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               The following Section is only for information only.  Please read and understand
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                                                    SECOND SECTION.

               Q. Why were you divested of all metals when made a Mason?

               A. For the reason, first, that I should carry nothing offensive or defensive into the Lodge;
               second, at the building of King Solomon's Temple, there was not heard the sound of an axe,
               hammer, or any tool of iron.

               Q. How could a building of that stupendous magnitude be erected without the aid of some iron

               A. Because the stones were hewed, squared, and numbered at the quarries where they were
               raised; the trees felled and prepared in the forests of Lebanon, carried by sea in floats to Joppa,
               and from thence by land to Jerusalem, where they were set up with wooden mauls, prepared
               for that purpose; and, when the building was completed, its several parts fitted with such exact
               nicety, that it had more the resemblance of the handy workmanship of the Supreme Architect
               of the universe than of that of human hands.

               Q. Why were you neither naked nor clothed?

               A. Because Masonry regards no one for his worldly wealth or honors; it is the internal, and not
               the external qualifications of a man that should recommend him to be made a Mason.

               Q. Why were you neither barefoot nor shod?

               A. It was in conformity to an ancient Israelitish custom: we read in the book of Ruth, that it was
               their manner of changing and redeeming; and to confirm all things, a Mason plucked off his
               shoe and gave it to his neighbor, and that was testimony in Israel. This then we do in
               confirmation of a token, and as a pledge of our fidelity; thereby signifying that we will renounce
               our own will in all things, and become obedient to the laws of our ancient institution.
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