United States Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows
--Considerable anxiety has been manifested by the members of the fraternity of Odd Fellows in regard to the actual session of the Grand Lodge
of the United States
, on account of the present distracted state of the country.
is the place designated for the meeting this year, and the Most Worthy Grand Sire
, the chief officer
in the order, Hon R. B. Boylston
, of South Carolina
, is in active service in the Confederate army.
A letter just received from James L. Ridgely
, of Baltimore
, Grand Secretary
of the Grand Lodge
, in answer to inquiries addressed to him, says that he has recommended a postponement until January, 1862, but thinks from the difficulty of effecting a correspondence with the Grand Sire
, that no action will be taken, and that the session will be held as usual — the Grand Sire
absenting himself from the meeting.
The free States, border States, and possibly Tennessee
, will be represented.
But as the Treasury is wholly impoverished by the terrible state of affairs into which our country is now plunged, the Grand Secretary
recommends that the representatives should come prepared with the necessary funds to take care of themselves during their stay in Baltimore
Probably the members will draw neither mileage nor per diem this year, which will prove a great hardship to those from distant jurisdictions.