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THE LAST LODGE.

When the last of the stars dimly flashing, See old Time to its end hasten on ; "When planets to ruin are dashing. And the sun’s light is pallid and wan— Through the halls where the Masons are founding, Their temple, majestic and grand, Shall be heard that last cry, loudly sounding : “Hasten, Brothers! the morn is at hand !” East and West, North and South, through all nations, The work at that call will have ceased, And the Brethren, observing their stations, Shall look in calm faith to the East; Joining hands over valleys and highlands, Where each stands in the land of his birth, Shall be seen o’er all continents and islands, But one Lodge on the face of the earth. To the Master’s stern voice loudly crying; “ Have the Masons obeyed my commands ?” Comes the voice of the craftsmen, replying : “ Look with grace on the work of our hands! In our feeble and poor earthly fashion, Wc have sought to hew out the rough stone; Let the depth of eternal compassion For the faults of our labor atone ! ” “What’s the hour?” cries the voice of the Master, They answer, “ Lo.v Twelve,” but behold, The rays of Thy morning come faster, To our eyes all its glories unfold ! At His nod see all veils rent asunder ; And, while earth sinks to chaos and night, ’Mid loud peals of the echoing thunder, Shall the Brethren be brought to pure light. Illness of Bismarck. — Several eminent physicians declare Bismarck to be suffering from a mild form of small-pox. The latest news is that he is worse. The Cape. —A telegram of the 10 th states that Sir Garnet Wolseley’s departure from the Cape will probably bo delayed, owing to the state of affairs. The Boers have intercepted despatches between Pietermaritzburg and Prettoria, and Kruger, a prominent opponent of the annexation, has been arrested. American Nicknames.--— -The nicknames of people in the different States are very amusing. The inhabitants of Alabama arc called Lizards ; of Arkansas, Toothpicks ; of California, Goldhunters ; of Colorado, Rovers; of Connecticut, Wooden Nutmegs ; of Delaware, Muskrats ; of Florida, Fly-up-thc-Creeks ; of Georgia, Buzzards ; of Illinois, Suckers ; of Indiana, _ Hoosiers ; of lowa, Hawkeeyes ; of Kansas, Jayhawkers ; of Kentucky, Corn Crackers; of Louisiana, Creoles ; Maine, Foxes ;of Maryland, Craw Thumpers ; of Michigan, Wolvennies ; of Minnesota, Gophers ; of Mississipi, Tadpoles ; of Missouri, Pukes ; of Nebraska, Bugeaters ; of Nevada, Sage Hens ; of New Hampshire, Granite Boys; of New Jersey, Blues, or Clam-catchers ; of New York, Knickerbockers ; of North Carolina, Tar-hoilers, or Juckoes; of Ohio, Buckeyes ; of Oregon, Webfoot and Hardcases; of Pennyslvania, Penances and Leathcrheads ; of Rhode Island, Gun Flints ; of South ’ Carolina, Weasels ; of Tennessee, Whelps ; of Texas, Beefheads ; of Yermont, Green Mountain Boys ; of Virginia, Beadles ; of Winconsin, Badgers.

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THE LAST LODGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 48, 15 January 1880

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