As in my previous books, I freely confess that I have not covered the wholeground. Not only would it be impossible to do so in a book of this size, but in sodoing I should have defeated one of my principal objects in writing namely, toinspire others to study for themselves and endeavor to find in our ceremoniesfurther and deeper meanings. The success of the earlier books shows clearly that my efforts have not been in vain, and that the brethren are more than anxious to fathom the inner meaningof the ceremonies we all love so well. This book completes the series dealing with the meaning of the three craft degrees, but their popularity has convincedme that the experiment of producing a small and inexpensive handbook has been completely justified. I have therefore been encouraged to write further volumes, and the next of the series will be an outline history of Freemasonry "from time Immemorial."
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION
The success of the first edition of this book has necessitated a second wherein Ihave corrected a few printing errors and added a few points which may help my brother students.From the number of letters I have received from all parts of the world, thankingme for the light these books throw on the meaning of our ceremonies, it is clear that the new members who are entering our Order are tending to take anincreasing interest in the meaning of our Rites and are no longer content toregard the Ceremonies merely as a pastime for an idle hour.
Introduction by The Hon. Sir John Cockburn, M.D., K.C.M.G., P.G.D.Eng.,P.D.G.M. S.Australia Chapter 1 Questions and P.W.Chapter 2 The OpeningChapter 3 The Symbolical Journeys, etc.Chapter 4 The ExhortationChapter 5 The S..sChapter 6 The BadgeChapter 7 The LegendChapter 8 The Tracing Board, etc.Chapter 9 ClosingChapter 10 Conclusion
By Sir John A. Cockburn, W.Bro. Ward has lost no time in supplying his large circle of readers with thislittle book on the 3 degree. With becoming reverence he touches on the last great lesson which Masonry presents to the mind of the Craftsman. Among the