Boston, Sept. 20. - An ofncial welcome to the sovereign grand lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was given in the Y. M. C. A. hall. The members of the sovereign grand lodge, 200 in number, and the ladies representing the Order of Rebekah, were escorted to the hall by eommittees. J. W. Venable of Hopkinsville, Ky., grand chaplain of the sovereign grand lodge, began the exercises with prayer. Charles E. Alexander of Boston, chairman of the executive committee of the grand lodge of Massachusetts, then assumed the chair and after a few remarks announced General F. J. Appleton of the governor's staff, who welcomed the grand lodge and members of the Rebekah branch in behalf of the state. Governor Wolcott had intended to be present and welcome the visitors, but he attenöed the dedication of the Massachusetts soldiers' monument at Antietam, Md., on Saturday and was unable to reach this city in time. Mayor Josiah Quiney spoke for the city of Boston.