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Rep. Coleman, of Indiana, from the Committee on Appeals, to whom had been re-committed their former report on the same subject

, submitted the following report and resolution, which was concurred in.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of Middlesex Lodge, No. 3, from the decision of the Grand Lodge of the state of Connecticut, beg leave to report;

That they have had the subject under consideration, and are of opinion that the act of Charter Oak Lodge, No. 2, was not in violation, either of the laws of the Grand Lodge of the state of Connecticut, or of the Grand Lodge of the United States, but in conformity with the usages and customs of the Order. And although the committee question the propriety of such usage, yet in the absence of law upon the subject, the right of said Charter Oak Lodge, No. 2, was in the opinion of the committee, unquestionable. They therefore offer for adoption the following resolution.

SMITH SKINNER,

A. B. COLEMAN. Resolved, That Charter Oak Lodge, No. 2, had full power and authority to initiate S. M. Shaddick, C. H Mather, O. Ulley, N. Booth, and T. Sage, residents of Middletown.

Rep. Seymour, of South Carolina, from the special committee to whom was referred so much of the Grand Sire's report, relative to the D. D. Grand Sires, and to prepare a form of commission, made the following report, which was adopted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The special committee to whom was referred the reports of the D. D. Grand Sires, and the commission prepared for that office, beg leave to report:

That they have examined the returns made by those officers, and find them correct; that their duties (although arduous) have been performed with much zeal, industry and ability.

Your committee cannot refrain from expressing their decided approbation of this system, which has been so successfully carried out under the vigorous and enlightened administration of brother Kennedy, late Grand Sire of our Order. They, however, recommend that in addition to the duties now imposed upon that office, that it should be their duty to examine all reports from subordinate lodges and Encampments, and to have them correct, as far as it is practicable, before they are forwarded to the proper officers.

The committee also recommend the adoption of the commission for D. D. Grand Sire, prepared during the recess, and which is herewith submitted.

R. W. SEYMOUR,

ALBERT GUILD. The Grand Sire presented the appeal of Travellers' Rest Lodge, of Missouri, against the decision of the Grand Lodge, made without its assent,

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which, on motion of Rep. Kneass, of Pennsylvania, was not received, not being in conformity with the Constitution of this Grand Lodge.

Rep. Seymour, of South Carolina, offered the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee of Finance.

Resolved, That in consequence of the increased labor and the arduous duties of the Grand Secretary, his salary be increased to $500.

Rep. Kneass, of Pennsylvania, offered the following, which were adopted.

Resolved, That the establishment of an order or law to operate throughout the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, by which travelling brothers who may be taken sick or disabled, may be able to draw their weekly benefits from the lodge or lodges nearest them, upon the exhibition of a fair and proper card attesting the good standing of the brother from the lodge to which he may be attached, and that such lodge or lodges granting such relief, may draw on the lodge to which the brother is attached, for the amount so expended, is a desirable improvement in Odd Fellowship.

Resolved, That the above be referred to the Committee on the State of the Order, to report at the next session of this Grand Lodge.

Rep. Wilson, of New York, offered the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on the State of the Order.

Resolved, That the Committee on the State of the Order, be, and are hereby directed to take into consideration and report to this Grand Lodge, as to the propriety of establishing a signal, by which members of the Order may recognize one another in distress at sea.

Rep. Kneass, of Pennsylvania, seconded by Rep. Ellis, of Connecticut, offered the following amendment to the Constitution, which was ordered to lie on the table.

That so much of Article XI, of the Constitution, requiring this Grand Lodge to meet on the "third Monday in September," annually, be so changed as to read on the "first Monday in August," and that corresponding amendments be made in Articles III, and VII.

Rep. Kneass, of Pennsylvania, seconded by Rep. Marshall, of Kentucky, offered the following amendment to the Constitution, which was ordered to lie on the table.

“No brother shall represent a Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment in this Grand Lodge, unless he reside in the state, district, or territory where the Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment, of which he offers himself as a Representative, is located."

Rep. Marshall, of Kentucky, offered the following amendment to the By-Laws.

That “five” be substituted in lieu of “two," in the first line of Article IV, of the By-Laws, which being under consideration, Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, moved to strike out the word “five" and insert " three" in the proposed amendment, which was decided in the affirmative, and the amendment as amended, was adopted.

Rep. Hersey, of Massachusetts, seconded by Rep. Marshall, of Kentucky, offered the following amendment to the Constitution, which was ordered to lie on the table.

Amendment to Article XV, of the Constitution, first line strike out the word “majority," and insert the words “ one-fifth."

Rep. Shaffner, of Kentucky, seconded by Rep. Wilson, of New York, offered the following amendment to the Constitution, which was ordered to lie on the table.

That Article XV, of the Constitution be so amended as to read as follows, viz: “A representation from at least ten Grand Lodges or Encampments shall be necessary to form a quorum for the transaction of business."

Rep. Skinner, of Pennsylvania, from the Committee on Appeals, submitted the following, which was adopted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee to whom was referred the appeal of James D. McCabe and others, from the decision of the Grand Lodge of the state of Virginia, beg leave to report : That they have had the subject under consideration, and are of the opinion, that the decision of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, relative to the eligibility of honorary members to office in the Grand Lodge of that state, was in conformity with their Constitution.

The General Laws of the Grand Lodge of Virginia recognize the right of honorary membership in the subordinate lodges, but in the opinion of the committee, said honorary members are not constitutionally eligible to office in said Grand Lodge. They therefore beg leave to offer the following resolution.

SMITH SKINNER,
A. B. COLEMAN.

Resolved, That the decision of G. M. Webb, of Virginia, in declaring D. G. M. Hyde, ineligible to office in the Grand Lodge of Virginia, be confirmed.

Rep. Marshall of Kentucky, from the Committee of Finance, made the following report, which was accepted.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee of Finance, to whom was referred the subject of affixing a price to be charged for Encampment and Installation books, respectfully recommend the passage of the following resolutions. Respectfully submitted.

JOHN G. TREADWELL,
THOMAS SHERLOCK,

A. K. MARSHALL Resolved, That the price of installation books for subordinate lodges, be and is hereby fixed at fifty cents each.

Resolved, That the price of Grand Encampment books and cards for past degrees, be and is hereby fixed al two dollars per set, and that a set shall consist of two books and two cards of each degree.

The question being on the first resolution, Rep. Stokes, of Pennsylvania, moved to strike out the words "fifty cents," and insert "twenty-five cents which was determined in the negative.

The question was then taken on the first resolution, and adopted.
The second resolution was then considered, and adopted as reported.

Rep's Kneass, of Pennsylvania, Ellis, Hinman, and Palmer, of Connecticut, and Hersey, of Massachusetts, asked and obtained leave of absence after this day

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until four o'clock, this afternoon.

Friday, 4 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers, and a due representation.

The reading of the journal was dispensed with.

Rep. Hillyer, of New Jersey, from the Committee on Returns, submitted the following report and accompanying resolution.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee on Returns, to whom was referred the Constitutions and By-Laws of Ridgely Encampment, No. 1, Nashville, Tennessee ; Campbell Encampment, No. 1, Wilmington, North Carolina ; R. W. Grand Lodge of the state of Alabama, and the Constitution and General Laws of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Tennessee, have examined said Constitutions and By-Laws, and believe them to be conformable to the requisition of this Grand Lodge, and would therefore recommend the passage of the following resolution.

E. T. HILLYER,
R. W. SEYMOUR,

WILLIAM G. WEBB. Resolved, that the Constitution and By-Laws adopted by Ridgely Encampment, No. 1, of Tennessee; Campbell Encampment, No. 1, of North Carolina, R. W. Grand Lodge of Alabama, and the Constitution and General Laws adopted by the R, W. Grand Lodge of Tennessee, be approved and ratified by this Grand Lodge.

The resolution being under consideratiou, on motion of Rep. Kezer, of Tennessee, so much of the said resolution as relates to Ridgely Encampment, was ordered to lie on the table. The residue was adopted.

Rep. Marshall, of Kentucky, from the Committee of Finance, made the following report, which was adopted.

To the R. W Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee of Finance respectfully report: That they have learnt with regret, that the Grand Lodges of New Jersey and New York have printed an edition of Installation books for subordinate lodges, without authority from this body. There cannot be a doubt in the minds of the Representatives of the impropriety of a state Grand Lodge or Encampment printing any portion of the work whatever, besides it certainly takes from the proper head a portion of their revenue; with this view, the committee consider that it comes under their immediate jurisdiction, and would therefore submit the following for adoption. Respectfully submitted.

JOHN G. TREADWELL,
THOMAS SHERLOCK,

A. K. MARSHALL.
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge cannot recognize the right of any state Grand
Lodge or Encampment, to print any portion of the work whatever.

Resolved, That the Grand Lodges of the states of New York and New Jersey, shall by certificate under seal of said Grand Lodges, make return to the Grand Secretary, of this Grand Lodge, of the number of copies of the books of installation printed by them, with twenty-five cents for each copy so printed, and that such return be made within four months from the close of the present session of this Grand Lodge.

Rep. Hinman, of Connecticut, from the Committee on Petitions, made the following report, with accompanying resolution.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee on Petitions have had under consideration the application for an Encampment at Nashville, Tennessee, and find the same in due form, and that a dispensation has been issued and the Encampment opened. We therefore recommend the passage of the following resolution.

Respectfully submitted.

ROBINSON S. HINMAN,
THOMAS SHERLOCK.

Resolded, That the dispensation issued to Ridgely Encampment, No. 1, located at Nashville, Tennessee, be confirmed, and a charter granted.

Rep. Kezer, of Tennessee, moved as a substitute for the report of the committee, the following resolution, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Resolved, that the Grand Sire be authorized to institute a special commission from a neighboring district, whose duty shall be to examine into the true history and condition of the Patriarchal Order in that section, and report to the Grand Sire, whose decision thereon shall be final.

The question recurring on the report and resolution submitted by the committee, the yeas and nays were required, and appeared as follows:

Yeas-Rep's Guild, 2 votes ; Hinman, Brown, Wilson, Treadwell, McDonnell, Marley, Sanderson, Neilson, Moore, Segar, Campbell, Hurlbut, Seymour, Shaffner, Coleman, Sherlock, 2 votes; and P. G. Sires Wildey and Kennedy-21.

Nays—Rep's Ellis, 2 votes ; Vn Sickell, Harris, Stokes, 2 votes ; Skinner, Webb, Kezer, Marshall_10.

So the report of the committee was concurred in, and the resolution adopted.

Rep. Coleman, of Indiana, seconded by Rep. Hinman, of Connecticut, offered the following amendment to the Constitution, which was ordered to lie on the table.

T'hat Article X, of the Constitution of this Grand Lodge be so amended as to insert after the words “ they represent," "and regular contributing members of a subordinate lodge in the state, and residents of the same.”

Rep. Seymour, of South Carolina, offered the following, which was adopted.

Resolded, That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, the system of honorary membership as provided for in some of the By-Laws, for the government of the subordinate lodges, is inconsistent with the nature and true interest of the Order, and should be abolished.

Rep. Sanderson, of Maryland, offered the following resolution : Resolved, That all state Grand Lodges whose charters admit of proxy representation, be, and they are hereby directed so to amend their constitutions, as to prohibit the admission of proxies to a seat in their Grand Lodges, as members thereof.

Rep. Stokes, of Pennsylvania, moved the indefinite postponement of the subject, which was decided in the negative.

The yeas and nays being required, appeared as follows:

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