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honors from the hands of the Craft, which would warrant him in assuming a dictatorial tone, or applying terms of contempt to a worthy Brother, whom the Fraternity of Iowa have thought worthy to be elected their Grand Master. We would recommend to Brother Brennan to study the principles of our time honored Order more attentively; and we trust Brethren will discountenance such objectionable effusions as he has recently seen fit to publish in the American Freemason.
APPEAL FROM THE GRAND MASTER.
A YEAR ago last October, an appeal was taken and allowed from the Grand Master of Illinois to the Grand Lodge. We thought it wrong at the time, and we have not seen any reason to change our opinion. The following remarks of the Committee on F. C. of Vermont, tally exactly with our own views :
We had hoped that a whole year of reflection and research would have convinced our brethren in Illinois that there is no “ right of appeal from the decision of the Grand Master ruling a motion out of order;" but they seem rather to be confirmed in their opinion, and quote the able argument of Brother Abell, of California, in their behalf, with entire approval. Your committee can neither indorse the opinion nor the argument, believing the true doctrine to be that, under the ancient landmarks of the Order as the rule and guide of his acts, the Master is absolute, in the East, and that no appeal can be taken from his decision. The disposition to popularize and soften down the distinguishing features of Ancient Freemasonry, to suit the whims and caprices of this progressive age, we protest against, and we can conceive of no effect which will more certainly follow a cause, than that of anarchy and confusion among the craftsmen at work upon the Temple, from destroying the controlling power of the Master builder. Say it is despotism, and characterize it as despotic power, if you please, it is yet a despotism whose ruling principle is love, and which in the lapse of ages has infringed no brother's right and trampled on no Masonic law.
HYMN OF YGGDRASILL, THE TREE OF THE
Ye children of Time! ye men of earth!
That tree is the wondrous Yggdrasill!
The Tree's other name is Time-old Time!
Though old it hath grown, its branches fair
Draw near, sons of Time! hear the Ash Tree sigh!
* The four winds of heaven, or, more properly, the four seasons, which, as they roll, con. sume the energies of Nature, and hurry all forward to the day of final doom.
They destroy each shoot, and the fibres small,
The Tree of the World more ills shall know;
Hear ye the mysterious, mighty tone,
The Eagle doth sing of that old Tree !
Ye men of Earth! will ye stand and fight
Fight on! fight on! with th' infernal bands !
THE GRAND CHAPTER OF MISSISSIPPI SUS.
TAINS THE G. C. OF MICH.
The following is an extract from a report made by a special committee to the G. C. of Mississippi, in January last, and which was adopted by that body :
“So much for the history of the G. G. Chapter ; and as far as this Committee has knowledge, of the action of the G. Chapters in favor of its dissolution. Other Grand Chapters may have taken like positions, but the Committee have not been favored with their proceedings.
“ To understand whether it be expedient or not to continue the existence of a society or organization, it is well to look at the past history of its acts and examine into its power and the probabilities for its exercise for good or evil for the future.
" The original purpose of the creation of the body under consideration as a Grand Chapter, no doubt was good, nor would we dispute that its action was beneficial in extending its jurisdiction over unoccupied R. A. territory; but beyond this we know of no positive good which it has done, either by its legislation, wisdom or example ; and whatever may have been the utility, real or apparent, of its original organization, now that R. A. Masonry has become so extended and so many Grand Chapters established, none at the present day exists. It has never been enabled to establish a uniform mode of work among its Subordinates, nor has its own work been remarked otherwise than for its singular form—its beauty has never attracted attention. Having no positive virtues, has it been wholly negative in its character? We cannot say that it has done any great evil. It has, in one case at least, violated its own Constitution, in requiring Carrollton Chapter, in this State, to pay dues to the G. G. Chapter after the establishment of this G. Chapter, and, but recently, its G. G. High Priest invaded the jurisdiction of Michigan, and declared a Charter issued by the Grand Chaper a nullity, and its Exalted no R. A. Masons. Of course the G. Chapter of Michigan treated the mandate with contempt, and directed its Subordinates to pay no attention to its directions. We are not aware that it has ever been the means of producing harmony, while we thus see that it has the power and the will to create discord, by its usurpations. If, however, it may have at any time exercised its influence or authority in quelling disturbances between Grand bodies, the time for that action has passed away; for harmony between such bodies can only be disturbed by questions of jurisdiction, and the law touching that subject is, at this day, too well settled and known for such conflicts again to occur.
“But it is hardly worth while for the Committee to attempt to establish a character of a body which has so little. We will make a suggestion, however, that though it has, with the above mentioned exception, proved itself heretofore only a
King Log,' it is by no means certain that it will remain so. The recent effort made in the Paris Congress, to introduce new rules and regulations on a subject on which we may well feel sensitive in this latitude, should warn us in time to avoid the danger by a destruction of the only instrument by which we can be assailed. Although it never has had the power to produce uniformity of work, yet it has the dangerous power to create this fatal discord.
“Some years ago it established, or pretended to establish, a system of work. At the following triennial meeiing, the Gen. G. High Priest decided that it was optional with the G. and Subordinate Chapters to follow that work or not; and at the very next Convocation, the G. G. Chapter decided that it had never adopted any system of work! If we could entertain any reasonable hope that the future would produce higher and better results; that the G. G. Chapter would exceed as much in wisdom as it does in authority, the G. Chapters, our objections might be weakened; but we can perceive no such promise, and we have thus only to contemplate future evil, or, at least, to expect for the G. G. Chapter a useless but expensive existence.
" In the language of the M. E. High Priest of Indiana :