funeral, are thronged with delegations; he was, it seems, a Knight Templar, and a member of some Royal Arch Chapter; he had taken the thirty-third degree of something; he belonged to Amity Lodge, I. O. O. F., and to the Mayflower Council
of the Home Circle.
Meanwhile there is printed on a parallel column the notice of some other recent death, and it is apologetically stated that the man “belonged to no organization, but was much respected for his qualities as a business man and a citizen.”
There is great expressiveness in that “but.”
It requires some explanation, it seems, if a man has ventured to die without an initiation, solemn or otherwise, into some secret order.
Yet it is but charity to recognize that he may, after all, have lived a decent life.
The remarkable thing is that these innumerable societies, most of which began with some temporary separation of their members from their homes, have gradually been conquered, to a certain extent, by the home influence; and almost all have now some small “annex” for women also.
I met many years ago, in Fayal
, a middle-aged English woman who had lived for fifteen years on board ship with her husband, her sons being already launched as sailors.
Her husband was a high official in the