Sunday, October 01, 2006


Once a politician in Tennessee, he died defending the Alamo in Texas.

Bro. David Crockett, 1786-1836 - Once a politician in Tennessee, he died defending the Alamo in Texas. After establishing a favorable reputation during the Creek War, Bro.Davy Crockett won great popularity in his home state of Tennessee. Known for his humor and oratory skills, citizens elected Bro. Crockett to the fledgling state legislature in 1821. Soon after, he was elevated to the U.S. Congress, and was a representative from 1827-31, and again from 1833-1835. Bro. Crockett sought re-election to Congress in 1835, but was defeated. It was then that he decided to leave his home state for Texas. There, he supported the future state's independence from Mexico, and died while defending the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Bro. Crockett was one of several Brothers who died that day at the Alamo. (The Learning Kingdom)

To Bro. Benjamin Franklin, A Tip on Time

One day a gentleman walked into one of Bro. Ben Franklin's book stores. As one of the clerks went to assist him, the gentleman asked the clerk the price of the book he wished to purchase. The young clerk looked at the price posted on the book and said, "That book is one dollar, sir." The gentleman began to haggle with the clerk over the price. The clerk assured him that the correct price for the book was one dollar and no lower. As the man realized that his efforts to haggle with the clerk were going nowhere, he insisted on speaking with Bro. Ben Franklin directly. Bro. Franklin stopped his work, walked out to the storefront and the gentleman asked, "What is the price of this book?" Bro.Franklin answered, "One dollar and a quarter." The gentleman was confused and replied, "Your clerk just said it was a dollar." Bro. Franklin picked up the book and answered, "Yes, it was a dollar. But now you're wasting my time."(1) (1)John C. Maxwell, Timely Advice About Time (Maximum Impact Audio, 1999)

Will The Real Cornerstone Laying Stand Up?

There are several artistic presentations of what some people think the U.S. Capitol cornerstone laying ceremony looked like. No one knows for sure, since no one at that time made any picture, and the descriptions in newspapers were very sketchy. At the U.S. Capitol itself, there are at least 2 original artistic representations of this ceremony that I know of. One is a sculpture on one of the doors of the Capitol, and the other is a painting on one of the walls or ceilings. Neither of these pictures looks like the other, but both show George Washington wearing a Masonic apron and collar. At the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, there is a huge mural that also purports to show what it might have looked like when George Washington led the Capitol cornerstone laying ceremony in 1793. It, too, is different from both of the representations in the U.S. Capitol building. In the early 1990s, the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, commissioned another painting of what this ceremony might have looked like, and that painting is now hanging in the House of the Temple, the headquarters of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, in Washington, D.C. As you might guess, it shows the same ceremony, but looking completely different from all the other representations. No one knows if this representation is accurate, or if any of the others are. The common characteristics, which seem to be supported by the sketchy newspaper reports, are that George Washington presided, he wore Masonic regalia, and he was accompanied and assisted by representatives of several nearby lodges. Partly because of the lack of details about this, the cornerstone that Washington actually used has never been identified again, since 1793. Some people have spent a tremendous amount of effort to try to find it, but as of now no one has been able to find it, or to prove they know where it is. This is the source of great controversy among some people. Also, we will probably never know what the ceremony looked like, or precisely what took place in 1793 at this ceremony. It's too bad CNN and C-SPAN didn't exist then, and that no one took the time to sketch a picture or write a more detailed report of exactly what the event looked like. - Bro.Paul M. Bessel, >Exec.Secty/Masonic Leadership Center, George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Masonic Cornerstone Supports Old Cadet Chapel at West Point

The Old Cadet Chapel is the oldest public building at the United States Military Academy at West Point. According to Marie T. Capps, writing in the Friends of the West Point Library Newsletter (April, 1997), during the Academy's Centennial Celebration in 1902, plans for the expansion of the Academy included the building of a new Cadet Chapel. Cadets rebelled and argued for the preservation and relocation of the Old Chapel which, after some energized lobbying, was approved by the Secretary of War. . Original plans could not be found so under Col. John Carson, then West Point Quartermaster, the Old Chapel was carefully measured and the plans redrawn. Excavation for the cellar and foundation at the new site was completed in 1909. Every stone in the Old Chapel had been numbered so each could be returned to its original place. All the while workers searched for the obscure cornerstone. It was found finally at the very bottom of the northeast corner - a flat stone on which had been cut , November 1, 1834." The inscription was protected by a piece of sheet lead on the underside of which had been scratched: "Charles Lamb, Mason." This stone was placed at the cemetery in the front of the building below the sill on the left of the entrance. A similar stone, inscribed August 25, 1910, the date-re-erection began, took is former place on the wall beneath the sill on the north side. The Editors thank Bro. L.A. Buchalter of Hudson River Lodge 309 in Newburgh, NY, and Wallkill Lodge No. 627 in Walden, NY..for this item. Bro. Buchalter works in the Directorate of Housing & Public Works at the USMA, and has been there since 1961.



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