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Freemasonry & Fraternalism Masonic Secret Signs and Passwords: The 1856 Edition of Jeremy L. Cross’s The True Masonic Chart Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes Jeremy Cross was relied on as a crib for nervous officers when they put on degrees, and his readers were not just the curious, but the Freemasons themselves who wanted to improve their ritual work. Important as a source for Masonic activity in the mid nineteenth century, this volume makes a scarce title available to scholars. The Pope and the Freemasons: The Letter “Humanum Genus” of the Pope, Leo, XIII against Free-Masonry and the Spirit of the Age Popes have never been enthusiastic about Freemasonry. The encyclical Humanum Genus by Leo XIII was the most ambitious attack yet. It remains perhaps the most sweeping condemnation by the Roman Catholic Church of the Masonic movement, and has been the source of considerable conflict and confrontation ever since it was issued. Young Freemasons?: Frank S. Land’s Order of DeMolay The Order of DeMolay is a puzzle. It is closely associated with Freemasonry but its leaders emphasize it is not some sort of junior Masonic group. This book was edited by the founder of the order, Frank S. Land, during the early days of the movement, and is a surprising insight into a social phenomenon. Freemasonry in Old Buffalo: James Leroy Nixon’s History of Buffalo Consistory Buffalo had a reputation for being the “last city in the East” in terms of social mores, and in its heyday supported clubs and societies that had much in common with those in New York and Philadelphia. Genealogists will welcome this scarce volume, with its rolls of the Buffalo elite of a century and more ago. Freemasonry in Inverness by Alexander Ross Alexander Ross (1834-1925) was educated at Inverness Royal Academy and became an architect like his father. He joined St. John’s Masonic Lodge in 1833 and eventually was its Master. Ross traveled throughout Scotland as public education expanded and was responsible for the plans of over 450 schools. Hints on Masonic Etiquette by R. H. Gaynor Freemasonry not only has myriad complex ceremonies for initiating and advancing candidates, but also preserves a code for every social occasion. This volume has long been the companion for right behavior of those who move with confidence in that Masonic secret world that is so much discussed but so little understood. 17