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The Grand Recorder and Grand Treasurer submitted their annual reports, which were referred to the Committee on Finance. GEORGE L. McCahan, Grand Recorder in account with the Grand Council
of Royal and Select Masters of Maryland. 1879. Nov. 12. To Dues from Concordia Council, No. 1.
$31 50 Jerusalem Council, No. 2.
6 50 Druid Council, No. 5.
$44 50 1879.
Thomas J. SHRYOCK, Grand Treasurer in account with the Grand Council
Royal and Select Masters of Maryland.
Nov. 12. To Balance....
G. L. McCahan, Grand Recorder..
Nov. 12. By G. L. McCahan, Grand Recorder...
$25 00 Grand Tyler...
2 00 A. S. Abell & Son, Advertising..
1 80 Dec. 13. Jas. Young, Printing Proceedings.
44 80 Balance....
-$76 37 Fraternally submitted, THOMAS J. SHRYOCK,
The following from Druid Council, No. 5, was presented:
BALTIMORE, November 10th, 1880. To the M:. I.. Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Maryland :
At a Stated Assembly of Druid Council, No.5, held October 30th, 1880, the following resolution was adopted :
Resolved, That this Council petition the Grand Council for permission to change its name from Druid Council, No. 5, to Hiram, No. 5.
On motion the petition was granted.
Companion GEORGE L. McCAHAN, Chairman of the Committee, presented the Report on Correspondence, which was accepted.
Companion THOMAS J. SHRYOCK offered the following, which was adopted :
Resolved, that the minutes of the Proceedings of this Annual Assembly, together with the report of the Committee on Correspondence, and the returns of the Subordinate Councils be published.
The Committee on Finance made the following report, which was accepted :
BALTIMORE, November 10th, 1880. To the M:. I:. Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Maryland:
Your Committee, to whom was referred the accounts of the Grand Recorder and Grand Treasurer, beg leave to report that they find the accounts correctly kept, and the disbursements supported by the proper vouchers.
JAMES W. BOWERS,
Companion JAMES W. BOWERS offered the following, which was adopted :
Resoloed, That all arrearages of dues owing by Tadmor Council, No. 4, and Salem Council, No. 6, be remitted.
The committee to whom was referred the address of the M.:: 1.. G.. Master made the following report: To the M:. I:. Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Maryland :
The Special Committee to which was referred the able and interesting address of the M.. I.:. Grand Master, having given the subject matter contained therein due consideration, respectfully reports as follows:
We agree with the M.. I.:. Grand Master, that while it is a matter for regret that the prosperity which has attended the efforts of some of the Companions within our jurisdiction has not been general, yet it is a subject for congratulation that the organization of every one of our subordinate Councils has been maintained, and that one of them has more than doubled
her membership, while others have at least retained their full quota. The many obstacles adverse to the vitality of Councils of Royal and Select Masters have been resisted to such a degree by the zeal and energy of those Companions who appreciate the Council Degrees, that the future presents many encouraging indications for the stability of Cryptic Masonry in Maryland.
In respect to the formation of a General Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters for the United States, and in accordance with the suggestion of the M'. I.:: Grand Master, your Committee recommend the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Maryland hereby approves of the formation of a General Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the United States, and formally ratifies the Provisional Constitution adopted by the Convention of Royal and Select Masters held at Detroit, Michigan, August 25th, 1880.
In respect to the interchange of Grand Representatives, your Committee recommend the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved, that the interchange of Grand Representatives between the Grand Councils of Michigan, New Hampshire, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maine, Kansas, Alabama, Massachusetts, Missouri, Vermont, Georgia, England and Ontario, and this Grand Council is cordially approved, and official recognition is hereby accorded the Representatives of the above Grand Councils near the Grand Council of Maryland.
In the opinion of your Committee, the very appropriate words of the M.:: I.:. Grand Master relating to the character of our lamented Grand Principal Conductor of the Work elect, Companion HENRY WILSON WORTHINGTON, render more profound the respect in which his memory is cherished by this Grand Council. Our late Companion WORTHINGTON, although comparatively young in years, had attained to such prominence among his Brethren and Companions, and his life had presented such a bright record as a man, a friend and a citizen, that the news of his untimely death brought sorrow to many hearts wherein he was appreciated for his sterling worth.
Of a quiet and unassuming nature, Companion WORTHINGTON nevertheless possessed an indomitable energy which was felt in his Lodge, Chapter and Council to such a degree that it stimulated those with whom he was associated, and contributed greatly to the prosperity of the different bodies with which he was connected.
And while his death can be regarded as no common loss, and he is at rest from his labors, yet his works will follow him, and his many virtues will be cherished by his friends, Brothers and Companions as being worthy of imitation.
Your Committee would therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved, That a memorial page of the printed Proceedings of this Grand Council be dedicated to the memory of our late G:. P:.C.:: of the Work elect, Companion HENRY WILSON WORTHINGTON, as an evidence of respect and appreciation for the zeal and energy he displayed in advancing the interests of Cryptic Masonry.
F. J. S. GORGAS,
The report was accepted, and the resolutions unanimously adopted.
The Grand Recorder acknowledged the reception of the commissions of the following named Grand Representatives near the Grand Council of Maryland, which were formally accepted and a cordial official welcome extended the Representatives: Companion C. C. ISAACS, .
Companion GEORGE L. McCAHAN offered the following, which was adopted :
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to revise the Constitution of this Grand Council.
The M.: I.: G.: Master appointed P.: G.: Masters GEORGE L. McCAHAN, JAMES W. BOWERS, and Edwin L. PARKER, Jr., as said Committee.
The following amendment to the Constitution was offered by Companion GEORGE L. McCAHAN, and lies over under the rule until the next annual assembly:
To strike out in Article III the following; “Provided the proposed alteration shall have been submitted in writing at one annual assembly, and laid over until the next for consideration, unless such proposition shall be unanimously concurred in, and in that case it may be adopted at once," making the article read, “This Grand Council is competent at any time to alter or amend this Constitution, on the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present at an annual assembly.”
Companion HENRY C. LARRABEE offered the following resolutions, which were adopted:
Resolved, That the sum of twenty-five dollars be paid Companion GEORGE L. McCAHAN for services as Grand Recorder.
Resolved, that the sum of two dollars be paid Companion W. H. NICHOLSON for services as Grand Sentinel.
The following bills were ordered to be paid :
A. S. Abell & Co., Advertising.....
The Grand Council proceeded to the election of officers, with the following result:
Companion GEORGE W. SHEIVE, · elected M:. I.:. G.:. Master.
Dep.:. G.:: Master.
G.:. P.:: C:. of the Work.
Companion GEORGE W. SHEIVE, M.: I.: G.: Master elect, was duly installed by the retiring M.: I.: G.:: Master, Companion WILLIAM F. COCHRAN.
The M.:: I.: G.·. Master then installed :
Companion Thomas J. SHRYOCK,
HENRY C. LARRABEE,
Dep.:. G.:. Master.