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4th Quarter, 1997

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  1. Date: Wed, 1 Oct 97 10:10:27 EDT
    Name:: Margie Haynes Kapherr
    E-mail:: Villagaz@aol.com
    Location:: Orlando,Florida
    RQFC-topic: Genealogy and Mason Research?
    Message:: Can both of these two together give more information on family information,history information on our relatives, who were at one time masons I have a great grandfather, Jasper P. Haynes as a member of Masonic Lodge #690 in Hough, DelRio,Tn a substitue Minister. Sincerley with Love

  2. Date: Fri, 3 Oct 97 17:43:10 EDT
    Name:: Gary Foreman
    E-mail:: gl4man@aol.com
    Location:: Sugar Land, Texas U.S.A.
    Lodge:: Sugar Land Lodge #1141
    Lodge Loc'n:: Sugar Land, Texas
    Office:: Senior Steward
    RQFC-topic: Malta, George Wallace Lodge 271
    Message:: A Lodge brother has obtained a very old Masonic gift dated 1887. It is a small wooden box containing two small crystal jars w/ stoppers and one small woven sack. The jars and sack held the wages of the craft. It also contains a handwritten letter from the American Consul of Jerulsalem to the Consul of Malta. The box lid is inscribed with the words "George Wallace", below which is the inscription "271". Also, the crystal jars are etched with the initals G W and the Square and Compasses. Any research help would be appreciated! Thanks

  3. Date: Sun, 5 Oct 97 21:55:26 EDT
    Name:: walter vill
    E-mail:: vill@stud.uni-frankfurt.de
    Location:: frankfurt[germany)
    RQFC-topic:
    Message:: hi masons, i live in germany, im a 27 year old student. i just came back from the u.s.a and somebody from my family told me about the masons. it was very interesting for me , and i could not hear enough about it,i would apreciate. if somebody from elsewhere could write me and tell me more about masons. greetings, from a man , who still believes in the good.

  4. Date: Mon, 6 Oct 97 16:34:48 EDT
    Name:: a.m.apaydin
    E-mail:: alierk@superonline.com
    Location:: Istanbul,Turkey
    RQFC-topic: Column of Beauty
    Message:: I would like to have some comments for one of the sign of masons which I believe that is called column of beauty.

  5. Date: Tue, 7 Oct 97 12:23:32 EDT
    Name:: marcel louis houdelot araujo
    E-mail:: coagro@es.com.sv
    Location:: san salvador, el salvador
    Lodge:: libertad #13
    Lodge Loc'n:: san salvador
    RQFC-topic: number five

  6. Date: Wed, 8 Oct 97 01:36:48 EDT
    Name:: Wilson Rohan
    E-mail:: wilrohan@aol.com
    Location:: Whittier (Los Angeles), California, USA
    Lodge:: Whittier Lodge Number 323, F&AM
    Lodge Loc'n:: 7604 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602
    Office:: Senior Deacon
    RQFC-topic: Masonic and Knights Templar History in England and Scotland
    Message:: I am particularly interested in the diffusion of the former Knights Templar who migrated to the Loch Sween area of Scotland after 1307.

  7. Date: Thu, 9 Oct 97 12:57:59 EDT
    Name:: Pantelis Moralis
    E-mail:: moralis@spark.net.gr
    Location:: Thessaloniki, Greece
    Lodge:: Alexander The Great No 62 of A:. & A:. S:. R:.
    Lodge Loc'n:: Thessaloniki , Greece
    RQFC-topic: search for the knowledge

  8. Date: Sun, 12 Oct 97 07:09:31 EDT
    Name:: Paul Jaworski
    E-mail:: jaworski@zigzag.pl
    Location:: Poland
    RQFC-topic: hermetism, gnosis, kaballah and masonry
    Message:: I'm looking for some interesting and honest web sites about masonic traditions, hermetism and gnosis.

  9. Date: Sun, 12 Oct 97 12:16:02 EDT
    Name:: Ernest A. Seemann
    E-mail:: argo@peganet.com
    Location:: Cape Coral, FL, USA
    Lodge:: Cape Coral Lodge F&AM #367
    Lodge Loc'n:: Cape Coral, FL
    RQFC-topic: Masonic typographical symbols
    Message:: Dear Brethren, I am loking for a source of simple Masonic symbols for WordPerfect or Winword (such as the triple dots which I now type as ":."; and maybe some small graphic symbols that can be used in these word-processing programs. Thanks for your assistance! Ernest

  10. Date: Tue, 14 Oct 97 17:20:07 EDT
    Name:: Peter Kerr
    E-mail:: pkerr@telcel.net.ve
    Location:: Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela
    Lodge:: Luz del Universo No. 123
    Lodge Loc'n:: Maracay
    RQFC-topic: masonic history, phylosophy and doctrine
    Message:: I'm one of the few english speaking masons in venezuela, badly in need all the material I can get concerning to masonic history, phylosophy and doctrine, I'll accept any suggestions.

  11. Date: Wed, 15 Oct 97 08:18:15 EDT
    Name:: Martin Laan
    E-mail:: martinl@ut.ee
    Location:: Tartu, Estonia
    RQFC-topic: A short overview of freemasonry
    Message:: Greetings to all of you from korp! "Vironia". Korp! (or fraternity, if you like) is a Baltic-German form of student organisation. It has several things in common with masonry. For example it's for men only, it has old traditions (not as old as Yours but a few centuries anyway...), it's an intimate organisation, meaning not much information goes outside the members about it's activities, etc I as a young member decided to do my research (compulsory for applying for full membership) on freemasonry. To compare it with korp! life. I gained a lot of good material from this page. So I hereby wish to thank the webmaster. Sincerely yours Martin Laan c 97/I

  12. Date: Wed, 15 Oct 97 16:37:02 EDT
    Name:: Nelson PGM AZ
    E-mail:: nelson@mail.orion.org
    Location:: Springfield, Missouri USA
    Lodge:: Flagstaff #7, AZ and Solomon #271, MO
    Lodge Loc'n:: Flagstaff AZ and Springfield MO
    Office:: Past Grand Master of Arizona
    RQFC-topic: Architecture and freemasonry
    Message:: As an architect I have researched the history of the architectural profession prior to the 1800's and am interested in facts dealing with the profession during the Middle Ages. the profession and its relationship to freemasonry. ry. Am interested in more historical facts in the Middle Ages.

  13. Date: Fri, 17 Oct 97 19:38:57 EDT
    Name:: Leonidas Unzueta Rozas
    E-mail:: telemed@mail.iaxis.com.pe
    Location:: Lima, Perz
    Lodge:: Excelsior #9
    Lodge Loc'n:: Lima, Perz
    Office:: Treasure
    RQFC-topic: Krishna

  14. Date: Sun, 19 Oct 97 21:55:03 EDT
    Name:: Douglas E. Wilson
    E-mail:: d&c.wilson@midkan.com
    Location:: Salina, Ks USA
    Lodge:: Salina Lodge #60
    Lodge Loc'n:: Salina, ks
    Office:: Past Master
    RQFC-topic: Duties of a Mason
    Message:: I think this is in the back of the "Laws of Masonry" of which I do not have a copy. thanks

  15. Date: Mon, 20 Oct 97 00:37:46 EDT
    Name:: Dr. Tilghman L. Moore
    E-mail:: lewmoore@bellatlantic.net
    Location:: Beverly, N.J. 08010 USA
    Lodge:: Hiram #5
    Lodge Loc'n:: Lawnside, N.J.
    RQFC-topic: Recognition & the right of visitation for Prince Hall Masons

  16. Date: Mon, 20 Oct 97 15:37:03 EDT
    Name:: Thomas
    E-mail:: obaz15@aol.com
    RQFC-topic: Masonic symbolism
    Message:: I am presently researching the links between Tubal cain, master engraver, who inscribed with lapis-lazuli upon a slab of iron the origional "Word". Lapis-lazuli is an aluminous mineral of a rich blue colour which may explain the use of the word "Blue" in the Blue Lodge. My research has indicated that this slab of iron is the Lapis Exillis(the one true stone that fell in exile from heaven) and is the stone spoken about as "that rock of Erick at Avalon" which dates back to the Ancient continent of Mu. In tracing the history of this stone and its attendant secrets have led me to believe that The Great White Fraternity was formed to act as "Guardians" of the knowledge and that its initiates have throughout history preserved this knowledge. It is my contention that the Grail, the Philospher's Stone, the Black Stone of Mecca are merely metaphors that allude to this great secret. The Ark of the covenant once housed this great power source. The secret was passed from the great initiate Moses to King David and then on to King Solomon. From Solomon the secret eventually passed on to Joseph who took it with him to the south of France.. At first glance one would think that the Masons were the guardians of this knowledge but sadly empirical evidence does not bear this assumption out. If the Masons did at one time possess this knowledge it has been either lost or hidden in such a manner that Masonic initiates today do not possess the right keys to unlock the knowledge they claim to have once possessed. Since I dont know if this message is secured it is best that I limit what I say. If any of your members would care to correspond with me regarding my research into this important area I would appreciate it. Yours from a different faith, Thomas

  17. Date: Tue, 21 Oct 97 03:50:24 EDT
    Name:: Bro Sean P. Hoggs
    E-mail:: sean.hoggs@osan.af.mil
    Location:: Osan Air Base Korea
    Lodge:: Ottis Hopkins Military Lodege #10
    Lodge Loc'n:: Osan Ab Korea
    RQFC-topic: Emblems on top of the Marshal / Deacons staff

  18. Date: Tue, 21 Oct 97 14:17:47 EDT
    Name:: Michael McDougall
    E-mail:: broMAc@rocketmail.com
    Location:: Ft. Lee, Va, USA
    Lodge:: George B. Swanson #144
    Lodge Loc'n:: Giebelstadt, Germany
    Office:: Zachary Harmon, WM
    RQFC-topic: Lux
    Message:: Greetings, I was just raised here in Europe (Bosnia), and I have a great craving for knowledge and advice for a young MM. It would be greatly appreciated. Fiat Lux

  19. Date: Tue, 21 Oct 97 14:19:38 EDT
    Name:: Michael McDougall
    E-mail:: broMAc@rocketmail.com
    Location:: Ft. Lee, Va, USA
    Lodge:: George B. Swanson #144
    Lodge Loc'n:: Giebelstadt, Germany
    Office:: Zachary Harmon, WM
    RQFC-topic: Lux
    Message:: Greetings, I was just raised here in Europe (Bosnia), and I have a great craving for knowledge and advice for a young MM. It would be greatly appreciated. Fiat Lux

  20. Date: Thu, 23 Oct 97 15:43:52 EDT
    Name:: Andrzej Chodorowski
    E-mail:: expo@friko2.onet.pl
    Location:: Cracow, Poland
    RQFC-topic: Masonic inspiration in architecture and art
    Message:: I would like to be contacted with the Lodge in hope of ability to join in the nearest future.

  21. Date: Sat, 25 Oct 97 09:17:46 EDT
    Name:: Elya B. Joffe
    E-mail:: ebj@netvision.net.il
    Location:: Kfar-Sava Israel
    Lodge:: Noga (meening Glare or light)No. 68
    Lodge Loc'n:: Kfar-Sava, Israel
    Office:: P.: M.:
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Symbolism
    Message:: Thank you for the opportunity to communicate with other Brethren. I am deeply interested in studying masonic Symbolism, the interpretation on numbers, symbols, tools etc. Also, interested in the actual origin of freemasonry, and the legends relating to K.: S.: T.:

  22. Date: Sun, 26 Oct 97 09:21:52 EST
    Name:: P. PAT DAVIS P.M.
    E-mail:: PPDAVIS@PRODIGY.NET
    Location:: NEW ALBANY, OHIO USA
    Lodge:: CALEDONIA #416
    Lodge Loc'n:: NEW ALBANY, OHIO 43054
    Office:: WORSHIPFUL MASTER
    RQFC-topic: LODGE EDUCTION

  23. Date: Sun, 26 Oct 97 15:45:44 EST
    Name:: don hlton
    E-mail:: lhiltin@postoffice.swbwll.net
    Location:: lees summit , mo usa
    Lodge:: Harry Truman #618
    Lodge Loc'n:: Grandview, Mo
    Office:: Jr. Stuard
    RQFC-topic: F& AM VERSES AF& AM
    Message:: I know the difference but would like to know the following. A) when did it change? B) why did it change? C) who changed it?

  24. Date: Tue, 28 Oct 97 09:22:15 EST
    Name:: Martin Waterman
    E-mail:: martin@watermans.net
    Location:: uk
    Lodge:: Shiney Row
    Lodge Loc'n:: uk
    RQFC-topic: Help
    Message:: My name is Martin Waterman I'm aged 23 Company
    Owner of Watermans International Group
    http://www.watermans.net

    and I have just been accepted in the Freemasons.

    I will be getting initiated in January 1998
    can you give me any advice because I do not know what to expect?
    also will I be one of the youngest ever?

    Kind Regards
    Martin Waterman Tyne and Wear UK

  25. Date: Wed, 29 Oct 97 19:41:21 EST
    Name:: Mangano Giuseppe
    E-mail:: messina@mailcity.com
    Location:: Messina,Italy,Sicily
    Lodge:: Rinascita e Libert` n070
    Lodge Loc'n:: Messina
    Office:: Grand LOdge Regular Of Italy
    RQFC-topic: Symbolic meaning, History, and Opinion
    Message:: Opinion about Freemasonry, and in particular On the symbolyc meaning

  26. Date: Thu, 30 Oct 97 11:44:49 EST
    Name:: sharon donnelly grosskopf
    E-mail:: slopitch@erols.com
    Location:: baltimore maryland usa
    RQFC-topic: faily history serach
    Message:: I am doing my family history search, interested in the Cornelius family in Maryland. Thanks in advance for any help. Am fairly sure that Thomas Cornelius who died in 1904 was a Mason. He lived in Govanstown, Maryland (near Baltimore)

  27. Date: Thu, 30 Oct 97 21:35:16 EST
    Name:: Kelli Ellis
    E-mail:: geminow
    Location:: Sarasota, FL
    RQFC-topic: The influence of freemasonry on the political and artistic climate of Europe around the times of Mozart and Beethoven
    Message:: Doing research for a classic music appreciation course. Father and gfather were Masons in Illinois. Want to learn more.

  28. Date: Sat, 8 Nov 97 07:45:21 EST
    Name:: jay
    E-mail:: bachus@mcmail.com
    Location:: Nottinghamshire, U.K
    RQFC-topic: symbolism of freemasoney
    Message:: I would greatly appreaciate it if anyone could e-mail me masonic symbols (apart from the square and compass) that i could use in a piece of research and project work for university purposes i don't want to know any secrets, just symbolism, please! Also, did any of you out there know of my grandfather, George Edward Shrives who was a freemason. He lived in Pinxton, Notts and died in the 1970's. I would just like to know what lodge he belonged to, etc. Thank you for your time in reading this.

  29. Date: Sun, 9 Nov 97 12:30:28 EST
    Name:: ricardo west
    E-mail:: Nugene_x@yahoo.com
    Location:: soto,cano Honduras
    Lodge:: Cosmopolitian Lodge # 82
    Lodge Loc'n:: Honolulu, Hi
    RQFC-topic: masonic history

  30. Date: Mon, 10 Nov 97 04:51:00 EST
    Name:: Matt Campbell
    E-mail:: st.matthew@inetarena.com
    Location:: Portland, OR USA
    Office:: honorary
    RQFC-topic: Computer Programming
    Message:: This is an idea that has been fermenting in a few minds to date. What would it be like to build a universe in VR? Could we or shall we model it after our own? Or should we invent new laws to govern it? What about the trouble with time? Is intelligence actual or illusionary, only the appearance of such leading us in pursuit of AI? These are many questions I would like to at least find clues to. If you have any ideas, submit them via email to Iron_Pharoh@rocketmail.com and I will post them by request only in the Think Tank on my homepage http://www.inetarena.com/~st.matthew *G*

  31. Date: Tue, 11 Nov 97 18:47:26 EST
    Name:: Sean Davis
    E-mail:: Verbose@ix.netcom.com
    Location:: La Puenta, Ca, Usa
    RQFC-topic: San Gabriel Valley (Ca) lodges
    Message:: My grandfather Elven Ralph Davis was a past master of a lodge that met in downtown Los Angeles during the late 40's\Early 50's and has since moved to somewhere in the San Gabriel Valley. I'm looking for information (lodge number, location, etc.) for scholarship purposes... any help would be greatly appricated. Thanx, Sean

  32. Date: Mon, 17 Nov 97 20:40:27 EST
    Name:: James A. Spraggins
    E-mail:: jscraggi@bellsouth.net
    Location:: Memphis, Tenn U.S.A
    Lodge:: WILLIAM E. EDDINS # 377
    Lodge Loc'n:: Memphis, Tenn
    Office:: Junior Deacon
    RQFC-topic: Prince Hall Masonry
    Message:: I also hold membership in R.A.M,Kts Templar,Scot tish Rite,Mystic Shrine, & O.E.S

  33. Date: Tue, 18 Nov 97 02:32:10 EST
    Name:: JOSEPH BEUSTERIEN
    E-mail:: jbeuster@umich.edu
    Location:: Farm. Hills, MI UNITED STATED
    RQFC-topic: THE IMPACT OF THE MASON'S RELIGIOUS STATUS ON CHRISTIANITY
    Message:: My argument is that the controversy(masons religious status following rev. war) provides the key to understanding a myriad of other specific conflicts between Christianity and Freemasonry. I need help in setting up an outline. Please contact me if you have any ideas or opinions towards the subject.

  34. Date: Thu, 20 Nov 97 10:58:02 EST
    Name:: Jens Nielsen
    E-mail:: jens@island.net
    Location:: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
    Lodge:: Nanaimo #110
    Lodge Loc'n:: Nanaimo
    Office:: I.P.M.
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Brotherhood of the blue forget-me-not

  35. Date: Thu, 20 Nov 97 11:04:30 EST
    Name:: RUSSELL A. PAYTON
    E-mail:: rtpayton@gte.net
    Location:: STAFFORD VA.
    Lodge:: HOURGLASS 113
    Lodge Loc'n:: LOUWISSIE GA.
    RQFC-topic: RED HOUSE

  36. Date: Sat, 22 Nov 97 05:11:34 EST
    Name:: Mary Pat
    E-mail:: LittleTux@aol.com
    Location:: Florence, MT.USA
    RQFC-topic: Genealogy
    Message:: I am Looking for infomation on Jesse F. Tuxbury, who i believe was a mason in michigan.

  37. Date: Sun, 23 Nov 97 12:53:22 EST
    Name:: Shirley Scott
    E-mail:: shirleyscott@juno.com
    Location:: Nixa, MO, USA
    RQFC-topic: Masonry in my Family Tree
    Message:: My ancestors were Masons or Eastern Star members and I'm trying to learn more about the organization. My grandmother and her sisters were raised in the Masonic Home in St. Louis after the death of their father because their mother couldn't care for them.

  38. Date: Sun, 23 Nov 97 16:17:40 EST
    Name:: Karen Gonzalez Jensen
    E-mail:: losisern@tld.net
    Location:: San Juan, Puerto Rico
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Architecture in the Caribbean and Latin America
    Message:: I am an architect currently researching the masonic architecture in Puerto Rico. For design-comparative purposes I will like to receive information and/or photographs of existing modern and historic lodges, phantheons, mausoleums, among others, in the Caribbean and Latin America. Thank you for your help!

  39. Date: Sun, 23 Nov 97 17:59:33 EST
    Name:: Letty Uglow Fernandez
    E-mail:: efernand@eagle1.eaglenet.com
    Location:: Lexington Park, MD, USA
    RQFC-topic: Indian Mound Lodge, No. 303
    Message:: Wish to correspond with anyone with info. on Indian Mound Lodge No. 303 in Stewart Co., TN. My ggg grandfather was "buried with the usual masonic honors" by the Brothers in the Lodge on 26 Nov. 1898. Many thanks for your help.

  40. Date: Mon, 24 Nov 97 23:21:58 EST
    Name:: JAMES E. HICKMAN WM
    E-mail:: hicky1197@aol.com
    Location:: Aurora, CO USA
    Lodge:: Aurora Lodge #156
    Lodge Loc'n:: Aurora, CO 80013
    Office:: PM (1995), Grand Orator (1997)
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Funeral origination - when and where
    Message:: Your page is a Great Masonic contribution, providing us all (Square Webbies) a fantastic avenue for worldly communication. Our Grand Lodge is just starting to get into this new media, as am I. I am a complete media moron but trying to learn. But, for now I am trying to find out about the Masonic Furneral and its ritual. How many world jurisdictions provide this to their Brethren. Where and when did our US jurisdications begin the sevice. I am not currently on line full time, so anyone with some references for me, please forward via reg. mail - 2633 So. Norfolk St. Aurora, CO 80013. Fraternal thanks. Happy Thanks- giving.

  41. Date: Tue, 25 Nov 97 18:13:29 EST
    Name:: Simeon Curry
    E-mail:: simbiantx@aol.com
    Location:: Staten Island, New York USA
    Lodge:: AJ Jones Lodge #1
    Lodge Loc'n:: Staten Island, New York
    RQFC-topic: Correspondence re: E.A.

  42. Date: Wed, 26 Nov 97 18:23:57 EST
    Name:: Andrew
    E-mail:: sabrewolf@digitalexp.com
    Location:: Bonifay,Fl.
    RQFC-topic: How do I prepare?
    Message:: I don't want to "ask to be made a mason" only to be turned down over something I could have fixed. Although, I don't think there's anything that would hold me back as far as what I've read to be the requirements. I am very serious about wishing to become a mason. Please do not respond if you are not a mason. I'm not trying to offend anyone who is trying to be helpful I'm just trying to make sure I get the right information from someone who knows for sure. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  43. Date: Thu, 27 Nov 97 09:41:21 EST
    Name:: Larry DeHart
    E-mail:: adehart@ejourney.com
    Location:: Gladwin, Mi 48624
    Lodge:: Gladwin Lodge #397
    Lodge Loc'n:: Gladwin, MI
    Office:: Worshipful Master (ind. 12-13-97)
    RQFC-topic: masonic history
    Message:: I would like more information about the history of the masonic lodge... Preferably about Michigan, but any info would be helpful. Larry DeHart Gladwin #397

  44. Date: Thu, 27 Nov 97 16:11:11 EST
    Name:: Brian T. Wilson
    E-mail:: Kb4IOU@AOL.Com
    Location:: Athens ,AL , U.S.A
    Lodge:: MT. Zion
    Lodge Loc'n:: Moulton, AL
    Office:: N/A
    RQFC-topic: Military Lodges during the Civil War
    Message:: Would like to know if Masonic Civil war reenactors can hold lodge meetings at reenactments.

  45. Date: Thu, 27 Nov 97 22:22:20 EST
    Name:: Michael R. Poll
    E-mail:: mpoll@compuserve.com
    Location:: Charlottesville, VA USA
    Lodge:: Germania #46
    Lodge Loc'n:: New Orleans, LA
    Office:: Past Master
    RQFC-topic: Early history of the AASR
    Message:: Very nice site. Very informative. Please visit my site at: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mpoll

  46. Date: Fri, 28 Nov 97 17:54:05 EST
    Name:: David A. Rahm
    E-mail:: darahm@spacestar.net
    Location:: Cambridge, Minnesota; USA
    Lodge:: Helios #273
    Lodge Loc'n:: Cambridge, Minnesota
    Office:: PM, Secretary & MN G/L Area Representative
    RQFC-topic: One day class
    Message:: Minnesota is discussing holding a one day class. I am looking for any or all info regarding same.

  47. Date: Sat, 29 Nov 97 05:31:50 EST
    Name:: Kali Maya
    E-mail:: Helios@wport.com
    Location:: Tacoma,WA
    RQFC-topic: freemasonry info, alchemy info
    Message:: Please send literature to: Kali Maya 1021 S. State St, Tacoma, WA. 98405

  48. Date: Sat, 29 Nov 97 15:25:41 EST
    Name:: Elya B. Joffe
    E-mail:: ebj@netvision.net.il
    Location:: Kfar-Sava, Israel 44102
    Lodge:: Noga #68
    Lodge Loc'n:: Kfar-Sava, Israel
    Office:: I.:P.:M.:
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Symbolism and Numerology
    Message:: I am seeking information on Masonic Symbolism and Numerology, e.g., the significance of numbers in Freemasonry, and symbols, e.g., Pentagram, triangle, etc. Will be glad to trade information and sources.

  49. Date: Sat, 29 Nov 97 18:46:44 EST
    Name:: bogac erkan
    E-mail:: karaerkek@superonline.com
    Location:: ankara-turkey
    Lodge:: and
    Lodge Loc'n:: ankara
    RQFC-topic: eastern star
    Message:: I dont know the exact terminology but I have to prepare a 1st degree thesis on 'five cornered star '. Do you know how and where I can find useful information. Thanks a lot for your great help, Bogac Erkan, Turkey

  50. Date: Sun, 30 Nov 97 17:43:30 EST
    Name:: Carolyn Smith
    E-mail:: carolyn@isys.hu
    Location:: Budapest, Hungary
    RQFC-topic: Hungarian architecture
    Message:: Seeking information, anecdotes, access to historical archives etc. relating to the significance of Freemasonry, its iconography and ritual to Hungarian architecture, particularly in Budapest. I would also be grateful for any masonic-related information about Hungarian architects who were masons during the later 19th and earlier 20th centuries. Many thanks.

  51. Date: Sun, 30 Nov 97 18:07:57 EST
    Name:: Jack Keefer
    E-mail:: Jack@akamail.com
    Location:: Mexico City, Mexico, Mexico
    Lodge:: Antiquitas #9
    Lodge Loc'n:: Mexico City
    RQFC-topic: Cube and Obelisk
    Message:: Some time back I found an article about the secrets of the cube. Wasn't really an article but a dialog created by a master mason. I will be raised next Sunday 7 Dec. to the 3rd degree and I would like to do a presentation on the Masonic charactaristics of the cube. From it's value as a reminder to me of the polished rock from the rough rock and it's teaching aspects of being a perfect geometric symbol or other information other brothers can share with me. Also looking for information on the Obelisk and it's Masonic significance. Thank you, Jack

  52. Date: Thu, 4 Dec 97 16:31:37 EST
    Name:: Mark Moore
    E-mail:: mmoore@shepards.com
    Location:: Colorado, U.S.A.
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Queen Mary
    Message:: In talking with a friend of mine recently, he said something I had not even considered prior to his bringing it up. He suggested that the British ocean liner Queen Mary, which sailed on its maiden voyage in May of 1936, may have some substantial ties with Masonry. That is, many of the men involved in bringing this vessel into existence -- from her architects, designers, and buliders at Clydebank, Scotland to the administrators and board members of the Cunard White Star Line in England -- were either Masons themselves or had Masonic ties. And, as such, the great vessel itself contains traditional architectural, design, and decorative elements indicative of Masonry. Is there truth in any of this? Any light you may be able to shed on this subject is much appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

  53. Date: Fri, 5 Dec 97 03:26:34 EST
    Name:: Jim Cairns
    E-mail:: jkc2@tribeca.ios.com
    Location:: Cartaret, NJ 07008
    Lodge:: Theodore Roosevelt #219
    Lodge Loc'n:: Cartaret, NJ
    Office:: Senior Master of Ceremonies
    RQFC-topic: Sign Language and Royal Arch
    Message:: If there any companions in New Jersey or the East Coast who knows sign language and would be willing to translate the Royal Arch degrees for a brother who is a deaf mute, please contact me at jkc2@tribeca.ios.com Fraternally yours, Jim Cairns

  54. Date: Thu, 4 Dec 97 16:31:37 EST
    Name:: Mark Moore
    E-mail:: mmoore@shepards.com
    Location:: Colorado, U.S.A.
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Queen Mary
    Message:: In talking with a friend of mine recently, he said something I had not even considered prior to his bringing it up. He suggested that the British ocean liner Queen Mary, which sailed on its maiden voyage in May of 1936, may have some substantial ties with Masonry. That is, many of the men involved in bringing this vessel into existence -- from her architects, designers, and buliders at Clydebank, Scotland to the administrators and board members of the Cunard White Star Line in England -- were either Masons themselves or had Masonic ties. And, as such, the great vessel itself contains traditional architectural, design, and decorative elements indicative of Masonry. Is there truth in any of this? Any light you may be able to shed on this subject is much appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

  55. Date: Fri, 5 Dec 97 03:26:34 EST
    Name:: Jim Cairns
    E-mail:: jkc2@tribeca.ios.com
    Location:: Cartaret, NJ 07008
    Lodge:: Theodore Roosevelt #219
    Lodge Loc'n:: Cartaret, NJ
    Office:: Senior Master of Ceremonies
    RQFC-topic: Sign Language and Royal Arch
    Message:: If there any companions in New Jersey or the East Coast who knows sign language and would be willing to translate the Royal Arch degrees for a brother who is a deaf mute, please contact me at jkc2@tribeca.ios.com Fraternally yours, Jim Cairns

  56. Date: Sat, 6 Dec 97 22:05:45 EST
    Name:: Randy Colomy
    E-mail:: raco@mb.imag.net
    Location:: Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
    Lodge:: Empire
    Lodge Loc'n:: Winnipeg
    Office:: S.D.
    RQFC-topic: Relationship between Ritual work and Mil. Drill
    Message:: I believe there is direct relationship between modern military drill and Ritual work. Who ever wrote the book on modern military drill must of been a mason. The drill used today on the square to move a soldier or units of soldiers I feel originated somewhere in France around the 17th century to better unite the many different militia outfits into a coordinated army. Can anybody help me with this research.

  57. Date: Sun, 7 Dec 97 18:41:53 EST
    Name:: Art Packard
    E-mail:: arthur@cybernet.net
    Location:: Challis, ID, 83226, USA
    Lodge:: Challis Lodge 92
    Lodge Loc'n:: Challis, ID, 83226, USA
    Office:: Senior Stewart
    RQFC-topic: Bible presentation speech
    Message:: We are going to stat presenting Masonic Bibles to newlly raised Master Masons and would appreciate hearing from those that have done this before. Preferably we would like to obtain a copy of the presentation speech. Thank you. Art Packard/ID

  58. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 13:33:31 EST
    Name:: Nancy E. Hamilton
    E-mail:: hamilton@dicksonstreet.com
    Location:: Garfiedl, Arkansas USA
    RQFC-topic: Grandfather and Great Great Grandfather were Masons
    Message:: I am trying to find out information on my Grandfather and Great Great Grandfather David Mann was a member of the Lutheran Church at Oaks, and a member of the Masonic Lodge at Kansas, Oklahoma. David Sproul Mann, son of Carey and Elizabeth Wilson Mann, was born September 5, 1849, on the place now known as the Aunt Lou Mann place located in Oaks, Oklahoma. He died near there December 4, 1937. Also his Grandson which was my Grandfather was a mason. His name was Homer Eugene Mann born October 30, 1902 in Oaks, Oklahoma but moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and died there in 1990. Any information you can supply me with wil be greatly appreciated. Or if you know where I can research this information could you please send me that info? Thank you, Nancy E. Hamilton hamilton@dicksonstreet.com

  59. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 18:11:22 EST
    Name:: Dario
    E-mail:: MARC.SPAN@cdc.it
    Location:: Milano
    RQFC-topic: maestri comacini, medieval school and schoolarship
    Message:: Hello everybody, my girlfriend is completing her studies in pedagogical and litterature sciences; his thesis is concerning medieval way of learning the art of "muratori" in Italy during the "medioevo", and his relation with the birth of Masonry.. Among other subjects, her research should touch also the school of the "Maestri Comancini" or "Comacini". Who know it? Please send us informations as soon as possible. Thank you very much, and sorry for my bad english! Bye.

  60. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 17:30:00 EST
    Name:: Christopher Q. Jones
    E-mail:: blbs@horizons.net
    Location:: Raleigh, NC USA
    Lodge:: Thomas H. Routt #639
    Lodge Loc'n:: Arlington, TX
    RQFC-topic: History of Freemasonary
    Message:: I am a new brother and have started a masonic library. The history is very interesting and I am looking for more research material. I have the following: The History of Freemasonary by Albert Mackey Richarson's Monitor of Free-Masonary Freemason's Guide and Compendium by Benard E. Jones The Newly Made Mason by H.L Haywood. No many, but a start. Take care all. :)

  61. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 18:11:22 EST
    Name:: Dario
    E-mail:: MARC.SPAN@cdc.it
    Location:: Milano
    RQFC-topic: maestri comacini, medieval school and schoolarship
    Message:: Hello everybody, my girlfriend is completing her studies in pedagogical and litterature sciences; his thesis is concerning medieval way of learning the art of "muratori" in Italy during the "medioevo", and his relation with the birth of Masonry.. Among other subjects, her research should touch also the school of the "Maestri Comancini" or "Comacini". Who know it? Please send us informations as soon as possible. Thank you very much, and sorry for my bad english! Bye.

  62. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 17:30:00 EST
    Name:: Christopher Q. Jones
    E-mail:: blbs@horizons.net
    Location:: Raleigh, NC USA
    Lodge:: Thomas H. Routt #639
    Lodge Loc'n:: Arlington, TX
    RQFC-topic: History of Freemasonary
    Message:: I am a new brother and have started a masonic library. The history is very interesting and I am looking for more research material. I have the following: The History of Freemasonary by Albert Mackey Richarson's Monitor of Free-Masonary Freemason's Guide and Compendium by Benard E. Jones The Newly Made Mason by H.L Haywood. No many, but a start. Take care all. :)

  63. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 00:48:07 EST
    Name:: carlos torres
    E-mail:: ctorres@acsu.buffalo.edu
    Location:: buffalo,new york, united states
    RQFC-topic: sociological effects of free masonry
    Message:: Im not quite old enough yet, but I would be very interested in becoming a mason one day. Please send me a lot of information on free masonry and its sociological effect on society. I look foward to hearing from you. CARLOS

  64. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 07:07:31 EST
    Name:: Tom Waggener
    E-mail:: twag@was.net
    Location:: Taylorsville MS USA
    Lodge:: Museum Lodge # 636
    Lodge Loc'n:: Jackson MS
    Office:: Senior Deacon
    RQFC-topic: Wash D.C. lodge No. 2?
    Message:: The furniture in our lodge is well over 100 years old and very handsome and originally came from a lodge in Washington DC which is no longer in existance--I understand it was # 2 but I don't know the name. I would like to know something of the history of # 2 in the District of Columbia and the names of some of its 19th century members who might be generally known. Can anyone help?

  65. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 18:11:22 EST
    Name:: Dario
    E-mail:: MARC.SPAN@cdc.it
    Location:: Milano
    RQFC-topic: maestri comacini, medieval school and schoolarship
    Message:: Hello everybody, my girlfriend is completing her studies in pedagogical and litterature sciences; his thesis is concerning medieval way of learning the art of "muratori" in Italy during the "medioevo", and his relation with the birth of Masonry.. Among other subjects, her research should touch also the school of the "Maestri Comancini" or "Comacini". Who know it? Please send us informations as soon as possible. Thank you very much, and sorry for my bad english! Bye.

  66. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 17:30:00 EST
    Name:: Christopher Q. Jones
    E-mail:: blbs@horizons.net
    Location:: Raleigh, NC USA
    Lodge:: Thomas H. Routt #639
    Lodge Loc'n:: Arlington, TX
    RQFC-topic: History of Freemasonary
    Message:: I am a new brother and have started a masonic library. The history is very interesting and I am looking for more research material. I have the following: The History of Freemasonary by Albert Mackey Richarson's Monitor of Free-Masonary Freemason's Guide and Compendium by Benard E. Jones The Newly Made Mason by H.L Haywood. No many, but a start. Take care all. :)

  67. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 00:48:07 EST
    Name:: carlos torres
    E-mail:: ctorres@acsu.buffalo.edu
    Location:: buffalo,new york, united states
    RQFC-topic: sociological effects of free masonry
    Message:: Im not quite old enough yet, but I would be very interested in becoming a mason one day. Please send me a lot of information on free masonry and its sociological effect on society. I look foward to hearing from you. CARLOS

  68. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 07:07:31 EST
    Name:: Tom Waggener
    E-mail:: twag@was.net
    Location:: Taylorsville MS USA
    Lodge:: Museum Lodge # 636
    Lodge Loc'n:: Jackson MS
    Office:: Senior Deacon
    RQFC-topic: Wash D.C. lodge No. 2?
    Message:: The furniture in our lodge is well over 100 years old and very handsome and originally came from a lodge in Washington DC which is no longer in existance--I understand it was # 2 but I don't know the name. I would like to know something of the history of # 2 in the District of Columbia and the names of some of its 19th century members who might be generally known. Can anyone help?

  69. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 12:46:58 EST
    Name:: Thomas E. Van Meter
    E-mail:: thomas.vanmeter@faa.dot.gov
    Location:: Stephens City, VA. USA
    Lodge:: Winchester Hiram #21
    Lodge Loc'n:: Winchester VA
    Office:: none
    RQFC-topic: visit to Scotland and England
    Message:: I would like to correspond with other Masons in both Scotland and England to coordinate a visit in Feb 98.

  70. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 20:24:29 EST
    Name:: Bro. F. Lake
    E-mail:: flake@sprint.ca
    Location:: Mississauga , Ontario Canada
    Lodge:: Mount Zion #2
    Lodge Loc'n:: Mississaug
    Office:: PM
    RQFC-topic: Masonry in general
    Message:: I would like some comment on mason who behave unmasonic and leave their Lodge and been accepted in other Lodges. What is the masonic norms for such action on the members part and the Lodge that accept them?

  71. Date: Thu, 11 Dec 97 06:36:34 EST
    Name:: Roger Dearnaley
    E-mail:: roger@amurgsval.org
    Location:: Sunnyvale, California, USA
    RQFC-topic: Co-Masonry and "The Cretona Fellowship" in the UK during the 1930's
    Message:: I wonder if anyone may be able to help me. I am a follower of the neo-pagan religious faith often known as Wicca. I have been researching the history of this religion, and in particular am attempting to trace what other mystical, occult, and speculative organizations may have had influences upon its beliefs and practices. Wicca has several apparent similarities to what little I know of Masonry (e.g. some details of how a candidate is "properly prepared" for initiation, the existence of several degrees of initiation and oaths of secrecy, being refered to as "the Craft", the phrases "the Working Tools", "So Mote It Be" and "the Charge", etc.)

    The modern flowering of Wicca was started in the early 1950's in England by Gerald Gardner, who was then a retired civil servant. In his writings and those of some of his initiates, it is said that he was himself initiated into this religion in 1939 by a Mrs. Dorothy Fordham (nee Dorothy St. Quintin Clutterbuck), then a spinster of considerable independent means, in Highcliffe, near Christchurch in the New Forest in the south of England. Mr. Gardner mentions that he met Mrs. Clutterbuck in 1938 through the auspices of "The First Rosicrucian Theatre in England", which opened in June 1938 in nearby Somerford, and which was run by an occult society that went by the name of the Fellowship of Cretona or the Cretona Fellowship.

    This Fellowship of Cretona was apparently run by one Dr. G.A. Sullivan, who was a noted Shakesperian actor under the stage name Alex Mathews, and who was known within the Cretona Fellowship by the name "Brother Aurelius"; and by Mabel Besant-Scott, a co-mason and ex-Theosophist and daughter of the noted co-mason and occultist Annie Besant. Apparently a number of the members of the Cretona Fellowship were co-masons, from a London-based Co-Masonic group that supposedly was founded by Annie Besant and affiliated with the Grand Orient of France. I have also been led to believe (but have seen no written evidence) that some of the members had also earlier been members of the Society of Inner Light, which was founded and headed by the Theosophist and author Dion Fortune (nee Violet Firth), but had split with that organisation to join the Cretona Fellowship.

    I am particularly interested in tracing information about the membership of the Cretona Fellowship during the period leading up to 1939, and finding out what (Co-)Masonic, Rosicrucian, Theosophical, or other occult societies its leading members (in particular Mrs. Dorothy St Q. Clutterbuck / Fordham) were also or had previously been members of. I was wondering if you had any idea whether there were any Masonic or Co-Masonic organizations that might have records of this information; or if you know of any books or scholarly material that might shed light upon these matters, or indeed on the interrelations of Co-Masonry, the Society of Inner Light, Rosicrucianism and Theosophy in England during the early parts of this century.

    yours sincerely,

    -- Dr. Roger Dearnaley

  72. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 18:11:22 EST
    Name:: Dario
    E-mail:: MARC.SPAN@cdc.it
    Location:: Milano
    RQFC-topic: maestri comacini, medieval school and schoolarship
    Message:: Hello everybody, my girlfriend is completing her studies in pedagogical and litterature sciences; his thesis is concerning medieval way of learning the art of "muratori" in Italy during the "medioevo", and his relation with the birth of Masonry.. Among other subjects, her research should touch also the school of the "Maestri Comancini" or "Comacini". Who know it? Please send us informations as soon as possible. Thank you very much, and sorry for my bad english! Bye.

  73. Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 17:30:00 EST
    Name:: Christopher Q. Jones
    E-mail:: blbs@horizons.net
    Location:: Raleigh, NC USA
    Lodge:: Thomas H. Routt #639
    Lodge Loc'n:: Arlington, TX
    RQFC-topic: History of Freemasonary
    Message:: I am a new brother and have started a masonic library. The history is very interesting and I am looking for more research material. I have the following: The History of Freemasonary by Albert Mackey Richarson's Monitor of Free-Masonary Freemason's Guide and Compendium by Benard E. Jones The Newly Made Mason by H.L Haywood. No many, but a start. Take care all. :)

  74. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 00:48:07 EST
    Name:: carlos torres
    E-mail:: ctorres@acsu.buffalo.edu
    Location:: buffalo,new york, united states
    RQFC-topic: sociological effects of free masonry
    Message:: Im not quite old enough yet, but I would be very interested in becoming a mason one day. Please send me a lot of information on free masonry and its sociological effect on society. I look foward to hearing from you. CARLOS

  75. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 07:07:31 EST
    Name:: Tom Waggener
    E-mail:: twag@was.net
    Location:: Taylorsville MS USA
    Lodge:: Museum Lodge # 636
    Lodge Loc'n:: Jackson MS
    Office:: Senior Deacon
    RQFC-topic: Wash D.C. lodge No. 2?
    Message:: The furniture in our lodge is well over 100 years old and very handsome and originally came from a lodge in Washington DC which is no longer in existance--I understand it was # 2 but I don't know the name. I would like to know something of the history of # 2 in the District of Columbia and the names of some of its 19th century members who might be generally known. Can anyone help?

  76. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 12:46:58 EST
    Name:: Thomas E. Van Meter
    E-mail:: thomas.vanmeter@faa.dot.gov
    Location:: Stephens City, VA. USA
    Lodge:: Winchester Hiram #21
    Lodge Loc'n:: Winchester VA
    Office:: none
    RQFC-topic: visit to Scotland and England
    Message:: I would like to correspond with other Masons in both Scotland and England to coordinate a visit in Feb 98.

  77. Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 20:24:29 EST
    Name:: Bro. F. Lake
    E-mail:: flake@sprint.ca
    Location:: Mississauga , Ontario Canada
    Lodge:: Mount Zion #2
    Lodge Loc'n:: Mississaug
    Office:: PM
    RQFC-topic: Masonry in general
    Message:: I would like some comment on mason who behave unmasonic and leave their Lodge and been accepted in other Lodges. What is the masonic norms for such action on the members part and the Lodge that accept them?

  78. Date: Thu, 11 Dec 97 06:36:34 EST
    Name:: Roger Dearnaley
    E-mail:: roger@amurgsval.org
    Location:: Sunnyvale, California, USA
    RQFC-topic: Co-Masonry and "The Cretona Fellowship" in the UK during the 1930's
    Message:: I wonder if anyone may be able to help me. I am a follower of the neo-pagan religious faith often known as Wicca. I have been researching the history of this religion, and in particular am attempting to trace what other mystical, occult, and speculative organizations may have had influences upon its beliefs and practices. Wicca has several apparent similarities to what little I know of Masonry (e.g. some details of how a candidate is "properly prepared" for initiation, the existence of several degrees of initiation and oaths of secrecy, being refered to as "the Craft", the phrases "the Working Tools", "So Mote It Be" and "the Charge", etc.)

    The modern flowering of Wicca was started in the early 1950's in England by Gerald Gardner, who was then a retired civil servant. In his writings and those of some of his initiates, it is said that he was himself initiated into this religion in 1939 by a Mrs. Dorothy Fordham (nee Dorothy St. Quintin Clutterbuck), then a spinster of considerable independent means, in Highcliffe, near Christchurch in the New Forest in the south of England. Mr. Gardner mentions that he met Mrs. Clutterbuck in 1938 through the auspices of "The First Rosicrucian Theatre in England", which opened in June 1938 in nearby Somerford, and which was run by an occult society that went by the name of the Fellowship of Cretona or the Cretona Fellowship.

    This Fellowship of Cretona was apparently run by one Dr. G.A. Sullivan, who was a noted Shakesperian actor under the stage name Alex Mathews, and who was known within the Cretona Fellowship by the name "Brother Aurelius"; and by Mabel Besant-Scott, a co-mason and ex-Theosophist and daughter of the noted co-mason and occultist Annie Besant. Apparently a number of the members of the Cretona Fellowship were co-masons, from a London-based Co-Masonic group that supposedly was founded by Annie Besant and affiliated with the Grand Orient of France. I have also been led to believe (but have seen no written evidence) that some of the members had also earlier been members of the Society of Inner Light, which was founded and headed by the Theosophist and author Dion Fortune (nee Violet Firth), but had split with that organisation to join the Cretona Fellowship.

    I am particularly interested in tracing information about the membership of the Cretona Fellowship during the period leading up to 1939, and finding out what (Co-)Masonic, Rosicrucian, Theosophical, or other occult societies its leading members (in particular Mrs. Dorothy St Q. Clutterbuck / Fordham) were also or had previously been members of. I was wondering if you had any idea whether there were any Masonic or Co-Masonic organizations that might have records of this information; or if you know of any books or scholarly material that might shed light upon these matters, or indeed on the interrelations of Co-Masonry, the Society of Inner Light, Rosicrucianism and Theosophy in England during the early parts of this century.

    yours sincerely,

    -- Dr. Roger Dearnaley

  79. Date: Fri, 12 Dec 97 15:51:15 EST
    Name:: alan duncan
    E-mail:: Igo2c@aol.com
    Location:: Valley springs,ca. 95252
    Lodge:: Keystone
    Lodge Loc'n:: Milton, Ca.
    RQFC-topic: Lewis,or lewis, A man or a "cramp"
    Message:: Ran Across a Lewis, capital "L" in referance to a tool called a "cramp". Was He the inventor? What is or who is a Lewis? A cramp was used to set large stones.

    [Web-master's note: Masonically-speaking, a "lewis" is the son of a Mason who is accepted into a lodge although he is not yet old enough under traditional requirements -- for instance, at age 18 in a jurisdiction that ordinarily requires applicants to be at least 21. The analogy is that the lewis tool is used to raise into place a stone that has been properly prepared, thus in some jurisdictions, the son of a Mason would be expected to have been properly prepared by his upbringing under the care of a Mason. Derivation? I have an on-line dictionary that suggests that it came from the name "Lewis" but I suspect it is from the same root ("levis" in Latin meaning "light in weight") as levitate and levity, both having connotations of lifting.]

  80. Date: Sat, 13 Dec 97 17:00:40 EST
    Name:: N.C.Parekh
    E-mail:: ncparekh@fia.net
    Location:: Warner Robins,GA.,USA
    RQFC-topic: Mason's from India(origin)

  81. Date: Sat, 13 Dec 97 18:39:25 EST
    Name:: David Clay
    E-mail:: dclay@cwis.net
    Location:: Stigler, Oklahoma
    Lodge:: Stigler Lodge #121 A.F. & A.M.
    Lodge Loc'n:: Stigler, Oklahoma
    Office:: Junior Warden
    RQFC-topic: F.&A.M. / A.F.&A.M.
    Message:: Brethern, I am interested in knowing the difference between F. & A. M. and A.F. & A.M. lodges. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Fraternally Yours.

    [Webmaster's Note: A is for Ancient F&AM Free and Accepted Masons. In England when modern Masonry was getting started, there were two rival branches "Ancients" ("Antients") vs. "Moderns" Each of those branches started some Grand Lodges in the US, which kept the initials. Some state grand lodges were chartered by earlier ones in other states, and inherited their initials.

    There's no difference between the two anymore. AF&AM and F&AM state Grand Lodges and the lodges under them all recognize each other these days.]

  82. Date: Sun, 14 Dec 97 14:42:16 EST
    Name:: Edith Overturf
    E-mail:: rover@jfh.pfeiffer.edu
    Location:: Misenheimer, NC US
    RQFC-topic: My Great-Grandfather's bracelet
    Message:: My Great-Grandfather died a few years back and, while sorting his personal effects, my father and I ran across a bracelet. It's gold and has a small charm on it, about 1/4 inch tall. On it is a symbol resembling the Masons but with a arm and hammer in the center instead of the G. Above it are the letters "JrOUAM". Hopefully, someone can help me indentify this charm. It apparently meant a great deal to my father and my grandfather to find out. Thanks.

  83. Date: Mon, 15 Dec 97 09:39:08 EST
    Name:: Jan Beek
    E-mail:: biotek@euronet.nl
    Location:: Hellevoetsluis, The Nehterlands
    Lodge:: L'Aurore #9
    Lodge Loc'n:: Brielle
    Office:: IPM
    RQFC-topic: RCC
    Message:: Fraternal regards

  84. Date: Sun, 14 Dec 97 14:42:16 EST
    Name:: Edith Overturf
    E-mail:: rover@jfh.pfeiffer.edu
    Location:: Misenheimer, NC US
    RQFC-topic: My Great-Grandfather's bracelet
    Message:: My Great-Grandfather died a few years back and, while sorting his personal effects, my father and I ran across a bracelet. It's gold and has a small charm on it, about 1/4 inch tall. On it is a symbol resembling the Masons but with a arm and hammer in the center instead of the G. Above it are the letters "JrOUAM". Hopefully, someone can help me indentify this charm. It apparently meant a great deal to my father and my grandfather to find out. Thanks.

  85. Date: Mon, 15 Dec 97 09:39:08 EST
    Name:: Jan Beek
    E-mail:: biotek@euronet.nl
    Location:: Hellevoetsluis, The Nehterlands
    Lodge:: L'Aurore #9
    Lodge Loc'n:: Brielle
    Office:: IPM
    RQFC-topic: RCC
    Message:: Fraternal regards

  86. Date: Mon, 15 Dec 97 19:21:44 EST
    Name:: Melvin L. Riley
    E-mail:: malik@juno.com
    Location:: Bowie, Maryland USA
    Lodge:: John H. Hill Lodge #16 MWGLPH
    Lodge Loc'n:: Washington DC
    RQFC-topic: History of Freemasonry
    Message:: Thankx for the push and the information to allow me to make an informed decision before even filing my petition of membership.

  87. Date: Wed, 17 Dec 97 17:14:33 EST
    Name:: Livia Fascia
    E-mail:: lfascia@mbox.netway.it
    Location:: Naples, ITALY
    RQFC-topic: Gardens and freemasonry
    Message:: PLEASE DO HELP!!! I am writing an essay on renaissance english literature whose main focus is the idea of a correspondence between some renaissance texts and the metaphor or the visualisation of a GARDEN (real or imagined). I am sure that there is a connection between the two (see Giulio Camillo's idea of the Theatre as a mnemonic 'locus', such as the garden was) but there is little available online!!! Of course Frances Yates' studies are my departure line, but I'd like to come through something up-to-date...If it's not too boring, drop me a line!!! Many thanx

  88. Date: Thu, 18 Dec 97 09:27:36 EST
    Name:: Morgan and Rebecca
    E-mail:: Madison Southern High School
    Location:: Berea, KY USA
    RQFC-topic: general information
    Message:: We are interested on any interesting information that can be shared. We have a teacher who is a mason and we find it very intruiging. Please help us.

  89. Date: Thu, 18 Dec 97 22:37:40 EST
    Name:: Janice R. Deney
    E-mail:: Tigerdeney@aol.com
    Location:: Tacoma, WA USA
    RQFC-topic: MY FAMILY HISTORY
    Message:: ON BOTH SIDES OF MY FAMILY WE'VE HAD MEMBERS IN THIS ORGANIZATION AND I FIGURE IT MIGHT BE A GOOD AREA TO FIND CONNECTIONS. ON MY FATHER'S SIDE WERE THE DENEY'S(DENNEY/DENNY/DANA/ETC), THE LINDSEYS, MCNITT'S/MCNAUGHTON'S AND THE RAY'S. ON MY MOM'S SIDE, MY MOTHER WAS A JOBIE AND HER FAMILY WERE QUITE INVOLVED IN THE SACRAMENTO AREA BRANCH- THE LANGDON'S & ROWE'S. POSSIBLY EVEN THE CHINN'S(CINN-GAELIC ROOTS) AND THE GLASSON'S. I AM JUST CURIOUS ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATION AS NO ONE OF MY GENERATION GOT INVOLVED - I WAS BORN IN 1950. THANKS!

  90. Date: Sat, 20 Dec 97 00:24:37 EST
    Name:: Br. Michael T. Berger
    E-mail:: MBerger1@prodogy.com
    Location:: Joplin, MO
    Lodge:: Criterion
    Lodge Loc'n:: Alba, MO
    RQFC-topic: History on the "Masters Mark" in operative Freemasonry

  91. Date: Sat, 20 Dec 97 14:33:01 EST
    Name:: EROY BROWN, JR.
    E-mail:: EBROW42610@AOL.COM
    Location:: NEWARK, DE. (USA)
    Lodge:: SONS OF SHARON #142
    Lodge Loc'n:: SHARON HILL, PA. 19079
    Office:: 616 SHARON AVE.
    RQFC-topic:
    Message:: WE WANT INFORMATION ABOUT A TOUR TO BOSTON MA. TO SEE PRINCE HALL'S HOME AND FINAL RESTING PLACE.

  92. Date: Sat, 20 Dec 97 23:27:15 EST
    Name:: mladen kutanjac
    E-mail:: mike13@icanet.net
    Location:: coconut creek, fl. U.S.A.
    RQFC-topic: becoming member
    Message:: i would like to become member in my state of florida. i am born in yugoslavia and now i am living in florida, coconut creek33063.

  93. Date: Sun, 21 Dec 97 02:03:51 EST
    Name:: Stephen Sutor
    E-mail:: SUTORS@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
    Location:: Pacific Grove, CA
    RQFC-topic: Family members were Masons in Chicago
    Message:: My G-granduncle Theodore Auer was a Grand Master with the Masons and his wife Mary Auer was in the Eastern Star. I learned they were Masons after seeing the Mason symbols on their grave stones. How can I find the Lodges they attended to find more information on them. He died in 1930 and the wife in 1952. At the time of his death his address was 8607 South Laflin St. Chicago and her's was R.R #2, Elmhurst, IL. My e-mail is SUTORS@WORLDNET.ATT.NET

  94. Date: Tue, 23 Dec 97 09:18:53 EST
    Name:: Andreas B.Pflueger
    E-mail:: anpflu@tis.ch
    Location:: CH-4055 Basel / Switzerland
    Lodge:: Brenno Bertoni no.58 of the Swiss GL Alpina
    Lodge Loc'n:: CH - 6900 Lugano / Switzerland
    Office:: c.p. 3003 / CH-6901 Lugano
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Music
    Message:: I am a Composer if classical and film music. Next may (1998) I will be in Buenos Aires / Argentina - this year I was in the USA (Berkely / Dallas / Charleston SC / Washington DC / NYC and Chicago - for a lecture tour. Who can I contact. I speak also spanish. Thanks for a hint or better, a direct contact to my e-mail adress. In my lodge I am a past Master and I hev the 30 degree in the AASR. Mith my best regards. Andreas Pfl|ger

  95. Date: Wed, 24 Dec 97 00:40:08 EST
    Name:: JAMES E. HICKMAN
    E-mail:: hicky1197@aol.com
    Location:: Aurora, CO, 80013 USA
    Lodge:: Aurora Lodge #156, AF&AM
    Lodge Loc'n:: Aurora CO
    Office:: Colorado Grand Orator (97) and PM of Aurora
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Funeral ceremony and ritual roots
    Message:: I am preparing a paper on the role of the Masonic funera graveside commital and or Memorial service. Looking for where and when US GLs started using the ceremonies and where all in the Masonic world are they still performed. I know that it was forebiden in the GL England jurisdictions after 1967 and their attempt to remove Masonry from church activities. I support our Masonic farewells and all that it means to the widowss and families and for which we provide for our departed Brother. Please advise as soon as possible. Your support will be fraternally appreciated Jim Hickman.