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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: [74]

“ 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.”

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