Order of Amaranth
Originally intended as higher degree in the Order of the Eastern Star, to form the third of a series of which the Eastern Star degree and the Queen of the South should be respectively the first and second. As Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star did not approve that plan, the Amaranth remains a distinct Order, to which only Master Masons in good standing and women who are members of the Order of the Eastern Star are eligible. The ritual upon which its present work is founded is said to have been written nearly forty years ago by J. B. Taylor of Newark, N. J. This, Robert Macoy of New York is said to have amplified and improved, until it had substantially the form used to-day.
Source: The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities, Albert C. Stevens, 1907.
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