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life-long connection with the Illuminati inspired.

Father Deschamps writes of him : " JS'apoleon Bonaparte was
in effect an advanced Freemason, and his reign has been the most
flourishing epoch of Freemasonry. During the reign of terror,
the Grand Orient ceased its activity. The moment Napoleon
seized upon power the lodges were opened in every place."

I have said that the revolutionary rulers in France were all
Hluminati — that is Freemasons of the most pronounced type —
whose ultimate aim was the destruction of every existing religion
and form of secular government, in order to found an atheistic,
social republic, which should extend throughout the world and
embrace all mankind. Freemasonry welcomes, as we have seen,
the Mahommedan, the Indian, the Chinese, and the Budhist, as
well as the Christian and the Jew. It designs to conquer all, as
a means of bringing all into the one level of Atheism and
Communism. When, therefore, its Directory, in their desire to
get rid of Napoleon, planned the expedition to Egypt and Asia,
they meant the realization of a part of this programme, as well as
the removal of a troublesome rival. A universal monarchy is, in
their idea, the most efficacious means for arriving at a universal
republic. Once obtained, the dagger with which they removed
Gustavus III. of Sweden, or the guillotine by Avhich they rid
France of Louis XVI., can at any moment remove Ceesar and
call in Brutus. They are not the men to recoil before deeds of
blood for the accomplishment of their purposes.



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Now Napoleon, who was, as Father Deschamps informs us,
a member of the lodge of the Templars, the extreme Illuminated
lodge of Lyons, and had given proof of his fidelity to Masonry in
Italy, was the very man to extend the rule of Republicanism
throughout Asia. He appeared in Egypt with the same profes-
sions of hypocritical respect for the Koran, the Prophet, and
Mahommedanism, as he afterwards made when it suited his
policy for Catholicism. His address to the people of Egypt will
prove this. It ran as follows, with true Masonic hypocrisy : —

" Cadis, Chieks, Imans, tell the people that we are the friends
" of true Mussulman ; that we respect more than the Mamelukes
" do, God, His Prophet, and the Alkoran. Is it not we who have
" destroyed the Pope, who wished that war should be made against
" the Mussulman ? Is it not we who have destroyed the Knights
''of Malta, because these madmen thought that God willed
" them to make war upon the Mussulman ? Is it not we who
" have been in all ages the friends of the Grand Seigneur — may
" God fulfil his desires — and the enemv of his enemies. God is
" God, and Mahomet is his Prophet ! Fear notliing above all for
'' the religion of the Prophet, which I love."

The cool hypocrisy of this Address is manifested by a
proclamation he made on that occasion to his own soldiers.
The same proclamation also shows the value we may place on his
protestations of attachment to, and respect for, the usages of
Christianity. The following is a translation of it : —

" Soldiers ! the peoples with whom we are about to live are
" Mahommedan. The first article of their faith is this : ' There is
" no God but God, and Mahomet is his Prophet.' Do not contradict
" them. Act with them as you have acted with the Jews and
" with the Italians. Have the same respect for their Muftis and
" their Imans, as you have had for Rabbis and Bishops. Have
" for the ceremonies prescribed by the Alkoran, for the Mosques,
" the same tolerance you had for Convents, for Synagogues, and
" for the religion of Moses, and of Jesus Christ."

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NAPOLEON AND FREEMASONRY. 47

by order of Napoleon III. (t. v., pp. 185, 191, 241), what he
thought of this proclamation to the very end of his career : —

" After all, it was not impossible that circumstances miglit
'' have brought me to embrace Islam," he said at St. Helena.
" Could it be thought that the Empire of the East, and perhaps
^' the subjection of the whole of Asia, was not worth a turban and
'' pantaloons, for it was reduced to so much solely. We would
'' lose only our breeches and our hats. I say that the army,
" disposed as it was, would have lent itself to that project
'^ undoubtedly, and it saw in it nothing but a subject for
" laughter and pleasantry. Meanwhile you see the consequences.
" I took Europe by a back stroke. The old civilization was
" beaten down, and who then thought to disturb the destinies of
" our France and the regeneration of the ivorld ? Who had
'' dared to undertake it ? Who could have accomplished
" it ? "

Neither prosperity nor adversity changed Napoleon. He
was a sceptic to the end. He said at St. Helena to Las
Cases :

"Everything proclaims the existence of a God — that is not
'■'■ to be doubted — but all our religions are evidently the children
*' of men.

" Why do these religions cry down one another, combat
^' one another ? Why has that been in all ages, and all places ?
" It is because men are always men. It is because the Priests
" have always insinuated, slipped in lies and fraud every-
" where.

"Nevertheless," he continued, ''from the moment that I
" had the power, I had been eager to re-establish religion.
" I used it as the base and the root. It was in my eyes the
" support of good morality, of tiue principles, of good manners."

" I am assuredly fiir from being an Atheist ; but I cannot
" believe all that they teach me in spite of my reason, under
" penalty of being deceitful and hypocritical.

" To say whence I come, what I am, where I go, is above



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" my ideas. And nevertheless all that is^ I am the watch which
" exists and does not know itself.

" No doubt," he conthiued, " but my spirit of mere doubt
" was, in my quality of Emperor, a benefit for the people.
" Otherwise how could I equally favour sects so contrary, if
" I had been dominated over by one alone ? How could I pre-
" serve the independence of my thoughts and of my movements
" under the suggestions of a confessor who could govern me by
" Qieans of the fear of hell.

'' What an empire could not a wicked man, the most stupid
" of men, under that title of confessor, exercise over those
" who govern nations ?

" I was so penetrated with these truths that I preserved
'' myself well to act in such a manner, that, in as far as it lay in
" me, I would educate my son in the same religious lines in which
'' I found myself."

Two months later the ex-Emperor said that from the age
of thirteen he had lost all religious faith.

Thiers (Histoire du Consulatet de l'Em2nre, iv. p. 14), says :
t\iat when Napoleon intended to proclaim himself Emperor, he
wished to give the Masons a pledge of his principles, and that he
did this by killing the Duke d'Enghien. He said, " They wish to
destroy the Revolution in attacking it in my person. I will
defend it, for I am the Revolution. I, myself — I, myself. They
will so consider it from this day forward, for they will know of
what we are capable."

A less brave but still more accomplished relative of his.
Napoleon III., in his Fdees Nai)oleoniennes, says : —

" The Revolution dying, but not vanquished, left to
" Napoleon the accomplishments of its last designs. Enlighten
*' tbp natioT»« it would have said to him. Place upon solid
" bases the principal result of our efforts. Execute in extent
" that which I have done in depth. Be for Europe what I have
'' been for France. That grand mission Napoleon accomplished
'• even to the end."



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When Napoleon obtained power, it was we know principally
by means of the Illuminated Freemason, Talleyrand/ By
him and his confederates of the Illuminati, he was recalled from
Egypt and placed in the way of its attainment. His brothers were
— every one of them — deep in the secrets of the sect. Its
supreme hidden directory saAV that a re-action had set in, which,
if not averted, would speedily lead to the return of the exiled
Bourbons, and to the disgorgement of ill-gotten goods on the
part of the revolutionists. As a lesser evil, therefore, and
as a means of forwarding the unification of Europe which they
had planned, by his conquests, they placed supreme power in the

^ Alexander Dumas in his Memoires de Garibaldi, first series, p. 34, tells
us : —

" Illuminisra and Freemasonry, these two great enemies of royalty, and the
adopted device of both of which was L. P. D., lilia pedibus destrue, had a grand
part in the French Revolution.

"Napoleon took Masonry under his protection. Joseph Napoleon was
Grand Master of the Order. Joachim Murat second Master adjoint. The
Empress Josephine being at Strasburg, in 1805, presided over the fete for the
adoption of the lodge of True Chevaliers of Paris. At the same time Eugene de
Beauharnais was Venerable of the lodge of St. Eugene in Paris. Having come
to Italy with the title of Viceroy, the Grand Orient of Milan, named him ]\Iaster
and Sovereign Commander of the Supreme Council of the thirty-second grade,
that is to say, accorded him the greatest honour which could be given him accord-
ing to the Statutes of the Order. Bernadotte was a Mason. His son Oscar was
Grand Master of the Swedish lodge. In the different lodges of Paris were
successively initiated, Alexander, Duke of Wurtemburg; the Prince Bernard of
Saxe-Weimer; even the Persian Ambassador, Askeri Khan. The President of the
Senate, Comit de Lacipede, presided over the Grand Orient of France, which
had for officers of honour the Generals Kellerman, Messina, and Soult. Princes,
Ministers, Marshals, Officers, Magistrates, all the men, in fine, remarkable for
their glory or considerable by their position, ambitioned to be made Masons.
The women even wished to have their lodges, into which entered Mes<lames
de Vaudemont, de Carignan, de Gerarchn, de Narbonne, and many other ladies."

Frere Clavel, in his picturesque history of Freemasonry, says that, " Of all
these high personages the Prince Cambaceres was the one who most occupied
himself with Masonry. He made it his duty to rally to Masonry all the men in
France who were influential by their official position, by their talent, or by their
fortune. The personal services which he rendered to many of the brethren ; the
eclat which he caused to be given to the lodges in bringing to their sittings by
his example and invitations all those illustrious amongst the military and judicial
professions and others, contributed powerfully to the fusion of parties and to
the consolidation of the imperial throne. In effect under his brilliant and active
administration the lodges multiplied ad injinitinn. They were composed of the
elect of French society. They became a point of re-union for the partisans
of the existmg and of passed regimes. They celebrated in them the feasts of the
Emperor. They read in them the biilletins of his victories before they were
made public by the press, and able men organized the enthusiasm which gradually
took hold of all minds "

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hands of Bonaparte, and urged him on in his career, watching,
at the same time, closely, their own opportunities for the develop-
ment of the deadly designs of the sect. Then, they obtained the
first places in his Empire for themselves. They put as much
mischief into the measures of relief given to conscience as they
could. They established a fatal supremacy for secularism in
the matter of education. They brought dissension between the
Pope and the Emperor. They caused the second confiscation of
the States of the Church. They caused and continued to the
end, the imprisonment of Pius VII. They were at the bottom
of every attack made by Napoleon while Emperor upon the
rights of the Church, the freedom and independence of the
Supreme Pontiff", and the well-being of religion.

But the chief mistake of Napoleon was the encouragement
he gave to Freemasonry. It served his purpose admirably for
awhile, that is so long as he served the present and ultimate
views of the conspiracy ; for a conspiracy Masonry ever was
and ever will be. Even if Cambaceres, Talleyrand, Fouche,
and the old leaders of the Illuminati, whom he had taken into
his confidence and richly rewarded, should be satisfied, there
was a mass of others whom no reward could conciliate, and who,
filled with the spirit of the sect, were sure to be ever on the
look out for the means to advance the designs of Weishaupt
and his inner circle. That inner circle never ceased its action.
It held the members of the sect, whom it not only permitted
but assisted to attain high worldly honours, completely in its
power, and hence in absolute subjection. For them as well
as for the humblest member of the secret conclave, the
poisoned aqua to])liana and the dagger were ready to do
the work of certain death should they lack obedience to
those depraved fanatics of one diabolical idea, who were found
worthy to be selected by their fellow-conspirators to occupy the
highest place of infamy and secret power. These latter scattered
secretly amidst the rank and file of the lodges, hundreds of
Argus-eyed, skilled plotters, who kept the real power of inner



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or high Masonry in the hands ot its hidden masters. Masonry
from this secret vantage gronnd ceaselessly conspired during
the Empire. It assisted the conquests of the victor of
Austerlitz and Jena ; and if Deschamps, who quotes from the
most reliable sources, is to be trusted, it actually did more for
these victories than the great military leader himself. Through
its instrumentality, the resources of the enemies of Napoleon
were never at hand, tlie designs of the Austrian and other
generals opposed to him were thwarted, treason was rife in
their camps, and information fatal to their designs was conveyed
to the French commander. Masonry was then on his side, and
as now the secret resources of the Order, its power of hidden
influence and espionage were placed at the disposal of the cause
it served. But when Masonry had reason to fear that Napoleon's
power might be perpetuated ; when his alliance with the Imperial
Family of Austria, and above all, when the consequence of that
alliance, an heir to his throne, caused danger to the universal
republic it could otherwise assure itself of at his death ; when,
too, he began to show a coldness for the sect, and sought means
to prevent it from the propagandism of its diabolical aims,
then it became his enemy, and his end was not far off.^ Dis-

1 Deschamps says that it was at this period that the order of the
Templars (for Masonry is divided into any amount of rites which exercise
one over the other a kind of influence in proportion to the members of
the inner grades which they contain) was resuscitated in France. It publicly
interred one of its members from the Church of St, Antoine. The funeral
oration of Jacques Molay was publicly pronounced. Xapoleon permitted this.
The danger his permission created was foreseen, and M. de Maistre writes : —
" A very remarkable phenomenon is that of the resuscitation of Freemasonry in
France, so far, that a brother has been interred solemnly in Paris with all the
attributes and ceremonies of the order. The Master who reigns in France does
not leave it to be even suspected that such a thing can exist in France without his
leave. Judging from his known character and from his ideas upon secret societies,
how then can the thing be explained? Is he the Chief, or dupe, or perhaps the
one and the other of a society which he thinks he knows, and which mocks him,"
Illustrating these remarks we have the comments of M. Bagot in his Codes des
Franc-Macons, p. 183 : — " The Imperial Government took advantage of its omni-
potence, to which so many men, so many institutions, yielded so comjjlacently,
in order to dominate over Masonry. The latter became neither afraid nor
revolted. What did it desire in effect ? To extend its empire — "It permitted
itself to become subject to despotism in order to become sovereign." This gives
us the whole reason why Masonry flrst permitted Napoleon to ride, then to
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tracting councils prevailed in his cabinet. His opponents began
to get that information regarding his movements, which he had
obtained previously of theirs. Members of the sect urged on
his mad expedition to Moscow. His resources were paralyzed ;
and he was, in one word, sold by secret, invisible foes into
the hands of his enemies, [n Germany, Weishaupt and his party,
still living on in dark intrigue, prepared secretly for his downfall.
His generals were beaten in detail. He was betrayed, hood-
winked, and finally led to his deposition and ruin. He then
received with a measure, pressed down and overflowing, and
shaken together, the gratitude of the father of lies, incarnate in
Freemasonry, in the Illuminati, and kindred Atheistic secret
societies. Banished to Elba he was permitted to return
to France only in order to meet the fate of an outcast and
a prisoner upon the rock of St. Helena, where he died
abandoned and persecuted by the dark sect which had used,
abused, and betrayed him. So it has continued, as we shall see,
to use, to abuse, and to betray every usurper or despot whom
it lures into its toils. We shall now glance at its action, the
action of —

XI.

Freemasonry after the Fall of Napoleon.
It would be very interesting, if we had time, to enter into
the many intrigues of that very same body of Illuminati who
had planned and executed the Kevolution, and had then created
successively the Directory, the Consulate, and the Empire in
France, as they now j)Osed in a new capacity as friends to the
return of Monarchy in Europe generally. This they did for the
purposes of the Freemasons, and in order to keep the power they
wielded so long in their own hands, and in the hands of their
party. Now, I wish you to note, that Weishaupt, the father
of the Illuminati, and the fanatical and deep director of all its
operations, was even then living in power and security at Coburg-
Gotha; and that his wily confederates were muiisters in evei-y



FREEMASONRY AFTER THE FALL OF NAPOLEON. 53

Court of Europe. Then, as now, the in vmcible determination with
which they secreted their quality from the eyes of monarchs as well
as of the general public, enabled them to iwse in any character
or capacity without fear of being detected as Freemasons, or at
least as Illuminati, Since the reign of Frederick the Great, they
filled the Court of Berlin. Many minor German Princes
continued to be Freemasons. The Duke of Brunswick was the
central figure in the first Masonic conspiracy, and though, with the
hypocrisy common to the sect, he issued a declaration highly
condemnatory of his fellows, it is generally believed that he
remained to the end attached to the " regeneration of humanity "
in the interests of Atheism. The Court of Vienna was more
or less Masonic since the reign of the wretched Joseph II.
Alexander of Kussia was educated by La Harpe, a Freemason,
and at the very period when called upon to play u principal
part in the celebrated ^'Holy Alliance," he was under the
hidden guidance of others of the Illuminati. Fessler, an
apostate Austrian religious, the Councillor of Joseph II., after
having abjured Christianity, remained, while professing
a respect for religion, its most determined enemy. He founded
what is known as the Tugenbund, a society by which German
Freemasonry put on a certain Christian covering, in order
more securely to outlive the reaction against Atheism, and
to de-Christianize the world again at a better opportunity.
The Tugenbund refused to receive Jews, and devised
many other means to deceive Christians to become sub-
stantially Freemasons without incurring Church censures or
going against ideas then adverse to the old Freemasonry, which,
nevertheless, continued to exist as satanic as ever under
Christian devices.

In France, the Illuminati of the schools of Wilhelmsbad and
Lyons continued their machinations without much change of
front, though they covered themselves with that impenetrable
secresy which the sect has found so convenient for disarming
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54 WAR OF ANTICHRIST WITH THE CHURCH.

deceiving the outside world, and capable of using every kind of
hypocrisy and ruse, the Freemasons of both France and Germany
plotted at this period with more secure secresy and success than
ever. There is nothing which Freemasonry dreads more than
light. It is the one thing it cannot stand. Therefore, it
has always taken care to provide itself with adepts and allies
able to disarm public suspicion in its regard. Should outsiders
endeavour to find out its real character and aims, it takes
refuge at once under the semblance of puerility, of harmless
amusement, of beneficence, or even of half-witted simplicity.
It is content to be laughed at, in order not to be found out.
But it is for all its puerility, the same dangerous foe to Chris-
tianity, law, legitimacy, and order, Avhich it proved itself to be
before and during the first French Revolution, and which it will
continue to be until the world has universal reason to know the
depth, the malignity, and the extent of its remorseless designs.^
At the period of the reaction against Bonaparte it seems to
have taken long and wise counsel. When Tallevrand found

1 At the Council of Verona, held by the European sovereigns in 1822, to
guard their thrones and peoples from the revolutionary excesses which threatened
Sf)ain, Naples, and Piedmont, the Count Haugwitz, IVIinister of the King of
Prussia, who then accompanied his master, made the following speech : —

" Arrived at the end of my career, I believe it to be ray duty to cast a glance
upon the secret societies whose power menaces humanity to-day more than ever.
Their history is so bound up with that of my life that I cannot refrain from
publishing it once more and from giraig some details regarding it.

"My natural disposition, and my education, ha\'ing excited in me so great a
desire for information, that I could not content myself with ordinary knowledge,
I wished to penetrate into the very essence of things. But shadow follows light,
thus an insatiable curiosity develops itself in proportion to the efforts which one
makes to penetrate further into the sanctuary of science. These two sentiments
impelled me to enter into the society of Freemasons.

It is well known that the first step which one makes in the order is little
calculated to satisfy the mind. That is precisely the danger to be dreaded for the
inflammable imagination of youth. Scarcely had I attained my majority, when,
not only did I find myself at the head of Masonry, but what is more, I occupied
a distinguished place in the chapter of high grades. Before I had the power of
knowing myself, before 1 could comprehend the situation in which I had rashly
engaged myself, I foimd myself charged with the superior direction of the
Masonic re-unions of a part of Prussia, of Poland, and of Russia. Masonry
was, at that time, di\aded into two parts, in its secret labours. The first place in
its emblems, the explanation of tlie philosopher's stone: Deism and non-Atheism
was the religion of these sectaries. Tlie central seat of their labours was at
Berlin, under the direction of the Doctor Zumdorf. It was not the same with
the other part of which the Duke of Brunswick was the aj)parcnt Chief. In open



FREEMASONKY AFTER THE FALL OF NAPOLEON. 55

that Wieshaupt and the inner Masonry no longer approved of
Napoleon's autocracy, he managed very adroitly that the Emperor
should grow cold with him. He was thus free to take adverse
measures against his master, and to prepare himself for the
coming change. The whole following of Bonaparte recruited
from the Illuminati were ready to betray him. They could
compass the fall of the tyrant, hut the difficulty for them was to
find one suitable to put in his place. It was decreed in
their highest council that whosoever should come upon the
throne of France, should be as far removed as possible from being
a friend to Catholicity or to any principle sustaining true religion.
They therefore determined that, if at all possible, no member
of the ancient House should reign ; and as soon as the allied
sovereigns who were for the most part non-Catholic, had
crushed Napoleon, these French Masons demanded the Pro-



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