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M. W. Grand Master, 1910-1911 

OCTOBER 10, 11 AND 12. 1911 



Most Worshipful Grand Lodge 


Ancient Free and Accepted Masons 


M W. Grand Master 

R. W. Grand Secretary 

Pantagkaph Printing and Stationkry Co., Printeks 

Bloomington, Illinois 







1911 - 12 

Delmar D. Darrah M.W. Grand Master Bloorhington 

Henry T. Burxap R.W. Deputy Grand Master . .Upper Alton 

Ralph H. Wheeler R.IV. Senior Grand Warden.. Chicago 

Austin H. Scrogin R.JP\ Junior Grand JVarden . .hex'mgton 

Leroy a. Goddard R.JV. Grand Treasurer Chicago 

Isaac Cutter R.W. Grand Secretary Camp Point 

Joseph C. Xate R.W. Grand Chaplain Champaign 

Alexander H. Bell R.W. Grand Orator Carlinville 

Geo. a. Stadler W. Deputy Grand Secretary . .T)tiCiLi\\r 

T. S. Browning W. Grand Pursuivant Benton 

M. Bates Iott W. Grand Marshal Chicago 

J. L. Brewster W. Grand Standard 5fa/'^r. .Waukegan 

George N. Todd W. Grand Sword Bearer }kIattoon 

S. S. Borden W. Senior Grand Deacon ..... Chicago 

Harris Levy W. Junior Grand Deacon .... Alurphj'sboro 

Chas. F. Tenney W. Grand Steii'ard Bement 

H. S. Albin W. Grand Stezvard Chicago 

G. W. Tips WORD W. Grand Stezvard Beecher City 

Ed. L. Willets JV. Grand Stezi'ard New Boston 

Chester S. Gurney Bro. Grand Tyler Chicago 








In compliance \vith the provisions of the Constitution and 
By-Laws of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois, the Sev- 
enty-second Annual Communication was held in the city of 
Chicago, at Medinah Temple, commencing on Tuesday, the 
loth day of October, A. D. 191 1, A. L. 591 1, at 10 o'clock 
a. m., and was opened in Ample Form by the ^I.W. Grand 
Master, Albert B. Ashley. 

^ The R.\\'. Grand Chaplain, Rev. \\'. \\'. \\'eedon, led the 

^ devotions. 

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, who giveth us all things richly to 
' enjoy; all around us we see evidences of Thy loving kindness; Thy shel- 
tering wings have hovered over us during another year. We praise Thee 
^ with cheerful hearts for Thy manifold gifts unto us. We thank Thee for 
- - Thy providence that permits us to meet and enjoy another annual ses- 
'C sion of this Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted ^lasons. Let 
Thy blessing come upon every one of us and upon the craft everywhere ; 
preside over our deliberations; may peace and unity prevail; and may 
the beautiful banner of true fraternalism be carried by us wherever we 
go. Grant us Thy blessings, and Thy Holy Name shall have all the 
praise. Amen. 


Proceedings of the (October lo, 

REPORT— Committee on Credentials. 

Bro. George W. Cyrus, chairman of the Committee on 
Credentials, announced that representatives from a constitu- 
tional number of lodges were present, and asked further time 
for completing the report. The request \vas granted. 


The R.W. Grand Secretary read the following names of 
brethren appointed by the M.W. Grand Master to serve on 
the various committees during this session of the Grand 
Lodge : 

JuRisPRUDENXE. — Edward Cook, A. H. Bell. C. E. Allen, Godfred 
Langhenry, John C. Crawford. 

Appeals and Grievances. — Monroe C. Crawford, George R. Smith, 
Joseph E. Dyas, Hugh A. Snell, H. H. Montgomery. 

Chartered Lodges. — Chas. F. Hitchcock. S. M. Schoemann, P. C. Bar- 
clay, C. M. Turner, H. C. Mertz. 

Lodges Under Dispensation. — H. C. Mitchell, J. W. Hamilton, L H. 
Todd, John Johnston, C. H. Martin, Frank E. Locke. 

Mileage and Per Diem. — W. F. Beck, H. T. Goddard, G. A. Lackens. 

Finance. — S. O. Spring, N. N. Lampert, T. A. Stevens. 

Credentials. — George W. Cyrus, N. B. Carson, W. O. Butler. 

Correspondence. — Owen Scott. 

Petitions. — F. E. Baldwin, C. M. Carpenter, S. O. Pearce. 

Obituaries. — C. W. Harriss, Anthony Doherty, Grant Kerby. 

Grand Master's Report. — J. E. Wooters, H. L. Browning, H. L. 

To Examine Visitors. — S. S. Borden, A. H. Scrogin, R. F. Morrow, 
Lawrence Johnson, J. M. Hannum. 


During the opening exercises the Ingleside Quartette ren- 
dered some very pleasing selections. A vote of thanks was 
extended to the Quartette by the Grand Lodge. 

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REPORT— Grand Master. 

The M.W. Grand Master presented his Annual Report. 
It was on motion referred to the Committee on Grand Mas- 
ter's Report. 

Brethren of the Grand Lodge : 

With the passing of another year it again becomes my duty under 
our laws and regulations to render an account of my work since last 
we met. 

So far as I know peace and prosperity prevail among our 800 lodges 
with their 110,000 members. This is a source of great satisfaction to 
me as it doubtless will be to you. 

Our foreign relations are most harmonious. Nothing of a dis- 
cordant nature exists either at home or abroad. 

During my first year as Grand Master it became necessary to dis- 
cipline certain Masters of lodges and others for violation of our law. 
One year ago I reported many irregularities together with the penalties 
inflicted. Warning was given to others that they would be brought to 
account if they persisted in wrong doing. I am convinced that the 
observance of the law is the only sure way to insure harmony and good 
feeling among lodges and brethren. Wilful violations can not be excused 
without serious detriment to our institution. The warning given one 
year ago had a most salutary effect. In consequence my labors during 
the past year have been perceptibly lightened. 

At the close of another Masonic year I come to you with full con- 
sciousness of my shortcomings and with grateful appreciation of the 
courteous assistance of the craft of our great state. 


During the past year many have fallen in the ranks. Faces long 
familiar on this floor will be seen no more. Death has chosen the shining 
mark in this Grand Lodge as well as in many of our constituent lodges. 
For a suitable tribute to their memory you are referred to the report 
of the Committee on Obituaries. 

Before entering upon the work of this session let us pause a moment 
and bow reverently as a token of our love and esteem for those who 
have gone. 

Proceedings of the (October lo, 

John Cokson Smith. 

As the old year was giving place to the new, at his home in Chicago, 
the noble spirit of our beloved brother, P.G.M. John Corson Smith, took 
its flight. His long and faithful service in the Masonic vineyard and his 
devotion to the Craft made him a most conspicuous figure in this Grand 
Lodge. His extensive travels around the world and his wide acquaintance 
among the Masons of our own and other lands makes his loss more 
universally felt than that of any other Mason in the world. It was my 
privilege and dut}^ to convene an emergent Grand Lodge at his old home 
at Galena and conduct the funeral services of the Craft at his final rest- 
ing place. As a tribute to his memory I issued the following, a copy of 
which was sent to all constituent lodges and to all Grand Lodges with 
which we are in fraternal correspondence. 

From the East of the 
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and 
Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois. 

To the ll'orsliipful Master. IVardeus and Brethren of the Constituent 
Lodges of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois: 

A Master Builder Has Fallen 

On December 31, 1910, just at the close of the old year, as the dark- 
ness of night was changing into the dawn of the new, the tender spirit 
of John Corson Smith took its flight. The mortal body, for years 
racked with pain, could no longer weight down to earth his noble soul 
and at last it yielded to the grim destroyer — Death. 

Most Worshipful Brother Smith was born in Philadelphia, February 
13, 1832. Coming to Illinois in 1854. he resided in Galena until 1874 anH 
then in Chicago until his death. 

He was a brave soldier in the Civil War, rising from the rank of 
private to that of brigadier general, and died from result of wounds 
received at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain. 

By reason of his sterling manhood, the people of Illinois gave him 
many places of trust and responsibility. He served faithfully as Lieuten- 
ant Governor of the State for four years, and as State Treasurer for 
two terms, and was United States Internal Revenue Collector from 1865 
to 1874 at Galena. 

He was made a Mason in Miners Lodge No. 273, Galena, Illinois, in 
1859, and retained his membership there until his death, and for five 
years was its Worshipful Master. He served as Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Illinois in 1887-1888 and retained active connection 
therewith until his death. 

i&ii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 

In 1887 he was elected as Venerable Chief of the Masonic Veteran 
Association of Illinois and continued as such until he declined a re- 
election three months ago. 

For seven years he served as Treasurer of the Illinois Masonic Or- 
phans' Home. He held honorary membership in many Illinois lodges, as 
well as others in various parts of the world. 

He became a member of Jo Daviess Chapter R.A.M. in i860 and 
served as M.E. High Priest from 1868 to 1874. 

He was a member of the Council of Royal and Select Masters and 
their Grand Treasurer from 1889 to his departure. 

He was knighted in Freeport Commandery in 1871, filled many posi- 
tions in the Commandery and in 1880 was Grand Commcmder of Knights 
Templar of Illinois. Also the Committee on Correspondence from 1889 
to the end of his life. 

He was admitted to the Consistory at Freeport in 1873. He received 
the thirty-third degree in 1875 and became an active member of that body 
in 1883, which exalted position he filled with distinction while he lived. 

Our distinguished brother was so useful to the Craft and the affiliated 
bodies that it is impossible to do more than give in briefest outline his 
connection with same. Perhaps no Mason ever occupied a more im- 
portant place as servant of his brethren than did John Corson Smith. 
He was doubtless the most extensive traveler and best known Mason 
in the world. 

The funeral took place at Galena, January 4th, 191 1, conducted by 
the Grand ■Master who convened an emergent Grand Lodge for the oc- 

"Age is opportunity no less 
Than youth itself, though in another dress 
And as the evening twilight fades away 
The sky is filled with stars invisible by day." 

It is ordered that this be read in full in each lodge within this 
jurisdiction, at the Stated Communication at which it is received and 
that the altar, stations and jewels be draped in mourning for the period 
of thirty days. ^ B Ashley, 

Is.'^AC Cutter, Grand Master. 


Charles Fisher. 

On June 23, 191 1, at his home in Springfield, I attended and con- 
ducted the funeral service over the remains of R.W. Bro. Charles 
Fisher, Deputy Grand Master of this Grand Lodge in 1867. In the 
death of Brother Fisher this Grand Lodge loses its oldest member and 
Masonry a most worthy brother. Brother Fisher had lived eighty-eight 
years. His life was upright and useful. His devotion to Masonry was 
so great that there was scarcely ever a meeting of his lodge during his 
long life as a Mason that he was not present. 

Proceedings of the 

(October lo, 

District Deputy Grand Masters. 

Following the close of Grand Lodge one year ago I appointed the 
following named brethren as my Deputies for the fifty Masonic Districts : 

1 H. Vanderbilt Chicago 

2 Harry W. Harvey. .. .Chicago 

3 R. R. Jampolis Chicago 

4 Albert Roullier Chicago 

5 David D. King Chicago 

6 Wm. H. Bied Chicago 

7 Edw. W. Peterson Chicago 

8 Jay L. Brewster. . .Waukegan 

9 James M. Huff Belvidere 

10 John W. Oliver. .Apple' River 

11 B. A. Cottlow^ Oregon 

12 J. H. Griffiths. Downers Grove 

13 W. C. Stilson Morrison 

14 Milton T. Booth. .. .Atkinson 

15 F. H. Bradlev .Princeton 

16 Wm. P. Grube LaSalle 

17 J. B. Fithian Joliet 

18 N. T. Stevens CHfton 

19 W. A. Hoover. . .Gibson City 

20 John C. Weis Peoria 

21 C. T. Holmes Galesburg 

22 C. L. Gregorv Aledo 

23 Geo. D. Bell .' Bushnell 

24 E. M. Grain Augusta 

25 L. W. Lawton Delavan 

26 Harry M. Palmer. .. .McLean 
2y C. L. Sandusky Danville 

28 Wilson P. Jones Tolono 

29 A. T. Summers Decatur 

30 Sidney S. Breese. .Springfield 

31 C. P. Ross Jacksonville 

32 W. W. Watson Barry 

Z2, Emmett Howard Quincy 

34 Ralph M. Riggs. . .Winchester 

35 C. H. Burgdorff Carlinville 

36 D. W. Starr Raymond 

37 Chas. G. Young. ..Taylorville 

38 J. E. Jeffers Areola 

39 H. Gasaway Martinsville 

40 W. H. Rupe Olney 

41 C. O. Faught Altamont 

42 C. N. Hambleton. .Jeffers'nv'l 

43 Enos Johnson. . .LTpper Alton 

44 Geo. S. Caughlan.E. St. Louis 

45 T. S. Browning Benton 

46 J. R. Ennis. .. .Burnt Prairie 

47 L A. Foster New Haven 

48 W. D. Abney Marion 

49 C. H. Thompson Cairo 

50 J. K. West Brookport 

Grand Lecturers. 

Following the close of the Grand Lodge one year ago. on the rec- 
ommendation of the Grand Examiners, I renewed the commissions of 
the following named Past Grand Examiners and Grand Lecturers : 

Past Grand Examiners. 

A. B. Ashley Decatur 

Charles F. Tenney Bement 

James John Chicago 

H. S. Hurd Chicago 

J. R. Ennis Burnt Prairie 

H. T. Burnap LTpper Alton 

H. A. Snell Litchfield 

C. H. Martin Bridgeport 

Emerson Clark Farmington 

Isaac Cutter Camp Point 

M. B. lott Chicago 

A. W. West Galesburg 

Charles S. DeHart Carthage 

Grand Lecturers. 

C. E. Allen Galesburg 

H. S. Albin Chicago 

D. E. Bruffett Urbana 

L H. Todd E. St. Louis 

C. P. Ross Jacksonville 

.Archibald Birse Chicago 

R. W. King Chicago 

E. E. Beach Chicago 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 

Wm. E. Ginther Springfield 

C. E. Groves Rock Island 

J. M. Willard Decatur 

J. E. Wheat Sterling 

S. M. Schoemann. .McLeansboro 

Chas. G. Young Taylorville 

James McCredie Aurora 

W. H. Peak Jonesboro 

C. N. Hambleton. . Jeffersonville 

G. A. Lackens Good Hope 

A. O. Novander Chicago 

J. B. Roach Aurora 

T. N. Currunings Reevesville 

Louis Pickett Pullman 

Anthony Doherty Clay City 

Chas. T. Holmes Galesburg 

C. J. Wightman Grays Lake 

W. H. Bied Chicago 

Emmett Howard Quincy 

W. E. Anderson Chicago 

J. M. Hederick Chatham 

D. W. Starr Raymond 

Nimrod Mace Bloomington 

R. G. Bright Normal 

N. B. Carson Bloomington 

David Richards ..Chicago Lawn 

Louis J. Frahm Chicago 

Geo. E. Carlson Moline 

G. M. Harmison Chicago 

H. M. Witt Chicago 

J. K. West Brookport 

A. T. Summers Decatur 

Andrew McNally Chicago 

W. P. Jones Tolono 

W. H. Rupe Olney 

W. W. Roberts Nunda 

Alva W. Cain Chicago 

Hiram Vanderbilt Chicago 

P. A. Reinhard Peoria 

D. D. King Chicago 

M. T. Booth Atkinson 

E. T. Osgood Harvey 

C. L. Montgomery. .Blue Mound 
J. S. Edmondson Decatur 

F. D. Fletcher Chatham 

C. M. Borchers Decatur 

F. H. Blose Bloomington 

B. A. Cottlow Oregon 

A. L Porges Chicago 

Wm. E. Fitch LaSalle 

Wm. P. Grube LaSalle 

Samuel B. Bradford Ottawa 

L. E. Rockwood. .. .Gibson Citv 

W. H. Robson Chicago 

H. W. Harvey Chicago 

F. H. Morehouse Chicago 

F. J. Burton Chicago 

L A. Foster New Haven 

John H. Griffiths. Downers Grove 

A. Jampolis Chicago 

W. A. Dixon Decatur 

Edw. W. Peterson Chicago 

Albert Davis Chicago 

Albert Roullier Chicago 

N. M. Mesnard Decatur 

John C. Wjeis Peoria 

Adam Schmidt Chicago 

H. E. Van Loon Chicago 

Will C. Stilson Tampico 

Theodore Christensen ..Chicago 

James M. Huff Belvidere 

H. H. Milnor Chicago 

H. O. Folrath Decatur 

Chas. H. Graves Chicago 

H. M. Robinson Chicago 

C. H. Thompson Cairo 

Amos Ball Gibson City 

O. H. Woodworth Areola 

R. M. Riggs Winchester 

Otto Brail Chicago 

W. C. Trowbridge Crete 

C. L. Gregory Aledo 

Frank F. Collins Areola 

James F. Boyle Chicago 

A. B. Collom Marissa 

John W. Johnson Chicago 

J. E. Glathart Olney 

David C. Hibbott Chicago 

Boyd S. Blaine Champaign 

William N. Ewing McLean 

T. Bryson Strauss. . .Gibson City 

B. L Pumpelly Atlanta 

Arthur E. Wood. .. .Gibson City 

George Edwards Chicago 

Walter T. Boggess Catlin 

Almon Stansberry . . . .Westville 

N. E. Porter Edinburg 

Clarence A. Tucker Findlay 

Herbert C. Bush Decatur 

Frank H. Bradley 

Princeton, R.F.D. 

Lewis A. Brinkman Chicago 

Albert P. Williams Chicago 

Thomas G. Kerwin Chicago 

Elmer Tregay LaSalle 

Richard B. Prendergast. .Chicago 


Proceedings of the 

(October lo, 

W. A. Hoover Gibson City 

L. B. Dyer Chicago 

Geo. N. Todd Mattoon 

Wm. George Houghton. .Chicago 
John Frederick Lockert. Chicago 

O. E. Tandy Jacksonville 

Floyd Orlando Lorton. . .Auburn 
James L. Hammond. .. .Wilmette 

Richard Daniel Mills Ottawa 

Fred Grove Trenary LaSalle 

Wm. . Elmer Edwards. . . .Chicago 
James Elsworth Jeffers. . .Areola 

Zarah S. Savior Oakwood 

H. M. Palmer McLean 

W. B. Moore Chicago 

W. D. Price Chicago 

Harry A. Dever Chicago 

Walter E. Marble Chicago 

Evan P. Jones Chicago 

William R. Goodheart. . .Chicago 
Ebenezer C. Tillotson. .. Chicago 

Hans M. Rachlitz Chicago 

David S. Davidson Chicago 

George D. Bell Bushnell 

A. A. Bauer Blue Mound 

C. A. Stovall ....Tuscola 

John N. Fairchild Danville 

Chas. A. Luse Chicago 

William Scales Ottawa 

Hyman Silverman Chicago 

Charles L. Tanner Saunemin 

James Porter Martinville 

Francis M. Cruikshank. . .Chicago 

Geo. W. Flood Rock Island 

Sidney S. Pollack Chicago 

H. Gasaway Martinsville 

J. A. Wesch Areola 

J. I. Brydon '.Martinsville 

Benjamin Bing Urbana 

J. M. Foreman Palestine 

I. J. McDowell Chicago 

Oscar Formhals Ottawa 

W. E. Speckman Ottawa 

Louis A. Kaiser Tonica 

W. H. Barnard Ottawa 

Thomas E. Quincy Chicago 

Benjamin E. Sincere. .. .Chicago 
Charles A. Stephenson. .Chicago 

Ora E. Chapin Chicago 

Homer D. Jackson Chicago 

S. C. D. Rea Valier 

T. S. Browning Benton 

A. M. Bloxam Mt. Auburn 

F. W. Froelich Brighton 

T. C. Hambleton. . . Jeffersonville 

H. W. Crab Decatur 

J. C. Weatherson Chicago 

C. W. Kessler Pawnee 

H. A. Flock Blue IMound 

E. R. Turnbull Carlinville 

R. C. Clark Chicago 

E. G. Burger Pullman 

In IMay, 191 1, on the recommendation of the Grand Examiners I 
issued an original commission as Grand Lecturer to R.W. Bro. C. O. 
Fought, of Altamont, D.D.G.M. of the 41st District. 

Certificates of Proficiency. 

For years it has been known to many that the standard of pro- 
ficiency required of a Grand Lecturer in many instances had not been 
strictly complied with. It is also known that brethren who have been 
re-commissioned from year to year for a long time, could not now pass 
an examination under the present required standard. 

Most applicants for examination in recent years are proficient. Some 
can repeat the work correctly who, when put to the test, cannot exem- 
plify or teach it. The question is, should such brethren be commis- 
sioned just because they are able to repeat the ritual and have not the 
necessary qualifications for either doing or teaching the work? 

191 !•) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 11 

I realized the importance of the situation and beHeved that brethren 
applying for a commission should in all cases demonstrate to the Grand 
Examiners that they can meet all the requirements of a Grand Lecturer. 
I consulted with our Deputy Grand Master, Senior Grand Warden and 
members of the Board of Grand Examiners for a remedy. It was agreed 
that a certificate of proficiency be issued to those who could pass a 
satisfactory examination in the ritual, movements, etc. The understand- 
ing was that when they demonstrated to the Board of Grand Examiners 
that they could comply with all requirements, a commission as Grand 
Lecturer w-ould be issued. Some dissatisfaction with this has been 

Some applicants for examination, hearing that they could not at once 
receive a commission, have not taken the examination. Some opposition 
to these certificates has been made by brethren who doubtless think 
they should not be issued. Most of the applicants, however, have cheer- 
fully accepted them and seem willing to prove their right to hold a 

The following named brethren, on recommendation of the Grand 
Examiners, have had certificates of proficiency issued to them : 

Sidney Beavis Harvey. Oak Park Charles James Shaw. .Galesburg 

Charles Henry Crowell. .Chicago Harvey Alfred Craig. .Galesburg 

Harry D. Harper Aurora Adison Hickes Chicago 

David S. ]\Iillingan Chicago Silas Watts Decatur 

Harry Wells Modlin Chicago Maxwell Levy Chicago 

Albert J. Winteringham. .Dundee Edward J. Tye Rio 

Rodolph Clay Rick Decatur Donald M. Wylie Galesburg 

R. E. Farr Aledo Silas Eclipse Kain Ottawa 

I have stated this matter somewhat at length in order that the Grand 
Lodge may understandingly approve or disapprove of my action. I 
earnestly hope that the issuing of these certificates of proficiency be con- 
tinued and that brethren receiving them be required to prove their right 
to a commission as a Grand Lecturer before he is so honored. 

Lodges Constituted. 

Charters were issued by this Grand Lodge one year ago to the fol- 
lowing named lodges, all of which have been constituted by brethren act- 
ing as my proxy, as follows : 

R.W. Bro. E. W. Peterson on October i8, 1910, constituted Compass 
Lodge No. 922, at Chicago. 

On October 21, 1910, R.W. Bro. H. W. Harvey constituted Veritas 
Lodge No. 926, of Chicago. 

12 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Banner Blue Lodge No. 924, of Chicago, was constituted October 22, 
by R.W. Bro. H. W. Harvey. 

October 27, 1910, R.W. Bro. E. W. Peterson constituted Candida 
Lodge No. 927, of Chicago. 

East Gate Lodge No. 923, of Chicago, was constituted on October 
28, 1910, by R.W. Bro. Wm. H. Bied. 

R.W. Bro. D. D. King constituted Avondale Nodge No. 921, of 
Chicago, on the 29th of October, 1910. 

Molenna Lodge No. 925, of Golden Gate, was on November i, 1910, 
constituted by R.W. Bro. C. H. Hamilton. 

November 9, 1910, Elwood Lodge No. 919, of Elwood, was consti- 
tuted by R.W. Bro. John B. Fithian. 

Cottonwood Lodge No. 920, of Cottonwood, was constituted on 
November 18, 1910, by R.W. Bro. J. J. Foster. 

Sessor Lodge No. 919, of Sessor, was, on December 27, constituted 
by R.W. Bro. T. S. Browning. 

Lodges Instituted. 

I have during the year issued dispensations for the formation of 
twenty lodges which have been instituted by brethren acting as my 
proxy as follows : 

Sandoval Lodge, of Sandoval, was instituted by R.W. Bro. C. N. 
Hambleton, D.D.G.M., November 2, 1910. 

Joseph Robbins Lodge, of Peoria, was instituted on October 27, 
1910, by R.W. Bro. John C. Weis. 

R.W. Bro. H. W. Harvey on October 28, instituted Wilmette Lodge 
at Wilmette. 

Hinsdale Lodge, of Hinsdale, was instituted January i, 191 1, by 
R.W. Bro. J. H. Griffiths. 

R.W. Bro. F. H. Bradley, on December 14, 1910, instituted Manlius 
Lodge at Manlius. 

Rock Falls Lodge, of Rock Falls, was instituted by R.W. Bro. W. C. 
Stilson, on January 10, 1910. 

La Moine Lodge, of Brooklyn, was, on the 21st day of January, in- 
stituted by R.W. Brother Grain. 

North Shore Lodge, of Chicago, was instituted by R.W. Bro. D. D. 
King on January 16, 191 1. 

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R.W. Bro. Geo. D. Bell on the loth of March, 191 1, instituted Table 
Grove Lodge at Table Grove. 

Circle Lodge, of Oak Park, was instituted by R.W. Bro. D. D. King 
on February 16, 191 1. 

Pearl Lodge, at Pearl, was instituted by R.W. Bro. W. W. Watson 
on May 31, 191 1. 

Elmhurst Lodge, at Elmhurst, was, on June 2, 191 1, instituted by 
R.W. Bro. J. H. Griffiths. 

Maple Park Lodge, of Maple Park, was instituted by R.W. Bro. 
J. H. Griffiths on June 14, 191 1. 

Bohemia Lodge, of Chicago, was instituted on June 23, by R.W. 
Bro. Amos Pettibone. 

John Corson Smith Lodge, of Chicago, was institued June 19, by 
R.W. Bro. E. W. Peterson. 

Buffalo Lodge, of Buffalo, was instituted on the 19th day of June. 
191 1, by R.W. Bro. Sidney S. Breese. 

July 3rd, Kenmore Lodge, of Chicago, was instituted by Bro. E. W. 

On June 30, R.W. Bro. C. L. Gregory instituted Joy Lodge at Joy. 

Justice Lodge, of Chicago, was instituted by R.W. Bro. H. W. Har- 
vey July II, 191 1. 

R. F. Casey Lodge, of Pearl, was instituted by Bro. J. M. Morrow 
on the 20th day of July, 1911. 

Before issuing preliminary papers for these lodges I first made, 
either personally or otherwise, a thorough investigation of the situation. 
I am convinced that every lodge instituted during the past two years 
will become prosperous and active and a credit to Masonry and to the 
communities in which they are located. 

I have refused to issue dispensations in numerous cases where I 
thought they would either fail as a lodge or injure surrounding lodges 
more than it would benefit the new lodge if instituted. 

I have refused in several instances to institute lodges where it was 
intended to hold their meetings in buildings that were occupied in part 
by saloons. I believe that Masonry and the liquor traffic should be kept as 
far apart as possible and that the two in no instance should occupy the 
same building. We cannot be too zealous in protecting the good name 
of Masonry. I should be glad to see our law so amended that it would 

14 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

prohibit any lodge in Illinois from occupying any part of a l)uilding 
where a liquor saloon is located. 

With this in view we should encourage the building of JMasonic 
Temples to be occupied for Masonic purposes only, such as the West 
Chicago and the Central Masonic Temples and others, and move our 
lodges to them as fast as possible. 

Corner Stones Laid. 

During the year corner stones have been laid either by myself or 
by brethren acting as my proxy as follows : 

On October 14, 1910, the day following the close of Grand Lodge I 
laid the corner stone of Myrtle Masonic Temple at Irving Park. 

October 24, 1910, M.W. Bro. Owen Scott, as my proxy, laid the 
corner stone of the new Masonic Temple at Kankakee. 

The corner stone of the new Marion county court house was laid by 
Bro. Joe M. Morrow, as my proxy, at Salem on October 29, 1910. 

November 2, T91C, acting as my proxy, R.W. Bro. C. L. Sandusky 
laid the corner stone of the Ridge Farm high school building at that 

On the 3rd of November, 1910, I laid the corner stone of the new 
Masonic Temple at Ottawa. 

November 8, 1910, I laid the corner stone of the East Side Chris- . 
tian Church at Decatur. 

November 30, 1910, I laid the corner stone of the new First Presby- 
terian Church at Greenview. 

R.W. Bro. H. T. Burnap, as my proxy, laid the corner stone of the 
new Federal building at Greenville, November 16, 1910. 

January 18, 191 1, Bro. Thos. E. Gillispie, as my proxy, laid the 
corner stone of the new Carnegie library at Vienna. 

On January 23, 191 1, R.W. Bro. Albert Roullier laid the corner 
stone of the new Provise Township high school. 

April 25, 191 1, I laid the corner stone of the new Masonic Temple 
at Bloomington. 

May 16, 191 1, I laid the corner stone of the new Congregational 
Church at Illini. 

July 4, 191 1, the corner stone of Knell Fraternal building of Mt. 
Carmel was laid by M.W. Bro. L. A. Goddard. 

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July 20, 191 1, R W. Bro. D. D. Darrah, laid the corner stone of the 
new Masonic building at Lacon. 

The corner stone of the Harvard school building at Ardmore was 
laid by R.W. Bro. E. W. Peterson on July 22, 191 1. 

On August I, loii, I lay the corner stone of the First Christian 
church of Springfield. 

August 19, R.W. Bro. H. T. Burnap as my proxy, laid the corner 
stone of the new Congregational church at Beardstown. 

On September 4, 191 1, I laid the corner stone of the new govern- 
ment building at Murphysboro. 

On October 5, 191 1, Bro. Hugh A. Snell laid the corner stone of the 
new Federal building at Pana. 

Buildings Dedicated. 

One year ago I had the pleasure to report the laying of the corner 
stone of our new Orphans' Home at LaGrange. I now have the satis- 
faction of reporting the dedication of this beautiful Home on St. John's 
Day, June 24, 191 1, in the presence of many thousands of Masons and 
others. This to me was the crowning event of my official acts during 
the two years that I have been trying to be your Grand Master, and 
will long be remembered by those present. Great preparations had been 
made for the ceremony both by the Masonic bodies and the citizens of 
La Grange. Many organizations affiliated with Masonry honored the 
occasion with their presence by acting as an imposing escort to the 
Grand Lodge and the many constituent lodges. Oriental Consistory head- 
ing the procession. 

Commanderies of Knights Templar, Royal Arch Chapters and Chap- 
ters of the Order of the Eastern Star were in line. The Masonic Vet- 
erans' Association was given the post of honor just preceding the Grand 
Lodge. The entire procession was in charge of M.W. Bro. Geo. M. 
Moulton as Chief Marshal. St. Cecelia Band discoursed music that 
stirred the hearts of all. The United Quartette of Chicago volunteered 
a male chorus that rendered music of the highest order during the cere- 

Many distinguished Masons from various parts of the state were 
present. Among those were several Past Grand Masters, showing that, 
though they may be back numbers, they have not lost their interest in 
the noble work of caring for the children of our deceased brethren. 
The Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter Order Fasten Star 

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of Illinois, Mrs. Inez J. Bender and other Grand Officers of that splendid 
order, honored us with their presence. 

The ceremony was fully and successfully carried out, including a 
fine and instructive oration by our Grand Orator, Bro. W. W. Wilson. 
Not only were we favored with the presence of many thousands of Ma- 
sons but the Great Architect of the Universe provided a bountiful rain 
so much needed upon our newly graded and seeded lawns. It also 
brought gladness to the hearts of thousands, as it nourished the thirsty 
earth and gave promise of abundant harvest. 

On December 24, I dedicated the new Masonic Hall at Thompson- 
ville, the future home of Akin Lodge No. 749. 

On the 27th of June, 191 1, I had the pleasure of dedicating the new 
Masonic Temple at Ottawa. This is one of the best and most con- 
veniently arranged Masonic buildings in the state and the brethren of 
Ottawa are to be congratulated on this new home. I had the honor to 
confer the third degree in the evening following the dedication, the 
first work done in the building after its completion. 

On last evening, October 9, 191 1, I had the pleasure of dedicating 
Myrtle Masonic Temple at Irving Park. Inasmuch as I conducted the 
ceremony of laying the corner stone of this fine structure as my first 
official act after the close of Grand Lodge one year ago, it was fitting 
that I should conduct the ceremony of its dedication as my last official 
act as Grand Master before convening this Grand Lodge. 


During the year I have issued special dispensations to lodges and 
received the required fees as follows : * 

E. St. Louis No. 504 $2.00 Grant Park U.D 2.00 

Edgewater No. 901 2.00 Alto Pass No. 840 2.00 

Ben Hur No. 909 2.00 Shabbona No. 334 5.00 

Lakeside No. 793 2.00 Standard No. 873 2.00 

Corinthian No. 875 2.00 Akin No. 749 2.00 

Crescent No. 897 2.00 Summerfield No. 342 2.0a 

Damascus No. 888 2.00 Richard Cole No. 697 2.00 

Bloomfield No. 148 2.00 Hooppole No. 886 2.00 

Banner Blue No. 924 2.00 Berwin No. 839 2.00 

Edgewater No. 901 2.00 Wm. McKinley No. 876. . . . 2.00 

Ben Hur No. 909 2.00 Creal Springs No. 817...... 2.00 

Batavia No. 404 2.00 DeWitt No. 84 2.00 

Marcelline No. 114 2.00 Mithra No. 410 2.00 

Concord No. 917 10.00 Sequoit No. 827 2.00 

Nifong No. 879 2.00 Accordia No. 227 2.00 

Monmouth No. 37 2.00 Lessing No. 557 2.00 

Mt. Joliet No. 37 2.00 Waldeck No. 674 2.00 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


Blaney No. 217 

. 2.00 

Clement No. 680 

. 2.00 

Meridian No. 183 

. 2.00 

Lacon No. 61 

. 10.00 

Lewiston No. 104 

. 2.00 

Morning Star No. 134... 

. 2.00 

Corinthian No. 205 

. 2.00 

Star No. 707 

. 2.00 

Apollo No. 642 

. 2.00 

McHenry No. 158 

. . . 2.00 

McLean No. 460 

. 2.00 

Anna No. 520 

. 2.00 

Hopedale No. 623 

. 2.00 

London No. 848 

. 2.00 

lola No. 691 

. 2.00 

Frankfort No. 567 

. 2.00 

Blue Mound No. 682 

. 2.00 

Hopedale No. 622 

. 2.00 

Plum River No. 554 

. 2.00 

DuQuoin No. 234 

. 2.00 

Franklin No. 25 

. 2.00 

Pyramid No. 887 

. 2.00 

Avon Harmony No. 253.. 

. 2.00 

Germania No. 182 

. 2.00 

Cass No. 23 2.00 

Concord No. 917 2.00 

Herdin No. 667 2.00 

Sycamore No. 134 2.00 

D. C. Cregier No. 643 2.00 

Oriental No. 33 2.00 

Hesperia No. 411 2.00 

Home No. 508 2.00 

Lakeside No. 739 2.00 

Keystone No. 639 2.00 

Lanark No. 423 2.00 

Apollo No. 642 2.00 

Bloomington No. 43 2.00 

Granite City No. 877 2.00 

Triluminar No. 767 2.00 

Dearborn No. 310 2.00 

Harbor No. 731 2.00 

America No. 889 2.00 

Carnation No. 900 2.00 

Murphysboro No. 498 .. 2.00 

Marcelline No. 114 2.00 

Shiloh Hill No. 695 20.00 

Grand Chain No. 660 2.00 

Home No. 508 20.00 


In addition to this I have issued dispensations to institute twenty 
lodges for which I have received fees of $2,000, as follows : 

Sandoval, at Sandoval $100.00 

Joseph Robbins, at Peoria 100.00 

Wilmette, at Wilmette 100.00 

Manlius, at Manlius 100.00 

Hinsdale, at Hinsdale 100.00 

La Moine, at Brooklyn 100.00 

Rock Falls, at Rock Falls 100.00 

North Shore, at Chicago 100.00 

Table Grove, at Table Grove 100.00 

Circle, at S. Oak Park 100.00 

Pearl, at Pearl 100.00 

Elmhurst, at Elmhurst 100.00 

Maple Park, at Maple Park 100.00 

Bohemia, at Chicago loo.oo 

John Corson Smith, at Chicago 100.00 

Buffalo, at Buffalo 100.00 

R. F. Casey, at Kell 100.00 

Kenmore, at Chicago 100.00 

Joy, at Joy 100.00 

Justice, at Chicago 100.00 

Special Dispensations 219.00 

Total receipts $2,219.00 

Which amount has been turned over to the Grand Secretary. 

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Our Schools. 

Following the well established custom five schools were held during 
the year, as follows : 

Rockford, January lo, ii, 12. 
Effingham, January 24, 25, 26. 
Murphysboro, February 7, 8, 9. 
Princeton, February 21, 22, 23. 
Decatur, March 7, 8, 9. 

The Board of Grand Examiners conducted the schools with unusual 
efficiency, showing a standard of proficiency never before attained. A 
large and attentive representation was present at each school, and were 
constant in their attendance at each of the three daily sessions. An in- 
creasing interest in these schools is manifest. 

Grand Representatives Near This Grand Lodge. 

During the year the following named brethren have been appointed 
representatives of other Grand Jurisdictions near this Grand Lodge : 

Cuba — R.W. Bro. John W. Swatek, of Chicago, to fill vacancy caused 
by the resignation of M.W. Bro. Geo. M. Moulton. 

England — Wor. Bro. John Corson Smith, Jr., of Chicago, to fill va- 
cancy caused by the death of M.W. Bro. John Corson Smith. 

Florida — Wor. Bro. Chas. H. Parks, of Chicago, to fill vacancy 
caused by the death of M.W. Bro. John Corson Smith. 

Louisiana— Wor. Bro. Godfred Langhenry, of Chicago, to fill va- 
cancy caused by the resignation of M.W. Bro. L. A. Goddard. 

Maryland — R.W. Bro. M. B. Tott, of Chicago, renewed. 

Mississippi — Wor. Bro. Franklin S. Catlin, of Chicago, to fill va- 
cancy caused by the death of M.W. Bro. John Corson Smith. 

Nevada — Wor. Bro. W. J. Hostetler, of Decatur, to fill vacancy 
caused by the death of M.W. Bro. John Corson Smith. 

Tasmania — R.W. Bro. H. W. Harvey, of Chicago, to fill vacancy 
caused by the resignation of R.W. Bro. R. T. Spencer. 

Virginia — Wor. Bro. Frank W. Burton, of Carlinville, to fill va- 
cancy caused by the resignation of R.W. Bro. Amos Pettibone. 

W. Virginia — Wor. Bro. John T. Campbell, of Chicago, to fill va- 
cancy declared by the Grand Master of that jurisdiction. 

South Wales — Wor. Bro. Chas. DeHart, of Carthage, to fill vacancy 
caused by the resignation of R.W. Bro. R. T. Spencer. 

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Victoria — R.W. Bro. Jason R. Lewis, of Chicago, to fill vacancy 
caused by the resignation of R.W. Bro. R. T. Spencer. 

Representation Near Other Grand Lodges. 

At the suggestion of the Grand Master of that jurisdiction on the 
seventh day of April, 191 1, I appointed R.W. Bro. Horace W. Taylor 
as the representative of this Grand Lodge near the Grand Lodge of 

Duplicate Charters Issued. 

During the year I have issued duplicate charters, free of charge, to 
the following lodges to replace those destroyed by fire : 
Preemption Lodge No. 755, at Preemption. 
Lovington Lodge No. 228, at Lovington. 
Charity Lodge No. 838, at Seaton. 

Installation of Grand Chaplain. 
Rev. W. W. Weadon, who was appointed Grand Chaplain one year 
ago, was absent at the installation of Grand Officers. I installed him 
into that office in Bromwell Lodge No. 457, at Assumption, on the 14th 
of February, last. 

Special Committees. 

You authorized me last October to appoint a committee on Loose 
Leaf Ledger and other books used by secretaries of lodges to report to 
the Grand Lodge. As such committee I appointed brethren H. T. Burnap, 
Isaac Cutter and W. A. Dixon. 

One year ago I reported to you that the act incorporating this Grand 
Lodge restricted lodges to $30,000 in the amount of property that each 
could hold, and recommended that a committee be appointed to devise 
means to relieve this contingency. 

You empowered me to appoint a committee of three to take such 
steps, during the recess of the Grand Lodge, to procure such amend- 
ments to its charter from the state of Illinois as would bring about the 
desired relief. As such committee I appointed M.W. Bro. A. H. Bell. 
M.W. Bro. Owen Scott, and R.W. Bro. Sidney Breese. 

, Their report is as follows : 

July 31, 1911. 
Dr. A. B. Ashley. M.W. Grand Master, A.F. and A.M., Decatur, IlUnois: 

Most Worshipful Grand Master : Because the Grand Lodge, A.F. 
and A.M., of the State of Illinois, and its constituent lodges have been 
greatly embarrassed for many years because of the limitation in their 
charter as to the amount of real and personal property which the Grand 

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Lodge and its constituent lodges might severally own and also because 
of the limitation upon the power of such bodies to borrow money, you 
were pleased last December to appoint a committee of three, consisting 
of myself, Bro. Owen Scott and Bro. Sidney Breese, to consider, and 
if possible devise, a means whereby said limitations might be removed. 

The Grand Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows of this 
state had found itself in like manner embarrassed by the same limitations 
or similar limitations imposed in its charter and that grand lodge had 
likewise appointed a committee to serve the same purposes for which 
your committee was appointed. 

At the suggestion of Bro. Fred B. }ilerrills, of Belleville, the chair- 
man of the committee of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows, a joint con- 
ference of the two committees of these two Grand Lodges was held in 
the city of Springfield on January 5, 191 1. 

Without now troubling you as to the several steps and proceedings, 
we have the honor to report that the General Assembly at its session 
which has recently closed, passed an act, a copy of which is hereto at- 
tached, and which in our opinion entirely relieves our Grand Lodges and 
its constituent lodges of all of the embarrassments which have heretofore 
caused them annoyance. This act which is an- amendment to the charter 
you will observe leaves the Grand Lodge and each constituent lodge free 
to own whatever real estate maj' be necessary or suitable to serve the 
purposes of its organization and to borrow money in like manner as if 
it were incorporated under the general incorporation law of the state. 
The effect of all this is to remove the limitations of which we have hith- 
erto complained. We think that our Grand Lodge is to be congratulated 
upon this auspicious termination of our efforts. The act as passed by 
the General Assembly will be found at page 241 of the session laws just 
issued. Fraternally yours, 

Alexander H. Beli 
Owen Scott, 
Sidney S. Breese, 


Copy of the act referred to in the foregoing report. 

Fr.atern.xl and Benevolent Societies Under Special Acts. 

(Senate Bill No. 10. Approved June 2, 191 1.) 

AN ACT to enable fraternal and benevolent societies incorporated by 
special Acts of the General Assembly to take and hold property and 
borrow money needful and proper to serve and accomplish the pur- 
poses of their organization to the same extent as similar societies in- 
corporated not for pecuniary profit under the general incorporation 
laws of this State. 

Section i. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, rep- 
resented in the General Assembly : That in any case where any fra- 
ternal or benevolent society or association has been incorporated by any 
special Act of the General Assembly of Illinois, and where in the special 
Act under which the same is incorporated or in any amendment thereto 
there is any limitation as to the amount of value of real estate or per- 

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sonal property which such incorporated body or any of its constituent 
or subordinate bodies may hold or any limitation as to the amount of 
money which such fraternal or benevolent society or association may 
borrow, that notwithstanding any such limitation, such incorporated body 
or any of its constituent or subordinate bodies may hold real or per- 
sonal property and may borrow money of whatever amount or value 
may be needful, suitable and proper to serve and accomplish the purpose 
of its organization, and to provide for them respectively suitable places 
of meeting and entertainment and accommodations for their officers and 
members to the same extent that societies for similar purposes and or- 
ganized not for pecuniary profit under the general incorporation laws of 
the state may own and hold property, both real and personal. 

Approved June 2, 191 1. 

This committee has performed a most valuable service. By their 
efforts legislation has been passed by the General Assembly of Illinois 
that entirely relieves the contingency which has for years Hampered this 
Grand Lodge and its constituent lodges. The result of their efforts have 
exceeded my expectation and to them this Grand Lodge, as well as my- 
self,* are under great obligations. 

Lodges Consolidated. 

Upon application and a full compliance with the law I granted a 
consolidation of Bureau Lodge No. 112 and Princeton Lodge No. 587, of 
Princeton, and issued a charter under the name of Princeton Lodge No. 
587 which was duly constituted on February 2, 191 1, by R.W. Bro. F. H. 
Bradley, D.D.G.M. 

Our Homes. 

Our Homes at Sullivan and La Grange are conducted in a most sat- 
isfactory manner by our Superintendents, Bros. Hovey and Bassett, as- 
sisted by their good wives. At Sullivan our nearly one hundred mem- 
bers are indeed a happy family. Scarcely a ripple disturbs the quiet and 
pleasant surroundings. There is hardly a member that does not express 
satisfaction with the Home and praise to a generous Grand Lodge for 
the privileges it affords them in their declining years. 

Our children were removed from their temporary quarters in Chi- 
cago to their new and permanent Home at LaGrange in March last. 

Too much cannot be said of this new Home building. Its material, 
construction and conveniences are the best. The architect. Brother Deal, 
or his assistant, was always present during its construction. The con- 
tractor was honest in the material furnished and workmanship. Our 
building committee, Brothers Moulton, Daly and Fletcher were constantly 
watchful. The result of the combined efforts of these have given us, in 

22 Proceedings of the (October lo. 

my opinion, the best results possible for the money expended. The fur- 
nishings are ample, suitable, and a credit to this Grand Lodge. 

Before leaving this subject I wish to remind you of the very kind 
and cordial treatment accorded Supt. Bassett and family and to the chil- 
dren of the Home by the people of LaGrange. Every encouragement 
possible has been done by them to make our Home successful. 

LaGrange is one of the most beautiful little cities near Chicago and 
the cordial manner in which our children have been received into the 
school, church and social life is most gratifying. 

I am sure you will be grateful at the mutual good feeling the citi- 
zens of the city in which our new Home stands and Brother Bassett and 
his large family. 

A full report of the Homes and the details of their management 
will be presented by the Board and appear in the proceedings. 

Vacancies Filled. 

On January 30, 191 1, I appointed W. Bro. Lysanus Cayw^ood, Dis- 
trict Deputy Grand Master of the 43rd District to fill the vacancy caused 
by the resignation of R.W. Bro. Enos Johnson. 

February i, 191 1, I appointed Bro. John L. Brearton, District Dep- 
uty Grand Master of the loth District, to fill the vacancy caused by the 
death of R.W. Bro. John W. Oliver. 

Committee on Railroads and Transportation. 

Ever since the carrying rate of two cents per mile on railroads was 
established by the legislature of Illinois in 1905 the Committee on Rail- 
roads and Transportation have been unable to secure a special rate for 
the representatives in attendance upon this Grand Lodge. After a per- 
sonal investigation I am convinced that, until at least 1,000 certificates 
for fares are paid costing at least $1.00 each, no special rate can be ob- 
tained. Not finding any law authorizing the appointment of this commit- 
tee and deeming it a needless expense to this Grand Lodge I discon- 
tinued it. It is my opinion that the matter of special rates should be 
placed in the hands of the Grand Master and Grand Secretary who, it 
seems to me, are better qualified to reach the best results than any com- 
mittee that can be appointed. 

The George Washingtont National Memorial Association. 

On the 22nd day of February, 1910, a meeting of the Grand Masters 
of ]\fasons in the United States was called bv the Grand Master of Vir- 

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ginia, to meet at Alexandria, Va., for the purpose of organizing a societi 
to erect a National Memorial to Washington, the Mason. 

At that meeting this Grand Lodge was represented by Deputy Grand 
Master D. D. Darrah, whose report, with his full approval of the under- 
taking, appears in our proceedings of last year. 

On February 22 of the present year I attended the second annual 
meeting of Grand Masters at Alexandria when a permanent organization, 
to be known as "The George Washington National Memorial Association" 
was instituted, and a constitution and code of by-laws adopted. 

Among the objects of the association are: 

"ist. The object of this association shall be the collection of a fund 
to erect and maintain a suitable Masonic Memorial to George Washing- 
ton in the form of a Temple in the city of Alexandria, Va., provided 
that at least one floor therein be set apart forever as a Memorial Hall, 
to be under the control of the several Grand Jurisdictions in the United 
States of America, members of this association. 

"2nd. To provide a place where the several Grand Jurisdictions, 
members of said Association, may perpetuate, in imperishable form, the 
memory and achievements of the men whose distinguished services, zeal- 
ous attachment and unswerving fidelity to the principles of our institu- 
tion, merit particular and lasting reward to create, foster and diffuse a 
more intimate fraternal spirit, understanding and intercourse between the 
several Grand Jurisdictions and Sovereign Grand Bodies throughout the 
United States and her insular possessions, members of this Association ; 
to cherish, maintain and extend the wholesome influence and example of 
our illustrious dead. 

"The active members of the Association are composed of the Grand 
Masters of the several Grand Lodges of the United States of America 
and one properly accredited representative from each jurisdiction, chosen 
in such manner and for such time as it may prescribe." 

The following officers were elected and installed for two years : 
M.W. Bro. Thos. J. Shyrock, of Maryland, President. 
R.W. Bro. Jas. M. Lamberton, Pennsylvania, ist Vice-President. 
M.W. Bro. Jas. R. Johnston, S. Carolina, 2nd Vice-President. 
M.W. Bro. A. B. McGaffey. Colorado. 3rd Vice-President. 
M.W. Bro. A. B. Ashley, Illinois, 4th Vice-President. 

This is but a brief statement of the organization and object of this 
most laudable undertaking. I am heartily in sympathy with the move- 
ment to erect a memorial to the great Washington. Great enough to 
free an oppressed people from a tyrannical monarchy and modest enough 

24 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

to walk the checkered floor with the most humble citizen. I recommend 
that this Grand Lodge appropriate for this most noble purpose a stipu- 
lated sum to be paid in annual installments in such amounts as the 
Finance Committee may deem advisable, or appeal to lodges for contri- 
butions in such manner as may seem best to the Grand Master. 

At the meeting last February it was voted to ask each Grand Lodge 
to appropriate $100.00, annually, to assist in defraying the expenses of 
the association. 

I recommend that $100 be appropriated annually for that purpose. 

The Proper Channel. 

Most Grand Lodges require that all communications between lodges 
of different states be sent through the Grand Master. The reason for 
this is obvious. In requesting lodges in other states to confer degrees 
application might be made to clandestine or irregular lodges. In asking 
waiver of jurisdiction the same care is needed. Lodges as such should 
not invade other grand jurisdictions to visit or confer degrees without 
consent and approval of Grand Masters, who are responsible for the regu- 
larity of work in their various jurisdictions. 

It has become necessary for Grand Masters to offer apologies to 
me for unwarranted action of lodges in invading the jurisdiction, of 
Illinois. I have felt called upon to make similar amends to Grand Mas- 
ters of other states. 

One of our lodges asked a lodge in another state to confer the 2nd 
and 3rd degrees upon a candidate, collect and send the fee. The degrees 
were conferred and fee collected as requested. The foreign lodge not 
only kept the fee but stole the candidate by having him sign the by- 
laws of the lodge and entering his name on their roll of membership. 
My attention was called to the case. When I called the attention of the 
Grand Master to this he very promptly required the lodge to make a 
satisfactory adjustment. Had the matter gone through the hands of the 
two Grand Masters in the first place there would have been no trouble. 
This is only one of the many cases I have been called upon to adjust. 

Some of our lodges have conferred degrees for lodges in other 
jurisdictions without the knowledge of either Grand Master. This is 
not only wrong but dangerous. 

I recommend that all business of our lodges with foreign jurisdic- 
tions be sent first of all to the Grand Master for approval and action, 
when necessary. This will save time and sometimes complications and 
trouble. It also observes the courtesies due in such cases and conforms 
to customs practiced in most Grand Lodges. 

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District Deputy Grand Masters. 

I am under many and great obligations to our District Deputy Grand 
Masters for valuable assistance. There are but few out of the fifty to 
whom I have not referred important matters for investigation and ad- 
justment. In every instance the most thorough, efficient and unselfish 
service has been rendered, resulting in most instances in an amicable 
settlement of differences existing among brethren and lodges. 

The brethren who occupy these responsible positions have been se- 
lected for their qualifications and high standing as Masons. Their serv- 
ices have been rendered without fee or reward. As their reports show 
some of them have visited many lodges in their districts at their own 
expense. I regret that there is no provision for at least their expenses 
when making official visits. 

There has been some little friction caused by District Deputies hav- 
ing made decisions or rulings, which I have found necessary to set aside. 
There have been cases where they have differed on some section of law 
which has caused confusion. This could hardly be otherwise where there 
are fifty, each interpreting the law as he sees or understands it. 

It is no part of the duty of a District Deputy Grand Master to ren- 
der decisions. Whenever a question of law arises and it is vague and 
uncertain he should submit it to the Grand Master for his interpretation 
and decision. This would avoid confusion. There have been but few 
cases of this kind. Most of the deputies have submitted all questions 
of law to the Grand Master. 

Important but not Essential. 

Grand Masters, at least in Illinois, are besieged with invitations to 
visit lodges and to attend meetings of various kinds. A large majority 
of these invitations are of a social nature which are always helpful and 
should be encouraged so far as it is consistent and they do not interfere 
with necessary duties. 

While it is desirable that the Grand Master attend social gatherings 
it is by no means essential. They would still go on and flourish if he 
did not exist. 

Soon after my election, two years ago, I found that to respond to 
all or many of the invitations of a social character would seriously in- 
terfere with the legitimate duties of the Grand Master. I have in con- 
sequence declined to accept most of them. This may be an old fogy 
idea but I have thought that I could do more good in devoting what 
spare time I had to lodges that are weak and need encouragement than 
in attending social functions. 

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Unequal Representation. 

There were 752 lodges represented at the last session of this Grand 
Lodge, 633 of which had one, 66 two and 55 three representatives, total 
number of representatives 928. 

Seven lodges having more than one representative are located south 
and 114 lodges north of the center line of the state. The seven lodges 
in the south half of the state had one extra representative each, the 114 
in the north half had 261 extra representatives. Of these there were 
from lodges in and adjacent to Chicago, 221 extra representatives and 61 
from countrj' lodges. Owing to the increase of lodges from year to year 
it is presumed that this unequal representation is correspondingly in- 
creasing in favor of the Chicago lodges. In consequence of this, when- 
ever a vote is taken in this Grand Lodge by show of hands, it is not a 
fair expression of the lodges represented. There have been instituted 
twenty new lodges during the past year, adding sixty legal representa- 
tives to the already large list. 

It is now difficult, even in this large hall to accommodate comfort- 
ably the representatives now in attendance. Each lodge in the state is 
supposed to have equal representation. Under the present law, with one 
representative from a large majority of the country lodges and three 
from lodges in and around Chicago, it is easily seen that there is un- 
equal representation upon every vote taken upon this floor. 

When the law governing representation of lodges in this Grand 
Lodge was enacted there were but few lodges in the state and three from 
each lodge were not too many. In consequence of the already crowded 
and fast growing membership in this Grand Lodge, and the unequal rep- 
resentation heretofore explained, I recommend that our law be so 
amended that only one representative from each lodge be allowed and 
that each lodge have but one instead of three votes. 

Chicago lodges are not responsible for this state of affairs, and T 

believe will be as ready to favor this recommendation as will be the 
country lodges. 

Blazing Star Lodge. 

On ^larch 10, 191 1, Bro. W. D. Abney, D.D.G.lM. of the 48th District, 
acting under my authority, arrested the charter of Blazing Star Lodge 
No. 458, of Crab Orchard. 

This lodge had been in a dormant condition for many years. It 
had not had a candidate for seven years and consequently had forfeited 
its territorial rights, to surrounding lodges. Its membership had reduced 
from fiftv-two to twentv-thrce and was graduallv growing less. Its 

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officers were wholly incompetent and its place of meeting unfit and un- 
safe for masonic purposes. 

After fifteen months of patient endeavor to have this lodge better 
its condition, as the correspondence will show, and after it had disobeyed 
an order to call a special communication to receive a visit from the 
Grand Master, I concluded that the brethren were not entitled to further 

Since the arrest of this charter nineteen of the twenty-three mem- 
bers of the lodge have petitioned me to return the charter, that they 
might remove to Carrier Mills. 

Carrier Mills is a prosperous and fast growing city of about 2,500 
people, with about twenty-five Masons living within its corporate limits, 
who want and are in need of a Masonic lodge. 

After investigating the situation and finding the conditions as above 
stated I directed the lodges whose territorial rights would be effected to 
vote upon the proposition of removal, which resulted favorably. I, there- 
fore,^uthorized the removal and placed the charter in the hands of the 
D.D.G.M., Brother Abney, to return to the lodge when the transfer 
has been made. / 


Much dissatisfaction is manifest throughout the state, and justly so, 
where Worshipful Masters give their proxies to brethren who are not 
wardens. This has created, in some instances, considerable feeling and 

Our law provides that the Master cannot authorize anyone to open 
the lodge in his absence to the exclusion of a Warden. 

Experience convinces me that the same rule should apply to proxies 
and that the Master should, where he does not represent his lodge, be 
required to issue his proxy to one of the Wardens, in the order of their 
rank, before giving it to another. 

I recommend that our law be so amended. 

Cherry Mine Sufferers. 

I reported to you last year my action in appealing to lodges in be- 
half of the Cherry mine sufferers. The appeal resulted in lodges con- 
tributing the sum total of $6,486.24. 

The following statement of the treasurer of this fund shows it to be 
on the 1st day of October $6,675.24, a gain of $189. 

28 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Treasurer's Report. 

LaSalle, 111., September 12, 191 1. 


Masonic Relief Fund for Cherry Sufferers. 

Received from Grand Treasurer, December 27, 1909 $4,000.00 

Received from Grand Treasurer, December 30, 1909 1,000.00 

Received from Grand Treasurer, January 5, 1910 500.00 

Received from Grand Treasuter, January 17, 1910 500.00 

Received from Grand Treasurer, February 14, 1910 486.24 

Received interest to October i, 191 1 259.00 

Paid Grube & McDonald 70.00 

Total credit $6,675.24 

W. L. Parks, 
Secretary and Treasurer. 

The committee to which this fund was entrusted report as follows : 

Committee's Report. 

LaSalle, 111., September 12, 1911. 

Mr. A. B. Ashley, M.W. Grand Master, Decatur, III.: 

Dear Brother Ashley : Enclosed please find report of Bro. W. L. 
Parks, Secretary and Treasurer of our relief fund. After investigating 
conditions pretty thoroughly at Cherry, and upon other information re- 
ceived by us from time to time, we believe that the money raised by the 
lodges of this Grand Jurisdiction is not now, nor was it at any time 
needed for the purpose for which it was raised. 

We are satisfied that there is no distress in Cherry at present as a 
result of the mine disaster, and the largest percentage of those who were, 
are now in better financial circumstances than they ever were before. 

We therefore recommend that the Grand Lodge take this fund, and 
make such disposition of the same, as, in their judgment, will be the 
best for all concerned. Fraternally yours, 

Wm. P. Grube, 

Chairt)iaii of your Committee. 

In view of this condition of affairs I recommend that $25 each be 
returned to Madison Lodge No. 5, of Madison, Wis., and Lady Wash- 
ington Chapter, O.E.S., of Chicago, and the remainder of the fund 
amounting to $6,625.24 be deposited where it will draw the highest rate 
of interest obtainable with safety and held as a contingent fund, to be 
used by the Charity Committee in cases of emergency where immediate 
relief is needed. 

igii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 29 

Chain Letter. 

Several years ago the Grand Master of Masons of New York au- 
thorized a "chain letter" for the purpose of raising funds to erect a 
monument to the memory of Bro. William McKinley, our martyred 
President. Request was made that all contributions, or dimes, be sent 
to Judge Day, of Canton, Ohio. More than a year ago I took the matter 
up with the authorities at Washington and was informed that the monu- 
ment had been completed and paid for nearly two years before and that 
the department and Judge Day had for a long time been trying to stop 
further circulation of the letter. This letter is still in evidence. Some 
brethren have received several. I take this means of notifying brethren 
throughout the state, through the representatives of lodges present, that 
the circulation of this letter may cease, a least in Illinois. 

Masonry and Religion. 

We often hear Masons say, "Masonry is good enough religion for 
me," or "I want no better church than the Masonic lodge." 

Those who are constantly expressing themselves in this way are do- 
ing an unconscious injury to Masonry. Such expressions embitter good 
people who do not understand what Masonry really is. Every person 
has a right to his own religious convictions and opinions. Each is re- 
sponsible to the Supreme Power for his soul and to the people for his 
actions. Each is judged by his own acts and character. "Masonry unites 
men of every country, sect and opinion and conciliates true friendship 
among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance." 

]Masonry interferes with no man's religion or beliefs. He is left 
entirely free from creeds or sectarian restrictions. He must believe in 
the existence of God and proclaim his trust in Him. Each Mason not 
only is free in the exercise of his own religious rights and opinions but 
he is strictly enjoined not to interfere with the religious views of others. 

If a man thinks that Masonry is good enough religion for him and 
lives a life in harmony with its professions he need not go about pro- 
claiming it. In doing so he gives a bad impression of himself and falsi- 
fies the true attitude of Masonry. Some with a good opinion of the An- 
cient Craft will be unfavorably influenced and decline to knock at our 
doors for admission. I shall be glad to have brethren admonished not 
to say or do that which will bring Masonry in conflict with religion and 
the church. 

This subject is presented from observing the effect upon outsiders 
when over-ardent Masons are too zealous in our cause. Not being affili- 
ated with any church nor claiming to be specially religious my sugges- 

30 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

tions cannot be construed as resulting from over zeal for the church and 
its cause. I merely have looked upon the effect and have made this 
recommendation for the best interest of Masonry. 


Twenty-three brethren living at Donovan, Iroquois county, have pe- 
titioned for a dispensation for a Masonic lodge at that place. 

Two of the three nearest lodges, Martinton Lodge No. 845, and 
Sheldon Lodge No. 506, have unanimously consented, and O. H. Miner 
Lodge No. 506, of Iroquois, object, by a vote of 23 to 5. 

Donovan has a population of 500 people and is surrounded by a good 
farming community. 

After consulting with the District Deputy Grand blaster, Bro. N. T. 
Stevens, of Clifton, I visited Donovan and other places in that vicinity 
and made a personal investigation of the situation. I am of the opinion 
that a good, flourishing lodge can be maintained at Donovan and that the 
petitioners should not be deprived of a home of their own, and there- 
fore recommend that a dispensation be granted them as soon as they 
have provided themselves- with a suitable hall in which to hold their com- 
munications, which they are prepared to do as soon as a dispensation 
has been granted. 


The required number of brethren have petitioned for a dispensation 
to institute a lodge at Cypress, Johnson county. Two of the three near- 
est lodges, Dongola Lodge No. 581, and Vienna Lodge No. 150, have 
unanimously consented and Belknap Lodge No. 822 has refused by a 
vote of eleven ayes to seven noes. A change of one of the negative 
votes would give the required two-thirds vote in favor of the new lodge. 

Cypress has a population of nearly 500 people and is a thriving, 
growing community. There are now within its corporate limits and 
adjacent thereto twenty-one Master Masons who arc now deprived of 
lodge privileges. 

Investigation convinces me that a good, flourishing lodge can be 
maintained here without a detriment to surrounding lodges and, at the 
same time, give these brethren a home which they are now deprived of. 

1 rcconiincnd that the Grand Master be authorized to issue a dis- 
pensation for a Masonic lodge at Cypress. 

igii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 31 


On September 5 it was reported to me that a petition had been 
received by I\Iay\vood Lodge No. 869, from a candidate who was phys- 
ically disqualified. The candidate was elected and initiated it seems 
before the defect was discovered by anyone. The degree of Fellowcraft 
was conferred upon him with the full knowledge of his physical condi- 
tion by the Worshipful Master and others. I stopped the advancement 
of the candidate and instructed Bro. Albert RouUier, D.D.G.M., to in- 
vestigate the complaint. The report of this irregularity and investiga- 
tion came so near the convening of Grand Lodge that I did not deem 
it best to inflict the punishment which, in my opinion, should be imposed. 
I therefore request that it be submitted to the proper committee for 
their consideration. 

I cannot think that a person could possibly run the gauntlet of 
brethren who presented his petition, the investigating committee, his prep- 
aration and initiation, without the discovery of a defect so plainly in 
evidence. The papers in this case are in my possession. 

The Grand Chapter O.E.S. 

Mrs. Inez J. Bender, the Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chap- 
ter O.E.S. , invited me to deliver the address of welcome at its thirty- 
seventh annual communication which was held in Chicago, October 3, 4 
and 5, 191 1. I gladly accepted the invitation. This was especially pleas- 
ing to me, as I had held the position of Grand Patron for the years 
1883-84-85. At the conclusion of my remarks Mrs. Lorraine J. Pitkin, 
Past Grand Matron, offered a resolution which was adopted, thanking 
me in the name of the pioneers and members of the Grand Chapter who 
were present at the sessions over which I had assisted in presiding, and 
asked me to extend to this Grand Lodge their thanks for the words I 
had spoken in behalf of the Masons of Illinois who recognize and appre- 
ciate the charitable work they are doing, which relieves this Grand 
Lodge of many responsibilities ; and in the name of the flag under which 
I served six years expressed their personal approval and grateful thanks 
by rising. 

Pennsylvani.a's Anniversary. 

I received an invitation from the Grand Master of Pennsylvania to 
attend the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of that Grand Lodge 
on September 25. It being so near" the time of our Annual Communica- 
tion I could not well leave the state and believing that this Grand Lodge 
should be represented on that important occasion I asked our Senior 

32 Proceedings of the (October lo. 

Grand Warden, R.W. Bro. Henry T. Burnap, to represent this Grand 
Lodge in my place. 

He makes the fpllowing report : 

Upper Alton, September 29, 191 1. 
A. B. Ashley, M.W. Grand Master, Decatur, III. 

Dear Brother : Accepting with grateful thanks your invitation to 
represent you at the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Inde- 
pendence of the R.W. Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, which took place 
at Philadelphia on the 24th and 25th inst., I have the honor to report 
that I attended the various functions incident to the celebration which 
began on Sunday, the 24th, when the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and 
the distinguished guests from other jurisdictions, assembled at the mag- 
nificent Masonic Temple at Broad and Filbert street, Philadelphia, and, 
under the direction of the Grand Marshal, formed in procession and 
escorted by the local lodges, proceeded to the historic Christ Church 
where a beautiful and impressive religious service, especially prepared 
for the occasion, was held. A very eloquent and appropriate sermon was 
delivered by the Right Reverend James Henry Darlington, Doctor of 
Divinit}-, Bishop of Harrisburg, and Grand Chaplain. 

At 6 o'clock in the evening the representatives of the several Grand 
Lodges present and several distinguished Masons of Pennsylvania were 
entertained at dinner at the Hotel Bellevue Stratford as guests of R.W. 
Bro. George W. Guthrie, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Penn- 

At 12 o'clock noon, on Monday the^25th, the brethren again assem- 
bled at the Temple, representatives of the following Grand Lodges being 
present : Connecticut, District of Columbia, Indiana, New Hampshire, 
Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Washington, 
Michigan, and Illinois. The procession was formed in the following 

First Procession. — In charge of Assistant Grand Marshal, Bro. 
Charles S. Wood. 

Trustees and members of committees. 

Second Procession. — In charge of Assistant Grand Marshal. Bro. 
Carl A. Sundstrom. 

District Deputy Grand Masters. 

Grand Chaplains. 

Third Procession. — In charge of the Grand Marshal, Bro. J. Warner 

Officers of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. 

Orators of the Day. 

Visiting M.W. Grand Masters and Representatives of other ju- 

Past Grand Masters. 

Bro. George W. Guthrie, R.W. Grand Master. 

191 1) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 33 

His Excellency Bro. John K. Tener, Governor of Pennsylvania. 

The procession then moved to the entrance of Corinthian Hall, a 
spacious and beautiful auditorium on the second floor of the Temple 
where it was halted and formed in open order. The procession then 
passed into the hall in reverse order, the officers of the Grand Lodge of 
Pennsylvania repairing to their several places and stations, the guests 
being provided with seats on the platform. 

That the exercises which followed were of the most interesting and 
instructive character the following program will amply testify: 


1. Grand March— Orchestra Mendelssohn 

Entrance of the Officers and Guests of the Grand Lodge. 

2. Opening of the Grand Lodge. 

3. Prayer ^ro. James W. Robins 

Grand Chaplain 

4. Chorus with Tenor Solo — "The Omnipotence" Schubert-Liszt 

5. Address Bro. George W. Guthrie 

R.W. Grand Master of Pennsylvania 

6. Cavatina — Orchestra Raff 

7. Address— Historical Bro. J. Henry Williarns 

R.W. Senior Grand Warden of Pennsylvania' 

8. Chorus — "To the Sons of Art" Mendelssohn 

9. Address — ^"Freemasonry and Education" Bro. Edgar Fahs Smith 

Provost of the University of Pennsylvania 

10. Chorus — "The Heavens Resound" • Beethoven 

11. Address. ."Freemasonry and Character". .Bro. Samuel B. McCormick 

Chancellor of the University of Pittsburg 

12. Overture — "Jubel" Weber 

(Concluding with "My Country 'Tis of Thee") 
Orchestra and Chorus 

13. Greetings from the visiting M.W. Grand Masters. 

14. Closing of the Grand Lodge. 

15. Prayer Bro. Joseph Krauskopf 

Grand Chaplain 

Withdrawal of the Officers and Guests of the Grand Lodge. 

It became my duty as well as my pleasure, as your representative, to 
tender to the Grand Master and Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania your per- 
sonal felicitation and the congratulations and fraternal greetings of the 
M.W. Grand Lodge of Illinois to which the Grand Master was pleased 
to respond in the most fraternal spirit. 

34 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

At the conclusion of the program, and after a brief intermission, the 
assembled brethren were invited to participate in an elaborate banquet 
which was served in the beautiful banquet room on the main floor. This 
room was exquisitely decorated with flowers, foliage and the Royal Pur- 
ple of the Grand Lodge of Penns.vlvania. Covers were laid for about 
five hundred persons and every seat was occupied. I enclose herewith a 
copy of the menu and musical program. Thus closed an interesting 
epoch in the history of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. 

The visiting brethren were unanimous and profuse in their expres- 
sions of appreciation of the uniform courtesy and generous hospitality 
of the R.W. Grand Master, Bro. George W. Guthrie, and the Grand 
Lodge of Pennsylvania, and the constant and never failing attention of 
the committees who anticipated our every want and left no stone, not 
even the "Keystone" itself, unturned to make the occasion one of su- 
preme pleasure to every guest and reflect glory on the Grand Lodge of 

In conclusion I desire to convey to you, M.W. Brother, my sincere 
and heartfelt thanks for, and expressions of my highest appreciation of 
the honor conferred in selecting me as your representative on this de- 
lightful and enjoyable occasion, bringing with it, as it did, the opportunity 
of meeting and cultivating the acquaintance of so many distinguished 
brethren of the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania and their no less distin- 
guished guests. I am pleased and proud to be the bearer of the kindest 
fraternal messages and personal greetings to yourself and M.W. Bro. 
A. H. Bell from the Grand Master of Pennsylvania and the representa- 
tives of other jurisdictions whom one, or both, of you have met at pre- 
vious Masonic functions. Gratefully and fraternally yours, 

Henry T. Burnap. 

Two years ago you were generous enough to elect me as your Grand 
Master and a year later again to entrust me with the affairs of this 
Grand Lodge. I fully realize my shortcomings and am grateful for the 
confidence you have reposed in me beyond my power of expression. 

I have discharged the duties of the high office with which you have 
entrusted me to the best of my ability. Wherever I have failed I crave 
your indulgence. If there are acts of mine that have your approval I am 
content. I shall surrender the gavel to my successor with pleasure and 
regret. Pleasure because it relieves me of great anxiety and responsi- 
bility. Regret, because it has, in many respects, been the most pleasant 
two years of my long life. 

I have now reached the end of my journey as Grand Master of Ma- 
sons of Illinois. It has been a most delightful path which I have trodden. 

Good fellowship and good feeling have been on either side The 
way has been filled with ardent labor for the craft. The hearty co-op- 
eration of brethren has greatly lightened my labors. 

igii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 35 

I wish most sincerely to express my profound gratitude to my asso- 
ciates in office by whom I have been so loyally supported and to the 
thousands of Masons in this state who for many years have shown me 
so many favors and courtesies. 

REPORT— Grand Treasurer. 

The R.W, Grand Treasurer, Leroy A. Goddard, presented 

his report, and asked that it be referred to the Committee on 

Finance. It was so ordered. 

Chicago, October 3, 191 1. 
Leroy A. Goddard, Grand Treasurer, 

In account with M.W. Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M., of Illinois. 
General Fund. 


Balance on hand, as per last report $64,443.10 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y-- 9775 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. • 318.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 114.50 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 229.50 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 245.90 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 231.10 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 27.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 11.50 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. 'Grand Sec'y. . 214.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 34,164.35 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 25,291.85 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 1,208.25 






























Total $126,596.80 

Oct. 2. By mileage and per diem paid officers 
and committees since last report, as per 
vouchers returned herewith $ 3,475.20 


Proceedings of the 

(October lo, 




2. By mileage and per diem paid representa- 
tives since last report, as per vouchers re- 
turned herewith 16,461.40 

2. By miscellaneous orders paid since last 
report, as per vouchers herewith num- . 
bered: 319 to 331 both incl. ; 334 to 344 
both incl. ; 347 to 354 both incl. ; 357 ; 362 
to 372 both incl. ; 375 to 398 both incl. ; i ; 
4 to 16 both incl. ; 20 to 22 both incl. ; 28 
to 41 both incl. ; 44 to 54 both incl. ; 57 to 
63 both incl.; 66 to 71 both incl.; 75 41,219.25 

2. By vouchers herewith, paid salaries of 
Grand Officers: Nos. 332, 333; 345, 346; 
355, 361 (a duplicate of 356), 373, 374; 2, 
3; 18, 19; 23 to 27 both incl.; 42, 43; 55, 

56; 64, 65; 72, 73, 74 5,816.67 


Balance on hand 59,624.28 

Total $126,596.80 

Charity Fund. 


























Balance on hand, as per last report $ 37,862.89 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. .$ 766.84 
From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y- • 44-75 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y- • 2.25 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 8.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 39-95 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 77-o6 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 208.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 21,288.45 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 16,011.45 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 746.50 


Total $ 77.056.14 

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Oct. 2. By vouchers herewith paid since last re- 
port, Nos. 72 to 85 both inchisive $38,970.11 

Balance on hand 38,086.03 

Total $ 77,056.14 

Home for the Aged. 


Balance on hand, as per last report $ 1,561.62 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y- •$ 109.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 140.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 20.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 140.00 

From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 20.00 

1 429.00 















Total $1,990.62 


Oct. 2. By voucher herewith, paid since last re- 
port, number 359 1,670.62 

Balance on hand 320.00 

Total $1,990.62 

Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home Fund. 



Oct. 3. Balance on hand, as per last report $ 4,510.34 

Nov. 3. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. .$ 50.00 

Dec. 5. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 510.00 


Mar. 2. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 10.00 

Apr. 5. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 220.00 

June 2. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y.. 630.00 

Aug. 2. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y. . 5.00 

38 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Sept. 5. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y-- 10.00 

Sept. 25. From Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Sec'y- • 220.00 


Total $6,165.34 


Oct. 2. By voucher herewith, paid since last re- 
port. No. 35B -5,070.34 

Balance on hand 1,095.00 

Total $6,165.34 

Masonic Home Fund. 


Oct. 3. Balance on hand, as per last report $265.20 


Oct. 2. By voucher paid since last report, and re- 
turned herewith, No. 360 $265.20 

In addition to the cash balances reported above, the M.W. Grand 
Lodge owns the following securities, all of which are now in my posses- 
sion as Grand Treasurer and deposited in safety vault specifically desig- 
nated as the property of the M.W. Grand Lodge : 

Charity Fund. 

Certificate No. 3369, eight shares stock of Masonic Fraternity 

Temple Association $ 800.00 

Home for Aged Fund. 

Six City of Chicago River Improvement Bonds, due 1915, in- 
terest at 4 percent, due January and July, $1,000 each, 
numbered 1064, 1065, 1066, 1067, 1068 and 1069 6,000.00 

One City of Chicago Water Loan bond due July i, 1915, in- 
terest at 4 percent, due January and July, No. 388 1,000.00 

One Wabash R. R. Co. first mortgage 4 percent gold bond, 
Toledo and Chicago Division, due March i, 1941, interest 
March and September, No. 1722 1,000.00 


I9II-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 39 

Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home Fund. 

Fifteen Registered Illinois Central R. R. Co. 4 percent gold 
bonds, due 1953, $1,000 each, numbered 7133, 7134, 7135, 
7136, 7137, 7138, 7139, 7140, 7141, 7142, 7143, 7144, 13060, 
13086, 13089, interest due May and November 15,000.00 

Ten County of Cook 4 percent Court House bonds due 1917, 
$1,000 each, numbered 2863, 2864, 2865, 2866, 2867, 2868, 
2869, 2870, 2871, 2872, coupons March and September 10,000.00 

One County of Cook 4 percent Court House Bond, due 1919, 

number 3265, coupons March and September 1,000.00 

Ten Town of North Chicago 4 percent Lincoln Park Bonds, 
due 1924, $1,000 each, numbered 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 
407, 408, 409, 410, coupons May and November 10,000.00 

Eight Mattoon Township, Coles county, Illinois, 4 percent re- 
funding bonds due 1920, $1,000 each, numbered 30, 31, 32, 
2>3< 34. 35- 36, 2)7 \ coupons May i, annually 8,000.00 

Five Illinois Central R. R. Co. 4 percent gold bonds due 1952, 
$500 each, numbered 14218, 14219, 14220, 15418, 15592, cou- 
pons April and October 2,500.00 

One U. S. Government 4 percent gold bond No. 19451, due 

1925, coupons quarterly ". 1,000.00 


Securities and bonds on hands, all funds $56,300.00 

Cash on hand, all funds 99,125.31 

Total assets in Treasury $155,425.31 

Fraternally submitted, 

Leroy a. Goddard, 

Grand Treasurer. 

Office of the State Bank of Chicago, 
CHICAGO, ill. 

This is to certify that at the close of business on October 3, 1911, 
the balances standing to the credit in the State Bank of Chicago of the 
accounts named below, were as follows : 

Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M., General Fund $59,624.28 

Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M., Charity Fund 38,086.03 

Home for the Aged 320.00 

Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home Fund 1,095.00 

State Bank of Chicago. 
By H. S. Henschen, Cashier. 

40 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

REPORT— Grand Secretary. 

The R.W. Grand Secretary, Isaac Cutter, presented his 
report, together with his cash book and ledger, and asked that 
it be referred to the Committee on Finance. It was so 

Mosi Worshipful Grand Master and Brethren of the Grand Lodge: 
I herewith submit my annual report: 

Orders Drawn. 

Orders have been drawn on the Grand Treasurer at and since the 
last Annual Communication for the following amounts : 

To Mileage and per diem of Officers and Committees $ 3,475.20 

Mileage and per diem of Representatives 16,461.40 

C. W. Leverenz, expenses as Grand Tyler 17.02 

Owen Scott, Committee on Correspondence 500.00 

G. A. Stadler, Deputy Grand Secretary 25.00 

A. B. Ashley, ordered by Grand Lodge 1,000.00 

C. S. Gurney, salary as Grand Tyler 100.00 

C. S. Gurney, expenses at Grand Lodge 114.37 

Z. T. Griffen, stenographer 50.00 

Medinah Temple Ass'n, rent 300.00 

Mrs. Joseph Robbins, ordered by Grand Lodge 500.00 

A. B. Ashley, expenses on Clayton trip 23.49 

A. B. Ashley, expenses Grand Master's office 31.90 

Palmer House, headquarters 41.50 

C. S. Gurney for building 12,500.00 

A. B. Ashley, salary 125.00 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

Owen Scott, expenses Committee on Correspondence 5.00 

C. W. Leverenz, expenses as Grand Tyler 34-26 

C. S. Gurney, expenses as Grand Tyler 59.96 

A. B. Ashley, salary 83.33 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 17.25 

H. P. Behrensmeyer, engrossing 27.50 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co 288.00 

C. S. Gurney, expenses as Grand Tyler 114.37 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 74.68 

H. T. Burnap, expenses laying corner stone at Greenville. . 4.80 

C. S. Gurney, for gas plant 600.00 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.33 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 41 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 55-42 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler 25.62 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 86.08 

H. P. Behrensmeyer, engrossing 79-55 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 56.02 

Elmer Selby, printing 35-75 

E. E. B. Sawyer, insurance 50.80 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler 9.42 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.34 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

C. S. Gurney, for building • 5,493-84 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 37-10 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co 2,717.96 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 58.74 

S. S. Borden, school at Rockford 33-70 

A. H. Scrogin, school at Rockford 49.6c 

R. F. Morrow, school at Rockford 46.40 

L. C. Johnson, school at Rockford 41.70 

J. M. Hannum, school at Rockford 37-10 

C. S. Gurney, for water softener 1,400.00 

C. S. Gurney, for power laundry 1,600.00 

C. S. Gurney, for improvement of grounds 2,500.00 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.34 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler 18.87 

S. S. Borden, school at EfiRngham 44.90 

A. H. Scrogin, school at Effingham 47.20 

R. F. Morrow, school at Effingham 39-50 

L. C. Johnson, school at Effingham 44-50 

J. M. Hannum, school at Effingham 43.40 

L. J. Frahm, taxes LaGrange property I5I-45 

G. W. Northrup, taxes LaGrange property 92.15 

A. N. Sanquist, taxes LaGrange property 13.16 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 623.14 

A .B. Ashley, expenses 63.90 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 81.30 

H. P. Behrensmeyer, engrossing commissions 5.70 

S. S. Borden, school at Murphysboro 56.60 

A. H. Scrogin, school at Murphysboro 59.70 

R. F. Morrow, school at Murphysboro 41.30 

L. C. Johnson, school at Murphysboro 54.60 

42 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

J. M. Hannum, school at Murphysboro 53-90 

C. C. Fager, amount left by H. A. Fager 12.50 

James A. Steele, taxes Sullivan property 88.35 

S. S. Borden, school at Princeton 35-40 

A. H. Scrogin, school at Princeton 44-40 

R. F. Morrow, school at Princeton 45-90 

L. C. Johnson, school at Princeton 28.50 

J. M. Hannum, school at Princeton 28.90 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.34 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

A. B. Ashley, expenses to Alexandria 65.70 

Elmer T. Selby, printing 34-25 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 26.05 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 46.00 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 58.56 

C. S. Gurney, I.M.O.H. equipment 4,000.00 

C. S. Gurney, I.M.O.H. electric light fixtures 1,500.00 

S. S. Borden, school at Decatur 42.30 

A. H. Scrogin, school at Decatur 37-50 

R. F. Morrow, school at Decatur 31.20 

L. C. Johnson, school at Decatur 39-8o 

J. M. Hannum, school at Decatur 34-00 

A. B. Ashley, expense cleaning aprons 5.50 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.33 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 59-58 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 55-24 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 94-75 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.33 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.33 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

L. A. Goddard, salary 200.00 

Chas. Tegtmeier, error in rebate 5.06 

W. W. Watson, expenses 6.08 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 283.91 

H. P. Behrensmeyer, engrossing 3.20 

Isaac Cutter, expenses g.17 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler y.63 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 214.91 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 33-05 

E. T. Selby, printing 29.00 

191 1-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 43 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 26.00 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 35-37 

Owen Scott, expense Committee on Correspondence... 10.00 

C. H. Thompson, expenses 14-43 

John R. Pope, Masonic Relief Ass'n So8-46 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.33 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

G. J. Kurzenknabe, band 182.20 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 346.80 

H. P. Behrensmeyer, engrossing 2.50 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 76.83 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 54-28 

L. A. Goddard, expenses 15-96 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler 32.91 

Owen Scott, expenses 13-OO 

H. T. Burnap, expenses 19-46 

D. D. Darrah, expenses 3.10 

E. W. Peterson, expenses 4.25 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.33 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler 21.22 

E. T. Selby, printing 18.25 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 51-89 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 57-25 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 34-90 

H. T. Burnap, expenses 6.86 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler 12.44 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.33 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

E. M. Grain, expenses 4.00 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 28.40 

Isaac Cutter, expenses 69.10 

E. T. Selby, printing 32.50 

Pantagraph P. and S. Co., printing 6.50 

J. M. Willard, expenses as Grand Tyler 17.35 

L. A. Goddard, salary 200.00 

A. B. Ashley, salary 208.34 

Isaac Cutter, salary 250.00 

A. B. Ashley, expenses 44.15 


44 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Charitv Fund. 

L. M. Crow, for Wm. A. Hammond $ loo.oo 

Maintenance Illinois Masonic Home 12,000.00 

Maintenance I.M.O.H 7.000.00 

Zentner Bros., rent 150.00 

Zentner Bros., rent 150.00 

John G. Melvin for John Campbell 50.00 

Zentner Bros., rent 150.00 

Zentner Bros., rent 150.00 

Zentner Bros., rent i45-i i 

Maintenance Illinois Masonic Home 12,000.00 

Maintenance I.M.O.H 7,000.00 

W. L. Darner for Wm. Harris 50.00 

Mrs. Andrew Orme 25.00 

Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home Fund. 

C. S. Gurney, for building $5.-070.34 

Illinois Masonic Home. 
C. S. Gurney, building .$265.20 

Home for Aged Fund. 
C S. Gurney, building $1,670.62 

191 1.) 

Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


I herewith submit an itemized account of all moneys received by me 
as Grand Secretary during the past year : 












S 249 30 
33 30 
198 00 
212 40 
207 90 
561 60 

88 20 
113 40 

61 20 
533 70 

79 20 
168 30 
161 10 
135 00 

140 40 

141 30 
81 00 

152 10 
1U2 60 
144 00 
488 70 
104 40 
167 40 

54 00 
158 40 
407 70 
1!7 90 
216 90 
375 30 
290 7U 

106 20 
66 60 

803 70 
43 20 

89 10 
71 10 

128 70 
108 90 

55 80 

129 60 
63 00 

258 30 

107 10 
79 20 

251 10 
70 20 

108 90 
102 60 

99 90 
63 90 

142 20 
57 60 

240 30 

56 70 
85 50 
73 80 

107 10 
266 40 
358 20 
59 40 



8 73 80 

64 80 


165 60 


95 40 


27 00 

Mt. Pulaski 

74 70 



96 30 

Fellowship . . 

113 40 


Jerusalem Temple 

239 40 



101 70 



130 50 


72 90 



57 60 

Samuel H. Davis 

68 40 


338 40 

St. Clair 


81 90 


125 10 

Piasa . 

72 90 


Rockf ord 


342 00 

75 60 

81 00 


60 30 


97 20 


53 10 

Monmoutii . 



43 20 

49 50 



Robert Burns 


63 00 
95 40 

Mt. Joliet 

50 40 



Rising Sun 

86 40 


48 60 



311 40 




81 90 


71 10 


145 80 




54 90 


142 20 


48 60 




Antioch . 

115 20 
70 20 




51 30 


70 20 




1S7 80 
76 50 


49 50 



Lima.... . 

103 50 

St. Marks 

162 00 


53 20 




29 70 

90 90 



73 80 
80 10 



100 80 

Garden City 


1294 20 


59 40 

67 50 

Mt. Nebo 


161 10 

A. W. Rawson .... 

66 60 


Lee Center.. 

55 80 



63 90 


Proceedings of the 

(October lo, 

LODGE DUES FOR THE YEAR 1911. — Continued. 




Bunker Hill 

Fidelity , 





Urbana , 




Virden , 


Edward Dobbins 


Star in the East . 






Cherry Valley. . . 



Mendota , 

Staunton , 

Illinois Central.. 






Mystic Tie 


Fulton City 





La Harpe 


King Solomon's , 

Homer , 









Wm. B. Warren. . 


Cleveland , 






New Salem 





131 40 
76 50 
74 70 
72 00 
60 40 

78 30 
87 30 

161 10 

81 00 

306 00 

81 on 

171 00 
327 60 

106 211 
81 00 
98 10 

80 10 
413 20 

74 70 

72 00 
166 50 

86 40 
45 90 

50 40 
62 1(1 

360 90 

98 10 
143 10 
108 (JO 

35 10 

64 HO 

315 90 

47 70 

81 00 

73 80 

83 70 
71 10 

148 .=>0 

107 10 
27 00 

45 (lO 
129 60 

69 30 
52 20 

84 60 

51 30 
201 60 

64 80 

74 70 
56 70 

111 60 

46 >0 
86 40 

443 70 
176 40 
636 40 

48 60 
81 90 
71 10 

79 20 

49 .=-0 
32 40 

99 90 
39 60 
73 SO 

Geo. Washington 





New Haven 





Dallas City 

Charter Oak 


Black Hawk 

Mt. Carmel 

Western Star 





El Paso 

Rob Morris 

Golden Gate 



Hey worth 


Avon Harmony.. 








Franklin Grove. . 



La Prairie 



Levi Lusk 








Jo Daviess 







De Soto 




Prophetstown — 








$ 108 CO 


193 50 


24 30 


92 70 


45 00 


60 30 


43 30 


6i 80 


90 00 


103 60 


79 80 


90 00 


190 80 


57 60 


164 70 


345 60 


162 90 


124 20 


103 50 


95 40 


109 80 


64 80 


57 60 


39 60 


126 00 


88 20 


128 70 


39 60 


296 10 


40 50 


57 60 


261 00 


38 70 


36 00 


385 20 


29 70 


44 10 


50 40 


43 30 


189 90 


124 30 


24 30 


233 20 


74 70 


148 50 


65 70 


51 30 


28 80 


169 20 


130 50 


95 40 


57 60 


61 20 


90 90 


103 50 


58 50 


109 80 


94 50 


33 30 


89 10 


64 80 


162 90 


39 60 


183 60 


102 60 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


LODGE DUES FOR THE YEAR \^\1.~ Continued. 






W. C. Hobbs 

T. J. Pickett 








Abraham Jonas. 
J. L Anderson. . 








Altona , 

Mt. Erie 





New Columbia. . 




Full Moon 




N. D. Morse 








Ark and Anchor 
















Chambersburg. . 





$ 48 60 


81 90 


56 7ii 


45 9(1 


67 50 


79 2i) 


99 00 


614 70 


146 70 


674 10 


Q'A 6(1 


435 60 


78 3(1 


84 60 


35 10 


86 4U 


370 00 


45 00 


96 30 


72 9u 


31 50 


150 30 


49 5n 


46 80 


33 30 


115 20 


212 40 


93 60 


123 30 


63 9.1 


61 20 


49 50 


44 111 


59 40 


19 80 


44 10 


79 20 


31 5u 


45 90 


49 50 


24 30 


54 00 


127 80 


34 2' 


37 80 


72 00 


40 50 


67 50 


32 40 


84 60 


80 10 


37 80 


43 tQ 


75 60 


55 80 


86 40 


ll7 00 


53 20 


34 ZO 


81 90 


84 60 


18 on 


62 10 


41 40 


80 10 







El Dara 







Muddy Point. .. 





Kishwaukee . . . 

Mason City 





Thos. J. Turner 




Evening Star.. 

Lawn Ridge 




Re3'noldsburg. . 







Red Bud 





Murray ville 











S. D. Monroe. .. 

Yates City 




New Hartford.. 




$ 36 90 


27 90 


54 90 


51 30 


147 60 


98 10 


39 60 


232 20 


58 50 


89 10 


40 50 


504 90 


105 30 


30 60 


39 60 


90 to 


39 60 


48 60 


43 20 


105 30 


103 50 


6:h 90 


27 00 


63 00 


3i«2 50 


146 70 


634 50 


22 50 


36 90 


36 00 


104 40 


100 80 


37 80 


28 80 


147 60 


48 60 


458 10 


62 10 


27 90 


67 50 


28 80 


77 40 


46 80 


40 50 


76 50 


48 60 


62 10 


54 00 


62 10 


507 60 


54 00 


41 40 


90 00 


81 00 


41 40 


39 60 


129 60 


85 10 


56 70 


53 10 


57 60 


63 90 


37 80 


93 60 


46 80 


Proceedings of the 

(October lo, 

LODGE DUES FOR THE YEAR 1911. — Continued. 









South Macon 

Cheney's Grove — 

















Andrew Jackson. . . 

Clay City 




Liberty ville 

Tovrer Hill 

Stone Fort 




St. Paul 




East St. Louis 

Meridian Sun.. . ., 

O. H. Miner 



J. D. Moody 





Abraham Lincoln 














$ 87 20 


42 30 


3i 40 


37 80 


63 00 


39 60 


36 90 


53 10 


88 20 


44 10 


81 00 


75 60 


83 70 


113 40 


36 00 


50 40 


9 90 


39 60 


53 10 


774 90 


96 30 


103 50 


61 20 


46 80 


30 60 


49 50 


18 00 


76 50 


45 00 


56 70 


26 10 


138 60 


62 10 


69 30 


70 20 


55 89 


134 10 


248 40 


37 80 


52 80 


45 90 


306 10 


85 50 


68 40 


419 10 


S8 80 


25 20 


237 60 


40 50 


62 10 


77 40 


61 20 


53 10 


109 80 


71 10 


374 40 


63 90 


432 00 


15 30 


852 30 


114 311 


49 50 


30 60 


44 10 







J. R. Gorin — 


Chatsworth . . 

Oak Park 

Stewardson .. 






Long Point. .. 
Plum River. .. 







Trinity , 


Pleasant Hill. 


Frankfort .. 









Prairie Cit}'.. 
Hazel Dell.... 






Princeton — 

Fairmount , 
Fieldon . 
Miles Hart. 
Cerro Gordo. 
Watson . 


Union Park .. 
Lincoln Park. 
Rock River. . 






Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


LODGE DUES FOB THE YEAR 1911. — Continued. 








$ 58 50 
14 40 

82 50 

50 40 

26 10 
31 50 
54 90 
45 90 
88 20 

166 50 
16 20 
39 9U 
78 30 

439 20 
60 30 

550 80 

561 60 
96 30 

30 60 
90 00 
65 70 
76 50 

72 90 
78 30 
81 90 
78 30 

20 70 
243 90 
259 20 

27 90 
369 00 

21 3il 
29 70 

62 10 
45 90 

51 30 
249 30 

57 60 
27 SO 

83 70 
254 70 

96 30 
234 00 

63 00 
83 70 
54 90 

73 80 
86 40 

72 90 
48 60 
88 20 

765 9 1 

52 20 
52 20 

809 10 
25 20 
54 CO 

140 40 

31 50 
48 60 

457 20 
45 00 

58 50 
31 50 

73 80 
204 30 


S 35 10 
81 00 


162 00 


Farmer City 

75 60 

817 80 


98 10 



61 20 



75 60 

20 70 

E. F. W. Ellis 

253 80 


603 00 



27 90 

Chapel Hill 

25 20 



58 50 



90 00 



27 00 

D. C. Cregier 


74 70 

Oblong City 

60 30 

San Jose 

Golden Rule 

814 50 




31 50 


30 60 


67 50 


64 80 



411 30 



20 70 


108 00 

Laf avette 

234 90 

Rock' Island 


Arrowsmith... • 

77 40 


32 40 

Grand Chain 

63 00 

South Park 


New Holland ... . 

352 80 

27 90 

Beecher City 


51 30 

Scott Land 

40 50 

Erie . . 


73 80 




50 40 
48 60 

45 00 



60 30 





51 CO 


49 50 


71 10 

A. O. Fay 

41 40 

102 90 

Buffalo Prairie 

72 00 



75 60 

Morrison ville 

64 80 

691 20 



66 60 



34 20 


83 70 


61 20 


161 10 



284 40 


09 7Q 


367 20 


509 40 

Herrin's Prairie 

St. Elmo 

78 30 


297 90 

Belle Rive 

Bay City 

23 40 

Richard Cole 

New Burnside 

26 10 



45 90 

Pleasant Plains 

639 90 

Temple Hill 

41 7 70 



Gurney .".'.'.'.'.'.. . 

499 50 
48 60 


Proceedings of the 

(October lo, 

LODGE DUES FOR THE YEAR \911.— Continued. 

Wright's Grove . . 




Beacon Light 

Riverton Union. . 



Auburn Park.. . . 




A. T. Darrah 



E. M. Husted 

Normal Park 








S. M. Dalzell 








Humboldt Park.. 




Creal Springs 

Ben Hur 



New Canton 














Windsor Park... 




Alto Pass 

Woodland Park. 









Chicago Heights. 



Brighton Park... 
King Oscar 


$ 442 80 

452 70 

69 30 

262 80 

135 90 

81 00 

78 30 

48 60 

450 (0 

100 80 

63 90 

39 60 

38 70 

23 40 

296 10 

66 60 

609 30 

53 10 

54 00 
666 90 

45 90 
93 60 
43 20 
270 90 
113 40 
47 70 

33 40 
63 90 
36 90 

175 50 

53 10 
27 00 

539 10 
18 90 

192 60 
38 70 
69 30 

328 50 

415 80 

55 80 

54 90 
61 20 
51 30 

150 30 
68 40 
74 70 

68 40 

69 30 
50 40 
80 10 

178 20 

35 10 

69 30 
72 00 

231 30 
90 00 

40 50 
167 40 

38 70 
529 20 
163 90 
378 90 

50 40 

36 00 

41 40 

34 20 

70 20 
549 00 
171 90 
234 90 

54 OO 
198 00 
478 80 

West Gate 

Boyd D 


Apple River 




St. Andrews 


St. Cecilia 

West Salem 



May wood 



Free Will. 




William McKinley. 




John B. Sherman. 





Villa Grove 





Des Plaines 

[Logan Square 






Ogden Park 


Park Manor 



Al o 





Ancient Craft 

Gil. W. Barnard... 

Bee Hive 






Jackson Park. 




Elwo. d 

Cottonwood . 



East Gate. 

Banner Blue. 







Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


Dues Preceding Years. 

Lodge No. 















. $ 0.90 











Lodge No. 
















. $ 0.90 
























Dues from Lodges U.D. 
Lodge. Amount. 

Joseph Robbins $30,60 

Sandoval 33-30 

Table Grove 17.10 

Hinsdale 32.40 

Manlius 16.24 

Grant Park 25.20 

Joy 2.70 

Wilmette 83.70 

R. F. Casey 2.70 

Ashland .- 25.20 

Elmhurst 9.00 

John Corson Smith 15.30 

52 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Justice 24.30 

North Shore 90.90 

Buffalo 540 

Maple Park 1.80 

Kenmore i7-io 

Bohemia 9-90 

Circle 34-20 

La Moine S40 

Dispensation Fees Lodges U.D. 
Lodge. Amount. 

Sandoval $ 100.00 

Joseph Robbins 100.00 

Wilmette 100.00 

Manlius 100.00 

Hinsdale 100.00 

La Moine 100.00 

North Shore 100.00 

Rock Falls 100.00 

Table Grove 100.00 

Circle 100.00 

Elmhurst 100.00 

Pearl 100.00 

Bohemia 100.00 

John Corson Smith 100.00 

Buffalo 100.00 

R. F. Casej' 100.00 

Kenmore 100.00 

Joy 100.00 

Maple Park 100.00 

Justice 100.00 


General Fund. 

Proceedings $ i.oo 

New charter 5.00 

Mileage and per diem returned 6.60 

Ceremonials 7 1925 

Blue Books 57.8o 

Dispensations — Ashley 219.00 

igii) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 53 

Dues preceding years i47-40 

Dues Lodges U.D 294.80 

Dispensations Lodges U.D 2.000.00 

Dues Lodges 191 1 59.403-8s 

Charity Fund. 

Refund on conduit $ 5.06 

Sale of furniture, LM.O.H 22.00 

Dividend on Temple stock 24.00 

Dues preceding years 99-10 

Dues Lodges U.D 187.60 

Unexpended balance returned 703.04 

Transferred from LM.O.H. Fund 350.00 

Dues Lodges 191 1 37,802.45 

Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home Fund. 

Interest Illinois Central bonds $ 650.00 

Interest government bonds 40.00 

Interest North Chicago bonds 200.00 

Interest Wabash Railroad bonds 220.00 

Interest City of Mattoon bonds 320.00 

Interest Cook county bonds 220.00 

Donation 5.00 

Home for Aged Fund. 

In trust for the heirs of H. R. Fuller $ 7.00 

In trust for the heirs of H. A. Fagen 12.50 

In trust for the heirs of Arthur Dugan : . . 37-50 

In trust for the heirs of John C. Clozier 52.00 

Interest Cook county bonds 40.00 

Interest City of Chicago bonds 280.00 

REPORT — Committee on Correspondence. 

M.W. Bro. Owen Scott presented the report of the Com- 
mittee on Correspondence and asked that it be printed in the 
Proceedings. It was so ordered. (See appendix.) 

54 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

REPORT — Committee on Grand Master's Report. 

Bro. James E. Wooters, chairman of the Committee on 
Grand Master's Report, presented the report of this Com- 
mittee, On motion, it was adopted. 

To the M.W. Grand Lodge A. F. and A. M. of Illinois: 

Brethren : — Your Committee on Grand Master's Report fraternally 
submit the following : 

The report of the M.W. Grand Master for the Masonic year now 
closing shows the same painstaking care and attention to detail in its 
preparation, and the same interest in the welfare of the craft gener- 
ally and of this Grand Lodge in particular as characterized the report 
of last year. The Grand Master may well be proud of the progress 
which masonry in Illinois has made under his administration. It ought 
indeed to be a source of great satisfaction to be able to say at the close 
of a second term as Grand Master that "peace and prosperity prevail 
among our 800 lodges with their 110,000 members," and that the law 
has been enforced and made potent in all parts of our jurisdiction. 

Among the many of our brethren who have gone to their final re- 
ward during the past year, two, because of their long and faithful 
service for the good of masonry and their former honored relations 
to this Grand Lodge, receive special mention in the report. The fitting 
tribute which the Grand Master has been pleased to pay to the memory 
of Bro. John Corson Smith and Bro. Charles Fisher must touch a re- 
sponsive chord in the heart of every member of this Grand Lodge. 

So much of the report as refers to District Deputy Grand Masters, 
Past Grand Examiners, and Grand Lecturers appointed, and to Certifi- 
cates of Proficiency, we recommend be concurred in by the Grand 

The paragraph referring to Lodges Constituted we recommend be 
referred to the Committee on Chartered Lodges. 

So much of the report as refers to Dispensations Issued for the 
Formation of New Lodges, we recommend be referred to the Committee 
on Lodges U.D. And we commend the action of the Grand Master 
in refusing to issue dispensations for the formation of lodges which 
would likely become a burden upon this Grand Lodge without adding 
anything to the prestige of masonry in this Sta,te. And especially do we 
commend the Grand Master for the firm stand he has taken in protecting 
the good name of masonry from any seeming alliance with the liquor 
traffic. His hope that our masonic law may be so amended as to make 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 55 

it illegal for a lodge to occupy any part of a building used for saloon 
purposes, expresses, we believe, the sentiment o-f an overwhelming 
majority of the craft in this State. 

From time immemorial it has been an honored function of the Masonic 
order to take charge when requested to do so, of the laying of corner 
stones and the dedication of public buildings. The ancient traditions 
of the craft go back to the time when they were the builders of the 
great "monuments of architecture which have proved the admiration of 
succeeding generations ;" and it is a source of satisfaction that this 
function is still held to be the exclusive right of the fraternity, as is 
evidenced by the large number of corner stones laid and buildings dedi- 
cated by the M.W. Grand Master or his proxies during the past year. 

So much of the report as refers to Revenue is referred to the 
Committee on Finance. 

The report further shows that the high character of the schools of 
instruction has been maintained and that interest in the ritualistic work 
of the order is on the increase. The present Grand Master has been 
largely instrumental in bringing about this standardization of work and 
he is to be congratulated on the success of his efforts. 

We recommend that the thanks of the Grand Lodge be extended to 
the Special Committee composed of M.W. Bro. A. H. Bell, M.W. Bro. 
Owen Scott, and R.W. Bro. Sidney Breese, appointed by the M.W. 
Grand Master to procure an amendment to the Grand Lodge charter 
and whose report is included in the Grand Master's report, for the sig- 
nal success of their undertaking. 

We recommend that the action of the Grand Master in consolidating 
Bureau Lodge No. 112 and Princeton Lodge No. 587 of Princeton, under 
the name of Princeton Lodge No. 587 be concurred in. 

We recommend the approval of the action of the Grand Master in 
abolishing the Committee on Railroads and Transportation, and that 
the matter of special rates in the future be placed in the hands of the 
Grand Master and Grand Secretary. 

So much of tire report as pertains to the George Washington Mem- 
orial Fund appropriations we recommend be referred to the Committee 
on Finance. 

We take a just pride in the fact that our Masonic Homes are in 
such a flourishing condition. To the unselfish devotion of the Grand 
Master and the Board of these worthy institutions their present high 
degree of efficiency is due. 

56 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Wc concur in the recommendation of the Grand Master that all busi- 
ness of our subordinate lodges with foreign jurisdictions should first 
receive the approval of the Grand Master, and we recommend that a 
special committee of three be appointed by the Grand Master to formu- 
late such a rule, and we further recommend that so much of the report 
as refers to "unequal representation" and "proxies" be referred to this 
special committee, and that it be directed to report at this session of the 
Grand Lodge. 

We recommend that the action of the Grand Master in the case of 
Blazing Star Lodge No. 458 be approved by the Grand Lodge. 

We concur in the recommendation of the Grand Master as to the 
disposition to be made of the Cherry Mine Disaster Fund, and ask that 
it be referred to the Committee on Finance. 

We recommend that the Grand Master be authorized to issue dis- 
pensations for the formation of new lodges at Donovan, in Iroquois 
county, and at Cypress, in Johnson county, as recommended in the 
report. This is in accordance with Art. 13, Sec. 2 (as amended in 1909), 
Grand Lodge constitution. 

We recommend that so much of the report as refers to irregularities 
in Maywood Lodge No. 869, together with the papers in the case, be 
referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence. 

We consider that the part of the report dealing with Masonry and 
Religion is a timely topic. As the Grand Master well says, "Masonry 
should seek to unite men of every country, sect and opinion," and not 
to promote enmity and discord. Contention as to the superior merits 
of two worthy institutions can only be harmful to both. The con- 
tention of the worthy craftsman and the zealous churchman should be 
that noble "emulation of who best can work and best agree." The 
Committee can but emphasize the recommendations of the M.W. Grand 
Master and express the hope that his suggestions may receive the care- 
ful consideration of the members of our fraternity, which is their due. 

In conclusion, your Committee recommend that the thanks of the 
Grand Lodge be extended to Grand Master Ashley for the able, im- 
partial and faithful manner in which he has presided over its delibera- 
tions for the past two years. He has brought to the discharge of the 
duties of his high office a singleness of purpose and a zeal for the 
good of the order, the effects of which must be lasting and beneficial. 
And now, as he surrenders the gavel of authority unto other hands, 
and the burden of responsibility falls upon other shoulders, he can re- 
tire with the consciousness of duty well done, and that as he takes his 

iQii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 57 

place among the few remaining Past Grand Masters of this Grand Lodge 
he carries with him the affection and esteem of a grand body of men, 
a hundred thousand strong, who comprise the Masonic fraternity of 
the imperial State of Illinois. 

Fraternally submitted, 


H. L. Browning, 
H. L. Manley, 


REPORT— Trustees of Masonic Homes. 

M.W. Bro. Geo. M. Moulton, president of the Board of 
Trustees of the Masonic Homes, presented the report of the 

So much of the report as related to finances was referred 
to the Finance Committee. The balance of the report, on 
motion, was approved. 

To the M. W. Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M. of the State of Illinois: 

The Board of Trustees for the Illinois Masonic Homes fraternally sub- 
mits the following report of its ofificial transactions and incidents of inter- 
est in the administration of the affairs of the Illinois Masonic Home at 
Sullivan, and the Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home at La Grange, both of 
which are now operating smoothly and daily dispensing the beneficent char- 
ity which becometh all men, and is the noblest attribute of a true and loving 
heart. The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the 
State of Illinois may well feel both pride and pleasure in the highest de- 
gree for what has been accomplished in caring for those of their members 
and their dependents, who through misfortune, adversity, or infirmity of 
years would otherwise be deprived of the comforts and pleasures of this 
temporal life, with a hopeless and helpless career before them, and a 
neglected grave as the only goal of their existence. Eighty-five of the 
brethren of Illinois, or their wives or widows, whose active labors in life's 
arena have ended, and eighty-five of the children of Illinois Master Masons 
whose activities in solving life's problems are yet before them, are now 
the recipients of your bountiful generosity; each one a living monument in 
evidence of your devotion to the tenets of our beloved institution. Brotherly 
Love, Relief and Truth, through which the universal brotherhood of man 
is to be accomplished, united in the hope and purpose to glorify the father- 
hood of God. 

58 Proceedings of the (October lo, 


At the meeting of the Board of Trustees held October 13, 1910, imme- 
diately after the close of the Annual Communication of the M. W. Grand 
Lodge, Brothers Robert J. Daly and Wm. A. Dixon, who had been re- 
appointed as their own successors as Trustees, qualified by acceptance and 
the Board thereupon eflfected its official organization as follows : 

Geo. M. Moulton, President. 

Henry W. Berks, Vice-President. 

James A. Steele, Treasurer. 

Chester S. Gurney, Secretary. 

Brother and Mrs. Charles L. Hovey were continued as Superintendent 
and Matron of the Home for the Aged at Sullivan, and Brother and Mrs. 
Charles E. Bassett were likewise continued as Superintendent and Matron 
of the Orphans' Home, then at Chicago, but since established in their 
permanent home at La Grange. 

There having been no change in the personnel of the Board of Trus- 
tees, the Executive Committee in immediate charge of the respective 
Homes remained as previously constituted, namely: Brothers Berks, 
Steele and Dixon for the Home for the Aged and Brothers Moulton, 
Fletcher and Daly for the Orphans' Home. 

Subsequent to the organization meeting, the Board has held four regu- 
larly called meetings, namely: April 4, 1911, at La Grange; June 24, 1911, 
at Chicago; August 27, 191 1, at Sullivan; and October 9, 191 1, at Chicago. 
These meetings were attended by all members of the Board, the proceed- 
ings were harmoniously conducted and productive of most excellent re- 
sults. During the interval between Board meetings the several standing 
committees have regularly and faithfully attended to all the details of ad- 
ministration and exercised a close supervision of all the affairs involved 
in the operation of the Homes. Each of the two Executive committees 
has filed a comprehensive report relative to the Homes under their respec- 
tive supervision, which reports are herewith submitted, and to which we 
invite your careful attention and earnest consideration ; the report regard- 
ing the Home for the Aged at Sullivan being especially interesting. 

The Home for the Aged at Sullivan 

While this home is primarily intended as a home for aged ^Masons, 
their wives or widows, there has always been provision made for the 
orphan children of Illinois Master IMasons, although thus far utilized to 
only a limited extent, because the facilities and accommodations for chil- 
dren at the La Grange Home have been ample and better adapted for their 
care and comfort. 

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Brother Chas. L. Hovey and wife as Superintendent and Matron re- 
spectively have been constant and faithful in the discharge of their respec- 
tive duties during the year and are entitled to the commendation of the 
craft for the successful issue of their untiring and unremitting labors in 
behalf of those committed to their care. The report of Superintendent 
Hovey is appended hereto and will well repay a careful perusal. 

The separate gas plant, for which an appropriation of $600 was made 
at the last Annual Communication of the M. W. Grand Lodge, has been 
completely installed, has been in successful operation for about nine 
months, and furnished abundant proof of the wisdom of making this 
permanent addition to the Home facilities. 

The appropriation for a refrigeration plant was not drawn or expended 
for the reason that when the conditions were investigated by competent 
experts the amount appropriated proved to be inadequate to meet the 
requirements of this nature. The further recommendation as to this 
proposed improvement, as embodied in the report of the Executive Com- 
mittee in charge of the Sullivan Home and submitted herewith, is heartily 
approved for your favorable action in respect to an appropriation of the 
requisite amount to produce the desired results. 

The operation of the farm at Sullivan has engaged the serious con- 
sideration of the Board during the past year with respect to its physical 
betterment and productive features. Heretofore the farm acreage, exclu- 
sive of a small reservation for Home grounds devoted to the use of 
members for rest and recreation, has been leased to a tenant for a fixed 
rental per acre and the proceeds covered into the Treasury of the M. W. 
Grand Lodge. Under such conditions the property necessarily has suf- 
fered depreciation. The proposition submitted and urged by Trustee Dixon 
to operate the farm hereafter directly under the supervision of the Board 
of Trustees by the employment of a practical farmer and assistants, has 
been favorably considered by the Board in the belief that not only in- 
creased revenue from the farm may be secured, but that its products can 
be used to great advantage and economy in the administration of the 
Home, and also that the standard of the property can be raised to com- 
port with the dignity and importance of its ownership. In order to secure 
practical results as well as the best returns from putting the plan into 
operation of cultivating and improving our farm property without the 
intervention of a tenant a comparatively small sum will be requisite for 
investment in stock, tools and appliances, and the Board of Trustees 
therefore recommends that the appropriation be made for that purpose as 
hereinafter scheduled. 

During the past year considerable has been accomplished toward the 
betterment of conditions and general improvement of the farm property 

60 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

with the aid of the special fund of $i,ooo, originally appropriated by M.W. 
Grand Lodge in 1909, of which fund there was an unexpended balance 
in hand of $617.52 available for farm improvement at date of our last re- 
port. We present herewith a statement of the disposition of this fund 
during the year which has since elapsed, which shows a balance of this 
special fund unexpended of $542.52, which amount we recommend be 
held by the Board of Trustees for use during the coming year in addi- 
tion to the amount which may at this Annual Communication of the 
M. W. Grand Lodge be appropriated for farm purposes and its operation, 
to be disbursed from time to time as may be deemed wise and expedient 
in accomplishing the purposes for which the appropriation of this money 
was originally made. 

The appropriation of $24,000, made by the M. W. Grand Lodge at the 
last Annual Communication for the maintenance of the Sullivan Home, by 
the exercise of rigid economy and close supervision has been sufficient 
for the purpose, notwithstanding some extraordinary expenses. The accu- 
racy of the estimate made one year ago of the requisite funds needed has 
been verified by the return of $294.60 to Brother Isaac Cutter, Grand 
Secretary, representing the unexpended portion of the maintenance appro- 
priation for the Sullivan Home. 

In addition to this refund there has been a substantial amount of net 
income derived from the sale of stock and produce and for board paid by 
Superintendent Hovey for a member of his family. The cash so received, 
less sums paid out under the direction of the Executive Committee for 
renewals and replacement of stock and produce, amounted to $230.33, as 
per itemized statement as set forth in the report of Superintendent Hovey, 
filed herewith. This balance of $230.33 has likewise been paid over to 
Brother Isaac Cutter, R. W. Grand Secretary, for the use of the M. W. 
Grand Lodge. 

The Board of Trustees concur in the recommendation as set forth in 
the report filed herewith of the Executive Committee in charge of the 
Sullivan Home regarding repairs, alterations and additions. To avoid 
repetition, attention is invited to said report wherein the conditions are 
recited and reasons assigned for proceeding with the proposed improve- 
ments, to-wit : 

1. Refrigeration Plant, estimated to cost $2,200 

2. Repairs and alterations on present buildings, esti- 

mated to cost 2,900 

3. Deep well Water Supply and Power Plant, esti- 

mated to cost 5.450 

4. Soft Water Supply Cistern Plant, estimated to cost . . 875 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 61 

The completion of the work embraced in the foregoing items will end 
the constructional expense in connection with the Sullivan Home so far 
as the present structures are concerned, save only the ordinary expenses 
of repairs for wear and tear, which can readily be met out of the usual 
maintenance appropriation. 

The Orphans' Home at La Grange 

On the iSth day of March, 191 1, the transition from temporary quar- 
ters of our family of Masonic orphans and the household in general to 
the new, commodious and beautiful permanent Home at La Grange was 
safely accomplished. We express the hope that before the close of the 
present Annual Communication of the M. W. Grand Lodge, the officers 
and representatives in attendance may visit the Home, and by personal in- 
spection be assured that the funds which they have generously bestowed 
for the establishment of this beneficent institution have been wisely and 
judiciously expended. It is the universal opinion of all who have had the 
opportunity to judge from personal observation of the structure and its 
appointments that therein Wisdom, Strength and Beauty have found full 
expression in the practical accomplishment of the plans which have been 
in process of development for the past twenty-five years to adequately 
provide for the dependent orphan children of our brethren. 

Brother Charles E. Bassett and Mrs. Bassett, as Superintendent and 
Matron, have continued to administrate the affairs of the Home with the 
same fidelity and effectiveness as heretofore. We renew our expressions 
of confidence in these true, tried and trusty officials, and our hearty ap- 
preciation of their valued assistance in maintaining the high standard of 
excellence which has obtained in the operation of our Orphans' Home. 
The M. W. Grand Lodge is fortunate in having their able services, and 
their labors, to add to the comfort, pleasure and general welfare of the 
family entrusted to their care, are worthy of the utmost commendation. 

The very complete report of Superintendent Bassett filed herewith is 
interesting and instructive. It tells the story in a simple, straightforward 
and comprehensive manner of the conduct of the Home for the past year, 
before and after the occupancy of the new premises, so that further com- 
ment is unnecessary in this report, except to announce the death of 
Mamie Bablitz, which occurred since Superintendent Bassett's report was 
filed. Mamie was a ward of Constantia Lodge No. 783 of Chicago. Her 
ailment began while on vacation with her mother. She apparently re- 
covered from her illness, returned to the Home September 3, remained 
for a week, when she again went to the care of her mother, then was 
taken to the County Hospital for a second time and there died September 
25, her illness being diagnosed as tuberculosis of the kidneys. 

62 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

The Orphans' Home has been the recipient of many acts of kindness 
and generous donations aside from those referred to in Superintendent 
Bassett's report. We make mention of the following in order that a 
permanent record may be had of these offerings, due recognition and 
thanks having been already extended to the respective donors. 

Oriental Consistory, S. P. R. S. 32°, Five Hundred Dollars in cash 
for the purchase of pictures and works of art with which to embellish the 

Medinah Temple A. A. O. N. M. S., Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars 
in cash for the like purpose. 

Garden City Lodge No. 141, A.F. and A.M., an ornamental hall clock. 

Bro. James G. Moulton, of Chicago, an oil painting of Abraham Lin- 
coln in his traditional character of rail-splitter. 

Bro. R. R. Ricketts, of Chicago, a bronze statuette of Julius Caesar 
and pedestal for same. 

York Chapter No. 148, R. A. M., a garden swing and slide. 

Mrs. Coyle, through the friendly offices of Miss Mae L. Fuhrman, of 
Chicago, a piano. 

Bro. A. F. Harner, of Chicago, a handsome inscription plate for the 
frame inclosing the display quilt which was instrumental in the original 
establishment of the Illinois Masonic Orphans Home. 

Bro. H. C. Stoakes, of Chicago, a Scholarship in Bryant & Stratton's 
Business College, in favor of Herbert Alvin Olson, a graduating member 
of the Home. 

Mrs. Sarah A. Eddy and the ladies associated with her, Ella B. Lee, 
et al., who perfected and consummated all the arrangements for the 
Christmas Entertainment in December, 1910, for the members of our 
Home family and friends, and who subsequently paid over to Superin- 
tendent Bassett for use in future similar entertainments the sum of 


Advices have been received that Brother Fred Locker, a deceased 
member of Gothic Lodge No. 852, A. F. & A. M., at East St. Louis had 
bequeathed one-half of his estate to the Illinois Masonic Orphans Home, 
the remaining half being bequeathed jointly and equally to the St. Mary's 
and Henrietta Hospital of East St. Louis. The estate of Brother Locker 
was generally supposed to be worth $10,000 to $12,000, but since his 
death evidence has been disclosed indicating that the estate had been un- 
lawfully disposed of at or about the time of Bro. Locker's decease. Ac- 

iQii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 63 

cordingly the interest of our Home in this bequest was placed in the 
hands of Brother C. M. Forman, of East St. Louis, to co-operate with 
the other two legatees under the Locker will with a view of securing a 
just and lawful distribution of the estate. At the present time we can 
only report progress in the matter, as further action will be based on the 
advice of the attorneys who have been engaged. 

Official Bond 

Immediately after the re-election of Brother Steele as Treasurer for 
the Board of Trustees, he filed a bond for $20,000.00, conditioned upon 
the faithful performance of his official duties and due accounting of the 
funds and property held by him as Treasurer. The bond was signed by 
four good and sufficient personal sureties, and was duly approved as 
required by the rules of the Board of Trustees. 


A joint conference of the several boards of control and management 
of the charitable institutions of our State operating under fraternal 
auspices having been invited by the chief executive officer of the Knights 
of Pythias, such conference was held in Decatur, 111., at the Pythian 
Home on September 4, 191 1. There were present a large proportion of 
the Trustees representing the Homes established by the Knights of 
Pythias, I. O. O. F., A. F. & A. M. and O. E. S., of Illinois, also the 
Superintendents and Matrons of these Homes. A permanent organiza- 
tion was perfected with the purpose of securing by united eflfort the best 
results in economy and general efficiency in the administration of the 
respective charities represented. The movement is expected to be pro- 
ductive of beneficial results. 

Completion of the L.\ Grange Home 

At the meeting of the Board of Trustees in April last, on the recom- 
mendation of the Architects, Messrs. Deal & Ginzel, the new Orphans 
Home at La Grange was accepted as completely finished under the con- 
tract for its erection with Messrs. W. M. Allen Son & Co., of Peoria. 
These contractors executed the work with which they had been en- 
trusted with both fidelity and skill, so that the La Grange Home stands 
today as a masterpiece of the builders' art, creditable alike to the cause 
in which it has been erected, the owners, architects and builders. 

64 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

For the cost of this building there was appropriated by the M. W. 
Grand Lodge 

In 1908 $ 500.00 

In 1909 75,000.00 

In 1910 25,000.00 

Total $100,500.00 

From these appropriations this Board of Trustees has received pay- 
ments aggregating $98,500. 

There has been expended in the erection of the building a total to 
date of $98,165.21, distributed as follows: 

To the Contractors $9a ,614.7.97 

To the Architects 4,843.62 

To Sundry Expenses 673.62 

Total $98,165.21 

leaving a balance to be accounted for of $334.79. There is yet due a final 
payment to the contractors of $1,621.19, or a deficiency of funds received 
for the erection of the Home at La Grange of $1,386.40. 

We therefore request that further pa3Tnent of $1,500 for account of 
Building Fund be authorized at this Annual Communication of the M. W. 
Grand Lodge, which will make the total of contributions to this Building 
Fund $100,000, that being the limit of expense for this account authorized 
by the M. W. Grand Lodge October 13, 1909. 

There was appropriated October 12, 1910, for the operation during the 
ensuing year of the La Grange Home, improvement of grounds, electric 
light fixtures, water softener plant, power laundry plant, furniture and 
household equipment, a total of $25,000.00, all of which has been paid 
over as required to this Board of Trustees and properly expended. The 
actual expense incurred for the accomplishment of the several purposes 
for which the said appropriations for the La Grange Home were made 
have exceeded the amount thereof to the extent of $2,085.45. Our Treas- 
urer, Bro. Steele, has cheerfully met this deficit and furnished the requi- 
site funds from his own resources for the payment of all valid indebted- 
ness incurred, and we fraternally request that an appropriation be now 
made to reimburse Bro. Steele for these advances. 

There is further requisite to fully complete the La Grange Home for 
screens to the windows and doors, additional furnishings, including 
twenty-five more beds, boiler coverings, etc., the sum of $1,500.00 and 
therefore your Board of Trustees recommends that an appropriation of 


i>t. diolinfi iaij, 3im^ 24, 1911 


JUtnntfi ilasonu (§rpl|aua ^nm? 

icorporated March 11, 1 SN.^S 

Xemporary Home, No. 447 Carroll Ave., Chicago, 111., dedi- 
cated October 7, 1886, by the M. W. Grand Lodge, A. F. &* A. M., 
Bro. Alexander X. Darran, M. Vv . Grand Master, oTTiciating. 

Cornerstone of Permanent Home, La Grange, 111., laid April 30, 
1910, by M. W. Grand Lodge, A. F. ^ A. M., Bro. Albert B. 
Asbley, M. W. Grand Master, officiating. 



*GIL. W. BARNARD, Secy. *WILEY M. EAGAN. Treas. 

GEO. W. WARVELLE. Counsel 









Tbe M W. Grand Lodge, A. F. ^ A. M.. of tbe State of UK- 
nois accepted tne trust of maintaining tbe Illinois Masonic Orphans 
Home and tbe Home for Aged Masons, October, 1903. 


Dedication of the Permanent Illinois Masonic Orphans Home at 
La Grange, Illinois, on St. John's Day, June 24, 1911 



BRO. H. V. HOLT, as - 

M. W. Grand Master 

'R. W. Grand Orator 

'R. W. Qrand Chaj)lain 


At 3 o'clock p. M. 

Selection, "My Hero" 
Opening Ode - 

Address _ _ _ 

Response - - - 

Prayer _ _ _ 


Dedication Ceremony 
Selection - _ - 

Oration _ _ . 

Selection, "For All Eternity " 
Benediction - 

- - - - St. Cecilia Band 

United Masonic Quartettes 
Pres. Board of Trustees, Illinois Masonic Homes 

- - - M. W^. Grand Master 
- - R. ^V. Grand Chaplain 

United Masonic Quartettes 
M. W. Grand Lodge 

- - United Masonic Quartettes 

R. W^. Grand Orator 

- - - - St. Cecilia Band 

- - - R. W. Grand Chaplain 

At the conclusion of the exercises the parade will be re-formed and escort the 
M. W. Grand Lodge to the Hall of La Grange Lodge, and there be dismissed. 

The United Masonic Quartettes comprise the Weber, Lexington, Illinois, Im- 
perial, Normal Park, Oxford and Ingleside, all of whom have contributed their 
talented services for this memorable occasion. 


HENRY W. BERKS. Vke-'Pres. 






CHAS. E. BASSETT. Su^t. 9^ason,c Orphans Home 

CHAS. L. HOVEY. Su^t. Home for ^ged Masons 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 65 

this amount be made in addition to the usual appropriation for the an- 
nual maintenance of the Home. 

Dedication of the La Grange Home 

The Orphans Home at La Grange was formally dedicated by the M.W. 
Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M., of Illinois, at three o'clock in the after- 
noon, on St. John's Day, June 24, 1911, Brother Albert B. Ashley, M. W. 
Grand Master, officiating, who convened an Occasional Grand Lodge for 
the dedication. The ceremony might well be characterized as a baptism 
as it was conducted from start to finish during a drenching rain storm 
which tried the fortitude and loyalty of the brethren in attendance to the 
utmost, but the warmth of their hearts overcame all the effects of ex- 
ternal moisture and compensated for the discomfort incident to the in- 
clement weather. All the Masonic organizations in Cook county, includ- 
ing the Order of Eastern Star were invited to participate and form an 
escort for the M. W. Grand Lodge, to which invitation there was a most 
generous and enthusiastic response. Had the weather conditions been 
propitious, a record-breaking attendance of our brethren would have been 
recorded. An exceptional feature was the uniformed escort of Oriental 
Consistory S. P. R. S. 32°, which rendered a like service at the dedica- 
tion of the first Masonic Orphans Home in Chicago, October 7, 1886, 
when Brother Alexander T. Darrah, the father of our present R. W. 
Deputy Grand Master, officiated in his proper station of M. W. Grand 

The program of exercises is worthy of preservation by reason of the 
importance of the occasion and wide spread interest in this climax to the 
labors of a quarter of a century in the cause of the helpless orphan. 

As a matter of interest to the brethren of the present day, and more 
especially to those who may follow hereafter, we incorporate in our re- 
port the Orders for the day, which were executed in toto, as follows : 



La Grange,, III. 
St. John's Day, June 24, 191 1. 

1. The exercises at the Home will begin at three o'clock P. M. The 
ceremony will be conducted by the M. W. Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. 
on the front porch of the building, Brother Albert B. Ashley, M. W. 
Grand Master officiating, with Brother Rev. William White Wilson as 
R. W. Grand Orator. 

2. Owing to the large number in attendance and inadequate seating 
accommodation, the assembly will necessarily be an open-air meeting. 

66 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

The exercises will require less than an hour's time. While it is expected 
that the grass plots will be occupied by the audience, all Officers are re- 
quested to earnestly and urgently caution those under their supervision 
against walking or standing on the flower beds, plants or shrubbery which 
have been only recently planted. 

3. The C. B. & Q. R. R. Co. will run special trains from Union Depot, 
Canal and Adams Sts., Chicago, to Fifth Avenue Station, La Grange, on 
the day of the cererfiony, leaving Chicago at 1:10, 1:35, 1:40 and 1:45 
P. M. Special trains returning will leave Fifth Avenue Station, La 
Grange, at 5:00, 5:15 and 5:25 P. M. Women and children are urgently 
recommended to take the i :io P. M. train going to La Grange, and to 
avoid confusion all persons in attendance upon the dedication ceremonies 
are requested to take train at depot gate placarded "SPECIAL FOR 

4. The C. B. & Q. R. R. have made a special rate for the dedication 
ceremony of thirty cents per capita for the round trip. Tickets in quan- 
tities of ten or more can be purchased any time prior to noon of June 
24th next at the City ticket office, corner Adams and Clark Streets 
Chicago, and either singly or in quantities between 12 o'clock noon and 
12 :20 P. M. of that date at the Union Depot ticket office. 

5. Transportation to and from La Grange is also available via Metro- 
politan Elevated Railway (Douglas Park Branch) connecting with trolley 

6. The escort to the M. W. Grand Lodge will form at 2:15 P. M. on 
Fifth Avenue in La Grange with head of the column at Cossitt Blvd., 
extending north along Fifth Ave., and deflected west on Burlington Ave. 
The formation and parade will be under the direction of Bro. Geo. M. 
Moulton as Chief Marshal, assisted by Brothers Robt. J. Daly and Robert 
C. Fletcher, as assistant Marshals. 

The Column will form in the following order : — 

Oriental Consistory S. P. R. S. 32°. 

Commanderies of Knights Templar. 

Councils of R. & S. M. 

Chapters of R. A. M. 

St. Cecelia Band. 

Lodges of A. F. & A. M. 

Masonic Veteran Association 01 Illinois. 

United Masonic Quartettes. 

Board of Trustees Illinois Masonic Homes. 

M. W. Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. 

Commanderies, Councils and Chapters, preceded by their respective 
bands will take position in column in order of their seniority, the eldest 
organization on the right. 

Lodges A. F. & A. M. will take position in reverse order of seniority 
the youngest Lodge on the right or at the head of the column, and oldest 
Lodge on the left or at rear of column immediately preceding the Grand 
Lodge. The formation will be more readily eff'ected if each M. W. will 
take special care to see that his Lodge takes position and follows 
next after the Lodge bearing the number next higher than the number of 
his Lodge. Individual brethren in attendance, in the absence of their 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 67 

own Lodge, will form on the left of any organized Lodge where most 

7. All Lodge paraphernalia may be dispensed with except that the 
official jewels and white gloves and aprons should be worn and Lodge ban- 
ners carried if practicable. 

8. The parade is expected to be fully formed so as to march at 2 :30 
P. M., moving along the following route : 

West on Cossitt Boulevard to Spring Ave. 
South on Spring Ave. to Elm St. 
East on Elm St. to gth Ave. 
South on 9th Ave. to Goodman Ave. 

When Column makes final halt the Lodges A. F. & A. M. will form in 
facing East for the Grand Lodge Division to pass in review. 

When Column makes final halt the Lodges A. F. & A. M. will form in 
two lines facing inward to permit the passage of the M. W. Grand Master 
with other Officers of the Grand Lodge, each Lodge closing ranks and 
following Grand Lodge in regular order in columns of twos, breaking to 
right and left and congregating on the lawn on arrival at the Home. 

9. The column will reform in exactly same order as before to escort 
the M. W. Grand Lodge back to its apartments at 4:30 P. M., at which 
time "Assembly" will be sounded by bugle. All interested are earnestly 
requested to respond promptly to the call. 

The Column will make the return march as follows : 

West on Goodman Ave. to Fifth Ave. 

North on Fifth Ave. to Burlington Ave. 
where column will halt and form lines for M.W. Grand Master and 
other Officers of Grand Lodge to pass in review to the Grand Lodge 
apartments, after which the parade will be dismissed by direction of the 
commanding officers of the respective organizations. 

10. The Grand Lodge in going to and from the Home will be formed 
in readiness and take position in column as soon as uncovered by the left 
of the column and without interrupting the march of the column. 

11. Sisters of O. E. S. Chapters are expected to assemble in the par- 
lors of the Home prior to the ceremony, entering the Home by rear en- 
trance. Seats will be reserved for the Officers of the Grand Chapter 
O. E. S. in the Main Hall, opening on the porch ; all others will be ac- 
commodated as conditions will best permit. 

12. The Town Hall, Suburban Club and First Congregational Church 
in La Grange have been graciously tendered by their respective manage- 
ments as rest rooms for the brethren and their families in attendance 
upon the ceremony. 

Fraternally submitted. 

Board of Trustees Illinois Masonic Homes. 
Chicago, June 14, 191 1. By Geo. M. Moulton, President. 

We also submit, in order that it may be safely preserved in the ar- 
chives of the M. W. Grand Lodge, the following beautiful poem, written 

68 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

especially for this dedication ceremony and recited by its author, Mrs. 
Alice J. Whitney : 

"Hark! A sound of children's voices 
Comes, sweetly, to my ear ; 
'Tis a soothing, rhythmic measure, 
• With tidings of good cheer; 
As its cadence falls and rises, 
Then gently sinks again, 
I listen, eagerly, to catch 
Words of the glad refrain ; 
The music gushes forth, once more, 
In a symphony of joy; — 
And I hear, — 'God bless the Masons, 
Of the State of Illinois.' 

But these merry children's voices. 

Are not those of today; — 

From the mystic, unknown Future, 

They echo, o'er Time's way; 

Ah ! 'tis unborn generations, 

Full many thousands strong, 

Who, in fancy, come to greet us, 

In ecstacy of song; 

For these walls, whose firm foundation 

And corner-stone is Love, 

Will shelter many a needy child. 

When we are called above. 

How dear Tom T\Iiller's heart would leap. 

Could he but view this scene ; 

How General Smith's familiar smile. 

Would light his face serene ; — 

Gil Barnard,^Dr. Stevens, too, 

Would this occasion grace. 

With hosts of others, near whose hearts. 

This Orphans' Home had place. 

Thus, hallowed memories gather near, 

Their blessings to bestow — 

While troops on troops of coming years. 

Just add an afterglow. 

Hail to the heroes who have reared 

This edifice so grand ;— 

Long may this fitting monument, 

Of Love and Duty stand ; 

May those who seek its sheltering walls, 

Make this their daily prayer, — 

That Heaven's best gifts descend on those. 

Who give them tender care ; — 

May they yield their benefactors 

Honor without allov. — 

And repeat 'God bless the Masons 

Of the State of Illinois.' " 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 69 


The reports of the Treasurer and Secretary are submitted herewith 
as a correct exhibit of the financial transactions of the Board of Trus- 
tees during the past year. These reports have been carefully verified by 
an expert accountant not identified with the management and his report 
is likewise appended by which it will be seen that the unexpended balance 
from the appropriation for the Sullivan Home amounts to $294.60, which 
amount has been remitted to the M. W. Grand Lodge according to previous 
custom and the conditions on which the appropriation was based, together 
with the further sum of $230.33, representing the net income from the dis- 
posal of stock and produce at the Sullivan Home. The only moneys re- 
maining in the possession of the Board of Trustees at the present time is 
therefore the unexpended balance of the appropriation for Farm Im- 
provement at Sullivan, amounting to $542.52 as hereinbefore reported. 


Your Board of Trustees unanimously recommend that the following 
appropriations be made by the M. W. Grand Lodge at this Annual Com- 
munication to consummate the plans and recommendations as set forth 
in this report. 

For the Home for the Aged, at Sullivan, Illinois 

From General Fund 

For Refrigeration Plant $ 2,200.00 

For Repairs and Alterations 2,900.00 

For Deep Well Water Supply 5,450-00 

For Soft Water Cistern Supply 850.00 

For Farm Improvement and Operations 3,600.00 


The foregoing appropriations to be drawn for use of the Board of 
Trustees as needed for the payment of bills incurred in the prosecution 
of the contemplated work. 

For maintenance during ensuing year $24,000.00 

to be drawn for use of the Board of Trustees in two equal installments 
payable October 12, 191 1, and March i, 1912. 

70 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

For the Orphans Home at La Grange, Illinois 

From General Fund 

For reimbursement of Treasurer James A. Steele account 

overdrafts $2,085.46 

For Building Fund 1,500.00 

For Furnishings, etc 1,500.00 


These appropriations to be drawn for the immediate use of the Board 
of Trustees. 

For maintenance during ensuing year $16,000.00 

to be drawn for use of the Board of Trustees in two equal installments 
payable October 12, 191 1, and March i, 1912. 

Home Libraries 

It is very desirable to establish a library at each of the Homes for the 
pleasure and edification of our growing families. Old folks and young 
alike are benefited by reading good books. These libraries can readily be 
accumulated by donations, at least it is proposed to try the experiment. 
There are few if any of our brethren who have not one or more books 
for reading or reference that they cannot spare from their shelves, and 
we therefore appeal to the brethren of Illinois for such contributions of 
books as they can spare from their abundance. All such offerings should 
be sent to either Bro. Chas. L. Hovey, Supt. Illinois Masonic Home at 
Sullivan, 111., or to Bro. Chas. E. Bassett, Supt. Orphans Home, La 
Grange, 111. Any express charges on consignments of books will be paid 
by them on delivery. 

T4ie foregoing report is intended to comprise everything of interest 
and importance relative to the two great charities in which the ]M. W. 
Grand Lodge is engaged as regards present conditions and operation. Your 
Board of Trustees feel a pardonable pride in the accomplishments thus 
far, in which feeling we trust each and every member of the craft in 
Illinois joins heartily and responsively. 

Fraternally submitted for the Board of Trustees for Illinois 
Masonic Homes, 

By Geo. M. Moulton, 


Chicago, October 9, 191 1. 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 71 


October i, 191 1. 

To the Board of Trustees: 

Brethren : Your Treasurer herewith submits his annual report of Re- 
ceipts and Disbursements on account of 

Illinois Masonic Orphans Home, La Grange, Illinois 



Balance on hand last report $21,369.50 

November 2nd From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 12,500.00 

November 13th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 5,500.00 

November 13th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 7,000.00 

December 31st From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 12,500.00 


January 25th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary $ 5,500.00 

March i8th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 7,000.00 

September 28th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 69.98 



Vouchers Nos. 4699 to 4862 (Except 4859) $73,502.81 

Over-draft 2,063.33 

Jas. a. Steele, Treasurer. 
To the Board of Trustees: 

Brethren : Your Treasurer herewith submits his annual report of 
Receipts and Disbursements on account of 

Illinois Masonic Home, at Sullivan, Illinois 



Balance on hand last report $ 1,895.44 

November 3rd From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 12,000.00 

November 30th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 600.00 


March i8th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 12,000.00 

April 13th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 1 15.00 

April 28th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 65.18 

May lOth From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 50.00 

July 19th From C. S. Gurney, Secretary 50.00 


72 Proceedings of the (October lo, 


Vouchers Nos. 805 to 877 (Except 875) $26,458.88 

Balance on hand 31674 

James A. Steele, Treasurer. 



Chicago, October i, 1911. 


Balance in Treasurer's hands October i, 1910 $ 70304 

From Grand Lodge maintenance account $24,000.00 

From Grand Lodge gas plant 600.00 

From rebates on sundry funerals 280.18 24,880.18 



Salaries $4,389.23 

Printing, postage and stationery 220.44 

Furnishings 1,208.69 

Superintendent's sundries 286.20 

Fuel 2,325.96 

Medical account 2,552.65 

General sundries 1 12.50 

Repairs 98450 

Clothing 1,214.62 

Traveling expense i554i 

Labor 724.01 

Provisions 9,260.38 

General fund, maintenance account returned 703-04 

Gas plant 600.00 

Lighting 38392 

Funerals, expense of 230.00 

Insurance 91-SO 

Hay and feed 33I-I5 $25,774.20 

Overdraft 190.98 

Superintendent's balance October i, 1910 521.84 

Superintendent's balance October i, 191 1 36.26 485-S8 

Treasurers balance October i, 1911 294.60 

C. S. GuRXEY, Secretary. 

igii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 73 



Chicago, October i, 191 1. 


Balance in hands of Treasurer October i, 1910 . . $13,419.50 

From Grand Lodge — maintenance account $14,000.00 

From Construction account 36,000.00 

From sale of old material 69.98 50,069.98 

Total $63,489.48 


Salaries $ 1,920.00 

Printing, stationery and postage 89.36 

Furnishings ' 4,503.10 

Superintendent's sundries 1,953.88 

Fuel 1,294.76 

Medical attendance and medicine I47-9S 

Sundries 306.86 

Clothing 1,410.53 

Traveling expense — committee meetings 163.02 

Labor 1,964.55 

Provisions 5,154.96 

Repairs — furniture 75-01 

Construction 46,855.08 

School ^. 35431 

Insurance 80.00 

Legal 380 66,277.17 

Total $2,787-69 

Superintendent's balance October i, 1910 7Z7-72 

Superintendent's balance October i, 1911 3549 702.23 

Total overdraft $2,085.46 

C. S. GuRNEY, Secretary. 

Chicago, October 5, 191 1. 
Gen. Geo. M. Moulton, 

President, Board of Trustees, Illinois Masonic Homes, Chicago, Illinois: 
Sir: The following I submit as the result of my examination of the 
books and records of the Secretary and the Treasurer of the Illinois 
Masonic Homes for the year ending September 30, 191 1: 

74 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Secretary's Record, La Grange Home 

Balance on hand September 30, 1910 $13,419.50 

Receipts from all sources October i, 1910 to September 30, 

191 1, inclusive 50,069.98 

Total $63,489.48 


As per voucher October i, 1910, to September 30, 1911, inclusive. $66,277.17 

Over draft 2,787.69 

Balance Superintendent's Fund 702.23 

Net over draft September 30, 1910 $ 2,085.46 

Sullivan Home 

Balance on hand September 30, 1910 $ 703.04 

Receipts from all sources October i, 1910, to September 30, 

191 1, inclusive 24,880.18 

Total $25,583.22 


As per voucher October i, 1910, to September 30, 1911, inclusive. $25,774.20 

Overdraft 190.98 

Balance Superintendent's Fund 485. 58 

Balance September 30, 1911 294.60 

Treasurer's over draft La Grange Home $ 2,063.33 

Secretary's over draft La Grange Home 2,085.46 

Difference 22.13 

Treasurer's balance Sullivan Home $ 316.74 

Secretary's balance Sullivan Home 294.60 

$ 22.14 

The difference between the over drafts of the Secretary and Treasurer 
for the La Grange Home is caused by voucher check No. 4859 for $22.13 
being unpaid at the close of the year. 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 75 

The difference between the Treasurer's and Secretary's balance on the 
Sullivan Home is caused by voucher check No. 875 for $22.14 being un- 
paid at the close of the year. 

I have verified the Treasurer's balance and have found it correct and 
to agree with the amount on deposit in bank, as evidenced by the certi- 
cates of the Merchants and Farmers State Bank. 

Respectfully yours, 

Chas. a. Forshee, Accountant. 

Report of Executive Committee 

To the President, Board of Trustees, Illinois Masonic Homes: 

The Executive Committee in charge of the Illinois Masonic Orphans 
Home at La Grange, 111., reports as follows : 

Its membership has remained the same as during the preceding year and 
its affairs have been conducted with the same peace and harmony. The 
Superintendent and Matron have rendered exceptional service, especially 
during the period of transition from the old to the new home. 

As shown by the report of our physician, Bro. Arthur E. Higgins, 
M. D., the health of the children has been exceptionally good in view of 
the fact that the children's diseases were more than usually prevalent in La 
Grange during the spring and early summer. 

The Committee has followed its established custom of meeting monthly 
at the Home and of leaving necessary administrative details in turn be- 
tween meetings to each of its members. 

While the cost of maintenance for the year has exceeded the appropria- 
tion (as shown by the financial reports), it is but just to the committee to 
call your attention to the fact that any estimate of cost of maintenance in 
the new Home could not, in many details, be based on experience. For de- 
tailed information concerning the affairs of the Home we invite your 
perusal of the Superintendent's report. 

Our children have made an excellent impression on the people of La 
Grange. They are spoken of by many as examples in conduct for other 
children to emulate, and in their school life they have been heartily received 
into the student body and have shown by their record that they are far 
above the average in politeness, punctuality, and general scholarship. 

The Committee would invite attention of the Board to the necessity of 
a larger appropriation for maintenance for the year 1911-12 than that of the 
year just closed. Also of an extra appropriation of $1,500.00 for additional 

^"™^^h'"^^- Geo. M. Moulton, 

Robert J. Daly, 
Robert C. Fletcher, 
Executive Committee. 

76 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

To the President and Members of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois 

Masonic Homes: 

I have pleasure in submitting to you, as superintendent, my annual re- 
port of the general condition of the Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home for 
the Masonic year terminating September 30, 191 1: 

The year has been marked by unusual interest on account of the com- 
pletion and occupancy of the imposing and commodious new Home in La 
Grange. Since we moved into the building, on the 15th of March, our 
surroundings have been as wholesome and attractive as can be found, even 
in this beautiful village. Life has afforded additional charms to all who 
are permitted to live here. We welcomed the change because of beautiful 
environments and better facilities for carrying on the work, but as we 
turned our footsteps from Chicago we could not forget that for a full 
quarter of a century it had sheltered from the storms of life the children 
of our unfortunate brethren, and that some of the benevolent spirits who 
made the Home possible still dwell there. 

It is more proper for the Executive Committee than for me to describe 
the premises that we now occupy, as they are the result of their trained 
and mature judgment, and I will only say that they are beautiful to look 
upon and admirably arranged for the practical purposes in view. While no 
unnecessary expenditures were incurred for those ornamental features 
which alone attract the eye .the building has a general elegance and practi- 
cability that brings out the most favorable comment from all who inspect 
it. For light, air, comfort and convenience, the rooms are not surpassed 
in any Home of its kind. 

The down-pour on the day of the dedication was most unfortunate, es- 
pecially for the Grand Lodge ofificers, who were preceded by the organized 
bodies forming the escort. We were not unmindful of the condition of the 
Grand Officers, but we were unable to reserve room for them on account 
of the rush of those ahead in their efforts to find shelter from the heavy 

La Grange has a population of about 5,500. Its society, churches, 
schools and improvements are among the best in the state. Shortly be- 
fore we moved here we received invitations from the First Congrega- 
tional and Methodist Churches to attend their services and Sunday 
Schools. We accepted the First Congregational invitation on account 
of priority and because that Church is located nearer than any other to 
the Home. The older boys and girls attend Sunday morning services 
regularly and all attend the Sunday School. The pastor of the church, 
Mr. E. N. Hardy, and the superintendent of the Sunday School, Mr. IM. 
J. Carpenter, have given us the pleasure of several calls, and they are 
manifesting commendable interest in the Home children. Sunday morn- 

igii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 77 

ing, April 2, Mr. Carpenter called at the Home and presented every boy 
and girl in person with a bible. 

The text books and considerable of the material used in the La Grange 
schools are different from the books and material in use in Chicago, and 
it was necessary to provide our boys and girls with almost an entirely 
new equipment, but they started to school promptly and with the neces- 
sary supply of the things they needed. After they had been in school a 
few days we asked Mr. Sanford, superintendent of schools in La Grange, 
how they were getting along, and he made this reply : "They are good 
little workers and starting in beautifully." 

Herbert Olson and Marian Ledger graduated from the Brown School, 
Chicago, in February. Robert Shaw, William Kernahan, Lillian Brook- 
man and Laura Crapp would have graduated from the same school in 
June if it had not been for our removal from the city. Herbert was en- 
abled to take a three months' course in short hand at Bryant and Strat- 
ton's Business College after he graduated, on a certificate presented by 
Brother H. O. Stoakes to Brother Moulton. Marian is now employed 
in the Home. Herbert, Marian, Robert and William are full orphans. 

No deaths have occurred in the Home during the year. Early in the 
fall several of our children were examined by a medical inspector of the 
Board of Health who said they had diphtheria and sent them to the Hos- 
pital for Contagious Diseases, but the diagnosis was evidently wrong in 
part, as some of them were returned in a few days. The others were 
afifected but slightly. 

For detailed information regarding the health of the children in the 
Home since our removal to La Grange I refer you to the report of Dr. 
Arthur E. Higgins, the present physician. Dr. Higgins has been faithful 
in his attendance at the Home, and has successfully prescribed for all 
patients. It gives us pleasure to state that the little twin, Helen Swalley, 
in whose case hope of recovery was well nigh abandoned on two dififerent 
occasions, has developed into as healthy and active a girl as there is in 
the Home. 

Christmas at the old Home on Bishop Court was observed December 
22, under the direction of the Christmas Committee of which Mrs. Ella 
B. Lee was president. The presents were up to the usual good quality. 
Mr. John Levis acted as Santa Claus, and in a way appropriate to the 
occasion, distributed them among the happy and expectant children. 
The Lexington Quartette volunteered their services through Brother Daly, 
and were present and entertaining as in the days gone by. Brothers 
Moulton and Daly of the Executive Committee were present. The children 
had ice cream and cake for supper, which was furnished by the Christ- 
mas Committee. 

Proceedings of the (October lo, 

The rule of the Executive Committee prohibiting vacations this year 
has had a good eflFect. Vacations result in undoing much of the work 
that is done in the Home, besides the introduction of sickness which is 
communicated to the other children. Never have our boys and girls been 
so well settled in mind and so well prepared to concentrate their efforts 
on their school work at the opening of the term, as they are this year. 
Their ample play-grounds well equipped, manual training, gymnasium, 
individual flower and vegetable gardens and outings, combined with their 
facilities for refreshing and undisturbed rest at night, have given them 
a summer of unusual enjoyment. 

We are now convenient to the gardeners where fresh vegetables can 
be easily obtained, and we have not tried to raise anything for our own 
consumption, but the children have had beans, spinach, lettuce, radishes, 
cucumbers and tomatoes of their own raising, nevertheless. They have 
been allowed to choose the kind of seed they wanted to plant, and have 
taken great interest in cultivating the product. 

During the year twenty-three different employes have filled the posi- 
tions occupied by female help — six in number. The present corps of em- 
ployes consists of Miss Laura Bassett, Mrs. Julia Galligan, Mrs. Julia 
Powers, and Misses Carrie Dunham, Marian Ledger and Florence Sea- 
brook. All of them came with us from Chicago and all of them have 
rendered satisfactory service. We acknowledge with kindly feelings the 
aid we have received from our assistants in the work of the Home. 
Since our connection with the Home we have never had so long a respite 
from annoyances in this connection. The older boys and girls have given 
all needful assistance, and have done so with a cheerfulness that entitles 
them to the highest commendation. 

The dinners served to the children Thanksgiving, Christmas and New 
Year's were good enough for a prosperous farmer and partook largely of 
that character. The boys and girls celebrated the 4th of July in the old 
fashioned way and had a good display of fireworks in the evening. 

If an annual appropriation of fifty dollars could be made, or that 
amount set aside for the purchase of books for the library, so that the 
older boys and girls might assemble there at regular hours under super- 
vision and read, I am sure it would prove instructive and entertaining to 

Through the courtesy of the Executive Committee the undersigned 
was invited to accompany Brother Moulton to Decatur for the purpose 
of attending a meeting held by the fraternal charities of Illinois at the 
Pythian Home September 4th. The occasion was an interesting one and 
the permanent organization that was effected will undoubtedly result in 
good to the cause. 

191 !•) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 79 

It has been impossible for us to keep within our annual appropria- 
tion for maintenance this year for various reasons : The increase in the 
population of the Home, and the maintenance of one-half of the children 
during the summer months who have heretofore been out in vacations; 
the higher prices prevailing in La Grange on the commodities that we 
must buy here; the heart-breaking expense of having our clothes laun- 
dered outside of the Home ; the cost of moving to La Grange, and the 
necessity for providing our children with new school books and material 
throughout, have caused the undesirable condition of our maintenance 
fund. The alternative would have necessitated diminished food and cloth- 
ing for the children. Most of this unusual expense could not be an- 
ticipated when the last appropriation was asked for. With our up-to-date 
laundry operated by competent help we hope to show a decided retrench- 
ment in this department next j'ear. 

Mr. Charles Ebert who was employed by the Executive Committee as 
engineer and general helper has been faithful and industrious. 

The children have enjoyed the following events during the year: 
Nov. 19. Ashland Theatre. 
Nov. 24. Ashland Theatre matinee. 

Nov. 26. Annual meeting of Masonic Veteran Association held in Me- 
dinah Temple, where fine refreshments were served. 

Dec. 22. Christmas at the Home. 

Feb. 22. Vaudeville entertainment at Oakley Temple by Aracana Lodge 

No. 717. Transportation paid by Brothers Teare and Goldberger. 
Feb. 28. Sleigh ride after school — weather ideal. 

Apr. 17. Superintendent Sanford of La Grange schools took some of the 
older boys to drainage canal. 

June 17. First Congregational Church picnic at Fullersburg. 

July 4. Celebrated the day. 

July 26. Home picnic at Fullersburg. 

Aug. 5. Second annual picnic of Auxiliary Visitation Committee Orien- 
tal Consistory at Bergmann's Grove, Riverside. 

Aug. 5. A long free ride on a merry-go-round after returning from pic- 
nic, through the kindness of Brothers Eddy, Dore and Rowley of La 
Grange Lodge No. 717. 

Aug. 26. Picnic at Bergmann's Grove given by Arcana Low Twelve Club. 

At the two last picnics dinner was provided and all transportation 
charges paid by the committees. 

80 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

On account of the distance we were compelled to decline, with regret, 
invitations to picnics given by Dearborn Lodge, York Chapter, and the 
General Committee, and from Brother W. K. Greenebaum to our annual 
ride across the lake. 

We have acknowledged with thanks the following donations : 
Six doz. boxes candy and six doz. boxes cracker jack from Garden 
City Lodge No. 141 for Thanksgiving. 

One hundred and sixty boxes candy from La Grange Lodge No. 770. 

A Christmas tree and a present for every boy and girl in the Home 
from the Chicago Examiner. 

A stocking filled with candy and popcorn for every child in the Home 
from the Brown school, Chicago; Matilda M. Niehaus, Principal. 

A graphophone and thirty-six records from Brother Horace C. Nel- 
son, of Pleiades Lodge No. 478. 

Thirty pounds candy canes from Brother H. B. Miller of Blair Lodge 
No. 293. 

A valentine for each boy and girl from Miss Harriet Mohr. 

A punching bag from Prof. J. P. Gebhardt. 

A lot of magazines from Mr. W. T. Krausch. 

An elegant cake from Dr. Hugh Calvin Smith, President Welfare Co., 
Chicago, through Brother Moulton. Made by Mrs. Jessie Wilkins Wil- 
kinson, said to be the champion cake-maker of Nashville. Our children 
are ready to admit the claim. 

Eleven skirts, two night dresses and two aprons, new, from Naomi 
Conclave No. 10, True Kindred. 

Two lbs. fine fresh sandwiches and twenty-five lbs. cooked meat from 
Brother H. C. Boes. 

A large box candy, some meat pies and bread from Brother J. N. Bell. 

Half barrel sweet potatoes, four boxes oranges, three boxes apples, 
four cans candy, some grape juice and crackers from Brother L. G. 

Several bouquets of choice flowers from Mrs. Dore, of La Grange. 

A very large patent swing and slide, made to order, from York Chap- 
ter No. 148, R. A. M. These have been very much enjoyed by the chil- 

We are under obligations to Brother D. D. Darrah for the Freemason 
during the year. 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 81 

Mrs. Bassett has been faithful and painstaking in the discharge of 
her important duties, and joins me in thanking the Executive Committee 
for the support given us and courtesies extended to us during the year. 
Brother Robert C. Fletcher has given. me valuable assistance in connec- 
tion with business transactions in La Grange, where I was an entire 
stranger when we moved here. 

Superintendent's Fund 


Cash balance October i, 1910 $ 72>7-72. 

Received since for Superintendent's Fund 5,800.00 



Provisions $1,339.00 

Clothing 476.1 1 

Labor 1,852.55 

School : 329-31 

Medical .-r 97-95 

Home Furnishings 2S2.81 

Repairs 75-Oi 

Fuel 95.61 

Sundries 1,953.88 

Balance unexpended 35-49 

Sales and Refunds 


Sold old furniture and barrels $37-65 

Rebate Chicago Telephone Co 5.06 

Refund by Pride Laundry Co 9.58 

Reimbursed by Bro. C. W. Peters for dental work to Harry Niemeyer 6.50 
Reimbursed by Arcana Lodge No. 717 for clothes furnished Jones 

children 16.00 

Reimbursed by Jerusalem Lodge No. 90 for clothes furnished Trauth 

children 1 1 -75 

Reimbursed by Exeter Lodge No. 424 for clothes furnished Funk 

children 10.50 


82 Proceedings of the (October lo, 


March 22, cash to Bro. C. S. Gurney $27.06 

Sept. 25, cash to Bro. C. S. Gurney 69.98 

Christmas Fund 


Cash balance October i, 1910 $ 605.08 

Dearborn Lodge No. 310 25.00 

York Chapter No. 148 5.00 

Marine Lodge No. 355 5.00 

Cicero Chapter No. 180 25.00 

Cleveland Lodge No. 211 25.00 

Waubansia Lodge No. 160 25.00 

Austin Lodge No. 850 25.00 

Columbian Lodge No. 819 10.00 

Delavan Lodge Lodge No. 156 5.00 

Pyramid Lodge No. 887 5.00 

Greenville Lodge No. 245 5.00 

Royal Chapter No. 217, O. E. S 10.00 

Ancient Craft Lodge No. 907 10.00 

Thos. J. Turner Lodge No. 409 10.00 

East St. Louis Lodge No. 504 25.00 

Accordia Lodge No. 277 5.00 

Antioch Lodge No. 127 5.00 

Wright's Grove Lodge No. 779 5.00 

Golden Rod Chapter No. 205, O. E. S 25.00 

Columbia Chapter No. 202, R. A. M 10.00 

Welcome Lodge No. 916 15.00 

Jeffersonville Lodge No. 460 2.50 

Golden Rule Lodge No. 726 10.00 

Tancred Commandery No. 50, K. T 10.00 

Crescent Lodge No. 895 10.00 

Lincoln Park Chapter No. 177 5.00 

Arcana Lodge No. 717 50.00 

D. C. Cregier Lodge No. 643 10.00 

Gothic Lodge No. 852 10.00 

Galena Commandery No. 40, K. T 5.00 

Medinah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S 250.00 

Sarah A. Eddy, Treasurer 52.61 

Oblong City Lodge No. 6444 1750 

Oriental Consistory S. P. R. S 500.00 

Edgewater Lodge No. 901 25.00 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


Bee Hive Lodge No. 909 25.00 

Ellis Lodge No. 633 5.00 

Ramsey Lodge No. 405 3.00 

Auxiliary Visitation Committee, O. C 10.00 



As per receipted bills audited by Executive Committee $1,665.15 

Cash balance September 30 220.54 


Although kept with Christmas Fund for convenience, a considerable 
amount of the receipts was contributed expressly for pictures, manual 
training and gymnasium for the new Home and used accordingly. 

Admitted Since September 30, 1910. 

Name. Admitted. 

Loverin, Gertrude C Oct. 8, 1910 

Loverin, Harry J Oct. 8, 19 10 

Niemeyer, Harry Dec. 6, 1910 

Gandee, Satie H Dec. 8, 1910 

Gandee, Daisy T Dec. 8, 19 10 

Jones, Lloyd W Jan. 29, 1911 

Jones, Arthur G Jan. 29, 191 1 

Rhydderch, Winnifred ....Jan. 29, 191 1 

Rhydderch, David A Jan. 29, 1911 

Jones, Gladys H Feb. 3, 19 11 

Jones, Gertrude M Feb. 3, 1911 

Gunn, Wallace A Feb. 25, 1911 

Funk, Weir M Mar. 2, 19 11 

Funk, Chester' Mar. 2, 191 1 

Funk, Keith K Mar. 2, 191 1 

Pride, Mary Mar. 20, 191 1 

Pride, Roy M Mar. 20, 1911 

Brown, Frances E Mar. 25, 1911 

Jones. Earl G Apr. s, 1911 

Trauth, Raymond L Apr. 23, 1911 

Trauth, Frederick E Apr. 23, 19 11 

Martinsen, Byron F May i, igii 

Martinsen, Benford May 1, 1911 

Thygesen, Johanna Aug. 7, 19 11 

Thygesen, Else P Aug. 7, 1911 

Thygesen, Julius E Aug. 7, 191 1 

Downes, Elizabeth I Aug. 19, 1911 

Downes, Thelma Aug. 19, 191 1 

Downes, Charles F Aug. 19, 1911 

VanWeelde, Roy E Sept. 24, 1911 

VanWeelde, Irvin H Sept. 24, 191 1 

VanWeelde, Lucille E....Sept. 24, 19 11 



Lodge. Location. 

Princeton, 587 Princeton 

Princeton, 587 Princeton 

Keystone, 639 Chicago 

Xenia, 485 Xenia 

Xenia, 485 Xenia 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 

Fides, 842 West Pullman 

Fides, 842 West Pullman 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 

Nunda, 169 N. Crystal Lake 

Exeter, 424 Exeter 

Exeter, 424 Exeter 

Exeter, 424 Exeter 

Maroa, 454 Maroa 

Maroa. 454 Maroa 

Oblong City, 644 Oblong 

Corner Stone, 875 Chicago 

Jerusalem Tem., 90 Aurora 

Jerusalem Tem., 90 Aurora 

D. C. Cregier, 643 Chicago 

D. C. Cregier, 643 Chicago 

Richard Cole, 697 Chicago 

Richard Cole, 697 Chicago 

Richard Cole, 697 Chicago 

Prairie, yj Paris 

Prairie. 77 Paris 

Prairie, 77 Paris 

Palace, 765 Pullman 

Palace, 765 Pullman 

Palace, 765 Pullman 

Discharged Since September, 30, 1910. 

Zetta Rogers Oct. i, 1910 Kethel F. Rhodus June 27, 1910 

Grace Rogers Oct. i, 1910 Helen Rhodus June 27, 1910 

Harry Niemeyer Apr. 19, 191 1 Lillian Brookman July 8, 1911 

Esther Wayman May 28, 191 1 Herbert Olson July 18, 191 1 

Josephine Wayman May 28, 1911 Frederick Brookman Aug. 13, 1911 

James A. Lane June 22, 1911 Henrietta Adair Aug. 16, 1911 

Lloyd W. Jones Sept. 4, 191 1 


Proceedings of the 

(October lo, 

Present Membership of the Home. 

Name. Admitted 

Kernalian, William J Nov. i, 

Seabrook, Florence Dec. 21, 

Seabrook, Howard Dec. 21, 

Brookman, Virginia A.... June 11, 

Lane, Gladys B July 29, 

Seabrook, Alice M Sept. 3, 

Shaw, Robert E Sept. 15, 

Ledger, Marian C Feb. 20, 

Crapp, Laura M May 30, 

Crapp, Robert May 30, 

Black, Agnes^ M Sept. i, 

Hoseney, Ora M Aug. 

Hoseney, Bernice V Aug. 

Van Asdlen, Bessie Jan. 

Van Asdlen, William Jan. 

Caskie, James H Mar. 

Messner, Christian May 

Messner, Joseph F May 

Hopkins, Mabel C Aug. 

Hopkins, Helen Sept. 

Bablitz, Mamie Oct. 

Adair, Robert W Jan. 21 

Adair, Arthur J Jan. 21 

Swalley, Carter A Mar. 29, 

Swalley, Helen D Mar. 29, 

Norris, Evelyn M May 6, 

Norris, William H May 6, 

Gutcher, William R May 20, 

Gutcher, Thomas A May 20, 

Hjarsen, Otto A. P May 21, 

Schubert, Alice Aug. 6, 

Welborn, Charles Aug. 31, 

Welborn. Richard J Aug. 31, 

Ashley, Herbert R Nov. 6, 

Marie D Nov. 6, 

Gertrude Nov. 12, 








Harold J. 
Edith M. 

Shanks, William S. 

. Mar. 

Shanks, George B Mar. 

Shanks. Harold E Mar. 

Ruble, William Mar. 

Ruble, Albert G Mar. 

Finlayson, Alex. J June 

Finlayson, Douglas June 

Finlaypon, Dorothy June 

Rhyddercli, Dorothy June 11, 








Martin June 26, 

Albertus June 26, 

Tohan July 17, 

Paulina Sept. 14, 

John J Sept. 15. 

August W Sept. IS, 

Bcrnhard H Sept. 15, 

Loverin, Gertrude Oct. 8, 

Loverin, Harry J Oct. 8, 












Lodge. Location. 

Ashlar, 308 Chicago 

Berwyn, 839 Berwyn 

Berwyn, 839 Berwyn 

Garfield, 686 Chicago 

Ellis, 633 Rockford 

Berwyn, 839 Berwyn 

Hesperia, 411 Chicago 

Convenant, 526 Chicago 

Mystic Star, 758 Chicago 

Mystic Star, 7S8 Chicago 

Richard Cole, 697 Chicago 

Hutton, 698 Diona 

Hutton, 698 Diona 

Channahon, 262 Channahon 

Channahon, 262 Channahon 

Englewood, 690 Chicago 

Accordia, 277 Chicago 

Accordia, 277 Chicago 

Myrtle, 79s Chicago 

Myrtle, 795 Chicago 

Constantia, 783 Chicago 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 

T. D. Moody, sio luka 

"J. D. Moody, SIO luka 

Composite, 879 Chicago 

Composite, 879 Chicago 

Harbor, 731 Chicago 

Harbor, 731 Chicago 

Chicago, 437 Chicago 

Union Park, 610 Chicago 

New Haven, 230.... New Haven 
New Haven, 230.... New Haven 

Alma, 497 Steeleville 

Alma, 497 Steeleville 

Pleiades, 478 Chicago 

Pleiades, 478 Chicago 

Pleiades, 478 Chicago 

Cleveland, 211 Chicago 

Cleveland, 211 . ; Chicago 

Cleveland, 211 Chicago 

Cleveland, 211 Chicago 

Cleveland. 211 Chicago 

Aurora, 254 Aurora 

Aurora, 254 Aurora 

Aurora. 2S4 '...Aurora 

Fides. 842 West Pullman 

Kensington, 804 Chicago 

Kensington, 804 Chicago 

Kensington, 804 Chicago 

Cleveland, 211 Chicago 

Oriental. 33 Chicago 

Oriental, 33 Chicago 

Oriental, 33 Chicago 

Princeton. 587 Princeton 

Princeton. 587 Princeton 

Present Membership of the HoME^Continued. 

Name. Admitted. 

Gandce, Satie H Dec. 8, 1910 

Gandee, Daisy T Dec. 8, igio 

Jones. Arthur G Jan. 29, 191 1 

Rhydderch, Winnifred ....Jan. 29, 19 11 

Rhyddcich, David A Jan. 29, 191 1 

Jones. Gladys H JFeb. 3, 191 1 










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Lodge. Location. 

Xenia, 485 Xenia 

Xenia, 485 Xenia 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 

Fides, 842 West Pullman 

Fides, 842 West Pullman 

Arcana, 717 Chicago 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


Name. Adi 

Jones, Gertrude M Feb. 

Gunn, Wallace A Feb. 

Funk, Weir M Mar. 

Funk, Chester R Mar. 

Funk, Keith K Mar. 

Pride, Mary Mar. 

Pride, Roy M Mar. 

Brown, Frances E Mar. 

Jones, Earl G Apr. 

Trauth, Raymond L Apr. 

Trauth, Frederick E Apr. 

Martensen, Byron F May 

Martensen, Benford May 

Thygesen, Johanna Aug. 

Thygesen, Else P Aug. 

Thygesen, Julius E Aug. 

Downes, Elizabeth Aug. 

Downes, Thelma Aug. 

Downes, Charles F Aug. 

Van Weelde, Roy E Sept. 

VanWeelde, Irvin H Sept. 

Van Weelde, Lucille Sept. 















2 5. 































Ag-e. Now. Lodge. Location. 

4 5 Arcana, 717 Chicago 

7 7 Nunda, 169 ...N. Crystal Lake 

7 8 Exeter, 424 Exeter 

5 6 Exeter, 424 Exeter 

3 4 Exeter, 424 Exeter 

10 10 Maroa, 454 Maroa 

8 .8 Maroa, 454 Maroa 

6 6 Oblong City, 644 Oblong 

4 4 Corner Stone, 875 Chicago 

11 II Jerusalem Tem., 90 Aurora 

9 9 Jerusalem Tem., 90 Aurora 

5 5 "D. C. Cregier, 643 Chicago 

3 4 D. C. Cregier, 643. .... .Chicago 

12 12 Richard Cole, 697 Chicago 

10 II Richard Cole, 697 Chicago 

3 3 Richard Cole, 697 Chicago 

10 10 Prairie, 77 Paris 

7 7 Prairie, 77 Paris 

4 4 Prairie, 77 Paris 

10 10 Palace, 765 Pullman 

9 9 Palace, 765 Pullman 

7 7 Palace, 765 Pullman 

Recapitulation of Population 

Members in the Home October i, 1910 65 

Admitted during the year 32 


Discharged during the year 13 

Members in the Home September 30, 191 1 84 

Gain during the year 19 

Average population, taken from daily record 75 

Cause of Discharge 

Taken out by parent now able to provide 4 

Mothers married again 4 

Bad deportment 3 

E.xpiration of time 2 


The age of the oldest member of the Home is 15 years, and the age of 
the youngest member is 3 years. The average age of the present member- 
ship is 9 years, computed on the actual ages. 

Chas. E. Bassett, 
La Grange, September 30, 191 1. Superintendent. 

86 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

La Grange, Illinois, September i8, igii. 
To the President and Trustees Illinois Masonic Homes: 

As tp the condition of the children in the Orphans' Home in this city, 
from a m.edical standpoint, I have very Httle bnt the most favorable to 

Shortly after they were moved to this Home Vv'e had an epidemic of 
mumps in the village, and twenty cases developed in the Home. No se- 
vere or complicated cases, and all made perfect recoveries. 

One boy who, I understand, was admitted to the Home just before 
moving here, came here in a badly run-down condition, and had a bad 
vaccination sore on his arm and required considerable attention for some 
time, but has now become strong and well nourished. Aside from this I 
have had nothing under my care but slight ailments. 

I think that the children all show a healthier condition since coming 
here, which is attributable to the abundance of pure air and the oppor- 
tunity they now have of being outside more than would be possible in the 
city home. A. E. Higgins, M. D. 

La Grange, Illinois. 

Report of Executive Committee 

To the President and Board of Trustees of the Illinois Masonic Homes: 

Another year of our trusteeship of the Home at Sullivan is closed, and 
we are pleased to report that its business and affairs have been running 
along smoothh', harmoniously and pleasantly. A few changes have been 
introduced in the general system of management, as experience stiggested 
and conditions demanded, and better results, we believe, have been obtained. 
Strict economy in the disbursement of the funds has been practiced, with- 
out impairment, however, of the high standards heretofore followed in the 
general business and operation of the Home. 

Following the established custom, twelve (12) monthly meetings of the 
Committee have been held at the Home with all members present at each 
session. Those of us, to whom special matters were referred, have made 
other visits. The Committee meetings have been pleasant and harmonious, 
and the very best interests of the Home have ever been its first and only 
consideration. The entire Board of Trustees held one meeting at the Home 
in August. 

The of maintenance has not exceeded the amount appropriated. 
A small unexpended balance will be turned back to Grand Lodge. The 
average monthly cost of maintenance is about $2,000. The receipts for the 
year, and gross monthly expenses being as follows : 

Total appropriation $24,000.00 

Special appropriation for gas plant 600.00 

Funeral expenses received from lodges 280.18 


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Amounts Drawn from the Fund by Months 

October, 1910 $2,111.47 

November, 1910 1,955.00 

December, 1910 2,607.01 

January, 1911 2,575.87 

February, 191 1 1,554.22 

March, 191 1 2,134.02 

April, 191 1 1,825.51 

May, 191 1 1,987.60 

June, 191 1 1,997.90 

July, 191 1 1,686.91 

August, 191 1 2,024.12 

September, 191 1 2,125.95 $24,585.58 

Unexpended balance $ 294.60 

In December, 1910, we purchased our yearly supply of canned goods, 
and in January, 191 1, paid for the gas plant. 

The sum of $24,000.00 will be amply sufficient to maintain the Home the 
coming year, and we recommend that this amount be again appropriated. 
One half of the appropriation should be turned over to the Treasurer of 
the Board, and be available, immediately at the close of the session of the 
Grand Lodge, and the remainder on ]\Iarch i, 1912. 

At the last session of the Grand Lodge, the sum of $600.00 was appro- 
priated for a Gas Plant, and the sum of $1,000.00 for a Refrigerator Plant. 
A Matthews Gasoline Gas Plant, of 200 light capacity, has been installed at 
at cost of $887.27, and included three gas stoves, burners and tips, a lot of 
new piping, and a supply of gasoline. The amount paid, in excess of the 
$600.00 appropriation, was met from our general fund. The Gas Plant has 
been in operation over nine months and gives entire satisfaction. 

The Refrigerator Plant was not installed, and the $1,000.00 appropriated 
for that purpose, not used. Upon a more careful consideration of the 
wants of the Home— and advice from experts whom we consulted, it was 
found that the plant in contemplation last year, was not of sufficient ca4)ac- 
ity, and, believing that it was unwise to install one not wholly adequate to 
the growing wants of the institution, decided to hold the matter in abey- 
ance and ask for a sufficient appropriation to install one that will be suit- 
able, and which plant will be larger than the one first decided upon, and be 
of sufficient capacity to not only cool our present refrigerator, but cool, 
also, an additional storage room of 1,000 cubic feet capacity for our surplus 
supply of meats and provisions, and make sufficient ice, daily, for use in 
our sick wards and hospital. Bids for the plant were had from several 

88 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

firms. It will cost $2,200.00. It is a necessary and much needed improve- 
ment. We recommend the appropriation. 

The sewage tank, mentioned in our last report, was completed last Fall, 
and has been in operation a year. It is entirely satisfactory, and will 
answer all wants of the Home for some years. 

Applications for admission during the year have been received and dis- 
posed of, as follows : 

Number received 33 

Approved 20 

Not approved 6 

Withdrawn 2 

No action — petitioners died while applications were 

pending 2 

Pending 3 33 

During the year we added a graduate nurse to our corps of hospital 
attendants, a much needed addition, and now have four employees in at- 
tendance on the sick and afflicted. Our sick wards are crowded and sev- 
eral patients are treated in their rooms, for lack of better accommodations. 
We need a separate hospital building. The well members are now in too 
close proximity to the sick and are now too often distressed by the fre- 
quent cries of the afflicted. A separate hospital would relieve the Home 
of this inconvenience, and the wards and rooms, vacated by the sick, 
would increase the capacity of the Home for the care of the well who are 
applying for admission. The total expense, for medical attention, salaries 
of attendants, and nurses, with other items indirectly expended for the 
care of the sick, will make the whole cost, in this department, run over 
$4,500.00 for the year. 

The annual report of Dr. W. P. Davidson, our house Physician, accom- 
panies this report, and contains statistical information relating to his do- 
ings. The Doctor has been uniformly painstaking, sympathetic and patient 
in his treatment and care of our afflicted ; we commend him and take oc- 
casion here to state that his services have ever been satisfactory. 

Our friends, as usual, have been kind to the Home during the past 
year, and we again thank them for their gifts of money and useful articles, 
a detailed list of which appears in the report of our Superintendent. 

We call attention to the very satisfactory and comprehensive report of 
Brother Charles L. Hovey, our Superintendent, accompanying this report. 
It contains much valuable information relative to the Home, statistical 
and otherwise. 

iQii-) , Grand Lodge of Illinois. 89 

We stated, in our report last year, that there was no hospital at the 
Home, that we could not take those who needed medical attention and 
the attention of an attendant all or part of the time, and endeavored then 
to make this emphatic, and again this year, in all correspondence with 
lodges, but regaj-dless of all this, members came to us during the year 
whose mental and physical condition rendered them ineligible — but were 
otherwise represented to us. Some we retained, others were sent back. 
The rule will be very strictly adhered to the coming year. None will be 

It is an old saying that "a stitch in time saves nine" — this is applicable 
to the buildings at Sullivan. If they are not kept up, from year to year, 
extensive and expensive repairs become necessary. No painting and re- 
pair work, to any considerable extent, have been done on the buildings 
for five years. This work is now much needed, and should not be further 
postponed. We have had Deal & Ginzel, our architects, go over the build- 
ings, make out itemized list of things needing attention, and make approxi- 
mate estimate of the cost for the repairs, and they advise us that it will 
be $2,900.00. We cannot meet this from our general fund, and recommend 
a special appropriation. The work should be done at once. 

Our present water supply, and pressure system, are insufficient, uncer- 
tain and crude. The Home uses, daily, 6,000 gallons, supplied by one 
<^mall well of uncertain capacity. The pressure for the Home use comes 
from one small tank, in the attic of the first building erected, and this 
must be pumped full three times each day. We need a new well, deep 
enough to insure ample supply, a more modern pumping plant, and, also 
an outside, elevated, steel tank, large enough to hold four or five days' 
supply — this would furnish pressure for all the buildings, and connections 
for fire protection. We have now no fire protection. A wind-mill should 
be erected over the old well to use in favorable weather, as an auxiliary 
pumping station to fill the tank, and also to relieve the pumps at the ma- 
chinery house, and take the place of them in case of accidents. An ap- 
proximate cost for this improvement, estimated by our architect, is 
$5,450.00. We recommend a special appropriation of this amount. 

We use hard water now in the laundry. It is an expensive proposition 
on soap. An abundance of water falls on our buildings but is lost through 
the sewers. We should save it and use it. A chain of cisterns should be 
installed at once, large enough to hold all the water from the roofs, and 
for use in our laundry. The approximate cost for this improvement, esti- 
mated by our architects, is $875.00, and we recommend a special appro- 
priation of this amount. 

Fraternally submitted, Henry W. Berks, 

Jas. a. Steele, 
W. A. Dixon, 
October i, 191 1. Executive Committee. 

90 Proceedings of tlie (October lo, 

Sullivan, Illinois, October i, 1911. 
To the President and Members of the Board of the Illinois Masonic Home: 
I beg to make the following report of the general health of the members 
of the Masonic Home at Sullivan for the year ending September 30, 1911 : 

It has been my custom to make one regular visit each week to the 
Home, going every Wednesday, and special visits as often as needed. 
We have more sickness among the members as time goes on ; most of 
them are on the decline when admitted, and on several occasions we have 
admitted them when very sick and even unconscious — not even knowing 
when they arrived at the Home. We have treated fifty cases of sickness 
and accidents in the hospital department in the past year, patients being 
sick from one day to six months. A number of them, after recovering 
from the acute attack, will be unable to care for themselves, and will re- 
main in the hospital. 

There are fifteen chronic cases at present, which fills the sick wards, 
and no more can be admitted until some one departs this life ; ten of the 
fifteen cases are men and five are women ; five have locomotor ataxia ; one 
brother is blind and paralyzed from his waist down, and the remaining 
ones are afflicted with senile debility. We have only had eight (8) deaths 
in the past year, all of them being brothers ; no sister has died. There 
has been no contagious or infectious diseases — except in one case of tuber- 
culosis and he AVas sent home and died. There are numbers of patients 
being treated outside the hospital in their rooms from twenty-four to 
sixty hours, and as many as four to six have to have attention night and 
morning, dressing vericose ulcers, treating the ears and eyes, and seeing 
that they get their regular baths and exercise. All of these details require 
the constant care of the nurses and helpers. The time has come when 
there is need of difiFerent arrangements for the care of the sick and helpless. 

I am going to ask that the Grand Lodge allows us a hospital, and one 
that will be modern and up-to-date and will, at least, accommodate fifty 
patients. It will have to be three stories high with no basement ; it must 
have a male and female ward — accommodating six to eight beds to a ward, 
and the remainder of the building made into private rooms for one bed, 
and when crowded can place the second bed in a room. It must be large 
enough to allow for the nurses and attendants, private rooms, kitchen and 
one small dining room, most of the meals being now carried to the pa- 
tients on trays. It must have an up-to-date operating room, elevator and 
three padded cells. This building must be modern in every respect, well 
heated, plenty of fresh air and light. Our undertaker must have a morgue 
as we have never had a place to prepare the dead for burial and shipment. 
It will only require a small morgue built separate from the hospital. Our 
undertaker has consented to furnish the ambulance service between the 

191 1 •) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 91 

hospital and the railway station. This building is an absolute necessity as 
our present quarters are decidedly too small and never were a fit place 
for people who are sick and helpless. 

We have had for the past year, a trained nurse, Alida S. Johnson, who 
has given excellent service. The work is such that we cannot do it with- 
out a nurse of experience and must have one experienced man to assist in 
caring for the sick brothers, and one assistant also to aid in the care of 
sick women. Yours fraternally, 

W. P. Davidson, 
Attending Physician. 

Illinois Masonic Home 

Sullivan, Illinois, September 25, 1911. 
To the President and Members of the Illinois Masonic Homes Board: 

Dear Brethren : — Herewith my report for the year ending Sep,tember 
25, 1911. 

Our Home Family have passed through the year in fairly good shape. 
Peace and harmony prevail and all is well. 

We wish our brothers throughout the state could have visited the Home 
during the month of June while the roses were in bloom. There was a 
solid bank of them three feet wide clear across the front of the building. 
We heard many expressions of delight from passers-by regarding those 
roses. Our Home garden has been a source of great satisfaction, furnish- 
ing us with necessary vegetables fresh every day. We have been most 
fortunate in having a full supply of potatoes during the summer, all dug 
from our Home garden. We feel justly proud of our cows, pigs, chickens, 
ducks, turkeys and guineas. 

On October 20, 1910, Hon. W. B. ^NIcKinley visited our Home and 
made an address to our old boys and girls. 

November 24, 1910, Garden City Lodge No. 141, Chicago, sent us a 
box of choice candies for every one of our Home family. On same date 
we received cigars from Brothers B. W. Shibley, Greenburg and Otto 

We had a splendid Thanksgiving dinner. As we gathered about our 
tables to partake of the good things provided, our hearts went out in 
gratitude and thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father and to our brethren in 
Illinois for the blessings and comforts we enjoy. 

December 24, 1910, Wm. ]\IcKinley Lodge No. 876, Chicago, sent us 
one checker board and set of checkers, two games, one box playing cards. 

92 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

four whist tablets, six pinochle decks cards, one box for cards, pencil and 

Our Christmas time was one of delight for our whole family. Every- 
body was happy and had a good time. 

On February 2, 191 1, Brother and Sister Arthur Warrington, of Chi- 
cago, presented our Home with a beautifully bound book of Battles and 
Leaders of the Civil War. 

March 3 Brother Daniel Martin, member of our Home family, gave us 
the dance of the Marinets. This was a fine entertainment, and was one 
of three given to the Home by this brother, each of which was highly 
appreciated by our old boys and girls. 

June II, 191 1, the Wehrmann Quartette, composed of the Misses 
Maude Wallace, Nell Nollen, Ruth Evans, Amy K. Hovey, and their reader, 
Miss Hazel Brand, gave us a concert that was high class. Several of the 
members of our Home family said they felt at least ten years younger 
on account of this musical treat. 

On July 27, 1911, the Sullivan High School Quartette, composed of 
Harry Harsh, Lowe Hall, Isaac Hagerman and Chas. H. Butler, gave us 
a very enjoyable evening's entertainment. 

On July 29, 191 1, our Masonic Home Club was instituted by Past 
Grand Master Owen Scott as Grand Master. This club starts out in fine 
form. Macon Lodge No. 8, Decatur, and Garden City No. 141, Chicago, 
both seeing to it that the Club was provided with the necesasry supplies 
and furnishings. The Club duly appreciates their kindness and says thank 

In December some unknown friends from Rock Island, we think, sent 
us candies and cigars for Christmas. We take this means of conveying to 
them our sincere thanks. 

On July 4, 1911, our Masonic brethren, Dave Enslow, Sam Miller, Otto 
Todd and the Sullivan Automobile Company of Sullivan, placed their au- 
tomobiles at our service, and took all who cared to go, to Sullivan to see 
the fire-works. This was a fine treat and we thank our brothers very much. 

We are indebted to our brother, James A. Steele, for the following 
magazines: Cosmopolitan, McClure's, Red Book, Hampton, Scribners and 
the Ladies' Home Journal. This is a yearly occurrence for Brother Steele, 
and we extend him our grateful thanks. 

Through the courtesy of our friends and the publishers we receive the 
following: Bloomington Daily Bulletin, Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph, 
Decatur Herald, Reynolds Press, Galesburg Evening News, Peoria Jour- 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


nal, Peoria Star, Orange Judd Farmer, Wallace Farmer, Farm Journal. 
Sullivan Democrat, Sullivan Progress, Moultrie County News, Sullivan 
Saturday Herald, Windsor Gazette, Masonic News, Masonic Chronicle, 
Voice of Masonry, Illinois Freemason, Eastern Star Journal and Square 
and Compass. 

To our brother, B. W. Shibley and the publishers of the Chicago 
American and the Chicago Examiner we are indebted for a supply of these 
papers daily. 

To our brother, Charles Catlin, Secretary Oriental Lodge 33, Lodge 

During the year we have lost the following members of our Home 
family : Zachariah Shugart, of Colchester Lodge No. 496, died January 
2, 191 1 ; his body was taken to Galesburg for burial. Stephen Ellis of 
Harmony Lodge No. 3, died February 2, 191 1. His body was taken to 
Jacksonville for burial. Edward J. Savigney of Austin Lodge No. 850, 
Chicago, died February 2, 191 1. His body was taken to Lansing, Mich., 
for burial. Orlando O. Wormwood of Jerusalem Temple Lodge No. 90, 
Aurora, 111., died February 25, 191 1. His body was taken to Chicago for 
burial. Robert Huffmaster of Loami Lodge 450, died April 22, 191 1. His 
body was taken to Loami for burial. John D. Easter of Evans Lodge No. 
523, Evanston, 111., died May 16, 191 1. His body was taken to Chicago for 
burial. George Gushing of Bradford Lodge No. 514, died June 10, 191 1. 
His body was taken to Bradford for burial. Wm. M. Mcintosh of Miles 
Hart Lodge No. 595, died June 12, 191 1. His body was taken to Mattoon 
for burial. 

Three members left the Home to live elsewhere. Four members were 

The Following Members Compose Our Home Family: 

Name. Age. Date Admitted. Lodge. No. Location. 

Mrs. A. W. Philhower. . . .71 Nov. 23, 1904 ^lattoon 260 jMattoon 

Alexander Masters 7S Dec. 7, 1904 Central 71 Springfield 

Mary J. Masters 73 Dec. 7, 1904 Central 71 Springfield 

L. N. Roland 86 Dec. 7, 1904 Virden 161 Virden 

J. W. Apperson 8g Dec. 15, 1904 Bloomfield 148 Chrisman 

Henry F. Birely 82 Dec. 27, 1904 Robert Burns 112 Keithsburg 

Chas. H. Hubbell 80 Dec. 27, 1904 Lancaster 106 Glasford 

Hiram H. Carpenter 89 Dec. 29, 1904 Oriental 33 Chicago 

Thos. Cunningham 61 Feb. 15, 1905 Mahomet 220 Mahomet 

Geo. N. Van Houten 82 May i, 1905 Landmark 422 Chicago 

John S. Kistler 65 May 12, 1905 Preemption 755 Preemption 

A. D. Rundell 80 June 28, 1905 Acacia 67 La Salle 

A. J. Lundquist 82 Oct. 3, 1905 Greenview 63 Greenview 

Wm. C. McDugle 82 Oct. 16, 1905 Clinton 19 Petersburg 

Levi Sisk 83 Nov. 23, 1905 Prairie 77 Paris 

Phillippa Nelson 73 Nov. 28, 1905 Pleiades 478 Chicago 

George McKissick 59 Feb. 22, 1906 Rock Island 658 Rock Island 

Mary A. Alexander 77 Mar. 31, 1906 Ionic 312 Decatur 

James W. Hoover 63 June 29, 1906 Greenup 125 Greenup 


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(October lo, 

Name Age 

Hester Mepham 89 

Orrilla McAllister 74 

George \V. Hamer 81 

John W. Walker 79 

Gabriel Clark 80 

Oswin Bourne 74 

Allen Newnham 76 

Sarah Cain 78 

Mrs. G. VV. Hamer 78 

W. H. Maroe 52 

Lewis Klein 36 

Thos. Gonio 72 

Arthur M. Kelly 61 

John Gregor 83 

A. W. Pohlman 57 

Harrison Orr 73 

Thomas B. Sprouse 66 

Robt. J. Dauphiney 69 

Fred Yunker 70 

W. H. Snell 64 

John T. Fitzpatrick 76 

Wm. Leeper 62 

Ernest Adam 80 

Aaron Hall 74 

Nels. Anderson 81 

Ellen Bruner 72 

L. B. Phettyplace 68 

Maria Carter 84 

S. R. Stoddard 75 

Jas. H. Champlin 63 

Nellie G. Champlin 49 

Mary J. Dauphiney 55 

Bicknell Fancher 8i 

E. N. Baker 73 

Mrs. E. N. Baker 60 

Mrs. Amelia Robbins 73 

G. H. Reynolds 87 

G. A. Titus 64 

Wm. A. Young 82 

Mrs. M. A. Walder 72 

Chas. Maroe 14 

L. J. Kolar 63 

Mary J. Hurlbut 70 

Emily C. Hansell 63 

Martha Lawrence 75 

Catherine Taylor 74 

George W. Mclntire 66 

Ella A. Phillips 64 

Thos. A. Phillips 73 

Chas. S. Wigginton 77 

Wm. P. Mattison 85 

L. K. Tucker 78 

Mrs. E. A. Ferguson 79 

Mrs. Martha Humble 76 

F. A. Maxey 72 

Danl. Martin 82 

H. F. Maagensen 66 

Bushnell Strong 75 

Emil Skaeen 76 

Richard M. Moore 69 

Alice T. Moore 67 

Chas. E. Park 53 

Phebe J. Park 49 

Mrs. Martha Smith 76 

Mrs. Bessie Green 71 

Chas. G. Wilson 38 

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Membership Sept. 30, 19 10. 
Received during year 



86 Left the Home 3 

14 Discharged 4 

Died 8 

:oo Membership Sept. 25. 191 1 85 

191 !•) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 95 

Special Christmas and Entertainment Fund 

amounts received 

Oct. I, 1910, To balance on hand $ 83.24 

Nov. 29, 1910, H. Kahl, Chicago 5.00 

Dec. 7, 1910, Cicero Chapter, R. A. M., Chicago 25.00 

Dec. 12, 1910, Columbian Lodge No. 819, Chicago 10.00 

Dec. 12, 1910, Delavan Lodge No. 156 5.00 

Dec. 12, 1910, N. D. Morse Lodge No. 346 5.00 

Dec. 13, 1910, Bloomfield Lodge No. 148, Chrisman 5.00 

Dec. 13, 1910, Greenville Lodge No. 245 5.00 

Dec. 16, 1910, Austin Lodge No. 850 25.00 

Dec. 16, 1910, Pyramid Lodge No. 887, Hegewisch .^ 5.00 

Dec. 16, 1910, Edward Dobbins No. 164, Lawrenceville 3.00 

Dec. 17, 1910, East St. Louis Lodge No. 504 25.00 

Dec. 17, 1910, Ancient Craft Lodge No. 907, Chicago 10.00 

Dec. 17, 1910, May Lodge No. 718, Norris City i.oo 

Dec. 17, 1910, Mt. Carmel Lodge No. 239 3.00 

Dec. 19, 1910, Wrights Grove No. 779, Chicago.. 5.00 

Dec. 20, 1910, Clark Lodge No. 603, Martinsville 5.00 

Dec. 20, 1910, West Salem Lodge No. 866 5.00 

Dec. 20, 1910, Ridgeway Lodge No. 816 5.00 

Dec. 21, 1910, Hermitage Lodge No. 356, Albion 2.00 

Dec. 21, 1910, Matthews Gas Co., Chicago 5.00 

Dec. 22, 1910, Oriental Lodge No. t,t„ Chicago 25.00 

Dec. 23, 1910, Mason Lodge No. 217 5.00 

Dec. 22,, 1910, Odell Lodge No. 401 5.00 

Dec. 24, 1910, Jeffersonville Lodge No. 461 2.50 

Dec. 24, 1910, Welcome Lodge No. 916 i5-00 

Dec. 26, 1910, Maywood Lodge No. 869 25.00 

Dec. 26, 1910, Accordia Lodge No. 227, Chicago 5.00 

Dec. 26, 1910, Tancred Commandery No. 50, Belleville 10.00 

Dec. 26, 1910, Gothic Lodge No. 852, East St. Louis 10.00 

Dec. 29, 1910, Lincoln Park Chapter No. 177, Chicago 5.00 

Jan. 9, 191 1, Temple Lodge No. 46, Peoria 25.00 

Jan. 16, 1911, Galena Commandery No. 40 500 

Jan. 19, 191 1, Peoria Commandery No. 3 14.60 

March 13, 191 1, Robt. Burns Lodge No. 113, Keithsburg lo.oo 

July 26, 191 1, Ramsey Lodge No. 405 500 

Total $40934 

96 Proceedings of the (October lo, 


Dec. 22, 1910, Rev. Chandler, Preaching $ 5.00 

Dec. 2^, 1910, National Bank, One dollar bills given to members.. 100.00 

Dec. 23, 1910, Merchants Bank, Fifty cent pieces given to members 50.00 

Dec. 25, 1910, Rev. Casely, Preaching 5.00 

Dec. 25, 1910, Rev. Corey, Preaching 5.00 

Jan. 19, 191 1, T. G. Hughes, Shoes for Christmas i.oo 

Jan. 19, 191 1, Mike Finley, Candies for Christmas 30.75 

Jan. 19, 191 1, E. E. Barber, Books for Christmas 4.10 

Jan. 19, 191 1, C. F. Whitfield, Ties for Christmas .90 

Jan. 19, 1911, Sullivan D. G. Co., Handkerchiefs for Christmas.. 1.25 

Jan. 19, 191 1, J. R. McClure, Christmas tree 2.50 

Jan. 19, 191 1, Smith & Ward, Stockings for Christmas 1.50 

Jan. 19, 191 1, J. R. Pogue, Christmas Goods 2.00 

Jan. 19, 191 1, Mike Finley, Christmas Candies 4.65 

June II, 1911, Wehrmann Quartette Musical Concert i4-50 

Balance on hand September 18, 1911 $181.19 


Miscellaneous Account 

amounts received 

Oct. I, 1910, Balance on hand $ 3^-'^3 

Nov. I, 1910, Bacon grease sold 3-O0 

Nov. 9, 1910, Sold hog 28.80 

Nov. 9, 1910, Board L. A. Hovey 1500 

Dec. 7, 1910, Sold hogs 69.87 

Dec. 8, 1910, Sold cow 42.00 

Dec. 12, 1910, Board L. A. Hovey 12.00 

Jan. 7, 1911, Board L. A. Hovey 12.00 

Jan. 16, 1911, Received for repairs scales 9.13 

Jan. 16, 1911, Refund on freight charges 2.65 

Feb. II, 1911, Board L. A. Hovey 1500 

March 17, 1911, Board L. A. Hovey 12.00 

March 23, 191 1, Sold calves 1300 

April 7, 191 1, Sold bacon grease 940 

April 14, 1911, Board L. A. Hovey 12.00 

April 15, 1911, Sold calf 8.18 

April 29, 1911, Sold rhubarb i-20 

April 29, 1911, Sold bacon grease 300 

I9II-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 97 

April 22, 1911, Board L. A. Hovey 15.00 

April 31, 1911, I. C. R. R. Co., account damage casting 5.12 

Total $320.18 

July 12, 191 1, Board L. A. Hovey. 24.00 

Aug. 4, 191 1, Account error C. L. Hovey 5.15 

Sept. 18, 1911, Sold bacon grease i.oo 



Jan. 16, 191 1, Bought one cow $ 65.00 

July 22, 191 1, Bought one cow and calf 55-0O 

Balance on hand September 18, 191 1 230.33 

Total : $350.33 

Check for balance accompanies this report. 

Mrs. Hovey and myself wish to thank you for your loyal support and 
the many kindnesses shown us during the year. 
Yours fraternally, 

Chas. L. Hovey, Superintendent. 

Report of the Committee in Charge of the Sullivan Farm 
To the President and Board of Trustees of the Illinois Masonic Homes: 

Your Committe in charge of the farm at Sullivan begs leave to report 
as follows : 

On March i, 1911, the farm was rented to James Bathe, of Sullivan, 
for one year, terms of the lease being — a share of the crops and clover hay 
and $175.00 cash rent for pasture land. The lease covered about 190 acres 
in all. 

The total rents for the year 1910 on 190 acres, were $1,033.90, of which 
amount $220.05 were sent to the Grand Secretary, September 26, 1910. 
and the balance, $813.85, retained by the Committee for use on the land. 

During the past two years the crops have been rotated, clover sown with 
the wheat and oats, the fertility of the ground greatly improved, and the 
plan will be followed from year to year in order to build up the soil. 
The farm was neglected for over twenty years, was run down and in bad 
shape, and, while the attention we have given it in the past two years has 
improved its condition and appearance, it will take several years to get it 
in proper shape for successful farming. 

About ten acres of the farm are used by the Home for its grounds, 
orchard and truck farming, lying immediately around the building, and 

98 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

sixty-four acres are used by the Home for pasture for stock— this 65 acre 
tract lies immediately across the road from the Home and a large portion 
of it is in timber and brush. After March i, 1912, it is contemplated to 
throw 20 acres into the Home grounds and add the 64 acres to the farm. 

The money expended on the farm has been used for the following pur- 
poses : All hedge fences on the north and east sides of the land, also 
cross hedges, have been pulled and burned ; an ornamental wire fence built 
around the farm house ; wire fence built around the garden, lots and farm 
yard ; 100 rods of good wire fence built along the south side of the road 
directly across from the Home grounds ; some old fences changed on in- 
side fields; good wire gates installed at several convenient places; the 
farm house and barn repaired as much as these old buildings would justify; 
some tiling done; cement dam put in to stop washing on east side of farm; 
wells cleaned, and one old one (not in use for years) made good; about 
25 acres of brush land cleared, and a whole lot of general cleaning up done. 
The work of getting the farm into shape and presentable has just com- 

The balance in the hands of the Committee, one year ago, was $617.52, 
the net amount from 1910 crops was $813.85, making the total amount 
available for repairs $1,431.37, of which amount we have paid out $1,164.67, 
leaving a balance of $266.70 which, added to the 191 1 net rentals of $275.82, 
makes a total balance in hand of $542.52, to be accounted for in next an- 
nual report. An itemized statement, with vouchers, for all money paid out 
is attached to this report and made a part thereof. 

We do not believe it advisable to rent the farm again, and recommend 
that it now be taken over by the Grand Lodge, suitably equipped with 
stock and implements, and we farm it ourselves. We believe better results 
will be had. 

Henry Berks, 
Jas. a. Steele, 
W. A. Dixon, 
October 4, 191 1. Committee. 

St.\tement — Receipts and Expenditures, Sullivan Farm 

Balance on hand Oct. i, 1910 $ 617.52 

Rents for 1910 — 

Corn $588.85 

Pasture 225.00 

Wheat and oats 220.05 $i,033-90 


191 1.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 99 


Remitted Grand Secretary, September 26, 1910 $220.05 

Cleaning and grubbing brush land 128.00 

Repairs on farm well 1.67 

Repairs on farm scales 9.13 

Wire fence, posts and labor 173-87 

Labor for repairs to farm buildings 31-95 

Shingles, lumber and material for repairs above 67.16 

Labor cleaning up land, and clover seed 65.00 

Tile ditching 6.40 

Hauling tile . . . ; 5.25 

Pulling and burning 269 rods of hedge, grubbing fence 

rows, and 450 posts 34i-i2 

(Paid Ford Brothers $333.12, and James Bathe $8.00) 

100 cedar posts 17.00 

Repairs to farm house and barn 81.25 

Posts, cement, sand, gravel and tile 105.87 

100 rods of wire fence, posts, gates and labor 81.00 

Cement dam and labor 50.00 $1,384.72 

Balance $ 266.70 

Rents for 191 1 — 

Oats $ 89.60 

Wheat 70.40 

Clover hay 180.00 

Straw 30.55 $370-55 

Paid out account of 191 1 crops — 

Clover seed $ 63.00 

Baling clover hay 27.13 

Labor $ 4.60 $ 94.73 $275.82 

Balance $542.52 

A bank draft on First National Bank of Chicago for $542.52 is attached, 
and vouchers, with receipts, accompanying this report. 

Henry W. Berks, 
October 4, 191 1. Chairman. 

100 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

MOTION— To Visit Home. 

Bro. Geo. M. Moulton offered the following resolution. 
It was adopted. 

I move that officers and representatives in attendance at this Grand 
Lodge visit the Masonic Orphans' Home at LaGrange tomorrow after- 
noon and that transportation be provided by the Grand Lodge. 

REPOET — Committee on Appeals and Grievances. . 

M.W. Bro. Monroe C. Crawford, chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Appeals and Grievances, submitted the report of 
that Committee. It was adopted. 

To the M.W. Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of the State of Illinois: 

Your Committee on Appeals and Grievances fraternally submits the 
following report : 

No. I 

Dundee Lodge No. 190 

Your committee therefore recommend that the action of the lodge 

be set aside, and that be restored to all the rights 

and privileges of Masonry. 

Your committee report that the foregoing is the only case coming 
before the Grand Lodge this year, which is something extraordinary. 
Heretofore at all meetings of this committee we have had from twelve 
to twenty cases sent to us on appeal for re-trial. We congratulate the 
Grand Lodge and M.W. Grand Master, Bro. A. B. Ashley, on the im- 
proved condition of the morals and conduct of the members of this 
Grand Jurisdiction, as shown by this report. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Monroe C. Crawford, 
Joseph E. Dyas, 
G. R. Smith, 
H. H. Montgomery, 
H. A. Snell, 


iQii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 101 

RESOLUTION— By Alexander H. Bell. 

Bro. Alexander H. Bell offered the following resolution, 
and it was adopted. 

Resolved, That the M.W. Grand IMaster appoint a committee of five 
members to consider and report to this Grand Lodge at its next annual 
communication upon the following matters : 

Is it desirable and wise that this Grand Lodge take steps to provide 
a permanent home for itself substantially as outlined by the Grand Mas- 
ter in his report to this Grand Lodge two years ago, and if so what 
would be the probable cost of such an enterprise, and in what manner 
should the funds for the same be provided? The committee so ap- 
pointed shall consider and report upon all such questions as may in its 
opinion be of interest as affecting the general scope of the matters here 

He also offered the following and it was adopted. 

Resolved, That the consideration of the amendment offered one 
year ago, providing for raising revenue for a permanent home for the 
Grand Lodge be deferred until the next session of the Grand Lodge. 

REPORT— Committee on Lodges TJ.D. 

Bro. H. C. Mitchell, Chairman of the Committee on 
Lodges Under Dispensation, presented the report of that com- 
mittee. It was adopted. 

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Illinois, A. F. and A. M.: 

Your Committee on Lodges under Dispensation would respectfully 
report that there have been presented to it for consideration, the dis- 
pensations and returns of twenty-two lodges, which have been working 
under dispensations since the last annual communication of the Most 
Worshipful Grand Lodge, and as a result of their labors, present the 
following report : 

Grant Park Lodge, U.D., Grant Park, Kankakee county, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was issued December 2, 1909, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master ; the lodge was instituted December 
17, 1909, by R.W. Bro. N. T. Stevens, D.D.G.M., of the Eighteenth 

102 Proceedings of fJie (October lo, 

The work of the lodge is as follows: 

Number of petitions received 19 

Number elected 18 

Number rejected i 

Number initiated 18 

Number passed 18 

Number raised 18 

Number named in dispensation 10 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter o 

Number signing petition for charter 28 

Whose names are as follows : 

Orcutt Nathan Carr, Fred Clarence Teverbaugh, John Henry Cole, 
Harry A. Cole, Edward Clinton Curtis, Albert Carl Bothfuhr, Arthur 
Thomas Plant, John Baptist Ashline, John Paquin, George Ephriam 
Wheeler, Cass Joseph Hayden, Albert Wright, Harold William Freeman, 
John Robert Hanlon, Vernon Slocum Curtis, Ernest Burchard Griffin, 
Luther Calvin Streeter, John Anderson Kallgren, Frank Benjamin Carr, 
Fred Irving Sherwood, Byron Wilbur Brown, William Charles Unruh, 
Claude Harrison Dayton, William Benjamin Dayton, Edmund Laking, 
John Kammerniann, Thomas Hiram Spray, Richard Harvey Hopkins. 

The work of this lodge vv'as submitted to your Committee for exam- 
ination at the last session of the Grand Lodge, but the minutes showed 
that so many errors had crept into the record of the work, that they 
recommended that a charter be not granted, and that their dispensation 
be continued until the present session of the Grand Lodge, which was 
accordingly done. The Committee has again examined the record of 
work and find it correct ; we therefore recommend that a charter be 
granted to this lodge as Grant Park Lodge No. 928. 

Ashland Lodge, U.D., Ashland, Cass county, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was issued July 21, 1910, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted August 4, 
1910, by R.W. Bro. C. P. Ross, D.D.G.]\L of the Thirty-first District. 

The work of the lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 18 

Number elected 11 

Number rejected 4 

Numl)er not acted on 3 

Number initiated 11 

Number passed 9 

Numl)cr raised 8 

191 !•) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 103 

Number named in dispensation 21 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter i 

Number signing petition for charter 28 

Whose names are as follows : 

WilHam F. Renz, A. C. Huston, W. D. Harding, F. C. Wallbaum, 
O. E. Robinson, J. E. Shivers, Silas Hexter, S. A. Shortt, J. J. El- 
more, J. M. Smith, Edward Goff, John Adkins, Jr., Walter Adkins, 
W. S. Rearick, R. L. Anderson, L. A. Glowers, Trave Elmore, J. H. 
Hubbs, J. A. Glenn, D. Lyons, W. S. Williams, H. J. Lohman, David 
S. Hexter, George J. Wiltlinger, Fred Hexter, James G. Norris, Luther 
E. Lathom, Harry H. Harding. 

The record of this lodge in the main is correct; one error, however, 
has crept into the record; we find that on March 2, 1911, a petition for 
the degrees was received, and that on April 20, 191 1, the candidate was 
given the E.A. degree, but the minutes do not show that the candidate 
was ever elected ; your Committee recommend that a charter be granted 
to this lodge as Ashland Lodge No. 929. 

Joseph Robbins Lodge, U.D., Peoria, Illinois. 

A dispensation was issued for this lodge October 18, 1910, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted October 
27, 1910, by R.W. Bro. John C. Weis, D.D.G.M., of the Twentieth 

The work of the lodge is as follows: 

Number of petitions received 41 

Number elected 23 

Number rej ected 12 

Number not acted on 6 

Number initiated 24 

Number passed 24 

Number raised 22 

Number named in dispensation 2,2, 

Number signing petition for charter 55 

Whose names are as follows : 

George Walter McAvoy, Thomas Newsam, John Thomas Rosbottom, 
Charles Oliver Jones, Cyrus Chamberlain Shook, Frank Rosbottom, 
Lloyd Hamilton Parsons, George Clinton Moehlenpah, John Newsam, 
Sr., Theodore Hetzel, William Richard McClintick, Wilbert Sherman 
Powers, George Washington Potter, George Waller, James Calvin Barr, 
William Major, William Otto Knuth, Frank Nelson, Adolph Jacob 

104 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Ruch, Robert Lewis Wilson, Abraham Benjamin, William Henry Hunt, 
George Edwin Draper, Joseph Frank Reinhart, Charles Edward John- 
son, Henry Frees, Gus Hall, Theopulus Walter, Warner Pye, John Ed- 
ward Brant, John Newsam, Jr., Dekalb Brown, Albert J. Flessner, Louis 
Mohler, William L Drury, Hubert Stringham, Charles Martin Mayer, 
Emil Weiss, Walter Eberhart Godel, George Rudolph Cupp, Edwin 
Martin Scoones, Cedric Cook Howland, William Henry Gilmore, Robert 
George Elliott, Chas. Clarence Kaufman, Herman Frank Weiss, Fred- 
erick Chas. Ehredt, John W. Phillips, George Folkers, Daniel George 
Harms, George Sauer, Robert Christ Lindig, Luther Scott Case, Fred 
Schuele, Oscar William Olson. 

While there were some errors in the record of w-ork of this lodge, 
they were not so glaring as to warrant the with-holding of a charter, 
we therefore, recommend that a charter be granted to this lodge as Jos- 
eph Robbins Lodge No. 930. 

WiLLMETTE LoDGE, U.D., Willmctte, Illinois. 

A dispensation was issued for this lodge October 18, 1910, b}'^ M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted October 
28, 1910, by D.D.G.M. Harry W. Harvey, of the Second District. 

The work of the lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 103 

Number elected 95 

Number rejected 7 

Number not acted on i 

Number initiated 67 

Number passed 64 

Number raised 64 

Number named in dispensation 96 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter 18 

Number signing petition for charter 142 

Whose names are as follows : 

George W. Hess, William D. Matthew, A. J. Taylor, 
Almyr K. Shurtleff, Charles C. Schultz, Fred E. McCready, 
Luman R. Slawson, G. Howard Canniff, George C. Hulst, 
Hugo T. Zaremba, Joseph C. Wilson, C. E. Renneckar, F. L. 
Tolman, Geo. W. Springer, Herbert G. Graves, Robert G. Saxer, 
Thomas M. Brooks, Harry J. Wolf, E. W. McCullough, Wilford C. 
Shurtleff, Charles S. Dingee, Wm. N. Cornell, Albert N. Page, F. A. 
Simmons, Albert W. Wigglesworth, W. J. Willoughby, Joseph H. Long, 

iQii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 105 

Samuel S. Dingee, George W. Kibby, Judson F. Stone, James J. Bruton, 
B. Frank Brown, Arthur L. Rice, P. A. Myers, S. S. Greiner, Otto 
Rabe, L. A. Bower, C. D. Worthington, Stacy W. Osgood, Jacob B. 
Olwin, John N. Crampton, Charles C. Carnahan, William O. Belt, Asa 
McOmber, Charles H. Smith, Frederick D. Day. Frank H. Drury, 
George C. Murdock, Frank L. Koontz, Calvin S. Coxe, Lyman M. 
Drake, William B. Paulson, Morton L. Patterson, J. B. Greiner, F. N. 
Requa, William H. Schmidt, Gustav A. Damier, H. W. Ellis, Robert 
Rae, J. Edwin Maass, Harry W. Hopp, F. G. White, Frank N. Williams, 
S. G. Skinner, John F. Grubb, Fayette W. Reed, Edward P. Fatch, 
Joseph B. Marshall, John G. Munro, Herbert C. West, William B. 
Davies, Albert G. Frost, George W. Mason, Charles N. Reese, Allen H. 
Carpenter, Donald M. Gallic, Charles B. Morrell, D. H. Nicholes, O. W. 
Bartlett, Frank J. Scheidenhelm, Harold Danforth Skelton, Charles 
Schlosser, Elliott C. Jones, Richard John Burrows, John Fowler Watt, 
Russell A. Calkins, Jesse C. Akely, George A. VanDyke, John Christian 
Mannerud, Elisha Warner Case, Frank Russ Eager, Earl Ellsworth 
Orner, Edward John Hoffman, Clement C. Mitchell, Frederick A. Waid- 
ner, Jr., Frank H. Tichenor, Albert Paul Snite, Robb Hammond, Frank 
Edward Robinson, George R. Harbaugh, William Garfield Barackman, 
D. Everett Allen, Jr., John B. Gaper, George S. Fox, David G. Park, 
George Everette Fernald, Charles LaFayette Hosken, John DuBois Couf- 
fer, Charles McCue, Henry Splaine Atkins, Charles J. Kindel, Milton E. 
Barker, Jr., Harry Fleming Vail, Edward O. Williams, Earl Eugene 
Bates, Edward Louis Schneidenhelm, James Glendenning Wray, Olin 
Clark Eastman, William Harvey Wyckoff, George Elliott Redfield, Jr. 
Orville D. Jones, Charles David Heller, Henry John Kunzer, Charles 
Edward Burgess, Irwin R. Adkins, Walter J. Thrumston, Frank Clifton 
Nason, Charles Henry Brethold, Thomas C. Thompson, David F. Ander- 
son, John H. R. Jamar, Charles Alfred Thorsen, Alonzo J. Coburn, 
James Nye Macalister, Orville Knox Patterson, Jay C. Lytic, John Dean 
Clark, Jesse Kelso Farley, Jr., George H. IMoore, Lester George Wood. 
Harvey John Cederberg, Raymond Henry Garman. 

The minutes of this lodge have been well and correctly kept and 
shows that the work done by the lodge is of a high order. We recom- 
mend that a charter be granted to this lodge, as Wilmette Lodge No. 

Sandoval Lodge, U.D., Sandoval, Marion county. Illinois. 

A dispensation was granted for this lodge October i8, 1910, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted November 
21, 1910, by R.W. Bro. R. N. Hambleton, D.D.G.M., of the Forty- 
second District. 

106 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

The work of the lodge is as follows: 

Number of petitions received 20 

Number elected 19 

Number rej ected i 

Number initiated 19 

Number passed 18 

Number raised 16 

Number named in dispensation 25 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter 4 

Number signing petition for charter ^7 

Whose names are as follows : 

John Wesley Johnson, John Lewis Robertson, Lewis Cass Ruby, 
Frederick Franz Reinhardt, Edwin Clarence Toothaker, Charles Agustus 
Seen, John S. Watkins, Benj amine Franklin Holmes, John Gibson, Henry 
Russell Hall, John Michael Waters, Franz Joseph Seidel, James Milton 
Parker, Charles R. Allison, Howard C. Luallen, Hobert Conway Rud- 
dick, C. D. Simmons, Samuel H. Wilcox, George Washington Downey, 
George A. Smith, Charles Francis Patterson, Henry Francis Kennedy, 
Gilbert Goss Sawtelle, William Fisher Wilson, Charles Wolf Hall, Clar- 
ence Andereck, George Harris Stiles, Edward Johnson Rankin, Lawrent 
Geo. Radkus, Dan Middleton, Robert Lewis Thomas, Eli Watkins, Mor- 
ris Roy McCall, Joel Elzie Brown, Lorenzo Leslie Cotter, Elias Weart 

The record shows that on August 2, 191 1, a candidate was passed 
to the degree of F.C. without having been examined as to his proficiency. 
We recommend that a charter be granted to this lodge, as Sandoval 
Lodge No. 932. 

Manlius Lodgf.^ U.D., Manlius, Bureau county, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was granted November 28, 1910, by 
M.W. Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted 
December 14, 1910, by R.W. Bro. F. H. Bradley, D.D.G.M., of the 
Fifteenth District. 

The work of the lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 19 

Number elected 16 

Number rej ected 2 

Number not acted on i 

Number initiated 14 

Number passed 12 

Number raised 10 

Number named in dispensation 20 

Number signing petition for charter 30 

iQiiJ Grand Lodge of Illinois. 107 

Whose names are as follows : 

Samuel E. Williams, J. Lester Martin, Thomas H. Dale, Adelbert L. 
Martin, Frank W. Kirk, Elmer L. Mullen, Christ Peterson, Charles 
Markee, Winfield S. Reeser, John Henry Huseman, Peter Edlefson, 
Charles Barber, William G. Johnson, Henry Thackaberry, Olof T. Han- 
sen, Charles A. Strathman, Charles A. Andrews, Andrew Rudiger, Wil- 
liam Hartz, Benjamin Rieley, Samuel E. Wheelock, Burt B. Miller, 
Burt L. Brown, Claude D. Melvin, Chresten Larsen, Aimer M. Thomp- 
son, George G. Andrews, William S. Rudiger, Malcolm P. Johnson, 
Ralph M. Allen. 

The record of this lodge indicates that the work was regularly 
done, but they have neglected to enter their by-laws on the record, 
having entered them on a separate book; we recommend that a charter 
be granted to this lodge, as Manlius Lodge No. 933. 

Hinsdale Lodge, U.D., Hindale, DuPage county, Illinois. 

A dispensation was granted for this lodge, December 2, 1910, by 
M.W. Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted, 
January 5, 1911, by R.W, Bro. John H. Griffiths, D.D.G.M., of the 
Twelfth District. 

The work of the lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 24 

Number elected 21 

Number rejected 2 

Number not acted on i 

Number initiated 17 

Number passed 19 

Number raised 19 

Number na'med in dispensation 84 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter 2 

Number signing petition for charter loi 

Whose names are as follows : 

Harry Crater Knisely, William Louis Wilson, Horace Willis Cowles. 
Jr., George Frederick Lewis, George Ely Smith, Judson D. Hiatt, Erie 
Homer Merriman, John Carlyle Puetz, Scott Jonathan Dow, Edward E. 
Shaw, George R. McLeran, Edward Phelps Welles, John Clarence Wood, 
Lewis K. Hildebrand, John Bull Hench, Bruce Edward Richie, Joseph 
Noble Redfern, Fayette Shepard Cable, William Hugh Knight, William 
Brewster Hinckley, Howard G. Hetzler, Arthur Bigelow Freeman, Rob- 
ert A. Childs, Horace Hale Holcomb, Charles G. Root, Jesse B. Barton, 
Horace Willis Cowles. Sr., Webster Jay Lewis, Franklin Waldo Godwin, 

108 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Carlos Haviland Thayer, Walter Davidson, William Swift Woodworth, 
George Beaton, Robert Mackie Clubb, Charles A. Allen, Robert Boyd, 
Frederick H. McElhone, Jerome J. Danforth, Hiram Frederick God- 
win, Frank Vanlnwagen, George Albert Petrie, Frank A. Ford, William 
R. Rnchty, Harry Lyman Ruggles, Houston Isbell Hiatt, Albert Martin, 
Kent Cofifeen Childs, George Massey Lee, William Duncan, Floyd Rhodes 
Myers, Jay Lyman Hench, Frederick Nelson Pease, John Henry Boys, 
William Bradford Humphrey, Charles G. Neumiller, Frederick J. Prior. 
William Bruce Brown, John George Bohlander, Lorin A. Rawson, Ed- 
ward Hoar, Frank B. Webster, John A. Ford, Geor-ge E. Ruchty, Allan 
J. Goodhue, Robert H. Berry, Fred Clark, Charles Pfeifer, Otis Gush- 
ing, Theron H. Linsley, Alexander Sanders Johnston, William Johnston, 
Christian H. Stocking, John Wadington, Edward P. Ames, Warham E. 
Janes, Richard W. G. Root, Sylvester P. Blount, Jesse B. Barton, Jr.. 
William Evernden, Charles Clyde Quincy, Ellis R. Hurd, John Marshall, 
Jr., Horace Bebb Hench, William DeMelt Alcott, Curtis DuVan Bird, 
William Franklin Richie, Frederick Gray Allen, Alfred Jasper Saxe, 
Albert Henry Rancke, Benjamin St. John Garvey, John Henderson 
Birdsong, Harry Arnott Malcolms, Elsworth Keith, Brooke Furniston 
Dennison, Edgar Bassett Washburn, Wade Fetzer, Charles Gustavus 
Dennison, Norman Kingsley Olmsted, James Carey Davis, Robert Frank- 
lin Godwin, William Stewart Johnston. 

The record shows that only seventeen were initiated, while nineteen 
were passed and raised. We will say for your information that two 
of the candidates had been initiated in another lodge, and had been ad- 
mitted to this lodge by waiver of jurisdiction. [In this connection the 
point of law was raised and sustained by the Grand Master that a lodge 
U.D. has not the legal right to ask for, receive or grant a waiver of 
jurisdiction.] The record shows no errors, and that the work done was 
of a high order ; we recommend a charter be granted to this lodge, as 
Hinsdale Lodge No. 934. 

La Moine Lodge, U.D., Brooklyn, Schuyler county, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was issued December 19, 1910, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted, February 
13, 1911, by R.W. Bro. E. M. Crane, D.D.G.M., of the Twenty-fourth 

The work of this lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 5 

Number elected 5 

Number initiated 5 

Number passed 5 


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Number raised 5 

Number named in dispensation 20 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter i 

Number signing petition for charter 24 

Whose names are as follows : 

Julian E. Camp, Major S. Crone, William T. Lewis, Oren M. Hite, 
Thomas D. Lewis, Edwin S. Chipman, William F. Irvin, George M. 
Bellomy, Alpheus Weaver, Samuel B. Johnson, Henry D. Lewis, Harold 
M. Camp, George Gray, William Wells, Jonas King, William P. White, 
Albert Heney, Glandon A. Lantz, John K. Vance, Robert H. Blackburn, 
Ronald P. Hite, Arthur Stambaugh, Charles P. White, Thomas A. 

While the work of this lodge shows several errors, none of them 
are so glaring as to recommend not granting of a charter ; we, there- 
fore recommend that this lodge be granted a charter as La Moine 
Lodge No. 935. 

Rock Falls Lodge, U.D., Rock Falls, Whiteside county, Illinois. 

A dispensation was granted to this lodge, January 6, 191 1, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted, January 
10, 191 1, by R.W. Bro. W. C. Stilson, D.D.G.M., of the Thirteenth 

The work of this lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 23 

Number elected 19 

Number rej ected 3 

Number not acted on i 

Number initiated 19 

Number passed 14 

Number raised 12 

Number named in dispensation ^3 

Number signing petition for charter 45 

Whose names are as follows : 

Fred H, Geyer, Leroy P. McMillen, Espy Otto Phares, Clyde C. 
Kadel, John G. Limerick, Emery L. Bond, O. M. Aarvig, Tracy J. 
Wylie, E. U. Taylor, Leroy Edwin Shonts, Sophus Richard, Geo. F. 
Eckert, E. W. Murray, C. M. Frye, G. H. Jennings, John McCavitt, J. F. 
Shaw, A. A. Kelly, Charles Allen, Charles E. Dempsey, Joseph Olsson, 
James F. Wetzell, Chas. D. Cleveland, Alfred C. Stanley, C. L. Williams, 
Earl Leslie Longfellow, J. R. Casey, N. L. McKenzie, T. E. Irwin, 

110 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Tracy Smith, D. H. Ruth, Jedd Landwair, M. T. Mouck, William Hay 
Holden, L. W. Parks, Wm. J. Sowles, John A. Kadel, Chas. G. E. Pip- 
pert, E. L. Adams, Michael J. McAllister, Grant S. Landis, R. A. Jen- 
nings, John Miller, Geo. F. Sheldon, L. L. Emmons, Jr. 

We recommend that a charter be granted to this lodge, as Rock 
Falls Lodge No. 936. 

North Shore Lodge, U.D.. Chicago, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was issued January 9, 191 1, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted, January 
24, 191 1, by R.W. Bro. D. D. King, D.D.G.M., of the Fifth District. 

The work of this lodge is as follows: 

Number of petitions received 123 

Number elected 112 

Number rej ected i 

Number not acted on 10 

Number initiated 108 

Number passed .' 80 

Number raised 7Z 

Number named in dispensation 155 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter 6 

Number signing petition for charter 222 

Whose names are as follows : 

Timothy Mason Avery, James Fitch 'Cheney Coombs, Clinton Edgar 
Cooper, William Rusche, Emil John Merki, William Monroe Copeland, 
Elof Peterson, John Joseph Diehl, Morton Ayres Bassett, Frederick 
Harry Nelson, John Chas. Henry Rheinwald, Scott Marlett, Lester Jos- 
eph Heath, Morris Edward Wolfe, Walter Ralph Simkin, Thomas Hugh 
McKnight, Jay Arthur Rossiler, Frederick Armistead Beer, Otto Carl 
Koester, Francis John Turnbull, Edward Richard Nelson, Edward Kyle 
Wallace, William John Newberry, Abel Leighton Allen, William John 
Brown, Louis F. Winkenwerder, John Dan Corlett, Hugo John Dietrick 
Fick, Heber Milton Goodsmith, William Henry Westerlund, Clarence 
Ferd Lundgren, Fred Giles North, Charles Francis Thomas, William 
Charles Louis Stoebig, Albert Axel Carlson, William Robert Howe, 
George William Lincoln, Robert William Kunz, Julius Herman Kurth, 
Alfred Samuel Watson, Alfred Carl Borden, Walter Emil Tess, Ed- 
gar Ransom King, Walter H. Riddell, Lars Edward Young, George 
Edward Coleman, Jr., Adolph Werner, John Boland Whittier, Emil Jul- 
ius Pache, Louis Louis Zindt, Walter Scott Cadwell, Paul John Alwart, 
Charles Frederick Dutcher, Daniel Huguenin, George Edward Speng- 

191 1-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. Ill 

ler, George Frederick Friese, Samuel Johnson McNeill, Arthur Edmund 
Brown, Cloyd Cleveland Dickinson, Charles Luther Shafifer, Frank Chat- 
field Farmer, Woodruff John Parker, Swan Swanson Bjorklund, Adyn 
Elwyn Schuyler, Clyde C. Backus, John Patton Davis, Warren Raymond 
Carman, Spence Saxilby Chapman, George Dorn, William Henry Dean, 
John Newton Stromberg, William Phillip Stroh, William Franklin 
Bahe, Elihu Noble Elliott, Edgar Brown Halliday, John Jansson, Henry 
Edmund Wilcox, Waldemar Joseph Reinke, Louis Fred Haller, Henry 
Frederick Bartling, Julius Ziegler, George Alfred Meyer, Leopold Jona- 
than Zindt, William. Edward Bentley, William Perley Goodsmith, Syl- 
vester Piper Beers, Edward Ten Eyck Chandler, Peter Henry Schlueter, 
Fred Eugene Hicks, Parker Austin Jenks, Ben Alexius Edward Turell, 
Arthur Bernard Rosencrans, William Adolph Lewis Schaefer, Harry 
Lee White, Edward August Lang, George Curtis Bird, Otto Frederick 
Closius, Louis Amandas Mueller, Smith Pykett, George Henry Schafer, 
Ludwig August Seidel, Fred Albert Haller, William James Minter, El- 
mer Scott Franklin, William Bader, Peter Chas. Schenkelberger, Charles 
August Anderson, Glaus Emil Ross, Charles William Hess, Jr., Harry 
Alfred Cudding, Harry Lathrop Whittelsley, Frederick Christian Christy, 
Charles Frederick Wiedemann, Herman George Diehl, Harold Gros- 
venor Sperling, Charles Wells Rothe, Paul Wainwright Cooper, Wil- 
liam Leonard Klewer, Eugene Schiflfln, William Charles Jacob, Jules 
Matthias Zindt, Frank Edson Dean, Chas. Gerhart William Heerrsen, 
Timothy Alvin Cressey, Frank Chiel Johnston, Joseph P. Blum, John 
Fenimore Jones, William Marsh Glascock, Donald Hay Wyre, William 
George Marr, Walter Feli.x Seidel, Joseph Weil, William Orville Forker, 
Frederick Jung, Joseph Benjamin Cloher, Jr., Francis Snively Lewis, 
William Wallace Bradfield, Nels Berquist, Charles Edward Rosen, Gus- 
tav Theodore Larson, Herbert Elyah Hyde, Arthur Henry Geiger, Lew 
Elmore Holland, Richard Vance Storer, Willard F. Wurzburg, Freder- 
ick David Ansley, Avery Brundage, John Earl Hatt, James Robert Mc- 
Clure, Chester Louis Swisher, Ernest Louis Schmidt, Henry Tietjens, 
William Glenn Shields, Charles Clarence Peflfly, Charles Grover Palmer, 
William Henry Mattheis, Roy Augustus Lane, Charles Abram Jones, 
Rheinhold William Tess, Bert W. Donjahn, Herbert Jewett Ferguson. 
Walter Albert Preston, Francis C. Smith, Roderick William Classen, Jr., 
Marshall Barr Nelson, Charles Louis Heinemann, Claude William Mor- 
ris, Clarence Seymour Boggs, Edward Louis Kunze, Carl S. Salzman, 
Paul Brandt Ramsom, John Frederick Kunze, Adolph Theodor Lillje- 
bach, Loue Butow, Clarence O. Ludlow, Frank William Funnell, Sam- 
uel M. Schall, Edward Payson Gilhuly, William E. Bertram, Sven 
Johnson, George Henry Kaufman, Charles Paul Hanning. Schuyler Har- 
vey, Robert J. Blum, Henry C. Pegram, John Russell Draper, John 

112 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Bernard Gairing, William Litterer, Herbert Fred'k William Schmidt, 
John Henry Smith, Sibert Carl Michaelis, William Henry Holke, Jod- 
gen Peter Rising, William Henry Sampson, Alfred Bloomquist, Otho S. 
Edwards, Henry A. Frost, Dietrick Henry Pottker, Jacob David Deiss, 
Gerbert Paul Hindt, Robert Roy Schurig, Harold Daniel Huszagh, Ed- 
ward James Johnson, Louis Varl Rosenthal, Perry Kellar Mundt, George 
E. Brown, David Hickman Stealey, Henry H. Bornhoeft, Guy Raymond 
Buck, Anton Erick Fors, William Robert Hibbs, Chester Arthur Grif- 
fith, Arthur B. Droeger, Adolph George Gros, Sr., Frank Oscar Weiden- 
miller, Charles Walter Robertson, Arthur J. Cowan, Eugene Jerome 
Seeley, James Arthur Dale, Conrad John Kalbfell, Charles H. Mclntyre^ 
John J. Rubien. 

The by-laws of this lodge provide that $40 shall be the fee for the 
E.A. degree, and shall accompany the petition, but the record shows 
that only $15 accompanied the petition, and that the remainder of the 
fee, $25, is collected when the candidate is initiated, which is a viola- 
tion of their own by-laws. In view of the fact that the lodge has vio- 
lated its own by-laws and not the Grand Lodge by-laws, we recom- 
mend that the charter of this lodge be granted, as North Shore Lodge 
No. 937, and placed in the hands of the Grand Master, to be delivered 
when such errors can be corrected. 

Circle Lodge, L^.D., Oak Park, Cook county, Illinois. 

A dispensation was granted for this lodge on February 14, 191 1, by 
M.W. Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted Feb- 
ruary 16, 191 1, by R.W. Bro. D. D. King, D.D.G.M., of the Fourth 

The work of this lodge is as follows: 

Number of petitions received 54 

Number elected 41 

Number rej ected 11 

Number not acted on 2 

Number initiated 38 

Number passed • 35 

Number raised 35 

Number named in dispensation 2)3 

Number named in dispensation, not signing petition 

for charter 4 

Number signing petition for charter 64 

Whose names are as follows : 

Louis Kroc, Benjamin C. Grout, Duncan L. Boden, Arthur D. Rehm, 
J. Horace Jefferson, Gaston B. Hallett, Fred William Licht, Julius Paul 

igii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 113 

Schulte, Jerry Frank Jirsa, William Charles Kreino, William Perry Rob- 
bins, John Samuel Link, George Tough, Alfred Edgecombe, Charles von 
Hof, Harry Elmer Leasure, Ernest Potthoff, Albert Waldmere Keller, 
Joseph Deppen, James Andrew Simmons, James M. Thomas, Otto Chris- 
tian Haeger, William George Tresch, Henry J. Smith, Adolph Evers, 
William Louis Haeger, John James Kelly, W^illiam Charles Meincke, 
Alfred E. Larsen, John Benjamin Miller, William Charles Hanks, Wil- 
liam John Schroeder, Lewis Franklin Grafius, Henry A. Hollnagel, Wil- 
liam Thomas Pye, John Gawne, Charles Raymond Shabino, George 
Krieg, Leonard Franklin Rehm, C. Otto Seifert, Charles William Lob- 
stein, Carl William Lee, Elmer Ellsworth Koch, David Dick Cooper, 
George Wright, John Grant Spalding, William Charles Schmidt, George 
Frederick Kautz, Alexander Forbes, Alexander Reaich, Hugo Richard 
Siegler, Edwin Pugh, William Herman Asmus, Harry Michel, Alexan- 
der Andrew Shannon, James R. Hay, Philip Meininger, William W. Ral- 
eigh, Joseph Bert Tinker, Asua G. Bollenbaugh, William G. Klebe, H. 
Benton Honens, Gabriel A. Menendez, William Kirschbaum. 

The minutes of this lodge show neatness and care on the part of the 
secretary, and no errors have crept into the record of work, excepting 
that the lodge has undertaken to define the lines of jurisdiction with the 
lodges in proximity on either side ; we therefore recommend that a 
charter be granted to this lodge as Circle Lodge No. 938. 

Table Grove Lodge, U.D.. Table Grove, Fulton county, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was granted February 18, 191 1, by 
M.W. Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted 
March 8, 191 1, by R.W. Bro. G. D. Bell, D.D.G.M.. of the Twenty-third 

The work of this lodge is as follows: 

Number of petitions received 17 

Number elected 16 

Number not acted on i 

Number initiated 16 

Number passed 14 

Number raised 14 

Number named in dispensation 24 

Number signing petition for charter •. . . . .38 

Whose names are as follows : 

Nicholas Notson, William Taylor Foster, Dwight Branson Carithers, 
Emanuel Hoke, Charles Cox, Ross Hoke, Harry Enos Tarter, Newton 
Heller, Henry Ferguson Merritt, W. A. ]\IcKee, Daniel Edward Barker, 
Eliga Clifton Walters. Eliga Justis Walters, Grover Cleveland Black, 


114 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Edward Waters, James Davis Parks, William H. Lovell, John Hughes, 
Charles Roy Duncan, Willmer W. Clemens, James Ross Zoll, C. T. Def- 
enbaugh, H. L. Dyer, Charles Ripley Morgan, William Douglas Perry, 
Charles Henry Haist, Ira S. Toler Wetzel, Carl L. Warner, Arthur 
Bartholomew, Charles Edward Gustine, Frederick S. Nichols, Perry 
Franklin Jones, Franklin Lewis Barker, Ira Joseph Barker, George Vaw- 
ter, James Elmer Hammond, Edwin Jay Seaburn, James Thurman Lovell. 

The records of Table Grove Lodge show their work has been well 
done ; we recommend that a charter be granted to this lodge as Table 
Grove Lodge No. 939. 

Pearl Lodge, U.D., Pearl, Pike county, Illinois. 

A dispensation was granted for this lodge May 19, 191 1, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted May 31, 
191 1, by R.W. Bro. W. W. Watson, D.D.G.M., of the Thirty-second 

The record of work is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 5 

Number elected • 5 

Number rejected 

Number not acted on 

Number initiated 4 

Number passed i 

Number raised i 

Number named in dispensaiton 20 

Number signing petition for charter 21 

Whose names are as follows : 

Arthur P. Thurmon, E. LI. Chandler, W. Roy Donohoo, Elisha Hay- 
den, Francis Marion Thurmon, George M. Donohoo, Frank C. Rieman, 
John Wildt, Charles Marcellus Foiles, Isaac S. Moultrie, William H. 
Meisenbach, William H. Garrison, William H. Brady, Albert N. Rogers, 
Joshua Draper, William Ottwell, Roscoe Akers, Charles Edward Thur- 
mon, Harry Duff, Harry Lee Weatherford, Homer Floyd Stathem. 

The record of work shows that a code of by-laws was adopted and 
was not made a part of the record. The minutes show lack of neatness 
on the part of the secretary ; we recommend that a charter be granted 
to this lodge as Pearl Lodge No. 940. 

•Elmhurst Lodge, U.D., Elmhurst, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was granted April 29, 191 1, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted June 2. 
191 1, by R.W. Bro. John H. Griffiths, D.D.G.M., of the Twelfth District. 

iQii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 115 

The work of the lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 2^ 

Number elected 16 

Number rej ected 6 

Number not acted on i 

Number initiated 16 

Number passed 13 

Number raised 9 

Number named in dispensation '. S3 

Number signing petition for charter 62 

Whose names are as follows : 

John Layland Greaves, William John Hilliard, Frank Warren Sandi- 
land, William Ball Pearn, Anton Edmund Nelson, Dick S. Ford, Henry 
Fred Hobein, Walter Lawrence Block, Julius Martin Schoen, Frederick 
Christian Haas, Francis Berniere Laramie, Frederick Charles Hense, 
George Aaron Wadsworth, Frederick William Maximillian Hammer- 
schmidt, John Jackson Wilkinson, Charles Frank Hess, Arthur Volaire 
Fraser, George Herbert Dean, Robert Stacy Bouland, Herbert Henry 
Putnam, Niels Peterson, Harry Harold Hicks, John Cowling Kent, James 
Kent, William Henry Mardaga, Louis Nicholas La Croix, Frederick 
Herman Kaltenbach, Gustav Henry Diedrich Franzen, William Sterling 
Weller, Frederick Henry Goltermann, Levi Pierce, Julius Jakob Braun, 
George Robert Chapman, George Fred Albert Bauersfeld, Frank McNel- 
lis, Frederick Celestin Harbour, George Lueder, Thomas Gaston Mor- 
ford, Lloyd Chester Mason, Arthur Hamblin Wheeler, John Lewis Pen- 
tecost, Edward Henry Yunkers, Frederick Herbert Bates, Albert Bayer, 
Lelan Otis Green, Richard Vaux Megary, George Watson, Paul Dornan 
Phillips, Frank Aurthe Green, Robert Emil Gottschalk, Henri Ricker 
Davis, Peter William Butts, Henry Carl Schumacher, Dudley Harris 
Richardson, Alonzo Gustavus Fischer, Fred Henry Sievert, Paul Herman 
Rieger, Henry Banderob, George Reimer Struckmann, James Russell 
Bunyan, William Carl Boldt, Orson William Green. 

The record of this lodge is very clear, and is a marvel of neatness, 
and it is to be regretted that they do not state in full the occupation of 
the petitioner, and that the lodge failed to comply with its own by-laws, 
which requires that the fee for the E.A. degree shall be $25, ten dollars 
accompanying the petition^ and $15 when the candidate is initiated. 

In view of the fact that the lodge has violated its own by-laws and 
not the Grand Lodge by-laws, we recommend that a charter be granted 
to this lodge as Elmhurst Lodge No. 941, the same to be placed in the 
hands of the Grand Master to be delivered to them when the above er- 
rors can be corrected. 

116 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Maple Park Lodge, U.D., Maple Park, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was issued June 5, 191 1, by M.W. Bro. 
A. B. Ashley. The lodge was instituted June 14, 191 1, by R.W. Bro. 
John H. Griffiths, D.D.G.M. of the Twelfth District. 

The work of the lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 6 

Number elected 6 

Number rej ected o 

Number not acted on o 

Number initiated 6 

Number passed 4 

Number raised 2 

Number named in dispensation • 21 

Number signing petition for charter 23 

Whose names are as follows : 

Willard E. Fillmore, S. F. Downing, Albert Thiel, Harrison G. Ger- 
lach, William Halwick, Aie A. Marvin, Cullen Keefe, Milton J. Beverly, 
William F. Albin, Edmund L. Thatcher, Edward E. Becker, Otto E. 
Reinhart, Franklin J. Truby, A. J. Higgins, R. T. Emberson, Henry Pig- 
ney, H. W. Fitzsimmons, Clarence Porter Witter, William Vaughan, 
John B. Brown, G. J. Gerity, James Easterbrook, Alvin Easterbrook. 

The record shows that nothing but the name of the petitioner is 
given, which is in violation of Part 2, Article 13, Section i of the Grand 
Lodge By-laws. The record also shows that candidates are not prepared 
or introduced. We recommend that a charter be granted to this lodge 
as Maple Park Lodge No. 942 and placed in the hands of the Grand 
Master to be delivered to them when he is satisfied that the lodge is do- 
ing work not in violation of the Grand Lodge By-laws. 

Bohemia Lodge, U.D., Chicago, Illinois. 

A dispensation was issued for this lodge June 9, 191 1, by M.W. Bro. 
A. B. Ashley, Granad Master. The lodge was instituted June 23, 191 1, 
by Bro. Amos Pettibone. 

The record of work is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 23 

Number elected ; 16 

Number rej ected 3 

Number not acted on 4 

Number initiated 10 

Number passed 8 

Number raised 8 

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Number named in dispensation, not signing petition 

for cliarter 3 

Number named in dispensation loi 

Number signing petition for charter io6 

Wliose names are as follows : 

Frank Edmund Novak, Charles Borromeo Pavlicek, Charles Joseph 
Novak, Louis Edward Jelinek, Joseph Frank Polak, Charles Novak, 
James M. Kralovec, Edward Frank Kounovsky, William Kolace, Otto 
Polanek, Frank Joseph Novak, James Francis Slapak, John Pecha, Frank 
Pecival, James Martin Triner, Hugo Victor Pribyl, Edward John Welky, 
Anton Vincent Dlouhy, John William Vokoun, John Anthony Sokol, 
Joseph Benjamin Novak, Joseph Martin Dvorak, Edward Stuchlik, John 
Henry Novak, Edward Frank Wondreyka, Quido Edward Pribyl, Prokop 
Julius Smidl, Anton Vanek, Joseph Anton Smejkal, Ignatius Albert 
Schimek, Theodore J. Pelikan, Adolf Mach, Karel Vaclav Janovsky, 
John Klecker, Rudolph J. Schlessinger, Fred James Base, Frank Vav- 
roch, Edward Henry Mach, Frank John Cekal, Vaclav John Topinka, An- 
ton John Tysl, Joseph Pecival, Frank Joseph Liska, Philip John Soukup, 
William A. Stuchlik, Frank Joseph Vranek, John J. Ziska, James Vas- 
umpaur, Joseph R. Vleck, John Kryl, Harry John Chocol, John Klucina, 
Adolph Erst, Prokop Karlovsk}-, Emil Frank Chocol, John Klaus, Vin- 
cent Jacob Klaus, Joseph Smaha, Alexander Sylvester Kratky, Frank 
Sinkler, Joseph Anthony Holpuch, Joseph John Horsky, Anthony Frank 
Rusy, Karel Victor Mikulas, Vaclav James Smidl, John Stuchlik, Vaclav 
Vanek, Louis Narowetz, Louis Joseph Pelikan, Joseph Charles Holek, 
Edward Joseph Smejkal, Louis Frank Jirka, James John Kapsa, Louis 
George Vlcek, Otto James Pelikan, Frank Charles Mencl, Richard Dusil, 
George M. Ters, Gustav Felise Jedlicka, Frank Roman Schrachta, Matt 
Joseph Jedlicka, Joseph Ruzicka, Frank John Dubsk_v, John Joseph Dub- 
sky, Joseph Sylvester Pytlik, Jerry Henry Cerny, Frank Joseph Cerny, 
Frank Zima, Frank Svoboda, Anthony Joseph Hoblik, Vaclav Lisy, 
Frank Louis Karel, Chas. Hainz, Dominick Friedl, Robert Frank Vrana, 
Joseph Otto Kostner, Hugo Lewis Pitte, August Reigel, Wm. J. Kola- 
cek. Otto Sindelar, Charles Schrachta, Frank Poshepny, Edward Pecival, 
Anton Stepanek, Stephen Erst, Joseph Baumruk, Jr. 

The minutes show that petitioner's full names, in some instances, 
were not given, which is in violation of Part 2, Article 13, Section i of 
the Grand Lodge By-laws. We recommend that a charter be granted to 
this lodge as Bohemia Lodge No. 943. 

118 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

John Corson Smith Lodge, U.D., Chicago, Illinois. 

A dispensation was issued for this lodge June 13, 191 1, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted by R.W. 
Bro. E. W. Peterson, D.D.G.M., of the Seventh District. 

The work of this lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 46 

Number elected • 27 

Number rejected 12 

Number not acted on 7 

Number initiated 24 

Number passed 19 

Number raised 14 

Number of names in dispensation 33 

Number petitioning for charter 47 

Whose names are as follows : 

Louis Steinberg, George King Reeder, Samuel Salasia Schwartz, 
Harris Joshua Pearlman, Joseph Daniel Roderick, Solomon Phillip Ro- 
derick, Zoltan Bower, Louis Bernard Hoffing, Charles Louis Cohns, 
Philip Ogden Hantover, Morris Biel, Aaron Carlstein, Gustav August 
Hartman, Morris Bejach, Gustave Fischer, Samuel Abraham Fischer, 
Jacob Handelsman, Abraham Bernard Gurney, Jacob Gadalia Grossberg, 
Benjmin Edward Cohen, William Gordon, Julius Henry Gordon, Ben- 
jamin Steinberg, Harry Lindon, Frank Paul Pearlman, Max Blum, S. 
Harry Grinker, John Dubowich, Herman Charles Lewis, Albert L Leight, 
Morris Abrams, Bernard Breakstone, Frank Samuel Miller, Albert H. 
Weiss, Peter Halushka, Joseph Schwartz, Maurice Wolff, Albert Stern, 
Michael Gesas, Jacob Perbohner, Jacob Wolff Shafton, Leo Shafton, 
Samuel Sol Lebovitz, Abe Harold Wald, Jacob Bernstein, William Mil- 
ton Ross, David William Marks. 

The work of this lodge has been done in a very creditable and sat- 
isfactory manner. We therefore recommend that a charter be granted 
to this lodge as John Corson Smith Lodge No. 944. 

Buffalo Lodge, U.D., Buffalo, Sangamon county, Illinois. 

A dispensation was issued to this lodge June 16, 191 1, by M.W. Bro. 
A. B. Ashle3^ Grand Master. The lodge was instituted June 19, 191 1, by 
R.W. Bro. Sidney S. Breese, D.D.G.M., of the Nineteenth District. 

The work of this lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 9 

Number elected 6 

Number rej ectcd i 

Number not acted on 2 

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Number initiated 6 

Number passed • 4 

Number raised 4 

Number named in dispensation 20 

Number named in dispensation not signing petition 

for charter i 

Number signing petition for charter 23 

Whose names are as follows : 

Robert Flentje, Oliver McDaniel, J. H. Grubb, Elmer Stubbs, B. F. 
Edwards, Frank Hays, H. H. Bast, G. C. Edwards, J. F. McAnally, 
T. E. Orr, H. M. Robinson, R. O'Conner, W. R. Cox, P. G. Williams, 
H. C. Garvey, J. P. Edwards, G. B. Lutyens, O. E. Johnson, Robert P. 
Lynn, George W. Carter, Henry Williams, Henry I. Ellington. 

While the record shows the work to have been done correctly in 
the main, the minutes have been kept in a crude and loose manner. We 
recommend that a charter be granted to this lodge as Buffalo Lodge 
No. 945. 

Joy Lodge, U.D., Joy, Mercer county, Illinois. 

A dispensation was issued for this lodge June 29, 191 1, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand Master. The lodge was instituted June 30, 
191 1, by R.W. Bro. C. L. Gregory, D.D.G.M., of the Twenty-second Dis- 

The work of this lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 13 

Number elected 8 

Number not acted on S 

Number initiated 8 

Number passed 3 

Number raised 3 

Number named in dispensation 33 

Number signing petition for charter 36 

Whose names are as follows : 

William F. Spence, Orlando Brown, George H. Campbell, Clarence 
A. Morrow, Verdi Pullen, Joseph Lyle Carnahan, Thomas J. Harney, 
Charlie Noble, Roscoe L. Belt, Jonathan Dodson, George H. Moore, 
August Relander, Chas. Strong, J. Edward Shingledecker, Charles Jack- 
son, Virgil A. Love, Fred A. Rader, Archie O. Snyder, M. S. Poland, 
Paris Noble, Niels Jensen, J. F. Shingledecker, G. W. Thomason, A. H. 
Thomason, C. R. Gates, C. J. Noble, William E. Bryant, John C. Brown, 
C. R. Prouty, R. W. WilHts, Robert Lee Downing, William Tieman, 
Harvey Ray Kiddoo, William Vance Love, John Downing Carnahan, 
Clovis Omar Finch. 

120 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

The record of this lodge is a model of tabulation, neatness and ac- 
curacy, and it gives your committee great pleasure to say so much in 
praise of the work done by them; we recommend a charter be granted 
this lodge as Joy LjDdge No. 946. 

Kenmore Lodge, U.D., Chicago, Illinois. 

A dispensation was issued to this lodge June 5, 191 1, by ]\I.W. Bro. 
A. B. Ashley, Grand IMaster. The lodge was instituted July 3, 191 1, by 
R.W. Bro. E. W. Peterson, D.D.G.M., of the Seventh District. 

The work of this lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 20 

Number elected 15 

Number rej ected 2 

Number not acted on 3 

Number initiated 13 

Number passed 10 

Number raised 9 

Number named in dispensation 31 

Number named in dispensation, not signing petition 

for charter 3 

Number signing petition for charter 37 

Whose names are as follows : 

Charles Stanley Aitken, William Bell Aitken, Charles Bishop Bogue, 
Max Borchardt. John (J) Burke, Herbert Plowright Burton, Otto Len- 
ard Dahlgren, Herbert Elwood Emerson, William Wallace Flannigan, 
George Theodore Garratt, Samuel Bothwell Green, Henry Ernst Gries, 
William Henry Hallam, William Edward Hoinville, Sivert Vallentin Hol- 
lesen, William Kramer, Jens Marthinius Larsen, Christopher Columbus 
Lazenby, Stanley (A.) Matthews, Albert Theodore Maul, James Smith 
McCord, Thomas Carling Naylor, Edward Alvetus Oakle}^ Albert Henry 
Reinhardt, Arthur Jean Reubold, Ivan Edward Ringstad, Earle Arthur 
Russell, Perley Ando Russell, Charles Emanuel Saxon, Edmund Ernest 
Schreiner, Woolf Schwab, Arthur Eugene Smith, Frank Spensley, Wel- 
lington Stewart, Harry Aaron Sultan, Adelbert Ezra Whitney, William 
Anderson Stewart. 

The record of Kenmore Lodge has been well and correctly kept and 
no errors whatever have been found in it. We recommend that a char- 
ter be granted to this lodge as Kenmore Lodge No. 947. 

R. F. Casey Lodge, U.D., Kell, Marion county, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was issued June 29. 191 1, by M.W. 
Bro. A. B. Ashley, Grand IMastcr. The lodge was instituted July 20, 
191 1, by Bro. Joseph N. IMorrow. 

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The work of this lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 4 

Number elected 2 

Number not acted on 

Number initiated • 2 

Number passed • i 

Number raised i 

Number named in dispensation 20 

Number signing petition for charter 21 

Whose names are as follows : 

Omer V. Cummins, Francis M. Purcell, Roy E. McNeilly, Glovy B. 
JNIcNeilly, R. A. Jeffries, Albert L. Smith, Harvey D. May, Zenas H. 
Freeman, Amos May, Joel D. Simmons, Joel K. Simmons, Arthur Mc. K. 
Frost, John B. McConnell, Wm. H. Ward, John C. Ward, J. M. Gid- 
dings, Omer L. Gaston, Mathew Telford, John S. March, Oscar G. Hays, 
Wm. H. Howell. 

The minutes have been kept in a loose and careless manner and 
show lack of neatness on the part of the secretary, otherwise the work 
has been done correctly. We recommend that a charter be granted to 
this lodge as R. F. Casey Lodge No. 948. 

Justice Lodge, U.D., Chicago, Illinois. 

A dispensation for this lodge was issued by M.W. Bro. A. B. Ashley. 
Grand Master, on July 10, 191 1. The lodge was instituted July 11, 191 1, 
by R.W. Bro. Harry W. Harvey, D.D.G.M., of the Second District. 

The work of the lodge is as follows : 

Number of petitions received 54 

Number elected 39 

Number rej ected 2 

Number not acted on 13 

Number initiated 36 

Number passed 21 

Number raised 21 

Number named in dispensation 22 

Number signing petition for charter '. • -43 

Whose names are as follows : 

Harvey Edward Nighthart, Aaron Carl Koethe, Edwin Henry Oxley, 
Henry Marcus Thompson, Harry Walker DeJarnette, Andrew Jackson 
O'Donnell, Charles Earnest Turk, Percy Harry Corbett, Joshua William 
Mason, Thomas Jones, Alfred Douglas Green, John Quincy Currie, Jos- 
eph William Tanner, John Hillinger, Annesty Thomas Young, Henry H. 
Peebles, Roger John Marcy, John Edward Murback, Charles Climer, 

122 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

Ingoard Martin Scott, Wilfred Joseph Papin, John Quincy Adams, Ed- 
ward Stephen Maguire, Harry IMason Crowe, Aired Henry Clark, Her- 
man Semmler, Charles Ehvynn Parsill, Barney Castor, August Stein- 
brecker, Jr., Frank Xavier Kindberg, Robert Emmet Keating, William 
Henry Warren, Louis Ray Christie, Joseph Smith Higgins, Walter Jos- 
eph Roetter, Arthur Gilbert Elliott, Craig Aubrey Groat, George Wil- 
liam Cooper, Theodore Augustin Heyer, George Perry Deming, Andrew 
John Swanson, Ferdinand Henry Hepner, Harry Antoine Jensen. 

The record of Justice Lodge has been very well kept and we recom- 
mend it for a model for lodges working under dispensation in the fu- 
ture; we recommend that a charter be granted to this lodge as Justice 
Lodge No. 949. 

It has been brought to the notice of your Committee that some of 
the lodges working under dispensation in this Grand Jurisdiction, are 
going out into the highways and byways and soliciting membership, ask- 
ing men to become Masons and to put their petitions into their respect- 
ive lodges. While the names of no individual lodges have been given to 
the committee, yet such practices have been intimated to the Grand 

Brethren, practices of this character are reprehensible in the extreme 
and are beneath the dignity of Masons and Masonry, and are contrary to 
the landmarks laid down and practiced by Ancient Craft Masonry from 
time immemorial. 

While we all feel a just pride in the growth of Alasonry in this 
grand old state of ours, that now stands first in point of good work and 
interest, and second in numbers, yet we should never sacrifice principle 
for numbers, nor quality for quantity. H it were known by your com- 
mittee who the offenders are, no recommendation would ever be given 
for a charter for any such lodge or lodges. 

It is with a commendable degree of pride and pleasure that we come 
before you this year with a clean slate, and recommend that charters be 
granted to all of the twenty-two lodges presented for our consideration. 
Taking the work done by the lodges, as a whole, it is very creditable 
indeed, while with most of them, the work has been of a very high 
order. Respectfully submitted, 

H. C. Mitchell, 
John Johnston, 
L H. Todd, 
J. W. Hamilton, 
Chas. H. Martin, 
F. E. Locke. 


igii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 12H 

REPORT — Committee on Chartered Lodges. 

M.W. Bro. Chas. P. Hitchcock, chairman of the Commit- 
tee on Chartered Lodges, presented the report of that com- 
mittee. On motion the report was adopted. 

To file Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M.: 

Your Committee on Chartered Lodges having carefully examined 
the returns of the constituent lodges for the year ending June 30, 1911, 
submit the following summary of the tabulated statement : 


Number raised 8,391 

Number reinstated 368 

Number admitted I.i73 

Number added for error • 102 

Total increase • ^0,034 


Number suspended 739 

Number expelled 19 

Number dimitted 1,912 

Number died 1.483 

Number deducted for error 92 

Total decrease 4.245 

Net gain in membership 5,8oi 

Total membership June 30, 191 1 108,068 

Number of chartered lodges 786 

Number residing in Illinois 96,607 

Non-resident members 1 1.456 

Number initiated 8,932 

Number passed 8,417 

Received from dues year ending June 30, 1911. .. .$97,207.20 

Contributed to members, their widows and orphans.$43, 556.82 

Contributed to those not members 5,397-76 

Contributed to Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home.. 1,435.50 

Total contributed to charity $50,390 08 

We further report that we have found the work of the Grand Secre- 
tary in the tabulation of the various reports from the lodges throughout 

124 Proceedings of the (October lo, 

the state to have been very carefully done indeed, and this has been of 
great assistance to your committee in the examination of these returns, 
and in the preparation of this report. 

There is a marked improvement in preparing the returns of the 
lodges as sent in by the respective secretaries, but there are still some 
secretaries who are careless in this matter, and we would suggest that 
these be urged to use more care in the preparation of their respective 
reports. Fraternally submitted, 

C. F. Hitchcock, 


C. M. Turner, 
Phil. C. Barclay, 
H. C. Mertz, 


AMENDMENT— To By-Laws— Adopted. 

M.W. Bro. Alexander H. Bell called up the amendment to 
Art. 6, Part i, Grand Lodge By-Laws, adding a new section 
5. It was adopted. 

Section 5. The bond required to be given by the Grand Treasurer 
and Grand Secretary respectively shall be in the following form : 

"Know all men by these presents that we as 

prmcipal and as sureties are held and firmly 

bound unto the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons of the State of Illinois in the penal sum of dol- 
lars, for the payment of which well and truly to be made we bind our- 
selves, our heirs, administrators and assigns jointly, severally and firmly 
by these presents. 

The condition of the foregoing obligation is such that whereas the 

above bounden has been duly elected as Grand 

of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons of the State of Illinois for the ensuing Masonic year of said Grand 

Lodge. Now if the said as such Grand shall well 

and truly do and perform the duties of his said office as such Grand 

as prescribed by the laws and regulations of said Grand 

Lodge or as may be during his said term of office lawfully required of 
him, and shall faithfully keep and preserve all books, records, moneys 
and things of value belonging to said Grand Lodge, and coming to his 
hands by virtue of his said office, and shall faithfully account for the 
same when so required and shall pay over to his successor in office all 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


such books, records, moneys and things of vakie, then this obUgation to 
be void ; otherwise to remain in full force and effect. 

As witness our hands and seals on this.... day of A. D. 19.... 






AMENDMENT— To By-Laws— Proposed. 

M.W. Bro. Owen Scott offered the following amendment 
to Art. 19, Part 2, Grand Lodge By-Laws by adding Sec. 8, 
It being seconded by the representatives of more than twenty 
lodges, lies over until next year : 

Sec. 8. There shall be provided by the Grand Secretary a form of 
receipt for dues to be used by all lodges. One side of this receipt shall 
show the name and number of the lodge of which the brother is a mem- 
ber and the date to which his dues are paid. On the other side there 
shall be the certificate of the Grand Secretary that the lodge of which 
the brother is a member is a regular chartered lodge of Illinois. This 
certificate shall be attested by a fac simile of the seal of this Grand 
Lodge and the signature of the Grand Secretary both printed thereon. 
The form of receipt and certificate to be substantially as follows : 

AnrtfMt Ifttt anb Arrrptrft Maaons of 3Utmiia 

(Hljlfl fa In (DrrHfH. TTi^f Bro 

on ihe margin hereof, has paid io 

of , Illinois, the sum of- 

charges to said Lodge to 


, 191 

, "ivhose signature appears 

.Lodge No ,A.F. & c4.M. 

in full of all dues and 



Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, 

A. F. & A. M., do hereby certify that the Lodge shown on the reverse side of 
this certificate is regularly chartered by the Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. & A.M., 
and its members, when in good standing in said Lodge, are entitled to all the 
privileges and courtesies of visitation given by Lodges whose governing 

bodies are recognized by this Grand Lodge as regular Grand 

Lodges of A. F. & A. M. 

[seal] '. 

Grand Secretary. 

126 Proceedings of the ■ (October lo, 


The M.W. Grand Master appointed the District Deputy 
Grand Masters as collecting tellers, and the following named 
brethren as counting tellers : 

John C. Weis, Nimrod Mace, D. Fitzgerald, Andrew r^IcNally, Al- 
bert Jampolis. 

The tellers having collected and counted the several bal- 
lots reported that the following named brethren had received 
a majority of votes cast, and they w^ere declared duly elected : 

Delmar D. Darrah, M.W. Grand Master. 
Heilry T. Burnap, R.W. Deputy Grand Master. 
Ralph H. Wheeler, R.W. Senior Grand Warden. 

The election of the R.W. Junior Grand A\^arden and other 
elective officers was made a special order of business for 
Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. 


Many of the Chicago lodges held special communications 
to entertain the Representatives to the Grand Lodge. Invi- 
tations were read from the following: 

Crescent Lodge No. 895. 
Lake View Lodge No. 774. 
Keystone Lodge No. 639. 
Garden City Lodge No. 141. 
Arcana Lodge No. 717. 
St. Cecelia Lodge No. 865. 
Garfield Lodge No. 686. 
Dearborn Lodge No. 310. 
South Park Lodge No. 652. 


At two o'clock p.m. the M.W. Grand Lodge was called 
from labor to refreshment until 9 o'clock Wednesday morn- 

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WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 11, A. D. 1911, A. L. 5911. 
9 O'CLOCK A. M. 

The AI.W. Grand jMaster called the Grand Lodge from 
refreshment to labor at 9 o'clock. 

Grand Officers and Representatives were present same as 
preceding day. 

The minutes of Tuesday's session were read and approved. 

Prayer was offered by the Grand Chaplain. 

REPORT — Committee on Jurisprudence, 

M.W. Bro. Edward Cook, chairman, presented the report 
of the Committee on Jurisprudence. On motion it was 

To the MJV. Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. and A.M.: 

Your committee to whom was referred that part of the Grand Mas- 
ter's report that pertains to Maywood Lodge No. 869 would fraternally 
report that the questions involved in this case have been carefully con- 
sidered by this Committee and the Master and several brethren of this 
lodge have been fully heard by us. 

It appears that in April, 191 1, this lodge received a petition from a 
candidate who was recommended by three members of that lodge. The 
petition was received and referred to the usual committee. After a 
report by the committee, the lodge acted on the petition and elected 
the candidate and on May 23, 191 1, the lodge conferred the Entered 
Apprentice degree upon him. On August 29, 1911, the brother was 
passed to the degree of Fellow Craft. 

The candidate was not, in our opinion, in possession of the neces- 
sary physical qualifications to be made a ]\Iason but it is stated that 

128 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

none of the officers or members of the lodge had noticed the physical 
defect. The defect in question was that the candidate had lost the fore- 
finger of his right hand close to the knuckle joint. While it is claimed 
as stated that none of the officers or members of the lodge knew of this 
disqualification of the candidate, yet your committee is constrained to 
hold that it was their plain duty to know of it. They should have 
known of it. Not to know is a negligence so culpable that we can find 
no excuse for it. 

In the Belknap Lodge case this Grand Lodge one year ago gave em- 
phasis to its requirement that the lodge should know the material on 
which it works and we feel that ignorance of a defect such as is here 
under consideration can in no wise excuse the lodge or its officers for 
having done what was plainly subversive of unquestioned Masonic law. 

Your Committee is of opinion that the lodge and lodge officers must 
be held to strict account when the defect is so obvious that only inex- 
cusable negligence could have failed to discover it. 

We, therefore, recommend that the charter of Maywood Lodge No. 
86g be arrested for the period of thirty days from this date and we 
further recommend that Bro. A. J. Knopf, as Master of said lodge, be 
deposed from his office as Master for the term of forty-five days from 
this date. 

The punishment here suggested is thus tempered for the reason that 
we are of the opinion that the violation of law here involved was not 
in a spirit of contumacy but was the result of negligence which cannot 
be excused or palliated. Respectfully submitted, 

Edward Cook, 
A. H. Bell, 
C. E. Allen, 


J. C. Crawford, 
Committee on Jurisprudence. 

APPOINTMENT— Special Committee. 

M.W. Bros. Alexander H. Bell and Owen Scott and R.\\\ 
Bro. Sidney S. Breese were appointed a special committee to 
take np and report at this session on the three recommenda- 
tions made in the Grand Master's Report : 

I. Requiring all constituent lodges to conduct business with foreign 
lodges through the Grand Master. 


igii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 129 

2. Reducing the representation of each lodge in the Grand Lodge 
from three to one and giving each one vote. 

3. Requiring Masters of lodges to offer their proxies to the Wardens 
of their lodges before giving them to other brethren. 


The Grand Secretary read a letter from M.W. Bro. WmT 
H. Scott regretting his inabiHty to be present on account of 
sickness. The Grand Secretary was instructed to send 
Brother Scott a letter of greeting and good wishes. 

REPORT — Masonic Relief Association. 

R.W. Bro. Ralph H. Wheeler presented his report as 
representative to the biennial meeting of the Masonic Relief 
Association of the United States and Canada. The report 
was accepted and ordered printed in the proceedings. 

To the Officers and Members of the M.W. Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M.: 
As your representative I attended the ninth biennial meeting of the 
Masonic Relief Association of the United States and Canada, held in 
Pittsburgh, Pa., on October 3 and 4, 191 1. The attendance was good, 
there being delegates present from a large number of the jurisdictions, 
including Louisiana on the south, Quebec on the north, Massachusetts 
on the east, and Missouri on the west. A very sad event was the death 
of the delegate from Nebraska, Bro. Gustav Anderson, who we were 
informed, dropped dead in Chicago while en route to Pittsburgh. 

The interest manifested at the meeting was very gratifying and the 
number of papers presented was greater than ever before. The progress 
during the past two years has been marked, eleven new Grand Jurisdic- 
tions having come into the fold, including those of our immediate 
neighbors, Michigan, Indiana and Missouri. 

During the two years over 350 names and descriptions of imposters 
and unworthy persons preying upon the craft have been published to the 
lodges, and in this manner the funds of our lodges and Boards of Re- 
lief have been conserved. There is little doubt that during the next two 
years the work will be even more satisfactory, as the Association is 
operating in a much more extensive territory, and there is no doubt 
that its existence tends to discourage the impostor and unworthy. 


130 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

Financiall}', the Association is in about the same condition as it has 
been for some time. It is not their intention to accumulate any money, 
but simply to collect sufficient to meet the actual expenses. With the 
steady increase in membership there is some prospect of a reduction in 
the per capita cost to members. 

The same officers were re-elected for the ensuing two years and 
your representative was continued on the Advisory Board. 

AMENDMENT— To By-Laws Adopted. 

Bro. Franklin S. Catlin called up the amendment to Sec. 
I, Art. 15, Part 2, Grand Lodge By-Laws proposed last year. 
It was adopted. 

The section as amended reads as follows : 

Section i. Any candidate for the degrees who has been rejected in 
a lodge having jurisdiction may renew his application after the expira- 
tion of one year from the date of such rejection, to the same lodge, 
only, if it be in existence: Provided, that such lodge may waive juris- 
diction, as provided in Sections 6 and 8, of Article 13, Part 2. The per- 
sonal jurisdiction which a lodge acquires over a candidate by rejecting 
his petition for the degrees is not affected by the lapse of time, nor by 
his removal elsewhere, subject to the provisions of Sec. 2, Art. 11, Part 2, 
Grand Lodge By-Laws. 

REPORT — Committee on Petitions. 

Bro. F. E. Baldwin, Chairman of the Committee on Peti- 
tions, presented the following report, which was adopted. 

To tlic Most IVorshipful Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. and A.M.: 

1. It appears from the certificate of the secretary of Orel Lodge No. 
759 that the petition of William A. Gaddis for reinstatement failed to 
receive the required two-thirds vote of the members of Orel Lodge 
present when action was taken on said petition. Therefore this petition 
should not have been transmitted to the Grand Secretar\-. We recom- 
mend that no action be taken on said petition. 

2. Your committee also recommends that no action be taken upon 
the petition of Elmer F. Meyers, who petitioned Ballen Lodge No. 412, 
for reinstatement, for the reason that it appears from the certificate of 
the secretary of said lodge that said petition was not concurred in by 

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two-thirds of the members of said lodge present when said petition 
was voted upon in said lodge. This petition should not have been trans- 
mitted to the Grand Secretary. 

3. Your committee has very carefully considered the petition of Sam- 
uel DeBerry Peeler for reinstatement after suspension. The petitioner 
was deposed from the office of Worshipful Master of BeHcnap Lodge 
No. 822 and suspended from all the rights and privileges of Masonry, 
on July 21, 1910, by order of the Most Worshipful Grand Master. 

The Grand Master reported his action to this Grand Lodge at its 
last annual communication and the punishment of Brother Peeler was 

This petition was presented to Belknap Lodge and transmitted to 
the Grand Secretary on October 5 last. If the requirement that petitions 
for reinstatement after expulsion should be transmitted to the Grand 
Secretary at least ten days before the annual meeting of the Grand Lodge, 
should be held to apply in this case, then this petition was not trans- 
mitted in time for consideration by this Grand Lodge. 

Inasmuch, however, as the M.W. Grand Master referred said peti- 
tion so that the same might be acted upon by your committee, and the 
petition should have' been originally presented to the Grand Lodge, 
your committee holds that it may properly consider said petition at this 

Brother Peeler's offense consisted in knowingly permitting the elec- 
tion, initiating, passing and raising of a physically unfit candidate, while 
he was Worshipful Master and the executive head of Belknap Lodge. 

Your Committee is not unmindful of the fact that sixteen out of 
eighteen members of Belknap Lodge present and voting on Brother 
Peeler's petition for reinstatement concurred in said petition. It should 
be remembered, however, that some of these sixteen members were 
cognizant of the violation of Masonic law, and were not blameless them- 
selves. It is but natural that under the circumstances, they would feel 
under obligations to lighten the punishment of Brother Peeler. 

At the last annual communication of this Grand Lodge the Com- 
mittee on Jurisprudence carefully investigated the facts concerning and 
provoking the disciplining of Brother Peeler, — and that committee found 
that his offense merited the punishment of indefinite suspension. From 
the evidence before us we are convinced that this petition and the con- 
currence of certain members of Belknap Lodge therein was prompted 
more by a feeling of resentment than of penitence. These brethren 
should more fully realize that pardon is a matter of grace and not of 

132 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

right; that the ancient landmarks of Masonry must be preserved, and 
that violation of our laws will surely and justly be punished. They 
should more fully comprehend the gravity of the offense of their former 
Worshipful Master, and their own responsibility in the matter. 

In view of all the circumstances, your committee feels that the 
good of Masonry will be best subserved by rejecting Brother Peeler's 
petition, and we therefore recommend that the prayer of said petition 
be not granted. 

4. Russelville Lodge No. 348 has properly petitioned that its name 
be changed to Flat Rock Lodge. It appearing that due notice of the 
proposed change and the date of voting thereon were given as required 
by law and that said proposed change was favored by a unanimous ballot, 
your committee recommends that this Grand Lodge consent to said 
change of the name of Russelville to Flat Rock Lodge No. 348. 

Francis E. Baldwin, 
C. M. Carpenter, 
S. O. Pearce, 


OFFER — Mount Greenwood Cemetery. 

Bro. W. N. Riidd, of Calumet Lodge No. 716, presented 
a proposition from Mount Greenwood Cemetery Association 
to deed a lot in their cemetery to the Grand Lodge and erect 
monuments thereon. On motion the matter was referred to 
a committee of three to report at this session of the Grand 

The Grand Master thereupon appointed as such commit- 
tee Bros. Andrew McNally, Amos Pettibone and W. H. Rob- 

EEPORT — Committee on Obituaries 

Bro. C. W. Harriss, chairman of the Committee on Obitu- 
aries, presented the report of this committee. It was adopted 
by a rising vote. 

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M. of the State of 


Not for one moment would we forget our deep sorrow in the death 
o-f Masonry's dear ones, nor the mighty love and sympathy that we 

rgii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 133 

cherish for the homes that have been bereft, but in this memorial, let 
us gain lessons from life rather than ponder concerning the somber 
subject, Death. Life and Death are linked together as twin mysteries. 
"Whence came ye?" and "Whither go ye?" are questions too mysterious 
for the mind of mortal man to answer in their fullness. 

"Once on my mother's breast, a child, I crept. 

Holding my breath ; 
There, safe and sad, lay shuddering, and wept 

At the dark mystery of Death. 
Weary and weak, and worn with all unrest. 

Spent with the strife, — 
O mother, let me weep upon thy breast 

At the sad mystery of Life !" 

One thing we know : Life is short. In answer to the important 
question, "What is your life?" the great Light in Masonry, the Holy 
Bible, answers in a number of beautiful metaphors : Life is a tale that 
is told, a pilgrimage, a swift ship, a dream, a sleep, a vapor, a shadow, 
a flower, as grass which "in the morning groweth up and flourisheth and 
in the evening is cut down and withereth." What mean these grim 
images? these striking figures? Simply that life is short; that we must 
work while it is called today; "that we may number our days and apply 
our hearts imto wisdom," that we may realize what a precious gem is 
each moment of our transient earthly stay. 

Paradoxically, we say: How small is life; and in the next breath: 
How great is life! Infinitely small when compared with eternity; tre- 
mendously great when we consider our duties toward our fellowmen and 
our God. Its very brevity makes the moments more precious. Its op- 
portunities and responsibilities crowd upon us and almost overwhelm 
us. It makes of us men of muscle and sinew, of high ambition, of keen 
intellect, of noble but God-fearing disposition. If there were no end of 
this transitory existence, we would waste and squander the time be- 
stowed upon us by a lavish hand. Idle listlessness would be the result. 
Ease and lethargy would poison every life; but as it is, life becomes a 
great thing, a valuable possession indeed. This thought should incite 
us to action. It should cause every beat of the heart to pulsate with 
energy and activity. It should open our eyes and make our vision 
keener to avoid the pitfalls and snares, the idle pursuits, the meaning- 
less follies ; and to climb higher and higher, far above the clouds among 
the sublime peaks of lofty heroism and simple trust in Almighty God. 

Life is irrevocable. In a flash, an angry, indiscreet vvord is said. A 
heart is bruised by its cruelty. Oh that it might be recalled ! But no ! 
The powers of earth combined cannot recall it. An ill fated day ar- 
rives. Temptation assails. We fall. Oh, the bitterness of the cup we 

134 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

drink. Another evil day rolls around. Duty calls. The bugle's clear 
notes are heard calling for heroes to stand for the right and for God. 
We heed not the call. We are idle and listless. We are cowards. We 
cry in vain to bring back the ill-fated days and hours, but no, it cannot 
be done. The erroneous moment is gone. The hour of idleness is spent. 
The day of doing nothing for right and for God is as "water spilled 
upon the ground which cannot be gathered up again." 

As Masons, we have just completed an irrevocable year. We look 
with pride and pleasure upon every laudable honor gained ; every gra- 
cious act performed ; every kind and helpful word spoken ; every high 
and holy ambition perfected. They, too, are irrevocable. They are en- 
tered to our credit in Life's great ledger. They shine and they will 
shine forever in splendor as the fixed stars in the firmament. On the 
other hand, we look with sorrow and penitence upon moments misspent, 
upon lamentable but deserved failures ; upon grievous, unpardonable 
carelessness and error. They are in equal measure irrevocable and we 
cannot recall the moments worse than wasted. 

Firmly let us resolve ; fervently let us pray that one year from this 
hour, sacred as it is to the memory of our beloved dead, when we come 
to review the irrevocable past, there shall be fewer mistakes to wish 
unmade, fewer hasty, inconsiderate words to wish unsaid; and more 
rejoicing over memories of days well spent in the service of God, Home 
and Native Land. 

More than any other book, the Bible gives us light concerning the 
great mysteries of life and death. We read from its blessed pages that 
Life is as a sleep. No other teachings so characterize it. Grecian phil- 
osophy calls death a sleep. But the Bible comes to us with the cheering, 
uplifting thought that life is the sleep and that death is but the grand 
and glorious awakening to the true life, undisturbed by earth's terrible 
dreams and experiences. 

Thus it is that Masons "go forth to meet the shadowy future with- 
out a fear and with a manly heart." The fact that life is an uncertain 
thing has no terrors for the true Mason whose trust must be in God 
and God alone. In the midst of storm and tempest, he is undaunted. 
His faith is an anchor to the soul. Darkness may enshroud him ; the 
winds and rains may buffet him. but with confidence and serenity he 
hears a sentinel 

"Who moves about from place to place. 
And whispers to the worlds of space, 
In the deep night, that all is well." 

Darker and yet darker may grow the night ; fiercer and yet fiercer may 
be the storm ; earth's fairest and sweetest flowers may be changed to 

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painful, piercing thorns which wound at every step; funeral dirges of 
dead hopes, dead ambitions, dead friends, may continually beset him 
with their doleful strains ; yet amid all, he is a hero, and with the ut- 
most trust and with the sublimest patience, he prays : 

"Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, 

Lead thou me on ! 
The night is dark, and I am far from home, — 

Lead thou me on ! 
Keep thou my feet ; I do not ask to see 
The distant scene, — one step's enough for me. 

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still 

Will lead me on ; 
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till 

The night is gone ; 
And with the morn those angel faces smile 
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile." 

With tenderest sympathy for those who have been bereaved, we 
compile from reports sent us from the Grand Jurisdictions of our sister 
states, the following : 

. AL.kBAM.'ii — D. Dudley Williams, Past Grand Master; died March 
12, 1911. 

Arizona — Thomas Standford Bunch; died June 10, 191 1. Right 
Worshipful Deputy Grand Master at the time of his death. 

California — William Frank Pierce, Past Grand Master ; died Oc- 
tober 3, 1910. 

Connecticut — Frederick Hemingway Waldron, Past Grand Master. 
Died November 20, 1910. 

Indiana — Samuel Bassett, Past Grand Master; died August 14, 1911. 
Lucien A. Foote, Past Grand Master ; died November 30, 1910, at the 
age of 86. Simeon P. Gillett, Past Grand Master ; died November 26, 

1910. Isaac P. Leyden, Past Grand Master; died October 11, 1910. 

Iowa — Willard Lee Eaton, Past Grand Master; died June 7, 1911. 
David Watherup Clements, Past Grand Master ; died November 14, 1910. 

Kansas — Chiles C. Coleman, Past Grand Master ; died March 4, 

1911. John Calvin Postlethwaite, Past Grand Master; died November 
26, 1910. 

Maryland — William M. Isaac, Deputy Grand Secretary 1873 to 
1903; Grand Secretary from 1903 to 1911; died in office January 4, 1911. 
Henry Clay Larrabee, Past Deputy Grand Master; died July 29, 1911, at 
the age of 82. 

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Michigan — William B. Wilson, Past Grand Master; died January 
24, 191 1, at the age of 82. 

Mississippi — Frederic Speed, Grand Secretary at the time of his 
death and had been since 1901 ; died March 10, 1911 ; Grand Master 
in 1882. 

Montana — Harrison Jordan, Past Deputy Grand Master ; born in 
Illinois March 17, 1825 ; died October 2, 1910, at the ripe age of 85. 

Nebraska — Charles K. Coutant, Past Grand Master; died August 
23, 1910. Melville R. Hopewell, Past Grand Master; died May 2, 1911. 

Nevada— Chauncey Norman Noteware, Grand Secretary, A.F. and 
A.M., and of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M., from 1887 until his death, 
October 22, 1910, at the age of 86. 

Ohio — Joseph McKendree Goodspeed, Past Grand Master ; died 
June II, 191 1. 

Oregon — John Milton Hodson, Past Grand Master; died October 
9, 1910. William Fountain Butcher, Past Grand Master; died Novem- 
ber 17, 1910. 

Prince Edward Island — Benjamin Rogers, Sr., Past Grand Master; 
died January 21, 191 1. 

South Dakota — William Clark Allen, Past Grand Master; died 
November 9, 1910. Henry Harrison Blair, Past Grand Master ; died 
February 27, 1911. Frederick H. Files, Past Grand Master; died March 
I, 1911. 

South Carolina — Jacob Thomas Barron, Past Grand Master, and 
Grand Secretary at the time of his death, September 16, 1910. 

Tennessee — John Robert Smith, Past Grand Master; died July 30, 

Wisconsin — Nathan Clark Giffin, Past Grand Master; died May 10, 

Wyoming — Jethro Tabor Holliday, Past Grand Master; died Sep- 
tember 20, 1910. 

Volumes could be written concerning the interesting and illustrious 
lives of these brethren. Some of them were leaders in politics and were 
honored with various public offices in county, state and nation. Some 
were leaders in religious and charitable enterprises. All of them were 
good men and true Masons of whom the fraternity was justly proud. 
We regret that time and space limitations will not permit us to speak 
their praises of which they are so richly deserving. May God bless 


M. W. Grand Master, 1887-1888 

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their memories to the good of mankind and may their illustrious mantles 
fall upon worthy shoulders. 


The scythe of the Silent Reaper, with its unrelenting sweep, has cut 
the brittle thread of life and has borne some of our best beloved, from 
the inner circle of our brotherhood to the Grand Lodge above. They 
have laid aside the working tools of this transitory existence. With great 
love and profound reverence do we speak of them. Today we, their 
faithful friends and brethren, pause in our sorrow to drop a tear and 
pluck a laurel to lay upon their tombs. 

John Corson Smith. 

Just as the year 1910 was dying, there passed away an eminent citi- 
zen, a brave soldier, a most distinguished Mason, General John Corson 

Words are too feeble to express the love, the admiration, the rever- 
ence that we cherish for this grand old veteran whose long life was 
adorned with such honor, valour, and virtue. 

It is but necessary to recount briefly the many honors conferred 
upon him by his loyal friends and brethren. These will bear stronger 
testimony than any eulogy that we can give as to his greatness of heart, 
grandness of soul and sublimity of character. 

Born in the city of Philadelphia, February 13, 1832, he resided there 
until 1854, vvhen he came for a little time to Chicago, removing from 
thence a few months later to Galena, Illinois, where, in March of 1856, 
he was married to Charlotte A. Gallaher. As a young man he was a 
carpenter and builder. In this useful vocation he became a master. 

In 1862 with characteristic patriotism, he listened to the call of 
"Father Abraham" and enlisted as a private in the 74th Regiment, Illi- 
nois Volunteers, canceling at the same time several large and important 
contracts which, had he completed them, would have meant a competency 
for himself and family; but he willingly sacrified all for love of 

In the same year, by commission from our immortal war Governor, 
Richard Yates, he recruited a Company which afterwards became Com- 
pany I, 96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers, and of which he 
was made Captain. Afterwards he was elected Major of this regiment. 
With signal bravery and courage, he participated in the following mili- 
tary movements and hard fought battles : The defense of Cincinnati, 
the second battle of Fort Donelson, Franklin, Chickamauga, Mission 

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Ridge, Rocky Fall Ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church, Dallas, Pine 
Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain and Nashville. In the battle of Kenesaw 
Mountain, while bravely fighting, he was seriously wounded. For his 
efficiency of service and for his heroism in defense of the stars and 
stripes, he was breveted Colonel by President Lincoln and Brigadier 
General by President Johnson. 

All honor to the grand old veteran and patriot, the hero of so many 
battles, General John C. Smith. 

In 1874 he came from Galena to Chicago, which was his home from 
that time until his death. In this wonderful city whose very name is 
synonymous with hustle, enterprise and achievement, he became one of 
its most honored and best known citizens. After the war, it was but 
natural that honors of a civic character should be conferred upon him 
in profusion. After filling various public positions with fidelity and zeal, 
he was elected State Treasurer of Illinois in 1878 and again in 1882. 
In 1884 he was chosen by the people of his beloved state, Lieutenant 
Governor; and several times was the choice of a large multitude of 
his friends for Governor. 

As to his far-famed services as a Mason, a volume could well be 
written. Time and spacer will permit only of a mere mention of some 
of the positions which he filled with so much honor and credit to him- 
self and his beloved fraternity. 

He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Miners 
Lodge No. 273, Galena, 111., May 21, 1859; exalted a Royal Arch Mason 
May 15, i860; made a Royal and Select Master February 19, 1873, and a 
Knight Templar April 26, 1871. He received all of the degrees of the 
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, fourth to the thirty-second, February 
26 to May 28, 1873 ; was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 
thirty-third and last degree in the Northern Supreme Council, August 
19, 1875, and crowned an active member of the same at Cincinnati, Ohio, 
September 23, 1883 ; served as the deputy from Illinois, from that time 
until 1900 when he was elected Grand Minister of State, an office he held 
until his death. 

He was for five years Worshipful Master of Miners Lodge No. 273 ; 
seven years High Priest of Jo Daviess Chapter No. 51, R.A.M. ; thirty- 
three years Thrice Illustrious Master of Ely S. Parker Council No. 60; 
four years Eminent Commander of Galena Commandery No. 40, K.T. ; 
Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Illinois, 1887-1889; Grand Treasurer, 
Grand Council R. and S.M., 1889 to 191 1; Right Eminent Grand Com- 
mander, Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Illinois, 1880; Knight 
Commander of the Temple and Grand Cross Knight of the Great Priory 

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of England. His Masonic affiliations, in addition to the foregoing, were 
many and notable, he being an honorary member of Masonic bodies in 
all parts of the world. Probably no other Mason in all the world was 
better known. 

We shall attempt no further eulogy and will only add that we are 
proud that one so good, so grand, and so great was an Illinoisan. 

When the death of General Smith was announced, messages of sym- 
pathy and tributes of love poured in from all parts of the world. We 
know of no more fitting manner in which to close this memorial than to 
quote from two of these : 

Most Worshipful Brother, Walter H. Harris, of England, says that 
General Smith was "one who was universally known, ont only as a 
perfect Mason, but as one who had equally excelled in the arts of War 
and Peace." 

From W. J. Chetwode Crawley, Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer 
of Ireland comes this splendid tribute : "No brother from the United 
States was ever a more frequent, or a more welcome visitor to the Irish 
fraternity than Gen. John Corson Smith. His genial, yet commanding 
presence was well known in our Masonic circles, and no brother ever 
did more, perhaps no brother ever did so much, to rivet the chains of 
duty and affection that bind together the fraternity on both sides of the 

Charles Fisher. 

At the time of his death the oldest member of the Grand Lodge of 
this state, was born December 24, 1822, at Quincy, Pennsylvania; died 
in Springfield, Illinois, July 9, 191 1, at the ripe old age of 88. He was 
indeed a veteran in Masonry, having been a Master Mason for more 
than sixty-three years. Very few are privileged to enjoy so many years 
in the service. He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Ma- 
son in Springfield Lodge No. 4 on March 28, 1848; became a charter 
member of Central Lodge No. 71, March 7, 1849, and was the last living 
charter member. He served as Worshipful Master of this lodge for 
eight years. On January 12, 1849, he was exalted a Royal Arch Mason 
and served as High Priest for seven years. Was also a Knight Templar 
and a member of the Consistory, in each of which he delighted. In 1867 
Brother Fisher was Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge and sub- 
sequently was one of the first Grand Lecturers. He held various posi- 
tions of importance in the Grand Chapter of Illinois, and in the Grand 
Council and Grand Commandery, especially in the 50's and 6o's. Faith- 
ful to the blessed teachings of Masonry to the last, he died full of years, 

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years of devotion to our cause, to the upbuilding and betterment of his 

Wm. E. Ginther 

Departed this life in Charleston, Illinois, September 22, 191 1, at the ripe 
age of seventy-seven years. 

Brother Ginther was born in the Province of Saxony, Prussia, on 
May 2, 1834. He came to this country in 1850 and settled in Chicago, 
Illinois. He viras traveling salesman for many years, traveling out of 
Chicago. In 1864 he removed to Charleston, Illinois, and engaged in the 
hardware and lumber business. He continued in the hardware and lum- 
ber business until 1907, when he retired. 

The last four years he has been a guard in the office of the Illinois 
State Treasurer at Springfield in which capacity he was engaged at the 
time of his death. 

He represented the western portion of Cook county in the State 
Legislature in 1861-62 and for four years he was a member of the Cook 
County Board of Supervisors. 

Brother Ginther was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason 
in Union Lodge No. 2, of Sabula, Iowa, on June 10, 1857. He has been 
a member of Charleston Lodge No. 35 since 1864. He was Grand Lec- 
turer of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge for a great many years 
and has held many very important positions on committees. 

Brother Ginther had a wide acquaintance among the brotherhood all 
over the State of Illinois and none knew him but to love him. Hun- 
dreds of the rank and file join in mourning his loss and in extending 
sympathy to his family. The Grand Lodge misses him ; all Masons 
will miss him. 

This Committee reports with profound sorrow the deaths of the 
following Masters and Past Masters of local lodges. Their names are 
written on a roll of honor as the names of those who wrought in the 
quarries with fidelity and zeal and who produced good work, true work, 
square work : 

Thomas Everett Alsop, W.M. Scott JLodge No. 79 for three years, 
viz. : 1903-4 and 1910, died September 22, 1910. 

Frank Anthony, W.M. Rock River Lodge No. 612, 1899, died April 
8, 1911. 

Shubael T. Armstrong, W.M. Sycamore Lodge No. 134, 1901, died 
April 19, 191 1. 

Daniel A. Arnold, W.M. Hesperia Lodge No. 411 for the years 
1892 and 1893, died March 14, 191 1. 

Born May 2, 1834 Died September 22, 1911 

191 1-) Grajid Lodge of IV^nois. - 141 

Wm. Balhatchet, W.M. Siloam Lodge No. 780 for the year 1903, 
died July 3, 1910. 

John H. Barton (name of lodge not stated), W.M. 1889-1890 and 
1903, died March 5, 191 1. 

Frank H. Bayne, W.M. Jo Daviess Lodge No. 278, 1906 and 7; 
died August i, 1910. 

MiLAS Bellamy, W.M. Blue Mound Lodge No. 682, December, 1892, 
to December, 1893, died May 22, 191 1. 

Charles Joseph De Berard, W.M. Beacon Light Lodge No. 784. 
1886-7 and 8, died November 28, 1910. 

Edward Blackshav^, W.M. Urbana Lodge No. 157 in 1878 and 9, 
died March 27, 191 1. 

Jacob F. Blessing, W.M. Alto Pass Lodge No. 840, from 1895 to 
about 1899, died April 29, 191 1. 

Carl L. J. Borine, W.M. DeKalb Lodge No. 144 in 1908 and 1909, 
died October 13, 1910. 

W. S. Bothwell, W.M. Clay Center Lodge No. 488 for the years 
1892, 1893, 1899 and 1900, died September 30, 1910. 

William Bower, W.M., Orangeville Lodge No. 687 for the year 
1891, died December 2, 1910. 

Samuel J. Boyd, W.INL Sidney Lodge No. 347, 1889 and 1890, died 
February 15, 1911. 

James A. Bradley, W.INL Raymond Lodge No. 692 for the years 
1893-4-5-8 and 9, died March 27, 1911. 

Manuel M. Briggs, W.M. Trio Lodge No. 57, from 1885 to 1887, 
died January 8, 191 1. 

Aaron Leggett Brown, W.M. Blaney Lodge No. 271 in 1893, died 
January I, 1911. 

William F. Browning, W.M. of Cyrus Lodge No. 188 for the years 
1 879- 1 880- 1 88 1, 1885, 1889 and 1890, died July 21, 1910. 

Addison M. Brownlee, W.M. Benton Lodge No. 64 in 1905, died 
April 17, 1911. 

Henry F. Bussey, W.M. x^nna Lodge No. 520 in 1901, died Decem- 
ber 21, 1910. 

Archibald S. Cameron, W.M. Providence Lodge No. 711, 18S6-7-S 
and 1892. died December 2y, 1910. 

11-2 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

S. A. Chapin, W.M. Amon Lodge No. 261, 1867, died May 14, 191 1. 

Anderson Clark, W.M. Quincy Lodge No. 296, 1885, died Aug. 7, 

Thomas W. Clark (name of lodge not given) W.M. in 1897, died 
October 19, 1910. 

John P. Cloyd, W.M. Russell Lodge No. 154 for 8 years (dates 
not given), died October 21, 1910. 

Edward C. Cooper, W.M. of Homer Lodge No. 199 in 1908, died 
August 27, 1910. 

L. M. Currier (a member of Excelsior Lodge No. 97), W.M. of 
Moses R. Thomson Lodge No. 381 in 1889, died July 16, 1910. 

Edmund P. Denton (name of lodge not stated) W.M. in 1870, died 
May 5, 1911. 

William E. Dudley, W.M. of S. M. Dalzell Lodge No. 805 in 1892 
and 1896, died June 22, 1911. 

Chas. H. Dyer, W.M. J. D. Moody Lodge No. 510 (date of service 
not given), died July 13, 1910. 

Samuel Dysart, W.M. Franklin Grove Lodge No. 264 in 1880-81-83 
and 84, died April 7, 1911. 

Charles S. Elder, W.M. Chenoa Lodge No. 292 in 1865, died April 
12, 1911. 

Stephen Ellis, W.M. Harmony Lodge No. 3 in 1868 and 1869, died 
February i, 191 1. 

William H. Emerson, W.M. Astoria Lodge No. 100, 1873, died 
June 20, 191 1. 

Samuel Faverty, W.M. Nev^r Holland Lodge No. 741, 1907, died 
March 10, 1911. 

Charles Finefield, W.M. Odell Lodge No. 401, 1889-90, 93-94-95 
and 1901, died August 29, 1910. 

Clarence Fish, W.M. Landmark Lodge No. 422 in 1907, died Jan- 
uary I, 191 1. 

Charles M. Fitzhugh, W.M. Dearborn Lodge No. 310 in 1880, died 
August 15, 1910. 

James N. Gardner, W.M. Dills Lodge No. 295 (date of service not 
definitely stated), died September 15, 1910. 

igii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 143 

Edward F. Gates, W.M. Meridian Sun Lodge No. 505 in 1907-8 
and 9, died July 9, 1910. 

James Jones Giles, W.M. Centralia Lodge No. 201 in 1884 and 1885, 
died January 7, 191 1. 

Amos Gould, W.M. of (name of lodge not stated) from 1863 to 
1865 and from 1868 to 1869, died July 8, 1910. 

George W. Graves, W.M. LalNIoille Lodge No. 383, 1882, died April 
12, 1911. 

Daniel D. Harper, W.M. Marseilles Lodge No. 417, last year, died 
April 16, 1911. 

D. R. Harrison, W.M. Herrins Prairie Lodge '^o. 693, for six years 
(date of service not given), died May 8, 191 1. 

Milton B. Hartley, W.]\L LaGrange Lodge No. 770, 1899, died 
June 14, 1911. 

Oliver Haughey, W.M. Auburn Park Lodge No. 789, 1897, died 
July 14, 1910. 

Denis Haworth (name of lodge not given), W.AL in 1881 and 1882, 
died March 20, 1911. 

Thomas J. Henderson, W.M. Princeton Lodge No. 587, 1873 and 
1874, died February 5, 1911. 

Sherman T. Henry, W.1\L three years from January, 1903, to Jan- 
uary, 1906 (name of lodge not given), died October 6, 1910. 

Andrew Jackson Hewlings, W.M. Dearborn Lodge No. 310 in 
1904, died January 18, 191 1. 

Clarence Devor Hiller, W.M. Tracy Lodge No. 810 in 1904, died 
September 19, 1910. 

Hugh D. Hunter, W.M. Kilwinning Lodge No. 311 for the years 
1894-5 and 1898, died December 16, 1910. 

Albert Jack, W.M. Wm. B. Warren Lodge No. 209, 1877 and 1878, 
died July 20, 1910. 

Enos Johnson, W.M. of Fidelity Lodge No. 152 in 1889-90-91-92 
and 93; also W.M. of Franklin Lodge No. 25 in 1899 and 1904, died 
May II, 1911. 

Joseph Green Johnson, W.M. of Milton Lodge No. 275 in 1881, 
died November 20, 1910. 

Jesse P. Jones, W.M. Sumner Lodge No. 334, 1866-68 and 76, died 
December 10, 1910. 

144 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

Nehemiah Knipple, W.M. Buda Lodge No. 399, 1888, died Decem- 
ber 25, 1910. 

Philip Maas, W.M. of Lessing Lodge No. 557 for ten years, died 
January 19, 191 1. 

Alfred B. Mc. Crea, W.M. Creston Lodge No. 320, died December 
16, 1910, W.M. for the year 1901. 

Samuel McFeeley, W.M. Streator Lodge No. 607, 1892-3 and 4, 
died October 28, 1910. 

A. A. McGahey, W.M. Murphysboro Lodge No. 498, 1876-83-89-92 
and 98, died June 19, 1911. 

A. A. McMuRRAY, W.M. Herrins Prairie Lodge No. 693 for six 
years, died May 30, 1911. 

J. Howard Mann, W.M. Prairie Lodge No. 77 (date of service not 
given), died June 24, 1911. 

Jacob Messmore, W.M. of DuQuoin Lodge No. 234 (date of serv- 
ice not given), died May 21, 191 1. 

James L. Metz, W.M. Chambersburg Lodge No. 373 (unable to give 
date of service owing to burning of record), died November 7, 1910. 

Don D. Miles, W.M. Aurora Lodge No. 254, 1889, died June 3, 191 1. 

Francis M. Nance, W.M. xA.von Harmony Lodge No. 253 in 1873. 
1884-5-6 and 7, died April 5, 191 1. 

Robert N. Newton, W.M. Kendall Lodge No. 471, 1897 to 1899, died 
January 31, 191 1. 

John W. Oliver, W.M. Apple River Lodge No. 859, 1901-2-5-6 and 8, 
died December 16, 1910. 

L H. Parrish, W.M. Dunlap Lodge No. 321, 1905, died April 21, 191 1. 

John Franlin Payne, W.M. Potomac Lodge No. 782, 1909, died 
December 4, 1910. 

W. P. Pierce, Sr., W.M. Star Lodge No. 709 (date of service not 
given), died February 28, 191 1. 

Norton E. Porter, W.M. Fisher Lodge No. 585, 1904-5-8 and 9, 
died August 30, 1910. 

Newton J. Powers, W.M. Makanda Lodge No. 434, 1879, died April 
I, 191 1. 

Warren G. Purdy, W.M. Landmark Lodge No. 422 in 1876, died 
October 13, 1910. 

R. W. Deputy Grand Master, 1867 

191 !•) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 145 

James Raney, W.jM. of Weldon Lodge No. 746, from October 16, 
1902, to November 5, 1903, and from October, 1904, to October, 1905, 
died April 22, 191 1. 

Charles S. Rankin, W.M., Wm. B. Warren Lodge No. 209, 1888- 
1889, died September 13, 1910. 

R. W. Reasoner, W.M. Morrisonville Lodge No. 681 from 1893 to 
1895, died April 14, 191 1. 

Thos. L. Rees, W.M. 1863-64, 70-71-72-73, 77, 85-86-87, died Novem- 
ber 10, 1910; was Worshipful Master of Hibbard Lodge No. 249 dur- 
ing the foregoing years. 

George M. Richards, W.M. King Solomon's Lodge No. 197, 1907 
and 1908. died October 12, 1910. 

Joseph V. H. Robinson, W.M. Alta Lodge No. 748, died September 
7, 1910; was W.M. from 1881 to 1882. 

Moses D. Skaggs, W.M. of Chandlerville Lodge No. 724, 1894, died 
May 3, 1911. 

Richard H. Slack, W.M. Jonesboro Lodge No. in in 1910. died 
November i, 1910. Brother Slack died in office, having served ten 

Dexter Abram Smith, W.M. Myrtle Lodge No. 795 in 1904. died 
December 16, 1910. 

George G. Smith, W.M. Roscoe Lodge No. 75, 1874-5-6-7-8 and g, 
died April 23, 1911. 

George W. Smith, W.M. Garfield Lodge No. 686, 1880-1881 and 
1883. died August 8, 1910. 

John Corson Smith, W.M. Miners Lodge No. 273, 1870-1-2-3 and 4, 
died December 31, 1910. 

L. L. Smith, W.M. Jerusalem Temple Lodge No. 90, 1896 died 
April 20, 1911. 

L'LvssES Spears, W.M. Stonefort Lodge No. 495 for the year 1904, 
died November 16, 1910. 

John Spire, W.M. Anna Lodge No. 520, 1873-4-5-6-7-9-80-81-82-84- 
85-86-87-88-94 and 99, a noteworthy total of sixteen years, died January 
22, 1911. 

Perry J. Standard, W.M. Lewistown Lodge No. 104 (time of in- 
cumbency not stated), died May 8, 1911. 

146 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

W. Mack Stevens, W.M. Maywood Lodge No. 869, 1908, died Jan- 
uary 16, igii. 

RoBT. Stewart (name of lodge not stated), W.M. 1891 and 1892, died 
February 13, 191 1. - * 

I John David Strait, W.M. IMitchell Lodge No. 85 for the years 
1897 and 1898, died January 31, 1911. 

Jacob D. Stroup, W.^L of Dills Lodge No. 295 (date of incumbency 
not definitely stated), died April 21, 191 1. 

Silas Wright Tappen, W.M. Mt. Nebo Lodge No. 76, 1894-1895 
and 1897-1898, died January 6, 191 1. 

Jasper Tidball, W.M. Full ]\loon Lodge No. 344 (date of incum- 
bency not given), died April 25, 191 1. 

Elias Daniel Tull, W.M. (name of lodge not given), 1887 and 
1888, died February 23, 191 1. 

W. A. Tweedy, W.M. Stratton Lodge No. 408, 1888-9-91-92-97-1902 
and 1904, died November 16, 1910. 

Herman Van Husen, \N M. Seneca Lodge No. 532, 1899 and 1900, 
died November 16, 1910. 

E. J. Wackerle, W.]\L Benevolent Lodge No. 52, 1898, died June 
8, 1911. 

George E. Warrex, W.M. Pontiac Lodge No. 294, 1896, died Febru- 
ary 17, 191 1. 

Benjamin F. Watson, W.INL Bridgeport Lodge No. 386, 1887-8-98 
and 99, died October 16, 1910. 

Bernard A. Weber, W.]\L Star in the East Lodge No. 166, 1872-3- 
4-7-84-5 and 6, a total of seven years, died January 13, 191 1. 

Joseph Weiss, W.M. Accordia Lodge No. 277, from December. 1899, 
to December, 1901, died August 8, 1910. 

Dr. Adam Wenger, W.M. (name of lodge not stated), from 1885 
to 1903, a period of eighteen years, died October 10, 1910. 

John Wildhack, W.]M. Pekin Lodge No. 29, 1889, died April 24, 

John F. Willafqrd, W.^L Anna Lodge No. 520, 1S83-1890-1-2 and 
3, died March 20, 191 1. 

Jonathan C. Willis, W.^NI. (lodge not stated), 1874-87-88 and 89, 
died February 26, 1911. 

191 1) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 147 

William Wood, W.M. Oblong City Lodge No. 644, 1879, died July 
27, 1910. 

The year just closing has been for the most of us replete with 
pleasure and prosperity. God has blessed us with a wealth of comforts 
and blessings, for which let us be truly thankful ; but sorrow and mis- 
fortune have visited the homes of many of our brethren. .At this hal- 
lowed hour, consecrated to the memory of our beloved dead, let us re- 
member with deepest sympathy, those whose homes are bereft and 
whose hearts are broken. 

On the above roll of honor are the names of those whose memory 
will forever be precious because of their generosity of heart, sweetness 
of disposition and purity of character. Heaven becomes dearer because 
they are there. They loved Masonry with an intense love. They de- 
lighted to practice its wonderful principles and teachings. No sacrifice 
was too great in assisting the distressed and troubled one, or in giving 
comfort and consolation to the broken hearted. They lived not in vain. 
The world is better because they have lived. And now "They rest from 
their labors and their works do follow them." 

C. W. Harriss, 
Grant Kirby, 
Anthony Doherty, 

ELECTION— Finished. 

The M.W. Grand Master announced that the annual elec- 
tion of officers for this Grand Lodge would now be resumed 
and finished. 

The tellers reported that the following named brethren 
had received a majority of votes caft; they were declared 
duly elected. 

Austin H. Scrogin, R.W. Junior Grand Warden. 
Leroy A. Goddard, R.W. Grand Treasurer. 
Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Secretary. 

AMENDMENT— Adopted. 

M.W. Bro. Edward Cook called up the amendment to 
Clause 12, Section i, Art. 6, Part i, Grand Lodge By-Laws, 
proposed last year. It was adopted. 

14y Proceedings of the (October ii, 

The clause as amended will read as follows : 

12. "To embody in a circular all propositions to amend the Con- 
stitution of the Grand Lodge, or any other matter upon which it is 
necessary for the several lodges to act, and transmit the same, with 
necessary instructions, to each lodge in time for action. He shall in- 
clude in his annual report to the Grand Lodge the result of the vote of 
the constituent lodges, showing the number of each lodge voting in 
the affirmative and also of each voting in the negative, and this infor- 
mation shall be printed in the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge." 

AMENDMENT— To By-Laws Lost. 

Bro. Oscar A. Knopf called up the amendment to Grand 
Lodge By-Laws proposed last year, adding a new article to 
Part I to be known as Article i6. The amendment was lost. 

AMENDMENT— To By-Laws Adopted. 

M.\\\ Bro. Alexander H. Bell called up the amendment 

to Article 21, Part 2, Grand Lodge By-Laws proposed last 

year. The amendment was adopted. Section 4 as added 

reads as follows : 

Sec. 4. From and after the date of the adoption hereof, any brother 
holding a dimit for one year, without applying for membership in some 
lodge, shall not, thereafter, be entitled to any of the rights and privi- 
leges of Masonry; provided, that the holder of a dimit may at any time, 
even after the expiration of such term of ono year, petition for affilia- 
tion, and if rejected shall be considered as in good standing in the fra- 
ternity for one year from the date of his last rejection, and no longer. 


R.W. Bro. Wm. L. Andrews, Deputy Grand Master of 
the Grand Lodge of Virginia, and Representative of the 
Grand Lodge of Illinois near the Grand Lodge of Virginia, 
was introduced and accorded the Grand Honors. 

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He spoke as follows : 

Most Worshit>fiil Grand Master and my Brethren of the Grand Lodge 

of Illinois: 

I have no doubt that you boys of yesterday will remember some 
cherished dream that you have had a long while, and perhaps still look 
forward to its final fruition. For more than thirty years it has been my 
dream to stand in your city, which has been made historical by a cow. 
In fact, my brethren, I am told that you have the most historical cow of 
all time, that has but one rival that is now traveling from pillar to post 
in a palace car — I have to take a private berth — I cannot have a whole 
oar myself. 

But, brethren, I have esteemed it a special honor to be made the 
representative near the Grand Lodge of Virginia of so illustrious a 
body as the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois, the second in size in 
the nation and the second in worth and honor in the world. I know you 
will permit me to retain the first place for my own Grand Lodge. 

I was particularly impressed in listening today to the long roll of 
your illustrious dead ; men whose names indeed echo throughout the 
great Masonic world; men of whom the nation should be proud; men 
whose virtues are^ worthy of all imitation ; men whose deeds are worthy 
of all emulation. 

Your Most Worshipful Grand Master has told you of the project 
that has been started down in the Old Dominion, to try to erect a fitting 
monument, that shall be an enduring monument to the name of the 
most illustrious Mason that ever graced the roll of any Masonic lodge 
in the world — George Washington. And I thought, as I heard your il- 
lustrious roll called, and the name of John Corson Smith read — of all 
that he had done and of all that he had wrought, how fitting it would 
be to place his name, side by side with that of Washington ; and if we 
can raise a fund necessary to build that Memorial Temple — which T pray 
God may be done — then in the apartment set apart for the great state 
of Illinois, at the head will stand the illustrious name of John Corson 
Smith, followed by those brethren who are entitled, in their place, in 
the great Hall of Fame. 

My brethren, we have but a small Grand Lodge compared with 
yours, and a small membership, numbering one-fourth of your mag- 
nificent membership, and we are appealing to all the Masons throughout 
the United States to come up with their tribute and help us erect this 
fitting monument for our illustrious brother, who had the distinguished 
honor to build this great nation and to be the father of you all. 

150 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

We do not ask for a tax to be levied upon you, brethren — far from 
it — we entreat your free charity, with the open hand, and not with a 
clasped pocketbook to be wrenched open by legislation — we ask you, each 
and every brother, to come up and help us construct this grand temple, 
one that the President of the United States, on the 22nd of last Febru- 
ary, pronounced a fitting tribute, and recommended to every Mason. 

Brethren, in this great country there are more than a million Masons 
— in the United States. If every one brought a tribute of a dollar and 
laid it down for this great worthy object, we would have more than 
we want — more than we could use. It is the purpose of this Associa- 
tion, of which your illustrious Grand Master is a Vice-President, to con- 
struct a temple that shall be in keeping with its name, the Washington 
Memorial in this temple and Hall of Fame is to be set apart; in that 
Hall of Fame there shall be appointed to each Grand Jurisdiction, a 
place for its illustrious dead, and those who shall come to see, and who 
may have heard the story of the young builder of the temple — may see 
the other illustrious names that time has written on the Masonic scroll. 
We trust, my brethren, that your state may have many illustrious names 
in its place there. 

I see that your Grand Master has recommended that a proper sum 
be set apart from the Grand Lodge. I asked him this morning, if the 
adoption of that recommendation, would prevent asking the lodges or 
prevent individual brethren from making voluntary contributions to this 
fund. He assures me it will not. 

Brethren, we would like to have this building built and completed 
by a fund spontaneously contributed by every Mason, and that every 
one might point with pride to that building and say : "I helped to build 
that great memorial to the greatest Mason of all time." I presume, in 
the course of time the opportunity will be presented to you, my brethren, 
to help us in this great work ; we trust that it will not be a burden but 
a pleasure. If it is a pleasure, we will be glad to have you help. 

But, brethren, if you should travel down to the Old Dominion — you 
know that you came down there about forty-six years ago, you came 
and did not wait for the invitation that we were going to send you ; we 
send that now, brethren ; come again. Our lodges are always waiting 
to welcome our brethren from everywhere, but from nowhere more 
freely, more faithfully or more lovingly than from the Grand Jurisdic- 
tion of Illinois — come down and see us, brethren. 

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R.W. Bro. Galusha A. King, Grand Chaplain of the M.W. 
Grand Lodge of Kansas, was introduced by the Grand Mas- 
ter, and was accorded the Grand Honors. 

He spoke as follows : 

Most IVorshipful Grand Master, and Brethren of the Grand Lodge of 


It always gives me great pleasure to meet with a Masonic lodge, 
whether it be one of the smallest, weakest lodges of my own, or any 
any other jurisdiction, or with my own or any other Grand Lodge, and 
I bring to you today the fraternal greetings of the Sun Flower State, the 
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Kansas, and if any of you in the 
future find it convenient to meet with us at any time, I assure you of a 
most hearty welcome. 

The time is approaching when you will be called from labor to re- 
freshments, and I will not take your time to make an address, but to 
welcome you to our home, and thank you for the welcome that I have 
received this morning. 

REPORT — Committee on Finance. 

R.W. Bro. S. O. Spring, chairman of the Committee on 
Finance, presented the report of this committee. It was 

To the M.W. Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of the State of Illinois: 

Your Finance Committee fraternally reports that it has examined 
the books and accounts of the R.W. Grand Secretary and the R.W. Grand 
Treasurer and find the same to have been kept in their usual systematic 
and comprehensive manner. That all the moneys due the M.W. Grand 
Lodge have been received, properly entered on record, and duly paid 
over to the R.W. Grand Treasurer as provided by law. That the R.W. 
Grand Treasurer has fully accounted for all the funds and property for 
which he is responsible. That the reports submitted to this Annual Com- 
munication of the M.W. Grand Lodge by these officers respectively, are 
a true exhibit of their official transactions during the past year. That 
the cash balances as reported are on deposit in the State Bank of Chi- 
cago, and the securities as reported have been inspected and found to 
be in conformity with the report of the R.W. Grand Treasurer in every 

152 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

Your committee desire to congratulate the Grand Lodge on the 
efficient manner in which the duties of their respective officers have been 
performed by the R.W. Grand Secretary and R.W. Grand Treasurer. 

A synopsis of the financial condition of the M.W. Grand Lodge is 
shown by the following condensed exhibit taken from the report of the 
R.W. Grand Treasurer. 

General Fund. 

Cash balance on hand October 3, 1910 $ 64,443.10 

Cash received from the R.W. Grand Secretary 62,153.70 

Total $126,596.80 

Credit by paid mileage and per diem orders — 

Officers and Committees $ 3,475.20 

Representatives 16,461.40 

Credit by miscellaneous orders , 41,219.25 ^ 

Credit by Grand Officers salaries 5,816.67 

Total 66,972.52 

Balance to credit of General Fund $ 59,624.28 

Charity Fund. 

Cash balance on hand last report $ 37,862.89 

Cash received from R.W. Grand Secretary 39,193-25 

Total $77,056.14 

Credit by vouchers paid since last report 38,970.11 

Balance to credit of Charity Fund $38,086.03 

Home for the Aged Fund. 

Balance on hand as per last report $ 1,561.62 

Cash received from R.W. Grand Secretary 429.00 

Total $ 1,990.62 

Credit by vouchers paid since last report 1,670.62 

Balance to credit Home for the Aged Fund $ 320.00 

Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home Fund. 

Balance on hand last report $ 4,510.34 

Received from R.W. Grand Secretary 1,655.00 

Total $ 6,165.34 

Credit by vouchers paid since last report 5,070.34 

Balance to credit Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home Fund. .$1,095.00 

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Masonic Home Fund. 

Balance on hand per last report $265.20 

By vouchers paid since last report 265.2c 

Leaving no balance in this fund. 

Your committee find the par value of investment securities in the 
several funds to be as follows : 

Charity Fund $ 800.00 

Orphans' Home Fund 47,500.00 

Home for Aged Fund 8,000.00 

Total $56,300.00 


Bonds and securities on hand all funds $ 56,300.00 

Cash on hand all funds 99,125.31 

Total assets in Treasury $155,425.31 

Your committee recommends, first : that the sum of Two Thousand 
Dollars ($2,000) be transferred from the General Fund to the Charity 

Second : That appropriations be made from the Charity Fund as 
follows : 
For the maintenance and support of the Masonic Orphans Home 

at LaGrange for the ensuing year the sum of $16,000.00 

For the maintenance and support of the Illinois Masonic Home 

at Sullivan for the ensuing year the sum of 24.000.00 

Above appropriations to be paid as follows: One-half October 14, 
1911; one-fourth on March i, 1912, and the remaining one-fourth on 
July I, 1912. 

All unexpended balances to be covered into the Grand Lodge treasury. 

We also recommend additional appropriations to be paid from the 
General Fund, the Home for the Aged Fund and the Masonic Orphans' 
Home Fund as follows : 

Masonic Home at Sullivan. 

For repairs and alterations of present buildings $2,900.00 

Deep well water supply 5,450.00 

Soft water supply, cistern plant '. • 850.00 

Stock and agricultural implements 3,600.00 

154 Proceedings of the (October ii, 

Masonic Orphans' Home at LaGrange. 

For reimbursement of J. A. Steele, Treas., account overdrafts. $2,085.46 

For building fund to complete payments on building 1,500.00 

For additional furnishings and equipment 1,500.00 

The above appropriations to be paid to the Board of Trustees at 
such times and in such amounts as are needed for the payment of bills 
incurred in the installation of the improvements. All unexpended bal- 
ances to be covered into the Grand Lodge Treasury. 

Your committee further recommends that appropriations be made 
from the General Fund to defray the proper expenses of the M.W. Grand 
Lodge for the ensuing year to-wit : 

For mileage and per diem of Officers, Representatives and 

Committees $20,000.00 

For miscellaneous printing 1,000.00 

For printing and distributing proceedings 3,200.00 

For salaries of Grand Officers 6,000.00 

For Schools of Instruction 1,200.00 

For miscellaneous expenses 4,600.00 

Total $36,000.00 

Your Committee also further recommends that orders be drawn upon 
the General* Fund for the following expenses to-wit: 

Bro. Owen Scott, Committee on Correspondence $ 500.00 

Bro. C. S. Gurney, services as Grand Tyler 100.00 

Bro. C. S. Gurney, sundry expenses 106.93 

Bro. Z. T. Griffin, stenographer 50.00 

Bro. Geo. A. Stadler, Deputy Grand Secretary 25.00 

Oriental Consistory, rent 300.00 


Your committee further submits the following recommendations, to- 

1. That the members of the several committees in attendance upon 
this Annual Communication be allowed and paid $3.00 per day for each 
day's service rendered in addition to the compensation provided by the 

2. That your committee be authorized to destroy the paid orders 
during the past year upon the R.W. Grand Treasurer, same having been 
properly accounted for in issue and payment. . 

iQii-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 155 

3. That the R.W. Grand Secretary be authorized to have printed 
1,000 copies of the list of all Masonic Lodges. 

Referring to the recommendations of the M.W. Grand Master re- 
garding the disposition of the Cherry Mine Fund, beg leave to report 
that as this fund was contributed by only a part of the lodges for a spe- 
cial purpose, that it would be an injustice to those contributing to retain 
this fund for emergency use, and therefore recommend that the com- 
mittee having the same in trust be requested to return the amounts in 
full to foreign lodges and to distribute the balance pro rata to the sev- 
eral Illinois Lodges contributing the same. 

Your Committee have also given the recommendation of the M.W. 
Grand ]\Iaster regarding the Washington Memorial contribution due 
consideration. While we appreciate the worthiness of the purpose and 
the fraternal and noble spirit which prompted the recommendation, yet 
the financial condition of the Grand Lodge at the present time is such 
that we feel compelled to recommend that no appropriation be made 
for this purpose at this time. 

Fraternally submitted, 

S. O. Spring, 
N. N. Lampert_, 
T. A. Stevens, 



M.\\\ Bro. Owen Scott offered the following resolution. 
It was referred to the Committee on Finance. 

\\'here,\s. The supply of both the Book of Ceremonials and the 
Book of Constitutions and Laws is exhausted; and 

Where.^s, a number of decisions have been adopted by the Grand 
Lodge which are not contained in the Blue Book; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to revise the Blue 
Book by inserting in proper places the several decisions now in force, 
and to correct any errors in the Book of Ceremonials ; and be it further 

Resolved. That when so corrected two thousand copies of the Blue 
Book and three thousand copies of the Book of Ceremonials be printed 
and distributed as heretofore and the surplus held by the Grand Secre- 
tary to be sold to individuals and lodges. 

Resolved, That wherever the word "subordinate" occurs applying to 
lodges that the word "constituent" be substituted, and where the word 
"order" occurs that the word "fraternitv" be used. 

156 Proceedings of the (October ii, 


The R.W. Grand Orator, Rev. W. ^^^ Wilson, deliv- 
ered the annual oration. R.W. Bro. Elmer E. Beach 
moved that the thanks' of the Grand Lodge be extended the 
Grand Orator for his learned, eloquent, and instructive 
oration, and that it be printed in the proceedings. Adopted. 

Most IVorshipful Grand Master and Brethren of the Grand Lodge : 

From the time when the barbarians over-ran Southern Europe and 
destroyed the great Roman Empire, at the beginning of the fifth cen- 
turj', until the day when Martin Luther, in the year 1517, nailed his 
remarkable thesis upon the church door of Wittenburg, there occurred 
the greatest overturning and wrecking of civilization ever known in 
the history of the world. During the thousand years there were many 
readjustments and the gathering together and melting of various in- 
fluences that brought about the marvelous progress beginning with 
the sixteenth century and continuing to this day. The old civiliza- 
tion apparently was destroyed. The early period is called the Dark 
Ages. Everywhere there was a disturbance of conditions that seemed 
to overturn all that was good and substantial in the past. Fear en- 
tered the hearts of those who were moved with thoughts of the wel- 
fare of mankind as well as for their own safety. Society divided into 
classes that brought some people into prominence but crushed the mul- 
titudes with conditions of hard servitude. Adventurers abounded and 
lawlessness prevailed, leading to cruelty and oppression. In the midst 
of all this, there were men having in their hearts the welfare of their 
fellowmen, who endeavored to save some treasures from the wrecks 
of the past. 

The Christian Church, at the beginning of the fourth cen- 
turj', through the favor of the State, obtained a position and influ- 
ence that received recognition everywhere. While civil governments 
were overturned and the State was divided into petty kingdoms lead- 
ing to the feudal system, the church maintained its integrity. The re- 
ligious orders were instrumental in restoring much that had been lost 
and saved the remnant of society from threatened destruction. They 
delved into the ruins, searched into the various corners and nooks of 
the old civilizations and preserved many treasures of the past. The 
Christian Church became, in those perilous times, the saving influence 
for modern civilization ; through it people were stimulated with ideas 
of religious duty leading to the development of architecture and the 
building of the great cathedrals of Europe. There was awakened a 


I9II-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 157 

general desire to erect buildings appropriate to the worship of God. 
which should vie in splendor with anything to be found in the history 
of the world. From the magnificent temple of Saint Sophia, or the 
Temple of Wisdom at Constantinople to the wonderful Cathedral of 
St. Peter's at Rome, the efforts of inspired architects and devoted 
workmen produced beautiful temples, the building of which preser\-ed 
the arts and sciences and promoted a feeling of brotherhood among 
those engaged in the work. 

In connection with these remarkable buildings, associations of 
workmen were fofmed for protection and mutual helpfulness. There 
were no railroads or the conveniences of communication and trans- 
portation that we have todaj', consequently these guilds, or associa- 
tions of workmen were formed with obligations of faithfulness and 
signs of recognition that enabled them to become known as they trav- 
eled from place to place. The church encouraged these guilds, and 
co-operated with them. Various religious teachers entered into these 
bodies of operative workmen, showing sympathy, and encouraging 
them. A great brotherhood was formed thereby with rituals and cere- 
monies gathered from christian teaching and through tradition from 
all quarters of the world, embodying valuable lessons and expressions 
that have been largeh' preserved even to this day. We have in 'Free- 
masonry an association or brotherhood that can trace back its origin to 
those brotherhoods or guilds whereby we seek to bring all the nations 
of the world together, and to elevate mankind to higher and nobler 

These guilds exercised an influence for good and grew to such 
proportions that it became evident they w^ould soon control society 
and exercise an influence in the conduct of public affairs under the 
various forms of government. The church authorities realizing this 
development, sought to bring these organizations into abject submis- 
sion to ecclesiastical control. The brotherhood objected and assumed 
an independent attitude. Therefore differences arose between these 
guilds and the authorities of the church. About this time monks went 
through the countn,- preaching the great importance of recovering from 
the Turks and restoring to Christian influence the Holy Land and the 
Temple of God. A series of crusades ensued that became an expres- 
sion of religious enthusiasm. They were more or less successful, but 
finally defeated in their great purpose. 

These marvelous crusades, however, were the means of awaken- 
ing the people everywhere to a greater regard for their common m- 
terests and their common welfare. The crusades brought people to- 
gether from all parts of Europe. Chivalrous orders were formed that 

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attained great wealth and power. The brotherhood of the guilds wab 
strengthened and grew into the lodges of operative Masons. 

Consequentlj' the opposition increased between these fraternities 
and the powers of the church. The orders came forth in all their 
beautiful rituals, first endorsed by the church — built up through the 
preaching of the church, and regarded as important adjuncts, but now 
grown too large to be in a position of subjection. They rebelled, re- 
fusing to submit to the power that was exercised over them. The 
Church took an attitude of opposition, and endeavored to suppress them. 
Persecution followed; the different lodges were destroyed or driven 
into secrecy. Members were put to death or scattered everywhere. 

In the cathedrals in Great Britain there are some evidences of the 
associations of the past, and the continuance in some degree of the 
lodges of operative Masons. They held to the teachings of the old 
guilds and entertained the hope they might come forth in future 
times and revive again the idea of brotherhood, that was set forth so 
beautifully when the cathedrals were built and the workmen realized 
the value of co-operation and brotherly love. 

We are told that the secret organizations of operative Masons 
existed throughout Great Britain until the year 1703, when they de- 
veloped into lodges of speculative Freemasons. 

The latest information we have of any of the old associations or 
guilds of operative Masons is in the case of St. Paul's Cathedral in the 
city of London. There were four lodges associated in this great 
building. Sir Christopher Wrenn, the architect, opposed the continu- 
ance of this association of workmen in the form of speculative Ma- 
sonry, and opposed bitterly the admission of men who were not nec- 
essarily of the building craft. Consequently for a number of years 
the whole idea of the brotherhood of Freemasonry seemed to fail. 
After his death there arose a new set of men who obtained the leader- 
ship and the lodges came together, so -that in 1717 a Grand Lodge of 
Freemasons was formed in England, preserving what had been handed 
down of the teachings of the old brotherhood and perpetuating the 
organizations of the guilds in modern Freemasonry with the beautiful 
form and character it maintains today. Therefore we can say that 
Masonry is both Ancient and Modern. It is modern in its present day 
aspects, but it is ancient in many of the examples and symbols ol 
truth and traditions of the past, that are now embodied in the various 
forms and teachings of our rituals. It is therefore a very happy 
thought that in this great Jurisdiction of Illinois, our Grand fraternity 
is known as Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The organization 
is ancient in the sense that it binds together in brotherly relations 

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much of the teachings of ancient nations in all countries of the world. 
So we will say today, as we look back upon the history of our Great 
Brotherhood, or go away back into the past, that the beginnings of 
Freemasonry are lost in the distance ; we may say we can trace some 
of our forms and ceremonies through the history of Greece, and it is 
so. We may say we can trace our forms and ceremonies to Assyria ; 
we can point to their origin in the aged and glorious Egypt, and say 
they began when the Great Pyramid was built ; we can look back to 
Persia and ancient India ; we can say that we came from Moses and 
King Solomon and find traditions from the great Order of Melchize- 
dek. The truth is the thousand years of mediaeval Europe were a 
time of great merging of influences that survived, and the bringing in 
and moulding together of learning and tradition from different na- 
tions. The barbarians of the North brought treasures and customs to 
be infused into the life of Southern Europe; and wanderers came 
from the east with contributions toward the civilization of the renewed 
Europe. The combination of all these brought about the conditions of 
modern Masonry. It has therefore an ancient beginning, is ancient in 
much of its teachings, forms and ceremonies, holding in modern civ- 
ilization a position of influence as a strong institution for the pres- 
ervation of truth and righteousness. 

When Napoleon Bonaparte accomplished his conquest of Egypt, 
as his army dre\V near the Great Pyramids, he looked upon those 
marvelous structures of architecture and cried out to his followers, 
"Soldiers, from the summits of yonder pyramids, forty ages survey 
your conduct; act like heroes." 

Oh, my brethren, today from the pyramids of all antiquity, from 
the great structures of architecture reared in all lands ; from the spires 
and domes, everywhere pointing heavenward, we have the ages look- 
ing down on our conduct ; act like heroes. 

There are certain landmarks in the fraternity that have been 
transmitted to us, as necessary principles. Of these landmarks three 
stand out conspicuously. First, every Mason must believe in God, the 
Great Architect of the Universe. Secondly, candidates must believe 
seriously in the immortality of the soul. Thirdly, the Bible is an in- 
dispensable object displayed in every lodge. These are three of the 
principal landmarks of Ancient Free and Accepted Masonry today 
We preserve them with all the sacred associations and beautiful cere- 
monies connected with the history of our Order. These principles in- 
volve the elevation of mankind, and the fulfillment of duty. There is 
something more to live for than the mere existence of this present 
time. The Great Architect of the Universe is working a great pur- 

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pose through spiritual building. There is a guiding light upon our 
pathway and it is a great light in Masonry. We stand for these prin- 
ciples today, with all the accumulated history, the combined knowl- 
edge, and the concentrated wisdom that have come down to us through 
the ages. Our institution is most extensive. The Church alone can 
stand face to face with us in a general way. Are we conscious of 
our position? Are we sure of what it implies? We are a great power 
for good in proportion as we are true. We stand with a double in- 
fluence, acting upon our fellowmen and upon our national institutions. 
Great problems face us, great opportunities are before us, such as 
will try to the utmost the quality of our faith. We live in 
days when the development of society and the progress of civilization 
present to us great questions and great possibilities, leading us on to 
great crises that may reach to the very foundation of life. We must 
have good men in power. Can we be equal to what is presented to 
the world in our great body? Where do wo stand today? Here m 
this grand nation we are favored ; here we are surrounded with con- 
ditions that should stimulate us for all of the work that devolves upon 
us. How do we come up to the character of our great institution? 
We have great national questions pressing upon us. Society is work- 
ing out great problems, and is calling upon us to exercise the good- 
will we profess. What are we doing for social conditions? Are we 
coming up to the brethren of ancient times? Are we doing our part 
as members of our fraternity? Do we, today, act as a great organiza- 
tion of men, bound together by great obligations, standing together 
for the good of society, and the welfare of the nation? Oh, my breth- 
ren, these are serious questions for us to consider. There are great 
aggregations that involve our interests commercially and socially. 
There are conflicts between Labor and Capital, between various trades 
and occupations and we are involved in the struggle. What is uui 
duty, brethren, as Masons, faithful to obligations? Do we stand dis- 
tinctly for the good and true in the midst of this great aggregation 
that may involve all our life in time and eternity? Think, my breth- 
ren, what it would mean, if the members of the Masonic Fraternity 
throughout this land stood together faithfully for truth and righteous- 
ness. What a power we could be for good if we were 
thus united. It is contrary to our obligations if we ever engage in 
movements or schemes that sacrifice principle for self-interest. Let 
us be honest about it. We are not here for the purpose of simply 
meeting one anotlier socially and indttlging in empty sentiments ; we 
are not here to discuss platitudes and talk wisely about what the world 
should be, but we are here to show our manhood. We stand for 
righteous principles ; we sympathize with all those who are struggling 

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against wrong. We would find no difficulty in harmonizing the con- 
flicting elements in business conditions, industrial disputes and econ- 
omic questions if we would exemplify in our lives what we rehearse, 
and express as we come together in our fraternal meetings. The dif- 
ficulty is we are deceived by the false notion of life that affects gen- 
erally the whole human race. That is the idea that we can profess 
certain things, observe certain forms and maintain certain principles, 
but need not carry them out. There is great difficulty in leading peo- 
ple to be consistent with principle. There is much criticism of Church 
members who are inconsistent. Brethren, there is hypocrisy in Ma- 
sonry today. 

There is bitter opposition to our fraternity, which is largely due 
to the fact that while professing what we mean to do and making 
outward manifestation of what we believe, there are many who are 
untrue in private life. We need in our brotherhood men who set 
forth truth both in light and in darkness. We can walk through a 
garden in the broad sunlight of day and see beautiful flowers on every 
hand, their sweetness and loveliness filling us with admiration. 
Darkness may come on and we can pass through that same beautiful 
garden, and inhale the fragrance that still tells us the flowers are 
there in all their loveliness. So we should have the Mason true in 
the daylight and also in the night. 

Foremost in the great march of civilization and developing ever 
increasing opportunities for the advancement of all mankind, our 
great republic requires a high grade of citizenship. We are leading 
the nations in mitigating the horrors of war and promoting the spirit 
of universal peace. Let us therefore stand firmly for our principles. 

The peace of the world depends largely upon the influence of the 
various Masonic bodies who are developing true expressions of fra- 
ternity, and good will in all lands. 

"Ring in the valiant man and free 
The larger heart, the kindlier hand, 
Ring out the darkness of the land. 
Ring in the Christ that is to be." 

But my brethren, there is another great subject that meets us to- 
day. That is the relation of Freemasonry to the Church. It is a sub- 
ject we generally avoid, but it ought to be considered seriously be- 
cause it is growing in importance, as our fraternity is increasing in 
numbers. Some people regard the organizations as opposed to each 
other, whereas they should be in perfect sympathy and co-operate for 
the good of mankind. 

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Freemasonry does not directly oppose any religion. It does not 
endorse or condemn any Church and is not concerned about the dif- 
ferent forms of belief, but is helpful to a true and intelligent re- 
ligion. Our teachings necessarily endorse freedom of conscience and 
religious liberty. We are opposed to ecclesiasticism and religious 
tyranny. Whenever these threaten the welfare of the State or the 
integrity of our free institutions the Masonic fraternity should be 
united against them. 

With a spirit of heroism worthy of our heritage and a devotion 
to the truth consistent with our teachings, let us, to the point of 
sacrifice, stand nobly for the right as God gives us to see it. 

Amid the marvelous progress that is rushing onward with accel- 
erating speed toward great achievements and hurrying events, for- 
ward to the accomplishment of glorious ends, we know not what 
crises may arise demanding all our energies. Great duties press 
upon us now. The times are fraught with the greatest possibilities 
for time and eternity, putting to the test our courage and trying to 
the uttermost the quality of our faith. 

We are living, we are dwelling 

In a grand and awful time ; 
In an age on ages telling 

To be living is sublime ; 
Hark! the waking up of nations, 

Gog and magog to the fray ; 
Hark! what soundeth? Is creation 

Groaning for its latter day? 

Wil! ye play, then, will ye dally 

With your music and your wine? 
Up! it is Jehovah's rally! 

God's own arm hath need of thine. 
Oh ! let all the soul within you 

For the truths go abroad ! 
Strike ! let every nerve and sinew 

Tell on ages, tell for God. 


At 12:45 p. m. the Grand Lodge was called from labor 
to refreshment until o o'clock Thursday morning. 

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, A. D. 1911, A. L. 5911. 
9 O'CLOCK, A. M. 

The M.W. Grand Lodge was called from refreshment to 
labor by the M.W. Grand Master at 9 o'clock. 

Prayer was offered by the Grand Chaplain. 

The minutes of Wednesday's session were read and ap- 

REPORT — Committee on Credentials. 

The Committee on Credentials presented their detailed re- 
port, which was adopted. The summary is printed here ; tne 
detail in the Appendix. 


Grand Officers present 19 

Past Grand Officers not otherwise enumerated i 

Representatives of other Grand Lodges not otherwise enumerated.. 15 

District Deputy Grand Masters 48 

Members of Committees 5,3 

Representatives of Lodges 959 

Total 1095 

Number of lodges represented 761 

REPORT — Committee on Mileage and Per Diem. 

The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented their 
report in detail. It was adopted; the detailed report will be 
found in the Appendix. 

164 Proceedings of the (October 12, 

REPORT — Committee to Examine Visitors. 

The report of the Committee to Examine \'isitors was 
read and adopted. 

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M.: 

Your Committee to Examine Visitors have the honor to report that 
they have examined all visitors who have presented themselves for that 
purpose during this session of the Grand Lodge and have vouched for 
them to the Grand Tyler. 

Dated at Chicago, 111., this 12th day of October, 191 1. 

S. S. Borden, 


R. F. Morrow, 
Lawrence C. Johnson, 
J. ^I. Hannum, 


REPORT — Special Committee. 

R.\\\ Elmer E. Beach presented the report of the Special 
Committee on the Mount Greenwood Cemetery matter. It 
was adopted. 

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M. : 

Your Committee to whom was referred the proposition of the Mount 
Greenwood Cemetery Association to deed to this Grand Lodge a lot 
in Mount Greenwood Cemetery with provision for its perpetual care 
without expense to the Grand Lodge, beg leave to report that in the 
limited time at their disposal, they were unable to make a sufficiently 
thorough investigation of the proposal to warrant the committee in rec- 
ommending either its acceptance or rejection. 

The Committee, therefore, recommend that a committee consisting 
of residents of the city of Chicago be appointed to report at the next 
Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, after making a thorough 
investigation and examination of the proposition. 

Elmer E. Beach, 
H. A. Snell, 
J. W. Hamilton, 


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REPORT— Special Committee. 

R.W. Bro. W. A. Dixon presented the report of the Com- 
mittee on Loose Leaf Sheets. It was adopted. 

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M., of the State of 
Illinois : 

Your Committee to whom was referred the resolutions introduced 
at the last session of this Grand Lodge by Right Worshipful Bro. R. H. 
Wheeler as to the advisability of using the Loose Leaf Ledger as a 
subsidiary book in conjunction with the bound record, respectfully re- 
port : 

That we have carefully considered the matter and are of the opinion 
that the decision rendered by the Grand IMaster in 1906 — that "this style 
of book is inconsistent with the requirements and that its use is neces- 
sarily prohibited," was intended to apply not only to the "Minute 
Book," but also to such other books as the Officers of the Constituent 
Lodges usually use in connection therewith. We are, therefore, of the 
opinion that no action of the Grand Lodge with reference to this mat- 
ter is necessary. 

Isaac Cutter, 
W. A. Dixon, 
Henry T. Burnap, 



Bro. Edward R. Roe presented the following resolution 
on United Charities. It was adopted. 

Resolved, That the Most Worshipful Grand Master be hereby au- 
thorized and empowered to appoint a committee to meet with similar 
committees from the Grand Chapter, Grand Council and Grand Com- 
mandery for the purpose of formulating a plan for united charity of 
the Grand Lodge, Grand Chapter, Grand Council and Grand Command- 
ery of the State of Illinois and that the said committee report their ac- 
tions and recommendations to this Grand Lodge at its next annual 

REPORT— Committee on Finance. 

Bro. Thos. A. Stevens presented the following report 
from the Committee on Finance. It was adopted. 

166 Proceedings of the (October 12, 

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M.: 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred the resolution 
offered by R.W. Bro. Owen Scott, providing for the revision of the 
Bhie Book and the printing of 2,000 copies of the same and 3,000 cop- 
ies of the Book of Ceremonials, beg leave to report that we concur in 
the recommendation and recommend its adoption. 

S. O. Spring, 
N. N. Lampert, 
T. A. Stevens, 

Finance Committee. 


The following resolution was presented by Bro. Roswell 
T. Spencer. It was adopted. 

Resohed, That the Grand Secretary be instructed to insert in the 
proceedings of this session of the Grand Lodge of Illinois half-tone 
portraits of Bro. John Corson Smith, Past Grand Master, and Bro. 
Charles Fisher, Past Deputy Grand Master. 


The representative of Palmyra Lodge No. 643 invited the 
Grand Lodge to be present w^ith them on November 8th, to 
witness the conferring of the snblime degree on seven 
brothers. The invitation was accepted and ordered printed in 
the proceedings. 

REPORT— Special Committee. 

The special committee appointed to consider matters sug- 
gested in Grand Master's Report offered the following: 

To the M.J1\ Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M., of the State of Illinois: 

The Committee appointed to present to this Grand Lodge such 
proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-laws of this Grand 
Lodge, as will give effect to divers recommendations of the Grand 
Master, respectfully submit the following: 

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Amend Section 6, Article 13, Part i, of Grand Lodge Bj^-laws, so 
that said section will read as follows : 

"Sec. 6. The Grand Officers designated in Article 5 of the Con- 
stitution, and such Past Grand Masters, Past Deputy Grand Masters and 
Past Grand Wardens, as shall be present and shall be members of corf- 
stituent lodges in Illinois (provided that if any such permanent member 
in attendance on the sessions of the Grand Lodge, be at the time, a 
sojourner outside of Illinois, his mileage shall be computed from the 
location of his lodge) each member of a standing committee, and one 
representative, from each lodge under this jurisdiction, shall be allowed 
five cents per mile, going and returning, for every mile traveled from 
the location of his lodge, to be computed by the necessarily traveled 
route and (except the Grand Master, Grand Treasurer and Grand Sec- 
retary) two dollars per day for each day's actual attendance on the 
Grand Lodge, or its Committees. Provided that no one shall receive 
mileage or per diem in more than one capacity." 

Amend Article 3, Part 2, of the Grand Lodge By-laws, by adding 
thereto a new section, to be known as "Section II." 

"Section II. All correspondence of lodges with foreign masonic 
bodies, except in cases of emergency, shall be conducted through the 
Grand Master of this Grand Lodge." 

Amend Section i. Article 26, Part 2, Grand Lodge By-laws : 
Section i. There shall be but one representative of a lodge, in 
this Grand Lodge ; such representative shall be the master, or either 
of the wardens, with priority according to their respective ranks. In 
the absence of all such officers, then their written proxies, with priority, 
as above, shall be recognized. 

Amend Section 2, Article 8, of the Constitution, so that said" sec- 
tion, when amended, shall read as follows : 

"Section 2. In all elections and in all questions before the Grand 
Lodge, each lodge shall be entitled to one vote, the Grand Master to 
one vote, the Deputy Grand Master to one vote, each Grand Warden 
to one vote, the Grand Treasurer to one vote, the Grand Secretary to 
one vote, each Past Grand Master to one vote (the Past Deputy Grand 
Masters to one vote collectively, the Past Grand Wardens to one vote 
collectively, and the Past Masters to one vote collectively). No repre- 
sentative of a lodge shall vote as a Grand Officer." 

Amend Article 2 of the Constitution, so that said article, when 
amended, will read as follows : 

"The Grand Lodge shall consist of a Grand Master, Deputy Grand 
Master, Senior Grand Warden, Junior Grand Warden, Grand Treas- 

168 Proceedings of the (October 12, 

urer, Grand Secretary, Grand Chaplain, Grand Orator, Deputy Grand 
Secretarj', Grand Pursuivant, Grand ]Marshal, Grand Standard Bearer. 
Grand Sword Bearer, Senior Grand Deacon, Junior Grand Deacon, four 
Grand Stewards, Grand Tyler, fifty District Deputy Grand Masters, to- 
gether with the Representatives of the Chartered Lodges, duly consti- 
tuted under its jurisdiction, and such Past Grand Masters, Past Deputy 
Grand Masters, Past Grand Wardens, and Past Masters, as shall be 
present and are members of subordinate lodges in Illinois. 

"No Grand Officer shall officiate in the station to which he may be 
elected until he has been legally installed." 

Amend subdivision 3, Section i, of Article 9, Part One, of the By- 
laws, so that said subdivision, when amended, will read as follows : 

"3. To require from each brother presenting himself as a proxy, 
a written commission, signed by the proper officer of the lodge which he 

Amend Subdivision 9, of Section i, of Article 11, of the Constitu- 
tion, so that said subdivision, when amended, will read as follows : 

"9. Establish a mileage and per diem rate for its officers, the repre- 
sentative from each lodge, and its Standing Committees, not exceeding 
five cents per mile, each way, and two dollars per day. 

A. H. Bell, 
Owen Scott, 
Sidney S. Breese, 


The proposed amendments to the Grand Lodge By-Laws 
were severally seconded by Representatives of more than 
twenty lodges and lie over until next year. 

The proposed amendments to the Constitution being sev- 
erally duly seconded, go to the lodges for action. 

THANKS — To Special Committee. 

The following was presented from the Special Committee 
on amending charter, and it was adopted. 

In view of the most valuable services rendered to this Grand Lodge 
by Senator Frank W. Burton, of Carlinville, and Representative Frank- 
lin S. Catlin, of Chicago, and other members of the General As- 
sembly of Illinois, in securing the passage of the law removing the 


Grand Lodge of Illinois. 


limitation of the amount of property to be held by the Grand and 
Constituent Lodges of Illinois, it is most fitting that this Grand Lodge 
should express its sense of deepest gratitude to these members of the 
General Assembly of Illinois. 

The Grand Secretary is, therefore, instructed to convey to these 
distinguished brethren the thanks of the Grand Lodge of Illinois. 

A. H. Bell, 
Owen Scott, 
Sidney S. Breese, 


INTRODUCTION— Of Representatives. 

The AI.\A\ Grand Master presented and introduced the 
Representatives of Other Grand Lodges near the Grand Lodge 
of Illinois. Thev were accorded Grand Honors- 

C. E. Allen, Alabama 
H. A. Snell, Alberta. 
Monroe C. Crawford, Arizona. 
Roswell T. Spencer, Arkansas. 
S. O. Spring, Canada. 
Albert Rouillier, Colorado. 
C. F. Hitchcock,Connecticut. 
L. A. Goddard, Dist. Columbia. 
John C. Smith, Jr., England. 
Charles H. Parkes, Florida. 
Robert R. Jampolis, Idaho. 
Robert J. Daly, Ireland. 
Geo. M. Moulton, Kansas. 
Godfred Langhenry, Louisiana. 
Amos Pettibone, ?^Iaine. 
Hugh R. Stewart, Manitoba. 
M. Bates lott, Maryland. 
Joseph E. Dyas, Michigan. 
Ralph H. Wheeler, Minnesota. 
Franklin S. Catlin, Mississippi. 
David D. 

G. A. Stadler, ^Missouri. 
A. B. Ashley, IMontana. 
Albert Jampolis, Nebraska. 
H. E. Hamilton, New Hampshire. 
Isaac Cutter, New York. 
Chas. S. DeHart. New S. Wales. 
W. O. Butler, New Zealand. 
D. D. Darrah, Oklahoma. 
John Johnston, Quebec. 
J. R. Ennis, Queensland. 
A. B. Wicker, Rhode Island. 
James A. Steele, Saskatchewan. 
Archibald Birse, Scotland. 
Elmer E. Beach, South Carolina. 
Harry W. Harvey, Tasmania. 
Alexander H. Bell, Tennessee. 
I. H. Todd, Vermont. 
Frank W\ Burton, Virginia. 
Henry T. Burnap, West. Australia. 
John F. Campbell, West Virginia. 
King, Wisconsin. 

170 Proceedings of ihe (October 12, 

M.W. Bro. Monroe C. Crawford was asked to respond 
for the Representatives and spoke as follows : 

Most Worshipful Grand Master and Brethren of the Grand Lodge': 

I have been very highly honored by the Grand Master and these 
Representatives, in being called upon to respond to the Grand Lodge 
for them in their names, and in the names of the different Grand 
Jtirisdictions that they represent. I thank you for the very cordial 
reception that you have given us here this morning, and each repre- 
sentative will be glad and more than pleased to report to their Grand 
Jurisdictions the hearty reception that they have received from the 
greatest Grand Lodge in the United States of America, or in the vi'orld. 


The Grand Secretary read the list of elected and ap- 
pointed officers. 

Delmar D. Darrah, M.W. Grand ]Vfaster. 

Henry T. Burnap, R.W. Deputy Grand Master. 

Ralph H. Wheeler, R.W. Senior Grand Warden. 

Austin H. Scrogin, R.W. Junior Grand Warden. 

Leroy a. Goddard, R.W. Grand Treasurer. 

Isaac Cutter, R.W. Grand Secretary. 

Joseph C. Nate, R.W. Grand Chaplain. 

Alexander H. Bell, R.W. Grand Orator. 

Geo. a. Stabler, W. Deputy Grand Secretary. 

T. S. Browning, W. Grand Pursuivant. 

J. L. Brewster, W. Grand Standard Bearer. 

George N. Todd, W. Grand Sword Bearer. 

S. S. Borden, W. Senior Grand Deacon. 

Harris Levy, W. Junior Grand Deacon. 

Chas. F. Tenney, W. Grand Steward. 

H. S. Albin, W. Grand Steward. 

G. W. TiPSWORD, W. Grand Steward. 

Ed. Willets, W. Grand Steward. 

Chester S. Gurney, Bro. Grand Tyler. 


M.W. Bro. Albert B. Ashley, assisted by M.W. Bro. 
Charles F. Hitchcock, as Grand Marshal, installed the officers. 

I9II-) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 171 

Preceding- the installation of M.W. Bro. D. D. Darrah as 
Grand Master, Bro. Ashley spoke as follows : 

Brethren : — I would not inflict upon you the reading of a portion of 
the Installation Ceremony, but many years ago I had the honor of the 
acquaintance of the father of him whom we will install this morning as 
your Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Alexander T. Darrah. I first met him 
at the first School of Instruction that I ever attended in 1875, and there 
were but few schools held in the State during his lifetime that I did not 
attend, and meet him, and I came to know and love him. As the Grand 
Master of this Grand Lodge he commissioned me three times as a Grand 
Lecturer and commissioned me as Grand Examiner the first time 1 was 
appointed to that most honorable position. I am therefore going to ask 
you to bear with me while I install at least, the Grand Master, Bro. 
D. D. Darrah. I want to do this in memory of his father. 

The Grand Master elect said : 

The M.W. Grand Master and Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Illinois: 
I hardly know what to say to you at this time. I am deeply sensi- 
ble of the great honor that you have conferred upon me in electing me 
as your Grand Master. I once heard Bro. Owen Scott say that he would 
rather be Grand Master of Masons than to be Governor of the State 
of Illinois. I have never been Governor of the State. When a man like 
Bro. Owen Scott says that, it places a very high standard upon the 
office of Most Worshipful Grand Master. I realize, brethren, that I am 
standing today where twenty-six years ago my father stood, and there 
comes to me at this moment, a feeling which almost prohibits my speak- 
ing to you. I have taken an obligation, brethren, to administer the 
affairs of this Grand Lodge according to its By-laws, its Landmarks 
and its Regulations ; I pledge you to do my very best to discharge that 
trust. I have but one ambition in filling this office, and that is to be 
of some small service to the great institution of Freemasonry, and if 
I shall have accomplished that, I shall retire from the office amply 

M.W. Owen Scott spoke as follows : 

Most Worshipful Grand Master, and Brethren of the Grand Lodge : 

I have asked the privilege of the M.W. Grand Master to say just a 
word to you at this time. The installation of Brother Darrah, Grand 
Master, is an occasion of peculiarly a sacred memory to me. It brings 
to me sacred memories. Perhaps no one was more intimate, more 
closely associated with the affairs of the administration of Past Grand 

172 Proceedings of the (October 12, 

Master Alexander T. Darrah, than myself. At his request I made this 
boy a Master Mason ; I raised him, and I am glad to be here today ; 
and that a number of years afterwards to take him by the hand, be- 
cause I led him into the Masonic Ranks as a Mason — to take him by 
the hand as Grand Master of Masons in Illinois. 

THANKS— To Past Grand Master. 

M.W. Bro. Monroe C. Crawford offered the following 
resolution and it was carried by a unanimous rising vote. 

Most IVorshipful Grand Master and Brethren of the Grand Lodge: 

I have a little duty to perform that I know will be pleasant to you, 
because you are interested in it. Our brother. Past Grand Master Ash- 
ley has wielded the gavel, and you know how well he has discharged 
the duties of the office of Grand Master; how patient he has been with 
all of us ; how intelligently he has administered it ; and I now move 
you, that this Grand Lodge return their sincere thanks to him, with all 
their good wishes to him, for the balance of his journey in life. I 
move you that these thanks be tendered to Brother Ashley. 


M.W. Bro. Alexander H. Bell spoke as follows in pre- 
senting the retiring Grand Master with the Jewel of a Past 
Grand Master: 

Most Worshipful Grand Master, and Brethren : 

This Seventy-second Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge is 
now about to close. You know that in 1840 this Grand Lodge was organ- 
ized at Jacksonville, Illinois, with a total constituency of something like 
three hundred men, and within the brief period since then it has grown 
to its present magnitude, with a constituency of over one hundred thous- 
and Masons, with large assets and responsibilities. This Grand Lodge 
is in session three days each year. The remainder of the year, the 
Grand Master is the man on guard. He is the executive and adminis- 
trative officer of all the affairs of the Grand Lodge. I know that I ex- 
press the sentiment of all Masons in Illinois when I say that much, very 
much of our phenomenal growth during the past two years, and the suc- 
cess that has attended all of our affairs, is to be attributed to the zeal, 
fidelity and ability with which our distinguished brother, Albert B. Ash- 
ley, has discharged the duties of his position. This distinguished 

iQii.) Grand Lodge of Illinois. 173 

brother is likewise my warm personal friend of many years standing. 
I am proud that I am delegated as your spokesman, brethren, to convey 
to him the expression of our love, as he retires from his office, and to 
express to him the hope that the years that come to him, may bring 
naught but plenty, health and peace. 

Brother Ashley, in behalf of this Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, 
as a visible token of its love and appreciation for your distinguished 
services, I have the honor and pleasure of presenting to you. this Past 
Grand Master's Jewel. We are all proud to see you wear it. We are 
proud to know that you deserve it. Wear it, my brother, on all proper 
occasions with pride and honor while you live, and dying, mention it in 
your will as a rich legacy unto your children. 

M.W. Bro. Ashley responded as follows : 

Brother Bell, Most Worshipful Grand Master, and Brethren : 

I cannot express the appreciation I feel for your kindness ; I can 
only thank you sincerely, deeply and most affectionately for this beauti- 
ful gift. I could not say more. I shall place it in the front rank of 
all my earthly possessions and alongside and ranking with the most 
treasured and valued of all my trophies, my Army Commission signed 
by Abraham Lincoln. This is not a surprise; I expected it; I knew it 
was coming, and I have done my best, brethren, to deserve it. 


M.W. Bro. Chas. J. Webb, Past Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Kansas, was introduced and accorded the 
Grand Honors. 

He spoke as follows : 

Most Worshipful Grand Master, Worthy Past Grand iVardens, Officers 

and Members of the Grand Lodge of Illinois : 

It affords me pleasure to convey to you the greetings of the Grand 
Lodge of Kansas, and to thank you for this fraternal courtesy extended 
to that Grand Lodge, through me, as one of its Past Grand Officers. 
Those of you who have lived in the State of Kansas are to be congrat- 
ulated. Those of you who have never lived there and never been there, 
I congratulate you twice; first, that you are so fortunate as to have 
succeeded as you have without ever having been in that great Com- 
monwealth ; second, because you have something to look forward to. 

174 Proceedings of the (October 12, 

The Grand Lodge of Kansas is a little over fifty-five years old. It 
has enrolled, legally constituted, 390 Lodges; it has a membership of 
36,000. During the past year they showed a net gain of a little over 
2,000, and as the population of the entire State of Kansas is a little 
more than one-half of the population of the State ( ?) of Chicago we feel 
that comparisons are at least satisfactory. 

The Grand Lodge has in its treasury a balance of nearly $40,000. 
Among the Masonic Institutions of the State, of which we are proud, 
is the Masonic Home, located in the city of Wichita, which own prop- 
erty valued at more than $100,000, and has expended over $40,000 in 
the last two years, disbursed for their indigent Masons, their widows 
and orphans — $39,000, and has a balance of $20,000 on hand at the 
present time. 

I beg to congratulate the Officers elected to perform the high 

honors that has just been conferred upon them. I likewise cosigratu- 

late the members of the Grand Lodge, for having the affairs of the 
Lodge in such competent hands. 

Although I am a Past Grand Master of Kansas, my residence at 
the present time is in Chicago, (a comfortable condition,) and at the 
same time, my pleasure and interest is to receive fraternal courtesies 
from many of the lodges here. Likewise to form the acquaintance of 
such craftsmen as D. D. King, one of your Grand Lecturers ; Brother Bor- 
den, and many other craftsmen. Therefore, I thank you for the courtesic-: 
that you extended me by a Grand Lodge that is getting larger from 
year to year. May I extend to you in behalf of the Grand Lodge of Kan- 
sas, each of you, the courtesy, and a fraternal invitation to attend upon 
their convocation. I believe that these fraternal visits are calculated 
to form that good fellowship and good will that should exist between 
brethren of our States who speak a common language ; who have a com- 
mon origin; who have a common destiny; who worship a common God 
and who are engaged in the common field, in the great and God-given 
cause of Masonry. 

AMENDMENT— To By-Laws— Adopted. 

R.W. Bro. J. M. Huff called up the amendment to Sec- 
tion 6, Article 20, Part 2, Grand Lodge By-Laws, proposed 
last year. It was adopted. 

The section as amended reads as follows : 
Section 6. When a member of a lodge desires to change his mem- 
bership to another lodge and wishes to know whether he will be ac- 

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cepted by it before severing his connection with his lodge, he shall give 
his lodge notice in writing of his intentions. This notice shall be read 
in open lodge at a stated meeting and lie over till the next or some 
subsequent stated meeting, when if there are no formal charges against 
him and his dues are paid four months in advance, the Secretary shall 
issue to him a certificate under seal of the lodge showing that the dues 
have been paid as aforesaid and stating for what purposes the certifi- 
cate is issued. This certificate may be deposited with his petition in the 
lodge he wishes* to join at any time within two months of its date and be 
treated as the necessary documentary evidence referred to in Section 4, 
Article 13, Part 2, of these By-laws. If he is elected to membership 
in the petitioned lodge, the Secretary thereof shall immediately notify 
the first lodge and the petitioner's membership therein shall cease from 
the time such notice is received. If such notice is not received within 
four months from the date of the certificate, he shall forfeit any rights 
and privileges acquired by means of it, be still a member of the original 
lodge and chargeable with dues therein. Nothing of this section shall 
operate to change the law regarding dimits or affiliation thereon — nor 
shall it be construed to permit a change of membership from one lodge 
to another except by regular dimit if both lodges are in the same city 
or town. 


The Grand Secretary read the Hst of brethren comprising 
the Standing Committees. 

Jurisprudence — ]\I. C. Crawford, C. F. Hitchcock, W. B. Wright, 

C. E. Allen, A. B. Ashley. 

Appeals and Grievances — Jos. E. Dyas, Geo. R. Smith, H. H. 
Montgomery, A. W. West, Jno. B. Fithian. 

Chartered Lodges-^-P. C. Barclay, John W. Hamilton, Arthur M. 
Otman, Jas. McCredie, James John. 

Lodges U.D. — R. F. Locke, John Johnston, Hugh A. Snell, Fmil J. 
Merki, Albert Jampolis. 

Mileage and Per Diem — W. F. Beck, H. T. Goddard, R. F. Morrow, 

D. W. Starr, Anthony Doherty. * 

Finance — S. O. Spring, Thos. A. Stevens, N. N. Lampert. 
Correspondence — Owen Scott. 

Trustees of Masonic Homes — Henry W. Berks, R. C. Fletcher. 
Obituaries — Chas. H. Martin, Geo. E. Carlson, R. G. Bright. 


Proceedings of the 

(Octooer 12, 

Representative to Washington ^Memorial Association — A. B. 

Grand Examiners — Josiah M. Hannum, J. E. Jeflfers, E. E. Beach, 
A. E. Wood, C. L. Gregory. 

Special Committee on Revision of Blue Book and Ceremonials — 
Edward Cook, Wm. E. Edwards, Alonzo Dolan. 

Special Committee on Grand Lodge Building — A. H. Bell, C. F. 
Newkirk, L. C. Johnson, Jno. D. Cleveland, W. E. Fitch. 

Special Committee on United Charities — J. B. ^IcFatrich, C. S. 
DeHart, L. L. Emerson. 

Special Committee on Proposition from Mt. Greenwood Cemetery 
Association — Andrew McNally, Amos Pettibone, W. H. Robson. 

The minutes were then read and approved. 


At 1 1 :30 a. m. no further business appearing, the M.W. 
Grand ]^Iaster closed the M.W. Grand Lodge in ample form. 

/O'tC^lAji.CUL/y /Q^aAA,0^ 

Grand Master. 


\JiL^^.€^Ay /^^xX6tAj 

Grand Secretary. 

M W. Grand Master's Address — 
Bloomington, Illinois. 




Districts and District Dcput)' Grand Masters 
For the Years 1911-12. 


Wm. Wilhartz. 

Harry W. Harvey. 
Harry A. Dever ... 
Albert RouUier.... 


105 W. Monroe St. 


7:ill Lexington Ave. 


6925 No. Ashland Blvd. 


Fine Arts Building-. 

David D. King Chicago 

l-.i34 Congress St. 

Wm. H.Bied ... 
E. C. Tillotson. 

C. J. Wightman .... 

.Tames M. Huff 

J. L,. Brearton 

A. Ham'erschmidi 

J.H. Griffiths 

J. E. Wheat 

Milton T. Booth.... 

F. H. Bradley 

Wm. I'.Grube 

William W. Smith 
W . Ho comb ... 

W. A. Hoover 

JohnC. Weis 

C. T. Holmes 

D. E. Farr 

L. M. Morton 

E. M. Crain 

L. W. Lawton 

Harry M. Palmer.. 
C. L. Sandusky.... 


6048 Langley Ave. 


Hlinois Athletic Club 

28 Wilson P. Jones.. . . 

29 A. T. Summers 

30 Harry L. Smith ... 
3l|Truman P. Carter 
32.W. W. Watson 

Gray's Lake 




Downers Grove — 



Princeton, R. F. D. 




Gibson Citj' 


Gall sburg 






Danville .. 







Lodges Nos. 33, 271. 409, 524, 642. 697. 
751, 77t<, 795, 818, 843, 863, 878, 890, 899, 

914, 921,944. 

Lodges Nos. 81, 277, 410, 526, 643, 711. 
758, 777, 797, 819, 850, 864, 879, 891, 900, 

915, 926, 947. 

Lodges Nos. 141,308, 411, 540,662, 716, 
765, 779, 800, 832, 851, 865, 880, 892, 901 , 

916, 927, 949. 

Lodges Nos. 160, 310. 422, 5.=S7,669, 717. 

767, 780, 804, 836, 854, 869, 882, 894, 907, 

Lodges Nos. 182, 311, 437, 610, 674, 726, 

768, 783, 810, 839. 855, 873, 887, 895, 908 
9il, 937. 

Lodges Nos. 209, 314, 478, 611, 686, 731, 
77U, 784, 813, 841, 860, 875, 888,896,909, 

922, 938. 

Lodges Nos. 211, 393. 508, 639, 690, 739. 
774, 789, 815, 842, 862, 876, 889, 897, 913, 

923, 943. 
McHenry and Lake. 

Boone, Winnebagoand Stephenson 

Jo Daviess and Carroll. 

DeKalb andOgle. 

Kane, Kendall and DuPage. 

Whiteside and Lee. 

Henry and Rock Island. 

Bureau, Putnam and Marshall. 


Will and Grundy. 

Kankakee and Iroquois. 

Livingston and F'ord. 

Peoria and Woodford. 

Knox and Stark. 

Mercer, Warren and Henderson. 

McDonough and Fulton. 

Hancock and Schuyler. 

Tazewell and Logan. 



Champaign and Piatt. 

DeWitt and Macon. 

Sangamon and Menard. 

Mason, Cass and Morgan. 

Brown and Pike. 






Emmett Howard.. 

Ralph M. Riggs.... 

E. R. TurnbuU 

R. E. Gifford 

37JA. M. Bloxam 

38jFrank F. Collins .. 

39 H. Gasaway 

40|W. H. Rupe 

41 C. O. Faught 

42 C. N. Hamblcton .. 
43|Li5'saiiius Caywood 

44il. H. Todd 

45|D. G. Fitzgerrell .. 












East St. Louis 

46 J. R. Ennis Burnt Prairie 

47|I. A. Foster 

48, M. Ozment 

49 C. H. Thompson.. 
5o!e. J. Cowling 

New Haven ... 
Johnston City 




Calhoun, Jersey, Green, and Scott. 


Montgomery and Bond. 

Christian and Shelby. 

Coles, Douglas and Moultrie. 

Cumberland, Clark and Edgar. 

Jasper, Crawford and Richland. 

Effingham andFayelte. 

Clay, Marion and Wayne. 

Clinton and Madison. 

St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph. 

Washington, Jefferson, Franklin 

and Ferry. 
Lawrence, Edwards, Wabash 

and White. 
Hamilton. Saline and Gallatin. 
Jackson and Williamson. 
Johnson, Union and Alexander. 
Hardin, Pope, Massac and Pulaski. 

Felix von W— Wysow, room 1, 153 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. 

Appointed District Deputy Grand Master for 
German speaking lodges in the 2d, 4th, 5th, 
21. th, and i6th Districts. 




For the Year 1911-1912. 


Josiah M. Hannum Lostant 

J. E. Jeffers Areola 

E. E. Beach Chicago 

A. E. Wood Gibson City 

C. L. Gregory Aledo 


A. B. Ashley Decatur 

Charles F. Tenney Bement 

James John Chicago 

H. S. Hurd Chicago 

J. R. Eanis Burnt Prairie 

H. T. Burnap Upper Alton 

H. A. Snell Litchfield 

C. H. Martin Bridgeport 

Emerson Clark Parmington 

Isaac Cutter Camp Point 

M. B. lott Chicago 

A. W. West Galesburg 

Charles S. DeHart Carthage 


C. E. Allen Go lesburg 

H. S. Albin Chicago 

D. E. Bruffett Urbana 

I. H. Todd E. St. Louis 

C. E. Groves ' Rock Island 

J. M. Willard Decatur 

S. M. Schoemann McLeansboro 

James McCredie Aurora 

W. H. Peak . . Jonesboro 

C. N. Hambleton Jeffersonville 

G. A. Lackens Good Hope 

A. O. Novander Chicago 

J. B. Roach Aurora 

Louis Pickett Pullman 

Anthony Doherty ClayCity 

Chas. T. Holmes Galesburg 

C. P. Ross Jacksonville 

Archibald Birse Chicago 

W.H.Robson Chicago 

H.W.Harvey Chicago 

F. H.Morehouse Chicago 

John H. Griffiths Downers Grove 

A. Jampolis Chicago 

W. A. Dixon Decatur 

Edw. W Peterson Chicago 

Albert Davis Chicago 

Albert RouUier Chicago 

N. M. Mesaard Decatur 

JohnC.Weis Peoria 

Adam Schmidt Chicago 

H . E. Van Loon Chicago 

Will C. Stilson Tampico 

C. J. Wightman Grays Lake 

W. H. Bled Chicago 

Emmett Howard Quincy 

W. E. Anderson . . Chicago 

D. W. Starr Raymond 

Nimrod Mace Bloomington 

R. G. Bright Normal 

N.B.Carson Bloomington 

David Richards Chicago Lawn 

Louis J. Frahm Chicago 

Geo. E. Carlson Moline 

A. T. Summers Decatur 

Andrew McNally Chicago 

W.P.Jones Tolona 

W. H. Rupe Olney 

W. W. Roberts Nunda 

Alva W. Cain Chicago 

Hiram Vanderbilt Chicago 

D. D. King Chicago 

M. T. Booth Atkinson 

E. T. Osgood Harvey 

C.L.Montgomery Blue Mound 

J. S. Edmondson Decatur 

F. H . Blose Bloomington 

Wm. E Fitch LaSalle 

Wm. P. Grube LaSalle 

Samuel B. Bradford Ottawa 

L . E . Rockwood Gibson City 

W. A. Hoover Gibson City 

L. B. Dyer . Chicago 

Geo. N.Todd Mattoon 

William George Houghton Chicago 

Floyd Orlando Lorton Auburn 

Richard Daniel Mills Ottawa 

Fred Grove Trenary LaSalle 

Wm. Elmer Edwards Chicago'' 

Zarah S . Say lor Oakwood 

H . M. Palmer McLean 

W.B.Moore Chicago 

W. D. Price Chicago 

Harry A. Dever Chicago 

Walter E. Marble Chicago 

Theodore Christensen Chicago 

James M. Huff Belvidere 

H. H. Milnor Chicago 

H. O. Folrath Decatur 

H. M. Robinson Chicago 

C. H. Thompson Cairo 





Amos Ball Gibson City 

0. H. Woodworth Areola 

R. M. Riggs Winchester 

Otto Brail Chicago 

Frank F. Collins Areola 

James F. Boyle Chicago 

John W. Johnson Chicago 

J. E. Glath art Olney 

David C. Hibbott Chicago 

Boyd S. Blaine Champaign 

William N. Ewing McLean 

T. Bryson Strauss Gibson City 

B. I. Pumpelly Atlanta 

George Edwards Chicago 

Almon Stansberry Westville 

Herbert C. Bush Decatur 

Frank H. Bradley Princeton R.F.D. 

Lewis A. Brinkman Chicag-o 

Albert P. Williams Chicago 

Thomas G. Kerwin Chicago 

Elmer Tregay LaSalle 

Richard B. Prendergast Chicago 

Francis M. Cruikshank Chicago 

Geo. W. Flood Rock Island 

Sidney S. Pollack Chicago 

J. A. Wesch Arcol a 

J. I. Brydon Martinsville 

Benjamin Bing Urbana 

J. M. Foreman Palestine 

1. J. McDowell Chicago 

Oscar Formhals Ottawa 

Chas. H. Crowell ... Chicago 

Adison Hickox Chicago 

David S. Mellinger Chicago 

Harry W. Modlin Chicago 

R. C. Peck , Decatur 

Maxwell Levy Chicago 

Silas Watts Chicago 

A. J. Winteringham Dundee 

Chas. D. Chase Chicago 

W. S.Craig Sullivan 


W. E. Speckman Ottawa 

Louis A. Kaiser Tonica 

W.H.Barnard Ottawa 

Thomas E. Quincy Chicago 

Charles A Stephenson Chicago 

Homer D. Jackson Chicago 

William R. Goodheart Chicago 

Ebenezer C. Tillotson Chicago 

Hans M. Rachlitz Chicago 

David S. Davidson Chicago 

A.A.Bauer Blue Mound 

C. A. Stovall Tuscola 

John N. Fairchild Danville 

Chas. A. Luse Chicago 

William Scales Ottawa 

Hyman Silverman Chicago 

Charles L. Tanner Saunemin 

James Porter ..Martinville 

S. C. D. Rea Valier 

T. S. Browning Benton 

A. M. Bloxam Taylorville 

F. W. Froelich Brighton 

T. C. Hambleton Jeffersonville 

H. W. Crab Decatur 

J.C. Weatherson Chicago 

C. W. Kesf It: r Pawnee 

H. A. Flock Blue Mound 

E. R. TurnbuU Carlinville 

R.C. Clark...... Chicago 

E. G. Burger Pullman 

Charles O. Fought Altamont 

S. E. Kain Ottowa 

D. E. Farr Aledo 

E. J. Tye Rio 

Chas. J. Shaw Galesburg 

D. M. Wylie Galesburg 

H. A. Craig Galesburg 

S. B. Harvey Oak Park 

H. D. Hamper Aurora 

Dan G. Fitzgerrell Ewing 

T. W. Nixon Say brook 











British Columbia 





Delaware • 

District of Columbia 





Idaho , 

Indiana . . . ,. 

Ireland '. 

Kansas , 











Netherlands , 


New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 




Prince Edward Island 



Rhode Island 



South Australia 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 








Western Australia . 

West Virginia 


United Grand Lodge of Victoria. 
United Grand Lodge of New 
South Wales 

Wm. G. Ibbotson 

W. W. Daffln 

Artemus Louden Grow 

Prank L. Wolverton 

W. W. Northcott 

Abraham Shaw 

Henrj' M. Teller 

Geo. E. Parsons 

Juan B. Hernandez Barreiro. 

Geo. M. Jones 

L. Cabel Williamson 

Walter Henry Harris 

James C. Craver 

Wm. H. Chaffee 

Hermon Snyders 

Albert B. Moss 

B. M. Wiloughby 

Obadiah Ternan 

Matthew M. Miller 

Ob as. F. Buck 

John Leslie 

William R. G. Estes 

John L. Sanfrvrd 

Arthur M. Hume 

A. T. Stebbins 

Frederic Speed 


Cornelius Hedges 

George H. Thummel 

Herman Ludyers 

Charles E. Mack 

William A. Dougherty 

Sewell W.Abbot 

Jos. A. Gaskill 

Delbert Green 

Murdock McLean 

Leo D. Heart 

E. G eorge Guthrie 

Theo. A. Cossman 

O. P. Sperra 

Frank W. Anderson 

W. T. Wright 

Samuel Lowe 

H. Edgar Cbannell 

Cha=. H. Harley 

Newton D. Arnold 

Geo. W. Bilbrough 

Miles Mclnnes 

.lohn Trail McLean 

John P. Ficken 

Oscar S. Gifford 

Rev. Wm. Hoggs 

A. V. Warr 

A. Scott Chapman 
Delrs M. Bacon ... 
Wm. L. Andrews.. 

John H. Shaw 

Prank R. Perret... 
Hiram R. Howard. 
Charles C. Rogers. 
Edward Edwards. 


W. Beavis. 


Grove Hill. 




Kingston, Ont. 

Central Citv. 













New Orleans. 









The Hague 


Saint John. 


Mount Holly. 

Brooklyn, N. Y. 








Charlo lelown F. E. I. 

Stanstead, P.Q. 









Salt Lake City.' 

Si- Johnsbury Center. 




Point Pleasant 













British Columbia 






District of Columbia 

England — 







Kansas ■ 











Nevada — 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New J ersey 

New York 


North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 




Prince Edward Island 



Rhode Island 


Scotland ■. 

South Carolina 

South Australia 

South Dakota 








West Australia 

West Vireinia , 


United Grand Lodge of South 


United Grand Lodge of Victoria. 


H. A. Snell 

Chester E.Allen 

Monroe C. Crawford 

R. T. Spencer 

Jas. McCredie 

Sylvester O. Spring. 

Albert RouUier 

Chas. P. Hitchcock. . . 

John W. Swatek 

William S. Cantrell.. 

L. A. Goddard 

John C. Smith Jr. ... 

Chas. H.Parkes 

W J. A. DeLancey... 

■C. M. Borchers 

R. R. Jampolis 

W. B. Wright 

Robert J. Daly 

George M. Moulton. . 
Godfred Langhenry 

Amos Pettibone 

Hugh R. Stewart .. . 

M. B. lott 

Joseph E. Dyas 

R. H. Wheeler 

Franklin S. Catlin. .. 
George A. Stadler.. . 

A. B. Ashley 

A. Jampolis 

W. J. Hosteller 

JohnC Weis 

Henry E. Hamilton . 
Joseph D. Everett.. . 

Isaac Cutter 

Wm. O. Butler... 

James B. McFatrich. 
Geo. W. Warvelle ... 

L. B. Dixon 

S. S. Chance 

D. D. Darrah 

Frank E. Locke . . . 

E D. Brothers 

John Johnston 

J. R. Ennis 

Albert B. Wickert. . 

Jas. A. Steele 

Archibald Birse 

Elmer E. Beach 

William L. Milligan. 
Robert L. McKinlay. 

H. W. Harvey 

Alexander H. Bell.. . . 

C. M. Forman 

Owen Scott. 


Prank W. Burton. . . 
Wm J. FuUerton.. .. 

H. T. Burnap 

JohnT Campbell... 
David D. King.. 

Chas. S. DeHart 

Jason R. Lewis 



































Camp Point 

La Harpe. 









Burnt Prairie. 

Franklin Gr've 








East St. Louis. 


E. St. Louis 



Upper Alton 






The following is a detailed report of the Committee on 
Credentials : 

To the M.W. Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. and A.M.: 

Your Committee on Credentials fraternally report that the following 
brethren whose names appear in this report are present and entitled to 
seats in this Grand Lodge : 

Bro. Albert B. Ashley M.W. Grand Master 

Bro. Delmar D. Darrah R.JV. Deputy Grand Master 

Bro. Henry T. Burnap R.IF. Senior Grand Warden 

Bro. Ralph H. Wheeler R.U\ Junior Grand Warden 

Bro. Leroy A. Goddard R.W. Grand Treasurer 

Bro. Isaac Cutter R.W. Grand Secretary 

Bro. W. W. Weedon R.JV. Grand Chat>lain 

Bro. WilHam White Wilson R.W. Grand Orator 

Bro. George A. Stadler W. Deputy Grand Secretary 

Bro. N. J. Cary W. Grand Pursuivant 

Bro. James John W. Grand Standard Bearer 

Bro. N. M. Mesnard W. Grand Szvord Bearer 

Bro. Thos. E. Gillespie JV. Senior Grand Deacon 

Bro. W. H. Peak IV. Junior Grand Deacon 

Bro. James L. Scott JV. Grand Stczcard 

Bro. Henry S. Albin JV. Grand Stezcard 

Bro. Reuben G. Bright W. Grand Stezvard 

Bro. C. F. Tenney JV. Grand Stezvard 

Bro. C. S. Gurney Bro. Grand Tyler 

Bro. Henry E. Hamilton Past Senior Grand JJ'arden 


Bro. Hiram Vanderbilt First District 

Bro. Harry W. Harvey Second District 

Bro. Robert R. Jampolis Third District 

Bro. Albert Roullier Fourth District 

Bro. David D. King Fifth District 

Bro. Wm. H. Bied Sixth District 

Bro. E. W. Peterson Sezrntli District 


Bro. Jay L. Brewster Eighth District 

Bro. James M. Huff Ninth District 

Bro. John L. Brearton Tenth District 

Bro. B. A. Cottlow Eleventh District 

Bro. John H. Griffiths Tzvelfth District 

Bro. W. C. Stilson Thirteenth District 

Bro. M. T. Booth Fourteenth District 

Bro. Francis H. Bradley Fifteenth District 

Bro. R. D. Mills Sixteenth District 

Bro. John B. Fithian Seventeenth District 

Bro. N. T. Stevens Eighteenth District 

Bro. W. A. Hoover Nineteenth District 

Bro. John C. Weis Tzventieth District 

Bro. C. T. Holmes Tzu'enty-first District 

Bro. C. L. Gregory Twenty-second District 

Bro. Geo. D. Bell Twenty-third District 

Bro. Edward M. Grain Tzuenty-fourth District 

Bro. L. W. Lawton Tzventy-fifth District 

Bro. H. M. Palmer Tzventy-sixth District 

Bro. C. L. Sandusky Tzventy-seventh District 

Bro. W. P. Jones Tzirenty-eighth District 

Bro. Albert T. Summers Tzventy-ninth District 

Bro. Sidney S. Breese Thirtieth District 

Bro. C. P. Ross Thirty-first District 

Bro. W. W. Watson Thirty-second District 

Bro. Emmett Howard Thirty-third District 

Bro. R. 'SI. Riggs Thirty-fourth District 

Bro. C. H. Burgdorff Thirty-fifth District 

Bro. D. W. Starr Thirty-sixth District 

Bro. Charles G. Young Thirty-seventh District 

Bro. J. E. Jeffers Thirty-eighth District 

Bro. H. Gasaway Thirty-ninth District 

Bro. W. H. Rupe Fortieth District 

Bro. C. O. Faught Forty-Arst District 

Bro. L. Caywood Forty-third District 

Bro. Geo. S. Caughlan Forty-fourth District 

Bro. T. S. Browning Forty-fifth District 

Bro. J. R. Ennis Forty-sixth District 

Bro. I. A. Foster Forty-seventh District 

Bro. W. D. Abney Forty-eighth District 

Bro. Chas. H. Thompson Forty-ninth District 



Bro. C. E. Allen Alabama 

Bro. H. A. Snell Alberta 

Bro. Monroe C. Crawford Arizona 

Bro. Roswell T. Spencer • Arkansas 

Bro. S. O. Spring Canada 

Bro. Albert Roullier Colorado 

Bro. C. F. Hitchcock r Connecticut 

Bro. Leroy A. Goddard District of Columbia 

Bro. John Corson Smith, Jr England 

Bro. Charles H. Parkes Florida 

Bro. Robert R. Jampolis Idaho 

Bro. Robert J. Daly Ireland 

Bro. Geo. M. Moulton Kansas 

Bro. Godf red Langhenry Lousiana 

Bro. Amos Pettibone Maine 

Bro. Hugh R. Stewart Manitoba 

Bro. M. Bates lott Maryland 

Bro. Joseph E. Dyas Michigan 

Bro. Ralph H. Wheeler Minnesota 

Bro. Franklin S. Catlin Mississippi 

Bro. G. A. Stadler Missouri 

Bro. A. B. Ashley Montana 

Bro. Albert Jampolis Nebraska 

Bro. H. E. Hamilton Nczu Hampshire 

Bro. Issac Cutter Nezv York 

Bro. Chas. S. DeHart Nezv South Wales 

Bro. W. O. Butler Nezv Zealand 

Bro. D. D. Darrah Oklahoma 

Bro. John Johnston Quebec 

Bro. J. R. Ennis Queensland 

Bro. Albert B. Wicker Rhode Island 

Bro. James A. Steele Saskatchewan 

Bro. Archibald Birse Scotland 

Bro. Elmer E. Beach South Carolina 

Bro. Harry W. Harvey Tasmania 

Bro. Alexander H. Bell Tennessee 

Bro. I. H. Todd Vermont 

Bro. Frank W. Burton Virginia 

Bro. Henry T. Burnap JVcstem Australia 

Bro. John F. Campbell IVest Virginia 

Bro. David D. King Wisconsin 



Appeals and Grievances. 

Bro. i\I. C. Crawford Jonesboro 

Bro. J. E. Dyas Paris 

Bro. Geo. R. Smith Bloomington 

Bro. H. H. Montgomery Carrollton 

Bro. Hugh A. Snell Litchfield 

Chartered Lodges. 

Bro. C. F. Hitchcock Peoria 

Bro. C. M. Turner Cambridge 

Bro. S. M. Schoemann McLeansboro 

Bro. Phil C. Barclay Cairo 

Bro. H. C. Mertz Carbondale 

Bro. Owen Scott Decatur 


Bro. Geo. W. Cyrus Camp Point 

Bro. N. B. Carson Bloomington 

Bro. W. O. Butler LaHarpe 


Bro. S. O. Spring Peoria 

Bro. N. N. Lampert Chicago 

Bro. Thos. A. Stevens Chicago 

Grand Master's Address. 

Bro. J. E. Wooters Taylorville 

Bro. H. L. Browning East St. Louis 

Bro. H. L. Manley Streator 

Lodges Under Dispensation. 

Bro. H. C. ^Mitchell Carbondale 

Bro. John Johnston • Chicago 

Bro. I. H. Todd East St. Louis 

Bro. John W. Hamilton Danville 

Bro. Frank E. Locke Chicago 

Bro. Chas. H. Martin Bridgeport 



Bro. Edward Cook • Chicago 

Bro. A. H. Bell Carlinville 

Bro. C. E. Allen Galesburg 

Bro. J. C. Crawford Jonesboro 

Bro. Godfred Langhenry Chicago 

Mileage and Per Dion. 

Bro. W. F. Beck OIney 

Bro. G. A. Lackens Good Hope 

Bro. H. T. Goddard Carnii 


Bro. C. W. Harris Mt. J'crnon 

Bro. Grant Kirby 

Bro. Anthony Doherty Chiy City 


Bro. F. E. Baldwin Jacksonville 

Bro. C. M. Carpenter Neponset 

Bro. S. O. Pearce Oiiincy 

To Examine Visitors. 

Bro. S. S. Borden Chicago 

Bro. A. H. Scrogin Lexington 

Bro. R. F. Morrow Virden 

Bro. L. C. Johnson Galva 

Bro. J. M. Hannum Lostaiit 

Loose Leaf Ledgers. 
Bro. Henry T. Burnap Upper Alton 

Trustees J II in o is Masonic Homes. 

Bro. Geo. M. Moulton Chicago 

Bro. D. D. Darrah Bloomington 

Bro. Henry W. Berks Champaign 

Bro. W. A. Dixon Decatur 

Bro. Jas. A. Steele Sullivan 

Bro. Robert J. Daly Chicago 

Bro. Robert C. Fletcher LaGrange 



Representatives of Lodges. 



W. M. 



5 3 

A. E. 
Dan O. 

F. Er 

G. H. 
C. M. 

S. I. ^ Bragg 

Joe Y . Bunker 

Truman P . Carter ' 

Jos. L. Whittaker* S. 

Theron J. Kinnear W. 

Mark C. Keller W, 

Silas Watts ' 

Thomas P. Holman* ' 

Harman N . Hackman* .... ' 

T. L. Porter ' 

C. H. Lefler ' 

Robt. Hickman ' 

S . P . Odenweller ' 

Ross A. Nance* ' 

Tas. Louis Martin ' 

J. P. Warnke 

Geo . B . Engleman ' 

Carlisle G. Patterson ' 

Arthur J. Satier ' 

Tacob A. Schwartz ' 

"K. T. Stratton ' 

Frank A. West S. 

Franklin S. Catlin* T. 

C . E . Beevers W . 

Fred N. Todd ' 

Mongin ' 

Webster ' 

Kester ' 

Stephens S . 

Karus J. 

Joseph W. Tharpe W. 

Silas Eclips Kain ' 

Nimrod Alace* ' 

Tames W. Singleton ' 

G. E. Conroy ' 

A . M . Otman ' 

W. A. Bohm 

R. II. Cutler ' 

John S . Smith ' 

A . E . Hoag ' 

Walter R. McClean ' 

H. D. Berger ' 

\\'m . Taylor ' 

B. B. Holston ' 

Carlton G. Tavlor ' 

L. B. Tinder.' ' 

E. E. Willits ' 

Chas . A . Rex ' 

H. E. Delavergne S. 

R. H. Maxwell* W. 

H. J. Dygert* ' 

Wm. B. Martin ' 

T. M. Seymour S. 

Eli F. Stark ' 

C. P. Liken W. 

Lyman Sanderson ' 

I . Guthmann* S . 

Clark H. Smith W. 

J. O. Holland ' 

Don E. Detrick ' 

C. A. Ransom ' 

Andrew J. Duggan S. 




77 W. J. Griffin* W.M. 

;8 Gilbert H. Richards " 

79 Walter C. Shoupe " 

80 Alonzo Ellis " 

81 Herman Rugen " 

Louis Cole S.W. 

George Schicht J.W. 

84 Montrose G. Taylor W.M. 

85 Don Davis " 

86 Wm. M. Schuwerk " 

88 H. Z. Borgelt " 

89 A. M. Edwards " 

90 W. A. Blessing " 

91 A. J. Steers J.W. 

92 Dante M. Stamm W.M. 

Lawrence Yelmgren S.W. 

93 A. H. Grange W.M. 

95 J- R. Sims - " 

96 D. F. Stevens " 

97 Charles T. Knecht* " 

98 J. M. Cooper " 

99 Wm. Turton " 

00 Fred G. Baden " 

02 J. C. Snow " 

03 E. R. Spencer " 

04 Walter B. Gillam " 

05 W. A. Wainright S.W. 

06 John Payne W.M. 

William G. Robinson J.W. 

08 E. S. Klinefilter W.M. 

09 Tames L. Wilson " 

10 E. P. Baker " 

11 J. Henry Hieboldt " 

13 L. J. Temple " 

14 Tames E. Agard " 

15 W. H. Studer " 

C. J. Wightman* S.W. 

W. H. Moore J.W. 

16 T. A. Burgard W.M. 

17 C. F. Wm. Schultz " 

18 Chas. W. Lowe " 

19 Elmer Ouinn " 

22 Tohn W' Taylor " 

24 W. R. Allan, Tr " 

25 C. O. Thomen S.W. 

26 Henry Evans W.M. 

2^ Tohn A. Thain " 

28 R. C. Burnett " 

29 James A. Cravens " 

30 Joe M4 Morrow " 

31 Daniel Lawrence* " 

32 J. E. Argo " 

33 F. H. Gorham " 

34 Ira A . Wetzell " 

Samuel W. Wrigley S.W. 

35 W. T. Frazer W.M. 

36 C. G. Pearce " 

37 Orlin J. Davis " 

38 Oren Hopkins " 

39 L. P. Wilcox* " 

L. A. Smith* S.W. 

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Representatives of Lodges. 



40 Jacob S. Freeman W.M. 

41 Will F. Durbin " 

Julius A. Hobner S.W. 

Ebenezer Edwards J.W. 

42 Henry L,. Wood " 

43 Albert M. Gibbs W.M. 

Fred W. Sanford S.W. 

44 F. E. Wagley* W.M. 

H. W. McEven J.W 

45 Henry N. Hommema W.M. 

46 Edwin A. Berry " 

47 Jas. R. Moffett " 

48 A. E. Schnitker " 

49 Frank W. Goodell " 

50 Austin Irvin Brown " 

51 John L. Glower " 

E. R. Welch* J.W. 

52 Rolla N . Glower W.M. 

Wm. T. Gook J.W. 

53 H. A. Walker W.M. 

54 W. M. Nichols " 

55 Donald M. Wylie " 

56 Arthur R. Patzer " 

57 W. G. Spurgin S.W. 

58 R. G. Chamberlain W.M. 

59 C. W. White " 

60 Frank H. Escher " 

Thos. W. Wrixon. Tr ..S.W. 
H. H. Heath J.W. 

61 A. S. Allen " 

62 Samuel E. Grigg, Jr W.M. 

64 J . S . Snyder " 

65 W. C. Reinmiller S.W. 

66 W. E. Jaycox* W.M. 

D. D. Madden S.W. 

68 C. M. Stife* W. M. 

70 Robert F. Koenig W.M. 

71 James W. Roy " 

72 M. Connell " 

73 Will N. Garrett* " 

74 D. M. DeGraff " 

75 Daniel Howe Belden J.W. 

76 Jacob Scheidenhelm W.M. 

77 James W. Donaldson " 

78 Frank N. Jewett " 

79 F. E. Wilson J. W. 

80 Will G. Thompson S.W. 

82 Wilhelm Arens W.M. 

Otto Berndt S.W. 

Geo. W. Torpe J.W. 

83 F. E. Blakeslee W.M. 

85 Wm. Brinton " 

87 R. W. Davidson* " 

88 Reuben H. Wood " 

89 George L^in " 

90 Thomas Williams " 

92 Geo. F. Hubbard " 

A. A. Luckey -....S.W. 

94 Will W. Gregg* W.M. 

95 George E. Campbell " 

96 William L. Herr " 

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V. L,. Dressel W. M. 

Geo. H. Spencer " 

Jos. L. Schubert J. W. 

R. E. Vaughn W.M. 

Thos. W. Priest " 

A. D. VanMeter S.W. 

W. R. Britten J.W. 

H. C. Michels W.M. 

Charles Gibbs* " 

N. M. Powell " 

John E. Norton " 

W. M. Greer S.W. 

James E . Jewett* W.M. 

Frederick Moe " 

W. K. Spiece* S.W. 

J. W. Jones W.M. 

Arthur Brown " 

John H . Ross " 

F. H. Robertson* " 

Omer Mitchell " 

John E- Martin " 

H. J. Rutherford " 

Frank E . Bryan *' 

John Evanson* '' 

Tony Anderson " 

B. F. Dowell " 

J. B. Thomai 

N. B. Shirey " 

L. C. Funk " 

Andrew B. Osaw J.W. 

B. Iv. Hudson W.M. 

Charles R. Ford " 

George F. Lyon* " 

E. E. Thornton " 

B. W. Peter " 

r. J. Roc 

W. F. Gibson " 

O. C. McCartney " 

James N. Hughes 

Frank R. Smedley* .... " 

D. G. Swannel! S. W. 

Chester R. Meffert W. M. 

H. C. Mertz* S. W. 

V. A. Wegsen W. M. 

J. O. Stephenson S.W. 

Fred W. Croft W. M. 

Joseph H. McHenry .... " 

J. L,. Bener " 

Winfield S. Morrison .. " 

C. F. Everly '; 

Spencer G. Brown " 

E. S. Baker 

Ralph Lathrop S . ^^' . 

John T. Smith J. W. 

D. T. Rutledge W. M. 

D. E. Farr 

Geo. E. Simmons " 

Tames T. S. Mitchell.... " 

John C. Ravment S. W. 

"W. H. Young W. M. 

John .A. Stevens S. W. 



Representatives of Lodges. 



257 J. C. Crawford W. M. 

260 G. S. McPherson " 

G. N. Todd* J. W. 

261 C. G. Walters W. M. 

262 Roy McCowan* " 

263 Howard A. Fulford* . . . J. W. 

264 F. M. Banker W. M. 

265 Nathan Hale S . W . 

266 Floyd D. Kelley W. M. 

267 R. E. Downing " 

268 Chas. H. Cone* 

269 John N . Deis " 

Chas. W. Smith J. W. 

270 S. P. Prescott W. M. 

271 Albert E. Barker " 

W. H. Beckman ... S. W. 

Chas. F. Clandon J. W. 

272 T. H. Land W. M. 

273 John H. Grimm J.W. 

274 C. E. Hewitt S. W. 

275 J. I. Doss W. M. 

276 F. M. Fowler " 

2•J^ Aug. H. Krupp " 

R. G. Nieman S. W . 

Gustav Osburg J.W'. 

278 J. C. Renwick W. M. 

279 E. T. Abercrombie 

280 Frank S. Anderson 

282 Floyd B . Johnson 

283 C. E. Slye* 

285 A. Jones Tr 

286 S. M. Talbot, Jr 

287 Marion Kelley 

288 Geo. J. Patterson* 

291 C. W. Merrill 

292 W. A. Chapman 

293 Mark Stowell 

294 Richard A. Young 

29s W. G. Barnard 

296 Bert J. Goodapple 

297 J. H. Pittman 

298 D. L. Putnam J.W. 

301 Archie R. Dewey W. M. 

302 Frank L. Randall 

303 Thomas B. Drew 

305 Ira W. Furby 

306 J. F. Page 

307 John Leib 

308 F. J. Arnett 

R. E. Kropp S. W. 

E. C. Mullen T. W. 

309 H. H. Megran* W. M. 

310 Robert W. Parker 

311 E. Edwin !Mills " 

Edward H. Thomas S.W. 

Bert E. Semple T. W. 

312 Henry F. Walther Vv . M. 

313 Albert Matteson " 

Rober; R. Lake* S. W. 

314 W. C. Muller W. M. 

316 John B. Kelley " 












John D. Hess* ... 

E. M. Grain* ... 
John S. Bolton . . . 
John W. Shaw* . . 
Harry J . Ludens . 
R. W. Turner ... 

Tom Jones 

Geo. M. McKitrick 
O. E. Kinkade . . . 

A. L. Roby 

John Greifzu 

F. A. Burggraf ... 
Fritz Reiger* 

D. C. Staninger 
Bruno Juerjens 

0. S. Fitch 

M. F. Mitchell ... 
Thos. Morgan .... 

E. J. Smith 

1. C. Duncan* . . . 
Chas. T. Lang . . . 
Charles H. Huwald 
W. P. Haeker ... 

R. S. Freas 

H. W. Diggins ... 
Cecil L. Golden . . 
Wm. E. McClure . 

B. H. S. Augear . 
Ten Eyck . 
Travers . . . . 
F. Corser . 
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B. L. 

L. B. Travers T. W. 

Archie F. Corser W. M. 

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C. L. 

Charles Loos S. W. 

William A. Schock W. M. 

Adolph Kremer " 

E. W. Spalding 

H. H. Sloan 

Julius D. Mollina " 

John S. C. Nichols 

Harry L. Kelly " 

T. J. Orton S. W. 

William Baldwin W. M. 

B. F. Hiltobrand S. W. 

E. E. Totten W. M. 

J. A. Wesch 

Ir\'in E. Veeder " 

Thos. B. Williamson .... " 

Edgar D. Morrow " 

Julis M . Wright S . W . 

S. J. Hobbs W. M. 

F. M. Frost* .. 
Edgar F. Beebe . . 
John A . Robertson* 
James Holeman 
Thos Dodsworth 
Frank E. Dayton . 
Ernest R. Johnson 

W. S. Wallace S. W. 

L . D . Leach W . M . 



Representatives of Lodges. 



G. H. Henry W. 

C. H. Ruhle* 

C. A. Monroe 

C. \V. Sneyder J. 

G. C. Dillavon W. 

G. H. Burton S. 

J. W. Heckethorn* W. 

Carl T. Murray 

H. M. Church S. 

C. Vinson J . 

C. G. Reddish W. 

Frank Hackley 

T. W. Icenogle S. 

John O. Andrews W. 

IJ. R. Hensley 

A. Zink ^ 

W . Toerndt 

W . Stark 

S. Walker 

D. Wood* 

R . Duncan S . 












A. B. Prindle J. 

Mason V . Carter W . 

Wm. S. Elliott 

T. S. Wright S. 

John A. Sizer W. 

Walter H. Work S. 

Goebel J . 

Chas. Lauer W. 

Chas. Humbert S. 

Louis Reinecker T. 

W. F. Graves W. 

John C . jNIeyer 

Edw. Degunther S. 

Grant Burdeck W. 

V. O. A. Anderson .... 

E . R • Spencer 

Rudolph O. Haupt 

Morris Bel] 

John D . Mead 

J . H . Lesch 

Ben E. Sincere* 

J . R. Sniveley 

W. H. Sappington .... 

W. H. Vanbebber 

John T . Fox 

R. O! Leitch 

D. M. Baird* J. 

Alex. Mackenzie W . 

Daniel R. Peters 

Clyde E. Warburton .... T. 

C . C . Self \\' . 

H. T. Barton* S. 

H . E . Whitted 

Frank Hopkins 

H . E . Wade J . 

Maxwell Levy W. 

Henry Friedman S. 

A. D. Salomon T. 

Fred Ebel \\' . 

E- E. Royce 

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Ralph M. Brooke . 

E. T. Crock* 

Chas. S. Winn ... 
William J. Finch . 
William A. Knoop 
Geo . W . Lace* . . . 

S. D. Day 

Jay A. McLaughlin 
G. F. Warner . . . 
Peter Tabor 

F. W. Baxmeyer . 
W. J. Cunningham 

C. F. Crum 

C. E. Padgett ... 
Geo. H. Webster . 
W. B. Whitacre . 
Frank C. Dev .... 
Frank A. Bliie ... 
M. McMahon* ... 
Geo. B. Shinkle . . . 

John Melvin 

L. A. Lamer 

Oliver N. Walker . 
Thos. W . Nixon . . 

G. W. Morrell ... 

W. Ruef 

Paul L. Hoadley . 

Ernest L. Morris . 

Joseph D . 

Chas. E. 

Herman L. 

John W . 

Nelson A. 

Frank Tes 

Frank E. Hodek 

Wm . Lyne 

Eber E. Mahon . . 
Wm. J. Faulk ... 
Alex. S. Jessup . 

Ber: Willard 

Geo. W . Willard 
W. F. Holeman . . 

Berns .... 

Taylor ... 

Frentress . 

H . Fike . , 
Julius Trepton 
Chas. F. Schmole, 

Chas. J . \\'eber 

S . J . Blackman 

Richard H. Curnow .. 
Thos. Robertson* .... 

J. R. Hathaway 

H. M. Solenbergef . .. 

J. G. Reed 

Gilbert D. Dunman .. 

F. H. Robinson 

John W . Coulter .... 

C. E. Oaks 

Richard F Karr 

Edward K Bennington . 

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. T. W. 
.W. M. 

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Representatives of Lodges. 












Robert C. Cantelow S. W . 

Jas. H. McKown J.W. 

F. M. Rash W. M. 

Wm. C. Hinderer* " 

Frank Noble " 

Clarence L. Abrama ... S. W. 

Mark W. Washburn J.W. 

Elbert Phenix* W . M. 

John F. Maberry 

F. C. Blackweldef 

J. F. Kyler 

Chas. R. Ray 

R. S. Shannon S. W. 

Edwin Myers W . M . 

O. C. Prideaux 

E. T. Chorn S. W. 

Asa W. Gage W. M. 

0. C. Wehsteat S. W. 

W. E. Mayer J.W. 

T. F. Hale W. M. 

George D. Stafford " 

William H. Thompson.. S. W. 

Frank E. Morey J.W. 

J. S. Christman W. M. 

R. J. Churchill 

1. M. Larimore " 

Alva A. Kinser " 

J. C. Lammey* S. W. 

G. M. Baker W. M. 

C. L. Fink 

G. H. Wayne* 

A. E. Mottinger 

Wm. Lee Roughton .... " 
Wm. W. North 

M. E. King S. W. 

O. G. Dorsey W. M. 

Wm. B. Fisk* 

J. W. Grammett S. W. 

Robert Leroy Sios J . W . 

R. E. Voris W. M. 

Wm. Liestman " 

W. H. Moody 

R. H. Mann 

Henry T. Walters " 

George E. Welsh " 

B. F. Colehower " 

R. A. Oliver* 

O. J. Wendell 

Henry S. Wiley " 

Adolph Steidle 

Ernst Shawburger S. W 

Eouis Mueller J.W. 

J. M. Reynolds W. M. 

Roy I. Houghton " 

Oscar Latowsky " 

E. P. Easterday* " 

A. M. Stites " 

John R. Galloway* .... " 
M. S. Rosenkranz* .... " 
James Arvil Lamkin* ..W. M. 

C. E. Bagby 

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F. L. Best W 

C. C. Phelps S. 

Chas. Harris W 

Daniel Green J. 

R. W. Cole W, 

W. R. Marriett 

W. H. Reidelberger .... 

John B. Bradford J. 

J. C. Spiller W. 

J. F. Adams 

S. M. Weatherly 

B. F. Moberly 

J. F. Montgomery 

H. A. Craig 

L. E. Whitesell 

Eugene Moran 

Jas. A. Frazer J. 

James Rawson W. 

F. A. Shepherd 

D. W. Miller 

John T. Lofton 

John S. Dolan 

Geo . E. Dobson 

J. W. Lackey 

A. D. Smith 

Isaac N. Winters S. 

Chas W. Bailey* W. 

N Thiedohr 

C. A. McClain 

William A. Ward 

Roger L. Avery 

Edw. Lahl* S. 

Geo . J . Schwaegerman . . J . 

Oscar A. Kropp W. 

Francis Cubrett 

J. W. Delassers 

H. M. Miller 

Chas. E. Cussins 

P. E. Harden 

Wm. Prussman 

W. D. Jenningj ' 

R. J. Railsback 

J . T . Brandon 

Riley M. Damrow 

J. W. McGhace 

W. R. Watts 

C. M. Hurrold 

A. D. Julian* 

Elwin Hull 

T. D. Hunter 

H. C. Reser 

E. Duclos J. 

Emil Altman W . 

Geo. P. Almindinger... . S. 

Chas. H. Thorp J. 

M. H. Hand W. 

O. M. Hoge S. 

M. I. Rosenbaum W. 

Herman C. Perl 

A. L. Belt2 S. 

G. B. Davidson J. 


















Representatives of Lodges. 



644 Clinton C. Cay wood W.^^M. 

645 John G. Diers 

646 D. P. Stevens 

647 O. D. Clark S.W. 

648 Everett Cody, Jr W. M. 

651 R. R. Huff 

E. D. Rhodes S. W. 

J. E. Collinj J. W. 

653 C. H. Derry W.JVl. 

655 J. M. Olsson 

656 Henry Quosick 

657 J. T. Evans " 

658 Robert F. Ralston S.W. 

659 J. L. Klemme W.JM. 

660 W. A. Gaunt 

662 Oliver J. Graham " 

664 James A. McCorkle .... " 

665 7. P. Jennings S.W. 

G. W. Tipsword J. W. 

666 W. A. Wood W.^M. 

667 Eno3 Anderson " 

668 W. J. Calkin 

669 Chas. Vietzen " 

Henry Dupeke S. W. 

Max Struber J. W. 

670 Charles H. Romeyn W. M. 

672 John S. Barger " 

673 Henry G. McCormick .. S. W. 

674 Chas. J. Thetard W. M. 

Geo. Welsh S. W. 

675 Melvin Finderburk W. M. 

676 W. H. Thomas 

677 John N . Wilson " 

679 Philip H. Schriver .... " 
M. M. Marquis S. W. 

680 O. W. Jacobson W. M. 

681 John M. Becker 

682 E. F. Dunbar " 

683 P. S. Jackson " 

684 W. J. Edwards 

685 J. C. Dickerson " 

686 Chas. Workman " 

Harry C. Stites S. W. 

Frank E. MiUigan T. W. 

687 M . W . Gouse W . M . 

688 M. C. Madison 

Peter Wright S. W. 

690 Benjamin W. Place ....W. M. 

691 Eli F. Patrick 

692 Alva W. Jones " 

693 S. D. Leo 

695 J. M. Hanna " 

696 Isaac D. Hampton " 

697 Henry Feick " 

698 Clayton W. McMorris .. " 

701 Elbert Yates 

702 C. W. Postlewait " 

704 Nye Keyes " 

Theo. T. Moore S. W. 

705 D. G. Fitzgerrell W. M. 

706 James W. Jones " 

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A. L. Spradling W. M. 

W.J. Swanson S. W. 

John W. Kendall W. M. 

John Groenier* " 

J. B. Bruso 

Chas. E. Johnson " 

G. R. Pilkington 

Bert P. Cunningham ... " 

H. T. Hancock 

Ed Anderson J . W . 

Ira Shain W. M. 

G. L. Baker " 

J. R. Walker 

H . G . Keegwin S . W . 

John T. Hogan S. W. 

Wm. W. Mullen W. M. 

Clinton Rice " 

Jess Tilly " 

W. T. Wiltberger 

John Boyer " 

D. E. Wood 

Chas Watson " 

C. B. Vaughn 

Adolph O. Poft 

A. L. Owings S. W. 

Hubert J. Thompson W. M. 

W. A. Cording 

John Dale Caldwell 

Robert E. Nixon S.W. 

John Pollock, Jr J. W. 

Andrew Peters W . M . 

J. F. Jennings " 

L. G. Payne " 

H. J. Waterstreet 

L. M. Marvel " 

C. E. VanVleck 

Wm. O. Chambers .... " 

R. T. Rotramel 

Walter Austin " 

A. Werchelt 

J. W. Furby* S. W. 

Albert Alba J. W. 

Walter C. Peters* W. M. 

P. C. Freytag " 

Sam Shearard " 

John McArthur* S.W. 

M. A. Stitt W. M. 

T. M. Wright 

B. A. Whitcomb T. W. 

H. H. Clark W. M. 

E. T. Johnston 

Joe Johnson* " 

Jesse E. Peck " 

W. S. Craig " 

O. L. Todd S. W. 

Lewis Pickett* W. M. 

Lorin L. Horney " 

H. M. Kleinman " 

V. B. Clevenger S. W. 

W. W. M. Bending J. W. 

Geo. W. Von Berner....W. M. 



Representatives of Lodges. 

















Jos. R. Morrison W. M. 

D. R. Eddy 

Jas. M. Pryor 

Robt W. Ashbrook " 

Eugene Y. Young 

Albert P. Bauer " 

J . J . Eassaker J . W . 

Geo. J. Lawton W . M. 

Chas. R. easier 

\V. T. Parf 

Chas. F. Warner " 

R. C. Robinson " 

J. C. Moss S. W. 

Edw. Weber W. M. 

Chas. Unverzogt* S.W. 

Louis J. Line* J. W. 

Hugo E. Knoth W. M. 

E. W. Chesterman S.W. 

C. W. McNally J. W. 

A. E. Miller W. M. 

J. S. Schorr " 

R. G. Hall 

Jos. W. Taylor^ 

W. E. Ewers S. W. 

C. E. Tallmen* J. W. 

John O. Anderson Jf.W. 

T. A. Dicka W. M. 

W. U. Mortland 

Clark Herrold 

Geo. W. Joyce " 

J. E. Widner 

W. J. McCord S. W. 

Benson Landen J. W. 

Frank Merrill W. M. 

Chas. R. Fuller 

Arthur N . Evans S . W . 

Sidney Gaunt J . W . 

Peter Anderson W. M. 

Harry A. Arnold " 

Geo. M. Brosnihan .... " 

C. S. Barker S. W. 

A. A. Kaiser* J. W. 

Paul T. Conditt W. M. 

George Tregoning " 

Geo. W. Whaples* .... " 

Adolph Stankowitz* S. W. 

Chas. Barkers J. W. 

Thomas Watkins W. M. 

William Franklin " 

Clifford D. Kem S.W. 

J. T. Irving W. M. 

Samuel Durr " 

G. W. Cummings " 

F. E. Reynolds S.W. 

V. H. Townsley J. W. 

C. O. McMahon* W. M. 

J. H. Wood 

John Muhle, Jr " 

Alfred Fox* S . W . 

John C. Groetzinger* ..J.W 

D. W. Allen • S. W. 

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815 W. J. Bryan W. M. 

816 S. M. Coombs 

817 Curtis R. Felts 

818 Edward G. Henemer ... " 

Louis B. Olson S. W. 

Chas. C. Reeves J. W. 

819 Jeremiah Jaynes W. M. 

820 Charles T. McLean .... " 

821 R. E. Funk 

822 W. T. Laughlin 

824 E. H. Huntington, Jr.* " 

B. L. Kellogg S. W. 

825 Jas. I. Lawrence W. M. 

826 Frank N. Randall* 

827 W. F. Ziegler 

829 Geo. W. Hughes " 

830 B. B. Horton 

831 W. W. Harbert 

833 Harmon S. Knaner .... " 

834 Will L. Smith 

835 Eugene M. Porter 

836 Irvin T. Buchan. 

837 Oler Langley 

839 Wm. H. Gay lord ..".... 

C. W. Ostrander* S.W. 

A. R. Wolfe J.W. 

840 Leroy G. Keith S.W. 

841 H. P. Holder W. M. 

J. K. Lambert S.W. 

F. W. Krengle J. W. 

842 E. R. Williams W. M. 

Gail S. Hamilton S.W. 

Harry Paul J.W. 

843 Richard H. Mather W. M. 

H. C. Roeder J. W. 

845 E. C. Vanderpoorten . .W. M. 

Otto Mack* S. W. 

John Walter Nelson J.W. 

846 H. D. Killpatrick W. M. 

847 W. C. Regan 

W. R. Dobbin S. W. 

848 Samuel Way W. M. 

849 W. E. Bratton 

850 Geo. M. Leathers " 

J. E. Nelson J. W. 

851 R. B. Lawton W. M. 

Edwin W. DeVoe* S.W. 

W. E. DeVoe J. W. 

852 W. C. Watkins W. M. 

853 Frank C. Pearce " 

854 James McLaughlan* .... " 

Thomas Rankin* S.W. 

Stewart N. MacNair .... J. W. 

855 Geo. B. Hanson W. M. 

N. Otto Johnson S. W. 

856 Spencer Waldron* W. M. 

857 M. D. Murphv " 

858 William J. Stephenson. . S. W. 

859 Lester A. Varty S.W. 

860 Herman F. Mackendorf . W. M. 
John C Jonei S. W. 



Representatives of Lodges. 













Nicholas E. Murray ....J. 

Robert H. PuUen W. 

Robert C. Dyrewforth . . S. 

Samuel Hutchison W, 

A. Davis* S. 

Fred J. Lindsay W, 

A. W. Burt J. 

Addison Hickox W. 

Edgar Zimmerman S. 

John B. Bruce J. 

Ernest F. Bowe W, 



Knopp W. 

Bisch S . 

Muir J 

Hannum W. 




Smalley S. 

Paulding* J 

R. J. 
L. E. 
R. G. 
S. B. 

C. F. 
J. H. 

D. A. 


Jesse B. Johnston 

Edgar N . Walker 

W . P . Larsen 

M. C. Olson S. 

F. E. Lawrence J. 

B. C. Lewis W. 

Wm . F . L . Schwenk . . 

Rasmus Hansen S. 

Thomas N. Wheatley J. 

E. H. Cooke W. 

O . C . Temrout S . 

G. S. Herrington J. 

John Smith W. 

J. A. Campbell 

J. H. Norria ., 

P. Johnson S. 

W. B. Hopper* W. 

M. R. Jones 

Matthew Drinnan 

Samuel M. Fitch 

Robt. A. Anderson .... S. 
Wm. S. Stahl J. 

889 William Jacob WiedermanW. 

890 Louia Wolf ran 

892 Otto Fetting 

Joseph W. Kyler* S. 

Charles M. Boney J, 

893 Lincoln Nutt S. 

894 Monroe E. Walter W. 

William E. Summers S. 

895 Benjamin Lambert Cohn.W. 
Samuel Wohl S. 





























* Proxy 



Kenneth McKenzie .... J. W. 
Charles Sumner Fuller ..W. M. 

Wm. Bonwill Fuller J . W . 

Nicholas Sweig W. M. 

Julius S. Blackney Jr..S.W. 

Otto A. Lies J. W. 

A. C. Hansen* W. M. 

A. E. Kinkead S. W. 

F. R. Howell J. W. 

Harvey Garrison* W. M. 

H. Garrison* S. W. 

Chas H. Smith J. W. 

Roy S. Bates W. M. 

Charles J. Weiskopf S. W. 

E. T. Corwin W. M. 

Z. T. Taylor* 

E. E. Farmer " 

John J. Miller 












Oren M . Dunton S . W . 

Leo Michel* W. M. 

Leo Michel S . W . 

James H. Lillie S. W. 

S. A. DeLue W. M. 

W. A. Forward S. W. 

F. S. Wolffs J W. 

Geo. W. Lawrence W. M. 

A. F. Gooch " 

C. W. Johnson J. W. 

O. P. Spencer W. M. 

H. M. Kyle W.M. 

W. W. Tockey S. W. 

A. M. Bassford J. W. 

P. A. Macfarlane W. M. 

O. C. Hayward S W. 

R. T. Farley J. W. 

T. E. Allworth* W. M. 

t. E. Allworth* S. W. 

b. Stangland W. M. 

R. C. Clark 

W. M. Gilson J. W. 

Riley D. Webb S. W. 

George Neil Blatt W. M. 

Jas. C. Beattie S. W. 

D. A. Brvant S. W. 

Geo. E. Trebing W. M. 

D. F. Shogren S. W. 

H. W. Kuetemeyer J.W. 

Oscar L. Carson S. W. 

Ben D. Mayer S.W. 

Francis A. Butler W. M. 

Robert W. Starr S. W. 

L. D. Leach W. M. 

\\^m . J . Downey " 

R. R. Longenecker ....J.W. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Geo. W. Cyrus, 

N. B. C-^RSON, 

W. O. Butler, 





The following is a detailed report of the Committee on 
Mileage and Per Diem: 


A. B. Ashley 

Delmar D. Darrah 
Henry T. Burn.ip 
Ralph H. Wheeler 
Leroy A Goddard. 

Isaac Cutter 

W. W. Weedoa ... 

W. W. Wilson 

G. A. Stadler 

N. J. Cary 

James John 

N. M. Mesnard 

Thos. E. Gillespie 

W. H. Peak 

Henry S. Albin 

C. T.Tenney 

R.G. Bright 

James L, Scott 

C. S. Gurriev 

H. E Hamilton.... 

M. W. Grand Master 

R.W. Dep.Gr. Master.... 

R. W. Sr. Gr. Warden 

R.W. Jr. Gr. Warden 

R. W. Gr. Treasurer 

R.W. Gr. Secretary 

R.W. Gr. Chaplain 

R. W" . Grand Orator 

W. Dep. Gr. Sec'y 

W. Gr. Pursuivant 

W. Grand Marshal 

W. Gr. :^tand. Bearer 

W. Gr. Sword Bearer 

W. Sr. Gr. Deacon 

W. Jr. Gr. Deacon 

W. Grand Steward 

W. Grand Steward 

W. Grand Steward 

W. Grand Steward 

Bro. Grand Tyler 

Bro. Past S. G. Warden. 






24 10 

18 70 


17 30 

9 40 

17 30 
28 00 
33 00 

15 30 
12 60 
17 20 



6 40 

24 10 
24 70 
4 20 
23 30 
15 40 

6 10 
23 30 
34 00 
39 00 

6 60 
21 30 
18 60 
23 -0 

6 50 

6 20 







$1 30 

1 40 
3 80 

7 80 
13 80 

9 90 

2 10 
12 40 
15 20 
11 10 

8 4t 

3 70 
6 90 

11 00 

15 00 

16 30 







Hiram Vanderbilt 

1st District. 














$ 7 30 

H. W. Harvey 

6 30 

Robt. R. Jampolis 

6 70 

Albert RouUier 

6 10 

D. D. Kin? 

6 10 

Wm. H. Bied 

E. W. Peterson 

6 80 

7 40 

Jay L. Brewster 

9 80 

James M. Huff. 

13 80 

John L. Brearton 

19 80 

B. A. Cuttlow 

15 90 

J. H. Griffiths 

8 10 

W. C. Stilson 

18 40 

Milton T. Booth 

Francis H. Bradley 

21 20 
17 10 

R. D. Mills 

14 40 

J no. B. Fithian 

9 70 

N. T. Stevens 

W. A. HO'ver 

12 90 

17 00 

John C. Weis 

21 00 

C. T. Holmes 

22 30 













C. L. Gregory 

22d District 








30th . " 






















$17 60 

19 20 

22 60 
15 70 

14 10 

12 40 

13 711 

17 30 

18 50 

21 50 
26 30 
36 30 

23 5U 

22 40 
2i 00 

20 20 

15 80 
18 60 

23 10 

21 10 




$23 60 

Geo. D. Bell 

25 20 

E. M. Grain 

as 60 

L. VV. Lawton 

H. M. Palmer \'. 

C.L.Sandusky.. .. 

W. P. Jones 

A, T.Summers 

Sidney D. Breese 

21 70 
20 10 

18 40 

19 70 

23 30 

24 50 

C. P Ross 

27 50 

W. W. Watson 

32 30 


32 30 

R. M. Riggs 

C.H Burgdorff 

D. W. Starr 

29 50 
28 40 
28 to 

Chas. G. Young 

26 2U 

J. E. Jeffers 

SI 80 

H. Gastiway 

!:4 60 

W.H. Rupe 

2J 10 

C. O. PaUfeht 

27 10 

L. Cay wood 


25 70 

28 00 
30 70 
27 20 

29 70 
Zl 60 
36 50 




31 70 

Geo. S. Caughlan 

34 00 

T. S. Browiiing 

J. R. Ennis 

36 70 
33 20 

I. A. Fostt-r 

35 70 

W. D. Abney 

Chas. H. Thompson 

38 60 

42 50 



M. C. Crawford 

J. E. Dyas 

Geo. R. Smith 

H. H. Montgomery 

Hugh A. Snell 


C.F.Hitchcock , 


S. M. Schoemann , 

H. C. Mertz 

Phil Barkley 


Owen Scott 













$33 00 



16 00 



12 60 



24 90 



23 10 



15 00 



15 40 



30 50 



30 80 



36 50 



17 30 


$ 63 00 
46 00 
42 60 
54 90 
53 10 

35 00 
35 40 

50 50 
50 80 
56 50 

37 30 



COMMITTEES— Continued. 






Total .... 



N. B. Carson 



$24 10 
12 60 
23 40 

15 00 














$ 44 10 
32 60 


43 40 


S. O. Spring 

35 00 

20 00 

Thos. A. Stevens 







22 40 

28 10 
9 40 

30 80 
28 10 
12 40 
22 60 

20 40 


J. E. Wooters 

42 40 

48 10 

H. R. Manley 


H. C. Mitchell 

29 40 
65 80 

John J ohnston 

35 10 

I. H. Todd 

63 10 

J. W. Hamilton 

37 40 

C. H. Martin 

57 60 


35 30 













2 ."SQ 

22 40 
16 30 
33 00 


23 10 
21 80 

24 90 

27 40 

24 20 

16 30 

21 50 

12 30 
26 30 

11 00 
20 70 

13 90 

11 30 


12 80 

17 30 

17 60 
1 40 

12 60 

25 90 

42 40 


36 30 

G. Laugbenry 

53 00 
20 10 


W. F. Beck 

53 10 

G. A. Lackens 

51 80 

H. T. Goddard 

54 90 


47 40 

A. Doherty 

44 20 

36 30 

F. E. Baldwin 

41 50 

C. M. Carpenter 

32 30 

S. 0. Pearce 

46 30 


S. S. Borden 

15 70 

A. H Scroggin 

26 DO 

R. F. Morrow 

35 70 

L. C. Johnson 

28 90 

26 30 


Geo. M. Moulton 

H. W. Berks 

20 10 
32 80 

W. A. Dixon 

37 30 


20 10 

37 60 

21 40 

D. D. Darrah 

32 60 

Committee on Loose Leaves and Ledger 

45 90 







Springfield. . 
Friendship. .. 



St. .)ohn's 








St. Clair 




Mt. Vernon. . . 



Charleston. .. 
Kavanaugh. . 
Mon ' outh.. ., 
Olive Branch 



Mt. Joliet 



Griggsville. .. 




Cambridge. . 


Mt. Moriah. . . 
Benevolent. ., 





New Boston., 



St. Marks 










Mt. Nebo 


Waukegan.. . 





















































S. F.Bragg 

Joe Y Buiiher 

Truman P. Carter 

Theron J. Kinnear... 

Mark r. Keller 

Silas Watts 

Thos. S. Hodvson 

Harman N. Hackman 

J. L. Porter 

C. H.Lefler 

Robt. W. Hickman... 

S. P. Odenweller 

Ross A. Nance 

James Louis Martin . 

J. P. Warnke 

Geo. B. Engelman ... 
Carlisle G. Patterson 
Arthur J. S'trer 
Jacob A. Schwartz... 

K. T Strattan 

Frank A. West 

C.E. Bearers 

Fred N.Todd 

A. E. Mongin 

Dan I. Wrbster 

F. E. Kester 

Jo-eph W. Sharpe 

Silas Eclipskain 

Ximrod Mace 

James VV. Singleton . 

G. E. Conroy 

A. M. OtTan 

W. A. Bohm 

P. H. Cutter 

Johns Smith 

A. E. Hoag 

Walter R. McLean... 

H. D. Berger 

Wm. Taylor 

tJ. B. Holsion 

Ca roltonG. Taylor . 

L. B. Tinder 

E. L. Willetts 

Chas. A. Rix 

R. H. Maxwell 


Wm. B. Martin 

EliF. Stark 

C. P. Liken 

Lyman Sanderson... 

Clark H. Smith 

J. O Holland 

Don E. Detrich 

C. A. Ran^iom 

Andrew J. Duggan... 

W.J. Griffin 

Gilbert H. Richards.. 













86 30 

30 70 

21 50 
18 50 

9 80 

17 30 

22 70 
10 00 

31 00 
15 00 

23 00 
20 30 

18 80 

23 80 

28 50 

29 50 
25 90 

25 70 
15 80 
27 40 


26 30 

18 20 

14 40 

17 90 
12 40 

26 30 

8 40 
3 70 

12 60 
25 50 

24 60 

15 00 
38 80 

3 60 

15 40 
24 90 
23 20 
23 80 

19 50 

27 70 

16 40 
14 60 

18 90 

7 80 
12 80 

5 10 

30 70 

2 90 

16 80 

9 90 

17 00 

18 50 

32 10 
10 20 

8 60 
22 40 
16 00 

3 60 

$32 30 

36 70 

27 50 
24 50 

15 80 

23 30 

28 70 

16 00 

37 00 
81 00 

29 00 
26 30 

24 80 

29 80 

28 50 

35 50 
31 90 

31 70 
21 80 
33 40 

6 10 
33 30 

24 20 

20 40 
83 90 
18 40 

32 30 

14 40 


31 50 

30 60 

21 00 
48 80 

9 60 

21 40 
30 90 

29 20 
29 80 

25 50 

33 70 

22 40 
20 60 

22 90 
13 80 
18 80 
11 10 

36 70 

8 90 
20 80 

15 90 

23 00 

24 50 

38 10 


28 40 
22 00 

9 60 










Mt. fulaski 



Jerusalem Temple . 





Samuel H. Davis... 










Versailles ] 





Robert Burns......! 


Risinj; Sun 




Henry ..'. 

Mou rid ' 



Greenup .' 



Raleigh .,'" 

Greenfield [ 





Sycamore , 


Hutsonville ". 




Olney ]' 

Garden City 




A. w. Rawson 

Lee Center 

































Walter C. Shoupe. 

Alonzo Ellis '. 

Herman Kugen . 
Montrose G. Taylor. 

Don Davis .. 

Wm. M. Schuwerk. 

H. J. Borgets 

A. M. Edwards 

W. A. Blessing 

H. I. Stevis 

Lawrence Yelmgren. 

A. H. Grange 

J. R. Sims 

D. F. Stevens 

Chas. F. Knecht 

J. M. Cooper 

W. Tustoa 

FredG Boden 

J. C. Snow 

E. R. Spencer 

Walter B. Gillam 

W. A. Wainwright 

John Pa\ne 

E S. Klinedlter 

James L. Wilson 

E. P. Baker 

J. Henry Hilboldt... 

L. J. Temple 

James E. Agard. .. 

W. H. Stud«r 

J A. Burgard 

C. P. Wra. SchUitz. 

Chas. W. Lowe 

Elmer Quinn 

John W. Taylor ... 

W. R. Allan Jr 

E O. Thomen 

Henry Evacs 

John A. Thain 

R. C. Burnett 

James A. Cravens. 

Joe M. Morrow 

Daniel Lawrence . 

J. E. Argo 

P. H. Gorham 

Ira A. Wetzt^l 

W. T. Frazer 

C. G. Pearce 

Orlin J. Davis 

Oren Hopkins 

L. T. Wilcox 

Jacob S. Freeman 

Will F. Durbin 

Henry L. Wood 
Albert M. Gibbs . . 

F. K. Magley . 

H. E. Hummema. . . 
Edwin A. Berry . .. 

J. R Moffett 

A. E. Schnitker.... 

F. W. Goodell 

A. I. Brown 























$26 20 

24 00 
3 00 

14 80 
29 00 

31 30 
16 90 

18 80 

32 60 
3 70 

36 60 

15 90 
14 40 

25 20 

10 60 

11 40 
13 40 

26 70 
21 80 

8 70 

12 30 

19 40 

23 50 

16 40 

24 60 

27 80 

28 60 
33 00 
10 40 

19 30 
27 10 

4 60 
21 10 

3 70 
21 00 

13 80 

20 20 
20 20 

6 20 
19 40 
15 80 

5 50 
30 40 
25 20 
24 90 
37 20 

14 60 
17 70 

5 20 
27 60 
19 70 
30 50 

6 60 
3 60 

23 10 

12 00 
6 30 
5 80 

10 10 
9 50 

24 20 
14 70 
19 90 
34 00 

$32 20 

30 00 
9 00 

20 80 
35 00 

37 30 


38 60 
9 70 

42 60 

21 90 
20 40 

31 20 

16 60 

17 40 
19 40 

32 70 
27 80 
14 70 

18 30 

25 40 

39 50 

22 40 
30 60 

33 80 

34 60 
39 00 

25 '36 
33 10 
10 60 
27 10 
9 70 
27 00 
18 80 

26 20 

10 20 
25 40 
21 80 

11 50 
36 40 
31 20 
30 90 
43 20 
20 60 
23 70 

11 30 
33 60 

35 70 

36 50 

12 60 
9 60 

89 10 
6 10 
18 00 
12 30 
9 80 
16 10 
15 50 
30 20 
20 70 
25 90 
40 00 



R EPR S SENT ATIVES— Conttnw«d. 

Bunker Hill 











Hope , 

Edward Dobbins. 


Star in the East.. 




Girard , 


Cherry Valley .... 





Illinois Central..., 






My.- tic Tie 


Fulton City 





La Harpe 


King Solomon's... 








'1 amaroa 


Wm. B. Warren... 








New Salem 




Geo. Washington. 



































J. L. Clower 

R. N. Clower 

H. A. Walke' 

W. M. Nick. Is 

D. M. Nylie 

A. R. Patzer 

vV. G. Spurgiii 

R. G. Chamberlain 

C. W. White 

F.N. Escher 

A. S. Allen 

S. E. Grigg, Jr 

J. S. Snyder 

W. C. Reinmiller .., 

W. E. Jaycox 

C. M. Slife 

R. H. Koenig 

Jas W. Rey 

M. Connell 

W. N.Garrett 

D. M. DeGraff 

D. H. Belden 

J. Scheidenhelm .. 
Jas. W. Donaldson 
Frank K. Jewett . . 

F. E. Wilson 

W. G. I hompson .. 

Wm. Ahrens . .. 

F. E. Blakeslee .... 

Wm. Brinion 

R. W. Davidson.... 

R. H. Wood 

Geo Lein 

Thos. Williams 

Geo. T. Hubbard .. 

W. W.Gregg 

Geo. E. Campbell. 

Wm. L. Kerr 

F. L. Dre«sell 

Geo. H Spencer.. 
J. L. Schubert. ... 
R. E. Vaughn . ... 
TQos. W. Preist .. 

H. C. Michles 

Cha«. Gibbs 

N.M. Powell 

J. E. Norton 

W. M. Greer 

Jas. E. Jewett . .. 

Fred Moe 

J. W. Jones 

Arthur Brown... 

J. H. Ross 

F. H. Robertson . 
Omer Mitcht-ll... 
John E. Martin.. 
H. J. Rutherford 
Frank E. Bryan . 

John Evanson 

Tony Anderson.., 

B. F. Dowell 

J. B. Thomas 




























S2S 00 


24 00 


26 70 


13 50 


16 30 


15 70 


13 00 


4 60 


13 10 




20 70 


29 90 


22 50 


14 60 


8 70 


8 80 


4 30 

11 40 


21 10 


15 20 


8 40 


12 60 


3 70 


8 40 


24 50 


9 50 


18 00 


18 60 




7 20 


17 30 


11 00 


12 80 


13 60 


4 80 


16 90 


22 40 

7 50 


23 40 


22 80 


25 70 


14 30 


26 60 


25 20 


17 30 


23 60 


7 60 


25 70 


28 00 


5 30 



IS 60 




23 80 


20 30 


24 00 


21 40 


21 10 


25 10 


16 60 


14 10 


13 50 


13 40 


20 20 


25 00 







New Haven 





Dallas City 

Charter Oak 


Black Hawk 


Western Star... 





El Paso 

Rob Morris 

Golden Gate 





Avon Harmony. 








Franklin Grove. 



La Prairie 



Levi Lusk 








Jo Daviess 






Pl5'mouth ... 

De Soto 




Prof'hestown .. 










W. B. Shirey 

L. C. Funk 

Andrew Busau .. 

B. L. Hudson 

Chas. R. Ford 

Geo. F. L3 on 

E. E. Thornton 

B. K. Peter 

P.J R'se 

W. P. Gibson 

O C. McCartney 

James N. Hughes 

Frank R. Smedley 

Chester R. Meffert 

V. A. Wigsen 

Fred W. Croft 

Joseph H. McHenry 

J. L. Boner 

Winfleld Scott Morrison 

C. F. Everly 

Speiicer G. Brown 

E. S. Baker 

L. T. Rutledge 

D. E. Farr 

Geo. E. Simmons 

Jas.S. Mitchell 

W. H. Young 

J. C. Crawtord 

G. S. McPht-rson 

C. G. Walters 

Roy McCowaa 

Howard A. Fulford 

F M. Banker 

Nathan Hale 

Floyd D Kelley 

R. E. Downing 

Chas H. Cone 

John Noah Deis 

S P. Prescott 

Albert E. Barker 

T H. Land 

John H.Grimm 

C K. Hewitt 

J L Doss .. 

F. M Fowler 

Aug. H. Kruff 

J. C. Renwick 

E. T. Abercrombie 

Frank S. Anderson 

Floyd B. Johnson 

C. E. Slye .. 

A. Jones Jr 

S. M. Talbrtt. Jr 

Marion Kelley 

Geo D. Pat'erson 

U. W.Merrill 

W. A. Chapman 

Mark Stowell 

Richard A. Young 


Bf rt J. Goodapple 

.). H. Pittm n ... 

D. L. Putnam 

Archie R. Dewey 

Frank L. Randall 


















$16 80 
23 20 

29 70 

11 10 
37 30 
22 80 
28 80 

22 20 

23 10 
36 SO 

-24 30 

24 90 

12 80 

30 80 

13 90 

7 50 
24 80 
11 70 

11 30 
18 60 
24 60 
20 50 
13 70 

17 60 

18 30 

3 70 
24 50 

24 80 

17 20 

13 90 
5 50 

15 00 

8 80 

14 20 
26 50 

23 60 

16 00 
- 2 50 

9 20 

28 20 

16 50 
8 30 

25 90 
33 70 

13 80 

18 40 

17 40 

8 2(1 
5 60 

12 90 
22 20 
30 20 

5 90 

15 50 
10 20 
12 90 

9 20 

25 60 

26 30 

24 10 

4 00 

5 70 
10 40 

22 80 
29 20 

35 70 

17 10 
43 30 
28 80 
34 80 

28 ao 

29 10 
42 50 

30 30 
30 90 

18 80 

36 80 

19 90 

13 50 
30 80 
17 70 

17 30 
24 60 
30 60 
26 50 
19 70 

23 60 

24 30 
9 70 

30 bO 

30 80 

23 20 

19 90 
11 50 

21 00 

14 80 

20 20 
32 50 

29 60 

22 00 
8 50 

15 20 
6 10 

34 20 

22 5o 
14 30 

31 90 
39 70 

6 40 
19 80 

24 40 

23 40 

14 20 
11 60 

18 90 
28 20 
36 20 
11 90 

21 50 

16 20 
18 90 

15 20 

31 60 

32 30 

30 10 

10 00 

11 70 

16 40 






W. C. Hobbs 

T. J. Pickett . . . . 








Abraham Jonas 
J. L. Anderson . 









Mt. Erie 





New Columbia. . 




Full Moon 



Milledgeville ... 

N. D.Morse 


Flat Rock 






Ark and Anchor 
















Chambersburg . 







3 8 


T. B. Drew 

Ira W. Furby 

J. F. Page 

John Leib 

P. J. Arnett 

H. H. Megran 

Roi.t. W. Parker .... 

E.E. Mills' 

H. F. Waltber 

Albert Matteson 

W. C. Muller 

John B. Kelley .. ., 

Jobu D. Hess 

JohnS. Balton...!. . 

J. W. Shaw 

H J. Ludens 

R. W. Turner 

Tom Jones 

Geo. M. McKiltrick . 
J. E. Kinkade 

A. L.Koby 

John Griffin 

P. A. Burv graf .. 

Fritz Reiger 

D. C. Staninger 

Brano Juerjens 

C S. Fitch 

M. F. Miichell 

Thos. Morgan 

L. J. Smitu 

I. C. Duncan 

I'has. T. Lang 

Chas. H. Huwald .... 

W. P. Hacker 

H. W. Digeics 

C.L. Golden 

W. E McClure 

B. H. S. Angear 

B. L. Ten Eyck 

A. F. Carser 

Y. T. Kiblinger 

A. C. Bancroft 

C. L. Evans 

Chas. Loas 

W. A. Schack 

Adnlph Kremer 

C. W.Spalding 

A. N. Sloan 

Julius D. Mallina 

J. S.C.Nichols 

H.L. Kelley 

Wm. Ba dwln 

E. E Tolton 

J. A. Wes h 

L E. Veeder 

T. B. Williamson ... 

E D Morrow 

Julius M. Wright 

-S. J. Hobbs 

F. N. Frost 

E. F. Beebe .' . . 

J. A. Robertson 

Jas Halman 

Thos. Dodsworth 

Frank E. Dayton 


































































$1 40 

8 .T(l 

13 10 
19 20 


6 20 

17 30 
19 50 

2 60 

9 90 

22 60 
16 40 

7 00 

12 40 

18 40 
6 80 

30 60 

21 50 

14 70 
25 90 

15 00 

18 50 

23 60 
15 00 
36 40 

15 10 

31 60 

19 30 

27 30 

28 30 
10 80 

13 20 

22 90 

13 70 

21 30 
9 30 

19 30 
9 80 

14 CO 
27 OJ 

20 10 

25 60 

26 20 

6 20 
4 40 

14 90 
30 20 

23 90 

16 30 
10 80 

15 30 

15 80 

16 00 

29 00 
16 60 

7 40 

24 60 
6 70 
6 10 

27 80 

28 30 

22 30 
9 20 

Q ' -i 

SlO 40 

14 50 
19 10 
ib 20 

6 10 

12 20 
6 30 
6 10 

23 30 
25 50 

8 60 

15 90 

28 60 
22 40 

13 00 
18 40 

24 40 

12 80 

36 60 

27 50 
18 70 
31 90 
21 00 

24 50 

29 60 
21 00 
42 40 

21 10 

37 60 

25 30 

38 30 

34 30 

16 80 

18 20 

28 90 

19 70 

27 30 

13 30 

25 30 

15 80 

20 60 
33 00 

26 10 
31 60 
?2 2;) 

12 20 
10 40 

20 90 
36 20 

29 90 

22 30 

16 80 

21 30 
21 80 
92 00 

35 on _ 
20 60 

13 40 

30 60 
12 70 
12 10 

33 80 

34 30 

28 30 
15 20 










El Dara 






Jersey ville 

Muddy Point.. 





Klshwaukee ... 
Mason City. ... 





Thos. J. Turner 




Evening Star.. 

Lawn Ridge 




Reynoldsburg . 


Washburn.. .. 




Scoti ville 

Red Bud 





Murray ville 









Cave-in-Rock .. 


S. D. Monroe. .. 

Yates City 




New Hartford. 






E. R Johnson 94 

W. S. Wallace 138 

L. D. Leach 229 

G.H.Henry 260 

C. Ruhee 1 56 

C.A.Monroe { 178 

G. C. Dillavan. 

J. W. HeLkaihorn . . 

Carl T. Murray 

C.G. Reddish 

Frank Hackiey 
Jno. O. Andrews 

E. K. Hensley 

T. A.Zink 

S. W. Joerndt 

F. W Stari. 

J. S. G. Walker... . 

L. D. Wood 

Mason V. Carter . . . 

W. S. Elliott 

T. S. Wright 

John A. Sizer 

Ghas. Laner 

W. F. Graves 

John C. Meyer 

Ed. Deguiither 

Grant Burdick 

P. O. A. Anderson . . 

E. R. Spencer 

R. O. Haupt 

Morris Bell 

J. D. Mead 

J. Lesch 

Ben E. Sincere 

J. R. Sniveley 

W. H. Sapi'ingt n.. 
W. H. Vanbebber... 

John J. Fox 

R. O. Leitch 

Alex MacKenzie 

U. R. Peters 

C. E. Warburton ... 

C C. Self 

H. E. Whitted 

Frank Hopkins 

H. L. W.ide 

Maxwell Levy 

Fred Ebel 

E. E. R.iyce 

R. M. Brooke 

E. T. Crock 

Chas. S Winn 

Wm. J. Finch 

Geo. W. Lace 

S D. Day 

Jay A. McLaughlin 

G. P. Warn.r 


p". W. Baxmpver ... 
W. J. Cuningham... 

C F. Crum 

C. E. Padgett 

Geo. H Webster ... 
W. B. Whitacre . 
Frank C. Day 





























$9 40 
13 80 
22 90 
26 00 

5 60 

17 80 
13 70 

80 90 

26 00 

18 30 
8 00 

32 90 

11 70 

8 20 

6 20 
17 20 

3 80 

81 90 
26 10 
16 60 




13 70 

10 90 

16 30 
10 30 

7 70 

30 30 

33 40 

9 90 

12 70 

12 Oi' 
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28 30 

31 80 

5 20 

6 40 

24 80 

17 70 

22 70 
15 20 
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15 20 


15 60 

13 00 

18 60 
5 10 

33 30 

23 30 

7 70 

21 70 

16 40 
26 30 

19 90 
19 30 
26 20 
lb 70 
23 30 

22 40 

25 10 

23 40 

$15 40 
19 80 
28 90 
32 OO 

11 60 

23 80 
19 70 

24 90 
6 10 

32 00 
24 30 
14 00 

28 90 

17 70 

14 20 

12 20 
23 20 

9 80 

27 90 
32 10 
22 60 

6 10 
6 20 
6 10 
19 70 
16 90 

22 30 
16 30 

13 70 

36 30 
39 40 

15 90 

18 70 
6 40 

18 00 

29 ao 

28 30 

37 80 

11 20 

12 40 

30 80 

23 70 

28 70 
21 20 
37 60 
21 20 

6 10 
21 60 

19 00 

24 60 
11 10 
39 30 

29 30 

13 70 
37 70 

20 40 
32 30 

25 90 
25 30 
32 20 

21 70 
29 30 

28 40 

31 17 

29 40 




Tremor, t 





South Macon 

Cheney's Grove — 

















Andrew Jackson .. 

Clay City 




Liberty ville 

Tower Hill 

Stone Fort 




St Pauls 




East St Louis 

Meridian Sun 

O H. Miner 



J. D. Moody 





Abraham Lincoln 


















5 6 


Frank A. Blue 

M. McMahon 

Geo. B. Shinkle... 


L. A. Lamer 

O.N.Walker.. .. 

T W.Nixon 

G. W. Morrell 

W. Ruef 

Paul L. Hoadley. . 

E. L. M'>rris 

Ch. E. Nilsson, Jr. 

H. L. Rose 

J. W.Towell 

N. A.Wright 

Frank Tes 

F. E. Hodek 

Wm. Lyrre 


W. J. Faulk 

A. S. Jessup 

Bert Willard 

Geo. W. Willard 

W. L.Hf.lman. 

S. P. Bernd 

E. D.Taylor 

T. L. Fren tress 

H. H. Fike 

Ch. J. Weber 

.S. J. Blackman 

R. H. Carmon 

Thos. Ko^ertson 

J. R. Hathaway 

H. M. Solenberger 

J. G. Reed 

Gilbert D. Duerman. . 

F. H. Robinson 

J. W. Coulter 

C. E. Oaks 

Kichard F. Karr 

Edwin K. Bennington. 

F. M. Rash 

Wm. C. Hinflerer 

Frank Noble 

Elbert Phenig 

John F.May berry 

F. C. Blackwelder 

J. F. Kvler 

Chas. R. Ray 

R. S. Shannon 

Kdwin Mvers 

0. C. Pridcdux 

E. T. ( horn. . 

Asahel W. Gage 

T. F. Hale 

Geo. D. Stafford 

J. S. Christ man 

R. J. Churchill 

1. M. Lavirmore 

Alva A. Kinser 

J. C. Lummey. 
G. M. Baker... 
C.L. Fink 


$15 30 


82 10 


24 70 


23 40 


32 30 


18 00 


11 80 


14 10 


11 40 


4 90 


3 00 


25 80 


2'i 50 


23 90 


16 40 


11 30 




13 70 


5 20 


11 00 


21 40 


24 40 


24 40 


32 60 


24 20 


21 2) 


12 10 


18 10 


3 60 


20 40 


31 80 


21 00 


30 50 


31 60 


18 50 


14 50 


15 3) 


24 40 


28 10 


7 40 


7 60 




24 20 


85 80 


12 60 


12 80 


17 80 


23 10 


18 50 


19 10 


32 90 


18 60 


3 70 


19 40 


1 20 


21 30 




10 50 


5 10 


28 30 


17 20 


8 40 


7 20 


21 10 


19 10 



REPRESENT ATIV ^S— Continued. 











G. H. Wavne 



















$16 40 
4 80 

14 30 
3 30 

9 70 

19 50 

11 80 

15 30 

21 CO 

17 60 

12 30 
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12 6 
8 40 

19 60 


6 60 

14 30 

25 80 

35 90 

13 30 

26 60 

14 40 
31 40 

26 00 
2! 50 
19 70 

6 50 

10 80 

7 00 
29 10 

16 70 
SO 90 
19 80 
33 80 
13 20 

36 70 
16 30 
19 40 
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27 80 

13 70 

8 10 
27 20 

19 80 
16 3U 

22 30 

20 6(' 

18 60 

7 40 

9 40 
9 10 

8 50 

11 00 
24 70 

9 30 
22 70 

21 80 
21 40 

19 70 

14 90 
21 00 




$22 40 


J. R. Gorin 

A. E. Moitingor 

Wm. S. Roughton 

10 80 
20 20 


Wm. W. North 

0. G. Dorht y 

9 30 

15 70 

Oak Park 

Wm. B Fisk 

6 90 

R. K. Voris 

25 50 

Towanda , 

Wm. Leistman 

17 80 


W. H. Moody 

19 30 


R. H. Mann 

Henry F. Walters 

27 00 


23 20 

Geo. E. Welsh 

18 30 

B. F. Colr-howr r 

16 30 

Plum River 

R. A. Oliver 

P. J. Wendel 

Henry S. Wiley 

18 60 


14 40 


25 60 

Adolpii Steidel 

J. M Reynolds. 

6 30 


















































12 60 


Roy 1. Houghton 

Oscar Latowskr y 

E. P. Easterday 

A. M. Styles 

20 30 




31 80 
41 90 
19 30 

Pleasant Hill 

John R. Galloway. 

32 60 



M. S. Rosenkranz 

James A. Lam ^ in 

20 40 
37 40 


C. E. B^gby 

F L Best 

32 00 


87 80 


Cha-. Harris 

25 70 

Gardner . 

Daniel G een 

12 50 


R. W. Cole 

W. R. Marriett 

16 80 


13 00 


Wm. H. Reidelberger .... 
J hn B. Bradford . .. 

35 10 


22 70 

Praire City 

J. C. :;piner 

J. F. Adams 

S. M. Weatherly 

B. H. Moberly 

John F. Monigomtry 

H. A. Craig. . . 

26 90 


25 80 




39 80 
19 20 
32 70 

Vesper . 

22 30 


L. E. Whi.esel 

25 40 


16 40 


33 80 


F. A Shepherd 

19 70 


D W. Miller 

14 10 

Fi. Idon 

33 20 

Miles Hart 

25 80 

Cerro Gordo 

22 30 


J. W Lack- y 

28 30 


A. D. Smith 

36 60 


24 60 


C W Bailev 

13 40 

Str* aior 

^J Th edohr 

15 40 



C. A. McCiain 

W A.Ward ' 

15 10 
14 50 

Union Park 

Roger L. Ave'y 

Oscar A. Kraff 

4 30 

Lincoln Park 

6 20 

Rock River 

Fri-ncis Cubitt 

J. W Delassus 

H. M. Miller 

Ch. E. Cusiuss 

P. E. Harden 

Wm.Priesm n 


R J. RailsbacK 

17 00 


30 70 


15 30 


Good Hope 

28 70 
27 80 


30 10 

New Hope 

25 70 


20 90 


J. T. Brandon 

27 00 








Ridge Farm 

E. F. W. Ellis 







D. C. Cregier 

Oblong City 

San Jose 








Laf yette 

Rock Island 


Grand Chain 

South Park - 





Burnt Prairie 







A. O. Fay 


Illinois City 



Blue Mound 



Rio . . 







Herrin s Prairie. 


Belle Rive 

Richard Cole 


Pleasant Plains.. 

Temple Hill 






Farmer City 



R. M. Damron 

J W. McGhee 

W. K. Watts 

C. M. Harrold 

A. D. Julian 

Elwin Hull .-. 

J. D. Hunter 

H. C. Reser 

Emil Altman 

M. A. Hand 

M. R. Rosenbaum. 
H. C. Pel 

C. C. Caywood 

J. D. Diers 

D. F. Stevens . . . 
O. D. Clark 

E. H. Cady, Jr 

R. R. Huff 

C. H. Derry 

J. M. Olson 

Henry Quosick 

J. T. Evans 

R. F. Ralston 

J. L. Klrmme 

W. A. Gaunt 

O J. Grabam 

J A. McCorkle 

J. F. Jenninigs 

W. A. Wood 

Knos Anderson... 

W.J. Calkins 

Chas. Vletzen 

Oh. H. Romeyn ... 

J. S. Barger 

H. G. Mccormick. 

Ch. J.Ttietard 

M. Finderburk 

W. H. Thomas 

J N. Wilson 

P H. Schriver.... 

0. W. Jacobson .. 

J. M. Becker 

E. F. Uunbar 

F. S. Jackson 

W. J. Eawards 

J. C. Dickerson ... 
Chas. Workman. , 

M. W. Gouse 

M. C. Madison 

^. W. Place 

E. F. Patrick 

A. W. Jones 

S. D. Lee 

J. M. Hanna 

1. D. Hampton 

Henry Frick 

C. W. Mc Morris.. 

Elbert Yates 

C. W. Postlewait.. 
Nye Keyes 

D. G. Fitzgerald. . 

Jas. W. Jones 

A. L. Spradling... 
John W. Kendall. 



















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30 50 
8 00 
14 00 

8 70 

9 30 

19 30 

4 00 

14 40 

21 50 
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5 90 

20 20 
24 00 
16 00 
18 00 
12 10 

12 60 
33 30 

16 40 

26 30 
35 30 


22 30 
81 40 

21 40 

13 30 

27 20 

23 40 
33 30 
12 40 


20 30 
2 30 

27 70 
18 90 

17 10 

21 10 

18 70 

22 50 

30 70 

16 3U 

12 60 

6 90 

22 10 
22 00 
32 10 

31 10 
29 30 


19 30 

20 10 
36 70 

17 20 
5 •:0 

29 80 

20 80 

9 90 

13 00 










Elvaston , 




Chapel Hill 






Golden Rule ... 



Lake Creek 





Morning Star... 


Arrowsmilh . ... 



New Holland 


Scott Land 














Mystic Star 



Van Meter 




Littleton , 



St. Elmo , 


Bay City 

New Burnside . 


Lake View . ... 
Grand Crossing 


Gurney , 

Wright's Grove 





John Groemier ... 
Jno. W. Bruso 

C. E. Johnson 

G. R. PiikingVon !! 

B. P. Cunningham 
H. T. G. Hancock.. 

Ira Shain 

G. L. Baker 

J. R. Walker 

H. G. Kegwin 

J. T. Hogan .. .... 

W W. Mullen 

Clinton Rice 


W. T. Wiitberger.. 
John Boyer 

D. L. Wood 

Chas. Watson 

O. B. Vaughn 

A.O. Poff 

A. L. Owings 

H. J. Thompson 

W. A. Carding . 
John D. Caldwell . 
Andrew Peters 

J. P. Jennings 

L. G. Payne 

H. J. Waterstreet. 
L. M. Marvel 

C. P. Van Vleck... 
W. C. Chambers... 

R. F. Rotramel 

Walter Austin 

A. Weidrttt 

Albert Alba 

W. C. Peters 

P. C. Freytag 

Sam Shearard 

M. A. stilt 

J. M. Wright 

H. H. Clark 

E. T. Johnston 

Joe Johnson 

J. E. Peck 

W. S. Craig 

Lewis Pickett 

L. L. Norney 

H. M. Klemman... 
G. W. Von Berner 

J. R. Morrison 

D R. Eddy 

J. M. Pryor 

R. W. Alsbrook ... 

E. Y. Young 

A. P. Bauer 

G.J. Lawton 

C. R. easier 

W. T. Parr 

C. F. Warner 

R. C. Robinson 

J. C. Moss 


































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28 60 
25 20 
11 90 

23 70 
1 60 


28 50 
32 30 
27 10 
11 00 

29 20 
20 70 
11 10 


20 10 
6 20 

38 00 

29 70 

1 20 

21 20 

11 00 
18 10 

6 40 

12 50 

8 30 

16 80 

13 60 
15 10 
31 50 

9 40 
15 00 

14 20 

15 50 

31 60 

12 30 
3 20 

24 10 
14 40 

18 50 
21 80 

7 50 

27 (JO 
10 50 

19 90 
3 00 

17 60 
1 20 

83 60 

1 20 


21 70 
1 50 

38 40 

32 30 

13 10 

1 00 

35 50 

12 10 

$ 7 00 
34 60 
31 20 

7 60 

6 10 

34 50 
38 30 
33 10 
17 00 

35 20 
26 70 
17 10 

26 ib 

12 20 
38 00 
33 70 

7 20 

27 20 

17 00 
24 10 

18 50 

14 30 
6 30 

22 80 

37 50 

15 40 

19 00 

20 20 

21 50 

37 60 

18 30 
9 20 

30 10 
20 40 

24 50 
27 80 

13 50 

6 80 
33 00 

16 50 

25 90 
9 00 

23 60 

7 20 
29 60 

7 20 

6 50 
27 70 

7 50 
44 40 

38 30 

19 10 

6 50 

7 00 
6 60 

41 50 
6 50 
6 40 

18 10 





Beacon Light 

Riverton Union .. 



Auburn Park 




A. T. Darrah 



E. M. Husted 

Normal Park ... 

Sidell — 







S. M.Dalzell 



Cornland , 




De Land 

Humboldt Park.. 




Creal Sprints ... 

Ben Hur 













Magic City 

Dean.. . 



Windsor Park... 




Alto Pass 

Woodlawn Park. 


Park Lodge 



































































Edw. Weber 

N. E. Knotch 

A. E. Miller 

J. S.Scharr 

R. G. Hall 

J. W. Taylor 

J. O. Anderson 

T. A. Dicks 

W. N. Martland 

Clark Harold 

Geo. W. Joyce 

J. E. Widner 

Frank Merrill 

Chas.R. Fuller 

Peter Anderson 

Harry A. Arnold 

Geo. M. Brosnihan ... 

PaulT. Condit 

Geo. Tregonin g 

G. W. Wnaples 

Adolph Staukonitz . 

Thomas Watklns 

Wm. Franklin 

Clifford U.Kern 

J. T. Irving 

Samuel Durr 

G. W. Cummings 

C. O. McMdhon 

J. H. Wood 

John Muhl, Jr 

D. W. Allen 

W. J. Bryan 

S. M. Combs 

C. R. Felts 

E. G. Hessemer 

Jeremiah Jaynes 

Cnas. T. McLean 

R.E. Funk 

W. T. Laughlin 

E. H. Huntington, Jr. 

J. I. Lawrence 

Frank N. Randall.... 

W. F. Ziegler 

G. W. Hughes 

B.B. Harton 

W. W. Harben.... ... 

H. S. Knauer. .. 
W. L. Smith.... 
E. M. Porter... 

I. T. Buchan 

o;e V. Langley. 

W. H. Gaylord. 

L. G.Keith 

H. F. Holder..., 
R. H. Mathers.. 

E. C. Vanderpaarten. 

H. D. Killpatrick 

W. C. Regan 

Samuel Way 

W. E. Bratton 






















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19 10 

30 40 
17 80 

25 40 

15 50 
27 30 

16 50 

32 90 

S3 70 

14 60 

11 90 

12 40 

31 70 

15 30 
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10 40 
36 10 

30 00 

17 20 
25 20 

1 30 
10 00 
15 00 


10 30 


29 90 

33 60 

15 70 
38 20 

31 60 

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2 10 

16 30 
7 10 

5 50 

15 40 

30 00 
SO 50 

2 30 

32 10 

18 70 
27 80 


16 80 

19 70 
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33 20 

1 70 
1 00 
12 60 

6 80 
21 30 
18 30 
21 20 





Chicago Heights.. . 



Brighton Park — 

King Oscar 

West Gate 

Boyd D 


Apple River 




St. Andrews 


St. Cecilia 

West Salem 



May wood 



Free Will 




William McKinley 

Granite City 



John B. Sherman . 





Villa Grove 





Des Plaines 

Logan Square 






Ogden Park 


Park Manor 








Ancient Craft 

Gil. W. Barnard... 

Bee Hive 












Geo. M. Leathers 

R. B. Lawton 

W. C. Watkins V 

F. C. Pease 

James McLaughlan. 

G. B. Hanson 

Spencer Waldron.. . . 

M. P. Murphy 

Wm. J. Stephenson. 

L. A. Varty 

H. F. Wacsendorf. .. 

R. H. Pullen 

R. O. Dyrenforth 

Samuel Hutchison .. 

F. J. Lindsay 

Addison Hickox 

E. F Bowe 

Roscoe Dial 

Walter Springer 

A. J. Knopf 

R. G. Hannum 

S. B. Stewart 

C. F. Stanner 

J. H.Boyd 

Jessie B. Johnston .. 

E.N. Wali<er 

W. P. Larsen 

B. C. Lewis 

F.W. L. Schwenk ... 

E. H. Cooke 

John Smith .. 

J. A. CampbtU 

J. H. Morris 






Matthew Druman. 

S.M. Fitch 

W. J. Wiedman .. . 
Louis Wolfram 

Otto Fetting 

Lincoln Nutt 

Monroe E. Walter. 

B. L.Cohn 

C. S. Fuller 

Nicholas Sweig — 

A. C. Hanson 

A.E. Kinkead 

Harvey Garrison.. 

Roy S. Bates 

E. F. Corwin 

Z. T. Taylor 

E. E. Farmer 

J.J. Miller 

Orin M. Denton 

Leo Michael 

Jas. H. Lillei.. . 

S. A. DeLue.. . . .. 

G. W. Lawrence. . . 

A. F. Gooch 

O. P.Spencer 

H. M. Kyle 

P. A. MacFarlane . 
























































8 70 
2 70 
28 10 

18 50 

1 20 

27 10 

6 70 

9 40 

14 40 


24 80 

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24 80 

13 00 

10 50 
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11 30 
16 30 

13 20 

31 50 

27 50 

31 80 

21 00 

19 30 

14 50 

15 20 

1 80 

2 50 

28 50 

16 20 

7 76 
16 90 

20 30 
15 80 

22 80 

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30 30 

12 60 

23 60 

$6 70 

8 70 

34 10 

34 50 

6 60 

7 20 
33 10 
12 70 

15 40 
20 40 

6 50 
30 80 

7 80 
6 10 
6 40 
6 10 

30 80 
19 00 

16 50 
6 70 

17 30 
22 30 

19 20 
6 10 

27 50 
6 10 
6 20 

33 50 
6 40 
6 40 
6 60 

37 80 
6 40 

25 30 

20 50 

6 80 
6 10 

8 50 

6 40 

34 50 
6 40 
6 80 
6 60 
6 90 

20 20 
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6 40 
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13 70 
22 90 

26 30 

31 80 

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6 80 

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Jackson Park 





Cottonwood .. 



East Gate .... 
Banner Blue. 



Candida .. .. 


J. E. Allworth 

Oliver Stangland . 

R. C. Clark 

R. D. Webb 

Geo. N. Piatt 

D.A. Bryant 

Geo. E. Feebing ... 

O. L. Carson 

Ben D. Mayer 

Frances A. Butler. 

L. D. Leach 

W. J. Downey 

R. R. Longenecker 

$ 6 60 
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34 40 
10 60 

35 50 
4 70 
6 50 
6 10 
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33 00 
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All of which is fraternally submitted. 

W. F. Beck, 
G. A. Lackens, 





M.W. Bro. W. H. Scott, P.G.M, Metropolis No. 91 • 
M.W. Bro. John R. Thomas, P.G.M., Metropolis No. 91. 
M.W. Bro. Monroe C. Crawford, P.G.M., Jonesboro No. in. 
M.W. Bro. Leroy A. Goddard, P.G.M., Fellowship No. 89. 
M.W. Bro. Owen Scott, P.G.M., Wade Barney No. 512. 
M.W. Bro. Edward Cook, P.G.M., Blaney No. 271. 
M.W. Bro. Charles F. Hitchcock, P.G.M., Temple No. 46. 
M.W. Bro. George M. Moulton, P.G.M., Covenant No. 526. 
M.W. Bro. William B. Wright, P.G.M., Effingham No. 149 
M.W. Bro. Chester E. Allen, P.G.M., Alpha No. 155. 
M.W. Bro. Alexander H. Bell, P.G.M., Mt. Nebo No. 76. 
M.W. Bro. Albert B. Ashley, P.G.M., LaGrange No. 770. 
M.W. Bro. Delmar D. Darrah, G.M., Bloomington No. 43. 
R.W. Bro. W. J. A. DeLancey, P.D.G.M., Centralia No. 201. 
R.W. Bro. Henry E. Hamilton, P.S.G.W., Lincoln Park No. 611. 
R.W. Bro. Henry T. Burnap, D.G.M., Franklin No. 25. 
R.W. Bro. Ralph H. Wheeler, S.G.W., America No. 889. 
R.W. Bro. A. H. Scrogin, J.G.W., Lexington -No. 482. 






















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Addresses of Grand Secretaries. 






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John Wicher 

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Frank W. Havens 

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A. W. Johnston 

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Charles James Barrow. 

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H R. Howard 

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Carson City. 

St. John. 




New York. 






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The Grand Secretary desires to thank the editors oi the following 
magazines and papers for kindly supplying his office with their publi- 
cations during the past year, in exchange for our proceedings. V? 
shall be happy to exchange with all Masonic publications and papers 
having, a Masonic department : 

The Illinois Freemason — Bloomington, Illinois. 

TJie Masonic Sentinel — 1413 Masonic Temple, Chicago, Illinois. 

The Masonic Chronicler — Chicago, Illinois. 

Masonic Advocate — Pendleton, Indiana. 

The Australasian Keystone — Melbourne, Victoria. 

The Trestle Board — 408 California street, San Francisco, California. 

Masonic News — Peoria, Illinois. 

Masonic Token — Portland, Maine. 

The Masonic Constellation — St. Louis, Missouri. 

The New Zealand Craftsman — Dunedin. 

Square and Compass — Denver, Colorado. 

The Texas Freemason — San Antonio, Texas. 

The American Tyler Keystone — Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

The Freemason and Fes. — Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

The Masonic Review — Tacoma, Washington. 

Square and Compass — New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The Tennessee Mason — Nashville, Tennessee. ' 

Masonic Standard — New York, New York. 

Masonic Voice and Review — 265 La Salle St., Chicago, Illinois. 

The Masonic Observer — Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Missouri Freemason — St. Louis, Missouri. 

The New England Craftsman — Boston, Massachusetts. 

Corner Stone — 411 W. 145th St., New York City. 

The Mosaic — Saginaw, Mich. 

Masonic Review — Johannesburg. 

Oriental Lodge Notes — Chicago. 

The American Freemason — Storm Lake, Iowa. 

The Masonic World — Kansas City, Missouri. 

(i«r iFrat^rttttl i^ab 


M. W. Bro. John Corson Smith 


Born Philadelphia, Pa., February 13, 1832 
Died Chicago, III., December 31, 1910 

®ur Jrat^rnal i^a& 


Charles Fisher 


Born Quincy, Pa., December 24, 1822 
Died Springfield, III., July 9, 1911 

William E. Ginther 

Held Many Offices in the Grand Lodge 
of Illinois 

Born May 2, 1834 
Died Friday, September 22, 1911 

(§\xt Jraterttal i^ai 

other Grand Jurisdictions 



Grand Master and Grand Secretary, Mississippi. 1 
Died Marcli 10, 1911. | 



Deputy Grand Master, Montana. 

Died October 2, 




Grand Master, Nebraska. 

Died August 23, 




Grand Master, Nebrasl^a. Died May 2, 


Grand Secretary, Nevada. Died October 22, 




Grand Master, Olaio. Died June 11, 



Grand Master, Oregon. Died October 9, 



Grand Master, Oregon. 

Died November 17, 




Grand Master, Prince Edward Island. 

Died January 21, 




Grand Master, South Dakota. 

Died November 9, 




Grand Master, South Dakota. 

Died February 27, 




Grand Master, South Dakota. 

Died March 1, 




Grand Master and Grand Secretary, S. Carolina. 1 
Died September 16, 1910. | 



Grand Master, Tennessee. Died July 30, 



Grand Master, Wisconsin. Died May 10, 



Grand Master, Wyoming. 

Died September 20, 


®ur Fraternal i?a& 

other Grand Jurisdictions 

Past Grand Master, Alabama. Died March 12, 1911. 


Deputy Grand Master, Arizona. 

Died June 10, 1911. 

WILLIAM FRANKLIN PIERCE Grand Master, California. 

Died October 3, 1910. 


Past Grand Master, Connecticut. 

Died November 20, 1910. 

Past Grand Master, Indiana. Died August 14, 1911. 


Past Grand Master, Indiana. 

Died November 30, 1910. 


Past Grand Master, Indiana 

Died November 26, 1910. 

Past Grand Master, Indiana. Died October 11, 1910. 

Past Grand Master, Iowa. Died June 7, 1911. 

Past Grand Master, Iowa. Died November 14, 1910. 

Past Grand Master, Kansas. Died March 4, 1911. 


Past Grand Master, Kansas. 

Died November 26, 1910. 

Grand Secretary, Maryland. Died January 4, 1911. 


Past Deputy Grand Master, Maryland, 

Died July 29, 1911. 


Past Grand Master, Michigan. 

Died January 24, 1911 

Masters and Past Masters of Illinois Lodges 





Joseph G. Johnson, W.M. 
Jesse P. Jones, W.M.. 
Nehemiah Knipple.W.M. 
Philip Maas, W.M. .. 
Al. B. Mc. Crea, W.M. 
Samuel McFeeley, W.M. 
A. A. McGahey, W.M. 
A. A. McMurray, W.M. 
J. Howard Mann, W.M. 
Jacob Messmore, W.M. 
James L. Metz, W.M. 
Don D. Miles, W.M. . . 
Francis M. Nance, W.M. 
Robert N. Newton. W.M. 
John W. Oliver, W.M.. 
I. H. Parrish, W.M... 
John F. Payne, W.M.. 
W. P. Pierce, Sr., W.M. 
Norton E. Porter, W.M. 
Newton J. Powers, W.M. 
Warren C. Purdy, W.M 
James Raney, W.M. . 
Chas. S. Rankin, W.M. 

R. W. Reasoner, W.M. 

Thos. L. Rees, W.M.. 

Geo. M. Richards, W.M. 

J. V. H. Robinson, W.M 

Moses D. Skaggs, W.M. 

Richard H. Slack, W.M 

Dexter A. Smith, W.M. 

George G. Smith, W.M. 

Geo. W. Smith, W.M. 

John C. Smith, W.M.. 

L. L. Smith, W.M. .. 

Ulysses Spears, W.M. . 

John Spire, W.M 

Perrv J. Standard, W.M. 

W. Mack Stevens, W.M. 

Robt. Stewart, W.M... 

John David Strait, W.M. 

Jacob Tf. Stroup, W.M. 

Silas W. Tappen, W.M. 

Jasper Tidball, W.M... 

Klias Daniel Tull. W.M. 

W. A. Tweed v, W.M.. 

H. Ven Huscn, W.M.. 

K. J. Wackerle, "VN^'.M. . 

Geo. E. Warren, W.M. 

Benj. F. Watson, W.M. 

Bern. A. Webber. W.M. 

Joseph Weiss, W.M... 

Dr. Adam Wenger, W.M 

John Wildhack, W.M.. 

John F. Willaford, W.M 

J. C. Willis, W.M. .. 
William Wood, W.INT... 

Milton No. 275 

Sumner No. 334 

Buda No. 399 

Lessing No. 557 

Creston No. 320 

Streator No. 607 

Murphysboro No. 498 . 
Herrins Prairie No. 693 

Prairie No. 77 

DuQuoin No. 234 

Chambersburg No. 373 . 

Aurora No. 254 

Avon Harmony No. 253. 

Kendall No. 471 

Apple River No. 859... 

D'unlap No. 321 

Potomac No. 782 

Star No. 709 

Fisher No. 585 

Makanda No. 434 

Landmark No. 422 .... 

Weldon No. 746 

Wm. B. Warren No. 209 
Morrisonville No. 681 . 

Hibbard No. 249 

King Solomon's No. 197 

Alta No. 748 

Chandlerville No. 724 . 

Jonesboro No. Ill 

Myrtle No. 795 

Roscoe No. 75 

Garfield No. 686 

Miners No. 273 

Jerusalem Temple No. 90 
Stonefort No. 495 . , 

Anna No. 520 

Lewiston No. 104 
Maywood No. 869 . 

Mitchell No. 85 . . . 

Dills No. 295 

Mt. Nebo No. 76 
Full Moon No. 344 

Stratton No. 408 

Seneca No. 532 

Benevolent No. 52 ... 

Pontlac No. 294 

Bridgeport No. 386 . . 
Star in the East No. 166 
Accordia No. 277 ... 

Pekin No. 29 
Anna No. 520 

Oblong City No. 644 

November 20, 1910 
December 10, 1910 
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January 19, 1911 
December 16, 1910 
October 28, 1910 
June 19, 1911 
May 30, 1911 
June 24, 1911 
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November 7, 1910 
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January 31, 1911 
December 16, 1910 
April 21, 1911 
December 4, 1910 
February 28, 1911 
August 30, 1910 
April 1, 1911 
October 13, 1910 
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September 13, 1910 
April 14, 1911 
November 10, 1910 
October 12, 1910 
September 7, 1910 
May 3, 1911 
November 1, 1910 
December 16, 1910 
April 23, 1911 
August 8, 1910 
December 31, 1910 
April 20, 1911 
November 16, 1910 
Januarv 22. 1911 
May 8, 1911 
January 16, 1911 
February 13, 1911 
Januarv 31, 1911 
April 21, 1911 
January 6. 1911 
April 25, 1911 
Februarv 23. 1911 
November 16, 1910 
November 16, 1910 
June 8, 1911 
Februarv 17. 1911 
October 16. 1910 
Januarv 13, 1911 
August S, 1910 
October 10, 1910 
April 24, 1911 
March 20. 1911 
Februarv 20. 1911 
Tulv 27. 1911 

Masters and Past Masters of Illinois Lodges 




Thos. E. Alsop, W.M. .. 
Frank Anthony, W.M... 
S. T Armstrong, W.M.. 
Daniel A. Arnold, W.M. 
Wm. Balhatchet, W.M. . 
John H. Barton, W.M. 
Frank H Bayne, W.M. . 
Milas Bellamy, W.M... 

C. J. De Berard, W.M. . 
Edw. Blackshaw, W.M. . 
Jacob F. Blessing, W.M. 
Carl L. J. Borine, W.M. 
W. S. Bothwell, W.M. 
William Bower, W.M.. 
Samuel J. Boyd, W.M. 
Jas. A. Bradley, W.M. 
Manuel M. Briggs, W.M. 
Aaron L. Brown, W.M. 
Wm. F. Browning, W.M. 
Ad. M. Brownlee, W.M. 
Henry F. Bussey, W.M. 
Arch. S. Cameron, W.M. 
S. A. Chapin, W.M... 
Anderson Clark, W.M. . 
Thos. W. Clark, W.M.. 
John P. Cloyd, W.M... 
Edw. C. Cooper, W.M. 
L. M. Currier, W.M... 
Edm. P. Denton, W.M. 
Wm. E. Dudley, W.M. 
Chas. H. Dyer, W.M... 
Samuel Dysart, W.M... 
Charles S. Elder, W.M. 

Stephen Ellis, W.M 

"VVm. H. Emerson, W.M. 
Samuel Faverty, W.M. 
Charles Finefield, W.M. 
Clarence Fish, W.M.... 
Chas. M. Fitzhugh, W.M. 
Jas. N. Gardner, W.M. 
Edw. F. Gates, W.M.. 
Jas. Jones Giles, W.M. 
Amos Gould, W.M. 
Geo. W. Graves, W.M. 
Daniel D . Harper, W.M. 

D. R. Harrison W.M.. 
Milton B. Hartley, W.M. 
Oliver Haughey, W.M.. 
Denis Haworth, W.M.. 
T. J. Henderson, W.M. 
Sherman T. Henry, W.M. 
A. J. Hewlings, W.M. 
C. Devor Hiller, W.M.. 
Hugh D. Hunter, W.M. 

Albert Jack, W.M 

Eno.'^ Johnson, W.M.... 

Scott No. 79 

Rock River No. 612 
Sycamore No. 134 . 
Hesperia No. 411 . . 
Siloam No. 780 . . . 

Daviess No. 278 

Blue Mound No. 682 . . . 
Beacon Light No. 784.. 

Urbana No. 157 

Alto Pass No. 840 

DeKalb No. 144 

Clay Center No. 488 . . . 
Orangevllle No. 687 . . . 

Sidney No. 347 

Raymond No. 692 . . . . 

Trio No. 57 

Blaney No. 271 

Cyrus No. 188 

Benton No. 64 

Anna No. 520 

Providence No. 711 . . . 

Amon No. 261 

Quincy No. 296 

Russell No. 154 

Homer No. 199 

Moses R. Thomson, 381 

S. M. Dalzell No. 805 . . 
J. D. Moody No. 510 . . 
Franklin Grove No. 264 

Chenoa No. 292 

Harmony No. 3 

Astoria No. 100 

New Holland No. 741 . . 

Odell No. 401 

Landmark No. 422 . . . . 

Dearborn No. 310 

Dills No. 295 

Meridan Sun No. 505 . . . 
Centralia No. 201 

LaMoille No. 383 

Marseilles No. 417 . . . . 
Herrins Prairie No. 693. 

LaG'range No. 770 

Auburn Park No. 789 . . 

Princeton No. 587 

Dearborn No. 310 

Tracy No. 810 

Kilwinning No. 311 . . . . 
Wm. B. "Vi^arren No. 209 
Fidelity No. 152 

September 22, 1910 
April 8, 1911 
April 19, 1911 
March 14, 1911 
July 3, 1910 
March 5, 1911 
August 1, 1910 
May 22, 1911 
November 28, 1910 
March 27, 1911 
April 29, 1911 
October 13, 1910 
September 30, 1910 
December 2, 1910 
February 15, 1911 
March 27, 1911 
January 8, 1911 
January 1, 1911 
July 21, 1910 
April 17, 1911 
December 21, 1910 
December 27, 1910 
May 14, 1911 
August 7, 1910 
October 19, 1910 
October 21, 1910 
August 27, 1910 
July 16, 1910 
Mav 5, 1911 
June 22, 1911 
July 13, 1910 
April 7, 1911 
April 12, 1911 
February 1, 1911 
June 20, 1911 
March 10, 1911 
August 29, 1910 
January 1, 1911 
August 15, 1910 
September 15, 1910 
July 9, 1910 
January 7, 1911 
Julv 8, 1910 
April 12. 1911 
April 16, 1911 
May 8, 1911 
June 14, 1911 
July 14, 1910 
March 20, 1911 
Februarv 5, 1911 
October 6. 1910 
Januarv 18, 1911 
September 19, 1910 
December 16, 1910 
Julv 20, 1910 
Mav 11, 1911 






Brethren of the Grand Lodc/e: 

A survey of the field of masonry as shown in the proceedings of 
the various grand lodges discloses little that is sensational or startling. 
The craft in the many grand jurisdictions throughout the world are pur- 
suing the even tenor of their way. Differences are diminishing and ma- 
sonic law and usage are becoming more uniform. 

There is ever present the evidence of healthy and natural growth 
in membership and influence. Owing to the existence of spurious and 
fraudulent bodies, assuming to be masonic, there is a steady increase 
in the number of grand lodges requiring documentary evidence in addi- 
tion to "strict trial and due examination." The written evidence re- 
quired is that the visitor be in good standing in his lodge and that the 
grand secretary certify that his lodge is regular. This wide growth in 
the requirement for written proof will necessitate some form of receipt 
for dues bearing the grand secretary's certificate of regularity. Brethren 
who would visit outside of their own grand lodge should fortify them- 
selves for this new requirement. A mere receipt for dues is not suf- 
ficient. The additional proof that the lodge is not clandestine but regu- 
lar is more and more demanded. 


An event of world-wide masonic significance and sorrow was the 
death of William J. Hughan, the distinguished English author and 
historian. He passed away May 20, 191 1, at the age of seventy years 
and was buried with masonic honors. He was a past senior grand dea- 
con of the grand lodge of England. On account of the system in vogue 
among our English brethren, a man, as an ordinary craftsman, can 
scarcely reach the position of grand master. This is reserved for the 
royal family. When Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, ascended the 
British throne, it became necessary to find his successor as grand mas- 
ter. The new Prince of Wales, the present King George, not being a 
mason, could not succeed his father as grand master of masons. In 
consequence, Arthur, King Edward's brother, the Duke of Connaught, 
was made the head of English masonry. He does not actually officiate 
except on rare occasions. He chooses a pro grand master and a dep- 
uty. These are active in the affairs of the grand lodge of England. 
They are, like the grand master, royal personages. Plain workers in the 
quarries, like Hughan, no matter how great by natural endowment or 


by acquisition through labor, cannot be called to the highest service of 
the craft. Gladly would they be summoned by the workers but rank 
and station make their advancemjent impossible. Q'hough Hughan 
wrought in a somewhat different field from that of Robbins, yet, they 
were in the same distinguished class of masonic writers and thinkers. 
jNlasonry can ill afford to lose these giants. 

Big Lodges. 

It will not always do to conclude that because a thing is large that 
necessarily it is good. Great mountains are worth little, except as im- 
pressive spectacles of the majestic power of their maker. The little 
fertile valley between may almost escape notice. Yet, it bears upon its 
bosom a rich harvest to sustain the life of man and beast. Large lodges 
challenge attention by their magnitude of membership. It is not proper 
to suggest that they are useless, for they are capable of great good. It 
is, however, likely that the same number of brethren, broken up into 
two or more smaller bodies, would come nearer to the individual brother 
and meet his social and fraternal needs more effectively. In a lodge of 
over 500 members there must be a vast number that scarcely ever press 
elbows as masons. 

In some quarters this thought is taking shape and there are many 
who think the lodges with from 100 to 300 on their roll are able to 
come into closer fraternal touch with the lives of their members than 
are the larger bodies. 

It may be of interest to know where some of the big ones are lo- 
cated and the magnitude of their membership. According to latest re- 
ports the five largest lodges in the United States are as follows ; 

Palestine — Detroit, Mich 1,602 

Garden City — Chicago, 111 1,438 

Gennessee Falls — Rochester, N. Y 1,396 

Yomandia — Rochester, N. Y 1,277 

Zion — Detroit, Mich 1,259 

It will be seen that Rochester, with a population of 218,000 has two 
of the big ones. Detroit with 465,000 has the largest lodge and also 
the fifth. Chicago has more than 2,000,000 population and the second 
lodge in numerical order. There are, however, more than 100 other 
lodges in the big Illinois city and its total membership will compare fa- 
vorably with others in proportion to population. 


Owen Scott, Committee. 
Decatur, 111., Sept. 27, 191 1. 



Masonic Correspondence 



ALABAMA— 1910. 

501 Lodges. qoth Annual. 23,303 Members. 

It takes 538 pages to tell the Alabama masonic story in 1910. It is 
an interesting, well-told tale. The session was held at Montgomery, 
December 6 and 7, and the proceedings reached the writer January 17, 
191 1. This is rather swift as the grand secretaries and printers usually 

An excellent picture of Grand Master Lee opens the book. A two- 
page biographical sketch then tells all about him. 

William H. Baffin was present as the representative of Illinois. 

Must Attend. 

Three years ago a rule was adopted to require representatives of 
other grand lodges near that of Alabama to be present at least occa- 
sionally in order to hold their jobs. If absent three consecutive annual 
meetings the grand lodge issuing the commission is to be requested to 
revoke the same. The grand secretary reported that thirteen representa- 
tives of grand lodges had placed themselves under the ban by failing 
to attend for three years. Instruction was given to the grand secretary 
to notify the grand lodges and request that they revoke the commissions 
of the delinquents. No subject needs more attention than the slip-shod 
methods in regard to representation between grand lodges. Alabama is 
to be commended for its effort at rejuvenation. 


Grand IMaster's Address. 

The annual address of Grand IMaster Lee is well-timed and force- 
ful. Here is a paragraph well worth repeating. 

The gates of Time swinging forever between the pillars of Eternity 
to mark the passage of the ages have closed upon another grand lodge 
year. Its history is written, and the record of its days, whether for 
good or ill, has passed forever from our power to alter or change. The 
moving finger of time has written it upon the imperishable tablets of 
Eternity, and having written, has passed on, and not all our 'tears nor 
all our prayers can change one jot or tittle of it. 

If we could realize fully the absolute truth of this, a fact prominent 
in all of masonry's teachings, and would order our lives in conformity 
thereto, each masonic year would become an illumined signboard raised 
along the broad highway of the past, serving to point mankind along 
paths wholly beautiful, along ways filled with broad sunlit reaches, cool 
silences and good deeds. 

Once more hear him. 

Masonry, though old, is yet young. The vistas of its usefulness 
still stretch gloriously through the coming years, far into the future 
beyond our human ken. Its purposes are yet unfilled, and must so re- 
main until the dawning of that good day when all of the people of all 
the lands with one accord shall proclaim the brotherhood of man, and 
the fatherhood of God. 

These are wholesome truths, beautifully told. He then records the 
doings of a busy and prosperous year. 

To Confer Degrees Out of Time. 

Though somewhat apologetic the grand master was very handy with 
his dispensation to ballot and confer degrees out of time. No less than 
fifty-two times he yielded to the requests of brethren to put candidates 
through on limited-express train style. He says he did it so as not 
to disappoint brethren. If all were given to understand that the lawful 
time must elapse there would be little disappointment. If there is a 
reason for fixing a time for ballot and advancement it should not be set 
aside by wholesale. If there be no reason repeal the law. Illinois 
grand masters rarely exercise this power and charge a large fee when 
it is done. 

The death of P.G.M. John M. Pearson is noted. 

An Anomaly. 

From Athens, Ga., come resolutions from a district masonic con- 
vention regarding the oppression of the Jews in Russia. The real mys- 
tery follows. A set of resolutions from the "Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows" also appears. Did this get in by an oversight or are the three- 


linkers making inroads on the Alabama grand lodge of masons? No 
action on the foregoing resolutions was deemed advisable. 

Color Line Ignored. 

One of the wisest recommendations of the grand master was that 
nothing be done to disturb the peaceful relations of Alabama with New 
Jersey because of the fact that in the latter state negroes as well as 
whites are received and degrees conferred upon them in regular lodges. 
The grand master found that this was only done in one lodge in New 
Jersey and that it was discouraged and would soon be discontinued. 
He reports similar conditions existing in other grand lodges with whom 
they hold fraternal relations. He refers to Nova Scotia, Washington, 
and several lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Eng- 
land. Grand Master Lee says — 

This decision should not be construed in any sense as committing 
the lodges in Alabama to the doctrine that negroes who are regularly 
made masons in other jurisdictions with which we are in fraternal 
relation, are to be received in lodges in this grand jurisdiction. 

By edicts 68, 448, and 637, it is provided that the lodge, the master 
or any member thereof, by objection made, may prevent anyone visiting 
the lodge, whether a member of a lodge in this grand jurisdiction or 
elsewhere, whenever the presence of such visitor will tend to mar the 
peace and harmony of the lodge. As a matter of fact, it is the duty of 
the master to exclude such a visitor. 

Later in the session the grand lodge approved the position taken 
by the grand master. It does not pay to become hysterical over this 
question as some other southern states have done. 

Decisions Many. 

The grand master submits a plethora of rulings as law. Thirty-two 
are reported. 

In No. I he holds that "dotage" means "feebleness or imbecility of 
understanding of mind or physical senility. One possessed of his phys- 
ical and mental faculties may be made a Mason, although old in point 
of years." 

In No. 5 the question of payment of fees and dues by "a minister 
of the gospel" is raised. He holds that a minister who is not engaged 
in his calling cannot be made, by lodge by-laws, exempt from paying 
dues. The inference is that where the clergyman is working at his busi- 
ness he may be made a deadhead. It was held that it was within the 
discretion of the lodge. Little reason can be seen for discrimination in 
favor of any class. In the present age a minister is considered worthy 
of his hire. His compensation is on a business basis and often it is 


much more than many members in other calHngs. However, the grand 
lodge agreed with the grand master and Alabama preachers can be dead- 
heads if they desire. No. i6 is that "a faihire to pay an assessment 
levied by a lodge cannot be made the basis of a charge of unmasonic 
conduct." How then can you collect it from a member? Sue him? If 
dues are made high enough there will be no need of assessments. 

In line with Illinois is No. 22. "Corner stone ceremonies cannot 
be conducted on the Sabbath." 

In No. 31 the grand master corrects himself. At first he held that 
the song "Nearer My God to Thee" was sectarian and, therefore, it 
was not proper to use it in a lodge. On mature consideration Brother 
Lee reversed himself and gave his official OK. to the grand old hymn. 
He thinks it may be used with propriety "in all lands by all people who 
are eligible to be made Masons." 

The Masonic Home 

Is under construction. The entire cost is to be about $110,000. About 
one-half of this sum is in sight. Arrangements were made to finance 
the enterprise. It had been hoped to lay the corner-stone during the 
session but it was not possible to do so. They are proceeding on much 
the same lines as our Home at Sullivan was erected. A main building 
and two wings are to be built. The wings come first and then the 
principal structure. It is to be fire-proof all through. With a little 
over 33,000 members it appears that steps are being taken with wisdom 
and caution. 

Eastern Star Received. 

The ladies of the Eastern Star of the local chapter presented them- 
selves armed with "a lovely bunch of white chrysanthemums." The 
grand lodge at once capitulated, called to refreshment and gave the 
good sisters a cordial reception. It is noted that the flowers were "grace- 
fully and feelingly received." This is as it should be. 

Correspondence Report. 

Bro. Wm. Y. Titcomb again presents a well-written review of the 
proceedings of grand lodges. There are 66 reports of 62 grand bodies, 
some being reviewed for two years. He says "the conclusion shall ap- 
pear at the beginning of this report. It is as follows : 'God bless our 
fraternity.' " 


Illinois Fares Well. 

Seven and one-half pages are devoted to the 1909 proceedings of 
Illinois. Of Grand Master Bell's address he saj-s — 

The able and business-like address of the grand master shows that 
with ready tact and wise management he satisfactorily disposed of every 
question that demanded his attention. 

The "liquor question" as given in the Petersburg case is quoted in 
full, without comment except to say that "This vexatious 'liquor ques- 
tion' stays with us. Possibly we are sometimes intemperate in treating 
it. Much wisdom is requisite for dealing with the subject satisfactorily." 

The reviewer says that "Grand Secretary Isaac Cutter is an in- 
dispensable officer and is the strong staff on which each G. M. leans." 
Wonder if that has anything to do with B'-other Bell's "lean-ness." 

An Addition. 

In referring to the Valle de Mexico decision, Brother Titcomb 
gives his view concerning one requirement in the recognition of grand 
lodges. He says that "a majority of the lodges, not less than three, ex- 
isting in autonomous, open territory, have the right to form a grand 
lodge for said territory. 

"We undertake to affirm that the 'three' lodges mentioned must be 
a majority of the whole number in the territory. To deny this, would 
be to say that in such territory where there are, say, forty lodges, three 
lodges could assume authority over the thirty-seven other lodges — a 
preposterous idea for the contemplation of an American." 

This is sound and shows that there was no foundation for this Mex- 
ican body. There were many so-called lodges in Mexico no more ir- 
regular than the three which formed the basis for Valle de Mexico. 

Brothers Robbins and Cook. 

He says that "Dr. Robbins was an intellectual giant, who never, 
like Achilles, sulked in his tent, but ever, fairly and squarely grappled 
with the knottiest questions of masonic law and usage. He is gone. 
Judging from this report, his mantle has fallen upon worthy shoulders. 
Brother Cook's review will form a valuable addition to masonic lit- 

Grand master, Lawrence H. Lee, Montgomery ; grand secretary, 
Geo. a. Beauchamp, Montgomery. 



ALBERTA— 1910. 

53 Lodges. 5th Annual. 2,990 IM^embers. 

The young and vigorous Grand Lodge of Alberta shows a net gain 
in membership of 451 over the year before. 

Its proceedings of about 150 pages look much like a midget as 
compared to the bulk of other states and provinces. 

A number of special communications are shown. 

The stalwart figure of the grand master, J. T. McDonald, appears 
as the frontispiece. 

The 5th annual meeting was held at Calgary, ]May 25, 1910. The 
representative of Illinois was not present. 

The mayor of the city gave them a cordial welcome to which suit- 
able response was made. 

Grand Master's Address. 

Brother McDonald presents a very entertaining account of the 
year's work. That he is something of a poet is shown by his frequent 
productions in verse. At least three poems from his own pen grace the 
document. He draws liberally from other poetical writings to enrich 
and embellish his report. In a fitting manner the death of King Ed- 
ward is noted. He sent a message of condolence in behalf of the grand 
lodge of Alberta. 

The death of Bro. Joseph Robbins is noted and his name appears 
on the memorial page. 

All Visited. 

That Brother McDonald is neither wanting in interest nor energy 
is proven by the fact that he officially visited every one of the fifty- 
three lodges of his province. Of this he says — 

While these visitations called for much time and the traveling by 
rail, motor and team of some si.x thousand nine hundred and ninety- 
seven miles, I was amply repaid for the effort by the enthusiastic re- 
ception, filled with true brotherly love and good fellowship, that awaited 
me at every lodge. 

Already Begun. 

To show the real spirit of this four-year-old read the following; 

While yet a young grand lodge we have entered in a practical way 
upon the accumulation of a fund for the ultimate erection of a masonic 
home and school. I am glad to say that from one end of our jurisdic- 


tion to the other, our members are in sympathy with the movement, and 
if I read the future aright, that fund will grow in the coming years by 
leaps and bounds. 

The report of the treasurer shows a fund of $3,659.89 for this Home 
and school. Pretty good start for four years. 

It is to be regretted that our young Canadian sister was so much in 
a hurry to recognize the Swiss Grand Lodge Alpina. The relations of 
Alpina with the Godless Grand Orient of France are enough to make 
regular masons stop and consider. It was wisely decided that masons 
could not wear "regalia" at parties known as "At Homes," mere social 

District deputy grand masters are elected by the representatives 
and past masters subject to confirmation by the grand master. 

Uniform Work. 

This grand lodge is in the throes of adopting a ritual for uniform 
use by the lodges of Alberta. This was under discussion but action 
was deferred. The splendid work of Illinois is commended to our 
brethren of the north. They could afford to import one of our live 
grand lecturers and keep him long enough to teach the ritual to their 
custodians of the w^ork. 

No report on correspondence appears in their proceedings. 

Grand master, J. J. Dunlop, Edmonton; grand secretary, Geo. 
Macdon.\ld, Calgarv. 

ARIZONA— 1911. 

20 Lodges. 2Qth Annual. 1.912 Members. 

Big territorially but small in population, both general and masonic, 
is Arizona. The gain in membership has been but 105, but the fraternity 
appears prosperous. One new lodge has been added. It takes only 140 
pages, handsomely gowned in blue, to tell the masonic story for the 
year. The annual was held at Tucson, February 14, 15, 16, 191 1. With 
their twenty lodges and 1,900 members the brethren so enjoy the work 
of the grand lodge that they linger about it as long as Illinois does in 
transacting the business of over 100,000 masons with about 800 lodges. 


The half-tone of retiring grand master, Frank Thomas, constitutes 
the beauty-spot for the opening pages. The book opens with the pro- 
ceedings of two special communications. One was to lay the corner- 
stone of the "Hebrew Temple Emanu-El" at Tucson, June 19, 1910. The 
other was to dedicate the new masonic hall at Bisbee October 13, 1910. 

Brief and Pointed. 

The annual address of the grand master was exceedingly brief. It 
was pointed- and full of interest. The death of P.G.M, John M. Pear- 
son, of Illinois, is mentioned. 

No decisions are reported as the grand master found nothing more 
than the construction of laws already in force. He did not seek to 
legislate by "decision." 

Suitable honor was given representatives of other grand lodges. 
No names appear and it could not be determined whether Illinois was 
in court or not. 

The proceedings under review furnish very little outside of local 
interest. The actions of the grand lodge as reported are most meager. 
No correspondence report is presented. 

Has Beens Convene. 

The second annual meeting of the "Past Grand Masters' Associa- 
tion" is given quite full report. 

The president of the association says 

Being in rightful possession of all the degrees of the York Rite of 
Freemasonry from entered apprentice of the blue lodge through the 
several gradations of chapter, council, and commandery, to and inclu- 
sive of that distinguishing feature, the Shrine, having been honored 
with all of the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite to 
and inclusive of that of Inspector General of the 33rd degree of that 
Rite, having been elevated to the highest ofifice within the gift of the 
order, that of grand master, in two separate and distinct jurisdictions, 
Nevada in 1877, ^nd Arizona in 1884, a unique and rare distinction 
claimed by few, happy in the possession of what seemed to me to be 
the very ultijiia Thnle in Masonry, which my brethren had already so 
generously bestowed, still another, a new creation as it were, comes as 
the first president of the Association of Past Grand Masters of Arizona. 

Some of these honors will not be well understood by those Masons 
who have not seen fit to add to the distinctions of the ancient craft the 
glories of so-called higher ( ?) degrees. 

Grand master, Henry A. Morgan, Willcox ; grand secretary. George 
J. RosKRUGE, Tucson. 


ARKANSAS— 1910. 

552 Lodges. 68th Annual. 19.934 Members. 

A good looking book of 280 pages gives the doings of Arkansas 
masonry for the 3'ear 1910. The annual and sundry emergent com- 
munications are recorded. A full corps of grand ofificers, committees 
and representatives answered the call of Grand Master Witt when the 
gavel sounded, November 15, 1910. Illinois' representative was not 

The first thing done after the grand lodge was declared open was a 
call of the names of deceased past grand masters. The craft arose 
"and the funeral grand honors were given in memory of these eminent 
and beloved brethren." P.G.M. Ramsey passed to his reward during 
the year closed. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was full of interest and gave a complete review of the work for the 
year. The death of P.G.M. John M. Pearson was duly noted. 

One school of instruction was held for three days in January, 1910. 
The grand master was present and testified to the excellent instruction 
given. In Illinois there are held five schools of three days each every 
year. The cost to the grand lodge is about $1,200. It is believed that 
the growth and prosperity in this state are the result largely of our 
system of instruction in the work of the several degrees. 

Only a Few Decisions. 

The grand master, though answering innumerable questions, only 
thought it necessary to report six decisions. All answers were mere 
explanations of the law in force. These decisions were mostly of local 

The question was asked whether or not a lodge had a right to elect 
a member to the office of master who was in the habit of getting drunk. 
The answer was that "the lodge has no right to retain him as a member 
if he persistently violates masonic law by habitual drunkenness." An- 
other decision was that at masonic ceremonies, such as laying corner 
stones or public installations, a lodge would merit censure and severe 
discipline if it permitted "speculative stands, such as shooting matches, 
doll racks, knife boards, swings, and other devices" for making money. 
The committee on law and usage reversed the grand master but the 
grand lodge turned the committee down and sustained his ruling. 


Recreant Representatives. 

During the previous session of the grand lodge a few of the rep- 
resentatives allowed themselves to overindulge in intoxicants. The 
grand master was instructed to investigate and, if any had thus offended, 
to suspend them from office of master. Three were found guilty. Two 
were suspended, but a third begged for mercy and was allowed to escape 
with a severe reprimand read in open lodge. 

Under dispensations the grand master reports that he declined to 
allow a lodge to attend divine worship as a body and in masonic cloth- 
ing. This is in line with Brother Bell's decision. 

Too Many Lodges. 

The grand master thinks there are already too many lodges and rec- 
ommends such regulations as will restrict the number. He says — 

Our motto should be "Quality and not quantity." Start a lodge with 
seven or ten members, and the result is that members sometimes become 
too solicitous to add members, and in doing this sometimes undesirable 
material is worked. With a lodge having such small membership it is 
often impossible to obtain a quorum at regular stated communication, 
and interest thereupon wanes, and lodges become defunct. We now 
have nearly 650 chartered lodges, and some 15 or 20 working under dis- 
pensation. Many sister jurisdictions, with many more more members 
have fewer lodges. I think also that many of our lodges are too near 
each other for the best interests of masonry. 

This is true in other states also. If the weeding-out process could 
be used it would be an advantage. 

In one case a charter was arrested because a lodge was party to 
deception and fraud in making an appeal for aid for an unworthy 
brother. The facts were wilfully misrepresented. Each guilty brother 
was to be put on trial. 

The Orphans' Home 

At Batesville is in a flourishing condition and doing an excellent work. 
There are y? children, ranging from 5 to 17 years of age. The total 
amount used for the Home was $10,955.11. The grand master after a 
visit to the Home says "The Masons of Arkansas should be proud of 
this institution and should take delight, in assisting in so a noble a cause." 

Tex- Ark- An A. 

Serious complications have arisen at Texarkana which lies partly 
in Texas and partly in Arkansas. A man lived in Arkansas but married 
a woman who lived in another part of the city which was in Texas. 
As he moved into the home of his wife the question of jurisdiction 


got badly muddled when he petitioned for the degrees. Two sovereign 
states heroically struggled to settle the question of jurisdiction. Why 
not ignore state lines and let the lodge nearest to the residence of the 
man have him? Texarkana is a triplet. Tex stands for Texas, Ark 
for Arkansas and Ana are the last two syllables of Louisiana whose 
boundarj' is only a few miles away. 

Something Unique. 

Most grand lodges have a committee to distribute the address of the 
grand master and reports of other officers to various committees for 
consideration. Here P.G.M. Bridewell does it all himself by a simple 
motion. Various parts were approved and others suitably referred. Ap- 
parently it was as well done as if he had been called a committee on 
grand officers' reports. Mention is made of notice from "Illinois ad- 
vising as to their new laws on the subjects of creating new lodges and 
of requiring documentary evidence by visitors." 

Accommodates O.E.S. 

In order that the members of the Grand Chapter O.E.S., then in ses- 
sion at Little Rock, might attend and enjoy the oration, the grand lodge 
was called from labor to refreshment. The ladies were ushered in and 
seated while the grand orator, R.W. Bro. Samuel M. Casey delivered 
the annual oration. It was an ably prepared document full of interest 
and instruction. Its great length forbids even an attempt at a sum- 
mary of its contents. At the conclusion the most worthy grand matron, 
Mrs. Lucy B. Thornburgh addressed the members of the grand lodge 
in recognition of the courtesy shown the members of the Eastern Star. 
To this the grand master suitably responded, the ladies retired and the 
wheels again began to turn. 

Regarding Intoxicating Liquors. 

The committee on correspondence made a special report on various 
matters before it. A part of this was as follows ; 

We note with pleasure the upward tendency of masonry, as mani- 
fested by the decisions in many of our grand jurisdictions, in shut- 
ting the doors of masonry to those who are either directly or indirectly 
engaged in the liquor or other disreputable and immoral lines of business. 

A man's conduct and his business are both outward reflections of 
his inward character, and masonry being a conserver and preserver of 
the true and the good, should never wink at or tolerate such forms of 
evil ; but upon the contrary, should place its disapproval upon it in no 
uncertain terms. 

In some form or other, the liquor question has received considera- 
tion in nearly every grand jurisdiction in the United States, and all of 


them, save one (could this mean Illinois?) have imposed restrictions 
on the members within the jurisdiction. The one referred to gives each 
subordinate lodge complete jurisdiction over the members in reference 
to the matter of temperance, while all the others have enacted compre- 
hensive and positive law on the subject. 

The saloon has become so great a menace to the moral upbuilding 
of the world at large, that masonry cannot maintain its integrity without 
in some manner putting its stamp of disapproval upon the evil ; and to 
give effect thereto, but reflects the wisdom of the grand jurisdictions. 
What is here said with reference to this matter is but a reflection of 
what the different grand jurisdicions have expressed in their different 

The same committee recommended recognition of the Grand Orient 
of the Ottoman Empire. This is pretty thin ice for skating. It is bet- 
ter to think twice and then let the grand orients wait awhile. 

The Axxual Review 

Of proceedings of grand lodges is presented by Bro. Geo. T. Bl.\ck. 
This is a brief report and concerned chiefly in summarizing the work 
of grand lodges. The review of Illinois is for iQog. In referring to 
Brother Bell's comments about the ignorance of masonic law by officers 
of lodges, Brother Black says — 

This is a regrettable fact in all jurisdictions. If the officers and 
even members would make anything like studious efforts to inform 
themselves upon masonic law and usage much labor would be saved to 
the grand master. In fact if one should be so fortunate as to be hon- 
ored with a station or office in a subordinate lodge he should feel enough 
self-esteem as to inform himself as to the requirements of his official 
position, and masonic law in general. 

Our OR.A.TI0X. 

Of Brothers Rogers' oration, he says — 

The right worshipful grand orator, Bro. Euclid B. Rogers, delivered 
his annual oration, his subject being "The World Getting Better." It is 
a splendid literary effort, but as a masonic document w-e cannot so cheer- 
fully commend it. It is full of morals and well meaning, but contains 
little of general masonic interest. 

The report says that "The report of the Committee on Foreign 
Correspondence was almost entirely prepared by Brother Robbixs be- 
fore his death, but was completed by Bro. Edward Cook. It is a schol- 
arly document, and bears evidence of mucli time and labor spent in 
its preparation." 

Our good brother is quite in error. Brother Rohbins had scarcely 
begun his work when disease laid him low. The report is almost wholly 


the work of Brother Cook. Its excellence is apparent and he should 
have his due credit. 

Grand master, F. G. Lindsey, Bentonville ; grand secretary, Fay 
Hempstead, Little Rock. 


56 Lodges. 40th Annual. 5.017 ]Members. 

The proceedings of 400 pages tell of masonry in this far north- 
western British province of North America. The book is handsomely 
printed and the proceedings well arranged. There is an almost total 
absence of the English flavor. It is very much American in form, lan- 
guage and customs. The annual meeting was held at Victoria June 22 
and 2^, 191 1. Proceedings reached the Illinois reviewer September i, 
being considerably earHer than last year. 

Progress is reported, the gain in membership being 468. 

Report is made of two "emergent communications." 

W. Bro. W. W. NoRTHCOTT, representative of Illinois, was present. 

The grand master in his address notes that the coronation of King 
George was taking place at the very time of the convening of their 
grand lodge. At his suggestion the greetings of the masons of British 
Columbia were cabled to the Duke of Connaught, the grand master 
of the English grand lodge. These were to be conveyed to the British 

Illinois' Distinguished Dead. 

In referring to the fraternal dead Grand Master Paul says— 
To this number I ought to add the revered name of Most Worship- 
ful Brother John Corson Smith, Past Grand }»Iaster of Illinois,_ and 
Honorary Past Grand blaster of this Jurisdiction. A gallant soldier, a 
true patriot and an ideal freemason, he was honored and beloved by the 
craft not only in his own country, but in the world generally. I sug- 
gest that a letter of sympathy be sent from this grand lodge to the 
grand lodge of Illinois, who are particularly aflfected by his loss. 

Later a full memorial page is given to Brother Smith. The death 
of the late P.G.M. John ]M. Pearson is also presented. 


About their Law. 

The grand master reported seven rulings or decisions. One of 
these held that, where an amendment to a lodge by-law is presented 
and lies over for consideration, the amendment cannot be amended 
without again deferring consideration. This is the attitude of the Illi- 
nois grand lodge made law by affirming a decision of Grand Master 
Wright. The grand lodge of British Columbia overruled the grand 
master's decision. If an amendment can be thus made the provision 
for amendments lying over becomes useless. A member can have a 
new law enacted without notice to him. A most monstrous decision is 
that an unaffiliated mason can be made an honorary member of a lodge 
with the right to vote on the admission of candidates. In other words 
a membership merely by courtesy gives the right to the highest privi- 
leges of the lodge. Fortunately a level-headed committee dissented. 

The "charity account" involves the sum of $6,000. A balance of 
$4,900 remained with which to start another year. 

The spirit of welcome on the part of the city of Victoria was so 
robust that even on the second day the grand lodge was called off to 
allow the mayor of the city to give them the glad voice. 

The committee on petitions and grievances has acquired the excel- 
lent Illinois fashion of leaving the names of the accused out of the 
proceedings for discipline. 

Solomon's Home. 

On the second evening the grand chaplain made an excellent ad- 
dress taking as his text, "Solomon built him a house." Only one para- 
graph can be given here. He says — 

Every king has built an house of some kind in a sense ; for every 
king has left his mark. It may be for good or evil. Of Edward VII. 
we might say that his house was a temple of peace, that of Victoria 
the house was of domestic virtue and a people's love. Some houses 
have been enduring, some worthless ; as houses are built of "gold, silver, 
precious stones, wood, hay, stubble." 

In the list of grand representatives "near other grand lodges" our 
genial Bro. James McCredie is moved from Aurora to Freeport. Per- 
haps in the far-off British province there seems little difference but 
Brother McCredie lives at Aurora and not Freeport. He objects to be- 
ing moved without his consent. 

The Annual Review 

Was written by the new grand secretary, Bro. W. A. DeWolf Smith. 
The report covers about 250 pages and is thorough and exhaustive. In 


a semi-apology for the length, Brother Smith says that he has ''en- 
deavored to atone for some of our sins of omission last year." To 
show that there was need of picking up the lost cords, it is noted that 
the report includes twenty-two double headers. The review of these 
was for 1909 and 1910. Now that Brother Smith is up to date his task 
will be lighter. 

He Sees Illinois Double. 

Among the twenty-two doubles Illinois takes its place. Although 
dated "1910" the first review is of 1909 proceedings. 

Regarding our departed ones he says — 

Their losses by death during the year were heavy, the list including 
such well-known names as Joseph Robbins and Loyal L. Munn. Brother 
Robbins served the grand lodge on many important committees and as 
grand master, but was best known for his work as writer of the reports 
on foreign correspondence. As the grand master says, "he stood for 
nearly half a century, like a lighthouse on a hill," to warn them of dan- 
ger and to guide them into a safe harbor. Standing, as he always did, 
"for the dignity and pre-eminence of ancient craft masonry," his death 
is a loss to masonry at large. Bro. Loyal L. Munn was for many years 
grand secretary, and also for many years representative of the grand 
lodge of British Columbia near that of Illinois, and we sympathize most 
deeply with the craft of Illinois in the loss of these distinguished breth- 
ren. It is gratifying to find a portrait of each of these faithful work- 
ers in the proceedings. 

Of Brother Bell's address he says that "altogether it is one of the 
best we have had the pleasure of reading." 

More About INIexico. 

Brother Smith heartily agrees with the attitude of Illinois as is 
shown in the following ; 

The perennial — at least it seems to be perennial in Illinois — question 
of the recognition of the grand lodge Valle de Mexico again came be- 
fore grand lodge. It was decided in the negative at the session of 1906, 
and one would have thought that the able presentation of the case by 
AI.W. Brother Robbins at that time would have effectively and finally 
disposed of it so far as the grand lodge of Illinois is concerned. 

He then reviews the resolution of Brother Moulton, the report of 
the committee, the views of the minority and the action of the grand 
lodge. Full approval is given to the action taken. 

Proceedings for 1910. 

Brother Smith begins by saying that "the address — we beg pardon, 
the report of the grand master, M.W. Bro. Albert B. Ashley, is a doc- 
ument which fills thirty-eight closely-printed pages." Our Canadian 
brother is hereby advised that Grand Master Ashley was strictly cor- 


rect in using the word "report" rather than "address." The Illinois con- 
stitution and our grand master on this agree exactly. 

We Got it Fixed. 

Brother Smith expresses concern over the limitation in our special 
charter regarding the amount of property that, can be held by the grand 
lodge and its constituent lodges. He recommends "disincorporating" as 
the easiest way out of the difficulty. There was a better plan. A com- 
mittee prepared a bill and secured its passage through the Illinois legis- 
lature removing all limitations and allowing all fraternal organizations 
to hold all the property necessary to carry out their aims and purposes. 
This wins over "disincorporating" by several laps. 

Excuses Non-affiliates. 

Referring to Brother Ashley's paragraph on masons who hold 
aloof from membership in lodges and yet want to enjoy lodge privi- 
leges, he excuses them by saying that — 

Possibly these brethren have other, and good, reasons for not join- 
ing the local lodge. Perhaps they cannot afford it, or they may not 
care for some of the members of the lodge. In any case the proposed 
punishment seems excessive for a brother who has committed no offense. 

No brother in Illinois who "cannot afford it" is ever "deprived of 
all masonic rights and privileges." His dues are promptly and cheer- 
fully remitted. By refusing voluntary non-affiliates after one year there 
is no punishment excessive or otherwise. Every mason who holds a 
dimit and does not seek membership in a lodge retains all the rights 
and privileges of masons, but cannot expect to be accorded lodge rights 
and courtesies. If he desired them he would petition for membership. 

Clubs and L.\rge Lodges. 

Brother Smith heartily approves of the Illinois correspondent's at- 
titude regarding masonic clubs. He thinks the lodge itself is the best 
club, but suggests that when lodges become overgrown that many are 
deprived of the social features of masonry. 

Exception is taken to the statement that "a masonic lodge collects 
money for purposes of benevolences and charity only." He says he 
knows of no law of that kind. There may be no written law but the 
general spirit and aim of freemasonry is for benevolence and the relief 
of a worthy distressed brother, his widow and orphan. If lodges spend 
their money for outside purposes the very aims of the craft will be de- 
feated. Will Brother Smith indicate what purposes are legitimate be- 
j-ond those named? 


The exclusion of the Eastern Star from masonic halls is explained 
as follows ; "In British Columbia the lodge rooms are restricted to 
masonic uses." It takes a pretty strict construction of the law to ex- 
clude the Eastern Star and admit chapters, conimanderies and consist- 
ories. One is as much masonic as the other, except R.A. masons. 

Grand master, F. J. Burd, Vancouver; grand secretary, W. A. De- 
Wolf Smith, New Westminster. 


343 Lodges. . 6ist Annual. 43,675 Members. 

The annual session of the Grand Lodge of California begins each 
year on the same day that our own convenes. It differs from us in the 
time taken to complete its work. In Illinois we hold one session a day 
from 9 a. m. to about 2 p. m., closing on the third day at noon. In 
California the sessions run two each day from Tuesday until Friday. 
We transact the business of over 100,000 members and about 800 lodges 
at three sessions while the "golden gate" grand lodge, with 44,000 mem- 
bers and 343 lodges, requires eight sessions to complete its work. Illi- 
nois sets a good example for speed and thoroughness in conducting its 

The California proceedings are an imposing volume of 471 pages, 
well printed and well put together. The annual session for 1910 was 
held at San Francisco October 11-14. Prosperity is shown in the sub- 
stantial gain of 2668 in membership as well as in many other ways. 

Shrouded in Gloom. 

The book opens with a fine likeness of the late W. Frank Pierce, 
grand master for the year closing. Brother Pierce w-as permitted to 
live until within a few days of the annual session of the grand lodge. 
It convened October 11 and he died October 3. His report was writ- 
ten by his own hand and was read in grand lodge within a week after 
his burial. Truly this seems almost literally a voice from the grave. 
Appropriate services were held in his memory and fitting eulogies were 

The Annual Address. 

Among the early sentences written by Brother Pierce is this, "The 
ranks of our own grand officers and past grand officers remain complete 



with one exception." He little thought that so soon his own hand would 
lose its cunning and that the mind that directed it would be dethroned. 
Reference is made to the death of our own loved member as follows 

John Mills Pearson, P.G.jM. of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, and 
for fifty years a member of the grand lodge of that jurisdiction, died 
June 4, 1910. 

Relief Measures. 

The grand master reports that $500 were sent to Paris to relieve 
the sufferers from the great floods. California has an extensive and 
effective system of relief of sojourning Masons. Owing to the large 
number who go to the far west on account of "the glorious climate of 
Californy" there is more than usual need of creating and maintaining 
effective agencies for relief. In all the large centers of population like 
Los Angeles and San Francisco excellent boards of relief are in suc- 
cessful operation. Full reports from these bodies appear in the pro- 
ceedings. The Board of Relief at Los Angeles reports the receipt of 
$914.82 from Illinois and that $1,373.57 were paid out on account of 
Illinois Masons. 

WH.A.T Has Been Done. 

The work of the Boards of Relief is summarized by the corre- 
spondent, Bro. Edward H. Hart, as follows ; 

The board of relief system in vogue in the jurisdiction of California 
is the most complete and comprehensive of any jurisdiction in the world, 
and as a matter of fact, California not only does more for the relief of 
distressed sojourning brethren from other jurisdictions than any other 
jurisdiction in the United States, but more than all other American ju- 
risdictions combined. The direct appropriation by the Grand Lodge of 
California for the support of its boards of relief for the care of indi- 
gent masons from other jurisdictions, none of which is ever returned 
to the grand lodge, aggregates, since the formation of our board of re- 
lief system, more than $300,000, and this amount has been largely sup- 
plemented by the contributions from individual lodges forming the 
boards of relief in our large cities, the grand lodge requiring from each 
lodge tributary to a board of relief in our cities having the same, a 
monthly contribution of 8 cents per member, or nearly $1 a year from 
each member, and, as stated, this is in addition to the direct appropria- 
tions from the grand lodge to the several boards. 

Certainly all can take off their hats to California in the volume of 
relief extended to "a needy worthy brother" sojourning from afar. 

The grand master reports that he requires strict compliance with the 
legal requirements for special dispensations. This appears to be the 
drift of sentiment throughout the masonic world. The exercise of the 
power of dispensation has been seriously overworked in some quarters. 


Their Two Homes. 

There are two Homes, one at San Gabriel for children, and the 
other at Decoto for aged and indigent Masons and their dependents. 
Recently the boards of management have been consolidated and now 
both Homes are under the control of a single board as in Illinois. This 
board consists of five members. Bro. Edward Coleman, grand treas- 
urer, evidently believes that the needs of the aged and helpless should 
be supplied. A gift of $40,000 for a hospital at the Decoto Home has 
come from Brother Coleman and the building is well-nigh completed. 
Such a grand treasurer is one to be appreciated. Both Homes are in a 
prosperous condition. It costs California Masons $1.00 each per year 
to sustain them. In Illinois we pay but 35c for charity but we have 
more than twice as large a membership. At the Decoto Home there 
are 60 men and 32 women. There were 13 deaths, 10 men and 3 women. 
At San Gabriel there are 45 children, 25 boys and 20 girls. During the 
year 25 were admitted and 6 discharged. 

But Few Decisions. 

Only four decisions are reported. The grand master found that 
the laws were ample for most cases and rarely found it necessary "to 
legislate by decisions." Only one of these has general interest and that 
is scarcely needed. The grand master decided that a lodge could not 
adjourn to another time but must close before leaving. 

A Considerable Sum. 

The interest received on grand lodge money on deposit in the banks 
constitutes a very considerable asset. The amount during the year was 
$1,503.43. This went into the several funds from which it was derived. 

No Per Diem. 

Representatives of lodges do not fare so well as in this state. Here 
mileage and per diem are enough to allow the frugal a little spending 
money in addition to actual expenses. In California a proposition to 
allow representatives their actual traveling expenses was voted down. 
Unless lodges come to their rescue the representatives will have to 
serve for nothing and pay their expenses for the good of the cause. 

It was decided that lodges should not confer degrees for other states 
unless the request be attested by the grand secretary of the foreign ju- 
risdiction. This will effectually put a crimp in the schemes of the clan- 
destine lodge. 


A Business Document. 

The grand orator, Charles A. Adams, got out of the beaten track 
of history, theory and philosophy and took for his theme "Masonry in 
Business and Politics." His oration was so well received that the grand 
lodge ordered that 10,000 copies in pamphlet form be printed for distri- 
bution. It was a fine address and well worth careful reading. A brief 
extract or two will show its sterling worth. 

Masonry in Business. 

I care not how far, nor with what speed he may have progressed 
in the fraternity. He may be so well provided with the world's goods 
that he may have been able to pay for degrees enough to make him what 
the ignorant term "A high Mason ;" he may be privileged to wear on his 
fob the cross of Malta, or the double eagle, and in the lapel of his coat, 
the scimitar and claws ; he may be a thrice illustrious prince, a sover- 
eign master or an imperial potentate, — but if he be a grocer and sell 
sand for sugar, he is not a Mason ; — if he be a tailor, and for wool, 
sell shoddy, he is not a Mason; — if he be a lawyer and instigate and 
encourage litigation, or otherwise attempt to obtain a benefit for him- 
self at the expense of his client, or by improper methods, a benefit for 
his client to which, under the law, he is not entitled, he is not a INIason ; 
—if he be an employer of labor and take an unfair advantage of the 
poverty and distress of those who must hire to him, he is not a Mason ; 
— if he be an employee and fail in the duty expressed in the quaint 
language of the ancient charges "truly to see and work for the ad- 
vantage" of him by whom he is employed, he is not a Mason. 

This is the gospel truth of freemasonry and needs to be pondered. 
Here is another. 

Masonry in Politics. 

I believe that there is no higher duty devolving upon us as masons 
than the duty we owe the state as citicens; and one of the highest du- 
ties devolving upon an American citizen is that which requires him to 
concern himself with, and take a part in, politics — not politics in that 
vile sense of artful or dishonest efforts to secure the success of party 
schemes, or even in that less objectionable, but still restricted, sense of 
the management of a political party ; but politics in that higher, broader 
and larger sense which may be best defined as that part of ethics which 
concerns the regulation of a nation, state or community, and the preser- 
vation of its safety, peace and prosperity. 

In other words masonry in business and politics means honesty in 
every day life and an active interest in the affairs of our country. 

The Annu.\l Review 

Of grand lodges was again written by Bro. Edward H. Hart who pre- 
sents a complete summar}^ of the news of the masonic world as gleaned 


from the proceedings of the various grand bodies. Nearly six pages 
are devoted to Illinois. He thinks that the appropriation of something 
in excess of $135,000 for our two Homes is "evidence of the broad spirit 
of generosity" entertained for our dependents. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Is rated as "a comprehensive statement of his official actions during the 
year." He alludes to Brother Bell's reference to Brother Robbins and 
says that he was "ungrudgingly conceded by every member of the grand 
jurisdiction to be the most commanding figure in Illinois masonry and 
who was throughout the masonic world recognized as one of the great- 
est masonic scholars and writers that this country has ever produced." 

Few Decisions Needed. 

The reviewer gives strong endorsement to the idea that Brother 
Bell expressed, that no decisions were necessary. He then says 

In a jurisdiction containing nearly 100 000 members, being numeri- 
cally the second jurisdiction in the United States, this circumstance that 
no new decisions were rendered, is in marked contrast to certain other 
jurisdictions in our country with memberships of possibly ten or fif- 
teen thousand masons, rendering so-called "decisions" numbering some- 
times from seventy-five to a hundred, which naturally lead to the con- 
clusion that many of the so-called decisions of certain grand masters are 
pure fabrications designed by the authors to embalm themselves in 
the digest. 

Regarding the decision of our grand lodge refusing recognition to 
Valle de Mexico Brother Hart says 

Brother Robbins, during his life time, w^as probably the foremost 
advocate in the United States of the system of pure masonry, consist- 
ently refusing recognition to all so-called grand lodges of not legitimate 
origin, and the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico is unquestionably of this 

High praise is given of Brother Rogers' oration. 

Brother Cook's Report 

Is classed as. "an able, painstaking, comprehensive and masterful review." 

Grand master, Dana Reid Weller, Los Angeles; grand secretary 
John Whicher, Hewes Bldg., San Francisco. 



CANADA— 1910. 

Ix THE Province of Ontario. 

413 Lodges. 55th Annual. 46,000 Members. 

The volume recording the business of this grand lodge for the year 
1910 contains 584 pages. This is one among the large books. This ses- 
sion was held at Belleville, July, 1910. The splendid picture of Grand 
Master Macwatt again appears to grace the proceedings. 

Two specials were held to lay corner stones. The records show that 
Abraham Shaw, our representative near that grand lodge, was present. 
The mayor of Belleville is a mason and bade them welcome to his city 
in a brief but forceful address. To this the grand master "made a most 
suitable and gracious reply." These preliminaries over, the decks were 
cleared for action. J. A. Cameron, grand master, and Will H. Whyte, 
grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of Quebec, were given cordial ma- 
sonic greeting. 

Grand ^^L^ster's Address. 

One of the ablest and longest among similar documents was the an- 
nual report of the grand master. It took 46 pages to record the ma- 
sonic work of the year. The death of King Edward is reported at con- 
siderable length. His life is summarized in the following, "No three 
kings in the whole range of British history enjoyed at any time such 
universal affection as was given to Edward VII throughout his life." 

Getting to Be Big. 

The grand master notes that the grand lodge is getting so large as 
to be unwieldy. It is not easy to find a city that can readily accommo- 
date it. He thinks there should be power to change the location if it 
appears that the place chosen cannot furnish adequate entertainment. 
It appears that all past masters are members and each has a vote. There 
are 3,500 past masters. If they should all attend the session it would 
make a very bulky body. In Illinois past masters collectively have one 
vote. This simplifies matters very much. Our grand lodge is a con- 
trollable body even though our membership is over 

Some on Style. 

Here is a paragraph that looks rather queer to American eyes. 
At a meeting of the board of general purposes held at London last 
year, after the close of grand lodge, it was unanimously decided that in 


future evening dress should be worn onh- at lodge or grand lodge meet- 
ings, when held in the evening. 

Masonr}- rarely goes on dress parade, but when it does "swallow 
tails" are the thing. 

American Relief Association. 

The grand master says that — 

The General iMasonic Relief Association of the United States and 
Canada has been of inestimable benefit to the craft in this jurisdiction. 
We affiliated with the association twenty-one years ago, and, through 
the warning circulars which are issued monthly to every lodge and 
board of relief, many thousands of dollars per year are saved to the 

It is estimated that since the founding of the association in the 
United States, nearh- twenty-three years ago, some hundreds of thous- 
ands of dollars have been saved to the craft of the American jurisdic- 
tions affiliated. A reputable authority, who is well informed as to the 
result of the work of the association, says that many thousands of dol- 
lars per year have been saved by the affiliation of this grand lodge and 
other grand lodges of the dominion. 

Complaint is made that lodges of Canada invade the jurisdiction of 
other grand lodges. To avoid this an amendment was introduced re- 
quiring residence in Ontario for one year as a requisite to the right to 
petition for the degrees. Such has long been the law- of Illinois. 

Going to Church in 

Grand IMaster M.acwatt is very sound on the practice of lodges 
going to church and w-earing regalia. He says — 

I am inclined to the opinion of several grand masters of sister grand 
lodges that church processions should not be allowed. They often en- 
gender religious quarrels as to the church w'here the service shall be 
held. This should be a good reason in itself. But I have noticed that 
many members appear on the street in regalia on such occasions, who 
never, or hardly ever, enter a lodge, and in several cases some are very 
prominent in the procession, who could safely have been kept out of our 

There is too much "parade" about such processions, especially \yhen 

other masonic bodies are permitted to appear in their regalia. This is 

illegal and should not be allowed, and in future it will be necessary to 
discipline a master permitting it. 

Why can we not attend church without regalia and without a band 
blaring at the head of the procession? Is it for display we appear outside 
our lodge rooms, or to worship Him we profess to serve? 

I would confine the regalia to the lodge room or to grand lodge and 
forbid our appearing outside, in such, on any occasion, e.xcept for the 
laving of a corner stone. 


The grand master also holds that dancing and card playing should 
not be permitted in lodge rooms. 

No Past Masters by Dispensation. 

Only Royal Arch Masons are recognized under the Canada consti- 
tution. Other bodies built on Masonry are not officially known. 

They have the past-master-degree relic in a new form. Requests 
were made to confer the rank of past master upon brothers who had 
never been occupants of the oriental chair. They had served for years 
as treasurer or secretary and sought the distinction of being made past 
masters by dispensation. The grand master is much of an autocrat but 
he has no power to make a man a past master. He can only be such by 
service. It would be ridiculous to dub a man a past governor because 
he had for years been secretary of state. It is needless to say that the 
dispensations were refused. 

Turned Them Out. 

The Order of the Eastern Star had its doom sealed. The grand 
master held that it was not masonic. He made an order prohibiting 
lodges from allowing the Chapters O.E.S. to meet in lodge rooms. A 
district deputy was instructed to see that a certain lodge turned the good 
sisters out. And they did it. The Eastern Star is not masonic and does 
not claim to be. It distinctly disavows this position and in its ritual so 
teaches. This, however, does not justify a lodge in refusing to allow 
an organization which is composed wholly of masons and their wives, 
mothers, sisters and daughters from meeting in a lodge room. It looks 
very narrow and unreasonable. 

Rulings of the Grand Master. 

The grand master made and reported twenty-seven decisions. Many 
of these are of no general interest. In one he holds that a reputable 
citizen, in every other way worthy, cannot be admitted if he has an 
artificial foot. Illinois agrees. Grand Master Ashley and the grand 
lodge administered rather severe discipline on a master who thought 
he might evade the law of physical qualification. A brother who is a 
member of two lodges may hold office in each. The grand master doubts 
the wisdom of such a proceeding. The weak spot is in dual membership. 
One lodge is enough for any man. In a case when a member intimates 
that he will black ball everyone who applies, the grand master holds 
that he should be put on trial. 


A Very Useful Man. 

The records show that R.W. Bro. Aubrey White, deputy grand 
master, makes nearly all the motions and presents most of the reports. 
From the frequency of his name in the proceedings he might easily 
become wearied of seeing it. Possibly the Canada law requires the 
D.G.M. to do this to earn his salary. 

The report of the committee on the '"Condition of Masonry" shows 
that every one of the 413 lodges was visited by the grand master or his 
representative. This is a record rarely equaled. Under the head of 
"the fraternal dead" the passing away of our past grand master, John 
M. PearSon is noted. 

Recognition of Grand Bodies. 

The request of Romania and Turkey for recognition was denied. 
Brazil was postponed, her record not being satisfactory. District dep- 
uty grand masters are installed as other officers. In Illinois you scarcely 
know that they are on earth, except in purging the grand lodge and in 
passing the mileage and per diem orders. 

Report of Committee on Correspondence. 

The review of grand lodges was written by M.W. Bro. A. T. Freed. 
It was his first oflfense but of it he need not be ashamed. It is a worth- 
ful and interesting report. In his introductory. Brother Freed refers to 
his predecessor, M.W. Bro. Henry Robertson, as the dean of the diplo- 
matic corps. Owing to ill health Brother Robertson laid down the 
work after twenty-seven years of continuous service. He also wrote 
the reports of grand chapter and grand priory. For all three bodies he 
presented sixty-four annual reviews. This is undoubtedly a hard rec- 
ord to break. 

Brother Freed gives an exhaustive review of the masonic homes of 
the world. He says that the average annual cost per capita for mainte- 
nance is $200. His conclusion is to continue their present system of 
sporadic charity, if anything sporadic can be a system. 

The Review of Illinois 

Is brief. Of the address of Grand Master Bell he says that it "is a 
good practical document, in which he attends strictly to business without 
many flights of oratory. Still, he has some figures of speech racy of 
the soil and breathing the unfettered thought of the free and independ- 
ent west. For example : 'We have no more use for a national grand 
lodge than a duck has for an umbrella.' Again : 'The ordinary surety 


company is merely a handsome desk in a handsome office, with a smooth- 
talking gentleman on one side of the desk and a sucker on the other.' " 

''The death of Past Grand Master Joseph Robbins is recorded. For 
half a century Brother Robbins was a commanding figure in Illinois 

Of Brother Cook's report he says that "the foreign correspondence 
is ably conducted by M.W. Bro. Edmund Cook." A summary is then 
given with brief quotations. 

Grand master, Daniel F. Macwatt, Sarnia ; grand secretary, R. ^. 

GuNN, Hamilton. 

COLORADO— 1910. 

ii8 Lodges. 50th Annual. 14.3 h Members. 

One of the handsomest books coming to the writer's table is that of 
Colorado. It takes 640 pages to record the business of the year. The 
annual session was held at Denver September 20 and 21. Nine special 
communications are reported. These were mostly for corner stones 
and constituting new lodges. A fine half-tone gives the attractive 
features of Albert B. McGaffey, the grand master for 1910-11. 

Our Distinguished Representative. 

Among representatives of other grand lodges was Henry M. Teller, 
who is the representative of Illinois near the Grand Lodge of Colorado. 
We should be proud that we have so distinguished a friend at court. 
M.W. Bro. Teller has been secretary of the interior and for years a 
United States senator. He is no less distinguished as a mason. He was 
grand master in 1863 and 1864 and has kept up active interest in free- 
masonry ever since. He is the nestor of Colorado masonry and Illinois 
should feel proud of such a representative. 

Annual Address. 

Grand Master Musser presented a very interesting review of his 
work during the year. Among other good things he said — 

Without design to do so, without show or ostentation, but because 
of its unfaltering adherence to the first principles of sound morality and 
right, its refusal to be led astray by popular clamor or to pose for 


popular favor, its quiet dignity and stately deportment, masonry in this 
ju-isdiction has become a great institution, influential for the advance- 
rr-.nt of those moral qualities that make for the betterment of social 
and civic conditions. 

The death of P.G.M. Johx M. Pearson is recorded among the dis- 
tinguished dead. 

Was Very Accommodating. 

Among special dispensations issued there were thirteen to set aside 
the requirements of law for the ballot. Eight were to enable lodges to 
attend divine service. This shows a lack of discrimination. Few lodges 
need to have a special rule for admitting candidates. The ballot is too 
sacred to tamper with by dispensation. Lodges attending divine service 
are likely to become involved in sectarian wrangles. To say the least 
th" whole plan is questionable. 

Only three rulings are reported. These are purely local and in gen- 
eral harmony with our law. 

Triennial in 1913. 

Steps were taken to entertain the many masons who will be in Den- 
ver during the knights templar conclave in 1913. A committee was ap- 
pointed to take steps necessary to see that Denver gives the glad hand 
to the visitors, not only as christian knights, but as masons as well. 

The report of the grand secretary is ideal. As the clerk of the 
grand lodge he does not attempt to arrogate to himself the functions of 
the grand master. He confines his report strictly to facts and figures. 
He neither indulges in rhetoric, hyperbole nor symbolism. He is content 
to be simply grand secretary and let his eloquence shine in graceful fig- 
ures and convincing statistics. 

Masonry in Reality. 

The trustees of the benevolent fund report that during the year 
relief has been given to 8 widows, 15 dependent children and 3 indigent 
brethren. Further the report says, "Besides which one widow received 
temporary relief to get her out of the hands of a loan shark by which 
she has been enabled to support herself and refund all the money ad- 
vanced to her." 

Bro. Fred E. Angore delivered an oration which brought forth 
thanks from the grand lodge and an order to print it in the proceedings. 

The committee on jurisprudence reported that an entered apprentice 
was as a right entitled to a dimit on his request. In Illinois dimits are 
only issued to master masons. 


Use Keys. 

A resolution was adopted prohibiting the use by anyone of a "key" 
in opening or closing a lodge or in any part of the work. The best 
way to avoid this abuse is to have no key. Brethren will learn the work 
easier and retain it better "from mouth to ear" than with all keys in 
masondom. Illinois speaks from knowledge, having never had a cipher 
and still can show a more complete and perfect system of work than 
any grand lodge using it. Brethren, throw your key in the well. 


On Tuesday evening a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 
grand lodge was held at the Central Presbyterian church. An elaborate 
program was presented. Alusic and addresses were all that could be 
asked on such an occasion. A historical address by Bro. Chas. H. 
Jacobson, grand secretary, gave a summary of the records of all grand 
lodge sessions from beginning to date. Fine pictures of all the past 
grand masters intersperse the record of the meeting. 

Annual Review. 

Bro. Lawrence N. Greenleaf, for the committee on correspondence, 
presents his 26th report. It is thorough and makes most interesting 
reading. Illinois is given ample attention in six and one-half pages. 
A running summary of the business of the session is presented, with 
little comment. He says that — 

A very fine oration was delivered by Bro. Euclid B. Rogers, grand 
orator, who took for his subject, "The World is Growing Better." It 
was entirely optimistic in tone, and his views upon the subject of 
brotherhood were eloquent and inspiring. 

Brother Cook's Report. 

The report on correspondence is a volume of 343 pages, and goes 
out, as Brother Cook says, with its emblems of sorrow in the fore- 
ground, having, besides the portrait of the late distinguished correspond- 
ent, a biographical sketch, followed by tributes of love, affection and ap- 
preciation from members of the guild who lament the loss of one who, as 
their acknowledged head, had endeared himself to all. 

Quotations relating to Colorado are taken liberally. He closes as 
follows ; 

Brother Cook was the choice of Brother Robbins as his successor, 
and Grand Master Bell also recognized in him one well qualified to take 
up the work, and the report before us fully justifies his selection. 

Brother Greenleaf deplores the troubles in Mexico but suggests 
nothing remedial. He expresses the opinion that the friction between 

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Mississippi and New Jersey over the negro question will all "come out 
in the wash." 

Grand master, Albert B. McGaffey, Denver; grand secretary, Chas. 
H. Jacobson, Denver. 


no Lodges. 123RD Annual. 23,251 Members. 

The 191 1 proceedings of the grand lodge of the "wooden nut-meg" 
state come in handsome dress and fill about 300 pages. The cover page 
is attractive with the seal and masonic emblems in gold. The usual pic- 
ture of the retiring grand master serves as a frontispiece. Two "emer- 
gent" and the annual communications are recorded. The annual was held 
at New Haven January 18 and ig, 191 1. George E. Parsons, the Illinois 
representative, was present during the session. 

The Annual Address 

Of Fred A. Verplanck, grand master, was full of instructive informa- 
tion. He notes the death of Past Grand Master John M. Pearson, of 
Illinois, also the passing of P.G.M. Fred H. Waldron, of Connecticut. 

Of the dispensations issued many were to authorize lodges to attend 
church as a lodge and with masonic clothing. This is required by the 
law of that grand lodge. The grand master very pointedly states that he 
does not believe in this practice. He gives his position in the following 
language. "In my opinion we have all been wrong and no lodge should 
appear in regalia except for the purpose of performing masonic work 
or attending divine worship in celebration of Saints John's Days. The 
law on this point is absolute in many jurisdictions. I firmly believe that 
the latter view should prevail and that no lodge should appear in regalia 
except for the purpose above stated." The brother is quite right in the 
light of Illinois law. Even the Sts. Johns' days are not permitted. 

Few Decisions. 

Only three decisions are reported. But one is of any outside inter- 
est. This involves the question of a non-affiliate who has been rejected 
in applying for membership on dimit. The grand master holds that the 
doctrine of perpetual personal jurisdiction does not apply. It only holds 



in case of rejection on petition for the degrees. In Illinois there is no 
law of jurisdiction, territorial, personal or otherwise pertaining to non- 
affiliates. They can apply for membership wherever, whenever and as 
often as they choose. 

Permission was given the Washington Memorial Association to solicit 
voluntary contributions in Connecticut. 

The representatives of the grand lodges of England, Ireland, Scot- 
land, Quebec and New Zealand were appointed as a committee to confer 
with similar committees from other grand lodges to prepare for the cele- 
bration of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the United Grand 
Lodge of England in 1917. 

The Masonic Home 

Is in excellent condition and caring in a proper way for all masonic 
dependents. The Masonic Charity Foundation is the name of the organi- 
zation having it in charge. The money is raised as follows ; 

1. From each affiliated mason not "a thirty year mason," 90 cents. 

2. From each brother initiated $5.00. 

3. From every affiliated brother $5.00. 

An appeal was made to the "thirty year masons" and they responded 
by giving $1,248 to the Home. These favored brothers pay no dues, 
hence they were asked to do something for this good cause. As the rec- 
ords show that there are 4,633 of these who are exempt from all dues 
and charges the sum given may be considered their estimate of the meas- 
ure of their duty to care for the needy mason. 

What Are 30- Year Masons? 

So far as it can be ascertained from the proceedings they are a 
highly favored class who are willing to allow the young and active mem- 
bers to pay all the expense attending masonry and the privileges of the 
lodge. The reason for the exemption is that these brethren have for 
30 years paid their due share of the lodge expenses. In Connecticut 
there are 23,251 affiliated master masons. Of these 4,633 are "30-year ma- 
sons." About 20 percent, or one in every five, are exempt from dues. 
The young masons are thus required to pay 20 percent more dues than 
if all bore an equal share in the burdens of membership. In other states 
life membership or exemption from dues has been disastrous. There is 
no reason for this discrimination. A mason does nothing more than 
bear his part of the financial load of his lodge when he pays his dues 
each year. It is simply his duty to do so. When a man has been a ma- 
son for thirty years, he ought to be so well to do that he can pay the 


small amount of dues without inconvenience. The younger men are less 
able to pay as a rule. A privileged class in a lodge is a detriment to 
its growth and prosperity. Illinois abolished all such exemptions years 
ago. The result has been most satisfactory. 

Friendly to the Star. 

The grand master makes special mention of the Eastern Star. He 
notes that it is growing rapidly in numbers and in favor among masons. 
He then adds — 

The order is a veritable handmaid to the masonic fraternity. During 
the year substantial gifts from the order have been received at the Ma- 
sonic Home and the cost of extensive repairs have been borne by the 

I wish to give public expression of the thanks of the masonic fra- 
ternity to the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Safer Lodge Rooms Needed. 

Attention is called to lodge rooms that are unsafe. Usually we re- 
fer to the danger of exposing secrets when the safety of the lodge rooms 
is mentioned. Grand Master Verplanck alludes to the personal safety 
of the brethren in "lodge rooms on the top floors of buildings several 
stories high." Often there is but one stairway and "many times this is 
narrow and crooked." In ordinary times it is sufficient but in case of 
fire or panic when the room is crowded there would be loss of life. He 
recommends that better exits be provided. This is a timely suggestion 
and lodges in Illinois might with profit do likewise. 

External Qualifications. 

Under the above heading the grand master gives the following sage 
counsel and timely warning — 

There seems to be a constant temptation to lower the standard of 
the external qualifications of certain candidates. The temptation to do so 
often arises when there is absolutely no question as to the internal qual- 
ifications of the candidate, and judging from this standpoint only he 
would be a most desirable member. Several candidates have been elected 
during the year whose external qualifications were such that the lodge 
electing them but barely escaped a breach of masonic law. There should 
be no lowering of the standard set forth in the masonic law of this juris- 
diction governing the external qualifications of candidates. 

The Report on Correspondence 

Was again written by M.W. Bro. Frank W. Havens, the grand secretary. 
This is the brother's third oflfense and he can easily be convicted of writ- 
ing a good report. The space allotted to Illinois is rather limited but it 


contains a brief smnmary of our 1910 session. Brother Ashle\''s report 
is referred to as "a brief but business-like paper." 

Of Grand Orator Frank G. Smith he saj^s "a masterful oration was 
pronounced which we sholild be glad to quote from did space permit." 
The correspondence report of Illinois for last year is mentioned in an 
approving manner. He says further that — 

He thinks that our report was well written, but that we miss a great 
deal in not going deeper into that of Illinois. We plead guilty, but un- 
der extenuating circumstances. 

There is no evidence of reform, but Illinois is dealt with even more 
gingerly than before. The Connecticut reviewer is so much afraid of 
being personal and giving offense that he refrains from mentioning the 
names of grand master, grand orator, correspondent or any others shown 
in the Illinois proceedings of the grand lodge. 

Grand master, Randolph B. Chapman, ^Nladison; grand secretary, 
Frank B. Havens, Hartford. 

CUBA— 1910. 

63 Lodges. 2,630 Members. 

The proceedings in English not coming to hand the following re- 
view is taken bodil}^ from the proceedings of Pennsylvania for 191 1 — 

The grand lodge of the Island of Cuba held quarterly communica- 
tions as follows : June 27, September 26, and December 26, A. D. 1909, 
and the annual in two sessions, March 27 and April 3, A. D. 1910. 

Most Worshipful Brother Calixto Fajardo, grand master. 

The address of the grand master and the introduction of the report 
on correspondence are given in English, as well as, of course, in Span- 
ish. The year has had its difficulties and discouragements, but the grand 
lodge has pursued its way successfully. A library is to be formed in the 
property which belongs to the grand lodge, two views of which are 
given ; we have also a picture showing the officers of the grand lodge 
on December 5, 1909, when the fiftieth anniversary of the grand lodge 
w^as duly celebrated. 

Our brethren have not forgotten masonic teachings; as witness this 
from the grand master's address — 

"Notwithstanding the serious economical obligations weighing upon 
the grand lodge treasury, we have contributed to help the public calami- 
ties that befell to the inhabitants of important districts of this country 
in the month of October past. The grand master ordered that $100 be 
sent to the relief committee and manv lodges followed this move. Not- 


withstanding that they had just raised $585.83 for the calamities of Sicily, 
in Italy, they contributed with $348.22 for the victims of the Vuelta 
Abajo and Oriente cyclones, sum that was delivered in the hands of the 
president of the republic, Bro. Hon. Jose Miguel Gomez. 

"The grand lodge also sent 100 blankets to the Correctional Asylum 
at Guanajay, to be used by the boys gathered there." 

The report on correspondence is by the chairman, Bro. Francisco de 
P. Rodriguez, and from his introduction we quote : 

"In New Hampshire a matter is being studied, which is needed iti 
Cuba too, such is the protection of the word masonic. In the legisla- 
ture of that state a bill has been introduced accepting the word masonic 
as the property of the regular grand lodge of the state, being a misde- 
meanor the use of such a word by any other association. We have an 
idea that such a law exists already in Pennsylvania. Such a law will 
be as convenient to Cuba as to any other grand lodge since it will help 
us from any person who, by inscribing in the records of our provincial 
local governments the title of any soi-dissaiit masonic society will think 
his as good a right as that of regular masons, deceiving in that way 
many candid people. The grand lodge of Cuba ought to ask the govern- 
ment to respect and protect such a name, as is the duty of any honest 
and law abiding governments to help such a pretension as a mean to 
avoid deceits and frauds. 

"During the days ist, 2d and 3d of June of the past year a solemn 
reunion was held in the city of Philadelphia of all the grand mas- 
ters of all the grand lodges, to the east of the Mississippi river. Af- 
ter much discussion and after many truths were uttered it 
was agreed that each grand master present will recommend to their re- 
spective grand lodge eleven propositions or limits. But what satisfies 
and elates we Cubans is that out of those eleven propositions seven are 
already laws under our grand lodge, one more is almost observed (we 
require six months' previous residence of candidates for initiation and 
they desire one year). Among the recommended propositions is to be 
found the renunciation to the obligation before a clandestine lodge, the 
matter being considered a question of conscience rather than a point of 
law. Should there be any among us not satisfied with the facts it will 
be because no masonic heart beats in his breast." 

Aurelio ]\Iiranda, of Havana, grand master; Carlos G. Charles, of 
Havana, grand secretary, re-elected. 


DELAWARE— 1910. 

22 Lodges. 105TH Annual. 3,131 Members. 

It takes 188 pages to tell the masonic story for 1910. The book is 
well printed and attractive but there is evidence of a sad need of a proof- 
reader. One should be procured for the next year unless his "accesabil- 
ity" is impossible. The annual was held at Wilmington, October 5 and 6. 
A. fine portrait of grand master, Edward B. Mode, graces the opening 
pages. The Illinois representative was not among those marked present. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was essentially a business paper. No attempt is made to discuss grave 
principles or historical or esoteric teachings. In this respect it shows 
good taste and great merit. The grand master is chiefly a narrator of 
the deeds of the year under his direction and control. 

A Profitable Custom. 

Delaware has a large part in keeping up the commendable custom 
of interchange of visits among grand officers in the Atlantic states. 
Grand Master Mode found time and inclination to visit the sessions of 
grand lodge held in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Much good 
must result from these visits. Brother Mode, by proxy, participated in 
the meeting at Alexandria, Va., to prepare for a "memorial to Washing- 
ton, the mason." 

Decisions but no Law. 

The grand master rendered decisions in several cases of differences 
between lodges and brethren but found it unnecessary to announce any 
general law. 

As a result of the Philadelphia conference the grand master recom- 
mended that jurisdiction over rejected material be changed from perpet- 
ual to five years. The movement is gathering force and soon, it is to be 
hoped, there will be uniformity among grand lodges on the five-year basis. 

Have no Masonic Home. 

The grand master strongly recommends the establishment of a Home 
for masonic dependents. With a membership of only 3,000 the task is 
not an easy one. The initial cost of establishing a Home is not in the 
ratio of membership. However, Delaware feeling the obligation of car- 
ing for the needy is not appalled by the magnitude of the undertaking. 


Steps were taken looking to the establishment of a Home. A committee, 
headed by the grand master, was appointed. The condition precedent to 
action is that the Home may be started free from debt. 

The Report on Correspondence 

Was written by Bro. L. H. Jackson. This document is strictly confined 
to summarizing the facts shown in the proceedings of various grand 
lodges. Scarcely a note of comment appears. Little room is found for 
quotation. One page is given to Illinois. This tribute is paid to Brother 
RoBBiNs, "Words fail this writer to express his sorrow and regret at 
the loss of so eminent and distinguished a brother Mason. We held for 
him the highest esteem and regard as an able and courteous writer on 

He notes the death of Brother Munn and quotes Brother "bell's" 
tribute to our past grand secretary. 

He says that "the report on masonic correspondence written and pre- 
sented by Bro. Edward Cook, P.G.M., is a splendid review of the various 
masonic jurisdictions." 

Grand master, G. Layton Grier, Milford; grand secretary, V. V. 
Harrison, Wilmington. 


32 Lodges. iooth Annual. 9,005 Members. 

Owing to the narrow territorial limits of the District of Columbia 
the grand lodge is practically that of the city of Washington, the na- 
tional capital. Being the seat of government masonry found here is more 
cosmopolitan than that of any other American grand lodge. 

A handsome volume of 444 pages details the doings of seven meet- 
ings, five of these being fixed by law and two specials. The stated meet- 
ings were held in March, May, September and December. Added to 
these comes that of St. John's day, December 27, at which officers are 
elected and installed. 

One of the special meetings was devoted to paying a suitable tribute 
to the memory of P.G.ISL Davis. 


Dedicates S. R. Cathedral. 

At the other special a Scottish Rite cathedral was dedicated. It is 
generally understood th^t only buildings devoted to ancient craft masonry 
can be dedicated. While corner stones of any edifice for public uses may 
be laid by the craft, the reason is not clear why the ceremonies are in- 
voked in dedicating to any other than masonic purposes. The first stated 
communication for 1910 was held on March 12 and the time was given 
solely to the work of the several degrees. This is fixed in, and required 
by the constitution. P.G.M. Wm. H. Nichols, of grand lodge of Texas, 
was given a fraternal welcome. 

Funeral Complications. 

Grand Master Ober recommended that an effort be made at the time 
of the death of a brother "to avoid needless and endless controversy be- 
tween masters of lodges, members of families of deceased brethren and 
the clergy." The remedy proposed was that the master should proceed 
at once to ascertain the wishes of the deceased or his relatives. He 
should then confer with the heads of other societies in making funeral 
arrangements. This is going a long way. The method is simple as 
practiced by masons everywhere. If requested by the family, or if it 
was the desire of the deceased while living, that he should have masonic 
burial the masons take exclusive charge. If the masons are not asked to 
officiate they do not seek to do so and take no part. This avoids any 
conflict and renders it harmonious at a time so sacred to the family that 
a wrangle would almost amount to a crime. 

On recommendation of the committee on correspondence the Otto- 
man grand lodge was denied recognition. 

In his address at the annual meeting the grand master announces 
the death of P.G.M. John M. Pearson, of Illinois. 

Do NOT Need Them. 

The grand master was gratified to report that very few requests for 
dispensations had been asked and fewer still had been granted. There 
is a rapidly growing sentiment, throughout the masonic world, that the 
dispensation-mill has been running overtime. Laws should be so framed 
that little necessity could exist for the interposition of the grand master. 

But one decision was rendered. This was of a purely local nature 
and does not bear any interest to outsiders. 



Work in Chicago. 

Regarding the visit of grand masters and other distinguished masons 
in Chicago daring the Triennial Conclave of the Knights Templar, Grand 
Master Ober sajs : 

On the evening of August lo, 1910, I had the honor, in company with 
W. Bro. T. John Newton, to accept an invitation to witness the con- 
ferring of the master mason degree in Lincoln Park Lodge No. 611, of 
Chicago, 111. As the titular representative of this grand lodge I was re- 
ceived most courteously. The degree was conferred in a masterly man- 
ner in the presence of INIost Worshipful Bro. A. B. Ashley, grand master 
of Illinois, several other grand masters, and about seven hundred mem- 
bers of the craft. I was fortunate enough to have accorded me an op- 
portunity to give expression to my appreciation of the artistic and real- 
istic portrayal of the celebrated tragedy upon which the degree is founded, 
and to present the felicitations of this grand lodge. On the 17th instant I 
was the recipient of a most beautifully engrossed and illuminated certifi- 
cate of my election to honorary membership in Lincoln Park Lodge 
handsomely bound in leather. I desire to record my grateful appreciation 
of this distinguished honor. 

Brother Ober might have mentioned the further fact that Grand Mas- 
ter Ashley took a conspicuous part in the work of conferring the de- 
gree. Our grand master has long been one of the most efficient and im- 
pressive ritualists in our state. 

The grand master announced that nearly all the Masonic Temple 
stock had been acquired by the grand lodge of the District of Columbia 
and that it w-as now in full control as the owner of the temple. 

The Masonic and Eastern Star Home is in a most flourishing condi- 
tion. The grand master concludes his reference to the Home by saying 
that "to the devotion of the ladies of the Eastern Star the craft owes a 
debt that can best be acknowledged and requited by the encouragement 
of substantial monetary assistance." 

The Masonic Board of Relief 
Is given high praise for its effective work regarding sojourning masons 
who seek relief. He hits squarely between the eyes when he says that — 
When we take into consideration the dual purposes of this board, 
namely the granting of relief to worthy brother master masons tempo- 
rarily sojourning in the jurisdiction, and the protection of the lodges 
against the imposition of the unworthy, together with the collateral work 
of discouraging non-affiliation and locating missing brethren, we are in 
better position to estimate the value of the board, not only to the lodges 
of this jurisdiction, but also to the craft in general. 

It is as much a duty to detect a fraud as to relieve a worthy brother. 

The Oregon "uniform system of dimits" did not meet approval. The 
committee on jurisprudence considered their own plan superior and com- 
mended it to the consideration of Oregon. 


Preparations are being made for the bi-centenary of the Grand Lodge 
of England in 1917. 

L. Cabell Williamson, representative of Illinois to the District of 
Columbia grand lodge, was present at the St. John's day stated com- 
munication held December 27. Extensive preparations were made to cele- 
brate the looth anniversary of the grand lodge in February, 191 1. 

The Report on Foreign Correspondence 

Was presented for the nth time by P.G.M. George W. Baird. As might 
reasonably be expected from this veteran correspondent the review of 
grand lodges is able and interesting. Illinois is given excellent treatment. 
He says that "the grand master made his report (not address) ; we 
think report is the better word for this purpose." 

The position of Grand Master ■ Ashley regarding non-affiliates is 
heartily commended. 

The following shows how the excellent reports of M.W. Bro. Craw- 
ford, as chairman of the committee on appeals and grievances, are re- 

The report of the committee on grievances and appeals is a model. 
It gives quite enough to enlighten the initiated, but no words that our 
enemy can use as testimony against us. 

Thinks Illinois Inconsistent. 

The report on correspondence for last year is commended as "a 
work of literary merit." The reviewer thinks Illinois was rather inconsist- 
ent in recognizing Holland, it bearing fraternal relations with the grand 
orient of France. M.W. Bro. Cook, upon whose recommendation Hol- 
land was recognized, was well fortified on the very point raised by 
Brother Baird. Reference to Gould's History of Freemasonry and other 
well established masonic authorities will abundantly prove this. The 
brother makes this very questionable statement, "But in truth the grand 
orient of France is not essentially atheistic." He proves (?) his asser- 
tion by saying that "it is possible for an atheist to join it, but a very 
large majority of its members are christians; many protestants; many 

Misunderstands Brother Robbins. 

Our brother surely was dreaming or had poor vision when he went 
over the Illinois report of proceedings. He says — 

We have had letters from Dr. Robbins in which he roundly con- 
demned the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico, and it is a surprise, now, to 
learn that he favored its recognition. 


How could our brother have received such an impression as the 
v^^ords quoted indicate? The very last words of Brother Robbins to the 
grand lodge of Illinois were dictated from his death bed and are the re- 
port of the special committee on the recognition of the grand lodge 
Valle de Mexico, pages 95-99, proceedings of Illinois for 1909. In jus- 
tice to the memory of Brother Robbins our distinguished brother should 
re-read this report. 

Grand master, J. Claude Keiper, Masonic Temple, Washington, D. C. ; 
grand secretary, Arvine W. Johnston, , Masonic Temple, Washington, 
D. C. 

ENGLAND— 1910-11. 

2,843 Lodges. Founded 1717. 210,000 Members (estimated). 

It is a most difficult task to review the proceedings of British grand 
lodges. They come in quarterly pamphlets with the most meager and 
barren details. This is equally true of England, Scotland, Ireland, and 
some of the provinces. One would naturally expect to find the "mother 
grand lodge" rich in interest to the craft throughout the world. But the 
published proceedings of England are almost as dry and devoid of inter- 
est as a patent medicine almanac. During the past year the following 
came to the notice of the Illinois reviewer : a quarterly communication 
held December 7, 1910, another March i, 191 1, the "annual grand festi- 
val" April 26, 1911, and the 3rd quarterly June 7, 1911. 

At three of these Lord Ampthill, pro grand master, was "on the 
throne," being the English way of saying that he presided. At the last 
quarterly the deputy grand master, Thomas F. Halsey, was the presid- 
ing officer. 

Grand ^Master Rarely Presides. 

The grand master was unable to be present during the year. He 
notified of his intention to be "on the throne" at the grand festival in 
April but was prevented by his illness. Having been appointed by the 
king as governor general of Canada there is little prospect of the grand 
master being more than the nominal head of the English craft during the 
present year. In fact little else is expected of him at any time. The 
pro grand master is the real head of the fraternity. 


To Assist ix Memorial. 

The most important matter presented at the nieeting in December, 
1910, was the recommendation that the sum of five hundred guineas, or 
$2,500, be voted toward the erection of a memorial to the late King 
Edward. This is not to be a masonic memorial but one for the nation 
at large. The masons merely join in the national movement by this 
contribution. The pro grand master intimated that a suitable monument 
by the fraternity would come later. 

At this meeting the present grand master, the Duke of Connaught 
and Strathearn (his real name not given) was nominated for re-election. 
Under the rule the election went over until the next meeting to be held 
in March, 191 1. He was then elected by a unanimous vote and by ac- 

The Load He Carries. 

Illinois masons may be interested to read how the grand director of 
ceremonies announced the result of the vote. It is as follows — 

Be it known, that the Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Illustrious 
Prince, Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strath- 
earn, Earl of Sussex, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, 
Knight of the Most Noble Order of "the Garter, Knight of the Most 
Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Great Master and First 
and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the 
Bath, Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick, Knight Grand 
Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Knight 
Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. 
George, Knight Grand Commander of the Most Eminent Order of the 
Indian Empire, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, a 
Member of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, a Field Mar- 
shal in the Army, &c., &:c., &c., &c.. has been duly elected Most Worship- 
ful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons of England, and for the ensuing year, whom may the 
Great Architect of the Universe long preserve. 

Is there any wonder that a man so adorned with distinctions cannot 
find time to attend the sessions and be "on the throne" of his grand 
lodge. It takes most of his time to keep his titles on straight. 

After all a Sensible Man. 

However, it appears that the Duke of Connaught is much more of a 
simple, plain, sensible man than such a jargon of titles would indicate. 
This is shown by the following letter of regret sent to explain his ab- 
sence from the annual grand festival : 
My Dear Ampthill, 

I wish to tell you Jjozi' grieved I am at being unable to attend the 
great masonic festival in the Albert hall this day week. It is, I assure 
you, as great a disappointment to me as I know it will be to all Masons, 


whom I was so looking forward to meet in such large numbers. I know 
the immense trouble you in particular, as well as Bro. Letchworth, have 
taken in all the arrangements and the immense amount of work it has 
entailed. I would have given anyiking not to have been knocked over 
by this most unwelcome attack of bronchitis, but I am afraid the weather 
is entirely responsible for it. I am recovering all right now, and if only 
the festival could have been put off a few days it would have been all 
right, as I am certain I would have been able to attend. My doctor 
insisted on my cancelling all my engagements for this month, and I felt 
that I was bound to follow his orders, especially as I have many other 
engagements in store for me the following week and all the consecutive 

ones I must now most reluctantly ask you to receive 

the address, that was to have been presented to me, in my name. 

Just as I am writing this letter the post brought me one from Bulkeley 
enclosing yours. I will most gladly receive the deputation as suggested 
by you and some day, not the 8th, in that week would suit me very well 
and I should be in London. With renewed expressions of my extreme 
regret at being obliged to disappoint you all, Believe me. 

Yours very sincerely, 

(Signed) ARTHUR. 

Some difference between Arthur and the plethora of titles quoted 


Frauds Over There. 

The board of general purposes reports that it has found "it necessary 
to issue a circular to the worshipful masters of lodges, warning them 
against certain spurious bodies calling themselves masonic, to which it is 
understood women have obtained admission as members." 

The great event of the year was the "Annual Grand Festival" held 
April 26 at "Royal Albert Hall," London. It took twelve pages of the pro- 
ceedings to contain the list of present and past officials. Most of these 
are "pasts." Past Grand Master W. B. Melish, of Ohio, was an honored 
visitor. Great disappointment was felt at the absence of the grand mas- 
ter who had signified his intention of being present, but was prevented 
by illness. Owing to the vast number who attend this annual social func- 
tion Royal Albert Hall was necessary. Nothing is given of the details 
but even a weak imagination can make interesting pictures of the occasion. 

Special Precaution. 

The election for the board of general purposes is an important matter 
for the reason that this board, during the interim of quarterly meetings, 
transacts most of the business. The "scrutineers" (tellers) were obligated 
to make a true and faithful report of the matters committed to their 


Would not the obligation of a master mason, not "to cheat, wrong 
nor defraud," be sufficient to keep a board of election tellers in the 
straight and narrow way? 

Report was made that the present ruler. King George, though not a 
mason, had presented to the grand lodge of England the masonic regalia 
of his father, the late King Edward. This was greatly appreciated. The 
gift will be treasured as a cherished possession of the grand lodge. 

A Fat Salary. 

That the grand secretary is well treated is shown by the increase of 
his salary to £2,000 or $10,000. It was, however, distinctly stated that this 
"increase shall not be considered as a permanent endowment of the of- 
fice of grand secretary, but solely as a personal recognition of the serv- 
ices which have been rendered to freemasonry by the present grand 
secretary." This was a very substantial compliment to Sir Edward Letch- 
worth, the present incumbent. 

The death of the great masonic historian, William J. Hughan, was 
mentioned without other comment. No correspondence report is made 
or published. 

Grand master, Duke of Connaught; grand secretary, Edward 
Letchworth, Freemasons' Hall, London. 

FLORIDA— 1911. 

197 Lodges. 82nd Annual. 9,501 Members. 

The book of proceedings opens as a picture gallery. The first is of 
"General Robert Butler, grand master 1832." The startling dress of 
this ancient worthy rivals the many-colored coat of Joseph of olden 
times. Next comes the fine picture of "Henry Robinson, grand treas- 
urer since 1877." One other face graces the fly leaves of the volume of 
191 1. It is that of "WiLBER P. Webster, grand secretary since 1896." 

The annual session was held at Jacksonville January 17-19 of this 
year. Grand Master Louis C. Massey was "on the throne." James C. 
Graver was present to represent Illinois. 


The Grand Master's Annual 

Was able and interesting. His first sentence challenges attention. "The 
centuries of the existence of Freemasonry sweeping onward like a 
stately river toward the ocean of eternity make the course of one year 
seem like a tributary on whose waters we have briefly glided to the 
outlet where they mingle with the majestic flood." 

He then sounds a key-note of prosperity as a state and as a grand 
lodge. "Our population as a whole has increased within the decade 
over 40 percent, while particular counties and cities have grown as if 
touched by a magic wand." 

The Death Messenger Busy. 

The passing away of P.G.M. Thomas M. Puleston brought uni- 
versal sorrow to the craft. This distinguished brother was brought to 
light in Masonry in Odin Lodge No. 503 located at Odin, 111. Other 
deaths were noted. Record is also made of the departure of Past 
Grand Master John M. Pearson, of Illinois. 

Important Adjustment. 

Much conflict of jurisdiction had troubled the Masons ot Alabama 
and Florida in times gone by. Lodges located near the line between the 
two states often trespassed on the rights of each other by receiving can- 
didates from across the border. A new rule has been agreed upon by 
the two grand lodges and further friction is avoided. The rule is "that 
persons residing in this or any adjoining state within five miles of the 
state line may petition and be made a mason in the nearest lodge, meas- 
ured by straight lines, to their residence, whether that lodge is in this or 
another grand jurisdiction." 

The grand master reports that by courtesy Florida lodges have done 
work for other states. Among those mentioned is Illinois. 

Limiting Dispensations. 

The disposition of lodges to let candidates for degrees take the 
regular course instead of trying to hurry them by dispensation has been 
increased in a marked degree. Only seven requests were made as against 
seventeen the year before. Only a few of these were granted. It is a 
positive wrong to a candidate to rush him through so that he cannot 
master the work as he goes. The grand master deprecates frequent ap- 
peals to lodges for aid. Few were permitted. 


Florida Law. 

Seventeen decisions are reported. Those of general interest raay 
be summarized as follows; 

1. A master mason, deserting his wife without cause and refusing 
to support her, is guilty of a masonic offense and is subject to discipline. 

2. A secretary of a social club with a license to sell liquors to its 
members is not engaged in the business of selling liquors within the 
meaning of the law prohibiting masons from engaging in the liquor 

3. A stenographer, not a mason, cannot take the testimony in a 
masonic trial. 

4. A dimit twenty-six years old is not out of date in the sense that 
it is void from lapse of time. However, a strict investigation of the 
character and standing of a brother applying with such a document 
is enjoined. 

5. A candidate cannot by courtesy take any degree in a lodge under 
the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico because the latter 
is treated as clandestine and not recognized by Florida. 

Under "Rulings and Regulations" a few points of Florida law may 

be of interest in Illinois. 

Lodges, as such, are prohibited from attending divine service at any 
time excepting for funerals and on St. John's days as provided in the 

Under Brother Bell's ruling as approved by our grand 'lodge, St. 
John's days are cut out. 

Card Receipts. 

2. In view of the fact that Illinois has gone into the documentary 
evidence column the following will suggest a very practical way of fur- 
nishing our members with proper written credentials. The rule is as 
follows ; 

In order to comply with the requirements of jurisdictions requiring 
documentary evidence as a pre-requisite for examination of visitors, in 
addition to tests already prescribed, this grand lodge shall furnish to 
the particular lodges a card receipt for dues, to be issued under the seal 
of the lodge, having upon the reverse a certificate attested by the seal 
of the grand lodge, that the lodge issuing the card is a regular lodge 
holding a charter from the Grand Lodge of Florida. This card to be 
furnished without expense to the lodges or their members. The word- 
ing and issue of the card receipts to be under rules and regulations 
prescribed by the grand secretary with the approval of the grand master. 


Thev Have a Temple. 

The report of the temple trustees shows that they have 

First mortgage bonds $ 70,000.00 

Second mortgage bonds 20,000.00 

Masonic Home loan 14.000.DO 

Money borrowed by trustees 3,500.00 

Total $107,500.00 

Less sinking fund 4,000.00 

Net indebtedness $103,500.00 

The net earnings of the temple for the year were given at $1,186.17. 
Pretty small returns for such large responsibilities? It requires a large 
courage for a membership of less than 10,000 to shoulder such a burden. 

Work at Grand Lodge. 

A beautiful custom, continued from year to year, is the conferring 
of each of the three degrees during the grand lodge session. Tuesday 
evening is for the entered apprentice, Wednesday, the fellow craft and 
Thursday, master mason. Representatives from all parts of the state 
see the work well done and return to their lodges with higher ideals. 

Rejected candidates must now wait five years in the alligator state 
before they can petition again. Formerly it was one year as in Illinois. 

Our southern brethren still cling to the anachronism of conferring 
the "past master's degree." There were forty-six candidates who re- 
ceived this reminder of the fact that they were back numbers. Illinois 
once did this foolishness but it has long since reformed. 

The grand orator presented an e.xcellent discussion of "Self Con- 

In Florida the grand chaplain is elected by the grand lodge. One 
other peculiar practice is shown in the following from the record. 

The grand treasurer, grand secretary and grand chaplain having 
been re-elected, and the grand tyler reappointed, their installation was 
not necessary at this time. 

In most grand lodges all are installed, re-elected with the elected 

Florida and Illinois track pretty well on recognition. Only two grand 
bodies are in fellowship with the former which are not sufficiently regu- 
lar to get by the standards of the latter. These are Costa Rica and 
Porto Rico. These are scarcely up to the Florida standard and must 
have slipped in where no one was looking. 



Correspondence Report. 

The writer was greatly disappointed to find that the excellent re- 
view of grand lodges presented by M.W. Bro. Silas B. Wright did not 
contain Illinois. Evidently our proceedings did not reach him in time. 
It makes a long wait for another year. Brother Wright's report well 
repays a careful perusal. In his "conclusion" he touches upon many top- 
ics of interest. He says that "the cloud (the color line) which came 
between Mississippi and New Jersey is not assuming serious proportions 
and we think is safely quarantined." Brother, how would you quaran- 
tine a cloud? 

Regarding documents as evidence of good standing the reviewer 
Other states have adopted the identification cards and now more 
than twenty states require documentary evidence as a prerequisite to 
examination. In no case does the "documentary evidence" take the place 
of the regular examination, but it is well to know that the applicant, if 
unintroduced and unvouched comes from a regular lodge before pro- 
ceeding to examine him. 

Grand Master, Albert W. Gilchrist, Tallahassee; grand secretary, 
WiLBER P. Webster, Jacksonville. 

GEORGIA— 1910. 

592 Lodges. 124TH Annual. 32,708 Members. 

(Last year's figures.) 

Georgia is disposed to be most considerate of its presiding officers. 
Both the retiring grand master, Bro. Henry Banks, and the present 
grand master, Bro. Geo. M. Napier, are honored by having steel engrav- 
ings of their faces and forms to ornament the handsome book of pro- 

The annual session was held at Macon, beginning October 25, 1910. 
The representative of Illinois was prominent by his absence. 

Apron and Jewel. 

Before entering upon the work of the meeting Grand Master Banks 
presented P.D.G.M. and Grand Treasurer Rushin a handsome jewel in 
consequence of his thirty years' continuous attendance at grand lodge. 


Brother Rushin was sick at the hotel and the presentation was made 
there through a committee. 

The grand master further said — 

We have another brother, whose attendance upon this grand lodge 
has been, for so long a period that '"the memory of man runneth not to 
the contrary." This masonic college never anticipated that any pupil 
would ever attend for so long a time and so it has failed to provide a 
reward of merit for such extended attendance. There is one with us 
today who has just answered to the call of his name for the fiftieth 
year. Knowing this, I have anticipated your washes and have taken the 
liberty in your name of having prepared a fitting testimonial of his long 

The grand master referred to the lodges as schools and the grand 
lodge as a college. 

Grand Master's Address 

By Brother Banks was a lengthy and exhaustive presentation of his 
year's work. It was clothed in choice language as the opening paragraph 
will show. 

Change is a universal law. It is written in the firmament above and 
stamped upon the rolling world beneath. Since last we met the chang- 
ing seasons have laid iheir tribute in the lap of time, and twelve months 
with their joys and sorrows, their smiles and tears, their battles fought 
and victories won, have been numbered with the centuries that lie buried 
in the tomb of the past. To me these months have passed with such 
nimble feet and smiling faces that it seems but yesterday that standing 
in this place you crowned my many years of service with your highest 
honor and laid upon my shoulders the ermine of this e.xalted station. 

The death of P.G.M. Pearson is noted. 

Too Much for Themselves. 

The system of paying out the funds of the grand lodge came in for 
severe excoriation. The grand master says that "a pay roll of $19,287.80 
for a three days' session of this grand lodge and $6,109.09 for the sup- 
port of our Masonic Home is not consistent within our profession of 
love for our distressed brothers, their wives, widows and orphans and 
is not good financiering. Three times as much goes into our pockets for 
a three days' session of this grand lodge as we expend in twelve months 
for charity at our Masonic Home." He further shows that the pay roll 
for ten years amounts to $155,142.68 for thirty days' attendance at the 
grand lodge meetings. It must be confessed that this is a pretty stiff 
indictment. Elsewhere it is shown that the lodges are slack in their 
contributions to the Home. The total contributions for the year were 
$87.84. The finance committee approved the strictures of the grand 
master regarding the expenditures but suggested no remedy. A reduc- 
tion of mileage and per diem would help some. In Illinois with over 


ico,ooo memljers our mileage and per diem account is no more than that 
of Georgia with its 35,coo. 

It is shown that the bank carrying the account of the grand lodge 
pays 5J/2 percent per annum on daily balances. 

A Temple Home 

P'or the grand lodge is under consideration but the way was not open 
to embark on so serious an undertaking. A committee w'as appointed to 
formulate some plan of financing the enterprise. It does not appear that 
such a building will be very speedily erected. 

The grand master speaks of the fact that the grand secretary's mother 
is his office assistant, and closes by saying that "the mantle of that great 
and good man and mason, Andrew M. Wolihin, has indeed fallen upon 
the shoulders of a devoted son and a consecrated mother." 

The Masonic Home. 

Brother Banks refers to the Home and its needs as follows; 

Crowning the hills upon the banks of the Ocmulgee and overlooking 
this beautiful city sits the gem of Georgia masonry, the one monument 
she has erected in the name of sweet charity. It is our Masonic Home. 
We have done well by the Home, but we should do more. We have 
cared for many, but there are many others who should find shelter there 
from the storms and ills of life. We need room. We are cramped. 
The old and feeble are surrounded and annoyed with the noise of the 
young. The aged cannot have that quiet peaceful hours that old age 
craves. We should have more room, so that the old could be separated 
from the young. 

A Novel Plan. 

To raise $12,500 to make the improvements needed the grand master 
suggests the following unique method. 

I believe that if this grand lodge will charter a lodge at the Home, 
to be known as the Masonic Home Lodge, and permit dual membership, 
so far as this lodge is concerned only, that every mason, or almost every 
one, would readily and gladly become a member of it. Let a certificate 
be issued and furnished each lodge in the state to be filled out by the 
secretary of the lodge, as many certificates to each lodge as there are 
members of it, and upon the payment of fifty cents by a brother, let the 
secretary of the lodge furnish him with the certificate or diploma, cer- 
tifying that he is a member the Masonic Home Lodge. I feel sure 
by this method we would raise more than the amount we need for im- 
provement, at the Home. 

Ask the Ladies to Help. 

The grand lodge invited the grand chapter of the Eastern Star to 
name two ladies to serve as members of the Masonic Home board. 


There is much merit in this action. In every Home, especially for the 
care of children, "mere man" is not wholly capable of performing all 
the duties in the best way. A woman can see and know things about a 
home that escape the attention of the most obser\-ing man no matter 
how vigilant he may be. Woman is the home maker. The hint from 
Georgia might be useful elsewhere. 

A Tireless Grand Master. 

Brother Banks broke the record for visitation and travel held by 
that princely man, Tom Jeffries. Brother Jeffries rejoiced in the good 
work. He traveled over 6,000 miles and made visits to forty lodges. 
Brother Banks made 106 visitations and traveled more than 15,000 
miles by railroad and 400 miles by private conveyance. Surely this good 
and faithful servant is entitled to his reward of rest and quiet. 

Another Record Smashed. 

Grand Master Banks reported seventy-eight decisions. He calls at- 
tention to the use of their code of laws but encourages so large a num- 
ber of useless questions by reporting them to the grand lodge. Very 
few of these decisions are more than re-statement of local law. In one 
case the W.M. announced in advance that the meeting fixed by the by- 
laws to elect officers would be postponed. The brethren, however, did 
not postpone. They met and elected officers in the usual way. The 
grand master decided the election legal. A master cannot postpone a 
stated meeting of the lodge. The grand master held that a senior war- 
den could not be elected to fill a vacancy in the office of master. The 
grand lodge on recommendation of the committee reversed this decision. 
It was decided that a traveling man who had never acquired a legal 
residence could petition a lodge for the degrees. At this distance this 
looks like bad law. 

It was held that a man engaged in selling "near beer" was a liquor 
dealer and could not retain membership. 

A man 70 years old was held not disqualified for admission unless 
he was in his dotage. There is no age limit in masonry. 

Some Theology. 

Question No. 78 was as follows ; "Is it unmasonic to use the name 
of Jesus Christ in a masonic prayer?" The grand master decided — 

That it is not. Masonry does not conflict with the duty we owe 
to God. The form of prayer is a matter between he who prays and 
Him to whom the prayer is offered. If my prayer must have the name 
of Jesus in it to constitute it prayer, and if it is my duty to. pray to God, 
then to compel me to eliminate the name of Jesus from my prayer would 


interfere with a dutj- I owe to God. Masonry requires no such sacrifice 
from christian masons. The christian mason has no right to require his 
Hebrew, Mohammedan or Unitarian brother to broaden his prayer and 
use the name of Jesus, and they have no right to require the christian 
mason to ehminate what he conceives to be the most important and vital 
element of prayer, "in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ." 

The committee on jurisprudence held otherwise and the grand lodge 
adopted the committee's report. 

San Salvador was refused recognition. 

There were charters ordered for twenty-two new lodges. 

Would Not Have It. 

Grand Master Banks announced that he believed in one term for 
the grand master. Prior to the ballot being taken he said "if you do 
not believe I am in earnest just cast your ballots for me and re-elect 
me and I will at once declare no election and order another ballot." He 
was not elected and the one term precedent has been set in Georgia. 
The wisdom of this course is doubtful. The great office is not estab- 
lished that brethren may be honored but that the craft may be served. 
That a second year is of greater use than the first is proven without 
argument. Experience is valuable. 

The Annual Review 

Of grand lodges was again presented by A. Q. Moody, committee on 
foreign correspondence. It is a well written report. In his conclusion 
Brother Moody does not appear enamored of some of the rules in force 
in some states relating to physical qualifications. He says that — 

Most grand lodges have declared, if an applicant can conform to 
the requirements of the iltual, he is eligible to the degrees, while Penn- 
sylvania and perhaps a few others have decreed that a man, who other- 
wise might serve physically as a model for the Apollo Belvidere, if he 
has six toes on one foot, is unfit to be a mason. 

As TO Illinois. 

The reviewer deals liberally with our grand lodge. He says of 
Brother Bell that "the grand master made a forcible address." He said 
that "the grand master paid a high tribute to Bro. Joseph Robbins who 
for fifty years had been a dominant factor in Illinois masonic affairs." 
The following quotation explains itself. 

A brother was tried for keeping a saloon and was expelled, al- 
though there was no law of the grand lodge which forbade it. The 
grand master set aside the trial, and restored the brother to membership. 

It seems to us, the grand master exceeded the powers delegated to 
him, and that this could only be done by the grand lodge. However, 
the decision was sustained by the committee on jurisprudence. 


Off ox Mexico. 

Our brother says that "a special committee recommended the recog- 
nition of the grand lodge Valle de Mexico. Bro. Joseph Robbins op- 
posed the report." The facts were that a special committee of five, of 
which Brother Robbins was chairman, reported against recognition. The 
report was signed by four members of the committee, while the other 
member dissented. The report of the committee was adopted and rec- 
ognition refused. 

Of Brother Rogers' oration the reviewer says that it was "an in- 
structive address." He then makes a lengthy quotation. Of Brother 
Cook's report he says, "Notwithstanding this modest disclaimer, Brother 
Cook has done the work well." Brother Cook's reference to "near 
beer" in Georgia is quoted with this comment, "Your criticism may be all 
right from an Illinois standpoint, Brother Cook." 

Grand master, Geo. M. Napier, Decatur; grand secretar}^ W. A. 
WoLiHiN, Macon. 

HOLLAND— 1911. 

Two years ago the grand lodge of Illinois on recommendation of the 
committee on correspondence voted to recognize the grand lodge of Hol- 
land and exchange representatives. The grand master has completed 
the negotiations and_ the two grand lodges bear toward each other fra- 
ternal relations, and are in full masonic fellowship. This correspondent 
regrets that he is unable to speak or read the language of the Nether- 
lands. He is, therefore, unable to review the proceedings of this grand 
lodge received June lo, 1911. 

Information as to number of members, lodges and date of organiza- 
tion was asked by letter June 10, igii. Up to time of printing no response 
has been received. 


IDAHO— 1910. 

55 Lodges. 43Rd Annual. 3,165 ^Members. 

Growth and progress are shown in the proceedings of Idaho's 43rd 
annual gathering. A page picture of Grand Master Byron S. Defenbach 
is the opening adornment. On the title page appears these words : "Or- 
dered that the worshipful masters shall read the proceedings of the 
grand lodge, or cause the same to be read, to their respective lodges, 
within three months from the receipt thereof, which fact the secretaries 
arc required to report to the grand secretary forthwith under the seal 
01 the lodge." The book required to be read has 333 pages and makes a 
pretty good job for some full-voiced brother. 

Will Even One Do It? 

The guess is made that this order will not be obeyed in one lodge 
out of the fifty-five. Why make it necessary for a secretary to falsify 
in his report? Lodges have more valuable work to do than droning out 
the reading of a book much of which is only intended for reviewers, 
historians and those who may desire to hunt up some law or fact. Four 
specials to lay corner stones are reported. The annual met at Boise 
September 13. Twelve lodges U.D. show considerable growth in this 
mining and mountainous state. Considering its sparse settlement and 
small population it is most creditable. 

Illinois appears unrepresented. 

Grand Master's Report. 

Grand Master Gagon did not attempt much in rhetoric, poetry or 
well-rounded periods. His report is a business document and sets forth in 
plain language the doings of the year. In speaking of the growth he 
says that "The large immigration of masons 'good men and true' who 
have come into our jurisdiction the last few years and who have 
builded homes among us, has placed us at high tide. The year's en- 
deavor speaks eloquently of results, showing harmony and contentment, 
as well as a wonderful growth of membership." 

He mentions the death of our beloved P.G.AI., John M. Pearson. 

Thinks It Useless. 

The grand master says — 

I have yet to learn the object of the appointment of grand repre- 
sentatives, the position being merely honorary, and, so far as I can 


discern, the honor is so limited as to be practically imperceptible. The 
custom appears to have originated only to confer upon certain members 
an empty title. 

The legal way of communication between different jurisdictions is 
through the grand masters and I can see no valid reason for the con- 
tinuance of the practice. 

There is much force in this observation owing to the slipshod meth- 
ods of many grand lodges in keeping a friend at court. 

Refuses Dispensations. 

The grand master refused to attempt by dispensation to set aside a 
law prohibiting a lodge from giving masonic burial to a brother who 
had been dimitted more than one year. There appear two good reasons 
for the grand master's attitude. First, the law is a good one. Second, 
the grand master has no power by dispensation or otherwise to set aside 
a law enacted by the grand lodge. He refused to grant the privilege 
of a ballot on a candidate in less than legal time. Wise again. 

Idaho Law. 

The grand master makes a distinction between "questions answered" 
and "decisions." When the grand lodge approves, this appears to be a 
distinction without a difference. Of "questions answered" there was 
quite a flow, being ^^ in number. 

In one of these where a petition has not been received by the lodge, 
the grand master held "that the petition should be rejected." He prob- 
ably meant that it be withdrawn. Until the lodge had made it its own, 
there could scarcely be a rejection. 

Most of the answers to questions were formal and local. However, 
the following will be of interest in Illinois. 

Q. Is a person who is a native of Persia, born of an Armenian 
mother and a Persian father, eligible to the degrees of Masonry? 

A. Every lodge in this jurisdiction is the sole judge of who shall 
become its members. Under the conditions stated, I suggest that the 
petition be not received. 

The jurisprudence committee properly curbed the power of a lodge 
as the "sole judge" by adding "provided they keep within the laws of 
this grand lodge and landmarks and regulations of masonry." It was a 
wise thing to stop up a little of the wide-openness announced by the 
grand master. 

Better Lose the Key. 

The only "decision" reported was that the wardens and senior dea- 
con should have the right to use the "key" to the work the same as 


the master. Idaho is skating on very thin ice in trying to "key"-up its 
work. Experience in Illinois, where the system of ritualistic instruction 
is peerless, is that the "from-mouth-to-ear" method is most effective. 
The small part in print in the Standard Monitor is where the worker 
almost invariably falls down. 

Orphans' Funds. 

The grand treasurer reports $57,947.22 of funds for charitable pur- 
poses. For a grand lodge with only a little over 3,000 members this 
looks like a substantial provision for those who need help. There ap- 
pears to be no home or movement for one. So small a jurisdiction 
scarcely needs it. Individual charity with such a large fund to draw 
upon seems ample. 

Our Illinois List. 

The grand secretary reports having supplied all their lodges with 
the list of regular lodges throughout the world prepared by our grand 
lodge and furnished by the official printers, the Pantagraph Printing and 
Stationery Co. This list on the secretary's desk is a very complete check 
to claims of regularity when a document is presented emanating from 
a spurious and clandestine lodge. 

A Wise Lecturer. 

Brother Mackintosh, grand lecturer, puts these golden words into 
his report. 

After a careful consideration of the complex problem of the key 
and the lecturer, I am but more firmly convinced that the key is an 
error and should be dispensed with. 

Should the grand lodge in its wisdom still see fit to retain the key, 
however, I believe there should be a revision of the statutes relative to 
the esoteric work, that the same may not conflict ; furthermore I believe 
that everv mason should have the key and the office of grand lecturer be 
abolished. In event of the key being continued it seems to me unneces- 
sary to go to an}^ further expense for the promulgation of the Idaho 

These recommendations are made in the hope that the key will be 
abolished, and I therefore W'Ould most earnestly urge that the keys be 
all recalled, destroyed and that the grand lecturer take unto himself 
suitable assistants and with their help so promulgate the work that the 
key or its expose be useless. 

Ephraim was joined to his idols and the key remains. The grand 
lecturer's wisdom went for naught. They voted down his recommenda- 


A Signet Ring 

Is the property of the grand lodge and is handed down from one grand 
master to his successor. This ring is the symbolic emblem of the office 
of grand master of that state. The ceremony of its transfer is an in- 
teresting one. 

Bro. George E. Kuepper for the ninth time presents the review of 
grand lodges. He does not indulge in a head or tailpiece via introduc- 
tion and closing but jumps headlong into his work. He writes a read- 
able and valuable report. 

As TO Illinois. 

No complaint is due from our grand lodge. Illinois is given ample 
space. Liberal comment and quotation appear. 

He draws heavily on Brother Bell's annual report. The action on 
the Clinton lodge liquor case is given full notice, but without comment 
of either approval or disapproval. He closes his review of Brother 
Bell's address as follows ; 

A very appropriate conclusion closes the grand master's address, 
which is a document in every way worthy of the grand master and the 
grand lodge he represents. 

With Brother Moulton. 

Regarding action on Valle de Mexico Brother Kuepper says that 
he is in sympathy with the attitude of Brother Moulton. This is natural 
so long as Idaho trots in double harness with the Mexican body. How- 
ever, now that there has been a rebellion and Valle de Mexico is the 
name of the seceding branch and pays its allegiance to a Scottish Rite 
body, some change must be made. The original grand body has assumed 
a new name and the rebels bear the old. Mexican masonry is a mixed 
quantity and it may be some time before there is anything. in that revo- 
lutionary country worthy of the fellowship of ancient craft masons. 

Rogers and Cook. 

With the oration he is quite in love. He thus describes it. 

An oration was delivered by the grand orator, Bro. Euclid B. Rog- 
ers, on the subject of "The World Growing Better." This was one of 
the j oiliest masonic orations that we have ever read, and intensely in- 
teresting from beginning to end. He quotes poetry liberally. The first 
poem quoted bears the earmarks of originality. 

He then quotes the poem and adds, "If this is original and, we take 
it to be, we surely have another poet laureate in embryo." 


The reviewer says that "The report on correspondence covers over 
300 pages and is clear evidence that there is sufficient ability left in the 
state of Illinois to write a first class correspondence report." 

The grand master, BvROX S. Defenbach, Sand Point; grand secre- 
tary, Theophilus W. Randall, Boise. 

INDIANA— 1911. 

542 LoEGES. 90TH Annual. 57499 Members. 

One hour prior to the time of opening, the grand lodge of Indiana 
is called to order to listen to a stated address provided for in advance. 
It evidently takes the place of the oration in our grand lodge. This 
year, Bro. Charles P. Benedict gave a forceful address on ''The great 
light in ]\Iasonry." He says that — 

Masonry recognizes the bible as the masterpiece of human philos- 
ophy and the greatest spiritual light of all time, the m.ost profound 
thought upon the vital questions of human life and destiny, and floods 
its temple with its hope and glory, securing to all who enter its portals 
the fruits of its teachings. 

It would be pleasing to make other quotations but space will not 

The record shows that this is the 90th annual communication but 
the 94th year of the grand lodge. There appear to be some missing 

The Illinois representative was not present. 

Annual Address. 

The grand master notes that this year is greatest in growth in the 
history of the Hoosier grand lodge, there being a net gain of 2,789. The 
death of our two distinguished past grand masters, John M. Pearson 
and John C. Smith, is mentioned. 

Under Indiana law the grand master passes upon lodge by-laws. 
He reports that he refused to approve an amendment to the law of a 
lodge relieving members of the age of 70 years and over from the pay- 
ment of dues. This certainly is wise. Men at 70 ought to have accumu- 
lated enough property to be able to pay the small sum fixed as dues 


b}- a lodge. If too poor to pay an}- masonic lodge will willingly remit. 
A mason who has paid dues for many years has only borne his equal 
share of the financial burdens of his lodge and has received a full equiva- 
lent in lodge privileges and benefits. He is entitled to no special credit 
for having done his duty. It is not fair to young members to make 
them carry the load while older and generally wealthier members go 

An Illinois Case. 

The grand master reports the action of Casey Lodge No. 442 of 
Illinois in expelling John Leslie Drake, because, while a resident of 
Indiana and temporarily being in Casey, 111., he petitioned Casey lodge 
for the degrees. He was elected and initiated. By order of Grand 
Master Ashley he w-as put upon trial and expelled. 

The following is a novelty on the question of physical qualifications. 
The Indiana law is as follows ; 

That the grand master may, with the consent of the committee on 
jurisprudence, allow lodges to receive and ballot on petitions for mem- 
bership of those who can, by the aid of artificial appliances, conform to 
the ceremonies of the order. 

The grand master evidently most heartily disapproves this law. He 
found a reason for denying each application because there was no com- 
mittee on jurisprudence to consent. Patched up cripples hardly meet 
requirements for the physically perfect man required to bear burdens 
or work in the quarries. The law was not repealed but is still in force. 

Widows' and Orphans' Home. 

Indiana has made a real start toward a Home. Last year a tax of 
twenty-five cents per member was imposed. This brought into the 
treasury over $13,000. Every lodge paid cheerfully except one. It paid 
but filed a protest. It looks as though the greatest work that it is the 
privilege of Masons to perform, will soon be well under way. Judging 
by the title the poor, old helpless brother is to be left out. It is to be 
a "Widows' and Orphans' Home." 

Surely the aged and indigent mason will not be overlooked in this 
beautiful beneficence. 

Grand Secretary Prather is entitled to thanks of reviewers. He 
puts his "statistical"' table in so simple and plain a form that it is easy 
to get at the number of lodges, membership and growth. In many 
grand lodges it takes time and labor- to get this information. It cannot 
then always be done. 

The "grand lodge hall" is a paying institution. Last year it pro- 
duced $6,474.16. The expenses of maintenance were $1,692.54. Leaving 



"velvet" of $4,781.62. To do this, however, all kinds and classes were 
permitted to use it at so "much per." 

The grand treasurer is allowed two percent of the receipts. This 
year the amount was $757.22. Usually the grand treasurer is quite will- 
ing to serve on a small salary with the use of a considerable sum 
generally on deposit. 

Graceful Recogxitiox. 

By resolution the grand lodge tendered th'e use of the "Alasonic 
Grand Lodge Hall" to the sovereign grand lodge of Odd Fellows which 
met in Indianapolis in September. Also, "That this masonic grand lodge 
extends to the said sovereign grand lodge of that great fraternal or- 
ganization its most cordial and kindly greetings, with its best wishes 
for a successful session." 

This shows the true principle of fraternity and is most creditable 
to the Hoosier craft. 

The annual 6 o'clock banquet was enjoyed on Tuesday evening. Ma- 
sons do well to be sociable. Steps were taken to affiliate with the "Ma- 
sonic Relief Association of the U. S. and Canada." This is a great 
central organization doing much good in helping the needy mason and 
exposing dead beats and frauds. 

An efifort was made to require a secret, verbal report to the master 
on candidates but the grand lodge refused to change the law. It works 
admirabh' in Illinois and imposes no hardship on the master receiving 
the secret report. 

The Axnual Review 

Of grand lodges appears as the handiwork of Daxiel McDoxald, the 
senioi* past grand master of Indiana. He was not able to be present on 
account of his enfeebled condition. He wrote a letter to the grand 
lodge saying that it would probably be his last report. In his introduc- 
tion he refers to this as the 13th report and the silly superstition that 
in this number there is something unlucky. 

As TO Illixois. 

The review is for our grand lodge of 1910. Brother McDoxald has 
the correct term and signs himself "reviewer" rather than correspondent. 
Liberal quotation is made from the report of Grand Master Ashley 
with evident approval. Allusion is made to the grand orator, Fraxk G. 
Smith, who "delivered an interesting oration." 

Brother McDonald excepts to the statement that the grand master 
of Ohio acted within his proper prerogative in making President Taft 
a mason at sight. He denies that there is such a landmark and says 


the grand lodge of Ohio has no power to authorize this course. He 
says that — 

A. G. Mackey's eighth landmark, to which Brother Scott refers, was 
designated and numbered the eighth landmark by A. G. Mackey, and 
is no more a landmark than if it had been written and numbered by Bro. 
Owen Scott. 

In the review of Indiana for last year it was stated that the grand 
lodge adopted the report of the committee on correspondence but to this 
Brother McDonald excepts. The writer is glad to be corrected but 
must insist that the language of the record was so obscure as to leave 
that impression. 

Grand master, Wm. H. Swintz, South Bend; grand secretary, Cal- 
vin W. Prather, Indianapolis. 

IOWA— 1911. 

520 Lodges. 68th Annual. 44,399 Members. 

The volume of proceedings detailing the business of the grand lodge 
of Iowa for 191 1 is a magnificent specimen of the printer's art. It is 
beautifully illustrated with numerous pictures. Grand Secretary Parvin 
has a penchant for fancy headings and ornate initials. The book con- 
tains "/^"j pages, exceeding the Illinois proceedings of 1910 by 146. How- 
ever, there is not a dull moment to a reader of this bulky report of the 
year's work. 

The sixty-eighth annual session of the grand lodge was held at 
Cedar Rapids, "the home of the only masonic library building in the 
world." This stares the reader from the outside cover page and he is 
not allowed to forget it as he delves into the masonic contents of this 
book of proceedings. 

A "Proem" 

To the grand lodge session was given in a public meeting in the opera 
house uist preceding the formal opening. Welcome and response in- 
terspersed with music by a male quartet put the brethren in tune for a 
good time and a profitable session. 

The grand master made no attempt at flowers of oratory but made a 
most sensible and practical report of the year's work. 


Masonry not a Religion. 

He makes clear a truth that needs emphasis when he says that — 
Masonry is not a religion ; yet masonry is founded upon religious 
truths, and whether he wills it or not, or is even conscious thereof, the 
masonic votary is brought nearer to the Supreme Being in whom he 
has expressed a belief. The whole masonic fabric is to make men 
wiser, better, and consequently happier. 

Masonry is "a progressive moral science," intended to elevate man, 
but in no way assumes to be a religion or to rival or supplant the 
church. Those masons who claim otherwise do the craft an uncon- 
scious injury. 

Two past grand masters, Daniel W. Clements and Willard L. 
Eaton laid off the harness to enter pastures of eternal rest. 

Thinks Decisions Unimportant. 

The grand master minimizes the importance of decisions. The com- 
mittee on jurisprudence did not agree. Four decisions are reported and 
all approved. One holds that a member who dimits from a lodge and 
changes his residence to another state cannot affiliate without regaining 
Iowa residence and waiting six months. In Illinois there is no territorial 
jurisdiction in affiliation. A mason may place his dimit as he chooses. 
Under Iowa law, where a master or other officer moves from the terri- 
torial jurisdiction of his lodge, his office becomes vacant. Not so here. 
Other decisions of no outside interest. 

Only one dispensation for a new lodge was issued. The grand mas- 
ter thought the state well supplied with lodges and discouraged the 
formation of new ones except where there were special needs. 

Life AIembership Alive. 

The grand master reported attempts at evasion of the law prohibit- 
ing life membership. Prompt orders were given to cause dues to be 
required of all equally, exempting none except for inability to pay. This 
is the only fair and just method for lodges. Honorary' membership is 
' also prohibited. The brethren are strongly urged to read the report on 
masonic correspondence. The grand master says — 

One splendid thing lies in a good report on fraternal correspond- 
ence in this : That no good, live mason can read it without giving more 
value to his masonry and feeling proud of the great work which our 
institution is doing for the good of humanity. There is much matter 
of general masonic interest presented, and taken as a whole it contains 
more real information than masonic journals. The moral is. read the 
report; take the advance copy home, read it, let other brothers read it, 
read extracts from it to the lodge. AH will get good from the report. 


Flowery Finanxes. 

Grand Secretary Parvin^ in his report is long on poetry. One 
scarcely expects the sentimental turn in one charged with keeping the 
facts and figures of a great body in their prosaic places. The grand 
secretary's report gleams with poetic beauty on the slightest provocation. 
Perhaps he imbibes so much of the literary spirit as librarian that he 
makes his reports a safety valve for the pent up stores of imaginative 

Brother Parvin reports the death of five distinguished masons, 
three of England, one of Scotland, and one of Germany, who had been 
given the honorary rank and title of "past senior grand warden." He 
recommends that three other British notables be similarly honored. 
Such procedure is almost, if not quite, unique in America. Rank and 
title sit very lightly on the shoulders of people in this country. Why 
should a grand lodge 4,000 miles away call a man a "past senior grand 
warden" when he never actually served in that position? If he is to 
be honored would not the rank of past grand master be more proper? 

The grand secretary reports the gift to the library of a table made 
of 37A73 pieces of wood, many of which are of historic interest. Some 
came from Connecticut's old "charter oak" and others from various 
other sources equally rare. The compasses and square and other ma- 
sonic emblems are curiously wrought into the top of this unique table. 

Methods of Relief. 

Iowa has no Masonic Home. They have a "grand charity fund" of 
considerable size and dispense this to individuals as needed. There 
were fifty-three cases of permanent relief during the year, in wdiich 
$7-337-54 were expended. No doubt much good is done in this way and 
our Hawkeye neighbors cannot be considered wanting in care for ma- 
sonic dependents. It is simply a question of methods. Most grand 
lodges have found the Masonic Home plan most satisfactory. Where 
the beneficiaries are brought together they can have better facilities for 
care and nurture than when they are so widely scattered as they must be 
in the Iowa plan. 

Past senior grand warden, Lafe Young, lately appointed U. S. sena- 
tor to succeed the late Senator Dolliver, was present for the first time 
in two decades. He was introduced and made such a speech as the bril- 
liant Iowa editor only can! It has been the privilege of the writer to 
have had a somewhat intimate acquaintance with Brother Young. 

The death of our well known past grand master, John M. Pearson. 
i? referred to by the obituary committee as John Wills Pierson. 



Xo Rotation There. 

In the election of grand officers there appears to have been a com- 
plete "shake-up." Not one of the officers in line was elected. It ap- 
peared that no man whose name began with any other letter than B 
was considered. Brothers Block, Barry and Belt were chosen for the 
three topmost stations. 

As last jear the grand high priest of the grand chapter and the 
thrice illustrious grand master of the grand council were presented 
as such. 

A committee of three learned masons had been appointed to report 
the essentials of "Recognition of Grand Bodies." They presented a 
very able and exhaustive review of the whole question. Their summary 
is as follows ; 

To the end that there may be something definite as a basis for your 
action, your committee make the following recommendations : 

First. That it is the judgment and conclusion of this grand lodge 
that grand lodge authority and legitimacy is derived from the consent 
and action of subordinate lodges. 

Second. That the legitimacy of a subordinate lodge depends upon 
its being able to trace its lineage from the parent grand lodge of Eng- 
land or the British Isles. 

These two essentials are good as far as they go. 

Left Out the Bible. 

There cannot fail to be some disappointment at the omission of the 
requirement for the Great Light on the altars of lodges. The misfor- 
tune is that the committee in its argument distinctly excludes the Bible 
as one of the essentials. Here is what it says — 

The Bible is used among masons as the symbol of the will of God, 
however it may be expressed. And, therefore, whatever to any people 
expresses that will may be used as a substitute for the Bible in a masonic 
lodge. In some sections the old Testament alone is used ; in some, the 
new Testament; in others, the Koran and the Vedas, but all with the 
same idea and purpose and in harmony with the required faith in God. 

If this be true why require that a grand body trace its lineage back 
to the grand lodge of England or the British Isles? They require the 
Bible and no other. Iowa is hardly on the solid rock by this report. 

It was ordered that a portrait in oil of Theodore S. Parvin, grand 
secretary for fifty-seven years, from 1844 to 1901, be purchased at a cost 
not exceeding $400. 

The Correspondence Report 

Written by Louis Block, now grand master, is a vcn,- able, exhaustive 
and discriminating review of grand lodges. He gives Illinois excellent 


treatment, commending and criticizing as he feels impelled by his views 
on the work of our grand lodge. He begins by saying — 

We pick up this volume of proceedings in anticipation of receiv- 
ing considerable pleasure and profit from its pages, for judging from 
past experience it has always been a pleasure to review the masonic work 
of our Illinois brethren. 

We cannot refrain from complimenting them upon the excellent 
quality of their printing and the neat and artistic binding in which it is 

Of the prayer of Brother Bailey, the grand chaplain, he says "It 
is a genuine masonic prayer welling forth from the fullness of a true 
masonic soul." He quotes copiously from Grand Master Ashley's an- 
nual report. 

Of the oration he says that "Bro. Frank G. Smith, the grand ora- 
tor, delivered a splendid oration, thus conferring distinguished honor 
upon the great Smith family." He regrets that he cannot give the en- 
tire oration but quotes two full pages, and adds — 

As long as we can clip such splendid stuff as this from the pages 
that come to us for review, we propose to keep our scissors sharp and 
use them freely. 

As we look upon it, it is the duty of the committee of foreign cor- 
respondence to scatter wide the seeds of thought and flowers of feeling, 
no matter in what masonic field they may grow. 

Brother Block brings the blush to the cheek of the writer of the 
report on correspondence when he says — 

Past Grand Master Owen Scott writes a magnificent report on for- 
eign correspondence, having covered 245 pages w'ith the results of his 
painstaking labor. He certainly is a paragon of industry and zeal. It 
is one of the best that it has ever been our pleasure to peruse. 

Ritual Not All. 

But the blush soon fades. The following two pages are filled with 
an assault of his 14-inch guns on some of the cherished positions taken 
in the report of 1910. He thinks the masonic club may have a useful 
place. Brother Block surely hits the bull's-eye when he says — 

The mason who can rattle off the ritual is too often idolized, while 
the mason who has penetrated beneath the letter of the ritual to its in- 
ward inspiration and meaning, is treated with good humored toleration 
as a sort of harmless nuisance and is too often denied the praise and 
encouragement which he deserves. 

He thinks the club can do something to inspire more thoughtful 
rendition of the ritual. The philosophy of his position is not easily 
seen. Why can a club do more than a lodge? 

The most serious offense of this correspondent in the eyes of our 
Iowa brother is the reference to bodies based on masonry being ac- 


corded official recognition in grand lodge as thej' do in Iowa. In Illinois 
grand chapter, grand council, grand commandery and others allied with 
ancient craft masonry are not in any way higher bodies of masonry. 
Their members are all masons it is true. Would a body which would 
admit only Presbyterians be a higher order of Presbyterianism ? Scarcely. 
It is quite possible for a grand lodge to have no quarrel with other 
bodies based on masonry, but respecting their good works and words, 
and yet not officialh- recognize them as masonic. They are bodies of 
masons but they are not masonic bodies. The Illinois correspondent is 
a member of all the so-called "higher bodies" and has been for many 
jears with full appreciation of their excellent teachings and doings. He 
has gone the full length of the road in both directions but has never 
seen any reason for ancient craft masonry to enter into any entangling 
alliances with chapter, council, commandery or consistory. The grand 
lodge has a great work of its own to do and has none too much time 
for its accomplishment. 

Brother Block's review from "proem" to conclusion is virile and 
forceful. It is not to be wondered that the Iowa grand master urges 
the craft to read it. 

Grand master. Louis Block, Davenport ; grand secretary, Newton 
R. P.^RVix, Cedar Rapids. 

IRELAND— 1910. 

460 Lodges. 182x0 Axxu.\l. jMembership not givex. 

As usual all the information obtainable concerning the grand lodge 
of Erin is contained in a pamphlet of a little over fifty pages. Statistics 
are meager. A list of lodges, giving receipts from each, is the onh' 
means of arriving at the number of lodges. Nothing of the membership 
can be ascertained. With a roster of 460 lodges this must be consid- 

The Meetixg 

Was held at Dublin on St. John's day in December, 1910. Nothing of 
the routine proceedings appears. Information concerning the work of 
the grand lodge of the year is received from the address of the deputy 
grand master, James Ckeed Meredith. He is the active grand officer, the 
grand master, the Duke of Abercorn. being merely an honorary officer. 
Brother ^Meredith has served as an officer of the grand lodge for thirty- 


three years. For thirteen years he has been appointed by the grand 
master as his active agent in masonic work, no election being held. 

Caxxot Serve Much Longer. 

The deputy grand master serves notice that his work is well nigh 
done. He thinks that on-coming age and increasing infirmity must 
soon lead to his retirement. Last year the death of the distinguished 
man and mason, Gerald FitzGibeox, was deeply mourned. This year 
an even greater loss is sustained in the decease of 

King Edward. 

Of him it is said "he was a true man and a genuine mason and 
held office as the grand master of the grand lodge of England for a 
full quarter of a century prior to his accession." 

A memorial service for the departed king and brother of the craft 
was held at St. Andrews. Bro. W. C. S. Shaw, a distinguished mason 
from Scotland, was present and participated in the service in memory 
of KiXG Edward. Many other services are reported as having been held 
in various places in honor of the king. One of the most remarkable of 
these was in far-away South Africa, where 5,000 brethren assembled. 

A Xew Grand Secretary. 

At his own request Lord Castletowx was permitted to retire from 
the office of grand secretary. To succeed him Lord Pluxket, who for 
six years had been governor general of Xew Zealand, was chosen. Dur- 
ing his stay in the distant province. Lord Pluxket served as grand 
master of Xew Zealand. Our English, Irish and Scotch brethren be- 
lieve in sharing the glory of official station with the incumbents. Hence 
the places of distinction in masonry are generally given to public func- 
tionaries. In America we believe more in rewarding meritorious and 
efficient services to the craft. 

A Presbyteriax Lodge. 

Brother ^^Ieredith reports that one application for a warrant for a 
new lodge was signed by twenty-nine brethren "all of them holding 
orders as ministers of the Presbyterian church in this country-. 

It is a very pleasant thing to see a number of clergvmen coming 
forward to take part with us, and to still further spread the light of 
masonrv- by holding a lodge of their own in the district of Ballymacar- 
rett, but in connection with that lodge there is one ven." sad thought. In 
that terrible fire which took place in Belfast some months ago. one of 
the brethren who applied for that warrant — our brother the Rev. W. J. 
McCaughan — and his wife both lost their lives. 


Irish .Charities. 

]Most commendable are the excellent results flowing from the three 
charities maintained by this venerable grand lodge. They allude to them 
as their "Masonic Jewels" and they certainly are. The girls' school edu- 
cates and trains for useful womanhood each year 210 daughters of de- 
ceased masons. The cost is given at £4,400 or about $22,000. 

The boys' school has ninety-six beneficiaries at a cost of £3,600 or 

The third charity is the "Jubilee Fund." This is to provide annui- 
ties for aged and indigent masons. During the year great demands were 
made on this fund and sixty annuitants were kept from want. The 
money is not sufficient to care for all who apply. Strenuous eflforts are 
being made to increase this provision for needy masons. 

Progress is reported in the work in the provinces. Regret is ex- 
pressed that the present king of Great Britain is not a mason. He is re- 
ported to be a patron of the boys' school in England. 

Some Irregularity. 

A case of discipline became necessary in a lodge in South Africa. 
The offense was making an entered apprentice a master mason without 
first giving him the second degree. Afterward they went back and 
picked up the missing thread and passed the brother to the degree of 
fellow craft. The brother would have been in rather a queer position 
after receiving the third degree. He could sit in a lodge of master ma- 
sons but when opened en the second he could not be admitted. However, 
giving him the omitted degree cured the irregularity. The charter of 
the lodge was suspended for three months. 

The incompleteness of the report of the work of Ireland must 
stand as excuse for this meager review. 

Grand master, the Duke of Abercorn ; deputy grand master and 
presiding officer, James Creed Meredith ; grand secretary, Lord Plun- 
KET. No addresses are given. 

MASONIC correspondence:. 71 

KANSAS— 1911. 

390 Lodges. S5th Annual. 35.496 jMembers. 

Kansas proceedings are the first to break into view for sessions held 
in 1911. At Kansas City on February 15 the fifty-fifth annual communi- 
cation began. On March 29 the book of proceedings, tasty and well 
printed, reached the table of the Illinois reviewer. The gain in mem- 
bership for the year is shown to be 1,839. At the opening eleven pres- 
ent and past grand officers from Missouri were suitably introduced and 
honored. Grand Master Clay C. Bigger responded for the visitors. A 
history of the Masonic Home of Missouri "from its inception to the 
present time was given by Past Grand Master E. F. Allen. This was 
suitably illustrated with the stereopticon. The report of the committee 
on credentials showed the representative of Illinois, P.G.M. Matthew 
M. Miller, present. Brother Miller learned masonry in Galena, 111., 
and takes pride in the masonry of his mother grand lodge. He is also 
the able committee on foreign correspondence for Kansas. Representa- 
tives of other grand lodges were received and recognized with the honors 
of masonry. Bro. E. C. Cole, representative of Queensland, responded 
on behalf of the diplomatic corps. 

The Grand JNIaster's Address 

Presented by M.W. Brother Brundage, is one of the most comprehen- 
sive and thorough that it has been the privilege of the writer to read. It 
is broad and able in discussion, systematic and accurate in detail. A 
few extracts will illustrate the quality of his work. He says that "while 
the labors of the grand master during the past year have been, generally 
speaking, most pleasant and agreeable, they have been somewhat stren- 
uous and exacting and have not produced that exalted intoxication so 
frequentluy enjoyed by those more ambitious for power." He greets his 
grand lodge and congratulates the craft "upon the closing of the best 
year in the best century of the world's history and endeavor." There 
is no room for pessimism here. Further on the grand master says — 

This is an age of activity and cheerful optimism and there should 
be no place in our order for drone or pessimist ; negative goodness is 
of doubtful virtue and the privilege of being a mason should inspire 
us to the greater privilege of being active in our search for light and in 
our efforts to advance the cause of brotherly love, relief and truth. We 
should ever bear in mind that the weak have an equity in the strength of 
the strong and that our charity, toleration and sympathy are heavily 
mortgaged to our less fortunate brother. 

The death is noted of two past grand masters, Samuel R. Peters 
and John C. Postlethwaite. 


Likes Brother Moulton's Way. 

The following paragraph shows that the Kansas representative near 
our grand lodge knows his business. vThe grand master says — 

In only one instance has the grand master received a communica- 
tion from a grand representative during the year, and this came from 
M.W. George M. Moulton, grand representative of this grand lodge near 
the grand lodge of Illinois, conveying the greetings of the craft and 
full reports of the grand master, grand secretary and committee on cor- 
respondence at the last annual communication of the grand lodge of 
Illinois. Opportunity is here taken to commend this action of our grand 
representative in Illinois, and express the hope that others will follow 
this example of courtesy in the future. 

Exercises Power. 

The grand master reports having declared the office of w'orshipful 
master vacant in a number of cases where the business of the lodge 
was retarded, or at a standstill, by the permanent absence of the master 
and wardens. There is too much hesitancy oftentimes on the part of 
grand masters in cutting out dead timber. If a master is absent or per- 
manently disqualified, he should be removed and a live man put in his 
place. Instances are known where the master had permanently removed 
from the jurisdiction of his lodge, and even from the state, never at- 
tended the meetings of the lodge and yet showed up at grand lodge for 
a week's vacation at the expense of the grand lodge by drawing the 
usual per diem and mileage from the location of the body he had de- 
serted. The Kansas grand master's remedy cured this disease. 

The Rush Route. 

Of ninety-one special dispensations granted forty-eight "were for 
conferring degrees without regard to time." Just why so large a num- 
ber of hurry-up cases should have appeared is not shown in the grand 
master's report. Presumably, there were emergencies or the dispensa- 
tions would not have been issued. It is, however, often the case that a 
man will live for years within easy reach of a lodge and not be anxious 
to be made a mason. Once he gets started, he takes a sudden notion that 
he must hurry. Possibly some of his friends discover that he is needed 
"higher up" and want him tobogganed through. It is safe to let the 
regular and deliberate processes of the lodge take their course. 

The True View. 

Grand Master Brund.\ge hits the spike squarely with this sledge 
hammer blow. After recounting the growth in membership during the 
past year he adds — 

But, however gratifying this showing of material growth may be it 
would mean but little in reality if we counted our growth and success 


only by numbers, or by the dollars in our treasuries. Real growth, and 
the only substantial e^-idence of the increased strength of our institution, 
is to be found reflected in the moral growth, in the raising of the stand- 
ard of light and truth a little higher and in the greater influence for 
good of the lodges in their respective communities ; and these are the 
only real factors tending to the prosperity of our craft. Increased mem- 
bership, perfection in the ritual and regularity in business methods are 
desirable and essential .but without the spirit of pure masonry in the 
heart our progress is but apparent and not real. The letter killeth but 
the spirit ouickeneth. 

Sunflower State Law. 

The grand master found a plethora of^ questions coming to him 
but found few decisions necessary. 

1. In one case he expressed the view "that it w-ould be both unwise 
and unmasonic for a lodge to maintain a masonic club in a part of their 
temple, to be fitted up with card and billiard rooms and gymnasium." 

2. It was held unwise for a masonic lodge to enter into partnership 
with a lodge of Odd Fellows to erect a building to be jointly owned. 

3. He decided that in a trial the counsel for the accused could not 
be excluded because he did not belong to that lodge. The law was 
later changed to make the matter plain. 

The Pestilent Cipher. 

Kansas has a cipher to the secret work and it is constantly making 
trouble. The ciphers get lost and are sometimes destroyed. A penalty 
of $20.00 is attached whether the key is lost or actually burned to ashes. 
Two cases came up where they were consumed by fires. During the 
year fourteen ciphers were reported as lost and the penalty paid. It 
would not be considered a very high price to pay by a designing man 
who wanted to make illegitimate use of the key. Many publishers of 
spurious books would be willing to pay many times the $20.00 penalty. 
The way to abolish the abuse is to have no keys. From mouth to ear 
is the masonic way to learn the work. 

Requests for permission to solicit aid from lodges and masons were 
all most properly refused. The first was to help erect a lodge room, the 
second was for a patent right to aid the brother in distress, and the 
third was from a "whiskey cure" at Oklahoma City. Masonic lodges 
are not so easy for the grafter as they once were. 


Masonic Drones. 

There, as elsewhere, the working bees in the masonic hive are pes- 
tered by the drones who carry their dimits in their pockets and prey on 
the busy members. The grand master says — 

The "drones in the masonic hive" are numerous in every grand 
jurisdiction, but probably more so in the new-er states of the west and 
northwest where the tide of emigration is ever flowing. Kansas has her 
share of those who lightly shirk their responsibihties but are ever ready 
to participate in social and public functions, and the question frequently 
comes from lodges, "Is there no way to prevent the imposition?" 

Illinois proposes to allow them one year in which to affiliate and 
then deny them access to the feed trough. 

The Masonic Home. 

An excellent Home for adults and children is maintained at Wich- 
ita. The report shows that on January i, 191 1, there were eighty-three 
members, forty-three children and forty adults. The average number 
for 1910 was eighty-five. The cost for maintenance was $12,278.40, be- 
ing $I44..44 per capita for the year. In 1909 the per capita cost was 
$161.54 for an average of seventy-nine members. 

The grand secretary reports the purchase and distribution of 425 
copies of the Illinois list of regular lodges of the world. 

Our Distinguished Dead. 

The death is noted of P.G.M. John INI. Pearson and P.G.INI. John 
C. Smith. Of the latter the committee on necrology says — 

A master builder fell when Past Grand Master John Corson Smith, 
of Illinois, after a struggle that lasted for years, yielded to the grim 
destroyer, on the 31st day of December, 1910. He is said to have been 
the most distinguished traveler and best known mason in the world. 
He received, on a number of occasions, special honors at the hands of 
the nobility of the old world. He died at the age of almost seventy- 
nine years, and he had been a mason for fifty-tw^o years. 

The oration was delivered by Bro. Silas W. Porter, justice of the 
supreme court of Kansas on "The Citizen as a Mason." It was an able 
and highly instructive production. On the recommendation of the com- 
mittee on correspondence the recognition of one of the grand lodges 
Valle de Mexico was continued. To know which one it was necessary 
to specify the grand master and grand secretary. 

As the Kansas grand lodge is "on wheels" it goes to Topcka in IQ12. 

Past Grand Masters 

Gathered around the table on the evening prior to the opening of the 
grand lodge as the guest of M.W. Bro. Bestor G. Brown. There were 


present in all eighteen past grand masters, thirteen from Kansas and 
five from ■Missouri. This was the annual meeting of the "Association 
of Past Grand Masters." It was manifestly a most delightful occasion. 
The senior past grand master is the "venerable president" and the junior 
acts as tyler. 

The Report ox Correspondence 

Again comes from the hand and brain of P.G.M. Miller. The theme 
of his thought is for the "Unification of Masonry." This seems to imply 
that all over the world all who profess to be masons shall be taken into 
the full fellowship of the legitimate craft. As the grand lodge of Kan- 
sas is in fraternal relations with Peru, Costa Rica, Porto Rico, Salva- 
dor, to say nothing of one of the many numerous grand bodies of Mex- 
ico, Brother jMiller might find it comparatively easy to open other doors 
for unification. The lion and the lamb can easily lie down peacefully 
together where the lamb is inside of the lion. It will be no trouble to 
unify all grand bodies when standards of legitimacy so long recognized, 
are abandoned. 

Illinois Well Treated. 

Two and one-half pages are devoted to a review of our grand lodge. 
ISIention is made of the death of Past Grand :\Iaster Pearson, and the 
recommendation of the grand master and the payment to Mrs. Robbins 
of additional compensation for the services of the late Brother Robbins. 

Allusion is made to the new Orphans' Home and a prophecy "that 
the masonic orphans of Illinois will be well taken care of and have an 
excellent home." 

The reviewer says "there is an able oration by R.W. Bro. Frank G. 
Smith." A quotation is then given. 

Brother Miller says that "Bro. C. W. Harris, chairman of the 
committee on obituaries, made a masterly report for his committee." 

While not exactly in agreement with this committee over recogni- 
tion of other grand bodies, there is yet substantial accord on all other 
matters of importance. Our good brother in his review of Indiana 
gives place to a poem(?) of doubtful propriety. It describes "Teddy 
and the Goat." :Masonry has long since passed the "goat" stage. 

Grand master. Alex. A. Sharp, Topeka: grand secretary, Albert 
K. Wilson, Topeka. 


KENTUCKY— 1910. 

557 Lodges. iioth Annual. 35.983 Members. 

It takes about 650 pages to record the work of masonry in Kentucky 
for the year 1910. The annual session was held at Louisville, October 
18-20, with Grand Master Cowles wielding the gavel. The book opens 
with pictures of the prizes awarded for "highest average for scholarship 
and deportment" at the Masonic Home. jVLary Lee Bonny, for the 
girls, and jNIorton Willi.\ms, for the boys, carried off the prizes. Fol- 
lowing this comes the fine, strong face of the new grand master, Robert 
R. BuRNAM. The record shows twenty past grand masters present with 
only five absent. 

Grand ISL'^ster's Address. 

One of the finest and most forcible presentations of a year's work 
seen by this writer is the annual report of Grand Master Cowles. In 
choice language he sets forth his work and that of the craft. He says 
that "One hundred and ten years are a long time relatively, yet the his- 
tory of those years proclaims that honor and duty have been the pole 
stars of masonry through this long period and that no stain of dishonor 
has ever rested upon its banner." He pauses 'to note the death of Past 
Grand IMaster Ramsey and of the grand chaplain. Rev. James W. Rog- 
ers. With the flowers of poetry he decorates their memory. 

Very Few Decisions. 

He very wisely says — • 

Our new constitution and regulations are so plainly expressed in 
good English and the indexes so complete that to the greater number 
of inquiries put to me it has only been necessary to refer the questioners 
to the section or number, and I have rendered only a few decisions. 

Only five decisions are reported. These are mere routine and solely 
applicable to Kentucky affairs. 

Refuses Dispensations. 

Evidently Brother Cowles believes that the law should be allowed to 
run its course unobstructed. Regarding dispensations he says — 

The grand master has no right, authority or power to grant dispen- 
sations that would violate the constitution or regulations. No matter 
w^hat his personal opinions, likes and dislikes are, he is sworn to uphold 
the law, and in these later refusals I have been guided by the law which 
this grand lodge has adopted for its government. Personal appeals, so- 
licitations and pleadings, even after the refusal, have made it unpleasant 


in some instances ; the brethren should reahze that the grand master 
most of all should not transgress the law. 

In two cases he refused dispensations to hold masonic funerals over 
brethren already buried. One had been in the ground three months and 
the other two wetks. Other petitions were refused, though none was on 
so grave a subject as those mentioned. 

Wants Higher Fees and Dues. 

This Kentucky grand master believes that "it is human nature to 
appreciate those things that require the greatest sacrifice and greatest 
cost to obtain. I believe higher fees would make better masons and 
more liberal ones." He urges that the fees for the degrees be made 
$30.00 and dues $5.00 per year. He says that — 

It costs fifty dollars to join the shrine; everyone who takes it seems 
to be satisfied, and masons just fall over each other to get in. If the 
shrine is good value at fifty dollars the value of the blue degrees of 
masonry cannot be computed in dollars. The other bodies have been 
getting the cream and the lodge oftimes has been used as a stepping 
stone. I believe in impressing on the candidate that the blue lodge is 
the foundation and the principal part of masonry. We can do this by 
making him feel the expense. 

It is unfortunate that our good brother should not make himself 
clearer in expressing such excellent sentiments. 

No Higher Masonry. 

There are no "blue degrees in masonry." Blue is the symbolic color 
of the degrees of ancient craft masonry. He says "that the blue lodge 
is the foundation and the principal part of masonry." This is only a 
half truth and as such becomes most dangerous error. The work of the 
so-called "blue lodge" is not the "foundation" of anything. It is ma- 
sonry itself. It is the foundation, walls, roof— in fact the whole struc- 
ture. If some other body sees fit to confine its membership to masons 
this does not make it masonic. IMasonry makes no war on other bodies, 
composed solely of masons, but there is good reason to object to havmg 
it considered a gateway to something else improperly styled "higher de- 
grees in masonry." They may be, and no doubt are, excellent mstitu- 
tions, but they are not any part of masonry. 

A Masonic Theatre. 

The masonic temple at Louisville has a theatrical attachment. The 
grand master finds that "a theatre is a hard problem." Some of the 


elements of difficulty in its solution arc shown in the following from his 

The Boston Amusement Company, the lessee of last year, has failed. 
Litigation is still with us, old and new. However, the theater has been 
leased to F. Ray Comstock for ten years at an increase over the previ- 
ous lease. Better shows are promised, and 1 hope and believe that the 
Masonic will be made the first-class theater of this city. 

Permit a courteous inquiry. Is not the owning and running of a 
theatre a little foreign to the mission and scope of masonry? 

The Masonic Homes. 

Brother Cowles is properly jubilant over the good work in the 
Homes. The success of the Widows' and Orphans' Home is known far 
and near. Of the work done by the boys and girls the grand master 
says — 

We have a well equipped printing plant w'hich enables us to get out 
the Home Journal in its double size as quickly as under the old plan. 
We can do job printing equal to any, and I bespeak the patronage of the 
lodges especially for this work. Our boys are doing nicely in the man- 
ual training department, and can make altars, desks, ballot-boxes, gav- 
els., etc., fine enough for any lodge in the state. Our boys are also mak- 
ing all the shoes for the Home, including the Sunday shoes for the 
girls. They make good shoes. I am wearing a pair today that was 
made in our shoe department, and they are the best I ever had. Our 
girls are learning stenography and typewriting, they cut and make most 
of their own clothing, and just delight in making aprons for the masonic 
lodges. All this trainmg is in addition to a good academic schooling 
for both boys and girls. 

The new building for the "old masons" was about ready for use. 
Kentucky has led the way to proper care for masonic dependents. 

A Masonic Hospital. 

A movement was on foot to establish and maintain a masonic hos- 
pital. The grand master endorsed it and recommended that the use of 
the name be granted. This was favorably reported but the grand lodge 
refused to concur. Evidently there are lurking dangers feared by the 
craft. With the Homes and temple the grand lodge has its hands pretty 
full of troublesome questions. 

The committee on fraternal dead pays the following tribute to our 
late distinguished past grand master in these words — 

Past Grand Master John Mills Pearson — Born October 7, 1832, died 
June 4, 1910. He presided over all the grand bodies of the York Rite, 
and was an honorary 33d degree mason of the Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite, thus completing the acquisition of masonic honors such 
as few men have enjoyed. 


For more than fifty years of continuous service Bro. W. W. Pigg 
was made a li£e member of the grand lodge. Alost pigs as old as this 
one are known by another name. 

Application for recognition was made by Salvador, Swiss Alpina 
and Valle de Mexico. As none complied with the requirements they 
were allowed to wait until fuller information could be obtained. 

Proceedings of Grand Lodges. 

P.G.M. William W. Clark is the committee on "Proceedings of 
Grand Lodges." Generally this is called correspondence, as the work 
is almost exclusively reviewing the pubHshed reports of the doings of 
grand lodges the name used in Kentucky is most appropriate. 

As He Sees Illinois. 

Three pages are given to the review of Illinois for 1909. He says 
that "the address of the grand master is a full and comprehensive state- 
ment of his oflficial acts and the affairs of the jurisdiction." Of Brother 
Bell's tribute to Brother Robbins he says, "He pays a just tribute; 
nor does he say more of the brilliant and learned masonic jurist than 
should be said when h; wrote." He then quotes the tribute. 

Pleading guilty to charge of heresy Brother Cl.-\rk says, "We are 
candidly of the opinion that there is more noise made on the subject of 
uniformity of work than the question justifies." From this it easily 
may be inferred that Kentucky is not very uniform. 

The review concludes with this personal reference — 
Brother Cook concludes his excellent report with many general re- 
marks. We are glad to know him as a member of the "Irrepressibles," 
and hope it may so come about that some day we may know him per- 

Brother Clark forgot to explain "Brother Holland's sunset reso- 
lution" after promising to do so. 

Grand master, Robert R. Burnam, Richmond; grand secretary, 
H. B. Grant, Louisville. 



202 Lodges. 99Th Annual. i3o96 ]Members. 

The proceedings of the grand lodge of the Pelican state in its 99th 
annual session are full of interest. It takes a little over 400 pages to 
tell the story. Following in the line of Illinois, the pictures of past 
grarrd masters are inserted until the list of former chief officers are 
all presented. Coming generations will be interested to see what man- 
ner of looking men have ruled over the destinies of the craft. 

The session opened at New Orleans February 6, 191 1, and lasted 
through the two days following. The roll call of representatives of 
other grand lodges showed the Illinois diplomat in his place. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was presented as a resume of his work and as a foundation of the 
business of the session. After proper felicitations and greetings, Grand 
Master Thibaut shows the prosperous condition of the fraternity in a 
net gain in membership of 768. A wise discrimination is shown in the 
fact that a number of applications for new lodges were turned down. 
Conditions were not suitable for a successful lodge without working 
irreparable injury to an existing lodge. The interests of the craft are 
not always subserved by organizing a new lodge. There are far too 
many weak and useless lodges already in most states. In Illinois this 
same wise policy has been the rule of action by grand masters. Yet 
there are many places where masonry would thrive better and achieve 
its real mission more effectively if weak and struggling lodges could be 
closed or consolidated. Often the chief benefit of some of these weak 
ones is to furnish the master a trip to Chicago at the expense of the 
grand lodge. Meetings are rarely held and work on candidates has 
not been done for years. 

Only Good Men INIake Good ]Masons. 

The following paragraph from the grand master's address has the 
right ring. He says — 

The conclusion forces itself that the builders of our m\-stic temple 
are careless in the choice of their material ; many a stone used in the 
construction of the edifice lacks the characteristics of "good, true and 
square work." The increased popularity of masonry, the attractive so- 
cial features at the culmination of the series of our masonic degrees 
lead many a "good-fellow" among our acquaintance to seek the '■pleas- 
ures" of masonry (?). The laxncss of investigating committees 


performing their duties in a perfunctory manner, as a mere matter of 
form or compliance with the written law; our own disinclination to 
exercise in a more scrutinizing way our right to the negative ballot, 
admit the "good-fellow" who soon shows that he is an unworthy mem- 
ber among us. Let the frequenter of the barroom (the good-fellow), 
the inveterate blasphemer, the libertine, loose in morals and in per- 
sonal honor, remain without our portals. Their association with tis 
can only bring disgrace and dishonor to the craft. 

The Only One in the World. 

Attention is called to the work of Louisiana Relief Lodge No. i. 
This is a body that confers no degrees. It is, as its name implies, 
chartered solely for handling relief of distressed sojourning masons in 
New Orleans. This city, owing to its cosmopolitan character, lieeds 
this provision for special relief work. Other cities have a board but 
here there is a regularly organized lodge with no other function than 
that of relieving a worthy distressed brother. The report shows the 
expenditure of $2,349.89 in this way. Brothers coming from twenty- 
seven grand lodges were given assistance. Among these Illinois re- 
ceived $25.50. The largest amount went to Mexico, $155.00. Other 
states receiving large sums were Louisiana $141.50, Mississippi $128.75, 
Ohio $123.00, Texas $107.85, Michigan $95.00, and Georgia $75.00. 
Smaller sums went to representatives of grand lodges all over the 

W.A.NT A Home. 

The movement for a Widows' and Orphans' Home is progressing. 
With a membership of less than 14,000 the problem becomes anything 
but easy of solution. True, the number of beneficiaries would not be 
so large as would be found in larger jurisdictions. Cost of maintenance 
of a home is but little more for one hundred members than for fifty. 
The grand master puts the temple indebtedness as a barrier and con- 
cludes by saying, "Let us not touch this question." Singular logic. Why 
not sell the temple, go out of the real estate business and take up the 
true aim of masonry in caring for dependent master masons, their wid- 
ows and orphans? Often the desire for a great showy "Masonic Tem- 
ple" in a city defeats the most sacred purposes of masonry. However, 
the grand lodge did not accept the advice of the grand master. It was 
decided to "touch" the home question. 

The special committee recommended that when $50,000 had been 
raised that the work proceed.- One gift of $5,oon was presented at this 
session. The donor was Bro. John Frederick Pqpp. A few pops like 
this would soon reach the required amount. The home will come. 


The Century Mark 

Will have been reached by the Louisiana grand lodge in 1912. It is 
preparing to celebrate elaborately. A medal, suitably commemorating 
the event, will be provided. There are to be 800 of these at a cost of 
$2,000. It is also provided that a banquet for 600, costing $1,500 be a 
feature. An oration and a reproduction of "Scott's History of the Rise 
and Progress of Free Masonry" are to be provided. As a grand lodge 
does not often have a chance at a centennial our brethren of the south 
might be expected to "frill up" some. 

Temple Troubles. 

A serious problem confronts the masons of Louisiana and it is ably 
presented by the grand master. The masonic temple is old and cannot 
compete with modern buildings. iMuch of the building, formerly yield- 
ing revenue, stands idle. The situation is a serious one. The grand 
master says — 

I believe the time has come when a new temple is absolutely neces- 
sary. There is no sentiment attached to this building, and as a business 
proposition, it is a failure. It may be wisdom on our part to demolish 
the present structure and erect a modern building for masonic and busi- 
ness purposes on the present site. In our present location, combining 
lodge and office facilities, we could increase our revenues and enter the 
field of competition without fear of results. Or, should we not desire 
to derive revenues from our temple, it might be more expedient to sell 
the present property for a fixed price and erect in some other locality a 
new temple exclusively devoted to craft purposes. 

Many grand lodges have been seriously hindered in their legitimate 
work by their ambition to shine in the real estate world. Great build- 
ings bring great debts, great troubles and great responsibilities. 

Foreign Relations. 

Grand Master Thibaut says that he approaches the above subject 
'■'with some degree of trepidation." He thinks "the tenet of universal 
brotherhood is still a gilded vision." In his view it would add some- 
thing to the universality of masonry of recognizing the "Grand Lodge 
Alpina of Switzerland." The committee on foreign correspondence 
does not agree as the following will show. 

In the matter of the Grand Lodge Alpina, we desire further time 
for consideration. In a recent publication it is stated that it is not 
required that the Great Light, the Holy Bible, be upon its altars and 
that as a matter of fact, a number of its lodges do not have it there, 
but have substituted two pieces of pasteboard with blank leaves between 
them, something like the child's lunch basket, the ''Scholar's Companion," 
looks like a book, but is not. Your committee is satisfied that the Grand 
Lodge Alpina is legitimate in the sense of proper origin, and that many 


worthy deeds have been done by it, but like the above, there are too 
many evidences that it has swung loose from the ancient landmarks. 

Any ok. Will Do. 

Brother Thibaut stands on a broad platform so far as recognition 
goes. He thinks that "The recognition and acceptance as regular by the 
A.A.S.R. southern jurisdiction of a supreme council and the fact that 
it is the governing body of the dominant rite in a foreign country 
should be a patent establishing its right to fraternal recognition." Why 
not ask the supreme body of knights templar to OK. the applicant when 
it is not convenient to get the Scottish Rite endorsement? It is per- 
haps in consequence of these singularly broad ( ?) views regarding the 
standards of ancient craft masonry that Brother Thibaut's grand lodge 
is in fraternal relations with some twenty odd grand bodies not recog- 
nized by Illinois and other grand lodges. These latter believe that 
masonry should be kept pure and undefiled in the midst of all the fads 
and frills of modern times. 

Paraguay was taken into full fellowship on recommendation of the 
committee on correspondence. 

The grand master refers to correspondence with the grand master 
of Illinois concerning jurisdiction for Hesperia Lodge No. 411. The 
candidate had been away from Louisiana more than three years and 
the rejecting lodge under their laws had lost jurisdiction. 

Makes Much Law. 

The grand master says that he has written over 1,300 letters and 
has "been able to perpetrate some hundred decisions." He is merciful 
and only reports fifty-five. This is a real reform as the grand master 
of the preceding year "perpetrated" and reported seventy-seven deci- 
sions. Very few of these rulings are of any interest outside of Louis- 

Liquor Case. 

In one he holds that a lodge U.D. has a right to receive a dimit for 

No. 21. In reply to inquiry from S. O. Landry, W.M. of St. Joseph 
Lodge No. 79, "Whether it is against the masonic law to entertain the 
petition of a saloon-keeper," I ruled that it was not. Masonry does 
not look to the avocations of applicants so long as they possess the moral 

This accords with Brother Bell's decision and the action of our 
grand lodge in the Petersburg case. 


Some Fundamentals. 

lie was asked regarding a man "who acknowledges his belief ' in 
God but at the same time does not believe in the immortality of the 
soul.'' He says — 

I ruled that according to what is generally received as "Ancient 
^lasonry," no other religious test is necessary than the profession of 
the candidate's belief in the existence of a Supreme Being. To require 
that a candidate profess belief in the immortality of the soul or any 
other religious tenet is a serious as well as unnecessary innovation in 
the body of masonry. 

- The committee on masonic law and jurisprudence most effectually 
answered the foregoing masonic heresy in these words. 

The teaching of the belief in immortality speaks out of every sym- 
bol and emblem of the esoteric system and unmistakably in the great 
action of the master's degree. The evergreen and the sprig of acacia 
bloom at the head of our graves as emblems of our hope. The temple 
which we are ever constructing towards completion is the • "house not 
made with hands eternal in the heavens." The very atmosphere of the 
lodge room is permeated w-ith this exalted faith and all our work and 
our sympathies and the manifestation of the bond of universal brother- 
hood take their inspiration from this one profound, divine, all-embracing 
tenet of immortality. 

If the brother quietly holds this belief to himself and makes no dis- 
play of it in the lodge, the matter had best perhaps rest at that. But it, 
while "at labor," the subject is obtruded and the disbelief announced in 
open contradiction to the teachings of masonry, a case for serious dis- 
cipline presents itself. As stated, every thing, every step, in the ritualis- 
tic work and in our prayers proclaims this immortality as our faith and 
therefore, a brother openly announcing his exclusion from the sacred 
circle is no longer in the right place. 

\\'hen a white black bird is found or when an honest horse thief 
is discovered it may be possible to find a man who believes in God and 
denies the immortality of the soul. One who professes the attitude 
described most likely seeks to gain admission to masonry under false 

Many Languages. 

A resolution was adopted which provides that— 

A committee on foreign correspondence to be composed of a chair- 
man, speaknig the English language, and such further number of mem- 
bers as may be necessary to provide that there shall be a member for 
each of the foreign languages in which the proceedings of grand lodges 
are printed. 

Presumably the members other than the chairman are those able to 
speak the languages of other countries. There are five named to rep- 
resent as many other languages. These were Spanish, German, Nor- 
wegian, Swedish, and Italian. 


The Report on Correspondenxe 

Was written by Herman C. Duncan. He was more fortunate than 
most correspondents. The grand lodge not only received the report and 
ordered it printed but the record shows that it was "adopted." In Illi- 
nois the grand lodge would scarcely be willing to be committed to all 
that any reviewer might present. It is printed for information of the 
craft concerning the doings of other grand lodges of the world. The 
report is brief and well presented. 

How We Are Treated. 

Illinois gets consideration in three pages and that is quite generous. 
He says that "the grand master, M.W. Bro. Bell, is a business man, 
and his address is nearly all business, told in a business way." 

He quotes with approval the part of Brother Bell's address con- 
cerning the need of masters being taught masonic law as well as ritual. 

Regarding Brother Cook's report he speaks in a complimentary vein. 
He says that there is no "foot" to the correspondents' table. It is round 
and Brother Cook and Illinois are accorded a prominent seat. Refer- 
ence is made to views held by Brothers Cook and Robbins. As the lat- 
ter has gone to his reward and the former is not on trial the present 
reviewer will let it rest where Brother Duncan leaves it. 

Grand master, John S. Thibaut, Donaldsonville ; grand secretary, 
Richard Lambert, New Orleans. 

MAINE— 1911. 

203 Lodges. 92nd Annual. 28,781 Members. 

The annual communication of the grand lodge of Maine was held 
at Portland, May 2-4, 191 1. The proceedings appear well and about 300 
pages are necessary to give the details of the session. 

Owing to a great fire at his home the grand master. Rev. Ashley A. 
Smith, was unable to be present at the opening. Both his dwelling and 
his church were licked up by the flames. The deputy grand master 
opened the grand lodge in due form. Owing to the grand master's great 
loss, later in the session, the grand lodge voted him $200 out of the 


The representative of Illinois, Bro. Wm. R. G. Estes was recorded 
as present. 

The Annual Address 

Of Grand Master Smith was read by the deputy grand master. It is 
brief but interesting, being devoted chiefly to the details of the work of 
the year. That Brother Smith was handy with his special dispensation 
is shown in the issuance of forty-six permissions to lodges to attend 
divine service, thirty-eight being for St. John's Sunday and eight on other 
Sundays. With such general tendency of their lodges to go to church 
as masonic bodies, it m.ight save labor to incorporate permission in the 
law. In this state it is not considered conducive to harmony to allow 
lodges to appear in public except in the performance of a masonic duty. 
In selecting a church there might be friction between Jew and Gentile, 
JNIethodist and Baptist, or others of the many sects. 

They Have a Temple. 

The grand master refers to the laying of a corner stone as follows; 

The best example of our masonic work and outward activity during 
the course of the year is the laying of the corner-stone and the building 
of that temple in this city which during the course of this year w^ill 
open its doors to us in glad welcome, and within whose halls we shall 
be both happy and proud to assemble. 

In Maine district deputy grand masters are busy in visiting lodges, 
their expenses being paid out of the grand lodge treasury. During the 
year the amount paid was $544.54. The district deputy has important 
duties. Illinois might make more use of her capable deputies. In the 
annual election Bro. Ashley A. Smith was re-elected grand master. 

Greetings from President Taft. 

Without giving any special reason for its sending, a telegram con- 
veying the greetings of President Taft was read and placed in the rec- 
ord. Brother Taft need not be partial. Any grand lodge would be 
pleased to be greeted by the chief executive of our great nation, even 
though he may have been "made a mason at sight." 

"The proceedings of the trustees of the charity fund" show- transac- 
tions involving a total of $10,971.69. There were seventy-nine applica- 
tion for aid. The sum of $1,208 w-as voted to take care of the cases of 
need. The fund is applicable to the following cases. 

First, to poor and worthy members of lodges under this jurisdiction, 
in cases where the funds of their own lodges are not adequate to the 
exigency of the case. 

Secondly, to poor and worthy masons resident in this state, not mem- 
bers of any subordinate lodge, and being in circumstances to render such 
membership not a masonic duty. 


Thirdly, to poor and worthy masons being sojourners in this state. 
Fourthly, to other cases of distress. 

The Annual Review 

Of grand lodges is written by Albro E. Ch.-vse. It is a concise and read- 
able report, largely given over to summaries and quotations. However, 
Brother Chase occasionally throws in a very incisive criticism or com- 
ment. Here is one from the review of Kentucky. 

We wonder when the grand lodge will welcome and accord the grand 
honors to the Great Incohonee of the Improved Order of Red Men. 
They so welcomed and honored some one introduced as the Imperial 
Potentate of the A. A. O.N. M.S., of North America. He addressed the 
grand lodge, too. Did he discuss the best method of feeding camels so 
that the flow of milk would increase? Did he explain why the sands 
that must be crossed by the candidate are made so hot? Perhaps he ex- 
plained the great motive for the organization of the body he represented 
and urged the members of the grand lodge to hasten their ways and 
take the "higher degrees" to the end that the "Arab patrol" might cap- 
ture them. 

The foregoing requires no special key to unlock the attitude of the 
Maine correspondent. His position is as sound as a gold dollar, new 
from Uncle Sam's mint. 

In reviewing Oklahoma Brother Chase indulges in a rather sarcastic 
reference to the negro question. He says — 

He very freely and unwisely discusses the Mississippi-New Jersey em- 
broglio and declines "to form any fraternal relation with the grand lodge 
of New Jersey," and sets a time when New Jersey can so act that its 
members can be recognized in Oklahoma. Poor New Jersey ! Unwise 
Oklahoma ! Did you never read of some trouble Hke this up in Wash- 
ington ? 

Reg.arding Illinois. 

Brother Chase is inclined to poke fun at Grand IMaster Ashley. 
He says that "it must have been a great oversight on our part, but for 
the first time we notice that the ground master makes a 'report' not an 
address." A little further on attention is called to the fact that our 
record says that "the address of the ^I.W. grand master was on motion, 
referred to the committee on grand master's address." Well, what of it? 
After all Grand INIaster Ashley is correct. The grand lodge by-laws 
require that "the grand master shall present at each annual communica- 
tion of the grand lodge a written report setting forth such of his official 
acts and decisions," etc. Nothing is said about an "address." In com- 
mon with many of the reviewers Brother Chase quotes the forceful 
words of Grand Master Ashley regarding non-affiliates. 

A paragraph from Brother Smith's oration is given. Regarding the 
appointment of this correspondent Brother Chase says that "we welcome 


him to the round table. We let him introduce himself and we congratu- 
late Illinois on its choice of correspondent." Then he gives liberal quo- 
tations from the Illinois correspondence report of 1910. Brother Chase 
quotes paragraphs from the reviews of Alabama, Iowa and Maryland. 
The correspondent makes the only reference to the fraternal dead of 
other jurisdictions. He refers to those of Illinois who have passed on 
in the following language. 

Notices of the deaths of two distinguished masons have been re- 
ceived: M.W. Bro. John Mills Pearson, for more than fifty years a 
member of the grand lodge, who stood "for civic righteousness, honor- 
able and square dealings, and for loyalty and fidelity to the craft." 

M.W. Bro. John Corson Smith, known by reputation to every read- 
ing mason, who rnade an enviable record in the civil war, who was an 
efficient state official, who was useful in all bodies of masonry. 

Reference is also made to the departure of Willi.\m B. Grimes. 

Grand master, Rev. Ashley A. Smith, Bangor; grand secretary, 
Stephen Berry. Portland. 

MANITOBA— 1911. 

71 Lodges. 36th Annual. 5,619 Members. 

It is a real pleasure to take up for review the small but attractive 
proceedings of the British province of Manitoba. It is so American 
in its matter and make-up that it gives the impression of being of the 
new world. The British grand lodges and some of the provincial are 
so loaded down with titular redundancy and so much of the real live 
work of the grand bodies is omitted that their perusal and review are 
something like reading a city directory or the dictionary. One of the 
Americanisms, most acceptable on this side of the water, is the use of 
dollars and cents rather than pounds, shillings and pence in financial 

The annual communication was held at Winnipeg June 14 and 15, 
1911. M.W. Bro. John Leslie was present as the representative of 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was a brief but interesting presentation of his official acts for the year. 
He calls for proper observance of the three-hundredth anniversary of 
the King James version of the Bible. A circular letter to the lodges 


was issued calling attention to the world recognition of this important 
event in the advance of civilization. A few extracts will prove of 

You will remember that we are, upon entering the craft, to seriously 
contemplate the volume of the Sacred Law, being the unerring standard 
of truth and justice. 

Viewed merely on its ethical side, its precepts must help, and do help 
us all, in our daily walk of life, and by following its directions, we are 
bound to live happier and healthier lives. 

The language of our ritual is the language of the Bible, with its sim- 
plicity, its dignity, its power, its happy terms of expression, its general 
accuracy, and not least the music of its cadences and the felicities of its 

We have all felt the influence of the Bible, in the social Hfe of the 
people and in the English language, and this can scarcely be overesti- 

Great men like Addison, Pope, Farrar, Johnson, Bacon, Newton, 
Milton, Cromwell, Bunyan, Scott, Ruskin, Macaulay, Tennyson, Dickens 
and a host of others have sung the praises of that Great Book, and even 
agnostics like Huxley, have declared that that "Book has been woven 
into the life of all that is best and noblest in English history; that it has 
become the national epic of Britain, and is familiar to the noble and 
simple ; that it is written in the noblest and purest English, and abounds 
in exquisite beauties of a merely literary form, and that it forbids the 
veriest hind who never left his village to be ignorant of the existence of 
other countries and other civilizations, and of a great past stretching 
back to the furtherest limits of the oldest nations of the world," and he 
(Huxley) called it the "Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed." 

More Metal than Masonry. 

Grand blaster Baker is sound to the core in another direction. The 
following paragraphs will appeal to all thinking masons as true and 

From observations extending over some years, I have noticed a 
decided tendency to exhibit an undue display of emblems worn in various 
ways upon the person of the brethren. This should be deprecated, as 
being contrary to the spirit of true masonry. It needs but a little con- 
sideration to see that a mere metallic oranment can hardly be sufficient 
to announce to the world that we belong to a society which is based on a 
morality. Something more is necessarily required of us. What, then, 
should be our emblem? Should it not be character and deportment and 
becoming dignity, fitting to those principles which are our bulwark and 
pride ? 

On the other hand, a modest display of our emblem may have, and 
should have an influence on our lives, for it should ever remind us of our 
obligations and make us display in our every walk of life, that we are of 
a brotherhood whose tenets and teachings are founded on truth and rec- 


titude of conduct. I have observed that the larger the emblem the less 
the wearer recollects what it represents. 

The brother, then, who makes a great metallic display and forgets. 
by his tenor of life, that he belongs to our order, not only brings dis- 
grace upon himself, but stigmatizes our whole system and casts an odious 
reflection on every member of the craft. Our responsibility, therefore, is 
very great to the order. 

Pe.\ce Prevails. 
The committee on grievances and appeals reported that "durmg the 
past year no complaint or grievance appertaining to masonic discipline 
nor appeals from the decision of any lodge or master thereof have been 
submitted for our consideration, indicating that peace and harmony pre- 
vail throughout the jurisdiction of the grand lodge." Gain in member- 
ship is 468. 

That the services of the grand secretary are appreciated is shown by 
a raise of his salary to $2,400. For a grand lodge of seventy-one 
lodges and less than 6,000 members this may properly be said to be 
"going some." Illinois with 110,000 members and about 800 lodges pays 
Brother Cutter $3,000 or but $600 more than does little Manitoba 
Brother Ovas. A useful committee on "The condition of freemasonry,'" 
reviews the work of the grand lodge and submits a valuable report. 

The passing of the two Illinois masonic giants, John M. Pearson 
and John C. Smith, is noted in the report of the committee on fra- 
ternal dead. 

The Aged and Indigent. 

A fund of about $25,000 has been accumulated to care for the needy 
ones. The committee says that "the fund is not yet large enough to 
warrant definite application of the same." It is steadily growing having 
gained about $5,000 during the year. 

The rank of R.W. past district deputy grand master was conferred 
on several brethren. Why confer the rank? When a brother fills the 
place and retires he is a P.D.D.G.IM.. If he never has been district deputy 
he can't be made one by any vote of the grand lodge. Past grand offi- 
cers should be real ones and not sail under the wrong flag. 

No correspondence report. 

Grand master, John Wemvss, Neepawa; grand secretary. Tames 
A. Ovas, Winnipeg. 


MARYLAND— 1910. 

113 Lodges. 124TH Annual. 13,182 Members. 

Owing to the illness of the veteran grand secretary the statistical 
features of the proceedings of Maryland for 1910 were difficult to se- 
cure. No tabulation of lodges or membership was given. To get the 
totals it was necessary to pick out the details from "Return of Members 
of the Lodges" covering almost 150 pages. This shows that, although 
the highest numbered lodge is 210, yet the actual number of live lodges 
is but 113. This leaves ninety-eight defunct during the century and a 
quarter of the existence of the grand lodge. 

The proceedings at hand cover the semi-annual held in May and 
the annual in November. 

]\Jexico Finally Forgotten. 

At the May meeting the work was almost wholly routine. But one 
matter of outside interest appears. The committee on foreign cor- 
respondence submitted a report recommending the recognition of Grand 
Lodge Valle de Mexico. The chief argument was that because other 
grand lodges have entered into fraternal relations with this ques- 
tionable body Maryland should do so. They wanted to be like other 
people and float with the current. The consideration of the report was 
postponed until the November annual and was then forgotten. 

The death of King Edward was presented and appropriate action 
taken in memory of the distinguished man and mason. 

Corner Stone of Pump House. 

Two special communications of the grand lodge are recorded in 
full. One of these was "for the purpose of laying the corner stone of 
the pumping station of the sewerage system to be erected for the city 
of Baltimore." This certainly appears as a unique exercise of the power 
and privilege of public appearance. A pumping station would be among 
the last that would answer to a roll call of public buildings. However, 
if a grand lodge sees fit to assist a city in advertising that it has a pump- 
ing station for sewerage purposes it must be voted orthodox and no 
outside heretic has any right to complain. 

Almost a Century .a.nd a Quarter. 

The 124th annual session began in Baltimore Tuesday, November 15, 
1910. As usual the grand "lodge was opened in due form by the deputy 


grand master, whereupon the grand marshal, accompanied by the grand 
sword bearer, grand pursuivant and grand director of ceremonies made 
strict search and due inquiry in and about the several apartments of the 
"temple" to see if Grand Master Shryock could be found. He was at 
length discovered and escorted into the grand lodge where he was re- 
ceived with acclaim and the grand honors and seated in the east. Fol- 
lowing this was the introduction of a distinguished delegation of masons 
from Virginia. These were Grand Master McChesrey, Past Grand 
Master Duke, Junior Grand Deacon Field and Brother Callah.\x, wor- 
shipful master of Alexandria-Washington lodge. They came in the 
interest of the movement for a memorial at Alexandria to "Washington, 
the mason." 

A Law unto Himself. 

The grand master of jNlaryland has ever been a law unto himself. 
During his twenty-five years of continuous service he has not reported 
his doings to the grand lodge in a formal way. He merely makes a brief 
oral address of welcome. This year it covers the space of one page in 
the proceedings. He referred in a touching manner to the illness of 
Grand Secretary Isaac who, though feeble, was able to be present. His 
only other reference was to the Washington memorial and the visit of 
the Virginia brethren. 

Little General Business Done. 

The business of the session amounted to little beyond presenting 
and approving the financial reports of the grand secretary and grand 
treasurer together with the routine reports of a few committees. So 
far as the records disclose the Valle de Mexico report was not consid- 
ered. Possibly the factional difficulties in the Mexican body resulting in 
two so-called grand lodges of the same name and the seal, records and 
archives in the hands of the insurrectos had something to do with pro- 
ducing this boisterous silence. 

Shryock in the Spot Light. 

The principal interest of the session centered in the unveiling of "the 
bas-relief which is to commemorate in bronze the merits of our grand 
master and the gratitude of the craft." This was set up in the corrider 
of the Temple between the two entrances to the grand lodge room. This 
tablet presented the figure of Thomas Jacob Shryock seated in the ori- 
ental chair with a scroll in his left hand and his right pointing to the 
compasses and square and other implements of masonry. The lower 
corners bore the dates 1885 and 1910, covering the period of Brother 
Shryock's uninterrupted service as grand master of Maryland. 


A Truthful Tribute. 

The address was made by Bro. James H. Butler. This was brief 

•and sensible. He pays a beautiful tribute in these words. 

His life in connection with this organization reads like a grand 
masonic poem. 

The fraternity have always recognized him as a most sagacious 
leader and as one of the most honorable citizens of Maryland, and as a 
Mason, as the one, who, when the question is asked of any of the fra- 
ternity, who best illustrates in his life and character the golden princi- 
ples of our_ order, his mind involuntarily turns to our grand master and 
points to him as his reply. 

His reputation as a mason, and his rulings as a grand master of 
masons are not merely local, but are known all over this country, aye. 
known and honored all over the world. 

He has visited lodges in England, Scotland and on the continent and 
has held a lodge in the quarries of King Solomon's temple in the Holy 

For twenty-five years this noble man and mason, this friend and 
brother, has labored for the good of the craft, guiding us, sustaining us, 
striving for us, leading us through all our difficulties as a pillar of cloud 
by day, and a pillar of flame by night, until his words, his actions, his 
worth have been chiseled indelibly upon the tablets of masonic history, 
and there they will remain forever. 

This was not All. 

To show further how the grand master was enshrined in the hearts 
of the Maryland craft "each mason in the state was asked to contribute 
some metallic substance not to exceed one dollar in value" and to have 
cast out of the metal thus given a symbolic loving cup. This was su- 
perbly fashioned and executed as the picture shows. It was presented at 
the conclusion of the twenty-five years of service. No one of the com- 
mittee of twelve having this in charge was a member of the grand 
lodge. It came as a tribute from individual masons of the state. Truly 
in this case the bible theory is set aside. Here is a prophet with honor 
in his own country. 

The Election of Officers 

Resulted in the re-election of Grand Master Shryock by a unanimous 
vote, no other name being presented. All the other grand officers were 
elected in a like manner. Surely peace and harmony prevail in "Mary- 
land, My Maryland." 

One Man Power. 

The question will intrude itself as to the advisability of a grand 
lodge continuing so long in control of one man, even though he be a 
THOM.A.S J. Shryock. INIight not the injection of new blood and dif- 


ferent ideas be a help in the advancement of the work of freemasonry? 
That too frequent changes m government are detrimental cannot well 
be disputed. This, however, should not result in life terrnre. Our own 
grand lodge with its unwritten law of two years for the grand master 
has a magnificent army enrolled of over one hundred thousand. The 
growth in Maryland has been satisfactory but not great. First, let there 
be careful selection and the courageous use of the black ball and then 
as many men of good report as can come well recommended. Numbers 
are not everything but with proper safeguards they are most desirable. 
The records appear incomplete, probably the result of the enfeebled 
condition of the grand secretary. 

The Report on Correspondence 

Is from the hand of that veteran reviewer, Edward T. Schultz. He 
presents his 24th annual report. He uses 122 pages to tell the story of 
masonry throughout the world during 1910. Illinois comes in for a fair 
share of attention, being given three pages. He refers to Illinois as 
having 95,000. We now have considerably over 100,000. He is not sur- 
prised that Brother Bell used proxies in various masonic functions dur- 
ing the year. Brother Bell could have done it and not "sprained" him- 
self at all but he liked to pass honors around. 

He quotes Brother Bell's tribute to Brother Robbins almost in full, 
and adds, "We have a most pleasing recollection of meeting Brother 
Robbins at the Masonic Congress in Chicago in 1893 of which he was 
one of the most active participants in the proceedings." 

The Liquor Question. 

Referring to action in the liquor case from Petersburg Brother 
Schultz adds, "All of which we approve, although we would have been 
better pleased had the words been added — nor can a grand lodge make 
that unlawful 'which is not unlawful under the laws of the state.' " 
Brother Schultz would scarcely want to stand on such a platform as 
he announces. Refusing to pay dues to a masonic lodge and declining 
to obey a summons from a lodge could not be made unlawful by the 
state yet they are masonic offenses for which brethren are disciplined. 
AJasonry's standards are far above the state and can make that unlawful 
which the government would not consider an offense. 

A Startling Announcement 

Is made that "Maryland pays neither mileage nor per diem to the repre- 
sentatives of a lodge." In Illinois about $20,000 each year go to the pay- 
ment of representatives, committees, etc. As a consequence, almost every 


lodge in the state, no matter how small or how distant from Chicago, is 
represented by its master and wardens or one of them. In a multitude 
of counselors there is wisdom. It pays to spend money to get close to 
the craft. 

He does not agree with Brother Cook regarding one ballot for all 
the degrees but thinks there should be a vote for each. 

Grand master, Thomas J. Shryock, Baltimore; grand secretary, 
George Cook, Baltimore. 


241 Lodges. 177TH Annual. 58,679 Members. 

It takes about 400 closely printed pages to tell the masonic story of 
Massachusetts for 1910. The record shows four quarterly communica- 
tions during the year. The one held December 14 is the annual. St. 
John's Day, December 27, is the "stated" for installation of officers and 
the celebration of the anniversary of St. John, the evangelist. Eleven 
specials were held and the proceedings are printed in full. 

A Century and a Half. 

On March 20, the 150th anniversary of Philanthropic lodge at Mar- 
blehead was the reason for«the assembling of the grand lodge. There 
were a number of observances of fifty years' existence. These look 
rather youthful beside the century and one-half of Philanthropic. The 
old "down-east" state maintains its stately isolation by refusing to ex- 
change representatives and to have a correspondence report. It is easy 
for reviewers to say what they will and there is no talking back. The 
death record shows the loss of P.G.M. John A. Blake, and 941 other 
craftsmen, many of whom were well known. Grand Lodge Valle de 
Mexico was taken into the fraternal family. This was done in March, 
before the rebellion and the formation of another grand lodge covering 
the same territory. 

Suitable reference was made to the death of King Edward of Eng- 

It took eight pages to record the report of the committee on appeals 
involving one case. The question was chiefly a parliamentary one, per- 
taining to the adoption of an amertdment to a by-law of a lodge. Why 


not thresh out all the details in the committee and let the report show 
only the conclusions? 

A Box Full. 

The corner stone of a new masonic temple was placed at Cambridge 
at a special meeting held June 30. There were forty-four different ar- 
ticles placed in the box in the stone. This will rival the skilful work 
of Bro. T. W. Stevenson in packing the box that went into the corner 
stone of the new masonic building at Bloomington, laid April 25 of 
this year. 

Here, as elsewhere, the question of jurisdiction between lodges is 
ever present. The matter of residence is constantly making trouble 
for the grand masters and grand lodges. This is not always from ig- 
norance of the law. Often lodges are over anxious for members and 
cross the line for forbidden fruit. Grand Master Flanders gave some 
very strenuous advice to his lodges on the question of jurisdiction. 

They Have a Temple. 

The brethren of Massachusetts have been ambitious for a material 
monument. They have a temple with assessed value of $1,340,000. An 
increase in value of $48,000 is made by the assessor over that of the 
year previous. The total indebtedness remaining on this valuable prop- 
erty is $250,000. It is needless to say that a grand lodge with a mem- 
bership of less than 60,000 would find it difficult to meet its obligations. 
The annual interest charge at 5 per cent would make it necessary to 
pay $12,500 each year. It was not surprising to find that the "balance 
on hand" at the close of 1910 was only $395.80. It is a serious question 
whether it pays a grand lodge to make itself "sway-backed" in carrying 
the load of a great city building largely for commercial purposes. 

The Masonic FIome. 

It was recorded last year that 397 acres at Charlton, known as 
"Overlook," had been purchased for the site of a masonic home. As 
yet it has not been possible to prepare to receive those needing its shel- 
ter. The board in charge of the home say that "the difficulties of adapt- 
ing the buildings to new uses had been foreseen and appreciated and 
sufficient progress has been made in the task of overcoming them to 
warrant the board in the belief that tangible results of their labors will 
appear at an early day and that to the beauty and healthfulness of the 
chosen location may be added its complete fitness as a Home." The 
report shows that $127,457.73 constituted the fund collected to the time 
of the annual meeting in December. The effort has been made to have 
every lodge contribute $5.00 for each of its members. So far twenty- 


eight lodges have done this. In Illinois we have no temple but we have 
two amply equipped Homes for the care of needy worthy brothers, 
their wives, widows and orphans. Even with a membership almost 
double that of ]\Iassachusetts, we have scarcely felt equal to the temple 
enterprise. A modest home for the grand lodge costing $50,000 or 
$75,000 might not be a serious problem. A great temple in a great city 
ma\- have advantages but it does not fit into the aim and purpose of 

Identification Card. 

A committee reported the following as an addition to the law. 

On payment of dues the secretary of such subordinate lodge shall 
in the month of January in each year issue to him (as well as to each 
honorary and life member, and officer as aforesaid) an identification card 
for the current year, which card must be shown to the tyler before being 
admitted into any subordinate lodge. 

The proposition did not meet with favor and was voted down. 

"The master, wardens and members of the grand lodge of masons 
in iSIassachusetts," is the official designation of the grand lodge. 

Approved but no Cash. 

It was decided to approve the principle of the "Memorial to Wash- 
ington, the Mason" and to commend the zeal and work of the brethren 
of Alexandria-Washington lodge, "but at present do not feel justified in 
pledging the co-operation of the brethren in the matter of subscriptions." 
It will require more than approval of principle and commendation of 
zeal to erect a national monument to Washington. 

International Bureau. 

There is an organization at Neufchatel, Switzerland, known as the 
International Bureau of Masonic Affairs. The aim of this body is "to 
"bring the grand masonic bodies of the world into a closer fraternity and 
deeper sympathy; to facilitate intercourse among the masonic powers 
and to develop the fraternal ties ; to interchange masonic periodicals, 
thus instituting a library and archives, conducive to the interest and 
progress of universal masonic work; to gather documentary evidence 
concerning each masonic power, about the rituals, masonic literature and 
accumulate everything masonic which will enable the bureau to be in 
possession of reliable details. 

In short, its object is to spread the knowledge of masonry, its his- 
tory, its activity, its work, its aims, and in this way unite and strengthen 
Ihe masonic forces in the world and be a blessing to universal humanity. 


In this work the bureau does not in any way encroach upon the sov- 
ereignty of grand bodies nor intrude upon their local affairs ; nor is 
it a tribunal that decides conflicts or settles differences. Its labor is 
something better, the fostering of the spirit of fraternity, good will and 

The result of this presentation was that the grand lodge endorsed 
the bureau and appropriated $25.00 to assist in carrying on its work. 

The Stated Commuxication 

Was held December 27 to install the grand officers and celebrate the 
feast of St. John, the Evangelist. Not many grand lodges have this 
feature. Usually installation comes at the close of the session at which 
the election is held. The observance of the feasts of the two eminent 
christian patrons of Freemasonry, St. John the Baptist, June 24, and St. 
John the Evangelist, December 27, have fallen into pretty general disuse. 
One remarkable feature of the election needs mention. For the entire 
roster of grand officers, including temple directors, auditing committee 
and nine members of the masonic board of relief there was but one 
vote in opposition. Here is harmony so dense and moist that it could 
be cut with a cheese knife. Still, that is the strength of the masonic 
institution. The record shows eleven lodges not represented this year, 
two had been out two years and one for three years. 

The Grand Feast. 

At 6 p.m. the craft repaired to the banquet room and remained 
until 10 o'clock. Certainly neither feed, fun nor frolic was wanting. 
The grand master was in charge. He said "let us drink to those who 
are not with us today"' etc. He does not say what they drank. It could 
not have been filtered Boston Bay Water ! Yet, no inf ormatoin is given 
as to the kind or quality of drink. But they drank. It will not be possible 
to give much idea of the speeches. They were many, bright, snappy and 
highly entertaining. 

Grand Secretary Davis divided oratorical honors with Rev. Bro. 
W. AsHBY Jones of Georgia. With Songs — "Di.xie," "Star Spangled 
Banner," "Red, White and Blue," — fraternal hands were metaphori- 
cally clasped over the place where any bloody chasm had ever divided 
the sections into North and South. Others were called but limitation 
of space forbids further notice. 

There is no grand orator or annual oration in Massachusetts. No 
correspondence report is ever written or printed. This is nothing short 
of a great loss to the craft of the "Old Bay State." Some of the 


literary geniuses, for which the State and its Hub are famous, could 
glean from the work of masonry as shown in the published proceedings 
of the various grand lodges of the world, much of rare interest and 

inestimable value. 

Grand master, Dana J., Flanders, Maiden; grand secretary, 
Thomas W. Davis, Masonic Temple, Boston. 

MICHIGAN— 1911. 

417 Lodges. 67TH Annual. 65,708 Members. 

A fine appearing book of 700 pages, with handsome gold-embossed 
cover design, gives an interesting record of the doings of masonry in 
the Wolverine state for the past year. The session was held at Port 
Huron May 23 and 24, 1911. The membership report shows a net gain 
of 2,898. Life members have increased from 1,004 to 1,262. The pic- 
ture of the new grand master, James E. Dillon, hangs on the fly-leaf, 
while the smiling faces of the eleven other grand officers are grouped 
on the opposite page. Arthur M. Hume, who represents Illinois at the 
court of Michigan, was at his post of duty. 

Welcome was extended by the mayor of Port Huron. Further 
greetings were given by the senior past grand master, William T. 
Mitchell, who tips the age-beam at 94. He is a resident of Port Huron 
and the grand lodge met there largely in his honor. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was strictly a business document. One short paragraph is given as a 
specimen of the many good sayings of the grand master. 

To make the path a little plainer for other's feet ; to add a little to 
the light that is battling with the gloom ; to make the world a little better, 
cheerier and happier for our presence in it — this is the great debt we, 
as masons, owe the world. 

The death of the two masonic giants of Illinois, John M. Pearson 
and John C. Smith, is noted. 

Liberal with Dispensations. 

The grand master granted dispensations in twenty-five cases "to 
confer the master mason's degree in less than a lunar month from the 


time of conferring of the E.A. degree." In Illinois no dispensation is 
required. Each candidate can advance whenever he has made suitable 
proficiency in the preceding degree. This must be prove'n by examina- 
tion in open lodge. 

Three dispensations "to ballot on candidates in less than a lunar 
month" were granted. One dispensation was "to change date of regu- 
lar meeting." In our state a grand master has no power to change the 
by-law of a lodge fixing the dates of stated meetings. 

Trouble Over Rituals. 

The grand master says that — 

No one item gives the grand master more calls for correspondence 
than that of "rituals." 

Many of the lodges do not appreciate the fact that they are grand 
lodge property and loaned to the constituent lodge. 

Michigan could save itself much worry and vastly improve in effi- 
ciency of work, if it would have a big bonfire and let its rituals go up 
in smoke. 

Peace with Canada. 

The two grand lodges with but a small stream of water between 
them came to fraternal blows. A lodge at Port Huron, Mich., went 
across the river to Port Sarnia, Canada, and buried one of its members 
with the masonic rites of Michigan. This was done without authority 
or consent of the grand lodge of Canada. This consent could easily 
have been obtained as the grand master of Canada lived in Sarnia, not 
over a mile from the Michigan lodge. The trouble went so far as to 
break fraternal relations of the two grand jurisdictions. The Canadian 
grand master issued an edict of non-intercourse. This continued until 
the meeting of the grand lodge of Michigan. After the new grand 
master had been installed, Daniel F. Macwatt, grand master of Can- 
ada, and Thomas Montgomery, D.D.G.M., were introduced and mutual 
felicitations were indulged. The two sister grand lodges found their 
troubles harmonized and have lived happily ever after. The impression 
made by this controversy on an outsider is that a little less technicality 
and a little more brotherly consideration would have easily avoided this 
family jar. ■ 

Dropped into Her Lap. 

In February, 1910, the Masonic Home, was entirely destroyed by 
fire. Temporary arrangements were made to care for the members. A 
committee was appointed to begin preparations for re-building. Before 
any real work had been done a plum dropped into the lap of the grand 


lodge. Am MI W. Wright offered to give the masons the Ahna Sanita- 
rium at Alma, Mich., to be used as a Masonic Home. This is a large, 
well-constructed building with ample accommodations. It was accepted 
by the grand lodge by a vote of 197 to 129. 

The membership of the Home March 31 was 39 men and 18 women 
— total 57. The weekly per capita cost is given at $4.85. The board of 
control is made up of three representatives of each of the following 
bodies ; grand lodge, grand chapter, R.A.M. ; grand council, grand com- 
mandery and grand chapter O.E.S. This gives representation to all 
bodies. A board of fifteen is pretty large for best results. Membership 
in the Masonic Relief Association of the United States and Canada was 
accepted and the fee ordered to be paid. 

On report of the committee on foreign correspondence fraternal 
relations were continued with Mexico under the new name of "York 
Grand Lodge of Mexico F. and A.M." 

The Report on Correspondence 

Is the eighth written by Bro. Lou B. Winsor. He quotes the regu- 
lation of the grand lodge forbidding criticism or comment "upon deci- 
sions, laws and regulations of this or any other grand lodge." Hence, 
his work is mostly narration and quotation. The reports of Brother 
Bell of the Baltimore conference and Brother Darrah of the meeting 
at Alexandria for the Washington memorial are copied in full. The 
report of the Illinois correspondence committee regarding recognition 
of Egypt is given in its entirety. He says that Bro. Frank G. Smith, 
grand orator, delivered an eloquent oration which is published in full 
in the proceedings." The entire introduction to the report on cor- 
respondence of Illinois for 1910 is reproduced. 

Grand master, J.\mes E. Dillon, East Tawas ; grand secretary, 
Lou B. Winsor, Reed City. 



253 Lx)DGES. 58TH Annual. 25,800 ^Members. 

A little more than three months after the annual session at St. Paul, 
January 18 and 19, the 191 1 book of proceedings of Minnesota reaches 
the table of the Illinois reviewer. It is a compact, well-printed volume 
of about 300 pages. The session was held in St. Paul in the new masonic 
temple recently completed. There is a profusion of pictures showing 
this new structure with both outside and interior views. It appears to 
be a very proper and masonic edifice. It is located outside of the busi- 
ness district and is exclusively for the use of masonic and affiliated 
bodies. Very properly no attempt was made to go into the real estate 
business by erecting an imposing structure for commercial purposes and 
incidental masonic use. The offices of the grand lodge are here perma- 
nently located and a start made for an extensive masonic library. Evi- 
dently the grand lodge has here for itself a permanent home. 

Bro. A. T. Stebbins was present to represent Illinois and Prince 
Edward Island. 

Note is made of the death of P.G.iNI. Charles W. Nash and our 
own beloved brother, John M. Pearson. 

The Grand IMaster's Address 

Is forceful and full of interesting matter. He crowds into small space 
the record of the year. He only reports two decisions. One of these 
says that the resolution adopted by the grand lodge in 1869 "does not 
permit the use of robes, scenery, or other accessories in the conferring 
of the degrees which were not used at the exemplification before the 
grand lodge at that time." 

Can't Improve on the Work. 

Further on under the head of "work" Grand IMaster Patton re- 
turns to this subject in a manner most correct and convincing. He says 

On this subject permit me to say that, in my opinion, the desire to 
improve upon the rendition of the work is founded on a wrong hypothe- 
sis. It seems to be the feeling that the impressiveness and beauty of 
the degree is increased in proportion to the adornments added thereto. 
Such, however, is not the case, but, on the contrary, in the very simplicity 
of the work, as commonly rendered in our lodges, in the past, and at 
present, lies its eternal vigor, and continuing power. \Vlien once we 
cease to depend on the unadorned work, and turn to side issues to 
awaken interest, we step from a rock to a quicksand footing. The new 


features soon pall upon the taste; and so, others must be added, to 
maintain_ the attractiveness ; and this must continue ad inHmtum until 
the original purpose and intent of the degree is buried under the ac- 
cumulated rubbish. Again, too often the work is looked upon as a spec- 
tacle to entertain the brethren, rather than, as it is truly intended to be, 
a sermon to edify the candidate. 

To enforce his view he quotes a verse from Kipling's poem, "My 
Mother Lodge." 

"We 'adn't much regalia, 
Our lodge was old and bare ; 
But we knew the ancient landmarks. 
And we kept 'em to a 'air." 

The foregoing comment was brought out by a lodge that wanted to 
show the grand master, board of custodians and grand secretary how 
they could enhance the beauty of the old institution by the use of mod- 
ern frills. There are people in this world with enough conceit to offer 
to paint the lily, adorn the butterfly and add a new fragrance to the rose. 

A Smooth Kentuckian. 

Bro. H. R. Coleman, with a fine endorsement from the grand sec- 
retary of Kentucky as a past grand chaplain, obtained permission to visit 
and address lodges in [Minnesota. The grand master then adds — • 

In the early part of December I began to receive inquiries from the 
brethren, requesting information as to a so-called "Oriental Order of 
Pilgrim Knights," which it was stated was being exploited by Brother 
Coleman ; and that his lectures were merely an advertisement of this 
order; and that his efforts were almost entirely directed to having the 
brethren join same. I immediately answered these communications to 
the effect that the order was no part of masonry, and that I had given 
Brother Coleman no authority to canvas for members, or to organize 
any such body. I regret that the matter has taken this turn, and report 
the exact facts so that the brethren may be advised and govern them- 
selves accordingly. 

Large Lodges. 

Under the above caption Grand Master Patton gives some valuable 
information regarding membership in lodges of various sizes. He thinks 
that lodges can be too big and that the large bodies are not as effective 
masonic agencies as the smaller. To fortify this view he says that 20 
per cent of the masons of Minnesota belong to 3.2 per cent of the 
lodges. Also the big ones make over 20 per cent of the new masons 
each year. Though located in cities with easy means of reaching these 
lodges only a little over 8 per cent, including visitors, is the average at- 
tendance of resident members. In one case the attendance is as low as 
4.6 per cent. 

As to attending funerals the showing is even worse. In lodges with 
over 350 members the last rites of respect to the dead brought out only 


an average of 5.8 per cent of the resident membership. One big lodge 
was as low as 2.6 per cent. He recommends the formation of new lodges 
to reduce the big rolls where many are almost lost in the magnitude 
of numbers. One lodge in Minneapolis has 1.230 members. The atti- 
tude of the grand master is full of thoughtful suggestions for other 
states. Garden City in Chicago had 1,319 and Covenant 899 at the last 

Work not All. 

Brother Patton thinks that something aside from accuracy in the 
ritual is necessary. He says, "that the brethren may be intelligent and 
efficient masons requires that they shall be informed, not only in the 
ritual, but in the history, symbolism, principles, laws and customs of the 
fraternity; and the duty of the lodge is not done when the charge of 
the third degree is read, and the newly made brother has signed the 
by-laws. Many of our lodges seem, however, to act on this assumption, 
for they provide no means, and offer no inducements, for the brethren 
to advance in knowledge." 

The Tiger's Claw. 

Putting emphasis on greater need of fraternity the grand master 
deprecates the tendency toward other orders and so-called higher de- 
grees to gain that spirit of fellowship essential to masonry. He asks — 

Is it those who wear the emblem of the square and compasses who, 
as they meet, brush aside all the conventionalities, and, setting before 
the world an example of brotherly affection, hail each other with joy, 
and eagerly grasp each others' hands, while the light of love shines in 
their eyes, and the smile of joy beams in their faces? Is it not rather, 
that the frequency and earnestness of these greetings increase as we 
advance through the emblems of the keystone, the cross and crown, the 
double eagle, even unto the tiger claws? I am very much afraid rny 
brethren, that, in this day and generation, there is far more strength in 
the tiger's claw than in the lion's paw. 

A brother was presented to the grand lodge because he was wearing 
an apron worn by his grandfather at the laying of the corner stone of 
Bunker Hill monument. 

Bi-centennial of England. 

A cojnmittee was appointed to confer with other grand lodges to 
arrange for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the formation 
of the grand lodge of England, June 17, 1717. This does not come for 
six years but in many grand lodges the preliminaries are being taken. 
The grand lodge of England is mother to us all and we should not for- 
get her birthday in 1917. 


The Oration 

By Charles E. Elmquist was highly entertaining and instructive. There 
is room for but one paragraph. 

We want more taffy and less epitaphy ; more goodness and less bad- 
ness ; more sweetness and less acerbity ; more altruism and less selfish- 
ness ; more honesty and less insincerity; more statesmanship and less 
demagogy ; more fraternity and less exclusiveness ; more real charity 
and less ostentation; more of the humanity of the "Prince of Peace" 
and less self-praise of the Pharisee. We want to see the chasm which 
separates class from class and laborer from employer, bridged by hands 
of loving friendship and hostility give way to a thorough appreciation 
of the rights of men. In this way only shall we reach the ultimate aim 
and goal, the brotherhood of man. 

The Masonic Home. 

Progress is being made toward a masonic home. A fund of $ioo,- 
000 must first be raised according to former action of the grand lodge. 
About $18,000 of this is provided. A masonic home association is in 
charge of securing the funds. A permanent membership costs $500. 
The grand lodge adopted a resolution to purchase six memberships but 
the finance committee cut this down to two and let it go at that. Thus 
$1,000 from the grand lodge treasury are taken this year instead of 

The grand lodge also has a Widows' and Orphans' Fund amounting 
to $65,000. This is invested and the proceeds go for relief. It is not 
to be used for building a home. This writer last year confused the 
home fund with this provision for relief. Brother Todd, the foreign 
correspondent, notes the error and adds "with the practical and com- 
paratively inexpensive plan of dispensing relief adopted in Minnesota 
years ago, it will probably be some time before a home is estabHshed 
within the jurisdiction." 

The Annual Review 

Is again from the hand of Bro. Irving Todd. It is extremely doubtful 
if another man can be found who can put more into eighty-six pages of 
ten-point type than has been done by our Minnesota correspondent. As 
a summarizer he is a genius. The meat of the work of the grand 
lodges reviewed is to be found here. Two and one half pages are de- 
voted to Illinois. "The annual report of the grand master is fully in 
keeping with the extent of the jurisdiction." This is Brother Todd's 
way of saying that Grand Master Ashley presented a big report. Again 
he tersely says that "a flowery address was delivered by Bro. F. G. 
Smith, grand orator." 


Report on Correspondence. 

He refers to the Illinois review of last year by saying that "The 
report on correspondence was presented by Bro. Owen Scott, whom the 
writer has often met in other capacities." He then copies entire the 
part which reviewed Minnesota for 1910, filling almost a page of his 
precious space. Brother Todd reiterates his view that it is a waste of 
time to open and close in all the degrees "at each lodge meeting re- 
gardless of the business to come before it." In giving the receipts of 
Illinois for 1910 he gives the total as $57,165.76. Why bless your good 
soul our 101,692 members at 90 cents each produce $91,522.80. It was 
all paid, too, as every lodge reported and remitted. There are other 
sources of income needless here to mention. 

Under Mexico. 

A letter from W. H. Seamon, foreign correspondence committee 
Valle de Mexico, is printed in full. This letter gives details of the 
division in that grand body. Though Minnesota recognizes Mexico, yet 
Brother Todd adds the following significant paragraph. 

Brother Seamon was the committee on foreign correspondence in 
the Grand Lodge of New Mexico during the five years ending 1904, and 
is probably more familiar with Mexican masonry than any other promi- 
nent member of the fraternity. Yet even he would hardly assume that 
this elimination of the native element is to immediately command the 
confidence of the masonic world in the stability or permanence of the 
grand body with which he is now connected. The good old Methodist 
plan of probation is most likely to be followed in the premises. 

The proceedings close with a record of the meeting of the Masonic 
Veterans' Association held on Tuesday evening, closing with a banquet 
on Wednesday evening to which the entire grand lodge was invited. 
From the report it is evident that the Veterans' Association in Minne- 
sota is more of a reunion of the old-time workers than a society func- 
tion as it is in some other states. 

Grand master, Elmer A. Kling, Little Falls ; grand secretary, John 
FiSHEL, St. Paul. 



352 Lodges. 93Rd Annual. 18,147 Members. 

Clad in a handsome blue overcoat the proceedings of Mississippi for 
191 1, made their appearance in due time. They were a little deliberate 
in coming as is the wont of the southern gentlemen. The grand lodge 
met at Gulfport February 21 and 22, 191 1, and the record reached the 
reviewer July 25. The year was a prosperous one for the craft. The 
net gain in membership was 1,025. The picture of the new grand mas- 
ter, John S. Brooks, opens the volume. The grand lodge of Illinois 
was not represented, P.G.M. Frederic Speed being kept at home by ill- 
ness. Brother Speed is the grand secretar}'-, also. Since grand lodge 
Brother Speed has gone hence. He attended forty-one consecutive ses- 
sions, missing only that of 191 1. The grand master notes the departure 
of P.G.M. John M. Pearson. Five corner stones were laid. He re- 
fused to lay two others because "the walls had been completed." Nine 
decisions were reported, most of which were mere construction of local 

''Otherwise all Right." 

Here is one of some interest as it is out of the ordinary. 

Our lodge has an applicant for the degrees in masonry, who is an 
ex-convict. He is otherwise all right. Does the fact that he has served 
a term in the state penitentiary disqualify him? Answer. Most em- 
phatically yes. None should be made a mason except those under the 
tongue of good report and well recommended. I cannot conceive of 
such a thing as one being under the tongue of good report and coming 
well recommended who has served a term in the state penitentiary. A 
man to be suitable to be initiated into the mysteries of masonry must be 
a moral man, respecting the laws of the country in which he lives. 

Perhaps they wanted to receive him to reform him. 

In another the grand master holds that a lodge cannot exempt a 
member from dues. It may remit, if the brother is unable to pay, but 
this must be done each year and not in advance. This accords with 
Illinois law. 

Orphans' Home. 

Grand Master Conner reports the Home in excellent working con- 
dition. He says that "it is a pleasure to speak of this, the pride of 
Mississippi." During the year there has been added to the Home "The 
Howard Memorial Hospital, built and furnished by P.G.M. Harry 


In this state of the south there is the plan of caring for dependent 
masons by joint aid from the lodge and the Home funds of the grand 
lodge. Only a sum will be given equal to that produced by the lodge. 
The grand master adds that — 

It certainly is a very poor lodge which is so poverty struck, either 
in money or masonic principles, that it cannot care for its own sick and 
distressed worthy members, and it is wholly unreasonable for them to 
shirk this duty and ask the trustees for any portion of the money, which 
has been donated for the aged and indigent by the brotherhood at large. 

The grand chapter R.A.M. has presented a dormitory for boys. 
The Eastern Star is given credit for doing much to help to care for 
the children. There are fifty-four children in the Home. The annual 
per capita cost is $126.60. 

Have Masonic Schools. 

An excellent system of instruction in the ritual and the law is re- 
ported. The schools, apparently after the order of those in Illinois, are 
doing much in cultivating social relations and perfecting the brethren 
in masonry in all its phases. 

Greetings from the grand chapter of the Eastern Star were received 
by rising vote. The grand secretary was ordered to make suitable re- 
sponse. The masons of Mississippi do not "shy" at the ladies of their 
households as they do in some northern states. 

Non-Affiliates Have no Rights. 

The committee on "law and jurisprudence" makes an able and elab- 
orate report. Little is involved that would prove of interest to other 
grand lodges. Non-affiliates are held to have no lodge rights. By pay- 
ment of a sum equal^o the annual dues of the lodge they are permitted 
certain specified privileges without becoming members. 

In case of suspension for non-payment of dues a brother does not 
need to petition for re-instatement, nor pass the ballot. "All he has to 
do is to pay what he owed at the time he was suspended." This cer- 
tainly is a short cut to re-instatement. 

Want a Grand Lodge Home. 

A committee of five was provided "to devise some plan for the cre- 
ation of a fund for the erection of a permanent home for the grand 
lodge." May an outsider intrude enough to ask whether or not it might 
not be more advisable to provide a shelter for the needy brother, his 
wife or widow than to get a home for the grand lodge? 


A "monument to the confederate dead" at Johnson's Island was ded- 
icated J«ne 8, 1910. 

Honor to Brother Smith. 

A full page picture of John C. Smith is inserted. It is an excellent 
likeness. The opposite page contains a brief sketch of Brother SMITH'^ 
masonic career from which the following is taken. 

General Smith, as he was known, was the grand representative of 
the grand lodge of Mississippi to the grand lodge of Illinois, and visited 
this grand lodge in 1899, when he was the guest of our late Brother 
Frederic Speed, they being close and intimate friends. When the wire 
flashed the sad news that General Smith was dead, Brother Speed, said, 
"It will not be long before I, too, will join the dear General." 

All of the highest honors of masonry had been conferred upon 
General Smith, he having received more honors and titles than any other 
living man. Kind, true and noble and gentle as a woman. We all loved 
him and mourn with Illinois. 

The Review of Grand Lodges 

Is presented by P.G.M. H.'\rry T. Howard, presumably the same one 
who gave the hospital to the Masonic Home, noted elsewhere in this 

His report is a comprehensive summary of the business of the Illi- 
nois grand lodge for 1910. A half page quotation is given from the 
oration delivered by Bro. Frank G. Smith. No comment is made. The 
review of Illinois covers one and one-half pages. 

Brother Howard concludes his report with this poetical benediction; 

Having reviewed the proceedings of grand bodies, from California 
to New Zealand, and finding all the bodies working for that far-off 
divine event towards which all creation moves, and this being the end 
of another year, I wish you all godspeed. 

"May old time who steals our treasure 

Keep his fingers off your life ; 
May you stay not scarred but tempered, 

By the day's turmoil and strife. 

"May you be the same good fellow, 

Gentle spirit, man and friend, 
'Till the shadows fall and lengthen 

And earth's beaten trail shall end." 

Grand master. John S. Brooks, Lula; acting grand secretary, Fred- 
eric Gordon Speed, Vicksburg. 


MISSOURI— 1910. 

6ii Lodges. 9oth Annual. 5i>o86 Members. 

]\Iasonry in Missouri is shown to be in a flourishing condition. 
The book of proceedings gives the history of the 1910 session and 
amply demonstrates its growth and progress. The net gain in member- 
ship is 1998. The meeting was held in St. Louis September 27. Our 
neighbor across the river, like Illinois, has a fixed abode. It meets 
regularly in St Louis. It has been demonstrated that a grand lodge 
"on wheels" is likely to encounter a rocky road at frequent intervals. 
The great centers furnish ample facilities of transportation, hotels and 
commodious rooms for sessions. 

The picture and biography of the retiring grand master, William 
A. Hall, adorn the opening pages of a volume of a little over 400 pages. 

The Address of the Grand Master 

Is an able and interesting report of his work. It contains many argu- 
ments and suggestions of interest to the craft, there and elsewhere. A 
brief extract will show its force. 

A body representing in itself and its constituency every shade of 
social and material condition, from the patrician to the yeoman, from the 
millionaire to the humble toiler for bread; representing every phase of 
poUtical opinion and every possible variety of religious thought, from the 
strictest expression of orthodoxy to the wildest liberalism of the advanced 
thinker, and yet all united in appreciation of the two greatest, divinest 
facts possible to the human mind — the Grand Master of the Universe as 
a Father and a Friend, and every man, everywhere, as a brother. And 
doubtless nowhere could a representative body in like numbers be gath- 
ered possessing more of true, genuine manhood, of high moral charac- 
ter and dignity, than is before me today. 

What Can This Mean? 

The grand master says that — 

The york rite of freemasonry, as represented by the Grand Lodge 
A.F. and A.M. of Missouri, was recognized very courteously and kindly 
by the authorities of the Scottish rite in a formal, yet earnest invitation 
to be presented "in full form" to that ancient and honorable body as 
represented in the Missouri Consistory, on the evening of May 12, 1910. 
This invitation I accepted, much to my own pleasure and seemingly to 
the gratification of the consistory. 

The puzzle is what "'the york rite of freemasonry as represented by 
the Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Missouri," or any other state, could 


be doing "in full form" in a consistory where some other "rite" or sys- 
tem is practiced. 

The Masonic Club. 

The grand master very properly questioned the right or even ad- 
visability of organizing a social club to be known as masonic. He said — 

I responded that, while cordially approving the plan and purpose of 
the organization as I understood it, yet as the term club had been so 
abused and misused in our city for some years, I thought it probable 
there might be objections on the part of the grand lodge to the use of 
the word masonic in connection therewith. 

However, the grand lodge gave its approval. A full-fledged city 
club with all the frills that go with it cannot be made masonic by giv- 
ing it that name. The effect of this is to make two classes of masons. 
One of these will be "club masons" and the other just masons. The 
grand master's attitude appears to have been more correct than the 
grand lodge. 

Likes Illinois Courtesy. 

Grand Master Hall accepted Grand Master Ashley's invitation 
and tells of it as follows; 

Recently I received, through the grand secretary, a most courteous 
invitation from M.W. Bro. A. B. Ashley, grand master of Illinois, to 
be present at a special communication of Lincoln Park Lodge No. 6ii, 
of that jurisdiction. "Fortunately, I was able to accept, and the occa- 
sion was most enjoyable, and the fraternal spirit and elegant courtesy 
of my reception and entertainment made it one of the most interesting 
masonic episodes within my experience. 

The Eastern Stars are Helpful. 

The grand master further says that — 

The ladies of the Eastern Star have continued their benefactions 
through the year and, as in the past, have shown themselves loyal to 
the fraternity in their endeavor to make the Masonic Home all that its 
most enthusiastic friends could desire. Not only in or near the city but 
at different points throughout the state they have evidenced their inter- 
est in many ways, proving that they, as well as we, consider this the 
most worthy object of masonic endeavor. No true freemason can fail 
to appreciate these splendid women for their generous support. We 
may also state that these high-souled women have voluntarily proposed 
that, upon the completion of the proposed infirmary, they will assume the 
expense of supplying all needed furnishings. 

The grand master deprecates the too easy and too frequent remis- 
sion of the dues of members and classes it as a "growing evil." 

The Missouri Home. 
Brother Hall appears to have hit "the bull's eye" in the following, 
Not to be loyal to the Masonic Home and profoundly interested in 
all that affects it for good or ill would be to confess one's self unworthy 


of the proud distinction of a Missouri freemason. The Home, conceived 
in the heart and brain and builded and fostered 1)y the strong hands of 
the noblest among us, many of whom have already entered into the re- 
ward that awaits the faithful craftsman on high. The Home, in all that 
it proposes and represents, ought to be enshrined in every masonic 
heart ! 

Truly, if anywhere, the masonic heart may be found, it is in pro- 
viding for the comfort of those who are not able to care for them 
selves. The present membership is 151 ; 33 men, 48 women, 40 boys 
and 30 girls. It will be seen that both children and old people are kept 
in the same home. H it were not that Missouri is a pioneer in the 
masonic home work, the wisdom of this plan might be questioned. From 
very elaborate reports it appears that the Missouri Home is very suc- 
cessful. Owing to a want of proper facilities many helpless dependents 
are denied the privileges of the Home. A very robust movement was 
under way to raise $100,000 to build a new hospital building or infirm- 
ary as they choose to call it. An appeal to lodges and individuals re- 
sulted in pledging $57,857.75 for this purpose. It is very evident that 
the lack will soon be supplied. 

Physical Qualifications. 

The grand master found this question arising in many forms and 
in many places. He says that — 

One of our correspondents deserves special mention. He writes 
seriously that he has understood that in Missouri there is a chance for 
a one-armed man to be made a mason. We might have replied that 
possibly a one-armed Missourian was probably fully equal to a two-armed 
man from some other jurisdictions and that his mistake doubtless arose 
from this consideration. 

Happy thought. 

Some Points of Law. 

The grand master reported eleven decisions. He held — 

1. That a committee on a petition, failing to report at the proper 
time, a new committee then appointed cannot report until the lapse ox 
one month. 

2. That the worshipful master, as such, has no authorit}' to appoint 
a committee as representatives of freemasonry to attend the funeral of 
a woman. 

3. That a brother elected to membership in a lodge without a cer- 
tificate of good standing, remains a member of the former lodge, the 
election being null and void. 

4. That a clerk in the railway traffic department of a brewery may 
petition for the mysteries of freemasonry according to the law, as now 


5. That a subordinate lodge cannot hold a meeting during the ses- 
sion of the grand lodge, since, while anj- past master may open the 
lodge in the absence of the master and wardens, yet as every past master 
is a member of the grand lodge, they are supposed to be in attendance 
as well as the master and wardens. 

The grand lodge modified this to permit of masonic funerals during 
the session of the grand lodge. 

Great ox Recognitiox. 

The Missouri grand lodge has been easily "siown" in its relations 
with bodies claiming to be masonic. No less than fourteen of these 
which Illinois does not regard as . regular are in fraternal correspond- 
ence with Missouri. ]\Iany of them are in Latin countries where the 
prerequisites are loosely drawn. Our neighbor's liberality has led her 
into some complications. 

1. It became necessary to dissolve relations with Costa Rica. 

2. Nicaragua is reported as being qualified but owing to the un- 
stable condition of the government recognition was deferred. 

3. The troubles of Valle de Mexico were reviewed and it was de- 
cided to continue fraternal relations with Valle de Mexico No. i. If 
the schisms continue the names may be dropped entirely and the so- 
called grand lodges be designated merely by numbers as they do in 
those great state institutions where entry is easy and exit difficult. 

4. Swiss Grand Lodge Alpina was turned down because it does 
not require belief in God and does not have the Bible on its altar. How 
could it and hold fraternal relations with the Grand Orient of France? 

The Graxd Orator. 

R.W. Bro. Austin L. McRae delivered a brief and worthful oration. 
The committee on necrology refers to the death of P.G.M. John M. 
Pearson in fitting terms. 

The celebration of the bi-centenary of the grand lodge of England 
June 24, 1917, was approved. The proposal of Kentucky for inter-state 
jurisdiction in discipline of sojourning masons was accepted and en- 

Report ox Correspoxdexce. 

Past Grand Master C. C. Woods presents the review of the grand 
lodges of the world. Without vouching for its accuracy he quotes from 
the report of the correspondent of South Australia as follows ; 

I find that there are 109 sovereign grand lodges, 50 in the United 
States, 9 in Canada, 5 in Central America, 9 in South America, 7 in 


Australia, i in Egypt, I in Liberia, and 3 in the United Kingdom, and 8 
grand lodges control the German Empire. The remaining 16 are distrib- 
uted throughout Europe. 

No less than 18 grand lodges claim direct descent from the grand 
lodge of England, and of the whole 109, 70 work in the English lan- 

European grand lodges have nearly 6,000 lodges, with an approxi- 
mate membership of 400,000, of which nearly 75 per cent is English. 

The grand lodges of United States and Canada have 15,000 lodges, 
with a membership of nearly one and one-half millions. Central Amer- 
ica has over 200 lodges and 8,000 members, while South America has 
1,000 lodges, with a membership of 40,000. Australia and New Zealand 
have some 800 lodges, with a membership of 45,000. 

How Illinois Fares. 

Brother Woods writes sparingly but compliments Illinois by giving 
it five of his precious pages. Much of this is taken up with quotations 
from Brother Bell's report. He also gives in full the prayer of the 
grand chaplain, J. Webster Bailey. Of Brother Bell's attitude in the 
Petersburg liquor case the reviewer says that "In relation to liquor 
selling the grand master is doubtless logical from the standpoint of Illi- 
nois but we of Missouri must naturally protest." He then quotes the 
argument of Brother Bell. 

Brother Cook's Report. 

Brother Woods says that — 

The report on correspondence from the virile pen of M.W. Bro. 
Edward Cook, past grand master, is a voluminous yet interesting docu- 
ment, covering over three hundred pages and discussing well and wisely 
many interesting questions of masonic law and history. He gives sev- 
eral pages to Missouri, finding much to commend and nothing to criticise. 

Grand master. Clay C. Bigger, LaClede; grand secretary, John R. 
Parson, St. Louis, Roe Building. 


MONTANA— 1910. 

63 Lodges. 46th Annual. 5,957 Members. 

From September 22 to May 29 is a good long stretch for a grand 
lodge to take in getting its proceedings from Montana to Illinois. The 
printers must be very slow or the grand secretary very busy. Possibly 
both. However, the proceedings for the 46th annual and four special 
meetings appear in a tasty book of about 400 pages garbed in a fine 
shade of symbolic blue. The picture and biographical sketch of the re- 
tiring grand master, John L. Carroll, fill the opening pages. The grand 
secretary made the pleasing announcement that all the sixty-three lodges 
had made their annual returns and paid their grand lodge dues. That 
is the established habit of the 800 lodges in Illinois. It has been many 
great suns since a lodge in the Sucker state was delinquent to the grand 

The Grand Master's Address 

Is a document showing masonry in ]Montana as prosperous and pro- 
grjCSsive. Seven new lodges were added and a net gain in membership 
of 472 reported. 

The grand master regretfully declined the invitation of Lincoln Park 
Lodge No. 611, of Chicago, to witness the conferring of the master 
mason's degree during the Templar Conclave of 1910. The brother 
missed an excellent meeting in which many grand masters participated. 

Trouble Over Rituals. 

The grand master says that — 

This grand lodge has, at each one of its annual communications in 
'recent years, spoken positively against the use of every so-called masonic 
ritual, and furnished each one of the four principal officers of every 
lodge in the state with a copy of the Montana ritual, and insisted upon 
its use, yet I regret to say that in many of the lodges visited by me 
they are simply held in trust to be transmitted to their successors in 
office while their work is obtained from something easier to read. I 
have worked persistently to counteract this apparent lack of interest, and 
to impress upon the minds of the officers that it is their plain duty to 
obey the laws, edicts, and regulations of this grand lodge in every respect. 

If a cremation party is held and all rituals, ciphers, etc., are con- 
signed to the flames there will be less trouble. From mouth to ear is 
the correct masonic method of obtaining and preserving the work. 


DisPEXSATioxs Sparingly Used. 

The grand master evidently thinks it is no part of the work of a 
lodge to attend church in regalia. He refused to give dispensations for 
this purpose. It is conceded by the grand master that he gave a dis- 
pensation contrary to law to elect a master to fill a vacancy. His jus- 
tification is that "it was for the very best interest of the lodge." Rather 
a dangerous precedent. Application for dispensation to ballot on peti- 
tions in less than lawful time were wisely refused. Only three decisions 
are reported. These raise no new questions and are in harmony with 
Illinois law. 

The Liquor Question. 

In ^Montana the law excludes saloonkeepers, bartenders and all en- 
gaged in the liquor traffic. A question arose over a hotel keeper with a 
bar. The grand master referred it to the grand lodge without recom- 
mendation. It was decided on report of the committee on jurisprudence 
that the law did not apply "if the bar is conducted simply as an adjunct 
to the hotel and is not the prime purpose of the business conducted." 
To an outsider this looks a little like a disposition to beat the devil 
about the stump to avoid embarrassment. Is a man who sells intoxi- 
cants at retail any the less a saloonkeeper because he runs a hotel in the 
same building? 

Gets Help from Illinois. 

The jurisprudence committee presented the question of life mem- 
bership without a recommendation. It was discussed at some length. 
The following is from the record. 

Brother Hepncr asked permission to read an extract upon the sub- 
ject from the address of Grand Master Scott to the grand lodge of 
Illinois in 1896, in which the matter was reported adversely by him. 

The vote was decidedly adverse to life membership. 

The grand lodge decided to furnish each of its lodges with a copy 
of the list of regular lodges prepared by the grand lodge of Illinois. 

To Wear His Hat. 

Grand Master Carroll recommended that "the worshipful master 
remain uncovered at funerals, and upon all occasions when the public 
is admitted ; to the end that our customs and usages may not become 
known to the profane." 

The grand lodge thought otherwise and the master may wear his 
hat as a distinction peculiar to his position. 


After a service of thirty-nine years as grand treasurer, Bro. H. M. 
Parchen declined a re-election. He gave as a reason, "I do believe 
somewhat in rotation in office." It could only be "somewhat" after 
holding on for almost forty years. He was firm and said he would de- 
cline if elected again. They found another man who was willing to 
serve and let him off. 

May be in Writing. 

The report of investigating committees on petitions may be "oral 
or in writing, if oral it must be made in person." In Illinois it must be 
a secret oral report from each of the three. It is not a committee re- 
port in the ordinary sense. It is rather the individual report of three 
persons each acting as a committee for himself. No record is made of 
the nature of the report. 

P.JiYS Them All. 

Montana believes in encouraging a large attendance at grand lodge. 
Not only the master draws mileage and per diem but each of the war- 
dens, if present, is on the pay roll. In Illinois only the highest in rank 
receives pay and with this our mileage and per diem account runs to 
almost $20,000 each year. 

The Masonic Home 

Is completed and in successful operation. There was much criticism 
concerning the high cost of the building and equipment. This was ^73,- 
526.45. It is conceded that the building is "replete in equipment, ornate 
in architectural design and thoroughly adapted to the needs intended 
and of which the fraternity may feel justly proud." If people want 
frills and ornaments they must expect to pay the price. It is also 
claimed that the cost of management is excessive. Eleven persons have 
been kept during the year. The report shows that the per capita ex- 
pense was $1,200, or four times what it cost in Nebraska. There it was 
$236 per member each year. It was claimed that twelve more could be 
accommodated and that the larger number would make but a trifling in- 
crease in cost. This is no doubt true but that would leave a $600 per 
capita. It is rather singular that $75,000 would be expended and yet the 
capacity provided would be less than twenty-five persons. It seems that 
masons in ^lontana and elsewhere should look more to comfort and 
less to show. 


The committee on fraternal dead thus refers to our P.G.M. Bro. 
Joseph Robbins — 

Past grand master for more than forty-five years, a conspicuous 
figure in the grand lodge of Illinois, and from 1888 the chairman of the 


committee on correspondence of his grand lodge, died July 19, 1909, 
aged "j"] years. Brother Robbins was the dean of the corps of masonic 
correspondents, and at the time of his death the greatest exponent of the 
principles and dignity of ancient craft masonry. Robert Freke Gould, 
the masonic historian, says of him : 

"Dr. Robbins was hardly the inferior of IMackey in general masonic 
knowledge, or of Pike as a writer of forcible and classical English in 
which that knowledge could be expressed." 

Reference is also made to the death of P.G.M. JoHX ]M. Pearson. 

The Report ox Correspondence 

Was written by P.G.M. Hefner, and is his second effort. He reviews 
sixty-six grand lodges and writes a readable report. In his introduction 
appear the following sage reflections. 

When we joined our mystic order, youthfulness and vigor imbued 
us with a belief that many remedies and innovations might be applied 
to strengthen and adorn this hoary giant of the ages, but as we grow 
older our ardor is cooled, and sere judgment takes its place. We are 
more than ever inclined to make no "inroads into the body of masonry" 
and to preserve intact the landmarks of the fraternity. 

About Illinois. 

Two and one-half pages are devoted to our grand lodge session of 
1909. Brother Hefner refers to Brother Robbins and says that "he 
has been writing the correspondence reports for Illinois for thirty years 
and for the same length of time he has been chairman of the commit- 
tee on jurisprudence." This is an error. Brother Robbins was not on 
that committee during the time he was correspondent. Of the oration 
is the following; 

Grand Orator Euclid B. Rogers delivered the annual oration under 
the title "The World Growing Better." It was a magnificent effort and 
we were inclined to give extracts, but do not know where to begin and 
where to end and so avoid mangling any portion thereof. It is recom- 
mended to the careful perusal of all having access to the proceedings. 

Grand master, J. \\'. Speer. Great Falls ; grand secretary, Cornelius 
Hedges, Jr., Helena. 


NEBRASKA— 1911. 

253 Lodges. 54th Annual. 18,507 Members. 

A handsome booklet of 229 pages contains a record of the doings of 
the grand lodge of Nebraska for the past year. A gain of 621 shows 
substantial growth. The annual was held at Omaha, June 6, 7, 191 1. 

The address of the grand master is a readable document. Two past 
grand masters crossed over during the year. These were Bros. Charles 
K. CouTANT and Melville R. Hopev^ell. 

During the year Grand Master Cheney was compelled to be absent 
on account of the ill-health of his family. During his absence D.G.JNE.. 
Henry Gibbons was "on the throne." From the report of Brother Gib- 
bons it appears that he was necessarily absent from the state. Bro. 
James R. Cain, S.G.W., was called upon to hold the ribbons in the ab- 
sence of his two superior officers. 

Among those from whom interstate courtesies were received, the 
grand master mentions Grand Master A. B. Ashley, of Illinois. Special 
dispensations to ballot and confer degrees without regard to time were 
issued by the grand master in six cases. He says that these were granted 
"with caution, requiring proficiency and notification of members." 

But one decision was reported. It was of purely local interest and 
is, therefore, omitted here. 

They ]\Iust Insure. 

In Nebraska lodges are required by the grand lodge to keep their 
property adequately insured. This is a wise provision. If lodges are 
so stupid or careless as to overlook this precaution it is fortunate that 
they have a governing body that compels them to act. No lodge can 
afford to go one day without full protection for their paraphernalia and 
other property. 

Something new distinguishes Nebraska. The grand lodge abolished 
the office of grand treasurer. The statement of the grand master on 
which action was taken is as follows ; 

The funds of this grand body should be received by the grand sec- 
retary and deposited in a designated bank to be governed by conditions 
as to interest balances, with a main view to safety, and drawn out only 
on orders signed by the grand master and grand secretary. Thus the 
grand lodge w^ould' receive interest on its balances, besides doing away 
with the expense of a grand treasurer's surety bond, and further it 
would require the signatures of two in place of one, to draw the funds, 
which would be kept in the name of the grand lodge only. 


So far as is known no other grand lodge has dispensed with the 
services of a grand treasurer, though many require an accounting of 
interest on daily balances. 

The Masonic Home 

Is owned and managed by a corporation. There are 535 shares of capi- 
tal stock of which, the grand lodge owns 346. At the recent session 
$5,000 of the outstanding stock was purchased. It will not be long, as 
this indicates, until the grand lodge will be the sole owner of the stock. 
The ideal way to manage a Masonic Home is by the grand lodge and 
the payment of all expenses out of the treasury. By this all members 
share equally and the sum from each is small. 

The Home contains 16 women. 21 men and 2 boys, total, 39. The 
cost of each member for 1910 w^as $263.41, an increase over the preced- 
ing year of $15.57. Here, again the treasurer's office was abolished and 
the funds deposited to the credit of the board of trustees, to be drawn 
by orders signed by. officers of the board. 

The report of the grand custodian of the work is about the most 
poetical thing coming to the notice of this reviewer. Brother Frenxh 
is as easily moved to poetry as a stylish woman with nervous prostra- 
tion to tears. No less than fifteen poetic gems sparkle and glitter in a 
brief report on his year's service in supervising the ritualistic work. 

Bro. Geo. H. Thummel was present to represent Illinois. 

Withdraws Recogxitiox. 

Brother Phelps, for the committee on foreign correspondence, made 
a special report regarding Valle de Mexico. It was as follow^s; 

That owing to a division of said grand lodge, occurring at a recent 
communication of the same, and what we believe to be the instability 
of organized freemasonry in ^lexico, we recommend that recognition 
of the grand lodge Valle de Alexico be withdrawn, and we further rec- 
ommend that action upon the application of the York Grand Lodge of 
Mexico, F. & A.M., be deferred until the next annual communication 
of our grand lodge. 

The committee on jurisprudence submits the following; 
Past Grand Master Dowling, on page 259, proceedings of 1910, 
recommended : 

"First, I recommend that our law be changed so as to permit breth- 
ren who for religious or conscientious reasons wis hto dimit, to do so. 

This recommendation was referred to the committee on jurispru- 
dence and held for further consideration by its action one year ago. 
Your committee now recommends that the recommendation be not con- 
curred in." 


From this it appears that a man can get into a lodge "of his own 
free will and accord" but can't get out until the lodge unbars the door 
by suspension or expulsion or a dimit to join some other lodge. In 
Illinois a man, whose dues are paid and no charges pending, can at his 
own pleasure- withdraw from the membership of his lodge. Though 
this law has been in force many years, yet there are about 110,000 affili- 
ated masons in the old Sucker state. 

A most helpful and pleasing production was the oration by Bro. 
Elmer W. Brown, the grand orator. Limits of space and the late date 
at which the proceedings of Nebraska reached the reviewer's table, pre- 
vent desirable quotations. 

The death of our two distinguished past grand masters. John M. 
Pearson and John C. Smith, is given place among the dead of other 


The Annual Review. 

Bro. Charles J. Phelps writes the review for the committee on 
foreign correspondence. It is a well-written summary of proceedings 
of grand lodges, with little comment or criticism. 

Illinois is accorded two pages. In referring to our schools of in- 
struction the reviewer says that eight were held. He should have said 
five. In regard to Grand Master Ashley's attitude toward non-affiliates 
the following statement of law is given. 

In Nebraska a member who remains unaffiliated for one year has 
no masonic right whatever, save to petition for affiliation, which revives 
his rights, but for only six months if his petition is rejected. He can 
still maintain his standing by renewing his application every six months. 

Grand master, Henry Gibbons, Kearney; grand secretary, Francis 
E. White, Omaha. 

NEVADA— 1911. 

25 Lodges. 47Th Annual. 1,771 Members. 

The proceedings of this small, far-west grand lodge again appear 
in a tidy dress of plain white, with blue trimmings of "Nevada — 191 1" 
as its only adornment. 

A gain of ninety members shows some advance. A state with so 
low a standard of morals as to be the Mecca of divorcees and prize 


fighters, certainly needs a wider spread of the teachings of the great 
fraternity which is borne upon the wings of purity and peace. 

The annual session was held at Reno, June 13 and 14, 191 1. Charles 
E. Mack, representative of Illinois, was present. 

The grand master notes a busy year, "filled with duties and, as is 
the lot of man, some have been touched with pleasure's wand and others 
swept with the fingers of sorrow and grief." 

The death of Grand Secretary Noteware was set forth as a great 
loss to masonry in that state. He had been sixty-one years a mason and 
had borne many of the burdens of the craft. The death of P.G. Mas- 
ters John M. Pearson and John C. Smith, of Illinois, is noted. 

The appointment of William J. Hostetter as the representative of 
Nevada near the grand lodge of Illinois is reported. 

Not Many Decisions. 

The grand master does not give his decisions in his annual address. 
They are handed to the committee on jurisprudence in advance and are 
reported upon during the session. 

These decisions were seven in number and were merely interpreta- 
tions of local law. In one case the grand master decides "that there is 
no law in this jurisdiction that allows an officer to resign after he is 
installed." ^lay this not sorhetimes work hardships where oflficers are 
either absent or disqualified from service? A provision allowing res- 
ignation except in the case of master and wardens would be a handy 
thing to have in the house. 

One other decision, while not new, is sound and wise. He says that — 
The grand master has no authority to empower any past master in 

the temporary absence of the worshipful master and wardens, to open a 

lodge for the purpose of conferring the degrees. 

And he might properly have added, or for any other purpose. 

The grand lodge adopted a rule that no one should represent more 
than one foreign jurisdiction. Those who hold two or more shall re- 
sign all but the one they may choose to continue. This is in line with the 
policy of Grand Master Ashley. He did not want to have one man 
loaded down with too many honors or carry too many burdens. 

One of the most startling features in the Nevada proceedings is the 
signature of the grand secretary and "grand commissioner of review." 
His name is E. D. Vanderlieth. This is positive because it is printed 
in plain type right under the fac simile of the written signature. Brother 
Vanderlieth writes his name so that it can be easily read, except the 



initial "E." This is a cross between Bunker Hill monument and the 
leaning tower of Pisa. 

The Report on Correspondexce 

Is from the hand of Bro. E. D. Vanderlieth, who is styled, "Grand 
Commissioner of Review." The simple word "reviewer" would be 
shorter and handier and mean much the same. The report says that "a 
deal of time and a sweet bit of patience have been consumed in its 
preparation and a wider and more serious reading is urged for it." It 
is a good report and well worth reading. 

The review of Illinois for 1910 fills three pages and adequately sum- 
marizes the work of our grand lodge. Brother Vanderlieth "can find 
nothing masonic in the pink binding" of our proceedings. He recom- 
mends that it be changed to "white or blue." He says that — 

Grand Master Ashley submits a report of the year's doings which 
shows that he was loyal and earnest in advancing the interests of the 
great brotherhood. 

The oration of Bro. Frank G. Smith is highly commended and a 
half-page quotation is made. 

The Nevada reviewer is in accord with the view that there is noth- 
ing in masonry higher than the lodge. In his conclusion appears the 
following ; 

Grand masters and committees are still struggling with the subject 
'of intemperance. The yielding to strong drink is a vice repugnant to 
all good masons. It is a blot on any man's good name, but it is wholly 
incompatible with the character of a mason. Let the craft deal kindly, 
but firmly with the erring brother. Keep his fault, so far as we can, 
within the hallowed precincts of the lodge room, and, brethren, whisper 
good counsel and warn him of the sorrow ahead. The might of love 
w'orketh wonders. When admonition and counsel fail, then it becomes 
masonry to be firm. 

Grand master, Herman Davis, Reno; grand secretary, E. D. Van- 
derlieth, Carson City. 



38 Lodges. 43rd Annual. 2,915 ^Members. 

The annual session was held at St. John, August 2^ and 24, 1910. 
Proceedings reached the Illinois correspondent June 7, 191 1. Last year 
they did not arrive until August 2. The book has eighty-six pages and 
its preparation is not a gigantic task. It must be pretty stale reading 
almost a year after the close of the session. In Illinois our grand sec- 
retary gets under the wire with his book of 612 pages in from thirty 
to forty days. 

There was a gain of one lodge and 133 members during the year 

A handsome portrait of Grand Maser Bridges graces the opening 

Two special sessions were held, both to show respect to the dead. 
One was to give masonic burial to P.G.M. Edwin J. Everett. The other 
was a memorial to King Edward. The address was made by the grand 
chaplain. Rev. Gordon Dickie. 

At the annual meeting there was a full list of officers and repre- 
sentatives. There were twenty-four representatives of other grand lodges 
present but Illinois was without representation. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was a well-written business document. He expressed pleasure that all 
would have "the privilege of taking sweet counsel together and kindling 
into new life that spirit of brotherly love and greeting which must 
throb in the breast of every one present." 

The death of Bros. Joseph Robbins and John M. Pearson is noted. 
The reported itinerary of visits to lodges by the grand master shows 
him to have been a busy man. 

A severe fire at Campelltown called forth relief in the way of 
money. The grand lodge of Ontario is also credited with rendering 
needed and substantial assistance. 

Dispensations Freely Issued. 

The grand secretary reports thirty-one dispensations issued at the 
order of the grand master. Of these six were to wear regalia at memo- 
rial services to King Edward. Six others were to attend divine service 
in regalia. The purposes of the other nineteen are not given. 


No report on correspondence appears. The proceedings are briet 
in the extreme and, therefore, this review cannot be more extensive. 

Grand master, Henry S. Bridges, St. John ; grand secretary, J. 
Twining Hartt, St. John. 


80 Lodges. i2ist Annual. 10,260 Members. 

An attractive vohime is at hand giving the work of four specials, 
one semi-annual and the 121st annual communications of the grand 
lodge of New Hampshire. Three specials were to dedicate masonic halls. 
One was to conduct the funeral services over grand secretary and P.G.M. 
Frank D. Woodbury. The Granite State retains the ancient custom ot 
holding a semi-annual meeting to teach the work. This meeting was 
held at Manchester on December 28. The three degrees were conferred 
under the supervision of the grand lecturer who said "that the ritualistic 
errors could be counted on one hand and that, all things considered, it 
was the most perfect ritualistic work he had ever witnessed." The grand 
master suggested that the semi-annual would probably give way to the 
district system of instruction like surrounding grand lodges. Lee S. 
TiLLOTSON, grand master, and Henry H. Ross, of Vermont, were re- 
ceived as honored visitors. The annual meeting was held at Concord 
in May, 1910. The representative of Illinois did not respond at either 
the semi-annual or annual communication. 

Dana J. Flanders, grand master of Massachusetts, together with 
his suite (whatever that may mean) was received with the appropriate 
honors. Pleasant words of greeting and response are recorded. 

Grand Master's Address. 

This was a full and forceful presentation of the year's work. A sin- 
gle quotation will give some idea of the entire address — 

Masonry is so closely interwoven with true religion in its founda- 
tions, its principles, and its teachings as to lead us to believe that the 
Great Creator is using it as a powerful instrument for the moral uplift 
of the world. How could it be otherwise, brethren, when masonry is 
founded on the Holy Word of God and when some of its most exalted 
inspirations are drawn from the same sacred source? Throughout the 
whole civilized world the influence of ^lasonry is being exerted today 


more than ever before. In its silent, mysterious workings it is con- 
stanth' pleading for a more common brotherhood and for a purer and 
higher plane of living. The barriers which have for centuries divided 
men in their religious beliefs are gradually disappearing and today we 
are beholding men rallying under one standard of righteousness, fighting 
for purity in all departments of life and for the enlightenment of the 
masses who are still living in the darkness of ignorance. 

The Death Roll 

Was a long one. The most distinguished was Frank Dana Woodbury, 
grand master in 1890 and 1891 and grand secretary 1900 till his death in 
1909. A special session of the grand lodge was convened to deposit his 
remains in the tomb. Five D.D. grand masters responded to the grim 
messenger's inexorable demand. One past grand secretary was also on 
the death list. James Bellows McGregor, "the oldest mason in the 
world," came to the end of his long life. He was 109 j^ears old and had 
been a mason eighty-three years. From the large number of deaths the 
Grim Harvester must have become weary in gathering in the ripened 

The grand master attended the Baltimore conference and quotes 
Brother Bell's resolution against a national grand lodge. He recounts 
that, in connection with the grand high priest and the grand com- 
mander, he appointed P.G.M. Cheney acting grand secretary. Probably 
Brother Cheney was named to serve the grand chapter and grand com- 
mandery as the recording officer of these bodies. Otherwise there could 
, be little reason for conference with outside bodies. Brother Cheney 
writes the report on foreign correspondence and if he has any other 
duties must be a reasonably busy man. 

The lyiAsoNic Home 

Is in a prosperous and satisfactory condition. The grand master says 
that "by virtue of his office, being the president of the Masonic Home 
corporation, I have endeavored at all times to keep in close touch with 
the management of that institution. I have visited and inspected the 
Home several times, and each time I go there a feeling of great pride 
comes over me when I see and realize how much such an institution 
means to the masons of New Hampshire. I believe it to be one of the 
most beautifully located and best managed institutions of its kind in all 
the United States." 

During the session an amendment to the law was adopted requiring 
every lodge to pay three dollars for every candidate initiated and sev- 
enty-five cents per capita of membership, two-thirds of which was to 
go to support the Home. 


No Decisions 

Were reported. He sa3S that most questions were answered by calling 
attention to and explaining certain sections of the grand constitution. 
He gives this as a sufificient evidence of peace and harmony among 
lodges as well as better knowledge of the law by officers. 

Their First Grand Master. 

Attention is called to the remarkable record of their first grand 
master. Major General John Sullivan. The following summary is 
given of his deeds and accomplishments. 

Born in 1740; elected delegate from New Hampshire to the Conti- 
nental Congress, 1774; re-elected, 1775; commissioned one of the eight 
brigadier-generals in Washington's army, 1775; promoted to be major- 
general in 1776; was with Washington at the battles of Brandywine and 
Germantown; in 1779, had command of the Continental army in New 
York; organized several military masonic lodges in his army; elected 
delegate to the Congress from New Hampshire, 1780; in 1783, appointed 
attorney-general for New Hampshire; in 1786, elected governor; in 1790, 
grand master of the grand lodge of New Hampshire; federal judge of 
his district at the time of his death, which occurred January 23, 1793. 
Dartmouth College honored him- with the degree of doctor of_ laws. It 
would seem fitting and proper for the state of New Hampshire or the 
United States government to honor this great man by placing a fitting 
monument or statue, in our capital city. 

The grand lodge adopted a report of the committee on jurisprudence 
declining to agree to Kentucky's proposal of reciprocal disciplinary ju- 

Must Sign the By-laws. 

It was decided that a brother who had been elected to membership 
but had not signed the by-laws of the lodge was not a member. Though 
he had paid dues and exercised the rights and privileges of membership 
for years it did not change his status. If he refused to sign, he was 
cut off as though he had never been elected. If the lodge refused to 
allow him to sign, it must refund to him his fee for membership and all 
dues paid. This is a pretty literal construction but probably is the law 
as technically administered. 

Review of Grand Lodges. 
Bro. Harry M. Cheney, now grand secretary, wrote the report on 
correspondence, it being his fourth production. The work is ably done 
and indicates a master hand. In his introduction he says- 
Stupendous strides— the masonic kind— are being taken everywhere. 
Never has our fraternity had such growth and prosperity. They all say 
so— all along the line. And this means that never has our fraternity 
faced such responsibilities. But it is facing them with a tenacious pur- 


pose, doing a work for our humanity that otherwise would not be done 
at all. And it is the best manhood of every community that is not only 
leading but doing it. So we grow into the greater undertakings, the 
greater successes. Surely, there can be no end until that day when the 
Creator has accomplished all his Divine purposes. 

About Us. 

Illinois is well treated in this review. Referring to Brother Bell's 
report Brother Cheney says — 

His necrology includes several names of brethren who had labored 
long and faithfully for the craft, but the name that leads all the rest is 
that of Joseph Robbins, past grand master, and for more than thirty 
years the chairman of the committee on correspondence. Had the writers 
of these reports in all the grand jurisdictions been assembled, we should 
have ungrudgingly crowned him the greatest of all in this field of ma- 
sonic work. Since the death of Drummond, of Maine, he was easily 
our leader. Agreement with him was very frequently impossible — but 
he stood out alone as one possessing qualities of mind and masonic 
strength not found elsewhere. He was verily a masonic giant, looked 
to for leadership as few- men can ever be. His loss is a tremendous af- 
fliction, yet we rejoice that he was ours so long. For generations to 
come his counsel will determine many things in our fraternal work. 

In concluding he says of Brother Bell's report, "We count this ad- 
dress among the very best of the year." Alluding to the oration of Bro 
E. B. Rogers the reviewer says that "it made us tingle all over as we 
read its every word. What must it have been to have heard it?" He 
speaks highly of Brother Cook's report on correspondence. 

Grand master, Edwin F. Jones, [Manchester ; grand secretary, Harry 
jM. Cheney, Concord. 


So Lodges. i22nd Annual. 10,358 Members. 

For the second time this year attention is given to the "granite state." 
The proceedings for 1910 did not arrive in time for the review last year. 
For 191 1 four communications were held, two specials to lay -corner 
stones, the semi-annual for work in the three degrees and the annual 
for the business of the year. The latter was at Concord, jNIay 17, 191 1. 
At the semi-annual Bro. Sewall W. Abbott, the representative of Illi- 
nois, was present. At the annual he is recorded as absent. The grand 
master reports a year of peace and progress. No new lodges were or- 


ganized but there was a gain of ninety-eight in membership. Everything 
was so peaceable and the law so well understood that Grand Master 

Jones did not find it necessary to render any decisions. 

The Reaper was Busy. 

The death of five members of the grand lodge is reported. Each 
was given a full memorial page and a page picture in addition. Past 
Grand ]Master John McLane passed into the beyond during the year. 

The business as reported by the grand master was mostly of rou- 
tine character and does not require large mention here. 

Grand Master Jones calls attention to the practice of masters al- 
lowing the work to be done by wardens, past masters or others. When 
the master can do all the work he gives his approval. In cases where 
they cannot themselves do the work he condemns the practice most 
severely. Each master should be a master of the work in all the de- 

The Masonic Home 

Is successfully managed. The grand master says, "I look upon the 
Home as being the one great practical exemplification in New Hamp- 
shire of the principles of our order." So it is everywhere. Theoretical 
charity sounds well but practical charity is what really counts. There 
is need of enlargement and hospital facilities. 

The Home is located at Manchester and all property is valued at 
$28,000. All this is exempt from taxation. The law provides that no 
officer of the Home "shall receive any salary or compensation for any 
service or duty he may perform." The medical staff receives no pay. 
Each serves three months during the year. 

When the election of grand officers came the grand master, Edwin 
F. Jones, announced that "he could not accept a re-election, even if 
tendered him." 

The grand treasurer was authorized to borrow $1,800. 

The Annual Review^ 

Is the fifth written by Bro. Harry M. Cheney, who is also the grand 
secretary. The report is full of interest and well to the point. He finds 
nothing strange, startling or unusual in the masonry of the world dur- 
ing the year. 

Illinois for 1910 is considered and given excellent treatment. He 
summarized Grand Master Ashley's report and says that the affairs of 
our grand lodge were '"intelligently presented." Of the result of the 
vote on the liquor amendment Brother Cheney says — 


The grand lodge refused to enact class legislation by rejecting a 
proposed amendment making ineligible persons engaged in the manufac- 
ture or sale of intoxicating liquors. In this respect Illinois takes the 
same position as does New Hampshire — a position that to the New 
Hampshire writer is eternally right. 

Brother Smith's oration is classed as "splendid" and regret ex- 
pressed that space would not permit quotation. Referring to the in- 
crease of salary of our grand master the reviewer says — 

Grand masters who pay most of their expenses out of their own 
pocketbook will appreciate just what this action means. For one, we do 
not approve the policy of paying any grand master a salary, but we do 
believe that every cent of his legitimate expenses in performing the du- 
ties of his high office should be paid from grand lodge funds — call it 
salary or anything else. 

The reason is not easily seen why a grand master should not be 
compensated for his services. The present head of the fraternity in 
Illinois has given all of his time for two years to the work of masonry. 

A Difficult Task. 

The reviewer says— 

The report on correspondence is by Past Grand Master Owen Scott. 
His task was truly a difficult one, as the successor of Bro. Joseph Rob- 
bins, who had for many years occupied the highest place among masonic 
jurists and writers. He does the work in splendid fashion, satisfying 
us that the mantle of the lamented Robbins has been rightly placed. 

Comparing age and size of state, population and other conditions. 
New Hampshire is believed to be making as much progress as Illinois, 
the second in membership in the United States and the third in the 

The proceedings close with an account of the meeting of the "New 
Hampshire Society of Veteran Freemasons." This is held at the time 
of grand lodge and brings together the men who have borne the heat 
and turden of the day. 

Grand master, Charles H. Wiggin, Concord; grand secretary, 
Harry M. Cheney, Concord. 


NEW JERSEY— 1911. 

192 Lodges. 124TH Annual. 33,094 Members. 

At Trenton April 19 and 20, 191 1, occurred the annual round-up of 
Jersey masonry. Ten emergent communications were held during the 
year to lay corner stones, dedicate halls, etc. The proceedings, a book 
of 463 pages, tell a most interesting story. The portrait of Allton H. 
Sherman, retiring grand master, graces the opening of the volume. 
Illinois was unrepresented as shown by the record. 

The death of two past grand masters is recorded. These were 
Charles H. Mann and Henry R. Cannon, the latter serving during 
1868 and 1869. 

The grand master did not find it necessary to report any. decisions. 
The law as it stands was sufficiently explicit and needed no construation. 
Often the chief reason for grand masters to report decisions is that 
their names may go on record as law makers. 

Life Membership. 

The present law of New Jersey is that "A lodge cannot grant cer- 
tificates of life membership." The grand master recommended that this 
be changed so that masons in their affluence might purchase a life mem- 
bership. He says, "I would make the sum such as, put out at interest 
in a savings bank, would pay yearly dues." On his death the lodge to 
use the principal sum or return it to his estate as seemed best. This is 
the only plan of life membership coming to the knowledge of this writer 
that is equitable and just to all members of the lodge. The grand lodge 
endorsed the plan suggested by the grand master, providing that the 
member might indicate the disposition of the principal sum at his death. 

The Maso'nic Home 

Has had an unusual amount of mortality during the year, the number 
reaching twenty. The wife of the superintendent was called away. She 
was an excellent woman and had done much toward the success of the 
Home, having been with it from its inception. The Orphanage has had 
much trouble in securing proper people for its care and management. 
Present membership in Home is seventy-six. 

The "grand lodge charity fund" is in a robust condition. A balance 
of $4,395.10 came over from the year before. This was augmented by a 
five-cent per capita tax and interest on the account, making a total of 


$6,1/2.68. The disbursement for the year was only $ioo, leaving $6,- 
072.68 for the future. There is evidently little call for charity in Jersey. 

The payment to the ''grand master of Illinois an initiation fee of 
$20.00" is reported. 

A Busy Night. 

Tuesday evening was devoted to the exemplification of the "esoteric 
work of the three degrees and the opening and closing ceremonies ot 
the lodge." Those in charge had a busy signal hung out, if they did all 
that in one evening. The work was in charge of the grand instructor, 
assisted by the district deputies. 

Under "In Memoriam" the death of Past Grand ]Masters John M. 
Pearson and John C. Smith is recorded. 

The Report on Correspondence 

Is presented again by Robert A. Shireffs. He reviews all except the 
German grand bodies. The proceedings of these being in the German 
language, Bro. Adolph Klee makes the review. Illinois is for 1910. 
Referring to Grand Master Ashley's report the reviewer -says — 

One of these last was "the event of the year," namely, that of the 
new Orphans' Home at La Grange on the 30th of April. The proceed- 
ings contain very full reports of the condition of the Home and the tem- 
porary Orphanage, and a pretty picture of the orphans seated on the 
steps of their temporary domicile is printed. It suggests most forcibly 
that the duty assumed by so many grand lodges of caring for the aged 
and indigent members of the craft, a real and urgent benevolence, is, 
nevertheless, of far less account than is the upbringing of these little 
children to intelligent and useful manhood and womanhood. 

Mexico in Full. 

The entire special report of Illinois regarding the schism in the 
grand lodge Valle de Mexico is quoted. The comment is — 

We clip bodily another special report by M.W. Brother Scott be- 
cause it contains information "important, if true," and it must be ad- 
mitted that what we can gather from other and nominally direct sources 
seems to import the verity of Brother Scott's deductions. 

New Jersey has recognized the irregular Mexican body. In view 
of this the comment is significant. 

Grand master, Leslie A. Burritt, Trenton ; grand secretary, Ben- 
jamin F. Wakefield, Trenton. 


NEW MEXICO— 1910. 

39 Lodges. 33rd Annual. 2,572 Members. 

Though a small grand lodge, New Mexico presents a most attractive 
and respectable appearance in its volume of proceedings of the session 
of 191 0, held at Roswell October 17, 1910. The publication of the de- 
tails of nine specials adds to the volume but lends little outside interest 
to the work of the year. The growth in membership is a healthy one, 
showing a net gain of 191. 

The Grand piaster's Address 

Reviews the work of the year in a very business-like way. The sparse 
settlement of the present territory that is about to merge into a state of 
the national union is shown by the grand master in these words, "Con- 
sidering the magnificent distances of New Mexico, the large attendance 
here speaks well for }our zeal for our cause and love for our order." 

Few Refusals. 

Only two requests were refused for special dispensations. One was 
"to transact any and all business at other than regular communications." 
It would be most dangerous to destroy all regularity by transacting 
business at meetings of which members had no notice by by-law or other- 
wise. The other was to allow a lodge to install its officers in advance 
of the time fixed by the grand lodge. 

Their Law. 

There were thirteen decisions reported. In the first a rather strange 
doctrine was announced. It was held that no recommendations were 
required on a petition for affiliation. The "dimit accompanying the peti- 
tion is in itself a recommendation and no other avouchment should be 
required." Suppose the dimit had been held for years, might not the 
brother have become unworthy of consideration for membership? Merely 
being in possession of a certificate of dismissal from a lodge does not 
furnish evidence of the right to visit or affiliate. However, the commit- 
tee did not agree with the grand master and the doubtful point was 

Only one other point requires notice. The grand master decided 
that the secretary must see that the fee accompanies the petition before 
he reports it for consideration. Otherwise he becomes responsible for 
the fee. 


Though Small Yet Moving. 
The grand master recommends the Kit Carson Home as an ideal 
place for their proposed ^Masonic Home. During the session steps were 
taken to procure this place, with additional land. 

All lodges, except one, were reported as having paid dues and made 
annual returns. In Illinois with about 800 lodges it has been years since 
there has been a single delinquent lodge. Our grand secretary keeps 
after them until they report. 

In Court Over the Monitor. 

The grand secretary says that — 

Several years ago, we adopted Parsons IMonitor, which was copy- 
righted. Since then the ownership has passed through many hands and 
is now being contested in the courts. I am receiving many requests for 
a monitor prescribed by the grand lodge, but for reasons stated above I 
am unable to furnish copies. I would suggest that some other standard 
monitor be adopted or one of our own be compiled. 

Later it was decided to adopt the Missouri monitor with a few 
slight modifications. These are to be kept for sale by the grand secre- 

In Trouble over Mexican Masonry. 

New Mexico has been careful in its recognition of. other grand 
lodges. It, however, has Valle de Mexico on its roll. The eruption 
there last year put it in an embarrassing position. The present attitude 
is to let matters rest until the two grand lodges bearing the name, Valle 
de Mexico, thresh out their troubles and then act. The Supreme Coun- 
cil of the Scottish Rite has one of the bodies under its wing and all in 
all there is a very large quantity of "mixed Mexican masonry" to be 
found. The committee on correspondence could not endorse the grand 
lodge of France because it only permits the recognition of God and the 
Bible on the altar. It does not require them. 

Over a Saloon. 

It was held by the grand master that a lodge by permission might 
in special cases and for valid reasons rent a room for lodge purposes 
over a saloon. The final law on this question was announced to be as 
follows — • 

Neither can a lodge rent, consecrate, dedicate and occupy, unless 
temporarily l)y permission of the grand master, a room in any building 
in which liquor is retailed and served to the general public. 

Nothing to Review. 

No report of the committee on correspondence pertaining to Illinois. 
The reason is that our 1909 proceedings were reviewed last year and 


the session of 1910 was held the same week as the New Mexican grand 
lodge. Hence there was nothing on which to base a report. 

Too Much IModernism. 

Bro. James H. Wroth presented a very excellent report of other 
grand lodges. In his summary Brother Wroth deprecates the tendency 
to modernism in masonry. He says — 

As I look backward upon the past year it strikes me we are becom- 
ing entirely too progressive and insurgent and have overlooked the con- 
servatism of our craft. Unless somebody, who commands more respect 
than I do, begins to call a halt upon this tendency there is no tell- 
ing to what extent it will be carried. We pride ourselves upon adher- 
ence to the faith of our fathers, and yet we are as bad as a theological 
convention as to our definition of what that faith means. 

The actions of some jurisdictions remind us of the old saying of 
those ancient worthies who came to this country for religious freedom. 
We have for the moment forgotten the author but the statement is as 
follows : "We came here to worship the Lord according to our belief 
and to 7nake everybody else do the same," and judging from some juris- 
dictions they are very closely and scrupulously following the above ad- 

There is much food for thought in these breezy words but it is not 
possible for even masonry to remain forever tied to a post. 

Grand master, Edward L. Medler, Albuquerque; grand secretary, 
Alpheus a. Keen, Albuquerque. 


228 Lodges. 22nd Axxu.JiL. 14819 Members. 

, IMasonry in this far-away land flourishes. A gain in membership of 
1,051 is reported. During the year eight meetings of the grand lodge 
were held. Four of these were the fixed quarterly communications and 
four were called for special purposes. All meetings are held at the ma- 
sonic hall in Sydney. 

The election of grand officers takes place in June and they are in- 
stalled in August. 

Big Guxs Present. 

At the August meeting a somewhat distinguished company was in 
evidence. The installing officer was Bro. G. E. Emery, P.G.M. of Vic- 
toria. R.W. Bro. Byrne, D.G.M. of the grand lodge of Queensland, and 


Other prominent masons were also present. The ceremonies of installa- 
tion are reported in full in the proceedings. M.W. Bro. H. Montgomerie 
Hamilton was installed as grand master. 

M.W. Bro. Emery made a very beautiful address, as the following 
paragraph will show. 

^^Iasoxky as a Garden. 

^Masonry seems to me always like a garden, in which the fruits and 
flowers are the graces of character which are developed in the hearts of 
the brethren by those who superintend and nourish it. When we go into 
the garden and see the flowers and fruits, we admire their beauty and 
their sweetness, and when we go into a masonic lodge and see there the 
fruits of perfection displayed in the lives of the brethren and in the con- 
duct of the lodges, we know that the spirit of freemasonry, and the teach- 
ings of those who are in office are having the desired effect. When we 
go into a garden and observe the flowers, we sometimes forget that the 
work is being done by the forces which are hidden from sight, but which 
are constantly drawing nourishment from the soil, and so there is a 
great deal of work being done by grand lodge officers and the worship- 
ful masters and officers of lodges which is not perhaps displayed, yet it 
is by faithfulness of that work that we are able to see the success and 
prosperity and progress of the lodges. 

The ceremonies of installation were the only feature of the August 

A Grand Lx)dge Building 

Was urged by Grand Master Hamilton at the quarterly held in August. 
This question came up at a later meeting and an elaborate debate en- 
sued. The grave question was how to finance it. It was found that to 
construct such a temple as would meet the wishes of the craft the tax 
on individual masons must be considerable. With a membership of about 
15.000 it was thought that each should pay £2 or $10. This was to be 
scattered over a period of five years, making an annual tax of $2. In 
many jurisdictions, not always the small ones either, it is easier to wish 
and plan for a great, showy building than it is to pay for it. The elab- 
orate temple raises a question for serious thought. 

The committee on foreign correspondence was elected and not ap- 
pointed. This is something of novelty. 

The death of distinguished masons of the world is noted. Among 
these Joseph Robbins stands prominently. At the March quarterly, 
1910, the grand master was absent and business was in charge of 
D.G.M. Sly. 

A Trouble ^Iaker. 

The special communication held in April was devoted largely to 
lodge St. George and its worshipful master, Brother Baldwin. The 
trouble grew out of an attempt to let a former member affiliate with the 


lodge. Out of an attendance of 35 there were between 20 and 31 black- 
balls. After that all candidates were rejected. Brother Baldwin was 
elected master and at once became an insurgent and kicked holes in the 
rules and regulations until they looked like a sand seive. At length the 
grand master suspended the charter and the master. The kinks were 
finally straightened out but it took the grand master and the grand 
lodge a whole session to do it. It is easy to start trouble but sometimes 
it wont stop. 

A special communication was held to do honor to the memory of 
King Edward. 

Elected the Goverxor. 

At the June meeting Lord Chelmsford, provincial governor, was 
elected grand master. In the British grand lodges the "ordinary feller" 
has very little show against the titled ruler. Usually the civil official ap- 
points a deputy who does the actual work while he wears the honors. 

Approves the Reviews. 

The committee on correspondence likes the reviews and criticisms, 
as the following from the report shows ; 

The thanks of all true masons are due to those brethren who, in 
other jurisdictions, do such good work as reviewers of foreign corre- 
spondence. Their appreciative notices and kindly criticisms of our pro- 
ceedings form for us a mirror in which we may see ourselves as others 
see us, and serve to remind us that there is a masonic court of public 
opinion which, by its judgment on the actions of masonic bodies through- 
out the world tends to preserve intact the best traditions of the craft. 

The committee on correspondence does not review Illinois. Just why 
is not apparent. There was ample time for the proceedings to reach 
them for our 1909 session would have been under review. 

Grand master, Lord Chelmsford ; grand secretary, Arthur H. Brav, 

NEW YORK— 1911. 

803 Lodges. 130TH Annual. 168,714 Members. 

The Empire state is not only the largest in masonic adherents of 
any on the western continent but is growing at such a rate as to give 
little hope that Illinois, her nearest rival, will soon catch up. Last year 
the net increase in membership was 6,464 and eight new lodges were or- 


The proceedings, giving the masonic work in New York for the last 
year, is an imposing volume of nearh- 700 pages. 

Bro. Delbert Greene, representative of Illinois, was present. Rep- 
resentatives of seven grand lodges were excused by a vote of the grand 
lodge. The rules relating to representatives of other grand lodges are 
very stringent. If they do not attend, or show good reason for absence, 
their offices are vacated and others are put in their places. In New York 
grand masters complain at the persistence with which members of the 
craft seek to be appointed representatives of other grand lodges. The 
title of "Right Worshipful" attaches and New York masons hanker after 
this handle to their names. This appears queer here in Illinois where 
these foreign representatives scarcely know when they are chosen and 
immediately sink into unfathomable obscurity ever afterward. 

During the session a law was made that they should be appointed 
for the definite term of three years. The reason given was that all 
might have a chance at these fat offices. 

The Graxd ]Master's Address 
Was in excellent form and met a hearty approval. A brief quotation 
will give an idea of the force of the document. 

Is our masonry progressive, or are we making it a factor only inside 
of the lodge room? Are we content to remain intrenched in mysticism, 
to confer degrees, to make masons and then forget them, excepting, per- 
haps, as their names are added to our roll — leaving them muzzled as to 
its secrets, but bewildered and lamentably untaught of those deep, under- 
lying truths inculcated in the days when quality and not quantity was 
the watchword of the craft? If our drift is away from and not toivard 
its highest ideals and traditions, slowly but surely the vitality which sus- 
tains it will slip away, and I say, without hesitation, our fraternity will 
cease to appeal to intelligent men. It will become nothing hut a mum- 
mery, a jargon of signs and baubles, titles and platitudes — for we will 
be following the shadow and not the substance. 

Truly that kind of preaching is needed in states other than New 

^Mention is made of the death of Past Grand blasters John M. Pear- 
son and John C. Smith, of Illinois. 

An Effective Agency. 
The Masonic Relief Association of the U. S. and Canada is doing 
a most excellent work. The sum of $600 goes to maintain membership. 
The New York branch has done much to relieve transient masons iii 
distress as well as to ferret out 4,314 frauds seeking to prey upon the 
credulity of the craft in various parts of the country. It is as much the 
duty of this body, and masons generally, to detect and expose the ma- 
sonic grafter as to feed and clothe the worthy brother in distress. 


There are Claxdestines. 

The grand master says- 
There has been brought to my attention the contents of a lettei 
written to the grand secretary of Massachusetts by a brother of^ that 
jurisdiction, in which the brother stated that at a recent visitation to a 
lodge in one of our cities, he observed the name of a visitor haiHng from 
Antiquity Lodge No. i8, of Lowell, and, knowing that the regular lodges 
in Massachusetts are not numbered, he made inquiry concerning An- 
tiquity No. i8, and found it to be an irregular organization, established 
by that prince of masonic frauds, who was expelled some years since. 

Attention was then called to the list of regular lodges prepared and 
published by authority of the grand lodge of Illinois as giving "all the 
regular lodges in the United States and Canada." He advised that this 
be kept on the desk of every secretary and used to determine the legiti- 
macy of lodges from which visitors come for admission. 

Blank Ballots are Nothing. 
To avoid useless time and trouble in elections the grand lodge de 
cided that blank pieces of paper were not ballots and should be excluded 
in the count. This conforms to Illinois law. Any other view is absurd. 
It is not a mere blank piece of paper that makes a vote but the brother's 
choice, expressed thereon. 

The Masonic Home. 
Some idea of the appreciation in which the craft hold the Home ai 
Utica can be formed by the amount of space used in the proceedings to 
set it forth. The grand master uses three pages in eulogizing its work. 
The trustees and the superintendent in charge require iii pages to set 
forth fully the work of the year. Much of this is the detail of facts 
and figures of vital interest to the New York brethren. A few points 
gleaned from these reports may be of interest in Illinois. 

The farm is about the same number of acres as at Sullivan and is 
under the management of the board of trustees. From the report it is 
evident that the returns do not constitute a bonanza. A recent change 
in farmers is given as a reason to hope for better results. With ten 
head of horses, some sixty odd cows and other live stock, together with 
farm equipment galore, the managers have worry and trouble in abund- 

The Unworthy Apply. 

The trustees sound a warning and call a halt. More than lOO appli- 
cations for admission have been made during the year. This is more 
than one-fifth of the present membership. Many were refused because 
they were not worthy. It was suggested that there was a disposition to 
impose on the craft. 


The number now in the Home is 425 — 197 men, 113 women, 50 boys 
and 65 girls. The capacity is almost reached. There are required sixty 
employes to run this great plant. 

The current expenses for maintenance were $86,562.30, showing a 
per capita cost of $208.58 for twelve months. This is slightly higher 
than for the preceding year. The increased cost is attributed to the 
help problem. 

The Masonic Board of Relief 

Of the City of New York is in a most healthy and prosperous condition. 
The balance from the year previous was $23,255.13. Enough was added 
to this to leave a slightly increased surplus after paying 189 varying sums 
for relief. Total expenditures were $4,287.43. A building known as the 
"Shelter" is kept open with a secretary in charge. This work has been 
going on in its present form since 1879. 

The report of the Judge Advocate looks much like the report of 
decisions of a supreme court. This officer relieves the grand master ot 
much of the work of his office in the construction of laws and the set- 
tlement of controversies coming up from the lodges. There are twenty- 
nine cases reported and forty-seven pages are required to present it. 
The functions of the Judge Advocate are a combination of the work ot 
our grand master and committees on appeals and grievances and juris- 

Pay Well for Service. 

New York is a big state and does not hesitate to pay big salaries 
to its officers. The grand secretary receives a salary of $5,400 and has 
an allowance of $4,500 for clerk hire. $9,900 to the grand secretary's 
office is pretty liberal. The wonder is that it was not made even 
$10,000. Other salaries are grand lecturer $2,400 and $1,200 traveling 
expenses; librarian $1,600, grand pursuivant $500, and grand tyler $500. 
No salary is provided for the grand master but an allowance is made of 
$500 for clerk hire. The grand lodge pays "rent for administrative 
offices," $7,000. This sum is fixed as the share of the grand lodge in 
keeping the Masonic Temple on a livable basis. 

All grand officers were again elected "by acclamation." Even the 
junior grand warden was put in line for the grand east without oppo- ' 
sition. The same condition of glorious harmony prevailed last year. 
Provision was made for the establishment of an employment bureau "to 
assist masons, their children, wives and widows in obtaining employment 
when needed." For this purpose $1,000 were set aside for a beginning. 


Annual Review. 
The committee on correspondence presents its report and announces 
that its scope is "reviewing, and reviezuing only, the doings of othei 
grand lodges and all without comment or expression of personal views. 
Neither in quarrelsome spirit, finding fault with others, nor in fulsome 
flattery praise, to keep up the "Mutual Admiration Society" of the so- 
called round table, but, without display or boast, have we tried to report 
and reproduce for the benefit and instruction of the brethren of our 
own jurisdiction. We hold that we are chroniclers, not critics." 

Such a review devoid of comment or criticism has much the flavor 
of a juicy steak without salt or other seasoning. Dignified comment and 
brotherly criticism have nothing in them of the "quarrelsome spirit" or 
"fulsome flattery praise." Correspondents can be faithful to their own 
brethren without descending to the level of mere flatterers. 

A Solid Foundation. 
The committee presents an excellent platform upon which other 
grand lodges must stand in asking recognition. It is as follows ; 

1. A belief in God, pre-requisite to recognition. 

2. The Bible upon the altar. 

3. Origin in ancient craft masonry. 

4. Absolute control of the craft in the jurisdiction. 

Notwithstanding the announcement of such safe and sane require- 
ments New York is in fraternal correspondence with fifteen grand bod- 
ies which have been declined by Illinois. The scrutiny of Joseph Rob- 
bins for a quarter of a century has kept our own grand lodge free from 
many questionable alliances. Masonry in the Prairie State has not suf- 
fered by following the wisdom and learning of our late great masonic 
jurist and scholar. 

As TO Illinois. 

Only one and one-half pages are given our proceedings for 1910. 
It says of Brother Ashley's report, "The grand master fills forty-four 
pages with his report, and it is an excellent resume of the year's work 
and progress." Again it is said "much space is devoted to the matter of 
the Homes and justly so. They are in most praiseworthy condition." 
Again, "In concluding an excellent address," etc. In all these cases the 
New York committee came close to the brink of the precipice of com- 
ment and criticism. The remainder of the review is devoted to brief 
quotations from the annual report of Grand Master Ashley. 

Grand master, Robert J. Kenworthy, Brooklyn; grand secretary, 
Edward M. L. Ehlers, New York City. 



I/O Lodges. 2Ist Annual. 10,850 Members. 

According to American standards the grand lodge of New Zealand 
is of age. It was twenty-one years old in May, 1910. The art of mak- 
ing and printing good pictures has gone so far as to reach New Zealand. 
Excellent half-tones of Grand Master Griffiths, Deputy Grand Master 
Ross, Senior Grand Warden Hobbs and Junior Grand Warden King 
adorn and .beautify an otherwise attractive book of the proceedings of 
the twenty-first annual communication held May 11, 1910. 

The printer may be considered a little deliberate, if not slow. Pro- 
ceedings reached the table of the Illinois reviewer December 16, seven 
months after the close of the grand lodge. 

King Edward. 

An elaborate, tender and beautiful tribute was paid to the memory 
of King Edward, not merely as a sovereign of the British empire but 
chiefly as a loyal and earnest worker in the quarries of the craft. 

In New Zealand the grand officers "enter in procession" to open the 
grand lodge. 

How Grand Officers are Elected. 

First of all lodges and members must make nominations prior to 
the assembling of grand lodge. This extends to the full roster of offi- 
cers, even including the minor places usually appointed by grand masters. 
The officers so nominated and reported are elected by a simple, motion. 
The record shows that Christopher James Whitney Griffiths was by 
this method, unanimously elected grand master. 

Illinois Masons are quite "touchy" over the right of every membef 
to have a full voice in selecting officers and reluctantly tolerate nomina- 
tions. Even though only one brother is placed before the grand lodge 
for any office a full ballot must be taken. The brethren might prefer 
to elect some one not nominated. The right to do so is carefully pre- 

Board of General Purposes. 

In British and provincial grand lodges the Board of General Pur- 
poses is a potent factor in the year's business. Most of the important 
matters are here gone over and perfected ready for approval by the 
grand lodge itself. In the proceedings under review this effective agency 
transacts most of the business. 


The Governor as Grand Master. 

Regarding the acceptance by Lord Plunket, governor of the do- 
minion, of the office of grand master the following appears. 

When his excellency consented to accept nomination for the office 
of grand master in 1906 we all realized the many advantages to the craft 
in this territory which must result from having the representative of 
his majesty at the head of the fraternity, but we did not venture to hope 
that Lord Plunket would take the earnest personal interest in our af- 
fairs which he has manifested throughout his occupancy of the chair of 
grand master. 

The force of position and of titles in the British grand bodies is 
everywhere felt. The king, or governor, or other titled functionary be- 
comes grand master because of his position. 

In America every mason is on a level with every other. The presi- 
dent, a senator or a governor commands no more recognition as a ma- 
son than the humblest craftsman. Oftentimes these civic dignitaries are 
among the smallest potatoes and the fewest in the hill when affairs of 
freemasonry are under consideration. 

In appointing provincial grand masters a custom has grown up to 
require that these should be submitted to the grand lodge for ratifica- 
tion. This custom was disapproved and it was held that the grand mas- 
ter's acts needed no approval. 

Friction with England. 

Considerable attention was given to smoothing out the wrinkles that 
still are found in the relations of New Zealand with the mother country. 
It appears that there are still lodges in this Australasian province that 
are subservient to the grand lodge of England. Little reason can be seen 
why this mongrel condition should exist. Is not the grand lodge of Eng- 
land great enough without holding in its obedience a few scattering 
lodges in New Zealand? These add little to the numbers or prestige 
of the mother grand lodge. They would materially help in building up 
the fraternity in this far away land. England should get out of every 
British dependency where there is a regular grand lodge. It is the spirit 
of masonry to do so. The masonic world would welcome such a course 
as "harmony is the strength of all institutions," especially the masonic. 
The situation appears to be improving. The present grand master in a 
sojourn in England used his wisdom of diplomacy in bringing about a 
better feeling. 

In Prosperous Condition. 

The following extract from the report of the Board of General 
Purposes is gratifying. 

The grand secretary is once more able to report to grand lodge that 
every lodge on our roll has paid all dues, debts, and demands up to 


date, and this may be taken as an indication of the general prosperity 
of the craft under grand lodge, and the sound and healthy tone pervad- 
ing our lodges. 

The board heartily congratulates grand lodge upon the magnificent 
results which have attended it during the twenty years of its existence, 
and feels convinced the same prosperity will continue while we have the 
services of such zealous and capable officers and assistants. 

In the greetings from other lands Illinois had a part. Our repre- 
sentative, Bro. jMurdock McLean, was present. 

Report ox Correspondence. 

The review oi grand lodges was made by P.G.IM. Alfred H. Bur- 
ton. It was his first offense and he is convicted. The judgment is that 
this work fell into good hands and is well done. Grand Secretary Niccol 
found it necessary to give up this work because of the exactions of his 
other duties. It requires Ii8 pages for Brother Burton to tell the 
world's masonic story as he read and understood it. 

About Illinois. 

Two pages are devoted to Illinois. The reviewer regards sixty-six 
special dispensations issued by Grand Master Bell "considering the 
enormous size of the grand lodge to be quite modest when compared 
with the number appearing in the reports of other grand lodges." Truly, 
this is so. Illinois grand masters believe that the law should be allowed 
to run its regular course without breaks or interruptions from above. 
There can be very few instances in conferring degrees where the dispen- 
sation is at all justifiable. Men sometimes allow a lodge to exist in 
their community for many years without knocking at its doors. All of a 
sudden they appear and either they or their friends are urgent in demand- 
ing limited express methods in railroading them through. They should 
be allowed to go slowly enough to appreciate and understand it all. 

Has a Turn for Humor. 

Brother Burton is much impressed with Brother Bell's humor as 
well as his ability as grand master. He says that — 

The grand master comments, sometimes amusingly, sometimes with 
excusable irritation, and frequently with great disappointent upon the 
character of the hundreds of inquiries that are addressed to him. 

The following high compliment goes to the oration and its author. 

The grand orator, Bro. Euclid B. Rogers, delivered a most brilliant 
oration upon "The World Growing Better." If the delivery were worthy 
of the matter — as to which no doubt need be entertained — the grand 
lodge of Illinois was rendered a treat indeed. It were an impertinence 
to attempt to summarize or to extract from it. 

Its brilliant delivery added much to its force and beauty. 


Brother Cook's Report. 
He says that — 

The report of the committee on masonic correspondence extends to 
no less than 344 pages — in itself a goodly tome. It is the work of Bro. 
Edward Cook, who suceeds the late M.W. Bro. Joseph Robbins, as to 
whom he speaks in unnecessarily self -deprecatory terms. 

Grand master, Christopher J. W. Griffiths, Blenheim; grand sec- 
retary, Malcolm Niccol, Wellington. 


395 Lodges. 124TH Annual. 20,846 Members. 

The '"old north state" honors the superintendent of the Orphans' 
Home by making his picture the frontispiece to the proceedings of 191 1. 
Usually the face of the grand master is presented. The fact that Bro. 
W. J. Hicks died two days after the grand lodge closed made his prefer- 
ment most appropriate. For thirteen years Brother Hicks had stood at 
the head of the Oxford Orphanage and, during this last session, pre- 
sented his resignation because of failing health. Two days later he 
passed to his reward. 

The annual meeting convened at Raleigh January 11, 1911, and re- 
mained in busy session for three days. 

A complete list of past grand masters from 1787 to 191 1, with the 
years of their service, immediately precedes the regular records. There 
were fifty-eight names on the list. 

The Illinois representative, Leo. D. Heartt, was present. He is the 
grand treasurer of North Carolina. 

The Grand IMaster's Address 

Is a most soulful, poetical and, withal, forceful presentation of masonry 
in the state and the world. The opening paragraph is a fair sample of 
the sentiment that often breaks out in the course of the report. It is 
as follows ; 

Fresh from the inspirational glow of that influence which, at Christ- 
mas-tide and the nativity of the year, fills the hearts of men with the 
uplift of better, purer, and nobler sentiments, we have assembled in an- 
other, the one hundred and twenty-fourth annual communication of the 
grand lodge, and, as hand clasps hand and heart meets heart in fraternal 
affection, we feel the magnetizing, thrilling force of human friendship, 
that for the time opens the channel through which heaven flows to earth. 




The death of P.G.M. John 'SI. Pearson, of Illinois, is suitably rec- 


The grand master reports eighteen decisions. Only two call for 
mention here. 

The grand master holds that he has no power to grant permission 
to a lodge to elect a brother as master until he has served as warden. 
There are people who think the grand master has power to set aside the 
law made by the grand lodge, or to nullify landmarks, or do any other 
old thing he chooses. This is a far cry from the truth. He can grant 
dispensations within the limits prescribed by the laws and ancient regu- 

One other decision is most righteous and wholesome. He says — 
Several lodges have asked permission to send out appeals for aid in 
building halls or temples. I have felt it proper to decline, since so many 
lodges own no lodge rooms and have a hard time paying rents and I 
thought it best not to open the door for these appeals. 

Preparing to Build. 

Steps have been taken to erect and maintain "The Masonic and East- 
ern Star Home." The site has been selected at Greensboro. The "Or- 
phanage" is a fine institution and successfully managed. Of this the 
grand master speaks in these words. 

The Oxford Orphan Asylum is the brighest jewel that sparkles in 
the diadem of North Carolina masonry. There throbs the great heart of 
masonr>-. There are being moulded, from among those otherwise left 
hopeless and bereft, pure, noble characters and splendid citizens. These 
great charities constitute the best investment that can be made by state, 
church, fraternity, or society. 

Only Few Masonic Orphans. 

He says that "only a small percent of the children cared for at this 
institution are in any way connected with masons." This is a beautiful 
spirit but its breadth may leave many deserving without care. The or- 
phans of a whole state are a pretty big load for 20,000 masons to carry. 
So far the aged and indigent mason has been left out in the cold but the 
new home is to supply this need. 

It is noticeable that the ready hands and sympathetic hearts of the 
ladies of the Eastern Star are invited to unite with the masons in this 
great labor of love. It appears that the Eastern Star has assumed the 
burden of two-fifths of the cost of building and maintaining the Home 
for the aged and infirm. 


During the century and a quarter in the life of this grand lodge 
they might have reached this consummation some years ago. However, 
the fashion has been to erect showy buildings, with beautiful mortgage 
attachments, rather than to provide for the needy. It is like bestudding 
the seldom-used parlor with choice works of art and letting the con- 
stantly-used kitchen go bare. 

In the Courts. 

The grand master says that — 

During February, 1910, an action was begun in the superior court 
of Forsj'th county against the grand lodge, in which "The Supreme Grand 
Council, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, thirty-third and last de- 
gree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the United States of Amer- 
ica, their territories and dependencies" was plaintiff. 

These plaintiffs are what are known as the Baj'liss bodies, and were 
refused recognition by our grand lodge two years ago. 

The suit of these spurious bodies will last about as long in the 
courts as a snow-ball would in that land which never freezes over. 

One Secretary's Way. 

The secretary of one of the lodges is a genius. He sends out an 
invitation to each meeting of his lodge with some attractive sentiment. 
The grand master gives the following as a sample of his work. 

"By practical masonry we mean that part which brings our better 
being into daily use and demonstrates bejond question that there is 
something in it beyond the selfishness of our natures. It teaches us to 
stand by our brother in every walk of life, and go to his assistance what- 
ever may be his condition. If he is in want, assist him. If he is in 
danger, warn him. If he is sick, administer unto him. If he is assailed, 
protect him. If he is slandered or traduced, defend him. If he is naked, 
clothe him. If he is hungry, feed him. If he is cast down, cheer him. 
If he is out of employment, exercise yourself in his behalf and find some- 
thing for him to do." In short, it matters not what his condition is, it 
is our duty to extend him all the aid we can and thereby demonstrate the 
practical part of masonry." 

Such a notice ought to bring results. 

The grand master notes that some lodges charge only Si. 00 dues, 
ainety cents of this goes to the grand lodge. Think of trjing to main- 
tain masonry with ten cents per member per year! Evidently the lodge 
and all its activities would be like Mother Hubbard's celebrated cup- 

Not a Popular Book. 
The grand secretary reports that the proceedings from 1804 to 1840, 
reprinted by the grand lodge, had failed to sell. The cost of 750 copies 


was $800. Only seven books were sold bringing in $17.50. It was hoped 
to get the cost of printing back. Perhaps $2.50 per volume is considered 
a pretty high price. 

Bro. Francis D. Winston, the grand orator, presented his oration 
in poetical form. It fills six pages of the proceedings. The theme worked 
out brings the fact that God is our Father and man our brother. The 
poem-oration is unique and ingenious if not wholly imaginative in its 

A IMoDERN Rip Van Winkle. 

Surely someone has indulged in a long nap in North Carolina. In 
giving a list of grand lodges and grand secretaries the following ap- 
pears. "Illinois, grand secretary, J. H. C. Dill, Bloomington." Bless 
your soul our good Brother Dill has been for nearly four years at 
"eternal refreshment in the paradise of God." Why not revise your sta- 
tistical tables occasionally? 

The representative of Illinois near the grand lodge of North Caro- 
line is given as "Jas. N. McFatish." Our Bro. James B. IMcFatrich 
does not look becomingly with such a name. 

The Annual Review 

Is by Bro. John A. Collins and is a readable report of the doings of 
sixty-four grand lodges. Illinois for 1910 comes under review. 
He says that — 

The pictorial embellishments of this handsome volume consist of 
the likeness of Past Grand INIaster John M. Pearson, and Past District 
Deputy Grand Master William B. Grimes, both of whom passed from 
their labors and were laid to rest with masonic ceremonies by the grand 
lodge. There is also a cut of the IMasonic Home at LaGrange, 111., and 
a group picture of the orphan children at their temporary home in 

The address of the grand master, Albert B. Ashley, is an excellent 

report of the condition of the craft, and, necessarily, a lengthy document. 

Liberal quotations are made from Grand Master Ashley's report. 

Egypt and Mexico. 

As to the decision of Illinois regarding Egypt and IMexico the cor- 
respondent says — 

As the result of a strong special report of the committee on cor- 
respondence, Bro. Owen Scott, the request of the National Grand Lodge 
of Egypt for recognition was promptly declined. 

By the same committee a report on the condition of ]\Iexican ma- 
sonry was submitted, and as these spurious organizations have not been 


recognized by the grand lodge of Illinois, it was deemed sufficient to 
print the report in the proceedings. 

Grand master, Richard N. Hackett, Wilkesboro; grand secretary, 
John C. Drewry, Raleigh. 


96 Lodges. 2ist- Annual. 7,581 Members 

One year ago the first book of proceedings coming in for review 
was North Dakota. It seems quite natural, therefore, to pick up the 
tasty 1910 volume as the first work for this year. 

The session was held at Fargo, June 21. The handsome picture of 
the retiring grand master, Bro. Halfdan Bendeke, gives the book a 
good start. An interesting biographical sketch of Brother Bendeke 

A minor chord runs through the entire session. The unexpected 
death of the efficient grand secretary, Frank Jared Thompson, cast a 
gloom over the grand lodge from beginning to close. In all ways Brother 
Thompson appears to have been the center of light and influence of 
North Dakota masonry. It may be of interest to know that Brother 
Thompson came originally from Rockford, 111. 

A Good Send-off. 

Preliminary to the regular business of the session the masons of 
Fargo gave a hearty welcome. A procession escorted the grand master 
from the hotel to the place of meeting. This escort was by command- 
eries of Knights Templar from Fargo and Grand Forks headed by a 
military band. On arriving at the Masonic Temple Past Grand Master 
Hager made an address of welcome. This greeting and display are 
noted as an innovation but the record shows that all were pleased. Af- 
ter the formal opening, a thirty-minute recess was taken to allow the 
representatives to turn in their credentials. In Illinois this is simplified 
by having a committee on credentials in advance and the brethren turn 
in their cards on entering. 

Grand Master's Address. 

The grand master says that "this past year has been the most in- 
spiring of my life." A single paragraph will show his accurate concep- 
tion of masonry. It is as follows; 


The masonic order seems so wonderful to me that I sometimes think 
God must have inspired our founders to make it the unit of all creeds. 
The order is not meant to take the place of the church, but nevertheless 
it combines the different faiths in a unit, where no contention exists; it 
encourages education in all its branches; it broadens its members and 
is indeed the brotherhood of man, of good men, of trusty friends, of 
those who delight in doing good to their fellowmen and assisting the 
upbuilding of the communities in which they live. We do not claim to 
be saints nor so much better than the profane, but we do aim to be a 
society of human intelligence, of those who show consideration to the 
rights of others, and who believe that happiness to others is happiness 
to us. I often wish I had been born a masonic student and writer, be- 
cause I have seen so much of the beauties of masonry that I know that 
such a life would be ideal, but I am thankful for what I have learned, 
and shall delight in reading what the real students of our order produce. 

Mourns a Good Friend. 

The grand master pours out his grief over the death of Grand Sec- 
retary Thompson. It occurred while the grand master was at the na- 
tion's capital and he was not able to be at the funeral. The following 
will summarize his virtues and show his relation to his grand lodge; 

He was the soul of our grand lodge; we have to thank him largely 
for the harmony and peace which has always prevailed in our jurisdic- 
tion. His assistance to lodges and to each grand master during his 
nineteen years of grand secretaryship has been invaluable, his foresight 
and resourcefulness was wonderful, and whatever he undertook was 
done in a pleasing manner that left no sting to any one concerned. The 
masonic litirary of several thousand splendid works is a monument to 
him that will live forever. He befriended me in many ways, and his 
death removes the tower of strength and wisdom from me as far as our 
masonic relationship is concerned. 

Brief Decisions. 

But two decisions are reported. The first was that a unanimous bal- 
lot was necessary in voting on a petition for affiliation. The committee 
on jurisprudence and the grand lodge sustained the grand master. The 
other was that a master held over until his successor was elected and 
installed. So simple a rule scarcely needed a decision. 

The dedication of a masonic temple at Fargo and the laying of the 
corner stone of a Presbyterian college at Jamestown were the chief 
events of the year in public service. 

Securing a New Grand Secretary. 

For two months the grand master acted as grand secretary by the 
aid of the office force already in service. The selection of a new one 
to be appointed was carefully made. The grand high priest of the grand 
chapter, R.A.IM., and the grand commander of the Knights Templar 


were consulted. It is not easily seen why the executive officers of other 
organizations should have been taken into confidence. At length Past 
Grand Master W-alter L. Stockwell was chosen. Judging from the 
quality of the work as shown in the printed proceedings and his elec- 
tion by the grand lodge, the selection must have been a wise one. A 
monument to the memory of the late grand secretary was recommended. 

Oratorical Contest. 

The masons of North Dakota believe in promoting and encouraging 
oratory, as will be seen by the following frofn the grand master's ad- 
dress ; 

On April 29, 1910, I had the honor to be present at the state oratorical 
contest at the University of North Dakota, and there presented to the 
winner of said contest, Mr. William H. Greenleaf, a beautiful gold watch, 
being the prize which the grand lodge gives annually in order to encour- 
age the art of public speaking. Mr. Greenleaf's address upon George 
Rogers Clarke, "A Great Westerner," was splendidly rendered. The 
presentation was received with great favor by the large audience which 
seemed to appeciate the generous gift of the grand lodge. 

Ruxs INTO Politics. 

The grand master evidently believes that all good masons should 
vote at the party primaries. He says — 

Owing to the fact that our regular dates for the annual communica- 
tion came on primary election day, I was obliged to change the dates_ to 
June 21 and 22. This was not done until I had ascertained the opinion 
of all grand lodge members and found that over ninety percent of them 
favored the above named dates. This matter will come up every year, 
but I have no practical remedy to offer, as I feel that the latter part of 
June is the best time to hold our grand lodge meetings, and perhaps 
some day the date of the primaries will be changed. 

The finances of this new and sparsely settled state appear to be in 
excellent condition. A net balance in the treasury of $25,704.20 is a 
pretty good shoAving for a grand lodge with less than 100 constituent 

The Grand Secretary's Report 

Follows in the lines of his predecessor. He discusses everything from 
Dan to Beersheba. It is generally believed that the grand secretary 
should be a record keeper and not trench upon the functions and prerog- 
atives of the grand master. Almost nothing in the way of statistics can 
be found. The model report of Brother Cutter would serve as a fine 
pattern. There is much of interest in the facts and figures of a grand 
lodge and no one but the grand secretary can give them adequately. 


The committee on jurisprudence reported that publishing in the 
newspapers the names of individuals who have received the degrees in 
masonry is unmasonic. It was also decided that no mason should give 
the names of candidates to the reporters. By endorsement of the grand 
lodge, this was made the rule. 

Report on Correspondence. 

Past Grand Master James W. Foley, poet laureate of North Dakota, 
is the committee on correspondence. His report is a ''digest of decisions 
of the various grand masters as reported in the proceedings of 1909." 
This and nothing more. Nine pages are devoted to this variegated law 
of the grand lodges. It is given with a carefully prepared subject index 
and makes it easy to see what other states are doing on any question, 
Illinois is drawn on in only two instances. One of these under caption 
of "Liquor" is as follows ; 

Subordinate lodge cannot discipline brother for sale of, in conform- 
ity with state law, where grand lodge does not make such business a bar 
to masonry. Subordinate lodge cannot legislate on this subject inde- 
pendently of grand lodge. 

The other was Brother Bell's decision regarding suspension for 
non-payment of dues. 

The session of the Masonic Veterans' Association was held at the 
time of the meeting of the grand lodge and its doings are published in 
the proceedings. 

Grand master, John J. Hull, Wahpeton ; grand secretary, Walter 
L. Stockwell, Fargo. 


72 Lodges. 45th Annual. 6,037 Members. 

A plain, simple book of nearly 500 pages comes from Nova Scotia 
as the record of proceedings of its grand lodge held June 8, 1910, at 
Wolfville in Lecture Hall of Acadia University. No pictures of distin- 
guished brethren adorn its pages. A number of special meetings were 

The one on August 25 was to dedicate the "Nova Scotia Freema- 
sons' Home." Elaborate ceremonies were used to begin the excellent 
work of caring for the needy. It requires considerable pluck for a grand 


lodge of but 6,000 members to undertake so large a task. In closing 
his report the superintendent of the Home says — 

The number of inmates is not as large as we had expected. More 
could have been taken care of without any appreciable increase in ex- 
pense, barring sickness, yet the order is to be congratulated if there are 
not more of the class for whom the Home was designed, who are need- 
ing the comforts it has to offer. 

Will the brother permit a suggestion? Call them "members" not 
"inmates." The latter word has the musty flavor of the poorhouse, the 
asylum and other unpleasant reminders. It appears that so far no chil- 
dren have been found needing the care of their fathers' brethren. 

Brass Band Masonry. 

Almost immediately after the annual communication was opened a 
procession was formed and headed by the Windsor brass band marched 
to St. John's church. An eloquent sermon was preached by the grand 
chaplain, Rev. Bro. William Driffield. It is printed in full by order of 
the grand lodge. The text is most appropriate — "Honor all men. Love 
the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the King." — i Peter 2-17. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Is a strong, sensible presentation of a year's activities in masonry. Be- 
ing a British subject he first pays a fitting tribute to the memory of 
King Edward, the great peace ruler and freemason. 

The death of Bro. Joseph Robeins is recorded. 

Few Decisions. 

Are reported and these of local interest. However in No. i a rather 
singular doctrine is announced. He says that a proposed visitor from 
the grand lodge of Italy can be admitted, and adds — 

While we are not represented near that grand lodge, nor are we in 
correspondence with it no "EDICT" has ever been issued by the grand 
lodge of Nova Scotia prohibiting intercourse with the grand lodge of 
Italy, and a master mason representing himself as being under the grand 
lodge of Italy can be admitted as a visitor in any lodge in our juris- 
diction, provided he complies with the requirements of our constitution 
regarding the examination of visitors and satisfying the _ examining com- 
mittee that he is in good masonic standing in his lodge." 

If Grand Master Black had been looking for a piece of thin ice to 
skate over he certainly hit the most available spot. 

Uniform Work 

Is giving the Nova Scotia masons much concern. The grand master 
represents that great diversity exists but the time had not arrived for a 


change. Lodges are not willing to abandon what they have for some- 
thing different. It is as easy one time as another. The only way is to 
adopt a work and conform to it. 

The Illinois list of regular lodges is commended as a safe guide in 
detecting fraudulent and clandestine bodies. 

The committee on charity have expended $i6o on various needy per- 
sons. Their relief fund is $2,209.53. 

Visits Every Lodge. 

The committee on grand master's address congratulates the grand 
master on his achievement in visiting every lodge in the province. Hav- 
ing but seventy-two lodges this is possible, and yet it involves consider- 
able time and labor. If an Illinois grand master should get ambitious 
to visit all his nearly 800 lodges he would have a strenuous year. 

The grand lodge embarked in the enterprise of conferring "Past 
Rank." This innovation may work under the shadow of the British 
system of the nobiHty with the multitude of ranks and titles. It would 
not go in democratic America. The grand lodge was closed by singing 
the national anthem. 

The Correspondence Report 

Was written by Thomas Mowbray, grand secretary. His review in- 
cludes fifty-nine grand lodges. Illinois gets good treatment both in 
quantity of space and in quality of matter. 

He refers to Brother Bell's "well prepared" address and gives a 
comprehensive summary. He says that "The grand master was out- 
spoken, as he had a right to be, about questions submitted for his deci- 
sion." He then quotes Brother Bell's illustrations of the ignorance of 
the law. 

The Homes. 

This correspondent says that — 

Evidently these "Homes" are doing splendid work and the financial 
aid and assistance they are receiving, and the interest taken therein, 
speak well for the liberality and true masonic spirit of our Illinois 

Brother Rogers' oration made an evident hit as the following will 

The grand orator, Bro. Euclid B. Rogers, delivered a most eloquent 
and instructive oration which evidently was greatly enjoyed. 

He quotes liberally from the oration and regrets that his space will 
not admit more. 


Cook is now Cox. 

In referring to the death of Brother Robbins he says — 

His place is taken by Bro. Edward Cox. The new correspondent, 
Brother Cox, has reviewed the proceedings of all grand lodges received, 
and presents a most interesting and well-prepared report upon which we 
beg to congratulate him. 

The compliment to Brother Cook cannot be hidden by the error iri 
the name. If it occurred but once the printer and proofreader might 
be blamed but it was evidently an oversight of the reviewer. 

Grand master, William M. Black, Wolfville; grand secretary, 
Thomas Mowbray, HaHfax. 

OHIO— 1910. 

520 Lodges. ioist Annual. 79,50I Members. 

In most activities Ohio can be relied upon to be among the leaders. 
It is so in masonry. Last year by reason of action in making President 
Taft a mason at sight, she was the talk of the masonic world. The pro- 
ceedings of 1910, however, are not sur-charged with sensation. They 
record a simple, practical year of good work. That masonry has pros- 
pered is shown by a net growth of 3,525 members. The annual meeting 
was held at Columbus. Next year it will be at Dayton. It is thus seen 
that Buckeye masonry is "on wheels." Why not settle down and grow 
up like Illinois has done? 

A modest book of 400 pages gives the past year's record. An ex- 
cellent picture of Grand Master Perry is the front adornment. Owing 
to the migratory habit of the Ohio grand lodge, it must sit patiently by 
and be greeted by the local masons. Brother Kinsman, of Columbus, 
proclaimed the hospitality of the masons of his city. 

Breeds Great Men. 

Ohio has long since made Virginia look rather questionable as the 
"mother of presidents." By being a close state of the north "the Ohio 
man" has been taught to help swing presidential elections. In other 
branches of civic life she has been equally prolific of statesmen and office- 
holders. In masonic and fraternal circles Ohio is just now occupying 
the center of the stage. 

At the Columbus meeting a coterie of men holding high positions in 
the orders based on masonry were much in evidence. 


The grand high priest of the grand chapter R.A.M. of Ohio; the 
grand senior warden of the grand commandery, K.T. ; William B. 
Melish, grand master of the grand encampment of Knights Templar of 
the United States, and Barton Smith, sovereign grand commander of 
the northern jurisdiction Scottish Rite, made a quartet of notables to 
cause the humble craftsman to rub his eyes, sit up and wonder if it was 
all true. It was and they were from Ohio, too. Just why they should 
be formally introduced to a grand lodge of masons must be explained 
by those who live in the "higher degrees." 

Grand Master's Address. 

Brother Perry calls attention to the fact that the greatest growth 
in numbers in their history was recorded. He vouches that the quality 
is constantly becoming better. The first thought is of the fraternal 
dead. He notes that no grand officer has been called away, yet 1,059 of 
the workers in the quarries have laid down their earthly tools for the 
better land. This choice quotation is a fitting introduction. He says — 

"Year by year we are reminded that death 
With busy fingers 

Culls his flowers, the sweetest, rarest, 
Binding in his sheaves the fairest." 

Brother Pearson's death is noted. 

Law Takes its Course. 

The grand master says — 

I have received a great many requests for permission to disregard 
the express provisions of the code and the laws of the grand lodge in 
receiving and considering petitions for initiation, and in conferring of 
degrees ; also requests for permission to issue appeals for financial aid. 
all of which have been refused. 

His attitude concerning decisions is also sound and safe. He says 
that many questions have come to him during the year but "they have 
with very few exceptions been disposed of by referring the writer to 
the code and decisions." He only reports one decision. This relates to 
a local law pertaining to jurisdiction. 

Sound Financially. 

Financially the Ohio grand lodge is in excellent condition. A bal- 
ance on hand October 10, 1910, of $64,528.70 is shown by the grand 
treasurer. The sum of $180 comes from "interest on general fund." 

Grand Secretary Bromwell presents his twenty-second annual re- 
port. Here has undoubtedly been a faithful servant. This report shows 
that the sum of thirty cents per member goes to the Masonic Home 


fund and produces $23,850.30. The grand lodge placed $20,000 from the 
general fund into the Home treasury. 

The Liquor Question. 

The following amendment to the law was presented and goes over 
for one year. 

Section 58. To traffic or engage in the business of selling intoxicat- 
ing liquors for beverage purposes is a masonic offense and shall subject 
the brother to charges and expulsion ; it shall also be a disqualification 
for initiation or affiliation in any masonic lodge. 

The grand lodge declined to make any reciprocal arrangement with 
Kentucky regarding discipline of sojourning masons. 

An Important Subject. 

The committee on foreign correspondence made the following timely 

Upon the subject of recognition of other grand lodges your commit- 
tee is of the opinion, because of the great increase in late years in the 
number of grand lodges being formed everywhere and because of the 
different sources from which they derive their origin and of the indefi- 
nite essentials of which such bodies should be possessed, that the_ chair- 
man of the committee on foreign correspondence should be authorized to 
enter into correspondence with other grand lodges looking toward the 
establishment of a basis of requirements essential to all_ bodies asking 
recognition and exchange of grand representatives, hoping thereby to 
secure uniformity upon this subject among all the grand lodges of the 

Requests for recognition from the following grand bodies were re- 
ceived and held for evidence of qualification; Republic of Dominicana, 
Nicaragua, Rio Grande Do Sul, Greece and Salvador. 

Report on Correspondence. 

The review of the grand lodge proceedings was written by P.G.M. 
Wm. a. Belt. There is so much of symboUsm in his short introduction 
that it is here given bodily. 

We here bring to you, from the shores of the great busy masonic 
sea, shells washed shoreward by the force of its doings. Profit will 
come to you, we hope, if you will study these results of activity. And 
those that please you, place on your mental charm string. If only one 
little shell is thus stored away by each one of our craftsmen, we are 
abundantly rewarded for our labors. 

Illinois' Share. 
The reviewer says that "Grand Master Bell gave a masterly ad- 
dress, reporting the services rendered and the status of the craft during 



this his second year." The attitude of the grand master in refusing to 
lay a corner stone which did not have the inscription that it was "laid 
by the masonic fraternity" was indorsed as correct.. 

The Ohio correspondence committee gives hearty endorsement to 
the action of our grand lodge in refusing recognition to Valle de Mexico. 
This in the face of the fact that Ohio is one of the twenty-eight who 
have recognized. Here is what they say. 

However, after all evidence was heard, it became evident that twen- 
ty-eight American grand lodges and seven foreign, by hasty and ill in- 
formed action, have established relations with a clandestine body. Illi- 
nois did not make this mistake, but turned the request down, just as 
all of us should have done. 

Our Fallen Leader. 

The report quotes from Brother Bell's eulogy of Brother Robbins 
and adds — 

We are grieved to chronicle the death of so noble a soul as Past 
Grand Master Dr. Joseph Robbins, "cast in a heroic mold." For twenty- 
nine years the foreign correspondent, a great and strong pillar and co- 
worker with our late M.W. Bro. W. M. Cunningham. 

Regarding Brother Cook, Brother Belt says — 

The mantle of Brother Robbins has fallen on Past Grand Master 
Edward Cook, and his labors were finished very creditably in these pro- 
ceedings by the latter. The position of Brother Cook can be understood 
by no one better than myself, and here is wishing him courage. 

Brother Belt succeeded the Ohio masonic giant, Cunningham, while 
Brother Cook followed "the grand old man" of Illinois, Robbins. 

Grand master, H. S. Kissell, Springfield ; grand secretary. J. H. 
Bromwell, Cincinnati. 

OKLAHOMA— 1910. 

385 Lodges. 2nd Annual. ' 20,000 Members. 


The second annual communication of the grand lodge of Oklahoma, 
after statehood and consolidation with the grand lodge of Indian Terri- 
tory, was held at McAlester, February 9, 1910. Almost nine months af- 
terward the proceedings are received. There must have been a pretty 
busy grand secretary or very slow printers. The meeting was the 37th 


annual for Indian Territory and the i8th for the territory of Oklahoma. 
That the new state is in a gowing condition is shown by the large num- 
ber of corner stones laid during the year. Twenty-four "emergent" 
communications are reported, at each one of which a corner stone was 

A New Ritual. 

This new grand lodge wisely provided, at its first meeting after their 
consolidation, a plan for a new ritual and a uniform work. A commit- 
tee was appointed and the grand master called a special meeting of the 
grand lodge on the day preceding the annual session. As the best method 
of reporting the uniform work each degree was conferred on actual can- 
didates by a team thoroughly drilled in the standard work just provided. 
The presentation was so satisfactory that the grand lodge unanimously 
adopted the work as prepared and presented by the committee. It was 
no small task to take the work of two grand lodges and so interweave 
it as to satisfy both. At the annual meeting Illinois was unrepresented. 

Valle de Mexico. 

A letter recommending the recognition of Valle de Mexico was pre- 
sented. This was referred to the committee on law and usage. During 
the session this committee in its report recommended that the question 
of recognition of the Mexican body be referred to a special committee 
to investigate and report. This was a wise course to pursue. During 
the past year Valle de Mexico has been torn into two factions each 
claiming to be regular. Oklahoma will no doubt discover that neither is 
entitled to be accepted as representing ancient craft masonry. 

A Valuable Oration. 

Almost the first business was the delivery of a fine oration on 
"Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth," by the grand orator, William H. 
Talmage. Much of this is worthy of reproduction here but limitations 
of space will prevent. The orator depicts the low condition of society 
in the most civilized lands and the gradual advance and uplift of man 
through such agencies as freemasonry furnishes. He says that — 

At the time operative masonry adopted the more noble purposes of 
speculative masonry history tells us that men had their ears cropped and 
cheeks branded with hot irons for trivial offenses. Women were tied to 
wagons and dragged through the streets while being whipped because 
they had received stolen goods. Orphans were left to drift for them- 
selves or were turned over to those who enslaved them and made life a 
veritable hell. Two hundred and twenty-three capital offenses were 
recognized by the laws of England. For a poor man to cut down a 
tree, kill a rabbit, take seventy-five cents, deface Westminister bridge 
with his penknife was to make himself liable to death. And after a man 


was hung he was often left to rot. Wives were not only deprived of 
any rights in the home but were permitted to be auctioned by their 
husbands in the public streets. As late as 1807 one wife brought five 
dollars and a bowl of punch. Another, six pence and a plug of tobacco. 
Sanitation was almost unknown. Smallpox and other epidemics raged 
unchecked. The mass of people were left in ignorance and power cen- 
tered in the hands of but a few. 

Charles Dickens tells of a young mother whom he knew to be forced 
to the gallows with a little infant in her arms for the oflFense of stealing 
a loaf of bread. Gladstone not only affirmed the incident, but said that 
there were many such. 

He then shows the mighty change and cites the orphans' homes and 
the care of the aged as thhe acme of present day beneficences. The en- 
tire address was one of great interest and profit to the hearer and later 
to the reader. 

Grand Master's Address. 

Following the oration came a most valuable review of the year's 
work by Grand Master Maldrow. Most of this has to do with routine 
and detail of masonry in Oklahoma. The state had been divided into 
thirty-nine districts and deputies put in charge. Full reports were made 
showing masonry in a prosperous condition. 

The grand master refers to the Ohio incident of making President 
Taft a mason at sight. He concludes that under Ohio law the action 
taken was strictly within the prerogatives and power of the grand mas- 
ter and above criticism, except in the political and public relation that 
the favored recipient bore. However, Brother INIuldrow clears the Okla- 
homa atmosphere by saying that — 

This is a question that will r^ever become personal to this jurisdic- 
tion under the present constitution, which expressly forbids the grand 
master making masons at sight. The question of the right from an 
ethical standpoint for the grand lodge to so restrict the grand master is a 
mooted one, but calls for no discussion at this time. Howeyer, the prob- 
ability of a grand master violating this written law in this jurisdiction 
is exceedingly remote. 

Incorporation of the grand lodge under the laws of the state of 
Oklahoma is reported. 

About their Law. 

As usual the grand master finds his time occupied with useless 
questions. In only twelve instances are the subjects of sufficient im- 
portance to report. The committee on law and usage approves all but 

In No. 5 it is asked what shall be done with a petition for degrees 
signed by brethren not members of the lodge? 


The grand master holds it irregular and that the petition should be 

The grand master decides that a master can be installed even though 
charges are pending against him. This may be true on the theory that 
innocence is "presumed ivntil guilt is proven. However, might it not be 
the part of wisdom to postpone installation until the charges are out 
of the way? Should he be found guilty after he is in office the situa- 
tion would be full of embarrassment. In Illinois the lodge cannot try 
a W.M. It can only present the case to the grand master for consid- 
eration and action. Very properly the grand master holds that members 
of a lodge cannot advertise that on certain days a percentage of the 
profits in their business will go to a temple building fund. 

These business men are merely trying to exploit masonry for mer- 
cenary purposes. A non-affiliate had the "gall" to vote on a petition 
for the degrees. The question was, did that invalidate the ballot? It 
was decided that unless the candidate was rejected the illegal vote did 
not affect the ballot. 

Other decisions are not of outside interest. The grand master re- 
ports the recommendations of the conference of grand masters at 
Philadelphia. All were adopted and a committee was appointed to draft 
necessary amendments to the laws conformable thereto. 

Two irregular lodges are reported in the state. A threat to go into 
the courts for protection is made. Don't advertise these bodies. They 
thrive on notoriety. 

The Colored Man. 

Oklahoma stands by Mississippi in its controversy over admitting 
negroes in New Jersey. The grand lodge refuses to hold the Jerseyites 
as masons until they purge their lodges of the black brother. No ma- 
son from New Jersey can visit a lodge in Oklahoma. 

The grand master recommended that the junior warden be required 
"to preside in the conferring of the entered apprentice degree, the senior 
warden, the fellow craft, and the master confer the master mason de- 
gree. In this way the wardens would become competent to confer all 
three degrees provided advancement was made in due succession." 

This rule would be rather stiff and awkward. Why not require the 
master to be able to confer all parts of every degree? In many Illinois 
lodges brethren who have not held any official place can and often do 
confer all the degrees. If a man is a master he should master the 
ritual. He should then call others to the east and let them learn the 
work under his tutelage. 


A Grand Old Max. 

Among the recommendations of the grand master is the following ; 

That Bro. Joseph Samuel iMurrow, in grateful appreciation of his 
long life of devoted self-sacrifice to the cause of freemasonry in this 
jurisdiction, and as a token of the love and affection in which he is 
held by the masons of this state, be officially recognized by this grand 
lodge as "the father of masonry in the state of Oklahoma." and that 
he be retired from his active grand secretaryship and become grand 
secretary honorary, with a salary of nine hundred dollars for the year 
1910 and six hundred dollars per annum for the remainder of his life. 
Also that so long as he may live in this jurisdiction, he be required to 
sign all charters for lodges organized under this grand lodge, and that 
he be the installing officer of this grand lodge so long as he may Hve. 

The foregoing was adopted without a dissenting vote. Brother 
MuRROW was made "grand secretary emeritus." Truly Oklahomans do 
not turn their aged and faithful servants out to beg or starve. 

Care for Dependents. 

The grand lodge was most fortunate in getting a section of land 
for a Masonic Home. It was a reservation for a school for the Chey- 
enne and Arapaho Indians. It consisted of 640 acres with buildings and 
other appurtenances of great value. The site is considered the finest 
of any in the United States for a "masonic orphanage, home and indus- 
trial school." The cost was $73,288.41. This was regarded as a very 
low price. The present Home has fifty-six children and as soon as the 
title is acquired they can take immediate possession with full equipment 
for every purpose. During the session the 700 brethren present were 
greatly pleased to see the children from the Home all enter during a 
recess of the grand lodge. Suitable exercises were given to the delight 
of all. A shower of silver from the pockets of the brethren descended 
on the "kids" to their great joy. Truly the real fruitage of masonry 
is found in such work as this. 

The venerable and beloved brother, Joseph S. Murrow. was ap- 
pointed to prepare a monitor to fit in with the new work as our stand- 
ard monitor does in Illinois. It is to be known as "The Murrow Ma- 
sonic Monitor." 

Here is Something Queer. 

After declaring against Cerneauism and every other irregularism 
the grand lodge was delivered of the following ; 

Likewise, the state of Oklahoma is occupied by a Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons, by a Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, 
by a Grand Commandery of Knights Templar, and by Consistories of 
the Ancient and .A.ccepted Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction, 
all of which bodies arc lawfully constituted and established within our 
state, and all of which are duly recognized bv masonic bodies through- 


out the world; and all of these rest upon our blue lodges and the three 
degrees therein conferred. 

Therefore, the grand lodge of Oklahoma recognizes the above named 
bodies as having obtained exclusive jurisdiction in the state of Okla- 
homa over their several degrees by virtue of the foregoing principles, 
and hereby so instructs all constituent lodges within this state. 

Neither physician, wet-nurse nor god-father is mentioned. What 
business has a grand lodge of ancient, free and accepted masons at- 
tempting to fix the status of bodies and organizations wholly foreign 
to its obedience? Why not decide as to the regularity of the Improved 
Order of Red Men or the Knights of Pythias or the Modern Woodmen? 
A masonic grand lodge has just as much official knowledge and con- 
nection with the Elks as with the shrine, commandery or consistory. 
Many years ago an aged school teacher gave to his pupils this copy, 
"A. T. Stewart got rich minding his own business." Masons can learn 
a lesson here. 

The Report on Correspondence 

Was written by Grand Secretary Wm. M. Anderson, chairman of the 
committee. It is brief, covering only thirty pages, and reviews but 
twelve grand lodges. Illinois was not one of the fortunate dozen. Ex- 
planation is made that, owing to the numerous duties of Brother An- 
derson as grand secretary, he was unable to review more. Considering 
the fact that Oklahoma had two grand secretaries during the year it 
would seem that the clerical duties might have been lighter by division 
of labor. 

Grand master, George Ruddell, Weatherford ; grand secretarj^ Wm. 
M. Anderson, Waurika. 

OKLAHOMA— 1911. 

420 Lodges. 3rd Annual. 23,000 Members. 

Last year Oklahoma proceedings did not arrive in time for review. 
Hence two years come together. The third annual of the consolidated 
grand lodge was held at Guthrie February 8, 191 1. In addition there 
were reported the doings of fourteen "emergent" communications, thir- 
teen of which were to lay corner stones of masonic and public build- 
ings. In one respect Oklahoma is peculiar. These emergent communi- 
cations are opened only on the first degree, presumably to give entered 
apprentices an opportunity to participate. As an inducement to ad- 


vancement the full privileges of the craft should be withheld. If all is 
open to them many will tarry along the way and may never become 
master masons. 

Some Show. 

To enjoy somewhat the spectacular the deputy grand master called 
the grand lodge to order and announced that the grand master was in 
an adjoining apartment. He was waited upon by the proper function- 
aries and escorted to the east and received with the grand honors. 
Query — What right has the deputy grand master to call the body to 
order when the grand master is present? The representative of Illinois 
was not in attendance during the annual session. 

The death of P.G.M. John M. Pe.xrsox was noted by the grand 
master in hi^ annual address. 

But three decisions are reported and these are purely local in 
their bearing. 

New Jersey Outlawed. 

Because there exists in New Jersey a lodge composed mostly of 
negroes, Oklahoma refuses to enter into fraternal relations. It is un- 
fortunate that this new and progressive grand lodge should track with 
Mississippi in keeping up the race controversy. In all other southern 
states, where the negro question is prominent and embarrassing, no ac- 
tion has been taken. 

Evolving a Home. 

The preparation of the government school property consisting of 
640 acres for use as a ^Masonic Home is proving rather more difficult 
and expensive than was anticipated. The grand master recommended 
that $1.00 per member be added to the dues from each of the lodges. 
This was approved by a unanimous vote. To meet the deferred pay- 
ments to the United States, to remodel and equip the buildings and 
maintain the Home make the financial situation rather acute. The ap- 
proximate amount needed for the year is given at $51,900. With a mem- 
bership of about 20.000 some very careful financiering as well as some 
good, big-hearted, rich brothers will be required. It is reported that the 
Eastern Star will produce $10,000 of this necessary sum. There are 
in the Home 76 children, 6 men and 4 ladies. 


The grand master recommends the following; 

That this committee consider the subject of spreading the ballot for 
each of the three degrees, thus electing for one degree only at a time; 
that they consider the issuing of a dimit to an entered apprentice or 
fellow craft instead of the former method of granting a waiver of 
jurisdiction, or requesting another lodge to confer the degree; that 


entered apprentices and fellow crafts be charged dues; that a dimit to 
a master mason be issued only when the member has petitioned another 
lodge for affiliation and be conditioned so that his membership in the 
lodge dimiting will rot be severed until the lodge petitioned elects him 
to membership, and in this way eliminate non-affiliates. 

It would be difficult to name four more questionable rules than 
those suggested in the above quotation, i. What reason can be given 
for a ballot for each degree? A man is fit to be a master mason, if he 
is worthy of initiation. 2. To dimit a fellow craft is to send him hope- 
lessly adrift on the masonic sea. 3. To charge an E.A. or a F.C. dues 
before he is entitled to the rights and privileges of the lodge would be 
unjust and unwise. 4. Men enter masonry of their "own free will and 
accord." They should be allowed to withdraw in the same way. To 
compel lodge membership against a man's will is unmasonic. The way 
to prevent non-affiliates is to deprive them of the rights and privileges 
of the lodge after a reasonable time for re-affiliation. 

The grand master recommended that the grand secretary prepare 
a "Card History" of the membership of the state. Later $500 were set 
aside to begin this work. 

The Grand Orator 

Discussed "Who is My Brother?" He dealt some savage blows at the 
doctrine of man's evolution from the lower animals. The conclusion 
reached was that we are the sons of God and are all brothers. 

Children from the Home were introduced during the recess of the 
grand lodge and entertained the masons with drills, songs and recitals. 

A resolution was presented to authorize the grand master to grant 
a dispensation to a lodge to confer the first section of the third de- 
gree on more than one candidate at the same time. The committee on 
law and usage reported that this was "not in violation of the landmarks 
of masonry but would require a constitutional amendment to be lawful." 
The grand lodge adopted the report. Passing by the question of con- 
flicting with masonic law and immemorial usage, the opinion may be ven- 
tured that rush and wholesale work are not conducive to harmony and 
prosperity in lodges. It is better to be sure, even if a little slow. 

A Division of Work. 

It was provided in an amendment to the law that the junior warden 
should prepare himself to confer the entered apprentice degree, the 
senior warden the fellow craft and that, with the consent of the master, 
each confer the degrees as named. The following was then added; 

Provided, however, that the master may call upon any competent 
member of his lodge or any present or past master of this or any sister 
jurisdiction to confer any degree, but no other mason. 


The master being in full charge of all work in his lodge why at- 
tempt to limit the scope of his powers and prerogatives? 

The Correspondence Report 

Comes from the haiid of Bro. S. M. Bond. The story is briefly told. 
Though nearly four months elapsed between the 1910 session of the 
grand lodge of Illinois and that of Oklahoma for 1911, the review is of 
our proceedings for 1909. Makes pretty stale reading. 

Referring to Grand Master Bell's surprise that lodge officers know- 
so little of masonic law the reviewjer says — 

We are of the opinion that if the brethren acquaint themselves thor- 
oughly w^ith the esoteric work that they will have no trouble in taking 
enough interest to be able to interpret the law sufficiently to meet and 
settle all ordinary points that might be of a confusing nature to the 
less informed. 

The experience and observation of masons hereabout is that many 
times masters may be "letter-perfect" in the work and absolutely stupid 
in the knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations of the fraternity. 
Possibly in Oklahoma they are of a higher class of intellect. 

We Care for Dependents First. 

The Oklahoman says that he is surprised to learn that "the second 
largest grand lodge on the American continent" owns no building in 
which its effects and activities are domiciled. Our brother is advised 
that in Illinois a needy worthy brother, his wife, his widow and his 
helpless orphans have come first in our thought. We have two superb 
Homes, built and miaintained solely from the grand lodge treasury. 
These are sufficient for every needy one among our membership. The 
expensive luxury of a great building for show in some large city has 
been avoided. Some day we may erect a modest building in which to 
house our grand lodge. 

Thinks it Fine. 

The correspondent says — 

The oration of Bro. Euclid B. Rogers, grand orator, is a splendid 
production of masonic literature, showing widespread reading, much 
thought and careful preparation. It contains thoughts that are of excep- 
tional value to the thinking man as well as the casual observer. It shows 
a thorough underst?iiding of the masonic "Liberal Arts and Sciences." 

An extract of nearly a page in length is then given. 

Brother Bond is in error when he says that Eg>'pt was "recognized." 
Only Holland was taken into our family. Egypt could not meet re- 
quirements of regularity. 

The correspondent says that Brother Cook "is a peer, from his re- 
port, in the masonic world and gives abundant proof that Brother Rob- 


bins' mantle has fallen on able shoulders." The report closes with this 
statement ; "Illinois is a big state and does big things and is giving to 
the masonic world some big men." 

Big thanks, Brother Bond, for the compliment to our state. 

Grand master, Alexis Eddleman, Marietta; grand secretar}-, Wm. 
]M. Anderson, Oklahoma City. 


481 Lodges. i34th Annual. 96,430 Members. 

One of the most comfortable of volumes of proceedings is that of 
Pennsylvania. There are 489 pages. It is in such excellent type and 
with so liberal leading that it becomes the delight of the reader. The 
year showed a gain in membership of 4,314. In every way masonry in 
this old commonwealth presents evidences of progress. Quarterly ses- 
sions of the grand lodge are held in March, June, September and De- 

A fine engraving of the Masonic Temple at Philadelphia makes a 
handsome frontispiece. It was this beautiful structure that set Brother 
Bell's teeth on edge for a home for the grand lodge of Illinois. Noth- 
ing of special outside interest was done at the INIarch, June and Sep- 
tember quarterlies. 

At the fourth, held December 7, much of the business of the year 
was transacted. The election of grand officers comes at this time though 
they are not installed until the annual December 27. 

No Mystic Shrine for Them. 

The committee on landmarks corresponds closely to our committee 
on jurisprudence. This committee reported "under the rules and regu- 
lations of the grand lodge and the decisions of grand masters, the grand 
master should refuse to sanction a lease of a portion of the building 
to the 'Mystic Shrine'— the grand lodge having refused recognition to 
that order." 

Why should the grand lodge be concerned about orders? If this 
rule is enforced it should bar the commandery and consistory as well 
as the shrine. None of these orders is masonic in any other sense 
than that eligibility for membership requires good standing in a lodge 
of masons. 


Grand Master in Accord. 

Decisions of the grand master followed along lines similar to the 
committee on landmarks. Note these three decisions coming one imme- 
diately after the other. 

1. A room in a masonic building must not be rented to the Ancient 
Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. 

2. A masonic lodge in this jurisdiction cannot meet in a room in 
which the Order of the Eastern Star meets. 

3. There is no objection to a lodge of Odd Fellows meeting in the 
same rooms in which a masonic lodge meets, provided all the property, 
clothing, etc., of the latter is first removed. 

If Odd Fellows may meet in a masonic lodge room why may not 
bodies, all of whom are masons, do likewise? 

The committee on landmarks also reported as unmasonic the display 
of masonic emblems unless the same had the approval of the grand 

The Masonic Home. 

The work goes on rapidly in developing the Masonic Home on their 
957-acre tract. Eleven persons are now cared for, all being well along 
in years. Though pretty late in beginning, it is very evident that 
Pennsylvania will soon be near the head of the class in caring for ma- 
sonic dependents. 

An oil painting of George Washington, the only copy of the orig- 
inal painted from life by William Williams in 1794, was presented. 
This valuable picture was the gift of the merchant prince and enthusi- 
astic mason, John Wanamaker, and goes into the masonic museum. 
Thirteen other presidents were members of the craft and an effort will 
be made to have a painting of each in the temple museum. While in the 
picture business, it was provided that each grand master, during the 
second year of his service, sit for a painting, the cost not to exceed 
$1,000, to be paid from the grand lodge treasury. 

The annual communication is on St. John's day, December 2~, of 
each year. 

The grand lodge charity fund amounted to $7,600, and was all 
spent. This went to 729 needy persons, 670 of them being members of 
Pennsylvania lodges. Only two hailed from Illinois. 

The Address of the Grand Master 

Was strictly business. No efforts at flights of oratory were indulged. 
The grand master urged that officers of lodges be thoroughly instructed 
in the law as well as in the work. The Ahiman Rezon, corresponding 


to our "blue book," was to be made the man of their counsel. This is 
certainly most desirable but how to bring it about is the vital question. 
In every state there is woeful lack of faaiiliarity with the laws, rules 
and usages of the craft. Illinois might with profit add to its superb 
teaching of the ritual in the schools a department of law and usage. 

Thorough ix Masoxry. 

The grand master quotes this significant paragraph from his prede- 
cessor, Brother Orl.^dy. 

The district deputy grand masters should make it plain, beyond a 
possible doubt, that the three symbolic degrees in freemasonry repre- 
sent an independent, sovereign organization ; and that its degrees are 
not to be indifferently conferred, nor any requisite waived, in order to 
make them a preparatory service for divergent or secondary bodies or 

To this every mason can say "Amen" with great fervency. There 
are too many half-baked masons who merely want to rush on to some- 
thing "higher." 

Seeks the Grandfather Class. 

There was much discussion by Grand Master Guthrie to prove 
Pennsylvania masonry older than that of Massachusetts. What differ- 
ence does it make? 

The grand master is qiiite correct in saying that lists of members 
of lodges should not be allowed to get into the hands of profanes, that 
they may be exploited for business and other purposes. 

Edicts and Decisions. 

The grand master reported over fifty decisions. Three of these 
have been already quoted. Not many of the others have more than 
local interest. One of these forbade a brother advertising or using the 
Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, as his office or trading place for his per- 
sonal business. 

In another case the grand master reproved a master for withhold- 
ing an unfavorable report of a committee of inquiry regarding qualifi- 
cations of a candidate. Secretaries were forbidden to issue any certifi- 
cate to a chapter of the Eastern Star giving the masonic standing of a 
member. Evidently the Pennsylvania grand lodge is not boosting the 

Saloons under the Ban. 

Two decisions regarding the surroundings of lodges are as follows ; 

Masonic lodges are not permitted to meet in a building in which 
intoxicating liquor is sold or dispensed, if the building is called a ma- 
sonic hall or temple. 


Masonic lodges are not permitted to hold their meetings in buildings 
not designated as masonic, in which intoxicating liquor is sold or dis- 
pensed; unless no other suitable place of meeting can be secured, and 
then, only when a separate and exclusive entrance from the street to the 
lodge rooms is provided. 

The Annual Review of Grand Lodges 

Was prepared and presented by James M. Lamberton, chairman of the 
committee on correspondence. For the convenience of reviewers the 
244-page report goes out separate from the proceedings, printed on only 
one side of the paper. It is easy to clip from this without mutilating 
matter on the other side of the sheet. Fifty-one grand lodges pass un- 
der review. Illinois is well treated in both space and comment. 

Brother Ashley's report is commended as "a business-like paper, 
reporting clearly his labors without undue verbiage." The reviewer 
says "for the information of our Pennsylvania brethren we quote a 
special report of the committee on correspondence on the Grand Lodge 
Valle de Mexico." The special Illinois report then is given in full. 

The oration is discussed as follows : 

The grand orator, Bro. Frank G. Smith, delivered an oration which 
is characterized as "able, eloquent and profound," which we wish we 
might have heard, and which is sure to please his Illinois brethren, and 
also we may add his Iowa brethren, for does it not supply five poems? 

Guests vs. jMembers. 

Referring to the proper designation of those in the Masonic Homes 
the correspondent says in Pennsylvania they call them "guests." Does 
not this imply a transient relation? They are merely visitors. If they 
are called "members," as we class them in Illinois, they are given an air 
of permanence. However, "What's in a name?" jNIuch oftentimes. 

The Illinois report is referred to in a pleasant vein for which ac- 
cept thanks. 

Not a One AIan Opinion. 

Referring to the report of the special committee regarding Mexico 
the following appears. 

Brother Scott quite naturally resents the suggestion of "the domina- 
tion" of Brother Robbins in the matter of the majority report last year 
against Valle de Mexico, saying that if Brother Matthews knew the two 
other past grand masters who joined with him and Brother Robbins in 
their conclusions, he would "scarcely consider it a one man opinion." 
We remember Grand Master Bell telling us that, after appointing upon 
the special conmiittee the chairman of the committee on correspondence. 
Brother Robbins, and the brother who favored the recognition of Mex- 
ico, he selected as the other members three of the ablest past grand 


masters in the jurisdiction, without any knowledge of their views or 

Grand master, Geo. W. Guthrie, Philadelphia; grand secretary, 
Wm. a. Sixn, Philadelphia, IMasonic Temple. 


14 Lodges. 35TH Annual. 730 Members. 

Though the ainiual meeting was held in June, 1910, the proceedings 
did not reach the reviewer until January 4, 191 1. On account of this 
delay tlie little grand lodge in Prince Edward Island did not find place 
in our proceedings of 1910. 

Small but Good. 

This is the smallest grand lodge in the world there being but four- 
teen lodges and 730 members. During the year thirty-three members 
were gained. There are two or three lodges in Illinois that have almost 
doubled the membership of this island grand body. There are more ma- 
sons in either Decatur, Springfield or Peoria than in this toy grand lodge. 
However, size does not always indicate merit. A diamond of a single 
carat is worth more than a boulder which weighs a ton. Prince Ed- 
ward masons are of the true quality and in their own field are doing 
an excellent work. 

Grand Master Becomes Grand Secretary. 

An excellent picture of the retiring grand master, W. P. Doull, is 
given. The grand lodge promoted Brother Doull by making him grand 
secretary after his retirement from the office of grand master. 

''A combined special with the thirty-fifth annual communication" is 
the way the record begins. There were no further evidences of any- 
thing special than the statement quoted. R.W., Samuel Lowe, repre- 
sentative of Illinois, was present and took an active part in the business 
of the session. The principal business seemed to be the adoption of a 
new constitution. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was interesting and instructive. Due attention was given to the death 
of King Edward. The death of Bro. Joseph Robbins is noted. 


The grand master made a house cleaning of representatives of other 
grand lodges who are seldom or never seen at the meetings. Here is 
what he says. 

Some of these are past masters of long standing, men of keen busi- 
ness acumen and sterling integrity. But while we know them as such 
the jurisdictions they represent do not, and it is a matter of small 
compliment to a grand lodge with as many subordinate lodges as we 
have individual rnembers to be represented by a right worshipful brother 
who cannot get into this grand lodge once in a dozen years. Some of 
these I have cut out, and recommended others to whom commissions 
have been issued. I trust the change, the newly appointed incumbents, 
will not disappoint us. If they do let the operation be repeated. 

Some larger grand lodges might have a similar "scrubbing out'' 
with profit. 

Wants Warm Members. 

'The grand master deprecates the want of social and friendly rela- 
tions among masons. He says that — 

A brother may be painfully accurate in ritual, precise to the small- 
est scruple in jurisprudence, in business as upright and yet as cold as 
the stone in yonder cemetery. H a hand is extended at all he gives 
3-0U the tips of the fingers and you shake them yourself. That brother's 
apron strings are untied before the master makes the last request of 
his deacons, and at the final rap of the gavel he is half way out the door. 
He does not believe in a "bun-feed" as he terms it, and you are half 
glad he does not. 

No Decisions. 

It was thought unnecessary to make any formal decisions. He 
found it proper to instruct a lodge that a by-law or resolution to re- 
strict the constitutional power of the master was "ultra vires" and there' 
fore void. Owing to the small membership the grand master held out 
no hope of a Masonic Home but urged that ample provision be made 
to care for those in need. A considerable charity fund proves that they 
are sincere. This amounts to $3,153. 

Know they are Small. 

The grand master says — 

Territorially (though not numerically) we are the smallest jurisdic- 
tion on the face of the earth and being an island we cannot hope to 
ever have our borders expanded. We are steadily growing in numbers 
and financial strength but we talk in small figures compared with other 
grand jurisdictions; yet there are no large jurisdictions where less com- 
mercialism is shown, where ritual is more uniform, where higher pro- 
ficiency_ is demanded in the candidate's examination, where the consti- 
tution is more closely regarded, where the prerogatives of the grand 
master areso seldom invoked and where the ballot guards more jealously 
the admission of unworthy material. Think of it, a grand lodge thirty- 
five years old, that has never had occasion to suspend or expel a single 


They must be a choice lot or the administration of the law is very 
lax. It is noted that there are yet twelve meoTbers left who were in 
grand lodge thirty-five years ago. Pretty large number considering the 
small membership. 

Dollars and Sense. 

Although Prince Edward Island is a British province and in many 
ways the grand lodge adheres to English customs and methods, yet, it 
keeps its finances in the American method of using dollars and cents. 
Pounds, shillings and pence are discarded. This makes largely for the 
ease and comfort of outsiders on this side of the Atlantic. 

In the election of grand officers instead of tellers they appoint 
"scrutineers" to conduct the balloting. However it appears merely to 
be a rose by another name. 

No Report on Correspondence 

Is published. The grand master refers to this omission as caused by a 
want of funds to pay the extra cost. Yet, he thinks if they had the 
money it could be put to a better use. This may be true. Our Canadian 
brethren lose much in not having an opportunity to see a resume of 
the doings of grand lodges the world over. It pays to know what is 
going on even in masonic circles. 

Grand master, William Stewart, Summerside; grand secretary, 
W. P. DouLL, Charlottetown. 

QUEBEC— 1911. 

64 Lodges. 4ist Annual. 6,633 Members. 

A handsome picture of the new grand master, Rev. Frank Charters. 
graces the opening pages of a very attractive book of some 350 pages, 
recounting the work of Quebec for one year. Three special communica- 
tions are recorded, two of these devoted to the burial of distinguished 
members of their grand lodge and the other a memorial to King Ed- 
ward of England. The 41st annual was held at Montreal February 8, 
1911. The record shows a net increase in 'membership of 308, indicating 
a healthy condition notwithstanding adverse surroundings. 

R.W. Bro. Channell, representing Illinois, is recorded as present. 

Among the first occurrences was the introduction and reception of 
Daniel F. MacWatt. grand master of the grand lodge of Ontario. 


Mutual felicitations followed and the fraternal relations of the two 
Canadian grand bodies were more closely cemented. 

The grand master in his address notes the death of P.G.M. John M. 
Pearson of Illinois. 


A hint of the struggle ecclesiasticism is making against masonry is 
seen in the following from the address of the grand master. 

The atmosphere of this province, during the past twenty-four 
months, has been more than usually superheated with venomous and 
immoderate attacks upon freemasonry ; attacks which deliberately con- 
found the freemasonry practiced by ourselves and that spurious imita- 
tion which derives its inspiration from the agnosticism or atheism of 
the grand orient of France. These attacks we bear in dignified silence — 
knowing that they are false ; we may be temporarily ruffled and an- 
noyed, but we comfort ourselves with the assurance that in due time our 
justification will be complete. 

It is my earnest conviction, brethren, that this is not enough. I see 
in these slanders a challenge — a challenge to the faith which is in us — 
a challengce to make good our assertion that practical charity is an es- 
sential feature of freemasonry — a challenge to double and treble our 
benevolent and charitable energies so that we may send back a ringing 
reply which friend and foe alike may understand. 

The wisdom of such a reply to malicious attacks on the fraternity 
is most apparent. 

Bitter Opposition. 

Again the grand master says — 

The religious fervor, induced by the approach of a world-noted 
ecclesiastical event occurring in Montreal in September last, naturally 
intensified the conflict between the local authorities of the church im- 
mediately concerned and the members of the body known as the "Eman- 
cipation Lodge," alleged to be anti-clerical in its aims and tendencies. 
There were charges of plots and counter-plots, a civic investigation, 
judicial intervention: in one phase of the matter, it is still before the 
courts. With all of this we have no immediate concern; nevertheless 
we are indirectly interested. 

"Emancipation Lodge," above referred to, was established in 1897 
by the Grand Orient of France. Yet, there are those who find fault 
because this French grand body is out-lawed by regular masonic grand 
lodges. Notwithstanding this violent and vindictive opposition it is 
shown that lodge membership has increased twenty-two per cent in 
Quebec, while in Canada and the United States it was only eighteen 
per cent. 

Some Dispensations 

Were granted. Eight of these were "to wear regalia at lodge socials 
or 'at homes.' " The propriety of members wearing masonic collars, 
jewels or aprons at a social evening is hard to see. These should be 


confined strictly to the tyled apartments of the lodge. Many dispensa- 
tions were declined. 

Five hospital beds are maintained for the free use of needy worthy 
brothers. These are supported from the "Benevolent Fund" of the 
grand lodge. 

The committee on the "state of masonry"' reported that "there is 
not a discordant note from one end of the province to the other, that 
peace, harmony and good will appear to prevail in all lodges." 

The Oration 

Was by the grand chaplain, Rev. and R.W. Bro. J. G. Hindley. His 
subject was "The Emancipating Function of Masonry." He found that 
masonry frees its members from provincialism, from commercialism and 
from materialism. Its good effects are in the ratio of its power to do 

They do things differently in Quebec. Our grand master appoints all 
standing committees while in this Canadian grand lodge the committee- 
men are presented by a nominating committee and the report approved 
by the grand lodge. 

Want More Spangles. 

Lodges were instructed to use aprons and collars without further 
ornamentation than that prescribed by the grand lodge. Judging by 
pictures these are amply adorned. In Illinois we use the lamb skin or 
white apron without the addition of emblems or ornaments. The pure 
white badge of a mason, unadorned is adorned the most. 

The Reviewer's Report 

Is from the hand of P.G.M. Chambers. It is a most valuable and read- 
able review of the doings of grand lodges. The writer says that the 
proceedings of Illinois for 1910 is a handsome volume of over 600 pages. 
It is "a collection of four or five different books or reports with as 
many different paginations, bound together." That word "paginations" 
made a visit to the International dictionary necessary. But it is there. 
Brother Ashley's congratulation upon the size of Illinois and its atti- 
tude of harmony were justified. The late John M. Pearson, P.G.M., is 
referred to as "a giant among his peers in masonry." The attitude of 
our grand lodge toward Mexico and Egypt was approved. 

"A very choice and beautiful oration was delivered by R.W. Bro. 
Frank G. Smith" is the comment. 


There was an Error. 

The correspondent says that^ 

Past Grand Master Owen Scott has admirably reviewed the volumes 
of proceedings of the various grand lodges that reached him, and his 
comments, as was to have been expected from one who has been a 
ruler of the craft are as a rule calm and judicious. 

Then attention is called to an error made one >ear ago in saying 
that grand lodge of Quebec elects officers on report of a nominating 
committee. Gladly is the error acknowledged. It further appears that 
Quebec "is even much more democratic than Illinois in the selection of 
its working committees." These are elected in Quebec and appointed 
in Illinois. The nominating committee applies only to the selection of 
committees and not to grand officers. This correction is willingly made. 

In His Conclusion 

Our good brother expresses his opinion that making masons at sight is, 
and always has been, the prerogative of grand masters. 

He also thinks that grand lodges have taken absurd positions in the 
"new-fangled legislation on the liquor question." 

Need an Authorized Receipt. 

Brother Chambers thinks necessary some form of receipt contain- 
ing a certificate of the regularity of the lodge under the new demands 
of documentary evidence. He then adds — 

It has consequently been found necessary by a large number of 
American grand lodges to have their grand secretaries furnish subordi- 
nate lodges with forms of receipts for dues, on the back of which is 
the signature in fac simile of the grand secretary and also a fac simile of 
the grand lodge seal, attesting that the lodge in question is one of the 
legitimate subordinates of the grand lodge. 

Almost one-half of the American grand lodges now demand writ- 
ten evidence of good standing and lodge regularity. Such receipts as 
are indicated would probably be of great service. 

Grand master, Frank Charters, Montreal; grand secretary. Will 
H. Whyte, Montreal. 



57 Lodges. 65TH Annual. 1,850 Members. 


The peculiar manner in which the proceedings of this far-off grand 
lodge are recorded makes it quite difficult to keep from repeating va- 
rious items of interest in review. The methods of business are strictly 
English. The small book presented for review contains the doings at 
many different meetings. A special in August, 1909, at Brisbane, had 
about 400 in attendance. 

The meeting was interspersed with the singing of hymns and the 
words of these are printed in full. The grand officers of New South 
Wales made a fraternal call and were cordially received. Speeches were 
made and all were edified by being present. 

What they Have Done. 

In his address the grand master gives this hopeful view of their 

I think it well to record here the work accomplished by our grand 
lodge since its birth in the year 1904. We started with thirty-nine lodges 
and 1,325 members. We now number fifty-six lodges, and about 2,000 
members. We have received recognition from . forty-two sister grand 
lodges, of whom thirty-six are from English speaking countries, and 
hence from our own kith and kin. There are only seventy recognized 
grand lodges in the world, so we have the right hand of fellowship ex- 
tended to us by more than one-half that number. Our benevolent fund 
approximates We have disbursed £550 in charity, of which about 
half has gone to brethren of other constitutions. 

Holds them Down. 

At a special in September, 1909, the grand master put a quietus on 
initiating candidates on the same night the ballot is taken. In stating 
his view he says "that he had known the unexpected to happen when a 
candidate, instead of being called in for initiation, had to be told of 
his rejection." He also refused to countenance the admission of some 
son of a distinguished father, the son being under twenty-one years 
of age. 

In May, 1910, a lodge of sorrow was held at Brisbane, in memory 
of King Edw^\rd. A special funeral service was prepared and the same 
appears in full in the proceedings. A fine tribute was paid to the late 
king and past grand master of England in the oration by the grand 



The report covers all work done including the quarterly held June 
13, 1910. 

Nothing further of outside interest appears. No report on corre- 
spondence is presented. 

Grand master, A. M. Hektzberg; grand secretary, Chas. H. Hart- 
ley, Brisbane. 


Z7 Lodges. i2oth Annual. 7,464 }vIembers. 

The little state with the big name is Rhode Island. Think of it ! 
Only 1,306 square miles of territory and yet its name is "the State of 
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." The name of its masonic 
grand lodge is even greater still — "The grand lodge of the most ancient 
and honorable society of free and accepted masons for the state of 
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." It takes twenty-four words. 
Suppose the vast dominion of Texas should take a notion to expand its 
name so that it would equal "Little Rhody" in proportion to its geo- 
graphical area. There would be some name to be mastered. However, 
the little state of Yankee land in proportion to area has a very large 
masonic membership. Illinois has enough territory to make forty-three 
Rhode Islands. Our membership is 102,000. That of the Httle state is 
about 7,500. This would give them about 322,000 masons if they were 
as big as Illinois and had the same ratio of membership as at present. 
Their gain last year was 315, though the number of lodges remains 
the same. 

More than a Century. 

The book of proceedings of the 120th annual meeting is an inter- 
esting volume. It records a semi-annual and the annual held June 24, 

The full page picture of Stephan Magown, retiring grand master, 
indicates a strong and attractive personality. 

The semi-annual meeting held in November, 1909, is principally con- 
cerned with the results of the "Philadelphia Conference." The recom- 
mendations are reported by the grand master. It appears later, however, 
that few of these, where they changed Rhode Island law, were adopted. 
In most respects there was little need of change to conform to the re- 


suits of the conference. The five-year rule, regarding rejected mate- 
rial, was already in force. 

Picture Shows Prohibited. 

The grand master found it necessary "to forbid the use of stereop- 
ticons in the ceremonies of the degrees and the use of vestments." The 
Rhode Island grand lodge sensibly believes that masonic truth as taught 
in the several degrees "unadorned is adorned the most." 

No Manipulation Permitted. 

The following paragraph is significant of a healthy sentiment against 
juggling for honors. 

The action of the M.W. grand master in refusing to permit or order 
an election to fill the vacancy in the office of master of the lodge created 
during the masonic year of that lodge in order that the senior warden 
might be advanced to a position which would give him permanent mem- 
bership in the grand lodge, because of his expressed decision not to ac- 
cept an election to that office at the next succeeding annual communica- 
tion, commends itself most thoroughly to the members of the commit- 
tee, and for reasons too obvious to require mention, will equally com- 
mend itself to the members of the grand lodge. 

And it did. 

Only three decisions are reported and these are not of enough out- 
side importance to require notice. 

Just in Time. 

At the semi-annual meeting in November, 1909, attention was called 
to the long continued and eminent services to the craft of Rev. Dr. 
Henry W. Rugg. He had completed his fortieth year of faithful serv- 
ice of the grand lodge. It was voted to give to Brother Rugg a gratuity 
of $500, not as compensation but as an appreciation of his forty years 
of service. Brother Rugg was then the deputy grand master and at the 
annual meeting, held May 16, 1910, was elected and installed as grand 

On July 21, two months later, the silent reaper came to garner the 
ripened sheaf and Brother Rugg, full of service and honors, was called to 
"eternal refreshment beyond the river. At the Triennial Conclave of 
Knights Templar at Saratoga, N. Y., in 1907, Brother Rugg was elected 
for three years as Most Eminent Grand Master. At his death, at -j-j, 
he was in the harness as grand master of Rhode Island and general 
grand master of Knights Templar of the United States. 

The death of P.G.M. George H. Kexyon is noted. 


They Stick. 

The report of the grand secretary gives some interesting figures. 
During the year there were 112 deaths. Only twenty-five dimits were 
taken, less than one for each lodge. More remarkable still is the fact 
that only twenty-eight were dropped from the roll for non-payment of 
dues and only one was suspended for cause. If other states could find 
the Rhode Island way to cork up the leakage by failure to pay dues, 
the growth of membership would be greatly enhanced. 

Hurry Him Ix. 

One rather peculiar custom of the Rhode Island grand lodge is to 
elect the grand master and immediately install him. This is done with 
much echt and ceremony. A committee goes out to surprise the waiting 
grand master elect and bring him in to ascertain if he will accept. Of 
course he is overcome with the news of the honor so suddenly thrust 
upon him and blushingly accepts. After his induction into office other 
grand officers are elected and installed. 

Bro. Newton D. Arnold, representing the grand lodge of Illinois, 
was recorded as present. 

Recognition of Other Grand Lodges. 

Great care and caution in assuming fraternal relations with other 
grand bodies are evident in looking over the list with which Rhode 
Island is in fraternal correspondence. The tally with Illinois is perfect 
except in one instance. A cog must have slipped when Costa Rica went 
in. It is even worse than Valle de Mexico which is conspicuous by its 
absence from the Rhode Island list. 

No report on correspondence is given and the proceedings require 
only 114 pages to tell the storj- of the year. 

Grand master (acting). James B. Gay. Providence; grand secre- 
tarv. S. Penrose Williams. Providence. 


SCOTLAND— 1910-11. 

7:- Lodges. ^ilEiCBEBLSHi? xot givex. 

One of the extremely diiScult tasks of the isriter has been to ex- 
tract from the mass of names and ngures sent out by the grand lodge of 
Scotland as its "proceedings" anything of interest to the craft in Illi- 
nois. The unbotmd pamphlets look more like telephone directories than 
proceedings of a grand lodge. Doubtless this method of publicity is 
satisfactory to our Scottish brethren or it would not be continued from 
year to year. The grand lodge of Scotland is venerable with age and 
commands universal respect by masons, the world around, on account of 
the sturdy excellence of the stalwart manhood of its membership. 

Weiely Scattesed. 

From its "list of provinces, with lodges therein"' it is seen that these 
'under direct supervision of grand lodge" are to be found in almost 
ever\- part of the habitable globe. In India there are 55 lodges, in 
Queensland 84 and other provinces in Australasia 48. In South Africa, 
Hawaiian islands. West Indies. Newfoundland, South America. China, 
Japan. Egypt. Syria and in fact in almost every country Old Scotia has 
established and upheld the banner of freemasonr>". The grand lodge 
meets in quarterly communications in February. May. August and No- 
vember. On November 30 the oficers are installed and the great feast 
of St. Andrew is celebrated. This is the red letter occasion of Scotch 
masonrj' in each year. At the quarterly meeting August. 1910. in the 
absence of the "grand master mason."' Sir Charles Dalrymple, P.G.M-. 
was "on the throne." There was a full corps of officers and represen- 
tatives present. There are printed pages full of names of those who 
presented "apologies for absence."* 

Might Let Queen sl.\xd Go. 

Reference is made to the grand lodge of Queensland "and resolu- 
tions adopted whereby the interests of those lodges who do not desire 
or who do not feel themselves justified in joining the new body, might 
be safeguarded.' It strikes an outsider that Scotland's grand lodge 
would relieve itself of some anxietv- and promote harmony and good 
feeling by urging all lodges in Queensland under its obedience to iden- 
tify themselves with the grand lodge of their own country. 

The "grand committee" by a unanimotis vote recommended the grand 
lodge to re-elect the grand master for the ensuing year. -\ committee 

in Illinois, grand or otherwnse w. ■'n .-iic.r^ver itself most lonely if it 


should attempt to influence the election or re-election of a grand mas- 
ter. But we are not Scotch. 

The report of the Annuity Board shows a large number of persons 
receiving the gratuities of the grand lodge. These run from $50 to $125 
per year for each person. At the quarterly communication held at 
Edinburgh in November the grand master, The Marquess of Tulla- 
bardine, was "on the throne." The annual on November 30 was for 
the installation of grand "office bearers." Unfortunately the grand mas- 
ter could not be present. The installation proceeded without him. In 
this jurisdiction the installation of other grand officers must follow the 
installation of the grand master. The same rule prevails in the lodge. 
The master must be installed first. 

The "Festival of St. Andrew" 

Followed as the chief feature of the occasion and the year. Toasts 
and speeches were the order of the day. Toasts to "The King," and 
"The Queen, Queen Alexandra, the Prince of Wales, the grand master 
mason of England and the other members of the royal family" were 
proposed and met hearty response. Other toasts were "The naval and 
military forces of the empire," "The grand lodge of Scotland," "The 
past grand masters," "The daughter lodges," etc. These all met elo- 
■quent response. A pamphlet of 175 pages was received May 20 bearing 
the title "Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from February, 
191 1, to Januar}-, 1912.' Wondering how proceedings which had not 
"proceeded" could be reported, the reviewer looked into the booklet and 
found that it contained announcements only for 191 1 and 1912 and the 
doings of the quarterly held February, 191 1. 

Grand Master Tullabardine being present was duly installed as he 
could not attend at the annual communication on St. Andrew's Day. At 
this meeting the grand committee of sixteen was elected. This is the 
committee which transacts most of the business of the grand lodge and 
reports it for approval. 

Notice was given of a motion to be made at the next meeting that 
the "grand lodge do not provide or pay for luncheon to the hall com- 
mittee." They preferred to eat at the expense of the grand lodge and 
the notice was "tabled." 

Certain regalia was presented by the King of England. It had been 
the property of the late King Edward and came to the grand lodge of 
Scotland to be kept as a memorial of the late ruler and distinguished 


Previous Question Allowed. 

Little was done at the quarterly communication held May 4, 191 1, 
to challenge outside attention and -interest. From the proceedings it 
appears that a motion for the previous question on a pending matter 
of business was entertained and carried. The effect of this motion is 
to prohibit discussion. It is sometimes considered in the nature of "gag 
rule" in parliamentary bodies. In Illinois this motion is looked upon 
as unmasonic and is always ruled out of order. Each brother is free to 
discuss any matter pending before the grand lodge or any constituent 

A special communication held in April to lay the memorial or 
corner stone of "Freemason's Hall Edinburgh" Lord Ampthill, pro 
grand master of England, was by unanimous vote made honorary grand 
master. The grand master called attention to the singular conicidence 
that just fifty years before his grandfather had laid the corner stone 
of Freemason's Hall on the same spot. He also noted that there were 
present four brethren who had been in attendance a half-century before. 
i\Iany toasts and speeches graced the festive occasion. 

Grand master mason, The Marquess of Tullibardine; grand sec- 
retary, David Reid, Edinburgh, 46 Charlotte Square. 


61 Lodges. 27TH Annual. 4,ii9 Members. 

An attractive volume of 184 pages recites the doings of the annual 
communication of this Australian grand lodge, together with a number 
of specials and a semi-annual. The rugged, forceful face of Grand 
Master W.\y appears early in the book. He was grand master from 
1884 to 1889 and then from 1896 to 1911. Brother Way still carries a 
full paragraph of titles of distinction but in spite of these he appears to 
be a most excellent officer of the craft. 

May 22, 1910, a grand lodge of sorrow was held to do honor to 
King Edvn'ard. The exercises were imposing and elaborate. 

The half-yearly communication was held October 19, 1910. At this 
the representative of Illinois is recorded as present. 


The death of Robert K. Thomas, deputy grand master, was re- 
ported. Bro. Frank E. Cornish was elected and installed as his suc- 

Requires an Assistant. 

The grand master informed the grand lodge that owing to the in- 
crease in his judicial duties, he had been unable to visit lodges as he 
desired. He, therefore, announced the appointment of Eustace B. 
Grundy, as pro grand master. On him he placed much of the work 
devolving on the grand master. 

The annual was held April 19, 191 1, at Adelaide. Illinois was again 
represented. R.W. Bro. A. C. McCallum, S.G.W. of Western Aus- 
tralia, was present as a visitor. 

For the first time in its history all the lodges were reported as hav- 
ing paid grand lodge dues. With about 800 lodges and over 100,000 
members this condition has existed in Illinois for many years. It is 
easier to get sixty-one lodges to pay up than 800. 

An Old Book with Another Name. 

They do not obligate their candidates on the Bible but the "volume 
of the sacred law." However, these books when put together look 
much alike. Catching the sanitary spirit of the age, it was thought in- 
advisable to use the same book for different candidates. They might 
become infected. For this reason lodges are enjoined to present a new 
"V. S. L." (volume of the sacred law) to each candidate to l)e retained 
as his own. There is little sanitary reason for such a provision, but 
there is much of beauty in the suggestion that each brother possess the 
bible on which he takes his vows. 

It is stated that out of forty-nine lodges outside of the city, twenty- 
seven of them own the buildings in which they meet. This shows a 
substantial condition. 

Report on Correspondence 

The committee on correspondence consists of ten memljcrs. The 
review of grand lodges is written by various members of the committee. 
The initials of the writer of each review are appended. Illinois is writ- 
ten by Bro. C. D. Harris and consists of one page. He says that — 

The reports of proceedings are contained in a well printed volume 
of over 600 pages, the grand master's address being replete with valu- 
able suggestions and is in every way of interest to masons generally. 

He further says — 

It is gratifying to read that two masonic homes (one for orphans) 
have been conducted satisfactorily, and further, that a new building for 


the orphans is about to be erected at a cost of nearly ^25,000; from 
this it is evident that this powerful lodge does not neglect the poor 
and needy. 

Of the Illinois report on correspondence for 1910 Brother Hakris 
says — 

In "Masonic Correspondence" two pages are devoted to South Aus- 
tralia, and the numerous titles held by our own esteemed grand master 
are referred to in facetious terms, but we can assure our brethren of 
Illinois that our worthy grand master can easily carry the load and is 
not at all "sway-backed." We do not necessarily choose "high officials," 
but get the very best material for that high office, irrespective of rank 
or position. Moreover, the grand master had no titles at the time of 
his first election to the post. 

The election of Brother Way before he was loaded down with hon- 
ors and titles shows that mere station sometimes may be put aside for 
merit. Yet, it may be ventured that there are many brethren in South 
Australia as capable as the distinguished jurist who is compelled to name 
a "pro grand master" to do the work. Without being "facetious" the 
view is held by many sensible men and masons, that it becomes almost 
silly to load a man down with such a burden as the following; 

"Grand master — M.W. Bro. His Excellency, the Right Hon. Sir 
Samuel J. Way, Bart, P.C, D.C.L., LL.D., Lieutenant Governor, Chief 
Justice of South Australia, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, 
&c, &c." This is verhatim as it appears in the proceedings more than 
once. Evidently they ran out of type or the "&c, &c" would have been 
printed in full. A grand master needs no such trappings of toadyism 
to make him great. The quiet dignity of his great office is not en- 
hanced by civic or royal titles. 

Grand master, Samuel J. Way, Adelaide; grand secretary, C. R. J. 
Glover. Adelaide. 


232 Lodges. i34th Annual. 13,171 Members. 

The annual session was held at Columbia, December 13 and 14. 
There was a great improvement in the time in which the proceedings 
came to the table of this reviewer. Last year it was September i be- 
fore they arrived. In 191 1 they came April 16, being four months after 
the meeting. However, few grand secretaries are as swift in getting 


the proceedings out as Brother Cutter. It takes a book of 440 pages 
to preserve the record of the year's work. Of this 260 pages are given 
to the report on correspondence. 

The representative of Illinois, Bro. John F. Ficken, was present 
to guard our interests. Of past grand masters there were six present. 

The brethren of Columbia extended to the grand lodge an invita- 
tion to an "oyster roast" at the Isle of Palms at the close of the grand 
lodge session. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was a lengthy and highly interesting document. He gives the follow- 
ing quotation but does not name the author. He says that — 

We are members of a "great brotherhood whose origin is lost in a 
forgotten past; whose traditions come to us hallowed by the mists of 
years ; whose ritual, ideal in sentiment and eloquent in diction, is writ- 
tefi in every civilized language ; whose ancient customs, usages and 
landmarks are familiar the round world over ; whose principles of truth 
and justice and charity, of that righteousness which fears God and re- 
gards man, are the consummate ethical wisdom of the ages." 

The session opens with the minor chord dominant. During the year 
the gaunt messenger of death has carried away two of the elective 
grand oflficers. First, was the grand treasurer, Bro. Zimmerman Davis, 
who had served faithfully for twenty-five years. Then came the death 
of P.G.M. and Grand Secretary Bro. Jacob T. Barron. He had served 
most efficiently for five years. The death of P.G.IM. John M. Pearson, 
of Illinois, is noted. 

Physical Qualifications. 

This subject has long been the source of much confusion and em- 
barrassment to South Carolina masons. Grand IMaster Johnson sug- 
gested a provision in substantial agreement with Illinois law on this sub- 
ject. There was much debate and a variety of expressions running all 
the way from opinions to landmarks, but nothing was done to settle 
the vexed question. A new amendment goes over for next year's con- 
sideration. ]\Iany of the grand master's decisions involved the varied 
phases of physical imperfection. 

Take Them in Bunches. 

The grand master was prolific in dispensations to receive flocks of 
candidates. These classes ran in numbers variously from five to ten. 
The good old way of one at a time will produce best results in the long 
run. There were, be it said, many requests for dispensations refused. 
In one case a traveling salesman wanted the lodge to ballot on his peti- 
tion the night it was received and, "if elected, to confer the three de- 


grees without waiting for one month to elapse between conferring de- 
grees. Why not try the Ohio-TAFx plan and make him a mason at 
sight? Xo doubt he was a good fellow and would have been ornamen- 
tal to the lodge, but had his wish been granted he would have known 
nothing of masonry. Perhaps he wanted to push on into the higher ( ?) 
degrees. Fortunately, the grand master threw the de-rail and ditched 
this proposed limited masonic express. 

The plan of sending "begging letters" to lodges was for the most 
part prohibited by the grand master. Only two cases out of many were 

Decisions in Plenty. 

There were thirty-six rulings not including "special matters." These 
filled twenty pages of the proceedings. The committee on distribution 
referred this volume of decisions to the committee on jurisprudence. 
To make sure that no mistake would be made as to the matter referred, 
the entire list was reprinted at the expense of fifteen pages of the pro- 
ceedings, set in a little smaller type. 

Few of these opinions of the grand master do more than interpret 
South Carolina laws. In No. 9 it is held that at a trial the counsel 
assisting the junior warden must retire when ballot is taken on the 
charges, though the prosecuting officer, the J.W., may remain. Why so? 

In Xo. 12 it was held that a dimitted mason could "visit a lodge 
but once and then only for the ultimate purpose of re-affiliation." This 
drastic rule appears to apply only to the lodge from which the brother 
has withdrawn. 

In Xo. 18 it was decided that a minister who refused to "swear" 
but was willing to "affirm" could not be received. He must "swear" 
or stay out. 

Keeps the Bars Up. 

No. 25 and its answer are as follows ; 

Question : "Is it possible for a South Carolina mason to visit a 
lodge in Panama working under the Scottish rite, but not having a char- 
ter from any grand lodge? Some members from Kentucky and Arkan- 
sas consider it not right ; those in New York say that it is right." 

Answer : If the lodge is not under a charter from any grand lodge 
with which we are in fraternal relationship, it is wrong to visit such a 
lodge ; the question as to whether it is working under the Scottish or 
York rites, makes no difference. 

Quite correct. There must be some standards of regularity. 

The life membership question breaks out in No. 30. The grand 
lodge held that life members could not be required to pay grand lodge 


dues. If they had secured a place in the privileged class, they were ex- 
empt from all charges. Other members of the lodge must pay for 
them to the grand lodge. Illinois, long since, solved the life member- 
ship question by cutting its tail off just behind the ears. Since then 
there has been no trouble. Try it, South Carolina, and see if you won't 
like it. 

In another decision the grand master held "that an unfavorable re- 
port of the committee on the applicant's petition rejects the candidate 
and there should be no balloting." How could the record be made to 
show a rejection when there had only been a committee appointed to 
investigate and report on the candidate's fitness for the degrees in 
masonry? This makes the committee jury, judge and all. Surely there 
should be action by the lodge. 

A ^Iasonic Home. 

Quoting, "They serve God well, w^ho serve his creatures," the grand 
master reports substantial progress toward the establishment of a home 
for worthy distressed master masons, their wives, widows and orphans. 
The fund for this purpose is over $45,000 and growing rapidly. It has 
taken our brethren of this grand old southern commonwealth 134 years 
to reach the choicest fruits of the tree of fraternity but it is almost ready 
to put out its hand for the blessings of helping the dependent and help- 

Boosts O.E.S. 

The grand master accorded Brother Outz the privilege of making 
an address on the Eastern Star. This was an elaborate and exhaustive 
presentation of the history, principles and achievements of the large 
and growing organization founded by Rob Morris as an adjunct to ma- 
sonry. He says that there are more than a half million in its mem- 

In devotion to the work of the session South Carolina can give 
Illinois some valuable points. On Tuesday night the meeting was con- 
tinued until I o'clock a. m. In our grand lodge, we begin at 9 a. m. 
and are impatient if we do not finish the day at i -.30 p. m. 

The editor of a masonic paper published in Florida was given op- 
portunity to present the claims of his paper. At the conclusion the 
grand lodge passed the following stinging resolution. 

"Resolved. That this matter be left entirely to the individual ma- 
son." Where was it before? 

Eighteen district deputy grand masters are provided. These were 
installed the same as the grand officers. Owing to courtesv accorded 


them the S.G.W. appoints two junior grand deacons. How could two 
be junior? The J.G.W. names two grand stewards. 

Correspondence Report. 

Owing to the illness and death of the correspondent, P.G.M. and 
Grand Secretary Jacob T. Barron, P.G.M. J. L. Michie was called upon 
to write the review of grand lodges. He quotes Brother Cook's open- 
ing paragraph regarding Brother Robbins, and says "these words of 
Brother Cook explain my position better than I could myself. Our 
cases are exactly similar." In each the correspondent selected his own 
successor to be ratified by the grand master. Brother Michie presents 
an able and comprehensive report covering 260 printed pages. 

The fact is quite evident that our brother writes to other reviewers 
rather than for his own grand lodge. He says "Brethren of the 'Round 
Table,' I present you my first born, craving from you all the indulgence 
we always extend to a fond father who exploits the wonderful achieve- 
ments of his infant progeny." H the matter in Brother Michie's re- 
port gave needed information to the brethren of his own state it would 
make little difference what the group about the "Round Table" (what- 
ever that may be) thought of his first or second born. 

About Illinois. 

Four pages are devoted to a review of our proceedings of 1909. 
He notes the presence of Bro. Elmer E. Beach, representative of South 
Carolina. It is most evident that Brother Bell made a home-run hit 
W'ith Brother AIichie at Philadelphia. As evidence read the following; 

A portrait of the grand master greets us as we open this large vol- 
ume. We spent one whole afternoon with Brother Bell in Philadelphia. 
Together we visited the navy yard, and the two first officers to bid us 
welcome on board the "Kansas" came from Illinois and South Carolina, 
respectively. Brother Bell was second to none at Philadelphia and Bal- 
timore, and the brethren of Illinois honored themselves when they 
elected him as their grand master. 

His masterly address covers forty pages of small type, and shows 
the scholar and deep thinker. 

He says further that "Grand Orator Bro. Euclid B. Rogers deliv- 
ered the annual oration, his subject being 'The World Growing Better.' 
We would like to quote largely from it but space forbids." 

Brother Cook's Report. 

Of the report on correspondence he summarizes as follows; 

"Brother Cook's first effort shows the work of a master's hand. It 
is one of the most complete we have seen and we have spent hours 
over it." 


Attention being called to the fact that in South Carolina the grand 
lodge is opened on the first degree to lay corner stones and on the third 
at the annual communication, the correspondent explains as follows ; 

We open on the first degree when we lay a corner stone to permit 
entered apprentices and fellow crafts to participate in the ceremony. 
The ceremony observed at opening our grand lodge is only very slightly 
different from that used in opening a subordinate lodge, whether on the 
first or third degree. 

Why open on any degree at any public function? Simply declare 
the grand lodge open and proceed as we do in Illinois. 

Grand master, James R. Johnson, Charleston; grand secretary, 
O. Frank Hart, Columbia. 


128 Lodges. 37th Annual. 8.901 ^Members. 

The proceedings of this grand lodge disclose a busy and a prosper- 
ous year. There is a gain in membership of 597. The annual meeting 
was held at Chamberlain, June 13 and 14, 191 1. The proceedings are 
prefaced with an excellent, full-page picture of the retiring grand mas- 
ter, Samuel S. Lockhart. A short biographical sketch conies next. 
Brief welcome was spoken by Bro. Francis K. Berry, mayor of Cham- 
berlain, to which P.G.M., O. S. Gifford fittingly responded. Brother Gif- 
ford is the representative of Illinois. These "hearty welcomes" are the 
penalty paid in passing the grand lodge around. 

The grand master indulges in a brief poem in introducing his an- 
nual address. After that he is as prosy as the minute details of the 
year's work demand. 

The death messenger had a busy year. Three past grand masters 
answered his call. These were William C. Allen, Henry H. Blair 
and Frederick H. Files. 

Pursuant to action in 1910 the grand master completed fraternal 
connection with ten new grand bodies. Eight of these were German. 
The other two were Denmark and Sweden. 

Wise Discrimination. 

Grand Master Lockhart used his power of dispensation sparingly, 
allowing the law to run its regular course. He refused all appeals for 


permission to confer degrees out of time except one. For this there 
was ample reason. 

Regarding another common class of applicants he shut the door 
good and tight. He says that — 

I refused to grant all applications for dispensations to accept peti- 
tions and confer degrees on candidates before they had resided the re- 
quired time within the jurisdiction of the lodge. This class of appli- 
cations comes principally from the new lodges who seem to be over 
anxious to do work or increase their membership. I have tried to im- 
press on such lodges that a good candidate would keep three or four 
months longer, while a poor one would not; hence, there was no hurry. 
A candidate who is not willing to wait, and will not bear one year's 
acquaintance is not worth having. We don't want him. 

]Many rulings were called for in a flood of correspondence. He 
thinks when the new digest of decisions is issued there will be little rea- 
son for so many letters asking information regarding the law. 

Proper Use of Lodge Funds. 

He received a curious question, as follows ; 

Will you please give me your opinion as to whether this lodge has 
the right to vote out of its treasury the sum of three hundred dollars 
to pay for sick and funeral expenses of a man who has not been a 
Mason in good standing for a period of from fifteen to twenty years, 
possiblv more, and who has never visited this lodge, and we have been 
unable" to find any of his lodge record, but who claimed to have been 
made in Scotland, and who for the last ten or fifteen years has lived a 
life of drunkenness and profligacy? 

The marvelous answer was "Yes, but it ought not to." Most wisely 
the committee on jurisprudence added to his answer the following; 
"What a lodge ought not to do in this connection is unmasonic." From 
this, the youngest entered apprentice would know that such use of sacred 
money, paid in for masonic purposes only, could not be made legally. 
Certainly a grand master ought to see the masonic miscarriage involved 
in such appropriation of lodge funds. 

SouxD Rules. 

The grand master lays down some excellent rules regarding physical 
qualifications of candidates. One of these is as follows; 

A particular lodge, and not the grand master, must be the judge of 
the moral, intellectual and physical qualification of a candidate, the 
lodge being responsible, however, to the grand lodge for the abuse ot 
this privilege. 

South Dakota has a "universal receipt for dues with the grand 
lodge certificate upon the back." This is fast becoming the recognized 
"documentary evidence" required by grand lodges. 


A valuable oration was delivered by Bro. }.[. F. jMoxtgomery, grand 
orator. Among the many choice things he said is the following; 

Masters and builders, the age is looking to you to answer and solve 
the grievous problem and clammering issues, which confront us today. 
You have the key to the solution, but before the key will work many 
masons must revise their notions as to what constitutes masonry. IMa- 
sonry is the cultivation of a life in tune with the Infinite, a life in har- 
mony with the Divine. Of this, a history cannot be given. For it be- 
gins with Tubal-Cain. It wrestles with Jacob at Peniel, it surrounds 
]\Ioses on Horeb in the glow and heat of a burning bush. It guides the 
Magi from the star-lit nights of India to the Holy Temple on jMt. 

Greetings to O.E.S. 

The grand lodge by vote provided that a committee of three be ap- 
pointed "to convey to the Order of Eastern Star the fraternal greetings 
of this grand lodge." The grand chapter being then in session the 
committee performed its duty as directed. Later, while at refresh- 
ment, the Eastern Star committee appeared to return the compliments 
of the ladies. This delegation consisted of all the past grand matrons 
in the city, headed by Mrs. M. Alice Miller, most worthy grand matron 
O.E.S. of the world. The speeches were cordial and full of good fel- 
lowship. It is evident that the grand lodge of South Dakota is quite 
"chummy" with this "organization composed of the noblest and best 
women of the state." 

The Brown family is much in evidence in this Dakota. One com- 
mittee consisted of S. A. Brown, F. A. Brown and M.arsh.^ll R. Brown. 
the first two being past grand masters. It was exclusively a Brown 
committee and its report was "done up brown." Even the official 
printers partake of the peculiar color designated. The firm is Brown & 

On recommendation of the committee on jurisprudence it was de- 
cided "that hereafter no brother shall serve more than three years in 
any elective office, except that of grand secretary." 

A page picture of the South Dakota past grand master's jewel show? 
it to be almost exactly like that of Illinois. 

The Review of Grand Lodges 

Is made by P.G.M. Samuel A. Brown. The report is well presented. 
It has one novel feature. The review of each state is accompanied by a 
small picture of the grand secretary in the upper left-hand corner of 
the heading. Where the reviewer was unable to procure the picture, he 
places the name of the grand secretary in a neat printer's "box." 

In the case of Brother Cutter there was some mistake. There 
must have been some other man in the case. The picture presented is 


that of our genial grand secretary because it says underneath, "Isaac 
Cutter, grand secretary." There is no other feature that would in 
any way disclose his identity. It looks more like a college professor 
with some symptoms of a Methodist bishop than our Illinois grand 
scribe. Brother Cutter is not yet eligible to membership in the an- 
cient and honorable society of bald heads. This base counterfeit pre- 
sents him as clear of hair as a billiard ball. However, Brother Cutter 
can write and apologize. 

A typographical error makes our grand master, Albert T. Ashley. 
It should not B. so. 

Brother Brown refers to the decision of the grand lodge of Illinois 
that an amendment that goes over a year cannot be amended without 
again lying over. He says this "seems: to be true, albeit academical." 
If true, does the flavor of the "academy" change the necessity of re- 
quiring that any modification of the law be postponed that all may know 
what is the proposed change? 

Brother Brown says — "Brother Scott upholds Brother Bell in his 
screed against those lodges which wish to follow the immemorial usage 
of attending church in lodge formation." "Immemorial?" Where? 
Since when ? Until very recent years masonic lodges never were known 
to don apron and collar to make a show of themselves by going to 
church in a body. Many grand lodges are with Illinois in requiring 
their constituents to conform to the masonic principle of appearing in 
public only in the discharge of a masonic duty. Brother Bell's "screed" 
was quite correct and is upheld by the grand lodge of Illinois. 

Grand master, Charles L. Brockwav, Chamberlain ; grand secre- 
tarv, Geo. A. Pettigrew, Sioux Falls. 


444 Lodges. 97th Annual. 24.802 Members. 

It takes 289 pages to tell the Tennessee masonic story for the year 
of 1910. Something most unusual is recorded. The grand lodge con- 
vened January 25 in its 97th annual communication. After the formal 
opening Grand Master Byrn called from labor to refreshment until 
March 8, 191 1, at which time the record shows that the grand lodge was 
called from refreshment to labor. This is a pretty long period of re- 




freshment but appears to have met general approval in Tennessee. The 
postponement was to enable the grand lodge to meet in, and dedicate 
its own building in Nashville, where it finds a permanent home hereafter. 

The Dedication 

Took place while the grand lodge was at refreshment during the first 
afternoon of the session. The ceremonies were quite elaborate. The 
building is the joint property of the grand lodge and the grand chap- 
ter, R.A.rM. Both the grand master and grand high priest were par- 
ticipants. A rather questionable number on the program was the singing 
of "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" by the grand lodge. It is not 
said how heartily the Jewish brethren joined in singing this old classic 
of the Christians. A most interesting feature was the music of the 
children from the Home. Stirring addresses were made by the grand 
master and grand high priest. 

Americus V. Warr, representative of Illinois, was present at the 

The Grand Master's Address 

Deals largely with facts and figures. He does not indulge in fanciful 
writing or attempts at rhetoric. It is a readable business document. 
His first effort was to secure individual gifts to the Home endowment 
fund. A series of letters to masters of lodges brought in over $6,000. 
The death of P.G.M. John C. Smith is recorded. He also notes the 
passing away of Bro. John M. Pearson, of Illinois. 

Dispensations Wisely Issued. 

}iIost dispensations issued were for installation of officer?. Would 
not a little more flexil)ility of the law save much time and trouble to 
lodges and grand master in installing officers? Refusals of dispensa- 
tions were most righteous. These were to permit a lodge to examine a 
candidate and ballot on same at a called meeting. It is assumed that 
the law requires a vote for advancament to each degree. In Illinois 
one ballot suffices for the three degrees. One request was to dedicate 
a Baptist church. No doubt the grand master felt that the Baptists 
would object to having their church dedicated to the aims and purposes 
of freemasonry however excellent these might be. Masons, being a 
building fraternity, can lay corner stones of churches and other public 
buildings when requested, but the only subjects for masonic dedication 
are structures for use of the craft. 

Another lodge wanted to form a procession and march to the 
cemetery to decorate graves of deceased brothers. The grand master 


thought such a display was not essential. They could decorate without 
a procession. Another wanted to form a procession and go to a picnic. 
This was snufifed out. A dispensation was asked and refused to hold 
funeral services over a brother's grave who had been buried some 
months before. One lodge wanted to publish in the newspapers the 
name of a brother who was suspended. Another desired to advertise a 
brother who had been expelled. For freak requests these latter take 
the whole cooky shop. 

PoRTo Rico Must 

A request from Porto Rico for recognition came with a full history 
of Masonry in the island. It failed to convince the committee on cor- 
respondence and action was deferred. 

An appeal for aid was permitted to a lodge to solicit aid to rebuild a 
lodge room swept away by storm. So long as tornado insurance is so 
cheap there can be little excuse for a lodge to go unprotected. Many 
lodges solicited had always paid rent. Owning buildings is not essential 
to successful lodges. Such an appeal is hardly justifiable. 

The grand master reports that at the request of Grand Master 
Ashley, Qarksville lodge conferred the three degrees on Mr. A. C. 
^Murray for Tyrian Lodge No. 333, of Springfield, 111. 

Official Rulings 

Rather than decisions are the style in Tennessee. A large number of 
these are reported. They are all of merely local interest in construing 
the law and edicts of that grand jurisdiction. 

The grand master started out to visit every lodge in the state but 
soon despaired of the gigantic task. He was, however, a busy man and 
says that he traveled 10,000 miles and used ninety days of his time in 
this work. He quotes a bright boy as saying "a visit is when j-ou go 
to see your grandma and a visitation is when she comes to see you." 
He went to see his grandma and his were visits. Still the lodges do 
not report their side. 

The Widows' and Orphans' Home 

Is reported to be in excellent condition. The wonder is that our good 
brethren of the south do not provide for the distress of a needy worthy 
brother as well as for his widow and orphans. Experience in Illinois 
points to the fact that there are more of him than of either of the 
other classes. The Eastern Star contributed $1,472.37 during the year 
for a heating and lighting plant for the Home. There have been added 


to the grounds ninety acres. This, together with the new grand lodge 
building, leaves a debt of $40,000. To liquidate this the grand master 
recommended an increase of fifty cents grand lodge dues on each mem- 
ber in the state. The average cost of each member of the Home for the 
year was given at $97.42. This is distressingly low. They must feed 
them on snowballs in winter and grass in summer. There were 147 
persons in the Home; women 35, boys 48, girls 54, superintendent's fam- 
ily 6, teachers 3 and hired man i. 

Thou Shalt not Sweah. 

Grand Master Byrn made a ringing appeal to the brethren to ab- 
stain from profanity. Hear him. 

The strongest portion of the foundation upon which masonry stands 
is reverence for the Divine Being, the Grand Master of the great Uni- 
verse in which He operates. No man can be a mason unless he be- 
lieves in God and looks to Him in worship. This being true, the name 
of God should be sacred to every member of our beloved brotherhood. 
It should never be lightly considered even in our thinking, and should 
never fall from our lips except in worship or adoration. Any man who 
takes this Holy name in vain is guilty of conduct unbecoming a mason. 
Such a thing as profanity should be as foreign to the members of our 
order as it would be for us to neglect a needy brother. 

A unanimous pledge was given by all the representatives to put 
forth every effort to do away with "this thoughtless and sinful practice." 
Later formal approval was given and a page of the proceedings set 
aside for the anti-swear resolution. 

W'iLL BE Docked. 

The law was so changed that the roll might be called by order of 
the grand master at any time during the session. Any brother failing 
to answer should lose that day's pay. 

Ten pages are filled with the report of the committee on appeals 
and grievances in eight cases. In Illinois last year a similar committee 
disposed of ten appeals in about two pages. A little of Judge Craw- 
ford's terseness and force in making this report would help the Ten- 
nessee committee. 

The transfer of the grand master's signet ring from the retiring 
to the incoming head of the craft gave opportunity for two choice 
speeches but space forbids quotation. 

The Report ox Correspoxdenxe 

Opens with a review of the general condition of jVIasonry. The re- 
viewer says that the condition is good except in IMexico and adds that 


"Masonry there seems to partake of the same restlessness as exists in 
the political and military situations." 

The number of masons in the world so far as reported is given as 
1,389,317, a gain of 71,644. This does not include England, Ireland, 
Scotland and some of the British provinces where the membership is 
not reported. Some peculiarities in other grand lodges are noted. 

1. The record of members is not given in British grand lodges. 

2. Maryland has kept the same man as grand master for twenty- 
five years. He reports no decisions, makes no written report of his acts 
and there is no committee on masonic law or jurisprudence. 

3. In Pennsylvania the decisions of the grand master are final, not 
being passed upon by the grand lodge. There is no committee on law 
or jurisprudence. Massachusetts has the same condition. In these 
three states the grand master comes pretty close to being the whole 
thing. To this should be added the peculiarity that in Massachusetts 
lodges bear no numbers. 


Gets about one and one-half pages in a brief review. Most of this 
consists in quotations. The special report of the committee on cor- 
respondence for Illinois regarding the condition of masonry in Mexico 
is quoted in full. As Tennessee has not recognized Valle de Mexico the 
report evidently is approved. Three lines are devoted to the Illinois 
report on correspondence. 

Grand master, John R. Rison, Paris; grand secretary. John B. 
G.\RRETT, Nashville. 

TEXAS— 1910. 

805 Lodges. -5th Annual. 30,027 Members. 

The big book of proceedings of big Texas opens with fine pic- 
tures of the retiring grand master, T. C. Yantis, and the grand secre- 
tary, P.G.M. John Watson. The meeting was held at Waco December 
6, 1910. A full corps of grand officers were present. The representa- 
tive of Illinois was absent leaving our great state without its guardian. 
The grand master of Arkansas, Bro. F. G. Lindsky. was present and 
received honors suitable to his station. 


Grand Master's Address. 

The grand master started on a tour of Europe on June i8 and 
turned the work of h'is office over to the D.G.M., Bro. Walter Acker.. 
who served until September 5 Grand Master Yantis reports a busy 
time in masonry while he was abroad. He visited the grand secretaries 
and other officers of Scotland and England but was unable to visit 
lodges because they call off during the summer months. This is their 
usual custom. 

Draws the Line at France. 

He says further — 

My visit being hurried, I had no opportunity to visit any of the 
lodges on the continent until I reached Paris ; but was barred from 
calling on them, as our grand lodge, as well as those in Great Britain, 
do not recognize masonry as practiced in France, they having taken the 
Bible from the altar and substituted their constitution therefor. While 
masonry throughout Europe is progressing satisfactorily to the craft 
there, my impression is that it is not reaching the masses of the people 
as it is in our country. 

Some distinguished masons in other states are not so careful to 
confine their masonic intercourse to lodges and grand bodies that are 
recognized as legitimate. P.G.M. Pearson's death is suitably recorded. 

The ^Mexican Mix-up. 

The grand master reviews the facts relating to the so-called ma- 
sonic lodges in Mexico. As Texas has recognized some of these bodies 
it became necessary to follow their work and keep in touch with the 
condition. The grand master did not venture to express an opinion as 
to the proper course. He submitted the facts and referred the whole 
problem to the grand lodge for solution. Later it was decided to 
allow the recognition of Valle de Mexico to stand pending the process 
of purgation, then going on. 

Dispensations Refused. 

The temper of a grand master is often shown more truly by what 
he refuses to do than by what he does. The list of requests for dis- 
pensations which were not granted by the Texas grand master is a 
lengthy one. Here are a few : 

1. All requests for permission for individuals to ask aid of lodges 
and masons. 

2. Some lodges wanted to send out notes, payable several years 
afterward, to raise money for various purposes. AH such requests were 
very properly turned down. 

3. To attend church as a lodge duly clothed and presumably all in 
their right minds was prohibited. 


4. All requests for permission to confer degrees out of time were 
denied. Correct, let the suddenly anxious applicants wait as others have 

5. To lay corner stones where nothing appeared to show that the 
Masonic fraternity did the work. Also to lay a stone on St. John's 
day. The grand master also refused to lay corner stones of wooden 
buildings, presumably because the craft are Masons and not carpenters. 

Cipher Troubles. 

The report showed that the state had been flooded with advertise- 
ments of "Cipher" rituals. The grand master emphatically vetoed their 
use. Some brethren refused to give up their "keys and ciphers." 
Whereupon the grand master ordered charges preferred. It is strange 
that brethren will insist on violating their obligations to get something 
that will injure them and retard their progress in mastering and retain- 
ing the work. 

Change of Venue. 

The "Lone Star" grand lodge has a provision for a change of venue 
in Masonic trials. The discretion to grant such change is with the 
grand master on a proper showing. Illinois needs such a provision. In 
many cases Masonic trials are merest farces. When it is remembered 
that the prosecutors and witnesses are all members of the jury to pass 
upon the guilt or innocence of the accused, it will be readily seen that 
an impartial trial is well nigh impossible. Often the witnesses and 
prosecutors are sufficiently numerous to insure conviction in advance. 
It may be said that the member charged with a Masonic offense has 
his right of appeal to the grand lodge. True, but often he is deprived 
of the rights and privileges of Masonry for a large part of the year 
as he awaits favorable action of the grand lodge. If the case could 
be taken to another lodge, whose members are impartial and in no way 
interested, a correct verdict by an unbiased jury could be rendered. 
Each member is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A law allowing 
the grand master (o grant a change of venue upon a proper showing is 
most desirable. 

Decisions Abundant. 

The grand master submitted twenty-five rulings on the law. Only a 
few of these require notice. He holds as follows; 

_i6. A masonic lodge cannot meet in a hall occupied by another 
order, or used for other than masonic purposes; I report this because 
there is so much confusion on that point. 

17. That entertainments cannot be held in the lodge room and 
ante rooms, and the profane be invited thereto; Art. 310 IMasouic 
Laws, 1908, indicates who may be invited to be present. 


While the excellence of the rule in general is conceded, yet circum- 
stances sometimes alter cases. 

In No. 23 he announces the law of physical disqualification as fol- 

I had many questions of maiming and disqualification submitted to 
me, and I have tried to guard the portals of the lodges strictly ; it does 
seem that the brethren would learn that one with a finger, toe, or parts 
thereof, gone, or with an eye out and with other similar defects, are 
not eligible to receive the degrees. 

In another decision it is shown that a resident of Texas went to 
Missouri to make a visit. While there the lodge received his petition 
and conferred the degrees upon the visitor. On his return to his home 
in Texas he sought to visit the lodge within whose jurisdiction he was 
a resident. The lodge refused to recognize him as a mason and would 
not allow him to visit. The grand master decides that the degrees were 
not lawfully given him in Missouri as the lodge in that state had no 
jurisdiction. The action of the lodge in denying the Missouri-made 
mason the right to visit the lodge at his home in Texas was afiirmed. 

The Deputy G.M. Reports. 

During the absence of Grand Master Yantis, Bro. Walter Acker 
was the acting grand master and reports his official conduct. He also 
refuses several requests for dispensations along lines similar to those of 
the grand master. One case may be noted. He refused permission to a 
lodge to meet at the Scottish Rite cathedral at Dallas to receive the 
"traveling trowel" and to confer the degree of master mason. Brother 
Acker reports seven decisions but they are chiefly local and do not need 
mention here. 

That all applicants for degrees are not elected is shown by the 
grand secretary's report. There were 1,201 rejections during the year. 
Texas is looking for quality as well as quantity and is growing in a 
healthy way. 

The Oration 

Was by Bro. A. W. Houston, the grand orator. It was a worthy ef- 
fort. In emphasizing the need of the practical as above the esoteric 
he asks — 

What kind of a mason would he be who, being able, would refuse 
bread to his starving neighbor because he could not give a sign or 
password? What would you think of the mason who pleaded in con- 
fession and avoidance, that the man he cheated was not a brother 
mason? Would you be willing to sit in lodge with the mason who 
slandered his neighbor, and could give no better excuse than that he 
was not a brother mason ? How would you feel towards the bully, 


with blood on his hands, who defended himself on the ground, only, 
that his victim was not a mason? How long would you tolerate the 
mason who would endeavor to overthrow his government and be a 
traitor to his flag? How would you esteem the seducer and destroyer 
of woman's virtue? Where would you class the coward who refused 
to answer the cry of distress, without regard to who made the call? 

These pertinent questions carry their own answers. One other 
statement is significant. "It has often been said that Masonry is re- 
ligion and that 'masonry is good enough religion for me.' There is no 
greater fallacy." Brother Houston is strictly correct. Masons who 
say this injure the fraternity in the estimation of the best people in 
every community. Masonry distinctly disclaims this theory and is careful 
not to encroach upon the greatest human thought — the soul's relation 
to God. 

The AIasonic Home 

Of Texas is in a most prosperous condition. There is a fund of $143,- 
394.13 invested and bringing good returns. There are at present 20 
widows, 100 boys, and 114 girls — total 234. This is a fine showing, but 
where does the aged and indigent brother come in? He appears to be 
left out in the cold. Does not our obligation bind us to relieve the 
distress of a needy worthy brother? The per capita cost per annum is 
given at $25.04. This must be an error. It would be impossible even 
in Texas to live on such a sum. The cost of maintenance is set down 
as $38,954.45. Taking this with the number in the Home the annual 
per capita cost must be much larger than that given. 

A Great Goer. 

The "traveling trowel" was present and was on exhibition with 
considerable ceremony. It left New York October 30, 1905, and has 
been on the go ever since. When its journey ends what of it? Yet, 
Illinois would no doubt give as much attention to the traveler as did 
Texas if it came our way. 

Rev. Bro. Baten addressed the grand lodge on the fruitful topic. 
"The Bible and the Masonic Brotherhood." This address was a most 
valuable one to the thinking mason and student of the great book. 

The Review of Grand Lodges 

Was by Thomas M. Matthews, Sr., and is well written and full 
of interest. In his "some forewords" he discusses many of the more 
general subjects engaging masonic attention. "Negroes as Masons" and 
"Cipher Rituals" are treated broadly and in excellc4it spirit. 


Illinois in 1910. 

L'n fortunately our proceedings did not reach the reviewer in time. 
He gives two pages, however, to the report on correspondence which, 
in pamphlet form, was received. Referring to the Illinois report Brother 
]M.\TTHE\vs grows complimentary and says "Brother Scott's report 
covers 245 pages and is a masterly review of the proceedings of sixty- 
seven grand lodges." "For our views in re the grand lodge Valle de 
Mexico he scores us pretty severely, but not unkindly. He evidently 
does not believe that there is any genuine masonry in Mexico." Then 
is quoted the paragraph regarding masonry in Mexico. Assuring the 
brother of the most kindly regard for him and his superb grand lodge, 
there has not yet been disclosed any very substantial basis for a good 
opinion of the so-called masonry of Mexico. The Texas reviewer heart- 
ily approves the view that "quality of character" should dominate rather 
than the color of the skin. However, he doubts the possibility of much 
good quality getting into a black skin. It is much to be regretted that 
Brother INIatthews could not have had the full 1910 proceedings of 
Illinois rather than the mere fragment — the report on correspondence. 
Perhaps, next year Brother Cutter can get to him a little sooner. 

Grand master, Walter Acker, Waxahachie : grand secretary, John 
Watson, Waco. 

UTAH— 1911. 

15 Lodges. 40th Annual. 1,779 Members. 

This grand lodge is one of the smallest in the circle of those in fra- 
ternal touch with Illinois. Yet, for forty years the true teachings of the 
great masonic brotherhood have been upheld among most unpropitious 
surroundings. The purity and sacredness of the American home has 
here had one valiant champion, even though the foul atmosphere of 
polygamy and the Mormon hierarchy has at times almost smothered the 
fraternity. It is matter for congratulation that there is the largest 
growth in membership ever reported in any year, except one. 

The annual session was held at Salt Lake City January 17 and 18. 
191 1. There w'as a full attendance. The representative of Illinois was 
recorded as present. 


The Annual Address 

By Grand Master Charales B. Jack was a faithful portraiture of the 
doings of masonry in Utah for the year 1910. Referring to world af- 
fairs he says. 

^Moreover, this is a period when an awakening to the greater reali- 
ties of life has been sweeping over the world. In every country men 
are raising their voices against fraud, oppression and injustice; calling 
for personal purity, corporate honesty, national patriotism and civic en- 
terprise. Such a wave, like everything in life, has its ebbs and flioodtides ; 
and when it surges through a nation it reaches every corner, affects each 

Only a Few Decisions. 

The grand master made but five decisions. The first was as follows ; 

Labor may be suspended in the master mason's degree and a lodge 
of entered apprentices opened in lieu thereof without passing through 
the follow craft degree. But all lodges opened must be properly closed. 

The committee on jurisprudence did not agree with this view of the 
law. The grand lodge sustained the committee and reversed the grand 
master. In Illinois labor can be suspended on any degree and resumed 
upon any other upon which the lodge has been regularly opened. It is 
not necessary in doing so to go through the second from the third to 
the first. It is required however that return shall be made to the highest 
degree on which the lodge has been opened and then closed in all de- 
grees in regular order. In No. 2 it is held that — 

The board of custodians may make verbal changes to correct gram- 
matical errors or to harmonize different sections, and may agree upon 
all details not specified, but are not authorized to make other changes 
in our ritualistic work without consent of the grand lodge. 

Would it not be wiser to require that all verbal changes be made 
only on the order of the grand master or grand lodge? It is not very 
safe to permit changes in work by any but supreme authority. 

No. 3 holds that installation of officers must begin with the master. 
"A lodge starts anew each year and if it has no member qualified to 
serve as master, or sees fit to elect such a brother, it must cease work." 
The question arose out of a case where the master was not qualified. 

Assistant Grand Secretary. 

Owing to the fact that the venerable grand secretary had grown old 
in the service and that his strength was somewhat abated after a con- 
tinuous service of forty years, the grand master recommended that an 
assistant be provided. P.G.M. Brown had been appointed "acting grand 
secretary" to allow Brother Diehl to take a long and needed vacation. 
The recommendation for an assistant was adopted. 


A Golden Wedding. 

One of the delightful events of the year was the celebration of the 
fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Brother Diehl and his good 
wife. On the 13th of Alay, 1910, at the Masonic Temple in Salt Lake 
"seventeen hundred masons of Utah gathered, in person or by represen- 
tation, at masonic hall to remind our beloved Chris, that he is dear to us ; 
to bid him cast a glance backward over the years and in the divine pen- 
cilings of a golden West read the benediction "well done," then face the 
East and watch for the happiness of coming years, which we trust will 
be many." A picture of this venerable couple, arm in arm, adorns the 

Steps were taken to incorporate the grand lodge under the laws of 
the state of Utah. 

Attention is called to the proportion of masons to population. Utah 
has the lowest, 439.26, to each 100.000 of people. Maine has the highest, 
being 3.963.51 to the 100,000 people. On recommendation of the com- 
mittee on correspondence Utah continues its recognition of the Mexican 
grand body, hereafter to be known as the "York Grand Lodge of 

Written Evidence. 

The following was adopted as the standing rule on the documentary 
evidence to be required of visitors. 

_ No visiting brother shall be permitted to visit a lodge in this grand 
jurisdiction unless he can and does produce written evidence under the 
seal of his lodge that he is in good standing; and said evidence must be 
attested by the grand secretary's signature and the seal of the grand 
lodge under which the lodge of the visitor is working." 

It will soon be that a mason cannot visit anywhere outside of his 
own state without a certificate of the regularity of his lodge, verified 
by certificate of the grand secretary. Some new form should be pre- 
pared by our grand lodges, so that brethren will not be denied the privi- 
leges of masonry when they are away from home. 

Brothers Pearson and Smith. 

LIndcr the head "fraternal dead of sister jurisdictions" appears the 
following : 

John Mills Pearson — Past grand master of the grand lodge of Illi- 
nois, died at his home in Godfrey, 111., June 4, 1910, aged 78 years. 

General John Corson Smith— Grand master of the grand lodge of 
Illinois in 1887-1888. and one of the best known masons on the face of 
the globe, died at his home in Chicago, III., December 31, 1910. aged 78 
years, 10 months, 18 days. 


The Report ox Correspondenxe 

Is from the experienced hand of Grand Secretary Diehl. He names ten 
grand lodges that "were reviewed under shadows of pahn, magnolia and 
orange trees in Hollywood, Southern California." But eighty-seven 
pages are given to this excellent review. Illinois is given generous 
space. Of Brother Ashley's report he says that — 

There is hardly anything of a sentimental nature in the grand mas- 
ter's address. It covers forty pages and every one of them is business 
It is square work. It is well. 

The reviewer says, "The report of the committee on appeals covers 
but two pages and disposed of ten cases. We always admired the re- 
ports of that committee. They are as they should be." He further 
says that "A very practical oration was delivered by Grand Oratoi 
Fr.^nk G. Smith." Brother Diehl has the thanks of the present cor- 
respondent for his complimentary reference to the report of Illinois for 
last year. Regarding the sale of liquor vthe Utah reviewer says — 

That the resolution to prohibit lodges from serving intoxicants 
within a masonic hall (in Utah) was voted down is not to his liking. 
Hear him : "This is rather a strange outcome. Masonry can hardly af- 
ford to allow lodges to serve liquors in the hall or any place adjacent 
thereto."' It is not done in a Utah lodge. Brother Scott, and the only 
reason that it was not adopted was that our lodges should have the 
right to say for themselves that the.v don't want the damnable stuff 
without being dictated to by the grand lodge. 

Somebody is compelled to dictate to lodges when they go wrong. 
The grand lodge is nothing but the aggregate of the masters and war- 
dens of all lodges in the state. All are wiser than one. Hence, restraint 
is sometimes necessary by the grand lodge when its constituent lodge is 
entering unsafe and forbidden paths. The true theory, however, is the 
least control by the grand lodge consistent w4th careful observance of 
the laws and usages of the craft. 

Grand master, Gilbert B. Pfoutz. Salt Lake City: grand secretary, 
Christopher Diehl, Salt Lake City. 


VERMONT— 1911. 

103 Lodges. ii8th Annual. i3,i35 Members. 

The grand lodge of the "Green Mountain" state was still "organized, 
1794," as proclaimed on the outside front page. A gain of 204 in mem- 
bership is not large but it shows progress. The portrait of Daniel S. 
Danforth, grand marshal, deceased during the year, is the frontispiece. 
The annual was held at Burlington June 14 and 15, 191 1. Proceedings 
came to hand July 25. Right "peart" work for this yankee grand lodge. 
Three specials were held, one to lay a corner stone and two to dedicate 
masonic halls. 

The Grand Master's Address 

Was exhaustive and worthful reading. In speaking of the pleasures of 
the annual gatherings he says "how heartening and precious are the 
greetings which we receive from those who have been our co-laborers 
in years gone by." The settlement of the troubles of Canada and Michi- 
gan had not reached him. Hence he deplores the inharmony which hap- 
pily no longer exists. 

Too Wide by Half. 

Grand Master Ballou is pretty broad in his views of recognition. 
He says — 

It is to be earnestly desired that just so far as possible our own 
grand lodge should recognize masonic grand bodies in other countries 
whether they owe their origin to either York or Scottish Rite parentage. 

The Scottish Rite is all right in its own domain and for its pur- 
poses. It cannot, however, be the legitimate parent of ancient craft 
masonry. Its progeny is illegitimate and cannot be recognized by grand 
lodges which are careful to preserve the landmarks, usages and customs 
of the ancient craft. 

Must Pay Taxes. 

The extensive litigation between the grand lodge of Vermont and 
the city of Burlington regarding taxes on the temple property has been 
decided by the supreme court of the state. The taxes must be paid. As 
the grand lodge is not a money making institution but devoted to 
benevolence and 'charity, it was contended that its property should be 
exempt from taxation. The decision of the highest court holds other- 
wise and the taxes will be paid. 

Warden ]\Iust Stay. 

Only two decisions are reported. In one of these it was held that 
where the lodge, in the absence of the master, is called to order by a 


warden and a past master called on to preside, business transacted is 
illegal unless the warden remains in the lodge during the session. The 
presence of either the master or a w-arden is essential to the regularity 
of the business transacted. The other decision was of minor importance. 

It was decided, on recommendation of the grand master, that in 
addition to the jewel presented to the retiring grand master an apron 
with suitable emblems also be given. 

The grand master granted dispensations to change the time of stated 
meeting of lodges as fixed in their by-laws to other dates. The com- 
mittee on jurisprudence changed this ruling. It should be that the lodge 
would have power to transact business at a special called for that pur- 
pose. A grand master has no power to change a by-law of a lodge 
after it is legally adopted and in force. 

Our Distinguished Departed. 

The committee on necrology refers to the deaths of our two past 
grand masters as follows; 

The masonic record of Bro. John M. Pearson tells of zeal, tact and 
properly directed ability. He was the most illustrious grand master of 
the grand council in 1868; grand high priest of the grand chapter in 
1869, and grand commander of the grand commandery of his state 
in 1870. 

Elected grand master October 7, 1890, his birthday, and re-elected 
the year following, he completed the acquisition of masonic honors such 
as few men have enjoyed. 

Our distinguished brother was so useful to the craft and the affili- 
ated bodies that it is impossible to give even in briefest outline his con- 
nection with the same. Perhaps no mason ever occupied a more im- 
portant place as the servant of his brethren than did John Corson 
Smith. He was doubtless the most extensive traveler and best known 
mason in the world. 

The Annual Review 

Of grand lodges comes from the hand of P.G.^NI. Marsh O. Perkins and 
fills 168 most readable pages of the proceedings. Four pages are devoted 
to Illinois. Of Grand Master Ashley's annual report the reviewer says 
that "The address of the grand master is an admirable business paper 
in which the many details of his administration are concisely presented." 
Then follows an excellent summary of the business of the session with 
several quotations from the grand master's address. The report on cor- 
respondence of Illinois for 1910 is liberally treated. A review of the 
special report on Mexico shows that Brother Perkins is quite in agree- 
ment with the view held by the Illinois grand lodge. He quotes with 
approval the closing paragraph. 


He further says that — 

An eloquent oration was pronounced by the grand lecturer, R.W. 
Frank G. Smith, whose theme centered upon an earnest inquiry "into 
the origin, nature and practical value of the institution we love and rep- 
resent." We regret that no more than passing reference can be made 
to the same. 

Illinois Correspondents. 

Regarding the work of Illinois correspondents Brother Perkins 
says — 

A very able report on correspondence comes from the hands of 
Past Grand Master Scott, who succeeds to the vacancy caused by the 
death of Past Grand Master Joseph Robbins, who stood for so many 
years "the peer of any correspondent in the world," Past Grand Master 
Edward Cook, his immediate successor, having been obliged by the very 
limited time at his d