Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Minnesota

Rochester Lodge No. 21

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

In 1925 the publisher asked the author to select a few of the best of the talks and thirty-one were accordingly made into a little volume, copyrighted 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 Tyler.

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 Tyler first spoke from between the covers.

At long last the Old Tyler 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 new talks to the book, a total of seventy in all. . .

. . .The author does not always agree with the Old Tyler -- perhaps it is the Old Tyler 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 Tyler's talks, credit to his creator; if his sharpness or his ideas offend, blame the Old Tyler not.

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

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