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spread before us like a picture in the distance whose gorgeous coloring and gilded surface entrance the vision, covering thereby its shades or imperfections, then is the time for youth.
There is a time for Joy. When the eye is brilliant with smiles, and the heart light with mirth. When hope's enchanting cup is circled with pearl and gems, sparkling in the sunlight of enjoyment, before one string has been broken or one brilliant dimmed by sorrow or disappointment. When the holy light which illumines fancy's paintings is fresh and glowing, when every scene is colored with happy thoughts, when imagination casts her magic spell on passing events, when on her tireless wing we soar, and by her powerful influence discover untold beauties. Before the feelings are seared by distrust, or the thoughts corroded by suspicion; before the heart is made sad by deception, or the mind stamped with unyielding reality, is the time for unsullied joy.
There is a time for Love. When from the well-springs of feeling rise up deep and fervent thoughts, when in the heart are awakened glad sensations, and undefined and varied hopes. Like the glow which gives brilliancy to the sunset cloud, whose light gradually changes to soft and mellow twilight filling the soul with devotion and gratitude, so does pure affection awaken thrilling memories, which give peace and joy in retrospect. But before the treachery of the world is known, or its bitterness felt, is the time for love.
There is a time for Grief. When musing on the buds of promise which fell and withered before us ere the flower was permitted to expand or shed its refreshing fragrance; when busy thought calls up the loves which gladdened our pathway, and brings again voices on every breeze like those which gave melody and sweetness to young existence ere the golden sunlight of joy had been obscured by clouds, or the wave of time became turbulent by the storms of adversity. When each fond remembrance is forever crushed, and the recollection of each departed joy rushes through the very springs of feeling, then is the time for grief.
There is a time for Peace. When nature's unutterable though powerful voice speaks in soft and gentle accents to the sorrowful spirit and with its music-tones brings rejoicing to the bursting heart, and bids it cease to feel its cheerless bitterness. The verdant hills, the cerulean sky, the glittering stars, give peace in contemplation. The little summer bird, whose entrancing melody as he rests on the grassy bank of the quiet stream chanting his evening song, speaks peace in eloquent tones to the listening ear. The very atmosphere speaks peace at the twilight hour, and instills its silent breathings into the thoughtful spirit until grief is utterly banished therefrom, and the eye swims with tears of ecstacy. Prompted by this silent though eloquent voice, whose silvery tones are given to the soul in abundant mercy, the spirit learns to trust in that God, with whom are the issues of life; in the order of whose providence there is a time for all things.
OUR Order has not been at a stand in the midst of the universal spirit of improvement which marks so distinctly the age in which we live. Originally instituted as a mere beneficial society, its single object was the relief of the sick and the succour of the distressed from a fund provided by the common constituency of each lodge. Its moral influences were in its then position rather incidental than elementary-its susceptibility of great improvement soon became apparent in the course of its progressive advancement, and the peculiar adaptation of its principles for a much more enlarged sphere of usefulness at once enlisted the active efforts of its friends in this country. Although the relief of the sick, the burial of the dead and the protection of the widow were among the noblest of human charities, yet Odd-Fellowship did not find in these offices of benevolence an ample field or sufficient bounds for its energies.
The Education of the orphans of deceased brethren was among the first and most interesting subjects of its enlarged benificence, and be it said to the eternal honor of our Order, that hundreds of children are now being reared to usefulness and virtue under the auspices and protection of our schools, who but for this beautiful auxiliary to our general efforts of benefaction would perhaps have been trained to vice and idleness. In the States of Maryland, New York and Virginia the fund provided for the education of the orphans of deceased brethren is already ample for the maintenance of large schools, especially in the first named State, where the number of children receiving its benefits exceeds one hundred. We live in an age in which perhaps a greater amount of enlightenment prevails than in many which preceded it, and we may add that the people, we mean the great body of the population of this country, are not surpassed by the citizens or subjects of any other nation in the world in the blessings of a common education. With very limited exceptions every body in the United States can read and write, and a large majority of our people are well informed upon all subjects which affect their various relations and interests, especially such as concern the equal rights, duties and obligations of the citizen, and the appropriate protection extended to all by the constitution and laws under which they live. If in contrast with this just representation of the enlightenment of our people we look abroad at the ignorance and degrading condition of the peasantry and working-classes of many other nations, we cannot fail to be gratified
that so mighty an element for the preservation of our liberties exists so universally among the people of our favoured land. In educating the children of our deceased brethren we are then not only training them to virtue, honor and value as citizens, but we are adding vigour to the great bond which unites us as a people and new strength to the tie which binds us as a brotherhood. Well then have our brethren engrafted upon the fruitful tree of Odd-Fellowship this new scion.
Another and kindred invaluable adjunct has been made to the Order in some of the States, and we trust will be introduced in every part of our jurisdiction-Library associations for the moral and mental improvement of the brotherhood have been formed, and we are pleased to say that in Maryland and New York these institutions are in the highest degree successful. The Grand Lodge of Maryland in the erection of the splendid new hall now building in the city of Baltimore, has provided a spacious suite of rooms for the accommodation of the Library Association of that State free of all charge. The number of volumes belonging to that body is already large and has been accumulated principally by donations from the brotherhood. To these apartments every member in good standing has free access and the privilege of reading any work upon receipting to the Librarian for the same-subject to the penalty of a small fine if not returned within two weeks. Here the brethren assemble in the evening after the toil of the day and amuse or improve their minds, as they may be inclined, by the perusal of good moral and instructive works. To say nothing of the invitation which such an institution holds out to restrain members from passing their evenings in other places, perhaps of doubtful propriety, the spirit of mental culture which it infuses is of incalculable benefit to the brotherhood. The advantage of reading and the consequent improvement of the mind arising from it when properly directed, it is needless in this place to attempt to enforcemall will at once concede its great utility as an adjunct to our beloved Order. Such an institution is well calculated not only to advance the individual character and value of the brethren as citizens, but is eminently adapted to elevate the Order itself in the world's good opinion. We commend these subjects to the earnest attention of the lodges throughout the country.
Odd-Fellows' Hall.—The Grand Lodge of Maryland has set apart the third Monday in September next as the day upon which the dedication of the spacious New Hall, now being erected by that body in the city of Baltimore, will take place. The ceremonies of the occasion will consist of a Grand Procession, Address, and an Oration. The Grand Sire, Grand Officers and Representatives of the Grand Lodge of the United States, which will then be in annual session, and brethren throughout the Uniled States in good standing are by resolution especially invited to be present.
The Hall is fifty-two feet front by eighty feet deep, and has four rooms on the first, two on the second and one on the third floor, exclusive of the anti-rooms. The front is in the Gothic style of architecture, and when finished will be one of the handsomest and most capacious buildings, for similar purposes, in the United States. A minute description of the whole building with an engraving of the front, will appear in a future number of the Covenant.
The Independent Odd-Fellow.-We cordially reciprocate the fraternal spirit extended to us in this useful periodical. Our worthy brother took fire at the institution of the Covenant, and it seemed to us that not content to war against the act itself of the Grand Lodge in establishing it, he was more disposed to individual assault upon our humble self its senior editor. We could not be drawn from our path to meet these attacks, either for the purpose of self-vindication or explanation-neither did we feel at liberty to use the pages of the Official Magazine to defend ourselves from personal assault; hence the imputations and insinuations directed against us individually have remained unanswered, and aspersions wholly unfounded have gone to the readers of the Independent Odd-Fellow with that implied sanction of their truth which so powerfully arises from silence. Now that the respected editor of that work has discovered the injustice that has been done to us in his publication heretofore, and has voluntarily and magnanimously wished that all that has been printed which referred to us individually had been unsaid, we receive in the spirit of OddFellowship his proferred hand of amity, and wish him a generous support from the brotherhood at large. If we know any thing about Odd-Fellowship, this act is in moral and practice of its genuine spirit.
The Rainbow. This work comes to us in a much improved shape both as regards the “inner and outer man." It is very creditable to its proprietors, and will prove, we feel satisfied, a valuable auxiliary to the Order whose welfare it so zealously advocates. We commend it to the patronage of the brotherhood.
Extract of a letter from P. G.-M. Purdin, dated Caracas, Aug. 26, 1842.
I am very much obliged to you for the books sent out I think the Covenant has been much improved, and I suppose with the new addition to the hall, the vast increase in numbers, the library, the temperance and school—all in a high state of prosperity-I suppose if an old reprobate! like myself should come into your sanctum sanctorum, you would scarcely know where such a fellow was picked up. Let me tell you, I hope some time to surprise you by a demand for entrance—I wish it were tonight-how much I desire to meet with you again-Go-on and build up the waste places-feed the poor widow, clothe
the orphan-by the way,
let me offer the following suggestion: create a clothing committee, whose duty it shall be to see to the poor orphans and furnish them with shoes and stockings during the cold season of the year, receive dry-goods for clothing and have the same made up and distributed to the needy. I think the subject would take well in the Order-it would be but a mere trifle from each member, and who would not rejoice to see the little children comfortable. As a motive to start this subject in the Grand Lodge I offer Fifty Dollars, to lay the corner-stone, and promise to contribute my quota every year hereafter. I request you to lay the subject before the Encampments also. To save time I send you an order for the money at once, in case it is wanted.
On the 11th inst. we had an earthquake—the heaviest felt since the great earthquake of 1812. It did not take us long to get into the street I assure you, and while standing there looking at the throng of persons waiting to feel the second shock, you can form no idea of the solemnity of the scene. Only think of 40,000 inhabitants in the street, waiting for the earth to groan and tremble beneath their feet and unable to conjecture the consequence. But thank God! we all escaped—no serious damage was done, except that some persons were very much frightened. I can assure you the sensation is very unpleasant—and what made it still more solemn to me, I had the corpse of a young Indian laying in the house, and the friends of the deceased fled into the yard crying mercy! mercy! and crossing themselves—in the most doleful manner the bells tolling and all standing uncovered, waiting the mercy of God. I hope we shall not soon have such another.
Remember, cold weather will soon be here—the orphans will want clothing-let no time be lost!
Virginia and North Carolina-Extract of a letter from D. D. G. Sire G.
M. Bain, dated Portsmouth, Va., January 18, 1843. Herewith I transmit you the reports of the installation of the Grand Encampment of Virginia—the Encampment at Wilmington, N. C. and the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Since the installation of the Grand Camp of Virginia such have been my engagements and absence from home that it was not convenient to make report before. Enclosed I send you $30 for the charter of the Grand Camp of Virginia-$30 for the charter of Campbell Encampment, No. 1, of North Carolina, and also $54..45, the dues from Washington Lodge, No. 3, of North Carolina, from her commencement to the installation of the Grand Lodge of that State, as will appear I presume by the reports of that lodge forwarded, as I understand, to you last week by mail.
The Order in North Carolina is in right hands—such as will sustain its moral standing in society. On Saturday, the 7th inst., a procession was formed consisting of Cape Fear Lodge, No. 2, and of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, which marched through the principal streets of the town