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Fraternal Correspondence.-R. E. SIR EDWIN J. MARTIN, Meridian. Triennial Conclave.-R. E. SIR L. A. BENOIST, R. E. SIR OLIVER L. MCKAY, E. SIR GEORGE B. POWER, R. E. SIR WILLARD H. SEAVEY, E. SIR T. Q. ELLIS, E. SIR W. A. JOHNSON, E. SIR MARSH HAINER.

PRESENTATION OF JEWEL TO RIGHT EMINENT SIR E. N.
THOMAS, PAST GRAND COMMANDER.

Right Eminent Sir William G. Benbrook presented to the retiring Grand Commander, R. E. Sir Emmet N. Thomas. a beautiful Jewel and a set of Shoulder Straps, to which Sir Knight Thomas graciously responded.

RESOLUTION OF THANKS TO RIGHT EMINENT SIR EMMET
N. THOMAS, GRAND COMMANDER.

Eminent Sir George B. Power presented the following resolution, which was, on motion, unanimously adopted by a rising vote, to which Sir Knight Thomas responded in a feeling manner:

Resolved, That the Grand Commandery express to retiring Grand Commander Emmet N. Thomas its appreciation for his administration as the head of the Grand Commandery of Mississippi, for his zeal and interest, for his labor and thought, and for the splendid address delivered at the opening of the Grand Commandery. That it is the hope and prayer of the Grand Commandery that Sir Knight Thomas may be spared many more years of usefulness as a man and Mason.

Vice-Eminent Sir B. J. Smith, the newly appointed Inspector of Commanderies, addressed the Grand Commandery with regard to the duties of his position, partially outlining his work for the year, and asked a pledge of hearty co-operation from all present, which was given heartily.

RESOLUTION OF THANKS.

Right Eminent Sir Oliver L. McKay submitted the following resolution, which was adopted unanimously by a rising vote of the Grand Commandery:

Resolved, That the thanks and grateful appreciation of the Grand Commandery be and are hereby tendered Miss Esther Curphey, Mr. Richard O'Leary, Mrs. J. W. Smith and Mrs. W. E. Kennedy, accompanist, for the beautiful musical programme so exquisitely rendered at the public exercises of welcome held in the Walnut Street Theatre, Tuesday morning; also to the Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for the use of this beautiful sacred edifice in which to hold our devotional exercises on Tuesday evening, together with the members of the

splendid choir, whose soul-stirring music was an inspiration to the Sir Knights and congregation present on that occasion.

ADJOURNMENT.

The Grand Commandery having concluded the business of the Fifty-Ninth Convocation at twelve o'clock noon, was adjourned until the Sixtieth Convocation to be held in the city of Holly Springs, on dates to be named by the Grand Commander.

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In Memoriam

TO THE

TEMPLAR DEAD OF SISTER GRAND
JURISDICTIONS

1918

By the hut of the peasant, where poverty weeps,
And night to the towers of the King,

Close, close to the cradle where infancy sleeps
And joy loves to linger and sing,

Lies a garden of light full of heaven's perfume,
Where never a teardrop is shed,

And the rose and the lily are ever in bloom-
"Tis the land of the beautiful dead.

Each moment of life a messenger comes

And beckons man over the way;

Through the heart sobs of women and rolling of drums

The army of mortals obey.

Now lips that have kissed not a motionless brow

A face from each fireside has fled;

But we know hat our loved ones are watching now In the land of the beautiful dead.

In Memoriam

ΤΟ

HOSE true and faithful Templars in this and and other Grand Jurisdictons, who, laying no claim to rank or titles, yet, who, by their unselfish zeal and unswerving devotion to the cause of Christ, and the welfare of humanty, have nevertheless earned imperishable honor in this life and unfading glory in the life beyond.

INFINITE SPLENDOR TO THEIR SOULS.

PEACE TO THEIR ASHES,

JURISDICTION OF MISSISSIPPI,

1918.

“Mors janua vitae."

(Death is the gateway to eternal life.)

The Departed Friend

Though he that ever kind and true
Kept stoutly step by step with you,
Your whole, long, gusty lifetime through,
Be gone a while before-

Be now a moment gone before,

Yet doubt not; anon the seasons shall restore Your friend to you.

He has but turned a corner-still

He pushes on with right good will

Through mire and marsh, by heugh and hill,
That self-same arduous way.

That self-same upland, hopeful way

That you and he through many a doubtful day Attempted still.

He is not dead, this friend-not dead,

But in the path we mortals tread

Got some few, trifling steps ahead
And nearer to the end.

So that you, too, once past the bend,

Shall meet again, as face to face, this friend

You fancy dead.

Push gaily on, strong hearts; the while

You travel forward, mile by mile,

He loiters with a backward smile

Till you can overtake,

And strains his eyes to search his wake,

Or, whistling, as he sees you through the brake,

Waits on a stile.

-Robert Louis Stevenson.

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