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might do this with much propriety; but, as an officer of his Lodge, he can hardly, if his heart be right, fail to perform so small a task of justice and good-will: for, with how little trouble to himself can he thus confer a real pleasure on a brother!
HE Treasurer of a Lodge occupies a responsible
and important office, which should be always
confided to a brother known to possess correct business habits and the strictest honesty. For he is expected, not only to keep a rigid account of bis receipts and expenditures, but to be most punctual in the payment of benefits due the sick and distressed brothers. It is emphatically his duty to call, each week, on such brothers, to give comfort and consolation in a double capacity. His delay, even of a single day, may sometimes cause a great amount of real distress and disappointment. It may, too, bring a reproach upon the Lodge and the Order: for there are always enough people to watch the course pursued by Odu-Fellows toward each other in cases of illness, and to sneer at our professions if we do not happen to fulfil them to the very letter.
When a Lodge once elects a good Treasurer, it should keep him elected so long as he may be willing tc retain the office.
It is the duty of the Treasurer to receive at each meeting whatever funds may be paid into the hands of the Secretary, (through which all moneys must pass,) and be so correct, careful, and honest as to give the Lodge the most complete confidence that it is secure from any pecuniary loss. He should te ready, whenever called upon, to inform the Lodge of
its pecuniary condition, and be prepared to surren. der, at any moment, his trust with honor, in case he should be desired to do so. It has been well and truly said, for the consideration and reflection of the Treasurer, that “on the proper management of the fiscal concerns of a Lodge mainly depends its ability to render assistance where it is needed, and at the time it may be required.”
It is expected of the Treasurer, that, prior to his installation as such, he should give a joint and several bond, with two approved sureties, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office. These sureties should be bona fide, so that the Lodge may not be under the unpleasant necessity of rejecting them at the time of installation. In case they shall be men of insufficient responsibility, the Lodge should not hesitate, from motives of delicacy, to reject them promptly; for the laws of the Order and of the Lodge should ever be paramount to individual consideration.
THE CONDUCTOR. HE office of Conductor is a most important CUF one-one which few men, comparatively, are
qualified to fill. The Conductor should be a conpetent reader, and understand something, also, of elocution. His duty is a peculiar one ; in fact, on the impressions he may make often depend the subsequent conduct and usefulness of the Odd-Fellow.
HE Warden, also, should be competent to read
well, and to make a proper impression on the neophyte. It is his duty, likewise, to see that the regalia for the use of the members, at the opening of the Lodge, is properly provided, and to collect and preserve it in a careful manner at the close. He must canvass all votes on motions and resolutions, and act as messenger of the Lodge (during its sittings only) when desired to do so. He must also see that no improper person is in the Lodge at its opening.
m office can be of more importance than that
of Guardian. On the Guardian much de
pends. If he neglect or refuse to perform his duty, the Lodge might soon become a scene of confusion. It rests with him almost entirely whether an improper person shall enter the ante-chambers of the Lodge. He should therefore be wary, and promptly require every person whom he might suspect, to give a good account of himself, or report him to the proper officer. He should be a man of nerve, too-one who would not for a moment hesitate to eject forcibly, if requisite, any person who might presume to deceive or intrude upon the Lodge.
THE SUPPORTERS. HESE officers are more useful and necessary ut to a Lodge than many are apt to suppose. * They have duties to perform, which, in more than one sense, are important. Among these, nct the least is that which requires them to remind the presiding officers of any omissions which they may make in the prosecution of their business. They should ever remember that the eyes of the brethren are upon them, and that on the faithful and correct performance of their duties depend in a great mes. sure their prospect of future preferinent, and final elevation to more responsible positious.
*T is optional with a Lodge whether to appoint
a Chaplain or not. His duty is to open and
close the meetings with prayer, (using none other than the prescribed form.) to attend at funerals of deceased brothers, and to officiate on all public occasions where the Lodge may require his attendance. It is scarcely necessary to add that the Chaplain should be, if not a Christian, at least a moral man.
THE JUNIOR PAST GRAND.
LTHOUGH the Junior P. G. is not, properly speaking, an officer of the Lodge, he holds
a dignified and honorable position. He is looked upon as a sort of father--as a person of experience, whose opinion is of much weight-and he should always be ready and competent to give correct counsel. The Lodge looks to him, as well as to the other Past Grands, for example. He and they should therefore be regular attendants; they should manifest a concern for the welfare of the Lodge and the members, and evince by their conduct that they had not lost their interest in the Order since they had received the highest honor their Lodge could bestow upon them.
VERY member of the Order is so familiar with
the use of this instrument, as our emblem of authority, that it is scarcely necessary to advert to it in this Manual. We will merely say, however, that our familiarity with it as Odd-Fellows must not produce in our minds a forgetfulness of its suggestions. We must obey the authority it represents promptly and cheerfully; thus shall order ever reign in our Lodge.
HE Committee of Relief.—This is the most inportant committee of the Lodge. It sometimes
consists of the elective officers, sometimes of both elective and appointed, (the best plan,) and sometimes of three or more other brothers.
This committee, or a member of it, should deem it their solemn duty to visit a sick brother immediately on learning the fact of his illness. And they should, in their turn, each visit such brother once at least during the week, and report such visits to the Lodge at its meeting. We cannot too strongly express the “solemn obligation" of this committee. How unlike the true spirit of Odd-Fellowship--what a mockery of what we as Odd-Fellows profess-is the neglect of a man, specially appointed for the purpose of carrying out one of the commands of our Order, to aid and comfort his sick brother! We are all subject to sickness; every one of us, in his turn, may some day need the presence and assistance of a member of our fraternity. Oh! if we refuse our assistance now to those who need it—and that even after we have specially promised it by accepting a certain position in our Lodge--what can we say if, when our time shall come, we shall suffer by a similar neglect?
The duties of this Committee of Relief do not merely cousist in visiting and conversing with a sick