The Builder Magazine
December 1918 - Volume IV - Number
BY BRO. EMERY B. GIBBS, P. D.
G. M., MASSACHUSETTS
THE institution of Masonry
was introduced into the Colonies at an early stage of their existence. The
growth was slow at first, but after the Revolution it spread more rapidly.
From 1790 to 1820 the growth was very marked. It had the sanction of many of
the most distinguished men of the country. Nothing had occurred up to 1826 to
mar its progress. Men prominent in Masonry spoke publicly of the many
positions of trust and importance held by men belonging to the Masonic
Fraternity. Some were indiscreet enough to announce that Masonry was
exercising its influence in the pulpit, in the legislatures, and in the
courts. To this but little attention was paid until the Morgan episode in
William Morgan was a native
of Virginia, born in Culpepper county in 1775 or 1776. Little is known of his
early history. Among the assertions regarding it is one story that he was a
Captain in General Jackson's army at the battle of New Orleans, and another
that he belonged to a band of pirates and was sentenced to be hanged, but
pardoned on condition that he enter the army. But little credit should be
given to either of these reports.
In October, 1819, at the age
of forty-three or forty four, he married Lucinda Pendleton of Richmond,
Virginia, then in her sixteenth year. In 1821 Morgan and his wife moved to
Canada, where he undertook the business of a brewer near York in the Upper
Province. The loss of his brewery by fire reduced him to poverty and he then
moved to Rochester, New York, where he worked and occasionally received
assistance from the Masonic Fraternity. From Rochester he went to Batavia, in
the county of Genesee, and worked at his trade, which was that of a mason,
until his disappearance in 1826.
During his residence at
Batavia he was intemperate, frequently neglecting his family. With but little
education, it is said he had a fair knowledge of writing and arithmetic, kept
reasonably good accounts, was a man of common sense, pleasing manner, and when
not under the influence of strong drink was a pleasant, social companion among
No one has been able to
ascertain where he was made a Mason. He met with the lodge at Batavia. In 1825
or 1826 a petition to the Grand Chapter of the state was drawn up to obtain a
charter for a chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Batavia. This petition Morgan
signed. Before it was presented to the Grand Chapter, others who had signed it
and knew his habits and character were unwilling to have him become a member.
A new petition was prepared and signed and presented without Morgan's name. On
this petition a charter was obtained. When Morgan learned that he was not a
charter member and knew that he could be admitted only by a unanimous vote, he
was surprised and offended at being excluded from the Chapter, and from that
time became an active and very ardent foe of Masonry.
A few years previously one
David C. Miller had established himself in Batavia and was publishing a local
newspaper. Miller's undertaking as an editor and printer was unprofitable. He
was a man of cunning and of a certain ability; reputation not very good, and
of objectionable habits. At some time prior to his living in Batavia, he had
been initiated as an Entered Apprentice at Albany, New York. Objection being
made to his further advancement on the ground of his character, he never
received the second and third degrees.
Morgan and Miller, having a
common grievance against the Masonic Fraternity, planned together how they
might create something of a sensation and acquire a substantial, if not great
fortune, out of the venture to disclose the secrets of Freemasonry. Their
threats and suggestions were regarded at first as of no significance. The
Masons at Batavia paid little attention to the rumors until it was evident
that Morgan and Miller were bound to carry out their threats and publish in
Miller's paper a complete revelation of so-called Masonic secrets. There was a
strong feeling on the part of a few who were quite as much opposed to Morgan
and Miller personally as they were zealous in the cause of Masonry that this
publication should be prevented. Soon the matter became the topic of street
conversation and one night an effort was made to sack Miller's office and some
forty or fifty persons assembled for the purpose of breaking in and securing
the manuscript. Nothing was accomplished at this time, but two nights later an
attempt was made to set fire to the office. Whether this attempt to burn the
place was made by persons who were opposed to Morgan and Miller, or made by
Miller himself, was an open question and never satisfactorily settled. Masons
offered a reward of one hundred dollars for the discovery of the incendiary. A
man by the name of Howard, suspected as an accomplice, fled, no one knows
where, after a warrant had been issued against him.
The details of Morgan's
arrest for petty larceny, his acquittal, his arrest again for debt, and his
discharge after the debt had been paid, his ride in a carriage to Rochester
with several other men, and from there to Fort Niagara, are all familiar. One
writer on this event, himself not a Mason, traces Morgan to Fort Niagara and
concludes by saying that there is no reliable evidence of what happened to or
became of Morgan after he was taken to Fort Niagara.
To the question, what became
of Morgan? no definite answer has been, and so far as we can learn, ever can
The American Quarterly Review
for March, 1830, published an article on the Anti-Masonic excitement, by Henry
Brown, an attorney-at-law of Batavia, New York. This article was reviewed and
commented on by Masons and by those who were not Masons, as being a carefully
prepared and well-presented statement of what occurred.
Brown, in narrating the
events which followed the disappearance of Morgan and the efforts made to
discover his body, particularly the searching of the Niagara River and a part
of Lake Ontario, all without success, and when a good deal of the public
excitement in that locality had abated, states that a body was discovered on
the 7th of October, 1827, in the town of Carlton about forty miles from Fort
Niagara. It was lying at the water's edge. An inquest was held, witnesses who
were personally acquainted with Morgan were examined, and the jury pronounced
it the body of some person to them unknown who had perished by drowning. The
body was in a decomposed and offensive state at the time, and was quietly
This inquest was published in
the newspapers and suspicion was at once excited that this was the body of
Morgan. Several men from Batavia and Rochester had the body disinterred, and
then discovered, or pretended that they discovered, points of resemblance
between this body and Morgan. They had the body watched over night to prevent
the Masons from carrying it away. Mrs. Morgan was visited and went to Carleton
and inspected the body.
"On arriving at Carleton on
the 15th of October the body was slightly and imperfectly examined. It was
bloated and entirely black, putrid on its surface and offensive (beyond
anything conceivable) to sight or smell. Its dress did not correspond with
anything which they had seen before, and the religious tracts in the pocket
staggered some of the most credulous. There was not in fact a single
circumstance in the dress, size, shape, color or appearance of the body which
pointed it out as Morgan."
The men active in fomenting
the excitement were unwilling to lose the advantage of so valuable an asset. A
second inquest was held over this body which, if it had been that of Morgan,
must have been thirteen months in the water.
Mrs. Morgan testified she
believed it to be the body of her husband, though the clothes were entirely
different from those he wore at the time of his disappearance, and there were
found in the pocket a number of religious tracts of a description not known in
the neighborhood of Batavia.
One witness recognized the
shape of his head; another the outline of his features; a third the color of
his hair; a fourth of the whiskers; a fifth the teeth, and a sixth the hair
inside of the ears. On these grounds the jury decided that this was the body
of William Morgan and that he came to his death by drowning.
The body was removed with
great parade of solemnity to Batavia and there interred in the presence of a
vast crowd, and a funeral oration pronounced by one Cochran, who, Brown says,
"Sometimes when sober and
sometimes when otherwise, preached in the vicinity and was then assistant
editor to Col. Miller."
(Miller was associated with
Morgan in the publication of the so-called Masonic secrets.)
These events inflamed the
indignation of the people to the highest pitch and Freemasonry was detested
more bitterly than ever. It was on the eve of an election.
"The cry of vengeance was
wafted on every breeze and mingled with every echo of the lake where Morgan's
ghost, it was said, performed its nightly rounds."
About this time a notice
appeared in the Canadian newspapers that one Timothy Monro, of Clark, in the
District of New Castle in Upper Canada, left that place for Newark in
September, 1827, in a small boat, and was drowned in the Niagara river while
attempting to return. A description of the body found in Carleton, together
with the clothing and religious tracts found in the pocket, being published in
the newspaper soon after the first inquest and coming to the knowledge of
Monro's friends, induced the belief that the body found in Carleton was his.
Mrs. Sarah Monro, widow, accompanied by her son and one John Cron, her friend,
after hearing of this body, went at once to examine it. In consequence of
their testimony, the body was a second time disinterred and a jury of inquest
a third time summoned.
After hearing all the
evidence, this jury decided that it was the body of Timothy Monro, who was
drowned in Lake Ontario, September 26, 1827. Mr. Brown in his article gives
the testimony of the witnesses at length, which is entirely conclusive as to
the propriety of this last verdict, in which it was proved that the body
pronounced to be that of Morgan was at least five feet nine inches long,
whereas the height of Morgan when alive was less than five feet six inches. It
also appeared in evidence that the hair of his body had been so disposed by
art as to make it appear like that of Morgan.
The Morgan excitement was
rapidly waning and the political situation of the Anti-Masonic party was
becoming sadly in need of some new stimulant, when it was furnished by the
confession of one Hill, who declared himself one of the murderers of William
Morgan. He was arrested and committed to jail in Buffalo, where he signed a
confession. He was then removed to Lockport for trial, but refused to go
before the Grand Jury to testify to the truth of his confession. The Grand
Jury, believing him insane, refused to find a bill and he was discharged. No
clew to his conduct has ever been discovered. It may be an injustice to the
politicians to suggest that this man, carefully coached, played his part,
knowing that no serious harm would come to him, and so contributed to the
excitement and bitterness of feeling against the Masons. In any event, his
part was well played and the effect far-reaching.
More than forty trials took
place of persons suspected of being concerned in Morgan's disappearance. The
greater number resulted in acquittals. Several, however, were convicted and
served substantial sentences.
M.W. Brother Gallagher stated
in an address that Maj. Benjamin Perley Poore, for many years Washington
correspondent of the Boston Journal, while in Smyrna, Turkey, in 1839, knew
that Morgan was then alive and identified by men who had known him in New
I have referred to these
different reports as to what became of Morgan, but I leave it as I began, with
uncertainty and inability to determine his fate.
Prior to the Morgan incident
there may have been some excuse for accusing Masons of political activity and
using the organizations for political purposes.
In 1816, John Brooks, a
Mason, and Samuel Dexter, not a Mason, were opposing candidates for the office
of Governor of Massachusetts. In 1798, Mr. Dexter had written a letter to
Grand Master Bartlett strongly condemning and ridiculing Freemasonry.
In 1816, Benjamin Russell was
editor of the "Poston Centinel" and also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts and an ardent supporter of General Brooks as against Mr. Dexter.
In the "Boston Centinel" of March 30, 1816, appeared the following paragraph:
"TO THE MASONIC FRATERNITY.
Brethren:--It need not be
repeated that the internal regulations of your benevolent order exclude all
discussions of political dogmas. But every Master Mason knows that his public
obligation obligates him to discharge the duties he owes to the state with
diligence and fidelity.
When two candidates,
therefore, present themselves for his suffrage, he is not bound to inquire to
what party the one or the other belongs; but whether he is "a good man and
true," and faithful to the Constitution which he may be called upon to
administer. And all other things being favorable, he is bound by every Masonic
obligation to give his vote for the one who is a Free and Accepted Brother in
preference to one who is not.
Brother John Brooks shall
receive the vote of A MASTER MASON."
Square and Compass
In New York, in the year
1824, De Witt Clinton was candidate for Governor against a candidate who was
not a Mason. At that time Mr. Clinton was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
New York, General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Royal Arch Chapter of
the United States, Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar for
the United States, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Grand Consistory of the
United States. He also held other Masonic offices. All these Masonic titles,
from the highest to the lowest grade, were centered in Mr. Clinton at about
the same time. A paper called the "National Union" was published in New York
solely to aid his election as Governor. Samuel H. Jenks, of Nantucket was the
editor. Mr. Jenks was the Deputy Grand Master in Massachusetts in 1825. The
following was published in that paper October 30, 1824:
"Brethren:--Your former Grand
Master is now a candidate for the support of the 'free and accepted.' De Witt
Clinton, if there be any virtue in the cardinal principles of your faith, will
receive your undivided suffrage for Governor. It is in periods of trial, like
the present, that the wisdom of Freemasonry has been exercised, its strength
tested, and its beauty displayed. Amidst the dark ages of past time, the great
lights of our Order, though often obscured, have never been extinguished.
Shall they now be eclipsed by the 'introduction of strangers among the
workmen?' Will you suffer the political edifice to be 'daubed with untempered
mortar?' No, surely! The architect of your internal prosperity is before you.
Enter warmly into the cause of your Brother--pass onward to the ballot boxes,
with the tokens of your zeal and fidelity--and by your united votes contribute
to raise the State to that exalted rank to which she is so justly entitled.
(Signed) THE WIDOW'S SON."
Mr. Clinton's election was
accomplished by a very great majority. This was in 1824. Mr. Clinton was
Governor of New York in 1826, when Morgan disappeared.
The political situation then
suddenly changed. In the spring of 1827 Masons were proscribed simply because
they were Masons in Genesee and Monroe countries. In the Fall of 1827 the
Anti-Masonic party announced its object as the destruction of Freemasonry
through the instrumentality of the ballot box.
George A. S. Crooker was
nominated for Senator the eighth district. Although he was defeated, the
Anti-Masonic party carried Genesee, Monroe, Livingston and Niagara counties in
the face of both the Democratic, or Jacksonian party, and the National
Republican or Adams party.
In 1828 Solomon Southwick of
Albany, was nominated for Governor of New York. His total vote was 33,345,
and, while defeated, in the more radical counties he received a very large
In the State election of 1829
the eighth district elected Albert H. Tracy senator by a majority of 8000
votes, and the same year they carried fifteen counties, with a total vote in
the state of over 67,000.
In 1830, Francis Granger was
nominated for Governor at a convention held at Utica in which forty eight
counties were represented by one hundred and four delegates. He received a
vote of 120,361, but was defeated.
Granger was nominated again
in 1832 and again defeated, although his vote was 156,672.
To show the rapid growth of
the Anti-Masonic party in New York, the following votes are given:
1828 33,345 1829 68,613
1830 106,081 1831 98,847 1832 156,672
In 1833 the estimated
strength of the Anti-Masonic party in the United States was 340,800. Its most
rapid growth was in the State of New York.
In Maine the Anti-Masonic
vote in 1831 was 869; 832, 2384; in 1833, 1670. That was the end of the party
In Vermont the feeling was so
intense that in 1832 she cast her vote in favor of the Anti-Masonic candidate
for President, and had the distinction of being the only state in the Union to
be carried by the Anti-Masonic party.
In Pennsylvania the feeling
was so intense that at a convention of Anti-Masonic delegates held in
Philadelphia, September 11, 1830, the report of a committee was adopted which
recited that "Morgan was foully murdered," rehearsed the several obligations
of Freemasonry, and demanded the suppression of the institution. Among the
reasons given for this drastic action may be cited the following:
"To this government
Freemasonry is wholly opposed. It requires unresisting submission to its own
authority, in contempt of public opinion, the claims of conscience, and the
rights of private judgment."
"The means of overthrowing
Freemasonry cannot be found in any, or in all, of our executive authorities.
They cannot be found in our judicial establishments."
"The only adequate corrective
of Freemasonry--that prolific source of the worst abuses--is to he found in
the right of election, and to this we must resort."
"~Freemasonry ought to be
abolished. It should certainly be so abolished as to prevent its restoration.
No means of doing this can be conceived so competent as those furnished by the
In 1836 the Anti-Masonic
party held its last national convention at Philadelphia and its influence as a
factor in politics practically ended at this time.
In reading accounts of the
campaign carried on during these Anti-Masonic days, one is impressed with the
bitterness, fierceness and intensity of the Anti-Masonic spirit. One writer
describes it in the following language:
"That fearful excitement
which spread over our land like a moral pestilence, which confounded the
innocent with the guilty, which entered even the temple of God, which
distracted and divided churches, which scattered the closest ties of social
life, which set father against son and son against father, arraigned the wife
against her own husband, and in short wherever its baleful influences were
most felt, deprived men of all those comforts and enjoyments which render life
to us a blessing."
Resolutions were adopted in
the different legislatures calling for investigations, demanding the surrender
of the charters of the Grand Lodges, and looking towards every possible way of
terminating the Masonic institution.
In Rhode Island a committee
of five was appointed by the legislature, no one of them Masons. This
committee held eighteen sessions in the principal cities of Rhode Island,
hearing all the evidence offered, whether hearsay evidence or evidence in the
proper form as admitted in courts, and then made a very complete report in
which it declared that all the charges presented to it against the Masonic
order were baseless and slanderous.
In Massachusetts our Grand
Lodge surrendered its act of incorporation to the legislature and turned its
property over to trustees to be held by them, rather than engage in any
controversy on the subject with the legislature. It is interesting, however,
to know that a committee of the legislature appointed in 1834, after long
investigation and hearings, made an elaborate report, from which the following
AN INVESTIGATION INTO
FREEMASONRY BY A JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATURE OF MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH,
The Joint Committee of the
Central Court to whom were referred the memorials of Otis Allyn and other
citizens of the Commonwealth, praying for a full investigation into the
nature, language, ceremonies, and form of rehearsing extra-judicial oaths in
Masonic bodies, and, if found to be such as the Memorialists described them,
that law may be passed, prohibiting the future administration of Masonic, and
such other extra-judicial oaths as tend to weaken the sanction of civil oaths
in Courts of Justice; and praying also for a repeal of the charter granted by
this Commonwealth to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, have attended the duty
assigned them, and ask leave to
The committee are fully
impressed with the sacred character of the right which the people of this
Commonwealth, in their Bill of Rights, have retained to themselves, of
petitioning their Legislature for the redress of grievances. The right has
been exercised in the present instance by more than eight thousand citizens,
in one hundred and twenty Memorials referred to the Committee, complaining of
the institution of Freemasonry as a grievance.
The report then goes on to
recite different reasons and motives for these Memorials and the method of
conducting their investigations; that they had invited the officers of the
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and all other Masons to attend; that neither the
Grand Master nor any other member of the Grand Lodge, nor any adhering Mason
appeared before them, and that the committee had failed in its efforts to have
anyone appear before it who should fairly represent the Masonic Fraternity;
that at the request of counsel for the petitioners invitations were sent to
the following adhering Masons:
Rev. Paul Dean, Rev. Samuel
Barrett, Rev. Asa Eaton, Rev. Sebastian Streeter, Rev. William Cogswell,
Benjamin Russell, Esq., Robert G. Shaw, Esq., Samuel Howe, Esq., Hon. Charles
Jackson, Hon. Josiah J. Fiske.
Two of these respectfully
declined attendance in writing; the others neither replied nor attended. At
the request of the committee, the House gave them power to send for persons
and papers, but the Senate refused to concur in the action of the House.
Upon such information as the
committee could obtain from the petitioners, among whom were many seceding
Masons, they submitted the following conclusions:
"First. That Freemasonry is a
moral evil; inasmuch as it holds its proceedings shrouded by cautious and
almost impenetrable secrecy, and at an hour of darkness, which withdraws its
members unseasonably, from that family circle, which ought to be the first
care and the first solace of every good citizen; as it offers temptations in
the form of 'refreshments,' to a departure from that sobriety and temperance,
which should mark the character of an intelligent and moral community; as it
familiarizes the mind, theoretically at least, to the contemplation of scenes
of violence and blood; and especially as some of its rites and ceremonies are
offensively sacrilegious, profaning what the community generally religiously
respect; thus undermining those sentiments of piety, which are acknowledged to
be the very basis and safeguard of morality.
"Second. That Freemasonry is
a pecuniary evil; inasmuch as it collects from the community, under the false
pretenses of extensive charity and peculiar science, large amounts of money,
which are afterwards chiefly expended in unprofitable entertainments, parades,
and trinkets, which, in the language of an eminent departed statesman, 'a
well-informed savage would blush to wear.'
"Third. That Freemasonry is a
political evil; inasmuch as it is a government claiming existence independent
of civil governments, and administering oaths, which, from their number and
frequency, tend to impair the binding force of civil oaths-- threaten
penalties, severe even to barbarity, and calculating to have an appalling and
controlling effect on weak and uninformed minds--and in their tenor conflict
with the civil obligations of the citizen, calling on him either to violate
the latter in obedience to his Masonic oaths, or to violate his Masonic oaths
in obedience to his civil obligations."
The report continues to set
forth the reason for its conclusion and the following is taken from part of
the report relating to the second finding:
"The By-Laws of the Grand
Lodge appropriate one fourth part of the annual fees and one-third part of all
initiation fees paid by subordinate lodges, to the charity fund; that is, two
dollars for every lodge, and one dollar for every initiation in the State.
Thus one hundred one lodges would pay $808, and if nine hundred Masons were
made annually, as was the increase in 1826, they would pay $2700 more, of
which $1206 would go to support the 'dignity' of the Grand Lodge, and $502 be
added to the charity fund, the interest alone of which can be applied to
charity--so that by this process, it would require $2700 to enable this
Charitable Society, the Grand Lodge, to distribute in charity $30.12 a year!"
Lodge dues $8. Initiate dues
to Grand Lodge $3.
(1/4 of $808 equals $202. 900
initiates would pay $2700. 1-3 of $2700 equals $900. $202 plus $900 equals
$1102 instead of $502.
$1102 at 6 per cent interest
would produce $66.12 instead of $30.12 as so solemnly declared by this
legislative committee of Anti-Masons.)
The period 1820 to 1840 was
one of intense religious activity.
On July 4, 1827, in the
Seventh Presbyterian Church of the city of Philadelphia, Ezra Stiles Ely said
in a sermon:
"I propose, fellow-citizens,
a new sort of Union or if you please a Christian party in politics, which I am
exceedingly desirous all good men in our country should join, not by
subscribing to a constitution, but by adopting and avowing to act on religious
principles in all civil matters."
At this time also the more
orthodox members of the Congregational church were alarmed at the different
beliefs creeping into their fold. For this purpose it was proposed by many to
adopt synods like those of the Presbyterian church in order to define their
tenets exactly. A large body of the church even desired the union of the
Congregational and Presbyterian churches.
The Anti-Masonic party having
so many religious men in its ranks, and being at this time in a crusade in
which the churches were distracted, naturally entered as another element in
the religious distress of the period. In New England this was especially true,
as the party there was composed of the older religious country people, already
in opposition to the liberal spirit of the cities.
The Anti-Masonic party
received the name of the "Christian Party in Politics."
Every effort was directed
against Masonic preachers and laymen. Churches in their councils condemned the
order. Before the disappearance of Morgan, the Presbyterian church at
Pittsburgh in January, 1821, condemned the institution as "unfit for professed
Christians." After the Morgan incident the Presbyterians required their
ministers to renounce Masonry and their laymen to sever all connections with
it and hold no fellowship with Masons. The Congregationalists took practically
the same attitude in New England and Eastern New York. They attacked at one
and the same time the Unitarians, the Universalists, and the Masons. In New
England Anti-Masonry was looked upon as "nothing more than Orthodoxy in
In one of the Vermont papers
opposed to the AntiMasons appeared a letter in which the writer made the
"Universalists, awake from
thy slumbers, and show to these Orthodox (Anti-Masons) that we are yet a
majority and that we calculate to retain the majority." March 11, 1834.
As early as 1823 the General
Methodist Conference prohibited its clergy from joining the Masons. In
Pennsylvania during the Masonic excitement it was said by the Anti-Masons that
"No religious sect throughout the United States has done more for the
Anti-Masonic powers than the Methodists." It forbade its members to join
lodges or be present at any of their processions or festivals and passed
strict rules against ordaining any ministers who belonged to the Order. The
Methodist church was rent and torn by the struggle, and many churches, fearing
strife, did not allow the question to come up, but passed non-partisan
The Baptist church also was
rent with dissensions over the question, although not to so great an extent as
the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Methodists. At a convention of
delegates from Baptist churches held at LeRoy, New York, January 30, 1827, it
"Resolved, that all such
members as belong to the Baptist church and who also belong to the society of
Freemasons, be requested to renounce publicly all communications with that
order, and if the request is not complied with in a reasonable time, to
excommunicate all those who neglect or refuse to do so."
Many of the friends of
temperance, which was a growing reform at this time, were also enemies of
Another peculiarity of
Anti-Masonry is that it found its chief support in the country and not in
city. It is interesting to note that Anti-Masonry was essentially a New
England movement. There were exceptions, but in New England and New York and
throughout the path of New England emigration the party was strongest. Most of
the leaders in New York, like Weed, Granger, Holley, Ward and Maynard, were of
New England extraction. The party in Pennsylvania was led by men of New
England extraction and was called by the Democrats "a Yankee concern from
beginning to end."
The Anti-Masons accused the
newspapers of being "muzzled" by the Masons. Anti-Masonic papers were
established. In 1832 there were one hundred and forty one of these papers. New
York had forty-five weeklies and one daily, while Pennsylvania had fifty-five
Considering all these
conditions, the Morgan incident was but the spark that lighted the fire. The
fire was fanned and controlled by some of the shrewdest political leaders this
country has ever seen. The greatest of all of these politicians were Thurlow
Weed of New York and Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania, while in New England,
Hallett of Rhode Island was active, and Phelps and Thatcher of Massachusetts
may be mentioned among the most prominent, although there were many very
active in New England.
In 1826 there was a general
practice, which had prevailed for years, of giving credit for the degrees. The
door of Masonry was thrown open to a great many. It was, as we say, popular to
belong to the Masonic Fraternity. It is possible that during the period
immediately preceding the Morgan episode a good many had been accepted into
the Fraternity without being carefully investigated, or if they were, the
committees and lodges were too eager and anxious to swell their numbers to
exercise that careful scrutiny of the applicant which has been found so
essential if the lodges are to maintain that high standard of character which
the institution warrants; consequently, when the storm burst and the
Fraternity was openly charged with violating the law of the land and the
murder of an innocent citizen, a good many of those who dropped out or became
seceding Masons improved the opportunity to destroy their financial
indebtedness and at the same time gain some notoriety in their several
The work of the lodges fell
off very rapidly. In some states the Grand Lodges suspended their meetings for
years. The Grand Lodge of Vermont had but seven lodges represented at its
meeting in 1834. In 1836 the Grand Master, the Grand Secretary, and the Grand
Treasurer of Vermont were empowered to meet every two years and adjourn the
Grand Lodge biennially or oftener. This was done during the years 1837, 1838,
1840, 1842 and 1844, but in 1845 these Grand Officers took counsel to resume
labor. It also appears from their records that various constituent lodges at
that time resumed labor. This would indicate that their communications had
never legally ceased and their charters had not been surrendered. Probably
these lodges followed the civil law as to associations and so maintained a
consecutive legal existence from a date prior to the Anti-Masonic period.
In Maine the Grand Lodge
failed to meet for several years and, had a nominal meeting in other years.
While from 1834 to 1843 the Grand Lodge met annually, at one meeting they were
without a representative from a single lodge, and but twice during this period
of nine years did they have representatives from more than four lodges. Nearly
all the lodges in Maine during this period or some part of it, suspended their
meetings and became dormant, even if they did not surrender their charters.
In New Jersey the Grand Lodge
in 1824 and 1825 had representatives from twenty-two to thirty-three lodges.
After this period of opposition the lodges in New Jersey were reduced to six.
In New York there were four
hundred and eighty lodges in 1826 with a membership of about twenty thousand.
From 1827 to 1839 the Grand Lodge maintained its annual meetings, but only
fifty to ninety different lodges were represented in that time. In 1835 there
were but seventy-five lodges in the State of New York; twenty-five of these
were in the city of New York, with a membership of about three thousand. In
1839 there were seventy-five lodges in the state, twenty-two were in New York
City and Brooklyn and fifty-three in the remainder of the state. Masonry was
at its lowest ebb in New York about 1840.
There are many remarkable
instances of loyalty and heroism in connection with these local lodges. One or
two instances will suffice. Olive Branch Lodge No. 39, at Le Roy, in Genesee
County, did not suspend its communications, and was recorded as the "Preserver
of Masonry" in Western New York; seven of its most zealous and devoted members
entered into this solemn agreement:
"To meet once in four weeks
for the purpose of opening and closing the lodge and keeping up the work."
This agreement was literally
kept, and never once during that time, although obliged to travel a distance
of more than thirty miles, did they fail to have their meetings.
Union Lodge No. 45, at Lima,
Monroe county, continued to hold its regular meetings, although it was
fiercely assailed again and again.
Batavia lodge, where the
Morgan trouble began, lay dormant for sixteen years, but was revived in 1842.
On June 17, 1825, occurred
the laying of the cornerstone of Bunker Hill Monument, by the officers of the
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, who were honored by the presence of Brother
LaFayette, friend and companion of George Washington.
Eighteen hundred and
twenty-five was the last prosperous year Massachusetts Masonry was to see fol
two decades. That year the number of lodges rose to one hundred and seven. In
1844 it had sunk to fifty two and at one Communication of the Grand Lodge only
eight lodges were represented.
In 1833, the meeting of
December 12th was adjourned to December 20th, and at that meeting the only
business transacted, according to the records, was the passing of the
"Voted: That R. W. Francis J.
Oliver, R. W. Augustus Peabody, R. W. Joseph Baker, R. W. John Soley, and R.
W. Charles W. Moore, be a committee to consider the expediency of surrendering
the act of incorporation of the Grand Lodge, and report at the next meeting."
The next meeting was held
December 27, 1833, and the following action was taken:
"Voted: That the Master and
Wardens of this Grand Lodge be authorized and directed to surrender to the
Legislature the act of incorporation granted to the Master, Wardens and
Members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, June 16, 1817, and to present
therewith the foregoing memorial signed by them."
The memorial referred to is a
dignified, carefully prepared statement of the reasons for surrendering this
act of incorporation and a plain statement of their position on all questions
involving the principles of Masonry.
At this meeting it was
reported that the sale of the Masonic Temple as authorized, had been made to
In 1843, December 27, the
Grand Lodge met and held a Lodge of Instruction, at which the three degrees
were fully worked and exemplified by the Grand Lecturers with "facility and
skillfulness." More brethren from the country were in attendance at this
meeting than any previous occasion for ten years. In the same year a new and
revised edition of the Grand Constitutions was adopted.
In 1845, December 27, two
years later, a Grand Lodge of Instruction was called at 9 a.m., at which the
representatives of twenty-seven lodges were present. The work of the three
degrees was exemplified by the Grand Lecturers and favorable comments on their
efforts are recorded.
On June 17, 1843, occurred
the great celebration of the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument, at which
were present the chief magistrates and dignitaries of the nation and some of
the states. In the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge occurs this comment:
"Those who had the direction
of the great jubilee did not feel the propriety of inviting our Grand Lodge to
assist in the ceremonies."
King Solomon's Lodge, of
Charlestown, was especially invited, and it seems that the members of the
Grand Lodge joined with the members of King Solomon's Lodge in the procession
and so participated in the proceedings, but with great regret that they were
not permitted to participate officially in the proceedings, in view of the
illustrious Masons who participated in the battle that this monument was to
Twenty years after the Morgan
episode, the editor of "Letters on Freemasonry" by John Quincy Adams, stated
in an introduction to those letters as published in 1847:
"The excitement which arose
in consequence of the disclosures then made had the effect, at least for a
time, if not permanently, to check the further spread of that association. The
legislative power of some of the states was invoked, and at last actually
interposed, to prevent the administration of extra-judicial oaths, including
of course all such as were constantly taken in the Masonic Order. This was the
furthest point which the opposition ever reached. It did not succeed in
procuring the dissolution of the organization of the order, or even the repeal
of the charters under which it had recognized existence in the social system.
From the moment of the adoption of a penal law deemed strong enough to meet
the most serious of the evils complained of, the apprehension of further
danger from Masonry began to subside. At this day (1847), the subject has
ceased to be talked of. The attention of men has been gradually diverted to
other things, until at last it may be said that few persons are aware of the
fact, provided it be not especially forced upon their notice, that not only
Freemasonry continues to exist, but also that other associations partaking of
its secret nature, if not of its unjustifiable obligations, not merely live,
but greatly flourish in the midst of them."
A careful reading of many
articles published and resolutions passed at about the time of the Morgan
episode indicates that a few members of the lodge at Batavia thought they were
serving a good purpose by securing Morgan's manuscript before it was published
and separating Morgan from Miller, editor of the local paper. Quite a number
of Masons were knowing to the plans.
These plans included an
agreement with Morgan that he should destroy all the manuscript and printed
sheets connected with his proposed publication; he was to quit drinking, and
from the money to be paid clothe himself decently and provide for the
immediate wants of his family; refuse all further interviews with his
partners; promise that he would not disclose this arrangement to anyone, and
that within a short time he would go to a remote locality in Canada, where he
was to settle down, his family to be supplied with money and transportation to
join him, and a substantial sum paid to Morgan for giving up the publication
and the expected income from these disclosures. Morgan was to be well treated
and his family provided for until they should join him in Canada.
In view of these
arrangements, which were well known to the Masons in the locality of Batavia,
it did not occur to the men who took this ill-advised action that anything
like the excitement which followed would be occasioned. That the plan was
entirely a local arrangement, we believe is conclusively shown by action of
the Masonic Grand Bodies at that time.
The Grand Lodge of New York
took no action in the matter until 1831, when it adopted resolutions reciting
the facts and the misrepresentations and appointing a committee to ascertain
and report at the next annual communication. In 1832 a supplemental report was
adopted in which they deplored the action, characterizing it as "a violation
alike of Masonic obligation and the law of the land," and asked for further
time to complete their investigation.
The Grand Lodge of Vermont,
October 7, 1829, issued an appeal in which it held itself guiltless of the
different charges brought against the Fraternity in connection with the Morgan
Other Grand Lodges took
similar action. Perhaps the most effective and complete statement issued by
Masons was the declaration of the Freemasons of Boston and vicinity, dated
December 31, 1831, which was of great service in restoring the public mind to
a normal state. This declaration is well worth consideration, and reveals not
only a fine appreciation of the situation, by our best men, but also a
splendid spirit of resolution to abide the results. It is as follows:
"While the public mind
remained in the high state of excitement to which it had been carried by the
partial and inflammatory representations of certain offences committed by a
few misguided members of the MASONIC INSTITUTION in a sister state, it seemed
to the undersigned (residents of Boston and vicinity) to be expedient to
refrain from a public DECLARATION of their principles and engagements as
MASONS. But believing the time now to be fully come when their fellow citizens
will receive with candor, if not with satisfaction, A SOLEMN AND UNEQUIVOCAL
DENIAL OF THE ALLEGATIONS which, during the last five years, in consequence of
their connection with the MASONIC FRATERNITY, have been reiterated against
them, they respectfully ask permission to invite attention to the subjoined
Whereas, it has been
frequently asserted and published to the world that in the several degrees of
FREEMASONRY, as they are enforced in the United States, the candidate, in his
initiation and subsequent advancement, binds himself by oath to sustain his
Masonic brethren in acts which are at variance with the fundamental principles
of morality and incompatible with his duty as a good and faithful citizen, in
justice therefore to themselves, and with a view to establish TRUTH and expose
IMPOSITION, the undersigned, many of us the recipients of every degree of
Freemasonry known and acknowledged in this country, do most SOLEMNLY DENY the
existence of any such obligations in the MASONIC INSTITUTION, so far as our
knowledge respectively extends. And we as SOLEMNLY AVER that no person is
admitted to the Institution without first being made acquainted with the
nature of the obligations which he will be required to incur and assume.
FREEMASONRY secures its
members in the freedom of thought and of speech, and permits each and everyone
to act according to the dictates of his own conscience in matters of religion,
and of his personal preferences in matters of politics; it neither knows, nor
does it assume to inflict upon its erring members, however wide may be their
aberration from duty, any penalties or punishments other than those of
ADMONITION, SUSPENSION, and EXPULSION.
The obligations of the
Institution require of its members a strict obedience to the laws of God and
man. So far from being bound by any engagements inconsistent with the
happiness and prosperity of the nation, every citizen who becomes a Mason is
doubly bound to be true to his GOD, to his COUNTRY, and to his FELLOWMAN.
In the language of the
Ancient Constitutions of the Order, which are printed and open for public
inspection, and which are used as text books in all the lodges, he is required
to keep and obey the MORAL LAW; to be a quiet and peaceful citizen, true to
his government and just to his country.
MASONRY disdains the making
of proselytes; she opens the portals of her asylum to those who seek admission
with the recommendation of a character unspotted by immorality and vice. She
simply requires of the candidate his assent to one great, fundamental,
religious truth--THE EXISTENCE AND PROVIDENCE OF GOD; and a practical
acknowledgement of those infallible doctrines for the government of life which
are written by the finger of God on the heart of man.
ENTERTAINING such sentiments,
as MASONS, as CITIZENS, as CHRISTIANS, and as MORAL MEN, and deeply impressed
with the conviction that the MASONIC INSTITUTION has been, and may continue to
be, productive of great good to their fellowmen; and having 'received the laws
of the society, and its accumulated funds, in sacred trust for charitable
uses,' the undersigned can neither renounce nor abandon it.
We most cordially unite with
our Brethren of Salem and vicinity in the declaration and hope that, 'should
the people of this country become so infatuated as to deprive Masons of their
civil rights, in violation of their written constitutions, and the wholesome
spirit of just laws and free governments, a vast majority of the Fraternity
will still remain firm, confiding in God, and the rectitude of their
intentions for consolation, under the trials to which they may be exposed."'
This declaration was written
by Charles W. Moore, for many years Grand Secretary of our Grand Lodge. It was
originally intended only for the Boston Encampment of Knights Templar. Later,
at the earnest request of prominent Masons, it was submitted to the Grand
Master, and subsequently signed by one thousand, four hundred and sixty-nine
Masons from fifty four towns and districts in Massachusetts. Four hundred
thirty-seven were of Boston.
More than six thousand Masons
in New England subscribed to this declaration, which was given to the public
on December 31, 1831.
M. W. Brother Gallagher, in
commenting upon this declaration in an address given by him at Camden, Maine,
on June 24, 1901, said:
"It was the first heavy blow
given to Anti-Masonry and with the political defeat in the Jackson campaign
sounded the death knell of its existence. That famous declaration embodies and
states concisely about all there is in the principles of the Masonic Order.
Printed and read in our lodges, it would serve to assist in pursuing anew our
journey in the paths of rectitude and Masonic virtue."
THE APPROACHES TO THE HEART
Do you crave an inspiration
straight from nature's very heart,
Beating true to the creation
of which you're a conscious part?
Would you, somehow, in your
longing, form a kinship to the earth
That might make its
elementals of a sweeter, richer worth--
That might make all things in
nature to your soul a means of grace,
Wooing with the charm forever
of her omnipresent grace ?
Then unto her soulful
readings, blended with Masonic Art
Open wide all the approaches
to the portals of the heart.
--Bro. L. B. Mitchell,
Liberty's in every blow!
Let us do or die.
But what is truth? 'Twas
Pilate's question put
To Truth itself, that deign'd
him no reply.
THE COMACINE MASTERS -- AN
BY BRO. W. RAVENSCROFT,
SINCE writing my "Further
Notes on the Comacine Masters," which appeared in THE BUILDER for July, August
and September, 1918, I have had opportunity for reading some additional
references to them and, as they throw fresh light on the subject, I have
translated a few extracts from these references as an appendix to what I have
The translations are as
L'Italia: Monumentale, Asti.
Prof. A. BevilacquaLazise, p. 6.
"Of the Lombard-Carlovingian
period there are preserved to us in Asti three precious relics; the Crypt of
S. Secondo (del Mercato), of S. Giovanni and part of that of S. Anastasio.
"These show us the first
tentative efforts and the commencement of artistic progress in that nucleus of
artificers who, in Lombard territory at the beginning of the seventh century,
were already developing a reproduction of the traditional Roman construction
and giving to Europe the architecture of the following middle age.
"Crypt of S. Secondo. Erected
on the spot where tradition places the martyrdom of the patron saint of the
city and hence, from the earliest ages of Christianity, sacred, it arose
probably in the first half of the seventh century. Of that period are its
capitals surmounted by a coarse abacus something like a cushion and of a form
vaguely approaching that of the pre-Lombard cube introduced in Lombardy at the
end of the seventh century. (See illustrations.)
"Crypt of S. Giovanni. This
was the ancient Episcopal baptistry of Asti. It arose probably in the period
of Liutprand (712-744). Since we find already formed the pre-Lombard cube
capitals (according to the denomination of Rivoira), with the cube roughly
shaped off, of which we certainly have no examples before this date. One may
also assign to this epoch, indirectly confirmed by documents, the transfer of
the Episcopal seat which, until the seventh century, was placed without the
walls near the church of S. Secondo and thereby made a little more secure. One
remarks in this crypt the capitals of the Theodorican' reconstruction of Asti
and the figure capital, one of two only, dating from the pre-Lombard artistic
period with human figures.
"Crypt of S. Anastasio. It
arose not much before 792-793, the year of the document in which it is
mentioned. The Comacini in its construction were assisted by Ravennese, at any
rate in the decorative portions as is evidenced by the capitals of the two
schools when compared with some others of the Theodorican time. It is
noteworthy that one of the Ravennese capitals shows a remarkable affinity with
one co-eval of S. Vincenzo in Prato, Milanese (eighth century) and one
Comacine which preludes an art more complete and evolved."
Referring to the church of S.
Anastasio (recently destroyed), Prof. Bevilacqua-Lazise says (p. 10):
"The church taken altogether
permits the affirmation that it was the work of Comacine Masters nor is there
in its ornamentation any trace of trans-Alpine influence."
Merzario: "I. Maestri
Comacini," vol. I, p. 113, writing about S. Marks, Venice, says:
"The basilical iconography
and its system of masonry; the crypt, which is a medieval in use before 900;
certain rude and discordant sculpture in the taste of that of Altino; some
forms of columns, of vaults and of arcades; several symbolic figures,
griffins, flowers, birds and hieroglyphics, and the other emblems which are
seen in the atrium and in the narthex of S. Ambrose of Milan are almost
exclusively the property of the Comacines, and added to this their continual
dependance on the Patriarchate of Aquileja attested of their presence in S.
L'Italia: Monumentale, Venice
(S. Mark), L. Marongoni, p. 6.
"In the year 829 under the
Doge Giovanni Partecipazio, brother of Guistiniano, was initiated the
construction of the first edifice which was of more restricted proportions
than the existing church, its architecture being that of a Latin basilica."
L' Italia: Monumentale, Como.
D. Santo Monti, pp. 6 and 7.
"Seventy-five years after the
descent of the Lombards into Italy, in 643, appeared a code of Rotari and
after about another 100 years an edict of King Liutprand, both referring to a
Society of 'Magistri Comacini' and of their 'Colleganti.' It will not be
unreasonable to suppose that thisl Society or association, college or
fraternity, whichever you will, existed some time before the coming of the
Lombards into Italy and thrived under the Goths and under Greek influence;
that it was probably a derivation of an ancient college or association of arts
and business existing from Roman times and under their laws, the cradle, so to
speak, of Mustio the architect of Pliny, and not altogether lost from amongst
us, surviving unimpaired the darkness of the age of barbarian domination."
Trieste. A. Berlam, p. 10.
"In the first times of
Christianity about the fourth century arose the little church of S. Silvestro
in honour of the Pope Silvester I who baptized Constantine. According to
tradition, on the site of the church stood the house of the Triestine martyrs
Eufemia and Tecla (2) whose sarcophagus was preserved until 1700 as we read in
the writings of the historian Ireneo della Croce.
"* * * And still we come to
this church, dear to the heart of all Triestmes both as a symbol of Latinity
and as a souvenir of the fourteenth century free commune, to this S. Cicisto
toward which flies the Italian homage of Carducci.
L'Italia: Monumentale, I
Monumenti del Lago di Como. Cigo Monneret de Villard.
"The Lake in the Antonine
Itinerary is called Comacina--its ancient name"--p. 6.-
"Not only the three 'Pievi'
but also the Island of Comacina set up itself as an independent republic." p.
"In this epoch of quarrels
and massacres the architecture of Como flourished a school special and
distinct from the Romanic ('Romanica') architecture of Italy--that which one
sees always so falsely called by the generic name of Lombard.
"The lombard architecture is
itself a school specially distinct from the great Romanic trunk which,
contrary to pre-supposition, has tendencies, methods and oblets peculiar to
itself, differing from those of the Comacine school. If this confusion has
been possible and it was believed that one was simply a local form of the
other and one saw but little difference in them, it is due to the carelessness
and the want of goodwill of students who, attracted and fascinated by the
grand monuments of the Milanese, found it too fatiguing and too little
interesting to explore the Como district to study the monuments which have
there been erected from the commencement of the eleventh to the end of the
"In these short pages it is
not possible to treat deeply the questions, but we may perhaps indicate the
limits at sufficent length.
"Comacine architecture in the
Romanci epoch has sufficiently well- defined boundary; it includes the high
valleys of the Ticino and the Adda, the Canton Ticino which is found in our
days, the Valtellina, all the territory of the ancient diocese of Como, the
northern part of the ancient countship of Seprio, the northern Brianza, the
Valassina and the Valsassina, the eastern bank of Lario (Lake Como) which
depended from the diocese of Milan; approaching that which constituted the
district under the administrative rule of the province of Como and that of
Sondrio and the canton Ticino and the frontiers of the bordering regions. The
heart of it is certainly Como and the Lake: here it is that we find the
greatest number and most important of the monuments. The materials of which
use was made are naturally those which the soil produced; thus we see why the
architecture Milanese or Lombard, whichever we wish to call it, is based on
terra-cotta--the Comacine uses stone; the quarries of Moltrasio and those of
analogous material furnished the fundamental elements while the marbles of
Olcio and of Musso less spread (more limited?) served for the works more
refined. The great river fiints are not disdained for works of less
"From the constructive point
of view the problem of the vault is fundamental in Lombard architecture as in
all such schools of Romanic architecture it is of great architectural
importance; in Comacine architecture it is, on the contrary, secondary only.
"As in France the Norman
school and that of the Isle of France, as in Italy the architectural Romanic
school of the center and south of the peninsula, so in the northern part
Comacine architecture, rather than prosecute the efforts of the Carlovingian
epoch of adapting the vault to the basilican plan, or to the central form of
plan, contented itself with resuits already achieved by the Latin school with
the basilica covered by a wooden roof.
"The only vaulted part in the
Comacine churches is the apse, except certain cupolas in transepts as at
Vertemate at S. Giacomo and at S. Fedele of Como, or adopted to the polygonal
plan as at S. Giovanni in Atrio di Como and a few transepts covered at the
crossing in front of the apses, an example of which can be seen in S. Giacomo
"The problem of the vault has
drawn in its following special forms of pillars grouped in isolated support
and of the pilasters and counter forts to external walls. There is nothing of
all this in Comacine architecture of which the supports are always simple (it
being the conservative ahd traditional school) having generally the form of
columns. In reality they were round pillars composed of many dressed stones,
as for example at S. Abondio di Como and at S. Giacomo di Bellagio, pillars
which are also to be found at Gravedona at Vertemate and in the Episcopal
palace of Como. The walls are always simple and if they have pilastels they
are such as are purely decorative and not constructional.
"The roofs are covered with
wood, some open timbered, others inclosed with ceilings as at S. Nicolao di
Piona or at S. Maria di Martinico above Dongo.
"It is only in the monuments
of Como that the influence of the Lombard school is felt which we find in 'Tiburium'
over the crossing. This is systematically wanting in all other cases. The
arrangement of plan as a rule in the Comacine school is that of the basilicia
with one nave (3) only and with semicircular apse, toward the end of the
twelfth century the rectangular apse was substituted for this.
"Basilicas with two naves as
at S. Agata di Montrasio are very rare--generallly the second nave came as an
enlargement of the church. Rare also are basilicas with three naves as at S.
Benedetto della Perlana, S. Giacomo di Bellagio, S. Marta Sopra Carate and the
demolished church of S. Vincenzo in Gravedona. Still more rare are the
churches with central form of plan, of which on the Lake we may instance the
baptistry of Lenno, S. Maria del Tigilo at Gravedona and the square demolished
baptistry of Menaggio. Interesting crypts we have at Lenno and at Gravedona;
rarely one finds cloisters of which the sole remaining one on the Lake is that
"The campinili are during the
eleventh and twelfth centuries always of one same type--square towers with
pilasters at the angles divided in the several stages by rows of little arches
surmounted sometimes by rows of stones placed dentil-wise.
"To the several stories
loopholes open of single lights, of two lights, and sometimes in the belfry of
"In the thirteenth century
was substituted a simpler type of tower, square and terminating with four
piers which carried the roof as at S. Martino di Cal eno and at S. Pietro in
Vincoli at Bignanico, campanili similar to the tower of Broletto of Como.
"The octagonal campanile of
Gravedona and that like it, now demolished, of Piona are exceptions derived
from ultra-montane influence.
"The position of the
campanili also is little varied. In general flanking the nave near the apse
but at other times placed in the front occupying only a part of the facade as
at Bellagio, or masked completely as at S. Nazaro e Celso di Scaria, and
sometimes arising from the interior of the church placed on two walls of the
nave of which one is the front wall, as at S.'Andrea di Lenno.
"The entrances are generally
formed with lunettes surmounting friezes, the windows always round-headed. In
the facades are usually cruciform lights, and towards the end of the twelfth
century appeared the round windows, as at S. Maria di Martinico.
"Examples of external arcades
flanking the naves and apses we have not except in the case of S. Giacomo and
S. Fedele at Como where there are evidences of Lombard-Milanese or Rhenish
influence. The facades, when the basilicas are of three naves, are divided,
the central portion raised, and demonstrating clearly the structure behind, S.
Carpoforo of Como being alone the exception. In this particular the Comacine
school clearly is distinguished from the Lombard-Milanese which always treats
the three naves as one front.
"Comacine decoration is both
simple and interesting. Generally under the eaves of the edifice runs a
cornice of small arches surmounted sometimes by a dentilled frieze. In the
apses besides such arches we get also vertical pilasters enriched sometimes
with semi-columns and these small arches run on the facades, following the
sailing courses of the pediments. This is in fact the customary treatment of
Lombard Milanese architecture.
"The churches were nearly
always covered with frescoes, conspicuous amongst which is the gigantic figule
of S. Christopher, the protector of travelers.
"It is in sculpture that
Comacine architecture reveals its proper characteristics--the capitals have
rarely the simple cubic Lombard form but they present in great variety forms
recalling in some respects ancient design.
"The decoration, contrary to
that of the Lombard Milanese school which made much use of interlaced ribbons,
presents true characteristics of sculpture with figures of animals such as
dogs following each other in the capitals of Cernobbio heads, and eagles, as
at Piona, and sometimes with truly animated scenes, as in the magnificent
capital conserved in the museum of Como.
"The Comacine school is
meanwhile that which was most affected by external influence---that of the
Rhenish school explaining itself easily by the frequent and important
relations which the Ghibelline city (Milan ?) had with the empire, the Lake
and its valleys being the natural road for descent from Germany into Italy,
and that of Burgundy by the introduction of the Monastic orders of the
Benedictines--the reformed Benedictines and the Cluniacs, who from the center
of the Island of Comacini spread themselves over all the region' of Como. The
Rhenish influence imposed itself chiefly on architectural form and alone can
explain the positions of the frontal towel s of S. Giacomo di Como, while the
Burgundian, which is powerfully revealed in S. Maria del Tiglio at Gravedona,
dom'inates the decorative sculpture.
"A development so rich of
Romanic art ought not to leave a large place for Gothic architecture--in
effect all the countries, being already provided with churches when this new
form of architecture appeared, did not feel the need of erecting others.
Besides which the Comacine school, liking not vaults as coverings, would not
allow itself to be attracted by the new school, which in the solution of this
problem had its base, its object, and its raison d' etre.
"For this reason there does
not exist a Comacine Gothic architecture strictly characteristic.
"In the greater number of
cases the architects wele content to apply to a Romanic structure decorative
forms nearly always only substituting lancet for semicircular arches where
they are small and decorative." (p. 10 et seq.)
In the foregoing extracts
there is considerable unanimity of opinion, if perhaps one or two of the
statements of Sig. Monneret de Villard, to which I propose to make a few
allusions, are excepted.
Sig. de Villard, it will be
noticed, takes a limited view of the territory and scope of the Comacine
Masters. Merzario takes an extremely wide one. The former comes to his
conclusions by differentiating the Comacine from the Lombard school to an
extent one is not prepared to follow altogether. He refers to the latter as a
branch of architecture distinct from the Roman trunk depending for development
largely on the use of brick and the effort to deal with the vault, which
latter in Comacine work, he says, finds no important place. But he admits the
influence of each school on the other, and gives examples of such.
Now it must not be forgotten
that for a considerable time the Comacines were ffrst in the ffeld working
extensively in the Lombard plain, the Lombards for a long time having no
school of architecture. The natural inference therefore is that the Lombard
school was developed from the Comacine and largely influenced by the use of
brick and the vault--both of which were to some extent used by the Comacines.
Moreover the differences
between the two schools --if they are to be in any great sense regarded as
distinct--are not nearly so strongly marked as, for instance, those between
the Norman and early English styles of architecture where, in early English
work all the leading features, in their full development, are the very
opposite of those in Norman work, and yet we know, subject of course to a good
deal of external influence, the one grew out of the other and there was for a
short time a transition stage between the two.
All the same it would be
going too far to speak of Comacine and Lombard work, especially as time
advanced, as one and the same.
Sig. de Villard's contentions
as regards a few details, one would submit, are not altogether borne out.
For instance, he makes the
cushion capitals of columns the property of the Lombard school, and speaks of
their rare occurrence in Comacine work. Yet without looking specially for
them, one has seen them in S. ALbondio Como, S. Giacomo Como, at Bellagio on
Comacina, at Gravedona, and in the crypt of S. Marks, Venice--all Comacine
work and mostly in the Comacine district. (4)
So with the interlaced
ornament. There is abundance of it at S. Abondio Como and beautiful specimens
at Gravedona and elsewhere in this same district, as well as all over
Italy--all probably having oriental or origin.
One would submit further that
in several instances especially in campanili the use of brick does not, as
Sig. de Villard suggests, denote the work as Lombard, seeng that
notwithstanding this material many of these works have features which he
regards as distinctly Comacine. Further he tells us that the "three naves"
plan in Comacine work is rare, and yet he says where found therein it is
always emphasized and not masked on the facade as in Lombard work. This
treatment, however, is to be found all over Italy and the principal church on
Isola Comacina was a "three nave" church.
As a matter of fact it is
impossible to draw any definite line between the two schools--one would rather
say as they advanced in time they showed increasing tendencies to separate
development, the Comacine being the more conservative in its character.
The churches at Piacenza, as
well as some of those in Milan, give good illustrations of the development in
brick of Lombard work.
From the foregoing
translations generally it is not unreasonable to conclude:
1. That Eastern and
trans-Alpine influences on both Comacine and Lombard work are admitted, but
with less constructive effect in the former than in the latter.
2. That the Lombard school,
insofar as it merits a separate name, was developed from the Comacines.
3. That the cushion capitals
of the Norman school were derived from the Comacines, examples not being known
before the eighth century, when they may have been evolved in the manner
described by Prof. Bevilacqua-Lazise.
4. That the influence of
trans-Alpine Gothic in Italy generally, and particularly on the Comacine and
Lombard schools was, especially in its earlier days, largely superficial and
never wholly satisIactory or complete.
A few words may be added as
to the relation between the Comacine plans of churches and the earlier
examples which remain to us in England of the Saxon and early Norman periods.
Sig. Monneret de Villard
states that the greater number of Comacine churches were planned each with one
nave only, and a semicircular apse, which latter was substituted toward the
end of the twelfth century by the rectangular chancel. Also that the nave and
aisle arrangement was not so common in Comacine work, while crypts are to be
found in several instances. And we have already seen that repeatedly
artificers were called over from the Continent to England to build churches in
the Roman manner.
It must surely, therefore, be
more than a coincidence that the plans of a large number of these early
churches conform to those of the Comacines, and, taken with other evidence
already adduced, one submits the reason for this was the Comacine influence
brought to bear on them.
No attempt is here made to
give a complete list of these English churches, but the following are just
such as have come under notice:
Those consisting of nave only
and apse are:
Four connected with the
Mission of S. Augustine to England (sixth century).
The first Cathedral of
The Church of S. Pancras at
The original priory of
Christchurch, Hants, consisting of several chapels standing apart from each
other, two still remaining beneath the transepts of the present church.
The original church of
Those consisting of nave only
and rectangular chancel, as in the later Comacine work are:
The Saxon church of Bradford
The Saxon church of Escomb,
That of Monkwearmouth,
Durham. (Since enarged.)
That of Jarrow, Durham. (A.
That of Corbridge,
That of Boarhunt, Hants.
That of Hambledon, Hants.
Also many others where the
original plan is much obscured by later additions.
Those of the basilican form,
i. e., with nave aisles and apse are:
Wilfrid's Church at Hexham,
having also a crypt and arrangement of stairs thereto, all of Comacine type.
Wilfrid's Church at Ripon,
similar in arrangement.
The Saxon Church at
Brixwortll, Northants, built about A. D. 680, and having a rectallgular
presbytery placed between the nave and apse, another Comacine feature.
The Church at Lydd, Kent.
The Church at Wing,
The Church at Reculvers,
The original Cathedral of
Canterbury (destroyed by fire in 1067) with its apse at the west end.
The original Church at Romsey.
The crypt of Winchester
The Parish Church, Goring,
To give a list of churches
illustrating the basilican plan, but with rectangular chancels with or without
transepts or central towers, would carry beyond the scope of these notes,
because such would have to be drawn chiefly from types of later date which can
scarcely be claimed to have such direct Comacine association.
(1) Theodoric the Great, A.
(2) S. Eufemia (Sept. 16) was
honored in Como, being patron of the church afterwards known as S. Fedele,
also of the excavated church at Comacina. S. Tecla is honored at Torno.
(3) Italian writers generally
denominate as "naves" not only those portions of a building we understand as
such, but also those adjacent which we call "aisles." "Transepts," also in
Italian works, frequently means only the crossings and not the extended wings
which we understand by the word.
(4) If the twisted knot in
the shafts of minor columns is allowed to be Comacine (probably derived from
the East or of Greek origin) they are in the first left-side doorway at S.
Marks, Venice, an evidence of these Masters there.
BRIGHTNESS OF LIFE
A thought that is winged from
friend to friend
Doesn't seem such a wonderful
Yet it carries the prayer for
a joy without end,
And it throbs with a big,
A mere word of cheer, in the
shadow of night,
Cohen discouragement darkens
Will illuminate our hearts
with the glorious light
Of a hopeful and
When failure confronts us and
darkens our goals,
How we long for the clasp of
It is then that we cry from
the depths of our souls
For a friend who can just
A bright, cheery smile often
gives us the strength
That we lack in the vortex of
For it lightens our load as
we travel the length
Of the care-laden Path we
So we find, after all, that
the things we thought small
Loom colossal above all the
That the best of God's gifts
are the friends we can call
To our side when we need them
- Houston Post
Happy the heart that keeps
its twilight hour,
And, in the depths of
heavenly peace reclined,
Loves to commune with
thoughts of tender power -
Thoughts that ascend, like
A shining Jacob's-Ladder of
- Paul H. Hayne.
Kindness is wisdom. There is
none in life
But needs it and may learn.
HOW THE RED CROSS WOR1iS
BY JEANNE JUDSON
"It's not that we are not grateful - you have done
much - but we are old, and it is hard for the old to be away from their own
homes - and the crowds - we are not happy in the crowds - we want to be alone
- if we could be alone in ever so poor a place, we would be happy."
The speaker was a man of sixty, still strong and
vigorous, in spite of the hardships that had been his lot. His wife, not quite
so strong, but still courageous stood beside him, nodding approval of his
"If we could be alone - the smallest lodging," she
They had stopped the Red Cross delegate on the
street; their bright old eyes looked at him appealingly and yet with
confidence. The American Red Cross man would sympathize, would understand, and
somehow in the miraculous manner of American Red Cross men he would be able to
provide what they asked.
As it happened the Red Cross delegate was even
then on his way to the Refugees' "Intelligence Office" to speak about them and
about others whose circumstances were just as pitiful.
The farmer had been very prosperous and he and his
good wife had been ready to enjoy in their old age the comfort and peace that
they had earned by years of industry and frugality. Then came the war, their
prosperous farm was wrecked. They enumerated the glories of it, the proud
possessions that were now lost to them forever - four horses, twenty cows, two
hundred hens and other livestock.
But all this could have been borne quite easily
were it not that their son was a prisoner in Germany. All through the
vicissitudes that war had brought they had not lost courage, but now that they
were back in their own province with hundreds of other repatriates they were
no nearer to having a home than they had been on the first day that they were
driven from their farm, where they had watched the flames devouring the
cherished possessions of years. There was something very pitiful about this
old couple with their nostalgia for dear, familiar things - their shrinking
from the crowd.
The prefecture and other French officials had
taken great interest in co-operating with the American Red Cross to provide
lodgings for the repatriates. An old factory and a convent had been fixed up
to accommodate three hundred. They had provided straw mattresses and even
blankets, and everything was scrupulously clean. Here men, women and children
would have a shelter until they could be distributed to different places,
where a more pleasant lodging and useful work could be provided. But all this
would take time and the old farmer and his wife were very tired, very weary of
not having a place of their own; the old convent where they had lodged among
so many strangers had sapped their courage as nothing that had gone before had
done and they looked at him with such confidence.
The Red Cross delegate considered.
A Red Cross worker, a girl, was going to a nearby
town on the eleven o'clock train. Why not let her take them with her? It could
do no harm - they had no home and one place was good as another. They would at
least have a pleasant excursion and a good dejeuner - and perhaps they would
find something to do or some place to live. He explained the plan to them and
to the girl. They radiated agreement - they were in the hands of their
American friends and it meant that they would not spend another night in the
At the station when they were waiting for their
train the Red Cross man took a picture of them - a happy smiling picture.
The trip proved to be a great success, lodgings
were found and work for both on a neighboring farm.
It is almost inconceivable how many individual
cases a Red Cross worker can carry in his mind at ones the number seems almost
limitless. Perhaps the farmer and his wife remained a more vivid memory than
most - there is something infinitely appealing about the courage of old age. A
few days after their departure the Red Cross man sent them a copy of the
picture he had taken at the station, and they have sent it to their son in the
German prison camp.
Bereft of all their household goods, toiling for
bread instead of resting as they had hoped to rest, they are still brave and
cheerful, hoping against hope that he will one day be restored to them, and
while they wait they are thankful that they still have strength to work for
These are people for whom the Red Cross works
unceasingly - the little children who are too young to understand, and the old
people who understand too well. It is a comforting thought that the American
Red Cross has 22,000,000 members in addition to 800,000 members enrolled in
the Junior Red Cross. Of course all of these are not contributing members. It
isn't necessary that they should be. The big thing is that every American
should express our unfaltering belief in mercy and justice by becoming a part
of this great humanitarian organization. The Christmas Roll Campaign for Red
Cross membership is being made for this purpose. Membership costs only one
dollar. Half of every dollar will be sent to help in the work abroad and one
half will be kept at home for the support of local chapters and to carry on
the Red Cross home service work.
THE MORALITY OF THE LOST WORD
BY BRO. ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE,
With a measure of light and a
measure of shade,
The world of old by the Word
By the shade and light was
the Word conceal'd,
And the Word in flesh to the
Is by outward sense and its
The spirit within is the long
Besought by the world of the
soul in pain
Through a world of words
which are void and vain
O never while shadow and
light are blended
Shall the world's Word-Quest
or its woe be ended,
And never the world of its
wounds made whole
Till the Word made flesh be
the Word made soul!
CHRISTMAS EVE - 1918
BY JEANNE JUDSON
Christmas eve and the snow so
Laid like a cloak on the
Christmas chimes, and the
Bathing the cross in a
Red Cross above and white
Promise renewed in earth and
Chimes for the Peace Lord's
Mercy endures - He did not
To Mother on Her Birthday
We all must have them,
They come quite regular -
once a year;
They make some folks feel old
But then, with you, "it ain't
Your hair is gray, dear
Mother o' Mine,
But you're just foolin'
You've got a grip on Life
that'll hold -
Why, sakes alive! you'll
never "grow old."
There's love in your eyes - I
see it there
As plain as the silver that's
in your hair;
It shines from your heart
with a steady ray
That makes me sure it's there
Why, Mother, you're my
And thru thick and thin - my
whole life thru -
My Sweetheart you will always
My ardent Lover thru
And so our "Birthdays" come
But, Mother o' Mine, you'll
Your Soldier boy is being
To his God, his Country, his
lover, and you.
France, July 16, 1918.
Written by the son of a Mason, Brother John
Galloway, La Grange, III., to his mother on her birthday.
THE CABLE TOW
Probably the first reference to the cable tow is in I Kings,
xx-31. The noose was commonly used in Brahminical initiation, and the removal
of it was symbolical of freedom attained, as an escape from death. The word
religion comes from "religio,"
meaning to "bind anew," while Webster says it "seems originally to have
signified an oath or vow to the gods, or the obligation of such an oath or vow
which was held very sacred by the Romans."
The Abyssinian Christians receive at their baptism
a blue cord which they wear round the neck and in some cases a ring or cross
The derivation of the word cable is doubtless from
the Hebrew, as their word for cord or rope is chebel.
In the initiation of the Cabiri they were given a
purple ribbon which they wore about their bodies to preserve them from the
perils of the sea.
It may not be a far cry to the use of the stole in
the Roman and Anglican church, worn by the clergy, which has never been very
- Rob Morris Bulletin.
Through zeal knowledge is gotten, through lack of
zeal knowledge is lost; let the man who knows this double path of gain and
loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.
BULLETIN --- No. 23
DEVOTED TO ORGANIZED MASONIC
Edited by Bro. H. L. Haywood
THE BULLETIN COURSE OF
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 a 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 NORTHEAST
From the following questions
the Committee should select, some time prior to the evening of the study
meeting, the particular questions that they may wish to use at their meeting
which will bring out the points in the following paper which they desire to
discuss. Even were but a few minutes devoted to the discussion of each of the
questions given it will be seen that it would be impossible to discuss all of
them in the period of time devoted to the study meeting. The wide variety of
questions here given will afford individual committees an opportunity to
arrange their program to suit their own fancies and also furnish additional
material for a second study meeting each month if desired by members.
In conducting the study
periods the Chairman should endeavor to hold the discussions closely to the
text and not permit the members to speak too long at one time or to stray onto
another subject. Whenever it becomes evident that the discussion is turning
from the original subject the Chairman should request the speaker to make a
note of the particular point or phase of the matter he wishes to discuss or
inquire into, and ring it up when the Question Box period is open.
I Why is the candidate
"re-invested with that of which he had been divested" ? Why not wait until the
end of the degree ? What means "Northeast"? Is a boy half-way through school
standing in education's "Northeast"? What is the Masonic meaning of "profane"?
Why is the North a place of darkness and the East a place of light? Why is an
Entered Apprentice said to be midway between the two? Do you know of any
members of your lodge who are still in the Northeast? Has your study club
helped you to find the East?
II Describe the posture of
the candidate as he stands in the Northeast Corner. Why is he made to stand
thus? When is a man morally upright?
III What is the function of a
cornerstone in a building ? Have you ever attended a ceremony of cornerstone
laying ? If so, describe what happened. Why a ceremony? What would you
describe as a cornerstone of government ? Of education ? Of religion? In what
way is the Entered Apprentice the cornerstone of Masonry?
IV Describe the cornerstone
ceremonies in early times. Why was a living man sacrificed ? What is the real
meaning of sacrifice? Have you ever made sacrifices for Masonry? In what way
has the Fraternity a right to expect sacrifices from its members ? Would you
agree with this definition of Masonic sacrifice: "Masonic sacrifice is the
surrendering of all that conflicts with the principles of Masonry" ? Name some
things which men commonly do that would so conflict. What sacrifice has
Masonry as a whole been making during the war--not subordinate lodges, but the
Craft as a whole?
V What is your opinion of
human nature ? Do you believe that man is by nature depraved ? Is our hope for
the race built on what man is now, or on his capacities ? What can be meant by
the divinity of man? Has man a capacity for the god-like? If so, how does
Masonry appeal to that? How does Masonry help to develop it? What is the point
of Brother Markham's poem? Do you agree with him ? Is it mere sentimentalism
to deal with men in such a way as to call out the best that is in them? In
what way does Masonry make its appeal to the best that is in us?
Northeast Corner, p. 519. THE BUILDER: Vol. III--Ceremony of the Northeast
Corner, February C.C.B. p. 3. Vol, IV - Northeast Corner, p. 242.
FIRST STEPS BY BRO. H. L.
PART X--THE NORTHEAST CORNER
I WHEN the candidate,
reinvested with that of which he had been divested, is placed in the Northeast
Corner of the lodge as the youngest Entered Apprentice, both the position in
which he stands and the posture of his body have reference to such laws of the
"new life" of Masonry as is deserving of our most careful consideration.
Northeast, there is no need to say, is neither North nor East but a place
midway between the two which partakes of the character of both. Inasmuch as
the North is ever the symbol of the place of Masonic darkness, and therefore
represents the profane world, and the East is the symbol of that complete
Masonic light which is given to those who master the sacred art, it is
entirely fitting that the newly-made Entered Apprentice be led to the
Northeast, for as yet, having received some light but not all he is neither a
profane nor completely an initiate, but a Mason in the making.
Unfortunately, in the true
sense of the words, many who have received their three degrees have never
passed beyond the Northeast Corner. In the mere process of initiation they
have necessarily received some Masonic light, but, owing to their
indifference, their disinclination to make further studies, their refusal to
think out the meanings of our symbols and ceremonies, they have never come
into possession of all the light which Masonry has to give to them. Neither
profane nor illuminated, they are half Masons, and in a spiritual sense remain
always in the Northeast Corner. If some wise leader of the Fraternity could
devise ways and means whereby Masonry could persuade these brethren to pass
from their half-way station on to the full privileges and prerogatives of the
Masonic life, he would confer on them and on the Fraternity at large an
incalculable benefit. Meanwhile each of us can ask of himself, "I have left
the North, but have I yet reached the East?" This is a question which it would
be well for each of us to ask ourself.
II The upright posture of the
candidate as he stands in the Northeast corner is at once a hint and a
prophecy: it is a hint because it is indicative of the plumb which is given to
him as one of his working tools in a higher grade so that he may already begin
to prepare himself for its use; it is a prophecy because it anticipates that
raising up which will come in the sublime degree. That which is to be
completely unfolded in the following degrees is latent in the First
degree--the Entered Apprentice is being prepared to become a Fellowcraft and a
III The Northeast Corner is
something more than the half-way station between darkness and light: it is
also the place of the laying of the cornerstone. In operative architecture the
laying of the corner stone is a sign that all preparations have been
completed, the foundations have been laid, the materials are at hand, and that
the erection of the structure is now to proceed: consequently the builders,
from of old, have seen in it an act of great significance and have accordingly
laid it with elaborate ceremonies of act, speech, and music.
The cornerstone is to a
building what the keystone is to an arch. "That is called the cornerstone,"
writes a seventeenth century commentator, "or chief cornerstone, which is
placed in the extreme angle of a foundation, conjoining and holding together
two walls of the pile, meeting from different quarters." Performing a function
of such cardinal importance the cornerstone has appealed to men with a meaning
beyond its practical uses, serving as the symbol of that which is the
foundation and principle of consistency in a structure. In no far-fetched
sense, therefore, is the Entered Apprentice considered the cornerstone of
Masonry; as the youth of human society step into the gaps left by the death of
their elders, so with the Apprentice in a Masonic lodge; he takes the place of
those who have gone to the Grand Lodge above, and thus out of the young men
does the Fraternity recruit itself and keep itself alive. The Apprentice,
then, is to be not only a builder but built upon: out of him the future of the
Craft is made, and a wise lodge will take care that it selects only that
building material of which strong walls may be made for the future.
But the cornerstone also had
for builders a meaning even beyond all this. As our Masonic scholar George
William Speth has so clearly described in his "Builder's Rites," the
architects of the earliest times believed that they should always pay tribute
to the god of the ground on which they were to raise their building; to their
child-like minds each plot of earth was the property of some god, and the gift
must be made to this god ere a building be placed on his land. At first, human
beings were buried alive under the cornerstone because it was supposed that
men should give of their best to their god; later on, as men became more
humanized, a statue or effigy of a man was interred as a symbol of the gift of
a life: this was at last refined away into the custom of placing metals,
jewels, or other gifts, under the cornerstone, even as we Masons now use corn,
wine and oil.
IV In keeping with all this
we may see in the Entered Apprentice who stands in the Northeast Corner a
dedicated, a consecrated man, who offers himself as a building stone for the
spiritual temple which the lodge is making of itself and striving to make of
all human society. This symbolism, wholly divested of inhuman practices of
which it is a faint reminder, is beautiful and wise in every way, for until
men, the individual as well as the many, do offer their own lives to the
service of the Brotherhood and the State, both Brotherhood and State must be
quite impossible. It is interesting to imagine what would be the results if
men were to give themselves to free service in our schools, churches,
governments and all similar institutions as unreservedly as the old-time
builder, chosen for the human sacrifice, gave himself to the god of the ground
on which the building was to be erected! That would be indeed the Kingdom of
Heaven come on earth, would it not ?
The Entered Apprentice is the
material out of which the Fraternity makes itself, out of which it is to build
whatever temple of life it dreams of; yet this Entered Apprentice is nothing
other than a man, an ordinary, everyday man, like ourselves. Indeed, each of
us has stood in the Northeast Corner himself! Consider in all this what a
tribute Freemasonry pays to human nature! We men are frail, our natures are
often marred by passions, weakened by vices, and twisted by prejudices; the
wisest of us are often foolish, the most learned are ignorant; yet it is out
of us that all the stately, beautiful things of the future are to come! There
is no need that we call angels to our assistance, or any celestial beings
whatever; in us, just as we are, are qualities and capacities of nobleness and
wisdom which, if we would only permit them to rule us, would bring the will of
God to pass on earth. In regard to this it is worthy of notice that the
reigning religion of the western world dares to link God and Man together as
if they have somewhat in common, as if there were in each of us not only a
humanity but also a hidden divinity! What a thought it is, and how beautifully
has our Masonic laureate, Edwin Markham, set it to music !
"We men of earth have here
Of Paradise--we have enough!
We need no other thing to
The stairs into the
No other ivory for the
No other marble for the
No other cedar for the beam
And dome of man's immortal
Here on the paths of every
Here on the common human
Is all the busy gods would
To build a heaven, to mould
New Edens. Ours the stuff
To build Eternity in Time!"
There's music in the sighing
of a reed;
There's music in the gushing
of a rill;
There's music in all things,
if men had ears;
Their earth is but an echo of
The more we live, more brief
Our life's succeeding stages;
A day to childhood seems a
And years like passing ages.
BY BRO. H. L.HAYWOOD, IOWA
Here in a lodge of pines I
The canopy thrown over it
Is heaven's own of very blue;
Due east and west it's
And always the all-seeing eye
Of summer's sun is shining
Its portals open to the west;
The chipmunk, gray and sober
The tyler is: You see him
To challenge every new alarm:
He has no sword upon his arm
But well he guards this
Our master is that giant pine
Who bends o'er us with mien
To keep the lodge in order
His wardens are two grey-beard
Who sit like elders in a
Or make decorous bows to him.
The deacons are two slender
Who move about whene'er the
Brings orders from the
Our organist? Where thickest
Are darkening in the pine
The brother winds our music
Whoever knocks upon the door
To learn the ancient wildwood
That one he is our candidate:
We strip him of his city
And meet him on the level
Then to our ways initiate.
We slip the hoodwink from his
And bid him look on earth and
To read the hieroglyphics
More ancient these than
Or Roman Eagle, Tyre, or
Or Egypt old beyond compare.
On grass and stone and flower
Is written down by hand of
The secrets of this Masonry;
Who has the hoodwink from his
May in these common things
The awful signs of Deity.
Here bird and plant and man
Are seeking their Eternal
And here in springtime may be
By him who doth such
With praying heart, and wise,
The thundering of the old
All things that in creation
From smallest fly to largest
In this fellowship may be
For all that floweth out from
From dust to man and
Belong to God's freemasonry
To think and to feel,
constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius - the men of reasoning and
the men of imagination
- Isaac Disraeli.
There is nothing strictly
immortal, but immortality. Whatever hath no beginning may be confident of no
- Sir Thomas Browne.
BY BRO. DR. G. ALFRED
LAWRENCE, NEW YORK
In India the early stationary
lodges, all of which partook of a Military character were established at
Calcutta in 1730, Madras in 1752 and at Bombay in 1758. In 1787 there were two
Iodges "amongst the lower military" at Calcutta. At Madras Major (afterwards
Brigadier-General) Matthew Horne of the Coast Army was Provincial Grand Master
of Madras (under "Moderns") in 1776 during which year governor Lord Paget was
deposed by the Council and party spirit ran so high that Major Horne closed
the lodges. Meanwhile "Ancient" or "Atholl" Masonry was introduced and a lodge
under the same was established at Fort St. George. In November, 1784, the
dissensions among the "Moderns," having subsided, a new lodge, "Carnatic
Military," was established at Arcot by Sir David Baird and his officers with
the idea of taking the place on the English Roll of No. 355 at Trinchinopoly
(the warrant of which accompanied its Master, Dr. Terence Gahagan, a surgeon
of the Coast Army, on field service in 1781 and was captured with the baggage
of Dr. Gahagan in the action between Col. Owen and Hyder Ali). This revival of
"Carnatic Military Lodge" led to the union in 1786 of the "Atholl" or
"Ancient" with the "Moderns" and the opening of a new lodge, "Perfect
Unanimity," the history of which, from 1786 to the present time, being the
history of Freemasonry on the Coast of Coromandel-- this movement in India
thus anticipated the "Union" of these two Grand Lodges of of England by
A "movable" warrant, No. VII,
"Unity and Friendship" was granted to the 33d Foot in 1802. There had been an
"Atholl" or "Ancient" lodge in this Regiment "No. 90", and this having been
lost in 1795, the brethren applied for a Provincial Charter under the
impression they were communicating with "Atholl" or "Ancient" Masons. On
returning to England they returned to the old allegiance and resumed work
under No. 90 which had been regranted and sent to Fort William, Calcutta,
(evidently lost enroute) by the Junior Grand Lodge of England ("Ancients") in
In 1799 "St. Andrews Union"
was established in the 19th Foot at Madras and numbered X in the Coast Lists
and shortly thereafter transferred to Ceylon. The regularity of their warrant
was impugned as not being "Ancient" by "No. 329" ("Atholl" or "Ancient") in
the Royal Artillery which had been working at Colombo since 1802. At first
these two lodges fraternized but subsequently ceased to have any dealings with
one another. Lodges "No. 863" (Irish) in the 89th and one of the two "Orange"
lodges (one under an "Ancient," and the other under an Irish warrant) "No. 94"
in the 51st Regiment also refused to "sojourn" with these brethren of "St.
Andrews Union" although admitting the work was "strictly Ancient" nevertheless
"declared the warrant to be Modern."
The above "No. 863" in 1823
however relinquished its Irish warrant becoming "Hibernian and Union No. XI"
on the coast of Coromandel and in due time "No. 633" on the registry of the
United Grand Lodge of England.
A Military Lodge, "Strength
and Beauty No. VIII," was constituted at Vellore in 1802 but came to an
untimely end in 1806 when the warrant was found in tile Fort, after the
meeting. The "Travelling" bodies established on the coast, from loss of
members by death or transfer, often ceased to exist after varying periods. An
instance of this is the "Lodge of Philanthropists" in the 94th Foot (formerly
the Scotch Brigade) warranted in December 1801 and designated "Lodge No. XI"
on the Provincial Lists. Having lost two-thirds of its members from long
continued field service it was no longer mentioned after 1809 and at the Union
of 1813 was erased from the lists.
The "Lodge of United
Friendship No. V" was formed at Madras in 1812 by officers of the 16th Native
Infantry, "Orion in the West" No. XV at Poona by officers of the Bombay
Artillery in 1823; and "Corinthian Lodge" No. XIV at Cannanore by
non-commissioned officers of the 7th Native Infantry. Three privates in the
73rd Regiment in September 1818 petitioned for a warrant to establish a lodge
to be designated "St. John's Lodge." This was not granted because the
Provincial Grand Master thought Ceylon was beyond his jurisdiction.
At the close of the 18th
century there was almost a general defection from this Provincial Grand Lodge
The lodges "True Friendship"
and "Humility with Fortitude" (composed of non-commissioned officers and
privates) were the first to transfer their allegiance to the "Ancients" and
the "Marine Lodge" (consisting of persons employed in the marine service of
the government) soon followed their example.
The celebrated statesman,
soldier and Mason, the Earl of Moira, who as Lord Rawdon, fought at Bunker
Hill and later became Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in India did
much as Acting Grand Master of India to harmonize all Masonic factions in the
Far East and Masonry flourished and increased under his wise administration.
It is believed that he was initiated in a Military Lodge (either No. 86
attached to the 5th Foot in which he served as a subaltern, or in No. 512 in
the 63rd Regiment to which he was transferred as a Captain--both Irish lodges)
and in 1790 he held the exalted position of Acting Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of England. A few years later, in 1799, by the statute--39, George III,
c, 79--it was enacted "that all societies, the members whereof are required to
take any oath not authorized by law, should be deemed unlawful combinations."
The enforcement of this statute meant the extinction of Masonry and by the
tactful effort of the Earl of Moira, lodges of Freemasons were under certain
conditions exempted from the operation of the Act--thus the Earl of Moira
saved Masonry from total extinction.
"Moira Lodge Freedom and
Fidelity" was the only lodge warranted by him as Acting Grand Master of India,
as shortly thereafter he re-established the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bengal.
By 1827 there were ten or
more lodges of a Military though stationary, character in Bengal--three
"Sincerity" at Cawnpore, "Hastings" at Allahabad and "Northern Star" at
Barrackpore composed of officers in the cantonment and neighborhood.
"Hastings" formed "Independence with Philanthropy Lodge" out of the
non-commissioned officers and men of Allahabad. This latter lodge later
returned its warrant intimatingthat in future its meetings would be held under
dispensation obtained from lodge "Union" in the 14th Foot until a charter
could be obtained from England "for which an application had been made
direct." This petition was successful and a civil warrant was granted under
which it still exists under the same name and at the same place. In India
Regimental lodges were confined to the Queen's troops, excepting the Bengal
and Bombay Artillery as the number of officers in the Native Infantry were too
few to establish permanent Masonic lodges in the same. If the military
brethren suddenly removed to a new station where no lodge existed it was
customary for them to apply to a regular lodge for a dispensation and work
under the same until a warrant arrived from England. This custom was a very
old one and prevalent in numerous other jurisdictions--at Halifax, Nova
Scotia, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Quebec, etc.--but fell into disuse with the
more general existence of Provincial Grand Lodges and there is no survival of
this usage recorded after 1840.
Lodge "No. 361" in the 17th
Dragoons, at Kaira in Goojerat in 1813 was the only one with an English
warrant for many years in the Presidency of Bombay and that of its thirtyfour
members seventeen were Royal Arch Masons and sixtcen Knights Templar--twenty-nine
were non-commissioned officers and the remainder private Dragoons. They not
only worked the "three regular steps" but also those of Past Master (in the
lodge), Royal Arch, Super-Excellent, Mark and Link (in thel Chapter), and
Knights Templar, St. John of Jerusalem and' Knights of Malta in the
Encampment. Six commissioned officers of other regiments and one civilian were
admitted into membership of this lodge in 1821 and in the same year these
seven petitioned the Grand Lodge for a warrant which was forwarded by "No.
361" and it was agreed that the half-monthly meeting be entirely for the
"Brother Officers" (Military) thus virtually two lodges working under the same
warrant until they left India--one for the commissioned officers and members
of the Civil Service and the other for the non-commissioned officers and
private Dragoons. "Benevolent Lodge No. 746" was established on recommendation
of the above No. 361 in 1822 all the Military petitioners for it were founders
of another lodge "Orion in the West" installed in the Bombay Horse Artilery at
Poona in 1823. In this latter none but the initiates of the lodges, or
officers of the regiment could become members, and non commissioned officers
were only admitted as serving brethren. In 1832 a subaltern of the corps being
"the only uninitiated officer of the mess" was admitted, "though under age,"
The above "Benevolent Lodge
No. 746" removed to Bombay at which latter place were thirteen
non-commissioned officers too poor to establish a lodge of their own and too
modest to admission into this aristocratic lodge, so met over Apollo Gate in
the guard room. Hearing of this the members of Benevolent elected these
thirteen honorary members of their own lodge.
In 1846 Dr. James Burns was
appointed Grand Maste of Scottish Freemasonry in India.
By 1857, owing to the mutiny,
the siege of Lucknow many other engagements the ranks of Masonry were
seriously depleted in India and many of the lodges suspended their meetings
and the Military Lodge system in this British Colonial possession practically
ceased to exist.
In France lodges from the
beginning were of a Military character and the first lodge according to
tradition was founded at Paris by the Earl of Derwentwater in 1725 and it is
quite certain that, prior to 1738 there existed in Paris one and in the
Departments two regularly constituted lodges and all of a Military character.
Marshal Destrees, Compte de Saxe and Duc de Richelieu (also Marshals of
France) became Masons about 1737. Some three years later the so-called "Scots
degrees" appeared among the legion of "higher degrees" of Freemasonry that
sprang up on the continent during this period. Then followed the Chapter of
Clermont (1754), Knights of the East (1756) Emperors of the East and West
(1758). Many of the degrees afterwards absorbed within these various rites
originated in lodges established by prisoners of war, of which the most
industrious and inventive were those working at Berlin in 1757 and at
Magdeburg (1759-1761). The great rivalry between the "Knights" and "Emperors"
resulted in discord in the Grand Lodge of France from 1760 until the close of
its career. The Lodge "Montmorenci-Luxembourg" in the Regiment of Hainault
Infantry was the stem from which the Grand Orient of France sprang in December
1773 and the Duc de Luxembourg (Colonel of the Regiment) was Master and all
the members but one were noblemen. Of the first officers of the Grand Orient,
the six highest in rank--including Duc de Chartres, Grand Master, and nearly
all of the honorary Grand Offlcers--were members of this lodge. In the
archives of this Grand Orient are the record of about two hundred Regimental
lodges, together with some documents formerly belonging to lodges established
in England (and elsewhere) by French prisoners-of-war. Others existcd which
are only to be traced in the official lists. Of the Older French Army Lodges
there were seventy-six--the last on the roll being "Parfaite Amitie" in the
Royal Italian Infantry constituted in 1787. About one-third of these were
founded by the Grand Lodge and about two-thirds by the Grand Orient. The first
on the list "Parfaite Egalite" in "Regiment Islandais de Walshe" has the date
1688 but was not placed on the roll of the Grand Lodge until 1772. The second
in the "Vivarais Infantry" was established in 1759 and with hardly a doubt
must be regarded as the older of the two and consequently the senior lodge of
its class in the monarchy of France. Some of the Regiments to which lodges
were attached served in America during the Revolutionary War and many of the
high Military officers were members of the same including the Duc de Biron
(afterwards Marshal) and Marquis de Lafayette. No field lodges were
constituted during 1788 and 1789 and only eight from 1790 to 1801. Forty-three
Regiments had lodges attached to them in 1804 of which only one was of earlier
date than the Revolution and no less than thirty-five lodges were warranted
between 1802 and 1804. In this latter year the Supreme Council, Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite for France was formed as an expansion of the Emperors
of the East and West, by Compte de Grasse-Tilly (son of the Admiral defeated
by Lord Rodney) "Captain of Horse."
When Glogau in Silesia was
occupied by the French in 1808 a Military Lodge was at work there attached to
the Headquarters of the 6th Corps of the Grand Army. In 1811 there were
sixty-nine lodges in the French Army and there is ground to believe that
Napoleon I was a Freemason and that his initiation took place at Malta in
1798. Additional Military lodges were added to the list in 1812 and 1813 but
by 1815 all virtually ceased to exist as Grand Master Joseph Bonaparte sailed
for America leaving the administration of affairs in the hands of a Military
triumvirate consisting of Marshal Macdonald, General Buernonville (afterwards
Marshal) and the Marquis de Valence. A few lodges were established in
Regiments after the restoration but in 1844 "Cirnus" in the 10th Regiment of
the Line, the last of the long roll of French Military Lodges, disappeared
from the scene. In 1845 Marshal Soult in a circular letter to the Colonels of
Regiments declared "that it was contrary to the rules of the service for any
of the military to become members of the Institution"--this in spite of the
fact that he was a Free-mason and his diploma (or certificate) found in his
tent after the battle of Vittoria, and which afterwards fell into the
possession of a Scottish lodge, was returned to him through the British
Ambassador in 1851. Many other Marshals of France of this and earlier and
later periods were also Freemasons and in most instances Grand Officers.
Marshal Magnan was appointed Grand Master of the Grand Orient by Emperor Louis
Napoleon in 1862 and remained in office until his death in 1865. General
Mellinet succeeded him but declined re-election in 1870.
Throughout Germany Field or
Camp lodges were merely auxiliary to regular or stationary lodges and in every
case erected to serve only a temporary purpose and before the candidate was
accepted for initiation he was required to name a stationary lodge as the one
to which he would repair for admission when the warrant of the movable or
transitory body was surrendered or withdrawn. They only existed in time of war
or when war was impending. One of the earliest is "Parfaite Union" founded by
French prisoners-of-war at Magdeburg in 1761, as previously mentioned. At a
much-earlier date, however, in both North and South Germany military officers
of high rank enrolled as officers of the society--Francis, Duke of Lorraine,
afterwards Emperor of the West, was initiated in 1731 and Frederick, Crown
Prince (afterwards King of Prussia) in 1738. At the death of the latter's
father he founded the "Royal Lodge" and was Master of the same until 1744 and
many distinguished princes and soldiers received Masonic light at his hands.
During his reign three Grand Lodges grew up in Berlin, to all of which he
formally extended his protection--in the earliest of them, Grand National
Mother Lodge of the Three Globes" he filled the Grand Master's chair. Lodge
"Minerva" was established at Potsdam in 1768 and its members at first
consisted of military officers only. The first "Travelling Lodge" was "Flaming
Star" unded in 1770 "it being desirable to take the brethren of milary rank
out of all the lodges, and to erect a separate lodge for them, which in the
case of war might follow the camp and exemplify the benefits of Masonry in the
field" and from this time all military candidates were sent to "Flaming Star"
for initiation. In 1778 troops were concentrated in both Saxony and Silesia
and as "Flaming Star" accompanied the former a branch or "dispensation" lodge
under Major von Kliest was formed in the latter. In 1779 the brethren of both
reunited in a single stationary lodge, still in existence in Berlin.
Seven other Field lodges were
established, the most important were the "Golden Goblet," "Finger Post" and
"Army Lodge No. 1," founded between 1778 and 1787 and five additional lodges
were established from this period to the ending of the Battle of Waterloo--one
in Blucher's Army Corps on the Prussian Coast of the Baltic, designated "Fie]d
Lodge No. 1," of which General Blucher was a member in 1812. There were also
two Military Lodges at Frankfort-- one consisting chiefly of foreigners,
founded by Count Schmetten in 1743, and the other in the Royal Deux Ponts (
successively a Swedish, French and Bavarian) Regiment, founded about 1760.
This latter Regiment and doubtless the lodge, accompanied General Rochambeau
to North America in 1780 as the latter was still in existence and transferred
its allegiance to the Grand Orient of France at the termination of the war in
1783. Five additional Military Lodges were established in the Prussian Army up
to 1820; in 1850 an additional lodge was founded and the last Military Lodge
in 1861. Prior to the present world war all Field or Garrison lodges which
existed at any date in Germany either became extinct or have long ceased to
possess any military character. From the time of Frederic the Great every King
of Prussia, except Frederick William IV and the late deposed Emperor have been
Freemasons. J. W. von Zinnendorff--a military surgeon and one of the most
remarkable Masons that ever existed--was the founder of the "Grand National
Lodge of German Freemasons" and was Grand Master at one time. General von
Scharnhorst the Archivist of the "Grand Lodge of the Three Globes" at Berlin,
who served throughout the Franco-German War states that during the armistice
of 1871, in Vesoul he attended a "Grand Field Lodge" at which were present one
hundred and eighty German officers and military employees and about three
hundred French officers and military employees and civilians.
In Austria, Masonry really
never flourished, although at one time enjoying the patronage of Emperor
Francis--a úormer Duke of Lorraine who died in 1765. The suppression of the
Craft had been decreed in 1764 but not carried out until 1795. Emperor Francis
was commonly referred to by the brcthren at Vienna as "Grand Master of the Old
Lodge." This was the "Trois Canons" (at first styled the Grand Lodge) of which
he became a member on its formation in 1742. About 1760 it merged into the
"Loge Royal Militaire de Vienne" with a membership composed mostly of the
Military. In 1765 a movable lodge (loge volante) named "Sincerite" was at work
at Pilsen and afterwards at Ellbogen and Klattau. In 1778 a Regiment
garrisoned at the latter place with members of this lodge was ordered to
Silesia and there applied for and received a warrant from Prague by virtue of
which a lodge, "Joseph of the Three Trophies," was founded but ceased to exist
after the treaty of peace and the ordering of the Regiment back to Bohemia.
"La Parfaite Union" was founded at Magdeburg by Austrian, Hungarian and
civilian prisoners-of-war, and after returning to their respective countries,
they established other lodges. The first of these was "Lodge of Military
Friendship ' founded at Glina, Croatia between 1764 and 1769.
As stated above Masonry was
forbidden in 1764 but the edict was not carried into effect until 1795 and,
although the ban did not extend to Hungary, the Craft was viewed with such
suspicion by the highest military authorities that few, if any, Hungarian army
officers cared to risk their chance of professional advancement by applying
for initiation. Many of their national heroes who served in their
Revolutionary War became Freemasons during their.subsequent exile, as Generals
George Klapka and Stephen Turr, both founders, and the latter Master of Lodge
"Mathias Corvinus" established later at Buda-Pesth.
The first Dutch field lodge
was established at Maastrecht in 1745 and twenty additional field lodges were
established after this date and prior to 1814. At this latter date the 22d and
last field lodge was established at Alkmaar.
The "Lodge of the Swedish
Army" (Svenska Armeens) was formed at Greifswald (Pomerania) in 1761 and
during the continuance of the Seven Years War it established off-shoots at
Greifswald, Stralsund and Christianstadt. A pension fund was established for
wounded soldiers and the recipients of the same wore silver medals struck at
the expense of the lodge. Prince Frederick Adolphe, Duke of East Gothland, the
King's brother, was its Master at the time of his decease. In 1781 it ceased
to exist and the members joined other lodges at Stockholm. The most famous
soldier of Swedish Freemasonry was Marshal Bernadotte, who as Crown Prince was
Grand Master until he ascended the throne, when he assumed the superior office
of "Vicarius Salamonis"--always held by the King of Sweden for the time being.
In Russia, James Keith, after
trying his fortune in Spain, became Master of a lodge either at Moscow or St.
Petersburg (now Petrograd) in 1732, was present with his brother, Earl
Marischal, at the session of the Grand Lodge of England in 1840 and on being
recalled to Russia bore with him a commission as Provincial Grand Master,
which was granted by his kinsman, Lord Kintore. In 1744 after having attained
the rank of Lieutenant-General he left Russia, joined the Prussian Army as a
Field Marshal and was killed at the battle of Hochkirchen in 1758. In 1761 a
Field Lodge was established in the Russian Army which at this time had its
headquarters at Mareinburg, West Prussia.
A second Field lodge
(afterwards the stationary lodge "The Three Towers") with Major-General von
Tscheplin as Master was established at the same place and others at St.
Petersburg in 1773 and at Kief in 1784. A fifth under Colonel von Scheffler
was at work at Gumbernen, East Prussia, in 1814. The latest of all "George the
Victorious" was constituted in France in 1817. All Russian lodges were
suspended in 1794 but in 1804 Alexander, who with good reason is supposed to
have been a Freemason, let it be understood that he would not interfere with
meetings of the Fraternity and from this time until its final suppression by
an Imperial Ukase in 1822 Masonry flourished greatly in Russia and the leading
officers of its Army were enrolled under its banner.
In Poland, Masonry was
introduced at a very early date and mainly fostered by military officers of
rank. The gallant Prince Joseph Poniatowsky, created a Marshal of France on
the field of Leipsic, by Napoleon, was drowned in the river Elster while
covering the retreat of the French Army in 1813. A solemn "Funeral Lodge" was
held in his honor at Warsaw the following year. Polish Freemasonry was
suppressed in 1821.
In Belgium only four Field
lodges and two Garrison lodges were established, the first in 1832 and the
last in 1836 and all have passed out of existence.
No warrants for Field or Army
lodges were granted at any time under the Grand Jurisdictions of Switzerland,
Greece, Denmark, Hamburg or Darmstadt.
In the Peninsula the first
lodge was established at Madrid in 1728 by Philip, Duke of Wharton, who with
James (afterwards Marshal) Keith was a Jacobite Refugee and had fought in the
Spanish trenches before Gibraltar the previous year. The Craft became inactive
but revived during the Peninsular War (1808-14). Ferdinand VII in 1814 however
abolished the Institution and declared Freemasons to be guilty of treason and
many Freemasons both of Spain and Portugal were imprisoned or put to death.
In Italy many of the leading
military and naval commanders were Masons and Eugene Beauharnais, Viceroy of
Italy was Grand Master of the Grand Orient "de la Division Militaire" at Milan
in 1805. Guiseppe Garibaldi, Liberator of Italy, was a member of every lodge
in Italy and of many in England, France and America.
It is stated that Mexico owes
her independence to Freemasonry. Hidalgo Costilla, a priest, headed the first
revolt against the Spaniards but was captured and shot in 1811. Morelos, of
Indian blood, cure of Caracuaro, assisted in the revolution against the
Spaniards but later was executed. General Xavier Mina, a native of Spain, with
a party of volunteers landed in Mexico and fought for its independence and at
the battle of Tamaulipas was defeated, taken prisoner, and put to death. The
remains of these three Masonic patriots repose in the "Grande Chapelle
Sepulcrale" of Mexico City. Many Generals and Presidents of the Mexican
Republic were Masons--one of the most notable being the late General Porfirio
Diaz, who was also head of the Craft in Mexico.
In this connection it is
fitting to mention the following disguished Military brethren of other
countries who were Masons: General Paoli, the celebrated Corsican Patriot;
Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America; General Paez, President of
Venezuela, who fought against Spain; Jose Maria Monson, Roman Catholic
Chaplain in the Peruvian army of Independce; Abd-el-Kader, the heroic Emir of
Algeria initiated in the Lodge of the Pyramids" at Alexandria.
In 1762, upon the conquest of
Cuba by England, the 48th Regiment was part of the force of occupation that
landed at Havana, and attached to it was Military Lodge No. 218 (Irish) and
the same remained until the English left the Island, on July 6th, 1763,
initiating eleven candidates while there, none of whom were Cubans, however.
In the struggle for Cuban
Independence known as the "Ten Year's War," a Military Lodge without warrant
(as there was no constitutional authority able to grant the same under
existing conditions) was formed by their leader, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes,
who became the first Master, and the lodge was named Independencia." Many of
the most noted Cuban Generals were initiated into this lodge during its active
existence of over three years.
In Cuba's second and
successful struggle for independence, beginning in 1894, a second Military
Lodge was organized in June, 1896, as "Agramonte Lodge." The first meeting was
held n July 12th, 1896, and General Luis Perez acted as Master. In 1897 the
camp was captured by the Spaniards under General Manrique de Lara who was a
Mason, and although all the other huts were burned he commanded that the one
marked with the Square and Compasses (used by the patriots as their Masonic
Temple) be spared. After the loss of their camp but few meetings were held,
and the lodge was finally disbanded as American intervention, a short time
thereafter, speedily brought about Cuba's independence. The Cuban patriots,
Generals Lopez and Garcia, were prominent and active Masons during these
In the United States during
the Revolutionary War, when ;he Colonies were struggling for their
independence, the fact hat their Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington
and nost of his Generals, were active and earnest Masons brought his worthy
institution close to the hearts of these patriots fightng for righteous
liberty. The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought n the very day Washington
received his commission as Comnander-in-Chief of the American forces and
Major-General Joeph Warren, M. D., Grand Master of Massachusetts, lost his ife
in that memorable engagement. There were ten Military Lodges at work in the
American Army during this War. The earliest "St. John's Regimental" was
granted a warrant by the Provincial Grand Lodge of New York in July 1775.
"American Union" in the Connecticut Line, though of later date, was the first
lodge organized in the Continental Army and is described as "having moved as a
pillar of light in parts of Connecticut New York and New Jersey." This lodge
met for the last time as an Army lodge April 23rd, 1783 and ordered "to stand
closed until the W. M. should call them together." This occurred in 1790 when
a colony from New England having established themselves northwest of Ohio, the
lodge was re-opened at Marietta by Jonathan Heart, the Master. This lodge
united with others in the formation of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, of which
General Rufus Putnam became first Grand Master in 1808. This lodge under its
old title of "American Union" retains its place as No. 1 in the jurisdiction
of that state.
"Washington Lodge" in the
Massachusetts Line (at whose meetings the Commander-in-Chief was a frequent
visitor) was constituted at West Point in 1779 and the first Master was
General John Patterson and the first Wardens were Colonels (afterwards
Generals) Tupper and John Greaton. "Army Lodge No. 27" in the Maryland Line
received a warrant from Pennsylvania in 1780 and General Mordecai Gist was the
first Master and Colonel (afterwards General) Otis Williams and Major
(afterwards General) Archibold Anderson, the first Wardens. The only records
of American Field lodges of this period extant are a portion of the minutes of
the above "American Union" and some returns of the above "Washington
Lodge"--the former gives names of the principal officers of the Army and
Generals in command as frequent visitors and states that at all banquets the
first toast was "Washington" or "Congress" and the second invariably "Warren,
Montgomery and Wooster" followed by the Dead March; and the latter merely
informs us "that in 1782 two hundred and fifty names had been borne on the
roll of the lodge."
countenanced the formation and encouraged the labors of Army Lodges and
frequently visited them. It is recorded that when the Continental Army in
December, 1777, retired to Valley Forge, La Fayette was initiated in the Army
Lodge (General Washington being present and in the chair) and shortly
thereafter he was commissioned a General. In December, 1779, the headquarters
of the Army were at Morristown, New Jersey and "American Union Lodge" met to
celebrate the festival of St. John. At this meeting a committee of which
General Mordecai Gist was chairman, was appointed from the lodges in each Line
and the staff of the Army to consider the expediency of a General Grand Master
being elected to preside over all the lodges in the Republic--thirty-six
members of "American Union" and sixty-eight visitors (including General
Washington) being present. Masons of various Lines met three times in this
connection and it was generally understood that General Washington was the
choice for Grand Master but the exigencies of active warfare resulted in this
movement never coming to fruition.
During the winter of 1872 the
principal Northern forces under Washington were stationed near Newburg, New
York, on the banks of the Hudson river and the Camp lodges were so well
established and beneficial in their influence that an assembly room or hall
was built to serve--among other purposes--as a lodgeroom for the Military
Lodges. "American Union" met there in June 1783 preparatory to celebrating
with "Washington Lodge" at West Point the festival of St. John. It is recorded
that Captain Hugh Maloy was initiated in General Washington's marquee in 1782,
the General occupying the chair, and it was at his hand that the candidate
received the light of Masonry. Captain Maloy later moved to Bethel, Ohio, and
was alive at the age of ninety-three years in 1844. Among the many
distinguished Generals and Freemasons of this period should be mentioned
General Israel Putnam, who upon hearing of the beginning of hostilities
immediately left his plow and joined the Continental Army. Upon his tombstone
is the well-merited inscription "He dared to lead where others dared to
follow." GenRufus Putnam, "Father of the North-West," for some time chief
engineer of the American Army commanded a brigade under General ("Mad
Anthony") Wayne (also a Mason) in 1792. He was a cousin of General Israel
Putnam and made a Mason in "American Union Lodge" in 1779 and elected first
Grand Master of Ohio (as has been previously mentioned) in 1808.
Commodore James Nicholson (in
1776 head of the list of Captains in the Continental Navy) and his brothers
Samuel and John (also Captains) were Masons as well as Paul Jones, Stephen
Decatur, Edward Preble and a long list of other distinguished Naval officers.
Commodore Whipple was a member of "American Union" and was a brilliant officer
of the Army before entering the Navy. He burned the Gaspe in 1772.
The first Field lodge after
the peace of Versailles (1783) was formed in the "Legion of the United States"
and commanded by General Anthony Wayne in 1793.
In 1814, during the War of
1812-15, some officers of the Northern Army applied to the Grand Lodge of New
York for a "Marching Warrant" which was referred to the Grand Officers but it
is not recorded whether it was granted. Later in the same year a Military
Lodge was established by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania "to be held wherever
the Master for the time being should be stationed in the United States."
Two or more Military Lodges
accompanied the American Army during the Mexican War and many of the offlcers
who took part were Masons- -notably Generals William J. Worth and John A.
During the Civil War
(1861-65) there were many Field lodges established in both the Northern and
Southern Armies but the experience of that great conflict was decidedly
unfavorable to their utility. The practice was to issue dispensations and when
the regiments in which they were held were mustered out of service or when the
individuals to whom they were granted returned to civil life, the lodges
ceased to exist. Over one hundred of these dispensations were issued during
the war, the largest number being thirty-three issued by the Grand Lodge of
Indiana. Among the numerous Masonic veterans of this war General James A.
Garfield and Major William McKinley became rresidents of the United States.
General Robert Anderson of Fort Sumpter fame and General Albert Pike were also
distinguished Masons. The valuable Masonic Library of the latter at Little
Rock, Arkansas, was about to be destroyed by the Federal troops during the war
but General Thomas H. Benton (Grand Master of Iowa) in command of the Union
forces interposed, and by making the house his headquarters, not only
preserved the library but also the residence.
During the few months that
the Spanish-American War lasted in 1898 dispensations for the formation of
Military Lodges were issued by the Grand Lodges of Kentucky and North Dakota.
Our sterling patriot, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, led the charge up the San
Juan Hill, Santiago and afterwards became President of the United States.
There never have been
Military Lodges in the standing army or navy of the United States but we have
seen that they have been formed during every period of active warfare in which
our country has been engaged among our volunteer forces.
The history of Military
Lodges in the present great World War is now in the making. Since the entrance
on April 6th, 1917, of the United States into this war the Grand Lodges of
several of the States have granted special dispensations for Military Lodges
while other Grand Lodges have declined or disapproved of such action. The
first to respond was the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. On July 28th, 1917, a
dispensation was granted to "W. A. Colston Lodge, U. D." in the First Kentucky
Infantry (now the 159th United States Infantry) while stationed at Camp
Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky. The offlcers of the lodge elected were offlcers
of the Regiment--Colonel W. A. Colston having been elected Junior Warden. On
September 25, 1917, a second dispensation was granted by the Grand Lodge of
Kentucky to "Kentucky Rifie Lodge" (changed to "J. N. Saunders Army Lodge") in
the second Kentucky Infantry (now the 160th United States Infantry) with Major
Roger W. Jones as Master.
On September 8th, 1917, a
dispensation was granted by the Grand Lodge of Montana to "Montana Army Lodge
No. 1, U. D." in the 2nd Montana Regiment. This lodge, with Major Foote as
Worshipful Master, is now at work upon the Western Front in France.
On October 6th, 1917, the
Grand Lodge of New York, through the Grand Master, issued a warrant for "Sea
and Field Lodge, No. 1" "to sit throughout the world, and initiate, pass or
raise candidates without regard to age, simplify the ritual at will, to have
no by-laws or dues and with a minimum entrance fee of twenty dollars." The
Grand Master appointed as officers of this lodge officers of the present Grand
Lodge of the State of New York and up to May 7th, 1918, four hundred and
sixty-one Masons have been raised of which two hundred and eighty-one are
members of this Sea and Field Lodge No. 1. Thirty-nine brethren are under the
age of 21 years; one hundred and seventeen were elected in other lodges in New
York State and had the degrees conferred upon them by Sea and Field Lodge No.
1. The remaining number received the degrees in this lodge at the request of
twenty-two other Grand Jurisdictions (the largest number from California and
South Dakota). This lodge has already turned over to the New York State
Masonic War and Relief Fund $3,400. There have been twenty-six meetings to
date and all offlcers are qualified to take any part of the work. A Bible is
presented to each candidate.
The Grand Lodge of Ohio
granted a dispensation to Ohio brethren to form a lodge (name and date not
given) at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Alabama, but they can only confer degrees
on Ohio men while in France.
The Grand Lodge of Colorado
has authorized its Grand Master to grant dispensations for the formation of
Military Lodges but up to the beginning of 1918 none had been granted.
The Grand Lodge of Arkansas
went on record "to do anything that will promote Masonry."
The Grand Lodge of
Connecticut is prepared to issue dispensations.
The Grand Lodge of Michigan
is not opposed to granting dispensations to Military Lodges provided they work
only in France and without power to receive or act on petitions.
The Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Oregon favors Military Lodges but the matter has not been taken up by
the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Lodge of North
Dakota has issued a dispensation to North Dakota Military Lodge No. 2, U. D.,
A. F. and A. M., with original jurisdiction to confer the degrees upon anyone
elected by a Blue Lodge in the United States, at the request of such lodge.
This lodge was designated No. 2, because in 1898, during the Spanish-American
War, at the time when the First North Dakota Infantry was on its way to the
Philippine Islands, the then Grand Master of North Dakota issued a
dispensation for a Military Lodge designated North Dakota Military Lodge No.
1, U. D., A. F. and A. M., and this lodge worked Masonically in the Philippine
Islands greatly to the benefit of the Craft. The present Lodge No. 2, of which
Colonel John H. Fraine is Worshipful Master, held several meetings and
conferred some degrees in the Masonic Temple at Charlotte, North Carolina.
Another meeting was held on board the transport the night before landing in
Europe. Since its arrival in France weekly meetings have been held and at one
such over 100 brethren were in attendance, representing 37 different States,
and all meetings are largely attended. Owing to the rules promulgated by the
Secretary of War that no work can be done in any camp of the United States
troops, meeting places are by necessity selected outside the camp limits.
The Grand Lodge of South
Dakota is favorable to the granting of dispensations, but no requests for such
have been made.
The Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Virginia is favorable to the granting of dispensations for Military
Lodges for Virginia soldiers but not to confer degrees.
The Grand Lodge of Manitoba
is inclined to grant dispensations for Military Lodges.
The Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Nova Scotia is favorable to the granting of dispensations for
Military Lodges but refused a dispensation for a lodge to be composed solely
On July 28th, 1917, one
hundred and twenty-four Masons of the "Masonic Ambulance Corps of California"
applied to the Grand Lodge of California for a dispensation to meet as a
lodge, but without privilege of conferring degrees. This was refused by the
Grand Master and he stated he was opposed to the idea of Military Lodges.
The Grand Lodges of Alberta
and Kansas have refused to grant dispensations for Military Lodges.
The Grand Lodges of Alabama,
Georgia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Missouri, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Maine,
Massachusetts, Nevada, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
Wyoming, Utah and Wisconsin are not favorable to the establishment of Military
The Grand Lodges of Illinois
and Quebec doubt the necessity for Military Lodges.
There are no provisions under
the laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas for the granting of dispensations for
The by-laws of the Grand
Lodge of New Jersey prohibit the formation of Military Lodges.
The Grand Lodge of New
Brunswick has not acted upon the subject of Military Lodges.
The Grand Lodge of Iowa has
not authorized any Military Lodges, and unless conditions very materially
change rendering such lodges a necessity, none will be chartered.
The Grand Master of North
Carolina, Right Worshipful Claude L. Pridgen, who entered the United States
service as an officer in the 113th Field Artillery, issued a dispensation for
the formation of a Military Lodge in this unit, thereby going on record as
approving Military Lodges.
Lieutenant Charles E.
Brautigan presided over the Military Lodge (Grand Lodge afflliation not given)
at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss., from May to September, 1918, during which
time 130 men were raised and then the lodge was abolished.
An event of unusual
historical interest and one which approaches in a sense to a "Military
Scottish Rite Emergency Lodge," was the assemblage under special dispensation
of officers from Albany Sovereign Consistory, of Albany, N.Y., Delta Chapter
of Rose Croix, Council of Princes of Jerusalem, and Delta Lodge of Perfection,
(the three latter of Troy, N.Y.), at Plattsburg, N.Y., on Nov. 4th, 1917,
where in the presence of Most Illustrous William Homan, 33d, Deputy of the
Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic
Jurisdiction, U.S.A., the Scottish Rite degrees from the 4th to the 32nd,
inclusive, were conferred upon 337 commissioned offlcers who had just
successfully completed their attendance at the Reserve Officers Training Camp,
and without expense to the candidates.
This class was organized as
the Barton Smith National Defense Class, of which Most Puissant Sovereign
Grand Commander, Barton Smith, 33d, and Most Illustrious William Homan, 33d,
were made honorary members.
In the British Army the
celebrated Military Lodge "Unity, Peace and Concord, No. 316" in the Second
Battallion Royal Scots (previously referred to); "Social Friendship, No. 497"
in the Second Battalion of Royal Irish Fuziliers, and "Pegasus, No. 2205"
(unit to which connected not given) are in active operation on the Western
Front in France under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of England at the
Doubtless many other Military
Lodges in the various Masonic Jurisdictions will be reported as well as an
enormous amount of other useful and humanitarian Masonic activity directly
connected with the present World War when the Masonic history of this
epoch-making period shall have been recorded.
Military Lodges. 1732-1899,
by Robert Freke Gould.
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"THE THEOLOGY OF JOSEPH FORT
THOSE who are familiar with the winsome and
gracious pages of Dr. Newton, as most readers of THE BUILDER are, will care to
read this twelve page pamphlet written by Paul Harold Heisey. In it the author
attempts to discover what may be the system of theology underlying Dr.
Newton's sermons, lectures and books but with unsatisfactory results as may be
learned from the following sentence summary:
"In a general way, the criticism might be brought
against Dr. Newton that he does not seem to have a well defined system of
This does not surprise anybody who knows Dr.
Newton's mind; it does not surprise Dr. Newton - indeed, on the cover of the
copy of which he sent to the present writer he made this humorous little note:
"I did not know I had so much theology."
Any attempt to pigeon-hole, or classify, or
theologically identify Dr. Newton must necessarily fail for the sufficient
reason that his teachings do not rest on a system but on experience, that is
to say, on life itself, and life is notoriously incapable of classification,
is even confusing.
The pamphlet is innocent of literary charm but it
has the values of candor, kindliness, and sincerity; a reader will have no
temptation to quarrel with it even if he finds it a very inadequate appraisal
of Dr. Newton's theology. In one paragraph however, that temptation is very
strong, as where the writer says, "His whole tendency is that of religious
individualism. * * Individualism, if logically carried out in any field of
thought or experience, would lead to anarchy." Those who are familiar with Dr.
Newton's untiring services to the Masonic Fraternity will wonder about this
charge of individualism which may "lead to anarchy!"
This pamphlet is an office of vain observance: the
day has passed when any religious teacher of consequence can build his
teachings on any foundation simple enough to permit of classification: he who
avails himself of the numberless ramifications of truth as it has been given
to us from the past, and who undertakes to meditate that truth to the
myriad-sided mind of the present, will necessarily break through any creed,
theology or classification whatever. Calvin could build his system on the
Bible; Penn could erect his structure on the inward light: but the teacher of
today must build not on one foundation, but many.
I can imagine that a group of Dr. Newton's friends
might gather around a table to construct a system of theology for him but I
can't imagine their being able to persuade him to accept it, or to acknowledge
it. He who has learned that "Religion is no longer a thing apart from life, it
is life itself at its highest and best" needs no such services.
This pamphlet is reprinted from the Lutheran
Quarterly; no address is given, nor is any price indicated.
RECONSTRUCTION AFTER THE WAR
"The Aims of Labor" by Arthur Henderson, M. P.,
published by B. W. Huebsch, at one dollar.
It may be that by the time these words are in
print the war will have come to its conclusion: if not, the end will surely
not be far off. In either event it seems that the time has arrived for us to
be thinking about the inevitable problems of reconstruction, not only as
concerns the dismantled communities of Europe, but also as concerns our own
country. How are our war industries to be re-transferred to a peace basis? How
can the three or four million mobilized men be reinstated in the commercial
and industrial fabric without seriously dislocating everything connected
therewith? How shall the millions now working in positions supporting the
military service find a place for themselves after the war is over? Such are
the questions which are already beginning to confront us. Unfortunately our
political parties seem to have given little attention to these matters nor
have many organizations of much importance bent their efforts toward solving
In England, however, there is far more concern
being manifested: one Londoner, while visiting this country, said that his
compatriots had grown more anxious about what is coming after the war than the
war itself. Will the government continue to own or control the great
industries ? What will be its attitude toward labor? Will socialism come in
some form, or will there be a reaction toward the old days of laissez faire ?
Thus far the British Labor Party is the first of
the great English political organizations to formulate an after-the-war
program. Not only does this body believe that a new social order will come
inevitably as one of the results of the war, it has even drafted a program for
this reconstruction which is so radical that it has made all conservatives
gasp with astonishment and shiver with fear.
We have all been hearing about this Labor Party
program: now, fortunately we can read and study it for ourselves, because, in
the volume mentioned al the head of this article, Arthur Henderson has
published his party's war aims and also its social program. Preceding these
two documents are ten chapters of exposition and defense, in which the
programs are carefully thought out, explained and enforced in language that is
always chaste and very simple. The reader will be left with no doubts in his
mind as to just what the Labor Party aims to do.
Alexander Mackendrick, writing in The Public, has
hailed this volume as "probably the most epoch-making document that has ever
been given to the world, not excepting the English Magna Charta, or the
American Declaration of Independence. Never, indeed, since the greatest
labor-leader of all ages issued his manifesto to the rulers of Egypt on behalf
of the oppressed Israelites, have the privileged classes been addressed in
terms so peremptory and unmistakable and in language so well adapted to their
understanding." Many of us will not go to such lengths of praise of this truly
remarkable book, but nobody can deny that it is a volume which every man owes
it to himself to read: ii is a harbinger of many such pronunciamentoes which
will, in the future, be addressed to the people of our own countries. The
problems of reconstruction are before us and it behooves every man to have an
understanding of the matter.
Space does not permit of a detailed review of the contents of
Mr. Henderson's volume: his war aims seem to be essentially the same as
President Wilsonís. In a chapter on the proposed economic boycott against
Germany he gives the best of reasons for rejecting any such plan because it
would merely perpetuate the war under industrial conditions. The radical thing
in the book is its social program: this is frankly socialistic, as may be seen
in the four "pillar" articles under which all the
various demands are subsumed:
The Universal Enforcement of the National Minimum,
which has reference to wages and living, conditions;
The Democratic Control of Industry, which aims at
the socialist ideal of popular ownership or control of all the basic
industries and the land;
The Revolution of National Finance, which aims at
wresting the control of capital from the hands of individuals or groups; and,
The Surplus Wealth for the Common Good: this
purposes to tax all surplus wealth away from individuals in order that it may
be spent for public improvements, etc.
This is not the Marxian Socialism of the old
Socialist parties; neither is it the Christian Socialism of Maurice, Kingsley
and Ruskin; it is a blend of the two adapted to present conditions. Not many
of us perhaps as said above, will agree with such a program, but, considering
the fact that the Labor Party seems destined to come into control in England,
it is wise for us to understand these things. Such a movement will not remain
on the other side of the Atlantic.
IN THE JANUARY BUlLDER
In addition to the report of the proceedings of
the American Masonic Conference to be published in the January issue of THE
BUILDER there will appear one of the most comprehensive articles on French
Masonry that we have yet printed - the report of a special Committee of the
Grand Lodge of California.
California, as a result of this Committee's
investigation and recommendations, has not only extended unequivocal
recognition to the Grand Orient and Grand Lodge of France, but has also
removed all obstacles heretofore existing against the recognition of similar
Masonic Grand Bodies of the world, and has taken a great step forward toward a
coming world-wide Universal Masonry, - a step which we predict will be
followed by many more Grand Lodges in America during the next few years.
The moderation of fortunate
people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers. - La
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.
HISTORY OF THE ROYAL ARCH AND
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR DEGREES
I would like to make myself more familiar with the
history and philosophy of Capitular Masonry, and if you can suggest the method
whereby I may be able to accomplish this I shall likely take it up.
I am well up in the ritualistic work of Capitular
and Templar Masonry, but not long on the history of these two branches of the
Order. I would like to take up the history of both branches, if practicable,
with the view of becoming better informed as to the history, origin and
progress of these branches. E.D.W., California.
All Masonic students would rejoice with you if the
information on the Capitular degrees and on the Knights Templar were gathered
into two or three volumes; but, unfortunately, it is necessary to make search
here and there and piece what scattered scraps of information are found into
something of a coherent whole.
The literature on the Chapter degrees is in a most
unsatisfactory condition but that is all the more of a stimulus to an eager
learner. Begin by leafing through Mackey's Encyclopaedia; he carries a large
number of references to matters pertaining to the Capitular degrees, and by
reading all the articles one gains something of a complete survey of the
subject. Then turn to Gould's History of Masonry - if you have not the four
volume edition, use the one volume edition - the index will furnish you with
all your references so that there is no need to read the entire book. The
History of Masonry and Concordant Orders, by Stillson, Hughan and others,
contains a valuable chapter on the subject, but the best treatment in the
writerís estimation will be found in A.E. Waite's "Secret Tradition in
Freemasonry"; this last, however, is not written for neophytes and it is the
wisest to be pretty well prepared before undertaking it. If you have access to
any Masonic library it would be easy to dig out a large number of articles
from the files of Masonic magazines after you are familiar enough with the
subject to recognize the titles as referring to Capitular Masonry; a glance
through the index of THE BUILDER for the past four years will reveal a large
number of articles.
In reading the history of the Knights Templar it
is best to begin with a study of the Crusades as a whole; the best books for
the average reader are as follows:
"The Crusades," by Cox; volume one of Guizot's
"History of France"; Michaud's "History of the Crusades"; Milman's "Latin
Christianity," volume lV, pages 15-67; Lane-Poole's "Saladin"; "Peter, the
Hermit," by Goodsell.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica carries a valuable
series of articles on the Crusades and also on the Knights Templar (the
Masonic body as well as the Crusading body) and Jaques de Molay. After reading
this historical background you can turn for interpretation of the Masonic
degrees to the same Masonic writings above referred to.
If, after you have learned the history and meaning of all these
grades, you will put it all into simple language and publish it in a compact
the whole Craft under vour obligation forever; such a work is very, very badly
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Will you please explain the
meaning of the letters "K. C. C. H." as used in the Southern Jurisdiction of
the Scottish Rite? W. H. C., Ohio.
These letters stand for
Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. The Court of Honor is an honorary body
between the thirty-second and thirty-third degrees. It was established to
confer honor on certain brethren whose zeal and work for Scottish Rite Masonry
have entitled them to recognition. This Court of Honor is composed of all
thirty-third degree Masons whether active or honorary, and also such
thirty-second degree Masons as the Supreme Council may select. In the Court of
Honor there are two ranks, that of Knight Commander and that of Grand Cross.
No more than three Grand Crosses can be selected at each regular session of
the Supreme Council, but the Knight Commander rank is not so restricted. At
least two weeks before each regular session of the Supreme Council each active
thirty-third degree member may nominate one thirty second degree member for
the honor and decoration of Knight Commander. In addition to this he is
entitled to nominate for this honor one candidate for every forty Masons of
the fourteenth degree in his jurisdiction, who has received that degree since
the preceeding regular session of the Supreme Council. This does not mean that
a fourteenth degree Mason is entitled to the honor. On the contrary, the honor
can only be conferred on one who has received the thirty-second degree at
least two years prior to his nomination, but the number of such thirty-second
degree Masons who may receive the honor is limited by the number of those who
have received the fourteenth degree in the jurisdiction of the member making
the nomination. However, if in the judgment of the Supreme Council there are
others not so nominated who should receive the honor, the Supreme Council may
elect without such nomination.
The rank of Knight Commander
or Grand Cross cannot be applied for, and if applied for, must be refused. It
is an honor which must come unsought, because those in authority deem it
The Court of Honor may
assemble as a body whenever called together by the Grand Commander, and when
so assembled is presided over by the Grand Cross designated by the Grand
Commander. They may adopt rules of order, or by-laws, for their government and
may recommend measures for adoption to the Supreme Council, and may be heard
in the Supreme Council by their Grand Crosses. A Mason must have received the
honor of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor before he can receive the
thirty-third degree. For this reason it is sometimes called a stepping-stone
to the thirty-third degree.
THE DORR FIELD MASONIC CLUB
To appreciate the full value of Masonic Clubs in
Camp life it would be necessary to take every step that leads from the time of
enlistment to the moment of breaking home ties. Next the Military life, which
includes everything from drilling to aviating and guard duty, with the
recollections that come at bedtime or other times of reflection, and the
weekly Masonic Club meeting, like the Y.M.C.A., looms up as a source of
comfort and an enjoyable social hour.
After getting together a dozen or more brethren
for the first meeting, the preparations consist of electing a President,
Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and Tyler. All present should have
their receipt cards and sign their names, lodge name and number, and location,
after which the amount of dues should be decided upon. The Dorr Field Masonic
Club charges ten cents dues per month.
Whenever a new squadron or company enters camp it
is the duty of members of the Club to search out the members of the Craft
among them. As the new companies are given two weeks in quarantine - and
lonely days they are at best - these get-acquainted calls are truly welcome.
Inquiries are made and if anything is wanted or needed from sources that the
newly-arrived brother cannot himself reach, efforts are made by the members of
the Club to see that these things are supplied.
We also receive the benefit of many very
interesting and instructive talks by brethren who are capable of discussing
things worth while, and who are valuable additions to our association.
After the first meeting of Dorr Masonic Club, we
made it a point to visit the lodge in the nearest town, where each member of
the Club was duly examined.
It is the unanimous opinion of every one of our
members that there is nothing in our camp life equal to the pleasure that goes
with membership in an Army Masonic Club.
Leo Mayer, President,
Dorr Masonic Club,
Dorr Aviation Field, Arcadia,
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THE ACACIA CLUB, TOURS,
The Acacia Club, 42 Boulevard
Heurteloup, Tours, France.
James B. Krause,
R. W. Grand Master,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that
the Masons of the American Expeditionary Forces stationed at Tours, France,
and the vicinity, have organized a Club known as the Acacia Club, with rooms
at No. 42 Boulevard Heurteloup, Tours, which are open to all members of the
Fraternity travelling through, or stationed at Tours.
The regular weekly meetings of the Club are held
at the Y.M.C.A. headquarters, 14 Rue des Halles, Tours.
It is earnestly requested that you will circulate
this letter among the brethren of the Craft and in this manner place on record
the establishment of such a Club, the members of which are endeavoring in
every way to co-operate with the various Masonic Clubs which have been formed
throughout the American Expeditionary Forces.
William E. Tinney,
James W. McEwan,
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A MASONIC MEETING ON
A group of Masons, while in the war zone enroute
to overseas service, believing that it would be of benefit to the Craft to
hold a meeting of all the Masons on shipboard, called a meeting on the evening
of August 26th, 1918. Through the courtesy of the Captain of the vessel, the
proper permission was obtained.
One hundred and sixteen Masons assembled at the
appointed hour, and were called to order by Brother Surgeon R. I. Longabaugh,
U.S.N., a Master Mason of Charter Rock Lodge No. 410, Berkeley, California,
and a member of Iowa Consistory No. 2, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The evening was so ant in pleasant reminiscences,
illuminating information concerning the history of Freemasonry, various
anecdotes, and items of general interest in regard to Masonic relations
overseas. The meeting was purely of a social nature, the assembly having no
powers. However, certain suggestions were made which were formed into a
The meeting was marked by a spirit of cordiality and Masonic
goodfellowship. All of the members were gratified
knowledge of there being such a large number of Masons on board. It was a
matter of regret that a number of of Masons were denied the privilege of
attending the meeting because of their duties.
Among those who addressed the meeting were:
Surgeon R. I. Longabaugh, U. S. N.
Lieutenant C. C. Shaw, Medical Corps, U. S. A.
Private Harold I. Salins, U. S. A.
Private M. O. Zeigler, U. S. A.
Chaplain A. F. Vaughn, U. S. A.
Chief Yeoman K. H. Goss, U. S. N. R. F.
Lieutenant C. A. Rowe, U. S. N.
Chaplain H. H. Moore, U. S. A.
Chaplain J. V. Thompson, U. S. A.
The following resolution was unanimously adopted:
1. That every brother Mason present send to his
home lodge a copy of these minutes, and that the home lodge be requested to
convey to each of its members now in the service, and such other members as
may enter the service, the following address in France where every Mason may
secure information and help.
Temple of the Grand Orient,
16 Rue Cadet, Paris, France.
A. Besnard, F. D. P., Worshipful Master.
2. (a) That home lodges be requested to provide
each of its members now in the service, or who may hereafter enter the service
of the Army or Navy, with an aluminum or silver tag, bearing the Masonic
emblem and the name, number and location of the home lodge, and the name of
(b) That a certificate of membership, printed in
English, French and Italian be provided to members in the service. (Some of
the brethren present had such certificates, and others had tags. It was the
unanimous opinion of all present that all Masons should be provided with both.
The use of the tag is urged because printed matter is easily lost.)
3. That the hearty appreciation of the members
present be expressed to the captain of the vessel and the members responsible
for the meeting, particularly Brothers Surgeon R.I. Longabaugh, U. S. N.,
Chaplain A. F. Vaughan, U. S. A., Lieutenant H. A. Montgomery, U. S. A., and
Surgeon M. T. Mayo, U. S. A.
A committee was appointed to secure the names of
those present and formulate a statement of the proceedings to be sent to the
lodges represented at the meeting.
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A LETTER FROM THE HEATHER
HILL MASONIC CLUB
Somewhere in France.
Mr. J. M. Thompson,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Dear Sir and Brother:
Your very interesting letter of July 3rd, to
Brother J.F. Low, with its enclosure was handed to me by Jimmie with the
request that I answer it as I might see fit.
My dear brother, I hardly know how to begin an answer to you,
nor to thank you for the draft of 141 francs. But we
wish you to know that deep in the
hearts of all of the members of the Heather Hill Masonic Club is a warm spot
for all the members of Crescent Lodge, and you have our warmest thanks for the
donation, and we shall try to make use of it in a way that will make
you proud of us and your help.
Our Club was organized
on the 8th of August, 1917, at our
Camp in England, and as we had met on the top of a very high
hill that overlooked our camp and the surrounding country, you can well
imagine that it created an impression upon us that we are not likely to
forget. As the hill was covered with both English and Scottish heather it was
a very easy thing for us to pick a name for our Club, and at the suggestion of
Brother Perry, who was our Y.M.C.A. Secretary, we adopted the Scottish heather
as our emblem and when we get where it can be done, we intend having some pins
to represent it made for each member to wear.
We did not know at first just what we would do,
but as we grew from a small number at first until we now have about 160
members, a set of by-laws and everything that a bunch of good fellows need; we
decided to have as our objectives the care of the sick and needy and the
erection of tombstones, suitably engraved, to mark the resting places of any
of our brothers who may lose their lives for the glorious cause of liberty. Up
to the present time we have lost but one member, Brother Charles E. McFarland,
of Euclid Lodge No. 64, La Junta, Colorado, and we erected over his grave a
stone of which we are justly proud, as we are certain it is the first, if not
the only one of the kind ever erected in France, certainly the first erected
by the A.E.F. We have had some photographs taken of it and as soon as they are
delivered by the photographer we shall be very glad to send you some of them.
I am enclosing with this letter a photograph of
our adopted French orphan, Maurice Rack, of Protestant parentage, and if it is
possible for us to do so, we hope to take him back with us to the United
States, educate him and do our very best to make a just and upright man of him
and give him a good start in life. I am also enclosing some views we had made
of our lodge of Sorrow, held in memory of Brother McFarland; an interior view
of the lodge and an outside photograph of all the boys who could be present on
that sad, but memorable occasion.
In regard to other Masonic Clubs over here, there
are two or three others that I know of, and I will look up the addresses and
send them to you with all the available data as soon as I can get it.
I only wish that I might go into the details of
our work and also tell you of the many interesting things that we see over
here, but you know I cannot do that. But some day, when we return to our
native land, we shall be able and willing to tell our brethren all that they
may wish to know.
Our brothers from Cedar Rapids and all over the
country are making good, and we point with a great deal of pride to the record
we have: Not a Mason has ever been in the guard house since this Regiment was
Thanking you one and all once again for the interest you have
taken in us, and for the money which will be used to the best of our judgment
and in a way that will cause the kindness of the members of Crescent Lodge to
live long in our memory, we beg to remain
Heather Hill Masonic Club,
Sergt. A. G. Wyant, Secretary
Co. B. 15th Engineers (Ry),
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THE MYSTERIES OF THE ART OF
THE CAVERNS AND EARLY BUILDERS
There seems to have been a race of men, appearing
rather suddenly, who mixed with the then existing population throughout Europe
about 25,000 years ago. Their creative and inventive faculties were the result
of evolutionary processes from a higher type of man existing elsewhere. They
were superior in brainpower to their neighbors, and this primitive race
recognized A POWER behind the great phenomena of nature, which is manifested
in their reverence for the dead. Their belief in future existence is proven by
their mode of interment. As advocaters of a "pure and blameless life ' do we
not dare say that these men "were searching for the lost master's word," it
being only a matter of degree?
In due time and in accordance with biological laws
of development these races made pottery and adorned them eventually with
"points" and "lines," which last fact is of especial interest to Masonic
students. The progress continued, and bye and bye we find bronze swords in the
remains of the long ago, sometimes finding them in the places where
palaeolithic and neolithic flints are found. which indicate that these early
inventors, masons or craftsmen, whatever name you may choose, were teaching
someone else their arts. So, because of their intelligence, they lived among
ferocious beasts and most savage tribes of man and became the fathers of a
gentler race. Indeed we may truly say with Lucretious in his De Rerum Natura:
Not urged by competition,
Studious thy toils to copy;
for, in powers,
How can the swallow with the
Or the young kid, all
tremulous of limb,
Strive with the strength, the
fleetness of the horse;
Thou, sire of science! with
Thy sons enrichest: from thy
Illustrious chief! as from
the flowery field
Th' industrious bee culls
honey, we alike
Cull many a golden precept -
golden each -
And each most worthy
The continent of Europe was man's empire and in
the northwest has been unearthed a magnificent structure (to be correct there
are several in England and Denmark) which I shall endeavor to describe. This
stone-structure was 280 feet in circumference. It had been surrounded by large
stones, these would appear like a fence from the distance. The chamber itself
was oval in form and lay north to south. It was 17 feet in length, 41 feet in
circumference and 5 feet in height. The walls had 12 large unhewn stones, the
intervals being filled with smaller stones. The passage - on the east side -
was 10 feet in length, two feet wide and formed by eleven side stones and
three roof stones, a threshold was indicated by small stones on the side and a
large stone in the floor between them. Many had been buried here from time to
time; many flints, amber-beads, a symbolical bronze-sword were found here,
also pottery ornamented with points and lines.
Why were perfect unused flint flakes buried here
and some of the best instruments of the age? Has it a Masonic significance?
The probable lapse of time from the appearance of
this intelligent race in south of Europe to the time of the grave described is
about 15,000 to 18,000 years.
This subject is too great for details; allow me
therefore to say just a little regarding their belief in a future existence.
In the "pottery" graves the body was placed on one side; the food, flints and
vessels (usually of the best) were placed opposite. At one place the skeleton
of a sheep, bones of an ox and a pig were found between the vessels, the usual
carving flint accompanying the bones.
Why did these people give to the dead good food
and perfect implements? Maybe it was their wish that when the dead man awoke,
he might have a better start in the future life, than had been his experience
in the past. Certainly they showed charity extending beyond the grave.
Aeschylus, in Prometheus Bound, says:
Blindly and lawlessly they did all things,
Until I taught them how the stars do rise
And set in mysteries, and devised for them
Number, the inducer of philosophies,
The synthesis of letters,
The artificer of all things,
That sweet Muse-mother.
A. P. Ousdal, California.
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ARRANGEMENT OF THE LESSER
LIGHTS IN KANSAS AND MARYLAND
Our attention has been called to the fact that in
the Grand Jurisdiction of Kansas the three lesser lights are grouped on the
north side of the altar, with the apex of the triangle at the south.
In Maryland the apex of the triangle is also at
the south instead of the west as it is shown on page 273 of THE BUILDER for
From labour health, from health contentment
Contentment opes the source of every joy. - James