A term of contempt, applied to a person who
does the work of a Mason but has not been regularly
initiated. This term is an old Scottish word, it is purely
Masonic in nature meaning an ignorant Man who puts stones
together without mortar. He attempts to pass himself off as
a Master Mason without being initiated.
An eavesdropper is an illicit
listener. Eavesdropping is the punishment inflicted on a
person, who is caught attempts to receive the secrets of
Freemasonry, through other means than that of joining as an
Entered Apprentice. "To be placed under the eaves of the
house in rainy weather, till the water runs in at the
shoulders and out at his heels."