Objects of the Order
The Square is emblematic of our desire to have our lives upright and honorable and our actions toward our fellow men equal and just. Having met together in fraternal affection, let us part in brotherly love toward each other, with no remembrance of an unkind expression, or unfriendly action, to derange that nice adjustment of the feelings which alone unites us as a band of brothers and sisters.
The Hammer is emblematic of the means we use to divest ourselves of those faults and errors, which so often cause discord and trouble, where only friendship and brotherly love should prevail.
The Compass teaches us the imperative duty of circumscribing our passions and keeping our desires within due bonds; hence they are the most fitting emblem of Virtue and the true and only measure of a pure life.
The Shield is emblematic of the protection that surrounds the individual in the exercise of his liberties under our form of government. It also typifies the purpose for which this organization exists — to shield American institutions and American citizens from every menacing peril.
The Arm is emblematic of power and strength, and our desire is to show that the Arm will always be raised in defense of that which is right, and descend with crushing power upon evil in every form.
Virtue, Liberty, Patriotism
The Motto of our Great Order