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"At a regular communication of Carleton Lodge, No. 156, A. F. and A. M., held Feb. 10, 18 - , the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :
"Whereas, It has pleased the Great Architect of the Universe to remove from our midst our late brother Benjamin W. Rust: and
"Whereas, It is but just that a fitting recognition of his many virtues should be had : therefore be it
"Resolved, By Carleton Lodge, No 156, on the registry of the Grand
Lodge of-------, of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, that, while we how with humble submission to the will of the Most High, we do not the less mourn for our brother who has been taken from us.
"Resolved, That, in the death of Benjamin W. Rust, this Lodge laments the loss of a brother who was ever ready to proffer the hand of aid and the voice of sympathy to the needy and distressed of the fraternity; an active member of this society, whose utmost endeavors were exerted for its welfare and prosperity; a friend and companion who was dear to us all; a citizen whose upright and noble life was a standard of emulation to his fellows.
"Resolved, That the heartfelt sympathy of this Lodge be extended to his family in their affliction.
"Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the Lodge, and a copy thereof be transmitted to the family of our deceased brother, and to each of the newspapers of Carleton."
"Whereas, in view of the loss we have sustained by the decease of our friend and associate,----- ---------, and of the still heavier loss sustained by those who were nearest and dearest to him; therefore, be it
"Resolved, That it is but a just tribute to the memory of the departed to say that in regretting his removal from our midst we mourn for one who was, in every way, worthy of our respect and regard.
"Resolved, That we sincerely condole with the family of the deceased on the dispensation with which it has pleased Divine Providence to afflict them, and commend them for consolation to Him who orders all things for the best, and whose chastisements are meant in mercy.
"Resolved, That this heartfelt testimonial of our sympathy and sorrow be forwarded to the-------of our departed friend by the secretary of this meeting."
"Whereas, the hand of Divine Providence has removed our beloved pastor from the scene of his temporal labors and the congregation who sat under his ministry, and profited by his example, are desirous of testifying their respect for his memory, and expressing their earnest and affectionate sympathy with the household deprived by this dispensation of its earthly head; therefore, be it
"Resolved, That we tenderly condole with the family of our deceased minister in their hour of trial and affliction, and devoutly commend them to the keeping of Him who looks with pitying eye upon the widowed and the fatherless.
"Resolved, That in our natural sorrow for the loss of a faithful and beloved shepherd, we find consolation in the belief that it is well with him for whom we mourn.
"Resolved, That while we deeply sympathize with those who were bound to our departed pastor by the nearest and dearest ties, we share with them the hope of a reunion in that better world where there are no partings, and bliss ineffable forbids a tear.
"Resolved, That these resolutions be transmitted to the family of the deceased, as a token of our respect and veneration for the Christian character of a good man gone to his rest, and of the interest felt by his late congregation in those he loved and cherished.