Joseph Alexeevich was not in Petersburg- he had of late stood aside from the affairs of the Petersburg lodges, and lived almost entirely in Moscow.
In the first he put those who did not take an active part in the affairs of the lodges or in human affairs, but were exclusively occupied with the mystical science of the order: with questions of the threefold designation of God, the three primordial elements- sulphur, mercury, and salt- or the meaning of the square and all the various figures of the temple of Solomon.
When the drinks which followed the ceremony of initiation had all been disposed of, the business of the lodge proceeded.
"The first business on the agenda paper," said McGinty, "is to read the following letter from Division Master Windle of Merton County Lodge 249.
You will remember that your lodge owes us a return, having had the service of two brethren in the matter of the patrolman last fall.
Notwithstanding the presence of Inez and Ellen, the entrance of the Teton warrior into the lodge of his favourite wife, was made with the tread and mien of a master.
The daughters of the Pale-faces wish to know why the Great Teton has come into his lodge?"
Tell her the lodge of Mahtoree is very large, and that it is not full.
In a little while the braves and sages began to enter one by one, as their names were called or announced, emerging from under the buffalo robe suspended over the entrance instead of a door, stalking across the lodge to the skins placed on the floor, and crouching down on them in silence.
The whole extended about three- quarters of a mile along the river bank, and was composed of conical lodges, that looked like so many small hillocks, being wooden frames intertwined with osier, and covered with earth.
Thought itself is not quicker than was the motion with which the latter profited by the advantage; he turned, gleamed like a meteor again before the eyes of Duncan, and, at the next moment, when the latter recovered his recollection, and gazed around in quest of the captive, he saw him quietly leaning against a small painted post, which stood before the door of the principal lodge.
In the very center of the lodge, immediately under an opening that admitted the twinkling light of one or two stars, stood Uncas, calm, elevated, and collected.
In the course of the night the free trappers surrounded the lodge
of the Pierced-nose chief and in lieu of Christmas carols, saluted him with a feude joie.
Mirabel waited a minute behind the lodge to recover himself.
When they all left the lodge for a stroll in the park, Francine attached herself to Cecilia and Miss Plym.