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Letter of the month: February 2009

From: "D. Collier" <threeds@1-us.com>
Subject: Masonry Question
Date: Thu 11 Dec 2008 11:06:36 PM EST


While metal detecting along the Colorado River today, I found a man's gold ring. It has the inscription, “Deus Meumque Jus” inscribed on the inside, and the name, “Everett Blanton” , and a date of, “10-18-93” . The outside of the ring bears a triangle with the numbers, “33” inside it. I googled this back to the Freemasons.

Is there any way that I can notify Mr. Blanton of the recovery of his lost ring? Is there a way to track this fellow down through a Masonry roster?

Thank you,

Dan Collier,
Laughlin, Nevada

Dear Mr. Collier,

Thanks for writing. There might be a way to get that ring back to him, or his family or friends!

That ring indicates that Mr. Blanton is a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. While there are many, many 32nd degree Masons — nearly every Mason who continues on into the Scottish Rite is soon elevated to the 32nd degree — the 33rd is quite rare, and is only given as an honor to members of the Scottish Rite branch of Masonry who show exceptional dedication and service.

There are only two supreme Scottish Rite offices in the USA, one for the “Northern Jurisdiction” and one for the “Southern” . Mr. Blanton is (or was) almost certainly a member of one of those, and each of them will have a listing of all of their 33rd degree members. So if you use the LINKS section of my website to contact both the Northern and Southern Scottish Rite, one of those ought to be able to find your Mr. Blanton.

Of course, judging by the appearance of the ring, you can decide if the date is 18 October of 1993 or of 1893! That would make quite a difference in whether you'd be able to return the ring to Mr. Blanton, or whether it would be a keepsake for his branch of the Scottish Rite.

If you would care to send along some clear pictures of the ring, I'd be pleased to post them at my website. (Since you are a metal prospector, you probably are used to taking detailed close-up photos, but if not, please note that nearly every digital camera has a special macro setting for taking close-up photos in proper focus.)

Thanks for asking about this. I hope I've given you a sufficient answer. Please let me know what you find out.

-- Gary L. Dryfoos
   A Page About Freemasonry
   now at http://MasonryPage.org

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