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before bim; a sword bearer follows him, and the deacons, with black rods, are placed on his right and left, at an angular distance of five feet, as in No. 2.
Musicians, if they are of the fraternity, walk in the procession, after the tyler; if not, they precede the tyler, walk on the right and left of the procession. When there is but one band, and the grand lodge attends, they follow the grand tyler.
The order of procession No. 1, is suitably formed for funerals. The cushion, on which is carried the Holy Writ. ings, is covered with black silk or cloth: a black silk knot is placed at the end of each steward's rod—the same on the musical instruments. The procession iminediately precedes the corpse.
The brethren all walk two and two, excepting such officers as from their station are to walk otherways.
When a new lodge is to be consecrated, &c. that lodge is always to form separately;-its place in the procession is immediately preceding the grand lodge.
On entering public buildings, &c. the Bible, square ani? compass, book of Constitutions, &c. are placed before the grand master. The grand marshal and grand deacons keep near him.
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Free Masons Vade Mecum. .
Most of the succeeding Chapters as regard the three first degrees
in Masonry, viz.—the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason, are extracted from that useful work, “ The Freemasons' Monitor;" compiled by our highly respected brother Thomas Smith WEBB, Esq. past grand master, of the state of Rhode Island. Mr. Webb observes in his preface, that many of his remarks on the above degrees are taken from Preston's “Illustrations of Masonry," with some necessary alterations, particularly as it respects the distribution of the lectures, in order to render them more agreeable to the mode of working
in America. It will be found that I have not adhered strictly to Mr. Webb's
arrangement; having introduced a greater variety of excellent prayers and charges, and as far as practicable, so enlarged the matter, that the work of the respective degrees may be conducted with regularity and ease to the presiding officer.-Compiler.
A VINDICATION OF MASONRY, INCLUDING A DEMONSTRA
TION OF ITS EXCELLENCY.
CHAPTER I. Reflections on the symmetry and proportion displayed in the works of Nature, and on the harmony and affection which subsist among the various species of beings of every rank
and denomination. WHOEVER reflects on the objects that surround him, will find abundant reason to admire the works of Nature, and to adore the all-supreme Being who directs such a stonishing operations: he will be convinced, that infinite wisdom could alone design, and infinite power accomplish, such amazing works.