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The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Jericho Road, by W. Bion AdkinsThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: The Jericho RoadAuthor: W. Bion AdkinsRelease Date: October 20, 2004 [eBook #13816]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII)***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE JERICHO ROAD***E-text prepared by Al HainesTHE JERICHO ROADbyW. BION ADKINSAuthor of "Twelve Steps Toward Heaven," "The Anonymous Letter," etc.1901Like the rivers, forever running yet never passed, like the winds forever going yet never gone, so is Odd-Fellowship.DEDICATIONWORTHY AND GENTLE BROTHERSI DEDICATE THIS LITTLE BOOK TO THEE, SINCERELY HOPING THAT IT WILL AFFORD YOU MUCH PLEASURE AND BE THE MEANS OF INCITING YOU TOGREATER EFFORT IN BEHALF OF OUR BELOVED ORDER. MAY THY YEARS BE MANY AND THEIR SEASONS ALL GOLDEN AUTUMNS, RICH IN PURPLECLUSTERS AND GARNERED DELIGHTS.PREFACE"I have lived much that I have not written, but I have written nothing that I have not lived, and the story of this book is but aplaintive refrain wrung from the over-burdened song of my life; while the tides of feeling, winding down the lines, had theirsources in as many broken upheavals of my own heart." A book, like an implement, must be judged by its adaptation toits ...

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THE JERICHO ROAD by W. BION ADKINS Author of "Twelve Steps Toward Heaven," "The Anonymous Letter," etc. 1901
Like the rivers, forever running yet never passed, like the winds forever going yet never gone, so is Odd-Fellowship.
DEDICATION WORTHYAND GENTLEBROTHERS I DEDICATETHIS LITTLEBOOK TO THEE, SINCERELYHOPINGTHAT IT WILL AFFORD YOU MUCH PLEASUREAND BETHEMEANS OFINCITINGYOU TO GREATER EFFORT IN BEHALF OF OUR BELOVED ORDER. MAY THY YEARS BE MANY AND THEIR SEASONS ALL GOLDEN AUTUMNS, RICH IN PURPLECLUSTERS AND GARNERED DELIGHTS.
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net
Title: The Jericho Road Author: W. Bion Adkins Release Date: October 20, 2004 [eBook #13816] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII)
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE JERICHO ROAD***
E-text prepared by Al Haines
PREFACE
"I have lived much that I have not written, but I have written nothing that I have not lived, and the story of this book is but a plaintive refrain wrung from the over-burdened song of my life; while the tides of feeling, winding down the lines, had their sources in as many broken upheavals of my own heart." A book, like an implement, must be judged by its adaptation to its special design, however unfit for any other end. This volume is designed to help Odd-Fellows in their search for the good things in life. There is need of something to break the spell of indifference that oftentimes binds us, and to open glimpses of better, sweeter, grander possibilities. Hence this volume, which is a plea for that great fortune of man—his own nature. Bulwer says: "Strive while improving your one talent to enrich your whole capital as a man." The present work is designed to aid in securing the result thus recommended. We send it forth, trusting that it will find its way into the hands of every Odd-Fellow and every Odd-Fellow's friend and neighbor, and that those who read it will gather from its pages lessons which shall enable them to pluck thorns from their pathway and scatter flowers instead.
W. BION ADKINS.
October 1, 1899.
TODAY'S DEMAND
 God give us men. A time like this demands  Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands;  Men whom the lust of office does not kill;  Men who possess opinions and a will;  Men who have honor;  Men who will not lie,  Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog  In public duly and in private thinking.  For, while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,  Their large professions and their little deeds,  Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,  Wrong rules the land, and waiting Justice sleeps.  God give us men!
—Selected.
TOMORROW'S FULFILLMENT
 * * In the long years liker must they grow;  The man be more of woman, she of man;  He gain in sweetness and in moral height,  Nor lose the wrestling thews that throw the world;  She mental breadth, nor fail in childward care—  Till at the last she set herself to man,  Like perfect music unto noble words;  And so these twain, upon the skirts of time,  Sit side by side, full summed in all their powers,  Self-reverent each and reverencing each.  Then reign the world's great bridals, chaste and calm;  Then springs the crowning race of human kind.
—Alfred Tennyson.
CONTENTS
Objects and Purposes of Odd-Fellowship
The Higher Life
Pithy Points
The Bible in Odd-Fellowship
Brother Underwood's Dream
The Imperial Virtue
Quiet Hour Thoughts
Love Supreme
Gems of Beauty
Husband and Father
Odd-Fellowship and the Future
INTRODUCTORY
On April 26, 1819, Thomas Wildey, the English carriage-spring maker, together with John Welch, John Duncan, John Cheatham and Richard Rushworth, instituted the first lodge of Odd-Fellows at the Seven Stars Tavern in Baltimore, and it was given the name of Washington Lodge No. 1. From this feeble beginning has grown the immense organization of today. The Odd-Fellows claim a venerable antiquity for their order, the most common account of its origin ascribing it to the Jewish legend under Titus, who, it is said, received from that Emperor the first chapter, written on a golden tablet. The earliest mention made of the lodge is in 1745, when one was organized in England. There were at that time several lodges independent of each other, but in a few years they formed a union. Toward the end of the century many of them were broken up by state prosecutions, on suspicion that their purposes were seditious. The name was changed from the Patriotic Order to that of the Union Order of Odd-Fellows. In Manchester, England, in 1813, some of the lodges seceded from the order, and formed the Independent Order of Odd-Fellows.
The order's first appearance in America was in 1819. The purposes of the order were so changed by the founders here, that it is said to be almost purely an American organization. It was based on the Manchester Unity, which was really the parent institution. In 1842, this country severed its connection with that of England.
Lodges connected with either those of England or America are established in all parts of the world. The real estate held by the organization exceeds in value $20,000,000, and there is scarcely a town in the country that has not its Odd-Fellows Building. The total revenue of the order is nearly $10,000,000 per annum. Yearly relief amounts to nearly $4,000,000 a year.
THE JERICHO ROAD
 "A traveler passed down the Jericho road,  He carried of cash a pretty fair load  (The savings of many a toilsome day),  On his Jericho home a mortgage to pay.
 "At a turn of the road, in a lonely place,  Two villainous men met him face to face.  'Hands up!' they cried, and they beat him sore,  Then off to the desert his money they bore.
 "Soon a priest came by who had a fold;  He sheared his sheep of silver and gold.  He saw the man lie bruised and bare,  But he passed on by to his place of prayer.
 "Then a Levite, temple bound, drew nigh;  He saw the man, but let him lie,  And clad in silk, and filled with pride,  He passed him by on the other side.
 "Next on the way a Samaritan came  (To priest and Levite a hated name);  The wounded man he would not pass,  He tenderly placed him on his ass.
 "He took him to an inn hard by;  He dressed his wounds and bathed his eye;  He paid the landlord his full score;  If more was needed would pay him more.
 "Ah! many travel the Jericho way,  And many are robbed and beaten each day;  And many there be on the way in need,  Whom Priest or Levite never heed;  And who to fate would yield, alas!  If some Samaritan did not pass."
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