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Old Tiler Talks





The Old Tiler first appeared in print in August, 1921 when the first of four hundred and fourteen "Old Tiler Talks" were printed in the Fellowship Forum, a fraternal newspaper published in Washington, D.C.

In 1925 the publisher (The Temple Publishers) asked the author to select a few of the best of the talks and thirty-one were accordingly made into a little volume, copyrighted in that year. The book, which sold for a dollar, ran into two editions of five thousand copies each.

By the time they were all sold the Fellowship Forum ran head on into the depression and disappeared and with it the Old Tiler.

His homely philosophy, sharp tongue and common sense, however, had made a place for him in the hearts of readers; demand for the book has never ceased, although it has lessened in the twenty-four years since the Old Tiler first spoke from between the covers.

At long last the Old Tiler sits again before the door of his lodge, there to repeat the tales which made him liked so long ago, and, from the wealth of material of his hundreds of homilies, make thirty-nine talks new to the book, a total of seventy in all.

The portrait of the Old Tile on the book jacket is the loving work of Brother Frank A. Stockwell of Buffalo, New Your, who has (at least to the author's eyes) succeeded in getting the biting sarcasm, courage and philosophy of the Old Tiler into his kindly face.

The author does not always agree with the Old Tiler - perhaps it is the Old Tiler who disagrees with the author! Some to whom that statement is made make answer: "Why don't you make him say what you think? You are the boss man!"

All who have written know that, if they live, pen and ink characters have minds and thoughts of their own, sometimes to the benefit, sometimes to the grief of their fathers!

Therefore, with what is hoped is becoming modesty, this invitation is extended: whatever you like in the Old Tiler's talks, credit it to his creator; if his sharpness or his ideas offend, blame the Old Tiler and not

The Author

Old Tiler Talks by Carl H. Claudy
The Temple Publishers, Washington, D.C. 1949

What is Masonry? Inner Meaning
Book on the Altar Why Men Love Freemasonry
Acting as Chaplain The Greatest Work
Atheist and Agnostic His Christmas
A Lodge is Born New Cut Trails
Masonry's "Failure" Judge Not!
Shooting the Masonic Gun Masonic Talk
Two-faced! The Dirty Trick
The Disliked Petitioner So Many Rascals!
Meanest Master Costumes?
On Finding Out Substitutes
Examining Committee Hand-picked
On Being Asked to Join On Investigating a Petitioner
Keepers of the Door He Found Out
To Wait How Long? Kinds of Masons
On Knowing Names A Masonic Speech
The Forgotten Word Learning the Work
Geometric Bull Bluff
On Secrets Those Disclosures!
Inviolable Democracy in Lodge
Promotion Joke
Indictment Burdens
Could Be Hep! Hep!
Wages Gold and Iron
Beautiful Adventure Gift of the Magi
Mirror Lodge Eyes Lifted High
Laughter Pep
Anonymous Music
Country Lodge Foolish Questions
Odd The Hallowed Hall
Masonry in Business Discounts
Foolish Spending Subscriptions
On a Lodge Budget Poor Fish
Outside Activities Advertising
Gambols on the Green In Men's Hearts