THE CRAFTSMAN - 1866
A little incident, containing some mystical interest, transpired in Wayne county, South Carolina, during the late war. It is as follows:-
It was late at night, the husband was absent, and the wife, alone with her children, had retired. Three or four soldiers rudely knocked at the door of the house, and demanded entrance and something to eat. The good lady told them that it was too late, that she had nothing cooked, but fearing they would break the door, she got out of bed, and opened it to expostulate with them.
They insisted that she should cook something for them, and while she was getting ready, and they were roaming about the house, one of the party, who seemed to be the leader, happened to find a copy of Mackey's "Masonic Jurisprudence." Turning over he found the name of the poor, frightened woman's husband written on the fly-leaf.
"Is this your husband's?" he inquired of the lady. "Yes sir," was the timid reply.
"Is he a Mason?"
"Come, boys, right about-march!" and immediately the house was cleared and quickly closed.