PUBLISHED BY THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE.
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE
SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS.
PjOHN MEDDLE A SON. OF PENNSYLVANIA. OF INDIANA.
REP. as authorized by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge. under
the supervision of the following Special Committee
F. OF MASSACHUSETTS.
WEAKLEY. A. September
. OF MISSOURI.
J. OF TENNESSEE. REP.
NEW YORK. E.
1890.Corrected and printed.
.workers in our Order. beg leave to say that we have. No. W.
Morgan. Moccabee.. Ohio. of
Trenton.. W. Louis.
Brothers J. of Boston. Riley. of Peabody.
report as follows
have beon greatly aided by. Ohio. McQuiddy. Murray. of St. which we think is very unique.. and
would certainly be
thing to use. Mass.
completed the work assigned
us. of Indianapolis. T. of Hebron.
very attractive and iinpiv> s i\ v have not.
to us a
floor setting" for
the Initiatory Degree. Germantown. Indiana. Mayo. H. of Massachusetts. W. Mo. 13. of Columbus.
Bolt and wife. C. D. however..
Grand Lodge of
Independent Order of
Your committee appointed at the last session of this Grand Lodge to prepare " Floor Work" for the various degrees. Mass. And we accordingly wish herewith to acknowledge our special obligations and gratitude for such assistance to the following persons
John W. Neb. after much
labor. H. W. T. Iowa. A. the plans placed before us
by some of the
and R. Kas.
In the preparation of this work we in fact. have followed
substantially. Adam Frank..
Barger. Frederick Alford. of West Union. and. by Cambridge Lodge.
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK.
Ohio. shall be a guide. so long as they do not conflict with
the ritual or the
plans of Floor Work. of Trenton. 1 and 2.
And now we
JOHN N. and still leave
. two large paintings.
J. and published under its supervision. being considered auxiliary thereto. Mass. E. and could be made most useful when the degree was being conferred. VANDEMAN.
that will increase the interest in our work. called "Down to Jericho. Ind. KENNER. MERRIMAN.
practicable to adopt
as a part of this report of floor
work for use in ordinary Lodge-rooms. or useful." which were beautifully illustrative of
parts of the work of the Second Degree. There were submitted to the
Lodges and Encampments which have the enterprise and ability to invent something new.
F.. novel. (and of such class is the Cambridge Lodge of which we have
just spoken. B.
submit the result of our' labors..) the fullest authority to create and use such settings.
Mo. but we earnestly recommend that the Sovereign Grand Lodge will not
and adopt any iron-clad rule against such settings that the work which may be approved. There is one other thing of which we should speak.
M. with the sincere hope that it may be approved by you. as
of Sister Alice Hughes. These pictures would certainly be magnificent ornaments for the walls of a Lodge-room. Nos.
they believe what they teach. his value as a member.
acter. and. if not destroy. and will do more than anything else to impair. it will probably lower the Order in his estimation. prove that they And if they do not so beare earnest. as well as instructions.. manly.
be provided for by slight changes
trance or exit movements. and earnest.PREFACE.
Any variaetc. entrances.
as adapted to the
as generally arranged. remembering that first impressions are strongest and will probably cling to the candidate
have no right to
a place in a degree
Never attempt a joke of any kind upon a candidate.
the best possible manner of The teachillustrating the principles of the Order.
arrangement of ante-rooms. then they
staff. ings of our brotherhood are of the most sublime charEfficient staff
upon the introduction of a candidate.
In the diagrams which accompany
this. everything should be done to impress him with the grandeur and beauty of these principles.
DIAGRAMS. the officers should be dignified.
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. and regularly.
and deliver them slowly? deliberately. amiable and forbearing in disposition. of fitness. and who are willing to cheerfully.
the positions where they can be most useful. prompt.
question. who should be one of the very best and most intelligent members.
vision of the work.
ORGANIZATION OF STAFF. take
Any position is honorable and The work may be rendered less burden-
apt to conflict by placing members in different positions in the different degrees. one who can think and act quickAll
necessary. past officers should be assigned to
but each member must leave all positions matters of position to be decided upon the single
and upon whose judgment reliance can be placed.
be composed of volunteers. and dramaticalThe captain should have full control and superly. and those who have at heart the "good of the Order. Where practicable.
positions should not be
necessary. and also who is energetic.
who compose the staff should meet and elect a captain.
alone should assign each brother to the position in the staff where he can be most useful. and regular in attendance.
not deemed necessary to append any suggestions in
thereto. Always bear in mind the time and place in which the scene
ritual describes sufficiently for
grees the dress and paraphernalia manufacturers have so worked this
most of the deand besides. except in certain cases.
to play fast or slow. to represent music at a distance and approaching. however.
The player must be
familiar with the
things accordingly appropriate. and for
this the great requisite
and regular time.
better than none.
. is correct The organ should be generally used any instrument
PARAPHERNALIA. etc.SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. heavy or light.
music should be suitable for marching.
Warden. or. Four Scene Bearers.
The Outside and Inside Guardians of the Lodge
should remain on duty. Right and Left Scene Supporters.
Organist. Right and Left Supporters of Vice Grand.
Outside Conductor. Vice Grand. some one should be appointed to take tlu-ir
Four Torch Bearers.
officers of this
degree for staff work are
Inside Conductor.INITIATORY DEGREE. if they take part in tlu> staff* work.
Right and Left Supporters of Noble Grand. Past Grand.
until procession is formed.
step out in line with
and Conductor. the Scene and Torch Bearers marching to. the Scene Bearers forming "twos" by wheeling to the left. second tap. as shown in Diagram "A. followed by Right Supporter of Noble Grand
and Left Supporter of Yice Grand.
the centre line and turns to the
Chaplain's chair Left Supporter of the Noble
Grand. attention. when they fall in behind. the
Past Grand's chair
with Conductor. Third tap. rise. halt one pace from centre line and wait until Noble Grand and Yice Grand pass them. all march on
dotted lines to the centre line across the room.
Grand and Supporters
A. Yice Grand and Supporters in line with Scene Supporters.
First tap of bell." the Outside Conductor bringing up the rear then march out on rule line shown.INITIATORY DEGREE.
. and the Right Supporter of the Yice Grand. and the Torch Bearers forming in the same manner. and in front of.
and again at Warden's.
After robing. turn right
. and the right towards the Chaplain's. takes one pace. halts.
B. Then columns march halt.
Right Scene Supporter is in line. face Vice Grand and address him. Conductor turns left at Chaplain's chair and marches to
his station. and address Noble Grand. then both march to chairs. then march to centre. Scene Bearers and Torch Bearers march
across to Chaplain. the left column diagonally toAll wards the Chaplain's chair.
Past Grand takes one pace to
. march back on same line to Past " Grand's chair. and form V as before. Past Grand turning left at Conductor's chair. thus forming a V. then down centre by twos to Yice Grand. form twos and march towards Noble Grand's chair. and mark time. the left column marching diagonally towards the Past Grand's chair.12
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. to the centre. thence across the room.
and marks time Noble Grand and Vice Grand turn right and left one pace on dotted lines.
. and turning right continue the march across and up the side of the room to Past Grand. and marks time until
. where they separate.
Past Grand's chair. then to chair Left Scene Supporter turns right on dotted line. and all march to their chairs. in twos. Right Supporter of Noble Grand and Left Supporter of Yice Grand do the same Left Supporter of Noble Grand and Right Supporter of Yice Grand step into line. (as shown in Diagram B.")
then column turn to the right and cross 'to centre right and down to Vice Grand's chair then separate.
salutes. Members respond.
. one tap of bell spats them. Outside Conductor and candidate fall in as they pass Scene Supporters fall in behind and march slowly to 4. and the three march down the centre.1.
Note. where Outside Con-
the Outside Conductor retiring. Conductor continues question. the Scene Supporters about face. No circle or diagonal marches per. meeting the Outside Conductor in front of
Yice Grand. where Conductor and Scene Supporters meet. charge to "to give. the Conductor and Scene Supporters rise and march on dotted lines to centre of room. Scene Supporter and then wheels and asks the ritualistic finishes. then to centre. posts.
mitted except where shown.
Torch Bearers may be dispensed with
of members. Inside Guardian march across to Chaplain. When all are at their When all is ready.
door opens to admit Outside Conductor and candidate. marches
to 3." Scene Bearers and Torch Bearers march slowly past candidate. Conductor says first two words.14
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. Conductor commences charge at close of
Left Scene Supporter's words (page 36). while Left.
C. marches to Past Grand.
Warden and room and wait there until needed. then wheels right. and halt at
1. turn right and left and march to chairs Outside Conductor follows Warden. marches to side of room and
stops at 2 on rule line and faces Noble Grand with candidate.
Or. the Lodge solemnly At close of Left Scene repeats the last six words. on line shown. and the Conductor at 6.
around the room on square
to 8. and Coning a hollow square.
the Torch Bearers
be omitted. and Scene Bearers and Torch Bearers march out with Scene.
Scene Bearers and Torch Bearers are in posi" " Conductor continues charge to greatness. of Right Scene Supporter's charge. Supporter's charge they lightly and joyously repeat the last four. in which case they would march out to robe in Scene Bearers' positions and hold such positions until they march out with
and witness procession.
Procession marches slowly around room.
pointing to Scene.
Note. At close of be sung. and the Supporters of Noble Grand and Yice Grand can act as Scene Bearers. thence to centre in front of Noble Grand. Right Scene ProSupporter halts at 5.
an appropriate verse may At close music all rise and Conductor continues. and quietly resume their chairs (still robed) in the room.
Supporter halting at Scene Bearers and Torch Bearers continue entirely
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK.
and take position
kneel. thence with Scene Supporters and Conductor to square and take positions shown. words. deposit Scene. in lieu of the dirge. formAll point to Scene.
Conductor with candidate marches slowly to Warden's chair.
except Scene and Torch Bearers. turns left and marches on rule line
seats. When Noble Grand seats Lodge. to chair.
take positions shown. and march by twos down the room."
. to their posts." march abreast to them."
when they can change
their robes. and take
in front of
The Conductor presents candidate to Noble Grand. Continue ritual. the Scene Supporters march on dotted lines shown. At the conclusion of the Yice Grand's charge.
Scene Bearers are out. then down centre to Yice Grand.
Scene. at conclusion of Warden's charge the procession again forms and marches to the centre
Noble Grand. and when opposite their chairs " by twos right.
D. who march on to seats by turning right at Chaplain's station. turn
and march to
places as Supporters. arriving there at close of ode. to re-enter follow Diagram B. as shown in " Diagram B.INITIATORY DEGREE. march left on rule line around the room and up centre to Noble Grand. and taking positions shown. Scene Supporters fall in behind followed by Outside Conductor and candidate. for which
of room. faces Vice Grand. From here follow time for marching out to disrobe. and takes his seat. while the
chair. the Conductor concludes charge.
Outside Conductor. OR DEGREE OF FRIENDSHIP.
Conductor as Jonathan.
Past Grand.FIRST DEGREE. Right and Left Scene Supporters as Guards. and 2
or 4 additional
officers of this
degree for staff work are
Noble Grand and Supporters.
Inside Guardian. Yice Grand and Supporters.
Chaplain as King Saul.
should salute with the sign of this degree Inside Guardian and Jonathan with swords.
. Inside Guardian again opens door and. turns as they come down the room. and march on dotted line to 6. Jonathan on rule line.
. and all march to 4.22
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK.4 in line.
than halts at
. and as he passes. the whole Lodge should rise.6. When all are seated the Inside Guardian opens the door and.
and marks time until guards march to about face and march back to X.
Jonathan. followed by guards on dotted line Jona.1.5.
E. King Saul marches in on rule line to Noble Grand's chair.4. except that Conductor as Jonathan leads column Chaplain as
. Jonathan 3. and all get to their places from centre (see diagram). Jonathan and guards right about face and march up to centre Jonathan again halts at X. guards turn right and left at 5.
Just as King Saul'enters the door to left of the king. at tap of bell. at a present. Jonathan salutes Noble Grand with sword Noble Grand acknowledges salute.
.2.2. or sound of bugle. march down room and
Saul. about face.3. face Yice Grand.1. and the " When King Saul guards with spears.
and guards remain in ante-room Past Grand leads procession back.
carrying sword. and halt about six feet apart Jonathan then marches to 7 and faces Past Grand. or sound of bugle.
Eetire for preparation as in Diagram A. 2. Jonathan and guards march in. at tap of bell.
. who halt at 1. except Noble Grand and Supporters.
King Saul marches at right of Past Grand.
the guards rush on candiJonathan rushes in. catches spears on his sword at X.DEGREE OF FRIENDSHIP. guards. when King Saul asks second question on page 57. or by King Saul to Outside Conductor. King Saul acknowledges him. . except Jonathan. salute King with sword. keeps them parried from candidate but the force of the onslaught by guards should be
date with spears
. he (the Inside Guardian) makes his announcethen comes and awaits King Saul's reply and inarches back to post.
Outside Conductor marches in on rule line to X. King
are seated. he rises and paces to and fro in his place until Inside Guardian returns with answer.
sufficient to drive
Outside Conductor and candidate
back near Vice Grand's chair to 8.6 again. returns sword. when he takes his seat. seated. turns ri^ht and meets candidate
. marches down to 9.
answer or message this is done with each question and answer sent by Outside Conductor to King Saul. and decarry
The Inside Guardian in addressing King will march from his post to 8. Jonathan then returns to 7. Outside Conductor retires for
candidate. As King Saul throws the sword. blind and kneels with hands clasped above
Then follow addresses King Saul. when Jonathan apparently gets the advantage and forces them back to
Noble Grand's chair he faces Vice Grand
All are and seats the Lodge by a wave of the hand. then rises. and Armor Bearer.
pauses a moment.
through their part of the work.ritual
to closing. Jonathan getting to his seat from in front of Noble Grand by marching to X.
. Jonathan marches out and picks up sword thrown by king. kneels and salutes king by holding sword horizontally above face. Jonathan and lad go. or with point resting on shield. left hand grasping blade six inches from point. where they are met by Jonathan. Outside Conductor and candidate march from 10 to X. then casts eyes to heaven. marches slowly down centre and out on rule line. and guards retire. bringing sword to position as before. King motions him away. kneels and with sword in position as before looks toward 1. ductor takes candidate back to 10 and stops. As soon as king. Then follow . and again kneels and salutes as before. rises and slowly marches to 7. then Inside Guardian (as lad) draws near to Jonathan. draws sword.
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. marches to 1. lad returns to post. Jonathan rises. he again marches slowly backward to X. and marching to 1 kneels the third time before king.0. then cross to 7 and
. rests on sword with head down. halts a moment.
and delivers charge to point where Lodge is Outside Conseated. he turns body half around to 10. followed by Armor Bearer and guards. when he marches back to 7.26
at 8. faces Conductor's chair. marches backward to X. when shield is worn. carries it by the point and hands to king. King again motions him away. then back to Jonathan rises king king in anger casts the javelin and with head bent low marches backward to X. Noble Grand and Supporters rise and march to their proper posts. Armor Bearer. king rises and.
Diagram "A. four.DEGREE OF FRIENDSHIP. Retire to disrobe and return as in Diagram 'E. six or eight guards.
up to chair.
Right Scene Supporter as Priest.
as Samaritan. (Robbers)
Conductor. Left Scene Supporter as Levite.
as R/s. Past Grand.
Outside Conductor as Herald.
for this part.SECOND DEGREE.
not necessary to provide any floor
simply proceed as per
ritual. Vice Grand and Supporters.
OR DEGREE OF BROTHERLY LOVE.
officers of this
degree for staff work
are as follows
Noble Grand and Supporters.
and picking up anything R's may have left. faces candidate to wall and repeats next sentence. Conductor slowly
his part again.
A. Warden marches to position marked Herald rushes on R's demanding his Samaritan. marches back with candidate slowly on line as shown. When staff return to
seats. turning him-
complete first sentence of his charge on page 69 by the time he reaches 2. and when passing Chaplain's chair commences his address..
faces wall again.
Outside Conductor acts as Herald or chief of R's
the staff marches out to robe. where they sit down to divide the spoils.
R's march the same as the Scene Bearers in Dia"
.' the Conductor is directed to retire.
in Outside Conductor's position in Diagram A. does so on line shown. etc. and leaving him on the floor. Halts at 2. turns and
self so as to
3. Herald slowly rises.
and repeats third
The Conductor must watch
. share. halts. carrying Bible. Herald blows horn and R's cry out
Herald places candidate at 5 so that he can see the Conductor.
the Priest marches on line
shown." and R's in Scene Bearers' place.30
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK." and across the room and take their chairs. turns. rush out.
Conductor and lay him at 6. R's spring upon
as instructed in ritual. sneaks out. " Diagram D. R's club him. take what they can and proceed to centre of room.
4. marches to
concluding charge at
Herald and R's rush upon Conductor and candidate at 4.
and repeats nineteen words of his part. In the latter case the Conductor will rise after the Past Grand has
the candidate alone as
candidate. Samaritan taking both Conductor and candidate with him. and looks at Conductor moment. then marches
out on line shown.
marches to 2.
Warden's where he
time to Levite he (the
Conductor) turns over so as to face candidate.
on. turns and proceeds on his way.3.
take charge of candidate.
of the others and regulate his talk acPriest nears his chair.
be preferred. or taking
stops. the Samaritan shall be at I.
cordingly. so that as he closes talk on page 70.
The Samaritan marches out on
Conductor continues ritual. Samaritan stops. When Samaritan arrives at 4.DEGREE OF BROTHERLY LOVE. Levite starts
At the proper time he stops a then proceeds to 5. then
. marching on lines shown.3. he
and returns quickly to 2. while Conductor continues his appeal. Then follow ritual. lays hands on Conductor and candidate.
H. marching on rule line.2. as shown in Diagram F.
Samaritan leaves candidate and Conductor. all march to shoulder.2 and 3) mix in promiscuously with others on the circle. then takes
proper station. except
the Conductor. ceed by ritual to the point where Lodge is called up by Noble Grand. Conductor again takes candidate. or candidate alone as case may be. with Past Grand and
marches to Warden's chair on-line shown.34
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. stopping
Then proand again addresses Noble Grand. the right hand on the member's right When Lodge is again seated. and quietly taken seats at 2. when all rise and form half circle on
at 1. eacli member standing with his right arm thrown around the member at his right.
The R/s (having previously returned dotted lines.1.
. their respective places. Supporters of Noble Grand and Yice Grand can act as R's in this degree.
who remains by
candidate until close of
ceremony.2. if short of members.
OR DEGREE OF TRUTH
not necessary to provide any floor
for this part.
Conductor. Left Supporter of Yice Grand as Priest of Initiatory.
Right Supporter of Noble Grand as Priest of 3d.
the banners.THIRD DEGREE.
Left Scene Supporter as 1st Banner Bearer. as 4th Banner Bearer.
A member A member
Organist. Left Supporter of Noble Grand as Priest of 2d.
Right Supporter of Yice Grand as Priest of 1st.
officers for staff
are as follows
Noble Grand Vice Grand.
Inside Guardian. Outside Conductor. simply
proceed as per
ritual. Past Grand.
3d Banner Bearer.
Warden. Right Scene Supporter as 2d Banner Bearer.
High Priest Aaron.
and they follow in
procession. and. and when even with Priest of 1st.
D. who then falls in. in order shown in diagram.B. Noble Grand and Yice Grand next. just behind Priests of 2d and
Vice Grand and 1st and 2d Banner Bearers to C. A.
line. and mark
time until their turn for taking positions in the procession. and they follow Noble Grand and Yice Grand. Warden and Inside Guardian next. all march on dotted lines to centre line.
I. turns right. 3d and 4th Banner Bearers to B. and 3d and 4th Banner Bearers follow Priests.
procession. turns left. Priest of 1st
falls in. marches even with Priest of 2d.
Priest of 3d crosses line.
At second tap of bell. Third tap. turning right.
crosses centre line.
and they march behind
and 2d Banner
Bearers. and Right and Left Supporters of Yice Grand to
4th Banner Bearer crosses line in like manner.38
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. Noble Grand and Supporters as Priests step out on lines to A.C. marches at his right hand following ConFirst ductor.C.
Priest of the Initiatory crosses centre line. Conductor turns left at centre line and heads
Chaplain meets Past Grand at centre. with Outside Conductor
bringing up the rear. turns right along
even with 2d Banner Bearer. who then wheels into line. Priests of 2d and 3d halt one pace and 3d and 4th Banner Bearers two paces from centre line.
|PoF3 R oH.PoF.PA.
Inside Guardian. except Warden. Priest of 3d at 4.
. returns with candidate to A and introduces him to the Yice Grand. he
marches with candidate up centre
Bearer at 5
. and all turn and march to their stations.) when each answers for himself. rise all remain standing until Yice Grand addresses them.
Conductor leaves Yice Grand. Priest of 1st at 8.
and march back in same order.B.
Procession moves on line to E. 2d Banner 3d Banner Bearer at 6 Bearer at 9 4th Banner
Outside Conductor retires to preparation room as shown in Diagram B. then out at either
Grand. 1st Banner Bearer at 10. when at one tap of bell all march straight to their chairs. and Outside Conductor.
and stops on wave
. who march to their chairs as in Diagram A. the 3d and 4th Banner Bearers arid Priests of 2d and 3d rise and march four abreast to B.DEGREE OF TRUTH. When Yice Grand closes his address (bottom of page 84).
Inside Guardian at 1 Chaplain at 6 2 Outside Conductor at 4 Past Grand
. turning to right across room on centre line at Past Grand's chair.
G.B. those turning first
until all are in
position. Priest of 2d at 3. Priest of In1st and 2d Banner Bearers itiatory and 1st to C.
Yice Grand at 2
Conductor at 15
of Initiatory at 7.
High Priest Aaron turns
.B. (page 85.
1st Banner Bearer places his banner in front of candidate.2.
at one tap of the bell
march. Outside Conductor.6.3.
Outside Conductor takes candidate to position
at request of Noble Grand.3.8
line up.1 near Yice Grand.
.7. At close of Priest's of Initiatory answers. all left face and march to
inward face and
2d Banner Bearer places his banner in front Proper questions and answers are given as before.E. All left face Questions and answers given as before. as in first
. line up.
4. and at one tap of bell march four abreast to positions shown on diagram. Warden answers. inward face
line up. they march down centre. the 4 Priests and 4
SUBORDINATE LODGE FLOOR WORK. halting at 5.8 near High Priest Aaron. and taking their positions
Conductor and Warden being now across centre of room. High Priest Aaron
question. 3d Banner Hearer places his banner in front of candidate. when all left face. When they are in position facing Yice Grand. march on rule lines
Banner Bearers step into line at each end of room.
answer. candidate.2.7. All again left 4th face and march to positions shown by circles Banner Bearer places his banner in front of candidate. Priests bring wands to a carry. Warden and Conductor rising and marching on lines shown down room with them.
ends of room. Banner Bearers take up banners.6.
wands over candidate. asks 2d question. all four being at a point forming a pyramid. Proper questions are asked and appropriate answers given.1
in circles. 4.
then marches again to B.DEGREE OF TRUTH. Chaplain's column takes outside at B. Past Grand and Chaplain open
followed by their columns or files. then marches back to A. Warden and Conductor march to sides of room and all march up room abreast. Past Grand's column takes outside at A. march down centre.
properly done.D. which.
and march to and across ends of room again. where he meets Past Grand and Chaplain. Outside
Conductor and candidate face High
Priest Aaron. Conductor about faces at B. As soon as these eight are will be seated. Chaplain turns right on rule line.
on dotted line. Conductor again about faces and marks time as before.
seated. Outside Conductor and candidate to D. Past Grand turns left at B
'A. Disrobe and return to In the grand march each Banner chairs as shown in I. then proceed as in ritual to close. Warden and
Conductor to their seats. will bring each officer to his chair. about faces and leads procession in close order down centre and out at B. then marches to A. Bearer should carry the banner of his degree and Priests their wands
. Conductor marks time until Past Grand and Chaplain come in line with him at sides of room. Conductor about faces and marks time until Past Grand and Chaplain are again in line. Conductor leading.
Form on same as in Diagram I.
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