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TUTiON, Article II; Article III, Sbetions 1, 5.

See Grand Representatives.

MILEAGE AND PER DpiM;.

1. A Committee on Mileage and Per Diem is appointed by the
Grand Sire at the opening of each annual communication of the
Grand Lodge of the United States. — Rule of Order, No, 9.

*' Most of the laws applicable to Past Grands and membership in Grand Lodges
apply to Past Cbief Patriarchs and membership in Grand Bncampmenta.



^4 ■ A DIGESt tiF 'THE tAWS 'Ot 'TltE-'

MILEAGE AND PEK DIEM—coNTmuEii • !l! ' i';!<'. .

2. Tlie' mileage and Jer diem allowed to- bffi«eris and' members of the
' • (r'rand Lodge of th^ tJriifed States iBd'etermiiied'by 'resolution

at each session of that Grand Body.— Joub. 2491, 25i62, 2598,
. ,, 2599, 2898i, 2899, 3064, 8066, 3216, 3333,. 3871^ 3483,

', , j 3483,i3542. ,,'.. ,/ '. ';;''';;,;'; ''i ''' . . ,;,■,,",',

3. No per diem is alio Wed for Suliday when the sessloB i does not

hold- over from one week to another.;— -Joue. 2301..

4.,,No .allowance .of mileage and per diem is, made- to a committee
sitting in the recess without .special instructions.— Joraj. 2494,
2531.

5- In ease of contested elections, mileage and per, diem is allowed
',! -to the, su,ccessfut. claimants only,,^JpnR. ,2166.,, ^,

OFFICEIIS QE; GttAl^D LODGE UNI^feD STATES.. ,,;

1. .The,' electiv.e, officers are :the iMost, 'W'flrthy; Grand: Sire, Right
! , .Worthy Deputy <xrand Sire, Right Worthy, Grand Correspond-"

ingand Recording .Secretary, and Right Worthy Grand Trea-
1 surer, T-^GoNSTiTUTioj!, Aeticle: III, Section 1.

2. The appoinjted officers , are the Right.Worthy, Grand Chaplain,
, Right '\^^orthy Grand Marghftl, Right Wwthy (Jrand Guardian,

' and R,ight Worthy Grand Messenger. — Constitution, Aeticlb
III, Section 2.

3. The Grand Sire, Deputy G;rand Sire, Grand Secretary and Grand

Treasizrer are elfeSted biennially air' the stated Session in Sep-
■ ' tember'.'^^CoNST'iTUTibN, Article ni, Section 1.'

. 4... The elections tal^e place by ballot on th^e second, day of the ses-
sion. The- officers are. nominated and, elected separately, be-
ginning with the Grand Sire and going regula'rfy down. A
majority of all [the, votes polled is necessary to, a choice.— =G()n-
STiTcTioN, Article III, Section ,1 ;, Akticle XIII, Section 5.

5. To qualify a brother for any offibe in the 'Grrand Lodge of the

i ■ United States 'h'e mtist 'have received the 'Grand' Lodge and
Grand Encampment 'degrees, ia,nd be a memlDe'r 'in good stand-
ing of both a' Subordinate Lodge and d Subordinate Encamp-
ment. — Constitution, Article XY, Section 1. i ,j-^. ,, ,, -

6. The officers elect are required t9,,be installed a,nd enter upon their

duties on the last day of the session ai whicb they "are elected.

•■ ' C0NSttTUTi6N,_ Article IIlj SiscTlbNl.'''' " ''- ■ ' •' I

. 7.. If- any officer elect should fail to appear at the time designated,
his office is declared vacant, and the Grand Lodge proceeds to
a new election to fill the vacancy, and the officer so. elected is
forthwith installed.^^GoNSTiTOTioN, Article III, Section 3.



QRANl) liOCGE OT THE tJKITEfr STATES. 95

OFFICERS GRAND LODGE UNITED STATlJS— coNTiN^Eb.
8. The appointed officers are nomitiatecl by the Grand Sire at the
time of his installation, and, if their nomination beapproved by
the Grand Lodge, they Continue in office during the term of the
' Grand Sire appointing them, unless remored by him for cause.
— Constitution, AktiCle III, Section 2.

9., All officers are required, to attend each, meeting of the Grand

Lodge,, and perform such duties as are enjoined by thp laws and

regulations of the Order. AU officers under thp presiding officer

. _ , are required to obey the directions of Jhat officer.— Conbiitu-

TiON, Article III, Section 4.

10. Th« Grand Secretary,; Grand Treasurer, and Grand . Mes.senger

receive for their services annual salaries of such amounts as
,may be from .time to time prescribed.,— Constitution, Articles
VI, VII; Article VIII, Section 4.

11. The other Grand OiEcers receive the same compensation as Grand

Representatives, which is fixed from time to time by the Grand
Lodge. — Constitution, Article XVII.

12. No officer, who is not also a representative, is permitted to vote,

except the Grand Sire in case of equal division, nor is any such °
, officer permitted to address the Grand Lodge, unless upon leave
first obtained. — 'Constitution, Article III, Section 5.

13. Any officer may, with the assent of a majority, be impeached and

tried by the Grand Lodge, and if convicted may be expelled by
a two-thirds vote, provided the charges shall have been fur-
nislied to the accused at least three days before the trial. — Con-
stitution, Article XI, 'Section,!. !

14. No/ officer on trial can exercise his office, but may be heard in

his own defeiice. — Constitution, Article XI, Section 2.

15. Suspension or expulsion from the Subordinate Lodge or Encamp-

ment to which an officer belongs will operate as a suspension or
exputeion, from office and membership in the. Grand Lodge of
the United .States. — Constitution, Article XI,' Section .3.

16. in case of the removal from office of the Grand Sire, or of his
' death, resignation, or inability to discharge the duties of his
, office, the .said duties devolve on the Deputy Grand Sire for the

unexpired term ;, and in case of the removal, death, resignation
,1 or inability bpth.of the Grand Sire and Deputy Gran4 Sire, the
duties of Grand Sire devolve upon the junior Past Grand Sire
until the next ensuing session,, when officers are required to be
elected and installed to fill' the vacancies.— Constitution, Arti-
• CLE' TV, Section 3.' • .'- *> ■.' i-''



90 . A DIGEST or THE LAWS OP THE

OFFICERS— GRAND SIRE., i , , ■ , , t , i , . . , ; ;

1. The Grand Sire is required to preside at all meetiugs of the Grand

Lodge-! of the United States; to preserve order therein, and
enforce the laws thereof; to nominate the appointed officers of
the Grand Lodge of the United States ; to appoint all com-
mittees of the body, unless ■ otherwise specially ordered; to gi\-e
the casting vote whenever the Grand Lodge is equally divided ;
to sign all orders on the Treasurer authoriised by a vote of the
Grand Lodge ■; and to decide all questions of order in the Grand
Lodge, subject to an appeal to the' Grand LddgeJ^CoNSTiTU-
TroN, Article IV, Section 1. Rules of Order, Nos. 24,
25. , .;. ■

2. He is required to exercise, during the recess of the Grand Lodge

of the Utiited States, a general superintendence over the interests
of the Order, giving advice aiid instruction, when called on, to
all Grand Lodges and Grand Ehcampin'ents, and to the Subor-
dinate Lodges and Encampments working under the. Grand
Lodge of the United States, upon all' subjects connected with
the Order, its laws, usages and ciistdms. — CoNST[TnTiON, Arti-
cle IV, Section 1.

3. He is empowered to hear and decide such appeals as inay be

submitted to him by Grand Lodges or Grand Encampments, or
by Subordinate Lodges or Subordinate Encampments working
under the immediate jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the
United States ; also to hear and decide such questions other
than questions arising out of their constitutions, ^s may be sub-
mitted either by Grand Bodies, Grand Masters, Grand Patri-
archs, Grand Representatives, or by Subordinate Bodies under
the immediate jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the United
States — -his decision in each case so submitted to be binding
upon the body or persons submitting it until the same be re-
versed by the Grand Lodge of the United States. — Constitd-
TiON, Article IV, Section 1.

■4. It is his duty to reclaim the charters of Subordinate Lodges and
Encampments working under the immediate jurisdiction of the
Grand Lodge of the United States which fail to make returns
for four successive quarters. — By-Laws, Article XVII.

5. He is empowered to receive petitions and grant warrants for the

opening of new Lodges and Encampments, Grand or Subordi-
nate, in places where Grand Bodies do not exist, and all war-
rants so granted are of force until recalled by the Grand Lodge
of the United States. — Constitution, Article IV, Section 1.

6. He is required to open or cause to be opened every Lodge or

Encampment, whether Grand or Subordinate, that receives a



GRAND LODGE 01 THE UNITED STATES, 97

OFFICERS— GRAND SIRE— continued.

warrant from the Grand Lodge of the United States, and to visit
the Subordinate Lodges and Encampments so chartered at least
onee a year, either personally or by deputy. — Bt-Laws, Arti-
cles I, n, III, ly.

7. All traveling and other expenses incurred by himself or his de-

puty at the opening of a Grand or Subordinate Lodge or En-
campment, are to be paid by such Lodge or Encampment. —
By-Laws, Article VI.

8. He is required to appoint all District Deputy Grand Sires, and is

empowered to call special meetings of the Grand Lodge of the
United States. — Constitution, Article IV, Section 1; Ar-
ticle xn.

9. He is required at the opening of every annual session to obtain

from the Grand Secretary an exhibit of the indebtedness of any
Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment, and place the same in
possession of the Committee on Credentials, to enable them to
report in conformity with the law which denies the right of vo-
ting to Representatives from Bodies which are in arrears for
money due the Grand Lodge of the United States. — Jour. 2530.

10. He is required at every annual session to make a report of his

acts and doings in his office. — Constitution, Article IV, Sec-
tion 1.

11. He is not allowed to vote, except when the Grand Lodge is

equally divided. — Constitution, Article IV, Section 1.

12. He cannot hold any elective office in any State, District or Ter-

ritorial Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment. — Constitution,
Article IV, Section 2.

13. The Grand Sire has no power, by dispensation or otherwise, to

authorize a Grand Body, even by a unanimous vote, to adjourn
to a place not authorized by its constitution or to do anything
in violation of its organic law. — Joue, 3182, 3234, 3266.

14. The Grand Sire has no right to authorize a Grand Master to

communicate the A. T. P. W. to a member of a Subordinate
Lodge.— Jour. 3513, 3558, 3587.

OFFICERS— DEPUTY GRAND SlRE.

1. The Deputy Grand Sire is required to open and close all the
sessions of the Grand Lodge ; to examine the Representatives
as to their qualifications before they take their seats, and make



98 A DIGEST OF THE LAWS OF THE

OFFICERS— DEPUTY GRAND SIRE— continued.

report to the Grand Sire ;_ to support tlie Grand Sire by his ad-
vice and assistance, and in his absence to preside ; and in caso
of the removal, death, disqualification, or refusal to serve of
the Grand Sire, to perfor&. the duties of that officer until the
next stated meeting. — Constitution, Article V. By-Laws,
Article XVI. Rule of Order No. 2.

OFFICERS- GRAND SECRETARY.

1. The Grand Secretary is required to make a just and true record

of all the proceedings of the Grand Lodge ; to keep the Jour-
nal of all secret sessions, the evidences of the unwritten work
and such alterations as may from time to time be made therein,
and all other records pertaining to the work of the Order, and
the explanations and lectures relative thereto ; to keep the ac-
counts of the Grand Lodge of the United States with the
bodies under its jurisdiction ; read all petitions, reports, and
communications ; write all letters and communications ; carry
on, under the direction of the Grand Lodge or Grand Sire, its
correspondence ; and to lay before the Grand Lodge all official
communications transmitted or received by him. — Cokstitu-
TioN, Article VI.

2. He is required to receive the returns of the Grand and Subor-

dinate Lodges and Encampments under the jurisdiction of the
Grand Lodge of the United States ; to receive all moneys for
the Grand Lodge, make' a record thereof, and forthwith pay
the same over to the Grand Treasurer ; to summon the mem-
bers to attend all special meetings ; to furnish each Grand
Representative, when he takes his seat, with a copy of the
Constitution, Laws and Rules of Order of the Grand Lodge of
the United States ; and to distribute, as soon as possible after
the close of each annual session of the Grand Lodge of the
United States, the printed Journal of its proceedings — one
copy of which is sent to each member of the Grand Lodge of
the United States ; one copy to each Subordinate Lodge and
each Subordinate Encampment immediately under the jurisdic-
tion of the Grand Lodge of the United States ; and to each
Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment twice as many copies as
it has Subordinates under its jurisdiction, the one^half of them
to be for its own use, and the other half to be distributed by
each amongst its Sulaordinates. — Constitution, Article VI.
By-Laws, Articles III, XVIII.

3. He is required to furnish the Grand Sire, at the opening of each

annual session, with ah exhibit of all Grand Lodges and Grand
Encampments that may be in arrears for money due the Grand
Lodge of the United States. — Jour. 2530.



GEAND LODGE OF THE tINITED STATES. 99

OFFICERS— GRAND TREASURER. *

1. The Grand Treasurer is required to keep the monies and all

evidences of debt, choses in action, deeds, &c. of the Grand
Lodge ; to pay all orders drawn on him by the Grand Sire,
attested by the Grand Secretary, under the seal of the Grand
Lodge ; to lay before the Grand Lodge, at its annual session, a
full and correct statement of his accountSj and to fui-nish in
advance a copy thereof to the Grand Secretary, to accompany
the annual report of the last named officer. — Constitution,
Article VII, Section 1.

2. He receives for his services such compensation as the Gra.nd

Lodge from time to time determines, and before his installation
he is required to execute a bond for the faithful performance
of his trust.— Constitution, Article VII, Section 1.

OFFICERS— GRAND CHAPLAIN.

1. The Grand Chaplain is required, at the opening and closing of
the Grand Lodge, to address the Supreme Ruler of the Uni-
verse in prayer, and perform such other duties in the line of
his office as may be required. — Constitution, Article VIII,
Section 1. Rule of Order No. 2.

OFFICERS— GRAND MARSHAL.

1. The Grand Marshal is required to perform the several duties of
that office, and to assist the Grand Sire in such manner as may
be from time to time required. — Constitution, Article VHI,
Section 2.

OFFICERS— GRAND GUARDIAN.

1. The Grand Guardian is required to prove every brother before
admitting him to enter the Grand Lodge, and to allow no one
to retire without the usual formality. — Constitution, Articlt-:
Vin, Section 3.

OFFICERS— GRAND MESSENGER.

1. The Grand Messenger is required to perform such duties ae the
Grand Lodge may from time to time. require for the convenience
and comfort of the members. — Constitution, Article VIII,
Section 4.

OFFICERS- DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND SIRES.

1. The Grand Sire is required to appoint, at every annual session,-
a District Deputy Grand Sire for each State, District, or Terri-
tory where there are not a Grand Lodge and a Grand Encamp-
ment. — By-Laws, Article XV.



100 A DIGEST OF THE LAWS OF THE

OFFICER^— D. D. GRAND SIRES— continued.

2. To qualify a brother for the appointment of District Deputj

Grand Sire he must be a regular contributing member of a
Subordinate Lodge and Encampment, and must have attained
the rank of Past Grand and of the royal purple degree, and in
a jurisdiction where a Grand Encampment exists he must also
be a member of such Grand Encampment. — By-Laws, Arti-
cle XV.

3. District Deputy Grand Sires are required, as the special agents

of the Grand Lodge, to do and perform whatever the Grand
Lodge or Grand Sire may order to be done in their respective
districts ; to exercise a general supervision over all Subordinate
Lodges and Encampments, (in their respective districts,) which
work under charters granted by the Grand Lodge of the United
States ; to act as the agents of the Grand Secretary, and obey
the special directions of that officer ; and to make semi-annual
reports of their acts and doings to the Grand Sire. — By-Laws^
Article XV.

4. District Deputy Grand Sires are not permitted in any case to in-

terfere with the Grand Lodges or Grand Encampments ; they
are appointed for one year, but their commissions may be re-
voked by the Grand Sire at any time, for cause. — By-Laws,
Article XV.

5. A District Deputy Grand Sire, in absenting himself temporarily

from his jurisdiction, has authority to appoint a qualified bro-
ther or brothers to install the officers of Lodges and Encamp-
ments during his necessary absence. — JonR. 1992, 2114, 2170,
2180.

6. A District Deputy Grand Sire has no right, by virtue of his of-

fice, to issue warrants for Lodges or Encampments or to re-
claim charters of Lodges or Encampments which persist in
irregular work ; he must report irregularities to the Grand Sire,
who alone, under the authority of the Grand Lodge of the
United States, can reclaim' or recall charters granted by that
Grand Body.— Jonii. 2561, 2629, 2664.

7. A District Deputy Grand Sire has no right to introduce visitors

whose cards are out of date. That power belongs to elective
Grand Officers only.— Jour. 2859, 2926, 2963.

8. In a State, District or Territory where a Subordinate Encamp-

ment but no Grand Encampment exists, a District Deputy
Grand Sire has the same power to grant dispensations to bro-
thers wishing to obtain the Patriarchal degrees out of the ju-
risdiction as a Grand Patriarch has where a Grand Encampment
exists.— Jour. 2910, 2962.



GRAND LODGE OF THE UNITED STATES.



101



OFFICERS— D. D. GKAND SIRES— continued.
9. A District Deputy Grand Sire has no power to grant tcithdrawal
cards to members of defunct Lodges or Encampments. — Jour.
3031, 3083, 3113.

OFFICERS OF STATE GRAND LODGES.

1. The elective officers of a State Grand Lodge are : Most Worthy

Grand Master, Right Worthy Deputy Grand Master, R. W.
Grand Warden, R. W. Grand Secretary and R. W. Gra^d
Treasurer. The appointed officers are : Worthy Grand Mar-
shal, W. Grand Chaplain, W. Grand Conductor, W. Grand
Guardian and W. Grand Herald. If the wants or convenience
of a Grand Lodge should require other officers, they may be
elected or appointed as the Grand Lodge shall provide. —
Digest or 1847, page 46. Jour. 1404, 1476, 1511.

2. No brother can hold office in more than one Grand Lodge at the

same time. — By-Laws, Article XII.

3. An elective Grand Officer has authority, within his own juris-

diction, to introduce visiting brethren without the usual ex-
amination.— By-Laws, Article XIV.

4. An officer who has been installed cannot be displaced for non-

attendance merely, in the absence of any constitutional pro-
vision or by-law on the subject. — Jour. 1146, 1290, 1316.

5. By voluntarily withdrawing from the duties of an office, a bro-

ther forfeits the honors thereof, and his successor who fills the
unexpired time becomes entitled thereto ; but if the office be a
salaried office he does not forfeit the compensation for the pe-
riod of service performed. — Jour. 1198, 1245, 1840, 1897,
1952, 2268, 2828.

6. The uniform term for officers of State Grand Lodges is one year.

Less service will not entitle an officer to the honors of the of-
fice, except in the case of a brother who is elected and performs
the duties of an office for the remnant of a term made vacant
by the voluntary resignation of the regular officer. — Jour.
1840, 1897, 1920, 1952, 1956.

7. An officer is liable to charges as other members and to impeach-

ment for official misconduct, and such punishment as the local
laws prescribe. — Jour. 1286, 1318.

8. The holding of office does not deprive a member of any of his

rights or privileges in the Lodge, such as debating or voting ;
but officers, whether elective or appointed, are not ex officio



102 A DIGEST or THE LAWS Or THE

OFFICERS OF STATE GRAND LODGES— continued.

entitled to vote, unless the local law confers that privilege —
and if the Grand Lodge be by its constitution a representative
body, they are not (unless they be Representatives) entitled to
vote at all except for Grand Of&cers. — Jouk. 776, 803, 1404,
1503, 1513, 2249, 2265, 2327, 2468, 2501.

9. It is not compatible with law to make the Encampment degrees
a qualification for office in a State Grand Lodge. — JonR. 1843,
1924, 1927, 2480, 2503.

10. Officers of State Grand Lodges, when visiting Subordinate

Lodges within their own jurisdiction, must give at the outer
door the same password as required of other members. — Jouk.
1992, 2114, 2170.

11. The first Noble Grand of a newly instituted Lodge being law-

fully entitled to and in possession of the honorary degrees of
Past Vice Grand and Past Secretary, is eligible to office, in his
Grand Lodge to the same extent as if he had performed actual
instead of constructive service. — Jour. 2452, 2468, 2501.

12. An officer of a State Grand Lodge vacates his office by taking a

withdrawal card from his Lodge, unless the card be immedi-
ately deposited with the petition for a new Lodge ; or, in case
of a change of residence, unless the card be deposited in a
Subordinate Lodge at his new residence within one month ;
and while holding such card, or until such new Lodge be in-
stituted, he can perform no official act. — Jour. 2560, 2628,
2665, 2674, 2798, 2799, 3000.

13. Upon occasions of installation of the officers of a Lodge, an

elective Grand Officer being superior in rank takes precedence
of a District Deputy Grand Master in performing the cere-
mony.— Jour. 3031, 3083, 3113.

14. A member in good standing may he elected to office in a State

Grand Body to which his Lodge or Encampment is subordi-
nate, although he does not reside within the State where such
Grand Body is located, provided there be no local prohibition.
— JoDR. 3113, 3558, 3587.

15. A Grand Master has powers and duties prescribed by the charge

books of the Order, and performs such duties as are required
of him by his Grand Lodge. He has supervisory power over
the Order within his jurisdiction, and must check the introduc-
tion of subjects foreign to the purposes o"f the Order, and he
is required to enforce the law suppressing the illegal publica-
tion of the work, cards and diplomas, as directed by the Grand
Lodge of the United States. — Digest or 1847, page 46.
Jour. 956.



GRAND LODGE OF THE UNITED STATES. 103

OFFICERS OF STATE GRAND LODGES— continued.

16. A Grand Master has no power by virtue of his oflSce to grant

dispensations for opening Lodges, but it is competent for bis
Grand Lodge to confer tbat power upon him. It is his duty
to install the officers of Subordinate Lodges, or to cause them
to be installed by a competent officer or Past Grand. — Jour.
866, 919.

17. A Grand Master must furnish written authority to a Subordinate

Lodge when permission is granted it by the Grand Lodge to
ask relief of other Subordinates. — Jodr. 860, 896.

18. During the recess of a Grand Lodge the Grand Master is to

some extent necessarily its substitute and representative ; but
during its sessions he does not form an independent part of the
legislative power. He should therefore not deny appeals from
his decisions, for if unconstitutional action should result there-
from, the wrong can be remedied by appeal to the Grand Lodge
of the United States. ^-Jour. 1108.

19. A Grand Master has no power summarily to remove an officer of

a Lodge, as his official relations are not with the officers of
Lodges but with the Lodges themselves in their Lodge capacity,
and therefore if a Noble Grand persist in permitting improper
work in violation of his instructions, the Grand Master should
require the Lodge to enforce the obedience of its officer under
penalty of being dealt with for insubordination. — Jour. 1839,
1897, 1952.

20. When visiting for instaliation purposes' a Grand Master is enti-

tled to take the chair of the Nqble Grand, but when visiting
upon other occasions, he is not entitled to that chair of right.
Jour. 2403, 2481, 2508.

21 .• A Grand Lodge cannot make the attainment of the Royal Purple
degree a qualification for the office of Grand Master. — Joue.
2480, 2487, 2503, 2507, 2508, 2520.

22. Upon principle a Grand Master should not hold office in a Sub-


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