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Report on Fraternal Correspondence
Grand Lodge Library, Lower Floor
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DAVENPORT, IOWA, TUESDAY, JUNE 4TH, A. D. 1901, A. L. 5901.
WILLARD LEE EATON, Most WORSHIPFUL GRAND MASTER.
N ACCORDANCE with the provisions of law and
the resolution of the last session designating the She place of meeting, the Grand Lodge of Iowa A. F.
& A 1. convened in its Fifty-eighth Annual
(Communication in the city of Davenport, Iowa, in the Turner Grand Opera House, on the first Tuesday, the 4th day, of June, A. D. 1901.
ESCORT. The Grand Officers and members of the Grand Lodge assembled in front of the Kimball House promptly at 8:30 o'clock s. M., and were escorted by St. Simon of Cyrene Commandery, No. 9, Knights Templar—Sir Knight C. E. Birchard, Eminent (Commander, and Sir Knight M. Bunker, Captain-General-- and marched over the designated route of the local committee to the Turner Grand Opera House, where the following introductory ceremonies were held.
Music by Strasser's band.
The Grand Marshal, Brother Graham (110), escorted the Grand and Past Grand Officers to the dais.
ADDRESS OF WELCOME.
Brother Barrette (37) introduced Mayor Heinz, who delivered the address of welcome in behalf of the city.
Worthy Grand Master and members of the Iowa Masonic fraternity, it becomes my pleasant duty to welcome you to this principal oasis in the entire desert of Iowa. You are all welcome, not only yourselves, but also your wives, your associates, and appurtenances, including your camels, your goats, and other movable and immovable things necessary for the good of the Order.
While you are locked up by yourselves deliberating as to what is best to be done on the inside, I can assure you that Davenport's hospitality will see to it that your wives and daughters, as well as your animals and other paraphernalia, are well taken care of on the outside.
May your hewing and setting of stone while you are with us prove successful. Our street commissioner will furnish you the necessary tools to do the work properly, and the police will see to it that you are not interfered with while at work; and should any of you get too tired you can, by giving the password and the proper grip to our police magistrate, retire and rest yourselves on the usual terms$3.00 and costs or five days; however, I hope that that will not be necessary.
Many of you have been here before and will know when it is time to quit work. If you do not know, ask any member of the street brigade.
I hope that your deliberations will be profitable and instructive to you all, and that when you go home you will all know that you have had a real nice and pleasant time.
If, as you go through the city, the sign-boards on our street corners do not point out your way, ask any inhabitant, who will give you full information.
There are some objects of interest in and about the city to which I would call your attention. From an educational standpoint, we
would invite you to visit our public schools, of which we have thirteen besides our high school, cooking school, and manual training school; then we have four kindergartens, eight parochial and diocesan schools, one institute, a German free school, one academy, a college, a business college, and the People's Union Mission Sewing school. In addition to all these there is the Iowa Orphans' Home and the Academy of Sciences.
Then there is the government island and some adjoining villages to which I might call your attention; if you have time to spare visit them also.
Again I bid you a cordial welcome, and hope that when you go home you will carry with you nothing but fond recollections of your stay with us, so that when you and your camel run out of food and drink you will come again to us to replenish the supply.
Brother Barrette next introduced Brother Block (208), who in behalf of the Masonic fraternity extended a cordial welcome to the Masons of Iowa, saying, among other things:
You are more welcome to us as Masons than you can possibly be to the rest of the city. For it is we of the craft who know the essential dignity and worth of the institution that you are here to represent; and it is we who know what your presence here among us really means.
The sight of you is as welcome to our eyes as the sight of the green and blooming oasis to the traveler who had trudged many weary miles across the burning sands of the desert. The clasp of your warm hands is as welcome to us as is the grasp of a friend and countryman among strangers in a foreign land. The pleasure of having you with us is as great as that which comes to the worn and weary sufferer who has at last found relief, in health, after many hours of racking pain. For we realize that with your entrance into the city there has flown in upon us a great tide of brotherly love and friendship. We have seen it sparkling in the light of your eyes; kindling your beaming faces with kindly smiles, and thrilling you through and through in the electric clasp of your hands. It has been a great pleasure to us to watch strong men as they met each other and the keen appreciation that each has of the nobility of the other's character. We have realized what the poet meant when he said:
"Oh, the East is East, and the West is West,
Nor border, nor breed, nor birth,
Though they come from the ends of the earth." We realize that although you have come from the north and the south, and the east and the west, from the uttermost corners of this fair state of Iowa, that there never yet has assembled in this state a body of men who felt kindlier to each other or loved each other more.
We welcome you not merely as the great citizens of a great state, but as members of that Order which is known as the Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons. Ancient, because it is the oldest of all secret societies, its foundation being laid away back in the dim ages of antiquity; so old, in fact, that the date of its origin has long since been lost in the obscurity of the past. Free, as tending so to render every one who goes in pursuit of the light which it sheds upon the darkness of ignorance. Accepted of men because the great and good of every age and nation have been promoters of the art. Accepted of the Supreme Grand Architect of the Universe because He has suffered it to outlive governments, nations, religions, philosophers, permitting its light to shine unto this day even as brightly as it shone at the beginning.
We welcome you because we know that as Masons you are here to lay supreme emphasis upon the development and upbuilding of human character. Because we know that you believe with us that it is the internal and not the external qualities of a man that are really worth thought and consideration. Because we know that it is the immortal part of man that has our cherishing care. That part which, in the language of our fraternity, “can never, never, no never die.” We are glad to have you with us because we know that within the sacred precincts of the heart of each one of you there sings the song of the poet who said:
"Build thee more stately mansions, O, my soul,
My brethren, it is because you believe in those things, and together with us are ready to live and die for the principles that they involve, that you are right welcome among us.
Grand Master Eaton responded in behalf of the members of the Graul Lodge, thanking the brethren for their cordial Words of welcome, and assuring them of our hearty appreciation of their courtesies thus extended, as follows:
Mr. Mayor--my brother, it is a great privilege as well as an honor to speak for the representatives of the great Masonic fraternity of Iowa in Grand Lodge assembled. On behalf of its members I tender you my gratitude for your generous welcome. We gratefully accept your hospitality. We are not surprised at your