The Builder Magazine
October 1919 - Volume V - Number
CELEBRATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND
BY BRO. GEO L SCHOONOVER, P.
G M, IOWA
Early last Spring, when the
development of the armistice proved that peace was shortly to be concluded
between the Allied and the Central Powers, and that the peace was to be a
dictated peace, the Grand Lodge of England invited the Grand Masters and Grand
Secretaries of the Grand Lodges in all English-speaking countries to
participate in a celebration of the happy event, during the week of June
23-29, 1919. It was not presumed at the time the invitations were issued, that
the final signing of the Peace Treaty would be delayed as late as the above
date. It was fortunate, and indeed striking, in a way, that the signatures of
the various plenepotentiaries were actually affixed to the Treaty during the
Those brethren who
represented our American Grand Lodges in London in response to the invitation
were as follows: Arizona, A. A. Johns, P.G.M., Morris Goldwater, P.G.M.;
California, William Rhodes Hervey, P.G.M., John Whicher G.S.; Colorado, C.M.
Kellogg, G.M., Charles H. Jacobson, G.S.; District of Columbia, Joseph H.
Milans, G.M., A.W. Johnston, G.S.; Florida, T. Picton Warlow, G.M.; Georgia,
Robert G. Travis, G.M., Raymond Daniel, A.G.S.; Iowa, George L. Schoonover,
P.G.M.; Kentucky, John H. Cowles, P.G.M.; Louisiana Rudolph Krause, G.M., John
A. Davilla, G. S., Massachusetts, Frederick W. Hamilton, P.G.M., G.S.;
Michigan, Hugh A. McPherson, G.M., Lou B. Winsor, G. S.; Montana Major Dr. R.
E. Hathaway, S.G.W.; Nebraska, John Ehrhardt, P.G.M., Francis E. White, G. S.;
New Jersey, Austin McGregor, G. M.; New York, W.S. Farmer, G.M., Robert J.
Kenworthy, G.S., Townsend Scudder, P.G.M.; West Virginia George S. Laidley,
G.M., John M. Collins, P.G.M., G.S.-a total of twenty seven.
There were also present
representatives of the Grand Lodges of Scotland and Ireland, British Guiana,
Burma, Ceylon, Eastern Archipelago, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and South China,
Jamaica, Madras, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Queensland, South America
and Victoria (Australia), of Britain's Overseas Dominions.
In the number present, and in
representation from all parts of the globe, it was undoubtedly the most
representative and notable gathering in the history of Anglo-Saxon
Freemasonry, and as such deserves careful consideration, because of its
Significance for the future weal of Masonry, as well as of all civilization.
SHALL FREEMASONRY, as
represented in the English-speaking Countries of the world, make a decided
stand in the reconstruction period now begun in behalf of those age-old
principles which are its heritage, and endeavor to convince the world of the
necessity for their recognition as a method of saving the future? Is the kind
of Democracy in which Masonry believes and of which it is in truth a pattern,
to be preserved to coming generations, to the end that the prophecies of the
brotherhood of man shall not continue to be a mirage ?
These are, in effect, the
questions which it was intended that the Peace Jubilee of the Grand Lodge of
England should answer. No agenda of the meeting was published, and no one ever
spoke these questions publicly. But it was taken for granted that
Anglo-Saxons, representing all the English-speaking countries of the earth,
and closely in touch with the world-problems pushed to the front as a result
of the war, could by no chance gather together in a joint conference, without
answering them. Nor was it intended that what visiting delegations should
utter would be direct answers to any such question. Yet it was as certain as
anything human is certain, that once this group of brethren assembled, loyalty
to the mother- tongue and veneration of a joint heritage of principles would
compel that unity of spirit which alone can settle these questions, and bring
true brotherhood to a world thrown out of joint.
It must have been something
like this which inspired the call for this meeting. It must have been a
comprehension, perhaps more or less dim, that some such significance would
attach to the proposed meeting, which caused representatives twenty-seven in
number, hailing from sixteen States of the American Union to leave their homes
and their business to attend, at a time when every American feels that his
personal problems demand his individual attention. Some good omen must have
appeared in the sky. The attendance from the States was much larger than those
of us in touch with the probabilities of things expected, only a few weeks
previously. To those who attended, and to those others who will hear from
their lips the story of Masonic reconstruction already begun, the prophecies
will seem well fulfilled.
A glance at the program of
the week will reveal little of the significance which has been thus expressed.
A reception dinner by Grand Lodge, luncheons and dinners with nine or ten
other London lodges, visits to The Royal Masonic Institution for Boys and
another to that conducted for Girls, visits to various places of interest in
and near the city of London, a dinner with the Lord Mayor, at the Mansion
House, a three hour session of the Grand Lodge itself, (this being the formal
Peace Celebration proper,) and various other courtesies these, with no mention
whatever of any conference, do not convey a real conception of what this week
of Jubilee meant, or was intended to mean.
For be it known that when
your Englishman wants to talk seriously with you, and has a real desire to get
acquainted with you and measure you, he does not tell you that this is his
purpose. Instead, he invites you to dinner. After dinner, you talk, briefly
and to the point. If he gives you his confidence, you are ready to deny all
the stories you ever heard about him being an "imperturbable person," for you
find him, at least in Masonic circles, with his guards down, and a real,
living heart palpitating underneath. This, at least, was the experience of the
delegations from the United States. They met the heads of English Masonry at
these luncheons, under conditions most ideal, not wishing to understand one
whit more than the English Masons wanted to be understood, and to understand
The discussions, if such may
be called the exchanges of opinion and of good will which characterized all
these festivities, took the form of after-dinner toasts. An English brother,
after the formal toasts had been responded to, would propose the health of
"Our Visitors," and couple with it the names of those American brethren who
were designated to make the responses. In every case the proposal of this
particular toast was accompanied by expressions of esteem, friendliness and a
wish to understand us which must needs be accepted at par. There could be no
thought but that the proposer voiced the genuine desire of the English
brethren, or that the motive underlying his remarks was a good motive. Frankly
and openly were we greeted, not as "cousins," but as brothers enlisted in the
cause of humanity. The hand of fellowship was extended, palm opened upwards.
The English Masonic leaders, understanding the needs of the world as they saw
them, wanted us to know and appreciate the spirit in which they faced those
problems, and did not hesitate to hope for an equally frank expression of
American opinion upon the same subjects.
Received in such a spirit,
the American representative could do no less than grasp the hand of fellowship
so graciously tendered, particularly when what had been said of welcome and of
hopefulness for the future was so exactly in accord with the things which we,
too, have come to see are the great needs of our Craft. And as the week wore
on, friendships ripened in a never to be forgotten manner. We began to
understand and appreciate both the men who preside over the destiny of
England's Masonry, and their opinions. Everything which a host could do to
insure the happiness and tranquility of his guest was done. Every word which
would tend toward the elimination of reserve was spoken. Consciously was this
done at first the passage of the days caused it to become unconscious. The
Anglo-Saxon was coming into his own. He was understanding himself, and his
No summary of the meetings
held with the various London lodges would be complete which did not take
account of the admirable personality of H. R. H. Lord Ampthill, Pro Grand
Master, who performed the function of Worshipful Master in one lodge and
Installing Officer of another with no less of grace and dignity than
characterized his presiding over Grand Lodge itself. Withal he was so human
that for most of us at least, he ceased to be a part of Royalty to us, we
forgot all else save his breadth of understanding and his gracious fellowship.
We had no opportunity, unhappily, to meet the Grand Master, the Duke of
Connaught, for the reason that he was so indisposed physically as to be unable
to be present at any of the functions. A message from his own pen expressed
his regret for his illness, which was a source of great disappointment to us
all. His warm fraternal greeting to us was deeply appreciated, none the less,
and one of the prized souvenirs presented to us was a beautiful colorgravure
of the Duke himself.
Of the reception accorded us
in the various London lodges, one could not speak in appreciation without
distinctions between them, and there were none such. Warm and sympathetic and
fraternal they all were, memorable to all. If the joint meeting with
"Antiquity No. 2" and "Royal Somerset House and Inverness No. 4" had any
characteristic more notable than the others, it was only in the fact that
neither is chartered by the Grand Lodge of England, nor has a Warrant, because
each is older than the Grand Lodge itself ! To sit in these lodges is to
realize something of what "time immemorial" means.
We had opportunity to Witness
the installation of a Worshipful Master, and took an extra breath when he
calmly announced his appointees, beginning with the Wardens and running
through a list longer than most of ours. The Master is the only elective
officer in the English lodge, all the others being appointive. We saw all of
the three degrees conferred in full, and were struck with the simplicity and
brevity of the work. The approximate time of conferring each of the degrees
was, E. A., twenty minutes, F. C. about the same, and the Raising occupied
about thirty-five minutes. Let it be set down that there was no emasculation
of a single vital point or part. Nor was there a mere rush of lip service. The
work was done with dignity and solemnity, without verbiage or redundance, or
slurring of syllables. Leisurely and understandingly it was done, and, while
probably less than one-third as many words were used, the essentials were in
no wise neglected. Where as a rule our American rituals are extended, theirs
were condensed; where we dramatize, they explained. They can teach us much in
the matter of ritual.
It is not, however, the
purpose of this article to argue from the impressions gained. A chronicle of
the events is asked, and a chronicle it shall be, reserving perhaps for a
further discussion, the tremendous themes which were suggested by attendance
upon these various functions.
If there is to an American
visitor an apparent lack in the intercommunication between the lodges of the
various classes, a loss of something which we in America dearly prize, it
cannot be said that within the lodges themselves there is anything but the
closest, most intimate brotherhood. Their numbers are few, but their tastes
are similar, their understanding is complete, and their meetings, formal
though they may be, are satisfying in the extreme. Again there is the
temptation to speak in more detail, for it is in matters of ritual and
internal efficiency and fellowship that, with one exception, we can learn most
from our English brethren.
That one exception, however,
overtops all the others. It is in the matter of their charities. Whatever of
social unity may be lacking between the lodges which compose the Grand Lodge
of England, certainly they are one in their humanitarian instincts. Their
financial support of their Boys' and Girls' Schools makes our American efforts
in this direction, even the most pretentious, loom small in comparison.
Consider their annual expenditures mount to something like five dollars per
capita on their entire membership - this sum taking no account whatever of
endowments - and you begin to realize what the joint efforts of the lodges of
England are accomplishing. These sums too, come from individual pocketbooks,
not from lodge treasuries.
We visited these Schools.
They are not carried on in a way to "institutionalize" the children. They are
educated in civic duty, and account is taken of the part which they are
hereafter to play as men and women of the Empire. The Arts and Sciences
receive attention, along with practical tradesmanship. Their teachers are as a
rule products of the schools themselves, this being particularly true of the
Girls' School. The result is a family relationship, and a family tradition,
too, which makes for a splendid morale.
The climax of the entire week
was the three hour session of the Grand Lodge at Royal Albert Hall. The
introduction of the twenty- five visiting deputations, each under escort of
two Grand Stewards, was itself productive of a deep impression upon the
visitors, and no doubt also upon the nine thousand members of the Grand Lodge
of England there assembled. As one of the visitors, I confess my inability to
describe the emotions which surged through me when, after being for many
presented to the Pro Grand Master, I was directed to the seat assigned to me
and faced the throng. The appeal to the eye was in itself inspiring. Nine
thousand brethren, dressed in the light blue regalia designating the officers
of the lodges represented, gathered together in that enormous oval building,
filling its main floor and the six surrounding galleries; the Grand Stewards
with their red collars, seated in two rows on the main floor and forming a
cross against the back ground in light blue symbolized in a very real sense
the Masonry of England. The knowledge that thousands could not be assigned to
seats bespoke the intense interest felt in the event. The deep blue of the
officials banked in rows upon the rostrum formed a harmonious contrast indeed.
There was an appeal to ear.
The voluminous melody from the enormous organ had no sooner filled the great
audience chamber than one realized the awesome import of the world-derived
gathering. Then those English brethren sang. Their National Anthem our own in
everything but the words employed "Now thank we all our God" and "O God, our
help in ages past." It was a unique commentary upon the universal belief in
the righteousness of the Allied Cause that this latter song, long suppressed
as unfraternal and unchristian, was revived, and sung with the fervor of
crusaders returned from the overthrow of the antichrist. The business of the
occasion was the Peace Jubilee, expressed in the formalism of moving an
address of loyalty to the King, unanimously carried, of course, the unanimous
passage of a resolution expressing the sentiments of the Craft toward His
Majesty's Forces, and a motion tendering the floor to M.W. Bro. W. S. Farmer,
Grand Master of New York, M. W. Frederick W. Hamilton, P. G. M. of
Massachusetts, and M. W. Bro. W. H. Wardrope, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge
of Canada in the Province of Ontario. The addresses of the Pro Grand Master,
Lord Ampthill, and Brother Right Hon. T. F. Halsey, P. C., the Deputy Grand
Master, were upon a high plane, scholarly, refined and warmly fraternal in
their tone, and were ably responded to by the American and Overseas Dominions
representatives. Brief, one and all, modest, Anglo-Saxon to the core.
It is a peculiarity of the
English that the one way in which they give free expression to their emotions
is through some formal, prescribed method a ritual, or a song. The pleading or
exaltation of the orator they seem to disdain. But given a ritual, or a song,
they will render or sing it, as the case may be, with a dignity,
expressiveness and whole-heartedness which puts to shame the studied oration
so common to our Western system. It carries conviction to man; one must needs
believe that the Most High is attuned to such expression as well, for
reverence colored the tone of the voices of the throng, in a definite though
Schooled as we had become in
the methods of expression of these people we could not misunderstand the music
of English Masonry thus presented to us. If it was awe-inspiring, it was
heartrending, too, for the hozannas were tinged with a great sorrow, though no
suggestion of loved one lying in Flanders fields was worn. The commemorative
jewel of the occasion was at one with the spirit of the day, and we who had
come thousands of miles to join in that day left the stupendous Albert Hall
hushed and reverent and chastened we had truly seen the great soul of English
Masonry, and were to carry its remembrance to the end of time.
THE PLAN OF FREEMASONRY
BY BRO. EDWARD B. PAUL. P.G.M.
The following article,
written by the author of "The Column of Beauty" published heretofore, takes a
broad and philosophical view of Freemasonry as a whole. One may study Masonry
from the circumference to the center, from the details to the general, and
such is always worth while; he may also study it from the center to the
circumference, from the whole to the parts, and this also is richly worth
while, as the following essay will show.
TO MOST, if not all, of us,
the recollection of our Initiation, Passing, and Raising is fresh and vivid,
and stands out from among our subsequent Masonic experiences with a clearness
to be explained by the novelty of the situations in which we found ourselves,
and by the solemnity of the ceremonies in which we took part for the first
time. We perceived, then, that Freemasonry had a message for us, if we could
only comprehend it, and we relied on the knowledge of our more experienced
brethren to explain to us the many mysteries hidden beneath the ceremonies and
symbols of the lodge. As we continued carefully to imbibe the lessons
emanating from the East, much that to us had seemed dark became brighter; but
we felt there was still much to learn. It is true that each symbol and
symbolic act in the lodge was separately explained, and its moral and Masonic
uses elucidated; but the detached parts of Freemasonry were never, in our
opinion, satisfactorily united into one comprehensive whole, a knowledge of
which is necessary in order that the "Noble Science" may have the influence on
our lives and conduct, which is its chief end. My purpose, therefore, is to
endeavour to demonstrate that the allegories and symbols of the lodge have a
correspondence with each other, and are in the nature of hieroglyphics which
can be pieced together and made to reveal, when deciphered, the lessons they
were intended to convey. But as symbols are, from their nature, susceptible of
various meanings, and as all investigators, no matter how honest their
intensions may be, are liable to assign forced interpretations to some of
them, in order that they may fit into a pre-conceived plan, it is necessary
that their pronouncements be submitted to the most rigorous tests, lest Error
and not Truth be the result.
The magnitude of my theme and
the necessarily limited space allotted to me for this lecture, have caused me
to make condensations which detract from the leanness of my arguments, which
would require treatment beyond the scope of a short address. However, I lay
the results of my investigations before you, begging your indulgence for
presenting, in mere outline, a subject of such immense importance.
With this explanatory
foreword, I shall now proceed to the subject matter of my lecture.
There are three aspects of
Freemasonry to which I invite your attention:
1. Freemasonry as Philosophy.
2. Freemasonry as Education.
3. Freemasonry as the
Handmaid of Religion.
These three aspects are
sufficiently wide in their scope to deserve much more time for their
individual development than is at present at my disposal. A word or two,
however, may help to explain my reason for placing them Philosophy, Education,
Religion in the order here presented.
Philosophy may be conceived
as the science which lays down the principles governing conduct that which
states the Moral Ideal; Education, as the means by which that ideal is
attained, or, at least, approached; and Religion as the outcome of the two the
experience of the individual while realizing, or partially realizing, the
Ideal. While these conceptions, no doubt, suggest my divisions of the subject
of my lecture, and the order in which they are placed, I fear that, in my
treatment of them, I may frequently lose sight of any method which is intended
in my design. Indeed, I cannot pretend that this lecture is worthy of being
regarded otherwise than as the expression of random thoughts arising out of
the careful contemplation of our ceremonies and symbols, and serious
speculation as to their meanings.
FREEMASONRY AS PHILOSOPHY
To the philosophical student
it will be obvious, in the course of my remarks, that I use the word
"Philosophy" in a very loose way. In the first division of my subject I shall
touch upon the ideal of life, the nature of the self and the nature of
knowledge. In the third the nature of God and the Immortality of the Soul will
be among the problems considered problems which lie as much in the province of
Philosophy as the three treated under the first head. Perhaps it would have
been better to have made a sharper distinction and substituted "Ethics" or
"Moral Philosophy" for the word "Philosophy" employed here; but, if you will
bear in mind this explanation, it seems to me convenient to allow the term to
"Philosophy is the pursuit of
Truth." This is the first and simplest conception and definition of Philosophy
we can form. Can we, with truth, substitute the word Freemasonry for
Philosophy in that definition? Such a question propounded in a Freemason's
lodge can be answered only in the affirmative. The pursuit of Truth, called by
us the search for the Lost Word, is indeed the sole aim and the chief end of
all the teachings of Freemasonry.
But I do not forget that we
are distinctly informed that the "Chief Point of Freemasonry" is the promotion
of the happiness of the individual, and, consequently, of society. That is
insisted on in the Charge to the Brethren in the Installation Ceremony. The
ancient Greek moralists also considered that happiness is "the great end of
man, that this is the highest good, the end for which all beings live, the
object which they all pursue." In this respect, also, Freemasonry agrees with
other philosophies in its definition of the chief end of man.
It may be asked, then, What
is the aim of Freemasonry? Is it Truth or Happiness ? There seems to be no
doubt that Happiness is the natural concomitant of Truth, and that that is the
explanation of the apparent contradiction in the statement of the aims of
Freemasonry. Truth and Happiness would thus have the same relationship which
Tennyson points out as existing between duty and glory:
"He that walks the path of
duty only thirsting
For the right, and learns to
Love of self, before his
He shall find the stubborn
Into glossy purples, which
All voluptuous garden roses."
Thus, the aim of Philosophy
and of Freemasonry being the same, you will see my justification in dealing
with Freemasonry as a philosophy.
The nature of that philosophy
cannot be clearly explained without a short allusion to the Allegory of
Freemasonry. In that allegory the candidate is made to represent a human being
in his progress from birth to death, or, as the mental and moral development
of a man from childhood to old age closely corresponds to the mental and moral
advancement of the race, he may be said to represent human knowledge as it
ascends from darkness to light.
This ascent is made by three
steps. And may I be permitted to digress a moment to point out that in nature
many physical entities or qualities occur in threes or triads. Thus we have
Space and its three dimensions, Length, Breadth, Thickness; Matter and its
three states, Solid, Liquid, Gaseous. Physical Magnitudes, Length, Mass, Time.
Color, Red, Green, Blue or Violet. Sound, Loudness, Pitch, Quality. Electric
Current, Circuit, Electro-motive Force, Resistance, etc., etc.
A three-fold division is also
manifested in man's nature, which is generally recognized as being made up of
three distinct parts, namely, Body, Mind, Spirit. Browning puts into the mouth
of one of the patrons of Freemasonry, St. John, the Divine, the following
words, which beautifully set forth this distinction:
This is the doctrine he was
wont to teach,
How divers persons witness in
Three souls which make up one
soul; first, to wit,
A soul of each and all the
Seated therein, which works,
and is what Does,
And has the use of earth, and
ends the man
Downward: but, tending upward
Grows into, and again is
By the next soul, which,
seated in the brain,
Useth the first with its
And feeleth, thinketh,
willeth-is what Knows:
Which, duly tending upward in
Grows into, and again is
By the last soul, that uses
both the first,
Subsisting whether they
assist or no,
And, constituting man's self,
is what Is-
And leans upon the former,
makes it play,
As that played off the first;
and, tending up,
Holds, is upheld by, God, and
ends the man
Upward in that dread point of
Nor needs a place, for it
returns to Him.
What Does, what Knows, what
Is; three souls, one man.
As may be expected,
therefore, these three parts of man's nature are fully recognized in
Freemasonry, each of the three degrees representing one the First degree, the
Body (the material world or world of sense); the Second, the Mind; and the
Third, the Spirit, the Ego, of which the other two are ministers. Abundant
proof of this is to be found in the symbolism of Freemasonry, and it is
supported by the opinion of the ablest Masonic writers. This distinction may
be alluded to in each of the three divisions of my lecture.
As has been mentioned above,
the Pursuit of Happiness is the "chief point" of Freemasonry as well as the
aim of life as presented by Philosophy, according to the ancient Greek
moralists. All mankind, in every age, from the darkest period of barbarism to
the most civilized epoch the world has ever seen, have been striving after
happiness. They may differ in their definition of the term, as well as the
means by which they can attain their object; but we may take it for granted
that ultimately they have happiness in view in all their schemes for the
conduct of their lives.
Among savages, the
gratification of their passions and desires, without regard to future
consequences, seems to them the "highest good." This is also true, to a
certain extent, in the case of children. Philosophy, generally, and
Freemasonry have nothing to do with that stage of human existence, except in
so far as it might be called a preparation period; for the whole life of man
may be said to be preparation for something higher the period of darkness for
the E. A., the E. A. for the F. C. and so on. It is, therefore, necessary
that, before proceeding further and higher, the human being should be "duly
and truly prepared."
It is not to be expected that
a child or a savage can be prepared at once to receive all the instruction
necessary to the complete development of his three-fold nature. He must
advance by steps, from the simplest to the most complex, from the concrete to
the abstract. There is no doubt that the idea of Mind, still more of Spirit,
comes later than the knowledge of the Body and other objects that can be
perceived by the Senses. Preparation, therefore, for education along the lines
of such knowledge as can be derived only from natural objects must be
incomplete. Hence our candidate's preparation is in the First degree confined
to the left side. The symbolism of the left side is well known. That side has
always been regarded as the side of less honour that the right, and,
consequently, is appropriately used to represent the Sensational part of man's
nature, while the right side connotes the Rational side.
Hence it is not difficult to
conceive that Freemasonry, if it is concerned at all with Philosophy, should
make the First degree to exemplify the Sensational, and the Second, the
Rational School of Philosophy-the two great schools of thought which have
split thinkers into two opposing camps, from the earliest times to the present
day. Both systems agree that happiness, in one form or another, is the great
aim of man, and that the life according to nature is virtue, because it leads
us right to the end for which we were destined by nature, viz., happiness. But
they differ in their doctrines respecting happiness and nature and virtue.
Both agree that within certain limits the appetites, passions and desires may
be gratified, but the Sensational school maintained that the limit was
necessary for prudential reasons only, the Rational that happiness springs
from the limitation and subjugation of the passions.
The connection between the
First degree and the Sensational School will be apparent if we recollect that
"refreshment" in the old days was not a mere banquet to be held or not held,
after the ceremonies of the evening were over, in a different room, but that
it was an integral part of those ceremonies, solemnized by the placing on the
refreshment table of the Lights of Masonry, by the prayers of the Master and
the other ceremonies of "opening," but "mingled with social mirth, and the
mutual interchange of fraternal feeling." It may be regarded, therefore, as a
rite emblematical of the liberty of man to gratify his appetites, desires and
passions subject to the check of Temperance and Prudence, the two Cardinal
Virtues of the South and North, which we may personify as standing unseen and
silent on each side of the table, one behind and one facing the Junior Warden.
That check is represented also by the Common Gavel, the symbol of Temperance,
which must be used on the rough ashlar before the Square of Morality can be
made to fit its angles and faces.
I will not tax your patience
by dwelling on the similarity between the Second degree and the Rational
School of Philosophy. But I may remind you that happiness according to the
latter consists in the limitation and subjugation of the passions, while the
emphasis laid by the former on Morality and Virtue and the subjugation of the
Passions seems to establish the parallel. The Second degree also lays special
stress on the study of Geometry representing Mathematics which subject was
regarded by the old Greek philosophers particularly Pythagoras as the symbol
of Pure Reason. In Architecture Geometry is the science which determines the
form of a structure, and which is more concerned about that than about the
substance or matter of which it is composed. The form symbolizes the limit,
and the materials, the appetites and passions, the matter, in the Second
degree, being completely subordinated to the former, as has been shown to be
the case in the tenets of the Rational School.
But Masonry does not, like
some of the old Philosophies, maintain the irreconcilable opposition of mind
or soul and matter. The oblong squares of the Entered Apprentice and the
Fellow Craft show that each degree taken by itself is incomplete. It is only
when each is blended with the other that perfection is reached, as is shown in
the "perfect square" of a Master Mason, which is formed by the union of the
other two squares. This is one of many proofs in our symbolism that the Third
degree is the summation of the other two with the addition of further lessons
on the Nature of God and Immortality.
The refreshment table of
Freemasonry is symbolical not only of our liberty, within the bounds of
Temperance and Prudences to partake of the material blessings lavished on us
by God, but it is also an emblem of a figurative table provided with materials
for the satisfaction of our mental and moral appetites. The viands are the
thoughts of great and good men either presented to us in books or by word of
mouth, and the satisfaction we derive from moral and virtuous actions.
Freemasonry has set limits to
prevent our abuse of these blessings; but in placing before us material as
well as mental and spiritual food, it effectually rebukes those who look on
physical gratification, even within lawful limits, as sinful, and who seek to
obtain God's favour by neglect and contempt of His temple, the human body.
"Let us not always say,
'Spite of this flesh today
I strove, made head, gained
ground upon the whole!'
As the bird wings and sings,
Let us cry, 'All good things
Are ours, nor soul helps
flesh more, now, than flesh helps soul!'"
FREEMASONRY AS EDUCATION
Plato states that "the aim of
Education is to develop in the body and in the soul all the beauty and all the
perfection of which they are capable."
The question before us now
is, Does Freemasonry interest itself in the subject of Education, and, if so,
does the aim of the Education suggested by Freemasonry resemble the aim of
Education as defined by Plato? I think there can be no doubt that the question
must be answered in the affirmative. Freemasonry expressly deals with the
development of Body and Soul and leaves nothing in the matter of the education
of its votaries that can be improved upon; for it works in conformity to
Nature, and in the order of Nature in the matter of Education as in all other
things in which it concerns itself.
In order to comprehend, then,
its system, let me remind you that the First degree is the degree of the
material universe. The first step, therefore, in Masonic Education is
education through the senses. In the earlier stages of a man's life, he takes
cognizance only of such knowledge as can be acquired through the senses.
Nothing is real to him unless he can touch, taste, smell, hear or see it. The
most natural and, therefore, the most scientific method of teaching the young
is through the senses. The concrete must precede the abstract. Such an
education would be directed especially to the enlargement and refinement of
the receptive powers; of those powers, above all which are directly relative
to fleeting phenomena the powers of sensation and emotion.
What is called "practical
education" the training of the hand and eye to obey the directions of the
mind; aesthetic education occupied very largely with those aspects of things
which affect us pleasurably through the senses, including art and the finer
sorts of literature; education of the heart dealing with the love of Nature,
animate and inanimate, above all, love and charity towards our fellow men,
which latter is the special lesson of an E. A., and love to God, from Whom
flows every good and perfect gift: all these, without stretching the meanings
of the symbolism, are inculcated in the first degree of Freemasonry.
The candidate in the Second
degree has made a further advance. Abstract studies are set before him, having
for their object the development of all his intellectual faculties, the moral
and spiritual elevation of his character, and the further acquisition of truth
and knowledge. Cut I must remind you, here, that no degree stands by itself.
Each "grows into and is again grown into" by the other two. you must not
understand, therefore, that mind and intellect are not trained in the First
degree, but that they are further greatly developed in the Second.
The beautiful symbolism of
the Winding Stairs represents a synopsis of the Masonic system of education.
The first three steps I take
to mean a mere reminder, such as occurs, again and again, throughout all the
ceremonies of the lodge, that three parts, Body, Soul and Spirit, constitute
the nature of Man; and they are intended simply as an introduction or key to
the Educational scale which commences with the flight of five steps.
The first flight, then,
refers to the five senses, and alludes to the Education through the Senses,
suggested in a former part of this discussion.
The second flight of seven
steps, referring to seven purely abstract studies, is symbolical of Pure
Reason, and shows an upward advance in the candidate's intellectual progress.
But where is the third member
of the triad in this ascent, which the first three steps, according to the
interpretation given above, has led us to look for? To answer this we must ask
another question, "What has been the goal or aim of the candidate during his
long and arduous pilgrimage?" To which question there is only one answer, "The
Truth." He does not yet find it; but high up and suspended in the distance he
descries the letter "G." a mere initial, a glimmering hope that his labour has
not been in vain, and that he has at last seen, faintly indeed and
indistinctly, an indication of the object of his search. He has still far to
go, he still has a rough and rugged road to travel; but his Faith is now
buoyed up by Hope, and he knows that he will reach the goal if he continues
true to his purpose.
There is another aspect of
the Winding Stairs which has struck me as beautiful and worthy of your
consideration. If we imagine a spiral line drawn round a conical hill, it will
appear to be like a number of circles narrowing in diameter, or growing closer
to the centre the higher they rise, till, at the top, the circumference
disappears in the centre. So man, by labour, virtue, and faith in God, may
ascend, step by step, in his progress through life, drawing nearer and ever
nearer to Him, till finally, his earthly pilgrimage over, his liberated spirit
comes before His Holy Presence, and is lost in the Light and Warmth of His
infinite Intelligence and His inexhaustible Love.
FREEMASONRY THE "HANDMAID OF
There is probably no society
in this world more imbued with the religious sense than the Fraternity of
Freemasons. Questions of Morality and Religion are freely and reverently
discussed by them in their lodges, and lectures on subjects bearing on the
conduct of human life are listened to by them with an interest and patience
which shows that they are animated not so much by fraternal courtesy as by
sincere desire for self-improvement. Nor is that to be wondered at when one
considers the reverence which every member of the Craft pays to the ceremonies
of the lodge and to the excellent principles which are always inculcated
therein. An examination, therefore, into the principles of Freemasonry which
bring about this religious inclination among Masons, which my experience
assures me exists, is my purpose at this stage of my lecture.
In the first place, a belief
in God and Immortality is required of every applicant for admission into a
lodge. That is necessary for- two reasons. First, as the name of God is so
frequently invoked in our assemblies, and as all our ceremonies and lectures
tend to impress on our mind His wonderful government of the world and our
dependence on Him, the presence in our midst of an atheist who would certainly
not sympathize with, if he did not actually scoff at our proceedings, would
prove a source of discord in a society so dependent on harmony as its
"strength and support."
Another reason for requiring
of an applicant a belief in God, is that without such belief he would lack the
very foundation on which the lessons of Freemasonry are based, and would,
consequently, finding himself out of sympathy with our beliefs, either cease
to associate himself with the Fraternity, or, keeping up a nominal connection
with it, lose no opportunity of belittling the importance of our work, and of
designating our symbolical teaching as puerile and unworthy of the serious
attention of any thoughtful man. Thus he would not only derive no benefit
himself, but would be likely to create prejudice against us in the eyes of the
profane. This he might be able to do without violating the letter of his
The preparation for and
symbolism of each of the three degrees has, of course, the same significance
when Freemasonry is discussed from the point of view of its being ancillary to
Religion, as it had when we were dealing with its Philosophical and
Educational sides. You will, therefore, not require further explanation if, as
I proceed, I refer to the Degree of Nature, the Degree of Mind and the degree
in which both the former are united into one Degree of Perfection.
But, before proceeding to
discuss this part of my subject I propose to deal briefly with symbolisms
which might be classified under each of those three heads, but which it is
more convenient to take by themselves, as they throw light on what is to
follow. And the first of these that I shall speak about is the three knocks of
the candidate seeking admission to a lodge open on any degree. The first knock
refers to the fundamental necessity of prayer. The subject of prayer is the
first lesson given the E. A. on his entrance into the lodge; prayer is taught
by example, in each of the Degrees; and prayer was the last act of H. A. B.
before his tragic death. "Ask and ye shall receive" is the interpretation of
the first knock, and that command, with its gracious promise, is, further,
beautifully symbolized on the Tracing Board of the E. A. The story of Jacob's
dream is familiar to you all and need not be told here. But I shall give you
what seems to be the Masonic significance of it. The ascending angels bear to
heaven the prayers and petitions of men, and the descending angels bring back
the answers from God in the form of bounties and blessings.
The second knock, we are
told, means "Seek, and ye shall find." Here is a direct injunction to search
for Truth. That search is the paramount duty of every Freemason; in fact it is
the sole object of all the teachings of Freemasonry.
"Knock and it shall be opened
If with all your hearts you
prayerfully and truly seek Him, your admittance into the Grand Lodge Above
will not be denied. Your search will then be rewarded; you will find the Lost
Word; in God's holy presence you will discover the Truth.
Sacrifice, of which the altar
is a symbol, is also one of the requisites of Freemasonry. All that a Mason
has property, even life--must be given up for the "protection of innocence and
virtue, and for the defense of Truth."
The symbolism of the Sun is
perhaps the most important vehicle for the conveyance to our minds of Divine
Truth. The Sun is the pattern for the imitation of the Worshipful Master,
because it is symbolical of certain attributes of the Deity Love and
Intelligence, Order and Harmony. The warmth of the Sun is emblematical of
Love, and his light of Intelligence or Mind. The three Lesser Lights are said
to represent the Sun, Moon and Worshipful Master. The Sun symbolizes the
attributes of God, Love and Intelligence. The Moon, which reflects the light,
but not the warmth, of the Sun Intelligence. The Worshipful Master, Man, the
most perfect of His works.
The Sun also represents the
Immanence of God. Its warmth pervades the Earth and is necessary not only for
the comfort, but also for the life, of all organic creatures. In like manner
God is everywhere. In the beautiful words of Mrs. Browning:
"Earth is crammed with
And every bush and tree
Afire with God. But only he
Who sees takes off his
His love is unfailing even to
the lowest organism He has made; and His intelligence is manifested in all the
works of His hands, and acts in the formation of a frost crystal as certainly
and as beautifully as in the growth of a blade of grass. "This deity," quotes
Tagore from the Upanishad, "who is manifesting himself in the activities of
the universe, always dwells in the heart of man as the supreme soul. Those who
realize Him through the immediate perception of the heart attain immortality."
One word more about Sun
symbolism. The point within the circle is the astronomical symbol of the Sun.
The Sun is represented by the central point, the circumference represents his
rays. The compasses is the instrument used for describing circles, the pivotal
point representing the central Sun, and the other point Light. Thus, in the
Fellow Craft degree, when one point has been elevated above the square, the
meaning seems to be that a certain measure of intellectual and moral light has
been vouchsafed to the candidate. But when the pivotal point is also placed
above the square, he has received the pure light and warmth of Masonry all
the knowledge of the Truth that "it is possible for him to obtain in a lodge
of Master Masons."
But the most important
assistance which Freemasonry lends to Religion is when it teaches the
Craftsman that the existence of God can be deduced from His works.
And, first, Freemasonry shows
that God is manifested in Nature, which is His creation. "The Heavens declare
the Glory of God and the Earth showeth forth His handiwork." The works of our
greatest poets are full of this theme. Nay, even savages, in their own rude
way, see a god in every manifestation of nature. It is not wonderful,
therefore, that Freemasonry should say that "contemplating these objects" (of
nature) "we are led to view with reverence and admiration the wonderful works
of Creation, and adore their Divine Creator." All religions and most
philosophies agree in the necessity of a First Cause, or God. Freemasonry
teaches us to study Nature, to admire its beauties, to comprehend its
wonderful harmony, to appreciate the marvellous adaptation of every created
thing to its environment and the purpose for which it was created, and
reverently to worship the Maker and Creator of all things.
Thus, and far too briefly, I
have laid before you the argument which deduces the Cause from the Effect in
the material world. By our objective consciousness we try to trace the Divine
in Nature. But there is a higher consciousness-the subjective-which deals with
the Mind, and which traces the Divine in Man. This part of my subject might
also be presented to you under the heading: "God as comprehended by the
"Are the intelligence of God
and the intelligence of man of the same character ? Intelligence itself seems
to constrain us to answer this question in the affirmative. To suppose that
the supreme intelligence has nothing whatever in common with the human
intelligence, is to suppose that one of them is an intelligence, and that the
other is no intelligence at all. It is to dissolve the very ground on which we
conceive both of them as intelligences. This truth, then, in regard to the
constitution of the human mind, and of all minds, seems to be a necessary
axiom of reason. In all intelligence there is an essential unity of kind,
however small the point of unity may be. . . . This unity constitutes the very
bond, and the only bond, between the Creator and the creature. Deny this
connection between the divine and human reason, and you destroy the very
possibility of religion." The preceding sentences, taken from the
philosophical works of Professor Ferrier, are, in short, the summary of his
argument for the connection between all finite minds and the infinite mind of
the Creator. The mind of Man, who, compared with the rest of Creation, is
physically insignificant, is the most wonderful phenomenon that exists in the
Universe. It traces the paths of comets and planets, and predicts their
appearance at any position in the sky to a fraction of a second; it calculates
the distances from the Earth and from each other of the most remote fixed
stars; it even can tell their weights, specific gravity, and the constitution
of the solid and gaseous matters of which they are composed. It harnesses the
lightning and the cataract and forces them into the peaceful service of
humanity. No object is too minute or too immense for its comprehension. And
its steady and daring progress in the past from one pinnacle of knowledge to
another makes the forecast of its further and greater triumphs logical and
The achievements of the human
mind are not confined, however, to the discoveries of scientific truth. Too
great homage cannot be paid to the mighty minds of the men to whom such
triumphs are due. But the unveiling of the workings of the soul by poets,
philosophers and other men of letters is further and even greater testimony to
the majesty of the human intellect. Well might the great world-poet exclaim:
"What a piece of work is a
man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a
Man, endowed with mental
faculties which enable him to comprehend the laws by which the Universe is
governed and the harmony of Creation, cannot fail, by comparison with the
processes of his mind, to believe that the natural objects whose secrets it
has been able to discover, are governed and regulated by a mind similar in
nature to his own, and only differing in degree. He perceives that other human
minds are like his own, and that mind is an indissoluble bond of union between
man and God. Wordsworth, in "Tintern Abbey," not only brings out the thought
of union between God and Man, but also emphasizes the bond of union between
Nature and God, which I have already discussed. Man, he says, has:
"A sense sublime
Of something far more deeply
Whose dwelling is the light
of setting suns,
And the round ocean, and the
And the blue sky, and the
mind of man,-
A motion and a spirit that
All thinking things, all
objects of all thought,
And rolls through all
God is thus revealed in
Nature, and God is thus revealed in Man. But there is another revelation
recognized by Freemasonry in every degree namely, the V. O. T. S. L. "the
inestimable gift of God to Man as a guide to his daily faith and practice."
The religion of a Freemason is left to his own conscience, but the sacred
writings are always open in his lodge, a silent, but eloquent, witness that
Freemasonry is not only not indifferent to religion, but that she expects
every craftsman to be a religious man. In fact, she mentions the "irreligious
libertine" as a man who has no right to the privileges of the Craft.
These are some, only, of the
many arguments which prove Freemasonry to be the Handmaid of Religion. Could
any mistress be better served?
We have given much time to
the contemplation of the lessons of the South and West. Have we no message
from the North? Yes, indeed! The place of darkness is a region not to be
afraid of, but rather to be regarded with affection and gratitude. For it is
the place of "sleep and his brother, death."
"Now blessings light on him
who first invented sleep!" says Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, "It covers a man
all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, heat for
the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the
pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the
shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even."
What better eulogy could be
written on Sleep than that? It is rightly associated with refreshment in the
first division of the twenty-four-inch Gauge.
But, some one may say, "Sleep
is a blessing, I grant you, but how about Death? After sleep comes waking; but
Death means the leaving all that is near and dear to men, and the severing of
every tie which binds them to earth. Death is the end." Is it? If it is, then
is the teaching of Freemasonry vain; vain is the teaching of Religion. But we
Freemasons are taught that Death is not the end. Though all things are dark,
and the knell of low-twelve is sounding in our ears, though our brother's
mangled body is lying covered only by the rubbish of the temple; though our
loving hands remove him from the grave where he was "indecently interred," and
the evidence of our nostrils gives unmistakable evidence of physical
dissolution, we know that all is well with him, for the G.A.O.T.U. has taken
him by the hand, and raised him to take his place in another lodge a real
lodge of Perfection where he is surrounded by the dear ones who have preceded
him there, and where he awaits the arrival of those whom he dearly loved and
by whom he was dearly loved, with perfect confidence, for he knows the Truth.
He has found the Master Mason's Word
PART IV ACTION OF STATE AND
CHURCH AUTHORITIES AGAINST FREEMASONRY
FROM THE CATHOLIC
CURIOUSLY enough, the first
sovereign to join and protect Freemasonry was the Catholic German Emperor
Frances I, the founder of the actually reigning line of Austria, while the
first measures against Freemasonry were taken by Protestant Governments:
Holland, 1735; Sweden and Geneva, 1738; Zurich, 1740; Berne, 1745. In Spain,
Portugal and Italy, measures against Masonry were taken after 1738. In Bavaria
Freemasonry was prohibited 1784 and 1785; in Austria, 1795; in Baden, 1813; in
Russia, 1822. Since 1847 it has been tolerated in Baden, since 1850 in
Bavaria, since 1868 in Hungary and Spain. In Austria Freemasonry is still
prohibited because as the Superior Court of Administration 23 January, 1905,
rightly declared, a Masonic association, even though established in accordance
with law, "would be a member of a large (international) organization (in
reality ruled by the 'Old Charges,' etc., according to general Masonic
principles and aims), the true regulations of which would be kept secret from
the civil authorities, so that the activity of the members could not be
controlled" (Bauhutte, 1905, 60). It is indeed to be presumed that
Austro-Hungarian Masons, whatever statutes they might present to the Austrian
Government in order to secure their authorization, would in fact continue to
regard the French Grand Orient as their true pattern, and the Brothers Kossuth,
Garibaldi, and Mazzini as the heroes, whom they would strive to imitate. The
Prussian edict of 1798 interdicted Freemasonry in general, excepting the three
old Prussian Grand Lodges which the protectorate subjected to severe control
by the Government. this edict, though juridically abrogated by the edict of 6
April, 1848, practically, according to a decision of the Supreme Court of
Administration of 22 April, 1893, by an erroneous interpretation of the organs
of adminstration, remained in force till 1893. Similarly, in Gngland an Act of
Parliament was passed on 12 July, 798, for the "more effectual suppression of
societies stablished for seditions and treasonable purposes and or preventing
treasonable and seditious practices." By this Act Masonic associations and
meetings in general were interdicted, and only the lodges existing on 2 July,
1798, and ruled according to the old regulations of the Masonry of the kingdom
were tolerated, on condition that two representatives of the lodge should make
oath before the magistrates, that the lodge existed and was ruled as the Act
enjoined (Preston, "Illustrations of Masonry," 251 sqq.). During the period
1827-34, measures were taken against Freemasonry in some of the United States
of America. As to European countries it may be stated, that all those
Governments, which had not originated in the revolutionary movement, strove to
protect themselves against Masonic secret societies.
The action of the Church is
summed up in the papal pronouncements against Freemasonry since 1738, the most
important of which are:
Clement XII, Const. "In
Eminenti," 28 April, 1738; Benedict XIV, "Providas," 18 May, 1751; Pius VII, "Ecclesiam,"
13 September, 1821; Leo XII, "Quo graviora," 13 March, 1825; Pius VIII, Encycl.
"Traditi," 21 May, 1829; Gregory XVI, "Mirari," 15 August, 1832; Pius IX,
Encycl. "Qui pluribus," 9 November, 1846; Alloc. "Quibus quantisque malis," 20
April, 1849; Encycl. "Quanta cura," 8 December, 1864; Alloc. "Multiplices
inter," 25 September, 1865; Const. "Apostolicae Sedis," 12 October, 1869;
Encycl. "Etsi multa," 21 November, 1873; Leo XIII, Encycl. "Humanum genus," 20
April, 1884; "Praeclara," 20 June, 1894; "Annum ingressi," 18 March, 1902
(against Italian Freemasonry); Encycl. "Etsi nos." 15 February, 1882; "Ab
Apostolici," 15 October, 1890. These pontifical utterances from first to last
are in complete accord, the latter reiterating the earlier with such
developments as were called for by the growth of Freemasonry and other secret
Clement XII accurately
indicates the principal reasons why Masonic associations from the Catholic,
Christian, moral, political, and social points of view, should be condemned.
These reasons are: (1) The peculiar, "unsectarian" (in truth, anti-Catholic
and anti- Christian) naturalistic character of Freemasonry, by which
theoretically and practically it undermines the Catholic and Christian faith,
first in its members and through them in the rest of society, creating
religious indifferentism and contempt for orthodoxy and ecclesiastical
authority. (2) The inscrutable secrecy and fallacious ever-changing disguise
of the Masonic association and of its "work," by which "men of this sort break
as thieves into the house and like foxes endeavour to root up the vineyard,"
"perverting the hearts of the simple," ruining their spiritual and temporal
welfare. (3) The oaths of secrecy and of fidelity to Masonry and Masonic work,
which cannot be justified in their scope, their object, or their form, and
cannot, therefore, induce any obligation. The oaths are condemnable, because
the scope and object of Masonrv are "wicked" and condemnable, and the
candidate in most cases is ignorant of the import or extent of the obligation
which he takes upon himself. Moreover the ritualistic and doctrinal "secrets"
which are the principal object of the obligation, according to the highest
Masonic authorities, are either trifles or no longer exist (Handbuch, 3rd ed.,
I, 219). In either case the oath is a condemnable abuse. Even the Masonic
modes of recognition, which are represented as the principal and only
essential "secret" of Masonry, are published in many printed books. Hence the
real "secrets" of Masonry, if such there be, could only be political or
antireligious conspiracies like the plots of the Grand Lodges in Latin
countries. But such secrets, condemned, at least theoretically, by
Anglo-American Masons themselves, would render the oath or obligation only the
more immoral and therefore null and void. Thus in every respect the Masonic
oaths are not only sacrilegious but also an abuse contrary to public order
which requires that solemn oaths and obligations as the principal means to
maintain veracity and faithfulness in the State and in human society, should
not be vilified or caricatured. In Masonry the oath is further degraded by its
form which includes the most atrocious penalties, for the "violation of
obligations" which do not even exist; a "violation" which, in truth may be and
in many cases is an imperative duty. (4) The danger which such societies
involve for the security and "tranquility of the State" and for "the spiritual
health of souls," and consequently their incompatibility with civil and
canonical law. For even admitting that some Masonic associations pursued for
themselves no purposes contrary to religion and to public order, they would be
nevertheless contrary to public order, because by their very existence as
secret societies based on the Masonic principles, they encourage and promote
the foundation- of other really dangerous secret societies and render
difficult, if not impossible, efficacious action of the civil and
ecclesiastical authorities against them.
Of the other papal edicts
only some characteristic utterances need be mentioned. Benedict XIV appeals
more urgently to Catholic princes and civil powers to obtain their assistance
in the struggle against Freemasonry. Pius VII condemns the secret society of
the Carbonari which, if not an off-shoot, is "certainly an imitation of the
Masonic society" and, as such, already comprised in the condemnation issued
against it. Leo XII deplores the fact, that the civil powers had not heeded
the earlier papal decrees, and in consequence out of the old Masonic societies
even more dangerous sects had sprung. Among them the "Universitarian" is
mentioned as most pernicious. "It is to be deemed certain," says the pope,
"that these secret societies are linked together by the bond of the same
criminal purposes." Gregory XVI similarly declares that the calamities of the
age were due principally to the conspiracy of secret societies, and like Leo
XII, deplores the religious indifferentism and the false ideas of tolerance
propagated by secret societies. Pius IX (Allocution, 1865) characterizes
Freemasonry as an insidious, fraudulent and perverse organization injurious
both to religion and to society; and condemns anew "this Masonic and other
similar societies, which differing only in appearance coalesce constantly and
openly or secretly plot against the Church or lawful authority." Leo XIII
(1884) says: "There are various sects, which although differing in name, rite,
form, and origin, are nevertheless so united by community of purposes and by
similarity of their main principles as to be really one with the Masonic sect,
which is a kind of centre, whence they all proceed and whither they all
return." The ultimate purpose of Freemasonry is "the overthrow of the whole
religious, political, and social order based on Christian institutions and the
establishment of a new state of things according to their own ideas and based
in its principles and laws on pure Naturalism."
In view of these several
reasons Catholics since 1738 are, under penalty of excommunication, incurred
ipso facto, and reserved to the pope, strictly forbidden to enter or promote
in any way Masonic societies. The law now in force (Const. "Apostolicae Sedis,"
1869 Cap. ii, n.24) pronounces excommunication upon "those who enter Masonic
or Carbonarian or other sects of the same kind, which, openly or secretly,
plot against the Church or lawful authority and those who in any wny favour
these sects or do not denounce their leaders and principal members." Under
this head mention must also be made of the "Practical Instruction of the
Congreg. of the Inquisition, 7 May, 1884, 'de Secta Massonum' " (Acta Sanctae
Sedis, XVIII, 43-47) and of the decrees of the Provincial Councils of
Baltimore, 1840: New Orleans, 1856; Quebec, 1851, 1868; of the first Councils
of the English Colonies, 1854; and particularly of the Plenary Councils of
Baltimore, 1866 and 1884 (see "Collect. Lacensis," III, 1875 and "Acta et decr.
Concil. plen. Balt. III," 1884). These documents refer mainly to the
application of the papal decrees according to the peculiar conditions of the
respective ecclesiastical provinces. The Third Council of Baltimore, n. 254
sq., states the method of ascertaining whether or not a society is to be
regarded as comprised in the papal condemnation of Freemasonry. It reserves
the final decision thereon to a commission consisting of all the archbishops
of the ecclesiastical provinces represented in the council, and if they cannot
reach a unanimous conclusion, refers to the Holy See.
These papal edicts and
censures against Freemasonry have often been the occasion of erroneous and
unjust charges. The excommunication was interpreted as an "imprecation" that
cursed all Freemasons and doomed them to perdition. In truth an
excommunication is simply an ecclesiastical penalty, by which members of the
Church should be deterred from acts fhst are criminal according to
ecclesiastical law. The pope and the bishops, therefore, as faithful pastors
of Christ's flock, cannot but condemn Freemasonry. They would betray, as
Clement XII stated, their most sacred duties, if they did not oppose with all
their power the insidious propagation and activity of such societies in
Catholic countries or with respect to Catholics in mixed and Protestant
countries. Freemasonry systematically promotes religious indifFerentism and
undermines true, i.e., orthodox Christian and Catholic Faith and life.
Freemasonry is essentially Naturalism and hence opposed to all
supernaturalism. As to some particular charges of Leo XIII (1884) challenged
by Freemasons, e.g., the atheistical character of Freemasonry, it must be
remarked, that the pope considers the activity of Masonic and similar
societies as a whole, applying to it the term which designates the most of
these societies and among the Masonic groups those, which push the so-called
"anti-clerical," in reality irreligious and revolutionary, principles of
Freemasonry logically to their ultimate consequences and thus, in truth, are,
as it were, the advanced outposts and standard-bearers of the whole immense
anti-Catholic and anti-papal army in the world-wide spiritual warfare of our
age. In this sense also the pope, in accordance with a fundamental biblical
and evangelical view developed by St. Augustine in his "De civitate Dei," like
the Masonic poet Carducci in his "Hymn to Satan," considers Satan as the
supreme spiritual chief of this hostile army. Thus Leo XIII (1884) expressly
states: "What we say, must be understood of the Masonic sect in the universal
acceptation of the term, as it comprises all kindred and associated societies,
but not of their single members. There may be persons amongst these, and not a
few, who, although not free from the guilt of having entangled themselves in
such associations, yet are neither themselves partners in their criminal acts
nor aware of the ultimate object which these associations are endeavouring to
attain. Similarly some of the several bodies of the association may perhaps by
no means approve of certain extreme conclusions, which they would consistently
accept as necessarily following from the general principles common to all,
were they not deterred by the vicious character of the conclusions." "The
Masonic federation is to be judged not so much by the acts and things it has
accomplished, as by the whole of its principles and purposes."
Masonry is a means, not an
end; and the reception of a degree, whether it be the first or last of a Rite,
does not in itself make the recipient any better than he was before. It simply
is the medium for broadening his knowledge of his duties, and the application
of those duties in his daily walk and conduct.
To put it in another way, the
degrees in Masonry are but working tools whereby the man who receives them may
shape his course in life, and he is to be judged by the manner in which he has
made those tools Serviceable and profitable in his own betterment and in
assisting those around him to he better and more useful. -The Junior Warden.
Example is the School of
mankind, and they will learn at no other. -Burke.
JERRY JACKSON JASON
"ONLY A MASTER MASON”
There ne'er was truer Mason than Jerry Jackson
He delighted in its mystery, antiquity, and
But he ne'er could be persuaded that he should be
And of more degrees possessor
than the fundamental three.
It was argued he'd be apter with the knowledge of
That he'd prove a bright exemplar in the character
While the Thirty-Second brothers told of roadway
'round the others.
But he left no doubt or question as to higher
Or, to being "arched" or "knighted," or to any
For a Master Mason simply he
was satisfied to be.
They declared that he was foolish, even obstinate
To thus decline advancernent which for them had
But to him the title "brother" was the acme of all
And the Lodge supremest honor
as he understood its plan.
Its symbols with their teaching they were to him
Beyond their surface seeming what hidden truths
The wisdom-store of sages transmitted through the
Every angle with its story, every line a ray of
In the marvelous design linking human to divine,
And man to man in brotherhood
whate'er his race or clan.
The mystery of the scroll was
the temple of the soul;
Integrity must build it,
virtue ornament and gild it;
Truth's shining presence
light its hope sustain and love unite it,
Wisdom raise the dome above it faith uplift the
Such was Masonry's ideal, and he strove to make it
Sanctified by loving deeds prompted by a brother's
To his course the plumb applying, by the square his actions trying,
As the master hand of duty shaped his ashlar into
More and more its surface glowed through the good
which he bestowed,
Freer grew from earthly blemish, fitter for the
Was there sick or suffering Mason thither sped
good Brother Jason,
And the sunshine of his face brightened many a
While his words were so assuring, they did more
than drugs toward curing,
And disease full oft was baffled and the
threatening crisis passed.
But if all was unavailing and the stricken one
Then he took the wasted hand, voiced the thought
of better land,
Which the worthy would set eye on through the
strength of Judah's Lion,
In the Father's house on high when life's burden
was laid by -
On the listener's fading sight there had dawned
And on face with rapture beaming death had set his
seal at last.
To the dead as to the living
willing service ever giving
Ever 'mong the faithful found
who a brother’s grave surround,
And the last sad tribute pay
to the lifeless form of clay
proclaiming that his spirit liveth still.
To the widow, orphan, friendless, his good deeds 'twould
seem were endless,
And affairs of self as naught when their wants
vrere in his thought.
His, the words fresh courage woke when there fell
His, the hand that help extended and despairing
His, the work beyond compare, tested by the plumb
His, the wage of fadeless glory over which the
Yet they'd say of Brother
Jason, "He is only Master Mason!"
And implying, by the stress,
that his rank was thereby less!
Less than theirs,
degree-entangled and befeathered and bespangled,
And befogged beyond
perception of the true Masonic light.
Vain and thoughtless brethren
these, valueless are mere degrees;
'Tis the lessons they impart
and their lodgment in the heart,
Which, if rightly understood,
prove the measure of their good.
Though a thousand such there
be, they can ne'er eclipse the three;
And the faithful, zealous
Mason, such as Jerry Jackson Jason,
Stands supreme 'mid glare and
glitter, peerless in his apron white.
- Lawrence N. Greenleaf,
Be cheerful always. There is no path but will be
easier traveled, no load but will be lighter, no shadow on heart and brain but
will lift sooner for a person of determined cheerfulness. - Willitts.
BULLETIN No. 31
DEVOTED TO ORGANIZED MASONIC
Edited by Bro. H. L. Haywood
THE BULLETIN COURSE OF
MASONIC STUDY FOR MONTHLY LODGE MEETINGS AND STUDY CLUBS
FOUNDATION OF THE COURSE
THE Course of Study has for
its foundation two sources of Masonic information: THE BUILDER and Mackey's
Encyclopedia. In another paragraph is explained how the references to former
issues of THE BUILDER and to Mackey's Encyclopedia may be worked up as
supplemental papers to exactly fit into each installment of the Course with
the papers by Brother Haywood.
The Course is divided into
five principal divisions which are in turn subdivided, as is shown below:
Division I. Ceremonial
A. The Work of the Lodge.
B. The Lodge and the
C. First Steps.
D. Second Steps.
E. Third Steps.
Division II. Symbolical
B. Working Tools.
Division III. Philosophical
D. Religious Aspect.
E. The Quest.
G. The Secret Doctrine.
Division IV. Legislative
A. The Grand Lodge.
1. Ancient Constitutions.
2. Codes of Law.
3. Grand Lodge Practices.
4. Relationship to
5. Official Duties and
B. The Constituent Lodge.
2. Qualifications of
3. Initiation, Passing and
5. Change of Membership.
Division V. Historical
A. The Mysteries--Earliest
B. Studies of Rites--Masonry
in the Making.
C. Contributions to Lodge
D. National Masonry.
E. Parallel Peculiarities in
F. Feminine Masonry.
G. Masonic Alphabets.
H. Historical Manuscripts of
I. Biographical Masonry.
Masonry--Study of Significant Words.
THE MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS
Each month we are presenting
a paper written by Brother Haywood, who is following the foregoing outline. We
are now in "First Steps" of Ceremonial Masonry. There will be twelve monthly
papers under this particular subdivision. On page two, preceding each
installment, will be given a list of questions to be used by the chairman of
the Committee during the study period which will bring out every point touched
upon in the paper.
Whenever possible we shall
reprint in the Correspondence Circle Bulletin articles from other sources
which have a direct bearing upon the particular subject covered by Brother
Haywood in his monthly paper. These articles should be used as supplemental
papers in addition to those prepared by the members from the monthly list of
references. Much valuable material that would otherwise possibly never come to
the attention of many of our members will thus be presented.
The monthly installments of
the Course appearing in the Correspondence Circle Bulletin should be used one
month later than their appearance. If this is done the Committee will have
opportunity to arrange their programs several weeks in advance of the meetings
and the brethren who are members of the National Masonic Research Society will
be better enabled to enter into the discussions after they have read over and
studied the installment in THE BUILDER.
REFERENCES FOR SUPPLEMENTAL
Immediately preceding each of
Brother Haywood's monthly papers in the Correspondence Circle Bulletin will be
found a list of references to THE BUILDER and Mackey's Encyclopedia. These
references are pertinent to the paper and will either enlarge upon many of the
points touched upon or bring out new points for reading and discussion. They
should be assigned by the Committee to different brethren who may compile
papers of their own from the material thus to be found, or in many instances
the articles themselves or extracts therefrom may be read directly from the
originals. The latter method may be followed when the members may not feel
able to compile original papers, or when the original may be deemed
appropriate without any alterations or additions.
HOW TO ORGANIZE FOR AND
CONDUCT THE STUDY MEETINGS
The lodge should select a
"Research Committee" preferably of three "live" members. The study meetings
should be held once a month, either at a special meeting of the lodge called
for the purpose, or at a regular meeting at which no business (except the
lodge routine) should be transacted--all possible time to be given to the
After the lodge has been
opened and all routine business disposed of, the Master should turn the lodge
over to the Chairman of the Research Committee. This Committee should be fully
prepared in advance on the subject for the evening. All members to whom
references for supplemental papers have been assigned should be prepared with
their papers and should also have a comprehensive grasp of Brother Haywood's
PROGRAM FOR STUDY MEETINGS
1. Reading of the first
section of Brother Haywood's paper and the supplemental papers thereto.
(Suggestion: While these
papers are being read the members of the lodge should make notes of any points
they may wish to discuss or inquire into when the discussion is opened. Tabs
or slips of paper similar to those used in elections should be distributed
among the members for this purpose at the opening of the study period.)
2. Discussion of the above.
3. The subsequent sections of
Brother Haywood's paper and the supplemental papers should then be taken up,
one at a time, and disposed of in the same manner. 4. Question Box.
MAKE THE "QUESTION BOX" THE
FEATURE OF YOUR MEETINGS
Invite questions from any and
all brethren present. Let them understand that these meetings are for their
particular benefit and get them into the habit of asking all the questions
they may think of. Every one of the papers read will suggest questions as to
facts and meanings which may not perhaps be actually covered at all in the
paper. If at the time these questions are propounded no one can answer them,
SEND THEM IN TO US. All the reference material we have will be gone through in
an endeavor to supply a satisfactory answer. In fact we are prepared to make
special research when called upon, and will usually be able to give answers
within a day or two. Please remember, too, that the great Library of the Grand
Lodge of Iowa is only a few miles away, and, by order of the Trustees of the
Grand Lodge, the Grand Secretary places it at our disposal on any query raised
by any member of the Society.
The foregoing information
should enable local Committees to conduct their lodge study meetings with
success. However, we shall welcome all inquiries and communications from
interested brethren concerning any phase of the plan that is not entirely
clear to them, and the Services of our Study Club Department are at the
command of our members, lodge and study club committees at all times.
QUESTIONS ON "THE TWO
I Where do you keep the
pillars in your lodge room during the time they are not in actual use? Has
such position any particular significance? In some jurisdictions we find them
at either side of the entrance from the preparation room; in others they stand
in front of the Senior Warden's station. Can you give a reason for either or
both of these locations other than "for convenienced? How did the pillars
impress you when you first saw them ? What do they mean to you now?
II Why did early peoples set
up pillars before their places of abode, about their villages and over the
graves of their dead? What did they believe such pillars to symbolize?
What did pillars portray to
the Mayas and Incas? How were they looked upon in bible times? By whom were
monoliths most widely used? In what manner, and for what purposes? In the
course of religious development what did they come to symbolize? What did the
III Whence did the custom of
placing pillars before temple entrances proceed from Egypt? What did Hiram
probably use as his models for the pillars placed before Solomon's Temple?
What do the pillars used in
the lodge room represent ? What is the height of the pillars as given in the
Book of Kings ? In the Book of Chronicles? What is Brother Haywood's theory
concerning these variations ? How does Mackey describe the original pillars?
What was the shape and
composition of the pillars ? What was their combined weight? What were they
respectively called and what were their positions? How are these names
interpreted Masonically ? What part did they occupy during celebrations? Where
were the pillars supposedly cast?
What should be the height of
the pillars used in our lodge rooms? What are the heights as adopted by
American Grand Lodges? What was the height of the pillars as now accepted by
present-day authorities ? Is it imperative that we know the actual height of
the pillars to pursue our Masonic studies? In what light should we consider
What did the pillars
symbolize to Preston ? To Caldecott? To Covey- Crump ? To Mackey ? To the old
Jewish Rabbis ? What is brother Haywood's interpretation?
IV What two theories have
been offered by Masonic Scholars concerning the origin of the globes? How was
the first theory suggested? What is the symbol of the winged globe? What did
its oval shape suggest or symbolize? Do you accept this Egyptian theory? If
so. why? If not, why not?
V Why does it appear that
Preston modified the chapiters of the pillars into globes? How is Preston's
theory verified? Do you agree with Brother Haywood that we of today have the
same right to interpret the symbols in our own way as did the ancients? If
not, why not?
Globe, p. 298; Pillar, p.
565; Pillars of Cloud and Fire, p. 566; Pillars of the Porch, p. 566.
Vol. I. Globes on the
Pillars, p. 10; Pillars, Height of, pp. 192, 310.
Vol. II. Pillars, The Two,
pp. 176, 222.
Vol. III. Pillars of the
Porch, pp. 177, 200, 236.
Vol. IV.-Jachin and Boaz, pp.
21, 264; The Globes, p. 265; The Lily-Work, p. 265; The Net-Work, p. 265; The
Pomegranate, p. 266.
Vol. V. The Origin of the
Pillars to King Solomon's Temple, (this issue) C. C. B. p. 8; The Position of
the Pillars, (this issue) C. C. B. p. 6; The Two Pillars Standing in the Porch
of the Temple, (this issue) C. C. B. p. 5.
PART VI THE TWO PILLARS
OF ALL objects which greet
the eyes of the candidate as he stands before the stairs leading to the Middle
Chamber none are so conspicuous as the two great pillars nor are any more
deserving of careful study. They stand there before him as if to guard the
sanctum from the profane world while they invite him into newer mysteries; so
noble in proportion are they, so intricate in design, so beautiful to see,
they keep solemn watch above the scene and throw a hush of awe about the soul
that would mount to the Upper Room of the spirit. What they mean, it is
difficult, although not entirely impossible, to say. If our Masonic students
and savants have surrounded them with a host of theories more intricate than
the network and more multitudinous than the pomegranates it is because so many
hints of ancient wisdom and symbolism have been carved into their capitals,
their chapiters, and their bases. Our own study may lead to apparently
contradictory results; this need not disturb us; no symbol can walk on all
fours; a symbol which says hut one thing is hardly a symbol at all.
II It was the custom of many
of the early peoples, as Frazer describes so abundantly in his "Golden Bough,"
(six volumes on primitive religion, etc.) to set up stone pillars before their
huts, about their villages, and over the graves of their dead. In some cases
these stones were believed to be gods or demons, or the abodes of gods or
demons; in others they were believed to be the homes of the ghosts of departed
human beings; in many cases they were looked upon as symbols of sex. Of the
last named usage one competent historian speaks as follows: "Pillars of stone,
when associated with worship, have been from time immemorial regarded as the
symbols of the active and passive, the generating and fecundating principles."
In India at the present time one may see almost anywhere the sacred "lingam,"
a stone pillar, emblem of the organs of sex, and consequently the symbol of
life forever renewing itself. Also, pillars have often been used as emblems of
stability; Dr. Newton, in his "The Builders," speaks as follows:
"In India, and among the
Mayas and Incas there were three great pillars at the portals of the earthey
and skyey temple, Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. When man set up a pillar, he
became a fellow worker with Him whom the old sages of China used to call 'the
first Builder.' Also, pillars were set up to mark the holy places of vision
and divine deliverance, as when Jacob erected a pillar at Bethel, Joshua at
Gilgal, and Samuel at Mizpeh and Shen. Always they were symbols of stability,
of what the Egyptians described as 'the place of establishing forever' emblem
of the faith 'that the pillars of the earth are the lord's and He hath set the
world upon them."'
"In all countries," remarks
another writer, "as the earliest of man's works we recognize the sublime,
mysteriously-speaking, ever- recurring monolith." By no peoples were these
monoliths (the word literally means "one stone") so venerated, or so widely
used, as among the Egyptians: originally, it is thought, they were used as
astronomical instruments to mark the time and to denote the stages of the
movements of the heavenly bodies; also they were employed to orient temples,
that is, as markers through which the ray of a star might pass at a given
time. Connected with places of worship they were at last connected with the
gods and became in after time symbols of deity, as we may learn from Professor
Breasted's "History of the Development of Religion and Thought in Ancient
Egypt," in which interesting and helpful book he tells us that the obelisk, as
the solitary pillar came to be called, stood pre- eminently for the great Sun
III From Egypt, scholars
believe, the custom of placing pillars at the entrance to a temple passed to
Phoenicia: be that as it may we know that a king of Tyre erected two great
columns before his magnificent temple at Melkarth, where Herodotus saw them
five centuries afterwards. It was these, perhaps, which served Hiram as models
for the more famous pillars which he erected before the Temple of Solomon.
It is these last named
pillars, of course, of which copies stand in our Masonic lodge room. Two
descriptions of the originals are given in the Old Testament, -one in the Book
of Kings, another in the Book of Chronicles. In the former record the height
is given as 18 cubits, or (if a cubit is believed to have equalled 18 inches)
27 feet; in Chronicles, the height is given as 35 cubits, or 52 1/2 feet. This
variation has occasioned much controversy but it is thought that the Book of
Kings gives the height of but one pillar while Chronicles combines the two,
making allowance for the sockets of the chapiters, or head pieces. These last
items are the conspicuous features of the pillars and first challenge
attention: Mackey has given a good description of the originals, as good as
our scant knowledge makes possible:
"Above the pillar, and
covering its upper part to the depth of nine inches, was an oval body or
chapiter seven feet and a half in height. Springing out from the pillar, at
the junction of the chapiter with it, was a row of lotus petals, which, first
spreading around the chapiter, afterwards gently curved downward towards the
pillar, something like the Acanthus leaves on the capital of a Corinthian
column. About two-fifths of the distance from the bottom of the chapiter, or
just below its most bulging part, a tissue of network was carved, which
extended over its whole upper surface. To the bottom of this network was
suspended a series of fringes, and on these again were carved two rows of
pomegranates, one hundred being in each row."
The pillars were cylindrical
in shape and were cast of brass; their combined weight is estimated to have
been no less than fifty-three tons. one of them was called Boaz, the other
Jachin: the former stood in the northeast corner of the porch, the latter in
the southeast. To one who stood inside the temple looking out. Jachin stood at
the right, Boaz at the left. What these names signified nobody knows, but some
think the High Priest was wont to stand at one, the King at the other, on such
occasions as when all the people held high celebrations at the Temple.
According to tradition the pillars were cast in foundries situated between
Succoth and Zeredatha, about thirty-five miles northeast of Jerusalem;
jewelers of the holy city still use clay brought from that region.
The symbolical pillars
employed in our lodges should be of a size that best comports with their
surroundings albeit there is a certain fitness in making them of one height
throughout. Some believe that a cubit was only four inches in length; acting
on this theory some American Grand Lodges claim the pillars to have been just
six feet in height; one that they were 30 cubits, and twenty- five insist that
they were thirty five cubits. The best authorities are now very sure that a
cubit equalled eighteen inches according to our measurements; inasmuch as the
Temple itself was only ninety feet long and thirty feet wide, thirty-five
cubits would have been altogether out of proportion! But such discrepancies as
these need not trouble us for to us the pillars are symbols only and quite as
worthy of study when six feet high as when thirty.
What do these pillars
symbolize ? To Preston they stood for the pillar of cloud and of fire which
guided the Israelites through the day and the night; to Caldecott they meant
the principles of authority in religion and in politics whereby all social
organization is guided: to Covey-Crump they have become the pictures of Space
and Time, those two mighty monoliths through which the mind passes into all
truth; and Albert Mackey, our own encyclopedist, makes them to stand for
strength and stability. With these meanings we have no quarrel but there is,
we believe, a far truer interpretation, one that goes right back to the Jewish
Rabbis themselves who should have known the meaning of the symbols if they
ever had any meaning. One of them wrote of them as follows:
"The names of the pillars
signified potency and perpetuity; the pomegranates on their capitals or
chapiters were symbols of generation."
This, I myself believe, is
the true interpretation. The pillars stand at the entrance to the Middle
Chamber even as birth is the entrance to life. To pass between them into the
lodge room means that a man is being born into the world of Masonry; to pass
between them and on up the Winding Stairs means that a man is being born into
one of the higher and more spiritual realms of the life Masonic, a thing high
and noble for him that has a mind to think.
Many of our ills come from a
bad heredity; a man who poisons his blood makes war on the unborn; he is
anti-Masonic, whatever be the watch-charm on his breast; he has placed rotten
pillars before the house of life, and causes his children to pass through
them, as heathen Israelites made their babes to pass through the fire to
Moloch. What is true of birth into life is true also of birth into any of the
realms of man's life. If the pillars at the entrance to the home be strong and
straight the child will live a clean, happy life; if wise men guard the
doorway of the school our children can pass into the Middle Chamber of a real
education, untainted by superstition, unpoisoned by bigotry. He who would
become a wise master of life must learn the secret of the beginnings; a little
deflection at the start means a long way off the path later on; he who begins
aright and who perseveres until the end will himself become strong, a pillar
strengthened and strengthening, against which kings and priests may lean, and
past which others may safely go, seeking life. woe be it to humanity if ever
it neglects to give, in any of its spheres, right birth to its children, its
seekers, its learners !
IV On top of each of the two
pillars thus described stand two globes, one the celestial, representing the
heavens; the other the terrestrial, representing the earth. Whence came these,
and what do they signify ?
In answer to the first of
these questions our scholars have offered two hypotheses first, that they are
of Egyptian origin; second, that they are a modified form of the chapiters or
headpieces of the pillars. The first of these theories was evidently suggested
by the ancient Egyptian symbol of the winged globe, often found on the
entablature above a temple, surrounded by a snake holding its tail in its
mouth, and flanked by two wide outstretched wings. So common was this device
that it became at last one of the national emblems, so that Isaiah speaks of
Egypt as "the land of the winged globe." This globe was in all probability
oval in shape, to suggest the egg, symbol of life; the serpent was the symbol
of Infinity, the wings of power; combined, the figure stood for the infinite
life- giving power of Deity. If it be supposed that the globe was a true
circle then it may have represented the Sun, the first great God of Egypt, but
the meaning remains practically the same.
If our two globes could be
made to serve as a modern form of the Egyptian winged globe they might be
enriched in meaning and interest, but there is no evidence whatever that the
older symbol ever transmigrated into Masonry. The probability is all against
it, for we have two globes instead of one, and we do not have the serpent or
the wings; besides, as actually exhibited, our globes manifestly refer to the
earth and the heavens as modernly understood.
V The chapiters on the two
pillars were spherical in shape and always so represented. It would evidently
seem, therefore, that the men who framed our ritual, among whom Preston was
chief, simply modified the chapiters into globes. By why did they do this ?
Because Preston and his school undertook to transform the lodge into a school,
and consequently required symbols for geography and astronomy, two very
important branches of the curriculum they outlined. This theory is verified,
it seems to me, by reference to the Prestonian lectures, in which we find the
following paragraphs, as slightly modified by Webb:
"The sphere, with the parts
of the earth delineated on its surface, is called the terrestrial globe; and
that with the constellations and other heavenly bodies, the celestial globe."
"The principal use of the
globes, besides serving as maps to distinguish the outward parts of the earth
and the situation of the fixed stars, is to illustrate and explain the
phenomena arising from the annual revolution and the diurnal rotation of, the
earth around its own axis. They are the noblest instruments for improving the
mind (this was Preston's motive - H.L.H.) and giving it the most distinct idea
of any problem or proposition, as well as enabling it to solve the same."
Certain of our writers have
ridiculed all this, arguing that it is trite and schoolboyish and that the
placing of two such globes on top of two ancient pillars is a glaring
anachronism. Granting as much, however, it may be that Preston builded better
than he knew, for the two globes do symbolize a truth profound and fruitful of
application; and if it be objected that this symbolism is modem, we may reply,
What of it ? Surely we moderns have as much right to fashion symbolism as the
The monitors explain the
globes as indicating the universality of Masonry, a subject to which we have
already adverted; and, as inculcating reverence. This last is really a noble
insight and not so banal as it sounds, because it is the central idea in no
less a work of genius than the Book of Job, in which, as you will recall, the
suffering patriarch learned to trust and revere the Creator by a contemplation
of the power and majesty of the Creation. Beyond these monitorial
interpretations my own mind discovers in the two globes a symbol of the truth
that we humans are citizens of two worlds, the earthly and the heavenly, the
temporal and the eternal, the material and the physical. If it be charged that
this is merely a private interpretation I am willing to let the charge stand;
for why were we released from the cabletow if it were not to encourage us to
follow our own Light?
THE TWO PILLARS STANDING IN
THE PORCH OF THE TEMPLE
Next, in view, come the two
famous Pillars which stood in the Porch of the Temple; and were for Matter,
Brass; for Form, Cylinders; for Height, 18 Cubits a piece; for Compass, twelve
Cubits; for Diameter, about four Cubits, which is conceived to be the meaning
of that expression, That they were four Cubits in the Porch, that is, the
Chapiters were four Cubits Diameter, and so the Brass Cylinder under them,
taking up so much ground-room in the Porch. But some there be, who would have
the meaning to be this, that the Lilly-Work, which hung over the Pillars, was
four Cubits deep round about the Chapiters. Indeed, the Chapiters seem to be
of an Oval Form; for, their Diameter, in their middle, was four Cubits, and
their Height five, if we compare the I King, 7:16 with the 19 ver. For having
declared the measures of the Pillars, ver. 15, he proceeds to describe the
Measures and Ornaments of the Chapiters, and tells us, v. 16, that the height
of each was five Cubits; and then mentioning some of their Ornaments, goes on
to tell us, that the top of the Pillars (where they were placed) was of
Lilly-Work, and that the Chapiters thus situated on the top of the Pillars,
which had a compass of Lilly-work at their upper edge, were four Cubits, that
is, in their middle Dimetient Line, and so were about twelve Cubits round,
like unto the Pillar beneath. So that we may read and point the 19th verse
thus (And the Chapiters which were on the head of the Pillars of Lilly-Work,
were in the Porch four Cubits), that is, did comprehend in the Line measuring
their Belly, as much as would take up four Cubits on the Floor of the Porch.
So that Opus Lilii, is by apposition to be construed with Caput Columnarum;
and the two other words (Four Cubits in the Porch) are to delineate the
quantity of these Chapiters that stood on the Lilly-wrought head of the
Pillars. The Accounts for this Construction may be two-fold.
First, because this Verse
aims not at the mention of the Lilly-work on the Pillars: for if it did, then
were it superfluous to mention it again, as a particular work by itself, v.
22. Wherefore it seems, that this verse aims rather at the Description of the
Chapiters set upon that Lilly-work, which are the principal things, and so
more nicely described, the Lilly-work being but an Ornament. But,
Secondly, if the hole of the
Chapiter resting on the Pillar with this Lilly-work sustaining it, were as
large as the Pillar it self, as is affirmed by some, to let in the top of the
Pillar; and that this Lilly-work on the top of the Pillar, in a circling
Border, stood out four Cubits in the Porch, at the bottom of the Chapiter,
fastened to the top of the Pillar: then will there arise twelve Cubits
Diameter, that is, four of the Pillar, and four on each side of this
Lilly-work and so the pillars will be shut out of the Porch, which was but ten
Cubits abroad, I King, 6:3.
On the top of the Pillars
then were two Chapiters, of five Cubits higher then the Pillars with Nets of
Checker-work; and each Pillar had seven Wreaths of Chain-work, with two Rows
of Pomegranates; in each Row, one hundred; but ninety six only could be seen
by those that stood upon the Pavement of the Porch. So that there were on both
Chapiters four hundred goodly Pomegranates in all which were put upon Chains
in two Rows. Both Pillars joined together in their measure, were but thirty
five Cubits high, that is twice eighteen, bating one Cubit, because each
Chapiter did sink half a Cubit within the Socket of the Cylinder for their
fastening. So that each Pillar, with its Chapiter, was twenty two Cubits, and,
1/2 high. The Pillars seventeen, and 1/2, and the Chapiter five: Whereas 'tis
said each Chapiter was but three Cubits high, it's to be understood of the
stately embroidery, and Ornaments of Net-work, Chains, and Pomegranates, which
were at the beginning of the third Cubit. Thus being fitted and prepared, they
were placed within the Porch; the Pillar on the right side that is, the South
was called Jachin, (being the future Hiphil from stabilize). He shall
establish: noting the fixediness of this pillar upon its Foundation, and that
on the left hand, or on the North side, was called Boaz, denoting the strength
and firmitude of that stately piece of Brass. These famous Pillars, though
never so strong, were broken in pieces, and conveyed to the City of Babylon;
but Saints, that are Spiritual Pillars in the House of God, shall go no more
out of that Heavenly Temple.
From Lee's "Orbis Miraeulum,"
I need do nothing contrary to
my mind and divinity, since no one can force me to act thus, or force me to
act against my own judgment. Marcus Aurelius.
THE POSITION OF THE PILLARS
BY BRO. JOHN T. THORP, P.M.
QUATUOR CORONATI LODGE, ENGLAND
The author of this
interesting paper is one of the veteran Masonic scholars of England to whom
THE BUILDER has been often indebted; he is almost the last of the band of
giants who composed the Quatuor Coronati group of savants. Accepting the Old
Testament record as he finds it, he has endeavored to ascertain therefrom the
position of the two great pillars with what results the following essay will
show- we hope that Brother Thorp will be yet spared to the Craft for many
IN endeavouring to fix the
respective positions of the two brazen pillars at the Porchway-entrance of
King Solomon's Temple, I must first give a brief historical account, as well
as describe the form and situation, both of the original Tabernacle and also
of the Temple itself, as a proper understanding of these will materially
assist in estimating the evidence that I have to bring forward.
The Tabernacle was erected in
the wilderness by Moses, Aholiab and Bezaleel, by the special command of the
G. A. O. T. U., according to instructions given by Him to Moses on Mount Sinai
the form, situation, ornaments, and furniture being minutely given, and as
minutely and faithfully carried out by His faithful servants, as we find
recorded in the Book of Exodus, chapters 25, 26, 27. The word "Tabernacle"
means 'tent of meeting," the place where the Holy One meets with the
congregation, and Whey with Him, and it was the centre and seat of the Hebrew
Theocracy. The theocracy was a kingdom, of which God was King, and the
Tabernacle was His palace or abode; the kingdom was visible, so was the
palace, so was at least the Presence of the King; there the people had
audience of the Monarch, and thence He issued commands in a way cognizable by
the senses for their guidance.
It will be best to proceed
with the account of the Tabernacle, (1) beginning from the outside and going
inwards, as one would naturally do who inspected it for the first time. The
first object that would present itself is the Court; this, although an
important part of the whole edifice, was, strictly speaking, no part of the
Tabernacle, being merely a large enclosure in the shape of a parallelogram,
with the narrow ends situated east and west; the only entrance to this Court
was in the east. As confirmation of this, take the following passage from
Exodus, chapter 38:
"And he made the court: on
the south side southward the hangings of the court were . . . an hundred
cubits their pillars twenty; and for the north side an hundred cubits, their
pillars twenty. And for the west side fifty cubits, their pillars ten. And for
the east side eastward fifty cubits; the hangings of the one side of the gate
were fifteen cubits, their pillars three; and for the other side of the court
gate fifteen cubits, their pillars three; and for the gate of the court twenty
cubits, their pillars four."
Going into the outer court by
the entrance at the east, and proceeding westward, we come first to the Altar
of Burnt Offering; passing this, to the Laver, at which the priests washed
their hands before entering the Tabernacle, then immediately we reach the
entrance of the Tabernacle itself.
The Tabernacle, like the
outer Court, was of rectangular form, having its entrance in the east, and at
a point two-thirds of its length from the entrance, was divided into two
portions by a hanging vail; the larger portion was called the Holy Place, the
smaller portion, or westmost part, was called the Sanctum Sanctorum, or Holy
of Holies. The Holy Place contained the Altar of Incense, symbol of prayer and
thanks, opposite the entrance, together with the Table of Shewbread, symbol of
holy deeds and works of faith, on the north side; and the Golden Candlestick,
symbol of heavenly light, on the south side. The Holy of Holies contained only
one object, viz.: a small gilt rectangular chest, with a lid of solid gold,
and on each end, attached to the lid, a small winged human figure of solid
gold. The chest was called the Ark of the Covenant, and within it were
deposited the two tables of the Law; the golden lid was called the Mercy Seat,
and the two figures Cherubim, and from between them, on the Mercy Seat, the
G.A.O.T.U. spoke to the High Priest. The whole of the people were admitted
into the Court, but Priests only into the Tabernacle, whilst into the Sanctum
Sanctorum the High Priest alone entered once a year, after many washings and
purifications, to make atonement for the sins of the people.
The Tabernacle was completed
and erected on the first day of the first month of the second year of the
Exodus, and it was carried about by the Israelites during all their wanderings
in the wilderness. After their entrance into Canaan, it was first set up in
Gilgal, afterwards at Shiloh, still later at Gibeon and Jerusalem, and for a
period of 447 years it was esteemed the centre of the religious life and
worship of the people; and it was not until the Temple was erected by King
Solomon that it ceased to be such, and until, as we read in II. Chronicles,
chap. 5, "that Solomon brought up the Ark and all the holy vessels from the
Tabernacle on Zion Hill, and placed them in the Temple that he had made."
The incongruity of a settled
people having only a tent for the celebration of their splendid ritual
service, first occurred to the mind of David. It appeared unseemly to him that
the Ark of God should still dwell "between curtains," while he abode in a
"house of cedar." He therefore proposed to build a Temple, in which the
worship of God might be more becomingly conducted. The prophet Nathan was,
however, commissioned to inform him that having been engaged in constant
warfare, and shed much human blood, he could not be allowed to execute the
design he had formed, which was to be reserved for the peaceful reign of his
son Solomon. This undertaking was, however, the principal subject of David's
thought and care during the remainder of his reign, and to it he appropriated
a large proportion of the immense treasure which his many victories produced.
He may be said to have provided all, or nearly all, the materials before his
death, secured the services of skilful mechanics and artificers for every
branch of the work, and furnished the design, plan, and site of the building,
so that more of the credit of this work seems due to David than to Solomon.
The foundation of the Temple
was laid B. C. 1012, being the fourth year of Solomon's reign, and in seven
years and a half it was completed, during which time no less than 183,000
persons were employed in the work.
The Temple, (2) in its
general idea, did not materially differ from the Tabernacle; it was situated
also due east and west, but had three entrances, viz.: at the north, south,
and east (referred to in the Masonic Traditional History). The general form of
the Tabernacle was retained in the Temple, and like the Tabernacle, the Temple
looked towards the east, having the Most Holy Place at the extreme west. The
principal entrance was at the east, where there was a porch, adorned by two
large brazen pillars. We have in the volume of the S. L. two accounts of these
pillars; one will ho found in I. Kings. chap. 7. and is as follows:
"And King Solomon sent and
fetched Hiram out of Tyre. . . . And he came to King Solomon, and wrought all
his work. For he east two pillars of brass of eighteen cubits high apiece. (3)
. . . And he made two chapiters of molten brass to set upon the top of the
pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the
other chapiter was five cubits: and nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain
work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars. . . And he set
up the pillars in the porch of the Temple: and he set up the right pillar, and
called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the
name thereof Boaz. . . And he made a Molten Sea. . . And he made ten bases of
brass Then made he ten lavers of brass, . . . and upon every one of the ten
bases (placed he) one laver. And he put five bases on the right side of the
house, and five on the left side of the house; and he set the sea on the right
side of the house eastward over against the south.
Again, in II. Chronicles,
"Also he made a Molten Sea of
ten cubits. . . He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and
five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt
offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in. And
he made ten candlesticks of gold, according to their form, and set them in the
Temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left. He also made ten tables,
and placed them in the Temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left. .
. And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the
When finished, the Temple was
dedicated with great solemnity by King Solomon; but its day of glory was not
of long continuance. The revolt of the ten tribes in the next reign withdrew
from it a large proportion of the worshippers, and scarcely forty years had
Passed when the Egyptian Shishak spoiled it of many of its treasures.
Successive plunderings followed rapidly, till, by reason of the great
wickedness of the people, the Holy City and Temple were laid in ruins by
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, after the sacred building had stood about 416
The second Temple was built
by Zerubbabel, after the return of the Jews from their Babylonian captivity;
this Temple was as near as possible a counterpart of the first, although
greatly inferior to it in beauty and splendour, and was completed about B. C.
This Temple stood for about
five hundred years, when Herod the Great sought to rival, if not to exceed,
the greatness of Solomon, by the erection of the third Temple. He took the old
one down piecemeal, and put up the other in its place, so as to preserve the
continuity of the edifice; and it was said to be, except in respect of its
magnificence and splendour, an exact copy of the original Temple built by
Solomon. Indeed the porchway entrance was still called "Solomon's Porch," and
is thus spoken of in the New Testaments
About this time there lived
and flourished the great Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, a man of noble
family, being descended on his mother's side from the Asmonean princes, and on
his father's side from the highest of the priestly families, himself being
also a priest. this Josephus wrote a history of the Jews, under the auspices
off the Roman Emperors, Vespasian and Titus, and in this history he gives a
full description of Solomon's Temple.
Josephus was well acquainted
with Herod's Temple, which it must be remembered was an exact copy of
Solomon's; he was accustomed to officiate therein, and was an eye-witness of
its destruction by the Romans under Titus, A. D. 70.
This history of Josephus was
written in Greek, and the following description of the pillars is from a
translation made by William Whiston, professor in the University of Cambridge.
It is as follows:
"Moreover, this Hiram made
two pillars, whose outsides were of brass, . . . there was cast with each of
their chapiters lily-work, that stood upon the pillars, and it was elevated
five cubits, round about which there was net-work interwoven with small palms,
made of brass, and covered the lily-work. To this also were hung two hundred
pomegranates, in two rows. The one of these pillars he set at the entrance of
the porch, on the right hand, and called it Jachin; and the other on the left
hand, and called it Boaz. . . . He also made ten large round brass vessels,
which were the Savers, . . . and he set five of the lavers on the left side of
the temple, which was on that side towards the north wind, and as many on the
right side, towards the south."
And then he adds the
"By the right hand is meant
what is against our left, when we suppose ourselves going up from the east
gates of the courts, towards the Tabernacle: whence it follows that the pillar
Jachin, on the right hand of the Temple, was on the south, against our left
hand; and Boaz on the north, against our right hand."
Here, then, we have the
evidence of a man, who was personally acquainted with Herod's Temple, which
was a copy of Solomon's, and who was familiar with the opinions of men of his
time, as to the various parts of the sacred edifice. His veracity and
trustworthiness as a historian are seldom questioned, and his statements
therefore we may safely accept as facts.
I think that the three
extracts I have given two from the Vol. of the S. L. and one from the
historian Josephus, settle the respective positions of the two pillars, Boaz
(1) See cut "Plan A." (2) See
cut "Plan B." (3) In II. Chronicles, chap. 3, the height of the pillars is
given as 35 cubits, which included the pedestals on which the pillars stood,
and also the chapiters. (4) John x., 23; Acts iii., 11: Acts v., 12.
THE ORIGIN OF THE PILLARS TO
KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE
One thing is perfectly clear
about the design of the Temple, and that is that the plan of it was not an
original one, for it was designed to be only a copy on a larger scale of the
Tabernacle. This want of originality in design was also reflected in its
ornamentation, for the King of Tyre being appealed to for assistance, which
was evidently lacking in Jerusalem at the time, at.- artificer was sent from
Tyre itself to supply those ideas which were needed at the headquarters of the
building. One can imagine Hiram the Architect gazing at the plans which merely
attempted to translate into the more lasting form of stone the temporary
woodwork of the Tabernacle, and wondering in what way it could be improved.
His thoughts would naturally turn to the Temple which stood in Tyre itself,
and which is thus described by Herodotus, the Greek Historian (B. ii., c. 44),
"And being desirous of obtaining certain information from whatever source I
could, I sailed to Tyre in Phoenicia, having heard that there was there a
Temple dedicated to Hercules; and I saw it richly adorned with a great variety
of offerings, and in it were two pillars, one of fine gold, the other of
emerald stone, both shining exceedingly at night." ache Temple was probably
open to the air, and the historian is picturing the magnificent view of the
pillars as they appeared by bright moonlight.
Hiram, when summoned to
Jerusalem, might naturally have bethought himself of these magnificent pillars
of the Tyrian temple, and designed two others of different shape and different
materials, but yet intended by him to be as noteworthy as those of his native
It will probably be remarked
that Herodotus viewed the Temple at Tyre in 443 B. C., or about 550 years
after the temple at Jerusalem had been built, but on this question he
expressly tells us that the priests at Tyre assured him that their temple had
stood for 2,300 years, and consequently it must have been in existence prior
to King Solomon's time.
Whether the two pillars in
King Hiram's temple had any special religious significance, or were merely
architectural necessities, remains to be seen, but it is worthy of attention
that amongst the Egyptians, who were the earliest builders of the world, and
from whom other peoples, and probably also the Tyrians, derived their ideas,
pillars were held in great honour, and that the Egyptian great god Osiris was
known as the "Lord of the Pillars." One of the familiar scenes in Egyptian
sculptures was the great festival of "setting up the pillars," in which the
Kings took a prominent part.
F. Armitage, A. Q. C., Vol.
A smooth sea never made a
skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and Success qualify for
usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean,
rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill, and fortitude
of the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to
outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth
a lifetime of softness and security. Anon.
KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE AND A
LEAGUE OF NATIONS
BY BRO. CHARLES B. SINDENT,
WITHOUT a League of Nations
there would have been no King Solomon's Temple. This is no idle Masonic boast,
nor is it founded on tradition, but a fact of history attested to by Holy Writ
and the Jewish historian Josephus. There can be no doubt of the former and the
latter has long been accepted as reliable. About the year 1050 B. C. we hear
for the first time in Phoenician history of a king on the throne of Tyre,
Abibalus or Abi-Baal by name, and he began to reign about the same time that
David was acclaimed king by the tribe of Judah at Hebron in Palestine. While
David was still in the prime of his career Abibalus was succeeded by his son
Hiram, a prince of great energy and keen statesmanship. In viewing the
political conditions of his day he seems to have realized that his neighbor
was one worthy of friendship and one with whom political and commercial
relations would be beneficial. Acting on this judgment we find him sending
messengers to David at Jerusalem with a present of "timber of cedar, with
masons and carpenters to build him an house." 1 Chron. 14:1. Later when David
was assembling materials for the Temple "the Zidonians and they of Tyre" i.e.
subjects of Hiram "brought much cedar wood to David." 1 Chron. 22:14. This
friendship continued until the close of David's reign "for Hiram was ever a
lover of David," 1 Kings 5:1. Immediately Hiram heard that Solomon had
succeeded to his father's throne, he sent an embassy to present his
congratulations, and this gave the opportunity sought by the new king to enter
into negotiations for the materials needed to realize the purpose of his
father David and erect the Temple to Jehovah. Correspondence ensued between
these two monarchs which resulted in the formation of a League or Covenant of
Nations on terms of very great intimacy. The letters which passed between the
two rulers were preserved in their respective capitals, and the Tyrian
versions are said to have been still extant in the public record office of the
city in the first century of the Christian era. Josephus Ant. Jud. VIII, 2,
6. "And they two made a League" (1 Kings 5:12) is the terse summing up of the
sacred writer but like so many other brief passages, much is contained therein
no less than an early "League of Nations" which made possible peace and
harmony between two great nations and left to the world a glorious witness to
this Covenant in that magnificent structure on Mount Moriah.
The terms of the League are
familiar to all Masons. The wheat, barley, oil and wine so abundant in
Palestine was given in exchange for the timber of Lebanon and the labor of
artificers, workers in metal, carpenters and masons. The casting of the
pillars known as "Jachin and Boaz" in the mud of the valley of the Jordan, the
"molten sea" standing on twelve oxen, and "the lavers standing on wheels" are
among the outstanding works of the Tyrian workmen led by that other Hiram whom
the king sent because of his skill. At the close of the Temple building the
following still closer "entente cordiale" was arranged. The Tyrians possessed
abundant ships and their sailors "had full knowledge of the sea" and held
practically the whole of the trade in the Mediterranean Sea. King Solomon on
his side controlled the Red Sea and the land routes leading to it, and had
access to the lucrative traffic with Arabia and possibly India. A close
commercial union was thus beneficial to both nations and was duly arranged.
Hiram admitted Solomon to a participation in his western traffic and the two
kings maintained a joint "navy of Tarshish" which "once in three years came
bringing gold and silver, ivory, and apes and peacocks." 1 Kings 10:22. In
return Solomon opened to Hiram the route to the East by way of the Red Sea,
"and King Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth,
on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent in the navy
his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with servants of Solomon.
And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty
talents, and brought it to King Solomon." 1 Kings 9 :26. This League of
Nations continued happily during the life-time of the two kings and until the
disruptions which followed the death of Solomon and the domestic troubles of
Tyre caused it to pass into insignificance. After several generations a
descendant of Hiram, Ithobal by name, made an alliance with Israel by giving
in marriage his daughter Jezebel to King Ahab. But that is another story.
These historical facts prove
that only by the union of these two powers in a League or Covenant could the
materials or workmen have been gathered together for the construction of the
temple. King Solomon had the wealth and ambition and much labor but Hiram
possessed the skilled workmen and the metals, and only by harmonious agreement
could these necessary men and materials have been gathered together and the
work completed. This League of Nations, while not the first recorded in
history, is worthy of note as so much of it centres around the Temple. All
Leagues and Covenants of necessity, if they are to be abiding, must centre
around the Temple. Not necessarily that Temple of Solomon or any other king or
nation but rather that spiritual Temple, "that house not made with hands,
eternal in the Heavens."
The Temple held, and though
for many years hidden, "that which was lost" is the true secret of national
harmony and individual greatness. All true and worthy Masons believe this, and
are seeking the establishment of right principles in the world, all of which
have their origin in Him to whom the Temple was erected and in whom all these
reconstructive principles can alone be realized. A "League of Masons" is
appearing and must undoubtedly come into being. The spirit of the age and the
trend of world affairs demand it. And what shall be its contribution to the
world narrow, exclusive, secret benefit only? Far be such a purpose from
Masonry! Our order exists for the betterment of mankind and its tenets so
beautifully taught in symbolism are those very principles which will make
possible an abiding League of Nations not only for the abolition of war, but
for the reconstructing of Society on an equitable basis of justice and true
brotherhood. Freedom of religious opinion and political thought are the very
essence of the right of self determination so much talked of today between
nations, and Masons well know what place these principles hold among our
Fraternity. Masonry has a glorious part to contribute in this reconstruction
period, and as her sons fought for Freedom and Truth in the more strenuous
days of war may her sons be equally aggressive, but in a more peaceful manner,
for the rebuilding of our social scheme and of putting a new soul into this
old world. Masonry holds to those principles of right represented to the world
by the Presence in the Temple, and as it was true that without a League of
Nations there could have been no Temple, so it is equally true that without
the Temple and its principles and Presence, there can be no League of Nations.
The Pharaoh himself might
reasonably expect that his imposing tomb would long survive the destruction of
the less enduring structures in which his nobles were laid, and that his
endowments, too, might be made to outlast those of his less powerful
contemporaries. The pyramid as a stable form in architecture has impressed
itself upon all time. Beneath this vast mountain of stone, as a result of its
mere mass and indestructibility alone, the Pharaoh looked forward to the
permanent survival of his body, and of the personality with which it was so
indissolubly involved. Moreover, the origin of the monument, hitherto
overlooked, made it a symbol of the highest sacredness, rising above the
mortal remains of the king, to greet the Sun, whose offspring the Pharaoh was.
The pyramid form may be
explained by an examination of the familiar obelisk form. The obelisk, as is
commonly known, is a symbol sacred to the Sun-god. So far as I am aware,
however, little significance has heretofore been attached to the fact that the
especially sacred portion of the obelisk is the pyramidal apex with which it
is surmounted. An obelisk is simply a pyramid upon a lofty base which has
indeed become the shaft. In the Old Kingdom Sun-temples at Abusir, this is
quite clear, the diameter of the shaft being at the bottom quite one-third of
its height. Thus the shaft appears as a high base, upon which the surmounting
pyramid is supported. This pyramidal top is the essential part of the monument
and the significant symbol which it bore. The Egyptians caned it a benben (or
benbenet), which we translate "pyramidion," and the shaft or high base would
be without significance without it. Thus, when Sesostris 1 proclaims to
posterity the survival of his name in his Heliopolis monuments, he says:
"My beauty shall be
remembered in his house, My name is the pyramidion and my name is the lake."
His meaning is that his name
shall survive on his great obelisks, and in the sacred lake which he
excavated. The king significantly designates the obelisk, however, by the name
of its pyramidal summit. Now the long recognized fact that the obelisk is
sacred to the sun, carries with it the demonstration that it is the pyramid
surmounting the obelisk which is sacred to the Sun-god. Furthermore, the
Sanctuary at Heliopolis was early designated the "Benbenhouse," that is the "pyramidion
house." The symbol, then, by which the sanctuary of the Suntemple at
Heliopolis was designated was a pyramid. Moreover, there was in this same
Sun-temple a pyramidal object called a "ben," presumably of stone standing in
the "Phoenix-louse '; and upon this pyramidal object the Sun-god in the form
of a Phoenix had in the beginning first appeared. This object was already
sacred as far back as the middle of the third millennium B. C., and will
doubtless have been vastly older. We may conjecture that it was one of those
sacred stones, which gained their sanctity in times far back of all
recollection or tradition, like the Ka'aba at Mecca. In hieroglyphic the
Phoenix is represented as sitting upon this object, the form of which was a
universally sacred symbol of the Sun-god. Hence it is that in the Pyramid
Texts the king's pyramid tomb is placed under the protection of the Sun-god in
two very clear chapters, the second of which opens with a reference to the
fact that the Sun-god when he created the other gods was sitting aloft on the
ben as a Phoenix, and hence it is that the king's pyramid is placed under his
From Breasted's "Development
of Religion and Thought in Ancient Egypt."
BY BRO. GERALD NANCARROW,
I dreamt that I went to the
And came to the Tyler's door,
I was clothed and waiting to
And sit with my brothers once
When there came to my mind a
From a questioner in my soul:
"Let us pause outside for a
While the craft responds to
So I sat there with him who
And he asked me to answer him
And say if full service I'd
Or whether my zeal had grown
Can you, O my brother, and
Say now that you've wrought
as you could
On the block the Master has
Will He say your work has
"Have you kept your tools in
All polished and sharpened
Or used them in Brotherhood's
So they must be whetted
"The tools that the Master
Were placed in your hands to
The talents He gave to His
To grow in the hearts He has
And I to the questioner
"O thou who my secrets can
But let me go back to my
To serve Him in truth and in
"I will fill my years with
I will use my tools ev'ry
Then be ready to serve on the
By edging them all as I
It is better to admonish than to reproach; for the
one is mild and friendly, the other harsh and offensive; the one corrects the
faulty, the other only convicts them. - Epictetus.
Success is growing to our full spiritual stature,
under God's sky. - Thomas Carlyle.
AMERICA NEEDS US NOW
THE critical times through which we are passing -
the aftermath of war - is of immeasurable import to every Mason in these
United States. No one dare minimize the danger of what we might term national
disintegration that is confronting us. The hydra-headed monster of
discontentment looms up everywhere. Strikes, riots and revolutions face us in
small or great degree in every corner of the land. Social equilibrium and
sanity are wanting almost everywhere. Cupidity, fear and hatred are enthroned
after the dark night of sorrow for the whole world.
War, we were told, was made to prevent war. And
yet there are wars today that threaten the bulwarks of civilization as
persistently as they were threatened prior to the great cataclysm. Idealism
abroad has clad itself in the habiliments of terror and its promises have left
its votaries stranded on the sands of impotence. Class consciousness, as a
guide to those who strive for more humane conditions for labor and life, has
intoxicated its millions the wide world over with the wine of selfishness that
urges them to an inconsiderate action that cannot but breed misery and sorrow
for all should it be carried out. Indeed if there is to be a continuation of
this orgy of discontent it is a grave question whether some of us will not
live to see the ushering in of a new barbarism or worse savagery.
Dark forebodings these. But who of thought upon
the seriousness of national affairs is not violently disturbed, when he
reasons upon these questions. Yet from those who think must we look for the
expression of hope. The student of history may well assure us that God is not
dead and that ultimately all will be well. A power not ourselves - but always
using the human channel - has ever hitherto prevailed for righteousness. Let
us, then, as Masons who pride ourselves upon having in our midst those who
have learned to control their passions, reveal our sanity.
From every walk in life we have men who have been
admitted, passed and made masters of life by the sublimity of Masonic
teaching. Let us in these trying moments recall those things that are large
with importance for every Mason who loves his country. Likewise let us not
forget the noble part that Masonry, through her wisest and best sons, has
played in the past in the molding of the character of this nation. While some
of us are grappling with the realization for the world of a league of nations
let us not overlook our urgent need of realizing in our own midst a league of
Americans. May we not, indeed, declare that we are engaged in this great land
in the task of working out and demonstrating as practicable that which many
are asking for as a government for the whole world?
We Americans are engaged in the greatest
experiment that any people have engaged in since the world began -
demonstrating the validity of democratic institutions for the service, comfort
and uplift of man. We know no aristocracy save that which is a landmark of our
Institution - the aristocracy of character. From all lands did our forefathers
and many among us today come. From heath the heel of a Lord who lived on a
hill they came, each with a hope and a promise that within these borders each
should find a hill for himself. Antecedents were lost sight of in the face of
the opportunity for independence that brightened the horizon. Americanism, a
thing ever of the spirit, was born with the vision of new possibilities, and
no danger was tap great to be faced, no sacrifice too exacting for the
realization of a land where neither faiths nor castles were to deny the honest
effort for the attainment of the things worth living for.
The evil days that are threatening, clouding our
sky, engendered largely by a sort of national paranoia, greed for wealth, have
obscured the significance of the divine mission of the people of these United
States. We have loosely aped the habits and customs and civilization of others
instead of diligently working out the ideal of an enlightened democracy that
is commensurate of our abilities. We have imported art and science, literature
and religious faddism, and finally Bolshevism. The house again is divided and
cannot stand unless there is a determined concentration of effort for the
realization of a league of Americans.
We extracted sacrifice from every citizen during
the great struggle as the foundation of success for the common cause. Now we
must impose upon ourselves in this, the most trying moment of our national
history, that which we deemed to be right and just when we contested for right
on the field of battle.
Masons of high ideals were the guarantors of this
Republic at its inception, and today from every lodge large and small must go
Masons consecrated to keep this nation off the rocks of disaster. Corporations
and trades-unions have Masons among them. Their Masonry can only be
interpreted today in terms of patriotism. Wise restraint must be exercised
everywhere. Passion must give way to reasoning, hate to dispassionate inquiry.
The heart of the American people is sound, and woe betide Masonry if its two
millions, representing probably ten millions of souls, are not revealing the
Americanism of Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt.
As at the birth of this nation Masons left lodge rooms imbued
with the holiest purpose hitherto known to men, so these days out of
our lodges must we go, missionaries
of true freedom, worthy of our traditions and of those of our sires who
kept faith with God and man, and by their labors and sorrows gave us this
goodly land of freemen. Away with class hatred and Bolshevism, away with our
cupidity and incompetent administrators and makers of law whether of high or
low station! On with a new America that will be a reflection of the dream of
its founders and a type of the City of God! Robert Tipton.
* * *
Nations have been disrupted by differences in
languages. Differences in languages have caused more wars than differences in
religion; more unhappiness than all other causes combined.
For the sake of the Republic, we should plead for
American Unity. Unity cannot obtain or be preserved with foreign colonies
fenced in and neighborhoods closed to callers and with preaching and teaching
in foreign languages.
Brethren, I would break up all cliques in our
Government. It is a big undertaking to govern this people. Even now the forces
of dissension and anarchy are beating upon our shores and it will take the
steadfast patriotism of all our people to drive them back and to assure the
life and perpetuity of this nation.
Here and at this time, we should all possess the
American spirit. Indulge in American Music; American Art; American Literature;
American Customs; American Ideals; American Education and above all, we ought
not to flatter everything which is brought here from other countries, and
whether that be humans or merchandise does not matter. America cannot attain
its highest standing among nations, half foreign and half American.
All newspapers printed in this country should be
in English. All public speeches on national questions should be on English.
All telephonic and telegraphic communications in this country should be in
Yes, every man should be required to transact his
business at the bank, the counting-house, at the grocer, the tailor and all
public places in the English language, not by reason of spite or to annoy or
harass but to adopt simply a wise precaution.
An alien language gives the alien viewpoint and if
this country is to endure, we must have nothing but the American viewpoint.
If we all set to and earnestly and faithfully
follow these things, ere long we shall be cemented into one complete and
undivided people possessing one country, one flag, one language, one
contentment, one God.
William S. Farmers Grand
Master, New York.
MASONRY IN DARK COUNTRIES
The brethren of San Francisco have recently had
brought home to them certain startling facts which strongly illustrate the
character of the opposition Masonry has to meet in some countries where it is
striving to raise the torch of enlightenment, in propagating intelligent
thought and liberty of action.
When a few months ago, the Grand Master of Philippine
Masonry and a
number of his brethren passed through San Francisco on their
way to Washington to appeal for the absolute independence of the Philippine
Islands, they stopped long enough in this city by the Golden Gate to give an
insight to our brethren of the obstacles set in their path before American
occupation. Under Spanish regime, to be a Mason meant to be a traitor to his
country; to be the possessor of a lambskin apron, deemed in all ages an emblem
of innocence, meant persecution and in the words of one of our distant
brethren, punishment perhaps worse than death - deportation to far-off
portions of the islands where radically different climatic conditions were
sure to undermine health and where barbarism was given full sway.
Torn from those nearest and dearest to him, such
was his punishment for daring to aspire to see the light; - to perform the
duties he owed to God, his country, his neighbor and himself, in accordance
with the dictates of his own conscience!
To be caught at a meeting clandestinely held,
meant term of imprisonment, physical or mental torture, in endeavors to extort
from him, by force or otherwise, the manner of teaching the most excellent
tenets of Freemasonry - brotherly love, relief and truth!
American occupation changed all that, just as it
changed the standard of living of nearly all the inhabitants of the more than
six hundred Philippine Islands. Instead of physical and Financial exploitation
and compulsion in religious belief, the pioneer of "Farthest America"
extending into thy wilderness was the bamboo school house! Here was the
original center of civilization, at first looked upon with extreme suspicion,
but when discovered to be harmless and helpful, flocked to by the population,
young and old.
By progressive education and enlightenment, the Filipino mind
was gradually brought to a sense of responsibility which, in generations to
enable him to enjoy freedom of thought and liberty of action, individually and
collectively, in like proportion as the white race in highly civilized
countries has stricken off its fetters and developed its spirit upward and
But many countries of the white race are still in
the dark; teeming millions yet await the first slender beam of light
penetrating to them, to give them hope! These millions are yet ill-prepared to
assume control of their national burdens; relieved of the iron shackles of
autocracy, they yet are willing prey to the mental bondage of religious
hierarchy. There is yet hope for these peoples, but before they can be
accepted into a family of free nations, they must be first duly and truly
prepared. In this the task of Masonry is yet before it. Will she be equal to
That Masonry will be equal to this task must never
for a moment be held in doubt, for far greater have been the emergencies
through which her course from her dim, distant origin has passed. But she must
work conscientiously, breaking down barrier after barrier of ignorance and
persecution, until the true light reaches to the uttermost limits of the most
distant countries. Her path will not be easy, for her most virulent opponents
work under cover in the dark and never sleep; therefore opposition from
unexpected sources must be met at times both opportune and inopportune. There
must be rehabilitation, first of all of Masonry itself in the war-stricken
countries. Assured of its own sound future, it will help to promulgate peace
and purity of principles to what were recently enemy countries, but from west
to east the travels must continue, this time not to seek, but to spread
further light in Masonry!
Thus legitimate propaganda will become effective
in countries experiencing their first flight on the wings of freedom and a new
generation, like the Filipino during the recent past, will bear aloft the same
glorious golden tiara which has made our own country the foremost leader of
nationals and the unchallenged protector of mankind. - The Junior Warden.
A fool with a good memory is full of ideas and facts, but he
can't draw sound conclusions from them; everything turns
upon that. - Vauvenargues.
EDITED BY BRO. ROBERT TIPTON
The object of this Department is to acquaint our
readers with time-tried Masonic books not always familiar; with the best
Masonic literature now being published; and with such non-Masonic books as may
especially appeal to Masons. The Library Editor will be very glad to render
any possible assistance to studious individuals or to study clubs and lodges,
either through this Department or by personal correspondence; if you wish to
learn something concerning any book,what is its nature, what is its value, or
how it may be obtained - be free to ask him. If you have read a book which you
think is worth a review write us about it; if you desire to purchase a book -
any book - we will help you get it, with no charge for the service. Make this
YOUR Department of Literary Consultation.
AS THE winter approaches studious Masons turn
their thoughts to the great indoors. The nook with a book, the fireside and
lamp, the long hours of evening afford moments for the courtship of the wisest
and best that ever have walked the earth among men. Wisdom, studiousness,
thoughtfulness should be the virtues gracing the life of the Mason claimed by
the mighty passion of building the spiritual Temple, and he should welcome the
hour when the sanctum is open to his will and pleasure.
Were we to file an indictment against the American
Mason it would be that he had ceased to be a thinker - a Masonic thinker.
Verily we believe that even as we often discover many ministers of religion
are impoverished of books that would minister to their power as leaders of men
in religious activity, even so we believe that the too frequent failure on the
part of Masons to give intelligible interpretation to Masonic thought,
practice and idealism, is due to the lack of such valuable information as is
to be obtained through the channels of literature.
You will observe that we say "literature," without
any particular specification as to what kind of literature. Let us accept as
axiomatic that all literature that is constructive in character building is of
fundamental import. A serious mistake has been made, we believe, in assigning
to but certain classes of books the title "Masonic." We often say at the
making of a Mason whose character is such as to commend him to our fellowship,
that "he was already a Mason" and all that was needed was the initiation into
the fraternal ranks to complete his investiture. May we not say the same
things of the books which do not bear the legalized Masonic stamp, but are
ever constructively helpful in the building of the City of God?
The future policy of this department will be the
continuation of the purpose of bringing to the notice of THE BUILDER readers
those books that are constant in their telling of things for the good of the
Order. The searcher after truth can in no wise afford to ignore the humble
offering of the scholar to the enlightenment of the world, and as those whose
lives are consecrated by a solemn charge to the betterment of the world it
behoves us to consider deeply the theoretical contributions of economists and
sociologists whose work purports the amelioration of those evils resultant
from revolutionary world conditions. To be a scholar is imperatively enjoined
upon every Mason, and a scholar has said "The sage of concord is man
Life in order to be progressive persists in
demanding of us moments of retrospection. Such retrospection ought to afford
us the desirable view of our limitations and thus consequently enable us to
take the forward step that will warrant better things. As Masons it is our
purpose to view honestly what we believe to be our limitations as evangels of
a gospel for the common good. In older lands than ours Masons are made, as a
rule, when they are nearing the middle age period of life. The time has then
arrived apparently when they are capable of giving the maturer consideration
to the problems and subjects that are dear to the Masonic heart. Let us
abolish the tendency of regarding our lodge as a social center established for
club purposes. Let us insist that Masons young and old read widely, think
deeply, and act as Masons ever should. Even so it is the desire of the editor
of the Library department to lend such aid to the brethren through the columns
of THE BUILDER that will direct their attention to the consideration of those
books that are written with devout and earnest desire of ushering the wider
fellowship where the brotherhood of man will be realized.
* * *
"THE IFS OF HISTORY"
"The Ifs of History," by
Joseph E. Chamberlain, published by Henry Altemus Company, 1326 Vine Street,
One thought-provoking little volume on our desk is
"The Ifs of History." To those interested in whether this old world is
advanced and governed by contingency, or by the benevolent arbitrary ruling of
Deity, the pages of this book will afford a great deal of interest. The
publishers announce its having had a great amount of attention from many
review editors. And we may well believe that it challenged many astute
thinkers who may have chanced to read it.
Among the many questions asked are: What if
Abraham Lincoln's father had gone South instead of coming North? What if
Washington had gone into the British Navy? What if Jackson had not been helped
by a pirate in the War of 1812? Enough is here suggested, we believe, to
indicate the character of this pertinent little book which embodies a choice
set of "Ifs" antedating Christ to the present moment.
* * *
"THE RIVAL PHILOSOPHIES OF
JESUS AND PAUL"
"The Rival Philosophies of
Jesus and Paul," by Ignatius Singer. Open Court Publishing Company, 122 South
Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
Of a different character entirely from the
foregoing is "The Rival Philosophies of Jesus and Paul." The iconoclast is at
work in this book. The scholar, however, is in evidence throughout the volume,
but we cannot but feel that his Pauline criticisms tend to reveal the author
out of his province. Orthodoxy is subjected throughout to a caustic treatment.
No doubt much of it is deserved, but the word of the author will not yet
suffice to demolish the Apostle Paul or his (Paul's) conceptions of
Christianity. While the author is eminently fair and certainly enlightening in
his gospel analysis and translations of sayings purported to Jesus, one
constantly feels that his pen has too much acidity in its temper toward Paul.
A perusal of the book will be well worth while,
especially to those Masons interested in the relationship of the Essenes to
the Master. No finer picture, stripped of theological millinery, has come from
recent hands revealing that wondrous humanity of Him who reveals the divine.
While it will no doubt be a disturber of the beliefs of many, yet we cannot
but welcome its challenging observations.
* * *
RELIGION AND WAR
"The War and Preaching," by
John Kelman, D. D., published by The Yale University Press, 209 Elm Street,
New Haven, Conn. Price $1.25 net.
"The Sword of the Spirit," by
Joseph Fort Newton, published at $1.25 net by Geo. H. Doran Co., 38 West 32nd
St., New York.
We heartily commend these two volumes to the
readers of THE BUILDER. Both are pertinent and timely. John Kelman served at
the Front and his interpretation of the religion of the soldier is remarkably
worth while. Critics of the Church will find him a stout defender, one
conscious of her limitations but one, too, who speaks with authority on her
future purposes. Preacher Masons would do well to grace their shelves with
this little volume.
Our own beloved Newton speaks in his usual
admirable strain and the sermons of this volume of his go a long way in
confirming his ambassadorship from this land to the one across the seas. True
interpreter of the American spirit that he is, we feel through these sermons
that his labor of love will be abundantly blessed.
* * *
AN INTERESTING WORK ON
"Spiritualism: Its History,
Phenomena and Doctrine," by J. Arthur Hill, published by Geo. H. Doran Co., 38
West 32nd Street, New York, N. Y. Price $2.00.
The War has without question quickened our
interest in the immortality of the soul. And from the gleaning of this volume
we doubt not but that many souls were comforted in their bereavement through
the channels of Spiritualism. The author of "Spiritualism: Its History,
Phenomena and Doctrine," is a remarkable Englishman, a member of the Psychical
Research Society of Great Britain and consequently has through that
institution been associated with some of the most prominent scientists of our
day who like himself are careful and studious investigators of spiritualistic
phenomena. The world, as this book amply reveals, can no longer slight the
convictions of men like Professor James of Harvard, Professor Hyslop of
Columbia and Sir Oliver Lodge of England, in this particular field Their
investigations are the work of men committee dispassionately to the weighing
of evidences in the research for truth.
The book is written in a lucid style, free from
any sort of dogmatic assertion, and probably presents the question in as
reasonable a light as any book on the subject. We confess to having felt quite
spooky as we read some parts of it.
* * *
THE EVOLUTION OF THE BIBLE
"How the Bible Grew," by
Frank Grant Lewis. Published by the University of Chicago Press, 58th St. and
Ellis Ave., Chicago. Price $1.50.
Here we have a logical account of the natural
development of the Holy Book of our altar. It is admirable from the point the
Bible is revealed to be self interpretative in the matter of its growth.
It is entirely free from the academic strain that
makes books of this character hard reading and this little volume will lend
invaluable assistance to the student of the Great Light who desires to give an
intelligible answer for the faith that is in him.
* * *
LETTERS FROM "A DEPARTED
"Last Letters from a Living
Dead Man," by Elsa Barker. Published by Mitchell Kennerley, 15 East 40th St.,
New York, N. Y. $1.50.
A well written series of letters, but try as we
might we could not feel any pressure from beyond the border in the perusal of
the book. Once we were about persuaded that God must he a Democrat judging
from the warm praise that the departed California judge, the sender of the
messages, accords Mr. Wilson.
Throughout the volume, however, there is a note of
confident optimism for America and we would com mend it for its sane patriotic
* * *
CAVE DWELLERS AND PRIMITIVE
"Animism," by George William
Gilmore. Published at $1.75 by The Marshall Jones Co., 212 Summer St., Boston,
Those of the Craft who
are interested in cave dwellers and all sorts and conditions of primitive
worshippers will find a fund of interesting information in a hank entitled
"Animism," by George William Gilmore.
The ample quotations and
footnotes indicate the breadth of the writer's researches.
We found the book of gripping interest from
beginning to end. The lucid fashion in which the author reveals the growing
consciousness of man and his tendency to project his own experience into
things inanimate which he comes to regard as gods to be appeased or praised is
alone commendation sufficient for the book. Those of anthropological or
ethnilogical bent will find it a very handy book for their study.
Anatole France, by Lewis Paget Shanks. The Open
Court Publishing Co., 122 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. $1.50.
Education in Ancient Israel, by Fletcher Harper
Swift. The Open Court Publishing Co., 122 South Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Religion of Old Glory, Guthrie. Geo. H. Doran Co.,
38 West 32nd Street, New York. $2.50.
Starvation (Alley) Treatment of Diabetes, Hill
Eckman. W. M. Leonard, 101 Tremont St., Boston.
The Evidences of Freemasonry from Ancient Hebrew
Records, by Bro. Rabbi J. H. M. Chumaceiro. Bloch Pub. Co., 40 East 14th St.,
New York. 25 cents.
The Jews and Masonry in the United States before
1810, by Samuel Oppenheim. Bloch Pub. Co., 40 East 14th St., New York. 25
Masonic Responses for the Blue Lodge. A splendid
compilation of chants and odes. Hinds Hayden, Eldridge, New York.
Pacific History Stories, Wagner Pub. Co., 239
Geary St., San Francisco, Calif.
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THE QUESTION BOX
THE BUILDER is an open forum for free and
fraternal discussion. Each of its contributors writes under his own name, and
is responsible for his own opinions. Believing that a unity of spirit is
better than a uniformity of opinion, the Research Society, as such, does not
champion any one school of Masonic thought as over against another, but offers
to all alike a medium for fellowship and instruction, leaving each to stand or
fall by its own merits.
The Question Box and Correspondence Column are
open to all members of the Society at all times. Questions of any nature on
Masonic subjects are earnestly invited from our members, particularly those
connected with lodges or study clubs which are following our "Bulletin Course
of Masonic Study." When requested, questions will be answered promptly by mail
before publication in this department.
GENERAL PERSHING'S MASONIC
Is General Pershing a Mason? - W.W.D., Virginia.
John Joseph Pershing (now General) petitioned
Lincoln Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M., Lincoln, Nebr., for the degrees on Nov.
6th, 1888. He received the Entered Apprentice degree on Dec. 4th, 1888, was
passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft on Dec. 11th, 1888, and raised to the
sublime degree of a Master Mason on Dec. 22nd, 1888. He remained a member of
Lincoln Lodge until March 16th, 1900, when he was suspended for nonpayment of
dues. On Dec. 4th of the same year (1900) he was reinstated and granted a
dimit at the same meeting. It is presumed that he took his dimit from Lincoln
Lodge for the purpose of affiliating with a lodge in the Philippines where he
was located after leaving Lincoln, but Brother Newton C. Comfort, Grand
Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands, advises us that
Brother Pershing did not affiliate with any lodge in the Philippines, although
he was active among the Masons of that country in the early days and was at
one time President of "Bamboo Oasis," a Shriner's association. During the
larger part of his stay in the Islands he was in portions where there were no
lodges. In a recent conversation with one of the members of the Masonic
Overseas Mission in France he stated that he still carried his dimit.
* * *
A HISTORY OF THE CRYPTIC
Are the degrees of Cryptic Masonry (the Royal,
Select and Super Excellent Masters' degrees) of Scottish Rite origin ? Where
can a history of them be obtained?
B. H. J., California.
In 1914 a committee of Maryland Companions, of
which Companion Gustav A. Eitel was chairman, prepared a report for their
Grand Council setting forth the claims of both the Scottish Rite and those
dissenting from the Scottish Rite theory of the origin, introduction and
dissemination of the Cryptic degrees which we expect to publish in an early
forthcoming issue of THE BUILDER.
Brothar Wm. F. Kuhn, of Missouri, has been
assigned the task of preparing an up-to-date history of these degrees for
presentation to the General Grand Council at their coming Triennial Assembly
and has promised us a copy of his.findings as soon as they are prepared. We
are also hopeful of an article from Brother Warvelle, of Illinois, in the near
future giving us the results of his latest studies of the subject.
* * *
GRAND LODGES IN CANADA AND
DATES OF THEIR ORGANIZATION
How many Grand Lodges are there in Canada, and
when were they respectively organized? R.J.T., Texas.
Alberta, 1905; British Columbia, 1871; Ontario
(Grand Lodge of Canada, having jurisdiction only in Ontario), 1855; Manitoba,
1875; New Brunswick, 1867; Nova Scotia, 1866; Prince Edward Island, 1874;
Quebec, 1869; Saskatchewan, 1906.
* * *
CLARENCE M. BOUTELLE, AUTHOR
OF “THE MAN OF MOUNT MORIAH”
A desire to learn something of the history of the
author of “The Man of Mount Moriah” prompts me to put this question up to you:
“Does Clarence Miles Boutelle still live and can his bsography be secured?”
Brother Boutelle died at Marshall, Minn.,
September 16, 1903. A sketch of his life will be found in Volume I of THE
BUILDER, page 94.
* * *
THE SUPER EXCELLENT MASTER’S
DEGREE IN KENTUCKY
Do the Councils of Cryptic Masonry of the State of Kentucky
confer the Super Excellent Masters degree following the conference of the
Royal and Select Master’s degrees? W.P.M., Texas.
Yes. It can be conferred by any Council in the
State of Kentucky. Many of the smaller Councils do not work the degree on
account of the difficulty in securing a proficient working team, but the
members generally obtain the degree from the larger Councils. A degree team
from one Council will go to another Council and confer the degree upon a large
class of candidates from the local and surrounding Councils. The work is
generally done by the Councils located in Lexington, Louisville, Newport and
Owing to the elaborateness of the degree the same
custom is followed, we believe, in the majority of other Jurisdictions.
* * *
MASONIC CLUBS IN THE A.E.F.
Can you publish a list of the Masonic Clubs that
have been organized in France since our boys went over there, and where such
Clubs are located? F.R.B., Illinois.
We do not have a complete list of these
organizations but give the following from a Directory published by the Trowel
and Triangle Club, Paris:
Aix (Savoie) Masonic Club; President, Senator
Benson of California.
Beaune (Cote-d’Or), American Masonic Club of
Beaune; meets Friday; Secretary, A. Paterson, Y.M.C.A., A.P.O. 909.
Bitburg (Germany) Middle West Masonic Club of the
Third Army; Secretary, C.C. Kensick.
Blois (Loir-et-Cher) Masonic Club; President,
Captain E. Q. Jackson, A.P.O. 726.
Bordeaux (Gironde) Masonic Club; Vice-President,
Captain James D. Hatch, A.P.O. 705a.
Brest (Finistere) Acacia Club; First Battalion,
110th Engineers, A.P.O. 911.
Brest (Finistere) Masonic Club; Secretary,
Corporal Henning H. Wallman, Motor Transport Corps, Service Park Units, A.P.O.
Brion-Sur-Ource (Cote-d’Or) Stonewall Masonic
Club; meets Tuesdays and Thursdays; Secretary, Corporal Young, A.P.O. 791.
Camp Coetquidan (Morbihan) Knights of the Forest
102 Masonic Club; Secretary, Sergeant F. W. Foss, 102d Field Artillery, A.P.O.
Camp de Souge (Gironde) Masonic Club; meets
Wednesdays; President, Sergeant Boas, A.P.O. 705.
Camp de Valdahon (Doubs) 140 Field Artillery
Masonic Club; Secretary, Clarence B. Jones.
Camp Villebernier Masonic Club; Secretary,
Sergeant James H. Hay, 6th Company, 14th Grand Division, A.P.O. 718.
Chateauroux (Indre) Masonic Club of Base Hospital
63; Secretary, Second Lieutenant Harold B. Pool, Sanitary Corps A.P.O. 738.
Chatillon-Sur-Seine (Seine) Social Ten Brothers;
Secretary, R. S. Karesh, 20th Company, 4th Motor Mechanical Regiment Air
Service, A.P.O. 730.
Chaumont (Haute-Marne) Good Fellowship Masonic
Club; meets first and third Tuesdays; President, Captain A. C. Howard Post
Quartermaster, A.P.O. 706.
Clamecy (Nievre) Masonic Society; Secretary, H. C.
Bishop, Army Field Clerk, Infantry School, A.P.O. 786.
Coblenz (Germany) Third Army Masonic Club;
President, Major W. S. Solomon; Secretary, Lieutenant Aldrich, A.P.O. 927
Genicart (Gironde) Fellowcraft Club of the 58th
Artillery; Secretary, F. A. H. Kampfer, A.P.O. 705a.
Gievres (Loir-et-Cher) Trowel Club; President, W.
R. Bristow, A.P.O. 713.
Gondrecourt ( Meuse ) Masonic Club; Secretary, Ray
Grenoble (lsere) Acacia Club of the Union; A.P.O.
Heather Hill Masonic Club; Secretary, Sergeant
First Ciass A. G. Wyant, Company B. 13th Engineers, A.P.O. 907.
Issoudun (Indre) Masonic Club; President, Captain
Is-Sur-Tille (Cote-d’Or) Washington-Lafayette
Masonic Club; Secretary, Sergeant Leonard A. Wilcox, Supply Company,
Quartermaster Corps 307, A.P.O. 712.
Laigne-en-Belin (Sarthe) Masonic Club; meets
Wednesdays; President, F. W. Butler, 103d Infantry, 76th Division.
Langres (Haute-Marne) Masonic Club, A.P.O. 714.
Le Mans (Sarthe) American Masonic Club, President, H.
B. Mook, Y.M.C.A. Headquarters.
Libourne (Gironde) Craftsmen Club; A.P.O. 911.
Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhone) American
Expeditionary Forces Masonic Club; Secretary, Second Lieutenant F. D. Redwine,
Mars-Sur-Allier (Nievre) Masonic Society; A.P.O.
Mayen (Germany) Masonic Club; Secretary, Private
George P. Eberle, Headquarters Company, 30th Infantry, A.P.O. 740.
Mehun Masonic Club; Secretary, Private R. L.
Marsh, Section 2, Ordnance Company, U. S. Troops, A.P.O. 741.
Mon Rivage Square and Compass Club.
Montierchaume (Indre) Fellowcraft Club; President,
T. J. Phillips, A.P.O. 738.
Montpellier (Herault) Peyru Masonic Club; meets
first and third Mondays; A.P.O. 949.
Nantes (Loire-Inferieure) Masonic Club; Evacuation
Hospital 1; Secretary, Joseph E. Hickman.
Neuenahr (Germany) Forty-Second Masonic Club
(Rainbow Division) .
Nevers (Nievre) American Masonic Club; Secretary,
Captain Frank A. Starr, Engineers Corps, A.P.O. 708.
Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) Riveria Masonic Club;
President, James C. Gipe, Y.M.C.A.
Paris Masonic Club; meets Mondays; Governor, Lt.
Colonel Whitney; Recording Secretary, Merwin W. Lay; Corresponding Secretary,
Cass Connaway; Treasurer, M. E. Waite; 10 Avenue Victor Emmanuel III, Paris.
Pontenex-les-Forges (Landes) Masonic Club of 503d
Engineers, Service Battalion; Secretary, Private L. W. Bowes, Company B. Base
Romorantin (Loir-et-Cher) Square and Compass
Masonic Club; President, Captain Holmes, Barracks 1006, A.P.O. 713a.
Saint-Aignan Masonic Club of Camp Hospital 26;
Secretary, Sergeant Bernard Ettinger, A.P.O. 727.
Saint-Florentin (fonne) Masonic Club of 66th
Engineers; Secretary, Sergeant G. A. Collister, Company 73, 66th Regiment
Transportation Corps, A.P.O. 702.
Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Inferieure) Masonic Club;
Secretary, Hall G. Van Vlack, Base Section 1, A.P.O. 701.
Souilly (Meuse) Masonic Club; Secretary, Wm. Clark
Seab, 114th Field Signal Battalion, A.P.O. 771.
Souilly (Meuse) Twenty-Third Engineers Masonic
Club; Chairman, A. W. Provost, A.P.O. 701.
Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) University of Toulouse
Masonic Club; Secretary, Louis S. Berlin.
Tours (Indre-st-Loire) Acacia Club; Colonel George
M. Newell, Quartermaster Corps, A.P.O. 717.
Verneuil (Nievre) Masonic Club; President, Captain
Van Hise, 303d Motor Transfportation Corps, A.P.O. 772.
Vicenza (Italy) Square and Circle Masonic Club;
Secretary, Derval Jones, Adv,anced Base.
Vichy (Allier) Masonic Club; meets Sundays; Base Hospital
AN AUSTRALIAN GRAND MASTER
APPROVES THE EFFORTS OF THE OVERSEAS MASONIC MISSION
I have read with intense interest the compiled
facts and narrative of the magnificent effort made by the American Craft to be
permitted to discharge its duty without any expense to the American Nation, or
to the Allies outside of the War Area in Europe, and deeply deplore that any
Government, on its own initiative or as the result of influence, should have
curbed in any way the natural benevolent and humane desires of the most loyal
non-sectarian, non-political and most beneficient non-secret Society ever
known to the world, and I think THE BUILDER has added another service to the
Craft in publishing the irrefutable facts.
I see in at least two places in the correspondence
that Masonry is stated as being a secret Society. Surely this is a mistake.
Our lodges do not meet in secret: it is well known where they respectively
meet, and though we have secrets not disclosed to the outsider, we in no way,
I think, come under the category of a secret Society.
Alexander Corrie, District
District Grand Lodge of Freemasons of England,
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EVERY MASON IN THE UNITED
STATES SHOULD READ THE REPORT OF THE MASONIC OVERSEAS MISSION
The article in the August number of THE BUILDER
which relates the progress of the Masonic Overseas Mission is one which cannot
fail to interest all members of the Craft.
Under existing conditions, no single subject of
greater importance could be discussed in your columns than that of the part
which the Masonic Order endeavored to play in the Great War.
At first glance it seems pitifully small for
brethren bound together by a tie such as ours - for a fraternity based on a
foundation of the noblest principles. One can but feel that there was
dereliction of duty somewhere, that an apathetic mist enshrouded those who
should have been first to aid in dispelling the gloom of dark war clouds.
Here was a call to labor worth while, our
brothers-in-arms were confident that it would not remain unanswered.
How few Masons know of the stumbling blocks set in
the path, so adroitly placed as to be well-nigh invisible, and of the untiring
efforts of the Mission to remove them.
First approved, then set aside, later an attempt to antagonize
the authorities of Grand Lodge and Supreme Council, the wearying delays - all
should be published for the information of those 200,000 Masons who went "over
there" and the almost 2,000,000 brethren "over here" who were eager to aid and
assist. Curtis G. Culin Jr., New Jersey
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THE QUEST FOR GOLD FOR
Referring to the query of M. I. M. in the August
Question Box as to a book on the sources of the gold used for Solomon’s
Temple, I am thinking that he may have in mind "The Voyage of Ithobal," by Sir
This work is based on
the statement of Herodotus that Neco,
Pharaoh of Egypt, when he had finished his canal
from the Nile
to the Arabian Gulf, called for a volunteer from among the great sea captains
of his time who would lead an expedition into the southern waters and the
great unknown. He was to return by the Pillars of Hercules and the Northern
The quest was undertaken by Ithobal, a Phoenician,
who returned after three years with much treasure and wondrous experiences,
the most incredible being that he had found a land where the sun was on the
right hand as he had voyaged westward, and made the first journey around the
I venture to suggest this book, because Masonry
plays queer tricks at times, especially in associating ideas of similar type.
Then, too, the Phoenicians were the greatest seafaring nation of the age in
which Solomon is supposed to have lived, yet in much reading of the legends
which preserve the tradition of an Atlantian continent, I do not remember any
traceable to the enterprise in trade and discovery of that nation. And it
seems probable that they would attempt such a voyage, for Solon has reported
the statement made to him by priests of Egypt of the great land far to the
west of the Pillars of Hercules, which had been destroyed by the wrath of the
gods, and from which their own land in its earliest history appears to have
been colonized. N.W.J. Haydon, Ontario.
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AN ENGLISH MASONIC CUSTOM
WORTHY OF EMULATlON
During six months' service at the U. S. Naval
Base, Plymouth, Devon, England, I had the great pleasure of frequent visits to
a number of the thirty-five lodges in that city of 210,000 population. Many of
the customs of our English brethren struck me as worthy of emulation.
The Masonic charities are largely supported by
contributions of individual members and are not dependent upon large bequests
or gifts, or lodge fund contributions. The charity funds of the lodges are
largely kept up by the penny collections taken at each meeting, including
those of the School, and to which all contribute whether members or visitors.
The Provincial Masonic funds, such as the Devon Widows’ Fund,
Devon Educational Fund, Fortescue Fund, etc., are
all supported by the monies
collected by the Charity Stewards of the lodges. For example, the Steward will
ask for and collect from each member at each communication the contribution
of, say, not less than a shilling. For each guinea, i.e.,
twenty-one shillings, so raised there is a vote at the annual meeting of the
Fund as to the beneficiary, and often the members draw lots for the honor of
voting. The well-to-do members will contribute a guinea or so each year, and
thus be entitled to a vote. On special anniversaries, such as the lodge's
25th, or the 10th of the Provincial Grand Master, the lodge will celebrate by
a guinea to each of the Provincial Charity Funds.
Then, too, each member of a lodge, physically
able, is expected to attend every communication, or send an excuse by letter
or by another member, so the attendance is very high. The membership of Devon
lodges runs from as few as thirty-five in country lodges to one hundred and
fifty in several Plymouth lodges, and a local lodge having nearly two hundred
members was forming a new lodge from its membership. Dual membership is
permitted and is not uncommon.
There is no uniform ritual prescribed by the Grand
Lodge of England. The subordinate lodges install always in the same month as
their first installation, so that there are installations every month of the
In Devon the Tyler examines visitors and prepares
As I was leaving Plymouth aboard the U.S.S.
Zeppelin on April 7th, my Christmas box arrived, and I had just enough time to
open it and send ashore in the mail, addressed to The Devon and Cornwall
Freemasons' Club, Princess Square, Plymouth, a souvenir album of our
Philadelphia Temple, some picture postals and booklets of the Masonic Homes at
Elizabethtown, Penna. On my return this trip to the U. S. A. I found a letter
of thanks from the Secretary of the Club, from which I take the following
extracts, which may be of interest to you:
"You certainly have a magnificent structure,
worthy of the best traditions of Masonry, atnd which every Freemason must be
proud to own. The brethren of every nationality must share equally with
yourselves the beautiful surroundings in which Freemasonry is practiced, as we
are taught the first place we are made a Mason is in "our heart," consequently
we are a universal brotherhood and should share in the joys and sorrows of
each and every Mason.
"Nothing has given the brethren in the whole of
England greater pleasure than that of entertaining and holding out the hand of
good fellowship to our American confreres during the time you have been
sojourning among us, and I am sure the hospitality of the lodges in the
western part of England has not only been a duty, but we have profited by
meeting such splendid specimens of the New World Freemasons.
"There is one great thing which this World War has
been instrumental in bringing about, and that is the application of
Freemasonry universal, as we have had members besides yourselves from nearly
every nation in the world, and we have been mutually delighted at meeting each
other. I am becoming more and more convinced that the precepts of our Order,
if carried out in their entirety, would bring about the consummation of our
highest hopes, that of a true and lasting Peace agreeable to all."
Apropos to the article in THE BUILDER last
September, on the arrangement of the lesser lights, in Devon they are placed
on the pedestals of the officers, and the Secretary and Treasurer use a long
joint desk situated in the north near the east.
I have noticed in several autobiographies of
Englishmen that they do not neglect to state that they were Masons, and in one
autobiography nearly half a chapter is given to accounts of various Masonic
functions which they attended. On the other hand Americans seem to avoid
mention of their Masonic connections in their biographies. A. H. Vail,
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BLUE LODGE MEMBERSHIP IN THE
There has been so much uncertainty in the minds of many of the
members of the Fraternity as to the actual number of members in the United
States that I have taken the matter up with the Grand Secretaries of the Grand
Lodges in an endeavor to compile a correct statistical table, and the
following is the result:
Frank B. Ladd, California.
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THE SECRETS OF MASONRY
To my mind the matter of the secrets of Masonry
presents a great field for the imagination of different temperaments to draw
upon. Perhaps no two get the same spiritual and moral results out of the
Order. What these two differentations may be constitutes the margin of secrets
as between them and whatever they both fail to draw from its almost
immeasurable supply comprises the margin of what is on beyond them, but for
them, the secrets of Masonry to them till their vision is so addressed.
There is much in the Masonic inner soul that is
quite undefinable. It has its secret impressions upon the mind according to
the receptiveness of the receiver.
Few men, perhaps, attain to the vision of what
Masonry, by its Builders, was intended to comprehend. It is in this field,
this unlimited, this "unexplored remainder," wherein to most of us may be said
to exist the real and the countless imagined secrets of Masonry.
It might be said in a broader way that the secrets
of Masonry are those things that the initiate has to learn and may learn in
becoming a member of the Craft. This is what, more than all else, comprises
Masonry's pull upon the imagination of those seeking its degrees and, in its
way which is undefinable, holds its influence upon the greater public.
It is truly of no use to spin theories as to what the secrets
of Masonry really are. Beyond the practicability of the system few have any
concern. But he who may set to his vision the glass that may have been ground
by some Masonic wizard may find that there is much beyond the common view, and
this margin may constitute what may be as countless as the stars, the secrets
of Masonry to most of the rest of us who are merely
L. B. Mitchell, Michigan.