest of 1895.
34. Ques.—Can the Grand Lodge delegate the power to the
President of the Rebekah assembly, to act ad interim, on appeals
from Rebekah Lodges, with a proviso, that any lodge or individual
feeling aggrieved by such decision, "shall appeal to the Grand Master, whose decisions must be final, until reversed by the Grand
Lodge," or should the appeal be taken direct to the Grand Master
for his decision ? 1783
Ans.—The Grand Lodge, in my judgment, can so delegate its
powers, and if it so delegates them, the appeal lies in the first place
to the President of the Rebekah Assembly, with the right of appeal
from her decision to the Grand Master.
35. Ques.—Can the Grand Lodge delegate to the President of
the Assembly, power to act, ad interim (without the approval of the
Grand Master), and render decisions and answer all questions of law
and usage, arising in Rebekah Lodges, and to stand as law until
reviewed and passed upon by the Judiciary Committee at the succeeding Grand Lodge; or should all questions of law and usage of
Rebekah Lodges be submitted to the Grand Master for his decision ?
Ans.—It seems to me that the creating of Rebekah Assemblies,
and formulating laws for them, clearly indicates that the design of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge was to allow them full power to govern
Subordinate Rebekah Lodges, if the Grand Lodges of the several
jurisdictions choose to clothe them with such power. I therefore
answer by saying that the Grand Lodge can delegate such authority
as you have named to the President of the Rebekah Assembly. See
Sections 30 and 32, Rebekah Code.
36. Ques.—Can the Grand Lodge delegate to the President of
the Rebekah Assembly, the authority, ad interim, to approve by-laws
of Subordinate Rebekah Lodges ?
Ans.—It can.
37. Ques.—Can the President of the Rebekah Assembly, ad interim, grant dispensations to Rebekah Lodges, without the approval
of the Grand Master?
Ans.—She can, provided such authority has been granted by the
Grand Lodge of her Jurisdiction.
38. Ques.—Has the Grand Lodge the power to grant the
Rebekah Assembly the right to make a law that an appeal from
Rebekah Lodges shall be made to the Rebekah Assembly ?
Ans.—That a Grand Lodge may grant such a right; the law as
found in White's Digest, Article 1178, seems to have been repealed
by necessary implication,, by the adoption of the Rebekah Code,
adopted after the law as found in said article, and by the terms of
such Rebekah Code. See Sections 30 and 32 thereof. It seems to
have been the intention to allow Grand Lodges to invest Rebekah
Assemblies with a large amount of power to regulate the affairs of
this branch of the Order. Section 32, providing that appeals from
the "decision" or action of a Rebekah Assembly shall be made to the
Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction, etc. 1784
39. Ques.—Can an expelled member of a Rebekah Lodge be reinstated without the permission of the Grand Master, or, in other
words, will permission of the President of the Assembly be sufficient?
Ans.—Under the law, as found in White's Digest, Article 743,
a Grand Lodge of a Jurisdiction may confer the power on a Grand
Master during the recess to grant a petition from a Subordinate
Lodge to restore an expelled member to said Lodge. I therefore
have to hold, that under the idea that Grand Lodges have the power
to clothe Rebekah assemblies with larger powers for the government
of the Subordinate Rebekah Lodges, that if such general powers
have been so conferred upon Rebekah assemblies, that such assemblies have the right to authorize and empower the President of such
assemblies to grant permission to restore expelled members of subordinate Rebekah Lodges; but without such direct authority from
the assembly no matter how undoubted may be the power of the
assembly to act in such matters, the President cannot grant such
authority, no more than a Grand Master could in the absence of
authority of his Grand Lodge.
40. Ques.—Is there any rule of law to prevent a young Rebekah Lodge making up white robes for the team, as the sisters may
elect to do, to be used in the work, pending the time the Lodge is
able financially to buy something better ?
Ans.—There is not. Any Rebekah Lodge may, if it deem it
proper, make up for themselves any regalia or robes, only such regalia must be as prescribed by the law.
41. Ques.—Does the marriage of a Rebekah Sister to one not an
Odd Fellow in any way affect her standing as a Rebekah member ?
Ans.—It does not.
42. Ques.—Should the Recording Secretary of Rebekah Lodges
or the Financial Secretary sign the official certificate showing payment of dues ?
Ans.—When a Rebekah Lodge has a financial Secretary, that
officer should sign; if a Rebekah Lodge has no financial Secretary,
then the Secretary should sign,
43. Ques.—If a Degree of Rebekah Lodge meets every week and
wishes to meet only once every two weeks, will it be necessary for
them to ask for a special dispensation ?
Ans.—Where the by-laws of a Rebekah Lodge, duly approved
by the competent authority, provides for weekly meetings, the
Lodge can legally change the number of meetings from weekly to
twice a month, by changing the by-laws, and where there is no pro- 1785
vision that the President of the Rebekah assembly shall have authority to approve amendments to by-laws, they can only be approved
by action of the assembly. The regular time of meeting can not be
altered or permitted by issuing a special dispensation, although a
dispensation can be issued to such Lodge, and will be lawful to hold
a special meeting at a time not provided for in the by-laws.
44. Ques.—Where the Grand Lodge of a Jurisdiction authorizes
the President of a Rebekah assembly to appoint and commission
Deputies for Rebekah Lodges, what should be the title of such
Deputies ?
Ans.—The title of such officer is District Deputy President.
45. Ques.—Statement: A woman joins a Rebekah Lodge; some
months after she moves to another town in the same Jurisdiction,
where she makes application to a Rebekah Lodge located there for
admission by initiation. She is duly elected before it is learned by
the last named Lodge that she held membership in another Lodge.
She never applied for nor received a card from the Lodge she first
joined. What is her status as a member ? What law, if any, has
she violated ? What action or decree should the Grand Master make
in this case ?
Ans.—She is still a member of the first Lodge she joined, never
having legally become a member of the last named Lodge. She is
liable to have charges preferred against her in the first Lodge, and
while she acted in possible ignorance of the law, of which the Lodge
must be be the judge on the trial, such ignorance, if proven, may be
taken in mitigation of the offence, which is seeking to become a
member of a Lodge by fraudulent misrepresentation. The Grand
Master, after his attention has been called to the case, should direct
the second Lodge to strike the name of the woman from the roll of
membership and notify the Lodge to which she really belongs to
prefer charges against her. I think in this case, if the woman erred
through ignorance, it might be well, if she is otherwise worthy, for
the first Lodge to ignore her offence, and ask her to apply for a
withdrawal card, so that she can deposit it in the Lodge where she
now resides. This would get the matter straight, and perhaps save
a worthy woman to the Order. This last, however, is a mere suggestion, not official. My answer to the query is the law as I construe it.
46. Ques.— May a sister, a member of Rebekah Lodge, prefer charges against a brother in his Subordinate Lodge, and would
the Lodge have jurisdiction of the brother in the matter, and could
it proceed to trial upon charges so preferred ? 1786
Ans.— In the case you cite, the sister of a Rebekah Lodge can
prefer charges against a brother of a Subordinate Lodge, but in the
absence of local legislation upon the subject, should first present
such charges in the usual form to the Rebekah Lodge of which she
is a member. Such Rebekah Lodge shall forthwith forward to the
Lodge of which the accused is a member, a certified copy of the
charges, over the signature of the N. G. and Secretary, and attested
by the seal of the Lodge, and the Lodge to whom such charges are
made shall proceed to hear and determine the same in like manner
as if preferred-by a member of itsown body. See Sec. 1,624,- White's
Digest, Edition of 1895. 1 hold that this Article 1,624, applies as
well to members of Rebekah Lodges, as to other members of the
Order, although they are not specifically mentioned in said article.
47. Ques.— The legal title of Rebekah Lodges having been fixed
as "Rebekah Lodges" by legislation enacted in 1891, can such Lodges
instituted previous to that date continue to use a seal with any
other title, such as "D. of R" degree, etc. ?
Ans.—Under the legislation referred to, the old designation of
Rebekah Lodges was changed from Lodges of "Daughters of Rebekah," to "Rebekah Lodges," consequently the seals used by
such Lodges should conform to their style as so fixed. Therefore I
hold that it is not proper to use a seal with a designation of the name
on it as it was before the name was changed. The Grand Master
should call attention of Rebekah Lodges to this, and direct them
to procure seals with the proper name and title. The use of a seal
with the old name thereon, it seems to ine, is improper, as it would
be for a Lodge to use an old seal, after such Lodge has changed its
name with assent of the Grand Lodge.
48. Ques.—As to the right of a President of an Assembly, to
whom has been granted the right to appoint and commission district Deputy Presidents, to formulate and give out the term pass
word?
Ans.—That where such authority is given by the Grand Lodge
of a Jurisdiction, the President of the Assembly has such right. See
Sec. 36, of the code of laws for the government of Lodges, to be
found on page 349, White's Digest, edition of 1895.
49. Ques.—Has any jurisdiction the right to confer the Assembly degree upon Past Grands of Subordinate Lodges, who are not
Past Noble Grands of Rebekah Lodges?
Ans.—It has.
50.    Ques.—Must Rebekah Lodges go without representation in
assembly until they have a P. N. G. in good standing ? i787
Ans.—A Subordinate Grand Lodge has the right to authorize
representation of Rebekah Lodges in the Rebekah assembly by Past
Grands of Subordinate Lodges who are members of Rebekah Lodges
in good standing, as well as by Past Noble Grands of Rebekah Lodges.
In case such authority is given, a Rebekah Lodge having in its membership a Past Grand need not go without representation until it has
a Past Noble Grand. In all cases a representative from a Rebekah
Lodge to a Rebekah assembly must possess the qualifications required
by the law of the Jurisdiction. If the Lodge has not among its
members in good standing such qualified members, it may elect as
its Representative a member of another Rebekah Lodge, who does
possess the requisite qualifications, if the local law so provides.
51. Ques.—Statement: The S. G. L. of 1896 approved the following decision of Grand Sire Stebbins, it being as follows: "Brothers
in a Rebekah Lodge, no matter what their position, official or otherwise, can only wear the Regalia of the Subordinate Lodge." At the
session of 1897, the S. G. L. approved your decision, which is in
direct contradiction to the one first voted, your decision being as
follows: "When any one is elected to office in a Rebekah Lodge,
whether male or female, they must wear the Regalia provided by
law for such office." The first decision was incorporated as law in
Sec. 25, of the Rebekah code, which remains the same to-day as in
T896. Which decision takes precedence, the one approved in 1896 or
1897?   Which is law now ?
Ans.—In answering the question which I now do, I must first
correct the statement, which is quoted just as it is submitted by the
representative, for it states as facts some things which are not so in
a very important particular; after the decision of 1897 had been approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, see page 15,533, Journal of
1897, the Sovereign Grand Lodge adopted the report of the committee on the Degree of Rebekah, which materially changed Sec. 25
of the code for the government of Rebekah Lodges, striking out
from the section the provision, " The Brethren shall wear the Regalia they are entitled to wear in a Subordinate Lodge. The Sisters
shall wear Regalia and Jewels as follows," etc. The committee in
the report, after specifying the Regalia to be worn by each elective
and appointive officer, proceed as follows: "hAQ of the foregoing
shall apply to all officers and Past Noble Grands, irrespective of sex.
Brethren who are not officers nor Past Noble Grands shall wear the
Regalia they are entitled to wear in a Subordinate Lodge. Sisters
who are not officers nor Past Noble Grands shall wear badges or
collars of pink and green, not exceeding three inches in width."
See Journal of 1897, page 15,643, et seq. Thus the statement as
made by the Brother asking the decision is materially wrong as to
the correct facts.    To answer now the broad question I reply, that 1788
the Sovereign Grand Lodge having approved a decision ofthe Grand
Sire, which is, or appears to be, in conflict with a former decision of
that officer, the last approved decision stands as existing law, until
reversed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
MISCELLANEOUS DECISIONS.
62. Ques.— In the new Subordinate ritual, a Rebekah sign is
spoken of. Is this the same sign given in Rebekah work for recognizing brothers?
Ans.—It is.
63. Ques.—Does the decision, " It is a brother's right to vote a
secret ballot" apply to a poll for the election of officers and representatives where written ballots are used ?
Ans.—It does.
64. Ques.—Would a brother whp endeavored to find out the
names of those voting for the candidates be guilty of an offence
under our laws ?
Ans.—It would not ; it being understood that this answer applies only to voting for officers of the body, and not for balloting for
candidates for admission, either by initiation or affiliation, in which
last named case the ballot must be secret, and no one has any right
to endeavor to ascertain how any one other person voted.
65. Ques.—A committee being appointed to investigate charges
against the "tellers or scrutineers" at an election for officers, can
said committee order Brothers voting at said election to expose the
character of their votes and tell for whom they voted ?
Ans.—Where the election of an officer is contested, the body in
which the election took place has a right, through such agencies as
it may create, to find out and ascertain how and for whom each ballot was cast. In such case, if the written ballots were preserved,
they Would be the best evidence, but if not preserved, the several
members voting could legally be examined as to how they voted.
66. Ques.—Statement: A Brother is granted a withdrawal card
from his Subordinate Lodge on December 14, 1896; on September 10,
1897, he applies for admission by card and is rejected; on December
1, 1897, he applies for a withdrawal card from the Rebekah Lodge.
Is he entitled to a withdrawal card from the Rebekah Lodge and to
visit on same in Rebekah Lodges for one year thereafter ?
Ans.—The Rebekah Lodge of which he is a member has the right
to grant him a withdrawal card, and when it has been so granted he
has a right to visit upon it for twelve months after its date. i789
67. Ques.—Can a Brother deposit the receipt in another Lodge
for admission the same as a visiting card ?
Ans.—Yes.
68. Ques.—Has the Lodge, the right to appropriate the funds of
the Lodge to pay railroad fare or carriage hire of any of its members
or officers to attend the funeral or burial of a member of their own
or any other Lodge ?
Ans.—It has not the right to make such appropriation ; see Decision No. 31, approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, at its session
of 1897, as found, with approval on pages 15,168, 15,534, 15,584, Journal of Proceedings. This decision does not, however, prohibit the
Lodge from making the appropriation from the 5 per cent, authorized to be set apart by Lodges, with consent of Grand Lodge, for
certain special purposes as provided for in the law as found in Art.
378, of White's Digest, last edition; but the inhibition applies fully
to appropriations made out of the general fund.
69. Ques.—If an officer or Degree Staff enter from or retire to
an ante-room through a door way other than the one in charge of
the Inside Guardian, must they address the chair as directed on page
33 of the ritual ?
Ans.—He or they need not. The team work contemplates the
entrance of the team at certain points in their work, through some
other entrance than the regular entrance to their Lodge room.
70. Ques.—Can the holder of an unexpired withdrawal card, be
a petitioner for a new Lodge, and become a charter member, without either the A. T. P. W. (or A. P. W. if a Rebekah Lodge) or an
order for it ?
Ans.—He can; his card is the authority for becoming such petitioner; the possession or non-possession of such word does not
affect his right.
71. Ques.—Statement: A member of the Order is charged with
conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow (using insulting language to the
Noble Grand of his Rebekah Lodge). He is, on trial, found guilty.
The Constitution provides a penalty of suspension or expulsion for
the offence of which the member was convicted. The Lodge refused
to enforce that penalty. The matter was appealed to the Grand
Lodge. The committee of appeals reported that the evidence of the
Brother's guilt was overwhelming, and ordered it back to the Lodge
for the enforcement of the penalty, and the Grand Lodge approved
the report. The Lodge suspended the member for twenty-four
hours.    The Lodge met Saturday night.    Would you consider such i79o
a suspension reasonable, a sufficient, punishment and a compliance
with the mandate of the Grand Lodge.
jng.—Where there is a minimum and a maximum punishment
prescribed by law, it is the province of the trial body to prescribe
and fix the punishment. Unless the constitution of your jurisdiction
fixes the minimum period of suspension, the Lodge had a right to
fix any period it chose. The punishment adjudged by the Lodge,
doesmot strike an impartial observer as being adequate, but it having the legal right to fix the punishment, and it being within the
terms of the law, its decision must stand, as it has inflicted some
punishment.
72. Ques.—Are printed ballots legal ?
Ans.—They are. I know of no law which forbids their use in an
election, although it may not be in good taste to have them prepared
in advance of an election, as savoring too much of electioneering.
73. Ques.—Where a Lodge (Subordinate or Rebekah) or a Subordinate Encampment, has the office of Secretary or Scribe divided
between two persons, one having charge of the records, etc., and the
other of the accounts, what is ths official title of each one ?
An$.—The officer of a subordinate Lodge or Rebekah Lodge and
a Subordinate Encampment having charge of the records, is known
and described officially in the case of a Lodge as "Secretary," and
in the case of an Encampment as "Scribe;" where the Lodge has
another officer to take charge of its finances and accounts, such
officer is styled officially as the "Financial Secretary," and in a similar case in the Encampment is styled "Financial Scribe."
74. Ques.—Is it a violation of law of the Order to publish in an
Odd Fellows' periodical notices of expulsion of members from the
Order, after such notice of expulsion has been promulgated by the
Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge to the Subordinate Lodges by
circular letters ?
Ans.—It is not a violation of the laws of the Order so to do.
76. Ques.—Can an officer-elect be installed into office, he being
twelve weeks in arrears for dues, the uniform constitution for Subordinate Lodges of the Jurisdiction requiring a member to be thirteen
weeks in arrears for dues, before he becomes non-beneficial? In
other words, a member of this Jurisdiction is in good standing, until he becomes thirteen weeks in arrears for dues.
Ans.—The officer-elect being in good standing, according to the
Constitution, he is eligible for installation, into office, providing he
has performed such previous service in other offices as is required by
law. i79i
77. Ques.—By the by-laws of a Lodge in Oregon, it is provided;
" That in conducting the funeral of a Brother of this Lodge, in good
standing who is to be buried in a cemetery beyond the city limits,
the Noble Grand is hereby authorized to procure at the expense of
the Lodge, a sufficient number of conveyances, of which he shall be
sole judge, to accommodate such Brothers as he may appoint to
assist him, and to proceed to such cemetery and perform the funeral
ceremony of the Order, provided such expense shall not exceed the
sum of fifteen dollars."   Is such a by-law legal ?
Ans.—lt is not. The Sovereign Grand Lodge, at its session in
Springfield in 1897, approved a decision of the Grand Sire, No. 31, to
be found on page 15,168 of the proceedings of said session, by which
it was declared, that a Lodge had not the right to appropriate the
funds of the Lodge to pay railroad fare and carriage hire of its members to attend the funeral of a member who died and was buried
several miles from the Lodge room. This decision stands, therefore,
as one of the laws of the Order, and under it, no Lodge has a right
to pass such a by-law as is quoted, but a Lodge may appropriate
money from the five per cent fund, authorized to be set apart for
such uses as it may deem proper, for the purpose of hiring conveyances to transport Brothers to the funeral of a deceased member. .
78. Ques.—The constitution of the Grand Lodge (Oregon) prescribes no residence qualification. Under same, is it legal for one
Lodge to prescribe by by-law, that no person can petition the Lodge
who has not resided in the state three months, for another to require
four months and another six: months residence ?
Ans.—The Sovereign Grand Lodge not having passed any general law specifying what length of residence in a Jurisdiction shall
be required of persons applying for membership in a Lodge situated
therein, it would be j5erfectly legal for the several Subordinate Grand
bodies to fix such period, and where such period has not been so
fixed, it seems to be within the powers of Subordinate Lodges, to fix
such period by their by-laws, which by-laws, of course, must be approved by the Grand body to which such body is subordinate.
79. Ques.—Has any Jurisdiction the right to confer the assembly degree upon Past Grands of Subordinate Lodges, who are not
Past Noble Grands of Rebekah Lodges?
Ans.—It has.
80. Ques.— The Rebekah ritual provides that Brothers should
wear the regalia they are entitled to Wear in the Subordinate Lodge,
etc. Is it proper for a Brother who holds office, when sitting in a
Subordinate Lodge, to wear the regalia and jewel of such office when
sitting in a Rebekah Lodge ? 1792
Aus.— The law governing the Rebekah branch-provides that
officers of a Rebekah Lodge, whether Brothers or Sisters, shall wear
the official regalia of the office. The code was amended to this effect
at the session of the Sovereign grand Lodge held in Springfield, in
1897. A Brother, member of a Rebekah Lodge, not an officer of such
Lodge, shall wear the regalia he is entitled to wear in a subordinate
Lodge. For this law, see pages 15,641-2, Journal of Proceedings,
S. G. L., session of 1897. The law being what it is, I decide that a
Brother, not an officer of a Rebekah Lodge, can wear the regalia he
is entitled to wear in a Subordinate Lodge.
81. Ques.—Is it a violation of Sec. 5 of Art. XVI., S. G. L. Constitution, for a Brother to open and conduct a saloon, he being at
the time a bartender rightfully and legally so employed ?
Ans.—It is.
The Grand Sire's decisions were all approved, with the exception
of Nos. 12, 75 and 81.
We give those affecting the Subordinate and Rebekah portion
of the Order.
LEGISLATION.
Hereafter the Grand Sire in making his decisions shall send a
copy to the parties interested only, and the decisions shall not be
printed until they have been submitted to the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The persons who. are the beneficiaries of the funeral benefits are
the widow, orphans (under the age of twenty-one years) or the dependent relatives of the deceased, or relatives upon whom the deceased was dependent at the time of death. In the event of the
death of a member in good standing not possessing any of the above
named beneficiaries of a funeral benefit, and leaving no estate or
insufficient assets to pay the expenses of funeral, the Lodge shall pay
the bill of the undertaker and such other necessary expenses, not
exceeding the amount of funeral benefit.
That the several Grand bodies be, and they are hereby, fully
authorized to declare in the several Jurisdictions what length of
time or what sum of dues a Brother shall owe for dues to constitute
such Brother non-beneficial.
All official certificates printed in future shall have a line for date
of payment.
The possession of an Official Certificate for dues paid to a later
date than when it is presented, properly signed by the Secretary and
Noble Grand with the seal affixed, be and is hereby declared sufficient
authority for any Noble Grand to communicate to the holder thereof, x793
upon proper identification, the current travelling password of the
Order.
All legislation heretofore enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge;
in any way recognizing or authorizing life or accident insurance in
the name of Odd Fellowship, be and the same is hereby repealed,
and further, that all certificates heretofore issued to such life or accident Insurance Companies are nereby revoked.
Section 3, Article 9 of the Constitution was amended, making it
necessary for a Grand Representative to be a member of a Rebekah
Lodge in good standing.
It was decided that after the Session of 1898 the practice of presenting to new Representatives, without cost, copies of bound Journals of all the proceedings of this Grand body be discontinued, and
all legislation in couflict with this resolution be, and the same is
hereby repealed.
Section 531, White's Digest was repealed.
Section 18 of the Constitution was amended, so that in future
each Grand Lodge will be allowed as many copies of the printed proceedings as it has Subordinate' Lodges, and twenty copies for the
use of the Grand Lodge—each Grand Representative shall be allowed
five copies, and each Grand officer and Past Grand Sire one copy.
In all cases of appeal, the appellant at the time the appeal is
filed, shall notify the appellee of such filing, and thereafter either
party filing any argument or brief, shall serve a copy on the opposite
party:—when a Grand Lodge is appellee such service shall be by
sending the copy to the Grand Secretary of such Grand Lodge.
REBEKAH.
A resolution was introduced asking that Rebekah Assemblies be
allowed representation in the Sovereign Grand Lodge. This was
defeated.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge refused to authorize a National
Rebekah Assembly.
No changes in the Rebekah Ritual were made.
The question of paying stipulated weekly benefits was decided
in the negative.
A resolution providing for the admission of married daughters
and sisters of Odd Fellows, whose husbands are not members of the
Order, was also decided in the negative.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
The following Officers were elected for the ensuing two years:— 1794
A. S. Pinkerton of Massachusetts Grand Sire,
A. C. Cable of Ohio Deputy Grand Sire,
J. Frank Grant, re-elected Grand Secretary.
M. Richards Muckle, re elected Grand Treasurer.
In accordance with your instructions the following was moved:
Resolved, That Subordinate Grand bodies may enact legislation
whereby members of defunct Lodges, who at the time their Lodge
became defunct were in good standing, and unable through sickness
or disability to earn a livelihood, or who have continuously been a
member of the Order for twenty years, shall continue to be entitled
to all the rights and privileges of the Order on payment of dues to
their Grand Lodge.
The necessary power was not given by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
All amendments relating to biennial sessions were defeated, but
will be taken up again at the next session. An amendment was introduced adding to the qualification of Grand Representatives the
provision that they must be members of a Grand Encampment and
a Canton.
An amendment was also introduced providing for the admission
of the five civilized tribes of Indians residing in Indian Territory,
and forever excluding persons with negro blood.
installation.
A public Installation was held on Saturday.   A large number of
visitors were present: the following were installed :—
Grand Sire, A. S. Pinkerton of Massachusetts.
Deputy Grand Sire, A. C. Cable of Ohio.
Grand Secretary, J. Frank Grant of Kentucky.
Grand Treasurer, M. Richards Muckle of Pennsylvania.
Grand Marshall, J. B. Cockburn of Indiana.
Grand Guardian, J. W. Bourlet of New Hampshire.
Grand Messenger, C. F. Lumsden of North Carolina.
Grand Chaplain. Rev. J. W. Venable of Kentucky.
The entertainment of the Representatives by the people of Boston left nothing to be desired, (unless it was that there was a little
less of it.)
The parade was the largest that we have ever witnessed and
left an impression on our minds that will not soon be effaced. We
were particularly pleased with the reception accorded us as Representatives of British Columbia along the line of march, not on our J795
own account, but because honor was paid to the country we love so
well; and for that reason we shall always have kind feelings towards
the people of Boston.
In conclusion we beg to thank the members for the honor conferred on us by electing us to the Office of Grand Representatives.
We also wish to congratulate the members on the standing of
the Order to-day, for at no time in its history has it been in so prosperous a condition as at the present time; this we have every reason
to believe will continue, until the destiny of this Grand Order has
been fulfilled.
Fraternally submitted,
T. F. NEELANDS,
J. Ed. PHILLIPS.
Grand Representatives.
The following Report was read from the Committee
on Distribution which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of Biitish Columbia, L. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Distribution to whom was referred the Report of the Grand Master, beg to recommend the allotment of the
several matters referred to therein to the respective Committees as
follows:—
State of the Order:
Condition of the Order, Pages 3, 4 and 5; Appointments of D.D.
G.M's., page 6; Institution of new Lodges, pages 7 and 8; Mergement
of Lodges, etc., pages 9 and 10; Appeals for Financial Aid, pages 11,
12, 13, 14 and 15; Official visits, page 29b; B. C. Odd Fellow, etc.,
page 31, also the Reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters
dealing with the state of the Order in their respective Districts.
Judiciary:
Appeals and Decisions, pages 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and
25; Permissions granted, pages 26, 27 and 28; Dispensations granted,
page 29; Installations, page 29a; Proclamations, pages 29c. and 30 ;
Reports of D. D. G M's., respecting Decisions given and Dispensations issued.
Finance:
Miles Travelled and Expenses incurred, pages 31a and 32.
Legislation:»
Recommendations, pages 33, 34 and 35. x796
Petitions:
Petitions, page 10a; Charters, &c, page 29.
W. H. MORTON,
JAMES STARK,
J. ED. PHILLIPS,
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the
subject matter of Report of the Grand Secretary be referred to the
various Committees as follows :
State of the Order:
New Lodges, Mergement of Lodges, Defunct Lodges, Losses by
fire at pages 1, 2 and 3; Odd Fellows' Home Fund, 2nd clause,
page 3; Statistical, pages 5, 6 and 7; Abstracts of the Reports of
Lodges.
Finance:
Odd Fellows' Home Fund, 1st and 3rd clauses, at pages 3 and 4;
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund, National Sanitariums and Financial, pages
5, 8, 9, 10, 11 12, 13 and 14.
W. H. MORTON,
JAMES STARK,
J. ED. PHILLIPS.
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 met pursuant to adjournment at
7:30 o'clock p. m. The Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present. 1797
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The special Committee on Uniform System of Dues
and Benefits presented the following Report which was on
motion ordered to be received and its consideration made
the first business to-morrow morning.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L. 0. 0. F
Your Committee beg to report that the data, collected by the
Grand Secretary through the D. D. G. M.'s regarding the proposition submitted to the Subordinate Lodges to reduce the maximum
amount of sick benefits from $10 to $8 per week for each dollar of
monthly dues, have been placed in our- hands and we have carefully
considered the same.
We find the Lodges very divided, but gather from the difficulty
experienced by them in obtaining information on the subject, that
little study has been given the question.
Thirty-one Lodges reported—fourteen favorable to the proposition—and seventeen unfavorable thereto. Six Lodges failed to
report.
The arguments used by those Lodges reporting unfavorably,
seem to be:—
(a) At present able to save something out of dues and investments.
(6) Can continue paying the same amounts as heretofore for
many years to come, but eventually the necessity of a reduction
will be more apparent.
(c) Certain Lodges may be able to continue at the prevailing
rates, but the Lodges generally cannot afford to unless the dues are
increased, as one dollar per month is not sufficient to meet their
liabilities according to the statistics of the best authorities.
(d) Two dollars, or- other small amount paid for first two weeks,
and assessments made for funeral and nurse expenses.
(e) That the full and absolute control of funds should be invested
in each Lodge and that the Grand Lodge should have no authority
to interfere.
(/) Quite satisfied to allow things to remain as they are at
present.
(g)   May have to reduce the benefits at some future time. |; 1798 .
(h) Not in the best interests of the Order to make reductions in
benefits compulsory by legislation.
In favor of the proposition we advance the experience of older
jurisdictions and Lodges, and are anxious that the brethren of this
Jurisdiction should not pass through their trying financial worries.
We are of the opinion that the time has come for the Grand Lodge
to go into this vital question in a comprehensive manner, such as
will place the finances of the Lodges on a sound footing, and assure
our members for all time to come the reasonable expectation that on
joining the Order at 21 a Brother after paying dues for twenty or
thirty years will have some assurance of receiving aid from his
Lodge similar to that afforded to others during that long lapse of
time.
I
The Grand Bodies of Odd Fellowship both in Great Britain and
on this Continent, have through the wisdom and experience of over
fifty years arrived at conclusions which are now inspiring confidence
in the economic management of the funds of the Order. This was
not always so.
At one time in the history of the older Manchester Unity, much
confusion reigned as to the payment of proper benefits owing to the
Lodges being permitted to regulate their own finances. The Grand
Body had made no provision in its system of jurisdiction for obtaining any knowledge of or attempting to regulate the finances of the
Lodges, or to restrict their use to the legitimate purposes of the
Order. What funds the Lodges had, for what purposes used, were
sealed volumes to that Grand Body, except as bankrupt Lodges surrendered their charters or suffering members made appeal.
In 1845 the following propositions were adopted, which it is
claimed were the first systematic solidification of the basis of the
government that has since given to that great arm of Odd Fellowship its existing great prosperity.
First—All Lodges shall have the power of fixing the amount of
weekly contributions to be paid by their members.
Second—The whole amount of the initiation money and a fixed
amount of contribution shall go to a fund to be called " the General
Contribution Fund | which fund shall be appropriated exclusively to
the payment of sick and funeral gifts.
Third—All Lodges shall establish a fund which shall be called
" the Incidental Expense Fund, " out of which all expenses incurred
in conducting the affairs of the Lodge (over and above the payment
of sick and funeral donations) shall be paid. 1799
Fourth—For a fixed sum per week contribution Lodges shall be
allowed to pay not more than a certain amount per week during
sickness, which after twelve months receipt, shall be reduced one
half, and they may pay so much on the death of a member, and half
the amount paid on the death of a member, on the death of a member's wife.
Fifth—A scale of contributions, sick gifts, and funeral donations
shall be drawn up by the Grand Master and a Board of Directors.
Fr-om time to time the foregoing basis has been modified to meet
the changed conditions of things. Instructive experience tables
have ~
them.
have been obtained and dues and benefits graded in accordance with
The Sovereign Grand Lodge has discussed this question since
1853, and itself took definite action at the session of 1893, urging its
consideration in these strong terms: "If-this Order is to maintain
its promises to its members in the matter of relief, in the way of
sick and funeral benefits, and meet its other necessary expenses
promptly and fully, it must see to it that Subordinate Lodges so
regulate dues and benefits that there shall be no question of their
ability to keep faith with their members, and pay all just liabilities
in all time to come; in old age as in youth."
The experience of the past has shown this to be difficult of accomplishment, and we would ask, is it wise to continue in the same
old unsatisfactory way for another forty or fifty years ?   Your Committee are of the opinion that it will not only be unwise, but disas
trous.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge has enacted that the minimum rate
of dues in all Lodges immediately subordinate to that Grand Body
shall be ten cents per week, or $5.20 per year, 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. Most of our Lodges are charging twelve dollars per
year dues, and their benefits range from ten dollars per week for
various periods, consequently, under the above legislation those
Lodges paying ten dollars per week would have to drop to six dollars.
Your Committee have found that the opposition to the work of
committees of this character has been encountered from two classes
of members—"those who are anxious to have things remain as they
are, and those who hold that subordinates are sovereign in all questions relating to finance," but we feel that this is lessening, and
although the desire for more uniformity is by no means unanimous,
we believe that much good may be accomplished by a full and free i8oo
discussion of the facts by the Representatives here assembled.
Such discussion cannot help but guide you to a disposition to support the amendment to the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges
your Committee propose.
In the large Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania the careful calculations
of reliable statisticians show that during a period of twenty years
the general average duration of sickness for every 100 members was
at the commencement, 62.25 weeks, ten years later 97.69 weeks,
and at the end of the time 111.53 weeks. The increase during the
first ten years was 35.44 weeks, and at the end of the period, 49.28
weeks.
While at the present time we cannot compare these averages
with those available from the able returns furnished by the Grand
Secretary to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia for the reason
that we have many young Lodges there is every reason to anticipate
some striking changes in our averages, as the Jurisdiction grows
older and becomes more populated.
Life insurance statistics also bear out the law of this increase in
averages, as it has been determined that it costs three times as much
to carry a life insurance risk at 60 as at 40, five times at 67 as at 40,
and ten times at 76 as at 40.
But we should be influenced in reaching a decision by the agitation in this direction now taking place among the brethren of
Ontario, who found that not a few of the older Lodges, in many of
which sentiment took the place of wisdom, have discovered, after
twenty-five years of experience, that now they have a membership
of advanced age, with sickness and death benefits crowding on them
thick and fast, every possible means of retrenchment must be resorted to so as to avoid disaster, when instead a full treasury should
exist.
The special committees on Dues and Benefits appointed by the
Grand Lodge of Ontario, early discovered it to be their unpleasant
duty to report to that Grand Lodge that their investigations had
convinced them that the lodges of that Jurisdiction before the reforms
effected at the past session of their Grand Lodge had undertaken to
pay more money than their income could warrant them in paying.
A few examples will illustrate the position many Lodges found
themselves in, and it must be remembered that the claims upon them
for benefits are steadily increasing, that the more liable members
become to illness through age the less liable are they to become in
arrears for dues and thus forfeit their claims to benefifs.
One Lodge expended for a year's benefits, $1,135.29, while its
receipts for the same period were $885.19.    Six months later there i8oi
was a deficiency of $180.63, or a total deficiency in 18 months of
$460.73. Another Lodge paid out for benefits in one year $912.03, to
which amount it had gradually risen from $559.31 in ten years.
Another Lodge paid out in six months $239.04 more than its receipts,
and during the year following, $34.67, a loss of $273.71 during eighteen months. In ten years its total funds had fallen from $4,294.79
to $3,268.17. One Lodge with a membership of 200 paid out in one_
year $863.27 for relief, and ten years later, with a membership of 172,
the relief amounted to $1,740.63. In ten years the property and
funds of another Lodge had dropped from $3,045.32 to $1,993.71.
In concluding this report your* Committee would refer to the
experience of Victoria Lodge, No. 1. The members pay $12.00 per
year dues, and there are assessments besides. The management expenses of the Lodge absorb about 40 per cent of the dues so that there
remains $7.20 per year to meet the claims for benefits. The average
amount paid for sick benefits per member during the past sixteen
years was $16.13, so that had the Lodge been relying entirely on
dues to meet this liability there would have been a deficiency of
$8.93 per member.
The cost per member for 18^8 was $21.33, almost three times as
much as the net amount available for sick benefits.
Happily, however, the receipts from investments have helped to
meet this drain, but the Lodge has had to trench on its capital to the
extent of $6,700 in the last seven years to do so.
We give below a statement of the number of members and
amount of sick benefits paid by Victoria Lodge, No. 1, during the
years 1883 to 1898.
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No. of
Paid for sick
Average per
i ear.
Members.
Benefits.
Member.
1883
159
$ 1,560 50
$ 9 81
1884
160
2,072 50
12 95
1885
172
2,202 50
12 80
1888
178
2,775 50
15 59
1887
177
2,022 00
11 42
1888
172
2,489 00
14 47
1889
165
2,206 50
13 37
1890
166
2,816 50
16 96
1891
169
3,483 50
20 61
1892
162
3,000 00
18 52
1893
162
2,382 50
14 71
1894
159
3,266 00
20 54
1895
144
3,133 00
21 76
1896
135
2,306 00 1
17 10 1802
1897
1898
119
116
2,332 00
2,480 00
19 60
21 38
2,515 $40,528 00
Average number of members, 157.
Average amount paid per member per year, $16.13.
The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges we would amend by
stating in Article IV, Section 2, that sick benefits for six months
shall not exceed per week two-thirds of the annual dues, nor exceed
six dollars per week, for a further six months, nor after twelve
months continuous sickness exceed four dollars per week for each
dollar of monthly dues. *
We would further recommend the appointment of a Special
Committee to go into the subject of dues graded according to age,
whose duty it shall be to draw up scales of dues and benefits adaptable to the Lodges of this Jurisdiction.
Fully believing that the proposed changes should be effected,
your   Committee beg respectfully to move the adoption  of this
report.
Fraternally submitted,
T. F. NEELANDS,
GEO. R. GORDON,
R. MILLS,
D. M. O'DWYER,
H. J. RICKARD.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following Report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that we
have examined the following By-Laws of Subordinate and Rebekah
Lodges and Amendments thereto submitted to us during the past
year and have dealt with them as indicated:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1:—
Amendment to Sec. 1, Art. XIX, reducing sick benefits to $2.00
per week after twelve months continuous sickness.   Approved.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4:—
Amendment to Art. I, Sec. 2, altering hour of meeting. Approved.
Amendment to Art. XXI, Sec. 3, reducing sick benefits to $3
per week after twelve months continuous sickrress.    Approved. i8o3
Union Lodge, No. 11:—
Amendment to Art. I, Sec. 3, altering hour of meeting. Approved.
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 :—
Amended Code of By-Laws. Approved with the exception of
Clause 2, Art. XXII.
Fee for admission as Ancient Odd Fellows, altered from $9 to $10
to conform to Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17 :—
Amendment to Art. XX, reducing sick benefits for first two
weeks sickness.    Approved.
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18 :—
Amendment to Clause 45, abolishing benefits for first week's sickness.    Approved.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26:—
Amendment to nArt. I, Sec. 1, altering night of meeting. Approved.
Amendment to Art. XXI, payment of sick benefits to 3rd Degree members as follows: $5 per week for 1st two weeks; $8 per
week for next twenty-four weeks; $6 per week for- next six months;
and $3 per week after twelve months continuous sickness.    Approved,
Art. XXV, amendment, altering contribution to Widow and
Orphans' Fund from one-fifth to 5 per cent of all quarterly dues.
Approved.
Banner Lodge, No. 31;—
Amendment to Art. I, altering night of meeting.    Approved.
Silver City Lodge, No. 39:—
Amendment to Sec. 2, Art. XII, proposed to add the words
"5 per cent of all general revenue," but altered to 5 per cent of the
receipts from dues to conform to the Constitution.
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41 :—
Approve a complete Code of By-Laws.
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1 :—
Approved a complete Code of By-Laws with a few slight amendments.
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2 :—
Amendment changing the night of meeting.    Approved. 1804
Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9 :—
Approved a complete set of By-Laws with a few minor amendments.
Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 11:—
Approved a complete set of By-Laws with the following exceptions :
Quorum altered from 7 to 5 members.
Sec. 2 and 3, Art. VIII, provision to pay sick benefits to members
struck out.
Date of operation altered to approval of Committee on Laws of
Subordinates.
P. W. DEMPSTER,
A. SHERET,
ED. BRAGG.
Report read from Committee on Statistics re Dues and
Benefits which was on motion ordered to be received and
laid on the table for consideration in conjunction with the
Report of the Special Committee on Uniform System of
Dues and Benefits to-morrow morning.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg
to submit herewith in tabulated form an Abstract of the Reports of
the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction relating to these matters
for the past ten years, also a summary of the Reports of the Special
Committees on this subject for the past five years.
It is gratifying to note that there has been a continuons decrease
in the average cost per member for all lodge expenditures since 1894
but there is still room for improvement in this direction especially
under the head of expenses of management.
FRED DAVEY,
GEO. R. GORDON,
HUGH B. GILMOUR.   !
Y Committee.  i8o6
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
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1914 49
712 45
184 50
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781 40 20506 40
1898 2847
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15 86
15 39
13 46
12 37
12 90
14 30
12 64
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24721 79
8367 74
12107 37
29591 26
18660 41
41142 93
16111 97
42480 02
22077 36
17919 01
15544 20
14903 95
15406 39
5 05
6 90
8 80
7 32
8 75
7 32
6 00
5 50
5 32
5 41
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30955
29640
31100
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5085 50
4610 00
5703 51
6840 51
10275 53
7089 44
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10247 11
53798 79
50191 98
49255 88
46787 37
53208 98
Average sickness per member during 10 years.
.5^ days.
cost per member for total relief during 10 years.... $7 12
" i " current expenses during 10 yrs 6 63
"             I         "   all Lodges expenditures during
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ABSTRACT OF THE REPORTS FOR THE
PAST FIVE YEARS.
1894
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preceding 10 years.
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7 63
15 81
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$   7 31 $   7 08 $   7 12
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6 99
6 63
14 73      14 07      13 75 i8o8
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the following Past Grands on whom the Grand Lodge Degree
was conferred:—T. Furness, No. 3; J. Rumble, and A. J.
Mould, No. 8; R. Hoar, and I. Mills, No. 19; C.  Porter,
No. 33. * ' ■    - .
'Report read from the Committee on Finance which
was adopted.
Victoria, B. C, June, 8th 1899.
To the Grand Lodge of Biitish Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
We your Finance Committee beg to report that we have examined
the books, vouchers and financial statement of your Grand Secretary
for the past term and find the same correct and in their usual commendable condition.
JAMES S. SMITH,
HINKSON SIDDALL,
S. W, EDWARDS.
Report read from the Committee on Appeals which was
adopted.
Nanaimo, B. C, June 6th, 1899.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F. :
We your Committee on appeals to whom was referred the appeal of Bro. William Pomeroy of Pacific Lodge, No. 26, I. O. O. F.
against the action of said Lodge in expelling him from the Order,
beg to report that we have carefully considered the action of said
Lodge and find that in appointing the Trial Committee, instead of
electing it, the Lodge did that which was unconstitutional, see Sec.
1, Rule III, Code of Procedure, Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
We would therefore recommend that the appeal of Bro. William
Pomeroy be sustained.
JAMES CROSSAN,
EDWARD QUENNELL,
RALPH BELL,
W. J. HANNA.
.-
¥5? 1809
It was on motion Resolved,—that permission be granted
Bro. White to take a flashlight photograph of the members
of the Grand Lodge after closing this evening.
At 9 o'clock, the hour fixed by the Constitution for
the election of officers for the ensuing year, tlie following
nominations were offered:
For Grand Master—D. Welsh, No. 3, nominated by
R. May, No. 27; W. Walker, No. 4, nominated by E. Bragg,
No. 4.
For Deputy Grand Master—\Y. E. Johnstone, No. 8.
nominated by J. Palmer, No. 12.
For Grand Warden—D. D. Griffiths, No. 31, nominated by R. Rivers, No. 5; W. Hogg, No. 10, nominated
by W. H. Gardiner, No. 27; H.J. Raymer, P. G. M., No.
36, nominated by A. E. Teeter, No. 40.
For Grand Secretary—F. Davey, No. 1, nominated by
J. Stark, No. 26.
For Grand Treasurer—J. Stark, No. 26, nominated by
F. Cockburn, No. 26.
For Grand Representative—P. W. Dempster, No. 2,
nominated by A. .H. Clements, No. 16; T. C. Gray, P.G.M.
No. 10, nominated by R. Gordon, No. 12.
\ The Grand Master appointed W.  McColl,  P. G. M.,
No. 3, and J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, as tellers.
The ballot was spread for Grand Master and the fol-'
lowing result announced: i8io
Number of votes cast, 93. Necessary to elect, 47.
D. Welsh, No. 3, received 47 votes. W. Walker, No. 4,
received 45 votes, Spoiled 1.
D. Welsh, No. 3, having received a majority of all
votes cast was declared elected a£ Grand Master for the ensuing year.
There being but one nominee for Deputy Grand
Master, it was on motion Resolved—that the Grand Secretary cast the vote of the Grand Lodge for W. E. Johnstone,
No. 8, as Deputy Grand Master for the ensuing year, which
was accordingly done and Bro. Johnstone declared duly
elected.
The ballot was spread for Grand Warden, and the following result announced:
Number of votes cast, 93. Necessary to elect, 47.
D. D. Griffiths, No. 31, received 31 votes; W. Hogg, No.
10, received 48 votes; H. J. Raymer, P. G. M., No. 36,
received 14 votes.
W. Hogg, No. 10, having received a majority of all
votes cast was duly declared elected.
F. Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Secretary, it was moved, seconded and
carried, that the Grand Treasurer cast the vote ofthe Grand
Lodge for his election, which was done and Bro. Davey
declared duly elected.
There being but one nominee for the office of Grand
Treasurer, it was moved, seconded and carried, that the
Grand Secretary cast the ballot of the Grand Lodge for the i8n
election of Bro. Stark, No. 26, as Grand Treasurer, which
was done and Bro. Stark duly declared elected.
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand Representative with the following result.
No. of votes cast, 93. P. W. Dempster, No. 2, received 50 votes; and T. C. Gray, P. G. M., No. 10, received
43 votes.
Bro. P. W. Dempster having received a majority 6f
votes cast was declared duly elected as Grand Representative for the ensuing two vears.
**■*> j
It was on motion Resolved,—that this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 9 o'clock A. M. to-morrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY.
Vancouver, B. C, July 15th, 1899.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock A. M.,
pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge officers and a
quorum of Representatives being present. After the examination of all present, the Grand Lodge was declared
open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called. l8l2
The minutes of yesterday's Session were read and
adopted.
It was on motion Resolved,—that the Grand Warden
retire and confer the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. Brown,
P. G., Pacific Lodge, No. 26, in the Ante Room which was
accordingly done.
The Reports of the Special Committees on Uniform
Dues and Benefits, and on Statistics re Dues and Benefits,
laid over from yesterday, were taken from the table, and it
was moved and seconded that the Reports of the Special
Committe on Uniform System of Dues and Benefits be
adopted.
It was moved as an amendment, that the Report be
received and filed.
It was moved as an amendment to the amendment
that the Report be received and its further consideration be
laid over for one year.
The amendment having been withdrawn the amendment to the amendment became the amendment.
The question being put on the amendment the following result was announced: For: 25 votes.   Against: 32 votes.
The Resolution was then submitted and the following
result declared: For; 31.    Against: 25.
The Resolution was declared carried.
It was on motion Resolved,—that the Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 2 o'clock to-day.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 1813
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o'clock P. M.,
the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Report read from the Committee on Petitions, which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that .we have examined the Petitions for the undermentioned Subordinate and
Rebekah Lodges and find that the law has been conrplied with in
each case and recommend that Charters be issued accordingly.
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, located at Trout Lake City.
Key City Lodge, No. 42, located at Cranbrook.
Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, located at Rossland.
Also that Duplicate Charters, to replace those destroyed by fire,
be issued to "New Westminster" Lodge, No, 3; "Amity" Lodge,
No. 27: and "Beulah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 5.
ROBT. GORDON,
HUGH McLEAN,
T. A. MUIR,
J. H. ASHWELL,
J. PALMER.
Report read from the Committee on Petitions.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Petitions beg to recommend that the Petition of "New Westminster" Lodge, No. 3, to change its name to
"Royal City" Lodge, No. 3, be granted.
ROBT, GORDON,
J. H. ASHWELL,
J. PALMER,
HUGH McLEAN,
T. A. MUIR. 1814
It was moved, seconded and carried that the Report
be received and adopted, provided the sanction ofthe Grand
Sire be obtained to the proposed change of name.
Moved by Representative James Pottinger, No. 2,
seconded by Representative, A. C. Aitkin, No. 17, and
carried, that it be an instruction to the Committee on Mileage and Per Diem to take into consideration the length of
time the Representative from Union Lodge, No. 11, has to
be away from his business while attending this Session of
the Grand Lodge, and the advisability of granting him an
additional amount for expenses.
Report read from the Committee on Judiciary which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
We your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred certain
portions of the Grand Master's report, beg leave to report as follows:
1st. . That the matter re Bro. Ross, page 17, be referred to the
Committee oh Appeals, as in our opinion it is a subject for their consideration.
2nd. Re Columbia Lodge, No.2,(page 18) refusing to receive Bro.
Croft's petition for re-instatement. We commend the Lodge for its
caution in this matter, but are of the opinion that the petitioner
should have been received and balloted on in the usual way which
action would have at once disposed of the matter.
3rd. Question 11, page 23, we are of the opinion the answer-
should be "Yes."
4th. We your Committee unanimously concur in the remaining
portion of the report referred to us.
JAMES STARK,
R. S. WILSON,
J. ED. PHILLIPS,
GEO. MOSCROP,
H. J. RAYMER,
J. B. BRYSON. i8i5
It was on motion Resolved,—that the Grand Warden
be instructed to confer the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro.
H. L. Calvert, P. G., No. 25, in the Ante Room, which
was accordingly done.
Report read from the 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 that part
of the Grand Master's Report, dealing with greater security to members for payment of benefits, the establishment of an insurance
system providing for the payment of $1,000 at death, and the desirability of doing the business of the Grand Lodge in the Scarlet
Degree, beg to report as follows:
We agree that the security for payment of all benefits that may
accrue, should be as absolute as possible, but are not clear as to the
best means of bringing about such a result. We suggest that the
matter be thoroughly gone into, by Subordinate Lodges, after which
the Sovereign Grand Lodge might be approached with a view to securing the necessary legislation, A long step in the right direction
would be, to maintain a proper proportional adjustment of dues and
benefits. A Lodge paying larger benefits than the revenue warrants,
is on the road to bankruptcy.
We do not regard the establishment of an Insurance Branch as
being, under the present circumstances, advisable.
With regard to Grand Lodge work being done in the Scarlet
Degree, we are of the opinion that Legislation by this Grand Lodge
would be ultra vires.
Fraternally submitted,
SIBREE CLARKE,
W. H. GARDINER,
W. H. FRAMPTON,
H. n. Mcdonald,
H. J. RICKARD,
I The following Questions, submitted by Representative
H. J. Rickard, No. 26, were on motion referred to the
Committee on Judiciary. i8i6
Vancouver, B. C., June 15th, 1899.
Question.
When an appeal has been sustained on a clerical error in the
minutes of a Lodge, what is the proper course to follow ?
When an appeal has been sustained on a technicality, what is
the proper course to follow ?
H. J. RICKARD,
Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
Representatives Rickard, No. 26, and Palmer, No. 12,
submitted the following amendment to the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges which was on motion referred to the
Committee on Legislation:
Vancouver, B. C, June, 15th, 1899.
To :he Giand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
The undersigned representatives beg to move that the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, Art. IV, Sec. 8, be amended by adding
the following: Provided that the member is not & newly initiated
charter member, when in that event he shall be entitled to benefits
as.directed by by-law in the case of members admitted by initiation*
The Section to read when amended:
Sec. 8. Lodges may by by-law fix the time after admission at
which a member shall become entitled to benefits, but a member admitted on an unexpired withdrawal card shall be entitled to benefits
upon his admission to membership after signing the Constitution
and By-Laws, provided that the member is not a newly initiated
charter member when in that event he shall be entitled to benefits
as directed by by-law in the case of members admitted by initiation.
Respectfully submitted.
H. J. RICKARD, No. 26.
J. PALMER, No. 12.
Report read from the Special Committee on Obituary,
which was adopted.
To the Qrand- Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. O. F.:
Your Special Committee on Obituary beg to recommend the insertion in the Proceedings of this Session of the Grand Lodge of the 1817
accompanying references to the deaths which occurred in thi» Jurisdiction during the year ended 31st December, 1898:
H. J. RICKARD,
Moved by Representative Braggy No. 4, and seconded
by Representative Siddall, No. 33, and carried, that the
Representatives of this Grand Lodge to the Sovereign Grand
Lodge be instructed to introduce an amendment to the
Constitution ofthat Grand Body, to permit the admission
of members at 18 years of age.
J o
Moved by Representative Bragg, No. 4, and seconded
by Representative Sheret, No. 4, that the Representatives
of this Grand Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, be instructed to use their influence and to vote to rescind the
legislation of last Session, adding to the qualifications
for Grand Representative the necessity of being a member
in good standing of a Rebekah Lodge, and furthermore
that this Grand Lodge address the action of its Representatives in opposing this legislation at the last Session of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Appeals presented the following
Report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.itish Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Appeals have duly considered the decision
of the Grand Master in the matter of the appeal of Bro. W. M. Ross,
of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, against the action of that Lodge in refusing
to pay him benefits, reversing the decision of Past Grand Master
Morton.
Your Committee find that owing to the absence of important
evidence—Doctors' certificates, etc.,—we are not in a position to
recommend the adoption or a reversal of the Grand Master's decision*
we therefore recommend that the appeal and Grand Master's decision
be referred to the Committee on Appeals for next year.
M. DAINARD,
GEO. WALKER,
JOHN CAMPBELL,
FRED OOCKBURN. i8i8
Moved by T, F. Neelands, Grand Representative and
seconded by Representative G. R. Gordon, No. 26 :
That Sec. 2, Art. IV, of thev Constitution of Subordinate Lodges,,
be amended as follows: Strike out the word "Ten" in hne seven,
and insert the word " Eight" in lieu. Strike out the words " seven
dollars and fifty cents" in line ten, and insert the word "six" in lieu.
Strike out the word "five" in line thirteen, and insert the word
"four" in lieu thereof.
On motion the consideration of this matter was laid
over until to-morrow morning.
Report read from the Committee on Mileage and  Per
Diem which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.:
Your Committee, on Mileage and Per Diem, to whom was entrusted the consideration ofthe advisability of allowing additional
expenses to the Representative from Union Lodge, No. 11, beg to
recommend that he be allowed for the number of days he is actually
delayed on account of the absence of transportation facilities.
We find him delayed for the opening of Grand Lodge three days
(Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,) after closing of Grand Lodge, until
the leaving of the boat, three days, (Saturday, Sunday and Monday.)
Total 6 days. 6 days delayed, 3 days attending Session, making a
total of 9 days.
RALPH SMAILES,
P. WADE,
ROBERT RIVERS,
ADAMS EDWARDS,
D. M. O'DWYER.
Report read from Committee on Judiciary which was
adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the
Questions of Representative Rickard, No. 26, be^f leave to reply to
same as follows.
Ques. 1. When an appeal has been sustained on a clerical error
in the minutes of a Lodge, what is the proper course to follow? 1819
To which Ave answer, in our opinion the proper course to pursue
would be to take the necessary steps to have the case re-opened.
Ques. 2. When an appeal has been sustained on a technicality,
what is the proper course to follow ?
To which we reply, the proper course to pursue would be to appeal to the*next higher tribunal of the Order.
JAMES STARK,
R. S. WILSON,
GEO. MOSGROP,
J. E. PHILLIPS.
H. J. RAYMER,
J. B. BRYSON,
It was on motion Resolved,-—-that when this Grand
Lodge adjourns to-day, it be until ten o'clock to-morrow
morning.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the action of
this Grand Lodge in adopting the Report of the Committee
on Appeals, Pomeroy v. Pacific Lodge, No. 26, be reconsidered.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the Report
ofthe Committee on Appeals, Pomeroy v. Pacific Lodge,
No.  26, be referred back to the Committee on Appeals.
Report read from the Committee on the State of the
Order, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,, I. 0. 0. F.: ■
Your Committee on the State of the Order, beg to report the
following:
We have read with satisfaction the. reports of the Grand Master
and Grand Secretary.
The progress of the past year has been beyond our expectations
and we quite endorse the recommendation of the Grand Secretary
as to the reduction of 10 cents in the Per Capita Tax, and we as a
committee are of the opinion that the amount thereby gained should
be applied to the fund for the Odd Felllows' Home. 1820
We beg to call attention to the action of Kootenay Lodge, No,
16, in keeping a record of the addresses of the relatives of visiting
brethren, which in the case of accident or sudden death would be
very useful for the purpose intended, and we respectfully recommend
that all Lodges take like action,
We regret that the official organ of the Order in British Columbia, the B. 0. Odd Fellow, has ceased toexistrand trust tnat at some
future time it may once more spring into life and more successfully
fulfill the purpose for which it was intended.
Regarding the merging of Lodges, it is to be regretted that it
has become necessary, but it is better so, than that they should cease
to exist. It makes it only too apparent, that the care to be exercised
in instituting new Lodges, cannot be over estimated and we urge
the strictest investigation on the part of the Grand Master, and
D. D. Grand Master's, into the conditions surrounding the districts
from which such applications are made.
The valuable financial assistance rendered the srifferers of the
awful fire at New Westminster, is an illustration of the advantage
our Order possesses in affording relief at a moments notice.
The splendid attendance at this Session is a subject of great satisfaction, as showing the lively interest taken in the work and we hope
for a continuance of the same in the future.
In conclusion we beg to express our pleasure at the manner in
which the Grand Master has conducted his tour over the Jurisdiction and trust that the precedent established will be followed by his
sucessors.
Fraternally submitted,
GEORGE T. FOX,
T. F. NEELANDS,
ALEX. DAVIE,
A. H. CLEMENTS,
G. A. MILLER.
Representative R. Gordon, No. 12, submitted the fol-
application which was on motion granted.
To. the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F. ;
On behalf of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, I. O. O. F., I hereby apply
to have the words "Town of Donald" struck out of the charter of
the Lodge and the words "City of Revelstoke" inserted instead.
Yours fraternally,
ROBT. GORDON,
Representative Selkirk Lodge, No. 12L 1821
Report read from the 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 proposed amendment of Art. IV, Sec. 8, Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges, beg leave to report that they have duly considered the same
and cannot recommend its adoption.
SIBREE CLARKE,
W, H. GARDINER,
H. N. McDONALD.
It was moved and seconded, that the next session of
this Grand Lodge be held at Victoria.
It was moved and seconded, as an amendment, that
the word \ j Victoria'' be struck out and the word '' Nelson'|
inserted.
The amendment was lost, on being submitted to the
vote; 19 votes being cast for it and 22 against, and the
resolution was declared carried*
Moved by W. E. Johnstone, Grand Warden and
seconded by T. F. Neelands, Grand Representative.
We hereby move that the Representatives of tnis Grand
Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, be instructed to vote
in favor of any motion that may be brought forward, tending to the substitution of badges for Regalia in Subordinate
Lodges or in any way reducing the expense of said Regalia.
On being submitted to the vote, the resolution was
declared lost, 19 votes for it, and 21 against.
Report read from the Committee on Appeals, which
was adopted. l822
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Appeals have reconsidered the report of the
Committee sustaining the appeal of Bro. Pomeroy, against the action
of Pacific Lodge, No. 26, in expelling him from membership, on the
ground that the Committee on Trial was appointed instead of elected
according to the Constitution, and have received further evidence
on this point as follows:
Bro. Rickard, P. G. who was a member of the Trial Committee
testifies that he was duly elected.
Bro. Gardiner, P. G. who acted as scrutineer at the election of
the Trial Committee, testifies that the Committee was duly elected
according to law.
The mistake was therefore a clerical one of the Secretary of
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, in recording in the minutes of the Lodge of
30th January, 1899, that the Committee was appointed instead of
elected.
We are therefore of the opinion that the grounds for sustaining
the appeal given by the Committee is not substantiated, that the
trial was conducted according to law and would recommend that
the action of the Grand Lodge in adopting the report be repealed,
that the appeal of Bro. Pomeroy be dismissed, and the action of the
Lodge in expelling him be sustained.
M. DAINARD,
A. ROBERTSON,
JACOB NEEN,
FRED COCKBURN,
It was on motion Resolved,—that the Grand Lodge do
now adjourn.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. i823
THIRD DAY
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at io o'clock, A. M.,
the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives
being present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified
and the Grand Lodgfe was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master presented a bill for Typewriting
copies of his report which was, on motion, referred to the
Committee on Finance.
The consideration of the motion of T. F. Neelands,
Grand Representative,  and Representative G. R. Gordon,
No. 26, to amend Sec. 2, Art. IV, of the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges, laid over from yesterday's Session was
resumed.
Moved by J. E. Phillips, P.G. M., No. 4, and seconded
by Representative Siddall, No. 33, that the further consideration of this matter be deferred until the next Annual
Session of this Grand Lodge.
The amendment was put to the vote with the following result:    For, 25; Against, 33.
The resolution was then submitted and the following
result announced:    For, 33; Against, 25.
Not having received the necessary two-third vote as
provided by the Constitution, the resolution was declared
lost. 1824.
It was moved by Representative May, No. 27, and
seconded by J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, that a number of the Report of the Special Committee on Uniform
System of Dues and Benefits, equal to twenty-five per cent
of the membership be printed, and that the same be distributed in that proportion to the Lodges of this Jurisdiction,
prior to the next Session of this Grand Lodge.
Report read from the Odd Fellows' Insurance Association of British Columbia which was ordered to be received
and printed in the Proceedings of this Session.
Victoria, B. C, June 5th, 1889.
To the Officers and Members ofthe Odd. Fellows1 Lnsurance Association of
British Columbia.
As Secretary-Treasurer of your Association, I beg to submit the
following statement of its Financial operations during the past year:
endowment fund.
Receipts.
Assessments    ...
Interest—Dominion Government Savings Bank
" Bank of British Columbia	
$2905 03
9 29
2 29
$2916 61
Expenditure.
Balance per last Report  $   96 39
Insurance on death of Bro. Porter, Victoria     1000 00
" 1 Bro. J. Stanners, Vancouver   1000 00
Balance
MANAGEMENT FUND.
Receipts,
Balance per last Report
Dues	
Entrance Fees	
$2696 39
$ 820 22
$ 263 99
182 45
2 50
$ 448 94^ 182-
Expenditure.
Secretary-Tr-easurer, Salary     $ 100 00
Secretary-Treasurer, Postage and Sundries	
" Premium on Guarantee Bond	
Agents' commission.  	
Printing	
Advertising in B. C. Odd Fellow	
Medical Referee's Fee's.	
19 95
10 00
SI 79
60 40
18 00
2 50
$ 298 64
Balance $ 150 30
SUMMARY.
Balances.
Endowment Fund.,   ..
Management Fund....
$ 820 22
150 30
$ 970 52
Sow Invested.
Dominion Government
Savings Bank $ 753 64
Bank of British Columbia  8 90.
In hands of Secretary-
Treasurer       207 98
$ 970 52
Fraternally submitted,
FRED DAVEY,
Sec.-Treas.
Examined and found correct,
WALTER WALKER, \ .   ,./
W. H. HUXTABLE.     / Auamn'-
Representative   Atkin,  No.   17, applied for and was
granted leave from further attendance this Session.
Representative May, No. 27, submitted the following
which was ordered to be received and filed:
We the Representatives of the New Westminster Lodges, have
by our respective Lodges been instructed to express the hearty thanks 1826
of said Lodges to the Grand Lodge for the loan of " Paraphernalia
and Regalia " so kindly forwarded them after the fire.
Fraternally yours,
ROBT. MAY, Amity Lodge, No. 27.
W. H. GARDINER, Amity Lodge, No. 27.
JOHN bAMPBELL, New Westminster Lodge, No, 3.
T. A. MUIR, New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
It was on motion Resolved,—that a Committee of three
be appointed to act in conjunction with the Executive
Officers of the Grand Lodge to make the best arrangements
possible with the various Companies for the transportation
ofthe Representatives and others attending the next Session
°f this Grand Lodge.
Report read from the Committee on Mileage and Per
Diem which was adopted. 1827
:..iirtf:«u'i -f..i
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that
we have examined the Certificates presented by the Officers and
Representatives in attendance at this Session and find them entitled
to the amounts stated against their respective names :
NAMES.
Officers.
A. Henderson, G. M
D. Welsh, D. G. M..
W. E. Johnstone, G. YV
Fred Davey, G. Sec
W. Hogg, G. Tr-eas.
T. F. Neelands, G. R.
J. E. Phillips, G. R.
S. Clarke, M. D., G. C.
J. Newton, G. Mar.
J. Palmer, G. Guar
P. W. Dempster, G. C.
J. Peers, G. Her .
Representatives.
A. Graham	
J. York	
J. Pottinger.	
A. Edwards    	
G. T. Fox	
T. A. Muir	
J. Campbell... •	
A. Sheret. .ji  . .   ..
E. Bragg	
R. Rivers	
J. B. Nicholson
A. Robertson	
M. Dunsmuir	
J. H. Ashwell
J. McPherson   	
G. Walker	
H. McLean	
G, Moscrop	
D. M. O'Dwyer
J. Armstrong
F. A. Anley	
R. Gordon   	
W. Frampton	
A. H. Clements....
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B. Bryson   ...
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S. Wilson. ...
Stark	
Cockburn ....
R. Gordon ...
J. Rickard ..
May   .......
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Ward	
18
19
20
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
26
26
26
27
27
28
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Lindsay.	
Dainard	
McDonald	
J. Raymer, P.G. M
Smailes	
C. Sewell	
E. Teeter	
Vernon	
Mt. Pleasant
Nanaimo ..
do
Ladners...
North Bend
[Ashcroft
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Vancouver
do
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I Wellington
Victoria.
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84
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6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00475
6 00 40
6 00 558
6 00 551
6 00 483
6 00 496
1 20
1 20
7 10
4 20
8 40
8 40
47 50
4 00
55 80
55 10
48 30
49 60
$ 44 10
6 00
9 60
9 60
9 30
18 90
26 40
6 70
43 90
6 00
6 00
6 00
6 00
7 20
7 20
13 10
10 20
14 40
14 40
53 50
10 00
61 80
61 10
54 30
55 50
Total  -?382 00
$733 10*1115 10
RALPH SMAILES,
D. M. O'DWYER,
P. WADE,
A. EDWARDS,
ROBERT RIVERS,
The Grand Master appointed G. R. Gordon, No. 26,
T. F. Neelands, No. 8, and W. H. Gardiner, No. 27, to
form the Special Committee on Transportation.
Rep. J. E. Matheson, No. 18, was on motion excused
from further attendance this Session.
Representative H. J. Rickard, No. 26, submitted the 1829
following which was on motion ordered to be received and
filed. 1
Vancouver, B. C, June 16th, 1899.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers—The Representatives have been
given an opportunity to form some opinion as to the desirability of
adopting an official organ in the stead of the late B. C. Odd Fellow
which has been merged into the Independent Odd Fellow, afraternal
magazine which will now include the whole of the Dominion in its
circulation. The Independent Odd Fellow is willing to devote considerable space to the affairs of the Order in this Province as well as
to act as your official organ.
In addition we would ask to be allowed to offer the following
terms for advertising:
Grand Lodge Card $"10 00
Subordinate Lodge Directory     100 00
One Copy to each Lodge          40 00
  $150 00
The Lodge Directory will be seen by more travelling brethren
than ever on account of our wide circulation and prove invaluable
besides in advertising the Order in this Jurisdiction all over Canada.
Fraternally submitted,
H. J. RICKARD,
Editor for B. C. Independent Odd, Fellow.
Report read from the Committee on Finance which
was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to report that we have examined
the books, vouchers, &c. of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer
and find them correct and well kept.
The following is an estimate of the Revenue and Expenditure of
the coming year. i83o
REVENUE.
Cash balance in Grand Treasurer's hands June 16th, 1899... .$2191 02
Per Capita Tax, 2844 members, at 80 cents per member, (40c.
on June 30th, and 40c. on Dec. 31st.) • • 2275 20
Total Revenue $1466 22
EXPENDITURE.       ^y,
Grand Secretary's Salary $ 600 00
Grand Master's Expenses       ... 250 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax  150 00
Rent Grand Secretary's office  100 00
Printing  100 00
Premium on Bonds  25 00
Postage, Grand Secretary  30 00
Postage Grand Master         ||  15 00
Caretaker, Grand Secretary's office  20 00
Grand Lodge Card  10 00
Grant to Odd Fellows' Home Fund at 10c. per capita 284 40
Grant to Ancient Odd Fellows' Fund, at 5 cents   ... 142 20
Janitor and Light, this Session  10 00
Mileage and Per Diem, this Session.    .    1115 10
Printing Grand Master's Report     12 00
Balance
42863 70
$1602 52
Your Committee, to whom was referred Circular from Sovereign
Grand Lodge re Sanitarium at Gainesville, Florida, and the advisability of aiding the establishment of other Sanitariums at different
points, do not consider that this Grand Lodge is in a position to
contribute towards the Sanitarium at Gainesville, as we consider
the distance too great to be of practical use to us and we therefore
recommend no action be taken by this Grand Lodge in connection
therewith.
We recommend that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered
to the Wardens of St. Saviour's Church, Victoria West, for their
donation to the Odd Fellows' Home of the offertory received at the
Anniversary Services held in their Church.
Fraternally submitted,
w J
GEO. R. GORDON,
A. GRAHAM,
j. Mcpherson,
J. B. NICHOLSON,
P. WARD. i83i
It was on motion Resolved—that the Card of this
Grand Lodge be inserted in the "Independent Odd Fellow"
of Toronto.
It was moved, seconded and carried that the Installation,of Grand Lodge Officers be held this evening in the
Third Degree.
It was moved, seconded and carried that the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 7 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
The Grand Marshal examined all present and reported
them duly qualified.
It was on motion Resolved—that the calling of the
Roll be dispensed with at this Session.
It was moved seconded and carried, that the incoming
Grand Master be instructed to obtain a legal opinion as to
the necessity of Lodges which are incorporated, having all
amendments they may make to their By-Laws, registered,
and inform p11 Lodges ofthe Jurisdiction of the result. 1832
It was on motion Resolved—that a vote of thanks be
tendered to the Relief Committee of New Westminster for
the able manner in which they conducted the business of
distributing the funds placed at their disposal for the relief
of the sufferers by the late fire in that City.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that a vote of
thanks be extended to the Reception Committee for the use
of this Hall during the present Session.
It was on motion Resolved—that a vote of thanks be
tendered Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, for its courtsey in postponing its meeting this evening so as to allow this Grand
Lodge to meet.
The Grand Master appointed J. E. Phillips, P. G. M.,
No. 3, and J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4, to present the
Officers elect for Installation.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree and re-opened in the Third Degree. The Third Degree members, in waiting, having been admitted.
D. Welsh, No. 3, was presented, duly obligated and
installed as Grand Master for the ensuing year.
o    J
The Grand Master then installed the following Officers
in their respective chairs: W. E. Johnstone, No. 8, Deputy
Grand Master; W. Hogg, No. 10, Grand Warden; Fred
Davey, No. 1, Grand Secretary; James Stark, No. 26,
Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master made the following appointments,
and these brothers were installed in their respective chairs: . l833
A. H. Clements, No. 16 G. Chaplain.
A. Graham, No. 1 G. Marshal.
J. Peers, No. 7 G. Guardian.
J. Newton, No. 20 G. Conductor.
H. Fooks, No. 28  j  G. Herald.
The  Grand   Master  also appointed the following as
District Deputy Grand Masters for the ensuing year:
E. Bragg, No. 4, for District No. 1, comprising Lodges, Nos. 1,
2, 4, 33.
D. E. McKenzie, No. 3, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges
Nos. 3, 27.
H. McDonald, No. 35, for District No. 3, comprising Lodges Nos.
5, 20, 35.
T. Bryant, No. 31, for District No. 4, comprising Lodges Nos.
6, 31.
J. H. Ash well, No. 7, for District No, 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10, for District No. 6, comprising Lodges
Nos. 8, 10, 19, 26.
H. McLean, No. 9, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
F. A. Anley, No. 11, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge, No. 11.
R. Gordon, No. 12, for- District No. 9, comprising Lodges Nos.
12, 25.
W. H. Frampton, No. 15, for District No. 10, comprising Lodge
No. 15.
E. C. Arthur, M. D., No. 16, for District No. 11, comprising Lodge
No. 16.
A. C. Aitkin, No. 17, for District No. 12, comprising Lodge No. 17.
J. E. Matheson, No. 18, for District No. 13, comprising Lodge
No. 18.
R. Shirley, No. 21, for District No. 14, comprising Lodge No. 21.
P. Wade, No. 22, for District No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 22.
J. W. Burr, No. 23, for District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
H. Trotter, No. 24, for District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 24.
P. Ward, No. 28, for District No. 18, comprising Lodge No. 28, ^834
M. Dainard, No. 34, for District No. 19, comprising Lodge No. 34,
H. J. Raymer, P. G. M., No. 36, for District No. 20, comprising
Lodge No. 36.
W. M. Clark, No. 37, for District No. 21, comprising Lodge No. 37
VR. Smailes, No. 38, for District No. 22, comprising Lodge No. 38
F. C. Sewell, No. 89, for District No. 23, comprising Lodge No. 39
A. E. Teeter, No. 40, for District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 40
T. Taylor, No. 41, for District No. 25, comprising Lodge No. 41
R. E. Beattie, No. 42, for District No. 26, comprising Lodge No. 42
REBEKAH LODGES.
Sister Mrs. Sommerville, No. 1, for District No. 1, comprising
Lodge No. 1.
Sister Aitkins, No. 2, for District No. 2, comprising Lodge No. 2.
Sister Meakin, No. 3, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 3.
Sister Pearce, No. 5, for District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 5.
Sister O'Dell, No. 9, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 9.
Sister Stainton, No. 10, for District No. 6, comprising Lodge
No. 10.
Also the following to form the Standing Committeets:
Finance.—G. T. Fox, No. 2; A. Graham, No. 1; J. McPherson,
No. 8; J. Pottinger, No. 2; J. B. Nicholson, No. 5; P. Ward, No. 28.
Appeals.—G* R- Gordon, No. 26; A. Robertson, No. 6; J. Neen,
No. 20; G. Walker, No. 8; J. Campbell, No. 3; F. Oockburn, No. 26.
Laws of Subordinates.—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; A. Sheret,
No. 4; E. Bragg, No. 4; R. May, No. 27; A. E. Teeter, No. 40; H.
Trotter, No. 24.
Petitions.—T, A. Muir, No. 3; R. Gordon, No. 12; J. Palmer,
No. 12; J. H. Ashwell, No. 7; F. A. Anley, No. 11.
State of the Order.—T. F. Neelands, "No.. 8; G. A. Miller,
No. 19; A. H. Clements, No. 16; A. Davie, No. 21; D. D. Griffiths,
No. 31; J. B. Bryson, No. 23 i835
Legislation.—S. Clarke, M. D., No. 9; H, J. Rickard, No, 26;
H. McDonald, No. 35; D. McPherson, No. 27; D. Lindsay, No. 33.
W. H. Frampton, No. 15.
Judiciary.—J. Stark, No. 26; D. E. McKenzie, No. 3; J. E.
Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3; G. Moscrop, No. 10; H. J. Raymer, P.G.M.
No. 36.
Mileage and Per Diem.—R. Rivers, No. 5; R. Smailes, No.
38; A. Edwards, No. 2; D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10; P. Wade, No. 22;
J. R. Webster, No. 10.
Printing.—F. Davey, Grand Secretary; A. C. Aitkin, No. 17;
M. Dunsmuir, No. 6; J. Pottinger, No. 2; F. C. Sewell, No. 39.
Special Gommitteere Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 3; T. F. Neelands, No. 8.
Special Committee on Obituary.—H. J. Rickard, No. 26;
H. Siddall, No. 33; J. E. Phillips, P. G. M., No. 4.
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third Degree and re-opened in the
Grand Lodge Degree.
Application was made by Representative, H. J. Rickard, No. 26, on behalf of the Lodges in Vancouver for a
Dispensation to hold a Picnic, in the name of the Order,
to-morrow in connection with the visit of members of the
Victoria Lodges. It was on motion Resolved,—that the
applications be referred to the Grand Master for compliance.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the appointments of the Grand Master be confirmed.
It was on motion Resolved,—that the thanks of this
Grand Lodge be tendered to the retiring Grand Officers for
the efficient manner in which the work of the Grand Lodge
has been conducted during the past year.
The minutes of this day's Session were read and confirmed. i836
It was on motion Resolved,—that this Grand Lodge do now
adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge was then closed in due form.
FRED.  DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.  i838
REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.
Victoria, B. C, May 29th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F. of B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have much pleasure in submitting
to you my report as D. D. G. M. for District No. 1, for the past year.
The Order in Victoria is progressing very favorably at the present
time and the indications are that it will continue to do so for some
time to come. During the year, Acme Lodge, No. 14, amalgamated
with Dominion Lodge, No. 4, that in my opinion was a very wise
thing to do, and in the best interest of the Order.
As you have been resident in Victoria I have not installed any
of the officers of the Lodges as you very kindly officiated yourself.
From Columbia Lodge, No. 2:
Statement:—A brother having ceased membership for non-payment H dues now petitions his Lodge for reinstatement, forwards
the sum of $12.00 also the usual Medical Certificate, the Lodge declines to accept the petition on the ground that the brother is engaged in the liquor business, (which is not denied by the brother.)
The petitioner objects to the ruling of the Lodge and demands to be
informed what section of the laws governing the Lodge they are
acting.
Ques.—Can the Lodge legally refuse to receive the petition of a
brother for reinstatement who is and has been in the liquor business
for many years, such brother having ceased membership for nonpayment of dues.
Ans.— The case as I understand it is that Bro. Croft was suspended for non-payment of dues, he now wishes to be reinstated and
has tendered you one year's dues and a medical certificate that he is
in good health and ask for reinststement, and that Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, refuses to receive his application on the ground that he is in
the Liquor business contrary to the Sovereign Grand Lodge Law as
Bro. Croft was in the liquor business before the commencement of
the said Sovereign Grand Lodge Law, and has been in it continuously, he has certain vested rights which his Lodge cannot deprive
him of.
I therefore rule that Bro. Croft is eligible for reinstatement.
From Columbia Lodge, No. 2: i839 -
That the D. D. G. M. be asked to give his decision in the case of
a brother in the saloon business suspended from the Lodge for nonpayment of dues, and ceases the occupation during his suspension,
as to whether he is eligible for reinstatement also to give his authority for his ruling:.
To this I replied as follows:—
I am duly in receipt of yours of the 7th inst, and in answer to it
beg to ask you if this is a hypothetical case or has it actually occurred in your Lodge. It appears to me from the similarity of it and
the one of recent date, that it is the same put in a different way, but
has not actually occurred.
Now, while I am willing at all times to answer any question
that may arise to the best of my ability as D. D. G. M., I am not expected to answer hypothetical questions and quote authorities unless
I feel disposed to, this would take up quite a lot of my time and I
have not got it to spare.
As I have already stated if it has occurred I will be pleased to
answer it.
From Victoria Lodge, No. 1;
Ques.—Can a Noble Grand or Lodge permit the admission of the
members of a visiting Lodge, when paying a fraternal visit, in a
body, without each member giving the regular password at the inner door, or should the Inside Guardian obtain this password from
each individual separately before admitting him.
Aus.—No, the Inside Guardian must obtain the password from
each individual separately before admitting him. See White's Digest, page 459, decision 1776 which is as follows:
"The Noble Grand of a Lodge has not the right to admit a member belonging to another Lodge in his State Jurisdiction without
the term password.
I would strongly recommend that in future, District Deputies
when appointed be given a copy of White's Digest, and to be returned when their term of office expires, my reason for this recommendation is that when a question from the Lodges is submitted to
them for a ruling, they have to borrow a Digest to enable them to
give a ruling and this very often causes a good deal of delay and inconvenience.
All of which is respectfully submitted in F. L. T.
A. STEWART,    .
D. D. 67. M. District No. 1. 1840
New Westminster B. C, May 29th, 1899.
Anton Henderson, Esq,, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have the honor to present to you
a report of my official acts during my term of office as your Deputy
in it this District.
Installations:
Monday, July llth 1898, installed the Officers of Amity Lodge,
No. 27.
Thursday, July 14th, installed the Officers of Royal City Lodge,
No. 13.
Friday, July 29th, installed the Officers of New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3.
Monday, January 9th, 1899. installed the Officers of Amity Lodge,
No. 27.
Friday, January 13th, installed the Officers of New Westminster
Lodge, No. 3.
Thursday, January 19th, installed the Officers of Royal City
Lodge, No. 13.
Mergement:
On Friday, April 14th, by your direction, Royal City Lodge,
No. 13, was merged into New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
I have pleasure in reporting that Odd Fellowship is progressing is this District, and the Lodges are in a flourishing condition,
though working at great disadvantage since the loss of our' hall and
all its contents by fire on the llth of September last, but our new
hall is almost completed and we will soon be doing work in a more
business like manner.
During the term I have been asked but^ one question, i. e.:
When a brother has been suspended for non-payment of dues, and
is reinstated according to the By-Laws, is it necessary for him to
present himself in open Lodge and sign the Constitution ?
Ans.—No.
I regret the death of one of the oldest Odd Fellows in the Province, Bro. W. C. Loye, P. G., Charter member of Royal City Lodge,
No. 13, and formerly of Victoria.
The Odd Fellows of New Westminster extend their heartfelt
thanks to the Lodges ofthe Jurisdiction and also distant Lodges who
contributed so readily to the assistance of those brothers who suffered
by the fire. 1841
I return my thanks to the Past Grands who have kindly and
ably assisted me in performing my various duties.
Thanking you for the honor conferred upon me by appointing
me your District Deputy.
I remain,
Yours fraternally,
ROBT. MAY,
D. I). G. M., District No. 2.
Nanaimo, B. C, May 7th, 1899.
To A. Henderson, Grand- Master, I. 0. O. F. :
Dear Sir and Brother:—As your Deputy for District No. 3,
I take pleasure in submitting a report of my official acts during my
term of office, viz;
July 16th, 1898, Installed the Officers of Cedar Lodge, No. 35.
July 18th, 1898, Installed the Officers of Centennial Lodge, No. 20
July 20th, 1898, Installed the Officers of Black Diamond Lodge,
No. 5.
January llth, 1899, received an application from Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5, for a Dispensation to permit it to elect to the office of
Noble Grand a Third Degree member, Bro. J. "Carrol, all other qualified members declining.
I granted the dispensation after which I installed the officers to
their respective offices.
January 21st, 1899, Installed the Officers of Cedar Lodge, No. 35.
January 23rd, 1899, Installed the Officers of Centennial Lodge,
No. .20.
March 4th, 1899, at my request Past Grand Bro. H. N. McDonald Installed Bro. Chas. Fielding to the office of Secretary of Cedar-
Lodge, No. 35, in place of Bro. Hemer, resigned.
In accordance with the resolution adopted at the last Session of
the Grand Lodge I visited the Lodges in my District and obtained
from them copies of resolutions passed by the respective Lodges, re
Dues and Benefits, and forwarded the same to Bro. Davey, Grand
Secretary. /■
1842
Nothing fur-ther of importance happened in this District during,
my term of office,
I remain,
Yours fraternally,
JACOB NEEN,
D. D. G. M., District No. $.
SUPPLEMENTARY,
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have to report that on June 15th,
1898, Friendship Lodge, No. 30, merged into Black Diamond, No. 5.
All of the members, numbering thirty-six, together with all the
property, consisting of six hundred dollars in cash, and regalia, etc.,
valued at four hundred dollars, being turned over on the above date,
the Charter and Rituals being forwarded to the Grand Secretary,
I am, Dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
JACOB NEEN,
D. D. G. M., District No. 3.
Wellington, May 15th, 1899.
A. Ilender&on, Esq, Gi and Master, I. 0. 0. F. of B. C.:
I have much pleasure in submitting the following report as your
Deputy for the past year for District No. 4.
July 4th, 1898, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
July 6th, 1898, installed the officers of Banner Lodge, No. 31.
September 14th, 1898, Bro. Griffiths installed Bro. W. Gordon,
V. G. for Banner Lodge, Bro. Cassad resigned.
January 3rd, 1899, installed the officers of Banner Lodge, No. 31.
January 9th, 1899, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge No. 6.
Yours fraternally,
RICHARD BAILEY,
D. D. G. M., District No. 6. 1 l843 I.
Chilliwack, B. C, May 9th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master. L 0. 0. F,:
Dear Sir and Brother:—As your District Deputy for District
No. 5, I beg to report that I duly installed the officers of Excelsior
Lodge, No. 7, I. O, 0. F., at the commencement of each term.
Our Lodge is working along harmoniously, our membership is
steadily increasing, and to show we are prospering, our brethren
hope soon to commence building a Hall which will be a credit to
them, as well as an ornament to our Town.
Thanking you for appointing me your District Deputy.
I remain,
Yours fraternally,
S. MELLARD.
D. /), G. M., District, No. 5.
Vancouver, B. C, May 25th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F..*
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have the honor to present to you
the following report of my official acts during the past year:
July 7th, 1898, installed officers of Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
July llth, 1898, installed officers of Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
July 12th, 1898, installed officers of Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.
July 15th, 1898, installed officers of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
January 9th, 1899, installed officers of Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
January 10th, 1899, installed officers of Mount Pleasant Lodge,
No. 19.
January 12th, 1899, installed officers of Western Star Lodge,
No. 10.
January 13th, 1899, installed officers of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
I am pleased to report that I have not been called upon to decide any questions, which shows that peace and harlnony have
reigned supreme among the several Lodges under my jurisdiction.
I have much pleasure to note that the increase to the membership to the several Lodges here has been very encouraging during
the past vear especially the present term. 1844
On May 23rd, 1899, granted Dispensation to Mount Pleasant
Lodge, No. 19, to wear badges at an "At Home," that being the
anniversary of the Lodge.
In conclusion permit me to tender my warmest thanks to all
those brothers who kindly gave me their assistance in the performance of my duties, especially so do I thank P. G. Brother W. H.
Gardiner, of Amity Lodge, No. 27, and P. G. Brother H. J. Rickard
of Pacific Lodge, No. 26, as by their able assistance the installation
ceremonies were successfully carried through.
Thanking you for the honor conferred on me,
I remain,
Fraternally yours,
GEO. MIDDLEMISS,
D. D. G< M., District No. $.
Union, B. C, May 25th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—It affords me great pleasure to report to you my official acts during my term as D. D. G. M. for District No. 8.
July 15th, 1898, installed officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
August 25th, 1898, granted Dispensation to confer Second and
Third Degrees on Brother McNiven at a special meeting, as he was
leaving the country.
January 13th, 1899, installed officers of Union Lodge, No. 11.
I have not been called upon to decide any questions of importance. I may say Union Lodge is in a flourishing condition as during
my term of office we have initiated seven members and conferred
twenty-one Degrees.
In conclusion I would thank you for the honor conferred upon
me by appointing me as your Deputy for District No. 8, hoping that
you may approve of my official actions.
Fraternally yours,
JOHN WHYTE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 8. i845
Cloverdale, B. C, May 20th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have much pleasure in submitting
my report as D. D. G. M. for District No. 10.
On llth February, 1899, installed the officers of Cloverdale Lodge,
No. 15, assisted by P. G. Brother R. D. MacKenzie and P. G. Brother
W. H. Frampton.
I am pleased to report that Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, is progressing favorably and is financially in a very satisfactory condition.
I remain,
Yours in F. L. T.,
J. C. MURPHY,
D. D. 67. M.
Duncans, B. C, May 15th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F. .*
As your Deputy for District No. 12, I beg to submit the following report.
On July 9th, 1898, I installed the officers of Duncan Lodge, No.
17, and on January 7th, 1899, yourself and other Grand Lodge Officers
held a pubhc installation here which was a great benefit to the Order
as we have taken in five new members since with the promise of
several others.
Financially we are doing well, and we have bright hopes for the
future.
Yours fraternally, in F. L. T.,
A. C. AITKIN,
D. D. 67. M., District No.'12.
A. Henderson, Esq, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I beg to submit my report as your
District Deputy as follows:
I duly installed the officers of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, on
July 15th, 1898. September 30th, 1898, installed Brother R. Wilson, in the office
of V. G., to fill the vacancy caused by Brother R. Car-swell absent
from the District.
No question of any importance has been submitted for nry decision and I am pleased to state that the Lodge is in a satisfactory
condition, financially.
Fraternally submitted,
H. C. COOPER,
D. D. 67. M., District No. 18.
Mount Pleasant, B. C, May 1st, 1899.
A. Henderson, Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have much pleasure in submitting
to you the following report of my official acts, as your District
Deputy for District No. 14, for the year ending June 30th, 1899:
I installed the officers of Delta Lodge No. 21, in July, 1898, and
January 1899. We initiated eight members during the year, but I
am sorry to have to state, that we have not prospered very much
financially, as we have had to pay orrt considerable for sick benefits.
Fraternally yours,
WM. B. SKINNER,
D. D. G. M. District No. 14-
North Bend, B. C, May 13th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. 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,
July 6th, 1898, and January 14th, 1899, I installed the officers
of Gold Range Lodge, No, 22.
I am pleased to state that this Lodge is in a very fair condition
financially and still holding its own as to membership.
Yours in F. L. T.,
CHAS. BARRY,
D. D. 67. M., District No. IS. >-K$-*6tKStt>
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Ashcroft, B. C, May 27th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq,, Grand Master. I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—As your Deputy for District No. 16,
I take pleasure in submitting a report of my official acts during my
term of office.
Installed the officers of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, at the commencement of each term, assisted by several Past Grands.
In accordance with the resolution passed at last Session of the
Grand Lodge re Dues and Benefits, I met and submitted the question
to Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, at its last regular meeting in January and
duly forwarded the resolution passed by the Lodge to the Grand
Secretary.
I am pleased to report our Lodge in a prosperous condition with
five new members for the year.
No legal questions were submitted for decision during my term.
I remain,
Yours fraternally,
J. C. SMITH,
D. D. G. M., District No. 16.
EbuRne, B. C, June 14th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—In reporting on Island Lodge, No.
24, I. O. O. F., I might say that the Lodge is in good standing, financially, although our members are scattered. We have about thirty-
two members in good standing, but have only about six living in
reach of our Lodge. This makes it impossible for us to have meetings as regular as we should have.
We have paid out about $175.00 sick benefits for the last six
months.
I installed the officers in January for the term now near to a
close.
We have now an application for membership in our Lodge, the
first for some time, but hope we will have better luck in the coming
year.
Yours in F. L. T.,
D. E. McKAY,
D. D. G. M., District No. 17.
S^P 1848
Agassiz, B. C, May 31st, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I beg to submit herewith, as your
District Deputy for District No. 18, the report of my official acts
during my term of office.
July 16th, 1898, installed the officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28.
January 7th, 1899, installed the officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28.
The following questions have been submitted for decision:
Ques.—When is a brother liable for dues ?
Ans.—From the time of his initiation.
Ques.—Is the Warden eligible to the office of Noble Grand, not
having served a term as V. G., and all qualified brethren refusing
election.
Ans.—Yes.
It affords me much pleasure to state that the harmony which
exists in Cheam Lodge has made my term of office one of great
pleasure to me.
Yours fraternally,
H. FOOKS,
D. D. G. M., District No. 18.
Revelstoke, B. C, May 20th, 1899.
Anton Henderson, Esq,, Gra>td Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—Your favor of 6th inst., duly to hand.
I beg to state that I have not granted any Dispensations during my
term of office, as D. D. G. M. of District No. 19.
I installed the officers of No. 25, in July last. I also assisted
P. G. Gordon, of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, to institute Trout Lake
Lodge, No. 41, on December 12th, 1898.
I am glad to say that Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, has a very
bright future before it. I think the time is not far distant when
we will have one of the best, if not the best Lodge in the interior. M   ■ l849 ' "
We have under construction a very handsome brick-veneered
hall 60 x 32 feet, two storeys high, which will be a credit to this Lodge
and the whole Order.
Yours in F. L. T.,
J. A. STONE,
D. D. G. M., District No. 19.
Rossland, B. C, May 18th, 1899.
To A. Henderson, Grand- Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—As your District Deputy for District No. 21, I beg to submit the following report:
July 25, 1898, assisted by Past Grands, I installed the officers of
Rossland Lodge, No. 36, in their respective chairs.
January 2nd, 1899, I installed the officers of Rossland' Lodge, No.
36, for present term.
I also take pleasure in recording your official visit to this Lodge
last fall, which was the first visit of a Grand Lodge officer since
Rossland Lodge was first instituted, something over four years,
In conclusion, I might state that though the various callings of
life, especially in a mining camp, have scattered many of our members, yet a fair attendance is maintained and Rossland Lodge, No.
36, is in splendid condition financially.
Yours fraternally,
JOHN EDGREN,
D. D. 67. M., District No. 21.
Carson, B. C, May 20th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Grand Master, 1. 0. 0. F. of B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I beg to submit my annual report
as D. D. G. M. for Carson Lodge, No. 37, I. O. O. F., as follows:
Total number of members, 30.
Total number of Past Grands, 6.
Total number of dispensations granted, 2, (and those to confer
two Degrees at one meeting to the same member). • 1850
Average attendance of members to the meeting, 10.
Financial condition of the Lodge is good.
Will say that considering the way members are scattered working in different places we have a fair attendance, and that everybody tries his best to attend and take an interest in the work.
Some brothers are rather slow on paying their dues but they
always manage to come to time by the end of the year.
It is with pleasure that I can say that very little sickness has
befallen the members of Carson Lodge, No. 37, as only $28 was paid
out for sick benefits during the year ending December 31st, 1898,
and none since then.
I hope in the near future for a stimulous in mining business and
in consequence an increase in population that the membership will
steadily increase and Carson Lodge, No. 37, I.O.O.F.. rank among
one of the best Lodges in the Jurisdiction of British Columbia.
Respectfully submitted, in F. L. T.,
john mclaren,
D. D. G. M., District No. 22.
Slocan, City, B. C, May 15th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—As your District Deputy for District No. 25, comprising Slocan Lodge, No. 40, I submit the following report:
I regularly installed the officers of Slocan Lodge for the term
commencing July 1st, 1898, and also for term commencing January
1st, 1899. Also on April 6th, 1899, installed Brother D. Arnot, as
Recording Secretary, Brother T. Linton having resigned and removed to Rossland and Brother D. Arnot being elected for remainder of the term.
Slocan Lodge is harmonious, and, in spite of hard times, is gaining in numbers. As a rule dues are paid promptly. There has been
very little sickness among the brothers, and the Lodges in a fairly
good financial condition.
Fraternally submitted,
A. E. TEETER,
D. D. G. M., District, No. 25. ; :|     \       l85i
Victoria, B. C, June 1st, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother. — I have to report I installed the
officers of Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, on the evening of the 12th
day of July, 1898.
On January 10th, 1899, the officers of the same Lodge were installed in ample form, Grand Master Henderson being the installing
officer.
I have nothing more of importance to call to your attention.
Thanking you for the appointment as your Deputy,
Yours fraternally,
CHRISTINA HUTCHISON,
D. D. G. M. District No. 1.
Vancouver, B. C, May 27th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq, 67; and Master, L 0. 0. F. of B. C.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—By request of D. D. G. M., Sister
Beer, who is absent from the Province, I submit the following report of official acts during the past year:
On July 5th, 1898, and again January 17th, 1899, D. D. G. M.,
Sister Beer assisted by several Past Grands installed the officers of
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2.
This Lodge is working along harmoniously, and is in a prosperous condition both socially and financially.
I regret having to report that Bethel Lodge, No. 7, Mount
Pleasant, has surrendered its charter.
Respectfully submitted,
Yours fraternally,
MRS. J, H. ATKINS,
D. D. G. M., District No. 2.
Wellington, B. C, May 29th, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—Having been appointed by you to
fill the vacancy caused by the departure of the D. D. G. M., of Laurel
Rebekah Lodge, No. 9. i852      (
I have much pleasure in submitting my report.
On January the 12th, 1899, I had the pleasure of installing the
officers of Laurel Rebekah Lodge, No. 9, for the term ending June
30th, 1899.
Yours in F. L. T.,
NINA, BUCHANAN,
D. D. G. M., District No. 5.
Ladner, B. C, June 1st, 1899.
A. Henderson, Esq., Grand Master, I. 0. 0. F.:
Dear Sir and Brother:—I have the honor to submit for your
approval the following report of my official acts as your Deputy for
District No. 6.
July 7th, 1898, with the assistance of P. G., Bro. Davie and P.G.
Bro. Skinner, I installed the officers of Fidelity Rebekah Lodge,
No. 10.
January, 1899, acting on your advice, I invited D. D. G. M.,
Mrs. Maude Welsh to install the officers of our Lodge, being unable
to attend to it myself.
I am pleased to state that Fidelity Lodge is in a prosperous condition and from the careful and attentive manner in which they have
transacted Lodge work, it certainly is a credit to the Order.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
Yours fraternally,
MARGARET CALHOUN STAINTON.
D. D. 67. M. District No. 6.  1854
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Scarlet Degree Members.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. Robertson.   J. Ramsay,
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
J. Porter.   W. J. Tippins.   D. Sheehan.
Geo. W. A. Lange.
Black Diamond, No. 5.
D. Thomas.   G. Lee.   W. J. Work.   J. Work.
E. Dunstan.
Harmony, No. 6.
D. McLeod.
Western Star, No. 10-
A. McCurdie.
Union, No. 11.
A. Walker.
Acme, No. 14.
T. Collins.
Centennial No. 20.
F. G. Vowels.   J. Langham.   C. D. Maines.
Gold Range, No. 22.
F. Dyer.
Pacific, No. 26.
J. Stanners.   R. Fisher.
Amity, No. 27.
A. Gunn.   J. Oddy.
Peerless, No. 23.
J. Brennan.
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Our brethren are dead. The message came and they have had
to leave us. One short year ago they were in health and participants
with us, in the pleasures of this world. In a little while the everburning furnace of time has consumed to ashes that which had life
in this terrestrial sphere. How important therefore that we improve
the fleeting hours so that we may meet our end with peace.
While we toil on, they sleep,
" Peace to the just man's memory; let it grow
Greener with years, and blossom through the flight
Of ages ; let the mimic canvas show
His calm, benevolent features ; let the light
Stream on his deeds of love, that shunned the sight
Of all Heaven, and in the book of fame
The glorious record of his virtues write,
And hold it up to men, and bid them claim
A palm like his, and catch from him the hallowed flame." i856
ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF
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Vancouver....
Kamloops	
Vancouver....
Union	
Donald	
New West'r..
Victoria	
Cloverdale ....
Nelson	
Duncan	
Vernon   	
Mt. Pleasant..
Nanaimo	
Ladner's Lnd'g
North Bend...
Ashcroft	
Eburne	
Revelstoke....
Vancouver....
Vew West'r....
Agassiz	
Wellington ...
Victoria	
Golden	
Cedar District.
Rossland	
Carson    	
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Slocan City ...
Monday ..
Wednes'y
Friday.. .
Thursday
Wednes'y
Monday ..
Tuesday..
Friday. . ..
Monday ..
Thursday
Friday....
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Monday ..
Saturday.
Monday ..
Saturday.
Friday
Tuesday..
Monday ..
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Saturday.
Monday ..
Tuesday..
Thursday
Monday ..
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Wednes'y
Friday
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Monday ..
Saturday.
Tuesday..
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80 00
183 00
20 00
149 00
65 00
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42 00
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90 00
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105 00
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47 50
20 00
63 90
98 00
90 50
621 30
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220 00
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20 00
283 50
1 50
13 00
234 80
91 70
4 50
70 00
2 75
33 00
90 50
2 50
20 00
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476
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2168
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812
1057
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676
560
386
211
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276
286
500
662
413
153
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Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Name and Number
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Location.
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Harmony	
Excelsior	
Vancouver	
Tatnai 	
Western Star	
Union   	
Selkirk	
Royal City	
Cloverdale	
Kootenay	
Duncan	
Vernon Valley	
Mt. Pleasant	
Centennial	
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Pacific	
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Banner	
Peerless	
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Carson	
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9
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11
12
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16
17
18
19
20
21
22
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24
25
26
31
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
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do      	
New West'r...
Victoria	
Nanaimo	
Wellington ...
Chilliwack....
Vancouver
Kamloops	
Vancouver....
Union	
Donald	
New West'r..
Cloverdale ....
Nelson	
Duncan	
Vernon   	
Mt. Pleasant..
Nanaimo	
Ladner's Lnd'g
North Bend...
Ashcroft	
Eburne	
Revelstoke....
Vancouver....
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Agassiz	
Wellington ...
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Rossland	
Carson    	
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Monday ..
Wednes'y
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Tuesday..
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Thursday
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Columbia, I.O.O.F., for the Half-Year Ended Dec. 31, 1898.
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Relief of
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Families
Victoria Lodge, No.   1...
30
1
3
430
$2480 00
$   92 50
Columbia           "        \
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34
1
5
321
2513 00
50 00
New Westminster      '
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6
2
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86
522 50
60 0Q
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'     4...
23
1
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136
840 00
15 00
Black Diamond           '
5...
15
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75
1310 00
103 50
Harmony           "        '
'     6...
24
4
110
1240 00
Excelsior           "         '
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2
4
28 00
Vancouver        "         \
'     8...
12
98
646 00
Tatnai
\     9...
5
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74
517 50
Western Star   "
'   10...
14
51
403 00
Union                 "         (
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6
1
109
650 00
Selkirk   . -
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7
98
613 00
Royal City
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4
1
7
247 50
Cloverdale         "        {
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5
74
434 50
Kootenay          "        '
'    16...
2
28
210 00
Duncan              "         !
'    17...
3
24
215 00
Vernon Valley ''        '
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4
34
340 00
Mt. Pleasant     "        X
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7
25
225 00
Centennial        "         '
'   20...
10
1
91
786 50
Delta
1   21...
6
27
202 00
Gold Range       "        \
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5
1
24
204 00
Ashcroft            "         \
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2
7
60 00
Revelstoke        \ \        \
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9
52
520 00
Pacific                "         i
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33
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218
2205 50
121 50
Amity                "         '
'   27...
22
1
93
769 00
Cheam               "        '
'   28...
10
21
135 00
Banner               "        '
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9
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405 00
Peerless              "         j
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17
1
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780 50
Rocky Mountain        '
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2
16
267 70
Cedar                 "        '
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265 00
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5
23
126 50
Carson                "         •
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2
7
28 00
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2
5
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$ 442 50 i86i
ANNUAL REPORTS.
Columbia, I.O.O.F., for the Year Ending 31st Dec, 1898.
Amount Paid For.
Burying,
the Dead
Special
Relief.
Total Amt.
Expended
for Relief.
Current
Expenses. |
Total Assets.
$ 185 00
$ 452 75
$ 3210 25
$ 533 05
$ 34391 59
260 00
112 00
2935 00
660 59
35000 00
582 50
513 57
585 33
95 00
87 00
1037 00
1327 20
10000 00
152 50
203 50
1769 50
660 45
28762 00
260 00
67 50
1567 50
748 55
11501 84
60 00
88 00
25 00
2950 00
100 00
746 00
176 50
7830 80
100 00
617 50
592 55
4800 00
200 00
603 00
850 75
6833 79
650 00
571 10
1557 00
613 00
279 10
4189 92
75 00
25 00
347 50
203 25
2970 19
434 50
106 60
2811 75
25 00
235 00
373 19
4506 09
215 00
441 25
2000 00
340 00
271 30
1526 00
25 00
250 00
275 30
1000 00
75 00
50 00
911 50
424 15
4544 17
50 00
15 00
267 00
274 41
1310 03
75 00
40 00
319 00
90 10
1672 35
25 00
25 00
703 69
1979 12
70 00
70 00
232 40
1500 00
35 00
555 00
280 00
1470 00
90 00
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115 00
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700 00
126 50
395 95
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28 00
175 00
585 00
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1428 62
59 50
124 00
636 15
482 05
1694 25
35 00
649 08
500 00
25 70
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T        J TVT ,, PAGE,
Acme Lodge, No. 14 | 1747
Addresses, Visiting Brethren 1820
Admission of member's at 18 years of age I 1817
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund 1761, 1768
Amendments to By-Laws, registration of , 1831
Appeals—Columbia Lodge re. Bro. Croft 1748, 1814, 1838, 1839
Pomeroy v. Pacific Lodge, No.' 26 1808, 1819, 1821
Ross I Selkirk Lodge, No. 12. 1747, 1814, 1817
Williams <y. Victoria Lodge, No. 1
1746
Wriglesworth v. Dominion Lodge, No. 4 1747
Victoria Lodge, No. 1, re. P. W. at inner door.. .1748, 1839
for aid ... '  1744, 1746
Badges in lieu of Regalia .  1821
Bartenders       1750, 1751
B. C. Odd Fellow 1756, 1820*
Benefits, maximum amount of 1762, 1812, 1818, 1823
Benefits, security for payment of    ..." 1757, 1815
Certificates of health 1751
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, amendments to 1802, 1816, 1818,
1821, 1823
Committees, appointment of 1736, 1739, 1771, 1826, 1828
Defunct Lodges 1760
" ■ *'     members of.;   1794
Degrees, Grand Lodge 1737, 1738, 1808, 1812, 1815
| Subordinate Lodge  1748
Digests for D. D. G. M's 1839
Dispensations     1752, 1835
Election, Grand Lodge Officers 1809
Friendship Lodge, No. 30          1743, 1842
Grand Lodge Card 1831
'%     Master, appointments by 1832 Grand Lodge bill of ...,	
I      expenses of ....
"     miles travelled,
"      recommendations of .	
"      visits of	
Representatives, instructions to...	
qualifications of 1793, 1794,
Home Fund 1761,
Independent Odd Fellow ..	
Installations—Subordinate Lodges....   , Ill	
" Grand Lodge . 	
Institution of Lodges , 1742,
Insurance 1758, 1793, 1815,
Meeting of Grand Lodge . . .-
Mergement of Lodges \  .1743, 1760, 1840,
New Westminster fire . 17f4, 1761, 1825,
Lodge, No. 3 1738, 1744,
Official Organ , \	
Password at inner door 1748,
Per Capita Tax 1762,
Proclamations	
Rebekah Lodges, Defunct	
" 1       institution of	
Registration, amendments to By-Laws	
Reports of Committee on Appeals 1808, 1817, 1819,
" " Credentials     	
% " Distribution 1795,
I Finance 1808,
" " Judiciarv 1814.
" Laws of Subordinates.	
" " Legislation 1815,
I " Mileage and Per Diem 1818,
1823
1756
1756
1757
1754
1817
1817
1768
1829
1753
1832
1759
1824
1821
1842
1832
1813
1829
1839
1819
1755
4741
1741
1831
1821
1736
1796
1829
1818
1802
1821
1827 Reports of Committee on Obituary    1816
I Petitions 1813
" Statistics re Dues and Benefits 1804
" Uniform System of  Dues  and  Benefits
1797, 1812, 1824
District Deputy Grand Masters 1757, 1838
Grand Master 1740
"     Representatives 1771
I     Secretary 1759
"     Treasurer 1770
Representatives, excused 1825, 1828
Reinstatement 1751, 1838, 1839, 1810
Royal City Lodge, No. 13  1743, 1841
Saloon Keepers 1838
Sanitariums  1762, 1830
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12 1741, 1751, 1820
Thanks  1832,1835
Transportation, Committee on 1826, 1828 ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS.
OFTHE
BRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLOMBIA, 1.0.0. F.
D. Welsh, Grand Master New Westminster.
W. E. Johnstone, Deputy Grand Master, Vancouver.
Wm. Hogg, Grand Warden Vancouver.
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary Burnside Road, Victoria.
James Stark, Grand Treasurer Vancouver.
J. E. Phillips, Grand Representative ... New Westminster.
P. W. Dempster, Grand Representative . Victoria.
A. H. Clements, Grand Chaplain Nelson.
A. Graham, Grand Marshal Victoria.
J. Peers, Grand Guardian Chilliwack.
J. Newton, Grand Conductor Nanaimo.
H. Fooks, Grand Herald Agassiz.
The next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Victoria, commencing Wednesday, the
13th of June, 1900,
SUPPLIES.
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the Seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to pay the'same:
Subordinate Lodge Rituals * $
Ritual for Rebekah Lodges only.
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates.
Visiting jmd Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Lodges    .
3 00
3 00
25
25
Book of Forms     1 25
Book of Odes with music     1 00
White's Digest Edition 1895         3 50
Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah)	
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges	
Anniversary Odes   	
Funeral Hymns, with responses	
Funeral Ceremony 	
Anniversary Ceremony	
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony	
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of Rebekah	
Certificate of Membership, on plate paper 	
Rebekah Certificates, on plate paper	
Officer's Roll Book	
Question Book	
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders	
Initiation Petitions, form recommended by S. G. L per 100
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart each
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. 0., 1874 4o 1885	
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work	
Rebekah Floor Work	
Black Book     2 00
Code for government of Rebekah Lodges        10
Official Certificates and Receipt for dues, in books of 100 :.    1 00
o
15
5
5
30
30
25
20
75
30
25
50
50
50
1
1
1
1
3 00
2 00
50
50

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