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THE PERRYSBURG JOURNAL.
plains, its fertile vallies and its lovely hills,
may be blessed with Thy favors, and that
the people of this land may be taught to
love Thee and keep Thy Commandments.
Hoar our prayers, Merciful Father ! and in
righteousness direct us, that we may at last
be saved in Thy Kingdom, through Jesus
Christ our Lord!'' To which all respond,
" Amen !''
The members then all raise their hands
and, after the Colonel, say:
" In the prese nce of these, my country
men, I do most solemnly repeat my adher
ence to the obligations I have taken in this
order, and that J will not expose its exist
ence, or do anything to injure its success,
or the. well being of any of its members."
After which the Chaplain says: "To
which pledge, Heaven bear witness."
One tap on llie drum, and the members
ri aume their seats, ami the Colonel declares
the Regiment ready for business.
The closing ceremony is brief. The Ma
jor asks, " Is there any one hpro desirous of
6'!ii absohed from the obligations he has
taken in this brotherhood, and who wishes
to withdraw from its association?'
If any respond, he or they are asked (un
rlcr oath) why they wish to withdraw. The
reasons are recorded and he is granted a card
of withdraw.il, and is escorted to the outer
door by the Guard.
At a given signal the. members rise, when
the Adjutant pays : "Countrymen! we are
About to depart from this hallowed resort of
patriotism, and enter again the mingled
throng of the world. Wo go, I trust, much
benefitted by the events of to-night, and
with our hearts strengthened in the holy cause
of our country's welfare. And ere you go,
I cannot remind you too strongly, that when
we leave this hull, your lips are sealed as to
the business we have transacted here. Not
ft whisper must be given to any one, except
thoe connected with us, in relation to this
order. ' A wise, tongue lieth still,' saith the
good book, and we wish the maxim imprint
ed on all our hearts. Brother Chaplain, thy
Thu Chaplain delivers a benediction, and
the Regiment is dismissed.
THE RED DEGREE.
The initiatory is called the. White Degree,
the second lbs "lied, nnd the third the Blae
Degree, all combined making the American
irio of colors the white, red and blue. We
have, given the ceremonies of the White de
cree, we will now give those of the lied. A
person must be thirteen (typical of the old
thirteen States) weeks a member, before he
can take the Red degree. lie then must be
proposed by one of the Blue, and balloted
for alone by the Reds and Blues. Six black
balls reject. A candidate for the second de
cree is taken " outside the camp,' which
wts presume means ante-tooin where he is
further examined. He is then asked some
questions as to the history of our country,
in which he is instructed if he docs not an-
wer correctly. He. is then asked
" Do you revere the name of Washington ?
Have you carefully read the constitution of
the United States? Do you desire that con
stitution to remain unimpaired, and its pro--risions
carefully carried out ? Arc you wil
ling to pledge your right arm in defence of
that constitution f
If these questions are answered in the af
firmative, the candidate is examined in the
" work" of the White Degree, and if he an
swer truly, is escorted to the door of the. Red
Regiment head -quarters.
Sentinel Who comes there ?
Orderly Sergeant One desiring the Red.
Sentinel The Red? We have no rcd
oats here, for they were the enemies of our
fathers. Begone, ye man of foreign prejudice.
Orderly Sergeant Nay 'tis not a red-coat
we seek, but a knowledge of that undying
red, which floats so vauntingly in the flag
of our country.
Sentinel Have, you the countersign? 0.
S. gives the password. Your hearts are right,
nter, and heaven help thee to keep evcr
fuithful the patriotic vows of this national
The candidate enters, preceded by the. 0.
8. The room is dark, and he is led around,
now stumbling over this and then over that,
but his guide keeps him from falling. Sud
denly the room is lighted up, and he finds
himself surrounded with Btacks of muskets,
flagi, &c. After some instructions from the
Adjutant, (which are not in the book,) he
takes the following obligation standing:
"I, John Smith, do hereby pledge my most
solemn word, that I will, as 60on as possi
ble, learn all the exercises necessary to make
me competent for the ranks, and that I will
hold myself in readiness at all times, to de
fend the constitution of the United States,
against all internal foes, and to defend civil
and religious liberty in the land of my birth
at all hazards. Free schools, a free press,
and freedom of speech I will ever sustain,
and I will hold no companionship, unless so
ordered to do. with those who hold to con
trary doctrines, but will consider them and
treat them as personal enemies, as enemies
to the rights of man, and Ihe will of our
Creator. This obligation shall be binding
to the end of my life, and should I violate
it, I shall expect to be called a traitor, per
jurer and coward by my countrymen, and as
such be scoffed at by all true American cit
Saying which, he kisses the flag, as a mark
of his fidelity.
He is again escorted around the room,
while the members sing:
" Hail Columbia, happy land," &c.
The candidate is taken before the Major,
who instructs him in the secrets of the de
gree, which of course are not printed in the
ritual. Next he is conducted to the chap
lain, who says :
" It rejoices my heart to see thee here, mv
son. There is that in everv step of this
brotherhood, which is calculated to draw
forth all the noble feelings of the heart, and
direct them into the paths of patriotism
and ever living truth. Read carefully the
lessons set before thee, and do not fail to
obey implicitly the duties thou hast volun
tarily taken upon thyself.' The candidate
kneels, and the chaplain places his hands on
his head. "May the blessing of heaven
rest upon you, and may He who directs the
storm, keep thee, faithful even unto death
The candidate is next introduced to hi3
captain .when the following occurs :
Captain Are you a soldier?
Candidate I am.
Captain Of the cross? Candidate will
probably falter. Aye, of the cross, but not
of the Roman one. 'Tis now a duty of
yours to defend this holding up a red cross
from all harm. You see what it is. Here
ut the top, in letters of gold, is " Pure Chris
tianity ;" upon the right arm, " American
Liberty;" upon the left arm, "American
Nationality,' and at the base, "Freedom for
the World." How unlike that cross which
has pretended to defend Christianity for
years by the most heinous crimes and mer
ciless despotism. Here in our own beloved
country, the black and the red cross must
meet in deadly warfare there is nothing
congenial in them, and the one must destroy
the other ere there" is peace in this once quiet
land. Soldier of the Red! Fate has ap
pointed me to command you. If you find
that I lack either courage or independence
when called to act, point your bayonet at
my breast; and should I find you lacking in
either, you may expect a coward's fate and
a traitor's doom. Soldier of the Red ! I wel
The brother is then conducted to hi3 prop
er position, when the "Soldiers of the Red"
gather around and congratulate him.
THE BLUE DEGREE.
We will now proceed to give the " finish
ing touch" of the new order, which is no
more nor less than the ceremonies of the
Blue Degree. We take it verbatim from the
ritual, commencing after the lodge is opened
in the degree, and after the Orderly Sergeant
has been very poetically ordered to see if
any candidates are in waiting.
The Orderly Sergeant must examine the
candidate thoroughly in the work of the
White and Red degrees. If he should be
remiss, he must be reported to the Colonel
ot the Regiment, and await further orders
should the. candidate answer all questions
satisfactorily, the 0. S. will conduct him to
the Blue Entrance, and give thirteen knocks
upon the door, when the Blue Sentinel will
appear, duly armed, and say-
Sentinel What means this clamor at the
entrance of the Sacred Temple of Patriot
ism ? Knowest thou riot, sir, that no intru
ders are allowed here 7 , '
Orderly Sergeant True, Brother Sentinel,
but do you not behold here pointing to his
insignia of office the talisman of the Guard
of the True Blues?
Sentinel Pardon, comrade, thou canst
The Orderly Sergeant enters, when the Sen
tinel attempts to slara the door in the face
of the candidate.
Orderly Sergeant A friend I have with
me ; a tried soldier of the lied, who evinced
a desire to enlist with us. 1 demand that
he be admitted.
Sentinel No one enters here without the
Orderly bergeant (to the Colonel) Par
don, sir, but a friend of mine, a patriot bold
ana true, has been stopped at the very en
trance way. This to me seem.s strange, for
it looks to my integrity, and am I not too
old a member of the Guard of the True Blue,
to nave my word doubted?
ooionei in protecting your honor you
are right, but you forget that without law
and order, anarchy will prevail. We have
our laws, and under those laws you have en
trance here, but none who are not member;
So with our country. The sons of the soil.
alone have a natural right to the blessings of
our government, but foreigners can eniov
them under certain rules and regulations. A
foreigner cannot justly usurp the right of
Columbia's sons, and neither can thy friend
enter here without the Qualifications laid
down in our laws.
Orderly Sergeant But he is a soldier of
the Red, and to me has vouchsafed his in
Colonel Indeed. Then convey to the
Sentinel my order to admit him.
Ihe Sentinel will then admit the candi
date, and the Orderly Sergeant will conduct
him around the room, while the brethren
sing song 5, (the 6ong is not in the book.)
At the conclusion of the song the candidate
must be conducted to the center of the room,
when the Adjutant attired in the American
(continental) dress, will advance towards
him, and say :
Oh, happy, happy, once were my Beonle
Freed from foreign tyranny, united in spirit,
patriotic in feeling, they wisely governed
themselves, and Columbia was a bright star
on the tace of the earth. My mountain
tops, sublime in their height and grand in
their proportions, and mv vallevs unsur
passed in fertility and beauty, reverberated
with the merry shouts of freemen. Oh, 'twas
cheering, to see a free people united in love.
so joyous and happy. Unrestrained by des
potism, they surprised the world with their
progress, and made monarchs tremble for
fear of losing their power. I, America, was
happy then, but alas! 'tis not so with me
now. My fair Columbia, is over-run with a
horde of politicians, who, taking advantage
of my people's indifference, have corrupted
every branch ot government. They have
been urged on and supported by a hierarchy
as corrupt, which seeks to destroy equality
in religion, and make our fair land one of
selfish power, of slavery, yea, and of misery.
uently have they worked, and O, my heart
has ached to see the folly and indifference
of Columbia s sons. Will they awake?
How long shall it be ere Columbia's harp is
taiten trom the willow, and made to resound
again with music sweet, " the joyous notes
of liberty ?"
The members all say, " Now the Guard of
the True Blue is aroused."
The Major, disguised in canonicals, advan
ces and says :
A corrupt hierarchy, indeed! Knowest
thou not, young stripling (to America) that
the church which thou condemnesthas stood
unshaken eighteen hundred years ? Suppose
its rule is iron, its temper despotic;' is it
not hoary-headed, and does it not best know
the wants of man ? Besides, and above all,
its authority is Irora uou, ana you, nor no
other can interpose your reason to the com'
manus ot the church. It you would save
your soul from the everlasting torments of
hell, you must listen to the only true church,
and obey! Your liberty is a phantasy, and
your human rights an illusion of the devil's
own making. Freedom is folly of ihe most
damning kind, and deserves, as it shall rc-
ceive, the curses of the church the only
true and living church. And thou dost op
pose, too, those institutions created Dy liod
himself, and from earliest history, the stron
gest supporters of our church ! 1 I mean
those which recognize kings and princes, and
men of noble blood, to rule the more abject
and degraded of the human race. Those in
stitutions are divine, and I can tell thee that
they will exist throughout all time. Even
here, in this accursed land, where heresy
spawns its discordant elements, a king shall
yet sit in state, and, aided by the church,
rule in regal splendor.
The chaplain then advances and says:
O, thou intolerant and foolish man, who
wouldst make our Creator the author of all
our 6in and misery. If thou wouldst only
read the pages of this sacred book, (holding
up the Bible,) you would learn that God 16
a God of love, and that Christianity brings
peace on earth, and good will to all men.
But thou intolerant priest, would make our
Saviour's mission one of cruelty and blood,
a scourge to our race, a torment to us,
wretched mortals that we are. Used as
thou art, to despotism of the most cruel
kind, to intolerance, and to slavish lust, 'tis
no wonder that thou standest an enemy to
all that is right, just and true. Upon the
authority of this Book of Books, the Word
of Him, who ruleth all things, I declare thee
to be an enemy to both God and man.
The Colonel then addresses the candidate :
Soldier of the Red ! Before you have been
displayed the two antagonisms of the day
despotism in church and state and pure
Christianity combined with human rights
and liberty. Already you have enlisted un
der the Red, but to be a member of the
Guard of the True Blue, requires still greater
sacrifices, and a greater devotion to the prin
ciples of free government. Are you con
vinced and do you honestly feel, that the
Romish or Papal church is anti-christian,
and opposed to the principles upon which
the government of these United Mates is
Are you convinced that it is a deadly ene
my to the free institutions of our country,
and that it has tried and is now trying to
overthrow them, to give place to those of a
despotic character ?
Do you believe that the Romish hierarchy
has labored in this country to accomplish its
ends, through corrupt politicians, and the
hordes of ignorant foreigners thrust upon
our shores irom oatnouo and monarchical
Do you conscientiously ana honestly feel
it to be your duty to battle this enemy of
liberty with all the means in your power?
Are you willing to pledge yourself by sol
emn oaths, to oppose them politically whilt
Are you willing to bind yourself by oath,
to act with others of your countrymen, in
such opposition, and to do whatever the or
ganization shall bid you, to sustain its cause.
provided what is required ot you shall not
be unbecoming a christian, a freeman, and a
patriotic citizen of the United States?
Candidate answers, and if his answers to
all these questions are in the affirmative.
the Colonel asks him to be placed in the at
titude of obligation. The members all
kneel. The flag is thrown over the candi
date's right shoulder, and tied under the left
arm and he then kneels, places both hands
upon the Bible, and with his face toward
Heaven, repeats after the Adjutant the fol
I, John Smith, firmly believing that it is
my duty, as a man and, a Christian, to sup
port the constitution and government of
the United States of 'America, do hereby
solemnly swear that it is for that purpose
alone I have sought admission into the
Guard of the True Blue, and before Heaven
I dd promise that I will forever keep secret,
all its business and movements, and that I
never will expose to any one not a member,
the signs, grips, and secret words of the True
Blue ; and I further promise and swear that
whatever the Guard, shall command me to
do, I will do it as expeditiously as possible,'
even at the sacrifice of my own business,
provided the acts required of me shall be
such only as become an upright citizen of
these United States, and a Christian in the
fear of Gcd. AAnd I further swear that 1