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Wages Earned as an Entered Apprentice - November 09, 2009

     

PRESENTED TO: PORT ARTHUR LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 499 BY KENOGAMISIS LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 656

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO

 

Brethren;

 

This evening I have the great honour of presenting to you, Worshipful Master, and to Port Arthur Lodge #499, the travelling square.

 

The travelling square first started its journey in May of 1958 and was presented to this very lodge in June of '58 by Brother Worshipful Harvey who spoke about the wages of an Entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Because I am fairly new to Masons, my knowledge and expertise is limited although growing, so I would like to discuss the knowledge I have learned in regards to the wages of an Entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Entered Apprentices were hewers that were servants of the King of Tyre, who were timber cutters. They were paid in corn, wine and oil. Solomon paid annually to the Tyrian Masons, the servants of Hiram, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and of oil. A bath was a measure equal to seven and a half gallons of wine measure; amount to one hundred and ninety thousand bushels of the first and one hundred and fifty thousand gallons each of the second and third. King Solomon gave them as a free gift a sum equal to more than thirty two millions of dollars. The whole amount of wages paid to the craft is stated to have been about six hundred and seventy-two million dollars but we don't know how that amount was distributed.

 

This information was read from the book "Mackey's Revised History of Freemasonry"

 

Thank you for allowing me to present the travelling square to your lodge.

 

Presented by W. Bro. Bert Nelson