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FOREWORD A JACKASS IS LED, BUT A CANDI: ATE FOR THE MYSTERIES OF MASONRY IS CONDUCTED.'--J SOULE SMITH Reader, allow us to conduct you t.hrough the following pages: REEMASCNRY, being the science of Morality veiled in allego-y ,Kwi and illustrated by symbols, requires for a presentation of its history, not the dry data of Lodge Minutes, but the biographies =___________ of its initiates. The Lolge is merely a school wherein this great Science is taught in a peculiar and impressive manner as has been the ; 3 w F cu stomn f or untold ages. Ceremonies, signs and sy.-nbols are b ---t _________ the text books of this school. To teach Freemasonry under- s andingly, these text books mustbe understood by the teacher, otherwise the blind may as well be led by the blind Degrees do not "make" the Mason, any more than the rossession of a scien-ific works makes .he man of science. That which makes the true man of science, namely, personal experiment and demonstration of facts, also makes t'he Mason who cannot be "made" otherwise, however many titles and degrees he may take. And when a candidate, knowing in his heart of a secret ur.- wvorthy motive in asking for admission into the lodge, presumes to assume obligations that he does not keep and has no intention of keeping, thus per- jur=3 himself, ha not only injures thz repuwation of the craft and imposes upon his brothers, but invariably fails to gain the great knowledge he seeks. These reflections should convince the thoughtful thatthe history of a Lodge is in reality a history of the lives of students it tends forth to the world. If those lives are worthy, the Lodge is credited thereby. For there are certain Natural truths taught in the Lodge, that are calculated to make men wiser. better and greater. They are henceforth the champions of Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood. With these sentiments in mind, the present writer will content himse'f with telling the story of the "First Lodge West cf the Alleghenies," in terms of human lives, with such additional comments on contemporaneous events as may seem necessary and proper. SETTLEMENT OF KENTUCKY Old Town, or Harrodsburg, was settled in 1774. A party of hunters, from Harrodsburg, under Col. Robt. Patterson, including Simon Kenton, Michael Stoner, John Haggir, John and Levi Todd, John Maxwell, Isaac Greer, Hugh Shannon, Jas. Masterson. Wm. McConnell and Jas. Dunkin, campedon thesite of Lexington in the latter year but made no settlement. The camp was called ' Lexington" by them after the famous battle which had just been .'foight for-