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Indiana ruling
In Hammer vs. State, 173 Indiana, 199 (1909), the Supreme Court of Indiana upheld a statute which made it a criminal offense to wear the emblem of any society or organization of which one is not a member. The court based its decision on the fact that membership in such societies is the result of fitness and selection and that the wearing of such emblems by non-members is a deceit and false pretense.

Cited in The Truth is Stranger than Fiction, Alphonse Cerza. Washington, D.C. : The Masonic Service Association, 1980. p. 4.

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