Mercy** and Truth***, which must be done by the Master only. Can¬
didates are then laid on the floor and the entire Lodge marches over
them, being careful not to step on them. Hoodwink is removed. Can¬
didates are then carried to the valley of death, where they are caused
to look on the carcasses of those who have transgressed the laws, be¬
trayed our secrets, and have suffered the penalty of their obligation.
The picture of skeletons or bones is here shown in a dark place.
After commenting on them the candidates are led back to the Lodge-
room, where they are restored to light, by all slapping the hands and
feet one time, as the hoodAATink is removed. Candidates are seated.]
The Lecture on the emblems is then administered as follows:
At thctop and center of the group of emblems we find the eagle,
with his watchful eye, guarding his associates to prevent the intru¬
sion of strangers or others not entitled to the enjoyments that the
secret mysteries of the Order hold out to its members.
On its right we behold Justice, with her scales poised, shoAving
that the United Brothers of Friendship propose
to deal justly with all mankind.
In her left hand she holds the sword, to
show that Justice is demanded for the mem¬
bers of this Order.
On her right is the shield, which means
that the Order shields its members from harm
and danger as long as their conduct merits
At her back is a representation of the
ocean, on which ships are visible, indicating
that the day is not far distant when the U. B.
F. Order will be wafted to every country on
the Globe by these Messengers who await her
On the left stands Mercy with arms ex¬
tended, showing that she is merciful to all
who appeal to her for commisseration in ac¬
cord with that passage of the Scripture that
says: "Blessed are the merciful, for they
shall obtain mercy."
Truth is represented by that great light,
the Holy Bible, the guide of civilization.
The Bible rests on the Triangle that con¬
tains three points (J. M. and T.) in the great circle of morality that
should ever be uppermost in the mind of man.