The ceremonies incident to the conferring of the thirtieth degree of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, last night upon a large class of candidates, were suspended long enough by Capt. Horace P. McIntosh, thirty-second degree, acting as preceptor, of Robert de Bruce Council, Knights of Kadosh, No. 1, to pay tribute to the memory of Maj. Archibald W. Butt, who is numbered among the lost on board the ill-fated Titanic.
Capt. McIntosh praised Maj. Butt for his unswerving loyalty to duty, both in living his life and in giving it for others. "In all his services, rendered to his country as a soldier, as aid to the President, and as a man and a Mason," said Capt. McIntosh, "Archibald Butt emulated those principles for which Scottish Rite Freemasonry stands." Maj. Butt was a member of Temple Lodge, No. 32, F. A. A. M.
Among the distinguished Masons present at the ceremonies last night at the House of the Temple, Third and E Streets Northwest, were J. H. Cowles, thirty-third degree, secretary general of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, and Harry J. Guthrie, thirty-third degree, sovereign grand inspector general for the State of Maryland and commander-in-chief of Wilmington Consistory, No. 1, at Wilmington, Del.
Other visiting Masons of high degree, included Warren A. Seipp, William Mohr, William Booth Price, J. Edward Richardson, Harry H. Roy, Harry A. Black, and Gustav A. Eitel, all thirty-second degree Masons, and members of Baltimore Consistory, No. 1, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Baltimore, Md. Members of the class which is being given the degrees in Scottish Rite Freemasonry from the fourth to the thirty-second, assembled at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when the ceremonies began for the conferring of the degrees from the twenty-first to the twenty-ninth, inclusive. After dinner the class was given the thirtieth degree, beginning at 8:45 and closing at 11:45.
To-night the thirty-first and thirty-second degrees will be conferred, beginning at 5 o'clock this afternoon.