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" must not be permitted to turn themselves into foxes like the
" infamous Carignan. The betrayal of the oath is a sentence
" of death ; and all those princes whether they are weak or
" cowardly, ambitious or repentant, betray us, or denounce us.
" As good fortune would have it, they know little, in fact not
" anything, and they cannot come upon the trace of our true
" mysteries.

" Upon the occasion of my last journey to France, I saw
" with profound satisfaction, that our young initiated exhibited
" an extreme ardour for the diffusion of Carbonarism ; but I also
" found that they rather precipitated the movement a little. As
" I think, they converted their religious hatred too much into a
" political hatred. The conspiracy against the Roman See, should
" not confound itself with other projects. We are exposed to
" see germinate in the bosom of secret societies, ardent ambitions ;
" and the ambitious, once masters of power, may abandon us.
" The route which we follow is not as yet sufiiciently well traced
" so as to deliver us up to intriguers and- tribunes. It is of
^' absolute necessity to de-Catholicise the world. And an
"ambitious man, having arrived at his end, will guard himself
" well from seconding us. The Revolution in the Church is the
^^ 'ReYoliition en jyermanence. It is the necessary overthrowing
" of thrones and dynasties. Now an ambitious man cannot
" really wish these things. We see higher and farther. Endeavour
'' therefore to act for us, and to strengthen us. Let us not con-
" spire except against Rome. For that, let us serve ourselves
" with all kinds of incidents ; let us put to profit every kind of


" eventuality. Let us be principally on oiir guard against the
" exaggerations of zeal. A good hatred, thoroughly cold,
" thoroughly calculated, thoroughly profound, is of more worth
"than all these artificial fires and all these declamations of the
" platform. At Paris they cannot comprehend this, but in
" London I have seen men who seized better upon our plan, and
'' who associated themselves to us with more fruit. Considerable
" offers have been made to me. Presently we shall have a print-
" ing establishment at Malta placed at our disposal. We shall
" then be able with impunity, with a sure stroke, and under the
" British flag, to scatter from one end of Italy to the other, books,
"pamphlets, etc., which the Alta Vendita shall judge proper
'' to put in circulation."

This document was issued in 1822. Since then, the instruc-
tions it gives have been constantly acted upon in the lodges of
Carbonarisra, not only in Italy but everywhere else. " Prowl
about the Catholic sheepfold and seize the first lamb that
presents himself in the required conditions." This, and the
order to get into Catholic confraternities, were as well executed
by the infamous Carey under the influence of " No. One," as they
were by any Italian conspirator and assassin^ under the personal
inspiration of Piccolo Tigre. Carey, the loud-spoken Catholic
— the Catholic who had Freemason or Orange friends able to
assist him in the truly Masonic way of getting members of
the craft as Town-Councillors, or Aldermen, or Members of
Parliament — was, We now know, a true secret-society hypocrite
of the genuine Italian type. He prowled with effect round
the Catholic sheepfold. He joined " with fruit " the confraternities
of the Church. Well may we pray that God may guard from
such Satanic influences the noble, generous-hearted, faithful
young men of Ireland at home and in all the lands of their
vast colonization. The scoundrel that presents the "knife"
or the " prayer-book " ready to swear them in, is a murderer
in intention, and in effect whenever he dares to be, with a chance
of impunity. He is ready to drag them in the toils of the


Carbonari, for whetlier a secret society be Irish, English, or
American ; whether Fenian or Invincible, no matter by what
name it may be called, it is still black Masonry — Carbonarism
pure and simple. And the lost hypocrite and assassin who
tempts incautious youth, under the pretence of patriotism, to
join any such society, is ever, like Carey, as ready to betray as
he is to '' swear in " his victim.

Another curious instruction given by the Alta Vendita to
the Carbonari of the lower lodges, is the way to catch a
priest and make the good, simple man, unconsciously aid the
designs of the revolutionary sectaries. In the permanent
instruction of the Alta Vendita, given to all the lodges, ycu
will recollect the passage I read for you relative to the giving of
bad names to faithful Prelates who may be too knowing or too
good to do the work of the Car])onari against conscience, God,
and the souls of men. " Ably find out the words and the ways
to make them unpopular " is the sum of that advice. Has it
not been attempted amongst ourselves ? But the main advice
of the permanent instruction is to seduce the clergy. The
ecclesiastic to be deceived is to be led on by patriotic ardour.
He is to be blinded by a constant, though, of course, false, and
fatal popularity. He is to be made believe that his course, so
very pleasant to flesh and blood, is not only the most patriotic
but the best for religion. " A free Church in a free State," was
the cry with which the sectaries pulled down the altars, banished
the religious, seized upon Church property, robbed the Pope,
and despoiled the Propaganda. There were ecclesiastics so
far deceived, at one time, as to be led away by these cries in
Italy, and ecclesiastics have been deceived, if not by these, at
least by cries as false and fatal elsewhere to our knowledge.
The seduction of foremost ecclesiastics, prelates, and bishops,
was the general policy of the sect at all times, and it remains so
everywhere to this day.

The rank and file of the Carbonari had to do with local
priests and local men of influence. These were, if possible, to be


corrupted, unnerved, and seduced. There was a method for that,
" the corruption of the clergy by ourselves " devised. Each
Carbonaro was moreover ordered to try and corrupt a fellow
Christian, a man of family, by means that the devil himself
incarnate could not devise better for the purpose.

At the end of his letter, Piccolo Tigre glances at means
of corruption which he hoped then — and his hopes were soon
realized to the full — to have in operation for the scattering of
Masonic " light " throughout Italy. We have another document
which will enable us to judge of the nature of this " light." It
is contained in a letter from Vindex to JViibius, and was meant
to cause the ideas of the Alta Vendita to pass through the
lodges. It is found in that convenient form of questioning
which the Sultan propounds to the Chiek-ul- Islam when he
wants to make war. He puts his reasons in a set of questions,
and the Chiek replies in as many answers. Then the war
is right in the sight of Allah, and so all Islam go to fight in
a war so sanctified. The new Islam does the same. A
skilfully devised set of questions are posed for the con-
sideration of one member of the A Ita Vendita by another, and
the answer which has been well concocted in secret conclave, is
of course either given or implied to be given by the nature of
the case. The horrible quality of the diabolical measures
proposed by Vindex to Nubius in this form for the desired
destruction of the Church, cannot be surpassed. If he dis-
countenances assassination, it is not from fear or loathing of
that frightful crime, but simply because it is not the best policy.
He certainly did fall in upon t]ie only blow that could — if that
were possible, which, thank God, it is not — destroy the
Church of God, and place, as he well says, Catholicity ii^ the
tomb. This a translation of the document : —

" Castellamare, ^th August, 1838.
" The murders of which our people render themselves cul-
'• pable now in France, now in Switzerland, and always in Italy,


" are for us a shame and a remorse. It is the cradle of the
" world, illustrated by the epilogue of Cain and Abel, and we
*' are too far in progress to content ourselves with such means.
" To what purpose does it serve to kill a man ? To strike fear
" into the timid and to keep audacious hearts far from us ? Our
" predecessors in Cai'bonarism did not understand their power.
" It is not in the blood of an isolated man, or even of a traitor,
" that it is necessary to exercise it ; it is upon the masses. Let
" us not individualize crime. In order to grow great, even to
'• the proportions of patriotism and of hatred for the Church, it is
" necessary to generalize it. A stroke of the dagger signifies
" nothing, produces nothing. "What does the world care for a few
'* unknown corpses cast upon the highAvay by the vengeance of
" secret societies? What matters it to the world, if the blood
" of a workman, of an artist, of a gentleman, or even of a prince,
" has flown in virtue of a sentence of Mazzini, or certain of his
" cut-throats playing seriously at the Holi/ Vehme. The world
" has not time to lend an ear to the last cries of the victim. It
" passes on and forgets ; it is we, my Nubius, we alone, that can
" suspend its march. Catholicism has no more fear of a well-
" sharpened stiletto than monarchies have, but these two bases
" of social order can foil by corruption. Let us then never
*' cease to corrupt. Tertullian was right in sayhig, that the
" blood of martyrs was the seed of Christians. It is decided in
" our councils, and we do not desire any more Christians. Let
" us, then, not make martyrs, but let us popularise vice amongst
" the multitudes. Let us cause them to draw it m by their five
" senses ; to drink it in ; to be saturated with it ; and that land
^' which Aretinus has sown is always disposed to receive lewd
" teachings. Make vicious hearts, and you will have no more
" Catholics. Keep the priest away from labour, from the altar,
*' from virtue. Seek adroitly to otherwise occupy his thoughts
" and his hours. Make him lazy, a gourmand, and a patriot.
"He will become ambitious, intriguing, and perverse. You
"will thus have a thousand times better accomplished your task,


" than if you had blunted the point of your stiletto upon the
'' bones of some poor wretches. I do not wish, nor do you
" any more, my friend Nubius, is it not so ? to devote my life
" to conspiracies, in order to be dragged along in the old
" ruts.

" It is corruption en masse that we have undertaken; the
" corruption of the people by the clergy, and the corruption of
" the clergy by ourselves : the corruption which ought, one day,
" to enable us to put the Church in her tomb. I have recently
" heard one of our friends, laughing in a philosophic manner at
*^ our projects, say to us : "in order to destroy Catholicism it is
" necessary to commence by suppressing woman." The words
" are true in a sense ; but since we cannot suppress woman, let
" us corrupt her with the Church, corruptio ojJthiii jy^ssima.
" The object we have in view is sufficiently good to tempt men
" such as we are ; let us not separate ourselves from it for some
*' miserable personal satisfaction of vengeance. The best poniard
'* with which to strike the Church is corruption. To the work
*' then, even to the very end."

The horrible programme of impurity here proposed was at
once adopted. It was after all but an attempt more deter-
mined than ever, to spread the immorality of which Voltaire and
his school were the apostles. At the time the Aha Vendita
propounded this infernal plan they were resisting an inroad upon
their authority on the part of Joseph Mazzini, just then coming
into notoriety, who, however, overcame them.

Mazzini developed and taught, in his grandiloquent style,
as well as practised the doctrine of assassination^ which formed,

' The following extracts from the rules of the Carbonari of Italy,
" Young Italy," will give an idea of the spirit and intent of the order as
improved by the warlike and organizing genius of INIazziui : —

Art. I. — The society is formed for the indispensable destruction of all the
Governments of the Peninsula and to form of Italy one sole State under a
Republican Government.

Art. II. — Having experienced the horrible e\als of absolute power and those
yet greater of constitutional monarchies, we ought to work to found a Republic
one and indivisible.

Art. XXX. — Those who do not obey the orders of the secret society, or


we know, a part of the system of all secret societies, and which
the Alta Vendita deprecated because they feared that it was
about being employed, just then, against the members of their own
body. Mazzini speaks of having arisen from his bed one
morning fully satisfied as to the lawfulness of removing whom-
soever he might be pleased to consider an enemy, by the
dagger, and fully determined to put that horrible principle
into execution. He cherished it as the simplest means given
to an oppressed people to free themselves from tyrants. But
however much he laboured to make his terrible creed plausible,
as being only permissible against tyrants and traitors, it
was readily foreseen how easily it could be extended, until
it became a capital danger for the sectaries themselves. Human
nature could never become so base and so blinded as not
to revolt against a principle so pernicious. It may last for a
season amidst the first pioneers of the A Ita Vendita, amongst
the Black-Hand in Spain, amongst the Nihilists in Eussia,
amongst the Invincibles in Ireland, amongst the Trade-
Unionists of the Bradlaugh stamp in England, or amongst the

who shall reveal its mysteries, shall be poniarded without remission. The same
chastisement for traitors.

Art. XXXI. — The secret tribunal shall pronounce the sentence and shall
design one or two affiliated members for its immediate execution.

Art. XXXII. — Whoever shall refuse to execute the sentence shall be con-
sidered a perjurer, and as such shall be killed on the spot.

Art. XXXIII. — If the culpable individual escape he shall be pursued without
intermission in every place, and he ought be struck by an invisible hand, even
should he take refuge in the bosom of his mother or in the tabernacles of Christ.

Art. XXXIV. — Every secret tribunal shall be competent not only to judge
the culpable adepts, but also to cause to be put to death every person whom it
shall have stricken with anathema.

Art. XXXIX. — The officers shall carry a dagger of antique form, the sub-
officers and soldiers shall have guns and bayonets, togetlier with a poniard a foot
long attached to their cincture, and upon which they will take oath, &c.

A large nvmiber of inspectors of police, generals, and statesmen, were
assassinated by order of these tribimals. The lodges assisted in that work. Eckart
says. La Frcmc-Ma^onnerie, t. ii., p. 218, 219 — "Mazzini was the head of that
Yoimg Europe and of the warlike power of Freemasonry, and we find in the
Latomia that the minister Nothorub, who had retii-ed from it, say to
M. Yesbugem, even in the national palace in presence of six deputies, that the
actual Freemasonry in Belgium had become a powerful and dangerous arm in the
hands of certain men, that the Swiss insm'rection had its resting place in the
machinations of the Belgian lodges, and that Brother Defacqz, Grand Master of
these lodges, had undertaken, in 1844, a voyage to Switzerland, only in order to
prepare tliat agitation.


Communists of Paris. It may serve as a means to hold in terror
the unfortunate prince or leader who may be seduced in youth
or manhood to join secret societies from motives of ambition ; and
when that ambition was gratified, might refuse to go the
lengths for Socialism which the Alta Vendita required. But
otherwise assassination did not by experience prove such a
sovereign power in the hands of the Carbonari as Mazzini
expected. His more astute associates soon found out this ; and,
not from any qualms of conscience, but from a strong sense of
its inexpediency for their ends, they determined to reject it.
They found out a more effective, though a far more infamous,
way for attaining the dark mastery of the world. It was by the
assassination not of bodies but of souls — by the deliberate
systemization and persevering diffusion of immorality.^

The Alta Vendita, then, sat down calmly to consider the
best means to accomplish this design. Satan and his fallen
angels could devise no more efficacious methods than they found
out. They resolved to spread impurity by every method used
in the past by demons to tempt men to sin, to make the
practice of sin habitual, and to keep the unhappy victim in the
state of sin to the end. They had, being living men, means to
accomplish this purpose, which devils could not use without the
aid of men. Christian civilization established upon the ruins of
the licentiousness of Paganism had kept European society pure.
Vice, when it did appear, had to hide its head for shame. Public
decency, supported by public opinion, kept it down. So long

^ Nubius, who, in conjimction with the Templars of France, and the secret
friends of the Revolution in England, had caused all the troubles endm-ed by the
Church and the Holy Father during the celebrated Congress of Rome and dmnng
the entire reign of Louis Philippe, and had so ably planned the revolutions afterwards
carried out by^Palmerston and Napoleon III., was written to before his death by
one of his fellow-conspiratoi's in the following strain : — " We have pushed most
things to extremes. We have taken away from the people all the gods of heaven
and earth that they had in homage. We have taken away their religious faith,
their monarcliical faith, their virtue, their probity, their family virtue ; and,
meantime, what do we hear in the distance but low bellowing ; we tremble, for
the monster may devour us. We have little by little deprived the people of all
honourable sentiment. They will be without pity. The more I think on it the
more I am convinced that we must seek delay of payment."


as morality existed as a recognized virtue, the Ee volution had
no chance of permanent success ; and so the men of the A Ita
Vendita resolved to bring back the world to a state of brutal
licentiousness not only as bad as that of Paganism, but to a state
at which even the moridity of the Pagans Avould shudder. To
do this they proceeded with caution. Their first attempt was to
cause vice to lose its conventional horror, and to make it free
from civil punishment. The unfortunate class of human beings
who make a sad trade in sin, were to be taken under the protec-
tion of the law, and to be kept free from disease at the expense of
the State. Houses were to be licensed, inspected, protected, and
given over to their purposes. The dishonour attached to their
infamous condition was, so far as the law could effect it, to be
taken away. That wholesome sense of danger and fear of disease
which averted the criminally disposed from sin was to dis-
appear. The agents of the Alta Vendita had instructions to
increase the number and the seductiveness of those unfortunate
beings, while the State, when revolutionized, was to close its eyes
to their excesses, and to connive at their attempts upon the youth
of the country. They were to be planted close to great schools
and universities, and wherever else they could ruin the rising
generation in every country in which the sect should obtain

Then literature was systematically rendered as immoral as
possible,, and diffused with a perseverance and labour worthy
of a better cause. Kailway stations, newspaper stands, book
shops, and restaurants, were made to teem with infamous produc-
tions, while the same were scattered broadcast to the people over
every land.

The teaching of the Universities and of all the middle
schools of the State, was not only to be rendered Atheistic and
hostile to religion, but was actually framed to demoralize the
unfortunate alumni at a season of life always but too prone to

Finally, besides the freest licence for blasphemy and


immorality, and tlie exhibition and diiFusion of immoral pictures,
paintings, and statuary, a last attempt was to be made upon the
virtue of young females under the guise of educating them up to
the standard of human progress.

Therefore, middle and high-class schools were, regardless of
expense, to be provided for female children, who should be,
at any cost, taken far away from the protecting care of nuns.
They were to be taught in schools directed by lay masters, and
always exposed to such influences as would sap, if not destroy,
their purity, and, as a sure consequence, their faith. These
schools have since been the order of the day with Masonry all
over the world. "If we cannot suppress woman let us corrupt
her with the Church," said Vindex, and they have faithfully
acted upon this advice.

The terrible society which planned these infernal means for
destroying religion, social order, and the souls of men, continued
its operations for many years. Its " permanent instruction "
became the Gospel of all the secret societies of Europe. Its
agents, like Piccolo Tigre, travelled unceasingly in every country.
Its orders were received, according to the system of Masonry,
by the heads and the rank and file of the lodges as so many
inevitable decrees. But fortunately for the world, it permitted
too much political action to the second lines of the great
conspiracy. In the latter, ambitious spirits arose, who, while
embracing to the full the doctrines of Voltaire and the principles
of Weishaupt, began to think that the Alta Vendita stayed actual
revolution too much. This state of feeling became general when
that high lodge refused admittance to Mazzini, who wished to
become one of the invisible forty — the number beyond which the
supreme governing body never permitted itself to pass.

The jealousy of JSIuhius — for jealousy is a quality of
demons not wanting fi^om the highest intelligences in Atheistic
organization to the lowest — prevented his being admitted. But
he was already far too powerful with the rank and file of the
Carbonari to be refused a voice in the supreme management.


He raised a cry against the old chiefs as being impotent and need-
ing change. Nubius consequently passed mysteriously away.
M. Cretineau Joly^ is clearly of opinion that it was by poison; and
as it was a custom with the unfortunate chief to betray for his
own protection, or for punishment, some lodges of Carbonari to the
Pontifical Government, it is more than probable that it was by his
provision or information that the same Government came into
the possession of the whole archives of the Alta Vendita, and
that the Church and society have the documents which I have
quoted and others still more valuable to guide them in discovering
and defeating the attempts of organized Atheism,

The Alta Vendita subsequently passed to Paris, and since
it is believed to Berlin. It was the immediate successor of
the Inner Circle of Weishaupt. It may change in the number
of its adepts and in the places of its meetings, but it always
subsists. There is over it, a recognized Chief like Nubius or
Weishaupt. But in his lifetime this Chief is usually unknown,
at least to the world outside " Illuminated " Masonry,- He is
unknown to the rank and file of the common lodges. But he
wields a power which, however, is not, as in the case of Nubius
and Mazzini, always undisputed. Since that time, if not before*it,
there have been two parties under its Directory, each having
its own duties, well defined. These are


The Intellectual and the War Party in Masonry.

Eckert^ shows that at present all secret societies are
divided into two parties — the party of direction and the party of
action or war party. The duty of the intellectual party, is to
plot and to contrive ; that of the party of action, is to combine,
recruit, excite to insurrection, and fight. The members of the

' Opus, cit. ii. 23.

^La Franc-Magonmrie dans sa veritable s'ujnlficatlon, par Eckert, avocat h
Dresde, trad, par Gyr (Liege 1854), 1. 1., p. 287, appendice. See also Les Societes
Revolutionnaires Introduction, de Vaction des Societes Secretes an xix. Sieck. Far

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