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VINTAGE
11th AUGUST 1934
Lot of 2
The WORKING TOOLS
of a Social Mason
The FREEMASON Article +
Typewritten Manuscript
MASONIC
COLLECTIBLES
EPHEMERA
 
DETAILS:
 
1 X FREEMASON cutting
4.6 inches x 12.75 inches
   
1 x Typewritten Manuscript
8 inches x 13 inches
 
 THE WORKING TOOLS OF A SOCIAL MASON
 
THE FREEMASON
11th AUGUST 1934
 
“By the Worshipful Master’s command
I now present to you the Working Tools of the Social Mason. 
They are the Fork, Knife and Tumbler. 
 
The Fork is an implement
by which even the most experienced Mason 
can secure sometimes, by reaching across the table, 
the most delicate and succulent morsels
which adorn our festive board
to delight the eye
and stimulate the jaded appetite. 
It is further used to convey
the various portions to the aperture
which has been especially designed to receive them, 
and which reduces all nutriment
to a common level. 
More especially should it be used when
partaking of peas, 
for if conveyed to the mouth by knife
these vegetable globules may become rather elusive. 
The Knife,
when properly ground and sharpened, 
can be used to dissect the anatomy
of the most venerable rooster, 
divide and prepare the same into proper portions
to suit the aforementioned aperture,
and thus prevent that frequent flow of eloquence
which at all times is the special characteristic
of a convivial MASON. 
 
The TUMBLER
enables us with accuracy and precision
to ascertain and determine
the quantity of liquid which is most conducive
to the preservation of our general joviality,
and although the Tumblers have not that mark
known as “pretty”,
yet the skilled Craftsman can measure his tot
by the two or three finger rule.
 
But as we have not met as speculative,
but rather as operative and energetic Masons,
it is the moral conveyed by these emblems
which we are most particularly
requested to regard.
 
In this sense the Fork points out
that we should not at all times sit still
and wait for that which we most desire,
but should reach out, secure, and retain it,
profiting by our opportunities
and assimilating knowledge
gained by our experience. 
Nor should we forget that the little things
in life require to be looked after,
lest they elude our grasp
and be lost beyond recall,
and as the prongs of the Fork are equal
and mutually assist each other,
being bound together in one complete structure,
so we are all equal
when we met together as Masons.
 
The Fork should also teach us
to stand shoulder to shoulder
and practise those four qualities,
which cannot be recommended too strongly to our notice-
straightforwardness in all our dealings
with one another,
good temper in our differences of opinion,
sympathy with the failings of a Brother,
and fidelity to the sacred ties
that bind us together.
 
The Knife teaches us to the value of aciduity,
for as it requires to be sharp
and in good order
to cope with some of the problems which confront it,
so we are taught to take care
of our mental and corporeal faculties,
so that we may not be left behind
in the battle of life.
It further teaches us not to cut off
more than we can comfortably chew,
but to limit our desires in every stage of life,
so that rising to the eminence by merit,
we may live respected and die regretted.
 
The Tumbler inculcates the necessity
for moderation in all things,
for as it has no graduated scale
by which to measure its varied contents,
and the user must exercise his judgment
as to the quantity of liquor poured therein,
so we are expected to ascertain
and not exceed the limits
of our internal economy;
and as the Tumbler will hold
only a certain quantity
without detriment to its surroundings,
so we must learn our capacity,
and thus avoid overflowing
with untimely hilarity,
or confusing our mental and physical powers.
 
Thus, the W.T’s of a convivial Mason
teaches us to bear in mind
and act according to cardinal virtues
of prudence and temperance,
so that when we are summoned to drink
the¬†Tyler’s toast¬†after partaking
of all the good things which a Bountiful Providence
has provided for us,
we may arise and depart homewards
with a gratifying testimony of a contented mind,
an equal poise and a clear brain.
 
Thanks to the¬†New Zealand Craftsman.”
 
 

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The W.T’s of a Social Mason: Published THE FREEMASON 11th August, 1934¬†

THE W.T’s OF A SOCIAL MASON:
Typewritten Manuscript 

 

 


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