The Twenty-Four Inch Gauge as a Working Tool of Freemasonry
The twenty-four inch gauge has been used in operative masonry to measure and plan or lay out the days work. The Mason uses it to take the necessary dimensions of the stone that he is about to prepare, however; speculative Masons are taught to use it for the more noble purpose of dividing their time. It has been adopted as one of the working-tools of the Entered Apprentice in Speculative Freemasonry,The twenty-four inch gauge being divided into twenty-four equal parts it is representative of the twenty-four hours of the day, whereby one finds eight hours for the service of God, eight for one's daily obligations, and eight hours for refreshment and sleep.
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