Books [Dunnell #14]
Name: Robert Wilder
Title: Living Lore
Topic: G.O. Dunnell - Hay, Grain and Feed Man Paper 14
Jim Carter, local potentate of a well known secret fraternity had been chatting with us in Mr. Dunnell's office. Jim's a good hearted soul, but pretty vain of his eminence in the “lodge.” After boasting half an hour about his various “official” honors, Jim departed, to Mr. Dunnell's obvious relief.
“I don't take much stock in secret societies - men dressing themselves up like knights, or kings, or something. And learning a lot of stuff and reciting it to each other, so's they'll know ‘em when they meet ‘em in Africy, or somewheres. They shake hands with each other just so, too, so's they'll know who's who in the dark. And hang on to themselves asif they had the bellyache as a sign of something or other.
“I ain't saying that it ain't a good thing to belong to a few societies. That it don't help business. And that's why most of ‘em do belong — not because they think that there's anything in the tripe. They know they ain't.
“I understand that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and all those fellers belonged to the Masons once. But that was because they was scheming to chase out the British, or had some other scheme up their sleeves that they had to have an organization for. But now days we got a good enough government. They ain't no need to change it. And I ain't sure that secret societies ought to be allowed. We're supposed to have free speech and a free press, and