Worshipful Master Bart Harvey     -     Secretary & Editor John "Corky" Daut
The July 2010 Issue
It’s Happening At Waller Lodge

By Corky

The 24th of July was set for the date to hold our 3rd annual Pancake Supper and Silent Auction Fundraiser to raise funds for the Lodge treasury.

All the pancakes sausage,, bacon, syrup and butter you can eat for $6.00

All Brothers are ask to help according to their ability

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The new officers for 2010 / 2011 are;

W.M. - Bart Harvey S.W. - Brack Whitehead
J.W. - Gary Mosmeyer Tre. - Fred Loofs
Sec. - “Corky” Daut S.D. - Wes Messiovsky
J.D. - Bob Podvin Tiler - Jimmy Hooper
S.S. - Alan Ward J.S. - John Stalsby
M.C - Gregg Williams

Fort Worth Forefather's Family Will Give His Historic Bell A Ring

By Elizabeth Zavala - Ft. Worth Star Telegram

"Mason," the Masonic bell that dates to the founding of Fort Worth, has a family event to attend.

The bell will sound Saturday at the wedding of Samantha Molny and James Aaron Steel, the great-great-great-great-grandson of Lawrence Steel, one of the city's settlers. He owned the bell, which tolled for weddings and deaths and as an alert for residents along the banks of the Trinity River during the 1850s.

Steel's descendants and city historians believe that when Mason rings at the wedding, it will be the first time in more than 130 years that the bell is used by a member of the family.

"It's definitely an honor for our family to have the bell at the wedding," Aaron Steel said late last week as he proudly walked the grounds where his forefather's hotel and tavern once stood.

His father, James Steel, 47, said he grew up hearing about Lawrence Steel, one of 10 men who organized the first Blue Lodge, which became Lodge No. 148, the first Masonic Lodge chartered in Fort Worth, in 1855.

"I've always told my sons to know the men who came before them, to be as good as them or better," said James Steel, of Fort Worth. He and his wife, Tonie, 46, said they were pleasantly surprised by Aaron's passion in researching the family history after reading about the bell when it was used at the dedication of the Fort Worth Police and Firefighters Memorial last year.

Pride and mystery

According to historic documents, the bell was central to the growing community. It called people to eat; it rang in the new year; it signaled school and fires, deaths and funerals; and it rang for weddings, too.

It is believed that the 16-inch bell, cast in London in 1782, is one of the oldest historic treasures in Fort Worth.

It is also believed that the bell was the only one in the area at the time the city's namesake fort stood on the bluff facing the Trinity River. It hung in the belfry of Steel's Tavern, a two-story hotel and stagecoach inn on the northwest corner of what was then the public square, between present-day Bluff and Belknap streets.

Lodge No. 148 has been its caretaker since it bought the bell from Steel in 1871 and has kept it an active part of the community. Mason, as the brotherhood affectionately calls it, resides at the Masonic Temple on Henderson Street and is cared for by Bob Holmes, master Mason and curator of the Masonic Temple Library & Museum.

All that is left where the tavern stood are "Steel's Trees," a cluster of three encircled by concrete. Overgrowth on one of the trunks obscures the historic marker. But a mystery remains for the family and the Masons: How did Lawrence Steel get the bell?

"What I've always hoped is that maybe the bell was a gift from George Washington" and was handed down, Aaron Bell said, noting that his research shows that Lawrence Steel's grandfather was a captain in the American Revolution under the man who would become the first president.

But no one really knows how Mason made it to Fort Worth.

"We had a fictitious story we'd tell kids, that it came over on the Mayflower, but we really don't know how Steel got it," Holmes said.

Deep connections

However it got here, Mason's presence at a Steel family event is long overdue, Molny and the Steels said.

"It's amazing to me that we get to use this bell, and [someday] we won't be here, but the bell still will be," said Molny, 24, of Fort Worth, who recently graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

The pair met about three years ago through a mutual friend while attending Tarrant County College.

"I hope that our children and their children can use the bell. It's nice to hopefully start that tradition," she said.

Aaron Steel, who attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Naval Air Station Fort Worth and works at Lockheed Martin Corp., happened upon another family tradition that has nothing to do with Mason: Several generations of Steels, including his father, James, have either worked at the plant or had some sort of connection to it.

"When Lawrence moved to White Settlement, he built his house, a church and school there," he said. "That area is now Lockheed's runway."

The Trivial Truths About Freemasons

By Rhonda Markby - From The Timaru Herald NZ

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It could be a Trivial Pursuit question: Which organization has donated $3 million to hospices this year, has members of many faiths and is the biggest private provider of scholarships to New Zealand universities?

The 50 people who turned out to the Everything you wish to know about Freemasonry but were afraid to ask session in Timaru yesterday now know the answer.

The afternoon was organized by the South Canterbury Historical Society and Friends of the Museum to coincide with the museum's Freemasons exhibition. On hand to answers the questions were The Grand Lodge of New Zealand's grand master Stan Barker, grand secretary Laurence Milton and chairman of directors Neville Patrick.

The questions ranged from why there are no women in the lodges, to whether Catholics could join, and what was behind the "goat" jokes.

So why no women in the lodge? It would take a change at international level to allow that. It's an organization that aims to make men "better men". There were still roles for women. Mr. Milton's wife was heavily involved in his lodge's social committee and charity work.

Is the lodge dying off? The "flower power, hippy generation" were not interested in the lodge, meaning there is a missing generation. New Zealand membership reached a high of 47,000 in 1964. More younger members are joining than ever before, but older members are dying.

What's the regalia about? The symbolism teaches members the lessons of life, just as the regalia a church minister wears has special significance.

Are masons anti-Christian? Certainly not. Every freemason must believe in a superior being. Many are Christians and choose the Bible as their "sacred law" on which they swear their "obligation". Yet Mr. Barker has been at ceremonies where five "sacred laws" have been used because of the different beliefs of members.

"You can have a Muslim sitting next to us, and a Hindu on the other side. It teaches tolerance and you expect the same back."

What they must all have is high moral standards.

Do freemasons help each other? One criminal who gave the Masonic sign to a British judge was sentenced to hang - proof there was no favoritism.

The organization probably helps non members more. It has already donated $3 million to hospices this year, funds university research into gerontology, brain disease and pediatrics, and is the largest private provider of university scholarships.

Can you leave the lodge? Yes. Some choose to. Others are expelled when they breach the high moral standards demanded, or are convicted of an imprisonable offence.

And what about the goats? Lodge buildings used to be on large sections and while the grass might be mowed in residential areas, in the rural areas a farmer Freemason might tie up a goat to eat the grass. With the buildings having no windows, rumors were rife as to why the goat was there.

A "goat" is also a traditional mason's tool – a two legged lifting device. Some say the lodge's symbol, the square and compass, looks like a goat head with horns when turned upside down. Anything else you might have heard about Freemasons and goats is purely myth.

It was not the first time Mr Milton had been asked the "goat" question.

Hustling For Candidates

Author Unknown

From The Freemasonry Victoria Freemasonry Victoria

Originally published in the Canadian Craftsman August 1897

A good brother, earnest and faithful in lodge work, remarked the other day," we must now get out and hustle for members." Just what he meant by "hustling for members," we are at a loss to fully comprehend. We hear a member called "a hustler" if he brings in a large number of petitions, and he is looked on as some kind of superior Mason, because of his activity. He is regarded as a brother whose zeal is worthy of imitation. But is that always the case? Does it always prove advantageous to the lodge to have a "hustler" in it? Is it not from "hustling" that the unworthy are brought into the fraternity?

Masonry is opposed to proselytism. It has no traveling "salesmen," no "drummers," no "missionaries." It is a purely voluntary association and opposes any invitation on the part of the members to those outside to enter its portals. No man who is solicited by his friend to join the lodge can say absolutely that he is "unbiased by friends." The very solicitation, to a certain degree, affects his opinion. He must come of his "own free will and accord."

There is, we fear, too much "hustling," not that it is always done in an offensive way, but in far too many cases, the desire to increase membership or replenish the treasury leads to the use of undue influence to bring in candidates. Masonry is opposed in all its teaching to such a method. A man must appreciate the value of the institution from what he sees of its good effects. He will not be a Free Mason if he does not come uninfluenced. No man can say he is free who listens to the suggestion or request of his friend to "join my lodge." There is no doubt that friendship and association has very much to do with much of the "hustling" that is done. This fact also exists, that the friendship is cemented and made stronger when these who we esteem and love have the lodge secrets in common with us. There is a kind of kinship, as emphasized brother, that is found nowhere else. But, with all this, desirable and pleasant as it is, the dearest friend we have must be a free man before initiation, and a free Mason afterwards.

We rejoice at the prosperity of Freemasonry. We are glad when good men unite in the great work. The more such men we have the better the fraternity and the better the world at large. The wider influence of the principles of the institution, the more good will be accomplished. Let the lives of the members of the craft be so imbued with the spirit of true Masonry the ennobling and sublime tenets of our profession, that every one will be "as a city set upon a hill," which can not be hid; or a "candle upon a candlestick," which sheds light for all. Then will the good men be attracted to it and the fraternity will grow

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The Waller County Shrine Club

By Corky

Back Row - Jimmy Hooper President - Fred Loofs Past Potentate - John Crowhurst Past President - Richard Jones Member
Front Row Jeff Madsen General Manager - Suellen Newland Manager - Nick Coronis Vice President

Waller Shrine Club President Jimmy Hooper and Past Potentate. Fred Loofs of Waller Lodge, John Crowhurst of Pleasant Hill Lodge, Member Richard Jones and Vice President Nick Coronis met with Jeff Madsen General Manager and Suellen Newland Manager of the Cypress 290 IHop restaurant. They met to allow the Shrine Club members to present a Plaque of Appreciation to the Cypress 290 IHOP for working with the Shrine Club to raise over $9,500 for the Shriner’s Hospitals. The IHop gave free pancakes to anyone donating money to the Shriners for the Shrine Hospital.

Freemasonry Is The Mighty Paradox Of The Ages

Author Unknown

It is not a benevolent society and yet its charities are the largest of all fraternal organizations. Our charities are the natural expression of men who have learned the genuine meaning of Charity.

Freemasonry does not claim to be a religion, yet its teachings embrace the fundamental principles of all true religions. It recognizes the right of each brother to the religion of his choice, while it offers men of various religious affiliations the opportunity to meet as brothers.

Freemasonry is referred to as a "secret organization". It has modes of recognition which are secret, but our principles are published far and wide. Tens of thousands of books have been published on the subject of Freemasonry.

The genuine secrets of Freemasonry are the secrets of the Universe. The acorn grows into a mighty oak, and the entire process is one of secrecy and silence. The sun proclaims a new day, and marks the close of another day, and it, too, is a force of silence and secrecy.

We see the Lodge building in the community. But still we do not hear or see the heartbeat of Freemasonry. We say hear of an incident where a child is given shelter and love, or a crippled child, whose parents cannot afford to pay for hospitalization and surgery, is made to walk again, a widow may receive a basket of groceries, a young man aspires to be a Freemason like his Dad, and all of this is included in the vast mysteries of Freemasonry.

Our membership is not a membership of men who have achieved greatness, yet through the ages it has attracted the great. The poets, Goethe, Burns, Scott, Kipling, and others have left us immortal lines inspired by their love of Freemasonry.

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"

The Small Town Texas Masons E-Magazine

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This Month features the Conroe Lodge No. 748, A.F.&A.M. and Brother Samuel May Williams

This Month's Humor

A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him.

She finally overtook him at the checkout, And she turned to him and said, "I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease; it's just that you look so much like my late son."

He answered, "That's okay."

"I know it's silly, but if you'd call out "Good bye, Mom" as I leave the store, It would make me feel so happy."

She then went through the checkout, And as she was on her way out of the store, The man called out, "Goodbye, Mom."

The little old lady waved, and smiled back at him.

Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine Into someone's day, he went to pay for his Groceries.

"That comes to $121.85," said the clerk..

"How come so much ... I only bought 5 items.."

The clerk replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said you'd be paying for her things, too."

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The Freemasons ? It's English Origins and History

My family tree has been traced back to the early Kings of England from the 7th. Century AD. This gives me an interest in English History which is great fun to research. As I am a direct descendent of Sir Christopher Wren and have many ancestors from London who were members of various Freemasonry and London Livery companies I have created this article on the history of the Freemasons. England is the oldest European country ( 1500 years old ) and London itself was founded by the Romans in 53 AD.

The history of Freemasonry originates from the time of the Knights Templer. The aim of Freemasonry is to study the development, evolution and events of the fraternal organisation known as Freemasonry. This history is generally separated into two time periods: before and after the formation of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717. Before this time, the facts and origins of Freemasonry are not absolutely known and are therefore frequently explained by theories or legends. After the formation of the Grand Lodge of England, the history of Freemasonry is extremely well-documented and can be traced through the creation of hundreds of Grand Lodges that spread rapidly worldwide.

  English Masonic historians place great importance on 24 June 1717 (St. John the baptist's day) when four London lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House in St Paul's churchyard and formed what they called The Grand Lodge of England. Although Freemasonry had existed in England since at least the mid-1600s and in Scotland since The Schaw Statutes were enacted in 1598 and 1599, the establishment of a permanent Grand Lodge in London in 1717 is traditionally considered the formation of organized Freemasonry in its modern sense.

  A credible historical source asserting the antiquity of Freemasonry is the Halliwell Manuscript or Regius Poem – believed to date from ca. 1390. This makes reference to several concepts and phrases similar to those found in Freemasonry. The manuscript itself seems to be an elaboration on an earlier document, to which it refers.

There is also the Cooke Manuscript, an undated manuscript constitution from the mid-15th century, the oldest of the Gothic Constitutions. The first statutory use of the word 'Freemason' in England appears in the Statutes of the Realm enacted in 1495 under Henry VI, although the archaic term “frank mason” had been used fifty years earlier. Prior to that, the earliest use of the term “frank Masons” was in a 1376 reference to the “Company of frank Masons,” one of the numerous craft guilds of London.

By 1583, the date of the Grand Lodge manuscript, the documentary evidence begins to grow. These are described as Head and Principal respectively. As a side note, following a dispute over numbering at the formation of the Grand Lodge of Scotland (GLS) – Kilwinning is numbered as Lodge Mother of KilwinningNumber 0 (pronounced 'Nothing'), GLS. Quite soon thereafter, a charter was granted to Sir William St. Clair (later Sinclair) of Roslin (Rosslyn), allowing him to purchase jurisdiction over a number of lodges in Edinburgh and environs. This may be the basis of the Templar myth surrounding Rosslyn Chapel. The Regius Poem and Cooke manuscript, about 1390 and 1410 respectively, are written in the dialects of the west and southwest of England, and may have been written for the school of masonry associated with Salisbury Cathedral.

Early operative Freemasons, unlike virtually all Europeans except the Clergy, were Free – not bound to the land on which they were born. The various skills required in building complex stone structures, especially churches and cathedrals, allowed skilled masons to travel and find work at will. They were lodged in a temporary structure – either attached to, or near, the main stone building. In this lodge, they ate, slept and received their work assignments from the master of the work. To maintain the freedom they enjoyed required exclusivity of skills, and thus, as an apprentice was trained, his instructor attached moral values to the tools of the trade, binding him to his fellows of the craft.( citation needed ).

Freemasonry's transition from a craft guild of operative, working stonemasons into a fraternity of speculative, accepted, gentleman Freemasons began in Scottish lodges during the early 1600s. The earliest record of a lodge accepting a non-operative member occurs in the records of the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel), 8 June 1600, where it is shown that John Boswell, Laird of Aucheinleck, was present at a meeting. The first record of the initiation of a non-operative mason in a lodge is contained in the minutes of the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel) for 3 July 1634, when the Right Honourable Lord Alexander was admitted a Fellowcraft. The first record of the Initiation of a non-operative on English soil, was in 1641 when Sir Robert Moray was admitted to the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel) at Newcastle.

From the early 1600s references are found to Freemasonry in personal diaries and journals. Elias Ashmole was made a Mason in 1646 and notes attending several Masonic meetings. There appears to be a general spread of the Craft, between Ashmole's account and 1717, when four English Lodges meeting in London taverns joined together and founded the Grand Lodge of London (now known as the United Grand Lodge of England). They had held meetings, respectively, at the Cheshire Cheese Tavern, the Apple-Tree Tavern, the Crown Ale-House near Drury Lane, the Goose and Gridiron in St. Paul's Churchyard, and the Rummer and Grapes Tavern in Westminster.

With the foundation of this first Grand Lodge, Freemasonry shifted from being an obscure, relatively private, institution into the public eye. The years following saw new Grand Lodges open throughout Europe. How much of this growth was the spreading of Freemasonry itself, and how much was due to the public organization of pre-existing private Lodges, is uncertain.

As so many Famous events happened and were created in England and the rest of the British Isles over the centuries, I thought it would be a good idea to tell the various stories in my various articles of the many English and British Icons from the Anglo Saxon times to present day England's current history.

Surviving The Big Ones

By John "Corky" Daut

Editor's Note; A long time ago, in a different life (1998), I began writing some short stories about growing up during the Great Depression so my kids would know what it was like. The editor of some weekly newspapers saw some of them and started running them as a weekly column.

Just as a reminder to our older Brothers and a "how it was back then" for the younger ones, I decided to run a few in this newsletter. Corky

As for the Big Ones, being born in 1928, I grew up during the hard times between the stock market crash of 1929 and the end of World War II in 1945.

By 1943 or 1944 we were beginning to win World War II and German soldiers were being captured and sent back to the United States. All of us boys were very patriotic, collecting scrap metal and buying Defense Stamps, but I guess teen age boys didn't feel as much hostility toward the Germans and the Japanese that the adults did during the war.

I always spent at least part of the summer with my grandparents in Montgomery, Texas. Some of us boys used to walk down to the depot in Montgomery to talk to the German prisoners of war who worked there during the day. There was a POW camp at Huntsville for the German prisoners. A truck brought about 8 or 10 POWs and a US Army sergeant to guard them, to Montgomery each morning. The prisoners were used to load pulpwood onto railroad flatcars. Those Germans were part of General Rommel's troops, that were captured by the American forces in North Africa.

Each one, including the U.S. sergeant had a sack lunch with a jar of tea. After lunch all of the men, including the sergeant would all lay down on the depot's loading platform and take a short nap. The sergeant would often field strip his rifle to show us boys and the Germans how proficient he was and how the rifle operated. Needless to say he didn't worry enough about his crew to keep a clip in his rifle. As the sergeant would say, why worry, where would they go, there's a whole ocean between them and their home. After lunch and a short rest, the prisoners would get up, put a horse collar pad across their shoulder and go back to work. They would transfer the huge stacks of pulpwood logs on their shoulder, one at a time and stack them on railroad flatcars until the army truck arrived in the late afternoon to take them back to the camp for the night.

A few of the prisoners could speak fairly good English and would interpret for the others. They loved to show off pictures of their families and talk about life in Germany before the war and how much the country had improved before the war started. They were proud of things like the Autobahn.

That was the year we discovered that the average German soldier like the average American soldier was a man who loved his family and country and had to obey orders from their superior, whether they agreed or not.

Regarding the war itself, it was funny, but to a man they all still thought Hitler was a great man and would have been the savior of the German people. However, they hated the leaders who were second in command under him such as Goring, Gerbels, Hess and Himmler and blamed them for the war and all of Germany's troubles.

On the other side of the coin, our returning veterans were our heros. Around the end of 1945, large numbers of armed forces veterans begin returning to Houston to take advantage of the Veterans Administration educational benefits. Soon the old Sam Houston High School in downtown Houston had students roaming the halls who were adult men in their twenties or thirties and most of them were adults in ways other then their age. They smoked cigarettes just about anywhere in the building except in the classrooms. They told the hall monitors to go to hell, if they were ask for a hall pass and told anyone from the janitor to the principal to go to hell when they felt pushed. They had been war heroes and the school treated them as heroes. A couple of the veterans even indirectly saved my backside once and were my personal heroes for awhile. In those days most of the boys smoked cigarettes. In four years of smoking in the rest rooms between classes, I never heard of anyone getting caught except for that one time.

There were about twenty of us smoking in the third floor boy's rest room, on that day that when Mr. Roebuck our assistant principal, walked in. He was retiring in a couple of weeks and must have decided it was safe to try at least one raid on the smokers before he left. He stood in the doorway for a long time, either in shock at the number of us or just trying to see how many he knew. Finally after looking us over he ordered, "I want every one of you boys to follow me, we are all going down to my office."

I was one of the closest ones to the door. So I was right behind Mr. Roebuck as he led the group to the staircase and down the stairs to the first floor. He didn't realize he was carrying his load in a leaky bucket however, until we arrived at his office door. He opened his door and turned around to face the group for the first time since we had left the boy's rest room. There were only three of us standing there. The rest had bailed out 1 or 2 at a time as we descended the staircases. Mr. Roebuck's face fell when he realized the two fellows behind me were both veterans and he had to let them go. He looked at me for what seemed forever, before he finally said. "Aw, go on John, the rest of them got away you may as well too."

The Monthly 'Computers For Masons' Series

Understanding Computers - Part 5 of 5

Introduction to Computers

Categories of Software.

Generally speaking, software can be categorized as system software or applications software. A subset of system software is an operating system, the underlying software found on all computers. Applications software, software that is applied, can be used to solve a particular problem or to perform a particular task. Applications software may be either custom or packaged. Many large organizations pay programmers to write custom software, software that is specifically tailored to their needs. We will use several forms of system software (e.g. Windows 2000, MacOS) and several application software programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) in this course.

Some Task-Oriented Software.

Most users, whether at home or in business, are drawn to task-oriented software, sometimes called productivity software, that can make their work faster and their lives easier. The collective set of business tasks is limited, and the number of general paths towards performing these tasks is limited, too. Thus, the tasks and the software solutions fall, for the most part, into just a few categories, which can be found in most business environments. These major categories are word processing (including desktop publishing), spreadsheets, database management, graphics, and communications. We will present a brief description of each category here.

Word Processing/Desktop Publishing

The most widely used personal computer software is word processing software. This software lets you create, edit, format, store, and print text and graphics in one document. In this definition it is the three words in the middle-edit, format, and store-that reveal the difference between word processing and plain typing. Since you can store the memo or document you type on disk, you can retrieve it another time, change it, reprint it, or do whatever you like with it. You can see what a great time-saver word processing can be: unchanged parts of the stored document do not need to be retyped; the whole revised document can he reprinted as if new.

As the number of features in word processing packages has grown, word processing has crossed the border into desktop publishing territory. Desktop publishing packages are usually better than word processing packages at meeting high-level publishing needs, especially when it comes to typesetting and color reproduction. Many magazines and newspapers today rely on desktop publishing software. Businesses use it to produce professional-looking newsletters, reports, and brochures-both to improve internal communication and to make a better impression on the outside world. 

Figure 12: Spreadsheet Software
Electronic Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets, made up of columns and rows, have been used as business tools for centuries (Figure 12). A manual spreadsheet can be tedious to prepare and, when there are changes, a considerable amount of calculation may need to he redone. An electronic spreadsheet is still a spreadsheet, but the computer does the work. In particular, spreadsheet software automatically recalculates the results when a number is changed. This capability lets business people try different combinations of numbers and obtain the results quickly. This ability to ask "What if . . . ?" helps business people make better, faster decisions. In this course, we use Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet application software.

Database Management

Software used for database management-the management of a collection of interrelated facts-handles data in several ways. The software can store data, update it, manipulate it, report it in a variety of views, and print it in as many forms. By the time the data is in the reporting stage-given to a user in a useful form-it has become information. A concert promoter, for example, can store and change data about upcoming concert dates, seating, ticket prices, and sales. After this is done, the promoter can use the software to retrieve information, such as the number of tickets sold in each price range or the percentage of tickets sold the day before the concert. Database software can be useful for anyone who must keep track of a large number of facts. Database software is shown in Figure 12.

Figure 13: Database Software

It might seem wasteful to show graphics to business people when standard computer printouts are readily available. However, graphics, maps, and charts can help people compare data and spot trends more easily, and make decisions more quickly. In addition, visual information is usually more compelling than a page of numbers. We use Microsoft's PowerPoint and Adobe's Photoshop application software for graphics. We use it in two ways: for doing original drawings, and for creating visual aids to project as a support to an oral presentation.


We have already described communications in a general way. From the viewpoint of a worker with a personal computer at home, communications means-in simple terms-that he or she can hook a phone up to the computer and communicate with the computer at the office, or get at data stored in someone else's computer in another location.  We use Microsoft's Internet Explorer application software for doing email, World Wide Web browsing, and participating in Internet discussion groups.

A Little Military Humor

Occasionally The Ammo Runs Short

Beneath Gargoyles And Gaslight

From The Brisbane Times

IWhile George Washington (1732-1799) is arguably the best-known American Freemason, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) may be a close second. The National Heritage Museum includes a number of objects depicting Franklin, which recognize his Masonic membership.

This print, Franklin Opening the Lodge, was published by Kurz and Allison of Chicago and dates to 1896. The partnership, which extended from 1880 to at least 1899, produced a wide range of decorative prints, including a series depicting Revolutionary War battles.

Benjamin Franklin became a Freemason when he was initiated in St. John's Lodge in Philadelphia in 1731. His involvement with the fraternity extended over the next fifty years, during which time he held several leadership roles. He served as Grand Master of Pennsylvania in 1734 and Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania in 1749. While in Paris during the American Revolution, Franklin became a member of the Lodge of Nine Sisters (La Loge des Neuf Soeurs), serving as its Venerable Master from 1779 to 1781.(For more on Franklin's Masonic activities, see this previous poston our blog.)

In this print, Franklin wears a Masonic apron and a Master's jewel around his neck. He stands in a lodge room, surrounded by a number of Masonic symbols. Presumably, this print appealed to Freemasons around the country and was considered appropriate as decoration in the lodge and in the home.

This print is in the Treasures section of our website, which includes information on approximately 100 objects from our collection.

Franklin Opening the Lodge, 1896, Kurz and Allison (partnership 1880-1899), Chicago, Illinois, National Heritage Museum, Special Acquisitions Fund, 81.56. Photograph by David Bohl.

Here are some of the "funnies" our grandparents enjoyed.

The Old Tiler Talks

Geometric Bull
From the Old Tiler's Talk - by Carl H. Claudy, The Temple Publishers

"There are a lot of things in Masonry," began the New Brother to the Old Tiler.

"Bravo!" cried the Old Tiler, sarcastically. "Who told you all that?"

"And some of them," continued the New Brother, "are more or less bull. I yield to no one in my love for the order, but I see its faults. And when I am expected to learn the science of geometry as a part of Masonry I know I am being bulled. There is no more sense to including geometry in the second degree than there would be including paleontology or..."

"I love to hear a man say he can see the faults of Masonry," interrupted the Old Tiler, "because then I am in the presence of a master mind. Generations of philosophers have made Masonry what it is. When a new brother can plainly see its faults he is greater than all of these."

"Of course I did not mean it that way. I just meant that I, er, you know..."

"Do I? Well, then I suppose I'd better not mince words about it. To say there is no sense to geometry in the second degree is to advertise the fact that you know nothing and care less for the symbolism of the order. Take from Masonry its symbolism and all you have left is a central thought with no means of expression. Imagine a great musician, deaf, blind, and paralyzed, his heart ringing with wonderful melodies and harmonies, yet unable to give them expression, and you have a mental picture of Masonry without symbolism. Symbolism is Masonry's means of expressing thought, and geometry, in the second degree, is not an arithmetical study, but a symbol.

"Geometry was an outgrowth of the first science. The first glimpse brute man had there was aught in nature but haphazard chance or the capricious doing of a superior overlord was when he learned the stupendous fact that two and two always make four.

"From that humble beginning and recognition of the master law of the universe-which is, that law is universal, unchanging, and invariable-grew the study of things; their surfaces, their areas, their angles, their motions, their positions. Modern methods have gone farther than Euclid, but his work was perfectly done and Euclid's geometry stands today as a perfect thing, as far as he took it.

"Geometry is the science of order. Reaching back to the first recognition that there was order in the world, it may stand for anyone who has eyes to see, as it does stand in Masonry, for man's recognition of God in the universe. It is a symbol of universality. By geometry we know that natural law on earth is nature's law for the stars. There have been few atheists in the world, but I venture to say that none of them have been geometricians or astronomers. They know too much to deny the existence of the Great Geometer when seeing His work.

"Geometry is everywhere. It is in the snowflake's measured lines of crystallization. There is geometry of the honeycomb and a geometry of the cone of a fir tree. Mountains stand or fall as they obey or disobey the laws of geometry and the spider in her web and the planets in their orbits alike work according to the universal laws of geometry.

"'I think God's thoughts after Him,' said the great astronomer Kepler, looking through his telescope and thinking of the geometry of the skies.

"If we know two angles and one dimension, we can find the other dimension. Man has angles and dimensions; and if we know enough of them we can find the rest. One of a man's angles is his love of Masonry. Given a real love of Masonry as one angle, a willingness to live her precepts as the other and we can tell what sort of a man he is now, used to be, and will be in the future.

"It is a real geometry the second degree commends to you, my brother, because it is a symbol of law and order, of Deity, of universality. But it is spiritual geometry which you should study rather than the propositions of Euclid, bearing in mind that they are symbols of that which Masonry most venerates, most wisely teaches, and most greatly loves.

"Our ancient brother Pythagoras discovered the wonderful demonstration of the Great Architect which is the forty-seventh problem of Euclid. And so when I hear a young squirt of a Mason, with his eyes barely opened to the long path which is Masonry winding through the stars to God, say that the geometry in the second degree is bull, I wish I were young enough to take him out in the back lot and treat him as I would a small boy who found humor in church and fun in sacred things, and..."

"Oh, stop!" cried the New Brother. "I was wrong. I didn't understand. Say, where can I get a geometry book? I want to know more about that forty-seventh problem."

"In the reading room," growled the Old tiler. "And, say, son, when you get it in your head, come back here and explain it all over again to me, will you?"

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