Masons on the Mountain

From the Virginia (Nevada) Territorial Enterprise, Sept. 9, 1875

(A re-enactment of this event is performed every 5 years by Escurial Lodge #7)

Next Re-enactment:  Sept 2015

(When reading this document, please bear in mind that it was prepared for a “frontier newspaper” almost 125 years ago … be prepared for spelling and grammar errors … and “read between the lines”.)

The meeting of Virginia Lodge No. 3 upon the top of Mount Davidson, the highest Lodge ever opened in the United States if not the world — The cause of this unusual proceeding their improvised alter, chairs, etc. The doings, speeches, attendance, etc.

This world has existed so long that is difficult to do anything that never was done before. If it be true, as alleged, that history repeats itself and must be equally true that the actions of men are repeated, will record of these comes constitute the history of the world. In this turning over the doings of the world, whereby the transactions of former years when the world was young, are brought again, by the revolving centuries, to the summit of action, so as to appear starting in new, it is fitting that the land like ours, freshly won from the scenes of nature, should be the field of that action. The world was young in the arts, sciences and civilization, if not in years, when they were first enacted, and it is eminently proper that they should be reproduced in a land where civilization is a recent importation, and where surroundings are counterparts of those which existed in those far off years.

A step in the repeating history of the world was taken by Virginia Lodge No. 3 of Free and Accepted Masons yesterday and a cycle in the history world was completed. By the burning up of the Masonic hall in this city last May, the brethren were deprived of their place of meeting. They were then, with others similarly situated, invited to the Odd Fellows Hall, and were glad to except of the courtesy’s thus rendered them. When, by the destructive fire of last Friday morning, they were again deprived, with their benefactors and others, of a place where they might congregate and to themselves, as were many of their ancient brethren in the earlier days of masonry, without a place of meeting, it occurred to them to imitate those earlier patrons of the art; and, as their ancient brethren were wont to hold their meetings on the tops of high Hills, or in low valleys, they resolved to hold Lodge upon the mountain top the place of meeting was certainly the strangest one of modern days. The brethren and the present day are accustomed to hold their communications in the upper chambers, for the better security they afforded, but here was an instance where original custom was to be one wedded to an original rite. The custom of meeting upon high hills naturally out of the practice of the early Jews, who built their temples, schools and synagogues in the conspicuous places. This seems to have met in those early days with the approbation of the Almighty, for we read in Ezekiel where He said “Upon the top of the mountains the whole limit thereof, shall be most holy.” Before the erection of temples even, celestial bodies were worshipped on hills and terrestrial ones in valleys. The early Christians, whenever it was practicable, erected their churches on eminencies.

Top of Mount Davidson is by actual measurement 7,828 feet above the level of the sea, the apex for which the flag then rises along 1,622 feet above the level of the street corner of Taylor of somewhat is 3,500 feet west of the city so that in a straight line from B Street, corner of Taylor to the foot of the flag staff, it is a little over 3857 feet or not far from 3/4 of the mile. But the traveled routes the distances long and tedious. Footmen can go direct over the track run by the racers. Horse and foot can pass through Taylor Street and Taylor ravine to the ridge, and thence to the summit. Bullion ravine is passable for horse men by starting the eastern base of the mountain and winding to the west of the peak. Besides these, there is a route by the way of the Ophir grade to the top of the ridge to the west, thence back east to the top. This is the route by which most carriages made the summit yesterday.

The Lodge:

Never since the morning stars sang their lullabies over the cradled earth was there a more perfect representation of a Masonic Lodge room than one in which the members of Virginia, No. 3 and their visiting and brethren held communication yesterday. This existed not only in the Charter, the greater and the lesser lights, and the number requisite to compose a Lodge, but it was literally bounded by the extreme points of the compasses. Its dimensions from east to west embraced every clime from north to south. Its covering was no less than the cloudy canopy, and it’s only where this is wanting that the literal supports, the three great pillars of wisdom, strength and beauty, are needed. But, metaphorically, there were all there, for where, a Lodge room, was never seen such wisdom into contrived, strength to support, and beauty to adorn? Verily, it was a meeting and the temple of deity, and the wisdom, strength and beauty which are about his throne were present in the symmetry, order and grandeur of this primitive Lodge room. It was a Lodge, the dimensions of which, like the universal chain of friendship of the order, included the entire human family. Upon the brow of the mountain, and the little south of the flag staff.
An alter of rough ashlar had been improvised, wherein rested the three great lights of masonry. Beside them stood the representatives of the three lesser lights. Rude chairs had been built of rough granite for the Worshipful Master, Sr. and Junior Warden’s, while the Deacons found ample accommodations among the boulders around. A large G had been cut from sheet metal and nailed to the flag staff. The Tyler was indeed in trouble, for such a place how could the lodge be duly tyled in accordance to modern usage. But, under the direction of the Worshipful Master in a row of pickets, designated by white badges on their left arms, were stationed all around the summit. They were near each other, so than none could pass without permission. In that way, the approach of cowens and eavesdroppers was effectually guarded against. On reaching the summit the brethren and busied themselves with dispensing and partaking of corn, wine and oil.

A bounteous collation had been prepared by the lodge, and members were most well provided with the means of refreshments, and nourishment and joy. These were dispensed with a liberal hand. All were welcomed and partook with an appetite sharpened by the labor of the ascent and the fresh air which swept the summit with freedom known only to Washoe Zephyrs. While all this was going on the members of Virginia Lodge No. 3 and the visiting brethren were engaged in registering their names. Instead of the regular Lodge register, large sheets of drawing paper had been prepared to receive the signatures with a view to framing them and hanging them among the adornments of their Lodge room when it is ready for dedication. This work of obtaining the names of those present took upwards of two hours. At length, the hour of opening having arrived, the craft were called from refreshment to labor by the sounding of the gavel in the east. The task of clothing was also a tedious one. Ample provisions have been made for this, but some of the brethren of present were compelled to improvise the emblem innocence and badge of a Mason by making a white apron of their pocket handkerchiefs. It was found, however, to be a practicable to satisfy the presiding officer of all present were master masons, in a special dispensation was granted by Robert W. Bollen, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Nevada, that the Lodge be opened then and there, without form, for the regular transaction of business. The opening ode was therefore sung by the lodge quartet composer Professor E. Pasmore, George N. Ellis, GL Foster and G. W. Dorwin; a brief prayer was offered a by Rev. G. D. Hammond, and the white Masonic flag, more ancient than the golden fleece or the Roman Eagle, for first time in the history of the world, displayed from amount top of Mount Davidson. As the wind unwrapped its folds and displayed the square and compasses and letter G emblazoned thereon it was treated by three cheers and a tiger that must have been heard for miles around.

The Lodge is then declared duly opened, the following officers being present to wit: Albert Hires, Worshipful Master, Alexander Dunn, Senior Warden, Charles Harper, Jr. Warden, George H. Dana, Treasurer, G. F. Ford, Secretary, Philip Seldner, Senior Deacon, John Cameron, Jr. Deacon, John Farnsworth, WP Blight, Stewards, J.A. McQuarrie, Marshall, C. L. Fisher, Chaplain, EJ Pasmore, Organist, ES Kincaid, Tyler, Thomas P. Jones, E. Chamberland, Alexander G. Cowan, James W. Sill, John Abbott, William J. Mcmillan, David L. Jones, G. W. Robertson, J. H. Dyer and TX Gayett, Sentinels.

It will not be amiss in this connection to state that:

The Jewels Worn by the officers of the Lodge just been subjected to a fiery ordeal. They were made of Ophir bullion in the year 1863 at the order of the late Colonel W.H. Howard and by him presented to the Lodge. Their cost was five hundred dollars. They were saved from destruction which laid waste the Masonic Hall in the early summer, the fire of last Friday morning found them in the hall of the Odd Fellows, where the lodge met after being burnt out. They were mourned over as lost but, were finally dug out of the ashes nearly perfect, with a single one been missing. Some of those recovered have had portions melted away, there is enough left to show the original designs and to carry the identity down to future generations.
There were also present at the opening the following: Grand Officers. Robert W. Bollen, Grand Master, J. M. McGinnis Marshall. Past Grand Officers. JC Currie, G. W. Hopkins, Past Grand Masters. R.T. Mullard, Past Deputy Grand Master. CF Brandt Past Grand Warden. R. H. Taylor Past Grand Secretary. The lodge being informally opened, several ladies who had made the ascent were admitted, as also were several children, among them two of Honorable C.E. Delong, together with their Japanese attendant. Past Grand Master JC Currie then introduced Robert W. Bollen, Worshipful Grand Master of Nevada, who was invited by the Mason’s to accept the chair and preside over the lodge. Invitation was accepted. In taking the chair the Most Worshipful Grand Master thanked the Brethren for the honor conferred upon him. He had been 28 years of member of the fraternity, but that was the happiest moment of his life.
He then alluded to the custom of ancient brethren to meet on high hills or in low valleys. Virginia Lodge, No. 3, has ascended the mountain and given rise to the great occasion by opening Lodge higher than it any ever opened in United States.

The Grand Master then gave accounts of some preliminary meetings which had been held on the Coast on top of the hills. He spoke of our near Ragtown, where the brethren and had come together in that way to raise money and provisions for suffering immigrants, and over which he had the honor to preside. He also mentioned a similar gathering in Eureka, in 1851 and at Auburn, California. The he also gave the account of another preliminary meeting held in that way when the first degrees never conferred in the lodge were conferred on a hill.

But none of these were gathering is like the present, and he thanked the brethren that he had been called upon to preside over their deliberations. The lodge the open for the regular transaction of business, and a petition was read, receive and referred. A communication was presented, in which Bishop Whitaker offered to the lodge the use of the school room belonging to St. Paul’s church in which to meet. The communication was ordered on file, and the thanks of the lodge tendered in return.
The bills were presented and referred. JC Currie of the committee on resolutions in regard to the death of Brother Thomas Stephen presented his report.

This closed the regular order of business. Under the head of “The Good of Masonry”, The Honorable C.E. Delong was called for, and responded very happily the following brief sketch of his remarks not doing him justice: He had only just been apprised of the fact that brother who was expected to talk to brother was not present. Mr. Delong alluded to the fact that events, however unimportant in themselves, and considered trifling at the time, not infrequently marked great epochs in the world’s history. The events of the day, although considered but the events of a holiday, would be the marked epoch in Masonry.

The speaker pictured forcibly the rise and fall of nations. It was a private glory of the craft that it had survived the fall of governments and always changes of the moving world.
They were assembled beneath the all-seeing eye of Him who is the Grand Architect of the Universe, and it behooved each brother, with that lights shining into his heart, to ask yourself if he was living true to the tenets of the Order and to the lessons taught in the Lodge room.
Mr. Delong sketched the surroundings within which he had erected their altar. Beneath them was a wealth of Ophir, and around them was the tumult of trade. The earth seemed cursed and rendered and unfit dwelling place for men, but it was to be redeemed through the intelligence of man, and each one had a part to perform in the work. The speaker then told how in Japan he had assisted in welding the link in masonry which made the chain complete around a world. Up to that time there had been than one land with the Order was not known. Now there was none. Masonry belted of the globe. The lights of the altar had been lighted, and now there were six lodge is in the Empire, and Order was rapidly spreading.
Colonel R. H. Taylor was then called for, and responded by repeating the following: Poem.

“The Lord onto the Prophets said,
‘Upon the mountain topmost round,
Far as its breezy limit spread,
Shall be most holy ground.’
Neath God’s blue dome, on lofty Hills,
Who’s crest first catch the mornings heat –
Whose heights the evening glory fills
The Craft was wont to meet.
There, far above the busy mart,
And from its care and turmoil free,
They learn the lessons of the heart,
To “work” and to “agree.”
0h! Sacred Hills of olden time,
Whose hoary crags resist the Gale,
Ye have a history sublime
The ages cannot pale!
Again, today, the sons of light,
As did their sires of olden days,
Upon the mountains dizzy height,
Their mystic banner raise.
Again, above the busy marts,
Where human feet have seldom trod,
We raise our voices in our hearts
In reverence to God.
Almighty Father! by whose will
The mountains rise, and worlds do move,
The blessing grant; descend and fill
Each Mason’s heart with love.”

Mr. Sherman was called out, and spoke briefly to the point. He recounted instances in California when the brethren and met on hills. It was a peculiar and significant circumstance that today they were assembled around the summit of Mount Davidson. David’s son was Solomon, our Most Ancient Grand Master.
The speaker spoke of three first Lodges established in California, and their uniting in establishing the Grand Lodge of that State, the parent of Virginia Lodge No. 3, which had that day concentrated the top of the mountains as their Lodge room.

A speech was also made by General Williams, in which the past of some of the new members of the order were graphically and feelingly the sketched. R.M. Dagget, after he repeated calls, respond by taking up his watching carefully noting the time. It was 4:30 o’clock. It would take an hour and a half to get down. He made his point, who brought his remarks to close by saying: “I have nothing against any brother here, so help me God.”

Messrs. Currie and Hopkins were called out, and responded briefly. The point of the brother Dagget’s remarks had cut short all long winded speeches, if any had been contemplated.
On motion of Mr. Delong, a vote of thanks was tendered to General J. B. Winters for starting the movement which resulted in the Meeting on the Mountain.

A touchy prayer was offered by Rev. SP Kelly, “Old Lang Syne” was sung in full chorus by all present, and the Lodge was then declared closed in “ample form.”

The register showed the following:

Members of Virginia Lodge No. 3
E. Strother, L. H. Torp, Thomas Cooper, Jas Singleton, M.J. Henley, AV Comstock, H.P. Kraus, C.M. Lawrence, John T. Hambley, Benjamin Williams, Edward Cox, DL Jones, ABC Davis, William Brown, E. Jackson, J. W. Hemengway, Gean W. Dorwin, V. Jones, Wales Averill, R.M. Dagget, FC Bishop, TM Adams, G.W. Hammer, J.E. Terp, Colin L. Foster, C. L. Fisher, Henry Piper, Leo Mayer, William B. Hickok. B. M. Townsend, B. Galligan, J.R. Wood, Robert Laird, Theodore Wolff, Samuel Platt, M.E. Glover, Jacob Morris, William McMillan, John Evans, C.E. Delong, L.McGowan, J. W. Booth, J.H. Dwyer, William Box, William R. King, John Evans, J.P. Smith, R. Andrews, Alex Dunn, T. H. Guyotte, J.P. Hutchinson, A. J. Wren, F. Martell, FM Thayer, L. Rawlings, John C. Lillie, John S. Ryno, SB Segur, H.S. Beck, M. Mygatt, John Abbott, J.D. De St. Croix, William J. Smith, R. Andrews, Mark Brown, Benjamin B. Smith, G. Stevens, W. G. Thompson;

Visiting Brethren:
F.C. Lord, T. H. Flagler, G.F. Hayward, A.J. Banker, J. E. Lawrence, IM Thaxton, E. Chamberlain, I.S. Burson, Alfred Troude, J.M. Hickman, J.B. Conrad, D. Edmonds, H. Donnelly, G.W. Cook, T.H. Whister, E. M. Long, J.S. Adams, Joseph Gruss, R.J. Bromley, Henry Lux, Thos Morrison, A. Clark, J.S. Coxter, E.S. Benner, J.B. Braslaw, J.J. Alexander, John B. Winters, E.A. Sherman, D. Harrington, H.A. Clawson, William Collicut, D. W. McIntosh, G.H. McKey, William M. Laforce, M. Banner, William Wallace, J.H. Molkembabr, A.T. Hampton, George W. Hopkins, D. Skerry, R.H. Taylor, A.L. Murphy, H.J.T. Scheel, Sam Owen, G.W. Robertson, D. McNaught, L. Lobenstein, G.H. Winterburn, R. Baird, A.D. Ritchof, A.M. Kruttschnitt, T.A. Atkinson, A.J. Blair, J.R. Cowan, Prosper Bruley, William Nelson, C.W. Tozer, T. Deignan, George Faull, W. McKeighan, J. McCain, J.D. Hammond, Bob Marshall, William McCrum, I.Z. Kelly, John J. Oswald, J.F. Lewis, T. McGovern, F.V. Drake, W.W. Dunlap, Paul Jones, J.H. Heilshorn, Wilson King, A. Thompson, M.A. McDonald, T. Tully, S.P. Kelly, J.D. Hosking, W.H. Kneebone, J. Wellington, J.S. Ingraham, S.J. Walker, William J. Pendray, C.F. Brant, H.B. Fay, J. Chegwidden, B. Springsted, J. Portman, A.G. Cowan, M.W. Hasset, H.C. Jacobson, Henry Tonkin, T.H. Williams, W.P. Workley, E.D. Williams, R.J. Peters, N.C. Kinney, J.G. McKinzie, John Hosking, Alex Picken, Joseph Sparks, Joseph Mitchell, J.H. Mathewson, John Lentz, P.J. Aiken, B.I. Tirman, William Avery, W.J. Westerfield, William Webber, John Riley, Thomas Penrose, George B. McLean, Edward Couradt, Ananis May, Robert Keifer, H. Falk, J.B. Shaw, L.M. Coffin, W.J. Williams, W.F. Alexander, E. Mortensen, Charles V. Boisot, A.L. Murphy, George Duprey, A.H.W. Creigh, J.B. Marshall, Sam H. Birtle, L.O. Templeton, J.H. Ellsworth, William Erskin, George S. Johnston, A.J. Banker, J. Oates, I.F. Berry, Evan David, William H. Bennetts, B.H. Lentz, Sam P. Kelly, James E. Parker, Peter Turnot, Jno H. Shermler, Thomas Jones, John Canning, J.C. Turner, R.M. Elliott, G.W. Hammond, J.R. Jacoby, C.H. Golding, W.H. Mitchell, Robert Thomas, Sol Noel, William Mill, J.H. Hubbs, G.D. Kend, Charles Glover, E.R. Edge, A.H. Hollister, John Wilson, S.B. Ferguson, J.E. Coulter, John R. Lowe, Frank D. Turner, Matthew Elliott, E.W. Adams, S.B. Connor, D.S. Dow, H.M. Cameron, F.F. Osbiston, Horatio Collins, W.D. Sutherlin, Charles F. Hoffman, John T. Reardon, J.W. Van Zandt, Jno H. Buitman, William H. Cloud, P.T. Kirby, S.N. Snyder, George W. Williams, J.D. Werldorf, E.D. Williams, A.C. Freeman, J.D. Delsort, Simon Davis, James P. Nelson, G.B. McDonald, James Jewell, G. Lavigue, John Hewitt, E.D. Sitzmeyer, D.D. Donovan, S.W. Grant, T.W. McCresdy, C.S. Mott, W.W. Filkins, William Garbart, J.M. Campbell, Hugh Halligan, Richard Cook, Peter Daley, S. Zenovich, Robert Hayes, George Rook, S. Hamill, William L. Ames, C.N. Collins, Jas Chegwidden, Jacob White, D. Stalker, E. Bloomfield, Albert Werner, John T. Brey, F.H. Packer, Joseph Halleck, Henry Faull, William Vardy, John Chapman, E.P. Lovejoy, Joseph Agostini, Charles Thompson, B. Benson, H.O. Smith, George L. Porter, B.W. Guild, A.D. Praxnin, George B. Allen, W.H. Curnow, J.D. Kenney, C.A. Washington, Thomas Farseu, G.N. Eelis, S. Longsbaugh, George H. Warren, John B. Fegan, J.A. Hober, E.B. Stonehill, L.G. Chapman, B.J. Wakefield, H.B. Loomis, Edwin Frolick, S.T. Leebes, R.G. Westerman, John Cauble, J.W. Sill, George Keightley, Thomas Frellian, CC McLaughlin, Henry Rolfe, James Ryan, W.A. Perkins, Peter Frost, Joe Cornelius, Desire Periez, John G. Young, J.P. Rugg, J.C. Belcher, J.H. Bartlett, John Deman, W.H. Gidlow, W.P. Husk, R. Brown, James Lynch, T.J. Hodgkinson, George Clark, James Morris, Henry Green, Adam Gunn, J.C. McDonald, William Sutherland, R.A. Bulmer, Fred Harper, J.D. Dessert, John F. Perry, R.M.G. Stewart, Richard Sala, L.C. Wiggins, Boaz D. Pike, W. Whittley, W.H. Smith, John Carpenter, James Bailen, E.H. Jeffs, S.H. Goddard, William Trounce.

By the visitors named above were following:
States and Countries Represented:
New York, California, West Virginia, Kansas, Michigan, Utah. Missouri, Iowa. Wisconsin, Maine,Colorado, New Jersey, Washington DC, England, Scotland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington Territory, Virginia, Nova Scotia, North Carolina, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Canada, West Idaho, New Zealand and Kentucky.

Up and down the Mountain:
The members of the Masonic fraternity presented a fantastic appearance as they gathered and started for the top of Mount Davidson yesterday. About 7:00 in the morning a commissary wagon was sent up by the Ophir grade. At 11 o’clock the teams began to collect their loads and go. The vehicles were not allowed to run light, every nook and corner being crammed with something to satisfy the demands of the inner man. Then came the footmen and equestrians. From that hour till 2 p.m. groups could be seen on foot and horseback going for the Heights, and all points intermediate between the city and the flagstaff. By the aid of the glasses along the top, the anxious gazers in Virginia City and Gold Hill were plainly discernible. When the exercises were closed, a regular scamper commenced down the mountain. Most came down by Taylor ravine, some by Bullion ravine, and not a few enjoyed the beautiful ride over Ophir grade. Taken altogether, it was a remarkable day. Very few mishaps were experienced in going up and down the mountain. Occasionally a bottled water would come a contact of the stone and the contents would be lost, and the wrecks of the unappropriated lunches were not infrequently encountered on a way down. But no serious accident occurred, and all seemed happy in the event and contended with the result. Those who participated have a rare experience, which will yield the lifelong satisfaction.

The multitude yesterday upon the mountain were greatly indebted to Mr. Mackey for the thoughtful and timely donation of 150 pounds of ice, which he hired toted to the top on the backs of two Chinamen’s mules. These mules were afterward station between the flagstaff and the city, and may have been mistaken by near sighted individuals for true Masonic goats.

Masonic Building Association:

Before the members of the Masonic Fraternity were called to order yesterday, Mayor Currie and Secretary Hopkins invited those wishing to come forward and subscribe to the capital stock of the Masonic building association. The brethren respond quiet liberally, considering the times. Many of them had already subscribed, and others took about 700 shares today. There are but 2,000 shares in all. Forty percent of the subscriptions will be called for about the first of October, and then the balance will be paid in installments. The stock will pay from 1 to 1 1/2 percent, per month. It is the intention of the trustees to have the building ready to be occupied by January 1, 1876.

Relic Seekers – The gathering yesterday around the flagstaff on the top of Mount Davidson was not without its characteristics. One in most conspicuously display was to the relic gathering. Before the altar– which had been rudely improvised– had been concentrated, the seekers for keepsake of the occasion commenced a regular onslaught upon the stones of composing it, and vast quantities were pocketed it carried off. All seemed to consider it a rare occurrence, such as never was known in this country, if in the world, and doubtless Frederick will be called upon to carve many keystone of the granite which was once embodied in the rough ashlars of the rude altar hastily constructed on top of mountain and yesterday consecrated to the mystic art.

It was very noticeable yesterday on the mountain that some of the gazers at the beautiful scenery were not contend with the grandeur opened up by the aid of telescopes and double barreled eye helpers, and were now and then seen looking to the bottoms of tumblers, bottles and the like, with the most profound satisfaction.

An Interesting Event:

A notable event in Masonic history of Nevada, we may saying the United States, occurred near this city yesterday. After the destruction of all their hall by fire, the Mason’s met for sometime in the lodge room of the Odd Fellows, in the Odd Fellows building. This was likewise destroyed by fire a few days ago, leaving the Order without an appropriate place of meeting. In this emergency the Master of Virginia Lodge No. 3, in imitation of custom of the Craft of ancient times, called a meeting of his Lodge on the Summit of Mount Davidson yesterday afternoon. Over 300 members of the order were in attendance. When it is considered that the top of Mount Davidson is 7,827 feet above sea level and nearly 1700 feet above Virginia City the significance of this large convocation will be appreciated. The summit of the mountain is a pointed mass of broken granite, yet almost upon the very apex is a rude altar of stone was elected, and around it gathered over 300 Mason’s, who, in the heat of the midday sun, had toiled up the rugged mountain side to witness the opening of a Masonic Lodge at a place so unusual; and there, overlooking the city of 20,000 people the lodge was openly partially form, and its regular business transacted. From the summit of the mountain the country for a radius of perhaps a hundred miles in every side is visible, with its towns, lakes, mountains, valleys, hoisting-works, quartz mills and railroads. The view is one of grandest in the State and the gathering yesterday was in the eye of every Mason present scarcely less grand than the surroundings. As the Lodge was opened, the white emblem of the Order was thrown to the breeze from the flag-staff on the summit, and the cheers that greeted it must have been heard in the valleys below. Music, speeches, and bountiful repast for all enlivened the proceedings, and at 5:00, or a few minutes earlier, the concourse wended their way down the mountain side. Members of the Order were in attendance from Gold Hill, Silver City, Dayton and Carson and so impressed for all present with the grandeur and solemnity of the occasion that the rude altar was almost chipped in pieces to be preserved as mementos of an event so unusual in the annals of the Order. It is probable that the Masonic lodge was never before opened in the United States at so great an elevation- certainly never upon so prominent a point in the light of day. The occasion will long be remembered, not only by those present, but by the people of Storey County. In our local columns will be seen in a detailed account of what occurred, together with a full list of the members of the order present.

Printed in 1892 by William Sutherland who was a printer in Virginia City, Nevada.

Its title “Masons on the Mountains.” From Virginia (Nevada) Territorial Enterprise, Sept. 9th, 1875.