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Lodge, under dispensation. The action of this Grand Lodge in determining to grant a charter to Madison Lodge, under dispensation, would make it unwise to restore the original charter to St. Albans Lodge under any circumstances. The Masonic law is not perfectly clear as to the method of procedure in regard to the restoration of charters voluntarily surrendered. Section 41 of the code provides that the application for the restoration of a revoked charter may be made by any fifteen members of the lodge at the date of revocation. If it be held that this section governs the proceedings in reference to restoration of charters voluntarily surrendered, the petition presented to us has not the requisite number of names. It is the opinion of the committee that this section was intended to apply to all such cases. We therefore hold that the Grand Lodge has not jurisdiction in the matter, and we recommend that the petition be dismissed.
In the matter of the report of the Committee on Grand Master's Address, relating to an interpretation of Section 207a, as amended in 1898, we find as follows: Section 172 of the code provides that all dues are due and payable in advance, Grand Lodge dues the first day of January, subordinate lodge dues on the first days of January and July. It seems to your committee that the language of Section 207 is capable of but one construction, as follows: To entitle a brother to a dimit he is required to pay in full the Grand Lodge dues for the year in which the dimit is applied for; he is also required to pay up all amounts which may be due at the time of filing his application for a dimit, as provided in said section. All dues being due and payable in advance, he would be required to pay his dues for the current six months in which the application is made. We agree with the interpretation given by the Most Worshipful Grand Master in his address.
It is the further opinion of your committee that the language of Section 204 is capable of but one construction—that is, a brother becoming a member of a lodge by raising or election shall pay Grand Lodge dues for the year and a proportionate share of six month's dues to the first day of January or July thereafter, to be figured from the first day of the next month after he shall be so elected or raised.
Your Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence, to whom was referred an amendment to Section 196, providing for lowering the Grand Lodge dues, beg leave to report that we have given the matter careful consideration, and under the circumstances and conditions as they now exist would deem it unwise to make any change in the law in that respect. We therefore report against the adoption of said amendment.
W. L. EATON,
EPISODE Past Grand Master Fellows (144), with leave of the Grand Master, proceeded in a serio-comic manner to address Past Grand Masters Dewey and Bowen, who had been summoned and escorted to the dais by the Grand Marshal, severely arraigning the brothers for having appeared in open session of the Grand Lodge without being Masonically (?) clothed, but that in consideration of their distinguished rank and valuable services he was sure the brethren would excuse them, especially as our good brother, the Grand Tyler, had provided a very handsome Past Grand Master's apron for each of them, and with which they were properly invested by the Grand Marshal, and saluted with the Grand Honors, when
In response to the calls of the brethren, each of these distinguished brothers proceeded, somewhat at length, to address the Grand Lodge in a very interesting and instructive manner—the incident itself was both interesting and instructive.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PRINTING. Junior Grand Warden Randall (145) read the report of the committee.
The Committee on Printing, which, under the law, consists of the Grand Master, the Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, held meeting at the close of last session of the Grand Lodge, and arranged for the printing of the Proceedings with the firm of Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, endorsing the action of the former trustees.
These Proceedings were issued at an early date and distributed, as shown in the Grand Secretary's report. The bills for the printing of the same, together with all printing coming under the direction of your Trustees, is presented herewith, having previously, together with the vouchers, been placed in the hands of the Committee on Finance for their examination and report thereon.
PRINTING PROCEEDINGS OF 1899, ETC.
cluding advance reports for sessional use ; also
.$1,700 00 Cash unexpended last year.
CR. By cash paid Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, printing two thousand copies of Proceedings.....
.$1,049 00 By cash paid Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, printing seven
hundred copies of all advance reports for sessional use, 140 00 By cash paid Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, packing and shipping
25 00 By cash paid Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, half-tone cuts,
electrotypes of autographs, cut of Grand Officers, etc. 26 50 By cash paid printing cover for Proceedings.
45 00 By cash paid Manz & Co., electrotype, cover....
25 10 By cash paid Egbert, Fidlar & Chambers, circulars, gummed labels, postal card receipts...
23 25 By cash paid trip superintending printing.
9 90 By cash paid Laurence Press Company, wrappers, labels, miscellaneous circulars, etc..
18 75 By cash paid printing official publication (less subscriptions)
- $1,597 50 Cash on hand to balance...
1899. June 8.
To order No. 17, binding Part II., Volume XVI.,
for exchange with Grand Lodges, and binding
.$ 125 00-$ 125 00
By cash paid Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, per bill..
Cash on hand to balance.
$ 92 25
$125 00 All of which is respectfully submitted,
REPORT OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES GRAND CHARITY
FUND. — (Supplemental.) Past Grand Master Ball (4), in behalf of the Board of Trustees, presented a supplemental report, in brief, which he read. Same was
TO THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE OF IOWA:
The Trustees of the Grand Charity Fund respectfully represent that at the time of making their annual report the following named trustees had failed to make report of the disposition of the funds placed in their hands by order of the Grand Lodge at its last session: J. L. Wright, trustee for H. A. Buttles, of Bezer Lodge, No. 135; C. W. Blake, trustee for Mrs. H. M. Purvis, widow, Terrestrial Lodge, No. 276; E. W. Hazard, trustee for Mrs. Parmelia Frear, widow, Sapphire Lodge, No. 127.
There was appropriated last year for relief of said persons the following amounts: H. A. Buttles
$125 00 Mrs. H. M. Purvis
25 00 Mrs. Parmelia Frear
60 00 Having received no report from the trustees aforesaid, we did not in our report recommend any appropriation for the persons above named.
We now recommend that the question of granting relief during the ensuing year to said persons be referred to the Trustees of the Grand Charity Fund, with power to appropriate such sum as may seem necessary in each of said cases.
E. C. BLACKMAR,
Grand Master Lambert stated in a few words that it was only a few days before the meeting of the Grand Lodge that he was advised that Brother Lindsay was unable to either be present, because of professional duties, or prepare the report as chairman of the Library Committee, and that it became necessary for him to secure a substitute, in which he was fortunately successful, and that, as requested, Brother Morcombe (25) had consented to prepare, and would now proceed to read his report on the Library. Same was
F INTENTION shall fall short of performance in
this report on Library, this Grand Body will be lenient in its criticisms in view of the fact that only the meagre leisure time of three days has been given the writer in which to formulate and prepare the same. In this time it has been prac. tically impossible to gather all that could and
should be said. My own good fortune of location and inclination has placed me for several years in close relations with the Iowa Masonic Library. During that time I have closely observed its workings, have to a considerable extent tested its facilities, have experienced the uniform courtesy, patience, and willing aid of those in charge, and can fail only from lack of words in expressing appreciation and unqualified praise.
Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, it is one of the rank and file who addresses you. I have no official position; am eligible to pone; have no axe to grind, nor are my words suggested or revised to suit any person or party concerned. And thus, proud of the place which Iowa holds among the jurisdictions of the world; proud of the institution for which I plead, my words may be halting in their utterance, but they are at least sincere.
Masonry has achieved high and enduring place among the orga
nizations of men because it differs in spirit and essence from all its imitators. Others have borrowed our outward form, have copied after our ceremonies, aped our legislation, and even appropriated portions of our symbolism. But all these others have failed to catch the deeper meaning of the craft. As "heirs of all the ages," we are proud that our great fraternity is the chosen custodian for ancient philosophy and ever-living truth. The true Mason is the one whose head and heart and hand are trained to intelligent effort. It is not he who has a parrot-like perfection in ritual as his sole qualification, but rather the one who, so far as time and means and talent will allow, devotes study to the deeper esotery of the fraternity. It is possible, like Martha, to be "careful over many