Re: On Masonry
Bro. Craddock is correct in his post above. As Masons, we are enjoined to answer all legitimate calls of distress. But more so... we are admonished to give that call only when in true peril or need, or when instructing another in it's methods, and for no other reasons. In other words, it's not to be taken lightly, or done indiscriminately.
As to period incidents: I recall two or three narratives in which a residence was being ransacked by soldiers, during which a Masonic apron, ring or a picture of a person wearing the same was found, and brought to the attention of a fellow soldier (usually an Officer) who was also a Mason, and upon recognizing the residence as being that of a Brother, the site was then protected by placing sentinels without, and securing the place without further harm or damage. I also recall having read about a time when a Woman approached an Officer, and showed him a masonic ring, and asked if he could direct he to someone who knew of it's significance. He sent her to another Officer who was a Mason. She stated the ring belonged to her father, and that she had been taught that if she ever needed help, that she was to show it to another who knew it's meanings, and the help would be rendered. I honestly don't recall what she was seeking in the way of aid, but I do recall that she received the help she was looking for.
Another thing in which Mr. Craddock was correct on, is that Masonry, and the way in which we conduct our Masonic activities, and adhere to our Masonic standards, has not appreciatively changed during the past 145+ years.
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