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MASONIC UNION.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Having published on Saturday the report of the Committee of the Manopfo Union, will yon now please give your readers the other side of the subject of a “ grand lodge of New Zealand.” I enclose the articles, constituting a basis of union approved and recommended to the Grand Lodge for ratification by sixty-eight delegates, representing ninety lodges, who met in Wellington on September 11 and 12. The report you published on Saturday last ia the opinion of only nine brethren,—l am, etc,, T. 6. De Renzy, One of the delegates who signed the declaration constituting and forming the Grand Lodge of New Zealand on and after the 9th of November, 1889. Dunedin, September 30.

Resolved—That the following articles, constituting a basis of union, be approved and recoin * mended to Grand Lodge for ratification and embodiment in the constitutions of Grand Lodge, so far as necessary, when the same shall be drawn up ; Article L—The Grand Lodge of New Zealand shall consist of (a) a most worshipful grand master, elected by the Grand Lodge; (b) the masters and wardens for the time being of all lodges working under the Grand Lodge; (c) such officers as may from time to time be appointed or elected; (d) all brethren who at the time of the constitution of the Grand Lodge are present or past provincial or district grand officers, or are past masters and subscribing members of any lodge holding under Grand Lodge, and who shall within six months enrol themselves as members; an£ (e) the delegates appointed to the Convention. Article 2.—The grand master, if the Governor of the colony, shall have the right to appoint a pro. grand master. He shall'also appoint a deputy-grand master, and may, with the advice and consent of the' Grand Lodge, annually appoint grand superintendents of districts, who shall take rank next after the deputy-grand master, and who shell in their respective districts be the highest Masonic officers, and who bhall be the medium of communication with tbei Grand Lodge.

Article 3. The other officers of Grand Lodge shall consist of senior and junior G. wardens) G. treasurer, G. registrar, G. secretary, two G. chaplains, president board of general purposes, president board of benevolence, senior and junior G. deacons, 6. superintendent of works, G. director of ceremonies, G. Bible-bearer, 6. stan-dard-bearer, G. pursuivant, G. organist, Q. sword-qearer, 6. tyler, and twelve 6. stewards, and such assistant officers as may be elected. The four principal officers, viz., the pro. G: master, deputy G. master, senior and junior G. wardens, to be nominated, one to each of the large Masonic centres—Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, and Christchurch. Article 4.—The grand wardens and grand secretary shall be appointed annually by the grand master. . The other officers shall be elected, and not more than seven Grand Lodge officers' shall be resident in any one district. The grand secretary shall be paid such salary as the Grand Lodge may from' time to time determine. '

Article s.—Members of Grand Lodge may vote personally, or by written proxy, in the election of Grand Lodge officers. ' 1 Article 6 —The Grand Lodge of New Zealand shall recognise the following degrees, and no more, as being pore ancient Masonry—vis,, Entered Apprentice, Fellow Graft, Master Mason, Installed Master,' Mark Master, and the Holy Royal Arch, as these degrees are recognised and practised by the supreme governing bodies of the same in the United Kingdom,' Article 7. —Quarterly communications of the Grand Lodge shall be held in the months of Match, June, September, and December in each year. The elective Grand Lodge officers be nominated at the communication in March in each year, and shall'be elected at \he communication in June; but the first Grand Ledge officers who shall be chosen as soon after nominations are made and notice can be given after the establishment of the Grand Lodge shall hold office until the election and ln«tnlinf™ n 0 f their successors, as near as may be to St, John’s Day, in June, 1891. ' ‘ • Article B.—Communications of the Grand Lodge shall be held at least quarterly, at such time and place as may be found most convenient for the transaction of necessary business. ' Article9.—A w.rrantnnder the seal of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand, bearing date of the day of its establishment, shall be issued to every lodge which shall have signified its desire to hold under the said Grand Lodge, and'the i names of seven members of 'each lodge shall he inserted in such warrant. Provided that any locjge which shall' be by its parent Grand Lodge to retain its original warrant, shall be entitled so'to do on first surrendering the same to the Grand Master, to be reissued by him with an annextnre setting forth such facts as ard proper to be recorded for the purpose of declaring the lodge’s allegiance to the Grand Lodge of New Zealand, and in dne course the number of such ledge on the roll of the Grand Lodge, when the precedence of lodge* shall be determined. ■ ’

Article 10.—Until the Grand Lodge shall adopt utd jrjmuigate, as hereinafter pro- • I •

vided, a constitution and method of work of its own, it shall, for the regulation of its own proceedings, and so far as the same may be applicable, adopt and work according to the constitutions of the Grand Lodge of New South Wales ; but each lodge holding under it , hall continue to be governed according to the constitutions under which it he d its original charter, and shall be allowed to continue to work according to its accustomed form and manuer, under dispensation from the Grand Lodge. Provided always that any lodge, under whose present constitution the whole of its officers ate not elective, may amend its by-laws to make them

so. . Article 11.—Any lodge in existence prior to the constitution of the Grand Lodge may retain its present clothing and jewels. Article 12.—N0 constitution or ritual shall be adopted by Grand Lodge, nor any alteration made therein, until six months after full particulars of what is proposed shall have been submitted to every subordinate lodge; and it any clause or alteration contained in the proposals shall within that period be objected to by one-third of the lodges on the roll, it shall not be competent for the Grand Lodge to adopt it. Article IS. —ln all committees of Grand Lodge appointed within three years after its formation to consider any question affecting alterations of constitution or ritual, each of the three parent constitutions shall be equally represented. Article 14.—Each lodge shall be entitled to precedence on the Grand Lodge roll according to the date of its original charter or dispensation ; and, in order to enable all lodges to take advantage of this proviaon, the numeral roll of the Grand Lodge shall not be made up until twelve months after the formation of the said Grand Lodge.

Article 15.—Each lodge on signing the roll of the Grand Lodge shall pay a charter-fee based on the numerical strength of such lodge, at the rate of 2s 6d per member, but not exceeding in any case L 5 ss; and each member of Grand Lodge (except the masters and wardens of lodges) shall on enrolment pay a registration fee of 10s 6d.

Article 16. The contributions required annually from subordinate lodges towards the support of the Grand Lodge shall not, without the consent of two-thirds of the lodges on the roll first obtained, be increased above the average amount now contributed by lodges towards the government of the craft. Article 17.—The Grand Lodge shall have power to constitute district grand lodges, with jurisdiction over given areas, provided t|.at there be not less than twenty lodges working within each area, and that not less than twothirds of the total number of lodges included shall join in the request for the establishment of a district grand lodge. Article 18.—In order to provide full powers of local administration in districts where no district grand lodge is formed, the Grand Lodge shall have power to establish within any area in which not less than three lodges are working a district board of general purposes and benevolence. Such board shall consist of the past masters, masters of lodges, and officers of the Grand Lodge resident within the district. Article 19.—Subject to appeal to the Grand Lodge, such district boards shall, within their respective districts, have all the powers of a board of general purposes under a district Grand Lodge, and may establish a benevolent fund. Article 20. —Where a district grand lodge or a district board of general purposes and benevolence shall be established, there shall not be required a greater proportion than 10 per cent, from lodge contributions to benevolent purposes towards any general fund of benevolence which may be established. Article 21.—Such general fund of benevolence shall be managed by a board, of which the Grand Lodge shall elect a president and one member; and each district grand lodge or district board shall be entitled to appoint one member; and the board of benevolence shall, subject to approval by Grand Lodge, have power to make by-laws for dealing with such general fund of benevolence. Article 22.—The brethren now holding present, or past grand, or provincial or district grand lodge rank shall, on joining the Grand Lodge, be entitled to retain past rank of like grade. The following resolutions were adopted unanimously as recommendations to Grand Lodge 1. The Grand Lodge, in informing the grand lodges of England, Ireland, and Scotland ef its formation, and claiming recognition, shall express the undiminiahed affection and reverence entertained by its subordinate lodges for the Grand Lodge from which each obtained its original charter, and shall on their behalf prefer an humble request that each lodge under its jurisdiction may be permitted to retain its original charter as a memento of the past and an enduring reminder of the source from which it sprung. 2. That Bro. The Earl of Onslow, Past Grand Warden, England, be requested to permit himself to be nominated as first grand master. 3. That Bro. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Grand Master of England, be respectfully requested to honor the Grand Lodge of Hew Zealand by becoming its patron, The following resolutions were also adopted unanimously:— 1. That copies of the proceedings of this Convention be forwaided to every provincial or district and craft lodge in the colony, with an invitation to the district and provincial grand lodges to merge In tbs Grand Lodge, and to craft lodges which have not already done so to join it. 2. That each lodge be requested to at once forward to the secretary a complete nominal roll of its officers and members. 3. That a special committee, consisting of Bros. Gillon, Halbert, De Rensy, Hankins, and Niccol, be appointed to consider the question of clothing for the Grand Lodge, and to report to the first communication thereof. 4. That the existing committees of the Masonic Union be requested to continue to act in promoting the interests of the movement until the Grand Lodge is actually in operation. E. T. Gillon, Chairman. Geo. Robertson, Secretary.

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MASONIC UNION., Evening Star, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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