Secretary collects remaining fees, returns, and say's: M. W. M.,
the candidates have complied with all the requirements financially
and are waiting for your further orders.
W M. says aloud: Let the alarm be sounded, the guard posted,
the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual, and the pilgrims
fully prepared for the sacrifice by divesting him of his H. C. and S.,
B—F him, then bind him with ropes around the hips. [While the
Master is speaking the foregoing sentence the Lodge-room door lead¬
ing to ante-room must be left ajar so candidates can hear. In the
meantime the Supporters, Marshals and those who are preparing can¬
didates, do as the Master has said in the above sentence. Just as the
blind is being placed on their eyes let the lightning flash, thunder roll
and chains rattle, etc., members groan.]
After the confusion has ceased the Deputy Master says aloud:
Cut down the tree, but leave the stump of his roots in the earth
Avith iron and brass bound around it.
[The rope is then drawn around the hips rapidly, as soon as D.
M has ceased speaking. The candidate is then led to the door of the
L. and instructed to give ***** distinct R's]
I. S. says: Who comes there, and what do you desire? Who
dares approach this mysterious assembly without the magic word or
the key to it?
Candidate. Nebuchadnezzar, from the tour of Babylon.
I. S.—What comes he here to do?
Answer by candidate: To learn the mysterious symbol and wor¬
ship the true and living God, and to practice the divine attributes of
Justice, Mercy and Truth.
I. S. says: Worthy Master, while we are assembled in Justice,.
Mercy and Truth the door of our secrecy is alarmed by one who-
claims to be Nebuchadnezzar, from the tour of Babylon, and is desir¬
ous of learning the mysterious symbol, and to worship with us the
W. M.—Then let the conductor apply the key to our mysterious
symbol and enter the secret gate, and find the path that leads to the
Candidate, prompted, says aloud: Unity, Brotherly Love and
Friendship. [Door is thrown open, and as the candidate enters W
M sounds gavel and says, in company with all the brethren:] Arise,
O Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered. [They sound the thunder,
roll balls, stamp on the floor and say:] Let the Holy Watcher come
down, let sin be abused; every man to his post; let us save the house
of the Lord our God.