SORROW LODGES. In this country Lodges of Sorrow are somewhat rare. They are, however, of very frequent occurrence in Europe, particularly in Germany, where, shortly after the death of a worthy brother, the " Trauer Loge" is held, when the virtues, memory, and intellectual qualifications are commemorated, and the funereal rites of an impressive character are performed. The custom is emi nently proper, and strictly in accordance with the fraternal principles of Freemasonry, and one which should be as uni versal as the extent of the institution itself. On these occa sions the Lodge-room should be appropriately draped in black, and the several stations covered with emblems of mourning. On the Master's pedestal is a skull and lighted taper. In the center of the room is placed a catafalque, which consists of a rectangular platform, about six feet long by four wide, on which are two smaller platforms, so. that three steps are represented. On the third one should be an elevation of convenient height, on which is placed an urn. The platform should be draped in black, and a canopy of black drapery may be raised over the urn. (See engraving.)
At each corner of the platform will be placed a candlestick, bearing a lighted taper, and near it, facing the East, will be seated a brother, provided with an extinguisher, to be used at the proper time. During the first part of the ceremonies the lights in the room should burn dimly. Arrangements should be made to enable the lights to be increased to bril liancy at the appropriate point in the ceremony. On the catafalque will be laid a pair of white gloves, a plain lamb skin apron, and, if the deceased brother had been an officer, the appropriate insignia of his office. When the Lodge it held in memory al several brethren, shields bearing their names are placed around the catafalque. Vocal and instru mental music are indispensable to the proper effect of the ceremonies. Brethren should wear dark clothing, and no insignia but the white lambskin apron and white gloves.