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that is not strictly correct, as well as to see that nothing has been omitted, in order that the same may be presented to the Grand Lodge whenever required. He shall keep exact lists of the christian and surnames of all the members of the lodge, as also their residences, with the date of their admission and advancements; and shall send to the Grand Secretary a copy of such lists whenever required, with all the expulsions, rejections, deaths and resignations, which have taken place since the last time reported, in order that the Grand Lodge may be at all times enabled to know the names of the members of each lodge under its jurisdiction; as also he is to furnish the Grand Secretary with the names of all the officers who are elected, so that he may pay due respect to the brethren recommended by them. In some lodges he receives all monies due, paying them over to the Treasurer, from whom he is to take a receipt for the same. rants drawn by the Master for the payment of any sum of money voted for by the lodge are attested with his signature.
OF THE TREASURER OF A LODGE.
The Treasurer is also an elective officer, chosen by ballot, having a majority of the votes. He is to receive all monies due to the lodge, keeping correct entries of the same, and on no occasion to pay out any monies from the Treasury without the sanction of the lodge, on warrants drawn by the Master, and countersigned by the Secretary. His receipts and expenditures are to be regularly entered, and the vouchers always prepared, ready for examination, at such tim as the Master of the lodge may call for the same, or the bylaws require.
The Treasurer has likewise charge of all the furniture, jewels, and other property of the lodge, unless special committees or trustees have been appointed for that purpose.
The warrant or charter alone is in the proper custody of the Master.
OF THE DEACONS OF A LODGE.
The Deacons are appointed officers at the pleasure of the Master. They are to assist the Master and Wardens in the execution of their duty, prepare candidates, and perform such other services as are assigned to them.
OF THE STEWARDS OR MASTERS OF CEREMONIES.
The Stewards are to provide refreshments, whenever required by a vote of the lodge, and make report of the expenses to the Treasurer. As the custom of having refreshments is nearly obsolete, the office of Stewards is abolished in most of the lodges, and superseded by the Masters of Ceremonies.
OF THE TYLER OF A LODGE.
In order that due decorum be observed while the lodge is engaged in what is serious and solemn, and for the preservation of order, a brother, who has at least the degree of a Master Mason, is appointed and paid for tyling the outer door.
His appointment he receives from the Master, although the emolument is either fixed by the by-laws or custom. A brother is usually preferred to whom the fees of the office are an object. As his station always brings him in contact with visiters, many of whom must of course be strangers, it is recommended that the person so appointed should be of pleasing manners, and give every information (consistent with his duty) to the visiting brethen.
OF THE NUMBER TO BE INITIATED.
No more than five new members can at any time be made, nor can any person be made or admitted in a lodge, without being proposed at least one lodge night previous to his introduction, unless in case of emergency, or by a dispensation obtained in due form from the Grand Master, or the proper authority. Due notice must be given to all the members for the necessary inquiries to be made into the candidate's character.
PRIVILEGES OF LODGES.
The majority of every lodge when duly met, have the privilege of instructing their representatives respecting any particular object or vote in the Grand Lodge. It is customary for lodges who are at a great distance from the place where the meetings of a Grand Lodge is held, to appoint a brother who is to be a Past-Master, as their proxy to the Grand Lodge, to vote in their behalf. He is to be furnished with a certificate of such an appointment, under the seal of the lodge, and the signature of the Master and Wardens : which, if approved of by the Grand Lodge, he
is permitted to take his seat as proxy for such a lodge which he represents.
All lodges which cease to meet regularly for twelve successive months, without a dispensation from the proper authority, its charter shall be void.
OF THE BEHAVIOUR OF MASONS, AS MEMBERS OF A
EVERY brother ought to belong to some regular lodge, and should always appear therein at the time of opening, (of which he always receives notice,) properly clothed, and in clean decent apparel, subjecting himself always to the by-laws and the general regulations. He ought to attend all meetings, whether regular or special, (when duly summoned) unless he can offer such a plea of necessity as the laws and regulations require.
All members of a lodge, who are not in arrears or under censure, have a right to vote ; but no brother can be a member of more than one lodge under the same jurisdiction.
All Masons should work faithfully, at such hours appointed by the rules of the lodge, and approved by the Grand Lodge. The usual hours are from “ seven o'clock in the evening, until ten, between the 25th of March and the 25th of September; and from six until nine, between the 25th of September and the 25th of March.
The Master and Wardens shall faithfully finish all the regular work of the lodge, nor shall any brother envy another's prosperity, nor supplant him out of his work, if capable of finishing it.
All brethren shall weekly receive their wages, without murmuring; avoiding all unbecoming modes of expression, calling each other brother, or by such title as the lodge has honoured him with, and with that courtesy which should characterize Masons. It is also a duty incumbent on every brother who has the capacity, and whose leisure time will permit, to instruct the younger brethren, in order that in the course of time they may become expert workmen, that the lodge may have honour and profit thereby.
OF BEHAVIOUR IN THE LODGE WHILE OPEN.
While the Lodge is open for work, Masons must hold no private conversations or be assembled in committees, without leave from the master, nor converse of any thing foreign or impertinent to the work in hand, nor interrupt the Master or Wardens, or any brother addressing himself to the chair; nor act ludicrously while the Lodge is engaged in what is serious and solemn; every brother shall pay due reverence to the Master and Wardens, and all the brethren.
Every brother found guilty of a fault, after due and impartial trial, shall stand to the award of the Lodge; from which he has a right to an appeal to the Grand Lodge, whose decision shall be final and compulsory.
No private piques, or quarrels about nations, families,