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carried out against religion The State itself employed the
horrible and impure contrivances of the Alta Vendita for the



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corruption and demoralisation of every class of the people. The
flood gates of hell were opened. Education was at once made
completely secular. Religious teachers were banished. The goods
of the religious orders were confiscated. Their convents, their land,
their very churches were sold, and they themselves were forced
to starve on a miserable pension, while a succession was rigorously
prohibited. All recognition of the spiritual power of Bishops
was put an end to. The priesthood was systematically despised
and degraded. The whole ministry of the Church was harassed
in a hundred vexatious ways. Taxes of a crushing character
were levied on the administration of the sacraments, on masses,
and on the slender incomes of the parish clergy. Matrimony was
made secular, divorce legalised, the privileges of the clerical state
abrogated. Worse than all, the leva or conscription was rigorously
enforced. Candidates for the priesthood at the most trying season
of their career, were compelled to join the army for a number
of years, and exposed to all the snares which the Alta Vendita
had astutely prepared to destroy their purity, and with it, of
course, their vocations ; " make vicious hearts, and you will have
no more Catholics." Besides these measures made and pro-
vided by public authority, every favour of the State, its power
of giving honours, patronage and place, was constantly denied
to Catholics. To get any situation of value in the army, navy,
civil service, police, revenue, on the railways, in the telegraph
offices, to be a physician to the smallest municipality, to be
employed almost anywhere, it was necessary to be a Freemason,
or to have powerful Masonic influence. The press, the larger
mercantile firms, important manufactories, depending as such
institutions mostly do on State patronage and interest, were
also in the hands of the Sectaries. To Catholics was left the lot
of slaves. If permitted to exist at all, it was as the hewers of
wood and the drawers of water. The lands which those amongst
them held, who did not forsake religion, were taxed to an un-
bearable extent. The condition of the faithful Catholic peasants
became wretched from the load of fiscal burdens placed upon



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them. The triumph of Atheism could not be more complete, so
far as having all that the world could give on its side, and
leaving to the Church scarcely more than covered her Divine
Founder upon the Cross.

Bismarck, though assisted in his wars against France by the
brave Catholic soldiers of the Rhine, and of tlie Fatherland
generally, no sooner had his rival crushed, and his victory
secured, than he hastened to pay to Freemasonry his promised
persecution of the Church. Tlie Freemasons in the German
Parliament, and the Ministers of the sect, aided him to prepare
measures against the Catholic religion as drastic as those in
operation in Italy, even worse in many respects. The religious
orders of men and women were rigorously suppressed or banished,
as a first instalment. Then fell Catholic education to make way
for an Infidel propagandism. Next came harassing decrees
against the clergy by which Bishops were banished or imprisoned
and parishes were deprived in hundreds of their priests. All
the bad, immoral influences, invented and propagated by the
sectaries, were permitted to run riot in the land. A schism was
attempted in the Church. Ecclesiastical education was corrupted
in the very bud, and all but the existence of Catholics was
proscribed.

Wherever we find the dark sect triumphant we find tlie
same results. In the Republics of South America, where
Freemasonry holds the highest places, the condition of the Church
is that of normal persecution and vexation of every kind. It
has been so for many years in Spain and Portugal, in Switzerland,
and to whatever extent Freemasons can accomplish it, in Belgium
and in Austria. I need not say what it has been in France since
the Freemason Parliament and Government have come into
power. The dark Directory succeeding Wieshaupt, the Alta
Veiidita, and Palmerston, sits in Paris and in Berlin almost
openly, and prepares at leisure its measures, which are nothing
short of, first, the speedy weakening of the Church, and then, I
am certain, a bloody attempt at her extermination. If it goes



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on slower than it did during the French Revolution, it is in order
to go on surer. Past experience too, and the determinations of the
sect already arrived at, show but too clearly that a single final
consummation is kept steadily in view. The impure assassins
who conduct the conspiracy have had no scruple to imbrue their
hands in the blood of Christians in the past, and they never
will have a scruple to do so, whenever there is hope of success.
In fact, from what I have seen and studied on the Continent,
an attempt at this ultimate means of getting rid at least of
the clergy and principal lay leo,ders amongst Catholics, might
take place in France and even in Italy at any moment. In
France, some new measure of persecution is introduced every day.
The Concordat is broken openly. The honour of the country
is despised. Sul)ventions belonging by contract to the clergy are
withdrawn. The insolence of the Atheistical Government,
relying on the strength of the army and on the unaccountable
apathy or cowardice of the French Catholic laity, progresses so
fast, that no act of the Eevolution of '89 or of the Commune,
can be thought improbable within the present decade ; and Italy
would be sure to follow any example set by France in this or in
any other method of exterminating the Church.

There are sure signs in all the countries where the Atheistic
Revolution has made decided progress, that this final catastrophe
is planned already, and that its instruments are in course of
preparation. These instruments are something the same as were
devised by the illuminated lodges, when the power of the French
Revolution began to pass from the National Assembly to the
clubs. The clubs were the open and ultimate expression of the
destructive, anti- Christianity of Atheism ; and when the lodges
reached so far, there was no further need for secrecy. That which
in the jargon of the sect is called ^' the object of the labour of
ages," was attained. Man was without God or Faith, King or
Law. He had reached the level aimed at by the Commune,
which is itself the ultimate end of all Masonry, and all that
secret Atheistic plotting which, since the rise of Atheism, has
filled the world.



THE INTERNATIONAL, THE NIHILISTS, THE BLACK HAND, ETC. Ill

In our day, if Masonry does not found Jacobite or otlier
clubs, it originates and cherishes movements fully as satanic and
as dangerous. Communism, just like Carbonarism, is but a
form of the illuminated Masonry of Weishaupt. " Our end,"
said the Alta Vendita, "is that of Voltaire and the French
Revolution." Names and methods are varied, but that end is
ever the same. The clubs at the period of the French Revolution
were, after all, local. Masonry now endeavours to generalise
their principles and their powers of destructive activity on a
vastly more extended scale. We therefore no longer hear of
Jacobins or Girondins, but we hear of movements destined to be
for all countries what the Jacobins and the Girondins were for
Paris and for France. As surely, and for the same purpose, as
the clubs proceeded from the lodges in 1789, so, in this latter
half of the nineteenth century, the lodges send out upon the
whole civilised world, for the very same intent, the terrible
Socialist organizations, all founded upon the lines of Communism,
and called, according to 'the exigencies of time, place, and con-
dition, the association of the brethren of

XX.

The International, The Nihilists, The Black Hand, etc.

I am well aware that there are multitudes in Freemasonry
— even in the most "advanced" Freemasonry of Italy and
France — who have no real wish to see the principles of these
anarchists predominate. Those, for instance, who in advocating
the theories of Voltaire, and embracing for their realisation the
organization of Weishaupt, saw only a means to get for them-
selves honours, power, and riches, which they could never
otherwise obtain but by Freemasonry, would be well pleased
enough to advance no further, once the good things they loved
had been gained. " Nousvoulons^ Messieurs,'^ said Thiers, " la
rejmbligue, mais la repuhlique conservatrice.'^ lie and his
desired, of course, to have the Republic which gave them all this



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world had to bestow, at the expense of former possessors.
They desired also the destruction of a religion which crossed
their corrupt inclinations, and which was suspected of sympathy for
the state of things which Masonry had supplanted. But they had
^no notion, if they could help it, to descend again to the level of
the masses from which they had sprung. In Italy, for instance,
this class of Freemasons have had supreme power in their hands
for over a quarter of a century. Thay obtained it by professing
the strongest sympathy for the down-trodden millions whom
they called slaves. They stated that these slaves — the bulk
of the Italian people in the country and in the cities — were no
better than tax-paying machines, the dupes and drudges of their
political tyrants. Victor Emmanuel, when he wanted, as he said,
" to liberate them from political tyrants," declared that a cry
came to him from the " enslaved Italy," composed of these down-
trodden, unregenerated millions. He and his Freemasons and
Carbonari — the party of direction and the party of action —
therefore drove the native princes of the people from their
thrones, and seized upon the supreme sway throughout the
Italian peninsula. Were the millions of " slaves " served by the
change ? The whole property of the Church was seized upon.
Were the burdens of taxation lightened ? Very far from it.
The change simply put hungry Freemasons, and chiefly those
of Piedmont, in possession of the Church lands and revenues.
It dispossessed many ancient Catholic proprietors, in order to put
Freemasons in their stead. But Avith what consequence to the
vast mass of the people, to the peasantry and the working popu-
lation — some twenty-four out of the twenty-six millions of the
Italian people ? The consequence is this, that after a quarter of
a century of vaunted " regenerated Masonic rule," during which
*'the liberators" were at perfect liberty to confer any blessings
they pleased upon the people as such, the same people are at
this moment more miserable than at any past period of their
history, at least since Catholicity became predominant as the



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religion of the country. If their natural princes ever •' whipped
them with whips/' for the good of the state, Freemasonry, under
the House of Savoy, slashes them with scorpions, for the good of
the fraternity. To keep power in the hands of the Atheists
an army, ten times greater, and ten times more costly than i-
before, has to be supported by the " liberated " people. A
worthless but ruinously expensive navy has been created and
must be kept by the same unfortunate " regenerated " people.
These poor people, " regenerated and liberated," must mon the
fleets and supply the rank and file of the army and navy ; they
must give their sons, at the most useful period of their lives, to
the " service " of Masonic " United Italy." But the officials
in both army and navy — and their number is legion — supported
by the taxes of the people, are Freemasons or the sons of Free-
masons. They vegetate in absolute uselessness, so far as the
development of the country is concerned, living in comparative
luxury upon its scanty resources. The civil service, like the
army and navy, is swelled with " government billets," out of all
proportion to the wants of the people. It is filled with Free-
masons. It is a paradise of Freemasons, where Piedraontese
patriots, who have intrigued with Cavour or fought under
Garibaldi, enjoy otium cum dignitate at the expense of the hard
earnings of a people very poor at any time, but by the present
" regenerated " regime made more wretched and miserable than
any Christian peasantry — not even excepting the peasantry of
Ireland — on the face of the earth.

The consequence of the " liberation " wrought by the
Freemasons in Italy is this : They clamoured for representative
institutions. All their revolutions were made under the pretext
that these were not granted — and the mass of the Italian people —
seven-eighths of them — are as yet unenfranchised, after a quarter
of a century of Masonic supremacy in the land. The Masons
represented the lot of the poor man as insupportable, under the
native princes. But under themselves the poor man's condition,
instead of being ameliorated, has been made unspeakably worse.



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He is positively, at present, ground down, in every little town oi
Italy, by insupportable exactions. His former burdens are
increased four- fold — in many cases, ten-fold. To find money
for all the extravagances of Freemason rule — to make fortunes
for the top-sawyers, and comfortable places for the rank and file
of the sect, a system of taxation, the most elaborate, severe, and
searching ever yet invented to crush a nation, has been devised.
The peasant's rent is raised by Masonic greed whenever a Mason
becomes a proprietor, as is often the case with regard to con-
fiscated church lands. Land taxes cause the rents to rise
everywhere. The tenant must bear them. Then every article of
the produce of his little rented holding is taxed as he approaches
the city gates to sell it. At home his pig is taxed, his dog, if he
can keep one, his fowl, his house, his fire-place, his window light,
his scanty earnings, titulo servizio, all are specially, and for the
poor, heavily taxed. The consequence of this is, that few Italian
peasants can, since Italy became " United," drink the wine
they produce, or eat the wheat they grow. Flesh meat, once
in common use, is now as rare with them, as it used to be with
the peasantry in Ireland. Milk or butter they hardly ever taste.
Their food, often sadly insufiicient, is reduced to pizzt, a kind
of cake made of Maize or Indian meal ; and vegetables, or fruit,
when in season. Their drink is plain water. They are happy
when they can mingle with it a little vinaccio, a liquid made
after the grapes are pressed, and the wine drawn ofi", by pouring
water on the refuse. Their homes are cheerless and miserable,
their children left to live in ignorance, without schooling,
employed in coarse labour, and clothed in rags. The Grand
Duke of Tuscany had by wise and generous regulations placed
hundreds, yea, even thousands of these peasants, happy as
independent farmers on their own land. The crushing load of
taxation has caused these to disappear, and their little holdings
have been scld by auction to pay taxes, and have passed, of
course, into the hands of speculators, generally Freemasons, who,
when they become landlords, vie with the worst of their class,



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in Ireland, in greed, In the States of the Church, where the
careful, most Christian, and compassionate spirit and legislation
of the Vicar of Christ prevailed, the peasantry ate their own
bread, drank their own wine, and were decently, nay even
picturesquely clad, as all travellers know, before the " liberation "
of the Masonic Piedmontese. Not a family was without a little
hoard of savings for the age of the old, and for the provision and
placing in life of the young. Now, gaunt misery, even starvation,
is the characteristic of these populations, after only some fifteen
years of Masonic rule. The vast revenues of the Church are
gone, none know whither. The nation is none the better of them,
and the populace, in their dire poverty, can no longer go to the
convent-gate, where before the poor never asked for l)read in
vain. The religious^ deprived of their possessions, and severely
repressed, have no longer food to give. They are fast disappear-
ing, and the people already experience that the promises of
Freemasonry, like the promises of its real author, are but apples
of ashes, given but to lure, to deceive, and to destroy.

But to return. The Freemasonry of France and other
Continental nations, which has done so much to give effect to the
principles of Voltaire and Weishaupt, wishes decidedly not to go
beyond the role played by the Freemasonry of Italy. But
in France, as in Italy, an inexorable power is behind them,
pushing them on, and also fanatically determined to push them
off the scene when the time is ripe for doing so. This, the
Freemasons of Italy well know ; this, the men now in power in
France feel. But if they move against the current coming upon
them from the depths of Freemasonry, woe to them. The knife
of the assassin is ready. The sentence of death is there, which
they are too often told to remember, and which has before now
reached the very foremost men of the sect who refused, or feared,
for motives good or bad, to advance, or to advance as quickly
as the hidden chiefs of the Revolution desired and decreed. It
'' removed " Nuhius in the days of Mazzini. It " removed "
Gambetta before our eyes. It aimed frequently at Napoleon III.,



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and would, most assuredly, have struck home, but its aim
was only to terrify him that so he as a Carbonaro may be
made to do its work soon and eiFectively. Masonry obtained
its end, and Napoleon marched to the Italian war, and to his
doom.

It is this invisible power ; this secret, sleepless, fanatical
Directory, which causes the solidarity, most evidently
subsisting between Freemasonry in its many degrees and aspects
and the various parties of anarchists which now arise everywhere
in Europe. In the last century kings, princes, nobles, took up
Masonry. It swept them all away before that century closed.
In the beginning and progress of this century the Baurgeoine
took it up with still greater zest, and made it all their own.
They for a long time would not tolerate such a thing as a poor
Mason. Poverty was their enemy. What has come to pass ?
The Bourgeoisie at this moment are the peculiar enemy of the
class of workmen who have invaded ^' Black " or " Illuminated "
Masonry, and made it at last completely theirs. The
Bourgeoisie are now called upon by the Socialists to be true to
the real levelling principles of the brotherhood — to practise as
well as preach "liberty, equality, and fraternity"; to divide
their possessions with the working men — to descend to that
elysium of Masonry, the level of the Commune — or die.

It is passing strange how Masonry, being what it is, has
always managed to get a princely or noble leader for every one
of its distinct onward movements against princes, property, and
society. It had Egalite to lead the movement against the
throne of France in the last century. It had the Duke of
Brunswick, Frederick II., and Joseph 11. , to assist. In this
century we see it ornamented by Louis Philip, Napoleon III.,
Victor Emmanuel and others as figure-heads ; and then, Nubius
and Palmerston both won from the leaders of the Conservative
nobility, were its real chiefs. Now, when it appears in its worst
possible form, it is championed by no less a personage than a
Russian Prince, of high Imeage, a representative of the wealthiest,



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most exclusive, and perhaps richest aristocracy in the world.
We find that in all cases of seduction like this, the promise of a
mighty leadership has been the bait by which the valuable dupe
has been caught by the sectaries. The advice of Piccolo Tigre for
the seduction of princes has thus never been without its effect.

These new anarchical societies are not mere hap-hazard
associations. They are most ably organized. There is, for
instance, in the International, three degrees, or rather distinct
societies, the one, however, led by the other. First come the
International Brethren. These know no country but the
Revolution ; no other enemy but " re-action." They refuse all
conciliation or compromise, and they regard every movement as
" reactionary " the moment it ceases to have for its object,
directly or indirectly, the triumph of the principles of the
French Revolution. They cannot go to any tribunal other than
a jury of themselves, and must assist each other, lawfully or
otherwise, to the " very limits of the possible." No one is
admitted who has not the firmness, fidelity, intelligence, and
energy considered sufficient by the chiefs, to carry out as well
as to accept the programme of the Revolution. They may leave
the body, but if they do, they are put under the strictest
surveillance, and any violation of the secret or indiscretion,
damaging to the cause, is punished inexorably by death. They
are not permitted to join any other society, secret or otherwise,
or to take any public appointment without permission from their
local committee ; and then they must make known all secrets
which could directly or indirectly serve the International cause.

The second class of Internationalists are the National
Brethren. These are local socialists, and are not permitted even
to suspect the existence of the International Brethren, who move
among them and guide them in virtue of higher degree. They
figure in the meetings of the society, and constitute the grand
army of insurrection ; they are, without knowing it, completely
directed by the others. Both classes are formed strictly upon
the lines laid down by Weishaupt.



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The third class comprises all manner of workmen's societies.
With these tbe two first mingle, and direct to the profit of the
Eevolution. The death penalty for indiscretion or treason is
common in every degree.

The Black Hand and the Nihilists, are directed by the same
secret agency, to violence and intrigue. Amongst them, but
unknown to most of them, are the men of the higher degrees, who,
in dark concert, easily guide the others as they please. They
administer oaths, plan assassinations, urge on to action, and
terrorize a whole country, leaving the rank and file who execute
these things to their fate. It is unnecessary to dwell longer upon
these sectaries, well known by the outrages they perpetrate.

These terrible societies are unquestionably connected with,
and governed by, the dark directory, which now, as at all times
since the days of Weishaupt, rules the secret societies of the
world. Mahommedanism permitted the assassins gathered under
the " old man of the mountain," to assist in spreading the faith
of Islam by terrorising over its Christian enemies. For a like
purpose, whenever it judges it opportune, the dark Alia Vendita
employs the assassins wholesale and retail of the secret societies.
It believes it can control when it pleases these ruthless enemies
of the human race. In this, as Nuhius found out, it is far
mistaken. But the encouragement of murderers as a " skirmish-
ing" party of the Cosmopolitan Revolution remains since the days
of Weishaupt — a policy kept steadily in view. To-day, that party
is used against some power such as that of the Popes, or the petty
princes of Italy. Great powers like England, in the belief that
the mischief will stop in Italy, rejoice in the results attained by
assassination. To-morrow it suits the policy of the A Ita Vendita to
make a blow at aristocracy in England, at despotism in Russia, at
monarchy in Spain ; and at once we find Invincibles formed from
the advanced amongst the Fenians ; Nihilists and the Black
Hand from the ultras of the Carbonari ; and Young Russia,
ready to use dynamite and the knife and the revolver, reckless
of every consequence, for the ends of the secret directory with



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which the diplomacy of the workl has now to count. The
professional lectures on the use and manufacture of dynamite
given to Nihilists in Paris, the numbers of them gathered
together in that capital, the retreat afforded there to the known
murderers of the Emperor Alexander, excited little comment in
England. If referred to at all in the Press, it was not with that


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