SECRETS OF FREEMASONRY
THE ROYAL ARCH MASON
Freemasonry, I admit, has its secrets. It has secrets peculiar to itself, but of what do
these principally consist? They consist of signs and tokens which serve as testimonials of
character and qualifications, which are conferred after due instruction and examination.
These are of no small value. They speak a universal language and are a passport to the
support and attention of the world. They cannot be lost so long as memory retains its
power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned; let him be
stripped of everything he has in the world, still their credentials remain, and are
available for use as circumstances require.
The good effects which they have produced are established by the incontestable facts of
history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have subdued the rancor
of malevolence and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian
On the battlefield, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest or in the busy haunts of
the crowded city, they have made men, of the most hostile feelings and the most
diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other with special joy and satisfaction
that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason.