Masonic fraternity, and she had, through some accident, become possessed, in a foreign port, of some secrets of that order.
To settle the matter then and there, she was initiated and pledged to secrecy, so that no further trouble should come.
Her discovery was the more remarkable, as she was very deaf; and her initiation more so, as she was by no means dumb; but her husband confirmed the story, and said that she was the only woman in the world thus honored.
I cannot vouch for the tale, but it is certain that most of these secret orders now provide some equivalent or parallel course for women.
Wives can belong, equally with their husbands, to the Farmers' Grange
; they can join the Home Circle, as is fitting; or the Knights and Ladies of Honor, or the Order of Protection, or of United Friends, or the P. F. Y. B. O., or the Golden Cross
Strange to say, they can enter the order of Pilgrim Fathers
, of which, in the city where I live, one of them is actually sergeant-at-arms; but they cannot join the Order of Haymakers.
Moreover, if the husband is a Mason, the wife can at least belong to the Order of the Eastern Star
; if he is an Odd Fellow, she can be an Odd Lady
; if he attains to the G. U. of 0.
F., she can be a Daughter of Ruth
, which is something; if