|The "treasure." Hope the bandits don't have allergies--they're kind of dusty.|
Despite Bandits The Masonic Treasure Remains Safe
by Midnight Freemasons Founder
Todd E. Creason 33°
This member had gone up to the Lodge and discovered that somebody had broken in. As I was talking to him, I was remembering some of those pictures I’ve seen of Lodges that have been broken into and then are maliciously vandalized. It sickened me to think about what I might find when I got up there. When we got there, we found that our exterior door had been badly damaged when the door was forced open. And the internal door was even worse—that door was basically destroyed. There was some minor damage to the door that leads into the Lodge room. The Lodge room and the kitchen had been ransacked. The fireproof safe by my desk (Secretary) had been destroyed. They’d ripped it apart but failed to get the door open. The foamed concrete fireproofing material and the masonry dust from the interior walls of the safe was broadcast over a wide area. Nothing stolen that we've found but some change from the kids charity jar.
A County Sheriff and his K-9 Tanto arrived along with a pair of crime scene investigators. They photographed. They dusted. The took a few things of interest with them (including our last bag of Doritos that those criminals had helped themselves to). All in all, things could have been much worse.
I put out a call, and the next morning about ten Masons showed up from a few different Lodges, and within an hour we had it all cleaned up. The safe was so badly torn up we couldn’t get the door open. One of the Masons was a locksmith, and using the tire iron from his Jeep within a few seconds he accomplished what the bandits had not—he had the door of the safe open. And the treasure we keep locked inside was perfectly fine and undamaged.
Freemasons don’t keep their treasures in a safe.
There’s only one way to get at the treasure guarded for generations by Freemasons. You have to join. Our treasures are contained within our ritual traditions. Our asset is the knowledge we pass on to our members. The great wealth and power of our Fraternity is in the great benefit of these principles we learn when they are applied in our lives. Freemasons are not collectors of wealth, they are investors in men.
They haven’t caught these bandits yet. I think they will. Obviously, these criminals are not geniuses—do you know they left three autographed copies of my first book sitting right there on the corner of my file cabinet?