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Before drawing my address to a close, I must pay my respect to the objectors of the order. The principal objection urged is that it is a "secret society." This only true in part. Every intelligent person in your county can acquaint himself with the history, objects and aims, of the order. Books without number, and tons of periodicals, have been scattered, broadcast, throughout the land, minutely and specially explaining its principles. It is the desire of the craft to give as much light as possible, not to Mason alone, but to the people. Masonry is only a "secret society" so far as is necessary for own preservation. The secrecy of Masonry is in character lie that of a father and his household, a brother to a brother, sister to a sister, a mother to her daughter a lawyer to his client, a minister to the seeker, a physician to his patient, a friend to fiend. These and nothing more. This is a world
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