Ohio State Protective Association
The president takes his chair in the Lodge, gives one rap with the gavel which calls the members to order, fills vacant offices and says:
PRESIDENT: The members will now come to order and deport themselves accordingly.
This Lodge is now ready to transact any business that may come before us as an organization. The Marshal will now exact the pass-word from each member present and report the same.
Marshal goes to each member and receives password, returns to his station and gives the following report:
MARSHAL: Mr. President, I have searched the Lodge and find all present eligible to remain.
PRESIDENT: We will now proceed with the order of business.
1. Roll call.
2. Reading of minutes.
3. Applications for membership
4. Balloting on candidates.
5. Initiation of candidates
6. Installation of officers.
7. Report of standing committees.
8. Report of special committees.
9. General business.
10. Special entertainment.
11. Secretary and Treasurer’s report.
Marshal conducts candidate through inner door, where he is stopped by First Guard.
FIRST GUARD: Halt! Who is this stranger and why does he wish to enter the Lodge of this Association?
MARSHAL: He is a citizen of the State of Ohio and wishes so aid all law-abiding citizens to arrest and suppress thieves and other felons, by becoming a member of this Association.
FIRST GUARD: Has he been well recommended and duly elected to become a member of this Association?
MARSHAL: He has.
FIRST GUARD: Then let him proceed once around the Lodge to the Second Guard.
SECOND GUARD: Halt! Who comes here?
MARSHAL: A stranger who has been well recommended and duly elected to become a member of this Association.
SECOND GUARD: Has he given satins-factory answers so she questions of the First Guard?
MARSHAL: He has.
SECOND GUARD: Then let him proceed: but with caution: once around the Lodge to the Third Guard.
THIRD GUARD: Halt! Who is this person that has passed the outer guards of our Association?
MARSHAL: A law-abiding citizen of this state, who appreciates the benefits than can be derived by an Association composed of upright citizens bounded together for the purpose of capturing and convicting thieves, burglars and other felons.
A THIRD GUARD: Has he complied with all the requirements necessary to membership?
MARSHAL: He has.
THIRD GUARD: Then let him proceed to the center of the Lodge where the Detective will obligate him.
I, …, in the presence of this company of this Association, do solemnly promise so obey the call of my superior officers and to give every assistance in my power to apprehend thieves of any description, and to, recognize in this Company and Association a true friendship towards all other members. Furthermore, I will not reveal the secrets of this Association to any one except he be qualified to receive the same. To all this I give my word of honor as a man, under the penalty of having my name stricken from the Company’s rolls.
The candidate is now led once around the Lodge and to the President to receive the final charge and secret work.
PRESIDENT: My friend, we are glad to welcome you to our Association. We are banded together here for the purpose of mutual protection against loss by thefts that may come to any member. We hope, trust and expect that the obligation you have just assumed in becoming a member of our order will be strictly adhered to, and that you will be ready at all times to obey the orders of the officers, and to give aid to any member that may suffer loss.
I now heartily welcome you into our Association.
President here takes candidate by the hand, at which token every member speaks the word "Welcome" in a clear, distinct tone of voice, after which the secret work is given by the President.
PRESIDENT gives three raps with the gavel, calling members to their fees, on opposite sides of the Lodge. The right side of the Lodge gives the challenge sign, which is answered by those on the left, the President giving the final sign.
PRESIDENT: Members, we are now about to close our meeting. Let me admonish you to keep secret everything of importance that should not reach the understanding of those not entitled to the same. Let us ever be on the alert and guard well the interests of each other, nor fail to act when duty calls for the purpose of suppression of evil and wrongdoers, especially that of theft, throughout our hind. I now declare this Lodge of the Mutual Ohio State Protective Association duly closed.