Every young man/woman ought to belong to some first-class fraternal organization. In no way can he/she gain so many substantial advantages, mentally, morally and financially, at so small a cost of time or money as by forming such a connection. The teachings he/she will receive in the Court room are of a high and ennobling character. It is line upon line, precept upon precept; and not only this, but he/she will see numberless instances of the practical application of the lessons taught. Men/women naturally love to see a noble act well performed, and love to feel, in its performance, they have had something to do. Human nature is not altogether bad. It is safe that 9 out of 10 would prefer to do a good act rather than a bad one, all other things being equal. But all men/women abhor hypocrisy, and moral lessons supplemented by immoral practices bear the sure fruits of iniquity. If there is any class of organizations under the sun that practice what they preach, it is fraternal organizations. It is almost impossible for a young man/woman to grow up surrounded by fraternal influences without becoming a better man/woman because of the fact.
The Court room is a good school. It teaches how to conduct debates, the value of discipline, the strength of combined numbers, social customs, mutual dependence, and the necessity of promptitude and fidelity in the discharge of every duty. Moreover, it accustoms one to public addresses and ceremonials, and if a person is so inclined, it affords the best possible means to acquire the art of oratory. Thousands of our best speakers today got their first and most valuable lessons in the Court room.
The benefit one can get, financially, by Court membership, is usually of an indirect character, rather than otherwise. It does not come in the way of wages, or contributions for his/her individual benefit, unless perchance, to guard him/her or his/her against actual want; but it comes in the way of a wide and valuable acquaintance that afford him/her an opportunity to help himself/herself, when otherwise he/she might be a stranger in a strange land. It gives him the advantage of confidence when else there would be distrust. A good name is better than gold or precious stone, but a good name is only valuable where its possessor is known.