|original=Among the varied influences that are ceaselessly engaged in shaping American ideas and molding American life, Freemasonry must, in all fairness, be conceded a prominent place. Its principles are scattered broadeast by our daily press; its labors for humanity are the constant theme of tongue and pen; its members are, in great part, our lawgivers, our judges, our rulers; even the presidents of our republic openly join its ranks; the educators of our youth in school and university are often its adherents, and encourage among their pupils societies which ape its secrecy and methods and prepare the young to become its zealous partisans in after life. To crown ail, Protestant ministers and bishops are its initiates and advocates, so that often not only the corner stones of our public buildings, but even those of Protestant churches, are laid by its officers and consecrated by its mystic
rites. To deny its influence among us, would be to deny a fact plainer than the light of day.
|précisions=La référérence aux évêques (bishops) doit se comprendre pour des évêques luthériens et méthodistes, pas catholiques.
[[Catégorie:Naissance en 1871]]
[[Catégorie:Décès en 1934]]