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secrets, as particularly from the brother of lower degree as from the profane. These are certain particulars in which we all agree. It cannot be denied that every Cryptic or Council Mason has obligated himself not to be present at the conferring of the degrees except in the body of a lawfully warranted and duly constituted Council. Conferred outside of a lawfully warranted and duly constituted Council it is done clandestinely, and there is no heal. ing that can make such a clandestine regular, and he cannot be recognized in any manner or form whatever. One so made is shunned by all good Masons, and the finger of warning and contempt is continually pointing at him, and with like abhorence the true brother looks upon all those who in any manner or form whatever assist at the clandestine making. If such are the feelings engendered at the action of a companion, what must be the feelings toward a Grand Council or Grand Chapter that sanctions the conferring of degrees over which they have no control whatever ? Grand Chapters can lawfully know nothing of a higher degree than is recognized by the fundamental principles which declare the Royal Arch the summit and perfection of Ancient Craft Masonry. A Grand Council is merely one of a number of custodians or trustees having in charge these degrees, it is only the agent entrusted with that in which each and every Grand Council is a part owner. If all were to cease to work, and lay down the trowel, and desert the secret vault-yet all are bound by their obligations as sacred as any taken and they cannot reveal or make public these degrees unlawfully except at their own peril—they would be and are forsworn, and leaving the work leave behind them broken promises and violated vows, and are guilty of gross unmasonic conduct.
" It becomes those who are strong in the faith to stand upon guard and place upon record a declaration of what is right and proper, just and honorable and masonic. Thus believing, be it
" Resolved, That the degrees of Cryptic Masonry, viz., the Royal and Select Masters, can only be conferred in Councils of Royal and Select Masters working under regular Grand Councils of Royal and Select Masters.
Resolved, That no Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons can lawfully confer or cause to be conferred, directly or indirectly, any of the degrees of Cryptic Masonry, commonly known as the Royal and Select Masters.
Resolved, That all Royal Arch Masons who have received the degrees of Royal and Select Master by the authority, direct or indirect, of Chapters or Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons shall be and are regarded as clandestinely made Royal and Select Masters, who cannot, in any manner, be recognized or admitted into any lawful Council of Royal and Select Masters.
“ Resolved, That any Royal and Select Master made under lawful authority, who shall be present and aid or assist, directly or indirectly, in the conferring of the Royal and Select Masters' degrees outside of a regularly warranted Council of Royal and Select Masters, duly warranted by a Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, shall be guilty of unmasonic conduct, and is liable to expulsion from all the rights and privileges of Cryptic Masonry.
Resolved, That copies of these resolutions be forwarded to each Grand Council, with the request that they take action upon and adopt the same, and that copies be also sent to the several Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons.
CHARLES E. MEYER,
“ The committee on the second and fourth questions proposed, were granted further time, and subsequently discharged and relieved from the further consideration of the subjects therein contained.”
The following named Provisional officers were elected by the Convention : M.:. P. G.:. G.:. M:.
Josiah H. DRUMMOND, of Maine. R:. P.:. G:. G.:. D.:. M.:. GEORGE M, OSGOODBY, of New York. R.:. P:. G.:. G.:. P:.C.:. W:: GEORGE J. PINCKARD, of Louisiana. P:. G.:. G.:. Treas.
ORESTES A. B. SENTER, of Ohio. P.:. G.:. G.:. Rec.
GEORGE W. COOLEY, of Minnesota. P.:. G.:: G:.C.:: G.:.
WM. D. WADSWORTH, of Alabama. P:. G.:. G.:. C.:: C.::
CHARLES R. ARMSTRONG, of Georgia. P:. G.:. G.:: M.:.
EDWARD P. BURNHAM, of Maine. P:. G.:. G.. S.:.
ALBERT D. McCONAUGHY, of Kansas. The Convention adjourned, subject to the call of the General Grand Master previously provided for.
GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER
ROYAL ARCH MASONS.
1880. The Twenty-fourth Triennial Convocation was held at Detroit, Michigan, August 24th. As anticipated, the matter of the Cryptic Degrees was presented to this General Grand body in several forms, which, together with the legislation thereon, we summarize as follows:
The G.: G.:. High Priest, Companion John FrizzELL, referred to the matter in his address, showing that the position of the General Grand Chapter on this subject was unmistakable, and that the attempts of some Grand Chapters to assume control over the Council degrees were in direct contravention of the Constitution of the General Grand Chapter. In addition there was presented a memorial of the Grand Chapter of South Carolina, respecting the action of said Grand Chapter on the question of assuming control of the degrees of Royal and Select Master; also the memorial of the Grand Chapter of North Carolina, presented at the Twenty-third Triennial, was revived; also a report of a joint committee of the Grand Chapter and Grand Council of Mississippi ; also resolutions by Companion PARVIN, of Iowa, to grant authority to the several Grand Chapters to confer the degrees ; also a memorial of the Grand Council of New York protesting against any usurpation by the G.:: G.: Chapter, or by any of its constituents, Grand or Subordinate, of the control or jurisdiction of the degrees of Royal and Select Masters. The whole were referred to a special committee of nine, consisting of Companions Josiah H. DRUMMOND, of Maine; FREDERIC SPEED, of Mississippi ; JOHN J. BELL, of New Hampshire; THEODORE S. PARVIN, Of Iowa; WILLIAM P. INNES, of Michigan; GILBERT W.
BARNARD, of Illinois; Jas. C. BENNETT, of Kansas; FERDINAND
“ The select committee to which was referred various documents in relation to conferring the Royal and Select Masters' Degrees, under the authority of Royal Arch Chapters, have considered the same, and recommend the adoption of the following resolution :
“ Resolved, That the General Grand Chapter has no jurisdiction over the degrees of Royal and Select Master, and that it is inexpedient for the General Grand Chapter to take any action concerning them." The report was received and the resolution adopted.
CONCLUSION. Having endeavored in our review to give an impartial account of affairs in sister jurisdictions, with the view of enabling our Companions to form an intelligent judgment upon matters as they now exist, we feel our duty is discharged. There is much we would like to add, but want of space forbids. Our report has already gone much beyond our ideas at the commencement, but we are free to acknowledge we had then no proper conception of the richness of the field we were about to glean.
The events of the past few years have culminated in more than success. What at first promised to be a panic has resulted in the unification of the loyal Grand Councils, in the business of removing the state of doubt and indecision that has been the bane of the Rite for so many years, and placing on a firm basis all the claims made in behalf of the right of Grand Councils to control the Cryptic degrees. As the future source of inspiration in Cryptic affairs, we will be able to look to a General Grand Council, as we believe the ratification of the Provisional Constitution will take place; already New York, Ohio, Minnesota and Indiana have taken favorable action, and we hope Maryland will not fail to do likewise.
As to the jurisdictions which have “merged,” we believe some of them, if not all, will before a great while retrace their steps, as there are already indications to that effect, and in that event nothing remains but that those individuals, who have been arrayed among the opposition will lend at least a portion of their influence towards building up and strengthening the Rite. This accorded, there remains no greater boon to wish for.
For the Committee.
DANIEL SAYRE... Montgomery,
EDWIN A. RODGERS. Sonora. WILLIAM A. DAVIES. Stockton.
John O. ROWLAND. Fair Haven... J. K. WHEELER. Hartford.
D. M. DEWAR.
John CARLOVITZ. Milton.
CHARLES R. ARMSTRONG.. Macon. ANDREW M. WOLIHIN. Albany.
Wabash. John M. BRAMWELL. Indianapolis.
A. D. McCONAUGHY..... Atchison. Joux H. Brown. Wyandotte.
New Orleans.. | RICHARD LAMBERT.
John S. DERBY....
GARRA B. NOBLE. Detroit.
St. Paul.. WILLIAM CHENEY.....' Minneapolis.
WILLIAM H Mayo..... St Louis.
FRANK D. WOODBURY. Concord GEORGE P. CLEAVES. Concord.
ARCHIBALD J. WARK. N. Brunswick. CHARLES BECHTEL.. Trenton.
C. M. VAN ORSDELL. Wilmington. DONALD W. BAIN. Raleigh.
John D. CALDWELL... Cincinnati.
Woonsocket.. WILLIAM R. GREENE.. Providence.
ALBERT C. HUBBELL... Bennington... ARTHUR E. BOSWORTH. Springfield.
* No. 2 Red Lion Square.