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Story has two versions, first as reported in Masonic Lodge literature - while Benjamin Franklin was attending the initiation of a person into the Masonic Lodge his shirt caught fire and was burned severely which “resulted in his death”.

Second account by author H. Paul Jeffers states that: “When apothecary Evan Jones learned that his apprentice, Daniel Rees, wanted to become a Freemason, he and other apprentices decided to pretend to be members and stage a mock initiation ceremony by dressing up like devils. Informed of the plan, Franklin treated it as a good joke, but quickly changed his mind. He sought to alert Rees, but was unable to find him. During the fake ceremony, Jones required Rees to swear obedience to the devil and seal the oath by kissing the behinds of the other apprentices. In the culmination of the initiation, Jones poured hot brandy on Rees. The resulting burns proved to be so severe that they became infected and Rees died. Convicted of manslaughter at a trial in which Franklin was prosecution witness, Jones was punished by having his hand branded.”
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Clemens sends a custom made lodge gavel to the Polar Star Lodge in Missouri.
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Pennsylvania Statue Title 18 section 6704 states that anyone that reveals the secrets of a Masonic Lodge (like the fact that they are Luciferians), or the secrets of any other shadowy group that meets in a "Grand Lodge" can be charged with a summary offense. This goes on your record for at least five years with no trial by jury - free for all potential employers to see.

Law:

§ 6704. Fraud on association having grand lodge.
A person is guilty of a summary offense if, without the authority of the grand lodge described in this section, he:
(1) fraudulently uses, in any manner, the name or title of any secret fraternal association, which has had a grand lodge having jurisdiction in this Commonwealth for at least ten years;
(2) imitates such name or title with intent to deceive;
(3) wears or uses any insignia of such association with intent to deceive;
(4) publishes or distributes, in any manner, any written or printed matter soliciting applications for membership in such secret fraternal association, or any alleged association claiming to be known by such title, or by a title in imitation or resemblance of such title; or
(5) sells or gives or offers to sell or give any information as to how any alleged degree, secret work or secret of such fraternal association or of any alleged association, claiming to be known by such title, or by a title in imitation or resemblance of such title may be obtained.
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Carl J. Fitje the “Grand Master” of the New York grand lodge solicited an offer to then Governor of New York George Pataki. Pataki later rescinds his acceptance.
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After an outcry from fellow Catholics Pataki decides against joining the Masonic Lodge.
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William James (47) died from a gun shot to the head during initiation rights into 2nd degree of the Freemason order. He was shot with a .32 caliber hand gun fired by Freemason Albert Eid (76) from 20 feet away. Even though a grand master of New York State Freemasons said that guns were not part of any initiation rights, members of the Patchogue lodge stated that the rite they were performing has history going back at least 70 years.



Albert had two guns - one with live rounds (the .32) and the other with blanks. He stated he was supposed to shoot the .22 pistol with blanks in it, and then someone would knock a tin can over as if it had been shot. The problem with the story is that Albert nor the news articles never state why he had a loaded weapon in the first place if they were just playing, making the initiate think that they had a loaded gun.