may, by an improper course in life, become the associates of the
beasts of the fields, partaking with them in such provisions as aie
necessary to sustain their animal lives.
On the other hand, it teaches the candidates of this degree that,
though bowed down in the scale of human degradation, he may rise
to eminence and distinction among his fellow-men by adhering to
those principles of Justice, Mercy, aud Truth so beautifully illustrated
in the history of Nebuchadnezzar and his distinguished servant,
Daniel, who was a captive of the Great King, but by observing the
principles of Justice, Mercy, and Truth became the greatest man in
You may, brethren, also, have been captives; you may have had
the misfortunes of Daniel; you may have had the warnings of Nebu¬
chadnezzar by dreams. If so, let your interpreter be a good con¬
science and it will surely guide you into all that is right, and your re¬
ward will not be " grass alone," but the bread of eternal life.
ADDITIONAL LECTURE FOR DEGREE LODGE ONLY.
Brotherly Love.—By brotherly love we are taught to regard the
whole human family as the children of one parentage, the high and
the low, the rich and the poor. On this principle the United Brothers
of Friendship desire to unite men of every country, sect, and opinion,
and consolidate true friendship among those who otherwise remain
Justice.—Justice teaches us that we should have an eye single
toward the Almighty, for his eye is always on us, and that we should
always deal justly by all men, but more especially the brotherhood,
for it is the very cement and support of societies.
Mercy.—Active pity, as referring to the afflicted or to a person in
unhappy circumstances. It implies not merely a feeling of pity for
others' misfortunes, but to be merciful one must relieve the necessi¬
ties of the distressed. The mercy of God includes all manner of bless¬
ing. Therefore you must be merciful to all, even to the one who is
found to be guilty of wrong to you. To this person you Avill be ex¬
ceedingly merciful, thereby winning golden opinions from all men.
For even as you are merciful to others, so shall God be merciful unto
Truth.— The word truth is used and signifies opposition to false¬
hood in all its forms. It also signifies fidelity and punctuality in keep¬
ing promises, and, to truth taken in this sense, is generally added
mercy and love.