“Fifteen; goodness gracious me, said Agnes with a shocked expression.’
“There are five bedrooms and the living room to heat you see; we have thought to have a wood burning stove installed that would heat hot water into these metal pipes they call radiators.
“I have seen them in the hospitals said Shirley.’ I would love to have those in my house one day.’
I’m sure you will own a place of your own one day Shirley.’
“The business is booming I hear.’
“We aren’t doing too badly Elizabeth; if I could buy another delivery van then I could hire another driver to travel further a field and sell more than I am now.’
“I’m sure Peter would help you; wouldn’t you dear.’
“Yes of course; leave it with me Tom and I will get back to you later in the week.’
“That’s you sorted then said his father.’
Shirley and Agnes cleared the table and Elizabeth was about to help wash up but Agnes told her to go into the living room and put her feet up.’
All the men retired to the back yard where Peter passed around cigars that he liked to smoke. George had made a wooden bench to sit on so they all sat on it.’
I’m awfully glad that we have an inside toilet; I would hate to have to get out of bed at night and come out into the cold.’ Looking at the wall, Peter saw the pram they had brought Jeffery in. The big wheels reminded him of the bogies he had made out of them when he was a boy.
“My mother had an outside netty you know Peter; George said as he lit up the cigar and blew out the smoke; I’ve never known owt else.’
“There is talk of building toilets inside the house here you know. I have a friend who is a councillor Colin Sarin is his name. It was he who told me within the next ten years there is going to be a regeneration of the town.’
“You seem to be in the know Peter.’
“Well in Parsons the firm that I work for, all the men are templar’s.
“Are you one?
“I really shouldn’t say but I yes, I am.’ Peter blew out a long puff of smoke from his cigar as he went on to explain that all the top business people, solicitors, Judges, high ranking policemen were all Free Mason’s.
“I can get you in you know if you wanted to join.’ I’ve never looked back since I joined.’
“Not for me I’m afraid Peter said George; I’m happy just being a socialist.’
“What about you Tom?’
“I don’t know much about the Templar’s.’
I have a book at home; you can borrow it but do not show it to anyone else.’
“We don’t like to publicise you see.’
“Is it a secret organisation then Peter?’
“Not really I mean everyone knows about the templar’s but not who is actually in it.’
“How do you know who is or isn’t.’
The book will explain it all Tom. When you have read it; if you are still interested I will invite you along to my lodge.’
“Lodge what is that?’
“It is a place where Masonic meetings are held Tom; there are many scattered all over the country. You will be surprised how many there are and who frequents them.
“I’m intrigued to learn more said Tom.’
Well next week when you come to dinner I will talk more about it with you.’
“I assure you though; your business will thrive if you join the templar’s.’