thousand dollars in them. The Masons of Maryland have also givenabout fifteen thousand dollars to the George Washington MasonicNational Memorial Association.The wonderful success, the splendid harmony and the good works of the Masons in Maryland are mostly due to his excellent leadership.He was genial, kindly courteous, affable, and approachable, for he was truly democratic. These virtues, added to his executive ability,have given the Masons of Maryland the most concrete and perhaps best government of any Grand Lodge. The Masons of Maryland atleast were satisfied, and no doubt rightly so, for they preferred tokeep one good Grand Master in the harness rather than to indulgein frequent changes.Grand Master Shryock was born in Baltimore, February 27, 1851, of Prussian descent, and his great-grandfather was Lieutenant Colonelin the Sixth Battalion, Maryland Line, in the Revolutionary war. Onthe visit of Lafayette to Alexandria in 1824, General Shryock'smother, then a little girl and daughter of Thomas Shields, a Masonand member of Brooke Lodge No. 147 of Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington Encampment No. 1, Knights Templar, of Washington,D.C., was selected to recite a childish welcome to Bro. Lafayette, onthe occasion of a Masonic parade in honor of a visit of the greatFrenchman to Washington. Two Lodges formed the parade - Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, of which Washington had been Master, and Brooke Lodge No. 147.