The following guidelines should be used when considering the establishment of a Lodge website.Web pages should enhance the image of the fraternity and never detract from it. Website content should be both informative to the non-Mason as well as its membership. Page design is up to the individual lodge, as long as it is in good taste.The Lodge webpage must not link to or be linked to by any website where a conflict with the principles of Freemasonry, could be assumed, suggested, or perceived.Linking to a non-Masonic entity should not be permitted.Linking to a Masonic entity not recognized by the ...
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http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/batgoneye2.htm#masonletter Charles Mason 's Description to Frank Johnson in Feb 1874 .GONZALES, Feby. 4, 1874.Col. Frank W. Johnson, Austin , Texas .My dear old companion in arms. Your letter of the 1st ult. was duly received but the severe illness of Mrs. Mason for the past two months is my excuse for not having replied to it sooner. The data I send you is strictly to be relied on, regarding the first movement of the people of Texas, that took place at Gonzales early in the fall of 1835, (consequent upon the concentration of an army of Mexicans under the ...
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Sam Whitley, PMFrontier Lodge No. 28 Despite your best efforts, sometimes things just don’t go the way you plan. Some of these occurrences may have been identified from the start as possible outcomes and some sneak up on you. When that happens, you just have to fall back and regroup. And come up with the least objectionable plan available with the new circumstances. You’ll no doubt recall that the restoration/stabilization of the Ragains rifle was plagued with problems caused by the nature and magnitude of the damage to the stock. While the rifle restoration was pretty tame for the most ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 The Ragains rifle has 35 inlays of brass, nickel silver, and pewter.  The number should more accurately be increased to 45, as several of the inlays are made up of two or more separate pieces combined to make a composite inlay. The maker (or his apprentice) inlet 45 pieces of metal in the stock of this rifle.   One example of such an inlay is the spade and setting maul, which consists of 3 separate pieces installed to represent the crossed spade and maul. Several were pierced inlays, which are harder to inlet than non-pierced ones. Installing ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 In Part 5 of our series on conservation I described the process of building an acrylic display case to display the rifle. In the sixth and last segment of the Ragains Rifle Conservation series, we’ll cover the last, critically important part of the process: documentation. After all the work you’ve done to conserve your artifacts, you probably just want to sit back and admire your work. But now is the time to fully document what you have done before some of the details escape you. Assemble your notes, put them in an appropriate order, and write down ...
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Sam Whitley, PMFrontier Lodge No. 28 In Part 4 of our series on conservation I described the process of repairing the shattered stock. Part 5 describes the process of preparing acrylic rifle supports for supporting the Ragains rifle in a wall-mount display case. Initially, I developed plans to construct an acrylic case to protect and display the rifle. This would have been a long box with one open side. This case would have been placed over the rifle and the open end of the box screwed to the base. This case would have been used with mirrors located below the ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 Earlier episodes have covered initial cleaning and repair. Part 4 of the series describes work on the lock and metal inlays. The Lock The lock of the “Masonic rifle” is a high quality commercial back action lock, probably of English manufacture. Locks of this quality flooded into the United States markets, were engraved with names of local firms, and jobbed out to gun makers who in turn built them into guns. In the case of the lock on this rifle, it was engraved with the name R.W. BOOTH & Co CINCINNATI. I cleaned the lock externally ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 In Part 2 of our series on conservation I described the process of removing and clearing the barrel of its charge. Part 3 describes repairing the stock fracture in detail. Interesting new information Last evening, with the breech plug removed, I drove a pure lead bullet through the barrel to better determine caliber. The slug revealed a bore diameter of 0.355 inches (this makes it nominally a .36 caliber rifle), with a seven-groove right hand twist of 1 turn in 48 inches. The rifling does not appear to be a gain twist. The square grooves are 0.013 ...
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Sam Whitley, PM Frontier Lodge No. 28 In Part 1 of our series on conservation of artifacts, I talked about the importance of conserving Masonic treasures for future generations. Now let’s apply those ideas to actually conserving a Masonic relic. Part 2 of the series will concern itself with the conservation of an antique percussion longrifle. Just after I finished writing Part 1 of this series, I received an antique percussion long rifle designated to be placed on display at the Grand Lodge of Texas museum in Waco. The rifle is important to Masonry because it has over 30 Masonic symbols inlayed in ...
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