Masonic Research Society
Gould – In Memoriam
of The Builder: – With deep regret I have to announce the death on
March 26th, of
our veteran Brother Robert Freke Gould. As a reliable Masonic historian
a high place in the affection and esteem of all Masonic students. His
with us as Masonic classics for all time. His influence in Masonic
incalculable and will never die.
John T. Thorp,
Lodge of Research, Leicester, England.)
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Man and Mason
By John C. Yorston, Philadelphia
THE sad news
of the death of this renowned,
honorable and worthy brother, of International fame, will be received
by the Craft
at large with more than ordinary regret. He died at his residence,
Woking, England, March 26th, at the age of 78 years. How much we may
decease is not a subject for words, for in him was recognized the
closest and most
considerate of friends, one who knew the difficulties of authorship and
and was ever ready to help and take pleasure in doing so, and also to
where many would have showered unjust criticism.
loss to Masonry will be acknowledged
wherever the Masonic symbol is known and recognized, for, although an
his Masonic works have been translated into several European languages,
shorter writings and studies have been translated into many more
tongues, and read
throughout the World.
published work on Freemasonry,
entitled "The First Four Old Lodges," [Lib 1879]
was succeeded by "The Athol Lodges," [Lib 1879]
but the work which has secured for him his position and lasting fame as
Author, is his complete and exhaustive work of research, "The History
[Lib 1882 (Jack
4] [Lib 1884 (Yorston
Edition) Vol 1, Vol
2, Vol 3,
Vol 4] a magnum
opus. For years it has held, and still holds, the field, and is
recognized as the only work of authority and the most reliable one on
of the Craft, yielding to him the honor of being the greatest Masonic
the World has yet produced. He also published a smaller work, "The
History of Freemasonry," [Lib 1904]
summarized without much detail. Many of his contributions to the
the Quatuor Coronati Lodge are works of skill, erudition, and patient
Many of these are out of print, but the best of them, together with
various Masonic journals, are reprinted in a volume entitled "Brother
Collected Essays and Papers," [Lib 1913]
published in 1913.
contributions to Masonic
literature are not numerous. Many writers have given us more in
quantity of matter
and number of volumes, but none have achieved so much success in face
of so many
difficulties. He began his work when all matters of Masonic history
mixed. All kinds of false traditions hovered around the name of
countless rites and sects claimed association with the Order. His work
in clearing the way and breaking down barriers. He truly laid the
tracks upon which
his successors found it easy to travel. His standard was high, both as
accomplishment and to statement of fact. Guesswork and imagination had
no part or
lot in his researches. The truth was supreme, and all that possessed
not its hall-mark
was rejected or laid aside for further evidence. The work he
accomplished will remain
for many generations as a monument to his love of the Craft and his
genius as a
painstaking and truthful historian.
truly be said that his life
was made up of the mystic number Three – for he was essentially a
and Freemason. These three separate characteristics were the
of his most useful life, and though he had for many years ceased
activity as a Barrister,
and took only a passing interest in military matters after his
retirement from the
Army, he devoted the rest of his life with a burning zeal and constant
with his pen in behalf of Freemasonry until a short time before his
death. His final
letter, dated 22nd February, showed a mental and literary activity of
nature, and introduced references to friendships in England, Gibraltar,
was a son of the Rev. Robert
Freke Gould, Rector of Stoke Pearo, Somerset, and was born at
England, in 1836. At the age of nineteen he entered the Army as Ensign
in the 86th
Royal County Down Regiment of Foort, and later in the same year was
the Royal Naval Lodge, No. 429, Ramsgate, and also received his
commission as a
Lieutenant, and was transferred to the 31st Regiment. In the following
Regiment was ordered to Malta, where he was exalted in the Melita
Chapter, No. 349,
and also installed a Knight Templar in the Melita Encampment.
In 1858 he
found himself at Gibraltar,
where he was installed Master of the Inhabitants' Lodge, No. 153, E. C.
roll for the present year shows him as the senior living Past Master at
of its issue, and designates him an honorary member.
His year in
the chair was interrupted
by a removal to the Cape of Good Hope, and later in the same year to
he became Founder and first Master of the Meridian Lodge, No. 743, of
the 1st East
Surrey Regiment, then stationed at Poona. In 1860 he took command of a
Sinho, in the North China Campaign, and took part in the action at that
in the storming of Tangku. For the taking of the latter forts he
received a medal
In 1862 he
served on the staff of General
Staveley in subduing the Taiping Rebellion. The operations in the
district of Shanghai
resulted in the taking of the stockade of Nanhsiang, the capture by
the walled cities of Kadin, Tsinpoo, Tsolin, and the fortified town of
the success of the operations at Nanhsiang. Afterwards he was appointed
Stavele to drill, discipline, and organize a battalion of Manchu
soldiers at Tien
his stay in China, he was
elected Master of the Northern China Lodge, No. 570, Shanghai, in 1864,
and in the
following year was installed First Principal of the Zion Chapter, No.
570, and was
a founder of the Tuscan Lodge, No. 1027, in the same city.
from China would appear
to have terminated his military career, for in 1870 we find him settled
Square, London, in close proximity to the law centers of the
Metropolis. This center
was most favorable for the continuance of his legal work and for paying
visits to the Grand Lodge Library and to the British Museum. It was
visits which enabled him to lay the foundation upon which so much
was afterwards to be erected in the way of contributions to the
literature of Freemasonry.
Gould himself described as
the "distractions" of these two Libraries caused him to suspend his
studies, and in 1877, he went on Circuit (the Western) for the last
time, and a
few years afterwards gave up his chambers in the Temple, and thus
ceased to be even
a nominal practitioner at the Bar.
closed his activities as
Soldier and Barrister, his whole time was available for his chief
– Freemasonry. In 1875 he was installed Master of the Moira Lodge, No.
and was re-elected for the following year, being also installed First
of the Moira Chapter. In 1875 he also served as a Grand Steward, and in
took part in the installation of the Prince of Wales as Grand Master of
at the Royal Albert Hall, which is described by himself in 1911 as "the
remarkable spectacle I have ever witnessed during the half-century and
I have been a Freemason."
for several terms on
the Board of General Purposes of Grand Lodge, and on the Colonial
was generally hoped by his friends that his services would secure him
honor of Grand Rank. This, however, was not realized until 1880, when
he was invested
as one of the two Senior Grand Deacons. It may be as well to state here
honor was not awarded for his literary services, for the first volume
of his "History
of Freemasonry was not published until two years later. This fact also
the neglect of the Grand Lodge of England to reward the literary
efforts of its
members; for although Bro. Gould's monumental work was known and
the world over, Grand Lodge failed to recognize the merits of the
author until December
1913, when, in honor of the Centenary of the Union of the Grand Lodges
he was made a Past Grand Warden.
researches into Masonic archaeology
and history on the part of a small circle of Brethren at this time
correspondence by those who were exchanging ideas and discoveries, and
of founding a special lodge for Brethren interested in research was
a few preliminary difficulties the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076,
in 1884, and the desire for the literature of the Craft was at once
given a great
stimulus, for those who were associated in the work of this Lodge were
their task, and in a very short time gave the Craft a literature which
been surpassed. In this work Bro. Gould was a leading spirit and became
of the Lodge. In 1887 he was installed Master, an honor which is the
of Masonry" amongst literary members of the Craft. In 1901 the
Lodge, at Gibraltar, having become too large, a sister Lodge was
formed, and in
honor of Bro. Gould, who had been the first Master at the resuscitation
the new Lodge was named the Robt. Freke Gould Lodge, No. 2874.
associations with other
Lodges may be briefly touched upon. Founder of the King Solomon's
No. 3464, of which he was the first Master. Joining member of the Royal
Friendship, No. 278, Gibraltar; St. Andrew's in the East, No. 343,
Orion in the West, No. 415, Poona; Royal Sussex Lodge No. 501,
Shanghai; and several
Royal Arch Chapters. His literary services to the Craft have been
several Grand Lodges in his election to honorary membership with rank
of Past Grand
Warden, including Iowa, Ohio, District of Columbia, Kansas, South
Columbia, and New Zealand.
* * *
By Prof. Roscoe Pound, Harvard
Anderson has a prescriptive
right to be styled the father of Masonic history, Robert Freke Gould
has a much
better title upon the merits to be styled its second father. Indeed
his position in Masonic history simply to the accident of time and
place which makes
him our only authority for the most interesting period in the history
of the Craft.
Brother Gould, on the other hand, taught us how to write Masonic
history and founded
a school of Masonic historians which has put the history of the Craft
upon a modern
and scientific basis where it may take its place with the history of
Prior to the
writings of Brother Gould
the profane might well smile when it was said that Masonic history was
to some extent
a subject by itself and that it must have its own methods and its own
For unhappily it was formerly but too true that Masonic history was
among branches of knowledge that went by the name of history and that
it had methods
and standards not tolerated, much less admitted, anywhere else. Even in
century, when men were willing to believe much of antiquity which they
have believed of their own day, when, for example, the legendary
history of the
Roman kings remain unquestioned, solemn narratives that made every
from Adam to Solomon a Mason in the modern sense, that made
Nebuchadnezzar and Caesar
Augustus Grand Masters of the Craft, that brought Masonry into Britain
with a Trojan
king, and into Ireland with the prophet Jeremiah, ought to have been
What shall we say then of enlightened men and learned Masons who
repeated and affected
to believe them in the nineteenth century and of the pomp and
circumstance of Masonic
oratory which rehearses them or their like today?
as Oliver's “The Antiquities
of Freemasonry; Five grand periods of Masonry from the creation of the
the dedication of King Solomon's temple" [Lib 1823]
have not been merely harmless. Dr. Oliver was an antiquary of high and
reputation. Moreover, he was one of the few really great Masonic
scholars of the
nineteenth century. It is no exaggeration in Mackey to style him "the
of Anglo-Saxon Masonic literature. His generous enthusiasm, undoubted
learning and wide reading enabled him to give to English Masonic
writings a literary
and philosophical turn that might have done much toward creating a
in Masonry. But when such a man was found setting forth soberly in
print that Masonry
(presumably such as we know it) was to be found from the beginnings of
that it was taught by Seth to his descendants and was in their hands
pure or primitive
Masonry, that with the dispersion of mankind after Noah it divided into
and spurious Masonry, that the former passed through the patriarchs to
thence to the Masonry of today, while the latter, a corruption in the
hands of the
pagans, was to be seen in the mysteries and initiatory rites of
antiquity – when
this sort of history could be set forth gravely by one of the lights of
scholarship two results were to be expected. One, the rank and file of
accepted it and no speculation of the sort became too wild for Masonic
and grand lodge oratory. Two, the scholar within and without the Craft
was led to
think that if this was all that such a man as Oliver could say there
was in reality
nothing to say. Hence scholars within the Craft turned to philosophy
But these suffered from lack of proper historical foundation. Those
Craft simply laughed to the injury of all serious Masonic study. If the
that Masonic history is in some sort a subject by itself, that from the
the subject it has its own methods and its own criteria meant or
recrudescence of this pseudo-history among Masonic scholars, it should
It was a
service of the first magnitude
when Brother Gould, the undoubted leader of modern Masonic historians,
his guide a standard stricter than the principles by which historians
Craft were guided in their search for the truth. Since his great work
in which the
most rigorous tests were applied to every hypothesis, to every
tradition, and to
every assertion of fact, no one who makes any pretensions to
scholarship would think
of return to what a profane critic justly styled "the sprightly and
accounts of the . . . Masonic analysts who display in their histories a
independence of facts and make up for the scarcity of facts by a
of invention." A great clearing away was necessary in order to put
history upon a proper foundation. This clearing away Brother Gould
at one stroke.
If we may
think today that the circumstances
of Masonic history call for less rigorous criteria in some connections,
we are enabled
to say so confidently because he has established the subject in a
one may proclaim himself a Masonic historian without shame.
Anderson in some sense is
the Herodotus of Masonic history, Brother Gould is emphatically our
It is not merely that he has written what is likely to remain the
of Masonry. Much more than that, he has taught us how to write Masonic
For this service to the Craft, if there were nothing else, he would
to be reckoned among the very first of our scholars.
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Logician and Critic
By R. J. Lemert, Montana
It is with
the deepest sorrow and regret
that I learn of the death of Brother Robert F. Gould. Thus passes,
after a long
and useful life, one who has in his own chosen field done more toward
history of Freemasonry upon a solid basis than any other man who has
So long as our institution shall endure – and that, I feel assured,
will be until
mankind shall have reached a state of perfection inconceivable at the
– the name of Brother Gould will live, and his writings will constitute
a monument more lasting than can be built above his grave in stone or
Gould's writings are essentially
those of the practical man, the logician, the severe critic of mere
of us may have been at times a trifle impatient of his ruthless
demolition of our
dream palaces; some of us may not, even today, be content to accept his
to certain mooted questions which he dismisses as not proven, and
to be taken seriously; but those matters of history upon which Brother
set the seal of his approval may be accepted with assurance by all who
the subject of the Craft, as sure foundations upon which to build. His
as well as his more pretentious work, published in this country in four
are the constant companions of those who write upon Masonic topics, and
they are studied, the more they reveal the amazing industry and
erudition of him
who has now penned his last line. He was one of the nine earnest
students and lovers
of Freemasonry who founded Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076 – a nucleus
has gathered a great student body of more than three thousand members.
nine founders, five have now passed behind the veil – the Rev. Adolphus
G. Speth, Sir Walter Besant, William J. Hughan, and now him whom all of
as the greatest of them all. The work they set their hands to do, they
and we may be assured that when they stand before the Great White
Throne, it shall
be their lot to hear from Him who sitteth as the Judge Supreme the
"Well done, good and faithful servants; enter thou into the joy of thy
* * *
The Pythagoras of Our Times
By R. I. Clegg, Cleveland,
death is a grievous loss
to me and doubtless to many others who were favored by correspondence.
lost his keen interest. His industry failed not. Years passed, age
crept upon him,
the seasons ran their cycles, but he kept his poise, preserved his
faith, and has
now gone on to his reward. To have established a high standard of
and to have bestowed a noble example of such work is to have left at
of the Temple two great pillars to adorn and support the structure.
was his. No greater monument is in store for any Mason however eminent
he be. In
the death of Robert Freke Gould there passes an accurate author, a
a scholar of excellence, a courtly controversialist, the Pythagoras of
How to Study
last installment of our Symposium
we are indebted to the Masonic Study School of Cincinnati, Ohio, and to
of Dr. Stewart and other members. This School was organized in 1910,
a constitution and by-laws identical with those used by the Fargo,
Masonic Study School organized in October, 1908. A copy of the
by-laws may be found in Dr. Stewart's interesting and valuable book,
Teaching, or Masonry and its Message," [Lib 1917]
chapter four. In the following letters we learn, first, from Dr.
Stewart, what methods
of study have been tried by the Cincinnati Masonic School, and with
as well as the plan finally adopted as most profitable and workable.
Second, a committee
from the Society of Past Masters of Cincinnati and vicinity tell of the
of that body to extend the influence of the School, and to deepen the
Masons in the deeper aspects and purposes of Masonry. Here we have the
not of theoretical suggestion, but of practical experience in a company
men and Masons who undertook the study of Masonry; and we believe it
reveals a point
of contact with the problem, and also a method of beginning, which will
useful to other groups who may wish to make a start. Elsewhere in this
sum up the findings of this symposium with certain reflections
suggested by each
By Dr. T. M. Stewart, Cincinnati,
Not until the
Masonic Study School
came into the field in February, 1910, was any definite effort made
to try out different plans of work. These plans were as follows:
answer meetings. They were not satisfactory and therefore not
continued, because very few had read enough to make it interesting.
written by students and read to a general meeting of Masons. This
plan also failed because the students were too few and the audience
seemed to desire
a variety of topics as well as of speakers.
and discussing as read, of one or more books during the season.
A splendid plan, but only reaching a few, because in this city, with
Lodges scattered over a wide territory – not counting the Lodges across
in Kentucky – it is quite a task for members to get home and later
return to the
city for study. To meet in any one suburb does not change the
condition, as regular
attendance at the meetings is necessary or the thread of thought is
lost. The problem,
so far as the Masonic Study School has been able to formulate it, is as
The need of
Masons, and especially of the younger men, for a more general
knowledge of the origin, nature and genius of our ancient and honorable
To meet this need a book was selected and questions on its contents
by the Study School. Following each question was the number of the page
of the book
– in many instances of the paragraph – where the answer may be found.
The best results
are obtained by the student writing the answer thereto in a small blank
meeting with others doing the same work at stated intervals, so that
and answers may be read – fixing the answers in the mind. Notes are
taken of questions
in regard to matters on which the student desires further light, and
these are the
basis of work after the School has finished with that particular book.
effort required in such a method is the secret of its success.
b. To enlighten
the Craft generally with regard to what Masonry has done for
the world, for this country, and for this city; and thus to formulate
of what Masonry can and should do for coming generations. To this end
should talk on the same topic, handled much in the same manner, to
in a jurisdiction. In this way all the Lodges are reached in a much
than where one lecturer tries to fill dates with many Lodges. This plan
elucidated by its originator, Brother P. J. Cadwalader, who has gladly
outline the plan for this Symposium.
* * *
The Past Master's Society
of Past Masters of this
vicinity have undertaken to do some work to try and bring to the minds
of the Craft
at large some matters which every Mason ought to know, and thus lead up
to the work
which Dr. Stewart and the Masonic Study School are interested in. With
in view, the Society has undertaken to make Masons realize that there
is a greater
work for the Fraternity than has been accomplished in the past.
The better to
assist in this work,
it has been deemed advisable to have addresses made by selected
speakers to the
members at large, and to the different Lodges at such times as may be
and to try to bring home to each Mason the tremendous work awaiting us,
if the Fraternity
is to retain its present high standing in this country. A committee has
systematically to take up this work. For the first general meeting
April 13th, 1915,
at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the following live subjects have been
– "The Position of Masonry in this Country, Past and Today, What has
Looking Backward," by Dr. J. D. Buck, 33rd degree.
– "The Position of Masonry in this Country, Tomorrow and the Future,
be accomplished? Looking forward," by Brother Rev. A. B. Beresford,
subject selected to be presented
to all the Lodges by different speakers is: – "After the Petition, then
The idea being that the speaker should try to address himself to the
the candidate before and at the time of asking the "recommendation of a
That is, the care which the investigating committee should take,
whether or not
their report should simply be "favorable" or "unfavorable,"
or whether the committee should try, in its report, to picture to the
character of the candidate as he has impressed himself upon them;
keeping in mind
all the time that our object is "the Universal Brotherhood of Man."
subjects to be presented in the
same way to the individual Lodges, and which have been favorably
– "After Raising, Whither Bound?" and "Our Duty to Unfortunate
that is, how long and how far shall we protect them, not financially,
but as to
moral character. These subjects will cover three months of work, and
forty-four Lodges, with a membership of fifteen thousand.
feel that all these subjects
are very broad, and that properly treated, as we hope to have them
will reach the heart of the Craft, and perhaps start the fire burning
make the individual feel that there is something in Masonry more than
and seeking office.
thousand Masons in a community
like ours, if they exert their influence for the highest and best
things, can do
much. The fraternity must stand for the highest morals, not only as a
but as individuals; so much so, that while it does not as an order
its influence may be so felt that politicians will have regard for the
of the city.
condition is being brought
about by the Craft as a unit, each individual member should feel and
know of his
interests therein, and begin to learn that "the house not made with
is his own spiritual individuality, and that perhaps the "lost word"
be found in himself by a proper exercise and the guidance of others who
may be able
to point out the way, to which he must apply his efforts and make out
the real and true Mason which our fraternity demands.
Past Master's Society.
John H. Dickerson
James N. Ramsey
Orin N. Littell
Chas. A. Stevens
Pierce J. Cadwalader
BUILDERS: A Story and Study of Masonry."
By Joseph Fort Newton
Compiled by the Cincinnati
Masonic Study School.
has shown that one of the
most effective ways of awakening interest in the study of Masonry is a
questions analyzing some book dealing with the history and teaching of
"The Builders' is selected as the first book to be so studied, for the
that it is the only book of its kind ever adopted by a Grand Lodge for
of young Masons. It was adopted by the Grand Lodge of Iowa as its
10th, 1914. Other books will be analyzed in like manner, in the hope of
young Masons to study the story and teachings of the Order by showing
how many interesting
questions are involved in the research.)
copy of the original book
(same page numbers) can be found HERE]
- What two arts
have altered the face of the earth and given shape to life
and thought of many Page 5-1.
- What two
fundamental factors do we find when we inquire into origins, which
carry art forward? Page 5-2.
- What was the
first great impulse of all architecture and what did it include?
- What are
the laws of architecture? Page7-2.
- What will the
violation of moral laws do to architecture? Page 8-2.
- What are the
secrets of man's success and what are the two great intellectual
lamps of architecture? Page 8-2.
- Where does it
seem that the art of building first seemed to have gathered
power, and where are its remains best preserved? Page 9-2.
- What emblems
of architecture show that they are the laws of the eternal?
which Man may build refer to his religion or character? Page
- Where was the
square building invented?
- What was it
the early builders sought
above all things? Page 12-2.
- What were the
two ideals of the early
builders in their work? Page 12-2.
- What is
beauty? Page 8-2.
- What are the
ideas that glowed in the
heart of the builder and guided his arm from the start? Page 9-1.
- What does
true building teach and open?
- What is said
of the "Builders
of buildings?" Page 34.
- What ideals
of the early builders are
most clearly expressed? Page 12.
- What is said
of the way the Temples
of Egypt were built in early times? Page 11-2.
- What is said
of cube and square? Page
- What is said
of the Cross? Page 24-25.
- What was
thought to be the shape of
the world by Egyptians in the early ages? Page 11-2.
- What is said
of eternity as an ideal
of the early Egyptians? Page 12-2.
- What was the
attitude of the learned
ancient philosophers in regard to the Egyptian teaching? Page 46.
- What was the
central theme of the Egyptian
faith? Page 46.
- Give an
outline of the Egyptian teachings
- How were the
secrets of the Allegoric
form or faith transmitted? Page 31.
- What are the
real foundations of Masonry?
- What did
Goethe write? Page 19.
- What does the
phrase "told in
song what ha been taught in sorrow" mean to you? Page 61.
- Did Jesus
teach a Secret Doctrine?
- As to death
what may be said of the
value other universal intuition as to eternal life? Page 39,
- What has the
Keystone, Compasses and
Cubes to do with buildings? Page 11-1.
- Is there any
such thing as Liberty?
- What has
obedience and loyalty to do
with a man's liberty? Page 8-1.
- What is the
difference between the
mystery of the ancients and mystification? Page 59.
- Outline the
main tenets of the lesser
and greater mysteries of the ancients? Page 47-51.
- What does
Maspero tell us of the temples
of Egypt? Page 11.
- What did the
spiritual instinct in
seeking to recreate types lead to? What has Man always been? Page 6-2.
- What is an
Obelisk? Page 13-1.
- What is
obedience in life? Page 7-2.
- What is said
of Cleopatra's needle?
- What is said
of the Pyramids as to
their age and durability? Page 13-1.
discovery was of great importance
to the primitive Egyptians? Page 10.
- What were the
columns of the first
European Age? Page 9-1.
- What is said
of the Pyramid Builders
and with what amount of ease did they work? Page 10-1.
- Relate some
ideas in regard to pyramid
and obelisk? Page 13.
- What is
stated of the Pillar as an
ancient symbol? Page 28-29.
- What are the
two sets of realities?
- What is the
thesis which Ruskin expounds
in his Seven lamps of architecture? Page 7.
- What is said
of the old light religion
of humanity? Page 14.
- What is said
of the Shrines of the
Old Solar Religions? Page 12-1.
- What sort of
Emblem did the square
become at its discovery? Page 10-2, 11-1.
- Why was
Secrecy necessary in the ancient
mysteries? Page 59, 62.
- Give the
Egyptian Secret Sermon on
the Mountain as transmitted to the Greeks? Page 47.
- Of what is
the square an emblem? Page
- What was the
form of the earliest known
structure? Page 10.
- What was the
symbol of the earth? Page
- Give symbolic
idea of temple, pyramid
and cathedral. Page 15.
- Give some
idea of tools symbolizing
a builder's thought. Page 15.
- What was the
symbol of the heavens?
- What is said
of Symbols? Page 20.
- What are some
of Socrates' ideas in
regard to man? Page 21.
- What is the
Swastika symbol? Page 23,
- What is said
of the Square and Cube?
Page 25, 26.
- Where do we
find the crumbling ruins
of towns, temples and tombs? Page 7-1.
- What is the
basis of initiation into
eternal truth? Page 61.
- What is the
relation of the seeker
after truth to the object of his search? 57.
historical evidence can be cited
as to the use of the mason's working tools? Page 29-30.
- Give the idea
of the Trinity and its
emblem Page 22-23.
- Contrast the
unity of the human mind
ant the reason for a secret Doctrine. Page 22, 59, 61.
A Sign and
last summer an explosion
occurred in the trenches of one of the gas companies of Columbus which
by the stupid action of one of the laborers, a foreigner, in lighting a
the escaping gas. In this frightful explosion the clothes of the
workmen in the
trench caught fire, and it was evident that they would all be burned to
Sumner Potter, a member of Magnolia Lodge, No. 20 the foreman in charge
men, was slightly burned, but in a position of safety, when he heard
of these unfortunate men; and without a thought for his personal
safety, and with
his own clothes still burning, he rushed into the ditch and rescued
three or four
of the victims. Although he could have removed his burning clothing and
with very slight injuries, he continued in this work of rescue until
were practically burned from his body; and in this condition he went to
stationed some distance away to call for help. He was so weak that he
stand, and when he left the station there were pools of blood on the
flowed from the wounds on his hands and arms. He was carried away in an
and when asked as to his condition said that he wished none of the
others were burned
any worse than he was. He was taken to the hospital, where he lingered
for several weeks, and died. He was buried from the Masonic Temple at
Ohio, and a great number of these foreign laborers attended his
funeral; they could
not understand the language of the ceremony, but they knew and
appreciated the unselfishness
and heroic devotion which they had witnessed.
that Masons could do has
been done. His body rests in Green Lawn Cemetery, and the grass is
green on his
grave. He carried out the great lesson taught in the second section of
Degree. He performed his duty at the cost of his life, and gave it up
men, who were not his Brothers or even his countrymen, might live. I
it altogether fitting and proper to make a memorial of his noble
we teach men this higher duty and see our teachings exemplified in this
honor the Fraternity as well as the man in making a perpetual memorial
of his sacrifice.
– Proceedings Grand Lodge of
By Geo. L. Schoonover, Secretary
the greatest impression,
received by the average layman, of the entry of a new dreadnaught into
navy, comes with the published reports of her christening. The picture
of the uncompleted
hull sliding into the water arouses his sense of proprietorship. And
takes as much pride in the photograph of the beautiful Daughter of the
who breaks the bottle of grape juice over the bow of the vessel, as he
does in the
outlines of the fourteen-inch guns which will ultimately peer out from
The preliminary labors of designing, milling, testing and assembling,
problems involved in making of this inert hull a living power for his
protection – all these are symbolized in the one ceremony of giving the
ship a name.
And, for the future, that name shall stand for the dignity and power of
With the flag of his country flying at her masthead, with his
as captain, helmsman, stoker and gunner, she becomes the visible emblem
efficiency. Efficiency means that results desired are accomplished.
confidence and pride will vanish, proprietorship will be regretted, the
be counted as lost – the symbol of efficiency loses all its magic, and
soon becomes junk.
So it is with
all human institutions.
Masonic Research Society
is a human institution. It has certain objects, known to all of you who
us in this work. It may seem to some of you that we advance very slowly
accomplishment of these objects. Much thought and labor have been
devoted to the
designs upon our trestleboard. Almost unanimously those designs have
by you. Now you are making it your Society. Day by day an increasing
mass of evidence
proves it. Let us rejoice that it is so. In the preliminary literature
by the Research Committee of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Masonry in Iowa
to provide "the machinery of organization." Machinery which is not
rusts. And upon your use of this machine which has been created to
serve the Masonic
Fraternity, depends its efficiency.
of this article is to give
you a better picture of the "machine." To do this I must tell you the
chief parts of which it is composed, what its limitations are, how it
some of its possibilities.
In the first
place, it is a "wireless."
This does not mean that there are no live wires in its construction.
But it means that there are no wires to pull. The Brethren who compose
of Stewards have kept in the background, for they take no false pride
in their positions.
They are organized on the basis of "who best can work and best agree."
They are Stewards, in the full definition of the term.
strictly in accordance
with Masonic usage, this "machine" has seven parts. The parts are
E. Frazer, N.R. Parvin, Joseph Fort Newton, Louis Block, John W. Barry,
C. C. Hunt
and George L. Schoonover. Every one of them is an American citizen –
blood streams of both the Allies and the Germans course through their
of them are busy men. All are active Masons. Their conception of a
for American Masons was born of service in the ranks of American
had disclosed a great need. The invitation of the Grand Lodge of Iowa
to the Brethren
of our sister Jurisdictions was an attempt to satisfy that need.
Brethren assembled in their
first 1915 quarterly meeting as a Board of Stewards in April, at the
home of the Society in Anamosa. A brief description of that meeting
will show you
how the "machine" works. Incidentally, it may give to our members a
insight into the problems which have been involved in the organization
of this Society, thus far, than could be done in any other way. At any
Board has a firm determination that the important questions brought
shall be fully discussed by the Members of the Society, in order that
may represent the best judgment of the majority.
appointed to draw up
Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws made their report. They submitted
a copy of
Articles prepared in accordance with Chap. 2, Title IX of the Iowa
for corporations not for pecuniary profit, reported their adoption and
and showed that they had been filed of record according to law. They
that as soon as possible every member receive a copy of the By-Laws
which have been
adopted, and this recommendation was approved, and the Committee
Newton presented the report
of the Committee on Publications. It was full of good things which are
for future numbers of "The Builder." The Committee are deeply gratified
at the manner in which brethren are contributing the results of
made by them; and reported that the great number of splendid articles
from all over the world is an absolute guaranty of the high standard of
until such time as the growth of the Society shall justify the
of making special original researches, which to some extent, are
The Committee presented a letter from Brother Roscoe Pound, tendering
to the Society
the copyright on his lectures on the Philosophy of Masonry, and stating
put into book form he would add a preface, a dedication, and a
the utmost gratification the Board unanimously accepted this generous
the publication of a first edition of 500 copies, and instructed the
convey to Brother Pound not only the feelings of the Board but the
hundreds of the
commendatory expressions received from the Brethren, regarding these
announcement of the Committee that Bro. Pound will also give to our
as soon as his time will permit, a series of papers on Masonic
be received with universal acclaim. The Chapters on "The Establishment
Early Days of Masonry in America," by Bro. Melvin M. Johnson, Grand
of Massachusetts, the second of which appears in our next issue, will
light upon a subject concerning which there is little in literature
the Craft. That brethren from Pennsylvania and Virginia will contest
claim of earliest establishment of Masonry in Massachusetts is certain.
"The Builder" fulfill its prophecy, expressed in Brother Newton's
as a "forum of frank, free and fraternal discussion of every possible
of Masonry," from the historical standpoint.
experience has demonstrated
that the study club idea is practical. The Symposium on "How to Study
has been an illuminating one, and the practical workings of the
School, as partially outlined in this number, show that, as a beginning
study, some sort of a textbook is necessary. The series of questions,
this school, with Brother Newton's book, "The Builders, A Story and
Masonry," as a basis, will be the first installment of the
of the founders of the Society. The book referred to was therefore
adopted by the
Board as the official textbook of the Society; other books will be
Much time in
investigation of the proper
form of study clubs has been spent by the Board. Many groups of
students, all over
the country, have asked us whether we would charter subordinate groups
of the Society,
and just how the Society proposed to make its investigations of real
to its widely separated membership. The Board takes the position,
the Society will not charter any study clubs or subordinate groups of
Its reasons for so doing are three-fold; in the first place it is
the Board to provide a way to accommodate all groups (each with its own
of the organization which it needs) under a single, simple plan;
believe that the Society, a purely voluntary association with only one
the advancement of the understanding of the members constituting it –
itself in no questions of jurisprudence, as an organization; and
the brethren who desire to get together, in any community or Masonic
themselves best fitted by location and knowledge of their needs, to
with whatever machinery of organization is necessary for the promotion
work. The Board appointed Brother Block as a Committee, however, to
draw up a form
of By-Laws adaptable to general conditions only, which could be used as
so far as considered of value. This simple form of organization, as
soon as completed,
will be published in "The Builder," as a suggestion only. No matter
form of organization the Brethren in any place finally determine upon
as best adapted
to their needs, the Society, insofar as it is represented by its Board
will tender every possible aid, and give all possible suggestions which
the Cause. And as it stands ready to help, so it will appreciate
return, on the part of study clubs, by sending us their courses of
study, as they
may outline them for themselves, and telling their Brethren, through
of "The Builder," the methods which bring success.
The spirit of
the above paragraph applies
equally to the attitude of the Board upon the subject of the promotion
of the Research
idea, everywhere. The Society has a Committee for the purpose of urging
of Grand Lodges, through Committees on Research, or in whatever manner
best to any particular Jurisdiction. The getting together into a
Society of nearly
ten thousand Masons in a few short months, for the purpose of a study
principles and facts, should be in itself a notice to all Grand Lodges
is an interest in the "study side of Masonry." Elsewhere a table of our
membership is published. As an index of the real status of interest in
in any state it is valueless, because of the difficulty we have had in
touch with Masons who are interested. But as showing that we are
all over the world who are anxious to co-operate in a course of study –
a kindergarten system, or a correspondence school system, or what you
will – the
table is illuminating. The splendid showing already made in the State
of Iowa confirms
our preliminary promise of a "substantial sustaining membership," and
affords tangible evidence of the progress of Masonic study in the state
as a complimentary evidence of the standing of the men behind the
what is most significant in these figures is their affirmative
the possible growth of the Society in other States, once the good
faith, aims and
purposes of the organization are generally understood.
opinion of your Secretary, the
most important question considered at this meeting was the
determination as to the
future methods of promoting the work which we have undertaken.
Manifestly, it was
necessary at first that those who stood as sponsors for the
outline their conception of its plans and purposes, and to a large
its activities. It was the original intention of the Board that after
of a sufficient time to discover the enthusiastic Brethren over the
could be depended upon to further its purposes, the Board of Stewards
enlarged to say, twenty-five members. With the experience of the past
it seems as if the great distances in this country, involving extreme
in ever getting even a majority of such a body together for a meeting,
such an arrangement impossible. Meetings must occur at least four times
in order to make them of any value to the Society. Even as it is, we
found that many questions must be decided by a mail vote.
To meet this
contingency, the Board
have decided that a much wiser and more practical plan is to leave the
Stewards as they are, at least for a while, and to create an Advisory
as representative of the students of the country as possible, who
should be invited
to give us the benefit of their experience, and send any and all their
in to the Secretary's office. All questions of policy to be submitted
to them, in
order that, so far as possible, every State may feel that through one
or more members
of this Committee, it can aid in shaping the destiny of the Society. By
suggestions regarding the direction which the research should take, as
well as explanations
of this or that live Masonic question which are desired, might all be
sent in to
the Secretary. From this office, submission of these various topics
could be promptly
made to all members of the Committee, and the problems before us can be
solved, as we think, than by being compelled to wait the convenience of
small quorum of an enlarged Board.
It is not to
be expected that such
a Committee would agree, perhaps, upon all of the questions submitted
to it. Nor
would it be even possible that each member of such a Committee would
problem from the same viewpoint. Such a condition, indeed, ought to be
alarm, as it would mean Masonic stagnation. Nor would the announcement
of such a
Committee preclude any member of the Society from sending in his
opinion at any
time – on the contrary, as we have already demonstrated, every member
Society by joining in this "frank, free and fraternal" search for
and the more varied the expressions of views, the more successful and
the more interesting,
as well as profitable, will be the result. Expansion of the Society's
will by this method mean an increase in the number of shoulders at the
wheel – and
the more rapid will be our progress.
the greatest advantage
of all in this plan, will be the manner in which members of the Society
able to feel one another's pulse, as it were, and thereby bring that
which alone can make this organization the great means of understanding
which was and is the dream of its founders.
As this is
written, it seems not too
much to expect that the month of June will witness the expansion of the
to 10,000 members. The tabulation herewith was prepared on May the
that a campaign for members during the hot months would be of little
avail, we have
determined that after June only necessary correspondence will be
carried on until
September. As much time as possible will be devoted to the preparation
expansion of the Society's activities in the autumn. In the meantime,
has been provided with blank applications, and all that are sent in
will be taken
care of, promptly. The real problem, from the financial standpoint, is
to let ten
thousand more Brethren who have not yet heard of the Society, know
about it. Our
canvass has reached, directly, less than four per cent of the Masons in
States! And you Brethren who have come to know us are the only ones
we can get in touch with the other 96 per cent.
It needs no
artificial stimulant to
make optimists of the founders of the Society. Industrious advertising
on our part
brought us over four thousand charter members, before ever an
intimation of what
"The Builder" would be like was revealed to the Craft. That, surely,
remarkable. And thereby was proven the need for closer fellowship in
behalf of authentic,
systematic, effective Masonic education. As we have progressed, the
Craft have caught
the spirit of the enterprise, and have stamped the aims, purposes and
the Society as truly Masonic. Since January first a steady growth of
more than a
thousand a month attests the respect won and the co-operation extended
by the Brethren,
and warrants the statement that the Society is "delivering the goods."
And the tone of recent letters shows that Masons are beginning to see
has been done shows what ought to be done, and, better still, points
out the way
to do it.
this little survey of our
work to a close I can do no better than to quote a recent paragraph
penned by Brother
Newton: "For the many words of appreciation and co-operation, so
and enthusiastic, the founders of this Society are deeply grateful.
They are doubly
sure that they have not misread the needs of the Fraternity or the
signs of the
times; and they wish to urge every member of the Society to renewed
efforts to enlist
the interest of the Craft in a movement which means so much for the
and future glory of Freemasonry. The need is great. The opportunity is
in our hands.
The need is great. The opportunity is in our hands. done for the joy of
uniting our efforts to make the Masonry of tomorrow greater than the
today – greater in thought, sweeter in spirit, and more effective for
end for which it labors."
– The Circle
By S.W. Williams G.H.P.,
beginning God created
the Heaven and the Earth – and the Earth was without form and void.
AT some point
of time in the vast Eternity
that is gone, when an unknown Planet was at its perihelion, there was
its surface, whirling into Space, a single Atom of Matter that, guided
by the Limitless
One, started on its course and forged out of the Ether a place for
itself – a home
among the Stars – where it could fulfill its destiny of gradually
perfecting a place
whereon Man could dwell and work out his mysterious mission.
Such was the
– the birth of this World of ours; and, as the Great Creator looked He
"It was good" – and "God said Let there be Light and there was Light."
Then, throughout another myriad of years, by the same mysterious power,
Life appeared and "It was good" – only to be followed by Animal Life –
and "It was good" – and then, the CLIMAX – God's crowning Work, MAN –
"Male and female created He them."
come of God – and all return
unto the Great Giver. "Cast thy bread upon the waters and it shall
thee "after many days." As we do, so shall we be done by. Darkness and
Light shall be meted out in strict measure. Like begets like – an Acorn
a Violet any more than Hate can yield Happiness. All things pass from
Eternity. There never was a beginning to Time, and there can be no
ending. The Light
that WAS, is that which IS and IS TO BE – only as we grow more and more
from whence we came, we shall be more and more in the Light, and the
drive out the DARKNESS; then we shall become the Children of Light –
SONS OF GOD
– because He is "Our Father." This is the demonstration of the CIRCLE.
There is an
ONENESS in all things.
Nothing is complete in itself – but everything bears some relation to
all else in
Creation, without which kinship nothing would be complete and all
things would be
destroyed. This mysterious relationship ends not with this World – for
simply a small part of the Boundless Universe wherein there are
millions of Worlds,
each of which came into existence just as this one did – because God
and it was a part of His GREAT PLAN. What that "PLAN" is, it is not
us to fathom – but we know this – we are Children of Light and Light is
of and from
God – and HE is "Our Father." As a Father counselleth his children so
speaketh He unto us, and we are told to speak unto HIM; for does He not
say: – "Seek
and ye shall find, ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be
opened unto you."
of Love, Light and Life
constitutes the Immortality which is promised us of God. But
Immortality is for
Eternity, and Eternity is a Circle, without beginning or ending. This
we see with our physical eyes is not truly US – it is but the covering
our true self – a sort of Cloak with which we are provided, and which
we wear while
sojourning on this Planet. We put it on when we enter the World and
discard it upon
leaving it – what, then, is MAN? He cometh, he knoweth not whence, and
when summoned, into the vast Eternity of Time and Space to do the Will
of the Father
in other Spheres.
Life – "The Life Which
is the Light of Men."
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
"The same was in the Beginning with God."
"All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made
"In Him was Life; and the Life, was the Light of Men. And the Light
in the Darkness; and the Darkness comprehendeth it not."
By Bro. G. Alfred Lawrence,
the full flower of vigorous
manhood, at the very zenith of his distinguished Templar activities,
Arthur MacArthur, Grand Master of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar
of the United
States of America, was called from this terrestrial Temple into the
of the Great Captain of our salvation in that celestial Temple, not
made with hands,
eternal in the Heavens.
To know him
was but to love him and
deep grief for their fallen leader pervades the hearts of each of the
Knights in that vast Templar, but his acts of charity and pure
spread their fame both far and wide to the uttermost parts of this
broad land. No
less sincerely is he mourned by his Brethren in various other Masonic
by every member of the Acacia Fraternity, in which latter body he had
Membership for several years. As one of its most distinguished members,
MacArthur, although his activities were multitudinous and exacting, yet
to attend its functions and was deeply interested in all that pertained
realize the unlimited possibilities
of educated Masonic effort, as a college man, he gladly accepted
in Tradhi Chapter of Acacia Fraternity at Columbia University in the
of the Chapter's existence. In the spring of 1910 on April 4th at Earl
University, and in the presence of another of its distinguished
Most Illustrious Wm. Homan, 33d Deputy of the Supreme Council, Ancient
Scottish Rite of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction for the State of New
a large number of other members, Arthur MacArthur was duly initiated
Chapter and presented by the Chapter with a jeweled pin of the
Homan participating in the ceremonies. A banquet followed at the
Faculty Club at
which he was the honored guest, and where he spoke of how deeply
impressed he had
been with the ritual and the work and of the great possibilities of
such an intellectual
Masonic movement. At a special reception given to him by Tradhi Chapter
15th, 1914, at the residence of one of the members, Bro. MacArthur
having his Acacia pin placed upon his coat lapel and entertained the
a most delightfully informal way, recounting his experiences in
dedicating the first Commandery of Knights Templar in the Canal Zone at
of Panama, his personal interview with Pancho Villa at Jaurez across
border about a year ago, and various other topics – among them the
of a Commandery of Knights Templar in Alaska. At this meeting he was
full of youthful
buoyancy and enthusiasm and impressed all present as but in the midway
and distinguished services to his fellow men.
about 1 P.M. on Sunday,
Dec. 27th, 1914, at his home, 226 West 3rd St., Troy, N. Y., while his
was at church the summons came, and as a true soldier of the Cross,
answered the last call. Shortly thereafter Miss Susan C. MacArthur
finding her father reclining on a couch in the library and not
her brother, Capt. Charles A. MacArthur, who hastily summoned
physicians and upon
their arrival an examination revealed that Col. MacArthur had died
suddenly of valvular
away a loving father, a
true friend, an upright citizen, a fearless editor, a loyal patriot,
and a great
and noble Mason. Col. MacArthur was a Trojan by birth and ancestry. He
was the son
of the late Col. Chas. Lafayette MacArthur and Susan Colgrove MacArthur
born in Troy, N.Y., on July 24th, 1850, and passed his entire life
periods of study and travel, among his fellow citizens as an active
in all that was best in their various organizations.
his early education at
St. Paul's Parish School and the Troy Academy, graduating from the
latter. He devoted
the next two years to the study of engineering at the Rensselaer
at Schenectady, N. Y. He then desired to join a South American
expedition, but being
dissuaded he next turned his thoughts to the study of medicine and
medical works in the office of Dr. C. E. Nichols of Troy, N.Y. Finding
to his taste he finally entered the newspaper office of his father, who
was at this
time proprietor and editor of the Troy Northern Budget.
time he was married to Miss
Ella Elizabeth Griffen, daughter of Abner J. Griffen of Cohoes, N. Y.,
and two children were born of this union, a son, Chas. A. MacArthur,
and a daughter,
Susan C. MacArthur. Mrs. MacArthur died in 1907 after thirty years of
The office of
the Troy Northern Budget
where Col. MacArthur now entered upon his life work was situated
the Masonic Temple and for over forty-two years he was a familiar and
figure in both places. Later his father took him into the firm which
known as C. L. MacArthur & Son. Upon the death of his father a
few years ago,
Col. MacArthur continued the business with ever increasing success and
in turn took his own son, Capt. Chas. A. MacArthur, into the firm.
vivid incidents of his busy
life was one that occurred when he was but fourteen years of age – that
of the battle
between the Merrimac and Monitor – which he witnessed at Fortress
Monroe. His father,
then a Captain, was connected with the commissary station at that point
MacArthur and his mother had been living at Newport News in order to be
MacArthur, and it so happened that he was visiting his father upon that
day. This event made a most vivid impression upon his mind and he could
every detail of this great naval engagement in a most dramatic manner
up to the
very time of his death. He took an additional interest in the momentous
to the fact that the plates for the Monitor were made in his home town,
retired from the United
States Army at the end of the Civil War, with the rank of Colonel and
his home in Troy, where he again took up his newspaper, becoming
and proprietor of the Troy Northern Budget and maintained the same with
of his son up to the time of his death.
In his own
life work as a newspaper
man, Col. MacArthur maintained the high standard set by his father in
policy of printing nothing which would offend the most conservative
reader. No scandal
found a place in the columns of his paper, and they were always open to
of the poor and the unfortunate and for all charitable effort. During
season each year an appeal for food and clothing was made for the needy
at his direction
through the columns of the Budget, and distributed on New Year’s Eve by
the Salvation Army, in which Col. MacArthur had faith that his charity
ably carried out. This year the annual plea was made by Col. MacArthur,
the night of the distribution only the spirit of the giver was there,
all that was
mortal of their benefactor having been consigned to the earth from
whence it came.
MacArthur early became interested
in Masonry and shortly after reaching his majority on Nov. 22nd, 1872,
a Mason in Mt. Zion Lodge, No. 311, F. & A. M. of Troy. He soon
engaged in its work and was elected Junior Warden in 1881, Senior
Warden in 1882,
and Worshipful Master in 1883, serving one year as Master. He became a
was a frequent attendant, and evinced a deep interest in all its
activities up to
the time of his death. He was happily enabled to raise his only son,
A. MacArthur, in his own lodge and the latter has just closed his
as Worshipful Master of the same. In the Grand Lodge of the State of
New York, Col.
MacArthur was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 17th
in 1883, and served with distinction.
In 1890 he
was appointed a member of
the Advisory Committee of the Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Asylum
in 1910 a Trustee of the Masonic Hall Board. A year ago he resigned
from this Board,
owing to his many other Masonic duties. At the annual communication of
Lodge of the State of New York, in May, 1914, he was made a permanent
the Grand Lodge.
Chapter he was equally active,
being exalted in Apollo Chapter No. 48, R.A.M., Feb. 18th, 1874, and
became a life
member. He had the distinction of being elected High Priest from the
floor in 1883
and was the dean of the High Priests of his Chapter at the time of his
1890 to 1910 he served as Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of
near the Grand Chapter of New York. He was a member of the Board of
Apollo Chapter for many years, and to him was entrusted the investments
of its funds.
So successfully did he carry out this duty that Apollo Chapter enjoys
of being probably the wealthiest Chapter in the State although sixth in
Rite Masonry he was received
and greeted in Bloss Council No. 14, R. & S. M., the largest
Council in this
State at present, and one of the largest in the United States, on March
He was soon appointed to office and after passing through the several
elected Thrice Illustrious Master in 1891, serving one term. In 1908 he
Grand Representative of the Grand Council of England and Wales near the
of New York. Becoming personally acquainted with many of the officers
of the Grand
Council of England, he did much to bring about the present close,
which exist between these Grand Councils.
Commandery he reached the very
zenith of pre-eminence; the crowning glory of his Masonic career coming
at the triennial
election of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar in August, 1913, when
the Grand Master of the mighty Templar host of the United States,
over 225,000 Knights.
knighted in Apollo Commandery
No. 15, Jan. 9th, 1880, and became an officer almost immediately
through the various stations until he was elected Eminent Commander in
two years. He scarcely ever missed a conclave of his own Commandery
when at home.
In the Grand
Encampment Knights Templar
of the United States of America he entered the official line by
appointment to the
position of Grand Sword Bearer at the 27th triennial Conclave held at
in 1898. At the 28th Triennial Conclave held in the City of Louisville,
1901, he was appointed Grand Junior Warden, and in 1904 in San
Francisco at the
29th Triennial Conclave he was further advanced by appointment to Grand
Owing to the death of the Grand Captain General prior to the 30th
Col. MacArthur became acting Captain General, and was elected as
Chairman of the
Committee of Arrangements upon whom befell the innumerable details
the gathering of the Knights Templar host from all parts of the world
Springs in 1907. At this the 30th Triennial Conclave he was advanced
from Grand Senior Warden to Grand Generalissimo, and three years later,
at the 31st Triennial Conclave held in Chicago, 'he was elected Deputy
August 14, 1913, at Denver,
Colo., his ambition was realized and at this the 32nd Triennial
Conclave he was
elected Grand Master of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the
of America, the greatest Templar organization in the world. Shortly
the fall of 1913 he visited the Canal Zone and constituted and
installed the first
Commandery ever established in that part of the world. He also visited
many of the
Commanderies throughout the State of New York, attended the annual
Conclave of many
of the Grand Commanderies of the various states, visited the Pacific
Coast in order
to arrange for the 33d Triennial Conclave to be held at Los Angeles,
1915, and at which he would have presided had he lived, and had
accepted an invitation
to visit the Panama-Pacific Exposition during 1915 as the official
guest of Golden
Gate Commandery of San Francisco.
public appearance as Grand
Master was at the Christmas exercises of his own home Commandery,
Apollo No. 15,
Dec. 25th, 1914, two days before his death, at which time he delivered
and interesting address responding to the Christmas sentiment prepared
by the Committee
on Christmas Observance of the Grand Encampment. One of the first acts
election as Grand Master was to appoint his intimate friend of many
years (who assisted
at the funeral services), the Rev. Henry R. Freeman, rector of St.
Church of Troy, N.Y., as Grand Prelate of the Grand Encampment. At the
time of his
death, Most Em. Arthur MacArthur was the Grand Representative of the
of Scotland near the Grand Encampment of the United States of America,
assisting in bringing these bodies into close fraternal bonds.
interest was deep and
his activities numerous in York Rite Masonry he was no less deeply
zealous in Scottish Rite Masonry. He was a life member of Delta Lodge
of Troy, N.Y., receiving the 4th to the 14th degrees inclusive on April
and became Deputy Master on Jan 18th, 1889, and was elected Thrice
Jan 19th, 1900, serving in the latter office for four consecutive
years. He was
also a life member of Delta Council Princes of Jerusalem, receiving the
16th degrees on April 28th, 1884. Also a life member of Delta Chapter,
receiving the 17th and 18th degrees on the same night of April 28th,
1884 upon which
he completed his membership in the two subordinate bodies. The Albany
Consistor of Albany, N. Y., conferred the 19th to the 32nd degrees
him on April 22nd, 1886. In this body he served as Second Lieutenant
1897, to 1900; First Lieutenant Commander from 1900 to 1903, and
from 1903 to 1906. He was crowned an Honorary 33d Grand Inspector
Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction by the
at Cleveland Ohio, on Sept. 16th, 1890. Upon Sept. 20th, 1906, he was
Active 33d member from the state of New York and at the time of his
death was one
of the three active thirty-third degree Masons of the State of New
York. For several
years he had been Chairman of the Committee on Deceased Members of the
on Charitable Foundation in the Supreme Council for the Northern
He was the Representative of the Supreme Council 33d for the Ottoman
was also Chairman of the Important Committees at the Annual Proceedings
of the Council
of Deliberation of the State of New York Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
Masonic Jurisdiction, U. S. A., and performed the various duties
assigned to him
in Scottish Rite Masonry with the same zeal and fidelity as in other
fields of activity.
to his membership in the
above Masonic bodies, he was also a member of the Past Masters’
Association of the
17th Masonic District, a member of the Past High Priests' Association
Chapter a Charter Member of the Past Commanders' Association, organized
1911, a member of the Templar Knight Commanders' Association, of the
of Scotland, the Masonic Veterans' Association of Troy and vicinity,
and was Most
Venerable President of the latter in 1902, a Charter Member of the Troy
Club, a member of the Masonic Club of New York City, a member of the
Hall Association, a Trustee of Mt. Zion Lodge No. 311. He was a life
member of Oriental
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Revolutionary stock, Col. MacArthur
early became interested in military affairs, additional zest being
given by his
father's active participation in the Civil War in which the latter was
of the famous Second New York Regiment attaining to the rank of Colonel
in the same.
His witnessing the spectacular and epoch-making naval engagement
between the Monitor
and Merrimac, previously mentioned, was not only an event that made a
upon his vivid imagination, but equally increased his interest in
military and naval
affairs. He early joined the Troy Citizen's Corps and maintained his
the same to the end. He served on the staid of the late Maj. General
Jos. B. Carr,
and placed a wreath upon the General's grave every Memorial Day. He
the Military Staff of General Levi P. Newton and Governor Frank S.
Black of New
York State and by the latter was appointed Assistant Paymaster General
rank of Colonel (thus obtaining his military title), serving as such
Spanish-American war and going to Tampa, Fla., when the New York troops
out and paying them off. About two weeks prior to his death he appeared
Troy Chamber of Commerce to urge upon business men the patriotic duty
the enlistment of their male employees in the National Guard in
a movement to that effect started some time ago by the Merchant's
New York. It was a source of personal pride to him that his only son
militia and recently was elected to the Captaincy of Company A.
MacArthur was the President of
the Association that secured the funds for the erection of the huge
shaft of the
Soldier's and Sailor's Monument erected in Monument Square, Troy, the
been first conceived by his father. He was a member of the Wm. Floyd
of the Revolution, the Society of the Second War with Great Britain,
and of the
Army and Navy Club of New York City.
MacArthur was a prominent member
of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, N. Y., and held office as an
regularly occupied his family pew when at home. He took an active
interest in the
Brotherhood of his Church, giving much counsel and kindly advice to all
to him. He was also an active member of Young Men's Christian
Col. MacArthur was a Republican
and served his party as Treasurer of Rensselaer County for two terms,
in 1912. He insisted upon clean politics both in the columns of his
paper and in
official life, and would stoop to nothing of an underhand nature, even
at the cost
of the loss of a re-nomination. The candidate who supplanted him in
1912 was defeated
at the polls.
MacArthur had various other affiliations
to which he devoted his time and influence. During the Hudson-Fulton
he was Chairman of the Upper Hudson Commission.
Mason in the United States
ever had a more imposing and impressive funeral service.
All the pomp
and splendor of that impressive
pageant, the wealth of beautiful flowers, the words of well merited
sounds of the funeral dirge; are now but a memory; but the spirit of
noble Masonic brother yet lives and permeates and uplifts all with whom
in contact during the many years of his useful and distinguished career.
of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints, on the sands of time."
Away – [A Poem]
James Whitcomb Riley
cannot say, and will not say
That he is dead. He is just away!
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you – O you, who the wildest yearn
For the old-time step and the glad return –
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here;
Mild and gentle, as he was brave –
When the sweetest love of life he gave
To simple things: – Where the violets grew
Pure as the eyes they were likened to.
The touches of his hands have strayed
As reverently as his lips have prayed:
Think of him still as the same, I say:
He is not dead, he is just away!
Down Among Men – [A Poem]
parish priest of austerity
Climbed up in a high church steeple,
To be nearer God so that he might hand
His word down to the people.
And in sermon and script he daily wrote
What he thought was sent from heaven,
And he dropped it down on the people's heads
Two times one day in seven.
In his age God said, Come down and die.
And he cried out from the steeple,
Where art Thou, Lord? And the Lord replied,
Down here among my people!"
the established harmonic
relation which Man, as an individual intelligence, sustains to the
principle of the universe.
– The Great Work.
Almond Tree Blossoms
By Bro. Wm. F. Kuhn, P.G.H.P.,
Reading in the Master's
Degree belongs to the best productions of Hebrew literature. In all
there are few that excel it. It is full of imagery, eloquence and
beauty. In outward
form it is poetic; a prose poem. It is a beautiful example of balanced
gnomic in expression abounding in metaphor, and Semitic parallelism. An
and graphic description of old age. It is to be regretted that the
of the Old Testament is so often overlooked and metaphors not
understood. It is
indeed true, that to the Gentile Church and to Masonry has fallen the
honor of perpetuating
the rare beauty of the literary art and the deep religious thought and
the Heb. Prophets, Poets, Priests and Sages.
arrangement of the Discourse into
verses, often mars the connection and continuity of the thought. The
of this Reading is herewith given, and while it may destroy the beauty
of some of
metaphors and take away some old familiar friends, yet the Discourse,
as a whole,
is much improved, is bet connected in thought and more clearly stated.
It will be
noted that the future tense of the old, gives place to aphoristic mode
in using the present tense.
picture of old age, as delineated
by Ecclesiastes is from the human side and as a result of disobedience
to the injunction:
"Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the sad days
King James Version
thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come
not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say: – "I have no
sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars be not darkened, nor
the clouds return after the rain.
In the day
when the keepers of the house shall tremble and the strong men
shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and
look out of the windows be darkened.
And the doors
shall be shut in the Streets, when the sound of the grinding
is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the
music shall be brought low;
they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be
in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper
shall be a burden,
and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his long home, and the
mourners go about
Or ever the
silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher
be broken at the fountain or the wheel broken at the cistern.
the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return
to God who gave it.
thy Creator in the days of thy youth before the sad days come, and the
nigh when Thou shalt say: – "I have no pleasure in them;" before the
the light, the moon and the stars, be darkened and the clouds return
after the rain;
when the house guards tremble, and the strong men bow; when the maidens
corn cease because they are few, and those who look out of the windows
and the street-doors are shut; when the sound of the grinding is low,
when one starts
up from sleep at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music
low, and one is afraid of that which is high, and terrors are in the
way; when the
almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper is a burden, and all stimulants
man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets;
before the silver
cord is loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken
at the fountain,
or the wheel be broken at the cistern, and the dust return to the earth
as it was
and the spirit return to God who gave it.
In this vivid
imagery of old age, we
have a minor chord, a note of sadness.
Has old age
no recompense, no paean
of victory, no laurel wreath of race well run? Is there no sunlight in
of three score years and ten?
Let us not
mistake Ecclesiastes; The
Preacher has not drawn aside the veil, that hides the Holy of Holies of
nature of man, but he has with the brush of experience, placed upon the
mortal man, nature's child, unadorned and human.
It is old age
with its mental enfeeblement,
with its physical decay, bringing to you and to me, the Master, man,
two great lessons:
– That youth is the vigorous season of life; youth the seed time; youth
possibilities, prophetic of the future; a harbinger of sunshine, when
tree blossoms: – and to remember our Creator in the days of our youth
sad days come.
graphically refers, in
verses one and two, to the mental attitudes of old age toward the Past
and to the
Present. The recollection of the former brings no joy, in the latter he
"one who treads along some banquet hall deserted, whose lights are fled
garlands dead and all but he departed." The cup of life is nearly
the joys of youth but annoy and irritate; nothing satisfies him; he is
and fretful. The years have drawn nigh, in which he can say, "I have no
He is a
wanderer in a strange land,
speaking in sadness: – Remember, before the sun of Ambition, the light
the silver sheen of the moon of Happiness, and the stars of Faith, be
or the clouds of unrest and of disappointment play like a weaver's
the sky, obscuring the light and shutting out the rainbow of promise.
and four represent the
cessation of the activities of life, the decay of the natural powers of
his failing physical structure.
comparison is to that of a great
house falling into ruin, while the activities of the inhabitants there
startling, in its naturalness,
is the description of the old man with trembling arms and hands, – "the
of the house" as he slowly moves along, while the legs, – "the strong
men" – are like the columns of the building, tottering under the weight
years; bent (flexed), at the knees, like a bow, through weakness and
The maidens – the teeth – have ceased grinding the corn, because they
are few. Failing
sight has dimmed the "windows of the soul," the eyes are darkened. His
wants are few, the avenues to the senses are slowly closing; visitors
to his mind
and heart are diminishing; it is seldom that any one knocks; "the
are shut." The sound of the grinding is low, feeble, almost pulseless;
machinery of life no longer throbs with the force of its former power.
He is "Worn
out with age, yet
majestic in decay."
Nature's sweet restorer,"
is fitful and restless, even the voice of the bird as it chants its
disturbs his uneasy slumbers. In vain would he say:
I am weary, and am overwrought
With too much toil, with too much care distraught;
And with the iron crown of anguish crowned,
Lay thy soft hand upon my brow and cheek, O peaceful Sleep."
daughters of music are
brought low," because the avenues of all enjoyment are dulled,
clouded. The daughters of music, attending angels, tender, solicitous
have ceased their ministrations. Music, the universal language of the
no responsive chord. The memory of a mother's voice, a father's
council, of friends
of long ago; the laughter and melodies of the Past, quicken not the
stir not the harmonies of the soul. The lute of life is broken.
portion of the fifth verse
delineates more literally the waning powers. With all the senses
dulled, the muscular
powers weakened, the nervous system unresponsive, he totters on his
way, fearing lest he stumble:
pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground, with his cane."
Truly, he is
afraid of that which is
high and fear is in the way. The blossom of the almond tree, as it
bursts into bloom,
is of a delicate pink color and unfolds its tinted petals before the
when therefore seen from a distance the tree seems to wear a crest of
appearance of the dead
branches covered with a burst of silver, to that of old age with its
crown of white
hair, has given us one of the most beautiful metaphors: "The almond
as expressed in the revised
version is far more appropriate and impressive than: "The almond tree
grasshopper (locust) is a burden,
because the lightest weight is onerous; every effort is oppressive; the
task is irksome; little things worry and annoy until they appear as a
cloud of locusts
devouring and devastating everything pleasurable and gratifying in life.
stimulants (desires) fail. The
end is at hand. The roads to further activity bring no response. The
race is run.
There is in life nothing that longer charms. The armor will soon fall
from the trembling
body. The summons comes: "Because man goeth to his long home and the
go about the streets." He is borne to the grave and the funeral college
seen upon the streets.
In the sixth
verse, the Preacher refers
again to the admonition of the first clause of the first verse, which,
with its context, will read: "Remember thy Creator in the days of thy
before the silver chord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the
be broken at the fountain, or the wheel be broken at the cistern, and
the dust return
to the earth as it was, and the spirit return to God who gave it."
Here again is
an impressive metaphor
of man's final dissolution; more graphic, more poetical and the most
ever penned by mortal man.
cord refers to the spinal
cord or marrow, from its silvery appearance. The golden bowl to the
brain, the seat
of man's intelligence. The pitcher broken at the fountain refers to the
of the blood, dipping the vital fluid with a pitcher from the fountain.
refers to the heart, the force pump, the wheel that draws the water
from the cistern.
These four physiological conditions are essential to health, and man
dies when one
or more are broken.
of life have ceased to
flow. The dust or physical body shall be resolved into its original
to Earth; Ashes to Ashes. But the spirit of man shall return unto God
who gave it.
is the great doctrine of
Masonry. Without this doctrine, there is no Masonry. Immortality, Man's
from the Father.
must be so, Thou reasonest well; –
Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
This longing after immortality?
Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror,
Of falling into naught? Why shrinks the Soul
Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
'Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
'Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter,
And intimates eternity to man."
Purpose – [A Poem]
U. G. Herrick, Minneapolis
dwell on this earth for a purpose –
That purpose may not be clear,
But the Father of Love, in His kingdom above,
Well knoweth why we are here.
Have we given this thought our attention,
Or are we drifting along,
Content the while, our days to beguile,
With meaningless chatter and song?
Then let us awaken in earnest,
And seek what our duty may be;
Let us work to fulfill God's purpose and will,
'Til our innermost soul shall be free.
is an open forum for free
and fraternal discussion. Each of its contributors writes under his own
is responsible for his own opinions. Believing that a unity of spirit
than a uniformity of opinion, the Research Society, as such, does not
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
How to Study Masonry
IN summing up
the Symposium on How
to Study Masonry, let us keep clearly in mind the purpose in view and
with which we have to do. No doubt a club of University professors
such a study in a systematic manner and work it out thoroughly,
following many a
sidelight and by-path. But we have in mind the great mass of Masons,
the young men just entering the Order, who are busy with the affairs of
have neither time nor the training, perhaps, to follow in detail an
varied curriculum of Masonic study. As Prof. Pickard points out, such a
tend to repel rather than attract and be more discouraging than
reason, we have sought the
counsel of experience rather than of theory, and we believe that the
the efforts of the Cincinnati Masonic School, as reported in this
the point of contact with the problem, and a well-tried method of
we find a company of busy men, typical of Masons generally, who, under
of one or two veteran Masonic students, have for years been doing good
work in the
study of Masonry. After trying many methods, they found it best to
select some book
and master it by means of a series of questions so arranged as to bring
message and teaching, and then taking up for more detailed study
of philosophy or periods of history as interest and inclination
the Grand Lodge of Iowa
had been making trial of the best method of inducing Masons to study
the result of its experience was much the same as that of the
Therefore its request that ye editor write his little story and study
called The Builders, which it adopted, not as an authoritative and
of Masonic history and philosophy, but to be used as a kind of
text-book to pilot
the way for the student of Masonry. Every line of the book was written
in that spirit
and for that purpose, and its arrangement was determined by the desire
interest in the study of Masonry and to direct it into authentic paths.
with that specific end in view, it is the only book ever adopted by any
for that purpose, and for that reason the Research Society has adopted
that it be used as a basis or guide in beginning the study of Masonry.
students will follow each
his own method and plan, but it is believed that the Study-Club or
within a Lodge or group of Lodges, is the nucleus around which the
study of Masonry
may be organized and carried on to best advantage. Such a Club or
School, by co-operating
with the Research Society, can make use of any or all of the methods
the Symposium, following the scheme of study outlined by Prof. Pound as
and development justify. Brother Parvin has told how the Grand Lodge of
its members in touch with Masonic literature, by means of traveling
Grand Lodges can do the same thing, or individual Lodges can begin the
of libraries, adding to them as need requires. In the same way, any
Lodge or Club
can make use of the Masonic Lecture Bureau, whose lectures are
interesting and instructive,
more suggestive than exhaustive, and intended to deepen interest and
The Society has in mind a series of Leaflets, such as Prof. Shepardson
and hopes to have them ready by the time they are needed.
Clubs have been organized,
and have gotten far enough along in their studies, they might meet in
or Schools of Instruction, either in connection with their Grand Lodges
or in district
gatherings, as Prof. Pickard intimates. Such a gathering would be at
and inspiring. A program of well-written papers, topics for discussion,
for debate, would bring together a company of enthusiastic Masons and
fellowship as well a instruction. All this and much more is within the
possibility, but we must first make a beginning, and that is what we
have now in
mind. After all, the best way to do a thing is to do it. In this
Symposium we have
brought the best wisdom of the Craft to the service of our members, and
remains for thee to make a wise use of it.
For the rest,
we beg to suggest that
those who study Masonry should begin at the beginning, master the facts
and work slowly toward its greater and deeper problems. A young man
will write an
essay on Virtue, but a philosopher will take one aspect of it some one
his theme. Just so, often a young Mason will plunge headlong into the
of Geometry, and get so tangled up amid lines, angles and curves that
he loses his
way, and turns out a hobbyist instead of a student. Approach the study
as you would the study of anything else, taking first things first, and
will unfold as you go on, tempting you step by step along a shining
your faith, broadening your outlook, and leading you in the path of
good and wise
and beautiful truth.
* * *
A Master of Masonry
classic men, as there are
classic books, and it was the rare distinction of Robert Freke Gould to
a classic while yet he lived among us. Wherever Masonic literature and
has journeyed, he is known and honored as the foremost historian of
and his passing leaves vacant a place which no one else may ever hope
Others have written voluminously, and some have entered fields into
which he did
not venture, but he it was who applied the principles of scientific
to the annals of Masonry. If Pike found the Scottish Rite in a log
cabin and left
it in a temple, restored and decorated by the magic of his art, Gould
history a jumble of fact, fable, fancy and legend, and reduced its
chaos to order,
transforming a romance into a science.
service, which will be forever
memorable in our traditions, he was almost ideally fitted by
industry and genius. His work never had the artist touch and power of
winning clarity of Hughan, nor the literary grace of Crawley; but in
of painstaking labor he overtopped all others, save only perhaps the
deep-seeing Begemann [Lib 1906 (German)]. Nor should
we forget Speth,
one of the most sure-footed and clear-headed of all the Masonic
students who have
left record of their labors in our time, and whose essays should be
made accessible to the Fraternity. Yet in his own distinction and
power, in the
resoluteness with which he made certified truth his standard and
weighed every statement
in its exacting scale, in the judicial care and skill with which he
sifted and tested
the records of Masonry, as the Higher Critics tested the documents of
faith, there was no one like Gould, no one near him.
work was done, and to
those of us who have known something of the infirmities and anxieties
beset him in recent years, there is little sadness in the news that one
wrought so faithfully and so fruitfully had passed to where, beyond
there is peace. The death of the old is natural; it means rest and
grow weary and fall asleep, but the work goes on, building and built
upon, as the
years take their flight into the past. Courteous always, a courtly and
gentleman, a devoted friend, a noble Mason – such a life sets one
thinking as to
the investment of his own power of light and leading here among men.
* * *
Brethren seem to have lost
their poise in their protest against the article in the April issue on
in Freemasonry, and there have been one or two acute cases of
hysterics. To be sure,
Brother Kuhn stated his case in a forthright and picturesque manner, as
is his habit,
but nothing was further from his mind than to belittle real Masonic
much less to depreciate the great and simple symbolism of Masonry.
Indeed, the sharp
point of his satire was in behalf of real scholarship and authentic
over against those who have so often made Masonry ridiculous by
and every hind of eccentric absurdity in its name. For too long the
field of Masonic
research has been a happy hunting-ground for the faddist, the hobbyist,
mystic, not to mention the inveterate crank who seems to think that
Masonry is a
mathematical puzzle instead of human fraternity founded upon spiritual
Against this sort of thing the keen thrust of Dr. Kuhn was timely and
and it went to the mark.
a number of letters in
criticism of the review of The Great Work, the editor himself is in
need of a thorough
trouncing. Well, if Brother Kuhn and the editor have both earned a good
as some seem to think, by all means let us have it, and the pages of
are open for that purpose. Neither of us, however, can be convinced by
the man who
takes refuge in the queer conceit of intellectual superiority and
the better to dodge the issue; we know the difference between argument
on airs. Face the issues squarely, bring forward the facts, flay us
and in good spirit, nor forget the words of Carlyle describing a walk
and talk with
Sterling: – "We walked westward in company, choosing whatever lanes or
streets there were, as far as Knightsbridge where our roads parted;
talking of moralities
and theological philosophies; arguing copiously, but except in opinion
* * *
More than one
of our contributors have
made complaint that other Masonic journals have used their articles
to The Builder, and sometimes in a mutilated form. This is a violation
of the copyright by which the contents of The Builder is protected, but
far worse, of the amenities that should obtain among Masonic editors.
Any one is
at liberty to use anything he may wish from our pages, but he should
give The Builder
due credit for it, and it would be only courtesy to ask permission to
* * *
requests have come for a brief
introduction to the philosophy of Rudolf Eucken, to whom Prof. Pound
references in his closing lecture. Eucken is a prolific writer, not
prolix, but there are several good expositions of his system of
thought, among them
a tiny book entitled "Rudolf Eucken, A Philosophy of Life," [Lib 1912] by A. J.
Jones, in the series of People's Books, published by the Dodge
Co., New York. If one wishes to read Eucken himself, he had better
begin with "The
Meaning and Value of Life, [Lib 1913] or with
"Life's Basis and Life's Ideal." [Lib 1918] He will
find them richly rewarding in many ways.
articles, poems, questions,
as well as many letters full of wise suggestion for the correspondence
reached us. For every one of them we are grateful, but it will take
time to arrange,
select and publish all of them, and we beg the Brethren to be patient.
growth of the Society no doubt The Builder will be enlarged, but at
present we have
a limited space. In this respect, as in so many others, the response of
is most gratifying, and it increases every day.
– Masonic jurisprudence
has always interested me, and I like to compare the different laws of
jurisdictions. I think it would do good to have more of this. Now if
that be in one jurisdiction had to decide upon a certain point of law
would it not be of some value to them to know the ideas and rules of
all the other
jurisdictions? They could then more intelligently decide the questions
Of course I presume that Masonic law is like our American law, too much
of it, but
if there was a more widespread knowledge of what there is, it seems to
me that it
would condense the principles and thereby make less. Now, my idea is
this: – Every
jurisdiction, or at least most of them, have a book of their laws,
the Grand Master's decisions that have been approved. Take these books,
with the general books on Masonic jurisprudence by well-known
authorities, and trace
out a certain subject of law common to all the jurisdictions and work
it up into
a readable article for The Builder. For instance, take the very first
by Brother Clegg in his recent article, that of physical perfection,
and do you
not think that the comparisons would be of interest to most readers of
Then in another issue take up something else, and so on down the line.
To my mind
it would be not only of interest generally, but also of educational
value. It would
be a long and hard task. But could we not induce someone to tackle the
Lloyd C. Henning, Holbrook, Ariz.
indeed be a long and hard
task, but such a service would be of great value to the Craft. Perhaps
it is too
great an undertaking for one man, involving much time and labor, but
a number of our readers "tackle the job?" Suppose we let Brother
take the subject of physical perfection, another Brother another
subject, all intent
to reduce the chaos to order, why can we not do it in that way? The
has had this in mind, and, in fact, has for some time been at work on
of visitation and transfer of membership, and the bewildering confusion
emphasizes what Brother Henning says about the difficulty of the task.
We also believe
that such a study of comparative jurisprudence would promote a better
and closer co-operation between all jurisdictions. – The Editor.)
* * *
– It is my opinion that
we can all do more than we are doing for the advancement of Masonry, if
will. I am sure that I could have done more for the order than I have
it has appeared at times that I have given much of my time to it in a
There seems to be a disposition among about ninety per cent of the
our Lodges to be willing to allow the remaining ten per cent of the
take all the responsibility and work of the Lodge on themselves. While
all the membership are good and true Masons, and do not intend to
hamper the work
of the Lodge in any way, yet they do it by their absence from its
many Masons are apt to remain away unless there is work in the Third
that being the case, they are unable to be of much assistance when they
This is a condition that should be corrected, and I should think it
might come into
the scope of our Society to suggest some means by which we can create
and have a better attendance at Lodge meetings. I like the contents of
very much and think it is on correct lines, for anything that will
bring out the
usages of our ancient Brethren and show the antiquity of the
fraternity, will be
helpful as well as instructive. What we want is to have our membership
knowledge as well as in right living, not only toward the Brethren, but
mankind. I am sure the study of the history and meaning of Masonry,
what it has
done and what it can dot will go a long way toward deepening interest
W. J. Wroughton,
* * *
A Beautiful Legend
– Forty years ago Theodore
Tilton in a public lecture delivered in the old Methodist church of
this city, told
this beautiful legend as to how King Solomon selected a location for
Two brothers were left an estate to be divide equally between them. One
and had a family of children, the other was unmarried and a cripple.
After the estate,
which consisted principally of grain and livestock, had been equally
married brother decided that his brother who was a cripple ought to
have the largest
share; and the brother who was a cripple came to a like conclusion,
his brother who had a family ought to have the larger part. Under cover
they both planned to carry out their purpose of giving a share to the
so happened that they fixed upon the same hour and place, and where
these two brothers
met, each seeking to convey to the other a part of his inheritance,
built the Temple for the worship of God.
S. H. Bauman,
Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
* * *
Dear Sir: –
Perhaps you would be interested
in the following prayer for peace, uttered long before our era. It is
found in the
“Pax" of Aristophanes (lines 991ff), the Greek writer of comedies. I
translation which, though somewhat free, is I believe true to the
spirit and intent
of the original:
Thou that makest wars to cease in all the world, in accordance with
name, we beseech Thee, make war and tumult to cease. From the murmur
and the subtlety
of suspicion with which we vex one another, give us rest. Make a new
and mingle again the kindred of the nations in the alchemy of Love. And
finer essence of forbearance and forgiveness, temper our mind."
such a prayer should have
remained unanswered; but can we find words more noble wherewith to
express our aspiration
in a time of world-war?
* * *
More Than an Order
– I want to suggest this
thought, not in criticism but in entire kindness, that our Masonic
not be referred to as an Order, which term you frequently use in your
editorials. Our Brotherhood, as you know, is more than an Order, it is
of traditional science, a Fraternity broader than an Order, with all
rites, of antiquity instituted before Orders of any character existed;
and it strikes
me that it dignifies our Society deservedly to call it an Institution
an Order. I am a Pennsylvania Mason – temporarily residing in Kansas –
all my Masonic instruction we were taught, in Pennsylvania, not to
refer to Masonry
as an Order. I am greatly interested in the Research Society and
believe a great
work is mapped out for it, through your leadership, and that much
interest will result.
Edgar A. Tennis,
Wisdom of Meredith
- Take the
matter into the heart; try
the case there
- There is more
in men and women than
the stuff they utter.
- There is
nothing the body suffers that
the soul may not profit by.
- Who rises
from prayer a better man,
his pray is answered.
- Into the
breast that gives the rose
shall I will shuddering fall?
- Oratory is
the more impressive for
the spice that makes it untrustworthy.
- Keep the
young generation in hail,
bequeathed them no tumbled house.
- Life is a
little-holding, lent to do
a mighty labor.
– The Meredith Pocket Book
"In A Nook with a Book"
The Great Work
"The Great Work,"
[Lib 1913] as promised
in our last issue, let it be said that it is in some ways a
very thoughtful and suggestive treatise, albeit more curious than
great. Lucid and
forthright in style, often ingenious in advocacy of its scheme of
thought, it lacks
the artist stroke. There is hardly a page which holds one by the charm
of a flashing
phrase, and the quotation from Emerson is like an oasis. The writer is
all the while
handicapped by the idea that he is the keeper of a wonderful treasure
which must be carefully guarded from the eyes of the profane, lest it
into the hands of those who are not worthy or well-qualified to receive
With some, no
doubt, this air of mystery
lends enchantment, but with others it excites misgivings as to the
wisdom hinted at but kept hidden. Indeed, one has a right to be
suspicious of a
book which makes claim of knowing what is unknown to all the world and
of mankind, and which leaves the inference that the noblest and most
of the world are not worthy to receive its revelation. Surely the time
sort of thing has long passed away. When a man imagines that he has a
to tell, and yet mistrusts the purest-minded men of his day and race,
it is safe
to assume that what he has to tell is of no great value or importance.
speaking, "The Great
Work" is not a Masonic book at all, but an effort to show, or rather to
that Masonry – along with Buddhism, primitive Christianity and
Protestantism – is,
or was, an attempt of a certain secret Cult or School of Natural
Science to teach
the world its saving wisdom. Unfortunately, the attempt has been
and these various worthy efforts of the Hidden Masters to instruct our
been perverted, if not corrupted. Those Hidden Teachers, it would seem,
our eager, aspiring humanity much like the patient masters of an idiot
us have such tiny bits of truth as we are able to grasp in our feeble
they sit in seclusion keeping the keys to what is beyond us. How
gracious of them
to allow us to pick up the crumbs that fall from such a banquet table
of the gods!
All of which
is very wonderful, if
true. But when we begin to inquire as to this great and famous School,
habitation and name, all is vague, dreamy and remote, its headquarters
indefinitely enough, "in faraway India." If that be so, why did not the
great School begin its work at home, and lift India out of the shadow
and the paralysis of pessimism? Concerning this alleged Great School –
name, even, is not vouchsafed – the most astonishing statements are
made. For example,
with regard to the records of the School we are solemnly told:
cover a consecutive and unbroken chain backward from the immediate
present to a
time many thousands of years before the Mosaic period. In truth, the
chain is complete
to a time before Egypt had become a center of civilization, of
learning, or power.
This fact alone is sufficient to suggest the futility of any attempt to
subject in detail."
it is out of the question
to ask for details, and the writer admits that he could not give
details if we desired
him to do so. Did he ever see those records of immemorial time,
of years back of Moses? Did he ever see anyone who did see them? If so,
he know that they are authentic? By what science for the testing of
he determine their authenticity? Alas, details of this kind are matters
import, for he goes on to say:
most ancient records at this time known to man, are those of the Great
can be little doubt, however that the School, in some form, long
antedated its most
ancient authentic records. This would seem to be true because the great
principles of individual life, liberty and happiness for which it has
the ages, and for which it stands today, go back to the very infancy of
But why stop
with the infancy of the
human race? Those principles existed before there was any human race,
and so it
would seem to be true that the Great School must have existed from all
since such a School was needed to guard those principles and keep them
Which reminds one of the older Masonic writers who argued that Masonry
ever the world began, and that Adam was its first Grand Master on
earth. Well, as
Lincoln would say, if men like that sort of thing, then that is the
sort of thing
the ages, we are told,
the Great School has presided over the education of the human race; a
of initiates, adepts in esoteric lore, known to themselves but not to
who have had in their keeping the high truths which they permit to be
dimly, in the popular faiths and philosophies, but which most of us,
even yet, are
too obtuse to grasp save in a most imperfect manner. Nearly all the
of the race have been members of this School in disguise, and naturally
since the School enjoyed a monopoly of all wisdom, whoso would be wise
go to that School to learn. Of course, not only Buddha, but Jesus
Christ was an
initiate of the Great School and learned all He knew from its teachers,
Ramacharaka and others would also have us know
In the same
way, Operative Masonry
was another disguise made use of by this same ubiquitous School in its
to elevate humanity and teach it some sense. Alas, however, the old
proved false to their high opportunity and calling, and hence the
advent of Speculative
Masonry. But Speculative Masonry was only a substitute for what was
by the Masters of the Great School, a kind of imitation or counterfeit,
so to name
it, lacking the long lost Word which the said Masters took care to put
away in a
safe place against discovery. Sometime, it may be, if we prove
ourselves to be worthy
and well qualified, duly and truly prepared, we Masons may perchance be
to learn what Masonry is.
Such is the
substance of the chapter
on the Lineal Key to the ancestry and history of Freemasonry. Of a
truth, it is
an interesting romance – only, strange to say, not a few accept its
fact, its bare statement for authentic history, and its imaginary
the actual story of Masonry. Ye scribe has dealt with this whole matter
in the chapter
on The Secret Doctrine in his brief story of Masonry, and for so doing
he has been
called a materialist, a Gradgrind, and a blind leader of the blind; as
if to be
a mystic, one must throw history to the winds and revel in romance. For
of the statements made above is there the slightest shred of evidence,
a shadow of a basis in fact. Until some semblance of evidence is
offered, some fact
cited, thinking men will continue to regard the whole scheme as
visionary and absurd.
note that in 1918 the “Great Work” was declared pure invention and TK a
fraud. For more info read Sylvester West’s “TK and the Great Work in
America” [Lib 1918] – rhm
Will you tell
me of some book in which
I may find, in brief form, the substance of the teachings of the
cannot do better than to
read the little essay entitled "Theosophy," by Annie Besant, [Lib 1887] President
of Theosophical Society. It is one number in an admirable series
called The People's Books, published in this country by Dodge Co., 220
St., New York. 25 cents.
* * *
me how I may become a member
of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Research, or at least how I can get
and greatly oblige.
application through the Grand
Secretary of your Grand Lodge, giving the name and number of your
Lodge, and he
will send your application to the Coronati Lodge. Membership fee is 10s
dues also 10s 6d, entitling you to receive the Transactions previously
the same year.
* * *
recommend me to a short history
of architecture, not overloaded with technicalities, such as a busy man
time to read.
Try the brief
introduction to the history
and art of "Architecture," [Lib 1939]
by W. R. Lethaby, in the Home University Library, published by Henry
Holt Co., New
York, each volume 50 cents. It is a very remarkable series of books,
each one written
by an authority in the field covered, and delightful to read. (See
also: Architecture Mysticism and Myth [Lib 1892]
by the same author – rhm)
* * *
asleep or am I dreaming? In
a reference to Plato's Phaedrus in the Library you spoke of it as a
for immortality, but I can find nothing in it touching on immortality
at all. Let
in the light.
Wake up! Of
course Phaedrus is a study
of love as one of the many kinds of madness, and as such the cause of
happiness to mankind. To prove this, it was necessary to examine into
of the soul, both human and divine. The soul is held to be immortal,
contains the principle of motion within itself – a subtle and profound
not found even in Phaedo. And, when all is said, of love is born the
hope of immortality.
Wake up, rub your eyes, and read again. How readest thou?
* * *
On a train
the other day someone was
telling about the talking horses of Elberfeld – I believe that was the
place – their
ability to spell, cipher, and almost talk. Where can I find an account
There is a
chapter, and a most interesting
one, descriptive of the Elberfeld mares in "The Unknown Guest," [Lib 1914] by Maurice
Maeterlinck. (Dodd, Mead & Co., New York.) Let us hope that
they talk horse sense!
* * *
Our Lodge has
appropriated $100 with
which to lay the foundation of a Lodge library. Will you not suggest a
list of books
with which we may start?
list is worthy of consideration:
History of Masonry, [Lib 1904] by Gould,
also his Collected Essays, [Lib 1913]
Masonry and Concordant Orders,
[Lib 1891] by Hughan
of Masonry, [Lib 1914] by Mackey,
(For a quick lookup see Encyclopedia without
graphics [Lib 1914] 2132 pages]
Constitutions, [Lib 1859] by
Anderson; (See also [Lib 1723,
and Lib 1734])
Charges, [Lib 1872] by Hughan;
Secret Societies, [Lib 1908] by Webster;
of Masonry, [Lib 1881] by Fort;
Masonry, [Lib 1869, 1882, 1921] by Mackey;Things a
Freemason Ought to Know, [Lib*] by Crowe;
and Fictions, [<Lib*]
The Spirit of
Masonry, [Lib 1795] by
Comacines, [Lib 1910] by
The Veil of
Isis, [Lib 1861] by Reade;
Fraternities, [Lib 1899] by Stevens,
of Architecture, [Lib 1907] by Ruskin;
Stories, [Lib 1909] by Kipling;
[Lib 1907] by Ellis;
Thought in Egypt, [Lib
1912] by Breasted,
Gods of Egypt, [Lib 1912] by Moret;
[Lib 1906] by Schure,
also his ‘Hermes and Plato’ [Lib 1919];
the Man and Mason, [Lib
1913] by Callahan;
Franklin as a
Mason, [Lib*] by Sachse;
Masonry, [Lib 1907] by Wright;
Before the Grand Lodges,
[Lib 2010] by Vibert,
Dogma, [Lib 1871] by Pike;
Assistant, [Lib*] by Darrah;
Manual of the
Lodge [Lib 1891] Mackey;
Jurisprudence, [Lib 1872] by Mackey;
Masonry, [Lib 1897] [Lib 1911] by J. D.
Philosophy of Masonry, [Lib 1915] by Pound,
soon to be issued by the Research Society; and, if you
can find nothing better,
The Builders, [Lib 1914] by the
editor of this journal.
many other books of great
value but before you have reached the end of this list your money will
* * *
following questions are not
related to Masonry, answers to them will be appreciated, if it is not
too much trouble:
(1) As a student of Lincoln, what do you regard as the best address in
of him? (2) Refer me to a brief account of pantheism. (3) Is there any
of mysticism? (4) Was John Wesley a Freemason?
- We like best
of all the remarkable address by F. W. Lehmann, published in
a pamphlet by Wm. M. Reedy, St. Louis Mirror.
its Story and Significance," [Lib 1905] by J. A.
Picton, himself a pantheist, published by Open Court Co., Chicago.
- "Mysticism in
English Literature," [Lib 1913] by C. F. E.
Spurgeon, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, is simple
- No, Wesley
was not a Mason, but he often preached in Masonic halls, as we
learn from his journal.
* * *
Articles of Interest
of Albert Pike as Gleaned
from his Correspondence, by W. L. Boyden. The New Age.
The Story of the Craft as Told in the Gentlemen's Magazine.
Fred Armitage. Transactions of the Lodge Quatuor Coronati.
Is Masonry a Religion? By A. Churchyard. London Freemason.
The Sublime Degree, by Robert Meekren. Tyler-Keystone.
Girard's Masonic History.
Freemasonry in Literature.
Mental Qualifications, Not Physical, a Test for Membership.
Virginia Masonic Journal, April 15.3
* * *
Assistant, [Lib*] by D. D. Darrah,
The Confessions of
a Master Mason, [Lib*]
by C. F. Whaley, Seattle, Wash.
[Lib*] by James T. Wray,
Stone Monuments, [Lib 1913 pg
26] by J. W.
Fewkes, Smithsonian Institute.
is It? [Lib 1914]
by F. B. Jevons, Putnam's Sons, New York.
The Ministry of
Art, [Lib 1914] by
R. A. Cram, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.
Works of Luther, Vol. 1, [Lib 1915
J. Holman Co., Philadelphia.
oughtest diligently to attend
to this: that in every place, every action or outward circumstance,
thou be inwardly
free and mighty in thyself, and all things be under thee, and thou not
that thou be lord and governor of thy deeds, not servant.
– The Imitation of Christ.
History of Freemasonry
Gou04 / auth. Gould Robert F.. - New York : Macoy Publisher and Masonic
Supply Co., 1904. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 594. - 24.5 MB.
A Textbook of Masonic
Mac721 / auth. Mackey Albert G. - New York : Clark, Maynard,
Publishers, 1872. - 7th Edition : Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 571. - 28.1 MB.
An Encyclopeadia of Freemasonry
and its Kindred Sciences
Mac14 / auth. Mackey Albert G. - New York : The Masonic History
Company, 1914. - Vol. 1+2 : 1 : p. 947. - 63.2 MB - Two Volumes in One
An Encyclopeadia of Freemasonry
and its Kindred Sciences
Mac142 / auth. Mackey Albert G. - Unknown : Unknown, 1914. - Vol. 1 : 1
: p. 2132. - 7.2 MB - No Graphics - Digital Text only.
Ancient Masonic Constitutions
And59 / auth. Anderson James. - New York : Robt. Macoy, 1859. - Vol. 1
: 1 : p. 114. - 5.2 MB.
Let39 / auth. Lethaby W. R.. - London : Thornton Butterworth Ltd.,
1939. - 2nd revised Edition : Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 255. - 7.9 MB.
Architecture Mysticism and Myth
Let92 / auth. Lethaby W. R.. - New York : Macmillan & Co.,
1892. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 286. - 5.4 MB.
Book of Constitutions
And23 / auth. Anderson James. - London : William Hunter, 1723. -
Fac-Simile by Jno. W. Leonard & Co., New York, 1855 : Vol. 1 :
1 : p. 119. - 6.0 MB.
Book of Constitutions
And34 / auth. Anderson James / ed. Franklin Benjamin. - Philadelphia :
Unknown, 1734. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 52. - 1.1 MB.
Collected Essays &
Papers Related to Freemasonry
Gou131 / auth. Gould Robert F. - Belfast : William Tait, 1913. - Vol. 1
: 1 : p. 313. - 14.3 MB.
Comenius und die Freimaurer
Beg06 / auth. Begemann Wilhelm. - Berlin : Ernst Siegfried Mittler und
Sohn, 1906. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 60. - German - 2.1 MB.
Cyclopedia of Fraternities
Ste99 / auth. Stevens Albert C.. - New York : Hamilton Printing and
Publishing Co., 1899. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 474. - 41.3 MB.
Development of Religion and
Thought in Ancient Egypt
Bre12 / auth. Breasted James H.. - New York : Charles Scribner's Sons,
1912. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 398. - 17.6 MB.
Freemasonry Before the
Existence of Grand Lodges
Vib10 / auth. Vibert Lionel. - London : Spencer & Co., 2010. -
Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 163. - 0.5 MB.
Great Stone Monuments
Few13 / auth. Fewkes J. Walter. - Washington DC : Smithsonian
Institution, 1913. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 536. - 29.1 MB.
Hermes and Plato
Sch19 / auth. Schure Edouard / trans. Rothwell F.. - London : William
Rider & Son Ltd., 1919. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 123. - 8.7 MB.
History of Freemasonry (Jack)
Gou82Jack1 / auth. Gould Robert F.. - London : Thomas C. Jack, 1882. -
Vol. 1 : 4 : p. 258. - 13.9 MB.
History of Freemasonry (Jack)
Gou83Jack2 / auth. Gould Robert F.. - London : Thomas C. Jack, 1883. -
Vol. 2 : 4 : p. 264. - 13.9 MB.
History of Freemasonry (Jack)
Gou84Jack3 / auth. Gould Robert F.. - London : Thomas C. Jack, 1884. -
Vol. 3 : 4 : p. 258. - 14.4 MB.
History of Freemasonry (Jack)
Gou85Jack4 / auth. Gould Robert F.. - London : Thomas C. Jack, 1885. -
Vol. 4 : 4 : p. 263. - 14.8 MB.
History of Freemasonry
(Yorston) Vol 1
Gou84Yorston1 / auth. Gould Robert F. - New York : John C. Yorston
& Co., 1884. - Vol. 1 : 4 : p. 412. - 32.8 MB.
History of Freemasonry
(Yorston) Vol 2
Gou84Yorston2 / auth. Gould Robert F. - New York : John C. Yorston
& Co., 1884. - Vol. 2 : 4 : p. 404. - 31.5 MB.
History of Freemasonry
(Yorston) Vol 3
Gou84Yorston3 / auth. Gould Robert F. - New York : John C. Yorston
& Co., 1884. - Vol. 3 : 4 : p. 492. - 38.7 MB.
History of Freemasonry
(Yorston) Vol 4
Gou84Yorston4 / auth. Gould Robert F. - New York : John C. Yorston
& Co, 1884. - Vol. 4 : 4 : p. 748. - 59.0 MB.
History of Masonry and
Hug91 / auth. Hughan William J. / ed. Hughan William J. and Stillson
Henry L.. - New York : The Fraternity Publishing Co., 1891. - Vol. 1 :
1 : p. 863. - 63.4 MB.
Wri07 / auth. Wright Robert C. - Ann Arbour : Tyler Publishing Co.,
1907. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 143. - 7.9 MB.
Kings and Gods in Egypt
Mor12 / auth. Moret Alexandre / trans. Moret Mme. - New York : The
Knickerbocker Press, 1912. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 328. - 13.6 MB.
Kipling Poems and Stories
Kip09 / auth. Kipling Rudyard / ed. Burt Mary E. and Chapin W. T.. -
New York : Doubleday, Page & Co., 1909. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 383.
- Illustrated - 6.6 MB.
Life's Basis and Life's Ideal -
The Fundamentals of a new Philosophy of Life
Euc18 / auth. Eucken Rudolf / trans. Widgery Alban G.. - London : Adam
and Charles Black, 1918. - 2nd - Revised Edition : Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 400.
- 15.1 MB.
Ell07 / auth. Ellis Edward S.. - New York : Macoy Co., 1907. - Vol. 1 :
1 : p. 125. - 15.7 MB.
Manual of the Lodge
Mac91 / auth. Mackey Albert G. - New York : Effingham Maynard &
Co, 1891. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 261. - 14.1 MB.
Morals and Dogma
Pik71 / auth. Pike Albert. - Charleston : Supreme Council AASR, 1871. -
Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 895. - Formatted & Indexed by rhm - 7.6 MB.
Buc11 / auth. Buck Jirah D.. - Chicago : Indo-American Book Co., 1911.
- 5th Edition : Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 307. - 8.9 MB.
Buc97 / auth. Buck Jirah D.. - Cincinnati : The Robert Clarke Co.,
1897. - 2 : Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 290.
Mysticism in English Literature
Spu13 / auth. Spurgeon Caroline F. E.. - London : Cambridge University
Press, 1913. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 182. - 7.2 MB.
Old Charges of British
Hug72 / auth. Hughan William J. - London : Simpkins, Marshall &
Co., 1872. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 113. - 8.2 MB.
Pic05 / auth. Picton J. Alanson. - London : Archibald Constable
& Co. Ltd., 1905. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 94. - 5.5 MB.
Philosophy What Is It?
Jev14 / auth. Jevons Frank B.. - New York : Putnam's Sons, 1914. - Vol.
1 : 1 : p. 186. - 4.7 MB.
Primitive Secret Societies
Web08 / auth. Webster Hutton. - New York : The Macmillan Company, 1908.
- Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 241. - 7.0 MB.
Sch06 / auth. Schure Edouard / trans. Rothwell F.. - London : Philips
Wellby, 1906. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 96. - 1.5 MB.
Rudolf Eucken, a Philosophy of
Jon12 / auth. Jones Abel J.. - London : T. C. & E. C. Jack,
1912. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 98. - 4.3 MB.
Symbolic Teaching of Masonry
and its Message
Ste17 / auth. Stewart Thomas M.. - Cincinnati : Stewart & Kidd
Co., 1917. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 256. - 14.5 MB.
The Antiquities of Free-Masonry
Oli23 / auth. Oliver George. - London : G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823. -
Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 393. - 13.4 MB.
The Atholl Lodges
Gou791 / auth. Gould Robert F.. - London : Spencer's Masonic Depot,
1879. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 113. - 2.0 MB.
For14 / auth. Newton Joseph F.. - Cedar Rapids : The Torch Press, 1914.
- 5th : Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 317. - Original pagination for reference - 0.6
The Comacines Their
Predecessors & Their Successors
Rav10 / auth. Ravenscroft W.. - London : Elliot Stock, 1910. - Vol. 1 :
1 : p. 94. - 3.4 MB.
The Early History and
Antiquities of Freemasonry
For81 / auth. Fort George F.. - Philadelphia : Bradley & Co.,
1881. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 514. - 21.2 MB.
The Four Old Lodges
Gou79 / auth. Gould Robert F.. - London : Spencer's Masonic Depot,
1879. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 90. - 4.6 MB.
The Great Work
Ric13 / auth. Richardson John E.. - Chicago : Indo-American Book Co.,
1913. - 15th Edition : Vol. 3 Harmonic Series : of 5 : p. 457. - 16.0
The Meaning and Value of Life
Euc13 / auth. Eucken Rudolf / trans. Gibson Lucy J. and Gibson E. R.
Royce. - London : Adam and Charles Black, 1913. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 167.
- 3.1 MB.
The Ministry of Art
Cra141 / auth. Cram Ralph A.. - New York : Houghton Mifflin Company,
1914. - Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 245. - 5.9 MB.
The Philosophy of Masonry
Pou15 / auth. Pound Roscoe. - [s.l.] : The Builder Magazine, 1915. -
Vol. 1 : 1 : p. 53. - 0.3 MB.
The Seven Lamps of Architecture
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Washington the Man and Mason
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