Originally posted by GreatOwl
If you're in a war, and the opposing soldier is about to shoot you, all you have to do is throw up your hands in a certain way to give the "masonic distress signal" and the soldier will save your life instead.
Actually, the story of Armistead and Bingham from the Civil War, even if not apocryphal (which many believe it to be) does not end with anyone's life being saved. Armistead dies but not prior to entrusting Bingham to pass his belongings to Union General Hanncock with whom he was friends.
You need to actually get your history straight.