Tubal Cane Hall was buried here in the Parkin cemetery in 1928, dead at the age of eighteen, too young to be initiated as a freemason. That's only remarkable in that apparently his father was a brother mason of such enthusiasm that he named his son one of the Masonic secret words.

The masonic secret words, including Tubalcane, were made public generations ago, when several lodges published their ritual in order to quell public unease about what those masons might be getting up to in their secret meetings.

If you want to read the masonic ritual and delve into the mysteries and secrets for yourself, check your library. If you want to visit the grave of Tubal Cane, you'll find it in the Parkin Cemetery across the street from Parkin Archaeological State Park. Take highway 75 on the north side of town.

If the usual trend holds up, Tubalcane will turn out to be an English transliteration of an antique French word just as "cowan" turned out to be the seventeenth century french "couhann." For more of that stuff read my synopsis of John Robinson's Born in Blood, or better yet, read the book.

Parkin itself is thought to be the location of the Casqui, the large city that DeSoto visited during his exploration of the trans-Mississippi. By the time the second group of European explorers came through here the place was deserted. The native population was probably done in by European diseases to which they had no resistance.

RTJ -- 4/1/04

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