Union League secrets.
A correspondent of the Ohio State Sentinel
, who assumes to have penetrated to the mysteries of the order, sends the following as a portion of the instructions given to the initiated:
When you first meet a member, present your left hand and say:
“ How are you, Major
Answer: “Comfortably well.”
“Are you a member of our Union League?”
Answer: “Prove me.”
“ How shall I prove you?”
Answer: “By positions.”
Here comes in what might be called a command, for the person asking the questions above set forth says:
Take positions, and I'll call them.
The person who answers the questions then raises his left hand perpendicularly over his head, at which time you say: “Washington
He then drops his arm to a horizontal position and you say: “Jefferson
He then drops his hand on his left thigh, and you say: “Jackson
He then raises his left hand to his breast and you say: “Union.”
He then joins the thumb and third finger of his left hand; at this time you must also join the thumb and third finger, as he does; then both of your hands meet, and you put your thumb and third finger inside of his and you say: “League.”
All this is done in a shorter time than I can tell you.
When a member is going into the lodge, the pass.
word at the first door is, “Eternal vigilance ;” at the second door, “Is the price of Liberty.”
When a member enters the lodge, he salutes the President
by holding up his left-hand forefinger.
When he leaves the lodge, he holds up his right-hand two forefingers.
When a Union League man gets into a fight at night he cries out: “I, I.”
If any of the brothers are around and willing to assist him they cry out: “What, what.”