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then went through the ritual for taking in a new member, which closes with the lines:
"As fagots are brought from the forest Firmly held by the sinews which bind them, So cleave to these others, your sisters, Whenever, wherever you find them. Be strong as the fagots are sturdy; Be pure in your deepest desire; Be true to the truth that is in you, And follow the law of the fire.
The girl returned to her place in the circle; and, at a sign from Anne Wentworth, four of her girls followed her as she moved forward and stood before Mrs. Royall. From a paper in her hand she read the names of the four girls, and declared that they had all met the tests for the second grade, that is, the Fire Makers.
The Chief Guardian turned to the four.
"What is your desire?" she asked, and together they repeated the lines of the ceremonial for this degree.
A few moments of silence followed, then the circle broke into laughing and chattering groups. Lanterns were lighted, and every spark of the Council Fire was carefully extinguished. Back through the woods the procession wound, laughing, talking, sometimes breaking into snatches of song, the lanterns throwing strange wavering patches of light into the dense darkness of the woods on either side.
* Note.—If you want to know more about the Camp Fire Girls, write to them at 31 East 17th Street, New York.